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Volume 17 Number 15, 12th of Tevet 5776, December 24th '15

 

Message from the Rabbi
 

This week we read of Jacob’s passing. In this context the Talmud makes a startling observation: Jacob did not die. How can he be alive? Was he not embalmed by the Egyptians, and subsequently buried by his sons in the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron?

The Talmud answers: Just as his sons are alive, so is he alive.

There are many ways to understand this. A personal favorite of mine: Just as his sons live together in peace and harmony (after some pretty rough years as teens), so is his soul and spirit now alive and at peace through them.

holding-handsWe do not need to wait until someone passes away to make peace. Is there a relative or neighbor with whom you can improve your relationship? Do it today, and Jacob will live through you.

  Volume 17 Number 15, 12th of Tevet 5776, December 24th '15

Chabad Weekly Update

 

A Heart-Felt Request – PLEASE RESPOND

Dear Friends,

As we approach the end of the year it is time to take stock. Just as we are meant to examine ourselves on the Jewish New Year, particularly regarding our spiritual situation, so too we should use the end of the secular year to examine our material situation.

Thank G-d, we live in a place and time of unprecedented wealth and plenty. In all of human history there has never been a time of such riches finding their way into the hands of so many. Yet unfortunately, many do not feel rich. Somehow many people choose to focus on that which they do not have instead of that which they do have. For instance, I would wager ‘dimes to doughnuts’ that nobody reading this article is worried about where his next meal is coming from or if he will have a roof over his head next week. These are precisely the types of worries that all previous generations had.

Every one of us should feel rich! While it may be true that we would like more (money, clothes, vacations etc.) it would probably be hard to argue that we need more. In the Ethics of Our Fathers (some of the most poignant ethical teachings in Judaism) we are taught; “Who is rich? He who is satisfied with what he has.” He who trains himself to be happy with his lot will be as happy as the richest person on the planet, in fact it can be argued that he is the richest person on the planet.

It is with this in mind that I am asking for your help at this time. Many are thinking ahead to April 15th, Tax Day. Many are now making their decision about how much they want to contribute to a worthy cause and to therefore be able to maximize their tax deductions.

I am asking that you include Chabad at La Costa / North County Jewish Center in your plans.

Your tax-deductible contribution does so much! It enables us to do something as simple as keep the lights on or bring chicken soup to someone who is not well, and it also helps us do something as sublime as teach a child the beauty of his/her heritage or hold inspirational services every Shabbat. Your generous contributions help us do all that we do, which makes you our partner in everything we accomplish.

Indeed you are being offered the opportunity of ‘getting in on the ground level’ of the best investment possible; an investment with guaranteed results!

Please take a moment to share your gratitude for all that you have been blessed with by sharing with others. Please take a moment to log onto our secure websitewww.chabadatlacosta.com/donate, and make a profound difference in the life of all those whom we touch. You can also make your donation via check if that is more convenient.

G-d has given you the ultimate privilege, and that is to be His partner in perfecting this physical and mundane physical world and transforming it into something G-dly and beautiful!

G-d bless you for your generosity and support!

Sincerely,

Rabbi Eilfort


Kiddush Cup


Kiddush this Shabbos

This week’s Kiddush is being sponsored by Clive Walden in honor of his wife Cindy’s Yarzeit.

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

Kiddush Sponsors Needed

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

Kiddush sponsorship begins at $180.

Minyan Needed

Please note that a Minyan is needed Monday, December 18th at 7pm so Kaddish can be recited. If you can help us do this wonderful Mitzvah please let us know as soon as possible by sending an email to info@ChabadatLaCosta.com.

A Thought from the Rabbi

This week’s Torah portion is titled “VaYechi,” (And He Lived) and discusses in large part the final days of Jacob’s life, including the blessings he conferred upon his sons – the 12 Tribes of Israel. As we know Jacob was a very holy person, nonetheless he went through several harrowing tests during his life. The series of tribulations he endured and how he responded to them is instructive to us today.

Let us undertake a brief survey of some of the difficulties Jacob survived. Jacob’s twin brother, Esau, was a sinful/evil man, something that surely bothered Jacob. Esau cast aside the holy ways of his parents and grandparents and instead was a murderer and adulterer. Interestingly, Esau accuses Jacob of committing heinous crimes – something that many of our enemies have done throughout history (eg accusing the Jewish people of committing the sins that they themselves actually commit). Esau’s hatred of Jacob became so intense he planned on murdering him. Jacob at that point fled home and headed to his Uncle Laban’s home. Once there his own uncle swindled him and tried to destroy him spiritually. Not only did Jacob not succumb to these continual, profound tests, but he overcame them with flying colors.

The troubles did not stop there, however. Finally upon Jacob’s return in triumph to the Promised Land to settle down his beloved wife Rachel tragically died in child birth. Still more trouble followed when the terrible sibling rivalry between his sons reared its ugly head and his beloved Joseph was sold as a slave to Egypt. Jacob thought that he had perished and mourned his son for many years. All of these tragedies exacted a price from Jacob, as he never achieved the same longevity of his father and grandfather.

