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Etz Chaim Newsletter 

May 4th, 2018
20 Iyar, 5778
Upcoming Etz Chaim Events

Shabbat, May 25th & 26th
Dr. Erica Brown
Sponsored by the Singer Family in memory of 
Julie Lipsett-Singer's mother, Phyllis Lipsett, z"l

Thursday, June 7th
Sisterhood Book Club:
Before We Were Yours
by Lisa Wingate

Monday, June 18th
Etz Chaim Annual BBQ
Details to Follow!

Thursday, June 28th
Men's Club Golf Outing

Mazal Tov!

Mazal tov to Caryl Hirsch & Jay Feingold on the birth of a grandson,  who was born May 1st in Minneapolis.

Mazal Tov to proud parents Shaina & David Feingold.
Mazal Tov!

Mazal Tov to Arthur Stark on being elected as 
Chairman of The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.  
Save the Date!
Dr. Erica Brown
Shabbat, May 25th & 26th

Please Join Us As Etz Chaim Welcomes 
Dr. Erica Brown
Shabbat, May 25th & 26th

The Weekend is generously sponsored by the Singer family in memory of Julie Lipsett-Singer's mother, Phyllis Lipsett Z"L.

Dr. Erica Brown is an associate professor at George Washington University and the director of its Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership. She is the author of eleven books on leadership, the Hebrew Bible and spirituality; her forthcoming book is a commentary on the Book of Esther. She has been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tablet and The Jewish Review of Books and writes a monthly column for the New York Jewish Week. She has blogged for Psychology Today, Newsweek/Washington Post's "On Faith" and JTA and tweets on one page of Talmud study a day 

Pirkei Avot is Back!

Now that Shabbat afternoons are longer, come join us for our  very popular series on Pirkei Avot.

Each Shabbat afternoon, from now until early summer, we will have an elongated Seudat Shlishit following Mincha.  During this time we will study and converse about the weekly chapter of Pirkei Avot. 
Everyone is encouraged to attend. 
Kiddush Sponsor

Kiddush this week is sponsored by 
Deborah & Wayne Zuckerman in honor of
the anniversary of Abraham Zuckerman's liberation by the Americans on May 5, 1945.

Rabbi's Message
Parshat Emor
 Rabbi Klibanoff is away this Shabbat.  
This week we have a guest post by Rabbi Berel Wein:

The Torah obviously envisions the creation within Jewish society of a special rite if not even elitist group of people - the kohanim, the priestly descendants of the family of Aharon.    The existence of such a group within the ranks of Israel - a group that has laws exclusive to it alone and extra economic privileges - seems to fly in the face of all our current democratic ideals and societal fairness and equality. All humans are created equal and the same sets of laws should apply to all of them indiscriminately.
This mantra is currently subscribed to or at the very least, paid lip service to by "progressive" sections of human society. So, by current standards and accepted wisdom, the entire concept of kohanim seems to be an anachronistic one at best. And, it is interesting to me that this idea and grouping itself has lost none of its vitality in the Jewish world over the many millennia of our existence.
I knew a Jew who was a high ranking official in a very left-wing party here in Israel. He was not visibly observant of halacha or Jewish tradition and practice. It so happened that we were walking together to attend a funeral service for a mutual acquaintance of ours and as I was about to enter the funeral hall, he held back and refused to enter stating, quite definitively, "I am a kohein." That vestige of Judaism was simply something that he could not bring himself to discard.  Apparently, once a kohein always a kohhein.
An insight into this matter can be gleaned from the later description of the role of the kohein by the prophets of Israel. The kohein was charged with being the guardian of faith, the teachers of Torah, and the promoters of social peace and harmony. They were to be the good guys in a world where such people were often difficult to find.
It was this challenge that preserved their special identity throughout history. Every society requires people whose goal in life is to do good without harming others in the process. Other faiths have priestly classes that are devoted to seemingly doing good However, almost without exception in history, doing good somehow always involved persecuting and demeaning others. That was and is not the way of the children of Aharon.
The kohein was a role model and an example of what one should be and can be. His mere presence in society serves as a moderating influence on the mood and behavior of the public in general. Societies require people of altruism and permanent goodness.  When one states that one is a kohein it is much more than a declaration of one's genealogy.

Shabbat Shalom
Next Sisterhood Book Club Read:
Before We Were Yours
June 7th

Start Reading!

The next Sisterhood Book Club meeting will be June 7th
Location TBA

Before We Were Yours
by Lisa Wingate

Based on one of America's most notorious real-life scandals--in which Georgia Tann, director of a Tennessee adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country--Lisa Wingate's riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets 
where we belong.

          Community News & Events

JNF - Breakfast for Israel
Friday, May 4th

"Ask, Eat, & Schmooze"
with Nechama Price
Wednesday, May 9th

Join us for Nechama's Favorite Questions & Answers 
Wednesday, May 9th at 8:15pm 
at the home of  Julie Schwartz .

This is the last in the series of lectures by 
Nechama Price.
NCSY Shavuot Cooking Demo
Thursday, May 10th
American Society for Yad Vashem
Spring Luncheon
Wednesday, May 23rd
JKHA 8th Grade Student Documentary:
Names Not Numbers
Wednesday, May 30th
Golda Och Academy 
Spring Gala
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Davening Schedule
Parshat  Emor


Candle Lighting


Mincha on Friday afternoons will be at 7:00pm through the summer *

Shabbat Day



Teen Minyan

Z'man Kriat Shema


Seudat Shlishit and Pirkei Avot

Shabbat Ends

May 7-11



6:45 am



Rabbi's Classes
Tuesday Mornings:

Women's Class

History & Meaning
of Prayer
10:30 am
When was the siddur  compiled? 
Who chose what  to include? 
Why were certain prayers chosen and w hat do they mean?  
Join us to answer these questions and more.

Tuesday Evenings:
New Class!

"Arvei Pesachim"
after Davening

Yiddish Class

*Now on 

MONDAY Evenings*

Please join us for our class in Yiddish, led  by our very own Morris Glicklich. 

Class will be held on Monday evenings
after Minyan.
If you have any questions or if you want to find out more, please speak with Morris or
Michael Mamet.
All are welcome!
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