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Simchas Torah Thursday Night!

Join us for our night of celebration and dancing with the Torah on Thursday Night -- including a special kids program with food, flags, and more!


Exciting Children's Simchat Torah!

This Thursday Night (October 12th) join Chabad for the most joyous celebration of the year- Simchat Torah!

6 pm- Unforgettable and joyful children's program with flags,snack crafts, games and dancing with the Torah!

7 pm- Dinner and Hakafot

Free for all.

We can't wait to celebrate with you and your family!

... And Shemni Atzeret Starts Wednesday Night

What Is Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah?

An overview of the traditions and customs of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah


Much More Information Here!


More Activities:

  • 1 AM Tuesday Night / Wed morning -- Tehillim at the Shul
  • Wednesday -- Hoshana Rabba -- services at 7:00 am
  • Thursday -- Yizkor approximately 11:30 (during shacharis for Shemini Atzeres)
Message from the Rabbi

Abe was on the verge of drifting off into a sweet nap when he was jolted awake by an old Yiddishe bubbeh groaning from the back of the bus, "Oy, am I thirsty! Oy, am I thirsty!"

The moaning continued, so Abe stood up, brought the woman a bottle of water, and headed back to his seat to relax. The bus was quiet again and Abe was starting to nod off when suddenly he heard, "Oy, was I thirsty… Oy, was I thirsty…"

While kvetching may be an integral part of the Jewish psychological condition (and the subject of countless Jewish jokes!), there is certainly much more to being Jewish than just kvetching. There is a time and place for the “oy,” but it is vital not to forget the “joy.” Both are expressed during this holiday-dense month: the oy on Yom Kippur and the joy on Sukkot and Simchat Torah.

So why is it that synagogues often pack in more people for the oy portion than the joy portion? What is it about the morbid parts of our religion that attract the masses? Judaism was never intended to be a morbid religion! It should be a pleasant experience with a balance of serious and joyful moments.

By failing to expose ourselves and our families to the joyful parts of Judaism, we run the risk of misrepresenting our religion, which can lead to devastating consequences when people begin to associate Judaism with gloom and severity.

But we can change this easily enough. All we need to do is make an effort to engage with the festive, joyful aspects of our Judaism. Let's resolve to attend synagogue this year on Simchat Torah—the happiest holiday on the Jewish calendar—with our children and our families, where we will dance and sing and celebrate in a way that will make it clear to all that Judaism is a religion of passion and joy.

Wishing you and your family a happy Simchat Torah, and we look forward to seeing you on the dance floor in shul, dancing like never before!

Service Times This Weekend  

If You Are Cooking for This Shabbos . . .  

Ordinarily, we are not allowed to prepare on Yom Tov for a meal that is after the Yom Tov.  So, then, how do we cook for our Friday night dinner when a holiday immediately precedes it (as it does this year)?

When a Yom Tov runs directly into Shabbat, an eruv tavshilin is set aside before the holiday (i.e., on Wednesday before sundown). This allows us to prepare on the holiday for the Shabbat that follows.  In other words, it allows us to cook on Thursday or Friday for a Friday night (or Shabbos day) meal

Instructions for making an Eruv Tavshilin

2nd Annual Big Challah Bake! Thursday, Oct 26  

#RISETOGETHER with a diverse group of Jewish women and girls of all ages & stages from Northern Virginia, who will join people from across the globe to knead, braid and make challah.

Thursday, Oct 26th, 7pm
Location: Gesher Jewish Day School
(4800 Mattie Moore Ct. Fairfax)
General Admission: $18
Student Admission (10yrs. & up): $10
Tribute: $36 (honor a special woman in your life who will be featured prominently on display and in our program)

THE EVENING INCLUDES: all baking supplies, light refreshments, apron and a take home gift.

Space is limited—register early! At:

More information: or 

Special Note From Raizel:

This event requires a lot of preparation.  Many hands make light work!  Perhaps you have already signed up, won't be in town for the event, or yet to register-  We hope you will consider lending a hand to prepare for this exciting event. Volunteer dates include Sunday October 15, Monday October 23, and Thursday October 26.

