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Lag B'Omer Family BBQ & Bonfire — This Thursday, May 19th

Obstacle Course, Moon Bounce, Barbecue, Bonfire, Sports, Kite Flying & and Much, Much More!

Just added: LIVE MUSIC

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Message from the Rabbi

This week’s Torah portion opens with a reminder that in order to ensure Jewish continuity, there must be education. And in order for the education to be successful, it has to be more than just texts and indoctrination; adults and teachers must serve as living examples for their children and students.

The context of this reminder is regarding the Kohanim, the priests who served in the Temple. They are required to follow a strict set of rules pertaining to ritual purity, and they must also ensure that their children learn these laws and are prepared to follow them once they come of age.

The same goes for the Jewish people as a whole, who are referred to as “a kingdom of priests.” By adhering to the Torah’s practices, the children grow up seeing how important sustaininting Jewish tradition is. And thus, we are guaranteed Jewish continuity.

Shabbat shalom,

Market Survey re: Kosher Food Establishments in NoVa  

Chabad is participating in a community-wide effort to conduct a market survey of the Jewish community to assess the level of interest in supporting kosher food establishments in Northern Virginia (NOVA).

The Greater Washington Jewish Community Demographic Study conducted in 2017 concluded that NOVA had the largest population of Jews relative to Washington DC and suburban MD. Subsequently, numerous Jewish organizations have been looking for opportunities to expand their services and programs in our area.

Restaurateurs and related businesses have also taken note of our community’s growth and are seeking additional insights on the potential market. To assist in this effort, please participate in the Market Survey for NOVA Kosher Restaurants, which will take less than five minutes to answer. The survey can be accessed at

Please complete it at your earliest convenience. If you have questions about this effort please contact [email protected]. Thank you in advance for your participation!

Our Brothers and Sisters in Ukraine Can Use Our Help  

Please visit to catch up on what's happening and to link to the Ukraine Jewish Relief Fund

Couting the Omer!  

Sefirat HaOmer
Counting of the Omer
Between the holidays of Passover and Shavuot, the Omer is counted each evening, signifying our preparation for the receiving of the Torah on the holiday of Shavuot. Your one-stop site for an enhanced Omer experience. 

Services at Chabad of NoVa — The Return of Daily Minyanim!  

Daily shacharis services are running seven days per week.  Our current schedule is: 

  • Sunday 8:30 am
  • Monday thru Friday, 7:00 am
  • Friday evenings, 10 minutes after candle lighting
  • Shabbat 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.

On Yamim Tovim, we generally follow the Shabbat schedule, above

Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, May 13
7:55 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, May 14
8:59 pm
Torah Portion: Emor

This week's kiddush is sponsored by 

Mr and Mrs Schiffenbauer

(aka Shabsie and the former Pamela Deichman)

in celebration of their recent wedding


Please contact the shul tto help sponsor, or m ark your special occasion

Daily Thought
Speak With Awe

How can a teacher bring her students to speak only good things about one another?

Explain to them that the One who made heaven and earth loves each one of them deeply, as much as parents would love an only child born to them in their elder years, and infinitely more so.

And explain that if this loving Creator made us capable of seeing and hearing, obviously He must have the true seeing and the true hearing. He is aware of everything that is happening in His universe.

So that if you say pleasant things about another person, He certainly listens to every word said and watches to see how it is said.

And obviously, you would never imagine speaking badly about His beloved child in His presence. And His presence fills the entire universe.

The teacher must always remind the students, “Think, children, of what you are saying. There is an eye that sees and an ear that hears.”

Daily Quote
"Let me tell you what I try to do. Imagine that you're looking at a candle. What you're really seeing is a lump of wax with a thread down its middle. So when do the thread and wax become a candle? Or, in other words, when do they fulfill the purpose for which they were created? When you put a flame to the thread, then the candle becomes a candle.
"The wax is the body, and the wick the soul. Ignite the soul with the fire of Torah and a person will then fulfill the purpose for which he or she was created. And that is what I try to do — to ignite the soul of our people with the fire of Torah."
"My candle," I asked, "has the Rebbe lit it?"
"I have given you the match," he said. "Only you can light your candle."
— From a conversation between the Lubavitcher Rebbe and Yehudah Avner
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.

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.

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The Parshah In A Nutshell

Parshat Emor

The Torah section of Emor (“Speak”) begins with the special laws pertaining to the kohanim (“priests”), the kohen gadol (“high priest”), and the Temple service: A kohen may not become ritually impure through contact with a dead body, save on the occasion of the death of a close relative. A kohen may not marry a divorcee, or a woman with a promiscuous past; a kohen gadol can marry only a virgin. A kohen with a physical deformity cannot serve in the Holy Temple, nor can a deformed animal be brought as an offering.

A newborn calf, lamb or kid must be left with its mother for seven days before being eligible for an offering; one may not slaughter an animal and its offspring on the same day.

The second part of Emor lists the annual Callings of Holiness—the festivals of the Jewish calendar: the weekly Shabbat; the bringing of the Passover offering on 14 Nissan; the seven-day Passover festival beginning on 15 Nissan; the bringing of the Omer offering from the first barley harvest on the second day of Passover, and the commencement, on that day, of the 49-day Counting of the Omer, culminating in the festival of Shavuot on the fiftieth day; a “remembrance of shofar blowing” on 1 Tishrei; a solemn fast day on 10 Tishrei; the Sukkot festival—during which we are to dwell in huts for seven days and take the “ Four Kinds”—beginning on 15 Tishrei; and the immediately following holiday of the “eighth day” of Sukkot ( Shemini Atzeret).

Next the Torah discusses the lighting of the menorah in the Temple, and the showbread; (lechem hapanim) placed weekly on the table there.

Emor concludes with the incident of a man executed for blasphemy, and the penalties for murder (death) and for injuring one’s fellow or destroying his property (monetary compensation).