From all of us to all of you,
Meet on the levee opposite the end of Hessmer Ave for a short socially distanced Hoshana Rabbah service with lots of Lulav waving, followed by the traditional 'beating of the willows' and a Ma'ariv service to welcome Shabbat! 
Please bring your mask and your Lulav if you have one.
Next Top Sukkah Builder & Decorator
This year is unlike any other that we have experienced, so we must figure out how to adapt to our new normal. This Sukkot, we may not be able to gather in a sukkah altogether, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have fun!
Join us this year for our first season of…

We are asking all of our contestants (that’s you!) to send us pictures of your sukkah once it has been built and decorated.

All submissions will be posted on our synagogue Facebook page for the congregation to vote on. The winners will receive a special prize!
Rabbi Myriam Klotz offers a brief video introduction to the symbolism of the Sukkah and to the holiday of Sukkot. Why do we stand in a deliberately fragile and temporary structure in order to experience a holiday of joy?
Torah: Leviticus 22:26 - 23:44
Maftir: Numbers 29:12-16
Haftarah (Day 1): Zechariah 14:1-21
Haftarah (Day 2): 1 Kings 8:2-21
Torah study

The Torah reading for this week is in the red 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”).
Shul School Corner
Click here for last week's
Shul School Newsletter
Please remember to register for Shul School!
The deadline is Friday, 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

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)

Please note: Registration is closed for the services in bold,
but we hope you'll join us online for those!
Friday, October 2nd – Erev Sukkot

Saturday, October 3rd – Sukkot Day 1
10:30 am, Sukkot Service

Sunday, October 4th – Sukkot Day 2
10:30 am,  Sukkot Service

Wednesday, October 7th

Thursday, October 8th
Friday, October 9 – Hoshana Rabbah
5:30 pm, Lulavs on the Levee followed by Shabbat Ma’ariv Service**

Saturday, October 10 – Shemini Atzeret

6:30 pm, Erev Simchat Torah service and parade at Shir Chadash** [Has been relocated to the Bart Field behind the Metairie JCC. More news to follow!]

Sunday, October 11

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 Gail Chalew on being honored with
the 2020 Oscar J. Tolmas L'Dor V'Dor Award
Gail Naron Chalew is an editor specializing in academic books and articles, as well as a committed volunteer working toward the betterment of the New Orleans Jewish community and of the city. She has also written extensively on the New Orleans Jewish community’s experiences during and after Katrina.
The founding chair of LimmudFest New Orleans, she has guided its growth through its first five conferences: in addition to its large biennial festival attracting hundreds of participants, Limmud also sponsors engaging learning opportunities throughout the year. Gail continues to be involved on the national and international level in Limmud. She was formerly chair of the Jewish Community Relations Council and now chairs the Advisory Council of Avodah New Orleans. She is the recording secretary for NCJW New Orleans Section and observes court sessions weekly for CourtWatch NOLA.
Trey Rintala, the husband of our very own Meryl Zimmerman was one of the winners of the "Nominate a Star" contest, sponsored by Broadway in New Orleans and Broadway Across America. Trey was commended for his innovative project, Tres Bon Food Fund, providing delicious, free, gourmet meals for musicians in need.
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.
Bernard Berins Cemetery Fund

In memory of Dinah Berins
From: Jane Berins & Family

Caring Committee Fund

In memory of Joann Eisenstatt
From: Jan & N'Ann Glade

Children's Fund

To: Jackie and Chuck Stern
In memory of Sara M Schwartz
From: Ms. Beth Hershberg

To: Meryl Zimmerman
Thank you for including our family in New York!
From: Jessica Beja

Fred Bronfin Torah Preservation Fund

In memory of Fred Bronfin
From: Danny & Melanie Bronfin

General Fund

In honor of the lives of Sam and Gert Levitan
From: Scott Levitan

In honor of David Kaplinsky, Linda Hart, Will Samuels and Rabbi Silver for a meaningful High Holiday Service. Thanks for going above and beyond to make this year's Rosh Hashanah meaningful.
From: Marc & Esther Hendler
From: David & Laura Kulick
To: Gerry & Lynn Eisenstatt
In memory of Joann Eisenstatt
From: Barbara Trotter
In memory of Constance "Connie" Tolmas
From: Alan & Gina Tolmas

