Shabbat Shalom and Happy Shavuos!

Rhinebeck Jewish Center

Upcoming Events

-Tuesday May 14th:
All night learning begins at 11:00 PM
-Wednesday May 15th:
Dairy Dinner
Reading of the 10 commandments at 5:00 PM
Followed by a gourmet dairy dinner buffet
-Thursday May 16th:
Services at 9:30 AM
Yizkor Memorial Service at 10:30 AM

Kiddush Club
Services 9:30 AM
Followed by a delicious Kiddush
102 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck NY 12572
Shema Yisroel Radio Show

Your all Jewish American Radio Program

Every Sunday Morning

9:30 AM- 10:00 AM

Online Live Stream:

Stations: Kingston:920 AM. Beacon:1260 AM. Poughkeepsie:1420 AM.

Soup Salad & Soul
Our monthly women’s event to nourish your soul and body.
Next occurence: Sunday May 19th



We sincerely hope to see you at all our Shavuos programs and services! More info below and on our website:
May we all receive the Torah with joy!

Shabbat Shalom and Happy Shavuos,
Rabbi Hanoch and Tzivie Hecht

Short Thought


The Torah was given by G-d to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai more than 3300 years ago. Every year on the holiday of Shavuot we renew our acceptance of G-d’s gift, and G-d “re-gives” the Torah.

The word Shavuot means “weeks.” It marks the completion of the seven-week counting period between Passover and Shavuot.

The giving of the Torah was a far-reaching spiritual event-one that touched the essence of the Jewish soul for all times. Our sages have compared it to a wedding between G-d and the Jewish people. Shavuot also means “oaths,” for on this day G-d swore eternal devotion to us, and we in turn pledged everlasting loyalty to Him.

In ancient times, two wheat loaves would be offered in Holy Temple. It was also at this time that people would begin to bring bikkurim, their first and choicest fruits, to thank G-d for Israel’s bounty.

The holiday of Shavuot is a two-day holiday, beginning at sundown of the 5th of Sivan and lasting until nightfall of the 7th of Sivan.


Chaim Yankel from Chelm was getting pretty desperate for money. He decided to go to the nicer, richer town nearby and look for odd jobs as a handy man.

The first house he came to, a man answered the door and told Chaim Yankel,”Yeah, I have a job for you. How would you like to paint the porch?”

“Sure that sounds great!” said Chaim Yankel.

“Well, how much do you want me to pay you?” asked the man.

“Is fifty bucks all right?” Chaim Yankel asked.

“Yeah, great. You’ll find the paint and ladders you’ll need in the garage.”

The man went back into his house to his wife who had been listening.

“Fifty bucks! Does he know the porch goes all the way around the house?” asked the wife.

“Well, he must, he was standing right on it!” her husband replied.

About 45 minutes later, Chaim Yankel knocked on the door. “I’m all finished,” he told the surprised homeowner. The man was amazed.

“You painted the whole porch?”

“Yeah,” Chaim Yankel replied, “I even had some paint left, so I put on two coats!”

The man reached into his wallet to pay Chaim Yankel.

“Oh, and by the way,” said Chaim Yankel, “That’s not a Porch, it’s a Ferrari.”


Please say Tehilim for a complete Refuah Shelemah for our friends: Mr. Jeff Monkash. Hebrew name: Yechiel ben Chaya Sarah
Mr. Al Slone. Hebrew name: Eliyahu ben Rivkah (he is on his way to recovering Thank G’d)

Please contact us to have a Mazal Tov or Announcement placed here to share with the community.
845.876.7666 or

Candle Lighting Times:

Eve of First day Shavuot

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Light Candles at: 7:49 pm

Eve of Second day Shavuot

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Light Candles after: 8:56 pm

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Holiday Ends: 8:57 pm

Friday, May 17, 2013

Light Candles at: 7:52 pm

Shabbat, May 18, 2013

Shabbat Ends: 9:00 pm


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