Dec. 3, 2020 - Weekly News From The Chatham Synagogue / Netivot Torah
Quarantine Edition
12/3/20 TCS/NT Update Table of Contents
1. Shabbat Zoom Log-in Information

2. Shabbat - December 5th

3. "Franklin Roosevelt and the Jews: Did He Do Enough?"

4. TCS/NT Chanukah Events

5. Save the Date: "The Lost World of African-American Cantors" - a Zoom presentation by writer and musicologist Henry Sapoznik

6. Virtual Sit/Stand/Breathe Exercise

7. Virtual Yoga

8. Social Action: Head Start Toy Drive

9. Calling All Knitters and Crocheters

10. Eliminating Food Insecurity

11. Virtual Fundraiser to Feed the Hungry

12. Donations

13. Virtual Out & About: Social Action / Entertainment / Education

14. Etc. (Words by David Byrne / Image by Maira Kalman)

15. Become a Member
1. Shabbat Zoom Log-in
Our virtual Shabbat Service will start at 10am, but please log-in at 9:30 to make sure everyone is properly connected. 

We will be having a virtual kiddush/hamotzi following the service, so keep your favorite kiddush libation handy. 

If you're not familiar with Zoom, see below for a link to our Zoom Guide as well as a link to a Zoom video tutorial.

Meeting ID: 825 3638 4257
Password 953995

To phone in, dial 1-646-558-8656 / Meeting ID: 82536384257 / Password: 953995
2. Shabbat - December 5, 2020
Upcoming Dates: Rabbi Or Rose will be leading Shabbat Services next week: Dec. 12th
Friday, December 4, 2020
Kislev 18, 5781
Shabbat Candle Lighting - 4:04pm

Saturday, December 5, 2020
Kislev 19, 5781
Virtual Shabbat Service - 9:30am Zoom Dial-in / Service begins at 10am
Shabbat Ends - 5:08pm

Torah Reading:
Parshah Vayishlach
Genesis 32:4 - 36:43
There is only one incident of sexual abuse recorded in the Torah - the rape of Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob. Rabbi Sharon Brous, founder and Senior Rabbi of IKAR in Los Angeles, examines the story in the context of Dinah's trauma and the need to build a culture of accountability. Click here to read her commentary.
3. "Franklin Roosevelt and the Jews: Did He Do Enough"
Zoom presentation by Al Vinck & Linda Bouchey
Sunday, December 6 at 2pm

The Chatham Synagogue and The Chatham Public Library are co-sponsoring this fascinating discussion about the Roosevelt administration's 1930's policies on Jewish immigration to the U.S., as well as the U.S. decision against bombing the rail lines leading to the concentration camps. The presentation will examine the role of anti-Semitic State Dept. officials in influencing national policy and explore the notion that Roosevelt's policies fell short of the actions that could have been taken to protect and save European Jews.

Al Vinck and Linda Bouchey are retired public school history teachers who have served as researchers and educators for the FDR Presidential Museum & Library and have taught classes on FDR at Lifelong Learning Institutes at Vassar, Bard, and Marist College. The program will be moderated by TCS/NT member and Chatham Library Director, Julie Delisle.

4. Chanukah Events & Party
December 10th through 17th
Zoom Chanukah Party: Thursday, Dec. 17th at 6:30pm

Most of us will be missing our usual Chanukah celebrations this year, but we welcome everyone to join us for eight nights of virtual candle lighting, along with a Chanukah Party on the eighth night.

The Ritual Committee will be holding a nightly Zoom communal candle-lighting starting Thursday, December 10th, time to be announced.

On Thursday, December 17th at 6:30 we will have our Zoom Chanukah party starting with a communal candle lighting and Chanukah songs, followed by a Chanukah short story reading by Robert Zukerman. Although we can't be together in person, we look forward to lighting candles with you on Zoom!
5. Save the Date - Presentation: "The Lost World of African-American Cantors: 1920 - 1953"
A Zoom presentation by Henry Sapoznik
January - Date and Time to be announced

Henry Sapoznik, an award-winning producer, musicologist, performer, writer, and founding director of the sound archives at YIVO, will be joining us (virtually) for an extraordinary presentation on "The Lost World of African-American Cantors." In Henry's research into Black-Jewish cultural interactions, he discovered a little-known group of Black cantors.

As he notes: "The history of Black-Jewish cultural interaction primarily focuses on how Jews adopted and adapted Black vernacular music - ragtime, jazz, swing, blues, etc. However, what has never before been explored were the African-Americans who performed Yiddish and cantorial music in and for the Jewish community, in theaters, on records, radio, and in concert between the World Wars."

