Parashas Vaera: December 31, 2010 – January 1, 2011

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Shabbos, Dec. 31, 2010 – Jan. 1, 2011

Parashas Vaera Shabbos Mevorchim 25 Tevet 5771

Light Candles 4:37pm

Friday Mincha – Arcola & University 4:40pm

Ruach Minyan – Arcola Social Hall 4:40pm

Friday Mincha – Sephardi & Nusach Sefard 4:40pm

Rabbi Rosenbaum will speak at the 8AM and 8:45AM Minyanim.

The Hashkamah/Nusach Sefard Kiddush is sponsored by "The Group."

The 8AM Minyan Kiddush is sponsored by Jessi & Nathan Franco in honor of the birth of their daughter, Gali.

The 8:45AM Main Minyan Kiddush is sponsored by The Haimish Kiddush Group.

There will be a Shabbos Mevorchim Kiddush at University Blvd.

Early Shabbos Mincha – Arcola 2:30pm

Shabbos Mincha – Sephardi 4:20pm

Shabbos Mincha – Arcola & University 4:35pm

Shabbos Mincha – Nusach Sefard 4:35pm

Shabbos Ends 5:41pm


Anna & Jack Rutner on the birth of a grandson, Jadan Tyler, born to their children Efrat Rutner & Justin Zisquit of Miami Beach. Mazal Tov also to cousin Mel Farber & Justin`s parents, Debbie & Judd Zisquit.

Channah & Paul Berner on the birth of a granddaughter, Nechama Rivka, to their children Heather & Ethan Berner of Baltimore. Also to great-grandmother Flora Berner, and to aunts and uncles and cousins Yaelle & Pesach Levi and family, Chani & Rami Berner and Yehuda, and Shira & Shmuel Pepper and Zehava. And a special Mazal Tov to Flora Berner on her 97th birthday!

Marsha & Yitzchak Kasdan on the birth of twin grandchildren – a boy and a girl – to Rookie & Judah Gross of Waterbury, CT. Mazal tov also to the new babies` siblings, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Inge & Werner Katzenstein on the engagement of their granddaughter, Miriam Katzenstein, daughter of Chaya & David Katzenstein of Highland Park, NJ, to Yair Frankel, son of Judy & Mark Frankel of Hillcrest, Queens.

Yael & Rabbi Sanford Shudnow on Rabbi Shudnow`s daughter, Sarrit Michal Kovacs, receiving her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Maryland.


Marvin Konick, who is recovering from surgery.

Abe Sperling, who is recovering from surgery.


Jon Sicherman and Max Sicherman on the passing of their father, Dr. Harvey Sicherman. The funeral and Shiva took place in Phildaelphia.


Youth Groups this Shabbos meet at 10am. 1st – 4th grade girls meet upstairs in the small Beis Medrash; 1st – 4th grade boys at the Yeshiva (meet in the YISE downstairs lobby at 10am); 2-5 year olds meet in the large Youth room behind the women`s balcony. Pick up the 2-5 year olds in the large Youth room and the 1st-4th graders in the small Youth room.

The Youth Minyan Kiddush is being sponsored by the Youth Minyan Kiddush Club.

Rabbi Rosenbaum`s Shiur for 6th-8th grade boys will meet this Shabbos 1 hour before Mincha.

NEW DATE The next Dor L`Dor will be on Motzei Shabbos, January 8, 7:00pm. Please note the date change. All families are invited to join us in the Arcola Social Hall for family chevrusah-style learning, inspiring discussions, delicious pizza, exciting prizes and a special treat. For more information, please email


Talmud Yoma – Shiur Monday thru Thursday, small Beis Medrash, 11am-12 Noon.

Beis Medrash Zichron Gedaliah Community Tuesday Night Learning for Men – in the YISE small Social Hall. Learning 8pm-9pm, followed by Maariv and light refreshments. Five shiurim & chavrusas. Contact Rabbi Eli Reingold, 301-996-5910.

Rabbi Zev Katz`s Wednesday morning Chumash class, previously taught by Rabbi Anemer, z"l, meets at 11am in the small Beis Medrash at Arcola.

