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23rd of Kislev 5777, December 23, '16

Message from the Rabbi
 

Just before Chanukah, Miriam was expecting a visit from her grandson, Jonathan, and his wife.

She hopped on the phone to give them directions:

“You’ll enter at the front door of the condominium complex. I am in suite 2B,” she began. “There’s a large panel next to the door, and with your elbow, push button 2B. I will buzz you in. Come inside and the elevator will be to your right. Get in, and hit the button for the second floor with your elbow. When you get out, turn left and you’ll see my apartment. With your elbow, ring my doorbell.”

“Grandma, that sounds easy,” replied Jonathan, “but why am I hitting all these buttons with my elbow?”

To which she replied, “You're coming to visit empty handed?”

With the festival of Chanukah approaching, we are reminded of the many diverse cultures that celebrate their own holidays at this time of year, and the need to embrace our Jewish identity becomes imperative.

Logically, one would think we should balance the seasonal lights with a dazzling Jewish alternative, but in comparison our Chanukah menorahs are actually very plain. This seems counterintuitive.

But it is no coincidence. The humble Chanukah lights actually symbolize the uniqueness of the Jewish contribution to this world. The other colorful lights that we see on our streets represent the contributions of the other nations of the world in the fields of science and literature. Indeed, they are attractive, but they are not our lights. Our light is the plain, pure light of the Torah. Yes, we Jews have certainly contributed heavily in the arts and sciences too, but that is not where our uniqueness lies.

Our true uniqueness and contribution to the world, is represented by the simple lights of the Chanukah menorah. These plain lights symbolize our primary mission in this world—to spread the pure light of G‑dliness and his Torah, bringing decency and morality to the world. A job which is not perhaps as flashy, but is definitely more meaningful and, most importantly, it is ours.

Let us not allow those other colorful lights to distract us from focusing on our Jewish mission, embodied in the simple glow of the Chanukah lights. Let’s embrace our lights, and feel pride in what they represent.

  Volume 18 Number 12, 23rd of Kislev 5777, December 23, '16

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Special Erev Chanukah Shabbos THIS Week

It is the Eve of Chanukah, the Festival of Lights. We all know Shabbos, in and of itself is a very joyous occasion, when one adds the happiness of heading into Chanukah the joyousness becomes even more infectious! Not sure what we are referring to? Come to shul and be pleasantly surprised. Good Shabbos and Happy Erev Chanukah! Click to RSVP

A Heart-Felt Request from the Rabbi

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 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. Some people choose to focus on that which they do not have instead of that which they do have. For instance, I bet 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 the types of worries that 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 (the 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 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 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!

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Sincerely,

Rabbi Eilfort

Haftarah Thought

By: Gabbai Harold Reisman

VAYEISHEV

Amos 2:6-3:8

The Parsha relates how Joseph's brothers misjudged him and sold him into slavery. Their jealousy led them to great error and violation of the law. In the Talmud, Joseph is called tzaddik. In the Haftarah (2:6), the phrase "...sell the innocent for silver" is a clear reference of how society at the time of Amos had fallen to a wretched and lowly state. The response of HaShem - through Amos - is strong. Repeated exile for Israelites results from hatred without cause. The sale of Joseph presents an ongoing problem in the long history of the Jews.

 

Minyan Shaping Up

 

We are most proud to announce that our morning Minyan is looking good! In fact, we got a Minyan every

 day this week. The success is a direct result of the increase in our core group of committed participants. A daily Minyan is a very important service provided by a shul to its local community. Praying with a Minyan is considered a great Mitzvah as it helps our prayers effectiveness (ask the Rabbi for a more complete explanation). It also allows those who need to say Kaddish to do so properly.

We are facing a challenge, as in the coming weeks a couple of our regulars will be out of town (going to Yeshiva programs). We need a couple of more people to step forward and fill this gap to make sure we do not lose momentum. Can you make a commitment to our daily Minyan?

Chanukah is (almost) HERE…

Can You Find Our Giant Menorahs & Car Menorahs???

The Chabad at La Costa crew has been very busy installing Giant Menorahs all over town (and on top of cars!).

