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Shir Chadash Newsletter
September 10 - September 16, 2020
21 Elul - 27 Elul, 5780
High Holydays
Look out tomorrow for a full update
This Week's Shir Chadash To-Do List
  • Please note the new times for services this week. We're getting earlier!

Please ignore any and all email requests for gift cards that purport to come from Rabbi Silver - they don't!
Elul - The Final Count Down!
Please do read and enjoy the 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!

Stay Connected!
Spread the Smiles
We know that these last few 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!
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:
We welcome
Solomon Penn Sherman
into the world!

Mazel tov to Eileen and Dana Wallen
on their new great-grandson and

Welcome to the world, Solomon!
Shalom Chaverim
We are moving to St. Louis and will miss you all from the bottom of our hearts. Thank you for becoming our family these past twelve years. 
Please reach out if you’re ever in St. Louis! 

Becca, Noah and Caleb

Join us at 9:15am for our Sunday minyan followed by a check-in and a virtual L'Hayyim!
Sisterhood Corner
Wednesday, September 16th at 10 am
Read & Lead Series continues with a discussion of Tower of Babel
from Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
Join us on Zoom!

Wednesday, September 23rd at noon
Author Rina Neiman will be speaking about her new book,
Born Under Fire followed by Q & A.

Wednesday, September 30th at 10 am
Read & Lead Series continues with a discussion of The Christmas Tree (author unknown).
Join us on Zoom!

Wednesday, October 7th at noon
Book review of The Third Daughter by Talia Carner
Join us on Zoom!

Wednesday, October 14th at 10 am
Read & Lead Series continues with a discussion of Tevye Wins a Fortune by Sholom Aleichem.
Join us on Zoom!

Wednesday, October 21st at 10 am
Read & Lead Series continues with a discussion of Dreyfous in Kasrilevke by Sholom Aleichem.
Join us on Zoom!

Wednesday, October 28th at 10 am
Read & Lead Series continues with a discussion of With Bert and Ray
from Throwing Shadows by E. L. Konigsburg.
Join us on Zoom!

Click here for more information on these upcoming events.

Contributions to Sisterhood/Sisterhood Endowment Fund as well as paying dues, sending Shanah Tovah greetings to the congregation, etc. may be paid online on Chaverware or www.shirchadash.org or by sending a check to Madilyn Samuels.
For details about membership, dues payments, or contributing, please click HERE.

For questions or for more info about Sisterhood, contact Charisse Sands at
504-231-6464 or annsandsc@aol.com
Shul School Corner
This year, our Shul School programs are adapting to the pandemic by going online through at least January 2021. With the help of the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute for Southern Jewish Life, we have adapted our existing shul school curriculum to be accessible via Zoom, and with the input of parents in our community, we're exploring innovative ways to teach Hebrew reading skills, prayer, Torah, and Jewish traditions to our elementary-aged congregants, and to prepare our young congregants who are approaching b'nai Mitzvah for that simcha.

The Shul School registration pack is nearly ready and will be e-mailed next week.
Looking Ahead
(Click on the bold writing to join the ZOOM meeting)

Friday, September 11th

Saturday, September 12th

Sunday, September 13th
9:15 am, Shacharit Minyan

Wednesday, September 16th

Thursday, September 17th

Friday, September 18th - Erev Rosh Hashanah

Saturday, September 19th - Rosh Hashanah Day 1

10 am, Torah Service

11:30 am, Musaf Service

4:30 pm, Teen Minchah and discussion with Rabbi Silver

6:30 pm, Evening Service

Shabbat Shalom!
Dear Shir Chadash community,
I just want to say this again:
The High Holydays Task Force has been working steadily since the middle of the summer to bring you the broadest possible range of High Holydays experiences even in this most challenging of times. 
All this means we will be sending a few more emails and updates than usual.  Please watch your inboxes for more information, and please reach out to those in our community who might not be tech-savvy so that you can help bring the High Holydays to them.
I want to use this space personally to thank the Task Force.  They have been inventive, resourceful, creative, generous, wise and frankly indispensable:
Ben Horwitz, Chair    
Ken Klein, President  
Ricardo Totah, Executive Director
Julie Finger      
Deena Gerber
Bob Kutcher  
Danny Mintz
Will Samuels      
Mark Schleifstein    
Henry Weber
Onwards to Rosh Hashanah we go!
I wish us a Shabbat full of anticipation.
Rabbi Silver
PS - I always provide a few new links for Shabbat, so please scroll down…
This Shabbat is the anniversary of 9/11.
Please take a moment to remember.

