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Volume 24 Number 17 | 27 Teves, 5783 | January 20, 2023

 

Chabad Weekly Update

Volume 24 Number 17 | 27 Teves, 5783 | January 20, 2023
 
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MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
 

The first two plagues wrought upon the Egyptians contain conflicting messages:

The first, when all the water in Egypt turned into blood, represents the need to transform coldness into passion and excitement. The second plague, frogs, sent the opposite message, since the frogs, which are cold-blooded creatures, went so far as to sacrifice themselves by jumping into the Egyptians’ ovens, implying a cooling down of passion and excitement.

The plagues were not just punishments for the Egyptian tormentors, but also messages for us.

The different messages represented by these two plagues depend on the target. When focusing on a lack of passion in Judaism, the change needs to come in the form of blood–warmth and enthusiasm. But when there is passion for the wrong things–for worldly matters rather than for holiness–then the focus should be on lowering the temperature.

By striking this balance we bring absolute perfection to the world, leading to the ultimate perfection we hope and pray for every day—the coming of Moshiach!

Shabbat shalom,

CANDLE LIGHTING TIMES
Carlsbad and Encinitas

LIGHT CANDLES AT 4:52 PM – Friday, January 20, ‘23
SHABBAT ENDS 5:50 PM - Saturday, January 21, ‘23


SHABBOS NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
NO Friday Night & YES Shabbos Morning Services & YES Soup and Challah

MINYAN SCHEDULE

SERVICES THIS WEEK:

NO Friday Night @ 4:30pm

Sunday @ 8:30am

Monday @ 9:15am

Thursday @ 9:15am

PLEASE LET US KNOW WHICH DAY/S YOU CAN COME.

Thank you in advance and G-d bless!

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As we continue to bounce back from the pandemic please do NOT attend if you have ANY symptoms or if you are not feeling well. 

JLI: BookSmart Begins January 24th

A panoramic overview of 3000 years of Jewish learning, this course introduces you to the works that earned us the title
 
“The People of The Book.”
 
You will experience the different genres that shape Jewish life, including Tanach, Midrash, Talmud, Halachah, Philosophy, Kabbalah, Musar, Chassidism, and meet the influential personalities who drove thirty centuries of Jewish scholarship.
 
Whether you’re meeting these texts for the first time or as a seasoned scholar, this course will inform and enrich all your Jewish learning.
 
Register at www.myjli.com/learn/carlsbad. Scholarships and discounts are available.
 
I am very excited about teaching this course and I'm hoping you will join me on this journey through the Jewish written word. - Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort

MAZEL TOV! GREAT MIRACLES ARE HAPPENING HERE!

We are almost ready to unveil some incredible news regarding our Educational Level! Baruch Hashem, our community is being blessed in a BIG way, and generations to come will benefit!

KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN FOR AN EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT!

 

DOUBLE MAZEL TOV! WONDERFUL NEWS!

This week Rebbetzins Chaya and Nechama, as well as Morah Ruchel were informed that our preschool has been granted a permit to double our enrollment! We already have a waiting list, as our Coastal Gan Preschool continues to impress and grow. Those interested in more information should check out www.CoastalGan.com.  

 

SPECIAL Women’s Program on February 1st

Rosh Chodesh Coastal Women's Society

Daily Learning (Mondays – Fridays) with Rabbi Eilfort on Facebook Live

Rabbi Eilfort shares a daily Torah thought on Facebook Live every weekday. The starting time is 8:45am and it lasts about 15 minutes (give or take). The format is that he shares a thought of the day that includes ideas from that day’s Torah Portion and/or Tanya portion and/or Thought of the Day and/or General Torah ideas.

In order to participate you must be the Rabbi’s ‘Friend’ on Facebook (Yeruchem Eilfort is the user name). If you are not already a friend send a friend request. Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate. Even if you do not catch the class live it is saved on the Rabbi’s feed so you can watch it at your convenience.     

Kiddush Sponsors

This week’s Kiddush is being sponsored by Sheila Lebovitz in memory of her father Isadore Stern. Rabbi and Rebbetzin Eilfort are cosponsoring the Kiddush in honor of Rivka and Yonah Fenton, and their children (the Eilforts’ grandchildren) who are visiting from New Haven! 

Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate in our weekly Shabbat meal together.

KIDDUSH SPONSORS NEEDED for Next Week and a Couple of Weeks in February! Can YOU step up to the plate?

An Important Note about Kiddushes –

The policy of the shul is to allow multiple sponsors for every Kiddush unless it is a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or something similar (like a 50th wedding anniversary etc.).

There is no such thing as an exclusive Kiddush sponsor.

This is our policy for numerous reasons, not least of which is the fact that Kiddush sponsorships help generate much-needed income for our community and encourages more people to participate.

We thank you for your support and understanding!

RABBI'S WEEKLY ARTICLE
Rabbi's Letter | Thought for the Week | Haftarah 

Shabbos Parshas Va’era – Never Lose the Spirit

From Chabad.org
By Rabbi Yossy Goldman

Imagine you have been working on the job for years and years. It is hard, manual labor and you are not simply tired but exhausted, demoralized, drained and frustrated. And then, one fine day, some new fellow on the floor stands up and promises a whole new world of equality, rewards and ultimate freedom. Do you believe him or are you beyond hope? Do you dare hold out for a better tomorrow and risk being devastated and cast into despair yet again or do you simply accept your fate and give up dreaming?

So it was with our ancestors in Egypt. They were slaving away all those years when a new face appeared and began making promises. Moses brings a message from G‑d that they are about to be redeemed. There is a Promised Land ahead. All is not lost. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

The Jews' response? And they did not listen to Moses out of shortness of breath and from the hard labor.

One commentary explains that “shortness of breath” shouldn’t be understood only literally. The Hebrew for breath is ruach, which can also mean “spirit.” In other words, they weren’t able to heed Moses’ call not only from physical breathlessness, but because they lacked the spirit. Having suffered in bondage for so long, they no longer had the faith or hope to believe that freedom was still in the realm of the possible. It was simply beyond them. They had lost the spirit.

In the history of Egypt not a single slave had ever escaped. How could an entire nation ever walk free? Moses was a dreamer, they must have thought. It is just not realistic to hold out such high hopes only to have them dashed yet again. And so the people were utterly despondent and spiritless and, therefore, they could not hear, i.e. absorb, Moses’ message.

It happens all too often. People become so set in their mediocrity that they give up hope of ever achieving the breakthrough. Marriages get stuck in the rut of routine and the tedious treadmill keeps rolling along until we lose even the desire to dream. And Israel’s people, even brave leaders, are so despondent from years of war, attrition and terror that they clutch at imaginary straws because, basically, if we are honest with ourselves, they have simply lost the resolve.

I have often quoted a wise proverb heard in the name of the legendary Chasid, Reb Mendel Futerfas. “If you lose your money, you’ve lost nothing. Money comes and money goes. If you lose your health, you’ve lost half. You are not the person you were before. But if you lose your resolve, you’ve lost it all.”

Moses brought new hope to a depressed, dreamless nation. He gave them back the spirit they had lost and eventually, through the miracles of G‑d, the promise was fulfilled and the dream became destiny.

To be out of breath is normal. To be out of spirit is something the Jewish People can never afford. May we never lose the spirit.

 

Haftarah for Shabbos Parshas Va’era

Ezekiel 28:25-29:21.

This week's haftorah begins with a mention of the ingathering of the exiles, echoing G‑d's promise mentioned in the Torah portion: "I will take you out of the suffering of Egypt." The prophet then goes on to discuss the decimation of Pharaoh and Egypt, reminiscent of the primary theme of the Torah portion—the devastation G‑d wrought upon Egypt.

Ezekiel begins with a description of what will occur during the ingathering of the exiles. "When I gather in the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they have been scattered, and I have been sanctified through them in the eyes of the nations, then shall they dwell on their land that I gave to My servant, to Jacob. And they shall dwell upon it securely..."

The prophet then proceeds to convey a prophecy regarding Pharaoh and Egypt, foretelling the fall of the Egyptian empire. Egypt merited this punishment for two reasons: a)  They had reneged on their promise to come to Israel's aid against the attacking Babylonians. b) They had incredible arrogance, considering themselves un-reliant on G‑d, instead attributing their success to the bounty their deified Nile afforded them. Therefore, Ezekiel warns: "And the land of Egypt shall be desolate and in ruins, and they shall know that I am the Lord! Because he [Pharaoh] said, 'The river is mine, and I have made it.'" G‑d warns that the land of Egypt will be empty and desolate for forty years, after which G‑d will return the people to the land to reinhabit it, but it will no longer be an important nation to be reckoned with.

The haftorah ends with another prophecy wherein G‑d informs Ezekiel that Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, will be the one to conquer Egypt and take its spoils. This as a reward for his effort in defeating the wicked nation of Tyre.

SPECIAL WISHES
Condolences | Birthdays | Anniversaries | Yarzeits

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes go out to to to Lindsay Brown, Meghan Alter, Jakey French, Chad Brown, and all of those celebrating their birthdays this week!

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

WE REMEMBER Miriam Alter, Salomon Cohen, the Dreese Family (who perished in the Holocaust), the Hagenaar Family (who perished in the Holocaust), Florence Turtle, Rebecca Markovits, and all of those whose Yarzeit is observed this week.

May Rabbi Naftali Levy, Ilyse Loven, Brenda Joseph, Rachel Perez, Miriam Reisman, Sheila Lebovitz, Adam Lemberger, Sandy Radom, Rachel bas Shoshana, and Roz Mintz, be blessed with a speedy and complete recovery!

Upcoming Kiddush Sponsors:

January 21: Yeruchem and Nechama Eilfort
                  Sheila Lebovitz

January 28: Sponsor Needed

February 4: Aaron and Naomi Alter

February 11: Sidney Schulman
                    Aaron and Naomi Alter

February 18: Sponsor Needed

FUNDRAISING & VOLUNTEERING
Giving & Helping Opportunities

We would be nowhere without the generous support of our community. Please know that your support is profoundly appreciated!

There are many ways to donate besides for checks and cash. Following please find a list of the various other ‘platforms’ that are available for secure donations that go directly and entirely into the synagogue account (even though they say Nechama's name).

1. PayPal [email protected]  or PayPal.me/Neilfort

2. Venmo @Nechama-Eilfort

3. Cashapp $nechamae

4. Zelle (Bank of America)  [email protected]

5. Personal credit card   chabadatlacosta.com/donate

6. Join our Legacy Circle - see below

 The Foundation Project - Donations

 

We are raising funds that will be used towards completing our basement. This project will include a TEEN LOUNGE, CLASSROOMS, a PLAYGROUND, OFFICES, STORAGE SPACE, BATHROOMS, and more. Call Rabbi to inquire about available dedications. The money we raise also goes towards scholarships for Hebrew School students, our Challah and Chicken Soup program, and all of our ongoing expenses.

For more pictures and information go to chabadatlacosta.com/JLC

Easy Fundraising Opportunity 

First, let us take this opportunity to thank all of those who have had Facebook Birthday Fundraisers for Chabad at La Costa! I cannot tell you how much Nechama & I appreciate it! The money we have received through these fundraisers has helped our shul continue with programming, delivering soup and challah as well as other activities. 

Do you have a birthday coming up? We would be honored if you would consider making our shul the recipient of your birthday fundraiser.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to celebrate your birthday and do a wonderful Mitzvah at the same time? Thank you for your consideration and Happy Birthday!  

Volunteering

Our Soup and Challah Project has been going strong for three years! It was sponsored by Channah Hale and now carried on in her memory.

We are at the point that we need NEW volunteers to drive and deliver food packages around the area.

Please consider making this a part of your Friday routine. Volunteers pick up a few containers of soup and bags of challah at 3:00pm and delivering them to the door of the receipients. Volunteers also get soup and challah!

CHABAD VIRTUAL & IN PERSON ACADEMY
Get Some Class

We have an ever-expanding menu of online learning opportunities for everyone. Below please find an overview of our current classes and a schedule of when you can join in on Facebook Live. If you miss the live class you can watch the recorded version, on Facebook.

Weekly Parsha Class - with Sholom Eilfort in person and on Facebook Live Thursday nights at 7:15pm

JLI Course - with Rabbi 6 weeks starting January 24th Requires registration... 

Course Overview
A panoramic overview of 3000 years of Jewish learning, this course introduces you to the works that earned us the title “The People of The Book.” You will experience the different genres that shape Jewish life, including Tanach, Midrash, Talmud, Halachah, Philosophy, Kabbalah, Musar, Chasidism, and meet the influential personalities who drove thirty centuries of Jewish scholarship. Whether you’re meeting these texts for the first time or as a seasoned scholar, this course will inform and enrich all your Jewish learning. Register at myjli.com/learn/carlsbad​

Lesson 1
The Torah
We begin by addressing the question, “What is the Torah?” We discover how the whole of Jewish teaching (“the Torah” in its broader meaning) derives from the Chumash (“the Torah” in its narrower meaning). We also discuss the relationship between the “Written Torah” and the “Oral Torah,” and how these two components of Torah constitute a “partnership” of Divine revelation and human toil of the mind.

We then introduce the twenty-four books of the Tanach. We explain the differences between Torah, Neviim, and Ketuvim, and review the contents of each. We also see how the roots of the different “genres” of Torah—Midrash, Halachah, Kabbalah, Musar, etc.—are all in the “Written Torah,” as will be further demonstrated in each of the next five lessons.

Lesson 2
The Midrash
“Midrash” is both a methodology and a body of literature. In this lesson, we explore both aspects of Midrash. We study the various methods by which additional layers of meaning contained within the words—or between the lines—of the Torah are expounded. We also acquaint ourselves with some of the major Midrashic works that record the expositional teachings by the sages of the Talmudic era (approximately 100 BCE to 500 CE).

Midrash includes Halachic (legal) expositions, which extrapolate the details of the Torah’s laws from the text, as well as Agadic Midrashim—moral, philosophical, and mystical teachings, as well as historical narratives and parables. We study examples from both of these varieties of Midrash, including a number of intricate legal expositions, and an esoteric parable relating to a celestial battle over the creation of the human being and the paradox of goodness and truth.

Lesson 3
The Talmud
More than any other work, the Talmud defines “Jewish learning.” In this lesson, we review the history of the Talmud, explore the structure of this intricate and fascinating work, with its 63 volumes of teachings and deliberations by hundreds of sages over a period of six centuries on virtually every subject under the sun. We also engage in the in-depth study of a Talmudic sugya (“subject discussion”) and experience the unique twists and turns of the Talmudic dialectic.

In the process, we discover how Talmudic learning leverages the “flaws” of the human mind—its circuitous reasoning, its contentiousness, and its inconsistencies—to reveal the multifaceted nature of the Divine wisdom and apply it to the complexities of human life.

Lesson 4
Halachah
Halachah is the “bottom line” of Torah, where the biblical commandments, rabbinical ordinances, and Talmudic deliberations translate into the dos and don’ts of daily life. Halachah addresses every part of a Jew’s life, from waking to bedtime, from birth to burial, from everyday activities to the most extraordinary situations.

In this lesson, we explore the history of Halachah, from its sources in the Written Torah, through the Halachic Midrashim, the Talmud and its commentaries, the various “codes” compiled through the centuries, and the many thousands of Halachic responsa authored through the centuries. We survey the great variety of issues and dilemmas that Halachah addresses. We then bring it all to life via a case study that traces a Halachic issue from its biblical origins through more than a dozen citations across the entire spectrum of Halachic literature.

Lesson 5
Musar and Jewish Philosophy
Musar is the body of Torah teachings that deals with ethics, character development, and spiritual self-improvement. The field of Jewish philosophy, also known as “Chakirah,” includes works devoted to discussing the philosophy and ideology of Judaism. While these constitute two distinct areas of Torah literature, there is also a certain degree of overlap between them; indeed, some of the fundamental works of Jewish philosophy are also works of Musar, and vice versa.

In this lesson, we review the history and the primary authors and works in these two fields. We then study a number of texts covering three related topics in both these fields: the doctrine of creation ex nihilo (“something from nothing”), bitachon (trust in G-d), and the emotion of anger.

Lesson 6
Kabbalah and Chasidism
Kabbalah is the Torah’s mystical dimension, containing its most powerful and empowering ideas. But for many centuries, the teachings of Kabbalah were carefully guarded secrets, transcribed only in the guise of esoteric terminology and metaphors, and taught only to a small, exclusive circle of mystics in each generation. Chasidism is both an extension of Kabbalah as well as a field of Torah in its own right, revealing the inner “soul” that unites the Torah’s various components and applying its most abstract spiritual teachings in personally meaningful ways.

In this lesson, we survey the history of Kabbalah and Chasidism. We address the question of why these teachings were kept secret, and why and how they were eventually revealed. We then explore one of the core subjects of Kabbalah—the doctrine of the “Ten Sefirot”—beginning with a mysterious passage in the Zohar, followed by a series of Kabbalistic and Chasidic texts that examine the great paradox of G-d’s relationship with us, and the body-soul dichotomy that defines our own lives.

 Coastal Gan - Has BEGUN!

 

Coastal Hebrew School

To find out more about our Hebrew school visit www.jewishencinitas.com/hebrewschool

Rosh Chodesh Coastal Women's Society

Men's Club Coming Soon

Please Like the shul’s Facebook Page  https://www.facebook.com/ChabadatLaCosta

For up to date pictures and announcements follow our Facebook Page and join our community Group.  

A COMMUNITY FOR YOU AND ME
Coastal Chabads are here for YOU

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Covid Protocols

We are being extremely careful and are asking the following to anyone contemplating coming:

If you have ANY symptoms of Covid please do not come.
If you have been around anyone who has Covid please do not come.
If your doctor told you to be especially careful please do not come.
If you are concerned/afraid please do not come.
If you are not vaccinated please be extra careful with all above-listed stringencies and wear a mask.
Please maintain social distancing at all times.
Please wash and sanitize your hands regularly, especially before the kiddush.
This is a very difficult situation. We ask for your support and understanding as we do our absolute best in providing a vibrant spiritual home that is SAFE for our community. This means that even if you are not concerned about Covid please be thoughtful about those who are concerned. This means even if you are extremely concerned about Covid do not be judgmental of those who feel they must attend shul to ensure we have a minyan.

We choose to remain a close and loving community.  

Security Protocols

Everyone is Subject to Search

No Firearms (We have a well-defined security plan in effect and any unauthorized firearms could create confusion and actually reduce security).

Backpacks Prohibited

All Bags Subject to Search

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   www.ChabadatLaCosta.com 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 *www.JewishEncinitas.com *Chabad of Carlsbad N

 

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  [email protected] your request.

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.

Membership

NOW is the time to join the family! Membership includes High Holiday seats and discounts on other programs and activities. However, the main reason to join is to demonstrate your commitment to the future of Judaism in our area and to our community.

If you have already filled out and returned your Membership form please accept this message as our sincere thank you!

We urge you to pick the level of Membership and the financial commitment you feel comfortable with, and to fill out the form that you will find by following this link: www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/membership. We thank all of our amazing donors!

Create Your Jewish Legacy Plan for the Future - Now

We have been blessed with life! Yet, we know that no one lives forever. This begs the question, “What will your legacy be?” Most of us have children, and they certainly should figure prominently into our plans. But our children are only a part of what we leave behind. Just as we endeavor to give Tzedakah generously, so as to selflessly make the world a better place while we are alive, so too we need to make sure that we leave a percentage of our estates for the benefit of others. Judaism tells us that it is incumbent upon us to leave the world better than when we found it. We do this by giving Tzedakah.

We can help.

Chabad has partnered with the Jewish Community Foundation in the creation of our Legacy Circle "Generation to Generation - Ensuring a Jewish Tomorrow, Today".  Many people do not prepare appropriately for the inevitable. They do not leave a will, or even if they do it is not consistent with Jewish Law. If one wants his body to be handled with the respect and care mandated by Jewish Law or if one wants the funeral service conducted according to Jewish Law, it must be arranged in advance. Don’t leave these critical details to luck!

Contact Rabbi Eilfort for a private appointment so these important matters can be handled how you want.

Send a personal email to  [email protected] to schedule an appointment today. 

 

We honor our Legacy Circle Members*:

Joel Barnett
Angela Chapman
Anonymous 1
Channah Hale
Len Hyman
Sheila Lebovitz
Ilyse Loven
David Markoff
Anonymous 2
Ed Richard
Ira Schechtel

Sharon Silverstein
Anonymous 3

 

*Has provided Chabad with a Declaration of Intent. 

Click here for a Declaration of Intent and more information

 

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, the second Board was dedicated by the Alter Family, and the new Board has been dedicated by Miriam Reisman in memory of her husband, Harold.

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 in the newsletter and in the calendar and the light on the Board will be illuminated each year on the Yarzeit. The donation is only $500 per Memorial Board plaque.

We also have a gorgeous Tree of Life dedicated by the Lieberman Family that has been ‘growing. 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 $180 for a leaf on the Tree of Life.

Those who wish to participate should send an email to  [email protected], or call Rabbi Eilfort at 760-943-8891.

We are excited to designate a section of our Tree of Life to our Legacy Circle. Watch the Tree and see article above.

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!

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.

Critical Maintenance Issue – Your Cooperation Needed

PLEASE NOTE: The ONLY thing that may be flushed is toilet paper – NO EXCEPTIONS. This means tissue, baby wipes, paper towels, or any other product may NEVER be flushed, but instead must be disposed of in the provided trash receptacles.

