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As your rabbi, and in the name of our wonderful Community Relations Committee, it is my honor to invite you to attend our Yom HaShoah Program at 7:00 pm on May 5th at East Northport Jewish Center.
This year, our program will feature the exciting and deeply meaningful discovery of Chris Nichola. Mr. Nichola, while spelunking (aka, caving) in the Ukraine, came across remnants of what was, no doubt, a record for the continuous habitation of a cave. Jews near Kerowlowka, Ukraine survived there, underground, for over a year-and-a-half, hiding from extermination efforts by the Nazis. Nichola traces his discovery and the subsequent meeting of survivor families, whom he came to know and befriend, with a multimedia presentation. It is a most moving story which has been made into a feature length documentary film.
Unlike our usual format, this year’s service will precede the program, as we are only able to have our presenter on Thursday, the day of Yom Hashoah, May 5th. We will begin our ceremony at 7:00 pm sharp, with the participation of some of our survivor families. The ceremony will include The Theme from Schindler’s List, performed by pianist Terry Bernstein, and the participation of Rabbi Silverman and Cantor Nussbaum. All families will be invited to stand on the bima with our Torah scrolls and our Holocaust Torah from Kolin, Czechoslovakia, as Cantor chants the mournful Kel Mahlei Rachamim. Once our moving ceremony is completed, with the lighting of candles commemorating the loss of our precious 6,000,000, we will begin our special program.
This ceremony and program is our yearly marking of Yom HaShoah. There may be some relatives or friends you wish to invite because our program will probably be a day later than the one that others might attend. Please invite your loved ones and friends to ours.
May the clarion call of Zachor (Remember) and “Never Again” be reinforced and echo strongly this Yom HaShoah season. Our Kedoshim–those who perished–must never be forgotten and the lessons of the Holocaust must never cease. Please grace us with the attendance of your family at this important event.
Bshalom Rav Read More
We just concluded the festivities of Purim and it was truly amazing.
Passover is quickly approaching and this being the case, I thought that I would share with you a "vord", an interesting commentary relating to my favorite holiday.
We all know the reason that Pesach is called Passover, as it's explained in great detail in the Haggadah that we recite and chant from during this festival. G-d commands the children of Israel to utilize blood on their doorposts in Egypt, and by so doing, the Malach hamavet–the angel of death–would pass over their homes, and their first born children would not die. This was the tenth plague that G-d punished the Egyptians with and we also know that the Jewish people, who lacked faith and did not conform, had their first born children unfortunately perish in conjunction with the Egyptian people's first born children! We also know that this is the reason for having a m'zuzah on our doors.
As all of you are aware, I always search for a modern day approach to Judaism and to the Torah and all of the related commandments. What can we learn from this Passover event as it relates to our lives during the course of the year? Ah ha, an interesting question right? I came across a beautiful and very meaningful explanation by Rabbi David Goldwasser, a rather famous modern day Talmudic scholar.
During the course of the year, our lives can be a kiddush Hashem, a sanctification of G-d's name as we observe Torah, and thus our lives are meaningful and have direction. We have the ability to participate fully in Judaism to the fullest extent, observe mitzvot, reflect acts of chesed and kindness, show kindness and compassion to our family, friends and community, involve ourselves fully in our community at large, visit the sick and show compassion to the mourners, be respectful to one another, observe Shabbat and all of the holidays, etc. We do indeed have ample opportunity on a daily basis to be observant Jews and serve G-d and everybody involved in our lives.
On the other hand, we can allow our lives to be shallow and lacking in ethics by ignoring Judaism and not observing anything, and thus, Jewish ideals will pass over us and our lives will not be enriched as a consequence! This is a very positive message of the holiday of Passover as it relates to our lives for the rest of the year.
I would like to take this opportunity of wishing you all a chag kasher sameiach–a wonderful holiday of Passover. Read More
I am extremely happy to report that Chazzan Nussbaum will be back as our school’s Principal when school resumes after the winter break, on Monday February 22nd. He is getting stronger and healthier every day. It was beautiful to welcome him back these last two Shabbats and to hear him sing from the bima.
I want to thank Bobbi Weinstein and Barry Sosnick for helping out while Chazzan was out. Yasher Koach! I also would like to thank Melissa Kurtz for the extra work and duties she helped out with in this time period. On a sad note, Melissa has resigned as our VP of education because of personal reasons. Melissa has worked endless hours and put her heart and soul into doing the best for our ENJC children. She will be missed.
On a personal note- I want to thank all for your support, kind words, and for visiting me during my shiva, and in supporting the daily shiva minyan (even on Super Bowl Sunday, with 22 people – 15 minutes before kickoff!) Please make contributions to ENJC or Sisterhood's Torah Fund for my Mom’s passing. Thank you and Yasher Koach to all! Read More