January 8, 2021 - Weekly News From The Chatham Synagogue / Netivot Torah
Quarantine Edition
1/08/21 TCS/NT Update Table of Contents
-- Prologue

1. Shabbat Zoom Log-in Information

2. Shabbat - January 9th

3. Don't Miss January 10th: "The Lost World of African-American Cantors" - a Zoom presentation by writer and musicologist Henry Sapoznik

4. Virtual Sit/Stand/Breathe Exercise

5. Virtual Yoga

6. Virtual Fundraiser to Feed the Hungry

7. Donations

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

9. Etc. (Message From Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld)

10. Check Out Our New Website!

11. Become a Member
Wednesday's attack on our democracy was a dark day in the history of our country. Domestic terrorists stormed the U.S. Capitol building causing damage to federal property and intending to violently prevent the congressional certification of President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris. Five people, including a D.C. police officer, died in the melee.

One of the hallmarks of our democracy is the orderly transition of power from one administration to the next. This seditious and deadly attack on that process is an affront to who we are and what our country stands for.

´╗┐While we may have differing political views and affiliations, we must stand united in upholding the rule of law and the Constitution of the United States. We ask all Americans to do the same.

Today, Friday, January 8th at 3pm, several NYC Jewish and other faith organizations are holding an Interfaith Virtual Vigil for Democracy. It will feature U.S. Representatives Jerrold Nadler and Mondaire Jones, with music by Mandy Patinkin, Neshama Carlebach, and Cantor Natasha J. Hirschorn, among others.
Click here for more information and to sign up for this free online event.
1. Shabbat Zoom Log-in
Our virtual Shabbat Service will start at 10am, but please log-in at 9:30 to make sure everyone is properly connected. 

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 - January 9, 2021
Rabbi Or Rose will be joining us for Shabbat Services on Jan. 16th, Feb. 13th, and March 20th
Friday, January 8, 2021
Tevet 24, 5781
Shabbat Candle Lighting - 4:21pm

Saturday, January 9, 2021
Tevet 25, 5781
Virtual Shabbat Service - 9:30am Zoom Dial-in / Service begins at 10am
Shabbat Ends - 5:27pm

Torah Reading:
Parshah Shemot
Exodus 1:1 - 6:1
Click here to read more about Parshah Shemot
3. Presentation: "The Lost World of African-American Cantors: 1920 - 1953"
A Zoom presentation by Henry Sapoznik
January 10, 1pm

Henry Sapoznik, an award-winning producer, musicologist, performer, writer, and founding director of the sound archives at YIVO, will be joining us (virtually) for an extraordinary presentation on "The Lost World of African-American Cantors." In Henry's research into Black-Jewish cultural interactions, he discovered a little-known group of Black cantors.

As he notes: "The history of Black-Jewish cultural interaction primarily focuses on how Jews adopted and adapted Black vernacular music - ragtime, jazz, swing, blues, etc. However, what has never before been explored were the African-Americans who performed Yiddish and cantorial music in and for the Jewish community, in theaters, on records, radio, and in concert between the World Wars."

The presentation will honor the memory of now-forgotten Back cantors: Reb Dovid Kalistrita, Abraham Ben Benjamin Franklin, Thomas LaRue Jones, and Goldye May Steiner, the first - and only - black woman cantor. The talk will also feature historic graphics and translations of period Yiddish newspaper previews, ads, reviews, and the one-known 1923 Yiddish and Hebrew recording of Thomas LaRue Jones, known professionally as Der Shvartzer Khazn, as well as some newly discovered information. Don't miss this extraordinary look at a little-known piece of history.
4. 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
5. 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
6. Virtual Fundraiser to Feed the Hungry
Sponsored by the Chatham Area Interfaith Council

In Columbia County over 10% of our neighbors in at or below the poverty line, including nearly 2,000 children and many senior citizens. The government subsidies, which aren't always available, cover only 60% of food costs. WE CAN HELP! The Chatham Area Interfaith Council encourages everyone to support the local organizations that work hard to provide meals and groceries to families suffering from food insufficiency. Please consider donating to one or more of the local organizations that depend on our generosity to provide food to those who need it:
  • Valatie Ecumenical Food Pantry: send donations to 3212 Church St., P.O. Box 266, Valatie, NY 12184
  • Mellenville Philmont Food Pantry: send donations to 91 Church St., P.O. Box V, Mellenville, NY 12544 
  • Columbia County Recovery Kitchen: columbiacountyrecoverykitchen.org

