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Beginners Shabbat Schedule


KJ Committed to Chesed and Kindness
See here for KJ Chesed Corner and here for volunteer opportunities from Met Council.


JLI’s "Survival of a Nation" Mondays at 7:00 pm
Join us for an exploration of Israel through the Lens of the Six-Day War. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, examine some of the key issues relating to our relationship with the Holy Land. For more information or to register, see here.  


Got lunch? We do! Join us following KJB services this week (5/20) for a Beginners Shabbat Luncheon featuring delicious food, good people, and Shabbat spirit. Sponsors welcome!

Celebrate Shavuot with KJ!
Commemorate the 3,329th anniversary of Sinai with study and spirit! Join us on Tuesday night, May 30th, for a dairy holiday dinner followed by all-night Torah learning program with the KJ Rabbis. Sunrise Service at 5:00 am followed by a Kiddush Breakfast. See here for details and to RSVP.

KJB and NJOP present “Martinis and Matzoh Balls!” on June 9 at 6:45 pm
Be a part of this fantastic Friday Night Live tradition. Welcome Shabbat with a Carlebach Beginners service led by KJB Chazan Shilo Kramer followed by a delicious dinner, great people, terrific energy, and, oh yes, a martini bar! See here for details. RSVP HERE.

Friday, May 19
Candle lighting - 7:51 pm

KJ Services in the Main Synagogue - 6:45 pm

Shabbat, May 20
Learners Service with Benjamin Gerut and Rachel Kraus- 9:30 am in the KJ Library
Explore prayer and Judaism at your own pace.

Intermediate Service with Chazan Shilo Kramer - 9:30 am in the Riklis Social Hall
Plenty of singing and energy, lots of learning and explanation

Kiddush Luncheon all together following services.

Shabbat afternoon Pre-Mincha Shiur with Rabbi Steinmetz at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Sanctuary followed by Mincha Services at 7:30 p.m. 

Special Seudah Shlishit "Kumsitz:" Chazan Mayer Davis  and Chazan Benny Zalta will lead a Shabbat Ashkesefard "Kumsitz." This is not a passive cantorial performance so much as it is an opportunity to enjoy a music-filled spiritual experience in an informal setting, where we uplift ourselves and enhance Shabbat by singing together. See you there!

Shabbat Ends - 8:52 p.m.

On the Jewish Calendar

This Shabbat is Shabbat Mevarchim Sivan, as we bless the new Jewish month. Rosh Chodesh is next Friday. Shavuot is right around the corner! See here for more info.

This coming Wednesday is Yom Yerushalayim - Jerusalem Day - which commemorates the miraculous reunification of Jerusalem during the Six Day War and the return of the Old City and Temple Mount to Jewish sovereignty 50 years ago. In Israel, there are marches around the Old City, parades, dancing, and festivities. Join us on Tuesday night (5/23) for a special program at KJ at 7:30 pm. The celebration continues in the KJ Main Synagogue on Wednesday morning at 7:00 am for special services with Hallel followed by breakfast!

We are coming down the home stretch of the Omer period - the 49 days between Passover and  Shavuot. See here for details. Remember to count each evening!

Time for a Taste of Torah

“V’chi yamuch achicha imach – If your brother becomes impoverished with you…” (Vayikra/Leviticus 25:39)

The verses which come before this one are all in the plural form. This verse, which deals with assisting the poor, is in the singular. Why? Rabbi Moshe Alshich, a 16th century Biblical commentator from Safed, explained that when someone needs help, people tend to shift the responsibility to others. They might claim that person in question has a closer relative or a wealthy friend who should take the lead in providing assistance. The Torah, therefore, addresses each of us here in the singular to tell us that each of us – every individual – has to feel that it is our responsibility. We cannot pass the buck; it stops with us.

Wednesday, May 24 2017 28 Iyyar 5777