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OZ Weekly - Vayakhel 5782 - Welcome SIR Weekend!

02/25/2022 12:32:55 PM


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O.Z. Annual Dinner & Community Celebration
Guests of Honor / Couple of the Year
  • Nicole & David Debora
Max Rosenbaum & Maurice Schauer Gemilus Chesed Award for their involvement in the 'WIN' program and 'Bikkur Cholim in the Home' visits
  • Heather Conn
  • Esther Rimokh
Nathan K. Gross Community Service Award to all of our volunteer Teachers & Gabbaim who helped Rabbi Allen Schwartz & Rabbi Jack Varon sustain our community spiritually throughout the Pandemic both online, outside, and in-person on a regular basis

  • What's Happening @ O.Z. - Click HERE
  • OZ in the News - click HERE
  • Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z'l - The Spirit of Community - Click HERE
  • Rabbi Norman Lamm z'l -Mirror, Mirror on the Wall - Click HERE
  • Anshe Assorted Divrei Torah - Click HERE
  • RZA HaMizrachi Weekly - click HERE
  • ArtScroll Shabbos Table Newsletter - Click HERE


  • Rabbi Mordechai Becher, originally from Australia, is a world renowned lecturer and writer. He serves as an instructor at Yeshiva University and as alumni Rabbi of Neve Yerushalayim College.  He received his ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, holds an MA in Medieval Jewish History, and is completing a PhD from the Bernard Revel Graduate School. He taught at Ohr Somayach and Neve Yerushalayim in Jerusalem and served in the Israel Defense Forces.
  • Rabbi Becher has answered thousands of questions on,  presents a Talmud class: ‘Dimensions of the Daf’ on cable TV with the Jewish Broadcasting Service and was senior lecturer for Gateways for 20 years. Rabbi Becher’s latest book, Gateway to Judaism, published by Artscroll/Shaar Press, is in its tenth printing. He has taught in the USA, Canada, England, Israel, South Africa, Australia and Russia, and is a scholar in residence for Legacy Kosher Tours. He has led tours in Africa, Australia, Czech Republic, China, England, Hungary, India, Italy, Israel, Japan, Panama, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • During the Pandemic, Rabbi Becher led a very popular Torah Tour of the Central Park Zoo for O.Z. and we are excited to have him back for a full Shabbos experience! The Shabbos Schedule is listed below.


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Mazel Tov
  • Amnon & Yael Mandelbaum, on the Bar Mitzvah of their Son Yoav in Israel

Kiddush Co-Sponsors

  • Charles & Yocheved Milo and Family, celebrating Charles’ 50th Bar Mitzvah Anniversary
  • Anonymous, in honor of Rabbi Mordchai Becher and the SIR Committee

  • Consider joining the Board or Volunteering in 2022 - click HERE

  • New Rosh Chodesh Series for Single Ladies 35+
  • Next session meets Thursday, March 3 @ 6:30pm in the Social Hall
  • Info, RSVP, & WhatsApp at


  • Celebrate Passover in Orlando Florida with your OZ Friends & Elite Tours
  • Use code "OZMEMBER" and percentage of your payment supports OZ
  • Join SIR Micah Halpern's Seder + Get a copy of the 4 Sons Hagaddah
  • For more info, contact


Friday, February 25 (I Adar 24)
  • 5:24pm — Candle Lighting
  • 5:35pm — Zman Mincha Maariv
  • 6:30pm — Wine & Dine (Sold-Out)
  • 8:30pm — Dessert & Discuss: Purim Behind the Scenes
Shabbos, February 26 (I Adar 25)
Vayakhel 5782 | Mevorchim | Shekalim
  • 7:30am — Hashkama
  • 9:15am — Shacharis
  • Youth Groups
  • 11:15am— Drasha: Making Sense of the Half Shekel
  • 4:30pm — Text & Context: Laugh Track - The Humor of the Talmud
  • 5:15pm — Mincha
  • 5:35pm — Shalosh Seudos: A History of the Hamantaschen and other ‘Jewish Foods’
  • 6:25pm — Maariv
  • 6:33pm — Havdalah
Sunday, February 27 (I Adar 26)
  • Shacharis — 7:00am, 8:00am
  • 5:35pm — Zman Mincha Maariv
  • Class with R’ Blanchard NOT Meeting
Monday, February 28 (I Adar 27)
  • Shacharis — 7:00am, 8:00am
  • 5:35pm — Zman Mincha Maariv
  • 8:00pm — Late Maariv
Tuesday, March 1 (I Adar 28) 
  • Shacharis — 6:10am , 7:00am, 8:00am
  • 5:35pm — Zman Mincha Maariv
  • 8:00pm — Late Maariv
Wednesday, March 2 (I Adar 29)
  • Shacharis — 6:10am , 7:00am, 8:00am
  • 5:35pm — Zman Mincha Maariv
  • 7:00pm — JAM: Judaism & Capitalism
  • 8:00pm — Late Maariv
Thurs, March 3 (I Adar 30)
Rosh Chodesh
  • Shacharis — 6:00am, 6:45am, 7:45am
  • 5:35pm — Zman Mincha Maariv
  • 6:30pm — WIN: Women In Network
  • 8:00pm — Late Maariv
Friday, March 4 (II Adar 1)
Rosh Chodesh
  • Shacharis — 6:00am, 6:45am, 7:45am
  • 5:32pm - Candle Lighting
  • 5:40pm - Zman Mincha Maariv

Hashkama Minyan - Rabbi Blanchard's Blurb
  • Many activities create material culture. There are the manifold actions involved in hunting and gathering, in agriculture, in the construction of houses, cities and roads and the entire technology of the contemporary world. Is there a unity or unifying power behind or within the material culture that serves as a basis for the scientific and spiritual achievements of humanity? If we suspended material culture creating for one day, a kind of Sabbath, would all categories of such "work" be seen as equally important within  some underlying unity that binds all categories together? 
  • Reflections based on Exodus 35:2-3 and Shabbat 70a in the Babylonian Talmud.  
Sat, September 30 2023 15 Tishrei 5784