June 12th, 2020
Shabbat Times: 
Candle Lighting
Virtual services see below

  Forecast: 77

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
This week's portion begins with one more instruction for the High Priest: it is his duty to light the menorah. The Levites undergo a final act of purification, and after a formal presentation to the entire community, they now begin to serve in their special role.
The Torah records the observance of the first anniversary of the Exodus from Egypt. In this connection the laws of Pesach Sheni, a "Second Passover" for those prevented or unable to observe Passover on its correct date, are introduced.
The Israelites now depart the Sinai wilderness, and Moses' father-in-law, Jethro (called Chovav here) departs for his home in Midian. The Israelites complain and rebel - first in a general expression of dissatisfaction and a second time complaining about the monotony of manna and the lack of meat. God sends huge flocks of quail to sate their hunger, but appalled by the people's gluttony, smites them with a plague.
These rebellions cause Moses to despair. In response, God causes the prophetic spirit to rest upon the seventy elders as a sign of their authority in assisting Moses with the leadership of the people. Eldad and Medad begin to prophesize as well; Joshua expresses concern about their activity but Moses welcomes their addition to the prophetic ranks.
At the next campsite Miriam and Aaron challenge Moses' leadership role, claiming parity with their brother. God rebukes them for their words; Aaron confesses his error and Miriam is stricken with leprosy. Moses intercedes on Miriam's behalf, and the Children of Israel continue their journey.


ALL our Synagogue Prayer Services and Programs are conducted over ZOOM
You can participate in one of two ways 
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          • Using internet access and a smartphone, tablet or computer
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                                          
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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 

Vera Kishinevsky will be observing yahrzeit for her grandfather, Yakov Pokrasov on Friday evening, June 12th
Irwin Brafman will be observing yahrzeit for his brother, Philip Brafman on Saturday evening, June 13th
Tobey Lyden will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Saul Friedman on Sunday evening, June 14th
Hilde Straus will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Toni Lowenstein on Monday evening, June 15th
Hilda Froelke will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Mayer Rothleder on Monday evening, June 15th
Sherry Schwartz will be observing yahrzeit for her grandmother, Lillian Horowitz on Tuesday evening, June 16th
William Rosenthal will be observing yahrzeit for his mother, Judith Rosenthal on Tuesday evening, June 16th
Shari Rosenthal will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Judith Rosenthal on Tuesday evening, June 16th
Joseph Hyman will be observing yahrzeit for his mother in law, Regina Kalb on Wednesday evening, June 17th
Esther Eisdorfer will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Alexander Katz on Wednesday evening, June 17th
Peter Bloch will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Ira Bloch on Thursday evening, June 18th
Ann Bloch will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Bella Bogursky on Thursday evening, June 18th
Sandra Kimmelman will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Pauline Bloom on Thursday evening, June 18th
Ethel Chesen will be observing yahrzeit for her mother in law, Gertrude Chesen on Thursday evening, June 18th
Jonathan Fox will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Jacob Fox on Thursday evening, June 18th
Wayne Koby will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Sam Koby on Thursday evening, June 18th

Birthdays and Anniversaries 
Benjamin Tycko
Martin Carus  
Marvin Josif
Norman Silverberg
Gilad Gensler

Irene & Kenneth Eisenstein

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
I'm thinking about tweaking our Zoom programming...  Coffee Talk very quickly morphed into Our Shul Has Got Talent (and is Filled with People with Interesting Life Stories and Pursuits)
I am tempted to change its name, because I would like to establish a genuine Coffee Talk ( Kaffeeklatsch ) on Tuesdays at noon. That would also give us a program on each weekday.
So, what do you think? Change the name, or not? Do any of you have other Tuesday noon obligations that might prevent you from joining? Is there any interest in joining an informal get-together with no agenda other than light conversation (and maybe some gossip)? Please let me know...

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

The going is thorough, but the direction is on course! This week we will conclude P'Sukei d'Zimra, and perhaps move on to formal section of the Shaharit service.

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

"Talk Amongst Yourselves; I'll give you a topic: Discuss..."         

Next Wednesday, June 17th, at Noon: 
Dr. Vera Kishinevsky will talk to us about growing up in the Soviet Union, and its lasting impact on her life.
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
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

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

George Floyd /BLM
What a compelling, articulate and well-reasoned piece, written by university students who grew up in Bergen County (and it dovetails nicely with tomorrow's sermon):
As the Next Generation of Modern Orthodox Leaders, We Demand Real Change.                                                      
Listen: How Gen Z and Millennial Jews Are Talking to Their Parents and Children about George Floyd                  
The Palestinian Appropriation of Black Pain 
Meet the Boogaloo Bois, the Violent Right-Wing Extremists Who (mostly) Don't Hate the Jews    
Black-Jewish Rapper Westside Gravy Is Calling Out Racism and Anti-Semitism   
Noah Shufuntinsky writes and produces powerful music that celebrates the intersection of his Jewish and Black identities.
  20 Books to Read by Black Jewish Authors                                                           
From memoirs and novels to poetry and YA, these authors deserve your attention as part of your ongoing reading practice.

