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Chabad Weekly Update 11th of Sivan 5779, June 14th '19

Monday, 17 June, 2019 - 8:37 pm

 

Message from the Rabbi

 

When G-d commanded the Jewish people to contribute towards the construction of the Tabernacle, the donations were so overwhelming that Moses had to tell them to stop.

One group of people was particularly disappointed. The “nesiim,” the twelve tribal leaders, had held back from donating, intending to fill in the shortfall once the people had finished giving. Instead, they lost out.

So when it came to bringing the first gifts to dedicate the Mishkan and the altar, they seized the opportunity to be the first to do so. In this week’s Torah portion we read—in extreme and repetitive detail—about the gifts of the nesiim.

A few important reminders for all of us today:

When there is a mitzvah that needs to be accomplished, don’t push it off, because the opportunity may slip through your fingers and you will no longer have that chance. And if you mess up, look for ways to make amends.

Finally, have faith in your fellow Jews. Never doubt the generosity and innate good will that every Jew possesses.

 

Rabbi Eilfort

 


  Volume 20 Number 39, 11th of Sivan 5779, June 14th '19

Chabad Weekly Update

SECURITY MEETING/TRAINING TODAY @ 5:30PM

We have been working diligently enhancing our security. Today (Friday) at 5:30pm we are opening up our meeting to the community. We are looking to grow our volunteer corps, as we need greeters/ushers, observers, and others. There are no specific physical attributes or age requirements (other than being 18+) to be involved. Today’s meeting/training will last approximately one hour.

Will you be here?

If you can participate in this crucial Mitzvah please respond to this message at your earliest convenience.

MAZEL TOV SHOLOM EILFORT

Special Graduation Celebration

Please join us on Sunday, June 30th at 5pm for a celebration of the graduation of Sholom Eilfort, who is graduating high school as class valedictorian! The whole community is invited to come and enjoy a barbecue dinner in Sholom’s honor! RSVP here:www.chabadatlacosta.com/rsvp.  

Kiddush Sponsor

The Kiddush on Shabbos is being sponsored by the Joseph Family in loving memory of (Papa) Bill Brunelle and by Eileen Tilt-Lavy in Memory of her parents.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to join us for this enjoyable and delicious gathering. 

Kiddush Sponsorship

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!

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

Looking Ahead…

Musical Havdalah at Moonlight Beach – THIS Saturday Night

Join Rabbi Yossi Rodal as he leads us in a beautiful Havdalah ceremony at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas this Saturday night at 9:30pm. Everyone is welcome to participate in Rabbi Yossi’s version of a ‘kum zitz’ (‘come and sit’), which is when we gather together and sing beautiful songs that are uplifting and inspirational. There is no charge to participate but reservations are greatly appreciated by responding to this message.

HOLD THE DATE – Honoring Our 1st Responders – Sunday, July 7th

We will be holding a special barbecue to honor our amazing first responders and their families. Our local police and firemen run towards danger when the rest of us run for cover. They deserve our respect (and cooperation). On Sunday, July 7th our Sunday Barbecue Bounty will be dedicated to those who are dedicated to our safety. There will be no charge to attend. We need additional volunteers. We are also looking for generous members of the community who are willing to help sponsor this event to honor our ‘guardian angels’. Please contact the Rabbi if you are able to help as a volunteer or supporter. Also, please let us know that you will be coming. 

Read it in Hebrew!

You too can learn to read Hebrew in just a few easy lessons. Rabbi Yossi will be teaching this popular Hebrew reading crash course in Chabad of Carlsbad North on Monday nights at 7pm .The cost is $60 and includes all materials. C ontact the shul for further info or to reserve your space. Reservations necessary.  

Jewish Art Calendar

Calendar Season Begins

We are getting an early start on our beautiful Jewish Art Calendar this year. Each year we have added even more personalized content, reflecting greater community participation. This year we hope to include still more, but we need your help. When it comes to the ads, which is what enables us to send the calendars out for free to hundreds and hundreds of friends, we have found that when YOU help us sell ads, we truly prosper. Do you own or patronize a business that can use more exposure to our community? Those who help will receive free date dedications. Please contact Rabbi E for further information!

Game Night for Jewish Professionals Weekly @ Chabad of Encinitas

Thursday nights beginning at 6:15pm is Game Night for Jewish Professionals at Chabad of Encinitas. Rabbi and Mrs Elia and Chaya Eilfort host the weekly gathering and serve a delicious Kosher meal to all participants. A large variety of games are available, and it is a great time to meet other Jewish folks from the area in a social setting. There is no cost to attend but reservations are needed by calling 760-943-8891 or sending an email to ChabadEncinitas@Gmail.com. Game night takes place at 2059 Village Park Way #115, Encinitas.

Loaves of Love & Mommy & Me

Join our Rebbetzins in baking delicious Challah Rolls each Thursday beginning at 4pm until 5:30pm for a combination Loaves of Love baking session with a Mommy & Me (for moms and their little ones), at the same time. Everyone is welcome to participate in this hands-on activity that is fun and educational. 

