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Hear the 10 Commandments Anew!

May 20 - approximately 10:30am

Special Dairy Kiddush after services



Saturday Night, May 19 — Special Program!

With the help of G-d...

You're invited to

a community

 Saturday May 19th, at 8:30 PM

Shalom Friends!

One Torah, One Community and One Dinner! It all comes together this Shavuot! 

Please join us for a delicious community Shavuot meal.

Dinner (and non-dairy cheesecake dessert!) will be accompanied by erudite presentations on various Jewish topics. We'd love it if you came!

If you are interested in presenting (and receiving a dinner discount) please contact Rabbi Mendel at with your proposed topic.

—Rabbi Deitsch

Message from the Rabbi

On Shavuot we celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s “marriage” to G‑d. It wasn’t until we received the Torah at Mt. Sinai that we officially became His nation, a people with a divine moral and religious code.

The Talmud tells of a certain Rabbi Yosef who was fond of saying: “If not for this day [the holiday of Shavuot], how many Yosefs are there in the street?” Meaning, if not for the Torah, I am no different than any average Joe. Through studying and living the Torah, we can lift ourselves up to His reality and bring Him into our world. In chassidic parlance, “hugging G‑d.”

And what better way to celebrate our anniversary than by joining together with our fellow Jews—adults and children—to listen to the Ten Commandments read from the Torah. This Shavuot, come give G‑d an anniversary hug (and enjoy some delicious dairy afterwards). We'll look forward to seeing you.

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Ethics of the Fathers

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Learn Tennis from a Pro!  

We are very fortunate to have Milan Ruzicka, an experienced tennis pro, coach, and teacher, volunteer to give clinics free of charge* at our courts. 

These clinics are for beginners—adults and children (age 10 and up).  Sessions are from 9am to 10am on Sunday mornings, dates to be determined.

BYO two cans of tennis balls.  Children's rackets will provided.  Adults must bring their own rackets.  Please RSVP, noting your name, and age category (child or adult). 

If you are interested, please send an email to Don Losman—


Torah and Tea for Ladies - Thursdays  

Thursday mornings, 11:30am to 12:30pm in the shul library.

Join us as we explore the Torah Portion through the lens of Jewish Mysticism and learning practical and meaningful life lessons.

Questions? Comments?  Email Raizel!


Torah Discussion - Thursday Nights  

Thursday Nights - 8:00 pm

An inspirational weekly discussion on the Torah portion including both captivating insights into the parsha, and practical advice, led by Rabbi Deitsch

Upcoming Service Times  
Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Fairfax, VA [Based on Zip Code 22031]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, May 18
7:59 pm
Shabbat Ends / Holiday Begins:
Shabbat, May 19
9:04 pm
Second Day Holiday:
Sunday, May 20
9:05 pm
Holiday Ends:
Monday, May 21
9:06 pm
Torah Portion: Bamidbar

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What's Happening?
Upcoming Events
Shavuot Community Dinner
May. 19, 2018 - 8:30 pm
One Torah, One Community and One Dinner! It all comes together this Shavuot!

Dinner (and non-dairy cheesecake dessert!) will be accompanied by erudite presentations on various Jewish topics. We'd love it if you join us!

More Info »
Torah and Tea
May. 24, 2018 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Join us in the shul library as we exokire the Torah Portion through the lense of Jewish Mysticism and learning practical and meaningful life lessons. Led by Rebbitzen Raizel Deitsch
Weekly Parsha Discussion
May. 24, 2018 - 8:00 pm
Join us for an insightful torah discussion relating the parsha of the week to our daily lives— led by Rabbi Deitsch
Kiddush: Veterans, Friends, and Family
May. 26, 2018
Sponsored by Veterans and Friends and Family of Veterans in commemoration of Memorial Day.
JLI: What Is? Rethinking Everything we Know About Universe
May. 28, 2018 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Imagine that you were able to rethink everything you knew about the universe, the laws of nature, your own consciousness, and the very idea of existence and reality. Imagine the new insights you will gain, the fresh perspective with which you will embark on the journey of life each morning.

What is? does exactly that. Drawing on the wisdom of Chassidic teaching, the most basic building blocks of existence are reexamined from the bottom up, revolutionizing our understanding of life, reality, and our place in the world.

