WOOD RIVER JEWISH COMMUNITY
WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

The Jewish Bike Brigade returns
Our first ride will be this Wednesday, July 6. It will be a gentle ride to Bellevue via Broadford Rd. The starting point is the intersection of the bike path and Gimlet Rd. The start time is 945am. On the return leg we’ll aim for a coffee stop, for those who wish, at the Black Owl, 208 N. River St, Hailey. 
 
As in the past, we’ll plan rides Wednesday mornings with the exception of next Wednesday, July 13, when the WRJC annual meeting takes place. Here are future dates:
 
July 20 - July 27 - August 3 - August 10 - August 17 - August 24 - August 31
 
The normal start time will be 945am per calendar invites I will send shortly. Starting points will vary depending on the destination. When I’m not able to organize rides (on August 3 and 10), Phil Goldstein will stand in my stead.
 
Please share this email with friends and let me know names I should add to the JBB list.
 
Finally, apologies for the late notice. A lot has been happening in the Meyer clan.
 
Best and hope to see you Wednesday morning at Gimlet Rd and the bike path,
 
Marshall- meyer@wharton.upenn.edu

Wednesday, July 6th at 6:00pm at the Community School Theater

Fiddler, Journey to the Big Screen
 
The documentary “Fiddler's Journey to the Big Screen” is as wondrous, buoyant and heartwarming as the film it celebrates. 1hr 28mn

Door opens at 5:00pm
Thursday, July 7th at 6:00pm
at the Community School Theater

Persian Lessons”
 
Inspired by a true story. Drama High Suspense. Audience favorite in 2022 Jewish Film Festivals around the world. 2h 7mn
Please join in the fun.
Don't miss Latin fusion band Secuestrado.

Registration closes on Tuesday July 5th.

If your last name begins with A-K please bring an appetizer!      
If you last name begins with L-Z please bring a dessert!
(If you've already signed up for an appetizer or dessert, thank you!)
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Volunteers, please contact Candice
at cstark@thestarks.org
Looking forward to seeing you at the event! 
 Leslie kaplan, Enid Rawlings and Candice Stark
 
Are you coming to the event?
LOCATION
Sawtooth Botanical Garden

DATE AND TIME
07/10/22 6:00pm - 07/10/22 8:30pm

I'll be there!
Maybe
I can't make it
A weekend with Rabbi Farkas
RABBI IN RESIDENCE
RABBI NOAH FARKAS, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER of THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER LOS ANGELES 
On Friday, July 8th at 6:00pm,
Rabbi Farkas will join us at
The Botanical Garden to lead Shabbat Services
with an Oneg Shabbat to follow.

On Saturday morning, July 9th, at 9:30 am,
Rabbi Farkas will host Torah Study to discuss
the week's parashah at the home of Jeff and Elana Rose, and RSVP to Claudie for the address if you are planning on attending. claudie@wrjc.org

On Sunday morning, July 10 at 11:00 am,
at The Sawtooth Botanical Garden,
Rabbi Farkas will share with us his experience recently visiting Ukraine and
seeing the effect of the acts of terror upon Jews of the Region. Having visited the region in his leadership role at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Rabbi Farkas will also discuss the Federation's work in the Southern California region. 

Annual Meeting
On Wednesday, July 13 at 10:00am at the office
The Board convenes its Annual Meeting & Election. This is an opportunity to update the community on the status of the organization and to reflect on the past year of events and accomplishments. Present the 2022-2023 Operation Budget . Election Board Members

A Jewish History of the Wood River Valley by Ari Goldstein
Wednesday, August 3 at 6:00 PM | The Community Library
(details will be sent shortly)

Summer Ladies Lunch
Friday, August 5, 2022- 12 Noon at the Valley Club.

WRJC Golf Outing
Wednesday, August 10, 2022- 3:30pm
(details will be sent shortly)

Join Rabbi Robbi to explore selections from the Mussar tradition, in text and in practice. Rabbi Robbi will present three sessions as an intro to the practice of Mussar. After an overview and introduction, she will study with us the soul properties of Anavah, Humility and Shevil Ha’zahav, Moderation.
 
