Your Weekly News and Updates
Week of August 9, 2019
Friday August 9 - Friday August 16
Friday, August 9 -- Candle Lighting is at 7:45pm
6:30pm - Kabbalat Shabbat Service - Beit Midrash
Following service is a potluck dinner/”Hang Out” with Cantor Jeff beverages and main course provided by The Jewish Center.

Saturday, August 10 - Parashat D'varim - Erev Tisha B''Av
8:45am - Bible BaBoker - Adult Library
9:30am - Shabbat Morning Service / Darshan: Bernard Abramson
8:15pm - Tisha B'Av Service: Beit Midrash
Todah Rabah to
The Kiddush Krew for preparing the Kiddush.
Yasher Koach to those reading Torah and Haftarah this Shabbat
Cantor Jeff Warschauer
Jose Matiella
Ginger Schnitzer
Avi Paradise
Martha Himmelfarb
Judi Fleitman
Sunday, August 11
9:am - Morning Minyan /Tisha B'Av Service - Beit Midrash
Monday, August 12
The Jewish Center's buildings are closed.
Tuesday, August 13
7:30pm - Mindful Prayer/Meditation Mincha led by Ruth Goldston - Adult Library
Wednesday, August 14
7pm - Morning Minyan - Beit Midrash
8am - Bagels and Coffee / Morning Bus Schmooze - Parking Lot Lobby
12:15pm - Adult Ed - Talmud Study: 12:15pm - Adult Library
Thursday, August 15
4pm - After-Camp Challah Braid: Parking Lot Lobby
Friday, August 16 - Candle Lighting is at 7:36pm
5:45pm - Playground Shabbat Service (Kabbalat Shabbat Katan) followed by potluck dairy dinner at 6:15pm
6:30pm - Shabbat Under the Stars - Outdoor Kabbalat Shabbat Service - Jessica's Garden. Following service is a potluck dinner -- beverages and main course provided by The Jewish Center.
Special Musical Treat Tonight (Friday August 9) at Services and at Hangout with Cantor Jeff! 

We will by joined tonight at our spirited, participatory service not only by special guest Deborah Strauss on violin and vocals, but also by world-class percussionist Aaron Alexander. The service begins at 6:30pm. Afterward, stay for the potluck and the “Hangout,” where we will eat, shmooze, and sing, and where Aaron will lead us through his unique approaches to rhythm in Jewish song. This is going to be great, so don't miss it!

For information on Aaron Alexander:
Tisha B'Av 2019 will begin the evening of
Saturday, August 10
and ends the evening of
Sunday, August 11
Saturday Evening Service Time - August 10 - 8:15pm
Sunday Morning Minyan/Tisha B'Av Service - August 11 - 9:00am

D'vrei Torah for the remainder of the summer:

August 10: Bernard Abramson
August 17: Linda Oppenheim
August 24: Sam Goldfarb
August 31: Deborah Strauss
Help make our bima beautiful for the holidays!
We are looking for donations to fund flowers for the High Holidays.

If you would like to be part of the group contributing toward a beautiful display, please contact Maryann Yarin at or (609) 921-0100 x 201.

We are suggesting donations of $100 (or more) toward this endeavor, but any amount is appreciated.

Check your mail after the third week in August for your High Holiday tickets and information packet.
Tickets will be provided to members who have paid their first quarter dues by August 19.

Click Below For:

The Jewish Center Garden Dinner Party
Pot Luck (Dairy and Pareve)
Thursday, August 29, 2019
5:30 PM in the Garden (Social Hall if it rains)

Share the beauty and bounty of this year’s garden.
Open to all TJC congregants and their guests. 
No cost. Bring dish to share.
Please RSVP with number of adults and children attending by Monday, August 26 to
We are looking for messages from TJC members on why you love attending Shabbat services. Below is an example.
I Love Attending Shabbat Services because…

When I enter our sanctuary, I have a feeling of peace and belonging.
Shabbat services on Saturday morning bring me to a place where I can contemplate my
life, family, goals, and responsibilities removed from everyday hassles and distractions.
I enjoy praying from our Siddur, but also thinking of my own personal prayers and tackling questions that may be bothering me.
Synagogue is a place that allows me to find myself in a special way.
I love the singing and congregational participation, later the socializing with friends and enjoying time with those that I do not see often.
Shabbat services add much to my week, and I would feel incomplete without them – a Jewish Center Congregant

