Shavuot Holiday and Shabbat Shalom Newsletter No. 319

"A little bit of light pushes away a lot of darkness" 
Thursday, May 25 - Friday, June 2, 2023
5 Sivan - 13 Sivan 5783

If you are able, we encourage you to join us in-person for services and become part of our community of minyanaires! Even if you can only attend one or two services a week, your presence would be a great help and a meaningful addition to our daily minyan. We welcome both morning and evening daveners and hope to see you soon!
Click here to join Thursday Morning Minyan (Shacharit)
Click here to open a .pdf copy of Shacharit prayers.
Click here for the page numbers in Siddur Sim Shalom.
Click here to join Intermediate Hebrew Reading Class
Click here to stream Shavuot and Shabbat services
Click here to print the Lev Shalom/Sim Shalom Page Guide before Shabbat begins.
Hillcrest Jewish Center's Tikkun Leil Shavuot is generously sponsored by
Susan Asch, Ellen Rothstein, and Mark Rothstein
in memory of their beloved mother, Sally Rothstein Z"L.

Thursday, May 25 - 5 - Sivan - Erev Shavuot
  6:30 PM  Complimentary Italian-Style Dairy Dinner with RSVP
  7:15 PM  Mincha (Erev Shavuot)
  7:30 PM  Tikkun Leil Shavuot Program with Abby Kogan and Rabbi Manes Kogan
  7:57 PM  Candle Lighting
  9:00 PM  Ma'ariv (First Day of Shavuot)
  9:15 PM  Coffee, Cake, and Mingling
Click here for the handout for the Tikkun Leil Shavuot Program
Friday, May 26 - 6 Sivan - Shavuot First Day
  9:00 AM  Shavuot Morning Services
  7:00 PM  Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat/Ma'ariv
  7:58 PM  Light Yizkor candles and Shabbat/Yom Tov candles from a pre-existing flame
Click here for the Torah Reading: Exodus 19:1-20:23, Numbers 28:26-31; Haftarah: Ezekiel 1:1-28, 3:12
Saturday, May 27 - 7 Sivan - Shavuot Second Day
  9:00 AM  Shavuot Morning Services
10:00 AM  Jr. Congregation
10:45 AM  Teen Minyan
11:00 AM  Yizkor Memorial Service
  7:45 PM  
  9:06 PM  Yom Tov Ends
Click here for the Torah Reading: Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17, Numbers 28:26-31; Haftarah: Habakkuk 3:1-19 
Click here for a digital copy of the Hillcrest Jewish Center Memorial Bulletin
For your convenience, we have included a digital copy of the Hillcrest Jewish Center Memorial Book of Remembrance with the Yizkor prayers above. Feel free to print it ahead of the holiday.
What is Shavuot?
All About the Jewish Holiday for Torah and Learning
Click here to for a Shavuot Resource Guide from Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks z"l
Click here to read this week's Torah Sparks!
Click here to read the parasha magazine updated weekly by Devash from Hadar

Shabbat, Saturday, May 27
Junior Congregation (Grades 2-7) at 10:00 AM
Teen Minyan (Grades 8-12) at 10:45 AM
All Youth Services take place in-person.
This Week's Shiur with Rabbi Manes Kogan
Click here to print the handout for the Shiur before Shabbat

This Week
with Hillcrest
Sunday, May 28 - 8 Sivan
  8:30 AM - Morning Minyan
  7:00 PM - Evening Minyan

Monday, May 29 - 9 Sivan - Memorial Day
Building closed except for services 
  8:30 AM - Morning Minyan
  7:00 PM - Evening Minyan
Tuesday, May 30 - 10 Sivan
  7:00 AM - Morning Minyan
  7:00 PM - Evening Minyan
Wednesday, May 31 - 11 Sivan
  7:00 AM - Morning Minyan
10:00 AM - Online: Talmud Class Tractate Berakhot with Rabbi Manes Kogan
  7:00 PM - Evening Minyan
Thursday, June 1 -  12 Sivan
  7:00 AM - Morning Minyan
10:00 AM - Online: Intermediate Hebrew Reading Class with Iris Schachter
  7:00 PM - Evening Minyan
Friday, June 2 - 13 Sivan
  7:00 AM - Morning Minyan
  8:15 AM - Online: Talmud Class: Talmud Horayot
  7:00 PM - Online and In-person Services- Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat/Ma'ariv
  8:05 PM - Candle Lighting

In-Person Attendee Ticket:
Registration ($118) closes May 31, with no exceptions.

Livestream Gala Viewing Ticket: $36.00
The link to the Livestream Gala will be emailed 4 days in advance. The link will be for individual paid attendees who are unable to attend in person and cannot be shared. Registration for the Livestream will close on May 31, with no exceptions. There is no early bird registration discount for Livestream attendees.
Click here for information about the event and ticket purchasing!

Exciting news from the Mowshowitz Library! We're inviting all members, young adults, and children to join us in an incredible summer reading adventure. Grab your tote bags and get ready to fill them with amazing books to enjoy during the sunny season. 

Our Grab-a-Bag of Summer Reading event is taking place all the way through June.

Make sure to give a call to the Hillcrest Jewish Center office at (718) 380-4145 and make your appointment to visit our library. Or, if you happen to be at Hillcrest Jewish Center, just ask the office staff for admission.

One important thing: don't forget to sign and submit the borrower's card (to the office) for each book you take home. And remember, all borrowed books need to be returned by the end of September.

