Kehillat Ohr Tzion

Rabbi Ori Bergman

Shabbat Shmini Atzeret

President Cheryl Stein

22 Tishrei 5784

Davening Schedule

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

Friday, October 6

Erev Shmini Atzeret

Mincha/Maariv: 6:20 pm

Earliest Candle Lighting: 5:36 pm

Latest Candle Lighting: 6:30 pm

Saturday, October 7

Shmini Atzeret

Shacharit: 9:00 am

Kiddush is sponsored by Larry Ross in honor of the birth of his granddaughter, Eliora Tziporah Libi.

Mincha/Maariv: 6:15 pm

Candlelighting from existing flame /

Prep for Day 2: After 7:28 pm

Kiddush & Hakafot: 7:30 pm

Sunday, October 8

Simchat Torah

Shacharit: 9:00 am

Hakafot: 10:00 am

Kiddush will be followed by KOT's annual Simchat Torah luncheon. Please see the President's Message for information on how to sign up.

Mincha/Maariv: 6:25 pm 

Havdalah: 7:27 pm

Thursday, October 12

Shacharit: 6:45 am


In appreciation for the honor of Maftir on Sukkot I

By Joseph 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

Web Site:

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From the President:

Shmini Atzeret begins on Friday night and Simchat Torah begins on Motza'ei Shabbat. As is our custom, KOT will have a Simchat Torah luncheon following davening on Sunday. Please make your reservation if you haven’t already done so. Click here to RSVP.

Save the date of October 27, as we will be having another Home Hospitality Shabbat dinner. Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat will be held as normal at the shul, followed by dinner at our members' homes. Watch your email for more information.


Kiddush luncheon is sponsored by Larry Ross in honor of the birth of his granddaughter, Eliora Tziporah Libi.

Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom,


From the Rabbi:

Parashat VeZot HaBracha, which we read on Simchat Torah (2nd day of Shmini Atzeret) begins with the words: “This is the blessing that Moshe, the man of God, blessed B’nai Yisrael before his death.”


The Netziv comments that the Jewish people were already blessed by Yaakov Avinu and Bilam, but this was the greatest blessing of all.


In this blessing (Dvarim 33:5) Moshe gives the tribes the secret for the kingdom of Israel’s success: "There was a king in Yeshurun, when the heads of the people gathered, the tribes of Yisrael together."


What is “Yeshurun”? The Netziv explains that the power of the Jews getting together in unity is called “Yeshurun” which allows them to merit a worthy king.


According to Or HaChaim: In order for a king to be legally crowned in Israel, he must be approved by a popular assembly, including the heads of the people. The kingdom of Israel will only endure if the heads of the people assemble together (keep the peace amongst themselves) not if the leaders of the people are split. If the leaders are split, the tribes themselves will not be able to maintain their unity. A look at Jewish history shows that as long as the people were united under David and Shlomo, the king and the nation were extremely successful. However, as soon as a split developed, the fortunes of the Jewish people took a turn for the worse.


Rav David Avraham Spector points out that in the year 1948, when there was an internal fight in Israel and the nation was divided, Rav Tzvi Yehuda HaKohen Kook wrote: "We should choose what unites us which is more important than what divides us…In that way we can try to understand each other and speak together and this will bring peace between us and will bring us success and glory."


May this upcoming yom tov be one of joy and unity for our Kehillah and the Jewish people entire. 


Chag sameach and 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