The presentation will honor the memory of now-forgotten Back cantors: Reb Dovid Kalistrita, Abraham Ben Benjamin Franklin, Thomas LaRue Jones, and Goldye May Steiner, the first - and only - black woman cantor. The talk will also feature historic graphics and translations of period Yiddish newspaper previews, ads, reviews, and the one-known 1923 Yiddish and Hebrew recording of Thomas LaRue Jones, known professionally as Der Shvartzer Khazn .
6. Virtual Sit/Stand/Breathe Exercise
Every Monday - 11am - 12pm
TCS/NT member, and dancer, choreographer, physician-assistant Jamie Stiller is teaching a sit/stand exercise group. For the duration, the group will meet every Monday, via Zoom, from 11am - 12pm. 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! 

Meeting ID: 898 6317 0484
Password: 953995
7. Virtual Yoga
Every Friday at 9:30am
Our weekly Yoga classes are resuming, virtually. TCS/NT member, and dancer, choreographer, physician-assistant, Jamie Stiller, will be leading the classes. There is a $10 donation per Click here email Jamie and arrange payment (Venmo, checks, etc.).

Meeting ID: 825 5860 0433
Password: 953995
8. Social Action: Head Start Toy Drive

THANK YOU! The generosity of our community has been overwhelming. We've received so many toys for Chatham Head Start that we have enough to share with an additional organization, Toys for Tots. We will be dropping off our extra toys to them at the Saisonnier restaurant in Kinderhook.

>> If you have not had a chance to purchase toys and still wish to do so, they can be dropped of at Saisonnier through December 18th during their open hours - 11:30am - 9pm, Thursday through Monday. Saisonnier is located at 11 Chatham Street in Kinderhook.
9. Calling All Knitters and Crocheters

The TCS/NT Social Action Committee is pleased to continue our annual holiday-season support of the children of our local Head Start program through donations of hand-knit hats, scarves, mittens, and toys. While our support has always been appreciated, our efforts are especially important this year during the pandemic, when even more families find themselves in need.

We are looking for knitters of any skill level (it's easy!) to create scarves, hats, and mittens for children ages 4-6, boys and girls. If you would like to participate in this meaningful and fun initiative, please email Barbara Lax - All items must be delivered to Barbara by December 16th in order to get them ready to be given to the children.

Stay tuned for additional ways to help the Head Start community through donations of new toys or additional warm clothing items for children. As always, we will deliver the gifts wrapped and include additional special treats.

If you're new to knitting, or want to brush up on the basics, check out this great how-to YouTube video:

Click here for a pdf of knitting instructions for toddler's mittens - age 2-3 years.
Click here for a pdf of knitting instructions for children's mittens - age 2-4 & ages 8-10
Click here for a pdf of knitting instructions for children's hats - ages 3-5, 6-8, and 9-11.
10. Eliminating Food Insecurity

Because of COVID, the TCS/NT Social Action Committee won't be able to hold the popular annual Harvest Dinner to raise money for the Chatham Area Silent Pantry. So, in lieu of the dinner, we would like to remind TCS/NT members of the ways that we can still help support our local community through donations of food, time, and resources. While we're sad to be apart this holiday season, we can continue to fill the homes of those in need with our generosity. In addition to the organizations listed directly below in the "Virtual Fundraiser to Feed the Hungry," please consider donating to the Chatham Area Silent Pantry. And don't forget, Columbia County Office for the Aging is still looking for volunteer drivers for Meals on Wheels. You can contact them at 518-828-4258.
11. Virtual Fundraiser to Feed the Hungry
Sponsored by the Chatham Area Interfaith Council

In Columbia County over 10% of our neighbors in at or below the poverty line, including nearly 2,000 children and many senior citizens. The government subsidies, which aren't always available, cover only 60% of food costs. WE CAN HELP! The Chatham Area Interfaith Council encourages everyone to support the local organizations that work hard to provide meals and groceries to families suffering from food insufficiency. Please consider donating to one or more of the local organizations that depend on our generosity to provide food to those who need it:
  • Valatie Ecumenical Food Pantry: send donations to 3212 Church St., P.O. Box 266, Valatie, NY 12184
  • Mellenville Philmont Food Pantry: send donations to 91 Church St., P.O. Box V, Mellenville, NY 12544 
  • Columbia County Recovery Kitchen:

"The Parish family of St. James and our sister churches are proud to support an interfaith effort to provide food & other resources to organizations that help underserved people."
~ Father George Fleming, St. James Church, Chatham

"This is a great opportunity to practice Buddhist teachings by giving money to provide meals to families."
~ Rev. Monshin Paul Naamon, Abbot, Tendai Dharma Center, Caanan

"Some of the most enjoyable times we have in life are spent sharing a meal. God will smile on us all as we feed our neighbors." ~ Pastor Gloria Jimpson, Payne AME Church, Chatham

"In a time of great & urgent need it is incumbent on us to help others nourish and sustain themselves."
~ Rabbi Or Rose, The Chatham Synagogue
12. Donations
(Note: Donations can be made online on our website. Click here to donate.)

