Kids' Shabbat!  Friday, December 1


Message from the Rabbi

We rejoice in the release of some of the hostages in recent days, but our hearts remain heavy for those still in captivity and the innocent lives brutally taken.

As we continue to pray for the release of all the hostages and an end to the horrors, we are reminded of the words of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, the Alter Rebbe, founder of the Chabad movement. Upon his release from his own captivity, where he was imprisoned on trumped-up charges that he was supporting the Russian Czar’s enemies (when in fact he was sending money to the Jews living in Israel, then under Ottoman rule), he wrote the following:

“On Tuesday, the 19th of Kislev, G‑d did wonders in the world … When I read the verse [in Psalms 55] ‘He redeemed my soul with peace,’ before I even began the following verse, I was released in peace.”

A peaceful end to the hostilities doesn’t mean that things go back to the way they were. Living under constant threat of attack is not peace. Peace means that the threats have been completely eliminated and that we move on to a state of total tranquility.

So as we mark the anniversary of the Alter Rebbe’s release from prison—and the subsequent dissemination of the light of Torah to even further reaches than prior to his imprisonment—we pray that the world will experience true peace. Not just where things go back to the way they were, but the ultimate era of peace, with the Final Redemption and the coming of Moshiach.

May it be today!

Shabbat shalom,

Jewish Heritage Day with Washington Commanders - Sunday, December 3  

Home Depot Menorah Workshop - Sunday Dec. 3  

RSVP Required

Kids Club! Ages 4-12 - Next Event, Dec. 5  

Main Street Chanukah Celebration - Thursday, Dec 7  

Join Congressman Gerry Connolly to light the Menorah on the 1st Night of Chanukah, and enjoy the Firetruck Gelt Drop, an amazing Glow Show, Latkes & Sufganiyot, and more! 

Additional Chanukah Story Hour at City of Fairfax Library 3:30-4:30 pm

Chanukah Pajama Party!  Saturday Night, December 9  

Get cozy in your PJs, enjoy a yummy pizza party, and have the best glow-in-the-dark Menorah lighting!

Only $6 - RSVP HERE! 

Friendship Circle - Chanukah Edition! Sunday December 10  

You are invited! Come to Friendship Circle NoVA’s second FriendsTogether event — all about Chanukah!

Fun, accessible Jewish events for families and teen volunteers. Sunday, Dec. 10 at 1:30pm. $10/family.

RSVP for families
RSVP for teen volunteers


Flip like a Latke! - December 11  

RSVP Required

Nova 20's and 30's Chanukah Party - Tues, December 12  

Get your ugly Chanukah sweater out, and join us for a backyard-style Chanukah party for Jewish Nova 20's & 30's! 

Women's Chanukah Event - Wednesday, December 13  

 Join us for a wonderful evening of gifts, artisan donuts, candle making, and a musical Menorah lighting!

RSVP for the Women's Chanukah Event!

Camp Gan Izzy Winter Camp!  Pre-K thru 8th grade!  

More info and registration

Fairfax Eruv Celebration  

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Kids Program every Shabbat!  

Tuesday Night Chavrusah  

Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Northern Virginia:
Shabbat Candle Lighting (Vayishlach):
Friday, Dec. 1
4:30 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Dec. 2
5:31 pm
Torah Portion: Vayishlach

This week's kiddush is sponsored by

The Tanya learning families

in honor of

Yud Tes Kislev, the Rosh Hashana for Chassidus

Consider marking your occasion! Reserve either on-line or call the office!

What's Happening?
Upcoming Events
Kids' Shabbat Dinner
Friday, Dec. 1, 2023 - 5:30 pm
Candlelighting, Art, Song, Fun, Delicious Shabbat Dinner - for Kids (and their parents!) ages 12 and under. First Friday of every month.
More Info »
Kiddush - Tanya Learning Families
Shabbat, Dec. 2, 2023 - 12:00 pm
The Tanya Learning Families - in honor of Yud Tes Kislev, the Rosh HaShana of Chassidus
Wash. Commanders Jewish Heritage Day
Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023 - 10:00 am
Ticket to the game, exclusive pre-game party with kosher food, and more. Kickoff at FedEx Field at 1pm.
More Info »
Menorah Workshop at Home Depot
Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023 - 12:30 pm
Join Chabad of Northern Virginia and Chabad of Tyson's Corner annual Menorah making event at Home Depot!
Make your own wooden menorah, enjoy some latkes and donuts, and get in the Chanukah spirit with friends!
Sunday, Dec 3rd at 12:30pm

