BACH Weekly Newsletter - Spreading the Light

12/14/2017 10:25:35 PM

Dec14

BACH Weekly Newsletter

From the Desk of Rabbi Greene

Happy Chanukah everyone! We hope that you are enjoying family and friends during these festive times.

 

We Jews have suffered our share of persecution. At this time of year we focus on our encounter with the mighty Greek empire.  

 

The Greeks were different than most. They were more interested in taking the Israel out of the Jew more than taking the Jew out of Israel. They were more bent on dominating our hearts and minds than on controlling our movements and money.

 

In America, we are not subject to outright oppression. The government grants us freedoms on all levels. And although prejudice and bigotry still exist on some level, they are not government policy nor widespread. But, we face similar threats.

 

There is still a fierce battle for our hearts and minds. Social media, advertisements, movies, slanted curriculums in our schools all vie for our attention. They battle to control our core beliefs.

 

Where do we find definitions for such key concepts as moral and immoral, justice and injustice, modest and immodest, right and wrong - from the Rabbis or from the media? From the prophets or from the professors?

 

We light the Chanukah candles to teach our children and to tell the world that we believe the true spiritual light emanates from the Torah and the mitzvos; from the words of theTalmud, Shulchan Aruch, and the myriad of Torah scholars throughout the ages.

 

So as we light the candles in our windows, may we ignite the light of our faith – goodness, G-dliness, tolerance, charity, justice and mercy in the hearts and minds of our families surrounding us and in the world at large.

 

Good Shabbos and Freilichin Chanukah!

 

SHABBAT SCHEDULE

BACH shabbat sCHEDULE 
PARSHAT mikeitz
shabbat chanukah
dec 15 - 17
kislev 27 - 29

 

Friday, December 15 - 27 Kislev

 

6:15am Shacharit

 

4:10pm Candlelighting

 

4:15pm Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat
 

 

Saturday December 16 - 28 Kislev

 

9am  Shacharit and PDZ Club 

 

10am Babysitting for children ages 1 to 3 

 

10:30am Pray n Play with Ilana featuring Special Chanukah Games 

 

 Kiddush is sponsored by Saul & Yaffa Jakubowitz for the yahrtzeit of Saul's father , Menachem Ben Yitzchak Tzvi A"H

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3:30pm  Oneg @ BACH

** note earlier time and location

 

4pm Mincha @ BACH followed by Shalosh Seudot. 


5:15pm Maariv @ the BACH and Shabbat Ends

 

6:30pm Lev Avos Lev Banim @ YILB

 

 

Sunday December 17 - 29 Kislev

 

8:30am Shacharit followed by Lox n Learning

 

 

What's Going On At The BACH

community chanukah party
register now for a special night out 

You've seen the flyer in the newsletters, emails, and around town - now it's time to get excited and to sign up for our CommUNITY Chanukah Party in conjunction with BACH, Lido Beach Synagogue, Sephardic Congregation, Temple Israel, YILB and NJOP's Chanukah Across America.  

 

Pre registration is highly encouraged to avoid the lines AND help us plan accordingly for the event.

 

To pre register NOW visit www.lbeachjewish.org/chanukah

 

** EXCITING NEWS **

 

Thank you to our sponsors for supporting this one of a kind community event - 

Country Boy Bakery, Gourmet Glatt, Sushi Tokyo and Trader Joe's

bach youth department update
for all things youth! 
programming for ages 4 - 17

Our Youth Department always has so much going on - so here's an update on fun for all ages at the BACH!
 

CHILDREN AGES 4 TO 12 -  Join us this week for: Chanukah fun with an oil jug scavenger hunt and Chanukah themed snacks!

