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Shabbat Vayelech

Shabbat Shuva

Deuteronomy  31:1-30

Friday, September 18th Candle Lighting time 6:41 p.m.


When a defendant stands before a judge, he or she is at the mercy of the court. If the defendant is innocent, the court should be a haven. But if the defendant is guilty, we expect the court to exact punishment.


In Nahum, we see God as both a refuge and a judge. It says, “The Lord is good (to those who hope in Him), a haven in times of trouble” (1:7). But it also says, “He will make an end of her place (understood as the city of Nineveh); and chases His enemies into darkness” (v.8). Over 100 years earlier, Nineveh had repented after Jonah preached God’s forgiveness, and the land was safe (Jonah 3:10). But during Nahum’s day, Nineveh was plotting “evil against the Lord” (Nah. 1:11). In chapter 3, Nahum details Nineveh’s destruction.


Many people know only one side of God’s dealings with the human race but not the other. They think that He is holy and wants only to punish us, or that He is merciful and wants only to show kindness. In truth, He is judge and haven. Both on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur we recite the piyyut, religious poem, L’eyl Oreych Din which proclaims that God “decides righteously on the Day of Judgment but also who bestows mercy on the Day of Judgment.”


The whole truth about God comforts us as we seek atonement on Yom Kippur! He is judge, but because of his love and compassion for us He is also our safe haven when we return to Him. There is no better time to approach God in repentance than Shabbat Shuvah and Yom Kippur.


Shabbat Shalom and have an easy fast,

Rabbi Greene


Service Schedule

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


Save the Date!

Don't forget to make your Sukkot dinner resesrvations for our annual Sukkah dinner,October 2nd. $20.00 per adult and children under 12 years old are free with a paid adult.


5776 Fall Holiday Service Schedule 

All Services will begin promptly on time!


Shabbat Shuva,  Friday, September 18

Candle Lighting Time                         6:41 p.m

Kabbalat Shabbat services                   7:00 p.m.


Saturday, September 19

Shacharit                                               9:30 a.m.


Erev Yom Kippur, Tuesday, September  22

Mincha                                                  6:15 p.m.

Candle Lighting Time                         6:34 p.m.

Kol Nidre                                               6:30 p.m.


Yom Kippur, Wednesday, September 23

Shacharit                                               9:00 a.m.

Carlbach Minyon and Birthday                      

Party for the World                             11:00 a.m.

Family Service for Hebrew School

Families                                              11:00 a.m.

Yizkor                                   approx. 1:00 p.m.**

Mincha                                                  5:00 p.m.

Neila                                                       6:25 p.m.

Ma’ariv with Shofar Blasts               7:25 p.m.


Erev Sukkot, Sunday, September 27

Candle Lighting Time                         6:26 p.m.

Ma’ariv                                                 6:30 p.m***


1st Day Sukkot, Monday, September 28

Shacharit                                               930 a.m.

Ma’ariv                                                 7:00 p.m.

Candle Lighting                         after 7:26 p.m.


2nd Day Sukkot, Tuesday, September 29       

Shacharit                                               9:30 a.m.


Erev Shabbat Hol Hamoed Sukkot, October 2

Dinner in the Sukkah sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Services 6:00 P.M. Dinner to follow


Shabbat Hol Hamoed Sukkot, October 3

Special Outdoor Sukkot Services     10:00 a.m.


Erev Shimini Atzeret, Sunday, October 4

Ma’ariv                                                 7:00 p.m.

Candle Lighting Time                         6:15 p.m.


Shimini Atzeret and Simchat Torah,

 Monday, Oct 5

Shacharit                                               9:30 a.m.

Yizkor                                         approx. 11:00 a.m.

Candle Lighting Time                after 7:15 p.m.

Ma’ariv, & Simchat Torah Hakafot           7:00 p.m.


Simchat Torah, October 6,

Shacharit, Tuesday                             9:30 a.m.

Sit Down Chollent Kiddush after Services


*Joint Services with Little Neck Jewish Center and Lake Success Jewish Center.  Slichot services will be held at LNJC and Simchat Torah day services will be held at MJCC.

**  Please Note Time for Yizkor on Yom Kippur!

*** Please Note Time for Erev Sukkot services on Sunday



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