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Shir Chadash Newsletter
July 16 - July 22, 2020
24 Tamuz - 1 Av, 5780
This Week's Shir Chadash To-Do List
  • July 10: Fancy Friday - Woodstock!
  • July 29: Tisha B'Av text study + Ma'ariv service & chanting of Eicha
  • July 30: Morning minyan + Eicha; Rabbinic Reflections on Lament and Comfort During a Pandemic
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Be honest - have you been wearing the same pair of sweatpants for a while? Are you losing track of time because you're not dressing up for Shabbat? Shir Chadash has the answer...


This week:
Spread the Smiles
We know that these last couple months have been unlike any other and that we have all had to adjust to our new way of life in quarantine. We hope that along with all the change we have experienced, there have been moments of laughter and lots of smiles - and we would love to hear about them! Please share a fun moment or experience you have had while staying at home - whether it's a piece of writing, or maybe a photo - we would love to share a smile with the rest of the community.
If you would like to contribute,
e-mail us at shirchadash@shirchadash.org , and spread the smiles!

There were no new entries this week, so please enjoy a picture from our Office Assistant, Sarah Lustig. Please remember to send us pictures and stories to illustrate what's keeping you going!

Sarah Lustig and her dog, Dutch, soaking up the sun over the weekend.
Tisha B’Av: Lamentations in Lockdown

Join Rabbi Silver and our community to mark a unique Tisha B’Av. We can’t be together in person, which is a kind of exile. Yet Tisha B’Av is also regarded as the birthday of the Messiah. How do those two ideas speak to our experience of lockdown?

Wednesday, July 29th, 8 PM : Short text study followed by Ma’ariv service and a chanting of Eicha (Lamentations) 

Thursday, July 30th, 8 AM : Morning minyan followed by a chanting of Eicha

Thursday, July 30th, 2:30 PM: Rabbinic Reflections on Lament and Comfort During a Pandemic
Please join Rabbi Katie Bauman of Touro Synagogue, Rabbi Deborah Silver of Congregation Shir Chadash, and Rabbi Josh Pernick of Congregation Beth Israel over Zoom as we share thoughts, stories, and songs that frame and make meaning out of this difficult moment. 
Zoom link provided upon RSVP
Jewish Women's Theatre is offering us free tickets to their new show,
"For Goodness' Sake". This is a generous gift from them to us!
If you would like a free ticket , please e-mail Susie Yure at Susie@jewishwomenstheatre.org

Join us at 9:15am for our Sunday minyan followed by a check-in and a virtual L'Hayyim!
Shul School Corner
We welcome Meryl Zimmerman as our new Interim Education Director! She looks forward to making this upcoming year one chock-full of learning and fun for your children. She recognizes the unique challenges that we are facing during this peculiar time, and is committed to working hard, thinking creatively, and utilizing all the resources at her disposal to meet these challenges and provide an exceptional year of Jewish education and holiday experiences for your kids.
PJ Library is offering a collection of ways to keep your family busy over the summer. Check out their June and July newsletters below for crafts, recipes, and more fun activities!
Sisterhood Corner
Join us online for our regularly scheduled Sisterhood Tanakh class in which we will be exploring some of the classic psalms with Rabbi Silver.
Wednesdays at 10 am

We have numerous upcoming events over Zoom that Hadassah is co-sponsoring with Shir Chadash Sisterhood! 

Wednesday, August 12th at 7:30 pm
Book Review with author Roberta Kwall on
Remix Judaism:
Preserving Tradition in a Diverse World

Tuesday, August 18th at 7:30 pm
Talk by Dr. Evan Dvorin
"Taking Charge of Your Health"

Tuesday, September 1st at 7 pm
Panel Discussion on "Me Too Affects You Too"

Wednesday, September 23rd at noon
Book Review with author Rina Neiman on
Born Under Fire

Click here for more information on these upcoming events.

Wanted:  Volunteers to write notes and/or draw pictures for children/teens. No artistic skills needed. It's the thought that counts! Samples provided for those who need them.   

