WOOD RIVER wrjc
 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, 2019
WEEKLY TORAH PORTION
Va'etchanan ("and I pleaded")
Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11

* Moses tells the people of Israel how he implored God to allow him to enter the Land of Israel, but God refused, instructing Moses instead to ascend a mountain and see the Promised Land.
* Continuing his "review of the Torah," Moses describes the Exodus from Egypt and the revelation of the Torah, declaring them unprecedented events in human history. "Has there ever occurred this great thing, or has the likes of it ever been heard? Did ever a people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire . . . and live? . . . You were shown, to know, that the Adonai is God . . . there is none else."
* Moses predicts that in future generations the people will turn away from God, worship idols, and be exiled from their land and scattered amongst the nations; but from there they will seek God, and return to obey God's commandments.
* Our Parshah also includes a repetition of the Ten Commandments, and the verses of the Shema, which declare the fundamentals of the Jewish faith: the unity of God ("Hear O Israel: the Adonai our God, our God is One"); the V'ahavta (and you shall love) prayer, which contains mitzvot to love God, to study Torah, and to bind "these words" as tefillin on our arms and heads, and inscribe them in the mezuzot affixed on the doorposts of our homes.
This is the second time in the Torah that we hear the words of the Shema Yisrael and the V'ahavta prayer, and contains a who, what and why of Jewish life and living. I look forward to discussing the V'ahavta with you at services on Friday night (6:00 at St. Thomas) and on our Torah Trek on Sunday, August 18 at 9:30 AM (see this newsletter for more details).

Rabbi Robbi Sherwin
rabbirobbi@wrjc.org
LEONARD AND FRANCINE PICKARD EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
GUEST SPEAKER: JEFFREY P. KAHN
Jeffrey Kahn, PhD
Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy at Johns Hopkins University and director of its Institute of Bioethics
                                                                                  
THURSDAY, AUGUST 15 at the office. 6:00PM  
JEWISH BIOETHICS OF REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY 
Reproductive technologies pose a range of ethical issues, from challenging traditional notions of parentage to the increasingly real possibility of selecting genetic traits in our offspring.  This presentation and discussion will examine the latest issues in the ethics (Jewish and secular) of reproductive technologies as well as discuss a case involving a Jewish family who used a combination of reproductive and leading edge medical technologies to save the life of their critically ill daughter.  

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16 at 6:00PM at St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Following Shabbat services, Jeffrey P. Kahn will give us an update and brief analysis of the current international debate about the ethics of the use of gene editing techniques in humans.  

Jeffrey Kahn is the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, and the Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy. He is also Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research interests include the ethics of research, ethics and public health, and ethics and emerging biomedical technologies. He speaks widely both in the U.S. and abroad, and has published four books and over 125 articles in the bioethics and medical literature, and is currently co-PI for the Johns Hopkins Center of Excellence in Ethics and Policy Research on Genomics and Infectious Disease (NIH-NHGRI). He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and Fellow of the Hastings Center, and has chaired or served on committees and panels for the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Medicine, where he is currently chair of the Board on Health Sciences Policy. His education includes a BA in microbiology (UCLA, 1983), MPH (Johns Hopkins, 1988), and PhD in philosophy (Georgetown, 1989                                                                                    
In this issue
Torah portion
Guest speaker
Patron of the Month
Shabbat service
Donations of the week
In appreciation
Night at symphony
Torak Trek
Aipac
Interfaith coffee hours
Save the date
Birthdays
Membership
Yarzheits
Summer book review
Caring Committee
Legacy
Our Board of Directors

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

Eileen Prager

Secretary

Dana Berntson
Linda Cooper
 
Josh Kleinman
Joanne Mercer
Marshall Meyer
Noa Ries
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

Contact us
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AUGUST PATRON OF THE MONTH SPONSORS
Paul and Joanne Firstenberg 
in honor of Carlyn Ring's special birthday

Carlyn Ring
SHABBAT SERVICES
shabbat banner Shabbat Services and Tu B'av, the Jewish Day of Love

Friday, August 16
6:00 PM, St. Thomas Church
Special guest speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Kahn

Oneg to follow.
 
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. 

