The Fair Lawn Jewish Center / Congregation Bnai Israel
Enriching Lives through Prayer, Celebration, Education and Social Action for over 70 Years!
Friday, Shabbat & Sunday Services 

Friday, January 3rd 
        Morning Minyan 8:00 a.m.  (TBS)
        Candlelighting 4:22 p.m.
        Evening Services 6:30 p.m. (FLJC/CBI)

Saturday, January 4th
9:30 a.m. (FLJC/CBI)
Torah Reading for Vayiggash
Genesis: 44:18-45:27;  Haftarah:  Yehezkel 37:15-28 
Havdalah 5:27 p.m.  

Sunday, January 5th 
9:00 a.m. (FLJC/CBI)
7:45 p.m. (FLJC/CBI)

Morning Minyan
  Monday and Thursday - 7:45 a.m. (TBS)
  Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - 8:00 a.m. (TBS)

Evening Minyan 
  Monday thru Thursday - 7:45 p.m. (FLJC/CBI) 

For the January 2020  News & Views   and the donations Click Here

Torah readers and daveners needed!  
During the year, we are looking for congregational volunteers to read and daven on Shabbat Services once a month. 
If you are interested, or know of someone who is, please send your requests to  
Upcoming Events

Please join us for the 
Annual Sisterhood Shabbat Service
Saturday January 11th at 9:30 am

This is a beautiful Shabbat service 
led by your Sisterhood members that is always inspiring.  
This is a nice way to start 2020  by attending services with your family and friends 
and supporting your Sisterhood. 

The service will be followed by a delicious Kiddush luncheon 
sponsored by Sisterhood and organized by 
our synagogue's amazing Kiddush committee.

Please contact Ilene Laufer or Estelle Haberman if you would like to participate in the service.

Looking forward to seeing you!!

The MPC will be holding its Big Breakfast and Annual Meeting 
at 9:30 A.M. on Sunday, January 12.  
The event is free to all paid up members.  
If you wish to attend you can pay your dues at the door.  
An exciting program of Jewish soldiers discussing their war experiences is planned.  
R.S.V.P. to Joe Schkolnick at (201)522-6192 or .  
"Come hungry, leave happy!"

Around our Community! 

Refuah Shlemah to: 
Arie Greenbaum (Arie Label ben Chava and Hersch); Jack Miller; Esther Oster (Esther bat Sarah and Chaim); Judith Shain-Alvaro (Yehudit Chasida bat Perel); Rose Lieberman (Ruchalay bat Vitel); Gittle bat Mina Sora; Burnetta Bard (Bailah bas Malka); Laili Golda bat Chaya v Reuven; Pincus ben Mina Sora; Flora Frank

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

Sisterhood Torah Fund Pins
New Torah Fund pins have arrived. This year's theme is " hesed " (kindness) which is so important in today's world. Donating to Torah Fund supports the schools that educate rabbis, cantors and Jewish scholars throughout the world. Please contact Gerry Roth Kessel at  or 201-264-3706 for additional information. 

As American Jews, we have a rare chance to make a difference in Israel - a chance that comes only every 5 years. Beginning January 21, 2020 we can elect MERCAZ representatives to the World Zionist Congress, where they will fight for Conservative/Masorti values, our recognition, and religious pluralism.
In this constantly shifting political climate, it is our responsibility to ensure a sweeter, stronger future in Eretz Yisrael for Conservative/Masorti Jews. Voting MERCAZ is our responsibility, and it is also our responsibility to mobilize friends, family, and fellow congregants; the consequences of this election will affect us all so it must also include us all. 

1- Pick up a flyer in the lobby, or
2- Go to, or
3- Click Here  or 
4- Text VOTE to 917-336-1162 .

Upcoming Classes

Synagogue Skills Learning  Institute

Have you ever wanted to learn to read Torah? Have you ever wanted to learn to read Hebrew? 
To enrich your experience at the Fair Lawn Jewish Center, instruction will now be available for Torah Reading lessons; Haftarah hanting; How to daven various services, such as Minha & Ma'ariv; Learning the b'rakhot; and How to develop skills to follow shabbat services more easily.  

A corps of mentors are ready and willing to begin instruction on your schedule. 
Free and open to our members. To register, email Ellen Wertheim at 
Please indicate what skills you're interested in. 

Upcoming USY/Kadima Events

Upcoming Committee Meetings
Executive Meeting
Monday, January, 6th 8:00 p.m.
(Bornstein Room)
Religious School Committee Meeting
Tuesday, January, 7th 7:15 p.m.
(School Auditorium)
MPC Board Meeting
Tuesday, January, 7th 8:00 p.m.
(Bornstein Room)

Sisterhood Board Meeting
Thursday, January, 9th 8:00 p.m.
(Bornstein Room)
Big Breakfast/General Meeting MPC
Sunday, January, 12th 9:30 a.m.
(Pulka Room)
Social Action Meeting
Monday, January, 13th 8:00 p.m.
(Bornstein Room)
Board of Director's Meeting
Wednesday, January, 15th 8:00 p.m.
(Pulka Room)

Yahrzeit List Friday, January 3rd- Saturday, January 11th 
6 Tevet - 14 Tevet 5780 

