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September 11th, 2015 ~ September 18th, 2015

27 Elul, 5775 ~ 5 Tishrei, 5776

Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation

Kehilat Shir Ami

21 Old Westbury Road

Old Westbury, New York 11568

Telephone: (516) 333-7977

Fax: (516) 333-6473


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Torah thoughts from Rabbi Stanger

Getting Real with the Rabbi – New Year, New Choices

I went shopping for a new car recently –one more schehechaynu moment for the New Year. And there are so many choices –different models of the same make of car, with different trims and options.  And then different modes of purchase –do I finance or lease? Do I buy it certified pre-owned, or last year’s model or a brand new 2016 model? Should I consider getting a hybrid? Choices can be a wonderful thing but they can also be a bit overwhelming.  Sometimes having too many choices is not always a good thing, and in this age of instant information that can be accessed right from the internet it can be almost overwhelming!to continue, go to the link

OWHC Upcoming High Holy Days:


Look for the High Holiday packet in your mail. The office will be open Friday, Sept 11th from 9am until 1pm.


The second day of Rosh Hashanah and Kol Nidre is open to the community, free of charge.  Pre-registration with the Synagogue Office is required.  Please contact Barbara or Yifat.



Sunday, September 13th ~ Erev Rosh Hashanah

Light Candles at 6:49pm

6:30pm –Service in the Small Chapel


Monday, September 14th ~ First Day Rosh Hashanah

9:00am – Shacharit

10:15am – Torah Service

10:45am- Shofar Service

11:00am – Sermon

11:30am – Musaf

4:15pm – Mincha  

4:45pm – Tashlich & Maariv

Light Candles 7:45pm


Tuesday, September 15th ~ Second Day Rosh Hashanah

9:00am – Shacharit

10:00am – Torah Service

10:30am – Shofar Service

11:00am – Sermon

11:45am – Musaf

7:45pm – Holiday Ends


Saturday, September 19th ~ Shabbat Shuva (Sabbath of Repentance)

9:00am – Service

Shabbat ends at 7:38pm

Weekly parasha: Vayelech


Tuesday, September 22nd ~ Erev Yom Yippur –Kol Nidre

Light Candles at 6:34pm

6:20pm – Mincha (promptly)

6:30pm – Kol Nidre Service

(6:30pm-8:30pm Babysitting)

Wednesday, September 23rd ~ Yom Kippur Day

9:00am – Shacharit

10:15am – Torah Service

11:30am – Sermon

12:00pm – Musaf

12:00pm – Family Service

1:30pm – Yizkor

2:30pm – Recess

4:00-5:00pm - Todd Richman ~ Israel Today

4:15pm – Young Family Service

5:00pm – Mincha

6:00-6:30pm – Personal prayers at the Ark

6:30pm – Neila, Havdalah and Sounding of Shofar

7:31pm – Fast Ends


Monday, September 14th & Tuesday, September 15th~ First & Second Day, Rosh Hashanah

10:00am – 1:00pm ~ Babysitting ~ Ages 3 months – 2 ½ years

10:0am – 10:30am ~ Service ~ Ages 2 ½ - 5 years

10:30am -12:30pm ~ Playground ~ Ages 2 ½ - 5 years

10:00am - 11:00am ~ Family Service ~ Grades 1-5

11:00am – 12:30pm ~ Kids’ Lounge ~ Grades 1-5

10:00am -11:30am ~ Kids’ Lounge ~ Grades 6-7

11:30am – 12:30pm ~ “Conversations with Jonathan”, Led by Jonathan Marks

11:00am – 12:00pm ~ Grades 8-12


Tuesday, September 22nd ~ Erev Yom Yippur –Kol Nidre

6:30pm –8:30pm ~ Babysitting ~ Ages 3 months – 2 ½ years


Wednesday, September 23rd ~ Yom Kippur Day

10:00am – 2:30pm ~ Babysitting ~ Ages 3 months – 2 ½ years

10:0am – 10:30am ~ Service ~ Ages 2 ½ - 5 years

10:30am -1:30pm ~ Playground ~ Ages 2 ½ - 5 years

4:15pm ~ Young Family Service

6:30pm ~ Neilah

High Holy Days ~ Volunteers Needed!

Teens (9-12th graders) & Adults.  Remember the High Holy Days come early this year.  Rosh Hashanah is Monday, Sept. 14 and Tuesday, Sept 15.  Yom Kippur is Wednesday, Sept. 23.  If you are interested in volunteering and would like to help, please contact Mindy Kremer, Director of Youth Education and Family Engagement at 333-5949


If you are interested in being an Usher for the High Holy Days, please contact Tom Czik, Hertzl Moezinia or

Gil Vilkas through the Synagogue Office.



Pledges for the Kol Nidre Appeal can be made on line, on our site.  Pledge Now!

NEW “Family Builder” Membership Incentive

Annual dues of $720 until oldest child enters 2nd grade

Perfect for families with young children!

