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Kol Nidrei in the Woods in Front of 3 Red Army Officers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the Second World War, Zalman Bronstein was drafted into the Russian Red Army and assigned to guard duty in a ditch close to the
German camp. At the end of his shift, he would rest in a bunker that afforded little protection from the Germans, but at least shielded him
from the elements.

After one such shift, a general uncharacteristically entered Zalman’s
bunker. The general began to shave there while singing a Russian folk
song, wholly off-tune.
Zalman, who was musically attuned and exhausted after his shift, was
irritated by the intrusion. “Dear General,” he said. “It is such a nice
song but you are doing it no justice…”
Surprised by Zalman’s frank remark, the general instructed Zalman to
sing the song for him instead. Zalman tried brushing off the request
but the general insisted. Zalman then sang it, leading the general to
comment, “With such a voice, it doesn’t make sense that you are here
on the frontlines. We must transfer you!”
Two days later, while lying in a ditch alongside seventeen soldiers, a
radio message came through, “Singer Bronstein, to the command
center!”

The base was not far from the Germans, and they often picked up each
other’s radio communications. Thus, Zalman knew it was possible he
would be targeted while leaving the ditch. He crawled on the ground,
gun in hand, for half a mile, until the base was in sight.
Covered in mud, he arrived at the command center where a soldier was
waiting for him. He was brought to the general, who smiled at him
warmly and asked, “You haven’t lost your voice since we last saw each
other?” Zalman was then told that he had been inducted into the
official choir of the Red Army.

Zalman joined the large choir alongside forty musicians, soloists and
directors. “I had no interest in music or singing,” he later said, “but
this gave me a chance at surviving the war.”
The first concert he performed was at the Generals’ Club, where he
sang that same Russian folk song that had landed him this position.
After the concert, the musical director pointed out to Zalman that the
generals were arguing over who would claim him for their unit.
It was the first of many concerts performed across the Soviet Union. As
the choir moved through countless towns and cities, he saw the war’s
devastation first-hand. Zalman was a popular soloist, despite being
emotionally detached from his singing.
On one occasion, a concert was scheduled for Yom Kippur, and while
the choir prepared for the event, Zalman knew that he would not
participate. On the morning of the performance, he informed the
musical director that he was unwell and could not perform. The
director tried persuading him, but Zalman was adamant that he would
not join the troupe.
While the choir sang on stage, Zalman remained in his bunk and
prayed as much as he could from memory. As his strength waned
toward the end of the fast, someone knocked at the door. Three high-ranking officers stood in the doorway, and Zalman leaped up to salute
them. He feared that he had been caught in a lie. When asked if he was
Singer Bronstein, he responded affirmatively.
The three sat on a bed and were quiet for a while, until one asked, “Do
you know what today is?”
Zalman responded that he did.

“We came to you,” the commander continued, “because we are Jewish,
and we want to hear a song by which we can remember the holy day as
it was in our parents’ synagogues.”
Zalman explained that he had been given sick leave, and if anyone
heard him singing, he could be punished for his deceit.
The officers suggested going into the forest and singing there. Seeing
that they were emotional and had no ill intentions, Zalman agreed.
They went into the forest, where he sang Kol Nidrei and Unesaneh
Tokef. As the sun set, he sang the words of Shema and Hashem Hu
Ha’elokim, traditionally recited as Yom Kippur ends.
“I felt the words of prayer entering their hearts,” Zalman later said
about those Jews who were only superficially disconnected from their
roots. “Their inner Jewish spark was still alive and revealed.”

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Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur at JCS

Is it your first time at JCS for the Holidays? Here are some of the Basics?

Tickets

  1. At JCS everyone is welcome. Tickets are encouraged for security purposes. If you do not have a ticket simply call or txt the office at (561) 624-7004. No one will be turned away 

Parking

  1. If the parking lot is full you can park in the empty lot located behind the synagogue at 837 Westwind Dr, North Palm Beach, FL 33408 when parking along the street please be mindful of the neighbors and the people living around the Shul
  2. Enter the synagogue from the East side entrance under the canopy

Synagogue

  1. Throughout the services feel free to come and go as you please. 
  2. Make yourself comfortable wherever you would like. We do not have assigned seating. 
  3. When coming in and out of the Sanctuary please do so quietly. Don’t forget to leave your cell phone at home.
  4. In the back of the synagogue, there is coffee, soda, water, and snacks. At any time feel free to grab a snack or drink and go outside or downstairs.
  5. During the Holidays we do not use the regular blue Prayer book. Instead, we use the red Machzor. We will have them set out on the table when you walk in. Men are encouraged to bring their Tallis. If you do not have one, the synagogue will have one for you.
  6. During the Holidays we raffle off the honors to the highest bidder and the proceeds are given to charity
  7. Children’s Programs are downstairs.
  8. Children are welcome and encouraged to join the services upstairs 
  9. Scroll Below to see a detailed schedule.

