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Month: March 2013

HJC News – Shabbos Chol Hamoed Pesach

Mazel Tov to Peter and Paula Baum on the birth of a grandson, born to Sender and Rina Radcliffe. The Shalom Zachar will be held tonight at the Baum home, 2358 Milton Rd, after 9:30pm.

Condolences to Sandra Claude on the passing of her father. Shiva information is as follows:

Where:At the Cohen residence
28434 Tavistock Trail
Southfield, MI 48034
(248) 356-8889

When: Due to Yom Tov, the family will observe Shiva beginning Tuesday evening 4/2/2013 and continue through Monday morning 4/8/2013.

Minyanim:Beginning 4/3/2013
7:00 AM Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Monday

8:30 AM Sunday

7:45 PM Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
The next Hot topics breakfast will take place on Sunday, April 14th sponsored by Chuck and Sandra Zeitler in memory of Sandra’s father Moshe Ben Beryl Dov and for Michoel Ben Shmuel as an Aliyas Neshama.

Below are the times again for the coming week,

Good Shabbos and Good Yom Tov
Rabbi Davidovich
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Friday, March 29 (Chol Hamoed Pesach)
Candle-Lighting 7:30 PM

Mincha-Maariv 7:30 PM

Saturday, March 30 (Shabbos Chol Hamoed Pesach)
Shacharis 9:00 AM
(No Shalosh seudos in Shul)
Mincha-Shiur-Maariv 7:25 PM
Shabbos Ends 8:39 PM
Regular Havdala

Sunday, March 31 (Chol Hamoed Pesach)
Shacharis 8:00 AM
Candle-Lighting 7:32 PM
Mincha-Maariv 7:30 PM

Monday, April 1 (Seventh Day of Pesach)
Shacharis 9:00 AM
Mincha-Shiur-Maariv 7:30 PM
Candle-Lighting from an existing flame after 8:41 PM

Tuesday, April 2 (Last Day of Pesach)
Shacharis 9:00 AM
Yizkor 10:30 AM
Mincha 7:15 PM
followed by Neilas Hachag. Please bring unopened boxes of food to eat and share
Yom Tov ends 8:43 PM.
No spices or candle at Havdala
Please wait till 10:00 PM before eating any Chometz that was sold.

Wednesday-Thursday, April 3-4
Shacharis 6:45 AM
Mincha-Maariv 7:40 PM

Friday, April 5
Shacharis 6:45 AM
Candle-Lighting from 6:36 PM to 7:38 PM
Mincha 7:25 PM

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Condolences

Our condolences to Sandra Claude on the passing of her father Dr Seth Cohen.
The funeral will take place tomorrow, Thursday March 28, at the Chesed Shel Emes in Detroit.
Shiva Observance will begin at the conclusion of Pesach next Tuesday night in Detroit.
We will provide more information as it becomes available.

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HJC News Parshas Tzav / Shabbos Hagadol

Shalosh Seudos is sponsored by Aaron Wolf and Anne Calabrese in memory of Peggy Wolf, Marvin Wolf and Samuel Wolf.

The Shabbos Hagadol meals by reservation only will be taking place downstairs Social Hall on Friday evening after Maariv and Shabbos morning after Davening. There will be no Drasha on Shabbos morning this week. So those arriving for the meal only should plan their arrival time accordingly.

If you have not already done so, please make sure to clean out your shtenders, cubbies and any other areas you use before Sunday evening.

Aish Hatorah has a number of Pre-Pesach activities. Details can be found here: http://www.localjewishnews.com/2013/03/20/take-a-break-from-pesach-cleaning-2/

Aish Hatorah is also offering a babysitting service for children aged 6 and under, for this Sunday between 9am and 1pm, $20 per child for the entire time. Contact Channah Appel at cappel or 789-6302 for more information and to make arrangements.

www.localjewishnews.com has announcements posted for many pre-Pesach and Chol Hamoed activities. Please make sure to check their website for constantly updated information.

Good Shabbos
Rabbi Davidovich

Friday, March 22
Candle Lighting 7:22 PM
Mincha 7:15 PM

Saturday, March 23 (Tzav)
Parsha Shiur will not meet this Shabbos
Shacharis 9:00 AM
Shabbos Hagadol Drasha 6:30 PM
Mincha 7:15 PM
Shabbos ends 8:32 PM

Sunday, March 24
Shacharis 8:00 AM
Mincha-Maariv 7:30 PM
Bedikas Chometz 8:28 PM

The Pesach Schedule will go out by Sunday.

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HJC News – Parshas Tzav / Shabbos Hagadol

Shalosh Seudos is sponsored by Aaron Wolf and Anne Calabrese in memory of Peggy Wolf, Marvin Wolf and Samuel Wolf.

The Shabbos Hagadol meals by reservation only will be taking place downstairs Social Hall on Friday evening after Maariv and Shabbos morning after Davening. There will be no Drasha on Shabbos morning this week. So those arriving for the meal only should plan their arrival time accordingly.

If you have not already done so, please make sure to clean out your shtenders, cubbies and any other areas you use before Sunday evening.

Aish Hatorah has a number of Pre-Pesach activities. Details can be found here: http://www.localjewishnews.com/2013/03/20/take-a-break-from-pesach-cleaning-2/

Aish Hatorah is also offering a babysitting service for children aged 6 and under, for this Sunday between 9am and 1pm, $20 per child for the entire time. Contact Channah Appel at cappel or 789-6302 for more information and to make arrangements.

www.localjewishnews.com has announcements posted for many pre-Pesach and Chol Hamoed activities. Please make sure to check their website for constantly updated information.

