November 8th, 2019
Shabbat Times: 
Candle Lighting
Evening service
Morning Service 
M inha 
4:26  pm
7:00 pm 
9:30 am
  Forecast: 42/cloudy

Birthdays and Anniversaries 
  Abraham Ravid
Hilda Reisner
Carol Tycko
Samuel Pitchkhadze
Tikva & Joseph Ofeck
Kathy & Solomon Grazian

Saturday 11/9
Kristallnacht Commemoration - 9:30 am Evelyn Baer will speak about the tragic fate of her aunt and uncle in Nazi Germany
Minha , S'uda Shlishit (3rd Shabbat Meal), timely topic, Maariv and Havdalah 4:00pm
Tuesday 11/12
Sisterhood Paid-Up Membership Lunch 12:30 pm
Thursday 11/14
Rabbi's Class 10:30 am 
Lecture Series with Arnold D. Rubin MD "A History of American Political Parties" 12:30 pm
Friday 11/15
Bible Study 11:30 am
Evening Service 7:00 pm

Following a major "revolt" by my students, we have scrapped my original plans!
Starting next Thursday at 10:30 a.m., we will begin contrasting the Biblical narrative with the Rabbinic legends that were created to either flesh out the Torah's details or to harmonize the text by resolving its problems and contradictions.
Everyone will be expected to purchase a used (and cheap) copy of the The Legends of the Bible by Louis Ginzberg

Where We Are Meeting on Shabbat Mornings:
November 9 at Gesher Shalom:   Kristallnacht Commemoration -  Evelyn Baer will speak about the tragic fate of her aunt and uncle in Nazi Germany  (see 2 related modern-day stories in the first items under Important/Interesting Reads)
November 16 at Gesher Shalom  9:00 am Bar Mitzvah of Max Greenberg
November 23 at CBIOTP
November 30 at CBIOTP

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Torah Reading 69     Haftarah 95

At the close of last week's sidra, Abram was introduced to us briefly as the son of Terach, a man who has journeyed from his home in Ur to Haran. This week God commands Abram to begin a journey of his own from Mesopotamia to Canaan, where his descendants will become a nation in their own right. He embarks on this mission without hesitation, taking along his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot and other members of his household. Upon his arrival in Shechem, God promises the Land of Canaan to Abram's progeny.
A severe famine compels Abram and Sarai to travel to Egypt, where, at Abram's suggestion, Sarai is identified as Abram's sister and taken into Pharaoh's house. Pharaoh and his court are stricken by a mysterious illness, the truth about Abram and Sarai is revealed, and the couple is sent away.
Five kings of small, southern Canaanite cities revolt against the King of Elam. Abram comes to the aid of these kings because his nephew Lot has settled among them and has been taken hostage. Abram and the men of his household rout the King of Elam and his allies, earning a blessing from Melchizedek, King and Priest of Shalem (Jerusalem).
In a vision, God promises Abram an heir and foretells of the bondage in Egypt and the Exodus. Still childless, Sarai gives Abram her handmaid, Hagar, who bears him a son, Ishmael. A subsequent vision confirms that Abram and Sarai will have a child of their own, that their names will now be Abraham and Sarah, and that all males in their community must be circumcised as a token of this covenant on the eighth day of their lives. Abraham, Ishmael and all the other males of the household undergo circumcision.

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 
Peter Bloch will be observing yahrzeit for his grandmother, Bertha Hass on Friday evening, November 8th
Carolyn Tauber will be observing yahrzeit for her grandfather, Isaac Horowitz on Saturday evening, November 9th
Selma Spielman will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Michael Mundel on Saturday evening, November 9th
Karen Halpern will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Al Rosenblum on Saturday evening, November 9th
Howard Schefflan will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Leonard Schefflan on Saturday evening, November 9th
Barry Sussman will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Oscar Sussman on Saturday evening, November 9th
Helene Polinsky will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Eva Newman on Sunday evening, November 10th
Faye Salmon will be observing yahrzeit for her husband, Tom Salmon on Sunday evening, November 10th
Martha Shemin will be observing yahrzeit for her husband, Orin Shemin on Monday evening, November 11th
Evelyn Baer will be observing yahrzeit for her grandfather, Julius Aufseeser on Tuesday evening November 12th
Myrna Block will be observing yahrzeit for her aunt, Clara Barback on Thursday evening, November 14th
Kathy Grazian will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Alfred Blank on Thursday evening, November 14th
Jerome Goldfischer will be observing yahrzeit for his wife, Joan Goldfischer on Thursday evening, November 14th
Mindy Goldfischer will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Joan Goldfischer on Thursday evening, November 14th

