BY JULIA ANDELMAN, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, JTS
The double parashah of Tazria-Metzora ranks at the top of the list of parshiyot to avoid for a bar or bat mitzvah. Its detailed lists of bodily ailments—rashes, colorations, emissions, and secretions—associated with ritual impurity are not the stuff of religious inspiration in contemporary times. I confess to having once colluded with congregants to subtly move the date of their daughter’s bat mitzvah celebration slightly further away from her Hebrew birthday, in order to provide her with a more palatable Torah reading to chant and speak about than Tazria-Metzora. But this year—the year of #BlackLivesMatter—has caused me to read Tazria-Metzora through a new and painfully relevant lens. The parashah tells us over and over again of skin conditions and other physical states and symptoms that, while not represented by the majority, are, in fact, entirely normal within the varied spectrum of human experience—but that are nonetheless treated as problematic abnormalities, raising questions about who has a full place in the community and who must be marginalized, put outside of the camp, barred from the rites and rights of full citizenship. How sadly contemporary indeed, then, do our parashah’s central themes turn out to be.
BY LIZ RUEVEN for The Nosher for myjewishlearning.com
The rich, nutty flavor of sesame adds a special pop to this creamy dish.
Tahini is a remarkably versatile ingredient. Its rich, nutty flavor adds unique character to everything from cookies, to roasted veggies, raw veggie salads and simmer sauces. For tahini newbies, be patient when you’re mixing tahini with water and lemon. Go for the right texture first, adding more water and lemon until the sauce is pourable. The paste will turn from beige to white-ish, letting you know that you are heading in the right direction. Season with fresh minced garlic and whichever green herb you like best.
Jewish Book Council
Join Jewish Book Council Wednesday, May 3rd for the 2017 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature Award Ceremony and Author Discussion.
The Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature has announced the five Fellows who are eligible for the 2017 Prize of $100,000, the largest award of its kind. In addition, the second prize of $18,000 and three remaining presentations of $5,000 each will all be announced on May 3rd at a program open to the public to be held at the Jewish Museum.
The Sami Rohr Prize honors emerging writers who explore the Jewish experience in a specific work of non-fiction and fiction. Please join the Jewish Book Council in celebrating the 11th year of the Sami Rohr Prize and meet the 2017 Fellows at the award ceremony following a literary discussion with the authors, moderated by Rabbi David Wolpe as part of the Jewish Book Council Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation series. (RSVP requested.)
The 2017 Sami Rohr Prize Fellows are:
BY SHYRLA PAKULA for Kveller
I’m not a gooey, super-affectionate type. I’m into competence and capability and problem solving. I have had to teach myself to be less Dr. Spock (as my children used to refer to me) and more Mr. Rogers, so to speak. I have a profession, and while I’ve practiced less than full-time since becoming a mother–it still keeps me pretty busy.
So when my kids started having their own kids and the demands on grandma started coming in, it wasn’t easy. Can I pick up from school? Something’s come up. Can I come to the house? The babysitter has to leave, mum is held up. Can I do this? Can I go there? I’m the Go-To Granny.
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c
Israel’s outsized prominence in the fields of optics and electro-optics is no optical illusion.
In the early 1970s, when physicist Abraham Katzir was a graduate student at Hebrew University, his supervisor urged him to get into optics, the study of light. The future, he predicted, was all about lasers and optical fibers.
So Katzir studied modern optics in the United States and in 1977 established the Applied Physics Group at Tel Aviv University. His many students have made significant contributions to the burgeoning optics field – which indeed became a major industry in Israel with the development of lasers and optical fibers and imaging for communications, biology, chemistry, healthcare, defense and environmental protection.
From A Practical Wedding
Last year, Stephanie submitted a post to us about her struggle searching for someone to perform a Catholic-Jewish interfaith wedding, and the challenges that come with planning an interfaith wedding when both partners are practicing in their religion. Today she follows up with a grad post that answers that letter. And it’s a damn good one. In other news, can we take a moment to acknowledge that Stephanie works as a mission controller and her husband is an astronaut trainer? Space! We have the most badass readers. That is all.
As a strong country today, Israel is transforming lives across rural African villages with innovations in water, solar and agriculture. Innovation: Africa, a non-profit organization founded in 2008, has installed Israeli innovations in over 130 villages reaching over one million people in 7 African countries.
A festival in the Israeli wilderness promoted love around the world, and I took a lot of photos there
by Ilana Strauss for FromtheGrapevine
Check out my cool photos of people camping, singing and being awesome together at the annual Rainbow Gathering last week.
At Rainbow Gatherings, massive crowds camp and celebrate together in the wilderness, a little like Burning Man. All is free (even food and water), and campers form communities overnight.
The first gathering was held in the U.S. in 1972, and these gatherings have since spread around the world. That's how I ended up at the Israeli Rainbow Gathering last week, where I took a lot of photos ...
BY JENNIFER STEMPEL for The Nosher for myjewishlearning.com
As someone who runs her life a million miles per minute, but still values the fruits of a home-cooked meal, the slow cooker is certainly a mainstay in my kitchen. Because of this favorite small appliance, my family gets to enjoy rich, hearty meals that taste like they’ve been simmering all day, even on those days when I’ve got just a few minutes to get dinner on the table.
I especially love making this savory slow cooker pot roast for a festive Shabbat meal. Any good starchy side like rice, potatoes, or noodles will sop up the juices in a fabulous way. Plus, if you’re lucky you’ll have leftovers, which I have been known to turn into pot roast tacos the next day.
LGBT Jews held their first global event in South America in Buenos Aires.
JAG, the organization of Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transexual Jews in Argentina and the World Congress of LGBT Jews organized the first global event in South America, gathering participants from Brazil, Colombia, Chile, France, Italy, Mexico, and the United States.
