Jewish Community Center

Opening Doors to Spirituality, Social Consciousness, and Community A Friendly Egalitarian Conservative Congregation

Shabbat Breishit

1st Torah  Leviticus 1:1-5:26   2nd Torah numbers 28:9-15  3rd Torah Exodus 12:1-20
Candle Lighting time 6:45 p.m.


Our ancestors sought to draw close to God through the animal sacrifices offered up first in the portable Tabernacle and then in the Temple in Jerusalem.  In fact the Hebrew word for sacrifice is korbon and its root meaning is “to draw close”.  Today we worship God through prayer.  In honor of parashat Vayikra which describes in detail many of the sacrifices the Israelites offered up, my email devar Torah describes what a gift prayer is.


“I didn’t realize what a gift prayer was until I was injured on my Ramah Israel bike ride and you all prayed for me. People and synagogues literally all around the world prayed for my recovery. I cannot tell you what a comfort your prayers were! Your prayers strengthened me in this difficult time and have been an encouragement to my entire family.


One of the best ways to love others is to pray for them. Moses is our ultimate example in this. When his sister was stricken with a disease described as snow white scales in Numbers chapter 12, Moses prayed for her recovery. “So Moses cried out to the Lord, saying ‘O God, pray heal her!’” (Nu. 12:13) In our healing service on Rosh Hashanah we pray Moses’ prayer after we mentioned a loved one who needs healing.


All around us are people who need us to follow Moses’ example and love them with our prayers, inviting God’s help and intervention in their lives. We can ask God to help us pray for them, and He will! If you want to add a name to our prayer list of people we pray for every Shabbat, just call the office and let us know the person’s Hebrew name and his mother’s Hebrew name. If you don’t know those Hebrew names, we will happily use the person’s English name.


May our loving Lord strengthen us to give generously the gift of our prayers for others today.


Shabbat Shalom,


Rabbi Greene

P. S. This Shabbat is special because we read from three different Torahs! One of the three Torahs will be heavier than the other two. We need some strong able-bodied people to help us lift these three Torahs. Won't you please help us and at the same time enjoy a spiritual oasis during our services.


Service Schedule

Shabbat 9:30 a.m.

Save the Date!

Tuesday, March 13 at 7:15PM Join Sisterhood for a Women’s Seder


Join us for Fung Shueder – The Chinese Art of Fung Shui meets Passover Seder.  RSVP by March 6.  $5 contribution

Thursday, March 21 at 7 PM Join your friends from Temple Torah and Congregation L'Dor V'Dor (a.k.a. Little neck Jewish Center) as we put together the Yum Hashoa candle package which will be distributed to all members of our community before our annual Yum Hashoa service.


Sunday, April 15, 10:30 AM The community Yom Hashoa service, at Temple Torah


Celebrate Israel’s 70th Birthday as we march in the celebrate Israel Parade Sunday, June 3rd



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