Shabbat Announcements — December 14-15, 2018 — Shabbat Vayigash

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Shabbat Vayigash
6-7 Tevet, 5779 / December 14-15, 2018

December Calendar & Happenings (printable):
Update from LMS Security Committee:

Shabbat Vayigash

Shacharit: 7:00 and 8:00 am 
Candle Lighting: 4:18 pm
Mincha followed by Kabbalat Shabbat: 4:25 pm 
TVT: 5:25 pm
Shabbat Day
Shacharit: 7:159 & 9:15 am 

Mincha Gedola:12:26 pm 
Early Mincha: 2:45 pm

Mincha: 4:10 pm 

Maariv: 5:23 pm
Shabbat Ends: 5:28 pm


Shacharit: 6:45, 7:30 & 8:30 a.m.
Monday & Thursday
Shacharit: 6:45 & 8 a.m.
Tuesday, Asarah B’Tevet:
Fast Begins: 5:50 a.m.
Shacharit: 6:30 & 8:00 a.m.
Mincha: 4:05 p.m.
Maariv: 4:50 p.m.
Fast Ends: 5:15 p.m.

Wednesday & Friday
Shacharit: 7:00 a.m. & 8:00 a.m.
Sunday – Thursday Mincha/Maariv: 4:25 p.m.

Sephardic Minyan  

Monday-Friday Korbanot: 6:30 a.m. / Hodu: 6:45 a.m. 

Mincha Friday same as

LMS Mincha  

Shabbat Korbanot:

8:45 a.m. / Hodu: 9:00 a.m.    

Sunday Korbanot:

8:00 a.m. / Hodu: 8:15 a.m. 

Many LMS kids have severe nut allergies.  Please do not bring nut items into the shul, and be especially mindful in the youth and baby rooms.

This week’s Kiddush is sponsored by Ruth and Ronel Elul, in gratitude to the LMS Community for honoring Ronel with Chatan Breishit. The Kiddush  also commemorates 
the upcoming Yahrzeit of Ronel’s mother, Gitta Elul, z”l. 


Seudah Shlishit has been sponsored by Dale Dunoff and family in commemoration of the yahrzeit of Dr. Aryeh Dunoff, Z”L.
Bimah Flowers have been sponsored by Len Schachter in celebration of the 78th anniversary of his Bar Mitzvah this Shabbat! Mazal Tov! 
Bimah Flowers have also been sponsored by Larah and Jon Kirschner in honor of Mayan’s Bat Mitzvah. “Mazal Tov to [their] creative, fun, spunky, insightful, kind and beautiful Mayan! Mommy and Abba love you!” 
Shabbat Groups this week have been sponsored by Lori and Leon Salkin in honor of Zachy’s 6th birthday and the amazing job he does davening Adon Olam from the Bima
The K/1 Shabbat Group this week has been sponsored by McKenzie and Asher Kohn in honor of Esther’s birthday.

Mazal Tov to Yaela and Neil Baine upon the birth of a granddaughter, Netzach Hodaya, born to Naomi and Barry Dolinger of Providence, RI!  

Mazal Tov to David and Rachel Chiger upon the birth of a son! The Shalom Zachar will be at the home of Sara and Dani Hirsch – 248 Stoneway Lane in Merion from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. The bris will be IY”H this Thursday morning after the 8 a.m. Shacharit at LMS, which will take place in the Main Sanctuary.  

Tea & Torah, this Shabbat, December 15th
Julia Frankston-Morris will speak this Shabbat at a Tea & Torah at 3:00 p.m. at the home of Rachel Mazurek.

LMS Old Member/New Member Party, this Motzei Shabbat, Dec. 15th at 8:00 p.m.


Join us for dinner, drinks & fun!

Motzei Shabbat, December 15th at 8:00 p.m.

Our annual Old Member / New Member Party will be held at
the home of Sara & Josh Bleier. Join us for dinner, drinks, and fun!

“Old” members are $20 per person payable at the door.
“New” members are free and warmly invited as our guests.

