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Chabad Weekly Update 24th of Shevat 5778, Feb. 9th '18

Friday, 9 February, 2018 - 3:35 pm

Message from the Rabbi
 

One of the Torah’s most practical lessons in human decency can be found in this week’s Torah portion: “When you will see the donkey of your enemy trapped under his burden and you will be tempted to refrain from helping him, you shall surely help him.”

Chassidic teachings explain what this directive means on a spiritual and psychological level:

The “donkey of our enemy” refers to the powerful inner enemy we encounter every day–our animalistic soul. This ferocious beast within is responsible for all our physical lusts and desires—the things that try to prevent us from doing the right thing. Naturally, we are driven to label our “donkey” the enemy, and dismiss him entirely.

Chassidic thought explains that while treating our instincts derisively and viewing them as the “donkey” is prudent, it is not a secure, lasting solution. At best, it is merely a temporary fix. Strong feelings of the heart don’t just go away; they fester and grow and eventually erupt like a powerful volcano.

The only lasting, healthy, long-term solution is alluded to in this verse: “…you shall surely help him [the donkey].” We need to stop viewing our “donkey” as the enemy and start to see him as a potential ally. With the right attitude we can transform our animalistic desires into our greatest assets. If we choose to look beyond the surface, we will discover that they contain great, unbridled energy. By harnessing the wild “donkey,” we will discover that he is not in fact an enemy, but our greatest friend.

  Volume 19 Number 19, 24th of Shevat 5778, Feb. 9th '18

Chabad Weekly Update

 

The Beauty of Our Kiddush

Every week following services we enjoy a beautiful Kiddush luncheon together. Such an amazing Kiddush doesn’t create itself. Thank G-d, we have a dedicated Kiddush crew, led by Naomi Alter and including Channah Hale, Sheila Lebovitz, the Rebbetzin, and several others, who make our Kiddush into something beautiful and enjoyable. But it takes more than willing hands to make the food. It also takes generous souls to sponsor the food. Without a sponsor the cost must come out of our operating budget, which is already stretched thin as it is.

If you have been a beneficiary of the Kiddush and haven’t sponsored it for a while please step forward now. Even if you have recently sponsored and kind find it in your heart to sponsor it again we need you. Kiddush sponsorship starts at $180. But if you want something a bit more lavish with more variety you can add to that amount, and it is all, very much, appreciated. It is also a very big blessing that you have facilitated ‘Oneg Shabbat’ (the enjoyment of Shabbos) for the entire congregation! Our Shabbat prayers describe the special blessings achieved by such generosity!

Thank you and G-d bless!

Kiddush Sponsor

This week’s Kiddush is sponsored by Sheila Lebovitz in loving memory of Benny Lebovitz, Sylvia Lebovitz, and William Lebovitz.

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!

We Asked and You Responded

Last week we sent out an appeal for sponsors for a new refrigerator, freezer, and for our Purim Shalach Manos packages. Baruch Hashem, thank G-d, we received favorable replies! Our sincere thanks are extended to Sol Goldner and Rabbi Levi Israel for cosponsoring our new refrigerator and freezer and Edon and Shelly Moyal, and Yehuda and Lerut Moyal for sponsoring our Purim Shalach Manos packages!

The generosity of the Jewish people is truly humbling and invigorating! G-d bless our generous benefactors!

Looking Ahead

Len’s Vanilla Hearts & Destressing Strategies Featured at This Month’s

Rosh Chodesh Event – THIS SUNDAY

This month in honor of Rosh Chodesh, the Doris Marcus Jewish Women's Circle will be making Len's Vanilla Hearts. Many of you know our president, Len Hyman - what you don't know is that he has a secret. Len makes the most delicate and delicious vanilla cookies in the universe. For years, these heart-shaped cookies were sold, and sold out, in select stores in North County. They came in their distinctive red hearts packaging. We will take home some of these delicious cookies and we will hear a speaker about de-stressing (as we all know, ‘desserts’ is ‘stressed’ backwards). This event will take place on Sunday, February 11th at 7:30pm. We are asking all who plan on coming to please make this into a ‘bring your friend day’ so that more of our acquaintances can also experience some of our programming.

It’s Almost Purim Time! HOLD THESE DATES AND TIMES

Purim is the most joyous of holidays! Our educational and fun “Experience Purim” brochure is going out today (if you are not on our regular mailing list and wish to be please respond to this message and include your home address).