Why was such a holy person subjected to such dramatic difficulties? Are these the wages of Jewish ‘sainthood’?

Perhaps we can find the answer by examining an interesting chapter from Psalms. King David wrote in Psalm 116, verse 15, “Grievous in the eyes of the L-rd is the death of His pious ones.” The Hebrew word for grievous is “Yakar,” which interestingly enough can also be translated as “Precious.”  I recall a lecture I once heard from Rabbi Chaim Citron, a wonderful teacher I had when I was in Yeshiva, who discussed this alternate translation and how it befuddled him at first. After all, how can we possibly say that the death of the holy is precious to Hashem?

Only with the wisdom of maturity can one begin to understand this concept. When the very righteous are judged severely it makes a much more powerful impression than when the wicked are judged. Those of us watching ‘from the sidelines’ will certainly conclude that Hashem’s attribute of truth and justice is not to be trifled with. On the simplest level we see that no one is above the law, and instead the higher up one is, the stricter he/she is judged (oh how I wish modern politicians would keep this mind). Imagine two students; one regularly gets A’s and the other struggles to get C’s, who will the teacher grade in a more exacting way? But on a deeper level think about this; when we get judged who is less likely to become embittered by the experience, the holy person or the sinner? Who is more likely to perceive the blessing inherent in the seemingly negative? Obviously, the righteous person will interpret difficult circumstances as being a form of intense blessing from the Creator – so intense that according to our limited perception it seems negative. When one has attained this level of holiness he/she begins to only perceive goodness! And this attribute is very dear and precious to the Almighty!

The bottom line is each of us has our own set of challenges that we must navigate on a regular basis. Those tests are an expression of G-d’s love for us! The more we are tested, the more Hashem loves us! When we can (finally) learn to correctly interpret what seems as difficulties in our life, we will have achieved the ultimate component in living an overwhelmingly joyful life.  

Chinese Friday Night Dinner & Community Board Games THIS Week

chinese takeout.jpgEveryone knows of the ancient Jewish Tradition of having Chinese Food on December 25th. Well, this year December 25th happens to fall on a Friday – so we will have a beautiful Friday Night Dinner together featuring the most scrumptious Chinese Food. Candle lighting is at 4:30pm, followed by a word of Torah by the Rabbi and a family-friendly Friday night service. Dinner will be served at 5:30pm. Following dinner we will have board games available to play together. The cost to attend is $18 per adult and $10 per child – not to exceed $50 per family. Reservations are necessary to attend by sending an IMMEDIATE email to us atinfo@ChabadatLaCosta.com or by calling 760-943-8891.

Weekly Class Schedule

Daily: Code of Jewish Law with Rabbi E – Following Minyan

Shabbat: During Mincha – Women’s Issues with the Rebbetzin

Cancelled - Monday: Caffeine for the Soul – A Class for Women @ Target, Encinitas – 12pm

Cancelled - Tuesday: Jewish Mysticism – 7:30pm

Cancelled - Wednesday: Torah Portion of the Week – 7:30pm.

Special Wishes

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes go out to Anna 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 Stewart Miller and Cindy Walden and all those observing Yarzeit this week.

May Roz Mintz and Mel Bridge be blessed with a full and complete recovery!

###

Hebrew School – NO Hebrew School this Week

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

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 info@ChabadatLaCosta.com your request.

Learn the Code of Jewish Law with Rabbi Eilfort

A daily class in practical Jewish Law is held immediately following the Minyan taught by Rabbi Eilfort. Using the Code of Jewish Law, known in Hebrew as the Shulchan Aruch, participants are able to discuss the laws while learning about the ongoing opportunities one has to serve the Almighty on a moment-by-moment basis. The class begins at about 8:50am and lasts for about 20 minutes. There is no charge to attend.

Memorial Plaques & Tree of Life Plaques Available

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

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

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

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

Cell Phones & Chatting During Services

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

Shul Etiquette

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Ron Lewis Insurance Services

760.525.5769 / RonLewisInsurance@yahoo.com

Specializing in Medicare Supplements, Long-term care (LTC) plans, Individual health plans, Dental, and Term life insurance.

Need health or life insurance or know someone who does? If so, please visithttp://InsuranceProductQuotes.com and get plan and rate comparisons INSTANTLY from the major insurance carriers in California and Washington. Apply directly online or call for more information. There is no charge for this service!

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Neal Sperling Business Development

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

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Volume 17 Number 13, 6th of Tevet 5776, December 18 '15

 

Message from the Rabbi
 

This coming Tuesday is 10 Tevet, a fast day that commemorates the date when the armies of the Babylonian emperor Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem. Thirty months later the city walls were breached, and the Holy Temple was destroyed.

