Weekly Newsletter

October 18, 2017
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday/Rosh Chodesh

 

Morning services   7:10am

 

Candle lighting   5:51pm

 

Evening services   6pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue*

 

Shabbat ends   6:55pm

 

Monday/Hebrew School

 

*Please keep in mind that with the changing of the weather and the final stages of our renovation, the everyday activities of the synagogue will be affected and/or curtailed in various ways

   

 How does a generation sink so low that it merits total destruction?

 

A novel approach is that it was not so much a punishment as a concession to the reality that life was no longer worth living. Society had broken down to the point that whether it was fear of theft or violence, the vast majority of humanity had absolutely no quality of life.

 

The creation was for the purpose of enjoying life and when that was no longer possible, the need to start over was imperative.

 

Congratulations to Adam Salm and Randi Braunstein for their wedding this Saturday night performed by Rabbi Glass. Click Here to see the Notice in the New York Times.

  

They celebrated their aufruf at the synagogue a week ago Saturday

 

Congratulations to our long time member Ora Gelberg who is the Hadassah honoree at a GALA luncheon to benefit medical research on Thursday, October 26

 

Allen Hirsch has organized Art for Venezuelan Aid opening at La Esquina cafe at 201 Lafayette Street

 

 

Proceeds will be donated to the people and communities Hirsch painted, now suffering under the Maduro dictatorship in Venezuela. Offers should be addressed to allenhirsch@gmail.com.

 

The exhibit will be on view until November 1st, daily from 12pm -10pm.

 

GOLEMS IN BROOKLYN

If the Golem could talk, he would invite you to www.facebook.com/events/211613602700396/?ti=icl

Past President Toby Turkel has an oil painting in this show!

 

 
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Weekly Newsletter

October 11, 2017
 
Weekly Newsletter
Wednesday

 

Evening services   6:15pm

Sukkah open for anyone needing to eat their seudah here

 

Thursday

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

YIZKOR   9am11am and noon

 

Limited Kiddush

 

Farewell to the Sukkah  6pm

 

Afternoon services   6:15pm

 

Family singalong   6:30pm

 

Evening services   6:45pm 

Dinner   7:15pm

 

Friday

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

Candle lighting 6pm

Evening 

services  6:15pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services    9:30am

Shabbat ends 8:35pm
 
Tuesday/Wednesday
Rosh Chodesh Elul
 
Morning services 7:10am

   

Today is one of the more mysterious days on the Jewish calendar and it is deceptively significant. On the one hand Hoshana Raba seems like the rest of the holiday of Sukkot with Lulav and Sukkah but the morning services are gargantuan in that the bima is circled 7 times and we add another ritual called the Aravah (5 branch willow bunch) accompanied by copious poetic prayers. The sages explain that the additional theme to this day involves the real completion of the judgment process that began with Rosh HaShana. This is evidenced by the fact that one can fulfill Tashlich even to this day and included in our prayers are much of what is recited during the days of awe.

 

God’s mercy knows no bounds and has provided us with yet another “extension”, may we merit to take advantage of this special opportunity.

 

TriBeCa Torah acting out the various mitzvot of the season

 

 

 

Remember to make Eruv Tavshilin today! (Put away a matzah and egg to be eaten Saturday afternoon.)

 

Please register today for dinner tomorrow night!

 

This year our Simchat Torah celebration Thursday night will be family focused with the middle hakafot specially designed for children’s participation.

 
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October 4, 2017
 
Weekly Newsletter

TODAY

Evening services 6:30pm

Dinner 7:15pm

October 5

Morning services 9:30am

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

Evening services 6:30pm

Dinner 7:17pm

October 6

Morning services 9:30am

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

Candle lighting 6:11pm

Evening services 6:15pm

Sukkah available for those who need to make their seudah here.

October 7

Morning services 9:10am

Kiddush sponsored by Adam Salm celebrating his Aufruf

October 8

Columbus Day-Office OPEN

Morning services 7:10am

(Please help make the minyan)

Hebrew School on hiatus

Lunches sold in the Sukkah Monday through Wednesday

Afternoon services 1:40pm

October 10

Adult Education/On hiatus

October 11

Hoshana Raba

Morning services 7am

In the movie “Oh God” starring George Burns there was his famous line about the one mistake he made in creation which was the avocado: “I made the pit too big.” One might add another “mistake” in His piling all these holidays in one month; couldn’t He spread them out a little?!

The truth is, however, these special mitzvot of Lulav and Sukkah, etc. only make sense in the direct aftermath of the great experience of the 10 days of penitence. This is the one time of year that we have so sanctified ourselves with our fasting, prayer and penitence for us to have the great honor of grasping God’s scepter or dwelling in a structure so infused with His holiness. What we have accomplished with ourselves is so delicate that we have to take advantage immediately, before the moment passes.

We take this opportunity to express our deepest gratitude to all of those who made it possible to observe these profound mitzvot:

Robert Blakeley - Project Management
Robert Berger - Logistics
Scott Kogan - Human Resources
Robert Moezinia - Materials and back Sukkah crew
Leah Berger - Catering
Scott Symon - Legal

Amy Cappell-Decorating
Susan Blakeley - Decorating
Hebrew School - Decorating

Vito Licari - Engineering

Our builders:
Ian Berger
Jacopo Penzo
Isaac Fuhrmann
David Koral
Fassassi Oyeossi
Ricky
Andre

Please reserve for dinners tonight and tomorrow and/or Lulav and Etrog immediately!

