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Yom Kippur Schedule

As a reminder for everyone, I scanned the schedule and posted it here.  Just click on this link. holiday schedule 2012

The schedule shows services tonight for Erev Shabbat Shuvah.  I think it is unlikely that we’ll have a minyan tonight, so you may want to attend at a neighboring shul if you need to say Kaddish.  We’re looking forward to morning services tomorrow at regular time.  And we will have a visitor.  Lois Metlika (aka Libby Ash) is coming in from Florida to visit friends and she will be at shul tomorrow morning.  Libby is part of the Ash/Browarsky family from McDonald. (hope I got that right).

be well, and Good Shabbos/ Good Yontif

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High Holidays 5773


Erev Rosh Hashanah arrives Sunday evening.  Another year is ending.  We will have a short service on Sunday at 7:15 PM.  Our morning services are Monday and Tuesday starting with the preliminary service at 8:30 AM.  Shachris is at 9:00 and the Torah service is at 10:00.  We usually finish at about 1:00 or 1:15.  It depends on how long Larry talks.  Just kidding!!

Birnbaum Machzor

There will be a few changes this year.  First, Rabbi Brotsky will lead Shachris and Mussaf services.  Rabbi Brotsky is the retired cantor/rabbi at New Light in Squirrel Hill.  See the story from earlier this year at Brotsky.  Second, we will be using a different Machzor this year.  For decades we used the Silverman Machzor which you will recall has a black cover and some very flowery old English.  Who can forget this line from the Sh’ma Koleynu, “Without Thee, God, there is no hope, our life an aimless evanescance”. Starting this year we will use the Birnbaum Machzor, thanks to Congregation Poale Zedek, who very generously donated to us 100 copies of the Machzor.  This means we have to learn all new page numbers, but it will be worth it.  A third change will be that Larry, in his new role as President, will be making the announcements and reading most of the English prayers.

In other news, the shul is finally doing something that we should have done a long time ago.  This past week we ordered a chair lift so that those with difficulty getting up and down the steps can ride.  We have a number of congregants who have difficulty navigating the stairs, most recently Al Brunwasser, Milt Zlotnik, and Izzy Horowitz.  And I expect that Burt and Micki will need help soon.  The chair will travel all the way from the social hall up to the sanctuary, with an intermediate stop at the front entrance of the shul.  As you can imagine, it has some complex turns going up the staircase.  All the pieces have to be custom-made.  The installation is estimated for early December.  And as you can imagine, this is expensive.  We are very appreciative of two donors who provided the substantial down-payment.  But we still need to raise the balance. Nuf said?  We’ll be looking for your assistance.

A new year always provides an opportunity to suspend our bad habits and set a more positive course for the future.  Will we have the willpower to do it?  God willing.  May your family be blessed with a good year.

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High Holiday Schedule

We announce the new year 5772 with a blast from the ram’s horn on Thursday, 29 September.  As we begin our 116th year in Carnegie, we look back at the many blessings we have.  With all the turmoil in the world and a bleak economy here at home, our shul continues on.  It is as it should be.  Our lives are a continuous series of changes.  Family members are born; others pass away.  People lose jobs, find new ones, or retire.  Some go to war; most come home safe.  Some move to other cities or states and we hardly hear from them.  Marriages, divorces, accidents, illness— today is different than yesterday, and tomorrow will be different still.  But we always expect that come Rosh Hashanah we can show up at the shul in Carnegie for services and the doors will be open.  We not only believe that some things are unchanging, we NEED for some things to be unchanging.  Especially for those who only come 2 or 3 days a year, there is a certain serenity that comes with returning to a place that seems to have always been here.  But of course, the shul hasn’t always been here.  In 2012 we will celebrate the 75th birthday our current building.  The only person that I know who remembers the old shul on Broadway is Roselle Roth, sister of our beloved Nusi, may he rest in peace.  She recalls attending services as a child in the simple frame building that had a balcony for the women.  That shul was destroyed in a fire in 1934 and our new building was completed 3 years later.  So, for most of us, our current shul building has always been here.  I would like to think that it will continue to be here indefinitely.  That is up to you.

24 September, Saturday, Slichos
11:00 PM

28 September, Wednesday, Erev Rosh Hashanah
7:00 PM, Maariv

29 September, Thursday, First Day of Rosh Hashanah
8:30 AM, Preliminary Service
10:00 AM, Torah Reading
11:15 AM, Mussaf
1:15 PM, Adjournment
6:00 PM, Tashlich
7:00 PM, Maariv

30 September, Friday, Second Day of Rosh Hashanah
Same as first day, except no Tashlich Service

01 October, Saturday, Shabbos Shuvah
9:20 AM Shachris

07 October, Friday, Erev Yom Kippur
6:45 PM, Kol Nidre

08 October, Saturday, Yom Kippur
9:00 AM , Preliminary Service
10:30 AM, Torah Reading
11:45 AM, Yizkor
12:15 PM, Mussaf
3:00 PM, Recess
5:30 PM, Minchah
7:30 PM, Sounding of the Shofar

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Just as Rosh Hashanah arrived very early this year, so too is Chanukah.  The first candle will be lit on Wednesday evening, December 1st.  For those of you who understand the Jewish calendar, you know that our holidays move around because our calendar is based on lunar months.  Lunar months being only 28-29 days in duration, our year is shorter than a solar year.  Without any corrections, our holidays would come earlier and earlier each year.  Eventually, Passover would be in the middle of winter, and then in the Fall.  So, in order to keep the Spring holidays in the Spring and the Autumn holidays in Autumn, the Rabbis devised a system whereby we add a “leap month” every so many years to make a correction.  Having very early holidays is a clue that a correction is coming.  And consequently, this year the month of Adar will be repeated.  This occurs in March and February.  This correction will allow Passover to fall in mid April this year, just about on time.  This, despite the old saying, “Jewish holidays are always early or late, but never on time”!

The South Hills JCC is holding its annual Chanukah party on Monday, Dec 6.  See the attached flyer.

Community Wide Chanukah 2010

And lest we forget that Thanksgiving is a day set aside to thank God for the manifold blessings He has bestowed on us, be reminded that we are having Thanksgiving morning services, 9:00 AM.  I know that some of you will be away visiting families.  Go in good health and come back in good health.  Have a wonderful holiday.

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Giving Thanks

One week from today is Thanksgiving.  America’s unique holiday.  A celebration of what makes us a great nation— the right of all our citizens to practice the religion of their choosing, free of government interference or coercion.  And to honor this we have set aside a day to thank God for bringing us to this place.

So what are you doing on Thanksgiving morning?  Sleeping in?  Going to the grocery store?  I’ve got a suggestion.  Come down to the Carnegie Shul for morning minyan.  It’s a great excuse to get out of the house for a couple hours.  And it provides you the opportunity to say your prayers on this Thanksgiving Day.

Our morning minyan will begin at 9:00 AM.  And we should be done by 10:15.  This will be a regular weekday service, so if you lay tefillin, bring it.  Also, there will be the normal Thursday morning Torah reading.  And finally, a special treat: the reading of President George Washington’s first Thanksgiving Day proclamation.  But even with all that, we will still have a little time for coffee and bagels afterwards.  Tell your friends.  Thanksgiving morning minyan is now an annual observance in Carnegie.  Hope to see you here.

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