Kehillat Ohr Tzion

Rabbi Ori Bergman

Rosh Hashanah

President Cheryl Stein

1Tishrei 5784

Davening Schedule

For the complete KOT High Holiday schedule, please refer to the bottom right of this newsletter.

Friday, September 15

Erev Rosh Hashanah

Slichot/Shacharit: 6:30 am

Mincha/Maariv: 7:00 pm

Earliest Candle Lighting: 6:04 pm

Latest Candle Lighting: 7:07 pm

Saturday, September 16

Rosh Hashanah I

Shacharit: 9:00 am

Mincha/Maariv: 6:50 pm

Candlelighting from existing flame /

Prep for Day 2: After 8:06 pm

Sunday, September 17

Rosh Hashanah II

Shacharit: 9:00 am

Mincha/Maariv: 6:50 pm 

Havdalah: 8:05 pm

Monday, September 18

Tzom Gedalia

Fast Begins: 5:45 am

Slichot/Shacharit: 6:30 am

Mincha/Maariv: 6:50 pm

Fast Ends: 7:35 pm

Thursday, September 21

Shacharit: 6:45 am


In honor of my father's yahrzeit

By Sergey Dolgopolski

Please remember to drop off your Dash's receipts in the bag in the shul foyer.


President: Cheryl Stein 

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Rabbi: Ori Bergman

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Newsletter: Joseph Enis

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Chesed: Mireille Schapiro

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Fun/Fund: Beth Weiss

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Publicity: Phyllis Steinberg

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Social Action: Phyllis Steinberg

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Web Site: Karen Marks

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Kiddush Sponsorships: Cheryl Stein 

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KOT depends on Voluntary ATID pledges to ensure that we can provide for all of our expenses. If you have made a pledge, the Board of KOT thanks you for your generosity. If you have not made a pledge or have questions regarding the Voluntary ATID program, please contact Steven Weiss at [email protected].
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From the President:

This Shabbat is also the first night of Rosh Hashanah. The beginning of of the Ten Days of Repentance.

KOT, like many synagogues, has an annual High Holiday Appeal. The funds raised during our Appeal are what enable KOT not only to meet its basic expenses, but also to provide a community for our members and those searching for a place to belong. We've had a great year and have paid off the mortgage, but we have been in the building for over 20 years, and we will need to replace the roof and make other repairs in the next year. 

We therefore humbly ask that anyone who has davened here, learned here, enjoyed our weekly kiddush and social events, to please participate in this Appeal and give what you can. With your help, we hope to make next year an even more exciting, fulfilling, and rewarding year that is uniquely KOT.

You may make a pledge either by email to: [email protected] or on our website. Please note on your payment that it is for the High Holiday Appeal.

Reminder: If you'd like to join us for Rosh Hashanah and/or Yom Kippur services, you can still do so. We don’t require tickets.

Wishing you and yours a Ketivah v’chatimah tovah. 

Shabbat Shalom and Shanah Tovah,


From the Rabbi:

There is a story told in the book Or Yesharim about the Baal Shem Tov who was preparing to blow the shofar on Rosh Hashanah. He asked Rav Zev Kitzes, who would be calling out the shofar notes, to study the secret spiritual meanings of the shofar blasts. Rav Zev studied and wrote everything down on a piece of paper so that he could refer to his notes when necessary. However, when it was time to blow the shofar, Rav Zev noticed that he lost the paper and couldn’t remember any of the hidden meanings. Crying and broken hearted, Rav Zev called out the shofar blasts without any special thoughts in mind. After the shofar blowing, the Baal Shem Tov said, “In a king’s palace there are hundreds of rooms and on the door of each room is a different lock that requires a special key to open it. But there is a master key, an axe, which can open all of the locks.”


“So it is with the shofar. There are many gates in Heaven and many rooms within each gate. The different sounds of the shofar and their secret meanings are the keys to open each one of those gates. But there is a master key that can open them all. That is a broken heart. When a person sincerely breaks their heart before God, their prayers can enter through all of the gates and into all of the rooms of the celestial palace of God.”


According to Onkelos, if you listen carefully, the shofar’s Truah note sounds like a cry, and this teaches us that it is good to express our feelings and cry the way that the shofar does, exposing our broken hearts and showing that we are sincere in our prayers. Indeed, the Kotzker Rebbe says there's nothing more whole than a broken heart. 


This year, may we be blessed to open our hearts in prayer, song, and connection, and truly attain wholeness and blessing this coming 5784.

Shanah Tovah!

Shul & Community Events

The Social Action Committee is hoping the congregation will respond to the urgent need for donations being sought by Jewish Family Services, Journeys End, and other members of The Refugee Partnership. The organizations that help settle the many individuals and families arriving in our area are requesting specific items to ensure a safe home environment for the new arrivals:

Items can be brought to KOT, dropped off at our house, or, if you would like me to pick up your donations, email me at [email protected].
879 Hopkins Rd.
Williamsville, NY 14221