Weekdays, April 3-5, 2013

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661 Dogwood Avenue, West Hempstead, NY 11552

March 27 – April 3, 2015, 7-14 Nissan 5775
Parshat Tzav
Parshat HaGadol


Friday, March 27, 2015
Shacharit.............................. 6:45 am
Candle Lighting..................... 6:54 pm
Mincha.................................. 7:00 pm

Shabbat, March 28, 2015
Parshat HaGadol
Shacharit.............................. 7:30 & 9:00 am
Parsha Shiur......................... 8:15 am

Latest Shema........................ 9:53 am
Youth Groups....................... 10:00 am
Mincha.................................. 2:00 pm
Daf Yomi.............................. 5:30 pm
Massechet Brachot Shiur....... 5:30 pm
Mincha.................................. 6:30 pm
Rabbi’s Derasha.................... 6:55 pm - Shabbat Hagadol Derasha
Maariv.................................. 7:58 pm
Shabbat Ends....................... 8:05 pm

Sunday, March 29, 2015
Earliest Talit/Tefil................... 5:53 am
Yomi.............................. 7:00 am - by Rabbi Avrohom Sebrow
Shacharit.............................. 7:50 am & 8:30 am
Rabbi’s Shiur........................ Cancelled
Mincha/Maariv....................... 7:05 pm

Weekdays – March 30-April 2, 2015
Daf Yomi.............................. 45 minutes before Shacharit - by Rabbi Avrohom Sebrow
Shacharit.............................. 6:35 am Mon & Thu
Shacharit.............................. 6:45 am Tue & Wed
Maariv.................................. 9:30 pm Mon-Thu
Bedikat Chometz................... 8:05 pm Thu

Erev Pesach Schedule
Friday, April 3, 2015
Taanit Bechorim

Daf Yomi.............................. 45 minutes before Shacharit - by Rabbi Avrohom Sebrow
Taanit Bechorim Begins......... 5:11 am
6:45 & 8:30 am
Siyum................................... 7:15 am
Eat Chometz By.................... 10:22 am
Burn Chometz By.................. 11:40 am
Candle Lighting..................... 7:02 pm
Mincha.................................. 7:15 am



MAZAL TOV to Dvorah Levy on the birth of a grandson, Zev, to her children Chana Gila & Amichai Levy. Mazal tov to great-grandparents Chaya & Reuven Grodner and Goldie & Mel Isaacs and uncles, Yedidya, Hananel & Eliyahu and to aunt, Shira. We thank the Levy family for their generous donation to the ECDP Simcha Fund in honor of this occasion.

MAZAL TOV to Roberta Weinstein-Cohen & Mark Cohen on the birth of their first grandchild, a son born to their daughter and son-in-law, Hanna & Yoni Winkler, of Givat Shmuel, Israel. We thank the Cohen family for their generous donation to the ECDP Simcha Fund in honor of this occasion.

Fire Safety Importance: Binyamin Diamond, a member of the Lakeview Fire Department, will be speaking at the end of both minyanim on Shabbat morning about fire safety and prevention.

ECDP DINNER, SAVE THE DATE!! Our 13th Annual Dinner will take place Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 5:00 pm at Congregation Sons of Israel in Woodmere, NY. Please join us as we honor: Ahava & Shragi Feldman & Family - Family of the Year and Chana and Rabbi Josh Kupchik - Hakarat Hatov. Invitations will be forthcoming.

Mechirat Chometz: Rabbi Schwalb will be available at his home from 8:45 pm to 9:45 pm on Motzei Shabbat and at 9:30 am – 10:00 am on Sunday morning to sell chometz. Additional times will be announced.

Maot Chitim: Charity for those in need is being divided between Israel and WH. Checks should be given to Rabbi Schwalb and can be made out to the ECDP Rabbis Fund.

PESACH CLEANING: The Shul will be cleaned for Pesach starting this Monday, March 30th. Please make sure to remove any chometz items that you may have in the Shul prior to that date.

YOM HASHOAH PROGRAM: Saturday night, April 18th at 9:30pm, at the Young Israel of West Hempstead, This year's program is sponsored by the Young Israel of West Hempstead, Congregation Anshei Shalom and Congregation Eitz Chayim of Dogwood Park. This year, the Yom Hashoah Committee is proud to present, Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. Besides her many books on the Holocaust, in 1994, she was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. In 2005 she was asked by President George W. Bush to be part of a small delegation which represented the White House at the 60th anniversary commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz. Her book, Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory, is the first full length study of those who attempt to deny the Holocaust. Sponsorships are available for a one-line dedication for $36. Master Sponsors may insert a dedication of up to three lines for $100. (There is a maximum of 20 words per line for all dedications.) Please write your check to "Young Israel of West Hempstead" and indicate "Yom Hashoah Dedication" on your check. Checks must be received at the Young Israel office by March 31, 2015.

