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June 7th, 2019
 
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Shabbat Times: 
Candle Lighting
Evening service
Morning Service
Shavuot Program

8:07 pm
7:00 pm 
9:30am
see details below

 
  Forecast: 82/partly cloudy

IN THIS ISSUE...
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 
Phyllis Breit
Mercy Cohen
Ava Ciardiello
Eileen Goff
Ann Hurwitz
Ethel Plutzer
Sandra Jonas
Rose Lederman
Audrey Greenberg
Jacob Greenberg
Sandy Karpman
Ann Schaer
Martin Carus
Peri Wexler
 
Stephanie Stern Protz & Ed Protz
Lori & Loren Wasserman
Judith & Marvin Platt
Merilee & Stephen Obstbaum
Phyllis & Milton Breit
Irene & Kenneth Eisenstein
 
 
   UPCOMING EVENTS
Saturday 6/8
Morning Service 9:30 am (Sharon Berman will celebrate all the good things that happened to this month)
Shavuot Celebration begins with Minha, followed by a dairy S'uda Shlishit, the "People of the Book" program-share a Jewish themed book that you have read over the course of the past year and Maariv a t 8:00 pm
Sunday 6/9
Shavuot Day 1
Morning Service at CBIOTP 9:30 am
Maariv at Gesher Shalom 9:15 pm
Monday 6/10
Shavuot Day 2
Early Yizkor Service 7:30 am
Sanctuary Service and Yizkor 9:00 am
Minha 12:30 pm
Maariv 9:15pm
Thursday 6/13
On the Road with the Rabbi to the Jewish Museum 10:30 am
Sisterhood Luncheon & Rehearsal
Friday 6/14
Bible Class 11:30 am
Sisterhood Shabbat Service and Oneg 7:00 pm
 

The Celebrate Israel Parade

Torah Reading 753               Haftarah 763
B'MIDBAR
True to its name in English, the fourth book of the Torah, Numbers, begins with a census of all Israelite males over the age of twenty who would be eligible for military service. The total came to 605,550.
 
Because of their consecrated role in the Sanctuary, the Levites were exempt from military service and were not a part of this population tally. However, in a separate survey there were found to be 22,000 male Levites, who were to serve in a religiously dedicated capacity in place of all other firstborn males. In the general population 22,273 first born males were numbered. The extra 273 first born Israelites (for whom there were no corresponding Levites) had to pay the sum of five sh'kalim to Aaron as their redemption price from service in the Sanctuary.
 
The Torah provides us with a description of the configuration of the Israelite encampment. The Sanctuary was at the center with the priests and the other three Levitical families stationed on each of its four sides. The twelve tribes formed the outer cordon, with three tribes arrayed on each side.
Tonight: Evening service at 7:00 p.m.
Tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m.
Tomorrow Afternoon/Evening:                  
Shavuot Celebration begins with Minha, followed by a festive, dairy-themed S'uda Shlishit (3rd meal), during which attendees will have the opportunity to share Jewish-themed books that they have read over the course of the past year, This "People of he Book" program will be followed by Maariv at 8:00 pm.  

A Note About Street Parking on Monday (Yizkor) Morning: I have arranged with the Fort Lee Parking Authority to waive the 2-hour limit for non-residents and to suspend the issuing of summonses until 2:00 p.m.





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 
     
   
Rita Berliner will be observing yahrzeit for her sister-in-law, Frida Berliner on Friday evening, June 7th
Regina Friedman will be observing yahrzeit for her father-in-law, Joseph Friedman on Friday evening, June 7th
Hilde Straus will be observing yahrzeit for her sister-in-law, Katie Straus on Saturday evening, June 8th
Jerome Goldfischer will be observing yahrzeit for his aunt, Chana Liba Mochiach on Saturday evening, June 8th
Irith Insler will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Gerd Hertz on Sunday evening, June 9th
Michael Seymour will be observing yahrzeit for his cousin, Harry Solinger on Sunday evening, June 9th
Martin Abrams will be observing yahrzeit for his father, Abraham Abramowitz on Monday evening, June 10th
Alvin Cohen will be observing yahrzeit for his mother, Ida Cohen on Monday evening, June 10th
William Katz will be observing yahrzeit for hi brother, David Katz on Monday evening, June 10th
Gladys Gordon will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Irving Klein on Monday evening, June 10th
Norman Silverberg will be observing yahrzeit for his mother, Eva Silverberg on Monday evening, June 10th
Helene Polinsky will be observing yahrzeit for her father-in-law, Jacob Polinsky on Wednesday evening, June 12th




