January 4th, 2018
Shabbat Times: 
Candle Lighting
Evening Service
Morning Service
4:23 pm
  Forecast: 44/ rainy

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 
Susan Ginsburg
Selma Spielman
Sheila Scherl
James   Rosenberg
Ana Erlichman
Saturday 1/5
Morning Service 9:30 am
Minha , S'uda Shlishit (3rd Shabbat Meal), timely topic, Maariv and Havdalah 4:00 pm
Tuesday 1/8
Sisterhood Board Meeting 1:00 pm
Wednesday 1/9
The Great Synagogue Read In at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm Chapter 4
Thursday 1/10
Rabbi's Class "Talmud and Tangents" 10:30 am
Visiting Scholar Rabbi David J. Fine-Lecture series "The Jews in Germany: A Complicated Legacy" 12:45 pm
Friday 1/11
Bible Class 11:30 am

Once again, my thanks to all those who made it possible for me to go no vacation with confidence that all would go well in my absence.

Torah Rea ding   362       Haftarah 370

God reiterates to Moses that the binding promise He made to the Patriarchs, to bring their descendents from servitude to freedom, and ultimately to dominion in Canaan, would be fulfilled. But an unrelenting, unmoved Pharaoh, who imposes increased hardships on the Israelites, makes them grow more despondent. Pharaoh is unimpressed by Aaron's staff being transformed into a serpent - because the Egyptian magicians can do the same thing - even when it swallows the Egyptian magicians' rods.
So God begins to inflict plague after plague upon Egypt, with no lasting effect upon Pharaoh. Occasionally Pharaoh concedes, but once a plague abates, Pharaoh reverts to his hard-hearted posture. This pattern repeats itself through the seven plagues enumerated in our sidra: blood, frogs, lice, swarming insects, cattle plague, boils and hail.

Tonight at 7:00 p.m.
Tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m.
Tomorrow at 4:00 p.m.:
Minha, Seudah Shlishit, Ma'ariv & Havdalah
 "It is that utter lack of interest in what actually interests the citizens of Israel that has to change"  by Daniel Gordis
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 
Florence Silverberg will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Mary Berman on Friday evening, January 4th
Elsie Zeilberger will be observing yahrzeit for her sister, Tillie Falkenstein on Friday evening, January 4th
Prof. Abraham Ravid will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Yitzhak Jan Ravid on Friday evening, January 4th
Marianne Wolff will be observing yahrzeit for her daughter in law, Carla Schainholz on Saturday evening, January 5th
Charles Shatz will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Irving Shatz on Saturday evening, January 5th
Nancy Vorbach will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Bernice Weissler on Saturday evening, January 5th
Arnold Grodman will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Joseph Grodman on Sunday evening, January 6th
Robert Rosenberg will be observing yahrzeit for his mother, Fanny Rosenberg on Monday evening, January 7th
Rochelle Carus will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Julius Edelman on Monday evening, January 7th
Alfred Strauss will be observing yahrzeit for his mother, Lilly Strauss on Tuesday evening, January 8th
Lore Benario will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Erna Livingston on Thursday evening, January 10th
Franco Aguilar will be observing yahrzeit for his daughter, Eithlyn Aguilar on Thursday evening, January 10th

Important or Interesting Reads
Video: True Identity of the Al Aqsa Mosque-and Why It Came to Be Re-Located to Jerusalem                            
The Story of how Al Aqsa was
The Story of how Al Aqsa was "moved" from Saudi Arabia to Jerusalem


Guardian Falsely Blames Israel for Shortages of Medicine in Gaza-It's the PA's Doing                    
Fabricating Palestinian Suffering for Profit-Welcome to "Pallywood"  Turns out the picture is of a victim from the Syrian garbage  

Palestinian Mission Takes Down Pro-Terror Post after Rebuke from Germany's Foreign Ministry
Upgraded Naval Barrier between Gaza and Israel nears Completion                                                        
PA Said Seeking to Deport Palestinian-American Jailed for Selling Land to Jews                                                

Anti-Semitism, BDS, Women's March
First, the good news:

Successes in the Fight Against Anti-Semitism
Why I'll Never Again Insist That I'm Not Jewish         In saying "I'm not Jewish", I'm doing a disservice to my Jewish friends and Jews suffering due to antisemitism around the world.  
The Rooneys were my neighbor in Pittsburgh; they were always a kind family:

Steelers Donate $70,000 to Victims of Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Attack  
The football team had changed its logo to include a Star of David a day after the attack   

Rapper Apologizes for Lyrics Deemed Anti-Semitic
And now, the usual stuff we expect:

