Coming home

Although Pesach ended less than a week ago, it feels like ages ago! Maybe that’s because since Sunday I’ve been in 4 countries on 2 continents: Canada, USA, Turkey & finally, our eternal home, Israel.

The week started with a photo. For the first time in eight years my whole family was together and a group photograph was organized. Little did the poor photographer realize that a Wineberg family photo was to include more than 50 people- from 3 weeks old to 70 & all immediate family! Kenehora!

Having survived the family photo (the photographer is still in therapy), we made our way back to New York from where Sara and the younger kids returned to SA & I have now made my way to Israel.

While in New York, our family visited the Rebbe’s ‘Ohel’ (resting place) to join people from all over the world in praying to Hashem at this holy site & petition the Rebbe’s neshoma for a blessing. Of course I included our community in prayer & thought deeply about those in need. (Later today I’ll visit the Kotel and continue praying on behalf of our community- with a special emphasis for rain.)

How pleasantly surprised I was to see Rabbi Hecht’s parents and family members who had come to pray for a blessing for Rabbi Pini’s younger brother Menachem- who then promptly announced his engagement to Chani Yachad! Mazel Tov Rabbi & Rebbetzin Hecht!

Mazel Tov to Benjamin Abrahams on his Bar Mitzvah this weekend! Ben will be reciting his Haftorah on Shabbas, but in a pragmatic twist, will celebrate the Barmy on Sunday, which corresponds to Rosh Chodesh (Iyar). Warm Mazel Tov to his parents, Roy & Judy Abrahams and grandmother, Fay Abrahams. Much nachas!

Mazel Tov, Mazel Tov to Rene Kleinman on the birth of her great grandsons.

And we’re very proud of our member’s achievements! Congrats to Viv & Gary Anstey and Lily Kessler on the recent graduation of their daughter & granddaughter, Dalit Anstey, with a final B.A.LLB. Law Degree Cum Lauda. Much continued nachas!

With the pre-Yom Tov focus, I haven’t had the opportunity in these ‘pages’ to wish the Ginsberg/Epstein/Smith families our deepest condolences on the passing of their beloved wife, mother & sister, Debbie Ginsberg. Debbie was a giant of a person whose best years were still ahead of her, but HaShem saw it in His wisdom to summon her earlier. Yet I know that every angel in heaven testified to Debbie having used her time allotted on earth to its absolute max. Between her loving family & fiercely loyal friends, I know that Debbie’s legacy will endure, & her beautiful memory continue to serve for a blessing. To David, Robyn, Michael, Matt, Abigail, Paul & Raphael we wish you comfort & healing.

There are quite a number of educational initiatives being currently offered at our shul, please check the Shmooze for details. I also see that Rebbetzin Sara is going right into it with a Ladies Tehillim circle this Shabbas plus a shiur on Ethics of our Father’s. 5pm on Saturday in the Shul Hall.

Israel is now in the middle of great emotional turmoil having just commemorated Yom Hashoah, moving into Remembrance day of Israel’s fallen & then on to celebration 70! I feel privileged to be present during these moments and I look forward to sharing them with you.

Shabbat shalom & happy reading!