Keeping Up with Kesher Israel

July 26, 2016

In This Issue
We are currently in the period of The Three Weeks leading up to Tisha B'Av.  For information and guidance about the halakhot of this period, please see here or contact Rabbi Milevsky with any questions. 
Rabbinic Search Update
Thank you to everybody who attended the July 19 meeting to launch the rabbinic search process.

We will be posting the job description by the end of the month and look forward to reviewing candidates. Over the next few months the committee will hold confidential phone and in-person interviews with rabbinic candidates. We will then invite 3 final candidates to meet the whole community for probeh (interview) weekends.  Please mark your calendars for the shabbatot of January 7, February 4, February 11 so that you can be sure to attend.  

Regular updates will be and posted on Kesher's  Rabbinic Search Member Portal . Members will receive an email or an announcement will be posted in this space letting you know to check the portal. You must be signed into to your Kesher account in order to access the portal. If you cannot access the page but believe you should have access to it, please contact the shul office .

We also seek your participation, feedback, and input into the process. Please email the search committee or reach out personally to any of the committee members. At this time, please let us know if you have any candidates you would recommend as a good fit for Kesher.

Rami Genauer and Lisa Schreier, co-chairs
Shari Diamond
Diane Indyk
Erin Piateski
Bracha Reznick
Aaron Tessler
Scott Weinberg
Leon Wieseltier
Elanit Jakabovics (ex officio, non-voting)
Women & Kriat HaTorah: The Texts Behind the Controversy
Yishai Schwartz  will be teaching a third installment of his philosophy series entitled, Women and Kriat HaTorah: the Texts beneath the Controversy  at 7:15 PM on Wednesday, July 27,  in the social hall. In the last few decades, a handful of otherwise traditional minyanim began allowing women to chant Torah and receive aliyot.  The vast majority of rabbinic decisors and established Orthodox congregations, however, remain firmly opposed to the innovation. In this two-part series, we will study some of the key texts underlying the controversy, from the Mishna to contemporary responsa. The goal will be familiarity and understanding of the sources and values that animate either side of the issue. No halachic bottom-line will be drawn or implied. Dessert sponsored by  Matt and Sumi Peterson.
Scholar-in-Residence this Shabbat
Kesher Israel is proud once again to host Rabbi Haim Jachterrav hamachshir of the DC eruv and rabbi of Congregation Shaarei Orah of Teaneck, with his family on Shabbat July 29-30. Rabbi Jachter will be delivering the Shabbat morning drashot at hashkama and the main minyan.  He will also speak before Mincha on the topic of Closing the E-Commerce Portion of a Business Website on Shabbat, and at seudah shlishit on the question of Do  Tzahal Public Relations Justify Chillul Shabbat?
Goodbye Lunch for the Milevsky Family

All are invited on Shabbat,  August 6 , to help say goodbye to  Rabbi Milevsky and his family  before they head to Israel. It will be the Milevskys' last Shabbat before they make Aliyah, so be sure to come to what will certainly be a memorable send-off meal with the Milevskys and all your favorite people from shul.

$15 for members and $18 for non-members. Spots are limited so sign up quickly! Register here
Kids' Mishna & Nosh with the Rabbi
Children ages 6-12 are invited to join Rabbi Milevsky for learning and noshing at 6 PM on Shabbat, August 6.
Interested in Leyning?
Interested in leyning at the main minyan?  Kesher maintains a rotation of male volunteers who serve as baalei kriyah at the  9 AM minyan on Shabbat.  If you are interested in being added to this list, please email  
Office Notes

Help Keep Kesher Beautiful

If you see anything around the shul or grounds that needs repair or attention, please call or email Pamela in the office about it.  We will develop/keep a list and have everything taken care of at the same time.

Office Volunteers Needed

Have a few daytime hours to spare each week? If so, the Kesher office wants your help.  Teens, grandparents and anyone in between -- come by for an hour or two to file, shred, organize, inventory or otherwise pitch in with general office tasks.  Contact Pamela in the office with your availability. This is a great way to make a big contribution to the shul with just a small investment of time! 
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Daily Minyan
Oy vey, it's hot! But that's not as bad as not being able to make a minyan. Please attend as often as you can!

Rabbi Milevsky is at Kesher on Sunday mornings (Shacharit and a class), Wednesday evenings (Ma'ariv and a class), and approximately every other Shabbat.

Please visit the website to see the current class schedule. 
If you have an extra place at your table for Shabbat, please email the Hospitality team so we can accommodate those who need a Shabbat meal. Thank you!
Kelim Mikvah
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Contact Information
Rabbi Dr. Avidan Milevsky - (786) 271-4666 / 
Rebbetzin Ilana Milevsky - (484) 347-4310 / 
Executive Director - Pamela Wexler (202) 333-2337 / 
Board of Directors - Larry Samuels 
Shabbat Meal Hospitality - 
Mikvah - (202) 342-5303  
Please give at least 48 hours notice for appointments.
Children's Programming - Lindsay Kagin and Channah Charlton 
Social Committee - Ari Schaffer 
Welcome Committee - Rachel Wolf 
Educational Programm ing - Esther Baruh  
Housing - Yehudah Hamp el 
Gabbaim - 
New Baby Meal Coordinator - or call the shul office (202-333-2337)
Welfare Fund (confidential help for community members in need) - Pamela Wexler and Mordecai Lebenberg - or call Pamela at (202) 333-2337  
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