The NORPAC Mission: Reserve Now with a goal of improving ties between the US and Israel, enables 'regular' citizens to advocate on selected topics directly to Members of Congress, will take place on Wednesday, May 13. Round trip transportation to Washington, DC from West Hempstead. Register at http://norpac.net/mission-registration
Mission Schedule:
5:00AM - Shacharit (YIWH Beis Medrash)
5:45AM - Bus departs from YIWH, Breakfast on-board
11:00AM - Arrive in Washington DC, Convention Center, Plenary Session & Lunch
12:15PM - Depart for Capitol Hill
1:00PM - 4:30PM - Meetings with Congressional Leaders on "The Hill"
5:00PM - Return and Gather at Convention Center, Mincha
6:00PM - Load buses and depart, Dinner on-board, Rest stop on way home for Maariv
Fees: Adults: $175
*Note: Mission participants must be 18 years of age (or older) or be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian. If you are unable to attend the mission but wish to sponsor others, or you want to participate but cannot afford it, please contact a WH NORPAC Committee member. WH NORPAC Committee: David Baratz (
david.baratz@gmail.com), Bob Margulies (tanwood@aol.com), Marshall Dumont (dumont345@aol.com).



SHABBAT GROUPS: This week is known by many as Shabbat Hagadol, meaning Pesach is in the coming week. The literal translation of Shabbat Hagadol is "The Big Shabbat" and that is just what this week in groups will be. Nothing says "Big" like a Youth Kiddush with delicious Cholent and Kugel for the children to enjoy. But wait, there's more! We will be playing "Pesach Trivia: The Ultimate Challenge, Part one" to get the children in the spirit of Pesach with challenging questions about the holiday. This is certainly a week you don't want to miss, especially since you would be missing out on our "BIG" festivities. See you all on Shabbat and remember, "THINK BIG" because that's exactly what this Shabbat will be.

BNEI AKIVA: All children are invited to enjoy the creative games and much more of B'nei Akiva this Shabbat afternoon from 5:30 P.M. until Mincha at YIWH.

Youth PRE-PESACH MOVIE: With all the cleaning going on around the house before Pesach, we understand things may get a little hectic. Send your children over to the Shul as we get ready for Pesach by watching "The Prince of Egypt" and enjoying some delicious pizza this coming Sunday, March 29th! Boys and girls grades N-3 are all welcome to join us from 11AM-1PM free of charge! Hope to see you all there!

LITTLE LEAGUE UPDATE: We are looking forward to this Sunday’s Opening Day. With the weather a little on the cool side, we will not be having full games this week – this Sunday will be a first practice, at the following times and locations:
Kindergarten / T-Ball - 11:15 - Cornwell #2
3/4/5 Girls - 11:15 AM - Cornwell #1
1/2 Boys - 1:15 PM - Cornwell #2
3/4 Boys - 3:30 PM - Cornwell #2
5/6/7 Boys - 3:30 PM - Cornwell #1
A tentative schedule for the rest of the season has been posted on the league’s website. We are excited for your children to get out to the fields, play ball, meet the coaches, and have fun!
For any inclement weather or game day updates – please see the 2015 Blog on our website at
NOTE: if you have not yet registered, please do so over the weekend or bring your registration form/check to the field on Sunday and speak with any of the on-site coaches or commissioners. Please do not wait; please forward this to any friends or classmates so that they can register as soon as possible by downloading registration forms and all relevant information from the league’s website..

Youth Chol Hamoed Peach New Roc City: Don't you wish you could play mini golf, bowling and arcade games all at once? Are you between the grades of 4 and 8? Well you can! Join us on Tuesday, April 7th as we go to New Roc city and enjoy a day of fun on their facility! The cost is $35 and if you would like to get more information or sign up, send us an email at youth@ecdp.info See you all there!

Youth Chol Hamoed Peach SIX FLAGS: The deadline has been extended to Sunday March 29! Join us on Wednesday, April 8th as we travel to Six Flags Great Adventure for a day of thrilling rides and relaxing with friends! All high school kids are invited and it's $45. If you would like more information or to sign up, send us an email at youth@ecdp.info. We can't wait!



ECDP WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB: The next book club meeting featuring “Family Tree” by Barbara Delinsky will take place Monday, April 20, 2015 at 8:30 pm at home of Leah Fish, 632 Jefferson Street. The books will be available at the West Hempstead library under Nancy’s book club.

