Shabbat Bulletin for

the Temple Sholom Community

29 February 2024 ~ 20 Adar I 5784

Parashat Ki Tissa

Shalom, chaveirim - hello, friends - 

I've got a video for you today ... here it is!

I'm sharing a few posts for you to go and read more from people who can give you a distinct look into the reality in Israel right now.

It's been a while, but a few months ago, I shared comments from someone who grew up in my wife's congregation Springfield, MA. Meir and his family made aliyah back in August. He is an ER doctor in Jerusalem. Give a look at:

Meir Dashevsky from 20 Feb 2024 - "Update from Jerusalem #9"

Rabbi Dr. Daniel Gordis is the president of Shalem College in Jerusalem and a writer and scholar. His website, "Israel from the Inside," is a trove of insight from Israel. From his post yesterday, you will see a short video in his column from this week of a family driving in the North - not at the border, mind you - and rockets were coming in from Hezbollah. It is a short video - very intense - but a unique view into the reality of what Israel faces. Some of the site is open and other parts require a subscription. Browse and review some very important recordings and writings.

Lastly, a friend of mine, Roy Kozupsky, who lives in the Berkshires, felt compelled to volunteer in Israel. Roy did what Amy and I are slated to do in a few weeks: work on an army base. I read his story in the Jewish Voice of the Berkshires and wrote him to thank him for sharing and he sent me the full essay with permission to share. You will find his insightful words here:

Roy Kozupsky from 28 Dec 2023 - "Volunteering in Israel for two weeks."

I'm not going to give away the full story by sharing the end with you but I think it is an important message for us all - particularly with Purim right around the corner in a few weeks. Roy came back from his time in Israel and heard a Member of Knesset, Sharren Haskel, speak. Her words are instructive and inspirational and genuinely capture the Jewish ethos:

"They thought they would bury us in the ground….but they didn’t know, that we Israelis, the Jewish people, we are a seed….and when they bury us in the ground, we will rise up from those ashes, and we will continue to grow…”

Amen. Ken Y'hi Ratzon - may it be God's will and may we make it our own as well!

Shabbat shalom,

Rabbi Mark Cohn



Sunday, April 7 (3:00 PM) at Temple Emanuel, 1 E. 65h Street, NYC. Join me for an extraordinary opportunity to honor our Czech Torah!! Register soon HERE as seating is limited. I will write more in coming columns about the Czech Torah and why this 60th celebration is so meaningful. To learn more about the Czech Memorial Scroll Trust, go to their website HERE.

Thursday, May 9 (7:00 PM) at Congregation B'nai Israel, 444 Main Street, Southbury. Acclaimed author, journalist, teacher Yossi Klein Halevi will be speaking on "How October 7 Changed Israel and the Jewish World." This evening is hosted by our congregation joined with CBI of Southbury, the Jewish Federation of Western CT, the Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life, United Jewish Center of Danbury, and Temple Beth David of Cheshire.

Recommended Resources from the Rabbi's Desk(top) for the weekend ...

Constant and important updates, podcasts, blogs, and articles from Times of Israel, Tablet Magazine, and Sapir Journal.


"He rescued 1.5 million Yiddish books and now he'll have time to read some." Aaron Lansky spent a lifetime building the Yiddish Book Center, one of the country’s leading Jewish cultural institutions. He’s ready to hand over the reins. From The New York Times.

The Takeover: A massive increase in foreign money and students on American campuses is driving radicalization and subsidizing institutional failure," by Neetu Arnold in Tablet Magazine.

"BBYO, World Jewish Congress expand partnership to help Jewish high schoolers get 'a seat at the table,'" by Haley Cohen in eJewish Philanthropy.


"Israel at War: Rafah," from Rabbi Donniel Hartman & Yossi Klein Halevi of the Shalom Hartman Institute on For Heaven's Sake. They take on the challenges of exploring military options in Rafah..

"We need a post-October 7 Talmud: A conversation with Liel Lebovitz." Listen to Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin discuss Talmud, ethics, philosophy and more with Liel Lebovitz, journalist, author, and senior editor at Tablet Magazine.


We Are Tov's video "0.2" on Instagram. On October 7th, they didn't shout 'Slaughter the Israelis,' they shouted: 'Slaughter the Jews." Watch the video just be aware: it may take a few times because he raps quickly ... and the subtitles go equally fast!

The Jewish Experience in New Milford

The New Milford Historical Society & Museum has begun work on a new exhibit entitled The Jewish Experience in New Milford. If anyone has any historical information, photos or other artifacts relevant to this upcoming project or an interest in participating, please contact Sandy Ivler at [email protected] or David Cohen at [email protected].


Sunday, March 3

1:00 PM

JCC in Sherman

Sunday Speaker Series at the JCC: Ted Hollander, Step Forward America

Ted Hollander, a resident of Sherman, advocates, through his NGO Step Forward America, a universal program that includes middle and high school education focusing heavily on civics, media literacy, climate change and other lessons designed to foster good citizenship

Tuesday, March 5


United Jewish Center, Danbury

Doing acts of tzedakah & g'milut chasadim

The Jewish Federation of Western CT is proud to announce an upcoming “Dignity Grows” Program that will address the issue of Period Poverty. This program is co-sponsored by the Federation along with the Jewish Community Leaders of Danbury. Learn more here.

Sunday, March 24

10:30 AM

United Jewish Center, Danbury

Shpiel & Purim Carnival at UJC

Temple Sholom is invited to a shpiel and a carnival - complete with food truck, cotton candy & games - at the United Jewish Center in Danbury. Learn more here.



Services & Study

Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday Evenings 6:30PM

IN PERSON - this week!

March 1

Rabbi Mark Cohn

March 15

Rabbi Jon Haddon

March 29

Barbara Kessler


March 8, 22


Shabbat Morning Torah Study - 9:30am


March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Help Needed for the Oneg

The Board of Trustees has cheerfully taken on the responsibility of sponsoring the Onegs in order to foster a sense of togetherness and community building. But we need your help to do so!!

Onegs give us a chance to schmooze, nosh, and enjoy social time with one another after the service.

Just know: It's easy! A challah, some cookies, some wine and juice. That’s it. Challah and wine are supplied by the Temple. The Rabbi will take care of the Kiddush blessings. A quick clean up and your finished with one of the 24 Onegs we will have during the year.

And of course, a Board member is always ready to assist and help you. Call the office (860.354.0273) if you would like to sponsor an Oneg.