February 8th 2019
Shabbat Times: 
Candle Lighting
Evening Service
Morning Service
5:03 pm
  Forecast: 36/sunny

Shabbat Kiddush
Join us for Kiddush on Shabbat. This is the perfect opportunity for us to experience community and get to know each other better.

Birthdays and Anniversaries 
Hannah Rak
Myra London
Loren Wasserman
Karen Brady
Lisa & Gary Maier
Saturday 2/9
Morning Service 9:30 am
Minha , S'uda Shlishit (3rd Shabbat Meal), timely topic, Maariv and Havdalah 4:30 pm
Wednesday 2/13
The Great Synagogue Read in Chapter 5 10:30 am
The Great Synagogue Read in Discussion 6:30 pm
Thursday 2/14
Rabbi's Class "Talmud and Tangents" 10:30 am

Torah Reading   495   Haftarah 500
Moses is commanded by God to construct a portable Sanctuary in accordance with detailed instructions about its size, its materials, and the various ancillary ritual objects with which it is to be furnished. For these purposes the people were asked to make a free-will offering (Terumah) of metals, fabrics, skins, wood, precious stones, oil and spices.
The outer court of the Sanctuary was a rectangular structure without a roof that was surrounded by curtains. It contained an altar for burnt offerings and a washstand for the priests. All Israelites could enter this area.
The Tabernacle was divided into two sections, separated by a veil. Only priests were permitted to enter this area. It contained an altar for incense, the seven-branched Menorah and a table for the showbread.
The inner chamber of the Tabernacle, the Holy of Holies, contained the Ark of the Covenant; the high priest was accorded access, but only on Yom Kippur.
Our sidra provides specific instructions about the design of each of these structures and their furnishings.

