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Congregation Schomre Israel
9Av 5779
   Parshat Devarim- Shabbat Chazon 5779
  July 27, 2019 
        פרשת דברים שבת חזון         
        ט' אב תשע"ט     

From the Rabbi's Links

Join us for a special live Tisha B'av Webcast.
Sunday, August 11, 2019
Available to view online and on your mobile devices
Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter
Senior Scholar, YU's Center for the Jewish Future and University Professor of Jewish History and Jewish Thought, Yeshiva University
*8:30 a.m. Shacharit*9:15 a.m. Opening Shiur: Why Does Tisha B'av Matter in 2019?*11:00 a.m. Kinot Recital and Discussion*5:00 p.m. Mincha
Given at Congregation Keter Torah
600 Roemer Ave., Teaneck, NJ 07666


Tisha B'av -What We Are Missing Today
Presented by Oorah

The Churban did not end 2000 years ago, we've continued to suffer through the generations. Today, living in relative safety and comfort, learn what it is that we are missing today and what message the day of Tisha B'av holds for us.

Click here to watch
"Tisha B'av -What We Are Missing Today"

The Mass Shootings: Tisha B'Av in America
Aug 5, 2019  |  by Rabbi Benjamin Blech

America needs a national day of introspection, reflection - and yes, repentance. LINK


Guns Or No Guns At Synagogue?

01 August 2019
The Jerusalem Post By Michael Masters
     There were 27 mass attacks in public spaces in 2018, according to the United States Secret Service. 
One of those occurred on 27 October at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where 11 people were murdered. Exactly six months later, an individual walked into another synagogue in Poway, California, and opened fire with an assault rifle. His attack was interrupted and he fled. The reality of these attacks has forced a debate in houses of worship and within the Jewish community specifically. What is the role of guards and firearms in houses of worship?

    Recently, the US antisemitism envoy, Elan Carr, stated that guards should be posted at every synagogue and Jewish community center in the US. The question was asked: Should the guards be armed?
Ask anyone in the Jewish community if they want people with guns at their houses of worship and you'll get deeply divided opinions. From "guns are not the answer" to "the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," Jewish worshipers are at odds. 

    In the wake of the killings at synagogues in Pittsburgh and Poway, protecting Jews in their houses of worship is no idle matter.  

    Regardless of what someone thinks on the issue of armed guards, action must be taken to make our synagogues safer. More importantly, guards - if a facility does have them - are only one part of a comprehensive security strategy.
     Every synagogue should have a well-developed, well-practiced security plan. These plans must ensure that the Jewish community is prepared, empowered and resilient through best practices, standardized efforts that while unique to each community, are consistent in their approach. My group, the Secure Community Network (SCN), the official security organization of the Jewish community, works throughout the country to ensure exactly this.
Communities must also have access to security professionals who are responsible for developing and implementing security plans. Already, more than 40 communities have hired trained, knowledgeable experts to oversee their prevention and response efforts.

    Having a close, working relationship with local, state and federal law enforcement is critical. The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have specialized divisions that work with the faith-based community to share information, provide services and support community resiliency. Giving local police regular access to Jewish facilities allows first responders to be familiar with where to go and what to do.

    While some entities have the resources to seek complex, expensive security systems, many institutions should know that there are often low to no-cost things that they can do. Locking all doors, except one main entry and exit, is a crucial component of a security plan. Cameras can be effective, but only if they're actively monitored by people who know what they're looking for and know what to do if they see it.  

    Another essential component of a security plan is training. People must be prepared. That is why training in everything from situational awareness and active threat responses to emergency procedures and "Stop the Bleed" training is necessary.

    If armed guards are a part of a security plan, then institutions should insist on having individuals who are competent and capable of keeping people safe. On-duty or off-duty law enforcement professionals, or retired law enforcement professionals who continue to meet crucial certifications under federal statute, are often the best option to ensure this. 

    Make no mistake: unarmed personnel are not security guards. They can be referred to as greeters or safety officers but we have to be honest about their capability. They often cannot be relied upon to perform a security function, so we shouldn't mislead people with how we refer to them.

    If a Jewish facility is relying on armed volunteers or other individuals who lack the highly specialized training to protect people in the face of a deadly threat, it can be a potentially dangerous deficiency. 
Volunteers almost always lack the training - and crucial, real-world experience - necessary to know what to do in a worst-case scenario. Armed professionals, on the other hand, must undergo extensive and ongoing training in recognizing and responding to potential and active threats. That's why they can be more expensive to hire.

    All of these issues are why SCN is organizing a meeting this August of security experts to discuss when and how to hire guards, what guards to hire, and to advise communities on best practices. If a Jewish facility is going to include armed security personnel as part of its plan, there is only one way to do that - and that's to do it carefully and wisely.

    We live in a time of danger. We know threats exist. But we also know that preparation is critical to minimizing and eliminating future attacks. It must be comprehensive.

