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Editor: Judie PatelE-mail: bulletin @youngisraelwh.orgEditors Emeritus: Sam Leichtberg & Moish TrencherWeb Site: http://www.YoungIsraelWH.org
Rabbi Brahm Weinberg 860-233-3084 orrabbi@youngisraelwh.orgJudith Hessing, Coordinator 860-233-6042 or judith.hessing@gmail.com
 Affiliate of the National Council of Young Israel Synagogues, Member of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, Sponsor of West Hartford NCSY, National Conference of Synagogue Youth, Kashrut Commission of Greater Hartford,Mikveh Bess Israel of Greater Hartford, Eruv of West Hartford (Hotline - 860-232-6417)
Web Site: http://www.YoungIsraelWH.org
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Rabbi’s Corner
I would like to invite you to join me for any or allof the new educational opportunities beginning thisweek at YIWH.
Gemara Class: This week we will begin our Sun-day study of Gemara and breakfast. We will be studyingMasechet Makot with the goal of finishing as a classand making a siyum sometime next fall.
There is a possi-bility that I will repeat this class on a weeknight for those who can’t make it on Sunday mornings. If you areinterested please let me know – I already have a fewpeople who expressed interest.
New Series: As last year, I will be offering a num-ber of 4 or 5 part series’ on various topics. We will startout the year with the series entitled
about the idea of “Jewish Choseness” and whatit means to be called the “Chosen People”. In this classwe will also be studying some of the history of interac-tions between Jews and Non-Jews.
We will be using many modes of learning including discussion, textualstudy, and exciting Video presentations during this se-ries.
Wednesdays Oct 20, 27, Nov 3, 10 at 8pm at YIWH.Mp3 This week I will also be launching my newseries of audio shiurim called
“Take 15 With the Rabbi”.
 You will receive these audio shiruim by email to listen toin the comforts of your home or office. Understandingthat life is busy and that it is not always possible tocome out to a class, this will give you the opportunity tostudy with me at home as well. They will be short re-cordings of 15 minutes that you can listen to whenever you want. The topic will be tefilla. We will begin withthe topic of “kaddish” - what it means, why we say it,and what it has to do with the process of aveilut.Shabbat Afternoon Parsha, Seudah Shlishit, andMonthly Tehillim are already underway and will con-tinue through the year.
See our website or the posters in the shul lobby for more details.
A digital recorder has been purchased for theshul and all of my weekday classes will be recorded andavailable on the website. So if you can’t make it butwant to listen you can do it in that way. Thanks somuch to Elie Wolfe and David Hessing for setting up allthe technology for these new ventures.Shabbat Shalom Rabbi Weinberg
October 16, 2010
8 Cheshvan
Kiddush this ShabbatIs Sponsored by The Shul
בוט לזמבוט לזמ
to Aviva & Shalom Kovacs on the birth of aTamar Shoshana.
בוט לזמ
to siblings Ella & Elan; proudOma & Opa Helen & Les Loew, and Hadsassah Kovacs,and family; Proud great-grandmother Margot Jeremias;and aunts, uncles & cousins Chanie, Daniel, Nachi,Moshe, Avi & Yitzy Loew; Rena, Elliot,Tzipora & Meira Einbinder !
בוט לזמ
to Evelyn & David Hessing on the birth of AsafNetanel!
בוט לזמ
to siblings Avichai and Sarit; Proudgrandparents Judith & Bruce Hessing,Alice Sardell & Albert Harary; proud aunts & unclesLeora, Tamir & Avidan Hessing, and Maurice & HenryHarary! Proud great-grandparentsChaim Aryeh Schwimmer, Gloria & Edward Hessing,Arlene Sardell & Maurice Harary!
בוט לזמ
to Yaakov & Tzirel Rutstein on the birthof Rena Frayda.
בוט לזמ
to sister Tehilla;
בוט לזמ
to proud grandparents Evelyn & Stan and theRutstein & Rabbi Simcha & Esky Cook ; aunts, uncles &cousins Rochel, Avi, Chana &Eliyahu Rosenholtz; Elly & Davida Rutstein.
בוט לזמ
to Phyllis & Sid Ulreich on the Bat Mitzvah,over Sukkot, of their granddaughter, Talya Orit Gellis, inIsrael.
