Fair Lawn Jewish Center

Congregation B'nai Israel

Enriching Lives through Prayer, Celebration, Education and Social Action for over 70 Years!

Mazel Tov to Vitali Abiague who becomes a Bar Mitzvah this Shabbat, February 4 2023 / 13 Shevat 5783 Parshat Beshalach

Vitali Abiague was born on January 19, 2010 and will become a Bar Mitzvah this Shabbat. His Parashat is Beshalach. Vitali likes video games, socializing with friends and bike riding. He would like to be a content creator and wants a career that includes traveling to foreign places. For his Mitzvah project, Vitali has been creating a google site to raise awareness of the plight of the people in Ukraine who were forced to flee their homes and are in desperate need of medicine, food and shelter. He has always had an interest in political geography and since Russia first attacked the Ukraine, he has been following the news continually. Vitali is a member of the Peers for Peace Leadership club and the literary Magazine Club at T.J. Middle School. He is very grateful for the opportunity to share this milestone with his family and his friends, and with the FLJC/CBI. Vitali is the son of Manuel Abiague and Margaret Namer.

Mazel Tov to Dr. Neal Carlin on his Aufruf and to his future wife

Samantha Nathan this Shabbat, February 4, 2023 / 13 Shevat 5783

Dr. Neal Carlin is a Gastroenterologist specialist who is the son of Dr. Linda Susan Marcus and Dr. Ronald Carlin z"l. Samantha Nathan is the director of Principal and Major Gifts at Cornell Medical School. The wedding will be on February 19 at Temple Beth-El in Boca Raton, Florida. The couple currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.


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Friday, February 3, (13 Shevat 6:30pm)

Kabbalat Shabbat/Ma'ariv in the Sanctuary and on Livestream

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Candle Lighting at 4:57pm

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Click for Kabbalat Shabbat Siddur Sim Shalom 

Shabbat February 4 (13 Shevat) 9:00am (Note Earlier Time)

Bar Mitzvah of Vitali Abiague

Aufruf of Neal Carlin and Samantha Nathan

Shaharit in the Sanctuary and on Livestream

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Reading: Exodus 13:17-15:26

Haftorah: Judges 4:4-5:31

Thank you to Cantor Yoni Stokar and Vitali Abiague for reading Torah; Vitali Abiague for chanting the Haftorah and providing the D'Var Torah.


We will be announcing page numbers only for the Shabbat and Festival Siddur Sim Shalom and Siddur Lev Shalem. The corresponding page numbers in these books and the full (1985) Siddur Sim Shalom are provided here for your reference.

Prayer for Israel in Hebrew/ English

Prayer for Healing

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Shabbat Ends February 4, (14 Shevat) at 6:00pm

Maariv and Havdalah via Zoom

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Join the Zoom Maariv and Havdalah Services

or go to Zoom.US or dial +1 929 436 2866

Meeting ID: 940 7714 6714 Password 215407

Sunday, February 5 (14 Shevat) 9:00am

In the Chapel and on Zoom.


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Zoom- ID: 991 2258 1312, Passcode: 731712

Evening Service - Sunday through Thursday 7:30pm

Download the Service 

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Or go to Zoom.US or dial +1 929 205 6099

ID 992 9922 2789 Password: 609729

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 Friday, February 3 - Saturday, February 11 (12 Shevat - 20 Shevat)

Email info@fljc.com with Yahrzeit announcements for the upcoming Shabbat

Masks Are REQUIRED for everyone over the age of two at all FLJC/CBI activities in our building. While you are on the bimah, or eating / drinking, masks are not required. Vaccinations are strongly suggested for everyone over the age of 6 months and we recommend that congregants get the latest COVID booster. For the safety of all, if you test positive for COVID after visiting our synagogue, please notify our front office. Masks are available at the lobby entrance. (FLJC/CBI COVID policy is subject to change.)

