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Shir Chadash Shabbat Newsletter
April 23 - April 29, 2020
29 Nisan- 5 Iyar, 5780
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Be honest - have you been wearing the same pair of sweatpants for a while? Are you losing track of time because you're not dressing up for Shabbat? Shir Chadash has the answer...


Every week we'll dress to a different theme. Put on your glad rags (and your makeup and your jewelry...), take a photo of yourself/yourselves and send it to us at  shirchadash@shirchadash.org  so we can share it on our Facebook page.
This week's theme (in honor of the start of the NFL draft) is:
 BLACK & GOLD!    

And remember...over the top isn't far enough!

Shir Chadash Quarantine Quiz
Wednesday, April 29th - 7PM
Join us on Zoom for an informal hour of trivia, games and fun.
More information coming soon!
Join us at 9:15am for our Sunday minyan followed by a check-in and a virtual L'Hayyim!
Looking Ahead
(Click on the bold writing to join the ZOOM meeting)

Friday, April 24th

6:15 pm, Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, April 25th

Sunday, April 26th
9:15 am, Shacharit Minyan - NEW!

Shul School
9:30 - 10 am,  Kabbalat Kehilla
10 – 11:15 am,  Parparim/Devorim  
11:30 am – 12:15 pm,  Nesharim  
1 – 2:15 pm, Ha Ya’ar  

Tuesday, April 28th - Yom HaZikaron

Wednesday, April 29th - Yom Ha'atzmaut

7 pm, Quarantine Quiz!
Thursday, April 30th

Friday, May 1st

6:15 pm, Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, May 2nd

Sunday, May 3rd
9:15 am, Shacharit Minyan

Shul School
9:30 - 10 am,  Kabbalat Kehilla
10 – 11:15 am,  Parparim/Devorim  
11:30 am – 12:15 pm,  Nesharim  
1 – 2:15 pm, Ha Ya’ar  

Tuesday, May 5th

Shabbat Shalom!
Dear Shir Chadash community,

This has been a somber week. We gathered on Wednesday to mourn the loss of our irreplaceable Rene Lehmann. I was proud at the way we were able to draw strength from each other’s virtual presence. If you have memories of Rene, please send them to his family so they can find comfort at this sad time. We will hold them in our hearts as we move towards Shabbat.

You can find a recording of the service here . Since we played a piece of classical music at Rene’s request, Facebook ’s controls have muted the early part of the service. If you wish to listen to it in full, it is the fourth movement of Schubert’s string quartet, “Death And The Maiden.”

I wish all of you a Shabbat shalom and hope to see you at either or both of our Kabbalat Shabbat service and our community Havdalah - the links are below.  
Virtual services and
pre/post Shabbat materials
We hope that playing these in the background has been getting you in the mood for Shabbat!

Here  is our Shabbat playlist and for our younger members,  here  is the Shir Chadash Youtube page, where you can spend some time with Miss Meryl and the Shabbat dinosaur!

For this week, a soulful melody for Ana B’Khoach , a traditional hymn for the period in which we count the Omer.
Please use this link for Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday night at 6:15pm.

Our community havdalah this week will be at 8:30 pm.

Shabbat morning liturgy at home
I hope that by now we are in the habit of making a computer-free time on Shabbat to pray, to reflect and to study.

You can find an online Siddur here - please download before Shabbat.

At the end of this article is Rabbi Wayne Dosick’s prayer to say in place of Kaddish.

And here is Alden Solovy’s prayer for healing at this time:

Healing from Coronavirus
Source of healing,
Cast the light of health and well-being
On those who’ve been exposed to coronavirus,
Those who have contracted the disease,
And those — God forbid — who contract the disease in the future.
Bless them, protect them and bring them speedily to full recovery.
Bless all who are ill
With healing of body,
Healing of soul
And healing of spirit.

. ברוך אתה ה’, מקור חיים
Baruch atah Adonai, m’kor chayim.
Blessed are You Adonai, Source of life.
Parashot Tazria + Metzora
Torah: Leviticus 12:1 - 13:39; Numbers 28:9-15
Maftir: Numbers 28:9-15
Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1-24
Torah study

The Torah reading for this week is in the red panel above. If you do not have a Humash at home you can find it on the link below. We are reading Triennial Year 1, but you might like to read the full portion (“ Full Kriyah ”).

My Jewish Learning has curated an excellent collection of parashah study websites to browse at your leisure (please note that you might want to download some of the materials before Shabbat).

Our Shabbat brochure with the Verse To Live By, yahrzeits, and simchas for this week is attached . You might wish to take special notice of those who are sick and take a moment to direct your thoughts towards them.
Prayer for Medical Workers
And finally - I created a prayer for medical workers before Pesach. It is just as relevant now. Please take a moment to add it to your prayers, for Shabbat or during the week.
Holy One
We ask your blessing for our doctors
for our nurses
for all our hospital workers
who stand between the living and the dying
as Aaron once stood.
Help them to know they are not alone
as they undertake the overwhelming holy work
of deploying and organizing,
of caring and healing and comforting.
Bring them strength
and fortitude
and grace.
May the work of their hands be blessed.
And we say,
I wish you a peaceful Shabbat.

