WU@CEC: L'Shanah Tovah and a Message from Cantor Radwine

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Message from Cantor Radwine

From the Cantor,


Throughout the years, and on more than one occasion, I’ve had to gently clarify the notion of a Jewish “New Year” to non-Jewish friends and acquaintances.  Comments like, “So do you guys have big New Year’s Eve Parties,” or “Do a lotta people get drunk?” or “So do you watch football the next day?”, are not uncommon to those who have never encountered someone who observes the day.  Usually, my response is something to the tune of, “it is a time of reflection, with the day spent in prayer, repentance for misdeeds of the past year, and engaging in acts of doing the right thing—tzeddakah.”  That usually elicits a big yawn!


In truth, it really is a party!  Our liturgy tells us, “HaYom Harat Olam—Today is the Birthday of the World.”  Culturally, all the party trappings are there—honey and apples for a sweet year, festive family meals, freshly baked challah, and perhaps the opportunity to connect with family and friends.  It is easy, and maybe a bit dangerous to get bogged down on mistakes of the past.  Rosh HaShanah gives us a chance for a fresh start.  Self renewal is a rare opportunity; take an accounting of your soul and point it towards the future.


Here’s the party I’m looking forward to this year:  I get to meet a whole new “family”—our CEC family. If we haven’t yet met, please come up and introduce yourself.   Together we will sing, celebrate, and “ring in 5778;” except that the “ringing” will be done with the sound of the shofar.


Wade joins me in wishing you all a New Year filled with the wholeness of body, mind, and spirit; may you be inscribed and sealed for good.


L’shanah tovah u’m’tutkah—for a sweet and happy year,


Cantor Sam Radwine

High Holy Days Help Needed

We are currently planning the High Holy Days services.  If you can lend a hand with set up or resetting Waterway please let us know.  The times are:


Set up:  9/17 - 4pm

Re-set:  9/21 - after morning services

Set up: 9/29 - 2 pm

Re-set: 9/30 - after services


If you can help please email Jodi at president@etzchaim.org.  Thanks! 

5778 High Holy Day Schedule at Congregation Etz Chaim

This year, Cantor Samuel Radwine, will lead our High Holy Day services. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the Jewish New Year and High Holy Days.


All services will take place at Waterway 4074 SW H Street, Bentonville, Arkansas 72758, unless otherwise stated.


Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday September 20, 2017

6:30 pm           Erev Rosh Hashanah Service


Misterhood will be hosting an Apple Martini and Honey Cake Reception for a joyous celebration of the Jewish New Year immediately following Erev Rosh Hashanah services. Apple juice will also be serviced. Nominal donations will be accepted before the start of Erev Rosh Hashanah services to assist in covering the cost.


Thursday September 21, 2017

9:30 am           Rosh Hashanah Service

4:00 pm          Tashlich and Family Service at Lake Bentonville (I Street), Bentonville, AR 72712


High Holiday Community Shabbat Pot Luck

Friday September 22, 2017

6:30 pm           Please join us for a dairy pot luck to celebrate Shabbat at the Prohofsky Residence: 1807 SW Hayfield Ave., Bentonville, AR 72712 

Please RSVP and sign up to bring an item for dinner:



Yom Kippur

Friday September 29, 2017

7:00 pm           Kol Nidre


Saturday September 30, 2017

9:30 am           Yom Kippur Service with Yizkor immediately following morning service


Following morning services, we will facilitate a Yom Kippur discussion for those who wish to participate.


4:00 pm           Children’s Service

5:00 pm           N’eila Service

6:00 pm           Annual Break the Fast RSVP by September 23rd at




Sunday October 8, 2017

12:00 pm        Annual Sukkot Pot Luck under the Sukkah at the Vella Residence: 4003  SE 3rd St., Bentonville, AR 72712 (College Place Neighborhood, East highway, between exits 88 and 86) Please RSVP and sign up to bring an item:


Yom Kippur Annual Break the Fast

 Reserve your seat by clicking here no later than September 23rd!


  • Finley Boral (12th)
  • Andre Martin (15th)


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New Members

  • Sylvia Bechinsky


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Other News

Shabbat Service and Limud (Study) on October 13th and 14th led by Cantor Radwine

Join us for a wonderful relaxing Shabbat. Cantor Radwine will lead both a Friday evening Shabbat Service and a Saturday morning Limud (לימוד).


Friday, October 13th at 6:30 p.m. at Waterway with an oneg following services


Saturday, October 14th at 9:30 a.m. at Waterway


Please bring your Basketballs, Footballs and Soccer Balls for donation to services for FCC's Brown Baggin' It program (please see below for further description and a picture). Let's do some good and help our community.

Brown Baggin' It with FCC - Tikkun Olam Opportunity 

September's Brown Baggin' It item is Sports Equipment (Basketballs, Footballs and Soccer Balls) to support FCC's Miracle on 14th Street.


Please bring any and all donations to a CEC event at Waterway at FCC. We appreciate your support of our relationship with FCC and our Community. Toda Raba!

26th Annual Holocaust Education Conference

The 26th Arkansas Holocaust Education Conference is quickly coming up (Oct. 27th).  There are a few spots available if you wish to attend (contact Grace Donoho at grace.e.donoho@gmail.com).  The cost of attendance is $20 and includes lunch. Advanced registration is required, no registration allowed on the day of the event.


The theme this year is: The Holocaust: Causes and Consequences.  Nine dynamic experts from Maine, New York, Virginia, Ohio and other locations will be presenting this year.


We are in need of volunteer drivers to transport our presenters on Tuesday, Oct. 24; Wednesday, Oct. 25; Thursday, Oct. 26; Friday Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28.


Please contact Barry Brown (479 871-1457; bbrown@uark.edu) for more details if you are willing to help out.

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Board Meeting October 19th at 6pm

All members in good standing are welcome to attend the monthly Board meeting on:


Date: Thursday October 19th

Time: 6pm

Location: 812 W Raintree, Suite 22, Bentonville, AR

Contact the Cantor

Ask the Cantor...If you are interested in contacting Cantor Radwine, please click here.

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