Besides for fasting and reciting extra prayers, I’d like to suggest that this is a most appropriate day to strengthen our protective walls. No, I do not mean walls of stone, wire, or anything like that. Rather, I mean the ropes of love that bind our nation together, joining us into a single unbreakable unit of Jewish peoplehood.

Look around you. Is there a fellow Jew who can use a little TLC? Is there someone who may be drifting away from Judaism and Jewish life? Now’s the perfect time to pick up the phone and reach out.

You’ll feel good about it, and you will have done your part in the ongoing program to rebuild Jerusalem.

  Volume 17 Number 13, 6th of Tevet 5776, December 18 '15

Chabad Weekly Update

 

Kiddush Cup

Kiddush this Shabbos

This week’s Kiddush is being sponsored by Ron Lewis in honor of his father Milton Lewis’ Yarzeit.

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

Kiddush Sponsors Needed

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

Kiddush sponsorship begins at $180.

Dedication Dinner – A Sincere Thank You!

 

 

The results are in and the Dedication Dinner was an outstanding success! We had a capacity crowd and everything went precisely as planned, thank G-d. Special thanks are extended to our wonderful Dinner Committee, who worked so hard, those who attended, and those who generously donated so many wonderful prizes! It is times like this that one sees how truly amazing our community is.

A Thought from the Rabbi

In this week’s Torah portion, which is called ‘VaYigash’ (And He Came Close) we see Judah engage in a confrontational conversation with whom he thinks is the Viceroy of Egypt, but who is actually his brother Joseph. As a reminder, Joseph had framed Benjamin by planting his chalice in Benjamin’s sack and then accusing him of stealing it. He did so as a test, as he wanted to see how the brothers would react. Joseph wanted to know if they had properly repented for the wrong they had committed against him and which resulted in him being a slave and then a prisoner in Egypt. Before planting the chalice in Benjamin’s sack Joseph lavished extra attention and gifts upon the youngest brother as a test to see whether there were any issues with jealousy.

As the Torah indicates the brothers, particularly Judah, came through with flying colors! No jealousy issues were displayed whatsoever, and here Judah offers himself to replace Benjamin. Not only does Judah stand by his brother, but he is ready to confront the Viceroy of Egypt. On a practical level this means that Judah was willing to sacrifice everything, including his very life, to save his brother’s!

This is the Judah that was destined to be the father of Kings, and ultimately the progenitor of Moshiach. This is true leadership exemplified. A man who displayed the willingness to give up all that he had, both in this world and the next (as explained by the commentaries regarding Judah’s promise to Jacob), for the sake of someone else. This obviously represents a dramatic turnaround from Judah’s earlier behavior. There he used his leadership and influence for a negative action, while here he harnessed those self-same attributes and used them to bring redemption.

Joseph perceived Judah’s change and responded favorably. In fact, he was so touched by Judah’s gesture that he broke down and stopped the charade. He revealed what he had long held inside – his brotherly love. They assumed the proper relationship of brothers and together were ready to transform a dark world into one of light and goodness.

So we learn the powerful lesson of doing Teshuva, of changing our past evil deeds. And we see the victory of love over hate and jealousy. The power of the love can have an effect that is above nature and can literally change the world! We also see the complete self-sacrifice that we must be willing to display in order to save the life of our Jewish brothers/sisters. Without calculations or consideration for our own wellbeing we must be willing to give up everything for others, and it is precisely that willingness that will ultimately bring Moshiach.

A Heart-Felt Request

Dear Friends,

As we approach the end of the year it is time to take stock. Just as we are meant to examine ourselves on the Jewish New Year, particularly regarding our spiritual situation, so too we should use the end of the secular year to examine our material situation.

Thank G-d, we live in a place and time of unprecedented wealth and plenty. In all of human history there has never been a time of such riches finding their way into the hands of so many. Yet unfortunately, many do not feel rich. Somehow many people choose to focus on that which they do not have instead of that which they do have. For instance, I would wager ‘dimes to doughnuts’ that nobody reading this article is worried about where his next meal is coming from or if he will have a roof over his head next week. These are precisely the types of worries that all previous generations had.

Every one of us should feel rich! While it may be true that we would like more (money, clothes, vacations etc.) it would probably be hard to argue that we need more. In the Ethics of Our Fathers (some of the most poignant ethical teachings in Judaism) we are taught; “Who is rich? He who is satisfied with what he has.” He who trains himself to be happy with his lot will be as happy as the richest person on the planet, in fact it can be argued that he is the richest person on the planet.

It is with this in mind that I am asking for your help at this time. Many are thinking ahead to April 15th, Tax Day. Many are now making their decision about how much they want to contribute to a worthy cause and to therefore be able to maximize their tax deductions.

I am asking that you include Chabad at La Costa / North County Jewish Center in your plans.

Your tax-deductible contribution does so much! It enables us to do something as simple as keep the lights on or bring chicken soup to someone who is not well, and it also helps us do something as sublime as teach a child the beauty of his/her heritage or hold inspirational services every Shabbat. Your generous contributions help us do all that we do, which makes you our partner in everything we accomplish.