Can you find all 8 of our Giant Menorahs? Here are some hints to help you on your mission:

  • 5 are within the City Limits of Carlsbad.
  • 2 are within the City Limits of Encinitas.
  • 1 is within the City Limits of San Diego (this particular Menorah is in the highest exposure location of any of our Giant Menorahs and probably the highest exposure Menorah in the entire County of San Diego).

Chanukah Fun!

Chinese Family Friday Night Dinner & Board Games - TONIGHT

Everyone knows of the ancient Jewish Tradition of having Chinese Food on December 25th. Well, this year December 23rd (close enough, no?) 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 family-friendly Friday night service.

We will be offering a very special Camp Shabbos during the services for the children!

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 $54 per family. Reservations are necessary to attend by calling 760-943-8891.

The menu for the evening follows:

Fish & Salad

Teriyaki Salmon

Green Salad

Egg Rolls

Crispy Noodles

Duck Sauce

Soup

Chicken Soup with Matzah Balls (aka Chinese Dumplings)

Main Course

Chicken Lo Mein

Beef & Broccoli

Fried Rice

Steamed Rice

Stir Fry Vegetables

Dessert

Fortune Cookies

Almond Cookies

Mandarin Oranges

Grand Chanukah for Families Party @ The Forum THIS MONDAY

Honoring Our Military Heroes

Our Annual Chanukah Festival at the Forum Shops in Carlsbad is scheduled for Monday, December 26th from 4-6pm. We will light a giant Menorah, have all sorts of arts-n-crafts projects, and we will great live entertainment featuring our fabulous clowns Tango and Lomax! This year, to honor our military, we will be having an active-duty armed forces representative to light the menorah. 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!

Annual Chanukah ‘Fun-Raiser’ @

The Alters’ – Reservations REQUIRED

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Aaron and Naomi Alter have established a beautiful annual tradition for our community as they host a Chanukah Party of epic proportions. Lots of ‘Vegas-style’ games (all for fun) will be available. Prizes for the biggest winners. The entrance fee is $25, which includes all the (strictly Kosher) food and fun you can manage in one night. All proceeds benefit the shul. We will be hosting this lively and enjoyable party on Saturday, December 31st beginning at 7pm. Yes, we realize that it is the secular New Year’s Eve – we thought a beautiful Chanukah party would be a great way to celebrate together and help the shul at the same time. We will have a Havdalah and Menorah Lighting ceremony and then it will be game time. This party is for those 13 and older. To make your reservations or for directions to the Alter’s house please call 760-943-8891 or email RabbiE@ChabadatLaCosta.com.  

MAZEL TOV! Landscape Plans APPROVED (Finally!)

Baruch Hashem, thank G-d, our landscape plans have been approved by the City and we are ready to get started. First, a big shout out to our fantastic landscape architect, Rob Mekjian, who has worked incredibly hard to create a plan that is both beautiful and within our budget! Not only will our landscaping be drought-resistant, it will include Biblical plants and a desert-scape. 

Speaking of budget we are trying to ‘self-perform’ as much of the work as possible so as to minimize costs. That means we are looking for volunteers who have ‘green thumbs’ and are ready to get digging and planting. This volunteering opportunity is also a great way for our high school students to get some of their required volunteer hours that they need.

We are also looking to get as much of the plant material donated as possible. We are proud to announce that Ben Williams will be donating the Queen Palms, and George Reh will be donating the plants and materials needed for our dry river bed. Marco Lunaman has also stepped forward to volunteer his abilities and resources to help make this happen.

If you would like to volunteer or see the plans please email Rabbi Eilfort. The correct email address is RabbiE@ChabadatLaCosta.com.

JLI Course – Concludes this Week

“How Success Thinks”

At the core of “How Success Thinks” are six key productivity concepts, from motivation and goal setting to creativity and relationship building, which explain why some people get so much done. Drawing on 3000 years of Jewish wisdom from the Talmud and Kabbalah – as well as the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics – this eye-opening course explains that the most productive people on earth don’t merely act differently; they view the world, and their choices, in profoundly different ways.

