Shabbat Parshat Tazria 5779

Friday, April 5th
7:00 am: Shacharit
6:15 pm: Mincha
7:03 pm: Candlelighting
7:15 pm: Dinner in shul (for those who signed up)
8:15 pm: Talk by scholar-in-residence Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum:, followed by dessert

Shabbat, April 6th
9:00 am: Shacharit
The title of Rabbi Hyman's drasha is "Preparing (Your Language) for Pesach"
5:55 pm: Guest speaker Dr. Hannah Hashkes who will speak on “Women Teaching Halacha”
6:55 pm: Mincha
8:04 pm: Havdalah


Shul Announcements

  1. Kiddush is sponsored by the shul.

  2. Welcome to our new chair and board members and thank you to our outgoing chair and board members. A special thank you to Barbara Zalesch who has gone far above and beyond and given so much of herself the last few years to the shul. The shul could not have continued running without her. Thanks as well to outgoing board member Elchanan Baine, as well as those who are continuing on the board. Welcome to our new board chair Elliott Croll. Welcome to new board members Hannah Sokal-Holmes and Harvey Cohen.

  3. Nava Benichoov and Rebecca Koenigsberg have started a Westville Shul WhatsApp group so we can collaborate on ideas and keep each other informed of shul events and interests. Anyone who would like to join should a) set up a WhatsApp account (if you don't already have one) and b) Send Nava (203-508-2433) or Rebecca (203-671-0432) your cell phone number and they will add you. Thanks to Nava and Rebecca for this initiative!

  4. This weekend marks our 4th annual Elm City Kallah community scholar-in-residence weekend featuring Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum.

    Friday night at Westville Shul:
    6:15 pm: Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat
    7:15 pm: Dinner (for those who have signed up)
    8:15 pm: Rabbi Elad-Appelbaum's talk "Rebels of Hope: The Language of Spiritual Activism" (open to all, irrespective of dinner attendance, and dessert for all will follow)
    (There will be an armed guard for security at the shul that evening)

    Shabbat day at BEKI:
    Kiddush lunch
    1:00 pm: Rabbi Elad-Appelbaum's talk "A new light from Zion: A Vision of Zion and Zionism for Our Time"

    Sunday morning at B'nai Jacob:
    9:30 am: Breakfast
    10:00 am: Rabbi Elad-Appelbaum's talk "Pirkei Avot: An Ancient Spiritual Guide for the Journey of Life"

    Please note that Mincha on Friday night will be at 6:15 pm, rather than the usual 6:45, to accommodate the dinner and lecture schedule that evening.

  5. Pesach is coming!
    Please fulfill the important mitzvah of Maot Chitim by donating to the shul's Passover Fund to help those in need. Please see Rabbi Hyman's letter (attached to the email version of this WINE or at the back of the shul) for more information. Funds must be received by April 10. The Sale of Chametz form is attached to this WINE or is available at the back of the shul. Rabbi Hyman must receive your completed form by April 15. Rabbi Hyman will be available for in-person Chametz sale arrangements this Sunday following Shacharit at 8:30 am and following Ma'ariv at 7:30 pm.

Shul Events

Tuesdays, 7:30 pm
Rabbi Zalman Alpert
Bi-weekly Talmud Class in Tractate Brachot

Wednesday, April 10, 7:30 pm
Westville University presents a talk by Dr. Nadav Shifman Berman, Yale University
Judaism and Pragmatism: The Broken Connection

Wednesday, May 1, 7:30 pm
Westville University presents a talk by Rabbi Alex Ozar, OU-JLI at Slifka
When Does Lying Make You a Liar?

Tuesday, May 14, 7:30 pm
Westville University presents a talk by Rabbi Fred Hyman, Westville Synagogue
Talmudic Views on Messianism

Wednesday, May 29, 7:30 pm
Westville University presents
The Annual Irving & Shirley Kroopnick Memorial Lecture
Rabbi Ethan Tucker, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Hadar
Pluralism, Integrity and Community
Followed by a dessert reception prepared by Rebecca Koenigsberg

Community Events

Sunday, April 7, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
New Haven Jewish Federation, Jewish Foundation, and the JCC present the 3rd Annual Mitzvah Day, with various events throughout the day. Please see for details.

BEKI Art Gallery presents Sandra Valabregue "Circles in the Tree", to be displayed April 1 - June 1.
Thursday, April 11, 7:00 - 9:00 pm: Reception and presentation by the artist
Shabbat, May 18, 12:45 pm (after kiddush): Conversation with the artist

Sunday, May 5, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Yom HaShoah community observance
Our community takes its responsibility to the collective memory of the Holocaust seriously. In keeping with the annual observance of Yom HaShoah, we will gather at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, 2018 at Tower One/Tower East, 18 Tower Lane. Contact Jeanette Yurman for more info: (203) 387-2424 or

Tuesday, May 7, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Yom HaZikaron observance at the JCC
On Israeli Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism, we honor and remember their lives for the safety and security of the Jewish homeland in Israel. This event is free and open to the community. For more info, contact Amalya Brownstein at 203-640-4532 or

Oren Kanner