October 3, 2018
Every culture, every religion, every civilization has its own "creation story." Ever since there have been human beings on the earth, we have wrestled with the fundamental questions of life, struggled to come up with a compelling narrative that will explain adequately to ourselves and our children where the world itself came from and what are the essential principles upon which our world stands. For the Jewish civilization, our most sacred text, the Torah, begins with just such a creation story. "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."

Having "God" as the creator of our world is our way of infusing the entire universe with a sense of divine purpose. It is our challenge to the apparent randomness of life, a bold statement that there is an underlying cohesion, design and sacred plan to the world. The rabbis in the Midrash taught that just as it is impossible to imagine a coat without assuming a weaver or a table without presuming a carpenter, so, too, it is impossible to imagine the earth without assuming a creator - which is that power we God.

But the Jewish story of creation goes far beyond merely establishing the idea that a divine force created the world. More importantly even than the idea that God created the heaven and earth, is the underlying commitment to ethical and spiritual values as the raison d'ĂȘtre for God's creation of human beings.
[As shared by Rabbi Steven Reuben]

This Shabbat we start at the beginning again, as our Torah scroll is rolled back to the open verses of Genesis, and as the story of humanity and of our Jewish peoplehood unfolds anew. And while the written text of the story may be the same each year, the question becomes: How are WE different people this year? How has our lens changed or shifted or re-focused based upon our life-experiences since last we read this portion together?
Our Erev Shabbat service begins at 8:00 pm in the Sanctuary this Friday night. And, Saturday morning, Torah Study (9:00 am) will be led by Edmond Weiss, and will be followed by Spice Up Your Judaism (10:30 am) led by Carl Viniar. Our Shabbat morning service will begin in the Sanctuary at 10:30 am, during which we will celebrate the Bat Mitzvah of Ella Goodstadt.

Rabbi Jennifer L. Frenkel

If you wish to have a Mi Shebeirach said during our Shabbat services, please let us know by noon each Friday so we can give the names to the rabbis.
In This Message
The Bat Mitzvah of
Ella Goodstadt
aughter of David & Melanie Goodstadt
The Birth of
Sarah Shapiro & Abby Shapiro
granddaughters of Ellen Shapiro 

Friday, October 5    
8:00 pm Erev Shabbat Service (Sanctuary; webcast)   
Saturday, October 6 
9:00 am Torah Study, led by Edmond Weiss (Chapel)
10:30 am Spice Up Your Judaism, led by Scott KushnerCarl Viniar (Chapel) 
10:30 am Shabbat Morning Service (Sanctuary)
Bat Mitzvah of Ella Goodstadt   
5:00 pm Havdalah Hayride (Off-site at Springdale Farms) 

Monday, October 8  
7:00 pm Education & Youth Committee Meeting (Chapel)  
7:30 pm Membership Committee Meeting (Boardroom)  
Tuesday, October 9
Wednesday, October 10  
7:30 pm Fundraising Committee Meeting (Oneg Room)  
Friday, October 12
6:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service (Chapel)
Join us for pre-service refreshments starting at 6:00 pm.   
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Sunday, October 14, 1:00 pm

Monday, October 15, 7:00 pm

Tot Family Dinner & Shabbat
Friday, October 19 - Dinner 5:30 pm, Service 6:15 pm

Saturday, October 20, 7:00 pm

Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 pm

Sunday, October 28, 4:00 pm  
Monday, October 29, 12:00 noon

M'kor Marketplace: 2018 Gift Gala & Holiday Bazaar
Sunday, November 18, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Vendors wanted! Early Bird & Member Vendor specials available!
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