March 16, 2023 |23 Adar 5783

Included in This Newsletter

Announcing New Spiritual Leader

Shabbat Service - 3/17

Passover Third Night & Pot Luck - 4/7

This Week's Torah Portion

Upcoming Classes

Greenwich Jewish News With Article By Rabbi Levy

Shir Ami Announces New Spiritual Leader

Shir Ami Announces New Spiritual Leader

Good news! As of July 1, 2023, our congregation has a new spiritual leader, Rabbi David Evan Markus.


A little bit of background . . . .

The Shir Ami Search Committee has worked diligently over the past two years to find our next long-term Spiritual Leader. Last year, when we weren’t able to fill the position, we were fortunate to be able to hire Rabbi David E. Levy for a one-year interim term. We are beyond grateful that Rabbi Levy has supported and nurtured our congregation over the past seven months and will continue to do so through the end of our fiscal year on June 30.

In mid-February, the Search Committee enthusiastically recommended Rabbi Markus as the clergy candidate to the Board of Directors. The recommendation was unanimously approved and a small team worked with him on a 3-year contract, which was finalized and signed this week - an event we hope to celebrate soon!

Music is a part of the DNA of Shir Ami. True to this spirit, Rabbi Markus is musically talented. He is a former a cappella vocalist, a composer and conductor, and plays piano and guitar. We are working on a schedule of meet and greet opportunities, which we will share with you within the next few weeks. Rabbi Markus looks forward to getting to know members of the congregation, as well as important secular and interfaith leaders within the Greenwich and Stamford communities. It is his desire to learn and worship with us and help us grow in new and meaningful ways.

Click here to read the full announcement to the membership and learn more about the many impressive accomplishments of Rabbi Markus.

With gratitude and enthusiasm,


The Shir Ami Board of Directors

Upcoming Services and Calendar

Spotlight Calendar

Members and guests are always welcome to attend our Shir Ami Services, Classes and Special Events.


Friday Night Shabbat

(in person and zoom)

Friday, March 17th

7:30 PM

Asking Big Questions: Rosh Chodesh for Women and Men - What are you thankful for? (virtual)

Tuesday, March 28th

7:30 PM


Shir Ami Board Meeting (virtual)

Monday, April 3rd

7:30 PM

Third Night of Passover: Pot Luck Dinner (in person)

Friday, April 7th

6:30 PM

Living in Jewish Time: Hitkansut Yom HaShoah: A Special Service For Yom HaShoah (virtual)

Tuesday, April 18th

7:30 PM

Social Action Shabbat

(in person and zoom)

Friday, April 21st

7:30 PM

Asking Big Questions: Rosh Chodesh for Women and Men - What does the world need from you? (virtual)

Tuesday, April 25th

7:30 PM

NEW 2022-23 Calendar Draft is now available on our website Click here (it was last revised on February 22, 2023)

Shabbat Service:

Celebrating Our Joys And How We Find Them

Friday, March 17th

7:30 PM

 First Presbyterian Church

in Greenwich

We gather for this Shabbat to finish the book of Exodus, and consider what we need to do here on earth to bring the presence of God into our midst. Rabbi Levy will be leading the service accompanied by Oren Neiman on guitar.

We have so many reasons to be joyful, and we will offer a blessing to all those who have special joyous occasions in the first quarter of the year. 

We are honored to be hosted this Shabbat by Peggy and Jerry Sturman in honor of Jerry's birthday.

Zoom option is available for those who cannot attend in person. (the zoom link may be found on our website's livestream page)  Please click here for the link (it will be updated for each service).

Register for March 17th Shabbat Service

Third Night of Passover

Pot Luck Dinner

Friday, April 7th

6:30 PM

 First Presbyterian Church

in Greenwich

We are thrilled to be gathering in-person on Friday April 7th - the third night of Passover - to recognize the special place Passover and Shabbat have in our lives.

This service will be part meal, part Shabbat, and part Seder. We are looking forward to our delicious Shir Ami style pot luck meal!

Please register and sign up to bring one of your favorite Passover dishes. 

Register for April 7th Passover/Pot Luck and Purchase Tickets

Weekly Torah Portion

Parashat Pekudei

D'var Torah by Rabbi David Levy

One of the greatest gifts we can give to another person is to feel seen, like they added value. Consider a moment where someone publicly recognized your achievements and what you did. How did it feel? How did they feel? Consider how Moses offers that gift to the Israelites in our portion this week:

Upcoming Classes

Asking Big Questions: Rosh Chodesh for

Women and Men  

What Are You Thankful For? 

