September 11th 2020
Shabbat Times: 
Candle Lighting
Virtual services see below

 Forecast: 72

We Have Reserved  a Front Row Seat for You in YOUR House for the HiHo's!
(and no parking worries)
Please contact the Synagogue Office to reserve your place and to schedule the pick-up of your Machzor


How Are You? I really want to know.
Please reach out to me as I cannot possibly reach out to each of you. I welcome the opportunity for a quick check-in, for casual conversation or for something more serious.
Please call me or email me so we can arrange it. kas

Mi SheBayrach 
We make special prayers for those who are ill at every Shabbat Morning service and during our Monday & Thursday Minyanim. Since the onset of the pandemic, we have been adding a special Mi SheBayrach for those who have contracted the coronavirus. 
You can add a name (traditionally: Hebrew/Yiddish name and mother's Hebrew/Yiddish name, but we'll take English names and the names of those who are not Members of our Tribe) by calling or emailing me.
Or better yet: why not join us for the 9:00 am weekday morning minyan, and read the Psalm (in English) just before we include the name of your family member, friend or acquaintance in the Mi SheBayrach?

Torah Reading 
Moses declares that each Israelite - including those yet to be born - has a special responsibility for upholding the covenant between the nation and God. The consequences of individual action could be deleterious for the entire community, resulting in destruction and exile. Still, repentance was always possible, and a return to God would lead to restoration.
God's ways and God's requirements were neither difficult nor mysterious; they were within everyone's capacity and readily accessible. The choice was simple and obvious: life and prosperity, or death and destruction. The Torah urges us to "choose life."
Moses announces that his life is drawing to a close, and he publicly blesses Joshua, his successor, with the words "be strong and resolute."
A written copy of the Torah is delivered by Moses to the priests and the elders who are commanded to read it publicly on Sukkot every seventh year. This Torah was placed in the Sanctuary next to the Ark of the Covenant.
The future course of Israelite history is outlined: the people would lapse into idolatry and God would punish them with conquest, exile and suffering. The essence of this lesson would be contained within a song/poem that Moses would now teach the nation. Committed to memory, the song would attest to the fact that the nation had been warned, well in advance, what the consequences of deviation from the Torah would mean.

ALL our Synagogue Prayer Services and Programs are conducted over ZOOM

You can participate in one of two ways 
          • Dialing in - or - 
          • Using internet access and a smartphone, tablet or computer
Do You Need to Obtain a Siddur? Please call or email me for details. kas
Do you need a CROSS-REFERENCE GUIDE to pages in the old Sim Shalom (Blue cover) for Shabbat and Holidays (when we are using Lev Shalem)?...
to the Weekday Services in Lev Shalem (when we are using the burgundy weekday Sim Shalom)?
Call me or email me for the GUIDE

Our Shabbat Services
Special 9/11 Commemoration

Friday evening at 7:00 pm  CLICK HERE TO ATTEND               
Dial in by phone:  929-205-6099   Meeting ID: 869 8266 6380 

Shabbat Morning at 10:30am  CLICK HERE TO ATTEND                                          
Dial in by phone:  929 205 6099     Meeting ID: 874 8132 0020 
Ma'ariv, Havdalah & Selihot at 8:00pm  CLICK HERE TO ATTEND
Dial in by phone:  929 205 6099    Meeting ID: 729-396-135
(Don't worry: all the prayers will be screen-shared)
And after our Selihot Services conclude, we encourage all our members to join with the Conservative Movement and Communities across all time zones and all across the country!
And don't forget to Register on the site

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 (virtual) minyanim, and helping to assure that Kaddish can be recited with a minyan 

