Thursday, August 17, 2017

Why Can't My Husband TELL ME He'll be Late?

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Question of the Week:
 
My husband just doesn't seem to get it. He came home over an hour late last night without so much as calling to tell me that he won't be on time. This is the fifth time he has done this and we are only married three months! It may seem petty but it upsets me greatly. I don't want him to see me as a nagging wife. What should I do?
 
Answer:
 
There is something you need to know about men. They are loners. Being in a relationship is unnatural to them. They do not automatically think about how their actions affect someone else. The default emotional state of a man is loneliness.
 
This is not true of women. A woman has an innate sense of relationship, of connection to others. A woman naturally shares of herself and bonds with others, a man does not. She is a relationship being, he is a lonely being.
 
Of course, it is a huge generalisation to say that all men are loners and all women are connectors. Generalisations are never accurate. But to say generalisations are never accurate is itself a generalisation, and thus not accurate either. 

So let's generalise: Man's natural state is to be single. Woman's natural state is to be in a couple.
 
There is a solid base for this theory. It stretches all the way back to the beginning of time, to the first man and the first woman, Adam and Eve. 

Adam was created alone. His original state was that of a bachelor. But Eve was created from Adam. She was never single. Eve by her very nature was a relationship being, because she was created with her partner next to her. She had an inborn sense of interconnectedness, she intuitively knew that we are not alone in this world, that our actions impact others and that we must be sensitive to those around us. This was innate to her psyche, for she was never alone. 

But all this was new to Adam. He had to learn what a relationship means, and how to be aware of another, for at his core he was a lonely being.
 
Adam is the essential man, and Eve the essential woman. And so until today women are relationship beings and men are lonely beings. Not that all women are good at relationships, and not that all men are hopeless hermits. Rather, women are more likely to know how to bond with others, and men are more likely to need to learn how to connect.
 
So your husband has no idea why you are upset when he comes home late. He may be thinking, "Why can't she occupy herself until I get there? Is she so insecure that she can't look after herself for an extra hour or so?" What he doesn't yet understand is that while he is a loner, you are a connector. You don't need him to be physically with you all the time, but emotionally, he must be with you all the time. If he would just call to say he is late, you will not be feel alone, because he showed that he cares, he has bonded with you.
 
Eve's mission was to help Adam come out of his isolation and learn how to connect. You need to do this too. Explain to your husband that it is not his lateness that upsets you, it is that he wasn't considerate enough to communicate his lateness to you. Help him understand that he is no longer alone, and show him how beautiful the world is when shared with someone else. 

Give it time. You can't cure existential loneliness overnight. But if you persevere, with gentleness and love, he will open up that lonely place inside him and let you in. Then you can share your lives in your own Garden of Eden, and never be lonely again.
 
Good Shabbos,
Rabbi Moss


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Friday, 18 August, 2017 |26 Av 5777
Candle Lighting................... 5:09pm 
Mincha............................... 5:20pm
Friday Evening Service......... 6:00pm 
with special guest speaker Rabbi Michoel Gourarie
Followed by Kiddush.
 
Shabbos, 19 August , 2017 | 27 Av 5777
(No Parsha Class this week)
Children's program................. 10:45am
Shabbos Morning Service ........ 10:00am- 12:20pm 
with special guest speaker Rabbi Chida Levitansky
Followed by Kiddush.
 
Mincha with Pirkei Ovos Ch 6
followed by Seudah Shlishis ........ 5:05pm
Shabbos ends and Maariv............ 6:06pm
Followed by Havdalah
 
WEEKDAY SHACHARIS SERVICES
Sunday .......................... 8:00am
Mon - Fri......................... 7:00am
Latest Shema this week.... 9:13am
 
NEW MOON/MOLAD
TUESDAY 22 AUGUST | 10:44:15am
ROSH CHODESH ELUL | TUES-WED 22-23 AUGUST
 
MAZAL TOV TO
Wayne and Michelle Kaplan on the Bat Mitzvah this weekend of their twin daughters Jaime and Taylor. Mazal Tov to Grandparents; Fiona Kaplan, Margaret and Steve Serda and the entire family.  

