January 31st, 2020
Shabbat Times: 
Candle Lighting
Evening service at CBIOTP
Morning Service at CBIOTP
M inha at CBIOTP 
4:54  pm
7:00 pm 
9:30 am
4:30 pm
  Forecast: 44/cloudy

Birthdays and Anniversaries 
Michelle Reisner
Leo Rettig
Irving Spielman
Sydney Josif

Saturday 2/1

Morning Service at CBIOTP 9:30 am
Minha , S'uda Shlishit (3rd Shabbat Meal), timely topic, Maariv and Havdalah 4:30 pm at CBIOTP
Tuesday 2/4
Sisterhood Board meeting 1:00 pm
Rabbi's Class 
10:30 am
Friday 2/7
Bible Study 11:30 am
Evening Service 7:00 pm

It's Down to the Wire
Time is getting very short to register for AIPAC
Call me to find out how you can participate in the annual Policy Conference

Official Website of the US Election for the 38th World Zionist Congress  Voting is now Open!

Unfortunately it is a 2-step process...first you have to register... and pay a fee before you can vote... Fortunately I will reimburse you!  kas
And the winner is...Evelyn Baer
the first, member of our shul to vote in the election, and to vote for MERCAZ
Unfortunately, voting can only be done online �� Fortunately, I am happy to help you vote, on my computer! Just give me a call and we'll make an appointment

2020 Census


We believe there was a huge undercount in Fort Lee in 2010, resulting in a loss of federal funding revenue amounting to $30,000 per uncounted person over the course of the last decade.
That's gives you an idea of how much you are worth to Fort Lee over the coming decade: $30,000!
To that end I have been appointed to a Fort Lee taskforce, The Complete Count Committee, to dispel myths about the Census, and to encourage you-and to help you-to participate in the Census, which begins in earnest in April.
As you can see from the flyer below, responding is easy and convenient: it can be done on your computer (or the Public Library's computer-or a friend's computer), by phone or by mail. However you do it, please make sure you do it!

Our daily minyanimare all held in our Office Chapel:    
 Sunday - Thursday evenings at 7:45 p.m.   
 Monday - Friday mornings at 7:00 a.m.  
 Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m.
All our Shabbat servicesare held in the CBIOTP building:    
Friday evening at 7:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                            
Shabbat morning at 9:30 a.m.                                                                                                                                               
Shabbat afternoon/evening (mincha, s'uda sh'lishit, ma'ariv, havdalah)                                                                       
currently at 4:15 p.m.(but the time will change/vary with sunset)

Torah Reading 374   Haftarah 391
Moses insists that all the Israelites and their flocks and herds be allowed to leave Egypt, but Pharaoh will only permit the men to leave. So Moses brings on the eighth plague, locusts. Pharaoh pleads with Moses for their removal, but once this is accomplished he becomes obstinate once again.
The ninth plague, darkness, creates chaos and confusion in Egypt, and Pharaoh is now willing to let all the Israelites leave - but not their animals. Moses now warns Pharaoh of the dire consequences of the tenth plague: all firstborn in Egypt - men and cattle - would die at midnight.
God gives Moses instructions to the Israelites in preparation for the Exodus. The ritual they perform will serve as a commemoration for generations to come. A lamb or a year-old kid is to be sacrificed, roasted and consumed in haste. Its blood is to be sprinkled on the lintel and the doorposts. God will permit no harm to come to those whose doors are sprinkled with blood while He smites the firstborn of Egypt. Matzah is to be eaten for seven days. The significance of these rituals is to be explained each year.
At midnight, all in Egypt are affected by the death of firstborn males, and the Israelites are urged to depart in great haste. The Israelites' bread has no time to rise, and it hardens into unleavened cakes. Upon request, the Egyptian population supplies them with gold, silver, and garments.
The Israelites begin their march from Egypt on the fifteenth day of what will become the first month of the year. In further commemoration of the Exodus, the first born of all animals are to be consecrated to God, firstborn male children are to be redeemed, and tefillin are to be worn on the arm and head.

