February 28th, 2020
Shabbat Times: 
Candle Lighting
Evening service at CBIOTP
Morning Service at CBIOTP
M inha at CBIOTP 
5:27  pm
7:30 pm 
9:30 am
5:00 pm
  Forecast: 38/sunny

Birthdays and Anniversaries 
Erika Krauss
Ira Smilovitz
Samuel Jivotovsky
Eli Josif
Joseph Ofeck
Ann Bloch
Kenneth Eisenstein
Marlin Dickman
Regina Friedman
Shirley & Marvin Kochansky  

Tuesday 3/3
Sisterhood Board Meeting 1:00pm
Rabbi's Class - 10:30am
The Legends of the Bible
Newcomers welcome!
Sisterhood Mishloach Manot Packing 11:00am at CBIOTP

In the words of Arnold Grodman, "Please, Please, Please..." vote for
I have seen the vote totals for New Jersey: overall voting is up significantly,
BUT the MERCAZ numbers are abysmally low in comparison....
We know that the non-pluralistic slates are working intensively and aggressively (especially Mizrahi slate and ZOA/Likud Olami Slate)-and we know that, despite their smaller numbers, they are ideologically more motivated than many of us are. The Orthodox powers in these elections are pushing a narrative that non-Orthodox Jews in North America no longer matter because they do not care about Israel.
Let's show them that they are dead wrong!
If you are sitting on your ballot, please mail it in now (voting closes on March 11)
If you have neglected to go online to vote, please click here now-and begin and complete the process.   
And then please let me know that you have voted.   kas      

This Past Week's OTR to YIVO...
...was more powerful and made a stronger impression on us than anyone could have imagined. It was the unique combination of the dedication of the staff of archivists, their passion for their work and for the treasures entrusted to their care, and the uniqueness of artifacts that are contained in their archives
Look for more pictures in the March Messenger, but these made the strongest and most shocking impressions:
Portrait of the vice-Chancellor of Austria painted (by a Jew??) on the back of parchment from a Torah scroll

Log Book of Prisoners in Block 8 of Auschwitz


On the Road with the Rabbi to the MET
  Esther in the Scroll  and on the Canvas
  March 19th   11:00 am $25/person space limited
A Post Purim Visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art led by Dr. Aaron Koller.
Your fee must accompany your reservation
Priority given to shul members

Torah Reading 485   Haftarah 500
Moses is commanded by God to construct a portable Sanctuary in accordance with detailed instructions about its size, its materials, and the various ancillary ritual objects with which it is to be furnished. For these purposes the people were asked to make a free-will offering (Terumah) of metals, fabrics, skins, wood, precious stones, oil and spices.
The outer court of the Sanctuary was a rectangular structure without a roof that was surrounded by curtains. It contained an altar for burnt offerings and a washstand for the priests. All Israelites could enter this area.
The Tabernacle was divided into two sections, separated by a veil. Only priests were permitted to enter this area. It contained an altar for incense, the seven-branched Menorah and a table for the showbread.
The inner chamber of the Tabernacle, the Holy of Holies, contained the Ark of the Covenant; the high priest was accorded access, but only on Yom Kippur.
Our sidra provides specific instructions about the design of each of these structures and their furnishings.

Tonight: Evening service at 7:30 pm(please note the time change!)
A Special Musical-Meditative Service
Tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m.
Minha, Seudah Shlishit, Ma'ariv & Havdalah at 5:00 p.m.
During Seudah Shlishit we will read...
The Keys to Understanding American Anti-Semitism - And Fighting Back   by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks                    
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 
Steven Kolitch will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Bernard Kolitch on Friday evening, February 28th
Helene Polinsky will be observing yahrzeit for her husband, Murray Polinsky on Friday evening, February 28th
Eloise Polinsky will be observing yahrzeit for her brother-in-law, Murray Polinsky on Friday evening, February 28th
Sharon Berman will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Shirley Berman on Saturday evening, February 29th
Eyal Gabay will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Moshe Gabay on Saturday evening, February 29th
Marvin Kochansky will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Abraham Kochansky on Saturday evening, February 29th
Leo Rettig will be observing yahrzeit for his brother, Albert Rettig on Saturday evening, February 29th
Sharon Starr will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Milton Ellis on Sunday evening, March 1st
Naomi Altschul will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Maurice Heller on Sunday evening, March 1st
Marilyn Saposh will be observing yahrzeit for her daughter, Noreen Saposh on Sunday evening, March 1st
Niles Burton will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Marvin Burton on Monday evening, March 2nd
Leon Perkal will be observing yahrzeit for his mother, Helen Perkal on Monday evening, March 2nd
Alan Fromkin will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Melvin Fromkin on Tuesday evening, March 3rd
Arnold Insler will be observing yahrzeit for his mother, Sara Insler on Tuesday evening, March 3rd
Marilyn Saposh will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Anna Bettinger on Wednesday evening, March 4th
Abraham Ravid will be observing yahrzeit for his mother, Sara Ravid on Wednesday evening, March 4th
Hilda Froelke will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Regina Rothleder on Wednesday evening, March 4th
Vida Story will be observing yahrzeit for her grandmother, Rose Schwartz on Wednesday evening, March 4th

