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Shir Chadash Newsletter
July 23 - July 29, 2020
2 Av - 8 Av, 5780
This Week's Shir Chadash To-Do List
  • 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
Stay Connected!
There will be no Fancy Friday this week due to Tisha B'Av. We will be back next 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!

Here are some entries from the past week:
Jeff and Mindy Levitt would like to introduce the newest member of their family, Cindy, a 2 year, 10 month old sweet, miniature schnauzer!
Dana Wallen's dog April May sleeping like a human certainly made her laugh - what about you?

Helena Nathan knows how to keep a smile on her face while working during this quarantine. Take a look at her Covid-19 desk friends!
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 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

Saturday, August 1st

Sunday, August 2nd
9:15 am, Shacharit Minyan

Thursday, August 6th

Friday, August 7th
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,
We are at the saddest part of the Jewish year.  This coming week we will observe (we really can’t say “celebrate”) Tisha B’Av, the fast that commemorates so many times our people has suffered destruction and deprivation. 
The traditional reading for this time of year is the book of Lamentations.  It begins with the word Eicha, an exclamation of grief.  And in this week’s Torah portion we find Moses using it as he retells the journey:
“How ( Eicha! ) can I bear unaided the trouble of you, and the burden, and the bickering!”
He’s clearly having a moment.
But in the very next verse he goes on to recount how he first shared his leadership with others.  The fact is that he wasn’t alone or “unaided”: other Israelites stepped up.  They divided the multiple aspects of Moses’ leadership between them, and so the journey continued.
And this is exactly the same process that has happened here in our community.  From the very first meeting in which we decided to suspend services, taskforces and teams have come together to ensure that we can continue to survive and even thrive in these new circumstances.  Our staff, our Executive and our Board have been joined by a Medical Committee, a High Holyday Taskforce and a team of additional volunteers who are offering their time and expertise for all sorts of new tasks.  Sisterhood has flourished and is planning programs for August.  While as a community we are having to adapt beyond anything we could have expected or imagined, the fact that we have a shared leadership means - we hope - that none of us are having to say Eicha for themselves. 
And I, for one, am profoundly grateful.
I wish us a meaningful, hopeful 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!

The Torah portion this week mentions Og the Giant.  Here is a short video about him.
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.
Shabbat Hazon
Parashat Devarim
Torah: Deuteronomy 1:1 - 2:1
Maftir: Deuteronomy 1:39 - 2:1
Haftarah: Isaiah 1:1-27
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 ”).

This Thursday will be Tisha B’Av.  Here is a link to a wonderful collection of resources for learning about this foundational day in the Jewish calendar: please browse.

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!
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: The Family of Jeannine Burk
In memory of Jeannine Burk, a dear friend that will be greatly missed
From: Ken & Sue Rae Brown Bishop

To: Nathan & Leslie Fischman
In memory of your mother, Peggy Cohn
From: Ken & Sue Rae Brown Bishop

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

To: The Family of Jeannine Burk
In memory of Jeannine Burk. May her memory be a blessing
From: Elliott & Sandy Raisen

Gilda Finkelstein Gift of Israel Fund

To: The Family of Jeannine Burk
In honor of Jeannine Burk - may her memory be a blessing
From: Sanford Pailet

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund

To: Rabbi Silver
In appreciation of your hard work and dedication to keeping us informed, cheered, and connected as family during these difficult times of Covid-19.
From: Anonymous

To: Deborah Silver
From: Samuel Rubin
Stan Bleich Lagniappe Fund

To: Nathan & Leslie Fischman
In memory of Peggy Cohn, your beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother
From: Caron Bleich

Yahrzeit Fund

In memory of Sara Pailet
From: Marilyn Zackin

In memory of Norman Cooperstein
From: Mark & Andi Madderra

In memory of Maurice Pailet
From: Marilyn Zackin

In memory of David Rodman
From: Sara Gaethe

In memory of Jeannine Burk, Z''l
From: Larry Lehmann & Dashka Roth

In memory of Jennifer Rossi
From: Gregory & Renee Rich
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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