BY MATTHEW BERKOWITZ, Jewish Theological Seminary
Of Leadership and Investment: A People Engage
Parashat Va-yak·hel-Pekudei continues the building of the Tabernacle—detailing the materials, craftsmanship, appurtenances, and its completion. Far from being the domain of the elite, the building of this dwelling place for God represents an endeavor undertaken by the entire people. We read that
Moses then gathered the whole Israelite community and said to them: These are the things that the Lord has commanded you to do. On six days work may be done, but on the seventh you will have a Sabbath of complete rest . . . Moses said further: This is what the Lord has commanded: Take from among you gifts to the Lord; everyone whose heart so moves him will bring them . . . gold, silver, and copper, blue, purple and crimson yarns. (Exod. 35:1–4)
Why turn to the “whole Israelite community,” and not simply a cabal of leaders, contractors, and artisans to realize this vision? Such a strategy would have been far easier for Moses, limiting the scope of participation to the elites of the community.
With Passover less than a month away, we're featuring ideas from our Passover Resource Kit.
Afikoman bag: a seder-centric craft for those of us with 30 minutes or less. It’s practical, decent-looking, durable, and fun for kids to make.
I program this with Kindergarteners, but with tweaks it can work for other grades. Note that if you are working with just one or two kids, they can do all the work. If you have a group, there is no time for one-on-one assistance, which means you’ll make kits. Yes, a kit is rather “cookie-cutter,” but there are ways to offer choices.
Aviya Kushner for The Forward
Ever wish you could tell at a glance if someone was single or not? A Tel Aviv convenience-store has a novel solution to this problem.
Tel Aviv is known for its nightlife and its large number of single residents, but Israel itself is a family-centric culture. The divide between solo freedom and traditional home life has been captured on a reusable grocery bag being distributed by AM-PM, a chain of convenience stores that is somewhat similar to America’s 7-11 — with a far larger and fresher produce selection.
From Building Jewish Bridges
Current culture seems determined to make weddings hellish. Bridezilla anyone? Add an interfaith component and you can make things confusing and difficult. But it doesn’t need to be that way. NOT AT ALL.
If you are marrying someone from a different religion and background there are some steps you can take to get off on the right foot.
1. Discuss what you want your home to be like after you’re married. If you have agreed that you’ll have a Jewish (or Christian) home it can be easier to concede some wedding traditions from the dominant faith for the sake of family peace in your ceremony.
David Rosen for The Times of Israel
When I served on the Cape Beth Din in South Africa, I had to join my colleagues in visiting the slaughterhouses and checking up on the shochtim. The kosher slaughterhouse in Cape Town was part of a general slaughterhouse complex enabling me to view the process of killing animals in both places. What I saw convinced me that while non-kosher slaughter was quicker and more “aesthetic” than kosher slaughter, it failed in its claim to be more compassionate in its methods.
By Mark Oppenheimer for Tablet Magazine
Jews do the milestone event all wrong. Here’s a quick, and meaningful, fix.
About a dozen years ago, I traveled across the country crashing bar and bat mitzvahs, from Arkansas to Alaska. I sneaked into one swank New York City bar mitzvah party by posing as a security guard. I stealthily trailed a deluxe coach in my station wagon to figure out where the 13-year-olds were going for the after-party. I got mistaken for one of the hired dancers. I ate a lot of free finger food. It was all research for my book Thirteen and a Day: The Bar and Bat Mitzvah Across America. In the end, despite all the pop-culture ridicule that the bar and bat mitzvah come in for, the TV and movie depictions of bitchy, prematurely mature adolescents at lavish parties (e.g. in Sex and the City, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, and many more), I argued that bar and bat mitzvah ceremonies—despite not being in the Torah, not being required, and being widely derided—are valuable coming-of-age ceremonies, and there’s a good reason that Jews who do almost nothing else Jewish nonetheless think that maybe their children should do this crazy thing.
The Joy of Kosher
Standing at the foot of Mount Sinai, we, the Israelites, witness thunder, lightning, smoke and the sound of the shofar and experience the declaration of the 10 Commandments. This week’s Shabbat menu will honor our receiving the 10 commandments with 5 recipes that only require 10 minutes or less to prepare.
BY JENNI FRAZER for The Times of Israel
Civil partnership has been possible for gay spouses in Britain since 2004, and marriage since 2013 — but mixed-sex pairs may only wed. Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld are pushing for change
Seven years ago, Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld met at a lecture at the London School of Economics.
“Actually, it was about Gaza,” they smile.
Today, the two are making English legal history as they seek to change the law on civil partnership. They argue that the Civil Partnership Act of 2004 is discriminatory because only same-sex couples are eligible, and they want the law to be extended to heterosexual couples, too.
By ISRAEL21c Staff
Some risk factors for B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma are the same in both groups, while others are unique to one or the other.
New light has been shed on the interplay between genes, environment and disease with the publication of an Israeli study on risk factors for non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) in Jewish and Arab populations.
As of 2012, Israel ranked first in the world in NHL incidence rates. This blood cancer represents the fifth most common malignancy in Israel and the eighth most common malignancy among West Bank Palestinians.
With Passover less than a month away, we're featuring recipes from our Passover Resource Kit.
This one comes from Hazon, with five types of Charoset: Moroccan, Ashkenazi, Israeli, Yemenite, and Venetian. Try something new this year. Or try all five!
For more great Passover ideas, check out our Passover Resource Kit.
