February 18, 2021 - Weekly News From The Chatham Synagogue / Netivot Torah
Quarantine Edition
2/18/21 TCS/NT Update Table of Contents
1. Shabbat Zoom Log-in Information

2. Shabbat - February 20th

3. The Poetics of Spiritual Longing: Exploring Modern Hebrew Poetry - This Sunday, 2/21

4. Virtual Purim: Megillah, Spiel, and Costumes! (Save the Date!)

5. Virtual Sit/Stand/Breathe Exercise

6. Virtual Yoga

7. Donations

8. Virtual Out & About: Social Action / Entertainment / Education

9. Etc. (Purim Hamantaschen Recipe)

10. Check Out Our New Website!

11. Become a Member
1. Shabbat Zoom Log-in
Our virtual Shabbat Service will start at 10am, but please log-in at 9:45 for a brief Shabbat teaching with TCS/NT member Steve Eidman.

We will be having a virtual kiddush/hamotzi following the service, so keep your favorite kiddush libation handy. 

If you're not familiar with Zoom, see below for a link to our Zoom Guide as well as a link to a Zoom video tutorial.

Meeting ID: 825 3638 4257
Password 953995

To phone in, dial 1-646-558-8656 / Meeting ID: 82536384257 / Password: 953995
2. Shabbat - February 18th, 2021
Rabbi Or Rose will be joining us for Shabbat Services on March 20th

Log in at 9:45 for a brief but fascinating Shabbat mini-teaching by TCS/NT member Steve Eidman
Friday, February 19th, 2021
Adar 7, 5781
Shabbat Candle Lighting - 5:14pm

Saturday, February 20th, 2021
Adar 8, 5781
Virtual Shabbat Service - 9:30am Zoom Dial-in / Service begins at 10am
Shabbat Ends - 6:16pm

Torah Reading:
Parshah Terumah
Exodus 25:1 - 27:19
Click here to read more about Parshah Terumah
3. The Poetics of Spiritual Longing:
Exploring Modern Hebrew Poetry
Five Sundays - 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28
10am - 11;15am

Join Rabbi Or Rose for a fascinating five-session series on various 20th-century Hebrew poets, exploring themes of God, prayer, community, and the human life-cycle.

The series will explore the writings of such celebrated figures as Haim Nahman Bialik, Zelda, and Yehuda Amichai, as well as lesser-known and contemporary voices from religious and secular communities (and those who do not fit neatly into either category).

--> Click here to view and download a pdf of the poems for this week's session.

Meeting ID: 821 0860 7428
Password: 246394

--> Note: If you missed the previous sessions, you can listen to the recordings here:

Passcode: .$Ef77kx
4. Virtual Purim Celebration:
Costumes! Megillah! Purim Spiel!
Thursday, Feb. 25th, 7pm
Zoom Event (log-in information to come)

Last year we had a wonderful Purim event at the Synagogue. There were costumes, Steve Eidman read the Megillah, and Robert Zukerman performed an inspired comedic Italian-opera version of a Purim Spiel. Little did we know that a week later the Pandemic would shut everything down and that would be the last time we would all gather together inside our beloved Shul.

But, as Robert would be the first to say, The Show Must Go On. In this case, it's going on Zoom. So mark your calendars - on Thursday, Feb. 25th we will once again gather (virtually) to celebrate Purim and tell the story of Esther. We encourage everyone to wear costumes, which will be highlighted in a virtual costume parade prior to the start of the program. Robert has prepared another brilliant, original comedic Purim Spiel, and Steve Eidman will once again be reading the Megillah.

We look forward to celebrating with you this year on Zoom and next year, back in our building.
5. Virtual Sit/Stand/Breathe Exercise
Every Monday - 11am - 12pm
TCS/NT member, and dancer, choreographer, physician-assistant Jamie Stiller is teaching a sit/stand exercise group. For the duration, the group will meet every Monday, via Zoom, from 11am - 12pm. The focus of these classes will be on building strength in your core and extremities, learning to breathe mindfully to fuel your entire body, and having fun! 

Meeting ID: 898 6317 0484
Password: 953995
6. Virtual Yoga
Every Friday at 9:30am
Our weekly Yoga classes are resuming, virtually. TCS/NT member, and dancer, choreographer, physician-assistant, Jamie Stiller, will be leading the classes. There is a $10 donation per Click here email Jamie and arrange payment (Venmo, checks, etc.).

Meeting ID: 825 5860 0433
Password: 953995
7. Donations
(Note: Donations can be made online on our website. Click here to donate.)