Important/Interesting Reads 
This piece by Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy was brought to my attention last Shabbat morning:
The Promise of the Trump Peace Plan  
I t would bypass corrupt and dictatorial Palestinian leaders who have stalled the process since 1993   
A Bittersweet Homecoming for Egypt's Jews     
A rare ceremony at an ancient synagogue brought 180 Jews back to Egypt, decades after they were pressured to leave. But few Egyptians knew about it, highlighting government ambivalence.                                      
Americans Aren't So Eager to Retreat from the Middle East                                                                  

 The Curator of the Polish Jewish Museum Wins $500k Award - Here's Her Story    
I re-print the FP article referred to above (it was in the Shab Sha! 3 weeks ago):                                               
The Big Missing Piece of the Kushner Plan: Water                                                                               
One reason the Palestinians swiftly rejected the flawed U.S. peace plan was that it does nothing to address their claims for water rights.                                                                                                                                                                       

Dozens of New Immigrants Arrive in Israel from Ethiopia                                             
Why Israel's Political System Is Broken and How It Can Be Fixed 
  Do-over elections and political paralysis are undermining faith in the system                                                        
 Facebook Removes 30 Fake Accounts Designed to Keep Arab Israelis from Voting     

 BDS / Anti-Semitism / anti-Zionism
20% of European Survey Participants Say Secret Jewish Cabal Runs the World                                                
European Jewish Group Unveils Plan to Counter Anti-Semitism Amid Rise in Attacks  "...the way to fight anti-Semitism is to pass on the responsibility to European governments."                             

Holocaust Education Becomes Compulsory in Victorian State Schools in Bid to Tackle Rising Anti-Semitism      
Canada Backs Israel in ICC Challenge                                                                                     

U.S. Criticizes French Failure to Try Jewish Woman's Killer     
2 Brooklyn College Athletes Kneel during Israel's National Anthem       
LA Charter School Supporters Target Jewish School Board Member with Attack Mailers Called Anti-Semitic 
Belgian Parade Features Costumes of Haredi Jews with Insect Bodies                                                        
Carnival Parade in Spain Features Nazi Uniforms, Trains with Crematoria                                                      
Whether they are Dead or Alive; Whether They Are Jewish or Not; Whether Any of This is True or Not...

Iran / Syria / Hezbollah      
U.S. Sanctions 13 Foreign Entities for Supporting Iran Missile Program                                       
U.S. Blacklists Lebanese Companies and Officials with Ties to Hizbullah                                                    

Iran Recruits Syrian Children and Changes Their Faith  Iran's Revolutionary Guards Wrestle with New Reality after Death of Gen. Soleimani                                      

The Palestinians                                   

Israeli Scientists: 'In a Few Weeks, We Will Have a Coronavirus Vaccine'                                                  

Pop Culture        
Tony Randall at 100 - Once a Rosenberg, Always a Rosenberg                                                          
With a budget of $4 million per episode, 'Hit and Run' - the new series by Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff - has been filming in Tel Aviv while local productions look on enviously  

21 Jewish Facts About 'Friends' You Should Know               
Ben Schwartz is the Voice of "Sonic: The Hedgehog" and is Friends with Billy Crystal. 
He's Still Worried about Fitting into Hollywood.  "I'm a Jewish man from Riverdale. There will always be anxiety," the rising comedian said. "I have to learn to worry less and enjoy what's happening." 

