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Volume 22 Number 8 | Cheshvan 26, 5781 | November 13, 2020

 

Chabad Weekly Update

Volume 22 Number 8 | Cheshvan 26, 5781 | November 13, 2020
 
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MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
 

This weekend was supposed to be the International Conference of Chabad Emissaries, known as the “Kinus Hashluchim.” Every year we gather in New York for four days of workshops, plenaries, and inspiration. It is the highlight of our year; an opportunity to meet old friends, share experiences, and to remind ourselves that we are part of the biggest force of positivity in the Jewish world.

Unfortunately, this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the kinus will not be held in-person, and instead will be entirely virtual. While this is a far cry from the real thing, it will still serve as a reminder that Chabad around the world is here for every single Jew in all situations.

This week’s Torah portion, Chayei Sarah, describes how Abraham and Sarah’s son Issac married Rebecca and started a family with her based on the values he learned from his parents. Although Sarah passed away before their marriage, Isaac and Rebbeca still lived their life as though she was very much present and guiding them through thick and thin.

We will continue to do the same in our lives and within our communities, and we will surely persevere and thrive!

Shabbat shalom.

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

Living with the Times By: Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort

Parshat Chaya Sarah – The Life of Sarah

Defining Life

This week’s portion, titled “Chaya Sarah,” which means the Life of Sarah, deals with Sarah’s death. Odd.

The body of the portion, after discussing Avraham’s purchase of the Cave of Machpailah as a family burial site, talks about the special mission given by Avraham to his trusted servant Eliezer. The mission was to find a wife for Avraham and Sarah’s beloved son, Yitzchak.

The portion then goes on to explain how Avraham gets married to Keturah, who the commentaries explain is actually Hagar. Hagar had reverted to idol worship when she had been previously sent away, but she repented and embraced Monotheism, and was thusly a fitting wife for Avraham. They went on to have more children together.

Finally, at the end of the portion we learn of the passing of Avraham. He was gathered unto his people, the specific description used concerning someone of great righteousness. Next week’s portion will deal with Yitzchak and his newly married wife Rivka.

The name of the portion is indicative of its content, which makes our portion’s name so odd. The portion, as noted above, does not discuss Sarah’s life in the least. Instead it describes life after Sarah.

Or does it?

What is the meaning of life? Why are we here? These are THE big questions in life. This portion tells us the answer. There is more to life, much more, than the ‘rat race.’ A life spent in headlong pursuit of material wealth is not a life at all. The Jewish purpose of life is summed up in one simple sentence articulated in the Talmud: “To make the lowly earth into a dwelling for the Blessed One.”

Everything accomplished by the Patriarchs and Matriarchs is a signpost for us going forward. They demonstrated the correct path and help us along it by having been trailblazers. Sarah didn’t truly die because her progeny are still alive. Sarah had a glorious career during which she and her life partner brought the awareness of the One G-d to a scattered and morally bankrupted populace. She helped changed the world. This can be seen because she successfully reared Yitzchak. Yitzchak would do Avraham and Sarah proud – he carried on with their legacy, successfully passing it on to Yaakov, father of the 12 Tribes of Israel.

It’s wonderful for a parent seeing a child carry on with the family business. It is even better seeing that child become a wonderful human being. It is best of all seeing that child fulfill all of the above and furthermore seeing him/her establish a vibrant, righteous nation, full with good people stretching themselves to serve as G-d’s emissaries in a dark world.

Long live our mother Sarah!

Wishing everyone a happy and HEALTHY Shabbos!

Haftarah Parshat Chaya 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."

Weekly Sermon Friday @ 1pm on Facebook Live

Join Rabbi Eilfort this afternoon at 1pm as he gives his weekly sermon as a Facebook Live event. If you have not already done so, please send Rabbi Eilfort (Yeruchem Eilfort) a Friend Request on Facebook!

SHABBOS NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
We are Open for Services

Outdoor Shabbat Services

Due to the updated Covid-19 status of San Diego we will be holding services in our breezeway for the time being – but we ARE having services. We have placed space heaters strategically around the breezeway for your comfort, however please dress warmly.

Masks are mandatory while here as is frequent hand sanitizing/washing. Social distancing is observed.

Remember, if you do not feel well or you have been in contact with someone who has or was exposed to Covid or whose doctor recommends that you not come, please pray at home.  

If you are planning on come please let us know.

We are on for Chicken Soup and Challah THIS Week

This week’s Chicken Soup and Challah are sponsored by our star sponsor Channah Hale who sponsored in honor of the Yarzeit of Chanah Feigah bas Dovid, and Rebecca Steiner (THANK YOU!). If you would like to sponsor a future week please respond to this message.

Those who live near Chabad at La Costa are welcome to let us know if you want some delicious Challah and/or Chicken Soup delivered to you on Friday to help you celebrate Shabbat in the most delicious way possible. If you can help with deliveries, reach out to Kayla or Nechama.

Please note that all food is prepared and delivered using recommended safeguards.

Sponsors Appreciated (And Needed)

These are extraordinary times. Many people are reaching out for help and, Baruch Hashem / thank G-d, we are HERE to help! ‘We’ means YOU and US, TOGETHER. It is an amazing partnership that we have!

We are extremely grateful to those who have reached out to help fund us, enabling us to serve others. Thank you volunteer drivers Angela, Araceli and Carrie.

We are seeking additional sponsors for the following dedications:

  • Next week’s Loaves of Love.
  • Next week’s Chicken soup.
  • Next week’s Torah classes.

Note About Sponsorships

You may have noticed that we seek multiple sponsors for the Challah, Soup, and Torah classes. We do this because we need to find ways to cover our budgetary shortfall that has been caused by the coronavirus. The donations coming to the shul have been dramatically reduced. We greatly appreciate those of you who are still supporting us! G-d bless you! We greatly appreciate your understanding as we seek ways of propping up the income necessary to keep things afloat. Your ideas about additional income streams are likewise greatly appreciated!

Ways to Give

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.

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

 

Chanukah Plans – Save the Dates!

We have designed some amazing, COVID-SAFE, Chanukah events for your enjoyment!

Event 1 – Drive-in Chanukah Experience at the Forum Shops of Carlsbad

Thursday Dec 10th 4-6 pm

◾ Live Music ◾ Balloons ◾ Dreidels ◾ Doughnuts ◾ Entertainment◾

For more information, visit www.chabadatlacosta.com

or call 760-943-8891 or Email: [email protected]

 

Event 2 -HUGE Chanukah Drive-in Concert SPECTACULAR Starring Israeli Singing Superstar Gad Elbaz!

Join Chabads of S. Diego County for our

First EVER Drive-in Chanukah concert with

World Renowned Israeli Superstar Gad Elbaz

from 4-7 pm at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

Due to the current health crisis, masks and social distancing protocols will be followed.

Monday, December 14th from 4-7 pm

at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

Live Music ◾ Gad Elbaz & Yossi Rodal ◾ Balloons ◾ Dreidels ◾ Refreshments ◾ Entertainment

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!  

Working Car (still) Needed

We are currently seeking a car in good mechanical condition. If you, or someone you know, has a car that you can donate please respond to this message. This request is time sensitive. Thank you in advance! .

Daily & Weekly Classes

Join us, at no cost, on Facebook Live (must friend request Yeruchem Eilfort if you are not already my friend) and be a member of the Chabad at La Costa Facebook page for ongoing classes in Chasidic Philosophy, Caffeine for the Soul, Torah Portion of the Week, Positivity Bias, Holiday Overviews, and much more. Torah study is THE way to keep the soul charged! 

SPECIAL WISHES
Condolences | Birthdays | Anniversaries | Yarzeits

OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES are extended to the families of the victims of the coronavirus! We pray for the day when the Almighty will remove death and suffering from humanity. May it come speedily in our day!

SPEEDY RECOVERY wishes are extended to all of those who are suffering from the coronavirus. May you be granted a complete and speedy recovery! 

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

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

WE REMEMBER Kurt Lederer, Joseph Armand Rack, Henry Lewis, Lou Chaves, and all of those whose Yarzeit is observed this week.

May Channah Hale, Sheila Lebovitz, Camille Stern, Adam Lemberger, Sandy Radom, Roz Mintz be blessed with a speedy and complete recovery!

CHABAD VIRTUAL 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, either on Facebook or on YouTube (our channel is called the Chabad Virtual Academy).

If you cannot get the classes online please email us at  [email protected] and we will work out a different arrangement.

Secrets of the Bible
JLI Fall Course

6 Mondays, Nov 2nd - Dec 7th 2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson Details:
Story Three
Will the real you please stand up?
At some point, we're all conflicted: torn between a drive to do good and the temptation of lust, greed, and power. In this session, you'll meet your inner Jacob and Esau—the recluse and the hunter—and understand their lifelong conflict. Why does Isaac prefer the materialistic Esau? And why does the wholesome Jacob resort to deception to obtain his father's blessings?


Story Four
Your life and its goals: are they compatible?
You may love what you do, or where it gets you, but seldom both. Uncover this tension in the strange relationships between Jacob and his wives and between Joseph and his brothers, and explore ways to navigate the delicate balance between personal growth and practical impact.


Story Five
Why is inspiration so short-lived?
The worship of a golden calf at Sinai was tantamount to infidelity under the wedding canopy. In some way, this is the story of our lives. Why do New Year’s resolutions barely last a day? We are so easily impressionable, yet our stimulation doesn’t linger. Discover a powerful hack for creating lasting impact from two sets of tablets and the worship of a golden calf.


Story Six
Does a higher station make You a better person?
If all people were created equal, why do some occupy more elevated positions than others? You weren’t dealt the same hand as your neighbor; does this make you inferior to them? Explore Korach’s challenge to Moses’s leadership to gain insight on privilege and every person's unique contribution to society.

Sign up for a thought-provoking experience, sure to deepen your understanding of Judaism and enrich your life! www.myjli.com
 

Rabbi Eilfort Published Weekly by the San Diego Jewish World

Our own Rabbi Eilfort is submitting weekly columns on the Torah Portion of the Week and other subjects, which are published by the San Diego Jewish World ( www.SDJewishWorld.com).

Rabbi Eilfort always enjoy hearing feedback about his articles, so please don’t be shy!

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

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.

Pay-What-You-Can-Membership

We want the membership experience to be positive. We want you to feel GOOD about giving. Yes, we have suggested donations, but you should give what you feel you can afford. If you cannot comfortably give the suggested amount THAT IS OK. If you can give more than the suggested amount, THANK YOU, IT IS APPRECIATED! We  love and appreciate your participation, and that is that. Please fill out our Membership form online by logging onto: www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/Membership. 

Hebrew School & C-Kids

Hebrew School Theme this Week: Middot - Kavod (Respect)

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER - Tuition Free Hebrew School

Due to the economic hardships created by the pandemic we will be offering Tuition Free Hebrew School this year. Families are struggling to make ends meet, but we cannot allow the children to suffer. We are offering two options – In-person learning (outdoor and indoor classes, socially distant, masks on), and virtual learning. Please respond to this message for further information. We are the only synagogue in the county making such an offer! Morah Chaya has worked diligently to create an amazing curriculum that will educate and inspire our students. Our teachers will always offer lots of positive reinforcement to the students so that they will not only learn, but they will ENJOY the EXPERIENCE! Please get back to us and let your friends know.

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

Please contact our Hebrew School Director, Morah Chaya Eilfort for info at   [email protected].

Omni La Costa Resort Welcomes Chabad at La Costa Guests

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

To book your room at the special Chabad rate, call toll-free 800-854-5000 or book online at   http://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/san-diego-la-costa/meetings/chabad.  Or you can find more information or book through our website:   www.ChabadatLaCosta.com. Follow the link for Visitor Information.

More than 500 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.

 

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 Society "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. 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 and the light on the Board will be illuminated each year on the Yarzeit.

We also have a gorgeous Tree of Life dedicated by the Lieberman Family that 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 only $500 per plaque for the Memorial Board or $180 for the Tree of Life. Those who wish to participate should send an email to   [email protected], or call Rabbi Eilfort at 760-943-8891.

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!

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Tzedakah news – Planning for your 2020 taxes

Happy news for those wanting to enroll their child in one of Chabad’s K-12 schools, and who have started saving for their children’s college tuition using a 529 College Savings plan. Tax law passed in 2017 allows those parents (and others) to withdraw money to pay for private school K-12 tuition. You can withdraw up to $10,000 annually, tax free.

Rina Coleman is an Enrolled Agent with more than 20 years experience preparing taxes for all walks of life. Please contact her at [email protected]com for a free 15 minute consultation.

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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.

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Volume 22 Number 7 | Cheshvan 19, 5781 | November 6, 2020

 

Chabad Weekly Update

Volume 22 Number 7 | Cheshvan 19, 5781 | November 6, 2020
 
B"H
 
MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
 

When Abraham was told by G-d that Sodom and its surrounding cities were going to be destroyed, he immediately began to plead that they be spared. The inhabitants of those cities were sinners who were certainly deserving of destruction, yet Abraham found it in his heart to pray for them to be given one more chance to repent.

This was not Abraham ignoring their evil ways and pretending that everything was just fine. Rather, he managed to rise above the surface and was able to see the bigger picture. Just because someone does something wrong does not mean we must hate them and wish them ill.

Everyone should be given a chance, even—or especially—someone with whom we do not see eye to eye.

May G-d bless us all with a modicum of Abraham’s qualities, and may we all be able to look beyond our differences, making the world a better place for all of mankind.

Shabbat shalom!

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

Living with the Times By: Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort

Parshat Vayeira – And He Appeared

Effective Prayer 101

In this week’s portion the Torah continues the narrative of our righteous Patriarch, Avraham. When we study his devotion to G-d we are truly awestruck by his profound connection and his willingness to do ‘whatever it took’ to fulfill the desires of the Master of the Universe. Avraham became known to all subsequent generations because of the enormous tests that he successfully navigated. Put into modern American terms, “Avraham batted 1,000.”

What I want to focus upon this week is not Avraham’s success, but instead upon his failure, for from his failure we can learn even more about our beloved father, the first person identified as a Hebrew, and we can learn about tools available to us. 

In our portion we find Avraham recovering from his Bris Milah – his ritual circumcision. Our Talmudic sources tell us that not only did G-d send messengers (aka angels) to check on Avraham, but that the Almighty Himself fulfilled the Mitzvah of Bikur Cholim – visiting the sick. In fact three angels visited Avraham, one to send him healing, one to give him the good news that Sarah would finally be blessed with a child in a year’s time, and another was coming to destroy the evil cities of Sodom and Gamorah and other cities nearby. 

As the angels departed to save Avraham’s nephew, Lot, who dwelled near the gates of Sodom, G-d communicated to Avraham His plan to destroy Sodom, Gemorah, and the three other cities that were also steeped in evil and in proximity to the first two. When Avraham learned of the impending calamity he immediately tried to intercede. This is one of the most famous ‘scenes’ in the Torah – where Avraham tries to strike a bargain with G-d. ‘If there are 50 righteous people will You save the cities so as not to destroy the righteous with the wicked?’ G-d replied in the affirmative, but since the plan to destroy was not halted Avraham realized there were not 50 righteous, and the bargaining went on from there until the point where he realized there were not even 10 righteous found in any of the cities. 

The angels headed to Sodom to save Lot and his family. Lot, was a complex individual sometimes displaying greatness and sometimes displaying the opposite. He chose to live near Sodom, as he was fascinated by the evil of the place. But he also imperiled his own life by inviting the angels into his house as guests. Lot insisted his wife treat the guests nicely but then allowed himself to get drunk, not once, but twice, leading to an incestuous relationship with his two daughters. 

When the angels told Lot to flee the city for it was about to be destroyed (Lot was being saved by virtue of Avraham) he was told to return to Avraham. Lot asked for a change in plans being that he knew that his shortcomings would be in stark relief to Avraham’s righteousness. He therefore asked to go to Tzo’ar, which, in Lot’s words, was a young city that therefore did not have too many sins as yet. The Creator acquiesced to this request and that is where Lot went.

This is amazing! Originally Tzo’ar was destined to be destroyed. Even Avraham could not change the decree against it, and yet Lot was able to save the city through his request to the Almighty. Why was Lot able to save the city while the thoroughly righteous Avraham was not?

A couple of answers are offered by modern commentaries. One says that since Lot was praying for his own life his prayers were even more intense – in this case – than Avraham’s. The sheer intensity of the prayers was enough to change G-d’s decree against the city. Another answer is that Lot used a different approach than Avraham. Avraham appealed to G-d’s sense of justice (Will You destroy the righteous with the wicked?), while Lot appealed to G-d’s mercy. 

In this particular case Lot was successful in saving the city while Avraham was not. This shows that intense prayer, even when offered by someone with profound deficiencies, has advantages over other types of prayer. Avraham’s prayer was selfless while Lot’s was selfish, yet in this case, Lot’s prevailed. We also see the power of appealing to G-d’s mercy. We see that our Creator is approachable – even to flawed individuals - because He is merciful and He responds to intense sincerity, even when the motives are not pure.

This is an important for a generation like ours, which is peopled by some who may not be perfect, but can truly appeal with intensity to G-d’s incredible mercy!   

Wishing everyone a happy and HEALTHY Shabbos! 

Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort is Director of Coastal Chabads and Chabad at La Costa. Rabbi Eilfort welcomes readers’ comments and questions and may be reached at Rabbi[email protected] 

 

Haftarah Parshat 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.

This is a synopsis of the Haftorah that is read in Chabad synagogues. Other communities could possibly read more, less, or a different section of the Prophets altogether. Additionally, specific calendrical conditions can cause another Haftorah to be read instead of this one.

 

Weekly Sermon Friday @ 1pm on Facebook Live

Join Rabbi Eilfort this afternoon at 1pm as he gives his weekly sermon as a Facebook Live event. If you have not already done so, please send Rabbi Eilfort (Yeruchem Eilfort) a Friend Request on Facebook!

SHABBOS NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
We are Open for Services

Indoor/Outdoor Shabbat Services

The shul has been disinfected. Masks are mandatory while here as is frequent hand sanitizing/washing. Numerous high-quality air purifiers have been deployed. Social distancing is observed.

For those more comfortable sitting in the Breezeway that is an option as well.

Remember, if you do not feel well or you have been in contact with someone who has or was exposed to Covid or whose doctor recommends that you not come, please pray at home.  

If you are planning on come please let us know.

Shabbos Services

We had a beautiful turn out last week and we hope to continue this trend! Please join us for Shabbos services if you are feeling well and your doctor does not advise against it.

Monthly CTeen Program

Who?  All Jewish Teens  in 9-12th Grade.

What?  An exciting Monthly program series!  

Where? Chabad & other cool places

When?  Once a Month. Exact Dates & Times TBD.

This Sunday at 6pm
RSVP: jewishcarlsbad.com/cteen

Coastal CTeen Kickoff Event
Sunday, November 8, 2020
6:00 PM  7:30 PM
Chabad at La Costa 

Kickoff the new year with a socially distant obstacle course challenge, BBQ food, and Tie Dye graffiti shirt! If you ever feel like the anxieties of teenage-hood are weighing you down, this “Floor is lava” mega-game will teach you how to stay above the raging worries of 2020. You’ll divide into teams and build life-size obstacle courses that challenge your rivals to make it across! You don’t wanna miss the Coastal CTeen Kickoff!

“CTeen’s innovative programs nurture positive Jewish identity, help teens stand above societal pressures and channel their energy through positive mediums." 

Mark your calendars - Havdalah Event November 21st more info coming...

Chanukah is Coming...

And we have BIG plans!

Be prepared to receive a beautiful custom Chanukah gift box with a Menorah, Candles, Dreidle, Chocolate Gelt, DIY (Do It Yourself) Chanukah Crafts, and additional treats and surprises. 

Be prepared as we will be offering a 'Drive-In Chanukah Experience" at the Forum Shoppes. We are also working with the other Chabad Centers throughout the County to offer a HUGE, Drive-In Concert featuring a live superstar of Jewish music in a massive, centrally located venue (more information coming when final contracts are signed). 

We are on for Chicken Soup and Challah THIS Week

This week’s Chicken Soup and Challah SPONSOR NEEDED. If you would like to sponsor a future week please respond to this message.

Those who live near Chabad at La Costa are welcome to let us know if you want some delicious Challah and/or Chicken Soup delivered to you on Friday to help you celebrate Shabbat in the most delicious way possible. If you can help with deliveries, reach out to Kayla or Nechama.

Please note that all food is prepared and delivered using recommended safeguards.

Sponsors Appreciated (And Needed)

These are extraordinary times. Many people are reaching out for help and, Baruch Hashem / thank G-d, we are HERE to help! ‘We’ means YOU and US, TOGETHER. It is an amazing partnership that we have!

We are extremely grateful to those who have reached out to help fund us, enabling us to serve others. Thank you volunteer drivers Angela, Araceli, Carrie and Nate.

We are seeking additional sponsors for the following dedications:

Next week’s Loaves of Love.

Next week’s Chicken soup.

Next week’s Torah classes.

Note About Sponsorships

You may have noticed that we seek multiple sponsors for the Challah, Soup, and Torah classes. We do this because we need to find ways to cover our budgetary shortfall that has been caused by the coronavirus. The donations coming to the shul have been dramatically reduced. We greatly appreciate those of you who are still supporting us! G-d bless you! We greatly appreciate your understanding as we seek ways of propping up the income necessary to keep things afloat. Your ideas about additional income streams are likewise greatly appreciated!

Ways to Give

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.

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

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!  

Working Car (still) Needed

We are currently seeking a car in good mechanical condition. If you, or someone you know, has a car that you can donate please respond to this message. This request is time sensitive. Thank you in advance!.

Daily & Weekly Classes

Join us, at no cost, on Facebook Live (must friend request Yeruchem Eilfort if you are not already my friend) and be a member of the Chabad at La Costa Facebook page for ongoing classes in Chasidic Philosophy, Caffeine for the Soul, Torah Portion of the Week, Positivity Bias, Holiday Overviews, and much more. Torah study is THE way to keep the soul charged! 