Good Shabbos
Rabbi Davidovich

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HJC Annual Book Sale

We look forward to welcoming you to one of our largest fundraisers of the year, next week on Sunday April 21 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.

As in previous years, most books, including a wide selection of seforim, childrens, fiction and non-fiction secular books will be priced at $2.00 or less!

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Of Shul, Faith & Lollipops: Childhood Memories of Rabbi Schur

By: AKIVA MALES

After phoning my parents in Cleveland recently, I found myself awash in a sea of memories.

They told me that they had earlier listened to a number of speakers share memories of the late Rabbi Doniel Schur on the occasion of his first yahrtzeit. I, in turn, began to sort through my own childhood memories of growing up in Rabbi Schur’s shul, the Heights Jewish Center.

As a child walking to shul on a cold Cleveland winter Shabbos, I found it quite reassuring to know there would always be a lollipop waiting for me while I warmed up. Each Shabbos, I would ascend the podium to shake Rabbi Schur’s hand and wish him “Good Shabbos,” whereupon he would hand me a lollipop. Generally, the rabbi would give each child just one lollipop, but one Shabbos I came up with a clever way to receive more.

As I shook his hand one Shabbos HaGadol (the Sabbath preceding Passover), I told him that while I noticed there was a hechsher (kosher certification) on his bag of lollipops, there was nothing to indicate they were kosher for Passover. I let him know I would be more than happy to help him dispose of his chometz (leaven). Toward that end, I said, I would be willing to take his lollipops off his hands. Rabbi Schur had a very healthy sense of humor, and he gladly gave me a handful of lollipops together with a warm smile and laugh.

Rabbi Schur was comfortable sharing his emotions with others. I have vivid memories of him dancing exuberantly on Simchas Torah, the softness of his beard and mustache on my young cheek when he would embrace me in a warm hug, as well as the sincere tears that he would shed in sharing his congregants’ pain.

The memories of one particular Yom Kippur at Heights Jewish Center will remain with me forever.
It is the early 1980’s. The shofar (ram’s horn) has just sounded, signaling the conclusion of the Yom Kippur services. Immediately, Rabbi Schur begins to clap and lead the congregation in a spirited dance around the bimah (stage) while we all join him in singing “L’Shana HaBa’ah B’Yerushalayim” (“Next Year in Jerusalem”).

Not everyone is dancing, and this does not escape the rabbi’s notice. Some older men are too weak to dance after a full day of praying and fasting, but they are not the focus of the rabbi’s tear filled gaze. It is a young man named Ben, who has been losing his fight with leukemia, toward whom the rabbi is now energetically dancing. Ben and Rabbi Schur hold hands while the entire congregation continues its emotional song. All eyes in the shul are on them, and not one of them is dry.

Unfortunately, that was Ben’s last Yom Kippur.

“Next Year in Jerusalem!” That tune is also faithfully sung by Jews the world over toward the end of their Pesach seder each year, and that brings me to the final childhood memory. When I was about 7, our family was all packed up and eager to drive our station wagon up to Montreal, Quebec. My brothers and I eagerly anticipated spending Pesach with my ailing maternal grandfather and the rest of our Canadian relatives.

Two days before the holiday, a major blizzard blanketed the region and forced us to cancel our travel plans. While I was devastated, my parents’ feelings were much more practical. They had not planned on spending the holiday in Cleveland, and they had no Pesach staples. To make matters worse, this unexpected blizzard forced many other Clevelanders to stay home, and the local stores no longer had sufficient Passover supplies.

Naturally, my father phoned Rabbi Schur to tell him of our family’s predicament. Immediately, the rabbi and his wife invited our family to join their family’s seder for the first night of Pesach (family friends graciously invited us over for the second).

Each year as Pesach approaches, memories of the Schur family’s hospitality as well as their warm and welcoming seder enter my mind. Despite the fact that Rabbi Schur is no longer with us, this year is no different.

On behalf of the many children whose lives he enhanced, I thank Rabbi Schur for enabling us to have such warm childhood memories of shul and for doing all that he could to ensure that coming to shul would be a sweet experience. We are all truly appreciative.


Rabbi Akiva Males grew up in University Heights. He is currently a Jewish day-school educator in Long Island, N.Y.  This was written for the Cleveland Jewish News, April 2007.

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This week’s schedule

Friday, March 8
Candle Lighting 6:07 PM
Mincha 6:10 PM

Saturday, March 9 (Vayak’hel-Pekudei/ Hachodesh)
Parsha Shiur not meeting this week
Shacharis 9:00 AM
Navi Shiur not meeting this week
Mincha 6:00 PM
Shabbos ends 7:16 PM

Sunday, March 10
Shacharis 8:00 AM
Chumash-Rashi 8:45 AM
Mincha-Maariv 7:15 PM
Mishnayos 8:00 PM

Monday through Thursday, March 11-14
Gemara Shiur 6:15 AM
Shacharis 6:45 AM (except Tuesday Rosh Chodesh 6:30 AM, Brochos on Tallis-Tefillin after Yishtabach.)
Chumash-Rashi 7:35 AM

Mincha-Maariv 7:15 PM
Mishnayos 8:00 PM (Except Monday, Pesach Shiur at 8:00 PM)

Friday, March 15

Gemara Shiur 6:15 AM
Shacharis 6:45 AM
Chumash-Rashi 7:35 AM
Candle Lighting 7:15 PM
Mincha 7:15 PM

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