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Shabbat Mishpatim

Exodus 21:1-24:18      
2nd Torah Exodus 30:11-16
Candle Lighting time 5:15 p.m.

Football season is officially over.  Ohio State became the national college champion by defeating Oregon.  The New England Patriots are the official Super Bowl 2015 winner. Before our thoughts turn to baseball and spring training, I would like to share one more football story in honor of Shabbat Shekalim, the first of four special Shabbatot before Passover. Its name comes from the maftir Aliyah reading, Shemot 30:11-16, which describes the obligation of every Israelite man to contribute a half shekel.  The contribution served two purposes.  It provided funds to support the operation of the Temple and at the same time, it accomplished a census of Israelite men.  The rich could not give more and the poor could not give less.  Thus everybody had an equal share in the Temple service.  Now my story.

The administrators of the high school in Barrow, Alaska, were tired of seeing students get into trouble and drop out at a rate of 50 percent. To keep students interested, they started a football team, which offered them a chance to develop personal skills, teamwork, and learn life lessons. The problem with football in Barrow, which is farther north than Iceland, is that it’s hard to plant a grass field. So they competed on a gravel and dirt field.

Four thousand miles away in Florida, a woman named Cathy Parker heard about the football team and their dangerous field. Impressed by the positive changes she saw in the students, she went to work. About a year later, they dedicated their new field, complete with a beautiful artificial-turf playing surface. She had raised thousands of dollars to help some kids she didn’t even know.

This story is not about football—or money. It is about remembering to be God’s partner in perfecting this world and to share His gifts to us with others. I like what one preacher once said: “God has given us two hands-one to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for sharing.”  Or in the famous words of Dolly in the play Hello Dolly:  “Money, pardon the expression, is like manure. It's not worth a thing unless it's spread around, encouraging young things to grow.


Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Greene

Service Schedule

Friday night 7:00 p.m.
Shabbat 9:30 a.m.
Mon. & Thurs postponed for time being
Sun. - Thurs 7:30 p.m.


Save the Date!

In the Community

The  entire Jewish Community is invited to a  Winter Bash, Saturday, Feb. 28th 8pm-11pm string That Duo Show playing hits from the 50s-90s at Congregation L'Dor V'Dor.  Wine, soft drinks, Hors d'oeures, Coffee, and Dessert. $25. in  advance and $30. at the door per person.


L’Evnot Koach (To Build Strength) single Parent Initiative. Samuel Field Y. Financial and parenting  workshops; information and referral services; socialization; career counseling; online support; child programming. For more information call Rachel Hoffman, LMSW (718) 224-0566.

A Time For Us allows adults with developmental disabilities, ages 24-40, to participate in social and  recreational opportunities in a safe and nurturing environment. A Time for Us meets one Sunday per  month, October throught June. A small fee is typically collected. Contact Jordana Davidson, LMSW at  718-225-6750 ext. 212. Samuel Field Y.


An update about my ride  this May for Camp Ramah special needs campers..

Good news everyone. I have reached my initial goal of $3600. I am so excited and thankful for all my friends' generosity. I am now stretching my goal in two directions. I would like to raise a total $5000.00 for this great cause. All I need is 7 more people willing to donate $100.00 a piece and I will have easily raised my new goal. Of course, I will gladly and thankfully accept any size donation you can afford. Every little bit helps. I would also like to have 100 supporters cheering me on (I have 74 so far). Please donate as much or as little as you can afford to help me reach my secondary goal of 100 supporters as well.


Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts. Or you may make a check out to the National Ramah Commission and send it to Camp Ramah, 3080 Broadway, NY, NY 10027. If you send a check, please make a notation that you are supporting me.


Thank you for your support!  If you have already made a donation, I want to thank you again for your generousity.



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