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Weekly Update 14th of Cheshvan 5778, November 3rd '17

Message from the Rabbi

Three men pace in the hospital waiting room, their wives about to give birth.

A nurse approaches the first and announces, “Congratulations! You’re the father of twins!”

“Wow! What a coincidence, I work for the Minnesota Twins!” answers the new father.

Soon the second guy gets his good news, “Congratulations! You’re the father of triplets!”

“Strange!” he says, “I work for the 3M company!”

The third man looks pale and shaky as the nurse starts in his direction. The other two look concerned. “What’s wrong?”

“I work for 7 Up!”

One of the most striking Biblical scenes is that of Abraham, the very first Jew, walking side-by-side with his son Isaac.

Even a cursory reading of the passage reveals a narrative that clearly recognizes the majesty of this scene, as it lovingly repeats the verse, “and the two walked together,” over and over. The implies that not only did they walk together in the physical sense, but more importantly, they bonded spiritually. They were truly of “one mind and one heart”. The father did not send his son ahead to do his own thing; he walked with him, in unison, setting a good example for his son.

Like our noble patriarchs, we must walk shoulder-to-shoulder with our children, setting a good example for them. When we encourage our children to go to shul, we must be there too, so they can sit beside us. When we ask them to lead charitable lives, we must make sure we are giving charity ourselves. If we encourage our children to do one thing, but do something entirely different ourselves, our words are entirely ineffective.

  Volume 19 Number 6, 14th of Cheshvan 5778, November 3rd '17

Chabad Weekly Update


Special Minyan Needed

A Yarzeit Minyan is needed on Sunday at 4:30pm, Monday at 8am, and Monday at 4:30pm so Rabbi Eilfort can say Kaddish for his father, David Eilfort. If you are able to commit and help in this Mitzvah please respond to this message as soon as possible.

Special Shabbos Event

Dear Friends,

This Shabbos my family and I are sponsoring the Kiddush in honor of my father’s Yarzeit, which comes out Sunday evening through Monday.

My father was not only my dad, the Rebbetzin’s father in law, and my children’s loving Zeidy, he was also a friend to many in our community and a generous supporter.

Please accept this letter as your personal invitation to join us for a community lunch, tomorrow at 12:30pm (services begin at 10am).

I would consider it an honor if you can join me in honoring my dad’s memory by being here.

Rabbi Eilfort

Kiddush Sponsor

This week’s Kiddush is being sponsored in honor of the Yarzeit of David Eilfort. A full lunch will be served. 

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.


Looking Ahead

More great stuff coming than you can shake a stick at!

Bar Mitzvah Weekend NEXT WEEK

Next Shabbos, Saturday, November 11th, will be the Bar Mitzvah of Jarod Sapol! Please make plans to join us for this outstanding Simcha! MAZEL TOV to the Sapol Family!

JLI – The Jewish Learning Institute

Great Debates in Jewish History Off to a Great Start

6-Part Series Continues November 7th

Debate and disputation are not only encouraged within Judaism but reside at the very heart of Jewish history and theology. Chabad at La Costa in conjunction with the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) presents Great Debates in Jewish History, a six-session course exploring six fundamental conflicts that pit the greatest Jewish minds against each other--six instances of vastly divergent perspectives from throughout our history, including several that remain questions for us today.

Discover a stirring and surprising account of Judaism’s intellectual history, from the ancient to the modern-day; as you relive epochs rich in narrative that provide fascinating context for six of the most monumental intellectual and theological debates in our history.

The parade of characters presented in this course spans two millennia of biblical, rabbinic, and modern disputation, reflecting the panorama of Jewish history with its monumental political, ethical, and spiritual challenges.

This excellent 6-part series, with each individual class understandable by itself, begins on Tuesday, October 31st and continues for six consecutive Tuesdays from 7-9pm. For further information call 760-943-8891 or log onto to

Mommy & Me Playgroup November 16th

Do you have a baby? Do you sing to your baby? Do you want to sing Jewish songs with your baby? Do you want to sing Jewish songs with your baby and other Mommies? Then you would love "Mommy & Me". Join me and my little one, with your little one, for an interactive sing-a-long celebration. Meet and socialize with other Moms while celebrating Jewish tradition with your tot. We meet the 3rd Thursday of the month at 10am – 11:30am at the Chabad Coastal Hebrew School. Geared for Moms and Tots ages 0-3.

Thanksgiving Cooking Class November 16th

All aspiring chefs should mark down Thursday, November 16th at 7pm, as Rebbetzins Nechama and Chaya, and Grammy Sheila will be offering an amazing Kosher-Cooking Thanksgiving class! Learn how to make the perfect turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes and lots more! The cost to attend is $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Reservations are needed by calling 760-943-8891. Or you can send an email to

Family Shabbos Celebration November 17th

Please join us for a wonderful Community Friday Night Dinner that is scheduled to take place on Friday, November 17th. A community Candle Lighting Ceremony that will be lead by the Rebbetzin will take place at 4:25pm. Following immediately will be the afternoon service, a Torah thought, and then the Friday Night Service. Dinner will be served at 5:45pm.

