SHABBAT SHALOM, GESHER SHALOM!


 
October 27, 2018
 
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Shabbat Times: 
Candle Lighting
Evening Service
Bar Mitzvah of Aidan Kern 
Minha
5:41pm
7:00pm
9:00am
5:15pm
 
  Forecast: 51/ rainy

IN THIS ISSUE...
Shabbat Kiddush
Today's kiddush is being sponsored by Debbie Kern in honor of her son Aidan's bar mitzvah.
 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Francine Koszer
Orren Ravid
Shifra Ruda
Ariel Dasgupta
Robert Feuerstein
Evelyn Baer
Henry Glazer
Hyla Epstein
Michael Herzig
Ruth Lowenstein
Ann Oster
Ivan Shore

Rochelle & Earl Schneider
Kim & Bernard Wasserman
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   UPCOMING EVENTS
         
Saturday 10/27
Bar Mitzvah of Aidan Kern 9:00 am
Minha, S'uda Shlishit (3rd Shabbat Meal) timely topic, Maariv and Havdalah 5:15 pm
Monday 10/29
Visiting Scholar Eric Goldman "Iconic Jewish Filmmakers" Lecture begin at 1:00 pm
Wednesday 10/31
Parent/Grandparent Education Program
5:00 pm & 6:30 pm
Thursday 11/1
Rabbi's Class "Talmud & Tangents" 10:30 am covering Chapter 2 of Brachot (Blessings)
Friday 11/2
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 .


If Your Grandchild/Child Came Home from College and Said She Was Challenged by a Classmate Who Claimed that Palestine is Arab Land Stolen by the Jews, Could You Provide Her with a Response?
That's just one reason to join the Great Synagogue Read-In
"Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor"
Copies Available in the Shul Office @ $10
And please read this to help you answer the above question.
On the Road to JBS with Rabbis Stern and Mark Golub_and Israel in the background on the green screen




Torah Reading 112     Haftarah 124
VA-YERA
Three strangers/messengers journey past Abraham's tent site. They are invited in and treated most hospitably. They announce the forthcoming birth of a son to Abraham and Sarah; Sarah reacts with extreme disbelief and is quickly reprimanded for her incredulity.
 
As the strangers/messengers depart, God informs Abraham of the impending destruction of the wicked cities of S'dom and Amorah. Abraham pleads with God to spare all the inhabitants for the sake of the few righteous among them, but not even ten are to be found.
 
Two of the messengers arrive in S'dom to rescue Abraham's nephew Lot and his family. Lot demonstrates a similar hospitality to Abraham's in greeting them and in trying to protect them from the other residents, who seek to molest them. Lot and his family escape to Zoar, but not before Lot's wife, turning back to view the destruction, is stricken and turned into a pillar of salt. Lot's daughters, believing themselves to be the last people on earth, drug their father with wine and seduce him. The resulting offspring are the patriarchs of the Moabites and Ammonites.
 
Abraham and Sarah journey briefly to Gerar, where once again Sarah is introduced as Abraham's sister. As in an earlier episode in Egypt, the consequences are disastrous.
 
Sarah, at age ninety, gives birth to Isaac. At the celebration marking Isaac's weaning, Ishmael acts improperly; this incident leads to the banishment of Ishmael and his mother, Hagar.
 
Some years later, God commands Abraham to offer his only son Isaac as a sacrifice; Abraham complies unflinchingly. At the last second a divine voice calls out, sparing Isaac. A ram is offered in his stead.






Tonight at 7 PM
We are starting 30 minutes earlier....
Tomorrow morning at 9:00 AM
Mazal Tov to Aidan Kern who will be celebrating his bar mitzvah tomorrow morning - and to his family!
Tomorrow afternoon at 5:15 PM
Minha, Seudah Shlishit, Ma'ariv & Havdalah
We will be beginning a 2-article series, starting tomorrow, with an Op-Ed based on Seth Anziska's new book...
How Israel Undermined Washington and Stalled the Dream of Palestinian Statehood
The Camp David Accords were signed 40 years ago. Newly declassified documents show how Israel got its way.  
Next Week we will begin to read Dennis Ross' defense/rebuttal in Foreign Policy Magazine: Did Camp David Doom the Palestinians?                                                                