Anti-Semitism Is Not Just Another Opinion. The New York Times Should Know Better
The Alice Walker reading list  
A Closer Look at European Anti-Semitism                                                                                                                       
According to 'respondents who experienced some form of anti-Semitic harassment in the past five years,' 30 percent of the perpetrators were Muslim, 21 percent were left wing, and only 13 percent expressed right-wing views                                                          
Anti-Semitic Cleveland Doctor Fired for Saying She'll Give Jews Wrong Medicine     
If you are really concerned about human rights, perhaps you might consider using some of your own income to invest in the Palestinian economy                                                                       
BDS Charade: United Church of Christ's "Divestment" from Israel                                                        

Women's' March: Is the tide turning?
Citing anti-Semitism and financial mismanagement, a dozen state and local chapters have severed ties with national leadership of the Women's March ahead of the third anniversary marches on January 19. Withdrawal of financial support from one of the organization's largest sponsors, the cancellation of marches by local groups and criticism from celebrities have jeopardized the movement's future.

Women's March groups from Chicago, Houston, Washington, D.C., Alabama, Rhode Island, Florida, Portland, Illinois, Washington State, Barcelona, Canada and Women's March GLOBAL have split from the national organization. The National Organization for Women (NOW) pulled financial support "until the current questions regarding leadership are resolved." Charlotte organizers issued a statement denouncing anti-Semitism "including statements by any of the national Women's March leaders."
After it became public that Women's March leaders Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour had expressed support for notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan last year, the Chicago group responded: "No universe exists in which it is acceptable to support anti-Semitic statements," and it pointedly broke away from the national organization. Multiple sources recently corroborated that at the first-ever meeting of the national leadership in 2016, Mallory and another co-organizer, Carmen Perez, claimed Jews had been leaders of the American slave trade. When asked by the New York Times, Mallory responded: "Since that conversation, we've all learned a lot about how while white Jews, as white people, uphold white supremacy, ALL Jews are targeted by it."
Women's March Roiled by Accusations of Anti-Semitism                                                            

Organizers Cancel Chicago Women's March

Riff this/ Riff that
Ephrat Asherie Dance
January 5, 2019 | 8:00 pm
January 6, 2019 | 2:00 pm
The Joyce Theater
Choreography, Ephrat Asherie
Music, Ehud Asherie
Bessie-award winning choreographer Ephrat Asherie collaborates with renowned jazz pianist Ehud Asherie on Riff this, Riff that. Exploring the jazz dance roots of breaking, hip hop, and house, this brother and sister duo is joined by an all-star cast of performers who take on the choreographer's rapid-fire movement, which features "compact bursts of choreography" that "bubble up and dissipate, quickly paving the way for something new" (The New York Times).

Should We Keep The Head
Malpaso Dance Company
with Ohad Naharin's Tabula Rasa
January 9 - January 13, 2019
The Joyce Theater
Fielding Sixes by Merce Cunningham
Carrying My Own Floor by Abel Rojo
Ser by Beatriz Garcia Diaz
Tabula Rasa by Ohad Naharin
Malpaso Dance Company comes back to The Joyce with its dazzling, classically trained dancers in Tabula Rasa, a hard-driving work by choreographer Ohad Naharin, who recently traveled to Cuba to restage this rarely performed dance. Additional works from the company's growing repertory-which includes pieces by internationally recognized choreographers and promising Cuban talent-will round out the program.

Love Chapter 2
L-E-V at The Joyce Theater
Choreographer Sharon Eyal
January 23 |7:30 pm
January 24, 25, 26 | 8:00 pm
Sunday January 27 | 2:00 pm
Sharon Eyal's Love Chapter 2 is a spellbinding and provocative dance that stares unflinchingly at isolation and loneliness. Blending striking imagery with intoxicatingly powerful movement, the work explores what we are left with when our connection to each other breaks down. Driven forward by the pulsating techno beats of DJ Ori Lichtik, the dance is an uninhibited and exhilarating look at the inexplicable nature of love.

Israeli Films at
The 28th Annual New York Jewish Film Festival (NYJFF 2019)
January 9 - January 22, 2019
Walter Reade Theater
The NYJFF each year presents the finest documentary, narrative, and short films from around the world that explore the diverse Jewish experience. Featuring new work by fresh voices in international cinema as well as restored classics, the festival's 2019 lineup includes over 30 wide-ranging and exciting features and shorts from the iconic to the iconoclastic, of which many will be screening in their world, U.S., and New York premieres. More than ten Israeli films will be represented in this year's program.

ZviDance-Choreographer Zvi Gotheiner
Saturday, January 26 | 7:00 pm
Sunday, January 27 | 2:00 pm
Lumberyard Catskill, NY
Israeli choreographer Zvi Gotheiner, in collaboration with 8 dancers, Media Designer Josh Higgason, Composer Scott Killian and lighting Designer Mark London, will create MAIM ('water' in Hebrew), a new evening-length dance work, to be premiered at the New York Live Arts in November 2019. MAIM is in continuation of works Gotheiner created like GLACIER, GREEN MAPand DANCING THE BEAR'S EARS, reflecting on the current collision between humanity and nature. Through choreography, video imagery and sound, MAIM sets out to raise awareness to issues related to the global diminishing water resources due to global warming.