Remember Eruv Tavshilin! Put away an egg and a matzah to be allowed to cook on Friday for Saturday.

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September 20, 2017
 
Weekly Newsletter
 

Wednesday

Evening services 6:45pm

Gary Turkel Memorial Open House 7:30pm

Thursday

Morning services 9am

Community service and Children’s Program 10am

SHOFAR 11:15am

Tashlich behind Stuyvesant High School 3pm

Evening services 6:30pm

Friday

Morning services 9am

SHOFAR 11:15am

Candle lighting 6:34pm

Evening services 6:30pm

Saturday

Morning services 9:30am

Shabbat ends 7:45pm

Monday/Hebrew School

Tuesday/Adult Education

Mishlei/Proverbs 6pm

High Holiday Prep 6:45pm

 

According to our tradition the act of creation began on the 25thof Elul such that 1 Tishrei, the 6th day of creation and the day we observe Rosh HaShana, was the day on which Adam and Eve were created. When we sound the shofar we proclaim “Today is the birthday of the world!” even though technically the process had begun 5 days earlier. From this we see the centrality of the human existence to the universe and the awesome responsibility we have as stewards of the world. May we merit to accept upon ourselves the full extent of this responsibility and resolve to act accordingly for a sweet and happy 5778!

TriBeCa Synagogue graciously acknowledges the following sponsors and volunteers:

High Holiday Committee: Nancy Aaronson, Perry Parker, Toby Turkel, Dolores Wine, Isaac Fuhrmann, Robert Moezinia, Eitan Goldman and Ethan Ellenberg

Open House Dinner Sponsors: Toby and Avi Turkel in memory of Gary Turkel

Kiddush sponsor for Thursday is the Board of Directors and Miriam and Paul Goodman for desserts

Kiddush sponsors for Friday are Abe Dweck and Robert Levine

Saturday, Shabbat Shuva, Kiddush is sponsored by Iris Karp, Linda Poras and Harvey Karp in memory of their mother Sophie Goldner Karp

Cantor Berkowitz is generously sponsored by Isaac and Ana Fuhrmann

Community service is sponsored by Joel and April Feffer

Children’s Service sponsored by Justine Fisher and Robert Alloway

Ken Paskar and Scott Kogan as the Gabbaim

Wendy Friedland for graphics

Remember to do Eruv Tavshilin today! Put away an egg and some bread to allow for cooking on Friday forSaturday.

Special for Saturday: Rabbi Shmuli Zema will deliver the Dvar Torah for Shabbat Shuva!

TriBeCa Torah Bnei Mitzvah Class Studying Rosh HaShana

With a little levity

Preparing our Torah for the Holiday

With Rabbi Lichter of the A-1 Sofrim

 

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August 17, 2017
 
Weekly Newsletter
 
Thursday/Adult Education
 
Mishlei/Proverbs 6pm
 
Hebrew Reading 6:45pm
 
Friday
 
Candle lighting 7:31pm
 
Evening services 6:45pm
 
Saturday
 
Morning services 9:30am
 
Kiddush provided by the Tribeca Synagogue
 
Shabbat ends 8:35pm
 
Tuesday/Wednesday
Rosh Chodesh Elul
 
Morning services 7:10am

This week we have the prohibition against cutting oneself over the dead and there is at least an indirect connection with the upcoming solar eclipse of this Monday afternoon.
 
One of the reasons for this prohibition is that our grief must be limited to some extent by the fact that we know that death isn't final but rather there is another existence for the departed. One passage in the Talmud has it that when there is a solar eclipse it is a bad sign for the nations of the world (who tended to be sun worshippers in ancient times). Their day began with the sun and ended with darkness, meaning that life as they know it was really over with physical death, hence their extreme grief to the point of cutting themselves.
 
The Jewish nation associates itself with the moon and ends the day with daylight, referring to the next world which is the light coming after the "darkness" of this world. Hence, while we of course grieve over our loss, we do not do so to that extreme.
 
The solar eclipse will be visible in New York City beginning this Monday at 2:45pm; Rabbi Glass will be presenting more of the Torah perspective of this phenomenon throughout this Shabbat.
 
Our new Hebrew School director, Malka Fleischmann, will be at the synagogue this Tuesday at 6pm for any parents that are available and interested in meeting her.
 
 
At the LES Back to School festival with Ken Paskar, Pastor Rivera, Assemblywoman You-line Niou, and the Rebbetzin.
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August 10, 2017

 

Weekly Newsletter

Thursday/Adult Education 
 

On hiatus this week

Friday 

Candle lighting   7:40pm

Evening services   6:45pm

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Kiddush sponsored by Joel and Lynsey Plasco
 

Shabbat ends   8:45pm

   

Continuing with it's reprise of their time in the desert, we have the whole series Moshe's interactions with God on Mount Sinai on behalf of the Israelites.

We started with the first trip ending with the breaking of the tablets because of the Golden Calf. It continues with a second trip of 40 days to have the punishment removed and concludes with the third trip, ending on Yom Kippur where atonement was achieved and a 2nd set of tablets was presented to the people.

