March 23rd 2019
Shabbat Times: 
Candle Lighting
Evening Service
Bar Mitzvah of Joey Guigliano
6:52 pm
  Forecast: 45/windy

Shabbat Kiddush
Dr. Barry and Selma Dash have sponsored today's Kiddush
in honor of their grandson Joey's bar mitzvah.

Birthdays and Anniversaries 
Marilyn Saposh
Laura Koszer
Marlene Perkal
Jack Reisner
Milton Davis
Leslie Fromkin
Kristin & Andrew Schulman
Suzette & Steven Kolitch
Sally & Michael Seymour

Saturday 3/23
Bar Mitzvah of Joseph Adam Guigliano 9:00 am
Minha , S'uda Shlishit (3rd Shabbat Meal), timely topic, Maariv and Havdalah 6:30 pm
Wednesday 3/27
Jewish American Entertainers featuring
Lois Bruno 1:00 pm
Purim Celebration & Megillah Reading 7:30 pm
Thursday 3/28
Rabbi's Class "Tiptoe through the Talmud" 10:30 am
Friday 3/29
Bible Class 11:30 am
Wednesday's Special Email
For those of you who don't think I have a sense of humor or that I am not creative, now you know. And I also know that you may not appreciate my (highly developed) sense of humor.
Hope you had a great Purim; we sure had a great one in Shul!
We had over 80 people here in the evening, and 20 for Thursday morning's Megillah reading and celebration
More pictures to follow next week! 
Off to AIPAC this weekend!
8 of us will be going...
AIPAC will have an active presence throughout the conference on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. The conference hashtags are #AIPAC2019 and #ConnectedForGood
You can follow much of the goings-on at home-and then come next year! AIPAC will be live-streaming five General Sessions, as well as select breakout sessions and pre-and post-General Session news-style shows. They can register to watch live and on demand by visiting

MoveOn and AIPAC
MoveOn, the progressive advocacy group, thi s week asked candidates not to attend Policy Conference. A number of candidates reportedly have said they would not attend, but only Bernie Sanders explained why, in language that closely hews to MoveOn's arguments for snubbing the event.
"He's concerned about the platform AIPAC is providing for leaders who have expressed bigotry and oppose a two-state solution," his policy director, Josh Orton, told The Huffington Post.
MoveOn's reasons included AIPAC's opposition to the Iran deal; its inclusion of speakers who the group says peddle Islamophobic rhetoric; alleged war crimes condoned by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; a deal struck by Netanyahu that could bring a far-right party into the Knesset; and AIPAC's supposed refusal to condemn white nationalists in President Donald Trump's orbit.
It's notable that some things Sanders and MoveOn object to about the lobby have changed since 2016, when Sanders was eager to speak to AIPAC - but much has not.
MoveOn's No. 1 reason - that AIPAC took the lead in opposing the Iran nuclear deal - happened in 2015, when the Obama administration negotiated the deal. So did the Israeli elections, when Netanyahu incurred the Obama administration's wrath for referring to Arab voters in what seemed to be racist terms. Israel's last war was with Hamas in the Gaza Strip in 2014, and before that in 2012. Netanyahu, moreover, is considered to be among the Israeli prime ministers who have shown the greatest restraint in wartime.
AIPAC has had speakers from Israel's right who do not want a two-state solution, and in 2016 - the year Sanders thought it was a good idea to speak to the conference - The Nation singled out a number of speakers perceived as Islamophobic. By contrast, this year AIPAC distanced itself from a speaker who attacked Muslim lawmakers, and the speaker withdrew.
In 2016, AIPAC did not condemn white nationalists associated with Trump (it did reprimand Trump for dissing Barack Obama), and it is true that unlike other groups, the lobby has not singled out administration figures like Steve Bannon or Stephen Miller. But AIPAC rarely speaks out on any issue that does not directly concern Israel - although it was, uncharacteristically, among the groups that expressed dismay in 2017 after Trump equivocated following the deadly neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville, Virginia.
AIPAC - again, unlike other Jewish groups - did not directly condemn Netanyahu for his deal with the far-right Jewish Power party, but (again unusual for AIPAC) it did condemn the party itself.
AIPAC is trying hard to cultivate Democrats, the party that still garners the loyalty of most American Jews, and explicitly backs the two-state solution. Its legislative agenda is devoid of partisan issues.