Click Here  for Yarhzeit List . 
List will be in order of YAHRZEIT DATE  
Kiddush Sponsorship
While our B'nai Mitzvah generously sponsor or co-sponsor a Kiddush for our FLJC/CBI family, there are many reasons for contributions to the Kiddush Fund. Share and celebrate your events with the congregation via the Shabbat kiddush!  Mark your birthdays, anniversaries, announcements of newborn babies, engagements, weddings, and any other family special events or memories you wish to share with your center family. No contribution is too small and a listing starts at only $18.  Your donations are, as always, tax deductible and help offset the cost of catering and preparing these weekly meals.  Your contributions will be recognized from the bimah, on our Sponsor Poster Board during the Kiddush, and in our weekly Insider and monthly News & Views.  Info? Contact the Kiddush Committee:  Heidi Seigel-Laddy or Lois Meisel at or Abe at  Click Here for flyer.
Main Event/Mauzone Caterers
Main Event-Mauzone Caterers is proud to be the exclusive kosher caterer at the Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Congregation Bnai Israel for the past 18 years. Their exceptional service and innovative menus, all under OU certification, reflect their commitment to creating incomparable celebrations for events, both large and small. Events are held in the large and small ballroom at the FLJC. For info, call 201-894-8710 or check out their website at M ain Event/Mauzone proudly supports "Edible Leftovers" by donating left over food from all of their events. 
Rabbi Roth Has a Blog
Rabbi Roth's progress can be followed via his blog at  Rabbironroth.comClick Here for a daily review of Rabbi's progress.

A Special note from Rabbi Roth:
You can follow my progress on my blog at I appreciate all of your kind thoughts and prayers. I have tried but have not been able to respond to each of your communications, but know I treasure them and I do enjoy hearing from you.  Also, please remember that because my immune system will be compromised we cannot accept any gifts of food or plants. Your kind words are what we will need and they are much appreciated. 
Did you know that the Fair Lawn Jewish Center rents out the building to many different groups and events? Over the years, we have been proud to share our space with the following:  Cafe Europa; Catchball (Volleyball); CMEK (Basketball); Devotional Day School; FLCHEER Cheerleading Program of the Fair Lawn Football Association; Hadassah; Kadima/USY; Lentz & Lentz (SAT Prep);  Nitzanim (Israeli School)   

Welcome to our newest tenant - Rabbi Eliyahu Teitz and The Builder School!
For more info, click The Builder School

If you have an event or know of anyone looking for available space, contact Executive Director Abe Adler at or 201-796-5040 ext. 102 for a tour of our available rooms.
Administration Notes
Visit our website  FLJC.COM !  Its the best way for our congregation to tell our story!
If you have an upcoming event for our Youth Department, Religious School, Men's Progress Club, Sisterhood, Social Action or maybe an upcoming class or a new committee or perhaps a picture from a recent event,
email it to the office at so we can add it to our great website!  Help us tell our story to the entire community!

Have a birthday, anniversary, graduation, 
baby-naming  or other happy event to share with us?
Want to share a dedication for a loved one?
Please consider sponsoring an upcoming issue
of The Insider.
The cost is $36 to sponsor and have your message displayed.
To sponsor, please contact  Abe at

A Message from our Events and Rental Coordinator Penny Samuel
Since joining the FLJC team in September, I have had the pleasure of meeting many members of the Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Congregation B'nai Israel.   I have also met many people at local Jewish organizations who have a long history at our synagogue. There have been hundreds of people who have had baby namings, B'nai Mitzvah  and weddings right here in our building.  All have expressed their fondness for our community and will gladly contribute where they can to enhance  the synagogue. 
Publishers and community leaders have asked for 3-4 weeks notice to give as much publicity to our events as possible.  We ask that you work hand in hand with us, by submitting all the details of your events at least 1 month before the program so that it can reach the greater Jewish community. 

Thank you for your help in this  matter and I look forward to hearing from you. 
Penny Samuel
Event and Rentals Coordinator 

Important Info Regarding the Replacement of Entrance Fobs
Thank you to all the members who have found their lost Fobs! 
Since we are running low on extra FOBS and the cost for ordering new ones is quite expensive, the Center will now require of $20.00 charge for anyone who loses their FOB for the first time; $35.00 for losing their FOB the second time; and $50.00 for a third time.  If you have any questions, contact Executive Director Abe Adler at .   Thank you for your understanding.

ShopRite and Harolds/Kosher Nosh Scrip Available in the Main Office.
Do you know that if you purchase scrip it does not cost you anything extra? And you get 2 1/2 % of your purchase applied to your scrip dues obligation and membership dues? The Center also makes 2 1/2 % of your purchase. What a great deal for everyone! Thanks in advance for helping to earn much needed funds with no cost to you!

Office Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Friday, 9:00 a.m.  2:00 p.m.
Our Bookkeeper Gilda is in the office on Monday & Thursday,  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Kindly let us know if you have an event/occasion you will be celebrating and we'll be happy to print it in our next Insider and News & Views. If you are ill and would like us to let the congregation know, please call the office and we'll do so.
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