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September 14, 2018
 
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Shabbat Times: 
Candle Lighting
Evening Service
Morning Minyan
Minha
6:47pm
7:00pm
9:30am
6:15pm
 
  Forecast: 77/ cloudy 

IN THIS ISSUE...
Shabbat Kiddush
Diana & Avi Yacobi are enhancing today's Kiddush in honor of the congregation.
 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Leonard Kraut
Mary Rettig
Stephanie Stern-Protz
Renee Gruenspecht
Sandra Ebinger
Miranda Stern
Andrea Elrom
Robert Perlis
 
   UPCOMING EVENTS
     
Saturday 9/15
Minyan 9:30 am
Minha 6:15 pm
Sunday 9/16
First Day of Hebrew School
Hebrew School Family Breakfast 9:00 am
Tuesday 9/18
Erev Yom Kippur
Kol Nidre 6:30 pm
Wednesday 9/19
Yom Kippur
Traditional Service 8:30am
Contemporary Service 10:00am
Rabbi's Sermon 10:45am
Children's Service 11:00 am
Community Yizkor - pre registration required 3:00 pm
Minha 4:45 pm
Neilah 6:00 pm
Final Shofar 7:45 pm
Friday 9/21
Bible Study 11:30 am


 
Torah Reading 1173      Haftarah 1235
VA-YEILEKH
Moses announces that his life is drawing to a close, and he publicly blesses Joshua, his successor, with the words "be strong and resolute."
 
A written copy of the Torah is delivered by Moses to the priests and the elders who are commanded to read it publicly on Sukkot every seventh year. This Torah was placed in the Sanctuary next to the Ark of the Covenant.
 
The future course of Israelite history is outlined: the people would lapse into idolatry and God would punish them with conquest, exile and suffering. The essence of this lesson would be contained within a song/poem that Moses would now teach the nation. Committed to memory, the song would attest to the fact that the nation had been warned, well in advance, what the consequences of deviation from the Torah would mean

Tonight at 7:00 p.m.
Tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m.
Diana & Avi Yacobi are enhancing the Kiddush
in honor of the congregation.

Tomorrow at 6:15 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 (Part II)  (we read the first half last 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 
 
Ann Bloch will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Charles Bogursky on Friday evening, September 14th
Harvey Fishman will be observing yahrzeit for his mother, Lee Fishman on Friday evening, September 14th
Phyllis Lowe will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Rose Kaplan on Friday evening, September 14th
Edith Adler will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Grete Kahn on Sunday evening, September 16th
William Katz will be observing yahrzeit for his grandmother, Mrs. Rose Korzash on Sunday evening, September 16th
Joni Rosen will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Dolores Rosen on Monday evening, September 17th
Faye Salmon will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Jacob Rosenstock on Monday evening, September 17th
Carolyn Tauber will be observing yahrzeit for her great-grandfather, Kalman Lippel on Tuesday evening, September 18th
Jeffrey Adler will be observing yahrzeit for his wife, Beatrice Adler on Wednesday evening, September 19th
Jeffrey Mallinger will be observing yahrzeit for his mother, Shirley Mallinger on Wednesday evening, September 19th
Gloria Deutsch will be observing yahrzeit for her husband , Sam Deutsch on Thursday evening, September 20th
 
   
  




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.
 
I am pleased to share with you the sermon I gave the morning of Senator John McCain's Memorial Service (it is also appropriate in the days before Yizkor)





Never in a sermon; only when I am telling a joke that requires it; occasionally when I speak informally:
Where Does Rabbi Voice Come From?
"Seinfeld" parodied it. It's all over Woody Allen. But no one quite knows how the singsong lilt of the Jewish clergy got its start.




Response to Rabbi Sharon Brous   
My Daughter Also Loves the Miracle of Israel
Has it occurred  to you, Rabbi Brous, that the 'dead quiet' area in Hebron is the price we pay for not being dead?                      
(and if you don't recall her op-ed in the LA Times, which I sent you a few weeks ago... 



BDS
The "controversial' definition of anti-Semitism referred to in the article is the same one adopted by an umbrella organization of Jewish groups. It is this definition that Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party have had so much difficulty accepting.


Keep this in mind for the upcoming Israeli Film Festival:
Review: 'The Cakemaker' ('Der Kuchenmacher')                                                                    



 
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