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Parshat Bamidbar/Shavuot
May 22 - 25, 2015 /5 - 7 Sivan 5775
Latest Candlelighting  7:55pm
Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat with the Carlebach Minyan 7:00pm
Shacharit 9:00am
Eat Seudah Shlishit before Mincha Time  
Mincha 7:50pm
Shiur between Mincha & Maariv  
Yom Tov Maariv 8:45pm
Candlelighting No Earlier Than 8:56pm
Tikkun Leil Shavuot Children's Program   11:00pm 
Tikkun Leil Shavuot  11:45pm
Sunday - Shavuot I
Shacharit 9:00am
Kiddush Followed By shiur by Rabbi Helfgot  
Early Mincha 6:30pm
Maariv 6:45pm
Candles Can Be Lit Starting at  6:50pm
Monday - Shavuot II
Shacharit, Bracha Bee & Siyyum 9:00am
Scholar in Residence Shiur  
Mincha 7:55pm
Maariv  8:50pm
Havdalah 8:58pm
This Week
Carlebach Minyan at Netivot Shalom
The Teaneck Carlebach Minyan joins Netivot Shalom for Friday evening davening. Steve Styler will be davening. Mincha begins at 7:00pm.
The April/May Kids Birthday Kiddush on Shabbat is in celebration of Josh Dukas, Elijah Gidseg, Ora Gidseg, Batsheva Perelis, Emanuela Perelis, Sam Passner, and Dahlia Cohen. Thank you to the sponsoring families!
The April/May Kids Birthday Kiddush is co-sponsored by Richard & Gail Dukas, Tovah Gidseg & Rochel Kriegel, Ronnie Perelis & Tammy Jacobowitz, Jon & Debra Passner and Jeff & Galit Cohen. 

This week's Shabbat kiddush is also co-sponsored by Kathy and Marty Birn as a Kiddush Shel Hodaya (Kiddush of Thanksgiving)

Shavuot Kiddushes are being sponsored by the shul. 
Thank you to our clean up teams!  

This week: Frankel and volunteers

5/24      Shavuot - Furman & Gidseg & Kriegel
5/25      Shavuot  - Goldberger & Goldsmith
5/30      Graneviz & Gruber
6/6        Heicklen & Heilpern
6/13      Heistein & Heller
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 the 2nd day of 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

Shavuot Community-wide Afternoon Adult Learning Program (Shabbat May 23-Monday May 25). Come learn together! Members of TABC's Judaic Studies Faculty will present Shiurim on various aspects of the theme "Kavod", in locations throughout Teaneck and Bergenfield.  See tabc.org/shavuot for full details. Refreshments will be served.
Shabbat 5/23: Cong. Keter Torah - 6:30: R' Ezra Wiener- K'VOD BEIT HAKENESSET; After 7:45 Mincha: R' Nosson Rich - K'VOD SHABBAT
Sunday-1st day Y"T -5/24: Cong. Beth Abraham - 5:15: R' Yaakov Blau - BARUCH K'VOD HASHEM MIMEKOMO in Yeshayahu and Yechezkel; 6:30: R' Steven Finkelstein - K'VOD HABRIYOT
Monday- 2nd day Y"T 5/25: Cong. Beth Aaron - 5:30: R' Yoni Mandelstam- BALANCING K'VOD ADAM AND K'VOD SHAMAYIM; 6:45: R' Duvie Nachbar - K'VOD YOM vs K'VOD LAYLA ON SHABBAT; After 8:00 Mincha: R' Josh Kahn- K'VOD HATZIBBUR
Monday- 2nd day Y"T  5/25: Cong. Bnai Yeshurun - 5:45: R' Yosef Adler - KIBBUD AV V'EM; 6:55: R' Chaim Jachter - K'VOD AGUNOT
Thank You

Thank you to Leah and Alex Moskovits for sponsoring Shavuot flowers in memory of Leah's mother, Sarah Novogrodsky.
Tikun Leil Shavuot Program for Children

There will be a special shiur by Pam Scheininger for fifth grade through middle school children at 11:00pm - 11:40pm.  (snacks will be served)
Netivot Shalom Bracha Bee
We are excited to announce our first ever Netivot Shalom Youth Department Bracha Bee which will take place on the second day of Shavuot.  The first several rounds will be held in youth groups, with the finals to take place in shul.  Ice cream kiddush to follow.

Please use the links below, broken down by grade, for review.  

Thank you to Mr. Jason David and Yavneh Academy for sharing them with us.

Brachot List Grades K-1

Brachot List Grades 2-3

Yediot Klaliyot Grades 4-5

hovrat Brachot Grade 5
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.
Upcoming Events
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.
In Our Kehilla
Friday Night Minyan Rotation
Simon Fleischer is organizing a rotation to assure that we always have a minyan on Friday nights. If you can help, please contact him at simonfleischer@gmail.com.
Wanted: Room for Rent
A new member of our kehilla is looking to rent a room near our shul for a few months. If you have a spare room to let, please contact Michael Rogovin.
New Publication Available
Halakhic Realities: Collected Essays on Brain Death
This new collection of essays written by leading rabbis, clinicians, medical ethicists,and thinkers is published by the International Rabbinic Fellowship and Maggid Publishers. The publication of the volume was also supported by a number of families in our shul and was put together with assistance from Rabbi Helfgot. This issue with its significant halakhic and moral implications is of critical importance. This volume moves the discussion forward and articulates clear Modern-Orthodox values and perspectives that are vitally important to be heard and promoted in our community.  Here is a link to some information about it. 
The volume is listed for $30.00 plus tax. Rabbi Helfgot has a limited amount of copies available for sale in his home all this week (during the evenings after 8:00 PM) for the discounted price of $25. If you would like to buy a copy please contact Rabbi Helfgot
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

Please join in the launch of Teach NJ-Students on Wednesday, May 27th at 8pm Congregation Rinat Yisrael, 389 West Englewood Ave, Teaneck, New Jersey

Hear about a unified statewide initiative to help fund Jewish education. Join us to make a difference.

Help the New Jersey Jewish Community build a grassroots advocacy movement that can dramatically increase the funding for our children's education.

Register now to reserve your seat.

Participating Schools
Ben Porat Yosef Yeshiva Day School ● The Frisch School ● Hillel Yeshiva ● Kellman-Brown Academy ● Ma'ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls ● Moriah School ● Politz Day School of Cherry Hill ● Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva ● Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey ● Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County ● Torah Academy of Bergen County ● Yavneh Academy ● Yeshivat He'Atid ● Yeshivat Noam


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 In Our Community
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  • 4/26 - 6/7 Zumba at Rinat Yisrael for Girls K - 5
  • 5/7 - 6/11 Ma'ayanot shiur series presented by Mrs. Rivka Kahan, Principal and Dr. Rayzel Yaish, Director or Guidance
  • 5/23  Ma'ayanot invites women to Tikkun Leil Shavuot at Rinat Yisrael.
  • 5/23 Rabbi Menachem Leibtag at Congregation Beth Aaron
  • 5/24 Tikun Leil Shiur: 12am Rabbi Menachem Leibtag at Keter Torah
  • 6/3 OU Advocacy Center Leadership Mission to Washington
  • 6/7 TABC Annual Scholarship Breakfast 
  • 6/14 Circus at YJCC
  • 6/21 Drisha Institute Dinner
  • 6/21 NJ NCSY Annual Bergen County Scholarship Breakfast
  • 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 - Nechama Comfort, Holding Hands, LOSS, Separation/Divorce Groups, Financial Freedom Support Group, Domestic Violence Group,  JACS, 2nd Generation
  • 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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