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO
Liorah Kessel.......... 28 Av/ Sunday 20 August
Carmelle Hedges..... 28 Av/ Sunday 20 August
Romy Lessem......... 29 Av/ Monday 21 August
Ruth Gold  ............ 29 Av/ Monday 21 August
Anu Shem..............30 Av/ Tuesday 22 August
Pia Ink.................. 03 Elul/ Friday 25 August
Joshua Waine......... 03 Elul/ Friday 25 August
 
LONG LIFE TO
Rene Bermeister for her late father
Yaakov ben Natan.... 28 Av/ Sunday 20 August
Leslie Tanchum for his late father Benzion Tanchum
Benzion ben Natan Nota.... 30 Av/ Tuesday 22 August
Shirley, Brian, Steven and Jeffrey Sher & Rolene Markson for their late husband and father Hilton Sher Yona Ben Avraham.... 30 Av / Tuesday 22 August
 
THANK YOU TO
Rabbi Michoel Gourarie, Rabbi Levi Gourarie and Rabbi Chida Levitansky for their help at Nefesh over Shabbos whilst we are away at the Nefesh Shabbaton in Jamberoo. 
 
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Can I Miss My Soulmate?

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Question of the Week:
 
A friend and I have been going back and forth in regards to dating. She is in no rush to get married, but feels pressured to "get out there" lest she miss out on her soulmate. I say what will be will be, and if it is meant to happen then it will. Can one's soulmate be "stolen" if they don't act in haste?
 
Answer:
 
It is most certainly possible to miss out on your soulmate. 
 
The Talmud discusses certain times of the year when Jewish law does not allow weddings to take place. One of them is during a festival, like Pesach, as we do not want to mix celebrations together. However the Talmud says that while you can't perform a wedding during a festival, you can make shidduch - a match between prospective mates with a view to get married. The reasoning the Talmud gives is that while a wedding can wait until after the festival, if you delay making a match someone else may beat you to your soulmate. 
 
But how can one person take a soulmate destined for someone else? 
 
Through raising your soul to a higher level. 
 
If you work on yourself, improve your character and refine yourself to a new spiritual plane, then your soulmate changes. A new improved soul gets a new improved soulmate.
 
And who will be that new improved soulmate? Someone whose original soulmate has either fallen to a lower spiritual level and doesn't deserve them anymore, or is dithering around, wondering if they are ready to get married...
 
This teaches us an amazing principle in soulmate searching. The two things that can cause you to lose your soulmate are spiritual decline, or lack of real effort. And the two things that will most help you find your soulmate are self-improvement, and determined effort.
 
Sit around and nothing will happen. But as long as you are out there, and as long as you are working on yourself, you will find him.
 
Good Shabbos,
Rabbi Moss
 
Sources: 
Talmud Moed Katan 18b, Arizal Shaar Hagilgulim Hakdoma 8

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A Family in Crisis PLEASE HELP
 
It has come to our attention that a certain family in our community is in urgent medical and financial crisis. Due to the magnitude of their needs, their situation warrants a wider community response.
 
The parents of this family were working fulltime until the wife was struck with serious medical issues.
 
She suffered a number of strokes and underwent brain surgery, leaving her with physical and cognitive impairment and emotional instability.
She has diabetes and unfortunately had to have one of her legs amputated. She is losing her sight. Her kidney function has also been affected.
She has recently been in and out of hospital for serious wound care.
She has had great difficulties with her prosthesis. As a result she is not mobile. She needs to see a private doctor and have private physiotherapy to facilitate her rehabilitation.
She has carpal tunnel in both hands and needs surgery for them.
All of this is complicated by the fact that they have no private health coverage, as they can not afford it. They do not have the funds for much needed private medical services: doctors, tests, physiotherapists etc. Having quality care for her at this moment is vital due to her complicated medical issues.
 
They have children, some themselves with medical issues, one in particular with a serious condition, which necessitates her to be in hospital for considerable amounts of time. This child does have private health care, but even so there is a significant shortfall in finances.
 
