April 5th, 2019
Shabbat Times: 
Candle Lighting
Evening Service
Morning Service
7:07 pm
  Forecast: 67/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 and Anniversaries 
Shira Feuerstein
Alex Gilenson
Ian Gilenson
Karen Meyers
Barry Sussman
Suzette Josif
Annemarie & Steven Krim
Janet & Marvin Chertkoff

Saturday 4/6
Morning Service 9:30 am
Minha , S'uda Shlishit (3rd Shabbat Meal), timely topic, Maariv and Havdalah 6:30 pm
Thursday 4/11
Rabbi's Class "Talmud & Tangents" 10:30 am
Visiting Scholar Marty Schneit : Irving Berlin
an American Institution 12:30 pm
Friday 4/12
Bible Class 11:30 am
Pre-Passover Dinner & Musical Service RSVP Required 6:00 pm

Warning! The Seder is 1 week from next Friday (April 12)...Do you really want to cook that evening?
Let us cook for you!

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The rift between American and Israeli Jews grows daily. How did this happen ? Wasn't Israel an issue of  consensus in the American Jewish community until just recently? Wasn't Israel the rare cause that could  unite Jews across the political and denominational spectrum?  My friend, Daniel Gordis believes that this growing divide is decidedly not about what Israel does. It is, rather, about what Israel is. He argues that the two largest Jewish communities in the world are  animated by different attitudes about the purpose of Jewish life, and what it takes for the Jews to  prosper. It is these fundamental differences (not the policies of the Netanyahu government or the Chief
Rabbinate) that are the true cause of the widening rift between the Jews of Israel and the United States.
You may have heard that Auschwitz Artifacts will be going on a world tour to educate about the Shoah...   First stop will be the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan, and we will be going "On the Road" in July.   An iconic railroad car was just delivered and installed outside the Museum; you can watch a time-lapse video of it here.

AIPAC and the Democrats (from JTA's Ron Campeas)                                              
Reports of the death of the alliance between AIPAC and Democrats were premature.
With the exception of Bernie Sanders, Democratic candidates for president did not heed MoveOn's call to boycott the group's annual conference last month. The lobby, rather than gunning for the party's neophyte and voluble left, has been engaging in outreach to progressives.
And, timed for the conference, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee even pulled out of its hat a solution to a liberal-conservative divide that had seemed intractable: A congressional resolution condemning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel, initiated by members of both parties and endorsed by a range of Jewish groups from center right (StandWithUs) to left (J Street).
The nonbinding resolution will likely get the vast majority of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate on the record against BDS, a major and long awaited win for the lobby.

Torah Rea ding   655, 930, 380        Haftarah 1291

This morning's Sidra opens with the laws of confinement following childbirth. Biblical law deemed women to be "ritually unfit" after giving birth. At the conclusion of this period, the mother was enjoined to bring a burnt offering and a sin offering, and she could then resume normal activity.
The laws dealing with leprosy, and the restrictions placed upon lepers, follow somewhat logically. Anyone with a skin disease was also considered to be ritually unfit, and a period of confinement was imposed upon the individual by the priest, who examined the afflicted individual at regular intervals. These passages demonstrate most convincingly that the priests' role extended beyond the precincts of the Sanctuary and the domain of the sacrificial cult.

From the second Torah scroll we read a passage from Chapter 12 of Exodus which proclaims the importance of the month of Nisan-the month in which Passover and the exodus from Egypt took place. This portion is always read on the Shabbat preceding the beginning of the month of Nisan, or on Rosh Hodesh Nisan itself, if it falls on Shabbat. It is one more reminder of the approach of Passover.
Tonight: Evening service at 7:00 p.m.
Tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m.
Join us for Hallel and a preview of Passover melodies-and one of those rare occasions when we read from 3 Torah scrolls!
Tomorrow afternoon at 6:30 p.m.
During Seudah Shlishit we will read and refute an op-ed that appeared into days' New York Times:
We Are Too Weak to Stop Israel
For Palestinians,   it doesn't matter who wins the election there next week by Raja Shehadeh, a Palestinian lawyer and writer.

