Colors: Blue Color

During the Ten Days of Repentance between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, B’nei Yisrael take upon themselves to recite T’hilim, because saying T’hilim is a s’gulah for t’shuvah. According to Likutei Moharan II:73, saying T’hilim is a great way to rouse feelings of awakening toward Hashem.

Growing up as a kid, I distinctly recall a large black box with a couple of low, stuffed chairs sitting in the corner of my shul’s social hall. This chevrah kadisha box, originally containing soft-covered siddurim falling apart and later upgraded to the ArtScroll Siddur Nechamas Yisrael, was spotted at shiv’ah houses across the neighborhood. Dealing with death is an uncomfortable part of life, and aside from the emergent scenarios – such the death of a loved one, and the family is therefore sitting shiv’ah – when the community springs into action, or the annual Chevrah Kadisha dinner, dealing with death is “out of sight, out of mind” for most people.

David and Ruth Weichselbaum, pillars of the Kew Gardens Hills community, were a couple who rose above the atrocities of the Holocaust to build a flourishing family that has left its mark on their respective communities. Their lives chronicled the Jewish triumph and remain an everlasting legacy to how the Chosen Nation continues to survive and thrive in face of Amalek.

Shalom Task Force (STF) is excited to announce that applications are now open for the 2022-2023 Purple Fellowship cohort. This program is open to high school juniors and seniors interested in growing into leadership roles in the Jewish community. Since launching in 2020, 121 students from 30 Jewish high schools across North America have participated in The Purple Fellowship