SPECIAL WISHES
Condolences | Birthdays | Anniversaries | Yarzeits

OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES are extended to the families of the victims of the coronavirus! We pray for the day when the Almighty will remove death and suffering from humanity. May it come speedily in our day!

SPEEDY RECOVERY wishes are extended to all of those who are suffering from the coronavirus. May you be granted a complete and speedy recovery! 

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

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

WE REMEMBER Sovely Driker, Doris Markus, Fox Frolich, Ray Feder and all of those whose Yarzeit is observed this week.

May Channah Hale, Sheila Lebovitz, Camille Stern, Adam Lemberger, Sandy Radom, Roz Mintz be blessed with a speedy and complete recovery!

CHABAD VIRTUAL 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, either on Facebook or on YouTube (our channel is called the Chabad Virtual Academy).

If you cannot get the classes online please email us at  [email protected] and we will work out a different arrangement.

Secrets of the Bible
JLI Fall Course

6 Mondays, Nov 2nd - Dec 7th 2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson Details:
Story Two

How do you see past another's failures?
If a person you love lets you down, is the relationship over? How do you build a resilient connection that will survive any storm? The secret is buried in the theme of the Great Flood: why G-d created a world only to destroy it, and how He guarantees there will never be a repeat.


Story Three
Will the real you please stand up?
At some point, we're all conflicted: torn between a drive to do good and the temptation of lust, greed, and power. In this session, you'll meet your inner Jacob and Esau—the recluse and the hunter—and understand their lifelong conflict. Why does Isaac prefer the materialistic Esau? And why does the wholesome Jacob resort to deception to obtain his father's blessings?


Story Four
Your life and its goals: are they compatible?
You may love what you do, or where it gets you, but seldom both. Uncover this tension in the strange relationships between Jacob and his wives and between Joseph and his brothers, and explore ways to navigate the delicate balance between personal growth and practical impact.


Story Five
Why is inspiration so short-lived?
The worship of a golden calf at Sinai was tantamount to infidelity under the wedding canopy. In some way, this is the story of our lives. Why do New Year’s resolutions barely last a day? We are so easily impressionable, yet our stimulation doesn’t linger. Discover a powerful hack for creating lasting impact from two sets of tablets and the worship of a golden calf.


Story Six
Does a higher station make You a better person?
If all people were created equal, why do some occupy more elevated positions than others? You weren’t dealt the same hand as your neighbor; does this make you inferior to them? Explore Korach’s challenge to Moses’s leadership to gain insight on privilege and every person's unique contribution to society.

Sign up for a thought-provoking experience, sure to deepen your understanding of Judaism and enrich your life! www.myjli.com
 

Rabbi Eilfort Published Weekly by the San Diego Jewish World

Our own Rabbi Eilfort is submitting weekly columns on the Torah Portion of the Week and other subjects, which are published by the San Diego Jewish World ( www.SDJewishWorld.com).

Rabbi Eilfort always enjoy hearing feedback about his articles, so please don’t be shy!

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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

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.

Pay-What-You-Can-Membership

We want the membership experience to be positive. We want you to feel GOOD about giving. Yes, we have suggested donations, but you should give what you feel you can afford. If you cannot comfortably give the suggested amount THAT IS OK. If you can give more than the suggested amount, THANK YOU, IT IS APPRECIATED! We  love and appreciate your participation, and that is that. Please fill out our Membership form online by logging onto: www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/Membership. 

Hebrew School & C-Kids

Hebrew School Theme this Week: My Roots

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER - Tuition Free Hebrew School

Due to the economic hardships created by the pandemic we will be offering Tuition Free Hebrew School this year. Families are struggling to make ends meet, but we cannot allow the children to suffer. We are offering two options – In-person learning (outdoor and indoor classes, socially distant, masks on), and virtual learning. Please respond to this message for further information. We are the only synagogue in the county making such an offer! Morah Chaya has worked diligently to create an amazing curriculum that will educate and inspire our students. Our teachers will always offer lots of positive reinforcement to the students so that they will not only learn, but they will ENJOY the EXPERIENCE! Please get back to us and let your friends know.

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

Please contact our Hebrew School Director, Morah Chaya Eilfort for info at   [email protected].

Omni La Costa Resort Welcomes Chabad at La Costa Guests

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

To book your room at the special Chabad rate, call toll-free 800-854-5000 or book online at   http://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/san-diego-la-costa/meetings/chabad.  Or you can find more information or book through our website:   www.ChabadatLaCosta.com. Follow the link for Visitor Information.

More than 500 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.

 

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.

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. 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 and the light on the Board will be illuminated each year on the Yarzeit.

We also have a gorgeous Tree of Life dedicated by the Lieberman Family that 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 only $500 per plaque for the Memorial Board or $180 for the Tree of Life. Those who wish to participate should send an email to   [email protected], or call Rabbi Eilfort at 760-943-8891.

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!

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Tzedakah news – Planning for your 2020 taxes

Happy news for those wanting to enroll their child in one of Chabad’s K-12 schools, and who have started saving for their children’s college tuition using a 529 College Savings plan. Tax law passed in 2017 allows those parents (and others) to withdraw money to pay for private school K-12 tuition. You can withdraw up to $10,000 annually, tax free.

Rina Coleman is an Enrolled Agent with more than 20 years experience preparing taxes for all walks of life. Please contact her at [email protected]com for a free 15 minute consultation.

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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 22 Number 5 | Cheshvan 5, 5781 | October 23, 2020

 

Chabad Weekly Update

Volume 22 Number 5 | Cheshvan 5, 5781 | October 23, 2020
 
B"H
 
MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
 

The month of Cheshvan began this week, and it serves as a stark contrast to the month that preceded it, Tishrei, which was full of holidays. Cheshvan, on the other hand, contains not a single Jewish holiday.

In a way, this is actually by design. A month full of holidays provides lots of inspiration and opportunity to behave Jewishly. It can almost be done without giving it much thought. But when the month is bland and has no holidays, any Jewish inspiration must come from within. There are no external factors to motivate us, instead we can truly put in the effort and own our observance ourselves.

Wishing you a Shabbat shalom and a truly inspiring Cheshvan!

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

Living with the Times By: Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort

Parshat No’ach - Noah

Noah’s Flood

The story found within this portion is one of the most well-known of all Biblical stories. Even most schoolchildren know the story of the Flood of Noah. Nonetheless it is worthwhile to share a brief synopsis. 

Adam and Eve, the ‘stars’ of last week’s portion were created in the ‘image’ of G-d, and were formed by G-d’s ‘hands.’ G-d ‘blew’ a living soul within them. They fulfilled the divine command to be fruitful, and they multiplied. As the generations progressed they grew further away from the Creator. They no longer felt the closeness of their predecessors and made some horrifically bad decisions that led to horrendous consequences. 

By the time ten generations had passed Noah lived in a world where people were constantly at each other’s throats. Raping, pillaging, murder were all abundantly prevalent. The profound immorality had even penetrated the animal kingdom, where there were ubiquitous instances of cross-species breeding, something which goes against nature itself. 

Noah and his clan were different. The Torah attests that he was a Tzaddik / a saintly person in his generation. They stood on an island of virtue in a sea of depravity. The measure of sinfulness finally overflowed causing the Almighty to ‘regret’ the creation of humankind. Human beings were the choicest of all creations and they caused G-d to destroy that which He had made and to start over again. 

A plan was devised for a new beginning. A flood would wash away the iniquity that had been building for ten generations. In order to weather the flood Noah was commanded to build an ark, a floating place of refuge, for his family and for the animals that deserved to be rescued. Noah started his monumental building project, but he took his time. He didn’t drag his heels out of reluctance for doing G-d’s bidding. He didn’t take his time because he was lazy, G-d forbid. 

Noah took his time to give people the opportunity to see what he was doing, ask about it, and then to repent from their evil path. 

It is hard to imagine the strength of Noah. His determination to remain loyal to G-d and His divine mandate in the face of all of humanity is truly daunting. He did not hide what he was doing. On the contrary, he openly told people about this project. Imagine what it is like to say to a neighbor, “You are evil and therefore G-d is going to destroy you and indeed, the entire world!” Some of us have difficulty telling someone that his zipper is open or there is a spot on his shirt. 

The Rabbis ask an instructive question; since Noah was so righteous and courageous in his righteousness why was the flood named after him? It makes it sound as though he was responsible for it. 

The answer that is offered is likewise instructive. During the many decades that Noah spent building the ark and telling people about why he was building the ark he failed to inspire even one person to change his ways. Yes, Noah was righteous! Yes, Noah was incredibly brave! Yes, Noah was completely devoted to G-d! Unfortunately, Noah stopped there. Noah did not argue to save the people, as we will see concerning Abraham and later Moses. Noah failed to inspire people, which, we are told, indicates a lack of dedication to that particular task.

We are taught that words that come from the heart enter the heart. There was something lacking in Noah, great as he was, that caused his failure to inspire others. And because so much was riding on his abilities and efforts, his failure is highlighted for all of us to learn from.

We must reject the notion of spiritual selfishness (eg. I am doing what I am supposed to be doing and that is the extent of my responsibility.). We are indeed responsible for our fellow human beings. We must find the ways and means of inspiring the world to change course when we see it headed in the wrong direction. It is our destiny to serve as a “Light unto the Nations.” With that being said we must be sure to use the tools that Noah demonstrated. We must be resolute in our devotion to divine ethics and morals and we must be courageous in our pursuit of the G-dly mandate that we have been given!   
 
Wishing everyone a happy and HEALTHY Shabbos! 

Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort is Director of Coastal Chabads and Chabad at La Costa. Rabbi Eilfort welcomes readers’ comments and questions and may be reached at [email protected] 
 

Haftarah Parshat Noach

Isaiah 54:1-10.

Forsaken Jerusalem is likened to a barren woman devoid of children. G‑d enjoins her to rejoice, for the time will soon come when the Jewish nation will return and proliferate, repopulating Israel's once desolate cities. The prophet assures the Jewish people that G‑d has not forsaken them. Although He has momentarily hid His countenance from them, He will gather them from their exiles with great mercy. The haftorah compares the final Redemption to the pact G‑d made with Noah in this week's Torah reading. Just as G‑d promised to never bring a flood over the entire earth, so too He will never again be angry at the Jewish people.

"For the mountains may move and the hills might collapse, but My kindness shall not depart from you, neither shall the covenant of My peace collapse."

 

Weekly Sermon Friday @ 3pm on Facebook Live

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SHABBOS NEWS
We are Open for Services.

Shabbat Services are Inside OR Outside! It is YOUR Choice!

We continue to offer services indoors with available seating in the Breezeway, which is consistent with all governmental, rabbinic, and Chabad standards. Actually, we are exceeding many of the protocols so as to make the environment safe.

Please note that we have invested heavily so as to be able to open up safely and comfortably.

Below please find our safety rules:

Masks must be worn at all times while on campus other than when eating (masks available).

Hands must be washed with soap or sanitized upon entry and should be regularly while here.

Social distancing must be maintained at all times. No exceptions and no physical contact.

If you have been exposed to anyone with the virus within the last 14 days, those with symptoms, or those whose doctors advise them not to participate, should not, under any circumstances, come to shul. But rather should pray at home.

If you plan on joining us on Shabbos please let us know by responding to this message.

Shabbos Services

We are experiencing smaller than usual attendance. Please join us if you can. No problems with social distancing ;)

Working Car (still) Needed

We are currently seeking a car in good mechanical condition. If you, or someone you know, has a car that you can donate please respond to this message. This request is time sensitive. Thank you in advance!

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER - Tuition Free Hebrew School

Due to the economic hardships created by the pandemic we will be offering Tuition Free Hebrew School this year. Families are struggling to make ends meet, but we cannot allow the children to suffer. We are offering two options – In-person learning (outdoor and indoor classes, socially distant, masks on), and virtual learning. Please respond to this message for further information. We are the only synagogue in the county making such an offer! Morah Chaya has worked diligently to create an amazing curriculum that will educate and inspire our students. Our teachers will always offer lots of positive reinforcement to the students so that they will not only learn, but they will ENJOY the EXPERIENCE! Please get back to us and let your friends know.

Pay-What-You-Can-Membership

We want the membership experience to be positive. We want you to feel GOOD about giving. Yes, we have suggested donations, but you should give what you feel you can afford. If you cannot comfortably give the suggested amount THAT IS OK. If you can give more than the suggested amount, THANK YOU, IT IS APPRECIATED! We  love and appreciate your participation, and that is that. Please fill out our Membership form online by logging onto: www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/Membership. 

Calendar Arrived!

We hope you received your calendar in the mail. It seems that some of them came unstapled! Please stop in and pick up a new one. The bulk boxes have also arrived this week if you would like to pick up an extra calendar.  

Jewish Family Services Food Drive – Let’s Help!

Jewish Family Services is trying to collect food for their annual Food Drive. Their goal is to be able to collect at least 30,000 pounds of food, 15,000 pounds of which they have already collected. Those who would like to participate please respond to this message. It would be very nice if our community can pitch in with this worthy goal! Drop of your donation on the bench outside the shul and we will collect it. Thank you, Sandy and Evelyn Radom for your donations to the Food Drive.

Thank you Kayla Sabatini for donating stepstools for the restroom, so the kids can easily wash their hands.

We are on for Chicken Soup and Challah THIS Week

Those who live near Chabad at La Costa are welcome to let us know if you want some delicious Challah and/or Chicken Soup delivered to you on Friday to help you celebrate Shabbat in the most delicious way possible. If you can help with deliveries, reach out to Kayla or Nechama.

Please note that all food is prepared and delivered using recommended safeguards.

Sponsors Appreciated (And Needed)

These are extraordinary times. Many people are reaching out for help and, Baruch Hashem / thank G-d, we are HERE to help! ‘We’ means YOU and US, TOGETHER. It is an amazing partnership that we have!

We are extremely grateful to those who have reached out to help fund us, enabling us to serve others. Thank you volunteer drivers Angela, Araceli and Carrie.

We are seeking additional sponsors for the following dedications:

Next week’s Loaves of Love.

Next week’s Chicken soup.

Next week’s Torah classes.

Note About Sponsorships

You may have noticed that we seek multiple sponsors for the Challah, Soup, and Torah classes. We do this because we need to find ways to cover our budgetary shortfall that has been caused by the coronavirus. The donations coming to the shul have been dramatically reduced. We greatly appreciate those of you who are still supporting us! G-d bless you! We greatly appreciate your understanding as we seek ways of propping up the income necessary to keep things afloat. Your ideas about additional income streams are likewise greatly appreciated!

Ways to Give

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.

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

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!  

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Havdala Live with Rabbi Yossi

Join Rabbi Yossi Rodal on Facebook Live for a meaningful Havdalah service. Following Havdalah Rabbi Yossi will share an uplifting Chasidic story as is traditional on Saturday night.

Daily & Weekly Classes

Join us, at no cost, on Facebook Live (must friend request Yeruchem Eilfort if you are not already my friend) and be a member of the Chabad at La Costa Facebook page for ongoing classes in Chasidic Philosophy, Caffeine for the Soul, Torah Portion of the Week, Positivity Bias, Holiday Overviews, and much more. Torah study is THE way to keep the soul charged! 

SPECIAL WISHES
Condolences | Birthdays | Anniversaries | Yarzeits

OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES are extended to the families of the victims of the coronavirus! We pray for the day when the Almighty will remove death and suffering from humanity. May it come speedily in our day!

SPEEDY RECOVERY wishes are extended to all of those who are suffering from the coronavirus. May you be granted a complete and speedy recovery! 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes go out to Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort, Ilana Israel, Cole Avery Estrin, and all of those celebrating their birthdays this week!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY wishes go out to David and Anna Mintz and to all of those celebrating their anniversaries this week!

WE REMEMBER William Alan Ruden, Sophia Margolina, William Coulson, and all of those whose Yarzeit is observed this week.

May Channah Hale, Sheila Lebovitz, Camille Stern, Adam Lemberger, Sandy Radom and Roz Mintz be blessed with a speedy and complete recovery!

CHABAD VIRTUAL 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, either on Facebook or on YouTube (our channel is called the Chabad Virtual Academy).

If you cannot get the classes online please email us at  [email protected] and we will work out a different arrangement.

Rabbi Eilfort Published Weekly by the San Diego Jewish World

Our own Rabbi Eilfort is submitting weekly columns on the Torah Portion of the Week and other subjects, which are published by the San Diego Jewish World ( www.SDJewishWorld.com).

Rabbi Eilfort always enjoy hearing feedback about his articles, so please don’t be shy!

Please check the shul’s Facebook page for information on live broadcasts.  

https://www.facebook.com/ChabadatLaCosta

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

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.

Hebrew School & C-Kids

Hebrew School Theme this Week: A Home For Hashem

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

Please contact our Hebrew School Director, Morah Chaya Eilfort for info at   [email protected].

Omni La Costa Resort Welcomes Chabad at La Costa Guests

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

To book your room at the special Chabad rate, call toll-free 800-854-5000 or book online at   http://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/san-diego-la-costa/meetings/chabad.  Or you can find more information or book through our website:   www.ChabadatLaCosta.com. Follow the link for Visitor Information.

More than 500 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.

 

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.

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. 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 and the light on the Board will be illuminated each year on the Yarzeit.

We also have a gorgeous Tree of Life dedicated by the Lieberman Family that 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 only $500 per plaque for the Memorial Board or $180 for the Tree of Life. Those who wish to participate should send an email to   [email protected], or call Rabbi Eilfort at 760-943-8891.

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.

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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.

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Volume 22 Number 4 | Tishrei 28, 5781 | October 16, 2020

 

Chabad Weekly Update

Volume 22 Number 4 | Tishrei 28, 5781 | October 16, 2020
 
B"H
 
MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
 

Less than a week after celebrating the conclusion of the entire Torah and starting over again, this Shabbat we read the portion of Bereishit, the first of 53 Torah portions.

The word “bereishit” means “in the beginning,” and refers to G-d creating the world. But in a sense it is also the beginning of the year. Although the year really started on Rosh Hashanah, it is not until this week that things really begin.

The holidays have kept us busy for the first few weeks of the year, and we may not have had a chance to settle into the new year and all that it entails. Finally, this week, with all the holidays behind us, as we settle back into routine, we are able to really start fresh.

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

Shabbat shalom!

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

Living with the Times

By: Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort

Parshat Beraishit – Genesis

A New Beginning - Again

Last week we celebrated Simchat Torah, and on Simchat Torah we concluded the Torah reading. As is our custom, immediately upon concluding the Torah reading we start it again – from the beginning – again. We have been doing this routine for thousands of years. We review the story, including the wondrous miracles and abject failures. Every. Single. Year.

On a personal note; every year when we read the story of Adam and Eve, Ahdahm and Chava in the Hebrew pronunciation, I cringe at their interactions with The Snake, the embodiment of the evil inclination. I say to myself (or sometimes out loud), “DON’T DO IT!” I practically plead with the first humans to resist the temptation. And once the failure has occurred to take ownership of it and beseech the Almighty for forgiveness.  

Alas, my pleadings have been to no avail as the Torah still reads the same.

Then a thought occurred to me. If I can’t change the story maybe I can change my interpretation of it. If I truly believe that the Torah is meant as a life-affirming, positive gift to humanity (and I truly and heartily believe that to be the case), there are definitely positives to be found in this story, even with its dramatic failures.

Let’s cut to the chase.

Adam and Eve were very special souls, created from the earth by the ‘hands’ of the Almighty. They were infused with the Divine Spirit as, ‘G-d blew into his nostrils a living soul,’ and from Adam fashioned Eve. G-d created the first humans in His ‘image,’ which means they were endowed with a G-dly spark to serve as their soul and the great gift of free choice. It is only by virtue of the fact that we have free choice that we are able to refine and uplift the world in a way that nothing else can.

G-d exercised His free will to create the world. He appointed the ultimate creation, humankind, to refine it, to actually improve upon it. If not for our free will we would be no better than angels or even beasts of the field, who live their lives entirely by instinct. We, however, are different. We CHOOSE to serve G-d. And it is precisely this free choice that makes all of the difference in the world.

This year when reading the portion of Genesis I will focus on the free choice bestowed upon the first humans. When I do I will remember that their free choice, meaning ultimately OUR free choice, is what this entire creative process is about. G-d loves us because of our free choice, even when we use it incorrectly. It behooves us to use our mistakes as building blocks for improvement and progress in our personal relationship with Hashem.

Wishing everyone a happy and HEALTHY Shabbos!

Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort is Director of Coastal Chabads and Chabad at La Costa. Rabbi Eilfort welcomes readers’ comments and questions and may be reached at [email protected].

Haftarah Parshat Beraishit

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.

This is a synopsis of the Haftorah that is read in Chabad synagogues. Other communities could possibly read more, less, or a different section of the Prophets altogether. Additionally, specific calendrical conditions can cause another Haftorah to be read instead of this one.

 

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We are Open for Services.

Shabbat Services are Inside OR Outside! It is YOUR Choice!

We continue to offer services indoors with available seating in the Breezeway, which is consistent with all governmental, rabbinic, and Chabad standards. Actually, we are exceeding many of the protocols so as to make the environment safe.

Please note that we have invested heavily so as to be able to open up safely and comfortably.

Below please find our safety rules:

Masks must be worn at all times while on campus other than when eating (masks available).

Hands must be washed with soap or sanitized upon entry and should be regularly while here.

Social distancing must be maintained at all times. No exceptions and no physical contact.

If you have been exposed to anyone with the virus within the last 14 days, those with symptoms, or those whose doctors advise them not to participate, should not, under any circumstances, come to shul. But rather should pray at home.

If you plan on joining us on Shabbos please let us know by responding to this message.

First Shabbos of the Year

We expect a lower than normal turn out for services this week and can really use YOUR help. Join us on Saturday at 10am for Shabbos Services.

Working Car (still) Needed

We are currently seeking a car in good mechanical condition. If you, or someone you know, has a car that you can donate please respond to this message. This request is time sensitive. Thank you in advance!

