February 28, 2020
‘We will always shpiel together…’

New City’s Beth Sholom Purimshpielers explain how they do it.

You didn’t know that Queen Esther chewed gum? Or that her accent was less Shushan than Brooklyn?
Or that Haman was a woman with a green face, a nasty cackle, and very bad hair?
That’s because you weren’t at the Purim shpiels at Temple Beth Sholom in New City over the last five years. You missed the Purim versions of “Grease” and “The Wizard of Oz.”
Planning for spring Rockland/Bergen cantorial concert

The Voices in Harmony committee — from left, Cantor David Wallach of Pearl River, Cantor Charles Romalis of Temple Beth Tikvah in Wayne, Cantor Barbra Lieberstein of Ramsey, cantorial soloist Marina Voronina of Barnert Temple in Franklin Lakes, Cantor Faith Steinsnyder of Hebrew Union College, Cantor Emeritus Mark Biddelman of Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley in Woodcliff Lake, Cantor David Perper of Beth Haverim Shir Shalom in Mahwah, and Cantor Alan Sokoloff of Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley — meets to plan its next performance. That will be a celebration of Yom Ha’atzma’ut, Israeli Independence Day, on Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m., at Barnert Temple in Franklin Lakes. Voices in Harmony, whose name describes its diverse composition, is made up of synagogues, choirs, and cantors from Bergen and Rockland counties.
Israel Bonds Rockland/Bergen women’s division hosts brunch

Earlier this month, Israel Bonds hosted the annual Lila Stern Premiere Brunch at the Rockleigh, and honored 15 women from various synagogues and organizations. The brunch drew more than 400 people and raised more than $1.5 million dollars in bond sales and indications of interest. Brooke Goldstein, a New York City-based human rights attorney, talked about the Lawfare Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about and facilitating a response to the abuse of Western legal systems and human rights law.
Being sure about our choices — reconsidering aliyah
One of the great sources of humor and irony in this life comes from our fantasies about the lives we imagine we are living, and how certain we are about the correctness of the choices we’ve made.
For me, it’s about the life of the rabbi who sacrificed going on aliyah to serve his community in the United States. Yes, I am striving to fulfill what I understand to be my life’s purpose — yet there is the fantasy of the life I did not lead.
Rockland film festival tickets on sale

The JCC Rockland’s 17th annual film festival will run from March 29 to April 30. Participants can choose from many films and will save $22 with an adult festival pass and $16 with a senior one for eight different screenings.
Films include “Hate Among Us,” “Crescendo,” “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles,” “Mossad,” “King Bibi,” “An Irrepressible Woman,” “My Polish Honeymoon,” “The Keeper,” “The Crossing,” “The Rabbi Goes West,” “The Mover,” “Sustainable Nation,” “Those Who Remain,” and “Breaking Bread.”

Venues include the Regal Cinemas at the Shops at Nanuet and the Lafayette Theater in Suffern.
Mussar learning
Rabbi Paula Mack Drill leads study of the texts of mussar, Jewish self-improvement, through Rabbi Terry Bookman’s “The Busy Soul” at the Orangetown Jewish Center, 11 a.m. Program continues monthly through May. 8 Independence Ave., Orangeburg. (845) 359-5920, rabbi.drill@theojc.org , or theojc.org .
Terumah: The blueprints for sacred spaces as a guide to sacred living

In parashat Terumah we are given the blueprints to the sacred construction project that will become the focus for much of the rest of the book of Exodus. It begins with God instructing Moses to ask for gifts (terumah) from the Israelites. These gifts are not a demand or a request; instead they are supposed to be an appeal from those who are so moved to bring them. Be they yarns, animal skins, semi-precious stones or precious metals, all gifts will be accepted and needed to build the mishkan, the portable sanctuary. This mishkan will be where the Israelites will worship God during their time in the wilderness. As an aside, this was the first and last time that a Jewish construction project was finished on-time and under budget.
Tuesday, Mar 3, 5:30PM-9:45PM
Beth Am Temple, Pearl River
Saturday, Mar 7, 7:30PM-10PM
Montebello Jewish Center
Sunday, Mar 8, 1:00PM-3:00PM
JCC Rockland
Sunday, Mar 8, 7:0PM-9:00PM
Congregation Sons of Israel, Nyack
Tuesday, Mar 10, 5:30PM-9:45PM
Beth Am Temple, Pearl River
Tuesday, Mar 17, 5:30PM-9:45PM
Beth Am Temple, Pearl River
Mar 23 - Mar 29
Paris, Riga
Tuesday, Mar 24, 5:30PM-9:45PM
Beth Am Temple, Pearl River
JCC Rockland Film Festiva l : Hate Among Us
Sunday, Mar 29, 7:30PM
Regal Cinemas
Tuesday, Mar 31, 5:30PM-9:45PM
Beth Am Temple, Pearl River
Tuesday, Mar 31, 7:30PM
Regal Cinemas
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