Weekly E-News 2022/5783
November 25 - December 2
Rabbi's Message

In this week’s parsha, Toldot, we get a brief glimpse at the life of our Patriarch, Yitzchak. Unlike his father, Avraham, or his son, Ya’akov, Yitzchak did not have an excitement-filled life. Of course, there was the incident where his father bound him to an altar and told him that God wanted him as a sacrifice, but after that, Yitzchak’s life was relatively calm. We read in this parsha about some of the highlights of his adult life: they involve the birth of his two twin sons, taking refuge from a famine, and digging three wells.

Yet in the Torah, even the digging of wells can tell us something profound. We read that the first well was dug by Yitzchak’s servants, and there was dispute with the local herdsman over who owned it, so it was named “עֵ֔שֶׂק,” or “contention.” The second well was also dug by his servants and also disputed, so it was named “שִׂטְנָֽה,” or “harassment.” But for the third well, “וַיַּחְפֹּר֙ בְּאֵ֣ר אַחֶ֔רֶת” and he dug another well, Yitzchak himself. This time there was no argument, and he called the well “רְחֹב֔וֹת,” or alluding to “ample space.”

The well that lasted, that brought Yitzchak joy, was one that he dug himself, not one that he delegated to others. So too, we can create lasting achievements, joyful achievements, by putting in the work ourselves. It is not enough to think “oh, someone else has that covered.” It is good to take personal responsibility, and put in the work necessary. This is also true of the synagogue. We have spent the last several months talking about our Kumah, Rise Up! campaign. It is not enough that others are attending, praying, and learning at the synagogue. If you want to help create a synagogue that will last, a synagogue that gives its congregants joy and רְחֹב֔וֹת, or ample space to appreciate that joy, come and personally be a part of what we are building.

Shabbat Shalom, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Rabbi Gelman
Join us for Kiddush after services. Lunch is arranged by Elise Shernoff, prepared in large part by Rosa. On the menu is salad, kugel, lasagna, tuna, dessert.

Interested in preparing or sponsoring a Kiddush, in whole or in part?Please contact Motti.
Shalom School
Shalom School Fundraiser
Please come out on Sunday December 11th at to watch Savannah’s new Hockey Team the Ghost Pirates. The Ghost Pirates will give the Shalom School $5 back for each ticket sold.  The goal is to sell 200 tickets. Please follow the link to purchase your tickets. 
Hope to see you there,
Bryan Guthrie
President, Shalom School Board
Service Leader Sign Up

Are you interested in leading services? Reading Torah? You can sign up on our service leader sign up sheet! We now have 2 sheets-one through the end of October, and the other from November to February. If you are interested in learning how to read Torah or lead services, contact Rabbi Gelman at rabbishgelman@gmail.com
Friday Night Services
The upcoming themes:

11/25 - No services due to Thanksgiving holiday

12/2 - Classic Shabbat

12/9 - Shalom School Kabbalat Shabbat: We will be hosting as students from Shalom School lead our Friday night services beginning at 6pm. Dinner will immediately follow services. Both services and dinner are open to all. Dinner will be $10/person or $18/family. Please RSVP to the office by replying to this email or calling so that we have enough food and seating set up.

Please add these to your calendars!
In Person Service Times:
Tuesday: 7:30 AM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM
Friday: 8:00 AM (followed by breakfast) & 6:00 PM
Shabbat: 9:45 AM
This Shabbat:
2022 | 5783 
Parashat Toldot
Candle Lighting: 5:03 pm
Havdalah: 5:59 pm
(all times are for Savannah)
 
Annual Torah reading: Genesis 25:19-28:9 (Etz Hayim pp. 146)
Triennial Torah reading: Genesis 25:19-26:16
Haftarah: Malachi 1:1-2:7 (Etz Hayim pp.163)

Talmud Torah K'Neged Kulam - Torah Study for Everyone

We are excited to begin offering classes with Rabbi Gelman! We will start with one class a week (Talmud Page of the Week) and expand from there. Come and see what we have to offer!

1. Daf Shevui/Talmud Page of the Week:
Always wanted a chance to learn a bit of Talmud? In this class we will be going through the first tractate of the Talmud, Berachot (Blessings). We will get a good variety of rabbinic legends, Jewish law, wit, and arguments. Lots and lots of arguments. Class will be held Wednesdays at 6 PM in person and on Zoom. The ZOOM link can be found below...
2.  Learn to Lead: Have you always wanted to lead a service, but never quite got the melody? Always wanted a second shot at reading Torah after your Bat Mitzvah, but never seemed to have the time? Well, now is your chance to learn! Join Rabbi Gelman as he takes you through Kabbalat Shabbat, Torah trop, Haftarah Trop, and more. Please email Rabbi Gelman for more information!

