October 12, 2018
Shabbat Times: 
Candle Lighting
Evening Service
Morning Minyan
  Forecast: 58/ cloudy

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 & Anniversaries
Ilene McGrath
Judith Auerbacher
Helene Polinsky
Chloe Altschul
Nancy Green
Stephen Whitman 
Scott Koszer
Sandy & Randy Karpman

Saturday 10/13
Minyan 9:30 am
Minha, Meal, Maariv and Havdalah 5:30 pm
Monday 10/15
Visiting Scholar Eric Goldman "Iconic Jewish Filmmakers" Lectures begin at 1:00 pm
Friday 10/19
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.


Torah Reading 58       Haftarah 65
  At the end of last week's sidra we were informed of the wickedness of human beings - with the exception of Noah, who found grace in God's eyes.
God instructs Noah to build an ark in which he and his family and pairs of all the animals will escape the flood that will destroy the earth. Heavy rains fell continuously for forty days, completely
covering the earth. It took five months for the waters to subside and for the ark to come to rest. Noah sent birds from the ark at regular intervals to determine if the land was dry. When the third bird did not return, he knew it was time to leave the ark.
Noah offered sacrifices to God, and God made a covenant
promising never again to destroy the world by flood. The rainbow is the symbol of this covenant. Noah's family received blessings similar to those bestowed on Adam and Eve for populating the earth anew and for dominion over all creatures.
Noah planted a vineyard, harvested its grapes, steeped them and became intoxicated from drinking wine. Unclothed and asleep in his tent, his son Ham tells his brothers, Shem and Yaphet, of their father's condition. The latter two cover their father, earning a blessing, while Ham is condemned for his disrespect. (This
incident is a portend of what is to come for the future generations and peoples who will descend from the three brothers.)
The re-population of the earth and the unity of all its inhabitants lead the people to build a city and a tower as a celebration of their unity and power, and to prevent their dispersal. This displeased God, whose desire it was that human beings should inhabit the entire earth. God therefore creates disunity among the builders by causing a multiplicity of languages to emerge, leading to confusion. In Hebrew, BLL is confusion - hence the name Tower of Babel (BBL).
Once again, ten generations are enumerated, taking us from Noah to Abram at the end of our parasha.  

6:00 p.m. Israeli Dinner (by reservation only)
7:15 p.m. Musical Service and New Member Welcome
Tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m.    
As I note the Shabbat Minha times change by 15 each week, the opening lines of this brief from today's NYT struck a resonant chord:
As we continue to slide into fall, our days are getting shorter.
Today in New York, we'll get only 11 hours and 18 minutes of sunlight, down from more than 15 hours in June.
Tomorrow at 5:30 p.m.:
Minha, Seudah Shlishit, Ma'ariv & Havdalah
During the S'uda Shlishit we will read an op-ed by very pro-Israel columnists Bret Stephens and Bari Weiss who write about the controversy of barring a young Palestinian student from coming to study in Israel because of her involvement with BDS:
Why Is Israel Scared of This Young American?                                                                                                                                       Societies that bar their critics aren't protecting themselves. They are advertising their weakness. (I think they are correct. kas)
And here are 2 follow-up pieces:
To compensate for falling enrollment rates in universities, the Council for Higher Education has drafted a plan to draw in foreign students, particularly from Asia                                                      

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 
Richard Schiff will be observing yahrzeit for his mother, Goldie Schiff on Saturday evening, October 13th
Ann Oster will be observing yahrzeit for her son, Avi Oster on Sunday evening, October 14th 
Marvin Chertkoff will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Alexander Chertkoff on Monday evening, October 15th
Leatrice Weiss will be observing yahrzeit for her mother-in-law, Lena Weiss on Monday evening October 15th
Shirley Kochansky will be observing yahrzeit for her mother-in-law, Sophie Lesnick on Monday evening October 15th
Faye Salmon will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Paula Rosenstock on Monday evening October 15th
Myrna Block will be observing yahrzeit for her uncle, Sam Rosen on Monday evening October 15th
Janet Chertkoff will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Henry Rosen on Wednesday evening, October 17th
Erwin Dickman will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Irving Dickman on Wednesday evening, October 17th
Sharon Starr will be observing yahrzeit for her mother-in-law, Hannah Starr on Wednesday evening, October 17th
Eileen Goff will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Henrietta Schwartz on Thursday evening, October 18th
Renee Gruenspecht will be observing yahrzeit for her uncle, Max Grunewald on Thursday evening, October 18th
Dr. Jerome Goldfischer will be observing yahrzeit for his sister, Shirley Goldfarb on Thursday evening, October 18th

