"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.
October 29, 2019
Outside temperature in Sun Valley this morning: 7 degrees
PARSHA OF THE WEEK
Parasha Noach ("Noah")
God instructs Noah-the only righteous man in a world consumed by violence and corruption-to build a large wooden ark. A great deluge, says God, will wipe out all life from the face of the earth; but the ark will float upon the water, sheltering Noah and his family, and two members (male and female) of each animal species.
Rain falls for 40 days and nights, and the waters churn for 150 days more before calming and beginning to recede. The ark settles on Mount Ararat, and Noah dispatches a raven, and then a series of doves, "to see if the waters were abated from the face of the earth." When the ground dries completely-exactly one solar year (365 days) after the onset of the Flood-God commands Noah to exit the ark and repopulate the earth.
Noah builds an altar and offers sacrifices to God. God swears never again to destroy all of mankind because of their deeds, and sets the rainbow as a testimony of this new covenant with humans. God also commands Noah in laws regarding the sacredness of life: murder is deemed a capital offense, and while man is permitted to eat the meat of animals, he is forbidden to eat flesh or blood taken from a living animal.
The descendants of Noah remain a single people, with a single language and culture, for ten generations. Then they defy their Creator by building a great tower to symbolize their own invincibility; God confuses their language so that "one does not comprehend the tongue of the other," causing them to abandon their project and disperse across the face of the earth, splitting into seventy nations.
From Dan Nichols and Eighteen, here is a live version of the song "All This Rain" which might give us some insight into Noah's internal struggle. https://bit.ly/2zYqJWM
A Note from Rabbi Robbi and Mark: We are grateful to everyone who contacted us with notes of condolence after the death of Mark's Mom, Imogene, who was laid to rest on Sunday, October 27. To be surrounded by our WRJC family means a great deal to us at this tender time. Judaism places comforting the bereaved among its most important mitzvot. Thank you so much.
Susan Green will lead the service. Oneg to follow.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3
at the WRJC offic2
3:30pm-4:30pm SS- Grade K-4th
4:45pm-6pm BBMP - Grade 5-7th
Sunday School fees are included in your WRJC membership. If you would like to register your children in Sunday School, please contact Jami Delgado at firstname.lastname@example.org or Claudie Goldstein at claudie @wrjc.org
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.
JEWISH LIFE FUNDS
Elliott and Joanne Mercerin memory of Imogene Jordan, mother of Mark Jordan and mother-in-law of Rabbi Robbi Sherwin.
Davis kaye and Judy Teller kaye in memory of Imogene Jordan, mother of Mark Jordan and mother-in-law of Rabbi Robbi Sherwin
Marshall and Judy Meyerin memory of Imogene Jordan, mother of Mark Jordan and mother-in-law of Rabbi Robbi Sherwin
WHERE NEEDED MOST FUNDS
Karen Stern in memory of Melvin Leon Gross
in memory of Ellen Hoffman
in memory of Susan Hoffman
JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Jay and Linda Cooper in honor of Penny Coe's birthday
Car for Dec. 25-Jan. 4 for Rabbi Robbi
Does anyone have a vehicle to loan to Rabbi Robbi when she comes in Dec. 25-Jan. 4? Please contact her directly: email@example.com.
Thank you in advance.
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.
Clement Molkner, Father of Anne Kalik
Joe Silver, Father-in-Law of Margot Silver
Lillie Steinberg, Mother of Reva Alban
Erwin Winston, Father of Stacey Winston Levitan
Coni Foster is chairing the month of October.
A WAY TO GIVE TO THE WRJC
When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon donates to your favorite charitable organization. Please make your donation to the WRJC. For more information about the AmazonSmile program, go to http://smile.amazon.com/about.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a private and confidential meeting.
If you want to know more about our organization, please contact
Claudie Goldstein, Executive Directorat email@example.com or 208-726-1183