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21 Old Westbury Road
Old Westbury, NY 11568

Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation is a 501(c)3 organization.

Weekly Announcements

February 3rd, 2012 ~ February 10th, 2012

10 Shevat, 5772 ~   17 Shevat, 5772

Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation

Kehilat Shir Ami

21 Old Westbury Road

Old Westbury, New York 11568

Telephone: (516) 333-7977

Fax: (516) 333-6473

Email: office@OWHCong.org

Visit us at  www.OWHCong.org

Join us on www.facebook.com/owhcong  

Torah thoughts from Rabbi Stanger


Take a moment to read the latest installment of Getting Real with the Rabbi.  Follow the link and post a comment!


The word of the week is …”Haftarah”.



Shabbat Candle Lighting: Friday, February 3rd at 4:56 pm

Shabbat ends ~ Saturday, February 4th at 5:58 pm

Weekly parasha: Parshat Beshalach


Junior Congregation (2nd -6th Grade)

Torah for Tots (2-4yr olds) and Mini Minyan (Kindergarten & 1st graders)

OWHC Upcoming Bar & Bat Mitzvahs:


Twilight Bat Mitzvah



Please join us...


World Wide Wrap  

Sunday, February 5th at 9:00am

Please join us as OWHC as thousands of Jews around the world participate in the 12th Annual World Wide Wrap.  Rabbi Karro, a very talented Sofer will be joining us again, as we lay tefillin.  All are welcome, Men, Women & Children.

Sisterhood Judaism 104: Jewish Women

Thursday, March 1st ~ 11:30am – 1:30pm

Our fourth session will be at the home of Elise Kitaeff.  RSVP to Tobi Innerfield at 997-8930 or educator@owhcong.org



Thursday, March 7th

Purim Carnival beginning at 5:00pm.  Carnival games, and even a pizza dinner at 6:00pm.  Afterward join us for the Megillah reading in the Main Sanctuary at 6:30pm.  (see below)


Spring Gala Concert ~ Save the Date

Wednesday, March 14th    

This year we will be honoring Jay Goldman, a very dedicated OWHC member.  In addition we will be presenting Russell & Susan Berman and family with the Humanitarian Award.

Please send in your RSVP cards and Journal Ads!

OWHC Upcoming Religious School Education & Events:


Jr. Congregation (10:00 – 11:30am)

Torah for Tots (10:30 – approx. 11:30am), Led by: Mrs. Rivka Alon

Mini Minyan Tots (10:30 – approx. 11:30am),  Led by: Mrs. Iris Bieler

Additional Dates for 2012:  February 11, March 3, March 17, April 21, May 5 and June 2 


Kitah Vav Tallit Program “Wrapped in Tradition”

Sunday, February 5th at 10:30am - 12:30pm

Families will finish making the tallit that the students prepared in class, including tying Tzitzit and adding the blessing


Rabbi Karro – Scribe   

Monday, February 6th ~ During School Class Time

Rabbi Karro will show children how  a scared document is written (Mezzuzah or a Torah)


Tu BiShevat Seders & class discussions    

Monday, February 6th & Wednesday, February 8th ~ During School Class Time

Teachers will be teaching about Tu BiShevat in the classrooms.  Students will get an opportunity to taste various Tu BiShevat foods (no nuts!)


Kitah Hey (5th Grade) ~ Shabbat Morning Service & Luncheon

Saturday, February 11th  

The Kitah Hey (5th Grade) class will help to lead Shabbat Morning Services. Hey students need to be at OWHC at 9am.  There will be a Kiddush Luncheon following the service.


Joint OWHC & TBS Gesher / Machon HS Program

Monday, February 27th  

Dinner at 6:30pm; 7:00 – 8:00pm Program.  Details to follow

Purim Carnival & Megillah Reading

Thursday, March 7th ~ starting at 5:00pm

Join us in our Mitzvah Project, assembling Mishlo’ah Manot Mitzvah Baskets to be delivered to a local shelter.  Carnival games, Costume Parade and even a pizza dinner at 6:00pm!  Afterward join us for the Purim Puppet Show (Nursery – 1st Grade) in the Chapel sponsored by Nursery School PTA or the Megillah reading (2nd Grade and up) in the Main Sanctuary at 6:30pm.  Our Purim Event will be run by the Religious School and the Social Action Teens.  Questions, please call Dana Katz at 516-241-2324.



OWHC Social Action Projects:

If you have any questions please contact Susan Berman, our Mitzvah Program Coordinator at mitzvah@owhcong.org.  Bins are in the main lobby for donation drop-offs.

Please help us…


Mitzvah Project for the month of FEBRUARY…We will be donating trees to Israel.


OWHC Board Meetings:


OWHC Sisterhood:


Judaism 104: Jewish Women of Achievement

Join us at our next session of the season.

Future Dates:  Thursday March 1st, Wednesday April 25th

And Tuesday June 5th


OWHC Weekly Adult Classes:


Please join us...


Want to Daven? Not Sure How?

Mondays ~ 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Join Cantor Karavani again in the fall and explore the meaning of Tefillah, learn to daven Shaharit


Tapping into Torah

Wednesdays @ 9:30 am

Join Rabbi Stanger and explore the Torah, our holiest book! Want to know what it is all about? What is in it?  What does it have to teach is?


Exploring the mysteries of Kaballah

Wednesdays ~ 11:00am – 12:00pm (Wed Jan 18th until Feb 15th)

For 5 sessions we will meet at the home of Geralda Sarraf, at 25 Applegreen Drive, Old Westbury.  There is a $25 charge per class, or $100 total for all 5 classes.


