Your Weekly News and Updates
September 11, 2020
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TJC service schedule and links

In order to maintain security, and prevent zoom bombing, when you enter our zoom service, you must have your video on and show a correct name on your screen. If we cannot identify you, you will not be let into the service. Once you have been let in, you may turn your video feed off.

Friday Night Shabbat Services - 6:30 PM

September 11, 18 and 25 - 06:30 PM

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Saturday Morning Shabbat Services - 9:30 AM
September 12, 19 and 26 - 09:30 AM

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Sunday Morning Minyan - 9:00 AM

September 13. 20 and 27 2020 09:00 AM

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Wednesday Morning Minyan - 7:00 AM
September 16, 23 and 30 - 07:00 AM

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Prayer Book pages can be found on our website at:
As we continue through the pandemic we will be making adjustments in how we offer our programs and services online We offer our midweek (Sunday and Wednesday) minyanim only on the Zoom platform, not on LiveStream. We encourage those of you who attend via LiveStream to try the Zoom platform instead, and let us know if you need help. While we ask that you have your video on when you join the service (for security reasons) you can turn it off after that so you’ll be able to see without being seen.
If you would like the El Maleh Rachamim prayer said for a loved one, please email Cantor Jeff or Rabbi Schoenberg prior to services, but not on holidays or Shabbat.
To Livestream our services, go to Scroll down to the gold box on the right which will say "Go to livestream." Click on that. On the next page, a grey box will appear. Click on that as well. You will then see our main sanctuary. If we are live, just click the play button. Most often, the camera goes live 10-15 minutes before the service begins.

To join the services via ZOOM, click on the applicable Zoom link above. If you haven't used Zoom before, Zoom will ask you to download its software. Do, that, then follow instructions. Make sure that you enable your computer's audio and video, then mute your own microphone by clicking the icon at the bottom left corner of the window.
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Friday, September 11 - Candle Lighting is 6:54 p.m.
Torah and Tea: 9:30am - See flyer below for more information
Kabbalat Shabbat Service: 6:30pm - Livestream and Zoom only
A special prayer will be recited in memory of those we lost on September 11, 2001.

Saturday, September 12 - Parsha Nitzavim/Vayelech
Shabbat Morning Service / Bar Mitzvah of Raphael Ploss: 9:30am - Livestream and Zoom only
Bible BaBoker: 8:45am - Zoom video meeting each week. If you wish to participate, all are welcome to join via the Zoom link - contact Michael Goldin for the zoom link at
Havurah Minyan (worship service): - 9:45am sign in to schmooze / 10am start via Zoom (for more information please contact Neil Litt at 
Shabbat Katan: 11am - see below flyer for more information
Selichot Night Online Musical Service: 9pm - See flyer below for more information and link.
Mazal Tov to
Sarah and Alexander Ploss and to their son Raphael
who will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah.

Yasher Koach to those participating in the Service this Shabbat
Friday Night Shammash: Linda Milstein

Saturday Morning Shammash: Gil Gordon
Saturday Morning Shomeret: Mindy Langer, Linda Milstein
Torah Readers: Michele Alperin Raphael Ploss
Alyiot: Sarah and Alexander Ploss, Rachel Ditkoff, Aaron Ditkoff
Maftir: Raphael Ploss
Haftarah Chanter: Raphael Ploss
Prayer Readers Saturday Morning: Helena Ploss
Ein Keloheinu: Raphael Ploss

Sunday, September 13
Morning Minyan: 9am - Zoom only
First Sunday of Religious School - Family Learning Event - Ganon, Gan Katan, Gan, Alef & Bet: 9am - Outside
Hear the Sound of the Shofar: Signup required - See flyer below for more information

Tuesday, September 15
First Tuesday of Religious School
TJC Book Club - The Parisian by Isabella Hammad: 7:30pm

Wednesday, September 16
Morning Minyan: 7am - Zoom only
Talmud Study Group: 12:15pm - Close reading and analysis of selected passages and sugiyot in the Babylonian Talmud and related texts. To receive a Zoom invitation or for more information contact
First Wednesday of Religious School
#Sulam: 4:45pm Kick-Off at Terhune Orchards
Jewish Music: Across the Globe and Through the Generations with Cantor Jeff - Melodies and Themes of the High Holidays - an online workshop with Bob Lebeau: 7pm

Thursday, September 17
Board Meeting: 7:30pm

Friday, September 18 - Erev Rosh HaShanah - Candle Lighting is 6:42pm
Torah and Tea: 9:30am - see flyer below for Zoom information
Erev Rosh HaShanah - Kabbalat Shabbat Service: 6:30pm - Livestream and Zoom only
Acts of chesed (loving kindness) are an essential part of TJC’s B’nai Mitzvah experience. Typically during the 6th grade year, every student commits to 10 or more hours of
hands-on community service. At the conclusion of the experience, students reflect on what they accomplished and learned in the Chesed Reporter. Since the Chesed Reporter is traditionally distributed in the sanctuary on Shabbat morningwe are now sharing it with the congregation in the Weekly Newsletter. 
Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelech
Saturday, September 12
Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelech
23 Elul - September 12
If you do not have a Chumash available, below are links to the Torah portion and Haftarah:

