A Time to Embrace

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A Time to Embrace

In 1948, just weeks after the proclamation of Israel’s independence, David Ben-Gurion, the new prime minister, and Menachem Begin, leader of the paramilitary force Irgun, opposed each other during the tense “Altalena Affair.” A complicated dispute about arms aboard the Altalena headed to the Tel Aviv beach pitted Jew against Jew and the Israel Defense Forces against the Irgun, resulting in 35 deaths and years of bitter enmity between Ben-Gurion and Begin.

That is the backdrop for a remarkable event 19 years later, told by Yehuda Avner in his 2010 book The Prime Ministers. Avner, who died this past spring at age 86 after a storied diplomatic career serving as an adviser to the likes of Golda Meir, Levi Eshkol, Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Begin, tells of a most unlikely embrace on the brink of Israel’s Six-Day War: archenemies Ben-Gurion and Begin clasping each other in jubilation over the prospect of the reunification of Jerusalem.

The tale reminds us that during times of hardship or contention we often have the opportunity to come together … but we do not always realize that opportunity. Ben-Gurion and Begin, tragically, did not manage to overcome their differences in 1948 – despite having a common foe – but circumstances did unite them years later.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe, of blessed memory, illuminated this duality in pointing out that the Hebrew word “Samach” means both “besieged” and “supported,” and that when we appear to be under siege G-d is at the same time supporting us, giving us an opportunity to recognize our differences and come together.

The Rebbe applies this to a verse describing the time when the Babylonian King Nevuchadnetzar laid siege to Jerusalem culminating in the destruction of the Bais Hamikdash – The Temple.  The verse states, “Samach Melech Bavel.”  In its simple meaning, the word “Samach” describes the siege, however, considering the word “Samach” also means “support,” the verse is alluding to the fact that G-d is providing a tremendous opportunity of support through Nevuchadnetzar’s siege.  Our people, thrown together under another’s rule, had the opportunity to thrive anew as a united community. But, unfortunately, our people failed to realize the opportunity to come together in the wake of Nevuchadnetzar’s invasion, continuing to bicker, succumb to petty distractions, distance themselves from one another, and our people fell into disarray.

Today, we recognize much of what divides us in our Jewish community. Most topical is the split over the proposed deal with Iran, slated for a vote in Congress in a matter of days. But we also are divided by judgments on each other’s level of Jewish observance, Israel policies, attitudes about assimilation and many other issues.

This Rosh Hashana, as we pray for a good year ahead, let us vow to embrace each other as fellow Jews and fellow human beings so our prayers will be heard.  Let us come together and be a source of support to family and friends encouraging growth in the study of Torah and in the performance of Mitzvot.  Through Torah and Mitzvot we strengthen our bond with our Judaism and strengthen ourselves as one people.  G-d is always supporting us, particularly in more turbulent times, and we need to move toward our oneness to uplift ourselves and fortify ourselves to make the most of the year that awaits us.   

Shabbot Shalom,




special-shabbos.pngFriday night Kabbalet Shabbat at Chabad!

Sept. 11, 2015
6:30 pm

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Chaya and Danny
this Shabbos!


There will be a second opportunity to hear the shofur for those
who missed it earlier. Join us at Chabad Columbus for the 6:30 Tashlich services.




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 has been extended to Wed., Sept. 16.
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




You may also order by emailing Rozanne Stern and paying when you pick up your order. 

Leave your phone or email with the office to be notified when the "Soup's On!"

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.

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Kids 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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FEE: $20 per class
$115 for entire year includes textbook.

Sign up for individual classes or the entire year.


CONTACT: 614.939.0765




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LifeTown provides life skills training for children with disabilities. We rely on volunteers to make our unique program work.
Contact our volunteer coordinator Nancy Eisenmento 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, Sep 11
7:29 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Sep 12
8:26 pm
Holiday Begins:
Sunday, Sep 13
7:26 pm
Second Day Holiday:
Monday, Sep 14
8:23 pm
Holiday Ends:
Tuesday, Sep 15
8:21 pm
Torah Portion: Nitzavim

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.

28 Elul 5775
Saturday, Sept. 12, 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

29 Elul Av, 5775

Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015

Shachrit: 9:45 am

Parenting Class: 10:30 a.m.

Rosh Hashana Services: 7:30 pm 

Upcoming Events
High Holidays classes
Sep. 10, 2015 - 7:30 pm

More Info »
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Sep. 13, 2015 - 7:30 pm

More Info »
Rosh Hashanah Day 2
Sep. 15, 2015 - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Parshat Nitzavim

The Parshah of Nitzavim includes some of the most fundamental principles of the Jewish faith:

The unity of Israel: “You stand today, all of you, before the L‑rd your G‑d: your heads, your tribes, your elders, your officers, and every Israelite man; your young ones, your wives, the stranger in your gate; from your wood-hewer to your water-drawer.”

The future redemption: Moses warns of the exile and desolation of the Land that will result if Israel abandons G‑d’s laws, but then he prophesies that in the end, “You will return to the L‑rd your G‑d . . . If your outcasts shall be at the ends of the heavens, from there will the L‑rd your G‑d gather you . . . and bring you into the Land which your fathers have possessed.”

The practicality of Torah: “For the mitzvah which I command you this day, it is not beyond you, nor is it remote from you. It is not in heaven . . . It is not across the sea . . . Rather, it is very close to you, in your mouth, in your heart, that you may do it.”

Freedom of choice: “I have set before you life and goodness, and death and evil: in that I command you this day to love G‑d, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments . . . Life and death I have set before you, blessing and curse. And you shall choose life.”

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