Bikur Cholim – Visiting the Sick

Today Nancy brought the 7th graders to visit our beloved Ruth Stiller.
Ruth is living at the Henrietta Brewer House in Vineyard Haven.
She enjoys visitors as do many of our older members. If you are able to pay any of them a short visit it will surely be mutually satisfying.
Please do not hesitate to ask any staff member & we will help you connect to a variety of mitzvah opportunities.

The mitzvah of bikur holim (visiting the sick) is among the acts of caring that are obligatory and meritorious in Jewish law and ethics, visiting the sick is especially significant:

“The mitzvah of Bikkur Holim obligates the community to take care of the worldly concerns of the patient and to provide essential peace of mind.’ – Shulchan Aruch 335:2”

“The mitzvah to visit the sick extends to people of all ethnic and religious groups.” – Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh De‘ah 335:1

“The Holy Blessed One visited the sick, as it is written, Adonai appeared to [Abraham] by the terebinths of Mamre [while he was recovering after his circumcision],’ and so you must also visit the sick.” – Babylonian Talmud, Sotah

“The visitor relieves the ill person of one sixtieth of his suffering.” – Leviticus Rabbah 34

“Visiting the sick has no limits – even the great must visit the humble, even one hundred times a day.” – Talmud Nedarim 39b

Extremely good looking mitzvah crew with our matriarch

This Month

Wednesday 12/5 School
Friday 12/5 Service & Potluck The service starts at 5:30, please arrive a few minutes early so we can begin promptly. Bring a potluck dish to share, please let me know what you will be bringing or ask & I will give you an easy assignment. We will provide macaroni & cheese & dinner rolls.
Wednesday 12/10 School
Tuesday 12/16 light the first candle…remember we have candles & dreidels for you at the shul
Wednesday 12/17 School
Friday 12/19 5:30PM HANNUKAH CELEBRATION! Live music! Bring your menorahs! Bring your friends with their menorahs. This is a great outreach opportunity. We will have Latkes for all, please bring a salad, dessert or your own amazing latkes

Next month:
Saturday 1/10 Havdalah & Vegetarian Chili Contest! Don’t miss it! Will last year’s champion repeat?



On the first night of Chanukah, set one candle to the far right of the menorah. On the following night add a second light to the left of the first one, and then add one light each night of Chanukah—moving from right to left.


What a great fund raiser we had today! THANKS!
All we could ask for – beautiful wares, delicious pastries & marvelous people.
Preliminary reports indicate we may have made more than last year.
Guess who worked hard at the event & then won the fabulous raffle basket?
Molly Crawford! I know she will share it with the mispacha.
No school this week.
If you are on island this coming Shabbat please come and celebrate as our dear Violet becomes a Bat Mitzvah.
There will be a potluck dinner Friday 12/5 following services. We will provide macaroni & cheese. Let me know what you can bring & if you can help out.
Tomorrow night 11/24 at 5PM there will be a meeting of the Education Committee, all are welcome.
Again, thank you to everyone who made today’s event special.

Raffle Winner surrounded by adoring co-workers prior to big announcement

This week

School on Wednesday 11/19 (no school Wednesday 11/26)
Tot Shabbat ages 3-8 Friday 11/21 4:50PM, something for all, please RSVP
Shabbat Services Friday 5:30PM, Saturday 10AM
2nd Artisan’s Fair & Bake Sale Sunday 11/23 11-3
Spread the word!
Great raffle & amazing baked goods!

If you want any information about Jewish summer camp there are brochures in the lobby or please ask your child’s teacher

If possible please bring a donation for the Food Pantry when you come to the shul.



We use the name “Tot Shabbat” for our programming for those too young for our Wednesday program. It is for ages 3 – 8. There is something fun for each child to learn & experience.
“Tot Shabbat” is an established name for these sorts of programs albeit not reflective of the entire demographic. Some say the name originated from the Hebrew letter ט which is the number nine and the program is for under age nine. Others say the first use of the name was by a small shul in the suburbs of Anchorage in the 1950’s (Congregation Kar Sheleg).

Also, volunteers are still needed for events. Please see prior blog post for dates & times.

Shabbat Shalom!



Tot Shabbat Update

Friday 11/21 4:50PM
Friday 12/5 4:50PM Shabbat song, story & craft then join us for a student led service (including the tots) & a potluck dinner
Friday 12/19 Channukah Party!
Saturday 1/10/2015 Havdalah & Chili
Friday 1/23 4:50PM Tot Shabbat learn about Tu B’Shvat the birthday of trees
Friday 2/6 4:50PM Get Ready for Purim!
Friday 3/13 Join us for Shabbat Dinner!
Friday 4/17 Tot Shabbat


Next Wednesday 11/5 Camp Presentation

Next Wednesday at 5:05PM please join Rabbi Broitman & our students for a fun & informational seminar about Jewish summer camps for kids and available funding.
All ages & generations welcome!

Professor Arnold Eisen (who spoke here this past summer) a scholar of American Judaism and the chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, proclaimed, “Nothing I do to build Jewish life, Jewish education, or the Jewish community is more important than getting more kids to Jewish camps.”