Rabbi’s Shavuot Message

Posted on: May 27, 2016

The Holiday of Shavuot is essentially the celebration of the anniversary of our conversion to Judaism, as Rambam indicates in his Code of Jewish Law, that just as our ancestors undertook three steps in their entry into the covenant with Hashem, namely: Brit Milah – circumcision (Shemot 12:48), immersion in a mikvah (ibid 19:10), and…

Rabbi’s Purim Message

Posted on: March 14, 2016
Purim in Forest Hill synagogue

The Antidote to Haman: Jewish Unity The festival of Purim is generally known as a time of revelry and merrymaking. A time when we let our hair down celebrating our salvation from the wicked Haman who wanted to annihilate the Jewish People. This celebration has not lost its meaning for us throughout the centuries, for…

Observing Purim

Posted on: March 12, 2016
Hamantaschen cookies and candy background. View from above

Observing Purim TA’ANIT ESTHER-THE FAST OF ESTHER, Wed., March 23 Fast begins 5:42 am •Fast ends 7:50 pm The Fast of Esther commemorates the fasts and prayers of Queen Esther and the Jewish people which led to our salvation. Minchah “Machatzit HashekeI,” the contributing of the half shekel commemorates the annual donation of a half…

Our 76th Anniversary Banquet

Posted on: March 1, 2016

By all accounts, our 76th Anniversary Banquet was a great success, the new location, unique menu, lively dancing, and of course, outstanding honorees, made this banquet, in the words of one attendee “the best we’ve had so far.” Many thanks to Anne Kudel and Mary Schuster, Journal Committee, Ruth Schwab, Victor Saltiel, and Slava Shimunov,…