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A “Palace in Time”: Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel on the Sabbath

Celebrating-Shabbat - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 12:00am
by Rabbi Or N. Rose From Breaking Matzo

On a recent Saturday afternoon, I took the opportunity to re-read selections from Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s book, The Sabbath. First published in 1951, this poetic gem has been read by countless spiritual seekers — Jewish and non-Jewish — throughout the world.

As I flipped through the pages, I was struck again by Heschel’s remarkable ability to cull from the vast storehouse of classical Jewish teachings and to present these gleanings to a diverse modern readership with elegance and force.

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In Defense of Transgender Military Service Members

LGBTQ - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 12:00am
A Wider Bridge

A Wider Bridge is deeply disappointed that the Supreme Court has reinstated President Trump’s partial ban on transgender people in the United States Military.

Transgender Americans who wish to serve their country deserve the same respect and decency from their representative government as cisgender people. The administration’s proposed policies, which would strip trans people of their dignity, are rooted in bigotry and fear. These policies echo similar efforts throughout history to discriminate against gays and lesbians, immigrants, people of color, Muslims and Jews.

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Jews Of Uganda Are Torn Apart Over A Bitter Sibling Rivalry

News-in-the-Jewish-World - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 12:00am
Tonny Onyulo for The Forward 

 

During a recent Shabbat service here, Rabbi Gershom Sizomu led dozens of worshippers in a prayer for unity. Women sang psalms. Children clapped. Men wearing yarmulkes played drums and guitars.

Locally known in Uganda as Abayudaya or “the people of Judah,” they practice Conservative Judaism with an African flair — and right now, need exactly that prayer. A conflict is now splitting the community, which is almost a century old.

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6 soups and stews from Israel to warm you this winter

Jewish-Food - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 12:00am
by Josh Lew for FromtheGrapevine

These hearty dishes will make you forget about the cold weather.

A good soup can warm your body from the inside. When winter begins, so too do people's cravings for steamy bowls of broth. The cuisine of every country that experiences cold weather has at least a few trademark soups and stews. The best of these recipes are often exported to other four-season places around the globe.

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New device alerts parents when kids are in danger of drowning

Jewish-Children-and-Families - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 12:00am
by Benyamin Cohen for FromtheGrapevine

Unveiled at CES, the Coral Manta camera keeps a watchful eye at residential swimming pools.

Eyal Golan, an Israeli entrepreneur with three young children, built a swimming pool at his home about five years ago. At the time, he was looking for safety features to give him some peace of mind. "But there was nothing that works like a lifeguard," he said. "Something that always watches the pool and does not depend on the child's behavior – like whether he wears the device or forgot to wear it."

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The Alter Bible

Jewish-Books - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 12:00am
By Adam Kirsch for Tablet Magazine

In a landmark new translation, Robert Alter revives the literary power of a Hebrew masterpiece

The Bible is a refractory book, never behaving quite as we expect it to. Indeed, much of the creativity of Jewish tradition has been devoted to harmonizing the actual Bible with Judaism’s changing expectations of what it should be. The rabbinic genre of midrash tries to make sense of the text’s many narrative contradictions and ethical perplexities. The Talmud assumes that every word in the Torah is there to teach a point of halacha, while Maimonides insisted that the Bible actually teaches the same truths as Greek philosophy, though it uses an allegorical method that can easily mislead the ignorant. And the mystical Zohar, written in medieval Spain, says that if all there were to the Torah were its surface meaning, it would be easy to write a better book: It is only the hidden, esoteric content of the Torah that makes it sacred.

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The Real Gittel of "Gittel's Journey: An Ellis Island Story"

Jewish-Books - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 12:00am
By Lesléa Newman for Jewish Book Council 

 

“The world is made of stories, / Not of atoms” the poet Muriel Rukeyser once wrote. All of us are made of stories: stories we’ve heard, stories we’ve read, stories we’ve made up, stories we’ve experienced, stories that come to us in dreams. Like Russian matryoshka dolls, there are stories and stories and stories nesting inside each of us just waiting to be born.

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Israeli Company Develops Goggles Allowing Surgeons to See Right Through You

Israeli-News - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 12:00am
by Adi Pick / CTech From the algemeiner.com 


CTech – Ever chose “X-ray vision” as your choice of a hypothetical superpower? Israel-based Augmedics Ltd. has developed a set of goggles giving surgeons X-ray-like visualization capabilities.


Augmedics is creating an augmented reality headset for surgical procedures. Called xvision, the headset projects X-ray-like 3D visualization of the patient in real time, allowing surgeons to “see” through the patient’s skin, muscle tissue, and bone.


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Laugh of the Day...

Interfaith-Issues - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 12:00am
From the Accidental Talmudist

 

SHNOOKS! is our series of fresh takes on classic Jewish jokes. In this episode, three clergymen are interviewed at an interfaith conference...

 

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Jewish Calendar: Solar and Lunar

Celebrating-Judaism - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 12:00am
By MyJewishLearning

 

How the Hebrew calendar works.

 

The rhythm of Jewish time is determined both by the sun and by the moon. The basic unit of time is naturally enough the day, which is a unit of time determined by the amount of sunlight reaching the earth as it rotates on its axis.

 

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Israeli scientists save pesto with fungus-resistant basil

Green-Living - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 12:00am
By Naama Barak for Israel21c 

 

First-of-its-kind sweet basil cultivar is resistant to downy mildew, a severe global epidemic affecting basil plants.

 

Italy without tomatoes, Ireland without potatoes and the United States without filter coffee – these are all unimaginable culinary nightmares.