Tonight: Evening service at 7:00 p.m.
Tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m.
Minha, Seudah Shlishit, Ma'ariv & Havdalah at 4:30 p.m.
During Seudah Shlishit we will finish reading this fascinating article (part analysis; part memoir):

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 
Terry Gottlieb will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Jeanne Dorn on Friday evening, January 31st
Vera Kishinevsky will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Grigory Feldman on Friday evening, January 31st
Lisa Maier will be observing yahrzeit for her grandfather, David Feuerstein on Friday evening, January 31st
Naomi Altschul will be observing yahrzeit for her mother-in-law, Estelle Altschul on Saturday evening, February 1st
Mark Altschul will be observing yahrzeit for his grandmother, Estelle Altschul on Saturday evening, February 1st
Jerome Goldfischer will be observing yahrzeit for his grandmother, Pessia Bernstein on Sunday evening, February 2nd
Mindy Goldfischer will be observing yahrzeit for her great grandmother, Pessia Bernstein on Sunday evening, February 2nd
Iris Coleman will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Joseph Coleman on Monday evening, February 3rd
Joseph Lempel will be observing yahrzeit for his father-in-law, Morris Katz on Monday evening, February 3rd
Franco Aguilar will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Franco Aguilar on Wednesday evening, February 5th
Matis Fermaglich will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Harry Fermaglich on Wednesday evening, February 5th
Mary Rettig will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Reine Sendik on Wednesday evening, February 5th
Michael Seymour will be observing yahrzeit for his mother, Martha Seymour on Thursday evening, February 6th

TU b"Sh'vat is Monday February 10. We will have a special treat table at the Shabbat Kiddush on February 8th in honor of t"U b'Sh'vat

The Trump Peace Plan
Here's How Israel's Borders Would Change if Trump's Peace Plan is Enacted                  
Trump Releases Mideast Peace Plan That Strongly Favors Israel
The plan would discard the longtime goal of granting the Palestinians a full-fledged state. President Trump called it "a win-win" for both sides; Palestinian leaders immediately rejected it.                                      

Trump Plan's First Result: Israel Will Claim Sovereignty Over Part of West Bank   
  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government would effectively annex nearly a third of the occupied West Bank, with U.S. approval.                                           

The Unique Geographic Features of the Jordan Valley Provide Israel with Defensible Borders                   
Video: Why Israel Opposes International Forces in the Jordan Valley
Why Israel Opposes International Forces in the Jordan Valley
Why Israel Opposes International Forces in the Jordan Valley
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, UAE Welcome Trump Peace Plan 
"The Kingdom reiterates its support for all efforts aimed at reaching a just and comprehensive resolution to the Palestinian cause," said the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs                              
Arab Leaders' Support for Mideast Peace Plan Marks a Regional Shift
 Tentative backing of U.S. proposal reflects changing priorities, frustration with the Palestinians and more willingness to work with Israel                                                                                   

Arabs Prioritize Key Ties with U.S. Against Iran in Reacting to Peace Plan   A Muted Arab Response to Trump's Mideast Peace Plan
 The U.S. is banking on Arab leaders to help make its plan for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict work. It is not clear how realistic that is.    

Where Once There Was Fury, Palestinian Issue Now Stirs Up Apathy          
Arab World Not Following PA in Rejecting U.S. Peace Plan                                                        

Why the U.S. Peace Plan Is Causing Barely a Ripple in Arab World                                                       
Trump's Mideast Plan Leaves Palestinians With Few Options
  The landscape has shifted so much that a proposal that would have been a nonstarter a decade ago has put the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in a bind.                                                                

Every Time Palestinians Say "No," They Lose
 Things rarely go well for those who try to live history backward.                                                         
Britain Urges Israeli, Palestinian Leaders to Give Fair Consideration to U.S. Plan                                         
Egypt Urges Israel, Palestinians to "Carefully Study" U.S. Peace Proposal                                                                                                                                  

Trump's Mideast Plan Is Seen Mainly as an Election Lift for Netanyahu                                             
A Deal That Has Two Elections, Rather Than Mideast Peace, as Its Focus   
 The Israeli-Palestinian peace plan unveiled by President Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sounds more like a road map for their own futures than for the Middle East.                                            

Is Trump Bibi's Chump? 
The president needs to demand a commitment so he doesn't get played                                                   

Trump's Middle East Peace Plan Exposes the Ugly Truth 
This isn't a break with the status quo. It's the natural culmination of decades of American policy.                             

The Three Crucial Flaws in Trump's "Peace Vision", None Fatal   
His "ultimate deal" is still worth considering.                                                                       
Aaron David Miller's "Take"(video)                                                                                                                              

Important/Interesting Reads
FBI Probes Use of Israeli Firm's Spyware in Personal and Government Hacks   
Same company suspected of having provided tools to Saudi Arabia to hack Jeff Bezos' phone                          
Holocaust Survivors in Same Line at Auschwitz Meet 72 Years Later                                                
Jewish Group Launches Arabic-Language Video Series About Judaism                                                 

