Sep. 18, 2013 Sukkot

S.T.A.R. News & Events

Here are S.T.A.R.’s upcoming exciting events:

SEP. 22, 2013

Teens’s Biggest Sukkah Party of the Year!!

SEP. 24, 2013

The most massive Kid’s Sukkah party ever!

OCT. 13, 2013

Kid’s Knott’s Berry Madness is going to be fantastic!

OCT. 26, 2013

Knott’s Scary Haunt, a night of fright and flight! 


Sukkot / This Shabbat


Wednesday Candle Lighting: 6:39pm
Friday Candle Lighting: 6:34pm

Shabbat Ends: 7:29pm

Torah Message

Sukkot and the Quality of Life

Never-ending ambitions keep the world spinning hysterically. We live and strive for attainments in the future, while the achievements and successes of the past go by the wayside, forgotten.

Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to enjoy a college diploma, a friend, a business success, your spouse or even your child?

Try it. Try spending some time just enjoying what you have. Instead of looking for things to do, just sit and appreciate.

You tried it? Good! How long did it last – five minutes, 15 maybe?

It’s difficult. And the more we strive for future goals, the harder it gets to appreciate past successes. Of course, goals are great and we should always strive higher. But do we sufficiently appreciate what we’ve already achieved?

We attain one goal, and then we want more and more. It doesn’t stop even when we’ve achieved our biggest dream. It only stops … when we say “stop!”

Sukkot is the holiday when we say “stop.” Sukkot is the “happiness” holiday – which is really the “appreciation” holiday. It is the essence of everything we are striving for: meaning, fulfillment, purpose, happiness.


Rabbi M. Weiss                                                  Rabbi Y. Sakhai

Community News

Em Habanim Congregation

Weekly Parashat Hashavua class with Rabbi Joshua Bittan on Wednesdays at 8:30pm for more info. visit

Avot Ubanim Program has started for fathers and their kids of ages 4 and up every Saturday night from 7:30pm – 8:30pm, Lots of prizes and great Pizza every week!


Em Habanim Sephardic Congregation is pleased to make available its elegant venue for your celebration. Excellent location with easy access to freeways. For more info. visit 


Get Well Soon

Ariel Menachem Chayim ben Miryam & Daniel ben Sara

We wish a speedy recovery for all the Jews that may need it where ever they may be and especially for:

Em Habanim:

Max Barchichat From Sephardic Temple: Al Azus,Buena Angel,
Elaine Leon,Itzchak Rachmanony

From S.T.A.R.:

Mordechai Chaim Ben Chana, Chaim Ben Buena,
Meshulam Dov Ben Chana Sarah
David Eliyahu Chai ben Nina Miryam Chaya
Asher ben Malek
Ruchama Sara Miryam Bat Tamar 

 Bracha Sara Chaya Bat Ronit,
Donna Devora bat Sara 

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