Torah Reading   621                Haftarah 627

This week's Sidra is a continuation of the Laws of the Sacrifices.
The Priests were commanded to keep a fire burning continuously on the altar. The sacrifices from which the Priests were permitted to eat are then enumerated. Their permission was qualified, however: the Priests had to be in a state of ritual purity, and the Priestly portions often had to be consumed within certain boundaries and time frames.
Aaron, the High Priest, was to bring a meal offering both morning and evening on behalf of all the Kohanim.
Over a seven-day period Aaron and his sons were consecrated to their positions by Moses. Moses robed Aaron in the High Priest's garments and anointed his head with oil. The other Priests were also dressed and anointed, and special sacrificial offerings concluded the ceremony.

Tonight: Evening service at 7:00 p.m.
Tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m.
Mazal Tov to Joey Guigliano who will be celebrating his bar mitzvah-and to his family!
Tomorrow afternoon at 6:30 p.m.
During Seudah Shlishit we will read...

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 
Roberta Mathes will be observing yahrzeit for her grandmother, Recha Mathes on Saturday evening, March 23rd
Richard Rosenberg will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Jerry Rosenberg on Wednesday evening, March 27th

Interesting/Important Reads             
If you watch the video, you will see how emotional the young women are. However, their accusations are entirely off-base. The NZ attacker never mentioned Chelsea Clinton in his manifesto, yet they accuse her of inspiring him by her criticism of Ilhan Omar. What nonsense!

How Dare Chelsea Clinton Defend the Jews? 
A run-in at NYU reveals the unavoidable truth: The war for the soul of the left will be fought over anti-Semitism.    
 "Christchurch and Pittsburgh Remind Us that We Are on the Same Side'           
(and I just heard from our former au pair in NZ that the Rabbi of Tree o  Life in Pittsburgh just raised $40,000 for the Christchurch victims)                                                
In contrast...         
Here's a picture of Gazans sharing sweets in celebration of the murder of a soldier and father of 12 in the West Bank:                                                                                            

Gallup: Americans' Views of Israel Remain Tied to Religious Beliefs
Shouting "Order!!!" is he a Scapegoat or Hero? John Bercow, House of Commons Speaker (and Jewish!), Upends Brexit  
A Museum Tackles Myths About Jews and Money      
I'd never understood the Israeli settlers. So I moved in with them (in Tekoa).       
Syrian Scholar: The "Al-Aqsa" in the Quran Is Not in Jerusalem 

This next article is big news... This is bigger than the President's pronouncement about the Golan. (As to the Golan, I think the new US policy will only complicate world affairs: for examples, how can we challenge Russia in Crimea? How corny challenge China in Tibet?) Better to have said nothing about the Golan. Israel has de facto control, just like it does in Jerusalem. -- kas

Pompeo Arrives at Western Wall with Netanyahu, a First Visit of U.S. Diplomat with Israeli Official    
UN Hosts Exhibit on Israeli Aid to World   

This BBC article contains a photo of a campaign poster that may require an explanation: on the left are the 4 main leaders of the newly formed Ka'chol v"Lavan (Blue and White) party. Three are retired Chiefs of Staff Benny Gantz, Gabi Askenazi, Moshe (Bogie) Ya'alon, and Yair Lapid is former journalist and former Finance Minister. That's why their photos are in shades of blue and white, which evokes mot just the name of their party, but also the patriotism of the Israeli flag. The caption reads: Am Yisrael Chai (the people of Israel live). In contrast are the darkened images of Bibi, Micha'el Ben Ari, and the caption reads Kahane Chai (Meir Kahane lives), evoking Ben Ari's mentor, the late Rabbi Meir Kahane.

Israel Elections: Court bans Far-Right Otzma Yehudi Candidate Ben-Ari 
An Interview with Yair Lapid (Blue and White / Yesh Atid)  
Special Live Briefings on the Israeli Elections
On April 9, Israelis will go to the polls to decide their political future. What are the key issues, who are the main players and what will the results mean for Israel? Join The Jewish Federations of North America and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs for a conversation with two top Israeli journalists about these issues and more.

