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Shabbat Vayigash

Numbers 44:18-47:27
Candle Lighting time 4:24 p.m.


Pete Peterson’s first contact with Vietnam was in the Vietnam War. During a bombing raid in 1966, his plane was shot down and he was taken prisoner. Over 30 years later he returned as US Ambassador to Vietnam. One press article called him “a walking billboard for reconciliation.” He realized years ago that God had not saved his life for him to live in anger. Because he believed this, he used the rest of his life and his position to make a difference by pushing for better safety standards for children in Vietnam.


In this week’s Torah portion, Vayigash, Joseph chose reconciliation with his brothers over continue anger and revenge. His words to his brothers help heal the breach between them. “I am your brother Joseph, he whom you sold into Egypt. Now, do not be distressed or reproach yourselves because you sold me hither; it was to save life that God sent me ahead of you…so it was not you who sent me here, but God….” (45:4-8) You might say that Joseph was the very first “walking billboard for reconciliation.”


We live in a broken divided nation in a broken and divided world. This is the first Shabbat of the New Year 2017.  A new beginning allows us a fresh start.  Using Joseph as our role model, we can become walking billboard for reconciliation for our family, friends, nation, and even the world. Let’s take our role seriously. Wherever God places us in this world as His partner, He can use us as walking billboards of reconciliation so peace, truth, and freedom may forever abide in our midst.


Shabbat Shalom,


Rabbi Greene


Service Schedule

Friday night 7:00 p.m.
Shabbat 9:30 a.m.


Save the Date!

Shabbat, January 14th Our next Lunch and Learn.  Our topic will be "Saving Judaism from Itself: Putting God Second" Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.  Lunch is only $12.00 per person with children enrolled in Hebrew School free with a parent or guardian.  RSVP by Monday January 9th


Sunday, January22 Waltz with Bashir is our next feature film in our Israeli film fesitval. Waltz with Bashir is a 2008 Israeli animated war documentary film written and directed by Ari Folman. It depicts Folman in search of his lost memories of his experience as a soldier in the 1982 Lebanon War.


It won a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film, an NSFC Award for Best Film, a César Award for Best Foreign Film and an IDA Award for Feature Documentary, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, a BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language and an Annie Award for Best Animated Feature.


The movie is free and open to the public.



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