Indeed you are being offered the opportunity of ‘getting in on the ground level’ of the best investment possible; an investment with guaranteedresults!

Please take a moment to share your gratitude for all that you have been blessed with by sharing with others. Please take a moment to log onto our secure website www.chabadatlacosta.com/donate, and make a profound difference in the life of all those whom we touch. You can also make your donation via check if that is more convenient.

G-d has given you the ultimate privilege, and that is to be His partner in perfecting this physical and mundane physical world and transforming it into something G-dly and beautiful!

G-d bless you for your generosity and support!

Sincerely,

Rabbi Eilfort

Chinese Friday Night Dinner & Community Board Games NEXT Week

chinese takeoutEveryone knows of the ancient Jewish Tradition of having Chinese Food on December 25th. Well, this year December 25th happens to fall on a Friday – so we will have a beautiful Friday Night Dinner together featuring the most scrumptious Chinese Food. Candle lighting is at 4:30pm, followed by a word of Torah by the Rabbi and a family-friendly Friday night service. Dinner will be served at 5:30pm. Following dinner we will have board games available to play together. The cost to attend is $18 per adult and $9 per child – not to exceed $50 per family. Reservations are necessary to attend by sending an email to us at info@ChabadatLaCosta.com or by calling 760-943-8891.

Fast Day Approaches

Tuesday, December 22nd is the 10th of Tevet. It is the day that we commemorate the beginning of the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem, which led to the Temple’s destruction 30 months later. On days that are related to the calamity of the destruction of the either Holy Temple and the exiles that came as a direct consequence we do more than simply marking the day on the calendar, we are commanded to fast. Fasting includes the prohibition against eating and drinking, so it is not easy. The good news is this is only a partial day fast, as it begins at 5:25am and concludes at 5:15pm. We wish you an easy and meaningful fast!

Weekly Class Schedule

Daily: Code of Jewish Law with Rabbi E – Following Minyan

Shabbat: During Mincha – Women’s Issues with the Rebbetzin

Monday: Caffeine for the Soul – A Class for Women @ Target, Encinitas – 12pm

Cancelled due to Fast - Tuesday: Jewish Mysticism – 7:30pm

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

Special Wishes

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

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

We remember Yoel Siegal, Milton Lewis, and Rose Zalman and all those observing Yarzeit this week.

May Roz Mintz and Mel Bridge be blessed with a full and complete recovery!

###

Hebrew School – Hebrew School this Week

Chabad Hebrew School Logo

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

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 info@ChabadatLaCosta.com your request.

Learn the Code of Jewish Law with Rabbi Eilfort

A daily class in practical Jewish Law is held immediately following the Minyan taught by Rabbi Eilfort. Using the Code of Jewish Law, known in Hebrew as the Shulchan Aruch, participants are able to discuss the laws while learning about the ongoing opportunities one has to serve the Almighty on a moment-by-moment basis. The class begins at about 8:50am and lasts for about 20 minutes. There is no charge to attend.

Memorial Plaques & Tree of Life Plaques Available

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

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

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

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

Cell Phones & Chatting During Services

No phonesNeedless to say the sanctuary on Shabbat or holidays is a place that must be conducive to reflective prayers and serenity. To help keep it this way, please refrain from engaging in any conversations during services and please do not bring in your cell phone. Thank you for your cooperation.

Shul Etiquette

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

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

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

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

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

Please Patronize Our Sponsors

Your Chabad Real Estate Agent & Mortgage Broker

Jonathan Rozansky is a licensed realtor and mortgage professional.

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.

Jonathan Rozansky

Direct (619) 392-1234

jon@rozanskyteam.com

www.rozanskyteam.com

DRE. # 01754457

NMLS ID : 315987

Ron Lewis Insurance Services

760.525.5769 / RonLewisInsurance@yahoo.com

Specializing in Medicare Supplements, Long-term care (LTC) plans, Individual health plans, Dental, and Term life insurance.

Need health or life insurance or know someone who does? If so, please visit http://InsuranceProductQuotes.com and get plan and rate comparisons INSTANTLY from the major insurance carriers in California and Washington. Apply directly online or call for more information. There is no charge for this service!

Interested in having long-term care insurance WITHOUT purchasing an expensive LTC insurance plan? Watch this 10 minute video:

http://www.westlandinc.com/downloads/10MinMG/player.html

Neal Sperling Business Development

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

Dream Home Cinema

*Family Room Surround

*Wholesale House Audio

*Home Automation

Joseph Markowitz: 760-415-8742

Joseph@DreamHomeCinema.com

Energy, Health, Weight Loss

I help people get resultswith having more energy, losing weightand improving their health with safe, natural, guaranteed kosher products along with free coaching. Leah/Linda Buckner 760-63+5-3405. For free samples, including Power Breakfast, call me or fill out contact info at www.FeelGreatSamples.com. For Skin Care samples,www.MySkinCareSurvey.com.

