January 31, 2019 - Weekly News From The Chatham Synagogue / Netivot Torah


Friday, February 1, 2019
Shevat 26, 5779
Candle Lighting - 4:50 pm
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Shevat 27, 5779
Shabbat Service - 9:30 am
Shabbat Ends - 5:54 pm
Torah Reading: 
Mishpatim is the Hebrew word for "laws" and this Parshah lays out the 53 mitzvot, 23 imperative commandments, and 30 prohibitions that comprise Jewish law. The laws cover a wide range of topics, including the appropriate treatment of the Ger - the stranger. "And you shall not mistreat a stranger, nor shall you oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt."
High Holiday
Larry & Janie Machiz
Adam & Michele Ritholz

In Honor Of (IHO)
James Lieber
IHO Mimi Lieber

Yoga at TCS/NT

Fridays at 9:30AM at the Synagogue
Donation of $10/class & 4 class commitment
Led by Rachel Haley. If you don't have your own yoga equipment Rachel will have extras on hand.

Contact Jamie Stiller  to register for classes or w/questions.
To  learn more about Rachel, visit:   https://www.soulmedicineyoga.com 
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Synagogue Archive Collection
Drop-off at the Ziskind's house prior to Friday, February 8th
or at the Synagogue from 1pm - 3pm on Friday, Feb. 8th.

It's our 20th anniversary year and in preparation for some of our celebratory activities (and in an effort to consolidate 20 years of history), we're collecting materials for our archives. We're looking for photos, documents, copies of speeches, newspaper articles, and any other TCS/NT -related materials that have been languishing in your garages, basements,  closets, and attics. The the materials can also be in digital form.

Please contact Linda Ziskind (518-392-2520 or lindaziskind@gmail.com) to arrange drop off, or bring your materials to the Synagogue from 1pm - 3pm on Friday, Feb. 8th
TCS Member Event: "Cabin Fever" Party
Saturday, February 16th, 5pm - 7pm

If it's post-holidays and pre-spring, it must be February - a month that's more endured than enjoyed. Which makes it the perfect time for a party. So we're throwing a Cabin Fever party with nibbles, warming libations, piano music, and good company.

The party will be held at the home of a TCS/NT member. Please RSVP to Lydia Kukoff at kukoff@aol.com and we'll email you the location.
Food & Film: "Cuba's Forgotten Jewels: A Haven in Havana"
Saturday, February 23, 6pm
at the Synagogue
Soup, beverages, & dessert will be served
Admission: $15

A documentary that tells the little-known story of thousands of European Jews who escaped the Nazis and found refuge in Cuba. Roughly 6,000 Jews, many of whom were diamond cutters from Belgium, were able to secure visas for Cuba. Once there, they used their diamond syndicate connections to create a thriving diamond polishing industry, making Cuba, for a short time, a major player in the business.

This film will be accompanied by Cuban-inspired soups and tempting desserts. Please RSVP to Lydia Kukoff: kukoff@aol.com.

Click here to view the movie trailer.
Save the Date
TCS/NT Reading Series: The Book of Samuel & The Birth of Monarchy
Saturdays - March 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th - 1pm
at the Synagogue

Before Machiavelli's The Prince, there was The Book of Samuel, considered the earliest treatise on politics and power. It details the critical transformation of the Israelites from a fractious coalition of tribes to a unified monarchy with a central government.
2 panels depicting Samuel. The Morgan Picture Bible, c.1250

This 4-part series of guided discussions, led by TCS/NT member Steve Eidman, will explore how this transformation came about and illustrate the perils in acquiring, keeping, and inheriting power. 

The series is free and open to all levels; no Hebrew required, and you're welcome to attend any or all of the sessions.

Click here for an excellent online English translation of The Book of Samuel. If you prefer to purchase, click here for Robert Alter's unparalleled translation.
SummerSpin 2019:
TCS/NT 20th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, July 13th
for Members only

Mark your calendars and save the date for a very special SummerSpin - our 20th anniversary celebration. The festivities will take place in a tent behind the synagogue. Join us for cocktails, dinner, music and a special program commemorating our 20 year journey.
Out & About
Social A ction - Volunteers Needed

The Chatham Area Silent Pantry is looking for delivery volunteers for a pilot program that will provide home food delivery to Chatham area residents. They're looking for folks willing to drive, with access to a vehicle, able to carry bags and boxes of food and household supplies, and with flexible daytime weekday schedules. Volunteers will work in pairs. If you're interested in learning more, please contact Deborah Gallant  deborahgallant@hotmail.com, or 805.217.4881
Play: "A Walk In The Woods"
Friday, January 25 - Sunday, February 3
Fridays-Saturdays at 7:30 pm & Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm
Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education 
25 E. Main St., Cambridge, NY 12816
$25 Adults / $10 Students Ages 21 and Under

Hubbard Hall, a non-profit community multi-arts center is presenting "A Walk in the Woods," starring TCS/NT member  Robert Zukerman.  Based on a real incident in 1982, this compelling and topical play depicts the relationship between two arms negotiators, one Soviet and one American. Over the course of a year, they take walks in the woods, away from the tension of the official negotiating sessions, and struggle to find a way to save the world from annihilation. Click here for more information and tickets.
Celebrating the First Anniversary of the Columbia County Bail Fund
Sunday, February 3, 11am - 1pm
Time & Space Ltd, 434 Columbia St., Hudson
Suggested donation: $20 and up
Coffee, tea, and pastries will be served

TCS/NT members Craig Bender and Len Grossman are board members of the Columbia County Bail Fund (CCBF), an organization that posts bail (up to $2,000) for defendants unable to do so. The CCBF not only works to ensure they return to court, but also helps them maintain or find work and remain crime-free. 

The organization is celebrating their first year of operation with a fundraising party. If you're unable to attend but would like to contribute, you can do so at their website.