To these scenarios we can add a world devoid of basil, meaning no pesto, no Caprese salad and no yummy fresh leaves mixed into our salad or melted with butter onto steaming hot garlic bread. The horror!

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How to Judge Robert Alter's Landmark Translation of the Hebrew Bible

Featured-Articles - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 12:00am
By Hillel Halkin for Mosaic

 

Finished after decades of labor, this one-man English translation is a stupendous achievement. How does it hold up against the masterpieces (and follies) that have come before?

 

However you look at it, Robert Alter’s The Hebrew Bible is a stupendous achievement. The result of decades of work, consisting of over 3,000 pages of translated text and commentary, it includes every one of the 35 books from Genesis to Chronicles that constitute Jewish scripture. One might call it the translator’s equivalent of a solo circumnavigation of the globe were it not that sailing a boat around the globe takes far less time.

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Ki Tisa

Weekly-Torah-Portion - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 12:00am

Exodus 30:11−34:35

By Amy Kalmanofsky, JTS

Kept by Shabbat

Ahad Ha’am famously said: “More than Jews have kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept the Jews.” Pretty remarkable coming from the founder of cultural Zionism!

Parashat Ki Tissa either supports or challenges Ha’am’s words. This week’s parashah relates one of the lowest moments in Israel’s story—the sin of the golden calf—in which Israel dances before a god of their own making. Coming down Mount Sinai with the stone tablets inscribed by God’s finger (Exod. 31:18), Moses sees Israel’s frenzy and smashes the tablets. Moses spends the rest of the parashah picking up the pieces and working to restore Israel’s relationship with God. The parashah ends with God giving a new set of tablets to Moses. The holy covenant between God and Israel is restored.

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It’s Time to Teach Our Tweens Some Super-Basic Phone Manners

Young-Adults - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 12:00am
By Zibby Owens for Kveller 
 
 
 

I think the iPhone should come with an instruction manual that’s required reading. It isn’t enough to know how to connect to Wifi or how to Facetime five people at once — it’s equally important to understand how to communicate with other humans in a decent, which isn’t intuitive to new users (i.e., tweens). 

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Jewish Drinking Meditation

Celebrating-Shabbat - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 12:00am
From Alison Laichter for BimBam.com 

 

Drinking meditation is when you can be completely present while enjoying a beverage of your choice. Follow teacher and coach, Alison Laichter, through a Jewish drinking meditation in our step-by-step video.

 

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Gay, Communist, Yiddish Utopia

LGBTQ - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 12:00am
By Vladislav Davidzon for Tablet Magazine

Artist Yevgeniy Fiks believes in a future of Yiddish-speaking space colonies

One morose and rainy Sunday afternoon in late November, the kind that presages the final days of a New York autumn, a motley group of intellectuals and connoisseurs of Yiddish gathered on the Lower East Side. The Russian-American conceptual artist Yevgeniy Fiks was on hand to deliver an artist talk and personalized tour of his charming exhibition “Yiddish Cosmos” (through Dec. 16), a playful historical jaunt through the history of the Jewish aspects of the Soviet space program. The exhibition was arranged on the second floor of the Stanton Street Shul, one of the last functioning Orthodox synagogues in the neighborhood. Beneath stylish prints of the Soviet cosmonaut Boris Volynov—who was the first Jew in space, and would have been one of the very first men in space if his historical flight along with Yuri Gagarin on the first Voskhod rocket mission had not been bumped because of his ethnicity—were futurist Yiddish slogans.

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The Demons Of Intersectionality

News-in-the-Jewish-World - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 12:00am
By Hannah Jannol for The Jewish Week

For many in the Jewish community, the concept of intersectionality — and the politics it has spawned — is associated with the demonization of Israel, Zionism, pro-Israel college students and Jewish women. Women’s March co-leader Linda Sarsour famously went so far as to claim that, in the spirit of intersectionality, feminism must exclude Zionism.

 

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Dreamy Vegan Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce

Jewish-Food - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 12:00am
From theendlessmeal.com

 

This rich, creamy, and totally dreamy Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce recipe is 100% dairy-free. You'll be amazed at how delicious vegan can be!

 

You guys, cauliflower alfredo sauce is E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G! Seriously, it's become my life. I know we're all on that get-healthy-in-January train right now (all aboard!) but I swear this cauliflower alfredo is going to see us through the whole year.

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Did you know that there’s a new Jewish parenting podcast?

Jewish-Children-and-Families - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 12:00am
From Kveller

It’s true: Kveller.com just launched a shiny new podcast, Call Your Mother.


Hosted by all-star writers Jordana Horn and Shannon Sarna, Call Your Mother offers a sharp, sassy take on all the ups and downs of parenting while Jewish. Each episode includes an interview with a notable Jewish mom — including comedian Judy Gold and celebrity chef Einat Admony — who will shed new light on everything from addiction and anti-Semitism to sex and the Supreme Court.

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Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

Jewish-Books - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 12:00am
By Sandee Brawarsky for The Jewish Week

 

‘I Never Dreamt That I Was The (Family) Secret’

Dani Shapiro’s Connecticut home has sepia portraits of her late father as a child and members of his distinguished Orthodox family on the walls, photographs she has known all of her life. These faces have, in silence, supported her, spoken to her, even comforted her. Her identity is stamped by theirs.

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5779 Pesah Guide Now Available

The Pesah Guide for 5779 is now available. This guide, prepared by the Kashrut Subcommittee of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards and approved by the CJLS, explains in detail the laws and customs regarding the dietary restrictions of Passover and is provided as a PDF for each family and individual to learn more about the joy of Pesach and the powerful traditions and customs of this Festival.

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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
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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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