Your referrals are appreciated.

Cost Effective Advertising Available HERE

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

Volume 17 Number 12, 29th of Kislev 5776, December 11 '15


Message from the Rabbi
 

Happy Chanukah!

 

I love this time of year, and I suspect that you do as well.

There’s a powerful lesson I like to take from the Chanukah candles. On the first night we light one flame, and that is enough. The next day, we light two. By the time the third night rolls around, no less than three flames are needed. And by the time we’ll get to night number 8, we will need 8 lights.

When it comes to bringing light and goodness to the world, what was okay for yesterday is not enough for today. Every day, we must climb higher and higher.

Here is a Chanukah exercise:

Think about your life and the mitzvahs you do already. Think of what you can add to that mix. Now implement it. Repeat daily for best results.

  Volume 17 Number 12, 29th of Kislev 5776, December 11 '15

Chabad Weekly Update - SPECIAL EDITION

 

Minyan Needed Monday Morning – Please Commit

This coming Monday there is a Yarzeit so we need to make sure there is a Minyan at 8am. Several of our regulars are not available so it will be a special challenge to make sure we can do this Mitzvah. If you are able to help make this great Mitzvah happen please respond to this message right away. G-d bless!

Kiddush this Shabbos

This week’s Kiddush is being sponsored by Elias and Rachel Perez in memory of Saada bat Shimon Perez’ (Elias’ mother) Yarzeit! 

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

Kiddush Sponsors Needed

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

Kiddush sponsorship begins at $180.

Dedication Dinner THIS Sunday

The long-awaited Dedication Dinner Gala of our new building is THIS weekend! On Sunday, December 13th, which is the last light of Chanukah, from 4:30pm until 9pm we will have a wonderful celebration including Menorah Lighting, dedication of our new donor’s wall, live music, a sumptuous prime rib dinner, silent auction, live auction, raffle prizes, and much more. Thanks to the generosity and hard work of many in our community we have some valuable prizes including fine jewelry, art, vacation packages, sports memorabilia, and the newest electronics.  

We are full with just a couple of seats open! Proceeds will be going to help us finish Phase I of our building, which includes hard-scaping, landscaping, and a couple of other minor projects. Please respond to this message if you would like to come, or you can register online by logging onto the shul’s website; www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/gala. The cost to attend is $180 per person.

Thank you for your support and participation!

A Thought from the Rabbi

As most people know each night of Chanukah we add a light so that on the first night we lit one, the second two, etc. What many people don’t know is that there is a debate amongst two great Talmudic Rabbis, Hillel and Shammai, regarding this special Mitzvah. It is Hillel whose opinion we follow. Shammai’s opinion is that the first night we light eight, the second night seven, etc. He holds that each night we reduce the amount of lights that we kindle.

The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (of sainted memory) explains the different reasoning of Hillel and Shammai. The Rebbe explained that if we analyze the position of Hillel he was the more lenient of the two Talmudic greats whereas Shammai was more stringent. Why was Hillel more lenient and why Shammai was more stringent? The answer offered is because Hillel would respond to people on the level they occupied while Shammai would respond based upon the person’s potential. Hillel was primarily motivated by the attribute of Chesed – lovingkindness – and Shamma was primarily motivated by the attribute of Gevurah – justice and strength. Interestingly, during these times – a time of exile and difficulty – we generally follow the opinion of Hillel, however, when the Messianic Era (finally) arrives we will follow the opinion of Shammai.   

With this in mind we can now better appreciate the difference in opinions regarding the order of lighting the Chanukah Menorah. Being that Hillel emphasizes the level where we currently find ourselves he states that we should light the number of candles corresponding to the day of Chanukah. Today, for instance, we are celebrating the fifth day of Chanukah so last night we lit five candles because that’s where we are currently holding. Shammai, on the other hand, is always looking at one’s potential, and since by the fifth night of Chanukah there is less potential Chanukah light to be emitted we light fewer candles.

It behooves us to examine and learn from both positions, particularly when dealing with other people. While we should certainly embrace the approach of Hillel and lovingly accept people where they are currently standing we should also incorporate the style of Shammai and look and speak to our friend’s potential, which will help us encourage growth.

Happy Chanukah and may we grow from strength to strength!  

A Heart-Felt Request

Dear Friends,

As we approach the end of the year it is time to take stock. Just as we are meant to examine ourselves on the Jewish New Year, particularly regarding our spiritual situation, so too we should use the end of the secular year to examine our material situation.

Thank G-d, we live in a place and time of unprecedented wealth and plenty. In all of human history there has never been a time of such riches finding their way into the hands of so many. Yet unfortunately, many do not feel rich. Somehow many people choose to focus on that which they do not have instead of that which they do have. For instance, I would wager ‘dimes to doughnuts’ that nobody reading this article is worried about where his next meal is coming from or if he will have a roof over his head next week. These are precisely the types of worries that all previous generations had.