Adult B’nai Mitzvah

Thursdays ~ 7:00pm – 8:00pm

If you are interested in our Adult B’Nai Mitzvah class join Rabbi Stanger, Cantor Karavani and Tobi Innerfield.  RSVP to Tobi Innerfield if you are going to be participating. 


Soulful Thursday: The Spirits of Judaism

Thursdays ~ 7:00pm – 8:00pm (starting January 19th)

Join us for a completely new type of experience and source of spiritual comfort.  Together we will experience prayer followed by various topics and reflections on God, life and loss which will be discussed openly in a supportive group setting


Torah “bytes”

Fridays ~ am

Join Rabbi Stanger each Friday morning immediately following minyan for insights into the weekly parasha & overall Shabbat experience

Sunday Morning Torah Discussion Group

Sundays @ 9:45 am

For more information please contact Dr Richard Navon at 319-2600


INFORMATION for Religious & Nursery/Preschool Programs:


For more information please contact Tobi Innerfield, Director of Congregational Education at educator@OWHCong.org or call the education office 997-8930.    


Nursery/Preschool Registration please contract Jen Fusco, Early Childhood Director or Iris in the Preschool Office 333-5949 or email nursery@OWHCong.org

Yahrzeits for the week


Saturday, February 4th


Sunday, February 5th


Monday, February 6th

Henry Bieler, beloved husband of Iris Bieler

John Chiarelli, beloved father of Marie Kalish

Lena Gewirtz, beloved mother of Howard Gewirtz

Rose Greenberg, beloved aunt of Herbert Irving

Edward Shwom, beloved father of Sharon Halper

Arnold Stanton, beloved grandfather of Evan Elkowitz


Tuesday, February 7th

Nettie Chinsky, beloved mother of Roslyn Blumberg

Manijeh Eshaghoff, beloved mother of Shahram Eshaghoff


Wednesday, February 8th

Rose Abuhoff, beloved mother of Ralph Abuhoff

Leon Jenny, beloved father of Eli Jenny

Julius Seelig, beloved father of Kent Seelig


Thursday, February 9th

Rhoda Liken, beloved mother of Shari Navon      


Friday, February 10th

Irving Kitaeff, beloved father of Mark Kitaeff  

Henny Leicht, beloved mother of Marion Homler

Samuel Mordfin, beloved father of Gerald Mordfin   

Daily Services:

Weekday Morning Minyan         7:15 am (except Wednesday)

Wednesday Morning Minyan     8:00 am

Friday Morning Minyan             7:15 am (insights into weekly parasha following services)

Sunday Morning Minyan            9:00 am (Weekly discussion group following services)

Legal Holidays                             9:00 am


*Please share your “Good and Welfare” with the congregation.  Call or email the office at 333-7977 x10 or office@owhcong.org



Congregation Fund:

The Kalikow Family in memory of Alvin Rush

Paula & Adam Sherman in memory of Alvin Rush

Karen, Josh & Adan Bodner in memory of Alvin Rush

Selma & Jerry Hymowitz in memory of Alvin Rush

Gerald Kaminsky & the High Five Fdtn. in memory of Alvin Rush

Pam & Phil Barnett in memory of Alvin Rush

Cori & Kenny Orr & family in memory of Donna Pelton’s brother, Ira Friedman

Pam & Phil Barnett in memory of Donna Pelton’s brother, Ira Friedman

Karen, Josh & Adam Bodner in memory of Donna Pelton’s brother, Ira Friedman


Bikur Cholim

Caroline Grinfeld in memory of Donna Pelton’s brother, Ira Friedman

Prayer Book Fund:

Linda & Roger Fisher in memory of Alvin Rush

Dayle & Michael Katz in memory of Alvin Rush


Education Fund:

Patricia & Victor Rich in memory of Alvin Rush

Elise & Mark Kitaeff in memory of Donna Pelton’s brother, Ira Friedman


Mitzvah Fund:

Deborah & Steven Horn in honor of the naming of Remy Tyler Vilkas


Beautification Fund:

Pam & Phil Barnett in honor of Rachel Sands’ new grandson

Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation Mission Statement

Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation is a vibrant, egalitarian congregation within the Conservative Movement.  We are devoted to making Judaism meaningful and accessible to all within our community. We endeavor to inspire all members, of all ages, to explore their involvement with Judaism, God, Israel and Jewish learning. OWHC seeks to create a feeling of warmth, belonging and caring and to strengthen the connection we feel with one another in our community.

Michael Stanger, Rabbi ~ rabbi@OWHCong.org

Yosef Karavani, Cantor ~ cantor@OWHCong.org

Barbara Badome, Synagogue Administrator ~ office@OWHCong.org

Tobi R. Innerfield, Director of Congregational Education ~ educator@OWHCong.org

Jen Fusco, Nursery Director ~ nursery@OWHCong.org

Pam Barnett, President ~   president@OWHCong.org

Steve Yadegari, Exec Vice President ~ execvp@OWHCong.org

Linda Sussman, Chair of the Board  ~ chair@OWHCong.org

Sisterhood ~ Ellen Sontag ~ sisterhood@OWHCong.org

Men’s Club ~Robert Kalish & Joel Kreitzer ~ mensclub@OWHCong.org

Minyan chair ~Richard Navon & Linda Prizer, minyan@OWHCong.org

Religious Affairs ~ Richard Navon & Linda Prizer, minyan@OWHCong.org       

Bikur Cholim Committee ~ Bunie Veeder ~ bikurcholim@owhcong.org

OWHC website:                

Visit our website at www.OWHCong.org

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Please direct announcement inquiries to Sue Lippe: announce@OWHCong.org

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