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 
Susan Davis will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Eleanor Davis on Friday evening, April 5th
Ann Schaer will be observing yahrzeit for her father, George Gilsenberg on Friday evening, April 5th
Alfred Strauss will be observing yahrzeit for his aunt, Paula Kuhn on Friday evening, April 5th
Adrian Osian will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Alexandru Osian on Friday evening, April 5th
Hennie Ostrower will be observing yahrzeit for her brother in law, Milton Kartzmer on Sunday evening, April 7th
Stephen Whitman will be observing yahrzeit for his grandson , Andrew Jeremy Marrara on Sunday evening, April 7th
Mary Rettig will be observing yahrzeit for her sister, Jennie Ciquera on Sunday evening, April 7th
Jill Rosenberg will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Alfred Alan Daitch on Monday evening, April 8th
Rhea Hess will be observing yahrzeit for her brother-in-law, Lothar Hess on Tuesday evening, April 9th
Jerome Margolin will be observing yahrzeit for his brother, Solomon Margolin on Tuesday evening, April 9th
Hilde Straus will be observing yahrzeit for Husband of , Werner Straus on Wednesday evening, April 10th
Helene Polinsky will be observing yahrzeit for Father of , Jacob Newman on Thursday evening, April 11th
Joan Alter will be observing yahrzeit for Mother of , Libby Karp on Thursday evening, April 11th

Important Reads
His Name is Etched in My Mind: ZACHARY BAUMEL...and I am sharing everything that I can find/read about the return of his body with you:
37 Years Later, Israel Recovers Body of Soldier Killed in Lebanon War                                                    
IDF Soldier Baumel Buried Yesterday                                                                         

No Stone Left Unturned  
Russia appears to have put its own people in harm's way for another country's humanitarian cause 

Russia's Role in Return of Fallen Soldier   
20 sets of remains arrive in Israel after two years of work; Moscow facilitated operation initiated in Israel by Lieberman; only match so far is Baumel                                                                  

Behind the Retrieval of the Israeli Soldier's Body
From the FIDF
Dear Friend,

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) is sharing an emotional moment in IDF history: yesterday after 37 years, the remains of Sergeant First Class Zachary Baumel z"l, who had been missing in action, have been rightfully returned to his family to be buried in Israel.

Baumel was one of three soldiers declared missing during the battle at Sultan Yaaqoub on June 11, 1982 during the First Lebanon War. Despite the time that has passed, the State of Israel and the IDF did not cease in their efforts to bring the soldiers home, and recently carried out several operations to locate them.

This momentous accomplishment demonstrates the Spirit of the IDF in action, the official code of ethics to which all IDF soldiers are committed. The code recognizes the supreme value of human life above all else and dictates that IDF service men and women conduct themselves with utmost courage, even when risking their lives, to leave no soldier behind - whether or not alive.

I can assure you that the State of Israel and the IDF will continue to do all that needs to be done to return the remaining missing soldiers to Israel and their families.

It is an honor and a privilege to support a military with such strong morals and code of ethics. May the memory of Sergeant First Class Zachary Baumel be for a blessing and may his family find a measure of comfort and peace.

We continue to pray for the return of the remaining missing soldiers.

Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir
National Director and CEO

16 Jewish Camps Get Grants to Increase Accessibility for Campers and Staff with Disabilities                                  Ramah makes up 25% of recipients 
In Brazil, a Rabbi Opens the World's First Summer Camp for Descendants of Forcibly Converted Jews Yeshiva Camp brings youths from some of Brazil's poorest villages for two weeks of cultural and spiritual enrichment in one of Sao Paulo's most prestigious quarters.        
Amid growing interest in the bloody past of the Spanish island, converts to Catholicism are returning to Judaism.                                                                                                  
Once the religious courts in Israel get over their knee -jerk predisposition to take the man's side, and  side with a woman, justice can be served...albeit slowly:

Jerusalem Woman Finally Gets a Jewish Divorce After her Husband is Fired from Job and Jailed 
2,600-Year-Old Seal Bearing Name of First Temple-Era Official Discovered in Jerusalem   
As Pope Visits Morocco, Tiny Jewish Community Looks on with Quiet Pride                                       

Despite Brexit Woes, Theresa May is a Hero to Many British Jews    
The End of Oslo Is an Opportunity    
The old peace process on Israel-Palestine had long ago run aground. It's time to rethink.                          

The Knesset Election is Next Tuesday
MERCAZ Olami is a great organization that you never heard of. It is the Zionist/Political arm of the Masorti Movement (I have encouraged you to vote for the MERCAZ slate in previous WZO elections).
On their website they provide you with an incredible resource to help Jews from all around the world understand the players, parties, and politics of the upcoming Israeli parliamentary elections.

click image to register

The first part of this essay saddens and infuriates me; the second part I largely disagree with:
Benjamin Netanyahu wants to portray all Israeli Arab politicians as an existential threat. If his opponents are wise, they'll distinguish among them and pave the way for a winning coalition.