Seeking Room to Rent

Single female seeking a room to rent. Please contact Rabbi with leads.

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER - Tuition Free Hebrew School

Due to the economic hardships created by the pandemic we will be offering Tuition Free Hebrew School this year. Families are struggling to make ends meet, but we cannot allow the children to suffer. We are offering two options – In-person learning (outdoor and indoor classes, socially distant, masks on), and virtual learning. Please respond to this message for further information. We are the only synagogue in the county making such an offer! Morah Chaya has worked diligently to create an amazing curriculum that will educate and inspire our students. Our teachers will always offer lots of positive reinforcement to the students so that they will not only learn, but they will ENJOY the EXPERIENCE! Please get back to us and let your friends know.

Pay-What-You-Can-Membership

We want the membership experience to be positive. We want you to feel GOOD about giving. Yes, we have suggested donations, but you should give what you feel you can afford. If you cannot comfortably give the suggested amount THAT IS OK. If you can give more than the suggested amount, THANK YOU, IT IS APPRECIATED! We  love and appreciate your participation, and that is that. Please fill out our Membership form online by logging onto: www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/Membership. 

Calendar Arrived!

We hope you received your calendar in the mail. It seems that some of them came unstapled! Please stop in and pick up a new one. The bulk boxes have also arrived this week if you would like to pick up an extra calendar.  

Jewish Family Services Food Drive – Let’s Help!

Jewish Family Services is trying to collect food for their annual Food Drive. Their goal is to be able to collect at least 30,000 pounds of food, 15,000 pounds of which they have already collected. Those who would like to participate please respond to this message. It would be very nice if our community can pitch in with this worthy goal! Drop of your donation on the bench outside the shul and we will collect it.

No Chicken Soup & Challah this Week

We are extraordinarily proud of the fact that we have provided chicken soup and challah from the beginning of the pandemic. During this time we have distributed thousands of challahs and servings of soup, at no cost, to our community and those in need. We have been able to do this due to the generosity of our sponsors (best in the world!) and our outstanding volunteers. Let’s face it; we are blessed to have such a beautiful community!

We are on for Chicken Soup and Challah THIS Week

Those who live near Chabad at La Costa are welcome to let us know if you want some delicious Challah and/or Chicken Soup delivered to you on Friday to help you celebrate Shabbat in the most delicious way possible. If you can help with deliveries, reach out to Kayla or Nechama.

Please note that all food is prepared and delivered using recommended safeguards.

Sponsors Appreciated (And Needed)

These are extraordinary times. Many people are reaching out for help and, Baruch Hashem / thank G-d, we are HERE to help! ‘We’ means YOU and US, TOGETHER. It is an amazing partnership that we have!

We are extremely grateful to those who have reached out to help fund us, enabling us to serve others.

We would like to specifically acknowledge at this time:

Channah Hale for her generous sponsorship of the Challahs. Channah has been absolutely phenomenal in her generous sponsorships! We thank her for her kindness and love. 

We are seeking additional sponsors for the following dedications:

Next week’s Loaves of Love.

Next week’s Chicken soup.

Next week’s Torah classes.

Note About Sponsorships

You may have noticed that we seek multiple sponsors for the Challah, Soup, and Torah classes. We do this because we need to find ways to cover our budgetary shortfall that has been caused by the coronavirus. The donations coming to the shul have been dramatically reduced. We greatly appreciate those of you who are still supporting us! G-d bless you! We greatly appreciate your understanding as we seek ways of propping up the income necessary to keep things afloat. Your ideas about additional income streams are likewise greatly appreciated!

Ways to Give

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.

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

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!  

NEW TIME - Weekly Sermon Friday @ 3pm on Facebook Live

Join Rabbi Eilfort this afternoon at 3pm as he gives his weekly sermon as a Facebook Live event. If you have not already done so, please send Rabbi Eilfort (Yeruchem Eilfort) a Friend Request on Facebook!

Havdala Live with Rabbi Yossi (Sunday this week.)

Join Rabbi Yossi Rodal on Facebook Live on Sunday night at 7:30pm for a meaningful Havdalah service. Following Havdalah Rabbi Yossi will share an uplifting Chasidic story as is traditional on Saturday night.

Daily & Weekly Classes

Join us, at no cost, on Facebook Live (must friend request Yeruchem Eilfort if you are not already my friend) and be a member of the Chabad at La Costa Facebook page for ongoing classes in Chasidic Philosophy, Caffeine for the Soul, Torah Portion of the Week, Positivity Bias, Holiday Overviews, and much more. Torah study is THE way to keep the soul charged! 

 

 

SPECIAL WISHES
Condolences | Birthdays | Anniversaries | Yarzeits

OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES are extended to the families of the victims of the coronavirus! We pray for the day when the Almighty will remove death and suffering from humanity. May it come speedily in our day!

SPEEDY RECOVERY wishes are extended to all of those who are suffering from the coronavirus. May you be granted a complete and speedy recovery! 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes go out to Amanda Carolyn Brown, Sheila Lebovitz, and all of those celebrating their birthdays this week!

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

WE REMEMBER Reb Isaac Weksler, Morris Teshuba, Anna Kupchin, Yitzchak Nejathaim, Misha Galperin, Bernard Polonsky, Rose Lewis and all of those whose Yarzeit is observed this week.

May Channah Hale, Sheila Lebovitz, Camille Stern, Adam Lemberger, Sandy Radom and Roz Mintz be blessed with a speedy and complete recovery!

CHABAD VIRTUAL 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, either on Facebook or on YouTube (our channel is called the Chabad Virtual Academy).

If you cannot get the classes online please email us at  [email protected] and we will work out a different arrangement.

Rabbi Eilfort Published Weekly by the San Diego Jewish World

Our own Rabbi Eilfort is submitting weekly columns on the Torah Portion of the Week and other subjects, which are published by the San Diego Jewish World ( www.SDJewishWorld.com).

Rabbi Eilfort always enjoy hearing feedback about his articles, so please don’t be shy!

Please check the shul’s Facebook page for information on live broadcasts.  

https://www.facebook.com/ChabadatLaCosta

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

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.

Hebrew School & C-Kids

Hebrew School Theme this Week: A Home For Hashem

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

Please contact our Hebrew School Director, Morah Chaya Eilfort for info at   [email protected].

Omni La Costa Resort Welcomes Chabad at La Costa Guests

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

To book your room at the special Chabad rate, call toll-free 800-854-5000 or book online at   http://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/san-diego-la-costa/meetings/chabad.  Or you can find more information or book through our website:   www.ChabadatLaCosta.com. Follow the link for Visitor Information.

More than 500 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.

 

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.

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. 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 and the light on the Board will be illuminated each year on the Yarzeit.

We also have a gorgeous Tree of Life dedicated by the Lieberman Family that 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 only $500 per plaque for the Memorial Board or $180 for the Tree of Life. Those who wish to participate should send an email to   [email protected], or call Rabbi Eilfort at 760-943-8891.

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!

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Happy news for those wanting to enroll their child in one of Chabad’s K-12 schools, and who have started saving for their children’s college tuition using a 529 College Savings plan. Tax law passed in 2017 allows those parents (and others) to withdraw money to pay for private school K-12 tuition. You can withdraw up to $10,000 annually, tax free.

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Volume 22 Number 3 | Tishrei 21, 5781 | October 9, 2020

 

Chabad Weekly Update

Volume 22 Number 3 | Tishrei 21, 5781 | October 9, 2020
 
B"H
 
MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
 

As the month of holidays starts winding down, we always go out with a bang! The final days of Sukkot—Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah—are the most joyous days on the Jewish calendar, celebrating the conclusion of the annual Torah reading cycle.

But before we even read the Torah, we start celebrating. We dance through the night, and then again in the morning, with closed scrolls. This is a celebration that belongs to every Jew, even those that aren’t proficient in Torah, and those who have never studied it at all.

The scrolls remain closed during the celebration to remind us that Torah belongs to everyone, and that every single Jew can access it if he or she chooses to.

And even in a year like this one, where the typical Simchat Torah celebrations may not be the same as usual, the message remains the same: Torah belongs to each and every single one of us equally.

Chag sameach!

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

Living with the Times

By: Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort

Simchat Torah

Does this Holiday have Soul (or is that sole) or What?!

It is time to dig deep into those closets and pull out those old dancing shoes! Simchat Torah is upon us! This holiday epitomizes and serves as the climactic conclusion to the Sukkot Holiday, known as the Time of Our Joy. We celebrate this great festival with much fanfare and gaiety.

We remove all of the Torahs from the Holy Ark and proceed to dance around the bimah while singing joyous Jewish melodies. In many congregations the children are featured and treated to special Simchat Torah flags to be waved amidst the celebration. This is one of the few times during the course of the year that we go out of our way to say at least a couple of L’Chaims, and giddily imbibe (while remaining completely responsible in our actions).

Of course the previous paragraph describes a ‘regular’ Simchat Torah, but this year is certainly not typical. Therefore, we will have to follow the protocols established by the governmental agencies as well as Rabbinic authorities. For those of us going to in-person services there is no doubt that this year’s festivities will be quite different from anything we have previously experienced.

Simchat Torah represents the very best of Jewish values. Normally, we specifically dance in a circle, for when dancing in this fashion every person takes the place previously occupied by his friend. This emphasizes that all of us come from the same Source, and that every person is essential to G-d’s plan. Intriguingly, we dance with our Torahs while they are still covered and wrapped. This shows that the happiness transcends our learning and understanding of the Torah.

What is the cause of this grand merriment?

On Simchat Torah we complete the yearly reading of the Torah and immediately begin it again. It is this cycle that has perpetuated the Jewish people for well over 3,000 years. The Torah represents G-d’s will and wisdom; His desire for the conduct of His creation. It is therefore the ultimate gift. It was the Jewish people that were entrusted with this priceless treasure.

Everyone who is part of the Minyan is called to the Torah on this auspicious day showing that we all have a portion of the Torah. It is merely up to us to claim that portion. The children are also called up, for they served as the guarantors that the Torah would always be studied and observed by the Jewish people.

If Simchat Torah is all about the Torah why do we celebrate now instead of on the Holiday of Shavuot, which is the anniversary of when we received it? The Rabbis explain that it takes time to appreciate the grandeur and vastness of G-d’s Law, and therefore the Torah is celebrated a few months after it was given.

Of all of the Jewish Holidays Sukkot is by far the most universal in nature. In the times of the Holy Temple special sacrifices were brought for all of the nations of the world. However, specifically on Shmini Atzeret / Simchat Torah special sacrifices were brought for the Children of Israel. It is analogous to a king who threw a vast party for all of his subjects. Finally, after a week-long event he invited only his closest and most beloved friend to remain with him for one more day of festivities.

Simchat Torah is that one last day of merrymaking for the Almighty and His precious Jewish children. Simchat Torah is the day when we revel in G-dliness and concurrently, He revels in us. The joy is boundless! The energy is endless! The time is now!

Every Jew must endeavor to celebrate Simchat Torah. Wherever one goes, or if going nowhere at all, it is a time of limitless joy and thanksgiving celebrating our unbreakable relationship with G-d! This year we will have to internally generate the boundless joy of the holiday. That is certainly a taller order than previous years, but it demonstrates that we have greater potential than we previously realized.

Wishing everyone an uplifting, joyous, and HEALTHY Shabbos and Chag Same’ach!

Shimini Atzeret / Simchat Torah Haftorahs by Chabad.org

Day One:  I Kings 8:54-66.

The setting for the haftorah for the holiday of Shemini Atzeret is the dedication of the first Holy Temple by King Solomon. The dedication was a seven-day festive affair, which was immediately followed by the seven festive days of the holiday of Sukkot. And then, as we read in this haftorah, on the "eighth day" (i.e., Shemini Atzeret), Solomon sent the people off to their homes.

The reading opens immediately after King Solomon concludes a lengthy public prayer to G‑d. He then blesses the assembled Jewish people and encourages them to follow G‑d's will and observe the commandments—it is this blessing that occupies the bulk of the reading.

The King then inaugurates the Holy Temple by bringing various offerings: peace offerings, burnt offerings, and meal and fat offerings. And then, "on the eighth day he dismissed the people, and they blessed the King and went to their homes, rejoicing and delighted of heart for all the goodness that G‑d had wrought for David His servant and for Israel His people."

Day Two:  Joshua 1:1-18.

This week's Haftorah describes Joshua's succession of his master Moses, whose passing is discussed in the Torah reading.

G‑d reveals Himself to Joshua, and appoints him as Moses' successor. G‑d encouraged Joshua to lead the Israelites in to the Holy Land. "Every place on which the soles of your feet will tread I have given to you, as I have spoken to Moses. From this desert and Lebanon to the great river, the Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the great sea westward shall be your boundary." G‑d assures Joshua that He will be with him just as He was with Moses and encourages him to be strong and brave, to study the Torah constantly and keep it close, so that he may succeed in all his endeavors.

Joshua orders his officers to prepare the Jewish people to cross the Jordan River. He then tells the members of the tribes of Reuben, Gad and half the tribe of Manasseh, who had chosen to settle on the eastern bank of the Jordan, to go and assist their brethren in the conquest of the Canaanite mainland, after which they would return to their plot of land. The Jewish people pledge their allegiance to Joshua: "Just as we obeyed Moses in everything, so shall we obey you. Only that the L-rd your G‑d be with you as He was with Moses."

 

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SHABBOS NEWS
We are Open for Services.

Shabbat & Shmini Atzeret / Simchat Torah Services are Inside OR Outside! It is YOUR Choice!

We continue to offer services indoors with available seating in the Breezeway, which is consistent with all governmental, rabbinic, and Chabad standards. Actually, we are exceeding many of the protocols so as to make the environment safe.

Please note that we have invested heavily so as to be able to open up safely and comfortably.

Below please find our safety rules:

Masks must be worn at all times while on campus other than when eating (masks available).

Hands must be washed with soap or sanitized upon entry and should be regularly while here.

Social distancing must be maintained at all times. No exceptions and no physical contact.

If you have been exposed to anyone with the virus within the last 14 days, those with symptoms, or those whose doctors advise them not to participate, should not, under any circumstances, come to shul. But rather should pray at home.

If you plan on joining us on Shabbos or Sunday please let us know by responding to this message.

Happy Holidays!

It is Shmini Atzeret / Simchat Torah – “The Time of Our Joy!”

The holiday of Sukkot leads directly into the holiday of Shmini Atzeret / Simchat Torah. If Sukkot is known for being joyful this coming holiday is ‘happiness on steroids’!

This year will be different than any previous year in how we celebrate. Numerous competent authorities have been contacted so as to ascertain how to be best celebrate SAFELY.

We WILL be offering Hakafot (Dancing with the Torahs) – see schedule below. However, we will be assigning one person to hold each Torah throughout the event. The Torahs will not be passed around. They will not be kissed. Also, the dancing will look quite different, as the person holding the Torah will circle and the congregation will dance in their own place (clapping hands and stomping feet etc.).

We WILL be offering a holiday banquet, but it will not be a buffet. Instead individual portions will be wrapped and be made available for those who desire to eat.

Our most sincere THANK YOU goes out to Elias and Rachel Perez for their tremendous generosity in sponsoring this yearly event!

With regret we must announce that Le’Chaims will NOT be pro-actively served.

All of this means that WE will have to internally generate the Simcha/happiness! We KNOW that we can do it!

Please remember if you do not feel comfortable/safe or your doctor recommends that you should not come – DON’T! Instead, celebrate at the same time as us from your own home.

 

Special ‘Different’ Shmini Atzeret / Simchat Torah Services this Year

Hoshana Rabbah

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Friday, Oct. 9 2020

Morning Services: 9:00 am – 11 am

 

SHEMINI ATZERET & SIMCHAT TORAH

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Friday, Oct. 9, 2020

Light Candles at 6:04 pm

Evening Services: 6:00 pm

Followed by Kiddush & Hakafot

 

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020

Morning Services: 10:00 am

Yizkor Memorial Service: 12:00 pm

Evening Services: 7:00 pm

Followed by Kiddush, Hakafot & Banquet

Light Candles* after 6:58 pm

 

Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020

Morning Services: 10:00 am

Followed by Kiddush & Hakafot

Holiday Ends at 6:57 pm

Working Car (still) Needed

We are currently seeking a car in good mechanical condition. If you, or someone you know, has a car that you can donate please respond to this message. This request is time sensitive. Thank you in advance!

Seeking Room to Rent

Single female seeking a room to rent. Please contact Rabbi with leads.

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER - Tuition Free Hebrew School

Due to the economic hardships created by the pandemic we will be offering Tuition Free Hebrew School this year. Families are struggling to make ends meet, but we cannot allow the children to suffer. We are offering two options – In-person learning (outdoor and indoor classes, socially distant, masks on), and virtual learning. Please respond to this message for further information. We are the only synagogue in the county making such an offer! Morah Chaya has worked diligently to create an amazing curriculum that will educate and inspire our students. Our teachers will always offer lots of positive reinforcement to the students so that they will not only learn, but they will ENJOY the EXPERIENCE! Please get back to us and let your friends know.

Pay-What-You-Can-Membership

We want the membership experience to be positive. We want you to feel GOOD about giving. Yes, we have suggested donations, but you should give what you feel you can afford. If you cannot comfortably give the suggested amount THAT IS OK. If you can give more than the suggested amount, THANK YOU, IT IS APPRECIATED! We  love and appreciate your participation, and that is that. Please fill out our Membership form online by logging onto: www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/Membership. 

Calendar Delayed – Our Apologies!

We are sorry that we are running very late in getting out our Jewish Art Calendar this year. To make a long story short the pandemic has made planning the year exceedingly difficult, which has impacted our timing. They have been mailed out and you should receive them shortly. The bulk boxes should also arrive this week if you would like to pick up an extra calendar. THANK YOU for your understanding and patience. 

Jewish Family Services Food Drive – Let’s Help!

Jewish Family Services is trying to collect food for their annual Food Drive. Their goal is to be able to collect at least 30,000 pounds of food, 15,000 pounds of which they have already collected. Those who would like to participate please respond to this message. It would be very nice if our community can pitch in with this worthy goal!

No Chicken Soup & Challah this Week

We are extraordinarily proud of the fact that we have provided chicken soup and challah from the beginning of the pandemic. During this time we have distributed thousands of challahs and servings of soup, at no cost, to our community and those in need. We have been able to do this due to the generosity of our sponsors (best in the world!) and our outstanding volunteers. Let’s face it; we are blessed to have such a beautiful community!

Sorry, but no Chicken Soup and Challah THIS Week

Those who live near Chabad at La Costa are welcome to let us know if you want some delicious Challah and/or Chicken Soup delivered to you on Friday to help you celebrate Shabbat in the most delicious way possible.

Please note that all food is prepared and delivered using recommended safeguards.

Sponsors Appreciated (And Needed)

These are extraordinary times. Many people are reaching out for help and, Baruch Hashem / thank G-d, we are HERE to help! ‘We’ means YOU and US, TOGETHER. It is an amazing partnership that we have!

We are extremely grateful to those who have reached out to help fund us, enabling us to serve others.

We would like to specifically acknowledge at this time:

Channah Hale for her generous sponsorship of the Challahs. Channah has been absolutely phenomenal in her generous sponsorships! We thank her for her kindness and love. This week Channah has sponsored in memory of David Glovsky and Doris Bornstein, may their memories be for a blessing!  

We are seeking additional sponsors for the following dedications:

Next week’s Loaves of Love.

Next week’s Chicken soup.

Next week’s Torah classes.

Note About Sponsorships

You may have noticed that we seek multiple sponsors for the Challah, Soup, and Torah classes. We do this because we need to find ways to cover our budgetary shortfall that has been caused by the coronavirus. The donations coming to the shul have been dramatically reduced. We greatly appreciate those of you who are still supporting us! G-d bless you! We greatly appreciate your understanding as we seek ways of propping up the income necessary to keep things afloat. Your ideas about additional income streams are likewise greatly appreciated!

Ways to Give

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.

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

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!  

NEW TIME - Weekly Sermon Friday @ 3pm on Facebook Live

Join Rabbi Eilfort this afternoon at 3pm as he gives his weekly sermon as a Facebook Live event. If you have not already done so, please send Rabbi Eilfort (Yeruchem Eilfort) a Friend Request on Facebook!

Havdala Live with Rabbi Yossi (Sunday this week.)

Join Rabbi Yossi Rodal on Facebook Live on Sunday night at 7:30pm for a meaningful Havdalah service. Following Havdalah Rabbi Yossi will share an uplifting Chasidic story as is traditional on Saturday night.

Daily & Weekly Classes

Join us, at no cost, on Facebook Live (must friend request Yeruchem Eilfort if you are not already my friend) and be a member of the Chabad at La Costa Facebook page for ongoing classes in Chasidic Philosophy, Caffeine for the Soul, Torah Portion of the Week, Positivity Bias, Holiday Overviews, and much more. Torah study is THE way to keep the soul charged! 

 

 

SPECIAL WISHES
Condolences | Birthdays | Anniversaries | Yarzeits

OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES are extended to the families of the victims of the coronavirus! We pray for the day when the Almighty will remove death and suffering from humanity. May it come speedily in our day!

SPEEDY RECOVERY wishes are extended to all of those who are suffering from the coronavirus. May you be granted a complete and speedy recovery! 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes go out to Yossi Rodal, Bailey Belfer, Barry Infeld, MD Eilfort, John Amrein, and all of those celebrating their birthdays this week!

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

WE REMEMBER the Dr. Bernard David Perlow, Rose Weill, Dr. Ira Charles Levine, Rudolph Max Falkenstein, Art Markovits, Albert Walden, David Glovsky, Esther Krystal Reisman, and all of those whose Yarzeit is observed this week.

May Channah Hale, Sheila Lebovitz, Camille Stern, Adam Lemberger, Sandy Radom and Roz Mintz be blessed with a speedy and complete recovery!

CHABAD VIRTUAL 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, either on Facebook or on YouTube (our channel is called the Chabad Virtual Academy).