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 
    
Carolyn Tauber will be observing yahrzeit for her great uncle , Aron Schipper on Friday evening, October 26th
Ann Oster will be observing yahrzeit for her brother, Harry Weisleder on Friday evening, October 26th
Tobey Lyden will be observing yahrzeit for her aunt, Dr. Rhoda Korr on Sunday evening, October 28th
Gerald Koszer will be observing yahrzeit for his mother, Fela Koszer on Sunday evening, October 28th
Myra London will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Lillian Weidman on Monday evening, October 29th
Brooke London will be observing yahrzeit for her grandmother, Lillian Weidman on Monday evening, October 29th
Martha Shemin will be observing yahrzeit for her grandfather, Samuel Glass on Monday evening, October 29th
Roberta Mathes will be observing yahrzeit for her mother, Irma Mathes on Monday evening, October 29th
Jack Reisner will be observing yahrzeit for his mother, Malka Rivkah Reisner on Monday evening, October 29th
Marcia Sherman will be observing yahrzeit for her father-in-law, Michael Sherman on Tuesday evening, October 30th
Martha Shemin will be observing yahrzeit for her uncle, Albert Glass on Wednesday evening, October 31st
Rhea Hess will be observing yahrzeit for her brother-in-law, Bruno Hess on Wednesday evening, October 31st
Jeffrey Adler will be observing yahrzeit for his mother, Ruth Adler on Wednesday evening, October 31st
Terry Plawker will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Charles David Kurland on Thursday evening, November 1st




This Week's Parashah

Rashi's commentary on Genesis 22:8 says something similar: "God will provide the sacrificial animal, and if not, my son..."
On Tablet's 'Parsha in Progress' Podcast, Abby Pogrebin and Rabbi Dov Linzer Discuss the Binding of Isaac   
(929 Chapters in the Bible)
And Please Go to Their Website here.                  



























Important Reads  (starting with 2 inspiring pieces!)
Israel Arts at 70 (a 30-minute video)  
Israeli Arts @ 70
Israeli Arts @ 70
 

The Most Famous Israeli You've Never Heard Of  
Conspiracy Theories About Soros Aren't Just False. They're Anti-Semitic. 
Isaac Herzog, the New Head of the Jewish Agency Delivers His Inaugural Address at the GA
Isaac Herzog Addresses North American Jewry as Jewish Agency Chairman of the Executive
Isaac Herzog Addresses North American Jewry as Jewish Agency Chairman of the Executive


Israeli President Reuven Rivlin Calls for "Reverse Birthright" at Opening of Jewish Federation GA
Ivory Tower Bigots  
Palestinians' Refusal to Accept the Jewish National Movement Has Been Disastrous for Them  

If Zionism Were Colonial It Would Have Ended Long Ago                             
Son of Hamas Has a Message for Jeremy Corbyn 
"From my point of view, this is not as dramatic as it sounds," said Shaul Mishal, a professor of Jordanian and Palestinian politics and history at Tel Aviv University. "Historically speaking, the relationship between Israel and Jordan has existed for many years, and, simply put, Jordan cannot exist without Israel."                 







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

Our annual Walkathon is less than 1 week 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
John Winer, Executive Director








 
EVENTS
Home: An IDF Journey
Asi Tzobel Written + Performed
Drama | 75 minutes Israel
October 25 - 28, 2018

Director & Dramaturg, Uzi Biton
Artistic Manager, Shmuel Hadjes
Video Art, Arik Futterman
Music, Amit Ben Atar

Based on a true story. Asi gets an emergency recruitment phone call and after two weeks returns home, but the war returns home with him.  Home  is a rare and touching story about the struggle to understand four simple words: the war is over.  Not suitable for children.
Theater
Larger Than Life: Frankenstein & Karate Man Patrick Kim
Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts
October 25 - 27, 2018

Bricolage Production Company & Hanut31 Theater & Gallery present their world premier where fictional worlds collide when larger-than-life stories of Frankenstein and Karate Man Patrick Kim are told in old-fashioned radio play style. Pittsburgh's own Bricolage Production Company pairs with Tel-Aviv's Hanut31 to present this two part limited run engagement using Foley sound effects in front of a 'live' studio audience.
Theater
THEO'S DREAM
Staged Reading + Talk Back
October 25 - 27 | 7:30 pm

Free, RSVP Required
Written by Zohar Tirosh-Polk
Directed by Ronit Muszatblit

In collaboration with the Jewish Plays Project, LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, and Highbrow Productions,
a radical, hallucinogenic trip through the fever dream of Theodore Herzl, the brilliant prophet and founder of the State of Israel.
Music
Tali Rubinstein: Memoire
Dizzy's Club at  Coca-Cola
November 14 | 7:30 pm

The extraordinarily talented Israeli born and raised and making her Jazz at Lincoln Center debut tonight, is the internationally renowned recorder innovator and vocalist Tali Rubinstein. Studying in Israel's top music institutions and eventually attending Berklee College of Music on full scholarship, Tali became the school's first-ever recorder student. Rubinstein now collaborates with acclaimed artists from around the world, partaking in unique cross-cultural projects with Javier Limon, Anat Cohen, Tomatitio, Chick Corea, Chucho Valdéz, Pacio de Lucía's original band, Lauth Sidiq, Shilpa Ananth, Jamey Haddad, and Shedrick Mitchell, in addition to dozens of Israel's top musicians.
Music
Uri Gurvitch Quartet
Dizzy's Club at  Coca-Cola
November 14 | 9:30 pm