PASSOVER SURVIVAL KIT Shimon Apisdorf
Passover…the season of matzah, maror and minding the minutes until you can get away from your family. Not anymore! Shimon Apisdorf’s fantastic Passover Survival Kit is the perfect solution for bringing meaning and movement to every Seder table.
Shimon Apisdorf draws his readers in with a light, conversational style to his writing: not lecturing to his readers, but rather holding a friendly dialogue with them.
For more great Passover ideas, check out our Passover Resource Kit.
By Rabbi Irving Greenberg for MyJewishLearning.com
Why The Exodus Was So Significant
Periodically, scholars survey historians’ opinions as to what is the most influential event of all time. In recent decades, the Industrial Revolution has often appeared at the top of the list. For the politically oriented, not uncommonly the French Revolution wins; for Marxists, the Russian Revolution. Christians often point to the life and death of Jesus as the single most important event of history. For Muslims, Mohammed’s revelations and his hegira [exile, 622 CE] have a similar transcendental authority.
Yet when Jews observe Passover, they are commemorating what is arguably the most important event of all time — the Exodus from Egypt. If for no other reason than the fact that the Exodus directly or indirectly generated many of the important events cited by other groups, this is the event of human history.
Want to learn more about Passover? Check out our Passover Resource Kit.
By Lawrence H. Schiffman for MyJewishLearning.com
Three views of the Jewish-Christian schism.
The split between Judaism and Christianity did not come about simply or quickly. It was a complex process which took some one hundred years, starting from the crucifixion [of Jesus], and which had different causes and effects depending on whether it is looked at from the point of view of Judaism or Christianity. Further, the question of legal status as seen through Roman eyes also had some relationship to the issue.
The Christian View
Exodus 30:11−34:35 and Numbers 19:1 - 19:22
By Rabbi Bradley Artson, The following article is reprinted with permission from American Jewish University, for MyJewishLearning.com
Tzedakah And Jewish Education
Our communal responsibility to ensure the immortality of the Jewish people depends on our commitment to supporting Jewish education.
Jewish education forms the backbone of our communities. We assure the community of vitality and endurance through the Hebrew studies of our children, the outreach programs for those considering conversion, and the continuing education programs for other seeking adults. And those programs need our support.
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c
BinoVision goggles add eye-stimulating elements to any streaming video content children choose to watch; condition improves within eight weeks.
Amblyopia (“lazy eye”), a disorder affecting three to five percent of the general population, usually is treated by patching the stronger eye or blurring its vision with atropine drops, in order to force the brain to use images from the weaker eye.
Yet only 60% achieve normal vision, and 35% of those who improve eventually regress. Moreover, compliance is only around 50% since nobody – and especially children – enjoys using eyepatches or eye drops.
BY JESSICA STEINBERG AND MELANIE LIDMAN for The Times of Israel
Two tours in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem find a free, wild, exotic salad bar growing underfoot
Going on an urban foraging tour is like putting on a pair of 3D glasses: It transforms a familiar cityscape into something completely different. Clumps of weeds turn into hefty bundles of edible greens, while abandoned lots yield stalks of wild asparagus or cones of crimson sumac.
By Julie Wiener for MyJewishLearning.com
Once taboo, "marrying out" is now commonplace and — outside Orthodoxy — widely accepted.
Intermarriage has long been one of the most contentious issues in modern American Jewish life — and arguably one in which communal attitudes have changed most dramatically in recent decades.
From Taboo to Commonplace
Outside the Orthodox community, it is increasingly common — and accepted — for American Jews to marry partners from different faith backgrounds. “Marrying out” was once widely seen as a rejection of one’s Jewish identity, and the ultimate taboo. Time was, some parents cut off contact with children who intermarried or even sat shiva for them, the ritual observed when a loved one dies. A famous example of this is in the musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” when Tevye shuns his daughter Chava for marrying a Russian Orthodox Christian.
By ISRAEL21c Staff
Israeli researchers join international team mapping tomatoes’ chemistry and genetics to reintroduce taste traits lost over 50 years of breeding.
Supermarket tomatoes often look a lot better than they taste. That’s because modern commercial tomatoes have gradually lost their flavor as breeders tinker with their shelf life, firmness and disease resistance.
Now it seems that we can have our tomato and eat it, too.
By Joshua Ladon on eJewishPhilanthropy
I spent winter break week with 125 college students and campus professionals from more than 20 American universities who came to the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem to study during their winter vacation, rather than spend it on a beach or at a ski resort.
The learning focused on building participants’ vocabulary for speaking about Israel through the language of values. We aim to build students’ capacity to speak about Israel as a reflection of Jewish possibility. Many of the students attend schools featured on the recent Algemeiner.com list of the 40 worst colleges for Jews, and they expressed frustration over the emphasis on anti-Semitism, upon which the list relied. The students challenged back, as others have, and said that their schools’ vibrant Jewish communities have been unfairly characterized.
By Michele Alperin for MyJewishLearning.com
The Shabbatot (plural of Shabbat) surrounding holidays often are permeated with the holiday themes, creating the mood for an upcoming festival, reflecting or enhancing festival themes, or easing the transition from a holiday back into the weekly flow of Shabbat.
A special Shabbat usually includes a special Torah or haftarah [prophetic] reading that either replaces the standard weekly reading or is read in addition to it, as well as a maftir, or final aliyah, that reflect’s the holiday’s theme and is read from a different Torah scroll.
Here’s what happens on the three Shabbats preceding Passover:
Shabbat Parah (this Saturday):
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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