Schedule:

Wednesday, February 28th - Fast of Esther from 5:01am – 6:11pm

Wednesday, February 28th - Purim in the Evening

                                                Evening Services at 6pm

                                             Megillah Reading followed by Refreshments & Celebration at 6:15pm                     

Thursday, March 1st - Purim Morning Services with Megillah at 8am.

Thursday, March 1st - Second Megillah Reading at 4pm.

Thursday, March 1st - Purim in the Circus Banquet & Entertainment 5pm – 8pm.

JLI Course Continues

The Art of Communication

This Tuesday, February 13th Lesson 4 at 7pm

Can you express yourself effectively in 140 characters or less? Should you?

The rise of the internet, mobile phones, and social media has completely changed the way we relate, interact, and communicate with one another—and it’s high time we reclaim this lost art.

In Jewish philosophy, communication is more than just a tool: it is who we are. Humans are defined as communicative beings with a communicative soul, and aligning ourselves with this soul is our raison d’être.

In  Communication: Its Art and Soul, we contrast Jewish thought with scientific discovery to unearth the essence of communication and how to utilize its powers to better ourselves, our relationships, and all of society.

Lesson 4
Context Matters

The simplest messages are often misconstrued in ways we could never predict. Constructing a clear argument is important, but peripherals such as tone, body language, and context can ruin our message, making it sound like static noise, or worse. How do we ensure the listener’s takeaway is the same as the one we intended to communicate?

Lesson 5
Influence

Communication is the tool of great leaders and a powerful way to influence. Is communication meant for self-expression, or do we carry a responsibility to utilize its power to influence others? How do we know when to share, and when to keep to ourselves? And how do we determine when we are being influential, and when we are just projecting our insecurities onto others?

Lesson 6
Conflict Resolution

Surprisingly, conflict isn’t always a bad thing. In adversarial collaboration, conflict broadens horizons to reveal more profound truths. What can we learn from the argumentative style of Talmud study, to shift from an ego-driven, win-lose mentality to one in which all parties are winners? And how can we engage in healthy conflict—and resolution—for the betterment of society?

Registration is MANDATORY to attend. The cost is $100 per person, which includes all materials, or $150 per couple. Scholarships available upon request. Sign up by simply responding to this message.

Kids Mega Babkallah Bake

Grab your chef's hat! We're taking your baking skills to the next level with some fun challah and babka baking. Also features a Build-A-Challah workshop to make your own huggable challah pillow. Bring your friends and neighbors to create the most lovable Challah ever.

Date and Time TBA.

Friday Night Family Shabbat Experience

Join us on February 16th for our monthly Friday Night Family Shabbat Experience. A Candle-lighting ceremony will take place at 5pm, followed by family-friendly services. Dinner will begin at 5:50pm. This month’s menu will feature foods of Israel and include Falafel with Pita, Hummus, Israeli Salad, Babaganouch, Herbed Roasted Vegetables, Couscous, Pargiyot (boneless thigh quarters), Baklava, and Fresh Fruit.

Words of Torah, songs, and games will all be part of the festivities. Reserve by sending an email to info@ChabadatLaCosta.com. The cost to attend is $18 per adult (out of town guests are $36 each) and $10 for children.

Storytime at Barnes and Noble

Thursdays 10:30-11:30 AM

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All ages welcome.

Story Reading begins 10:30 AM followed by Chanukah Activity and treat.

Chaya@ChabadatLaCosta.com

Haftarah Overview

By: Gabbai Harold Reisman

II Kings 11:17 or 12:1-12:17

This is a special Haftarah since it is Parshat Shekalim. Sephardic and Chabad begin with verse 11:17; Ashkenazim begin at verse 12:1. The selected Haftarah tells of the righteous King Yehoash who saw that the Beit HaMikdash had been poorly maintained. He instituted a novel method for collection of funds. He also insured that funds and work performed would be properly monitored and funds appropriately allocated. Some consider this approach similar to the half-shekel collected during the month of Adar. However, the half-shekels were ordained by the Torah were used exclusively for communal offerings. The king's method of collection and plan for use were centered on physical maintenance of the Temple, not for offerings. Both aspects of religious observance are equally critical.

A final note:  this is the first of four special Shabbatot which lead up to the celebration of Pesach.

Weekly Class Schedule

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

Tuesday: JLI – The Art of Communication – 7 – 9pm

Wednesday: - 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 Barbara Schranger, Hal Weksler, Sylvia Lebovitz, William Lebovitz, Shirley Lerner, Ephraim Lieberman, and all of those who have Yarzeit this week.

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

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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 www.ChabadatLaCosta.com to learn more. 

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

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

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.

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. Info@ChabadatLaCosta.com.

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.

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 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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