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Online Kabbalat Shabbat Together
Unorthodox:The Real Scoop
What's Nu
Ongoing/Upcoming Events
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May 7, 2020 - 13 Iyar 5780

This week's parasha is Emor .

Candle Lighting: 8:14 pm
Friday Evening Service: 6:00 pm
 Shabbat Morning Services: 9:00 am
Starbucks, Bread & Torah with Rabbi Peter Haas: 9:00 am
Shabbat Ends: 9:23 pm
Featured Articles
Online Kabbalat Shabbat Together
TOMORROW! Friday, May 8 6:45 pm
(Available on Zoom and Facebook Live)

Welcome in Shabbat with family, friends and everyone you’ve been missing at BJC. Choose a short, pre-Shabbat activity that will kick-off our evening. This will take place in breakout rooms and families can choose to attend different activities or stay together (each room will require a device that can access wifi.) Then, we’ll come together with songs led by some of our talented musicians as we light the candles for Shabbat and wish everyone a Shabbat Shalom.

Pre-registration is required so you can choose your activity. 
  • Torah Discussion with Rabbi Hal Rudin-Luria
  • Z’mirot (Shabbat Songs) with Michael Bennett & Charles Gruenspan
  • Schmooze & Share with Theresa Markowitz
  • PJ Story Time with Julie Sukert
Register online . Contact Shani Kadis (216-339-8873) to learn more.
Unorthodox: The Real Scoop
Sunday, May 10 7 pm

Dr. Zalman Newfield joins us via Zoom (Meeting ID #992 7938 9717, Password: unorthodox; call in 929-205-6099) to talk about the Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) Community and the popular Netflix series. He will share his story, reflect on what the series got right and what it portrays wrong, and answer questions.

Dr. Newfield is a professor of sociology at CUNY who focuses on people who leave the Hassidic and other Haredi communities. His new book is Degrees of Separation: Identity Formation While Leaving Ultra-Orthodox Judaism. Dr. Newfield himself grew up as a Lubavitcher (Chabad) in Crown Heights and left the Hassidic community, so this is his journey as well.

Presented through the generosity of the Weingold Family.
What's Nu
The Clergy Speaks: Staying Connected During A Pandemic
Q & A to Follow
Tuesday, May 19 7:00 pm

Join in when all four clergy take 5 minutes each to explain what they are doing during the Pandemic to stay connected to our members and to celebrate life cycle events and holidays during this unprecedented time. The remaining 35 minutes will be open for congregational questions. Zoom in or call in at 929-205-6099; Meeting ID# 94996348000, password: clergy.
Chesed’s Response during the Covid-19 Crisis

For many years, the B’nai Jeshurun Chesed Committee has been responding to needs both within our congregation and throughout Greater Cleveland. During the Covid-19 outbreak, we have been focusing on delivering kosher meals to our most vulnerable members. If you, or someone you know, would like their assistance, please contact Rabbi Rudin-Luria. If you would like to support the important work done by the Chesed committee, please consider making a donation through the synagogue’s website or by sending in a check earmarked for the Joel Schwarz Memorial Chesed Fund. To help in other ways, please email Rabbi Rudin-Luria .
Support B'nai Jeshurun while Shopping on Amazon

When you shop on AmazonSmile and designate BJC as your charity of choice, 0.5% of your purchase will be donated to the synagogue. This perk is a great and easy way to give back to the shul effortlessly. Learn more .and sign up, or simply switch your designation to B’nai Jeshurun if you already participate.
Virtual Jr. Kadima & Kadima Activities

Jr. Kadima - Grades 2 - 5
Wednesdays 4:30 pm

May 13 - “Where in the World is Rabbi Josh?”
May 20 - Jr. Kadima Ultimate Scavenger Hunt
Information for both activities: Join Zoom , Meeting ID: 695 431 2474
Password: kadima

Kadima - Grades 6 - 8

All Kadimaniks and Jr. USYers in grades 6-8 across North America are invited to join in for fun online programming on the following Sundays at 1 pm.

May 17 - Kadima Clue - join us for an online game of clue and figure out whodunnit!
May 24 - Moving on UP - All 8th graders from coast to coast are invited to join us as we officially welcome you into the world of USY!

*All Kadima events are password protected. Please RSVP to  the week of each event if you would like to participate.
Ongoing Events
Cooking with Murray
TONIGHT! Thursday, May 7 7 pm

Cook along with Murray, or make the items later! Read the recipes in advance so you can have all the ingredients and set up ready. This week we'll be making   easy bagels   and the  best parve chocolate cake Zoom   in, Meeting ID: 8646-8670-994, Password: cooking.

