SHABBAT SHALOM, GESHER SHALOM!


 
September 4th 2020
 
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Shabbat Times: 
Candle Lighting
Virtual services see below

7:04pm
 
 Forecast: 80
 
/sunny


HAPPY LABOR DAY, EVERYONE! 

(no changes to the service schedule times)

Getting the El Al Plane Ready for Its Flight to Abu Dhabi   







LAST CHANCE
This was inside this week's fortune cookie:
"Take a number...any number...  Take the 2020 Census"
Like at Yom Kippur's Neila service, the gates are rapidly closing on our country's pandemic-hampered Census count. That makes it all-the-more important for you to participate by the new, earlier deadline of September 30. You can fill out the form online: https://my2020census.gov Need help with filing? Please call or email me. kas
 
IMPORTANT NOTICE
Our Rosh HaShannah and Yom Kippur services will be held remotely (online, over-the-phone, streaming). We are still in the process of working out the specifics...
The most important thing for you to know is that you won't have any worries about finding a parking space this year! That's because We Have Reserved a Front Row Seat for You in YOUR House for the HiHo's!
DETAILS FORTHCOMING....

LIVE, IN-PERSON, SOCIALLY-DISTANCED
SHOFAR BLOWING & TASHLICH
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 AT 4:00 PM
ON THE PIER IN THE EDGEWATER COMMONS MALL
543 RIVER ROAD (AT THE NORTH END OF THE MALL, EAST OF TARGET)
PLEASE BRING A MASK AND YOUR OWN CHALLAH / BREAD

 

IMPORTANT QUESTION
Would you be interested in attending a live, in-person, socially-distanced, outdoor SHOFAR SERVICE on Sunday afternoon, the second day of Rosh HaShannah? Please let me know.

How Are You? I really want to know.
Please reach out to me as I cannot possibly reach out to each of you. I welcome the opportunity for a quick check-in, for casual conversation or for something more serious.
Please call me or email me so we can arrange it. kas

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 
KI TAVO
This week's portion includes liturgical ceremonies that are to be performed once the Israelites take possession of the land.
 
The first fruits were to be presented by the farmer in the central sanctuary accompanied by a declaration of thanksgiving set in a historical context. (This passage is familiar to us as one of the central texts of the Passover Haggadah.)
 
The tithe of the third year was designated for charitable purposes; it too was to be accompanied by a declaration by the farmer of his complete compliance with the laws of the tithe. It concluded with a prayer for God's blessing on the people and the land.
 
Immediately upon crossing the Jordan River, the nation was to perform the following actions: the whole Torah was to be written on twelve large stones erected on Mount Ebal, an altar was to be built on the site and sacrifices offered, and a festival meal was to be observed. The Torah was then to be ratified by the tribes, with the Levites proclaiming blessings and curses for either the fulfillment or abrogation of the Torah and the people responding "Amen."
 
Moses concludes this section of his farewell speech by reiterating and expanding upon the blessings for adherence to the Torah and the punishments for failing to do so. (This lengthy passage is known as the Tochechah - rebuke.)
 
The sidra concludes with an appeal by Moses to remain faithful to God who has watched over the Israelites from the deliverance from Egypt until this very moment.









SHABBAT SCHEDULE
ALL our Synagogue Prayer Services and Programs are conducted over ZOOM

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)?...
Or
to the Weekday Services in Lev Shalem (when we are using the burgundy weekday Sim Shalom)?
Call me or email me for the GUIDE




Our Shabbat Services
Greetings from Some of Last Friday Night's Service Attendees
 

