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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
August 13, 2018

Mc Donald lake. Courtesy photo: Mila Lyon
RABBI'S COLUMN

Parsha of the week
Shoftim ("Judges")
 
Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9
 
 
Moses instructs the people of Israel to appoint judges and law enforcement officers in every city. "Justice, justice shall you pursue," (Deut. 16:20) This phrase is a guiding principle in Judaism. It is often interpreted to mean that in our pursuit of just and righteous ends, the means to the end must also be just. The Judges are admonished that they must administer justice it without corruption or favoritism. Crimes must be meticulously investigated and evidence thoroughly examined-a minimum of two credible witnesses is required for conviction and punishment.
 
In every generation, says Moses, there will be those entrusted with the task of interpreting and applying the laws of the Torah. Shoftim also includes the prohibitions against idolatry and sorcery; laws governing the appointment and behavior of a king; and guidelines for the creation of "cities of refuge" for the inadvertent murderer. Also set forth are many of the rules of war: the exemption from battle for one who has just built a home, planted a vineyard, married, or is "afraid and soft-hearted"; the requirement to offer terms of peace before attacking a city; and the prohibition against wanton destruction of something of value, exemplified by the law that forbids to cut down a fruit tree when laying siege (Deut. 20:19) In this context the Torah makes the famous statement; "For man is a tree of the field."
 
The Parshah concludes with the law of the "eglah harufa" special procedure to be followed when a person is killed by an unknown murderer and his body is found in a field-which underscores the responsibility of the community and its leaders not only for what they do, but also for what they might have prevented from being done. All share in society's guilt.
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Elul Limmud (Elul Learning)
 
Elul is the month preceding the month of Tishri and Rosh Hashana - a month of intellectual and spiritual preparation before we face God and each other in the Days of Awe to come. Come by the office and and I will teach you to blow the shofar - It is meant to be heard everyday in Elul.

The Kol Nidre ("All Vows") prayer, which is also the name of the service on the evening of Yom Kippur, is chanted three times towards the beginning of the service. According to Max Arzt in his book Justice and Mercy:  
 
"The reader and the two others who hold the scrolls during the chanting of Kol Nidre may be said to be reminiscent of the "court" constituted by three laymen before whom one appeared for the annulment of vows.  Kol Nidre is recited three times because it was a practice for legal formulae to be so recited (Mishnah Men. 10:3). Because the recitation of Kol Nidre is like a court procedure, which could not be conducted on a holiday, it is recited before sunset."
 
After the 11th century, the practice arose of chanting Kol Nidre first in a low and soft voice and then gradually increasing volume at each repetition. Some prolonged the singing until nightfall to enable latecomers to hear at least one rendition. 
 

Rabbi Cantor Robbi Sherwin
1-512-947-7270        
 
In this issue
Torah portion
Patron of the month
Ladies lunch
Shabbat
Bob Henley Talk
Save the date
In appreciation
Donations of the week
Aipac
Bike brigade
Yarzheits
Celebration of the week
Caring Committee
Amazon smile
Stay connected
Legacy
Our Board of Directors

Susan Green
President
Jami Delgado 
Vice-President
Judy Teller-Kaye  
Treasurer

Eileen Prager

Secretary

Dana Berntson
Linda Cooper
 
Ellen Fastow
Joanne Mercer
Marshall Meyer
Past President
Bob Safron
Neil Siegel
Scott Rogel 
 
Rabbi Robbi Sherwin
 
 
  Claudie Goldstein
Executive Director
Director of Development

Cindy Smith
Bookkeeper

Advisory Council
Addresses
Office Hours
Tuesday:
10:00am-4:00pm

Thursday:
10:00am-4:00pm


Friday:
 10:00am-1:00pm

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AUGUST PATRON OF THE MONTH' S SPONSORS
Bob Levine and Sherill Heron
Buzz and Penny Coe
 
LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING ALL OF YOU 
No walk ins please
 

         Rabbi Robbi will lead the service  
                at the Lyon's garden on 
 
            Friday, August 17 at 6:00PM 
 
Oneg to follow.
 