 

WHERE NEEDED MOST FUNDS
Phil Goldstein and Cathy Dobbs Goldstein in honor of Carlyn Ring's special birthday
Louis  Gross
Paul Wolff and Rhea Schwartz in memory of Walter Schwartz
Myrna Oliver in memory of Art Sloan
Elliott and Joanne Mercer in memory of Shirley Mercer
Lenny and Linda Cohen in honor of Carlyn's birthday

BE A BLESSING
Bing and Carolyn Olbum
Ted and Margaret Gold
Arthur and Ellen Rubenfeld


IN APPRECIATION
Phil and Cathy Goldstein  for hosting a wonderful Shabbat at their home 

Gail Stern for  volunteering  at the office 
Ellen Fastow for chairing the Ladies Luncheon
Judy Teller Kaye for baking the challah every Friday
WRJC NIGHT AT THE SYMPHONY
Saturday, August 17
5:30 PM on the Pavilion lawn
(it is hard to save space, so please join us early!)
Pops night: Gershwin!

Join Rabbi Robbi and her husband, Mark Jordan, as we all enjoy one of their favorite (Jewish!) composers for a fun night of music and schmoozin'!
Bring:
* a picnic supper,
* your low-back chairs/blankets, etc,
* your adorable kids and grandkids!

We will be located all the way to the left of the pavilion by the large screen - just below the white tent. Thanks to Betsy Conovitz, Joanne Mercer and Eileen Prager for getting us set up early.

TORAH TREK
Torah Trek: Va'etchanan: God's To-Do List
Sunday, August 18 at 9:30 AM

This is a hike and fun Torah study for all - Moms and Dads and Nanas and Papas and Bubbies and Babies, too!

Departing 9:30 AM from Big Wood Bread, Warm Springs
(Get there early and enjoy some breakfast!)

We will trek along the bike path to the Sun Peaks Picnic area. The walk is on paved surface and about 1 mile to 1.5 mile.

Bring water. Wear good walking shoes and clothing for the weather.

The first group of concrete picnic tables and benches is a "group site." It is near the river and in a shaded area.

Because the site is close to town, one could leave a car at the site (in the morning) with drinks and snacks, chairs (may be more comfortable for some, rather than the concrete benches that are not moveable) and blankets or towels (as padding for the benches).

From Hwy 75: Drive north from town, past Saddle Road and Adams Gulch Road. Turn left at Sun Peak Picnic Area. Drive to the end (bumpy road). Group picnic site is the last on the right at the cut-de-sac. Parking is available.
 
 
AIPAC IN SUN VALLEY

U.S. Senator Mike Crapo will meet with our pro-Israel community to discuss the Middle-East and U.S./Israel policy. These meetings over the years have been most informative in providing an opportunity to hear from our Senators and giving them feedback that they desire from our community regarding the issues that are continually evolving.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019 - 9:00 A.M.
HOME OF JAY AND LINDA COOPER - 126 Irene Street, Ketchum (Warm Springs)

This meeting is by invitation only. Please R.S.V.P. to: lindagirl1@earthlink.net - NO SOLICITATIONS -

INTERFAITH COFFEE HOURS

Tuesday, August 20
8:30-10:00 AM
Java Coffee in Hailey

Join Rabbi Robbi and Mother Lea Colvill, Rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Hailey for coffee and conversation! All are welcome! 

SAVE THE DATE
August 23
School is Commencing ... come for a blessing!
 
Multigenerational "Back to Shul" Shabbat Potluck
Friday, August 23rd
6:00 PM in Hailey at the home of the Delgados
Details in next week's newsletter!
 
Note: this will be a home Shabbat experience, not a service.
 

CELEBRATION OF THE WEEK
BIRTHDAYS 
Phyllis Schlessinger
Lee Wasserman
Herb Stusser
Ron Green
David Kaye

ANNIVERSARY
Davis and Susan Weil
 
FRIENDLY REMINDER

 Call 208-726-1183
YARZHEITS OF THE WEEK
A Yahrzeit donation allows you to honor the memory of the special people in your life. Your gift will memorialize your loved one during the anniversary of his or her passing.
 
Elliott Caplow, Husband of Elaine Caplow
Harold Dobbs, Father of Cathy Dobbs Goldstein
Elliott Gottlieb, Father-in-Law of Michael Fishman
Ruth Kantor, Mother of Robert Kantor
Shirley Ann Mercer, Mother of Elliott Mercer
Gary Rawlings, Father of Greg Rawlings

SUMMER BOOK REVIEW

 "The Orchard" by Yochi Brandeis - a modern midrash about our ancient sages and how Judaism and Christianity split. This story  is a page -turner and Rabbi Robbi looks forward to studying our first book together in August 22 at 4:00pm.  
CARING COMMITTEE
Carol Glenn is chairing August. ggstix22@gmail.com
208-726-7428

Thank you to Debra Levin for chairing July 
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
  WRJC STANDS WITH ISRAEL