THANK YOU for your cooperation!

Public Service Announcement – Let’s Work TOGETHER to Maintain OUR Shul

We have a beautiful shul. Everyone agrees. It is not easy to maintain everything, but we work hard to keep things clean and in good working order. We need your help.

Our sanctuary is graced with gorgeous, custom made, stained glass windows. These windows MUST be kept in pristine condition. Please respect the windows by only looking and never touching them. G-d forbid, they can easily be scratched if we are not careful. Also, please do not put ANY objects (cups, books, tissues etc.) on the window sills as it detracts from the windows.

Our custom-built furniture from Israel is as precious as it looks. People have put down cups (full and empty) on the partitions and the shelves. This is inappropriate. Children cannot sit on or climb on the furnishings – other than sitting in the pews as they were designed to be used. No exceptions.

Please put away your own Talis and prayer books, and replace the book racks when done using them. Please throw away your own garbage.

If we can all work together we will keep our shul beautiful!

THANK YOU for your understanding and cooperation.

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.

More than 600 people use the Chabad code each year ! 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.

For discount details, to make your reservation, or to share the information with a friend, visit www.chabadatlacosta.com/omni and click through. And remember to leave a positive review.

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 Jonathan Rozansky :  Your Chabad Real Estate Agent & Mortgage Broker 
Whether you are Selling, Buying or Refinancing your home, do not proceed without calling Jonathan Rozansky, a licensed realtor and mortgage professional,  first .  Jonathan will look out for your best interest and can answer all your real estate and financing questions.    Call for a free market analysis report today.

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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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I am a small Jewish farmer running my business in La Costa  called Pammy's Pony Parties and Petting Zoo. I arrive with my animals at little children's birthday parties, senior homes,  graduation parties, and resorts in the area, to share my love of animals. I also do animal therapy with children and adults. Fantastic!! Call me to make an appointment or set up a birthday party.

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Volume 24 Number 12 | 22 Kislev, 5783 | December 16, 2022

 

Chabad Weekly Update

Volume 24 Number 12 | 22 Kislev, 5783 | December 16, 2022
 
B"H
 
MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
 

This week Chabad communities around the world celebrated a holiday known simply as “Yud-Tes Kislev”—the 19th of Kislev, the anniversary of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi’s release from Tsarist prison.

Rabbi Schneur Zalman, also known as the Alter Rebbe, referred to his imprisonment as a spiritual challenge to his work of bringing the teachings of Jewish mysticism to the masses, and for a time he actually considered stopping as a result. But then he discovered that not only was it not a reason to stop, but ultimately it is what propelled him to keep growing the Chabad movement, disseminating his teachings further than before.

This is similar to what occurred to Joseph, son of Jacob, about whom we read about in this week’s Torah portion. He was sold into slavery, but instead of disappearing and losing his identity, he thrived and grew until he became defacto ruler of Egypt.

The same message can be found in Chanukah, which starts this Sunday night. The menorah in the Temple was kindled with pure olive oil. The way the oil is extracted from an olive is by crushing it, destroying the olive. But instead of disappearing, the oil now brings light and warmth to the world around it.

So be like an olive—turn your challenges into opportunities for growth and light!

Shabbat shalom and happy Chanukah.

CANDLE LIGHTING TIMES
Carlsbad and Encinitas

LIGHT CANDLES AT 4:24 PM – Friday, December 9, ‘22
SHABBAT ENDS 5:23 PM - Saturday, December 10, ‘22


SHABBOS NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
We WILL BE Open for Services This Week & There will be Soup and Challah

Minyan – Scotch & Sushi - this Friday Night (Tonight)

NEW MINYAN SCHEDULE

Friday Night @ 4:30pm

Sunday @ 8:30am

Monday @ 9:15am

Thursday @ 9:15am

PLEASE LET US KNOW WHICH DAY/S YOU CAN COME.

Thank you in advance and G-d bless!

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As we continue to bounce back from the pandemic please do NOT attend if you have ANY symptoms or if you are not feeling well. 

End of Year / Educational Level Appeal

 

Chanukah is ALMOST HERE Please share the events

 

 

 

Special THANK YOU goes out to Suzanne Haray for her generosity and support in sponsoring our Chanukah program at the Forum!

New Daily Learning (Mondays – Fridays) with Rabbi Eilfort on Facebook Live

Rabbi Eilfort will be resuming his daily lessons on Facebook Live this coming week. The new starting time will be 8:45am lasting about 15 minutes (give or take). The format will be different, as he will share a thought of the day that will include ideas from that day’s Torah Portion and/or Tanya portion and/or Thought of the Day and/or General Torah ideas. The class will generally last up to 15 minutes.

In order to participate you must be the Rabbi’s ‘Friend’ on Facebook (Yeruchem Eilfort is the user name). If you are not already a friend send a friend request. Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate. Even if you do not catch the class live it will be saved on the Rabbi’s feed so you can watch it at your convenience.   

 

LATE START  Hebrew School Year Begins in January

The key to a Jewish future lies in how we educate our children now. It is our sacred duty to instill within them a love and understanding of Judaism. That is only possible through education, or as we like to call it, ed-JEW-cation.

Our Hebrew School is designed to maximize the time our students spend here in an uplifting and inspiring manner. We will convey the beauty of our traditions through projects, stories, songs, and conversations. We don’t ‘talk at’ our students. Instead we engage them in discussions, which we have found to be a more conducive way of imparting knowledge. Positive reinforcement is a critical part of our approach.

We endeavor to give them not only an understanding of the Jewish Calendar and practice, but also skills in the Hebrew language.

Please call the office to schedule your appointment to discuss the needs of your child and what you hope to he/she will get from Hebrew school. 760-943-8891.

 

Kiddush Sponsors

Rabbi and Rebbetzin Eilfort are sponsoring this week’s Kiddush in honor of Muka Rodal’s birthday. It is also being sponsored in loving memory of Chaim Israel, Chaim Meir ben Eliyahu, on his upcoming Yarzeit. 

Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate in our weekly Shabbat meal together.

An Important Note about Kiddushes –

The policy of the shul is to allow multiple sponsors for every Kiddush unless it is a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or something similar (like a 50th wedding anniversary etc.).

There is no such thing as an exclusive Kiddush sponsor.

This is our policy for numerous reasons, not least of which is the fact that Kiddush sponsorships help generate much-needed income for our community and encourages more people to participate.

We thank you for your support and understanding!

RABBI'S WEEKLY ARTICLE
Rabbi's Letter | Thought for the Week | Haftarah 

Shabbos Parshas Va’Yeishev – How are You Today? 

From Chabad.org
By Rabbi Yossy Goldman

Would you think that “how are you today?” can be a religious question? And that it plays an important role in a major Biblical narrative?

In this week’s Parshah, Vayeishev (Genesis 37–40), we read the dramatic story of Joseph—the technicolor dream coat, the sibling rivalry in Jacob’s family, and Joseph’s descent to Egypt, sold into slavery. After being framed by his master’s wife for scorning her attempts at seduction, young Joseph finds himself incarcerated in an Egyptian jail. There he meets the Pharaoh’s butler and baker, and correctly interprets their respective dreams. Later, when Pharaoh himself will be perturbed by his own dreams, the butler will remember Joseph, and Joseph will be brought from the dungeon to the royal court. His dream analysis will satisfy the monarch, and the young Hebrew slave boy will be catapulted to prominence and named viceroy of Egypt.

How did Joseph’s salvation begin? It began with the imprisoned Joseph noticing that the butler and baker were looking somewhat depressed. “And Joseph came to them in the morning and he saw them, and behold, they were troubled. He asked Pharaoh’s officials . . . ‘Why do you look so bad today?’” (Genesis 40:6–7). They tell him about their disturbing dreams, he interprets the dreams correctly, and the rest is history.

But why did Joseph have to ask them anything at all? Why was it so strange to see people in prison looking sad? Surely depression is quite the norm in dungeons. Wouldn’t we expect most people in jail to look miserable?

According to the Lubavitcher Rebbe, the answer is that Joseph was exhibiting a higher sense of care and concern for his fellow human beings. Torn away from his father and home life, imprisoned in a foreign land, he could have been forgiven for wallowing in his own miseries. Yet, upon seeing his fellow prisoners looking particularly unsettled, he was sensitive enough to take the time to inquire about their well-being. In the end, not only did he help them, but his own salvation came about through that fateful encounter. Had he thought to himself, “Hey, I’ve got my own problems, why worry about them?” he might have languished in prison indefinitely.

Sometimes, says the Rebbe, a simple “how are you today?” can prove historic.

It’s a lesson to all of us to be a little friendlier. To greet people, perhaps even to smile more often.

Some years ago, after studying in the Talmud how one of the great sages declared that he had never allowed anyone else to greet him first but always made a point of initiating the greeting, I made a personal resolution to try and put this approach into practice. Every Shabbat I walk quite a few kilometers to and from our shul here in Johannesburg. I pass by many fellow pedestrians, mostly local black residents. Rarely had any of them greeted me, but now I am the one to say “good morning” to them. They always respond, though I must confess that some do look rather surprised. In a country where for many years they were not acknowledged as full-fledged citizens, a simple “hello” can become a very humanizing experience. Conversely, I am sometimes unpleasantly surprised when, ironically, a fellow Jew will walk right by me without even so much as a nod.

When we meet someone we know and ask, “Hey, how are you doing?” do we wait for the answer? Try this experiment. Next time you are asked how you are doing, answer “Lousy!” See if the other person is listening and responds, or just carries on his merry way, oblivious to your response.

Aside from Joseph’s many outstanding qualities which we ought to try and emulate, in this rather simple passage Joseph reminds us to be genuinely interested in other people’s well-being. And that it should not be beneath our dignity, nor should we be inhibited, to make an honest and sincere inquiry as to their condition. Who knows? It may not only change their lives, but ours.

 

Haftarah for Shabbos Parshas Va’Yeishev

Amos 2:6-3:8.

This week's haftorah contains an allusion to the sale of Joseph by his brothers, an incident discussed in this week's Torah reading.

Amos opens with a rebuke to the Jewish People. G‑d had been patient with them notwithstanding their transgression of the three cardinal sins — sexual impropriety, idolatry and murder. Their fourth sin, however, crossed the line — the mistreatment of the innocent, widows, orphans and the poor.

G‑d reminds the Jewish people how He lovingly took them out of Egypt and led them through the desert for forty years and settled them in the Holy Land. There, He bestowed the gift of prophecy on some and inspired others to become Nazirites. Yet the Jewish people did not respond appropriately, giving wine to the Nazirites and instructing the prophets not to prophesy. Amos then goes on to describe G‑d's punishment for the errant behavior: "And the stout-hearted among the mighty shall flee naked on that day, says the L-rd."

The haftorah ends with an admonition from G‑d, one that also recalls His eternal love for His people: "Hearken to this word which the Lord spoke about you, O children of Israel, concerning the entire nation that I brought up from the land of Egypt. 'Only you did I love above all the families of the earth; therefore, I will visit upon you all your iniquities…'" As opposed to other nations to whom G‑d does not pay close attention, G‑d's love for His nation causes Him to punish them for their misdeeds, to cleanse them and prod them back onto the path of the just.

 

SPECIAL WISHES
Condolences | Birthdays | Anniversaries | Yarzeits

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes go out to to Bernardo Buenaventura, Joe Reisman, and all of those celebrating their birthdays this week!

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

WE REMEMBER Vera Medvinsky, Estelle Kupchin, Edith Bloch, Rebecca Nejathaim, Chaim Israel, and all of those whose Yarzeit is observed this week.

May Rabbi Naftali Levy, Brenda Joseph, Stephanie Lewis, Rachel Perez, Miriam Reisman, Sheila Lebovitz, Adam Lemberger, Sandy Radom, Rachel bas Shoshana, and Roz Mintz, be blessed with a speedy and complete recovery!

Upcoming Kiddush Sponsors:

December 17: Yeruchem & Nechama Eilfort

December 24: Avi and Carrie Rossenfeld 

December 31: Elia and Chaya Eilfort

January 7: Sponsor Needed

January 14: Yossi and Muka Rodal (Reizi's 3rd Birthday)

FUNDRAISING & VOLUNTEERING
Giving & Helping Opportunities

We would be nowhere without the generous support of our community. Please know that your support is profoundly appreciated!

There are many ways to donate besides for checks and cash. Following please find a list of the various other ‘platforms’ that are available for secure donations that go directly and entirely into the synagogue account (even though they say Nechama's name).

1. PayPal [email protected]  or PayPal.me/Neilfort

2. Venmo @Nechama-Eilfort

3. Cashapp $nechamae

4. Zelle (Bank of America)  [email protected]

5. Personal credit card   chabadatlacosta.com/donate

6. Join our Legacy Circle - see below

 The Foundation Project - Donations

 

We are raising funds that will be used towards completing our basement. This project will include a TEEN LOUNGE, CLASSROOMS, a PLAYGROUND, OFFICES, STORAGE SPACE, BATHROOMS, and more. Call Rabbi to inquire about available dedications. The money we raise also goes towards scholarships for Hebrew School students, our Challah and Chicken Soup program, and all of our ongoing expenses.

For more pictures and information go to chabadatlacosta.com/JLC

Easy Fundraising Opportunity 

First, let us take this opportunity to thank all of those who have had Facebook Birthday Fundraisers for Chabad at La Costa! I cannot tell you how much Nechama & I appreciate it! The money we have received through these fundraisers has helped our shul continue with programming, delivering soup and challah as well as other activities. 

Do you have a birthday coming up? We would be honored if you would consider making our shul the recipient of your birthday fundraiser.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to celebrate your birthday and do a wonderful Mitzvah at the same time? Thank you for your consideration and Happy Birthday!  

CHABAD VIRTUAL & IN PERSON ACADEMY
Get Some Class

We have an ever-expanding menu of online learning opportunities for everyone. Below please find an overview of our current classes and a schedule of when you can join in on Facebook Live. If you miss the live class you can watch the recorded version, on Facebook.

Weekly Parsha Class - with Sholom Eilfort in person and on Facebook Live Thursday nights at 7:15pm

JLI Course - with Rabbi 6 weeks starting January 24threquires registration... 

Course Overview
A panoramic overview of 3000 years of Jewish learning, this course introduces you to the works that earned us the title “The People of The Book.” You will experience the different genres that shape Jewish life, including Tanach, Midrash, Talmud, Halachah, Philosophy, Kabbalah, Musar, Chasidism, and meet the influential personalities who drove thirty centuries of Jewish scholarship. Whether you’re meeting these texts for the first time or as a seasoned scholar, this course will inform and enrich all your Jewish learning. Register at myjli.com/learn/carlsbad

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 Coastal Gan - Has BEGUN!

 

Coastal Hebrew School

To find out more about our Hebrew school visit www.jewishencinitas.com/hebrewschool

Rosh Chodesh Coastal Women's Society

Men's Club Coming Soon

Please Like the shul’s Facebook Page  https://www.facebook.com/ChabadatLaCosta

For up to date pictures and announcements follow our Facebook Page and join our community Group.  

A COMMUNITY FOR YOU AND ME
Coastal Chabads are here for YOU

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Covid Protocols

We are being extremely careful and are asking the following to anyone contemplating coming:

If you have ANY symptoms of Covid please do not come.
If you have been around anyone who has Covid please do not come.
If your doctor told you to be especially careful please do not come.
If you are concerned/afraid please do not come.
If you are not vaccinated please be extra careful with all above-listed stringencies and wear a mask.
Please maintain social distancing at all times.
Please wash and sanitize your hands regularly, especially before the kiddush.
This is a very difficult situation. We ask for your support and understanding as we do our absolute best in providing a vibrant spiritual home that is SAFE for our community. This means that even if you are not concerned about Covid please be thoughtful about those who are concerned. This means even if you are extremely concerned about Covid do not be judgmental of those who feel they must attend shul to ensure we have a minyan.

We choose to remain a close and loving community.  

Security Protocols

Everyone is Subject to Search

No Firearms (We have a well-defined security plan in effect and any unauthorized firearms could create confusion and actually reduce security).

Backpacks Prohibited

All Bags Subject to Search

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   www.ChabadatLaCosta.com 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 *www.JewishEncinitas.com *Chabad of Carlsbad N

 

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  [email protected] your request.

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.

Membership

NOW is the time to join the family! Membership includes High Holiday seats and discounts on other programs and activities. However, the main reason to join is to demonstrate your commitment to the future of Judaism in our area and to our community.

If you have already filled out and returned your Membership form please accept this message as our sincere thank you!

We urge you to pick the level of Membership and the financial commitment you feel comfortable with, and to fill out the form that you will find by following this link: www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/membership. We thank all of our amazing donors!

Create Your Jewish Legacy Plan for the Future - Now

We have been blessed with life! Yet, we know that no one lives forever. This begs the question, “What will your legacy be?” Most of us have children, and they certainly should figure prominently into our plans. But our children are only a part of what we leave behind. Just as we endeavor to give Tzedakah generously, so as to selflessly make the world a better place while we are alive, so too we need to make sure that we leave a percentage of our estates for the benefit of others. Judaism tells us that it is incumbent upon us to leave the world better than when we found it. We do this by giving Tzedakah.

We can help.

Chabad has partnered with the Jewish Community Foundation in the creation of our Legacy Circle "Generation to Generation - Ensuring a Jewish Tomorrow, Today".  Many people do not prepare appropriately for the inevitable. They do not leave a will, or even if they do it is not consistent with Jewish Law. If one wants his body to be handled with the respect and care mandated by Jewish Law or if one wants the funeral service conducted according to Jewish Law, it must be arranged in advance. Don’t leave these critical details to luck!

Contact Rabbi Eilfort for a private appointment so these important matters can be handled how you want.

Send a personal email to  [email protected] to schedule an appointment today. 

 

We honor our Legacy Circle Members*:

Joel Barnett
Angela Chapman
Anonymous 1
Channah Hale
Len Hyman
Sheila Lebovitz
Ilyse Loven
David Markoff
Anonymous 2
Ed Richard
Ira Schechtel

Sharon Silverstein
Anonymous 3

 

*Has provided Chabad with a Declaration of Intent. 

Click here for a Declaration of Intent and more information

 

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, the second Board was dedicated by the Alter Family, and the new Board has been dedicated by Miriam Reisman in memory of her husband, Harold.

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 in the newsletter and in the calendar and the light on the Board will be illuminated each year on the Yarzeit. The donation is only $500 per Memorial Board plaque.

We also have a gorgeous Tree of Life dedicated by the Lieberman Family that has been ‘growing. 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 $180 for a leaf on the Tree of Life.

Those who wish to participate should send an email to  [email protected], or call Rabbi Eilfort at 760-943-8891.

We are excited to designate a section of our Tree of Life to our Legacy Circle. Watch the Tree and see article above.

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!

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.

Critical Maintenance Issue – Your Cooperation Needed

PLEASE NOTE: The ONLY thing that may be flushed is toilet paper – NO EXCEPTIONS. This means tissue, baby wipes, paper towels, or any other product may NEVER be flushed, but instead must be disposed of in the provided trash receptacles.

THANK YOU for your cooperation!

Public Service Announcement – Let’s Work TOGETHER to Maintain OUR Shul

We have a beautiful shul. Everyone agrees. It is not easy to maintain everything, but we work hard to keep things clean and in good working order. We need your help.

Our sanctuary is graced with gorgeous, custom made, stained glass windows. These windows MUST be kept in pristine condition. Please respect the windows by only looking and never touching them. G-d forbid, they can easily be scratched if we are not careful. Also, please do not put ANY objects (cups, books, tissues etc.) on the window sills as it detracts from the windows.

Our custom-built furniture from Israel is as precious as it looks. People have put down cups (full and empty) on the partitions and the shelves. This is inappropriate. Children cannot sit on or climb on the furnishings – other than sitting in the pews as they were designed to be used. No exceptions.

Please put away your own Talis and prayer books, and replace the book racks when done using them. Please throw away your own garbage.

If we can all work together we will keep our shul beautiful!

THANK YOU for your understanding and cooperation.

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.

More than 600 people use the Chabad code each year ! 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.

For discount details, to make your reservation, or to share the information with a friend, visit www.chabadatlacosta.com/omni and click through. And remember to leave a positive review.

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 Jonathan Rozansky :  Your Chabad Real Estate Agent & Mortgage Broker 
Whether you are Selling, Buying or Refinancing your home, do not proceed without calling Jonathan Rozansky, a licensed realtor and mortgage professional,  first .  Jonathan will look out for your best interest and can answer all your real estate and financing questions.    Call for a free market analysis report today.

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 Pammy's Pony Parties and Petting Zoos

I am a small Jewish farmer running my business in La Costa  called Pammy's Pony Parties and Petting Zoo. I arrive with my animals at little children's birthday parties, senior homes,  graduation parties, and resorts in the area, to share my love of animals. I also do animal therapy with children and adults. Fantastic!! Call me to make an appointment or set up a birthday party.

Pam Glickman 760-535-5293

 Healthy Haven Live Radio Show with Anna Mintz

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Hundreds of people see Chabad at La Costa's Weekly Email Update. Those who are looking to effectively promote their business and at the same time support this important community resource are invited to become sponsors for only $50 per month (that's per MONTH, not per week). Call Rabbi Eilfort at 760-943-8891 to get your message out there.