Interesting Reads
Newly declassified documents show why the Americans and the Soviets came so close to war in 1973   
Israel's Gabriella Blum Helped Write the Laws of Targeted Assassinations and Drone Warfare. Nearly Two Decades Later, She Has Some Regrets             
Senior Iranian Official Requests Political Asylum in Switzerland 

US Economist with German-Jewish Roots Shares Nobel Prize 
Wharton Professor Amir Yaron Tapped as Next Governor of Israel's Central Bank

Israeli Court Says New Zealand BDS Activists Must Pay for Singer Lorde Cancellation         
BDS Has Insignificant Impact on Israeli Businesses                                            
The University of Michigan has a Huge Problem
University of Michigan art students attended a required lecture last week that featured a speaker who compared Israel's prime minister to Adolf Hitler.
Guest lecturer Emory Douglas presented a slide with photos of Hitler and Benjamin Netanyahu - and the words "Guilty of Genocide" stamped across their faces. Below the photos was the definition of genocide.
Yesterday I was forced to sit through an overtly anti-Semitic lecture," said Jewish student Alexa Smith. "As a Jew who is proud of my people and my homeland, I sat through this lecture feeling targeted and smeared to be as evil as the man who perpetuated the Holocaust and systematically murdered six million Jews," she added.
Smith cited a previous lecture from the same series, where the speaker referred to Israel as a "terrorist state" and declared its soldiers "unworthy of being represented as actual human beings" in his artwork. The school administration, recently lauded for its strong statement opposing an academic boycott of Israel, sought to minimize the incident. A spokesman emphasized school policy avoiding censorship in favor of free speech. Ironically, The University of Michigan is currently fighting a federal lawsuit, accusing its Bias Response Team of overactive censorship.
Smith later met with university leadership, calling for its adoption of the internationally accepted definition of anti-Semitism: "We could have avoided this mess if the university had a policy of teaching this definition to all professors and faculty."
And just as a reminder/refresher here is the internationally accepted

Working Definition of Anti-Semitism
"Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities."
The following examples may serve as illustrations:
Manifestations might include the targeting of the State of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectivity. However, criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as anti-Semitic. Anti-Semitism frequently charges Jews with conspiring to harm humanity, and it is often used to blame Jews for "why things go wrong." It is expressed in speech, writing, visual forms and action, and employs sinister stereotypes and negative character traits.
Contemporary examples of anti-Semitism in public life, the media, schools, the workplace, and in the religious sphere could, taking into account the overall context, include, but are not limited to:
  • * Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology or an extremist view of religion.
  • * Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective - such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.
  • * Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews. 
  • * Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust
  • * Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.
  • * Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.
  • * Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.
  • * Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.
  • * Using the symbols and images associated with classic anti-Semitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis.
  • * Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.
  • * Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the State of Israel.