Upcoming Classes

Nosh and Knowledge Classes with Rabbi Roth 

Tuesday, February 7

Topic: Sex and Intimacy

11:30am Class - Click Here for Zoom Link

8:00pm Class - Click Here for Zoom Link

Coffee & Commentary with Rabbi Salston

Wednesday, February 8 at 11:00am in the Sanctuary

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Or go to Zoom.US or dial +1 929 205 6099

ID 943 0394 9434 Password: 226478 

Around Our Community

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Condolences to David Ressler and his sister Audrey Wasser

on the passing of their father Rudy Ressler

For the Week of Friday, February 3 - Thursday, February 9

Happy Birthday to Yaron Ashkenazi, Estelle Haberman, Sarit Hand, David Kroll, Margaret Namer-Abiague, Stanley Sanders, Marsha Thaler

Mazel Tov to to Manuel Abiague and Margaret Namer-Abiague on the

Bar Mitzvah of their son Vitali Abiague

Mazel Tov Dr. Linda Susan Marcus on the Aufruf of her son

Neal Marcus and his future wife Samantha Nathan.

Refuah Shlemah to: 

Carol Aig (Tova Raiza bat Malka Esther v'Yitzhak)

Binyamin ben Yehudah V' Rina

Sally Baker (Sarah bat Chana)

Laili Golda bat Reuvat v'David

David Hayim ben Batya u'Refu'el

Beth Karetnick (Blima bat Devorah)

Liat bat Chava 

Eugene Frank

Irene Gasmer, Chaya Sarah bat Esther V’David 

Shimon Ma'aravi ben Edna u'Mordechai

Irene Mandel (Itka bat Yente v'Chaim)

Larry Mandel (Leibel ben Chaya)

Judi Margolis (Zisa Ita bat Rachel v'David)

Naomi Michaelson (Nechama bat Miriam VChaim)

Etta Mont

Irv Pollack (Yehezkel ben Sarah v’Yaakov)

Raisal Bat Aviva

Debbie Rosenzweig (Devorah Surah bat Tzirl v'Eliyahu Meyer)

Jesse Rosenzweig (Yehuda Laib ben Rachel) 

Stanley Sanders (Sender ben Ettie v'David haLevi)

Mozelle Sansone (Mozelle bat Mesuda v’Sassoon)

Kenny Schmier (Kalman Ben Rivka)

Yehudit Chasida bat Perel

Bob Steinberg (Reuben David ben Tzviya)

Philip Steinberg Pinchas Yaakov ben Bentzion v'Chana Hitzel

Arthur Wartenberg (Avraham ben David v'Shaindel)

David Wertheim (Binyamin ben Eta Shifra)

Ilene Wolosin (Chaya Rossa bat Celia u'Max)

Roni Zerowin (Rachel Chana bat Tamar)

If you would prefer not to publicize your birthday or anniversary, please send a note to the office at info@fljc.com or call us at 201-796-5040.

To add a name to the Refuah Shlemah list, email the office at info@fljc.com or call us at 201-796-5040. Names will be left on the list for 2 weeks; contact us to continue listing a name.               


Mishloach Manot

Sisterhood is once again helping us celebrate Purim, which begins at sundown on March 6, by creating a special bag of treats that can be purchased for fellow congregants as well as for non FJLC/CBI members. Watch your email for a notice about using HappyPurim.com to place your orders. (The ordering deadline will be February 19.) For more information and to volunteer to fill bags, contact Donna Pasternak at 201-791-9704 or at dpast123@aol.com. Flyer available here.

Social Action

Emergency Supply Packages

Social Action is asking for your financial contributions to help prepare Emergency Supply Packages (ESP), which are distributed to seniors and disabled individuals who are recipients of Kosher Meals on Wheels in case weather or other issues prevent the delivery of their regular meals. Send your checks to the Synagogue Office with "Social Action ESP" on the memo line. Flyer available here.

Volunteer Drivers Needed

Social Action is seeking volunteers to drive congregants to shul and back home for Shabbat services. If you are interested in volunteering please contact the office at info@fljc.com or call 201-796-5040. As we get requests, we will contact you a couple of days prior to Shabbat to confirm if we need your help and which congregant we need your help in driving to shul. 

Thank you in advance for your help.

CHSBC - Hebrew School & Youth Programs

Hebrew School meets on Sundays and Tuesdays 

Kadima Snow Tubing at Campgaw (4th-7th grade)

Sunday, February 5 from 3:45-6:00 PM

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Contact Marcia Kagedan at edudirector@chsbc.org or 201-815-8136 to register and for more information about our school programs. 

Upcoming Programs

Sunday, February 12 at 9:30 AM (during Shaharit Service) - World Wide Wrap.