Shavuot
                                                                                

52% of Israelis Want It to Be Easier to Convert to Judaism, Survey Finds   
The Conversion Episode, 2019    In honor of Shavuot, stories of Jewish conversion from Chicago to Alabama and beyond                                              

A Shavuot Recipe That Spans 3000 Miles and Hundreds of Years
The specific recipe varies from region to region, but rice pudding is an essential Sephardic dessert-and one that's perfectly suited to Shavuot    


Important Reads
Organization of American States to Adopt International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Definition of Anti-Semitism
N.Y.C. Is Getting Safer, but Hate Crimes Are Up
The number of reported murders, rapes and robberies in New York is lower now than it was a year ago, city officials announced yesterday. But amid the good news, there was an outlier: Reported hate crimes are up 64 percent compared with this time a year ago.
A majority of those incidents were targeted at Jews, officials said. There have been 184 hate crimes reported in the city this year, according to the Police Department. That is a 64 percent increase from this point a year ago, when 112 hate crimes had been reported.
Of the hate crimes reported this year, 60 percent were anti-Semitic, 10 percent were anti-black and 10 percent were anti-gay, according to the figures.
What is the City doing to stop hate crimes?
The Mayor announced yesterday that he would accelerate the opening of an office dedicated to preventing hate crimes. It was slated to open in November but will now open this summer.    
Swastikas and Burning Pride Flags: Hate Crimes Spike in N.Y.                                                           

Hudson Institute Poll: Most Americans Support Israel, Say BDS Movement Is Anti-Semitic    
Ex-Mossad Official: All of EU Seeks Israeli Intelligence Cooperation                             
 
Who's Afraid of Arabic Numerals?                                                                                                                                         The early Islamic civilization was creative because it was open-minded.                                                                                                                             

Vaxers & Anti-Vaxers in the Haredi Community


I Attended an Orthodox Anti-Vaccine Rally. Here's What I Saw. 
One speaker compared vaccine advocates to Nazis, a cult and proponents of child sacrifice.                                    

Fewer Than 150 Women Attend Pro-Vaccine Education Program in Haredi Community in New York     Donor Prints Pro-Vaccine Mailer To Fight Measles 



Israel                    
Debbie Zimelman spent five years capturing their experiences. It wasn't always easy.        

Haredim in Caps and Gowns 
Israel's ultra-Orthodox, men and women alike, are making new inroads in universities   
Israeli Sailor, 15, Wins Four Gold Medals at European Championship                                                           
Israeli Arab Women Joining Labor Force in Large Numbers                                                                        

An exclusive interview with Jerusalem's new mayor on the challenges of keeping the peace and keeping trash off the streets in the world's holiest city

A Climax to the Saga of Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman   
 
 
No Reason to Further Postpone Netanyahu Pre-Indictment Hearing, Attorney General Says 



BDS / anti-Semitism / anti-Zionism                   
Pro-Palestinian Campus Activists Change Tactics                                                            
           
         
YouTube to Remove Thousands of Videos Pushing Extreme Views  
The decision by YouTube, which is owned by Google, is the latest action by a Silicon Valley company to stem the spread of hate speech and disinformation on their sites.
Video: Hounded (Out of Ireland and Scotland)    
Hounded
Hounded

The Big Lie  
 And the toxic BDS professors who tell it  

DC Dyke March Bans Jewish, Israeli Symbols   
How a Pro-Israel Backlash in Chicago Nixed Support for Teacher Training on Palestine                  
 Teachers at a suburban high school with a large Jewish population said students had heard from multiple anti-Israel speakers this year.                                 
Bernie Sanders: Politico Article on My wealth Was Anti-Semitic 
The publication referred to the Jewish presidential candidate as "cheap" and had an illustration with a tree made of money.   