Every one of us should feel rich! While it may be true that we would like more (money, clothes, vacations etc.) it would probably be hard to argue that we need more. In the Ethics of Our Fathers (some of the most poignant ethical teachings in Judaism) we are taught; “Who is rich? He who is satisfied with what he has.” He who trains himself to be happy with his lot will be as happy as the richest person on the planet, in fact it can be argued that he is the richest person on the planet.

It is with this in mind that I am asking for your help at this time. Many are thinking ahead to April 15th, Tax Day. Many are now making their decision about how much they want to contribute to a worthy cause and to therefore be able to maximize their tax deductions.

I am asking that you include Chabad at La Costa / North County Jewish Center in your plans.

Your tax-deductible contribution does so much! It enables us to do something as simple as keep the lights on or bring chicken soup to someone who is not well, and it also helps us do something as sublime as teach a child the beauty of his/her heritage or hold inspirational services every Shabbat. Your generous contributions help us do all that we do, which makes you our partner in everything we accomplish.

Indeed you are being offered the opportunity of ‘getting in on the ground level’ of the best investment possible; an investment withguaranteed results!

 

Please take a moment to share your gratitude for all that you have been blessed with by sharing with others. Please take a moment to log onto our secure website www.chabadatlacosta.com/donate, and make a profound difference in the life of all those whom we touch. You can also make your donation via check if that is more convenient. 

G-d has given you the ultimate privilege, and that is to be His partner in perfecting this physical and mundane physical world and transforming it into something G-dly and beautiful!

G-d bless you for your generosity and support!

Sincerely,

Rabbi Eilfort

Chinese Friday Night Dinner & Community Board Games

Everyone knows of the ancient Jewish Tradition of having Chinese Food on December 25th. Well, this year December 25th happens to fall on a Friday – so we will have a beautiful Friday Night Dinner together featuring the most scrumptious Chinese Food. Candle lighting is at 4:30pm, followed by a word of Torah by the Rabbi and a family-friendly Friday night service. Dinner will be served at 5:30pm. Following dinner we will have board games available to play together. The cost to attend is $18 per adult and $10 per child – not to exceed $50 per family. Reservations are necessary to attend by sending an email to us atinfo@ChabadatLaCosta.com or by calling 760-943-8891.

Weekly Class Schedule

Daily: Code of Jewish Law with Rabbi E – Following Minyan

Shabbat: During Mincha – Women’s Issues with the Rebbetzin

Monday: Caffeine for the Soul – A Class for Women @ Target, Encinitas – 12pm

Tuesday: Jewish Mysticism – 7:30pm

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

Special Wishes

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes go out to Rabbi Zecharia Sionit, 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 all of those who have a Yarzeit this week.

May Roz Mintz and Mel Bridge be blessed with a full and complete recovery!

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Hebrew School – Hebrew School this Week

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

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 info@ChabadatLaCosta.com your request.

Learn the Code of Jewish Law with Rabbi Eilfort

A daily class in practical Jewish Law is held immediately following the Minyan taught by Rabbi Eilfort. Using the Code of Jewish Law, known in Hebrew as the Shulchan Aruch, participants are able to discuss the laws while learning about the ongoing opportunities one has to serve the Almighty on a moment-by-moment basis. The class begins at about 8:50am and lasts for about 20 minutes. There is no charge to attend.

Memorial Plaques & Tree of Life Plaques Available

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

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

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

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

Cell Phones & Chatting During Services

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

Shul Etiquette

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

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

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

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

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

Please Patronize Our Sponsors

Your Chabad Real Estate Agent & Mortgage Broker

Jonathan Rozansky is a licensed realtor and mortgage professional.

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.

Jonathan Rozansky

Direct (619) 392-1234

jon@rozanskyteam.com

www.rozanskyteam.com

DRE. # 01754457

NMLS ID : 315987

Ron Lewis Insurance Services

760.525.5769 / RonLewisInsurance@yahoo.com

Specializing in Medicare Supplements, Long-term care (LTC) plans, Individual health plans, Dental, and Term life insurance.

Need health or life insurance or know someone who does? If so, please visit http://InsuranceProductQuotes.com and get plan and rate comparisons INSTANTLY from the major insurance carriers in California and Washington. Apply directly online or call for more information. There is no charge for this service!

Interested in having long-term care insurance WITHOUT purchasing an expensive LTC insurance plan? Watch this 10 minute video:

http://www.westlandinc.com/downloads/10MinMG/player.html

Neal Sperling Business Development

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

Dream Home Cinema

*Family Room Surround

*Wholesale House Audio

*Home Automation

Joseph Markowitz: 760-415-8742

Joseph@DreamHomeCinema.com

Energy, Health, Weight Loss

I help people get resultswith having more energy, losing weightand improving their health with safe, natural, guaranteed kosher products along with free coaching. Leah/Linda Buckner 760-63+5-3405. For free samples, including Power Breakfast, call me or fill out contact info at www.FeelGreatSamples.com. For Skin Care samples,www.MySkinCareSurvey.com.