Stuart Kimberly will be observing yahrzeit for his sister, Leona Bleiberg on Friday evening, September 11th
Paul Cohen will be observing yahrzeit for his mother, Beatrice Cohen on Friday evening, September 11th
Sheila Scherl will be observing yahrzeit for her mother,  Belle Meisler on Friday evening, September 11th
Scott Alenick will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Jerome Alenick on Saturday evening, September 12th 
Shirley Kochansky will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Sam Lesnick on Saturday evening, September 12th 
Ann Oster will be observing yahrzeit for her mother,  Doris Urman on Saturday evening, September 12th 
Florence Silverberg will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Philip Berman on Sunday evening, September 13th
Marlene Perkal will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Marcus Laufer on Sunday evening, September 13th
Craig Barnett will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Larry Barnett on Monday evening, September 14th
Robert Gordon will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Benjamin Gordon on Tuesday evening, September 15th
Jerome Margolin will be observing yahrzeit for his nephew, Ronald Paul Margolin on Tuesday evening, September 15th
Diane Sudakoff will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Eva Zucker on Tuesday evening, September 15th
Ann Bloch will be observing yahrzeit for her grandmother, Esther Wisotzky on Thursday evening, September 17th

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Phyllis Lowe
Leonard Kraut
Florence & Michael New

Sunday - Friday Mornings at 9:00 am CLICK HERE TO ATTEND
Dial in by phone: 929 205 6099     Meeting ID: 110 379 215
Sunday - Thursday Evenings at 7:00 pm CLICK HERE TO ATTEND
Dial in by phone: 929 205 6099       Meeting ID: 338 747 559
Special Request: if you purchased or downloaded Siddur Lev Shalem (Shabbat and Holidays) and/or Siddur Sim Shalom (Weekdays), please let Rabbi Stern know. (Please call him or email him).
Our Weekly Programming  
Guided Prayer Service
Please join Rabbi Stern for a series of explanatory talks that will reveal the structure, choreography, and varied functions of the prayers we say. 
Coffee Talk is on Hiatus
No, not really. Linda Richman will not be joining us...but join us for schmooze anyway
LINDA RICHMAN is looking for VOLUNTEERS to share their passion or expertise with the COFFEE TALK crowd....
Your profession
Your avocation
Your hobby
Your expertise
Your life experiences
Your travels
Please be in touch with the Rabbi

Rabbi's Weekly Class 
Below please see information about the class, we will let you know when it resumes
Dial in by phone: 929-205-6099      Meeting ID: 886 1779 2509

Please Note: Marvin Chertkoff's Bible class will continue to meet each Friday morning throughout the holiday season

A Guide to the Yamim Nora'im / The Days of Awe  (Courtesy of My Jewish Learning in the main)
How to Celebrate the High Holidays At Home                                                                        
Many of us might be grieving what can't be this year, but the High Holidays are also a time to consider what's possible.   
Must-Know Rosh Hashanah Words and Phrases   Your glossary for the Jewish New Year.
How to Prepare Spiritually for the Jewish New Year   Five ways to focus your spiritual preparations for the High Holidays.
This Jewish Month of Elul Gives Us a Chance to Do Better 
10 Things the Shofar Symbolizes
 Here's how the shofar sounds were interpreted in a classic text more than 1,000 years ago.                                
The Jewish Way To Make a New Year's Resolution                                                            
 Jewish wisdom, anchored in the rhythms of the year, can help us set benchmarks that make sticking to our commitments more likely. 
How Rosh Hashanah Became New Year's Day   
In the Torah, the beginning of the year was clearly set in the spring. So what happened?
How to Navigate High Holiday Morning Services  
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services feature many additions that can make the services difficult to follow. Here's a guide. 
Rosh Hashanah Musaf: A Call to Change Your Life  
The Rosh Hashanah Musaf is the core of the service - and where we find its most iconic prayers and resonant themes.                            
Unetaneh Tokef: Do We Control our Fate?   
 The prayer that asks us to consider our mortality is an urgent call to examine our lives.
V'chol Ma'amimim: Speaking Order into Chaos                                                                           
From the depths of uncertainty, this High Holiday prayer invites us to call out the steadfast faith we wish we felt. 

