Scholar in Residence: Professor Jim Diamond

June 3 & 4, 2016

We are happy to invite you to participate in our program as we host Professor Jim Diamond.

He will speak at a Shabbat Dinner, Friday Evening, June 3, 2016, at 7:30 PM, on “A Maimonidean Prescription for Mental Health.”

A Healthy Meal for a Healthy Mind: Indian & Israeli Chicken & Vegetarian Buffet.

Cost $25/adult, $10/child under 12, $75 max/family

Babysitting will be available.

Reservations must be pre-paid to the shul office prior to Tuesday, May 31.

Shabbat Morning, June 4, 2016

“Shavuot and the Celebration of a Second Receiving of the Torah”

Shabbat Afternoon, June 4, 2016, 7:00 PM

“Who is a Jew: Rambam and the Convert”

James Diamond is a Professor and the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Chair of Jewish Studies at the University of Waterloo in Canada. He holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Toronto, LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School, a LLM in International Legal Studies from New York University School of Law, and was a Lady Davis Fellow at the Institute for Research in Jewish Law, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.

In Religious Studies he holds both MA and PhD degrees from the University of Toronto in Medieval Jewish Thought. He was the recipient of two Canadian Jewish Book Awards, in 2003 for Maimonides and the Hermeneutics of Concealment, and in 2008 for Converts, Heretics and Lepers: Maimonides and the Outsider.

He is the Director of the Friedberg Genizah Project for which he directs and coordinates 13 teams worldwide (Princeton, Cambridge, Jewish Theological Seminary, Hebrew University, Yeshivah University) cataloguing, transcribing, translating, digitizing medieval documents discovered in the Cairo Geniza.

Sponsored in commemoration of the first yahrtzeit of Dr. Murray Schechter,z’l

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This Shabbat
Parshat Vayikra
Mincha: 7:05 p.m.
Candle Lighting: 7:07 p.m.

Shacharis: 9:00 a.m.
Mincha: 6:45 p.m.
Shabbat concludes: 8:09 p.m.
Upcoming Events
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All Sons of Israel Teens are invited to Six Flags Chol Hamoed Pesach, Thursday, April 13, leaving from the shul at 9:00 a.m. and returning at 6:00 p.m. A live concert by Benny Friedman, with Mordechai Shapiro, will be at 3:00 p.m. at the park. The cost is $48, which includes transportation, and you must R.S.V.P. with payment by April 5. Kosher for Pesach food will be available for purchase inside the park.  NO outside food is permitted. For more information, contact Alyssa Komarow at

Rabbi Wilensky is teaching a new class at the Jewish Day School on Tuesday mornings for parents on “How to Use the Parsha as a Tool to Open Lines of Communication With Your Child”. This class begins at 8:10 a.m. (after drop off at the JDS) and ends at 8:40 a.m. Coffee and light refreshments are served.

Join our weekly Tuesday class with Rabbi Wilensky held in the shul's board room at 8:30 p.m. on "Chovot Halevavot: Nurturing the Inner Feelings of a Jew". This class is open for both men and women and no prior knowledge of Jewish texts is necessary. The class is studying the classic work of Rabbi Bachya Ibn Pekudah of 11th century Spain which focuses on cultivating the thoughts and emotions of self-reflection, trust, belief, humility, devotion, and love. If you are interested in more details, please contact Rabbi Wilensky.