David Ben-Ur & Felicia Herman - General Donation

Steve & Diane Eidman - IMO Ruth Abramson

Sandy & Floss Frucher - HH Donation

Richard & Lynn Gelman - IMO Ruth (Ricky) Abramson

Alan Gelb & Karen Levine - IMO Ricky Abramson, with fond memories of her warm greetings at TCS events

Brenda Gevertz - In Loving Memory of Ruth Abramson

Ellen & Alan Goldner - Year-End Donation

Ellen & Alan Goldner - Dear Joy, please accept our sympathy on the loss of your beloved Uncle Dan

Ellen & Alan Goldner - IMO the beloved mother of Steve Abramson & Jody Schoenfeld

Len & Debra Grossman - Condolences to Steve Abramson & Jody Schoenfeld on the loss of their mother, Ruth Abramson

Margaret Kaplen & Leon Sokol - General Donation

Lydia & Bernie Kukoff - HH Donation

Alice Swersey - IHO Larry Machiz
8. Virtual Out & About:
Social Action / Entertainment
Hudson Community Fridges
Two local businesses in Hudson have joined forces to each put a refrigerator in their business, where people can take or leave food, free of charge. One refrigerator is at Kitty's Market at 60 South Front Street and the other is at Lil Deb's Oasis at 747 Columbia Street. Anyone in need can take food, free of charge, from the two outdoor fridges, and those who want to donate food can leave food and non-alcoholic beverage donations.

Eliminating Food Insecurity
Because of the Pandemic, our local community is experiencing high rates of food insecurity. We can help support our local community through donations of food, time, and resources. Please consider donating to the Chatham Area Silent Pantry. And don't forget, Columbia County Office for the Aging is still looking for volunteer drivers for Meals on Wheels. You can contact them at 518-828-4258.
[NEW] Black History Month: André De Shields stars as Frederick Douglass in "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory"
Online - Friday, Feb. 26th at 7:00pm
As part of a Black History trilogy of virtual performances from Flushing Town Hall in Queens, the 2019 Tony winner André De Shields will protray Frederick Douglass in a stirring one-man performance. The transcendent "Hadestown" star also wrote the show, which explores the achievements and ingenuity of the abolitionist leader, as well as the darkness and horror that he experienced.

Click here to see more information and RSVP to this event.
Hebrew College's "Speaking Torah" Podcast, Featuring Lydia Kukoff & Judith Rosenbaum
Free, Online
Faith, food, family, and memory are powerfully evoked in TCS/NT member Lydia Kukoff's essay, "Squash with Egg and Cheese." Lydia, a member of the Hebrew College Board of Trustees, talks about combining her Italian heritage with her chose Jewish faith, melding her experiences, creating new traditions for her family, and expanding the definition of Judaism while also connecting deeply with its tradition.

The essay is read by TCS/NT member and CEO of Jewish Women's Archive, Judith Rosenbaum. As Judith notes, in discussing the essay: "I love that link about taking the spoon from the milchig drawer. I think that is such a great connection and grounds us in the Jewishness of Lydia's life now. But it's also a reminder of the ways that Judaism and Jewish tradition grows because non-Jews join the Jewish family and become Jews.

Click here to listen to this wonderful podcast, and also for a link to a recipe for Lydia's Squash with Egg and Cheese dish.
National Yiddish Theatre Folksbeine presents:
"15 Minute Yiddish(more or less)" with Motl Didner
Free, Online event
Motl Didner, the Associate Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene in NYC, along with a cast of interesting characters - all played by Moti, presents a weekly lunch and learn series on the basics of Yiddish conversation, no previous Yiddish experience necessary. This extremely entertaining series is made up of short (15 minutes, more or less) episodes posted weekly and previous episodes can be found by scrolling down the page on the link provided below.

Click here to watch the most current episode of Motl Didner's "15 Minute Yiddish" and to find previous episodes.
9. Etc. (Hamantaschen Recipe)

Click here to download
a pdf of the recipe.
10. We Have A New Website
After more than a year of hard work, we have finally launched the new Chatham Synagogue website. You can find it at the old URL: thechathamsynagogue.org. On it you can find a current listing of events, links to services, information about who we are, and a growing library of photos.

For members there is also a member portal. You should have received an email with a link inviting you to access the portal, instructions on how to log-in, and an explanation of some of the information that you will find there. Check it out and let us know what you think. If you have any questions or need help accessing the member portal, please email: tcsntmembers@gmail.com.
11. Become a Member
We welcome members from diverse Jewish backgrounds and perspectives. Our members are people who were born into Judaism as well as those who chose Judaism. We recognize patrilineal as well as matrilineal descent, and we welcome interfaith families and LGBTQ Members.

You can download a membership application here.
Our Mailing Address: The Chatham Synagogue / P.O. Box 51 / Chatham, NY 12037