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Account Name: Newtown Synagogue INC, BSB: 032036, Account No: 960034

Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshas Vayakhel

Courtesy of Chabad.org

Moses assembles the people of Israel and reiterates to them the commandment to observe the Shabbat. He then conveys G‑d’s instructions regarding the making of the Mishkan (Tabernacle). The people donate the required materials in abundance, bringing gold, silver and copper; blue-, purple- and red-dyed wool; goat hair, spun linen, animal skins, wood, olive oil, herbs and precious stones. Moses has to tell them to stop giving.

A team of wise-hearted artisans make the Mishkan and its furnishings (as detailed in the previous Torah readings of Terumah, Tetzaveh and Ki Tisa): three layers of roof coverings; 48 gold-plated wall panels, and 100 silver foundation sockets; the parochet (veil) that separates between the Sanctuary’s two chambers, and the masach (screen) that fronts it; the ark, and its cover with the cherubim; the table and its showbread; the seven-branched menorah with its specially prepared oil; the golden altar and the incense burned on it; the anointing oil; the outdoor altar for burnt offerings and all its implements; the hangings, posts and foundation sockets for the courtyard; and the basin and its pedestal, made out of copper mirrors.

Newtown Shul Weekly Friday Night Dinner

The Shabbat Dinner is the traditional focal point of every Jew’s week. We at Newtown Shul, extend a warm welcome to all people to join us for a traditional Friday Night Dinner.

The Shabbat Dinner is held in the hall beside the Synagogue immediately after the 6:30pm Shabbat service.

The Shabbat Dinner is a joint project of Newtown Synagogue and Young Adult Chabad and operates by virtue of the generosity of donors and volunteers.

All of the food served at the dinner is prepared ‘by the people for the people’ with love.

There is a suggested donation of $20 per person. To make a tax-deductible donation for the Shabbat dinners, please click here.

Shabbat Schedule


Friday Night Candle Lighting Time 7:14 AM

Pre-service L’chaim in the Hall 6:00 PM

Kabbalat Shabbat Service  in the Synagogue 6:30 PM

Shabbat Dinner book online here 7:30 PM


Shabbat Morning Kabbalah Class in the Hall 9:00 AM

Shabbat morning service in the Synagogue 9:30 AM

Torah Reading 10:30 AM

Children’s Service in the Hall 11:00 AM

Rabbi’s Sermon and Choir 11:30 AM

Kiddush and Lunch in the Hall 12:15 PM

Shabbat Ends 8:09 PM

Thought for the Week

How Is Money Spent?

By Yitzchak Meir Kagan (Courtesy of Chabad.org)

And Moses assembled all the congregation of the Children of Israel and said unto them: “These are the words which G‑d has commanded that you should do them. Six days shall work be done but on the seventh day there shall be to you a holy day, a Sabbath of solemn rest to G‑d…” (Exodus 35:1-2)

Some individuals, when approached with the suggestion that they begin to observe the Shabbat, respond with a question and a challenge: “Why do you talk to me about miracles? We live in a mundane physical world. I have a business on Fifth Avenue and I see that I earn much more on Saturday than on other days of the week!”

The answer is that money by and of itself is not the purpose and goal of a person’s happiness and well-being. It all depends how the money is used. If we were to ask this individual, “Let us say for the sake of argument that you were given a choice, either to earn a thousand dollars extra this year and end up in a hospital having to pay the doctor a thousand dollars plus, or not to earn the extra money in the first place and not end up with the sickness and the extra medical bills?” Obviously he would choose to remain healthy and to reject the money for such unwholesome purposes.

The Torah of Truth teaches that the money which a Jew earns through profaning the Shabbat does not “belong” to him; in a sense it is not “Jewish” money. One may protest that this money is owned by the Jew; it is deposited in his bank account and he retains full control over the funds. He can write a check to whomever he desires. But it remains to be seen for what purpose this money will ultimately be spent.

Shabbos Chuckle

Mary McDonough was at the airport in New York, scheduled to board an El Al plane to Israel to visit her husband Jim who was working for the United Nations for a few months in Tel Aviv. As she checked in, the El Al security agent pulled her aside to ask a few questions.

“Did you pack this bag yourself?” asked the security agent.

“Yes,” replied Mary.

“Has anyone given you any packages to bring along with you?” he asked.

“Only the package my mother in law gave me to give to my husband – her son,” replied Mary.

“Does she like you?”

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