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Congregation Tifereth Israel Of Lower Bucks County is more than a synagogue – it is a community. We are very proud of our congregation, our history and most importantly, our coming together in times of ritual, celebration, as well as need.

Led by Rabbi Jeffery Schnitzer, we offer traditional, egalitarian prayer services, including Shabbat Services on Friday evening and Saturday morning, Sunday, Monday and Thursday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

In addition to serving as a gathering place for Jewish worship, we offer a thriving Nursery School, a fun Religious School, and many classes, events and other opportunities for adults to gather to learn, celebrate and do mitzvot together.

2909 Bristol Road ♦ Bensalem, PA 19020 ♦ Ph: (215) 752-3468 ♦  F: (215) 757-8660

 

Blizzard Warning Friday-Sunday

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A blizzard warning has been issued for our area for the entire weekend, Friday 7pm – Sunday 10am.  We have no idea how this storm will turn out, but the forecasts seem to be pretty dramatic.  Unfortunately, we won’t know what the reality is until after Shabbat begins tomorrow night, therefore we have decided to prioritize the safety of community over other concerns.

Friday Night Shabbat Dinner & Ask the Rabbi Oneg–Rescheduled to next week, Fri., January 29

Friday Night Services are still on, but please use your best judgement.

Saturday Morning Shabbat Services are CANCELED!–We know that this has never been done, but if the weather is anywhere near as bad as they are predicting, it will be dangerous to open the building. Unfortunately, once Shabbat begins, we can’t get the word out, so we have to make the call now.

Movie Night–The Dibbuk is postponed until next week, Saturday, January 30 at 8:00pm

Jason Rubin Grandparents Day is postponed.  Stay tuned for a new date.

Hebrew School is still on, for now.  We will make the call around 6pmSaturday night, based on the actual weather conditions.

Help Shelley Make a Minyan

Shelley Schorr, beloved teacher, friend and founding member of TI has been there to help make minyanim for so many. She now asks that we help make minyan so that she can observe shloshim–the 30 days of mourning traditionally observed for a spouse, for her husband, Jerry.

Please click the following link to sign up to help make a minyan. We don’t all need to be at every minyan, but if we each attend a few we can ensure Shelley has someplace to say kaddish every day.

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0D4EACA82BA5FA7-minyanim

Chanukah Message from the Rabbi

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Happy Chanukah!

One of the more popular festivals on our Calendar is Chanukah!

The Hebrew word Chanukah means “dedication.” The roots of this name, and the Chanukah holiday, come from the second century B.C.E. (Before the Common Era). Chafing under foreign domination of the Syrian-Greeks, a band of Jews led by Mattathias took to the hills of Judea in open revolt against the Seleucid regime of Antiochus Epiphanes IV.

Mattathias’ son Judah took charge of the rebellion after his father’s death. He was given the nickname “the Maccabee” (“the hammer”). Antiochus sent thousands of well-trained and well-armed troops to the land of Israel to crush the rebellion. The Maccabees responded with a brilliant campaign of guerilla warfare, and succeeded in driving the foreigners from their land.

Jewish fighters entered Jerusalem in December, 164 B.C.E. They found the sacred Temple in shambles, defiled and desecrated by foreign soldiers. They cleansed the Temple and re-dedicated it on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev. They observed a feast of dedication for eight days in honor of their historic victory.

The contemporary observance of Chanukah features the lighting of a Chanukiyah, a special Chanukah menorah with eight branches and a ninth holder for the shamash, or helper candle. The ritual of eight candles is connected with the cruse of pure oil that miraculously burned for eight days rather than one.

On the first night of Chanukah, two candles are placed in the menorah. One serves as the shamash to be used for lighting the other candle. On each successive night, another candle is added to the menorah from right to left. The candles are lit from left to right (Lighting the newest candle each night). By the time we reach the last night of Chanukah, eight candles (plus the Shamash) are glowing brightly in celebration of this beautiful festival.

Other familiar Chanukah customs include spinning the dreidle (a special top with Hebrew letters on the sides), eating foods prepared in oil such as, potato latkes (pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly donuts), and giving gifts of gelt (coins) to children.

In the broad sweep of Jewish tradition, Chanukah is considered a minor holiday. It is not a yom tov, a holy day, akin to Rosh Hashanah or Passover. Chanukah, like Purim, is a post-Biblical holiday, a happy, fun-filled celebration for the young and the young-at-heart.

This year, Chanukah begins on Sunday evening, December 6, 2015 and continues through Monday, December 14, 2015. The traditional greeting Jews extend to one another during this holiday is “Chag Orim Same’ach.” Happy Feast of Lights!

I wish everyone a Happy Chanukah!

B’Shalom,

Rabbi Jeff