The Rabbi`s Study
SHABBAT ACROSS AMERICA
On Friday, March 7, 2014, our synagogue will join thousands of others across the nation for Shabbat Across America. Beginning at 6:00 pm, our Sisterhood will host a kosher dinner in the social hall and services in the sanctuary with Rabbi Maza. The price is $20 per person, and all checks should be made payable to the Sisterhood of Congregation Ahavath Israel. Payment is due February 27, and to reserve your spot, please call Gladys Goldsmith at (718) 356-3079. Walk-ins will not be accepted.
Please join renowned psychic consultant and synagogue trustee Jim Weiss for an evening of psychic readings and book signings, in the social hall, on Saturday, March 8, 2014. The readings will be done by appointment only, and all appointments must be made through Carol Weiss by calling (718) 356-9539. The cost is $20 per person for a ten-minute reading, and all proceeds will benefit the synagogue.
Rabbi Maza will join us on March 7-8 for Shabbat Across America and Parashat Va-Yikra (Leviticus), on Sunday, March 16 for our Purim service, and also on April 25-26, for our Yom HaShoah Observance and Parashat Kedoshim (“you shall be holy”).
Please join us for our Purim Service, replete with Megillah Reading, Graggers, Children’s Costume Parade and Hamantaschen, on Sunday, March 16, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. Rabbi Maza, assisted by services leader Joel Russo, will read the Megillat Esther (“the Scroll of Esther”) and Matthew Hindin will read his summaries of its chapters.
YOM HASHOAH, HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE ON FRIDAY, APRL 25TH
Yom HaShoah is our day of remembrance for the six million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust between 1933 and 1945. The word “holocaust” means “burnt offering” and many Jews prefer the Hebrew word Shoah, which connotes catastrophe, calamity, disaster and destruction. Yom HaShoah occurs on 27 Nisan, to coincide with the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising, and this year corresponds to April 27. Please join master of ceremonies Mark Schwartz, Shoah survivor Benjamin Wayne and Congregation Ahavath Israel for our Yom HaShoah observance on Friday, April 25, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
BOROUGH-WIDE HOLOCAUST PROGRAM ON SUNDAY, APRIL 27TH
On Sunday, April 27, 2014, our synagogue will join the other synagogues of Staten Island for a borough-wide Holocaust program featuring survivors and speakers at Temple Emanu-El, located at 984 Post Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10302. Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the program begins promptly at 6:30 pm.
BAR / BAT MITZVAH LESSONS
Bar and Bat Mitzvah lessons are now being taught by our services leader, Joel Russo. Please contact the synagogue at (718) 356-8740 for more information.