By learning how to cultivate your signature strengths, adopt a growth mind-set, access your inner well of creativity, deal with weaknesses, and overcome procrastination and other obstacles that lie in the way of your success, Jewish wisdom and positive psychology will help you get more of what you want and less of what you don’t.

Wake up and realize your full potential, gain absolute clarity about you’re after and how you’re going to get it, and boost your overall energy and effectiveness as you explore fascinating Jewish insights into the workings of the human psyche.

Sign up today by logging onto www.myjli.com. For more information call 760-943-8891 or email JLI@chabadatlacosta.com. The six-week course began on Tuesday, November 15th at 7pm. The cost is $100 per person, but if you bring a friend you get our buy one get one half off deal.

Weekly Class Schedule

Daily Following Morning Services – Jewish Law with the Rabbi

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

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

Tuesday: “How Success Thinks” JLI – 7pm

Wednesday: Portion of the Week – 7:30pm

No 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!

Mommy & Me

Children learn through play. In a fun group for moms and their babies (ages newborn – 3 years) we encourage your children to discover and explore through interactive and hands-on activities. Let them learn to love our Jewish Heritage.

Special Wishes

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes go out to Elisheva Baron, Muka Eilfort, and all of those celebrating their birthdays this week!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY wishes go out to Ed and Leah Estrin and all of those celebrating their anniversaries this week!

We remember Mirel Mithers, Oscar Dover, Aaron Samuel Hoffer, Arnold Gross, and all of those who have a Yarzeit this week.

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

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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.

Shabbat Services with Meaning & Joy

Every Saturday we get together to celebrate the holy Shabbat in song and prayer. Our services are both traditional and user-friendly, as we fully recognize that not everyone has experience ‘Davening’ (praying) in a traditional setting. What those who have joined have found is that the atmosphere in our synagogue is conducive to meaningful meditation. A knowledge of Hebrew is not necessary to participate. In fact, the only thing that is needed is the desire to learn and to connect to the Almighty. It is an enriching experience not to be missed! Shabbat services begin at 10am and conclude at approximately 12:30pm and are followed by a wonderful community lunch. There is no cost to attend and reservations are not needed.

Omni La Costa Resort Welcomes Chabad at La Costa Guests

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

To book your room at the special Chabad rate, call toll-free 800-854-5000 or book online at 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. 

To date more than 400 people have used the Chabad code this year (2016)! Many people have expressed gratitude at having such world-class facilities in such close and convenient proximity to our Shul, and the joy at being to stay at the Omni and walk to Chabad for Shabbat services.

 

Memorial Plaques & Tree of Life Plaques Available

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

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

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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.).

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The donation is only $360 per plaque for the Memorial Board or $180 for the Tree of Life. Those who wish to participate should send an email 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!

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Victor Libraty has recently moved to Encinitas and has started a junk hauling and recycling business. Just in time for Pesach! If you have junk that needs to be removed call Victor at 760-815-7004. Tell him you saw his information in the Chabad Weekly Update!

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Volume 18 Number 11, 16th of Kislev 5777, December 16 '16

Message from the Rabbi
 

Stopped on one occasion by a military policeman for pushing the speed limit by driving 75 miles per hour, when the speed limit was 40, Moshe Dayan, the celebrated Israeli general and war hero, said with a wry smile: "I have only one eye. What do you want me to watch—the speedometer or the road?

In this week’s Torah portion, after they have reconciled, Esau invites his brother Jacob to accompany him on his journey home. Jacob refuses, explaining that, “The children are too young and the cattle too frail”

Considering the magnitude of the offer, Jacob's excuse seems weak at best. Why would he brush off his brother’s generous invitation to reunite their families after so many years of estrangement?

But on a deeper level, what Esau was really offering his brother was an invitation to join his materialistic, narcissistic lifestyle. Esau's lifestyle was one that glorified materialism and brute strength instead of spirituality and moral fortitude. Sensing this, Jacob, immediately rejected the offer, determined to raise his family with G‑d and Torah values front and center—the complete antithesis to Esau's way of life.

