November 30th 2018
Shabbat Times: 
Candle Lighting
Evening Service
Morning Service
4:11 pm
  Forecast: 44/ chance of rain

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 & Anniversaries
Ava Huegel
Marc Karpman
Neil Taylor
Sam Dasgupta
Saturday 12/1
Morning Service 9:30 am
Minha, S'uda Shlishit (3rd Shabbat Meal), timely topic, Maariv and Havdalah 4:00 pm
Sunday 12/2
First night of Chanukah
Menorah lighting at the triangle 5:00 pm. Join us at the Triangle, Main Street and Lemoine Avenue for the lighting of the first candle, singing and celebration.
Tuesday 12/4
Sisterhood, Mens Club & ORT Chanukah Celebration 12:30 pm
Thursday 12/6
Rabbi's Class "Talmud and Tangents" 10:30 am
Visiting Scholar Janet DiNardo White - Lecture topic: "The War of 1812" 1:00 pm
Friday 12/7
Bible Class 11:30 am

Torah Reading 238    Haftarah 247
Jacob's favorite among his twelve sons is Joseph. The favoritism is so blatant that it causes resentment among the brothers - a resentment that is only exacerbated by Joseph's dreams of grandeur. Joseph gets his comeuppance when his brothers strip him of the multi-colored coat given to him by his father, and throw him into a pit. He is subsequently sold by his brothers to Ishmaelites and winds up in servitude in Egypt. The brothers dip Joseph's coat in blood, leading Jacob to believe that Joseph had been killed by a beast.
The narrative of Joseph's life is interrupted by the story of Judah and his sons. Judah's eldest son married Tamar, but this son soon died. In accordance with the custom of levirate marriage, the next son, Onan, was to marry Tamar in order to produce a male heir for his deceased brother. Onan refused to be a party to this, and he too died. Judah, fearing that Tamar was the cause of both sons' deaths, was reluctant to let his youngest son marry her. Disguising herself as a cultic harlot, Tamar seduced her father-in-law, Judah, and bore twins. Judah admitted his error in not requiring his youngest son to enter in levirate marriage with Tamar.
Back in Egypt, Joseph had become the most trusted and favored servant of Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's officials. Joseph comes to the attention of his mistress; repeatedly rejecting her advances, she exacts revenge by accusing him of attempted rape. Joseph is imprisoned. He wins the favor of his jailer, who gives him a position of responsibility. Joseph correctly interprets the dreams of two of Pharaoh's jailed servants: the baker who will be executed, and the butler, who will return to Pharaoh's service. Joseph implores the butler not to forget him upon his release, for he has been imprisoned unfairly.

**Havdalah,  **Menorah Lighting** (bring your own or we will supply),  **Food**&  Music**
Six13:  A Bohemian Chanukah (a Queen adaptation)  "Is this just fantasy?" No, it's our Chanukah tribute to one of the greatest and most epic songs of all time.  
Six13 - Bohemian Chanukah (a Queen adaptation)
Six13 - Bohemian Chanukah (a Queen adaptation)

Hanukkah Vocabulary  The key words and phrases you need to know for the Jewish Festival of Lights       
I scored 9 out of 10 on this quiz. I had no idea what the original latke was made from. I knew it wasn't potato; I guessed millet. Wrong!  Hope that narrows the answers for you. Thank God that kind of trivial stuff was not required for rabbinic ordination!
QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Hanukkah?   
Recipe and Video: The Ultimate Latke 
 How to fry up a batch of perfect potato pancakes this Hanukkah-and don't forget the applesauce    
Make your own miracle of oil by frying up a batch of sugar-coated treats stuffed with apricot jam
Satellite Radio Sirius XM -- Channel 77
 Will feature an extensive collection of Hanukkah-themed music, including contemporary, traditional and children's selections as well as daily reflections and prayers related to the holiday.
And if I read the website correctly, it is online already now on Channel 787
  Friday, November 30 at 3am ET  - Tuesday, December 11 at 3am ET
Read/Chant the Hanukkah Blessings                           
The full text and transliteration of the blessings for lighting the menorah here   
Al Hanisim: A Holiday Prayer of Thanks for Everyday Miracles
The Al Hanisim prayer, which is recited on Hanukkah, skips any mention of the oil lasting eight days. Why does the holiday's primary prayer omit any mention of this miracle? 