This third trip forms the basis of our 40 day period of repentance but it also teaches a valuable lesson. The midrash comments by noting that the 1st set of tablets were given in great pomp and circumstance but didn't survive. The 2nd set was given "b'tzniut", in modest circumstances and endured.

While sometimes it's important to make a show of things, one must always be mindful about whether modesty might be the order of the day.

Joel Plasco is observing yahrtzeit this Saturday for his father Steven and he and Lynsey are generously sponsoring the kiddush this weekend.

We also congratulate David Braun who will be celebrating his aufruf at the synagogue during morning services.

 

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August 2, 2017
 
Weekly Newsletter

Thursday/Adult Education

 

Mishlei/Proverbs 6pm

 

Hebrew Reading6:45pm

 

Friday

 

Candle lighting 7:49pm

 

Evening services6:45pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services9:30am

 

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

 

Shabbat ends 8:55pm

 

Wednesday

 

Gardening for Preschoolers 10am

The week following Tisha B’Av involves an enormous emotional about face beginning with the Shabbat dedicated to consolation, Shabbat Nachamu, and then the celebration of Tu B’Av. Evolving from 3 weeks of mourning and despair we are to now feel better, how?

 

Well it starts with the realization that, for the most part, God took his wrath out on the stones of the temple but left the people largely in tact. And it continues with the knowledge that we will endure and are given the hope that whatever we lost at that time will eventually be restored to us.

 

On Monday we celebrate the end of the punishment of the sin of the spies of the desert signaling the fact that the nation was cleared to enter the Promised Land. Later on in Biblical history the prohibition against marrying out of one’s tribe was lifted on that day and as such has come to be known as a day for Shidduchim!

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July 5, 2017

 

Weekly Newsletter

Friday

Candle lighting   8:11pm

Evening services   6:45pm

Saturday

Morning Services 9:30am

Kiddish provided by TriBeCa Synagogue

Still seeking sponsors

Shabbat ends   9:15pm

Tuesday

Fast begins   4:22am

Morning services   7:10am

Afternoon services  1:30pm

Fast ends  9:08pm

Thursday/Adult Education Resumes!

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

Hebrew Reading for Beginners   6:45pm

   

The story of Balaam explores the extreme limits of free will. He was "hired" by King Balak to curse the Israelites and is told directly by God not to go. And if that wasn't enough, he is confronted by his miraculous talking donkey and then finally an angel swinging a sword. With all this Balaam continues, slightly shaken, but undeterred to his unholy task. 

What an amazing revelation of the true nature of the human psyche, and is it any wonder why people continue to be self destructive, even in the face of overwhelming evidence?!

Tuesday is the fast of the 17th day of Tamuz, beginning the 3 week period of mourning centering on the destruction of the 2 temples and related tragedies.

Coming Thursday July 13th, Hebrew Reading for Beginners returns! Now's your chance!

TriBeCa Synagogue at the North/South Fork

Celebrating the 4th!

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June 28, 2017

 

Weekly Newsletter

This Shabbat Rabbi Glass will be away

Friday

Candle lighting   8:13pm

Evening services    6:45pm

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Torah reading by Ben Kohanim

Dvar Torah by Eli Weiss

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

Shabbat ends   9:20pm

Monday-Open for weekday services!

Morning services   7:20am

Afternoon services   1:40pm

Tuesday/Legal Holiday

Office closed and no services

Note: summer office hours 9am - 2pm

   

Many attempts have been made to put into perspective the seemingly gigantic consequence of Moses' slight error. For hitting the rock to bring forth water rather than speaking to the rock, Moses was decreed to remain in the desert without ever entering the promised land. This is especially curious considering that when a similar scenario developed in the beginning of their time in the desert he was indeed asked to hit the rock to bring forth water.

Some explain that rather than calling this decree a punishment, we are to look at it as a symbolic revelation. When the Israelites first left Egypt they were a people who needed the kind of leadership represented by "the stick". But it was 40 years later and a new generation could no longer be expected to be lead in the same manner. In the promised land they would respond to "the word" and apparently Moses was incapable of making this transition such that a new style of leadership, represented by Joshua, was in order.

This is an instructive paradigm for the importance of creativity in adapting to the style of leadership unique to each generation.

Congratulations again to the Duek family for the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter in our sanctuary a week ago!

Gardening with Grownup! Wednesdays at 10AM

Registration remains open: Preschool of Sciences

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June 21, 2017
 
Weekly Newsletter

Thursday/Adult Education

 

Mishlei/Proverbs6pm

 

Siddur/Jewish Prayer6:45pm

 

Friday

 

Candle lighting8:13pm

 

Evening Services6:30pm

(Going back to old time!)

 

Saturday

 

Morning services9:30am

 

Kiddush sponsored by Jim Stark in memory of his parents Fred and Harriet

 

Shabbat ends 9:20pm

 

According to the Midrash, one of the challenges Korach had for Moses was with Mezuzah. He asked that if a house was full of Torah books should it still need a Mezuzah? When Moses said yes Korach laughed with scorn over the lack of logic. If the parchment that only has the Shma on it is enough for the house certainly all those books should remove the requirement for Mezuzah?

 

The response to this challenge is that the Torah is about balance: on the one hand the house needs a sign that God is part of this household but on the other hand it has to be a “household”, meaning a place to eat, sleep etc. and just plain live. We place a mezuzah on our door to remind us that while this is our special place, God is always present.