 

 TEENS  8TH - 12 GRADERS - Join us THIS shabbat for a special Teen Shalosh Seudot - details below

Upcoming Programs & Community Events

schedule of learning programs 

Tuesday nights -

 

TLT is BACK - join David Kintzer and others for Teens Learning Torah on Tuesdays with homework help, learning review, and of course pizza !!8pm @ the BACH 

 

Wednesday Nights -

 

Scotch & Skills - Inroads to Gemara with Rabbi Greene @ 8:15 at the BACH 

 

Ladies Learning with guest lecturer Vivienne Chaya Frank @ 8pm
** Resuming NEXT week: Wednesday Dec 20th

 "David & Batsheva"

at the home of Alissa & Steve Grill 35 E Olive St.

 

Saturday Nights - 

 

Lev Avos Lev Banim @ YILB - 1 hour after Shabbat ends

BACH Weekly Newsletter - The Power of Compassion

12/07/2017 08:34:03 PM

Dec7

BACH Weekly Newsletter

From the Desk of Rabbi Greene

This week’s parsha begins the downward spiral of the Jewish people. A jealousy between Yoseif and his brothers breaks out. The brothers decide that for the sake of the future of our nation Yoseif must be killed. At the last minute they decide to sell him into slavery instead. Yaakov, their father, is told he was killed by a wild animal. Yaakov falls into a deep depression. The family is in shambles.

 

Yoseif is sold a number of times. He ends up by a man named Potifeir. His master’s wife tries to seduce him. Yoseif rebuffs her advances. She frames him and ends up in jail.

But at the end of the parsha the pendulum starts to swing in the opposite direction. Yoseif notices that two other prisoners – the wine master and the baker - are distraught. They tell Yoseif their troubling dreams. Yoseif interprets them. One will be reinstated to his position in Pharaoh’s home. The other will be executed. These dream interpretation are on target. In next week’s parsha Yoseif is brought to interpret Pharaoh’s dream. Yoseif becomes second in command to Pharaoh. He secures a stable and prosperous home for his family when they come to Egypt.

 

The exact moment of this turning point came about when Yoseif uttered the words - מַדּ֛וּעַ פְּנֵיכֶ֥ם רָעִ֖ים הַיּֽוֹםwhy are you so sad? He noticed the anguish of the wine master and the baker and reached out to help.

 

Those few words - “why are you so sad” were powerful enough to reverse a downward pull of over twenty years! A small gesture of compassion created an energy that catapulted Yoseif from criminal to commander.

 

Next time you notice someone a little down, offer a few compassionate words. Who knows what beautiful cascade of blessing you might unleash in their wake!

 

Good Shabbos

SHABBAT SCHEDULE

BACH shabbat sCHEDULE 
PARSHAT VAYishlach
dec 8 - 10
kislev 20 - 22

 

Friday, December 8 - 20 Kislev

 

6:15am Shacharit

 

4:09pm Candlelighting

 

4:15pm Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat
 

 

Saturday December 9 - 21 Kislev

 

9am  Shacharit and PDZ Club 

 

10am Babysitting for children ages 1 to 3 

 

10:30am Pray n Play with Ilana featuring Dream Scene Games, Rainbow Snacks & Parsha Charades

 

 Kiddush is sponsored by Sharon & Michael Markowitz in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary and Joe & Rhonda Strassman for the yahrtzeit of Joe's father Yaakov Dovid A"H. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3:30pm  Oneg @ YILB

** note earlier time and location

 

4pm Mincha @ BACH followed by Shalosh Seudot. 


5:13pm Maariv @ the BACH and Shabbat Ends

 

6:30pm Lev Avos Lev Banim @ YILB

 

7:30pm Latkes & Vodkas event & Lido Beach Synagogue

 

Sunday December 10 - 22 Kislev

 

8:30am Shacharit followed by Lox n Learning

 

10am Children's Pre Chanukah Celebration @ the BACH 

 

 

What's Going On At The BACH

GET IN THE CHANUKAH MOOD THIS SATURDAY
WITH THE LBJE SHABBAT SERVICE

Join Azi, Rabbi Aryeh & friends THIS Saturday December 9th

10-11:30am @ Temple Israel's Komanoff Ballroom

 

for a special Pre- Chanukah Shabbat Service

 

See 3 reasons below why this month's LBJE Shabbat service will be extra special!