Glamour in the Dark
Yael Rasooly and Iliya Magalnyk
Wednesday, January 9 | 7:00 pm
Sunday, January 13 | 7:00 pm
The Laurie Beechman Theatre
In a meeting of two world renowned artists, Singer Yael Rasooly and Accordeonist Iliya Magalnyk invite audiences on a journey back in time to the music of the 1920's-1950's. Timeless classics, some known and loved and some waiting for audiences to be rediscovered, are presented in creative virtuous adaptations, and delivered in an enchanted collection of languages: French, English,Russian, Italian and even Yiddish.

Israeli Artists
Saturday, January 5 | 8:30 pm
Sunday, January 6 | 4:30 pm
Salvatore Capezio Center
Israeli artists Igal Perry of Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, Ido Tadmor, founder of Dance Arts, Koresh Dance Company, and Keren Anavy and Valerie Green's UTOPIA collaborative work will be among the 20 innovative artists whose companies will be featured during the 2019 APAP Association of Performing Arts Professionals Conference week, at the Salvatore Capezio Theater. Artist programs will feature companies from: Sweden, Canada, Israel, Chicago, Los Angeles, and more.

Israeli Artists
January 4 - January 12, 2019
Israeli artists Reut Regev, Shai Maestro Trio, Guy Mintus Trio + Roopa Mahadevan, and Gilad Hekselman will be featured among many other international artists for the longest WINTER JAZZFEST ever.

Tamuz Nissim
Symphony Space
Friday, January 5 | 9:00 pm
Vocalist, Tamuz Nissim-Guitarist, George Nazos
Jazz singer Tamuz Nissim and guitarist George Nazos have been following a common path, composing and performing together since 2009, gaining the love of music lovers and Jazz aficionados alike. At Bar Thalia they will perform a repertoire of Jazz standards, Jazzy pop songs and originals from their recent discography.
They have performed at stages like the "Blue Note", "Deer Head Inn" "Cornelia Street Cafe", "Appel Room", "Jazz Forum" and many more.

Salute to 3 Knights with
Asi Matatius, violin
Jupiter Symphony Players
January 7th | 2:00 pm, 7:30 pm
Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
William Wolfram, piano- Asi Matatias, violin - Eunae Koh, violin - Maurycy Banaszek, viola - Zlatomir Fung, cello - Barry Crawford, flute - Vadim Lando, clarinet
Asi Matatius, a protégé of Pinchas Zukerman, is already recognized as one of the most talented musicians of his generation. As an enthusiastic chamber musician, he has participated in festivals such as the Jerusalem, Con Anima (Austria), Vienna Bezirk Wochen Festspiele, Israel, and Prussia Cove in England

'New Path' Yogev Shetrit Trio
Thursday, January 17 | 9:00 pm
Williamsburg Music Center
Composer and Producer, Stav Goldberg: Drums, Yogev Shetrit - Piano, Ayal Tsubery
The "New Path" project contains instrumental pieces composed, arranged and produced by 'Yogi' Shetrit, who plays drums and percussion. He elegantly fuses traditional North African music, Gnawa, Andalusian music from his Moroccan heritage, along with contemporary jazz, Jewish and Mediterranean music. His funk and Drum & Bass influences are also evident on some of the tracks.

Shiri Maimon and her Band Symphony Space
January 19th, 2018 | 8:00 pm
In 2003 Shiri auditioned for A Star Is Born, Israel's version of American Idol. She attained second place, gained tremendous popularity with the public, and was signed on by Helicon Records, which is the licensee of Universal & EMI records.
November 2004 saw the release of Shiri's first single, "Until You Understand Me". While working on her debut album, Shiri was offered the coveted role as a presenter on the popular daily youth TV program, EXIT, in which she interviewed entertainment icons and discussed relevant youth issues. Her second single was "Hasheket Shenish'ar" ("Time to Say Goodbye"), the song which was chosen to represent Israel in the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest. In the semi final of the contest, the European voting public gave Shiri an amazing 116 points out of the 120 available points. Shiri, giving a breathtaking performance, reached a very respectable fourth place in the final contest.

Should We Keep The Head-Artist, Amir Nave
SHIN Gallery
November 28 - January 6, 2019
Amir Nave (b. 1974), an Israeli artist with a solo show at SHIN Gallery includes smaller drawings of ink and pen on paper and large paintings made of oil and graphite on canvas. In all of these works, Nave attempts to create moments of eternity within immortal objects. He is interested in consciousness and human emotion and through his attempt at subversion, he exploits them to their fullest states. The viewer becomes aware that they too, are simply a figure with an acute sense of awareness and limitation.