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Blessing the Children on Shabbat

Celebrating-Shabbat - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 12:00am
by Ariela Pelaia for ThoughtCo.
 

Learn Family Shabbat Blessings
 

Every week as the sun sets on Friday evening the Jewish holiday of Shabbat begins. This day of rest lasts until havdalah is said as the sun sets on Saturday and is dedicated to family, community and spiritual renewal.

Special Blessings

Traditionally Shabbat includes special blessings that are said over the children on Friday night. How these blessings are said varies from home to home. Customarily it is the father who blesses the children by laying his hands on their heads and reciting the blessings below.

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A unique travel experience brings young couples to Israel

LGBTQ - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 12:00am
By Rebecca Stadlen Amir for Israel21c


US-based organization coordinates romantic Israel trips for young couples, including mixed-religion, LGBTQ and non-religious Jews.


It has long been rumored that couples who meet on Birthright trips receive a free honeymoon to Israel. This is just hearsay, but there is a way for newly married couples to enjoy a highly subsidized trip to the Holy Land.


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With Jews largely gone from Iraq, memories survive in Israel

News-in-the-Jewish-World - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 12:00am
By Maher Chmaytelli, Jeffrey Heller and Stephen Farrell, Reuters Staff


BAGHDAD/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Behind the high concrete walls of Baghdad’s Jewish cemetery, Violette Saul lies at rest under a weathered and cracked tombstone, one of the last memorials to an ancient community that is now all but extinct.

The Iraqi nurse was buried a decade ago alongside thousands of others in the sands of a country where her community thrived for more than 2,500 years.

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How grilling fruit can light up your barbecue and your life

Jewish-Food - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 12:00am
by Jaime Bender for FromtheGrapevine 


Sweeten the BBQ deal with some brilliant recipes that put fruit front and center.


As a society, we’ve got grilling meat and veggies down to a science. But grilling fruit? That takes a little getting used to. Luckily, there are plenty of fruits that hold up well when cooked this way, along with some lovely recipes from our Israeli Kitchen that showcase grilled fruit in all the right ways. So what are you waiting for? Time to put something a little sweeter on the barbie.

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Fun Summer Crafts and Ideas

Jewish-Children-and-Families - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 12:00am
From JvillageNetwork's Pinterest Board

 

With school out, or just about, you may be looking for some crafty, outdoorsy, gaming, or other fun activities to do with the kids.

 

Look no further than Pinterest. Jvillage Network's Crafts board has hundreds of activities, from making 'snow' to making slime; making colorful bubbles and rainbow ice water; weird science experiments and outdoor lawn games. You can even learn creative napkin folding techniques or make jellyfish in a bottle.

 

What are you waiting for? Find a fun activity now!

 

Spies and the Mossad, a Trio of Novels

Jewish-Books - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 12:00am
By Curt Schleier for Hadassah Magazine

 

In real life, the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, has successfully secured the safety of the State of Israel. In a less covert but still dramatic way, the Mossad has also had an impact on the genre of spy literature. Spies no longer have to be a thin-lipped James Bond type or a George Smiley, as this trio of books demonstrates with varying degrees of success.

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Children of Sderot counter kite terror with kite festival

Israeli-News - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c
 

In the midst of a rash of fires in Israeli border communities ignited by incendiary kites from Gaza, kids in Sderot fly handmade ‘kites of life.’
 

Hundreds of helium balloons and kites bearing flammable materials have been launched from Gaza since March 30, killing wildlife and incinerating thousands of acres of forests and agricultural fields in Israeli border communities.

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What Blessing Should I Read at My Daughter’s Interfaith, God-Free Wedding?

Interfaith-Issues - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 12:00am
By Unorthodox, Tablet Magazine 


Unorthodox, Tablet’s weekly podcast, takes questions from its listeners about all aspects of Jewish life, from the religiously profound to the utterly inconsequential. Every week, we discuss one of these questions online in “Ask Unorthodox.” If you have a question, please send it to [email protected].

This week, we got a question from a listener who’s preparing for her daughter’s wedding next month. She raised her daughter as a secular Jew, just as she was raised. Her daughter’s fiance is the son of Episcopal priests, and though he was raised in a religious household, he now lives a completely secular life. Their wedding ceremony will be a non-religious one, performed by a friend, with no mention of God. In a concession to his family, his father will be giving a blessing—to be vetted in advance—and our listener’s daughter has asked her to give a blessing as well, “to kind of represent the Jewish side.”