Volume 24 Number 11 | 15 Kislev, 5783 | December 9, 2022

 

Chabad Weekly Update

Volume 24 Number 11 | 15 Kislev, 5783 | December 9, 2022
 
B"H
 
MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
 

Picture this: Jacob traveling with his entire family and all his property – animals and manpower – hoping to arrive and settle in the Holy Land. Considering their large footprint, when Jacob realized he had left a few small, empty jugs on a riverbank, it would have been totally understandable if he'd have written them off as a loss. In the big picture, leaving them behind makes perfect sense.

But in Jacob's mind, nothing and no one is insignificant. If it exists, it has a purpose. So he went back, himself, to collect the forgotten jugs. He didn't send a child or a servant, because he knew that if he wanted it done with the proper attention, he had to be the one to make it happen.

Let’s continue in Jacob's footsteps, paying attention to even the smallest detail in the world around us, using everything—even a small, empty jug—to prepare the world for the coming of Moshiach. May it happen speedily, in our days.

Shabbat shalom,

CANDLE LIGHTING TIMES
Carlsbad and Encinitas

LIGHT CANDLES AT 4:24 PM – Friday, December 9, ‘22
SHABBAT ENDS 5:23 PM - Saturday, December 10, ‘22


SHABBOS NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
We WILL BE Open for Services This Week & There will be Soup and Challah

Minyan – Scotch & Sushi - this Friday Night (Tonight)

NEW MINYAN SCHEDULE

Friday Night @ 4:20pm

Sunday @ 8:30am

Monday @ 9:15am

Thursday @ 9:15am

PLEASE LET US KNOW WHICH DAY/S YOU CAN COME.

Thank you in advance and G-d bless!

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As we continue to bounce back from the pandemic please do NOT attend if you have ANY symptoms or if you are not feeling well. 

 

if you are not feeling well.

Chanukah is ALMOST HERE Please share the events

 

 

 

Special THANK YOU goes out to Suzanne Haray for her generosity and support in sponsoring our Chanukah program at the Forum!

New Daily Learning (Mondays – Fridays) with Rabbi Eilfort on Facebook Live

Rabbi Eilfort will be resuming his daily lessons on Facebook Live this coming week. The new starting time will be 8:45am lasting about 15 minutes (give or take). The format will be different, as he will share a thought of the day that will include ideas from that day’s Torah Portion and/or Tanya portion and/or Thought of the Day and/or General Torah ideas. The class will generally last up to 15 minutes.

In order to participate you must be the Rabbi’s ‘Friend’ on Facebook (Yeruchem Eilfort is the user name). If you are not already a friend send a friend request. Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate. Even if you do not catch the class live it will be saved on the Rabbi’s feed so you can watch it at your convenience.   



New JLI Course Continues

Lesson Five: Relationship

Why can’t we see G-d?

Because we can’t see G-d, how can we reconcile His existence with science?

Why is Judaism so obsessed with idolatry—is G-d jealous?

Last of all: I’m a spiritual person; do I need to follow the Torah’s “system” to have a relationship with G-d?

 

LATE START  Hebrew School Year Begins in January

The key to a Jewish future lies in how we educate our children now. It is our sacred duty to instill within them a love and understanding of Judaism. That is only possible through education, or as we like to call it, ed-JEW-cation.

Our Hebrew School is designed to maximize the time our students spend here in an uplifting and inspiring manner. We will convey the beauty of our traditions through projects, stories, songs, and conversations. We don’t ‘talk at’ our students. Instead we engage them in discussions, which we have found to be a more conducive way of imparting knowledge. Positive reinforcement is a critical part of our approach.

We endeavor to give them not only an understanding of the Jewish Calendar and practice, but also skills in the Hebrew language.

Please call the office to schedule your appointment to discuss the needs of your child and what you hope to he/she will get from Hebrew school. 760-943-8891.

 

Kiddush Sponsors

Miriam Reisman is sponsoring this week’s Kiddush in loving memory of Joseph Meyer Fish on his Yarzeit and Esther Epstein Fish on her Yarzeit.
A special THANK YOU goes out to Miriam for her generosity and kindness in sponsoring Kiddushes and supporting the shul!  

Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate in our weekly Shabbat meal together.

An Important Note about Kiddushes –

The policy of the shul is to allow multiple sponsors for every Kiddush unless it is a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or something similar (like a 50th wedding anniversary etc.).

There is no such thing as an exclusive Kiddush sponsor.

This is our policy for numerous reasons, not least of which is the fact that Kiddush sponsorships help generate much-needed income for our community and encourages more people to participate.

We thank you for your support and understanding!

RABBI'S WEEKLY ARTICLE
Rabbi's Letter | Thought for the Week | Haftarah 

Shabbos Parshas VaYishlachi – Why the Jews? 

From Chabad.org
By Rabbi Yossy Goldman

In the 1930s, a Nazi confronted a Jew: “You Jews are the cause of all the world’s problems!”

“Yes,” says the Jew. “You’re right. And the bicycle riders.”

“The bicycle riders? Why the bicycle riders?” asked the Nazi.

“Why the Jews?!” responded the Jew.


Is Antisemitism logical? Of course not.

Over the centuries, numerous “reasons” have been advanced to explain the phenomenon of Antisemitism.

We “killed” their god, poisoned their wells, killed their children to use their blood for our Pesach wine or matzahs … the list of preposterous accusations goes on and on.

Are any of those fictitious so-called reasons really reasons? No. We know they were all just excuses.

A generation ago it was “Jews, get out of Europe. Go back to Palestine!”

Today, it’s “Jews, get out of Palestine. Go back to Europe!”

Less than 80 years since the Holocaust, Antisemitism has become almost acceptable around the world.

So is there actually a “reason” for Antisemitism?

Rabbi Menachem Ziemba was one of the leading rabbis in pre-war Poland. He died in the Warsaw Ghetto, where he refused to abandon his flock. But some of his writings survived.

Let me share with you one of his Torah teachings, because it goes to the very core of the question of Antisemitism and whether there is, in fact, any reason for it.

This week’s Torah reading tells the dramatic tale of two long-lost brothers, Jacob and Esau, who are about to meet after 20 years of separation. Esau is still gunning for his twin brother, who he claims stole his birthright and his father’s blessings. He has murder on his mind.

Jacob prepares with a three-pronged approach:

Diplomacy. He sends Esau a huge gift to pacify him.

Military strategy. He prepares to battle if diplomacy fails.

He prays to G‑d for deliverance.

In the end, Esau sees his brother’s generous gift (entire herds of livestock), and he sees his family, and seems mollified and ready to make peace. Instead of killing Jacob, he embraces him, and they have an emotional reunion:

And Esau ran towards his brother, and he embraced him. He fell on Jacob’s neck, and he kissed him, and they wept.1

Now, in the Torah scroll, there are dots written above the Hebrew word vayishakeihu, “and he kissed him,” indicating that not all is as it appears to be. It is like an asterisk—a footnote is required to explain and qualify what is really meant.

Rashi offers two explanations:

“He didn’t really kiss him with all his heart.” It was more like a photo op. Like politicians running for election and kissing babies in the streets.

Rabbi Shimon ben Yochai says, “It is an established law (halacha) that Esau hates Jacob. But at that moment he was moved to mercy, and he did in fact embrace him with a full heart.”

Let’s take a closer look at the language Rabbi Shimon uses. “It is a halacha that Esau hates Jacob.” Why the word halacha? A rule or a principle, perhaps. But a law? Surely it seems out of place here!

This is what Rabbi Menachem Ziemba, powerful scholar and a holy martyr of the Warsaw Ghetto, had to say:

People don’t always agree with or understand a halacha, a law. Do you understand and agree with every legal judgment handed down by the court? Of course not. But a law is a law and a fact of life. There’s simply nothing we can do about it.

Likewise, says Rabbi Ziemba, is the halacha of Esau hating Jacob. Antisemitism is a halacha, a law, a fact of life! We don’t understand it. It makes no sense.

Jews are nice people. We do so much for society, beyond our own communities. We are constantly contributing to the world around us, and the world still doesn’t like us. It hurts. But it is what it is.

And to show just how illogical it is, he went on to say from his own personal experience: “In Poland they hate the Jews because they are poor. Scum of the earth. In Germany they hate the Jews because they are rich, taking their money. In Russia they hate the Jews because they are bourgeois Capitalists. And in America they hate the Jews because they are Communists!”

In other words, we can’t win.

In our times, the Antisemites say there was no Holocaust. And the very same people say Hitler didn’t finish the job, he didn’t kill enough Jews!

Is this rational? Logical? Does it make any sense at all? No! Because Antisemitism is an immutable fact of life, just like a halacha. We don’t get it, but it is what it is.

And because there is no logical reason, there is no logical solution either.

So, my friends, I’m sorry to tell you that despite the best efforts of the ADL, or the Simon Weisenthal Center, or the State Department’s Envoy on Antisemitism, Antisemitism is not going away.

But don’t become disillusioned, and don’t become depressed when you see Antisemitism is still here and growing at an alarming rate all over the world.

Because while there may not be any logical reason for Antisemitism, there certainly is a response. And what response should that be? To continue to live as proud, practicing Jews, here on a mission to bring positive change to the world. To be confident and knowledgeable Jews, who live as Jews and raise our children and grandchildren as Jews. As the late Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks kept reminding us: “Non-Jews respect Jews who respect Judaism!”

And certainly, we should all learn from the Rebbe, whose approach David Suissa describes as “Pro-Semitism.” Be pro-Jewish and proactively Jewish. Do a mitzvah today that you may not have done yesterday. And if you need further motivation to do it, let Antisemitism be your motivation. Do it davka! To spite the Antisemites.

Jewish pride, Jewish defiance, Jewish continuity, will lead to nothing less than Jewish eternity.

 

Haftarah for Shabbos Parshas Va’Yishlach

Obadiah 1:1-21.

This week's haftorah mentions the punishment of Edom, the descendents of Esau, whose conflict with Jacob is chronicled in this week's Torah reading.

The prophet Obadiah, himself an Edomian convert to Judaism, describes the punishment destined for the nation of Edom. The Edomites did not come to Judea's aid when she was being destroyed by the Babylonians, and even joined in the carnage. Many years later the Edomites (the Roman Empire) themselves destroyed the Second Temple and mercilessly killed and enslaved their Jewish cousins.

Though the Roman Empire was one of the mightiest to ever inhabit the earth, the prophet forewarns: "If you go up high like an eagle, and if you place your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down, says the Lord. . . And the house of Jacob shall be fire and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau shall become stubble, and they shall ignite them and consume them, and the house of Esau shall have no survivors, for the Lord has spoken."

After describing the division of Esau's lands amongst the returning Judean exiles, the haftorah concludes with the well known phrase: "And saviors shall ascend Mt. Zion to judge the mountain of Esau, and the Lord shall have the kingdom."

 

SPECIAL WISHES
Condolences | Birthdays | Anniversaries | Yarzeits

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes go out to to Max Infeld, Muka Rodal, and all of those celebrating their birthdays this week!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY wishes go out to Yossi and Dassy Eilfort, and all of those celebrating anniversaries this week!

WE REMEMBER Samuel Sudler, Mirel Mithers, Aaron Samuel Hoffer, Esther Epstein Fish, Ama Levin, and all of those whose Yarzeit is observed this week.

May Rabbi Naftali Levy, Brenda Joseph, Stephanie Lewis, Rachel Perez, Miriam Reisman, Sheila Lebovitz, Adam Lemberger, Sandy Radom, Rachel bas Shoshana, and Roz Mintz, be blessed with a speedy and complete recovery!

Upcoming Kiddush Sponsors:

December 10: Miriam Reisman

December 17: Yeruchem & Nechama Eilfort

December 24: Avi and Carrie Rossenfeld 

December 31: Elia and Chaya Eilfort

FUNDRAISING & VOLUNTEERING
Giving & Helping Opportunities

We would be nowhere without the generous support of our community. Please know that your support is profoundly appreciated!

There are many ways to donate besides for checks and cash. Following please find a list of the various other ‘platforms’ that are available for secure donations that go directly and entirely into the synagogue account (even though they say Nechama's name).

1. PayPal [email protected]  or PayPal.me/Neilfort

2. Venmo @Nechama-Eilfort

3. Cashapp $nechamae

4. Zelle (Bank of America)  [email protected]

5. Personal credit card   chabadatlacosta.com/donate

6. Join our Legacy Circle - see below

 The Foundation Project - Donations

We are raising funds that will be used towards completing our basement. This project will include a TEEN LOUNGE, CLASSROOMS, a PLAYGROUND, OFFICES, STORAGE SPACE, BATHROOMS, and more. Call Rabbi to inquire about available dedications. The money we raise also goes towards scholarships for Hebrew School students, our Challah and Chicken Soup program, and all of our ongoing expenses.

To donate securely online follow this link:  www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/donate

 

Easy Fundraising Opportunity 

First, let us take this opportunity to thank all of those who have had Facebook Birthday Fundraisers for Chabad at La Costa! I cannot tell you how much Nechama & I appreciate it! The money we have received through these fundraisers has helped our shul continue with programming, delivering soup and challah as well as other activities. 

Do you have a birthday coming up? We would be honored if you would consider making our shul the recipient of your birthday fundraiser.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to celebrate your birthday and do a wonderful Mitzvah at the same time? Thank you for your consideration and Happy Birthday!  

CHABAD VIRTUAL & IN PERSON ACADEMY
Get Some Class

We have an ever-expanding menu of online learning opportunities for everyone. Below please find an overview of our current classes and a schedule of when you can join in on Facebook Live. If you miss the live class you can watch the recorded version, on Facebook.

Weekly Parsha Class - with Sholom Eilfort in person and on Facebook Live Thursday nights at 7:15pm

JLI Course - with Nechama 6 weeks starting November 1st requires registration... 

 

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 Coastal Gan - Has BEGUN!

 

Coastal Hebrew School

To find out more about our Hebrew school visit www.jewishencinitas.com/hebrewschool

Rosh Chodesh Coastal Women's Society

Men's Club Coming Soon

Please Like the shul’s Facebook Page  https://www.facebook.com/ChabadatLaCosta

For up to date pictures and announcements follow our Facebook Page and join our community Group.  

A COMMUNITY FOR YOU AND ME
Coastal Chabads are here for YOU

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Covid Protocols

We are being extremely careful and are asking the following to anyone contemplating coming:

If you have ANY symptoms of Covid please do not come.
If you have been around anyone who has Covid please do not come.
If your doctor told you to be especially careful please do not come.
If you are concerned/afraid please do not come.
If you are not vaccinated please be extra careful with all above-listed stringencies and wear a mask.
Please maintain social distancing at all times.
Please wash and sanitize your hands regularly, especially before the kiddush.
This is a very difficult situation. We ask for your support and understanding as we do our absolute best in providing a vibrant spiritual home that is SAFE for our community. This means that even if you are not concerned about Covid please be thoughtful about those who are concerned. This means even if you are extremely concerned about Covid do not be judgmental of those who feel they must attend shul to ensure we have a minyan.

We choose to remain a close and loving community.  

Security Protocols

Everyone is Subject to Search

No Firearms (We have a well-defined security plan in effect and any unauthorized firearms could create confusion and actually reduce security).

Backpacks Prohibited

All Bags Subject to Search

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   www.ChabadatLaCosta.com 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 *www.JewishEncinitas.com *Chabad of Carlsbad N

 

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  [email protected] your request.

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.

Membership

NOW is the time to join the family! Membership includes High Holiday seats and discounts on other programs and activities. However, the main reason to join is to demonstrate your commitment to the future of Judaism in our area and to our community.

If you have already filled out and returned your Membership form please accept this message as our sincere thank you!

We urge you to pick the level of Membership and the financial commitment you feel comfortable with, and to fill out the form that you will find by following this link: www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/membership. We thank all of our amazing donors!

Create Your Jewish Legacy Plan for the Future - Now

We have been blessed with life! Yet, we know that no one lives forever. This begs the question, “What will your legacy be?” Most of us have children, and they certainly should figure prominently into our plans. But our children are only a part of what we leave behind. Just as we endeavor to give Tzedakah generously, so as to selflessly make the world a better place while we are alive, so too we need to make sure that we leave a percentage of our estates for the benefit of others. Judaism tells us that it is incumbent upon us to leave the world better than when we found it. We do this by giving Tzedakah.

We can help.

Chabad has partnered with the Jewish Community Foundation in the creation of our Legacy Circle "Generation to Generation - Ensuring a Jewish Tomorrow, Today".  Many people do not prepare appropriately for the inevitable. They do not leave a will, or even if they do it is not consistent with Jewish Law. If one wants his body to be handled with the respect and care mandated by Jewish Law or if one wants the funeral service conducted according to Jewish Law, it must be arranged in advance. Don’t leave these critical details to luck!

Contact Rabbi Eilfort for a private appointment so these important matters can be handled how you want.

Send a personal email to  [email protected] to schedule an appointment today. 

 

We honor our Legacy Circle Members*:

Joel Barnett
Angela Chapman
Anonymous 1
Channah Hale
Len Hyman
Sheila Lebovitz
Ilyse Loven
David Markoff
Anonymous 2
Ed Richard
Ira Schechtel

Sharon Silverstein
Anonymous 3

 

*Has provided Chabad with a Declaration of Intent. 

Click here for a Declaration of Intent and more information

 

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, the second Board was dedicated by the Alter Family, and the new Board has been dedicated by Miriam Reisman in memory of her husband, Harold.

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 in the newsletter and in the calendar and the light on the Board will be illuminated each year on the Yarzeit. The donation is only $500 per Memorial Board plaque.

We also have a gorgeous Tree of Life dedicated by the Lieberman Family that has been ‘growing. 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 $180 for a leaf on the Tree of Life.

Those who wish to participate should send an email to  [email protected], or call Rabbi Eilfort at 760-943-8891.

We are excited to designate a section of our Tree of Life to our Legacy Circle. Watch the Tree and see article above.

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!

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.

Critical Maintenance Issue – Your Cooperation Needed

PLEASE NOTE: The ONLY thing that may be flushed is toilet paper – NO EXCEPTIONS. This means tissue, baby wipes, paper towels, or any other product may NEVER be flushed, but instead must be disposed of in the provided trash receptacles.

THANK YOU for your cooperation!

Public Service Announcement – Let’s Work TOGETHER to Maintain OUR Shul

We have a beautiful shul. Everyone agrees. It is not easy to maintain everything, but we work hard to keep things clean and in good working order. We need your help.

Our sanctuary is graced with gorgeous, custom made, stained glass windows. These windows MUST be kept in pristine condition. Please respect the windows by only looking and never touching them. G-d forbid, they can easily be scratched if we are not careful. Also, please do not put ANY objects (cups, books, tissues etc.) on the window sills as it detracts from the windows.

Our custom-built furniture from Israel is as precious as it looks. People have put down cups (full and empty) on the partitions and the shelves. This is inappropriate. Children cannot sit on or climb on the furnishings – other than sitting in the pews as they were designed to be used. No exceptions.

Please put away your own Talis and prayer books, and replace the book racks when done using them. Please throw away your own garbage.

If we can all work together we will keep our shul beautiful!

THANK YOU for your understanding and cooperation.

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.

More than 600 people use the Chabad code each year ! 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.

For discount details, to make your reservation, or to share the information with a friend, visit www.chabadatlacosta.com/omni and click through. And remember to leave a positive review.

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 Neal Sperling Business Development

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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 Pammy's Pony Parties and Petting Zoos

I am a small Jewish farmer running my business in La Costa  called Pammy's Pony Parties and Petting Zoo. I arrive with my animals at little children's birthday parties, senior homes,  graduation parties, and resorts in the area, to share my love of animals. I also do animal therapy with children and adults. Fantastic!! Call me to make an appointment or set up a birthday party.

Pam Glickman 760-535-5293

 Healthy Haven Live Radio Show with Anna Mintz

Window Paintings and Murals by Eileen Tilt-Lavy contact info available

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Hundreds of people see Chabad at La Costa's Weekly Email Update. Those who are looking to effectively promote their business and at the same time support this important community resource are invited to become sponsors for only $50 per month (that's per MONTH, not per week). Call Rabbi Eilfort at 760-943-8891 to get your message out there.

Volume 24 Number 10 | 8 Kislev, 5783 | December 2, 2022

 

Chabad Weekly Update

Volume 24 Number 10 | 8 Kislev, 5783 | December 2, 2022
 
B"H
 
MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
 

Throughout his life, our forefather Jacob encountered some of the first anti-Jewish sentiment in history, and in his case it was literally family: his brother Esau and his father-in-law Laban. Both wished him harm, but neither succeeded.

Esau wanted to kill Jacob and Laban wanted to swindle him out of his rightful earnings. Jacob overcame their adversity because he refused to play their game. He did not allow his survival to hinge on putting others down and pointing fingers. Instead of blaming others for his problems, he focused on being the most successful servant of G‑d he could be.

We inherited this spirit from our forefather, and with each passing generation the Jewish people get better at it. As a nation, we have had good times and better times. And there have been times of terrible suffering. Yet even when things look bleak and we feel—rightfully—that the entire world is against us, giving up is not in our DNA. Jacob didn’t do it, and we certainly won't.

Shabbat shalom,

CANDLE LIGHTING TIMES
Carlsbad and Encinitas

LIGHT CANDLES AT 4:24 PM – Friday, December 2, ‘22
SHABBAT ENDS 5:22 PM - Saturday, December 3, ‘22


SHABBOS NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
We WILL BE Open for Services This Week & There will be Soup and Challah

Minyan – Scotch & Sushi - this Friday Night (Tonight)

NEW MINYAN SCHEDULE

Friday Night @ 4:30pm

Sunday @ 8:30am

Monday @ 9:15am

Thursday @ 9:15am

PLEASE LET US KNOW WHICH DAY/S YOU CAN COME.

