March 29, 2019 - Weekly News From The Chatham Synagogue / Netivot Torah


Friday, March 29, 2019
Adar II 22, 5779
Candle Lighting - 6:59 pm
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Adar II 23, 5779
Shabbat Service - 9:30 am
Shabbat Ends - 8:01 pm
Torah Reading: 
Click here to read more about Parshah Shemini.

Rabbi Or Rose 
We are pleased to announce that Rabbi Or Rose will be joining us to lead Shabbat services on Saturday, April 6th, May 18th, and June 29th. 

For our new members who may be unfamiliar with Rabbi Rose, he has been our "visiting Rabbi Scholar" for much of the existence of TCS/NT. He joins us for Shabbat several times a year and leads our High Holiday services, but more than that, his wisdom, humor, insights, compassion, and great love for our community always inspires us to dig a little deeper into what it means to be a Jew. 

Rabbi Rose is a founding faculty member of Hebrew College in Newton Centre, MA, and is currently the Director of the College's Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership.
Ann Israel
Margaret Kaplen
David Klafter & Nancy Kestenbaum
Shannon McGlauflin
Kate Merker

F ridays at 9:30AM at the Synagogue
Donation of $10/class & 4 class commitment
Weekly Yoga classes led by registered Yoga teacher Rachel Haley. If you don't have your own yoga equipment Rachel will have extras on hand.

Contact Jamie Stiller  to register for classes or w/questions.
To  learn more about Rachel, visit: 
Sit/Stand Exercise
If you're feeling a bit achy or out of shape after our long winter, here's something for you! TCS/NT member, and dancer, choreographer, physician-assistant Jamie Stiller will be teaching a sit/stand exercise group. The group is planning to meet weekly at TCS/NT from 11:45 - 12:15, day of the week TBD. The focus of these classes will be on building strength in your core and extremities, learning to breathe mindfully to fuel your entire body, and having fun! 
If you're interested, please contact Marsha Kessler at 518/641-2928 or
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TCS/NT Reading Series: The Book of Samuel & The Birth of Monarchy
Saturdays - March 23rd, & 30th at the Synagogue
After services & kiddush. Approx. 12:15 pm
"Brown bag" (bring your own) lunches.
Free and open to all levels, no Hebrew required

Session 3 Saturday, March 30th
" Power and Decadence, Reproach and Repentance: David, Bathsheba and the Parable of Nathan"

The Book of Samuel is considered the earliest treatise on politics and power, detailing the critical transformation of the Israelites from a fractious coalition of tribes to a unified monarchy with a central government.
2 panels depicting Samuel. The Morgan Picture Bible, c.1250

In Part 3 of this 4-part series of guided discussions, led by TCS/NT member Steve Eidman, we will explore the effect that unchecked  power can have, on even the righteous, and how power wielded at a distance can spiral out of control. 

Click here for a pdf of the reading list for Session 3.  Click here for an excellent online English translation of The Book of Samuel. If you prefer to purchase, click here for Robert Alter's unparalleled translation.

If you missed Session 1 or 2, you can find them at the following links: 

Volunteers Needed to Help New Refugees

The TCS/NT Social Action Committee is putting together a team of volunteers to help with housing set-ups for new refugee families arriving in the Capital District. The work is simple: shopping, moving some furniture, and/or cleaning (under the direction and expense of  the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), the agency that coordinates refugee resettlement. Generally, volunteers are needed 1 or 2 days a month. For more information, or to be part of the TCS/NT volunteer team, email Elaine Khosrova,

Save the Date
2nd Night Passover Seder
Saturday, April 20th, at 6pm
at the home of Mark Feder and Scott Mallick
42 School Street, Berlin, NY
All are welcome (space is limited)

Celebrate the second night Passover Seder, led by Ken Davies, on Saturday, April 20th, at the home of Mark Feder and Scott Mallick. The Seder will be Potluck and all are welcome but space is limited. Please email Mark to RSVP and to coordinate food:

Community Mitzvah Day
(A 20th Anniversary Initiative)
June 30th

The Social Action Committee is organizing a Community Mitzvah Day in honor of TCS's 20th anniversary. Please s ave the date  for this day of service to the community, followed by a a light nosh, drinks, and lawn games back at TCS. Details to follow.
SummerSpin 2019:
TCS/NT 20th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, July 13th
for Members only

Mark your calendars and save the date for a very special SummerSpin - our 20th anniversary celebration. The festivities will take place in a tent behind the synagogue. Join us for cocktails, dinner, music and a special program commemorating our 20 year journey.
Out & About
Book Publication: "Seven Steps To Confident Writing"

Congratulations to TCS/NT member Alan Gelb on the recent publication of his new book, "Seven Steps to Confident Writing." 

This how-to guide uses simple, practical steps that demystify the writing process and helps anxious writers find their voice, turning what can be a daunting task into a process anyone can master.  You can purchase the book here.
"Reimagining Region" - Regional Juried Art Exhibit & Discussion Series
Exhibit runs April 6 - May 9
Opening reception on Saturday, April 6, 5-7pm
ARTalks discussion & receptions Sundays 2-4pm
Art School of Columbia County
1198 Route 21C, Ghent

The art of TCS/NT member Jody Schoenfeld will be part of Art School of Columbia County's upcoming juried exhibit, and ARTalks series. The exhibit runs from April 6th through May 9th with an opening reception on April 6th from 5-7pm
For further information see the Art School's website:

Art Exhibit: Neoteric Abstract VII
April 4th - 27th
Opening reception on Saturday, April 6th from 5-7pm
Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street, Hudson

The upcoming Neoteric exhibit at the Limner Gallery in Hudson will feature a piece by TCS/NT member, Jody Schoenfeld.
Check the gallery website for more information on the exhibit.