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Shabbat Ki Tavo

Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8
Friday, September 20th Candle Lighting time 6:39 PM

This week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo, begins by discussing the farmer’s obligation to bring his first fruits to the Temple and to thank God for blessing his land. The farmer is commanded to be full of joy and happiness as result of all the plenty that God bestowed upon him. “And you shall enjoy, together with the Levite and the stranger in your midst, all the bounty that the Lord your God has bestowed upon you and your household.” (Deuteronomy 26:11) right after this, the Torah goes on to a different topic. It talks of the farmer’s obligation to give a percentage of the crops to the poor, the orphans, and the widows, every third year.


What is the connection between the mitzvah of joy and happiness to that of tzedakkah? The Ba’al HaTurim offers an explanation. He writes that the connection between these two passages is that we can only be truly happy if we look after and provide for the needs of the poor and helpless.


We don’t have to look too far to find a real crisis. Because of hurricane Dorian, too many people of Bahamas have lost everything. They need the basic necessities of life, food, water, and shelter. Judaism teaches us if we really want to have a very happy new year, we must share our blessings with those who are in need. Consequently, I encourage you to make a contribution to the UJA emergency Bermuda relief fund at 100% of all funds collected will be used towards helping them.


Shabbat Shalom,


Rabbi Greene


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Sunday, September 22, Slichot

Slichot services followed by        10:00 AM

a brunch


Erev Rosh Hashanah, Sunday, September 29

Candle lighting time                        6:28 PM

Mincha/Ma’ariv                                                6:30PM


1st day Rosh Hashanah, Monday,

September 30  

Shacharit                                             9:00 AM

Carlebach minyan                            10:30 AM

Tashlich/Healing Service               5:00 PM

Candle lighting time            after  7:28 PM


2nd day of Rosh Hashanah, Tuesday,

October 1

Shacharit                                             9:00 AM


Shabbat Shuvah, Friday, October 4

Candle lighting time                        6:15 PM

Kabbalat Shabbat services           7:00 PM


Shabbat Shuvah, Saturday, October 5

Shacharit                                             9:30 AM


Erev Yom Kippur, Tuesday, October 8

Candle lighting time                        6:08 PM

Kol Nidre                                             6:00 PM


Yom Kippur, Wednesday, October 9

Shacharit                                             9:00 AM

Carlebach minyan                            11:00 AM

Yizkor approximately                      1:00 PM

Mincha                                                 4:00 PM

Neila                                                      5:45 PM

Ma’ariv with Shofar blasts            6:45 PM


Erev Shabbat, Friday, October 11

Candle lighting time                        6:03 PM


Shabbat, Saturday, October 12

Shacharit services                            9:30 AM


Erev Sukkot, October 13

Candle lighting time                        6:00 PM


1st day Sukkot, Monday, October 14

Shacharit                                             9:30 AM

Candle lighting time after             7:00 PM


2nd day Sukkot, Tuesday, October 15

Shacharit                                             9:30 AM


Erev Shabbat, Hol Hamoed, October 18

Candle lighting time                        6:00 PM

Kabbalat Shabbat services           7:00 PM


Shabbat, Hol Hamoed, October 19

Creative Sukkot service 10:00 AM


Erev Shemini Atzeret, Sunday, October 20

Candle lighting time                        5:55 PM


Shemini Atzeret, Monday, October 21

Shacharit                                             9:30 AM

Yizkor approximately                      11:00 AM

Candle lighting time            after  6:55 PM

Ma’ariv and Simchat Torah

Hakafot                                                                7:00 PM


Simchat Torah, Tuesday, October 22

Shacharit                                             9:30 AM

Sit down Cholent Kiddush follows services!



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