Can an Archaeological Dig Change the Future of Jerusalem? 
7 Immigrants Awarded Prize for Major Contributions to Israel
Israel Discovers 2,000-Year-Old Jewish Village in Greater Jerusalem 
Archeologists Unearth Second Temple Era Beersheba Town
During the excavation, archeologists found the earliest appearance of a menorah in art

Fitch Affirms Israel's A+ Credit Rating   
Research Finds Israel Has World's Healthiest Diet                                                                                                    

Haredi Teen Who Threatened to Kill Leader of Conservative Movement in Israel to Be Prosecuted       

BDS / Anti-Semitism / anti-Zionism
I spoke about this very topic some weeks feels like it's open season on Jews from all quarters. This is from todays' NYT:
Anti-Semitism Is Back, From the Left, Right and Islamist Extremes. Why?     
Responding to Anti-Israel Hate with Love   University of Houston pro-Israel students respond to anti-Israel hate with love       
When Mokgomole visited Israel for the first time and asked an Israeli airport employee for the "Blacks-only bathroom." He was surprised to receive a silent stare in response   
South African Activists at University of Michigan Talk Apartheid, Arab-Israeli Conflict How their views changed                                                                                            
A JTA Reporter Encounters Anti-Semitism on the Streets of New York                                                                       Some reflections on being called a "f***ing Jew bastard" by a homeless man. 

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown Says Labour Party Has "Let Down" British Jews    
Jeremy Corbyn blamed 'Zionist lobby' for blood libel cleric Raed Salah's expulsion from the UK  
Justice Wecht Breaks Judicial Silence on Anti-Semitism                                                                      
Ilhan Omar's Ineffective Advocacy for Palestinians                                                                  
Omar Lashes Out At Pelosi, Netanyahu For AIPAC Jabs                                                             
Australian Greens Level Anti-Semitic Charges of Genocide                            
French Students Film Themselves Urinating at Offices of Jewish Student Group                                            
Pitzer College Student Senate Calls for College President's Removal over Israel Study Abroad Program    Editorial: A Disturbing Vote at Brown University                                                                          
Brown University President Rejects "Polarizing Calls for Divestment" over Israel                                            

Gaza Conference by Duke and University of North Carolina Sinks Academia to a New Low                               

The Palestinians
Gaza "Collaborators" Making New Lives Inside Israel   
Now this is a crime:
8 Year Olds from Gaza Sent Across Border Fence Carrying a Knife                                                        
Palestinian Authority Should Be Held to Account for Violating Children's Rights                                    

What It's Really Like for Palestinians at the Israeli Checkpoints
An Israeli photographer shares a firsthand look at the border crossings.                                                      
How Palestinians Are Fleeing Lebanon                                                                          
Gazans Wounded in Border Riots Wonder What It Was For                                                     
Palestinian Electricity Bills to Israel Are Piling Up                                                                             
After One Year of Gaza Protests                                                                                     

 The Great March of Return, What Went Wrong?
 PA Stops Referring Palestinian Patients to Israeli Hospitals                                                              

Iran / Syria / Hezbollah
If the US Defense and State Departments don't in whose hands these drones will wind up, all they have to do is to ask me!
The Trump Administration Is Making Hezbollah Stronger                             
 " If the United States follows through on this plan to inflict collective punishment on Lebanon over Hezbollah, the results are likely to be the opposite of what administration officials intend."   
'Syrian Bride' Illustrates Consequences of Israel's Occupation of Golan Heights (and NPR Podcast)      

Beresheet made the NYT today!
Israel's Beresheet Lunar Lander Moves Into Moon Orbit                                                      
Photos of the Dark Side from Beresheet                                                                  

Israeli Lunar Spacecraft Completes Another Maneuver, Takes New Photo of Earth 
more on beresheet
Beijing Airport Selects Israeli Radar Technology to Protect Runway   

Pop Culture
Maxwell House is Offering a "Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" Haggadah
The limited edition has handwritten notations by Rachel Brosnahan's character as well as faux wine stains.   

Not quite sure where to put this:
Jewish Comedian is Top Vote-Getter in First Round of Ukraine's Presidential Election 

Bruce Pearl Coaches Auburn to its First NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four
The leader of the U.S. squad that won the 2009 Maccabiah Games gold guides the Tigers to their first national semifinals.        

San Diego Jewish Academy Breaks World Record for Sandwich-Making    
Eden Dersso Is the Changing Face of Tel Avivâ's Hip-Hop Scene    

The JCC of Fort Lee/ Gesher Shalom will be marching in the Memorial Day parade this year! If you are a war veteran or a synagogue member who wants to show your support then  Sign up to March in the 2019 Fort Lee Memorial Day Parade on May 27th! email Iris Coleman and let her know that you plan on attending as shirts for the synagogue will need to be purchased. Thank you in advance


BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy at Ramah in the Rockies
Do you know a young adult struggling to find their path in life? Ramah is working to address mental health and wellness within the Jewish community.  BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy is our answer. Following a successful pilot season last year, BaMidbar is open for year-round enrollment.

