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Shir Chadash Newsletter
May 21 - 27, 2020
28 Iyar - 5 Sivan, 5780
This Week's Shir Chadash To-Do List
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's theme is: Muppets!
It's time to put on makeup! It's time to light the lights!
Shavuot is coming! 
While it is not yet safe to meet for services on Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30, please join us at the times below to celebrate receiving Torah:

You must register in advance for this event - follow the link in the flyer. Please also have your ice cream ingredients ready: 
1 16-oz Mason jar
1 cup heavy cream
1 ½ tablespoons granulated sugar
A pinch of salt
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract OR 1/2 cup berries OR chocolate syrup OR peanut butter OR caramel candies OR M&Ms OR olive oil and rosemary OR any combination you can imagine...
Saturday, May 30th, 9 PM - Community Havdalah

Sunday, May 31th, 9:15 AM - Morning Minyan followed by Yizkor
Please bring a photograph of a loved one you are remembering and we will share our memories before the Yizkor service (approximately 10 AM).
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:
Last weekend, 5 Finger cousins came to the Ehrlichs’ garden, met their barky dogs, played "Find That Flower', and took home flowers and seeds.
Dana & April May's favorite tree at Tulane
Shul School Corner
Sisterhood Corner
Last week's Moving Up Ceremony was beautiful! Thank you to all who joined us!
Click here for a a treasure trove of pictures, following our Shul School students throughout the year.

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
Join us at 9:15am for our Sunday minyan followed by a check-in and a virtual L'Hayyim!
Missed our last Virtual Happy Hour? No worries! Join us on Wednesday, June 3rd at 6PM for our next get-together to chat, catch up, and drink some cocktails.
Looking Ahead
(Click on the bold writing to join the ZOOM meeting)

Friday, May 22nd

6:15 pm, Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, May 23rd

Sunday, May 24th
9:15 am, Shacharit Minyan

Tuesday, May 26th

Wednesday, May 27th

Thursday, May 28th - Erev Shavuot

Saturday, May 30th

Sunday, May 31st

Tuesday, June 2nd

Wednesday, June 3rd

Thursday, June 4th
Chevra Thilim Memorial Park
Cemetery Plot for Sale

A plot at Chevra Thilim Memorial Park at Iberville and Helena streets has become available for sale at a discounted price.

If interested, please contact Alvin Lamert at  alvinlambert77@aol.com  or (850)368-7580.

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,

This week’s Torah portion contains the first of two censuses that are conducted in the book of Bamidbar, giving it its English name - Numbers. The Israelite families are listed out by name, one by one.

I’m writing this at my kitchen table and looking at the various lists that populate it. There’s my daily ‘to do’ list, of course; there’s a list of how High Holyday services might need to look this year; and there’s a shopping list that I add to day by day so I can do as short a weekly shop as possible. 

But by far the most important list on my table is the list of Shir Chadash members. I hope by now that many of you have heard from me, whether through a service, or a class, or in a meeting, or a personal message on facebook or by email, or a personal phone call. It is hard to describe just how much you are on my mind. 

If there is one lesson to be drawn from the time we are living through, it is the importance of keeping, and staying, in touch. I’m noticing all the time how we are reaching out to each other in different ways. My hope is that along with all our other lists, we each have a “Shir Chadash list” that we are using. It’s our way of calling each other by name, just as Moses did with the Children of Israel.

Shabbat shalom,

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!

And while this is not a Shabbat story as such - this week the wonderful SAG-AFTRA Storyline project (which is worth keeping on your Bookmarks bar!) came out with a video that feels like it’s just for us!
Please note: NEXT week is Shavuot, so there will be changes to our schedule. But for now:

Please use this link for Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday night at 6:15 pm.

Our community havdalah this week will be at 8:45 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.

The Institute of Jewish Spirituality has started making its materials more widely available! If you would like to spend a little time this Shabbat in meditation, have a look at this link before Shabbat.
Shabbat Machar Chodesh
Parashat B'midbar
Torah: Numbers 1:1-54
Maftir: Numbers 1:52-54
Haftarah: 1 Samuel 20:18-42
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 ”).

For this week only, here is a link to part of Nechama Liebowitz’s commentary on B'midbar . I post it to honor the memory of Rene Lehmann, whose shloshim has just taken place. She was a great favorite of his, even though he did not always subscribe to her theology.

Rene’s memory is a blessing.

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
GiveNOLA Day is an initiative of the Greater New Orleans Foundation , is a one day online giving event on Tuesday, June 2nd . For 24 hours, everyone who loves our region can support their favorite local causes by donating to one or more of 700+ participating nonprofit organizations.

Learn more about GiveNOLA Day HERE .
Jewish Community Health Care Workers
Take Home Meal Program

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans is pleased to announce the launch of the Greater New Orleans Jewish Community Health Care Workers Take Home Meal Program. This program will benefit Tulane Medical Center, Touro Infirmary and Ochsner Health System. Over the next eight weeks, this program will serve 5,000 take-home meals to frontline medical staff and healthcare workers.

Three local kosher restaurants and caterers – Kosher Cajun, Rimon and Dvash – are collaborating to provide healthy, delicious meals to all three hospital campuses each Tuesday evening.
Community Events and Announcements
LIMMUD eFestival - Sunday, May 24th
Limmud eFestival features the most interesting, inspiring and important Jewish ideas today. 
Connect with Jewish community, cultivate your curiosity and expand your horizons, all from the comfort of your home.
There is a new issue of Southern Jewish Life available, and just like last month, it is available online-only due to the coronavirus restrictions. The new issue can be viewed online at  this link , or a PDF can be downloaded here . They also offer a weekly e-mail newsletter that you can sign up for by emailing  subscribe@sjlmag.com . You may also use that address to request that the PDF version be emailed to you.
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.
General Fund

In memory of Howard Hershberg
From: Deena Gerber

In memory of Abe Gerber
From: Deena Gerber

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund

In memory of Rene Lehmann
From: Peter Schindler
Yahrzeit Fund

To: Nicole & Diane Tygier
In memory of Sheldon Lloyd Mandel
From: Elliott Lew & Sandy Lassen

In memory of Mary Cohen
From: Rose Cohen

In memory of Bernard Tanenbaum
From: Ralph & Shirley Seelig

In memory of Florence Stiebel
From: David & Judy Stiebel

In memory of Wolfe Gerber
From: Peter & Sheryl Title

In memory of Bella Gerber
From: Peter & Sheryl Title
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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