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Congregation Schomre Israel
25 Cheshvan 5779
Shabbos Parshas Chaye Sarah 5779
 November 2-3, 2018 
  פרשת חיי שרה  
      כ"ה חשון תשע"ט    
Joyce Feinberg - Yiddis Bultcha bat Aba Menachem, hy"d.
Jerry Rabinowitz - Yehudah Ben Yechezkel, hy"d
David Rosenthal - Dovid Ben Eliezer, hy"d
Cecil Rosenthal - Chaim Ben Eliezer, hy"d
Irving Younger - Yitzchok Chaim ben Menachem, hy"d
Dan Stein - Daniel Avrom ben Baruch, hy"d
Rose Mallinger - Raizel bas Avrohom, hy"d
Richard Gottfried - Yosef Ben Hyman,  hy"d
Bernice Simon - Beila Rochel bas Moshe, hyd
Sylvan Simon - Zalman Shachna Ben Menachem Mendel, hy"d
Mel Wax - Moshe Gadol Ben Yosef, hy"d

Reflections on Pittsburgh;
What Can You Do to Help?

Get to know the 11 Jews who were tragically murdered
this past Shabbat in Pittsburgh.

  Moishe Bane November 1, 2018

   With our havdala candles barely extinguished, we began hearing the reports. Unimaginable tragedy. We were frozen, horrified. And then a torrent of emotions. Sadness. Fear. Confusion.
We have encountered tragedy before. As both Americans and as Jews we are no strangers to mass murder. But, this tragedy in Pittsburgh feels different and we are reacting differently. Because this time the killer's motive was chilling in its specificity: to kill all Jews. In communities across the country there are thousands attending memorial ceremonies, vigils and recitations of Tehillim. No conversation without a reference to that terrible event.

   In Pittsburgh, as in all mass shootings, the victims included parents, siblings and best friends. But what is particularly jarring to me is that they were murdered while at prayer, celebrating Shabbos. We too were praying at that time. So were our children. Just like every other Saturday. How easily we can imagine the victims as our own parents, siblings or friends. As Jews we were the targets, wherever we live.

   I, and many others, are scared, our fear borne of confusion. Was this event but another in a succession of horrific mass shootings that have plagued America, in schools and churches, concerts and movie theaters? Or is Pittsburgh th e beginning of something different? Was this a mini-pogrom, to be followed by others? Are we Jews entering into yet another era of fear and insecurity, as has been the experience of Jews through the ages? After all, in our minds Squirrel Hill is our neighborhood. Does someone living within blocks of the synagogue we attend also harbor such hatred? And for those of us having these fears and concerns, despite hoping dearly that they are unfounded, dare we express them to each other? And to our children?
   We find ourselves gathering as a community, seeking to express the care and concern we have for the victims and their families. But as Americans, many of us also acknowledge that, although we grieved, we did not feel this same fear after other mass shootings here in the U.S. As a Jewish community, we have experienced concern and sadness whenever Jews are murdered, such as when Israelis are killed by suicide bombers in cafes or on buses, or by attackers wielding knives in yeshivas or at shuls or bus stops. But, at least for me, these other attacks - while deeply distressing - seemed to fade from my mind more quickly.

   And so the question arises: Is it ok to feel more personally affected when the victims' lifestyles and identities are more similar to our own, and live in the same country as we do? Is our pain primarily for our brothers and sisters in Pittsburgh, or are we grieving the loss of our perceived personal safety and security as Jews in America? Are we flawed if a significant portion of our reaction to Pittsburgh is actually about ourselves?

   Far from being flawed, my sense is that this reaction is natural. It is human. God created us this way. For example, while we adore our friends' children, those feelings cannot compare to the love we have for our own children. Similarly, we respond with particular emotion when a relative or close friend experiences joy or pain. We even enjoy a special sense of pride upon learning that a celebrity grew up in our neighborhood or when our hometown team wins a championship.

   Why, for many of us, is this our response? Rav Shimon Shkop, ztl, in the introduction to his masterpiece Sha'arei Yoshor, observes that we are by nature inherently self-focused. It is extraordinarily difficult to get beyond ourselves. And though we are focused only on ourselves, God gifted us the ability to expand ourselves by embracing others and making them part of ourselves, as well. By loving and caring about others, we are incorporating others into our very being. The deeper the love, the deeper this integration. Perhaps that is part of what is conveyed by the verse in Chumash that describes Adam and Eve as becoming one.
Rav Shkop thus taught that recognizing our inherent self-focus does not justify being selfish or self-centered. To the contrary, this dimension of our nature presents a wondrous opportunity to ever broaden who we are as individuals. By increasing the spectrum of who we love and care for, we incorporate more and more people into who we are. We thereby grow as individuals, and grow as Jews.
The tragedy in Pittsburgh is, for so many of us, intimately personal and thus we feel it so deeply. Its familiarity to us as Jews and its geo-cultural proximity makes its victims closer to each of us. That is natural and it is ok.  But, we aspire to develop further, as individuals and as a community. We can achieve this growth by expanding the spectrum of all whose losses we mourn and whose joys we celebrate. Perhaps we can build upon our current grief and fear by seeking to close the distance between ourselves and others.