Important/Interesting Reads
State of New Jersey Covid-19 Information Hub                                                    
Nearly Half the Jewish Sites in Syria Have Been Ruined. The Fate of Most Iraqi Sites is Unknown.
The First Female Chancellor of JTS, Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz, Shares her Plans for the Seminary                         
Forward-Thinking Rabbis Have Been Anticipating Today's Halachic Questions About How Technology Can Be Used for More Than a Century                          
Why Jews Loved Charles Dickens - and Even Fagin                                              
Mazal Tov to the Queen's Birthday Australian Honorees!                                   
  28 Jewish Australians have been recognised with Queen's Birthday Honours for their outstanding service and contributions to society
AIPAC Tells Lawmakers It Won't Push Back If They Criticize Annexation    

BDS / Anti-Semitism / anti-Zionism
Teens Call on Government Leaders to Adopt Jewish Student "Bill of Rights"
Argentina Adopts International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's Working Definition of Anti-Semitism    
Rapper Ice Cube Tweets Mural Critics Have Called Anti-Semitic                               
First it was just one, but now...
Rapper Ice Cube Posts Series of Anti-Semitic Memes on Twitter 
Bar Ilan's President, Dr. Arie Zaban, Comments on BDS
If the university enjoys many international collaborations, including with schools in the US, Europe and the Far East ("and the coronavirus emergency has somehow made these connections even stronger"), Zaban said that they also feel the impact of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement.
"At Bar Ilan we are very active on this front. Our professors work hard to fight it," he told  the Post . "Sometimes we assist to clear explicit episodes of boycott, especially in countries like South Africa and the UK, sometimes things are not openly stated: it could be things such as that an expert who has been working for decades in a specific field does not get invited to a conference, or that we compete for a grant and we are treated unfairly.

Iran / Syria / Hizbullah
Iran Redeploys in Syria Amid Covid-19                                                                      
What was earlier reported as a victory for Israel's military strategy, may just be a change in Iranian strategy                 
Iran Prepares to Confront Israel in Syria via Hezbollah - Report   
Iran may be preparing for conflict with Israel in Syria and no longer will accept Israeli airstrikes on its warehouses without a response, a report over the weekend suggested.                                          
How Qassem Soleimani's Killing Diminished Iran's Middle East Hegemony
Iran's Massive Drone Force    
Expert: Iran Has Shortened Nuclear Breakout Time Quite Dramatically                              
Dozens Wounded in Beirut Clashes amid Calls to Disarm Hizbullah
Written by an elected official of the German Bundestag :
After Germany Banned Hizbullah Activities, Now It's the EU's Turn 

The Palestinians      
Iran Spied on Senior Hamas Leader   
Palestinians Again Refuse Planeload of Virus Aid from UAE                                      
Jordan Fears the Palestinians                                                                    
Palestinians Say They Will Declare State on 1967 Borders if Israel Annexes Parts of West Bank     


Pop Culture  
Pop Star Noa Kirel Signs Multimillion-Dollar Deal with Atlantic Records, Possibly Largest Ever for an Israeli Artist

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:



National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Upcoming (As Well As) Archived Programs                                                                                          

Exclusive Film Premiere:  Minority of One

We are proud to invite you to the exclusive premiere of 
'Minority of One', featuring a live Q & A session with Hussein Aboubakr,
star and subject of the film. Immediately following the premiere, Hussein will 
be in conversation with Roz Rothstein, CEO of StandWithUs. 
This special event is open to anyone who has donated to StandWithUs or StandWithUs Canada within the past year  (since June 2019). 

Watch the official trailer  HERE  of this gripping documentary film profiling former Egyptian political refugee Hussein Aboubakr's journey from hating Jews to fighting against this toxic bigotry.
  Click HERE  and make a minimum donation to StandWithUs, and you'll receive an access code for the  June 14  exclusive premiere.
Already a StandWithUs donor? You should have received your ticket with access information via email. If you did not, or you have any questions,  please email us  HERE .
Learn more about Hussein's incredible story by reading his book,
Minority Of One: The Unchaining Of An Arab Mind,  available  HERE.

Please note that the screening is only available at your local time on June 14, and the code does NOT work until that date/time.

Don't Miss These Upcoming Shows!

This week's feature film:

Tuesday, June 23

9 a.m. Pacific
10 a.m. Mountain
11 a.m. Central
Noon Eastern
5 p.m. UK
7 p.m. Israel

Before the meeting, watch the film at the Israel Film Center website for $4.99.

