October 9, 2020
Shabbat Times: 
Candle Lighting
Virtual services see below

 Forecast: 78


**Special Zoom Log-on for Sukkot, Sh'mini Atzeret & Simhat Torah  
 (All other services will use the regular Gesher Shalom weekday minyanim log-ons)
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Sh'mini Atzeret
Friday, October 9                                             
**Evening Service:  7:00pm
Saturday, October 10                                 
**Morning Service: 10:30am (including Yizkor)
Mincha to follow conclusion of the morning service

**Special Zoom Log-on for Sukkot, Sh'mini Atzeret & Simhat Torah  
 (All other services will use the regular Gesher Shalom weekday minyanim log-ons)
 Join via the Internet:
Dial in: 929-205-6099       Meeting ID: 832 2353 4441#

Simhat Torah
Saturday, October 10
**Evening Service: 7:00pm
Sunday, October 11                        
**Morning Service: 10:30am 
Mincha to follow conclusion of the morning service

2pm Simhat Torah celebration:
In the parking lot of the Montrose Center, 301 Bridge Plaza North 
Dance with the Torah Scrolls (in PPE protective casings) 
Live Musical Accompaniment
*Bring a mask and disposable gloves              
*And remember to keep 6 feet apart                        

Weekday Ma'ariv 7:00pm  Click here to attend 
Dial in by phone: 929 205 6099       Meeting ID: 338 747 559

Congratulate our Honorees:
Our Hatan Torah
Richard Schiff

Richard is currently a Vice-President of the Synagogue and Chair of our Ritual Committee. He is a long-time member, joining when he and Nancy were newly married, and raising their 2 sons here. Nancy often joins the weekday evening and Friday night services. Richard has held many volunteer positions, including unofficial Shul photographer. Most visibly, Richard ushers on the HiHo's. This year, with his ushering job eliminated, Richard went above and beyond, in making sure that all the items on his endless checklists were addressed. What you experienced on the HiHo's was largely a product of Richard's tireless work behind the scenes. For this, and for his years of dedication, we are pleased to honor him.

Our Hatan B'reishit      Adrian Osian

Adrian has been a faithful attendee at our morning minyanim for more years than I have been at Gesher Shalom. He comes in, davens attentively, offers a quiet "Good morning" or "Goodbye", and then rushes out to brave the GW Bridge traffic on his commute into the City. We often would not have had an in-person, 7:00am minyan without him. Occasionally Adrian is even able to make our 9:00am morning Zoom minyanim, despite the inconvenience of its later starting time. He and wife, Dr. Michelle Reisner, have raised their 3 children (all Solomon Schechter graduates) in our congregation, and Michelle is often able to join our Thursday morning minyan. For his years'-long commitment to our minyan and to our Shul, the Ritual Committee is pleased to honor Adrian.

Precautions for Our In-Person Simhat Torah Hakafot
Dear All,
These are precarious times. We have a responsibility to protect each other, even as we are learning to live with COVID-19. It is not always easy. We are offering the privilege of a physically distanced and safe Hakafot service, outdoors, and with everyone donning appropriate PPE. Please know that there are some experts who have serious concerns about any religious service! That is largely because it relies on so many people being meticulously careful.
Cases of COVID-19 are rising again, and it is frightening. This is a potentially deadly disease and we have congregants among us who are elderly, who have risk factors for severe disease, and some may be immuno-compromised. It is the responsibility of each one of us to protect each other. If you are not feeling well, or you may have been exposed, please do not come.
Still, we are going to attempt-weather-permitting-to hold a short, outdoor, physically-distanced service on Simhat Torah, with live music and appropriate PPE.        2:00pm in the parking lot at 301 Bridge Plaza North
NOTE: there will be no entrance to the Montrose Center; the building will be locked and there will be NO access to any bathroom facilities or water. If this is a problem for you or for a young child, this is not the appropriate service to attend at this time.
Here are the plans:
Ideally email me indicating that you will attend and how many are coming.
  1. Everyone over the age of 2 must wear a mask
    1. Mask must cover from nose to chin
    2. Masks with valves are not permitted
    3. Cloth mask is fine (ideally 2 layers with filter)
    4. No bandanas allowed
    5. You must park along the periphery or underneath the building, leaving as much space for congregants to socially distance. If/when we run out of room, you will be asked to find street parking.
    6. Unless you are with a co-dwelling partner or family member, everyone must keep at least 6 feet apart (ideally 9 feet if you can).
    7. Only one person will touch each Torah
    8. Please do NOT touch the Torahs unless you are one of 7 individuals honored with holding a designated Torah.
    9. No hugging, kissing, shaking hands, touching. Virtual hugs and kisses only!
    10. Again, we will have musical accompaniment. So no need for singing..... The SARS-CoV-2 virus is known to possibly spread by aerosols, small particles that can linger in the air and may come not only from sneezing and coughing but also from talking and singing.
If there are any breaches of these protocols by anyone, we will be forced to terminate the outdoor service abruptly, and everyone will be asked to leave the premises.
Please, please be mindful of these protocols.   It could be a matter of life and death. B'ri'ut (Health/Wellness): Our tradition values good health and care of our bodies; we must use our knowledge for the good and to apply what we know to protecting ourselves and our community. "And live by them!" (Lev. 18:5)
Let's enjoy seeing each other!
Let's celebrate the holiday and our honorees!
Let's dance and march and sway and revel in hearing live music (but not singing along)!
We know we can make the best of it while abiding by these necessary limitations!