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JLI: The World of Kabbalah
Monday, Dec. 4, 2023 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Discover the core mystical and spiritual teachings of Kabbalah and their relevance to everyday life.
More Info »
Kids Club
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023 - 5:30 pm
Kids, ages 4-12. The Chanukah story, and Chanukah related crafts
More Info »
Chavrusa Night
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023 - 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm
One on one study, designed for your interest
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Chanukah Story Time
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023 - 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Bring your children for an enchanting Chanukah story time filled with a captivating tale, delightful songs, and delicious doughnuts.
More Info »
Main Street Chanukah Celebration
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023 - 4:30 pm
Free to the Community includes: music, the "gelt drop", a firetruck, donuts, hot chocolate, latkes, glow show
More Info »
Kiddish - Sponsored by Anonymous
Shabbat, Dec. 9, 2023 - 12:00 pm
Kiddish - Sponsored by Anonymous
Chanukah Pajama Party
Shabbat, Dec. 9, 2023 - 6:00 pm
Havdalah and Menorah Lighting Ceremonies, Pizza, Crafts, Prizes, Treats, Dreidel Pinata, and more! $6/person
More Info »
Friendship Circle - Chanukah Edition
Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023 - 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Friendship Circle NoVA’s second FriendsTogether event all about Chanukah! Fun, accessible Jewish events for families and teen volunteers.
More Info »
Flip Like a Latke at Trampoline Park
Monday, Dec. 11, 2023 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
-Menorah Lighting
-Hot Latkes and donuts
-Amazing Raffles
-Gelt, prizes and MORE!
-This special price is hard to pass up!
$15 Per Person / $50 Per Family of Four

More Info »
Nova 20's/30's Chanukah Party
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023 - 7:00 pm
Backyard Chanukah Hangout, Ugle Sweater Edition, Dreidel Pong and Latke Cookout
More Info »
Womens Chanukah
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023 - 6:00 pm
Join us for a women's Chanukah event with adult hot chocolate, candle making, gift swapping and a grand menorah lighting!
More Info »
Daily Quote
In advancing from one state of existence to another state of existence, there is always a "nothingness" in between
— The Chassidic Masters
Daily Thought

Only pure water can purify. The further you wish to take that water, the deeper your wellspring must be.

Those who wish to reach to the very outside and enlighten and purify that place, they must reach deep into the womb of truth.

Likkutei Sichot, vol. 4, p. 1119; Acharon Shel Pesach 5711:10; Torat Menachem 5742, vol. 2, p. 820.
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Daily Service Schedule  

Our Daily Service Schedule

  • Sunday 8:30 am
  • Monday thru Friday, 7:00 am
  • Due to the Federal holiday: Shacharit Thursday and Friday morning will be at 8:00 AM!
  • Friday evenings, 10 minutes after candle lighting
  • Shabbat and Yamim Tovim, 9:30 am, Mincha/Ma'ariv approx 10 minutes before candle lighting time (of the evening before)

On special days, and on federal holidays, our schedule might be different.  Check with the shul.

You Can Make a Difference!  

The Friendship Circle of Northern Virginia was founded on the idea that within each person is a soul, regardless of any limitations that may surround it, regardless of whatever natural gifts we may have or lack, regardless of what obstacles and challenges we may confront, our souls are sacred and worthy of boundless love.

Yarden Grossman has a special page for donations here!

The Friendship Circle touches so many...

… The child with special needs looks forward to weekly visits from his or her teenage friends.

… The teenage volunteer learns the value of giving, and cherishes the experience of making a difference in a child’s life.

… The child’s family gets a needed respite, and the pleasure of seeing their child become part of the community circle.

Read more here! 

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The Parshah In A Nutshell

Parshat Vayishlach

The name of the Parshah, "Vayishlach," means "And he sent" and it is found in Genesis 32:4.

Jacob returns to the Holy Land after a 20-year stay in Charan, and sends angel-emissaries to Esau in hope of a reconciliation, but his messengers report that his brother is on the warpath with 400 armed men. Jacob prepares for war, prays, and sends Esau a large gift (consisting of hundreds of heads of livestock) to appease him.

That night, Jacob ferries his family and possessions across the Jabbok River; he, however, remains behind and encounters the angel that embodies the spirit of Esau, with whom he wrestles until daybreak. Jacob suffers a dislocated hip but vanquishes the supernal creature, who bestows on him the name Israel, which means “he who prevails over the divine.”

Jacob and Esau meet, embrace and kiss, but part ways. Jacob purchases a plot of land near Shechem, whose crown prince—also called Shechem— abducts and rapes Jacob’s daughter Dinah. Dinah’s brothers Simeon and Levi avenge the deed by killing all male inhabitants of the city, after rendering them vulnerable by convincing them to circumcise themselves.

Jacob journeys on. Rachel dies while giving birth to her second son, Benjamin, and is buried in a roadside grave near Bethlehem. Reuben loses the birthright because he interferes with his father’s marital life. Jacob arrives in Hebron, to his father Isaac, who later dies at age 180. (Rebecca has passed away before Jacob’s arrival.)

Our Parshah concludes with a detailed account of Esau’s wives, children and grandchildren; the family histories of the people of Seir, among whom Esau settled; and a list of the eight kings who ruled Edom, the land of Esau’s and Seir’s descendants.

Learn: Vayishlach in Depth
Browse: Vayishlach Parshah Columnists
Prep: Devar Torah Q&A for Vayishlach
Read: Haftarah in a Nutshell
Play: Vayishlach Parshah Quiz