April 17, 2020
Shabbat Times: 
Candle Lighting
Virtual services see below

  Forecast: 49

Birthdays and Anniversaries 
 H ugh Gilenson
 Judy Geller
Vera Kishinevsky
Casey Danoff
Martin & Rochelle Carus

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All our Prayer Services can be joined by

1)  Dialing in    
2)  Using internet access and a smartphone, tablet or computer:
Shabbat Services
Tonight at 7Pm
Password: 021816 (should you need it)
Dial in:
929 205 6099        Meeting ID: 700 460 002#

Shabbat Morning at 10:30am
Dial in:
929 205 6099       Meeting ID: 867 578 495#

Havdalah at 8:30pm
Dial in:
929 205 6099       M eeting ID: 729 396 135#

Yom HaShoah Observance
Tuesday Evening, April 21 (following the 7:00pm Mincha/Ma'ariv Service)
or call
929-205-6099       Meeting ID: 338 747 559


Rabbi's Class: Thursday at 11:00am
Louis Ginzberg's, The Legends of the Bible, can be purchased at nominal cost from Amazon
Dial in:  929 205 6099  Meeting ID: 362 376 833#

Yom HaAtzma'ut Celebration
Wednesday Evening, April 29  (following the 7:00pm Mincha/Ma'ariv Service)
or call  929-205-6099       Meeting ID: 338 747 559

Torah Portion SH'MINI
After seven days of investiture into the Priesthood, Aaron and his sons assume their offices and offer communal sacrifices on the EIGHTH day (Shemini). A fire from God, symbolizing Divine blessing, consumed their offerings.
Two of Aaron's sons, Nadav and Avihu, brought an incense offering on their own initiative, and are struck down by God for their actions. Instructions from God and Moses to Aaron and his remaining sons with respect to public displays of grief make it amply clear that the priests hold a consecrated and elevated position, which takes priority over their personal needs. To prevent a recurrence of priestly error, the priests were warned to refrain from imbibing any intoxicant.
The Sidra concludes with a thorough exposition of the laws of Kashrut: a listing of the permissible and prohibited animals and certain physical features establish these criteria.


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 
Harriet Hirschenfang will be observing yahrzeit for her mother-in-law, Florence Hirschenfang on Friday evening, April 17th 
Charlotte Winter will be observing yahrzeit for her husband, Martin Winter on Sunday evening, April 19th
Ann Schaer will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Bella Gilsenberg on Sunday evening, April 19th
Daniel Kraut will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Leonard Kraut on Wednesday evening, April 23rd

Weekday Minyanim:
Sunday - Friday Mornings at 9:00am
Dial in:   929 205 6099     Meeting ID: 110 379 215#
Sunday - Thursday Evenings at 7:00pm
Dial in:   929 205 6099       Meeting ID: 338 747 559#
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You can purchase both prayer books here:
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The remainder of today's Shab Sha is devoted to Yom haShoah-related topics:

A Great-Grandson's Testimony and Tribute
How Filipino President Manuel Quezon Rescued 1,200 Jews from the Holocaust 
When Max von Sydow Entertained Holocaust Survivors  
Will Pope Pius' Archives Shed Light on His Silence During the Shoah? 

When Turkey Sent Holocaust Refugees to Their Deaths - and Let Nationalism Grow Unchecked             
Polish Diplomats in Switzerland during Holocaust Provided Jews with Forged Passports         
For Artist at Auschwitz, a Challenge: Stepping Into the Past, Not on It    
A Vienna high school acknowledges its own harsh truth about the Holocaust                    
A Holocaust Instagram story caused controversy. Here's what teens think.  
Dutch Businessman Saved Hundreds of Jewish Lives during the Holocaust          
  "Iranian Schindler" Saved Countless Paris Jews in WWII 
The Polish Woman Who Hid 16 Jews in Her House  
View the Video: No. 4 Street of Our Lady     Belgian-Jewish Underground Group Rescued 3,000-4,000 Children
More Than 13 Million Documents from Nazi Concentration Camps Posted Online     
A Blood-Stained Renoir on Exhibit in Paris         
Fifty works in the collection of a former German arms dealer-including a renowned portrait of a Sephardic aristocrat-show how France fails to fully grapple with its collaboration in the Nazi art market for plundered works    

The Shoah's Other Lost Children   
What will the opening of sealed Vatican archives reveal about the fate of Jewish children hidden by Catholic communities during the war?                          

