GEMILUTH CHASSODIM NEWSLETTER
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For This Week of May 22nd, 2020


A Note from Rabbi Raina


What is Shavuot, anyway? Although it enjoys a lofty status as one of Judaism’s three pilgrimage festivals (the Shalosh Regalim), Shavuot doesn’t get nearly as much press as Passover or Sukkot. This may be because Shavuot doesn’t have a labor-intensive, performative ritual that engages the whole family - There’s no Seder full of symbolic foods, no sukkah to build and decorate. Shavuot is brief, too – just two days as opposed to the eight days of Passover or Sukkot. But Shavuot is a little gem, filled with sweetness both physical and spiritual. As a kid, I don’t remember getting excited about Shavuot the way I looked forward to the other Jewish holidays. 

It is ironic that Shavuot is such a little-known holiday, given that it
commemorates the single most important event in Jewish history – the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.Shavuot occurs on the 6th of Sivan, the culmination of a seven-week period, “counting of the Omer," that occurs following Passover. The very name "Shavuot" means "weeks," in recognition of the weeks of preparation and anticipation leading up to the Sinai experience. 

Three millennia ago, after leaving Egypt on the day of Passover, the Jews traveled into the Sinai desert. There, the entire Jewish nation – men, women and children – directly experienced divine revelation:

God spoke to you from the midst of the fire; you were hearing the sound of words, but you were not seeing a form, only a sound. He told you of His covenant, instructing you to keep the Ten Commandments, and He inscribed them on two stone tablets. (Deut. 4:12-13)

The giving of the Torah was an event of awesome proportions that indelibly stamped the Jewish nation with a unique character, faith and destiny. And in the 3,300 years since, the Torah’s ideals – monotheism, justice, responsibility – have become the moral basis for Western Civilization. 

There is a tradition to eat dairy foods on Shavuot, perhaps because the Torah is traditionally likened to “milk and honey.” What’s not to love about a short, sweet holiday that doesn’t involve back-breaking work, and that inspires us to study Torah and eat cheesecake?

Shavuot’s best-known tradition is the Tikkun Leil Shavuot, an all-night Torah study extravaganza that occurs on the first night of the holiday. Of course, those who are familiar with the rhythms of life with children can see why Shavuot’s focus on pulling an all-nighter has made this holiday seem a little less than family-friendly. There are other ways in which synagogue communities can engage families with young children on Shavuot, though – and the themes of Shavuot are ones that families can delve into in fun and meaningful ways.

5/28 Webinar: The 1st Ever ... Small Congregations Tikkun Leil Shavuot 5780! 

REGISTER HERE FOR THE SCHEDULE & LINKS


Thursday, May 28, 6:00pm Central - Friday, May 29, 7:00 am Central

I will be teaching "How to Chant the Book of Ruth" at 9pm Central.

May you continue to be blessed. Stay safe and please wear your masks. Don't forget to stop, breathe and connect with us.

Let me know how I can help you and what you need. I am here by phone 310 800-4243, text and email. 

L’Shalom,

Rabbi Raina Siroty





SHABBAT SERVICES
Friday May 22nd at 6pm Central



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


Lee and Dave Silva will be giving the D'var Torah.




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

Shabbat Services

Friday May 22nd at 6PM Central


Meeting ID: 251 868 1038 

Password: 001859 

Dial by your location 

       +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown) 
       +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) 
       +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) 

Meeting ID: 251 868 1038 

Password: 001859 



Torah Study
Saturday May 23rd at 10:30am Central


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

Torah Study

Saturday May 23rd at 10:30 am Central


Meeting ID: 251 868 1038 

Password: 001859 

Dial by your location 

       +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown) 
       +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) 
       +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) 

Meeting ID: 251 868 1038 

Password: 001859 



This Week's Torah Portion

B'midbar In the Wilderness
Numbers 1:1−4:20

On the first day of the second month, in the second year following the exodus from the land of Egypt, the Eternal One spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the Tent of Meeting, saying: "Take a census of the whole Israelite company…" - Numbers 1:1-2

Summary:

  • God commands Moses to take a census of all the Israelite males over the age of twenty. (1:1-46)

  • The duties of the Levites, who are not included in the census, are detailed. (1:47-51)

  • Each tribe is assigned specific places in the camp around the Tabernacle. (1:52-2:34)

  • The sons of Levi are counted and their responsibilities are set forth. (3:1-3:39)

  • A census of the firstborn males is taken and a special redemption tax is levied on them. (3:40-51)