Friday evening at 7:00 pm  CLICK HERE TO ATTEND               
TONIGHT: Rabbi Eric Wasser leads a special instrumental Shabbat service   
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  8:15pm      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 
Esther Eisdorfer will be observing yahrzeit for her husband, Murray Eisdorfer on Friday evening, September 4th 
Hennie Ostrower will be observing yahrzeit for her sister, Judith Kohl on Friday evening, September 4th 
Joni Rosen will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Lionel Rosen on Sunday evening, September 6th
Lore Benario will be observing yahrzeit for her father-in-law, Ludwig Benario on Monday evening, September 7th
Gerald Topiel will be observing yahrzeit for his uncle, Max Topiel on Monday evening, September 7th
Nancy Schiff will be observing yahrzeit for her brother, Steve Edelstein on Monday evening, September 7th
Marvin Platt will be observing yahrzeit for his mother, Henrietta Platt on Tuesday evening, September 8th
Jean Burnick will be observing yahrzeit for her sister-in-law, Lorraine Burnick on Wednesday evening, September 9th
Myrna Weissman will be observing yahrzeit for her father-in-law,  Max Weissman on Wednesday evening, September 9th
Yetta Maidenberg will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Joseph Danto on Thursday evening, September 10th


Birthdays & Anniversaries
Anita Krauss
Harvey Fishman
Karl Sudakoff
Jacob Kindler
Sylvia Gosberg
Arnold Grodman
 
Charlene & Alan Stern




 
OUR WEEKDAY MINYANIM
  
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

Greetings from Last Night's Minyan Attendees

 
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).
 
 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS
 
Our Weekly Programming  
 
GPS is on HIATUS
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!
 
Every Wednesday, 12 Noon with Rabbi Stern
BYO coffee, lunch, etc.
CLICK HERE TO ATTEND
Dial in by phone: 929 205 6099           Meeting ID: 814 6433 7599
 
"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
Your travels
Please be in touch with the Rabbi

Rabbi's Weekly Class 
TAKING A BREAK
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
SELIHOT

Saturday night, September 12 at 8:00pm  Ma'ariv & Havdalah, followed by Selihot
         Dial in: 929-205-6099     Meeting ID: 729-396-135#
(Don't worry: all the prayers will be screen-shared)
 
And after our Selihot Services conclude, we encourage all our members to join with the Conservative Movement and Communities across all time zones and all across the country!

And don't forget to Register on the sitehttps://www.cjselihot.org/services
 


Important/Interesting Reads
 
Conservative Movement Signed on to this NYT Full-Page Ad                         
 "We Speak with One Voice When We Say, Unequivocally: BLACK LIVES MATTER
I also received the Rabbinical Assembly version of this notification:
Dear Friends:
You may have heard that USCJ was a signatory to a letter signed by over 600 Jewish organizations published in the New York Times last Friday expressing that Black Lives Matter. The process that we used to sign on to this letter was consistent with our current policy  regarding issuing statements, and was reviewed by myself along with Leslie Lichter, our COO, and Ned Gladstein, our president.
The letter reflects the mission and values of USCJ, and we are therefore pleased that it has received a good deal of attention. We also know that it's important for our synagogue leaders to know when we take public positions such as this, and to have additional information, context, and vocabulary to be able to talk about it with your communities. The following information might prove helpful:
  1. We believe that this letter represents the mainstream point of view in the Jewish community.  Among many others, both the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), which represents Jewish Community Relations Councils across the US, and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) signed on, as well as hundreds of synagogues, Federations, and other organizations.  
     
  2. #BlackLivesMatter is a broad-based idea linked to a wide range of institutions and leaders initiated by the Black community in its struggle to seek justice and to eliminate systemic racism. There is no one organization responsible for its thinking. Much as the Jewish community is extremely diverse (even our Conservative movement is quite diverse!), that is also the case in the Black community.
     
  3. Leaders in the Black community have spoken out forcefully against violence and antisemitism, and have been important allies to our own community in the face of the increase in antisemitism (including leaders who do not agree on all of our community's positions).
     
  4. #BlackLivesMatter is sometimes linked to the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) organization, and concerns have been raised about its links to BDS and anti-Israel sentiment. I strongly urge you to read  this analysis by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, which pushes back on those initial assumptions that were made 4 years ago and also brings it up to date based on their draft 2020 platform statement to be released soon. We agree with the JCPA's conclusion: "To counter antisemitism and to live out our Jewish values of equity and justice for all, that the Jewish community should not abandon the largest movement for racial justice in decades because of fear of a position, even one as objectionable as that included in the M4BL platform in 2016, taken by a small faction also participating in that fight."
     
