South Baldwin Jewish Center
  2959 Grand Avenue
Baldwin, NY 11510
Phone: 516-223-8688 | Fax: 516-223-8689
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As per Bob Epstien he is cancelling the class tomorrow. Will reschedule at a later date


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: 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 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.

Jeff Barkan


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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Baldwin, NY 11510

The Blossoming of Potential

Rabbi Royi Shaffin

Tu Bishvat is a special time of year.  The four cups of wine that we traditionally drink during the Tu Bishvat Seder have been interpreted to represent different degrees of potentialities being realized in nature and in our lives.  As the white wine becomes pink (since we splash red wine into our cups of white wine) we explore the idea of the blossoming of ideas and of our spirituality.  The increasing degree of red represents the realization of potential, like a red rose blossoming.  Seeing as the Tu Bishvat Seder is so full of spiritual symbolism, it is no wonder that the Tu Bishvat Seder was first engaged in by the Kabbalists of Sfad, who were yearning for a closer connection with G-d.  They yearned to climb up and understand each of the Four Worlds and for the fulfillment of prophecy – the Divine redemption of Israel and of the entire world – the full blossoming of the potentialities embedded in and hidden in our world.

As we are engaging in the ideas of potentiality, we are inspired by the possibilities in our lives and in our congregation.  At every turn, there are opportunities for growth – our growth as individuals and the spiritual growth of our congregation.  The question that Tu Bishvat elevates in our consciousness is: “Are we making full use of opportunities to realize our full potential?”

Each one of us can do more with our lives and with our congregation, whether it is engaging in a spiritual search, increasing our kavanah (intention) in prayer, chanting a haftorah, planning an event, being there for someone else, studying Torah, or teaching something which we are interested in to others.  Like the wine on Tu Bishvat, we too can make white wine, pink.  Just like the Tu Bishvat Seder, we too can search into the inner core – the seed of the fruit – our spirituality.  Each one of us, in our efforts to achieve spiritual growth and self-actualization, can peel away our hard, spiritual pits or our hard, outer peels, to reveal the completely sweet and fully eatable and fruity person that each of us was meant to be.  Just like the Tu Bishvat Seder, we too can connect with G- d, nature, spirituality, higher levels of G-d’s presence, our inner beings and the produce of the Land of Israel.

On Tu Bishvat, this Birthday of the Trees, we realize that each one of us, engaged in Jewish life, is clinging to the Etz Chayim, the Tree of Life (the Torah).  As such, we are granted joy and spiritual renewal to blossom with each new day.

Rabbi Shaffin’s office hours for the month of February are Fridays from 1:30pm – 3:30 pm. He very much looks forward to seeing you.

We're Going to the Ballet!

Where: Madison Theatre at Molloy College
When: Sunday, March 29, 2020, at 3:00
What we are seeing: Swan Lake performed by The Russian National Ballet What the cost is: $55.00

We have purchased a limited number of tickets. Please submit your payment to the SBJC Office. Your payment will confirm your reservation.

Regretfully, in the event of your cancellation, we will not be able to refund money.

Happy Purim

Sisterhood Mishloach Manot is the Purim Mitzvah of sending treats to our families, friends, and neighbors. Sisterhood invites you to fulfill this Mitzvah in a wonderful way. We will prepare delightful Purim bags, filled with surprises, along with a beautiful Purim greeting card for each family in our shul. This is a lovely way to enhance the joy of the holiday! In addition, this year, we will be allocating a portion of your donation to Hatzilu. he cost of sending cards and bags to the entire congregation and staff members is $100.00.

If you would like to be included in this Mitzvah, we request that you bring or mail your check for $100.00, payable to Sisterhood, to SBJC, Sisterhood, Attention: Shalach Manot, 2959 Grand Avenue, Baldwin, NY 11510. Please submit your payment before February 24, 2020. Each family will receive a bag. If you would like your name to be included only on the cards of selected families, please attach their names along with your payment.

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Dear Congregants and friends,

Please join us in,
The 24th annual, Shabbat Across America and Canada on February 28th 2020 at South Baldwin Jewish Center.

Our program and dinner will start at 6:30pm and then we will join in with the Rabbi for our Friday night service at 8:00pm Please note, If you are planning to attend our Shabbat service and attend the dinner, we must put a cut off date of February 21st, 2020. Please let the office know if you are attending and send in your checks of $20.00 per person to hold your reservation. If you decide you would like to attend this function after our cut off date of February 21st, please let Evelyn know as soon as possible (516) 225-5075. I, Ozzie will be out of the office from February 18th to February 23rd 2020 and will not be able to take any reservations at that time.

Thank you for understanding,
Ozzie, John and Juan.
The Staff at South Baldwin Jewish Center.

Candle Lighting and Torah Readings

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


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

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Beshalach

Friday, February 7, 2020
Shevat 12, 5780
Light Candles at:
5:01 PM

Saturday, February 8, 2020
Shevat 13, 5780
Shabbat Ends:
6:02 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Mishpatim

Friday, February 21, 2020
Shevat 26, 5780
Light Candles at:
5:18 PM

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Shevat 27, 5780
Shabbat Ends:
6:18 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: Yitro

Friday, February 14, 2020
Shevat 19, 5780
Light Candles at:
5:10 PM

Saturday, February 15, 2020
Shevat 20, 5780
Shabbat Ends:
6:10 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Terumah

Friday, February 28, 2020
Adar 3, 5780
Light Candles at:
5:26 PM

Saturday, February 29, 2020
Adar 4, 5780
Shabbat Ends:
6:26 PM

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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