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Winter Camp registration is open! At Camp Gan Israel boys and girls, in grades K -8, can have their winter break transformed into a fun and exciting Jewish camp experience. Daily options available!

Our activities include exciting field trips, crafts, games and much more....

Dates: Monday, December 18 through Friday, December 29 
Times: 9:00AM - 3:30PM 
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Message from the Rabbi
 

As 80-year-old Benny lies on his deathbed, the aroma of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies wafts up the stairs. He gathers his remaining strength, lifts himself from his bed, and slowly inches his way along the wall towards the door. With great effort he makes his way downstairs, holding tightly to the rail, propelled by thoughts of his favorite cookie.

Finally, breathing hard, he leans against the kitchen door frame and stares inside. "I’m already in heaven," he thinks, as there, spread out before, are hundreds of his favorite chocolate chip cookies.

"Am I really in heaven?" he asks himself, "Or is it an act of devotion from my darling Rebecca to ensure that I exit from this world a happy man?"

He reaches out a shaky hand, all senses focused on the wondrous taste he will soon experience...

Without warning, Rebecca smacks his hand with her wooden spoon. "Don't touch them!" she says, "They're for the shiva!"


This week's Torah portion is named "Chayei Sarah" - "The Life of Sarah" - in honor our matriarch Sarah, and yet it does not actually discuss her life, just her death.

Death is, in fact, an extension of life: the manner in which we choose to live our lives will determine the legacy we leave here in this world after our passing.

Our sages say that a righteous person is even more “alive” posthumously than they were while alive. What does this mean? How is it possible?

Clearly, they were not referring to the soul which returns to heaven, or the body which returns to the earth. What they were referring to is the influence and legacy which remains behind, on earth, with the living. This influence becomes magnified and far greater than it was previously.

Sarah, a truly righteous prophetess and matriarch, left a legacy of faith, generosity, and unwavering commitment to her husband, Abraham and to her son, Isaac. She has become an inspiration to women of every subsequent generation. Long after her passing, it was still clearly "Chayei Sarah" – "the life of Sarah."

Let's learn from Sarah and internalize the message of this week’s portion to create a living legacy for future generations.

 
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Join us as we explore the Torah Portion through the lense of Jewish Mysticism and learning practical and meaningful life lessons.

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Torah Portion: Chayei Sarah
 
 
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Weekly Parsha Discussion
Nov. 9, 2017 - 8:00 pm
Join us for an insightful torah discussion relating the parsha of the week to our daily lives-- led by Rabbi Deitsch
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Nov. 11, 2017
This Kiddush is sponsored by Veterans of Chabad and Family and Friends of the Veterans
JLI: Great Debates in Jewish History
Nov. 13, 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.
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Nov. 18, 2017
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Nov. 18, 2017 - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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JLI: Great Debates in Jewish History
Nov. 20, 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.
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Nov. 25, 2017
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JLI: Great Debates in Jewish History
Nov. 27, 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.
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Join us in the shul library as we exokire the Torah Portion through the lense of Jewish Mysticism and learning practical and meaningful life lessons. Led by Rebbitzen Raizel Deitsch
JLI: Great Debates in Jewish History
Dec. 4, 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.
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Torah and Tea
Dec. 7, 2017 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Join us in the shul library as we exokire the Torah Portion through the lense of Jewish Mysticism and learning practical and meaningful life lessons. Led by Rebbitzen Raizel Deitsch
 
 
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The Giving Relationship

In a home, in a relationship, in any situation where people work together, each side has to give.

What you give is not so important. How you give is.

You have to want to give.

From a letter, 5732 (1972), printed in Ohr ha-Bayit, p. 37. See also Hitkashrut no. 70.
 
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Life is dependent on the air around us, and the quality of life is dependent on the quality of air. In an atmosphere of Torah and mitzvot there is healthy life. The first general step in healing is to purify the atmosphere, and is effected through the letters of Torah. When speaking words of Torah while in the store or walking in the street or riding the subway, one purifies the air...
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The Parshah In A Nutshell

Parshat Chayei Sarah

Sarah dies at age 127 and is buried in the Machpelah Cave in Hebron, which Abraham purchases from Ephron the Hittite for four hundred shekels of silver.

Abraham’s servant Eliezer is sent, laden with gifts, to Charan, to find a wife for Isaac. At the village well, Eliezer asks G‑d for a sign: when the maidens come to the well, he will ask for some water to drink; the woman who will offer to give his camels to drink as well shall be the one destined for his master’s son.

Rebecca, the daughter of Abraham’s nephew Bethuel, appears at the well and passes the “test.” Eliezer is invited to their home, where he repeats the story of the day’s events. Rebecca returns with Eliezer to the land of Canaan, where they encounter Isaac praying in the field. Isaac marries Rebecca, loves her, and is comforted over the loss of his mother.

Abraham takes a new wife, Keturah ( Hagar), and fathers six additional sons, but Isaac is designated as his only heir. Abraham dies at age 175 and is buried beside Sarah by his two eldest sons, Isaac and Ishmael.

 
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