Includes High Holy Day tickets.

Welcome New OWHC Members


 Charles & Jami Rick

Jonathan & Deborah Simpson

Shahzad & Betty Mossanen

Jonathan & Julia Gold


Mitchell & Samara Slade


Jewry Dates this week ~ Last Names Beginning with & Day of Month:

Ho to Ja (Sept 11, Friday), Je to Kas (Sept 12Saturday), Kat to Ke (Sept 13,Sunday),

 Kh to Ko (Sept 14Monday), Kr to Le (Sept 15Tuesday),

Li to Lu (Sept 16Wednesday), Ma to Mi (Sept 17Thursday) & Mo to No (Sept 18,Friday)




[Mondays led by Nathan Yadegari  / Tuesdays led by Don Sadowsky / Wednesdays led by Bunie Veeder /Thursdays led Robert Garfinkel  /   Fridays led by Roger Fisher]

Shabbat Services ~ 9:00am

Weekday Morning Minyan ~ 7:15 am (except Wednesday which is at 8:00am)

Friday Morning Minyan ~ (insights into weekly parasha following services)

Sunday Morning Minyan ~ 9:00 am (Weekly discussion group following services)

This week…

Friday, September 11th ~ Friday Night Services at 6:30pm 

Friday, September 11th ~ BBYO Shabbat Program at 7:00pm 

Saturday, September 12th ~ Shabbat Services at 9:00am

Saturday, September 12th ~ Bar Mitzvah of Max Moadel

Saturday, September 12th ~ Junior Congregation at 10:00am


Saturday, September 12th ~ Torah for Tots & Mini Minyan at 10:30am

Sunday, September 13th ~ Erev Rosh Hashanah Services at 6:30 pm

Monday, September 14th ~ First Day of Rosh Hashanah Services at 9:00am

Tuesday, September 15th ~ Second Day of Rosh Hashanah Services at 9:00am


Shabbat Candle Lighting: Friday, September 11th at 6:53pm

Shabbat ends ~ Saturday, September 12th at 7:50pm


Weekly Parshah:  Nitzavim


Kiddush luncheon following Services

OWHC Upcoming Bar & Bat Mitzvahs and Simchas…

Bar Mitzvah of Max Moadel, son of Dr. Kenneth & Adina Moadel

OWHC Upcoming Events:

Rosh Hashanah Services

Sunday, September 13th; Monday, September 14th & Tuesday, September 15th

(see above: High Holy Day Schedule)



Monday, September 14th at 4:45pm

This year we will be observing Tashlikh, the ceremonial throwing of bread crumbs into a body of water, on the first day of Rosh HaShanah, at the Old Westbury Gardens. We will meet inside the garden, at the ticket booth (there will be no fee for parking or entrance) at 4:45pm sharp on Monday September 14th.  Please, of course come with your own bread! I know it has been a stressful summer for many, there has been loss in our community, and the news around us seems chaotic and perhaps overwhelming, but as a community it is important that we come together, pray together, forgive one another together and start the year together. May 5776 be a much, much better year for us all, ourselves, our family, and the world around us.


Sunday Morning Discussion Group

Sunday, September 20 ~ 10:00am -11:00am

Sunday Morning class will resume on September 20th.  For information contact Richard Navon at


Kol Nidre & Yom Kippur Day Services

Tuesday, September 22nd & Wednesday, September 23rd

(see above: High Holy Day Schedule)


Lulav & Etrog

Have your own Lulav & Etrog for Sukkot.  Sets of Lulav & Etrog cost $54 each.  Place your orders by Friday, September 25th. 


Sukkot Services

Monday, September 28th & Tuesday, September 29th ~ 9:00am Service


Rabbi’s Sukkah New Member & Trustees Reception

Sunday, October 4th ~ 2:30pm

Please join us for a New Member & Board of Trustees Reception in the Rabbi’s Sukkah, hosted by Rabbi Michael and Sandi Stanger. Light refreshments and dessert will be served. 


Shemini Atzeret

Monday, October 5th ~ 9:00am Service


Erev Simchat Torah  

Monday, October 5th ~ 6:30pm Service

Celebrate the end & beginning of the Torah.  Dance around the sanctuary, wave flags, sing! We will unroll a Torah around the sanctuary. For children and adults


Simchat Torah – Brides & Grooms of the Torah

Tuesday, October 9th ~ 9:00am Service

Join us as we honor Brides & Grooms of the Torah: Renee Mordfin, Donald Sadowsky and Sam Schildcrout.  Hilda Bakhchi honored as Mishpaha Honoree. Kiddush Luncheon will be following services.  Please RSVP for the Kiddush.


Casino Night

Thursday, October 29th ~ 9:00am Service

Join us for Casino Night. Elaborate dinner buffet and games.  Come share the fun with your OWHC community. Invites to follow.  


Sisterhood Annual Membership Dinner ~ Save the Date!