Wish a special Mazal Tov to our newest LBJE family member - Simcha Leib Smith and his parents Rabbi Aryeh & Devorah Smith who will all be joining us!

Kiddush is sponsored by Fran & Richard Lipson in honor of what would have been the 66th wedding anniversary of Fran's parents Irving & Muriel Gursky

Remember our dear friend Ira Rubin as his brother Alex Rubin and friends commemorate his yahrtzeit and co sponsor kiddush in his memory.

pre chanukah youth celebration
this sunday december 10th @ 10am

Join Ilana & David Kintzer and your friends for a fun filled Sunday morning to get you in the Chanukah mood! 

 

CALLING ALL KIDS

 

DREIDEL MAKING ~ MINUTE TO WIN IT GAMES ~ CHANUKAH SNACKS

 

10 - 11AM @ The BACH THIS Sunday, December 10th

 

** FREE of charge RSVP Appreciated

Email kintzer@bachyouth.com to RSVP

bach youth department update
for all things youth! 
programming for ages 4 - 17

Our Youth Department always has so much going on - so here's an update on fun for all ages at the BACH!
 

CHILDREN AGES 4 TO 12 -  Join us this week for: Dream Scenes Game, Rainbow Snacks, and a crowd favorite - Parsha Charades!

 

 ** See you on Sunday for our Pre- Chanukah Celebration at 10am!

 

 TEENS  8TH - 12 GRADERS - Join us NEXT shabbat for a special Teen Shalosh Seudot - details below

community chanukah party
early bird pricing expires sunday

DON'T MISS OUT ON EARLY BIRD PRICING

REGISTER FOR OUR CHANUKAH PARTY TODAY! WWW.LBEACHJEWISH.ORG/CHANUKAH

 

8th night of Chanukah

Tuesday night December 19

@ Temple Israel of Long Beach

5:45 - 8pm

 

FEATURING:

Entertainment by raved about mentalist & illusionist Matias Letelier

 

Chanukah Treats & Children's Activities

 

Menorah Lighting

 

Fun for ALL Ages!

 

 

* This Community event is a program in conjunction with

BACH ~ Lido Beach Synagogue ~ Sephardic Congregation ~ Temple Israel ~ YILB

 

VISIT WWW.LBEACHJEWISH.ORG/CHANUKAH TO REGISTER AND RECEIVE EARLY BIRD PRICING 

Upcoming Programs & Community Events

schedule of learning programs 

Tuesday nights -

 

TLT is BACK - join David Kintzer and others for Teens Learning Torah on Tuesdays with homework help, learning review, and of course pizza !!8pm @ the BACH 

 

Wednesday Nights -

 

Scotch & Skills - Inroads to Gemara with Rabbi Greene @ 8:15 at the BACH 

 

Ladies Learning with guest lecturer Vivienne Chaya Frank @ 8pm
 *note time change for 12/6

 "Chanukah and the Connection to Jewish Women"

at the home of Alissa & Steve Grill 35 E Olive St.

 

Saturday Nights - 

 

Lev Avos Lev Banim @ YILB - 1 hour after Shabbat ends

BACH Weekly Newsletter - Above The Clouds

11/30/2017 07:52:51 PM

Nov30

BACH Weekly Newsletter

From the Desk of Rabbi Greene

Yaakov remained alone. A stranger [appeared and] wrestled with him until just before dawn (Bar 32, 25).                                                                                                                            

 

Yaakov was alone. It was dark. Suddenly, a mysterious figure grabbed him. A fierce battled ensued. They fought all night until the first rays of light broke upon the horizon.

 

The Midrash teaches us that this “stranger” was the ministering angel of Eisauv. In describing the ferocity of the fight, the Torah uses the word – VaYavaik. The word is rooted in the term for “dust”.