  5. It is very important to note that BLM is a movement by and for Black Americans, including many members of our Jewish community. There may be times when we need to take a step back from the Jewish community's immediate concerns and, when we see fatal results of prejudice and systemic racism, give priority to those efforts. As we form closer alliances, we will also find opportunities to talk about our own concerns.
     
  6. Many of our constituents have expressed gratitude for taking this position as allies of BLM.  From those comments I note especially that our younger generation is passionate about this struggle, and many times they can be our teachers on issues in which unfortunately, a generation after the civil rights movement, we have not made sufficient progress.  In fact, our Board of Directors will have a chance to have a multi-generational, multi-perspective conversation about the issue of racial justice at our board meeting on September 13.
     
  7. We are proud that our USYers are in the midst of an '18 Day Learning Challenge' to educate themselves further about racial injustice in America. In addition, USYers will engage in challenging conversations with peers surrounding these issues. We also invite our synagogue leaders to participate in a voluntary cohort of congregations engaged in our upcoming  Kol Tzedek racial justice initiative. 
Part of our goal as we Seek Meaning Together at USCJ is to improve a very flawed world, and this statement expresses our desire to be allies in the struggle to eliminate racism, seek justice, and affirm that #BlackLivesMatter. Real change is never easy, demands that we take risks, and is rarely comfortable. Particularly in the month of Elul, as we approach Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Jewish tradition requires that we look at both ourselves and our society -- own our challenges, biases, and imperfections -- and act to correct them.  
Finally, our synagogue leaders are our most important partners. We know that for some it would have been helpful to have this information earlier and even before the actual publication. We are always working on our processes and will try to do better in the future.  

Meanwhile, I hope you will encourage those who have additional questions or concerns to be in touch with me.   
Warm regards,

Rabbi Jacob Blumenthal
Chief Executive Officer


This was a paid posting on JTA, but it is newsworthy and will be of interest to many:
Ancestry Completes Arolsen Archives Collection, Launches New Partnership with USC Shoah Foundation  
The Agreement Between Israel and the United Arab Emirates
UAE Formally Ends Boycott of Israel               
UAE REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: The Emiratis' message is Peace between the people 
Peace for Warplanes?                                                                                                                      
 How a dispute over an arms deal complicates normalization between Israel and the UAE.    
Now Bibi is probably hoping that Congressinal leaders and AIPAC will bail him out:
Netanyahu Privately Condoned U.S. Plan to Sell Arms to U.A.E., Officials Say-and Then He Walked It Back  
U.S. Pro-Israel Groups Failed to Disclose Grants from Israeli Government- a Possible Violation of the U.S. Foreign Agents Registration Act         
Hungary Defends Israel at EU Foreign Ministers' Summit   

Israel 
Invites them to visit his official residence when they don't have to socially distance any longer
 
Mediated by Qatar, Hamas and Israel Reach Gaza Cease-Fire 
Israeli Military and Intelligence Assessments See Turkey As a Growing Threat                                                     
Turkey emerges as a crisis-addicted adversary to Israel, the UAE and Greece in recent meetings with Hamas and threats against Athens and Abu Dhabi. 
Israeli team set to spend 2 weeks in the San Francisco Bay Area, where some of the largest fires in the US state's recent history are raging 
In a field dominated by men, Ruti Broudo has made a name for herself-with her restaurants, her unique style, her public appearances, and now, her battle to save her industry

During the past week over 100,000 Honey Buzzards swept the skies of Israel and on the ground more and more migrants are on the move. Large numbers of Shorebirds, passerines and birds of prey are migrating through, with many more to follow.
Are you familiar with the recent sightings page on the birds portal? Check in regularly to stay updated on what is seen and where, anywhere in Israel.  https://www.birds.org.il/en/observations           
Start-Up Nation and Pot: Drone Drops Hundreds of Bags of Cannabis Over Tel Aviv  
Waqf Fills Hole on Temple Mount, Possibly Hiding Archaeological Treasures                                           
"The finds on the mountain reflect 3,000 years of Jewish activity at the site, and every pit dug in the site could shed light on thousands of years of Jewish history."                                                           
And the same subject from another point of view:              

