May 28, 2020
Shabbat Times: 
Candle Lighting
Virtual services see below

  Forecast: 79

Shavuot begins tonight. That's why my weekly Shab Sha!, with extensive articles and programming for Shavuot, is making its way to your inbox one day early. And don't forget that we will be offering 3 brief study sessions as part of our Erev Shavuot Zoom service tonight at 8:00pm. (And Yizkor is on Shabbat morning).

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How Are You Doing?
Would You Like a Zoom, FaceTime, or Phone Visit? 
Call me or email me to set something up. kas

Mi SheBayrach 
We make special prayers for those who are ill at every Shabbat Morning and Monday & Thursday Minyan. Since the onset of the pandemic, we have added a special Mi SheBayrach for those who have contracted the coronavirus.  
You can add a name (traditionally: Hebrew/Yiddish name and mother's Hebrew/Yiddish name, but we'll take English names and the names of those who are not Members of our Tribe) by calling or emailing me.
Or better yet: why not join us for the 9:00 am weekday morning minyan, and read the Psalm (in English) just before we include the name of your family member, friend or acquaintance in the Mi SheBayrach?

2020 Census
Now is a great time to fill out and file your Census questionnaire! If you need help doing it online, please contact me. kas

Don't Be Foolish!
Overcome any reluctance you may have to go to hospital Emergency Departments due to the COVID-19 pandemic-especially if you suspect that you may have suffered a potential heart attack or stroke . Be assured that hospitals and their healthcare teams are continuing to care for all patients in a safe environment.                             
New Jersey Hospitals Are Ready to Care for You (social media version)
New Jersey Hospitals Are Ready to Care for You (social media version)

Torah Reading
A  yearly tithe (ten percent) of all agricultural products must be spent by the farmer at the central religious shrine. The produce itself may be brought or it may be converted into money. Every third year an additional tithe must be distributed among the Levites, strangers, widows and orphans. In order to further assure the economic well-being of the disadvantaged, all loans are cancelled according to a seven-year cycle, and the Torah reminds us to exercise the greatest compassion and generosity when confronted with the plight of the poor. Released slaves are to be rewarded liberally for their loyalty and service. Eradication of poverty is the ideal to which everyone must aspire.
Unblemished, kosher firstborn male animals are to be brought as a sacrifice before God. Their meat is to be consumed by the farmer and his family.
We are reminded to observe the three pilgrimage festivals: Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot.

An Important Notice from:

Dear Valued Customer,
As you may know, Zoom 5.0 is live! Please update all your clients to version Zoom 5.0 now or before May 30th.
When:  Beginning May 30th, 2020, Zoom will be enabling  GCM encryption across the entire Zoom platform, providing increased protection for meeting data. 
Please  update all your clients to Zoom 5.0. After May 30, 2020, all Zoom clients on older versions will receive a forced update when trying to join meetings as GCM encryption will be fully enabled across the Zoom platform.

ALL our Synagogue Prayer Services and Programs are conducted over ZOOM

        You can participate in one of two ways 
          • Dialing in - or - 
          • Using internet access and a smartphone, tablet or computer
And Remember: As of last Friday, all our prayer services have been deemed to be "Essential Services." Why not join us to see what you have been missing?
Do you need a CROSS-REFERENCE GUIDE to pages in the old Sim Shalom (Blue cover) for Shabbat and Holidays (when we are using Lev Shalem)?...
to the Weekday Services in Lev Shalem (when we are using the burgundy weekday Sim Shalom)?
Call me or e mail me for the GUIDE

Zoom Will Help Create "One Grand Community" this Shavuot 

Shavuot Virtual Service Schedule 5780 /2020
Thursday, May 28th
Evening Prayer Service and Study Session 8:00 pm
Dial in by phone - 929 205 6099     Meeting ID: 338 747 559
Friday, May 29th
Morning Service followed by Mincha 10:30 am
Dial in by phone - 929 205 6099     Meeting ID: 893 8703 0084
Evening Service for Shabbat & Yom Tov 8:00 pm
Dial in by phone - 929-205-6099     Meeting ID: 869 8266 6380
Saturday, May 30th
Morning Service (including Yizkor) followed by Mincha 10:30 am
Dial in by phone - 929 205 6099     Meeting ID: 893 8703 0084
Evening Service and Havdalah 9:15 pm
Dial in by phone - 929 205 6099     Meeting ID: 729-396-135