University of Michigan Disciplines Professor Who Withheld Recommendation from Student Who Wanted to Study in Israel  
A Second University of Michigan Instructor Denied Student a Letter of Recommendation for Study in Israel          
Ron Campeas is a veteran reporter for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. This week he spotlights the accusations made against George Soros and tries to make sense of their veracity and where they come from:
The Jewish hedge fund billionaire and liberal philanthropist keeps cropping up in conservative commentary about the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, whom Blasey Ford accused of assaulting her when she was 15 and he was 17.
Conservatives have cast Soros as the preeminent villain in a narrative that has Kavanaugh targeted by a dark money "search and destroy" mission.
Last week, Maria Bartiromo of the Fox Business Network lobbed the charge at Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and he ran with it. President Donald Trump then eagerly took the ball with this tweet.
Rudy Giuliani, Trump's lawyer and a former New York mayor, spiked the Soros ball in the end zone when he retweeted a comparison of the Holocaust survivor to the anti-Christ.
The Soros narrative then took a darker turn: Fliers implicating that an array of Jews led by Soros were out to destroy Kavanaugh turned up on a few college campuses.
Similar anti-Semitic fliers were posted on the doors of organizations that Soros has funded in the past. While I was writing this, an email from the far-right anti-Islam polemicist Frank Gaffney, who is close to National Security Adviser John Bolton, popped into my Inbox: "George Soros, The Anti-Christ, or Just His Right-hand Man?"
A narrative needs a theory to undergird it, and Asra Nomani provided one on the Op-Ed page of The Wall Street Journal. She tracked Soros money to an array of liberal organizations, which in turn had funded some of the groups that had organized the protests against Kavanaugh. She depicted the protesters as a well-organized army, "field marshals" and all.
Nomani, however, does not detail when Soros gave organizations such as Planned Parenthood the money (a cash infusion in, say, 2005, could hardly have anticipated Kavanaugh's nomination); she doesn't say whether Soros money was earmarked and for what; she does not compare Soros' giving to that of other major liberal donors who have backed the groups; and only in the last paragraph does she note that such giving is commonplace across the political spectrum.
(Nomani's template appears to be this broadside against Soros by the far-right Media Research Center published after the 2017 Women's March.)
Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., who is facing a strong challenge from Democrat Rep. Jacky Rosen, who is Jewish, picked up the theme in a tweet linking Nomani's piece, saying Rosen got money from the same folks as the anti-Kavanaugh protesters.
One metric of who spent what in the protests is TV ads: Ad Age says pro-Kavanaugh groups outspent anti-Kavanaugh groups 2-1.
Another separate but related metric is who is spending what in funding the midterm elections. Open Secrets lists Soros as the fifth most generous giver, at close to $16 million. No. 1 on the list is conservative Jewish donor Sheldon Adelson at $55 million, followed by a liberal donor, Tom Steyer, at $42 million.

The Palestinians
The Escape Artist
Israelis are caught in a trap: A majority believes the occupation can't continue, but the same majority is convinced it can't end. Has Israeli philosopher Micah Goodman finally found a way out?  

Palestinians Say UN Peace Envoy Mladenov is "No Longer Acceptable"  World Jewish Congress Urges UN to Condemn Hamas for Environmental Crimes  

Pop Culture

Can you believe that this was in Forbes Magazine???

Jewish Players Help Shape MLB Playoffs Outcome  

10 American Jewish Baseball Players to Become Dual Israeli Citizens to Boost Nation's Olympics Bid
The players must be citizens in order to represent Israel as it attempts to qualify for the 2020 games in Tokyo                
Oktoberfest Was Invented by Jews

German beer culture's surprising origins                                                 

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

Dear Family and Friends of J-ADD,
Our annual Walkathon is less than 3 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

In the Tunnel | Gesher Theater
Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts
October 11 - October 13
In The Tunnel  features t wo Israeli soldiers and two Palestinians trapped in a tunnel dug by Hamas, between Gaza and Israel. Enemies snared in a mousetrap, they try to find their way out. Should they kill or save each other? Meanwhile, above ground, a political and media circus is attempting to capture and cover the event.  Gesher Theater's North American Premier is featured as part of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts. Hailed by the Israeli press as, "An extraordinary production. Stunning for right and left, Arabs and Jews, natives and immigrants, soldiers and civilians, religious and secular."
Sasson Gabay
at The Band's Visit

Israeli actor Sasson Gabay stepped into the role of Tewfiq in The Band's Visit on Broadway June 26. It wasn't his first time portraying the Egyptian police band leader; the actor had originated the role in Eran Kolirin's 2007 film that inspired the Tony-winning musical.
October 12 - 13 | 8:00 pm
Choreography Netta Yerushalmy
Lighting Design David Ferri

Building on the success of the New Directions Choreography Lab, created by artistic director Robert Battle in 2011, the Ailey organization will present its first  Choreography Unlocked Festival  over two weekends,October 12-14 and October 26-28, at the Joan Weill Center for Dance. The Festival will include a variety of events, including master choreographer workshops and a panel discussion on how arts institutions can nurture new voices. Moderated by Robert Battle with participants including choreographer Rennie Harris, Thelma Golden/The Studio Museum in Harlem, and Darren Walker/President of the Ford Foundation, and more.
October 12 - 13 | 8:006:30
Directed by Roman Shumunov
Israel, 2018, 90 minutes

Set in Ashdod, a sea-side city in Israel, home to a large Russian speaking immigrant community.
Here and Now is an authentic social drama that is as universal as it is human.