The husband works full time. He is himself not in the best of health. Whenever his wife is in hospital he must be with her as she cannot emotionally manage without him.  In those circumstances, he misses work and does not get paid.
 
There is therefore a serious shortfall between their weekly income and their expenses. They are falling behind in a very big way.
 
A small group has been formed to assist this family including Mrs Hadassa Bension, who has been employed as a rehabilitation carer for the wife, and is helping with medical management and counselling.
 
Because of the family's complex and chronic financial and medical situation, we are appealing to the wider community for help to ensure the situation does not deteriorate any further.
 
We want to help this family in the most dignified, respectful, responsible, organised and transparent manner. To that end, all funds will be directed to Tikva Inc. - a tax-deductible charity organisation run efficiently with meticulous and up to date records by Mrs Devora Markovits and her board. She will pay all this family's bills and expenses directly to ensure that their needs are met.
 
We urge you to help as much as you can by donating to the account below, and thank you so much for your assistance in this very worthy and urgent cause.
 
Please make your tax deductible donation to:
Name:  Tikva Inc.     
BSB: 032051    
Account No: 849297
 
Wishing you blessing and success,

Rabbi Eli Cohen           Rabbi Michoel Chriqui    Rabbi Michoel Gourarie
Rabbi Reuvein Klein     Rabbi Paul Lewin           Rabbi Aron Moss
Rabbi Avrohom Perlow Rabbi Levi Wolff            Rabbi Shua Solomon
 

SHABBOS SERVICES TIMES AND COMMUNITY INFO 
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Friday, 11 August, 2017 |19 Av 5777
Candle Lighting.............................5:05pm 
Mincha........................................ 5:15pm
Friday Evening Service...................6:00pm
Followed by a HOT soup Kiddush.
 
Shabbos, 12 August , 2017 | 20 Av 5777
In depth Parsha Class............... 9:00am
Children's program.................. 10:45am
Shabbos Morning Service ........ 10:00am- 12:20pm 
Followed by Kiddush sponsored by Julian & David Cappe who are commemorating yortzheit for their late father Peter Cappe, Pinchas Zvi ben Shimon- Long Life.
 
Mincha with Pirkei Ovos Ch 5
followed by Seudah Shlishis ......... 5:00pm
Shiur with Rabbi Moss.......... ........5:35pm
Shabbos ends and Maariv............. 6:02pm
Followed by Havdalah
 
WEEKDAY SHACHARIS SERVICES
Sunday .............................. 8:00am
Mon - Fri............................. 7:00am
Latest Shema this week.........9:17am
 
MAZAL TOV TO
Vitali Broyda and Karen Uziel on their engagement!
 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO
Jaime Kaplan......................... 20 Av/ Saturday 12 August
Taylor Kaplan........................ 20 Av/ Saturday 12 August
Hannah Jones........................ 20 Av/ Saturday 12 August
Jared Stein............................ 20 Av/ Saturday 12 August
Yair Morris..............................21 Av/ Sunday 13 August
Anna Segre............................ 26 Av/ Friday 18 August
Yisrael- Shemaya Ezekiel......... 26 Av/ Friday 18 August
 
LONG LIFE TO
Jonathan Isdale for his late mother Stella Israel
Sara bas Max... 20 Av/ Saturday 12 August
David & Julian Cappe for their late father Peter Cappe,
Pinchus ben Shimon ...21 Av/ Sunday 13 August
Pia Ink for her late brother Zachariah Wolanski 
Zachariah ben Shoshana Rivka...25 Av/ Thurs 17 August
Samantha Jacobs for her late grandmother Violet Jacob 
Aziza bat Rivka...25 Av/ Thursday 17 August
 
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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Mission Fulfilled, Now What?

FAMILY IN CRISIS - PLEASE HELP see below 

Question of the week:
 
I have a fear of dying. But it expresses itself in a weird way. I have read stories of people doing one mitzvah and then dropping dead, because that one good deed was their life mission. So now every time I do something good, I think maybe this is my last. This freaks me out and it isn't good. Should I try not to fulfill my mission so I can live, or do good deeds and die?
 