On Tuesday afternoon the US Senate passed the Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act of 2019 (S.1) in a bipartisan vote of 77-23. Senator Menendez voted for it; Senator Booker voted against it. Among the 7 declared or likely Democratic presidential contenders, only Sen Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota voted for it. The entire Democratic caucus voted 25-22 in favor of the bill. Getting a majority of the Democratic caucus to support it is considered a victory by AIPAC, and burnishes the non-partisan group's image.  Democratic opponents, most of whom have no objection to funding aid for Israel (which is a part of the bill), have problems with the anti-BDS provisions, which they claim impinge on freedom of speech for boycotters.
Included in this bill is one of the most forward-leaning security packages for Israel ever adopted by the United States - authorizing $38 billion in security assistance (the 10-year
Memorandum of Understanding  negotiated under Pres. Obama) and missile defense cooperation over the next decade. It also authorizes new U.S.-Israel cooperation in areas like anti-drone technologies and space exploration. This will help keep Israel safe for years to come.  The bill also includes a critical measure to combat the BDS movement, clarifying that states have the authority to pass their own anti-BDS laws and to withhold state contracts from companies boycotting Israel.
Sen. Marco Rubio: The Truth about BDS and the Lies about My Bill  
Myths and Facts About the Combating BDS Act
In recent weeks, there has been much misinformation about the Combating BDS Act (CBA), an important bipartisan bill which would simply clarify that U.S. states have the authority to act against commerce- or investment-related boycotts targeting Israel without fear that they are preempting federal authority.
These mischaracterizations take advantage of the hyper-charged partisan environment to promulgate baseless slogans and pure disinformation while rarely addressing the specifics of the bill.
To help clear things up, four common myths on the issue are debunked below:
MYTH #1 : The Combating BDS Act restricts free speech.
FACT : Nothing in this bill restricts constitutionally protected free speech.  The text of the bill, in Sec. 405, specifically notes that "Nothing in this title shall be construed to infringe upon any right protected under the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States."  The legislation only covers corporations' commerce- or investment-related activities in the course of interstate or international commerce. The bill would not impact companies that simply express their opposition to Israel or Israeli policies.  It is well-established that Congress may impose regulations barring compliance with foreign boycotts that conflict with U.S. legislative or foreign policy interests, without running afoul of the First Amendment. Likewise, Congress may also restrict the information Americans can provide to foreign governments with respect to foreign boycotts. See: Trane Co. v. Baldrige, 552 F. Supp. 1378 (W.D. Wis. 1983) and Briggs and Stratton Corp. v. Baldrige, 728 F.2d 915 (7th Cir. 1984).
This bill does not and cannot abridge Americans' right to free speech or their right to sue states for perceived violations of First Amendment rights.
MYTH #2 : The bill will negatively impact individuals' right to boycott or criticize Israel.
FACT The bill in no way impedes the right of any American to boycott or criticize Israel. The law does not even apply to individuals. The law only recognizes that state and local governments may adopt certain policies related to corporations, companies, business associations, partnerships or trusts without the concern that federal law in any way preempts the state and local governments' ability to do so. Corporations are free to express their opposition to Israeli policies, as mentioned above.
Individuals who choose to personally boycott Israel or express support for boycott efforts would clearly not be subject to the law.
The Combating BDS Act does not limit the rights of individuals-including those acting as government contractors-to personally engage in boycotts of Israel. Such contractors can refuse to buy Israeli goods or do business with Israel in their private capacity, so long as they do not discriminate against or limit commercial relations with Israel or persons doing business in Israel while in their professional capacity.
MYTH #3 : The Combating BDS Act would "encourage" states to pass anti-BDS laws.
FACT This is an utter mischaracterization of what the bill does. The CBA simply clarifies that states have the right to pass such laws, if they so choose, without preempting federal authority. In fact, for years, without the CBA in effect, more than two-dozen states have already passed such laws.  Specifically, the bill notes in Sec. 402(a) [emphasis added] that "Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a State or local government may adopt and enforce [these] measures". The use of the word "may"-as opposed to "must," "should," etc.-makes clear that those who claim the bill "encourages" states to pass anti-BDS laws are either misleading or misinformed.
MYTH #4 : States have no authority to combat boycotts of the Jewish state.
FACT The United States Supreme Court has held that a state government may exercise its discretion in selectively funding programs, without running afoul of the Constitution. The converse is also true-a state government may choose not to fund or subsidize activities of companies whose actions are at variance with state law or policy. Likewise, U.S. courts have long held that the government, as an employer, exercises wide discretion and control over those who contract with it and may limit the activities of those contractors in the interest of achieving the government's goals.  The CBA is not the first instance in which the federal government has acknowledged a state's inherent powers to divest from companies acting contrary to legislative policy. In fact, the CBA mirrors a provision within current federal law-the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (CISADA)-which clarifies that state governments may divest from companies invested in Iran's energy sector.
Conclusion:  Congress should take up and pass the Combating BDS Act as quickly as possible. This important bipartisan bill seeks both to protect states against claims they are preempting federal authority and to demonstrate Congress' strong support for state measures consistent with Congress' historic commitment to oppose boycotts of Israel.
The Combating BDS Act has attracted widespread bipartisan support and was cosponsored in the previous Congress by the current Senate leaders of both parties, as well as the current Chairman and Ranking Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senate Finance Committee, along with many other members from both parties and in both chambers.
How Anti-BDS Laws Went Viral          

President Trump on Anti-Semitism in the State of the Union address
We will not avert our eyes from a regime that chants death to America and threatens genocide against the Jewish people. We must never ignore the vile poison of anti-Semitism, or those who spread its venomous creed. With one voice, we must confront this hatred anywhere and everywhere it occurs.
Just months ago, 11 Jewish-Americans were viciously murdered in an anti-Semitic attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh....
And consistent with that:                                                                                                                                                                    
Commenting on the SOTU
Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard tweeted: "I applaud the president for standing up against anti-Semitism. Now we should all stand up against religious and racial bigotry of all kinds."
A second tweet read: "I visited the Auschwitz concentration camp and it is an experience I will never, ever forget. The world must never forget the genocide that the Jewish people suffered. Only then can we appreciate how necessarily it is to never allow such a thing to ever happen again.

