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Parshat Behar-Bechukotai
May 15 - 16, 2015 /27 Iyyar 5775
Latest Candlelighting  7:48pm
Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat 7:00pm
Shacharit 9:00am
Mincha 7:45pm
Maariv 8:41pm
Havdalah 8:49pm
Shacharit - Jerusalem Day 8:00am
Condolences to Benjamin Yakobe on the loss of his brother, Kalman. 
This Week
Shabbat Afternoon Scholars Series

The final talk in our monthly series given by local scholars.

Ronnie Perelis
Chief Rabbi Dr. Isaac Abraham and Jelena (Rachel) Alcalay Chair in Sephardic Studies; Assistant Professor of Sephardic Studies, Yeshiva University

The Seductions of Sefarad:
The Hebrew Poets of Spain Struggle
with the Sacred and the Profane

Following Shabbat Mincha at 7:20pm

Click here to download a PDF Flyer for the entire series

Yom Herut Yerushalayim
Jerusalem Reunification Day
Celebrating 48 years of Reunification

Sunday, 8 am
Tefilah Chaggigit
Join us for festive davening with Hallel
Sefer Ruth Shiur

Rabbi Helfgot's shiur on Sefer Ruth continues this Sunday, May 17 after Shacharit.
This week the kiddush is sponsored by the shul.
Thank you to our clean up teams!  

This week: Fleischer/Labinsky & Fox

5/23      Frankel & Fried
5/24      Shavuot - Furman & Gidseg & Kriegel
5/25      Shavuot  - Goldberger & Goldsmith
5/30      Graneviz & Gruber
Upcoming Events
Carlebach Minyan at Netivot Shalom
The Carlebach Minyan davens with us on a monthly basis. The next time will be Friday, May 29th. 
Scholar in Residence
Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom
June 27, 2015

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Rabbi Etshalom attended Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavne, Rabbi Isaac Elhanan Theological Seminary and Yeshivat Har Etzion before receiving ordination from the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem. He is an accomplished storyteller, radio host and songwriter and has produced tapes of both his own stories and music. Rabbi Etshalom, whose first book "Between the Lines of the Bible" was published by Yashar Books in March, 2006, serves on the faculties of the Yeshiva of Los Angeles and the Simon Wiesenthal Center as Associate Director of Project Next Step, along with serving as chair of the Bible Department at the Yeshiva University High Schools of Los Angeles. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Stefanie and their 5 children.

Rabbi Etshalom will speak after kiddush on Shabbat morning.
April/May Kids Birthday Kiddush
Celebrate your child's birthday by co-sponsoring kiddush.

Shabbat, May 23 (Erev Shavuot) 

Simple two-step process:
(1) Send an email by Tuesday, May 19 to Tovah Gidseg at tovah.gidseg@gmail.com. Indicate your child's name and how you are sending payment.

(2) Send $18 payment by mail or electronic bank check sent to c/o Michael Knopf 745 Redmond St
Netivot Shalom Pre-Shavuot Bake Sale
The annual Netivot Shalom pre-Shavuot bake sale is fast approaching! Get out your cake pans and cookie cutters and let's make this year's the most successful sale yet! Sweet and savory items equally welcome. The bake sale will take place on Wednesday, May 20 from 5 to 10 PM at the Lopkin residence, 314 Vandelinda Ave. Baked goods can be dropped off on Tuesday, May 19 from 3 to 10 PM. Please contact Sarah Dauber daubersarah@gmail.com or Karen Sponder karenmk@hotmail.com and let them know what you will be baking. Please set aside any nice plates or platters that you may have to plate your confectionary delights.
Netivot Shalom's Tikkun Leil Shavuot 
in memory of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l

This year’s Tikkun Leil Shavuot is sponsored by Barry and Margaret Herzog as well as by Fred and Marcia Schulman in memory of Fred’s parents.

Special shiur for fifth grade through middle school children (snacks will be served)
Pamela Scheininger: 

The Approach of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l to Pesak Halakha
Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot

Carpe Diem? When do we Seize the Day?
Pamela Scheininger

The Third Version of the Aseret Hadibrot in the Torah
Fred Schulman

More on Tithing
Barry Herzog

Understanding Matan Torah
Ben Sandler

Refreshments will be served throughout the night.
Community Tanach Study/Scholar in Residence
Please take part in our shul wide learning program of all of Tanach, to culminate with a siyum on Shavuot featuring Rabbi Menachem Leibtag.