Bat Mitzvah Club

Start your daughter off on the right foot for preparation for her Bat Mitzvah! Tuesdays from 5-6pm at Chabad at La Costa. Morah Muka is known for her creativity and energy, which she will share with the girls. Call 760-943-8891 for further information or to sign up.

Haftarah Thought

By: Gabbai Harold Reisman

Judges  13:2-25

Both the Sidrah and the Haftarah deal with the Nazirite - persons under strict and very special vows. For Samson the strictures were valid for life. An angel visits Manoah's wife and announces the coming birth of a son. He will act faithfully and begin the liberation of Israel from Philistine control and power. Ultimately, as predicted, a son is born and named Samson. The spirit of Hashem rests upon him, just as the angel foretold.

It should be noted that both Sarah and Hannah also received divine announcements of their special pregnancies and special sons.

In the pronouncement of this Haftarah, the mother gives the child the name, Samson, giving him a heavenly name derived from shemesh (sun) alluding to the celestial being that visited her and foretold the future.

Class Schedule for next Week

Monday 12pm: Caffeine for the Soul with the Rebbetzins

Monday 7pm: Happiness 101 with Rabbi Rodal (in Carlsbad Village)

Tuesday 7pm: The Jewish Art of Prayer & Spiritual Experience with Rebbetzin Nechama

Wednesday 6:45pm: Torah Portion of the Week with Rabbi Eilfort

Wednesday 8pm: Chasidic Philosophy with Rabbi Rodal

Thursday 2pm: JLIwith Rebbetzin Nechama and Rabbi Rodal (at La Costa Glen)

Thursday 7pm: Game Night in Encinitas

Special Wishes

CONGRATULATION to all of our graduates as they move on to the next phase of their academic or professional careers! Special congratulations to Sholom Eilfort, and the Eilfort Family for Sholom being made the valedictorian of his high school class, in Yeshiva Ohr Elchonan.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes go out to Yonah Fenton, and all of those celebrating their birthdays this week!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY wishes go out to Rabbi and Rebbetzin Yeruchem and Nechama Eilfort, Aaron and Naomi Alter, and all of those celebrating their anniversaries this week!

WE REMEMBER Bill Brunelle, Sarah Ann Schwartz, Harold Polstein, Daney Yael Weill, Benjamin Osher, Else Markus, Irving Pomerantz, 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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Critical Maintenance Issue – Your Cooperation Needed

Within the last month we have had two major plumbing issues. The experts told us the reason our pipes have gotten blocked, which led to other unpleasant consequences that were extremely expensive and time consuming to address, is due to the fact that things other than toilet paper have been flushed down the toilets.

PLEASE NOTE: The ONLY thing that may be flushed is toilet paper – NO EXCEPTIONS. This means tissue, baby wipes, paper towels, or any other product may NEVER be flushed, but instead must be disposed of in the provided trash receptacles.

THANK YOU for your cooperation!

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.comyour request.

Create Your Jewish Legacy Plan for the Future - NOW

 

We have been blessed with life! Yet, we know that no one lives forever. This begs the question, “What will be your legacy?” Most of us have children, and they certainly should figure prominently into our plans. But our children are only a part of what we leave behind. Just as we endeavor to give Tzedakah generously, so as to selflessly make the world a better place while we are alive, so too we need to make sure that we leave a percentage of our estates for the benefit of others. Judaism tells us that it is incumbent upon us to leave the world better than when we found it. We do this by giving Tzedakah.

 

We can help.

 

 Many people do not prepare appropriately for the inevitable. They do not leave a will, or even if they do it is not consistent with Jewish Law. If one wants his body to be handled with the respect and care mandated by Jewish Law or if one wants the funeral service conducted according to Jewish Law, it must be arranged in advance. Don’t leave these critical details to luck!

 

Contact Rabbi Eilfort for a private appointment so these important matters can be handled how you want. Send a personal email to RabbiE@ChabadatLaCosta.com to schedule an appointment today.

 

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.

Adult Education Academy

Classes Galore

We are excited to announce a full Adult Education lineup for the Fall. Please see the enclosed calendar for the schedule. Below you will find a brief summary of our many offerings.

Caffeine for the Soul with the Rebbetzins – Mondays at noon meets at Starbucks next to Barnes and Noble in Encinitas. Participants get to ask our team of Rebbetzins anything they want about Judaism and lively discussions ensue. No Charge

Happiness 101 with Rabbi Rodal – Come explore the secrets explained in Kabbalah and Chasidic Philosophy in achieving true happiness and fulfillment on an ongoing basis. No Charge

Basic Hebrew Reading with Rabbi Yossi will have you reading Hebrew in no time! Basic explanations and translation of Hebrew included. No Charge

Torah Portion with Rabbi Eilfort is the ideal time to familiarize yourself with the weekly portion. Commentaries abound and discussions often go deep. No Charge

Introduction to Judaism with Rabbi Elia is a great opportunity to learn many of the whys & wherefores of our faith. Learn what Jews actually believe. No Charge

Hebrew School & C-Kids

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 Chaya Eilfort for info at info@ChabadatLaCosta.com, or log onto CoastalHebrewSchool.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 450 people have used the Chabad code this past year (2017)! 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 $500 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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