Security

  1. The North Palm Beach Police Department will provide a police car and security throughout the Holidays. Additionally, we have formed our own group in charge of JCS security and special security measures have been put in place to keep everyone safe during the Holidays. If you would like to be part of the security members please call or text Rabbi Leib at (561) 596-0530

Yom Kippur Schedule:

October 4th, 2022:
2:00 pm: Mincha
6:45 pm: Candle Lighting/Fast begins
7:00 pm: Meditation and Kol Nidrei 

October 5th, 2022:
10:00 am: Morning Service
11:00am – 1:00pm Children’s Service
12:30pm: Meditation and Yizkor
2:30pm: Conclusion of Morning Service
– BREAK –
5:30pm: Mincha
6:30pm: Neilah
7:37pm: Shofar/Fast ends,
7:45pm: followed by some well-deserved refreshments

JCA KIDS
Available throughout Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur Services. JCA will provide holiday-appropriate crafts, games, and activities so you can properly enjoy the services.  Jewish Community Synagogue844 Prosperity Farms Road
North Palm Beach, Fl, 33408 Jewishcomunitysynagogue.com(561)-624-7004

 

 

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The Kind Kitchen Volunteering

The KIND KITCHEN – MEALS FOR ANYONE WHO NEEDS HELP!
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The Secrets – Chumash

ChumashDates: Monday thru Friday
Time: 8:45 AM
 
All five books of the Torah, commonly known as the Pentateuch, were written by Moses; as dictated to him by G-d.
Come together, every day straight from Minyan, as we learn about the formation of the human race, how the Jewish nation became a nation chosen by G-d, ancient stories of our ancestors, and dig deeper beyond the commonly told stories.
 
Join me every day straight after Minyan for an early morning study session!
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JCS for Mahjong

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JCS for Mahjong

Join JCS, and friends for a game of Mahjong.
This tile game is played American Style with National Mah Jongg League Official
Standard Hands and Rules. All skill levels are welcome.

“We don’t stop playing because we are old… We grow old because we stop playing.”

Thursdays from 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Jewish Community Synagogue

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BECAUSE FREEDOM IS A LIFESTYLE

JCS invites you to experience the 2022 Passover Seder

BECAUSE FREEDOM IS A LIFESTYLE

This year, lean in defiance of anything holding you back
Drink like royalty because you are
Dine with pleasure because you can
This year, The Seder will accommodate your every whim and desire with the finest cuisine.
Meaningful and engaging commentary will tickle your soul.
The crackle of Matzah is sure to engage that deepest part of you who crossed the Red Sea so many Sinai’s ago.

This year don’t just pass over.

Couvert – $90
Member – $72
Child – $15

Friday, April 15, 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 16, 7:30 pm

Jewish Community Synagogue
844 Prosperity Farms Road
North Palm Beach, Fl. 33408

Prepaid reservations only – No door tickets!
*If finance is an issue, please email office@jewishcommunitysynagogue.com

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BECAUSE FREEDOM IS A LIFESTYLE

JCS invites you to experience the 2022 Passover Seder

BECAUSE FREEDOM IS A LIFESTYLE

This year, lean in defiance of anything holding you back
Drink like royalty because you are
Dine with pleasure because you can
This year, The Seder will accommodate your every whim and desire with the finest cuisine.
Meaningful and engaging commentary will tickle your soul.
The crackle of Matzah is sure to engage that deepest part of you who crossed the Red Sea so many Sinai’s ago.

This year don’t just pass over.

Couvert – $90
Member – $72
Child – $15

Friday, April 15, 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 16, 7:30 pm

Jewish Community Synagogue
844 Prosperity Farms Road
North Palm Beach, Fl. 33408

Prepaid reservations only – No door tickets!
*If finance is an issue, please email office@jewishcommunitysynagogue.com

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Should Israel Get Involved In The Ukrainian Crisis?

Should Israel Get Involved In The Ukrainian Crisis?

With Karma Feinstein

From Herut North America

The war in Ukraine Forces Israel Into a Delicate Balancing Act.
Israel is a strong ally of the United States, and its leaders have a good relationship with Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s Jewish president. But Israel also doesn’t want to provoke Russia.

Israel is a key partner of the United States, and many Israelis appreciate longstanding cultural connections with Ukraine, which, for several months in 2019, was the only country other than their own with both a Jewish president — Volodymyr Zelensky — and a Jewish prime minister. But Russia is a critical actor in the Middle East, particularly in Syria, Israel’s northeastern neighbor and enemy, and the Israeli government believes it cannot risk losing Moscow’s favor.

Date: April 1, 2022 at 6:30 pm

Jewish Community Synagogue
844 Prosperity Farms Rd
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

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Shabbat Under the Stars

HOTDOGS AND HEINEKEN
Friday Night Shabbat Dinner

April 1st, 2022 | 6:30 PM

Join together for over 20 different kinds of dogs (and a full buffet of other foods) with family and friends for a beautiful and uplifting Friday night Shabbat service.
Are you going in for a New York or Chicago style?

Graciously Sponsored by Bob & Lorraine Cohen

Jewish Community Synagogue
844 Prosperity Farms Road
North Palm Beach, FL 33408
561-624-7004

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Financial Education Wealth Preservation

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Financial Education & Wealth Preservation

With Charles Wilner

What is wealth preservation?
What do I need to know?
How to setup myself up?

Charles graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1988 with a BA in Economics, and Barry University in 1995 with an MBA, with a concentration in International Business. I recently sold my brokerage business and now I work with a select group of individuals, in managing their financial goals and objectives.

– There was a company, SIMS, that had an advertisement, and it ended with the owner stating, “An Educated Consumer is our Best Customer”. I believe that an educated client is the best client.

March 24th, 7:00 PM
Jewish Community Synagogue
844 Prosperity Farms Rd, North Palm Beach, FL 33408