Answer:
 
There are two types of workers: employees and contractors. A contractor is there to do their job, and that's it. As long as I have completed the tasks given me, as long as the items on my to-do list are all ticked off, I have done my bit and I can go home.
 
But an employee has to work not until the job is done, but until the day is over. It is not enough that my immediate tasks are completed, I have to seek out more work and ensure every moment of the day is productive. Otherwise I am short-changing my employer. 
 
We live in G-d's big factory, and we are all workers, each with a specific role to play, in the grand scheme of creating a world of goodness. And we have a choice. We can either suffice with fulfilling our obligation alone, and no more, or we can go beyond that, and refuse to rest until the job is done, until the world overflows with goodness.
 
If you choose to work like a contractor, only seeking to fulfill your mission, you should know, once your job is done, you have nothing more to offer, and it is time for you to leave this world. But if you choose to be an employee, to serve G-d not for your own self-fulfillment but for His sake, then there is no end to the good you can do. And so even once you have fulfilled your personal mission, you go on to more and more tasks until your day is up.
 
Never say I have done enough. And don't be scared of running out of good deeds to do. There's still plenty of work to do. So do it.
 
Good Shabbos,
Rabbi Moss
 
PS. There are rare cases when a soul is sent down here with one single mission to achieve, and once that is done, they are free to go back to heaven.  Sad for us, these special souls leave us early, and we should be thankful for ever having met them.
 
Source: A Letter of the Rambam


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Rabbi Menachem Wolf of Spiritgrow in Melbourne - one of the most talented and charismatic teachers of meditation and Kabbalah around today.
 
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A Family in Crisis PLEASE HELP
 
It has come to our attention that a certain family in our community is in urgent medical and financial crisis. Due to the magnitude of their needs, their situation warrants a wider community response.
 
The parents of this family were working fulltime until the wife was struck with serious medical issues.
 
She suffered a number of strokes and underwent brain surgery, leaving her with physical and cognitive impairment and emotional instability.
She has diabetes and unfortunately had to have one of her legs amputated. She is losing her sight. Her kidney function has also been affected.
She has recently been in and out of hospital for serious wound care.
She has had great difficulties with her prosthesis. As a result she is not mobile. She needs to see a private doctor and have private physiotherapy to facilitate her rehabilitation.
She has carpal tunnel in both hands and needs surgery for them.
All of this is complicated by the fact that they have no private health coverage, as they can not afford it. They do not have the funds for much needed private medical services: doctors, tests, physiotherapists etc. Having quality care for her at this moment is vital due to her complicated medical issues.
 
They have children, some themselves with medical issues, one in particular with a serious condition, which necessitates her to be in hospital for considerable amounts of time. This child does have private health care, but even so there is a significant shortfall in finances.
 
The husband works full time. He is himself not in the best of health. Whenever his wife is in hospital he must be with her as she cannot emotionally manage without him.  In those circumstances, he misses work and does not get paid.
 
There is therefore a serious shortfall between their weekly income and their expenses. They are falling behind in a very big way.
 
A small group has been formed to assist this family including Mrs Hadassa Bension, who has been employed as a rehabilitation carer for the wife, and is helping with medical management and counselling.
 
Because of the family's complex and chronic financial and medical situation, we are appealing to the wider community for help to ensure the situation does not deteriorate any further.
 
We want to help this family in the most dignified, respectful, responsible, organised and transparent manner. To that end, all funds will be directed to Tikva Inc. - a tax-deductible charity organisation run efficiently with meticulous and up to date records by Mrs Devora Markovits and her board. She will pay all this family's bills and expenses directly to ensure that their needs are met.
 
We urge you to help as much as you can by donating to the account below, and thank you so much for your assistance in this very worthy and urgent cause.
 
