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Volume 16 Number 38, 15th of Tammuz 5775, July 3 '15


Message from the Rabbi

It was probably the strangest offensive strategy in the history of war. Instead of stockpiling weapons, using diplomacy, or perhaps planning a sneak attack, the Moabites hired the prophet Balaam to curse the people of Israel. Their plan would have worked, but G-d forced Balaam to speak positively of His people.

The lesson here is profound. Words matter. Say something negative, and you import negativity. Say something positive, and you bring goodness and blessing to the world.

  Volume 16 Number 38, 15th of Tammuz 5775, July 3 '15

Chabad Weekly Update


4th of July Celebration @ Shul

This year 4th of July fireworks will take place on Saturday night at 9pm. For the very first time we are offering a Saturday night Havdalah, Fireworks, and Dinner (including Chili, meat and vegetarian style), corn bread, salad, chips with salsa and guacamole, a flag cake, and watermelon)! The fun begins at 8:55pm with Havdalah (the traditional ritual signifying the end of Shabbat), which will be followed by a Fireworks spectacular (our patio offers the perfect view), and a wonderful dinner. The cost is $18 per adult and $7 per child. Reservations are appreciated by responding to this message.

The Three Weeks

From the 17th of Tammuz until the 9th of Av (Sunday, July 5th – Sunday, July 26th) is a time known as the Three Weeks of Mourning, as it commemorates that time when the Babylonians breached the outer walls of Jerusalem and then destroyed the 1st Holy Temple. The 2nd Holy Temple was destroyed on the same date 600 years later.

During the Three Weeks it is forbidden to get married, listen to music, get a haircut, and buy new clothing. Both the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av are fast days, with the 17th of Tammuz fast going from daybreak – nightfall. The 9th of Av (Tisha B’Av) is a 25-hour fast. There are additional strictures observed for the first nine days of Av including no eating meat or drinking wine, no wearing freshly laundered clothing, and no swimming or hot-water bathing (other than on Friday afternoon in preparation for Shabbat). This year the 17th of Tammuz occurs on Shabbat, so the fast is pushed off until Sunday, July 5th (4:11am – 8:31pm). We will have our regular Minyan Sunday morning at 8:30, and a Mincha Minyan (with Torah reading) at 7:30pm. This will be followed by Maariv at 8:30pm and a Barbecue Bounty Break-The-Fast described below.

Gourmet Break-the-Fast

For the first time we are offering a Barbecue Bounty Break-The-Fast that will be served at 8:35pm. Reservations by email are requested by responding to this message.  The cost is $18 per adult and $7 per child (3-12).

Camp Mini Chefs Around the Corner

Mini Chefs -

Kids! Roll up your sleeves and get ready for important kitchen (and nutrition) skills that you will have fun learning (and enjoy eating).

July 13 - 17

Camps for boys and girls ages 9 - 13

9:00am to 3:30pm

Call 760-943-8891 or email for pricing and information.

Jewish Art Calendar

We are collecting ads for our gorgeous Jewish Art Calendars. Not only are the calendars lovely to look at, but they are full with information about Jewish holidays, special events, and even recipes! The special touch that we have is the personalization where we can add your own birthdays, anniversaries, or the Yarzeits of those you love. Many have chosen to dedicate months or date boxes in honor of loved ones.

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

Please note that only those who submit and pay for their dates THIS YEAR will have those dates included. The deadline for all orders is June 30th!

Hebrew School Registration

Early Bird Discount

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!

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register this month and receive a 5% DISCOUNT! Make advanced payment-in-full and receive a 10% DISCOUNT! Call 760-943-8891 for tuition schedule.

Kiddush Sponsors This Week – WE ALWAYS NEED SPONSORS

This week’s Kiddush is sponsored by Boaz Minitzer, a guest visiting this week.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to join us for a beautiful weekly gathering!

If you have not sponsored a Kiddush for a while, or love the feeling of sharing this tremendous gift with our wonderful congregation, please contact Naomi at 760-519-7925.

Weekly Class Schedule

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

Shabbat: During Mincha – Ethics of Our Fathers with the Rebbetzin

Tuesday: Chasidic Philosophy – 7:30pm.

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

Special Wishes

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes go out to Adira Fogel and Travis Stier!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY wishes go out to Stewart and Iris Cutler, and Carlos and Jennifer Lin!

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

We remember George Hale, Tzivia Braunstein, and Marcus Mintz on their Yarzeit.


Need a Minyan?

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

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, 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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