For questions or for more info about Sisterhood, contact Charisse Sands at
504-231-6464 or annsandsc@aol.com
Looking Ahead
(Click on the bold writing to join the ZOOM meeting)

Friday, July 17th

6:15 pm, Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, July 18th

Sunday, July 19th
9:15 am, Shacharit Minyan

Tuesday, July 21st

Wednesday, July 22nd

Thursday, July 23rd

Friday, July 24th

6:15 pm, Kabbalat Shabbat
Saturday, July 25th

Sunday, July 26th
9:15 am, Shacharit Minyan

Tuesday, July 28th

Wednesday, July 29thv- Erev Tish B'Av

Thursday, July 30th - Tisha B'Av

Friday, July 31st

6:15 pm, Kabbalat Shabbat
Buy Your Own Siddur Lev Shalem

Thanks to the generosity of our donor, we are able to offer the Siddur Lev Shalem for purchase at a price of $40.00 (a discount of $9.00 from the list price).
Additionally, anyone who wants to can borrow an 'old' Siddur Sim Shalom.
Please email the office if you would like to arrange a purchase or pick up –   shirchadash@shirchadash.org
Shabbat Shalom!
Dear Shir Chadash community,
The Shir Chadash Sisterhood class on Wednesday mornings is, I’m told, the longest established Jewish learning program in the greater New Orleans area.  We have continued to meet all through the pandemic to date.  We finished our study of the Book of Judges and have begun diving into the Psalms - an exercise we’ll suspend in August but come back to well in time for Rosh Hashanah.
Right now, the class is being attended by people from all over the country.  It’s always been a community, but I have noticed the bonds between us deepening as the circumstances in which we live have become more challenging.
This week, we studied Psalm 91 . It touched us profoundly; its imagery of safety and protection, of being somehow answered in a time of trouble, even elicited some tears.  As voice after voice shared their insights, I felt as though I was standing under a different kind of shelter for these difficult times, one that we were building for each other with our thoughts. 
As Benay Bernstein put it: “if you step back after experiencing the psalm knowing that it is addressed to you, you realize that you are finding God in the community around you.  And you realize that your participation in that relationship is enabled because you are part of the community.”
What a powerful idea - that we are each others’ holy refuge in times of trouble.
I wish us a safe, secure Shabbat.
Rabbi Silver
PS - I always provide a few new links for Shabbat, so please scroll down…
Virtual services and
pre/post Shabbat materials
We hope that playing these in the background has been getting you in the mood for Shabbat!

Here  is our Shabbat playlist and for our younger members,  here  is the Shir Chadash Youtube page, where you can spend some time with Miss Meryl and the Shabbat dinosaur!

Enjoy a sweet PJ Library story about light, friendship and ingenuity.
Please join us for Kabbalat Shabbat at this link on Friday night at 6:15 pm.

Our community havdalah this week will be at 9 pm.
Shabbat morning liturgy at home
I hope that by now we are in the habit of making a computer-free time on Shabbat to pray, to reflect and to study.

You can find an online Siddur here - please download before Shabbat.

At the end of this article is Rabbi Wayne Dosick’s prayer to say in place of Kaddish.
Parashot Matot + Masei
Torah: Numbers 30:2 - 31:54
Maftir: Numbers 31:51-54
Haftarah: Jeremiah 2:4-28; 3:4
Torah study

The Torah reading for this week is in the red panel above. If you do not have a Humash at home you can find it on the link below. We are reading Triennial Year 1, but you might like to read the full portion (“ Full Kriyah ”).

Here’s an intriguing video about the land allocations in the Torah portion.

