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Baldwin, NY 11510
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It is with great sadness that we announce that the Mother of Nancy Weston, Irene Thurshwell passed away in Florida on Monday 4/12/2021. There will a pvt graveside service. No further information available at this time.

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Baldwin, NY 11510

Leaving Our Societal Egypt and Receiving the Ten Commandments 
Rabbi Royi Shaffin 

Coming out of a pandemic, in many ways, can be compared to coming out of a kind of societal captivity.  Most of us have been limited in our ability to move around, travel, have contact with family and friends, and live our lives to the fullest.  Although real captivity or slavery is much, much worse, we have nevertheless, at the very least, had a very unpleasant societal experience.

We can be grateful to those who so quickly developed vaccines, which are now aiding our society in breaking the chains of the COVID pandemic.  As we leave this uncomfortable situation, like our ancestors who left Egypt, we begin wandering through the wilderness of an uncertain future.  In addition to the actual disease, we have been plagued by recent political and social strife which, sadly, will not go away with two injections in the arm.

We are approaching the holiday of Shavuot, the holiday that commemorates the revelation at Mt. Sinai and the Jewish people receiving the Ten Commandments during this revelation.  The Ten Commandments, very special instructions, written on two tablets of stone, are a subject for deep thought and discussion.  The wisdom that they contain is immeasurable.  When they were given, they were to be the foundation of a new society. 

Perhaps, as we aim to reconstruct our own modern society, following the COVID pandemic, we should look to the wisdom of these ancient commandments.  They have persevered through thousands of years of human history.  They have guided Jewish civilization, as well as general society.  They have reminded people of the inherent worth of each human being, having all been created in the image of G-d, and the obligation to live together, in harmony, in a just and compassionate society.  May the Ten Commandments that we will read from the Torah on Shavuot inspire us and the world to rebuild human civilization, after a terrible pandemic that has taken so many lives and caused so much suffering, with a deeper appreciation for the sacredness of life and the opportunity we now have, as a humanity, with G-d's help, to repair and heal the world.

Torah Fund Celebration
Sunday morning, May 2, 2021
10:00 via Zoom

We welcome our guest speaker:
Jessica Dell'Era,
Rabbinical student at the JTS

Morning service: 10:00 am (Conducted by our guest.)
Presentation: 10:30 am

Everyone is welcome. Reservations are required.
Please email:
The link will be sent out just prior to the event.

Your $18.00 donation will support Torah Fund.
Not able to attend? Your donation is welcome.
Please make your check payable to Torah Fund.
Submit your donation to SBJC office, attention: Sisterhood.

Thank you to Rowena Weinstein, our Torah Fund Vice President.
Thank you to Marc Cohen for handling the reservations.

From Sisterhood:
Statement on the Attack on the United States Capitol

Candle Lighting and Torah Readings

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

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Behar-Bechukotai

Friday, May 7, 2021
Iyar 25, 5781
Light Candles at:
7:39 PM

Saturday, May 8, 2021
Iyar 26, 5781
Shabbat Ends:
8:44 PM


Sunday, May 16, 2021
Sivan 5, 5781
Light Holiday Candles at:
7:48 PM

Monday, May 17, 2021
Sivan 6, 5781
Light Holiday Candles after:
8:54 PM
from a pre-existing flame

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Sivan 7, 5781
Holiday Ends:
8:55 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Behaalotecha

Friday, May 28, 2021
Sivan 17, 5781
Light Candles at:
7:58 PM

Saturday, May 29, 2021
Sivan 18, 5781
Shabbat Ends:
9:06 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Korach

Friday, June 11, 2021
Tammuz 1, 5781
Light Candles at:
8:08 PM

Saturday, June 12, 2021
Tammuz 2, 5781
Shabbat Ends:
9:16 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Bamidbar

Friday, May 14, 2021
Sivan 3, 5781
Light Candles at:
7:46 PM

Saturday, May 15, 2021
Sivan 4, 5781
Shabbat Ends:
8:52 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Naso

Friday, May 21, 2021
Sivan 10, 5781
Light Candles at:
7:53 PM

Saturday, May 22, 2021
Sivan 11, 5781
Shabbat Ends:
8:59 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Shelach

Friday, June 4, 2021
Sivan 24, 5781
Light Candles at:
8:04 PM

Saturday, June 5, 2021
Sivan 25, 5781
Shabbat Ends:
9:12 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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