Shabbat shalom,
Rabbi Silver
Shul School Corner
Sisterhood Corner

Click   here  for last week's
Shul School Newsletter

Join us online for our regularly scheduled Sisterhood Tanakh class as w e continue our journey through the book of Judges.
Wednesdays at 10 am

For questions or for more info about Sisterhood, contact Charisse Sands
Community News and Events
A huge Yishar kohekhah to our very own, Peter Seltzer,
for the amazing work he is doing for our city!
Here's how US Jewish groups are helping overwhelmed...

When the coronavirus pandemic began sweeping across America, New Orleans artist and former paramedic Peter Seltzer decided he had a role to play. Seltzer not only came out of EMT retirement to pick up paramedic shifts, he also investigated how...

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Thursday, April 23rd - 8pm EST/7pm CST

Join Ramahniks around the globe as we tune in for a  virtual concert  with
Rabbi Josh Warshawsky, Ramah alum and nationally touring
Jewish musician, song leader, composer, and teacher of Torah.
Join us every Thursday at 2 PM for a shared interfaith moment of prayer for the Greater New Orleans community and for the world as a whole.
Celebrating Yom Ha'atzmaut
Israel is Turning 72!
Sunday, April 26th - 12:30pm EST/11:30am CST
 As Yom Ha'Atzmaut approaches, join Reshet Ramah as Daniella Elyashar, incoming assistant director of Ramah Wisconsin, leads a discussion with videos, texts, and games, delving into questions of Israeli democracy and identity.
Join on Zoom  or email  reshet@campramah.org  for more information.

On Wednesday, April 29th , our community will join together for an extraordinary virtual event celebrating Israel!

For more details on this exciting celebration, visit the Jewish Federations of North America's Facebook event HERE .
Volunteering in the Community

Do you have time on your hands? The Make Dat project at East Jefferson Hospital is looking for volunteers to make up plastic isolation gowns using a take-home kit. You drop off the gowns when they are completed. You can find more details HERE .

Please note: This is a third party project/website about which Shir Chadash makes no representations and accepts no liability.
NOLAJewishWomen is an online exhibition based on the 2018 New Orleans Tricentennial Exhibition, l’dor v'dor, that highlighted the critical roles Jewish women have played in shaping the New Orleans public sphere over the past 120 years. Their goals are to preserve and share Jewish women's leadership that has made New Orleans a dynamic Southern city, capture new stories, and inspire new leadership. In addition to the website, you can like their Facebook page and sign up for their monthly newsletter .
Have you ever used ZOOM ? We are holding meetings and classes using this online program. Please look at this tutorial so you can join us! We hope to see you soon!
Thank you to all our generous donors. We are deeply grateful for your support.
General Fund

In memory of Rene Lehmann. May his memory be for a blessing.
From: Mike & Lynne Wasserman

In memory of Rene Lehmann
From: Bernice Heilbrunn

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund

In memory of Rene Lehmann
From: Jeremy Soso & Rose Sher

In memory of Rene Lehmann. May his memory be a blessing.
From: Jill & David Israel

In honor of Rabbi Silver
From: Leopold & Karen Sher

Yahrzeit Fund

In memory of Manny Erez
From: Ralph & Shirley Seelig

In memory of Joseph Cellar
From: Rochelle Pearl
Yahrzeit Fund, continued

In memory of Samuel Crossner
From: Rochelle Pearl

In memory of David Totah
From: Ricardo & Marcela Totah

In memory of George J. Segel
From: Sarah Pailet

In memory of Louis Laufer
From: Beryl & Barbara Laufer

In memory of Rene Lehmann, who was an inspiration and a friendly face at shul my entire life. May his memory be a blessing.
From: Sarah Lustig

In memory of Betty Boskis
From: Ricardo & Marcela Totah

In memory of Rene Lehmann
From: Ricardo & Marcela Totah

In memory of Rene Lehmann
From: Lu & Robin Dorfman
Chaverweb Online Member Access
ChaverWeb Tutorial Video
Watch the video above that another congregation put together with some basics about how to use ChaverWeb. (Please note - some of the functionality in this video is specific to the Beth Chaim Congregation and not yet available to Shir Chadash at this time.)
Did you get your welcome email?
If not, please contact the synagogue office.

Subject line: Welcome to Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation's Online Member Access!
From: donotreply@chaverweb.net

With this online portal, you can manage your personal synagogue business online:
  • Manage your account online
  • Set a secure private password
  • Update your info (name, address, photo, link yourself to family members and Yahrzeits)
  • Check your account balance
  • Make payments and donations
  • RSVP for upcoming events (coming soon)
  • and so much more!

Contact Us

R icardo Totah
Executive Director 
Director of Youth Education
and Community Engagement

Sarah Lustig
Office Assistant
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