Address: 106 Red Cloud Way, Hailey.  
Call Mila for directions: 208-788-7461 

ISRAEL MATTERS WITH PASTOR BOB HENLEY
 
Pastor Bob Henley, formerly pastor of the Church of the Bigwood, will be addressing his second talk tomorrow August 14. 
 
The classes will meet at 7:00pm in the River Room of the Church of the Bigwood. All are invited.
 
Topic: History of the Splitting Off of Christianity from Judaism. The Roots of Christian Anti-Semitism leading to the Shoah.

                             TORAH STUDY
 
     
Join Rabbi Robbi, her husband Mark Jordan, and hike guides Mila and Marty Lyon for a chance to read from and study Torah in the great outdoors!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

Meet at the Lake Creek parking area (1st left turn after Hulen Meadows, just past Lake Creek Road (on the right) at 10:30 am. Bring your lunch.

The hike is 2.5 miles round trip, with the opportunity to walk a 1/4 mile nature trail.  The trail is a very gentle uphill, suitable for beginner hikers and children.  The trail parallels the Big Wood River and enjoys views of the Boulder Mountains.  Most of the trail is in the sun, but there are pockets of shade, and the Torah Reading/Study and lunch will be in a shaded area. 

Please make sure to wear sturdy walking or hiking shoes.  Bring water, a hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses.  Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather (be prepared).  Bring your lunch or snacks.  Hiking poles are optional (the trail is pretty flat, but it is gravel and uneven).  A camera and binoculars are often desired extras to capture the views.

The hike is expected to take about 2 hours, returning to Lake Creek parking area about 2pm.
IN APPRECIATION
Cantor Emily Meyer for participating in Shabbat services last Friday and Saturday morning.

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. 

     
CHILDREN EDUCATION
Carlyn Ring in honor of DJ Delgado upcoming Bar Mitzvah celebration  
 
WHERE NEEDED MOST FUNDS
Bob and Laura Kantor in memory of Herman and Ruth Kantor
Paul Wolff and Rhea Schwartz in memory of Walter Schwartz 
 
RABBI/JEWISH LIFE FUND
George and Ray Ann Shapiro
 
RABBI DISCRETIONARY FUND
Marshall and Judy Meyer 
 
AIPAC IN SUN VALLEY

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson, second district,  
will meet with AIPAC members and friends at the home of Linda and Jay Cooper on Thursday, August 16 at 8:45 A.M. at 126 Irene Street - Warm Springs - Ketchum
 
Our Congressman will discuss the latest events concerning the U.S. Israel relationship and the Middle East in general.
 
RSVP required:  
 
     NO JEWISH BIKE BRIGADE ON WEDNESDAY 15

YARZHEITS OF THE WEEK
A Yahrzeit donation allows you to honor the memor y of the special people in your life. Your gift will 
memorialize  your loved one during the anniversar y of his or her passing.  
 
  yahzeit
Sophie Altman            
Anne B. Levy,
Mother of Jerome Levy
Elliott Caplow,
Husband of Elaine Caplow
Harold Dobbs,
Father of Cathy Dobbs Goldstein
Shalom Fabiszewicz, Father of MAJ James Fabe DDS MBA
Dolly Glantz,  Mother of Lois Rosen
Elliott Gottlieb, Father-in-Law of Michael Fishman
Margaux Renee Grossman    
Ruth Kantor, Mother of Robert Kantor
Shirley Ann Mercer, Mother of Elliott Mercer
Gary Rawlings, Father of Greg Rawlings
May Tash Weiss, Mother of Judith Levy
Leo Joseph Tessler, Father of Naomi Sloan

CELEBRATION OF THE WEEK
BIRTHDAYS
Carlyn Ring
Phyllis Schlessinger
Herb Stusser
Ron Green

ANNIVERSARIES
David and Susan Weil
 
CARING COMMITTEE
Al and Brenda Hackel are our caring leaders this month.
1-208-720-891-9192
hackel@stanford.edu 
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LEAVING A LEGACY
To discuss leaving a legacy and providing support to our Wood River Jewish Community in perpetuity, please feel free to call 208-726-1183 or email claudie@wrjc.org to arrange a private and confidential meeting. 

If you want to know more about our organization, please contact  Claudie Goldstein, Executive Director at claudie@wrjc.org or 208-726-1183
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