Important/Interesting Reads                            
Important/Interesting Reads
Apropos of Kristallnacht:
A Brazilian Soccer Team Wore Stars of David on Their Jerseys as a Tribute to Kristallnacht                                  
27 Jews On Living With Fear Of Violent Anti-Semitism   
Virginia Elects First Jewish Speaker of the House                                                                    
Nita Lowey, Retiring After 32 Years in Congress, Gets Teary Recalling her Jewish Legacy                                      
Here's Something New: We Called Out Ira Glass and He Thanked Us   
This is the piece that prompted the above article:
We Hasidim Aren't Aliens. And We're Tired of the Media Acting Like It.                                              
Time Capsule from 1906 Uncovered at Former Tree of Life Building Site in Pittsburgh             How Jews Expelled from Spain Forged a Diaspora with Ties to 25% of Latin America    
At Least 27% of Applicants under Spain's Sephardic 'Law of Return' Are Not Jews       
The Lost Tribes of Spanish Jews                                                                                                                                           Torn between leaving or staying in chaos, Venezuelan Jews turn toward Spain                                              

The Democratic Party Debate About U.S. Aid to Israel

Joe Biden: "Absolutely Outrageous" to Use Israel Aid as Leverage                         
Democrats Rip Calls to Reshape U.S. Aid to Israel                                                                    
What Democrats Need To Learn From Obama About Aid To Israel                                                                             "One instruction Pres. Obama never gave those of us conducting those negotiations, on both occasions, was to try to attach conditions to the assistance over the Palestinian issue. Quite the contrary."
J-Street on Leveraging Aid to Israel
The group's president, Jeremy Ben-Ami, spoke Sunday night at the opening plenary and offered this blistering line at the Washington Convention Center: "Our aid is not intended to be a blank check."
But the next morning, talking to reporters, Ben-Ami added parameters to the pledge: He was referring to precedent and existing laws. J Street was not advocating new legislation to restrict aid to Israel.
And he was less conclusive than the "blank check" line had made it seem. Ben-Ami clarified that the leveraging aid idea should be considered, stopping short of giving it a full endorsement.
"If it is against American policy to expand settlements, shouldn't we be inquiring whether any of our dollars are going there?" he asked.
Ben-Ami said assistance to Israel could be checked against, for instance, the Arms Export Control Act, which requires U.S. arms sales to be used strictly for self-defense.
He also said the idea of using aid to pressure was not new. A number of presidents have withheld portions of loan guarantees commensurate with Israel's spending on settlements, a mechanism that is enshrined in law.
Even with these caveats, J Street's embrace of leveraging aid was notable: Throughout its decade of existence, the group has been hands-off on aid to Israel, instead advocating for diplomatic means to advance a two-state solution.
What Has Gaza Done with Its Aid?
Hamas has diverted at least $90 million of foreign aid to building attack tunnels into Israel - enough to build 2,580 homes, 210 mosques, 180 schools or 570 medical clinics. As confirmed by the son of one of the terror group's founders, corrupt Hamas leaders spend lavishly on themselves while the majority of Palestinians struggles in poverty. If history has shown Hamas to spend on terror and itself rather than easing Palestinian suffering, why would increasing the amount of aid yield more humanitarian results?

With Israel in Limbo, Benny Gantz Vows to Seek a 'Peace Within'   
Vowed that, if he does become prime minister, he will return to Rabin Square in November 2020, this time alongside the leader of the opposition, whoever that might be, and "express a message of hope and internal reconciliation."  "We are setting out on the most important fight," he said, "the fight for peace within."  

NATO Recognizes Israel as Key Medical-Assistance Partner 
Kurdish Kids Get Urgent Medical Treatment in Israel                     
A Christian group in Jerusalem works with the Interior Ministry to get visas for Gazan, Syrian and Iraqi children to have heart surgery in Israel                                                            
After Tragedy: Offering Aid and Solidarity to Victims of Terror         
IDF Appoints First Female Artillery Corps Battalion Commander                                                          
Israel Security Agency Thwarted over 450 Terror Attacks in 2019                                                            
Israel Will Deport Human Rights Watch Director    
Offshore Karish Natural Gas Field Larger than Thought                                                             

BDS / Anti-Semitism / anti-Zionism     

Jewish Agency Reports Huge Spike in Requests for Help to Upgrade Security at Jewish Centers  
Neo-Nazis Working Together, FBI Director Reports                                                                                      
Flyer at UCF Claims 'Jews Attack Campus Free Speech'                                                        
The average German person doesn't personally know a Jew                                                            
Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes in Sweden Rise by 53% to All-Time Record High                                
Holocaust survivor receives 200 Threats a Day. Now She Needs Police Protection                                        
Auschwitz Survivor a Focus of Italy's Anti-Semitic Tensions                                                            
For Ukrainian Jews, Having a Jewish President is a Source of Pride - and Fear                                               Volodymr Zelensky's election was a major symbolic victory, but the one-time actor faces enormous political challenges that some say could bring a backlash                                                                  

