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Chabad Weekly Update - Sukkot

Friday, 21 September, 2018 - 1:05 pm

Message from the Rabbi

This is a busy time of year. There is so much to cram into the few days between Yom Kippur and Sukkot. We build a sukkah, purchase and prepare our lulav and etrog sets, and make sure that everything else is ready for the holiday, which our sages refer to as “the time of our rejoicing.”

What is so joyful about Sukkot? A lot of it had to do with an ancient ritual our ancestors would carry out in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, in which they would pour water onto the altar. The chassidic masters explain that the water celebration signifies a joy caused by a connection to G‑d so deep and so true that, like water, it has no describable taste. And like water, it sustains all life.

So let’s be happy, and bask in the loving embrace of the Sukkah with joy!


  Volume 20 Number 2 September 21, 2018 | Tishrei 12, 5779

Chabad Weekly Update

Exciting Announcement

This year’s High Holiday services were truly uplifting as we enjoyed wonderful crowds including many new participants from our area (not to mention plenty of out of town guests). During services the shul’s president, Mr. Len Hyman, made an exciting announcement, which the Rabbi further elaborated upon.

When we were in the midst of building, which was completed three years ago, we took a five-year, $300,000 construction loan. Thank G-d, and many wonderful donors, we have managed to pay down our mortgage to about $50,000. We have been informed by our lender, the Meromim Chul Foundation, that the final $25,000 will be donated back if we can raise $25,000 at this time. That means that every donation towards the ‘Burn our Mortgage’ campaign will be matched dollar for dollar.

We must act now!

Thankfully, we received numerous generous pledges towards this aim on Yom Kippur, but we still must collect those pledges and more to meet our goal.

Will you help?

Mr. Hyman explained that we must be financially self-sufficient and that every dollar raised here is used here.

We are almost there!

Please respond generously to this tremendous opportunity to literally double the impact of every dollar you give. Donate securely online by following this link:

Be sure to mention in the note that the donation is for the ‘Burn the Mortgage’ campaign! 

Kiddush Sponsor

This week’s Shabbat Kiddush is sponsored by an anonymous friend of the shul in honor of the incredible High Holiday services.

The Kiddushes on the first two days of the Sukkot are sponsored by the Alter Family in honor of the Yarzeit of Poppy Milton Alter.

Please join us.

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!


Looking Ahead…

Sukkot – The Time of Our Joy

To celebrate Sukkot, known as “The Time of Our Joy” (and we will show you why), we have created a very full schedule filled to overflowing with social events, community meals, and the most uplifting and meaningful services in town!

The holiday begins THIS coming Sunday night, and we will usher it in with style as we have joyous evening services followed by a sumptuous feast in our custom-built Sukkah with a view. Please make your reservations here (add link here). Our Sukkot Under the Stars event has become extremely popular, and for good reason.

On Monday and Tuesday not only will we celebrate with the Lulav and Etrog featured in the services, but we will enjoy lunch together in the Sukkah. We will also be holding our incredible Suktoberfest on Thursday, September 27th. Watch as we turn our Sukkah into a Beer Garden and enjoy the tastes of a traditional Octoberfest celebration.

Next week we kick the celebrations into an even higher gear as we celebrate Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, where we dance with unlimited joy with our Torah Scrolls. The Perez family has again stepped forward to sponsor this amazing event and the banquet that follows the dancing. There is no charge to attend and these are the types of memories that children and adults will hold onto for a lifetime.

