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Chabad Weekly Update 4th of Nissan 5777, March 31st '17

Friday, 31 March, 2017 - 5:36 pm

Message from the Rabbi

happiness meter.jpgTwo elderly men were sitting on a park bench, conversing.

"My daughter has been married five times: to a doctor, a lawyer, an engineer, a plumber, and a professor," confided the first man.

His friend nodded and replied, "So much nachas from one girl!"

So, what is real “nachas”?

The dictionary translates it as pride or pleasure, but it is much more than that! Nachas is an indescribable feeling you derive from your children, grandchildren, students, etc. Only after you have experienced it, can you say “Oh, this is nachas”!

Even G‑d experiences nachas when we do what we are supposed to. In this week’s Torah portion we read that when a sacrifice was brought, it caused a Divine response described as “reiach nichoach”-“a pleasing aroma.” But what kind of joy can a physical burnt offering bring to an infinite G‑d?

Rashi translates “reiach nichoach” as “this is nachas for me, for my request was fulfilled,” and explains that G‑d’s pleasure is not from the sacrifice per se, but from the person who complied with His will.

But a careful read of the section which lists all the sacrifices shows something incongruous: Each sacrifice is described as eliciting Divine nachas, with one exception—the thanks-giving sacrifice! Why?

The Lubavitcher Rebbe explains that Divine nachas is reserved for selfless, voluntary deeds, and not for acts of basic human decency. Believe it or not, being a mentch is not considered, by Torah standards, heroics. When a person brings a thanks-giving sacrifice after experiencing one of G‑d’s great miracles, G‑d is not particularly proud of him, because that is what he should be doing for himself in the first place – not for G‑d, but for his own human dignity and sense of decency.

In other words, we don’t need religion to teach us to say “thank you.” It is something we should be doing instinctively on our own.

When teaching our children manners, we need to be aware that saying “please” and “thank you” are only the first step. The next step is teaching them to go out of their way to do the kind of unexpected, selfless acts which cause Divine nachas—for a friend or even someone they may have never met before.

When we go out of our way to do something meaningful, for G‑d or others, that is true nachas.

  Volume 18 Number 26, 4th of Nissan 5777, March 31st '17

Chabad Weekly Update


Kiddush Sponsor

Kiddush CupThis week’s Kiddush will be extremely simple as the kitchen is already in the midst of being cleaned for Passover.    

Everyone is invited to join us for this beautiful weekly gathering.

Kiddush Sponsorship

If you have not sponsored a Kiddush for a while and/or if you have a birthday, anniversary, or perhaps a Yarzeit you wish to mark, please respond to this message.

Kiddush sponsorship begins at $180.


Children’s Escape Room THIS Sunday 10am – 12pm @ the Educational Annex

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Everyone is invited to join us this Sunday from 10am – 12pm for our first ever Escape Room, where the participants will use their Pesach knowledge to get out of our mini Egypt! This will be a ton of fun and highly education as well! The address of our Educational Annex at 7740-E El Camino Real, Carlsbad (across the street from the shul).

Passover Plans ‘17

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Chabad at La Costa will again be offering a full array of Passover activities designed to educate the Jewish residents of North County in an engaging and meaningful way while encouraging additional observance of the special Passover traditions.

Chabad will be hosting a complete schedule of joyous and meaningful holiday services (holiday flyer already mailed).

The highlight of the holiday are the warm and traditional Sedarim (traditional Passover meals). When the rabbis, of blessed memory, codified the Seder, they managed to create the ultimate in interactive learning opportunities. The hands-on approach of the Seder, and the inclusive nature of the narrative, ensures that everyone – particularly the children – have a meaningful experience that will not only make a strong positive impression now, but will create positive lifelong memories. Everyone is invited to partake of our home-cooked, Kosher for Passover, Sedarim. Information and reservations can be made by visiting

If you would like further information regarding our beautiful, interactive community Seders (both nights), purchasing Israeli, handmade Shmurah Matzot, and/or appointing the Rabbi to sell your Chametz (forbidden leavened products), please respond immediately to this message and we will get in touch, or click on the image above for our online resources.

Special Pesach Fund

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At this time of year it is has been a long-standing tradition amongst Jews the world over to give extra charity to help the poor for Passover. Passover needs tend to be more costly than some families can afford. It is for this reason that Chabad at La Costa will again be raising money for distribution. This fund is called “Ma’ot Chitim,” which literally means money for bread.

We need you to be as generous as you can to help the less fortunate Jews here and abroad. Perhaps you can donate $108 so a family can be sponsored for our communal Seder? Please go online and use the secure donation link at G-d promises those who give charity that it as if they have made a personal loan to the Almighty, and He always pays back, with interest!

Holocaust Memorial / Kosher LA Outing

Museum of Tolerance

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Join us on Sunday, April 23rd as we embark on a tour of the world famous Museum of Tolerance located in LA. We will leave (carpools being formed) from the shul at 10am and heading straight to the museum where will be spend 90 minutes to two hours touring the museum.

