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Parashat Va’era
28 Tevet 5780
January 24-25, 2020
A BIG thank you to Farrel Klein and Will Krieger for shoveling this week!!
Refuah Shleimah
  • Hanna Abramowitz (Chana Lee bat Shoshana Leah) 
Shabbat Schedule

Friday Night 
4:32 pm - Candle Lighting
4:45 pm - Mincha
4:45 pm - Women's Kabbalat Shabbat downstairs, Standard Kabbalat Shabbat upstairs

9:00 am - Shacharit
10:30 am - 11:30 am - Special Tefillat Yeladim with Shelicha Or Cohen
11:15 am - Immediately following prayer services, scholar-in-residence Elad Caplan will speak on the topic of "Who's a Jew in the 21st Century?: Chief Rabbis investigation, DNA tests, and more!"
12:00 pm - Kiddush
4:20 pm - Mincha
4:50 pm - Shalosh Seudos with Elad Caplan: "State and Religion in Israel: What's Going on in Politics and Why it Matters to the Jewish People"
5:36 pm - Ma'ariv/Havdala/Shabbat Ends

Shabbat Weather

Friday Night 41°

Saturday Day 37° overcast

Saturday Night 42° and rainy

Weekday Tefillah
Shacharit - 8:00 am
Birthdays: Eve Stieglitz, Orli Mintz, Eli Nahme, Eitan Pessin
Anniversaries: Elly and Elliot Leyman 
Yahrzeits: Jacob Osterman, Anna Decktar, Eric Zeltzer, Rochel Freda Stieglitz

Tuesday Night Talmud -  8pm, Masechet Gittin - Perek Tikun Olam

Back to Basics- Back to the Basics is a course for those who want to study Jewish fundamentals in a relevant, empowering, and sophisticated way.  This is a great way to re-examine old assumptions or fill in knowledge gaps.  Register by emailing the office at
Schedule is as follows:
January 29 , February 5 , February 19, March 4th, March 18th,  April 1st, April 29th, May 13th, June 3rd, June 17th Classes are at 8pm. See flier below for additional details.
Mix and Match Shabbat-Thankfully, we've been blessed with a quickly growing community over the last few years, welcoming dozens of new members.  As some mainstays of the community have moved away and others have moved in, we're left with a community where folks simply haven't had many opportunities to form deep relationships.  We believe that the benefits of a religious community have never been more important and we've also heard from diverse groups within our CBS community that they don't know others well or even at all.  

In response, we're inviting you to participate in Mix & Match Shabbat, a chance to share a Shabbat meal with people you might not otherwise dine with.  We'll be gathering for Shabbat lunch in people's homes after davening on Saturday, February 8th.  Folks are encouraged to sign up either to host or be hosted.  Please answer the quick questionnaire below to help us organize this event.  The deadline for signup is Friday, January 24th.  Please participate and encourage your friends to do so as well!  

*All hosts must keep normatively Kosher and prepare food according to the laws of Shabbat.  If you have questions about the laws of Kashrut or Shabbat, the Rabbi will be happy to answer them and guide you.
The Tikkun Middot Project is an innovative, national program to promote character development through mindfulness and tikkun middot (character improvement) practice. Participants are expected to attend four (4) once-a-month meetings of the entire mussar va’ad (participants can also attend virtually through Zoom if they can’t attend in person, and we’ll record each session in case someone can’t make it)

Spring Schedule

Monday, January 27th - 7:30 - 8:45 pm (Shtikah & Shmirat Halashon/Silence & Mindful Speech)

February 10th - 7:30 - 8:45 pm (Bitachon/Trust in God)

Monday, March 23rd - 7:30 - 8:45 pm (Emunah/Trustworthiness)

Monday, April 20th - 7:30 - 8:45 pm ( - Seder/Order)
Lunch and Learn with the Mystics: Join Rabbi Dolinger for a text-based study of the Zohar, the great Jewish work of mysticism, poetry, and imagination.  Open to anyone!  Cost for lunch is $15 per class.

Location:  Congregation Beth Sholom, 275 Camp Street, Providence, RI 02906 (please use the middle side entrance on Camp Street)
Time:  11:30 am to 12:45 pm

Dates: 1/27, 2/10, 2/24, 3/9 (no lunch served on this date, it's a fast day), 3/23, 4/27, 5/11, 6/1, 6/15
Saturday Night Live with Chasidic Masters:
Study Chassidic teachings with acclaimed teacher Rabbi Eliahu Klein at his home (179 Elmgrove Avenue) every other Saturday night at 7:30 pm. Open to everyone! Does not meet this week; meets next week. 
Youth Prayer/תפילת ילדים:  We're starting up youth prayer services again, aiming to engage our youth with meaningful and educational prayer experiences. We'll have infant services (approx. ages 0-5) in the kids' room - all children of this age must be accompanied by a parent or chaperone.  Older kids will meet in the chapel.  We're seeking parent adult volunteers to help run the services on a rotational basis.

Sponsorships of innovative new youth siddurim are available by clicking here.
Women's Shabbat Mincha: Dates for the remainder of this year will be  January 25, February 22, March 14, April 25, May 16
CBS Schedule Online! You can now see all scheduled events and the Shabbat schedule on our website!

The Providence Mikveh now has a website.

Please check out the new website for making appointments (Ladies Tevilah) as well as other information.

Lighthouse Ledger - Consider subscribing to Lighthouse Ledger, the innovative newsletter of Lighthouse Kosher, today!
(401)j is excited to host Ashley Feinstein Gerstley to lead an interactive workshop based on her book, The 30-Day Money Cleanse. Participants will learn steps they can take right away to take control of their finances, manage their spending, and de-stress their money, improving their financial well-being and confidence.  
Sunday, February 2, 2020
Dwares JCC, 401 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence
$15 (includes book & refreshments)
To register for this event, please click here
Survey of American Orthodox Political Opinions-US politics are of course a hot topic these days and there has been much talk about getting a better sense of our community’s views. I am therefore pleased to inform you of a new survey on the political views of American Orthodox Jews. Shul members (in the USA) are invited to take this brief (5-7 minutes) survey, which can be accessed at This survey is completely anonymous and is open to all persons age 18 or older.
RCA Prenup Campaign: These RCA Rabbis Declare: "I Support the Use of a Halachic Prenup" (

Committees: We are looking to grow our Kiddush Committee and Judy's Kindness Kitchen. If you are interested in joining either committee, please reach out!

We are also looking for more volunteers for children's programming!

Community Events and Announcements
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