Shabbat Parashat Vayera 5779

Friday, October 26th
7:00 am: Shacharit
5:35 pm: Mincha
5:36 pm: Candlelighting

Shabbat, October 27th
9:00 am: Shacharit
Followed by a D'var Torah by Rabbi Hyman titled “Remembering Rachel Imenu on her Yahrzeit"
4:35 pm: Rabbi Hyman's afternoon class titled "DNA and Jewishness”
5:35 pm: Mincha
6:47 pm: Havdalah


Shul Announcements

Kiddush is sponsored by Marilyn Katz in honor of the 10th yahrzeit of her beloved husband Jay Katz z"l on 19 Cheshvan (Oct 28).

Note from the Gala Co-Chairs

The Annual Westville Shul Gala Raffle offers fun and beautiful prizes - please see the attached flyer and remember to bring either check, cash or credit card to purchase tickets at the Gala. If you are not able to attend the gala and would like to buy tickets (which we will gladly place for you to the items of your choice) please contact - prior to the Gala.
Special thanks to shul members who have created gift baskets or secured items.


Betsy & Glenn Schulman 
Westville Shul Gala Co-Chairs

Shul Events

Wednesday, October 31, 7:30 pm
Westville University
Yair Assulin, Israeli author & media commentator
Reflections on the Nationality Law and Israeli Society Today

Tuesday, November 6th, 7:30 pm
Rabbi Zalman Alpert
Bi-weekly Talmud Class in Tractate Brachot

Wednesday, November 7, 7:30 pm
Westville University presents The Dr. Mark Schwartz Tribute Lecture
Prof. Steven Wilf, University of Connecticut School of Law
Seven Objects from the Impermanent Collection

Saturday, November 10, 7:30 pm
Westville University Film Night

Sunday November 4th, Westville Synagogue Fall Gala

Community Events

Sunday, November 4, 10:00 am
Pirkei Avot Lev Shalem
. At BEKI, 85 Harrison St. Mark your calendars for this Special Presentation of the newly published book Pirkei Avot Lev Shalem, translated and edited by Rabbi Martin Cohen. The presentation will be followed by a dynamic Rabbinic Panel Discussion with Rabbi Fred Hyman, Rabbi Rona Shapiro, and Rabbi Jon-Jay Tilsen. The discussion will analyze the wisdom of the Sages with historical and contemporary rabbinic insights. Order the book at discount by September 4 (more info coming!) Read ahead and study to ask the best questions at the event. Enjoy the exciting discussion with a delicious brunch (Free!)

Sunday, November 4, 1:00- 4:00 pm
Wrapunzel West Hartford
The world famous tichel (headscarf) stars are coming! At Hebrew High School of New England, 300 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117
This is a women only event, open to ALL women who love headwrapping or want to learn more! Learn to tie tichels in new ways ~ Watch tichel tying demos ~ Hear Wrapunzel founder Andrea Grinberg speak ~ Purchase gorgeous new tichels. Light refreshments will be served. For more information please contact Molly Katancik Fried at See the flyer at

SAVE THE DATE: A Taste of Honey 2018 Saturday, November 17 | 7 - 10 PM | JCC of Greater New Haven Join the Greater New Haven Jewish Community for its annual Evening of Jewish Learning. Scholars, Rabbis, and community leaders will come together for enriching and inspiring explorations of the spiritual, political, social, historical, intellectual, and more.

This Year's Educators:

  • Rabbi Justin David (Congregation B'nai Israel, Northampton)

  • Rabbi Mendy Hecht (Orchard Street Shul)

  • Rabbi Brian Immerman (Congregation Mishkan Israel)

  • Sydney Perry (Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven)

  • Dr. Melanie Waynik (Ezra Academy)

  • Chanie Wilhelm (Chabad of Milford-HCW)

  • Rochel Baila Yaffe (Chabad of the Shoreline)

  • Cantor Malachi Kanfer (Congregation B'nai Jacob)

  • Dr. Barry Zaret (Yale University)

  • Rabbi Michael Farbman and Julian Resnick (Temple Emanuel)

  • Amir Cahaner, Amani Masalha Zoabi, Alaya Carmi; Ravid Pitaro, Facilitator (SNEC Emissaries, Afula-Gilboa Delegation)

  • Schneur Wilhelm (Chabad of Milford-HCW)

  • Michelle Goldstein (Congregation Mishkan Israel)

  • Jodi Harris (Temple Beth David)

Sunday, December 16th, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Join us for creativity and camaraderie!  The Rimmonim (New Haven) Chapter of the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needleworkpresents a Kumihimo Workshop by Sue Honeyman in the Library/Beit Midrash at BEKI.  Kumihimo is a braiding technique that is used in the making of long decorative strands. These cords are used in a variety of decorative ways, including jewelry and clothing accents.  Ancient samurai warriors used to decorate their armor and sometimes hold it together using kumihimo cords.  For those who are interested in joining the Rimmonim chapter of the guild, annual dues for Pomegranate membership are a modest $36. To RSVP for the workshop, please contact Sue Honeyman at or leave a message at 203-397-9233.

Oren Kanner