November 8, 2022

Kristallnacht, (German: “Crystal Night”), also called Night of Broken Glass or November Pogroms, the night of November 9–10, 1938, when German Nazis attacked Jewish persons and property. The name Kristallnacht refers ironically to the litter of broken glass left in the streets after these pogroms. The violence continued during the day of November 10, and in some places acts of violence continued for several more days. 

In all, more than 1,000 synagogues were burned or destroyed. Rioters looted about 7,500 Jewish businesses and vandalized Jewish hospitals, homes, schools, and cemeteries. Many of the attackers were neighbors of the victims. The event was used to justify barring Jews from schools and most public places, and forcing them to adhere to new curfews. They were to wear a yellow Star of David on their clothes to identify them as JudenRats = Jewish Rats. In the days following, 30 thousand Jews were sent to concentration camps – and that was just the beginning. Kristallnacht is considered the beginning of the Holocaust. The Nazis felt free to persecute the Jews openly, because they knew no one would stop them. . After Kristallnacht, the Nazi regime made Jewish survival in Germany impossible.


Rabbi Robbi

Torah Portion of the Week - Rabbi Robbi -

Vayeira (and He appeared)

Genesis 18:1–22:24

One of the best-known parashiot in the Torah, contains the “Akeyda” or binding of Isaac, as well as the story of Hagar and Ishmael. Both of these sections are also read at Rosh Hashana.

* God reveals himself to Abraham three days after the first Jew’s circumcision at age ninety-nine; but Abraham rushes off to prepare a meal for three guests who appear in the desert heat. One of the three—who are angels disguised as men—announces that, in exactly one year, the barren Sarah will give birth to a son. Sarah laughs.

* Abraham pleads with God to spare the wicked city of Sodom. Lot’s wife turns into a pillar of salt when she disobeys the command not to look back at the burning city as they flee.

* God remembers God’s promise to Sarah, and gives her and Abraham a son, who is named Isaac (Yitzchak, meaning “will laugh”). Isaac is circumcised at the age of eight days; Abraham is one hundred years old, and Sarah ninety, at their child’s birth.

* Hagar and Ishmael are banished from Abraham’s home and wander in the desert; God hears the cry of the dying lad, and saves his life by showing his mother a well.

* God tests Abraham’s devotion by commanding him to sacrifice Isaac on Mount Moriah. Isaac is bound and placed on the altar, and Abraham raises the knife to slaughter his son. A voice from heaven calls to stop him; a ram, caught in the undergrowth by its horns, is offered in Isaac’s place.

There is so much to unpack in Vayeira: The Shofar, or ram’s horn that we blow at the high holidays is a reminder of the ram caught in the thicket that was sacrificed in Isaac’s place. The Arab nation is founded after Hagar and Ishmael are banished from Abraham and Sarah’s home, and then saved by God in the desert. Abraham sets up the concept that we can argue with God by pleading with God for the lives of those in Sodom and Gemorrah. Strangers often come with unusual news; and sometimes, through laughter, we find other ways to deal with life’s adversities. I’ve seen divrei Torah (words/things of Torah) on all of these topics and more from B’nai Mitzvah students, making this a Torah portion that is a great one for “beginners” and scholars alike.

~ Rabbi Robbi

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  1. Chanukah Community Celebration: December 18
  2. Book Discussion: December 22 https://www.amazon.com/Israel-Simple-Guide-Misunderstood-Country/dp/1982144939

George Shapiro

Scott and karen Alpert

Dan Levitan and Stacey Winston Levitan

Judith Meyer

Bryan Ries

Yahrzeits of the week

Debra Freeman, Mother of Coni Foster

Tracy Gold, Daughter of Myrna Oliver

Henry Helmut Marx, Father of Susanne Marx

Marilyn Kofsky, Mother of Karen Alpert

Lee David Pesky, Son of Alan & Wendy Pesky

Sol Rovin, Father of Linda Cooper

Milton Stern, Father of Wendy Pesky

Board of Directors 2022-2023
Jeff Rose, President
Dana Berntson, Vice President
Noa Ries, Vice President
Judy Teller Kaye, Treasurer
Coni Foster, Secretary
Josh Kleinman, Past President
Susan Green, Past President
Linda Cooper
Phil Goldstein
Ron Greenspan
Amy Kroll
Marty Lyon
Juli Roos
Bob Safron

Rabbi Robbi Sherwin

Claudie Goldstein, Executive Director