CLICK HERE for more details about the
Old Member / New Member Party.
Mrs. Melissa Perl at Midreshet Yom Rishon this Sunday, December 16th
Mrs. Melissa Perl, Director of Limudei Kodesh at Kohelet Yeshiva High School, will speak at LMS on Sunday, December 16th on the topic:

You shall not lead this nation into the land that I have given them…

Moshe Rabbenu: Tragic Hero or Victim of Circumstance?
Complimentary babysitting for children ages 1+. Bagel brunch at 9:30 a.m., followed by the shiur at 10:00 a.m. This shiur has been sponsored by Rebecca and Shalom Goldberg to commemorate the 3rd yahrzeit of Rebecca’s mother, Susan Moses, A”H.  MYR dedications are welcome and are $360. CLICK HERE for more.

Please plan to attend the LMS Annual Gala!  *** January 12th at LMS ***

We look forward to seeing you at the annual LMS Gala on 
Saturday evening, January 12th, at 8:00 p.m., honoring:


Dor L’Dor: 
Three generations of devotion to
Lower Merion Synagogue

Mrs. Betty Sved 

Naomi and Ira Sved

Jenny and Mati Sved
Amber and Joseph Schwarz

Mazal Tov!


for a printable 

Gala Invitation.


for a printable 

Gala Reply Card and Ad Form.



Seniors & Friends Film this Monday, December 17th

This Monday, December 17th  at 1:00 p.m., the Seniors & Friends film will be
The Caine Mutiny starring Humphrey Bogart. Critically acclaimed and a box-office hit, this gripping story is based on Herman Wouk’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel.  CLICK HERE for more.

Nefesh b’Nefesh Aliyah Fair at LMS, Monday, December 17th, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Join Nefesh B’Nefesh and Israeli vendors & service providers for the Fall NBN Aliyah Fair in Philadelphia on December 17th from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at  Lower Merion Synagogue. This is your chance to have all your Aliyah questions answered under one roof!  Topics include Aliyah rights and benefits, employment, insurance, taxes in Israel, buying or renting a home, education and communities.


LMS Board Meeting, Monday, December 17th

The next LMS Board Meeting will take place this Monday, December 17th at 8:00 p.m. As per the shul by- laws, any member in good standing who wishes to submit an issue to the Board for consideration shall do so by submitting the issue in writing to the Chair of the Board. Members who wish to address the Board shall be entitled to do so by submitting the request in writing to the Chair at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting (Judy Pomerantz jpomerantz2@gmail.com)
Sisterhood Cooking Demonstration, Tuesday evening, December 18th
LMS member Mitch Scheiman will share some of his secrets for easy to prepare, delicious and beautiful vegan dishes on December 18th at 7:00 p.m. in Judy and Mark Tykocinski’s kitchen. Sponsorships for this program are $72. Please send your sponsorship to the shul office and make payment to the LMS Sisterhood.

RSVP’s required in advance for the 
Sisterhood Cooking Demonstration:


CLICK HERE for the Flyer


Meet & Greet with Michael Litchman, our new Executive Director
Monday evening, December 24th at LMS, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Please join us for a Chinese supper and a fun Meet & Greet with Michael Litchman on Monday, December 24th from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at LMS.  $5.00 per person for ages 3 and up (no charge, ages 2 and below).  Bring cash or check.


Welcoming Newcomers to our Community

LMS has many programs to welcome newcomers. Please email the names of anyone you feel would like to be included to Sara Hirsch and Miriam Ciner: lmswelcomesyou@gmail.com. You may also email Rebbetzin Adina Shmidman at ashmidman1@gmail.com.  
Help Welcome the Bnot Sherut
Our new Bnot Sherut have arrived! If you would like to host the Bnot Sherut for a meal, please sign up at: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/r3ezd7. 

Personal Belongings in the LMS Coatroom
Please check the LMS coatroom for your personal belongings. Please make sure to have your name in any coat or jacket left in the coat room. Unclaimed items will be given away after that. In addition, immediately to the left when entering the coatroom are 2 shelves with various members’ belongings. Every 3 weeks these items will be given away.    


Bala Cynwyd Library Parking Lot
The Bala Cynwyd Library has requested that their lot be used for library patrons only. Please use street parking if the LMS lot is full.

