Hamevasser – Parashat Shemot

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Kabalat Shabbat

Candle lighting- 16:22/ 4:22pm
Mincha and Kabalat Shabbat- 16:30/ 4:30pm
Shacharit services- 8:45 am

Events in our congregation

Bar Mitzvah

This coming Shabbat we will celebrate with the Chen family the Bar Mitzvah of Raz. Mazal Tov to Raz and the Chen family

Bar Mitzvah

This coming Shabbat we will hold a Minchah service at 4:00pm. During the service we will celebrate with the Kurzbard family the Bar Mitzvah of Yaniv. Mazal Tov to Yaniv and the Kurzbard family

Wanted – Kiddushim

Not every Shabbat do we have a celebration – a Bar-Mitzvah or Shabbat Hatan. We are looking for members who want to volunteer a Kiddush: to mark a personal celebration, to mark a jahrzeit – or just for the fun of it!!

We still do not have a kiddush for the following dates:

from February 23 (“Ki-Tissa”) to April 6 (Metzora)

Please contact Rav Barry to coordinate the Kiddush.

Wanted!- Haftorah readers

We are looking for men and women who want the honor of reading a haftarah when there is no bar mitzvah.
Contact Rav Barry or Yiftah to choose a date. They will be happy help you to prepare.

Bnei Mitzvah Calendar

ry 5 – Parshat VaEra – Alon Seltzman

January 19 – Parshat BeShalah – Yogev Rachbuch

January 19 – Parshat BeShalah (Minchah) – Noam Avitzur

Adult Education

Woman’s Voice Series – Join us to learn modern midrashim from the book Dirshuni – Women interpretation of the Jewish sacred texts. Every Monday at 7:00pm


Father of Eliana Green (Tuesday, Jan 1)

Brother of Cyril Solk (Tuesday, Jan 1)


Members who want to recite Kaddish on the actual date of the Yahrzeit are invited to contact Rav Barry so that he can arrange a minyan.

Events in the Conservative Movemen

Annual General assembly

the Annual General Assembly of the Masorti movement will take place on Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 in the Schchter Institute in Jerusalem. A study day will begin at 3:00 pm

Online registration

Women’s Study day

A few words from Rabbi Barry

What is the connection between a popular hors d’oeuvres and this week’s Parsha?

In modern Israeli Hebrew these are called “Moshe BaTeiva” – Moses in the Basket.

A Quickie Dvar Torah for Parashat Shemot – Moshe and Kal-El

וַתִּקַּח-לוֹ תֵּבַת גֹּמֶא, וַתַּחְמְרָה בַחֵמָר וּבַזָּפֶת; וַתָּשֶׂם בָּהּ אֶת-הַיֶּלֶד, וַתָּשֶׂם בַּסּוּף עַל-שְׂפַת הַיְאֹר.

she got a wicker basket for him and caulked it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child into it and placed it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile.

A few weeks ago, I delivered a Dvar Torah the memory of the late Stan Lee, who created super hero comic book figures.

In the 1930s, American Jews were forbidden to work in many industries. If you were a Jewish writer, you were not able to make a decent living in the big publishing houses or in the advertising world. But, the new and burgeoning comic book industry was wide open to talented Jews.

Writers and illustrators, such as Joe Simon, Jacob Kirtzbard, Stanley Lieber, Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster, who struggled daily to make a living, found their way into the world of the “illustrated novel”- Comics.

Many scholars have suggested that Jewish writers and artists created their superheroes with Jewish characteristics.

For example, “Superman” by Siegel and Schuster was a non- human “superhero” with a very personal Jewish story.

Like Moses, who was put in a basket and placed on the edge of the Nile between the reeds in order to save his life and who grew up to redeem the people of Israel, a small boy named Kal-El (the voice of God) from the fictional planet Krypton, was sent to Earth by his parents. There he grew up and dedicated himself to fighting evil, pursuing justice, and repairing the world.

In 1940, before the US entered World War II, Superman fought the Nazis, and in 1941, months before the United States became an active participant in World War II, Stanley Lieber and Jacob Kirzberg (Stan Lee and Jack Kirby) published a comic book in which Captain America punched Hitler and knocked him off his feet.

The Comic Book Industry, which was in Jewish hands, supported the US involvement in the war and maintained that America must fight the Nazi enemy and that it is forbidden to stand idly by.

The early Comic book authors illustrators were Jewish educators who aspired to educate, to engage in Jewish values, i.e. the mitzvah of “do not stand idly by”, to pursue justice, to respect and accept others, to take responsibility for the wellbeing of others and to support equality- rights that the Jews weren’t always afforded.


Song of the Week

Shmot 4:1- But Moses spoke up and said, “What if they do not believe me and do not listen to me, but say: The LORD did not appear to you?”

When You Believe – The Prince Of Egypt

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