Israeli Elections 2019: Polls, Projections, and Predictions
April 2, 2019 1:00 PM Eastern
FEATURING:  Haviv Rettig Gur
Israeli Journalist & Political Correspondent
The Times of Israel
Haviv Retting Gur will give an overview of the upcoming Israeli elections, explaining what has taken place and what we can expect. He will analyze the various alliances that have been formed and how they will affect the outcome. He will also try to answer the ultimate question: Will Netanyahu remain in power, and what kind of governing coalition will emerge?

And the Results Are In! Outcomes and Analysis of the Israeli National Election
April 10, 2019, 2:00 PM Eastern
FEATURING:  L ahav Harkov
Senior Contributing Editor
The Jerusalem Post
Lahav Harkov will review and analyze the results of the Israeli elections just as the final results come in. She will help us understand who are the big winners - and the big losers - and what kind of government is likely to now be formed. And ultimately, she will try to help us predict what this means for the future of Israel.

Number of Arab Teachers in Jewish Schools on the Rise                       
Disabled Animals Given New Lease on Life at Israeli Sanctuary          
Korean Zionist Teaches Taekwando to Ethiopian Immigrants                                                      
Israeli Environmental Lessons Shape New Yorker's Outlook                                                            


BDS / Anti-Semitism / anti-Zionism
The proof will be in the pudding...Let's see if this really represents how she feels/thinks:
There are Two Parts to the Omar Affair:

The Congresswoman's Lies-and the Fearfulness of her Critics    
Bibi's tweet irresponsible tweet reply ( "Dear Rotem, an important correction: Israel is not a state of all its citizens. According to the nation-state law we passed, Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people - and not anyone else.") to model Rotem Sela brought this on...and now it must be combatted:
Guardian Falsely Claims that Israeli Law Codifies Racism                                                   

US Envoy to Germany Leads Protest Over Anti-Israeli 'Bigotry' at UNHR CouncilUK to Honour Pledge and Oppose Anti-Israel Resolutions at UN Human Rights Council 
British Foreign Sec'y: UN Human Rights Council's Permanent Agenda Item on Israel Should Be Abolished   
But I don't see Britain's' name on the list opposing the resolution; she abstained!

California State University Agrees that Zionism Is an Integral Part of Jewish Identity    

The Palestinians
Egypt Outraged at Hamas Missile Fire on Tel Aviv                                                                                                       "You've also gambled with our own safety in Gaza by shooting at Tel Aviv while we are here" negotiating a cease fire!                                                                                        

Palestinians Tear Doors Off Golden Gate Site on Jerusalem's Temple Mount
Egypt Moved Border Town Residents into Apartment Buildings to Combat Smuggling Tunnels     
Building apartment buildings made it easier for Egyptian authorities to check basements for smuggling tunnels!   

IDF Releases Pictures of Destroyed Hamas Positions in Gaza after Rockets Fired at Tel Aviv      
 Hamas Targets over 70 Journalists in Wake of Protests                                                                 
Did Hamas Lose Control of the Gaza "Return" Marches                                                                   

Experts Reveal Major Fallacies in UN Gaza Report    
Fatah Spokesman in Gaza Has Arms and Legs Broken by Attackers                  
There is a reception honoring Amb. Mladenov at AIPAC on Sunday night; that tell you he is evenhanded:
UN Envoy Condemns Hamas Treatment of Gaza Protesters                                                      
The New Palestinian Authority Government                                                                                         

Challenges for the New Palestinian Prime Minister        

Pop Culture
Chinese-Jewish Chef Molly Yeh is Nominated for an Emmy
Most of them aren't kosher, but...
America's Best Jewish Delis                                                                              