These days are known as "the time of our joy"-and serendipitously the NYT ran this article:

How to Be Happy                     
Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah 101                                                                         
The one/two holidays at the "conclusion" of Sukkot.

Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Theology and Themes     
What these holidays that follow Sukkot are about. 

Praying for Rain on Shemini Atzeret-Tefillat Geshem    
Invoking the merits of our ancestors in praying for rain hints at the endless cycling of water through all of life since the dawn of creation     

How to Greet Someone on Simchat Torah      
Traditional hellos for the holiday that celebrates the cycle of Torah reading. 

Trump White House Brokers the Etrog Deal of the Century                       
Can You Eat Your Etrog?                    

Torah Celebrations Across the Globe 

Simchat Torah Photos and Video from Around the Globe
Simchat Torah Photos and Video from Around the Globe

This Is How You Vote in New Jersey/Fort Lee  (and make sure you look at the 3 Referenda on the reverse side!)
Step-By-Step Instructions for the 2020 Election Ballot (October 6, 2020)
Step-By-Step Instructions for the 2020 Election Ballot (October 6, 2020)

Mi SheBayrach 
We make special prayers for those who are ill at every Shabbat Morning service and during our Monday & Thursday Minyanim. Since the onset of the pandemic, we have been adding 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 
A yearly tithe (ten-percent) of all agricultural products must be spent by the farmer at the central religious shrine. The produce itself may be brought or it may be converted into money. Every third year an additional tithe must be distributed among the Levites, strangers, widows and orphans. In order to further assure the economic well being of the disadvantaged, all loans are cancelled according to a seven-year cycle, and the Torah reminds us to exercise the greatest compassion and generosity when confronted with the plight of the poor. Released slaves are to be rewarded liberally for their loyalty and service. Eradication of poverty is the ideal to which everyone must aspire.
Unblemished, kosher firstborn male animals are to be brought as a sacrifice before God. Their meat is to be consumed by the farmer and his family.
We are reminded to observe the three pilgrimage festivals: Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot.
From the second scroll we read of the sacrifice offered in the Temple on Sh'mini Atzeret.  


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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
Sheila Scherl will be observing yahrzeit for her father-in-law, Samuel Scherl on Friday evening, October 9th
Marc Karpman will be observing yahrzeit for his mother, Bernice Karpman on Sunday evening, October 11th 
Charlene Stern will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Sylvia Kobrin on Sunday evening, October 11th 
Arnold Insler will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Edward Insler on Tuesday evening, October 13th
Carolyn Tauber will be observing yahrzeit for her grandmother, Lena Horowitz on Thursday evening, October 15th

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Myrna Weissman
Judith Auerbacher
Helene Polinsky
Chloe Altschul
Nancy Green
Stephen Whitman

Karina & Leor Jivotovsky

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Guided Prayer Service
Please join Rabbi Stern for a series of explanatory talks that will reveal the structure, choreography, and varied functions of the prayers we say. 

