June 26th, 2020
Shabbat Times: 
Candle Lighting
Virtual services see below

  Forecast: 88
/chance of rain

How Are You Doing?
Would You Like a Zoom, FaceTime, or Phone Visit?   Call me or email me to set something up. kas

Mi SheBayrach 
We make special prayers for those who are ill at every Shabbat Morning and Monday & Thursday Minyan. Since the onset of the pandemic, we have added 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 
In this week's sidra, Moses confronts a series of interrelated rebellions. Korah, a Levite, and a group of Reubenites along with two-hundred-fifty other prominent Israelites voice their discontent at being excluded from the religious leadership of the people. They express their resentment toward Aaron, the High Priest, and accuse Moses of unfulfilled promises.
God causes the earth to open; Korah, his two ringleaders and their families descend into the abyss. A fire consumes the two -hundred- fifty Israelites who made common cause with Korah. The people react angrily against Moses, blaming him for the deaths of so many men of renown. As punishment for holding Moses responsible for these deaths, a plague breaks out killing 14,700 before Aaron can perform rites and offer prayers of intervention.
A final vindication of Aaron's claim to the priesthood occurs when the princes of all the tribes are asked to deposit their staffs before the ark in the Sanctuary. The following morning Aaron's rod alone has produced blossoms, buds and almonds. Aaron's staff was then preserved beside the ark as a sign for generations to come.
With the priests' and the Levites' positions confirmed, the Torah now stipulates which sacrifices were to be designated for the maintenance of the priests, and allocates a tithe on all produce for the Levites. These benefits are in compensation for the priests and the Levites not receiving any real property in the apportionment of the Land of Israel among the tribes.

ALL our Synagogue Prayer Services and Programs are conducted over ZOOM
Here is a screenshot (taken before Shabbat) of some of our participants at last Friday night's Zoom service

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 e mail me for the GUIDE

Shabbat Services
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 
Havdalah at  9:15pm      CLICK HERE TO ATTEND
Dial in by phone:   929 205 6099     Meeting ID: 729-396-135

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 
Anita Krauss will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Erwin Krauss on Friday evening, June 26th
Norman & Ann Schaer will be observing yahrzeit for their son, Scott Schaer on Friday evening, June 26th
Paul Cohen will be observing yahrzeit for his son, Richard Cohen on Saturday evening, June 27th
Cheryl Karpman will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Bernard Poritzky on Sunday evening, June 28th
Ann Bloch will be observing yahrzeit for her grandfather, Max Wisotzky on Sunday evening, June 28th
Myrna Weissman will be observing yahrzeit for her husband, Ira Weissman on Monday evening, June 29th
Roberta Mathes will be observing yahrzeit for her uncle, Henry Mathes on Monday evening, June 29th
Joseph Hyman will be observing yahrzeit for his brother, Samuel Hyman on Tuesday evening, June 30th
Charlene Stern will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Benjamin Kobrin on Wednesday evening, July 1st
Mark Laufer will be observing yahrzeit for his mother, Sylvia Laufer on Wednesday evening, July 1st
Leslie Fromkin will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Milton Kosloff on Thursday evening, July 2nd

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Richard Danoff
Ryan Levi  
Karen Reisner

Simcha & Michael Hausman

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  
GPS is Back!
G uided P rayer S ervice
Please join Rabbi Stern for a series of explanatory talks that will reveal the structure, choreography, and varied functions of the prayers we say.  
Mondays at 11:00am
We're going to use the next session as an opportunity to begin to fully explore Kaddish in all its dimensions.
Newcomers are (always) welcome!
Dial in by phone: 929 205 6099       Meeting ID: 892 7086 4772
No, not really. Linda Richman will not be joining us...but join us for schmooze anyway!
Every Wednesday, 12 Noon with Rabbi Stern
BYO coffee, lunch, etc.
Dial in by phone: 929 205 6099           Meeting ID: 814 6433 7599
Our thanks to Janet Chertkoff for her invigorating discussion on Chaucer and Shakespeare last Wednesday

Next Wednesday:
Howard Schefflan, who collects big toys and has an acquisitive mind, will take us into the driver's seat and under the hood of his 1998 Corvette and Shelby 800hp racing Mustang. (Shows you what I know: Howard had to tell me who Carroll Shelby was).