We Need Volunteers From Our Congregation

To volunteer, please email Hilda Froelke-  




Sunday, March 24, 2019

On Sunday, March 24, 2019, The 68th Annual Israel Folk Dance Festival and Festival of the Arts will be held at a new venue, The Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street (between 10th & 11th Avenues), New York, NY.  The Festival is an annual gala celebration in Dance, Music and Song, this year reflecting the theme of MABAT L'ACHOR - TZA'AD KADIMA, Looking Back - Stepping Forward. The Festival Performance will be at 3:00 pm, preceded by the free Festival Fair from 11:30 am to
2:30 pm.
A highlight of this year's festival will be performances by Galgaley Rishon, an inspiring wheelchair dance troupe from Israel. They will be joined by multiple generations of dancers and singers from Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and New York. Every year the festival performers share the diverse styles and moods that constitute Israel's evolving folk culture in a thrilling and uplifting stage production.
The Festival day  begins with Rivkaleh's Fair, a once a year indoor event for the whole family featuring community Israeli dancing for all plus arts, crafts, cultural exhibits and activities, and of course, kosher food.
Mark your calendar! MABAT L'ACHOR - TZA'AD KADIMA, A Gala Celebration of Israel in Dance and Song on Sunday, March 24th, 2019 at John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street (between 10th & 11th Avenues), New York, NY.  Fair begins at 11:30 am, Festival performance at 3:00 pm. 
Tickets are available for the Festival at $20 / $15 for students, seniors and groups of 15 or more. 

Admission to the Fair is free.

Checks should be made payable to the Israeli Dance Institute and mailed to Israeli Dance Institute, P.O. Box 124, New York, NY 10025 and received before March 15th. Tickets can also be purchased online

The Israel Folk Dance Festival and Festival of the Arts is a project of the Israeli Dance Institute in partnership with Jewish National Fund with the support of Bnai Zion, the New York Board of Rabbis and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York.
68th Annual
and Festival of the Arts
MABAT L'ACHOR - TZA'AD KADIMA, Looking Back - Stepping Forward 

Sunday, March  24, 2019
The Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
524 West 59th Street (between 10th & 11th Avenues)
New York, NY

A Day-Long Celebration!
Special Guest Performers - Galgaley Rishon, wheelchair dance troupe from Israel!

Rivkaleh's Fair 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
The Fair is a great prelude to the show with lots
to see and do for the entire family!
A marketplace of Judaica and crafts vendors
Dancing for adults and children
Kosher food and snacks
Admission to the Fair is free!

Performance: 3:00 pm
Dancers and singers from Israel and across 
the United States join together on one stage!
See below for ticket information.
Presented by The Israeli Dance Institute in partnership with Jewish
National Fund with the support of Bnai Zion, The New York Board of
Rabbis and the Jewish Community Relations Council Of New York.

ORDER NOW!  Tickets:  $20 per person      
                        Student/Senior/Groups of 15 or more: $15
For information: | E-mail: | Tel: 917-689-7677
Detach the order form below and mail with your payment to: 
Israeli Dance Institute, P.O. Box 124, New York, NY 10025
or purchase online

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.

Batsheva Dance Company
North America Tour
March 27 | 7:30 pm New York
March 28 | 7:30 pm New York
March 29 | 7:30 pm New York
March 30 | 7:30 pm New York
Peter Jay Sharp Building BAM Howard Gilman Opera House NYC
Acclaimed Choreographer Ohad Naharin and Batsheva's 18-member company are renowned worldwide for their adventurous vision and distinctive movement language. Combining visceral physicality with a rigor and consistency in their training, Batsheva Dance Company compels audiences with its virtuosity and raw energy. This singular company returns to BAM with a new evening-length work that explores the dialogue and conflict between movement and the content it represents. Created in two 40-minute sections placed in juxtaposition, Venezuela is a multifaceted work in which the endless possibilities of a choreographer's craft are at play and, in turn, the audience confronts the limits of their own freedom of choice.

Artist Dialogue + Video Presentation
Sigalit Landau + Yotam From
March 21st | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
moCA Cleveland
Join artists Sigalit Landau and Yotam From in conversation with curator A. Will Brown about new and selected video works by Landau, which will be on view in moCa Cleveland's Cohen Family Gallery.