 

The Talmud explains that this is an allusion to the fight being so intense that it kicked up “dust” which ascended all the way to the highest parts of the heavens.

 

This battle is symbolic of the eternal fight between light and darkness. Yaakov represents the power of goodness while Eisauv is the embodiment of all that works contrary to this. While Yaakov strove to imbue the world with the light of Hashem, Eisauv sought to confuse and divert attention away from this end.

 

The “dust” represents the forces of Eisauv clouding our vision.

 

This insidious dust still exists today. It crops up in all aspects of our lives.

 

It lurks in the pride that becomes too precious to put aside for the sake of peace. It is that impetus that gets us to pursue an extra buck in place of being with our families. It is the skewed vision that persuades us to fall into despair when we should be positive and full of hope.

 

In our parsha, Yaakov prevailed against Eisauv’s angel.  As the dawn spread out across the sky, the light became so overpowering that the “stranger” was forced to admit defeat.

 

We are the progeny of Yaakov. Sewn into the fabric of our souls is the tenacity and fortitude of our ancestor Yaakov. We, too, possess the power to see through the “dust” and attach ourselves to the light of the Torah. May Hashem give us strength to prevail today as Yaakov did thousands of years ago.

 

Good Shabbos.

SHABBAT SCHEDULE

BACH shabbat sCHEDULE 
PARSHAT VAYishlach
dec 1 - 3
kislev 13 - 15

 

Friday, December 1 - 13 Kislev

 

6:15am Shacharit

 

4:10pm Candlelighting

 

4:15pm Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat
 

 

Saturday December 2 - 14 Kislev

 

Auf Ruf of Elya/Ian Bohan

 

9am  Shacharit and PDZ Club 

 

10am Babysitting for children ages 1 to 3 

 

10:30am Pray n Play with Ilana featuring River of Fire, Parsha Charades, and Angel Food Cake Snack!

 

 Kiddush is sponsored by Brook & Regina Haberman in honor of the one year Bar Mitzvah anniversary of William

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3:30pm  Oneg @ BACH

** note earlier time and location

 

4pm Mincha @ BACH followed by Shalosh Seudot. 


5:13pm Maariv @ the BACH and Shabbat Ends

 

8pm Scotchaganza

 

Sunday December 3 - 15 Kislev

 

8:30am Shacharit followed by Lox n Learning

 

 

 

What's Going On At The BACH

scotchaganza 
this saturday night @ the bach

All your favorite Scotch brands AND more for tasting and purchasing - this Saturday night, December 2nd from 8 - 10:30pm @ the BACH.  $36 Cover - includes Glatt Kosher Dinner

lbje shabbat service
next saturday december 9th

Whether you're still feeling the high from our LBJE Saturday Night Live, or you need a pick me up with this cold weather and the holidays coming soon - Join Azi and Rabbi Aryeh NEXT Saturday December 9th for an LBJE Shabbat Service @ Temple Israel

 

Saturday December 9th

10 - 11:30am 

 

RSVP to cutter@bachyouth.com if you can join!

eat play light
celebrate chanukah across america

SAVE THE DATE for an extra special CommUNITY Chanukah Celebration in participation with NJOP's Chanukah Across America!

 

8th night of Chanukah

Tuesday night December 19

@ Temple Israel of Long Beach

5:45 - 8pm

 

FEATURING:

Entertainment by raved about mentalist & illusionist Matias Letelier

 

Chanukah Treats & Children's Activities

 

Menorah Lighting

 

Fun for ALL Ages!

 

 

* This Community event is a program in conjunction with

BACH ~ Lido Beach Synagogue ~ Sephardic Congregation ~ Temple Israel ~ YILB

 

VISIT WWW.LBEACHJEWISH.ORG/CHANUKAH TO REGISTER AND RECEIVE EARLY BIRD PRICING 

bach youth department update
for all things youth! 
programming for ages 4 - 17

Our Youth Department always has so much going on - so here's an update on fun for all ages at the BACH!
 

