Congregation B'nai Sholom-Beth David

An Egalitarian Conservative Synagogue Serving Rockville Centre, Lynbrook, Oceanside, and the Surrounding Communities

100 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Phone: (516) 764-4100 | Email:

Weekly Shabbat Reminder: May 26


This Friday’s candle lighting will take place at 
Friday evening services will take place in the chapel
at 6:30PM & 8:PM

Shabbos services will take place Saturday morning, in the main sanctuary

Weekly Parsha
Numbers 1:1 – 4:20
In the Sinai Desert, G-d says to conduct a census of the twelve tribes of Israel. Moses counts 603,550 men of draftable age (20 to 60 years); the tribe of Levi, numbering 22,300 males age one month and older, is counted separately. The Levites are to serve in the Sanctuary, replacing the firstborn, whose number they approximated, who were disqualified when they participated in the worshipping of the Golden Calf. The 273 firstborn who lacked a Levite to replace them had to pay a five-shekel “ransom” to redeem themselves.  When the people broke camp, the three Levite clans dismantled and transported the Sanctuary, and reassembled it at the center of the next encampment. They then erected their own tents around it: the Kohathites, who carried the Sanctuary’s vessels (the Ark, menorah, etc.) in their specially designed coverings on their shoulders, camped to its south; the Gershonites, in charge of its tapestries and roof coverings, to its west; and the families of Merari, who transported its wall panels and pillars, to its north. Before the Sanctuary’s entranceway, to its east, were the tents of Moses, Aaron, and Aaron’s sons.  Beyond the Levite circle, the twelve tribes camped in four groups of three tribes each. To the east were Judah (pop. 74,600), Issachar (54,400) and Zebulun (57,400); to the south, Reuben (46,500), Simeon (59,300) and Gad(45,650); to the west, Ephraim (40,500), Manasseh (32,200) and Benjamin(35,400); and to the north, Dan (62,700), Asher (41,500) and Naphtali(53,400). This formation was kept also while traveling. Each tribe had its own nassi (prince or leader), and its own flag with its tribal color and emblem.

Hosea 2:1 – 22
This week’s haftorah begins with the words, “The number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea [shore], which can be neither measured nor counted.” An appropriate reading for the first Torah reading of the Book of Numbers.

Hosea first prophesies about the eventual reunification of the houses of Judahand Israel. During the Messianic Era, these two perennial antagonists will make peace and appoint a single leader. Hosea then rebukes the Jewish people for their infidelity, abandoning their “husband,” G-d, and engaging in adulterous affairs with pagan deities. He describes the punishments they will suffer because of this unfaithfulness.
Eventually, though, Hosea reassures the Jews that they will repent, and G-d will accept then back wholeheartedly. The haftorah concludes with the moving words: “And I will betroth you to Me forever, and I will betroth you to Me with righteousness and with justice and with loving-kindness and with mercy.”
The Haftorah will be chanted by
Alan weiser


Mincha, Ma’ariv & Havdalah services will take place Saturday evening, in the chapel

For the upcoming week of Saturday, May 27, 2017 – Friday, June 2, 2017 corresponding to 2 Sivan – 8 Sivan, the following Yahrzeits will be observed:
Arthur Baumgarten, Anna Malkin, Sidney Tabas, Max Frey, Jack Stiepleman,
David Cohn, Joseph Friedman, Esther Michaelson, Maurice Hammer, Nesha Hoffman, Selma Schupak, Max Lindner, Mary Slutsky, Clara Begowsky, 
Esther Lampert, Mitchel Charles Peizer, Shirley Katzman, Alma R. Abrams, 
Jacob Marx, Rachel Heyman & Jacques Uscier, 


All sponsorships and donations to the Kiddush Fund are greatly appreciated.
Please do not wait until the next Simcha Shabbat to donate.

Thank you.
Good Shabbos
יְבָרֶכְךָ יהוה, וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