BDS / Anti-Semitism / anti-Zionism
10-Page Summary of New Movement for Black Lives Platform Contains No Mention of Israel, 4 Years After Divisive Condemnation                    
Black Lives Matter's Jewish Problem - In Their Own Words
The Anti-Semitic Site Behind the "Jews Want a Race War" Highway Banner Was Removed from the Internet. But Another Quickly Took Its Place.
Bipartisan Lawmakers Introduce Resolution Condemning QAnon Conspiracy Theory              
Resolution  highlights the theory's anti-Semitic undercurrents, a common thread between many of the conspiracies under QAnon's tent.
San Francisco State University Official Stands Behind Terrorist Leila Khaled Speaking Appearance                                                       
Jewish Caucus Inserts Anti-Bias "Guardrails" into California Ethnic Studies Law                                                    
An ADL Expert Analyst Breaks Down the 'Militia Movement' and  Other Groups Involved in the Kenosha and Portland Shootings  
Voltaire Spread Darkness, Not Enlightenment. France Should Stop Worshipping Him.                        
The celebrated philosopher was an unapologetic racist and anti-Semite who inspired Hitler. The recent removal of his statue in Paris was long overdue.
                  



Iran / Syria / Hezbollah
 
Twitter under Fire for Allowing Iran Leader's Extreme Rhetoric  
"This anti-Semitism from a world leader would seem to violate the Twitter guidelines"
11 Dead in Alleged Israeli Airstrikes in Syria - Report

The Palestinians
Palestinian Arab Claims of Continuity                                                          
 Research shows that most Arabs came to the area called Palestine in the 19th and 20th centuries, looking for
 
West Bank: Loss of Contact with Israel Affecting Palestinians 
 
Senior Fatah Figure Urges Violence in Wake of UAE-Israel Peace Deal   
Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub has a history of praising terrorists and inciting violence.   


Pop Culture
Philadelphia's National Museum of American Jewish History Makes International Headlines with its Yo-Semite T-Shirt        
On August 4, when President Trump accidentally mispronounced Yosemite National Park as "Yo Semite," the Museum knew they had to seize the moment. While they have stocked a "Yo Semite" t-shirt in their Museum Store since 2011, now they really started spreading the word. What they didn't expect was to reach millions of people online, sell thousands and thousands of shirts, be retweeted by White House correspondents from major news outlets-or make international news.

 
Not only has this experience been a great morale booster for the Museum, but the unexpected income has been wonderful, too! While the Museum is still struggling financially, they are basking in their moment!
 
 
Itzhak Perlman at 75: Celebrating a Life in Music and Yiddishkeit               
 
 
Jewish Singer Doja Cat Wins MTV Best New Artist Award              
 


 
MERCAZ Reads Israel is a partnership of
MERCAZ USA, Mercaz-Masorti Canada, and the Israel Forever Foundation

This past spring, we launched our MERCAZ Reads Israel online book club by reading and discussing Avigail Graetz's A Rabbi's Daughter. Nearly 200 individuals joined us for our first book club meeting in early June!

Our next selection is Ilana Kurshan's book, If All The Seas Were Ink.

We will be joining together via Zoom on Wednesday, September 23 at 1:00 p.m. EDT to reflect on Ilana Kurshan's memoir, with the author herself!

Below is a step-by-step guide to walk you through everything you need to know to register for our upcoming book club meeting, and participate in our book club discussions!

Get Ready to Participate in our next
MERCAZ Reads Israel Book Club Meeting!

Buy the book, If All The Seas Were Ink on Amazon. The book is available for purchase in soft cover, hard cover, Kindle, and audio book formats.

Register to participate in our book club discussion, via Zoom, on Wednesday, September 23 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. Note: You may need to scroll down a bit on the page to see the registration form. After you click 'Submit,' be sure to copy, paste, and save the Zoom meeting login information that will be displayed on the page. (To see the login information display, you may need to scroll up a bit in your browser after you hit 'Submit.')

Read an article about the book by author Ilana Kurshan, review the discussion questions, and watch an Eli Talks presentation to dive deeper into the book, and prepare for our book club meeting!

Begin discussing the book now, in our online book club group on Facebook! Join our MERCAZ Reads Israel group on Facebook, then go to our If All The Seas Were Ink unit to begin sharing your thoughts about the discussion questions with fellow book club members!