Friday night at 7:00 p.m.
Shabbat morning at 9:30 a.m.
We will mark the Sheloshim (30 days) of the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre
Shabbat afternoon at 4:00 p.m.:
Minha, Seudah Shlishit, Ma'ariv & Havdalah
We will read a recent NYT article: Are Jared and Ivanka Good for the Jews?
Jewish communities stand more divided than ever on whether to embrace or denounce Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.    
Next Shabbat morning:   Matching a holiday that celebrates religious freedom (Hanukkah) with the flight to religious freedom, Diana Yacobi will speak about Ethiopian Jewry  
And we're starting at 9:00 a.m.!!!!!  (lots to do!)
Ethiopian Jews in America   
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 
Edith Adler will be observing yahrzeit for her father in law, Moritz Adler on Friday evening, November 30th
Stephen Whitman will be observing yahrzeit for his brother, Alan Whitman on Friday evening, November 30th
Kathy Grazian will be observing yahrzeit for her aunt, Sadie Heimlich on Sunday evening, December 2nd
Ann Oster will be observing yahrzeit for her mother-in-law, Miriam Oster on Sunday evening, December 2nd
Marcia Orange will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Mr. Mel Wities on Monday evening, December 3rd
Harry Richman will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Ben Richman on Tuesday evening, December 4th
Alex Salit will be observing yahrzeit for his mother, Bella Salit on Tuesday evening, December 4th
Alex Salit will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Morris Salit on Tuesday evening, December 4th
Martha Shemin will be observing yahrzeit for her father in law, Franklin Shemin on Tuesday evening, December 4th
Sally Seymour will be observing yahrzeit for her father, William Brender on Wednesday evening, December 5th
Eileen Haber Zlotnick will be observing yahrzeit for her aunt, Anna Hauser on Wednesday evening, December 5th
Martin Carus will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Jack Carus on Thursday evening, December 6th
Rabbi Henry Glazer will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Joseph Glazer on Thursday evening, December 6th 

Picture of the Week...Maybe of the Century!
The photograph below is truly remarkable! - And it is a learning experience for me that I want to share with you: On the mundane level, I always just assumed that the IDF has strict regulations about hair and facial grooming, yet here is a Haredi young man, not just with a beard, but with payes!
More significantly, I had taken it for granted that if someone from the Haredi community joined the IDF, it meant that s/he was parting ways with his/her community and family of origin (except perhaps for surreptitious contact). Yet here, this young man, who has just completed his 45 km hike with full gear, which marks the culmination of basic training, is greeted warmly and lovingly by his proud father.

Of Note
Since 2005, Zabolon Simantov has lived alone in Kabul's only synagogue. In this volatile region, he is the final guardian of a once-flourishing 1,500-year-old Jewish community                              
The first in a series responding to Paul Berman's opus on 'The State of the Left' addresses the critical differences between Bernie Sanders' older, left-wing labor tradition and Jeremy Corbyn's New Left Third Worldism    
A Persian Jewish Refugee Who Fled Iran by Airlift Just Became a State Senator in New York  From Tabriz to Albany, Anna Kaplan has arrived as a rising name in politics                                                          
An interesting statement that may mean nothing in the long run, but could complicate an eventual 2-state solution:

Jordan Apparently Wants to Keep Control Over Jerusalem - Even if It Becomes a Palestinian Capital      
A Penn Student Confesses: 
Growing Up, I Distanced Myself from My Judaism. The Pittsburgh Shooting Changed That  
I realized that the hatred others had for Jews scarily resembled my own subtle self-hatred                                

Companion Pieces to the Messenger Essay on Progressives and Israel
Here are 2 more great articles and one video that supplement Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch's essay, re-printed in our December Messenger, on Progressives, their lack of support for Israel, and the danger:
Alan Dershowitz: At Least 5 Good Reasons for Liberals to Support Israel 
The Truth About Jerusalem
The Truth About Jerusalem
Amazing how little things have changed fundamentally... I also came across this-from 2010!!-in my search for the Dershowitz video:

8 Reasons Leftists Should be Pro-Israel                                                                      
Anti-Zionism Has No Place in the Progressive Movement                                                   