To sign up, click the link below and chose the book you would like to read. Each book can divided up between family members and studied together or individually, In addition, once the slots are full, people can double up on books already taken. Everyone is invited to participate in this opportunity to learn Torah collectively as a community. The web address for the sign up is
Community-wide Afternoon Adult Learning Program on Shabbat and both days of Shavuot
Members of TABC's Judaic Studies Faculty will be giving shiurim on various aspects of the theme "Kavod", at four shuls: Congregations Keter Torah, Beth Abraham, Beth Aaron, and Bnai Yeshurun. Visit tabc.org/shavuot for the schedule and for dedication information. We look forward to learning together! 
Shabbat 5/23: Keter Torah- 6:30 (R' Ezra Wiener), & after Mincha (R' Nosson Rich).
1st day Y"T 5/24: Beth Abraham- 5:15 (R' Yaakov Blau), 6:30 (R' Steven Finkelstein).
2nd day Y"T 5/25: Beth Aaron- 5:30 (R' Yoni Mandelstam), 6:45 (R' Duvie Nachbar), & after Mincha (R' Josh Kahn).
2nd day Y"T  5/25: Bnai Yeshurun- 5:45 (R' Yosef Adler), 6:55 (R' Chaim Jachter). Refreshments will be served.
Board Election & General Membership Meeting

Netivot Shalom's annual elections will take place on Sunday May 31 at 8:30 p.m., which will be followed by a general membership meeting.  Thank you very much to our outgoing board members, Margaret Herzog, Amy Zwas, and Simon Fleischer 


The following is the list of candidates who have been nominated by the 2013 Nominating Committee, comprised of Martin Heistein (Chair), Gail Dukas and David Montag. Each position has a term of two years (2015-17).

President – Michael Rogovin
VP (Operations) – Richard Goldberger
VP (Programming) – Richard Langer
Secretary - Naftali Goldsmith
Treasurer - Michael Yurowitz
General Board Member:   Ilene Pollack

Note: the following members are not up for election and are completing the second year of their current term:

Richard Dukas, Michael Knopf, and Alex Moskovits

Any member who has not been nominated may do so only upon providing the Nominating Committee with a petition to run that bears the original signatures of at least 10 members. Such petition must be presented to the Nominating Committee at least two days prior to the election (i.e., by Friday May 29). Any candidates running pursuant to this provision shall appear on the written ballot. There shall be no candidacies announced or nominated from the floor during the election proceedings.


At the elections, written ballots with names of the candidates will be distributed. For all uncontested positions, there will be an opportunity to vote for or against the nominated candidate. The elections will be conducted by secret ballot.

Proxy Voting: 

For those who are unable to be physically present for the elections, one member may serve as a proxy for up to a maximum of two other members. The proxy must be in writing and must bear the original signature of the principal. An example of language to be used in the proxy is "I ____________ hereby designate ___________ as my proxy, to vote in my place at the May 31 Netivot Shalom Annual Elections and General Meeting." A signed and dated proxy must be presented to the Nominating Committee before a member will be permitted to vote on behalf of anyone else. Proxy voting is only permitted for the election of board members.

Please make every effort to attend this important meeting. If you have any questions, please contact a member of the Nominating Committee.
In Our Kehilla
Natan Herzog's Bar Mitzvah Project
Natan Herzog will be participating in the annual Jewish Family Service Wheels for Meals Fundraising Ride co-sponsored by the Jewish Home in Rockleigh taking place on Sunday, June 14th. He would like you to ride with him and his family or support his team. His family will be riding the 10 mile route.  Look for Team Natan Herzog at ridetofighthunger.com, and select which distance you will ride or make a donation.  
Bikur Cholim
Members and their families are encouraged to visit patients at Care One on Shabbat afternoons (or other times during the week, if that’s more convenient for you).

A sign-up spreadsheet is linked here.  
Also, if you know of anyone within our community who is ill or home bound and would like visitors, please be in touch with Richard Dukas; richard@dukaspr.com; 201/417-7730.
Invite prospective and new families for a Shabbat meal! 
As new families visit and join our shul, we would like to welcome them and help them meet shul members. If you'd like to be among the hosts (or would like to be hosted), please e-mail Daniel Moskovits at  daniel.moskovits@gmail.com or call 917-328-7163.
For Your Information
Bikur Cholim of Bergen County

Bikur Cholim of Bergen County (BCBC) provides support, facilities, and services to ease the burden of families during trying times. We partner with our families to relieve some of the stress and effects of illness, with compassion and concern.   BCBC is a volunteer driven, not-for-profit organization, guided by  the RCBC.   