Iran / Syria / Hezbollah
Pompeo and Netanyahu Push to Scrap Iran Nuclear Pact                                                                                               Providing further details, Israeli intelligence and national security officials contended late Thursday that the atomic agency's inspections earlier this year, including analysis of samples taken from the site, had shown that Iran stored nuclear material at the Turquzabad site that had been converted from raw uranium but not yet enriched. The Israelis also said the material's characteristics and age did not correspond with any nuclear facility previously disclosed by Iran.
Saudi Strategic Expert: Israel Has the Right to Defend Itself from Iran                                                          
Iraqis Pour into Streets for Biggest Protest since Saddam                                                                
The Revolt Against Iran                                                                                                                                        
Iran's plans for regional hegemony depend on being seen as the protector of loyal Shiite Muslims-but those are exactly the people leading mass protests against Iranian domination in Iraq and Lebanon
Twitter Suspends Accounts Linked to Hamas, Hezbollah                                                                                               Curbs come after lawmakers pressed social media companies to remove content from groups the U.S. classifies as terrorist organizations    
How Hizbullah Is Using the Internet to Incite Violence in Israel                                                             
IDF: There Are Iranian Quds Forces in the Golan Heights 

The Palestinians
IDF Commander Learns to Manage Gaza Border Riots                                                        
Israel Calls for Comprehensive Change at UN Palestinian Refugee Aid Agency                                                

Head of UN Palestinian Agency Resigns amid Ethics Probe   
U.N. Aid Chief Quits Amid Probe Into Palestinian Refugee Program  
  Trump's aid cuts posed an existential threat to the U.N. agency charged with caring for millions of Palestinians. Now, the agency is grappling with its own management crisis                                           
This Elusive Jihadist Commander in Gaza Is Challenging Both Hamas and Israel                                               Unburdened by responsibility for Gaza civilians, Baha Abu al-Ata has more freedom than Hamas to take action against Israel-like Friday's missile attack                                                                      

Israeli Researchers Develop Multi-Purpose Anti-Bacteria Coating                                                            
Israeli Machine Converts Air into Water for Colombians  
The residents of the town of El Talento have no source of streaming potable water                                          
Russia Has Acquired an Advanced Israeli Air-Defense Missile that Failed to Detonate         
Should Israel Be Worried that Russia Might Have an Israeli Missile?                                                      

Pop Culture
Q&A: How Stan Lee Changed Comics - And The World                                                                    
Warm up with this traditional Italian recipe for white bean soup-no matzo ball needed                                

And the Bride Closed the Door- With Jessica Cohen and Bethany Ball
November 11 | 7:30 pm
The Strand
On the 2nd floor, the Strand will be hosting an event for acclaimed Israeli novelist Ronit Matalon's final novel, And The Bride Closed The Door. In conversation will be Jessica Cohen, the books translator, novelist Bethany Ball, and literature professor Gil Hochberg.
Ronit Matalon (1959-2017) was the author of nine novels and a liberal social activist. The daughter of Egyptian immigrants to Israel, she worked as a journalist for Haaretz and reported from the West Bank and Gaza. Her last book, And the Bride Closed the Door, was awarded Israel's prestigious Brenner Prize the day before her death at age 58.

Idan Raichel - The Piano Songs
November 14 | 7:30 pm
NY Society For Ethical Culture
Producer, keyboardist, lyricist, composer and Performer Idan Raichel is a global music icon who has brought his inspiring example and soul-stirring music to some of the planet's biggest stages.

AICF's 80th Celebration of the Arts of Israel
November 17 | 3 pm
Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater
America Israel Cultural Foundation in celebration of its 80th anniversary, AICF is launching its inaugural ICA Awards- Israeli Culture & Arts Awards - to honor the most impactful Israeli artists in the performing, visual, design, television, and cinematic arts for their contribution to the global cultural landscape.
This year's program will also feature the Sheba Ensemble, prodigy cellist and AICF current grant recipient Nahar Eliaz, choreographer and AICF alumnus Ori Flomin, along with incredible visual artists, designers, and other performing artists.  Winners will be honored at the ICA Awards ceremony on November 17, 2019 at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.  Tickets may be purchased  at  

November 10 | 5 pm
Marlene Meyerson JCC
Ethiopian-Israeli singer-songwriter AvevA fuses African groove with the beat of Tel Aviv to create her soul-pop music. In songs about society, freedom, and love in both English and Amharic, AvevA's unique musical sound and inspiring voice will make for a not-to-be missed concert experience.

