March 1, 2019 - Weekly News From The Chatham Synagogue / Netivot Torah


Friday, March 1, 2019
Adar I 24, 5779
Candle Lighting - 5:26pm
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Adar I 25, 5779
Shabbat Service - 9:30 am
Shabbat Ends - 6:27 pm
Torah Reading: 
This week's parsha describes the making of the Mishkan, a portable sanctuary, and names two artisans, Betzalel and Aholiav to build it. Read more about it  here.
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Film Screening: "Jerusalem" 
and Panel Discussion
Sunday March 3rd, 2pm at the Synagogue
Free and open to the community
Refreshments will be served

The TCS/NT Interfaith Committee presents this fascinating film and discussion program about one of the most beloved cities in the world: Jerusalem. The film, a 44-minute documentary, explores the powerful hold the city exerts on Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike. The film finds that, although the stories of our histories may be different, it's the collective power of those histories that make the city so compelling.

Following the film will be a panel discussion featuring TCS/NT's Rabbi Or Rose; Father George Fleming from St. James Church; Pastor Carl Franson from the Chatham United Methodist Church; and Jamelah Zidan, Assistant Director, Community Life at the Abode of the Message. The panel, moderated by TCS/NT member Joel Merker, will discuss the significance of Jerusalem in their communities and liturgies. 
TCS/NT Reading Series: The Book of Samuel & The Birth of Monarchy
Saturdays - March 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th - 1pm
at the Synagogue

Before Machiavelli's The Prince, there was The Book of Samuel, considered the earliest treatise on politics and power. It details the critical transformation of the Israelites from a fractious coalition of tribes to a unified monarchy with a central government.
2 panels depicting Samuel. The Morgan Picture Bible, c.1250

This 4-part series of guided discussions, led by TCS/NT member Steve Eidman, will explore how this transformation came about and illustrate the perils in acquiring, keeping, and inheriting power. 

The series is free and open to all levels; no Hebrew required, and you're welcome to attend any or all of the sessions.

Click here for a pdf of the reading list for each of the four sessions.

Click here for an excellent online English translation of The Book of Samuel. If you prefer to purchase, click here for Robert Alter's unparalleled translation.
Save the Date
A Purim Megillah, Spiel, Beer, & Pizza Extravaganza
Thursday, March 21 at 6pm
at the Synagogue

Join us for our annual Purim Megillah reading and spiel. Steve Eidman will read selections from the Megillah and Robert Zukerman (producer, writer, director, and star) will present his not-ready-for-prime-time-but-always-hilarious Purim spiel. Pizza, beer, and soft drinks will be served.

All are welcome, especially kids. Costumes and noisemakers are encouraged!
Conversation Pieces:
"Jasper Johns: 'Redo An Eye'"
Sunday, March 24 at 2pm
at the Synagogue
Free and open to the public

Jasper Johns, "Three Flags," 1958. Oil on canvas. Whitney Museum of American Art
TCS/NT member, acclaimed art historian, and author/project director of the 5-volume Jasper Johns: Catalogue Raisonne of Painting and Sculpture, Roberta Bernstein, will kick off our Conversation Pieces series with an illustrated talk on Jasper Johns. 

Bernstein was a 22-year old graduate student when she first met Johns and went on to write her dissertation about the artist - the first time in its history that Columbia University accepted a dissertation on a contemporary artist. Her intellectual relationship with Johns has spanned more than 50 years and today she's recognized as the foremost scholar of his work. In 2017-18 she co-curated the exhibition, "Jasper Johns: 'Something Resembling Truth,'" organized by the Royal Academy of Arts in London, which traveled to the Broad Collection in Los Angeles. Bernstein is professor emeritus of art history at the University of Albany.
2nd Night Passover Seder: 
Save The Date
Saturday, April 20th

Second night Passover Seder, led by Ken Davies, on Saturday, April 20th, at the home of Mark Feder and Scott Mallick. 

Detail to follow.
SummerSpin 2019:
TCS/NT 20th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, July 13th
for Members only

Mark your calendars and save the date for a very special SummerSpin - our 20th anniversary celebration. The festivities will take place in a tent behind the synagogue. Join us for cocktails, dinner, music and a special program commemorating our 20 year journey.
Out & About
Benefit Concert: Treasures from the Romantic Era
Saturday March 2nd, 3pm
Hudson City Library, 
51 N 5th St., Hudson
Tickets are $25

This classical music concert to benefit Kids Need Music features musicians  Joel Pitchon (violin), Volcy Pelletier (cello), and Gili Melamed-Lev (piano), playing  works by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, and Brahms.

All concert proceeds will be used to purchase musical instruments for the  Hudson City School District Band so more children can participate in music instruction and performance.

Tickets for this event can be purchased at For more information contact Craig Bender at or (518) 929-2290.
Potluck & Film: "Into Eternity"
Saturday, March 9 / Potluck at 6pm, film at 7pm
Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse
539 County Route 13
Free and open to the public

This documentary follows the construction of the Onkalo waste repository at the Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant in Finland, which is built to last, undisturbed for 100,000 years, the amount of time that must pass before the nuclear waste is no longer hazardous. 

The film explores the questions around creating waste, so toxic and deadly, that it must be contained in a structure that will stand longer than any structure in human history.

For more information call 518-794-3048.
Concert: Songs for the Earth
Saturday, March 23, 5pm
at Spencertown Academy
Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students, and $10 for children

TCS/NT members Jody and Bart Schoenfeld are sponsoring this concert to support Citizen's Climate Lobby (CCL), an organization focused on national policies to address climate change. The concert will feature vocalists Amanda Boyd and Carol Curran, pianist Timothy Dunne, pianist Gili Melamed-Lev, and saxaphonist Chris Ferrone, performing songs, arias, and duets by Mozart, Handel, Brahms, Weill, and more - all inspired by nature.

Tickets are available at the door or contact to make reservations.
Art Exhibit: Neoteric Abstract VII
April 4th - 27th
Opening reception on Saturday, April 6th from 5-7pm
Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street, Hudson

The upcoming Neoteric exhibit at the Limner Gallery in Hudson will feature a piece by TCS/NT member, Jody Schoenfeld.
Check the gallery website for more information on the exhibit.