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HJC News – Behar

Heights Jewish Center’s 150th Anniversary Gala Banquet is just a few weeks away, on Tuesday May 24 at 6pm. After the dinner, at 7:30pm, there will be a program in the Main Sanctuary, followed by a dessert reception, free and open to the public.  

On this evening, we will be honoring Rabbi Schur’s memory, 
recognizing Alex Adelman and Lena Katz for their many years of service to the shul, 
and formally installing me as Rabbi.  
We will also express our gratitude to community Rabbis, 
notably Rabbis Burnstein, Granatstein and Katz, 
who were of great assistance to the shul after Rabbi Schur’s passing.   
The keynote speaker will be Rabbi Tsvi Schur. 
We look forward to everyone’s participation.  

This is the shul’s main fundraiser of the year.  Your

contributions and ads ensure that Heights Jewish Center as a shul can continue to contribute to the Jewish community and that Deena and I can continue to continue to give to each of you, the shul, and the entire Jewish community in so many ways. 

To RSVP and to be included in the journal, please contact the office at or 216-382-1958 by this Sunday.

Refuah Shleima to Barbara Pinkus.

Shalosh Seudos this week is sponsored by Harold And Feiga Males to honor the yohrtzeit of Harold’s father, Avraham ben Yeshaya.  This week at Shalosh Seudos, we continue our insights on Chapter 5 of Pirkei Avos.  In response to popular interest, we will also continue our Yohrtzeit Discussions of great Rabbis. This week we will discuss Rabbi Yitzchak Alfasi, known as the “Rif”, whose yohrtzeit is this Shabbos, the 10th of Iyar.

The shul’s second annual Book Sale is this Sunday May 15, from 9am to 2pm



We are looking for a few volunteers to help run the sale for whatever amount of time you can spare. If interested, please call the office or e-mail

The full schedule of classes, Gemara, Chumash and Mishnayos, continues this week.  In addition, we have begun a shiur in practical and timely Halachos during the break between weekday Mincha and Maariv.  Our Beis Medrash’s schedule of classes, including the shiurim on Shabbos, is designed to provide a well-rounded, perfectly balanced diet of Torah; Chumash with Rashi-Navi-Mishna-Gemara-Halacha.  We encourage more people to join our minyanim and participate in the shiurim.  

Starting this week, the time of the Mishna shiur will move to thirty minutes before Mincha except for the next three Wednesdays, when the following program will take place:


In honor of the upcoming YomTov of Shavuos, 

the time when all Jews accept the Torah anew, I will present

The Phenomenon of Baalei Teshuva;   

Halacha, Challenges and Successes

A three part series  


Wednesday May 18, 7:30PM:  The Baal Teshuva’s personal growth

Wednesday May 25,

 7:30PM:  Baalei Teshuva and their families 

Wednesday June 1, 7:40PM:  Kiruv, Baalei Teshuva and their (FFB) Communities


All men and women are encouraged to attend.

The series is sponsored by

 Steve and Beth Baker 

in memory of Beth’s mother, Esther bas Yaakov.


People are welcome to the site of Bexley Park’s lot on Wrenford on Sunday May 22 any time from 9am to 3pm to bring recycled items and help with the rebuilding of Bexley Park, a beautiful playground that has been of benefit to many families in our shul and beyond.  There is no South Euclid residency requirement to attend and help.

Good Shabbos

Rabbi Davidovich

Friday evening, May 13      

  Mincha   6:50 PM
  Candle lighting early   7:07 PM
  Candle lighting late   8:18 PM

 Don’t forget Shema and Sefira after dark. Thursday night we  counted 24 Days.

Saturday, May 14 (Behar)      

  Parsha class   8:30 AM
  Shacharis   9:00 AM
  Latest Shema   9:45 AM
  Navi class   7:35 PM
  Mincha-Shalosh Seudos  8:05 PM
  Shabbos ends   9:27 PM

Sunday, May 15      

  Shacharis   8:00 AM

  Mishnayos    8:00 PM
  Mincha-Ma’ariv   8:30 PM

Monday-Thursday, May 16-19     

  Gemara class   6:15 AM
  Shacharis   6:45 AM

  Mishnayos   8:00 PM (Except for Wednesday) 
  Wednesday 7:30 PM – The Phenomenon of Baalei Teshuva Part One
  Mincha-Ma’ariv     8:30 PM

Friday, May 20      

  Gemara class   6:15 AM
  Shacharis   6:45 AM

According to the Mishna Berura, one may get a haircut on this Friday, May 20, in honor of the Shabbos immediately preceding Lag B’Omer.  The other Sefira mourning customs are suspended only starting on the morning of Lag B’Omer, Sunday May 22.
  Mincha   7:00 PM

  Candle lighting early   7:12 PM
  Candle lighting late   8:25 PM
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