Please make your tax deductible donation to:
Name:  Tikva Inc.     
BSB: 032051    
Account No: 849297
 
Wishing you blessing and success,

Rabbi Eli Cohen           Rabbi Michoel Chriqui    Rabbi Michoel Gourarie
Rabbi Reuvein Klein     Rabbi Paul Lewin           Rabbi Aron Moss
Rabbi Avrohom Perlow Rabbi Levi Wolff            Rabbi Shua Solomon
 

SHABBOS SERVICES TIMES AND COMMUNITY INFO 
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Friday, 4 August, 2017 |12 Av 5777
Candle Lighting............... 5:00pm 
Mincha........................... 5:10pm
Friday Evening Service..... 6:00pm
Followed by Kiddush sponsored by Larnce Gold in honour of the Yortzheit of his grandmother, Dora Goldbaum (D'Vora bat Eliyahu) on 14 Av - Long Life.
 
Shabbos, 5 August , 2017 | 13 Av 5777
In depth Parsha Class.............. 9:00am
Children's program................. 10:45am
Shabbos Morning Service ........ 10:00am- 12:20pm 
Followed by a Communal Lunch sponsored by The Barukh family in memory of Farha Na'ima Bat Lulu a"h.
L'Chaim by Karen & Steven Sher in honour of Ethan's Bar Mitzvah this Shabbos - Mazal Tov.  
 
Mincha with Pirkei Ovos Ch 4
Bar Mitzvah of Ethan Lasarow
followed by Seudah Shlishis in honour of the Bar Mitzvah ...4:45pm
Shabbos ends and Maariv...5:57pm
Followed by Havdalah
 
WEEKDAY SHACHARIS SERVICES
Sunday ............................ 8:00am
Mon - Fri........................... 7:00am
Latest Shema this week...... 9:21am
 
MAZAL TOV TO
Reverend and Mrs Amzalak on the forthcoming wedding of their granddaughter Nechama Moskovitz to Mendy Levitan, in Kharkov on 10 August/ 18 Av
Mazal Tov to Ethan Lasarow and his entire family on the occasion of his Bar Mitzvah!
 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO
Lana Goldshaft................... 17 Av/ Wednesday 9 August
 
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO
Dean & Heidi Krowitz......... 17 Av/ Wednesday 9 August
Craig & Sheryl Deubler....... 19 Av/ Friday 11 August
 
LONG LIFE TO
Larnce Gold for his late grandmother Dora Goldbaum
D'Vora bat Eliyahu... 14 Av/ Sunday 6 August
Charlene Klein for her late mother Doreen... 16 Av/ Tuesday 8 August
Evelyn Mike for her late mother Marianna Margaret Mike
Rivka bat Menachem Mendel...16 Av/ Tuesday 8 August
Adam Pisk for his late grandmother Frida Pisk
Frida bat Yoseph Chaim...17 Av/ Wednesday 9 August
 
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Shabbos Day 12 August
 
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Shabbos Day 19 August

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Lessons from the Mighty Mosquito

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Question of the Week:
 
I am emailing you at 3:30am because I can't sleep. Nothing very dramatic, but there is a mosquito in my room that keeps buzzing in my ear and driving me crazy. So I got thinking, why did G-d create mosquitos? What possible purpose could they serve other than annoying people when they are trying to sleep?
 
Answer:
 
Be careful who you call annoying. That mosquito may deserve more respect than you think.
 
Indeed, the Talmud has some harsh words for mosquitoes. It says that while all creatures contribute to the grand scheme of nature, the mosquito is one exception. It is a consumer, but not a giver. It survives by sucking the blood produced by others, but doesn't itself produce anything useful for the world. To take and not give back is the exact opposite of holiness.
 
And yet, a mosquito may in some cases be better than a human being. Because even when a mosquito annoys you or bites you, it is just doing what it was created to do. But when a person annoys and bites, causes pain and fails to make the world better, then we are lower than a mosquito, because we are neglecting to fulfill the mission for which we were created. A blood-sucking, sleep depriving mosquito is just doing the job of being a mosquito, but a selfish, lazy or spiteful person is not what a person is supposed to be. 
 
