High Holidays 5781 / 2020
Saturday, September 12th, 7:30 pm
Erev Rosh Hashanah
(VT) Friday, September 18th, 8 pm
Rosh Hashanah (Day 1)
(VT) Saturday, September 19th, 10 am
Family Service, 1 pm
Tashlich, approx. 2:30 pm
(Prospect Park Lake)
Rosh Hashanah (Day 2)
Creative Morning Service
Sunday, September 20th, 10 am
Tashlich, approx. 1:30 pm
(Salt Marsh Nature Center at Marine Park)
(VT) Sunday, September 27th, 7:30 pm
(VT) Monday, September 28th, 10 am
Family Service, 1 pm
Study Session, 3 pm
Yizkor, 4:30 pm
Concluding Services, 5:30 pm
All services will be conducted virtually
Services marked (VT) require a
Virtual Ticket (free to B'ShERT members in good standing)
Yizkor approximately at 4:30 PM
Community Break-The-Fast immediately following services
All B'ShERT members in good standing will receive their Virtual Tickets at no cost via email a few days before the ticketed services.
Virtual Tickets for non-members are available as follows:
Rosh Hashanah Eve & Day 1 Morning Services $54
Kol Nidre & Yom Kippur Morning Service $72
Non-members may be purchase tickets for our designated ticketed services by visiting https://bshert.org/services/hhd.
All non-ticketed services will be streamed at bshert.org/services/live.
voice of truth
Volume IV Elul / Tishrei 5780 - 5781 / September 2020 No. 27
L’Shanah Tovah from B'ShERT!
New Discoveries, New Year
I have never been a person who enjoys handwork or crafting. My grandma taught me the basics of sewing and knitting, but I didn’t get into it. Today I can sew on a button or make a (messy) hem, but that’s it, and I’ve completely forgotten how to knit. What it comes down to is that I’ve always just found those kinds of activities boring. Then came the pandemic.
Spending so much time at home, I began to feel like I wanted something to do with my hands. I remembered seeing pictures of needle-felted succulents that I found entirely adorable. That’s something I’d like to be able to make, I thought. I ordered a beginners’ kit and began trying it out, and now I have a crafting hobby. I’ve made a set of four drink coasters, each with a different flower; I’ve made tiny pomegranates; I’ve made a die. I’m surprised by how calming it is to sit and stab a barbed needle into wool for hours at a time while watching TV or chatting with friends.
During last year's High Holy Days, when we assessed our lives and looked forward to the coming year, none of us could have imagined what our lives would be like today. But here we are, and though we are all in the same storm, we are not all in the same boat. These months of dealing with the pandemic have been harder for some than others, but likely haven’t been easy for any of us.
When we are thrown into a way of living that breaks down our usual routines, we may make new discoveries about ourselves. This is so appropriate for the season of the High Holy Days. It is a time of year when we interrupt our routines to spend hours in synagogue in prayer and introspection, confession and repentance. We won’t be physically in our sanctuary this year, and perhaps we have developed new routines. I wonder, though, if the changes to our way of life are still new enough that they feel strange and abnormal. If so, as we think about who we have been this year and who we want to be in the coming year, perhaps we can notice different aspects of ourselves, characteristics that were neglected or submerged in the way we used to live. I have discovered a latent crafter in myself—have you discovered anything surprising inside you?
As you know, out of an abundance of caution and the knowledge that the structure of our building makes safe social distancing impossible at entrances and exits, the lobby, and the restroom, all of our services and activities this fall will be online. For some of you, moving online has worked pretty well. For some of you, it has allowed you to attend when you weren’t able to do so in person. And for some of you, it has not worked at all. I am so sorry for the disconnection that many of you have felt at not being able to be together in person. Please get in touch with me if there is any way I can help you feel more connected.
The High Holidays at B’ShERT will be very different than ever before in the 100+ years of our history. That is, they will be different in form. Rabbi Pinsky, Cantorial Soloist Nonie Schuster, the Ritual Committee, and I have been working hard to design experiences that, we hope, will make it possible for the Days of Awe to function the way they are always meant to. We hope to make space for introspection and meditation. We hope to open doors to repentance and return, to reconciliation and renewal.