The Palestinians
A Secret Pay Raise by Cabinet Angers Palestinian Public                                              
UK Regulator Finds "No Evidence of Charitable Activity" by Viva Palestina Group                                           
No Arab Demographic Time Bomb                                                                                    



Iran / Syria / Hezbollah
An Extensive Video Tour of the Largest Hezbollah Attack Tunnel                       
 IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus and AIPAC's Elliot Brandt                       
 
Teams Who Exposed Hizbullah Tunnels Awarded Israel Defense Prize   
The Mossad intelligence agency team that broke into the Iranian nuclear archive and successfully transferred the information to Israel was also honored.                                                

U.S. Experts Study Hizbullah's Underground Tunnels                                                            
The U.S. team wants to study the Israeli technology used in uncovering those tunnels and benefit from such techniques in fighting the tunnels now being discovered at the U.S.-Mexican border.                                     
Israel Targets Iranian Weapons at Syria's T-4 Airbase                                                                  
Iran Cannot Transport Precision Weapons, So It Builds Them in Lebanon                                               
Russia Rejects Iran's Request for S-400 Missile Defense System                                                      
Russia Expels Pro-Iranian Militias from Tartus Port in Syria                                                                  
German Intelligence: Iran Buying Illegal Technology for Weapons of Mass Destruction                                            
U.S. Sanctions Drive Iranian Oil Exports to Historic Lows            



Hi-Tech
EU Awards $200 Million in Grants to Israeli Researchers in 2018                                                            

I sraeli Technology Helps Take Down Gaza Drones and Balloons                                                                         
                                                                  





Pop Culture                     
 
 
Neil Patrick Harris Honored At Tel Aviv Pride Parade  
                                                             

Scripps Spelling Bee Uses Jewish And Yiddish Words   
How Magneto Became Jewish                                                                         
Adam Levine Sang At Adam Sandlers Kid's Bat Mitzvah                                                               
Michael Cohen: "One Of The Most Popular Guys In Prison"                                                             
Sarah Jessica Parker Arrives in Israel for Private Family Visit                                                                
 

The Store Where Philip Roth Ate Chopped Herring     

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Register Now & Join the Ride to Fight Hunger!
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Early-Bird Pricing Ends on May 31!
Memorial Day is almost here, and we hope you have been taking advantage of the beautiful weather to start training for the  9th Annual Wheels-for-Meals Ride to Fight Hunger .  We are excited for an amazing morning in June. Come out for Friends, Family, Sun, Community, and Raising funds for an important cause!

Things to remember:
  • This year's Ride will take place on Sunday morning, June 23, 2019
  • Start/Finish at Temple Emanu-El in Closter, NJ
  • The ride benefits the JFCS Food Assistance Programs, including Meals-on Wheels and the Food Pantries
  • As a loyal supporter of JFCS, we would like to offer you  30%  off the standard registration fees. Please use   Promo Code  NEWBLAST .   A nd make sure to register by  May 31  to take advantage of Early Bird pricing. Registration fees go up June 1.
     REGISTER NOW
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Year-Round Offerings: Families, Teens, & Adults
April 2019 / Nisan 5779

There are many ways to enjoy Ramah experiences year-round, whether it's with your own Ramah camp or with the Ramah mishpacha at programs throughout North America, Israel, and the world. Use these links or scroll down to learn more:

No prior Ramah affiliation is needed to participate in these programs, so please invite friends and family to join you, or forward this email to anyone who might be interested in these terrific program offerings!

New for 2019!
The Ramah Sports Academy Family Experience
From August 5-7, 2019,  Ramah Sports Academy, located on the beautiful campus of Fairfield University in Connecticut, will hold its first  RSA Family Experience, a sports program for families. This is a great opportunity for families to enjoy camp together. Open to families from any Ramah community and their friends! For more information,  click here, or contact  Dave Levy, camp director.
Travel with Ramah Israel Institute (RII) and Reshet Ramah
Poland Journey for Adults  | July 22-28, 2019

Summer Bar/Bat Mitzvah Family Adventure in Israel  | Aug. 13-22, 2019  (New trip!)

