From all of us to all of you,
TOMORROW, October 9th
5:30 PM

Due to weather complications, Lulavs on the Levee is now...
Lulavs in the Living Room!

Join us on Zoom for Hoshana Rabbah with lots of Lulav waving, followed by the traditional 'beating of the willows' and a short Kabbalat Shabbat service.
Shemini Atzeret Service
Saturday, October 10th
10:30 AM
Erev Simchat Torah
Saturday, October 10th
6:30 PM

Join Rabbi Silver and Meryl Zimmerman for a Simchat Torah service that will now be broadcast from the Shir Chadash sanctuary.
Wear your dancing shoes and bring a drum if you have one!
Simchat Torah Morning Service
Sunday, October 11th
10:30 AM
Shemini Atzeret
Torah: Deuteronomy 14:22 - 16:17
Maftir: Numbers 29:35 - 30:1
Haftarah: 1 Kings 8:54-66
Torah study

The Torah readings for this week are in the blue panel above. If you do not have a Humash at home you can find it on the link below. We are reading Triennial Year 1, but you might like to read the full portion (“Full Kriyah”).
On Shemini Atzeret this year we real Kohelet (Ecclesiastes). See below for a video of Melanie Ehrlich introducing and chanting Chapter 3 of this thought provoking megillah.
Click here for the text.
Simchat Torah
Torah: Genesis 1:1 - 2:3
Maftir: Numbers 29:35 - 30:1
Haftarah: Joshua 1:1-18
Shul School Corner
Click here for last week's
Family Newsletter
Please remember to register for Shul School!
The deadline is TOMORROW, October 9th.
Sisterhood Corner
Join us online for our regularly scheduled Sisterhood "Read & Lead" series.

Wednesdays at 10 am

Click here for more information on upcoming events.

For details about membership, dues payments, or contributing, please click HERE.

For questions or for more info about Sisterhood, contact Charisse Sands

Election-year politics - Jewish-style!
Should gun-shop owners be obligated to pay for the damage caused by weapons they sold? What makes someone fit to serve as a judge? In what circumstances is abortion appropriate? These are just a few of the many contentious issues floating around during this election season.
In this short series, three of your West Esplanade rabbis will explore the Jewish approaches to these hotly debated topics.

We will be leaving contemporary political debates and political parties at the door, exploring the values that motivate each side of the issue, and how those values are expressed and prioritized in our tradition. For each class, we will get a case to explore, and will break up into small groups to explore how our tradition might respond to it. Please come with an open mind - not to have your opinions changed, but better to appreciate the perspective of your neighbor with whom you might disagree.

Session 1: Tuesday, October 13th at 7:30 pm: Does Jewish law allow us to sue "negligent" weapons dealers?

Session 2: Tuesday, October 20th at 7:30 pm: What makes someone fit to serve as a judge?

Session 3: Tuesday, October 27th at 7:30 pm: In what circumstances is abortion appropriate?
High Holyday Sermons

Did you miss any of the Rabbi's sermons? Just want to take another look? Wish you could read it over? Well now you can!
Looking Ahead
(Click on the bold writing to join the ZOOM meeting)
Friday, October 9th – Hoshana Rabbah

Saturday, October 10th – Shemini Atzeret

Sunday, October 11th - Simchat Torah

Tuesday, October 13th

Wednesday, October 14th

Thursday, October 15th

Friday, October 16th

5:30 pm, Kabbalat Shabbat
Saturday, October 17th
(Registration for Holding Minyan coming soon!)

7:15 pm, Community Havdalah

Sunday, October 18th

Tuesday, October 13th

Wednesday, October 21st

Thursday, October 22nd

Friday, October 23rd

5:30 pm, Kabbalat Shabbat
Spread the Smiles
If you would like to contribute,
e-mail us at, and spread the smiles!

Here are some entries from this past week:

Mazel tov to two of our own, Steve Klein & Leopold Sher, on both being named a 2021 Best Lawyer "Lawyer of the Year." Your Shir Chadash family is beaming with pride!

Calling All Etrogs!
Are you done with your etrog?
If so, please bring it to the synagogue so we can give it to people who will transform it into tasty treats!
Community Events and Announcements

Our Shabbat brochure with yahrzeits and simchas for this week is attached. You might wish to take special notice of those who are sick and take a moment to direct your thoughts towards them.
Thank you to all our generous donors. We are deeply grateful for your support.
General Fund

To: Leopold & Karen Sher
In honor of being a 2021 Best Lawyer "Lawyer of the Year"
From: Ricardo & Marcela Totah

With thanks and admiration to David Kaplinsky and Will Samuels for all the beautiful chants, as well as to Rabbi Silver and everyone else who worked so hard to make services so meaningful. L'Shana Tova to all you wonderful people!
From: Stan & Ellen Kessler

To: David Kaplinsky
Mazel tov on your inspirational davening for the High Holydays
From: Bobby Garon & Robin Levy

To: Will Samuels
In honor of making the zoom services so accessible and seamless for the High Holydays
From: Bobby Garon & Robin Levy

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund

From: Hal & Bina Levkowitz

To: Deborah Silver
Thank you for making our 70th anniversary so special
From: Elliott & Sandy Raisen

To: Hugo & Lis Kahn
Thank you for being such wonderful friends and remembering this milestone anniversary of ours
From: Elliott & Sandy Raisen

To: David Kaplinsky & Will Samuels
Thank you for making the High Holyday Services extra special
From: Elliott & Sandy Raisen
Stan Bleich Lagniappe Fund

In memory of Stanley Bleich
From: Caron Bleich

Yahrzeit Fund

In memory of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Cohen
From: Carmel Cohen

In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Palter (Fanny)
From: Carmel Cohen

In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Burt Brown
From: Carmel Cohen

In memory of Rose Singerman
From: Mark & Bryna Singerman

In memory of Sam & Golda Rodman
From: Sara Gaethe

In memory of Sophie Fawer
From: Mike Fawer & Mel Fawer-Recile
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