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Month: September 2015

HJC News – Succos

Please Note: The shul WILL have babysitting on the first days of Succos and Shabbos Chol Hamoed.

Everyone is welcome to join us in our Succa on Washington Blvd. this Shabbos at 4pm. Please note the changed time.

We look forward to spending Yom-Tov with you.

Good Yom-Tov
Rabbi Davidovich
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Sunday, September 27 (Erev Succos)
Candle lighting 6:58 PM

Mincha-Ma’ariv 7:00 PM
Kiddush in the Succa after 8:06 PM

Monday, September 28 (First Day Succos)
Shacharis 9:00 AM
Mincha 6:55 PM
Maariv 7:59 PM
Candle lighting, from an existing flame 8:04 PM

Tuesday, September 29 (Second Day Succos)
Shacharis 9:00 AM
Mincha 6:55 PM
Yom Tov Ends 8:03 PM

Wednesday-Thursday September 30-October 1 (Chol Hamoed)
Shacharis 6:30 AM
Mincha-Ma’ariv 6:55 PM
Mishnayos Shiur after Maariv

Friday, October 2 (Chol Hamoed)
Shacharis 6:30 AM
Candle Lighting 6:50 PM
Mincha 6:50 PM

Shabbos, October 3 (Shabbos Chol Hamoed)
Shacharis 9:00 AM
Open Succah at Rabbi’s home 14385 Washington 4:00 PM
Mincha 6:35 PM
No Shalosh Seudos at Shul
Shabbos ends 7:56 PM

Sunday, October 4 (Hoshana Rabba)
Shacharis 8:00 AM
Candle lighting 6:45 PM
Mincha-Ma’ariv 6:50 PM

Monday, October 5 (Shemini Atzeres)
Shacharis 9:00 AM
Yizkor, not before 10:25 AM
Mincha 6:35 PM
followed by Rabbi’s Party
Maariv 7:47 PM
Candle lighting, from an existing flame 7:52 PM

Tuesday, October 6 (Simchas Torah)
Shacharis 8:30 AM
Mincha 6:35 PM
Followed by Neilas HaChag
Yom Tov Ends 7:50 PM

Wednesday-Thursday October 7-8
Gemara Shiur 6:15 AM
Shacharis 6:45 AM
Mincha-Ma’ariv 6:45 PM

Friday, October 9
Gemara Shiur 6:15 AM
Shacharis 6:45 AM
Candle Lighting 6:37 PM
Mincha 6:40 PM

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Letter to the Shul

Dear friends,

I don’t usually do this, but events have moved me on this occasion to write to you all.
The Yomim Noraim are called the "High Holidays", and I am on a high after Yom Kippur. And to follow the very next morning with the bris of Moshe Eliezer Mendelson, a child and grandchild of our shul community, was just such a wonderful follow-up, full of the promise that these holy days are all about.

We came into Rosh Hashana with the sad news that Rabbi Simcha Mann would not be joining us and serving as our Shaliach Tzibur. We had to scramble. We then held out some hope that he would join us for Yom Kippur. But that was not to be either. We wish R’ Simcha a year of Refuah and good health. There was a lot of scrambling behind the scenes. But in the end, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur in shul were beautiful. I was so energized after Yom Kippur that I wasn’t even hungry. I want to express my Hakaras Hatov to so many people who helped make this work:

  • Ari Klarfeld, Baal Tefilla for Mussaf on the first day of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, Mincha on both days of Rosh Hashana, and Baal Korei for the first day Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur morning,
  • Mitchell Rose, Baal Korei on the second day of Rosh Hashana,
  • Ari Auerbach, Baal Tefilla for Mincha on Yom Kippur,
  • Aaron Wolf, Baal Tokeia,
  • Jason Claude, for calling the Shofar blasts on the second day of Rosh Hashana
  • Corey Adler, Gabbai; as well as Baal Korei on Yom Kippur afternoon,
  • Phil Setnik, Gabbai; as well as Baal Shacharis on the second day of Rosh Hashana, and leading Pesukei D’Zimra and Yizkor on Yom Kippur
  • Fred Bolotin, Baal Tefilla for Maariv and Pesukei D’Zimra on the second day of Rosh Hashana,
  • Neil Parks, for leading Pesukei D’Zimra on the first day of Rosh Hashana,
  • Esther Abramowitz in the office, for handling the endless ringing of the phones, all the reservations for seating and babysitting, as well as the Yizkor Book,
  • Channa Ireland, for making the babysitting arrangements that allowed many mothers to join us for davening,
  • Rob Altshuler, our Vice-President, who took care and is still taking care of the numerous near-misses and headaches of making sure the building remained standing over the Yomim Tovim,
  • Martin Lipman, our President, who led the successful Aliyos Auction and directed the whole operation, ensuring that it remained steady and standing amidst all the uncertainty.