 

Congratulations to our Benefit Committee for the amazing and successful evening this past Thursdaynight!

 

 

 

Rabbi Glass stole the show!


And Liz and Jonathan Rodan…

 

 

TriBeCa Torah end of year celebration

 


Rabbi Glass at the RCA Convention in Stamford

 

 

Hearing the great Herschel Schechter,

Rosh Yeshiva-Yeshiva University

 

 

 

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June 7, 2017
 
Weekly Newsletter

Shabbat Schedule for the Steven J. Plasco Scholar in Residence

 

Friday

 

Candle lighting 8:08pm

 

Evening services 6:45pm

 

Dinner 7:30pm

 

Presentation 8:30pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services 9:30am

 

Dvar Torah 11am

 

Kiddush 11:45am

 

Post Kiddush Talk12:45pm

 

Seudah Shlishit*7:30pm

& Dvar Torah

 

*at the residence of Rabbi and Mrs. Glass

210 East Broadway, #H305

 

Chapter 9 of this week’s reading contains what seems an extraneous description of the system of how the Israelites camped or decamped. If the cloud stayed, they stayed. If it moved, they moved. Sometimes they were in a spot for a while and sometimes for just a short period. But the Sforno provides some details that lead to a whole new perspective on the conduct of the Israelites during their time in the desert:

 

Even if the spot was ideal, if the cloud moved they moved. Even if the spot was uncomfortable, if the cloud didn’t move, they didn’t move, and on and on. By and large the people were loyal to the Divine Will no matter what the sacrifice entailed such that the few times we read about resistance were just that, few and far between. So on the one hand, we have to be open to learning from the mistakes we read about in the Chumash, but we still must recognize that this was one of the greatest spiritual generations in human history.

 

Please register immediately for our Scholar in ResidenceFriday night dinner!

Generously sponsored by Joel and Lynsey Plasco

 

Featuring Rabbi Y. Y. Rubinstein

 

Taste of Preschool began today, Shabbat Adventure beginstomorrow!

 

 

Register at www.preschoolofsciences.com

 

Honoring the great Ray Kelley at Gurney’s of Montauk

Memorial Day Weekend


Thank you Jason Binn of DuJour

 

Farewell to the amazing Sharon Sharofsky-Mack

 

 

Going from Director of JCP to Heschel!

 

Latest TriBeCa Torah Project

 

 

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May 11, 2017
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting 7:45pm

 

Evening services6:45pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services9:30pm

 

Kiddush sponsored by Wendy and Fabian Friedland in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of their son Eddie

 

Shabbat ends 8:50pm

 

Sunday/Lag B’Omer

 

Monday/Hebrew School

 

Wednesday

 

Isaac’s Lions Playoff Basketball game at Lawrence Middle School

 

Tip off 9pm

 

Thursday/Adult Education

Mishlei/Proverbs 6pm

Siddur/Prayer 6:45pm

Sunday is the festive and mystical holiday we call Lag B’Omer. Lag stands for the number 33 which represents the amount of days we will have counted since the 2ndday of Passover, when the barley offering called the Omer was first brought. One of the reasons that the 33rd day is significant is that it is the yahrtzeit, or hilula, of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the author of the Zohar.

 

In his memory there is the quaint custom to shoot bows and arrows because of a Talmudic passage regarding him. In particular it states that in his merit during his entire lifetime there was never a rainbow, which was generally felt to be a bad omen. Since the rainbow was the sign that God wouldn’t punish the world with a flood, whenever one appears we have to think that we might have deserved a punishment but God is holding back. Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai was so intensely righteous that he atoned for his entire generation!

 

The entire TriBeCa Synagogue is delighted to congratulate Wendy and Fabian Friedland for the upcoming Bar Mitzvah of their son Eddie this weekend!

It has been one of my most gratifying experiences here at the synagogue to have become acquainted with them from their earliest days here as an engaged couple over two decades ago and working with them throughout their growth as a family in our confines. It was my privilege to conduct their marriage in our sanctuary and they rewarded us with the first beautiful recarpeting of the synagogue in 15 years in honor of their aufruf. Their daughter Janet had her baby naming here and Eddie had his bris here and it was my honor to tutor both of them for the Bnei Mitzvah. Fabian served as president and Wendy is a ubiquitous presence helping with all our promotional graphics and as of late writing and directing our famed Purim Shpiels. And on top of this their direct generosity to the synagogue is unparalleled. B’Sha Tova and Mazel Tov!

 

With concern and then relief we inform you that Thomas Berger, father of our long time member and trustee Robert, had a serious fall and had to be hospitalized. Fortunately he is now home and we wish him a refuah shelayma bikarov.

 

 

Congratulations to Isaac’s Lions who were victorious in the first round of Young Israel Basketball Playoffs this past Tuesday night!

 

Next opponent Harborview Shul, for the semi finals this Wednesday at 9pm

 

 

Coming next weekend: Scholar in Residence-The Business Rabbi!

 

 

Rabbi Chaim Mendelson from Jerusalem to discuss ethics in the modern world of business

 

 


Energy is building at Thursday night Adult Education, join us!

 

 

REMINDER: Spring Benefit – “Gold and Silver” Thursday, June 15th Register HERE.

