RAB Spot

Judaism is not just about observing laws. It is about treating people well.

Rabbi Israel of Rizhin once asked a student how many sections there were in the Shulchan Arukh (16th century code of Jewish Law). The student replied, “Four.” “What,” asked the Rizhiner, “do you know about the fifth section?” “But there is no fifth section,” said the student. “There is,” said the Rizhiner. “It says: always treat a person like a mensch.”

In this week’s parashah, Vaetchanan, there is an interesting passage which relates to this story. “You shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God, and God’s testimonies and statutes, which God has commanded you.  And you shall do what is right and good (hayashar vehatov) in the sight of the Lord, that it may go well with you, and that you may go in and take possession of the good land that the Lord swore to give to your fathers.” (Deut. 6: 17-18)… Read more

Reflections from Jerusalem Parashat Devarim 5778

Hi friends!  My time in Israel is winding down and I am getting ready to head back to the US in a few days.  My experience here has been very rich and meaningful.  I spent most of my time in Jerusalem except for a day in Tel Aviv and in Haifa.  I read about but… Read more

Greetings from Jerusalem!

I hope you have been enjoying your summers thus far. I am grateful to be in Jerusalem these few weeks where I have been enjoying my time learning with incredible teachers and over 150 rabbinic colleagues at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, including a number of rabbis and educators from Westchester! Most days go from… Read more

Religious School Highlights


I Hear the Shofar Calling…

Each year, as we enter the month of Elul, I’m reminded of the lyrics  “I can hear the shofar callin’, callin’, callin’. Listen up and no stallin.’ I think I should change my mind. G-d’s  given me the time I don’t need another sign I’m a get right” from the song “Shofar Callin”  produced by G-DCast.com (You can check out the video here).

After celebrating Rosh Chodesh Elul on Shabbat, we will begin to listen to the blow of the shofar each weekday leading up to Rosh HaShanah. This serves as a reminder, a wakeup call for us to begin digging deep down and focus on our souls, to reflect on the year that has passed and ask for forgiveness from ourselves and of others. Maybe you have a shofar at home that you can blast each morning before everyone gets going with their busy day or perhaps you’ll play this clip.

The blow of the shofar is also a call to action as we embark on new beginnings. And this year, we have so many exciting new beginnings! Our Religious School enrollment is up and we are thrilled about our exciting new curriculum, the pillars of which include an emphasis on tefilah (prayer), Ivrit (Hebrew), Yisrael (Israel), Parashat HaShavua (Weekly Torah Portion), and Haggim (Holidays). You’re invited to check out the new curriculum on the Religious School page and be in touch with any questions you might have. We look forward to welcoming you back to the synagogue from your summers at camp and traveling as we enter the new year together.


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Week of August 17 - 24

Friday services 6:30pm
Saturday services 9:18am

Friday candle lighting 7:33pm
Saturday havdalah 8:33pm
Sun. minyan suspended for August
Mon. minyan suspended for August
Thurs. minyan suspended for August

Parashat Shoftim

Moses addresses the need for judges in the new land. The people, if they wish, may have a king, chosen by God. Priests and Levites will serve at a place of God’s choosing. God will also raise up a prophet, like Moses himself, to instruct the people; diviners and magicians are not to be consulted. Moses reiterates the laws establishing cities of refuge and presents laws of warfare.

Calendar of Events

Upcoming Events:

    Selichot Program: Is the Jewish State for All Jews?
    Sep 1 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
    Selichot Program: Is the Jewish State for All Jews?

    Discussion led by Rabbi Menachem Creditor and Maital Friedman on repairing the relationship between North American and Israeli Jews. Selichot services follow from 10-11p.m. Rabbi Creditor serves as the Pearl and Ira Meyer Scholar in Residence at UJA-Federation in New York. Named by Newsweek as one of the 50 most influential rabbis of America, he has authored 15 books and has been a contributor to The Times of Israel, the Huffington Post, The Forward and other media outlets. Rabbi Creditor founded and chairs Rabbis Against Gun Violence and serves as founding board member of the One America Movement. He was formerly spiritual leader of Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley, CA. Maital Friedman is Muslim Leadership Initiative Alumni Director at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, helping to strengthen a deeper understanding of American Jewry among Muslim communities. She has previously served as Senior Program Director at Repair the World and before that was a Dorot Fellow, volunteering and studying in Israel, where she directed and produced a film on women’s religious identity. She is married to Rabbi Adam Baldachin.

    S’lichot Service
    Sep 1 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    Exec Mtg
    Sep 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    Erev Rosh Hashanah
    Sep 9 all-day