Following the museum we will take a tour of the Pico Robertson neighborhood known for its Kosher Restaurant Row. After our late lunch / early dinner we will head over to the West Coast Talmudic Seminary, also known as Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad, to see a modern Yeshiva in action.

In order to keep the pricing as low as possible we will have everyone pay his/her own way at the Museum (approximately $15 each) and at the restaurant. Those who can help provide rides please contact the office at your earliest convenience. We will provide the Rebbetzin’s van and a couple of spots in the Rabbi’s car (first come – first served).

New JLI Course Beginning

Survival of a Nation: Exploring Israel Through the Lens of the Six Day War


One fateful week in June 1967 redrew the map of the Middle East.

Fifty years later, Israel continues to face numerous existential threats.

Experience an inspiring and thrilling account of what was then considered the most improbable and astonishing victory in all of military history.

Drawing on ideas of great Jewish writers and thinkers from throughout the ages, Survival of a Nation presents the Six-Day War as you’ve never experienced it before.

Its six sessions confront the impossible yet important questions of our time with affectionate and fervent patriotism, while also remaining realistic, and morally anchored.

This spellbinding course will sweep you up in its narrative force and abiding love for our nation’s history and the best of its traditions, and will not let go of you until it’s done.

Here are some of the highlights:

If Judaism is a religion of ideas, why do Jews care so much about land?

Why does Israel perpetually raise the ire of the entire world?

what are the ethics of preemptive strikes and collateral damage?

How should Israel protect itself against an enemy that hides behind human shields?

What should Israel do with territories captured during the Six-Day War?

What lies at the heart of the land-for-peace debate?

Haftarah Thought

By: Gabbai Harold Reisman

Isaiah  43:21-44:23

Isaiah was a worldly man. His piety was coupled with wide-ranging knowledge and a deep religiosity. Isaiah preached that the people of Israel were not obedient to Hashem - the major demand had to be understood as ethical conduct. Isaiah did allow that understanding would lead to appreciation for a proper life. The Haftarah defines evil behavior but allows for  the potential for understanding and change. Closeness to Hashem is not a privilege but a great responsibility. The Haftarah ends with "...for Hashem has redeemed Jacob, and He will glorify Himself through Israel."  It is incumbent on us to accept the partnership. While Jews are a "chosen people", they must also  exercise choice in how they live their lives.

Weekly Class Schedule

Daily Following Morning Services – Jewish Law with the Rabbi

Daily Following Morning Services – Tanya – Chabad Chasidic Philosophy with Rabbi Elia

Tuesday: Chasidic Philosophy – 7:30pm

Wednesday: Torah Portion of the Week – 7pm

Hebrew School This Week

Give your children the Jewish education that they deserve! Our Sunday Hebrew School offers lots of hands-on activities and positive reinforcement. Students learn Hebrew language skills, Jewish living and observance, Jewish history, and so much more! We include arts & crafts, field trips, and holiday programming to make their experience even more enjoyable. Your child will have fun as he or she gains an appreciation for the ‘why’s and ‘how’s of Judaism.  Our students want to be here!

Special Wishes

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes go out to Zane Rivkin and Freida Sarah Fenton and all of those celebrating their birthdays this week!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY wishes go out to all of those celebrating their anniversaries this week!

WE REMEMBER Anne Osher, Rebecca Glovsky on their Yarzeit.

May Fran Sekela and Roz Mintz be blessed with a full and complete recovery!


A Comm-Unity for You (and Me)

Belonging to a Jewish Community is not only gratifying and fulfilling it is also extremely important, for within the community one finds a place to connect with G-d and one’s soul, a place of learning and spiritual enrichment, a great source of friends, a place to bestow one’s Jewish legacy upon his or her child/ren, and so much more. Check out to learn more. 

The beauty of OUR Jewish Community is that we offer so many different options that everyone is sure to find something enriching and meaningful. Below please find a partial list of some of our current offerings. If you have never come by before pick an item or two and try it out. If you have already tried an item or two find another one that sounds interesting and give it a whirl. “Connection” – that is the name of the game and that is precisely what you will find here!

*Daily Minyan   *Shabbat Services   *Weekly Kiddush Luncheon   *Mysticism Classes   *Torah Portion Class   *Hebrew School   *Bar/Bat Mitzvah Training   *Mommy and Me   *Family Friday Night Services and Dinner   *Women’s Group   *Youth Activities   *Pastoral Counseling   *Holiday Programming   *Community Meals   *Hospital Visitation   *Weekly Email Updates   *Hospital Visitation   *Mezuzah Campaign   *Jewish Heritage Workshops   *Jewish Learning Institute Affiliate

Need a Minyan?

If you need a Minyan to say Kaddish please give the office at least a few days notice. We are happy to provide this important service, but it takes time to arrange enough participants to assure the quorum is present. Please email your request.