Tuesday, March 28th

7:30 PM via Zoom

Why are we here? What does community look like? How do we find meaning? The best questions often don’t have concrete answers, but we enrich ourselves by struggling with the questions. We look forward to unpacking these questions together!


To see the full schedule of classes and topics, please visit our website.

Register for March 28th Asking Big Questions

Living In Jewish Time

Hitkansut Yom HaShoah: A Special Service For Yom HaShoah

Tuesday, April 18th

7:30 PM via Zoom

We live every day by the Gregorian calendar. In this monthly class taught by Rabbi Levy, we will consider what the Jewish calendar has to teach us about how we live in the world. Each time we gather, we’ll unpack our Jewish calendar to find meaning in every day life.

To see the full schedule of classes and topics, please visit our website.

Register for April 18th  Living in Jewish Time
Blessings and Simchas

Blessings for a Happy Birthday to all of our members with March birthdays:

Beth Bromberg - 3/3

Scott Marschall - 3/7

Jerry Sturman - 3/11

Jenny Lake - 3/12

Ellen Keats - 3/13

Celine Cohen - 3/14

Roger Lob - 3/20

Lila Croen - 3/31

Susan Nisinzweig - 3/31

In our weekly Blessing and Simchas, we invite members to offer congratulations on a special event in someone’s life, blessings for healing, or to remember a loved one.

Submit your listing including your name, the occasion and the recipient's name/s to with the subject line, "Blessings and Simchas". In order to appear in the next week's newsletter, the entry must be received by 9:00 AM on Monday morning.

You are not required to make a donation but if you chose to, you may do so on our website's donation page or by mailing a check to Congregation Shir Ami, 1273 East Putnam Avenue, P.O. Box 312, Riverside, CT 06870-9998. 
Social Action TIKVAH Team

Help UJA-JCC Greenwich Support Earthquake Survivors in Turkey and Syria

We are heartbroken by the news of devastating earthquakes that hit Turkey and Syria. The death toll is at 35,000 and still rising.

While an overwhelming number of homes and businesses have been destroyed, rescuers are racing to provide humanitarian aid to survivors who have lost everything.

UJA-JCC along with Federations across the country, are supplying thousands of tents, heaters, thermal clothing, ready to eat meals, and first-aid kits. 

But they need your help to do more to save lives!

Click here to donate.

Ukraine Continues to Need Support

We are all horrified at what is happening in Ukraine to all the people, and although other news can surface to take its place in the headlines, they continue to need our unwavering support.

Should you wish to send assistance to Ukrainians in need, please visit the Social Action Page on our website for suggestions of organizations to send to.

There are many ways in which we can participate in welcoming refugees into our community.

At the Refugee Shabbat, we also talked about ways in which volunteers could provide hands-on help with:

  • Initial apartment set-up and provisioning;
  • Ongoing transportation to appointments;
  • English practice, tutoring;
  • Job search and financial skills. 

Contact Barbara Salop or Ronny Kaplan if you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities in Greenwich or Stamford.

Thanks for “welcoming the stranger” - as we are reminded: "You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Leviticus 19:34)

TIKVAH - Touching Individuals with Kindness, Vision, and Hope

PLEASE TAKE A LOOK at our updated Social Action page, to view more about:
  • Opportunities to support and volunteer to help immigrants and those in need.
  • Ways we can each help combat racism.
  • Shopping for Seniors with JFS.
  • Dignity Grows supplies essential toiletries to people in need.
  • and more worthwhile activities...

Recruit some Shir Ami friends to participate in one of these projects with you!
Let us know your plans -

Community News

February/March Issue of Greenwich Jewish News

Please click here to read the digital version. Check out the wonderful Shir Ami articles including one written by Rabbi Levy on page 6.

February/March Issue of New Jewish Voice

Please click here to read the latest digital version.

The Benefits Of Membership

For those of you who are not yet Members but are considering joining Shir Ami, we warmly welcome you!

Being a Member of Shir Ami, allows you to

  • practice our faith together and learn from the Torah and each other
  • help shape our community
  • support Shir Ami's mission
  • find inspiration in our diverse offerings
  • participate in rituals and events reserved for members
  • have access to our wonderful clergy
  • recognize our loved ones who have passed during our Yizkor service each year

This is the time of year when many choose to join a congregation. If that is you, we hope you will join Congregation Shir Ami. The Membership Policy has details on dues, benefits, events, life-cycle and pastoral care and general involvement in congregational life and can be found here  And if you already are a member, it's a good time to revisit the policy and refresh your memory on why you joined. 

If you are interested and would like to know more, please look for membership information which can be found on our website's membership page.

Contact us if you have any questions or would like to speak with an officer or our clergy,

All are welcome to join our community!

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