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From the RabbiShabbat ChayalUpcoming EventsProfile: Marianne Gorlyn & David Goldberg Beth Aaron Officers Beth Aaron News Weekly ShiurimMens Club KiddushTree of LifeMemorial PlaquesNCSYChildrens Corner by Gavriella HaglerBanim Mitpalelim
Kol Beth AaronApril 2015 Nisan 5775
From the Rabbi:
Once again, the season is upon us. As we approach the 15th of , many of us find ourselves running against the clock, gasping for air, hoping we will actually complete the necessary preparations for the . Ironically, as we prepare for the Festival of Freedom, the last thing that we feel is free as we work tirelessly to ready our homes and our lives for .
I would like to take this (last minute) opportunity to stress the importance of focused reflection throughout our celebration of . While higher levels of are generally not essential for the fulfillment of , we should nevertheless strive to gain deeper appreciation and renewed inspiration as we celebrate . Our goal and expectation should be to emerge from inspired, motivated and transformed. teach us that every has a unique blessing that it offers. This is reflected in our liturgy as it is written, . One should not assume however, that this blessing is a natural or direct consequence of the day. Understandably, one needs to make a deliberate and conscious effort to earn all that the has to offer.
is a holiday centered around , measurements. We learn about a of and we try to identify a of . We meticulously calculate the metric equivalent of a of wine. At the we carefully watch the clock, assuring that we fulfill the necessary requirements before . We are told when to lean and when not to lean. We are instructed when to wash and when to dip, when to sing and when to talk. Often times we tend to get lost in the many details and consequently fail to appreciate the beauty and relevance of that which we are celebrating. Yes, it is true that to fulfill the of one must adhere to the law and consume an exact measurement within the prescribed period of time. But that is only the entry point. We can choose to go beyond. We can choose to walk away from with something more than just the taste of the in our mouths.
Let us not forget that one is obligated to envision himself as if he has left . The nature of this unique obligation, to relive and experience the on , cannot be defined by conventional measurements and universal standards. Rather, the inherent subjectivity of this obligation necessitates personal consideration and reflection. Proper fulfillment of this can only be achieved if one is willing to open his heart and mind to the timeless lessons of the . The experience can offer us an enhanced awareness and a deeper appreciation of . Through our recollection of events in the past we can better understand the trying times in which we live and develop a more meaningful connection with our ever unfolding future. Like many things in life, the attainment of this invigorating perspective requires effort on our part. The and the should become the focus of our . We should focus upon, contemplate, and connect with the messages of the . Everyone at the should be encouraged to share in this endeavor, and the ancient words of the should come to life before our eyes.
May we indeed merit to experience a genuine celebration of , the holiday of our freedom. And may we merit to witness the realization of the final in our day. to all. LR
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2SHAbbAT CHAYAl, APRIL 25
Beth Aaron, along with several other Teaneck shuls, will be celebrating Shabbat Chayal on April 25, in loving memory of Ilan Tokayer, zl. Together, we will celebrate our values and honor the children of our community in the IDF whose passion and idealism continue to inspire us. Those of you who knew Ilan Tokayer, zl, knew of his unyielding dedication to the State of Israel and Tzahal. In 2005-06, Ilan served in a combat unit in the IDF, fulfilling his commitment to the land and people of Israel. In this way, Ilan was not alone. Like other sons and daughters in our community, Ilan realized his sense of obligation and stood up to the challenge, veering from the traditional course to volunteer and enact what he believed.
We who live outside the borders of Israel benefit enormously from the great sacrifice of the soldiers and their families. We travel to Israel at will, send our children there for Torah study, and take for granted the constant and ongoing safety we feel under the protection of the IDF.
In conjunction with programming events planned for this Shabbat, Beth Aaron will be sponsoring a fundraising Kiddush for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Lone Soldiers Program.