Tonight: Evening service at 7:00 p.m.
Tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m.
Tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 p.m.
During Seudah Shlishit we will read suspend our reading of Michelle Alexander's op-ed on advocating for Palestine (we only got through one page) to examine what apartheid really means, and in so doing to refute some of Alexander's chief assertions.
We will re-read two previous Shabbat afternoon articles:    Why Israel Is Nothing Like Apartheid South Africa by Benjamin Pogrund (2017) and  Richard Goldstone's (yes, that Richard Goldstone) Israel and the Apartheid Slander (2011).  These essays, both of which were also NYT op-eds, will also help us to understand just how false were the accusations made by the protesters outside Carnegie Hall at the Israel Philharmonic performance last Sunday.
Photo courtesy Hilda Froelke who attended the concert

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 
Helene Polinsky will be observing yahrzeit for her husband, Murray Polinsky on Friday evening, February 8th
Eloise Polinsky will be observing yahrzeit for her brother-in-law, Murray Polinsky on Friday evening, February 8th
Sharon Berman will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Shirley Alice Siegel Berman on Saturday evening, February 9th
Eyal Gabay will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Moshe Gabay on Saturday evening, February 9th
Leo Rettig will be observing yahrzeit for his brother, Albert Rettig on Saturday evening, February 9th
Sharon Starr will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Milton Ellis on Sunday evening, February 10th
Marilyn Saposh will be observing yahrzeit for her daughter, Noreen Saposh on Sunday evening, February 10th
Niles Burton will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Marvin Burton on Monday evening, February 11th
Leon Perkal will be observing yahrzeit for his mother, Helen Perkal on Monday evening, February 11th
Alan Fromkin will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Melvin Fromkin on Tuesday evening, February 12th
Arnold Insler will be observing yahrzeit for his mother, Sara Insler on Tuesday evening, February 12th
Marilyn Saposh will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Anna Bettinger on Wednesday evening, February 13th
Ruth  Feldsohn-Weisman will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Leon Feldsohn on Wednesday evening, February 13th
Ronald Schechter will be observing yahrzeit for his mother, Esther Schechter on Wednesday evening, February 13th
Hilda Froelke will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Regina Rothleder on Wednesday evening, February 13th

Important Reads
 Jews, Evangelicals Reach Out to Sunni Gulf Arab Leaders                                           

International Holocaust Remembrance Day
40 Years Ago, an American Miniseries Changed the Way Germans Thought About Their History. Now 'Holocaust' is Being Shown There Again. The four-part drama, starring a young Meryl Streep, burned itself into the consciences of its millions of German viewers.                                                                                  
   Holocaust Victims Remembered in Rome 74 Years After Auschwitz Liberation                                            

Jeremy Corbyn's Commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day is Offensive and Hurtful   
Ignorance About the Holocaust is Growing                                                                            

What Israel Could Be

Starling Migration in Israel  
Israel Welcomes 82 Ethiopian Immigrants                                                                         
Israeli Arab Medic Saves the Life of Muslim Pilgrim in Mecca Using his Israeli Medical Kit
Episode #81 - The Israeli Who Saved A Life in Mecca
Episode #81 - The Israeli Who Saved A Life in Mecca

Two Americans Honored by Israel for Helping Police Officer during Jerusalem Terror Attack                                

Meet Israel's Elite Military Divers (like those now in Brazil) 
Benny Ganz's First Political Speech As He Announces Challenge to Bibi         
The Israeli Left's Unabashed Militarism (Ganz's Politics)  
Tourism to Israel Continues to Rise      
Israel Launches New Hebrew Music Streaming App
President Rivlin Explains Jewish Connection to Jerusalem to Visiting UN Ambassadors   
Video of the Ambassadors' Tour      

Israeli-Arab Relations Have Taken a Step Forward      
Israel's Popularity in Africa Is Growing, Even Among Muslim-Majority Nations

An Israeli Company Claims to Have a Cure for Cancer, But Fellow Scientists Say Not So Fast 
The head of one tech group says the claim has "damaged the image of Israel's life sciences industry."    

