Shabbat Parashat Chayei Sarah 5779

Friday, November 2nd
7:00 am: Shacharit
5:25 pm: Mincha
5:27 pm: Candlelighting

Shabbat, November 3rd
9:00 am: Shacharit
Followed by a D'var Torah by Rabbi Hyman titled “Reflections on Pittsburgh"
4:20 pm: Rabbi Hyman's afternoon class titled "Notes on Pirkei Avot”
5:20 pm: Mincha
6:38 pm: Havdalah

At 2:00 am, "Fall back" - change clocks back one hour - end of Daylight Savings Time


Shul Announcements

Kiddush is sponsored by Steven and Guita Wilf, in memory of their fathers Morris Epstein and Morris Wilf

Don't forget to change clocks in the early hours of Sunday morning as we "fall back" to standard time.

  • Due to the clock change, we will no longer be holding Mincha and Maariv services Mondays through Thursdays (with the exception of this coming Tuesday, see below), as it is difficult to get a minyan when many members are still at work. Sunday Mincha and Maariv minyanim at our shul will still be meeting.

  • We will have a minyan for Mincha and Maariv on Tuesday, November 6 at 4:30 pm, so a visitor of Rabbi & Tova Hyman can say kaddish. Please make every effort to attend.

Message from the Rabbi

Dear Friends,

We all share the sorrow and horror following the events last Shabbat at the Etz Chaim Synagogue in Pittsburgh. To that end, we have renewed our discussions regarding safety and security in our own synagogue.

Starting immediately, the back door to the sanctuary will remain locked on Shabbat.  There will be a sign on the door explaining that all access to the building must be through the front door. We hope to have members positioned in the lobby so that they can be available to assist those who may need help with the stairs.  Because the back door opens directly into the sanctuary we cannot allow people to knock for access, and the current structure does not allow us to see who is knocking, so we would not open the door.

We will continue our discussions and participation in community programs designed to assist us.  Any members interested in assisting with this endeavor are welcome – please contact Chair Barbara Zalesch or President Michael Wiener. We are asking volunteers to monitor the front door (this can be done from the lobby); a schedule can be made up so that no one need be on call for too long a time.  Please respond if you can be available to help. House Chair Elliott Croll has compiled a list of security and building improvements that have been implemented over the past two or three years, as well as a list of things that are still necessary.  This list will be circulated in the near future.

Thank you for your understanding, patience and cooperation.

Rabbi Fred Hyman

Shul Events

Tuesday, November 20th, 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