May 3rd, 2019
Shabbat Times: 
Candle Lighting
Morning Service
7:36 pm
  Forecast: 72/partly cloudy

Shabbat Kiddush
Today's Kiddush has been enhanced by Marlene & Leon Perkal 
in honor of Leon's 80th birthday.
Birthdays and Anniversaries 
David Korn
Gary Maier
Leon Perkal
Daniel Kraut
Richard Levy
Richard Schiff
Peter Bloch
Jordan Leon
Solomon Arbeiter
Adrian Osian
Phyllis & William Lowe  
Saturday 5/4
Morning Service 9:30 am
Minha, S'uda Shlishit (3rd Shabbat Meal), timely topic, Maariv and Havdalah 7:15 pm
Tuesday 5/7
Sisterhood Board Meeting 1:00 pm
Thursday 5/9
Rabbi's Class 10:30 am
Friday 5/10
Bible Class 11:30 am
Kaballat Cabaret Friday Night Service & Oneg 7:00 pm

Torah Rea ding 685   Haftarah 1216
After the death of two of Aaron's sons, who were struck down by God for attempting to enter the Holy of Holies, the High Priest is given strict instructions that the Sanctuary's most holy place may only be entered on Yom Kippur. The purification of the Sanctuary and the rituals of Yom Kippur - including the scapegoat and the personal and communal confessions - are enumerated. The entire Israelite nation was commanded to "afflict their souls" - to fast on Yom Kippur.
Rules are given prohibiting the random sacrifice of animals in any locale; they may only be offered on the Sanctuary's altar. To do otherwise was tantamount to idolatry. The consumption of any blood or of the flesh of an animal that was not slaughtered properly was also considered an abomination.
The Torah's standards of personal morality include sexual behavior: the excesses of both the Egyptian and Canaanite cultures were rejected, and prohibited marital unions were also spelled out.

There are calls in the Jewish community to have a Shabbat of commemoration for the attack in the San Diego shul, just as we did following the massacre in Squirrel Hill.
I find it interesting that no one has asked me what we plan on doing this Shabbat - not a single question about enhanced security - not a single question about a special program.
I also find it interesting that no one has told me that they plan on staying away from shul on Shabbat. And no one has threatened to stay away unless we beef up security.
I am hoping that we will have as normal Shabbat as possible... with one significant exception: I have made arrangements to hire an armed, uniformed, off-duty Fort Lee Police officer who will be stationed at our front door. I want you to feel secure when you come to shul.
This evening at 7:00 p.m.
Tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m.
Minha, Seudah Shlishit, Ma'ariv and Havdalah at 7:15p.m.

"Beware of the ideologically selective decrying of anti-Semitism"
Join us next Friday night for a very special service and program, beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Once again, we will be welcoming members of  Congregation Beth Israel of the Palisades to our building,
and on Saturday morning, May 17 we will join them for services in their building!

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 
Stephanie Strauss will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Rhoda Strauss on Saturday evening, May 4th
Daniel Kraut will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Leonard Kraut on Saturday evening, May 4th
Barbara Margolin will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Ella Kreitzberg on Sunday evening, May 5th
Leon Perkal will be observing yahrzeit for his sister, Evelyn Lurie on Monday evening, May 6th
Alvin Cohen will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Samuel Cohen on Tuesday evening, May 7th
Hennie Ostrower will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Louis Kalb on Tuesday evening, May 7th
Myrna Weissman will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Mose Schear on Tuesday evening, May 7th
Michael Seymour will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Ernst Seymour on Tuesday evening, May 7th
Gladys Gordon will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Bessie Klein on Wednesday evening, May 8th
Rita Berliner will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Philip Schwartz on Wednesday evening, May 8th
Wendy Schwartz will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Mr. Edward Hayton on Wednesday evening, May 8th

Yesterday was Yom haShoah...          
"Last Letters from the Holocaust: 1944"                            
Presenting Holocaust Survivors with their "Victory" Photos    
Polish Diplomat Who Saved Hundreds of Jews during the Holocaust Named Righteous Among the Nations  Konstanty Rokicki, the Polish vice consul in Switzerland during World War II, produced fake passports of South American countries and distributed them to Jews who were about to be deported                    
  Newly Revealed Photographs Chronicle Aftermath of Dachau's Liberation                                                        Collection belonging to Belgian underground operative Adrian Aloy, including images of the revenge killing of SS guards, made public ahead of Jerusalem auction