Rabbi Moshe Arzouan`s Wednesday evening Advanced Men`s Gemara shiur, previously taught by Rabbi Anemer, z"l, meets at 7:30pm, after Maariv at University Bl.

Rabbi Rosenbaum`s Gemara shiur for men, Tuesday and Friday mornings, Arcola Social Hall, 6:00-6:45am. The shiur covers Gemara, Rashi, and Tosfos with a look at practical halachic conclusions drawn from the sugyos. For more information contact Aaron Branda at or Rabbi Rosenbaum.

Rabbi Rosenbaum`s Sunday night shiur for men in Mishna Brurah meets at his home. For more information contact

Rabbi Rosenbaum`s Wednesday night Women`s shiur meets at 8pm in theArcola Small Beis Medrash.

The Greater Washington Community Kollel Linas Hatzedek program is presented in conjunction with the YISE Adult Education Committee on Sunday mornings, 9:30am, following the 8:45am Shacharis.

NEW DATE Visiting the Sick the Jewish Way -Learn the proper way to perform the special Mitzvah of Bikkur Cholim! In conjunction with YISE Adult Education Committee, GWCK invites the community to "Visiting the Sick the Jewish Way," a lecture by Rabbi Yosef Singer, Rabbi of YIEIP. Sunday morning, Jan 2, 9:30am at YISE. Men and women are welcome.


R` Pinchas Werner – 8:15am Shiur in the youth room behind the balcony. All are welcome.

Rabbi David Hyatt – Gemara Shiur after Hashkamah Minyan.

Rabbi Moshe Arzouan – Shiur after Sephardi Musaf.

Rabbi William Millen – Gemara Shiur, takes place this Shabbos 1 hour before Mincha.

Rabbi Yehoshua Levy – Alshich on the Parsha 45 minutes before Sephardi Mincha.

Rabbi Amram Hes – Parsha shiur will meet ½ hour before Mincha this Shabbos.

Rabbi Rosenbaum – Shiur between Mincha & Maariv at Arcola.

Rabbi Reuven Kasierer – Shiur between Mincha & Maariv at University Blvd.

Mrs. Yocheved Arzouan – Shiur 9am, upstairs behind the women`s balcony.


Friday December 31 – Ruach Minyan, Arcola Social Hall, 4:40pm

Motzei Shabbos, Jan. 8 – Dor L`Dor, 7pm, Arcola Social Hall

Monday, Jan. 10 – The Man With The Truck, 5:00pm to 8:30pm, Arcola

Monday, Jan. 17 – Rabbi Lazer Brody, Belonofsky Sanctuary, 8pm

Shabbos, Jan. 22 – Rabbi Mayer Twersky, YU Distinguished Professor of Talmud and Jewish Philosophy, Scholar-in-Residence in the YISE Community Lecture series.


Women`s Daytime Tehillim Group – 2pm-3pm, Tuesdays. Contact Arleeta, 301-649-0552.

3rd Grade Girls Shabbos Group will meet this Shabbos at the home of Naomi Bloch, 933 Clintwood Dr., from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. To join the group or to host, contact Shoshana Tanzer at

Announcing Job Search Club – The Kemp Mill Employment Assistance Initiative weekly forum for jobseekers. Support in all aspects of the jobhunt – interview skills, the search process, accessing experts. The Club meets Thursdays, 7:30 pm, at YISE (upstairs Beis Medrash). For more information contact 301-525-9737, .

MES Melava Malka Annual Meeting – The Mikvah Emunah Societ of Greater Washington will hold its annual meeting this Motzei Shabbos, Jan. 1, at 8:00pm at YISE. The guest speaker will be Rabbi Yaakov Bieler. There will be a slide presentation of the newly completed Mikvah, a vote on the new slate of Officers and Board, membership updates, and refreshments will be served.