Our Shabbat brochure with the Verse To Live By, yahrzeits, and simchas for this week is attached . You might wish to take special notice of those who are sick and take a moment to direct your thoughts towards them.
Prayer for Medical Workers
Please continue to say this prayer for all those who work to keep us healthy and safe.
Holy One
We ask your blessing for our doctors
for our nurses
for all our hospital workers
who stand between the living and the dying
as Aaron once stood.
Help them to know they are not alone
as they undertake the overwhelming holy work
of deploying and organizing,
of caring and healing and comforting.
Bring them strength
and fortitude
and grace.
May the work of their hands be blessed.
And we say,
Giving Back
The Blood Center  needs your help to address New Orleans’ critically low blood supply at the start of hurricane season. Blood already on the shelves saves lives, and maintaining a sufficient blood supply is essential to ensure patients in need receive optimal treatment. Successful whole blood donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies.
Community Events and Announcements
TONIGHT, July 16th, 8 PM CDT

Join National Ramah Director Rabbi Mitch Cohen in conversation with  PLVNK  about racial unity, community and music.

PLVNK (pronounced "plank") is an LA-based band. Rapper JohnBoyCool represents the new wave of the Compton music scene that brought both Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar to prominence. Singer Nachum Peterseil from Israel (and Ramah California) and UK drummer Mal result in an eclectic texture of music. PLVNK'S members bring the flavors of the cities they grew up in: Compton, Jerusalem, and London.
Sunday, July 19th, 7 PM CDT

Join Rick Recht and Rabbi Josh Warshawsky for music, inspiring words, and camp highlights from Ramah tzevet, chanichim, alumni and shira leaders. Join us on National Ramah Facebook Live!
To learn more about this four-part series, visit their website!
JTS, Ziegler, and the Conservative Yeshiva bring you virtual learning opportunities designed to bridge our Jewish experiences with our pressing challenges in the modern day, and providing intimate spaces for Torah Lishma , the study of Torah just for the sake of learning.
Have you ever used ZOOM ? We are holding meetings and classes using this online program. Please look at this tutorial so you can join us! We hope to see you soon!
Thank you to all our generous donors. We are deeply grateful for your support.
Caring Committee

To: Jeannine Burk
Wishing Jeannine a speedy recovery
From: Ken & Sue Rae Brown Bishop

To: Will & Jennifer Samuels
Wishing Will a speedy recovery!
From: Ken & Sue Rae Brown Bishop

Emanuel Steinberg Education Fund

To: Alvin & Madilyn Samuels
In honor of the 60th anniversary of Madilyn and Al
From: Sylvan & Judy Steinberg

General Fund

In memory of my mother
From: Suzanne Stone

Nat Leon Education Fund

In memory of Dr. William Leon
From: Renee Sabel
Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund

To: Stuart & Sara Kottle
In honor of the birth of our new grandson Phillip Leo Kottle, son of Sara and Stuart Kottle, and brother of Zachary
From: Steven Weiner & Diane Miller

Stan Bleich Lagniappe Fund

In memory of Madelaine Goldberg
From: Sanford Pailet

Yahrzeit Fund

In memory of Jacob Seelig
From: Ralph & Shirley Seelig

In memory of Helene Gauff
From: Bruce & Miriam Waltzer

In memory of Russell Block
From: Paul & Laurie Sterbcow

In memory of Frieda Vigdorova
From: Sasha Raskina
Chaverweb Online Member Access
ChaverWeb Tutorial Video
Watch the video above that another congregation put together with some basics about how to use ChaverWeb. (Please note - some of the functionality in this video is specific to the Beth Chaim Congregation and not yet available to Shir Chadash at this time.)
Did you get your welcome email?
If not, please contact the synagogue office.

Subject line: Welcome to Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation's Online Member Access!
From: donotreply@chaverweb.net

With this online portal, you can manage your personal synagogue business online:
  • Manage your account online
  • Set a secure private password
  • Update your info (name, address, photo, link yourself to family members and Yahrzeits)
  • Check your account balance
  • Make payments and donations
  • RSVP for upcoming events (coming soon)
  • and so much more!

Contact Us

R icardo Totah
Executive Director 
M eryl Zimmerman 
Education Director

Sarah Lustig
Office Assistant
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