SHABBAT SHALOM, GESHER SHALOM!


 
September 7, 2018
 
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Shabbat Times: 
Candle Lighting
Evening Service
Morning Minyan
Minha
6:59pm
7:00pm
9:30am
6:30pm
 
  Forecast: 74/ cloudy 

IN THIS ISSUE...
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
Ariella Fein
Jacob Kindler
Aidan Kern
Arnold Grodman
Joseph Lempel
Phyllis Lowe
 
   UPCOMING EVENTS
   
Saturday 9/8
Minyan 9:30 am
Minha 6:30 pm
Sunday 9/9
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Morning Service & Breakfast 9:00 am
Evening service 7:00 pm
Monday 9/10
Rosh Hashanah Day 1
Traditional Service 8:30am
Contemporary Service 10:00am
Rabbi's Sermon 10:45am
Children's Service 11:00 am
Tashlich 6:30pm
Minha (following Tashlich) 7:00pm
Ma'ariv 8:00pm
Tuesday 9/11
Rosh Hashanah Day 2
Traditional Service 8:30am
Contemporary Service 10:00am
Rabbi's Sermon 10:45am
Children's Service 11:00 am
Minha, Ma'ariv, Havdalah 7:45 pm
Wednesday 9/12
Tzom Gedaliah - Fast Day
Morning Service 7:00 am
 


I'm really looking for to spending a lot of time together with you this Monday and Tuesday - and again for Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur.
Here are a few important things you 
should know:
High Holiday tickets were mailed out earlier this week, but in case you didn't receive your tickets, don't worry : our help desk has the names of everyone who purchased tickets, and all you have to do is tell the person at the desk who you are, and you will be admitted. 
- And yes, as usual, we are offering child care/babysitting for ages six and under   and special youth services for ages seven and up from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm both days of Rosh Hashannah 
 
Torah Reading 1165       Haftarah 1180
Nitzavim
 
Moses declares that each Israelite - including those yet to be born - has a special responsibility for upholding the covenant between the nation and God. The consequences of individual action could be deleterious for the entire community, resulting in destruction and exile. Still, repentance was always possible, and a return to God would lead to restoration.
 
God's ways and God's requirements were neither difficult nor mysterious; they were within everyone's capacity and readily accessible. The choice was simple and obvious: life and prosperity, or death and destruction. The Torah urges us to "choose life."

Tonight at 7:00 p.m.
Tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m.
Tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.:
Minha, Seudah Shlishit, Ma'ariv & Havdalah
During Seudah Shlishit we will read a recent New York Times article:
Israel's Latest Culture War Plays Out Under the Wedding Canopy 
It's a two -parter, and we read the second half next Shabbat afternoon



   
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 
 
 
Jerome Goldfischer will be observing yahrzeit for his father in law, Joseph Goldfarb on Saturday evening, September 8th
 Ethel Plutzer will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Julius Smolovit on Saturday evening, September 8th
Ann Bloch will be observing yahrzeit for her grandmother, Esther Wisotzky on Saturday evening, September 8th
Evelyn Baer will be observing yahrzeit for her grandmother, Lina Aufseeser on Sunday evening, September 9th
Tobey Lyden will be observing yahrzeit for her sister, Dr. Jacqueline Borruso on Sunday evening, September 9th
Jerome Goldfischer will be observing yahrzeit for his grandmother, Pearl Goldfischer on Sunday evening, September 9th
Carolyn Tauber will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Betty Lippel on Sunday evening, September 9th
James Rosenberg will be observing yahrzeit for his grandfather, Jack Rosenberg on Sunday evening, September 9th
Phyllis Lowe will be observing yahrzeit for her grandfather, Sini Winter on Sunday evening, September 9th
Marianne Wolff will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Joe Wolff on Sunday evening, September 9th
Rochelle Schneider will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Irving Silverman on Sunday evening, September 9th
Stephanie Stern-Protz will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Maxine Kurtz on Monday evening, September 10th 
Ann Rosenberg will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Fred Rosenberg on Tuesday evening, September 11th
Gerald Topiel will be observing yahrzeit for his grandmother, Fannie Topiel on Tuesday evening, September 11th
Roberta Mathes will be observing yahrzeit for her uncle, Theo Mathes on Wednesday evening, September 12th
   
  




The HiHo's aren't even over yet, and already were planning for Sukkot!
Lulav and Etrog
We encourage everyone to purchase their own set of Lulav and Etrog for use in their Sukkah, at home, or to be brought into the shul for Hallel and to participate in the Hoshanot procession. We hope that many will continue with their observance of this tradition, and that others will be inspired to either start or resume their participation. Sets can be ordered through the Synagogue office:
Regular set(s) at $40 each, deluxe set(s) at $45 each.
 Deadline is: September 17, 2018

Holy Rollers and Wrappers - Part II
No Experience Necessary
We're changing over the Torah mantles from HiHo white back to multi-color.
Saturday, September 22nd at 1:00 p.m.
Please join us in the Main Sanctuary!

Please Note: There will be no 7:30 a.m. early Yizkor service this year on Sh'mini Atzeret. Instead, we will hold a special Yom Tov Ma'ariv service, which will include Yizkor and Hallel on Sunday night, September 30 at 7:45pm.
 