New World Water
November 4- December 13
Opening Reception:
November 7 | 5-9pm
Walsh Gallery
Curated by Samantha Becker. 
 New World Water examines humanity's relationship with water through the lens of contemporary art. The artists in the exhibition address themes such as: climate change, water contamination, immigration, diaspora, plastic pollution, community water management, leisure, and hygiene. Participating artists include Keren Anavy, Dotty Attie, Aileen Bassis, Adam Brent, Nancy Cohen, Nancy Crasco, Sally Gall, Tai Hwa Goh, Ellie Irons, Anne Percoco, Nyugen Smith, Allan Wexler, and Woolpunk. 

RU: 90 Minutes with Victoria
November 13 | 6:30pm
Residency Unlimited (RU)
Please join Berlin-based artist-in-residence  Roey Victoria Heifetz for a presentation of her work including large-scale expressive drawings in situ; a preview of her new film Third Body; and a screening of the 7-minute video Block of Clay, which is featured in Field Hospital X in the Israeli Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Art Biennale - 58th International Art Exhibition.
Victoria's intimate drawings and candid video and film are shaped by her own observations of transgender communities; the discrepancy between gendered social expectations; themes of violence and memory; and the realness of the physical transformation of the body and the psychological and emotional journey as she moves closer to her female body. Her images depict both imaginary and actual transgender women with an introspective exploration of her own identity in the face of recognitions of allowance, disempowerment, and acceptance. The presentation will be followed by a conversation with RU curator Rachel Gugelberger and open dialogue with the audience.

Ella Rothschild
November 15 | 12 pm
BAC Space Resident Artist
Choreographer Ella Rothschild begins a new creative process stemming from the question of how personal story can reveal broader phenomena about society. The work lingers on common images that define the physical and emotional environment in which we conduct ourselves, and leaves room for distinct characters who move the narrative forward through tensions, conflicts, and untenable situations..

Bobbi Jene Smith
November 15 | 5 pm
BAC Space Resident Artist
Choreographer/dancer Bobbi Jene Smith (NYC) will create a new work drawing inspiration from the catastrophic and sublime machinations of geological forces to create an abstract and emotionally visceral narrative. Exploring the intersection of physicality, virtuosity, spatial poetry, and desire, this series of vignettes with live music brings together remarkable artists from around the world.

Dina Pruzhansky - Piano
November 10 | 3 pm
Music Faculty Concert Series:
Join us for an afternoon of new original art song, instrumental, theatre, and operatic compositions by 92Y School of Music faculty member Dina Pruzhansky.
The concert features Dina Pruzhansky at the piano along with celebrated New York performers:
Claire Kuttler, soprano
Inbar Goldmann, mezzo-soprano
Pavel Suliandziga, tenor
Edward Pleasant, baritone
Gabriel Gurevich, boy soprano
Tyler James, cello
Free and open to the public.

November 6-15
IFC Center | SVA Theatre | Cinepolis Chelsea
Documentary storytelling is flourishing like never before - encompassing reportage, memoir, history, humor and more. DOC NYC celebrates this cultural phenomenon and encourages its new directions.
ADVOCATE- Thu Nov 7, 2019, 7:00 PM | Cinepolis Chelsea
THE HUMAN FACTOR- Sat Nov 9, 2019, 8:15 PM | Cinepolis Chelsea
GOLDA- Sun Nov 10, 2019, 2:05 PM | SVA Theatre
KOSHER BEACH-Wed Nov 13, 2019, 5:05 PM | IFC Center

Israeli Jazz Celebration: Yuval Cohen Sexet
December 10 7:30pm | 9:30pm
Dizzy's Club
Saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Yuval Cohen is a leading figure in modern Israeli jazz, and tonight marks his long-anticipated return to DIzzy's Club. Cohen has played with a long list of legends from the world of jazz and beyond, including his wildly successful family band, The Three Cohens (also featuring Anat and Avishai Cohen), but he is also notable for the eclectic small groups he assembles. This performance will feature the ten-part KadishZuger Suite, Cohen's latest chamber jazz creation, combining Western Romantic music, traditional jazz, and Israeli music.
With:  Maya Belzitsman - Cello,  Jonathan Voltzok - Trombone,  Gadi Lehavi - Piano,  Tal Mashiach - Double bass,  Ofri Nehemya - Drums

Oded Hirsch: At the Borders
Clip: Season 5 Episode 3 | 8m 18s
The Israeli conceptual artist Oded Hirsch lives on the periphery- both philosophically and geographically.

Synonyms- a film by Nadav Lapid
Opens October 25 in New York
Quad Cinema
Film at Lincoln Center
Synonyms is an artistically captivating film about a young man who escapes his original, Israeli identity to find a new one in France. Grappling themes on language, history, trauma, and renaissance, this modern and intense film will leave you thinking for days on end.  Won the Golden Bear at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival.  Based on writer-director Nadav Lapid's own experiences, Synonyms explores the challenges of putting down roots in a new place. Yoav's attempts to find himself awaken past demons and open up an existential abyss in this tragicomic puzzle that wisely knows how to keep its secrets.