The Palestinians

New Hi-Tech Gaza Fence 
Senior White House Official: No Need for Equivalency between Israelis and Palestinians                                          
U.S. can still mediate   
The 'Popularity' of Hamas on Its 31st Anniversary  
Islamic Jihad, the New Lord of Gaza? 
Experts Dismiss Allegations that Removing Hebron Observers Violates Oslo Accords  

Week-by-week the number of items in this subheading grows. That, in and of itself, tells us something-and it's not good news...
BDS / Anti-Semitism / anti-Zionism

From Celebrated to Vilified, House's Muslim Women Absorb Blows Over Israel
This new tidbit demonstrates that BDS is not just about forcing Israel to granting sovereignty to the Palestinians, but its true purpose is the dissolution of Israel:

Dozens of Hamas, PFLP Members Hold Senior Positions in Pro-BDS NGOs   
Terrorists in Suits: The Ties between NGOs Promoting BDS and Terrorist Organizations 
BDS Is Linked To Terrorism 
Anti-Semitic, Racist, and Anti-Israel/Zionist: Jewish Voice for Peace Hits the Trifecta Labour Plunged into New Anti-Semitism Crisis Following Parliamentary Showdown
The party's general secretary refused to bow to demands to reveal details of a crackdown  

Corbyn's Poll Numbers at All Time Low Due to Brexit and Anti-Semitism  
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Pledges to Look into Allegations of Jeremy Corbyn's Anti-Semitism       
Anti-Semitic Incidents in UK at Record High for Third Year in a Row  
Why Reality Will Never Penetrate the Tribe of Corbyn
Three German Organizations Finance Palestinian Group Employing Terrorists                                        
Attorney Elan Carr Tapped as U.S. Anti-Semitism Envoy  
After Long Delay Trump Administration Appoints Envoy to Fight Anti-Semitism 
After the job sat unfilled for 21 months, the White House's new pick for envoy to combat anti-Semitism steps into the role with a unique background and a very big task ahead of him   
Cong. Lee Zeldin Receives Vile, Anti-Semitic Phone Call from Someone Spouting Farrakhan Rhetoric                                         

Why Has Human Rights Watch Become an Anti-Israel Activist Group?    
Why Is Amnesty International Excusing Hamas?    
Cameroon Apologizes to Israel over Anti-Semitic Comments by Minister                                                
Dutch Soccer Fans Chant "Jews Burn Best" on Holocaust Memorial Day                                                      
Jussie Smollett Appears on Stage Days After Apparent Hate Crime Attack 

Pop Culture
This could just have easily been categorized under BDS (maybe it should have):

Moroccan-French Singer Says He'll Perform at Eurovision in Israel, Despite Death Threats       

Julian Edelman Super Bowl MVP

Israel Tyme (Yalla!)
Israel Tyme (Yalla!)

Is Julian Edelman the Best Jewish Football Player Ever?
Hank Greenberg Bat Sells for More than $25,000
The Charlie Chaplin of Jewish Death  
Géza Röhrig talks about his life-affirming fascination with death, his new film 'To Dust,' and why he wore a kippah to press events surrounding his breakout performance in the Oscar-winning 'Son of Saul"                   

And it is highly recommended that you binge-watch Shtisel (also on Netflix).

Bernard-Henri Levy in Conversation with with Simon Schama  America's Abdication and the Fate of the World, February 13    

At Ramah's three specialty camps, campers pursue their passions within the transformative Jewish communities that have distinguished the Ramah experience for over 70 years.