MAKOM-A PLACE for All of Us  English (and Hebrew) Programs for Shavuot   
Whatever happened to the Ten Commandments?               
  If the sages considered the Ten Commandments so important, why did they eliminate them from the daily prayers?
The Daily Call (A Podcast, Fittingly!) of Mount Sinai...Chag Shavuot:  
What Happened at Mount Sinai, and What Does It Mean for Our Choice, Today, To Be Jews?            
The Book of Ruth is the Only Biblical Story that Passes the Bechdel Test  ( A conversation between two women - ideally, both of whom are named - about someone who is not a man)                        
How to Cure Loneliness                                                                                             
The Book of Ruth Delivers An Ancient Prescription to a Thoroughly Modern Condition
Kosher Cream Cheese Shortage May Cramp Shavuot Celebrations
Shavuot Programming from the RA and Conservative/Masorti Judaism                  
Live Tikkun - Thursday, May 28, 9 PM - Friday, May 29, 9 AM EDT
We are excited for our first ever live virtual Tikkun Leil Shavuot, broadcast on YouTube Live at You can view the full schedule for the event here as well as a list of synagogues and organizations who will be tuning in. 
Additionally, here is a compilation of source sheets meant to accompany both the pre-recorded shiurim (below) as well as our live sessions. Feel free to download and print the guide, or go here to access  each source sheet individually.
Pre-recorded and print materials
If you are looking for material to view anytime between now and Shavuot, we now present this  playlist of video shiurim submitted by our rabbis from around North America. 
In an effort to share outstanding educational content and creativity with Jewish communities globally, TALI is offering "Celebrating Shavuot at Home" resources and activities in both English and Hebrew.

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 (virtual) minyanim, and helping to assure that Kaddish can be recited with a minyan 

Barry Schwartz will be observing yahrzeit for his grandmother, Betty Lipkin on Friday evening, May 29th
Michael Seymour will be observing yahrzeit for his cousin, Harry Solinger on Friday evening, May 29th
Irith Insler will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Gerd Hertz on Friday evening, May 29th
Norman Silverberg will be observing yahrzeit for his mother, Eva Silverberg on Saturday evening, May 30th
Alvin Cohen will be observing yahrzeit for his mother, Ida Cohen on Saturday evening, May 30th
Gladys Gordon will be observing yahrzeit for her father, Irving Klein on Saturday evening, May 30th
Helene Polinsky will be observing yahrzeit for her father-in-law,Jacob Polinsky on Monday evening, June 1st 
Gloria Singer will be observing yahrzeit for her father, David Pickholz on Wednesday evening, June 3rd
Marvin Chertkoff will be observing yahrzeit for his mother, Celia Chertkoff on Thursday evening, June 4th
Matis Fermaglich will be observing yahrzeit for his son, Donald Fermaglich on Thursday evening, June 4th
Peter Bloch will be observing yahrzeit for his sister, Francine Fishman on Thursday evening, June 4th

Birthdays and Anniversaries 
Marcus Seeger  
Lucille Laufer   
Barbara Sussman
Marjorie Kalman-Kutz

Sue Ann & Wayne Koby
Gladys & Robert Gordon     
Lia & David Pitchkhadze
Beth & Jeffrey Kaplan
Helene & Emanuel Rabin