Tish'a B'Av Schedule
Fast Begins 8:02 PM
Saturday Night Maariv and Eicha 9:30 PM
Sunday Shacharit 8:30 AM
Video Presentation 6:00 PM
Trezoros - The Lost Jews of Kastoria
Mincha 7:30 PM
Fast Ends 8:42 PM

    Using never-before-seen pre-war archival footage and first-person testimonies, 'Trezoros: The Lost Jews of Kastoria' chronicles the Jewish life and culture of Kastoria, a picturesque lakeside village in the mountains of Northwestern Greece, near the Albania border. Here, Jews and Greek Orthodox Christians lived together in harmony for over two millennium until World War II, when this long and rich history would be wiped out in the blink of an eye.  
    TREZOROS (the Ladino/Judeo-Spanish term of endearment meaning "Treasures") takes us from the joyful innocence of the pre-war years through the heartbreaking struggles of the Holocaust, to a unique place in time and history of a Greek Jewish culture lost forever.


The Wish given before Tish'a b'Av is that we pray that Moshiach come and that the day be changed to "... a day of joy and happiness" in the words of the prophet Zechariah (8:19), "Thus says the Lrd of Hosts: The fast of the fourth month (i.e., 17 Tammuz), the fast of the fifth month (9 Av), the fast of the seventh month (Tzom Gedaliah) and the fast of the tenth month (10 Teves) will be joy, celebration and holidys for the house of Judah, and they will love truth and peace."

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Eliezer Langer


Shabbat Shalom  
Eliezer Langer

Sunday, August 18th Come Get CHAI With Us: D.U.O. Trio-Dutchess, Ulster, Orange Federations
Come out to Jewish Jubilation Night with the Hudson Valley Renegades at Dutchess Stadium vs. the Staten Island Yankees!
Join us for a day of fun celebrating Jewish customs and traditions!
Jewish festivities will include events in the pregame, select on field games, displays around the stadium, and much more!
There will be a wide selection of kosher food for purchase from Boosur Food Truck and food will be available throughout the whole game!
  • HaTikvah and US Anthem,
  • Jewish Baseball Trivia contest
  • "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" sung in Yiddish........ & so much more
Sunday, August 18
3:00 Kosher tailgating party starts
3:35pm Gates open
4:35pm Game starts

Reservation LINK



News You Might Have Missed 
News You Might Have Missed 


2    Jessica Michal Kaplan
2    Suzannne Knop
3    Shmuel Alexander Lipman
3    Yael Margalit Lapidus-Banks
5    Yisroel Fox
6    Shari Baum Bursztyn
9    Arline Bernstein
10    Ethan Geoffrey Grosman
12    Ari Miguel Lapidus
15    Stacey Bryn Rothbard
17    Rivkah Lipman
20    Asher Winter
20    Sharon Warren
22    Rachel Calli
23    Caroline Beatrice Kaplan
25    Eliana Sarah Ritz
26    Gary Wexler
27    Eli Chaim Bursztyn
28    Yeshaya Fox
29    Laila Sophia Ritz
30    David Bernstein
31    Sarah Mere

Ad Meah v'Esrim - Biz 120 

We commemorate the yahrtzeit of:


10  Morris Spira                        9 Av
10   Saul Spira                           9 Av
18   Helen Rachel Goldman    17 Av    
20   Jack Zelig Goldman         19 Av
22   Naomi S. Koffman            21 Av
25   Yosef Zev Langenthal       24 Av
26   Benjamin Levine               25 Av
29   Frances Spira                     28 Av
31  Arnold Norman Sullum      30 Av

May their souls be bound in the bond of eternal life.

This information comes from our Shul calendar. If you wish to add a name to this list please  contact us.

Schedule of Services 

Candle Lighting 7:54 PM
Mincha /Kabbalat Shabbat 7:00 PM
Shacharit Shabbat Day 9:00 AM
Shema before 9:29AM
Mincha after 1:35 PM
Shabbat Ends 8:53 PM  

Sunday  8:30AM  
  Weekdays Monday - Friday 7:00 AM
Monday afternoon 7:00PM at the Levines'

Friday and Shabbat 9 Av  is the yahrtzeit of Morris Spira z"l, beloved father of Stephen Spira and the yahrtzeit of Saul Spira z"l, beloved grandfather of Stephen Spira


Kosher Korner

Looking forward to after the fast day, here is a link to information about many kosher restaurants:

 News from the Social Action Coalition

Weighing In
Dear Schomre Israel Community,
     Your support of the Morse School community throughout the academic year is greatly appreciated.  In addition to the food items you donate into the big box near the Gold Room, the Jewish Social Action Coalition uses grant money that has been awarded to them to purchase food from the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley.  (If you are not familiar with the Food Bank, look at their website at  Also, at Thanksgiving time we put together Thanksgiving baskets for families at the school by collecting donated food and gift cards to augment our Food Bank purchases.  Over the 10 month period from September through June over 6 tons of food have been provided to the school community!  The weight of the items obtained from the Food Bank comes to 12,407 pounds. The local Harding Club has provided the manpower for delivering this food to the school.  On a regular basis this food helps about 60 kids and their families.  The school social worker and psychologist rotate kids in and out as their circumstances change.
     Additionally, once a month our synagogue provides breakfast food for the approximately 60 guests at the local homeless shelter.  We provide fruit and boxes of cereal.  Special thanks to the Sisterhood in underwriting this project.
     The Jewish Social Action Coalition is a cooperative effort of the area synagogues and the Harding Club, as well as members of other organizations such as the Jewish War Veterans and interested individuals. 
As Schomre's representative to the Coalition, thank you for your continued involvement and support.
Sandy Corwin  

Any questions or concerns please contact
Sandy at 845-452- 2436