I am so terrified that I have forgotten someone, despite having read over this list over so many times. Please forgive me for any slip-up.

I also want to thank all of you for your tefillos, and the positive koach you gave to the shul over the past two weeks, and will continue to give throughout this beautiful holy month of Tishrei. Without the energy and support of the Tzibbur, the people providing support, no Shaliach Tzibbur can fulfill their task. And this was felt this year. I am so proud of our shul. I always am, but today more than ever.

This year made me realize how much I took for granted in previous years, both on the Yomim Noraim, as well as in life. For our lives to work, so many distinct items and plans have to come together. This year’s events made me more grateful for all the people who made it all happen all those years, that I didn’t write a letter about!

My plea to the Ribono Shel Olam is that the beautiful tefillos in our shul were fully accepted, and will serve as a Simana Milsa, a powerful and positive omen for all the good things we davened for, for ourselves, our families, our shul, our community and all of Klal Yisrael.

Deena and I wish you all a gut gebentcht yohr, a year filled with blessings and sweetness.
Rabbi Raphael Davidovich

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HJC News – Haazinu through Succos and beyond

Kiddush this Shabbos is sponsored by Boris and Rachel Kagarlitskiy.

Mazel Tov to Adam and Rachel Covitch on the birth of a boy. The Sholom Zochor will be held in Cleveland Heights.

Good Shabbos and Good Yom-Tov
Rabbi Davidovich
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Friday, September 25
Gemara Shiur 6:15 AM
Shacharis 6:45 AM
Candle Lighting 7:02 PM
Mincha 7:05 PM

Shabbos, September 26 (Haazinu)
Parsha Shiur 8:30 AM
Shacharis 9:00 AM
Navi Shiur 6:15 PM
Mincha 6:45 PM
Shabbos ends 8:08 PM

Sunday, September 27 (Erev Succos)
Shacharis 8:00 AM
Candle lighting 6:58 PM
Mincha-Ma’ariv 7:00 PM
Kiddush in the Succa after 8:06 PM

Monday, September 28 (First Day Succos)
Shacharis 9:00 AM
Mincha 6:55 PM
Maariv 7:59 PM
Candle lighting, from an existing flame 8:04 PM

Tuesday, September 29 (Second Day Succos)
Shacharis 9:00 AM
Mincha 6:55 PM
Yom Tov Ends 8:03 PM

Wednesday-Thursday September 30-October 1 (Chol Hamoed)
Shacharis 6:30 AM
Mincha-Ma’ariv 6:55 PM
Mishnayos Shiur after Maariv

Friday, October 2 (Chol Hamoed)
Shacharis 6:30 AM
Candle Lighting 6:50 PM
Mincha 6:50 PM

Shabbos, October 3 (Shabbos Chol Hamoed)
Shacharis 9:00 AM
Open Succah at Rabbi’s home 14385 Washington 3:00 PM
Mincha 6:35 PM
No Shalosh Seudos at Shul
Shabbos ends 7:56 PM

Sunday, October 4 (Hoshana Rabba)
Shacharis 8:00 AM
Candle lighting 6:45 PM
Mincha-Ma’ariv 6:50 PM

Monday, October 5 (Shemini Atzeres)
Shacharis 9:00 AM
Yizkor, not before 10:25 AM
Mincha 6:35 PM
followed by Rabbi’s Party
Maariv 7:47 PM
Candle lighting, from an existing flame 7:52 PM

Tuesday, October 6 (Simchas Torah)
Shacharis 8:30 AM
Mincha 6:35 PM
Followed by Neilas HaChag
Yom Tov Ends 7:50 PM

Wednesday-Thursday October 7-8
Gemara Shiur 6:15 AM
Shacharis 6:45 AM
Mincha-Ma’ariv 6:45 PM

Friday, October 9
Gemara Shiur 6:15 AM
Shacharis 6:45 AM
Candle Lighting 6:37 PM
Mincha 6:40 PM

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HJC News – Vayeilech – Shabbos Shuva

Kiddush this Shabbos is sponsored by Gedaliah and Holly Corbett in honor of the birth of their daughter Zehava Yehudis.

Mazel Tov to Josh and Sora Mendelson on the birth of a baby boy. Mazel Tov to the grandparents Martin and Marla Lipman and Dennis and Stephanie Mendelson. There will be a Sholom Zachor tonight at the Mendelson home, 14400 Washington Blvd.

Refua Sheleima to Lenny Beer.

I have begun to type up some of my Torah thoughts on a website, called "This Shiur is About You". Anyone who is interested in following my daily write-ups should go tohttps://thisshiurisaboutyou.wordpress.com/ , and sign up to receive emails of the newest posts. Email me if you wish to be added to the website’s automatic mailing list.

