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ידיעון עדכני, מהדורות קודמות ומידע נוסף באתר

Rabbi Jacob Berman Community Center

מרכז קהילתי ע"ש הרב יעקב ברמן

Parashat Metzora 5779 פרשת מצורע תשע'ט

Shabbat Hagadol שבת הגדול

Candle Lighting: Friday April 12 18:46
Havdala: Saturday April 13 19:46



Kiddush on Shabbat is jointly sponsored by the following members marking Yahrtzeits of their loved ones in the month of Nissan:

Ruth Ainie in memory of her mother, Sheina Chaya bat Ephraim Zalman
Shoshi Babkoff in memory of her father, Naftali Hertzel ben Menachem and Fruma Solomon - ר' נפתלי הרצל בן מנחם ופרומה סולומון 
Yechezkel Babkoff in memory of his father, אריה לייב בן יהודה אליהו
Leo Beer in memory of his mother, Edna Beer daughter of Naomi Dina and Yehuda Leb - איטה ביר בת נעמי דינה ויהודה לב
Gabriela Cohen in memory of her mother, Zipora bat Dov
Cissie Green Jacobson in memory of her mother Ahuva Liba Lerner bat Matityahu Hacohen
Barbara Kaufman in memory of her husband, Michael Kaufman - מיכאל בן ישעיהו ורבקה
Jerry Kriger in memory of his mother, יהודית בת יוסף חיים ופרומה איתל
David Leifer in memory of his father, נתן נוטה בן אברהם יצחק
Ayala Meisels in memory of her mother, Zippora Schwartz
Rochelle Pomerantz in memory of her father, Nathan Payzer- נתן נטע בן שלמה נחום, הלוי
Jill Shames in memory of her mother, Shifra (Seena Baker) bat Bracha v'Zala
Sharyn Strauss in memory of her father, Michael Kaufman - מיכאל בן ישעיהו ורבקה
Ian Taylor in memory of his father, Shraga ben Aharon Halevi
Sorelle Weinstein in memory of her father, R. Chaim Yitzchak Wachmann
Carmel Wise in memory of her mother, Sheina Chaya bat Ephraim
Jonathan Wise in memory of his mother, Rachel bat Ze’ev

Hashkama minyan qiddush is jointly sponsored by Gabriela Cohen as well as Miriam and R' Yehezkel Babkoff in commemoration of jahrzeiten, and by Elaine Adler and Oran Buch.


  • Mazal Tov to Linda and Gerry Tanny on the birth of a grandson, the fifth child of Ahuva and Eitan Tanny of Beit Shemesh.

Engagements and Wedding:

  • Mazal Tov to Naama and David Barkai on the marriage of their daughter Neta to Chen Peretz, son of Tamar and Yehuda Peretz of Beer Sheva. Mazal Tov to grandparents Jessie Berkowitz, Isser and Dina Goldberg, and Benzion and Chaya Tovi, and to the entire family.

Bereavement and Memorial זיכרון ושכול

  • We are grieved to announce the passing of our long-standing member Yehuda Berenson z”l, the husband of Honey Berenson. The funeral took place on Tuesday, April 9, in Jerusalem. Honey will be sitting shiva in her home through Monday morning, April 15. The address is Nofei Yerushalayim, Rechov Shachrai 24, Jerusalem. Her number is 02-675-1562. Visiting hours are from 9:00 -13:00 and from 16:00 – 21:00. המקום ינחם אותה בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים
  • I would like to thank the many wonderful members of the Berman community who came to pay shiva calls, to ensure that there were three daily minyanim, and for your kindness and concern for my Mother during the years she spent here. I look forward to also joining you all in happy occasions. Sidney Cohen