"Talk Amongst Yourselves; I'll give you a topic: Discuss..."         
Your profession
Your avocation
Your hobby
Your expertise
Your life experiences
Your travels
Please be in touch with the Rabbi...  
Rabbi's Weekly Class
Rabbi's Class: Thursday at 11:00 am
Louis Ginzberg's, The Legends of the Bible, can be purchased at nominal cost from Amazon
Dial in by phone:   929 205 6099     Meeting ID: 362 376 833
Dial in by phone:  929-205-6099      Meeting ID: 886 1779 2509

Important/Interesting Reads
The Secret Jewish History Of Teddy Roosevelt  The Battle Inside the EU over Israel  
This is heartbreaking:
I Never Thought My Skin Color Would Keep Me From Finding a Jewish Husband  
N.Y. Times Hires Opinion Editor from The Intercept, a Site That's a Big Critic of Israel 
St. Louis was Named After an Anti-Semitic Crusader. Should Its Name be Changed?    Writing in Saudi Paper, Israeli Intelligence Minister Calls for Normalization 
I am the Architect of the U.S.-Israel Police Exchange.  Don't Believe the Lies.                            
What We Can Learn From the 43 Group, the British Jewish Anti-Fascist Collective (with a Broader Alliance)         
They Were Canceled. Should Abe Foxman Have Helped Them Come Back?

BDS / Anti-Semitism / anti-Zionism

Crown Heights Mural Transforms Anti-Semitic Vandalism into Message of Peace                                                      
A double standard and hypocrisy in the FSU Student Senate: Anti-Black and Anti-Muslim attitudes won't be tolerated, but Anti-Jewish and Anti-Israel statements are okay:
8,000 Florida State Students Call for Ouster of Their New Senate President Over Comments on Israel and Jews  
H e replaces ousted president who made anti-Black statements             
And given his family names, I suspect he was of Jewish lineage:
Portuguese Diplomat Who Saved 10,000 Jews to be Honored with Monument        
In First, Spanish State Calls Attempts to Boycott Israel a Form of Anti-Semitism                                                                          
3 Jewish Lawmakers Who Left Corbyn-Led Labour Over Anti-Semitism Return to the Party                                                      
Senior UK Labour Lawmaker Demoted for Boosting 'Conspiracy Theory' Tying Israel to George Floyd Killing by Knee to the Neck
Will Social Media Companies Monitor Anti-Semitic Hate Content? 
Australia Takes a Stand Against Anti-Israel Bias     
How the EU Discriminates Against Israel Diplomatically                                           
Covid-19 Pandemic Unleashed Worldwide Wave of Anti-Semitism         


Iran / Syria / Hizbullah
Head of Bedouin Tribes in Iraq and Syria Calls for Strategic Alliance with Israel         
Iran's presence and interference is less and less welcome:
Iraqi Forces Raid Iran-Backed Militia Base in Baghdad 
Hizbullah Is Starting to Suffocate                                                                
Iran Rejected Russian Pressure to Change Its Role in Syria                                       
Israeli Strikes in Syria Are Message to Assad and Tehran                                                
U.S. Sanctions Major Iranian Metals Companies                                                  

Secret Iranian Facility Makes Solid Fuel for Missiles
U.S. Report Highlights Iran's Support for Terrorism 
German Police Arrest Syrian Doctor for "Crimes Against Humanity"
Lebanese Prosecution Sues Anti-Hizbullah Shiite Cleric for "Meeting Israelis"    Saudi Capital under Missile, Drone Attack from Iran-Backed Houthis in Yemen               

The Palestinians
Video: Undercover Israeli Reporter Probes Palestinian Opinion 
Through Palestinian Eyes - Zvi Yechezkeli and the hidden camera
Through Palestinian Eyes - Zvi Yechezkeli and the hidden camera

Palestinian Terrorist Given Four Life Sentences 

Palestinian Views on War and Peace with Israel 

Israeli Government Research institute Says Tests of its COVID-19 Vaccine Have Worked on Hamsters
UAE and Israeli Companies Sign Deal to Tackle Covid-19                                              
Israeli Researchers Report New Breakthrough in Corona Vaccine   
 FDA Cleared: Israeli Tech to Warn Doctors Before COVID-19 Patients Deteriorate Physicians are struggling to draw on experience to treat the coronavirus. One Israeli company, newly authorized to deploy its tech in US hospitals, uses data and AI to help
Israeli-Designed Instant Coronavirus Breathalyser Could Be Rolled Out Globally Device created by team at Ben-Gurion University may be installed at hundreds of entry points around the world to stop the spread of Covid-19

Pop Culture
With Eli7 Designs, Elisheva Rishon creates clothes that celebrate a multiplicity of Jewish identities.      

