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Shir Chadash Newsletter
September 3 - September 9, 2020
14 Elul - 20 Elul, 5780
This Week's Shir Chadash To-Do List
  • September 4: Fancy Friday - Animals!
  • Check your inbox and/or our website for High Holydays information
  • Keep an eye on your inbox this upcoming week for more High Holydays updates!
  • Please note the new times for services. We're getting earlier!

Elul - Counting Down to the High Holydays
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.
The Institute for Jewish Spirituality presents, The Shofar Project, a free, self-led program for Elul, where each week will focus on a different aspect of awakening and renewal. Once you sign-up, you will receive emails with the links to video teachings and a variety of live online events that explore the week’s theme.
Let's hear that shofar blow!
High Holiday Greetings!
As part of our virtual High Holiday services we are offering the opportunity to submit your own High Holiday greeting! Send us a picture and what you would like to say (be brief!) and we will compile everything into a slide show that will run online adjacent to our High Holiday services.

Please note that pictures will work better in Landscape mode rather than Portrait.
All submissions MUST be in by Friday, September 4. The suggested donation is $36. There will be an option under your Chaverweb account to donate online.  
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...

This week: Animals!
Wear animal prints, bring your pets...
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! 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:
Thank you to Rabbi David Gerber of Gates of Prayer for creating these masterpieces from one of the branches from a tree that fell in the front of the building. We now have a beautiful kiddish cup and yad made from a little part of ourselves. We will treasure these wonderful gifts forever!

Join us at 9:15am for our Sunday minyan followed by a check-in and a virtual L'Hayyim!
Sisterhood Corner
Wednesday, September 9th at 10 am
Read & Lead Series continues with a discussion of A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell.
Join us on Zoom!

Wednesday, September 16th at 10 am
Read & Lead Series continues with a discussion of The Christmas Tree (author unknown).

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

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.

We are also thrilled to welcome back Meryl Zimmerman as our Education Director this year! Meryl is a friendly and familiar face to our congregation's children, young and slightly-less young, and her warmth, enthusiasm for Jewish learning, and beautiful voice are a great gift to our kehilla.
PJ Library is offering a collection of ways to keep your family busy over the summer.
Check out their July and August newsletters below for crafts, recipes, and more fun activities!
Looking Ahead
(Click on the bold writing to join the ZOOM meeting)

Friday, September 4th

Saturday, September 5th

Sunday, September 6th
9:15 am, Shacharit Minyan

Wednesday, September 9th

Thursday, September 10th
Friday, September 11th

Saturday, September 12th

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

Wednesday, September 16th

Thursday, September 17th
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,
I’m going to keep this short and sweet this week:
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…
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 sweet Shalom Sesame Shabbat:
Please join us for Kabbalat Shabbat at this link on Friday night at 6:00 PM. PLEASE NOTE THE NEW EARLIER START TIME!

Our community havdalah this week will be at 8.15 PM - PLEASE NOTE THE NEW EARLIER START TIME!
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 Ki Tavo
Torah: Deuteronomy 26:1 - 27:10
Maftir: Deuteronomy 27:7-10
Haftarah: Isaiah 60:1-22
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 the materials for this week’s parashah from 929 Israel.

And here is a link to a beautiful piece by Rabbi Shefa Gold.

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.
Join JFS for a 6-week online therapeutic group. They'll discuss anxiety, depression, isolation, and more, especially as they relate to current events. Led by their master-level interns, their online therapy groups allow clients to find healing and share their experiences from the safety of their homes.
Click HERE for more information.
If you would like to learn more about JFS and the support they can provide, click HERE.
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: Charles & Jackie Stern
In memory of Sara Matile Schwarz
From: Ken & Sue Rae Bishop

To: The Family of Joann Eisenstatt
In memory of Joann Eisenstatt. Our deepest condolences for a longtime friend
From: Ken & Sue Rae Bishop

General Fund

To: Stan & Ellen Kessler
Thank you for a wonderful anniversary celebration!
From: Elliott & Sandy Raisen

To: Charles & Reda Scher
Thank you for a wonderful anniversary celebration!
From: Elliott & Sandy Raisen

To: Sylvia Finger
Mazel tov on a great accomplishment with Avodah
From: Elliott & Sandy Raisen

To: Elliott & Sandy Raisen
In honor of your 70th anniversary
From: Sheldon & Irene Hersh

To: Charles & Jackie Stern
In memory of SM Schwarz
From: Deena Gerber

To: Jackie Stern & Family
Condolences to you and your family on the loss of your mother, Sara
From: Kitzi Goldman

To: Michael & Lisa Sackett
Mazel tov on the birth of your granddaughter
From: Kitzi Goldman
Gilda Finkelstein Gift of Israel Fund

To: Charles & Jackie Stern
In memory of Sara Matile Schwarz
From: Elliot & Lisa Finkelstein

In memory of Gerson Finkelstein
From: Kenneth & Barbara Pailet
In memory of Elliot Finkelstein
From: Kenneth & Barbara Pailet

In memory of Rachel Pailet
From: Sanford Pailet

Mazon Fund

To: Gerry & Lynn Eisenstatt
In memory of Joann Eisenstatt
From: Ron & Deedee Perel

Rabbi's Discretionary Fund

To: Susannah Alter
Mazel tov on the occasion of your Bat Mitzvah
From: Leonard & Beverley Serebro

To: Deborah Silver
From: Jonathan & Jeanne Cohen

Stan Bleich Lagniappe Fund

In memory of Elliot Finkelstein
From: Sanford Pailet

In memory of Gerson Finkelstein
From: Sanford Pailet

To: Charles & Jackie Stern
In memory of Sara Matile Schwarz
From: Sanford Pailet

Yahrzeit Fund

In memory of Molly Block
From: Paul & Laurie Sterbcow

In memory of Louis Dollin
From: Paul & Laurie Sterbcow
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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