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June 21st, 2019
 
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Shabbat Times: 
Candle Lighting
Evening service
Morning Service
Evening Service
8:13  pm
7:00 pm 
9:30am
7:45pm
 
  Forecast: 80/sunny

IN THIS ISSUE...
Shabbat Kiddush
Today's kiddush has been enhanced by Vera & Yakov Kishinevsky in memory of her Grandfather Yakov Pokrasov
 


Birthdays and Anniversaries 
Walter Strasfeld
Simcha Hausman
June Kerman
Naomi Fein
Marcia Sherman
Diana Dasgupta
Anne Sommer
Richard Danoff
Ryan Levi
 
Suzanne & D. Scott Alenick
Lynda & Alvin Sussman
Doryne & Milton Davis
 

   UPCOMING EVENTS
 
Saturday 6/22
Morning Service 9:30 am
Minha, S'uda Shlishit (3rd Shabbat Meal), timely topic, Maariv and Havdalah 7:45 pm
Thursday 6/27
Visiting Scholar Rabbi David J. Fine 12:45 pm " American Jewish History"
Friday 6/28
Bible Class 11:30 am
 
 
I will be on vacation for the next couple of weeks and as such, the Shab Sha will be significantly shorter.

Torah Reading 826                Haftarah 837
B'HA·A LOT'KHA
This week's portion begins with one more instruction for the High Priest: it is his duty to light the menorah. The Levites undergo a final act of purification, and after a formal presentation to the entire community, they now begin to serve in their special role.
The Torah records the observance of the first anniversary of the Exodus from Egypt. In this connection the laws of Pesach Sheni, a "Second Passover" for those prevented or unable to observe Passover on its correct date, are introduced.
The Israelites now depart the Sinai wilderness, and Moses' father-in-law, Jethro (called Chovav here) departs for his home in Midian. The Israelites complain and rebel - first in a general expression of dissatisfaction and a second time complaining about the monotony of manna and the lack of meat. God sends huge flocks of quail to sate their hunger, but appalled by the people's gluttony, smites them with a plague.
These rebellions cause Moses to despair. In response, God causes the prophetic spirit to rest upon the seventy elders as a sign of their authority in assisting Moses with the leadership of the people. Eldad and Medad begin to prophesize as well; Joshua expresses concern about their activity but Moses welcomes their addition to the prophetic ranks.
At the next campsite Miriam and Aaron challenge Moses' leadership role, claiming parity with their brother. God rebukes them for their words; Aaron confesses his error and Miriam is stricken with leprosy. Moses intercedes on Miriam's behalf, and the Children of Israel continue their journey.
Tonight: Evening service at 7:00 p.m.
Tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m.
Minha, Seudah Shlishit, Ma'ariv & Havdalah at 7:45 p.m.
During Seudah Shlishit we will read... Most of the Democratic Candidates Blew This Interview Question on Israel-it's a response to the NYT video interviews conducted with most of the Democratic contenders.
Here's some background:
Do You Think Israel Meets International Standards of Human Rights?  As part of a larger video interview, the NYT asked most of the Democratic candidates this question. Here are their responses. 
Queried on Israel and Human Rights, Democratic Hopefuls Offer Guarded Criticism New York Times says it's testing Democrats' 'willingness to criticize Israel,' claims 'few candidates' would do so.




This Week's Yahrzeit Observances
We hope that our weekly listing of yahrzeit observances will serve 2 purposes:
1)     To remind those who have the yahrzeit for a second time, much closer to the date of the actual observance
2)     To alert friends and acquaintances that someone they know is observing a yahrzeit. We hope that you will show them your support by joining them at our minyanim, and helping to assure that Kaddish can be recited with a minyan 
     
   
Rhea Hess will be observing yahrzeit for her father-in-law , Abraham Hess on Friday evening, June 21st
Marvin Kochansky will be observing yahrzeit for his mother, Ida Kochansky on Friday evening, June 21st
Sandra Jonas will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Hilda Jonas on Saturday evening, June 22nd
Vera Kishinevsky will be observing yahrzeit for her grandfather, Yakov Pokrasov on Sunday evening, June 23rd
Tobey Lyden will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Saul Friedman on Tuesday evening, June 25th
Hilde Straus will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Toni Lowenstein on Wednesday evening, June 26th
Hilda Froelke will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Mayer Rothleder on Wednesday evening, June 26th
 



Important/Interesting Reads

Nazis Killed Her Father. Then She Fell in Love With One 
Their billionaire descendants, who control Krispy Kreme, Stumptown and other brands, are grappling with the exposure of an unspeakable secret.
"As the successors and descendants of people who committed horrendous acts, it is vital that our generation accepts what has happened, that we do whatever we can to bring tolerance and equality to the communities in which we live, and to ensure that the actions of Albert Reimann Sr. and Albert Reimann Jr. are a part of history which is never repeated."             


The Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Concentration Camp debate, Explained   
"Careless Holocaust analogies may demonize, demean, and intimidate their targets. But there is a cost for all of us because they distract from the real issues challenging our society, because they shut down productive, thoughtful discourse,"

AOC Said There Are Concentration Camps in the U.S. Is She Right?  

In Other AOC News:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is the bright shining star of progressive Democrats, so naturally there's a war on for her Israel-related soul. Since her election in November she has been circumspect about Israel (she was critical during the primary campaign).
Other notable progressive first-year congresswomen, Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., are critical to the point of backing the boycott Israel movement. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., lines up more with the liberal-to-centrist pro-Israel community.
Tlaib and Omar were also among the 16 co-sponsors of a bill initiated by Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., that would withhold aid from Israel commensurate with what it spends on keeping Palestinian minors in detention.This week, Mairav Zonszein, a progressive Israeli American, chided Ocasio-Cortez for not signing on as well.
Within a day, they got their wish: "Yes! Excited to sign on," Ocasio-Cortez replied.
 
                                                 
Last week I shared an article with you, entitled Birthright Trips, A Rite of Passage for Many Jews, Are Now a Target of Protests. But now, the very group that instigated these protests, is having its own internal problems:                                        

IfNotNow Stops Anti-Birthright Campaign                           
The previous Friday, IfNotNow leaders had sent a private email to members apologizing for the way this signature, headline-catching operation was run. They admitted that they had steered the campaign unilaterally and weren't reflective of their memberships' diverse opinions - even though many members had opposing views on how it should go 

Walking Off Brithright? Check Your Privilege!                          
 
The Real Birthright: Inheriting Our Jewish Story                                                                                                         Thirteen frauds, who essentially stole spots from others and came on trips last year to walk off their trips, have received far more press coverage than last year's 48,000 satisfied participants.                                  

 
Here, too, while there is, undoubtedly, a shift, how much is unclear. And please bear in mind that the  publication is called Think Progress, the article is based on opinion and not a "solid" poll, it is preaching to its own choir:
Attitudes toward Israel have shifted among American Jews, as Trump and Netanyahu forge a sharp, rightward path together.      


Palestinian Arabs Who Fought the Nazis      
What Does It Mean to be Genetically Jewish?                                                                                                                                                              
Why They Went: The Forgotten Story of the St. Augustine 17                                                                                      Fifty-five years ago yesterday, 16 American rabbis and one lay leader were arrested in a civil rights protest organized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.                                                                                                                                   Hoenlein: UNESCO Has Distorted the History of the Jewish People           


Israel
Who's Running the Show in Israel Between Elections? An Explainer.   
Senate Bill Warns Israel Against Taking Chinese Money (the Haifa Port Deal)   
Israel Air Force to Welcome First Druze Pilot                                                                    
Israel Approves $40.4 Million to Help Ethiopian Students Succeed in Higher Education                                     

Will Israel's Meretz Officially Become a Jewish-Arab Party?       
 

F-35s Take Part in Massive Drill Simulating War on Multiple Fronts
Tel Aviv Pride Parade Draws 250,000 Participants                                                                    
Israel and Lebanon to Begin Talks to Determine Maritime Border                                                     

Israeli Pilots Recall How Iran Inadvertently Enabled Iraqi Reactor Raid          
In a Rare Move, India Votes in Favor of Israel Against Palestinian NGO in UN                                          
Israeli Wins European Fencing Championship                                                                          




BDS / Anti-Semitism / anti-Zionism

Senate Unanimously Condemns Anti-Semitism 
This Jewish Lawyer Wants to Break the Back of the Violent White Nationalist Movement    
Roberta Kaplan says the organizers of the far-right march in Charlottesville weren't just sharing protected speech, but planning a conspiracy to commit violence                                                    

Armed Guards Should Protect Every Synagogue, Jewish School and JCC, US Anti-Semitism Envoy Says   
 
Activists at Quds Day Rally in Times Square: Israel Will Never Exist, Every Inch of It Is Palestine
Activists at Quds Day Rally in Times Square: Israel Will Never Exist, Every Inch of It Is Palestine

Moderating YouTube won't get rid of all the extremist content, just the stuff that doesn't make money                             

Cambridge Audience Laughs at Anti-Semitic "Joke" by Malaysian Prime Minister  
Germany is Accused of Downplaying Anti-Semitic Attacks by Muslims
Germany blames the far right for most anti-Semitic incidents - including by jihadists.      



