Scholars In Residence: October 25 – Edos in Denver, CO – Rabbi Moshe and Chasidah Pinchuk. October 31-November 1 – Shaare Tefila, Dallas, TX – Rabbi Yaakov Bieler.
Shul News: Yasher Koach to Emek Beracha, a shul in Palo Alto, CA that has come up with a schedule for everyone to help out a family whose two-year-old son has been in and out of the hospital because of a pool accident. Members sign up on-line to help out. You can sign up for one option that is for hospital shifts or to help at the house to make sure there is coverage whenever needed. The second option includes driving help for all kinds of appointments, errands, shopping, play dates, car pool, etc. People will be called as needs arise following the sign up on-line. Rebbetzin Shaindy Stewart of Westwood Kehilla, in L.A., has come up with a creative Shabbos afternoon program for families. Every Shabbos for three hours, the shul offers exclusive playtime with friends, families and kids in a local school playground. Rabbi Avi Stewart also gives a talk on the parsha each afternoon.
Safety First: Recently, a man from L.A. attempted to cross Pico Blvd. where there was no crosswalk or light even though both were available nearby. The man was hit by a car and luckily his injuries were minor. This incident should serve as a reminder that we must all be very careful while crossing our busy streets. Use intersections and designated crosswalks. With so many drivers in a rush, tired and texting, never assume you are safe.
Mazel Tov – Births: Jeremiah and Nicki Kaplan, a daughter.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Mazel Tov – Births: Shalom and Aliza Markman, a daughter (grandparents Rabbi Aryeh and Rochel Markman). Aron and Chanale Gross, a son (grandparents Rabbi Eliezer and Rivka Gross). Nachum and Elaina Hasalovici, a daughter. Drs. Mark and Lisa Blum, a son (grandparents Sam and Jeannette Guzik; great-grandmother Helen Dover. Dr. Roy and Yael Braid, a son (grandparents Jacob and Esther Barzideh). Rabbi Yitzchok and Chana Bader, a son. Nachum and Elaina Hascalovici, a daughter. Rabbi Yahel and Emunah Tsaidi, a son. Steven and Amelia Hoffman, twins. Rabbi Motti and Sharon Shenker, a son. Seth and Alana Isenberg of Silver Spring, MD, a son (grandparents Dr. Sherwin and Rina Isenberg).
Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvahs: Ezra Pollack, son of Josh and Tania Pollack. Dovi Mann, son of Simcha and Karina Mann.
Mazel Tov – Engagements: Yocheved Blau, daughter of Rabbi Mechie and Deena Blau to Moshe Hoffman of Brooklyn, NY. Sharon Franko, daughter of Sam and Tami Franko to Binyamin Frager of Queens, NY. Chaim Summers, son of Rabbi Yitzchak and Debbie Summers to Batsheva Kuhr of Baltimore, MD.
Mazel Tov – Weddings: Yoni Kest, son of Michael and Suri Kest to Esther Nusbaum of Far Rockaway, NY. Shaina Weiner, daughter of Richard and Esther Weiner to Michael Bank.
PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA
Mazel Tov – Births: Ari Tuchman and Liora Schultz, a son.
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Mazel Tov – Births: Rafi and Chaya Andrusier, a daughter (grandparents Rabbi Dovid and Rachel Smoller).
VALLEY VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA
Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvahs: Ezra Hirsch, son of Moshe and Michelle Hirsch.
Mazel Tov – Engagements: Eliana Blumenstein, daughter of Dr. Yisroel and Connie Blumenstein to Eli Baum of Washington Heights, NY.
WOODLAND HILLS, CALIFORNIA
Mazel Tov – Births: Eliyahu and Anna Neyman, a son (grandparents Alan and Rona Shapiro).
Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvah: Max Makovsky, son of Dr. Noah and Arin Makovsky.
Mazel Tov – Births: Yochanan and Sara Evans, two daughters.