May your Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur be fulfilling even though they will be different than usual. May the coming year of 5781 bring health and healing, contentment and community. I look forward to seeing you online or in person.
Rabbi Heidi Hoover
Rabbi's felt creations
Trees of Life
Behold the new banners
Innovation and Renewal
I know that this summer has been difficult and challenging for many of you, but I hope that you were able to find some enjoyment and rest and are somewhat recharged for the year to come.
This coming year, much like the past six months, will be like none we have ever experienced before. We have made the difficult but prudent decision to suspend all in-person services and activities in our building through the fall. As a result, our rabbis, cantorial soloist, committees and affiliates have been meeting throughout the summer to make your virtual experiences at our High Holy Days, Festival and Shabbat services, programs and activities meaningful, inspiring and enjoyable.
You might say that the High Holy Days this year are “early” as our Selichot service is on Saturday, September 12th at 7:30 pm, less than a week after Labor Day. On that same day, our Religious School will begin online. If you know anyone looking for a place to give their children a Jewish education, please invite them. Rabbi Pinsky has continued to explore innovative ways to improve our students’ online lessons and activities. Since it is also Shabbat, Rabbi Hoover will be conducting our virtual B’Yachad session, which she initiated back in March, followed by our Shabbat service. Then at 3 pm, the Membership Committee is launching a monthly virtual cook-along led by fellow congregants. The first in this series will be a Rosh Hashanah Cook- Along led by Sharon Spellman.
While we’ll miss being in our beautiful sanctuary for the High Holy Days, Rabbi Hoover, Rabbi Pinsky, Cantorial Soloist Nonie Schuster Donato and the Ritual Committee are making every effort to create services full of spirituality, inspiration and comfort. Nonie has arranged for guest musicians and has chosen previously recorded selections by our B’ShERT volunteer choir to enhance the music. Also, where possible, some of the participants will have backgrounds of our sanctuary. In addition, we will be distributing our Torahs to our volunteer Torah readers.
We have much to look forward to when we do eventually return to in-person activities in our building. You'll be greeted by the new B’ShERT vertical banners at the Church Avenue entrance. Next, you’ll notice the freshly stained paneling along the perimeter of the Sanctuary. In the Rabbi William Kloner Community Room, you will see two Trees of Life from PTBAS on either side of the existing Tree of Life. Finally, you will notice our new Interactive Memorial Board in the sanctuary.
The compiling of names on all our stored and displayed memorial plaques was a major undertaking that we successfully completed during the summer. We must thank Shari Chappell, Nancy Frost, Linda Horowitz, Tamara Kerner, Adrienne Knoll, Ellyn Rothstein, Joanie Schaffer and Helene Smith for their help in creating a list of all the plaques that are on display in our sanctuary. Also, a special thanks to our office administrator Alice Hyatt's daughter, Reanna Hyatt, and our custodians, Vital Jean and Angel DeJesus, for their assistance in helping to verify the names and dates on the plaques. This task would not have been completed without Sondra Berkman and her impeccable record-keeping.
Another task that was accomplished this summer was the Calling Project, which was the brainchild of Pam Glantzman. We must thank Pam, Faye Guskin and Yvette Pomeranz for following through with this project, and all of the volunteers who made phone calls to our entire congregation. The thoughts and comments that have been compiled will be beneficial as we go forward to meet your needs and improve our procedures and programming. I thank you all for your feedback.
During this very unusual summer with so much uncertainty, B’ShERT continued to provide inspiration, comfort and hope. Many of you have been regular attendees of our virtual Shabbat Services and B’Yachad sessions. Our weekly afternoon Torah study classes led by Sam Silverman have continued to draw many participants. In addition, we had two very successful events, "Another Saturday Night " and an Open Mic Night, where we had the opportunity to enjoy the talents of our fellow congregants. Although virtual, all these activities have been bringing us closer to one another and making B’ShERT a tight-knit community. I am looking forward to this coming year as we continue to seek new ways to present our programs and stay connected.
