Rabbi's Letter September 2012

September 2012

Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the lights of Tel Aviv glisten as pearls delicately strung on a necklace. The City of Tel Aviv pulsates with life and energy and the people of Israel, despite all of the turbulences facing her neighbors, are enjoying life with contentment, optimism and a joie de vie ! The contingent of 40 from DHJC on our Israel journey at the end of August are in inspired by the beauty of the land of Israel, the depth of Jewish history and sites we have seen and beyond that are deeply impressed by all whom we have met (and overwhelmed by the incredible five star cuisine and remarkably fine wines that we have shared). Our students have become b'nai mitzvah atop Masada, we have kayaked the Jordan River, swam in the Mediterranean and successfully navigated a subterranean water aqueduct built by the Romans.

Jewish journeys build and fortify and inspire our Jewish identity and commitment.. When we conclude Yom Kippur with the phrase (also recited at each seder) of L'Shanah ha-ba-ah b'Yerushalayim - next year in Jerusalem, that pledge has become a reality for all whom are privileged to journey to Israel. The lip synching of Next Year in Jerusalem has been transformed from prayerful words to powerful images that inspire, deepen and bring back amazing memories and smiles to life. Jewish journeys, local and global , reframe our connection to our people, our heritage and our faith. Jewish journeys from Birthright Israel to DHJC trips to local Jewish sites, museums and cultural events and around the globe, open a dazzling spectrum of new Jewish opportunities which can bring a sparkle to our Jewish souls. Ask anyone who has ever traveled to Israel - their enthusiasm and passion for our people and our homeland is all the more brimming and powerfully more passionate.

Benjamin of Tudela was a Jew from Al Andalus. Living in 12th century on the Iberian Peninsula, he expanded his Jewish horizons and pushed the boundaries of his Jewish experiences. Predating Marco Polo by nearly a century, he visited Jewish communities throughout Europe and North Africa, to the Middle East and even into India and China, Benjamin of Tudela wrote a travelogue of his experiences. The images of the Jews he met and the fascinating Jewish communities that he visited, forever and indelibly transformed his life for the better ! Tudela, his home community became ever more precious to him precisely because he recognized and cherished the Judaism and Jewish values, no matter how foreign that he bore witness to through the communities he visited and traditions he encountered .

So too, wherever we have traveled near and far this summer, the sum total of our adventures can have a cumulative and affirmative impact upon our Jewish values, commitments and observances. The sanctity of Jerusalem beckons, the bright lights of Tel Aviv illuminate the seaside promenade as I craft these words. Our journeys inform, shape and craft our lives. May the paths in life we travel upon, bring us closer to our soulful sensitivities, our heritage, faith and families. Shalom from Israel !

Rabbi Howard R. Buechler
Dix Hills Jewish Center

What's Happening at DHJC





Service Times

Normal Service Times - (Except Holidays & Shivas)

Daily Morning Minyan
Monday and Thursday, 6:45am
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 7am
Sunday, 9am

Daily Evening Minyan
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Shabbat Services
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Saturday, 9:15am

Mincha, Maariv and Havdalah 
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Welcome to the Dix Hills Jewish Center, a Conservative Congregation, celebrating 50 years as a beacon of dynamic Judaism in Dix Hills. We are a traditional egalitarian synagogue committed to the reality that all Jews are full partners in the beauty of Jewish life and that all Jews are given an equal role in all rituals. The Dix Hills Jewish Center is an engaging, vibrant congregation. We are excited about the growth in our synagogue, and the wonderful growth of the Jewish community of Dix Hills, Commack and the neighboring communities. We are a community committed to learning, to supporting each other, and to being a warm and welcoming place for all who participate. Welcome to the Dix Hills Jewish Center.

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For joyous occassions in your life, please share your naches with the Rabbi. Inform the Rabbi about births, engagements, weddings and other noteworthy moments in the life of your family. The Rabbi will arrange for baby namings, provide information regarding a mohel ( for infant boys), coordinate a pidyon ha-ben (the redemption ceremony for firstborn males), schedule an aufruf (to celebrate a forthcoming marriage), weddings and bring the richness of Jewish traditions and mitzvoth into your simcha(email rabbi or call 631-499-6644).


In case of illness and/or hospitalization, please notify the Rabbi at 631-499-6644 (24/6 - on Shabbat, see below for further emergency instructions)


Even before making funeral arrangements notify Rabbi Buechler at the synagogue office at 631-499-6644 (after office hours press #3 for the emergency numbers). Rabbi Buechler will assist and guide you in making the appropriate arrangements for the funeral. In the event that you cannot reach the Rabbi, contact the Jewish funeral home and begin to make your arrangements. PLEASE, if Rabbi Buechler is going to officiate at the funeral, do not finalize the funeral time until the Rabbi has contacted you. At most this will be a few hours. In the event that Rabbi Buechler is on vacation, Cantor Hevenstone is available and other local Conservative Rabbis are on call. Their names can be obtained by calling the synagogue office, an officer of the synagogue or the Ritual Chairman. It is also appropriate to contact Rabbi Buechler whenever tragedy or trauma occurs. On Shabbat and Yomtov the Rabbi does not use the telephone. Therefore, you can convey information to him on these days at the synagogue during scheduled service times, by calling him immediately after Shabbat or Yomtov or by going to his residence.

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Bikur Cholim & Home Visits

Do you have a relative or friend in our congregation who would benefit from a personal home visit? We are here for you! Members of our DHJC Social Action Committee - Tender Loving Congregants -- will happily come to visit and chat. BIKUR CHOLIM -- we visit our friends and relatives in Gurwin. Become a volunteer. Learn how.

High School students -- learn how to be a volunteer at Gurwin! There are many ways to volunteer.

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