Sunday - Friday Mornings at 9:00 am CLICK HERE TO ATTEND
Dial in by phone:  929 205 6099     Meeting ID: 110 379 215
Sunday - Thursday Evenings at 7:00 pm CLICK HERE TO ATTEND
Dial in by phone:  929 205 6099       Meeting ID: 338 747 559
Special Request: if you purchased or downloaded Siddur Lev Shalem (Shabbat and Holidays) and/or Siddur Sim Shalom (Weekdays), please let Rabbi Stern know. (Please call him or email him).
GPS is Back!
G uided P rayer S ervice
Please join Rabbi Stern for a series of explanatory talks that will reveal the structure, choreography, and varied functions of the prayers we say.  
Mondays at 11:00am
June 1    Part II of the Shabbat Morning Service  ( and I'm betting there may be a Part III)
Dial in by phone: 929 205 6099       Meeting ID: 892 7086 4772
No, not really. Linda Richman will not be joining us...but join us for schmooze anyway!
Every Wednesday, 12 Noon with Rabbi Stern
BYO coffee, lunch, etc.
Dial in by phone: 929 205 6099           Meeting ID: 814 6433 7599
"Talk Amongst Yourselves; I'll give you a topic: Discuss..."         

If you weren't part of the group who attended this week's COFFEE TALK, you missed an amazing presentation by Mike and Sally Seymour as they uncovered Mike's family's life in pre-World War II Germany and life in the Third Reich, replete with official documents, letters and family photos.

Next Wednesday, June 3, at Noon:  Mark Altschul Presents:  You'd Be Amazed at  All the Things That You Can Do with a Plastic Bottle (and in Polite Company, No Less!)

LINDA RICHMAN is looking for VOLUNTEERS to share their passion or expertise with the COFFEE TALK crowd....
Your profession
Your avocation
Your hobby
Your expertise
Your life experiences
Your travels
Please be in touch with the Rabbi...
Rabbi's Weekly Class
Rabbi's Class: Thursday at 11:00 am
Louis Ginzberg's, The Legends of the Bible, can be purchased at nominal cost from Amazon
Dial in by phone:   929 205 6099     Meeting ID: 362 376 833
Dial in by phone:  929-205-6099      Meeting ID: 836 6939 4720
2020 Fort Lee VFW Memorial Day Drive By
On behalf of the Fort Lee VFW I would like to thank all of Fort Lee's, residents, participants and mayor & council for  their continued support of honoring our Veterans. Although we could not have a normal celebration the parade group along with the mayor & council felt a need to honor our veterans in some way, and as a result we had a "Drive By". Special thanks goes out to number one our Veterans, the Fort Lee Volunteer Ambulance Corp, Fort Lee Volunteer Fire Department, Fort Lee Emergency Management team and of course the Fort Lee Police Department. I cannot say enough about everyone's support and dedication.
Thanks again and we hope that next year we can bring back a normal celebration. Please stay safe!
George Porto
Please view this brief video:
Fort Lee Honors Our Veterans (May 26, 2020)
Fort Lee Honors Our Veterans (May 26, 2020)

The 2020 Celebrate Israel Virtual Event will have a theme of  Todah  ( thank you in Hebrew). Join us in thanking all the healthcare, first responder and other frontline workers in New York, across the United States, in Israel, and around the world.  It will also be an opportunity to thank our long time sponsors, marching groups, and spectators for the past 55 years of parades and look forward to being together on 5th Avenue next year.

The Celebrate Israel Parade Virtual Event will be on   Sunday, June 7th at two times for your viewing convenience - 1pm and 7pm eastern time   at!

Daily Guide to Zoom Events, Livestreams and Other Online Resources

Important/Interesting Reads
We're sticking to Zoom for the foreseeable future, but
RCBC to Permit Small Outdoor Services                       
A sensationalist headline in The Forward asked, "Now that Conservative Judaism Permits Live-Streaming (on Shabbat just for the duration of the Pandemic), Will It Merge with Reform Judaism?" This question reveals a total lack of understanding of what Conservative Judaism stands for.
My longtime friend Rabbi Alan Silverstein offers this brief (and far-from-comprehensive) rejoinder:
I received this on Yom Yerushalayim (too late to include in last week's Shab Sha!), but it is so beautiful and worth hearing anytime:
Female Cantors of the World Sing   Yerushalayim Shel Zahav
ירושלים של זהב- JVocals, חזניות העולם שרות לירושלים. Yerushalayim Shel Zahav
ירושלים של זהב- JVocals, חזניות העולם שרות לירושלים. Yerushalayim Shel Zahav

