Shabbat Parshat VaEtchanan - Shabbat Nachamu 5779

Friday, August 16th
7:00 am: Shacharit
6:45 pm: Mincha
7:31 pm: Candlelighting

Shabbat, August 17th
9:00 am: Shacharit
Rabbi Hyman is away - D'var Torah to be delivered by Eitan Neeman
No afternoon class this week
7:20 pm: Mincha
8:32 pm: Havdalah


Shul Announcements

  • Kiddush is sponsored by the shul.

  • Mazal Tov to Dr. Meir Dashevsky on his recent appointment as Associate Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Yale-New Haven's St. Raphael's Campus

  • The Westville Synagogue Shabbat Family Gathering will be held this Shabbat afternoon (Aug 17) at the home of Sharon & Ron Salem, 40 Mumford Rd, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm

Shul Events

Thursdays, 7:30 pm (note new day of the week for summer)
Rabbi Zalman Alpert
Weekly Talmud Class in Tractate Brachot

Community Events

Monday, August 19, 7:00 pm
Summer Sounds Concert with the IDF Ensemble
The IDF musical ensemble delivers an evening of popular and traditional Israeli songs. Each ensemble is composed of active duty soldiers who are highly talented singers and musicians, gifted with great skill, charisma, and stage presence. Many of the most celebrated Israeli singers and musicians are alumni of these IDF musical ensembles. Enjoy a summer concert and meet IDF Combat soldier Lieutenant Dana and hear her remarkable story of survival. Light refreshments will be served Graciously hosted by Elaine and Gerald Braffman in Woodbridge. Address given upon RSVP. To RSVP, please contact Michael Baccellieri at 646-274-9645 or

Wednesday, August 21, 7:00 pm
Family Drive-in Movie: An American Tail
The JCC of Greater New Haven is excited to present a special Beckerman Film Series family drive-in movie night featuring Don Bluth and Stephen Spielberg's 1986 animated classic, An American Tail, about a family of (ostensibly) Russian Jewish mice, the Mousekewitzes, who immigrate to New York after their home is destroyed by a pogrom of Cossack cats. Admission begins at 7 PM, film starts at sunset (approx. 7:50 PM). Popcorn and beverages will be served, but feel free to bring your own snacks too! Contact: Derek Holodak at or (203) 387-2424 x217

Sunday, August 25. 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Family Fun Day at the J: Lazy Days of Summer
Join your friends and family for one last outdoor picnic at the JCC before the school year begins. Kosher hot dogs and snacks will be provided. Enjoy lawn games, crafts in MakerSpace, and the playground as well as the indoor climbing wall (11:30-1:00) and swimming pool (11:30-1:00). Kosher hot dogs and snacks will be available. Suggested donation of $5 is welcomed! Contact Emily Kurz at 203-387-2424 ext. 306 or

Grill and Chill!
Welcome back the return of our FREE summer music series! The tunes begin at 5 PM and are sure to have you dancing to the beats! Kosher BBQ will be available for purchase. This event is BYOB.
August 29: Jake Kulak Band
Questions? Contact: Derek Holodak at or (203) 387-2424 x217

Tuesday, September 10: New Haven Mayoral Primary

Sunday, September 15, 8:00 am - 11:30 am
Murray Lender 5K Bagel Run
Join us for the Ninth Annual Murray Lender 5K Bagel Run sponsored by Titan Energy. Run our 5K race, walk our 2-Mile Family Fit Walk, or inspire your children to participate in the Kids Fun Run, this event offers a memorable challenge for everyone. Free babysitting services during all races will be offered.
Our USATF Certified Course starts on the JCC Campus and winds up through the JCC Day Campus and into a beautiful residential Woodbridge neighborhood. Groups are encouraged to participate in all three events. Free race event t-shirts are provided to pre-registered participants of both the 5K and Family Fitness Walk. Awards for the top three men and women overall and in each age group will be given.
Enjoy our post-race block party featuring live music, bagels and cream cheese from Katz's Deli, delicious goodies handmade by our own JCC members and staff and special guest Pygmy goats. Free pre-and post-run massages and trainer-assisted stretching will be available.
Don't miss our 11:00 AM PJ Library Storytime in the library. Join local runners, parents, and grandparents! Open to all! The recommended storytime age is 2+.  For questions and to RSVP, please contact Stacey Battat at (203) 387-2424 x317 or
$25 per runner or walker in advance/$30 day of race
Contact Susan Donovan at (203) 387-2522 x265 or 

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