Ramah Morocco Experience  | Sept. 8-19, 2019

Ramah Nyack Chanukah Family Trip to IsraelDec. 23, 2019 - Jan. 1, 2020  (all camps welcome)

Winter Bar/Bat Mitzvah Family Adventure in Israel  | Dec. 23, 2019 - Jan. 1, 2020
Adult Camps & Retreats
Singles Weekend at Ramah Berkshires  (for singles in their 40s, 50s, and up) | May 24-27, 2019

Shabbat Plus at Ramah Poconos |  July 19-21, 2019

Ramah Darom Jewish Women's Getaway  | Nov. 10-13, 2019
Family Camps & Retreats
Ramah New England Family Camp  | May 24-27, 2019

Ramah Darom Summer Family Camp  | June 26-30 , 2019 and July 17-21, 2019



LimmudFest at Ramah Darom  (partnership with Limmud Atlanta and Southeast)  | Aug. 30  -   Sept. 2, 2019

Sukkot at Ramah Poconos  | Oct. 18-20, 2019

Ramah Darom Winter Break Family Camp  |  Dec. 27, 2019  -  Jan. 1, 2020
Families with Children with Disabilities

Ramah Darom Camp Yofi   | Aug. 7-11, 2019

Ramah Poconos Tikvah Family Camp  | Aug. 14-18, 2019

Ramah California Camp Ohr Lanu   | Aug. 15-19, 2019
Programs for Teens & Young Adults
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 in Spring 2018, BaMidbar is open for year-round enrollment.


Joyce Theater
Pilobolus

June 11-29
the Joyce in Chelsea
In an isolated community of broken dreams, Jacques Tati meets Gogol in a breakthrough performance that tests Pilobolus's continually morphing aesthetic. The first of our collaborating partners projects, Rushes pairs Pilobolus creativity with global dance mavericks Israeli choreographers Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak.
Rushes was co-commissioned by the American Dance Festival with support from the Doris Duke Awards for New Work and additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; by the Joyce Theater's Stephen and Cathy Weinroth Fund for New Work; and by Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, Florida.
It was also made possible in part by generous contributions from the Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York and from Jonathan M. Nadler. Rushes was created through Pilobolus's International Collaborators Project.

Keren Anavy- MY GARDEN- From Nature to Abstraction
  June 7 | 4:30pm
235 Pavonia Ave. Hamilton Park, Jersey City NJ 
join Artist Keren Anavy for celebrating a very special painting commission she did, the launch followed by an ink painting workshop led by Keren.

Keren Anavy
Sunset Park-Wide Open - SPRING EDITION Event
June 8 | 12-5pm
Sunest Park, Brooklyn, NY
Wide Open Spring Edition is a special event where the public is invited to meet artists from all over the world and to experience the artistic process and the diverse range of artistic mediums presented in the intimacy of both studio/workshop environments and institutional contexts. 
It is a casual event, children are welcome. You will meet Keren Anavy and other artists in the work spaces and you will see what they have been/are currently working on.  


 
Film
7TH Annual Israel Film Festival - Marlene Meyerson JCC
June 3 - 12
Tickets are now on sale for the 7th Annual Israel Film Center Festival! 
Use the code MFA19 for 25% off.

Music
Uri Gurvich- Residency at The Stone
June 4th - 8th, 2019
The Stone
Tue. June 4th, 8:30p
Uri meets Uri - Duo with Uri Caine
Wed. June 5th, 8:30p
Trio Lure w/ Sean Conly & Francisco Mela
Thu. June 6th, 8:30p
E-Folk w/ Leo Genovese, Elias Meister, Panagiotis Andreou, Ronen Itzik
Fri. June 7th, 8:30p
Blues Quartet w/ Adam O'Farrill, Edward Perez, Clarence Penn
Sat. June 8th, 8:30p
Quartet w/ Leo Genovese, Edward Perez, Francisco Mela
One set each night at 8:30pm
Tickets at the door
facebook event HERE