Anyone can go to Israel and spend as much or as little time as you wish as a volunteer at the Temple Sifting Project. And you never know what you may find!
See the video:                                                                   
First Temple Beka Weight Unearthed in Jerusalem Sifting Project
First Temple Beka Weight Unearthed in Jerusalem Sifting Project

Israel Appoints First Male Ethiopian-Israeli Judge; He Joins 2 Women 
Druze Anchorwoman for Hebrew News at Israel Public Broadcasting 
Arab Teenager Who Joined IDF Says "It's a Privilege". He is Joined by 3 Other Friends  
Israel High School Debate Team Wins European Championships
Israeli Gymnast Artem Dolgopyat Wins Gold Medal in Artistic Gymnastics World Cup         
The IDF "Red Team" Tasked with Securing Israel's Cyber-Borders 
Israel Security Agency, Shin Bet, Foils Hamas Bombing Plans

At the UN  
European Union Agrees to Back UN Resolution Condemning Hamas!!! 
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People at the UN
CNN Commentator, Marc Lamont Hill Calls for Elimination of Israel, Endorses Violent Palestinian "Resistance"   Video starts at 1 hour, 36 minutes                                                        
This is fast and gratifying action by CNN!!
CNN Drops Commentator after Anti-Israel Remarks   

Anti-Semitism / BDS / Intersectionality
Soccer anti-Semitism in Argentina                                                                                  
Cantos antisemitas de la hinchada de All Boys.
Cantos antisemitas de la hinchada de All Boys.

The game was between two Argentinian soccer teams, - the "All Boys" team and "Atlanta". The Atlanta soccer team was founded more than a hundred ago in a Jewish neighborhood. Today it is still assumed by people to be associated with the local Jewish community. However, today it is a local team with no special connection to the Jewish community. But that didn't matter to these fans.
"All boys" fans were upset that their team was losing and then lost, to Atlanta. They let their anger show with the horrific Jew hatred chants. Then, they followed it up with violent rioting in the streets of Buenos Aires and even clashed with the Buenos Aires police.

Why Wisconsin High Schoolers Aren't Being Punished for Mimicking a Nazi Salute
A prom photo has sparked a fresh round of debate over students' First Amendment rights      
While this is satire, it rings true:

Intersectionality Victimhood Calculator    
More satire:
American Clothing: Walmart, Amazon and Lithuania                                                             
And more!

Pro-Israel Demonstrators Oppose Boycott Bill in Dublin 
Council on American-Islamic Relations Executive Director Calls for Murderous Israeli Leadership to Be "Terminated"
C NN Poll: A Shadow Over Europe... Anti-Semitism  **Over 25% of Europeans Believe Jews Are Too Influential in Money Matters
 **Nearly one in four said Jews have too much influence in conflict and wars across the world   
I received this from The Focus Project, an initiative of a consortium of Jewish well-respected groups:
Airbnb Announces Anti-Semitic West Bank Policy
Justified by its First International Political Statement
Home-rental company Airbnb  announced  it would remove properties in Israeli - primarily Jewish - communities of the West Bank. Last week's  announcement  came alongside the company's  first international political statement , justifying its decision on the claim: "companies should not profit on lands where people have been displaced."
Israeli settlements in the West Bank now join Iran, Syria, North Korea and Russian-occupied Crimea as the only locations where Airbnb's services are unavailable - with one notable difference. In all other forbidden locations, Airbnb 
explains : "we are required to comply with international regulations that restrict the use of our site by residents of certain countries." Despite affirming the legality of renting properties in Israeli neighborhoods of the West Bank, this is the only time Airbnb has credited its decision to a political motivation. The company also continues listing properties in  other disputed areas  where people have been displaced, such as Northern Cyprus, Tibet, Western Sahara and Kashmir.
 Airbnb's announcement preempted by one day a new 
report  criticizing the company for its previous West Bank policy, as well as a forthcoming UN ' blacklist ' report of firms operating in Israeli settlements. It also comes in response to  years of documented pressure  from a  coalition of organizations  advocating for BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) campaigns against Israel. In a letter to Airbnb, the  ADL  stated: "Many of the founding goals of the BDS movement, including denying the Jewish people the universal right of self-determination - along with many of the strategies employed in BDS campaigns - are anti-Semitic."  Some  Jewish-American groups  have called for a boycott of Airbnb over its double standard applied only to Israel.