Come Wrap With Us! Spearheaded by the MPC, Rabbi Salston will be available to guide and help you lay [put on] tefillin. Sets will be available if you need one. For info contact Harold Fine at finedad59@gmail.com. Flyer available here.

Sunday, February 12 from 1:00-3:00 - "iEngage: Together and Apart" - Unit 3 - The Judaism of Becoming. This is the rescheduled date for the third of seven monthly multi-media learning sessions developed by the Hartman Institute and facilitated by Rabbi Salston that will include video presentations from faculty at the Shalom Hartman Institute along with leading rabbis, public figures, and intellectuals. The class is offered in-person and virtually. Register Here If You Did Not Register for the Last Class. Flyer available here.

Thursday, February 16 at 11:00 AM Robert Rottenberg Discusses "The Cigar Factory of Isay Rottenberg: The Hidden History of a Jewish Entrepreneur in Nazi Germany." This is cosponsored wit hteh JCCNNJ and will be held at Temple Avodat Shalom in River Edge. A $5 conation includes lunch. Email Jennifers@jccrockland.org to register. Flyer available here.

Sunday, February 19 at 2:00 PM - A Bergen County Players Production of "The Play That Goes Wrong." Performance at Bergen County Players, 298 Kinderkamack Road, Oradell. Tickets are free to the first 10 FLJC/CBI seniors who contact Arline Herman to reserve a seat at (201)556-9616. Otherwise tickets are $21/ticket. Flyer available here.

Wednesday, Sunday, February 22, 8:00-10:00 PM - Arts & Crafts Workshop Part 2 Make Your Own Challah Board or Candle Lighting Tray. Congregants will work with Rabbi Salston to make personalized etched or painted glass challah boards or candle lighting trays. (If you attended the first session, there is no need to re-register. For those interested in joining for the first time, please reach out to the Rabbi.) Flyer available here.

Tuesday, February 28 at 6:00 PM - Saving the Jewish Cemeteries of Eastern Europe with Rabbi Moshe Joseph Rubin. Rabbi Rubin will discuss the history and work of Geder Avos, the first organization established after the Holocaust dedicated to the protection and restoration of Jewish cemeteries across Europe. (This program is held in conjunction with the Gross Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies at Ramapo College.) To register contact info@fljc.com. Flyer available here.

Sunday, March 5 from 10:30-12:30 - The FLJC/CBI Purim Carnival. All are welcome to celebrate Purim with games and festivities. Mark your calendar! Flyer available here.

Electronic Memorial Wall

Please take a look at our Electronic Memorial Wall,

which is viewable in the building and online.

Creating a digital plaque is a beautiful way to safeguard

the memory of family members and friends.

To order a digital plaque please call the Center Office at 201-796-5040.

Upcoming Committee Meetings

Religious Affairs - February 8, 8:00PM

Sisterhood Board - February 9, 8:00PM

Social Action - February 13, 8:00PM

FLJC/CBI Board - February 15, 8:00 PM

MPC Board - March 2, 8:00PM

Administration Notes

Have a birthday, anniversary, graduation, baby-naming or other happy event

to share with us? Sponsor an issue of the Insider for $36.

Email info@fljc.com to arrange!


Message to our Congregants:

In order to help the Center office, we are requesting that all events, publicity, date reservations (whether in-person or on Zoom) be mailed to info@fljc.com as soon as possible. Flyers should be on PowerPoint (if possible) and also sent in both jpeg and pdf versions.


For rental/in-house events: please fill out a Room Reservation Form at least two weeks before the scheduled date and email it to info@fljc.com(In order to manage scheduling and arrange spaces, it is important that the office and custodial staff have a schedule of upcoming events with room requirements.) 


ShopRite Scrip Available in the Main Office

Do you know that if you purchase scrip it helps both you and the Center? You get 2 1/2 % of your purchase applied to your scrip dues obligation and the Center also makes 2 1/2 % of your purchase. Contact the office to make a purchase.


Synagogue Skills Learning Institute - Mentors Available!

Have you ever wanted to learn to read Torah or read Hebrew? To enrich your experience at the Fair Lawn Jewish Center, instruction is available for Torah Reading lessons; Haftarah chanting; How to daven various services. Free and open to our members. To register, email Ellen Wertheim. 

Click To Donate to FLJC/CBI Online!

If you would also like online access to your Center account to pay your

obligations online, please email Info@fljc.com. 

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