Soft Pop
Artist Collaboration, Keren Cytter + John Roebas
Opening February 8 | 7:00 pm
February 8 thru March 1, 2019
Malraux's Place
This is the debut exhibition of Cytter / Roebas, a collaboration between Keren Cytter and John Roebas, featuring a musical contribution from Sergei Tcherepnin.
To Create a World
Gallim- Choreographer Andrea Miller
Tuesday, February 12 | 7:30 pm
Wed., February 13 | 7:30 pm
February 14, 15, 16 | 8:00 pm
Sunday, February 17 | 2:00 pm
The Joyce Theater
The boldly inventive choreographer and artistic director of Gallim, Andrea Miller, returns to The Joyce after a year at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as its first choreographic Artist-in-Residence to present the world premiere of To Create a World. The piece is a culmination of research that began at the ancient Temple of Dendur and resulted in a unique movement language that takes audiences from a pre-human past to a post-human future.

Daniel Rozin
Cracked Mud, 2019
Ceramic fragment, custom software, motors, control electronics, motion sensors, light fixture
4 x 132 x 132 in / 10.2 x 335.3 x 335.3 cm
Courtesy bitforms gallery, New York
Exhibition-  Sol
Artist, Daniel Rozin
Opening Feb. 8 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm
February 8th - March 17th, 2019
bitforms gallery, New York
Israeli-American artist, Daniel Rozin. Sol probes the relationship between the function of natural and mechanical structures. The exhibited works employ a combination of custom software and organic materials to mimic and interact with the viewer's body in space. Rozin uses mirroring to nurture the mechanisms of performance, calling for the audience to contemplate the reflection of their gestures.

Yotam Ben-Or Quartet
Composer +Harmonica Player
Sunday February 10th |10:00 pm
Doors open at 9:45pm
Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
Yotam Ben-Or is an Israeli harmonica player and composer based in NYC. A noted Jazz composer and instrumentalist in the Israeli scene, Ben-Or moved to New York in 2014 after receiving a full scholarship to study at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Ben-Or brings a new sound with unique instrumentation, fashioning a synthesis in the Jazz medium inspired by the rugged tunes of his native land.

Lior Miliger's Free Improv Trio
Composer + Saxophone, Lior Miliger
Sunday, February 17 | 6:00 pm
Downtown Music Gallery- Bass, Zach Swanson- Drums, Joe Hertenstein
Lior Miliger is an Israeli born musician, composer, and saxophone player. Lior started his musical journey influenced by Israeli and Mediterranean rooted music, which brought him to record his debut album "Seven Songs". Moving to New York in 2015, he continued his musical journey, expanding on his compositions and improvisation technique, while creating his own unique sound in the New York Jazz scene. Lior continues his musical search, collaborating with some of New York's top musicians, performing a varied and expanding repertoire of original compositions in NYC Jazz clubs.

Yemen Blues
Composer + Singer, Ravid Kahalani
Sunday, February 24 | 8:00 pm
Doors open at 6:00 pm
Brooklyn Bowl
Percussionist, Arranger, Producer Rony Irwyn- Percussionist, Arranger, Producer Itamar Doari- Bass & Oud, Arranger, Producer Shanir Blumenkranz
The intense musicians hail from NYC, Uruguay & Tel Aviv. This includes the core members of creation: Rony Iwryn, Itamar Doari & Shanir Blumenkranz. Each member comes from a different background and brings their own sound and arrangements to Ravid's compositions. The result of this amazing group is a powerful energy that mixes Yemenite, West African & Jazz influences and what Ravid likes to call "New Age Culture Music".

