Rabbi Baum's Weekly Message

Please enjoy a message I created for Congregation B'nai Amoona in St. Louis, MO. It is part of a program that they started called Elevating Elul. The High Holy Days are just a week away - it's not too late to join the Elul Challenge for our last week! Also, please check out our Selichot Program produced by the Conservative Movement which will take place after Shabbat (Saturday night). I wish you all a Shabbat Shalom.
Announcing the upcoming
High Holy Days 5781!
Shabbat Shalom Shaarei Kodesh!

Please watch my weekly video message above where I speak about our theme for our High Holy Days this year - L'ela U'Le'lah - Higher and Higher: Climbing the Ladder of Holiness Together.

Also, please check out the information for our Elul Challenge below. I have posted my reflection from last Shabbat's challenge - I hope you find it meaningful.

Rabbi David Baum
The Elul Challenge
Have not joined the Elul Challenge yet? You still have time to time to challenge yourself this High Holy Day Season. Join Rabbi Baum and fellow chaverim/congregants at Congregation Shaarei Kodesh with a new and innovative program: the Elul Challenge. Click here to join our What'sApp Group where you will receive daily messages from Rabbi Baum and more.

Don't have What'sApp? RSVP to the Smore and you will receive daily emails.

Join us tonight for class, Thursday evening September 10, at 7 PM.
Meeting ID: 717 193 2860
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Virtual Kiddush Sponsors for September

Virtual L’Chaim Sponsors
Patty & Matt Weiss

Virtual Zoom Babynaming
Nan Berkowitz in honor of Emerson Logan Porche receiving his Hebrew name

Virtual Challah & Wine Sponsors for September
Challah - Elaine Aronoff in memory of her mother Esther Aronoff
Wine - Steven Winig in memory of Marilyn Kaye

In order to ensure our security, please do not share Zoom information on social media
Friday Morning Minyan and Class

Friday, September 11, 8:30 AM ET
Join us for minyan followed by a new class taught by Rabbi Baum
Meeting ID: 880 8609 1266
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Friday, September 11, 6:15PM ET
Meeting ID: 819 7656 6468
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Saturday, September 12, 9:30-11:30 AM ET

Parashat Nitzavim-Vayeilech
Torah Discussion and Dvar Torah with Rabbi David Baum
Rights Versus Obligation - Judaism and Covenant

Torah Readers:
29:9-29:11   Matt Weiss
29:12-29:14 Matt Weiss
29:15-29:28  Geil Bilu
30:1-30:3     Elaine Schnee
30:4-30:6    Elaine Schnee
30:7-30:10   Bernie Grossman
30:11-30:14 Lenny Berkowitz

Shabbat Mincha/Afternoon Service

Saturday, September 12, 4:00 PM ET
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We’ve been wrestling with how to handle the issue of Shabbat. We don’t want to encourage people to use electronic devices on Shabbat. We want to minimize any potential violations of Shabbat for those who seek to participate. With this in mind, please download the Zoom app (for phones or tablets) and the siddur (and print out) before Shabbat.

Neither logging in for Friday night services before Shabbat, nor leaving the Zoom on, is a problem regarding observance of Shabbat. As host, we have set up streaming so the same room will remain active through the morning service. This means your household can join services Friday night and remain on through the morning service. It is possible to set a computer, phone or tablet to “stay awake” over Shabbat (see below). However, if you are doing this, it is key that you log in from a room in your house where activities and noise will not be a disruption to others.

How to have your computer/tablet not turn off over Shabbat:
  1. Make sure it is plugged into power.
  2. For iPhone/iPad, in settings, under display and brightness, set auto-lock to never.
  3. For PC, click here.
  4. For Mac, in Control Panel, under “Desktop and Screensaver,” change “Start After” to "Never."

Virtual Service Login Instructions

Computer Video Instructions:
Click the link associated with each class above. This should launch the video call. Click "Open Zoom Meeting" to join the class.
If this does not work, please follow the instructions below.
  1. Visit You can create a free account if you'd like by clicking "Sign Up, It's Free," but this is not required.
  2. At the top right, click "Join A Meeting."
  3. Enter the Meeting ID (see above).
  4. You will then have the option to turn on/off your microphone and video camera.
Phone and Tablet Video Instructions:
  1. If you do not have the Zoom app on your phone or tablet, visit the App Store and download the app. The app is called ZOOM Cloud Meetings.
  2. Open the app and click "Join a Meeting." You can also click the zoom link above and you will see a prompt to open the meeting in the Zoom app.
  3. Enter the Meeting ID (see above).
  4. You will then have the option to turn on/off your microphone and video camera.

If you do not have a siddur at home, please download the siddurs listed. There is one for Friday night and one for Saturday, both are the Siddur Lev Shalem.
We are also including the Torah and Haftarah readings.
For those who are following more stringent with their Shabbat observance, please print the siddur and Torah readings rather than use it online. We will not be screen sharing the siddur on Shabbat and holidays.

We urge you all to use your own siddur for services which can be purchased from the Rabbinical Assembly at 40% off (click here) or you can download these documents and print them.