Please see our flier and full schedule below:

Sukkot Schedule

Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018
Light Candles at 6:26 pm
Evening Services: 6:30 pm
Community Dinner 7pm @Shul

Monday, Sept. 24, 2018
Morning Services: 10:00 am
Evening Services: 7:00 pm
Light Candles* after 7:19 pm

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018
Morning Services: 10:00 am
Holiday Ends at 7:18 pm


Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018
Dinner: 5:00 pm

Shabbat Chol Hamoed

Friday, Sept. 28, 2018
Light Shabbat Candles at 6:19 pm
Evening Services: 6:00 pm

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018
Morning Services: 10:00 am
Shabbat Ends at 7:13 pm

Hoshana Rabbah

Sunday, Sept. 30 2018
Morning Services: 8:30 am



Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018
Light Candles at 6:17 pm
Evening Services: 6:00 pm
Followed by Kiddush & Hakafot

Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
Morning Services: 10:00 am
Yizkor Memorial Service: 12:00 pm
Evening Services: 7:00 pm
Followed by Grand Banquet & Hakafot
Light Candles* after 7:01 pm

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018
Morning Services: 10:00 am
 ollowed by Kiddush & Hakafot
Holiday Ends at 7:09 pm

* Light only from a pre-existing flame

*The Chabad Sukkah is available to those who wish to eat in a kosher sukkah during the holiday.

*If you need help setting up your sukkah we will try to get you some help! Let us know.


Join us as we turn our beautiful Sukkah into a Beer Garden celebrating Sukkot and Oktoberfest together. Members $20a $10c Non-Members $25a $12c   Reservations appreciated!  Click Here

New Membership Year: Time to Sign Up

Please note that our membership year ended on June 30th. If you made the commitment to be a member in the past year but have not yet paid your membership dues please come current immediately. You may contact the office to find out the status of your account or write to

Also, please note that the Chabad at La Costa Membership year began on July 1st. We are asking that all of our friends and supporters fill out and return the enclosed Membership Application Form as soon as possible.

We rely on Membership as the single most important source of revenue for our Jewish Center. If our shul has helped you or if you believe in what we are doing, please “make it official,” and become a Member.

Remember, “Membership has its privileges!” Those who are already Members please accept our most sincere appreciation, and please send in your forms. There is no charge for members to attend High Holiday Services.

Dear Friends,

How do we teach our children, keep the lights on, hold services, give classes, share counsel, host guests, visit the sick, provide meals, and help the needy?

We are able to do these things by virtue of your support.

Can we count on you now, as we begin a new year?

We are asking our friends to please make a financial commitment to our Jewish Center, which serves as our spiritual home and sanctuary.

Can you pledge $50 per month, $100 per month, *$150 per month, $180 per month, or some other amount? The calculation is really quite simple; the more financial assistance you are able to provide the more services we can provide. It is important to note that we have no outside sources of revenue – we must be financially self-sufficient.

On the reverse of this page you will find our yearly commitment form. Consider an opportunity to invest in your Jewish home and the future of Judaism. You don’t have to wait to mail back your response. You can, right now, log onto our secure website and make a monthly commitment to our spiritual home for the present and future.

Please be as generous as you can!

May you and your family be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life!


Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort

PS Those who make a monthly commitment of at least $150 or a yearly commitment of at least $1,800 will be part of our newly forming ‘Chai Club’. There will be quarterly special events, like gourmet meals, a special display and other ‘perks’ to acknowledge our Chai Club members.

New Center Opening New Couple Joining the Team

Rabbi and Rebbetzin Yossi and Muka Rodal (together with baby Dovid) are joining the team! The Rodals will be moving to North Carlsbad so as to better serve the needs of our people, and find new people, in that area. Their focus will be on youth and senior activities! We are looking for a donation of a car in good working order. Check them out at

Hebrew School & C-Kids Resume

Coastal Hebrew School has resumed in our newly renovated space at  7740-E El Camino Real , Carlsbad (our storefront location).

September 23 , Coastal Hebrew School will be hosting its first ever Sukkot Discovery Lab just for kids.

Blending hands-on, STEM-based experiments and creations with the how’s and why’s of this ancient Jewish hut in the desert, the Sukkot Discovery Lab launches a new year of CKids Club events in the heart of North County.

One of the first biblical holidays, Sukkot commemorates the divine protection the Jewish people experienced during their 40-year sojourn in the desert. Thousands of years later, Jews across the world continue to relive this event within the walls of a hand-built sukkah.

