MARCH 5, 2011 – SAVE THE DATE!!! The Maccabeats @ Fleetwood Synagogue

Dear Fleetwood Synagogue Members and Friends:

MARCH 5, 2011 – SAVE THE DATE!!!

There is a very popular a cappella group called the “Maccabeats” – and one of their videos has gone viral:

They have been highlighted on CNN and the Today Show.

The Maccabeats are scheduled to appear at Fleetwood Synagogue on Saturday evening, March 5, 2011.


Details to follow!


Please join us on Saturday evening
March 5, 2011

Rosh Chodesh Adar Bet 5771

for the

Yeshiva University’s a cappella sensation
Live and In Concert!

Fleetwood Synagogue
11 East Broad Street
Mount Vernon, NY 10552

Doors open at 8:30 PM
Concert begins at 9:00 PM

$25 for advance purchase general admission seats
$30 at the door
$100 sponsorships include two premium seats & a program listing

Seating is limited
Advance orders will be accepted until February 25th

To purchase tickets please visit our website:

Payment can be made on our website (using PayPal)
or by check payable to Fleetwood Synagogue

Please view our website for directions, parking information, and to find out more about our community and the Fleetwood Synagogue Housing Incentive Program

8th Annual Charles Sidlow Scholar-in-Residence Program

Fleetwood Synagogue’s

8th Annual Charles Sidlow Scholar-in-Residence Program

January 7-8, 2011

Dr. Marc Shapiro

Marc B. Shapiro holds the Weinberg Chair in Judaic Studies at the University of Scranton. A graduate of Brandeis, Prof. Shapiro received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, and is the author of numerous articles and reviews on Jewish history and philosophy. He has also written Between the Yeshiva World and Modern Orthodoxy (1999) and The Limits of Orthodox Theology (2004), both of which were National Jewish Book Award Finalists. Other books of his include Saul Lieberman and the Orthodox (2006) and Studies in Maimonides and His Interpreters (2008).

Friday evening, January 7

Kabbalat Shabbat – 4:30 PM

Dinner and Lecture – 5:30PM

Rabbi Yehiel Jacob Weinberg:

Between the Yeshiva World and Modern Orthodoxy

An examination of one of the most fascinating rabbinic figures in modern times. He was a man who lived in many worlds and emerged as one of the most original halakhic authorities.

Shabbat morning, January 8

Shacharit – 8:45 AM

Lecture – 11:00 AM

Judaism and Islam:

Some Historical and Halakhic Perspectives

Islam is constantly in the news. How has our religious tradition viewed Islam, an unquestionably monotheist religion? We will look at the halakhic and theological challenges this unprecedented phenomenon presented.

Shabbat afternoon, January 8

Minchah and Se`udah Shelishit – 3:20 PM

Lecture – 4:20 PM

Some Unusual Orthodox Responses

to the Rise of Nazism

How did the Orthodox leadership respond to the rise of Nazism? Were mistakes made, and can lessons be learned?

Game Night at Fleetwood Synagogue!

Renting and looking to buy?

Already own, but considering a move?

Six young families have moved in and joined our shul in recent months – come find out why!

(Would $25,000 be helpful too?)

Commute from southern Westchester’s Fleetwood neighborhood in a half-hour or less to Manhattan, Queens, White Plains, Rockland, and Bergen.

Fleetwood is a modern Orthodox community with an eruv and convenient access to day schools, high schools, mikva’ot, and kosher shopping.

$25,000 interest-free loans are available for home-buyers to ease your transition.

  1. To find out more, join us for a fun and informative evening on motza’ei Shabbat, Dec. 18, 6:30-8:30 PM.

(Children welcome!)

  1. Save the date – motzae’i Shabbat March 5, 2011, Rosh Chodesh Adar Sheini

The Maccabeats in concert at Fleetwood Synagogue!

Fleetwood Synagogue

11 East Broad Street

Mount Vernon, NY 10552

(914) 664-7643

Rabbi Gedalyah Berger

Save the date – motzae’i Shabbat March 5, 2011, Rosh Chodesh Adar Sheini

The Maccabeats in concert at Fleetwood Synagogue!

Tesimonial – “we just moved to Fleetwood”

People ask us why we moved to Mt. Vernon and we respond why not move to Mt. Vernon? 

If you are an observant Jew in the Metropolitan New York City area, Mt. Vernon is one of the few places that has a small town feel so close to City. 

Beautiful Colonial and Tudor homes and tree-lined streets accentuate the Fleetwood community.  All that one needs…yeshivas, mikvahs, kosher food and shopping are all a short distance away.  Fleetwood Synagogue is a warm, family-oriented community with a very active membership who see to it that all are welcome who walk through its doors.  Since we moved to Fleetwood, we and our children have made many friends and we look forward to raising our children and participating in the shul for many years to come.


–          Steven & Leslie Manheimer

Parshat Ki Tetze

5One of the most compelling of the seventy-plus commandments that comprise the compressed compendium of this morning’s portion is the two-verse, life-prolonging mitzvah of “shiluach hakein” (22:6-7): sending away the mother bird if one wishes to take the eggs or young.

         Herewith some avian avant-garde views from the high-flying, wide-winged, and eagle-eyed Rabbi Sorotzkin–at the beak, er, peak of the interpretive pecking order!

         Sorotzkin opens with an anomaly.  Although the Torah regularly equates beasts and birds (see “Achrei Mot” 17:13, for example, regarding covering the blood), shooing away the mother applies only to birds.  If we find, say, a doe lying with her young, we may, without hesitation, take both her and her young.  Why the distinction?

         The nature of birds, explains Sorotzkin, is fundamentally different from that of other beasts in God’s cr

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Parshat Shoftim

3David Ben-Gurion likened reading a great work in translation to kissing one’s beloved through a handkerchief.  Likewise, I’d say, for relying on distancing snippets and slight snapshots in lieu of the splendidly picturesque panoply of the original.  Discursive excerpts, however wise, can nowise come close to immersive exploration of the genuine jewel.  So I remind my readers of my weekly dilemma: Discussions in this column are perforce disjunctive; yet even a sip of Sorotzkin may slake their thirst–a swill, however, would be truly swell!  But will they essay?

         My intermediary insecurity in this project is prompted to a degree by the Torah’s clarion call at the beginning of our portion: “Justice, justice shall you pursue…!” (16:20).  Well, I want to do justice to Rabbi Sorotzkin’s profound production–which, though, is hard to do with only selected extracts on display (for splendid example: the repeated “justice” in the aforementioned mandate points, says Sorotzkin, to a stern requirement of righteousness from both the adjudicating judge and the executing officer!).

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