68th Annual Israel Folk Dance Festival FAIR + PERFORMANCE
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Gerald W. Lynch Theater John Jay College
A day long celebration beginning with Rivkaleh's Fare from 11:30 to 2:30 followed by a Performance at 3:00 pm featuring dancers and singers joining together from across the United States, with special performances by Galgalei Rishon,

Three World Premieres
Peridance Contemporary Dance Company
Artistic Director, Igal Perry
Saturday, March 23 | 8:30 pm
Sunday, March 24 | 7:30 pm
Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance
IGuest Choreographers; Alice Klock, Yoshito Sakuraba, and Ido Tadmor.
The evening's performance will last 90 minutes with one intermission and will include the following three works; Alice Kock's All Told, a work for 10 dancers is about storytelling. Yoshito Sakuraba Nightwalkers, a new work for PCDC featuring 10 dancers and evolved from two objectives: spectacles and interexchanges. The third work, choreographed by Igal Perry, is Perfection Has No Dreams.
Guest artist and choreographer, Ido Tadmor will present his stunning work, "HA - E 4 2".

MOZART Concert
Roosevelt Island Concerts
Pianist + Conductor, Benjamin Hochman
Saturday, March 23rd | 7:30 pm
Good Shepherd Church on Roosevelt Island
Overture to the Marriage of Figaro, Piano Concertos No. 17 and 24.
Season XXII concert 3, Benjamin Hochman, conducts the Roosevelt Island Orchestra in an all Mozart evening, with one overture and two piano concertos.

Recorder virtuoso, Tali Rubinstein + Live Band
Sunday, March 24 | 6:00 pm
Doors open at 5:00 pm
Birdland NYC
Join us for an evening of jazz classics featuring a surprising instrument: the recorder! Award winning Recorder virtuoso Tali Rubinstein will create a unique concert experience shining a spotlight on this ancient instrument with a rich history and surprising versatility. Rubinstein is joined by a five-piece band and will bend the limits of her antique wooden flute in a show that explores jazz in addition to soul and world music.

Rendered Void
A.I.R Gallery III
Artist, Gabriella Vainsencher
March 15 - April 14, 2019
Opening Reception, March 15 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm
155 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY
A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to announce Rendered Void, an exhibition of recent photographs and porcelain sculptures by Fellowship Artist Gabriela Vainsencher, in her first solo show in New York. Vainsencher's interdisciplinary practice includes video, sculpture and photography, and is grounded in an exploration of the processes involved in the formation of identity, be they physical, biographical, or political.

Drawing Across Borders: The Artists of Cartooning for Peace
MoCCA Arts Festival 2019
Featured Artist, Michel Kichka
April 6th | 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
April 7th | 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Metropolitan West New York City
The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan's largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year. Michel Kichka is one of the most famous Israeli caricaturists. He was born in 1954 in Belgium.
Artist Michel Kichka dropped out of his architecture studies in Belgium to settle in Israel where he studied graphics from 1974 to 1978. Since then, he has worked as an illustrator, a comic book artist and a cartoonist. He works as an editorial cartoonist for Israeli TV channels (Channel 2, Channel 1, i24news) and French TV (TV5Monde) and he draws frequently for Courrier International and Regards (Belgium). He has been also a teacher at the Beaux-Arts of Jerusalem since 1982.

Four, Group Exhibition
Yossi Milo Gallery
Artist, Oren Pinhassi
March 16 through April, 27 | 2019
Opening Mar. 16 |6:00 - 8:00 pm
Yossi Milo Gallery
Oren Pinhassi's (b. 1985) art combines the logic of architecture and sculpture in his construction of fluid, eroticized installations designed to thwart one's traditional associations and encoded behaviors. Pinhassi arranges his sculptures in simulation of queer sites where the boundaries between bodies and objects is blurred and played with, setting the scene for encounters with and among each work.

Mike Burstyn by Mariella Productions
Evgeny Kissin
Gil Shaham by Luke Ratray
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.

Film Festival
Israeli Film Festival of Philadelphia 2019
March 16 - April 7, 2019
Philadelphia, PA
In our 2019 season, the Israeli Film Festival of Philadelphia marks its 23rd year.
The Israeli Film Festival of Philadelphia is a celebration of Israeli culture, with the aim of enriching the American vision of Israeli culture and society through film. Each season, a slate of feature films and documentaries are selected to provide a diverse and impartial reflection of Israel.