Open the Land to the People
Exhibition Opening, SOLOWAY
Artist Keren Benbenisty
Thru February 24th, 2019
SOLOWAY Brooklyn, NY
This solo exhibition presents selected works (2016 - 2018) from Benbenisty's study into the Lessepsian Migration of fish from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, through the Suez Canal, which slices through the Egyptian Desert. Benbenisty's critical intervention into the scientific discourse over the migration of fish provides for an insightful metaphor for the complex and painful issue of human migration that is stirring up unrest across Europe and the U.S.

Close One Eye
Artist, Tirtzah Bassel
Thru March 10th, 2019
Slag Gallery Brooklyn, NY
Israeli artist, Tirtzah Bassel's second solo exhibition at Slag Gallery will feature a new body of work that includes both large and small scale oil paintings rooted in the observations of every day life. 
The Weight of Things
Artist, Dana Levy
Thru February 16th, 2019
Fridman Gallery New York, NY
Dana Levy's two-channel video installation The Weight of Things depicts the interiors of two rooms of the Palace of Versailles - the bedroom of Louis XIV and Salle de Constantine - in the midst of an earthquake. Taking 19th century etchings of the rooms as source material, Levy separates and animates the intricate details: sculptures, tiny wall moldings, picture frames, furniture, balustrades. One-by-one, the elements tremble and crumble to the floor, as if brought down by the thunderous raucous of the accompanying soundtrack. The lavish interiors, symbolic of absolute monarchy and military expansion, are thus reduced to heaps of rubble surrounded by starkly bared walls.
Ephrat Asherie Dance + Ehud Asherie
Thursday, February 28 | 8:00 pm
UC San Diego Balboa Theatre- Choreographer, Ephrat Asherie- Musical Director, Ehud Asherie
Odeon is set to the music of Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth, known for mixing early 20th-century romantic music with samba and other popular Afro-Brazilian rhythms. The piece delves into what happens when you bring together the extended family of street and club dances-including breaking, hip-hop, house, and vogue-remix them, pick them apart, and challenge them to inhabit unfamiliar spatial and choreographic contexts. Odeon, is an original dance work for seven dancers and four musicians. The performance marks the second collaboration between sister-and-brother team Ephrat and Ehud Asherie (choreographer and musical director, respectively).

One. One & One (N. Y. Premier)
Vertigo Dance Company
Choreographer Noa Wertheim
March 5th - 6th, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Jerome Robbins Theater
Israel's highly regarded Vertigo Dance Company performs One. One & One, choreographed in celebration of the ensemble's 25th anniversary and set to a powerful score by Avi Belleli. Performed on a dirt-covered stage, the work creates an arresting sensory experience as it explores the individual's desire for wholeness and spiritual connection to the natural world.

Shony Rivnay - The Yard New York
Thru April 20th, 2019
The Yard Columbus Circle
SARAHCROWN is pleased to present Unfolding, a solo exhibition of Israeli-American artist Shony Rivany. The project is conceived for the public spaces at The Yard - Columbus Circle as part of the Art In Lobbies program. The installation, spanning three floors, will feature a selection of recent paintings shown for the first time in New York.

Israeli Art + Culture Immersion Trip
Mishkan Museum of Art in Ein Harod
Trip Dates |March 24 - 29, 2019
Friends of the Mishkan Museum of Art in Ein Harod ISRAEL
Join the team of Americans and Israelis interested in playing an integral role in establishing The Friends of The Mishkan Museum of Art in Ein Harod. The trip is focused on Israel's world-class, vibrant multicultural but largely under the radar art scene in the North of the Country. Enjoy privileged access to the emerging cultural panorama in the historic Jezreel Valley and the Western Galilee. Spaces are limited!

Artist Uri Katzenstein
Thru April 28th, 2019
10 Times Square
The late Uri Katzenstein focused his artistic expression on video projects and installations in the latter stages of his career. Mirroring the complexities and layers of life, his videos mixed linear storytelling with bursts of images and vignettes created to raise more questions than answers, shunning obvious clarity. Katzenstein is also credited with founding a new language called "Backyard font," developed to depict the English language graphically.