On a Day of Remembrance, Chelsea Soccer's Rising Stars are Shocked by What They See at Auschwitz                  In response to a spate of anti-Semitism at matches across Europe, the London club sent players to the March of the Living in Poland.                                               

I knew it was only a matter of time before Israel would figure out how to defeat Gaza's low-tech balloons, kites and drones:
Israel Developed Weapons Capable of Defeating Russian S-300 Missile Systems in Syria                                        

Israel's Arab Soldiers  
Lone Soldiers in Israel                                                                                         

Number of Israeli Arab Engineering Students Doubles in Six Years   

Iran, Hezbollah, Syria, Lebanon
U.S. Treasury Targets Hizbullah Financiers                                                                                                                         

France Tells Lebanon: Israel Won't Tolerate Iranian-Backed Missile Plant  Report: Iran Limits Its Plans in Syria                                                                                 

BDS / anti-Semitism / anti-Zionism
Celebrities Denounce Proposed Boycott of Eurovision in Israel                                                          

Western Europe's Rap Scene Has an Anti-Semitism Problem                      
Across the continent, performers have dabbled in Holocaust denial, anti-Jewish conspiracy theories and threats against "Zionists." 
University of Maryland Student Government Rejects BDS                                                                 
Williams College Student Councils Denies Recognition to Pro-Israel Group  



Year-Round Offerings: Families, Teens, & Adults
April 2019 / Nisan 5779

There are many ways to enjoy Ramah experiences year-round, whether it's with your own Ramah camp or with the Ramah mishpacha at programs throughout North America, Israel, and the world. Use these links or scroll down to learn more:

No prior Ramah affiliation is needed to participate in these programs, so please invite friends and family to join you, or forward this email to anyone who might be interested in these terrific program offerings!

New for 2019!
The Ramah Sports Academy Family Experience
From August 5-7, 2019,  Ramah Sports Academy, located on the beautiful campus of Fairfield University in Connecticut, will hold its first  RSA Family Experience, a sports program for families. This is a great opportunity for families to enjoy camp together. Open to families from any Ramah community and their friends! For more information,  click here, or contact  Dave Levy, camp director.
Travel with Ramah Israel Institute (RII) and Reshet Ramah
Poland Journey for Adults  | July 22-28, 2019

Summer Bar/Bat Mitzvah Family Adventure in Israel  | Aug. 13-22, 2019  (New trip!)

Ramah Morocco Experience  | Sept. 8-19, 2019

Ramah Nyack Chanukah Family Trip to IsraelDec. 23, 2019 - Jan. 1, 2020  (all camps welcome)

Winter Bar/Bat Mitzvah Family Adventure in Israel  | Dec. 23, 2019 - Jan. 1, 2020
Adult Camps & Retreats
Singles Weekend at Ramah Berkshires  (for singles in their 40s, 50s, and up) | May 24-27, 2019

Shabbat Plus at Ramah Poconos |  July 19-21, 2019

Ramah Darom Jewish Women's Getaway  | Nov. 10-13, 2019
Family Camps & Retreats
Ramah New England Family Camp  | May 24-27, 2019

Ramah Darom Summer Family Camp  | June 26-30 , 2019 and July 17-21, 2019

LimmudFest at Ramah Darom  (partnership with Limmud Atlanta and Southeast)  | Aug. 30  -   Sept. 2, 2019

Sukkot at Ramah Poconos  | Oct. 18-20, 2019

Ramah Darom Winter Break Family Camp  |  Dec. 27, 2019  -  Jan. 1, 2020
Families with Children with Disabilities

Ramah Darom Camp Yofi   | Aug. 7-11, 2019

Ramah Poconos Tikvah Family Camp  | Aug. 14-18, 2019

Ramah California Camp Ohr Lanu   | Aug. 15-19, 2019
Programs for Teens & Young Adults
Do you know a young adult struggling to find their path in life? Ramah is working to address mental health and wellness within the Jewish community.  BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy is our answer. Following a successful pilot season in Spring 2018, BaMidbar is open for year-round enrollment.