Kehillat Ohr Tzion

Rabbi Ori Bergman

Parashat Nitzavim-VaYeilech

President Cheryl Stein

23 Elul 5783

Davening Schedule

Friday, September 8

Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 pm

Earliest Candle Lighting: 6:17 pm

Latest Candle Lighting: 7:20 pm

Saturday, September 9

Shacharit: 9:00 am (sharp)

Kiddush is sponsored by Joel & Karen Marks in honor of their 18th wedding anniversary.

Pirkei Avot Class: 6:35 pm

Minchah: 7:05 pm 

Havdalah: 8:20 pm

Sunday, September 10

Shacharit: 8:30 am

Thursday, September 14

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:

This week I’m giving everyone a break and keeping my message brief.

Thank you, Phyllis, for organizing the Build-A-Bed activity that we're finally able to participate in this Sunday. Also, please remember the picnic on Sunday at the shul. It’s not too late to RSVP. I also need shoppers and help prepping before the picnic. If you are able, please let me know.


Kiddush is sponsored by Karen & Joel Marks in honor of their 18th wedding anniversary. 


Shabbat shalom,


From the Rabbi:

On Moses' last day, he passes the reins of leadership on to Yehoshua. In our second of two parshas, VaYeilech, we read "Moshe called to Yehoshua and said to him as all of Yisrael watched, 'Be courageous and bold, for you shall enter with this people (tavo et ha'am hazeh) into the land that God swore to their forefathers to give them, and you will apportion it to them'" (Devarim 31:7). 


A few verses later, we read almost the same verse with a slight variation. "He commanded Yehoshua bin Nun and said, 'Be courageous and bold, for you will bring B'nai Yisrael (tavi et B'nai Yisrael) to the land that I swore to them, and I will be with you'" (Devarim 31:23).


The Gemara in Sanhedrin 8a notes the similarity and points out that in the first verse, Yehoshua is just considered a member of the people (you will enter with), while in the second verse Yehoshua is described as a leader of the people (you will bring). Rabbi Yochanan states that in the first verse Moshe is instructing Yehoshua to lead the people in partnership with the Zkenim (sages). In the second verse, God is telling Yehoshua to make sure that he is in charge and that the sages are subordinate to him. There can only be only one leader of a generation and not two.


So on one hand, Yehoshua is to lead with others, while on the other hand, he is to be the leader of all others. This is similar to an idea of Rav Ze'ev Soloveitchik who cites Maimonides in saying that Moshe served a dual role. He was considered a king (appointed by God and leader of all others) as well as the head of the Sanhedrin (appointed by the people and of the people). When Moshe passed on his leadership, he only passed on the aspect of head of the Sanhedrin (as the leader with the elders). When God spoke to Yehoshua, he appointed him as king as well (leader above the people).


Let us hope and pray that we will merit leaders of our people like Moshe and Yehoshua.

Shabbat Shalom!

Upcoming Classes

Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers)

Saturday at 6:35 pm

Parsha Lessons for the High-Holidays

Tuesdays at 7:30 pm (Zoom)

September 12

KOT Beit Midrash (In-depth look into primary sources on the holidays)

Wednesdays at 7:30 pm (At KOT, Zoom option available)

September 13

Deep Dive into the Holiday Machzor (Prayer Book)

Thursdays at 7:30 pm (Zoom)


Come to one, come to all. RSVP's (by replying to this email) appreciated.

Click HERE to access the Zoom link.

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