December 8th 6:30pm

After a 45-minute service led by Rabbi Shosh with congregant participation, we will have a gala celebration of Hanukkah downstairs.    Bring your favorite dish for the potluck!   Enjoy an evening of menorah lighting, singing and stories!  

Bring the kids!  

Latke-Palooza!  Krazy Kugel!   Calling cooks of all ages! 

As part of the HCS Hanukah celebration, Sisterhood will be sponsoring a latke and kugel contest during the Congregational potluck dinner.   Enter your latkes or your sweet or savory kugel!   Join us to vote for your favorites!

Entries should be delivered to the social hall by 6:45pm on December 8th


Embracing Unity: Judaism without Tribalism
4 Mondays 7pm to 8:15pm
December18, January 8, January 22, February 5

Join Rabbi Ben for an enlightening learning series on Rabbi Rami Shapiro’s Judaism Without Tribalism. Delve into teshuvah (repentance), tikkun (healing), and other pillars of Judaism. This series promises to be a journey of rediscovery, challenging and deepening our understanding of what it means to be Jewish in today’s world in which we balance our identification and support of our “tribe” — the Jewish people and Israel — with the spiritual practices that connect us as humans and build unity.

Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 880 9324 1111
Passcode: 542743


Tuesday, January 9th 7pm
Zoom only

We will be discussing American Wolf: From Nazi refugee to American Spy. A true story
  by Audrey Birnbaum

 American Wolf is a heart-stopping true story full of last-minute rescues, near-death encounters, and survival against untold odds. It is also a story about coming of age, family dysfunction and national identity, and is a resounding testament to the triumph of the human spirit.


If you wish to help Israel during this crisis, the following are four star rated charities:

  1. UJA sends to many organizations within Israel
  2. Mike Bloomberg will match any donation to Mogen David Adom (the Israeli equivalent of the Red Cross)
  3. Lev Echad – One Heart organizes a network of volunteers during national emergencies. It says it has deployed 30,000 volunteers but needs help to get 100,000 to work.
  4. Friends of United Hatzalah Hatzalah provides rapid medical treatment using specially equipped motorcycle ambulances
  5. The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee has activated their emergency response team and protocols across Israel. In the south of the country, they have widespread, existing operations and programs providing support to those directly impacted by the conflict, including elderly, people with disabilities, children and families at risk.
  6. American Friends of Meir PanimProvide support for soldiers and displaced Israelis
The following are recommended by Rabbi Fred:
  1. American Friends of Beit Morasha Jerusalem earmarked for either PTSD or interfaith programs
  2. Friends of Israel Defense Forces to buy temporary field hospitals, Intensive care ambulances, Hygiene Kits, Plasma Kits and more




Club Z is a national pro-Israel organization that educates high school students on Jewish & Israel advocacy before college. This year, their annual conference is in LOS ANGELES during MLK Weekend, January 12th – 15th, with a focus on educating, empowering, and connecting Jewish teens from all across the country during this difficult time. The conference is Shabbat-friendly, GLATT kosher, and at a local hotel that is Beverly Hills-adjacent. Strict security will be enforced all weekend.

Teens (9-12 grade) will:
– Learn how to combat antisemitism at school and online
– Understand what is happening in Israel & why it matters
– Hear from world renowned pro-Israel activists
– Meet other likeminded Jewish & pro-Israel teens from all across the USANow more than ever, an initiative like this with unity, education, and inspiration is crucial for our youth.

Click on this link to learn more about the agenda, speakers and registration information.



Order An Engraved Brick for the HCS Brick Path OR a Pew Plaque (there are still a few of these available!) Honor or memorialize a loved one, celebrate a special occasion, or show your support of HCS. Brick by brick we will build and beautify HCS.  To order, write for a form.



To order, write for a form. Your order will not be processed until your check is received.

Rabbi Shosh will be happy to help with the Hebrew required.  Please mail her your paperwork at 56 Ogden Ave Dobbs ferry 10522. In about two weeks, she will mail it back filled out. Please don’t send checks to Rabbi!



The books of Maccabees, which tell the story of Hanukkah, weren’t included in the Hebrew Bible – but they are in the Catholic Bible.



This week the Torah portion is Vayeshev – Joseph and his Coat of Many Colors. 

Poor Jacob is led to believe that his favorite son has been eaten by wild animals.


Hebrew Congregation of Somers
PO Box 40
Cypress Lane & Mervin Drive
Shenorock, NY 10587
(914) 248-9532