Your referrals are appreciated.

Cost Effective Advertising Available HERE

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

Volume 17 Number 12, 22nd of Kislev 5776, December 4 '15

Message from the Rabbi
 

 Chanukah is just around the corner. Like my fellow Chabad rabbis around the globe, I’ve been busy doing my part to bring Chanukah to as many Jewish people as possible. I’d love for you to join in the effort.

Do you know anyone who could use a Chanukah menorah? Please let me know, and I’ll be happy to arrange a kit for you to share. Do you know a few people who need? Please don’t be shy. The more the better.

Together, we can make sure that the Chanukah candles burn in every Jewish home.

Happy Chanukah!

  Volume 17 Number 12, 22nd of Kislev 5776, December 4 '15

Chabad Weekly Update

 

Kiddush Cup

Kiddush this Shabbos

This week’s Kiddush is being sponsored by Steve and Linda Rivkin in memory of Rochel Rus Rivkin’s (Steve’s mother) Yarzeit! 

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

Kiddush Sponsors Needed

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

Kiddush sponsorship begins at $180.

Chanukah Fun!

 

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Annual Chanukah Festival at the Forum Shops in Carlsbad is scheduled for Sunday, December 6th from 4-6pm. Not only will we be lighting a giant Menorah, we will have all sorts of arts-n-crafts projects available. There will be lots of delicious Chanukah treats like jelly doughnuts, homemade latkes with apple sauce, and lots more. Prizes for all the children will be given out and there will be raffles as well. Make your plans now to join us for this wonderful event perfect for the whole family!

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Have YOU Reserved Your Place?

The long-awaited Dedication Dinner Gala of our new building is quickly approaching! On Sunday, December 13th, which is the last light of Chanukah, from 4:30pm until 9pm we will have a wonderful celebration including Menorah Lighting, dedication of our new donor’s wall, live music, a sumptuous prime rib dinner, silent auction, live auction, raffle prizes, and much more. Thanks to the generosity and hard work of many in our community we have some valuable prizes including fine jewelry, art, vacation packages, sports memorabilia, and the newest electronics.

We are asking our friends to show their support of our work by attending this important fundraiser. Proceeds will be going to help us finish Phase I of our building, which includes hard-scaping, landscaping, and a couple of other minor projects. Please respond to this message if you would like a formal invitation mailed to you or you can register online by logging onto the shul’s website; www.ChabadatLaCosta.com/gala. The cost to attend is $180 per person.

 Thank you for your support and participation!

A Thought from the Rabbi

It’s Chanukah time! A favorite for ‘children’ of all ages. We gather with family, friends, and community and light the Menorah. Many partake of latkes (fried potato pancakes) and/or sufganiyot (jelly donuts) to remind ourselves of the miracle of the oil that stayed lit in the Holy Temple Menorah for eight days instead of one day. We may play dreidel (a special Chanukah top) with the children for ‘gelt’ (chocolate coins) to remind ourselves that the Syrian Greeks forbade the study of Torah as a religious work so whenever the soldiers were on patrol looking for Jews who would not / could not stop studying, they would take out their dreidels showing that they were only playing games.

These were the same Greeks that we look to as the creators of democracy. These are the very same Greeks that we look to as the source of Western Culture and Values.

In fact, there are even those in the Jewish community who view the Greeks as the ‘good guys’ and the Macabees (the Jews who led the rebellion against the Greeks) as the bad guys.

Perhaps we are in danger of becoming so open minded that our brains will fall out. Jews have become the leaders and spokespeople of political correctness in this day and age, and this, I believe has started to cloud our sense of Torah morality. The Torah has definite ideas on what is right and what is wrong and it doesn’t all necessarily mesh with the Western definitions.

But that is neither here nor there. Chanukah is about light. We add light into the world through lighting candles. The light that we bring makes a huge difference. We place the Menorah near a door or window so that the light created is shared with the world at large – so that others benefit by the light that the Menorah represents.

We Jews have something to offer the world. We have a timeless moral code. We have ethical standards. Now, let’s look at those who adhere to this code and judge what kind of life they lead. Those who keep to the code are honest, generous, kind, and careful in what they say and do. They are model citizens where they live. The Torah instructs us to be industrious and this often leads to material as well as spiritual success.

So, my dear friends, share the light of Chanukah this year with your friends, family, and community! 

A Heart-Felt Request

Dear Friends,

As we approach the end of the year it is time to take stock. Just as we are meant to examine ourselves on the Jewish New Year, particularly regarding our spiritual situation, so too we should use the end of the secular year to examine our material situation.

