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Motzai Shabbat: Sept. 20th

Pre-Selichot shiur12:00 am

First Selichot12:45 am

Selichot Week

Tallit & Tephillin not before 5:43 am


Sunday, Sept. 21st 7:15, 8:00, and 9:00 am

Monday, Sept. 22nd 5:50 & 6:50 am

Tuesday, Sept. 23rd6:00 & 7:00 am

Mincha/Maariv: Sun.-Tues. Sept.21st – Sept.23rd 6:25 pm/6:50 pm

** Note: Additional Maariv at 9:30 p.m. followed by Selichot, will occur on the following dates:

Mon. and Tues.: Sept. 22nd and 23rd; Sun., Sept. 28th thru Wednesday Oct 1st.

Erev Rosh Hashana: Wednesday, Sept. 24th

Selichot 5:00 & 6:00 am

Erev Tavshillin

Candle Lighting 6:20 pm

Mincha 6:25 pm


First Day Rosh Hashana: Thursday, Sept. 25th


Main Synagogue 7:30 am

Social Hall 8:00 am

Everyone is encouraged to go to (Halls Pond) say Tashlich in the afternoon

Mincha 6:15 pm

Candle Lighting not before 7:18 pm

Second Day Rosh Hashana: Friday, Sept.26th


Main Synagogue 7:30 am

Social Hall 8:00 am

Candle Lighting (Shabbat) No Later than6:15pm

Mincha 6:15 pm

Shabbat Shuva:Sept. 27th

Shacharit7:00 & 8:45 am

Shabbat Shuva D’rasha

Mincha 6:00 pm

Please eat Seuda Sh’lisheet at home prior to coming to Mincha

Rabbi Naftali Bier, Rosh Kollel, will speak after Mincha

Shabbat ends 7:15 pm

TZOM GEDALIA: Sunday, Sept. 28th

Fast begins 5:26 am

Tallit & Tephillin not before5:47 am

Shacharit 6:15 & 8:00 am

Mincha 5:55pm

Fast ends 7:13 pm

SELICHOT followed by Shacharit

Tallit & Tefillin not before 5:47 am


Monday & Thursday: Sept. 29th & Oct 1st 5:40 & 6:50 am

Tuesday & Wednesday: Sept. 30th & Oct 1th 5:50 & 6:50 am

Mincha/Maariv: Mon. – Thurs, Sept. 29th – Oct 2nd 6:05 pm/6:30 pm


Erev Yom Kippur: Friday, Oct 3th

Selichot 6:10 & 7:10 am

Mincha 2:00 and 3:30 pm

Candle Lighting before 6:04 pm

Kol Nidrei 6:05 pm

Yom Kippur: Shabbat, Oct 4th

Shacharit 8:00 am

Yizkor 11:00 am

Mincha 4:15 pm

Neila 5:35 pm

Yom Tov ends 7:04 pm


Erev Sukkot: Wednesday, Oct 8th

Erev Tavshillin

Candle Lighting 5:56 pm

Mincha 6:00 pm

Kiddush in the Sukkah not before 6:56 pm

First Day Sukkot: Thursday, Oct 9th

Shacharit7:00 & 8:45 am

Mincha 5:55 pm

Candle Lighting not before 6:54 pm

Second Day Sukkot: Friday, Oct 10th

Shacharit7:00& 8:45 am

Candle Lighting (Shabbat) No later than 5:52 pm

Mincha 5:55 pm

Shabbat Chol HaMoed: Oct 11st

Shacharit 7:00 & 8:45 am

Mincha 5:40 pm

Shabbat ends 6:55 pm

Chol HaMoed:

Tallit & Tephillin not before 6:03 am

Sunday, Oct 12th 7:00, 8:00, 9:00 am

Monday and Tuesday, Oct 13th & Oct 14th 6:00 & 7:00 am

Mincha/Maariv: Sun.-Tues., Oct 12th-Oct 14th 5:50 pm/6:15 pm

Hoshana Rabbah: Wednesday, Oct 15th

Tallit & Tephillin not before 6:06 am

Shacharit 5:45& 7:00 am

Eruv Tavshillin

Candle Lighting 5:44 pm

Mincha 5:45 pm

Sh’mini Atzeret & Simchat Torah

Sh’mini Atzeret:Thursday, Oct 16th

Shacharit 7:00& 8:45 am

Mincha 5:40 pm

Candle Lighting not before 6:43 pm

Ma’ariv followed by Hakafot 6:45 pm

Simchat Torah: Friday, Oct 17th

Shacharit6:45 & 9:00 am

Candle Lighting (Shabbat) No later than 5:40 pm

Mincha 5:40 pm

Shabbat Beresheet: Oct 18th

Shacharit7:00 & 8:45 am

Mincha 5:25 pm

Shabbat Ends 6:40 pm

A Torah Thought for the Shabbat Table from Rabbi Hellman

In the very last days of his life, Moshe gathered the people to reaffirm the covenant between Israel and God. Even though the Jewish people had already forged a covenant with God at Sinai, the Rabbis (Sanhedrin 43b) explain that it was this second ceremony that created the concept of arvut, that every Jewish person is responsible for his fellow. In that vein, Moshe declares in the opening verse of the parsha “You are standing here today, all of you, before the Lord, your God.” The Medrash Tanchuma, bothered by the superfluous phrase “all of you,” explains that Moshe meant to imply “kulchem areivem zeh b’zeh,” “you are all responsible for one another.” He was teaching them that the Jewish people stand before God not merely as a collection of individuals, but as an interdependent community.

In most places, the Talmud employs the concept of arvut regarding spiritual matters in general and misdeeds in particular, namely, that sometimes we may be held responsible even for the wrongs of another individual. For example, if a person is unaware of a specific halacha and we believe that he would want to know it, we must inform him. If we can step in to stop someone from harming someone else we are obligated to do so. We cannot make the excuse that it’s none of my business. In general, if we can prevent someone from violating the Torah or hurting another person and we don’t then we are somewhat guilty a well. This is how the Talmud (ibid) understands the enigmatic verse a little bit later in the parsha: “The hidden matters are for the Lord, our God, but the revealed matters are for us” (29:28). Moshe meant to say that we are not responsible for our fellow Jew if he sins secretly so that we don’t know about it, but if the matter is revealed, if we are aware of the situation, we may not ignore it, and if we do we are liable.

This principle of arvut, though, is also true in a positive sense regarding good deeds. Besides for our own personal duties, we are all also obligated to help create positive environments for the people around us, as we are all influenced by our surroundings. A person who lives in a community that is filled with honesty, goodness and respect for all people will more likely act in a similar way. An individual who lives amongst people who cherish the Torah and rejoice when performing a mitzvah will be similarly inspired. Therefore, if we contribute to such an atmosphere which positively influences the people around us we will have a share in the reward of their good deeds. As Moshe put it in our parsha, “we all stand together.” We are all intertwined and influence one another. Every mitzvah that we perform does not only affect ourselves, but in some small way uplifts all the people that are around us.

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