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Eli B. Perlman, Rabbi/Hazzan Maurice Mahler, President Larry Cohen, 1st President
“This is definitely not a congregation like any other. It is a family… a very special family!”
– Rabbi Eli B. Perlman –
Congregation Beit Shalom is a unique Conservative Congregation that is comprised of approximately 750 members. The difference between this and other congregations is that we are truly a family. We get together to pray, to learn, to laugh, to sing, to schmooze, and to eat. We study and watch movies together. We learn Torah and we share experiences in our lives. More importantly, when someone is in need, we help each other in ways that continue to inspire everyone.
HIGH HOLY DAY NEWS
Due to COVID-19, we will be offering virtual High Holy Day Services this year. For only $75, non-members will have access to all Services.
Members who have submitted an email address will receive a voucher code for a $25 discount. These Voucher Codes are unique and can only be used once.
PROTECT YOUR PASSWORDS
Passwords will be given when you pay for the package online, so please make sure you keep your password. Only one email/password combination can be logged in at the same time. If you give your credentials to someone else and they are logged in, you will be blocked from entering until they log off. It is not a good practice to share credentials anyway, so be very careful to keep your credentials to yourself.
Every Shabbat and Yom Tov morning Service will be virtual until the end of COVID-19 Pandemic. This button connects to a YouTube view only Service. To participate on Zoom, send a request to email@example.com
There are only two roads to travel in life – one filled with blessings; the other with curses. Only we can choose the way. No one else chooses for us, not even G-d. This message is to be brought as a lesson to all Yisrael in a ceremony upon Mountains Gerizim and Eval once the People enter possess the land of Canaan.
Worship is a civilized, organized, communal affair in ancient Yisrael. Private altars were prohibited, and the Kohanim administered all ritual. The reason for this is clear. In an unsettled time, strong central leadership is paramount. Without it, a nation would sink into chaos, and religion would degrade into aberration, heresy, and heathenism. We are again warned not to emulate the local tribesmen since they will only bring us to utter ruination. To show that the entrance into Canaan is imminent and that victory and success are assured, Moshe gives us G-d’s laws of the tithes, Shabbat, charity, and the rituals of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals – Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot.
Why do we read a Haftorah? The reading of a Haftorah dates back to the Second Jewish Commonwealth, during the era of the Greek empire. Our enemies recognized the centrality of the Torah to us and banned its reading. In response, specific sections of the Prophets were substituted that captured the teaching of the weekly Sidra. Although the reading of Torah has long since been restored, the Haftorah remains an integral part of Shabbat and Yom Tov experience to enhance our Torah learning.
Announce the month of Elul which begins on Wednesday evening, August 19 – Friday evening, August 21. During the month of Elul, the Shofar (Ram’s horn) is sounded each weekday morning at the conclusion of the Shacharit prayers. Traditionally, this is meant to stir our hearts toward Teshuvah (repentance). Psalm 27 (“By David. G-d is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? G-d is my life’s strength, whom shall I dread?”) is also added to the Shacharit and Maariv services (even on Shabbat) and is recited through the Festival of Sukkot. It presents Almighty G-d as our true source of salvation and is an affirmation of G-d’s eternal love for us all.
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