Jon Lovett Answers All Our Burning Questions
The podcast host (of Pod Save America and Lovett or Leave It) chats about literally everything - from his bar mitzvah theme to the hardest parts of his job.    
Falling in Love With Zoe Kravitz in "High Fidelity"      
A lot of details about his Law & Order character are real, like being ashamed of his Arab identity after 9/11 and speaking Hebrew fluently.   

Lecture at the JCC in Tenafly:
Holocaust Memory in a Challenging World
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, based in Washington, DC, is working to keep Holocaust memory alive by inspiring citizens and leaders to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity in our constantly changing world. Museum historian Dr. Edna Friedberg will discuss the depth, reach, and enduring relevance of the Museum's work, connecting Holocaust history with social, cultural and political issues today, such as laws that seek to limit Holocaust research, as well as the recent rise in white nationalist and far-right movements around the world. Examining trends and concerns through the lens of history, Dr. Friedberg will assess the current threat to Holocaust memory and how the Holocaust Museum's programs look to address them.
$8 JCC members and US Holocaust Memorial Museum members, $10 public

Includes reception 
Sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Wed, Mar 25
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
$8.00 Member
$10.00 Public

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Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Lahav Shani, conductor
March 15 | 3pm
Lincoln Center
In this all-Brahms program, beloved pianist Emanuel Ax joins the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under rising star Lahav Shani, Music Director Designate of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, for the D-minor Piano Concerto, a majestic score born from the composer's tumultuous personal life. The program concludes with Brahms's final symphony, his Fourth, a dramatic pinnacle that still cuts close to the heart.

In Times Like These: Amos and Efratia Gitai
March 5 | 7pm
Film series continues through March 9th
Staged reading and film series introduced by Amos Gitai. Featuring Marthe Keller, Ronald Guttman and Edna Stern. The intellectual and artistic bond between mother and son, the birth of a nation both emerge through the prism of Jewish history and literature.

Port of Entry: New York
March 3 | 8pm
Carnegie Hall
At the concert celebrating the cultural melting pot of New York, Israeli composer/pianist Dina Pruzhansky will present a segment from her Hebrew opera 'Shulamit', and will perform her piano solo piece, dedicated to New York.

Sustainable Nation
March 2 | 6:30pm
Asia Society
Water scarcity is one of the most daunting challenges humankind faces today. While we may not feel it in our day-to-day lives, millions of people around the world are suffering from a lack of water. Sustainable Nation is a new, award-winning film that profiles three Israelis who are tackling the problem and bringing sustainable water solutions to countries across the globe.

Eviatar Banai
March 26 | 8pm
One of the most loved and talented musicians in Israel. The words, beliefs, and sentiments conveyed through his music have an enduring power, accompanying us through the most beautiful and challenging moments of our lives.

New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival
Feb 23 - March 2
Center for Jewish History
Opening its 2020 edition with the NY Premiere of Keren Yedaya's Red Fields, among numerous other Israeli films included in the festival, the NYSJFF specializes in screening compelling, Greater Sephardi narratives and documentaries, that celebrate the beauty, diversity, and vitality of the Jewish experience.

Noa: 30th Anniversary Concert
March 18 | 7pm
The Temple Emanu-El Stericker Center
Noa returns for her fourth appearance at the Streicker Center with Gil Dor and bassist Or Lubianiker for a special 30th anniversary concert of her greatest hits and her most audacious music yet, modern interpretations of Bach's concertos and cantatas. 

Peridance Contemporary Dance Company: Spring Season
March 21-22, 27-29
Salvatore Capezio Theater
PCDC's program features works by Igal Perry, Yin Yue, and Dwight Rhoden. Photographer Rachel Neville and filmmaker David Bates, Jr. will be honored at our opening night benefit dinner. The program also includes a low-cost matinee performance for community members.

Tali Margolin
March 12 - May 23
Noyes Museum of Art
Tali Margolin is a visual artist working in acrylic, oil and mixed media. In her paintings Margolin focuses on creating an airy transparency and light, calmness and emotional authenticity. In mixed media works she presents a contemporary approach to traditional drawing methods, crossing a boundary between drawing, painting and sculpture. While traces of visually accurate representation can be found within her works, Margolin juxtaposes this graceful aesthetic with a more physical process of ripping, braking and constructing, incorporating uncommon textures and materials. 

February 28 | 7:20pm
Q&A with Director Yaron Zilberman
Landmark at 57 West
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 arrives in New York theaters.

Growing a Garden for an Unknown Lover by Boaz Aharonovitch

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