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Shabbat, April 1st, 2017 – Parashat Vayikra


Westville News, Information, and Events
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Beth HaMedrosh Hagodol B’nai Israel • The Westville Synagogue
74 West Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06515
Rabbi: Fred Hyman • Board Chair: Barbara Zalesch • President: Mark Schwartz

April 1, 2017
ה’ ניסן

Shabbat Parshat Vayikra

פרשת ויקרא

Shabbat Zmanim


  • Friday, March 31, 4 Nissan
  • 7:00 am: Shacharit
  • 6:58 pm: Candles
  • 7:00 pm: Mincha


  • Shabbat, April 1, 5 Nissan
  • 9:00 am: Shacharit
    Rabbi Hyman’s Drasha is titled Double Dipping
  • 5:50 pm: Shabbat afternoon class by Rabbi Hyman, where he will explore The Halves and the Have Nots
  • 6:50 pm: Mincha followed by Seudah Shlishit and Ma’ariv
  • 7:59 pm: Havdalah


See below for services for the rest of the week and beyond.


  • Kiddush is sponsored by Willa and Howard Needler in honor of Kobi’s 18th birthday.
  • Welcome back to our friends Sabina and Cory Rubeck & family who are visiting from Ohio.

Passover is coming! Please send in your Ma’ot Chitim-Passover Fund donations and Sale of Chametz forms by April 4th. Anyone who has specific questions about the holiday, especially those who will be away and have questions about bedikah, please contact Rabbi Hyman.

The New Haven Keilim Mikvah at 86 Hubinger Street, will be open for tovelling on Sunday, April 2nd, from 11am-2pm. Contributions are welcome.

Once again, calling all Cholent chefs!

As we are rapidly approaching Pesach (breathe…) we are currently looking for chefs to participate in our Pre-Pesach cholent cook-off, part of a communal Shabbat lunch planned forApril 8th!

Don’t miss your chance to show off your incredible cholent skills and alleviate a bit of stress from your pre-Pesach cleaning insanity in one fell swoop!

Remember, a communal lunch at shul means your kids will have less of a chance to undo all your hard cleaning work! This is a delicious and easy way to provide a great community service! We are asking for a small donation of $10/person, $18/couple and $25/family to help partially offset the costs of the communal meal. (All are welcome — no one will be turned away! — but donations will help; they can be sent to the shul.)

Please contact Elchanan Baine ( / (610) 348-8279) to get involved!

The next Gala planning committee meeting will take place on March 21. Please contact Betsy or Glenn Schulman for more information.

Services & Zmanim

All services are at Westville Shul (74 W Prospect St) except where specified.

Caregivers and Bereavement support groups led by Rabbi Dr. Hyman

Note from Rabbi Hyman:

In my work for Jewish Family Service I am offering a Caregivers Group and a Bereavement Group. All are welcome, and please notify a friend who might benefit.

Who Cares for the Caregivers?

When your loved one needed extra care, you stepped in. Medical appointments, house-cleaning, food shopping and preparation, and more – you found a way to help and solve the problem, often at the expense of your time and resources. The loved one’s loss of memory combined with impairment of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning makes the job even more challenging. Where do you turn for solace? To whom can you reach out? Everyone is so busy and they don’t really want to hear your problems, do they? You may feel that there is no where to turn, that you are alone in the struggle to be the best caregiver you can be. But you are not alone. There are.many like you that share your experience and can provide peer support because they know what you are going through.

The Spirituality and Wellness Center at Jewish Family Services led by Rabbi Fred Hyman, Ed.D is facilitating a Caregivers Support Group. In the group, members each have a chance to express what they are going through and receive appropriate feedback from group members and the facilitator. The group is confidential and members feel a sense of freedom to share their burden.

The next Caregiver group is scheduled for Tuesday April 4 at 7:00pm at the Towers, 1 Tower Lane, New Haven.

Bereavement Group

The loss of a loved one is felt differently by different people. Some who are grieving want extra support when times get more difficult, especially before holidays. The Jewish Wellness & Healing Center at JFS is setting up a bereavement group. All are welcome. This group is an opportunity to receive peer support from individuals who have experienced something similar so you can cope a little easier. The first meeting is scheduled prior to the holiday of Passover- which is so family centered- when the loss might be felt more acutely. Each group member will get the opportunity to verbalize their feelings and receive appropriate feedback from other group members and the facilitator. The group will be run by Rabbi Fred Hyman, Ed.D, director of the Center who has many years of experience as a congregational rabbi and as a mental health clinician.

The first bereavement groups will take place Tuesday, March 28 and Tuesday, April 25 at 6:00pm at the JFS office 1440 Whalley Ave. New Haven.

Please register for either group by phone (203) 389-5599.

Westville University Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 5, 7:30 PM

Prof Ellie Stern, Yale University

Jewish Materialism and the Politics of Economic Equality

Wednesday, April 26, 7:30 PM

Prof Maury Samuels, Yale University

Anti-Semitism Today

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