Shir Chadash Newsletter
August 19 - August 25, 2021
11 Elul - 17 Elul, 5781
Shir Chadash requires that everyone who comes inside the building be fully vaccinated (if eligible). Proof of vaccination will be required and may be provided in advance. Masks must be worn in the building at all times. The Health Committee will reassess the need for these requirements as health conditions warrant.

Please have proof of vaccination with you when you come to the synagogue, or supply this to us beforehand.
Friendly Reminders:

  • If you would like the names of your loved ones to be published in this year's Yizkor Book, please submit the names and payment to the office before Monday, August 23. Click HERE for a new form to fill out.

  • The new Sisterhood Directory will be published soon. If you are a Congregational or Sisterhood member and DO NOT want to be listed, please contact the front office.

Elul - Counting Down to the High Holydays!
Please do read and enjoy the daily email, which has been curated by Rabbi Amy Levin of the Masorti Movement in Israel. Please take a moment each day to let the sound of Josh Sands’ Shofar call to you. And on Shabbat, let us take some time to dream what this new year might hold in store.
Let's hear that shofar blow!
Mobile Shofar Unit

Two years ago we saw the launch of our Mobile Shofar Unit.

For his Bar Mitzvah project, David Lazarus visited our homebound members so they could hear the sound of the Shofar. Last year he took his show on the road to perform the mitzvah in the open air to any who wished to hear it.

He now plans to continue this mitzvah for us again!
This year again in the open air!

Please contact Gary Lazarus to set up your appointment.
The High Holydays are just around the corner! Don't let them sneak up on you! Be prepared and stay up to date clicking the image below.

Submit your own High Holiday greeting to be used in a slide show that will run throughout the livestream of our High Holiday services.

Send us a picture (MUST be in landscape format) along with your greeting (20 words maximum) by Friday, August 27th.

The suggested donation is $36; there is an option under your Chaverweb account if you would like to donate online.
The High Holidays are approaching and, with them, a wonderful opportunity for spiritual growth. The Shofar Project 5781 is a free program open to all who want to make this a year of continued awakening, responsiveness, renewal, and transformation.

Presented in partnership with an inspiring, multi-denominational coalition of organizations, The Shofar Project will take place during the Hebrew month of Elul, a traditional period for spiritual reflection, introspection, and moral accounting (August 8 - September 6). Because the upcoming year is a Shemitah, or sabbatical year, this year’s Shofar Project will focus in particular on release: of our control of our planet and other human beings, as well as habits of mind and behavior that create an unjust society.
Shir Chadash Calendar
All links have migrated to our webpage. Click here to get there! 
Friday, August 20th
6 pm, Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, August 21st
9:30 am, Shabbat Morning Services

4 pm, For Heaven's Cake - Meet and Greet with Nomi Kornfeld (@ Rabbi Silver's home)

8:45 pm, Community Havdalah

Sunday, August 22nd
9:15 am, Minyan with Men's Club
In Person in the Chapel

Wednesday, August 25th
10 am, Read & Lead with Sisterhood

Thursday, August 26th
8 am, Shacharit Minyan

7 pm, YAAS (Young Adults at Shir Chadash) Happy Hour (@ Vals on Freret St.)
Friday, August 27th
6 pm, Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, August 28th - Leil Selichot
9:30 am, Shabbat Morning Services

10:30 am, Mini Minyan + Junior Congregation

9 pm, Havdalah/Ma'ariv, "New Beginnings" Panel Discussion & Selichot

Sunday, August 29th
9:15 am, Minyan with Men's Club
In Person in the Chapel

4 pm, High Holiday Workshop for Kids

Wednesday, September 1st
10 am, Read & Lead with Sisterhood

Thursday, September 2nd
8 am, Shacharit Minyan

8:30 pm, NOLA Nights (in the Sukkah)
Temporary housing needed for Avodah Service Corps members!

AVODAH, the Jewish service organization, needs temporary housing for its Corps members until their new Bayit is ready for them to move in. Does anyone have space or even an empty home from 28-31 August and then again from Erev Rosh Hashanah to the end of September? All Corps members are fully vaccinated and will quarantine before the start of the year. Please contact Shoshana Madick at
Sunday Shacharit Minyan
Men’s Club has resumed in person morning Minyan.

Minyan will be in the Chapel at 9:15 am. Zoom participation remains as an option. 

Everyone welcome!
Thursday Shacharit Minyan - Please join!

