A whisper by the candle’s light

Dear Friend,

Greetings from the Holy Land and Yerushalayim, our holy city! On Monday morning, Ben Vogelman will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah by leading the service (including Torah reading) at the Kotel. I’m privileged to be joining Gary and Martine and grandparents Philip and Michelle Krawitz– and many friends- at this special moment & I wish them a huge Mazel Tov on their pride & joy. Much nachas!

Sunday’s Bat Mitzvah Club graduation ceremony was the Shul’s 7th since restarting under the guidance of Rebbetzin Sara– & it was the best yet. Over 600 people kenehora filled the Shul to celebrate a season of learning, fun, friendship, Jewish experience and coming of age.

Shul President Arnold Bloch welcomed everyone and noted that the club participants were from a variety of Shuls and that we were honoured by the presence of their Rabbis & Rebbetzins.

Accompanying the young ladies’ presentation was magnificent music coordinated & led by cantor Ivor Joffe and our Shul choir.

When Ivor led us in ‘vezakeini’, a mother’s Friday night candle lighting prayer for her children, there wasn’t a dry eye in the Shul. Each participant was given a memento of this prayer & I know that tonight hundreds of Moms will be whispering these words in the glow of their Shabbat candles. To access this prayer & the musical composition, click here: http://lyricstranslate.com/en/vezakeini-vezakeini.html-0

This is Devorah Freundlich’s final Shabbos with us and we wish her farewell and deep heartfelt thanks for her year of service to our community. She hails from Beijing (yes, China) and has found her way into the hearts of so many in our community. Devorah, thank you! May your next steps be favoured and blessed by HaShem and may you carry our community in your heart as you go forward in life, Mechayil el choyil- from strength to strength!

Our community celebrates a number of wonderful smachot this week. Mazel Tov!

Unfortunately a number of members suffered bereavements this week. I’m gazing out at the walls of the Old City as I wish each one that HaShem comfort them amongst the mourners of Tzion & Yerushalayim.

Shabbat shalom & happy reading!