SHUL ACTIVITIES, EVENTS AND REMINDERS תזכורות, אירועים ופעילויות של בית הכנסת

  • Reminder...In case you forgot to say Bircat Ha-Ilan, it's not too late. עדיין אפשר להגיד ברכת האילן: ברוך אתה ה' א-לוקינו מלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם שֶׁלֹּא חִסַּר בְּעוֹלָמוֹ כְּלוּם וּבָרָא בוֹ בְּרִיּוֹת טוֹבוֹת וְאִילָנוֹת טוֹבוֹת לֵיהָנוֹת בָּהֶם בְּנֵי אָדָם
  • The Zedaka Committee wishes to remind those who have not yet sent their donations for Maot Hittim to do so as soon as possible. Last year we were able to help more than 300 families. Please be generous and send your contributions in a timely manner, so we can reach out to people before the chag. Thanking you as always for your kindheartedness, we wish all our members a chag kasher v’sameach. Rivka Kronengold, Freida Sarfati-Ollech, Sandy Sampson, Jerry Kriger, Rebecca Krausz. Checks should be made out to “Jacob Berman Community Center". Make sure they are marked on the back “tzedaka pesach”. The checks should be delivered to members of the zedaka committee, or sent via mail to: Rabbi Jacob Berman Community Center, P.O. Box 1146, Rehovot 7611101. Those wishing to donate online may do so by bank transfer directly to the shul account: Account name: Jacob Berman Community Center, Bank Mizrahi T'fahot, Branch 434, (Rehovot), Account no. 514880. Make sure to specify on the online form that the donation is for Maot Hittim, and send an email to with details of the transfer.
  • וועדת הצדקה מזכירה לאלה שטרם שלחו את תרומתם למעות חיטים לעשות זאת בהקדם. בשנה שעברה עלה בידינו לעזור ל-300 משפחות נזקקות. אנא פיתחו ליבכם והואילו לשלוח לנו את התרומה עוד השבוע. אנו מודים לכם מקרב לב על נדיבותכם ומאחלים לך חג שמח וכשר. יש לרשום המחאות לפקודת ״מרכז קהילתי ע״ש הרב יעקוב ברמן״ . חשוב לכתוב בגב ההמחאה ״מעות חיטים״. את ההמחאות יש להעביר לאחד מחברי ועדת הצדקה. ניתן גם לשלוח בדואר לכתובת מרכז קהילתי ע״ש הרב יעקוב ברמן, ת.ד. 1146 רחובות 7611101. חברים ואורחים המעוניינים לבצע העברה בנקאית יכולים לבצע העברה ישירה לחשבון הבנק של בית הכנסת: שם המוטב: מרכז קהילתי ע"ש יעקב ברמן, בנק מזרחי-טפחות, סניף 434 (רחובות), מס' חשבון: 514880 ולשלוח מייל ל כדי לאפשר מעקב.
  • Minchah this Shabbat is scheduled for 6:15 PM and followed immediately (at ca. 6:35) by a Shabbat HaGadol Shiur in English by Rabbi Aryeh Frimer. The subject of the Shiur is "Insights into the Hagadda: Nirtza" and will focus on "Ve-Amartem Zevach Pesach" and "Ki Lo Naeh, Ki Lo Yaeh." Maariv to follow at 7:39 PM. Please bring Haggadot, preferably with an English translation.
  • שיעור שבת הגדול באנגלית ע"י הרב אריה פרימר בנושא "תובנות על ההגדה: נרצה". בשבת הקרובה מיד אחרי תפילת מנחה.
  • There will be a huge Haggadah and book sale (English & Hebrew) by Pomeranz Bookseller of Jerusalem, Sunday Evening April 14th from 20:00 – 21:30. See website at If you don't find the book you are looking for on the website, or you would like him to bring a specific book, please call Mr. Pomeranz at 053-7614229.