True, the path of materialism offers a "quick fix"—instant gratification and security, but Jacob chose the slower “Jewish path” because he understood that in the long run the benefits would be far greater.

While he surely appreciated the value of reuniting with his brother’s family, Jacob feared that travelling together, on his brother’s terms, would present a grave spiritual danger to his family.

When Jacob declined Esau's invitation because, "The children are too young," what he really meant was that he could never allow them to be exposed to his brother's views and lifestyle while they were still young and impressionable. He first needed time to give them a solid foundation of Jewish values and faith in G‑d.

After they spiritually fortified themselves with Torah values in their youth, they would they be emotionally and intellectually prepared to meet up with Esau in adulthood. Only at that point would Jacob be prepared to allow his children to begin a conversation with the narcissistic Esau, because he believed that at that point his children would be strong enough to ultimately influence Esau and bring him around to their way of life.

May soon merit a time when the values of Jacob will prevail, and the world we live in, where unfortunately the values of Esau are currently the norm, will change permanently. As the American poet Robert Frost once said: “I took the one (road) less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

  Volume 18 Number 11, 16th of Kislev 5777, December 16 '16

Chabad Weekly Update

 

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This week’s Kiddush is being sponsored by Tom Steiner in honor of his daughter Rebecca’s visit and Yehuda Moyal in honor of his father’s Yarzeit.

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

A HUGE THANK YOU to those who responded to our request for sponsors! G-d bless!

Kiddush Sponsorship

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

Kiddush sponsorship begins at $180.

PLEASE BE SURE TO JOIN US AND PLEASE INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!

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Special Shabbos & Special Guests This Shabbos

This Shabbos we will be discussing the great Chasidic Holiday of the 19th of Kislev (the Chasidic New Year), which we celebrate on Monday. It was on this day that the seminal work of Chasidic Philosophy, the Tanya, was first published. The Tanya’s author, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi (also known as the Alter Rebbe) was liberated from Czarist prison on this day as well.

This Shabbos we will be hosting Rochel Leah and Chaya BatSheva Shapiro, sisters of our beloved Rabbi Michoel Dovid Shapiro.

Be sure to come to shul to learn more about this important day and say ‘hi’ to our guests!

A Heart-Felt Request from the Rabbi

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 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. Some people choose to focus on that which they do not have instead of that which they do have. For instance, I bet 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 the types of worries that 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 (the 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 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

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Haftarah Thought

By: Gabbai Harold Reisman

The Parsha Vayishlach discusses the meeting between Yaakov and Esau. After their encounter, each brother created and led separate kingdoms. The sages interpret these historic events as prophecies of the Jews going into exile under pressure of foreign governments. The entire book of Obadiah is the prophetic reading of the Haftora corresponding to the Parsha Vayishlach. It speaks of the nation of Edom, which is derived from the descendants of Esau and its murderous design which lasts historically through the generations. Ultimately, (v. 18) "The house of Jacob will be fire, the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau a straw and they will ignite them and devour them."

Chasidic Gathering Monday @ Chabad of Downtown – Special Guest Speaker Featured

Everyone is invited to join a special Chasidic Gathering (Farbrengen) this coming Monday night, December 19th at 7pm, in honor of the 19th of the Hebrew Month of Kislev (Yud Tes Kislev). The 19th of Kislev is known as the Chasidic New Year and it is customary to celebrate together.

Chabad of Downtown is located at 308 G Street (92101).

There will be a special guest speaker, Rabbi Eli Rubin, who has been a researcher and editor at Chabad.org since 2011. Rabbi Rubin is an expert in the field of the social and intellectual history of Chabad Chasidism. Through his writing, research, and editing he has been involved in numerous successful collaborative endeavors and is an extremely well-informed and interesting speaker.

The Farbrengen is open to men and women at no charge, however, reservations are necessary by emailing us at info@ChabadatLaCosta.com. We hope you will participate in this enriching evening of togetherness and celebration!