Thank you in advance and G-d bless!

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As we continue to bounce back from the pandemic please do NOT attend if you have ANY symptoms or if you are not feeling well. 

Community Hakhel Event

 

New Daily Learning (Mondays – Fridays) with Rabbi Eilfort on Facebook Live

Rabbi Eilfort will be resuming his daily lessons on Facebook Live this coming week. The new starting time will be 8:45am lasting about 15 minutes (give or take). The format will be different, as he will share a thought of the day that will include ideas from that day’s Torah Portion and/or Tanya portion and/or Thought of the Day and/or General Torah ideas. The class will generally last up to 15 minutes.

In order to participate you must be the Rabbi’s ‘Friend’ on Facebook (Yeruchem Eilfort is the user name). If you are not already a friend send a friend request. Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate. Even if you do not catch the class live it will be saved on the Rabbi’s feed so you can watch it at your convenience.   



New JLI Course Continues

Lesson Five: His Paradoxes

Can G-d create a rock that He can’t lift?

Does His foreknowledge of events preclude my free choice?

Is there anything that G-d finds difficult to do?

And if G-d has decided to do something, can I change His mind?

These are the questions that will be asked this week. Would you like to join us? Reply to this email.

 

Chanukah is Coming! Here is the schedule this year. Please share...

 

New Hebrew School Year Begins

The key to a Jewish future lies in how we educate our children now. It is our sacred duty to instill within them a love and understanding of Judaism. That is only possible through education, or as we like to call it, ed-JEW-cation.

Our Hebrew School is designed to maximize the time our students spend here in an uplifting and inspiring manner. We will convey the beauty of our traditions through projects, stories, songs, and conversations. We don’t ‘talk at’ our students. Instead we engage them in discussions, which we have found to be a more conducive way of imparting knowledge. Positive reinforcement is a critical part of our approach.

We endeavor to give them not only an understanding of the Jewish Calendar and practice, but also skills in the Hebrew language.

Please call the office to schedule your appointment to discuss the needs of your child and what you hope to he/she will get from Hebrew school. 760-943-8891.

Kiddush Sponsors

Blossom Nejathaim is sponsoring this week’s Kiddush in loving memory of Rebecca Nejathaim on her Yarzeit. 

Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate in our weekly Shabbat meal together.

An Important Note about Kiddushes –

The policy of the shul is to allow multiple sponsors for every Kiddush unless it is a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or something similar (like a 50th wedding anniversary etc.).

There is no such thing as an exclusive Kiddush sponsor.

This is our policy for numerous reasons, not least of which is the fact that Kiddush sponsorships help generate much-needed income for our community and encourages more people to participate.

We thank you for your support and understanding!

RABBI'S WEEKLY ARTICLE
Rabbi's Letter | Thought for the Week | Haftarah 

Shabbos Parshas VaYeitzei – A Ladder to Heaven

From Chabad.org
By Rabbi Yossy Goldman

So what's the best way to get to heaven? Walk across a busy highway? Perform some amazing act of faith? Save a thousand lives? Well, a pretty good answer may be found in this week's Parshah.

We read the story of Jacob's dream and the famous ladder with its feet on the ground and head in the heavens. "And behold the angels of G‑d were ascending and descending on it."

Let me ask you what they might call in Yiddish, a klotz kashe (simplistic question). Do angels need a ladder? Everyone knows angels have wings, not feet. So, if you have wings, why would you need a ladder?

There is a beautiful message here.

In climbing heavenward one does not necessarily need wings. Dispense with the dramatic. Forget about fancy leaps and bounds. There is a ladder, a spiritual route clearly mapped out for us; a route that needs to be traversed step-by-step, one rung at a time. The pathway to Heaven is gradual, methodical and eminently manageable.

Many people are discouraged from even beginning a spiritual journey because they think it needs that huge leap of faith. They cannot see themselves reaching a degree of religious commitment which to them seems otherworldly. And yet, with the gradual step-by-step approach, one finds that the journey can be embarked upon and that the destination aspired to is actually not in outer space.

When I was growing up in Brooklyn, I would pass a very big building on my way to school every morning. It was the King's County Savings Bank. All these years later I still remember the Chinese proverb that was engraved over the large portals at the entrance to the bank. "A journey of a thousand miles begins with but a single step." Now that's not only Chinese wisdom; we Jews agree. And it's not limited to starting a savings plan. It is a simple yet powerful idea that it need not be "all or nothing."

What do you think is a rabbi's fantasy? A guy walking into my office and saying, "Rabbi, I want to become 'frum' (fully observant), now tell me what I must do"? Is that what I lie awake dreaming of? And if it did happen, do you think I would throw the book at him and insist he did every single mitzvah from that moment on? Never! Why not? Because a commitment like that is usually here today and gone tomorrow. Like the popular saying goes, "Easy come, easy go." I'm afraid I haven't had such wonderful experiences with the "instant Jew" types. The correct and most successful method of achieving our Jewish objectives is the slow and steady approach. Gradual, yet consistent. As soon as one has become comfortable with one mitzvah, it is time to start on the next, and so on and so forth. Then, through constant growth, slowly but surely we become more knowledgeable, committed, fulfilled and happy in our faith.

When my father was in yeshiva, his teacher once asked the following question: "If two people are on a ladder, one at the top and one on the bottom, who is higher?" The class thought it was a pretty dumb question — until the wise teacher explained that they were not really capable of judging who was higher or lower until they first ascertained in which direction each was headed.

If the fellow on top was going down, but the guy on the bottom was going up, then conceptually, the one on the bottom was actually higher.

And so my friends, it doesn't really matter what your starting point is or where you are at on the ladder of religious life. As long as you are moving in the right direction, as long as you are going up, you will, please G‑d, succeed in climbing the heavenly heights.

Wishing you a safe and successful journey.

 

Haftarah for Shabbos Parshas Va’Yeitzei

Hosea 11:7-12:14.

This week's haftorah mentions Jacob's flight from home to the "field of Aram," an episode that is recounted in this week's Torah reading.

The haftorah begins with the prophet Hosea's rebuke of the Jewish people for forsaking G‑d. Nevertheless, Hosea assures the people that G‑d will not abandon them: "How can I give you, Ephraim, and deliver you [to the hands of the nations]? . . . I will not act with My fierce anger; I will not return to destroy Ephraim."

The prophet discusses the misdeeds of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, and the future degeneration of the Kingdom of Judea. He contrasts their behavior to that of their forefather Jacob who was faithful to G‑d and prevailed against enemies, both human and angelic. 

The haftorah also makes mention of the ingathering of the exiles which will occur during the Final Redemption: "They shall hasten like a bird from Egypt and like a dove from the land of Assyria; and I will place them in their houses, says the Lord."

 

SPECIAL WISHES
Condolences | Birthdays | Anniversaries | Yarzeits

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes go out to to Seth Golub, Julia Horowitz and all of those celebrating their birthdays this week!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY wishes go out to Rusty and Marianne Rack and all of those celebrating anniversaries this week!

WE REMEMBERDan Tinman, Ray Feder, Joseph Meyer Fish, Maurice Schiff and all of those whose Yarzeit is observed this week.

May Rabbi Naftali Levy, Brenda Joseph, Stephanie Lewis, Rachel Perez, Miriam Reisman, Sheila Lebovitz, Adam Lemberger, Sandy Radom, Rachel bas Shoshana, and Roz Mintz, be blessed with a speedy and complete recovery!

Upcoming Kiddush Sponsors: 

December 3: Blossom Nejathaim

December 10: Miriam Reisman

December 17: Sponsor needed

December 24: Avi and Carrie Rossenfeld 

December 31: Elia and Chaya Eilfort

FUNDRAISING & VOLUNTEERING
Giving & Helping Opportunities

We would be nowhere without the generous support of our community. Please know that your support is profoundly appreciated!

There are many ways to donate besides for checks and cash. Following please find a list of the various other ‘platforms’ that are available for secure donations that go directly and entirely into the synagogue account (even though they say Nechama's name).

1. PayPal [email protected]  or PayPal.me/Neilfort

2. Venmo @Nechama-Eilfort

3. Cashapp $nechamae

4. Zelle (Bank of America)  [email protected]

5. Personal credit card   chabadatlacosta.com/donate

6. Join our Legacy Circle - see below​

 The Foundation Project - Donations

We are raising funds that will be used towards completing our basement. This project will include a TEEN LOUNGE, CLASSROOMS, a PLAYGROUND, OFFICES, STORAGE SPACE, BATHROOMS, and more. Call Rabbi to inquire about available dedications. The money we raise also goes towards scholarships for Hebrew School students, our Challah and Chicken Soup program, and all of our ongoing expenses.

To donate securely online follow this link:  www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/donate

 

Easy Fundraising Opportunity 

First, let us take this opportunity to thank all of those who have had Facebook Birthday Fundraisers for Chabad at La Costa! I cannot tell you how much Nechama & I appreciate it! The money we have received through these fundraisers has helped our shul continue with programming, delivering soup and challah as well as other activities. 

Do you have a birthday coming up? We would be honored if you would consider making our shul the recipient of your birthday fundraiser.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to celebrate your birthday and do a wonderful Mitzvah at the same time? Thank you for your consideration and Happy Birthday!  

CHABAD VIRTUAL & IN PERSON ACADEMY
Get Some Class

We have an ever-expanding menu of online learning opportunities for everyone. Below please find an overview of our current classes and a schedule of when you can join in on Facebook Live. If you miss the live class you can watch the recorded version, on Facebook.

Weekly Parsha Class - with Sholom Eilfort in person and on Facebook Live Thursday nights at 7:15pm

JLI Course - with Nechama 6 weeks starting November 1st requires registration... 

 

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 Coastal Gan - Has BEGUN!

 

Coastal Hebrew School

To find out more about our Hebrew school visit www.jewishencinitas.com/hebrewschool

Rosh Chodesh Coastal Women's Society

Men's Club Coming Soon

Please Like the shul’s Facebook Page  https://www.facebook.com/ChabadatLaCosta

For up to date pictures and announcements follow our Facebook Page and join our community Group.  

A COMMUNITY FOR YOU AND ME
Coastal Chabads are here for YOU

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Covid Protocols

We are being extremely careful and are asking the following to anyone contemplating coming:

If you have ANY symptoms of Covid please do not come.
If you have been around anyone who has Covid please do not come.
If your doctor told you to be especially careful please do not come.
If you are concerned/afraid please do not come.
If you are not vaccinated please be extra careful with all above-listed stringencies and wear a mask.
Please maintain social distancing at all times.
Please wash and sanitize your hands regularly, especially before the kiddush.
This is a very difficult situation. We ask for your support and understanding as we do our absolute best in providing a vibrant spiritual home that is SAFE for our community. This means that even if you are not concerned about Covid please be thoughtful about those who are concerned. This means even if you are extremely concerned about Covid do not be judgmental of those who feel they must attend shul to ensure we have a minyan.

We choose to remain a close and loving community.  

Security Protocols

Everyone is Subject to Search

No Firearms (We have a well-defined security plan in effect and any unauthorized firearms could create confusion and actually reduce security).

Backpacks Prohibited

All Bags Subject to Search

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   www.ChabadatLaCosta.com 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 *www.JewishEncinitas.com *Chabad of Carlsbad N

 

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  [email protected] your request.

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.

Membership

NOW is the time to join the family! Membership includes High Holiday seats and discounts on other programs and activities. However, the main reason to join is to demonstrate your commitment to the future of Judaism in our area and to our community.

If you have already filled out and returned your Membership form please accept this message as our sincere thank you!

We urge you to pick the level of Membership and the financial commitment you feel comfortable with, and to fill out the form that you will find by following this link: www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/membership. We thank all of our amazing donors!

Create Your Jewish Legacy Plan for the Future - Now

We have been blessed with life! Yet, we know that no one lives forever. This begs the question, “What will your legacy be?” Most of us have children, and they certainly should figure prominently into our plans. But our children are only a part of what we leave behind. Just as we endeavor to give Tzedakah generously, so as to selflessly make the world a better place while we are alive, so too we need to make sure that we leave a percentage of our estates for the benefit of others. Judaism tells us that it is incumbent upon us to leave the world better than when we found it. We do this by giving Tzedakah.

We can help.

Chabad has partnered with the Jewish Community Foundation in the creation of our Legacy Circle "Generation to Generation - Ensuring a Jewish Tomorrow, Today".  Many people do not prepare appropriately for the inevitable. They do not leave a will, or even if they do it is not consistent with Jewish Law. If one wants his body to be handled with the respect and care mandated by Jewish Law or if one wants the funeral service conducted according to Jewish Law, it must be arranged in advance. Don’t leave these critical details to luck!

Contact Rabbi Eilfort for a private appointment so these important matters can be handled how you want.

Send a personal email to  [email protected] to schedule an appointment today. 

 

We honor our Legacy Circle Members*:

Joel Barnett
Angela Chapman
Anonymous 1
Channah Hale
Len Hyman
Sheila Lebovitz
Ilyse Loven
David Markoff
Anonymous 2
Ed Richard

Sharon Silverstein
Anonymous 3

 

*Has provided Chabad with a Declaration of Intent. 

Click here for a Declaration of Intent and more information

 

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, the second Board was dedicated by the Alter Family, and the new Board has been dedicated by Miriam Reisman in memory of her husband, Harold.

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 in the newsletter and in the calendar and the light on the Board will be illuminated each year on the Yarzeit. The donation is only $500 per Memorial Board plaque.

We also have a gorgeous Tree of Life dedicated by the Lieberman Family that has been ‘growing. 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 $180 for a leaf on the Tree of Life.

Those who wish to participate should send an email to  [email protected], or call Rabbi Eilfort at 760-943-8891.

We are excited to designate a section of our Tree of Life to our Legacy Circle. Watch the Tree and see article above.

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!

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.

Critical Maintenance Issue – Your Cooperation Needed

PLEASE NOTE: The ONLY thing that may be flushed is toilet paper – NO EXCEPTIONS. This means tissue, baby wipes, paper towels, or any other product may NEVER be flushed, but instead must be disposed of in the provided trash receptacles.

THANK YOU for your cooperation!

Public Service Announcement – Let’s Work TOGETHER to Maintain OUR Shul

We have a beautiful shul. Everyone agrees. It is not easy to maintain everything, but we work hard to keep things clean and in good working order. We need your help.

Our sanctuary is graced with gorgeous, custom made, stained glass windows. These windows MUST be kept in pristine condition. Please respect the windows by only looking and never touching them. G-d forbid, they can easily be scratched if we are not careful. Also, please do not put ANY objects (cups, books, tissues etc.) on the window sills as it detracts from the windows.

Our custom-built furniture from Israel is as precious as it looks. People have put down cups (full and empty) on the partitions and the shelves. This is inappropriate. Children cannot sit on or climb on the furnishings – other than sitting in the pews as they were designed to be used. No exceptions.

Please put away your own Talis and prayer books, and replace the book racks when done using them. Please throw away your own garbage.

If we can all work together we will keep our shul beautiful!

THANK YOU for your understanding and cooperation.

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.

More than 600 people use the Chabad code each year ! 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.

For discount details, to make your reservation, or to share the information with a friend, visit www.chabadatlacosta.com/omni and click through. And remember to leave a positive review.

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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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760-415-8742 

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 Pammy's Pony Parties and Petting Zoos

I am a small Jewish farmer running my business in La Costa  called Pammy's Pony Parties and Petting Zoo. I arrive with my animals at little children's birthday parties, senior homes,  graduation parties, and resorts in the area, to share my love of animals. I also do animal therapy with children and adults. Fantastic!! Call me to make an appointment or set up a birthday party.

Pam Glickman 760-535-5293

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Hundreds of people see Chabad at La Costa's Weekly Email Update. Those who are looking to effectively promote their business and at the same time support this important community resource are invited to become sponsors for only $50 per month (that's per MONTH, not per week). Call Rabbi Eilfort at 760-943-8891 to get your message out there.

Volume 24 Number 9 | 1 Kislev, 5783 | November 25, 2022

 

Chabad Weekly Update

Volume 24 Number 9 | 1 Kislev, 5783 | November 25, 2022
 
B"H
 
MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
 

In this week's Torah portion we are introduced to Jacob and Esau, twin brothers who couldn't have been more different from one another.

Esau was a hunter, while Jacob was a scholar, spending all his time studying Torah and delving into the Divine secrets of Creation.

As descendants of Jacob, we are entrusted with the gift of Torah and the ability to connect to G‑d by studying His wisdom. Every time a Jew studies Torah, our connection to G‑d deepens.

You can study Torah alone or with a group, you can study for hours or for a few minutes. The main thing is, make Torah study central to your life!

Shabbat shalom,

CANDLE LIGHTING TIMES
Carlsbad and Encinitas

LIGHT CANDLES AT 4:25 PM – Friday, November 25, ‘22
SHABBAT ENDS 5:22 PM - Saturday, November 26, ‘22


SHABBOS NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
We WILL BE Open for Services This Week & There will NOT be Soup and Challah

Special Shabbaton THIS Week

It is our profound pleasure to welcome back our friends from the Orange Shul in Los Angeles! We are expecting a very large and lively crowd, which promises to be inspirational, with joyful singing and words of Torah, and delicious with a gourmet Kiddush! Services will be led by renowned Cantor Moshe Storch, who will also be featured in concert Saturday night at 8:30pm (all are welcome, but reservations are required by responding to this message to attend). 


Special Speakers

We are thrilled to welcome Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and CEO of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance who will speak during services on Shabbat day. Rabbi Yekusiel Kalmanson, Rabbi of the Orange Shul, will also be here and sharing words of wisdom during Friday night services. 

Rabbi Hier founded Moriah Films, the Center’s film division in 1980, of which he is the executive producer and is the only Rabbi that is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the recipient of two Academy Awards. Rabbi Hier was the first Orthodox rabbi in American history to be invited to deliver an invocation of a Presidential inauguration, and the first American to be chosen by the government of Israel to light the Torch of Remembrance on Israel’s Independence Day. He is also a recipient of two honorary Ph.D’s.

 

Minyan this Friday Night (Tonight) 15 minutes before Candlelighting time (see above)

NEW MINYAN SCHEDULE

Friday Night @ 4:30

Monday @ 9:15am

Thursday @ 9:15am

PLEASE LET US KNOW WHICH DAY/S YOU CAN COME.

Thank you in advance and G-d bless!

 

Community Hakhel Event

 

New Daily Learning (Mondays – Fridays) with Rabbi Eilfort on Facebook Live

Rabbi Eilfort will be resuming his daily lessons on Facebook Live this coming week. The new starting time will be 8:45am lasting about 15 minutes (give or take). The format will be different, as he will share a thought of the day that will include ideas from that day’s Torah Portion and/or Tanya portion and/or Thought of the Day and/or General Torah ideas. The class will generally last up to 15 minutes.

In order to participate you must be the Rabbi’s ‘Friend’ on Facebook (Yeruchem Eilfort is the user name). If you are not already a friend send a friend request. Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate. Even if you do not catch the class live it will be saved on the Rabbi’s feed so you can watch it at your convenience.   



New JLI Course Continues

Lesson 4
His Expectations

Do I have to believe in G-d to be Jewish? What if I have doubts about G-d?

Do I need to fear G-d? That doesn’t sound very appealing!

I’m okay with believing in G-d, but I’m not religious. Can I still have a relationship with Him?

These are the questions that will be asked this week. Would you like to join us? Reply to this email.

 

Chanukah is Coming! Here is the schedule this year. Please share...

 

New Hebrew School Year Begins

The key to a Jewish future lies in how we educate our children now. It is our sacred duty to instill within them a love and understanding of Judaism. That is only possible through education, or as we like to call it, ed-JEW-cation.

Our Hebrew School is designed to maximize the time our students spend here in an uplifting and inspiring manner. We will convey the beauty of our traditions through projects, stories, songs, and conversations. We don’t ‘talk at’ our students. Instead we engage them in discussions, which we have found to be a more conducive way of imparting knowledge. Positive reinforcement is a critical part of our approach.

We endeavor to give them not only an understanding of the Jewish Calendar and practice, but also skills in the Hebrew language.

Please call the office to schedule your appointment to discuss the needs of your child and what you hope to he/she will get from Hebrew school. 760-943-8891.

Kiddush Sponsors

The Orange Shul, our honored guests this Shabbos, will be sponsoring a lavish Kiddush lunch this week.

The Buenaventura Family will be co-sponsoring the Kiddush in honor of Bernardo's Father's Birthday and in the Merit of his son.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate in our weekly Shabbat meal together.

An Important Note about Kiddushes –

The policy of the shul is to allow multiple sponsors for every Kiddush unless it is a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or something similar (like a 50th wedding anniversary etc.).

There is no such thing as an exclusive Kiddush sponsor.

This is our policy for numerous reasons, not least of which is the fact that Kiddush sponsorships help generate much-needed income for our community and encourages more people to participate.

We thank you for your support and understanding!

RABBI'S WEEKLY ARTICLE
Rabbi's Letter | Thought for the Week | Haftarah 

Shabbos Parshas Toldos – Did Jacob Not Care for His Mother? 

From Chabad.org
By Rabbi Yossy Goldman

Three Jewish mothers were sitting on a bench discussing how much their sons love them.

“You know the Chagall painting hanging in my living room?” asked Betty. “My son Arnold bought that for my 75th birthday. What a good boy, he really loves his mother.”

