October 19, 2018
Shabbat Times: 
Candle Lighting
Evening Service
Bar Mitzvah of Marc Levi 
  Forecast: 64/ partly cloudy

Shabbat Kiddush
Today's kiddush is sponsored by Edward and Lenore Silver
in honor of their grandson Marc's bar mitzvah.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Ruth Korn
Lia Pitchkhadze
Ethel Chesen
Harriet Hirschenfang
Seymour Zlotnick
Elena Landau
Carolyn Tauber
Naomi Altschul
Heidi Skolnik
Rose Lederman & Henry Glazer
Saturday 10/20
Bar Mitzvah of Marc Levi 9:00 am
Minha, Meal, Maariv and Havdalah 5:15 pm
Monday 10/22
Visiting Scholar Eric Goldman "Iconic Jewish Filmmakers" Lectures begin at 1:00 pm
Tuesday 10/23
Sisterhood Book Club 1:00 pm Playing with Fire By Tess Gerritsen
Wednesday 10/24
The Great Synagogue Read-In 10:00 am Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein HaLevi
On the Road with the Rabbi: A Tour of JBS Studios 2:00 pm advanced registration required . Space is limited
Parent/Grandparent Education Program
5:00 pm & 6:30 pm
Thursday 10/25
Rabbi's Class "Talmud & Tangents" 10:30 am covering Chapter 2 of Brachot (Blessings)
Chapter One of Read-In discussion 6:30 pm
Friday 10/26
Bible Study 11:30 am
Shir Chadash 1:00 pm    This class, with Cantor Zim, will feature new melodies for Friday night, and Nusach (correct modes) for the Shabbat morning services .

The Great Synagogue Read-In   
Begins this coming Wednesday at 10 AM, or on Thursday, the 25th at 6:30 PM - whichever time and date is more convenient for you. Hard-cover of Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor can be purchased from the synagogue office at the discounted price of $10 per volume.
Will be reading and discussing either 1 or 2 chapters per month over the course of the next 10 months.
Chapter 1 is on our agenda for the coming week.    

On the Road with the Rabbi 

Talmud - and lots and lots of Tangents!
My long-standing weekly Talmud class begins this coming Thursday morning, October 25 10:30 AM, with the new text - or pretext! Having thoroughly exhausted the Passover Seder, were moving on to the Shema and the Grace After Meals (Birkat HaMazon).

Lost and-not yet Found  
Has anyone found a pair of clear woman's prescription glasses? (Rimless on bottom, progressive reading and distance)

Torah Reading 86      Haftarah 95
At the close of last week's sidra, Abram was introduced to us briefly as the son of Terach, a man who has journeyed from his home in Ur to Haran. This week God commands Abram to begin a journey of his own from Mesopotamia to Canaan, where his descendants will become a nation in their own right. He embarks on this mission without hesitation, taking along his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot and other members of his household. Upon his arrival in Shechem, God promises the Land of Canaan to Abram's progeny.

A severe famine compels Abram and Sarai to travel to Egypt, where, at Abram's suggestion, Sarai is identified as Abram's sister and taken into Pharaoh's house. Pharaoh and his court are stricken by a mysterious illness, the truth about Abram and Sarai is revealed, and the couple is sent away.

Five kings of small, southern Canaanite cities revolt against the King of Elam. Abram comes to the aid of these kings because his nephew Lot has settled among them and has been taken hostage. Abram and the men of his household rout the King of Elam and his allies, earning a blessing from Melchizedek, King and Priest of Shalem (Jerusalem).

In a vision, God promises Abram an heir and foretells of the bondage in Egypt and the Exodus. Still childless, Sarai gives Abram her handmaid, Hagar, who bears him a son, Ishmael. A subsequent vision confirms that Abram and Sarai will have a child of their own, that their names will now be Abraham and Sarah, and that all males in their community must be circumcised as a token of this covenant on the eighth day of their lives. Abraham, Ishmael and all the other males of the household undergo circumcision.

