May 23, 2019 - Weekly News From The Chatham Synagogue / Netivot Torah

Friday, May 24, 2019
Iyar 19, 5779
Shabbat Candle Lighting - 8:01pm
Saturday, May 25, 2019
Iyar 20, 5779
Shabbat Service - 9:30 am
Shabbat  Ends - 9:11 pm
Torah Reading: 
Parshah Behar
Leviticus 25:1 - 26:2 

To read a summary of Parshah Behar, along with commentary from Chassidic Masters, click here.
Rabbi Or Rose 
We are pleased to announce that Rabbi Or Rose will be joining us to lead Shabbat services on Saturday,  June 29th. 

Rabbi Or Rose joined us to lead last Saturday's (May 18th) Shabbat services and, instead of the usual Torah discussion, he spoke about "counting the omer" and the Kabbalah theory of the ten "sefirot" - the creative forces that bridge the Divine and our created world. Rabbi Rose then led us in a brief exercise, inspired by a writing of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi called "The Soul's Flaw," which posits that every soul contains a flaw, and while that flaw can be sen as a vice, in a different light that flaw can become a virtue. 

Rabbi Rose describes his visit and the Sou'ls Flaw exercise in this beautiful piece in the Hebrew College newsletter:
Professor Jeffrey Rubenstein
Visiting Scholar
Shabbat, June 15th

Professor Jeffrey Rubenstein will be joining us on June 15th as a visiting scholar. He is a Professor of Jewish Thought and Literature at NYU's
Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and author of many books and articles on Rabbinic stories; Talmud; Jewish law; Jewish Liturgy; ethics; and Second Temple literature.

Click here to read more about Professor Rubenstein.
IMO David Kranz
Alan Gelb & Karen Levine
Jamie Stiller & Jim Farrell

Refuah Shleyma to Sheldon Lichtblau
Jamie Stiller & Jim Farrell
Ken Kranz & Barbara Lax

F ridays at 9:30AM at the Synagogue
Donation of $10/class & 4 class commitment
Weekly Yoga classes led by registered Yoga teacher 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: 
Sit/Stand Exercise
If you're feeling a bit achy or out of shape after our long winter, here's something for you! TCS/NT member, and dancer, choreographer, physician-assistant Jamie Stiller will be teaching a sit/stand exercise group. The group is planning to meet weekly at TCS/NT from 11:45 - 12:15, day of the week TBD. The focus of these classes will be on building strength in your core and extremities, learning to breathe mindfully to fuel your entire body, and having fun! 
If you're interested, please contact Marsha Kessler at 518/641-2928 or
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TCS/NT Reading Series: The Book of Samuel & The Birth of Monarchy
Session 7
Saturday, June 8th at the Synagogue
After services & kiddush. Approx. 12:15 pm
"Brown bag" (bring your own) lunches.
Free and open to all levels, no Hebrew required

The Book of Samuel closes with the death of King David. Before his passing, David annoints his successor and leaves a chilling set of deathbed instructions for the new king of Israel to follow. He also leaves behind a treasure trove of invaluable lessons on the acquisition, promotion, and transmission of power, which we will review in our final discussion of this classic of biblical literature.

Suggested reading for Session 7: 1 Kings, chapters 1 and 2.
2 panels depicting Samuel. The Morgan Picture Bible, c.1250

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.

If you missed Session 1, 2 3, or 4 you can find them at the following links: 
Tikkun Layl Shavuot
Saturday, June 8th, at 8 p.m.
at the Synagogue

Following the Shavuot holiday meal, it's customary to convene at Synagogue for a nighttime Torah study session based on the Kabbalist's practice.

Join us as we gather around the fire pit to learn (and eat!) together. There will be presentations by Fran Snyder on the Book of Ruth, Steve Eidman on "The Book of Ruth and The Brilliant Heretic," and much more.
Shavuot Prayer Services
Sunday, June 9th at 9:30 a.m.
at The ZFarm
224 Carpenter Road, Ghent

Join us on June 9th at TCS/NT member, Cathy Zises', ZFarm for Shavuot prayer services which will include a Yizkor service, a mindful walk in nature, and a potluck lunch following services. Services will be held in the farm's yurt. Please RSVP to
Happy 20th Anniversary To Us

TCS/NT is celebrating a milestone anniversary - it's been 20 years since our founding and as part of our year long commemoration, we'll be having a member's only celebration on July 13th that will feature, among other things, a journal with stories and reminiscences by both founder members and newer members. 