 

 

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May 4, 2017
 
Weekly Newsletter

Thursday/Adult Education

 

Mishlei/Proverbs 6pm

 

Siddur/Jewish Prayer6:45pm

 

Friday

 

Candle lighting 7:38pm

 

Evening services6:45pm

NEW TIME!

 

Saturday

 

Morning services9:30am

 

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

 

Shabbat ends 8:45pm

 

Sunday

 

Isaac’s Lions vs Heichal HaTorah6:15pm

High School Basketball Game

201 Warren Street 3rdFloor

 

Monday

 

Hebrew School

 

Wednesday

 

Pesach Sheini

 

Eat Matzah!

Maimonides in his Codes discusses a common mistake people make upon hearing of the importance of holiness cited many, many times in this week’s portion along with the dangers of indulgence. One might think that because the stakes are so high that I should swing the pendulum in the opposite direction and go for extremes of purity and holiness. For instance a person may only eat bland foods or even fast excessively along with wearing drab clothing like the monks of other religions. This he insists is also erroneous as it is forbidden for a person to withdraw from normal life and prohibit upon one’s self that which the Torah expressly permits.

 

Many opinions interpret Maimonides as referring to the classic “Golden Mean” which has the goal of achieving balance in how one lives one’s life. The challenge, however, is to maintain this balance against the backdrop of two equal and opposite forces within oneself constantly pulling one in opposite directions.


With Alan Gerson in Little Italy at the Kick Off for Ken Paskar and Daisy Paez's campaign for District Leader of Part B in the 65th Assembly District.


Isaac’s Lions Playoff Bound! Big victory Sunday night versus Be’er HaGolah Institute

 

The Fields family expresses their deep appreciation to the TriBeCa Synagogue and Rabbi Glass for their extraordinary efforts of comfort for their traumatic loss.

 

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April 27, 2017
 
Weekly Newsletter

Thursday/Adult Education

 

Mishlei/Proverbs 6pm

 

Siddur/Jewish Prayer6:45pm

 

Friday

 

Candle lighting 7:31pm

 

Evening services6:30pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services9:30am

 

Kiddush provided by TriBeCa Synagogue

 

Shabbat ends 7:35pm

 

Sunday

 

Isaac’s Lions vs Be’er HaGolah

High School Basketball Game

201 Warren Street6:15pm

 

Monday

 

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Yom Ha’Atzmaut

 

Israel Independence Day Observed

With the primary topic of this week’s double portion being skin conditions, let’s look to the haftarah for something a little more practical. The story is about 4 “lepers”, which connects it to our portion, and is the follow up to a very dramatic time in our biblical history. In the lead up to the haftarah the Israelites were both suffering bitter famine and a struggle with their Aramean neighbors. Elisha, the prophet at the time, proclaimed that soon the price of bread would plummet and an advisor to the king Yehoram mocked his outlandish optimism. The lepers were quarantined from the city and in their desperation decided to see if they could do any better with the Arameans. To their astonishment they found the armed camp deserted and all their enormous supplies just lying around abandoned. They informed the king, and because there was so much food and resources the price of bread did indeed plummet to a record low.

 

One of the messages being expressed here is that no matter how bleak the situation is and how outlandish a solution seems, the Almighty is capable of making any scenario happen, even making it seem almost perfectly natural. No more apt concept exists to explain what we have recently experienced when we entertained representatives of the Cuban Jewish community this past weekend at Shabbat Latino. David Prinstein laid out the disaster for the Jewish community in the aftermath of the revolution which spiritually almost wiped out a generation. But in the last decades, this community has experienced a rejuvenation and liberalization that has seen this community growing as strong as it has been for a long, long time and the future is indeed bright. This development was inconceivable not too long ago but: “Blessed are You O Lord … who gives strength to the weary.”

 

 

President Isaac Fuhrmann, Co-Host Executive Vice President Eli Weiss, Co-Host Ken Paskar, David Prinstein, Rabbi Shmuel, Rabbi & Mrs. Glass, Jennifer Paskar

Mashgiach Chaim Roth, inspecting parsley

 

Plaque presented to Ken Paskar at the dinner: "Recognizing Mr. Ken Paskar as an honorary member of the Patronato, of the Jewish community of Cuba for all his support in the restoration of Temple Beth Shalom."

 

 

 

 

Wedding of Marc Wilder to Madeline Block in our sanctuary this week

 

 

Davening maariv after a tough loss for Isaac’s Lions in Inwood

 

Everyone whose memorial prayer (Kale Maley) was delayed due to Nisan can have the prayer recited THIS Saturday at morning services. Please come or contact Rabbi Glass to have it recited on your behalf.

 

Announcing that our member Ken Paskar is running for District Leader in the 65th Assembly District, Part B.

Ken will be on the ballot in this September's Primary.