  • God instructs Moses and Aaron regarding the responsibilities of Aaron and his sons, and the duties assigned to the Kohathites. (4:1-20)





Our Congregation Remembers

W WEEK ENDING MAY 23


Arthur Blotner


*Dena S. Levine
*Madge Wilson Blotner
*Morris H. Forgotson
Alfred S. Kaufman
Joseph Malachowsky
*Miriam Weiss Levy
Joseph Moros
Regina Mann Kottwitz
Samuel Hirsch
*Abraham Goudchaux
*Miriam Hirsch Posner
Dan Cohn
Esther Painter
Harry Bergman
*Celina Marcus
*Felix U. Norman
*Mildred H. Weiner
*Mires Rosenthal
Alyce K. Peck
Charlotte M. Marcus
*Gaston Birge
*Isaie Weil
*Joseph M. Goldberg
Dorothy Brezner
Pauline Uvarova
Dr. Ephraim Lubritz


*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
Chana Rosner
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.


TUESDAY MAY 26th at 5:30 - 7pm
ZOOM COFFEE WITH RABBI RAINA
WEDNESDAY MAY 27th at 10am CENTRAL


Grab a cup of coffee and let's ZOOM together
and schmooze and check-in.



Raina Siroty is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Coffee with the Rabbi

Wednesday May 27th at 10am Central

Join Zoom Meeting 


Meeting ID: 251 868 1038 

Password: 001859 


Dial by your location 
       +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown) 
       +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) 
       +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) 

Meeting ID: 251 868 1038 

Password: 001859 
SHAVUOT
THURSDAY MAY 28th at 8pm Central
thru FRIDAY MAY 29th at 7am Central

The 1st Ever ... Small Congregations Tikkun Leil Shavuot 5780!

REGISTER HERE FOR THE SCHEDULE & LINKS: https://sinaireno.org/Shavuot .


Thursday, May 28, 7:00 p.m. EDT - Friday, May 29, 9:00 am PDT
Thank you to the many congregations and rabbis participating!


When Moses came down the Mt. Sinai at dawn with the Ten Commandments, the Israelites were sound asleep... so now we stay up late studying Torah in anticipation! (And eat cheesecake, blintzes, ice-cream, dairy - milk and honey to receive Torah!)

HERE IS THE LIST in process offered throughout the night - taught by rabbis across the country! We will send a link to a chart with how to connect online to any program you like when you register at https:/SinaiReno.org/Shavuot.

Jewish Superheroes - Jewish Values
Covenant - A Teaching in Memory of Rabbi Kenneth Roseman
Ruth Cleaves, Orpah Leaves: Philo-Semitism and Anti-Semitism
What does it mean to receive?
Civil Rights Sermons from the South - Lessons in Social Justice
Picasso, Heschel and G-d walk into a bar...
Ice Cream for Shavuot
"I am Adonai" - Why is this statement our first commandment?!
Verbal Gymnastics, Moral Guidance, and Hope for the Future: What 5th Century Sermons Can Teach Contemporary Jews
The Kabbalah of Tikkun Olam
Sacred Geometry
Reform Responsa
Learn how to chant Megillat Ruth * Rabbi Raina Siroty 9pm Central
Milk & Honey Feminist Shavuot Texts study
Torah Songs Sing-A-Long
It Is Not In The Heavens
Sing Through the Torah
10 Commandments on Screen
Gentle Musical Shacharit
Morning Blessings and Stretches
Visual Arts Torah
They said WHAT?
Mussar for Everyone
Sign up now and join in these programs, and others, in a Tikkun Leil Shavuot with small congregations and rabbis from around the country!

Register & Receive Zoom Meeting Details: https://sinaireno.org/Shavuot



HOSTED BY





MAZEL TOV

CONGRATULATIONS 2020 GRADUATES



Louisiana State University at Alexandria

Julie Borrel




8th Grade Alexandria Country Day School

Belle Fine

Camille Kirzner

BB Rubin


Jackson Noles • May 1
Joseph P. Beck IV (Pershing) •  May 12
Judy Truelove • May 16
Julie Borrel • May 23
Laurie Wahlder • May 24
Rabbi Raina Siroty •  May 25
Belle Fine • May 26
Trish Zeichner • May 26
Cohner Rubin • May 30


Judy & Martin Heyman • May 21
Shelley & Meyer Kaplan • May 22
Ann & Ted Silver • May 24

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: Jackie Auerbach
  404-538-1952  



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Thank you,

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