Kehillat Ohr Tzion

Rabbi Ori Bergman

Parashat Bereishit

President Cheryl Stein

29 Tishrei 5783

Davening Schedule

Friday, October 13

Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 6:10 pm

Earliest Candle Lighting: 5:26 pm

Latest Candle Lighting: 6:18 pm

Saturday, October 14

Shacharit: 9:00 am (sharp)

Kiddush is sponsored by KOT.

Minchah: 6:05 pm 

Havdalah: 7:18 pm

Sunday, October 15

Shacharit: 8:30 am

Thursday, October 19

Shacharit: 6:45 am


In Honor of the State of Israel, in Memory of our Fallen Brothers and Sisters, and in Solidarity with Those Kidnapped

By Joseph, Ozzy, and Talula Jane Enis

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


President: Cheryl Stein

Rabbi: Ori Bergman

Newsletter: Joseph Enis

Chesed: Mireille Schapiro

Fun/Fund: Beth Weiss


Publicity: Phyllis Steinberg


Social Action: Phyllis Steinberg


Web Site: Karen Marks


Kiddush Sponsorships: Cheryl Stein

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From the President:

Am Yisrael Chai. We sang this at shul on Simchat Torah. We celebrated and danced with the Torah to this song, to this feeling of oneness. Since then, it has been said and repeated over and over. For me, these words are even more powerful. Now, it reminds me that I’m Jewish and proud of my ties to Israel. We are one - always and forever. Am Yisrael Chai.


Shabbat Shalom,


From the Rabbi:

As we reside here in the West, our hearts and minds are found in the East, in the Land of Israel. Parashat Bereishit holds a lesson to find strength in these troubling times. 


The parasha describes the geography of the Garden of Eden: "A river went out of Eden to water the Garden, and from there it divides into four headwaters. The name of the first is Pishon which surrounds all the land of Chavilah, where there is gold. The gold of that land is good. Also found there are bdellium and onyx stones." (Bereishit 2:12)


Where is the land of Chavilah? According to Bereishit Raba (16:4), the Land of Israel is hinted to as “Eretz HaChavilah." 


We learn this from Tehillim 42:6: "Why are you miserable, my soul, and why are you disturbed on my account? Hope (Hochili) to God! I will yet thank Him for the salvations of His presence."


Rashi explains the word Hochili (hope) to mean "wait and look forward to the redemption." Thus, the Land of Israel is the Land of Hope. 


Throughout the world, Jews are looking to the book of Psalms to find strength and bring merit to our brethren in Israel. One such verse reads: "Be strong, let your hearts take courage, all who wait longingly (hameyachlim) for God." (Tehillim 31:25) 


Rabbi Sacks said: "And a day will one day come when the story of Israel in modern times will speak not just to Jews, but to all who believe in the power of the human spirit as it reaches out to God as an everlasting symbol of the victory of life over death, hope over despair."


Israel has taken a barren land and made it bloom again… It’s taken a tattered, shattered nation and made it live again.


Israel is the country whose national anthem, Hatikvah, means "hope."


Israel is the home of hope, and the Jews, the people of hope. 


Despite it all, we gaze heavenward and declare, our hope is not lost. 

Shabbat Shalom!

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

879 Hopkins Rd.
Williamsville, NY 14221