This Week's Torah Thought

Torah Portion: Vayishlach | וישלח

Our parshah narrates Jacob’s nocturnal encounter with a divine being, after which Jacob is told, “No longer will it be said that your name is Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with the Divine and with man and have overcome” (Gen 32:29).  Henceforth, Jacob is known as Israel and we, his descendants, are known as the Children of Israel. But we are also known by another name, Yehudim, from which emerges the English appellation “Jews”. The term “Yehudim” is a form of the Hebrew word for “giving thanks”, so a better translation for our people is “those who give thanks”. On this Thanksgiving week and always, may we give thanks for the blessings bestowed upon us every day, for the resilience to overcome the challenges that confront us and for the conviction to do our part to make our world better for our having been here.

Shabbat Shalom,

- Rabbi Gersh


Friday, November 27, 2015

Wine & Cheese Reception | Chapel Foyer | 5:30 pm

Shabbat Service | Morgan Chapel | 6:00 pm

Led Cantor Grant, Sermon by David Zarnow

Shabbat Oneg | Packard Hall | Following Services
Sponsored by TBY

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Torah Study | Marcus Library| 9:00 am

Led by David Zarnow

Morning Minyan | Morgan Chapel | 10:30 am

Led by Barry Cohen and Raymond Zachary

Wednesdays with Rabbi will resume on Wednesday, December 2

JCAL will resume with Chanukah festivities on Sunday, December 6

In case you missed this week's eScribe...

Celebrate Chanukah with TBY!

Friday, December 11, 2015

All are welcome to join in

 Chanukiyah Lighting | 5:30 pm

Shabbat Services | 6:00 pm 

BYO Chanukiyah

Dinner and Dancing

with the Dale Schatz

and his Rock'n'Roll All Stars

Services are free for all, dinner will cost:

$25 Adult | $16 Child

For more information or to RSVP please contact  the TBY office at

(949) 644-1999