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Shabbat, March 25, 2017 – Shabbat Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei (Chazak) Parshat HaChodesh Mevarchim Nisan

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Beth HaMedrosh Hagodol B’nai Israel • The Westville Synagogue

74 West Prospect St New Haven, CT 06515

203-389-9513 • •

Rabbi: Fred Hyman • Board Chair: Barbara Zalesch • President: Mark Schwartz

 March 25, 2017

כ”ז אדר

Shabbat Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei (Chazak)

Parshat HaChodesh

Mevarchim Nisan

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פרשת ויקהל-פקודי (חזק)

פרשת החודש

שבת מברכים ניסן

Shabbat Zmanim

Friday, March 24, 26 Adar

  • 7:00 am: Shacharit
  • 6:50 pm: Candles Inline image 1
  • 6:50 pm: Mincha

Shabbat, March 25, 27 Adar

Parashat Ki Tisa & Parah

  • 9:00 am: Shacharit
  • Rabbi Hyman’s Drasha is titled “When were they free?”
  • 5:40 pm: Shabbat afternoon class by Rabbi Hyman, where he will explore Intriguing Insights in to the Haggadah 
  • 6:40 pm Mincha followed by Seudah Shlishit & Ma’ariv
  • 7:51 pm: Havdalah

ee below for services for the rest of the week and beyond


  • Kiddush is sponsored by Nechama & Dov Langenauer in honor of the Yahrzeit of Shalva Eliezri, Nechama’s mother.
  • Cake & ice cream are sponsored by Betsy & Glenn Schulman in celebration of Zevi’s 4th birthday! 
  • Seudat Shlishit is sponsored by Ephraim Foonberg in observance of his father’s yahrzeit. Ephraim is visiting Ron and Sharon Salem this Shabbat.
  • Deep condolences to Dov & Tali Horowitz on the sudden passing of Dov’s father, Elliott Horowitz, last Shabbat.

Thanks to our Torah readers Elchanan Baine, Rafi Lefkowitz, Michael Wiener, Daniel Nadis, and Ron Salem, who volunteered to cover a 235-sentence reading with only one week’s notice! Their effort & expertise are greatly appreciated.

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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.

Once again, calling all Cholent chefs!

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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.)
ALSO:  Watch for information about a catered Friday night meal for April 7th.  For this we would absolutely need to have pre-registration and charge for the meal. We hope to send out an e-mail blast about this event in the next few days. . 
Please contact Elchanan Baine ( / 610-348-8729) 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

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