Lower Merion Community Mikvah

Appointments must be made in advance and fees are due prior to use. For an appointment, or fee and membership information, visit www.lmcmikvah.org or call 484-808-5626.  Click here for fees, hours and other details. 
Volunteer Opportunities
There are many volunteer opportunities at LMS. Right now, the Shmira and Kiddush Committees are actively seeking volunteers! For questions, sign up here.
Sunday Mornings with Sephardic Minyan
All are invited to join the Sephardic minyan on Sunday mornings for Shacharit at 8:00 a.m., followed by a 15 minute mini-shiur by Sammy Ben-Samuel on Halachot from the Yalkut Yosef. Bagels & coffee will be served. 
Upcoming Shabbat Mincha Leining Schedule– Sign Up Now!
The gabbaim have organized a rotation of boys to lein at Shabbat Mincha. To be included, email Shlomo Troodler at troodler@blankrome.com.
Safety Notice


LMS Youth Announcements
Mrs. Faigy Prupas, Director
Email: youth@lowermerionsynagogue.org



Thank you to our Youth Sponsors this Shabbat!
Shabbat Groups this week have been sponsored by Lori and Leon Salkin
in honor of Zachy’s 6th birthday and the amazing job he does davening Adon Olam from the Bima
The K/1 Shabbat Group this week has been sponsored by
McKenzie and Asher Kohn in honor of Esther’s birthday.


Boys and girls in grades 2-5 who attend their Shabbat groups, will have the opportunity to earn an exciting trip with their group!  Details were shared with your children and we are excited to continue handing out rewards cards at the end of the groups this week!!!

Paint Night for 4th and 5th grade girls! 

*** Change of Date***  Thursday Dec. 20th from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm in the Social Hall. (just FYI this was due to a conflict for the girls and a lot of them couldn’t come to Sunday so decided tonight to change it)  


Chesed @ Brith Sholom, for girls and boys in 6th through 8th grade!  Arts & Crafts with the Retired and Elderly, Monday, December 17th from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Girls and boys in grades 1-3 are invited to spend an Israeli winter evening with the Bnot Sherut!! This Thursday Dec. 20th from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm in the second floor double classroom of LMS.  You don’t want to miss this!! 

Coming Soon — LMS Youth Department Newsletter!

CLICK HERE to sign up and receive updates and info about all of our many programs for your children.      

LMS Shabbat Youth Group Registration Form

Parents of children who will be attending Shabbat groups in the coming year should complete the Registration Form. CLICK HERE for the registration form.

Pre-Group Game Room from 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.:
Children are invited for a weekly supervised Game Room in the 2nd right-hand upstairs room with Avigayil Pechter.
Groups Meet From 9:30 a.m. until 11:15 a.m.
Baby & Toddler Room: 1st left-hand upstairs room with Miriam Yale. Please note this group meets only from 10:00-11:15 a.m. Children under two years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
3Y & 4Y: First right hand room led by Leta Borck.
Kindergarten & 1st Grade – Yael Battash in the far right hand classroom.
2nd & 3rd Grade Boys/Girls: Corner room on the lower level with Stacey Daman. 
4th & 5th Grade Boys: Second left-hand upstairs classroom with Rabbi Dovid Halpern.
4th and 5th grade girls: Right side of the Social Hall with ZC Schwartz.
Teen Minyan will meet this Shabbat at 9:15 a.m. on the lower level, led by Rabbi Josh Friedman.
Middle School Girls Shiur will meet this Shabbat.

Bnos will meet this Shabbat from 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. 

Bnei Akiva 
There will be a Snif one hour before mincha on the lower level of LMS.

Torah Youth
Torah Youth will meet this Shabbat from 2:45 –  3:45 p.m. in the Social Hall. If you would like to sponsor or have any questions, please contact Rabbi Sruli Schwartz at Sruli@torahyouth.org or Rabbi Silver at silverdollar@verizon.net. 


Mommy & Me Wednesdays at LMS
Mothers and female care givers are invited to attend Mommy & Me on Wednesdays at LMS from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. led by Rachael Starkman.

