Taking serious stock, reaping a great New Year

Dear  Friend

"Closed for Inventory" the sign reads. We all know what that means.  The company is taking stock, counting how many widgets and thingamajigs they've sold, how many they still have, what losses or damages they have incurred. And, depending when a particular company's fiscal year starts and ends, that's when inventory is taken. Once all this has been done, correct information is available when filing reports with banks, insurance companies, and the government.

It's now  inventory time in Jewish life. We are in the midst of the month of Elul, the month preceding the High Holidays. And, typically, the month contains many customs to put us in the mood for introspection and jolt us out of our lethargy or complacency.

The alarm clock of Elul is the shofar, blown every morning except for the eve of Rosh Hashana. The prophet Amos said, "Can the shofar be blown in the city and the people not tremble?" In ancient times, the shofar was a call to war. Aside from its yearly use on Rosh Hashana and at the closing service of Yom Kippur, it is also the one sound Jews have longed for endlessly, for it will herald the arrival of Moshiach.

That many of us hear the shofar sounded and do not tremble does not denote a lack of power on the part of the shofar to influence us but rather, unfortunately, our insensitivity to its message: "Wake up, you sleepers from your sleep and you slumberers from your slumber. Search your deeds and return in penitence."  The shofar is the "air raid siren" for the soul, though we must attune ourselves to it.

Greeting card companies do a burgeoning business during Elul, though the idea of Jewish New Year's cards have their basis in custom, not commercialism. Jewish custom has it that when we see or write to friends and acquaintances, we wish them a "good year," or that they be "written and sealed for good." This greeting is to remind us, and others, that these are days of judgment, when the reckoning of our Heavenly Account is taking place. And just as we ask for mercy for ourselves, we should also ask for G-d's kindness and compassion for our friends and relatives.

Lastly, Elul is the time when we especially try to i ncrease and enhance our performance of mitzvot. As thoroughly and scrupulously as we would examine the stockroom and look at each shelf when taking inventory, we must do similarly with our Jewish inventory. We're supposed to consider what losses and damages others have incurred at our expense, whether we really have all the good deeds in store that we think we have or tell others we have, what mitzvot we need to stock or restock for the coming year. And, thankfully, when taking Jewish inventory, we don't have to close up shop.

Shabbat Shalom,




While being called to the bima is a great honor on any occasion, High Holiday honors are particularly memorable. We are asking our Shul members to let us know how you might like to be part of the service. We are also suggesting donations for these honors in the hope that you understand the importance of these added contributions, given our very affordable dues and no building fund. These are the suggested amounts. 

Over the course of our Jewish history, the tradition developed to give Tzedaka in multiples of 18, which is the numerical value of the word “Chai”. The reason is because “Chai” means “Life”, and the blessing for the giving of Tzedaka is “Life”, whether in the sense of “Nachas” from our children, health, and prosperity. In this spirit, we’re recommending that contributions for High Holiday honors be made in multiples of 18.

The options over the course of the High Holiday season are:

1) An Aliya to the Torah, $540 – thirty times Chai

2) Raising the Torah (Hagba) or tying the Torah (Gelila), $360 - twenty times Chai 

3) Reading one of 10 English passages from the Machzor, $270 - fifteen times Chai

4) Opening the ark, $180 - ten times Chai.

Please contact Stanley Stein at
stan@stansteinlaw.com or click here to reserve your Aliyah.


Aliya Committee

Allan Wool
Stan Stein
Eric Rubin
Mitch Shifrin 




Yom Kippur, the first of four annual Yizkor services, will soon be upon us. The Yizkor prayers are said in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and on the last day of each of the Festivals of Passover, Shavu'ot and Sukkot. In these prayers we ask G-d to 'remember' the souls of family and friends who have passed away. Yizkor, to remember, also provides us with a special opportunity to connect with our loved ones.

We can ensure that your loved ones are indeed remembered at these 4 times.

Memory is especially powerful when the past can be an inspiration. When we remember them in our physical life, their life is not just a passive memory, but becomes active and their light eternal. For those who have passed on, they merit the continuous impact in both the physical world and the spiritual world-to-come.

For this reason part of the Yizkor service includes a pledge to tzedakah, charity, a mitzvah done on behalf of the deceased's soul. Another mitzvah is Torah study, which our tradition teaches brings spiritual benefits to the souls in whose merit the Torah is studied.

With this in mind, we will be creating a Yizkor booklet including the names of our loved ones. Each name will be included for $36 and will be used to support Torah classes. You create a double mitzvah – tzedakah and Torah study – on behalf of your loved ones.

We will mention every name in the Yizkor booklet as a part of the Keil Malei prayer at each of the four Yizkor services throughout the year. To participate, please click here.

DEADLINE for inclusion in the Yizkor Booklet is Tuesday, Sept. 8.
CLICK HERE for the donation form.  Please list all names you would like included.



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October 22, 6:30 pm

Learn to make and braid your own challah

At the Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center,  6220 East Dublin-Granville Rd., New Albany OH 43054


5k & kids dash


Sunday, October 25

New Albany High School, 7600 Fodor Rd., New Albany OH 43054 
(5k will take place in a marked route near the high school)

The "When I Grow Up 5K & Kids Dash" is a fun, family-friendly event that is so much more than a fundraiser. It's an opportunity to be active as a family, both physically and in the community.
This 5K road race & Kids Dash will serve as the primary fundraiser for one-on-one mentoring, financial literacy and traffic & safety programming at Lifetown.

