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Parshat Miketz
Shabbat Chanukah
December 30, 2016 - 1 Tevet 5777

Shabbat Candle Lighting - by 4:45  pm
Shabbat Ends - 5:53 pm
DVAR TORAH - Thoughts from the Principal & Educational Director
The Talmud in Masechet Shabbat (21b) cites a famous dispute between Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai regarding the preferred way of lighting the chanukiah on Chanukah. Beit Shammai believed that we should light eight candles on the first night and one less candle on each additional night. Beit Hillel is of the opinion that we light one candle on the first night and add an additional candle on each subsequent night. Beit Hillel's opinion seems far more logical based on the general idea that we try to always "go up" in holiness, but why does Beit Shammai believe that we should start with eight candles and work our way down to one? 

One answer given for Beit Shammai's ruling is that Beit Shammai models the Chanukah candles after the bull sacrifices that were brought as part of the Musaf service on Sukkot. Over Sukkot, the number of bull offerings decreases from thirteen on the first day to seven on the last. However, this theory still does not explain the connection between Chunukah and Sukkot. What does the lighting of the Menorah have to do with the bull sacrifice of Sukkot?

Rav Mayer Twersky suggests that both holidays feature an extension of the kedusha, or sanctity, of the Beit HaMikdash. He explains that when we build our sukkah, we bring the sanctity of the Beit HaMikdash into our private property. So too, the when we light the candles on our chanukiot, we bring the kedusha of the light of the Menorah into our home. 

The Chanukah story is characterized by a strong emphasis on the Beit HaMikdash.  The Seleucid persecution, which was  not limited to destruction of the Temple, was seen as reaching its peak with the defilement of the Mikdash, and the victory celebration after the war was similarly focused upon the rededication of the Beit HaMikdash and a renewal of its rituals.  The Sages, however, wisely insisted that the commemoration of this victory take place in every Jewish home across the world.  They perhaps sought to emphasize that, despite the importance of the Mikdash's purification, our nation's victory over the Hellenist campaign must find expression in our homes and in our everyday lives.  As we celebrate the rededication of the Temple, we demonstrate that the kedusha of the Beit HaMikdash is practically relevant and applicable even in the privacy of our homes, in our own personal lives.

Shabbat Shalom and Happy Chanukah!
Rabbi Weinberg can be reached at sweinberg@hillelpgh.org .

2nd Semester Club Registration 
  • Club registration is now open and will remain open until Tuesday, January 3, at noon. If you register by then, our goal is to admit your child(ren) into the club(s) of their choosing.  After that date, we are unable to guarantee admittance. 
  • In order to register for second semester clubs, your first semester club bill must be paid. Please contact the Finance office, finmgr@hillelpgh.org for assistance.
  • Some clubs have a minimum registration requirement.
  • Some clubs require tryouts.
  • Clubs begin the week of January 30th.

Shabbat Shalom and Happy Chanukah!

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Dan Shaw  can be reached at dshaw@hillelpgh.org .

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Life Hacks
Welcome to our life hacks section!  Life hacks are easy strategies or techniques that you probably never thought of that can be used to "hack" every day problems--or manage your time and daily activities in a more efficient way. Some hacks are so useful that they come in handy every day, so we thought it would be fun for the Hillel family to share our favorite hacks with each other! 

THIS WEEK'S HACK was suggested by Ms. Myers--thanks!

To open a tough jar or bottle lid, either put a rubber band around the cap or use rubber washing gloves to give yourself a good grip! Works every time! 

For last week's hack: http://bit.ly/HH-_12_23_16

If you have a favorite hack you'd like to share, email hillelhappenings@hillelpgh.org.

Menorah Contest

And the winners are....

Noam Kohanbash and Family- "Robot Chanukiah"
Henteleff Family- "Beeds Chanukiah"
Sara Baila Lowenstein and Family- "Pittsburgh Bridge Chanukia"
Raphael Belman- "Pacman Chanukiah"
Ben Davis- "Pez Chanukiah"
Galya Belman- "Caterpillar Chanukiah"
Noam Azagury- "Chanukiah of Cards"
Alex Small- "Wood Chanukiah"
Deena November- "Log of Wood Chanukiah"
Jason Small- "Forged of Steel"

Congratulations to all the participants, they were all truly amazing!

Chag Chanuka Sameach and Chodesh Tov!

Rabbi Levy

What better way to experience Chanukah than with our first ever Chanukabration. Preschoolers had the opportunity to explore and create while using their five senses in centers set up in the lunchroom, while the second floor was set up for the older grades. Upstairs, students made candles, played laser tag, created Chanukah cards, and enjoyed a Chanukah themed scooter course.  

Additional photos can be viewed here. 

