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Shabbat, May 6, 2017 – Parashat Achrei Mot – Kedoshim


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

May 6, 2017
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Shabbat Parshat Achrei Mot-Kedoshim

שבת פרשת אחרי מות – קדושים

Shabbat Zmanim


  • Friday, May 5, 9 Iyyar
  • 7:00 am: Shacharit
  • 6:45 pm: Mincha
  • 7:35 pm: Candles
  • Shabbat, May 6, 10 Iyar
  • 9:00 am: Shacharit
    Rabbi Hyman’s Drasha is titled Can we be as holy as God?
  • 6:25 pm: Shabbat afternoon class by Rabbi Hyman, where he will explore Introduction to Pirkei Avot: What is our Mesorah rooted in?
  • 7:25 pm: Mincha followed by Seudah Shlishit and Ma’ariv
  • 8:36 pm: Havdalah


  • Kiddush is sponsored by the shul. Cake & ice cream are provided by Sharon Naveh & David Staum in celebration of Gidon & Gavriel’s first birthday!
  • Mazal Tov to Eve Wiener and the entire Wiener family on her engagement to Phil Steinmetz!

Shavuot is coming!

Sign up for Westville’s Shavuot Dinner on Tuesday evening May 30th .

Delicious catered dairy meal at a very reasonable price! $36/Families – $25/Couples – $18/Individuals. Please send payment to the shul office by May 23rd . Checks should be made out to “Westville Synagogue” and indicate “Shavuot Dinner” on the check. Questions? Contact Rebecca Koenigsberg or Felicia Spencer.

The meal will be followed by Shavuot night learning, featuring Rabbi Hyman’s talk “Angels or Humans: Can We Criticize Our Biblical Ancestors?”

Please contribute to make the Shavuot daytime kiddushes more festive! Please contact Rebecca Koenigsberg. Checks should be mailed to the shul. Thank you!


To volunteer, please contact Betsy or Glenn Schulman for more information.

Services & Zmanim

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

 Westville University Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 17, 7:30 PM

Dr. Jay Sokolow

Ezekiel’s Vision: Describing the Indescribable

Wednesday, May 24, 7:30 PM

Rebecca Koenigsberg

Filled pastries in Jewish cuisine

Community Events

Shabbat, May 6, 1:00 PM

Westville Member Henry Spencer will be speaking about his photo exhibit Capturing Bialik’s Butterflies, which is on display at BEKI through July 9th. Event at Congregation Beth El – Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St

Sunday, May 7, 10:00 AM

Kick-off event for This Is Hunger, an interactive experience on wheels, with Rep. DeLauro offering welcoming remarks. Message from Rabbi Joshua Ratner, Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New Haven:

We are partnering with Mazon (the Jewish food advocacy organization) to bring This Is Hunger, an interactive experience on wheels from May 7-May 10 at Cong. Mishkan Israel in Hamden. We are bringing a fabulous exhibit to town and want to make sure that potentially interested members of Westville Synagogue can participate. When the 53-foot-long double expandable trailer is parked and open on both sides, it provides almost 1,000 square feet of interior space to take participants on a voyage of awareness and activism: to help them understand the stark reality of hunger in America and to spark their commitment to taking action that will help end hunger once and for all.  Inside the truck, the experience is divided into two parts. First, participants are invited to sit at a communal table and virtually “meet” real people struggling with hunger. Portraits are projected at each end of the table, one by one, as individuals share their stories in their own voices and in their own words. At the end of part one, participants are invited to engage in activities that deepen their awareness about the complexities of being hungry and join Mazon in educating the rest of our nation and advocating for change. Westville members can sign up as a group or individually to come experience the exhibit. Please contact Rabbi Josh Ratner at

Junior Senior Services Hospice Training

The goal is to have trained Hospice volunteers in clusters all over Fairfield County so that when the need presents itself, volunteers do not have to travel far.  Chaifetz Family Hospice will be holding a three day Hospice Volunteer Training Program for anyone interested in giving their time and compassion to terminally ill patients and their loved ones.  Training will be held at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT on Sunday, June 4th from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Wednesday, June 7th from 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm; and Thursday, June 8th from 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm.  Training materials and meals will be provided free of charge.  If you would like to sign up or to learn more about Hospice training, please contact Ellen Ashkins at (203) 365-6417 or by email at

Sunday, May 14, 12:00-5:00 PM

Yale Day of Service project run in conjunction with the Hebrew Burial and Free Loan Association of New Haven will do a clean-up and repair at their cemetery (The Hebrew Free Cemetery at 1 Brockett Place in East Haven). The clean-up will be on Sunday May 14 from 12-5. People may come for any amount of time!  To sign up go or call Paul Terman at 203-772-2648. Anyone can sign up, they need not be affiliated with Yale – just put ‘friend’ in the sign-up. Feel free to call with questions.

To subscribe to the WINE or to have any announcements included in the WINE, please contact David Staum at

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