One Shul-One Mesechta
Please join One Shul-One Mesechta as they learn Masechet Sukkah this week. This week’s amud is Sukkah 43b. All are welcome!  
The program calendar with the week’s amud, schedule changes and recordings can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/oneshul
Sunday: 8:00 p.m. with Avi Feldblum
Monday8:00 p.m. with Gilad Gevaryahu
Tuesday: After Maariv with David Shakow
Wednesday: After Maariv with Rabbi Silver
Thursday: 7:30 p.m. with Rabbi Gedaliah Feldman
Shabbat: One Shul-One Mesechta will meet this Shabbat between mincha and maariv with Ronel Elul.
Daf Yomi
Sunday: Following 7:30 Shacharit
Monday: 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday: Following Maariv
Wednesday: 9:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 p.m.
Shabbos: Between Mincha and Maariv
9:15 a.m.: Gemara w/ Rabbi Ephraim Goldfein  
9:00 p.m.: Beginner’s Gemara with Steven Weiner
9:00 p.m.  Ein Ya’akov w/ Gilad Gevaryahu
10:30 a.m.: Rabbi Shmidman’s Parsha Shiur for women.
Following Maariv: Rabbi Shmidman’s Advanced Gemara Shiur.
Shmidman’s next shiur: To Be Announced
Post Hashkama Minyan
  * Intermediate Gemara w/ David Shakow
   *Minchas Chinuch Chabura at 8:45 (first 
left-hand upstairs classroom)
1 hour before Mincha:
Midrash (fall/winter) & Pirkei Avot (spring/ summer) w/ Rabbi Avraham Shmidman  
Between Mincha & Maariv: Nach Study Group  


Mi Sheberach
For members unable to be in shul on Shabbat, one may submit the names of cholim, prior to 12 noon on Friday, erev Shabbat, by clicking here.
Memorial Plaques
Individual yahrzeit plaques are available for $360 each, or $300 each for multiple plaques ordered at the same time. Purchase of a plaque also includes a Hebrew entry in the annual Yizkor book with the Hebrew name read at the Yom Kippur Yizkor service. To order, complete the form at the link below and return it to the shul office, together with payment.  


Personal Belongings in the Coat Room 

Please make sure when removing coats and and jackets from the LMS coat room that they in fact belong to you and are not just a similar item that looks like your coat. Several LMS members have had their coats taken from the LMS coat room during the last few weeks. 
New LMS Kiddush Options
In addition to the monthly Mazal Tov Kiddush, the Kiddush Committee is offering new sponsorship options. Hot and cold Kiddush items are available with menus starting at $475.00 — perfect when you wish to sponsor a Kiddush on your own but don’t want to bring in an outside caterer. To learn more or to reserve a Kiddush, click here. 
Building Evacuation Volunteers Needed
Volunteers from ALL minyanim are needed to assist in the event of an emergency evacuation. To participate, email Aaron Epstein at aaronep@yahoo.com
Amazon Smile
AmazonSmile is a simple and effective way to support LMS every time you shop, and at no cost to you. How does it work? 
1. Visit www.smile.amazon.com.   
2. Sign in with your existing Amazon credentials or create an account. 
3. Choose Lower Merion Synagogue as your charitable recipient and start shopping! There is no extra cost to you at checkout and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to LMS.
4. Please remember to use the www.smile.amazon.com link each time. 
Safety Vests for Walkers/Bikers Leaving LMS After Dark
A donation of a limited number of two types of high visibility vests has been made. These are for someone who may be walking/ running or biking in the street during low light conditions, such as before early shachris or after ma’ariv. Please note neither type meets ASCII standards and should not be used where OSHA would require such.
Join the LMS Chesed Initiative
The LMS Chesed Initiative addresses the many needs of our community and facilitates chesed opportunities that help build cohesiveness and a sense of unity. There are many opportunities to help — providing rides and packing meals are just some. To sign up, click here or contact the Co-Chairs, Rebbetzin Adina Shmidman and Stefanie Bloom. 
New LMS Memorial & Tribute Cards Available
LMS has new Memorial & Tribute cards available for sale. Cards may be purchased at the shul office or mailed on your behalf. $7.50/card, $36/5 cards and $70/10 cards.
Stroller and Baby Carriages
Strollers and baby carriages present a fire and safety hazard in a crowded building. They may not be brought into the shul (including the coatroom and sanctuary) nor left in the entry walkway. During inclement weather, they may be brought into the Social Hall. 
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