If you cannot get the classes online please email us at  [email protected] and we will work out a different arrangement.

Rabbi Eilfort Published Weekly by the San Diego Jewish World

Our own Rabbi Eilfort is submitting weekly columns on the Torah Portion of the Week and other subjects, which are published by the San Diego Jewish World ( www.SDJewishWorld.com).

Rabbi Eilfort always enjoy hearing feedback about his articles, so please don’t be shy!

Please check the shul’s Facebook page for information on live broadcasts.  

https://www.facebook.com/ChabadatLaCosta

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

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.

Hebrew School & C-Kids

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

Please contact our Hebrew School Director, Morah Chaya Eilfort for info at   [email protected].

Omni La Costa Resort Welcomes Chabad at La Costa Guests

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

To book your room at the special Chabad rate, call toll-free 800-854-5000 or book online at   http://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/san-diego-la-costa/meetings/chabad.  Or you can find more information or book through our website:   www.ChabadatLaCosta.com. Follow the link for Visitor Information.

More than 500 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.

 

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.

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. 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 and the light on the Board will be illuminated each year on the Yarzeit.

We also have a gorgeous Tree of Life dedicated by the Lieberman Family that 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 only $500 per plaque for the Memorial Board or $180 for the Tree of Life. Those who wish to participate should send an email to   [email protected], or call Rabbi Eilfort at 760-943-8891.

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.

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Happy news for those wanting to enroll their child in one of Chabad’s K-12 schools, and who have started saving for their children’s college tuition using a 529 College Savings plan. Tax law passed in 2017 allows those parents (and others) to withdraw money to pay for private school K-12 tuition. You can withdraw up to $10,000 annually, tax free.

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Volume 22 Number 1 | Tishrei 7, 5781 | September 25, 2020

 

Chabad Weekly Update

Volume 22 Number 1 | Tishrei 7, 5781 | September 25, 2020
 
B"H
 
MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
 

The days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are called “Aseret Yemei Teshuvah,” often translated as “The 10 Days of Repentance,” but the truth is that the Hebrew word “teshuvah” is better translated as “return” rather than “repentance.”

While emphasis on repenting for our past misdeeds is indeed laudable, the primary focus must be on repairing our relationship with G-d. That’s what “return” means. Throughout the year we may have strayed, our relationship with G-d may have taken a hit, but during these 10 days we have the opportunity to return to our true selves.

This is even more so on Yom Kippur itself, the day that the essence of our souls is revealed. More than mere repentance, and even more than returning, we discover that we never really left. Despite everything we may have done, the deepest part of us—our G-dly essence—was never affected; and we discover that on Yom Kippur.

May you and your family be sealed for a great year!

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

Living with the Times

Parshat Ha’azinu-Shabbat Shuvah 5781

By: Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort

This Shabbos we read the portion titled “Ha’azinu” which means to hearken. The portion is primarily a warning of the consequences of disloyalty and betrayal. If the Jewish people will make poor choices, G-d forbid, there will be consequences – sometimes very harsh. Moshe imparted these words of wisdom in a poetical form. This particular song is written in a unique style within the Torah scroll, with each column split signifying that is a song or poem. Speaking of unique, in general we do not commit to memory the exact wording of the Torah, and if we do know it by heart we do not recite the words by heart. This portion we specifically do try to commit to memory so that we can recite it by heart.

We see that Moses invoked Heaven and Earth to serve as witnesses to the warning he would utter. That is so no subsequent generation could claim that the warning was never issued, Heaven and Earth will ‘testify’ to the contrary.

It cannot be emphasized enough how important, how very crucial it is for our continued existence as a nation with a specifically ordained divine mission, to look to our Torah for guidance. Moses, who has always and will always be intrinsically connected with the Torah, knew that his time as leader was rapidly coming to an end. Joshua was prepared to take over the mantle of leadership, and would in fact prove to be a great leader. But Moses was so intimately connected with his people that he was compelled to illustrate in stark relief the necessity of remaining true to the wishes of the Almighty. Articulating this admonition/warning poetically certainly emphasizes the need for its scrupulous observance. And just in case one doesn’t quite ‘get’ the centrality of this contract, we developed the custom of committing these sacred words to memory.

This Shabbos is called Shabbat Shuva – it is the Shabbos of repentance. From the first day of the New Year, Rosh Hashanah, through the conclusion of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, it is a time of serious and continual self-reflection. In fact, it is always an appropriate time to return to G-d through feeling genuine regret for our sins, specifying those sins to the Almighty, and resolving to not repeat them. But there are designated times that are more conducive for this particular form of Divine service. The 10 Days of Repentance are certainly a most conducive time. Within those 10 days we will always have a Shabbat occur. Shabbat itself is conducive to the notion of Teshuvah. This Shabbos is particularly fit for this purpose, as our minds are already more sensitized to our relationship with Our Father Our King.

The beautiful thing is that the more aware we are of G-d in our lives the stronger the connection between ourselves and our Creator becomes. This feeling of closeness brings us to a state of inner peace, happiness, contentment with our physical belongings, and an enhanced desire for the spiritual riches our tradition offers us.

May we all be sealed in the Book of Life and have a meaningful (and easy) fast.

Wishing everyone an uplifting, joyous, and HEALTHY Shabbos & Shanah Tovah!

Haftarah Thought From: Chabad.org

Shabbat Shuvah:
Hosea 14:2-10; Micah 7:18-20.

The Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is known as Shabbat Shuva or "Shabbat of Return (Repentance)." The name is a reference to the opening words of the week's haftorah, "Shuva Israel — Return O Israel." This haftorah is read in honor of the Ten Days of Repentance, the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

The prophet Hosea exhorts the Jewish people to "Return, O Israel, to the L-rd your G‑d," encouraging them to repent sincerely and ask for G‑d's forgiveness. Hosea urges the Jews to put their trust in G‑d, not in Assyria, powerful horses or idols. At that point, G‑d promises to remove His anger from Israel, "I will be like dew to Israel, they shall blossom like a rose." The prophet then goes on to foretell the return of the exiles and the cessation of idol-worship amongst the people.

The haftorah concludes with a  brief portion from the Book of Micah, which describes G‑d's kindness in forgiving the sins of His people. "He does not maintain His anger forever, for He is a lover of kindness. He will have mercy on us, He will grasp our iniquities and cast all our sins into the depths of the sea." Micah concludes with an enjoinder to G‑d to remember the pacts He made with the Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Yom Kippur Morning:
Isaiah 57:14-58:14

Today's haftorah discusses the concepts of repentance and fasting, the theme du jour of Yom Kippur.

The prophecy begins with the words "Pave, pave, clear the way; remove the obstacles from the way of My people." A reference to the Yetzer Hara ("evil inclination") which must be removed to pave the way for sincere repentance. G‑d assures that He will not be forever angry at those who repent, and that instead He will heal them and lead them. The wicked, on the other hand, are compared to a turbulent sea: "there is no peace for the wicked."

G‑d exhorts the prophet Isaiah to admonish the people regarding their fasting ways which G‑d finds reprehensible — a message which resonated to this very day:

"Daily they pretend to seek Me, desiring knowledge of My ways . . . 'Why have we fasted and You did not see?' they ask. 'We have afflicted our soul and You do not know?' Behold, on the day of your fast you pursue your affairs, and from all your debtors you forcibly exact payment. Behold, for quarrel and strife you fast, and to strike with a fist of wickedness. You do not fast in keeping with the spirit of the day, to make your voice heard on high. Is this a fast that I will choose? . . . Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush and spread out sackcloth and ashes beneath him?"

Instead, Isaiah teaches the Jews the proper way to fast:

"Loosen the fetters of wickedness, untie the bands of perverseness, send the oppressed free, and break every oppressive yoke. Offer your bread to the hungry, bring the wandering poor into your home. When you see someone naked, clothe him . . . Then you shall call and the L-rd shall answer, you shall cry and He shall say, 'Here I am.' . . . G‑d will always guide you and satiate your soul with radiance; He will strengthen your bones and you will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never cease..."

The haftorah concludes with the promise of great rewards for those who honor and take delight in the Shabbat.

Yom Kippur Afternoon:

Book of Jonah; Micha 7:18-20.

The entire Book of Jonah is read today as it contains an important and timely message on prayer and repentance. Click here for more on the connection between the Book of Jonah and Yom Kippur.

G‑d ordered the prophet Jonah to travel to Nineveh and present its wicked inhabitants with an ultimatum: repent or be destroyed. Jonah refused to comply with this directive, and fled on a boat. Strong winds threatened to destroy the ship, lots were cast among the crew and passengers and the lottery indicated that Jonah was the cause of the turbulent storm. He admitted his guilt and requested to be cast into the sea. Jonah was thrown into the raging sea and the storm abated.

Jonah was swallowed by a big fish, and while in its belly, was moved to repent. The fish regurgitated Jonah.

Jonah proceeded to Nineveh and broadcasted G‑d's word that Nineveh would be overturned in forty days. The people fasted and repented and the divine decree was annulled. When Jonah expressed his displeasure with this result, G‑d taught him a lesson. As Jonah sat on the outskirts of the city, the kikayon plant which was providing him with shade was destroyed by a worm, and Jonah was very upset. "And G‑d said: You took pity on the kikayon, for which you did not toil nor did you make it grow, which one night came into being and the next night perished. Now should I not take pity on Nineveh, the great city, in which there are many more than one hundred twenty thousand people?..."

The haftorah concludes with a  brief portion from the Book of Micah, which describes G‑d's kindness in forgiving the sins of His people. "He does not maintain His anger forever, for He is a lover of kindness. He will have mercy on us, He will grasp our iniquities and cast all our sins into the depths of the sea." Micah concludes with an enjoinder to G‑d to remember the pacts He made with the Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

SHABBOS NEWS
We are Open for Services.

Shabbat & Yom Kippur Services are Inside OR Outside! It is YOUR Choice!

Due to the updated guidelines issued by the Governor’s office and with the agreement from Rabbinic authorities we will be offering services this Shabbos and on Yom Kippur INSIDE of the sanctuary AND outside in the breezeway. We will be keeping our occupancy at 25% of capacity inside – so please, if you wish to join us, immediately log onto www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/hhrsvp. Those who wish to sit in the breezeway for services are welcome to do so.

Please note that we have invested heavily so as to be able to open up safely and comfortably. In fact, we are exceeding the protocols called for by the governmental agencies. You might say that, “We answer to a Higher Authority.”

Masks are available for those attending services, which must be worn at all times while on campus, as well as gloves for those who wish to wear them. 

All of these measures taken together with the procedures already established, which include the use of hand sanitizer and handwashing regularly, sanitized prayers books, sanitized restrooms and surfaces etc., will produce a safe experience.

If you have been exposed to anyone with the virus within the last 14 days, those with symptoms, or those whose doctors advise them not to participate, should not, under any circumstances, come to shul. But rather should pray at home.

If you plan on joining us on Shabbos please let us know by responding to this message.

Working Car (still) Needed

We are currently seeking a car in good mechanical condition. If you, or someone you know, has a car that you can donate please respond to this message. This request is time sensitive. Thank you in advance!

Weekly Sermon Friday @ 5pm on Facebook Live

Join Rabbi Eilfort this afternoon at 5pm as he gives his weekly sermon as a Facebook Live event. If you have not already done so, please send Rabbi Eilfort (Yeruchem Eilfort) a Friend Request on Facebook!

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER - Tuition Free Hebrew School

Due to the economic hardships created by the pandemic we will be offering Tuition Free Hebrew School this year. Families are struggling to make ends meet, but we cannot allow the children to suffer. We are offering two options – In-person learning (outdoor and indoor classes, socially distant, masks on), and virtual learning. Please respond to this message for further information. We are the only synagogue in the county making such an offer! Morah Chaya has worked diligently to create an amazing curriculum that will educate and inspire our students. Our teachers will always offer lots of positive reinforcement to the students so that they will not only learn, but they will ENJOY the EXPERIENCE! Please get back to us and let your friends know.

Special ‘Different’ Yom Kippur Services this Year

Be prepared for a different looking High Holiday experience. We know that masks are not fun. We also understand that up-tempo services are not what we are used to, especially on the High Holidays. But we also know that Judaism teaches us that the sanctity of life takes precedence over all other considerations.

We appreciate your support and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented situation. We remain steadfastly committed to serving our community and doing so in a safe and secure manner.

If there is something that you need please do not hesitate to contact us!

Additional Outside Yizkor Services Offered

Those who feel the need or desire to say Yizkor specifically at shul, but are concerned with being at shul for an extended period, are welcome to come to one of the two additional outdoor Yizkor services we have scheduled (see below). These services will be outside and brief.

Outdoor Shofar Blowing

The end of Yom Kippur is marked by the Ne’ilah / Closing service, the culmination of which is the blowing of the Shofar. In our effort to help everyone stay safe and feel comfortable the Rabbi will blow the Shofar and recite the associated passages at the entry gate to our campus. This means that people can remain in the parking lot or in the breezeway or in the sanctuary and be able to hear the Shofar.

Shabbat Shuva / Yom Kippur Schedule

Shabbat Shuva

Friday, Sept. 25, 2020

Light Shabbat Candles at 6:23 pm

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020

Morning Services: 10:00 am

Shabbat Ends at 7:16 pm

 

YOM KIPPUR

Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020

Light Candles at 6:20 pm

Fast Begins at 6:20 pm

Kol Nidrei Services 1: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Kol Nidrei Services 2: 8 pm – 9 pm

 

Monday, Sept. 28, 2020

(Full) Morning Services: 9 am – 12:30 pm

Yizkor Memorial Service: 11 am

Additional Yizkor Memorial Service 1: 1:30 pm

Additional Yizkor Memorial Service 2: 2:30 pm

Afternoon Service: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Ne’ilah Closing Service (VERY LIMITED SEATING): 6 pm

Shofar Blowing 7 pm

Fast Ends at 7:13 pm

Followed by individually wrapped ‘to go’ light refreshments sponsored by Ilyse Loven in honor of her twins upcoming Bar and Bat Mitzvah!  

Sponsored Lulavim & Esrogim

Rabbi and Mrs. Yeruchem and Nechama Eilfort, Rabbi and Mrs. Elia and Chaya Eilfort, together with Rabbi and Mrs. Rodal, and Esrogino will be sponsoring a Lulav and Esrog set for all members who want one. All you have to do is respond to this message and we will order one for you. It has been a difficult year, but people should not miss out on the beautiful Mitzvah of taking the Four Species for the Holiday of Sukkot. We particularly want to acknowledge Esrogino for working with us on this ambitious project! Check out Esrogino’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Esrogino/.  

Additional sponsors are welcome and encouraged to participate. The estimated cost is $1800. Donations can be made securely online by following this link: www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/donate.  

Calendar Delayed – Our Apologies!

We are sorry that we are running very late in getting out our Jewish Art Calendar this year. To make a long story short the pandemic has made planning the year exceedingly difficult, which has impacted our timing. We will get them out asap! THANK YOU for your understanding and patience. J

Chicken Soup & Challah

We are extraordinarily proud of the fact that we have provided chicken soup and challah from the beginning of the pandemic. During this time we have distributed thousands of challahs and servings of soup, at no cost, to our community and those in need. We have been able to do this due to the generosity of our sponsors (best in the world!) and our outstanding volunteers. Let’s face it; we are blessed to have such a beautiful community!

Chicken Soup and Challah Available THIS Week

Those who live near Chabad at La Costa are welcome to let us know if you want some delicious Challah and/or Chicken Soup delivered to you on Friday to help you celebrate Shabbat in the most delicious way possible.

Please note that all food is prepared and delivered using recommended safeguards.

Jewish Family Services Food Drive – Let’s Help!

Jewish Family Services is trying to collect food for their annual Food Drive. Their goal is to be able to collect at least 30,000 pounds of food, 15,000 pounds of which they have already collected. Those who would like to participate please respond to this message. It would be very nice if our community can pitch in with this worthy goal!

Sponsors Appreciated (And Needed)

These are extraordinary times. Many people are reaching out for help and, Baruch Hashem / thank G-d, we are HERE to help! ‘We’ means YOU and US, TOGETHER. It is an amazing partnership that we have!

We are extremely grateful to those who have reached out to help fund us, enabling us to serve others.

We would like to specifically acknowledge at this time:

Channah Hale for her generous sponsorship of the Challahs. Channah has been absolutely phenomenal in her generous sponsorships! We thank her for her kindness and love. This week Channah has sponsored in memory of David Glovsky and Doris Bornstein, may their memories be for a blessing!  

We are seeking additional sponsors for the following dedications:

Next week’s Loaves of Love.

Next week’s Chicken soup.

Next week’s Torah classes.

Note About Sponsorships

You may have noticed that we seek multiple sponsors for the Challah, Soup, and Torah classes. We do this because we need to find ways to cover our budgetary shortfall that has been caused by the coronavirus. The donations coming to the shul have been dramatically reduced. We greatly appreciate those of you who are still supporting us! G-d bless you! We greatly appreciate your understanding as we seek ways of propping up the income necessary to keep things afloat. Your ideas about additional income streams are likewise greatly appreciated!

Ways to Give

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.

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

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!  

 

Havdala Live with Rabbi Yossi (ON this week.)

Join Rabbi Yossi Rodal on Facebook Live on Saturday night at 8:30pm for a meaningful Havdalah service. Following Havdalah Rabbi Yossi will share an uplifting Chasidic story as is traditional on Saturday night.

Pay-What-You-Can-Membership

We want the membership experience to be positive. We want you to feel GOOD about giving. Yes, we have suggested donations, but you should give what you feel you can afford. If you cannot comfortably give the suggested amount THAT IS OK. If you can give more than the suggested amount, THANK YOU, IT IS APPRECIATED! We love and appreciate your participation, and that is that. Please fill out our Membership form online by logging onto: www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/Membership. 

Daily & Weekly Classes

Join us, at no cost, on Facebook Live (must friend request Yeruchem Eilfort if you are not already my friend) and be a member of the Chabad at La Costa Facebook page for ongoing classes in Chasidic Philosophy, Caffeine for the Soul, Torah Portion of the Week, Positivity Bias, Holiday Overviews, and much more. Torah study is THE way to keep the soul charged! 

Heartfelt Appeal

We are here to enhance/empower your Jewish experience. That is our unshakeable commitment to you. We are able to do this because of our generous donors, without whom we would be nowhere. Can we possibly convince you to make a monthly gift to the community? Every donor counts! Every donation counts! Please add your name to our growing list of supporters. The added expenses of this year are presenting a special opportunity for our friends to step forward and make a difference. Please do what you can: www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/donate.

Thank you! G-d bless you! May you and your family be written and sealed in the Book of Life!

SPECIAL WISHES
Condolences | Birthdays | Anniversaries | Yarzeits

OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES are extended to the families of the victims of the coronavirus! We pray for the day when the Almighty will remove death and suffering from humanity. May it come speedily in our day!

SPEEDY RECOVERY wishes are extended to all of those who are suffering from the coronavirus. May you be granted a complete and speedy recovery! 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes go out to Stephanie Anne Brown, Karen Wexhler, Emet Klipper, and all of those celebrating their birthdays this week!

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

WE REMEMBER the Rebbe Maharash, John "Jesse" Haray on his 10th yarzeit, David Glovsky, Edith Reh Mautner, Kim Strashoon, Evelyn Gadd, Rose Nemiroff Tubis, and all of those whose Yarzeit is observed this week.

May Channah Hale, Sheila Lebovitz, Camille Stern, Adam Lemberger, Sandy Radom and Roz Mintz be blessed with a speedy and complete recovery!

CHABAD VIRTUAL 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, either on Facebook or on YouTube (our channel is called the Chabad Virtual Academy).

If you cannot get the classes online please email us at  [email protected] and we will work out a different arrangement.

Rabbi Eilfort Published Weekly by the San Diego Jewish World

Our own Rabbi Eilfort is submitting weekly columns on the Torah Portion of the Week and other subjects, which are published by the San Diego Jewish World ( www.SDJewishWorld.com).

Rabbi Eilfort always enjoy hearing feedback about his articles, so please don’t be shy!

Please check the shul’s Facebook page for information on live broadcasts.  

https://www.facebook.com/ChabadatLaCosta

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

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.

Hebrew School & C-Kids

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

Please contact our Hebrew School Director, Morah Chaya Eilfort for info at   [email protected].

Omni La Costa Resort Welcomes Chabad at La Costa Guests

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

To book your room at the special Chabad rate, call toll-free 800-854-5000 or book online at   http://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/san-diego-la-costa/meetings/chabad.  Or you can find more information or book through our website:   www.ChabadatLaCosta.com. Follow the link for Visitor Information.

More than 500 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.

 

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.

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. 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 and the light on the Board will be illuminated each year on the Yarzeit.

We also have a gorgeous Tree of Life dedicated by the Lieberman Family that 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 only $500 per plaque for the Memorial Board or $180 for the Tree of Life. Those who wish to participate should send an email to   [email protected], or call Rabbi Eilfort at 760-943-8891.

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!

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Happy news for those wanting to enroll their child in one of Chabad’s K-12 schools, and who have started saving for their children’s college tuition using a 529 College Savings plan. Tax law passed in 2017 allows those parents (and others) to withdraw money to pay for private school K-12 tuition. You can withdraw up to $10,000 annually, tax free.

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Volume 21 Number 50 | Elul 28, 5780 | September 17, 2020

 

Chabad Weekly Update

Volume 21 Number 50 | Elul 28, 5780 | September 17, 2020
 
B"H
 
MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
 

In addition to the many other ways this year’s High Holidays will be different, one thing that stands out to me is that on the first day of Rosh Hashanah we will not blow the shofar. Because it is Shabbat, the shofar is not sounded, and the last time that happened was 11 years ago.

The sages of the Talmud forbade blowing the shofar when it is Shabbat, for fear that it would lead to violating the laws of Shabbat (specifically the laws of carrying an object in a public domain).

