April 1, 2021 • Volume 17 No. 40
Dear chevrei (friends),

In Israel and for Reform Jews, Saturday night will mark the end of our Pesach observance — the celebration of our ancestors’ flight from slavery to freedom. There are many heroes in the Exodus Story including, Moses, Yocheved (Moses’ mother), Miriam, Shifra and Puah (the midwives) and Aaron. God enabled these courageous souls to save and lead the Israelites out of bondage. The Torah portion we read Saturday morning includes the Song of the Sea-one of the oldest Hebrew poems-uttered by Moses when the Israelites crossed over the Reed Sea.

It is poignant this year, that just four days after we eat our last piece of Matzah, Jews all over the world will observe Yom HaShoah — Holocaust Memorial Day. The full name of this observance Yom Ha’zikaron La’shoah V’hag’vurah The Day of Memorial for the Holocaust and the Heroism. Our Passover observance is a balance between slavery and redemption, suffering and joy. So too, when we observe Yom HaShoah, we too must remember the heroism displayed by so many during that darkest of eras. From Jews who fought in the resistance, to non-Jews who gave safe shelter to those escaping the Nazis, to German soldiers who demonstrated humanity.  A former congregant was 10 when Kristallnacht ignited Germany’s sky. The next day she was on a bus. A soldier sat down next to her. The bus was stopped by Gestapo who boarded the bus and demanded to see Identity papers. The soldier looked at the young girl next to him. When the Gestapo approached he vouched for her and she remained on the bus. She later admitted she was certain the soldier knew she was Jewish.

Throughout history, moments of darkness are pierced with random rays of light. Would such light have happened this past week, when three workers watched an elderly Asian woman being beaten and chose to remain silent?

In our Haggadah, we are instructed to remember the Exodus as if we ourselves came forth out of Egypt. We too must remember that the path to redemption and freedom is walked in each generation. We have the power to be upstanders, like our biblical ancestors and righteous ones during the Shoah, or, remain passive bystanders. When we observe Yom HaShoah this Wednesday night, let us hold loss in one hand and gratitude in the other. 

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Deborah A. Hirsch
Shabbat Services: Friday, Saturday
Friday, April 2
6:00 pm Shabbat Evening Service (Casual Welcome and Conversation at 5:45 pm via Zoom Meeting ID: 885 5732 2368, Passcode: 7wW055) via  LiveStream
Saturday, April 3
Last Day of Pesach
9:00 am Torah Study (Shabbat Greetings at 8:50 am, with no Morning Blessings) via Zoom
10:30 am 7th Day Passover Festival Service, including Yizkor, in-person and via LiveStream
Saturday, April 3rd - Last Day of Pesach

9:00 am
Torah Study (Shabbat Greetings at 8:50 am, with no Morning Blessings) via Zoom

10:30 am
7th Day Passover Festival Service, including Yizkor, in-person and via LiveStream

Click here for an opportunity to attend limited seating, socially-distanced service, in-person, in the Sanctuary at Temple Israel (changed from the courtyard due to weather, but still dress warmly since we need to open doors for ventilation). There is still space for in-person.
Click for the online Shabbat Leaflet
Temple Israel On-Going Programming
Daily Check-Ins can be found on the Temple Facebook page or in Connections on the Temple Website.
Kehillah Shirah on Thursdays, 10:30 am via ZOOM ON-GOING.
The Responsa Class is an opportunity to spend some study time with Rabbi Hirsch, on Fridays 9:00 am, discussing thought-provoking and interesting issues. Connect via ZOOM: Meeting ID: 206 879 5603 Passcode: 3GAeKM.

No Responsa Class on Friday, April 9th.
Kehillah Shabbat on Friday, 10:30 am via ZOOM ON-GOING.
Temple Israel Events
Stories of Music: Sharing the Sounds and Stories that Embody the American Jewish Experience

On-going Sessions on
Wednesdays, 7:30 pm:
THIS Wednesday, April 7th
April 14th
Join Cantor Schloss for a class on Jewish Music, discussed in many specific ways ....

Click for more details, and the Zoom link.

Missed the March 24th session? View it here on YouTube!
Did You Sign Up?
Sisterhood Common Read
Sunday, April 25th, 10:00 am via Zoom

The Zoom event to discuss the book chosen for the Sisterhood Common Read is An Innocent Bystander: The Killing of Leon Klinghoffer, by Julie Salamon, who will be joining in!

It's only a month away. Click to reserve to be sent the zoom link!
Outdoor Movie Night - "The Mamboniks"
Saturday, May 1st, 7:30 pm in-person, limited capacity $18 per family

This was a Sisterhood event that didn’t take place because of COVID last year, so it’s coming back THIS year, with the support of Brotherhood, who is co-sponsoring!

Click for more details, and to reserve so socially-distanced seating can be arranged!
Congregational Mitzvah Season

Click to see the list of projects, and how you can help.

Among some....

  • There is still more cloth for Project Linus Blankets. Contact Mia Egelberg to make arrangements to pick up more!
  • Caring Kits and Toiletries - still collecting through THIS Monday, April 5th. Click to see what is urgently needed! Or click for the Amazon Wishlist!
Another Mitzvah Opportunity! Please bring food donations directly to HOPE or Community Service Associates (CSA) as we're still social distancing. You can also donate to the Temple Food Bank Challenge by clicking here. Thank you!
Spotlight - Camp Pinebrook
The Smash-Up is at once an intimate, moving portrait of a family in distress, a vivid examination of our roiling national rancor, and a powerful exploration of how the things we fail to notice can shatter a family, a community, and a nation.

Questions? Contact Stephanie, the Temple Librarian, at (914) 636-1204 or email stephkras11@gmail.com
In the Community - Social Action News!
Westchester To Help Seniors Navigate Vaccine Appointment Process

Westchester County's Department of Seniors Programs & Services will be helping seniors navigate the vaccine appointment process.

The department has an information and assistance phone line that is available to help Westchester's seniors from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm weekdays at (914) 813-6300.
To reach Temple Israel clergy or staff, click here.

Visit our website for more information.
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