I'm generally not such a big fan of Naftali Bennett, but I admire him greatly for this:
Naftali Bennett Makes a Stand (Resisting Pressure from Bibi)   Israel's defense minister showed politicians everywhere how to respond to racism in their ranks:
"As chairman of the New Right party that is running for the Knesset, and as the former education minister for the State of Israel, I cannot include in my list someone who hangs on the wall of his living room a picture of a man [Baruch Goldstein] who killed 29 innocent people.
This is so obvious that I'm dumbfounded that I have to explain it at all.
Imagine an American Congressman who had hanging on the wall of their home a picture of someone who killed dozens of Jews praying in a synagogue. Would that make sense to you?....
We did not return from Diaspora to the Land of Israel in order to live like wild militias who carry out their own justice."                    
Israels Netanyahu Indicted on Charges of Fraud, Bribery and Breach of Trust 
  The first prosecution of a sitting Israeli premier deepens the political paralysis in a country that has had two inconclusive elections this year, and may be headed to a third vote.                            
I just couldn't resist this (even though I know that Bibi's indictment is proof of Israel routing out corruption):
Israelis Allowed to Visit Saudi Arabia for Hajj, Business
Israelis Cannot Visit Saudi Arabia "For Now"                                                                          
Unemployment in Israel Falls to New Low                                                                

 BDS / Anti-Semitism / anti-Zionism
New York Guardian Angels Patrol Crown Heights   
United Kingdom Universities Face Cuts If They Reject Anti-Semitism Definition                                      
ADL Poll: Anti-Semitic Violence is on the Rise in America                                                          
ADL Study Finds There Is No Epidemic of Anti-Semitism in the U.S.                                                  
Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes Increase by 60 Percent in LA in 2019   
Belgian Police to Open Hotline for Reporting Anti-Semitic, Racist Incidents                                              

Anti-Semitic Acts Increase in France in 2019                                                                    
Confronting Neo-Nazi Graffiti Daily in Italy                                                                                                                       Nobody told me that I would see so many swastikas that I would stop being scared of them.                              

Iran / Syria / Hezbollah
A JEWISH JOURNALIST TRAPPED IN IRAN                                                                                                                                In July 2019 Nicolas Pelham, The Economist's Middle East correspondent, received a rare journalist's visa to Iran. On the day he was due to fly home, he was detained    
U.S. Ramps Up Sanctions on Iran while Providing Medicine  
Iran Military Chief: Liberation of Jerusalem No. 1 Priority of Muslim World                                              
Report: Strike on T-4 Base in Syria Destroyed Newly-Transported Iranian Weapons                                   
Ex-CIA Chief Petraeus: Iran, Hizbullah Will Not Risk Major War with Israel                           

The Palestinians     
Misreading Reality, Palestinians Overplayed Their Hand  
The writing was on the wall, but Ramallah and Gaza refused to see it. For decades, the Palestinians expected that the world would force a deal on Israel that would break it - but in the end, the world got weary and PA leader Abbas was left stuck with Hamas. The Arab response to the "deal of the century" has left the Palestinians in shock.                                                                                      

Palestinians in West Bank Show Limited Reaction to U.S. Peace Plan    
     The Unofficial "Truce" in Gaza
In exchange for relative quiet, including a cessation of rocket-fire and an end to large-scale demonstrations at the border fence, Israel has eased restrictions on Gaza to levels not seen since Hamas's takeover of the government. Israel has extended more than 5,500 work permits, allowed Gazan trade to increase, expanded the fishing zone back to 15 nautical miles, and allowed bulldozers to once again enter.                             
British MP: Palestinian Authority Schools Are Teaching Anti-Israel Violence Is Honorable                       
Questions UK funding for Palestinian schools and teachers                                                            

Arab Students at Tel Aviv University Demonstrate Against the Trump Peace Plan, Chanting 'Palestine is Arab, from the River to the Sea'

Israel Stopped "Very Serious" Cyber Attack on One of Its Power Plants                                                
Microsoft Virtual Health Assistant Developed in Israel                                                              
New Israeli Anti-Diabetes Drug Could Be a Game-Changer                                              
Israeli Technology-Re-Walk-Helps Wounded Canadian Soldier to Walk  

Pop Culture
Meet Mitchell Schwartz, the Jewish Kansas City Chiefs Lineman Heading to Super Bowl LIV    
Jewish teens are using the platform to resist hate, and in doing so, they are demonstrating unabashed Jewish pride.     
I had no idea that she was Jewish!
Meet the Woman with the Most Oscars Ever  The Weirdest - and Jew-iest - Moment from the Grammys                                                    
Vampire Weekend Wins 2020 Grammy for Best Alternative Album                                                   
Remembering Jason Polan, the Jewish, Taco Bell-Loving Artist Who Captured New York                                         
Amar'e Stoudemire Signs with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Spurring Calls of Traitor by Fans of his Former Israeli Club   
What You Need to Know About the Female Rabbi on the Cover of ELLE France                                     
If you don't know what the gesture is, I'll be happy to show you---and I'll even make the accompanying sound! (Its' nothing obscene or otherwise untoward)
The "Italian" Hand Gesture's Also Israeli     
Plus, more Jewish emojis, please?                                                        
Broadway Star Alexandra Silber Tells Us About Her Bat Mitzvah at Age 36
Her journey started when she wrapped the Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof in 2016.          