  • מכירת ספרים ענקית של ספרי קודש והגדות של פסח. הבעלים של חנות הספרים הידועה "פומרנץ" מירושלים יביא מבחר גדול של הגדות בעברית ובאנגלית, יום ראשון בערב, ה14 באפריל בין השעות 20:00-21:30. נא להתקשר למר פומראנץ בטלפון 02-623-5559 אם יש ספר מסוים שתרצה שיביא. אנא בקרו באתר החנות אתר זה מייצג רק מבחר קטן של מה שפומרנץ מציע, כך שאם אינכם מוצאים את הספר שאתם מחפשים, פנו למר פומראנץ בטלפון 053-7614229
  • Please don't forget to sell your chametz. People can use the online options linked below, or go to the Rabbanut, Rehov Goldberg 2, mornings.. The shul will not be handling Chametz sales this year.
  • לא לשכוח למכור חמץ! ניתן למכור באמצעות אחת החלופות המקוונות (ראו את הקישוריות, מטה). לחילופין, ניתן למכור את החמץ דרך הרבנות – רח' גולדברג 2, בשעות הבוקר. בית הכנסת לא יטפל השנה במכירת חמץ.
  • Important Kashrut Information for Pesach 5779: (Compiled by Rabbi Aryeh Frimer;; 054-7540761)
    Mechirat Chametz online
    Rabbanei Tzohar (forms in several languages, including English):
    Kipa Website (Hebrew): Form:
    Chabad Form in Hebrew מכירת חמץ אונליין ;
    Medicine List for Pesach
    (1) Kupat Holim Clalit Medicine List מדריך תרופות כשרות לפסח תשע"ט קופ"ח כללית
    Alternatively, you can call 03-7471818 and state the name of the medicine. The answering system will tell you whether the medicine is Kosher for Passover.
    (2) CRC (Chicago Rabbinical Council) Policy on Medicines and Cosmetics General Policy:
    Full CRC Passover List:
    A list of Nutritional supplements is found in the Full CRC Passover List on page 67-69.
    Some of the important highlights from the CRC Guide are as follows:
    - All pill medication (with or without chametz) that one swallows is permitted without special hashgacha. Vitamins and Food supplements do not necessarily fall under this category.
    - Liquid and chewable medications that contain kitniyot are permitted for one who is ill.
    - All varieties of body soaps, shampoos and stick deodorants are permitted for use on Pesach regardless of their ingredients.
    - All types of ointments, creams, nail polish, hand lotions, eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, blush, foot and face powders, and ink and paint may be used regardless of their ingredients.
    -Lipstick, mouthwash and toothpaste which contain Chametz should not be used.
    -Alcohol used in cosmetic products and toiletries manufactured in the USA is free of Chametz.
    Chag Kasher ve-Sameach חג כשר ושמח
  • Daf Yomi summaries by Shalom Bronner. If you click the “Education” tab at the top of the shul website the daf yomi page is listed.  The "daf yomi" contains a link to explanations of the Tosefot for the Daf Yomi.
  • Torah readers [still] needed for many parshiot for 5779. To volunteer, please contact Shmulie Pineles for the main minyan, or Moshe Appel for the Hashkama minyan.
  • מי שמעוניין לקרוא בתורה בשנת תשע'ט מתבקש לפנות לשמואל פינלס למנין המרכזי, או למשה אפל למנין ההשכמה.
  • Weekly Taamei Hamikra sheet הטעמה נכונה בקריאת התורה, מדור שבועי