Muslim Writers Throughout the Ages Gave Us the Tools to Disprove Palestinian Lies About Jerusalem and the Temple 
Saudi Writer: "The Interest of the Arab Homeland Lies with Israel" 
Online Hebrew School            
Hebrew School is a weekly game show podcast, featuring real kids answering questions about all things Jewish. There are songs, games, quizzes, and so much more. For kids ages 7-12.
The Promise of A New Beginning  
 The new Israeli government is flawed, but it can succeed in reminding Israelis that while they may have different visions for the future, present challenges demand cooperation,


Iran / Syria / Hizbullah
Israel Sees "Dramatic" Increase in Iranians Asking for Help Emigrating         
Even before pandemic, thousands of Iranians reached out through Israeli government's social media accounts, diplomats say, but stress Jerusalem cannot offer more than information     
Lebanon's Hizbullah and the Christian Free Patriotic Movement:The End of an Alliance? 

The Palestinians
PA Could Face Existential Threat If It Cuts Security Ties with Israel

Phone Surveillance Detected a Third of Israel's Covid-19 Cases                                      
One-Minute Electro-Optical Coronavirus Test Developed at Ben-Gurion University                                
2 Drugs for Gaucher's Disease also Fight Covid-19, Israeli Defense Lab Finds                                                          
China Loses Bid to Build Israel's Biggest  Desalination Plant to Israeli Firm                                                        

J-ADD  is the Jewish organization that sponsors the Group Homes in which Sharon Berman and Robert Perlis live. Please support it, if you can:



Tickets are now on sale for the 8th annual Israel Film Center                                                                                 Special for Forward readers: Get 25% off the ticket price with code FORWARD20.                                            
Virtual Talks
The Future of Jewish People... and Cocktails
Jay Sanderson, President & CEO of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, joined Rob Eshman, National Editor of The Forward, for cooking, cocktails and discussion. Watch both foodies make a sensational Shavuot dish and special dairy-based cocktail while talking food, the Jewish response to Covid-19, and the post-Covid Jewish future.
Yihye Tov: A Conversation/ Concert with David Broza
Forward Editor Jodi Rudoren talked with the famed Israeli singer-songwriter about his life in quarantine in New York City; his just-released instrumental album of Spanish guitar, En Casa Limón; and the prospect of Tu B'av without his predawn concert on Masada. Plus, he strummed and hummed a few bars.
This Sunday: A Virtual Tour of Odessa
The Cradle of Jewish Humor with
Rabbi Irina Gritsevskaya
Dial in:  929-205-6099             Meeting ID: 882 9655 5562         Password: 599481

Ramah Ba-Bayit:
Experiencing Ramah at Home
In this unprecedented time of staying at home, Ramah camps, Israel programs, and National Ramah are providing outstanding ways to engage our Ramah community. Please enjoy these glimpses of Ramah virtual programming, and check out Ramah Ba-Bayit for complete listings. We look forward to seeing you online!

Kolot Ramah - Solidarity and Song
Sundays, May 17 and 24 at 8 pm ET
For four Sundays in May, we are pleased to present a movement-wide interactive concert, led by Rick Recht and Rabbi Josh Warshawsky, with musical performances and guest appearances by Ramah directors, staff, and campers. The first two "episodes" were upbeat and inspirational, and viewed by thousands of people! This movement-wide initiative is funded by the Staenberg Family Foundation. Tune in to National Ramah Facebook Live this Sunday night, May 17, at 8pm ET.

Kolot Ramah #1 & #2
Ma'ariv Minyan on Zoom
Tonight at 8pm ET
Weekly Ramah Ma'ariv minyan Wednesdays on Zoom. Email for additional information.

Mental Health Awareness Month
Zoom Webinar Series
Tuesdays, May 19 & 26, 8 pm ET
Join us on Zoom for open discussions about mental health, self care, and resilience during these challenging times in this interactive two-part series hosted by Reshet Ramah and BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy. Email for additional information.