June 19th, 2020
Shabbat Times: 
Candle Lighting
Virtual services see below

  Forecast: 84

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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 
At God's command Moses sends twelve spies - one from each tribe - to scout the land of Canaan and to report back on the land's inhabitants, fortifications and agricultural attributes. They return after forty days with evidence of the land's bounty and fertility, and accounts of the might of its population and well-defended cities.
Ten of the spies were pessimistic about the prospects of a successful Israelite conquest, but Caleb's and Joshua's assessment was optimistic and they urged swift military action. The people sided with the majority, and in a panic expressed their desire to return to Egypt under new leadership.
God's fury with the Israelites is aroused for their lack of faith in themselves and in divine assistance with the conquest. Moses intercedes on the people's behalf averting total annihilation, but God instructs Moses to alter course: the Israelites will wander for forty years - one year for each day of the spies' mission - until the present generation dies out. Only Caleb and Joshua are to be spared this fate; they alone among their contemporaries are to witness the conquest of the land. The ten spies, whose pessimism fueled this latest rebellion, are killed by a plague.
The people now repent and attempt to begin the conquest without divine sanction and despite Moses' warning. Their effort leads to disaster and they are routed by the Amalekites and Canaanites.
As a sign of God's ultimate fulfillment of the promise to give the land of Canaan to the Israelites, the very next passage begins with the phrase "When you come into the Land." This passage contains a variety of laws, most notably challah - the setting apart of a portion of dough for the priest.
The sidra concludes with the imposition of the death penalty by stoning for anyone violating the Sabbath, and the laws of tzitzit.

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to the Weekday Services in Lev Shalem (when we are using the burgundy weekday Sim Shalom)?
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Shabbat Services
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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 

Trudi Mohl will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Eve Brown on Friday evening, June 19th
Milton Breit will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Louis Breit on Saturday evening, June 20th
Jack Reisner will be observing yahrzeit for his brother, Elchanan Reisner on Sunday evening, June 21st
Richard Rosenberg will be observing yahrzeit for his brother, Edward Rosenberg on Sunday evening, June 21st
Barry Sussman will be observing yahrzeit for his mother, Rose Sussman on Sunday evening, June 21st
Peter & Ann Bloch will be observing yahrzeit for their son, Robert Bloch on Monday evening, June 22nd
Gerald Topiel will be observing yahrzeit for his grandfather, Abraham Topiel on Tuesday evening, June 23rd
Edith Adler will be observing yahrzeit for her husband, Eric Adler on Wednesday evening, June 24th
Phyllis Lowe will be observing yahrzeit for her husband, William Lowe on Wednesday evening, June 24th
Alice Grodman will be observing yahrzeit for her brother, William Lowe on Wednesday evening, June 24th
Ira Smilovitz will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Jerome Smilovitz on Wednesday evening, June 24th
Birthdays and Anniversaries 
Sharon Starr
 Simcha Hausman
June Kerman  
Cheryl & Marc Karpman
Suzanne & Scott Alenick
Doryne & Milton Davis  

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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 did it: we finished P'sukei d'Zimra! And now on to the formal portion of the morning service...but first, we will spend some time on Kaddish, especially how to say it, because there are many wrong ways to recite Kaddish.
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 Dr. Vera Kishinevsky for a frank and eye-opening talk on growing up in the Soviet Union
Next Wednesday:
Janet Chertkoff will speak to us about the negative impact Chaucer and Shakespeare had on anti-Semitic thinking through their iconic characters. One promulgated the blood libel story, and the other created Shylock. 

"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
Juneteenth (June 19th) 
Think of today as the Passover of American Slaves
A guide to this year's Jewish celebrations and observations of Juneteenth       
This article also contains a succinct explanation of circumstances surrounding June 19th; it contains information I did not know, and I highly recommend it:
Happy Fathers' Day!

THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2020, at 1:00PM
The theme of this year's parade is "Todah" or "Thank You" to essential workers who give tirelessly at great risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to celebrating together when we can give them the gratitude they truly deserve.! 
Daily Guide to Zoom Events, Livestreams and Other Online Resources

I had to read an Israeli paper to find out about this: 
The caption reads "Chabadniks for Human Rights" And the article begins: "The Crown Heights neighborhood has known years of tension between Orthodox Jews and African-Americans, but..."
Although this piece is written from a Christian perspective, the texts are authentically Jewish:
T he Psalms are not silent about the rage of the oppressed. 

Important/Interesting Reads
How this Iconic Yiddish Song Became an Anthem for Black Americans                                
Report: Israel Provided Argentina with Intelligence Proving that Iran Orchestrated the 1994 AMIA Terrorist Bombing in Buenos Aires   
Dennis Ross on the false understanding at the heart of the ICC prosecution:
Turkish Jews Badly Hit by Coronavirus                                                                
Poway Shooting Victims and Survivors Sue Smith & Wesson, Gun Shop, Alleged Shooter and His Parents            


BDS / Anti-Semitism / anti-Zionism

Iran / Syria / Hizbullah
   German Intelligence Report Reveals Iran's Ongoing Attempts to Obtain Nuclear Technology      