 
Event
Tikkun: Into the Dusk
14th Street Y
June 9 | 6:00pm
The 14th Street Y and Downtown Jewish Life partners are proud to end our Season of Jewish Culture in style as we celebrate Shavuot on June 9th from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the 14th Street Y, with our own re-interpretation of a Tikkun.
Led by LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture artists and teachers, with Bina, The Israeli Artists Project, Dirty Laundry Theater Company and so much more. The evening will include art installations, performances on land and water, text study in Hebrew and English and music. The evening will end with a Rooftop Party brimming with cheesecake... and a little celebration of the last 10 years of LABA and the upcoming sabbatical of its artistic director Ronit Muszkatblit.
 
Event
Tikkun Leil Shavuot
STAY THE NIGHT
June 8-9
Marlene Meyerson JCC
This year's lineup will feature:
Kosher/Soul with Michael Twitty
NASA Astrophysicist David Spergel and Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky on Creation and Cosmology
Bret Stephens, Peter Beinart and others on Israel
Ruby Namdar on Amos Oz
Tamara Fish and Megan Madison on Exodus and Reparations for African-Americans
John Podhoretz on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Learn to Make Rugelach with Chef Elena Tedeshi
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin on Moral Imagination
Klezmer Hora in the Shtetl and Jewish Music from Around the World by MusicTalks
Salsa, Modern Dance, and Broadway dance lessons
...and more!
 
Art
Lili Almog Studio A ugust 14 t he Laurie M. Tisch Gallery
Watersheds Moments- selection from the Jerusalem Bienale
Music
The New York Cantors
SUMMERSTAGE Central Park
June 12 | 7:00pm
Summerstage Central Park
The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is proud to present The New York Cantors, a concert by three young Cantorial superstars which originally aired on PBS in March 2018 and was seen by millions of viewers on over 150 channels.

 
Art
Soviet Childhood
FORT GANSEVOORT Gallery
Artist, Zoya Cherkassky
Opening May 2 |6:00 - 8:00 pm
Through June, 15 | 2019
FORT GANSEVOORT
Zoya Cherkassky was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1976. In 1991, she immigrated to Israel. She earned her BFA from HaMidrasha School of Art at Biet Berl College. Her work has been shown internationally at institutions including; Rosenfeld Gallery Tel Aviv, Henrich Böll Foundation Gallery Tel Aviv, Circle1 Gallery Berlin, Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin, Guelman Gallery Moscow, and The Tel Aviv Museum of Art. In 2018, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem held a mid-career survey of her work. Cherkassky's work is included in the permanent collections of The Jewish Museum New York, Jewish Museum Berlin, Jewish Museum Vienna, The Israel Museum Jerusalem, Tel Aviv Museum of Art Tel Aviv, and The Doron Sebbag Art Collection Tel Aviv. Cherkassky currently lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel.

 
Theater
Fiddler On The Roof (A Fidler Afn Dakh)
Translator Shraga Friedman
February 21, 2019 thru June 2019
Stage 42 @ The Little Shubert Theatre
Don't miss the beloved story of a community and its struggle to balance traditions and desires in a changing world. The little town of Anatevka will bustle with the sounds of mame-loshn in the Yiddish language adaptation of Fiddler.
With direction by Oscar and Tony Award®-winner Joel Grey and the Yiddish translation by Shraga Friedman, this production has been hailed as "a richer, deeper interpretation" by The Wall Street Journal, "a mitzvah" by Time Out New York, and AM New York gives it four stars, calling Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish "perfect."
Performed in Yiddish with English and Russian subtitles.

 
Exhibition
ZAZ10TS presents: Nature of Wonder
Artist Shony Rivnay
June 13- September 2
10 Times Square
Titled "Nature of Wonder" by Shony Rivnay provides a glimpse into obscurity, freedom, and a natural curiosity that we all experience in our creative lives. It is an opportunity to think, but also to let go of thinking. It is a pathway into joyous viewing and a simple understanding of how things work.  OPENING RECEPTION
June 13, 6-8PM