Children will gain a new insight into the mysterious qualities of Sukkot through the lens of science. Projects: Cloud Slime. STEM Sukkah-Building. Pop art Simchat Torah Flag!

The Discovery Lab is made possible by CKids Club—an initiative that inspires children to create meaningful impact in their communities through fun and educational programs that explore the richness of Judaism.

Designed for ages 5-13, the event will be held at our educational annex 7740E El Camnio Real on  September 23 from  10 am to Noon.

To unleash your child’s inner ‘mad scientist’, or to learn more information, please check out .

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!

Hebrew school is scheduled to begin on Sunday, September 2nd. Classes will continue to take place at our newly renovated Educational Annex, 7740-E El Camino Real. Please contact our Hebrew School Director, Morah Chaya Eilfort for info at , or log onto

Work with Me! A New Way for New Parents to Get Work Done

We are excited to announce the opening of Work with Me! Conceived of and designed by our own Rebbetzin Chaya Eilfort with assistance from Rabbi Elia Eilfort and Rebbetzin Nechama Eilfort, Work with Me is a place where parents with little ones can go to get work done.

We have completely refurbished and updated our Educational Annex, 7740-E El Camino Real, making it into a space where ‘stay-at-home’ working parents can share space with others in like circumstances. What makes our space special is the assistance we will offer with the little ones.

The plan includes having several designated private desks, a long bar counter table facing the wall, and a high-rise sit/stand table in the middle of the space. There will also be a couple of cozy work nooks, a nursing lounge, a restroom with changing table, a printer/copier, access to a refrigerator/freezer, microwave, coffee machine, and Wifi.

The area for the children will feature a baby zone, a soft play climbing area with ball pit and slide, a quiet reading corner, a train table, manipulative toy zone, and an art zone. We also hope to incorporate a chalk wall, a magnet wall, and a Lego wall.

Regarding pricing there will be hourly, daily, and monthly plans available, affording the customer maximum flexibility. This will enable her to just drop in, stay for a day, or using this space as her regular work space.

To get a better idea check out .

Haftarah Overview

By Gabbai Harold Reisman

1st Day of Sukkot -  Zachariah 14:1-21

All the Haftarat of Sukkot express the interweaving of the material and the spiritual and speak to redemption of Israel as well as all nations of the world. Zachariah has a vision of the "Day of the Lord", culminating in spiritual purity and worldwide pilgrimage. The Haftarah predicts tumultuous earthly phenomena and apocalyptic changes in nature. Hashem directs and controls all the workings of natural forces. The last section of the Haftarah describes the coronation of Hashem as King of all creation; all mankind accepts His rule. This harkens to the blessing given to Abraham (Gen. 12:3) " you shall all the nations of the Earth be blessed". The Haftarat of Succot discuss the expressions of the holiday - the interweaving of the material and the spiritual, that is complete universality - and of thanks and redemption for all the nations of the world.


2nd Day of Sukkot


I Kings 8:2-21


This Haftarah is the same as the one read on Parashat Pekudei. There is a direct connection between the consecration of Solomon's Temple and Sukkot. The consecration was made on Sukkot. The spiritual connection between the Haftarah and Sukkot lies in the overflow of great joy - of holy simcha - that describes the Temple as a physical manifestation of the connection between Israel and Hashem. The joy of Sukkot reflects thanks to Hashem but also an expression of faith that heavenly protection and goodness will continue to flow. We must continue to acknowledge the unlimited goodness and blessings of Hashem and, just as important, we must continue to give thanks for His ongoing beneficence.


Classes Cancelled this Week due to the Holiday - Weekly Class Schedule

Wednesday: Torah Portion of the Week cancelled

Wednesday: Chasidic Philosophy cancelled

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 Glovsky, Edith Reh, Kim Strashoon, Rose Nemiroff Tubis, 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 your 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.


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 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 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.

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!

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 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 , 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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