Online Computer Courses – The OU offers online Beginners- and Intermediate-level courses in Dreamweaver, Excel, Photoshop, and Quickbooks, starting in January. Courses include six 90-minute sessions. $36 registration fee each; register at

Save the date for the Parrot Rebbe – Sunday, Jan. 9, 10:30am -12 noon. The KMS Youth Department presents the Parrot Rebbe, an interactive show with dozens of parrots from all over the world. The program is for children and adults. Cost $7.00 per person, $25 per family (4 or more). RSVP`s are encouraged at For more information call Elissa Stieglitz, 301-593-5390.

"A Taste of Tu b`Shevat" – It`s almost 2011, and we`re thinking about the (Jewish) New Year (of the Trees). Join Silver Spring`s Kayamut/Sustainability Circle Jan. 10, 8 pm, at the Silver Spring Jewish Center to get into the spirit of Tu b`Shevat with Torah learning, fruits of the holiday and environmental lessons. This event is nutritious and free of charge.

Business and Tax Planning for Very Small Startup Businesses – Sharon Samuels will discuss these issues on Thursday, January 11, 7:30-9:00pm, Kemp Mill Synagogue. Sponsored by the Kemp Mill Employment Assistance Initiative. Register at For other job-related assistance, please contact Avi Zemelman at

Tu B`Shevat is Jan. 20 – The Torah School PTA is once again selling beautiful fruit and nut platters for Tu B`Shevat. They make wonderful gifts and are $20 per platter. Pick up available in Kemp Mill, White Oak, Potomac, Woodside or at the school. For more info or for phone orders, contact Aviva Rosen: 240-620-6880 or

Reminder- Community programs are listed as space is available, at the discretion of the YISE staff. Listings for non-Shul events may appear only one time if space is needed for Shul events, or may appear more often if space permits. There are no guarantees.

Submissions are subject to editing for space or stylistic requirements.

The Haimish Kiddush Group now has 46 members signed up for 2011! We encourage anyone interested in strengthening our shul to join us. It costs $100 to become a member. Please contact Raph Ginsburg,, for details on how to join.

Yitzchak Kasdan wishes to express his gratitude to all those who attended minyanim and visited him during the shiva periods for his mother Mrs. Helen Kasdan, a"h and sister Fay Kaminetzky, a"h. Thank you as well for all the donations made in their memory. The support of the community has been a source of comfort to me and to my family.

** SAVE the DATE **

YISE Annual Banquet Sunday, February 13, 2011

Our honorees are Susan & Bob Levi.

The Young Leadership Award will be presented to Yoninah & Adam Segal.

Youth Honorees are the senior leaders in our Youth Groups & Youth Minyan.

Please plan to join us.

Davening Times Week of Jan. 2 – Jan. 8, 2010


Univ. Arcola Sephardi (korbanot)

Sunday 8:00am 6:30/7:30/8:45am 7:30am "

Monday 6:15am 6:45am/7:35am 6:05am "

Tues./Wed./Fri. 6:30am 6:55am/7:35am 6:15am "

Thursday (Rosh Chodesh) 6:15am 6:35am/7:35am** 6:00am "

Shabbos 8:45am 7:00/7:00*/8:00/8:45am 8:15am "

*Nusach Sefard Minyan ** Belonofsky Sanctuary

AFTERNOON SERVICES Mincha-Maariv (Jan. 2- Jan. 6)

Sunday – Arcola & University – 4:45pm

Arcola Monday – Thursday – 4:45pm

University – Maariv only Monday – Thursday 7:15pm

HALACHIC TIMES (Jan. 2- Jan. 8)

Talis & Tefillin 6:30am

Krias Sh`ma 9:49am

Mincha (Earliest) 12:45pm

Next Shabbos, Jan. 7 -8, 2011

Parashas Bo 3 Shevat 5771 Light Candles 4:43pm

Friday Mincha – Arcola & University 4:45pm

Friday Mincha – Sephardi & Nusach Sefard 4:45pm

Early Shabbos Mincha – Arcola 2:30pm

Shabbos Mincha – Sephardi 4:25pm

Shabbos Mincha – Arcola & University 4:40pm

Shabbos Mincha – Nusach Sefard 4:40pm

Shabbos Ends 5:47pm

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