   God forbid there should be more tragedy, for anyone and in any place.  But, with this horrific killing in Pittsburgh still so fresh in our minds, we might take a moment to contemplate more profoundly the pain we feel and consider it as a reference for how we hope to feel when others less familiar to us, and less similar to us in many regards, are suffering.  Perhaps this contemplation will allow the souls of the victims in Pittsburgh to remain in our hearts. And, God-willing, make us better, holier Jews.


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A Pittsburgh Rebbetzin Reflects on This Week's Tragedy
  • Show Up For Shabbat
    AJC Calls on Jews and Allies to Take Action Following Pittsburgh Synagogue Attack
    From New York to New Zealand and from Utah to the UK, thousands of Jews and people of all faiths are pledging to #ShowUpForShabbat this weekend in solidarity with Pittsburgh's Jewish community and sending a resounding message that love triumphs over hate.
    Will you join them?

    How to Show Up For Shabbat
    • If you want to attend Shabbat services this weekend (Nov. 2-3) and are already part of a synagogue - just show up! Bring a friend or three and be sure to use the hashtag #ShowUpForShabbat on Twitter and Facebook.
    1. If you want to attend Shabbat services but are not part of a synagogue, either join a friend who is, reach out to a synagogue near you (you can see a list from #ShowUpForShabbat campaign partner Jewish Federations of North America here) or contact your local AJC office by Noon ET on Nov. 2 for guidance on which area synagogues will be welcoming guests.
    • If you are unable to attend Shabbat services, pray at home. Schomre Israel Services begin at 5:30 PM ET on Friday, November 2, and 9:00 AM ET on Saturday, November 3.

    • If you are unable to attend Shabbat services but want to show your support for the #ShowUpForShabbat campaign, please add your name at
    Jewish communities across the United States and around the world have adopted AJC's campaign. You can read more about the spread of #ShowUpForShabbat in CNN , Haaretz , The Forward , and the UK Jewish Chronicle .
    In addition, The New York Jewish Week has featured an op-ed written by AJC CEO David Harris and USA Today published a column by AJC Global Director of Young Leadership Seffi Kogen .

    Other local, national, and international Jewish organizations are being asked to encourage their members to participate in the campaign. Synagogues are being called on to welcome the anticipated influx of attendees at their Shabbat services with explanatory programming and rabbis are being asked to dedicate their sermons to discussing the initiative.


Shabbat Shalom -  
May we all have a peaceful Shabbat. 
Eliezer Langer
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This information comes from our Shul calendar. If you would like to be listed please contact us. 


We commemorate the yahrtzeit of:

 2       Toby Kessler        24 Cheshvan
4        Deborah Badia             26 Cheshvan
7        Shirley Ladman      29 Cheshvan                
  12    Philip Finkelstein       4 Kislev
  13    Nathan Blyweiss            5 Kislev
 14      Louis Koffman                   6 Kislev
 14      Dr. Kenneth Ritz             6 Kislev    
 19      Lillian (Lee) Effron      11 Kislev
 20    Stanley Fox                  12 Kislev
 21    Beatrice Brown             13 Kislev
 22    Dr. Jacob Finkelstein    14 Kislev        
 22    Irving Friedlander          14 Kislev
 23    Martha Kessler              15 Kislev
 23    Aida Gamberg                15 Kislev
 24    Anne Berkowitz             16 Kislev
 25    Leo Kessler                17 Kislev
28    Rita Kaplan        20 Kislev                                  
 29    Laura Stein                    21 Kislev
30     Shirley Koffman             22 Kislev


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 5:30 PM
Mincha /Kabbalat Shabbat 5:30 PM
Shacharit Shabbat Day 9:00 AM
Shema before 10:04 AM
Mincha after 1:04 PM
Shabbat Ends 6:30 PM DST  

Sunday Morning 8:30 AM Shacharit  EST  
Weekdays 7:00 AM
Monday evening at the Board Meeting 7:00 PM


 News from the Social Action Coalition
Once again we are planning to give 30 needy families from the Morse School a basket of food for Thanksgiving.  Please help us to fill these baskets by donating cornbread mixes and cake mixes and frosting.  Drop these items off in our box in the entrance near the Gold Room.  We need these items by Wednesday, Nov. 14.  Thank you.

Sandy Corwin and Debby Sullum

Any questions or concerns please contact
Sandy at 845-452- 2436 or Debby at 845-705-3656.


Kosher Korner

Send food and gifts to our soldiers

Hanukkah is coming up
Hanukkah is coming up ON behalf of the soldiers of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces), we wish to thank the many, many people the world over who sent Pizza, and other treats to our heroes. Over the past 17 years, we have been sending soldiers serving in the field pizza and other treats with your support letters.
The boost of moral and the effect on soldiers is super high, knowing they have support from friends who love them from all over the world. We make all the effort to get to the soldiers no matter the weather and any place in the country to serve them with your blessings. Thank you for being a part of our amazing project and our friend for the past 17 years Photos and updates are posted on our Facebook page.