Gurvich was only 20 years old when he won Israel's prestigious Jazz Player of the Year competition, and he has since worked with artists including Esperanza Spalding, John Zorn, Chris Potter, Avishai Cohen, Paquito D'Rivera, Anat Cohen, and Lionel Loueke. His group is a prime example of jazz transcending borders, and it honors Gurvich's unique musical vision while also remaining unmistakably collaborative. They're here for one set only, so make sure to swing by Dizzy's and hear what the quartet is all about.
Theater
The Jewish Dog
Written + Performed by Miha Rodman
Drama Movement Performance Art | 80 min.
November 3 | 4:00 pm

Playwright: Asher Kravitz.
Co-Producers: Preseren Theatre Kranj and Mini Theatre Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Director, Concept, Adaptation, Design: Yonatan Esterkin.
Translator: Katja Smid.
Dramaturg: Anja Krusnik Cetinski.

A touching and inspiring story about the darkest period of European history between 1935 and 1945, particularly because it is narrated by a dog who understand the people's language but not their world. Cyrus, the dog, is an unforgettable character. Although The Jewish Dog is a fictional tale filled with comic and dramatic moments, it is based on true facts. Recommended for all audiences.  
Theater
Knock Knock
Performed by Niv Petel  Israel
Drama  +  Movement | 60 min.
November 12 | 7:30 pm

Maia Levy Artistic Advisor Co-Director
Oliver Bush Original Lighting Designer

H ow would you raise your child if you knew that one day, their turn would come to hold a rifle? As a liaison officer for the army, Ilana, a single mother, supports families who lost sons and daughters to wars. When her only son puts on the army uniform, she faces a life-changing dilemma. Show image by Adam Robert Lewis.Recommended for: all audiences.
Theater
Crumbs
Written & Performed by Mihal Grass Sherman  Mexico/Israel Drama Movement Performance Art | 50 min.
November 13 | 7:30 pm

Director & Designer: Maya Nitzan
Show image by Nili Caspi-Litvak

A meeting with a director who uses sexual remarks provokes a suppressed memory. This show deals with the awkwardness of different perceptions in combination with movement and humor. Based on a true story.  Not recommended for children.
Art
Welcome Exhibition
By Lihi TURJEMAN
October 25 | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

'Lihi Turjeman is a  Bezalel MFA graduate , who I've been following since the beginning of her artistic career. She is a young artist with important awards to her name, attracting curators, gallerists and collectors from the local and international art scenes. The many textures in her large scale paintings ask questions about space and mapping.' Sarah Peguine
Art
Garden of Living Images
By Keren Anavy
October 27 - December 2, 2018

Join us at this artist talk with Keren Anavy and Curator of Visual Arts Eileen Jeng Lynch about the installation Garden of Living Images in the Sunroom Project Space. Creating a conservatory from man-made materials, Anavy responds to the late-fall landscape of Wave Hill. Suspended from the ceiling, abstract paintings on translucent Mylar dip into shallow pools of ink and correspond to the changing colors of the seasonal plants.
Film
12th Annual Other Israel Film Festival
November 1 - 8, 2018
This years films explore the lives and stories of these minorities and expands into timely women's topics as well. The Other Israel Film Festival, founded in 2007, presents high-quality cinema that inspires conversation and takes an in depth look into Israeli and Palestinian societies and minority populations in Israel. The festival explores human stories and social issues for Israel and its neighbors. Other Israel presents dramatic and documentary films, as well as panels and events about history, culture, and identity. With partner organizations, the festival aims to engage the community, deepen its views, challenge its perspectives, and drive it to action.
Music
AICF's 79th Celebration of the Arts of Israel
Sunday, November 4, 2018
AICF's 79th Anniversary Celebration will honor the cast and creators of the show Fauda! Director Rotem Shamir (Season 2), whose own hit show Hostages is also part of the rise of Israeli Television and Cinema, will be joined by filmmaker Scott Berrie in conversation about the "secret" behind the success of Fauda, the work on an Arab-Jewish set, and many other exciting topics presented uniquely to our audience.
Music
Gilad Hekselman Trio
November 7 | 7:30 pm

Gilad Hekselman, guitar
Reuben Rogers, bass
Kendrick Scott, drums

Guitarist Gilad Hekselman brings his trio back to one of NYC's most renowned jazz clubs, the Jazz Standard. Alongside two of the finest jazz musicians in the world, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Kendrick Scott, they will be celebrating the release of Hekselman's new album 'Ask for Chaos'."Gilad Hekselman is a guitarist whose star is on the rise for the right reasons" NYTimes