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Good Morning Congregants:

Here are the visiting times for the Shiva for Bob Kieval :

Address : Goldie Kieval
85 South Centre Ave Apt C8
Rockville Centre, NY 11570

Today: Wednesday: February 21st Shiva Minyan Requested 8:00 pm

Thursday : February 22nd 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Shiva Minyan requested 8:00 pm

Friday : February 23rd No Hours

After Shabbat February 24th 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Shiva Minyan requested 8:00 pm

Sunday : February 25th 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Shiva Minyan requested 8:00 pm

Monday : February 26th 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Shiva Minyan Requested 8:00 pm

Thank you


Tonight's Adult Ed's evening class title will be “Purim - did it even happen? Does it matter?” South Baldwin Jewish Center at 7:30 pm February 20, 2018 with Josh Reichman.



Good Morning,

I was informed last night of the passing of our long time congregant. Bob Kieval. May his memory be a blessing to all that knew him. Our thoughts go out to Goldie at this time.

The funeral will be on Wednesday February 21st at 10:00 am at Gutterman's in Rockville Centre, NY

I have no other information at this time regarding sitting Shiva.

I am also taking upon myself, for those of his friends and acquaintances who sent me their Refuah Shlemah donations, I am going to call the Jewish National Fund and plant a circle of trees in Jerusalem in his memory from all of you.

Best Regards,


The funeral of Julia Eisman will be
this Sunday February 18th  at 12:00
pm at Guttermans in Rockville Centre, NY

Shiva will be at the home of Phyllis and MIke Eisman
470 Seaman Ave
Baldwin NY 11510

Mike and his family will be sitting at
his brothers home in Long Beach
NY  for his first two days. And then sitting at his home in Baldwin NY
on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday :  Shiva Minyan Requested. .

Shiva :
On Tuesday February 20th - All
day   Evening Shiva Minyan Requested.
On Wednesday February 21st - All
day -- Evening Shiva Minyan Requested.
On Thursday February 22nd - All
day  Evening Shiva Minyan Requested..


Dear Congregants,

With such sadness we are informing all of you of the loss of Medow
Pollack who was killed yesterday  in the high school shooting in Florida

Medow  passed away this morning she was only 18 years old She was  the
niece of our congregants Marilyn and Marc Cohen. There are no words to
express our sorrow.
Funeral will be held tomorrow in Florida.
Please respect their privacy at this time.


If you didn't hear him in Oceanside
the author of the
"Synagogues of Long Island"
will be speaking (and selling
his book) on March 13 at 7 PM at the Library in Rockville Center. (


The Yiddish Book Center is devoting
a weekend to "Yiddish Women Writers Reclaimed". It is May 4-6 at the center in Amherst Mass. There will be 4 lectures, one film screening, a tour of the Book Center, kosher meals and "plenty of great conversation". visit: or call 413-256-4900, ext.144



biz 82 februar, mitvukh oof tzen azeyger zulst nisht farkiln zikh.
(catch a cold) a gruss,


There was a problem with the yiddish wit proverbs. Try this link.
I don't trust it so I'll say anyone who wishes to read three proverbs, select any ones you wish and be prepared to read them fluently and discuss. Perhaps someone else hadn't
selected the same ones.
Let's see what happens.

Mah Jongg meets on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

Folk dancing meets on Wednesdays at 10:30am. Newcomers are always welcome to either group.

How to Get Here

2959 Grand Avenue
Baldwin, NY 11510

Quite a number of us were at Bob's funeral. Several of you asked for the address which is below as well as the Shiva hours.
It was announced that contributions can be made to the SBJC or the SBJC  Shabbaton Fund which had been initiated by the Kievals many years ago and is still maintained.

This is a link to an internet tour through Bklyn exploring where and how Yiddish is spoken. Zephyr Teachout, the inquirer, is a Fordham law prof. who ran in a primary against Gov Cuomo and for congress, and lost in the Hudson valley.
We thank Nat and Harold for the recommendation. They get a commendation of ten points each but five ponts are deducted because they didn't remember that I had sent it out several years ago. But it is good.
der vill be a kviz.

