High Holy Days start TOMORROW night

Dear Friend,


Mazel tov to honorary life-member Miriam Lichterman on the birth of a great-grandson. Yiddishe nachas!

Mazel tov to Yoav Burstein and Adva Chakim on announcing their engagement! The young couple are a proud part of our Shul scene, supporting and participating in so much. We wish them mazel and brocha in their life together.

The High Holy Days really start tomorrow night. At 11:45pm, Saturday night, you are invited to join us for a musical ‘kumzitz’ of moving melodies and inspirational stories, which will be led by the yeshiva of Cape Town Bachurim and Cantor Ivor Joffe. At 12:30am we will move from the Hall to the Small Shul for the Selichot Service. According to the Talmud, G-d Himself wraps a Tallis and leads us in prayers! Of course refreshments will be served, so don’t miss this special *real* Jewish experience.

On Shabbas, the Ladies Tehillim circle will gather for the final time this (Jewish) year. The Tehilim is dedicated to the merit of a complete recovery for Ahava bat Miriam and Ora bat Chava. Join Rebbetzin Sara Wineberg at 5:45pm in the Shul Hall and may Hashem bless all those who need healing with a complete and speedy recovery!

Make sure your High Holy Days don’t start on Wednesday night! See the Shmooze for practical info related to the High holy days. The more preparation, the more inspiration. Click here to see ideas and thoughts that will enhance you RH experience. Don’t have much time? Print out a few articles that look intriguing and bring them to shul to read in your quiet time. Be prepared!

We are all devastated at the sudden passing of Charles Odes. Charles was a former Shul trustee and a committed regular at Shul. It’s hard to imagine another Shabbas day service, Thursday Lunch shiur or AGM without Charles. The funeral is on Sunday at 12pm and we wish Rayna, Jonathan and Marcia much strength in this time.

And this from S. Thomas…

It’s not pretty.

 Water is scarce. Other provisions are also running low. We’ve received

texts and calls from dear friends letting us know that they are subsisting

on their last bits of food.

 The landscape in some places is so scarred from fallen trees and damaged

structures as to be almost unrecognizable. While the national guard and

good neighborhood citizens have cleared main roads, there is still a lot of

dangerous debris and critical cleaning that needs to be done. Many people

are occupied with securing the most basic of human needs – shelter, food,

and safety. Food refrigeration, cell phone charging, water pumps, laundry,

toilet etc. Are a challenge for those without generators. There is a new

found appreciation for the “luxury” of a simple shower.


Through all of this, we are doing our best to assist, provide, comfort, and

be there for everyone all the time!


It is so heartwarming and special to see the utter selflessness and

generous spirit displayed by our community, our neighbouring islands, and

caring individuals on the mainland. Just yesterday 25 vessels, organized by

members of our Chabad community, travelled back and forth from Puerto Rico

to St Thomas in addition to other private boats and coast guard cutters

which are filled with aid and supplies furnished by the government and

citizens of Puerto Rico, and return with evacuees.


We are coordinating with our friends in the Chabad community of Houston,

Texas, just recovering from a natural disaster of their own, to ship a

40-foot container of provisions and much needed aid supplies including

generators, diapers, baby formula, batteries and etc.


Click here to see more info about this humanitarian disaster- an entire Island country destroyed.


Once again, I appeal to you to share with me those who could use some help at this time. The Rabbi’s Discretionary fund is here to assist so if you know of anyone, or you yourself need a boost, please let me know. Everything is treated with the utmost confidence.


Shabbat Shalom and happy reading!