November 13, 2014
20 Cheshvan 5775
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Mazel Tov
To Howard and Trudy Jacobson on the birth of their new granddaughter. Mazel Tov as well to great-grandmothers, Bernice Jacobson and Paula Balkin, and great aunts and uncles, Michael and Debbie Balkin, Steve and Linda Jacobson, Lenny and Robin Jacobson and the extended Balkin/Jacobson families.

To Karen (Ram) Orzach, Roi and Shelli on the death of Karen's father, Yusef Hakimian.  May they be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Saturday Evening, December 6th
Coffee House/Music and Dancing to the sounds of The Detroit Boomer Band, featuring our very own Frank Ellias. $10.00/person advanced reservation. PLEASE RSVP BY DECEMBER 3RD IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND. Send rsvp's and payment to synagogue office.

Saturday January 31st
(please note new date)
Talent Show Reprise. For details, or to register your act, please e-mail Frank Ellias.

Jerry and Gail Beale marking the yahrtzeit of Joseph Friedman
Steve and Tammy Dines marking the yahrtzeit of Philip Dines
Brian and Roxane Newhouse, Don Nusholtz marking the yahrtzeit of Gertrude Nusholtz

Rachel Kapen

Although this parasha is called: Chayye Sarah (The Life of Sarah), it actually begins with Sarah's death at age 127 in Hebron, previously called Kiryat Arba. After Abraham mourns for her, he talks to a representative of the Hittites, an inhabitant of Canaan,  asking to purchase a burial plot to bury her. Efron the Hittite  offers to give him a free plot, but Abraham insists on paying him, and he purchased Me'arat HaMachpelah,  the Cave of Machpelah, where all of our patriarchs and matriarachs (except Rachel), will be subsequently buried.

In the second part of the parashah, Abraham the widower is sending his old and trusted household aide- although his name isn't mentioned, it  is assumed that he is Eliezer- to find a suitable wife for Isaac ,Yitzhak, as he admonishes him not to take  a wife from any of the peoples of the Land of Canaan but only from his own land and family.  Eliezer goes to Haran where the family of his brother Nahor got settled and the first young woman he sees truly fits the bill. He asks for a drink of water from her jug yet she not only gives what he asked but also offers to hydrate his camels. Her name is Rebekah.- Rivkah, and she is beautiful. After repaying her kindness with jewelry, he asks her who she was and it turns out that she is the granddaughter of Nahor, Abraham's brother.

Abraham's aide reveals himself, as well as   the nature of his mission, and he is ready  to take Rebekah home with him, to become  a wife for his master Abraham's son. He is told by her family that first the girl has to give her consent. Rashi makes a comment on this, as he underscores the fact that even at that ancient period of family matchmaking, a girl could not be married off without her consent. She readily agrees, receives a blessing from her family that she too will be the mother of tens of thousands and leaves her home and family to go  meet Isaac. Isaac finds comfort with his new wife after the death of his beloved mother, Sarah.

At the end of the parasha Abraham dies at 175 and his death reunites Isaac and Ishmael, who bury their father together in Me'arat HaMachpela, alongside his wife Sarah.  A Midrash explains that the half-brothers reconciled after many years of estrangement after Ishmael and his mother Hagar were sent away by Abraham at the behest of Sarah. Another interesting tidbit is the mention of another woman whom Abraham married by the name of Keturah. Rashi suggests that she was none other than Hagar, and explains his assertion by her name which implies that she was not with another man since banished by Abraham.  Abraham and his new wife had 6 more children. The children listed are boys, but there may have been daughters as well.