Minyan Shaping Up

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We are most proud to announce that our morning Minyan is looking good! In fact, we got a Minyan every day this week. The success is a direct result of the increase in our core group of committed participants. A daily Minyan is a very important service provided by a shul to its local community. Praying with a Minyan is considered a great Mitzvah as it helps our prayers effectiveness (ask the Rabbi for a more complete explanation). It also allows those who need to say Kaddish to do so properly.

We are facing a challenge, as in the coming weeks a couple of our regulars will be out of town (going to Yeshiva programs). We need a couple of more people to step forward and fill this gap to make sure we do not lose momentum. Can you make a commitment to our daily Minyan?

Chanukah is Coming…

Giant Menorahs & Car Menorahs

There is a Mitzvah to ‘advertise’ the Chanukah miracle to the whole world. That is why the Mitzvah is to light the Menorah by the door or window facing outside. Just like the Menorah in the times of the Holy Temple lit up the world, so too do the Menorahs that each of us light illuminate the world. With this in mind Chabads at La Costa and Encinitas will be placing numerous giant Menorahs around town. We are also making available car Menorahs, made by our own Rabbi Sruli, to go on your car – so thousands and thousands of people openly see a reminder of the miracles of Chanukah. Remember, the message of Chanukah is that of ‘right makes might’ and religious freedom! Let us know if you want a car Menorah.

Chanukah Fun!

Chinese Family Friday Night Dinner & Board Games

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Everyone knows of the ancient Jewish Tradition of having Chinese Food on December 25th. Well, this year December 23rd (close enough, no?) 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 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 $54 per family. Reservations are necessary to attend by calling 760-943-8891.

The menu for the evening follows:

Fish & Salad

Teriyaki Salmon

Green Salad

Egg Rolls

Crispy Noodles

Duck Sauce

Soup

Chicken Soup with Matzah Balls (aka Chinese Dumplings)

Main Course

Chicken Lo Mein

Beef & Broccoli

Fried Rice

Steamed Rice

Stir Fry Vegetables

Dessert

Fortune Cookies

Almond Cookies

Mandarin Oranges

Grand Chanukah for Families Party @ The Forum

Honoring Our Military Heroes

Our Annual Chanukah Festival at the Forum Shops in Carlsbad is scheduled for Monday, December 26th from 4-6pm. We will light a giant Menorah, have all sorts of arts-n-crafts projects, and we will great live entertainment featuring our fabulous clowns Tango and Lomax! This year, to honor our military, we will be having an active-duty armed forces representative to light the menorah. 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!

Annual Chanukah ‘Fun-Raiser’ @  The Alters’

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Aaron and Naomi Alter have established a beautiful annual tradition for our community as they host a Chanukah Party of epic proportions. Lots of ‘Vegas-style’ games (all for fun) will be available. Prizes for the biggest winners. The entrance fee is $25, which includes all the (strictly Kosher) food and fun you can manage in one night. All proceeds benefit the shul. We will be hosting this lively and enjoyable party on Saturday, December 31st beginning at 7pm. Yes, we realize that it is the secular New Year’s Eve – we thought a beautiful Chanukah party would be a great way to celebrate together and help the shul at the same time. We will have a Havdalah and Menorah Lighting ceremony and then it will be game time. This party is for those 13 and older. To make your reservations or for directions to the Alter’s house please call 760-943-8891 or email RabbiE@ChabadatLaCosta.com.  

MAZEL TOV! Landscape Plans APPROVED (Finally!)

Baruch Hashem, thank G-d, our landscape plans have been approved by the City and we are ready to get started. First, a big shout out to our fantastic landscape architect, Rob Mekjian, who has worked incredibly hard to create a plan that is both beautiful and within our budget! Not only will our landscaping be drought-resistant, it will include Biblical plants and a desert-scape. 

Speaking of budget we are trying to ‘self-perform’ as much of the work as possible so as to minimize costs. That means we are looking for volunteers who have ‘green thumbs’ and are ready to get digging and planting. This volunteering opportunity is also a great way for our high school students to get some of their required volunteer hours that they need.

We are also looking to get as much of the plant material donated as possible. We are proud to announce that Ben Williams will be donating the Queen Palms, and George Reh will be donating the plants and materials needed for our dry river bed. Marco Lunaman has also stepped forward to volunteer his abilities and resources to help make this happen.