בוט לזמ
toparents & siblings Alyssa, Jonathan,Rebecca, David & Maayan Gellis; aunt, uncle & cousins,Debbie, Benjamin, Leora, Adira & Ari Waltuch;
בוט לזמ
to grandparents Gloria & Harold Gellis; and great-grandmother Clara Scholnick!May they all grow
L’Torah, L’ Chuppah u'L'Maasim Tovim!
CHOSEN ...FOR WHAT?Are we really the chosen people?What are we chosen for?Join Rabbi Weinberg and explore the themes of“JEWISH CHOSENESS”& THE RELATIONSIP OF THE JEWS AND NON-JEWSIN HISTORY, HALACHA & JEWISH PHILOSPHYWednesday Nights at 8:00PM @ YIWHOctober 20th & 27th/November 3rd & 10th
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Vera Schwarcz & Jason WolfeIn honor of the birth of Asaf NetanelDebbie & Steve Luger:In honor of thebirth of Asaf NetanelMazel tov to Judith & Bruce and to David, Evelyn ,Avichai and Sarit.
Shabbat Morning Youth GroupsShabbat Groups will be starting this morning for ages 3- 10. This continues to be one of the most integral partsof our shul, allowing the adults upstairs to daven morequietly. The charge for groups will be $18/child/year.This allows us to compensate our counselors for theamazing job that they do each week to keep our chil-dren safe, learning and entertained. Please send me acheck. Your child's name will then be placed on thenew tenth time board Thank you for all your support.Carolyn Ganeles
A Personal Gift –
Chai Mitzvah
Become a member of the Chai Mitzvah program (at nocharge!). Each participant chooses his/her own topic of studyand time commitment. This is an opportunity for personallearning, ritual enhancement, and social action. This programis designed for adults in increments of 18 years (
) pastBar/Bat Mitzvah age. If you are within two years of 31, 49, 67,or 80 … please consider becoming a member of Chai Mitzvah.Chai Mitzvah Mentor – Vivian Zablotsky
& COMMUNITY EVENTSHHNE OPEN HOUSEHebrew High School of New England'sOpen Houseis Sunday, October 17, 2010from 9:30 to 11:30 AM.This event, open to prospective students and theirparents, will feature a catered breakfast and aninformative presentation about the High School.
RSVP to 860-231-0317.ELISHA ROSENSWEIG’S CLASSTuesday, October 19th, at 8:00 PMAt the home of Judy Brenner , 103 Steele RoadWe will be studying theOpening Parshiot of Sefer Bereishit.BOOK CLUBAll Other Nights, A novelBy Dara HornDo you knit, crochet, embroider, needlepoint , bead,weave ?? WHATEVER, think about joining our "craftcircle." We meet informally usually on Monday eve'sfor an hour or so to work on whatever projects are inthe works, a little conversation, a hot drinkPlease email Debbie Luger (deluge613@sbcglobal.net)if you're interested in joining usor if you have comments/questions/suggestions...
GROUPMonday, November 9th at 7:30 PMAt the home of Dvorah Weiss, 40 Miamis RoadSAVE THE DATE12.11.10HAGH MONTE CARLO NIGHTBUY SCRIP! BUY SCRIP!Please remember to continue to use scrip.It costs nothing additional to you - yet it helps the
It is the most cost effective way to donate to theShul! Remember, if you can not come and get the cardswe can bring it to you! Let's support our
by buyingscrip ! Every dollar counts!Contact: Judith Hessing (860-233-6042),at 18 Grenhart Street
On November 7, 2010, Jews from all over the globe will be unit-ing together for the Global Day of Jewish Learning. The JewishFederations of North America, the American Jewish Joint Dis-tribution Committee and the JCC Association of North Americaare organizing partners of the Global Day. The Global Day ofJewish Learning will mark the completion of Rabbi Adin Stein-saltz’s historic Talmudic commentary. On November 7, 2010,Rabbi Steinsaltz will write the final lines of his prodigious work,bringing to a close a 45-year project, spanning nearly four dozen volumes. Many more can now join a millennia-old con-versation thereby sparking and nourishing a love for Jewishlearning.
we will have a series of featured speakers, including:Rabbi Brahm Weinberg, Dr. Regina Miller,Elisha Rosensweig, Dr. Rafael Blum, Elie Wolfe andDr. Vera Schwarcz. ***More names coming***Topics will range from Torah and Science, to Kabbalah,Psychology, Jews in China and the Art of Jewish Parenting.Times and titles to be announced.Childcare and refreshments will be provided,as well as a special program for pre-school children. 