Talking Points:
  1. Airbnb's policy to boycott only Israeli apartment listings in the West Bank is unacceptable and demonstrates support for a movement whose goals are anti-Semitic. The ban applies a double standard exclusively to Israeli properties there - twice.

      * First, it removes the homes from its service, while allowing every
        other non-sanctioned territory containing displaced persons to

      * Second, it treats rentals from Israelis differently than those from
        Palestinians - despite being in the same area.
    Working Definition of Antisemitism - accepted by the U.S. Departments of State and Education, along with ten other countries, specifies how criticism of Israel that crosses the line into delegitimization, demonization or double standards may be a genuine expression of anti-Semitism.

  2. Public institutions, like state pension funds that are shareholders in Airbnb, should demand reversal of the company's new blatantly biased policy. They should check their moral, ethical and legal requirements, as Airbnb's anti-Semitic action may have violated multiple state and federal laws.
  3. Airbnb's discriminatory behavior demonstrates the necessity for Congress to pass the Israel Anti-Boycott Act. U.S. companies, already prohibited from participating in Arab League boycotts of Israel, also would be barred from engaging in UN or any other governmental bans.
Airbnb Faces Israeli Class-Action Lawsuit for Delisting Israeli Communities in the West Bank                                     
Airbnb Says Settlement Ban is About the Occupation, Not Israel                                                 

Pop Culture
Dr. Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow) Returns to Alaska in "Northern Exposure" Reboot
Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin Mine Aging for Laughs in Chuck Lorre's Latest,    "The Kominsky Method"         
The Secret Jewish History Of SpongeBob Squarepants                                                             

A Huppah Just for You (Your Style, Personality and Budget)  
Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Foundation Celebrated in the NYT 
And here.
Chava Alberstein Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at the Israeli President's Official Residence   for her contributions to Israeli Identity and Yiddish Culture                

At the Tenafly JCC
Identity, Religion and Justice: A Deeper Look at the Israeli-Palestinian Relationship
An expert on Israeli foreign policy and international law, Dr. Tal Becker, principal deputy legal adviser at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs speaks about Israel's most pressing diplomatic challenges.
Thursday, December 6, 7:30 pm, $10
Attention High School Students!

Dear Congregant,
Looking for a Hanukkah gift that'll last a lot longer than a bag of chocolate gelt? Give your child the summer of their life at Jewish camp!
Jewish overnight camp offers endless activities-filmmaking, singing, rock climbing, you name it-but camp is about more than just campfires and color war. Your campers will return home confident and invigorated, sure of themselves and proud of their heritage.   And if your child is a first-time camper, you might be eligible for $1,000 off this summer!
Give a gift that lasts a lifetime. Visit to learn how the One Happy Camper program can help your child get to camp this summer. Happy Hanukkah!
P.S. Camps are already filling up (and once grants are gone, they're gone!) so visit today!



December 7, 2018 | 8:00 pm
December 8, 2018 | 7:00 pm
The Day is a work in development featuring dancer Wendy Whelan who the New York Times calls "America's greatest contemporary ballerina" on stage with world renowned Israeli-American cellist Maya Beiser. They have joined forces with the seminal modern dance choreographer Lucinda Childs and evocative music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. This bold, highly collaborative work explores universal themes not easily grappled with - memory, aging, death, the survival of the soul - through the shared language of music and dance.
Audiences are invited to see the work in progress at LUMBERYARD in showings on December 7 and 8.

Swinging Holiday Show with
The Eyal Vilner Big Band
Sunday December 9th | 6:00 pm*
Birdland Jazz Club
Eyal Vilner's skills as a musician are unquestionable, but his talents as a composer, arranger and bandleader are what's truly on display with The Eyal Vilner Big Band. It features a remarkable debut recording from a group poised to take their place among the major big bands of the East. 'Vilner offers clever charts, excellent musicianship and an exciting new sound in the finest tradition of contemporary big band music' writes Edward Blanco, in All About Jazz NY.
Doors open at 5:00 pm*

Celebrate Unity and Love Through Song
Universal + Timeless
Israeli Culture in North America FB
Have a look and a listen.... lets join together in song!
The Founders of קולולם - Koolulam Asia Society New York The Game Changer Awards Spreading Unity through Song in One of the World's Most Divided Cities. Check out the Award Winning Music Video created in honor of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) General Secretary's visit to Jerusalem is part of a comprehensive, global campaign to transform religion from a political weapon into a source of universal love and compassion.