9 Jewish Things About Pomegranates 
Why this ancient fruit is a Jewish symbol.           
9 Things You Didn't Know About Rosh Hashanah 
Impress your friends and family with these little-known facts about the Jewish New Year.                               
Mayim Bialik Explains Rosh Hashanah in This Video 
Confused about the Jewish New Year? Mayim breaks it down.
9 Rosh Hashanah Main Dishes to Make that Aren't Brisket
The Joys of a Persian/Mizrahi Rosh Hashanah Seder                                                                
Even if I'm not surrounded by family this year, I'll be finding meaning in the symbolic foods my ancestors have been eating for centuries.             
Tracing a Classic Jewish Dish Throughout the Diaspora

Important/Interesting Reads

New Initiative Will Significantly Lower Price of Jewish Teen Trips to Israel USY Israel Pilgrimage and Ramah Israel Seminar to Benefit 
Film About Nicholas Winton, Rescuer of Children from the Nazis, Stars Anthony Hopkins 
Not quite on-topic, but a fascinating-and encouraging-read:
And sadly the author is neither an anti-Zionist nor an anti-Semite:
India's Alliance With Israel Is a Model for the World's Illiberal Leaders  From arms deals to occupation in Kashmir and the West Bank, Modi and Netanyahu increasingly share the same ethnonationalist worldview. 


Israel's Foreign Exchange Reserves Reach All-Time High                                            

BDS / Anti-Semitism / anti-Zionism

"Enough is Enough": New Civil Rights Movement Demands End to Jew-Hatred on Campus "   
 Over 100 people of diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds rallied Monday at the University of South California (USC), demanding an end to discrimination against Jews on campus under the banner "EndJewHatred"." 
Senior BBC Producer Admits Sharing 'Inaccurate' Pro-Palestinian Propaganda on Twitter                                             
Lawsuit Over Ann Arbor Synagogue Protests Headed to U.S. Court of Appeals 
Two Members of the Far-Right Boogaloo Bois Arrested for Attempting to Support Hamas     

The Palestinians
Legal Rights Scholar Justus Reid Weiner Dies at Age 70  
  • Exposed persecution of Christians in the territories under Palestinian jurisdiction
  • Exposed fabrications of Palestinian "scholar" and polemicist, Edward Said
Palestinian Families in West Bank Are Buying Guns   

Gulf States Working to Foil Palestinian Anti-Normalization Resolution at Arab League
The Palestinian Authority has accused the UAE of violating the terms of the Arab Peace Initiative by agreeing to normalize its relations with Israel in exchange for nothing.                                          
PLO: Most Arab States Have Stopped Paying Us                   
Suha Arafat Says She's Being Attacked by PA for Defending UAE on Its Israel Deal  
Arafat's Widow Tells Israeli TV She's Been Branded a Traitor for Warm Remarks to Abu Dhabi. Indicates she has dirt on top officials which she won't hesitate to expose                          
After PA Blocks Gaza Medical Transfers to Israel and West Bank, UN/WHO Enables Permits                                                         
The old rehash of grievances, minus any Palestinian fault for the current impasse:
70 UN-Accredited NGOs Lodge UN Case Against Hamas & PA for Arbitrary Detention of Palestinian Peace Activist   

Never Alone: Prison, Politics and My People
Tuesday, September 22 at 12PM (EDT)
Join the American Zionist Movement and our 33 member organizations for a book launch of "Never Alone: Prison, Politics, and My People" by the former Refusenik, political prisoner, and Israeli cabinet member, Natan Sharansky, and the Zionist activist and American historian, Gil Troy. 