Yom Kippur is coming! Please call the office to reserve your seats and babysitting, and contact Martin Lipman at Martin.Lipman to put in a bid for an aliyah on Yom Kippur. Children who are not enrolled in babysitting ahead of time will not be able to use the service.

We are looking for a volunteer or a group of volunteers to organize and run the Shul’s Simchas Torah luncheon. We need volunteers or we will be unable to have a Simchas Torah Luncheon this year.

Please contact the office to place your order for Lulav and Esrog.

Good Shabbos and G’mar Chasima Tova
Rabbi Davidovich
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Friday, September 18
Candle Lighting 7:14 PM
Mincha 7:15 PM

Shabbos, September 19 (Vayeilech / Shabbos Shuva)
Parsha class 8:30 AM
Shacharis 9:00 AM
Shabbos Shuva Drasha 6:00 PM
Mincha-Shalosh Seudos 7:00 PM
Shabbos ends 8:20 PM

Sunday, September 20
Selichos-Shacharis 7:25 AM
Mincha-Ma’ariv 7:10 PM

Monday, September 21
Selichos-Shacharis 6:10 AM
Mincha-Ma’ariv 7:10 PM

Tuesday, September 22 (Erev Yom Kippur)
Selichos-Shacharis 6:30 AM
Early Mincha 3:00 PM
Late Mincha 6:45 PM
Candle lighting 7:06 PM
Kol Nidrei 7:10 PM

Wednesday, September 23 (Yom Kippur)
Shacharis 9:00 AM
Yizkor after 11:30 AM
Mincha 5:15 PM
N’eila 6:45 PM
Fast ends 8:13 PM

Thursday, September 24
Gemara Shiur 6:15 AM
Shacharis 6:45 AM
Mincha-Maariv 7:05 PM

Mishnayos Shiur after Maariv

Friday, September 25
Shacharis 6:45 AM
Candle Lighting 7:02 PM
Mincha 7:05 PM

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HJC Yom Kippur Alliyos

Below are the latest bids for Yom Kippur. Bidding will remain open until Monday night at 9:00 pm.

Cohen – $126

Levi – $100

Shlishi – $180

Rivi’i – $125

Chamishi – $200

Shishi – $125

Maftir – $200

Cohen (mincha) – $36

Levi (mincha) – no bid

Maftir Yonah – $180

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HJC News- Nitzavim and Rosh Hashana

We wish Dr. Lawrence and Phylis Pomerantz a peaceful trip to Israel. They will be leaving for six weeks.

Refua Sheleima to Mike Hoffer and Jan Altshuler.

Condolences on the passing of Mollie Fein.

I have begun to type up some of my Torah thoughts on a website, called "This Shiur is About You". Anyone who is interested in following my daily write-ups should go to https://thisshiurisaboutyou.wordpress.com/ , and sign up to receive emails of the newest posts. Email me if you wish to be added to the website’s automatic mailing list.


Rosh Hashana is coming! Please call the office to reserve your seats and babysitting, and contact Martin Lipman at Martin.Lipman to put in a bid for an aliyah for Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur. Children who are not enrolled in babysitting ahead of time will not be able to use the service.

If anyone needs to hear Shofar, or can volunteer to blow the shofar for people who cannot make it to shul on the mornings of Rosh Hashana, please contact Fred Bolotin. fbolotin .

We are looking for a volunteer (or a group of volunteers) to organize and run a Simchas Torah Shul lunch. We need volunteers or we will not be able to have a Simchas Torah Lunch this year.

The Shabbos Project Cleveland will take place October 22nd-24th, 2015. Visit sbaker8100.

The Simcha Kiddush this Shabbos is co-sponsored by:

· Rob and Jan Altshuler in honor of all the good people in the Shul, Gedaliah’s Birthday, Holly and Gedaliah’s Anniversary, Rivkah Esther’s Birthday, Zahava’s Birthday.

· Fred and Katia Bolotin in honor of still being young, just not as young as Leon, Aaron, or especially Anne.

· Jason and Sandra Claude in honor of Jason’s mother Ilene’s Birthday.

· Mark and Edna Edelman in honor of their Shabbat Friend.

· Rachel Gordon in memory of father Chester Gordon’s 3rd Yahrzeit.

· Bob and Debby Jacob in honor of their 34th Wedding Anniversary and Debby’s Birthday.

· Martin and Marla Lipman in honor of Sarah Lipman’s Birthday.

· Neil and Isabel Parks in honor of Isabel’s Birthday.

· Lawrence and Phylis Pomerantz in honor of their 48th Wedding Anniversary.