Please use this link to see details and sign up to volunteer:

Many thanks and can't wait to bake and rise with you!

Raizel Deitsch

Puerto Rico Needs Our Help  


The following is what appears on the Chabad of Puero Rico Website (please see


Most of the island has NO Water! NO Food! NO Communications! NO Electricity!

People are desperate for basic needs and with NO access to funds (the banking system is off the grid) or employment lawlessness and looting are now rampant.

Emergency funding is desperately needed for:

  • FOOD
  • FUEL

Chabad is rallying to the support of those in need. Our Center is damaged but continues to function as a place of refuge providing, meals, functional restrooms/showers, electronics charging station and hospitality.


Chabad of Puerto Rico is a 501(c)3 organization conducting relief efforts from our permanent center located at 18 Calle Rosa Carolina, PR 00979.

Chabad Maria Relief has also partnered with to provide critical, humanitarian aid to those in the most challenged areas. is a 501(c)3 community service organization in PR which has been servicing over thirteen of San Juan’s most challenged communities, running summer camps and after school and holiday programs for 7-17 year old.


We are actively working on procuring more supplies to support the residents in the hardest hit areas of the Island.

Service Times This Week  

Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Fairfax, VA [Based on Zip Code 22031]:
Holiday Begins:
Wednesday, Oct 11
6:18 pm
Second Day Holiday:
Thursday, Oct 12
7:14 pm
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Oct 13
6:15 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Oct 14
7:11 pm
Torah Portion: Bereishit
This week's kiddush is sponsored by Howard Kaufer, for the yahrtzeits of his parents

Consider marking an occasion!  Go online here, or call the office!

What's Happening?
Upcoming Events
Preschool Family Sukkah Program
Oct. 11, 2017 - 9:30 am
Kiddush Sponsor: Kaufer
Oct. 14, 2017
Parents' Yahrzeit
Preschool Rosh Chodesh Celebration
Oct. 20, 2017 - 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Celebrate the new month and children who have Hebrew birthdays in the month of Cheshvan at our Preschool Shabbat sing.
2d Annual NoVa Challah Bake
Oct. 26, 2017 - 7:00 pm
Northern Virginia’s 2nd Annual Great Big Challah Bake is here!

We invite you to join us in this truly unique and spectacular evening of unity and community.

Last year’s event brought together more than 150 women from many diverse groups around the Northern Virginia area to enjoy the aroma, taste, fun and spirituality of making challah. You don't need ANY prior experience! This year’s event will be even larger and more exciting.

More Info »
Family Muscial Shabbat
Oct. 27, 2017 - 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Bring in Shabbat with Music, led by Rabbis Adler and Tonti. Music followed by a light dinner.
More Info »
Kiddush Sponsor: Isaacsons and friends
Oct. 28, 2017
This sponsorship is brought by The Isaacson's and friends.

In Gratitude to Hashem and in Honor of Rabbi, Col. Dr. Lenefsky's 30 years of Military Service.

JLI: Great Debates in Jewish History
Oct. 30, 2017 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Debate is not only encouraged within Judaism but resides at the very heart of our history and theology. Great Debates in Jewish History explores six fundamental conflicts that pitted the greatest Jewish minds against each other—six instances of divergent perspectives, including several that are still debated today.
More Info »
Kiddush Sponsor: Deichman
Nov. 4, 2017
Yossi Deichman's Bar Mitzvah
JLI: Great Debates in Jewish History
Nov. 6, 2017 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Debate is not only encouraged within Judaism but resides at the very heart of our history and theology. Great Debates in Jewish History explores six fundamental conflicts that pitted the greatest Jewish minds against each other—six instances of divergent perspectives, including several that are still debated today.
More Info »
Daily Thought
Explosive Joy

Joy is an overflowing, an explosion.

Something enters a person’s life for which he could never be prepared, and his previously tidy self erupts in song, dance and joy.

Approach the divine with a calculated mind, and there is no window for joy. Embrace the infinite beyond mind, and let joy surprise you.

