2319 Murray Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Tel: 412-421-8855 Fax: 412-521-9938 Rabbi: 412-377-1769
OFFICE HOURS: MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY - 7:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. FRIDAY - 7:30 A.M. - NOON

MINCHA/MA'ARIV - SUNDAY, DEC. 10 - THURSDAY, DEC. 14 - 4:40 P.M.

Menorah lighting (beginning Tuesday evening) - 5:30 P.M.
DAILY SHACHARIT:

Sunday - 7:50 A.M.
Monday &Thursday - 6:35 A.M.
Tuesday - 6:50 A.M.
Wed. - Fri. (Chanukah) - 6:35 A.M.
CLASSES:
Daf Yomi - Shabbat - 45 Minutes before Mincha
Sunday-7:00 A.M.; Monday-Friday - 6:00 A.M.
Navi Shmuel - Sunday - NO CLASS
Talmud Ta'anit - Monday - NO CLASS
Book of Iyov - Tuesday - NO CLASS
Chumash Shemot - Tuesday - NO CLASS.
Parsha class - Wednesday - 7:15 P.M.
Mishna and More - Wednesday - NO CLASS
Ahavat Chessed -Shabbat before Torah Reading
Halachic topics - Daily between Mincha/ Ma'ariv

Parsha Vayeshev - B'reishit 37:1 - 40:23
Pages 182 - 200 in The Living Torah
Haftarah: Amos 2:6 - 3:8
Pages 1082 - 1084 in The Living Torah

SHABBAT SCHEDULE:

FRI., DEC. 8/20 KISLEV
Check Eruv 412-421-1437
www. PittsburghEruv.org
Mincha - 4:35 P.M.
Candlelighting by 4:35 P.M.

SHABBAT DEC. 9/21 KISLEV
Shacharith - two services 6:55 A.M & 8:50 A.M.
Groups B4 Groups - 9:15 A.M.
Youth Activities - 10:00 A.M.
Kiddush Following Services
Mincha - 4:30 P.M.
followed by Shalosh Seudot
Maariv - 5:40 P.M.
Havdallah after 5:43 P.M.

Candlelighting Dec. 15 - 4:36 P.M.

THANK YOU - The shul expresses its thanks to the following people who have contributed to the shul during the past week: Michael and Marti Herskovitz in honor of their children and grandchildren, Kira, Josh, Akiva, Elisheva and Tamir Sunshine. Aliyahs; Alexander Orbach, Jose Sahel. Yahrtzeits: Cheryl Cohen in memory of Henry Lazarowitz, Z"L.

CHANUKAH AND MENORAH LIGHTING - Chanukah begins on Tuesday night. Each night of Chanukah we light the Menorah. It is very important to be home as it gets dark and light the Menorah at the beginning of the night. The Menorah should be lit at a window facing the street. However, even if one is not home at the beginning of the night, one may light the Menorah at any time throughout the night, so long as there are still people either awake in the house or passing by in the street. Chanukah celebrations can be important and meaningful. However, secondary celebrations do not come before the main and central observances of Chanukah, which are lighting of the Menorah at home and the recitation of Hallel and Al Hanisim. The entire Hallel is recited every morning during Shacharith and Al Hanisim is recited in each Shmoneh Esray and benching throughout all the days of Chanukah. At Shacharith each morning (see schedule above) we also read the Torah each day of Chanukah. As evening begins and the time to light the Menorah is near we do not get involved in any other activities, including Torah study or eating, until we have fulfilled the mitzvah of lighting the Menorah at home. On Friday, the Menorah must be lit prior to candlelighting time and be able to burn and remain lit through nightfall and the proper time of Menorah lighting. On Saturday night at home, most have the custom to recite Havdallah and then light the Menorah (although in shul the order is reversed and even at home there are opinions that suggest that the Menorah be lit before Havdallah).

WINTER IS HERE - If you are planning on stopping at the office on a winter day, please call ahead to be sure Linda is in. Weather may keep her working from home. Although some people think the snow is great, not everyone does.

BNEI AKIVA SNIF- Snif meets on Shabbat from 3:30 to 4:30 at Shaare Torah.

THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES - With the change of the clocks, Mincha/Ma'ariv is scheduled for its earliest point throughout the year and will get as early as 4:40 P.M. in the coming weeks. It is imperative that we maintain the daily minyan without fail but it is harder to do so on the fall and winter afternoons since we do not have a large population of retirees. We do make sure there is a minyan every day but some days it gets to be a bit of an adventure. Please note the time for mincha and ma'ariv each week, be aware of the time and if at all possible schedule an evening (or more) that you will come to shul. Additionally, any evening that you find yourself available at around the time for mincha/ma'ariv please make it your business to attend. The evening you attend we may have 20 people but the evening you don't attend we may only have nine.

LADIES NAVI CLASS - The Ladies Navi Class meets on Shabbat at 4:00 P.M. at the home of Tootsie Markovitz

CENTRAL SCHOLARSHIP & LOAN REFERRAL SERVICE APPLICATIONS - for need-based college scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year are available from the Central Scholarship & Loan Referral Service (CSLRS) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. This program is administered by Jewish Family and Community Services. The funds are made available through the generosity of families who have established endowments through the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, Jewish Community Center, National Council of Jewish Women, Jewish Women International of Pittsburgh (formerly B'nai B'rith Women), The Pittsburgh Foundation, and Rodef Shalom Congregation. All scholarships are distributed on the basis of demonstrated financial need. Depending on the scholarship fund, other factors such as academic achievement, field of study, school attending, and Jewish and general community involvement will also be considered. In addition, the applicant must be Jewish, reside in Allegheny, Westmoreland, Beaver, Butler or Washington County for at least two years, and need financial assistance to attend an accredited institution of higher education as either an undergraduate or graduate student. The CSLRS on-line application is available at http://www.centralscholarship.org. All applications are due February 12, 2018. First-time applicants must be interviewed. All of the limited number of after school, evening, spring break and Sunday appointments will be assigned on a "first come, first served" basis to those whose applications are submitted by January 15, 2018. If students have scheduling needs (such as work, or attending school out of town) it is important to submit as early as possible, by 1/15/2018. All applications should be submitted as early as possible to ensure processing. The deadline for applications is February 12, 2018.

HAPPY CHANUKAH