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Whatever Happened to the Ten Commandments?

Celebrating-Judaism - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 12:00am
BY RABBI DAVID GOLINKIN for myjewishlearning.com 


Why this central part of the Torah is not in our daily liturgy


At one time, during the Second Temple period, the Ten Commandments were read daily as part of the liturgy. Find out why it is no longer part of our daily prayers.

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Wisconsin teams up with Israel to tackle water issues

Green-Living - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 12:00am
by Benyamin Cohen for FromtheGrapevine


State is following in the footsteps of California and Nevada, which are already working with the Mediterranean country.


When you think of Wisconsin, several things might come to mind: delicious cheese, the Green Bay Packers, and "Laverne & Shirley." Soon, you may be able to add another item to that list: water expertise.
Wisconsin – which is home to two of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior – has invited Israeli startups that focus on water technology to test their products in the Midwestern state. The collaboration is the result of a trip to Israel taken by delegates from the state along with Gov. Scott Walker.

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My Journey To Find My Mother’s Jewish England — And How It’s Changed

Featured-Articles - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 12:00am
Jane Eisner for The Forward


In late April, my sister and I returned to Yorkshire, in the north of England, for a brief visit to explore what we could of our mother’s roots. She died nearly 13 years ago, and for almost a decade prior, Alzheimer’s disease had progressively clouded her ability to recall much about her life. I regret that I wasn’t prescient enough to put everything down before it was lost, so this trip was a reclamation project of sorts.


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Chukat

Weekly-Torah-Portion - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 12:00am

Numbers. 19:1−22:1 


BY MARC GARY for JTSA


Striking Out or Stepping Up: A Leadership Model for Our Times


“Moses entered the stage of Jewish history by striking (the Egyptian) and exited from the stage of Jewish history by striking (the rock).” This startling observation by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin in his commentary on the Book of Numbers (Torah Lights: Bemidbar, 169) causes us to reflect deeply on the subject of Jewish leadership.

Narrative symmetry, of course, is a characteristic of both biblical literature and rabbinic interpretation. It suggests purpose over randomness—a meaningful connection between beginnings and endings. Here, however, the symmetry is ironic, even disquieting. Moses’s entry onto the stage of Jewish history is through killing another human being; his forced exit is the result of hitting an inanimate object.  

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Do Jewish Students Feel Left Out of the Left?

Young-Adults - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 12:00am
BY HANNAH BERNSTEIN for newvoices.org


When Jonathan Taubes was in high school, he read a lot of Noam Chomsky – so much so that Taubes and his friends jokingly refer to him as the Rebbe, or teacher. Chomsky, an American historian and social critic, writes about a diverse array of topics: Zionism, anti-Zionism, socialism and every other –ism imaginable.

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Shabbat Fun for Kids

Celebrating-Shabbat - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:00am
From aish.com

 

Tried-and-true ways to make Shabbat great for kids.


Let’s face it. Shabbat has a lot of don'ts and can'ts.

The challenge for parents is to convey how all the “restrictions” actually open up an exciting new dimension of fun. With the right approach, Shabbat becomes the kids’ favorite day, which they anticipate with excitement all week long.

Here are some tried-and-true ways to make Shabbat great for kids:

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GERMAN LGBT GROUP CLOSES BANK ACCOUNT TO PROTEST BDS ACTIVITY

LGBTQ - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:00am
BY BENJAMIN WEINTHAL for jpost.com


The Bank for Social Economy holds numerous accounts that wage boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) activity against Israel.


The Magnus Hirschfeld Foundation – named after a gay German-Jewish scientist who was persecuted by the Nazis – has terminated its account with the Bank for Social Economy over the financial institution’s enabling of organizations that advocate a boycott of Israel.

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Imams in Morocco Learn Jewish Culture as Part of Training — and Bring Tolerance to France

News-in-the-Jewish-World - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:00am
by Irina Tsukerman for the algemeiner.com


The 30 imams who have signed a letter against antisemitism and extremism in France are graduates of a special training program for imams in Morocco. Created in 2005, the Institute Mohammed VI de la Formation des Imams Mourchidens et Mourchidates now boasts of approximately 1,600 graduates — more than 1,000 male, and 800 female imams.