"Never Alone" is essentially a modern Zionist manifesto. For starters, it tells one of the most inspiring Zionist stories of our time, the story of Anatoly Shcharansky, whose commitment to Zionism and his people helped him survive the Gulag and make it to freedom in Israel. The book is also a love letter to Israel and the Jewish people, a memoir of what it's like to go from dictatorship to democracy, from prison into politics, and then from political deal-making into Jewish identity-building. Finally, the book is a primer, offering detailed analyses and arguments about how to cope with modern anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, while always staying positive, balancing liberalism with nationalism, universalism with particularism, and remaining secure in the knowledge that, as a member of the Jewish people, wherever you are, whatever life throws at you, you have a support system, a community, frameworks for living - you are Never Alone. Publication Date: September 1, 2020
This conversation will be moderated by Susan Longo, AZM Vice President.
Purchase a copy of Never Alone: Prison, Politics, and My People with an autographed bookplate signed by Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy. REGISTER HERE

The American Zionist Movement (AZM) is comprised of 33 national Jewish Zionist organizations and works across a broad ideological, political and religious spectrum linking the American Jewish community together in support of Israel, Zionism and the Jewish people.
AZM is the U.S. Zionist Federation in the World Zionist Organization

MERCAZ Reads Israel is a partnership of
MERCAZ USA, Mercaz-Masorti Canada, and the Israel Forever Foundation

This past spring, we launched our MERCAZ Reads Israel online book club by reading and discussing Avigail Graetz's A Rabbi's Daughter. Nearly 200 individuals joined us for our first book club meeting in early June!

Our next selection is Ilana Kurshan's book, If All The Seas Were Ink.

We will be joining together via Zoom on Wednesday, September 23 at 1:00 p.m. EDT to reflect on Ilana Kurshan's memoir, with the author herself!

Below is a step-by-step guide to walk you through everything you need to know to register for our upcoming book club meeting, and participate in our book club discussions!

Get Ready to Participate in our next
MERCAZ Reads Israel Book Club Meeting!

Buy the book, If All The Seas Were Ink on Amazon. The book is available for purchase in soft cover, hard cover, Kindle, and audio book formats.

Register to participate in our book club discussion, via Zoom, on Wednesday, September 23 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. Note: You may need to scroll down a bit on the page to see the registration form. After you click 'Submit,' be sure to copy, paste, and save the Zoom meeting login information that will be displayed on the page. (To see the login information display, you may need to scroll up a bit in your browser after you hit 'Submit.')

Read an article about the book by author Ilana Kurshan, review the discussion questions, and watch an Eli Talks presentation to dive deeper into the book, and prepare for our book club meeting!

Begin discussing the book now, in our online book club group on Facebook! Join our MERCAZ Reads Israel group on Facebook, then go to our If All The Seas Were Ink unit to begin sharing your thoughts about the discussion questions with fellow book club members!

We hope that many of you will join us on Facebook (now) and via Zoom (on September 23) to dive deeper into If All The Seas Were Ink!

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at


Sarrae G. Crane
Executive Director

P.S. Please consider supporting MERCAZ USA by becoming a member of MERCAZ USA or making a donation. Your support makes exciting Israel engagement opportunities like MERCAZ Reads Israel possible. Thank you!

September 2020

Dominick Balletta, Executive Director - NYTF. Photo: ©Russell Peborde
Sholom Aleichem to the Folksbiene community (finally!)

My name is Dominick Balletta, the relatively new Executive Director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene. I jumped feet first into the life of Folksbiene on November 1 of last year and had just gotten my sea legs when the pandemic hit.
And so, as we make the turn into fall and take our initial steps towards coming out the other side, I thought this would be a good time to introduce myself and chat with you all for a few moments.