No, not really. Linda Richman will not be joining us...but join us for schmooze anyway!

"Talk Amongst Yourselves; I'll give you a topic: Discuss..."        
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
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Please be in touch with the Rabbi

Rabbi's Weekly Class 
Below please see information about the class, we will let you know when it resumes
Dial in by phone: 929-205-6099      Meeting ID: 886 1779 2509


Important/Interesting Reads

Officials Fear Violence on Election Day.     
Some Worry It Could Target the Jews.                                                      

Louise Gluck Is Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature    

When I was asked what I thought of the American Embassy moving to Jerusalem, I was pretty cool on the idea because I worried that at some point down the road there would be a price that Israel would have to pay. And now we are seeing it, starting with the UAE's request to purchase the F-35 stealth fighters, Bibi's acquiescence (despite the denials), followed by the Qatari request. And Bibi's hope that American friends of Israel will bail him out-which they may-puts them in a terrible bind (see the 3rd article):

Eisenhower Memorial Honors a General and President Who Preserved Memory of the Holocaust
I offered prayers for the President and First Lady while also asking that he follow the science:
Fight Erupts on Jewish Twitter About Prayers for Trump 
Should Jews Pray for Trump's Health? Are They Required To?                           
We asked rabbis for their guidance 
Sukkot Festivities and Yeshivas Are Shut Down
Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn Burn Masks During Massive Protest Against New York's New COVID Rules    

The Jewish Community Is Getting Me Through My Unusual Start to College 
The COVID-19 pandemic completely altered my freshman year - but I'm thankful that the Jewish community is here to guide my way. 
MSNBC Corrects Report on Settlements, Oslo Accords 


Israel's Coronavirus Lockdown Fuels Protests, Violence and Confusion  
Videos of Anti-Bibi Protests from Across Israel Urging the PM to "Resign" or Simply "Go"
כל הארץ בלפור // ביבי הביתה - מדינה במחאה 3.10.2020
כל הארץ בלפור // ביבי הביתה - מדינה במחאה 3.10.2020

Ottoman-era Railway Becomes Tel Aviv's Newest Park. See for Yourself Welcome to Park Hamesila, now sprouting up where the railway to Jerusalem was dedicated in 1892                      
Bright Lights of Dubai Beckon Israel's Arabs but Pose a Quandary

Israel and UAE Foreign Ministers Tour Berlin Holocaust Monument in Historic First Meeting  

This is big news because the Egyptian press is not as friendly toward Israel as is the Egyptian government:
Egyptian TV Airs Israeli FM's Speech from Berlin on Peace - on Yom Kippur War Anniversary       
Three Sudanese Political Groups Call to Normalize Relations with Israel 

Sudanese General: "We Need Israel"
In Time for Lockdown, Cinematheque Puts Film History Treasure Trove Online  
Israeli Film Archive holds over 30,000 titles, recorded on two million meters of film, now available online, for free  Israeli Film Archive Portal   

BDS / Anti-Semitism / anti-Zionism                  


Soros Conspiracy Theories Prominent in Antisemitic Attacks Against U.S. Politicians, Report Finds     
Report shows 39 percent of 'problematic' tweets directed at Jewish members of Congress with 'antisemitic tropes and misinformation' referenced Soros                                                    
Do the "Proud Boys" Know Their Anthem was Written By a Gay Jew? 

QAnon's Creator Made the Ultimate Conspiracy Theory                             
There's no fact the sprawling movement can't dismiss-and no madness it can't imagine.                                      
Jewish Pols Experienced 6,000 Antisemitic Tweets in a Month, Says ADL
China, Russia, Cuba, Saudi Arabia & Pakistan to Win Top U.N. Human Rights Posts  