“You call that love?” scoffed Dorothy. “You know the BMW I just got for Mother's Day? That's from my son Bernie. What a doll!”

Whereupon Shirley countered, “That's nothing! You know my son Stanley? He pays tons of money for a session with a psychologist every week. And what does he talk about? Me!”

I was reminded of this old Jewish joke when reading this week’s Torah portion. Rebecca overhears her blind and elderly husband, Isaac, telling their son Esau to bring him some food so that he may bless him before he dies. Rebecca instructs Jacob to impersonate his twin brother Esau, and gives him food that Isaac enjoys, so that he, rather than the wicked Esau, will receive the blessings.

But Jacob protests. “My brother Esau is a hairy person, and I am smooth-skinned. If my father feels me and realizes that I am an imposter, I will bring upon myself a curse and not a blessing.”

“Let your curse be upon me, my son…”1 his mother offers.

And indeed, Rebecca gave Jacob the food and Esau’s clothing to wear, and the rest is history. Isaac felt the hairy skins Jacob had placed on his arms and was confused, uttering the now-famous line, “The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.”2

In the end, Jacob received the blessings, Esau was incensed and threatened to kill his brother, and Jacob was compelled to leave town.

But my question is: Didn’t Jacob love his mother? He was afraid of incurring his father’s wrath, but no sooner does his mother say, “Your curse be upon me, my son,” and Jacob agrees to go along with the ruse! You don’t want to be cursed, but you’re happy for your mother to be?!

Is this behavior becoming of Jacob, one of the founding fathers of our faith?

One straightforward approach I have gathered from the commentaries is this:

When Jacob saw that his mother was prepared to take the fall, to risk the potentially lethal curse of Isaac, he realized that these were no ordinary blessings.

It wasn’t a case of Fiddler on the Roof’s “A blessing on your head, mazel tov, mazel tov.”

These blessings would effectively designate the recipient as the next link in the chain of Jewish leadership and peoplehood. Whichever son received them would determine the very fate and destiny of the Jewish People.

Can you just imagine if in our prayers every day we intoned “the G‑d of Abraham, Isaac and … Esau”? Would our nation ever have become who we are if Esau, rather than Jacob, was the spiritual successor to Isaac?

If his mother was prepared to risk being cursed by the holy Isaac, this was proof enough to Jacob how absolutely critical it was for these blessings to be conferred upon him and not Esau. And so, then and there, Jacob agreed to his mother’s request.

This also explains how the holy patriarch Jacob could engage in deception, impersonating his brother before his blind father. Every year in shul someone asks me the obvious question: How could Yaakov Avinu, Jacob our forefather, lie?! How could he tell his father he was Esau?

But to save a life, deception is justified. And to save the life and legacy of an entire nation it is certainly justified.

Indeed, when Isaac realizes what transpired, what does he say? He doesn’t berate Jacob at all. Instead, he states “Indeed, [Jacob] shall remain blessed.”3

Jacob, like all Jewish boys, loved his mother. But he and his mother loved G‑d and were fully aware of the sacred responsibility on their shoulders to be guardians of our faith and our people. This was not a game. This was no charade. Isaac, in his blindness, or for whatever reason, felt that Esau should receive the blessings. Rebecca, with her woman’s intuition, knew better.

Both Jacob and Rebecca were fully cognizant of their mission to perpetuate Judaism and our glorious nation. And thanks to their courage, commitment, and preparedness for sacrifice, Jewish continuity was safe and assured for eternity.

 

Haftarah for Shabbos Parshas Toldos

Malachi 1:1-2:7.

This week's haftorah opens with a mention of the tremendous love G‑d harbors for the children of Jacob, and the retribution He will visit upon the children of Esau who persecuted their cousins. This follows the theme of this week's Torah reading, whose two protagonists are Jacob and Esau.

The prophet Malachi then rebukes the kohanim (priests) who offer blemished and emaciated animals on G‑d's altar: "Were you to offer it to your governor, would he be pleased or would he favor you? . . . O that there were even one among you that would close the doors [of the Temple] and that you would not kindle fire on My altar in vain!"

The haftorah ends with a strong enjoinder to the kohanim to return to the original covenant that G‑d had made with their ancestor, Aaron the High Priest. "True teaching was in his mouth, and injustice was not found on his lips. In peace and equity he went with Me, and he brought back many from iniquity."

 

SPECIAL WISHES
Condolences | Birthdays | Anniversaries | Yarzeits

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes go out to to Maya Reisman, Sandra Sapol, Sam Alter and all of those celebrating their birthdays this week!

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

WE REMEMBER Kurt Lederer, Joseph Rack, Eric Feder, Amalia Apel, Henry Lewis, Leon Chaves, Delores Magnes, Etta Weksler, William Weill and all of those whose Yarzeit is observed this week.

May Rabbi Naftali Levy, Brenda Joseph, Stephanie Lewis, Rachel Perez, Miriam Reisman, Sheila Lebovitz, Adam Lemberger, Sandy Radom, Rachel bas Shoshana, and Roz Mintz, be blessed with a speedy and complete recovery!

Upcoming Kiddush Sponsors: 

November 26: Orange Shul
                      Bernardo and Rosalbe Buenaventura

December 3: Blossom Nejathaim

December 10: Miriam Reisman

December 17: Sponsor needed

December 24: Avi and Carrie Rossenfeld 

December 31: Elia and Chaya Eilfort

FUNDRAISING & VOLUNTEERING
Giving & Helping Opportunities

We would be nowhere without the generous support of our community. Please know that your support is profoundly appreciated!

There are many ways to donate besides for checks and cash. Following please find a list of the various other ‘platforms’ that are available for secure donations that go directly and entirely into the synagogue account (even though they say Nechama's name).

1. PayPal [email protected]  or PayPal.me/Neilfort

2. Venmo @Nechama-Eilfort

3. Cashapp $nechamae

4. Zelle (Bank of America)  [email protected]

5. Personal credit card   chabadatlacosta.com/donate

6. Join our Legacy Circle - see below

 The Foundation Project - Donations

We are raising funds that will be used towards completing our basement. This project will include a TEEN LOUNGE, CLASSROOMS, a PLAYGROUND, OFFICES, STORAGE SPACE, BATHROOMS, and more. Call Rabbi to inquire about available dedications. The money we raise also goes towards scholarships for Hebrew School students, our Challah and Chicken Soup program, and all of our ongoing expenses.

To donate securely online follow this link:  www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/donate

 

Easy Fundraising Opportunity 

First, let us take this opportunity to thank all of those who have had Facebook Birthday Fundraisers for Chabad at La Costa! I cannot tell you how much Nechama & I appreciate it! The money we have received through these fundraisers has helped our shul continue with programming, delivering soup and challah as well as other activities. 

Do you have a birthday coming up? We would be honored if you would consider making our shul the recipient of your birthday fundraiser.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to celebrate your birthday and do a wonderful Mitzvah at the same time? Thank you for your consideration and Happy Birthday!  

CHABAD VIRTUAL & IN PERSON ACADEMY
Get Some Class

We have an ever-expanding menu of online learning opportunities for everyone. Below please find an overview of our current classes and a schedule of when you can join in on Facebook Live. If you miss the live class you can watch the recorded version, on Facebook.

Weekly Parsha Class - with Sholom Eilfort in person and on Facebook Live Thursday nights at 7:15pm

JLI Course - with Nechama 6 weeks starting November 1st requires registration... 

 

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 Coastal Gan - Has BEGUN!

 

Coastal Hebrew School

To find out more about our Hebrew school visit www.jewishencinitas.com/hebrewschool

Rosh Chodesh Coastal Women's Society

Men's Club Coming Soon

Please Like the shul’s Facebook Page  https://www.facebook.com/ChabadatLaCosta

For up to date pictures and announcements follow our Facebook Page and join our community Group.  

A COMMUNITY FOR YOU AND ME
Coastal Chabads are here for YOU

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 Covid Protocols

We are being extremely careful and are asking the following to anyone contemplating coming:

If you have ANY symptoms of Covid please do not come.
If you have been around anyone who has Covid please do not come.
If your doctor told you to be especially careful please do not come.
If you are concerned/afraid please do not come.
If you are not vaccinated please be extra careful with all above-listed stringencies and wear a mask.
Please maintain social distancing at all times.
Please wash and sanitize your hands regularly, especially before the kiddush.
This is a very difficult situation. We ask for your support and understanding as we do our absolute best in providing a vibrant spiritual home that is SAFE for our community. This means that even if you are not concerned about Covid please be thoughtful about those who are concerned. This means even if you are extremely concerned about Covid do not be judgmental of those who feel they must attend shul to ensure we have a minyan.

We choose to remain a close and loving community.  

Security Protocols

Everyone is Subject to Search

No Firearms (We have a well-defined security plan in effect and any unauthorized firearms could create confusion and actually reduce security).

Backpacks Prohibited

All Bags Subject to Search

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   www.ChabadatLaCosta.com 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 *www.JewishEncinitas.com *Chabad of Carlsbad N

 

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  [email protected] your request.

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.

Membership

NOW is the time to join the family! Membership includes High Holiday seats and discounts on other programs and activities. However, the main reason to join is to demonstrate your commitment to the future of Judaism in our area and to our community.

If you have already filled out and returned your Membership form please accept this message as our sincere thank you!

We urge you to pick the level of Membership and the financial commitment you feel comfortable with, and to fill out the form that you will find by following this link: www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/membership. We thank all of our amazing donors!

Create Your Jewish Legacy Plan for the Future - Now

We have been blessed with life! Yet, we know that no one lives forever. This begs the question, “What will your legacy be?” Most of us have children, and they certainly should figure prominently into our plans. But our children are only a part of what we leave behind. Just as we endeavor to give Tzedakah generously, so as to selflessly make the world a better place while we are alive, so too we need to make sure that we leave a percentage of our estates for the benefit of others. Judaism tells us that it is incumbent upon us to leave the world better than when we found it. We do this by giving Tzedakah.

We can help.

Chabad has partnered with the Jewish Community Foundation in the creation of our Legacy Circle "Generation to Generation - Ensuring a Jewish Tomorrow, Today".  Many people do not prepare appropriately for the inevitable. They do not leave a will, or even if they do it is not consistent with Jewish Law. If one wants his body to be handled with the respect and care mandated by Jewish Law or if one wants the funeral service conducted according to Jewish Law, it must be arranged in advance. Don’t leave these critical details to luck!

Contact Rabbi Eilfort for a private appointment so these important matters can be handled how you want.

Send a personal email to  [email protected] to schedule an appointment today. 

 

We honor our Legacy Circle Members*:

Joel Barnett
Angela Chapman
Anonymous 1
Channah Hale
Len Hyman
Sheila Lebovitz
Ilyse Loven
David Markoff
Anonymous 2
Ed Richard

Sharon Silverstein
Anonymous 3

 

*Has provided Chabad with a Declaration of Intent. 

Click here for a Declaration of Intent and more information

 

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, the second Board was dedicated by the Alter Family, and the new Board has been dedicated by Miriam Reisman in memory of her husband, Harold.

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 in the newsletter and in the calendar and the light on the Board will be illuminated each year on the Yarzeit. The donation is only $500 per Memorial Board plaque.

We also have a gorgeous Tree of Life dedicated by the Lieberman Family that has been ‘growing. 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 $180 for a leaf on the Tree of Life.

Those who wish to participate should send an email to  [email protected], or call Rabbi Eilfort at 760-943-8891.

We are excited to designate a section of our Tree of Life to our Legacy Circle. Watch the Tree and see article above.

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!

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.

Critical Maintenance Issue – Your Cooperation Needed

PLEASE NOTE: The ONLY thing that may be flushed is toilet paper – NO EXCEPTIONS. This means tissue, baby wipes, paper towels, or any other product may NEVER be flushed, but instead must be disposed of in the provided trash receptacles.

THANK YOU for your cooperation!

Public Service Announcement – Let’s Work TOGETHER to Maintain OUR Shul

We have a beautiful shul. Everyone agrees. It is not easy to maintain everything, but we work hard to keep things clean and in good working order. We need your help.

Our sanctuary is graced with gorgeous, custom made, stained glass windows. These windows MUST be kept in pristine condition. Please respect the windows by only looking and never touching them. G-d forbid, they can easily be scratched if we are not careful. Also, please do not put ANY objects (cups, books, tissues etc.) on the window sills as it detracts from the windows.

Our custom-built furniture from Israel is as precious as it looks. People have put down cups (full and empty) on the partitions and the shelves. This is inappropriate. Children cannot sit on or climb on the furnishings – other than sitting in the pews as they were designed to be used. No exceptions.

Please put away your own Talis and prayer books, and replace the book racks when done using them. Please throw away your own garbage.

If we can all work together we will keep our shul beautiful!

THANK YOU for your understanding and cooperation.

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.

More than 600 people use the Chabad code each year ! 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.

For discount details, to make your reservation, or to share the information with a friend, visit www.chabadatlacosta.com/omni and click through. And remember to leave a positive review.

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Volume 24 Number 8 | 24 Cheshvan, 5783 | November 18, 2022

 

Chabad Weekly Update

Volume 24 Number 8 | 24 Cheshvan, 5783 | November 18, 2022
 
B"H
 
MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
 

Every year on the last Shabbat of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan, thousands of Chabad rabbis from around the world gather in New York City for the Kinus Hashluchim — the international conference of Chabad emissaries.

In addition to arranging the logistics, which include feeding thousands of rabbis for an extended weekend and planning innovative workshops and creative programming, the organizers are tasked with coming up with a theme to be highlighted throughout the Kinus.

The theme of this year’s Kinus is obvious: Hakhel, the year of gathering. Besides for the Kinus itself serving as a massive Hakhel gathering, the overall focus of the conference will be the importance of bringing Jews together in Jewish settings throughout the year. While Chabad rabbis are always bringing Jews together, in a Hakhel year we double our efforts.

But one need not be a rabbi to host or organize a Hakhel gathering. Invite some friends over and have your own Hakhel gathering! Use this how-to guide and download our monthly packets with suggested programs and tips.

Isaac married Rebecca, who married in this week’s Torah portion, pledged to emulate their parents, Abraham and Sara, and to keep their doors open for all people, with the goal of spreading recognition of G‑dliness. Their home functioned as perhaps the first Hakhel in history, and we take our cue from them to turn our own homes into beacons of Jewish light for all.

Shabbat shalom,

CANDLE LIGHTING TIMES
Carlsbad and Encinitas

LIGHT CANDLES AT 4:27 PM – Friday, November 18, ‘22
SHABBAT ENDS 5:24 PM - Saturday, November 19, ‘22


SHABBOS NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
We WILL BE Open for Services This Week & There will be Soup and Challah

Yarzeit Minyan Needed

Please note that a Minyan is needed Monday night at 6pm for the Yarzeit of Elias Perez. If you are able to help with this wonderful Mitzvah please respond to this message as soon as possible. The services will take about 20 minutes. 

NO Minyan this Friday Night (Tonight)

NEW MINYAN SCHEDULE

Friday Night @ 5:20pm (next week goes to 4:20pm)

Sunday @ 8:30am

Monday @ 9:15am

Thursday @ 9:15am

PLEASE LET US KNOW WHICH DAY/S YOU CAN COME.

Thank you in advance and G-d bless!

 

Join Us for a Thanksgiving Feast

We will be hosting a traditional Thanksgiving Feast at the shul on Thursday, November 24th. The meal will be preceded by Mincha/Maariv, which will begin at 4:30pm. The feast itself will begin at 5:15pm.

Following please find the menu and prices:

Dinner rolls
Dark greens salad
Turkey
Gravy
Stuffing
Mashed potatoes
Yams
Pumpkin muffins
Green beans/asparagus
Corn
Cranberry sauce 2 ways
Pumpkin pie
Apple pastry
Sparkling cider

The cost for Members/Locals is $40 per adult and $20 per child (3-12). Reservations MUST be made no later than Sunday, November 20th.

 

Shabbaton NEXT Week

We are excited to welcome back the ‘Orange’ Shul who joined us for a Shabbaton last year, and who will be joining us next Shabbos (Friday, November 25 – Saturday, November 26). Baruch Hashem, we will have a BIG crowd here with LOTS of singing, celebrating, and FOOD.

Community Hakhel Event

New Daily Learning (Mondays – Fridays) with Rabbi Eilfort on Facebook Live

Rabbi Eilfort will be resuming his daily lessons on Facebook Live this coming week. The new starting time will be 8:45am lasting about 15 minutes (give or take). The format will be different, as he will share a thought of the day that will include ideas from that day’s Torah Portion and/or Tanya portion and/or Thought of the Day and/or General Torah ideas. The class will generally last up to 15 minutes.

In order to participate you must be the Rabbi’s ‘Friend’ on Facebook (Yeruchem Eilfort is the user name). If you are not already a friend send a friend request. Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate. Even if you do not catch the class live it will be saved on the Rabbi’s feed so you can watch it at your convenience.   

New JLI Course Continues

Does G-d have feelings? Does G-d communicate with human beings? Does G-d ever act illogically? Why does G-d have so many names? Wh-t's up w-th the hyph-nat-on of G-d? ? These are the questions that were asked this week. What will we ask next week?

New Hebrew School Year Begins

The key to a Jewish future lies in how we educate our children now. It is our sacred duty to instill within them a love and understanding of Judaism. That is only possible through education, or as we like to call it, ed-JEW-cation.

Our Hebrew School is designed to maximize the time our students spend here in an uplifting and inspiring manner. We will convey the beauty of our traditions through projects, stories, songs, and conversations. We don’t ‘talk at’ our students. Instead we engage them in discussions, which we have found to be a more conducive way of imparting knowledge. Positive reinforcement is a critical part of our approach.

We endeavor to give them not only an understanding of the Jewish Calendar and practice, but also skills in the Hebrew language.

Please call the office to schedule your appointment to discuss the needs of your child and what you hope to he/she will get from Hebrew school. 760-943-8891.

Kiddush Sponsors

The Alter family is sponsoring this week’s Kiddush in loving memory of Doris Markus, Naomi’s mother. The Perez family is co-sponsoring the Kiddush in loving memory of Elias Perez, the shul’s first president. 

Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate in our weekly Shabbat meal together.

An Important Note about Kiddushes –

The policy of the shul is to allow multiple sponsors for every Kiddush unless it is a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or something similar (like a 50th wedding anniversary etc.).

There is no such thing as an exclusive Kiddush sponsor.

This is our policy for numerous reasons, not least of which is the fact that Kiddush sponsorships help generate much-needed income for our community and encourages more people to participate.

We thank you for your support and understanding!

RABBI'S WEEKLY ARTICLE
Rabbi's Letter | Thought for the Week | Haftarah 

Shabbos Parshas Chayei Sarah – Love at Second Sight 

From Chabad.org
By Rabbi Yossy Goldman

Why are so many marriages failures? And why do so many fail so soon after the wedding?

This week we read about the first shidduch in history. Abraham sends his trusted servant, Eliezer, to find a wife for his son Isaac. He returns with Rebecca and they live happily ever after. The verse tells us "And [Isaac] took Rebecca, she became his wife, and he loved her." So, it would appear that in the Biblical scenario, true love comes after marriage, not before. Before a marriage can take place there has to be a commonality between two people, shared values, mutual aspirations and, yes, certainly a degree of chemistry between them. But true love has to be nurtured over time.

Without doubt, a primary cause of many marital breakdowns today is the unrealistic expectations that people have going into marriage. Our generation has been fed a constant diet of romantic novels, hit parade love songs, glossy magazine advice and Hollywood fiction — all of which bear little resemblance to the real world. (Dare I suggest that Shrek is the industry's first realistic love story?)

"We fell in love!" "It was love at first sight." I confess to being a bit of a romantic myself, but surely "love at first sight" has got to be a contradiction in terms. 'Love' by definition takes years to develop. If you are honest with yourself, the only thing you can feel at first sight is lust. "Love at first sight" is a monumental bobba meise.

So we "fall in love" thinking it's real, hoping it will be true and lasting, and then at the slightest disappointment we fall right out of love. Which only proves that it wasn't true love in the first place. True love takes years, true love is the mature conviction that our lives are intertwined and inseparable no matter what — even if my partner goes grey or flabby or loses his money. That kind of love is measured not in romantics but in long-term commitment.

When I officiate at a wedding ceremony I make a point of observing not only the bride and groom but also their parents. A single glance that passes between father and mother under that chupah — radiating nachas and feelings of shared satisfaction — tells me that they have had a good marriage. That, to me, is more telling then the mushy swooning of the newlyweds. As exciting as it is, their love may still be in the infatuation stage. Yet untested, it's still early days.

So the first rule is patience. Love takes time. It needs nurturing. Sadly, too many give up too soon.

Secondly, the Hollywood effect leaves us so naively impressionable that, at first, we convince ourselves that our partner must be the proverbial Prince Charming or Princess Grace. But then, at the first sign of imperfection, "Hey, I bought a lemon! I'm outta here!" Remember, nobody is perfect. Not even you, my dear. In the passage of time we do indeed discover the little imperfections of our chosen partners. Some things can be unlearned, with gentle encouragement and, again, patience. Others, we may just have to learn to live with. Acceptance is an art. Weigh up in your mind the relative significance of minor inadequacies against the greater good in the grand scheme of things. You may very well realize that you can actually live with those small, petty irritants. Admittedly, if it's something major then you may need to go for some serious counseling.