In this way, the mosquito does actually make a valuable contribution to the world. It teaches us this very lesson, that being a good mosquito is not being a good person. Unless you want to be worse than an annoying insect, you had better be contributing to the world in a positive way. A day cannot go by without doing a mitzvah. We are not on this earth to eat and party and sit around watching our life go by, we are here to create a buzz about goodness and fix the world. The mosquito is doing his buzz, you do yours.
 
For that you might need to get some sleep.
 
Good night,
Rabbi Moss
 
Sources: 
Talmud Gittin 56b, Sanhedrin 38a, Tanya Chapter 24, Sicha Achron Shel Pesach 5744


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SHABBOS SERVICES TIMES AND COMMUNITY INFO 
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Friday, 28 July, 2017 |5 Av 5777
Candle Lighting................ 4:55pm 
Mincha............................ 5:05pm
Friday Evening Service.......6:00pm
Kiddush sponsored by the Barukh family in memory of Farha Na'ima bat Lulu a"h.
 
Shabbos, 29 July, 2017 | 6 Av 5777
In depth Parsha Class NOT ON THIS WEEK
Children's program................. 10:45am
Shabbos Morning Service ........ 10:00am- 12:20pm 
Kiddush sponsored by Matthew & Elana Jones 
 
Mincha with Pirkei Ovos Ch 3
followed by Seudah Shlishis ............  4:50pm
Gematria and story by Rev Amzalak....5:15pm
Shiur with Rabbi Moss.......... ............5:35pm
Shabbos ends and Maariv.................. 5:53pm
Followed by Havdalah
 
EREV TISHA B'AV | MONDAY 31 JULY
FAST BEGINS 5:15PM
TISHA B'AV | TUESDAY 1 AUGUST
FAST ENDS 5:42PM
SEE BELOW FOR TISHA B'AV PROGRAM
 
WEEKDAY SHACHARIS SERVICES
Sunday ............................ 8:00am
Mon - Fri........................... 7:00am
Latest Shema this week.......9:24am
 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO
Noah Weinberg........ 2 Av/ Tuesday 25 July
Charli Berkovits....... 2 Av/ Tuesday 25 July
Lior Freedman......... 3 Av/ Wednesday 26 July
Nicholas Levy.......... 5 Av/ Friday 28 July
Toby Stein..............12 Av/Friday 4 August
 
LONG LIFE TO
Ivan Basserabie for his late father
Moshe Chaim ben Avrohom... 9 Av/ Tuesday 1 August
Cecile Margolin for her late mother Esther Kaplan 
Esther bat Avraham... 11 Av/ Thursday 3 August
Magda Schaffer for her late husband Paul Schaffer 
Pinchus ben Shmuel...11 Av / Thursday 3 August
Les Regos for his late father Joseph Regos
Yoseph...13 Av/ Saturday 5 August

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Monday Night 31 July (fast begins 5:15pm)
Evening Service 6:30pm and a reading of the Book of Lamentations, chanted by Rabbi Sufrin with explanations by Rabbi Moss, followed by:
 
Bar Mitzvah in Auschwitz - a video lecture with survivor Rabbi Nissen Mangel (see flyer above)
 
Tuesday 1 August
Morning service 7am including Kinnos service led by Rev Amzalak with explanations and stories of the destruction of the Temple by Rabbi Moss

Mincha 4:30pm (with Tefillin) followed by words of Torah and Maariv
Fast ends 5:42pm
 
Breaking the Fast sponsored by R' Eli Barukh in memory of his grandfather R' Barukh ben Yitzchak Rachamim A"H
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Basic $120 | Deluxe $200

SHABBOS DAY: Herring & L'Chaim- $90 (+ B.Y.O Whisky) | Standard $350

KIDS KIDDUSH & SHABBOS PROGRAM : $180
 
CURRENT DATES AVAILABLE:

Friday Night 11 August
Shabbos Day 12 August
 
Friday Night 18 August 
Shabbos Day 19 August

Shabbos Day 26 August 

*prices quoted above are for the regular community of 120ppl




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