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  JEWISH COMMUNITY        
"The Wood River Jewish Community is a gathering place that strives to perpetuate  
Jewish tradition through worship, fellowship and learning.  Founded in 1976, we seek to provide a welcoming and caring community in the Wood River Valley
May 15, 2018
                                         
PARSHA OF THE WEEK
Bamidbar (in the wilderness)
Numbers 1:1-4:20
 
This week, we begin the book of Numbers, and over 600,000 Israelites continue to march through the wilderness to the Promised Land. God commands Moses to take a census of the entire Israelite community. The tribes arrange themselves in marching order and the duties of the Levites are outlined.
 
A census is taken to organize those who are eligible for army duty. Several censuses are conducted in the Torah and the ancient sages asked why this was so. Numbers Rabbah 2:19 says that it was to demonstrate God's love for the Jewish people, who God considered like a treasure. The people are like a valued object to be counted, caressed and recounted to make sure that the treasure is safe and nothing was lost. With each counting, God declares: "I have created the magnificent stars of the universe, yet it is Israel who will do my will."
 
A notable mitzvah that affects male Jewish infants, the pidyon haben, or redemption of the firstborn son, is outlined in Bamidbar. Originally, all firstborn sons must serve the priesthood, so chosen because the Israelites were spared the plague of the death of their firstborn during the exodus from Egypt. In Numbers 3:12, we are told that the Levites were assigned to perform these services instead of the firstborn sons, but that all other firstborns must be redeemed at the age of 30 days. Since the destruction of the Temple, a donation to tzedakah has taken the place of a sacrifice.
 

Rabbi Cantor Robbi Sherwin
rabbirobbi@wrjc.org
1-512-947-7270        
 
 ASK THE RABBI

Q: When I was a girl, my grandmothers made cheesecake and blintzes on the holiday of Shavu'ot. Why?

A: Shavu'ot celebrates the revelation of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. Known as "the Feast of Weeks," it has been seven times seven weeks since we left Egypt. All of us are encamped together, awaiting Moses' return from communing with God. The excitement builds as the mountain rumbles with God's presence, and Moses descends with the infamous first set of tablets containing the 10 Commandments. In some modern communities in a relatively new practice, Jews stay up all night studying to show that we have already accepted the Torah.
So, what does this have to do with eating dairy products? Three explanations: The laws of kashrut, ("keeping Kosher"), which govern the proper and holy ritual slaughter and consumption of animals, were first introduced at Mt. Sinai. After learning of these laws, the Israelites could not eat the meat they had prepared, as it was not prepared according to the newly revealed laws of kashrut. Without time for a proper ritual slaughter, they ate dairy products instead, which were readily on hand. King Solomon compared the Torah to milk. He wrote: "Like honey and milk, it lies under your tongue." (Song of Songs 4:11) Another explanation: The land that was promised to us was described as "a land flowing with milk and honey" (Exodus 3:8).

I look forward to celebrating our Pizza, Shabbat & Shavu'ot Celebration in Hailey this weekend (see the newsletter for details!). I'd like to call on all joining us this Friday night to "let your milk flag fly" and bring something fun and dairy-licious for us to enjoy. Next year, I hope to have a Cheesecake/Blintz/Bourekas (Sephardic Jewish pastry) tasting around Shavu'ot!


In this issue
Torah portion
Ask the rabbi
Shabbat service
Adult ed
Coffice hours
Thank you
Donations of the week
Condolences
Celebration of the week
Yarzheits
Caring Committee
Stay connected
Legacy
Our Board of Directors

Marshall Meyer 
President
Joanne Mercer 
Vice-President
Judy Teller-Kaye  
Treasurer

Eileen Prager

Secretary

Lenny Cohen
Linda Cooper
 Jami Delgado
Ellen Fastow
Susan Green
Ken Lewis
Naomi Fine Sloan
Carlyn Ring
Bob Safron
Neil Siegel
Scott Rogel 
 
Rabbi Robbi Sherwin
 
 
  Claudie Goldstein
Executive Director
Director of Development

Cindy Smith
Bookkeeper

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                             SHABBAT SERVICE 

Join us in Hailey on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 6:00pm for our celebration of Shabbat and Shavu'ot, the "Feast of Weeks".
 

Location: Music n' Me headquarters
15 East Bullion Street in Hailey

A special service, including rolling out the entire Torah, will begin our evening, and we will celebrate with pizza and a potluck. 

Cheese Pizza will be generously provided by Ron and Susan Green.
Bring a dairy dish to share with family and friends.


ADULT EDUCATION WITH RABBI ROBBI
Saturday , May 19 at 10:00am at the office: Lessons from the Book of Ruth 
MEET WITH THE RABBI

 
Friday, May 18- 8:30-10:30 : The Owl in Hailey
Sunday, May 20-  8:30-10:30: Java in Ketchum

 MAY MEGA PATRONS
David Kaye and Judy Teller Kaye
DONATIONS OF THE WEEK
Honor a special occasion, express sympathy, remember a  loved one, or simply say "Thank You" with a donation to a WRJC fund of your choice. 

RABBI'S CAMPAIGN 
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Thank you  to all the donors who contributed to the campaign.  Every donation, no matter the size, brings us one step closer to reaching our goal.

Flora Mason 
Stuart and Tracy Simon
 
 
 
JEWISH LIFE
David Kaye and Judy Teller Kaye in memory of Joanne Mercer's mother
Marshall and Judy Meyer  in memory of Joanne Mercer's mother
Bob and Claudie Goldstein  in memory of Joanne Mercer's mother
Jay and Linda Cooper  in memory of Joanne Mercer's mother
Oscar and Fran Michael in memory of Joan Feldman
 
MUSIC
Janet Becht in memory of her mother
 
SUN VALLEY JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL 
Bob and Lynda Safron
Daniel and Diane Feldman undefined
Al and Brenda Hackel
Lionel and Annette Pashkoff 
Thomas and Monique Stern 
 
  CONDOLENCES

The Wood River Jewish Community express es its sincere condolences to Joanne Mercer and her family for the passing of Maxine Rothenberg, Joanne 's mother.
 
 CELEBRATION OF THE WEEK
BIRTHDAYS
Janet Drobner
Al Hackel
Bob Levine
Art Sloan








ANNIVERSARY
Larry and Rebekah Helzel

YARZHEITS OF THE WEEK
A Yahrzeit donation allows you to honor the memory of the special people in your life. Your gift will memorialize 
your loved one during the anniversary of his or her passing.  

 
yahzeit
Sylvia Bartlett 
Walter Basil Pape, Brother of Margery Friedlander
Jeanne Bass, Mother-in-Law of Harriet  of Parker-Bass
Barbara Bernbaum, Wife of Sanford of  Bernbaum
Hedy Block, Aunt  of Juli Roos
Anne Feigenbaum, Niece of Leonard Schlessinger
Ruth Gottlieb, Aunt of Judith Teller Kaye
Joseph L. Wolff, Father  of Paul Wolff
Wyett Jacquelyn Livingston 
Matthew F. Magidson, Father of Jory Magidson
Abraham Morton, Grandfather of Darrel Mendelsohn
Sarah Sankowich, Grandmother of Juli Roos
 
CARING COMMITTEE

Debra Levin is chairing the month of May.
dslevin@cox.net
208-578-7738
650-400-6140


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