The journal will also contain business ads and congratulatory ads from members and community friends. The revenue from these ads will help us continue to provide religious services open to all; educational, entertainment, and cultural events open to all of the Chatham-area community; as well as community-based social action programs, and interfaith activities.

If you would like to purchase an individual or business ad (or both) you can download pdfs of either ad form or email us at to arrange another way of accessing the forms.

Social Action
Calling All Knitters

Come join fellow TCS/NT knitters for a good cause! The TCS/NT Social Action Committee is looking for volunteers to knit hats, scarves, and mittens that will be donated to the Chatham Head Start Program this coming Fall/Winter. This past winter, when we distributed gifts to the program's toy drive  we couldn't help notice there was also a need for warm winter gear. Put your knitting skills to good use for a great cause! Please contact  to learn more. Weekly or bi-weekly meeting times TBD, based on response. 
Community Mitzvah Day
June 30th / Times TBD
Various locations

The Social Action Committee is organizing a Community Mitzvah Day in honor of TCS's 20th anniversary.  We are compiling a list of local organizations in need of help and determining volunteer numbers will help our planning. These are the current organizations on our list:
If you are interested in volunteering at any of these organizations, please contact  for further details and to be added to the list. Volunteer work to be followed by a light nosh, drinks, and lawn games back at TCS/NT.
Out & About
HRC Showcase Theatre: 
"The English Bride"
Saturday, June 1, 2019, 7:30pm
First Reformed Church of Hudson
52 Green St., Hudson, NY
Suggested Donation $15

HRC Showcase Theatre will will conclude its 28th season with a staged reading of "The English Bride," by TCS/NT member Lucile Lichtblau. Set in the 1990s, and inspired by a real-life attempted bombing of an El Al plane in 1986, this tense drama revolves around an English woman, her Arab lover, and an Israeli interrogator who desperately searches for the truth as he questions the woman and her lover to determine who put a bomb on an El Al plane, and why.
The reading will be followed by a reception and talkback with the actors, director, and playwright. For reservations, call 518-851-2061. Walk-ins always welcome.

Plays in Progress: Seeking Validation
Sunday, June 2, 3pm
Hudson Hall
327 Warren Street, Hudson
Tickets $25

Plays In Progress (PIP) featuring TCS/NT members Bernie Kukoff (director and actor) and Lucile Lichtblau (playwright and actor) will present its annual Gala of short plays on Sunday, June 2nd, from 3-4:30 at Hudson Hall.

A bizarre job interview, a contentious writers' group, a bittersweet reunion, a Mount Rushmore dedication gone awry, a rigid TSA agent, two elderly Venetians admiring the scenery, and a porn star with aspirations..."Seeking Validation," is an afternoon of hilarious and poignant staged readings of short pieces written and produced by the playwrights, actors and directors of Plays in Progress. Ticket proceeds will benefit Hudson Hall.

To purchase tickets click here, or call 518-822-1438.
Century Masters Art Exhibit: Sigmund Abeles
Century Association
7 West 43rd Street, NYC
through July 31st

The Century Association, a group of over two thousand authors and artists, presents a series of occasional exhibitions called, Century Masters, celebrating the work of esteemed Centurions who, in their later years, continue to make significant contributions to the art world. They are currently featuring the work of TCS/NT member Sig Abeles.
Art Exhibit: Joyce Goldstein Gallery
"Up With People"
April 27 - May 25th
19 Central Square, Chatham

"Up With People" is a new exhibition opening at the Joyce Goldstein Gallery in Chatham (Joyce is a TCS/NT member). The exhibition  is a nod toward a humanist perspective aimed at empathy and a return to beauty and sincerity. The eight painters participating in the exhibit  represent a cross-section of different artist communities.
Two Exhibits Featuring the Work of TCS/NT Member Jody Schoenfeld

"Raw Vision"
featuring works by outsider artists, Joel Schiller, Jody Schoenfeld, Kelly Moore, Apedog hobbes
aMuse Gallery
Exhibition: April 25th - May 27th

"Styx and Stones"
Kinderhook Memorial Library
18 Hudson Street, Kinderhook
Opening Reception: Sat. May, 11 4-6pm