GEMILUTH CHASSODIM NEWSLETTER
ON THE TEMPLE CALENDAR

For This Week of February 19th, 2021

A NOTE FROM RABBI SIROTY

It's been a rough week for us all. What started as a novel snow storm has turned into sleet and ice storms, treacherous roads, no power, no water and the coldest recorded temperatures ever in our area.

God of the heavens: nature and all that You have created are truly awesome. Often, we; take these wonders for granted.

Teach us to cherish all of your gifts.

Try as we might, we know that we cannot control the oceans, the mountains, or the weather.

We ask that You shelter all who will be in its path. Watch over everyone who lives within the areas affected by this winter freeze. Guard us, and give us strength, courage, and resolve to handle this storm; answer their prayers, and ours, that we will be blessed with goodness and be spared from harm.

We also ask that You give strength and provide safety to our first responders and those who are charged with providing our fuel, keeping our utilities running and our streets and public spaces safe. Please, dear God, keep them out of harms way.

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha-Olam sheh kocho u-gehvurato maleh olam.

Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe whose power and might fill the whole world (and inspire us to be strong in the face of all of life's difficulties).

By Rabbi Michael S. Jay, as adapted by Rabbi Fred Guttman and Rabbi Raina Siroty

Stay Safe and well. Please let me know if you need any assistance. Call me on my cell or email me.

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow night at 6pm on Zoom for Shabbat.


L' Shalom, Rabbi Raina



Shabbat Services on Zoom Only
Friday, February 19th at 6pm


Rabbi Raina Siroty is inviting you to join us on Zoom at 6pm for

Shabbat Services

Friday February 19th at 6pm Central


Meeting ID: 251 868 1038 

Password: 001859 


Sunday, February 21st
PURIM PARTY POSTPONED
TEMPLE CLOSED
NO RELIGIOUS SCHOOL
This Weeks Torah Portion

The Eternal One spoke to Moses, saying: "Tell the Israelite people to bring Me gifts; you shall accept gifts for Me from every person whose heart is so moved."
- Exodus  25:1−27:19

Summary:

  • God asks the Children of Israel to donate gifts (t'rumah) for the building of the Tabernacle so that God may "dwell among them." (25:1-9)

  • Instructions for the construction of the Ark, table, and menorah are provided. (25:10-40)

  • Detailed directions are given on how to build the Tabernacle. (26:1-27:19)



Our Congregation Remembers
WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 20

Ron Lubritz
L 
Regina Rosenthal 
Melvin Homer
Fannie B. Weil
*Abe Henry Meyer
*Rose Silver
Dr. Arthur V. Williams, Jr.
David Segal
Sarah Mayer
Annette Weiss Selber
Ashille S. Bauer
*Beatrice Posner Seff
*Nell A. Dover
Pauline Forgotston Loeb
Beverly L. Goldsmith
*Hyman Brazel
Freddie DeSola
Jonas Weil
Joseph Kaplan
*Alfred Begnaud


*A light will burn on our bronze Memorial board

May their memories be for a blessing


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

For all those infected and affected by Coronavirus,

and for,

Marla Banta
Robert Banta
Dawn Baines
Kristine Baum
Phyllis Berenhaus
Mary Beth Caplan
Nathan Dayan
Doris Greene
Susan Israel
Viola Jonson
George LeRay
Aaron Margolin
Davida Margolin
John Texada
Charles Ward
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 WITH RABBI RAINA
WEDNESDAYS at 10am

Rabbi Siroty is inviting you to an informal Zoom meeting.

Talk with Rabbi Raina Wednesdays at 10am

Join Zoom Chat


Meeting ID: 251 868 1038 

Password: 001859 

Betty Fay Lipsey • February 5
Cindy Hilger • February 7
Brennan (BB) Rubin •  February 15
Evy Rose Stroderd • February 16
Melody Siroty • February 22
Fritzie Fine • February 27


Trish & Bill Zeichner • February 15

COMING UP


LimmudFest New Orleans 2021 registration will go live on Jan. 24. Tickets to the March 14 event will be $18 until Feb. 14, $36 after. The festival will have an opening ceremony at 11:30 a.m. and sessions will run from noon to 4:30 p.m. Those who register will also have access afterward to the over 20 hours of recordings from the event. LimmudFest is held over an entire weekend every other year, but the 2020 festival had to be cancelled at the last minute as the Covid pandemic hit. The 2021 event is being held virtually, making it easier for those around the region to participate. The first announced speakers are Rabbi Raphael Zarum, Vanessa Harper and Hadar Cohen.

SAVE THE DATE
SUNDAY MARCH 28
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