The Palestinians
EU Cancels Funding to Palestinian NGO that Objected to Anti-Terrorism Clause                                                        
This complements last week's piece on all the luxurious homes and malls in Gaza:
Israel Thwarts Weapons Smuggling into Gaza                                                     
Whistleblower Exposes Palestinian Authority Corruption                                         

Pop Culture
We Shall Overcome Sung in Yiddish
"Deacon King Kong," Winfrey's 85th book club selection, is about race, religion, and community in the 1960s.    
Happy 78th Birthday To Paul McCartney, The Jewish Beatle      
Some Believe 'Fiddler on the Roof' was Staged Somewhere in the World Every Day Since the '60s. COVID-19 Ended That 
"Fauda" Writer's New Show 'Tehran' Gets Picked Up by Apple TV
Ramy is the portrait of "a Modern Orthodox Muslim" 

Coronavirus Humor
IF Jews accidentally buy face masks made of wool and linen, they can suffer SHATNEZ of BREATH

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:




Due to coronavirus, many of us are now stuck at home. But there are still so many ways to feel a part of the Jewish community:
Some of What's Happening Online This Week  
TODAY at 5:00 pm                                                 
Monday, June 22 @ 2 p.m. ET

Join Rukhl Schaechter, editor of the Forverts, as she explores the growing interest in Yiddish music, with singers  Lorin SklambergDaniel KahnSarah Gordon and folksong maven  Itzik Gottesman - and hear them sing the songs that audiences love to hear.

Register here 
The Museum at Eldridge Street just announced this and we wanted to make sure you were the first to know!
Vibrant Light: Stained Glass Learn & Do
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 2:00 PM
Birds As Agents of Peace

Sunday, June 28 at 1:00PM


Dear Friends

Four years ago, New-York Historical's exhibition on anti-Semitism from 1919-1939 was made up entirely of German artifacts. This prompted some to ask, "Why would an institution with 'New York' in its name focus on a country in Europe?" One answer, as we stressed in our show, was that anti-Semitism in Germany drastically changed New York. The influx of European Jews and others escaping Nazi Germany forever transformed the city's cultural, scientific, and intellectual life. Another, and perhaps more surprising, answer can be found in director Marshall Curry's powerful 2017 short film: At the start of World War II, our diverse, modern, and progressive city was home to a German-American organization that espoused virulent anti-Semitic views. Watch A Night at The Garden now.

Online Exhibition: The First Jewish Americans
In 2016, New-York Historical presented a groundbreaking exhibition about the New World's earliest Jewish settlers from Europe, South America, and the Caribbean and how they contributed to the founding era of the United States. Now, you can explore it online! Check out an immersive digital experience that brings this history to life.
More Digital Highlights 
One of the highlights of The First Jewish Americans was the autobiography of Luis de Carvajal the Younger, a 16th-century book that's considered the earliest extant Jewish book written in the Americas. The manuscript was missing for more than 75 years when it reemerged at auction. Read about its journey to New-York Historical in the New York Times and page through the book in our digital collections.
Our Public Program series has long delved into many facets of the Jewish experience in America and Europe. Listen to these two audio recordings about Jewish Americans from the colonial period to the Civil War and about British Prime Minister Winston Churchill's remarkable affinity for the Jewish people.

Anti-Semitism and the W.I.V.E.S. of World War IIWho were the W.I.V.E.S.? The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library blog looks back on a forgotten organization of military spouses founded in Brooklyn in 1943. Its members lobbied Congress on behalf of their husbands serving abroad-and faced blatant anti-Semitism from one segregationist senator
Israeli Culture in North America
Thursday, June 18, 2020

ADF's Gathering for Dance Presents Vertigo Dance Company | June 23, 7pm
Featuring Noa Wertheim and Adi Sha'al. Vertigo first performed at ADF in 2014, presenting "Vertigo 20". The company's scheduled return in 2020 was canceled due to COVID-19. | In collaboration with the Consulate General of Israel in New York

Picture of His Life | Out June 19
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.

Idan Raichel - In Conversation & Song | June 22, 11am EDT
Enjoy an intimate concert with Idan Raichel, the Israeli multi-talented artist, who has long championed tolerance, peace and cross-cultural understanding in performances all over the world. Raichel has created a unique musical culture, fusing technology and the sounds of dozens of different languages and musicians from across the globe.

Aviva | Out now
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.

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.

Lighthouse International Film Festival | Through June 20
While other film festivals are cancelling or going online, this Long Beach Island film festival, executive directed by Amir Bogen, has become the first to embrace a drive-in format. Have a look at the wonderful lineup, including several Israeli short films.

Yemen Blues Online Concert
Stream a YemenBlues concert dedicated to fighting racism. A Hebrew Gospel Ensemble joined the 10 piece YemenBlues Big Band as viewers' comments and experiences were shared in real time.

Harry (2012) on Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal | Through June 21
"A delicate yet boisterous universe where every movement possesses a rare intensity. With superb imagery and elaborate, sophisticated choreography, Harry is a perfect match for the undeniable talent of Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal. A magnificent work!" - Sophie Lesort, Danser Magazine.

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.

Jazz from Home with Yuval Cohen Sextet
This performance showcases the New York debut of the saxophonist, composer and bandleader's latest chamber jazz creation, combining Western Romantic music, traditional jazz and Israeli music | Presented in collaboration with the Consulate General of Israel in New York.