Friday, May 20, 2011

HJC News - Parshas Bechukosai

Our 150th Anniversary Gala Banquet is this Tuesday May 24. 
The Reservation Dinner is at 6pm.  
At the dinner, we will honor Alex Adelman and Lena Katz 
for their many years of service and dedication to the shul.  

After the dinner, at 7:30pm, there will be a program in the Main Sanctuary, 
followed by a dessert reception.
Both the Program and the Dessert Reception are free and open to the public.

In the Sanctuary, the shul will celebrate 150 years

honor Rabbi Schur's memory,

and formally install me as Rabbi.

We will also express our gratitude to community Rabbis,

notably Rabbis Burnstein, Granatstein and Katz,

who were of great assistance to the shul after Rabbi Schur's passing.

The keynote speaker will be Rabbi Tsvi Schur.

We look forward to seeing all of you and all members members of our shul 

as well as those in the wider Jewish community who have bonds 

with Heights Jewish Center and its honorees.

Note: We are scheduling two Minchas. 
The first one will be at 5:45pm, before the dinner.
The second Mincha will be 7:15pm, before the program and installation. 


This week at Shalosh Seudos, we continue our insights on Chapter 5 of Pirkei Avos.  We will also continue our Yohrtzeit Discussions of great Rabbis. This week we will discuss Rabbi Moshe Isserles, the Rama, whose yohrtzeit is on the 18th of Iyar.

The shul's second annual 

Book Sale last Sunday went splendidly. Thank you to Gedaliah Corbett and his committee for organizing the event.  

Gemara, Chumash and Mishnayos Shiurim continue this week.  In addition, we have begun a shiur in practical Halachos of YomTov during the break between weekday Mincha and Maariv.  Our Beis Medrash schedule, including the shiurim on Shabbos, is designed to provide a balanced diet of all parts of Torah a Jew must learn.  We encourage more people to participate in the shiurim.  

The pre-Mincha Mishna shiur will not meet this Tuesday or Wednesday.

We encourage everyone to join us this Wednesday May 25, for the second installment of the "The Phenomenon of Baalei Teshuva" series, entitled Baalei Teshuva and their families


The first class discussed many issues facing Baalei Teshuva as individuals from the standpoint of Halacha and common sense.  The class was well-attended and well received.  Please note that this series for everyone, not only Baalei Teshuva.  It is clear that even those Jews who have been raised in Observant homes have much to learn about this topic.  We look forward to seeing you there.  All men and women are encouraged to attend.


The series is sponsored by  Steve and Beth Baker 

in memory of Beth's mother, Esther bas Yaakov.

People are welcome to the site of Bexley Park's lot on Wrenford on Sunday May 22 any time from 9am to 3pm to bring in any electric or electronic items, anything that runs on batteries or gets plugged in, for recycling. Check the complete list of items at   The proceeds will be used to rebuild the Playground at Bexley Park which was the victim of arson in November.

With Shavuos fast approaching, I am now taking requests.  If anybody would like to hear a shiur on a specific topic on Shavuos night, please let me know as soon as possible.

Good Shabbos
Rabbi Davidovich

Friday, May 20      

According to the Rama, one may get a haircut today in honor of the Shabbos immediately preceding Lag B'Omer. The other Sefira mourning customs are suspended only starting on the morning of Lag B'Omer, Sunday May 22.  One who doesn't get a haircut today may not get one on Saturday night, but must wait until Sunday morning.
  Mincha   7:00 PM
  Candle lighting earliest   7:12 PM
  Candle lighting latest   8:25 PM
  Don't forget Shema and Sefira after dark. Thursday night we counted 31 Days.

Saturday, May 21 (Bechukosai)      

  Parsha class   8:30 AM
  Shacharis   9:00 AM
  Latest Shema   9:42 AM
  Navi class   7:45 PM
  Mincha-Shalosh Seudos  8:15 PM
  Shabbos ends   9:34 PM

Sunday, May 22 (Lag B'Omer)      

  Shacharis   8:00 AM
  Mishnayos    8:05 PM
  Mincha-Ma'ariv   8:35 PM

Monday, May 23 (Victoria Day) 
  Gemara class   6:15 AM
  Shacharis   6:45 AM
  Mishnayos   8:05 PM 
  Mincha-Ma'ariv     8:35 PM

Tuesday, May 24     

  Gemara class   6:15 AM
  Shacharis   6:45 AM
Mincha    5:45PM and 7:15PM
  Maariv after Installation

Wednesday, May 25     

  Gemara class   6:15 AM
  Shacharis   6:45 AM
  Class:   7:30 PM -  The Phenomenon of Baalei Teshuva Part Two: Baalei Teshuva and their families
  Mincha-Ma'ariv     8:35 PM

Thursday, May 26     

  Gemara class   6:15 AM
  Shacharis   6:45 AM
  Mishnayos   8:05 PM 
  Mincha-Ma'ariv     8:35 PM

Friday, May 27      

  Gemara class   6:15 AM
  Shacharis   6:45 AM
  Mincha   7:05 PM
  Candle lighting earliest   7:17 PM
  Candle lighting latest   8:31 PM

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