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Shabbat Truma

Exodus 25:1-27:19
Friday, March 3rd Candle Lighting time 5:30 p.m.

This week’s Torah portion begins with the first tzedakkah campaign in the history of the Jewish people. “Tell the Israelite people to bring Me gifts; you shall accept gifts for Me from every person whose heart so moves him.” (Ex 25:2) Everybody knows the benefit of exercise.  Researched has shown that exercise impacts positively both our physical and mental capabilities. But did you know that mitzvah-tzedakah work also help achieves these goals Rabbi Akiva taught: “There are 248 positive Mitzvot in the Torah corresponding to the number of parts in the human body. Each and every part of the body shouts to the person ‘Do a Mitzvah through me; the benefit will be that we will live and you will live a long life.’” (Mechilta, Ki Taytzay 2)


By now you know that I’m raising money for the Camp Ramah’s Tikvah programs by riding my bike in Israel. Over 71 people have already made a donation to my cause and I thank you. Do you know anything about the cause I am supporting?


Since the first Ramah Tikvah program opened in 1970, the Ramah Camping Movement has continued to be a pioneer in the inclusion of Jewish campers with disabilities. Tikvah programs now operate in all Ramah camps across North America, offering the inspirational Ramah experience to Jewish children, teens, and young adults with learning, developmental, cognitive, and social disabilities.

The goal of the programs in the National Ramah Tikvah Network is to enhance Jewish identity and teach Jewish values in a supportive, inclusive, fun environment. At Ramah, campers with Down Syndrome, Autism, and a wide variety of developmental and physical disabilities have many opportunities to connect and participate in activities with campers throughout the camp. These interactions provide an exceptional benefit to the entire Ramah community by fostering a heightened sensitivity toward individual differences. All the net proceeds from the fundraising efforts will support the Tikvah special needs programs of the Ramah camps. 

By riding my bike for exercise and raising funds for tzedakkah will allow my live a full, meaningful, and hopefully long life. If you have already made a donation, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  If you haven’t yet, I hope that your heart will move you to support me by through this website: 

It's fast, easy, and totally secure.  It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts.  If you wish, you may also send a check made out to the National Ramah Commission, 3080 Broadway, NY, NY 10027 with a notation of your support of my fund raising efforts and send it to them.

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Greene


Prayer Times

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



Save the Date!

Thursday, March 2nd and 16th 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Make your own Tallit-a workshop led by Judy Greene.  Open to all Men, Women, Boys, and Girls.
Saturday night, March 11th 7:00 p.m. We celebrate Purim with a Megillah reading.


Shabbat, March 25th, Lunch and Learn "Putting God Second: How to Save Religion From Itself." Lunch is only $12.00. RSVP a must by March 20th


Sunday, March 26th, 11:00 a.m.  Our next film in our Israeli Film Festival is "The Apartment."  

In the 1930s, two German couples visited Palestine together. One couple, the Tuchlers, was Jewish. The husband in the other couple, the von Mildensteins, was the predecessor of Adolf Eichmann, Nazi propagandist and eventual war criminal. Baron von Mildenstein wrote an article about the trip, "A Nazi in Palestine," for a Nazi newspaper.

Both men in fact were ardent Zionists, of course for different reasons. Von Mildenstein believed that encouraging Germany's Jews to emigrate to Palestine was a practical solution to "The Jewish problem," and used his position to encourage his thinking with Hitler and Goebbels. As the Holocaust began to take shape, the Tuchlers sailed for Palestine. Remarkably, after the war, they reached out to their old friends the von Mildensteins, and the friendship was restarted, the couples remaining close and friendly

"The Flat," a spellbinding documentary about family secrets, begins when the maker of this film, Arnon Goldfinger, joins his mother in cleaning out the Tel Aviv flat of his grandmother, her mother, who had just died at 98. They find the possessions of a lifetime, and among them, the long-ago newspaper article. His grandparents were friendly with a high Nazi official? More than that: Arnon's mother, Hannah, tells him that the couples resumed their friendship.

The movie is free and opened to the public. Brunch will be available for purchase. Hot Dogs for $2.00 each. Chips for $1.00 per bag. Desert will be between $1.00 -$2.00. 


Sunday, April 23rd 10:30 a.m. Our Community-wide observance of Yom Hashoa is being held at Marathon this year.

Sunday, June 4th Join us as  we march in the Celebrate Israel Parade



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