Under normal circumstances, the mitzvah of blowing shofar should have overridden the concern of a potential Shabbat violation. Yet shofar is still suspended, because all the spiritual achievements that are accomplished through the blowing of shofar are fulfilled this year simply by Rosh Hashanah being on Shabbat. There is therefore no need to blow the shofar at all.

And since Rosh Hashanah is the head of the year, the entire year will be imbued with a sense of Shabbat, heightened spiritual awareness every day of year, which will lead to the ultimate Shabbat, the coming of Moshiach!

May you be inscribed and sealed for a good and sweet year!

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

Our Community’s Response to the Pandemic

5780 is nearly complete. Rosh Hashanah, our New Year and new beginning will be ushered in this coming Friday night. There is no doubt that this year has included severe challenges for us personally and communally. We began the year dealing with Nechama's breast cancer and subsequent surgery, went on to grapple with coronavirus (which we are still battling), experienced civil unrest, and are still fighting unprecedented wild fires. 

The politically motivated finger pointing has been a constant, driving wedges between friends, families, and communities alike. People have stopped seeing other people and instead see political allies or enemies. We are viewing others as walking ideologies instead of fellow human beings. There will be NO politics from our pulpit! Shul is meant to be in a sanctuary, a place where we come to connect with G-d and each other. 

What has been our response to these numerous challenges? 

THANKS TO YOU, our amazing friends and supporters, we have fought the darkness in the most effective way possible, by adding light! Following is a short list of what we have done and/or what we are doing to make our corner of this world a brighter place. 

Tuition-free Hebrew School ! The Jewish education of our youth MUST continue! The economic situation is tough, but we are tougher. If you know of a Jewish child who needs Hebrew school (in person or via Zoom) LET US KNOW. We thank our amazing visionaries whose dedication and generosity allow us to take this unprecedented step of fully subsidized tuition in educating our youth! 

Challahs and Chicken Soup . Over the last six months we have distributed THOUSANDS of Challahs and Chicken Soups bringing the beauty and spirit of Shabbat into homes throughout North County. Special thank you to Channah Hale and many others, including our incredible corps of volunteers, who have made this possible! If you want some just let us know! 

Safe & Secure In-Person High Holiday Services . If you wish to join us for safe and secure High Holiday services simply log onto www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/hhrsvp and reserve your spot. No tickets. Donate what you feel comfortable giving. We do have a very limited number of seats available and therefore reservations are required. We will not only be exceeding all recommended protocols regarding coronavirus, we will also have a professional, uniformed security guard. 

DIY (Do It Yourself) Care Packages . For Passover it was 'Seder in a Box' for hundreds. Then Shavuot came and we made sure hundreds of gift bags went out filled with delicious food, profound Torah thoughts, and a guide for holiday observance. Now it is the High Holidays and we are in the midst of delivering hundreds more gift bags, including a special effort to reach our local Jewish seniors - letting them know they are not forgotten during this crisis. Honey Cakes, Israeli Honey, Fresh-Baked Challos, an informative Holiday Guide, a Yizkor Memorial Prayer Book, even a Children's Activity book and gift, and much more are all included! We are determined to help YOU celebrate the High Holidays in the most meaningful way possible. We will NOT allow coronavirus to get us down. If you are local and want a holiday gift bag all you have to do is let us know. 

Lulav Esrog Sets for EVERYONE (regardless of ability to pay) . An anonymous donor has stepped forward to subsidize Lulav and Esrog sets for everyone who wants one. If you are local and commit to using it during the holiday of Sukkot we will provide one to you, free of charge (additional sponsors GREATLY appreciated). Simply respond to this message. MANY THANKS to our incredible donor and to Esrogino for making this happen!  

Pay-What-You-Can-Membership . We want the membership experience to be positive. We want you to feel GOOD about giving. Yes, we have suggested donations, but you should give what you feel you can afford. If you cannot comfortably give the suggested amount THAT IS OK. If you can give more than the suggested amount, THANK YOU, IT IS APPRECIATED! We love and appreciate your participation, and that is that. Please fill out our Membership form online by logging onto: www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/Membership. 

Daily & Weekly Classes . Join us, at no cost, on Facebook Live (must friend request Yeruchem Eilfort if you are not already my friend) and be a member of the Chabad at La Costa Facebook page for ongoing classes in Chasidic Philosophy, Caffeine for the Soul, Torah Portion of the Week, Positivity Bias, Holiday Overviews, and much more. Torah study is THE way to keep the soul charged! 

Thousands of Dollars Given in Direct Financial Grants . Our profound thanks go out to Gordon Levinson, and others, for their generous grants that have been distributed through the synagogue to dozens of needy families and individuals! We have helped people with their rent and other bills on an emergency basis. Tens of thousands of dollars have been distributed based upon the needs of people, real people, who are in difficult situations. 

Safe & Secure Shabbat & Holiday Services . We are meeting and exceeding recommended safety protocols as we conduct our services. In this regard there will be no compromises. If your doctor says it is ok and you are comfortable we want to see you here! Every Saturday at 10am and on holidays at indicated times.

Heartfelt Appeal .

We are here to enhance/empower your Jewish experience. That is our unshakeable commitment to you. We are able to do this because of our generous donors, without whom we would be nowhere. Can we possibly convince you to make a monthly gift to the community? Every donor counts! Every donation counts! Please add your name to our growing list of supporters. The added expenses of this year are presenting a special opportunity for our friends to step forward and make a difference. Please do what you can: www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/donate.

Thank you! G-d bless you! May you and your family be written and sealed in the Book of Life!

Article of the Week,  Living with the Times

Rosh Hashanah 5781

By: Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort

This week we are not only celebrating Shabbos, but we are also ushering in a New Year, 5781. Many of us are uttering a sigh of relief as we close the door on 5780. In Hebrew we write out 5780 as Tav Shin Pay, which some have read as Tihay Shnas Pandemic (It will be the year of pandemic). According to that reading we are entering Tav Shin Pay Alef - Tihay Shnas AIN Pandemic – It will be the year WITHOUT pandemic.

In all seriousness no one would argue that this has been a stress free year. Between covid with its death tolls, national lockdowns, and massive unemployment, civil unrest, and vast and destructive wildfires, 5780 has been a truly memorable year that we all would sooner forget. We look forward hopefully, wistfully even, for a better tomorrow. A great Rabbi once said that life is like a giant wheel that is continually turning. You should not lose hope, even when on the bottom, for when you are on the bottom you can only go up. G-d willing it is our time to go up! In fact the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson of righteous memory, wrote in a thought published in 5751 (30 years ago) that this year will be Tihay Shnas Pila’os Arenu – It will be the year that I (G-d) will show you wonders! Amen – so may it be!  

We will stand before Almighty G-d and beseech Him for a year of blessing and success. When we listen to the clarion call of the Shofar on Sunday we will again accept G-d as our King, we will remind G-d (and ourselves) of the Jewish legacy of total dedication to Him even to the extent of self-sacrifice, and we will return to our loving Father in Heaven by thoroughly repenting for our trespasses of this past year. Of course Rosh Hashanah begins on Shabbos, the holy day, which means this will be a year infused with the blessings of Shabbos. And for those of you who study Jewish texts you realize that the future era, the times of Moshiach are going to be a time of enhanced G-dly revelations – and that our current Shabbos is a foretaste of that time.

This morning when I arose in the predawn hours I was thinking about my theme for the sermons I will deliver on Rosh Hashanah. Of course I have been thinking about it, and actually working on it, for weeks already. In fact it says in the official Rabbi’s handbook that any Rabbi who does not start thinking about his High Holiday sermons by the end of Chanukah is derelict in his duties, but now, in the last moments, the theme of the sermon fills our consciousness. I was thinking about last year’s Rosh Hashanah and wondering, “WHAT HAPPENED?! How did we end up here?!”

And then I decided to count my blessings. (Disclaimer: you are about to see a whole bunch of exclamation points because I am having trouble containing my enthusiasm.) I watched my loved ones sleeping peacefully in their beds. I looked out of my window and saw a beautiful world around me. Then I looked back at my house as I was pulling out and thinking, “Wow! That is MY house (technically it is still the bank’s, but you get the gist).” I came to our gorgeous shul and slowly took in its beauty, particularly the sanctuary, and I thought about the meaning of sanctuary and how our shul provides it. I thought about my family, friends, and community and continued to count my blessings. So many blessings! I thought about the relative peacefulness in the Holy Land and marveled at the new Abraham Accords, bringing a measure of peace between Israel and some of her Arab neighbors. That is something I had serious doubts that I would ever see in my lifetime. Now I think, I truly believe, more of the same is coming!

And then it dawned on me; I am feeling overwhelmingly OPTIMISTIC about 5781!

While I staunchly believe in Divine Providence, that G-d guides our steps and leads us where we need to go, I also believe that we play an indispensable part in where that path leads us. I firmly believe that we can will a positive year filled to overflowing with Divine Blessings! I am absolutely positive that with a positive attitude based upon gratitude for all that I have, that I am MORE LIKELY to see those blessings in a revealed way. And I am absolutely sure those blessings are available to each and every one of us!  

Wishing everyone an uplifting, joyous, and HEALTHY Shabbos & Shanah Tovah!

Haftarah Thought  From: Chabad.org

Day 1:
I Samuel 1:1–2:10

The haftorah for the first day of Rosh Hashanah describes the birth of the prophet Samuel to Elkanah and his wife Chanah, who had been childless for many years. This echoes the story discussed in the day’s Torah reading, about Sarah giving birth to Isaac after many years of childlessness.

During one of her annual pilgrimages to Shiloh, the site of the Tabernacle, Chanah tearfully and quietly entreated G‑d to bless her with a son, promising to dedicate him to His service. Eli the high priest saw her whispering, and berated her, thinking that she was a drunkard. After hearing Chanah’s explanation, that she had been whispering in prayer, Eli blessed her that G‑d should grant her request.

Chana conceived and gave birth to a son whom she called Shmuel (Samuel). Once the child was weaned, she brought him to Shiloh and entrusted him to the care of Eli.

The haftorah ends with Chanah’s prayer, wherein she thanks G‑d for granting her wish, extols His greatness, exhorts the people not to be haughty or arrogant, and prophesies regarding the Messianic redemption.

Day 2:
Jeremiah 31:1–19

The haftorah for the second day of Rosh Hashanah talks about G‑d’s everlasting love for His people, and the future ingathering of their exiles. In the last verse of this hauntingly beautiful haftorah, G‑d says, “Is Ephraim [i.e., the Children of Israel] not My beloved son? Is he not a precious child, that whenever I speak of him I recall him even more?” This follows one of the primary themes of the Rosh Hashanah prayers, our attempt to induce G‑d to remember us in a positive light on this Day of Judgment.

Jeremiah begins by affirming G‑d’s love for the Jewish people. “With everlasting love I have loved you; therefore I have drawn lovingkindness over you.”

Because of this love, G‑d assures His nation that they have a very bright future awaiting them. “I will yet build you up, then you shall be built forever, O virgin of Israel; you will yet adorn yourself with your tambourines, and go forth in joyous dance.” Jeremiah then describes the ingathering of the exiles, when all of Israel will be returned to the Holy Land: “You will again plant vineyards on the hills of Samaria . . . Behold, I will bring [Israel] from the land of the north, and gather them from the ends of the earth . . . a large assembly will return here. Weeping with joy they will come, and with compassion I will lead them . . . I will turn their mourning into joy, and will console them and gladden them after their sorrow.”

Jeremiah then describes the heavenly scene, where the silence is broken by the sound of bitter weeping. Our Matriarch Rachel refuses to be consoled, for her children have been exiled. G‑d responds: “Still your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears . . . There is hope for your future; the children shall return to their border.”

SHABBOS NEWS
We are Open for Services for the High Holidays!!

High Holiday Services are Inside OR Outside! It is YOUR Choice!

Due to the updated guidelines issued by the Governor’s office and with the agreement from Rabbinic authorities we will be offering services this Shabbos INSIDE of the sanctuary AND outside in the breezeway. We will be keeping our occupancy at 25% of capacity inside – so please, if you wish to join us, immediately log onto www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/hhrsvp. Those who wish to sit in the breezeway for services are welcome to do so.

Please note that we have invested heavily so as to be able to open up safely and comfortably. In fact, we are exceeding the protocols called for by the governmental agencies. You might say that, “We answer to a Higher Authority.”

We have newly installed shade ‘sails’ over our patios enabling us to offer more covered seating outside. A sincere thank you to Jon and Julie Rozansky for sponsoring the sails!

We have also bought partitions so that the Torah reader is divided from the person called to the Torah for an Aliyah. Air purifiers / HEPA filters have also been bought. Masks are available for those attending services, which must be worn at all times while on campus, as well as gloves for those who wish to wear them. 

All of these measures taken together with the procedures already established, which include the use of hand sanitizer and handwashing regularly, sanitized prayers books, sanitized restrooms and surfaces etc., will produce a safe experience. With that being said we remind everyone that those who have been exposed to anyone with the virus within the last 14 days, those with symptoms, or those whose doctors advise them not to participate, should not, under any circumstances, come to shul. But rather should pray at home.

If you plan on joining us on Shabbos please let us know by responding to this message.

Working Car (still) Needed

We are currently seeking a car in good mechanical condition. If you, or someone you know, has a car that you can donate please respond to this message. This request is time sensitive. Thank you in advance!

Weekly Sermon Friday @ 5pm on Facebook Live

Join Rabbi Eilfort this afternoon at 5pm as he gives his weekly sermon as a Facebook Live event. If you have not already done so, please send Rabbi Eilfort (Yeruchem Eilfort) a Friend Request on Facebook!

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER - Tuition Free Hebrew School

Due to the economic hardships created by the pandemic we will be offering Tuition Free Hebrew School this year. Families are struggling to make ends meet, but we cannot allow the children to suffer. We are offering two options – In-person learning (outdoor and indoor classes, socially distant, masks on), and virtual learning. Please respond to this message for further information. We are the only synagogue in the county making such an offer! Morah Chaya has worked diligently to create an amazing curriculum that will educate and inspire our students. Our teachers will always offer lots of positive reinforcement to the students so that they will not only learn, but they will ENJOY the EXPERIENCE! Please get back to us and let your friends know.

Rosh Hashanah Gift Bags – Volunteers Needed

Thanks to some very generous sponsors we are sending out gorgeous Rosh Hashanah gift bags. These will be delivered today and tomorrow. They include delicious honey cake, challos, and Israeli honey. In addition there will be High Holiday guides, A Yizkor Memorial booklet, a Holiday Prayer Book for children, tea lights, and other brochures about upcoming programming. If you would like a gift bag please let us know (we don’t read minds).

If you are available to help deliver them please let us know right away!

We would like to thank our sponsors including Ilyse Loven, Angela Chapman, and Larry Gelberg for their generosity! Additional sponsors are still welcome: Donations can be made securely online by following this link: www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/donate.

In-person High Holidays Services Planned – Please Reserve TODAY – VERY Limited Seating Available

Our High Holiday plans have been formulated. We will be sending out a form and brochure with all of the details in the near future. Please make sure to save the dates. As of now our plan is to hold services indoors and outdoors as per current governmental mandates. To make your reservations now follow this link: www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/hhrsvp.

Be prepared for a different looking High Holiday experience. We know that masks are not fun. We also understand that up-tempo services are not what we are used to, especially on the High Holidays. But we also know that Judaism teaches us that the sanctity of life takes precedence over all other considerations.

We appreciate your support and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented situation. We remain steadfastly committed to serving our community and doing so in a safe and secure manner.

If there is a program or if there is something that you need please do not hesitate to contact us!

High Holiday Schedule

ROSH HASHANAH

Friday, Sept. 18, 2020

Light Candles at 6:32 pm

Say Blessings 1 & 7

 

Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020

Morning Services: 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Special Psalms & Thoughts by Rabbi Eilfort: 12pm – 1pm

Light Candles* after 7:26 pm

 

Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020

(Full) Morning Services: 9 am – 11 am

Shofar Sounding: 10:30 am

Shofar Service 1: 12 pm – 1pm

Shofar Service 2: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Shofar Service 3: 3 pm – 4 pm

Tashlich Service: 5:30 pm

Holiday Ends at 7:24 pm

 

FAST OF GEDALYA

Monday, Sept. 21, 2020

Fast Begins: 5:19 am

Fast Ends at 7:11 pm

Learn more @ chabad.org/TzomGedaliah

 

Shabbat Shuva

Friday, Sept. 25, 2020

Light Shabbat Candles at 6:23 pm

Say Blessing 3

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020

Morning Services: 10:00 am

Shabbat Ends at 7:16 pm

 

YOM KIPPUR

Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020

Light Candles at 6:20 pm

Fast Begins at 6:20 pm

Kol Nidrei Services 1: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Kol Nidrei Services 2: 8 pm – 9 pm

 

Monday, Sept. 28, 2020

(Full) Morning Services: 9 am – 11:30 am

Yizkor Memorial Service: 10:30 am

Yizkor Memorial Service 1: 12 pm – 1pm

Yizkor Memorial Service 2: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Afternoon Service: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Ne’ilah Closing Service (VERY LIMITED SEATING): 6 pm – 7:15 PM

Fast Ends at 7:13 pm

Followed by individually wrapped ‘to go’ light refreshments

Sponsored Lulavim & Esrogim

Rabbi and Mrs. Yeruchem and Nechama Eilfort, Rabbi and Mrs. Elia and Chaya Eilfort, together with Rabbi and Mrs. Rodal, and Esrogino will be sponsoring a Lulav and Esrog set for all members who want one. All you have to do is respond to this message and we will order one for you. It has been a difficult year, but people should not miss out on the beautiful Mitzvah of taking the Four Species for the Holiday of Sukkot. We particularly want to acknowledge Esrogino for working with us on this ambitious project! Check out Esrogino’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Esrogino/.  

Additional sponsors are welcome and encouraged to participate. The estimated cost is $1800. Donations can be made securely online by following this link: www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/donate.  

Calendar Delayed – Our Apologies!

We are sorry that we are running very late in getting out our Jewish Art Calendar this year. To make a long story short the pandemic has made planning the year exceedingly difficult, which has impacted our timing. We will get them out asap! THANK YOU for your understanding and patience. J

Chicken Soup & Challah

We are extraordinarily proud of the fact that we have provided chicken soup and challah from the beginning of the pandemic. During this time we have distributed thousands of challahs and servings of soup, at no cost, to our community and those in need. We have been able to do this due to the generosity of our sponsors (best in the world!) and our outstanding volunteers. Let’s face it; we are blessed to have such a beautiful community!

Chicken Soup, Challah NOT Available THIS Week (Sorry, but cannot do it this week.)

Those who live near Chabad at La Costa are welcome to let us know if you want some delicious Challah and/or Chicken Soup delivered to you on Friday to help you celebrate Shabbat in the most delicious way possible.

Please note that all food is prepared and delivered using recommended safeguards.

Sponsors Appreciated (And Needed)

These are extraordinary times. Many people are reaching out for help and, Baruch Hashem / thank G-d, we are HERE to help! ‘We’ means YOU and US, TOGETHER. It is an amazing partnership that we have!

We are extremely grateful to those who have reached out to help fund us, enabling us to serve others.

We would like to specifically acknowledge at this time:

Channah Hale for her generous sponsorship of the Challahs. Channah has been absolutely phenomenal in her generous sponsorships! We thank her for her kindness and love.

We are seeking additional sponsors for the following dedications:

Next week’s Loaves of Love.

Next week’s Chicken soup.

Next week’s Torah classes.

Note About Sponsorships

You may have noticed that we seek multiple sponsors for the Challah, Soup, and Torah classes. We do this because we need to find ways to cover our budgetary shortfall that has been caused by the coronavirus. The donations coming to the shul have been dramatically reduced. We greatly appreciate those of you who are still supporting us! G-d bless you! We greatly appreciate your understanding as we seek ways of propping up the income necessary to keep things afloat. Your ideas about additional income streams are likewise greatly appreciated!

Ways to Give

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.

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

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!  

Havdala Live with Rabbi Yossi (NOT this week.)

Join Rabbi Yossi Rodal on Facebook Live on Saturday night at 8:30pm for a meaningful Havdalah service. Following Havdalah Rabbi Yossi will share an uplifting Chasidic story as is traditional on Saturday night.

SPECIAL WISHES
Condolences | Birthdays | Anniversaries | Yarzeits

OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES are extended to the families of the victims of the coronavirus! We pray for the day when the Almighty will remove death and suffering from humanity. May it come speedily in our day!

SPEEDY RECOVERY wishes are extended to all of those who are suffering from the coronavirus. May you be granted a complete and speedy recovery! 

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

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

WE REMEMBER Sarah Briskin, Yakov Moshe Briskin, Rose Briskin, Dorothy Sacks, Ida Richard, Yakov Mithers, Robin Leigh Bridge and all of those whose Yarzeit is observed this week.

May Channah Hale, Sheila Lebovitz, Camille Stern, Adam Lemberger, Sandy Radom and Roz Mintz be blessed with a speedy and complete recovery!

CHABAD VIRTUAL 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, either on Facebook or on YouTube (our channel is called the Chabad Virtual Academy).

If you cannot get the classes online please email us at  [email protected] and we will work out a different arrangement.

Rabbi Eilfort Published Weekly by the San Diego Jewish World

Our own Rabbi Eilfort is submitting weekly columns on the Torah Portion of the Week and other subjects, which are published by the San Diego Jewish World ( www.SDJewishWorld.com).

Rabbi Eilfort always enjoy hearing feedback about his articles, so please don’t be shy!

Please check the shul’s Facebook page for information on live broadcasts.  

https://www.facebook.com/ChabadatLaCosta

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

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.

Hebrew School & C-Kids

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

Please contact our Hebrew School Director, Morah Chaya Eilfort for info at   [email protected].

Omni La Costa Resort Welcomes Chabad at La Costa Guests

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

To book your room at the special Chabad rate, call toll-free 800-854-5000 or book online at   http://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/san-diego-la-costa/meetings/chabad.  Or you can find more information or book through our website:   www.ChabadatLaCosta.com. Follow the link for Visitor Information.

More than 500 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.