Tuesday, November 10th

Honoring Dana Katz (Invitations will be out soon)


OWHC is looking for members that are interested in joining any committees such as membership, education, fund raising, gala, computer technology, cultural.  Please contact Allan Bloom or Rachel Sands at




September is right around the corner and our schools are growing!  The first day of school at the Early Childhood Learning Center is Tuesday, September 8th and Religious school begins on Wednesday, September 9th.  Don’t be left in the cold!  Register ASAP to grab one of our remaining spots!  Questions?  Contact Mindy Kremer, Director of Youth Education and Family Engagement

at 333-5949 or


Torah for Tots (2-4yr olds) and Mini Minyan (Kindergarten & 1st graders)

Saturdays at 10:30am – approx. 11:30 am

Next dates ~ September 12th, October 7th, January 9th, March 5th and May 7th


Jr. Congregation (2nd Graders – 6th Graders)

Saturdays at 10:00am – approx. 11:30 am

Next dates ~ September 12th, September 19th, October 3rd,  October 17th, November 7th, November 21st, December 5tg, December 19th, January 9th, January 23rd, February 6th, February 27th, March 5th, March 19th, April 2nd, April 16th, May 7th and May 21st


BBYO (B’nai Brith Youth Organization) ~ Shabbat Program

Friday, September 11th ~ 7:00pm

The Nassau Suffolk Region of BBYO is having its first event of the fall.  Shabbat services begin are 7:00pm – 7:45pm, followed by a Shabbat Dinner.  Meet Jewish teens from all over Long Island.

OWHC Social Action Projects:

Supplies for Success

OWHC Supports UJA Federation of New York’s Connections 14th Annual Supplies for Success. Please donate new school supplies that we will deliver to disadvantaged children on Long Island.  Donations can be dropped off in the shopping cart outside the main office throughout the summer.



Join the OWHC Mitzvah Committee! - Please join our Mitzvah Committee for many special and meaningful mitzvah opportunities (support for Israel, clothing drives, cleanups, food recovery, supporting homebound seniors in our community, etc.) during the year.  Please contact



From Our Table to Yours - donations of leftover simcha or shiva food to local shelters. Please see OWHC website for information


If you have any questions please contact Susan Berman, Mitzvah Program Coordinator,


Mazel Tov on the Bar Mitzvah of Dr. Kenneth & Adina Moadel’s son, Max Moadel

Condolences to Dr. Alan Katz, on the loss of his wife, Joyce Katz

Condolences to Sue Lippe, on the loss of her father, Jacob Kaplan

Condolences to Philip Barnett, on the loss of his mother, Laura Barnett


*Please share your “Good and Welfare” with the congregation.  Call or email the office at 333-7977 x10 or



Order your OWHC donation cards online.  Save time, save a phone call & go to the website.   Donate now! 

YAHRZEITS for the week:

Saturday, September 12th

Sydney Berke, beloved step-grandfather of Kelli Turner

Jacob Hertz Burak, beloved father of Yeine Mohebban

Leo Gellens, beloved father of Evelyn Abeshouse

Beatrice Mandelbaum, beloved mother of Dr. Joseph Mandelbaum

Anne Ross, beloved aunt of Dr. Richard Navon


Sunday, September 13th

Hilda Feingold, beloved mother of Brian Feingold

Erna Freudenthal, beloved grandmother of Elise Kitaeff

Max Freudenthal, beloved grandfather of Elise Kitaeff

Mervin J. Pelton, beloved father of David Pelton


Monday, September 14th

Joe Gewirtz, beloved father of Howard Gewirtz

Evelyn Levy, beloved grandmother of Evan Elkowitz

Lola Wagner, beloved mother of Leo Wagner


Tuesday, September 15th

Isabel Tolkin, beloved grandmother of Jeffrey Tolkin


Wednesday, September 16th

Lois Roberts, beloved mother of Susan Greenspan

Henrietta Hortense Spiegler, beloved mother of Janice Pullin


Thursday, September 17th

Dr. Irving Spatz, beloved first husband of Jeanette Kornbluh


Friday, September 18th

Sameul Katz, beloved father of Dr. Michael Katz

Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation Mission Statement

Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation is a vibrant, egalitarian congregation within the Conservative Movement.  We are devoted to making Judaism meaningful and accessible to all within our community. We endeavor to inspire all members, of all ages, to explore their involvement with Judaism, God, Israel and Jewish learning. OWHC seeks to create a feeling of warmth, belonging and caring and to strengthen the connection we feel with one another in our community.

Rabbi Michael Stanger ~

Cantor Yosef Karavani ~

Presidents, Allan S. Bloom & Rachel Sands ~

Exec Vice President, Sandra L. Weingarten ~

Chairman of the Board, Steven A. Yadegari ~

Director of Youth Education and Family Engagement, Mindy Kremer ~

Synagogue Administrator, Barbara Badome ~

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