Shir Chadash Newsletter
August 26 - September 1, 2021
18 Elul - 24 Elul, 5781
The High Holydays are just around the corner! Please be prepared and stay up to date by clicking the image below. And please register if there is a chance you will come in person.
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.
Elul - Counting Down to the High Holydays!
Please do read and enjoy our 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.
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 TOMORROW, August 27th.

The suggested donation is $36; there is an option under your Chaverweb account if you would like to donate online.
Shir Chadash Calendar
All links have migrated to our webpage. Click here to get there! 
Thursday, August 26th
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 - "Apples and Honey and Shofars, OH MY!"

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

Thursday, September 2nd
8 am, Shacharit Minyan

8:30 pm, NOLA Nights (in the Sukkah)
Friday, September 3rd
6 pm, Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, September 4th
9:30 am, Shabbat Morning Services

8:30 pm, Community Havdalah

Sunday, September 5th
9:15 am, Minyan with Men's Club
In Person in the Chapel

Monday, September 6th - Erev Rosh Hashanah
8 pm, Rosh Hashanah Evening Service

Tuesday, September 7th - Rosh Hashanah, Day 1
8:30 am, Rosh Hashanah Morning Service

5 pm, Tashlich (meet at the Rabbi's house)

6:30 pm, Minchah/Ma'ariv

Wednesday, September 8th - Rosh Hashanah, Day 2
8:30 am, Rosh Hashanah Morning Service

Thursday, September 9th - Fast of Gedaliah
8 am, Shacharit Minyan

8 pm, YAAS (Young Adults at Shir Chadash) Game Night (hosted by Nomi Kornfeld)
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 September 10-30th? 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
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!

This week Sara Sands will be discussing The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu.

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
Selichot with Shir Chadash

Saturday, August 28th at 9 PM
On Zoom
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
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.
The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans is pleased to announce the return of the Greater New Orleans Jewish Community Healthcare Workers Take Home Meal Program, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor.

This program will serve staff in COVID units at New Orleans East Hospital, Children's Hospital, and Ochsner Health System. Over the next four weeks, this program will serve almost 2,000 take home meals to frontline medical staff and healthcare workers - all while supporting local kosher restaurants. 

This is a way to support small Jewish businesses in our community in a way that reflects our Jewish values - a reflection of our commitment to tikkun olam (repairing the world).
Three local kosher restaurants and caterers – Kosher Cajun, Rimon at Tulane Hillel, and Dvash Catering – will be cooking healthy, delicious meals for the three hospital campuses each week.
If you would like to volunteer to help pick up meals and deliver them to hospitals, please click here. Meal delivery begins Tuesday, August 31st.
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
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Ricardo Totah
Executive Director 
Nomi Kornfeld 
Director of Education & Programming

Sarah Lustig
Office Manager
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