I wish all of you and your families a healthy, happy and sweet new year.
(Photos courtesy of Eric Platt)
Harry and family at a temple luncheon
The Interactive Memorial Board
'Another Saturday Night' Showcases B'ShERT Talent
Thank you to everyone who made “Another Saturday Night” a success. When we imagined it, even I never thought that it would grow to be so phenomenal. This event raised over $14,000 for B'ShERT, in part by matching grants from Rabbi Heidi Hoover and Mike Rose, and Salesforce.
The committee that put this show together was a combination of the Journal and Fundraising committees, under the guidance of President Eric Platt and with technical support from Mike Rose. Thanks to everyone for the wonderful job.
I want to take a moment to tell you about the generosity of Mike Rose’s spirit (as if you don’t already know). He researched the platform we used, guided us in testing it out and demonstrated his never-ending patience with those of us who are neophytes. In turn, he was able to train me and others on the platform. In this manner, Emma Tattenbaum-Fine, Tamara Kerner and Doreen Aronow were able to assist with technical and publicity support.
Many thanks go out to the cast of the program. The talent displayed was awesome. It is amazing that we can find such a variety of talent right in our own backyard. We had about 20 acts, performed by Temple members and friends of B'ShERT, along with a preview of The Cantor’s Last Cantata, a short documentary filmed and produced by B'ShERT's own Harvey Wang.
In case you missed Another Saturday Night, or you want to experience it again, you can watch it on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DP8qg4o_IqU.
Finally, thanks to the congregation for giving from the heart for this event.
Co-Chair, Fundraising Committee
Dear B’ShERT Parents and Families,
I hope that you are all safe, and have found meaningful ways to enjoy the summer months.
As we began to seclude ourselves at home in March, none of us could have anticipated how our lives would shift to this new pandemic reality. I certainly miss seeing you and your children in person, and I eagerly await the time when we can once again gather in the same physical space. After much deliberation with the B’ShERT Religious School Committee and Board, we have decided that Religious School will meet remotely beginning September 12th.
When we began our remote learning last spring, our teachers and students jumped into an unfamiliar world of Zoom and new technologies. While the shift had its growing pains, I want to thank the entire Religious School community for your dedication and perseverance. Together, we have learned a great deal on how to both teach and learn in a virtual world. As we look ahead to a new remote semester, our teachers and staff have learned more about Zoom and virtual classroom modules and will use these creative resources to enhance our lessons and learning.
Our Religious School days will begin at 9:15 am on Saturday mornings with an all-school tefilah gathering, after which students will move to breakout rooms with their class and teacher. With your input, we implemented this schedule last spring with great success, and this fall will be even better! We invite and encourage families to attend tefilah with your students — it is a beautiful opportunity to connect, see everyone's faces, sing, pray, and learn together. Tefilah will last 30 minutes, allowing parents to participate in B’Yachad discussion group and other adult learning opportunities. Classroom time will end at 11 am, and we welcome you to participate in our wider congregation Shabbat morning worship (this is not part of the school curriculum while we are meeting virtually, but we invite you to participate, especially when we celebrate b’nei mitzvah and holidays as a community).
In consultation with the wider B’ShERT community, and decisions about the safety of gathering in our building at 83 Marlborough Road, we will reassess our plan for how we will learn together in the spring.
To register, please follow this link (https://forms.gle/4MN9hsUnswjX31fa6) or visit the B’ShERT website. While so much is up in the air and will continue to change, we are confident that your child(ren)’s connection to B’ShERT will remain consistent and steadfast. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.
Rabbi Alexis Pinsky
Rachel Danielle Gordon
Joanie Holland Schaffer
...and Happy Anniversary to Fran & Manny Arnowitz, Jane & Harold Gleiberman, and Miriam Hurwitz & Jonathan Berk!
Happy Birthday, September Babies!
B'ShERT Religious School News
CHILDHOOD: I grew up in Woodside, Queens with my parents, Mary and Don Katz, and my older sister, Susan.