And in making these calculations consider the following: Do I stop loving myself just because I am imperfect? Do I stop loving my children because the teacher told me they were really bad at school? Of course not. Why then do I have difficulty loving my spouse because of a perceived fault?

Marriage is the beginning, not the end. If we can be realistic about our relationships we can find true love. But it takes time, patience, and the wisdom to overlook the little things that can annoy us. Then, please G‑d, with true commitment will come true love, togetherness, a lifetime of sharing and caring and the greatest, most enduring contentment in our personal lives. Amen.

Haftarah for Shabbos Parshas Chayei Sarah

I Kings 1:1-31.

This week's haftorah describes an aging King David, echoing this week's Torah reading, which mentions that "Abraham was was old, advanced in days."

King David was aging, and he was perpetually cold. A young maiden, Abishag of Shunam, was recruited to serve and provide warmth for the elderly monarch.

Seeing his father advancing in age, Adoniahu, one of King David's sons, seized the opportunity to prepare the ground for his ascension to his father's throne upon the latter's passing — despite King David's express wishes that his son Solomon succeed him. Adoniahu recruited two influential individuals — the High Priest and the commander of David's armies — both of whom had fallen out of David's good graces, to champion his cause. He arranged to be transported in a chariot with fifty people running before him, and invited a number of his sympathizers to a festive party where he publicizing his royal ambitions.

The prophet Nathan encouraged Bat Sheva, mother of Solomon, to approach King David and plead with him to reaffirm his choice of Solomon as his successor. This she did, mentioning Adoniahu's recent actions of which the king had been unaware. Nathan later joined the Bat Sheva and the king to express support for Bat Sheva's request. King David acceded to their request: "Indeed," he told Bat Sheva, "as I swore to you by the Lord God of Israel saying, 'Surely Solomon, your son, shall reign after me and he shall sit on my throne in my stead,' surely, so will I swear this day."

SPECIAL WISHES
Condolences | Birthdays | Anniversaries | Yarzeits

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes go out to to Aaron Loven, Keshet Loven, Mendel Eilfort and all of those celebrating their birthdays this week!

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

WE REMEMBER Doris Markus, Fox Frolich, Max Schulman, Elias Perez and all of those whose Yarzeit is observed this week.

May Rabbi Naftali Levy, Brenda Joseph, Stephanie Lewis, Rachel Perez, Miriam Reisman, Sheila Lebovitz, Adam Lemberger, Sandy Radom, Rachel bas Shoshana, and Roz Mintz, be blessed with a speedy and complete recovery!

Upcoming Kiddush Sponsors: 

November 19: The Alter Family

                      The Perez Family

November 26: Orange Shul

December 3: Blossom Nejathaim

December 10: Miriam Reisman

December 17: Sponsor needed

 

FUNDRAISING & VOLUNTEERING
Giving & Helping Opportunities

We would be nowhere without the generous support of our community. Please know that your support is profoundly appreciated!

There are many ways to donate besides for checks and cash. Following please find a list of the various other ‘platforms’ that are available for secure donations that go directly and entirely into the synagogue account (even though they say Nechama's name).

1. PayPal [email protected]  or PayPal.me/Neilfort

2. Venmo @Nechama-Eilfort

3. Cashapp $nechamae

4. Zelle (Bank of America)  [email protected]

5. Personal credit card   chabadatlacosta.com/donate

6. Join our Legacy Circle - see below

 The Foundation Project - Donations

We are raising funds that will be used towards completing our basement. This project will include a TEEN LOUNGE, CLASSROOMS, a PLAYGROUND, OFFICES, STORAGE SPACE, BATHROOMS, and more. Call Rabbi to inquire about available dedications. The money we raise also goes towards scholarships for Hebrew School students, our Challah and Chicken Soup program, and all of our ongoing expenses.

To donate securely online follow this link:  www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/donate

 

Easy Fundraising Opportunity 

First, let us take this opportunity to thank all of those who have had Facebook Birthday Fundraisers for Chabad at La Costa! I cannot tell you how much Nechama & I appreciate it! The money we have received through these fundraisers has helped our shul continue with programming, delivering soup and challah as well as other activities. 

Do you have a birthday coming up? We would be honored if you would consider making our shul the recipient of your birthday fundraiser.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to celebrate your birthday and do a wonderful Mitzvah at the same time? Thank you for your consideration and Happy Birthday!  

CHABAD VIRTUAL & IN PERSON ACADEMY
Get Some Class

We have an ever-expanding menu of online learning opportunities for everyone. Below please find an overview of our current classes and a schedule of when you can join in on Facebook Live. If you miss the live class you can watch the recorded version, on Facebook.

Weekly Parsha Class - with Sholom Eilfort in person and on Facebook Live Thursday nights at 7:15pm

JLI Course - with Nechama 6 weeks starting November 1st requires registration... 

 

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 Coastal Gan - Has BEGUN!

 

Coastal Hebrew School

To find out more about our Hebrew school visit www.jewishencinitas.com/hebrewschool

Rosh Chodesh Coastal Women's Society

Men's Club Coming Soon

Please Like the shul’s Facebook Page  https://www.facebook.com/ChabadatLaCosta

For up to date pictures and announcements follow our Facebook Page and join our community Group.  

A COMMUNITY FOR YOU AND ME
Coastal Chabads are here for YOU

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 Covid Protocols

We are being extremely careful and are asking the following to anyone contemplating coming:

If you have ANY symptoms of Covid please do not come.
If you have been around anyone who has Covid please do not come.
If your doctor told you to be especially careful please do not come.
If you are concerned/afraid please do not come.
If you are not vaccinated please be extra careful with all above-listed stringencies and wear a mask.
Please maintain social distancing at all times.
Please wash and sanitize your hands regularly, especially before the kiddush.
This is a very difficult situation. We ask for your support and understanding as we do our absolute best in providing a vibrant spiritual home that is SAFE for our community. This means that even if you are not concerned about Covid please be thoughtful about those who are concerned. This means even if you are extremely concerned about Covid do not be judgmental of those who feel they must attend shul to ensure we have a minyan.

We choose to remain a close and loving community.  

Security Protocols

Everyone is Subject to Search

No Firearms (We have a well-defined security plan in effect and any unauthorized firearms could create confusion and actually reduce security).

Backpacks Prohibited

All Bags Subject to Search

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   www.ChabadatLaCosta.com 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 *www.JewishEncinitas.com *Chabad of Carlsbad N

 

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  [email protected] your request.

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.

Membership

NOW is the time to join the family! Membership includes High Holiday seats and discounts on other programs and activities. However, the main reason to join is to demonstrate your commitment to the future of Judaism in our area and to our community.

If you have already filled out and returned your Membership form please accept this message as our sincere thank you!

We urge you to pick the level of Membership and the financial commitment you feel comfortable with, and to fill out the form that you will find by following this link: www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/membership. We thank all of our amazing donors!

Create Your Jewish Legacy Plan for the Future - Now

We have been blessed with life! Yet, we know that no one lives forever. This begs the question, “What will your legacy be?” Most of us have children, and they certainly should figure prominently into our plans. But our children are only a part of what we leave behind. Just as we endeavor to give Tzedakah generously, so as to selflessly make the world a better place while we are alive, so too we need to make sure that we leave a percentage of our estates for the benefit of others. Judaism tells us that it is incumbent upon us to leave the world better than when we found it. We do this by giving Tzedakah.

We can help.

Chabad has partnered with the Jewish Community Foundation in the creation of our Legacy Circle "Generation to Generation - Ensuring a Jewish Tomorrow, Today".  Many people do not prepare appropriately for the inevitable. They do not leave a will, or even if they do it is not consistent with Jewish Law. If one wants his body to be handled with the respect and care mandated by Jewish Law or if one wants the funeral service conducted according to Jewish Law, it must be arranged in advance. Don’t leave these critical details to luck!

Contact Rabbi Eilfort for a private appointment so these important matters can be handled how you want.

Send a personal email to  [email protected] to schedule an appointment today. 

 

We honor our Legacy Circle Members*:

Joel Barnett
Angela Chapman
Anonymous 1
Channah Hale
Len Hyman
Sheila Lebovitz
Ilyse Loven
David Markoff
Anonymous 2
Ed Richard

Sharon Silverstein
Anonymous 3

 

*Has provided Chabad with a Declaration of Intent. 

Click here for a Declaration of Intent and more information

 

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, the second Board was dedicated by the Alter Family, and the new Board has been dedicated by Miriam Reisman in memory of her husband, Harold.

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 in the newsletter and in the calendar and the light on the Board will be illuminated each year on the Yarzeit. The donation is only $500 per Memorial Board plaque.

We also have a gorgeous Tree of Life dedicated by the Lieberman Family that has been ‘growing. 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 $180 for a leaf on the Tree of Life.

Those who wish to participate should send an email to  [email protected], or call Rabbi Eilfort at 760-943-8891.

We are excited to designate a section of our Tree of Life to our Legacy Circle. Watch the Tree and see article above.

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!

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.

Critical Maintenance Issue – Your Cooperation Needed

PLEASE NOTE: The ONLY thing that may be flushed is toilet paper – NO EXCEPTIONS. This means tissue, baby wipes, paper towels, or any other product may NEVER be flushed, but instead must be disposed of in the provided trash receptacles.

THANK YOU for your cooperation!

Public Service Announcement – Let’s Work TOGETHER to Maintain OUR Shul

We have a beautiful shul. Everyone agrees. It is not easy to maintain everything, but we work hard to keep things clean and in good working order. We need your help.

Our sanctuary is graced with gorgeous, custom made, stained glass windows. These windows MUST be kept in pristine condition. Please respect the windows by only looking and never touching them. G-d forbid, they can easily be scratched if we are not careful. Also, please do not put ANY objects (cups, books, tissues etc.) on the window sills as it detracts from the windows.

Our custom-built furniture from Israel is as precious as it looks. People have put down cups (full and empty) on the partitions and the shelves. This is inappropriate. Children cannot sit on or climb on the furnishings – other than sitting in the pews as they were designed to be used. No exceptions.

Please put away your own Talis and prayer books, and replace the book racks when done using them. Please throw away your own garbage.

If we can all work together we will keep our shul beautiful!

THANK YOU for your understanding and cooperation.

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.

More than 600 people use the Chabad code each year ! 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.

For discount details, to make your reservation, or to share the information with a friend, visit www.chabadatlacosta.com/omni and click through. And remember to leave a positive review.

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Volume 24 Number 7 | 17 Cheshvan, 5783 | November 11, 2022

 

Chabad Weekly Update

Volume 24 Number 7 | 17 Cheshvan, 5783 | November 11, 2022
 
B"H
 
MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
 

This week's Torah portion opens with G‑d appearing to Abraham three days after his circumcision.

At age 99, Abraham willingly accepted the fact that despite decades of worshiping G‑d and encouraging others to, he was still imperfect. When G‑d told him he had more to do, he didn't question and was prepared to move up a rung, despite already being the most devout person on the planet.

Abraham taught us that we must always look for ways to improve, even late in life and even after tremendous accomplishments. He also taught us that recognizing our imperfection should never prevent us from striving for greatness. Even when we are still working on improving ourselves, we can help others and work to make a difference in the world.

Shabbat shalom,

CANDLE LIGHTING TIMES
Carlsbad and Encinitas

LIGHT CANDLES AT 4:31 PM – Friday, November 11, ‘22
SHABBAT ENDS 5:27 PM - Saturday, November 12, ‘22


SHABBOS NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
We WILL BE Open for Services This Week & There will be Soup and Challah

Yarzeit Minyan Needed

Please note that Rabbi Eilfort needs a Minyan Friday afternoon at 4:20pm so he can recite Kaddish for his father. If you are able to help with this important Mitzvah please respond to this message as soon as possible. Thank you and G-d bless!

Community Friday Night Dinner TONIGHT

Simply reply to this email and let us know you will be joining us this evening for a wonderful community Friday Night dinner, sponsored by the Eilforts in loving memory of David Eilfort, on his Yarzeit.

NEW MINYAN SCHEDULE

Friday Night @ 5:20pm (next week goes to 4:20pm)

Sunday @ 8:30am

Monday @ 9:15am

Thursday @ 9:15am

PLEASE LET US KNOW WHICH DAY/S YOU CAN COME.

Thank you in advance and G-d bless!

New Daily Learning (Mondays – Fridays) with Rabbi Eilfort on Facebook Live

Rabbi Eilfort will be resuming his daily lessons on Facebook Live this coming week. The new starting time will be 8:45am lasting about 15 minutes (give or take). The format will be different, as he will share a thought of the day that will include ideas from that day’s Torah Portion and/or Tanya portion and/or Thought of the Day and/or General Torah ideas. The class will generally last up to 15 minutes.

In order to participate you must be the Rabbi’s ‘Friend’ on Facebook (Yeruchem Eilfort is the user name). If you are not already a friend send a friend request. Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate. Even if you do not catch the class live it will be saved on the Rabbi’s feed so you can watch it at your convenience.   

New JLI Course Beginning

What is G-d? Where is G-d? How did Hashem come to be? Is G-d a He, a She, or a They? These are the questions that were asked this week. What will we ask next week?

New Hebrew School Year Begins

The key to a Jewish future lies in how we educate our children now. It is our sacred duty to instill within them a love and understanding of Judaism. That is only possible through education, or as we like to call it, ed-JEW-cation.

Our Hebrew School is designed to maximize the time our students spend here in an uplifting and inspiring manner. We will convey the beauty of our traditions through projects, stories, songs, and conversations. We don’t ‘talk at’ our students. Instead we engage them in discussions, which we have found to be a more conducive way of imparting knowledge. Positive reinforcement is a critical part of our approach.

We endeavor to give them not only an understanding of the Jewish Calendar and practice, but also skills in the Hebrew language.

Please call the office to schedule your appointment to discuss the needs of your child and what you hope to he/she will get from Hebrew school. 760-943-8891.

Kiddush Sponsors

Miriam Reisman is sponsoring this week’s Kiddush in loving memory of Jeri Reisman. Join us as we honor Jeri’s memory.   

Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate in our weekly Shabbat meal together.

An Important Note about Kiddushes –

The policy of the shul is to allow multiple sponsors for every Kiddush unless it is a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or something similar (like a 50th wedding anniversary etc.).

There is no such thing as an exclusive Kiddush sponsor.

This is our policy for numerous reasons, not least of which is the fact that Kiddush sponsorships help generate much-needed income for our community and encourages more people to participate.

We thank you for your support and understanding!

RABBI'S WEEKLY ARTICLE
Rabbi's Letter | Thought for the Week | Haftarah 

Shabbos Parshas Vayeira – Jealous of Your Brother?

From Chabad.org
By Rabbi Yossy Goldman
 

Did you hear that in this year’s World Happiness Survey, Israel ranked 9th in the world? Yes, Israel, with its multiple insecurities, came in higher than some of the most powerful, stable, and conflict-free nations on earth. Ahead of Australia, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, and even one place ahead of New Zealand!

Israel is surrounded by enemies who threaten total extinction, and yet its people are among the happiest in the world. How?!

I would like to believe that it’s not because we’re a bunch of naïve fools whistling in the wind as the hurricane blows in. I fervently believe it’s because we live with a sense of purpose and a real mission in life—a history and a destiny. The People of Israel have a place in G‑d’s world and a job to do, and you’d better believe we’re not giving that up—not for anything or anyone.

It seems to be something we inherited from our founding father, Abraham.

This week’s Torah reading includes the stories of Avraham’s final and supreme test of faith—the Akedah. Would he be prepared to offer up to G‑d the son for whom he had waited for so long, finally borne to him at the age of 100?

As we know, it was only a test, which Abraham and Isaac both passed with flying colors.

But I would like to draw your attention to the very end of that story, where a few lines are almost completely overshadowed by the preceding events. The dramatic finale has just come to a climax; Abraham lived up to his calling. What does the Torah tell us next?

And it came to pass after these matters, that it was told to Abraham saying: "Behold Milcah, she also bore sons to Nahor your brother. Uz, his first born, and Buz his brother, and Kemuel, the father of Aram. And Kesed and Hazo and Pildash and Jidlaph, and Bethuel. And Bethuel begot Rebecca." These eight did Milcah bear to Nahor, Abraham's brother. And his concubine, whose name was Reumah, had also given birth to Tebah and Gaham and Tahash and Maacah.1

Now I’m sure you found this news absolutely riveting, right? Who cares about the genealogy of Nachor? Why would the Torah, usually so cryptic and concise without even one superfluous letter, let alone word, tell us all the people in Abraham’s extended family? Why is this necessary?

Rashi explains that after the near-death of his son, Abraham agonized over the fact that he hadn’t yet found him a shidduch.

So the Torah tells us that Abraham was informed that “Bethuel begot Rebecca.” This entire paragraph is in the Torah just for these few critical words. Bethuel, Nachor’s son and Abraham’s nephew, had a daughter named Rebecca. A new cousin was born, a little girl who would grow up to become a worthy wife to Isaac and matriarch for her people. So Abraham was given a Divine hint as to where he should go to find a wife for his son.

Let me share with you an excellent insight I once heard from the late master orator Rabbi David Hollander.

Let’s visualize what happened. And it was told to Abraham… presumably by some anonymous well-wisher.

Hey, Abe, I just got back from a visit to your brother Nachor. He’s doing well, your brother. Not just well, but fantastic! He’s got a big family; 8 sons, in fact. And lots of grandchildren. Even his concubine is giving him children!

Now contrast that with Abraham’s story. Look at his life. Look at what he’s just gone through, what he’s been through all his life.

Abraham could easily have thought to himself:

Hey, G‑d, what’s going on here? I slave away. I’m a good Jew. I’ve dedicated my whole life to spreading Your word and teaching all these pagans that You are the One and Only G‑d in the world. And what do I get for my troubles?

My wife suffers from infertility. Finally, I take Hagar and she gives me Ishmael who only gives me problems, no nachas, only heartache. And finally, finally, I am blessed with a son named Isaac through Sarah, and this son of mine is already 37 years old, and he’s still not married!

Now look at my brother Nachor. No problems, no drama, no hassles, no hiccups. He’s got a nice house, with a white picket fence; he has a wife and kids, even grandchildren.

G‑d Almighty, I ask You: Is this fair!? I go and break my back for you and all I have is tsuris! He hasn’t lifted a finger for you, and he lives a peaceful, happy life. No problems, no stress.

But Abraham did not say that. He didn’t even think it. He accepted his lot in life as part of G‑d’s vast, eternal plan, and carried on doing what had to be done: spreading the word of G‑d in the world and laying the foundations for Jewish Peoplehood and Jewish Destiny.

Is this not a powerful lesson about the Children of Abraham…today?

We go about our business, and we are happy, secure in the knowledge that G‑d will not let us down. We learn from Abraham that even if it is difficult, and other people have it far easier, we still do what must be done. Because that’s what we’re here for. It’s our mission and yes, with that sense of ‘chosenness’ does come a greater measure of responsibility. And we accept that. Happily.

We bear no resentment that others may have an easier life. We derive satisfaction knowing that we have acted correctly, morally, ethically… and Jewishly.

We don’t expect instant rewards. Virtue is its own reward. Schar mitzvah, mitzvah,2 “The reward for a mitzvah is the mitzvah itself.” We live without guilt, without shadows over our heads. Yes, the takers of this world may eat better; but the givers sleep better.

And so, we remain the children of Abraham, who did what he had to do, no matter what was happening to his brother, or his cousins, or anyone else.

We will do what we must do. That’s how we got to this point in time. And I suspect that this is how it will be until the end of time.

 

Haftarah for Shabbos Parshas Vayeira

Kings II 4:1-37.

In this week's Torah reading, G‑d promises a child to Abraham and Sarah, despite childless Sarah's advanced age. This week's haftorah describes a similar incident that occurred many years later — the prophet Elisha assuring an elderly childless woman that she will bear a child.

The haftorah discusses two miracles performed by the prophet Elisha. The first miracle involved a widow who was heavily in debt, and her creditors were threatening to take her two sons as slaves to satisfy the debt. When the prophet asked her what she had in her home, the widow responded that she had nothing but a vial of oil. Elisha told her to gather as many empty containers as possible — borrowing from neighbors and friends as well. She should then pour oil from her vial into the empty containers. She did as commanded, and miraculously the oil continued to flow until the last empty jug was filled. The woman sold the oil for a handsome profit, and had enough money to repay her debts and live comfortably.

The second miracle: Elisha would often pass by the city of Shunam, where he would dine and rest at the home of a certain hospitable couple. This couple even made a special addition to their home, a guest room designated for Elisha's use. When the prophet learned that the couple was childless, he blessed the woman that she should give birth to a child in exactly one year's time. And indeed, one year later a son was born to the aged couple.

A few years later the son complained of a headache and died shortly thereafter. The Shunamit woman laid the lifeless body on the bed in Elisha's designated room, and quickly summoned the prophet. Elisha hurried to the woman's home and miraculously brought the boy back to life.

SPECIAL WISHES
Condolences | Birthdays | Anniversaries | Yarzeits

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes go out to to Jocelyn Odenheimer, Tanya Mintz, Jacob Reisman and all of those celebrating their birthdays this week!

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

WE REMEMBER Stephen Cohen, Jeri Reisman, David Fish, Sovely Driker, Roberta Renner and all of those whose Yarzeit is observed this week.

May Rabbi Naftali Levy, Brenda Joseph, Stephanie Lewis, Rachel Perez, Miriam Reisman, Sheila Lebovitz, Adam Lemberger, Sandy Radom, Rachel bas Shoshana, and Roz Mintz, be blessed with a speedy and complete recovery!