We hope that many of you will join us on Facebook (now) and via Zoom (on September 23) to dive deeper into If All The Seas Were Ink!

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at sarrae@mercazusa.org.

L'Shalom,

Sarrae G. Crane
Executive Director

P.S. Please consider supporting MERCAZ USA by becoming a member of MERCAZ USA or making a donation. Your support makes exciting Israel engagement opportunities like MERCAZ Reads Israel possible. Thank you!


September 2020

Dominick Balletta, Executive Director - NYTF. Photo: ©Russell Peborde
Sholom Aleichem to the Folksbiene community (finally!)

My name is Dominick Balletta, the relatively new Executive Director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene. I jumped feet first into the life of Folksbiene on November 1 of last year and had just gotten my sea legs when the pandemic hit.
And so, as we make the turn into fall and take our initial steps towards coming out the other side, I thought this would be a good time to introduce myself and chat with you all for a few moments.

More Info

Spotlight: Magda Fishman
Cantor Magda Fishman, star of Folksbiene's Soul to Soul, will usher in the Jewish New Year with some of her favorite Yiddish, Hebrew and English songs. Mark it on your calendar: Wednesday, September 16 at 1PM!
Recently, we were lucky enough to chat with Magda about her upcoming Folksbiene!LIVE concert.
Read More!

Conversations
Not to be missed! Tune in on Wednesday, September 23 at 1 PM when journalist Budd Mishkin interviews none other than comedy legend Robert Klein!
Known for his unique brand of Jewish humor, the Bronx-born celebrity will talk about his life and remarkable career as a comedian, singer, and actor. 
More Info

From Zalmen's home to yours
Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek features Songs of Spirituality and the New Year, Songs from The Golden Land, and other musical gems this month.
Sit back, relax, and watch his entertaining Living Room Concerts on Folksbiene! LIVE.
From his home to yours, Thursdays at 1 PM!
See the September Schedule Here

Catskill Memories
It's that time again and oh do we have some very special Yiddish theatre memory videos for you...summertime in the famed Borscht Belt, also known as the Jewish Alps!
This month, we asked two of our #NYTFriends to record themselves talking about their favorite Catskills memories. We introduce you to, Marty Goetz & Rick Grossman...
Watch Here!

Looking Ahead
On the horizon for October is Folksbiene! LIVE: "Welcome to Our Suke/Sukkah", a four-day festival of family-friendly performances during Chol Hamoed (the intermediary days of Sukkos) from October 5th to 8th.
Presentations include Kids and Yiddish: The Reunion Special; Tatiana Wechsler Concert; Budd Mishkin in conversation with the Grammy Award-winning Klezmatics; and, Bisl Borscht: A Tribute to Mickey Katz, starring Ben Liebert (Motl from Folksbiene's Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish) with Special Guests.
More Details

Each month, Ellen Eisen will take us on a journey back in time to a shtetl far, far away where we will explore the origins and meanings of both well-known and little-known Yiddish sayings.
Read More


From the NATI0NAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY

Lunchtime Ladino Concert with Sarah Aroeste

Wednesday, September 16 @ 1pm EST
Free via Facebook Live and NMAJH.org

We're excited to bring you acclaimed musician, Sarah Aroeste, live from her home to yours! Sarah is an international Ladino singer/songwriter, author, and cultural activist, who draws upon her Sephardic family roots from Macedonia and Greece (via Medieval Spain) to bring Judeo-Spanish culture to new generations. Since 2001, Aroeste has toured the globe and recorded five albums, from a feminist Ladino rock album (Gracia, 2012) to an all-original Ladino children's album (Ora de Despertar, 2016). Aroeste also recently published her newest children's book, Buen Shabat, Shabbat Shalom (Kar-Ben and PJ Library, 2020), the first bilingual Ladino-English board book. Bringing Ladino words and music to young and old, Aroeste works to introduce Sephardic culture to wider audiences. www.saraharoeste.com
Click here for details and to RSVP