JAG is an acronym of Judíos Argentinos Gays that is pronounced like the Hebrew word for holiday, Chag. The organization has been in existence for 12 years.
BY RACHEL DELIA BENAIM for The Times of Israel
In 30 years, this Jewish enclave in Queens, NY, went from one synagogue to 40; but what will the next generation look like?
The restaurants are packed on Bukharian Broadway, a wide boulevard in Queens, New York.
At Da Mikelle, one of many kosher eateries featuring Bukharian cuisine, families crowd the dining rooms to mark the occasion of a yushvo, the anniversary of a loved one’s death.
By Ephraim Kanarfogel for Tablet Magazine
Opposing rabbinic conceptions of marriage and matchmaking in Ashkenaz and Sepharad
Recent studies have traced the parameters of matchmaking in medieval European Jewish society, seeking as well to identify attitudes toward marriage more broadly in both the northern and southern regions (Ashkenaz and Sepharad). Based on the many texts that have been published or are still in manuscript, it is possible to propose an overarching theory that accounts for differences between the two regions, encompassing both those that have been noted heretofore and others that have not yet received attention.
BY MJL STAFF
An annual venue for remembering the victims
Yom Hashoah falls on April 24.
The full name of the day commemorating the victims of the Holocaust is “Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah“– literally the “Day of (Remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism.” It is marked on the 27th day in the month of Nisan — a week after the seventh day of Passover, and a week before Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day for Israel’s fallen soldiers). When the 27th of Nisan falls on a Friday or Sunday, Yom Hashoah is shifted a day to avoid conflicting with Shabbat. (The Hebrew calendar is fixed so that the 27th never falls on Shabbat itself.)
By JENNIFER STEMPEL in The Nosher for MyJewishLearning.com
This variant of the classic deli staple pays homage to both its Jewish lineage and the flavors of Latin America.
Whhen I think of knishes, like most people, I think of New York Jewish deli-style discs of creamy potato or savory meat, enveloped by a flaky crust. Potato knishes are my favorite, because they act as a vehicle for as much good, grainy mustard as I see fit.
The last time I enjoyed a potato knish, the dough reminded me of empanadas, a classic Latin dish. Each Latin country has their own version of empanadas, and the variety of fillings are endless. With that in mind, I set out to create a Cuban-inspired knish that pays homage to both the New York Jewish delis of the past, and the aromatic flavors from my family’s kitchen.
Gloria Goldreich for Hadassah Magazine
The plethora of books about life in various Hasidic communities, written by self-described “escapees,” largely seethe with pain, anger and rejection. Chaya Deitsch’s chronicle of her life in the Lubavitch community, however, throbs with love and reveals an undisguised, wistful nostalgia for the culture she turned her back on. Perhaps that is because the Lubavitch, known for their outreach to secular Jews, are more open to the larger world than other Hasidic groups.
Want to feel confident walking into a synagogue, seder or shiva? Start with our Judaism 101 video collection.
An introduction to the Jewish laws around eating
An introduction to kosher, for everyone. Learn why people keep kosher, the basic rules, how to get started, or how to be thoughtful as a guest in a kosher home. A great intro for Jews and non-Jews alike – share with your curious coworker or family member.
What Do People Do?
Passover lasts for up to eight days (or seven days among Reform Jewish groups). There are many Jewish people who adhere to most of the Sabbath observances during the last day of Passover. Some may take a holiday around this time of the year. It is also a time for Jewish people to recite special blessings or prayers, as well as visit a synagogue or listen to readings from the Torah and eat a ceremonial meal.
Many Jewish families in the United States eat a ceremonial meal known as the Seder, which involves telling the story of the exodus from Egypt as well as eating various symbolic foods, such as meat of the paschal lamb and bitter herbs (recalling the harsh life of slavery).
Taking care of Nature is a Jewish value
Learn about taking care of the environment with Gabi & Rafael as they help the Plonys clean up their act with BAL TASCHIT. Do not waste! Shaboom!
By Viva Sarah Press for Israel21c
Move aside, cats; a family of six hedgehogs in Ramat Gan animal hospital has viral video power.
Baby hedgehogs are extremely cute. They also seem to be viral hits.
Five of these prickly little hoglets are the stars of a new video created by the Ramat Gan Safari’s Wildlife Hospital staff.
The little Israeli hedgehogs were born at the Wildlife Hospital in the third week of March. Their prickly momma was hit by a car in Rishon LeZion, 8 kilometers south of Tel Aviv, and brought to the hospital by a kindhearted person.
BY TARA WORTHEY SEGAL for Kveller
I formally converted to Judaism one month after I lost my father and two weeks before getting married.
I hadn’t been raised with much religion. I was baptized Lutheran, but always joked that my parents did that more out of superstition than dogma. They didn’t do much to disabuse me of this notion—we attended services at the local Lutheran church on Christmas Eve, but beyond that and spending a week or so at an Episcopal church camp for a few summers, I didn’t have much of a religious identity.
Daily Morning Minyan
Monday and Thursday, 6:45am
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 7am
Daily Evening Minyan
Sunday to Thursday, 8pm
Mincha, Maariv and Havdalah
Weekly at Sundown
(weekly calendar for exact times)
Save the Date!!
Please check our calendar for all our events.
Early Childhood Center, Religious School & Youth Group & J-Team dates have been posted.
J Team Winter/Spring Schedule 2017
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.
Spring Gala Pics
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
Michele Herman, LMSW
PIC Coordinator 631-462-9800x239
Welcome to the Dix Hills Jewish Center
Welcome to the Dix Hills Jewish Center, a Conservative Congregation, celebrating 49 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........
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).
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)
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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