Fair Lawn Jewish Center Congregation B’nai Israel 10-10 Norma Avenue, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410 Phone (201) 796-5040 / Fax (201) 796-2415 www.fljc.com The Insider Shabbat Shalom 18 Tevet 5771 December 24-25, 2010 Shabbat Candle lighting: 4:13 p.m. Parashat: Shemot Torah Portion: Exodus 1:1-2:25 Haftorah: Isaiah 27:6-28:13;29:22-23 MAZEL TOV! Arie Greenbaum on his 88th Birthday Reminder: The Center Office will be closed Friday, December 24th and Friday, December 31st A Comment on this week’s Torah Portion from Rabbi Ronald Roth God tells Moses, “Thus says the Lord; Israel is My first born son.” This verse implies that we are God’s “Chosen People.” Rabbi Louis Jacobs, writes about that idea and says that it is not a “…dogma incapable of verification, but the recognition of sober historical fact. The world owes Israel the idea of the One God of righteousness and holiness…Clearly God used Israel for this great purpose.” (A Jewish Theology p. 271). The Bible considers all people to be of infinite worth and equally loved by God. That is why the creation story speaks of one couple, Adam and Eve, as the parents of all humanity. We are all brothers and sisters. Being the “chosen people” does not mean that we are better than others. Some critics have even pointed out that the Bible is brutally honest in its portrayal of our ancestors in the Bible. They constantly rebel against Moses and build the Golden Calf. In later generations they refuse to listen to the prophets and bow down to idols. Are those actions worthy of being God’s “first born?” Rather we are chosen, as Rabbi Jacobs points out, to bring a message of virtue and sanctity to the world. We don’t always live up to that challenge and are thankful that many other people follow that message. We hope that ultimately all people will feel that they too are commanded be righteous and holy. SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SUMMER 2011 Several funds have been established to provide scholarships to students from Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Congregation B’nai Israel to attend Jewish summer programs. These include, but are not limited to Camp Ramah, USY on Wheels, and educational programs in Israel. Some of the scholarship funding is limited to specific programs. The award will be made based on the decision of the Scholarship Committee. Please call the office for an application for these scholarships. All scholarships will be sent directly to the camp or program. Applications are due by February 4, 2011. COLLEGE STUDENT AND YOUNG ADULT BRUNCH Our college students and young adults are invited to a bagel brunch hosted by Rabbi Ronald and Rhonda Roth on Sunday, December 26th at 11:00 AM at their home, 9-04 Alexander Ave. They are invited to eat, to schmooze and see their friends. Please RSVP either to firstname.lastname@example.org or to 201 796-5040. Two new slide shows on our Web Site One of our new slide shows has photos of the Zayin (seventh) grade class packing the Emergency Supply Packages that were delivered to those in need in our community. The other is from the Hanukkah Hagigah. Both can be seen at fljc.com – click on “Photos” on the left side of our internet home page. We also just added photos from the Women’s League convention when our Sisterhood was recognized with a special award. Sunday Breakfast Sunday Breakfast is being sponsored by Arie Greenbaum. If you would like to sponsor a breakfast please call Jerry Weiner. Nosh and Knowledge with Rabbi Roth Tuesday, December 28, 2010 from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. In the Pulka Room An open and far ranging discussion of the Bible. All texts are in English. No previous knowledge is needed. Each class is independent of the others, so come as often as you like. Bagels, coffee and tea are provided. Men’s Progess Club General Meeting and Big Breakfast Sunday, January 9, 2011 at 9:45 a.m. Membership dues will be collected at the door. Only paid-up member of the MPC may attend. Come eat a hearty breakfast and find out what the Men’s Progress Club has planned for the rest of the year. Tu B’Shevat Celebration Saturday, January 15, 2011 Join us for Shabbat Services with JNF guest speaker Larry Frankel. Kiddush Following Services. Mitzvot Project Goal: To raise funds to purchase a garden (100 Trees) in the name of the Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Congregation B’nai Israel to be planted in Israel to help replace some of the nearly 500,000 trees destroyed in a terrible, devastating forest fire in Israel last summer. How to reach Goal: If each single member, couple, and family purchases at least 1 tree ($18.00 per tree) or more, then we can easily reach our goal. Please send or bring your checks to the Center Office, payable to JNF with code# HN103041 written in the memo of your check to make the FLJC/CBI Garden of 100 Trees in Israel a reality! Thank you for your help! Carolyn Shenberg – Tu B’Shevat Committee. TOT SHABBAT January 15, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. In the School Auditorium A monthly service for families with children ages birth to six. The service includes singing, prayers, stories and movement followed by snack and socializing. Mark your calendars for the 2010-2011 - 5771 dates: January 15th, February 19th, March 26th, April 16th, May 21st & June 18th. Free! Non-members welcome! Bring friends and make friends! To receive more information, sign up for email reminders, or get more involved, contact Estelle Haberman, email@example.com 201 873 1218. Social Action: Help Us Feed 150 People in Our Community Sunday, January 16, 2011 We will once again be volunteering to cook and serve a dinner for 150 people at the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Service Center in Hackensack. We will need volunteers to cook and/or buy food and bring it (warmed in aluminum tins, if needed) to the shul between 3:30 pm and 3:45 pm on Sunday, January 16th. Roasted chickens cut up in eighths, spaghetti, salad, breads/rolls, are some of the items. The full list is on the shul website or you can contact the office. If you would like to donate/cook please contact Robin Findling, firstname.lastname@example.org , Peggy Wesley, MEEMA37@aol.com , Jody Small, email@example.com or call the office and let us know which item(s) and how much you can bring. You can also make monetary donations and we will purchase the items. Finally, let us know if you would like to serve food at the shelter. The shelter’s policy is that you have to be 14 years old or older to volunteer. We will need your help from 3:45pm when we will leave from the shul parking lot to go to Hackensack until about 7PM to set up, serve and clean up. Thank you for your help and support. Books and Bagels Presents: The Lonely Man of Faith Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Boston Orthodox Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik has produced a timeless spiritual guide for men and women of all religions. In this soaring eloquent essay, first published in Tradition Magazine in 1965, “The Rav”, as he is known to his followers worldwide, investigates the essential aloneness of the person of faith whom he deems a misfit in our narcissistic, technologically-oriented, utilitarian society.