Dear Friend,

Baruch…Hagomel lchayavim tovot…
Blessed are You… who rewards the undeserving with goodness..

This text of the ‘Gomel’ blessing is an expression of gratitude to Hashem that we recite in recognition of moments of miraculous salvation in our lives. Over the last 10 months or so the name Chaya Leah bat Baila has become so familiar to so many of us as we prayed daily, faithfully to Hashem for her healing. This week Barry, Kye, and Jasper celebrated the miraculous return home of their wife and mom Lauri together with other family and friends, after a long an arduous journey fighting for life and health. For this we join them in saying Thank You Hashem! And we continue to pray that Hashem shines His blessing for a complete and speedy recovery for Lauri and all those in need.

On Shabbat we’ll read of the 42 journeys and encampments of our ancestor in the desert as they made their way from Egypt to the Holy Land. This is the opening theme in the final Parsha of the book of Bamidbar and the second of two portions we read this week, titled Massei, journeys. The Baal Shem Tov teaches that these journeys are paralleled in each of our lives. The fact that the traveling, the detours, and the encampments all are shared under the title of ‘journeys’, reminds us that all of life’s ups and downs, goals achieved, and expectations shattered all form part of the greater plan. All these experiences are progress in achieving our Gd given purpose.

From today Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av through next Shabbat and Sunday. Tisha B’av, we observe ‘the 9 days’ of mourning.
See the schmooze for further details.

Mazel Tov!

This Shabbos we celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of Matthew Lewis. We wish Matthew, his mother, Avril and grandparents, Leslie & Marion Lewis a big Mazal Tov on the special Milestone. May you enjoy much nachas!

David Shargey and Paul Abramowitz celebrate special birthdays this week. Blessing and success for the year and decade ahead.

Mazal tov to Wolfie & Glickie Bloom on their 66th Wedding Anniversary!


We’re excited to be welcoming our teens and families this evening for our ShabbaTeen shul experience. We’ve dedicated this edition to our returning Maccabi athletes. We followed their participation and achievements at the games with pride and honour them all tonight. I hope to share a full list of achievements and medals once the list is made available to us.


Enjoy and share!

Chani and I wish you and your families a Shabbat Shalom.

See you in Shul!

Rabbi Pini Hecht

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