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Weekly Message 01.05.2024 Parashat Shemot

Parashat Shemot (Names) Exodus 1:1 - 6:1

HafTorah Isaiah 27:6 - 28:13

Dear friends,

Happy New Year to you and your families. I hope this year is a good one for all!

It is off to a great start for us as Chris and I will be celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary this Shabbat January 6th with a Shabbat luncheon catered by Chef Jeff to which you are all invited and encouraged to share with us. My sister and brother-in-law Sharon and Jay Ruder will be with us as will my cousin Hanita Wishnevski who many of you know as "Wish" as she continues to participate in our Shabbat services from Long Island via Zoom. This will be her first visit to Florida. Please, no gifts! It is more than enough just to have our synagogue friends with us on this special Shabbat day. You are of course, invited to make contributions to the synagogue or any of the organizations with which we volunteer to feed the hungry in our community and beyond, namely, Metropolitan Ministries, Feeding Tampa Bay, and/or Mazon: a Jewish Response to Hunger.

As we begin the new secular year, we also begin reading and studying the Book of Sh'mot (Exodus). We left the Hebrew nation prospering and multiplying in the land of Egypt at the end of Bereshit (Genesis) and we now encounter them as slaves living under brutal bondage. This year's triennial reading consists of chapters 3 and 4 in the middle of the Sedrah. This portion recounts Moses's first encounter with Hashem at the burning bush where he is directed to lead his people out of slavery. He hesitates but is convinced as he experiences the miracles that he will later demonstrate to Pharoh along with the knowledge that his eloquent brother Aaron will be his spokesperson.

So again, please join Chris and me this Shabbat (Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday at 9:30 am followed by the celebratory luncheon) in-person if possible or if not, then virtually on Zoom.

Also, please hold two dates on your January calendar, January 15th for the Martin Luther King Day march and program at the Booker T. Washington School on Pine Hill Road in Port Richey and January 17th for the Mental Health First Aid training day at the synagogue. Please sign up for that immediately as the deadline draws near and plan to send the day acquiring critical training to aid those in distress. I have attended this workshop and can attest to its incredible value! The program is free of charge, refreshments and lunch will be provided and the registration instructions are attached. Looking forward to seeing you in shul this weekend as we look backward at 2023 and at 50 years that have gone by quickly and forward toward 2024 with its hope for the beginning of the healing process for the world.

Shabbat Shalom,

Ron Becker,

Spiritual Leader



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Attached are the directions to sign up for the Mental Health First Aid Training that we are hosting at the JCC of West Pasco. This is an incredibly valuable program that is being offered to us free of charge. I took the training last summer and can vouch for its value to us as individuals and as a community. As the deadline is approaching, it is imperative to sign up immediately either on the Internet through the attached instructions or by phone to the program director Joanna Corde. I look forward to seeing you on the 17th as we begin this new year. Please don't hesitate to call me or Joanna Corde if you need any assistance in signing up or have any questions about the program. With much appreciation, Ron

Ron Becker, JCC Spiritual Leader

From: Joanna Corde <>

Subject: RE: registration for mental health first aid training, January 17, 2024

Hi Everyone,

Attached, please find the registration steps which also guide you on how to redeem the discount code so the training is free.

You can also give me a call and I can complete your registration over the phone. 😊 727-341-3640



Joanna Corde

Project Coordinator

Addressing Crisis Today in Tampa Bay

Workforce Institute

St. Petersburg College | EpiCenter TE-1-335

Lifeline University and St. Petersburg College are excited to host a FREE Mental Health First Aid Training on Wednesday, January 17, 2024. I’ve attached our flyer and the registration steps to follow to ensure you receive the certification for free.

Please register Soon! Limited spots are available. We look forward to your participation in the training!


One in five Americans has experienced a mental health challenge, but many are reluctant to seek help or don’t know where to turn for care. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use challenges.

Peer-reviewed studies show that individuals trained in MHFA:

Expand their knowledge of signs, symptoms and risk factors of mental health and substance use challenges.

Can identify appropriate types of professionals and self-help resources for individuals with a

mental health or substance use challenge.

Have increased confidence in and likelihood to help an individual in distress.

Show increased mental wellbeing themselves.

These strategies can also be applied to help when clients or fellow team members are experiencing:

A panic attack

Changes in behavior and performance

Frustration or anger


The training is an 8-hour commitment to obtain the nationally recognized certification, consisting of:

2 hours of online self-paced pre-work to be completed 7 days before the live training class

7 hours of a live training class


This training will take place:

Date: Wednesday, 1/17/2024

Time: 10 AM – 5 PM

Location: Jewish Community Center West Pasco (9841 Scenic Dr, Port Richey, FL 34668)


This training is free to you thanks to grant funding.

Follow the registration steps attached to redeem the training for free.



Joanna Corde

Project Coordinator

Addressing Crisis Today in Tampa Bay

Workforce Institute

St. Petersburg College | EpiCenter TE-1-335

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