BACKGROUND: My dad was from Chicago, where his father was an artist. He did murals for the Chicago World’s Fair, cover designs for The Chicagoan and stain glass designs for many synagogues. His work was displayed at the Art Institute of Chicago. My father followed in his father’s footsteps and did wood sculptures and carving for several synagogues. They moved to New York in the late '40s.
My mother was born in Germany and lived in many places including several years in France before arriving in the United States in 1941. Once in the U.S., her family bought a dairy farm in Dutchess County. My parents met upstate in Dutchess County. We spent many summer vacations on the farm and at my father’s parent’s cottage nearby.
PROFESSION: I graduated from Queens college with a degree in accounting. I am currently working as the Senior accountant at the Amsterdam Nursing Home.
FAMILY: I met my husband, George, through a friend from high school. We married in Barbados so George’s 93-year-old grandmother could attend. Happily, my 82-year-old grandmother as well as the rest of my family and many friends also were able to attend.
Ethan came along in 1990 followed by Kelly in 1994. Both went to Hebrew school at Temple Beth Emeth. On the Friday afternoon before Ethan’s bar mitzvah it began to snow. The guests started calling and canceling, but the bar mitzvah went on and everyone who entered the temple that Saturday was invited to stay. We all had a great time!
Ethan is now an EMT for Northwell Health and Kelly is starting her second year of Rabbinical school at HUC.
George passed away in 2013 and I am so grateful for the support I received from the temple at the time.
WHY B'ShERT: In 1999, I was looking for a place for my children to have a Jewish education. I had tried a few other places, but Temple Beth Emeth was where we felt most welcome. I went home and called my dad to tell him I found a temple, and he told me that he thought he did some work there back in the 1950s. When I went back the following week, I looked at the carvings on the doors at Church Avenue — and sure enough, I recognized it as my father’s work.
I continued to be active in the temple even after my children moved on. I chaired the Religious School committee for several years and I just recently stepped down as recording secretary after 10 years. In May 2010, I was one of the six women who participated in the temple's first adult B’nei Mitzvah.
(Photo courtesy of Emily Whitehead)
We hope that you and your family have been well and safe during these difficult times.
We cordially invite you to join or renew your membership for the Women of B’ShERT, a Sisterhood Organization, for the 2020-2021 season. We are a warm and friendly group and have a vibrant mixture of interesting, educated and compassionate members of all ages.
Our dues are $36 a year and help support B’nei Mitzvah gifts as well as events or special needs for B’ShERT. Please look for the membership flyer in this newsletter and mail it in!
As we plan for the year ahead, we expect to hold our events on Zoom until we are safely able to get together again in person.
We look forward to greeting you at our first event, our Ice Cream Social, on Tuesday, September 8th at 7:30 pm. Zoom information will be sent out prior to the event. This year's theme is "What's something good that came out of the pandemic for you?"
Please look for our Ice Cream Social flyer elsewhere in this newsletter. Our “Save the Dates” flyer on this page lists all of the wonderful speakers we have planned this year. We look forward to welcoming you to our events.
Mona Goldberg, Sara Meyer West, Charlotte Russell
Women of B'ShERT
News from Women of B'ShERT
Welcome back, Voice of Truth! We’re glad you are back in circulation and spreading the word about the many ways B’ShERT has continued to provide opportunities to connect with each other in the challenging times of COVID-19. [Editor's note: We're glad to be back, too.]
Our committee has been active all summer long and is doing our best to find new and creative ways to engage our current members and appeal to and welcome those not currently affiliated with our temple.
In June, we hosted a Social Justice Sing-Along, and in July we hosted an Open Mic Night. Both events were fun and well-attended, and we hope to host similar programs in the future.
Last week, we hosted “Memories of Childhood in Brooklyn” with William Gralnick, author of The War of the Itchy Balls: And Other Tales from Brooklyn, and our own B'ShERT member and official Brooklyn Historian Ron Schweiger. We hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did! It was truly a heart-warming walk down memory lane! Thank you to Bill and Ron and all who participated.