For me personally Chayei Sarah has an added attraction, its name, which was the name of my beloved mother. She too heeded an inner command to leave home and family and go to a strange land. In her case it was the call of Zionism So this is for you my dear Ima. (z"l)

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SHABBAT Chayei Sarah
Friday, November 14th
6 p.m. Services, SANCTUARY
Saturday, November 15th
9 a.m. Services, SANCTUARY
10 a.m.  Supervised Youth Room
This Shabbat we celebrate with Adina Noga Robbins as she becomes a bat mitzvah.  Adina is the daughter of Rabbi Mark and Amy Robbins and sister of Coby. Adina's proud grandparents are Judy and Arthur Robbins and Shelly and Nelson Wolf.   Mazel Tov to the entire extended Robbins family and welcome to their friends and family traveling to be with us this Shabbat.
Kiddush Lunch is sponsored by Rabbi Mark and Amy Robbins, Judy and Arthur Robbins, Shelly and Nelson Wolf in honor of their daughter and granddaughter Adina becoming a bat mitzvah.

NEXT SHABBAT BEGINS OUR MONTHLY SHABBAT SHIUR PRIOR TO MINHA.  David Victor will speak,  "Abraham, Ephron and Cross-Cultural Business Communication"

Kiddush Lunch each week is sustained by the generosity of sponsors If you would like to become part of a sponsoring lunch group, please e-mail Mindy Shuback.  Donations to the Kiddush Lunch Fund can also be made directly to the synagogue.

hot cocoa2 D'var Torah Cocoa Cafe (8-12 graders) and Shabbat Children's Workshop (ages 7-12) have returned! 
Future dates: 12/6, 1/10, 2/7, 3/7, 4/11, 5/9  PLEASE WATCH THE WEEKLY SHABBAT BULLETIN FOR DETAILS.
To stay current on all youth and family activities, contact Ilana Glazier to join the B'nai Israel Families Facebook Group.
Shabbat morning study with Dr. Mitch Parker: 
"Reflections on the Siddur:  Hallel, Birkat Hamazon and Beyond." 
Future dates: 11/22, 12/6, 12/20, 1/10, 1/24, 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/11, 4/25, 5/9, 5/23.

Caring Community Information

Refuah Sh'leimah/Wishing a Speedy Recovery.  

Please e-mail Michael Golob or call the synagogue: 248-432-2729 to add a name to our communal mishebeirach list. 


Mazel Tov 
Happy Birthday!

Birthday Cake



 13 Lorne Newhouse

 14 Joshua Jacobson

 19 Gail Kaye

 19 Martin Kurland

 19 Shelli Orzach

 20 Daniel Bernstein

 20 Robert Kimmel

 21 Adele Band

 22 Belmont Kershenbaum

 22 Ofer Ohana

 26 Leah Bernstein

 26 Jerry Knoppow

 26 Sharon Friedman

 28 Paula Levy

Jewish Wedding



 14  Dave Hundiak & Fran Stark-Hundiak

 20  Larry & Elyn Charlupski

 26  Miles & Debra Singer

 30  Michael & Betsy Wolf

To make a donation in honor of someone's birthday or anniversary, please click here.

If your birthday or anniversary information is not listed, please email the synagogue so we can update our records.
May Their Memories Be For a Blessing 


11/13/2014 (20 Heshvan)        

Naomi Lillian Markowitz

Irving A. Rubin

Martin Segal

11/14/2014 (21 Heshvan)        

Nathan Weiner

11/15/2014 (22 Heshvan)        

Serena Weiss

11/17/2014 (24 Heshvan)        

Mary Katz

Robert Braverman

Alvin Jacobson

11/18/2014 (25 Heshvan)        

Fara Caplan Baer

11/20/2014 (27 Heshvan)        

Linda Kozlowski

11/22/2014 (29 Heshvan)        

Harry Golob

Pearl Klein

11/23/2014 (1 Kislev)  

Beatrice Leaderman

Esther Kert

11/25/2014 (3 Kislev)  

Randy Kohn

Rayetta Soverinsky

11/26/2014 (4 Kislev)  

Frank Herman Basch

11/29/2014 (7 Kislev)  

Jean Chitkin

William Klein

11/30/2014 (8 Kislev)  

Sheldon Kapen 


To make a donation to commemorate a yahrtzeit, please click here.  If you are a member of the synagogue and a yahrtzeit for your loved one is not on the list, please contact the synagogue office so we can update our records.

   Please click here if you wish to permanently memorialize a loved one by purchasing a yahrtzeit plaque.  

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West Bloomfield, Michigan  48323
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