Furor in California School District Over High School Students' 'Nazi-Style' List of Jews 
6000 sign a petition in protest 
'Milestone' Agreement Requires NYU Add IHRA Antisemitism Definition to its Non-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment Policy
New York University has agreed, in a settlement with the U.S. Dept. of Education Office of Civil Rights, to incorporate the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism into its non-discrimination and anti-harassment policy. The new policy will explicitly protect students, faculty and staff from antisemitism. The decision is the first since a presidential executive order, signed last year, enforced a clause in the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 "against prohibited forms of discrimination rooted in anti-Semitism."
Judea Pearl, NYU alumnus and father of slain journalist Daniel Pearl, called the settlement "a milestone decision that will soon affect other campuses." NYU's president is required to issue a statement that the university does not tolerate acts of discrimination or harassment on the basis of antisemitism. NYU's revised policy will mandate: training of students, faculty and staff on antisemitism, student invitations to detail incidents of discrimination and harassment, collaborations with Jewish groups on campus, and meetings with student club members to detail the policy. NYU vowed to take disciplinary action against students who violate the policy.
A former NYU student filed the complaint last year, after members of anti-Israel student groups were arrested for setting an Israeli flag on fire and physically assaulting a singer of Israel's national anthem at a 2018 Israeli Independence Day party. She says most of the discrimination she faced was from Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP): "SJP...supported the flag burning; their member is the one that did the physical assaulting; [and] they're the ones who harassed us on social media." Also in New York, StandWithUs filed a legal brief to support Fordham University's denial recognizing a campus chapter of SJP: "Fordham is one of the first recognize SJP's bigotry for what it is," said CEO Roz Rothstein. "As a private university, [it] should have the freedom to...protect...the well-being of its students."
StandWithUs Warns Tufts University About Dental Student's Alleged Violent Antisemitic Posts     

A Year After the Halle Attack, Anti-Semitism Continues to Plague German Jews. But Our Community Continues to Thrive.

Iran / Syria / Hezbollah
IDF: Video of Beirut "Workshop" Proves It's a Hizbullah Missile Factory      
Army details how machinery seen at site is used to produce munitions, indicates equipment from another facility spirited away after being outed as belonging to terror group                                     
How the Arab World Turned Against Hizbullah                                                       
Once revered in the Middle East as a defiant force against Israel, the actions of the "Party of God" in Syria have caused many to change their minds 
U.S. Issues Additional Sanctions Against Iranian Banks
Syria, with Iranian Proxies' Help, Is Still Trying to Use Chemical WeaponsAnd not just against civilians at home-but potentially against regional rivals   

Syrian Writer: Time to Abandon Self-Destructive Ideology of Resistance

The Palestinians
Safe crossing: Israeli, Palestinian Seek Smoother Transfer of Patients and Info       
Prize-winning app idea aims to stop crucial health details from being lost as West Bank Palestinians go by ambulance to checkpoint, then by another ambulance to Israeli hospital                        


A Technion Student Has Just Smashed the World Record for Light Resonance           
Graduate student Jacob Kher-Alden created a floating resonator which exhibits resonant enhancement by 10 million circulations of light, compared to about 300 circulations in previous models.
Israeli Professor Develops Fast Home Corona Test 

Israel Seeks Local Production of Fast Covid-19 Test Kits                                         
Minister of Science in contact with the company's Israeli founder to gain access to the kits that are in great demand across the globe 
Israel's Newest Spy Satellite Declared Operational                                       
Control of the state-of-the-art reconnaissance satellite is handed over from Defense Ministry to IDF         
Six Israeli Tech Companies Surpass $2 Billion Valuation This Year 

Pop Culture
A New, and Very Yiddish 'Hallelujah'
LISTEN: 2NJB Podcast - The Idan Raichel Experience   (2NJB = 2 Nice Jewish Boys)        
Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Signature Collar Will Go on Display in Tel Aviv 
WATCH/LISTEN: Isabel Frey Sings Workers' Lament 'My Resting Place' 
Jewish and Into Video Games? There's An E-Sports League for That! 
On his 125th Birthday, the Secret Jewish History of Buster Keaton 

Gal Gadot Ranks Third on List of Highest-Paid Actresses for 2020 
Diego Schwartzman Advances to French Open Semifinals with 5-Hour Upset of Dominic Thiem            
Rafael Nadal, After a Late Night at the French Open, Will Face Diego Schwartzman in the Semifinals
Sue Bird Keeps Breaking Records in Her 17th WNBA Season 
2 Jewish Stars Helped Power the Seattle Storm to a WNBA Championship            
Long Live Zayde Wisdom, the NHL's New Most Yiddishkeit Player    
Remembering Eddie Van Halen and his Jewish Mentor    