Thank G-d, we live in a place and time of unprecedented wealth and plenty. In all of human history there has never been a time of such riches finding their way into the hands of so many. Yet unfortunately, many do not feel rich. Somehow many people choose to focus on that which they do not have instead of that which they do have. For instance, I would wager ‘dimes to doughnuts’ that nobody reading this article is worried about where his next meal is coming from or if he will have a roof over his head next week. These are precisely the types of worries that all previous generations had. 

Every one of us should feel rich! While it may be true that we would like more (money, clothes, vacations etc.) it would probably be hard to argue that we need more. In the Ethics of Our Fathers (some of the most poignant ethical teachings in Judaism) we are taught; “Who is rich? He who is satisfied with what he has.” He who trains himself to be happy with his lot will be as happy as the richest person on the planet, in fact it can be argued that he is the richest person on the planet. 

It is with this in mind that I am asking for your help at this time. Many are thinking ahead to April 15th, Tax Day. Many are now making their decision about how much they want to contribute to a worthy cause and to therefore be able to maximize their tax deductions.

I am asking that you include Chabad at La Costa / North County Jewish Center in your plans.

Your tax-deductible contribution does so much! It enables us to do something as simple as keep the lights on or bring chicken soup to someone who is not well, and it also helps us do something as sublime as teach a child the beauty of his/her heritage or hold inspirational services every Shabbat. Your generous contributions help us do all that we do, which makes you our partner in everything we accomplish.

Indeed you are being offered the opportunity of ‘getting in on the ground level’ of the best investment possible; an investment withguaranteed results 

Please take a moment to share your gratitude for all that you have been blessed with by sharing with others. Please take a moment to log onto our secure website www.chabadatlacosta.com/donate, and make a profound difference in the life of all those whom we touch. You can also make your donation via check if that is more convenient.  

G-d has given you the ultimate privilege, and that is to be His partner in perfecting this physical and mundane physical world and transforming it into something G-dly and beautiful!

G-d bless you for your generosity and support!

Sincerely,

Rabbi Eilfort

Chinese Friday Night Dinner & Community Board Games

Everyone knows of the ancient Jewish Tradition of having Chinese Food on December 25th. Well, this year December 25th happens to fall on a Friday – so we will have a beautiful Friday Night Dinner together featuring the most scrumptious Chinese Food. Candle lighting is at 4:30pm, followed by a word of Torah by the Rabbi and a family-friendly Friday night service. Dinner will be served at 5:30pm. Following dinner we will have board games available to play together. The cost to attend is $18 per adult and $10 per child – not to exceed $50 per family. Reservations are necessary to attend by sending an email to us atinfo@ChabadatLaCosta.com or by calling 760-943-8891.

Weekly Class Schedule

Daily: Code of Jewish Law with Rabbi E – Following Minyan

Shabbat: During Mincha – Women’s Issues with the Rebbetzin

Monday: Caffeine for the Soul – A Class for Women @ Target, Encinitas – 12pm

Tuesday: Jewish Mysticism – Cancelled

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

Special Wishes

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes go out to Julia Horowitz, 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 all of those who have a Yarzeit this week.

May Roz Mintz and Mel Bridge be blessed with a full and complete recovery!

Hebrew School – Hebrew School this Week

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

 

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 info@ChabadatLaCosta.com your request.

Learn the Code of Jewish Law with Rabbi Eilfort

A daily class in practical Jewish Law is held immediately following the Minyan taught by Rabbi Eilfort. Using the Code of Jewish Law, known in Hebrew as the Shulchan Aruch, participants are able to discuss the laws while learning about the ongoing opportunities one has to serve the Almighty on a moment-by-moment basis. The class begins at about 8:50am and lasts for about 20 minutes. There is no charge to attend.

 

Memorial Plaques & Tree of Life Plaques Available

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

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

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

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

Cell Phones & Chatting During Services

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

Shul Etiquette

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

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

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

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

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

Please Patronize Our Sponsors

Your Chabad Real Estate Agent & Mortgage Broker

Jonathan Rozansky is a licensed realtor and mortgage professional.

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.

Jonathan Rozansky

Direct (619) 392-1234

jon@rozanskyteam.com

www.rozanskyteam.com

DRE. # 01754457

NMLS ID : 315987

Ron Lewis Insurance Services

760.525.5769 / RonLewisInsurance@yahoo.com

Specializing in Medicare Supplements, Long-term care (LTC) plans, Individual health plans, Dental, and Term life insurance.

Need health or life insurance or know someone who does? If so, please visit http://InsuranceProductQuotes.com and get plan and rate comparisons INSTANTLY from the major insurance carriers in California and Washington. Apply directly online or call for more information. There is no charge for this service!

Interested in having long-term care insurance WITHOUT purchasing an expensive LTC insurance plan? Watch this 10 minute video:

http://www.westlandinc.com/downloads/10MinMG/player.html

Neal Sperling Business Development

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

Dream Home Cinema

*Family Room Surround

*Wholesale House Audio

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Joseph Markowitz: 760-415-8742

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