If you would like to volunteer or see the plans please email Rabbi Eilfort. The correct email address is RabbiE@ChabadatLaCosta.com.

JLI Course – Continues this Week

“How Success Thinks”

At the core of “How Success Thinks” are six key productivity concepts, from motivation and goal setting to creativity and relationship building, which explain why some people get so much done. Drawing on 3000 years of Jewish wisdom from the Talmud and Kabbalah – as well as the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics – this eye-opening course explains that the most productive people on earth don’t merely act differently; they view the world, and their choices, in profoundly different ways.

By learning how to cultivate your signature strengths, adopt a growth mind-set, access your inner well of creativity, deal with weaknesses, and overcome procrastination and other obstacles that lie in the way of your success, Jewish wisdom and positive psychology will help you get more of what you want and less of what you don’t.

Wake up and realize your full potential, gain absolute clarity about you’re after and how you’re going to get it, and boost your overall energy and effectiveness as you explore fascinating Jewish insights into the workings of the human psyche.

Sign up today by logging onto www.myjli.com. For more information call 760-943-8891 or email JLI@chabadatlacosta.com. The six-week course began on Tuesday, November 15th at 7pm. The cost is $100 per person, but if you bring a friend you get our buy one get one half off deal.

Shabbat Services with Meaning & Joy

Every Saturday we get together to celebrate the holy Shabbat in song and prayer. Our services are both traditional and user-friendly, as we fully recognize that not everyone has experience ‘Davening’ (praying) in a traditional setting. What those who have joined have found is that the atmosphere in our synagogue is conducive to meaningful meditation. A knowledge of Hebrew is not necessary to participate. In fact, the only thing that is needed is the desire to learn and to connect to the Almighty. It is an enriching experience not to be missed! Shabbat services begin at 10am and conclude at approximately 12:30pm and are followed by a wonderful community lunch. There is no cost to attend and reservations are not needed.

Omni La Costa Resort Welcomes Chabad at La Costa Guests

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

To book your room at the special Chabad rate, call toll-free 800-854-5000 or book online at 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.

To date more than 400 people have used the Chabad code this year (2016)! Many people have expressed gratitude at having such world-class facilities in such close and convenient proximity to our Shul, and the joy at being to stay at the Omni and walk to Chabad for Shabbat services.

Weekly Class Schedule

Daily Following Morning Services – Jewish Law with the Rabbi

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

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

Tuesday: “How Success Thinks” JLI – 7pm

Wednesday: Portion of the Week – 7:30pm

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!

Mommy & Me

Mom & Tot header.JPGChildren learn through play. In a fun group for moms and their babies (ages newborn – 3 years) we encourage your children to discover and explore through interactive and hands-on activities. Let them learn to love our Jewish Heritage. 

Special Wishes

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes go out to Elisheva Baron, Muka Eilfort, and all of those celebrating their birthdays this week!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY wishes go out to Ed and Leah Estrin and all of those celebrating their anniversaries this week!

We remember Mirel Mithers, Oscar Dover, Aaron Samuel Hoffer, Arnold Gross, and all of those who have a Yarzeit this week.

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

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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.

Memorial Plaques & Tree of Life Plaques Available

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

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

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

The donation is only $360 per plaque for the Memorial Board or $180 for the Tree of Life. Those who wish to participate should send an email to 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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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.

Hauling the Junk Away with Victor

Victor Libraty has recently moved to Encinitas and has started a junk hauling and recycling business. Just in time for Pesach! If you have junk that needs to be removed call Victor at 760-815-7004. Tell him you saw his information in the Chabad Weekly Update!

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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.

2nd of Kislev 5777, December 2nd '16

Message from the Rabbi
 

I recently heard a report on how some earthquakes that rocked California around a century ago may have been caused by oil drilling that took place in what has since become part of L.A.

Apparently, digging deep into the ground can have very dire consequences. But then, it also has wonderful results. Our mines produce fuel, precious stones, metals and more. Many people rely on wells for lifegiving water.