Simchat Torah Honorees
The Ritual Committee is pleased to
announce its selection of the
congregation's honorees for 5778/ 5779

Regina Friedman & Evelyn Baer
 
Regina Freidman and Evelyn Baer are our two deserving Simhat Torah honorees - the Ritual Committee's unanimous and obvious choice!
  Known affectionately as the "Rabbi's Brain Trust", they have stepped up to distribute honors each Shabbat and holiday morning with warmth, dignity and discernment.
Evelyn is a trustee of the Sisterhood, attends the Sisterhood Book Club and the Rabbi's Talmud class, and Regina serves as a trustee of the Congregation and is a regular attendee at morning and evening minyanim.
Together they make a wonderful team, and our shul is the better for their presence and for their dedication.
Please join the Congregation in honoring them on Monday evening, October 1 & Tuesday morning, October 2.
                                                           






 
OUR NEW SIDDUR
Okay, okay...you have to give it time until you get used to the page numbers, and that what used to be on one page might now be spread over 2...but that is because this new prayer book of ours is a treasure trove of explanations and commentary-and inspirational readings. And we are committed to explorating it together on shabbat mornings through brief, interactive moments throughout the shabbat miorning service, and through lengthier themed teaching duirng the sermon slot (not tomoorow, but next week!).
I feel sure that once you have encountered this siddur you will understand just how precious it is, and I hope that you will want to dedicate one or more volumes to the synagogue-perhaps in memory of someone or in honor of someone or recognizing a special occasion. Please call the Shul office; the cost is $54 per volume.







The weeks before the high holidays are stressful for the entire synagogue staff, and my usual Shab Sha! is extremely labor-intensive. Therefore, today's edition (and next week's) will be significantly reduced.
 
Since this week's national news is dominated by the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of Judge Cavanaugh, I thought you might be interested in reading the two letters that I wrote to the judge.






89 Percent of Israelis Are Happy
  (and still we don't say "happy new year!")                                                             
 
Rosh Hashanah FAQ: All About the Jewish New Year
Your Rosh Hashanah questions answered                                                                          
Rosh Hashanah Traditional Foods and Recipes  

How To Bake the Ultimate Challah-for Rosh Hashanah or Anytime
Video: A round loaf of bread is a traditional part of a menu for the Jewish New Year, but you should still braid the dough

Make a Better Brisket
With star chef Adam Sobel's recipe, nobody has an excuse for dry, overcooked meat this Rosh Hashanah                            
 
A Taste of Morocco for the New Year
This Rosh Hashanah, try an aromatic fish dish instead of the same old brisket                                              
 
How To Make Gefilte Fish That Your Guests Will Actually Want To Eat
Video: Throw away your jars of gray fish patties. This Rosh Hashanah, make a terrine that'll have doubters asking for seconds.
What's the Best Way to Apologize?
 
Forgiveness Is Dangerous Business                      
Asking God for Forgiveness  Why Jews Dip Apples in Honey on Rosh Hashanah - and Why Vegans Say the Custom is a Problem              
 
A Honey Like No Other
Try Greek thyme honey-dip your apples in it, or make a special baklava-for a truly sweet new year                              

Emmanuel Macron Becomes First Sitting French President to Attend pre-Rosh Hashanah Ceremony  



 
Dear Friends,

As the summer winds down and we prepare for another school year, I wanted to let you know about an exciting new AJC New Jersey program, Leaders For Tomorrow (LFT). It is the kind of forward-thinking program that has me so excited and honored to play a role with AJC New Jersey's volunteer leadership. As a parent, I know how important it is to prepare our children for the challenges they may face on their college campuses, including anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias. LFT works to develop the skills our children need to be strong Jewish leaders. I urge you to encourage your high school students to apply! More details about the program and how to apply can be found below.

Best,
Sheri Goldberg

__________________________________________________________________________________________________

Dear AJC NJ Lay Leaders,

American Jewish Committee (AJC) is pleased to introduce to the families of New Jersey, an exciting, award-winning leadership development opportunity for rising high school sophmores, juniors, and seniors - Leaders For Tomorrow (LFT).


LFT will build on AJC's mission to develop young Jewish leaders who can advocate for the Jewish people, Israel and human rights around the world, and serve as positive change agents for their peers and community. AJC's goal is to ensure that graduates of the program enter college with knowledge and confidence to engage in ongoing dialogue regarding anti-Semitism and Israel.
Leaders For Tomorrow
Leaders For Tomorrow


LFT will consist of seven live, interactive training sessions on Sundays from 5:00pm to 8:00pm beginning in the Fall of 2018. These sessions will take place in Millburn, NJ and will include dinner.

Dates of the program are as follows:

October 21
November 18
December 16
February 10
March 17
April 21
May 19

Topics covered will include past and current Israeli affairs, challenges facing global Jewry including the BDS movement, among others, and how to effectively utilize strategic networks in advocacy. These lessons are important for students of all backgrounds as they approach college and are transferable to myriad facets of life.

We encourage applications be submitted as soon as possible. Admission to this program is highly competitive. Participants will be selected based on their application, and one or more subsequent interviews.

The deadline to apply is Friday, September 7. There is no cost to apply or participate.

Please reach out to Dena Dubofsky with any questions at dubofskyd@ajc.org or 973.379.7844.

Sincerely,

Rabbi David C. Levy                      Dena Dubofsky
AJC NJ Regional Director           AJC NJ Assistant Director