The Palestinians

Jewish-Arab Relations in the Jordan Valley     
But the official Palestinian attitude is very different:
Fatah Expels Mayor after Jews Attend Son's Wedding                                                        
Jewish Israelis Dancing with Palestinians at a Wedding Is a Cause for Celebration                                       
With No Clear Alternatives, Israel Maintains Status Quo in Gaza                                                          

Israel Lays New Water Pipeline to Gaza, the Largest Yet                                                          
Israel to Process Gaza Sewage with New Pipeline                                                                    

International Atomic Energy Agency Recognizes Palestine as a State  
Iran Tried to Establish Spy Network in West Bank                                                          

Iran Determined to Arm West Bank Palestinian Factions                                                           
How Many Major-Generals Does the PA Need?        
                                                                



Iran / Syria / Hezbollah
Admiral Stavridis (retired U.S. Navy admiral and former supreme allied commander of NATO) writes:
Only a Global Alliance Will Deter Iran from Attacks at Sea                                                                
Europeans May Be Nearing End of Diplomatic Road with Iran                                                       

EU Sanctions Iran over Planned Europe Attacks 
Italian Oil Refiner Rejects Cargo of Suspected Iranian Crude                                                           
Iran Moves Militants from Aleppo Airport following Russian Request                             
In Lebanon, Syrian Refugees Face New Pressure to Go Home                                                                                                                                








Pop Culture

Tuesday's Google Doodle Celebrated Falafel
 

A Funny, Empathetic Jewish Genius
Adam Ehrlich Sachs's 'brilliant, weird, and profound' new novel, 'The Organs of Sense,' imagines a visionary blind Jewish astronomer in the court of Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II                                             
 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Named Best Real-Life Hero at MTV Awards     
 
French-Israeli Billionaire Patrick Drahi Buys Sotheby's for $2.7 Billion                                                      
 
Last week it was cloning Barbra Streisand's dog; this week, it's...
There Is A Facebook Group With Clones Of Adam Sandler                                                        
 
Jake Tapper And Wolf Blitzer Recreate "Big" Piano Scene 
                                                                   
The Jewish Dads of Television, Ranked                                                                              
A Queer, Butch Woman Rabbi On Television? Meet Jen Kober, Of "Dead To Me"                                      
Houston Texans Quarterback Deshaun Watson is Visiting Israel                                                  
15 Past and Present New England Patriots Players Accompany Robert Kraft on Trip to Israel                                  

Here's Why We'll Always Remember Iconic Jewish Actress Sylvia Miles   
                       
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Year-Round Offerings: Families, Teens, & Adults

New for 2019!
The Ramah Sports Academy Family Experience
From August 5-7, 2019,  Ramah Sports Academy, located on the beautiful campus of Fairfield University in Connecticut, will hold its first  RSA Family Experience, a sports program for families. This is a great opportunity for families to enjoy camp together. Open to families from any Ramah community and their friends! For more information,  click here, or contact  Dave Levy, camp director.
Travel with Ramah Israel Institute (RII) and Reshet Ramah
Poland Journey for Adults  | July 22-28, 2019

Summer Bar/Bat Mitzvah Family Adventure in Israel  | Aug. 13-22, 2019  (New trip!)

Ramah Morocco Experience  | Sept. 8-19, 2019

Ramah Nyack Chanukah Family Trip to IsraelDec. 23, 2019 - Jan. 1, 2020  (all camps welcome)

Winter Bar/Bat Mitzvah Family Adventure in Israel  | Dec. 23, 2019 - Jan. 1, 2020
Adult Camps & Retreats
Singles Weekend at Ramah Berkshires  (for singles in their 40s, 50s, and up) | May 24-27, 2019

Shabbat Plus at Ramah Poconos |  July 19-21, 2019

Ramah Darom Jewish Women's Getaway  | Nov. 10-13, 2019
Family Camps & Retreats
Ramah New England Family Camp  | May 24-27, 2019

Ramah Darom Summer Family Camp  | June 26-30 , 2019 and July 17-21, 2019



LimmudFest at Ramah Darom  (partnership with Limmud Atlanta and Southeast)  | Aug. 30  -   Sept. 2, 2019

Sukkot at Ramah Poconos  | Oct. 18-20, 2019

Ramah Darom Winter Break Family Camp  |  Dec. 27, 2019  -  Jan. 1, 2020
Families with Children with Disabilities

Ramah Darom Camp Yofi   | Aug. 7-11, 2019

Ramah Poconos Tikvah Family Camp  | Aug. 14-18, 2019

Ramah California Camp Ohr Lanu   | Aug. 15-19, 2019
Programs for Teens & Young Adults


SummerStage
A-WA
June 30 | 6pm
SummerStage Central Park
A-WA, an Israeli band with an Arabic name featuring three sisters of Yemeni Jewish, Ukranian, and Moroccan Jewish heritage. With a mix of traditional Yemenite, hip-hop, and electronic music, the sisters' hit "Habib Galbi", a traditional melody sung in the Yemenite dialect of Judeo-Arabic, was the first song in Arabic to go #1 in Israel. Joined by BUIKA / BLICK BASSY / DJ TARA!
This is a free event- don't miss this!