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How to make falafel in the microwave

Jewish-Food - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:00am
By Sarah F. Berkowitz for FromtheGrapevine 


All you need is a mug to prepare these delicious, protein-packed falafel balls.


Today, we present to you the impossible: delicious, protein-rich Mediterranean falafel balls, made in under two minutes in your microwave!

I honestly thought it couldn’t be done, but I’m game to try just about anything. And look at that – it worked. I’m not a fan of fried food, but I’ve tried baked falafel balls and they were just too dry. And I can honestly say now that I’ll take my falafel microwaved any day. This falafel hack worked for me, and I’m thrilled to be able to share it with anyone who wants to avoid fried foods, or is limited to microwave cooking. 

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All the Respect: Kavod

Jewish-Children-and-Families - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:00am
From BimBam


Papa Plony is obsessed with beating the Baloney family in the annual relay race. But when Yasmin flakes out on practice, and a new team member shows up with an unexpected physical difference – he panics. SHABOOM! The Sparks come to the rescue with incredible upsie-downie magic, including an upside-down rainbow ramp, a giant stuffie and a lesson in showing kavod, or respect. Tune in and find out who wins the race. Kol hakavod!

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A new edge-of-your-seat literary thriller from an award-winning author

Jewish-Books - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:00am
From madmimi


A vibrant, propulsive literary thriller that charts the high-stakes journey of a young man trying to find his place in a country that has lost its way


As the 1980s draw to a close, South Africa is a maelstrom of political violence with the apartheid regime in its death throes. Young Martin Helger is the struggling odd duck at an elite private boys school in Johannesburg, with his father a rough-handed scrap dealer and his brother a mysterious legend.

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Israeli firm builds poultry farms from Angola to Vietnam

Israeli-News - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c
 


Agrotop is a one-stop shop for farm projects, from financing and business plan to design, logistics, construction, management and training.


The classic chicken-or-egg conundrum does not keep poultry farm designers from the Israeli firm Agrotop awake at night.


They’re too busy solving other challenges, like how to build a chicken house on the steep Himalayan slopes of Nepal. Or how to construct a 60,000-layer egg house in the Canary Islands on a narrow footprint (half the levels were built underground with a sophisticated ventilation system).


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Notice of Change of date of Congregational Meeting

Due to a Constitutional provision that requires we provide the Congregation with a letter containing the list of the names of all nominated candidates 15 days before the annual meeting, please be advised that the date of the Annual Congregational Meeting has been changed and will now take place on 

Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 8:30 pm

The congregation will hear reports and be asked to vote on the following agenda

items:

  1. Approval of Minutes from previous Congregational Meeting
  2. "State of the Synagogue" from President of the Congregation
  3. Approval of the FY 2018-2019 Operating and Capital Budget
  4. Report of the Nominating Committee and Approval of the Slate of Officers and Board of Trustees. (Provided Below)
  5. New Business pending Board of Trustees approval - The purchase of 400 Cemetery Plots at New Montefiore Cemetery

All documents (Budgets) can be viewed in the office of the Executive Director by appointment up until 1 hour before the Congregational meeting.


EXECUTIVE BOARD SLATE
 

  • PRESIDENT                                JEFF DUBIN
  • FIRST VICE PRESIDENT               ELISSA REGENBOGEN
  • SECOND VICE PRESIDENT           PAULINE SCHWARTZ
  • THIRD VICE PRESIDENT              HANIA SHATZER
  • TREASURER                                FRANK WEISSMAN
  • RECORDING SECRETARY              STACEY FELDMAN
  • CORRESPONDING SECRETARY      RONNIE SCHEINSON
  • FINANCIAL SECRETARY                STEVE COHEN

 
                        BOARD OF TRUSTEES NOMINEES
 
Len Cohen                                        David Rosen
Bruce Deutsch                                  Mark Sandberg
Jeff Dubin                                        Hania Shatzer
Harvey Finkelstein                            Lisa Saffeir
Joel Hershkin                                   Robin Steinberger
Doug Labovitz                                  Frank Weissman
                                                      Norman Wieder
 


Service Times

Normal Service Times - (Except Holidays & Shivas)

Daily Morning Minyan
Monday and Thursday, 6:45am
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 7am
Sunday, 9am

Daily Evening Minyan
Sunday to Thursday, 8pm

Shabbat Services
Friday, 7pm
Saturday, 9:15am

Mincha, Maariv and Havdalah 
Weekly at Sundown
(weekly calendar for exact times)

Save the Date!!