 

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April 13, 2017
 
Weekly Newsletter

Chol HaMoed and Last Two Days of Passover

 

Thursday

Adult Education

Mishlei/Proverbs 6pm

Siddur/Jewish Prayer 6:45pm

 

Friday

Morning services 7:10am

Candle lighting 7:16pm

Evening services 6:30pm

 

Saturday

Morning services 9:30am

Kiddush sponsored by Rachel Bachner and David Godbout

Celebrating the Bar Mitzvah of their son Henry

Shabbat ends 8:20pm

 

Sunday

Evening services 6:30pm

 

Monday

Morning services 9:30am

Evening services 7:15pm

 

Tuesday

1st Yizkor 9am

Morning services 9:30am

2nd Yizkor 11am

Final Yizkor Noon

Chometz accessible at 9pm

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April 6, 2017
 
Weekly Newsletter

Thursday/Adult Education

 

Mishlei/Proverbs 6pm

 

Siddur/Jewish Prayer6:45pm

 

Friday

 

Candle lighting 7:09pm

 

Evening services6:30pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services9:30am

 

Kiddush sponsored by Pamela Gross and Susan Silverstein in honor of her father Sam’s 85th birthday

 

Drasha 12:45pm

 

Shabbat ends 8:15pm

 

Sunday

 

Search for Chametz8:11pm

 

Monday

 

Morning services7:20am

 

Siyyum for the First Born 8am

 

Breakfast jointly sponsored by David Rosenbaum (who is delivering the siyyum) and Ken Rosenblum for the respective yahrtzeits of mother and father

 

Evening services6:30pm

   

This week’s portion begins with an extended discussion about the Olah, the all consumed offering. Normally a sacrifice is eaten at least partially either by the priests and/or the owner but here the offering goes completely “to God”. And consistent with how we are supposed to view the sacrifices, we are to imagine ourselves also, being completely given over to God.

 

This weekend is Shabbat HaGadol, the Big Sabbath, primarily because of the extreme faith and courage the Israelites showed when they designated the animal for the Passover sacrifice 4 days in advance giving their Egyptian hosts plenty of time to discover their plans. And according to our tradition the Egyptians revered these animals as deities such that slaughtering them constituted blasphemy. Nevertheless the Israelites didn’t flinch from this request and in its merit received their redemption.

 

I believe the two are related in that living according to faith requires total control over one’s thoughts and actions and in essence represents one giving oneself over to God completely, just like the olah sacrifice.

 

Shabbat HaGadol is also the occasion when the Rabbi traditionally delivers a special presentation in preparation for the holiday. This year Rabbi Glass will present after Kiddush, at 12:45pm, “We pray, we eat…we pray AGAIN?! (Whatever happened to: They tried to kill us, God saved us – Let’s eat!?)

 

Congratulations to Sam Silverstein, Susan’s father, upon the occasion of his 85th birthday which we will celebrate on Shabbat!

 

Congratulations to the Sher family for the momentous Bar Mitzvah of their son Ben this past weekend in our sanctuary!


 

Rabbi Glass welcoming the family of Adam and Mirjeta Hirsch to our community at the celebration of the naming of their daughter Mia

 

 

At Pier A in Battery Park

 

Isaac’s Lions’ last practice before Passover

 

 

At 3-3 and very much in playoff contention!

 

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March 24, 2017
 
Weekly Newsletter
 

Friday

 

Candle lighting 6:54pm

 

Evening services6:30pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services9:30am

 

Kiddush sponsored jointly by Abe Dweck and Robert Levine and Eve Goldberg and Neil Wallin celebrating the birthdays of Robert and Neil

 

Shabbat ends 7:55pm

 

Monday

 

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Rosh Chodesh Nisan

 

Morning services7:10am

 

Thursday/Adult Education

 

Mishlei/Proverbs 6pm

 

Siddur/Prayer 6:45pm

This week we finish the Book of Exodus and bless the upcoming new month of Nisan. We also complete the 4 special readings with Parshat HaChodesh which discusses first the obligation to proclaim the new month and then to offer the Passover sacrifice, which were the first 2 commandments given to the Israelites as a nation. Why was setting the calendar so important as to be the first obligation?

 

Among other answers, it is suggested that what was behind this obligation was the new reality that the Israelites were given the gift of time. Until this time they were slaves and the very definition of a slave is someone whose time is completely the domain of his master. As a people, soon to be free, it was imperative that they recognize the importance and even holiness of time.

 

This weekend we celebrate the birthdays of Robert Levine and Neil Wallin, Mazal Tov!

 

Special for Passover: TriBeCa Synagogue is offering the reception hall for rent for private seders Monday night April 10th, inquire at the office.

 

The synagogue is also providing a communal seder featuring Chef Russell Moss and Rabbi Jonathan Glass, register on the website.

 

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Plato

 

 

 

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March 1, 2017
 
Weekly Newsletter
 

Thursday/Adult Education

 

Mishlei/Proverbs 6pm

 

Siddur/Prayer 6:45pm

 

Friday

 

Candle lighting 5:31pm

 

Evening services5:45pm

 

Young Professionals Dinner 6:45pm

 

Talk by Raizi Chechik*7:45pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services9:30am

 

Kiddush sponsored by Joel and April Feffer for the yahrtzeit of his father Abraham

 

Post Kiddush Presentation** 12:45pm

 

Shabbat ends 6:40pm

 

Monday Hebrew School

 

*Girls Rule: Empowered Jewish women from Esther to Dulcinea

 

**Torah in the City

 

 

 

20s and 30s please Register HERE!!

One of the lesser discussed items of the tabernacle, which is introduced in this week’s portion, is the “show bread” (lechem hapanim). These were the 12 loaves displayed on the table (Shulchan) in the antechamber. They were placed there right before Shabbat and left there throughout the week and miraculously they remained fresh until they were removed and they symbolized that the “King’s Table” never goes empty. A more general message being conveyed was the importance of consistency in worship in that just like the bread was always “on” so should we be in our worship.