The community dinner is part of our monthly Family Shabbat festivities and everyone is invited and encouraged to participate in this show of community unity while celebrating the holiness of Shabbat together. A delicious traditional feast is on the menu!

The cost to attend is $18 per adult and $10 per child (3-12). We are also seeking sponsorships at $180 and up. RSVP by calling 760-943-8891 or via email to by Thursday, November 9th. Looking forward to seeing you here!

Havdalah Glow Party, November 18th, 6 PM- 8 PM

Light up family game night with a Havdallah ceremony and rocket balloon light show. Create your own “Guess Who game” with fun, snapchat-inspired filters starring you and your friends. Join in for some delicious artisan popcorn making and play today’s most popular games with a Jewish twist.

Doris Marcus Rosh Chodesh Gathering for Women

Chocolate Making November 19th

Attention all Women & Girls: This month’s Rosh Chodesh gathering will be a whole lot of fun as there will be a chocolate making demonstration!

Mark your calendars now for Sunday, November 19th (Rosh Chodesh Kislev) at 7pm for this exquisite evening. Reservations are necessary by calling Nechama at 760-943-8891, or via email at Bring your friends!

The cost is $18 in advance or $20 at the door. Or, better yet, for all Rosh Chodesh events for the year, membership is $54.

Haftarah Overview

By: Gabbai Harold Reisman

Kings II  4:1-37

The Haftarah has two separate, but strongly related, stories. Both correspond to events in the Parashah. The comparison between Sarah and the Shunamite woman is clear.  Both were childless, both desired an heir, both were then blessed with a child. The resurrection of the collapsed child and the saving of the life of Issac are parallel tales. A promised child is born late in life and then his life is spared.

In these miraculous events, the Prime Mover was not human, it was Hashem that acted through individuals. In these instances, life was initiated and life was continued due to prayer and strong belief. It is an ongoing lesson that we often forget - both the Parashah and the Haftarah offer examples for us as eternal reminders.

Weekly Class Schedule

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

Tuesday: JLI – Great Debates in Jewish History – 7pm

Wednesday: Portion of the Week – 7:30pm

How We Spent Our Holidays

Baruch Hashem, thank G-d, we had a tremendously successful (and busy) month of Tishrei! Over the Holidays we had community candle lighting events for the women (more than 300 candles lit - ON TIME). We hosted over 1000 people in our Sukkah throughout the holiday. Including both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we had more than 500 people come through our doors.

We hosted 17 communal meals and Kiddushes, including both nights and days of Rosh Hashanah, Erev Yom Kippur, post Yom Kippur, both nights and both days of the 1st days of Sukkos, lunch and dinner on an intermediate day of Sukkos, both day lunches for Shmini Atzeres and Simchas Torah, and of course our fabulous Simchas Torah banquet. All told well ‘north’ of 1000 meals were served (and all of it was delicious!).

Our most sincere thank you to Naomi Alter, Sheila Lebovitz, and our entire corps of volunteers!

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 David Eilfort, Faye Infeld, and all of those who have Yarzeit this week.

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


A Comm-Unity for You (and Me)

Belonging to a Jewish Community is not only gratifying and fulfilling it is also extremely important, for within the community one finds a place to connect with G-d and one’s soul, a place of learning and spiritual enrichment, a great source of friends, a place to bestow one’s Jewish legacy upon his or her child/ren, and so much more. Check out to learn more. 

The beauty of OUR Jewish Community is that we offer so many different options that everyone is sure to find something enriching and meaningful. Below please find a partial list of some of our current offerings. If you have never come by before pick an item or two and try it out. If you have already tried an item or two find another one that sounds interesting and give it a whirl. “Connection” – that is the name of the game and that is precisely what you will find here!

*Daily Minyan   *Shabbat Services   *Weekly Kiddush Luncheon   *Mysticism Classes   *Torah Portion Class   *Hebrew School   *Bar/Bat Mitzvah Training   *Mommy and Me   *Family Friday Night Services and Dinner   *Women’s Group   *Youth Activities   *Pastoral Counseling   *Holiday Programming   *Community Meals   *Hospital Visitation   *Weekly Email Updates   *Hospital Visitation   *Mezuzah Campaign   *Jewish Heritage Workshops   *Jewish Learning Institute Affiliate

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.

Shabbat Services with Meaning & Joy

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

Hebrew School - Hebrew School Registration

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!

Please contact our Hebrew School Director, Morah Nechama Eilfort or Morah Chaya Eilfort for further info.

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  Or you can find more information or book through our website: 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.

We also have a gorgeous Tree of Life dedicated by the Lieberman Family that has been ‘growing’. The purpose of the plaques on the Tree of Life is to commemorate joyous occasions (like Bar/Bat Mitzvah, anniversaries, special birthdays, weddings etc.).

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

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