Fiddler on the Roof - in Yiddish


Trip  Planning Meeting

June 18th 8:15PM

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Calendar Updated

Please check our calendar for all our events. 
Early Childhood Center, Religious School & Youth Group & J-Team dates have been posted.


DHJC Collegiate Outreach

DHJC would love to keep in touch with your college student while they are away at school. Sisterhood would like to include your college student in our Collegiate Outreach Program. As a member of DHJC, your undergraduate college student(s) are entitled to receive various mailings and good wishes, all geared to the Jewish lifestyle and calendar.

Please fill out the form and email to Sheryl Gerber or bring to Ellen in the office.

 

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Partners in Caring

The PIC Program provides Counseling, Education, Case Management and Volunteer Coordination through the gateways of our synagogue partners

Dix Hills Jewish Center

Huntington Jewish Center

North Shore Jewish Center

Temple Isaiah

Michele Herman, LMSW

PIC Coordinator 631-462-9800x239

[email protected]


 

 

Welcome to the Dix Hills Jewish Center

Welcome to the Dix Hills Jewish Center, a Conservative Congregation, celebrating 50 years as a beacon of dynamic Judaism in Dix Hills. We are a traditional egalitarian synagogue committed to the reality that all Jews are full partners in the beauty of Jewish life and that all Jews are given an equal role in all rituals. The Dix Hills Jewish Center is an engaging, vibrant congregation. We are excited about the growth in our synagogue, and the wonderful growth of the Jewish community of Dix Hills, Commack and the neighboring communities. We are a community committed to learning, to supporting each other, and to being a warm and welcoming place for all who participate. Welcome to the Dix Hills Jewish Center.

Service & Minyan times located at the bottom of the page.

If you are interested in attending any of our programs please check the Calendar in Upcoming Events. Children's programming is also available.


In Case Of........

Simchas

For joyous occassions in your life, please share your naches with the Rabbi. Inform the Rabbi about births, engagements, weddings and other noteworthy moments in the life of your family. The Rabbi will arrange for baby namings, provide information regarding a mohel ( for infant boys), coordinate a pidyon ha-ben (the redemption ceremony for firstborn males), schedule an aufruf (to celebrate a forthcoming marriage), weddings and bring the richness of Jewish traditions and mitzvoth into your simcha(email rabbi or call 631-499-6644).

Illness

In case of illness and/or hospitalization, please notify the Rabbi at 631-499-6644 (24/6 - on Shabbat, see below for further emergency instructions)

Death

Even before making funeral arrangements notify Rabbi Buechler at the synagogue office at 631-499-6644 (after office hours press #3 for the emergency numbers). Rabbi Buechler will assist and guide you in making the appropriate arrangements for the funeral. In the event that you cannot reach the Rabbi, contact the Jewish funeral home and begin to make your arrangements. PLEASE, if Rabbi Buechler is going to officiate at the funeral, do not finalize the funeral time until the Rabbi has contacted you. At most this will be a few hours. In the event that Rabbi Buechler is on vacation, Cantor Hevenstone is available and other local Conservative Rabbis are on call. Their names can be obtained by calling the synagogue office, an officer of the synagogue or the Ritual Chairman. It is also appropriate to contact Rabbi Buechler whenever tragedy or trauma occurs. On Shabbat and Yomtov the Rabbi does not use the telephone. Therefore, you can convey information to him on these days at the synagogue during scheduled service times, by calling him immediately after Shabbat or Yomtov or by going to his residence.


Social Action Committee

Bikur Cholim & Home Visits

Do you have a relative or friend in our congregation who would benefit from a personal home visit? We are here for you! Members of our DHJC Social Action Committee - Tender Loving Congregants -- will happily come to visit and chat. BIKUR CHOLIM -- we visit our friends and relatives in Gurwin. Become a volunteer. Learn how.

High School students -- learn how to be a volunteer at Gurwin! There are many ways to volunteer.

Please contact us [email protected]


An Aliyah for YOU

Whether you are 20 or 120, or anything in between, we would like to honor you on the anniversary of your bar or bat mitzvah. Please send the date of your bar/bat mitzvah or the name of your parsha to Lee Grebstein [email protected]


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