Tonight at 7 PM
We are starting 30 minutes earlier....
Tomorrow morning at 9:00 AM
Mazal Tov to Marc Levi who will be celebrating his bar mitzvah tomorrow morning - and to his family!
Tomorrow afternoon at 5:15 PM
Minha, Seudah Shlishit, Ma'ariv & Havdalah
We will be reading this inspiring New York Times op Ed:
"The Japanese Man Who Saved 6,000 Jews With His Handwriting"

This Week's Yahrzeit Observances
We hope that our weekly listing of yahrzeit observances will serve 2 purposes:
1)     To remind those who ha ve 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 
Peter Bloch will be observing yahrzeit for his grandmother , Bertha Hass on Friday evening, October 19th
Carolyn Tauber will be observing yahrzeit for her grandfather , Isaac Horowitz on Saturday evening, October 20th
Selma Spielman will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Michael Mundel on Saturday evening, October 20th
Karen Halpern will be observing yahrzeit for her father , Al Rosenblum on Saturday evening, October 20th
Howard Schefflan will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Leonard Schefflan on Saturday evening, October 20th
Barry Sussman will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Oscar Sussman on Saturday evening, October 20th
Helene Polinsky will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Eva Newman on Sunday evening, October 21st
Faye Salmon will be observing yahrzeit for her husband, Tom Salmon on Sunday evening, October 21st
Martha Shemin will be observing yahrzeit for her husband, Orin Shemin on Monday evening, October 22nd
Beth Gerson will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Alex Gerson on Monday evening, October 22nd
Evelyn Baer will be observing yahrzeit for her grandfather, Julius Aufseeser on Tuesday evening, October 23rd
Irving Plutzer will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Dave Plutzer on Tuesday evening, October 23rd
Jerome Goldfischer will be observing yahrzeit for his wife, Joan Goldfischer on Thursday evening, October 25th
Kathy Grazian will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Alfred Blank on Thursday evening, October 25th
Myrna Block will be observing yahrzeit for her aunt, Clara Barback on Thursday evening, October 25th

Important Reads
Chelsea Clinton Calls Out Louis Farrakhan Over Anti-Semitism                                                      
'A Classic Anti-Semite': Dershowitz Says 'All Decent People' Must Condemn Farrakhan      
Farrakhan tweets video calling Jews 'termites'                                         
Jews Who Back Israel and Still Criticize Its Government
By Ron Campeas       JTA
A poll commissioned by a new group founded by Jewish Democrats, the Jewish Electorate Institute, found that Jewish voters favor Democrats over Republicans, 74-26 percent. Only 25 percent approve of the job Trump is doing, while 75 percent disapprove.
The numbers on Democrats and Republicans line up with polling since the George W. Bush presidency. Jewish disapproval of Trump has been a thing since his 2016 campaign.
What's interesting is that for the first time I can recall, a pollster asked respondents not only whether they were pro-Israel, but whether they were also critical of Israeli policies. (J Street in the past asked respondents whether they supported U.S. peace moves, even if it means the U.S. government pressing Israel, which is not quite the same as asking the respondent whether she feels comfortable criticizing Israel.)
The breakdown shows that a majority of American Jews do not perceive criticism of Israeli government policies as inconsistent with support for Israel: 32 percent say they are supportive of Israel and its government's policies; 35 percent are supportive of Israel and critical of some government policies; and 24 percent are supportive of Israel and critical of many of its government's policies.
That's a majority of 59 percent who say they are comfortable supporting Israel and also criticizing its government. (Also, 92 percent of voters say they are supportive of Israel, belying the noise generated by fringe anti-Israel groups who say they are more representative of where Jewish Americans are heading.)
That may not go down well on the Israeli right, which has traditionally bristled at Jewish criticism of Israeli policies as a special kind of betrayal.
Nevertheless it's a posture that will likely define U.S. Jewish-Israel relations going forward, as seen in our roundups this week of Jewish nominees - Democrats and Republicans - in the U.S. House of Representatives and last week's roundup of Jewish Senate candidates.
Of 41 Jewish Democrats running in the midterms, 17 accept the endorsement of J Street, the liberal Jewish Middle East policy group whose very ethos is supporting Israel while criticizing its government.
J Street came up when Republican Sen. Ted Cruz debated Rep. Beto O'Rourke this week: Cruz blasted his Democratic challenger for accepting support from a group he called "rabidly anti-Israel." That kind of attack may resonate among Christian evangelicals in Texas (the home state of Christians United for Israel), but seems less likely to make inroads among liberal and centrist Jews.
Meanwhile, Democrats went out of their way last week to reassure voters of their pro-Israel cred after a New York Times story suggested the tough-on-Israel postures of four nominees reflected a party-wide phenomenon.

