July 3, 2020
Shabbat Times: 
Candle Lighting
Virtual services see below

  Forecast: 86
/partly cloudy

Happy July 4th

Do not be discouraged: there is still reason to be optimistic about our country and plenty to celebrate!

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 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 9:00am 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  
The overwhelming emphasis on life that is basic to Judaism can be discerned in the ritual that begins this week's parasha: the use of ashes from a slaughtered red heifer for purification of anyone who has come into contact with the dead.
The thirty-eight years of additional wandering in the wilderness (as a punishment for the lack of resolve to conquer Canaan) are passed over with little detail. Miriam dies in the fortieth year of the journey, and shortly thereafter, following Moses' impatience when he strikes a rock to bring forth water from it rather than speaking to it, Aaron dies as well.
The Israelites now prepare to conquer the land in earnest. Unable to enter directly from the west, they journey south of Edom to avoid conflict with Esau's descendents; they will enter the land from the east. They successfully repulse an attack from the king of Arad. But spiritual weariness and the recurrent complaint about lack of food and water result in divine punishment: fiery serpents whose stings are lethal. Moses fashions a brass serpent that is carried throughout the camp suspended from a pole; whoever looks upon it will recover from the snake bites.
The Israelites journey northward, conquering Emor and Bashan. The Israelites are now in possession of all territory east of the Jordan River from the Arnon to Mount Hermon. They encamp on the east bank of the Jordan, opposite the Moabite town of Jericho.
In the wake of the Israelite victories over several of the nations/city states on the eastern side of the Jordan River, Balak, King of Moab, is justifiably panicked about the prospect of military confrontation. Knowing he cannot defeat Israel on the battlefield, he hires Balaam, a sorcerer, to curse the Israelites.
On three successive occasions, from different sites overlooking the Israelite encampment, Balaam, at God's behest, praises and blesses the nation. Furious at this betrayal, Balak dismisses Balaam, but not before Balaam delivers a prophecy in which he foretells the defeat of Moab and others at the hands of Israel.
At the next campsite, Shittim, a large number of the Israelite men have sexual liaisons with Moabite and Midianite women and participate in the worship of Baal-Pe'or. While efforts are under way to slay the ringleaders of this group, a plague breaks out in the camp. In the midst of this chaotic situation, one Israelite man commits the brazen act of bringing a Midianite woman into his tent. Pinhas, son of Elazar, the High Priest, follows them and kills them, bringing an end to the plague in which 24,000 people died.


ALL our Synagogue Prayer Services and Programs are conducted over ZOOM
Here is a screenshot (taken before Shabbat) of some of our participants at last Friday night's Zoom service

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)?...
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                                          
Dial in by phone:   929 205 6099      Meeting ID: 874 8132 0020 
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 

Stuart Kimberly will be observing yahrzeit for his mother, Karen Bleiberg on Sunday evening, July 5th
Sally Seymour will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Mimi Brender on Sunday evening, July 5th
Howard Schefflan will be observing yahrzeit for his mother, Ilse Schefflan on Sunday evening, July 5th

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Joseph Hyman
Martha Shemin
Carol Franklin
Hennie Ostrower
Shlomo Peled
Alan Stern

Laurie & Ira Smilovitz
Susan Davis & Fred Wolodiger

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  
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
We completed our examination of the Kaddish...on to the formal section of the Shaharit service!
Newcomers are (always) welcome!
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
Thanks to Howard Schefflan-and Beth!-for a fascinating "tour" of his 2 race cars. Because those cars have never been exposed to the elements, the rain forced us inside, but it did not "dampen our spirits".

Next Wednesday: Marvin Chertkoff will present: The Bible as Literature    
Explore some of the literary devices that the Biblical authors used, which are still in common use today. They illustrate the sophistication of these writers of 3000 years ago.

"Talk Amongst Yourselves; I'll give you a topic: Discuss..."         
Your profession
Your avocation
Your hobby
Your expertise
Your life experiences
Your travels
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
Camp Ramah in Canada is opening - on the Video Game Minecraft 
Antone Melton-Meaux, Ilhan Omar's Primary Challenger, Calls Her a "Divider"                         
 Mike Myers (Originator of 'Coffee Talk') Speaks to Students About Hate: 'Call It and Say It;' Wrong'                                               
A Welcome Excursion for Bosnian Jews                                                              
After months in quarantine during the pandemic, Sarajevo's community once again gathers for an annual pilgrimage
When Department Stores Face Extinction, a Chapter of American Jewish History Comes to an End
9 Powerful Jewish Designs by Milton Glaser, the Iconic Graphic Artist Who Died at 91                                               
Finally, the Rarest Jewish Texts from Italy Will be Available Online                

