Services for December 2017 and January 2018

Please make plans to join us for services and events in December and January!



FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 AT 6:30 P.M. – RABBI RON
The idea of Shabbat is a further example of the Jewish attitude towards always starting anew and sanctifying every day of our lives.  The influence of Shabbat is meant to last the entire week and infuse its holiness and spirit into the otherwise mundane days of the work week.  Join us for this inspirational service.  There will be Oneg Shabbat following the service.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 at 9:45 A.M. – RABBI RON
Regular Shabbat services follow the special yoga and meditation service from 9 – 9:45a.m.

Torah Reading

Vayishlach

Genesis 32:4−36:43

In this Torah portion, God tells Jacob to return home. Worried that his brother Esau will kill him, Jacob divides his clan into two camps, so at least some will survive in case of a fight. Jacob sleeps alone in the desert and is awoken by an angel who wrestles him through the night. Jacob survives and is blessed by the angel and renamed Israel. Jacob meets his brother and, surprisingly, they embrace. Dinah, Jacob’s daughter, is raped by Shekhem, who then proposes to Jacob that he marry her. Shimeon and Levi brutally murder Shekhem and his clan. Rachel has another child, whom she and Jacob name Benjamin.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 AT 6:30 P.M. – RABBI RON
Immediately Following Services | Lotsa Latkes and "Jewpardy"
Enjoy a luscious latke dinner after lively Friday night services and then compete as part of team in "Jewpardy" – the popular audience participation game hosted by Rabbi Ron. Test your knowledge of Jewish facts, fables and trivia.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 at 9:30 A.M. – RABBI RON
Torah Reading
Mikeitz
Genesis 41:1−44:17
In this Torah portion, Pharaoh has two troubling dreams, and at the suggestion of his baker, who remembers Joseph from prison, Pharaoh brings Joseph to interpret them. Pharaoh is so impressed by Joseph that he makes him his adviser. There is a famine, and Jacob sends his sons, minus Benjamin, to Egypt to buy food. The brothers do not recognize Joseph when they meet him, and Joseph tests them by accusing them of being spies. Joseph arrests Simeon and demands the brothers bring Benjamin to Egypt to prove they are not spies. When Benjamin arrives, Joseph puts a goblet in Benjamin’s bag and accuses him of stealing it.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16:  Light Up the Night:  A Hanukkah Happening
6 – 7:30 p.m. at City Centre on 421 Washington Street Mall in Cape May
Join Rabbi Ron, Leora and the Beth Judah community for an uplifting Hanukkah celebration including the lighting of the hanukkiah, fellowship, song and, of course, traditional holiday snacks, including sufganyot.  In case of inclement weather, this event will be canceled.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 5 at 6:30 P.M. – RABBI RON
The idea of Shabbat is a further example of the Jewish attitude towards always starting anew and sanctifying every day of our lives.  The influence of Shabbat is meant to last the entire week and infuse its holiness and spirit into the otherwise mundane days of the work week.  Join us for this inspirational service.  There will be Oneg Shabbat following the service.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 6 at 9:30 A.M. – RABBI RON
Torah Reading
Sh'mot
Exodus 1:1−6:1
The new Pharaoh does not remember Joseph, and makes the Israelites his slaves. Pharaoh then demands that all Israelite baby boys be killed at birth. Moses’ mother puts her son in a basket in the river, and he is saved by Pharaoh’s daughter. As an adult, Moses kills an Egyptian taskmaster who was beating an Israelite slave. Moses flees to Midian and marries Zipporah. God appears before Moses in a burning bush and tells him to free the Israelites from slavery. An apprehensive Moses returns to Egypt, where he and his brother Aaron demand that Pharaoh free the Israelite slaves. Pharaoh refuses, and God promises to punish him.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 6 at 6 P.M.
Peace and Unity Gathering with Havdalah

Shabbat is a further example of the Jewish attitude towards always starting anew and sanctifying every day of our lives. Celebrate Shabbat us.