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) is a not-for-profit organization that was created with the mission of providing and supporting educational, social, cultural, and recreational programs and facilities for the brave soldiers who protect the State of Israel. Every year, about 900 determined young men and women from all over the world choose to leave the comfort of their homes and families to travel to Israel and become proud IDF soldiers. FIDF offers the unique opportunity to sponsor one of these incredible young men and women through the Lone Soldiers program, which provides financial, social, and emotional support to these Lone Soldiers, ensuring that they know that they are truly never alone. By sponsoring a Lone Soldier, you are giving the invaluable gift of support through financial grants, holiday gifts, a 24/7 call center, and so much more. Additionally, each Lone Soldier receives a flight home during his or her service, funded solely by the FIDF Lone Soldier Program and your generosity. Most recently, FIDF has sponsored flights home for all Lone Soldiers who participated in this summers Operation Protective Edge.
By participating in this effort on any level, you are demonstrating achdut within our community and your support of our children who protect us and Israel daily. We are hoping for 100% participation from the members of all our shuls.
Kiddush sponsorships can be made on-line at www.bethaaron.org/event/shabbat-chayal.html or via check. If paying by check, please mention FIDF Kiddush in the check memo line. Sponsorship categories include Chayal ($18), Tal Aluf ($19-$99), Aluf ($100-$199) and Rav Aluf ($200 & over). Sponsorships will be publicized in the Kol Beth Aaron and on a poster in the lobby on April 24.
By generously donating to the IDF Kiddush, Ilans ideals and goals live on, and you are stating clearly and loudly that we are with our young men and women serving in the IDF for our benefit, be-chol makom she-haim.
With much appreciation,Mordechai Ungar and Shifra Shafier
Thursday, April 2Bedikat Chametz, after 8:04 p.m.
Friday, April 3Siyum after each Shacharit minyanMinyanim at 5:50 a.m., 6:25 a.m., 7:15 a.m., 8:00 a.m., and 8:45 a.m.
Big Bread Burn, in the parking lot of the Jewish Center of Teaneck, at the corner of Cedar Lane and Prince Street, from 9:30 to 11:40 a.m.
Eat chametz until 10:51 a.m.Burn chametz until 11:55 a.m.
Latest candles: 7:06 p.m.Mincha: 7:10 p.m.
Shabbat, April 4First day of PesachEarliest candles: 8:15 p.m.
Sunday, April 5Second day of PesachHavdalah: 8:18 p.m.
Thursday, April 9Make Eruv Tavshilin
Friday, April 10Seventh day of PesachLatest candles: 7:12 p.m.
Shabbat, April 11YizkorHavdalah: 8:21 p.m.
Thursday, April 16Yom ha-Shoah program at Teaneck High School, 7:30 p.m.
Shabbat, April 18Sisterhood Book Club, at the home of Rachel Frazer, 286 Edgemont Terrace, at 4:15 p.m.
Monday, April 20Womens Rosh Chodesh shiur, at the home of Aliza Staiman, 103 Edgemont Place, at 8:00 p.m.
Shabbat, April 25FIDF Shabbat
MARIANNE GORLyN & DAVID GOLDBERG
When Beth Aaron started, it was the other shul, as opposed to Bnai Yeshurun, noted David Goldberg, who added that by the time he and Marianne Gorlyn married and moved to Teaneck in 1994, Beth Aaron was established and not a fly-by-night alternative. Growing up in Englewood, Marianne remembers when Beth Aaron was founded.
Teanecks proximity to everything, including the City, was one reason they chose the community, they said, noting that it wasnt far from either set of parents. The good Jewish community was another plus. Of course, there have been changes in the area over the years they have been here, with Marianne noting that the biggest change has been in the number of shuls in Teaneck.
Marianne and David started in the apartments on Walraven, where they lived in the same building as Beth Aaron members Heather & Marc Benjamin and Judy & Steven Gellerstein. When it came time to choose a house in 1999, Marianne intentionally picked the Beth Aaron area, because it had a broader age range, which they both liked. The range of religious observance also was a plus.
David came from Twin Rivers, NJ a small community with a smaller shul and knew that he wanted a bigger community with a more stable shul. Beth Aaron was a good choice for us, he said, because you get what you want out of it. The shul has something for everyone and it is there for the taking. It just depends on what you want to take. You would not get this elsewhere. The shul d