July 12, 2017
At the very end of last week's Torah portion, we read a short eight-verse story about the main figure at the start of this week's portion, Pinchas. In the middle of the wilderness, some of the Israelite men begin to have intimate relationships with some of the Moabite and Midianite women, who then convince the Israelite men to worship their god. When Pinchas, grandson of Aaron the high priest, sees an Israelite man bringing a Midianite woman into his tent, Pinchas follows them, stabs them, and kills them both, believing that it is what God wants him to do.
How ironic that as we read this story of religious extremism, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel just published their "black list" of overseas rabbis who the Chief Rabbinate claim to be "unrecognized/unauthorized to vouch for the Jewish identities of their congregants," and whose letters certifying the Jewishness of individuals seeking to marry in Israel have been rejected. This list of 160 names includes rabbis from 24 countries, including 62 from the United States, ordained from Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox seminaries. Following considerable protest and backlash from Jewish communities around the world, some rabbis within the Chief Rabbinate of Israel are now claiming that the list was published without the head rabbis' knowledge.
The list, along with the Biblical figure of Pinchas, bring to light important questions - How far will we go to uphold the laws of Torah? And which laws/commandments take precedence over others? And what happens when we go so far in trying to protect our interpretation of one law of Torah, that we fail to uphold others?
Friday night, Cantor Jenkins-Adelberg and I will be leading our Kabbalat Shabbat service, starting at 6:30 pm, but come early for a bite to eat and for some pre-Shabbat schmoozing.
Shabbat morning, I'll be leading our Torah Study session beginning at 10:00 am.
Rabbi Jennifer L. Frenkel

If you wish to have a Mi Shebeirach said during our Shabbat services, please let us know by noon each Friday so we can give the names to the rabbis. 
In This Message
The Engagement of
Eileen Levinson & David Pinzur
on of Mark & Maxine Pinzur

The Anniversary Blessing of
David & Jill Akre

Ruth Mackler
a unt of Judi Weinberg
great aunt of Stephanie Riviello

Linda Deren
stepmother of John Deren
Friday, July 14
6:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service (Chapel)
Please join us for pre-service refreshments starting at 6:00 pm. 

Saturday, July 15
10:00 am Torah Study, led by Rabbi Frenkel (Chapel)

Monday, July 17
7:30 pm Budget/Finance Committee Meeting (Bride's Room)
7:30 pm Communications Committee Meeting (Boardroom)

Wednesday, July 19
7:30 pm Ritual Committee Meeting (Boardroom)

Friday, July 21
6:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service (All-Purpose Room)

7:30 pm Summer Congregational Dinner & M'korstock Unplugged (Oneg Room)
Barbecue dinner with live music. $10 per person. Click here to RSVP. A _Chai Cantor_ Event
Please click on each event name for more information or to register for that event.
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"Chai Cantor" Events _Chai Cantor_      
Meet and get to know Cantor Elaya Jenkins-Adelberg at these official "Chai Cantor" events. Watch E!Minders, M'korMail and our web calendar for additional events.

Saturday, July 22, 8:00 pm (Margate, NJ)
Share Havdalah & desserts on the bay.

Achim (The Men's Group) Lunch
Wednesday, August 2, 1:00 noon

A Midsummer Night's Barbecue
Wednesday, August 9, 5:00 pm
Dinner, DJ, crafts & more! Free for our ECC & Religious School families. 

Summer Congregational Dinner
Friday, August 11, immediately following our 6:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat service  
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