 

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.

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. 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 and the light on the Board will be illuminated each year on the Yarzeit.

We also have a gorgeous Tree of Life dedicated by the Lieberman Family that 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 only $500 per plaque for the Memorial Board or $180 for the Tree of Life. Those who wish to participate should send an email to   [email protected], or call Rabbi Eilfort at 760-943-8891.

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.

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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.

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Our Response to Adversity

 

 
From the Desk of
Rabbi Eilfort
Our Response to Adversity
 
 
 
 

Dear Friend,

5780 is nearly complete. Rosh Hashanah, our New Year and new beginning will be ushered in this coming Friday night. There is no doubt that this year has included severe challenges for us personally and communally. We began the year dealing with Nechama's breast cancer and subsequent surgery, went on to grapple with coronavirus (which we are still battling), experienced civil unrest, and are still fighting unprecedented wild fires. 

The politically motivated finger pointing has been a constant, driving wedges between friends, families, and communities alike. People have stopped seeing other people and instead see political allies or enemies. We are viewing others as walking ideologies instead of fellow human beings. There will be NO politics from our pulpit! Shul is meant to be in a sanctuary, a place where we come to connect with G-d and each other. 

What has been our response to these numerous challenges? 

THANKS TO YOU, our amazing friends and supporters, we have fought the darkness in the most effective way possible, by adding light! Following is a short list of what we have done and/or what we are doing to make our corner of this world a brighter place. 

Tuition-free Hebrew School! The Jewish education of our youth MUST continue! The economic situation is tough, but we are tougher. If you know of a Jewish child who needs Hebrew school (in person or via Zoom) LET US KNOW. We thank our amazing visionaries whose dedication and generosity allow us to take this unprecedented step of fully subsidized tuition in educating our youth! 

Challos and Chicken Soup. Over the last six months we have distributed THOUSANDS of Challos and Chicken Soups bringing the beauty and spirit of Shabbat into homes throughout North County. Special thank you to Channah Hale and many others, including our incredible corps of volunteers, who have made this possible! If you want some just let us know! 

Safe & Secure In-Person High Holiday Services. If you wish to join us for safe and secure High Holiday services simply log onto www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/hhrsvp and reserve your spot. No tickets. Donate what you feel comfortable giving. We do have a very limited number of seats available and therefore reservations are required. We will not only be exceeding all recommended protocols regarding coronavirus, we will also have a professional, uniformed security guard. 

DIY (Do It Yourself) Care Packages. For Passover it was 'Seder in a Box' for hundreds. Then Shavuot came and we made sure hundreds of gift bags went out filled with delicious food, profound Torah thoughts, and a guide for holiday observance. Now it is the High Holidays and we are in the midst of delivering hundreds more gift bags, including a special effort to reach our local Jewish seniors - letting them know they are not forgotten during this crisis. Honey Cakes, Israeli Honey, Fresh-Baked Challos, an informative Holiday Guide, a Yizkor Memorial Prayer Book, even a Children's Activity book and gift, and much more are all included! We are determined to help YOU celebrate the High Holidays in the most meaningful way possible. We will NOT allow coronavirus to get us down. If you are local and want a holiday gift bag all you have to do is let us know. 

Lulav & Esrog Sets for EVERYONE (regardless of ability to pay). An anonymous donor has stepped forward to subsidize Lulav and Esrog sets for everyone who wants one. If you are local and commit to using it during the holiday of Sukkot we will provide one to you, free of charge (additional sponsors GREATLY appreciated). Simply respond to this message. MANY THANKS to our incredible donor and to Esrogino for making this happen!  

Pay-What-You-Can-Membership. We want the membership experience to be positive. We want you to feel GOOD about giving. Yes, we have suggested donations, but you should give what you feel you can afford. If you cannot comfortably give the suggested amount THAT IS OK. If you can give more than the suggested amount, THANK YOU, IT IS APPRECIATED! We love and appreciate your participation, and that is that. Please fill out our Membership form online by logging onto: www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/Membership. 

Daily & Weekly Classes. Join us, at no cost, on Facebook Live (must friend request Yeruchem Eilfort if you are not already my friend) and be a member of the Chabad at La Costa Facebook page for ongoing classes in Chasidic Philosophy, Caffeine for the Soul, Torah Portion of the Week, Positivity Bias, Holiday Overviews, and much more. Torah study is THE way to keep the soul charged! 

Thousands of Dollars Given in Direct Financial Grants. Our profound thanks go out to Gordon Levinson, and others, for their generous grants that have been distributed through the synagogue to dozens of needy families and individuals! We have helped people with their rent and other bills on an emergency basis. Tens of thousands of dollars have been distributed based upon the needs of people, real people, who are in difficult situations. 

Safe & Secure Shabbat & Holiday Services. We are meeting and exceeding recommended safety protocols as we conduct our services. In this regard there will be no compromises. If your doctor says it is ok and you are comfortable we want to see you here! Every Saturday at 10am and on holidays at indicated times.

Heartfelt Appeal.

We are here to enhance/empower your Jewish experience. That is our unshakeable commitment to you. We are able to do this because of our generous donors, without whom we would be nowhere. Can we possibly convince you to make a monthly gift to the community? Every donor counts! Every donation counts! Please add your name to our growing list of supporters. The added expenses of this year are presenting a special opportunity for our friends to step forward and make a difference. Please do what you can: www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/donate.

Thank you! G-d bless you! May you and your family be written and sealed in the Book of Life!

Sincerely,

Rabbi Eilfort
Chabad at La Costa

 
Feather and Quill

Volume 21 Number 49 | Elul 22, 5780 | September 11, 2020

 

Chabad Weekly Update

Volume 21 Number 49 | Elul 22, 5780 | September 11, 2020
 
B"H
 
MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
 

At or around midnight the Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah is when most Jewish communities around the world begin reciting Selichot—the penitential prayers in preparation for the High Holidays.

A story is told about Rabbi Shmuel Munkes, a disciple of the Alter Rebbe (founder of Chabad), a very devout and spiritual man with a strong sense of humor.

One year, as he traveled to be with his Rebbe for Rosh Hashanah, he spent Shabbat at a roadside inn owned by an elderly Jewish couple. At midnight, the owners dutifully roused their guests to join them at the local synagogue for Selichot. When they came to Rabbi Shmuel’s room, he seemed confused.

“Why are you waking me up in the middle of the night?” he asked. “To recite Selichot,” they replied. “I’ve never heard of this prayer before,” he said. “What is it all about?”

The owners seemed bewildered at the site of a bearded and respectable looking rabbi, who apparently had never heard of this ancient Jewish custom. So they began to explain: “We pray to G-d that the cow gives milk in the coming year and that we make enough money to support our family.”

Rabbi Shmuel then turned serious and said to them: “You’re waking up in the middle of the night the week before the holiest day of the year to pray for your cow?! That’s not what the High Holidays are all about!”

Indeed, let us not forget that while we surely should be praying for materialistic good, our focus during the High Holidays should be on our relationship with G-d, and our commitment to being the best Jews that we can be.

Shabbat shalom

SHABBOS NEWS
We are Open for Services Tomorrow!!

Services are Inside OR Outside This Week! It is YOUR Choice!

Due to the updated guidelines issued by the Governor’s office and with the agreement from Rabbinic authorities we will be offering services this Shabbos INSIDE of the sanctuary AND outside in the breezeway. We will be keeping our occupancy at 25% of capacity inside – so please, if you wish to join us, respond to this email. Those who wish to sit in the breezeway for services are welcome to do so.

Please note that we have invested heavily so as to be able to open up safely and comfortably. In fact, we are exceeding the protocols called for by the governmental agencies. You might say that, “We answer to a Higher Authority.”

We have newly installed shade ‘sails’ over our patios enabling us to offer more covered seating outside. A sincere thank you to Jon and Julie Rozansky for sponsoring the sails!

We have also bought partitions so that the Torah reader is divided from the person called to the Torah for an Aliyah. Air purifiers / HEPA filters have also been bought. Masks are available for those attending services, which must be worn at all times while on campus, as well as gloves for those who wish to wear them. 

All of these measures taken together with the procedures already established, which include the use of hand sanitizer and handwashing regularly, sanitized prayers books, sanitized restrooms and surfaces etc., will produce a safe experience. With that being said we remind everyone that those who have been exposed to anyone with the virus within the last 14 days, those with symptoms, or those whose doctors advise them not to participate, should not, under any circumstances, come to shul. But rather should pray at home.

If you plan on joining us on Shabbos please let us know by responding to this message.

Working Car (still) Needed

We are currently seeking a car in good mechanical condition. If you, or someone you know, has a car that you can donate please respond to this message. This request is time sensitive. Thank you in advance!

Weekly Sermon Friday @ 5pm on Facebook Live

Join Rabbi Eilfort this afternoon at 5pm as he gives his weekly sermon as a Facebook Live event. If you have not already done so, please send Rabbi Eilfort (Yeruchem Eilfort) a Friend Request on Facebook!

Naming Ceremony THIS Shabbos – Mazel Tov!

Mazel tov to our own Angela Chapman, one of our wonderful volunteers, who has decided it is time to get a Hebrew name! We will say a special blessing over the Torah on Shabbos in Angela’s honor, at which time her Hebrew name will be given. This is an extremely joyous occasion to which you are invited!

Special Selichot Services Saturday Night (Actually, Sunday EARLY Morning) at 12:15am

The week before Rosh Hashanah we recite special prayers asking G-d for His forgiveness. These prayers are called Selichot. Our custom is to recite these prayers at the earliest possible moment, which is just after midnight on the Saturday night / Sunday morning before Rosh Hashanah.

Pre Holiday Cantorial Concert THIS Sunday Featuring World Famous Dudu Fisher

Are you ready to get into the mood for the High Holidays? Join us on Sunday, September 13th at 5pm for a special online concert with world famous Broadway star and cantorial soloist Dudu Fisher! Simply log onto www.PreHighHolidayConcert.com and you will enjoy the inspiring and gorgeous melodies associated with this holy time of year. This will be a LIVE broadcast specially for our community and other Chabad communities throughout San Diego County! Our own Rabbi Eilfort will be introducing part of the program.

There is NO CHARGE to attend, though donations to the shul, which is cosponsoring the event, are GREATLY appreciated! Donations can be made securely online by following this link: www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/donate.

We hope to see YOU!

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER - Tuition Free Hebrew School

Due to the economic hardships created by the pandemic we will be offering Tuition Free Hebrew School this year. Families are struggling to make ends meet, but we cannot allow the children to suffer. We are offering two options – In-person learning (outdoor and indoor classes, socially distant, masks on), and virtual learning. Please respond to this message for further information. We are the only synagogue in the county making such an offer! Morah Chaya has worked diligently to create an amazing curriculum that will educate and inspire our students. Our teachers will always offer lots of positive reinforcement to the students so that they will not only learn, but they will ENJOY the EXPERIENCE! Please get back to us and let your friends know.

Rosh Hashanah Gift Bags – Volunteers Needed

Thanks to some very generous sponsors we are sending out gorgeous Rosh Hashanah gift bags. These will be delivered over the next several days. They include delicious honey cake, challahs, and Israeli honey. In addition there will be High Holiday guides, A Yizkor Memorial booklet, a Holiday Prayer Book for children, tea lights, and other brochures about upcoming programming. If you would like a gift bag please let us know (we don’t read minds).

If you are available to help pack the gift bags or deliver them please let us know right away! We will be having a Packing Party on Sunday at 10am.

We would like to thank our sponsors including Ilyse Loven, Angela Chapman, and Larry Gelberg for their generosity! Additional sponsors are still welcome: Donations can be made securely online by following this link: www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/donate.

In-person High Holidays Services Planned – Please Reserve TODAY – VERY Limited Seating Available

Our High Holiday plans have been formulated. We will be sending out a form and brochure with all of the details in the near future. Please make sure to save the dates. As of now our plan is to hold services indoors and outdoors as per current governmental mandates. To make your reservations now follow this link: www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/hhrsvp.

Be prepared for a different looking High Holiday experience. We know that masks are not fun. We also understand that up-tempo services are not what we are used to, especially on the High Holidays. But we also know that Judaism teaches us that the sanctity of life takes precedence over all other considerations.

We appreciate your support and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented situation. We remain steadfastly committed to serving our community and doing so in a safe and secure manner.

If there is a program or if there is something that you need please do not hesitate to contact us!

Catered Meals Available

Sadly we are not able to offer community meals at shul this year. However, we are pleased to be able to offer delicious Rosh Hashanah meals to go. The menu includes beef brisket or honey glazed turkey breast, gefilte fish, homemade challah, tzimmis (sweet carrot salad), and much more. The cost is $65 per adult and $30 per child. Orders must be received by Sunday, September 13th.

Sponsored Lulavim & Esrogim

Rabbi and Mrs. Yeruchem and Nechama Eilfort, Rabbi and Mrs. Elia and Chaya Eilfort, together with Rabbi and Mrs. Rodal, and Esrogino will be sponsoring a Lulav and Esrog set for all members who want one. All you have to do is respond to this message and we will order one for you. It has been a difficult year, but people should not miss out on the beautiful Mitzvah of taking the Four Species for the Holiday of Sukkot. We particularly want to acknowledge Esrogino for working with us on this ambitious project! Check out Esrogino’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Esrogino/.  

Additional sponsors are welcome and encouraged to participate. The estimated cost is $1800. Donations can be made securely online by following this link: www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/donate.  

Membership – Will You Commit?

Dear Friends,

So far the year 2020 has been filled with opportunities. We have been presented with the opportunity to test ourselves as our country and our world has faced the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic. I know that I never thought that I would live in such times, and bet many of you feel the same. The health and wellbeing of each and every one of us has been severely threatened, the economy has undergone a tremendous shock, and a massive strain has been placed on our relationships and this community.

I learned in Yeshiva that tests are indeed opportunities, strange as that may sound. In Hebrew the same word for test, “Nisayon” is the root of the word for miracle, “Nes.” A Nes/miracle is when G-d suspends the rules of nature so as to reveal Himself in a supernatural way. Its root is to raise up. Therefore a test is an opportunity to raise ourselves up to a level otherwise inaccessible to us.

Our community, our beloved Chabad at La Costa, has not been immune to these opportunities. We have striven to rise to the occasion, and because of YOU we have risen to the occasion!

G-d bless all of you who have been instrumental in keeping us going. G-d bless those of you who despite (or perhaps because of) the coronavirus have stepped forward, dug deep, and made meaningful and ongoing contributions to our community.

What have your donations accomplished?

Your donations have fed many people spiritually and physically. Our lights are still on, spiritually and physically. We continue to be here for our community spiritually and physically. Our expenses have not decreased because of the pause in services. In fact, they have increased. Not only have many of our streams of income ceased (like catering and our barbecues, and Aliyah donations, and Hebrew school tuitions) but our expenses have increased as we continue to help people who face financial and spiritual crises. We are teaching more Torah, making more phone calls, counseling more people, and touching the lives of people in meaningful ways. 

We therefore turn to you with the following requests: if you need help, let us know! We will do our utmost to help. If you can help others, let us know! If you can find your way to make a monthly contribution to our joint endeavor please demonstrate your commitment by becoming a member now.

We are asking all of those who can – please make a monthly financial commitment to us, to the Jewish community of this area, so that we can continue to serve the Jewish community of this area. We have always been and must always be self-supportive. That means we need you to step forward at this time of great opportunity!

Despite our increased budget we are not increasing our membership rates. Please note that our membership rates are lower than other communities’. It is not that we offer less. In fact, we offer more than we ever have. Those who can afford it and want to give more than the minimum are our heroes!

Please get back to me at your earliest convenience. I will send you this year’s membership form or you can fill it out online here. You can also securely donate immediately by following the link found below. You can choose to make your gift monthly, which is deeply appreciated!

G-d bless you and thank you so much for your friendship and support!

Rabbi Eilfort

Heartfelt Condolences

We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Hughes family upon the passing of Clara Hughes last night. Peter and Clara were members of our synagogue and moved back East some years ago. Clara’s son is Dan and daughter is Deborah. Condolences can be emailed to Dan at [email protected].

May the Almighty comfort the family among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Article of the Week

Living with the Times

Nitzavim/Va’Yailech – (You are) Standing/And When You Go

By: Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort

This week we read the double portions of Nitzavim and Va’Yailech, which translate as (You are) “Standing” and, “And When You Go.” This portion is always read immediately preceding Rosh Hashanah, the New Year. When we read the beginning of the portion it is readily understood, as it talks about the totality of the Jewish people, listed by category and what may be considered a hierarchy, standing together.

There is a story in the Talmud where a great sage’s son was deathly ill. A huge prayer vigil was established and, thank G-d, the situation improved. Upon regaining his health the Rabbi asked his son what he had seen, “on the other side”? The reply was astonishing. “Everything was upside down!”

What does that mean, our sages ask? It means that those who are viewed as the top of the heap are not necessarily so in the World of Truth. A person may engage in manual, even menial labor in this world. He may be very poor. But because one is poor in material wealth does not mean that he is poor in spiritual wealth. In fact, this world is upside down. In this crass material world our values are confused. We hold as precious things that are not precious and we, G-d forbid, undervalue or neglect to value altogether those things that truly are precious.

It is something that as a rabbi, I see with great regularity. I see people push their children to achieve scholastic greatness in their secular studies while completely (or almost completely) ignoring their Jewish studies. It is true! A good secular education could well lead to a very productive and enriching life. Doctors, lawyers, accountants, and CEOs all make a good living. But what is the point of making a good living if one doesn’t know the point of life?! What if one is a very successful professional but is not a decent human being? What if one makes tons of money but doesn’t give a dime to Tzedakah?

We live in a society that honors those who can run fast, jump high, sing beautifully, and are good at acting out parts. Are these Jewish ideals? No, they are not. In Judaism we honor those who devote themselves to the service of G-d and the service of our fellow human beings, irrespective of which tax bracket they may be in.

It is wholly appropriate and important for us to remember that the world is upside down. Now is the time to set our values, morals, and ethics on the path of the Almighty! This is the time when the alarm clock is ringing (no more hitting the snooze button), as we will be standing before the King of Kings next week, beseeching the Almighty for good health, nachas from our children, a good marriage, a healthy income, a vibrant community, and peace for ourselves and all humankind. We need to show up in the right frame of mind – certainly with our moral compass pointing in the correct direction. May G-d bless our efforts with the ultimate blessing; the immediate arrival of our righteous Moshiach!

So let us stand together (Nitzavim), and once we do and recognize the essential nature of each of us, go (Va’Yailech)! Now we are ready to move forward into a blessed New Year.

Wishing everyone an uplifting, joyous, and HEALTHY Shabbos!

Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort is Director of Coastal Chabads and Chabad at La Costa. Rabbi Eilfort welcomes readers’ comments and questions and may be reached at [email protected].

Chicken Soup & Challah

We are extraordinarily proud of the fact that we have provided chicken soup and challah from the beginning of the pandemic. During this time we have distributed thousands of challahs and servings of soup, at no cost, to our community and those in need. We have been able to do this due to the generosity of our sponsors (best in the world!) and our outstanding volunteers. Let’s face it; we are blessed to have such a beautiful community!

Chicken Soup, Challah Available THIS Week

Those who live near Chabad at La Costa are welcome to let us know if you want some delicious Challah and/or Chicken Soup delivered to you on Friday to help you celebrate Shabbat in the most delicious way possible.

Please note that all food is prepared and delivered using recommended safeguards.

Sponsors Appreciated (And Needed)

This week’s chicken soup and challos are sponsored by the Mintz family. THANK YOU!

These are extraordinary times. Many people are reaching out for help and, Baruch Hashem / thank G-d, we are HERE to help! ‘We’ means YOU and US, TOGETHER. It is an amazing partnership that we have!

We are extremely grateful to those who have reached out to help fund us, enabling us to serve others.

We would like to specifically acknowledge at this time:

Channah Hale for her generous sponsorship of the Challahs. Channah has been absolutely phenomenal in her generous sponsorships! We thank her for her kindness and love.

We are seeking additional sponsors for the following dedications:

Next week’s Loaves of Love.

Next week’s Chicken soup.

Next week’s Torah classes.

Note About Sponsorships

You may have noticed that we seek multiple sponsors for the Challah, Soup, and Torah classes. We do this because we need to find ways to cover our budgetary shortfall that has been caused by the coronavirus. The donations coming to the shul have been dramatically reduced. We greatly appreciate those of you who are still supporting us! G-d bless you! We greatly appreciate your understanding as we seek ways of propping up the income necessary to keep things afloat. Your ideas about additional income streams are likewise greatly appreciated!

Ways to Give

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.

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

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!  

Havdala Live with Rabbi Yossi

Join Rabbi Yossi Rodal on Facebook Live on Saturday night at 8:30pm for a meaningful Havdalah service. Following Havdalah Rabbi Yossi will share an uplifting Chasidic story as is traditional on Saturday night.

Haftarah Thought  From: Chabad.org

Isaiah 61:10-63:9

This week's haftorah is the seventh and final installment of a series of seven "Haftarot of Consolation." These seven haftarot commence on the Shabbat following Tisha b'Av and continue until Rosh Hashanah.

The prophet begins on a high note, describing the great joy that we will experience with the Final Redemption, comparing it to the joy of a newly married couple.

Isaiah than declares his refusal to passively await the Redemption: "For Zion's sake I will not remain silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not be still, until her righteousness emerges like shining light..." He implores the stones of Jerusalem not to be silent, day or night, until G‑d restores Jerusalem and establishes it in glory.

The haftorah then recounts G‑d's oath to eventually redeem Zion, when the Jews will praise G‑d in Jerusalem. The haftorah also contains a description of the punishment G‑d will mete out to Edom and the enemies of Israel.

Isaiah concludes with the famous statement:

"In all [Israel's] afflictions, He, too, is afflicted, and the angel of His presence redeemed them..." 

Like a loving father who shares the pain of his child, G‑d, too, shares the pain of His people, and awaits the redemption along with them.