Jewish practice takes on many shapes and forms in North America. Given the wide breadth of denominational perspectives representing the complexity of our Jewish communities, what are the nuances in how religious movement leaders embrace Zionism and other Israel-related causes, and what can we learn from them? Join us for part two of our IAN University Zionism series in partnership with AZM, where we'll explore these questions and more, with denominational representatives spanning the Jewish spectrum. Register here

Thursday, October 8, 2020
Sublet at Newfest | Oct 16-27
Eytan Fox's new film is a sexy intergenerational tango between a New York Times travel writer a handsome young Tel Avivian. Presented in partnership with The Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York.

State of Darkness | Oct 24 - Nov 1
Molissa Fenley's celebrated solo, "State of Darkness," finds new life this fall, performed by a new generation of dancers, including former Batsheva Dance Company member, Shamel Pitts. Watch this unique collection of solo performances, broadcast live from The Joyce stage! Photo: Scott Shaw Co-sponsored by the Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate of Israel in NY

You Will Not Play Wagner: Reading and Discussion | Oct 29, 2pm ET
Join the Museum of Jewish Heritage for a reading from the play You Will Not Play Wagner by Victor Gordon, and a talk on Wagner's legacy and censorship in Israel. Co-sponsored by the Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in NY

Daata Fair | Through Oct 25
Dvir Gallery presents Dor Guez and Hauser & Wirth presents Mika Rottenberg at Daata Fair, a new online art fair dedicated to showcasing the best of international contemporary video and digital art. Photo: Dor Guez, 'Watermelons under the bed' (video still), 2010

Fashion Metropolis Berlin | Oct 13, 6pm ET
Berlin was a fashion capital in the 1920s, with hundreds of thriving clothing manufacturers, most of them Jewish, before it was decimated by the Nazis. Author Uwe Westphal shares this history in a discussion with fashion historian Keren Ben-Horin and journalist Jennifer Altmann, whose grandfather ran one of Berlin's fashion houses. Photo: courtesy of Henschel Verlag.

NYU Israeli Film Series: Africa | Oct 18, 1pm ET
Oren Gerner's touching meditation about aging and family premiered at TIFF and is now nominated for seven Israeli Academy Awards. Watch the film and join the online discussion. Presented in partnership with The Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York.

Keshet Eilon Alumni Virtual Recital | Oct 10, 8pm IST 
Keshet Eilon graduate violinist Ilana Zaks and pianist Anthony Ratinov (USA), are dedicating a special recital to the 30th anniversary of Keshet Eilon, featuring works by Beethoven, Prokofiev, Kreisler and Bloch. Photo: Robert Torres

On Storytelling, Memory, and Love | Oct 13, 12:30 pm ET
A conversation with one of Israel's finest novelists, A. B. Yehoshua, on the occasion of the publication of his latest and masterful novel, The Tunnel. He will be joined by translator Stuart Schoffman and the program will be moderated by Jewish Week culture editor Sandee Brawarsky. 

Blue gold: Jeans, Indigo, and Haute Couture | Oct 22, 12pm ET
Ya'ara Keydar plots a blue trail through time, geographies, and cultures following jeans and its precursor, the indigo dye. Fashion, history, and craft are intertwined in the lecture, revealing endless layers, and shades of blue. 

In Hebrew
Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players | Oct 19, 2pm & 7:30pm ET
Roni Gal-Ed will be featured in Randall Thompson's Suite and Marion Bauer's Concertino. In person event. In collaboration with The Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York.

God of the Piano
Anat has never been able to reach her father's musical standards, and now her family's hope of producing a musical prodigy rests on her unborn son. When the baby is born deaf, she resorts to extreme measures. "Rarely does a debut feature showcase a talent so fully formed" Glenn Kenny, The New York Times.

NSCMF's Onstage/Offstage Concerts and Conversations Series
The North Shore Chamber Music Festival presents "onstage/offstage": a new concert and conversation series presented live-in-person at PianoForte Chicago and by livestream through the NSCMF website. The exploratory series includes Jewish and Israeli music and the world premiere of an NSCMF commission by celebrated composer Avner Dorman.