CHILDREN AGES 4 TO 12 - Pray N Play is back and better than ever!! Join us this week for: River of Fire, Parsha Charades, and Angel Food Cake Snack!

 

 ** Save the date! Menorah/Chanukah Craft Workshop NEXT Sunday December 10th. Details forthcoming

 

 TEENS  8TH - 12 GRADERS - Let's all join together and wish William Haberman a Mazal Tov on his Bar Mitzvah anniversary! 

 

** Save the Date! Join us on Shabbat Chanukah for a special Teen Shalosh Seudot - details below

 

YOUTH MENORAH WORKSHOP 
SUNDAY DECEMBER 10TH

Calling All Kids! Join Us on Sunday December 10th for a pre-Chanukah Menorah building workshop. Time and Location TBD - STAY TUNED! 

Upcoming Programs & Community Events

schedule of learning programs 

Tuesday nights -

 

TLT is BACK - join David Kintzer and others for Teens Learning Torah on Tuesdays with homework help, learning review, and of course pizza !!8pm @ the BACH 

 

Wednesday Nights -

 

Scotch & Skills - Inroads to Gemara with Rabbi Greene @ 8:15 at the BACH 

 

Ladies Learning with guest lecturer Vivienne Chaya Frank @ 8pm
 *note time change for 12/6

 "Chanukah and the Connection to Jewish Women"

at the home of Alissa & Steve Grill 35 E Olive St.

 

Saturday Nights - 

 

Lev Avos Lev Banim @ YILB - 1 hour after Shabbat ends

latkes & Vodkas
next saturday dec 9th @ 730pm

Latkes & Vodkas and Pop Up Shops Galore @ Lido Beach Synagogue next Saturday night! For more info and to register contact lbs@lidoshul.org or call 516-889-9650

BACH Weekly Newsletter - To Always Strive Upwards

11/23/2017 01:45:19 PM

Nov23

BACH Weekly Newsletter

From the Desk of Rabbi Greene

Yaakov lies down to sleep as he is fleeing Eisauv. He dreams of a ladder. Angels are ascending and descending along its rungs.

 

Angels represent spiritual forces - a divine fire of sorts - moving up and down.

Perhaps the dream is a message to Yaakov. Hashem is telling him, “You are about to experience many challenges. You will live far from your holy parents. You will spend decades with a dishonest and conniving father-in-law. You will suffer much anguish from your children. But you will have a choice. Will these trials pull you down or will they strengthen you? Will you raise yourself through it all or will you let these hardships lower you into bitterness and sadness?”

 

Along these lines, a group of Reform Jews went to speak with the Lubavitcher Rebbe zt’l. They asked him his opinion of their observance level (or lack thereof!). He replied, “It doesn’t matter so much where you are on the ladder but rather what direction you are traveling upon it.”

 

We are all born on different rungs on the ladder of spiritual growth. This we have no control over. But the direction we move from this point is up to us. Let us all resolve to embrace whatever circumstances Hashem gives us and strive upward on the ladder of life!

 

Good Shabbos

SHABBAT SCHEDULE

BACH shabbat sCHEDULE 
PARSHAT VAYEITZEI
nov 24 - 26
kislev 6 - 8

 

Friday, November 24 - 6 Kislev

 

8:30am Shacharit
**note later time

 

4:13pm Candlelighting

 

4:20pm Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat
 

 

Saturday November 25 - 7 Kislev

 

9am  Shacharit and PDZ Club 

 

10am Babysitting for children ages 1 to 3 

 

 Kiddush sponsor needed contact office@bachyouth.com to sponsor kiddush

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3:30pm  Oneg @ YILB 

** note earlier time and location

 

4pm Mincha @ BACH followed by Shalosh Seudot. 


5:14pm Maariv @ the BACH and Shabbat Ends

 

Sunday November 12 - 23 Cheshvan

 

8:30am Shacharit followed by Lox n Learning

 

 

 

What's Going On At The BACH

eat play light
celebrate chanukah across america

SAVE THE DATE for an extra special CommUNITY Chanukah Celebration in participation with NJOP's Chanukah Across America!