Coming up soon, we are excited to present two holiday-themed cook-alongs: Rosh Hashanah with Sharon Spellman on September 12th and Sukkot with Saul Radow on October 4th.
Both programs are free, but please register through Eventbrite at holidaycookalong.eventbrite.com (Rosh Hashanah) and sukkotcookalong.eventbrite.com (Sukkot). All of the dishes sound delicious, and we can’t wait to get cooking!
On October 12th, we will officially launch our congregational survey as part of the URJ’s 2020 Congregational Assessment and Benchmarking Project (you can read more about this in the February 2020 issue of the Voice of Truth).
For this portion of the project we will need the help of each and every member of our congregation.
When the survey launches, you’ll receive an email from Rabbi Hoover and President Eric Platt containing an individualized link. Please be sure to complete the survey before it closes on November 3rd.
For those less comfortable with using a computer, our team is ready to help you complete the survey by phone or in another socially distanced manner.
This survey is vital for our Temple to determine how you engage with our temple community and Judaism at large, including how our congregation meets your needs and where we have room to improve.
With strong participation in the survey, we expect to have a clearer picture of what we as a congregation want, don’t want, as well as what does and does not work.
The URJ team will analyze our results and assign a mentor to help B’ShERT plan and move forward as a congregation. Please do your part to help us make our temple better and stronger.
Keep an eye out for more information on the survey leading up to the launch date, and please encourage your B’ShERT friends and family to participate.
And last, we are always looking for more members to join our committee and for more ideas about how to keep our community connected and engaged. Do you have an idea for a program you’d like to participate in that might be of interest to our community? Do you have a skill you’re itching to teach to congregants and friends on Zoom?
Come to a committee meeting or send us an email. Our first meeting of the fall will be Thursday, October 1st at 7 pm.
If you haven't been to our previous meetings, let Joanie or Ellyn know you're interested and we'll put you on the email list for Zoom information. Hope to see you there!
Wishing everyone a Shana Tova u’Metukah and a meaningful high holiday season.
Joanie Holland Schaffer and Ellyn Rothstein
Co-Chairs, B’ShERT Membership Committee
Report From the Membership Committee
B'ShERT Treasurer's Report
A HUGE thank-you to everyone who participated in our ‘Honey from the Heart’ fundraiser. As of this writing, we’ve sold 155 jars and our profit is $697.
B’ShERT was proud to collaborate with ORT AMERICA for this event. This year, ORT AMERICA is supporting the 400 students of Kfar Silver Youth Village, located near the Israeli border with Gaza. The ORT Kadina Mada (Science Journey) school educates some of Israel’s most vulnerable children. Most of the students have experienced severe poverty and other challenges.
Your participation in ‘Honey from the Heart’ will make a difference in the lives of these children, and the profit increases the growth of our Building Accessibility Fund.
Wishing everyone a Sweet and Healthy New Year.
'Honey from the Heart' is a Sweet Success!
I hope all of you are well, enjoyed your summer and continue to remain well.
Just a reminder that the Temple holds various restricted funds that are used for specific purposes. These funds are listed in the accompanying image. The accounts are held in a CD that is added to and charged each month. The account is interest bearing, and this is added to each fund every month.
The total for all funds is $124,677. Should you feel able to add to these funds, please write a check to Temple and tell Sondra which fund you would like to support. Also, if you have questions regarding these funds, please contact me. Also, please remember to pay your dues and building fund assessments. The Temple appreciates it.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year. I hope to see you all in person or on Zoom.
Helene Smith, Treasurer
Report From the Charity Committee
The B'ShERT Charity Committee expresses gratitude to the congregation for your generous contributions of $5106, and to Rabbi Hoover, for the total of $5200 that was distributed to worthy community charities in June 2020.
The Committee addressed food insecurity during the COVID-19 emergency, with $875 donations each to:
Food Bank for NYC — collects, distributes food to 1,000 NYC charities, including food pantries, meal programs, colleges, etc.
Masbia – Kosher Food pantry and frozen ready-to-eat meals (Ave. J/Coney Island Ave. is one location).