 

A question is asked that how is there consistency when the bread was removed in the morning and not replaced until the end of that day? How to account for that period of absence?

 

An answer suggested is that consistency doesn’t automatically mean 24/7 but rather reliability and responsibility. The bread may have been removed in the morning but it was sure to be replaced later that day. So too in our lives; we may travel or take vacations or just relax but we must be committed to getting back to where we left off in our own quests for spiritual growth.

 

TriBeCa Synagogue welcomes this weekend’s Scholar in Residence, Raizi Chechik, who will present to the Young Professionals this Friday night and to the whole congregation at Kiddush Saturday morning. Ms. Chechik is the Principal at the Stella K. Abraham High School in Hewlett, NY. She holds an MA in Medieval Jewish History and has done Doctoral work in Jewish History and Jewish Education. She has also developed curricular materials for the Sephardic Studies Institute at the City University of New York and serves as a mentor to the Principal.

 

Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not. Samuel Johnson

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February 15, 2017

 

Weekly Newsletter

   

Friday

Candle lighting   

5:15pm

Evening services

5:20pm

Saturday

Morning services 

9:30am

David Koral will deliver the Dvar Torah

Kiddush sponsored by Amy Barton and Ashby Parsons in honor of their son Elijah

Shabbat Ends   

6:20pm

Monday/Legal Holiday

Office closed and no services

Hebrew School on hiatus

   

It seems slightly odd that the portion introducing the 10 Commandments should be named after a non Jew and former idolator. The great commentator, Ohr HaChaim, explains that it was important to demonstrate to the Israelites, on the eve of their great experience at Mount Sinai, that there is indeed tremendous wisdom out there in the form of many human beings. As such they could never conclude that their status in this world was due to any inherent talent because indeed the same talent is present throughout the human race. Rather, it would only be with the acceptance and practice of the Torah that the Israelites could ever claim a leg up on the rest of the world.

Congratulations to Elijah Parsons who will be reprising his Haftarah this Saturday at services upon the occasion of his 2nd Bar Mitzvah anniversary.

The Rabbi is in Israel and therefore Thursday Adult Education is on hiatus this week

When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world.  Harold Kushner

 

 

 

February 1, 2017
 
Weekly Newsletter

Adult Education resumes tomorrownight! (Thursday)

Proverbs/Mishlei at6pm

Jewish Prayer/Siddur at 6:45pm

Friday

Candle lighting 4:56pm

Evening services5:10pm

Saturday

Morning services9:30am

Kiddush sponsored by Joel and Lynsey Plasco celebrating his Bar Mitzvah anniversary and their daughter Edie Noa

Shabbat ends 6pm

Monday

Hebrew School

Rabbi Soloveitchik points out that God uses 2 separate terms when instructing Moses to approach Pharaoh. Sometimes Moses is told “Lech” and others, like in our portion, Moses is told “Bo”. He says that Lech is used in public and Bo in private indicating that Pharaoh had 2 separate personas. In public, Pharaoh had an image to maintain and as such had to be confronted directly and almost harshly. But in private, apparently even Pharaoh was just like anyone else and could potentially be reached as a human being and not the arrogant tyrant he portrayed himself to be.

 

He concludes from this dichotomy that in attempting to resolve conflicts with any particular individual one must take into account the circumstances and structure one’s strategy accordingly.

 

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins them. FRANCIS BACON

 

The TriBeCa Synagogue regrets to inform you of the passing of Betsy Tick, sister of Paul Ruffer. Shiva will be held will be held at 165 Duane St., Apt. 9C

Saturday Night, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Sunday, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm (Shacharit at 8:30 am) 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Mincha followed by Maariv at 5:00 pm)

New on our website: ¡Club Latino! Para hispanoparlantes

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January 12, 2017
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting4:33pm

 

Evening services4:40pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services9:30am

 

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

(Need sponsors for the next couple of weekends!)

 

Shabbat ends 5:35pm

 

Monday/Legal Holiday

 

Office OPEN

 

Hebrew School on hiatus

 

All services held with the exception of Maariv

In his last will and testament to his sons Jacob confers on Judah the blessing “white toothed from milk” meaning that his pasture land will be so fertile there will be abundant milk produced by his livestock. The midrash plays upon this phrase by inverting it: more valuable than milk is the gift of showing the white of one’s teeth (smile!). What the midrash is trying to convey is the importance of always having a pleasant countenance.

 

Even without trying we often leave our faces in a scowl or something similar, and this is unfortunate because anyone we come across will misread our mood and possibly become morose themselves. Conversely, if we show happiness, we may change their mood for the better. Let us develop the awareness necessary to always have a smile ready for anyone coming our way!

 

From the Chesed Committee:

 

"A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees." -Amelia Earhart

 

MLK Weekend Service Project: Transforming Spaces for Older Adults

In partnership with UJA-Federation and the help of volunteers like you, Educational Alliance is doing a dynamic refurbishment of the Sirovich Center for Balanced Living, an innovative senior center in the East Village, during MLK weekend. Activities include painting murals, building furniture, and more!