"The Parish family of St. James and our sister churches are proud to support an interfaith effort to provide food & other resources to organizations that help underserved people."
~ Father George Fleming, St. James Church, Chatham

"This is a great opportunity to practice Buddhist teachings by giving money to provide meals to families."
~ Rev. Monshin Paul Naamon, Abbot, Tendai Dharma Center, Caanan

"Some of the most enjoyable times we have in life are spent sharing a meal. God will smile on us all as we feed our neighbors." ~ Pastor Gloria Jimpson, Payne AME Church, Chatham

"In a time of great & urgent need it is incumbent on us to help others nourish and sustain themselves."
~ Rabbi Or Rose, The Chatham Synagogue
7. Donations
(Note: Donations can be made online on our website. Click here to donate.)

Janet Carey - HH IMO George & Conan Carey, Harry & Judith Lipschultz

Robert Gibbs - IMO Ruth & Irving Gibbs

Len & Debra Grossman - IHO Larry & Janie Machiz's new grandson

Kenneth Kranz & Barbara Lax - IHO Larry & Janie Machiz's new grandson
Wishing Gloria Kaufman a speedy recovery
IMO Marge Lewis
IHO Tobby Cassuto, Brenda Gevertz, Julie Delisle, & Didi Barrett for their selection to "100 Women Making a Difference in Columbia County"

James Lieber - Donation to the TCS/NT Cemetery Fund
8. Virtual Out & About:
Social Action / Entertainment
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] JWA Podcast: Alicia Svigals, Klezmer Fiddle
Available free, on-demand
If you were a member of TCS/NT in June of 2012 you may remember a very special event we sponsored - a concert with the renowned Klezmer fiddle player, Alicia Svigals, co-founder of the Klezmatics. We held it at PS21 and it was a rollicking event with great music and even dancing.

A few months ago Alicia, a pioneering, Grammy-winning musician who has recorded, performed and collaborated with countless artists, joined Jewish Women's Archive for a podcast to talk about how music is helping her get through this difficult time. Click here to listen to Alicia talk about her music and her life in the time of pandemic.
[NEW] 92nd Street Y: Voices From Israel - Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy in Conversation with Stephanie Butnick
Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 1pm - Online
Tickets from $15
Join Israeli statesman, human rights advocate, and Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky in conversation about his extraordinary life and new memoir, Never Alone, with co-author Gil troy and Tablet's Stephanie Butnick.

In 1977, Sharansky was arrested by the KBG and spent nine years as a political prisoner for his democratic dissident activism - preparing him for a life of pubic service upon his release that he never could have imagined. Hear him discuss the lessons that have defined his life, his efforts to unite the Jewish people, and much more.
Click here for more information and to get tickets for this online event.
Broadway HD - Stream Broadway Hits
Online. $8.99/month
DId you miss the 2013 production of Porgy & Bess? Alfred Molina in Red? All nine hours of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby? You're in luck. BroadwayHD has all of these and hundreds of plays, musicals, and concerts online, viewable on-demand. So, while we're waiting for Broadway (and the world) to reopen, we can catch up with what we've missed online. BroadwayHD is offering a free trial and then either $8.99/month or a yearly subscription for $99.99.
Click here to view.
9. Etc. (Message From Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld)´╗┐
Honored several times as one of Newsweek/Daily Beast's 50 most influential rabbis, Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld has been dean of students, dean of the rabbinical school, and since 2018, president of Hebrew College. She's be praised for encouraging her students to pursue their own vision of the rabbinate and bring Torah to bear on contemporary issues of personal meaning and social justice.

Her latest Hebrew College Message From the President carries a moving and important message about dealing with trauma, shock, and hope in the wake of yesterday's terrifying attack on one of our nation's most important and sacred symbols, the Capital building.

She exhorts us to "be part of the process of repair - renewing our desecrated values, rebuilding our damaged institutions, returning to each other."

Click here to read Rabbi Cohen Anisfeld's comforting and inspiring message.
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