1st Grade Chumash Presentation
Mitzvah Day 

Fayth Aronson Berkowitz High School girls went to the Creative Kosher Catering facility to make cookies and kugels for Tomchai Shabbos.  Deena Ross and Moish Siebzener, of Creative Kosher Catering donated their time as well as all the ingredients for this project.  Thank you to Yikara Levari and the Jewish Federation for organizing Mitzvah Day. Thank you to our drivers: Rina Itskowitz, Erin McDougall, Sonja Wimer, Rivky A braham  , and Sue Finder.  The Boys' high school made reusable shopping bags out of old t-shirts for the Squirrel Hill Food Pantry.  The middle school girls baked food for Tomchei while the middle school boys went to Vintage Senior Center and assisted with winter cleaning. S tudents in the elementary grades made projects for children in Children's hospital. 

You can view the entire photo album by clicking here

Annual Ice Skating Trip
Hillel Athletics
Mazel Tov

Gladys Margolis on the birth of grandson Avraham Yonaton, born to AJ and Sarah Margolis in Fort Hood, TX! 

Around Town

If you are interested in volunteering or know someone who might be, please contact   dkraut@hillelpgh.org.
Position Description

Windows Support Engineer (Remote & Field)
A Shomer Shabbos, well-established New York based IT Services Firm, with over 700 clients nationwide, is seeking an experienced Windows Support Engineer to service their Pittsburgh area clients. This would involve working remotely from home as well as making field visits as needed to clients in the Greater Pittsburgh area. We need a tech savvy IT professional who is able to deal with diverse technical environments and maneuver through, troubleshoot, and resolve technical problems. If you are the person that other IT professionals seek out for advice, then this is the position for you. You should be comfortable with dealing with Level 2 and 3 issues. Experience working for a Managed Service Provider is a plus.

You should be a highly motivated individual that is self-directed, energetic and driven to meet the needs of a  customer environment. Responsibilities include the support, administration, and maintenance of desktops, servers, and networks. You will work with the latest technologies performing configurations, and support of operating systems and applications; participate in remote site administration; and production support activities.
  • Configure new computer hardware and software (mostly Windows based).
  • Perform upgrades and configuration of desktop and related peripherals
  • Troubleshoot desktop and server issues
  • Take service calls and either resolve them or pass them on appropriately
  • Utilize Service Desk system to maintain records of requests and responses for support issues
  • Software installs and upgrades
  • Assist in the administration of a Windows environment

  • Competency in supporting, diagnosing, troubleshooting computer system, software and networking issues on PCs and related equipment
  • 3 years - Windows Desktop Operating Systems
  • 1 year - Windows Server
  • 3 years - Enterprise Antivirus Software (Symantec, McAfee)
  • 3 years - Active Directory experience and Group Policy
  • 3 years - MS Exchange
  • Printer Administration
  • 2-3 years Managed Service Provider experience is preferred but not required
  • Excellent people skills (you need to really have excellent people skills as you will be representing the company)
  • Ability to concisely describe or summarize a problem and steps taken to diagnose and resolve it, in writing
  • Ability to deal with a diverse population, including strong accents
  • Willingness and ability to learn new skills and use new types of information
  • Responsibility and reliability
  • Ability to prioritize and perform triage
  • Discretion and good sense in dealing with clients
  • Willingness to see a problem through to its resolution
Excellent compensation plus benefits (insurance, vacation, 401K, etc.). In addition, a car is needed in order to complete field calls - all transportation expenses are paid for by the company.

To apply for this position please email your resume to dfoster@ymsassociates.com

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Attention:  Financial Aid Offices, Guidance Counselors, and Youth Organizations
Applications for need-based college scholarships for the 2017-2018 school year are available from the Central Scholarship & Loan Referral Service (CSLRS) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.  This program is administered by Jewish Family & Children's Service.  The funds are made available through the generosity of families who have established endowments through the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, Jewish Community Center, National Council of Jewish Women, Jewish Women International of Pittsburgh (formerly B'nai B'rith Women), The Pittsburgh Foundation, and Rodef Shalom Congregation.
All awards are distributed on the basis of demonstrated financial need .  Depending on the scholarship fund, other factors such as academic achievement, field of study, school attending, and Jewish and general community involvement will also be considered. In addition, the applicant must be Jewish, reside in Allegheny, Westmoreland, Beaver, Butler or Washington County for at least two years, and need financial assistance to attend an accredited institution of higher education
We would appreciate your assistance in aiding local students by publishing an announcement about the work of the Central Scholarship committee. We are enclosing a brochure that explains our process. The 2017-2018 CSLRS on-line application is available at http://www.centralscholarship.org.  All applications are due February 9, 2017.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at (412) 422-5627 or e-mail me at alowenberger@jfcspgh.org.
Alayne Lowenberger, Director
Central Scholarship & Loan Referral Service
Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh

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