Please send your thoughts on why you love attending Shabbat Services to the Religious Affairs Committee: &
All submissions will be kept anonymous. Thank You!
Join us this Summer at TJC
Meet New Friends
August 16
6:15pm: Potluck Dairy Dinner
Meet other young families at TJC

Sing * Dance * Play
Enjoy the Ruach of Shabbat

Join us in Jessica's Garden
at The Jewish Center
August 16
6:30pm Outdoor Summer Kabbalat Shabbat Services followed by a dairy potluck dinner.
Bring a dairy side dish/dessert.
Entree and beverages provided by The Jewish Center.
The Jewish Center is committed to providing a warm, welcoming, and safe Shabbat experience for our congregants and guests. Please sign up to be a Shabbat greeter. Responsibilities include welcoming people to services while monitoring who is entering the building. There are two shifts each Shabbat, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. and then from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. We need two people per shift, one for the main entrance and one for the for the parking-lot entrance.
Thank you for volunteering. If you have any questions please contact Beatrice Bloom at (609) 577-2989.
Please click here to sign up to be a Shabbat Greeter.
Sunday mornings beginning September 8
Classes follow the Religious School Sunday calendar
For placement and further information regarding registration fee contact Edna at


Advanced Beginners: 9am - 10am
Advanced: 10am - 11am
Beginners: 11am - 12pm

Saturday, August 10 * 8:45am
Join us every Shabbat for a discussion of the weekly Torah portion. Through lively exploration of the Torah's many wonderful (and often challenging) stories and themes, we look to understand how we may apply its life lessons to ourselves in the present.
New participants are always welcome regardless of prior background.

To be added to the BBB mailing list or for questions, contact Michael Goldin,
Talmud Study Class
Wednesday, August 14 * 12:15pm

Talmud text studied in translation. For more information contact Neil Litt,
Yiddish Reading Group
Wednesday, * 1:30pm - will resume in Sept.
Yiddish is alive and well. Join this class in reading Yiddish literature aloud. For more information, contact Ziona Silverman, 732-329-1069 
Tuesday, August 20 * 7:30pm
Future Date: 9/17 -  Dirty Wars and Polished Silver  by Lynda Schuster (this date is tentative).
Saturday, *10am - will resume September 14
The Havurah Minyan meets twice a month from 10-12 and then joins the rest of the congregation for kiddush. On the 2nd Shabbat of each month is a "traditional service" and on the 4th Shabbat is a "study service."
Saturday, 10:15am - will resume in September
A lay-led, all-ages, youth-friendly, davening-focused service that is simultaneously serious and relaxed, formal and informal. The name is intended to suggest service is "by us" - and "us" is diverse.

Yizkor Book of Remembrance

 Every year TJC produces an annual Yizkor Book of Remembrance. This booklet is distributed at services four times during the year when Yizkor is recited, beginning with Yom Kippur. 

To commemorate a loved one in this booklet, click on the link below for the form, list their name(s), and return the bottom portion, together with a check or credit card payment of $25 per name, by September 20. If you have any questions, please call Maryann Yarin (609) 921-0100 x 201 or email

Welcome to #Sulam,
Our New Hebrew High School Program
Join us this Summer at TJC
Meet New Friends
August 16
6:15pm: Potluck Dairy Dinner
Meet other young families at TJC

Sing * Dance * Play
Enjoy the Ruach of Shabbat
Join us for a very special Challah Bake program for children ages 12-36 months and their adult people!

We will make our own dough and then take it home to bake for Shabbat dinner.

Come sing Shabbat songs, hear stories, and make your very own challah.

 Casseroles for TASK
Please support the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
You can support TASK by preparing a vegetarian/fish/dairy casserole and dropping it off at The Jewish Center.

Your contribution of a casserole will make a difference in someone's life.

For questions please contact
Lew Gantwerk -
 Abigail Rose -
Sunday, August 18, 2019, 7pm at Monroe Township Senior Center, 12 Halsey Reed Road, Monroe Township - Congregation Beit Shalom is sponsoring Jewish Joy on a Summer Evening Concert featuring the combined voices of the NJ and Delaware Valley Ensembles of the Cantors Assembly. Tickets ($15 - Children under 16 are free) are available at Congregation Beit Shalom, 1600 Perrineville Road, Monroe Township (609) 395-1952.