Chesed links: shabbat hospitality (if you would like invitations or to volunteer to host), contact info. and details of new families, policy for MiSheberachs for the ill. For additional details regarding Chesed activites, please see our website, under community.

קישורי "חסד": אירוח בשבת; מידע ופרטי התקשרות של משפחות חדשות בקהילה; "מי שברך" לחולים (מדיניות כאן). לפרטים נוספים היכנסו לאתר בית הכנסת בעמוד "קהילה".

  • Welcome to Michelle and Tal Levi, Nuriel Rachamim (almost 2 yrs), Rafael Zusha (8 mos)! The Levi’s made aliyah less than a year ago to Or Yehuda from Queens, NY, and moved to Rehovot a few weeks ago. Tal is studying to be a life coach and is currently working in the Bursa selling jewelry online. Michelle is home with the baby now but is a school psychologist. Contact info:,  T- 0539864530,M-  0539651319

CALENDAR לוח זמנים

  • A PDF calendar of davening times and shiurim (now including May-June) is available for download (here).
  • ניתן להוריד את לוח זמני התפילה והשיעורים בפורמט PDF – כאן.
  • Live calendar below with full schedule of Berman events, and other happenings. Click on any event to see details. If calendar doesn't appear click here.
  • הלוח להלן כולל את לוח הזמנים המלא של כל האירועים הרשמיים של קהילת ברמן ואירועים אחרים. הקישו על האירוע לקבלת פרטים נוספים. אם הלוח לא מופיע, לחצו כאן.
  • Members organizing private events (e.g. wedding, bar/bat mitzva, etc.) are requested to have their event listed as an anonymous "private event" to avoid scheduling conflicts. Register here or send details to
  • חברים המארגנים אירועים פרטיים (כגון חתונה, מסיבת בר/בת-מצווה, וכדו') מתבקשים להירשם כדי שנוכל לרשום את התאריך כאירוע אנונימי פרטי ביומן. המטרה היא למנוע כפל אירועים באותו יום. הרשם בקישור זה או לשלוח פרטים ל


Please note that we take no responsibility for the Halachic propriety or kashrut of items listed. By posting in the Berman bulletin you understand that the details you provide are likely to remain publicly visible on the internet. We cannot remove announcements from our archives after a notice has run.

  • Midreshet shabbat- weekly shiurim before Mincha at Yeshivat Hadarom. מדרשת שבת חוזרת החל מהשבוע. שיעורים בבית המדרש של ישיבת הדרום, לפני מנחה. פרטים כאן.
  • Donate your unopened Chametz to Hod Yisrael-- As in previous years, closed packages of chametz (with a reasonable expiry date) will be happily accepted until Thursday 18.4.19. Hod Yisrael chametz will be sold early Friday morning, erev Pesach, and distributed after Pesach. Hod Yisrael is open this week Sunday-Tuesday from 5-9 PM, and in addition on Sunday from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Goldberg 2, 08-9368886.
  • Join ESRA Rehovot for a guided tour in English of the Yaacov Agam Museum of Art on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Opened in 2017, the Museum is dedicated to Israeli experimental artist and sculptor, Yaacov Agam. His best known work stems from optical art and kinetic artwork, of which he is a leading world figure. His iconic “Fire and Water” brought color and verve to Kikar Dizengoff for years. Located at 3 Rehov Meishar, Rishon LeZion, the Museum includes a beautiful outdoor sculpture garden. The tour starts promptly at 10:00 and should end at about 11:30. Organized transportation is not provided. The deadline for reservations is Sunday, 28th April 2019. Admission: NIS 65; ESRA members NIS 50. Registration: 09-7482957. For more information, contact Gila 08-942 0866.
  • Shabbat Hagadol shiur in English for women by HaRav Stein shlita at Beit Chatam Rehov Shkolnik 1a at 4:00 pm prompt. All women are welcome.
  • Seeking urgent advice. My mother Ruth Segel age 86 just had (very successful b'H) surgery to repair a broken hip; does anyone have any URGENT advice e.g. which of our 2 “shikum” options (institutional vs. home rehab) is better? Do places like Neve Amit, Neot HaMoshava in Nes Ziona, or Tel Hashomer function well in general, including on Hol Hamoed. Good Physiotherapist who can come to the house; good nurse for "nursing" issues at home e.g. wound care? Is Meuchedet homecare unit good/bad. Thank you! Susie Dym

Last week's Basement

  • Make a Difference--Adopt a Lone Soldier: The Lone Soldier Center is looking for families who can help improve a lone soldier's life by providing a home with emotional support, Shabbat meals, and a family atmosphere. For more information, local contact Racheli PIneles, or
  • Please help a very fine Rehovot family with many children and a totally incapacitated father. Victor Gaba and Judith Abrahams both know the family situation personally. Contributions to Gaba family 26/1 Eisenberg Tel: 08 9476608 or Gittie Mateh at 5 HaAdmor, Kiriat David, Rehovot, Tel: 08 9416733.

  • Urgently looking for a place for my parents to stay/rent over Pesach. Our guest room has water damage and we would like to keep them safe and comfortable during their visit. Please contact me by email or phone if you can help. Thanks! 0547520069


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Mon, 24 June 2019 כ״א סיון תשע״ט