3. Rotating Class with Rabbi Gelman: Fall Semester: We’re going to try something new this year at Agudath Achim. Each season, Rabbi Gelman will teach a different class of 6-10 sessions each on various topics. In the fall it might be on the history of Jewish characters in plays, while in the winter it might be on Jewish humor or Rashi’s commentary. To start things off, we want to hear from you what you want to learn. If you’re interested in learning with Rabbi Gelman, please fill out form below, or contact Rabbi Gelman at rabbishgelman@gmail.com or 912-521-7225.
4. Rabbis of the Mishnah Class will take a deep look into the Rabbis of the Mishnah; who they were and what they were thinking. Our next class will be December 7th at 10:30am. Please contact Motti for class link or email mottilocker@gmail.com

5. Women in the Talmud: Ever wondered what the Talmud has to say about women? Wonder no further! In this limited series, Naima will take us through an exploration of how the Talmud talks about women. We’ll explore halachic (Jewish legal) disputes as well as meet the women who appear in the pages of the Talmud. All ages and genders are welcome! The class will be meeting in person. Please contact the office to let us know you are coming. Reach out to Naima Gelman with questions: naima.hirsch@gmail.com. Dates of classes are 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, 1/8/23, 1/15 – all Sundays at 7:30pm.
New Class Offering:

From The Merchant of Venice to Something Rotten: Jews on Stage
6+ Tuesdays at 1pm, Starting November 22, In Person Only

From the origins of modern theater in the Renaissance, Jews have been a presence on the stage. Sometimes they have been written by Jewish playwrights, but most of the time, Stage Jews and their Judaism are more of a reflection of their non-Jewish authors and their society. Jews on stage have served as heroes, villains, and comic relief; as wise philosophers, poor devils, and everything in between. In this class we will look at some classic portrayals of Jews on the stage, including such plays as The Merchant of VeniceNathan the WiseDriving Miss Daisy, and Angels in America. We will look at both Jewish and non-Jewish playwrights, and always ask the question: Why is it important that this character be Jewish? Join Rabbi Gelman as we unmask the humanity of these characters, and find that if you prick them, they do in fact bleed.

Rabbi Samuel Gelman
Kindness goes a long way....Packages of hope from the Red Cross make lifelong impact on WWII POW.
Herman & Helen Cranman

The feeling must have been horrifying. A loud explosion, the sound of bending metal, and hot smoke rising in the air around him. 20-year-old bombardier and B-24 navigator, Herman Cranman, strapped a parachute to his back, brought his toes to the edge of an open plane door, and jumped out into the gunfire.... click the link to read the whole article

Sisterhood
Deadline to order is Friday, January 27, 2023
Donor Dues Program
Birthdays

November 27
Michelle Allan

November 28
Rachel Israel

November 29
Lynn Berkowitz

November 30
Amy Kaminsky
If we have missed your birthday or anniversary, please email the office with the information so we can update your account. We apologize for the omission.
Yahrzeits For:

November 25 - December 2, 2022
2 Kislev - 8 Kislev 5783

Friday, November 25/Saturday, November 26 - 2 Kislev
Mary Newman - mother of Ellie Galin
Eva Pecknay - mother of Barbara Pecknay
Ethel Rabinowitz - mother of Louis Rabinowitz
Hilda Weinstein - aunt of Sidney Karp & Sheryl Kreh

Saturday, November 26/Sunday, November 27 - 3 Kislev
Isaac Israel - father of Eliot Israel

Sunday, November 27/Monday, November 28 -4 Kislev
Evelyn Neidich - mother of Linda Hoffman

Monday, November 28/Tuesday, November 29 - 5 Kislev
Ben Blumberg - grandfather of Ellen Winters
Hilda Broome - grandmother of Simone Wilker

Wednesday, November 30/Thursday, December 1 - 7 Kislev
Louis Nathan - grandfather of Michael Konter
Hedwig Richtman - grandmother of Lewis Schneider

Thursday, December 1/Friday, December 2 - 8 Kislev
Rose Hirsh - mother of David Hirsh

Commemoration of the Yahrzeit begins the evening of the first noted date.
Promoting Justice in Savannah

Help advance the cause of justice in Savannah! Congregation Agudath Achim is a member of JUST (Justice Unites Savannah Together) an interfaith alliance of 22 Jewish, Christian and Muslim congregations. The purpose of JUST is to bring together people of faith to advance justice in Savannah and Chatham County. Every year, the member congregations agree on two critical areas in which to advance justice and work together to make progress through dialogue, research and advocacy. AA congregants are invited and encouraged to participate.
 
If you want to become involved, please contact Rabbi Gelman or Maurice Middleberg (mmiddleberg@icloud.com)
In The Community
Dear Community Leadership,
 
While we know that Summer just began, we are well in to planning for the New Year (school year, Jewish year, etc). Towards that end, the JEA is offering CPR/First Aid training. This is part of a series of preparation courses offered to the community.
 
If you have staff members, or organization members (feel free to share broadly) who want to get certified/recertified in CPR and basic first aid we are offering the following:
 
Join us for this community class to learn how to confidently intervene in life-threatening emergencies.
 
This course is held through the American Health & Safety Institute (ASHI) by an approved instructor.
 
This is a blended learning course, meaning that you will have to complete an online course prior to attending the in-person skills session. Classes will be limited to ten (10) people. Adult, child and infant CPR/AED/First Aid will all be covered in this course.

Class Dates:
December 10, 2022 - 12:30 pm
 
For more information and/or to register click below or go to https://www.savannahjea.org/health-wellness/certification-classes