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Spotlight: Magda Fishman
Cantor Magda Fishman, star of Folksbiene's Soul to Soul, will usher in the Jewish New Year with some of her favorite Yiddish, Hebrew and English songs. Mark it on your calendar: Wednesday, September 16 at 1PM!
Recently, we were lucky enough to chat with Magda about her upcoming Folksbiene! LIVE concert.
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Not to be missed! Tune in on Wednesday, September 23 at 1 PM when journalist Budd Mishkin interviews none other than comedy legend Robert Klein!
Known for his unique brand of Jewish humor, the Bronx-born celebrity will talk about his life and remarkable career as a comedian, singer, and actor. 
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From Zalmen's home to yours
Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek features Songs of Spirituality and the New Year, Songs from The Golden Land, and other musical gems this month.
Sit back, relax, and watch his entertaining Living Room Concerts on Folksbiene! LIVE.
From his home to yours, Thursdays at 1 PM!
See the September Schedule Here

Catskill Memories
It's that time again and oh do we have some very special Yiddish theatre memory videos for you...summertime in the famed Borscht Belt, also known as the Jewish Alps!
This month, we asked two of our #NYTFriends to record themselves talking about their favorite Catskills memories. We introduce you to, Marty Goetz & Rick Grossman...
Watch Here!

Looking Ahead
On the horizon for October is Folksbiene! LIVE: "Welcome to Our Suke/Sukkah", a four-day festival of family-friendly performances during Chol Hamoed (the intermediary days of Sukkos) from October 5th to 8th.
Presentations include Kids and Yiddish: The Reunion Special; Tatiana Wechsler Concert; Budd Mishkin in conversation with the Grammy Award-winning Klezmatics; and, Bisl Borscht: A Tribute to Mickey Katz, starring Ben Liebert (Motl from Folksbiene's Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish) with Special Guests.
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Each month, Ellen Eisen will take us on a journey back in time to a shtetl far, far away where we will explore the origins and meanings of both well-known and little-known Yiddish sayings.
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Lunchtime Ladino Concert with Sarah Aroeste

Wednesday, September 16 @ 1pm EST
Free via Facebook Live and

We're excited to bring you acclaimed musician, Sarah Aroeste, live from her home to yours! Sarah is an international Ladino singer/songwriter, author, and cultural activist, who draws upon her Sephardic family roots from Macedonia and Greece (via Medieval Spain) to bring Judeo-Spanish culture to new generations. Since 2001, Aroeste has toured the globe and recorded five albums, from a feminist Ladino rock album (Gracia, 2012) to an all-original Ladino children's album (Ora de Despertar, 2016). Aroeste also recently published her newest children's book, Buen Shabat, Shabbat Shalom (Kar-Ben and PJ Library, 2020), the first bilingual Ladino-English board book. Bringing Ladino words and music to young and old, Aroeste works to introduce Sephardic culture to wider audiences.
Click here for details and to RSVP

Ways to Watch
Facebook option: Look for the LIVE post on the Museum's Facebook page just before 1pm ET. You do not need a Facebook account to view the program.
Website option: Beginning at 1pm EST, this program will also be available at via a pop-up message on the homepage. Please note that audience Q&A is only available on Facebook during the live program.
RSVP via Facebook is encouraged, though not required. This event is free with a suggested donation of $5

Check out our short new series...and we do mean short

We've started a new video feature called NMAJH in a Minute, taking one artifact from our collection and telling its story in 60 seconds. Okay okay, sometimes more like 90 seconds. We've already featured women's suffrage-themed sheet music and an original program from the 1963 March on Washington. Check them out here!Beginning this month, we'll start releasing these on a more regular basis. We can't wait to share them with you - stay tuned!
When his father is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Maleonn-a conceptual artist- pours everything into an ambitious new theater project. Presented by ReelAbilities.
Streaming Sep 11-Sep 25 |
Q+A with filmmakers Tue, Sep 15, 8:30 pm | 
Chef Yotam Ottolenghi sets out on a quest to bring the sumptuous art and decadence of Versailles to life in cake form.
Streaming Sep 22-24 | Rental link coming soon
Q+A Wed, Sep 23, 1 pm | 
A virtual conversation with filmmakers who reflect on films with themes of forgiveness and discuss how their own work relates to the messages of the High Holidays.
Mon, Sep 28, 4 pm | 
As Great Britain's forces were stretched thin during WWII, Winston Churchill's Special Operations Executive began to enlist women as spies. Based on a true story.
Streaming Sep 29-Oct 1 | Rental link coming soon
Q+A with filmmakers Tue, Sep 29, 7:30 pm | 
A seven-week course including screenings, discussions, and guest appearances by filmmakers.
Mondays, Oct 12-Nov 23, 7:30-8:30 pm | 
High Holy Days Film + Forgiveness:
Learning to Say I'm Sorry Through the Animations of Hanan Harchol
Sep 1 + 8, 12:30 pm | 
High Holy Days Film + Forgiveness:
A Conversation with Animator Hanan Harchol
Thu, Sep 10, 7 pm |