Minyan Shaping Up

We are most proud to announce that our morning Minyan is looking good! In fact, we got a Minyan every day this week. The success is a direct result of the increase in our core group of committed participants. A daily Minyan is a very important service provided by a shul to its local community. Praying with a Minyan is considered a great Mitzvah as it helps our prayers effectiveness (ask the Rabbi for a more complete explanation). It also allows those who need to say Kaddish to do so properly.

We are facing a challenge, as in the coming weeks a couple of our regulars will be out of town (going to Yeshiva programs). We need a couple of more people to step forward and fill this gap to make sure we do not lose momentum. Can you make a commitment to our daily Minyan?

Shabbat Services with Meaning & Joy

Every Saturday we get together to celebrate the holy Shabbat in song and prayer. Our services are both traditional and user-friendly, as we fully recognize that not everyone has experience ‘Davening’ (praying) in a traditional setting. What those who have joined have found is that the atmosphere in our synagogue is conducive to meaningful meditation. A knowledge of Hebrew is not necessary to participate. In fact, the only thing that is needed is the desire to learn and to connect to the Almighty. It is an enriching experience not to be missed! Shabbat services begin at 10am and conclude at approximately 12:30pm and are followed by a wonderful community lunch. There is no cost to attend and reservations are not needed.

Omni La Costa Resort Welcomes Chabad at La Costa Guests

We are pleased that our world-famous neighbor, the Omni La Costa Resort, has extended a special program offering all sorts of perks to those who book using the ‘Chabad’ code when booking. The special terms include the lowest room rate available, a reduced resort fee of $15.00 (normally $28.00) and complimentary self-parking (savings of $18.00 per car per day).  The resort’s deposit requirement is waived for Chabad guests as well as the three-day cancellation policy.  Chadad guests may cancel until 6pm on the day of arrival to avoid a charge of one night’s room and tax.

To book your room at the special Chabad rate, call toll-free 800-854-5000 or book online at  Or you can find more information or book through our website: Follow the link for Visitor Information.

To date more than 400 people have used the Chabad code this year (2016)! Many people have expressed gratitude at having such world-class facilities in such close and convenient proximity to our Shul, and the joy at being to stay at the Omni and walk to Chabad for Shabbat services.

Memorial Plaques & Tree of Life Plaques Available

Our beautiful Memorial Boards have been installed. We specifically designed our custom-built bookcases to ‘frame’ each of the boards. The first Memorial Board was dedicated by the Brunelle Family and the new Board was dedicated by the Alter Family.

We are currently offering Memorial Plaques to those who wish to perpetually honor the memory of a loved one in a most dignified and permanent manner. Those who dedicate Memorial Plaques will also receive yearly reminders of the Yarzeit and the light on the Board will be illuminated each year on the Yarzeit.

We also have a gorgeous Tree of Life dedicated by the Lieberman Family that will shortly be going up. The purpose of the plaques on the Tree of Life is to commemorate joyous occasions (like Bar/Bat Mitzvah, anniversaries, special birthdays, weddings etc.).

The donation is only $360 per plaque for the Memorial Board or $180 for the Tree of Life. Those who wish to participate should send an email to, or call Rabbi Eilfort at 760-943-8891.

Cell Phones & Chatting During Services

Needless to say the sanctuary on Shabbat or holidays is a place that must be conducive to reflective prayers and serenity. To help keep it this way, please refrain from engaging in any conversations during services and please do not bring in your cell phone. Thank you for your cooperation.

Shul Etiquette

Those who join us regularly for Shabbat services will agree that we have something very special going. The family-friendly atmosphere is unique and most inviting. We welcome everyone as though he/she is a long time member of the family.

At the same time it is important to remember that we are a synagogue. Our sanctuary is meant to be a place where it is conducive to finding inner peace and tranquility. That is why the Rabbis have many laws concerning the decorum of a shul.

It is appropriate to dress modestly and to dress somewhat formally in shul. Men should wear button down shirts, slacks (no jeans or shorts), with jackets and even ties when possible. Of course the head is to be kept covered at all times. Women should wear skirts that go past the knees and blouses with high neck lines and sleeves that cover the elbows. Married women should wear hats and the like.

Children must be supervised at all times by the parents except during Junior Congregation (11:30am). While we want the children to have a great time together it is also important that they do not become so wild and/or boisterous that they disturb those of us who are participating in the services.

We must remember that we should walk to shul and never park in the parking lot if there already eight cars parked. Finally, and we fully realize this goes against Jewish DNA, it is appropriate to come to shul ON TIME. While we know everyone is vying to be counted as the 10th, we are equally sure Hashem will give extra credit to those who come ON TIME at 10am (not to be confused with 11:30). We look forward to seeing you here!

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Hauling the Junk Away with Victor

Victor Libraty has recently moved to Encinitas and has started a junk hauling and recycling business. Just in time for Pesach! If you have junk that needs to be removed call Victor at 760-815-7004. Tell him you saw his information in the Chabad Weekly Update!

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