GEMILUTH CHASSODIM NEWSLETTER
ON THE TEMPLE CALENDAR

For This Week of June 26th, 2020


A Note from Rabbi Raina Siroty


Are we ready for another round of Coronavirus? Is it already here?  Usually, those who deny the reality of things come in two flavors: either they sincerely believe their point of view based on the real data or, two, they are being iconoclastic and acting out against authority regardless of what the authority says. 
 
Since there is ‘nothing new under the sun’ as Ecclesiastes once said, you shouldn’t be surprised that denial and willful ignorance is reflected in the Bible, as well. Though the prophet Isaiah is speaking about the willful ignorance of the Jewish people’s disregard of the covenant, the essence of the verse applies equally to those who walk among us, possibly carrying infection, disregarding their needs of others, and putting themselves in danger. We read this verse and it speaks to us today. Talk about biblical relevancy. Here’s the verse:
 
9 Act stupid and be stupefied! 
Act blind and be blinded! 
(They are drunk, but not from wine, 
They stagger, but not from liquor.) 

10 For the Lord has spread over you 
A spirit of deep sleep, 
And has shut your eyes, the prophets, 
And covered your heads, the seers; 

11 So that all prophecy has been to you 
Like the words of a sealed document. 
If it is handed to one who can read and he is asked to read it, he will say, “I can’t, because it is sealed”;

12 and if the document is handed to one who cannot read and he is asked to read it, he will say, “I can’t read.” 
 
Obviously Isaiah is speaking about the covenant and the disregard and ignorance of the words of the other prophets and the seers, the wise and the discerning. But the message is exactly the same for us. Sooner or later the truth is revealed.
 
That being said, our first service back in our sanctuary will be June 26 th .

  • Our main goal is to be physically present together for our normal Shabbat evening services.

  • We will enter and exit through the back doors on Beech Street, where there will be someone to check your temperature.

  • An automatic hand sanitizer station will be located at the door for your use.

  • A mask will be required for all congregants and visitors to our synagogue. If you forget a mask, we will provide one for you.

  • We will ask everyone to honor social distancing while in the sanctuary interacting with others as well as in the parking lot. 

  • We will have sections of the pews marked off to provide social distancing standards and to encourage us to spread out around the sanctuary.

  • We will stream the service on Zoom for those still uncomfortable attending in person.

  • If you have been in contact with someone who has contracted the virus, or you yourself do not feel well, please enjoy services from home.

  • We will be checking out prayer books for you to bring to services each week.

  • Only restrooms will be accessible outside the sanctuary area.

  • At this time, we will not be hosting an oneg after services.

  • After everyone has exited, the areas used will be disinfected to prepare for the next Shabbat service.

I realize that our preparations may sound cautious, but we would rather over prepare and lighten some of these restrictions in the future, than return to gather together ill-prepared or make some uncomfortable returning to worship in our building.  

Our attendance over ZOOM has exceeded our in-person worship numbers, and we will continue with online services indefinitely as well. I look forward to worship in person or on Zoom. 

May you continue to stay safe and be blessed. 

I am here for you by phone 310 800-4243, text and email. Feel free to call me.

L’Shalom,

Rabbi Raina





SHABBAT SERVICE
FRIDAY JUNE 26th at 6pm in the Sanctuary
and via ZOOM

We will be having Shabbat services again on Zoom this Friday night at 6pm. 


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Rabbi Raina Siroty is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Shabbat Service

Friday June 26th at 6PM Central


Meeting ID: 251 868 1038 

Password: 001859 
SATURDAY MORNING TORAH STUDY JUNE 27th at 10:30AM

We will be having Torah Study again on Zoom this Saturday at 10:30am. 


Rabbi Raina Siroty is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Torah Study

Saturday June 27th at 10:30AM Central


Meeting ID: 251 868 1038 

Password: 001859 
This Week's Torah Portion


Korach Numbers
16:1−18:32

Now Korach, son of Izhar son of Kohath son of Levi, betook himself, along with Dathan and Abiram sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth--decendants of Reuben--to rise up against Moses, ... - Numbers 16:1-2

Summary:

  • Korach and his followers, Dathan and Abiram, lead a rebellion against the leadership of Moses and Aaron. God punishes the rebels by burying them and their families alive. Once again, God brings a plague on the people. (16:1-17:15)

  • The chief of each tribe deposits his staff inside the Tent of Meeting. Aaron's staff brings forth sprouts, produces blossoms, and bears almonds. (17:16-26)