We are currently looking for men and women who would like to join our volunteer core of sensitive and caring individuals, so that we can expand our services to those in need. We are looking for volunteers to help with: meal preparation, driving the elderly or ill to local doctor appointments, visiting people in need, or giving respite to a caregiver. As we expand, we are also looking for people with organizational expertise to oversee new projects.
  Please visit our website at bikurcholimbergencounty.org and visit our VOLUNTEER PAGE or email volunteer@bikurcholimbergencounty.org  to sign up to help our efforts.  For any questions call us at 201-579-3066
 In Our Community
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  • 4/26 - 6/7 Zumba at Rinat Yisrael for Girls K - 5
  • 4/30 - 5/21 Bayrish Schreiber Memorial Seminar in the musical nusach of Shacharit for Shabbat at Bnai Yeshurun
  • 5/7 - 6/11 Ma'ayanot shiur series presented by Mrs. Rivka Kahan, Principal and Dr. Rayzel Yaish, Director or Guidance
  • 5/15-16 Rabbi Dovid Gottlieb at Beth Aaron
  • 5/15-16 Rav Azarya Berzon at Beth Abraham/Bais Medrash of Bergenfield
  • 5/16 Mrs. Rachelle Sprecher Fraenkel at Rinat Yisrael
  • 5/16 Mrs. Rachelle Sprecher Fraenkel at Keter Torah
  • 5/16 Film " Above and Beyond" at Rinat Yisrael
  • 5/17 Sinai Schools' Get Ready for Summer Boutique at the Glenpointe
  • 5/17 Yeshivat Noam's Color Me Fun Run
  • 5/17 Heichal HaTorah's community wide Siyum HaShas 
  • 5/17 Heichal HaTorah's Annual Dinner
  • 5/18 BNOT of Bnai Yeshurun hold Flower Arranging Class
  • 5/19 "Heartbeats: A Night of Song, Dance and Connection." by Ma'aynot Yeshiva HS held at Temple Emeth
  • 5/19 Rebbetzin Yehudis Samet at Beth Abraham
  • 5/20 ZOA-NJ Screening of Crossing the Line 2, the New Face of Anti-Semitism at Teaneck Cinemas 
  • 5/23  Ma'ayanot invites women to Tikkun Leil Shavuot at Rinat Yisrael.
  • 6/3 OU Advocacy Center Leadership Mission to Washington
  • 6/7 TABC Annual Scholarship Breakfast 
  • 6/21 Drisha Institute Dinner
  • 6/21 NJ NCSY Annual Bergen County Scholarship Breakfast
  • Women's Divorce Support Group
  • Taglit-Birthright Trip for Modern Orthodox Graduates of Jewish Day Schools
  • Birthright Free Trips to Israel for young adults,18 - 26.
  • JFNNJ Summer Program from Young Adults 19-27
  • Ma'ayanot offering free tutoring for 1st - 5th graders
  • Thursday night Parsha Shiur at Rinat Yisrael
  • Rav Meir Goldwicht's Parshat HaShavua in Hebrew resumes
  • Torah in the AM
  • Center for Food Action
  • Tomchei Shabbos help needed in Bergenfield
  • Chesed Opportunities
  • Newspaper coupons for Helping Hands Food Pantry
  • Ample Harvest
  • Support Groups
  • Simcha G'machs - tables, chairs, centerpieces, tablecloths, bris pillows, pillowcases and outfits, wedding presents and medical supplies
Coming Up at Davar
June 26 & 27 - Rachel Keren
Rachel Keren received her BA and MA from Hebrew University in Jewish Philosophy and History. She is a graduate of the School for Educational Leadership of the Mandel Foundation in Jerusalem (2000-2001). From 1982 until 1999, she taught at "Shaked" High school, a regional school of the Kibbutz Hadati movement in Sde Eliahu. She also she served as a Jewish education adviser and created Jewish studies programs for Hebrew schools in Amsterdam for 3 years and served as the head of the Midrasha of the Kibbutz Hadati in Ein Hanatziv for 5 years. She is currently a senior lecturer of the Midrasha and the Director of Educational Development. Since September of 2006, she has been chair of "Kolech," a forum of religious feminist women in Israel. 

Her topics wil be: 

R. Rephael Aharon Ben Shimon – the chief Rabbi of Egypt between 1890-1920 and his halachic solution for Agunot – most interesting, astonishing and very actual.
Between Halacha and Meta-halacha; 
Shiur in Midrash
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Nathaniel Helfgot, Rabbi • Michael Rogovin, President
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