· Barbara Schlesinger in memory of the Yahrzeit of Tzvi Schlesinger and Menashe Dov Weiser.

· Irwin and Lorna Shulman in honor of Chuck and Sandra Zeitler’s Anniversary.

· Chuck and Sandra Zeitler in honor of Irwin and Lorna’s Anniversary and Jonathan Schultz’s Birthday.

Good Shabbos, and Kesiva VaChasima Tova,
Rabbi Davidovich
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Friday, September 11


Selichos-Shacharis 6:20 AM

Candle lighting 6:25 PM – 7:25 PM

Mincha 7:30 PM

Shabbos, September 12 (Nitzavim)

Parsha Shiur 8:30 AM
Shacharis 9:00 AM
Navi Shiur 6:40 PM
Mincha 7:10 PM
Shabbos ends 8:32 PM

Sunday, September 13 (Erev Rosh Hashana)
Selichos-Shacharis 7:15 AM
Followed by Hataras Nedarim and Prozbul
Candle lighting 7:21 PM
Mincha-Ma’ariv 7:25 PM

Monday, September 14 (First Day Rosh Hashana)
Shacharis 8:00 AM
Hamelech 8:45 AM
Shofar 10:30 AM
Mincha 7:00 PM
(The shul is not having a joint Tashlich this Yom-Tov.)
Maariv 8:23 PM
Candle lighting, from an existing flame 8:28 PM

Tuesday, September 15 (Second Day Rosh Hashana)
Shacharis 8:00 AM
Hamelech 8:45 AM
Shofar 10:25 AM
Mincha 7:00 PM
Yom Tov Ends 8:26 PM

Wednesday September 16 (Tzom Gedaliah)
Fast begins 5:55 AM
Selichos-Shacharis 6:10 AM
Mincha-Ma’ariv 7:00 PM
Fast ends 8:20 PM

Thursday September 17
Selichos-Shacharis 6:10 AM
Mincha-Ma’ariv 7:15 PM
Mishnayos Shiur after Maariv

Friday, September 18
Selichos-Shacharis 6:10 AM
Candle Lighting 7:14 PM
Mincha 7:15 PM

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HJC News – Ki Savo

Mazel Tov to Rafi Setnik, and Phil and Kim Setnik, on Rafi’s Bar-Mitzvah. Kiddush this Shabbos is sponsored by Phil and Kim Setnik in honor of Rafi’s Bar-Mitzvah.

We welcome Dr. Joel and Sharon Peerless as new members of Heights Jewish Center.

Refua Sheleima to Mike Hoffer and Jan Altshuler.

Rabbi Kirsch will be away this Shabbos. There will be no Youth Group this Shabbos morning.

Selichos begins this Motzoei Shabbos. Please see the times below for the full schedule and the altered morning schedule throughout the week.

The next Simcha Kiddush is next Shabbos, September 12th.

Rosh Hashana is coming! Please call the office to reserve your seats and babysitting, and contact Martin Lipman at Martin.Lipman to put in a bid for an aliyah for Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur. Children who are not enrolled in babysitting ahead of time will not be able to use the service.

Order your wine for YomTov through Heights Jewish Center. Contact the office to order. Deadline for all orders Monday, September 7th.

The Shabbos Project Cleveland will take place October 22nd-24th, 2015. Visit sbaker8100.

I have begun, in the spirit of Elul, to type up some of my Torah thoughts, on a website, called "This Shiur is About You". Anyone who is interested in following my daily write-ups should go to https://thisshiurisaboutyou.wordpress.com/ , and sign up to receive emails of the newest posts.

Good Shabbos
Rabbi Davidovich
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Friday, September 4
Candle Lighting from 6:34 PM till 7:37 PM
Mincha 7:30 PM

Shabbos, September 5 (Ki Savo)
Parsha Shiur 8:30 AM
Shacharis 9:00 AM
Navi Shiur 6:50 PM
Mincha 7:20 PM
Shabbos ends 8:44 PM
Special Selichos Program

Refreshments 11:00 PM
Pre-Selichos Talk: What our Teshuva can learn from the Iran Deal: 11:30 PM
Selichos 12:00 AM

Sunday, September 6
Shacharis 8:00 AM
Mincha-Maariv 7:30 PM
Mishnayos Shiur after Maariv

Monday, September 7 (Labor Day)
Selichos-Shacharis 7:35 AM
Mincha-Maariv 7:30 PM
Mishnayos Shiur after Maariv

Tuesday-Thursday, September 8-10
Selichos-Shacharis 6:20 AM
Mincha-Maariv 7:30 PM
Mishnayos Shiur after Maariv

Friday, September 11
Selichos-Shacharis 6:20 AM

Candle lighting 6:25 PM – 7:25 PM

Mincha 7:30 PM

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