Are you graduating this year from middle school, high school or college?
Do you know an HJC member that is a new graduate?

Please let us know so that we may include their name in a congratulatory announcement in the coming weeks!
Click here to submit the name of a 2023 graduate!
Happy Birthday to Our Members
and their Families
Aaron Brander
Gloria Ciabotaru
Espe Frey
Lesley Fuchs
Avery Harris Greenberg
Lenore Kaplan
Gary Katz
Gail Keren
Abigail Kogan
Simeon Saturn
Maya Solkoff
Shana Solkoff
Jay Wild
Philip Zigman
Leah Zimmerman

Hillcrest Acknowledges the Following
Yahrzeits and Fondly Remembers

May They Be Remembered in the Tree of Life

May 27 - 7 Sivan
Goldie Zipkin
Raphael Avin
Sol Zonvel Spear

May 28 - 8 Sivan
Charles Ferkauf
Clara Zimmerman
Martin Siegelbaum
Molly Reff

May 29 - 9 Sivan
Howard Schwartz
Nathan Lubinsky
Theodore Mittler
William Kagel

May 30 - 10 Sivan
Ida Charney
Margaret Bohm
Shoshana Gad

May 31 - 11 Sivan
Chava Adler
Felicia Heinflink
Ruth Greenberg
Yetta Schwartz

June 1 - 12 Sivan
Max Winter
Milton Wolff


We are deeply saddened to inform you about the passing of

Harry Schweitzer
Father of longtime member Arnie Schweitzer

The funeral has already taken place.
The family will sit shiva at 75-14 194th Street, Fresh Meadows, NY 11366 on Thursday, May 25 from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

If you are unable to visit or wish to share words of comfort you may reach Arnie at

May the family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem

The unveiling for
Eileen Star
will take place Sunday June 4th at 11:00 am
at Beth Moses Cemetery
1500 Wellwood Avenue in West Babylon

Please contact Charles or Steven with questions.
Steven Star - 917-847-8049 
Charles Star - 917-803-7284

We are pleased to share that a group leaf has been started by Sisterhood of HJC in honor of Karen Rothman.

The leaf will be inscribed with the following text:


If you would like to donate towards this group leaf, please contact the office at
(718) 380-4145 with your pledge.

Following the mounting of the leaf, all donations will be listed in the HJC Bulletin.

When you purchase a leaf for our Simcha Tree, the tree grows and grows. Each gold leaf on the Simcha Tree marks a lasting memory of a joyous simcha in the lives of members of Hillcrest Jewish Center.

All funds collected through our Simcha Tree are allocated to the Hillcrest Jewish Center Capital Improvement Fund which helps sustain the structural needs of our beloved synagogue.

For more information on starting a group leaf for our Simcha Tree,
please contact our office at 718-380-4145.

All Hillcrest Jewish Center members are invited to borrow books, videos, and periodicals from the library during the time the Hillcrest Jewish Center office is open. You must call the office before you plan on coming in. The office staff will open the library for your browsing and borrowing. To borrow, sign the library card and submit it to the office staff. There are current novels and timely topics to read about. Enjoy your library!!

Click the link below to access our NEW website where you can check the availability of our books.
Click on the images or titles to read the articles.

Shavuot Guide from Aish

Shavuot Guide from Tablet Magazine

Shavuot Guide from My Jewish Learning

Shavuot Guide from Kveller

Disclaimer: The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the articles shared above belong solely to the author, and not necessarily to Hillcrest Jewish Center.
Click images below to enlarge or read the flyers
Stay tuned for upcoming Community Events!


Were celebrating 75 years of Israel’s independence through seven and a half weeks of exciting programs and events across Long Island and Queens, beginning on Sunday, April 23 and ending with Long Island’s largest celebration of Israel, Israelfest, on Sunday, June 11!

Programs and events are subject to change. Please check with the organization hosting the event for the most up to date information.

Click here for more information on each event and program!

Kew Gardens Hills Library is pleased to present a series of book club selections provided and supported by a generous grant from the Yiddish Book Center.

The Yiddish Book Center’s “Stories of Exile” Reading Groups for
Public Libraries is a reading and discussion program to engage teens
and adults in thinking about experiences of displacement, migration,
and diaspora. In this program, librarians organize reading groups to
discuss three books of Yiddish literature in translation, and one book
related to the experience of a community served by their library.

  • June 26 – Selections from In the Land of the Postscript: The Complete Stories of Chava Rosenfarb
  • August 28 – Selections from The Glatstein Chronicles by Jacob Glatstein
  • October 30 – Footprints on the Heart by Jean Naggar

Mondays, June 26, August 28, October 30

Kew Gardens Hills Library
72-33 Vleigh Place

The New York City Department of Sanitation will collect trash and compost on Memorial Day as it would on a normal Monday, and recycling will follow on Tuesday!

  • Residents who normally receive Monday trash and composting collectionshould put their material at the curb Sunday evening, for collection starting Monday, May 29.
  • Residents who normally receive Monday recycling collection should put their material at the curb Monday evening for collection starting Tuesday, May 30.
Hakshivu, Hakshivu Na (Announcements) 
Clergy and Staff
Rabbi Manes Kogan
Simeon Saturn, President
Nadine Kochavi, Executive Director
Howard Seidman, Day Camp Director
Newsletter Staff
Melissa Gerstein, Editor
Joan Hausmann, Editor
Nadine Kochavi, Editor
Juana Meythaler-Santos, Editor
Robert Zuckerman, Advertising
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