Buenos Aires Holocaust Museum Debuts First Holocaust Survivor Holograms in Spanish   
Being Black in Nazi Germany   
Philippines' WWII Rescue of Jews Was Limited by U.S.   
The Surgeon Had a Dilemma Only a Nazi Medical Text Could Resolve         
The Catholic Doctor Whose Ruse Saved Jewish Lives    
The Deportation of Jews from Libya to French North Africa during World War II     
Hitler Looted the Art, Then They Looted Hitler 
New research is helping the hunt for missing art, largely amassed by Hitler, then re-stolen by desperate Germans in the closing days of the war.                  

Buried Roman Coins May Identify Forgotten Shoah Victims                       

The Young Women in the First Auschwitz Transport  
At 99, A Survivor Tells His Daring Tale of Heroism                                                                       

Netflix Streams Film Starring Sophia Loren as a Holocaust Survivor  
A Rediscovered Holocaust Memoir from 1945 Tells an Extraordinary Story 
Ex-British MP Ian Austin Talks about the Encounters with Holocaust Survivors that Shamed Him into Leaving the Labour Party   
Women Holocaust Survivors Find Joy in Fighting Poverty  
Monaco to Open Up Archives on its Dark Shoah Past          

Israeli Culture in North America
Friday, April 17, 2020
Our thoughts are with you all in these formidable times. We believe culture is not a privilege but a necessity. Therefore, our weekly newsletter is currently dedicated to works of Israeli culture and art that can be accessed online, alongside innovative initiatives tackling the challenges that COVID-19 has inflicted upon us.

Wherever you are, please keep safe and healthy.

Chichinette - The Accidental Spy
The untold story of Marthe Cohn, a feisty young woman who joined the French resistance during WWII. After keeping silent for almost 60 years, Marthe now shares the extraordinary story of how she managed to beat the odds and fight the Nazis as a spy. Now available to rent online.

Zoya Cherkassky: Lost Time
April 8 - May 10
This exhibition, featured yesterday in The New York Times, is the second in Fort Gansevoort's ongoing online series, Seeing Through You. Curated by Alison M. Gingeras.

Renana Gutman at 92nd Street Y
Lauded by The New York Times for "passionate and insightful" performances, Renana Gutman performs Bach's French Suite No. 6 and Chopin's 24 Preludes, Op. 28, plus works by Debussy, Fauré, and Scriabin, live-streamed from Brooklyn.

NIF Film Club
NIF is offering a virtual film club, bringing you poignant and relevant Israeli films in partnership with JCC Manhattan's Other Israel Film Festival. This week's film is Forever Pure, with director Maya Zinshtein (via Zoom).

Orli Shaham's MidWeek Mozart
This spring, pianist Orli Shaham gives you a special preview of her forthcoming recording of the complete Mozart sonatas on MidWeek Mozart. Each week, you'll get to hear a movement of a Mozart sonata, before Volume 1 is released this fall. 

Moving for All by Dafi Dance Company
Every Sunday & Wednesday
When all is different, it is important to go back to body and movement, creating happiness and connections to ourselves. Please join us for a virtual dance platform for non professional dance lovers, ages 50+.

David Perlov's monumental six part documentary, shot between 1973-1983, is a defining work in the history of Israeli cinema. It has now been made available to rent online, via Vimeo.

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra performs Peter and the Wolf
Premiere broadcast of the beloved children's tale, Peter and the Wolf, conducted by Guy Feder and narrated by actor Dror Keren. In Hebrew.

This week's serving of three Israeli documentary films, temporarily available to stream for free. Courtesy of The Israeli Documentary Filmmakers Forum.
The Optimist and the Buddhist
Password: optimist_for_forum
Queen Khantarisha
Password: QK2014
Good Garbage
Password: goo8lhd

A special project allowing art lovers to experience great Israeli exhibitions, with one click of a button, from everywhere in the world. Photo: Shay Zilberman at Inga Gallery.

Free Online Ballet Classes by Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company
Every Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday
11:00-11:40am, 4:00-4:40pm
Link to enter via Zoom app:
Password: 0000

Shorts on the Way
An online selection of Israeli short films produced as part of The Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival and Gesher Fund for Multicultural Film's joint project, nurturing up-and-coming Israeli filmmaking talent.

The Drive
The English language release of Yair Asulin's prize-winning novel The Drive. A searing tale about a young soldier at a breaking point, Assulin penetrates a torn world and gives a tour to the depths of Israeli society.