COOKBOOKS: Our cookbooks are here - 1 for $20 and 2 for $36. Don't miss out on being a part of the ECDP Community. Please contact contact Sharon Tuckman at sharontuckman@verizon.net or Rachel Hanuka at myska43@yahoo.com to get one today!

THE CHESSED COMMITTEE is seeking volunteers to join our Chessed teams for occasional cooking, etc. If you are able to participate in this special mitzvah, and for more information, please contact Ahava Feldman: 516-538-1917 or havalee619@gmail.com. Tizku L’Mitzvot!



SHUL REMINDERS: Please do not bring any Strollers into the Shul. Strollers must remain outside all buildings. Please do not bring food into the new sanctuary. Please remember to make sure the doors are locked when you are the last or next to last person to leave the Shul. Thank you for your cooperation.

MEMO FROM THE MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: If you know of a new person/family that recently moved into the neighborhood or someone who just wants to find out more information about joining our shul please email their name, address, phone number and/or email address to juappel@optonline.net or hwrutner@yahoo.com so they can be contacted by a membership committee member.

Yahrzeit/Simcha Reminder. If you have an upcoming yahrzeit or simcha on Shabbat, please send an email or contact our Gabbai, Shragi Feldman, at msnsaf@gmail.com during the week prior to Shabbat so that the appropriate kibbud can be prepared in advance.

SHUl SECURITY: To enhance security at our Shul, the Sprague Avenue entrance lock has been changed. The lock will automatically lock after it is closed. Currently, the code remains the same. Too many people who are not members of ECDP know the code, so at some time in the near future and periodically afterwards the code will be changed. The membership will be informed prior to any change in the code. We ask that you do not give the code to anyone who should not have it. We continue to look for ways to improve our safety and security and apologize for any inconvenience that current events require us to adapt too. Please email house@ecdp.info if you have any questions or comments.

MESSAGE FROM THE HOUSE COMMITTEE: We ask that if you are the last person to leave, that you please remember to turn out the lights and lock the door. Many items have been left in the coat rooms for some period of time. Seformin have been moved to a shelf outside the entrance to the Beit Medrash. Tallit bags have been left in their place. Long coats have been moved to the Beit Medrash coat room, and all other items have been moved to a container in the room next to the toddler group room. If you are missing something, please check those locations. Any items left will be donated or discarded in January.

ECDP FACEBOOK: Calling all Facebookers! ECDP's Facebook page is full of pictures, news, announcements and updates! Be sure to like ECDP and stay current on what's going on! Click here for ECDP's Facebook page!

LIBRARY NOTICE: There are a number of seforim that have been requested to be added to the Shul's Library. If you would like to donate seforim in honor of a loved one, in honor of a Simcha or in memory of a loved one, please contact Michael Sojcher at michael@NeshomaOrchestra.com or 917-846-2271.

ECDP Simcha Fund: It is the practice in many shuls to mark special occasions by donating to a shul charity fund. By giving to charity in connection with a simcha, we recognize that our simchas are dependent on Hashem’s abundant kindness. ECDP is pleased to announce the formation of a Simcha Fund. We look forward to celebrating many happy occasions with all of you over the coming years. To donate to the ECDP Simcha Fund, simply notify webmaster@ecdp.info information about your simcha for listing in the weekly announcements and the amount of your donation.

AMAZON SMILE PURCHASES: Help raise money for our Shul at no extra cost to you. Just follow a few easy steps: When making purchases please do so using the URL: https://smile.amazon.com/. Sign in using your email address and amazon password. Click on the drop down box to select Congregation Eitz Chayim Of Dogwood Park Inc. Proceed to make your purchase as you would normally do. You have just generated a donation of 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchase to our shul.

COURTESY TO OUR NEIGHBORS: Please make sure not to park your cars in any way that blocks our neighbors' driveways. Additionally, please do not walk through neighbors’ backyards on your way to and from the Shul unless you know that the family does not mind.

WEST HEMPSTEAD FOOD BANK: For information, please contact Rabbi Schwalb or call 917-656-1173. The food bank is not interested in knowing who you are, only that we can provide food to you and your family. For more information go to www.whfoodbank.org.
The West Hempstead Food Bank is now making available cards which can be given to your Shabbat hosts and/or used for any other occasion. All proceeds from the sales of the cards, which indicate that a donation has been made to the Food Bank, will be used to purchase food. Cards are being sold in packages of 5 for a minimum $25 donation. To obtain the cards or for more information, please contact Amy Zehnwirth at

SIMCHA SCHEDULING. To avoid any simcha scheduling conflicts, please make sure when planning a simcha that you notify and check with the Shul and West Hempstead community calendars. The Shul calendar is maintained by Heather Rutner hwrutner@yahoo.com. The WH Community Calendar is maintained by Wendy Pusateri, in the office of the Young Israel of West Hempstead. Please contact Wendy at 516-481-7429 (ext 2) or by email at calendar@yiwh.org to coordinate the date and times.