Should We Keep The Head
Artist, Amir Nave
SHIN Gallery
November 28 - January 6, 2019
Amir Nave (b. 1974), an Israeli artist who's 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. Nave is interested in consciousness and human emotion. Through his attempt at subverting them, he exploits them to their fullest states until the viewer becomes aware that they are simply a figure with an acute sense of awareness and its limitation.

Einav Yarden piano
Friday, December 7 | 9:00 pm
Buttenweiser Hall 92nd Street Y
Schumann, Fantasy Pieces, Op. 111  Haydn, Sonata in F Major, Hob. XVI:29
Bartók, Three Burlesques, Op. 8c   Haydn, Fantasia in C Major, Hob. XVII:4
Schumann, Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17
Hailed for her Haydn interpretations, Israeli pianist Einav Yarden brings two selections by the composer to her 92 Street Y debut. The Washington Post describes her as "a probing, incisive pianist with a beautiful sound and an impressively transparent touch."

Quiet Storm by Miri Ben-Ari New Hip Hop Single from the Grammy Winning Violinist + Producer From Her Full-Length Album, Dorel, Out February 2019
Quiet Storm Music Video
Grammy Award Winning Violinist & Producer Miri Ben-Ari returns with a hip hop masterpiece, the new single Quiet Storm. It's a virtuosic violin performance dedicated to women's empowerment that plays over a hard hip-hop beat and the voice of the legendary hype man Fat Man Scoop. 
Ben-Ari say, this song is about me, being a strong woman, being myself, people say that I look quiet but have a storm inside me when playing the violin.

Yuval Shaul: Alchemical Shifts Curated by Tamar Arnon and Eli Zagury
Thru December 8, 2018
Christine Park Gallery
Opening of first New York solo exhibition by Tel-Aviv based artist Yuval Shaul showing his new series of painting and sculpture. This exhibition is curated by London-based curators Tamar Arnon and Eli Zagury. His work has been obtained in a number of various prominent collections such as the Israel Museum (Jerusalem), Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Tel Aviv), Herzliya Museum of Art (Herzliya), Janco Dada Museum (Ein Hod), Leumi Bank Collection (Tel Aviv), Discount Bank Collection (Tel Aviv), Hapoalim Bank Collection (Tel Aviv), the Israel Parliament and the Knesset Collection (Jerusalem).1990

The Desert Shall Rejoice and Blossom : Photography
Cleveland Israel Arts Connection
Through January 2019
Roe Green Gallery Mandel Building Beechwood Cleveland
Israeli artists Oded Balilty and Tal Shochat provide contrasting yet complementary metaphors for the spirit of their native country:the prickly pear and the fruit tree. Balilty's somber black-and white
"Sabra Traces" series examines the tenacious, thorny, and omnipresent cactus that has come to symbolize native-born Israelis. Shochat's lush, colorful portraits of fruit trees in bloom and full fruit are shot in the fields, but have been isolated against cloth backdrops and groomed for the camera. Balilty, a Pulitzer-prize winning
documentary photographer, captures his country as it is, while Shochat creates an idealized vision, an Edenic Israel made possible by the character traits represented by the sabra.

Keren Anavy's Garden of Living Images, 2018
Sunroom Project Space
Thru December 2, 2018
Glyndor Gallery @ Wave Hill
Creating a conservatory from paintings and industrial materials, Keren Anavy responds to the late-fall season at Wave Hill in her site-specific installation Garden of Living Images. Suspended from the ceiling, groupings of abstract paintings on translucent Mylar dip into shallow pools of ink and correspond to the changing colors and forms of Wave Hill's plants-especially at the Aquatic Garden. The light shining in through the multi-color, cellophane-covered windows further transforms the space into an insular, imagined environment. With mark-making that incorporates deliberation and the element of chance, Anavy considers the relationship between decision-making and the natural and unexpected processes that occurs in a garden-a cultivated landscape.