Yoav Eshed Trio Millionaires
Israeli Jazz
Guitar, Yoav Eshed - Bass, Tamir Shmerling - Drums, Daniel Dor
Sunday, April 7th | 8:00 pm
The Brooklyn Commons 388 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn, NY
Yoav Eshed Trio is an exciting musical journey featuring guitar, upright bass and drums, including storytelling jazz musicians from Israel with an innovative playing and exciting sound featuring the Award-winning guitarist Yoav Eshed, Daniel Dor (Avishai Cohen, Kurt Rosenwinkel) on Drums and Tamir Shmerling (Terri Lynn Carrington, Myron Walden, Gretchen Parlato) on Bass

Piano Solo
Guy Moskovich, piano
Sunday, April 7th | 9:30 pm
The Brooklyn Commons 388 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn, NY
Guy Moskovich (born August 1st 1996) is a rising star jazz pianist and composer from Israel, currently residing in New York City. He is performing regularly on the international jazz scene where he is considered a rising star, having played at the Red Sea Jazz Festival, Beit Ha'amudim jazz club in Tel Aviv, The Jazz Gallery in NY York and with regular performances in Europe. Tonight, Guy will be playing songs from the great American songbook next to his original compositions.

Keren Ann
The City Winery
Tue., April 9th, 2019 | 8:00 pm
Doors Open at 7:00 pm
City Winery New York City
Keren Ann is an artist, singer-songwriter but also an artist who's songs have been sung or performed by such eclectic and international artists : David Byrne, Iggy Pop, Luz Casal, Rosa Pasos, Anna Calvi, Jane Birkin, Henri Salvador ou Françoise Hardy. In parallel of her records and numerous tours, she works on original soundtracks for films (La femme la plus assassinée du monde by Franck Ribière, among others) but also for theater or contemporary danse (Collaborations with choreographs Sharon Eval or Damien Jalet). Bleue is her 8th solo album.

Yael Rasooly with Daniel Rein
Cafe Sabarsky
April 11th | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cafe Sabarsky @ Neue Galerie
The richly decadent world of the 1920s and 30s in Berlin and Paris is on dazzling display in this performance by renowned artist Yael Rasooly, who will tell the stories of the backstreets and alleys, as well as the glamour and exuberance, in the final years of the Weimar Republic. In Rasooly's debut performance at Café Sabarsky, audiences will enjoy tales of longing, grief, love, passion, resilience and dreams, all delivered through what the New York Times calls her "inspired wackiness."

Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players
violin, Asi Matathias -piano, Roman Rabinovich
Monday, April 15th | 2:00, 7:30
Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
Roman Rabinovich, piano - Asi Matithias, violin - Diana Cohen, 
violin - Cong Wu, viola- David Requiro, cello - Vadim Lando, clarinet
Ferruccio BUSONI Suite in G minor
Moritz MOSZKOWSKI Suite in G minor Op. 71
Anton RUBINSTEIN Piano Quintet in G minor Op. 99

Gil Shaham by Luke Ratray
Evgeny Kissin
Mike Burstyn by Mariella Productions
From Shtetl to Stage: A Celebration of Yiddish Music and Culture
Migrations: The Making of America Festival, Russian and Eastern European Jewish Migration
Mike Burstyn, Vocalist
Evgeny Kissin, Pianist - Gil Shaham, Violin
Monday, April 15th | 8:00 pm
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
From Shtetl to Stage celebrates the journey of Yiddish culture from Old World to New through music, song, poetry, and humor. A company of extraordinary Yiddish talent-as well as stars of the classical, film, and theater worlds-mix chestnuts from the Yiddish theater and folk song repertoire with Yiddish-tinged vaudeville, art song, classical music, and klezmer in a program that explores how Eastern European Jewish culture interacted with and contributed to American culture at large.

Israeli Chamber Project
Baruch Performing Arts Center
violin, Daniel Beard - viola, Guy Ben-Ziony - cello, Tony Rymer
clarinet, Tibi Cziger - piano, Assaf Weisman
April 16, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Rosalyn and Irwin Engelman Recital Hall, Baruch Performing Arts Center
Mozart/André: Clarinet Quartet in E-Flat Major (arr. Violin Sonata K. 380)
Yinam Leef: Triptych
Bartók: Contrasts, Brahms: Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60
Formed in 2008, the Israeli Chamber Project's mission is to bring top-notch chamber music performances to both urban and rural venues in its native country as well as around the world. Whether performing in a remote kibbutz, an Arab town, the bustling metropolis of Los Angeles, or the intimacy of New York City's Baruch Performing Arts Center, the ICP has earned high praise from the media and enthusiastic accolades from audiences.