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19.01.2012 (2561 Days Ago)
United States, Indianapolis
TitleCelebrate Shabbat Mevarchim Parashat Va'Era
Place name Etz Chaim Sephardic!
Date start19.01.2012 16:04 (2561 Days Ago)
Date end24.01.2012 16:04 (2556 Days Ago)
Celebrate Shabbat Mevarchim Parashat Va'Era January 21 at Etz Chaim Sephardic!

Shabbat Mevarchim January 21 - Parashat Va’Era at Etz Chaim Sephardic Congregation

Weekend Prayer Services and Class Schedule:

Candle Lighting: Friday January 20 @ 5:31 PM


5:25 PM

Mincha and Welcoming Shabbat

Please confirm your attendance in order to ensure a quorum.

Shabbat 9:00 AM

Morning Service and Blessing of New Month!

Delicious Kiddush/Oneg.

Shabbat 1:25 PM




Women’s Class - with Rabanit Sarah

Immediately following Oneg (12:45pm)


5:10 PM

Men’s Class and Third Meal

with Songs of Shabbat


6:34 PM

Shabbat ENDS


7:30PM - 8:30 PM

Avot U’Banim NEW!

Fathers/sons program

with great videos





Up-Coming Classes and Events @ ETZ Chaim:

  1. Saturday January 21, 2012 and throughout Fall/Winter
  1. NEW! Avot U’Banim - Fathers and Sons (of all ages)
  2. 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Learning Program
  3. Refreshments, Snacks, and Raffles for prizes at the end
  4. Quality time with your child for 1 hour on Saturday night!
  1. Wednesday January 25, 2012 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  1. Men’s Learning Program every Wednesday night
  2. Learn with a group or partner in a relaxed environment
  1. Annual Dinner - Sunday February 26, 2012
  2. Hebrew Reading Crash Course Level I
  1. Starting Sunday January 8, 2012 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  2. Registration now closed as each class builds on the other
  3. To register, reply to this email.
  1. Hebrew Reading Crash Course Level II
  1. Starting Sunday January 8, 2012 from 11:30 PM - 1:00 PM
  2. Registration now closed as each class builds on the other
  3. To register, reply to this email.
  1. Crash Course in Jewish History
  1. Starting Thursday January 5, 2012 from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  2. Open and continuing classes for 5 weeks
  3. To register, reply to this email.
  1. The Shabbat Weekend Experience - TBA
  1. Communal Shabbat Experience @ Etz Chaim
  2. Delicious meals, inspiring speakers, special cantorial shabbat, and Saturday night live event!
  3. Stay Tuned for more exciting information!


The “Mi She’Berach”/Prayer for the Sick List

  1. List to be read during the “Mi She’Berach” portion of the service
  2. If you know of any friend or loved one that is ill, male and/or female, please forward the name, English name and Hebrew name (preferably Hebrew name and Hebrew name of mother)
  3. The names will also be mentioned for a speedy recovery during the propitious time of Challah baking for Shabbat!



  1. Do you have a few minutes to devote each week to visiting a sick or lonely member of the congregation?
  2. Opportunities to visit and training will be provided
  3. Please join the group now for this amazing mitzvah!


Are you interested in koshering your kitchen?

  1. Just give us a call at the Kahal
  2. We’ll be right beside you to guide you through the process (easier than you think)
  3. The Rabbi will personally come out to assist and guide.



  1. Volunteer to recite Tehillim/Psalms in English or Hebrew on your own time during weekdays or Shabbat.
  2. Commit to recite as many or as few Tehillim as you’d like.
  3. The goal: To complete the whole book of Tehillim communally every week for the speedy recovery of the sick.
  4. Co-ordinated by Rabanit Sarah. Please reply to this email.


Sponsorship and Dedication Opportunities:

  1. Etz Chaim Sephardic Library Study and Multimedia Collection
  2. Complete New Set of Sephardic Prayer Books for Shabbat and Holidays
  3. New Tallits/Prayer Shawls and Kipot
  4. Etz Chaim Mikveh Awareness Campaign
  5. Onegs, Sunday breakfasts, etc.


One Minute on the Parasha with Rabbi Cowen:

G-d tells Moshe to inform the Jewish People that He is going to take them out of Egypt; however, the Jewish People do not listen. G-d commands Moshe to go to Pharaoh and ask him to free the Jewish People. Although Aharon shows Pharaoh a sign by turning a staff into a snake, Pharaoh's magicians copy the sign, emboldening Pharaoh to refuse the request. G-d punishes the Egyptians and sends plagues of blood and frogs, but the magicians copy these miracles on a smaller scale, again encouraging Pharaoh's obstinacy. After the plague of lice, Pharaoh's magicians concede that only G-d could be performing these miracles. Only the Egyptians, and not the Jews in Goshen, suffer during the plagues. The onslaught continues with wild animals, pestilence, boils and fiery hail. However, despite Moshe's offers to end the plagues if Pharaoh will let the Jewish People leave, Pharaoh continues to harden his heart and refuses.


Your Prayer. Your Heritage. Your People. Good Food.

With Blessings and Success,

Rabbi Dr. Eytan M. Cowen

and the Staff and Volunteers of

Etz Chaim Sephardic Congregation

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