הריהמו המלש האופרהמלש האופר
to Tzirel Rutstein, Debbie Freund,Ellen Lindenberg &Devra Solonche !
Finding G-d - Torah in Motion - Rabbi Jay Kelman
"G-d said to Abraham, Go away from your land, from your birthplace and from your father'shouseto the landthat I will show you' (12:1)". Abraham is seventy five years old when he begins his trek to the anonymous land that G-dhas singled out for the Jewish people. Who is this Abram and what has he done to merit G-d's promise that "I will blessyou and make you great. I will bless those who bless you... all the families of the earth will be blessed throughyou"(12:2-3)? The Torah does not tell us. While his birth is recorded at the end of parshat Noach little else is mentioned.We do get a hint that his was a special family as the Torah tells us whom he and his brother married and describes thefamily's move from Ur Casdim to Charan. But that is it. The Torah even tells us that Noach found favor in G -d's eyes,that he was righteous man thus explaining why he was saved during the destruction of the flood. But no correspond-ing description has yet been recorded regarding Abram. Yet, it is Abram who was the first Jew and the founder of theJewish nation.It is obvious that Abram was truly a great person, if not he would not have been worthy of being chosen by G-dto carry out a special mission. "Here is my covenant with you: you shall be the father of a horde of nations kings will beyour descendants. I will sustain my covenant between Me and between you and your descendants ... an eternal cove-nant" (17:4-7). While we were brought up with Midrashim of Abraham smashing the idols of his father, of his preco-cious recognition that there must be a G-d in the world, none of this is actually recorded in the Torah text. When did herecognize G-d as the master of the universe? How did he come to this recognition? Whatmotivatedhim? How did hehave the courage to stand alone against rampant paganism? To these questions the Torah is silent. It is true that theMidrash fills in many details of Abram's early years but one must always keep in mind that the Midrash is not the sameas the biblical text itself and is not the word of G-d. Why would the Torah be silent on something apparently as signifi-cant as Abraham's early years, and how he came to his recognition of G-d?It appears that the Torah isteachingus a very important lesson regarding our own relationship with G-d. Thereis more than one path to reach G-d. How one comes to recognize G-d as the master of the world is not really signifi-cant. What is significant is that you do recognize G-d as master of the universe. Just like Abraham we must be willing tosacrifice for G-d, must make chesed our way of life. But our own personal journey is bound to be different from Abra-ham's. We must develop our own personal relationship with G-d in a way that is appropriate for our individual makeup.Thus we pray to the "G-d of Abraham, the G-d of Isaac and the G-d of Yaakov". While our Patriarchs all served the sameG-d they had their own individual methods of doing so, as must we. For some the approach to G-d is an intellectualone, for others it is emotional. Some are attracted by Chassidut, others by the rationalism of the Mitnagdim and for others it the Mussar movement which inspires them. All of that is not really terribly important in the divine plan. Whatis important is that we serve G-d through obedience to His Torah as we do our best to improve this world. Then we,like Abraham, will receive the blessing of G-d that all the families of the earth will be blessed through you.Shabbat Shalom!
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For the ninthconsecutive year, Beth David and Tikvoh Chadoshoh synagogues are proud to co-sponsor Connecticut'sonlySunday collection forhousehold hazardous wastes. The event will be heldonSunday, October 24th,rain or shine,From 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.at Tikvoh Chadoshoh's parking lot, 180 Still Rd on the Bloomfield-West Hartford line.
For more information and/or to volunteer for thisimportant community event, please call: Jonathan Bilmes at(860)-236-6438.The Multi-Shul Dinner has reached its 400-person fire-code mandated capacity. If you didn’t get yourregistration in on time you can still come for the pre-dinner component of the event with (quitepossibly) over 500 fellow Jews from throughout our community:Friday, October 29, 2010 at the Emanuel Synagogue (160 Mohegan Drive)4:45pmMusic by A Touch of Klez and Heavy Shtetl5:30pmCandle Lighting5:35pmOrthodox service (with mechitza) featuring the sweet vocalizationsof Magevet, Yale’s Jewish a capella singing group

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