Digging deep is dangerous, but it is often crucial and rewarding.

This week we read about Isaac, sandwiched between Abraham and Jacob. The Torah tells us very little about him, save for his propensity for digging wells, particularly those that Abraham had dug before him.

The wells brought significant hardship, as other quarreled with him over the wells, claiming them as their own. But Isaac persevered, digging and digging, never giving up.

There is a well deep within us, full of the most amazing goodness. But we need to dig down to reach it.

Through hard work, faith, optimism, and consistency, we can dig deep into our personalities and discover strengths we never knew we had.

Let’s start digging.

  Volume 18 Number 9, 2nd of Kislev 5777, December 2nd '16

Chabad Weekly Update

 

Kiddush Cup

Kiddush Sponsor

This week’s Kiddush is being sponsored by Muka Eilfort, and the Eilfort family,  in honor of her 20th birthday.

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

Kiddush Sponsorship

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

Kiddush sponsorship begins at $180.

PLEASE BE SURE TO JOIN US AND PLEASE INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!

Chanukah is Coming…

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Build-Your-Own Menorah @ The Home Depot, Encinitas – THIS SUNDAY 

Last year was a smashing success so we are going for seconds! Sunday, December 4th we are having a program designed for the enjoyment of the whole family. The Home Depot in Encinitas (1001 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas) is again sponsoring this creative hands-on activity that children of all ages love. We will meet in the Home Depot parking lot, in the designated area. All of the materials, including paint, wood, tools etc., will be provided. All you need to bring is a smile, and perhaps some clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on. We will also be collecting unwrapped, new Chanukah gifts for underprivileged children and for the children in Israel whose homes burnt down. Please RSVP at 760-943-8891

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Giant Menorahs & Car Menorahs

Gears (animated)There is a Mitzvah to ‘advertise’ the Chanukah miracle to the whole world. That is why the Mitzvah is to light the Menorah by the door or window facing outside. Just like the Menorah in the times of the Holy Temple lit up the world, so too do the Menorahs that each of us light illuminate the world. With this in mind Chabads at La Costa and Encinitas will be placing numerous giant Menorahs around town. We are also making available car Menorahs, that our own Rabbi Sruli made, to go on your car – so thousands and thousands of people openly see a reminder of the miracles of Chanukah. Remember, the message of Chanukah is that of ‘right makes might’ and religious freedom! Let us know if you want a car Menorah.

Chanukah Fun!

Grand Chanukah Party @ The Forum

Our Annual Chanukah Festival at the Forum Shops in Carlsbad is scheduled for Monday, December 26th from 4-6pm. We will light a giant Menorah, have all sorts of arts-n-crafts projects, and we will great live entertainment featuring our fabulous clowns Tango and Lomax! This year, to honor our military, we will be having an active-duty armed forces representative to light the menorah. 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!

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 23rd (close enough, no?) 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 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 $54 per family. Reservations are necessary to attend by calling 760-943-8891.

Annual Chanukah ‘Fun-Raiser’ @

The Alter’s

Aaron and Naomi Alter have established a beautiful annual tradition for our community as they host a Chanukah Party of epic proportions. Lots of ‘Vegas-style’ games (all for fun) will be available. Prizes for the biggest winners. The entrance fee is $25, which includes all the (strictly Kosher) food and fun you can manage in one night. All proceeds benefit the shul. We will be hosting this lively and enjoyable party on Saturday, December 31st beginning at 7pm. Yes, we realize that it is the secular New Year’s Eve – we thought a beautiful Chanukah party would be a great way to celebrate together and help the shul at the same time. We will have a Havdalah and Menorah Lighting ceremony and then it will be game time. This party is for those 13 and older. To make your reservations or for directions to the Alter’s house please call 760-943-8891 or email RabbiE@ChabadatLaCosta.com.   

A Heart-Felt Request from the Rabbi

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 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. Some people choose to focus on that which they do not have instead of that which they do have. For instance, I bet 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 the types of worries that 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 (the 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.

Gears (animated)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 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 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

MAZEL TOV! Landscape Plans APPROVED (Finally!)

