eNEWS APRIL 30th - May 6th, 2021 | IYAR 18TH - 24TH, 5781
Enjoy More, Eat S'mores!
Join us to light candles as a community with friends far and near and a Lag B'Omer program of Storytelling, Virtual Bonfire, and S'mores!
Friday, April 30th 7:00 pm.
To R.S.V.P. email: ServicesRSVP@pnaitikvahlv.org SUBJECT LINE: "Lag B'Omer" to email your reservation. Instructions for connecting will be in your confirmation.
Around the Bonfire
Bonfire safety guidelines
  • Check the weather. Never build a bonfire on a high-wind night.
  • Make sure the area where you start your bonfire is a legal location. Check your state’s laws and regulations about fires before you begin.
  • Keep a bucket of water or garden hose nearby in case the fire begins to spread. It is important to be prepared in case of emergency.
  • Keep a close eye on the bonfire as well as children nearby. This will help protect others around you.
  • Do not burn aerosols, canisters or anything containing foam or paint. These types of chemicals have extremely flammable ingredients that can cause fire to spread or produce toxic fumes. Containers of these products could explode, causing injury.
  • Ensure the wood you are burning is dry and seasoned. This means no railroad ties, nothing coated or treated and no furniture should be thrown in the fire.
  • The pile shouldn't be bigger than 5' x 5' to keep the flames containable.
  • After the bonfire is done, turn over the charred materials with metal shovels and rakes, and douse the area with water.
Things to keep in mind
Wear appropriate clothing — wear non-flammable clothing when starting, sitting by or extinguishing the fire. Wear hard-soled shoes instead of rubber sneakers or flip flops, as leaping sparks could cause them to ignite.
Keep an eye on alcohol consumption — if you and your guests are enjoying an adult beverage or two around the bonfire, be mindful of your consumption. Too much alcohol can lead to clumsiness and careless behavior, such as getting too close to the fire or tossing in the wrong items.
Put out the fire safely — when the evening comes to a close, and you’ve let the fire burn out, use a shovel to spread out the ashes and let them cool down. Slowly pour water over the ashes and monitor them closely to be sure that no burning embers remain. Place the cooled ashes in a metal can that is designated for ash storage only. You should not leave the site until you know the fire is fully out.
According to the National Park Service, nearly 85 percent of wildland fires in the United States are caused by humans, in many cases resulting from campfires or bonfires left unattended with loose embers and burning debris. Knowing how to stay safe and what precautions to take while having a bonfire are essential to keeping everyone safe and having a good time.
S’MORE COOKIES - Jamie Geller: https://jamiegeller.com/recipes/smore-cookies/ 
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1½ cups graham flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons hot water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chunks or chips (milk, dark, and/or white)
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Cream sugars, honey, and butter until smooth.
  2. Beat in eggs one at a time, until well combined, scraping down sides of bowl if necessary, and add vanilla.
  3. Mix in the cinnamon, flour and graham flour.
  4. Dissolve baking soda into water, and add it to the dough along with the salt, and mix well to combine.
  5. Stir in chocolate and marshmallows and, using an ice cream scoop or measuring cup, drop cookie dough onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet in scant 1/4 cup balls.
  6. Bake about 12 minutes, or until edges are browned and a little crisp. Centers will remain soft.
Shabbat Morning Torah Study 
May 1st, 2021 | Iyar 19th, 5781
Join new and old friends for a spirited and engaging online Torah study.
When: 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 
Register in advance Here! 
Zoom meeting login information will be emailed with registration confirmation.
Questions? Email us at: ServiceRSVP@pnaitikvahlv.org

Follow Parashat Emor | in the Torah: Vayikra | Leviticus 21:1-24:23
Haftarah: Ezekiel 44:15 - 44:31

or check out Rabbi Sacks HERE! 
Family friendly version for Rabbi Sacks Parashah Here!

It is also traditional to give Tzedakah (donate funds) for Shabbat if you are able
Community Prayer
Counting the Omer: Hod
As we are counting the Omer, this week we reflect on Hod; splendor, glory, reverberation.
We know You are in the details. The perfectly timed phone call from a friend, stepping outside at the moment the sun kisses the sky pink, a hug from a child.
There's evidence that You are at work if we keep our eyes open.
Baruch HaShem.

