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 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.
 
September 3, 2019

 Courtesy picture: Candice Stark
WEEKLY TORAH PORTION
Shoftim (Judges)
Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9

* Moses instructs the people of Israel to appoint judges and law enforcement officers in every city. "Justice, justice shall you pursue," he commands them, and you must administer it without corruption or favoritism. Crimes must be meticulously investigated and evidence thoroughly examined-a minimum of two credible witnesses is required for conviction and punishment.
* In every generation, says Moses, there will be those entrusted with the task of interpreting and applying the laws of the Torah. "According to the law that they will teach you, and the judgment they will instruct you, you shall do; you shall not turn away from the thing that they say to you, to the right nor to the left."
* Shoftim also includes the prohibitions against idolatry and sorcery; laws governing the appointment and behavior of a king; and guidelines for the creation of "cities of refuge" for the inadvertent murderer. Also set forth are many of the rules of war: the exemption from battle for one who has just built a home, planted a vineyard, married, or is "afraid and soft-hearted"; the requirement to offer terms of peace before attacking a city; and the prohibition against wanton destruction of something of value, exemplified by the law that forbids to cut down a fruit tree when laying siege (in this context the Torah makes the famous statement, "For man is a tree of the field").

I have always been fascinated by the exemption from battle for one who is "afraid and soft-hearted; perhaps the first cases of "conscientious objectors." Is it undignified to be afraid? Fear is often treated as a sign of weakness. As a result, some commentators sought alternative ways to interpret "afraid and disheartened." But Rabbi Akiva explains that the verse means what it says: This person is afraid to fight in battle and should therefore go home. But this doesn't absolve him of his responsibility. Chizkuni, the 13th century French commentator, adds that he still must provide supplies to the front.
The message is clear: We must take the time to really know ourselves. Not everyone is cut out for combat, but every person who supports the front line is an essential component of its success. We all strive to be positive contributors to our communities and our society. We are most successful when we choose roles that best suit our strengths and minimize our deficiencies.

 
Additional Limud (Learning)
Shofar: A Wake-up Call

Abraham faced a test of faith that no one--and no parent--would ever wish to endure: he was commanded to sacrifice the life of his son Isaac.

The young man went willingly with his father, trusting Abraham as Abraham trusted God.

But just before Abraham took his beloved son's life, God spared Isaac. God mercifully provided a ram caught in the thicket--ready for sacrifice--to take Isaac's place. According to midrash, God said to Abraham:

"In the future, Isaac's descendants will sin against me. And I will judge them on Rosh Hashana. If they want Me to dicsover something to their credit, and to recall to their advantage the binding o Isaac, let them blow upon this shofar."

The shofar reminds us that just as Isaac was saved by a ram, the Jewish people are continually saved by the ram's horn - the shofar. Maimonides tells us that the sound that emerges from the ram's horn is transformed into a wake-up call, encouraging repentance. And in the course of the holiday prayers, it becomes a stand-in for the voice of the community, calling out in prayer, a reminder that we merit forgiveness.

The Shofar will be blown at every service in the month of Elul which is leading up to the month of Tishri, the month of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, as well as at High Holiday services themselves.

Rabbi Robbi Sherwin
rabbirobbi@wrjc.org
In this issue
Torah portion
Patron of the Month
Guest speaker
Shabbat services
Donations of the week
Mitzvah project
Membership
Yarzheits
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
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SEPTEMBER PATRON OF THE MONTH SPONSORS
 
Scott Rogel
Glen and Vicki Shapiro
David and Nancy Sheffner
LEONARD AND FRANCINE PICKARD
 EDUCATION PROGRAM
WELCOME OUR GUEST SPEAKER, ROBERT  ORKAND

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 at 6:00 am at the office

"CAN ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS EVER MAKE PEACE?"

Ordained as a Rabbi in 1973, Robert Orkand retired from the pulpit in June, 2013 as Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel in Westport, CT, a Reform  congregation of over 850 families.   
Rabbi Orkand served as Chair of the Human Services Commission of the Town of Westport, as President of United Way of Westport-Weston, and as President of the Westport-Weston Clergy Association.  In 1989 he received the Westport Chamber of Commerce "Community Commitment Award."  In 1998 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. In 2004 the Connecticut Yankee Council of the Boy Scouts of America awarded Rabbi Orkand its "Distinguished Citizen Award."

Rabbi Orkand served as Chair of the National Commission on Jewish Education for the Reform movement, on the National Camp Commission of the Reform Movement, the Publications Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Small Cities Committee of the CCAR, chaired the Program Committee of Eisner Camp Institute, served as the President of ARZA (Association of Reform Zionists of America) and as Chair of that organization's "Israel Matters" initiative. With ARZA, he traveled to Israel several times a year, as well as to numerous countries where there are liberal Jewish communities.  Rabbi Orkand has co-authored three prayer books for children: Gates of Wonder, Gates of Awe and A Children's Haggadah.


SHABBAT SERVICES
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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 at 6:00PM
 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church 

Rabbi Bob Orkand will lead Shabbat services   followed by his talk:
WHAT MAKES JEWISH HUMOR JEWISH

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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
Marshall and Judy Meyer in honor of Carlyn Ring
Judy Levy in memory of Jerry Levy
Charles and Gay Moldow
Jack and Miriam Rose in memory of Arthur and Barbara Miller

MITZVAH PROJECT
Hello my name is Ethan Desler and I am working on my Mitzvah project.  

My Bar Mitzvah is on Saturday  September 28. I am hoping you can help me gather some items for the refugee center in Twin Falls. They are in need of toiletries (new/unused) tooth brushes, hair brushes, toothpaste, diapers, and they are always especially appreciative of new pillows, sheets and towels. 

I left a donation box at the WRJC and would be greatly appreciative of any help you may be to me on my journey. 

Shalom,
Ethan 
CONGRATULATIONS WISHES

to Ron and Susan Greenspan for the birth of their 1st grandchild, Marley
FRIENDLY REMINDER

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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.
 
Connie Edmunds Duke, Mother of Sammie Mailman
Chaim Fabiszewicz, Grandfather of MAJ James Fabe DDS MBA
Judy Garman, Dearest Friend of Brenda Hackel
Dolly Glantz, Mother of Lois Rosen
Murray Saks, Father of Keith Saks
Leo Joseph Tessler, Father of Naomi Sloan


CELEBRATION OF THE WEEK
BIRTHDAYS
Barry Peterson
Elliott Mercer

ANNIVERSARIES
David Kaye and Judy Teller Kaye
Glen and Vicki Shapiro
Neil and Julie Siegel
Mark and Jill Eshman
CARING COMMITTEE
Thank you to Carol Glenn for chairing the month of August.
Karen Saks is chairing the month of September.
ksaks12@yahoo.com
208-726-2828

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
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