TriBeCa Synagogue will be doing the Sunday morning shift but shifts are available:

 

  • Sunday January 15 – sign up here for AM shifts or here for PM shifts
  • Monday, January 16 – sign up here for AM shifts or here for PM shifts

 

TriBeCa Synagogue is a supporter of the upcoming Mega Challah Bake February 5, at the Grand Hyatt from 11am-12:30pm!

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January 5, 2017
 
Weekly Newsletter

Thursday

 

BBYO! 6:30pm to 8pm

 

Friday

 

Candle lighting4:26pm

 

Evening services4:30pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services9:30am

 

Eli Weiss doing the major amount of the parsha!

 

Kiddush sponsored by Eli and Yael Weiss in honor of his Bar Mitzvah anniversary.

 

Shabbat ends 5:30pm

 

Sunday/10th of Tevet

Mourning the commissioning of the Septuagint and other tragedies.

 

Fast begins 6:07am

 

Fast ends 5:32pm

 

Monday

 

Hebrew School

In the final negotiations between Joseph and his brothers regarding the fate of Benjamin, which were extremely intense, Judah takes the lead. This is strange because Reuben was the oldest and one might have thought that it was his role. Rashi explains that Judah was interceding as he had the most to lose as he guaranteed Benjamin’s return with his eternal life.

 

The question is why Jacob accepted this guarantee but not the one that Reuben made in last week’s portion?

 

A closer comparison of the two guarantees reveals the difference: Reuben offered the lives of his children while Judah only offered himself. And while Jacob wasn’t interested in either of these outcomes he recognized that no one seriously offers one’s children and that Reuben did not really think before he spoke. Conversely, in desperate situations, it is not unusual to see people sacrifice themselves for the common good so Jacob could feel secure that Judah thought before he made this commitment to return Benjamin.

 

In tight situations we are often tempted to say whatever we think will get us out off the spot. Let us learn from Judah that our words are precious and should only be expended after careful consideration!

From the Chesed Committee:

MLK Weekend Service Project: Transforming Spaces for Older Adults

In partnership with UJA-Federation and the help of volunteers like you, Educational Alliance is doing a dynamic refurbishment of our Sirovich Center for Balanced Living, an innovative senior center in the East Village. Activities include painting murals, building furniture, and more!

· Sunday January 15 – sign up here for AM shifts or here for PM shifts

· Monday, January 16 – sign up here for AM shifts or here for PM shifts

Note: Shifts are available on Sunday and Monday, but our group will be doing Sunday AM if you can make that time.

For more information, contact Sam Greenberg atsamgreenberg@mannycantor.org or 646.395.4256.

 

A vote in the House of Representatives is being taken on a resolution sponsored by Ed Royce (R-KS) and Kevin McCarthy to repeal or alter the UN Resolution 2334. Please contact your local representatives expressing your support for this resolution.

 

TriBeCa Synagogue is a supporter of the upcoming Mega Challah Bake February 5, at the Grand Hyatt from 11am-12:30pm!

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December 16, 2016
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

Candle lighting   4:11am

Evening services   4:30pm

Young Professionals

Cocktails   5:30pm

Dinner   6pm

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

Shabbat ends   5:15pm

Sunday

Men’s Basketball   7pm

201 Warren Street

Monday

Hebrew School

Coming Attractions:

Family Havdalah and Menorah lighting

And Chanukah Party!

Saturday December 24th   6-8pm

Adult Pre New Year’s Eve Chanukah Party

Saturday December 31st   6-8pm

 

Jacob struggles with a mysterious being and is injured in the thigh area which leaves him limping. Interpretations abound regarding the symbolism but the idea that speaks most to this time of year is that although Jacob is compromised physically, he emerges from the conflict whole as an individual. Both he and his adversary learn that ultimately his and his future nation’s strength is not to be quantified physically but spiritually. Throughout our history we have been knocked down physically on so many levels but we have survived and even thrived.

This message is especially important as we enter the joyous season of Chanukah which does celebrate a military miracle but the ritual we observe, lighting the menorah, has nothing to do with that victory. Rather the emphasis is on our spiritual and cultural preservation that was achieved at that auspicious era.

Yaffa and Vito Licari report from Israel that the brit of their grandson Yonatan was a lovely affair and they look forward to their return to the synagogue to share their simcha.

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December 8, 2016
 
Weekly Newsletter
 
Candle lighting   4:10pm
 
Evening services 4:20pm
 
Saturday
 
Morning services 9:30am
 
Benny Glass reading the
Torah for his Bar Mitzvah anniversary
 
Eli Weiss delivering the Dvar Torah
 
Kiddush sponsored generously but anonymously
 
Shabbat ends   5:15pm
 
Sunday
 
Men's Basketball   7pm
201 Warren Street 3rd floor
 
Monday 
 
Hebrew School 
   Sonya Kanelstrand

There are oceans of ink spilled to explain the significance of the ladder in Jacob's dream but ultimately the purpose of a ladder is to make it possible to reach a place that couldn't be reached without it. It may be as simple as facilitating someone to reach the top bunk or as esoteric as allowing one to transcend the physical realm and enter the spiritual realm i.e. "the land to the sky".

 
What our sages insist is that the only way to breach the chasm between these realms, for the Jewish nation, is the study and practice of Torah.
 
Coming Friday December 16th Young Professionals Shabbat Dinner!
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