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Chabad Weekly Update 6th of Tammuz 5777, June 30th '17

Friday, 30 June, 2017 - 6:24 pm

Message from the Rabbi

Shlomo was traveling on the London underground, sitting opposite a middle-aged kippah-wearing Jew.

“Shalom, do you have the time?”asked Shlomo.

No response.

“Excuse me,” Shlomo persisted, “what time is it please?”

Again, no response.

“Sir, forgive me for interrupting you again, but I need to know the time. Why won’t you answer me?”

pocket watch.jpgFinally, the man saw fit to respond: “Son, the next stop is last one on this line. I haven’t seen you before, so you must be a stranger. If we start talking now, I'll have to invite you to my home. You’re young and good looking and I have a daughter named Suzy, so you'll probably end up getting married. But why on earth would I want a son-in-law who can’t even afford his own watch?!”

Indeed, the Jewish people have long been known for their superb logic.

But is logical an apt decision? Cast your mind back to the giving of the Torah, when our ancestors rashly declared "We will do and we will hear," committing to adhere to all G‑d's commandments, as set out in the Torah, without know what it contained! Is that no the very opposite of logical?

Moreover, many of the Torah's commandments are incomprehensible to our human logic. Even King Solomon, wisest of men, claimed that the ritual of the red heifer, delineated in this week’s Torah portion baffled him completely.

And yet, there is, ironically, something completely logical about adhering to an illogical system.

For one, any ethical system based solely on human logic is at risk of manipulation. Take murder, for example. If the basis for not murdering is merely a logical societal covenant, what happens when a member of society turns into a nuisance? The very same logic that outlaws murder can be then turned on its head to justify it. If, however, the system is based on a higher authority, there are no exceptions. An immutable law of G‑d must be adhered to unconditionally.

This point was really driven home in the last generation when one of the most progressive and logical nations in the world (Germany) committed some of the most heinous crimes against humanity, all under the guise of civilization and logic.

In addition, submitting to a supra-rational system turns us into better people. By accepting a higher authority and admitting to the weaknesses of human logic and intelligence, we become less egotistical. It makes us humble. And humility, never a weakness, helps us build a gentler and more sensitive world.

  Volume 18 Number 38, 6th of Tammuz 5777, June 30th '17

Chabad Weekly Update


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This week’s Kiddush is being sponsored by Channah Hale in honor of the Yarzeits of Asher Baruch ben Zelig HaLevi (Arthur Hale), Zelig ben Avraham HaLevi (George Hale), and Avraham ben Yoel HaLevi (Abraham Siegal). 

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.


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Yarzeit Minyans Needed

A Yarzeit Minyan is needed on Monday, July 3rd at 8:30pm, Tuesday, July 4th at 8:30am, and at 7:30pm. If you can come and help do this wonderful Mitzvah it would be greatly appreciated.

Jewish Art Calendar

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We are now starting to collect ads for our gorgeous Jewish Art Calendars. Not only are the calendars lovely to look at, but they are full with information about Jewish holidays, special events, and even recipes! The special touch that we have is the personalization where we can add your own birthdays, anniversaries, or the Yarzeits of those you love.  We are also looking for a sponsor/dedication for this year’s calendar.

Participating in the calendar is an important way to support the Shul as well as advertise your business or personal event. Please call the office today for pricing information at 760-943-8891. The deadline for all orders is July 23rd!

BBQ Bounty & Steak Night 


Our BBQ Bounty is back and it is going strong! People love the new salad bar and moon bounce for the children. For $18 per adult and $10 per child (3-12) people get a delicious all-you-can-eat Kosher buffet experience! Burgers, hotdogs, hot wings, corn on the cob, fries, cotton candy and snow cones, are all available. Reservations are appreciated by responding to this email or by calling the office at 760-943-8891.

Steak Night Returns THIS Week!

