Kehillat Ohr Tzion

Rabbi Ori Bergman

Parashat Lech Lecha

President Cheryl Stein

13 Cheshvan 5784

Davening Schedule

Friday, October 27

Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 5:50 pm

Earliest Candle Lighting: 5:09 pm

Latest Candle Lighting: 5:56 pm

Saturday, October 28

Shacharit: 9:00 am (sharp)

Kiddush luncheon is sponsored by Irv & Cheryl Stein in honor of their son Adam's engagement to Vicky Margolin.

Minchah: 5:40 pm 

Havdalah: 6:57 pm

Sunday, October 29

Shacharit: 8:30 am

Thursday, November 2

Shacharit: 6:45 am


No donations this week.

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:

I’m pleased to share a PDF with information about and links to the Israel Emergency Campaign. This is part of a $500M campaign initiated and coordinated by the Jewish Federations North America (JFNA).

To date, over $400M has already been pledged, and here in Buffalo, even before the launch, gifts and pledges of nearly $50,000 have been committed. But even more impressive is that JFNA has already provided over $50M in humanitarian aid to Israel, underscoring how these dollars are having an immediate impact. Please consider donating using the attached link.

December will be another busy month for KOT.

On December 2, KOT will be having a "Paint Night" at the shul. Please plan on joining us. We will be led by Danny Loomis, who is the art teacher at Park School. He will instruct us how to paint a scene from Jerusalem. No experience is necessary, and you will walk out with a masterpiece! Details are in the flyer below. 

Friday night, December 8th, is the 2nd night of Chanukah, and we will be having a congregational dinner following Kabbalat Shabbat. Watch your email for more information. 

Kiddush luncheon is sponsored by Irv and myself in honor of our son Adam’s engagement to Vicky Margolin.

Shabbat Shalom,


From the Rabbi:

In Parashat Lech Lecha, after Avraham separates himself from Lot, God tells him:


"Raise your eyes and look from the place where you are, to the north, to the south, to the east and to the west. For all the land that you see I give to you and to your descendents forever..." (Bereishit 13:14-15)


The Hebrew words to this latter verse “Ki et kol ha’aretz asher ata roeh, lecha etnena u’lezaracha ad olam” were made famous in the song “Lecha eten et Ha’aretz Hazot” sung by Dedi Graucher z”l to the tune by Mona Rosenblum. The song quotes the original words from the Torah in order to show that the land promised to Avraham belongs to his descendants forever. Click HERE to listen. 


This song became particularly popular during the Oslo accords and is still popular among religious Zionists.


The famed singer, Dedi, had many other songs connected to the Land of Israel. Dedi was also known for his acts of chesed (lovingkindness). He helped raise money for organizations that help kids with special needs and kids with cancer and he was always happy to sing at hospitals and for different charities.


Dedi passed away last month but his songs remain popular. Dedi’s emphasis on the Jewish people’s connection to the Land of Israel continues to resonate with Jews throughout the world.


The legacy of great music combined with chesed continues in Israel. During this current war, some of Israel's most famous singers have come forward to encourage and uplift our soldiers, injured civilians and the people of Israel. Hanan ben Ari, one of Israel's top singers, has stepped up to the plate in so many ways, doing concerts for Zaka workers, singing Kabbalat Shabbat songs at hospitals, performing at small impromptu weddings free of charge and even singing at soldiers funerals. He has brought so much joy and light to so many people during this time of darkness. HERE is one of his popular songs about caring for our children which has become an unofficial anthem of the current war (translated lyics HERE).


The popular Israeli singer, Yishai Ribo, who recently sold out Madison Square Garden went down to an army base in the south to entertain the soldiers and build up their morale by singing “Am Yisrael Chai” -- “The Jewish Nation is Alive.” He also encouraged haredim to volunteer in helping the war effort (thousands of whom have volunteered)


Last week, Noa Kirel, who performed on behalf of Israel at the Eurovision Song Festival, helped the Friends of the IDF raise almost $30 million, which will go to buy ambulances and mobile operating rooms. She recently sang Hatikva while draped in an Israeli flag at the Brooklyn Nets vs. Maccabi Ra’anana game in Brooklyn, NY.


As we read this week’s parasha, may we be reminded of the Jewish people’s claim to our homeland and the countless beautiful songs that keep us connected to the land and people of Israel.


Bonus songs: Here's a powerful song released following the recent tragedy, One Nation - Click HERE.


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 [email protected].

879 Hopkins Rd.
Williamsville, NY 14221