Hebrew and Russian with subtitles

Screening to be followed by Q + A with Roman Shumunov and Vlad Dubinsky.
*subject to change
Inside the Mossad
October 14 | 7:00
Directed by Duki Dror
Israeli, 2018, 90 minutes

For years the Mossad has been sealed off to the media. Now, for the first time since its founding, a dozen of Mossad's former spies give us a first-hand recount into their inner work and their moral dilemmas.A few years after the Holocaust, the capture of Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann, had set the myth of the Israeli Mossad - Israel's foreign intelligence agency. Mossad agents were perceived as larger-than-life, inglorious bastards who would do anything, even recruit ex-Nazi commanders, in order to obliterate the enemy. Decades later, the Mossad is a powerful organization with a strong regional power. How did the Mossad turn into one of the most mythical intelligence agencies of our time?
Hebrew with English subtitles

Featuring guest speaker  Yossi Melman , the security and intelligence commentator, and an award winning journalist.
October 14 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Directed by Ran Tal
Israeli, 2017, 74 minutes

Our first film in the Cinematec series, The Museum , is a documentary film about Israel's most important 'cultural' institution, the Israel Museum. The film follows the visitors and guides documenting the human aspects of the museum; the museum director, the singing security guard, the kashrut inspector, the Palestinian guide, as well as the visitor who lost her vision, among others.
Hebrew with English subtitles

Screening followed by discussion with the Director, Ran Tal.
The Interrogation
Director Erez Pery
October 16 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Directed by Erez Pery
Israeli/Germany, 2016, 84 minutes

The Interrogation , is a fictional recounting of the final interrogation and last days of Rudolph Ferdinand Hoss, the longstanding commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. Hoss was later executed for his crimes against humanity. This film is notable as it is the first time an Israeli film director gives voice to the perpetrator. Screening followed by Q+A with director.
German and Polish with English subtitles

Official Selection - Berlinale International Film Festival
KeyedUp Music Project
Saturday October 13 | 8:00 pm
Music David Del Tredici, Steven Burke, &
Robert Schumann
Vocals Re'ut Ben-Zeev, mezzo soprano

KeyedUp Music Project ninth season will feature the mezzo soprano Re'ut Ben-Zev singing Schumann's masterful  Frauenliebe und Leben  in partnership with pianist Marc Peloquin, and additional piano music of Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Del Tredici and Steven Burke.
Israeli Chamber Project
The Debussy Effect
October 18 | 7:30 pm
Peter Wiley, cello
Tibi Cziger, clarinet
Sivan Magen, harp
Assaff Weisman, piano
Carmit Zori, violin

The Israeli Chamber Project will be joined by guest cellist, Peter Wiley, of the Beaux Arts Trio and Guarneri String Quartet in a program that honors the Debussy centennial and explores his influence on three of his  compatriots - Ravel, Faure, and Salzedo. Hailed by Time Out New York, "The Israeli Chamber Project is that rarest of creatures: a band of world-class soloists that is not a muster of peacocks, but a hive mind in which egos dissolve and players think, breathe and play as one."

Click  here to listen to pianist Assaff Weisman.
Haifa, City of Steps
by Nili Scharf Gold
October 17 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Author Nili Scharf Gold
Moderator Sandee Brawarsky

Author Nili Scharf Gold, expert on poet Yehuda Amichai and University of Pennsylvania Professor will speak about her new book,  Haifa, City of Steps , in conjunction with the sixth rotation of the JDC photo exhibition, Home: Lens on Israel. Sandee Brawarsky, culture editor of The Jewish Week will moderate.
New York Butoh Institute Festival 18
Friday October 19 |8:00 pm
The  New York Butoh Insititute Festival 2018 , 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.
Almog Sharvit Quintet
October 14 | 8 pm
Gaya Feldheim Schorr, vocals
David Leon Sax Dierk Peters, vibraphone Almog Sharvit, upright bass/compositions Ben Silashi, drums
Dive deep into a world of dark, sparkling compositions and rousing, vigorous instrumentation with the music of bassist and composer Almog Sharvit. Like his name, which means "Coral" in his native Hebrew, Sharvit's pieces are colorful and diverse, full of rich, varied textures and amorphous melodies. This show will mark the debut of the Quintet, which features vocals, drums, bass, saxophone and vibraphone, allowing each aspect of Sharvit's multi-layered compositions to unravel accordingly.

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