July 21: Class one: Introduction to Mussar at Elliott and Joanne Mercer’s house
July 28: Class two: Humility/Anavah at Marshall and Judy Meyer’s house    
August 4: Class three: Patience/Savlanut
 
Time: 9:00 to 10:15am
Please register: rabbirobbi@wrjc.org
TORAH PORTION OF THE WEEK
Parasha Chukat (decree)
Numbers 19:1–22:1
 
Moses is taught the laws of the red heifer, whose ashes purify a person who has been contaminated by contact with a dead body. With this comes the tradition of washing our hands after attending a burial or visiting a cemetery. 
 
After forty years of journeying through the desert, the people of Israel arrive in the wilderness of Zin. Miriam dies, and the people thirst for water, as the well that has followed her throughout the wandering is now gone. God tells Moses to speak to a rock and command it to give water. Moses gets angry at the rebellious Israelites and instead of speaking to the rock, he strikes the stone twice. Water pours forth, but Moses is told by God that neither he nor Aaron will enter the Promised Land. The people sing a song in honor of the Miriam’s well that provided them water in the desert.
 
Aaron dies at Hor Hahar and is succeeded in the high priesthood by his son Elazar.
 
So, we part with our beloved heroine Miriam bat Yocheved and Amram Levy. She was a fearless and assertive girl, a prophet and a great leader. Her well provided water for the multitude, and water is of course a synonym for Torah. We're not sure if she was one of the midwives/obstetricians in Egypt but tradition has it that she was. Tradition also says she confronted her father and convinced him not to give up on bringing more children into the world. That's why her brother Moses was born. It was Miriam who boldly suggested to Pharaoh's daughter that her mother Yocheved--also Moses's mother--would make a perfect wet nurse for the baby. Crossing the Reed Sea in the Exodus, she and the other women packed their tambourines because they knew there would be reason to celebrate, and danced with joy. What a role model! Her name is used in all Abrahamic religions.

Rabbi Robbi
Yahrzeits of the week
Mendel Carp, Father of Bunker Frank
Herbert Frankel, Father of Caren Frankel
David Freeman, Father  of Coni Foster
Hyman G. Levy, Father-in-Law of Judith Levy
Jules Gilman, Husband of Joy Siegel
Dr. Saul I. Firtel, Father in Law of Judy Firtel
George Kent, Father of Terry Murphy
Morris Pepper, Father of Trudy Littman
Alan Pinhas, Father of Michelle Will
Sonja Schultz, Mother  of Joseph Schultz
Dorothy Wilonsky, Mother of Marilyn Rubin
Thank you to Juli Roos, Cathy Goldstein and Judy Meyer for co-chairing the wonderful appreciation donor event.
Buzz Coe
Judy Meyer
Diane Feldman

The Caring Committee is here to support the WRJC members by preparing meals, phone calls, delivering care packages and providing general assistance. Please don't hesitate to call us.

This Month's Chair is Judy Meyer
610-642-5145
judith@judithmeyer.com

If you would like to join The Caring Committee to bring support to our community please reach out to Conifoster@hotmail.com
BIRTHDAYS
Marlene Samuels
Michelle Will

ANNIVERSARIES
Al and Brenda Hackel
Board of Directors 2021-2022
Josh Kleinman, Co-President
Susan Green, Co-President
Jeff Rose, Vice-President
Dana Berntson, Co-Vice President
Noa Ries, Co-Vice President
Judy Teller Kaye, Treasurer
Coni Foster, Secretary
Linda Cooper
Phil Goldstein
Ron Greenspan
Amy Kroll
Marty Lyon
Marshall Meyer
Juli Roos
Bob Safron
Rabbi Robbi Sherwin
Claudie Goldstein, Executive Director
WRJC STANDS WITH ISRAEL