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4th of July Celebration


We are truly blessed to live in this great country! Please join us in celebration as we host our annual 4th of July BBQ Spectacular from 7-10pm (Fireworks begin at 9pm sharp). Typically our parking lot gets filled up with friends and neighbors who wish to enjoy the BEST view of the Omni La Costa fireworks display. It is absolutely second to none! The cost is $18 per adult and $10 per child (3-12). The food will be great! The fireworks will be great! And best of all, the company will be great! Reserve today via email,

Camp for Our Fabulous Super Juniors!


July 5th, 6th, and 7th we will be hosting a wonderful Camp for Kids! Bring your little ones for a safe and engaging experience from 11:30am – 2:30pm. The children will engage in play and learning in a wholesome atmosphere under the direct supervision of Morah Chaya and/or Morah Nechama. Camp will take place in our Educational Annex, 7740-E El Camino Real, Carlsbad. The cost is $25 per day. Scholarships and Family Discounts are available. Children 6 months – 3 years. Send an email to for further information.

New Membership Year: 
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Please note that our membership year ends on June 30th. If you made the commitment to be a member in the past year but have not yet paid your membership dues please come current immediately. You may contact the office to find out the status of your account or write to

Also, please note that the Chabad at La Costa Membership year begins on July 1st. We are asking that all of our friends and supporters fill out and return the Membership Application Form, which will be mailed in the near future as soon as possible.

We rely on Membership as the single most important source of revenue for our Jewish Center. If our shul has helped you or if you believe in what we are doing, please “make it official,” and become a Member. Remember, “Membership has its privileges!” Those who are already Members please accept are most sincere appreciation, and please send in your forms.

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Hebrew School Registration

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!

Please contact our Hebrew School Director, Morah Nechama Eilfort or Morah Chaya Eilfort for further info.

Haftarah Thought

By Gabbai Harold Reisman

Shoftim 11: 1-33 

The background story of this Haftarah is not in the text we read but it is very important. The king of Ammon claimed sovereignty over parts of Eretz Yisroel. (This is an old phenomenon but occurs even today.) The basis, such as it is, is in the Parashah. Ammon and Moav were descendants of Lot (Abraham's nephew). The land had belonged to Moav but was conquered by Sichon. Ammon claimed ownership but Yiftach (who sincerely tried to avoid war) said that since Sichon had conquered the land, Ammon was in error and had no rights to the land.

The willingness to negotiate (but not yield any area of the land) and to avoid war is overshadowed by the improper pledge (v. 31) - whose terrible result is not shown in the text of the Haftarah. In any case, the rash vow could have been annulled by priestly authority.

Weekly Class Schedule

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

Cancelled due to 4th of July Celebration - Tuesday: Jewish Mysticism/Chasidic Philosophy – 7:30pm

Wednesday: Torah Portion of the Week – 7:30pm

Special Wishes

MAZEL TOV wishes go out to Tanya Mintz and her family on the occasion of her Bat Mitzvah!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes go out to all of those celebrating their birthdays this week!

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

WE REMEMBER Sidney Weksler, Jacob Weill, Erna Berliner, Martin Magnes, and Arthur Hale 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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Highly talented, highly experienced business development/marketing consultant to wide range of businesses and non-profits can help you to find innovative new ways to raise money, launch, brand, market, sell, merchandise, and promote your products, services, and organization. Has written and improved wide variety of business plans, marketing plans, obtained major grants/new funding for a wide variety of ventures. Has unique ability to study most any business, quickly and creatively identify new sources of potential revenue, reduce costs, increase efficiencies, and drive more sales in the quickest time frames. Recognized expert on how to drive new sales via the internet. Acclaimed speaker to Southern California business groups, and particularly known for being a great “connector” with ability to introduce you to a wide variety of hard-to-reach decision-makers in various fields. Strong background in consumer products, medical products, high tech, "clean tech," "green" products, non-profits, much more. Call for details: cell: 818-219-9585.

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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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