Upcoming Kiddush Sponsors: 

November 12: Miriam Reisman

November 19: Alter Family

November 26: Orange Shul

 

FUNDRAISING & VOLUNTEERING
Giving & Helping Opportunities

We would be nowhere without the generous support of our community. Please know that your support is profoundly appreciated!

There are many ways to donate besides for checks and cash. Following please find a list of the various other ‘platforms’ that are available for secure donations that go directly and entirely into the synagogue account (even though they say Nechama's name).

1. PayPal [email protected]  or PayPal.me/Neilfort

2. Venmo @Nechama-Eilfort

3. Cashapp $nechamae

4. Zelle (Bank of America)  [email protected]

5. Personal credit card   chabadatlacosta.com/donate

6. Join our Legacy Circle - see below

 The Foundation Project - Donations

We are raising funds that will be used towards completing our basement. This project will include a TEEN LOUNGE, CLASSROOMS, a PLAYGROUND, OFFICES, STORAGE SPACE, BATHROOMS, and more. Call Rabbi to inquire about available dedications. The money we raise also goes towards scholarships for Hebrew School students, our Challah and Chicken Soup program, and all of our ongoing expenses.

To donate securely online follow this link:  www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/donate

 

Easy Fundraising Opportunity 

First, let us take this opportunity to thank all of those who have had Facebook Birthday Fundraisers for Chabad at La Costa! I cannot tell you how much Nechama & I appreciate it! The money we have received through these fundraisers has helped our shul continue with programming, delivering soup and challah as well as other activities. 

Do you have a birthday coming up? We would be honored if you would consider making our shul the recipient of your birthday fundraiser.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to celebrate your birthday and do a wonderful Mitzvah at the same time? Thank you for your consideration and Happy Birthday!  

CHABAD VIRTUAL & IN PERSON ACADEMY
Get Some Class

We have an ever-expanding menu of online learning opportunities for everyone. Below please find an overview of our current classes and a schedule of when you can join in on Facebook Live. If you miss the live class you can watch the recorded version, on Facebook.

Weekly Parsha Class - with Sholom Eilfort in person and on Facebook Live Thursday nights at 7:15pm

JLI Course - with Nechama 6 weeks starting November 1st requires registration... 

 

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 Coastal Gan - Has BEGUN!

 

Coastal Hebrew School

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Rosh Chodesh Coastal Women's Society

Men's Club Coming Soon

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 Covid Protocols

We are being extremely careful and are asking the following to anyone contemplating coming:

If you have ANY symptoms of Covid please do not come.
If you have been around anyone who has Covid please do not come.
If your doctor told you to be especially careful please do not come.
If you are concerned/afraid please do not come.
If you are not vaccinated please be extra careful with all above-listed stringencies and wear a mask.
Please maintain social distancing at all times.
Please wash and sanitize your hands regularly, especially before the kiddush.
This is a very difficult situation. We ask for your support and understanding as we do our absolute best in providing a vibrant spiritual home that is SAFE for our community. This means that even if you are not concerned about Covid please be thoughtful about those who are concerned. This means even if you are extremely concerned about Covid do not be judgmental of those who feel they must attend shul to ensure we have a minyan.

We choose to remain a close and loving community.  

Security Protocols

Everyone is Subject to Search

No Firearms (We have a well-defined security plan in effect and any unauthorized firearms could create confusion and actually reduce security).

Backpacks Prohibited

All Bags Subject to Search

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   www.ChabadatLaCosta.com 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 *www.JewishEncinitas.com *Chabad of Carlsbad N

 

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  [email protected] your request.

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.

Membership

NOW is the time to join the family! Membership includes High Holiday seats and discounts on other programs and activities. However, the main reason to join is to demonstrate your commitment to the future of Judaism in our area and to our community.

If you have already filled out and returned your Membership form please accept this message as our sincere thank you!

We urge you to pick the level of Membership and the financial commitment you feel comfortable with, and to fill out the form that you will find by following this link: www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/membership. We thank all of our amazing donors!

Create Your Jewish Legacy Plan for the Future - Now

We have been blessed with life! Yet, we know that no one lives forever. This begs the question, “What will your legacy be?” Most of us have children, and they certainly should figure prominently into our plans. But our children are only a part of what we leave behind. Just as we endeavor to give Tzedakah generously, so as to selflessly make the world a better place while we are alive, so too we need to make sure that we leave a percentage of our estates for the benefit of others. Judaism tells us that it is incumbent upon us to leave the world better than when we found it. We do this by giving Tzedakah.

We can help.

Chabad has partnered with the Jewish Community Foundation in the creation of our Legacy Circle "Generation to Generation - Ensuring a Jewish Tomorrow, Today".  Many people do not prepare appropriately for the inevitable. They do not leave a will, or even if they do it is not consistent with Jewish Law. If one wants his body to be handled with the respect and care mandated by Jewish Law or if one wants the funeral service conducted according to Jewish Law, it must be arranged in advance. Don’t leave these critical details to luck!

Contact Rabbi Eilfort for a private appointment so these important matters can be handled how you want.

Send a personal email to  [email protected] to schedule an appointment today. 

 

We honor our Legacy Circle Members*:

Joel Barnett
Angela Chapman
Anonymous 1
Channah Hale
Len Hyman
Sheila Lebovitz
Ilyse Loven
David Markoff
Anonymous 2
Ed Richard

Sharon Silverstein
Anonymous 3

 

*Has provided Chabad with a Declaration of Intent. 

Click here for a Declaration of Intent and more information

 

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, the second Board was dedicated by the Alter Family, and the new Board has been dedicated by Miriam Reisman in memory of her husband, Harold.

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 in the newsletter and in the calendar and the light on the Board will be illuminated each year on the Yarzeit. The donation is only $500 per Memorial Board plaque.

We also have a gorgeous Tree of Life dedicated by the Lieberman Family that has been ‘growing. 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 $180 for a leaf on the Tree of Life.

Those who wish to participate should send an email to  [email protected], or call Rabbi Eilfort at 760-943-8891.

We are excited to designate a section of our Tree of Life to our Legacy Circle. Watch the Tree and see article above.

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!

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.

Critical Maintenance Issue – Your Cooperation Needed

PLEASE NOTE: The ONLY thing that may be flushed is toilet paper – NO EXCEPTIONS. This means tissue, baby wipes, paper towels, or any other product may NEVER be flushed, but instead must be disposed of in the provided trash receptacles.

THANK YOU for your cooperation!

Public Service Announcement – Let’s Work TOGETHER to Maintain OUR Shul

We have a beautiful shul. Everyone agrees. It is not easy to maintain everything, but we work hard to keep things clean and in good working order. We need your help.

Our sanctuary is graced with gorgeous, custom made, stained glass windows. These windows MUST be kept in pristine condition. Please respect the windows by only looking and never touching them. G-d forbid, they can easily be scratched if we are not careful. Also, please do not put ANY objects (cups, books, tissues etc.) on the window sills as it detracts from the windows.

Our custom-built furniture from Israel is as precious as it looks. People have put down cups (full and empty) on the partitions and the shelves. This is inappropriate. Children cannot sit on or climb on the furnishings – other than sitting in the pews as they were designed to be used. No exceptions.

Please put away your own Talis and prayer books, and replace the book racks when done using them. Please throw away your own garbage.

If we can all work together we will keep our shul beautiful!

THANK YOU for your understanding and cooperation.

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.

More than 600 people use the Chabad code each year ! 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.

For discount details, to make your reservation, or to share the information with a friend, visit www.chabadatlacosta.com/omni and click through. And remember to leave a positive review.

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Volume 24 Number 6 | 10 Cheshvan, 5783 | November 4, 2022

 

Chabad Weekly Update

Volume 24 Number 6 | 10 Cheshvan, 5783 | November 4, 2022
 
B"H
 
MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
 

When Abraham discovered that there was only One G‑d, he didn’t keep it to himself. Instead, he made it his mission in life to share G‑d’s existence with anyone and everyone he encountered. There were others before him who believed in G‑d, most notably Adam, Noah, Shem, Eber, and more. But they for the most part kept their beliefs to themselves and their immediate circles.

Then along came Abraham who discovered the fallacy of idolatry on his own. No one else around him believed in G‑d, and he recognized the need for the entire world to believe in monotheism.

As descendants of Abraham, who inherited his innate faith in G‑d, we must also take it to the next level. Don’t be satisfied with living a good Jewish life yourself; share it with others! Invite others to experience the joy of Shabbat, share a Torah thought, or teach others to make a blessing over kosher food. The whole world is thirsty for this, and it is up to us to quench their thirst.

This will bring the ultimate redemption and the coming of Moshaich so much closer!

Shabbat shalom,

CANDLE LIGHTING TIMES
Carlsbad and Encinitas

LIGHT CANDLES AT 5:37 PM – Friday, November 4, ‘22
SHABBAT ENDS 6:32 PM - Saturday, November 5, ‘22


SHABBOS NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
We WILL BE Open for Services This Week & There will be Soup and Challah

REMEMBER TO TURN YOUR CLOCKS BACK ONE HOUR BEFORE BED ON SATURDAY NIGHT.

Yarzeit Minyanim Needed

Please note that Rabbi Eilfort needs Minyanim on Thursday afternoon at 4:30pm, Friday morning at 9:15am, and Friday afternoon at 4:20pm so he can recite Kaddish for his father. If you are able to help with this important Mitzvah please respond to this message as soon as possible. Thank you and G-d bless!

NEW MINYAN SCHEDULE

Friday Night @ 5:20pm (next week goes to 4:20pm)

Sunday @ 8:30am

Monday @ 9:15am

Thursday @ 9:15am

PLEASE LET US KNOW WHICH DAY/S YOU CAN COME.

Thank you in advance and G-d bless!

New Daily Learning (Mondays – Fridays) with Rabbi Eilfort on Facebook Live

Rabbi Eilfort will be resuming his daily lessons on Facebook Live this coming week. The new starting time will be 8:45am lasting about 15 minutes (give or take). The format will be different, as he will share a thought of the day that will include ideas from that day’s Torah Portion and/or Tanya portion and/or Thought of the Day and/or General Torah ideas. The class will generally last up to 15 minutes.

In order to participate you must be the Rabbi’s ‘Friend’ on Facebook (Yeruchem Eilfort is the user name). If you are not already a friend send a friend request. Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate. Even if you do not catch the class live it will be saved on the Rabbi’s feed so you can watch it at your convenience.   

Special Guest Speaker THIS Tuesday @ Chabad of University City - Raid on Entebbe Hero


Mega Shabbos Challah Bake


New JLI Course Beginning

New Hebrew School Year Begins

The key to a Jewish future lies in how we educate our children now. It is our sacred duty to instill within them a love and understanding of Judaism. That is only possible through education, or as we like to call it, ed-JEW-cation.

Our Hebrew School is designed to maximize the time our students spend here in an uplifting and inspiring manner. We will convey the beauty of our traditions through projects, stories, songs, and conversations. We don’t ‘talk at’ our students. Instead we engage them in discussions, which we have found to be a more conducive way of imparting knowledge. Positive reinforcement is a critical part of our approach.

We endeavor to give them not only an understanding of the Jewish Calendar and practice, but also skills in the Hebrew language.

Please call the office to schedule your appointment to discuss the needs of your child and what you hope to he/she will get from Hebrew school. 760-943-8891.

Kiddush Sponsors

Beverly Galperin as well as the Mushinsky Family of Philadelphia are sponsoring this week’s Kiddush in loving memory of Michael (Misha) Galperin and Sophia Margolina.
The Eilforts are cosponsoring the Kiddush in honor of numerous family birthdays. Please come and help us celebrate!  

Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate in our weekly Shabbat meal together.

An Important Note about Kiddushes –

The policy of the shul is to allow multiple sponsors for every Kiddush unless it is a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or something similar (like a 50th wedding anniversary etc.).

There is no such thing as an exclusive Kiddush sponsor.

This is our policy for numerous reasons, not least of which is the fact that Kiddush sponsorships help generate much-needed income for our community and encourages more people to participate.

We thank you for your support and understanding!

RABBI'S WEEKLY ARTICLE
Rabbi's Letter | Thought for the Week | Haftarah 

Shabbos Parshas Lech Licha – Are We as Numerous as the Stars? 

From Chabad.org
By Rabbi Yossy Goldman
 

Moshe Dayan was driving down a highway in Israel in a big rush, so he floored the accelerator and, much to his chagrin, got stopped by a traffic officer for speeding.

“I know who you are, sir. With your black eye patch, you are famous and unmistakable. You are a renowned war hero of our country,” said the officer. “But I am giving you a ticket anyway. You, of all people, should be setting a better example.”

“Look here,” says Moshe Dayan. “You see I have only one eye. Do you want me to look at the road or the speedometer?”


We Jews have never looked at the speedometer.

What do I mean?

In Parshat Lech Lecha, G‑d promises Abraham (who was still childless at the time) that he will go on to father a great nation.

“And He took him outside and said, “Gaze now toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.”1

G‑d was promising Abraham that not only would he bear a son, but that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars. Can you count the stars? Of course, as kids we always tried to. But we know it’s actually impossible.

Now, Abraham did of course become the founding father of our nation, but are we really as numerous as the stars? It is believed that there are 200,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (200 billion trillion) stars in the universe. Just a single galaxy has some 100 billion stars. Even if you add up every Jew that ever existed in our 3000-year history, we’ve never even come close to that number! So how did G‑d make a promise that seems so wildly exaggerated?

Rabbi Meir Shapiro, respected founder of the Yeshivah Chachmei Lublin in Poland, answered this question as follows:

A few verses later,2 it becomes clear that the sun only set after this dialogue took place, which means that G‑d was speaking to Abraham when it was still light outside. No wonder he couldn’t see the stars! The radiant sun made it impossible to see a single other star.

In other words, G‑d’s message to Abraham was not that we would be greater than others numerically, but that, like the sun, we would outshine others, regardless of our numbers. All the stars in the universe cannot compete with the great luminary.

To us, quality has always been more important than quantity. We see today quite empirically how smaller is stronger. A little drone can accomplish what a big fighter jet may not be able to do. A smartphone is small enough to fit in your pocket, but it’s got an entire office inside.

Here in South Africa, there is an Afrikaans expression, goedkoop is duurkoop, “cheap is expensive.” If you buy something cheaply and it doesn’t last, you are not getting value for money. In the long run, you will be spending more as you keep replacing the inexpensive item of poor quality and workmanship. But it doesn’t only apply to buying a home, or furniture, etc. It is a philosophy of life. Quality counts.

We Jews have never been into numbers. For us, quality is much more valuable than quantity. We represent no more than 1% of the world’s population, but when it comes to Nobel Prize winners, we can claim over 22% as our own. Israel is a tiny country but has become a global leader in medical and technological advances, shining brightly in the darkness.

So don’t worry about numbers. We’re not into numbers. Never feel depressed about being outnumbered. Moshe Dayan didn’t look at the speedometer and neither should we (metaphorically, that is). We have never taken the speedometer of life too seriously. Statistically, we shouldn’t even exist at all.

We will continue to march to our own beat as we have since the days of Abraham. May we continue to shine in the heavens and on earth. Please G‑d, we will stand out and sparkle materially, spiritually, academically, morally, ethically, and Jewishly, an eternal source of pride to G‑d and to ourselves.

Haftarah for Shabbos Parshas Lech Lecha

Isaiah 40:27-41:16.

The haftorah for this week discusses Abraham's journey to the land of Canaan at G‑d's behest, and touches upon Abraham's miraculous battle against the four kings, both of which are described in this week's Torah reading.

The prophet Isaiah addresses Israel's complaint: ""My way [of serving G‑d] has been ignored by the Lord, and from my G‑d, my judgment passes [unrewarded]."

Isaiah reminds Israel of the Creator's greatness. The time will come when "He will give the tired strength, and to him who has no strength, He will increase strength. Youths shall become tired and weary, and young men shall stumble, but those who put their hope in the Lord shall renew [their] vigor, they shall raise wings as eagles; they shall run and not weary, they shall walk and not tire." Nevertheless, "there is no comprehension of His wisdom," and as such, at times we cannot understand why He chooses to delay the reward of the righteous.

The haftorah then turns its attention to the idolatrous nations of the world. Isaiah reminds them of Abraham's greatness, how after arriving in Canaan he pursued and defeated four mighty kings. "The islands saw and feared; the ends of the earth quaked." Nevertheless, the nations who witnesses these miracles did not abandon their ways. "The [idol] craftsman strengthened the smith, the one who smoothes [the idol] with the hammer strengthened the one who wields the sledge hammer; the one who glues its coating says, "It is good," and he strengthened it with nails that it should not move..."

G‑d promises the Jewish nation to reward them for their loyalty to G‑d. "Do not fear for I am with you; be not discouraged for I am your G‑d. . . Behold all those incensed against you shall be ashamed and confounded; those who quarreled with you shall be as naught and be lost."

SPECIAL WISHES
Condolences | Birthdays | Anniversaries | Yarzeits

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes go out to to Jared Sapol, Mike Schwartz, Sholom Eilfort, Avi Odenheimer and all of those celebrating their birthdays this week!

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

WE REMEMBER REMEMBER William Ruden, Sophia Margolina, William Coulson, Arline Gutin, Faye Hale, Faye Infeld, Dovid Eilfort and all of those whose Yarzeit is observed this week.

May Rabbi Naftali Levy, Brenda Joseph, Stephanie Lewis, Rachel Perez, Miriam Reisman, Sheila Lebovitz, Adam Lemberger, Sandy Radom, Rachel bas Shoshana, and Roz Mintz, be blessed with a speedy and complete recovery!

Upcoming Kiddush Sponsors: 

November 5: Beverly Galperin
                    Eilfort Family

November 12: Miriam Reisman

November 19: Alter Family

November 26: Orange Shul

 

FUNDRAISING & VOLUNTEERING
Giving & Helping Opportunities

We would be nowhere without the generous support of our community. Please know that your support is profoundly appreciated!

There are many ways to donate besides for checks and cash. Following please find a list of the various other ‘platforms’ that are available for secure donations that go directly and entirely into the synagogue account (even though they say Nechama's name).

1. PayPal [email protected]  or PayPal.me/Neilfort

2. Venmo @Nechama-Eilfort

3. Cashapp $nechamae

4. Zelle (Bank of America)  [email protected]

5. Personal credit card   chabadatlacosta.com/donate

6. Join our Legacy Circle - see below

 The Foundation Project - Donations

We are raising funds that will be used towards completing our basement. This project will include a TEEN LOUNGE, CLASSROOMS, a PLAYGROUND, OFFICES, STORAGE SPACE, BATHROOMS, and more. Call Rabbi to inquire about available dedications. The money we raise also goes towards scholarships for Hebrew School students, our Challah and Chicken Soup program, and all of our ongoing expenses.

To donate securely online follow this link:  www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/donate

 

Easy Fundraising Opportunity 

First, let us take this opportunity to thank all of those who have had Facebook Birthday Fundraisers for Chabad at La Costa! I cannot tell you how much Nechama & I appreciate it! The money we have received through these fundraisers has helped our shul continue with programming, delivering soup and challah as well as other activities. 

Do you have a birthday coming up? We would be honored if you would consider making our shul the recipient of your birthday fundraiser.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to celebrate your birthday and do a wonderful Mitzvah at the same time? Thank you for your consideration and Happy Birthday!  

CHABAD VIRTUAL & IN PERSON ACADEMY
Get Some Class

We have an ever-expanding menu of online learning opportunities for everyone. Below please find an overview of our current classes and a schedule of when you can join in on Facebook Live. If you miss the live class you can watch the recorded version, on Facebook.

Weekly Parsha Class - with Sholom Eilfort in person and on Facebook Live Thursday nights at 7:15pm

JLI Course - with Nechama 6 weeks starting November 1st requires registration... 

 

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 Coastal Gan - Has BEGUN!

 

Coastal Hebrew School

To find out more about our Hebrew school visit www.jewishencinitas.com/hebrewschool

Rosh Chodesh Coastal Women's Society

Men's Club Coming Soon

Please Like the shul’s Facebook Page  https://www.facebook.com/ChabadatLaCosta

For up to date pictures and announcements follow our Facebook Page and join our community Group.  

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Coastal Chabads are here for YOU

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 Covid Protocols

We are being extremely careful and are asking the following to anyone contemplating coming:

If you have ANY symptoms of Covid please do not come.
If you have been around anyone who has Covid please do not come.
If your doctor told you to be especially careful please do not come.
If you are concerned/afraid please do not come.
If you are not vaccinated please be extra careful with all above-listed stringencies and wear a mask.
Please maintain social distancing at all times.
Please wash and sanitize your hands regularly, especially before the kiddush.
This is a very difficult situation. We ask for your support and understanding as we do our absolute best in providing a vibrant spiritual home that is SAFE for our community. This means that even if you are not concerned about Covid please be thoughtful about those who are concerned. This means even if you are extremely concerned about Covid do not be judgmental of those who feel they must attend shul to ensure we have a minyan.

We choose to remain a close and loving community.  

Security Protocols

Everyone is Subject to Search

No Firearms (We have a well-defined security plan in effect and any unauthorized firearms could create confusion and actually reduce security).

Backpacks Prohibited

All Bags Subject to Search

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   www.ChabadatLaCosta.com 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 *www.JewishEncinitas.com *Chabad of Carlsbad N

 

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  [email protected] your request.

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.