-Publishers Weekly. This book will be reviewed by Cantor Eric Wasser. Our Meetings are open to all Center members at no charge, and to non-center members at a cost of $5.00 per session. Please call the Center Office to make a reservation. For further information call Ellen Wertheim at 201-797-1920. FLJC/CBI to Host Israeli Night Club The Israel Committee of the Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Congregation Bnai Israel will host an Israeli Night Club event on Saturday evening, January 29 at 8PM. The Night Club program, entitled “A Taste of Israel,” will feature live entertainment by international singer Esty Tzabar Crisona. Crisona has performed in Israel, Europe, and the US, and recently headlined a concert at Carnegie Hall. She has participated in the Eurovision song festival and has a vast and illustrious repertoire of songs, including both traditional and contemporary Israeli and Jewish selections. Israeli delicacies, and desserts and coffee will be served. Guests are invited to bring their own kosher wines and beverages. Reservations are $30 per person in advance; a table of 10 can be reserved for $250. There is s special student rate of $18. Admission at the door is $35. For reservations or more information, contact the Fair Lawn Jewish Center office at (201) 796-5040. Men’s Progress Club Chanukah Charity Fundraiser (NACOEJ) The Men's Progress Club is nearing our goal, and we are still accepting donations for the North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry (NACOEJ) which supports food and educational programs for very needy Ethiopian Israeli Children. We are just a few donations away from sponsoring one child for an entire year!! Please consider a generous donation and help kindle the hope of these children during this Season of Miracles. FLJC/CBI Welcomes Barbara Ribakove (NACOEJ) - Sunday, January 30, 2011 The Men's Progress Club and the Israel Action Committee are please and proud to announce that the Executive Director and Founder of the North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry, Barbara Ribakove Gordon, will be our guest speaker on January 30th, 2011. Barbara will also be speaking to our Hebrew School students that morning. At the end of the event, we will all get together as the MPC presents Barbara with our donation from the Chanukah Charity Fundraiser, followed by a reception. More details to follow. Sisterhood Presents: Sandwiches For the “Sandwich” Generation February 8, 2011 at 7:00 pm Leading the program will be Karen Brand, Licensed Clinical Social Worker from Jewish Family Services of North New Jersey offering us Resources, Information and Strategies, for families juggling with raising children and aging loved ones. Admission: $5 Members, $10 Non-Members. All welcome to this event. Please RSVP to Donna Pasternak at 201-791-9704 or firstname.lastname@example.org By February 1st so we know how much to prepare for this event. Thank you. Sponsor donations for this event appreciated. Saturday, February 19, 2011 Honoring “Mench of the Year” Charlie Cohen and all our Center Volunteers. Luncheon to follow services. Passover Seder Survey Are you interested in joining your Center Family for a Seder at the Synagogue on the Second Night of Passover – April 19, 2011? We would love to have a Passover Seder with a traditional dinner and all the trimmings, “from soup to nuts.” Projected cost: Adults $55.00 per person, Children (Under 12) $27.50 each and Children (under 5 years) Free. Dinner will include Family Style Platters, Wine, Grape Juice and Soda. If you are interested please fill out the form that was in your 15 th mailing as well as the News and Views and also online. Questions? please call Charlie Cohen at 201-797-3954 or email email@example.com. If cost is an issue, please call June Aranoff and she will discuss your option in the strictest confidence. Please do so immediately so that we can get an accurate number of people interestead. Sunday Soccer League 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. For 2-12 years old NCAA College Coaches, big play/super skills training, unique pre-school program, amazing skill acquisition and Everyone Welcome! For more information & registration forms call 914-401-1771 or visit the web at firstname.lastname@example.org / www.happyfeetsoccerny.com Bima Kiddush Cloth Include your family name on the embroidered tablecloth used on the Bima to recite Kiddush on Shabbat and Yom Tov. $36.00 per family name. Acknowledgement cards will be sent in recognition of special occasions. Questions? Call Ellie Weiner at 201-791- 2693. Library Hours Monday – Thursday . . . . . . 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Sundays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Services - Mornings Sunday, December 26th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:00 a.m. Monday, December 27th - Friday, December 31st . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:00 a.m. Saturday, January 1st (Traditional) 8:45 a.m. (Egalitarian) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:00 a.m. Services – Evenings th Sunday, December 26 –Thursday, December 30th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7:30 p.m. Friday, December 31st . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:30 p.m. JUNIOR CONGREGATION - Saturday Mornings 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. In the Board Room downstairs Grades 1st – 6th BABYSITTING FOR THE YOUNGER SET - Saturday Mornings 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Upstairs in the School Auditorium for children ages 2-5 Years House of Rock Band “Touch of Gray”: Is looking for a Sax Player. If you are interested in joining the band, please contact Barry Schwartz at 201-796-6175.
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