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Beginners Shabbat Schedule


KJ Committed to Chesed and Kindness 
See HERE for KJ Chesed Corner.

Two Services to choose from!
Join us for the KJB Minyan (9:15) or Beginners Service (9:30) for a prayer and parsha experience like no other! See HERE for details.

The Book of Bamidbar with Rashi with Martin Kaufman - Tuesdays at 8:00 pm
Study the text of the Chumash along with Rashi’s commentary to enhance your textual knowledge and to better understand Rashi’s methodology. 

Learn Hebrew with Sara Rosen on Wednesday nights!
A new Crash Course in Hebrew Reading begins this week at 6:30 pm. Improve your Hebrew reading and explore prayer with Prayerbook Hebrew at 7:30 pm.

Holiday Review with Rabbi Daniel & Rachel Kraus - Thursdays at 7:00 pm
September 26 - More than Apples & Honey: Getting More out of Rosh Hashanah 
October 3 - Beyond Fasting & Prayer: Un-Packing Yom Kippur 
October 10 - Be Joyous in Your Hut: Sukkot in 2019

Join us for the High Holidays - Our 29th year!
Welcome the New Year with a meaningful service offering traditional prayers and a modern message and a chance to learn, ask, and discuss. No knowledge of Hebrew necessary. We are proud to be the largest Beginners Service in North America! Information and registration HERE . Spread the word! 

Communal Rosh Hashanah Dinner - Sunday, September 29
Join us for a KJ Beginners Service at 6:35 pm followed by a sumptuous holiday meal featuring apples and honey, all the traditional symbols, and festive spirit. RSVP HERE.

Friday, September 20
Candle lighting - 6:39 pm
Evening Services in the Main Synagogue - 6:45 pm

Shabbat, September 21
KJB Minyan with Rabbi Kraus & Chazan Shilo - 9:15 am in the Riklis Social Hall Plenty of singing and energy, lots of learning and explanation. 
Start the morning with 15 minutes of Torah, studying each of the 613 mitzvot in Sefer Ha-Mitzvot.

Beginners Service with Dr, Steve Rudolph and Rachel Kraus - 9:30 am in the Major Ward Beit Midrash. Explore prayer and Judaism at your own pace.

Kiddush all together following services in the Ramaz Middle School sponsored by Diane & Brent Herbst celebrating the naming of their new daughter, Cassandra Clair; in honor of Daniel Grinberg and Beth Kerwin’s upcoming wedding in Israel; and by Andy Siegel in loving memory of Mary Siegel. May her soul be a constant blessing and inspiration for all.  

All are invited to a Kiddush Discussion with KJ Member Nick Gura speaking on The Gift of Hebrew: How it Reveals Hidden Messages of Wisdom.

Pre-Mincha Shiur at 5:45 pm with Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz - Praying to Angels and the Machnisei Rachamim Selichot Controversy 

Mincha in the Main Synagogue is at 6:30 pm followed by Seudah Shlishit featuring a Daf Yomi Siyum.

Havdalah - 7:32 pm

Selichot: An Evening of Inspiration, Music & Tefilah at 9:00 pm 
Join us for a unique and uplifting evening of music and tefilah wiith our new Cantor, Chaim Dovid Berson, and the Zameru Choir. Start the year right! 9:00 pm Kumzitz and Collation. 10:00 pm Selichot. No charge. See HERE for details.

On the Jewish Calendar
Just over one week to go until Rosh Hashanah! It's time to make those High Holiday reservations and live the last full week of 5779 to the maximum. This week, Jews recite extra prayers as the penitential season heats up.

Time for a Taste of Torah
“V’samta va’tene – And you shall put the first fruits in a basket.” (Devarim/Deuteronomy 26:2)

This week’s Torah portion opens with the mitzvah to bring the first fruits to Jerusalem. On a very practical level, the bikkurim, first fruits, had to be placed somewhere, so a basket makes sense. There is, however a spiritual lesson as well. Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe of blessed memory, refers to the Midrash (rabbinic teaching) that there is an analogy between Jewish souls and the first fruits. If so, there must be a personal lesson for the first fruits, representing the soul, going into the basket.

The Rebbe explains that when the soul is in heaven it enjoys an intense relationship with God. Nevertheless, the soul is sent down to earth in a body which conceals its relationship with God. This is not all bad, as the soul can carry out a mission of raising the level of spirituality in the physical world. This is in accordance with the Divine plan for mitzvoth to be carried out specifically in a physical world, leading to an even more intense relationship with God.

This is the lesson from requiring the first fruits to be placed in a basket. Although the fruits are the finest of the crop, they cannot achieve perfection without a basket. Likewise, the soul cannot achieve perfection without coming down into the physical body because it is only through this descent that an even greater ascent is possible.

Sat, September 21 2019 21 Elul 5779