Membership

NOW is the time to join the family! Membership includes High Holiday seats and discounts on other programs and activities. However, the main reason to join is to demonstrate your commitment to the future of Judaism in our area and to our community.

If you have already filled out and returned your Membership form please accept this message as our sincere thank you!

We urge you to pick the level of Membership and the financial commitment you feel comfortable with, and to fill out the form that you will find by following this link: www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/membership. We thank all of our amazing donors!

Create Your Jewish Legacy Plan for the Future - Now

We have been blessed with life! Yet, we know that no one lives forever. This begs the question, “What will your legacy be?” Most of us have children, and they certainly should figure prominently into our plans. But our children are only a part of what we leave behind. Just as we endeavor to give Tzedakah generously, so as to selflessly make the world a better place while we are alive, so too we need to make sure that we leave a percentage of our estates for the benefit of others. Judaism tells us that it is incumbent upon us to leave the world better than when we found it. We do this by giving Tzedakah.

We can help.

Chabad has partnered with the Jewish Community Foundation in the creation of our Legacy Circle "Generation to Generation - Ensuring a Jewish Tomorrow, Today".  Many people do not prepare appropriately for the inevitable. They do not leave a will, or even if they do it is not consistent with Jewish Law. If one wants his body to be handled with the respect and care mandated by Jewish Law or if one wants the funeral service conducted according to Jewish Law, it must be arranged in advance. Don’t leave these critical details to luck!

Contact Rabbi Eilfort for a private appointment so these important matters can be handled how you want.

Send a personal email to  [email protected] to schedule an appointment today. 

 

We honor our Legacy Circle Members*:

Joel Barnett
Angela Chapman
Anonymous 1
Channah Hale
Len Hyman
Sheila Lebovitz
Ilyse Loven
David Markoff
Anonymous 2
Ed Richard

Sharon Silverstein
Anonymous 3

 

*Has provided Chabad with a Declaration of Intent. 

Click here for a Declaration of Intent and more information

 

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, the second Board was dedicated by the Alter Family, and the new Board has been dedicated by Miriam Reisman in memory of her husband, Harold.

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 in the newsletter and in the calendar and the light on the Board will be illuminated each year on the Yarzeit. The donation is only $500 per Memorial Board plaque.

We also have a gorgeous Tree of Life dedicated by the Lieberman Family that has been ‘growing. 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 $180 for a leaf on the Tree of Life.

Those who wish to participate should send an email to  [email protected], or call Rabbi Eilfort at 760-943-8891.

We are excited to designate a section of our Tree of Life to our Legacy Circle. Watch the Tree and see article above.

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!

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.

Critical Maintenance Issue – Your Cooperation Needed

PLEASE NOTE: The ONLY thing that may be flushed is toilet paper – NO EXCEPTIONS. This means tissue, baby wipes, paper towels, or any other product may NEVER be flushed, but instead must be disposed of in the provided trash receptacles.

THANK YOU for your cooperation!

Public Service Announcement – Let’s Work TOGETHER to Maintain OUR Shul

We have a beautiful shul. Everyone agrees. It is not easy to maintain everything, but we work hard to keep things clean and in good working order. We need your help.

Our sanctuary is graced with gorgeous, custom made, stained glass windows. These windows MUST be kept in pristine condition. Please respect the windows by only looking and never touching them. G-d forbid, they can easily be scratched if we are not careful. Also, please do not put ANY objects (cups, books, tissues etc.) on the window sills as it detracts from the windows.

Our custom-built furniture from Israel is as precious as it looks. People have put down cups (full and empty) on the partitions and the shelves. This is inappropriate. Children cannot sit on or climb on the furnishings – other than sitting in the pews as they were designed to be used. No exceptions.

Please put away your own Talis and prayer books, and replace the book racks when done using them. Please throw away your own garbage.

If we can all work together we will keep our shul beautiful!

THANK YOU for your understanding and cooperation.

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.

More than 600 people use the Chabad code each year ! 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.

For discount details, to make your reservation, or to share the information with a friend, visit www.chabadatlacosta.com/omni and click through. And remember to leave a positive review.

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Volume 24 Number 4 | 26 Tishrei, 5783 | October 21, 2022

 

Chabad Weekly Update

Volume 24 Number 4 | 26 Tishrei, 5783 | October 21, 2022
 
B"H
 
MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
 

This Shabbat, known as Shabbat Bereishit, is rich with opportunity and potential. It is the first Shabbat as we dive into the routine of the new year, following a month of High Holy Days and festivities. Most shuls keep the white curtain over the ark and the white Torah mantles on for this Shabbat, as a bridge between the two. It is a time of new beginnings, and the opportunity to gather all the inspiration we’ve accumulated over the holidays use it to infuse our year with holiness.

May this be the beginning of many good things for all of us, with blessings and health for our ourselves, our community and our families.

Shabbat shalom,

CANDLE LIGHTING TIMES
Carlsbad and Encinitas

LIGHT CANDLES AT 5:51 PM – Friday, October 21, ‘22
SHABBAT ENDS 6:45 PM - Saturday, October 22, ‘22


SHABBOS NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
We WILL BE Open for Services This Week & There will be NO Soup and Challah

As we continue to bounce back from the pandemic please do NOT attend if you have ANY symptoms or if you are not feeling well. And please make a reservation if you plan on attending any of the services so we can prepare appropriately. You can make your reservations by visiting our website and filling out the appropriate forms (www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/hhrsvp).

Remember, you do not have to ‘pay to pray’, however, donations and sponsors are greatly appreciated!

Mazal Tov!!

Mazal tov to Rabbi and Rebbetzin on the birth of a BABY BOY to Yossi and Dassy Eilfort Thursday night. He will share a birthday with his older brother MD (Michoel Dovid).

New Hebrew School Year Begins

The key to a Jewish future lies in how we educate our children now. It is our sacred duty to instill within them a love and understanding of Judaism. That is only possible through education, or as we like to call it, ed-JEW-cation.

Our Hebrew School is designed to maximize the time our students spend here in an uplifting and inspiring manner. We will convey the beauty of our traditions through projects, stories, songs, and conversations. We don’t ‘talk at’ our students. Instead we engage them in discussions, which we have found to be a more conducive way of imparting knowledge. Positive reinforcement is a critical part of our approach.

We endeavor to give them not only an understanding of the Jewish Calendar and practice, but also skills in the Hebrew language.

Please call the office to schedule your appointment to discuss the needs of your child and what you hope to he/she will get from Hebrew school. 760-943-8891.

Kiddush Sponsors

The Kiddush is being Sponsored by Sheila Lebovitz in honor of her birthday.

ADDITIONAL SPONSORS WELCOME

Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate in our weekly Shabbat meal together.

An Important Note about Kiddushes –

The policy of the shul is to allow multiple sponsors for every Kiddush unless it is a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or something similar (like a 50th wedding anniversary etc.).

There is no such thing as an exclusive Kiddush sponsor.

This is our policy for numerous reasons, not least of which is the fact that Kiddush sponsorships help generate much-needed income for our community and encourages more people to participate.

We thank you for your support and understanding!

RABBI'S WEEKLY ARTICLE
Rabbi's Letter | Thought for the Week | Haftarah 

Parshat Bereishit - Imperfect Perfection

From Chabad.org
By Mendel Kalmenson

Can something be both complete and incomplete at the same time? Is perfection relative?

That depends on your vantage point.

Are three hairs a little or a lot?

That depends on whether they're on your head or in your soup.

The Midrash tells us (1) that "everything created in the six days of creation needs fixing."

Sounds somewhat offensive to the Creator, doesn't it? Where's the source for this assertion?

G‑d blessed the seventh day… because on it, He ceased from all His work which G‑d created to do."(2)

If I were G‑d's publicist, I would have said, "G‑d blessed the seventh day… because on it He ceased from all of the work He had done." "Which G‑d created to do" indeed implies that G‑d created the world with some odds and ends left unfinished and in need of (what the Midrash calls) "fixing."

And yet, a few short chapters later, the Midrash states firmly that "the world was created complete."

How ironic that the same Midrash that reports on the world's inherent imperfection goes on to describe the world as having been created perfect!

The key to reconciliation in our case, as in many others, is to look at the timing of the contradictory statements.

"G‑d blessed the seventh day… because on it He ceased from all His work which G‑d created to do." Only on the seventh day of creation – on Shabbat – was reference made to the world's limitations.

Earlier that week no such talk was heard.

And that's not because something suddenly went wrong on Shabbat, changing things for the worse. "Which G‑d created to do" tells us that the imperfection of our world, or the "to do," was part of its creation. So why not mention it earlier, in the account of the world's creation in six days? Why wait until Shabbat, when the work of creation is already complete, to deliver the sobering news?

That's because the world recognized its lack only with the coming of Shabbat. On the first six days of its existence, it lacked this awareness. On Shabbat, however, with the ascent of the world to a higher state of consciousness, with the presence of G‑d more palpable and real, all of existence suddenly became aware. It dawned on the world that there was so much more it could be, and there was so much more to be done.

So the world was both perfect and imperfect throughout its creation. Perfect relative to where it was, imperfect relative to where it could be.

The six days of creation represent the perfection of today; Shabbat represents the perfection of tomorrow.

Chasidim of old were wont to say, "Morgen vet zein gar andersh," Yiddish for, "tomorrow will be very different."

According to Chassidic teachings, even the perfect tzaddik, the most saintly individual, must repent. Not for sins he has committed today—for he has none; but for the perfect mitzvot he fulfilled yesterday—considered to be imperfect today.

Consider the man who makes one hundred dollars today. He will give ten percent to charity. Consider the very same man, promoted, now making two hundred dollars. He will continue to give ten percent to charity, just as he did yesterday. But ten percent of today is far more than it was yesterday.

Could this shed light on our request for forgiveness in the amidah prayer, considered to be the most elevated segment of prayer? Aren't we beyond sin, and the need for forgiveness, at that point?

Prayer is likened to a ladder. The amidah is considered to be the highest rung, the loftiest point of communion. It is precisely when we reach that level that we see how deficient we used to be.

As we become bigger and better, so does the standard to which we are held.

We may have been perfect then, but we can be more perfect now, and yet more perfect tomorrow.

So would you say that the world was created perfect or imperfect, or both? (3)

FOOTNOTES
1.    
Midrash Rabbah, Genesis 11:6.

2.    
Genesis 2:3.

3.    
Adapted from a talk by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Likutei Sichot vol. 25 pg. 14-18.

Bereishit Haftorah in a Nutshell

Isaiah 42:5-21.

The haftorah of this week's reading opens with a statement by "the Almighty G‑d, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who laid out the earth and made grow from it." This echoes the Torah portion's recounting of the creation of the world in six days.

G‑d speaks to the prophet Isaiah, reminding him of his life's purpose and duty, namely that of arousing the Jewish people to return to being a light unto the nations, "To open blind eyes, to bring prisoners out of a dungeon; those who sit in darkness out of a prison."

The prophecy continues with a discussion regarding the Final Redemption, and the song that all of creation will sing to G‑d on that day. G‑d promises to punish all the nations that have persecuted Israel while they were exiled. The prophet also rebukes Israel for their errant ways, but assures them that they will return to the correct path and will be redeemed.

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Condolences | Birthdays | Anniversaries | Yarzeits

OUR CONDOLENCES go out to Rabbi Yossi Rodal on the loss of his Father, Rabbi Shmuel Hakohen ben Yosef Rodal of Milan Italy. Rabbi Rodal was buried in Israel on Thursday. The family will be sitting shiva in Milan.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes go out to to Sheila Lebovitz, Noah Sapol and all of those celebrating their birthdays this week!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY wishes go out to David & Anna Mintz and all of those celebrating anniversaries this week!

WE REMEMBER REMEMBER Esther Krystal Reisman, Bessie Benbassat, Isaac Weksler, Anna Kupchin, Sophie Schulman, Misha Galperin, Yitzchak Nejathaim, Bernard Polonsky and all of those whose Yarzeit is observed this week.

May Rabbi Naftali Levy, Brenda Joseph, Stephanie Lewis, Rachel Perez, Miriam Reisman, Sheila Lebovitz, Adam Lemberger, Sandy Radom, Rachel bas Shoshana, and Roz Mintz, be blessed with a speedy and complete recovery!

Upcoming Kiddush Sponsors:

October 22: Sheila Lebovitz

October 29: Mike and Tally Schwartz  

November 5: Beverly Galperin

November 12: Miriam Reisman

FUNDRAISING & VOLUNTEERING
Giving & Helping Opportunities

We would be nowhere without the generous support of our community. Please know that your support is profoundly appreciated!

There are many ways to donate besides for checks and cash. Following please find a list of the various other ‘platforms’ that are available for secure donations that go directly and entirely into the synagogue account (even though they say Nechama's name).

1. PayPal [email protected]  or PayPal.me/Neilfort

2. Venmo @Nechama-Eilfort

3. Cashapp $nechamae

4. Zelle (Bank of America)  [email protected]

5. Personal credit card   chabadatlacosta.com/donate

6. Join our Legacy Circle - see below

 The Foundation Project - Donations

We are raising funds that will be used towards completing our basement. This project will include a TEEN LOUNGE, CLASSROOMS, a PLAYGROUND, OFFICES, STORAGE SPACE, BATHROOMS, and more. Call Rabbi to inquire about available dedications. The money we raise also goes towards scholarships for Hebrew School students, our Challah and Chicken Soup program, and all of our ongoing expenses.

To donate securely online follow this link:  www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/donate

 

Easy Fundraising Opportunity 

First, let us take this opportunity to thank all of those who have had Facebook Birthday Fundraisers for Chabad at La Costa! I cannot tell you how much Nechama & I appreciate it! The money we have received through these fundraisers has helped our shul continue with programming, delivering soup and challah as well as other activities. 

Do you have a birthday coming up? We would be honored if you would consider making our shul the recipient of your birthday fundraiser.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to celebrate your birthday and do a wonderful Mitzvah at the same time? Thank you for your consideration and Happy Birthday!  

CHABAD VIRTUAL & IN PERSON ACADEMY
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We have an ever-expanding menu of online learning opportunities for everyone. Below please find an overview of our current classes and a schedule of when you can join in on Facebook Live. If you miss the live class you can watch the recorded version, on Facebook.

Weekly Parsha Class - with Sholom Eilfort in person and on Facebook Live Thursday nights at 7:15pm

JLI Course - with Nechama 6 weeks starting November 1st requires registration... 

 

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Rosh Chodesh Coastal Women's Society

Men's Club Coming Soon

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 Covid Protocols

We are being extremely careful and are asking the following to anyone contemplating coming:

If you have ANY symptoms of Covid please do not come.
If you have been around anyone who has Covid please do not come.
If your doctor told you to be especially careful please do not come.
If you are concerned/afraid please do not come.
If you are not vaccinated please be extra careful with all above-listed stringencies and wear a mask.
Please maintain social distancing at all times.
Please wash and sanitize your hands regularly, especially before the kiddush.
This is a very difficult situation. We ask for your support and understanding as we do our absolute best in providing a vibrant spiritual home that is SAFE for our community. This means that even if you are not concerned about Covid please be thoughtful about those who are concerned. This means even if you are extremely concerned about Covid do not be judgmental of those who feel they must attend shul to ensure we have a minyan.

We choose to remain a close and loving community.  

Security Protocols

Everyone is Subject to Search

No Firearms (We have a well-defined security plan in effect and any unauthorized firearms could create confusion and actually reduce security).

Backpacks Prohibited

All Bags Subject to Search

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   www.ChabadatLaCosta.com 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 *www.JewishEncinitas.com *Chabad of Carlsbad N

 

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  [email protected] your request.

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.

Membership

NOW is the time to join the family! Membership includes High Holiday seats and discounts on other programs and activities. However, the main reason to join is to demonstrate your commitment to the future of Judaism in our area and to our community.

If you have already filled out and returned your Membership form please accept this message as our sincere thank you!

We urge you to pick the level of Membership and the financial commitment you feel comfortable with, and to fill out the form that you will find by following this link: www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/membership. We thank all of our amazing donors!

Create Your Jewish Legacy Plan for the Future - Now

We have been blessed with life! Yet, we know that no one lives forever. This begs the question, “What will your legacy be?” Most of us have children, and they certainly should figure prominently into our plans. But our children are only a part of what we leave behind. Just as we endeavor to give Tzedakah generously, so as to selflessly make the world a better place while we are alive, so too we need to make sure that we leave a percentage of our estates for the benefit of others. Judaism tells us that it is incumbent upon us to leave the world better than when we found it. We do this by giving Tzedakah.

We can help.

Chabad has partnered with the Jewish Community Foundation in the creation of our Legacy Circle "Generation to Generation - Ensuring a Jewish Tomorrow, Today".  Many people do not prepare appropriately for the inevitable. They do not leave a will, or even if they do it is not consistent with Jewish Law. If one wants his body to be handled with the respect and care mandated by Jewish Law or if one wants the funeral service conducted according to Jewish Law, it must be arranged in advance. Don’t leave these critical details to luck!

Contact Rabbi Eilfort for a private appointment so these important matters can be handled how you want.

Send a personal email to  [email protected] to schedule an appointment today. 

 

We honor our Legacy Circle Members*:

Joel Barnett
Angela Chapman
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Channah Hale
Len Hyman
Sheila Lebovitz
Ilyse Loven
David Markoff
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Ed Richard

Sharon Silverstein
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*Has provided Chabad with a Declaration of Intent. 

Click here for a Declaration of Intent and more information

 

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, the second Board was dedicated by the Alter Family, and the new Board has been dedicated by Miriam Reisman in memory of her husband, Harold.

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 in the newsletter and in the calendar and the light on the Board will be illuminated each year on the Yarzeit. The donation is only $500 per Memorial Board plaque.

We also have a gorgeous Tree of Life dedicated by the Lieberman Family that has been ‘growing. 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 $180 for a leaf on the Tree of Life.

Those who wish to participate should send an email to  [email protected], or call Rabbi Eilfort at 760-943-8891.

We are excited to designate a section of our Tree of Life to our Legacy Circle. Watch the Tree and see article above.

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!

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.

Critical Maintenance Issue – Your Cooperation Needed

PLEASE NOTE: The ONLY thing that may be flushed is toilet paper – NO EXCEPTIONS. This means tissue, baby wipes, paper towels, or any other product may NEVER be flushed, but instead must be disposed of in the provided trash receptacles.

THANK YOU for your cooperation!

Public Service Announcement – Let’s Work TOGETHER to Maintain OUR Shul

We have a beautiful shul. Everyone agrees. It is not easy to maintain everything, but we work hard to keep things clean and in good working order. We need your help.

Our sanctuary is graced with gorgeous, custom made, stained glass windows. These windows MUST be kept in pristine condition. Please respect the windows by only looking and never touching them. G-d forbid, they can easily be scratched if we are not careful. Also, please do not put ANY objects (cups, books, tissues etc.) on the window sills as it detracts from the windows.

Our custom-built furniture from Israel is as precious as it looks. People have put down cups (full and empty) on the partitions and the shelves. This is inappropriate. Children cannot sit on or climb on the furnishings – other than sitting in the pews as they were designed to be used. No exceptions.

Please put away your own Talis and prayer books, and replace the book racks when done using them. Please throw away your own garbage.

If we can all work together we will keep our shul beautiful!

THANK YOU for your understanding and cooperation.

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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.

More than 600 people use the Chabad code each year ! 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.

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Volume 24 Number 3 | 19 Tishrei, 5783 | October 14, 2022

 

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Chabad Weekly Update

Volume 24 Number 3 | 19 Tishrei, 5783 | October 14, 2022

 
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CANDLE LIGHTING TIMES
Carlsbad - Encinitas

LIGHT CANDLES AT 5:59 PM – Friday, October 14, ‘22
SHABBAT ENDS 6:52 PM - Saturday, October 15, ‘22

MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
 

Hi,

We all deserve the absolute best year ahead, and we earn that, so to speak, by entreating G‑d during the High Holidays. But it doesn't end there. We continue praying for a good year during Sukkot, and the final opportunity is the last days of the holiday: Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah.

These two days, when we celebrate the completion of the annual Torah-reading cycle, presents us with the most amazing opportunity to draw down blessings from Above. The more we dance and celebrate with the Torah, the more blessings we bring down for ourselves.

There are unlimited blessings at our disposal, all we have to do is dance!

Come to Chabad during this awesome culmination of the holiday season and collect some of those blessings!

Chag same'ach!

SHABBOS NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
We WILL BE Open for Services This Week & There will be NO Soup and Challah

Sukkos / Shmini Atzeres / Simchas Torah – The Time of Our Joy! – It is HERE!

Everyone is invited to participate in services this Shabbos Chol HaMo’ed Sukkas as we warm up for the incredible joyousness and climax of the holiday, Shmini Atzeres and Simchas Torah! 


Dear Friends,

The entire team here at Chabad want to wish you UNLIMITED joy!

Our Yom Kippur services were INCREDIBLE thanks to our two OUTSTANDING Cantors, Rabbi Dovi Gorelik and Rabbi Yossi Rodal. 

We unveiled our new Capital Campaign – to build out our Educational Level (aka Basement), and were greeted with an enthusiastic response. If you haven’t already done so please respond to our Holiday Appeal as generously as you can so that we can continue to be here, joyfully serving this community!

 

We are now ready for the next part of the holiday season, which is known as the ‘Time of Our Joy’!  
I have included the complete schedule of services and related events for your convenience. 

Joyfully,

Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort

 

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