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Congregation Schomre Israel
23 Kislev 5779
Shabbos Parshas Vayeshev 5779
 December 1, 2018 
  פרשת וישב  
      כ"ג כסלו תשע"ט    

From the Rabbi's Shtender

The Maccabeats - I Have a Little Dreidel - Hanukkah
The Maccabeats - I Have a Little Dreidel - Hanukkah

                                                                                   וְהִדְלִיקוּ נֵרוֹת בְּחַצְרוֹת קָדְשֶׁךָ               
. וְקָבְעוּ שְׁמוֹנַת יְמֵי חֲנֻכָּה אֵלּוּ.
    לְהוֹדוֹת וּלְהַלֵּל לְשִׁמְךָ הַגָּדוֹל    
        They then kindled lights in the 
Courtyards of 
                  Your Sanctuary 
and established 
              these days  for thanksgiving and Hallel.

   The above words are taken from the conclusion to the Al Hanissim which we add to Shmona Esre and birchat hama
zon during the eight days of Channuka. While many  corr ectly portray Channuka as the time of the fight for religious freedom, this did not mean freedom from from religion, but rather that the observances of the Jewish people would be according to the Torah. The celebration is  both that another religion could not be foisted on us, but also that Jews would observe unadulterated Judaism. The fight was as much against the Seleucid Greeks as against the Mityavnim, those Jews who wanted to introduce the foreign worship to the Holy Temple. 

   Unlike Purim where the fight was for physical survival, Channuka was for the spiritual survival  of the Jewish people. Haman wanted to destroy each and every Jew; the threat of the Mityavnim was that the distinctive character of the Jewish nation, our dedication to Torah and Mitzvot, would be eradicated. And therefore the celebrations are different. Purim is commemorated with eating, drinking and gifts to others; Channuka is celebrated in a most spiritual manner, with the lighting the Chanukia. This act is reminiscent, obviously of the miracle of the oil, but also as a symbol of the spiritual renewal that followed the victory. 

   Such has been the pattern of Jewish history; those who sought to destroy us have started with attacking the Torah, its adherents and its study, and when we vanquished the enemy we rededicate ourselves to the Torah and its observance. The resurgence of Torah Jewry and the flourishing  baal teshuva movement in  following the Shoah mirrors similar events over our long history.

   Jews in the United States have one one the greatest opportunities while at the same time, the greatest challenges of history. We have the absolute freedom and financial ability to follow a Torah lifestyle anyplace in this great country, while at the same time, we face the greatest threat, not the
 physical extermination of the Hamans of the world, but the seduction  of the secular culture which often seems so enticing.

   Channuka gives us ample opp
ortunity to acknowledge  the dual freedom afforded by the United  States.  

   May we truly  appreciate this great gift during the coming week of Chanuka and give "thanks and praise to Your Holy Name".  

Shabbat Shalom and A Lichtiger Channuka
See you at the Shul Channukah Dinner
Eliezer Langer

Download the Benjamin and Rose Berger Chanuka To-Go® 5779 from Yeshiva University -

This issue of Torah for Chanuka includes the following articles:
* Introduction: Rabbi Yaakov Glasser (David Mitzner Dean, YU Center for the Jewish Future and Rabbi, Young Israel of Passaic-Clifton)
* Preface- Greek Culture: A Study Guide: Rabbi Joshua Flug (Director of Torah Research, Yeshiva University's Center for the Jewish Future)
* The Role of Pop Culture in Torah Growth and Education: Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin (Director of Education, NCSY and Faculty, IBC and Sy Syms School of Business) and Rabbi Daniel Z. Feldman (Rosh Yeshiva, RIETS and Rabbi, Ohr Saadya, Teaneck, NJ)
* Maccabees, Warriors, Giants, and Braves: Sports and Religious Attention: Rabbi Moshe Benovitz (Ram, Yeshivat Reishit Yerushalayim and Managing Director, International NCSY) and Rabbi Larry Rothwachs (Director of Professional Rabbinics, RIETS, and Rabbi, Congregation Beth Aaron, Teaneck, NJ)
* Contemporary Digital Culture: A Challenge To Our Community, Our Culture And Our Teens: Mrs. Chaya Batya Neugroschl Head of School, YU High School for Girls)
* Discovering Chanukah in the Torah: Rabbi Lawrence Hajioff (Faculty, Stern College for Women and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Yeshiva University)
* The Jewish Hero's Journey: Ms. Eliana Sohn (Program Manager, Alumni Affairs and Special Programs, Yeshiva University in Israel)
* Igniting a Marriage Through the Lights of Chanukah and Shabbos: Rabbi Ari Sytner, PhD, LMSW (Director of Community Initiatives, Yeshiva University Center for the Jewish Future and Adjunct Professor, Wurzweiler School of Social Work)
Download the publication at
The Benjamin and Rose Berger Torah To-Go is a project of Yeshiva University's Center for the Jewish Future.

