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Weekly Message 12.22.2023 Parashat Vayigash

Parashat Vayigash (and he approached) Genesis 44:18 - 47:27

HafTorah Ezekiel 37:15 - 28





Dear friends,


I would like to begin this week's message with words of appreciation for all who have helped make the minyan during the shiva period for the Goldberg family in memory of Rabbi Al z"l and for all who volunteered at Metropolitan Ministries this week. These mitzvot have a tremendous impact on our congregational family and the community at large. If you haven't yet had the opportunity to participate, the last service of the shiva week will be a Havdalah service beginning at 5:30 pm on Saturday evening. Shiva then ends on Sunday morning.


This Shabbat, we continue our reading and study of the Book of Genesis (Bereshit) with our triennial reading of chapter 45 verse 28 through chapter 46 verse 27 in the portion of Vayigash where Jacob is informed that Joseph is alive and travels with his family to Egypt to reunite with him and settle in Goshen. Jacob has certainly been "fruitful and multiplied" as his family has grown to include seventy people. An important lesson to be gleaned from this occurrence is that reconciliation is always possible, whether it is among family members (which is the case of Joseph and his brothers), or nations. We pray for reconciliation, forgiveness, understanding, and peace during these fractured and difficult times.

Please join me and the Goldberg family for Shabbat services in-person and virtually on Zoom tonight (Friday) at 7:30 pm, tomorrow morning (Saturday) at 9:30 am, and for the special Havdalah service Saturday evening at 5:30 pm.


Shabbat Shalom!


Ron Becker,

Spiritual Leader

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FRIDAY:


JCC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Shabbat Service, Friday 12/22/2023 7:30 pm

Time: Dec 22, 2023 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 497 903 0958

Passcode: 5QdVaA

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SATURDAY:


JCC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Saturday Service, 12/23/2023 9:30 am

Time: Dec 23, 2023 09:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 497 903 0958

Passcode: 5QdVaA

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