Citymeals on Wheels – citywide home-delivered emergency meals.
Six additional charities received $400 each:
American Jewish World Service – works to end poverty and promote human rights in the developing world. They fund grassroots social justice organizations in 19 countries.
Bring Back Brooklyn Fund – Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce fundraising effort. Funds targeted the Church Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) Small Business Loan Fund
Guy M. Stewart Cancer Fund – Funds help children fighting cancer, supporting the Ronald McDonald House and Memorial Sloan Kettering Medical Center.
HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) – Humanitarian aid and assistance. HIAS was founded in 1881 to assist Jews fleeing pogroms in Russia and Eastern Europe and expanded its scope to assist refugees worldwide.
Power of Two – In-home evidence-based parental coaching to help babies develop and thrive
Safe Horizon – Services for survivors of domestic violence and crime
In addition, B’ShERT’s Little Pantry community food pantry received $175.
Faye Levine Guskin
Chair, Charity Committee
As a result of a suggestion by Pam Glantzman, and with the guidance, advice, and technical expertise of Rabbi Hoover, the Board of Trustees embarked upon The Calling Project.
Our dedicated calling project team consisted of Nancy Frost, Susan Sysler, Ellyn Rothstein, Mona Goldberg, Tamara Kerner, Lori Pandolfo, Fran Arnowitz, Hazel Tishcoff, Maria Deutscher, Liz Fisher, Emily Whitehead, and co-chairs. We undertook to contact every Temple member household.
The purpose, first and foremost, was to find out how everyone was doing during these unusual and difficult times. The next purpose was to find out if you have been able to connect with Temple and if there are ways to enhance your relationship with Temple, because we are striving to help you to weather this storm.
Last, given that one of the most powerful points of connection (and for some members, the main connection) is during the High Holidays, and given that the High Holidays this year will be different, with services online, we wanted to discuss making these as meaningful as possible for you.
We did reach a majority of member households, and we did make note of the needs that you expressed, the suggestions that you made, and your contact updates, and shared them with Rabbi Hoover, administrative staff, officers, and related committees.
Many callers found themselves profoundly moved by your conversations. Many of those called were very glad to hear from Temple. Let's keep these relationships going!
Yvette Pomeranz & Faye Levine Guskin
The Calling Project
The Calling Project — Connection in the Time of COVID B'ShEBrotherhood
We hope everyone is safe and healthy.
Thanks to all who attended the Interfaith Coalition Movie Night program on August 13. We viewed a few short movies followed by a lively discussion.
Future Interfaith programs are currently being determined. If you have any ideas for programming please be in touch with Yvette Pomeranz, Social Action Liaison to the Interfaith Coalition.
We are having our annual Rosh Hashanah Food Drive with donations going to our own Little Pantry and Our Lady of Refuge Church Food Pantry (OLRC is part of our Interfaith Coalition).
Please see the flyer in this issue of Voice of Truth and note the various ways to donate your unopened, unexpired and non-perishable food items. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the procedure is very different from past years. We also sent a flyer via email.
There is an immediate and ongoing need for food and your participation following our guidelines is greatly appreciated.
We look forward to your participation in the food drive and in all of our events this year.
To everyone in the B'ShERT community, L’Shanah Tovah to you and your families, and be safe!
Social Action Committee
Social Action Committee News
B'ShERT Brotherhood Report
Laurie Bassi, Social Action Co-Chair and liaison to the Interfaith Coalition, has resigned from this position. She and Herb will be moving out of New York in the near future. Thank you, Laurie, for your commitment, hard work and inspiration.
Yvette Pomeranz from the Social Action Committee has been appointed liaison to the Interfaith Coalition.
On Saturday, April 18, at 1 pm (after services), please attend a Social Action Lunch and Learn in the Community Room. The topic is Climate Change: Response to Urgency. The discussion will be moderated by Yvette Pomeranz and the two resource books will be We Are The Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer and Let There Be Water by Seth Segal. The discussion will center around concrete actions we can take as individuals, as a temple entity and as society and what is needed to galvanize us to take action.