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September 10-17, 2020

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"It was a gift to get to "return" to the CY virtually, it was one of the most intergenerational and international online learning experiences that I've been a part of. Students are invested in the community and teachers are invested in the students."
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Stay tuned for Ulpan, Talmud and other semester courses beginning in October following Sukkot.

See you this September!
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שבת בבוקר Isn't she lovely - טנדו (מאשאפ mashup)
שבת בבוקר Isn't she lovely - טנדו (מאשאפ mashup)
קול דודי (ניגון חב
קול דודי (ניגון חב"ד) - טנדו
אל אדיר מלך מלכים - טנדו
אל אדיר מלך מלכים - טנדו
Israeli Culture in North America
Thursday, September 10, 2020

Tel Aviv Dance ONLINE | Through Sep 16
Suzanne Dellal Centre's annual summer festival will feature nine works by Israeli choreographers, eight of which are world premieres. The artists have been working hard since January 2020, into and through the days of the Corona pandemic. And now each work has been adapted and produced for the new media especially for the festival.

Army of Lovers in the Holy Land | Out Sep 11
Asaf Galay's new documentary about the Jewish roots of the Swedish queer disco-pop band Army of Lovers and its charismatic singer Jean-Pierre Barda's journey to make aliyah - examining the notions of home, identity and family along the way. Galay and Barda will participate in a virtual Q&A on Sunday, September 20 at 3pm EST.

Salon de Virtuosi Summer Virtual Alumni Series | Sep 15, 6pm
Salon de Virtuosi presents a special Alumni Spotlight Concert, featuring world renowned cellist Amit Peled in an online concert with his pupil Ismael Guerrero. In collaboration with the Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York.

TISFF on Air | Sep 21-26
The Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival will showcase more than 100 brand new short films, both from Israel and around the world, on its new online platform. Featuring shorts by Shadi Srur, Yona Rozenkier, Elinor Nechemya and many others.

NSCMF's Onstage/Offstage Concerts and Conversations Series
The North Shore Chamber Music Festival presents "onstage/offstage": a new concert and conversation series presented live-in-person at PianoForte Chicago and by livestream through the NSCMF website. The exploratory series includes Jewish and Israeli music and the world premiere of an NSCMF commission by celebrated composer Avner Dorman.

America-Israel Cultural Foundation: Together through the Arts | Sep 13, 1PM EDT
Renowned cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper performs with great young Israeli stars - violinist Asi Matathias and Victor Stanislavsky in an intimate concert of romantic era music and Q & A.

Hatikvah: A Sacred Reading of a Secular Text | Sep 13, 2pm EDT
Renowned musicologist Dr. Edwin Seroussi (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) discusses the history of Hatikvah, the Israeli national anthem, focusing on unexpected and lesser-known religious interpretations of the song. Photo source: National Library of Israel, Ms. 8o 4116.

Folksbiene!LIVE presents Magda Fishman | Sep 16, 1pm EDT
Cantor Magda Fishman (B'nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton, Florida, and star of Folksbiene's Soul to Soul) ushers in the New Year 5781 with a concert of inspiring favorites in Yiddish, Hebrew and English.