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           Presidents speak about what they plan to do in their “first 100 days” during campaign stops and in their inauguration speeches.  I am not sure, however, that our cable news networks will be spending any time on the “first 100 days” about the President of a synagogue.  But, I am excited that I can share with you my “first 60 days” which have already been a moving experience for me.

            I knew when assuming the Presidency that my time in the building, on the phone, reading and replying to emails would increase as would my responsibilities to the congregation as a whole.  That said, what has really impacted me is the energy, spirit and passion of our leadership and our congregants.  Let me share some of these experiences with you:

• Our first “Shabbat at the Shore” for this summer was held in July.  I can’t begin to tell you how moving this service was.  There were over 130 congregants of all ages, parents with their children, and grandparents with grandchildren.  It was a multi-generational celebration of Shabbat with music, singing, sand and sea. 

• Shabbat morning services and our new Kiddush luncheon offerings – There is something special about Shabbat at DHJC.  Our congregants are leading parts of the service, reading Torah and serving as summer scholars, presenting and teaching on various topics of interest.  Our Rabbi brings the communal feeling to Shabbat by personally welcoming everyone, while our Cantor’s singing lifts everyone up, together creating a warm and comfortable setting, even for those who may not be as familiar with the service.

• As part of our new initiative to re-vision our Shabbat kiddushes, we have been trying new and different food options.  We have established a new “Kiddush Committee” consisting of Alice Fossner, Bernice Goldberg, Brenda Rosenberg and our Executive Director, Ed Ward.  The goals of this committee are to take our Shabbat Kiddush to a new level with enhanced menu options and to engage the various arms of the synagogue. We also invite YOU to bring your ideas and help us as we reinvent our kiddush luncheons.

• I would like to, on behalf of the leadership and congregation, thank Jennifer Feingold, who served as our Kiddush coordinator for the past several years.  I know at times it can be a thankless job but she has set the standard on what we will be building upon.

• While the food is really good, the highlight for me is getting to sit down at the tables and chat with our congregants.  We have some great people in our congregation who support our Shabbat services.  It is interesting hearing your stories of when and why you joined DHJC.  I’m looking forward to sharing more time chatting with you over lunch.

• Board of Trustees BBQ – We kicked off our first Board meeting of the new administration with a family BBQ.  This gave our leadership, including our new trustees, an opportunity to meet each other in an informal setting.  While there was a quick downpour and the food took a little longer to cook, everyone had a nice time.

• In case you did not know, our synagogue does not slow down during the summer.  I have had the opportunity to attend many of our committee meetings during my “first 60 days.” Our High Holiday, Adult Ed, and Israel Engagement committees, just to name a few, are energized and busy planning for the programming year ahead.  When you get a chance, take a look at our calendar on our website (www.dhjc.org) where all of our programs, meetings and events are listed.  There is literally something for everyone!

I could write about many more of the experiences over the first two months of my Presidency but as I noted in my message to the congregation, I along with the lay and professional leadership and clergy want to hear “Your DHJC Voice.”  Please take a moment to email us at your [email protected]  or come over and speak to us when we are all together at the synagogue or Starbucks or Costco.  With your voice, we will again have another fulfilling and successful year.

 On behalf of my family, my wife Chloe, my children Devin and Kendall, I wish you and your families a very Happy, Healthy and Sweet New Year!

What's Happening at DHJC


 

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)

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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

PIC Coordinator 631-462-9800x239


Suffolk County Community-Wide Solidarity Rally

A time to mourn, A time to grieve, A time to remember, A time to Act! 

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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