J-ADD  is the Jewish organization that sponsors the Group Homes in which Sharon Berman and Robert Perlis live. Please support it, if you can:



Educational Materials and Curriculum on Racism and Racial Justice - JCPA compiled recommended materials for the Jewish community to use to educate themselves and their networks about racism and racial justice in the U.S.  Click here to for the resource list.
In Case You Missed It...
Ending Racism in America: A Discussion with Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP
We are living through the most significant conversation our country has had on racism since the 1960s. What are the priority issues for the Black community? What is the role of the Jewish community? What does a new partnership between Blacks and Jews look like? More than 2000 people registered for this webinar. 

White Nationalism, Racism, and Antisemitism in America Today
This country is facing a crisis of white nationalism and growing hate-from attacks like in Charlottesville, Pittsburgh, Poway, and El Paso--to the racist murders of George Floyd and countless others. Watch for a discussion on how to understand and confront white nationalism-and the racism and antisemitism central to it. Featuring Amy Spitalnick , Executive Director of Integrity First for America, and Eric K. Ward, Executive Director of the Western States Center.

  Israeli Culture in North America
Thursday, June 25, 2020

Israeli Philarmonic Orchestra Global Gala | June 28 2pm EDT
Join Dame Helen Mirren, Maestro Lahav Shani and iconic soloists and conductors for an exceptional Global Gala, featuring Maestro Zubin Mehta, Pinchas Zukerman & others. Photos courtesy of Trevor Leighton and Marco Borggreve.

A Special Pride Edition Launch Party with DJ Aron & Beth Sacks | June 28 7pm EDT
The Consulate General of Israel in New York is proud to host Israeli-born DJ Aron, one of the most renowned DJ-producers in the gay community, launching the new song One Life, alongside a live set of greatest hits.

Army of Lovers in the Holy Land
Asaf Galay's fascinating award-winning documentary about the Jewish roots of the Swedish queer pop band Army of Lovers and its singer Jeane-Pierre Barda's decision to make aliyah - is having Virtual Cinema screenings in two film festivals: PrideFLIX and Oxford Virtual Film Festival.

Artown Opening Night Extravaganza | July 1st, 7:30pm EDT.  A virtual spectacle of sight, sound, song, and dance, featuring personal messages and performances from Artown's headline artists including Vertigo Dance Company. Photo by Yoel Levi.

ELEM Benefit Show | June 28, 8pm EDT
ELEM / Youth in Distress in Israel, in collaboration with BMAD music, are thrilled to invite you to a FREE benefit show on YouTube live, in celebration and support of ELEM's work in Israel. Featuring Diana Golbi, Ari Lesser and others.

Creating a Character: The Moni Yakim Legacy
What do Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis and Alex Sharp have in common? They all studied under the renowned acting teacher Moni Yakim at Juilliard, America's greatest performing arts school. This film explores his extraordinary life and takes us inside the drama classes.

The Guy Mintus Show | Sundays, 2pm EDT
Israeli pianist, composer, and vocalist Guy Mintus takes song requests from all over the world and reimagines them live on his weekly show. 

Picture of His Life
Yonatan Nir and Dani Menkin's award-winning documentary about Amos Nachoum, one of the greatest wildlife photographers of all times, and his ultimate challenge to become the first still photographer to photograph the world's largest land carnivore. Buy tickets | Watch the trailer.

Noam Vazana Livestreaming Concert | July 12th, 1:30pm EDT
Watch the "breathtaking" performance of beloved Israeli Ladino singer-songwriter Nani Noam Vazana. Nani creates new poetry and music in the unique language of Sephardic Jews - descendants of the Spanish Jewish "Golden Age" that was disrupted by the Inquisition of 1492. Photo by Asaf Lewkovitz.

Take a timeless love story, infuse it with an up-to-the-moment exploration of gender-fluid dynamics, then incorporate dance sequences choreographed by Bobbi Jene Smith and you've got Boaz Yakin's audacious Aviva. Special discount code: AvivaIsraelNY.

ADF's Gathering for Dance Presents Vertigo Dance Company
Featuring Noa Wertheim and Adi Sha'al. Vertigo first performed at ADF in 2014, presenting "Vertigo 20". Their scheduled return in 2020 was canceled due to COVID-19. Photo by Rune Abro. | In collaboration with the Consulate General of Israel in New York

If At All
A moving theatrical event in figurative and abstract circles, from the closed form to the open structure. Physical space in motion whose essence is a chain of events of diverse and ever-changing interpersonal relationships. Photo credit: Eyal Hirsch.

Refractions of Pride Festival | Through June 27
Broadway stars joining forces in play readings, a tribute concert to the activism of Nina Simone, Drag Queens story-time for children and heart to heart conversations with members of the trans community. Photo credit: A. Kabilio.