ETZ CHAIM SYNAGOGUE
Weekly Bulletin May 22, 2020
28 Iyyar, 5780
Parshas Bamidbar
Shabbos Mevorchim
Plag Hamincha/Earliest time to light- 6:51 pm
Candle-lighting – 8:00 pm
Havdallah – 9:02 pm

Rabbi Fisch Drasha/Sermon
was delivered on Zoom and Facebook.
Rabbi's Message
Throughout 2020, we hear much about the national census taking place at the national level. The notion of a census has Biblical roots, as we indeed find in this Parsha. The Torah records how the Jewish People were counted as they made their journey to the Land of Israel. There are a couple of different ways the Torah compares us in various Biblical texts. These include comparing the Nation of Israel both to the stars in the heavens and the sand on the earth. 
The Sefas Emes explains this with a more profound message. Stars are unique in their way as they shine as individual entities with their radiant glow, perhaps reaching millions of miles away. Indeed, in our conversations, we attribute achieving greatness in our society to a star. Hence, the term movie star or superstar. On the other hand, each grain of sand is very insignificant in its own right. However, when banded together with other grains of sand, they become a dominant force as they can stop the waters from flooding the earth. 

The stars reflect the idea that we are each influential individuals that can have a positive impact on our family, community, and the world. On the other hand, the sand reflects the notion that we are nothing in our own right and only becomes viable and robust when we unify with others. There is an essential balance between diversity and unity. While they may appear as conflicting values, they must be reconciled with one another. It is important to value diversity in recognizing the needs of the individual but that must be balanced with respecting the unity in the community. We are not expected to be one monolithic group, but at the same time, we must respect the fabric of the community. Not unlike musicians in an orchestra. While one may play a different instrument than the other, each must play in the same band to be effective. This challenge for us to value diversity and respect unity is something that we need to be careful to balance properly. 

Have a Peaceful Shabbos,

Rabbi Yaakov Fisch 

ADULT EDUCATION

Monday, May 25 @ 8:30pm with Rabbi Sammy Kahn

Grain,Tears,and Cheesecake: A behind the scenes
story of the mitzvot of Sefiras Ha’omer



Wednesday May 27 @ 11:30am with Rabbi Feigenbaum

Java for the Soul



All class can be viewed it on  Facebook live  or on  Zoom
Dial by your location 929-205-6099 312-626-6799 
Meeting ID: 843 906 9742




Rabbi Feigenbaum has started a short daily video entitled the Morning Minute. If you would like to receive it please join by pressing this link  MorningMinute

GETTING READY FOR SHAVUOS
MAZEL TOV
We wish a hearty Mazel Tov to our Shul President, Scot Ackerman, MD, FACR, a radiation oncologist in Jacksonville, Florida, appointed to the Florida Board of Medicine in August of 2019, has now received one of the highest honors in his field, becoming a Fellow of the American College of Radiology (ACR).
Recognized as the gold standard in the area of radiology practice, science and professions of radiological care, the ACR holds Fellowship in the organization as its highest honor
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
Due to the COVID situation, we were unable to schedule our bi-annual congregational meeting on March 22. We will schedule the meeting on Sunday, May 31, at 9:30 am. This meeting will be on a virtual platform. Please contact ecoffice@etzchaim.org to register for the meeting, and we will send you an invitation to the meeting.
RE-OPENING OF DAVENING
As our state and local officials are rolling out a phased reopening for the city and state, here at the shul, we are exploring the eventual reopening. As with the rest of society, this will not be done instantaneously but will be done prudently with an abundance of caution. To this end, we have assembled a dedicated task force that is being led by our president, Scot Ackerman, and Rabbi Fisch. The taskforce will be consulting with health officials both on the local and state level as we carefully begin a phased reopening of Etz Chaim Synagogue in the coming weeks and months ahead. We are also consulting with the Orthodox Union (OU) and many other shuls across the country to study the best practices in this most critical area. 
 
The taskforce is pleased to announce that the first phase of the reopening of Etz Chaim has commenced this week with daily Mincha service taking place in the shul parking lot at 7:30 pm. There are several requirements to attend, and prior registration is required. Everyone that would like to participate in the minyan must commit in the registration to upkeeping the rules. 
Please note the requirements: 

Please note the requirements: 
♦ Only individuals older than 13 and younger than 65 may attend.
♦ Anyone otherwise considered high risk may not attend.
♦ Spots will be marked off.
♦ Restrooms will not be available for use.
♦ Everyone will maintain a distance of 8 feet from one another.
♦ Everyone has their temperature taken before entering.
♦ Everyone must wear facemasks. The shul will distribute appropriate facemasks. 
♦ Everyone brings their own siddur from home.

We would like to thank all the attendees of our minyan this week for coming to our minyan and respecting all the necessary guidelines that were put in place.
MARCHING TO SINAI - INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER SERIES
CALLING ALL GRADUATES
ALL GRADUATES IN THE COMMUNITY LET US KNOW ABOUT YOUR SPECIAL DAY SEND IN A PHOTO WITH YOUR DIPLOMA! WE WILL POST IT ON
THE BULLETIN. DEADLINE MAY 31
CONDOLENCES
We express our sincere condolences to Rabbi Mayer (Ita) Rabinowitz and Rabbi Binyomin (Margalit) Levin upon the passing of their beloved grandmother Renee Rabinowitz. May the Almighty comfort them among all the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT


If anyone is in financial distress due to the current crisis, please call the special hotline at the Jewish Family and Community Service (JFCS). The number is 904-394-5722


Jewish Federation Foundation is running a fundraiser. Please consider donating to help the Jewish Federation help those in need.


Guy & Patricia Benrubi
Elliott & Emily Rosenbaum
Helen Dubow
Pat Frisch
Menachem Gross
Yosef Levin
Alexander Model
Ariella Rubenstein
Beth Rush

YARZHEIT

David Alkobi
Yosef Gahanian
Michal Golde Karp
David Weinstein
Chansa bas Yitzchak Zvi