Where is the world's outrage about this                                                        
An Environmental Disaster-- Palestinian Arson Attacks Burned Half of Forests near Gaza.                                            

Interesting Reads      

U.S. Sanctions Begin to Distort Iran's Economy                                                        
U.S. Imposes Sweeping Sanctions on Iran's Banks and Major Companies                                                        

US Treasury Sanctions Iranian Paramilitary Force that Recruits and Trains Child Soldiers
As Economy Stumbles in Iran, Tension Grows between Rich and Poor                                                 
Children of Iranian Leaders Study in U.S.                                                                            
The Eroding Status of Iranian Clerics                                                                              
How Iran Hides Its Secret Oil Trade                                                                                  
  Iran, Russia Reach Deal to Circumvent U.S. Oil Sanctions                                                  
India's Reliance Industries Halts Iranian Oil Imports ahead of U.S. Sanctions                                                  

South Korea's September Imports of Iran Oil Fall to Zero ahead of U.S. Sanctions     
Iran's Growing Influence in Syria Sparks Concern                                                                        
U.S. Planning to Force Iran Out of Syria                                                                               
Putin: It's Not Up to Russia to Persuade Iran to Leave Syria 

Pop Culture
Scarlett Johansson Signs $15 million Deal for "Black Widow" Movie                                                     
The Man in the High Castle Season 3 Finally Explored its Jewish Characters                                                
Hit Israeli Series "When Heroes Fly" to Stream on Netflix                                                          

This is the organization that sponsors the group homes in which Sharon Berman and Robert Perlis live:

W alk with J-ADD
Our annual Walkathon is less than 2 weeks away. We're excited to be gathering on  Sunday, October 28, 2018 10:00 am at Van Sun Park, Pavilion C (same location as the past two years) .  

There will be a carnival, refreshments, music and fun for the whole family. We certainly hope you can join us for the festivities.  

Whether or not you can come on  Oct 28th, please go to the  walk website and  donate now so that your donation can be used to enhance the lives of the adults with developmental disabilities within our community.  

Thank you for your support!
John Winer, Executive Director

The Sign for Love
Sunday, October 21 | 11:30 am

Director Elad Cohen
Director Iris Ben Moshe
Israel 2017 | 75 minutes

Director Elad Cohen grew up deaf and gay in a hearing family in Israel. He never felt at home, especially after his mother's death. Fearing he wouldn't find a partner in their small deaf community, Cohen decides to have a baby-a hearing infant-with his best friend, Yaeli, who is also deaf. They raise the baby together, revealing the challenges of parenting and the ways that a child can repair a family.
Hebrew with English subtitles

Q+A  with directors following the screening.
Site Specific Art Installation
Naomi Lev Curator
October 19 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eva Davidova, artist
Daniela Kostova, artist

"La-Z-Boy" is the signature title given to a very comfortable American reclining chair. The title represents the epitome of capitalist comfort and drowsiness. In this two-person show, Eva Davidova and Daniela Kostova explore the connection between natural disasters and contemporary capitalist culture. By presenting site-specific print-installations, the artists raise crucial questions about our role and responsibility in producing and reacting to our own creations.
The Blind Leader
By Rachel Monosov
October 21 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Blind Leader, is a new body of work composed largely of models for imposing limitations on the human body, and manipulating the mind. The Blind Leader continues Monosov's multidisciplinary practice which consistently [and precisely] addresses micro and macro social implications woven through autobiographical context. Loaded with minimalist forms made from industrial materials, the works invite viewers to engage as both performer and witness.
Tali Rubinstein: Memoire
Israeli Jazz Celebration
November 14 | 7:30 pm