 

8th night of Chanukah

Tuesday night December 19

@ Temple Israel of Long Beach

5:45 - 8pm

 

FEATURING:

Entertainment by raved about mentalist & illusionist Matias Letelier

 

Chanukah Treats & Children's Activities

 

Menorah Lighting

 

Fun for ALL Ages!

 

 

* This Community event is a program in conjunction with

BACH ~ Lido Beach Synagogue ~ Sephardic Congregation ~ Temple Israel ~ YILB

 

VISIT WWW.LBEACHJEWISH.ORG/CHANUKAH TO REGISTER AND RECEIVE EARLY BIRD PRICING 

bach youth department update
for all things youth! 
programming for ages 4 - 17

Our Youth Department always has so much going on - so here's an update on fun for all ages at the BACH!
 

CHILDREN AGES 4 TO 12 - this week's Pray n Play is cancelled but there will still be babysitting for the little ones so feel free to stop by the trailer and enjoy snacks, games and toys.  

 

Please note: Oneg this week will be at 3:30pm at YILB - Shabbat is starting early and the day is shorter - but still just as fun! 

 

 TEENS  8TH - 12 GRADERS - Stay tuned for a special Chanukah program JUST for teens

 

scotchaganza 2017 registration opens
register before next wednesday

Enjoy a dazzling array of high end scotches of all types, years, and blends and buy a few bottles of your own at special reduced rates.

 

NEXT Saturday night, December 2nd @ 8pm at the BACH

Click here to register 

black friday. cyber monday. #giving tuesday
this tuesday november 28th

The Talmud teaches us to give first to our poor, our family, and our community. Partner with US at the BACH as we Partner with OUR PEOPLE & with YOU time and time again. 

 

At the BACH, our goal is to help continue to build our community and fulfill our mandate of serving all Jews with a personalized Jewish experience, regardless of background, belief, or level of commitment. As Jews, our goal is to support each other and this #Giving Tuesday we are turning to you for your support. YOUR donation to the BACH gives to your local and global Jewish community, and we are both in need of your donation today.

YOUTH MENORAH WORKSHOP 
SUNDAY DECEMBER 10TH

Calling All Kids! Join Us on Sunday December 10th for a pre-Chanukah Menorah building workshop. Time and Location TBD - STAY TUNED! 

LBJE SAT NIGHT LIVE IS A HUGE SUCCESS! 
join us december 9th 
for our next lbje shabbat service

This past Saturday night, over 60 people gathered in the home of Brad & Miriam Herman as we enjoyed the wit, wisdom and insights of Rabbi Aryeh and Azi in a different setting - a Saturday night torah learning opportunity, LBJE style! A beautiful havdallah ceremony led by Aryeh on vocals and Rabbi Greene on guitar, added a truly uplifting air to the evening. Thank you to Mike Hyman and Shari & Irv Miljoner for sponsoring this SNL in memory of their loved ones and sharing special words with us in their memory. See you in 2 weeks for a more typical LBJE Shabbat service - Saturday December 9th!

 

Upcoming Programs & Community Events

schedule of learning programs 

Tuesday nights -

 

TLT is BACK - join David Kintzer and others for Teens Learning Torah on Tuesdays with homework help, learning review, and of course pizza !!8pm @ the BACH 

 

Wednesday Nights -

 

Scotch & Skills - Inroads to Gemara with Rabbi Greene @ 8:15 at the BACH 

 

Ladies Learning with guest lecturer Vivienne Chaya Frank @ 8:30pm at the home of Alissa & Steve Grill **note classes will resume NEXT Wed. November 29th

 

Saturday Nights - 

 

Lev Avos Lev Banim @ YILB - 1 hour after Shabbat ends

Sat, December 16 2017 28 Kislev 5778