The Eldridge Street Synagogue lists some remarkable programs for this spring;. some in conjunction with other organizations (Center for Jewish History, Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy, Workmen's Circle, 92St. Y.)
Gib a kook. (check it out). or call 212-219-0302.

zay gezunt unshtark,
A gruss,

Here are the visiting times  for the Shiva for Bob Kieval :

Address :  Goldie Kieval
                85 South Centre Ave  Apt C8
                Rockville Centre, NY 11570

Today: Wednesday:  February 21st   Shiva Minyan Requested 8:00 pm

           Thursday : February 22nd   2:00 pm to 4:00 pm 
            7:00 pm to 9:00 pm             Shiva Minyan requested 8:00 pm

            Friday :    February 23rd   No Hours

            After Shabbat    February  24th   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm                                          Shiva Minyan requested  8:00 pm

           Sunday :   February 25th    2:00 to 4:00 pm  and
            7:00 pm to 9:00 pm             Shiva Minyan requested 8:00 pm

           Monday :  February 26th   2:00 to 4:00 pm and
            7:00 pm to 9:00 pm          Shiva Minyan Requested 8:00 pm


As discussed this weekend, plz find attached copy of the next few pages from the intro of the book we are studying on Tuesday mornings. We are working on enabling congregants who are physically unable to be at SBJC during the class, attend remotely.

Attached is the raw material from the book itself. This can be opened, printed or viewed on any smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC. Click here to view raw material

Please save it accordingly as it will serve us in the next few lessons.

Thank you and looking forward to some fun and productive classes with a wider audience.

PS - for any newcomers, I will give an evening class this month that will cover the basics and bring you up to speed.

Thank you !!!
Josh Reichman

We’re Having a Theater Party!

Where: Molloy College, Rockville Centre , NY

When: Sunday, April 8, 2018, 3:00 pm

What we are seeing: Sleeping Beauty with The Moscow Festival Ballet.

What the cost is: $50.00 pp
Please make out your payment to SBJC Sisterhood .

Payment will confirm your reservation.
Regretfully, in the event of your cancellation, we will not be able to
refund money.

Please leave your checks with Ozzie in the office.

Thank you,
Sisterhood Committee

Happy Purim
Mishloach Manot
is the Purim Mitzvah of sending treats to our families, friends, and neighbors.  Sisterhood invites you to fulfill this Mitzvah in a wonderful way.  We will prepare delightful Purim bags, filled with surprises, along with a beautiful Purim greeting card for each family in our shul.  This is a lovely way to enhance the joy of the  holiday!  In addition, this year, we will be allocating a portion of your donation to send baskets to soldiers in Israel.

The cost of sending cards and bags to the entire congregation, including staff members, is $100.00.      
If you would like to be included in this Mitzvah, we request that you bring or mail  your check for $100.00, payable to Sisterhood, to SBJC, Sisterhood, Attention: Shalach Manot, 2959 Grand Avenue, Baldwin, NY 11510.  Please submit your payment before February 15th. 
Each family will receive a bag.  If you would like your name to be included only on the cards of selected families, please attach their names along with your payment.  

Your name_____________________Your phone number___________________
(  ) Please send Shalach Manot from my family to ...($15.00 for first bag, $5.00 for each additional bag).  I have enclosed my check for __________________.  Kindly add my name to cards of these selected congregants.  (Please attach list.)
Your name________________________Your phone number______________

May the joy of Purim linger and may there be no Hamans in our lives.

Good Morning: Message from Bob

tayere mitglidder,
unzer kumendik farzamlung (two dictionaries noted you can also say " miting") vet zayn mitvukh 28 februar tzen azeyger far midtug.

In the last episode of the long short story, khassene gehat, we read of the growing consciousness of her appearance by the young girl (stil no name) and the parents begin to see her as a young woman. A new character, the doctors apprentice, comments on her appearance. News comes that the husband's boss's wife (his third one). a much younger woman dies.

The mother comments on the apprentice:
der yung iz der mamen shreklekh nisht gefeln. ess shprutzn im eppes shpitzike vantzelekh. geyt ungeton vi a goy un dertzu varft er alemul arayn etlekhe verter poylish.
My mother did not care for the apprentice at all. He had grown a sort of pointed moustache, dressed in the gentile fashion, and in addition regularly threw a few Polish words into his speech.

We read the story (with Sandy's translation), der vaynshenkers sod The Winesellers Secret.

We reviewed weather related words: dooner, blitzn, vulkan, shturm,vetter, oyb vetter vet tzushpiln, onton zikh loytn vetter,regn, udder gor udder gornisht, farshter mir nisht di simkha, shney shneyen, kappen, regendl. Also farbindung, and emetzer.


Barbaras Kotin told of her travels in Europe in Yiddish. We're looking for more storytellers.

Janet says she listened to the story and looked at the English to see what the translator determines was the appropriate English word.
This is a lnk to the oral history project of the Yiddish Book Center in which a yiddish translator talks (in English) about special problems she faces and about her yiddish upbringing in Montreal.