Congregation P'nai Tikvah Shoe Drive Mitzvah Project
Congregation P'nai Tikvah is having a fundraiser collecting gently used shoes benefitting both CPT and underserved nations as recipients of the donated shoes. All who can participate, hurray!! Please clean out your closets and donate any shoes, sneakers, boots, recreational shoes, high heels and children’s shoes. All types of shoes are needed as long as they are gently used, meaning they must be in wearable condition. We have a goal of 250 pairs of shoes to qualify for the funding. Ideally, we are looking for each participant to donate 25 pairs of shoes. Please feel free to collect from your friends and neighbors living in the local area. If a participant chooses to collect outside their immediate area, they will have to pay for their own shipping.

East Cost Florida participants: 
please contact Faith Silverman: Secretary@pnaitikvahlv.org

Las Vegas Collection areas will be:
Westside: Iris Katz - irisbarbarakatz@icloud.com  
Eastside: Kristen Jaeger - kjaeger410@gmail.com or 702-600-9835

Receipt of Shoes: Must arrive at collection points in pairs, either in a shoe box or in separate bags, tied or banded together. Please also count and label the number of pairs dropped off.

Please feel free to contact Kristen Jaeger: 702-600-9835 with any questions.

Thank you for participating in this beneficial project!
Special Invitation from Reb Jamie
Dearest P'nai Tikvah community,

I would be honored if you would join my rabbinic ordination ceremony on Zoom, Monday, May 31st at 11am. 
I've attached the invitation. You just need to preregister by May 24th at https://ajrca.edu/2021-graduates/.

Many of you have inquired about my thesis, Toward Understanding: A Journey in Search of God. Here's a link to my blog where you can DOWNLOAD MY THESIS. It is 94 pages long so don't just push print!
I look forward to your thoughts over coffee, on a bike ride or via Zoom.
Reb Jamie
Lunch and Learn with AJRCA
2021 Graduate Thesis Presentations
Please join us on Zoom Monday, May 10, from 12:25 pm - 1:10 pm PDT as we listen to two more of our wonderful 2021 graduates present their theses. May 10th will feature Jamie Hyams and Debi Lewis, two of our Rabbinical candidates.

May 10th will be the final date of the Rabbi Florence L. Dann Memorial thesis presentations.

To join us on zoom, please click here.

We hope you will join us for these presentations, to help us honor all the hard work our 2021 graduates have completed over their time at AJRCA.

Please reply to this Email: info@ajrca.edu, with any questions.
Shabbat Services
May 7th, 2021 | 25th Iyar, 5781
Intergenerational Young Family Shabbat
Friday, May 7th, 6:30 
 with Cantor Marla Goldberg and Reb Jamie. 
Join us with your children to welcome in Shabbat with songs and stories. Great for Parents and Grandparents with kids under 6, 6:30 pm. R.S.V.P via email SUBJECT LINE: “TOT SHABBAT” at servicesrsvp@pnaitikvahlv.org or call us at 702-436-4900 and instructions will be sent to you.
7:30 pm PST
Welcome in Shabbat with songs and prayer as a community led by Reb Jamie, Cantor Marla Goldberg, and Maestro Tim Cooper. Friday, May 7th, 7:30 pm.
To R.S.V.P. Kabbalat Shabbat via email, SUBJECT LINE: “KABBALAT SHABBAT” at servicesrsvp@pnaitikvahlv.org or call us at 702-436-4900 and instructions will be sent to you. 
The Service Guide (Prayers and Songs) can be downloaded here: https://pnaitikvahlv.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Shabbooklet.pdf
Shavuot Yizkor Service
Join us virtually to observe Shavuot Yizkor Service Monday, May 18th at 5:00 pm pst. R.S.V.P. to Servicesrsvp@pnaitikvahlv.org subject line: "Shavuot Yizkor".
Congregation P'nai Tikvah | pnaitikvahlv.org | 702-436-4900