To: Philip & Kay Pollack
In memory of Joann Eisenstatt
From: David & Judy Stiebel

In memory of Aaron Lopp
From: Gary Batten & Sonya Lopp-Batten

In memory of Helen and Ashley Shocket
From: Marilyn Zackin

L'Shanah Tovah to our very special Shir Chadash Community
From: Anonymous
To: Gail Chalew
Congratulations on being honored with the Oscar Tolmas L'Dor V'Dor Award
From: Israel & Sylvia Finger

In honor of Rabbi Silver, Ricardo, and staff and the High Holiday steering commitee
From: Israel & Sylvia Finger

To: David Kaplinsky
In honor of a marvelous job davening over the holidays
From: George & Laura Fuhrman

To: William Samuels
In honor of the incredible effort coordinating all the technology and having services run incredibly smoothly
From: George & Laura Fuhrman

To: David Kaplinsky
Yosher Koach for an excellent job as our Cantor for the High Holiday services.
From: Stevem Pat, and Laurie Klein

Gilda Finkelstein Gift of Israel Fund

In memory of Lena Pailet
From: Sanford Pailet
Herbert & Margot Garon Memorial Fund

To: William Samuels, David Kaplinsky, and Rabbi Silver
Thank you so much for putting together such a wonderful Rosh Hashanah service for all of us.
From: Charles & Jackie Stern

To: Mara Force
Mazel tov on receiving the Herbert and Margot Garon Young Leadership Award.
From: Steven & Pat Klein

To: Jonathan & Jeanne Cohen & Family
Our condolences on the loss of your father, Jake
From: Paul & Laurie Sterbcow
To: Sylvia Finger
In your honor for receiving the Avodah award
From: Paul & Laurie Sterbcow
To: Mara Force
In your honor for receiving the 2020 Herbert and Margot Garon young Leadership award
From: Paul & Laurie Sterbcow
To: Eileen & Dana Wallen
Congratulations on the birth of your great grandson and great nephew, Solomon
From: Paul & Laurie Sterbcow

To: Shir Chadash High Holiday Task Force
Thank you for all of your hard work for the 2020-5781 high holiday services
From: Paul & Laurie Sterbcow

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund

In honor of the High Holy Day task force and the Shir Chadash staff on an outstanding effort and achievement.
From: Arthur & Bonnie Lustig

To: Mara Force
Mazel tov on being honored with the Herbert and Margo Garon Young Leadership Award
From: Mark & Barbara Kaplinsky

To: Gail Chalew
Congratulations for receiving the first Annual Jewish Federation Oscar J. Tolmas L'dor V'dor Award
From: Barbara, Mark, and David Kaplinsky
From: Nina Schorr

From: Kay Pollack

To: Gerry & Lynn Eisenstatt
In memory of Joann Eisenstatt
From: Roy, Paula, and Jessica Greenberg & Judy Nowalsky

To: Deborah Silver
In appreciation for the special care you give to our community
From: Anonymous

Yahrzeit Fund

In memory of Jeffrey Goldman
From: Marc Goldman

In memory of my mother, Sylvia Schreckinger
From: Rochelle Pearl

In memory of Kurt J. Bloch
From: Betty Moore

In memory of Bernardo Boskis
From: Ricardo & Marcela Totah

In memory of Shopse Pailet
From: Marilyn Zackin

In memory of my beloved grandpa Harold "Harry" Sneider
From: Leopold & Karen Sher

In memory of Carrie Finkelstein
From: Kenneth & Barbara Pailet

In memory of Nerche Pailet
From: Marilyn Zackin

In memory of James Davis
From: Sidney & Marilyn Lassen

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Ricardo Totah
Executive Director
Meryl Zimmerman 
Education Director 

Sarah Lustig
Office Assistant
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