Dance
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Ballet BC
June 19-23
Ted Shawn Theatre
As one of the most significant Canadian companies, Ballet BC returns to the Pillow with a diverse program including Molnar's most recent work To this day and the U.S. premiere of Bedroom Folk, originally created for Nederlands Dans Theater by sought-after Israeli collaborators Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, among others.


Dance
Lumberyard
Ephrat Asherie Dance
July 13 | 8pm
Lumberyard
Summer at Lumberyard kicks off with Israeli-born Ephrat Asherie Dance's work-in-progress showing of UnderScored (working title), a dance theater piece created and performed by members of the company with special guest artists from New York City's underground scene. Inspired by the intergenerational memories of club dancers, UnderScored explores the ever-changing physical landscape of New York City's underground dance community.


Dance
American Dance Festival
Pilobolus
July 4-7
Page Auditorium
Everything old is new again! Pilobolus joins ADF in its homecoming to Page Auditorium, presenting four timeless pieces that highlight the surreal, playful, and athletic approach to dance and theater that Pilobolus is known for.
In Rushes, Co-Artistic Director Robby Barnett and world-renowned dance-theater makers Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak discover hybrid terrain in a remarkable exploration of the range and intensity of deep collaboration.


Dance
Joyce Theater
Pilobolus
June 11-29
the Joyce in Chelsea
In an isolated community of broken dreams, Jacques Tati meets Gogol in a breakthrough performance that tests Pilobolus's continually morphing aesthetic. The first of our collaborating partners projects, Rushes pairs Pilobolus creativity with global dance mavericks Israeli choreographers Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak.
Rushes was co-commissioned by the American Dance Festival with support from the Doris Duke Awards for New Work and additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; by the Joyce Theater's Stephen and Cathy Weinroth Fund for New Work; and by Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, Florida.
It was also made possible in part by generous contributions from the Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York and from Jonathan M. Nadler. Rushes was created through Pilobolus's International Collaborators Project.


Theater
Center for Jewish History
Romeo and Juliet- in a Jewish Adaption
June 13-23
Center for Jewish History
In a Jewish Adaptation by David Serero.
One SEPHARDI family and one ASHKENAZI family...
Featuring Ladinos and Yiddish songs.
Five unique performances of Romeo and Juliet:
Thursday June 13th at 3pm;
Sunday June 16th at 6pm - Opening Night - Followed by an After Party;
Tuesday June 18th at 8pm;
Thursday June 20th at 8pm;
Sunday June 23rd at 6pm - Closing Night - Followed by an After Party.
Tickets are $26 and $36 (VIP tickets including gold seating and access to the after party).


Film
Uptown Jewish Film Festival
Omanut
June 23 | 12pm-9pm
Campbell Sports Center
Uptown Jewish Film 2019 is a one day film event held in Columbia University's Campbell Sports center on Sunday, June 23rd from 12pm-9pm. Three films and speakers will be presented. Light refreshments will be served between films.


Exhibition
ZAZ10TS presents:
Nature of Wonder
Artist Shony Rivnay
June 13- September 2
10 Times Square
Titled "Nature of Wonder" by Shony Rivnay provides a glimpse into obscurity, freedom, and a natural curiosity that we all experience in our creative lives. It is an opportunity to think, but also to let go of thinking. It is a pathway into joyous viewing and a simple understanding of how things work.
OPENING RECEPTION
June 13, 6-8PM



Theater
Shakespeare Downtown
HAMLET
June 13-23 | 6:30pm
Castle Clinton
Featuring the talented Israeli actor- Eyal Bukobza!
Performances are free. Audience will be able to get tickets the day of the performance starting at 6:00pm.

Theater
Dirty Laundry Theatre Presents:
BORDERS by Nimrod Danishman
June 25/26 | 9:00pm
June 29 | 6:30pm
Hudson Guild Theater
What divides or connect two people who meet online? The virtual fantasy, the distance, the foreignness? Boaz and George meet on Grindr. There's immediate attraction and they want to meet but realize they cant. One lives in Israel, one in Lebanon. Is it just the physical border that keeps them apart? Could their virtual relationship live in the real world?


Music
Lior Milliger Quartet
June 29 | 8pm
At The Cell Theater
(338 W 23rd St, New York, New York 10011)
Lior Milliger Free Improvisation Trio
July 8 | 9pm
Bushwick Public House
1288 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn 11221
Lior Milliger, a New York based Saxophonist, improviser and composer, has been performing at the NYC jazz scene for the past 3 years,
With different bands playing his compositions and in free improvisation sets with New York's leading jazz musicians.
Within these 3 years Lior has recorded few sessions and a studio CD, gaining reputation as a creative artist within the improvised music scene in New York.