More Info »
Kiddush Sponsor: Statman
Jun. 2, 2018
Yosef's Bar Mitzvah. Mazal Tov!
Daily Quote
A single moment of repentance and good deeds in This World is greater than all of the World to Come. And a single moment of bliss in the World to Come is greater than all of This World.
— Ethics of the Fathers 4:17
Daily Thought
Begin with Alef

At Sinai, He said, “Let us bond together. Let us embrace in these mitzvahs, commune in this Torah, and in them we will be one.”

But He is an infinite, unknowable G‑d. If we cannot know Him, how can we bond with Him?

And so, when He came to us in His Torah at Mount Sinai, He began with an alef. And when we begin to learn, we begin with an alef.

In that first, infinitesimal point of not knowing, in that is contained all wisdom.

Leil Simchat Torah 5736:16.

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  Thursday Sivan 3 | May 17
Omer: Day 47
Today in Jewish HistoryJews Prepare to Receive Torah (1313 BCE)
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Laws and CustomsCount "Forty-Eight Days to the Omer" Tonight
  Friday Sivan 4 | May 18
Omer: Day 48
Today in Jewish HistoryMoses Transcribes (first part of) Torah (1313 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryForced Conversion in Clermont (576)
Today in Jewish HistoryJews Returned to Spain (1481)
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Laws and CustomsCount "Forty-Nine Days to the Omer" Tonight
  Shabbat Sivan 5 | May 19
Omer: Day 49
Today in Jewish HistoryReuben Finds Mandrakes (1568 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryJews Accept Torah (1313 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryRabbis Burnt at Stake (1728)
Laws and CustomsEthics: Chapter 6
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  Sunday Sivan 6 | May 20
Today in Jewish HistoryTorah Given (1313 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of King David (837 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryCologne Jews Martyred (1096)
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of Baal Shem Tov (1760)
Laws and CustomsTen Commandments
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Laws and CustomsMore on Shavuot
  Monday Sivan 7 | May 21
Today in Jewish HistoryGer Tzedek of Vilna Burned at the Stake (1749)
Laws and CustomsSecond Day of Shavuot
Laws and CustomsYizkor
Laws and CustomsSanctification of the Moon
  Tuesday Sivan 8 | May 22
Today in Jewish HistoryRabbi Escapes Crusaders (1147)
Laws and CustomsIsru Chag
  Wednesday Sivan 9 | May 23
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of "Kaf Hachaim" (1939)
  Thursday Sivan 10 | May 24
Today in Jewish HistoryWolf Wissotzky (1904)
  Friday Sivan 11 | May 25
Today in Jewish HistoryRebbe's Parents Wed (1900)
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of "Minchat Yitzchak" (1989)
  Shabbat Sivan 12 | May 26
Laws and CustomsEnd of Shavuot "fulfillment" days
Laws and CustomsEthics: Chapter 1
The Parshah In A Nutshell

Parshat Bamidbar

In the Sinai Desert, G‑d says to conduct a census of the twelve tribes of Israel. Moses counts 603,550 men of draftable age (20 to 60 years); the tribe of Levi, numbering 22,300 males age one month and older, is counted separately. The Levites are to serve in the Sanctuary, replacing the firstborn, whose number they approximated, who were disqualified when they participated in the worshipping of the Golden Calf. The 273 firstborn who lacked a Levite to replace them had to pay a five-shekel “ransom” to redeem themselves.

When the people broke camp, the three Levite clans dismantled and transported the Sanctuary, and reassembled it at the center of the next encampment. They then erected their own tents around it: the Kohathites, who carried the Sanctuary’s vessels (the Ark, menorah, etc.) in their specially designed coverings on their shoulders, camped to its south; the Gershonites, in charge of its tapestries and roof coverings, to its west; and the families of Merari, who transported its wall panels and pillars, to its north. Before the Sanctuary’s entranceway, to its east, were the tents of Moses, Aaron, and Aaron’s sons.

Beyond the Levite circle, the twelve tribes camped in four groups of three tribes each. To the east were Judah (pop. 74,600), Issachar (54,400) and Zebulun (57,400); to the south, Reuben (46,500), Simeon (59,300) and Gad (45,650); to the west, Ephraim (40,500), Manasseh (32,200) and Benjamin (35,400); and to the north, Dan (62,700), Asher (41,500) and Naphtali (53,400). This formation was kept also while traveling. Each tribe had its own nassi (prince or leader), and its own flag with its tribal color and emblem.