May 14 - No class due to the Jewish Federation of Cleveland's Annual Meeting
May 21 - Cooking with Murray featuring Mary Berkowitz. Join Mary & Murray in their kitchen as they prepare  Chickpea Shawarma Dip Orzo Salad   and  Vegan Chocolate Mousse. 
Men's Club Happy Hour
Tuesdays  5 pm
Join us each week as we discuss different topics. Open to everyone and drinks are optional. We're looking forward to seeing you!  Zoom in or call in at 929-205-6099, Meeting ID #694 942 724, Password: mensclub.

May 12: Back By Popular Demand: Old Jews Telling Jokes, Don't be Fahklempt. 
May 19: Sports Update: Baseball and Football - New Rules

If you're interested in leading a discussion or have ideas for a future topic, let   Jerry Brodsky know.

Free Virtual Learning for Adults
We are just a click or phone call away!

Join us for some daily learning from our area’s top clergy and educators. Sessions are stand-alone; you can join any time!. Click here for a complete listing.

Please Note: All classes require passwords which we are no longer sharing on social media or on the website. Here is the list of passwords for classes:
Rabbi Rudin-Luria's What’s NU: study
Rabbi Weiss's Neffesh Ha-Chayyim: kabbalah
Sue Wyner's Torah Study: Torah 18
Doron Kalir's Parshat Hashavua: doron
Rabbi Foster's Conversational Hebrew: BJC
Rabbi Lettofsky's Mishnah: mishnah
Rabbi Weiss's Ethics Lunch & Learn: ethics
Cantor's How & Why of Jewish Ritual: cantor
Rabbi Foster's Torah Tropes: BJC
Starbucks, Bread & Torah: torah

Kinder Shabbat  
Fridays 10:30 am  

Have fun with us on Facebook ( Mishpachot - B’nai Jeshurun Young Families ) or Zoom ! Sing along to your favorite songs with Mr. Chuck and recite prayers with the clergy. You can also call in at (929) 205-6099, Meeting ID: 233 169 518, Password: shabbat.

Shema and Tell
Wednedays 6:30 pm  

Join us for a virtual goodnight in your pajamas! Say hello to friends who you miss and get ready for bedtime. Bring a special friend (teddy bear, doll, etc.) to show everyone, hear a story, and say the Shema all together. Facebook Live, Zoom in here or call (929) 205-6099, Meeting ID: 954 688 923, Password: shema.
Virtual Youth Service
Saturdays 11 am

Everyone is invited to Zoom in here, password: BJC. There are many opportunities for our Pre-K through 12th grade students to learn virtually. If you have any questions, contact Rabbi Josh.
Starbucks, Bread & Torah Online
Saturdays  • 9 :00 am 

Gain fresh insights into the Torah, and study with great teachers! Rabbi Peter Haas will lead this week's session. Zoom , or dial in at (929) 205-6099, Meeting ID: 979 212 512, Password: torah.
Eve (Craig) Phythyon & family on the death of her mother, Carole Kanefsky.
The new CARES (Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security) Act provided a few key provisions for your charitable goals:
1.  Required minimum distributions (RMD) from retirement accounts are temporarily suspended for the 2020 tax year. But, if you are 70 ½ or older you may still be able to make a tax free gift to us from your IRA.
2.  An available charitable deduction of up to $300 ($600 for married couples) may be available if you take the standard deduction.
3. Cash contributions to qualified charities can be deducted up to 100% of your adjusted gross income for the 2020 calendar year for those who itemize.
We appreciate your considering the synagogue in your philanthropy for today and tomorrow. Please contact your tax adviser for more information and personal guidance regarding these opportunities.

Zoom Moderators Needed
With all of our Zoom meetings, programs and services, we are requesting assistance to help moderate the Zoom activities. This is especially true for Friday night and Saturday morning services, as well as Minyan and programs. If you are technologically savvy, understand Zoom, and have the time to moderate one or more meetings per week (or as often as you can), please contact  Shani Kadis  or  Jay Ross  for further information and to join our Zoom Team.Thank you very much for supporting the synagogue and for your time to help.

We are no longer sharing Zoom passwords on social media or our website. Please find them here or in each individual article above:
All weekday minyanim: minyan
All Shabbat services: shabbat
School: BJC

Annual Meeting Date Change
Please note the Annual Meeting will be held Sunday, May 31 at 1:30 pm . This will likely be live streamed and Zoomed with voting handled online. Paper ballots will be mailed to anyone who would prefer to vote in that manner. More information is forthcoming.

Volunteers Needed
We are looking for volunteers willing to call, shop, pick up medication and/or drop off items at members' homes. This is a great mitzvah opportunity for students especially, but everyone is encouraged to pitch in. Contact Shani Kadis if you are able or to learn more.

Kosher Food Pantry
They are open and have Wednesday afternoon pick-ups available for those in need. The pantry is located at 1980 South Green Road. Text 845-558-1529 in advance with your name and they will have a box ready for you. Please share this message!
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