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28.12.2011 (2584 Days Ago)
United States, Indianapolis
TitleShabbat Shalom Indianapolis,IN
Place nameEtz Chaim
Date start28.12.2011 14:37 (2583 Days Ago)
Date end03.01.2012 14:37 (2577 Days Ago)


Shabbat December 31 - Parashat Vayigash at Etz Chaim Sephardic Congregation

Weekend Prayer Services and Class Schedule:

Candle Lighting: Friday December 30 @ 5:10 PM


5:00 PM

Mincha and Welcoming Shabbat

Please confirm your attendance in order to ensure a quorum.

Shabbat 9:00 AM

Morning Service

Delicious Kiddush/Oneg.

Shabbat 1:15 PM




Women’s Class - with Rabanit Sarah

Immediately following Oneg (12:45pm)


5:00 PM

Men’s Class and Third Meal

with Songs of Shabbat


6:15 PM

Shabbat ENDS


7:30PM - 8:30 PM

Avot U’Banim NEW!


Fathers/sons program

with great videos

9:00 AM Sunday

Morning Prayers


Up-Coming Classes and Events @ ETZ Chaim:

  1. Saturday December 31, 2011 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. Spend some quality time with your child for 1 hour on Saturday night!
  5. Sponsored in memory of Mr. Harvey Hanania Cohen a”h
  1. Wednesday January 4, 2011
  1. Men’s Learning Program every Wednesday night
  2. 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  3. Learn by yourself or with a group or partner in a relaxed environment
  1. Annual Dinner - Sunday January 8, 2012 (Tentative)
  2. Hebrew Reading Crash Course Level I
  1. Starting Sunday January 8, 2012 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  2. Registration is still open and seats are filling up fast!
  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 is still open and seats are filling up fast!
  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. Registration is still open and seats are filling up fast!
  3. To register, reply to this email.
  1. Crash Course in Basic Judaism
  1. Starting Thursday February 9, 2012 from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  2. Registration is still open and seats are filling up fast!
  3. To register, reply to this email.
  1. Friday February 24, 2012 - Shabbat February 25
  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!


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:


With the discovery of the goblet in Binyamin's sack (end of last week’s Parasha), the brothers are confused. Yehuda alone steps forward and petitions Yosef for Binyamin's release, offering himself instead. As a result of this act of total selflessness, Yosef finally has irrefutable proof that his brothers are different people from the ones who cast him into the pit, and so he now reveals to them that he is none other than their brother. The brothers are speechless and in complete shame, but Yosef consoles them, telling them that everything has been part of G-ds plan. He sends them back to their father Yaakov with a message to come and reside in the land of Goshen. At first, Yaakov cannot accept the news, but when he recognizes hidden signs in the message which positively identify the sender as his son Yosef, his spirit is revived. Yaakov together with all his family and possessions sets out for Goshen. G-d communicates with Yaakov in a vision at night. He tells him not to fear going down to Egypt and its negative spiritual consequences, because it is there that G-d will establish the Children of Israel as a great nation even though they will be dwelling in a land steeped in immorality and corruption. The Torah lists Yaakov's offspring and hints to the birth of Yocheved, who will be the mother of Moshe Rabbeinu. Seventy souls in total descend into Egypt, where Yosef is reunited with his father after 22 years of separation. He embraces his father and weeps, overflowing with joy. Yosef secures the settlement of his family in Goshen. Yosef takes his father Yaakov and five of his brothers to be presented to Pharaoh, and Yaakov blesses Pharaoh. Yosef instructs that in return for grain, all the people of Egypt must give everything to Pharaoh, including themselves as his slaves. Yosef then redistributes the population, except for the Egyptian priests who are directly supported by a stipend from Pharaoh. The Children of Israel become settled, and their numbers multiply greatly.

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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