Ways to Watch
Facebook option: Look for the LIVE post on the Museum's Facebook page just before 1pm ET. You do not need a Facebook account to view the program.
Website option: Beginning at 1pm EST, this program will also be available at NMAJH.org via a pop-up message on the homepage. Please note that audience Q&A is only available on Facebook during the live program.
Registration
RSVP via Facebook is encouraged, though not required. This event is free with a suggested donation of $5

Check out our short new series...and we do mean short


We've started a new video feature called NMAJH in a Minute, taking one artifact from our collection and telling its story in 60 seconds. Okay okay, sometimes more like 90 seconds. We've already featured women's suffrage-themed sheet music and an original program from the 1963 March on Washington. Check them out here!Beginning this month, we'll start releasing these on a more regular basis. We can't wait to share them with you - stay tuned!
SEPTEMBER | FILM AT THE JCC
OUR TIME MACHINE
When his father is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Maleonn-a conceptual artist- pours everything into an ambitious new theater project. Presented by ReelAbilities.
 
Streaming Sep 11-Sep 25 |
Q+A with filmmakers Tue, Sep 15, 8:30 pm | 
OTTOLENGHI AND THE CAKES OF VERSAILLES
Chef Yotam Ottolenghi sets out on a quest to bring the sumptuous art and decadence of Versailles to life in cake form.
 
Streaming Sep 22-24 | Rental link coming soon
Q+A Wed, Sep 23, 1 pm | 
FORGIVE ME FILM-A-THON
A virtual conversation with filmmakers who reflect on films with themes of forgiveness and discuss how their own work relates to the messages of the High Holidays.
 
Mon, Sep 28, 4 pm | 
A CALL TO SPY
As Great Britain's forces were stretched thin during WWII, Winston Churchill's Special Operations Executive began to enlist women as spies. Based on a true story.
 
Streaming Sep 29-Oct 1 | Rental link coming soon
Q+A with filmmakers Tue, Sep 29, 7:30 pm | 
FALL FILM COURSE: NEW ISRAELI CINEMA
A seven-week course including screenings, discussions, and guest appearances by filmmakers.
 
Mondays, Oct 12-Nov 23, 7:30-8:30 pm | 
MORE FILM PROGRAMS AT THE JCC
High Holy Days Film + Forgiveness:
Learning to Say I'm Sorry Through the Animations of Hanan Harchol
Sep 1 + 8, 12:30 pm | 
High Holy Days Film + Forgiveness:
A Conversation with Animator Hanan Harchol
Thu, Sep 10, 7 pm |


Why Join Us?
September 10-17, 2020

"I would highly recommend the Conservative Yeshiva for anyone wanting to study traditional texts, or deepen their appreciation of being part of klal Yisrael. The faculty are outstanding as are all of the support staff."
Richard Sapon-White

"It was a gift to get to "return" to the CY virtually, it was one of the most intergenerational and international online learning experiences that I've been a part of. Students are invested in the community and teachers are invested in the students."
Heather Renetzky

"An amazing way to be part of a learning community, especially during Covid lockdown. Thank you CY for creating this invaluable program for Torah study and building unity with Jews all over the world!"
Neil Tow

Join our Vibrant Global Community!
Spaces are limited

Learn some classic selichot (penitential prayers) and compose your own!
Spend some quality time learning with your children (or grandchildren)
Experience fresh, uplifting music
Find out what the sages of the Talmud had to say about Judgement and Repentance
Explore the humor of The Book of Jonah
Learn how to build your own Sukkah
Workout with some spiritual calisthenics

And we have barely scratched the surface!

Early bird rates end on August 31

Click on the Schedule below to see course descriptions

V'samachta B'veitecha | Rejoicing at Home is fun, accessible, intimate, and affordable.
Get some of the best of Jerusalem from wherever you are.

Be in touch with any questions: israel@uscj.org

Stay tuned for Ulpan, Talmud and other semester courses beginning in October following Sukkot.

See you this September!
Reserve Your Spot!




שבת בבוקר Isn't she lovely - טנדו (מאשאפ mashup)
שבת בבוקר Isn't she lovely - טנדו (מאשאפ mashup)
קול דודי (ניגון חב
קול דודי (ניגון חב"ד) - טנדו
אל אדיר מלך מלכים - טנדו
אל אדיר מלך מלכים - טנדו