Baruch Hashem, thank G-d, our landscape plans have been approved by the City and we are ready to get started. First, a big shout out to our fantastic landscape architect, Rob Mekjian, who has worked incredibly hard to create a plan that is both beautiful and within our budget! Not only will our landscaping be drought-resistant, it will include Biblical plants and a desert-scape.  

Speaking of budget we are trying to ‘self-perform’ as much of the work as possible so as to minimize costs. That means we are looking for volunteers who have ‘green thumbs’ and are ready to get digging and planting. This volunteering opportunity is also a great way for our high school students to get some of their required volunteer hours that they need.

We are also looking to get as much of the plant material donated as possible. We are proud to announce that Ben Williams will be donating the Queen Palms, and George Reh will be donating the plants and materials needed for our dry river bed. Marco Lunaman has also stepped forward to volunteer his abilities and resources to help make this happen.

If you would like to volunteer or see the plans please email Rabbi Eilfort. The correct email address is RabbiE@ChabadatLaCosta.com.

JLI Course - Continues This Week

“How Success Thinks”

At the core of “How Success Thinks” are six key productivity concepts, from motivation and goal setting to creativity and relationship building, which explain why some people get so much done. Drawing on 3000 years of Jewish wisdom from the Talmud and Kabbalah – as well as the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics – this eye-opening course explains that the most productive people on earth don’t merely act differently; they view the world, and their choices, in profoundly different ways.

By learning how to cultivate your signature strengths, adopt a growth mind-set, access your inner well of creativity, deal with weaknesses, and overcome procrastination and other obstacles that lie in the way of your success, Jewish wisdom and positive psychology will help you get more of what you want and less of what you don’t.

Wake up and realize your full potential, gain absolute clarity about you’re after and how you’re going to get it, and boost your overall energy and effectiveness as you explore fascinating Jewish insights into the workings of the human psyche.

Sign up today by logging onto www.myjli.com. For more information call 760-943-8891 or email JLI@chabadatlacosta.com. The six-week course began on Tuesday, November 15th at 7pm. The cost is $100 per person, but if you bring a friend you get our buy one get one half off deal.

THIS COURSE IS NOT TO BE MISSED.

Shabbat Services with Meaning & Joy

Every Saturday we get together to celebrate the holy Shabbat in song and prayer. Our services are both traditional and user-friendly, as we fully recognize that not everyone has experience ‘Davening’ (praying) in a traditional setting. What those who have joined have found is that the atmosphere in our synagogue is conducive to meaningful meditation. A knowledge of Hebrew is not necessary to participate. In fact, the only thing that is needed is the desire to learn and to connect to the Almighty. It is an enriching experience not to be missed! Shabbat services begin at 10am and conclude at approximately 12:30pm and are followed by a wonderful community lunch. There is no cost to attend and reservations are not needed.

Omni La Costa Resort Welcomes Chabad at La Costa Guests

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

To book your room at the special Chabad rate, call toll-free 800-854-5000 or book online at 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.

To date more than 400 people have used the Chabad code this year (2016)! Many people have expressed gratitude at having such world-class facilities in such close and convenient proximity to our Shul, and the joy at being to stay at the Omni and walk to Chabad for Shabbat services.

Weekly Class Schedule

Daily Following Morning Services – Jewish Law with the Rabbi

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

Tuesday: “How Success Thinks” JLI – 7pm

Wednesday: Portion of the Week – 7:30pm

Hebrew School – Meet at  Hebrew School before Home Depot 

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!

Mommy & Me

Children learn through play. In a fun group for moms and their babies (ages newborn – 3 years) we encourage your children to discover and explore through interactive and hands-on activities. Let them learn to love our Jewish Heritage. 

Special Wishes

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes go out to Sam Alter, Seth Golub, 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 Lou Chaves, Etta Weksler, Delores Magnes, William Weill, and all of those who have a Yarzeit this week.

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

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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.

Memorial Plaques & Tree of Life Plaques Available

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

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

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

The donation is only $360 per plaque for the Memorial Board or $180 for the Tree of Life. Those who wish to participate should send an email to 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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