Friday, August 17, 2018
Elul 6, 5778
Friday, August 17, 2018
Elul 6, 5778
Candle Lighting - 7:34pm
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Shabbat Service - 9:30am
Shabbat ends  - 8:36pm
Torah Reading: 
About the Parsha
In this Torah portion, Moses reviews the justice system for the Israelites. Moses talks about the limits future kings should have on their possessions. Moses explains that the priests and Levites should not be paid and should survive on donations from the people. Finally, Moses explains the laws of warfare.

Featured Commentary    
Why the Torah equates human life with the life of a tree.

TCS/NT Calendar
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The Chatham Synagogue extends its deepest sympathies to our former member, Anita (Honey) Pearlman, on the death of her son Joshua, 58, in Hollywood, Florida on July 28.  

Condolences may be sent to Honey at: 441 Slate Hill Road, Chatham, NY 12037. May his memory be a blessing.
To share a memory of Joshua you can click here 

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Summer Spritz:  
A Members-Only Event
Saturday, August 18th, 2018 at 5:00-7:00 pm  
The Home of Linda & David Ziskind  
51 Thomas Road, Valatie NY
Our members-only annual summer celebration,
SummerSpritz, will be taking place on Saturday, August 18th from 5pm to 7pm at the home of Linda and David Ziskind.  
This festive cocktail party features cocktails made with Prosecco and various types of Amari (Italian herbal liqueurs).  
Please join us to catch up with old friends and meet our new members. Check your mail next week for your invitation.
RSVP to Lydia Kukoff 

Rabbi Or Rose leads Shabbat Services
Saturday, August 25th, 2018 9:30am
Rabbi Or Rose Director of the Center for Global Judaism at Hebrew College in Boston, regularly joins us to conduct Shabbat services and lead our thought-provoking 'round' table Torah readings and discussions.   

Celebrating the New Month of Elul  
September 1st,  Services at 9:30am 
At the Synagogue    
Due to the passing of Rabbi Srassfeld's sister, Shula, this date has changed from August 11 to September 1st.  
On Shabbat September 1st, we celebrate the new month of Elul. Traditionally, Elul begins our preparation for the High Holiday period. All month at the end of the morning daily prayers we blow the shofar as a prelude to the New Year. The process of teshuvah/change is a challenging one, and so we begin it a month before.   

This Shabbat, we will begin our process of teshuva as we focus on the themes of change, reflection, connection and regret through liturgy, song and study. The service and study, led by Rabbi Michael Strassfeld, will be organized around these themes rather than following the traditional order of a Shabbat service.
Rabbi Michael Strassfeld has been prominent in the American Jewish community for nearly forty years, dating from his involvement as co-editor of the first Jewish Catalog in 1973. Rabbi Strassfeld was the founding chairperson of the National Havurah Committee, and is Rabbi Emeritus of the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, having led the congregation from 2001-15. He has authored many books and articles including "A Book of Life: Embracing Judaism as a Spiritual Practice".


JSDD WAE Center Opening Receptions
Sept. 1 5-7pm, TK Home and Garden 
44 Warren St. Hudson
Sept. 2 3-5 pm Old Chatham Country Store   
639 Albany Turnpike, Old Chatham  
TCS/NT Member Ellen Goldner has accepted the position of the President of the Board for the Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled (JSDD). JSDD is dedicated to providing an integrated program of community education, advocacy and services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Aside from the thirteen group homes that we have in our NJ Greater MetroWest Community, The WAE Center ( Wellness, Arts and Enrichment) is the day program which is dedicated to Finding the Spark Within each member who comes daily to learn to cook, write poetry, dance, do yoga and explore their skills as fine artists.  The work of these self-taught artists be will on display throughout the month of September at two local venues. 
Ellen and Alan will be hosting the opening receptions for each exhibit and do hope that you will be able to come by and experience this eclectic collection of work as well as lend your support to this agency which is shifting perceptions of art, ability and community every day!
If you have any questions about the program, please contact:
Monica Schneider-Brewer
Special Projects and Events
973-272-7154 | 201-341-0797 (cell)


Matzoh 2020: Save the dates!
Sowing the spelt & celebrating Sukkot 
September 22nd Shabbat Lunch & Learn
At Chatham Synagogue:
To Everything There is a Season: How the agricultural calendar  influenced the rabbinic calendar
September 23rd Sowing spelt seed, celebrating Sukkot
Starting at 5:30pm at Zfarm followed by maariv service in the sukkah and a potluck dinner