Our annual Passover Food Drive will take place in March. Please bring your UNOPENED, UNEXPIRED food to Temple by Friday, March 27. We will be donating this food to Our Lady of Refuge Church Food Pantry (OLRC), which is part of our Interfaith Coalition, and our Little Pantry. We are also happy to once again be able to support seniors in need at this time of year at the Marks JCH. Your donation to our Dr. Janet L. Haynes Social Action Fund will allow us to provide individuals and couples with funds to purchase food for their seder tables.
See the flyer in this Voice of Truth with date and other details. We’re pleased that the children of the Religious School will also participate by helping to sort items.
Please save the dates for the following Interfaith Coalition program and watch for flyers with complete details:
• Abraham’s Table: Sunday, March 29, 3:30 - 5:30 pm at the Amity School on Knapp Street. Topic: The Environment in the Light of Our Three Traditions.
• Interfaith Iftar dinner combined with Abraham’s Table: Sunday, April 26 at OLRC. Theme: What Is Your Most Important Religious Holiday?
• Movie Night: Thursday, August 6 in the parking lot of the Amity School. Time, movie and other details will be announced at a later date.
The next meeting of the Social Action Committee will take place on Thursday, April 30 at 7 pm in the Community Room.
Co-Chair, Social Action Committee
News from the Jewish Cultural Committee
Over the years, the Jewish Cultural Committee has focused primarily on attending events taking place in the New York City area. We decided to adapt to the new pandemic world by viewing on-line programs and scheduling discussions.
In June, we followed the Israel Film Center Festival, watching Mossad and There Are No Lions in Tel Aviv, and saw the funny but poignant and thought-provoking musical piece Monish, recorded by the Center for Jewish History. In July, we caught the Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival, with emphasis on four very moving short films. We will continue to recommend such programs and to schedule discussions.
However, there is so much of interest on-line that we have turned to our social media coordinator, Emma Tattenbaum-Fine, for help keeping the congregation “in the know.” If anyone in the congregation has a Jewish cultural activity to recommend to the congregation, Emma has graciously agreed to post it. Please contact her at email@example.com.
You can read the posts if you are looking for something to view. If you would like to have a discussion about one of these programs and none has been scheduled, please contact me or Helene Smith and maybe we can schedule it.
I am glad that we can continue to learn and to enjoy our cultural heritage in spite of the pandemic.
Co-Chair, Jewish Cultural Committee
Brotherhood hopes everyone had a safe and especially healthy summer as we continue in the unbelievable times we are living in.
We were happy that we were able to provide gifts to the graduating confirmation class this past May and hope to continue to provide gifts to our bat and bar mitzvah celebrants and next years confirmation class graduates as well.
It is almost impossible to forecast the future events or meetings of Brotherhood at this time. We will try our best to schedule some activities on Zoom or hopefully at the temple when it is safe to return. We hope to present some programs but definite dates and times may vary.
Hopefully we can meet on Sunday, September 13th on Zoom to discuss some future programs. You’ll need to bring your own bagels, spreads and pastries until further notice. We will hold off collecting any Brotherhood dues until we finalize our programs for this year.
We really need some ideas from our temple members and need as many men as possible to participate if you want the Brotherhood Affiliate to continue.
Be sure to listen for our voicemails, read the Temple newsletter and look for flyers to keep informed about Brotherhood. The most important thing is please stay well and stay safe.
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Torah Portions — September 2020
Sept. 4 - 5 Ki Tavo Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8
Sept. 11 - 12 Nitzavim-Vayelech Deuteronomy 29:9 - 31:30
Sept. 1 8 - 19 Rosh Hashanah Genesis 21:1−13
Sept. 25 - 26 Ha-azinu Deuteronomy 32:1– 52
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Maxine Feldman Teaches…
Piano, Voice, Guitar, Sight-Singing
Ms. Feldman has 35 years of experience teaching all ages. She has served on the music faculties of NYU, Brooklyn College, The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and Hebrew Union College. She has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the United Nations, at PTBAS and now at the new consolidated congregation!
For further information, please call Maxine at 718-490-7556