The speaker, Ira Poliokoff, marketing his book on the history of synagogues on Long Island will be at the Oceanside Library tomorrow (Monday) at 7 PM

a gruss fun Rose,
zay gezunt,

Hi to all ,

Hope you’re keeping warm!

Since last week’s experiment of a class/forum drash seemed to work quite
well, I would like to try something next week.

Next week’s parasha is Miketz. You should all have access to a bible and
if not you can pick one up from the temple :)

Please try to read the parasha in advance of the Shabbat morning reading.
Try to read it as “pshat” simple meaning and perhaps jot down the
questions that come to your mind.

Your goal will be to understand:

1) What is actually occurring in the parasha

2) What is the torah trying to tell us.

No need to focus on commentary but of course you are welcome to dive
into that as well.

I would like to attempt a similar forum to the one we did last week with
one caveat. The topic of discussion from within the parasha will cover
multiple areas and will come from YOU not me.

I will have done the same readings you have and will bring in the
commentators so we can engage in a good dialogue.

Ps - for those who won’t be able to prepare in advance that’s ok. It
would be helpful to have at least a few who did.

Looking forward to a good conversation about the relevance of the
parasha to our lives today.

Thank you !!!
Josh Reichman


As a member of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, we received
this e-mail which we are sharing with you.

Conservative Movement Statement on Violent Demonstrations in
Charlottesville, VA

Posted on:
Sunday August 13, 2017


In the aftermath of violent demonstrations by white supremacists and
their sympathizers in Charlottesville, Virginia, resulting in 3 deaths
and many injuries, the Rabbinical Assembly and the United Synagogue of
Conservative Judaism issued the following statement:

The Rabbinical Assembly and United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism are
shocked and horrified by the violent demonstrations of white
supremacists, neo-Nazis and their sympathizers in Charlottesville,
Virginia this past Saturday which resulted directly in the deaths of one
civilian and two state police officers and in many other serious
injuries. We applaud the swift and effective actions of Mayor Mike
Signer of Charlottesville and Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, as well
as their appropriate condemnations of the bigotry, antisemitism and
hatred that inspired the rally itself. Many leaders have taken the
indispensable step of naming the dangerous philosophies and movements
that united these demonstrators. These events have been rightly labeled
as incidents of domestic terror by both Democrats and Republicans.

We call upon United States officials including President Donald Trump
and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to condemn neo-Nazi, white
supremacist and alt-right movements by name. The repeated failure to do
so by top U.S. officials has fueled their growth and poses an imminent
threat to all Americans as Saturday's violent rallies showed. History
has demonstrated that where a country's leaders fail to condemn these
philosophies, violence and hatred can quickly and exponentially consume
the fabric of civil society. Our leaders must act now. Let us continue
to pray for and to work for the day when all shall "sit under his/her
vine and fig tree and none shall make them afraid."

Rabbi Philip Scheim, President, The Rabbinical Assembly
Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, CEO, The Rabbinical Assembly
Margo Gold, President, USCJ
Rabbi Steven Wernick, CEO, USCJ

Shabbat Shalom
Evelyn Estrine


Candle and Torah Lighting Readings


Friday, February 9, 2018
Shevat 24, 5778
Light Candles at:
5:04 PM

Saturday, February 10, 2018
Shevat 25, 5778
Shabbat Ends:
6:05 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Terumah

Friday, February 16, 2018
Adar 1, 5778
Light Candles at:
5:13 PM

Saturday, February 17, 2018
Adar 2, 5778
Shabbat Ends:

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Tetzaveh

Friday, February 23, 2018
Adar 8, 5778
Light Candles at:
5:21 PM

Saturday, February 24, 2018
Adar 9, 5778
Shabbat Ends:
6:21 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Ki Tisa

Friday, March 2, 2018
Adar 15, 5778
Light Candles at:
5:29 PM

Saturday, March 3, 2018
Adar 16, 5778
Shabbat Ends:
6:29 PM

Shabbat, Torah Reading: Vayak'hel-Pekudei

Friday, March 9, 2018
Adar 22, 5778
Light Candles at:
5:37 PM

Saturday, March 10, 2018
Adar 23, 5778
Shabbat Ends:
6:36 PM

It is considered a great mitzvah and responsibility to honor the Sabbath by lighting candles 18 minutes before sunset on Friday evening.

This unique commandment, entrusted to the Jewish woman, is rich with meaning and purpose.
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