Daily Quote
Behold, I have set before you life and goodness, and death and evil; in that I command you this day to love G‑d, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments... Life and death I have set before you, blessing and curse. And you shall choose life.
Quick Links
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Stuff You Want to Know
What to Expect at Simchat Torah Services
Sure there are the Torahs and prayers, but there is also dancing, singing, capering, and snacking in the synagogue.
The Sukkah and My Son: The Sky’s the Limit
It’s a balancing act of holding on and letting go. A balancing act of loving your child so much that you encircle him with love and affection, and that you love him so much you make yourself flexible and let go.
The Four Keys to Happiness
In this 90 second video, Choni Milecki and Benny Friedman present the four G’s how to be happy on the holiday of Sukkot
The Overachiever Who Lost It All
The story of Cain and Abel gives us incredible insight into human nature and a fatal flaw that many of us share called “overachievement.” Cain is the classic overachiever. He tries to reach for the best, but ends up with the worst.
Chabad-Lubavitch News from Around the World
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North America
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North America
Las Vegas Rabbi Helps Nevada Governor With Prayer
The Jewish Calendar
  Sunday Tishrei 18 | October 8
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1810)
Laws and CustomsChol Hamoed
Laws and CustomsEat in Sukkah
Laws and CustomsThe "Four Kinds"
Laws and Customs"Water Drawing" Celebrations
  Monday Tishrei 19 | October 9
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of Vilna Gaon (1797)
  Tuesday Tishrei 20 | October 10
  Wednesday Tishrei 21 | October 11
Hoshana Rabbah
Laws and CustomsHoshana Rabbah
Laws and CustomsNight Learning
Laws and CustomsWillow and Hoshaanot
Laws and CustomsFestive Meal
Laws and CustomsEruv Tavshilin
  Thursday Tishrei 22 | October 12
Shemini Atzeret
Today in Jewish HistoryLubavitcher Rebbe Suffers Heart Attack (1977)
Laws and CustomsHakafot
Laws and CustomsRain Prayer
Laws and CustomsYizkor
Laws and CustomsLast Day In Sukkah
Laws and CustomsYizkor
  Friday Tishrei 23 | October 13
Simchat Torah
Laws and CustomsCompleting, beginning, and rejoicing with the Torah ("Hakafot")
Laws and CustomsTorah Reading
  Shabbat Tishrei 24 | October 14
Laws and CustomsShabbat Bereishit
Laws and CustomsBless New Month
  Sunday Tishrei 25 | October 15
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of R. Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev (1809)
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of Chatam Sofer (1839)
Laws and CustomsNo Tachnun
  Monday Tishrei 26 | October 16
  Tuesday Tishrei 27 | October 17
Full Calendar View...
The Parshah In A Nutshell

Parshat Bereishit

The Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret Torah readings are from Leviticus 22-23, Numbers 29, and Deuteronomy 14-16. These readings detail the laws of the moadim or " appointed times" on the Jewish calendar for festive celebration of our bond with G‑d; including the mitzvot of dwelling in the sukkah (branch-covered hut) and taking the " Four Kinds" on the festival of Sukkot; the offerings brought in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem on Sukkot, and the obligation to journey to the Holy Temple to "to see and be seen before the face of G‑d" on the three annual pilgrimage festivals -- Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot.

On Simchat Torah ("Rejoicing of the Torah") we conclude, and begin anew, the annual Torah-reading cycle. First we read the Torah section of Vezot Haberachah, which recounts the blessings that Moses gave to each of the twelve tribes of Israel before his death. Echoing Jacob's blessings to his twelve sons five generations earlier, Moses assigns and empowers each tribe with its individual role within the community of Israel.

Vezot Haberachah then relates how Moses ascended Mount Nebo from whose summit he saw the Promised Land. "And Moses the servant of G‑d died there in the Land of Moab by the mouth of G‑d... and no man knows his burial place to this day." The Torah concludes by attesting that "There arose not a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom G‑d knew face to face... and in all the mighty hand and the great awesome things which Moses did before the eyes of all Israel."

Immediately after concluding the Torah, we begin it anew by reading the first chapter of Genesis (the beginning of next Shabbat's Torah reading) describing G‑d's creation of the world in six days and His ceasing work on the seventh--which He sanctified and blessed as a day of rest.