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November 16, 2020, 29 CHESHVAN 5781
This Holiday Season, let's help shop, share & support small businesses. They have been there for us, so Let’s Be There For Them. To support small businesses and to help keep their doors open, please take a moment and check out CSK's Virtual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza! Here you can shop from a variety of products and services from across the country, for everyone on your holiday gift list. AND while you are shopping and supporting these independently owned businesses, a percentage of the sales will be donated back to Congregation Shaarei Kodesh.

Also dont forget to check out CSK's Virtual Judaica Shop! 100% of the profit from these items come back to CSK! So support small and independently owned businesses, while supporting CSK!
Scholarstream, an initiative of the RA, USCJ, JTS and ZIEGLER will be hosting a series of adult education classes. Thanks to the generosity of the Gamm/Varikovski Community Fund, CSK is sponsoring the program so that our members can sign up for classes at no charge. The CSK complimentary registration code is ShaareiFall20. Here are the classes that will be offered:

Hidden Histories and Untold Stories
Tuesdays at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT
Join JTS scholars as they uncover the hidden context around biblical figures and important eras in Jewish history.
  • 11/10: Dr. David Fishman on how religious pre-Holocaust Eastern European Jewry actually was—or wasn’t
  • 11/17: Dr. Alan Cooper on why we stopped caring about Moses’s descendants
  • 12/1: Dr. Sarah Wolf on how foreign the beit midrash would feel to the early Rabbis
  • 12/8: Dr. Amy Kalmanofsky on what the Bible really had against Jezebel

Equity, Forgiveness and Intersectionality
Wednesdays at 10 PM ET / 7 PM PT
Join Ziegler faculty as they explore issues related to race, gender equality, intersectionality, and building a democracy of the future. Download the full descriptions for each Ziegler session here.
  • 11/11: Rabbi Cheryl Peretz will examine the centuries old Jewish march towards gender equality and justice
  • 11/18: Rabbi Dr. Elliot Dorff will explore the concept of communal forgiveness
  • 12/2: Rabbi Dr. Gail Labovitz on what Exodus has to teach us about intersectionality
  • 12/9: Rabbi Dr. Aryeh Cohen on building a multiracial democracy 
This program is sponsored by the Gamm/Vartikovski Community Fund.

DO YOU SPEAK HEBREW? Are you looking for others who speak Hebrew so that you can practice your Hebrew skills? We are starting a new social group of Hebrew speakers who would like to get together virtually and socialize in Hebrew. If you are interested, please join us for our inaugural meeting on Tuesday, December 1 at 7pm. If you would like more information on the group, please contact our new Chaver, Orit Yaacobi,
Friday, November 20, 2020 
6:15 - 7:15 pm 'In Person' and Online
Rain or Shine

GET OUT OF THE HOUSE AND JOIN US for another exciting Drive-In Shabbat, while staying in your car for a healthy, safe and socially distanced event.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
11:00 am-1:00 pm

This virtual cooking class will be led by local Vegan Chef, Anna Shon. She will be demonstrating 3 recipes: Butternut Squash Soup, Harvest Cornbread, and Greens with Gravy. Please register by Wednesday, November 18 at noon. Attendees can pick up ingredients on Friday, November 20 between 9:30am-1:00pm OR at the Drive-In Shabbat and can either cook in conjunction with Anna or watch and then prepare at a later date. 

$18 for CSK Chaverim/Members
$25 for Guests  
MAZAL TOV RABBI BAUM for receiving FIRST PLACE in Shamayim’s first ever Animal Welfare Sermon Contest for the sermon you delivered for Parashat Noach. Shamayim thanks you for the work you do to advocate for animals and to bring attention to the suffering that our food system causes. 
To read Rabbi Baum's sermon (again), click here.
Do you have what it takes to make the best plant-based latkes?
On Tuesday, December 8, you have an opportunity to show off your plant-based skills in our Latke Fry-Off Cooking Competition.

Want to watch the Latke Fry-Off Cooking Competition?
Chanukah Drive-In Shabbat
Mark your calendars and join us as we light the Chanukiah, on the second night of Chanukah, Friday, December 11, 2020 at 5 pm ET during our Drive-In Shabbat.

Ready for an Adult Night "Out"? If you are over 21, join us virtually, Saturday, December 12 at 8 pm for a fun night of Latkes and Vodkas.

Our mixologist, Helene Davidson, will teach you how to make 3 vodka-based beverages. You will also receive latkes, dreidels, and gelt.

Participate in our 50/50 Chanukah Raffle.

Let's celebrate the last night of Chanukah, together, virtually.