New Video Series Addresses 3,000 Years of Jewish History 
Women Torah Scholars in Israel Can Take Accreditation Exams, Attorney General Says                                                                   
Video: Israel Philharmonic Global Gala 2020 
The Israel Philharmonic Global Gala 2020 hosted by Dame Helen Mirren
The Israel Philharmonic Global Gala 2020 hosted by Dame Helen Mirren

Cyberattack Disrupts Israel Philharmonic Virtual Concert  Israel Embassy in Ukraine Sends Aid to Flood Victims 

BDS / Anti-Semitism / anti-Zionism
U.S. Deputy Anti-Semitism Envoy: Anti-Zionism Is Anti-Semitism                   
  And Coronavirus conspiracy theories are a modern-day blood libel    
The Battle over BDS: Trends, Lessons and Future Trajectories                          
The counter-BDS network is succeeding in disrupting BDS momentum         
Undocumented Foreign Funding of American Universities: Implications for Education and Rising Anti-Semitism
YouTube Pages of French Comedian Dieudonne, Richard Spencer and David Duke Among 25,000 Removed for Hate Speech

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:


Lower East Side Ladies-A Zoom Walking Tour        
Tuesday, July 7  3-4pm              $5.00 per person                                        
Learn about the fiery women of Lower East Side history with a walk around the neighborhood. The tour begins at the Museum at Eldridge Street, diving into the history of women at the historic site - from the early-20th century Ladies Auxiliary to the women-designed stained glass window that now anchors the historic sanctuary. Then we'll hit the streets to follow in the footsteps of pious women and prostitutes, activists and artists, freethinking feminists and tough-talking balabustas. Hear about anarchist Emma Goldman, Visiting Nurse Service founder Lillian Wald, wigmaker and mikvah owner Gittel Natelson, and delicatessen queen Sarah Gellis.

Israeli Culture in North America
Philarmonic Harmony: U.S. Independence Day Celebration | July 5th, 12:00pm EDT
Add some sparkle to your Sunday with musical fireworks from the Israel Philharmonic celebrating U.S. Independence Day weekend. Join us from your couch for a classical concert with selections ranging from Tchaikovsky to Gershwin. 

Artown Opening Night Extravaganza
A virtual spectacle of sight, sound, song, and dance, featuring personal messages and performances from Artown's headline artists including Vertigo Dance Company. Photo by Yoel Levi.

Creating a Character: The Moni Yakim Legacy
What do Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis and Alex Sharp have in common? They all studied under the renowned acting teacher Moni Yakim at Juilliard, America's greatest performing arts school. This film explores his extraordinary life and takes us inside the drama classes.

Israeli Philarmonic Orchestra Global Gala
Join Dame Helen Mirren, Maestro Lahav Shani and iconic soloists and conductors for an exceptional Global Gala, featuring Maestro Zubin Mehta, Pinchas Zukerman & others. Photos courtesy of Trevor Leighton and Marco Borggreve.

Army of Lovers in the Holy Land
Asaf Galay's fascinating award-winning documentary about the Jewish roots of the Swedish queer pop band Army of Lovers and its singer Jeane-Pierre Barda's decision to make aliyah - is having Virtual Cinema screenings in two film festivals: PrideFLIX and Oxford Virtual Film Festival.

Noam Vazana Livestreaming Concert | July 12th, 1:30pm EDT
Watch the "breathtaking" performance of beloved Israeli Ladino singer-songwriter Nani Noam Vazana. Nani creates new poetry and music in the unique language of Sephardic Jews - descendants of the Spanish Jewish "Golden Age" that was disrupted by the Inquisition of 1492. Photo by Asaf Lewkovitz.

Picture of His Life
Yonatan Nir and Dani Menkin's award-winning documentary about Amos Nachoum, one of the greatest wildlife photographers of all times, and his ultimate challenge to become the first still photographer to photograph the world's largest land carnivore. Buy tickets | Watch the trailer.

Idan Raichel - In Conversation & Song
Enjoy an intimate concert with the Israeli multi-talented artist, who has long championed tolerance, peace and cross-cultural understanding in performances all over the world. Raichel has created a unique musical culture, fusing technology and the sounds of dozens of different languages and musicians from across the globe.

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.

The Guy Mintus Show | Sundays, 2pm EDT
Israeli pianist, composer, and vocalist Guy Mintus takes song requests from all over the world and reimagines them live on his weekly show.