Runners and Kid Dashers are encouraged to wear costumes to show what they want to be when they grow up.

LifeTown is a unique interactive world where children with special needs have fun while they practice important life skills through role play. At LifeTown children with disabilities find a place that has been specifically designed to meet their needs.

running shoeKids dash 8:00 am 
A fun introduction to running for the little ones,
approximately 50 meters on the track.  

Race fee $10 (multi-person discount available) 
5k walk or run 8:45am
An out-and-back trek around the New Albany High School campus. Race fee $25.00 (multi-person discount available) 

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Please contact Race Director Nicole Phillips with questions & for more information at
614-315-2037 or email

Registration ends October 24, 2015 @ 6:00pm EDT


High Holiday Services at the
Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center are
lively, engaging and inclusive.

• Traditional services blended with contemporary messages

• Insight into many holiday prayers

• Warm and welcoming environment

• Meaningful and enjoyable youth programming




Subject: "How meaningful and uplifting can a day of judgement be?"

Join us for a two-week course, as we understand the inner meaning of High Holidays.

September 10 & 17 at 7:30 pm




Sunday, Sept. 13

Light Candles at: 7:26 pm
Evening Services: 7:30 pm

Monday, Sept. 14
Morning Services: 9:00 am
Children's Services:
10:30 am - 1:00 pm*
Shofar Sounding: 11:00 am
Tashlich Services: 6:30 pm
Evening Services: 8:15 pm
Light Candles after: 8:23 pm

Tuesday, Sept. 15
Morning Services: 9:00 am
Children's Services:
10:30 am - 1:00 pm*
Shofar Sounding: 11:00 am


Tuesday, Sept. 22
Light Candles and Fast begins before: 7:11 pm
Kol Nidrei Services: 7:00 pm

Wednesday, Sept. 23
Morning Services: 9:00 am
Yizkor Service: 11:30 am
Children's Services:
10:30 am - 1:00 pm*
Mincha & Neilah Services: 6:45 pm
Conclusion of Fast: 8:07 pm

*Detailed schedule for children here:





A new series of classes just for teens starts Sunday, October 18 @ 11:00 am.



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Contact our volunteer coordinator Nancy Eisenmen to sign up.

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Weekly Torah study
Please join us for "A Journey into the Soul of Torah", a weekly Torah study. The class will continue on Thursdays at 7:30 pm at The Lori Schottenstein Chadbad Center. Open to all and free of charge. 
Kiddush Sponsorship
Opportunities Available
Looking for a meaningful way to recognize a special day? Consider sponsoring a Kiddush. For more information, please contact the Chabad office at 614-939-0765.

Candle Lighting Times for
New Albany, OH [Based on Zip Code 43054]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Aug 28
7:51 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Aug 29
8:50 pm
Torah Portion: Ki Teitzei

Schedule of Services

The Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center offers a full schedule of Shabbat services.

Come and be inspired for the rest of the week! For more information, please call us at 614-939-0765.

14 Elul 5775
Saturday, August 29, 2015

Morning Services: 9:30 a.m

CKids - ages 5-12: 10:45 a.m.

Torah and Tea*: 10:00 a.m.
*this class is now Dedicated in Memory of Rashi Minkowitz, ob"m, a community leader, mother and Shlucha

Tot Shabbot for 4 and under: 11:00 a.m.

KIDDUSH – 12:00 pm

15 Elul Av, 5775

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Shachrit: 6:30 p.m.

Parenting Class: 10:30 a.m.

Upcoming Events
Hebrew school first day
Aug. 30, 2015 - 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

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Thurs night Parsha class
Sep. 3, 2015 - 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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Parshat Ki Teitzei

Seventy-four of the Torah’s 613 commandments ( mitzvot) are in the Parshah of Ki Teitzei. These include the laws of the beautiful captive, the inheritance rights of the firstborn, the wayward and rebellious son, burial and dignity of the dead, returning a lost object, sending away the mother bird before taking her young, the duty to erect a safety fence around the roof of one’s home, and the various forms of kilayim (forbidden plant and animal hybrids).

Also recounted are the judicial procedures and penalties for adultery, for the rape or seduction of an unmarried girl, and for a husband who falsely accuses his wife of infidelity. The following cannot marry a person of Jewish lineage: a mamzer (someone born from an adulterous or incestuous relationship); a male of Moabite or Ammonite descent; a first- or second-generation Edomite or Egyptian.

Our Parshah also includes laws governing the purity of the military camp; the prohibition against turning in an escaped slave; the duty to pay a worker on time, and to allow anyone working for you—man or animal—to “ eat on the job”; the proper treatment of a debtor, and the prohibition against charging interest on a loan; the laws of divorce (from which are also derived many of the laws of marriage); the penalty of thirty-nine lashes for transgression of a Torah prohibition; and the procedures for yibbum (“ levirate marriage”) of the wife of a deceased childless brother, or chalitzah (“removing of the shoe”) in the case that the brother-in-law does not wish to marry her.

Ki Teitzei concludes with the obligation to remember “what Amalek did to you on the road, on your way out of Egypt.”

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