Making her Jazz at Lincoln Center debut is the internationally renowned recorder innovator and vocalist Tali Rubinstein. Born and raised in Israel, she studied at the country's top music institutions and eventually attended Berklee College of Music on full scholarship, becoming the school's first-ever recorder student. Rubinstein now collaborates with acclaimed artists from around the world, partaking in unique cross-cultural projects with Javier Limon, Anat Cohen, Tomatitio, Chick Corea, Chucho Valdéz, Pacio de Lucía's original band, Lauth Sidiq, Shilpa Ananth, Jamey Haddad, and Shedrick Mitchell, in addition to dozens of Israel's top musicians.
Uri Gurvitch Quartet
Israeli Jazz Celebration
November 14 | 9:30 pm

Gurvich was only 20 years old when he won Israel's prestigious Jazz Player of the Year competition, and he has since worked with artists including Esperanza Spalding, John Zorn, Chris Potter, Avishai Cohen, Paquito D'Rivera, Anat Cohen, and Lionel Loueke. His group is a prime example of jazz transcending borders, and it honors Gurvich's unique musical vision while also remaining unmistakably collaborative. They're here for one set only, so make sure to swing by Dizzy's and hear what the quartet is all about.
NOA Fort
JazzFest Marathon
October 20 | 7:30 pm

Israeli born vocalist, pianist, songwriter, improviser, and painter of sounds, Noa Fort was recently hailed as "one of New York's more interesting and original artists."  New York Music Daily  Fort draws inspiration from different musical worlds, integrating her background of classical and jazz piano, jazz singing, and free improvisation into her original music. She also uses music in her work with youth at risk, adults with developmental disabilities, and people who suffer from mental illnesses. Noa Fort believes in the power of music to heal. 
Staged Reading + Talk Back
October 18 | 7:30 pm  English
October 19 | 7:30 pm  Hebrew

Free, RSVP Required
Directed by Ronit Muszkatblit
Translated by Natalie Fainstein, Guy Ben-Aharon

Taken from actual transcripts, this true story follows Adam Verete, a public high school teacher in Israel whose classroom discussion about ethics and the morality of the army inflamed a student with opposing views. The play presents competing narratives that bring to light allegations, threats and issues of responsibility and asks the vital question: Whose freedom of speech do we protect?
Staged Reading + Talk Back
October 25 - 27 | 7:30 pm

Free, RSVP Required
Written by Zohar Tirosh-Polk
Directed by Ronit Muszatblit

In collaboration with the Jewish Plays Project, LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, and Highbrow Productions,
a radical, hallucinogenic trip through the fever dream of Theodore Herzl, the brilliant prophet and founder of the State of Israel.
Literature / Music
Time's Tyranny
October 25 | 8:00 pm
Ronny Someck, poet
Yonatan Gutfeld, musician

Time's Tyranny  is a performance that presents new compositions by Yonatan Gutfeld to Shakespeare's sonnets in Hebrew translations. The songs describe an eternal Shakespearean battle against time. Poet Ronny Someck will read from the sonnets, his own poems and songs of poets from various eras that contemplate the ideas of time and love.
New York Butoh Institute Festival 18
Friday October 19 |8:00 pm

The  New York Butoh Insititute Festival 2018 , is a celebration of diversity in  Butoh , featuring the pioneering work of   fierce female  artists including  Keren Shavit ,   and artists from Japan, Brazil, Chile, UK, Italy, Germany, France, Costa Rica, Spain, and the U.S. Curated by Vangeline, the Festival will consist of  Butoh  workshops, masterclasses, and performances October 18 - 21. Butoh, the minimalist, avant-garde dance form developed in post-World War II Japan has become an internationally recognized movement language.
"Parallel Lines" Jewelry Exhibition
November 12th - 18, 2018
Parallel Lines  explores jewelry as wearable contemporary art and the role it plays in importing and exporting culture and practice s. NYC Jewelry Wee k will showcase groundbreaking exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and tours of unique industry and artist  collaborations. Featuring Israeli artists Naama Bergman, Tamar Navama, Ruta Reifen, Dana Hakim, Noga Harel, Vered Kaminski, and Einat Leader.

Looking for Volunteers  Get behind the scenes at NYC Jewelry Week
For more info please contact:
Tamar Navama

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