Bonnie Podolsky & Douglas Rich - General Donation

Charles & Joyce Sarner - HH Donation

Kathy Zises - HH Donation
13. Virtual Out & About:
Social Action / Entertainment / Education
Volunteers Drivers for Meals-on-Wheels Needed
The Columbia County Office for the Aging is experiencing a critical shortage of volunteers to deliver meals to seniors in and around Columbia County. The Meals-on-Wheels program relies on volunteers to deliver hot, nutritious meals to seniors, many of whom are home-bound. It doesn't take much - just an hour or so once a month, a week, or as often as you can, delivering meals that make an enormous difference in a senior's day. 
To volunteer or get more information about volunteering opportunities, please call the Columbia County Office for the Aging at: 518-828-4258.
[NEW] 92nd Street Y - Online Cooking Class: Latkes with Danielle Renov
Sunday, Dec. 6th, 12pm - via Zoom
Inspired by her Sephardic and Ashkenazi roots, her love of Israeli markets, and her Moroccan family, cookbook author Danielle Renov will share her secrets for holiday meal planning and demonstrate her favorite latke recipe as well as latke side-sauces.

Registration for this program includes a code for a 20% discount on the purchase of her new book, Peas, Love, & Carrots. Click here for more information and to register for this event.
JWA Quarantine(ish) Book Talk
Thursday, Dec. 3, 8pm
On Dec. 3rd, the Jewish Women's Archive Book Club will be featuring Maira Kalman, the Israeli-born American illustrator, writer, artist, and designer, who will be talking about the newly-ish (March 2020) published illustrated edition of The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein.
Click here for the full schedule of JWA Book Talks and to register for the Zoom event.
Folksbeine Chanukah Spectacular
Tuesday, Dec. 8th / 7pm
Free, although donations are encouraged
The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene is presenting a star-studded evening of music with more that 50 performers from Broadway and the Yiddish stage. The performers include Billy Crystal, Joel Grey, Mayim Bialik, Tovah Feldshuh, Barry Manilow, Mandy Patinkin, Carol Kane, Jerry Zaks, and many more.
Click here for more information and to register for the event.
92nd Street Y Concert: Angela Hewitt plays the Goldberg Variations & The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I and Book II
Tickets are $15, or watch all three concerts for $35
Classical pianist, Angela Hewitt has a deserved reputation as the leading Bach pianist of our time. Her 2018 92nd Street Y performances of Bach's Goldberg Variations and The Well-Tempered Clavier were noteworthy.

The Y will premiere streams of these performances on Friday, Nov. 20th at 7:30pm and they will be available through midnight, Friday, December 4th. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets
NightWood at The Mount - a Sound & Light Experience
Thursdays-Sundays, November 19th through January 3rd
Adults - $20, Kids 6-18 - $10, Free for children 5 and under.
The Mount has teamed up with acclaimed theatre lighting designer Chris Cocchiaro to create "NightWood," an annual sound and light experience that transforms the property into a fantastical holiday winter landscape. Inspired by the natural beauty and architecture of The Mount, NightWood will immerse visitors in a series of vignettes designed to evoke elements of fantasy, mystery, and whimsy. Guests are advised to dress for the weather, winter boots are advised, masks are required. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Get Cooking - Free Courses From Milk Street Cooking School
From spices, herbs, and knife skills, to stews, pasta, fish, and vegetarian meals, Milk Street Cooking School offers a wide range of in depth courses featuring easy to follow videos and step-by-step tutorials with clear instructions and photos. There's even a course on Instant Pot dishes that will teach you tricks and techniques for making the most of of your multicooker. And the courses are free! Click here to get started.
Learn Hebrew - Live Online Hebrew Courses
Citizen Cafe in Tel Aviv is a culture language school that uses a unique, immersive method to teach all levels of Hebrew learners, from beginners to advanced. The classes focus on both proper language use and modern-day slang. Click here for more info.
Hebrew College Online Seminar Series: Old Wine, New Vessels: A Hasidic Master Addresses Today's Seekers
This 8-week Zoom online course with Jewish scholar Rabbi Arthur Green features the original Hasidic teachings of the Ba'al Shem Tov. Join Rabbi Green for this eight-week exploration of his recent translation of the Hasidic classic Me'or Eynayim, The Light of the Eyes (Stanford University Press October 2020), organized by Me'ah, Hebrew College's signature adult learning program.

Course dates are Mondays, 12:30-2pm on Oct. 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, and Dec. 7.
Session recordings will be made available for participants who are unable to join for "live" sessions.
Cost: $200
Courses are open to all learners. No prior Jewish learning is required. Each one hour of text learning by Rabbi Green will be followed by a 30-minute Q & A.
Click here to download the flyer for more info and to register for the course.
14. Etc. (2 pages from "American Utopia", words by David Byrne / Image by Maira Kalman)
15. Become a Member
We welcome members from diverse Jewish backgrounds and perspectives. Our members are people who were born into Judaism as well as those who chose Judaism. We recognize patrilineal as well as matrilineal descent, and we welcome interfaith families and LGBTQ Members.

You can download a membership application here.
Our Mailing Address: The Chatham Synagogue / P.O. Box 51 / Chatham, NY 12037