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Shir Chadash Newsletter
July 2 - July 8, 2020
10 Tamuz - 16 Tamuz, 5780
This Week's Shir Chadash To-Do List
  • July 3: Fancy Friday - Happy Fourth!
Stay Connected!
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...


Every week we'll dress to a different theme. Put on your glad rags (and your makeup and your jewelry...), take a photo of yourself/yourselves and send it to us at  shirchadash@shirchadash.org  so we can share it on our Facebook page, or dress to impress for Kabbalat Shabbat!

This week:
Happy Fourth!
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!

Here are some entries from this past week:
The Museum for Southern Jewish Experience saw this beautiful picture of Hugo Kahn and Tehila Adelman on our website and requested to use it! It truly exemplifies l'dor v'dor , from generation to generation, in our congregation.
This is the work of Stephan Miller, who grew up in Shir Chadash through all of his milestones and is now living in Israel. Mazel tov to Stephan for designing this advertisement! Let's help him spread the message!

Join us at 9:15am for our Sunday minyan followed by a check-in and a virtual L'Hayyim!
Sisterhood Corner

Join us online for our regularly scheduled Sisterhood Tanakh class as w e continue our journey through the book of Judges.
Wednesdays at 10 am

For questions or for more info about Sisterhood, contact Charisse Sands
Looking Ahead
(Click on the bold writing to join the ZOOM meeting)

Friday, July 3rd

6:15 pm, Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, July 4th

Sunday, July 5th
9:15 am, Shacharit Minyan

Tuesday, July 7th

Wednesday, July 8th

Thursday, July 9th
Friday, July 10th

6:15 pm, Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, July 11th

Sunday, July 12th
9:15 am, Shacharit Minyan

Tuesday, July 14th

Wednesday, July 15th

Thursday, July 16th
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,
Ma tovu ohalekha Ya’akov/Mishkenotekha Yisrael!
“How goodly are your tents, Jacob - your dwelling places, Israel!”
These words come from this week’s Torah portion in which Balak, king of Moab, hires Bilam the prophet to curse the Israelites.  But Bilam can’t - instead, as he looks out over the Israelite encampment, he blesses them.  
His words above have become the liturgy for entering a synagogue.  And as we know, we have not been able to gather together in our building for what is feeling like a longer and longer while.
And yet.  As a community, we have been so resourceful in creating alternative to our previous services.  We still run three services a week plus a community Havdalah which we share with Beth Israel.  Despite coronavirus, despite limitations, we are still finding safe ways to be together.
I look at Bilam’s words and read them with a commentary of my own:
Ma tovu ohalekha Ya’akov - even though we cannot meet in our ‘big tent’ right now…
Mishkenotekha Yisrael - …but our dwelling places have become our synagogues.
Even though we meet online in individual Zoom windows, I can’t help thinking that the borders of the frames somehow dissolve as we create a new space for community that embodies both parts of this verse.  Our mishkenot , our individual dwellings, become an ohel , a tent, in space and time - a tent in which we can still safely meet.
I wish us a peaceful 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!

Here’s a cute re-telling of Balaam and the donkey.
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.
Parashat Hukkat + Balak
Torah: Numbers 19:1 - 21:20
Maftir: Numbers 21:16-20
Haftarah: Micah 5:6 - 6:8
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 are Rabbi Sacks’ materials for this week - a rich combination of two Torah portions.  Please print before Shabbat if you’d like to use.

And - I can’t help it - I have to post the episode of Moses hitting the rock from the Israeli satirical series, “The Jews Are Coming.”  No subtitles but I suspect none are needed…you just need to know that the Hebrew word mayim means ‘water’ and ta’ut  means ‘mistake!’

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
To learn more about this four-part series, visit their website!
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!
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

In memory of William Lassen
From: Sandy Lassen & Elliott Lew

Gilda Finkelstein Gift of Israel Fund

In memory of Gilda Finkelstein
From: Kenneth & Barbara Pailet

In memory of Gilda Finkelstein
From: Sanford Pailet

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund
In memory of Neil Greene
From: Luis & Robin Dorfman

In honor of Robin and my 50th anniversary
From: Luis Dorfman

In memory of Isaac Pailet
From: Sanford Pailet
Yahrzeit Fund

In memory of Nathan Hyman
From: Elliott & Sandy Raisen

In memory of my father, Louis Buderman
From: Gary Batten & Sonya Lopp-Batten

In memory of Sylvia Greenberg
From: Jeannine Burk

In memory of Bettie Rosenbaum
From: Rene & Tana Coman

In memory of Isaac Pailet
From: Kenneth & Barbara Pailet

In memory of Sam Cohen
From: Rose Cohen

In memory of our daughter, Sandra Lehrer
From: Samuel & Gila Lehrer
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 
Director of Youth Education
and Community Engagement

Sarah Lustig
Office Assistant
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