We extend our condolences to the family of 
Gladys Rosenfeld  a"h
of blessed memory
גולדה בת יוסף זאב ע"ה 

Beloved mother of Joel, Gail, Marcia, and Ralph 
The family will sit Shiva 
Saturday from after Shabbat - 8:00 PM and 
Sunday from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM 
709 Dutchess Turnpike, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603.
המקום ינחם אותה בתוך שאר אבילי ציון וירושלים
 ויגדור פרצת 
המשפחה ופרצת עמו ישראל ברחמים
 ולא יוסיפו לדאבה עוד
May her soul be bound  
with those that have everlasting life 
May we share in simchas
Rabbi Eliezer Langer
Dr. Irving Baum, President 


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  We wish much happiness and good health on this special day. - Biz 120!!
This information comes from our Shul calendar. If you would like to be listed please contact us. 


We commemorate the yahrtzeit of:

1 Meyer Horowitz 23 Kislev
3 Morris Finkelstein 25 Kislev
3 Bessie Smith 25 Kislev
3 Fannie Pelzner 25 Kislev
4 Bessie Rosenblum 26 Kislev
4 Zisel Halpern 26 Kislev
5 Lena Horowitz 27 Kislev
6 Ted Klein 28 Kislev
9 Pearl Klein 1 Tevet
11 Theodore Fox 3 Tevet
13 Irving Aber 5 Tevet
14 Sam Silver 6 Tevet
16 Samuel Brodsky 8 Tevet
21 Carlton Klein 13 Tevet
22 Leon Ladman 14 Tevet
25 Max Dombush 17 Tevet
25 Jay Harold Weiner 17 Tevet
25 Ruth Kricheff 17 Tevet
26 Stan Schneider 18 Tevet
31 Susan Chick Smith 23 Tevet


May their souls be bound in the bond of eternal life.

This information comes from our Shul calendar. If you wish to add a name to this list please  contact us.

Schedule of Services 

Candle Lighting 4:08 PM
Mincha /Kabbalat Shabbat 4:10 PM
Shacharit Shabbat Day 9:00 AM
Shema before 9:23 AM
Mincha after 12:07 PM
Shabbat Ends 5:08 PM  

Sunday Morning 8:30 AM Shacharit   
Weekdays 7:00 AM
Monday evening at Board Meeting 7:00 PM


 News from the Social Action Coalition
 Library Volunteers Needed

The library at the Morse School is up and running.  Although there is a part time librarian who works there, volunteers are still needed to help out.  The volunteers will help students select and check out books and reshelve books.  Some volunteers may choose to read aloud to groups of students.  All new volunteers will be trained--it's very simple.  Volunteers shifts are on Mondays and Thursdays for 2 hours.  The children are excited to come to the library and borrow books. This can be a very rewarding experience for our volunteers.

You can do this job once a week, once a month, or whenever it is convenient for you.  To see what shifts are available and to sign up go to (in the URL spot) and sign up for the times that work for you.

Sandy Corwin and Debby Sullum

Any questions or concerns please contact
Sandy at 845-452- 2436 or Debby at 845-705-3656.


Kosher Korner

Kosher Bread -- Please Take Action 
A letter from a colleague to his congregation

Friends, have you noticed that there is a serious lack of readily available Kosher certified breads and buns in the local grocery stores?  I used to chalk this up to local circumstances, but after communicating with other Rabbis, I have learned that this is a growing concern across the US. 

Some have expressed that this lack of readily accessible Kosher bread/buns is particularly challenging for some who are new to keeping Kosher / considering full-time Kosher observance.

Here's what I learned:  One of the largest bread producing corporations / distributors in the US is Bimbo Bakeries (  ) -- see that link to understand just how many bread companies are under their umbrella. Based on  innocent business decisions, they've chosen to move away from having many of their nationally distributed breads/buns certified as Kosher.

I reached out to friends at national Kashrus Agencies and was put in touch with people at the highest levels who confirmed this.  They told me that the most effective way to change this is for as many people as possible across the USA to reach out to Bimbo Bakeries and tell them how they have been negatively impacted by a lack of readily available Kosher breads/buns. (The n ational Kashrus agencies -- cannot be the ones behind this campaign. They feel it's crucial that it comes 100% from consumers themselves.) 

We need a groundswell of people to call/email Bimbo Bakeries in order for them to understand our concerns.

Can you please take a minute to call/email Bimbo Bakeries towards this end?

Here is the contact information for the consumer hotline at Bimbo Bakeries:

Phone: 1-800-984-0989

Please let Bimbo Bakeries know that you have been negatively impacted by a lack of readily available Kosher breads/buns -- and that you would be eager to purchase their products if they were Kosher certified.
Thank you!