Fri, Oct 21  5:48 PM 

Sun,Oct 23  5:46 PM

Mon,Oct 24 6:44 PM



 Simhat Torah Bags will be distributed  on Mon Oct,24 at 4:45 PM

Hakafot  After Arbit

Simhat Torah Dinner  8:00 PM

Tue Oct, 25 Hakafot After Shahrit Outside & After Minha in shul



News and Events

Tikkun Lel-Hoshana Rabbah Sat Oct,22

Rabbi Hayoun 8:00 PM-12:00 AM (Midrash)

Rabbi Elbaz 11:00 PM (Main Synagogue)

Dinner will be served








Shabbat Hol-Hamoed

  Shabbat Hol-Hamoed  

Erev Shabbat

5:48 PM

Candle Lighting

Main Synagogue


5:50 PM


Main Synagogue


6:10 PM

Kabbalat Shabbat/Arbit

Main Synagogue


5:45 AM

Shaharit - First Minyan

Main Synagogue


8:15 AM

Shaharit - Main Minyan

Main Synagogue


9:00 AM

Shaharit - Young SLC

Salem Midrash


9:15 AM

Shaharit - Kids Minyan

Annex Midrash


1:30 PM

Minha Gedolah

Main Synagogue


2:00 PM

Tehilim Reading

Main Synagogue


3:30 PM


Social Hall


4:10 PM


Main Synagogue


5:10 PM


Main Synagogue


5:50 PM

Seuda Shelisheet

Social Hall


6:20 PM


Main Synagogue


6:47 PM

Shabbat Ends

Main Synagogue


8:00 PM  & 11:00 PM Tikkun Hosha'ana Rabbah Salem Midrash & Main Synagogue 
Mishmara:Eliyahu Swed ben Mazal / Ines Abed bat Badi'ah / Aliza Kabariti bat Esther


Shemini Atzeret/Simhat Torah Schedule (5777 - 2016)
 Sunday Oct 23 (Hoshana Rabbah)  
     Shahrit  6:15 & 6:35 AM
     Evening Services 5:45 PM
     Candle Lighting  5:46 PM
Monday Oct 24 (Shemini Atzeret)  
    Shahrit 6:00 & 8:15 AM
    Evening Services 5:45 PM
    Candle Lighting  6:44 PM
     Hakafot After Arbit
Tuesday Oct 25 (Simhat Torah)  
     Shahrit 6:00 & 8:15 AM
     Hakafot  After Shahrit
     Evening Services 4:50 PM
     Hakafot  After Minha
     Yom Tov Ends 6:43 PM
   חג שמח

Rabbi’s Message – Hol Hamoed Sukkot

The Torah in Parashat Emor states: “You shall dwell in Sukkot (booths) for seven days… So that your generations will know that I caused the Children of Israel to dwell in Sukkot when I took them from the land of Egypt (Vayikra 42-43)”. The Festival of Sukkot commemorates the clouds of glory which Hashem provided for the B”Y for their safety and well-being. There were seven clouds: the four clouds which surrounded them and the top cloud shielded them from the hot sun during the day and the frost at night; the bottom cloud protected them from snakes and scorpions and leveled the ground for them; the seventh cloud was in front of them showing them the way. Besides the clouds of glory, Hashem also provided them with Manna for food and Be’er (well) for water. How come there is no celebration for those two items and only for the clouds? The answer is: the Manna and the water were a necessity for survival and must have been provided while the clouds were a luxury, an additional item to keep them comfortable throughout the forty years in the desert.

There is a well-known question about the timing of the Festival of Sukkot. If we commemorate the Festival of Sukkot because of the clouds, then we should really celebrate this Holiday during the month of Nissan (around April) which is the time the Bnei Yisrael left Egypt and the clouds started to protect them; so, why wait till the month of Tishrei (around October) to observe the Holiday? The prevailing answer is that if we celebrate Sukkot in Nissan which is Spring time, it will not be noticeable that we are observing the holiday because Hashem commanded us to do so, since many people in the Spring go out of their homes and sit and delight in cottages to bathe in the sun and get a good amount of fresh air. However, in Tishrei which usually occurs in the fall (usually cool weather), people would rather stay in the warm surrounding of their home, and if they go out to the Sukkah, it is because of fulfilling the Misva of sitting in the Sukkah.

The Gaon Mevilna gives another interesting answer. It is true that the clouds appeared immediately after the Bnei Yisrael left Egypt, however those clouds disappeared as a partial punishment after the sin of the Egel Hazahab (Golden Calf). They reappeared again after Moshe Rabbenu intensely pleaded to Hashem for forgiveness of the Bnei Yisrael. Hashem told Moshe Rabbenu on the 10th of Tishrei when he returned from Mount Sinai: Salahti kidbarekha [I forgive them as per your words]. On the next four days, the Bnei Yisrael showed a great amount of fervor, zeal and enthusiasm to build the Mishkan [Tabernacle] which was the first center of worship dedicated to our Creator. Hashem took note of that and, and on the next day, the 15th of Tishrei, Hashem restored the clouds, this time on a permanent basis. This is why, says the Gaon Mevilna, we celebrate Sukkot on the 15th of Tishrei.

Rabbi Eliyahu Elbaz