YAHRTZEIT PLAQUES. If you would like to order yahrtzeit plaques in our shul, please contact Gail Hay at 516-414-1626 or gailhay555@aol.com.



HELP US HELP FROM RINA & ARI HIRSCH: The Hirsch family is collecting maot chitim for Yesha families in need. Food and a check are distributed to over 1600 families on our list that need our assistance. All of the families live in Yesha. Almost all are working families that just need some help. They are provided with wine, Matzoh, grape juice, chicken, meat and a check. We do this with zero expenses. Every dollar you give goes to help a need family. We go where nobody else goes. They live in Hebron and the hills around Hebron. They are from the entire Gush Etzion, about 100 families in Beitar. Families in Every Yishuv in the Shomron; including Itamar, Yitzhar,Elon Moreh. Shilo,Maale Levona, Eli and every other big and small yishuv. The Rabbis in the yishuvim supervise that every penny that goes out goes to a deserving family. Please help us complete this years project. Our budget is well over $200,000. You can make out your check and mail to Cong. Bnai Israel, 3190 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11210. Please take 5 minutes to see a video of our work at http://matzohfund.com/?page_id=484 Or you can donate online at the same site. Please help us help. Any questions please feel free to call Mr. Hirsch at 347-992-7411.

SAVE THE DATE – FIDF ANNUAL Dinner. This year's FIDF Dinner will be held on May 27, 2015 at the Sephardic Temple.

HANC High School the Kol-Avinoam Torah café: HANC High School is excited to launch a brand new initiative -- the Kol-Avinoam Torah Cafe for parents and alumni. This program will be centered around various chagim and will include a breakfast and two shiurim from members of our talented HANC High School faculty. Join us this Monday, March 30th/10 Nisan for its inaugural Shiurim.

COOKBOOK IN MEMORY OF YONAH SCHNEPPS: Sponsorships available for Cookbook in memory of Yonah Schnepps. For $180 you can sponsor a cookbook section and dedicate the section in someone’s honor or memory - full page sponsorship. Sponsorships starting from $36 also available - personal listing on sponsorship pages from one to four lines. All proceeds for the cookbook will go to the Sunday Smiles Program for more information. Alisa Minkin  (516)-539-1651 or email  yonahscookbook@gmail.com Naomi Goldenberg 516-680-6198 or e mail naomi.goldenberg@gmail.com.

IDENTIFICATION FOR CHILDREN: Parents should consider getting some form of ID for their children to carry with them at all times. Below is a link to one such website. Carrying ID is so important and quite inexpensive - starting at about $20. It is good to have on for Shabbat, biking, walking, running etc. when kids (or even adults) don't carry ID. May we only know smachot. http://www.roadid.com/Common/default.aspx

HATZALAH'S emergency responders are available in West Hempstead. If you need immediate assistance, do not hesitate to call Hatzalah at 718-387-1750 or 212-230-1000, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. If you have questions for West Hempstead Hatzalah, they can be reached via email at WHHATZOLAH@gmail.com.

THE SIMCHA CONNECTION sponsored by YIWH Sisterhood, invites all singles to register on our database at www.yiwh.org/simchaconnection. It takes five to ten minutes to complete the form. The database can only be viewed by the committee and allows them to search for potential matches based on specific criteria such as age, hashkafa, etc. If you have any questions, please email simchaconnection@yiwh.org.

MOM'S BOUTIQUE G'MACH OF WEST HEMPSTEAD has gowns, gowns and more gowns. If you are making a Simcha Please check us out! Gowns for girls till Bat Mitzvah, Bridesmaids and mother of the Bride. All proceeds from the rentals are given to the YIWH Rabbi's Fund. Please call Shaynee Miller 516-485-8257 or Channie Stein 516-486-5062

"Just a Second" Maternity of WEST Hempstead has all sizes - dresses, skirts, pants, long/short sleeve shirts, sweaters, etc. All brands including Motherhood, Pea in a Pod, Olian, Mimi, Old Navy, Gap and more! For appointments or donations (which are greatly appreciated!), please contact Annie at 917-656-6370 or Sarah at 516-567-0132 100% of sales go to the YIWH Rabbi's Fund.

Jean Skirt G’Mach of West Hempstead. We have a wide variety of gently used skirts, sizes 0 through plus sizes. We also have a limited number of children’s skirts. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment or donating clothing please contact us at skirt.gemach@gmail.com

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