  • The Kohanim and Levites are established and assigned the responsibility of managing the donations to the Sanctuary. All of the firstborn offerings shall go to the priests and all the tithes are designated for the Levites in return for the services they perform. (18:1-32)




Our Congregation Remembers

WEEK ENDING JUNE 27

Chana Rosner

 
*Mary Anna Lisso Nachman
Edward Hewitt Clapham
William Gehr
Anna B. Lipsey
*Elaine Goldberg Meyer
*Harryette Brookner Altman
*Marvin Caplan
Charles Weiss
Henry Schuman
Hook Robinson
*Bernard (Sonny) Bindursky
*Roy J. Young
Myron B. Lasker
Evelyn O’Brasky
*Mitchel Newstadt
Pauline Michael
Adelaide Berman
Hazel Pressburg

*A light will burn on our bronze Memorial board

May their memories be for a blessing


MI SHEBEIRACH
OUR COMMUNITY PRAYS
FOR THE HEALING OF BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT

All those infected and affected by Coronavirus, and


Jackie Auerbach
Robert Banta
Kristine Baum
Geoff Bergman
Phyllis Berenhaus
Mary Beth Caplan
Nathan Dayan
Rhoda Fliss
Doris Greene
Harry Gross
Jerry Hanaw
Susan Israel
Viola Johnson
Sara Kerr
Ron Lubritz
Jamie Mykoff
Deborah Taylor
John Texada
Please visit our website section 'HEALING PRAYERS' linked below for the prayer for healing, Mi Shebeirach as recorded by our Rabbi Cantor Raina Siroty. https://www.jewishtemple.org/healing-prayers

*If anyone knows of someone who is in need of a Mi Shebeirach prayer, please email the rabbi and she will mention their name in our bulletin, as well as at Friday night services. Their names will continue to be mentioned and listed until it is requested that their name be removed.


ZOOM COFFEE WITH RABBI RAINA
WEDNESDAY JULY 1st at 10am


Grab a cup of coffee and let's ZOOM together
and catch up.


Raina Siroty is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Coffee with the Rabbi

Wednesday July 1st at 10am Central

Join Zoom Meeting 


Meeting ID: 251 868 1038 

Password: 001859 


Stephen Katz • June 1
Janet Wellan • June 2
Hahva Stroderd • June 3
Bill Zeichner • June 3
Lee Silva • June 9
Norrine Caplan • June 15
Marlee Ginsburgh • June 17
Dan Cohn • June 19
Betty Ann Dozar • June 19
Sam Caplan •  June 22
Leah Kaplan • June 24
Emma Abrams • June 27
Ted Silver • June 30



Betty Fay & Buddy Lipsey • June 5
Sharon & Art Williams • June 6
Beverly & Leo Lowentritt • June 18
Louise & John Simon • June 22
Karen & Marc Klein • June 28


Hava Nagila

LET'S TRY SOMETHING NEW!

Below is a link to watch Hava Nagila (the Movie)

we can all discuss this movie
at
COFFEE WITH THE RABBI
on July 8th at 10am

Hava Nagila: The Movie,  an infectiously high-spirited new documentary by Roberta Grossman, the most cornball song in the Jewish repertoire has a colorful history that has carried Ashkenazi Jews through the joy and sorrow of 150 years of being thrown around the world.


https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B00GA6GR14/ref=atv_dp_share_cu_r


OUR TREE OF LIFE



A leaf on our Tree of Life is a wonderful way to honor family and friends.

  BIRTHDAYS-BAT/BAR MITZVAHS-ANNIVERSARIES-BABY NAMINGS-SPECIAL LIFE EVENTS

A leaf is $150.00 and can be given by one or more people. 

  Contact: Kim Bindursky
  318 613-1647  


 krb@bestmetalrecyclers.com

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HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 is to guarantee patient privacy, which is good for the patient because it protects their confidentiality, but not very helpful when the Temple is trying to find patients. Please do not assume that we know you are in the hospital or that the Chaplains Office has contacted the Temple or the Rabbi, even if a chaplain has visited you. PLEASE, I want to be able to visit you. I want to be able to offer you the solace and perspective of our tradition. The Temple wants to let you know that we care, but that can only happen when we know where you are. 

Thank you,

Rabbi Raina Siroty
Congregation Gemiluth Chassodim | Rabbi Cantor Raina Siroty | 318.445.3655