SPECIAL WISHES
Want YOUR celebrationto show up here? Put it in the Shul Calendar by calling or emailing Nechama...

Heartfelt Condolences

We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Hughes family upon the passing of Clara Hughes last night. Peter and Clara were members of our synagogue and moved back East some years ago. Clara’s son is Dan and daughter is Deborah. Condolences can be emailed to Dan at [email protected].

May the Almighty comfort the family among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES are extended to the families of the victims of the coronavirus! We pray for the day when the Almighty will remove death and suffering from humanity. May it come speedily in our day!

SPEEDY RECOVERY wishes are extended to all of those who are suffering from the coronavirus. May you be granted a complete and speedy recovery! 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes go out to Tammy Horowitz, Ed Estrin, Nechama Eilfort, and Angel Ventura and all of those celebrating their birthdays this week! Want YOUR birthday to show up here? Add it to the Shul Calendar by calling or emailing Nechama...

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

WE REMEMBER  Robert Sacks, Len Weksler, Brett Freiman, Sylvette Perez, Charles Elkaim, Lily Block, Eleanor Wollman, Henry Richard, Beverly Gordon and all of those who have Yarzeit this week.

May Channah Hale, Sheila Lebovitz, Camille Stern, Adam Lemberger, Sandy Radom and Roz Mintz be blessed with a speedy and complete recovery!

CHABAD VIRTUAL 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, either on Facebook or on YouTube (our channel is called the Chabad Virtual Academy).

If you cannot get the classes online please email us at  [email protected] and we will work out a different arrangement.

Rabbi Eilfort Published Weekly by the San Diego Jewish World

Our own Rabbi Eilfort is submitting weekly columns on the Torah Portion of the Week and other subjects, which are published by the San Diego Jewish World ( www.SDJewishWorld.com).

Rabbi Eilfort always enjoy hearing feedback about his articles, so please don’t be shy!

Please check the shul’s Facebook page for information on live broadcasts.  

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

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.

Hebrew School & C-Kids

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

Please contact our Hebrew School Director, Morah Chaya Eilfort for info at   [email protected].

Omni La Costa Resort Welcomes Chabad at La Costa Guests

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

To book your room at the special Chabad rate, call toll-free 800-854-5000 or book online at   http://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/san-diego-la-costa/meetings/chabad.  Or you can find more information or book through our website:   www.ChabadatLaCosta.com. Follow the link for Visitor Information.

More than 500 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.

 

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.

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. 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 and the light on the Board will be illuminated each year on the Yarzeit.

We also have a gorgeous Tree of Life dedicated by the Lieberman Family that 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 only $500 per plaque for the Memorial Board or $180 for the Tree of Life. Those who wish to participate should send an email to   [email protected], or call Rabbi Eilfort at 760-943-8891.

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!

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Tzedakah news – Planning for your 2020 taxes

Happy news for those wanting to enroll their child in one of Chabad’s K-12 schools, and who have started saving for their children’s college tuition using a 529 College Savings plan. Tax law passed in 2017 allows those parents (and others) to withdraw money to pay for private school K-12 tuition. You can withdraw up to $10,000 annually, tax free.

Rina Coleman is an Enrolled Agent with more than 20 years experience preparing taxes for all walks of life. Please contact her at [email protected]com for a free 15 minute consultation.

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Center for Hormonal Health and Well-Being ">is a personalized, proactive, patient-centered medical practice with a unique focus on Integrative Endocrinology. Dr. Danielle Weiss takes a holistic approach to the patient and their health condition. She harnesses the physical, social, and spiritual aspects of healing. Dr. Weiss prides herself on spending time truly listening to your concerns and needs. She uses a team approach to develop a plan to address these issues together.     http://www.centerforhormonalhealth.com/

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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 21 Number 48 | Elul 15, 5780 | September 4, 2020

 

Chabad Weekly Update

Volume 21 Number 48 | Elul 15, 5780 | September 4, 2020
 
B"H
 
MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
 

Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, founder of the Chabad movement, was the Torah reader in his synagogue. One year, when this week’s Torah portion—Ki Tavo—was to be read, he was out of town so a substitute reader was called in.

As the reader reached the section of the portion describing the horrible curses that will befall the Jewish people if they do not adhere to the Torah’s laws, the Rebbe’s son and eventual successor, Rabbi Dovber (who at the time was a child), fainted. When he was revived, they asked him what happened. He replied that he could not handle hearing all the curses. Asked why this year was different than past years, he responded: “When my father reads, I don’t hear curses…”

In addition to the meaning behind his words being that his father, the holy Alter Rebbe, read more than just the words on the surface, but the deeper meaning of the words (and thus the hidden blessings concealed within the curses), he also alluded to the fact that when a parent reprimands a child, the child should recognize its importance.

And of course, as parents we must remember that even when a child deserves reprimand, it must come from a place of love. That way the child will surely respond in kind.

Shabbat shalom.

SHABBOS NEWS
We are Open for Services Tomorrow!!

Services are INSIDE This Week! HURRAY!!!

Due to the updated guidelines issued by the Governor’s office and with the agreement from Rabbinic authorities we will be offering services this Shabbos INSIDE of the sanctuary AND outside in the breezeway. We will be keeping our occupancy at 25% of capacity inside – so please, if you wish to join us, respond to this email. Those who wish to sit in the breezeway for services are welcome to do so.

Please note that we have invested heavily so as to be able to open up safely and comfortably. In fact, we are exceeding the protocols called for by the governmental agencies. You might say that, “We answer to a Higher Authority.”

We are in the midst of installing shade ‘sails’ over our patios enabling us to offer more covered seating outside. The sails will hopefully be up before Shabbos. A sincere thank you to Jon and Julie Rozansky for sponsoring the sails!

We have purchased partitions so that the Torah reader is divided from the person called to the Torah for an Aliyah and HEPA filter air purifiers have also been bought. We also have masks available for those attending services, which must be worn at all times while on campus, as well as gloves for those who wish to wear them.  

All of these measures taken together with the procedures already established, which include the use of hand sanitizer and handwashing regularly, sanitized prayers books, sanitized restrooms and surfaces etc., will produce a safe experience. With that being said we remind everyone that those who have been exposed to anyone with the virus within the last 14 days, those with symptoms, or those whose doctors advise them not to participate, should not, under any circumstances, come to shul. But rather should pray at home.

If you plan on joining us on Shabbos please let us know by responding to this message.

Working Car (still) Needed

We are currently seeking a car in good mechanical condition. If you, or someone you know, has a car that you can donate please respond to this message. This request is time sensitive. Thank you in advance!

Weekly Sermon Friday @ 5pm on Facebook Live

Join Rabbi Eilfort this afternoon at 5pm as he gives his weekly sermon as a Facebook Live event. If you have not already done so, please send Rabbi Eilfort (Yeruchem Eilfort) a Friend Request on Facebook!

Chabad Telethon on THIS Sunday 5-11pm

Our own Rabbi Eilfort will be appearing on the Chabad Telethon (exact time not known) this Sunday. The Telethon can be viewed via livestream by logging onto www.ToLife.com. For local stations please follow this link:  http://www.chabad.com/telethon/where.php. All proceeds from the Telethon go to benefit the outstanding work of West Coast Chabad Headquarters. They sponsor programs that bring blessings to Jewish communities throughout California and Nevada. Your generous support is encouraged and appreciated!  

Tuition Free Hebrew School

Due to the economic hardships created by the pandemic we will be offering Tuition Free Hebrew School this year. Families are struggling to make ends meet, but we cannot allow the children to suffer. We are offering two options – In-person learning (outdoor and indoor classes, socially distant, masks on), and virtual learning. Please respond to this message for further information. We are the only synagogue in the county making such an offer! Morah Chaya has worked diligently to create an amazing curriculum that will educate and inspire our students. Our teachers will always offer lots of positive reinforcement to the students so that they will not only learn, but they will ENJOY the EXPERIENCE! Please get back to us and let your friends know.

Membership – Will You Commit?

Dear Friends,

So far the year 2020 has been filled with opportunities. We have been presented with the opportunity to test ourselves as our country and our world has faced the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic. I know that I never thought that I would live in such times, and bet many of you feel the same. The health and wellbeing of each and every one of us has been severely threatened, the economy has undergone a tremendous shock, and a massive strain has been placed on our relationships and this community.

I learned in Yeshiva that tests are indeed opportunities, strange as that may sound. In Hebrew the same word for test, “Nisayon” is the root of the word for miracle, “Nes.” A Nes/miracle is when G-d suspends the rules of nature so as to reveal Himself in a supernatural way. Its root is to raise up. Therefore a test is an opportunity to raise ourselves up to a level otherwise inaccessible to us.

Our community, our beloved Chabad at La Costa, has not been immune to these opportunities. We have striven to rise to the occasion, and because of YOU we have risen to the occasion!

G-d bless all of you who have been instrumental in keeping us going. G-d bless those of you who despite (or perhaps because of) the coronavirus have stepped forward, dug deep, and made meaningful and ongoing contributions to our community.

What have your donations accomplished?

Your donations have fed many people spiritually and physically. Our lights are still on, spiritually and physically. We continue to be here for our community spiritually and physically. Our expenses have not decreased because of the pause in services. In fact, they have increased. Not only have many of our streams of income ceased (like catering and our barbecues, and Aliyah donations, and Hebrew school tuitions) but our expenses have increased as we continue to help people who face financial and spiritual crises. We are teaching more Torah, making more phone calls, counseling more people, and touching the lives of people in meaningful ways. 

We therefore turn to you with the following requests: if you need help, let us know! We will do our utmost to help. If you can help others, let us know! If you can find your way to make a monthly contribution to our joint endeavor please demonstrate your commitment by becoming a member now.

We are asking all of those who can – please make a monthly financial commitment to us, to the Jewish community of this area, so that we can continue to serve the Jewish community of this area. We have always been and must always be self-supportive. That means we need you to step forward at this time of great opportunity!

Despite our increased budget we are not increasing our membership rates. Please note that our membership rates are lower than other communities’. It is not that we offer less. In fact, we offer more than we ever have. Those who can afford it and want to give more than the minimum are our heroes!

Please get back to me at your earliest convenience. This year’s membership form can be found HERE. You can also securely donate immediately by following the link found HERE. You can choose to make your gift monthly, which is deeply appreciated!

G-d bless you and thank you so much for your friendship and support!

Rabbi Eilfort

Jewish Art Calendar – LAST CALL

It is calendar season! Yes, we are running a bit late thanks to our ubiquitous friend the coronavirus. But never fear; we will again offer our gorgeous Jewish Art Calendar! Those who wish to sponsor the calendar, or run an ad/s, or dedicate a date are encouraged to reach out to our Rebbetzin Nechama via email at [email protected], or simply reply to this message for the calendar form.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

In-person High Holidays Services Planned

Our High Holiday plans have been formulated. We will be sending out a form and brochure with all of the details in the near future. Please make sure to save the dates. As of now our plan is to hold services indoors and outdoors as per current governmental mandates.

Be prepared for a different looking High Holiday experience. We know that masks are not fun. We also understand that up-tempo services are not what we are used to, especially on the High Holidays. But we also know that Judaism teaches us that the sanctity of life takes precedence over all other considerations.

We appreciate your support and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented situation. We remain steadfastly committed to serving our community and doing so in a safe and secure manner.

If there is a program or if there is something that you need please do not hesitate to contact us!

Article of the Week

Living with the Times

Parshat Ki Tavo – When You Will Come

By: Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort

This week we read the portion titled ‘Ki Tavo’, which means ‘When you will come (into the Holy Land). The beginning of the portion details the laws of the Bikurim – the First Fruits. The Jewish people were commanded to bring a yearly first fruit offering in the Holy Temple.

In fact, the Jewish people are called the first fruit of the Almighty. Why?

The Mitzvah of offering the first fruit shows us something very important. Fruit is a result of hard work. It is quite different than the Mannah – the heavenly bread that sustained the Jews during their 40-year sojourn in the desert following the exodus from Egypt. The Mannah was miraculous as each day each person’s portion fell from the sky. It was not a result of hard work – it was served up to the Children of Israel on a ‘silver platter,’ so to speak.

The Bikurim, on the other hand, only came into existence with the considerable effort of picking a viable crop and planting the seeds in an appropriate location. As the young seedling would grow it had to be nurtured and protected. Only after years of care would edible and permissible fruit come forth. And THAT fruit, the result of all that work, would be brought to the Holy Temple as an offering.

While the Mannah fed the faith of the Jews the Bikurim trained our people to perceive G-dliness wherever we looked and taught us the value of appreciation. The fact is that grateful people are happier people. It is instructional that we are taught the value of thankfulness via crops that we worked diligently to produce. One may mistakenly think, “The power of my hand created this.” The first fruits remind us that at especially such a time we need to remain mindful of the blessings showered upon us by the Creator.

The Rebbe points out an additional thought that is profoundly important. When the basket of fruit was brought to the Temple a special prayer was recited. It mentions that an Aramean (Laban, father in law of Jacob our father) tried to destroy us, but that G-d protected us. Isn’t it interesting that G-d’s loving protection of His people was extended before the giving of the Torah? We have always been taught that the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai was like our wedding, so to speak, with the Almighty. This would mean that the love between us and our Creator started at that time.

Bikurim tells us something else entirely. G-d had a love for us even before we accepted the Torah. Consequently we see that the loving connection between G-d and His children is even greater than the love generated through Torah observance. There is an intrinsic, unbreakable connection, which the bringing of the first fruit and its attendant prayer proves!

When is this incredible connection most in evidence? On the coming holiday of Yom Kippur – the essence of our connection becomes revealed, which is why it is the Day of Atonement, the level of our soul that is one with G-d is revealed. That level negates any chasm created by our sins. Perhaps we can venture to say that living our lives with the ethic of eternal gratefulness directed towards the Eternal Greatness, is likewise a revelation of the deepest, most G-dly aspect of our souls.

The bottom line is that we should all feel most grateful due to our oneness with the True One!

Wishing everyone an uplifting, joyous, and HEALTHY Shabbos!

Chicken Soup & Challah

We are extraordinarily proud of the fact that we have provided chicken soup and challah from the beginning of the pandemic. During this time we have distributed thousands of challahs and servings of soup, at no cost, to our community and those in need. We have been able to do this due to the generosity of our sponsors (best in the world!) and our outstanding volunteers. Let’s face it; we are blessed to have such a beautiful community!

Chicken Soup, Challah Available THIS Week

Those who live near Chabad at La Costa are welcome to let us know if you want some delicious Challah and/or Chicken Soup delivered to you on Friday to help you celebrate Shabbat in the most delicious way possible.

Please note that all food is prepared and delivered using recommended safeguards.

Sponsors Appreciated (And Needed)

These are extraordinary times. Many people are reaching out for help and, Baruch Hashem / thank G-d, we are HERE to help! ‘We’ means YOU and US, TOGETHER. It is an amazing partnership that we have!

We are extremely grateful to those who have reached out to help fund us, enabling us to serve others.

We would like to specifically acknowledge at this time:

Channah Hale for her generous sponsorship of the Challahs. Channah has been absolutely phenomenal in her generous sponsorships! We thank her for her kindness and love.

This week’s chicken soup and challahs are also sponsored by the Mintz and Bartholomew families. THANK YOU!

We are seeking additional sponsors for the following dedications:

Next week’s Loaves of Love.

Next week’s Chicken soup.

Next week’s Torah classes.

Note About Sponsorships

You may have noticed that we seek multiple sponsors for the Challah, Soup, and Torah classes. We do this because we need to find ways to cover our budgetary shortfall that has been caused by the coronavirus. The donations coming to the shul have been dramatically reduced. We greatly appreciate those of you who are still supporting us! G-d bless you! We greatly appreciate your understanding as we seek ways of propping up the income necessary to keep things afloat. Your ideas about additional income streams are likewise greatly appreciated!

Ways to Give

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.

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

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!  

 

Havdala Live with Rabbi Yossi

Join Rabbi Yossi Rodal on Facebook Live on Saturday night at 8:30pm for a meaningful Havdalah service. Following Havdalah Rabbi Yossi will share an uplifting Chasidic story as is traditional on Saturday night.

Haftarah Thought From: Chabad.org

Isaiah 60:1-22

This week's haftorah is the sixth of a series of seven "Haftarot of Consolation." These seven haftarot commence on the Shabbat following Tisha b'Av and continue until Rosh Hashanah.

In glowing terms the prophet recounts descriptions of what will unfold during the Redemption. Beginning with the resurrection of the dead and the ingathering of the exiles, continuing with the joy and abundance the Jewish people will then experience, as well as the gifts that will be brought to G‑d from all of the nations of the world.

Finally, the Jewish nation will no longer be despised and derided, there will no longer be violence nor mourning, and G‑d will shine His everlasting light on His people.

SPECIAL WISHES
Want YOUR celebration to show up here? Put it in the Shul Calendar by calling or emailing Nechama...

OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES are extended to the families of the victims of the coronavirus! We pray for the day when the Almighty will remove death and suffering from humanity. May it come speedily in our day!

SPEEDY RECOVERY wishes are extended to all of those who are suffering from the coronavirus. May you be granted a complete and speedy recovery! 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes go out to Dovid Eilfort, Lydia Teshuba, and Ellen Steelman and all of those celebrating their birthdays this week! Want YOUR birthday to show up here? Add it to the Shul Calendar by calling or emailing Nechama...

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

WE REMEMBER  Solomon Joseph and all of those who have Yarzeit this week.

May Channah Hale, Sheila Lebovitz, Camille Stern, Adam Lemberger, Sandy Radom and Roz Mintz be blessed with a speedy and complete recovery!

CHABAD VIRTUAL 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, either on Facebook or on YouTube (our channel is called the Chabad Virtual Academy).

If you cannot get the classes online please email us at  [email protected] and we will work out a different arrangement.

Rabbi Eilfort Published Weekly by the San Diego Jewish World

Our own Rabbi Eilfort is submitting weekly columns on the Torah Portion of the Week and other subjects, which are published by the San Diego Jewish World ( www.SDJewishWorld.com).

Rabbi Eilfort always enjoy hearing feedback about his articles, so please don’t be shy!

Please check the shul’s Facebook page for information on live broadcasts.  

https://www.facebook.com/ChabadatLaCosta

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

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.

Hebrew School & C-Kids

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

Please contact our Hebrew School Director, Morah Chaya Eilfort for info at   [email protected].

Omni La Costa Resort Welcomes Chabad at La Costa Guests

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

To book your room at the special Chabad rate, call toll-free 800-854-5000 or book online at   http://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/san-diego-la-costa/meetings/chabad.  Or you can find more information or book through our website:   www.ChabadatLaCosta.com. Follow the link for Visitor Information.

More than 500 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.

 

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.

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. 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 and the light on the Board will be illuminated each year on the Yarzeit.

We also have a gorgeous Tree of Life dedicated by the Lieberman Family that 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 only $500 per plaque for the Memorial Board or $180 for the Tree of Life. Those who wish to participate should send an email to   [email protected], or call Rabbi Eilfort at 760-943-8891.

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!

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Tzedakah news – Planning for your 2020 taxes

Happy news for those wanting to enroll their child in one of Chabad’s K-12 schools, and who have started saving for their children’s college tuition using a 529 College Savings plan. Tax law passed in 2017 allows those parents (and others) to withdraw money to pay for private school K-12 tuition. You can withdraw up to $10,000 annually, tax free.

Rina Coleman is an Enrolled Agent with more than 20 years experience preparing taxes for all walks of life. Please contact her at [email protected]com for a free 15 minute consultation.

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Whether you are Selling, Buying or Refinancing your home, do not proceed without calling Jonathan Rozansky 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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Center for Hormonal Health and Well-Being ">is a personalized, proactive, patient-centered medical practice with a unique focus on Integrative Endocrinology. Dr. Danielle Weiss takes a holistic approach to the patient and their health condition. She harnesses the physical, social, and spiritual aspects of healing. Dr. Weiss prides herself on spending time truly listening to your concerns and needs. She uses a team approach to develop a plan to address these issues together.     http://www.centerforhormonalhealth.com/

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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 21 Number 47 | Elul 8, 5780 | August 28, 2020

 

Chabad Weekly Update

Volume 21 Number 47 | Elul 8, 5780 | August 28, 2020
 
B"H
 
MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
 

An interesting mitzvah in this week’s Torah portion is that anyone who builds a new house is required to fence in the roof, so nobody will fall and hurt themselves. This teaches us to always take precautions to ensure there are no dangers that might trip up others.

These precautions apply to physical dangers and also to spiritual ones. Teachers and communal leaders have an obligation to protect their students and communities from the spiritual pitfalls of the world.

As we grow in our observance of Torah, we often encounter temptations that can potentially lead us astray. Creating spiritual fences means enacting restrictions that will prevent people from inadvertently transgressing a Torah commandment.

Of course, included in this is the obligation to educate ourselves about the care that Torah has for the safety of every single person and how our fellow Jew’s protection is very much our responsibility.

We must always be there for each other.

Shabbat shalom!

SHABBOS NEWS
We are Open for Services Tomorrow!!

Services are ON This Week! HURRAY!!!

After consultations with trusted medical experts and closely following the directives of governmental agencies and Rabbinic authorities we will be (safely) opening up this week for services.

Please note that we have invested heavily so as to be able to open up safely and comfortably. In fact, we are exceeding the protocols called for by the governmental agencies. You might say that we, “Answer to a Higher Authority.”

No services will take place indoors for the time being. We are going to install shade ‘sails’ over our patios enabling us to offer more seating outside. We have also bought partitions so that the Torah reader is divided from the person called to the Torah for an Aliyah. Air purifiers have also been bought.

All of these measures taken together with the procedures already established, which include wearing masks at all times, the use of hand sanitizer and handwashing regularly, sanitized prayers books, sanitized restrooms and surfaces etc., will produce a safe experience. With that being said we remind everyone that those who have been exposed to anyone with the virus within the last 14 days, those with symptoms, or those whose doctors advise them not to participate, should not, under any circumstances, come to shul. But rather should pray at home.