View a reading HERE by Billy Collins, former U.S. poet laureate, of his poem, "The Names", honoring the victims of September 11th.
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 a taste of Shalom Sesame’s Rosh Hashanah Hannah!
Please join us for Kabbalat Shabbat at this link on Friday night at 6:00 PM. PLEASE NOTE THE NEW EARLIER START TIME!

No Community Havdalah this week - please join us for Selichot at 8:30 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 Nitzavim + Vayeilech
Torah: Deuteronomy 29:9 - 30:14
Maftir: Deuteronomy 30:11-14
Haftarah: Isaiah 61:10 - 63:9
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 is a beautiful piece by Reb Mimi Feigelson (if you want to watch the embedded video, please do so before or after Shabbat).

And another from Matan about inclusion.

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
We first created this prayer in the first week of the pandemic.  It is as relevant now as it was then.  Many members of our community are healthcare workers and have been steadily doing their best, day by day, to help deal with this unprecedented situation.  You might wish to print out this prayer and make it part of your daily practice…
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
Helping those affected by Hurricane Laura
Donate, volunteer, and support those in need in Southwest Louisiana! Even though they may not be in the news, they still need a lot of help.
Visit our Facebook page for daily updates
Community Events and Announcements
Weekly digital events—live on the ISJL Facebook page and available any time on the ISJL Virtual Vacation website—feature museums, historic sites, scholars, chefs, and more from across the region.

The ISJL Virtual Vacation will introduce you to the South’s vibrant cultural heritage, the big themes of southern Jewish history, the folks working to advance social justice in the South, and our region’s natural beauty, music, and food. There’s so much to explore—join us for a summer vacation from the comfort of your home!

Sign up now to join the journey. We're excited to travel with you, wherever you are.
This program is FREE, but registration is required to participate via Zoom.
You can also watch without registration on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/msjenola
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 Fund

To: Gayle Cohen
In memory of Jake Cohen
From: Lazelle, Amy & Becky Alexander

Children's Fund

In memory of Andi Madderra
From: Jan & N'Ann Glade

General Fund

To: Nicole Tygier
In honor of Nicole Tygier
From: Bruce & Miriam Waltzer

General Fund
In memory of Beryl Fisher
From: Joe Epstein

To: Gerald Eisenstatt
In memory of Joann Eisenstatt
From: Amy Greenberg

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund

In memory of my grandfather, Morris Schneider
From: Kenneth & Melanie Ehrlich

From: Carolyn Lenz

Yahrzeit Fund

In memory of Betty Some
From: Steven & Pat Klein

In memory of Carrie Finkelstein
From: Sanford Pailet

In memory of Sylvan Samuels
From: Bruce Samuels

In memory of Sydney Jacobs
From: Alan & Linda Jacobs

In memory of Dr. Maurice A. Pearl
From: Rochelle Pearl
Herbert & Margot Garon Memorial Fund

To: The Family of Gert Levitan
In memory of Gert Levitan. Our deepest condolences on the loss of your mother.
From: Paul & Laurie Sterbcow

To: Lauren Singer
In memory of Audrey Oppenheim. Our deepest condolences on the loss of your sweet mother
From: Paul & Laurie Sterbcow

To: Jackie Stern and Family
In memory of Sara Matile Schwarz. Our deepest condolences on the loss of your mother and grandmother
From: Paul & Laurie Sterbcow

To: Mark Madderra and Family
In memory of Andi Madderra. Our deepest condolences on the loss of your dear wife and mother
From: Paul & Laurie Sterbcow

To: Eisenstatt Family
In memory of Joann Eisenstatt. Our deepest condolences on the loss of your dear, sweet mother, grandmother, and sister
From: Paul & Laurie Sterbcow

To: Bruce, Ellie, Josh, and Marcelle Wainer
Mazel tov on the birth of your granddaughter and daughter, Ruth Faye
From: Paul & Laurie Sterbcow

To: Michael & Lisa Sackett
Mazel tov on the birth of your granddaughter
From: Paul & Laurie Sterbcow

To: Caron Bleich
Mazel tov on the birth of your grandson
From: Paul & Laurie Sterbcow

Nat Leon Education Fund

In memory of Nat Leon
From: Renee Sabel

In memory of Fannye Goldman
From: Renee Sabel
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

Ricardo Totah
Executive Director 
Meryl Zimmerman 
Education Director

Sarah Lustig
Office Assistant
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