South Baldwin Jewish Center
 
  2959 Grand Avenue
Baldwin, NY 11510
Phone: 516-223-8688 | Fax: 516-223-8689
Email: sbjcoffice@optonline.net
 
 
       
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1/7/2020

Good morning on this cold Winter day.

I know not all of you are social media fans and do not go on Facebook etc. That is fine and I address this to those that do regularly check in on Facebook.

Quite a few of you "Like" our SBJC page:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialSBJC/ and are on the feed.

I implore the rest of you to at least look at our page and "Like" it if you think the content is of interest to you. The page has almost every Email and Event that you would be interested in knowing about as well as interesting articles and links to other Temples and Jewish organizations in our area. Take a look and see for yourself.

Also our website sbjc.net has a link to the current calendar as well as the entire current Centerpost.

I will also be glad to post any relevant events that you are involved in as well as any interesting articles that you believe the members would enjoy reading. Just send an email to the office or a private message to our Facebook page.

Thanks,
Jeff Barkan


7/2/2019

Good afternoon,

Since there have been scheduling conflicts at SBJC in the past months, we want to remind everyone of the procedure necessary to insure your event, meeting, kiddush etc. takes place on the date you want.

1. No one can schedule ANYTHING without checking with the OFFICE first to see if the date is available.

2. If the date is available you must fill out the event form, so that the appropriate people are aware of what needs to be done for the function. This insures that we have the person responsible, the type of event, and what is requested from staff. NO this does not get filled out the day before.

3. If this is not done, and the event is not on the calendar, the event does not exist! No I told so and so - No - We always do this on such and such etc.

Best regards
Evelyn & Jeff


Mah Jongg meets on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.


Folk dancing meets on Wednesdays at 10:30am. Newcomers are always welcome to either group.


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2959 Grand Avenue
Baldwin, NY 11510


Upon Three Things

Rabbi Royi Shaffin

Simon the Righteous taught, "Upon three things does the world stand: upon the study and performance of Torah, upon worship, and upon deeds of loving kindness."  These three pillars of Judaism sustain the entire world.  They also give guidance as to how we should live our lives.  As our synagogue continues to fill for services and special events despite the cold weather, my heart is warmed by the knowledge that we are committed to prayer.  As attendance at adult education classes, the Sisterhood Rosh Chodesh Torah Study, movie nights with discussion, Hebrew class, Yiddish class, Israeli dancing, our hot topics discussion group, and special guest speakers continues to be high, I am excited to see our commitment to Torah learning.  As I see our commitment to Hatzilu, our medical supply collection, and our commitment to one another in difficult times, I am so impressed by our community's commitment to chesed - acts of loving kindness.  As we gather for not only religious events, but also social events, filled with food, card playing, and music, we are reminded that we are a strong kehillah - a real community - and a strong one at that.

I am inspired by our forward thinking leadership to do even more.  Recently, I received a number of exciting suggestions for future adult education topics.  I am planning on teaching each and every one of the topics suggested.  There are also a few interesting educational programs currently being planned.  Recently, Malka Mittelmann made a powerful speech about being inspired by the lives led by those that we have lost, to be ever more involved in Jewish life and to strengthen our own Jewish identities and our characters.

In response to recent events and the increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes I say the following:  Just like the egg on the Seder plate, the more one boils us, the harder we get.  We, who have endured thousands of years of persecution, will not give up our heritage.  Those who have suffered, had their blood spilled, or died as martyrs would not wish us to do so.  We honor them by continuing to be Jewish and being proud of our Jewishness.  

According to Jewish tradition, God determines, at all times, whether the world is worthy.  If God were to base this assessment only on people who hate and people who spill blood, then surely humanity is not worthy.  In every generation, there are those upon whom God looks down, the lamed vav tzadikim - 36 anonymous completely righteous people, who make the world worthy of God's blessings.  So...in reality, the world is not only sustained by the mitzvot suggested by Simon the Righteous - those mitzvot connected with Torah study and practice, worship, and acts of loving kindness, but also by people who are walking Sefer Torahs, who beam with the name of God from their mouths, on their faces, and emanating from their souls, and who walk in the world with kindness and compassion.  In other words, let's not just do the mitzvot.  Let’s be the mitzvot.  Let us all aim to become walking representations of the Torah - lamed vav tzadikim candidates.

Chanukah is now over, but just as the light of Shabbat - from the Shabbat candles and the Havdallah candle - continues to be ever present in our minds during the week, so too are the candles of Chanukah still a powerful symbol in our minds.  One candle, one person, can make a huge difference, can light the other candles, and can expel the darkness, while spreading the light.

If you need to contact Rabbi Shaffin, please call him at: 516-223-5599.

If you leave a message, he will respond as quickly as he is able to.




Good morning on this lovely Spring day.

I know not all of you are social media fans and do not go on Facebook etc. That is fine and I address this to those that do regularly check in on Facebook.

Quite a few of you "Like" our SBJC page:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialSBJC/ and are on the feed.

I implore the rest of you to at least look at our page and "Like" it if you think the content is of interest to you. The page has almost every Email and Event that you would be interested in knowing about as well as interesting articles and links to other Temples and Jewish organizations in our area. Take a look and see for yourself.

I will also be glad to post any relevant events that you are involved in as well as any interesting articles that you believe the members would enjoy reading. Just send an email to the office or a private message to our Facebook page.

Thanks,
Jeff Barkan




Candle Lighting and Torah Readings

Daylight Saving Time: In effect. Times have been adjusted accordingly

   

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Vayigash

Friday, January 3, 2020
Tevet 6, 5780
Light Candles at:
4:21 PM

Saturday, January 4, 2020
Tevet 7, 5780
Shabbat Ends:
5:25 PM


Shabbat, Torah Reading: Shemot

Friday, January 17, 2020
Tevet 20, 5780
Light Candles at:
4:36 PM

Saturday, January 18, 2020
Tevet 21, 5780
Shabbat Ends:
5:39 PM


Shabbat, Torah Reading: Bo

Friday, January 31, 2020
Shevat 5, 5780
Light Candles at:
4:52 PM

Saturday, February 1, 2020
Shevat 6, 5780
Shabbat Ends:
5:54 PM


Shabbat, Torah Reading: Vayechi

Friday, January 10, 2020
Tevet 13, 5780
Light Candles at:
4:28 PM

Saturday, January 11, 2020
Tevet 14, 5780
Shabbat Ends:
5:32 PM


Shabbat, Torah Reading: Va'eira

Friday, January 24, 2020
Tevet 27, 5780
Light Candles at:
4:44 PM

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Tevet 28, 5780
Shabbat Ends:
5:46 PM


 
ABOUT CANDLE-LIGHTING
It is considered a great mitzvah and responsibility to honor the Sabbath by lighting candles 18 minutes before sunset on Friday evening.

This unique commandment, entrusted to the Jewish woman, is rich with meaning and purpose.
   
 
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