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Rabbi Kilimnick's Message - June 2015

Raishis Chochmah Yir’at Hashem…(Psalms111) “The beginning of wisdom is the fear of Hashem”.

This verse is recited each and every morning as we commence our daily prayers. The effect of the passage sets us firmly on the course of our Jewish daily activities, and provides us with a perspective that allows us to adjust our sights. Reverence for G-d provides us with a greater understanding for the lessons of our Torah and for the vital information which will come our way. Yir’at Hashem is a postulate of Jewish life that we have all too often neglected. Let me explain.


Neilah for all Holidays

To truly conclude a holiday properly, one must look to Yom Kippur as the paradigm for how to say farewell, as we say Neilah. For most of us, Neilah may be the most intense spiritual and emotional experience of the year. We look into the future, reflect on the past, our entire life flashes in front of us, as we know that the gates are closing and we try one last time to beseech Hashem for a year of Blessing.


“Lobby” Renewal Project

Thank you to everyone for making our Lobby Renovation Matching Donation Project a success! We have exceeded the anonymous donor’s requested threshold of $20,000, but continued donations will help beautify the shul even more! Stay tuned for details on this very exciting development for Congregation Beth Sholom.

Just as a reminder, you shouldn’t be playing games at shul…. Unless you’re at the Sisterhood/Men’s Club Game Night! Once again, this event was well attended and was a great success.

We’re looking forward to an exciting and fun Purim with our megillah readings and seudah. Please be sure to join us! Also, please place your orders for mishloach manot, and yes… It’s time to start thinking about Pesach and Shmurah Matzah orders!

Chag Kasher V’Sameach!

Jonathan S. Weissman



Thank you to all the generous AOH sponsors (2014)!


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Welcome to Congregation Beth Sholom, Rochester, New York’s largest Modern Orthodox and Zionist synagogue.  Led by our charismatic and inspirational spiritual leader, Rabbi Shaya Kilimnick, Congregation Beth Sholom offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere.  Our synagogue is a community resource for every member’s full life, from birth, to B'nei Mitzvah, marriage, and in times of need.


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