Sing-a-long with Cantor Hadash

Thursday, December 17, 2020 
7:00 PM - 8:00 pm


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Minyan Request by Matt Weiss for his mother, Rachel Weiss: Thursday, November 19 at 7pm ET.
Meeting ID: 882 0065 3129
Passcode: 910086

Congregation Shaarei Kodesh is part of the Hanegev Region of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) and is a member of the Arvot Sub-Region of USY. We have programs for students from grade 3 through 12. Click here to learn more about our exciting programs for the year.

  • Thursday, November 19 at 7pm: USY & Kadima Special Joint Program with BRUSY: Murder Mystery (RSVPs are required for this program) Click here for more information
  • Sunday, November 29 between 12-2pm: Chalutzim & Kadima Drive-By! Come pick up your Hannukah gift and program materials and say "hi" to Shrin!
  • Saturday, December 5 at 7 pm: USY & Kadima - Join us as we celebrate the festival of lights. Click here for more information
  • Sunday, December 6 at 1 pm: Chalutzim & Kadima - Join us for our annual Hannukah program. Click here for more information

Please click here to join: Basic dues are $39.00, Neshama $54.00, and for new members to CSK it is $18.00.

Can't Decide What to Read Next?
Trying to Decide Which Book to Gift this Holiday?
Join us for Sisterhood/Kol Isha Book Club Book Review Night
Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Hear what Books our members Recommend
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 878 3781 1703
Passcode: 172777
Tuesday, November 17 at 7:30 pm ET
Enjoy a virtual "night out" of friendship and fun!
Save the Date: Thursday, December 3 at 7:30 pm - Jewish Women Involved in the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage. Watch for more information.
Sisterhood/Kol Isha is selling $20 and $50 gift cards to Glicks, Aroma and Kosher Market (The Grove). Please show your support while you shop! You can purchase the gift cards from the CSK office (while supplies last). Please call ahead to set up an appointment to buy your cards. 561-852-6555

We graciously thank those who have donated. Please see below for a list of our supporters from 11.9.20-11.16.20



8th Annual Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service: Presented by the Boca Raton Interfaith Clergy Association. Virtually join Rabbi Baum and the community on Monday, November 16 at 7 pm ET. Click here for Zoom link and more information

Challenges During Covid-19: How to Sustain Positive Mental Well-being for Aging Family Members - Sponsored by Ruth & Norman Rales JFS. Monday, December 14 at 7:00pm ET Click here for more information

JFS HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE - This year, more than ever, Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services needs YOUR help to make a child's holiday dream come true. Click here for more information
Please help CSK support The Giving Tree program, which provides holiday gifts to underserved youth in our community. Please help support our community by signing up and choosing what gift(s) to buy. Click here for more information

If you shop with Amazon, please make sure to go through Amazon Smile and designate Congregation Shaarei Kodesh as your non-profit organization of choice so we can receive a percentage of sales.
We are looking for donations of flat screen TV's for our sanctuary. If you have an extra TV or know someone who does, please let us know. Thank you!
Congregation Shaarei Kodesh provides you with online access to check your account online, make sure your contact information is correct, make donations, sign up for events and more. Click here to access your account.
Do you know someone who should be receiving our weekly Kodesh Konnection? Have them join our email list by clicking here.
Have some free time? We would love to get you involved!
Contact Eve Nasetti,
ph: 561-847-1771 or by email
Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services provides the CSK community with a dedicated social worker. Call Ariel Mantzoor at 561-852-333 or email her at

Please click here for support groups
Donations made to Congregation Shaarei Kodesh 11.9.20-11.16.20

General Donations
Carol & Phil Raphan in memory of Nat Maryn
Nancy & Stephan Auerbach in memory of Nat Maryn
Myer Rappaport Youth Education Fund
 Nan Berkowitz in memory of Nat Maryn
Nan Berkowitz in honor of the Bat Mitzvah of Nicole Alarcon
 Tribute Cards
Linda & Marty Radnor to the Malka Family in honor of Nicole’s Bat Mitzvah
Patty & Matt Weiss to The Malka Family in honor of Nicole’s Bat Mitzvah
Patty & Matt Weiss to Barbara Maryn in memory of Nat Maryn
Gina & Michael Wadler for continued recovery to Charlotte Fragakis
Dawn & Karl Fele to Cantor Yakov & Caissa Hadash in honor of their marriage
Steve Laskowitz & Julie Lewis to Cantor Yakov & Caissa Hadash in honor of their marriage
Every Thursday you will receive an email that is specific to SHABBAT SERVICE TIMES & ZOOM LINKS.