Everyone Counts! – Celebrate Shavuot with Chabad


Chabad of Mid-Hudson Valley Newsletter

Friday May 23, 2014
Iyar, 23, 5774
Parshat BamidbarBlessing of New Month

Pirkei Avot, Chapter 5

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A word from the Rabbi 
Shabbat Sevices: 10:00 AM. Please join us for Shabbat Morning Services as we bless the new upcoming month of Sivan.
This week’s kiddush is being sponsored by the Ben Ezra’s family in honor of Carl Ben Ezra’s yartzeit.
May his memory be for a blessing!

Hebrew School: Memorial Day weekend – no Hebrew School this Sunday.


Under beautiful blue skies, Chabad of Mid Hudson Valley’s Lag B’Omer’s BBQ and Bonfire was a great event. Enjoying a delicious BBQ, manned by Manny Markus, delicious salads and roasted marshmallows, the children had a variety of activities, including a bow n arrow competition, designing and flying Yiddish-kites and relay races and games.
All then gathered for an authentic African Drum Circle, with authentic African drums led by drummer Kazi Oliver.
A group of students from Vassar College joined us and spoke about the rampant recent anti Israel and anti semitic atmosphere at the College, which has gained national attention.
Many thanks to the girls from Monsey, Manny Markus, Patrick Foote and Harold Warren for making a beautiful bonfire, and Michael Benezra for all his help.


Celebrate Shavuot with Chabad!

Men, Women & Children!
Be there when the Torah is given for the 3,327’th time.
You don’t have to travel to the desert-it’s happening right here!
Come hear the Torah reading of the Ten Commandments.
Wednesday, June 4 – 6:00 PMat the Chabad Center
63 Vassar Rd., Poughkeepsie

Followed by ice cream party for children of all ages!Thursday, June 5
10:00 AM Morning Services  12:00 PM Yizkor

Torah & Tea

We now find ourselves close to the holiday of Shavuot when we once again will receive the Torah for the 3326th time.

During this time it is customary to study Pirkei Avot, Ethics of Fathers, which deals primarily with ethical, interpersonal relationships and doing Mitzvot “beyond the letter of the Law.” One of the reasons is that in order to properly receive the Torah one must be a “mentch”. True spirituality, or a true relationship with G-d, is manifest not only in our relationship between man and G-d but in our relationship with our fellow man.

Please join us on Wednesday morning’s at 10:30 AM at the home of Hindy Borenstein, 36 Pleasant Ridge Dr., Poughkeepsie and enjoy assorted teas and delicious pastries.


Dear Friends:

Once there was a small town consisting of only a few Jewish families. Between them, they had exactly ten men over the age of bar mitzvah. They were all dedicated people and they made sure that they never missed a minyan. One day, a new Jewish family moved in to town. Great joy and excitement; now they would have eleven men. But a strange thing happened. As soon as they had eleven, they could never manage a minyan!


When we know we are indispensable, we make a point of being there. Otherwise, “count me out.”


This week in the Torah reading of Bamidbar, we read of the census taken of the Jewish people. This portion is always read on the Shabbat before Shavuot, the “season of the giving of the Torah.” One important and obvious connection is that in the Torah, too, every letter counts. One missing letter invalidates the entire scroll. Likewise, one missing Jew leaves Jewish peoplehood lacking, incomplete.


Nine of the holiest rabbis cannot make a minyan. Enter one little bar-mitzvah boy, and the minyan is complete! When we count Jews, there are no distinctions. We don’t look at religious piety or academic achievement. The rabbi and the rebel, the philanthropist and the pauper — all count for one: no more, no less.


If we count Jews because every Jew counts, then that implies a responsibility on Jewish communal leadership to ensure that no Jew is missing from the kehillah, from the greater community. It implies a responsibility to bring those Jews who are on the periphery of Jewish life inside. To make sure they feel that they belong and are welcome — even if they haven’t paid any membership fees. It also means that the individual Jew has commitments and obligations. If you’re important, don’t get lost. You are needed.


Today, we are losing a lot of Jews to ignorance. But sometimes we also lose them because we didn’t embrace them as we could have. At a time when they were receptive, we didn’t make them feel welcome.


Other faiths, ideologies and cults are using “love bombs” to entice Jews to their way of life. Very often they prey on the weak and vulnerable among us.  

Anyone desperately seeking warmth, love and a sense of belonging will be an easy target for such groups. But there are lots of ordinary, stable people who crave these things too. Don’t we all? If the Jewish community doesn’t provide that warm welcome, we may very well find them going elsewhere.

We need to embrace everyone who walks in through our doors. And we need to do more than just wait for people to come to shul and make them feel welcome. We need to go out and find our people wherever they may be. Most certainly, when someone shows a spark of interest — a soul seeking its source — we need to be there; as an organized community, and as individuals.


So next time you notice someone sitting at the back of the shul looking lost, or even just a new face in the crowd, try and spare a smile. You may save a soul. Every Jew really does count. Let’s count them in.



Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Yacov & Hindy Borenstein



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