CLICK HERE to view.

CLICK HERE  to register.

What happens when a group of Jewish Indian families moves to Israel and finds themselves in the middle of a desert settlement, populated mostly by Moroccan Jews?  Turn Left at the End of the World , by Avi Nesher, finds a perfect combination of humor and sentiment in a very real and very difficult situation.

LIVE Panel Discussion with Special Guests

David Icke is a vile conspiracy theorist with an enormous following on social media. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he has spread the conspiracy theory that Jews are  responsible for the virus . Before the pandemic, his conspiracy theories included false claims that  Jews are lizard people  who control the world. He currently has over 300,000 followers on Twitter.

YouTube and Facebook have already removed David Icke's pages from their platforms, and we need YOUR help to take down his Twitter account.

Here's what you can do:
  Sign our petition   calling on Twitter to remove his hateful page from its platform. Report the  Twitter  account by going to the account profile and click or tap the overflow icon. Select  Report . Select "They're being abusive or harmful."
StandWithUs Southeast Brings the Campus Crash Course Home!

StandWithUs Southeast turned our current quarantine into an opportunity to meet teens where they are and educate them virtually about what they may face on their future college campuses.

We welcomed high school students from Miami to Knoxville, from Atlanta to Raleigh, and beyond. These students will take the skills they learned to their colleges all over the world!

The session was recorded, and if anyone would like a link, please email

You Can Tour Israel's Stunning Sights from Home...

The Knesset (Israel's Parliament)

Fifty-two years ago, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) moved into its new home. Join us in the Rose Garden for an exploration of the Knesset's history and stories.
Watch the video tour  HERE.
To see more of Yoni's tours, click   HERE.

Thursday, June 18 | 6:00 PM | Free

One of America's most celebrated dramatists, Tony Kushner has never hesitated to take on the world - or history. He chronicled our last plague in Angels in America, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize; captured the moral dilemmas in the screenplay for Munich; depicted the complicated dance between a Jewish family and their African American maid in Caroline, or Change; and pulled the curtain back on our 16th president for Spielberg's Lincoln.

In a conversation with Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum (spiritual leader of New York City's Congregation Beit Simchat Torah), Kushner will discuss his life as a literary legend, the breadth of his work, his commitment to Jewish ethics, his tangles with some in the Jewish community about Israel and how familiar his Angel might find today's America. Register HERE

Join us for our next live webinar on Sunday June 14th:
The Swifts at the Western Wall
18:00 - London
13:00 - New York/Toronto

A Night at The Garden: A Documentary Short About a Shocking Event in New York History
  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  
  A Rare Book with
a Thrilling Past
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 II Who 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
 Click here to register for the following event:

Israeli Culture in North America
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Aviva | Out June 12
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.

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.

Yeshurun in 6 Chapters: A Discussion with the Filmmaker | June 14, 2pm
Join us for a virtual discussion with filmmaker Yair Qedar on his film about poet Avoth Yeshurun. Participants will receive a link to watch the film prior to the discussion. | Co-hosted by NYU Skirball Department and the Consulate General of Israel in New York

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

Identity in the Throes of Crisis | June 17, 12:00pm EDT
Irina Nevzlin, author of "The Impact of Indentity: The Power of Knowing Who You Are" in a Zoom conversation with Ethan Bronner (Bloomberg News) and Ambassador Dani Dayan, Consul General of Israel in New York.

Lighthouse International Film Festival | June 16-20
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.

Tali Roth Guitar Online Concert for the Classical Guitar Society | June 12, 7:30pm EDT
One of the world's leading and most charismatic guitarists, Tali Roth has been hailed by Classical Guitar magazine as "an extraordinary solo and chamber musician" and by The New York Times as a "marvelous classical guitarist." Repertoire includes Roth's favorite selection of J.S.Bach, Albeniz, Barrios and Oiazzolla.

Harry (2012) on Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal | Through June 14
"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.

Keshet Eilon Gala Concert
A festive concert marking 30 years of music excellency and connecting people via music. Join us to an uplifting experience, featuring alumni Christian Li (12), Leia Zhu (13) and the renowned violinist Vadim Gluzman, among others.

Gaga Classes Online | Daily
Experience Gaga classes, Ohad Naharin's movement language, now online. Strengthen your body, improve flexibility and stamina, and enjoy the pleasure of movement from your living room. Classes are donation-based and open to everyone, no dance background required. 

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.

Lahav Shani and Friends
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's Incoming Music Director Lahav Shani is joined by violinist Renaud Capuçon, cellist Kian Soltani, violist Gérard Caussé and double bassist Alois Posch to perform a beautiful rendition of Schubert's "Trout" Quintet.

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.