Isaac Gantwerk Mayer, an expert Torah reader, has recorded this week’s triennial Torah and Haftarah reading. Kudos to Isaac! Please click on this link to see and hear Isaac:

Nitzavim/Vayelech - 

Prayer Book pages can be found on our website at:
If you would like to purchase your own copies of the Etz Chayim and Lev Shalem prayer books, please go to the Rabbinical Assembly website here: Click on Prayerbooks for Lev Shalem. Click on Etz Hayim Humash for the Etz Hayim
Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelech
The Parshah of Nitzavim includes some of the most fundamental principles of the Jewish faith:

The unity of Israel: “You stand today, all of you, before the L‑rd your G‑d: your heads, your tribes, your elders, your officers, and every Israelite man; your young ones, your wives, the stranger in your gate; from your wood-hewer to your water-drawer.”

The future redemption: Moses warns of the exile and desolation of the Land that will result if Israel abandons G‑d’s laws, but then he prophesies that in the end, “You will return to the L‑rd your G‑d . . . If your outcasts shall be at the ends of the heavens, from there will the L‑rd your G‑d gather you . . . and bring you into the Land which your fathers have possessed.”

The practicality of Torah: “For the mitzvah which I command you this day, it is not beyond you, nor is it remote from you. It is not in heaven . . . It is not across the sea . . . Rather, it is very close to you, in your mouth, in your heart, that you may do it.”

Freedom of choice: “I have set before you life and goodness, and death and evil: in that I command you this day to love G‑d, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments . . . Life and death I have set before you, blessing and curse. And you shall choose life.”

The Parshah of Vayelech (“and he went”) recounts the events of Moses’ last day of earthly life. “I am one hundred and twenty years old today,” he says to the people, “and I can no longer go forth and come in.” He transfers the leadership to Joshua, and writes (or concludes writing) the Torah in a scroll which he entrusts to the Levites for safekeeping in the Ark of the Covenant.
The mitzvah of Hakhel (“gather”) is given: every seven years, during the festival of Sukkot of the first year of the shemittah cycle, the entire people of Israel—men, women and children - should gather at the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, where the king should read to them from the Torah.

Vayelech concludes with the prediction that the people of Israel will turn away from their covenant with G‑d, causing Him to hide His face from them, but also with the promise that the words of the Torah “shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their descendants.”
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Due to Covid-19, we are asking you NOT to bring your own Shofar. We want to avoid aerosols in the air from everyone blowing the Tekiah G'dolah together. Come and enjoy hearing the blasts from our outstanding shofar blowing team!
If weather becomes inclement, watch your email for updated programming instructions.
No cash or checks.
Supermarket gift cards are accepted.
Kosher food is preferable.
Rabbi Search Committee
Congregational Survey
Your input matters - please take the survey if you have not already done so.
The consensus that emerges from the survey responses will guide our job listing to be posted with the Rabbinical Assembly and our evaluation of the candidates.
Every adult in your household is encouraged to complete the survey online - once the first person is done, the second can simply click on the same link and fill out the survey separately.

Please complete the survey by Friday, September 18.  

Elul for You is an interactive count up to Rosh HaShanah designed by our own Sharon Diamondstein and Julee Snitzer Levine, Director of Supplemental Education at Adat Ari El in Los Angeles, California. We are excited to have you join us on this journey! All you need to do is bookmark the link, and go back every day!

9:30am on any of the following dates

September 24 - Rabbi Julie Roth will facilitate
October 15
November 15

RSVP to Cynthia Neufeld who will supply the Zoom information

Call Lauren (908) 216-1412 or Cynthia (908) 256-0142
Beginning September 26 at 4:30pm via Zoom
The Shabbat afternoon service, Mincha, is a wonderful time to slow down and savor your prayer experience. Use mindfulness meditation techniques to focus on words, texts, and ideas associated with both the service and the following week's Torah reading. Afterwards feel relaxed, refreshed, and centered as you start the new week.

Ruth Goldston is a long-time congregant, as well as a psychologist in private practice in Princeton. email Ruth at for the Zoom link

Classes start

October 4th
To pre-register email: with your name and the class code that you would like to pre-register for.
September 4, 11, 18 and 25

For more information, or to RSVP, contact Sharon Diamondstein in the TJC Religious School office at (609) 921-0100 x 220 or email her at
Questions? Contact Sharon Diamondstein - Zoom Link

A conversation about economics and America with Paul Krugman and Eduardo Porter
Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020 – 3pm EST
Location: Crowdcast

As we head toward the 2020 elections, Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize winner, Times Columnist and Eduardo Porter, Times economics reporter will engage in a conversation about economics and America as expressed in their 2020 books — Arguing with Zombies and American Poison: How Racial Hostility Destroyed Our Promise.
MERCAZ Reads Israel book club meeting Wednesday, September 23 at 1pm EST
The upcoming book club meeting will feature a discussion with author Ilana Kurshan, exploring her book If All The Seas Were Ink.

Ilana Kurshan is the granddaughter of Jerry and Phyllis Kurshan, founding members of TJC.