Join us at 8 am for our virtual weekday minyan which includes the opportunity to say Kaddish.
Click here for the most recent Family Newsletter
Click here for information on how to register for the 2021-22 Shul School year!
Sisterhood Corner
Top 10 Reasons to Join Sisterhood!
10. Sisterhood needs & values you 
  9. Interesting discussions & conversations
  8. Opportunities to learn new skills
  7. Being a part of something bigger than yourself
  6. Connections to individuals around the world
  5. Longest ongoing Torah study class in NOLA
  4. Innovative programming
  3. Increased longevity & decreased stress
  2. Unmatched support system 
  1. Lasting friendships 
For details about membership, dues payments, or contributing, please click HERE.

Information and/or questions, contact Charisse Sands at 504-231-6464 or (Sisterhood in subject line)
Tuesdays at 10 AM
**Over the summer GLC will have a lighter schedule, so sessions will be held once or twice a month. Please see the above calendar to see if GLC is happening this week!**

Each Zoom session will be approximately an hour long.
Ingredient lists will be e-mailed several days in advance so you will be able to purchase ingredients and prepare the dishes in real time. Voila! Tuesday's tasty dinner will be prepared and ready to be eaten!

If you would like to volunteer to be a Chef du Jour, receive ingredient lists in advance, or want more information, please contact Charisse Sands, (Good Lookin' Cookin' in subject line), 504-231-6464.
Wednesdays at 10 AM

Now that Rabbi Silver's Psalms class is taking a hiatus for the summer, please join us for the reboot of our Read & Lead series!
L’Shanah Tovah Greetings/Directory Underwriting
Last call for L’Shanah Tovah greetings and directory underwriting opportunities! The grand total of $75 includes the above plus Sisterhood membership dues. This is a bargain as well as an investment in Sisterhood. Your support enables us to provide excellent programming throughout the year as well as support for our religious school. Payment options: checks or online. Questions? Contact Charisse, 504-231-6464.

Sisterhood has adopted several Jewish families for the High Holy Days. We will be purchasing Kosher Cajun gift cards for them which will be distributed by JFS prior to Rosh Hashanah. Your contribution (any amount) to this project will be greatly appreciated. 
  • Due date for receipt of contributions: Monday, 8/30
  • Feelings of satisfaction: immediate upon contribution being sent! 
  • Questions? Contact Charisse, 504-231-6464.
Shir Chadash Events & Announcements
Saturday, August 21st
4 PM at Rabbi Silver's Home
Craving a slice of sugary goodness on Shabbat afternoon? Looking for a place to hang out with other parents while your kids enjoy time with their friends? Come join Rabbi Silver and Nomi for singing, games, brachot, stories, and most importantly cake. Nutritious snacks, light dinner, beverages, and cake will be served, COVID permitting. At the end of the hangout the kids will have an opportunity to name the cake based on themes from the Parshah. Come for the company, stay for the cake! 
Thursday, September 2nd
7:30 - 9:30 PM

Come join your Shir Chadash friends in the Sukkah. All supplies will be provided for a gorgeous and unique Rosh Hashanah project of painting glass honey jars and setting intentions for the New Year -- and COVID permitting there will be beverages and refreshments. Pre-registration for this $10 event is required.
Are you celebrating a simcha and need some bubbly? We have just the thing!

Contact our office for $10 bottles of Kosher champagne!
Community Events and Announcements
Our hearts have been drawn this week towards Haiti and Afghanistan. A number of you have asked how we can help. Here are two possibilities:

  • HIAS's call to action for Afghanistan - Click here to learn about all the ways you can help
  • Donate to help in Haiti's recovery through the American Jewish World Service

As more opportunities arise, we will be keeping you informed
Join the Sherry & Alan Leventhal Center for Interfaith Families for a virtual celebration of the Days of Awe - the Jewish High Holidays through an interfaith lens.
We'll be joined by:
  • Tania Tetlow, President, Loyola University New Orleans
  • Jason Gaines, Professor, Jewish Studies, Tulane University
  • Dr. Brad & Killian Philipson, Oscar J. Tolmas Head of School Chair at Jewish Community Day School/Interfaith Family
  • Virginia Castine, Member of interfaith family
From a brief overview of the history and rituals of the Days of Awe to an honest look at how interfaith families integrate traditions into their own homes, this event is a candid look at the High Holidays.
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Ricardo Totah
Executive Director 
Nomi Kornfeld 
Director of Education & Programming

Sarah Lustig
Office Manager
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