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Through February 3
Parasol Projects Gallery
Friends of Bezalel present an exhibit exploring the complex relationship between material, process, and environment, featuring nine projects created by lecturers, graduates, and students of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. Curator: Ariel Lavian.

Out January 30
Landmark at 57 West &
Angelika Film Center
After a highly successful festival run including TIFF, New York Jewish Film Festival and a Best Film win at the Israeli Academy Awards, Yaron Zilberman's Incitement will be arriving in New York theaters. First weekend includes special appearances by Rabin family members, and with the filmmakers.

Eli Degibri Quartet
February 6 | 7:30 PM
Regattabar Boston
February 7 | 8 PM
Nighttown Jazz Club, Cleveland
February 11 | 8 PM & 10:30 PM
Blue Note New York
Known for his charismatic performances, Degibri has recorded and performed extensively since the mid-1990s. He has been called "an exceptionally melodic improviser with a big, bold tenor tone" (Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes) and "a bewitching fellow who shows impressive chops, as both a player and a composer." (Karl Stark, The Philadelphia Inquirer). Photo by Dan Balilty.

Lola Marsh
February 8 | 9 PM
Rough Trade
After a critically acclaimed debut album, millions of streams, performances in leading festivals (Primavera, Pukkelpop, Sziget), syncs for "Better Call Saul" & Ebay to name a few, Tel Aviv's indie pop sensation, Lola Marsh perform at NYC's Rough Trade.

Color Blind: A Staged Performance
February 10 | 6:30 PM
Center for Architecture
Oren Safdie, a celebrated playwright of contemporary architecture culture, will present a staged performance of his new play entitled Color Blind, which satirizes the racial politics of a fictional jury assembled to select a winning design for the Smithsonian's recently built National Museum of African American Museum of History and Culture in Washington DC.

Growing a Garden for an Unknown Lover by Boaz Aharonovitch
Through February 28
Friends of Bezalel present Israeli artist Boaz Aharonovitch's photo-diary, artfully documenting a gardening project that took place in his studio. The outcome of the process is a meditation on the fleeting nature of the garden as a metaphor for the passage of time and longing. Curated by Aya Goshen.

Oded Tzur
February 12 | 7:30 PM, 9:30 PM
Jazz Standard
Israeli born, New York based saxophonist Oded Tzur performs at the Jazz Standard to celebrate his ECM Records debut, Here Be Dragons.

Adi Nes
Through March 1
Fotografiska New York
Adi Nes explores social and political questions revolving around gender, the center vs. the periphery, Eastern vs. Western cultures, ethnicity, Judaism, local myths, militarism, humanism and social justice through his portraits.

The Third Dance
February 5 - 9
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
Israeli choreographers Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor have been creating fascinating dance/theatre pieces that reflect their own personal relationship as a couple in life and on stage. In their new work The Third Dance, performed in the round (audience on all four sides), Niv and Oren reflect upon themes of love, mortality, and the need for acknowledgement. An old-fashioned record player and huge bouquet of flowers play important roles in this highly emotional work.

Tsibi Geva: SUBTRATA
Through February 15
Albert Benda Gallery
The exhibition features a new body of work created over the past two years, defined by the artist's focus on deconstruction and abstraction to convey the emotional and cultural tenor of his surroundings. Motifs of terrazzo tiles, stone walls, and latticework, which have been prevalent in Geva's paintings since the nineteen-nineties, are now pushed to the forefront.

Birthright Israel - Free Trip
10 amazing days of new discoveries, friendships, and adventures!
Free trip to Israel with Israel Outdoors
This trip is a gift from Birthright Israel with additional support from
Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey
May 31 - June 10, 2020

Onward Israel
Jumpstart your career!
Intern in your field of study this summer in Tel Aviv. Rolling admission registration has begun - don't miss your chance to apply!
Spend summer 2020 living and working in the center of Tel Aviv
Build Your Resume | Experience Israel
June 10 - August 4, 2020
Cost: $500
Rolling Admissions: November 18, 2019 - March 15, 2020