If you plan on joining us on Shabbos please let us know by responding to this message.

Working Car Needed

We are currently seeking a car in good mechanical condition. If you, or someone you know, has a car that you can donate please respond to this message. This request is time sensitive. Thank you in advance!

Mazel Tov to Rabbi and Mrs Michoel and Chava Shapiro!

We are excited to announce that Rabbi and Mrs Shapiro welcomed a healthy baby boy into the world last night. The little fella isn’t so little, weighing in at a strapping 10lbs 3oz! Baruch Hashem, mom and baby are doing great!

Weekly Sermon Friday @ 5pm on Facebook Live

Join Rabbi Eilfort this afternoon at 5pm as he gives his weekly sermon as a Facebook Live event. If you have not already done so, please send Rabbi Eilfort (Yeruchem Eilfort) a Friend Request on Facebook!

Membership – Will You Commit?

Dear Friends,

So far the year 2020 has been filled with opportunities. We have been presented with the opportunity to test ourselves as our country and our world has faced the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic. I know that I never thought that I would live in such times, and bet many of you feel the same. The health and wellbeing of each and every one of us has been severely threatened, the economy has undergone a tremendous shock, and a massive strain has been placed on our relationships and this community.

I learned in Yeshiva that tests are indeed opportunities, strange as that may sound. In Hebrew the same word for test, “Nisayon” is the root of the word for miracle, “Nes.” A Nes/miracle is when G-d suspends the rules of nature so as to reveal Himself in a supernatural way. Its root is to raise up. Therefore a test is an opportunity to raise ourselves up to a level otherwise inaccessible to us.

Our community, our beloved Chabad at La Costa, has not been immune to these opportunities. We have striven to rise to the occasion, and because of YOU we have risen to the occasion!

G-d bless all of you who have been instrumental in keeping us going. G-d bless those of you who despite (or perhaps because of) the coronavirus have stepped forward, dug deep, and made meaningful and ongoing contributions to our community.

What have your donations accomplished?

Your donations have fed many people spiritually and physically. Our lights are still on, spiritually and physically. We continue to be here for our community spiritually and physically. Our expenses have not decreased because of the pause in services. In fact, they have increased. Not only have many of our streams of income ceased (like catering and our barbecues, and Aliyah donations, and Hebrew school tuitions) but our expenses have increased as we continue to help people who face financial and spiritual crises. We are teaching more Torah, making more phone calls, counseling more people, and touching the lives of people in meaningful ways. 

We therefore turn to you with the following requests: if you need help, let us know! We will do our utmost to help. If you can help others, let us know! If you can find your way to make a monthly contribution to our joint endeavor please demonstrate your commitment by becoming a member now.

We are asking all of those who can – please make a monthly financial commitment to us, to the Jewish community of this area, so that we can continue to serve the Jewish community of this area. We have always been and must always be self-supportive. That means we need you to step forward at this time of great opportunity!

Despite our increased budget we are not increasing our membership rates. Please note that our membership rates are lower than other communities’. It is not that we offer less. In fact, we offer more than we ever have. Those who can afford it and want to give more than the minimum are our heroes!

Please get back to me at your earliest convenience. I will send you this year’s membership form. You can also securely donate immediately by following the link found below. You can choose to make your gift monthly, which is deeply appreciated!

G-d bless you and thank you so much for your friendship and support!

Rabbi Eilfort

Jewish Art Calendar

It is calendar season! Yes, we are running a bit late thanks to our ubiquitous friend the coronavirus. But never fear; we will again offer our gorgeous Jewish Art Calendar! Those who wish to sponsor the calendar, or run an ad/s, or dedicate a date are encouraged to reach out to our Rebbetzin Nechama via email at [email protected], or simply reply to this message for the calendar form.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

In-person High Holidays Services Planned

Our High Holiday plans have been formulated. We will be sending out a form and brochure with all of the details in the near future. Please make sure to save the dates. As of now our plan is to hold services outdoors as per current governmental mandates. If the governmental restrictions are eased we may move indoors pending approval of our medical experts and Rabbinic authorities.

Be prepared for a different looking High Holiday experience. We know that masks are not fun. We also understand that up-tempo services are not what we are used to, especially on the High Holidays. But we also know that Judaism teaches us that the sanctity of life takes precedence over all other considerations.

We appreciate your support and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented situation. We remain steadfastly committed to serving our community and doing so in a safe and secure manner.

If there is a program or if there is something that you need please do not hesitate to contact us!

Article of the Week - Living with the Times

Parshat Ki Teitzei – When You Will Go Out

By: Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort

This week we read the portion titled, “Ki Teitzei,” which means “When you will go out.” The laws about how to treat a female captive are then shared. Later in the portion we are introduced to the idea of a “Milchamat Rishut,” an optional war.

There were different types of war that the Jewish people would engage in. Those wars that entitled conquering the Holy Land were called, “Milchamot Mitzvah,” “Mitzvah” wars, as it was a positive commandment to conquer the land and expel the Canaanites, who were exceedingly evil people. Lest we accuse the Israelites of being colonialists it is appropriate to remember that the Canaanites had driven off the offspring of Noah’s son Shem, from whom the Jewish people trace our roots. In other words, the Jews were simply repatriating the land that belonged to them and which the Almighty had given in a bequest to Abraham our father.

Astonishingly we learn about a different type of war – a war that was optional. The Torah explains that under certain circumstances the Jewish people would be allowed to expand the borders of Israel and fight wars with her neighbors in order to conquer additional lands. Now this does seem like colonialism! Additionally, we understand that war is a dangerous business. Do we not view life as being the ultimate currency? Are we not commanded to transgress almost the entire Torah (other than idol worship, murder, and adultery) to save a life?

This begs the question: why would the Torah allow an optional war?

The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson of righteous memory, offers us profound insights into the nature of the relationship of a people to its land as well as the intense human desire to own land, and any other material thing for that matter.

The teaching is based upon the critical premise that reality in this world is a reflection of the desires of G-d; that our reality is a reflection of and emanates from the spiritual reality. When the Creator formed the world and created humanity to populate it, in His perfect wisdom, He created specific lands that were aligned with specific peoples. It was no accident that, for example, the Egyptians populated Egypt, the Babylonians populated Babylon, and the Israelites populated Israel. Each land was conducive to the specific people to whom it was given. Each respective people would bring out the best in its designated land and vice versa. This means that each people had the tools as well as the potential to reveal the G-dliness within its particular land.

This explanation seems to strengthen our question! If a particular people is placed in a particular land who are we to choose to dislodge that people and conquer that land?

We see that the Jewish people were exiled from the Holy Land not once, but multiple times. Why? The exiles were caused by our people not fulfilling their destiny and neglecting to reveal the sparks of G-dliness found within our particular patch of land at a given time. In a manner of speaking, the land itself expunged us. This is how the Torah says it would be and the Prophets also emphasize this point numerous times.

In this regard the surrounding nations mirrored the Children of Israel. There were times when they neglected to fulfill their divinely mandated mission thusly failing to reveal the sparks of holiness within their land. It then became incumbent upon the Jewish people to conquer that land – the optional war was born.

This explanation can be extended to help us understand a very powerful drive with which we are imbued. Most people are driven to own material possessions. From houses to cars to clothing to gadgets we all want more, bigger, better. Most of us realize the need to curb our enthusiasm for material wealth lest we become enslaved to material pursuits at the cost of our spiritual health. The proverbial tail wagging the dog is not viewed in a positive light. But this explanation helps us understand that the underpinnings of this drive are not necessarily evil. When we understand that this drive is created from our desire to reveal the G-dliness found within the material we begin to grasp the massive potential we have to elevate the physical realm!

In order to keep these desires harnessed, to make sure that we view the material world and its riches as a means to an end rather than the end itself we need the direction of the Torah. Our desire to accrue material wealth does not trump the laws of the Torah which describe how we are to attain wealth legally. We may not steal, and if we do (Heaven forfend), that G-dly spark in that bit of material wealth will not be elevated. On the other hand, when we follow the rules, for example when we have fair weights and measures, and when we have the right intention, meaning to generously share our accrued material wealth with those less fortunate, we are promised success to a degree that borders on the miraculous. Thereby we have successfully navigated the sea of materialism gleaning the best from the world around us and harnessing it to reveal its underlying holiness. 

When we can do this we have revealed our G-dly spark and we literally uplifted our material surroundings demonstrating the truth – that the Almighty is indeed right here!

Wishing everyone an uplifting, joyous, and HEALTHY Shabbos!

No Chicken Soup & Challah This Week

Our volunteers need a break so we are taking this week off but will return the next week. We are extraordinarily proud of the fact that we have provided chicken soup and challah from the beginning of the pandemic. During this time we have distributed thousands of challahs and servings of soup, at no cost, to our community and those in need. We have been able to do this due to the generosity of our sponsors (best in the world!) and our outstanding volunteers. Let’s face it; we are blessed to have such a beautiful community!

Sponsors Appreciated (And Needed)

These are extraordinary times. Many people are reaching out for help and, Baruch Hashem / thank G-d, we are HERE to help! ‘We’ means YOU and US, TOGETHER. It is an amazing partnership that we have!

We are extremely grateful to those who have reached out to help fund us, enabling us to serve others.

We would like to specifically acknowledge at this time:

Channah Hale for her generous sponsorship of the Challahs. Channah has been absolutely phenomenal in her generous sponsorships! We thank her for her kindness and love.

We are seeking additional sponsors for the following dedications:

Next week’s Loaves of Love.

Next week’s Chicken soup.

Next week’s Torah classes.

Note About Sponsorships

You may have noticed that we seek multiple sponsors for the Challah, Soup, and Torah classes. We do this because we need to find ways to cover our budgetary shortfall that has been caused by the coronavirus. The donations coming to the shul have been dramatically reduced. We greatly appreciate those of you who are still supporting us! G-d bless you! We greatly appreciate your understanding as we seek ways of propping up the income necessary to keep things afloat. Your ideas about additional income streams are likewise greatly appreciated!

Ways to Give

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.

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

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!  

Havdala Live with Rabbi Yossi

Join Rabbi Yossi Rodal on Facebook Live on Saturday night at 8:30pm for a meaningful Havdalah service. Following Havdalah Rabbi Yossi will share an uplifting Chasidic story as is traditional on Saturday night.

Haftarah Thought - From: Chabad.org

Isaiah 54:1-10.

This week's haftorah is the fifth of a series of seven "Haftarot of Consolation." These seven haftarot commence on the Shabbat following Tisha b'Av and continue until Rosh Hashanah.

Forsaken Jerusalem is likened to a barren woman devoid of children. G‑d enjoins her to rejoice, for the time will soon come when the Jewish nation will return and proliferate, repopulating Israel's once desolate cities. The prophet assures the Jewish people that G‑d has not forsaken them. Although He has momentarily hid His countenance from them, He will gather them from their exiles with great mercy. The haftorah compares the final Redemption to the pact G‑d made with Noah. Just as G‑d promised to never bring a flood over the entire earth, so too He will never again be angry at the Jewish people.

"For the mountains may move and the hills might collapse, but My kindness shall not depart from you, neither shall the covenant of My peace collapse."

 

 

SPECIAL WISHES
Want YOUR celebration to show up here? Put it in the Shul Calendar by calling or emailing Nechama...

OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES are extended to the families of the victims of the coronavirus! We pray for the day when the Almighty will remove death and suffering from humanity. May it come speedily in our day!

SPEEDY RECOVERY wishes are extended to all of those who are suffering from the coronavirus. May you be granted a complete and speedy recovery! 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes go out to Ashton Belfer, Sheila Gross and all of those celebrating their birthdays this week! Want YOUR birthday to show up here? Add it to the Shul Calendar by calling or emailing Nechama...

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

WE REMEMBER  Freddie Morris Barnett, Ernst Isadore Berliner, and all of those who have Yarzeit this week.

May Channah Hale, Sheila Lebovitz, Camille Stern, Rhonda Bloom, Adam Lemberger, Sandy Radom and Roz Mintz be blessed with a speedy and complete recovery!

SPECIAL WISHES
Want YOUR Celebration to show up here? Put it in the Shul Calendar by calling or emailing Nechama...

OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES are extended to the families of the victims of the coronavirus! We pray for the day when the Almighty will remove death and suffering from humanity. May it come speedily in our day!

SPEEDY RECOVERY wishes are extended to all of those who are suffering from the coronavirus. May you be granted a complete and speedy recovery! 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes go out to all of those celebrating their birthdays this week! Want YOUR birthday to show up here? Add it to the Shul Calendar by calling or emailing Nechama... 

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY wishes go out to Tammy & Jeffrey Horowitz and all of those celebrating their anniversaries this week!

WE REMEMBER Derek Israel and all of those who have Yarzeit this week. Please add your loved one to our calendar.

May Channah Hale, Sheila Lebovitz, Camille Stern, Rhonda Bloom, Adam Lemberger, Sandy Radom and Roz Mintz be blessed with a speedy and complete recovery!

CHABAD VIRTUAL 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, either on Facebook or on YouTube (our channel is called the Chabad Virtual Academy).

If you cannot get the classes online please email us at  [email protected] and we will work out a different arrangement.

Rabbi Eilfort Published Weekly by the San Diego Jewish World

Our own Rabbi Eilfort is submitting weekly columns on the Torah Portion of the Week and other subjects, which are published by the San Diego Jewish World ( www.SDJewishWorld.com).

Rabbi Eilfort always enjoy hearing feedback about his articles, so please don’t be shy!

Please check the shul’s Facebook page for information on live broadcasts.  

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

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.

Hebrew School & C-Kids

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

Please contact our Hebrew School Director, Morah Chaya Eilfort for info at   [email protected].

Omni La Costa Resort Welcomes Chabad at La Costa Guests

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

To book your room at the special Chabad rate, call toll-free 800-854-5000 or book online at   http://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/san-diego-la-costa/meetings/chabad.  Or you can find more information or book through our website:   www.ChabadatLaCosta.com. Follow the link for Visitor Information.

More than 500 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.

 

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.

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. 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 and the light on the Board will be illuminated each year on the Yarzeit.

We also have a gorgeous Tree of Life dedicated by the Lieberman Family that 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 only $500 per plaque for the Memorial Board or $180 for the Tree of Life. Those who wish to participate should send an email to   [email protected], or call Rabbi Eilfort at 760-943-8891.

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!

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Volume 21 Number 46 | Elul 1, 5780 | August 21, 2020

 

Chabad Weekly Update

Volume 21 Number 46 | Elul 1, 5780 | August 21, 2020
 
B"H
 
MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI
 

The countdown to the High Holidays officially begins this week. Although Rosh Hashanah is still a month away, the month of Elul is considered the beginning of the High Holiday season. In fact, in a way it is the most important component of all the holidays.

Rosh Hashanah is when we crown G-d as King of the Universe, and Yom Kippur is the day we connect the deepest level of our souls with Him. But Elul is when we “get to know” G-d on a personal level, with nothing standing in between us and Him. Once we have this relationship established, then we can go on to the other elements of the season—Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

The best part of this is that we have an entire month to work on this relationship. So let us all take advantage of the opportunity given to us, and show G-d that we want to be part of His plan for the future.

Shabbat shalom.

SHABBOS NEWS
We are Open for Services Tomorrow!!

Services are ON This Week! HURRAY!!!

After consultations with trusted medical experts and closely following the directives of governmental agencies and Rabbinic authorities we will be (safely) opening up this week for services.

Please note that we have invested heavily so as to be able to open up safely and comfortably. In fact, we are exceeding the protocols called for by the governmental agencies. You might say that we, “Answer to a Higher Authority.”

No services will take place indoors for the time being. We are going to install shade ‘sails’ over our patios enabling us to offer more seating outside. We have also bought partitions so that the Torah reader is divided from the person called to the Torah for an Aliyah. Air purifiers have also been bought (we still need three more).

All of these measures taken together with the procedures already established, which include wearing masks at all times, the use of hand sanitizer and handwashing regularly, sanitized prayers books, sanitized restrooms and surfaces etc., will produce a safe experience. With that being said we remind everyone that those who have been exposed to anyone with the virus within the last 14 days, those with symptoms, or those whose doctors advise them not to participate, should not, under any circumstances, come to shul. But rather should pray at home.

If you plan on joining us on Shabbos please let us know by responding to this message.

Working Car Needed

We are currently seeking a car in good mechanical condition. If you, or someone you know, has a car that you can donate please respond to this message. This request is time sensitive. Thank you in advance!

Weekly Sermon Friday @ 5pm on Facebook Live

Join Rabbi Eilfort this afternoon at 5pm as he gives his weekly sermon as a Facebook Live event. If you have not already done so, please send Rabbi Eilfort (Yeruchem Eilfort) a Friend Request on Facebook!

Membership – Will You Commit?

Dear Friends,

So far the year 2020 has been filled with opportunities. We have been presented with the opportunity to test ourselves as our country and our world has faced the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic. I know that I never thought that I would live in such times, and bet many of you feel the same. The health and wellbeing of each and every one of us has been severely threatened, the economy has undergone a tremendous shock, and a massive strain has been placed on our relationships and this community.

I learned in Yeshiva that tests are indeed opportunities, strange as that may sound. In Hebrew the same word for test, “Nisayon” is the root of the word for miracle, “Nes.” A Nes/miracle is when G-d suspends the rules of nature so as to reveal Himself in a supernatural way. Its root is to raise up. Therefore a test is an opportunity to raise ourselves up to a level otherwise inaccessible to us.

Our community, our beloved Chabad at La Costa, has not been immune to these opportunities. We have striven to rise to the occasion, and because of YOU we have risen to the occasion!

G-d bless all of you who have been instrumental in keeping us going. G-d bless those of you who despite (or perhaps because of) the coronavirus have stepped forward, dug deep, and made meaningful and ongoing contributions to our community.

What have your donations accomplished?

Your donations have fed many people spiritually and physically. Our lights are still on, spiritually and physically. We continue to be here for our community spiritually and physically. Our expenses have not decreased because of the pause in services. In fact, they have increased. Not only have many of our streams of income ceased (like catering and our barbecues, and Aliyah donations, and Hebrew school tuitions) but our expenses have increased as we continue to help people who face financial and spiritual crises. We are teaching more Torah, making more phone calls, counseling more people, and touching the lives of people in meaningful ways. 

We therefore turn to you with the following requests: if you need help, let us know! We will do our utmost to help. If you can help others, let us know! If you can find your way to make a monthly contribution to our joint endeavor please demonstrate your commitment by becoming a member now.

We are asking all of those who can – please make a monthly financial commitment to us, to the Jewish community of this area, so that we can continue to serve the Jewish community of this area. We have always been and must always be self-supportive. That means we need you to step forward at this time of great opportunity!

Despite our increased budget we are not increasing our membership rates. Please note that our membership rates are lower than other communities’. It is not that we offer less. In fact, we offer more than we ever have. Those who can afford it and want to give more than the minimum are our heroes!

Please get back to me at your earliest convenience. I will send you this year’s membership form. You can also securely donate immediately by following the link found below. You can choose to make your gift monthly, which is deeply appreciated!

G-d bless you and thank you so much for your friendship and support!

Rabbi Eilfort

Jewish Art Calendar

It is calendar season! Yes, we are running a bit late thanks to our ubiquitous friend the coronavirus. But never fear; we will again offer our gorgeous Jewish Art Calendar! Those who wish to sponsor the calendar, or run an ad/s, or dedicate a date are encouraged to reach out to our Rebbetzin Nechama via email at [email protected], or simply reply to this message for the calendar form.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

In-person High Holidays Services Planned

Our High Holiday plans have been formulated. We will be sending out a form and brochure with all of the details in the near future. Please make sure to save the dates. As of now our plan is to hold services outdoors as per current governmental mandates. If the governmental restrictions are eased we may move indoors pending approval of our medical experts and Rabbinic authorities.

Be prepared for a different looking High Holiday experience. We know that masks are not fun. We also understand that up-tempo services are not what we are used to, especially on the High Holidays. But we also know that Judaism teaches us that the sanctity of life takes precedence over all other considerations.

We appreciate your support and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented situation. We remain steadfastly committed to serving our community and doing so in a safe and secure manner.

If there is a program or if there is something that you need please do not hesitate to contact us!

No Chicken Soup & Challah Next Week

Our volunteers need a break so we are taking next week off, but will return the following week. We are extraordinarily proud of the fact that we have provided chicken soup and challah from the beginning of the pandemic. During this time we have distributed thousands of challahs and servings of soup, at no cost, to our community and those in need. We have been able to do this due to the generosity of our sponsors (best in the world!) and our outstanding volunteers. Let’s face it; we are blessed to have such a beautiful community!

Chicken Soup, Challah Available THIS Week

Those who live near Chabad at La Costa are welcome to let us know if you want some delicious Challah and/or Chicken Soup delivered to you on Friday to help you celebrate Shabbat in the most delicious way possible.

Please note that all food is prepared and delivered using recommended safeguards.

Sponsors Appreciated (And Needed)

These are extraordinary times. Many people are reaching out for help and, Baruch Hashem / thank G-d, we are HERE to help! ‘We’ means YOU and US, TOGETHER. It is an amazing partnership that we have!

We are extremely grateful to those who have reached out to help fund us, enabling us to serve others.

We would like to specifically acknowledge at this time:

Channah Hale for her generous sponsorship of the Challahs. Channah has been absolutely phenomenal in her generous sponsorships! We thank her for her kindness and love.

We are seeking additional sponsors for the following dedications:

Next week’s Loaves of Love.

Next week’s Chicken soup.

Next week’s Torah classes.

Note About Sponsorships

You may have noticed that we seek multiple sponsors for the Challah, Soup, and Torah classes. We do this because we need to find ways to cover our budgetary shortfall that has been caused by the coronavirus. The donations coming to the shul have been dramatically reduced. We greatly appreciate those of you who are still supporting us! G-d bless you! We greatly appreciate your understanding as we seek ways of propping up the income necessary to keep things afloat. Your ideas about additional income streams are likewise greatly appreciated!

Ways to Give

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.

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