Weekly Newsletter

February 14, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Thursday/Friday Rosh Chodesh Adar

 

Morning services   7:10am

 

Friday

 

Candle lighting   5:14pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

Kiddush sponsored by Eileen Hecht and Hugh Lippman for the yahrtzeit of her parents

 

Shabbat ends   6:20pm

 

Monday/Legal Holiday

 

Office closed

No services

Hebrew School on hiatus

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

 

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

 

Shabbat Prep   6:45pm

Final session

 

 With this week’s portion we begin a multi week discussion on the tabernacle and all its accoutrements. The Torah Giants debate whether this was commanded right after the 10 Commandments or only as a response to the sin of the Golden Calf.

Either way, all agree that an effective way to understand the tabernacle is that it was sort of a bottling up of the experience of Mount Sinai and carrying it with them wherever they would go, even into the Promised Land and the Holy Temple.

 

Now, considering that our modern synagogues have been termed “Mikdash M’aat” (mini temple), how lucky are we to share a thread of what they had at that time? Very!

 

Shiva for George Parker will be observed tonight and tomorrow night at the residence of his son Perry and Nancy Aaronson from 4-9pm. They are located at 100 Warren Street apt 806 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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Weekly Newsletter

February 8, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting   5:05pm

 

Evening services   5:15pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

Kiddush sponsored by Avi Turkel celebrating his Bar Mitzvah anniversary

 

Shabbat ends   6:10pm

 

Monday

 

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

 

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

 

Shabbat Prep   6:45pm

 

 

It seems a little anticlimactic that the first topic after the momentous event of the 10 commandments is indentured servitude, and then the Canaanite slave. But previously, we have pointed out that during the Egyptian slavery there were Israelites who enslaved their own. They were warned then to free them immediately, lest they threaten the liberation of the entire people. Thus, how they were to treat their brethren became a foundation for their nationhood and a clear first priority in their law code.

 

Additionally, how they were to treat even “the nations of the world” were also key to the moral society they aspired to create through the commandments they had just received.

 

 

Joe Fisher and Gordon Wine are in a group show Small Works in the Sidney Mishkin Gallery at Baruch College located at 135 East 22nd Street.

Opening Thurs., Feb 15th 6-8pm

 

TriBeCa Synagogue is pleased to announce the birth of a boy to our friends Hezi and Alessandra Torati.

 

TriBeCa Synagogue regrets to inform you of the passing of the Giovanni Luigi Penzo, father of our member Jacopo Penzo, last week. The burial is in Europe and Jacopo will be there for the indefinite future but we extend to him our deepest condolences from afar.

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Weekly Newsletter (Updated)

February 1, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting   4:56pm

 

Evening services   5:10pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

Kiddush sponsored by Eve Goldberg and Neil Wallin for the yahrtzeit of Isaac Goldberg Volkmar

 

Shabbat ends   6pm

 

Monday

 

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

 

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

 

Shabbat Prep   6:45pm

 

 

In the lead up to the momentous scene at Mount Sinai and the giving of the 10 Commandments the phrase “on the wings of eagles” is used to describe God’s relationship with the Israelites. Rashi explains that the eagle is unique in that the only predator the eagle fears is the human being and as such can carry its young on its back knowing that they will be safe from any other predator. And regarding that predator, the eagle says let the arrow enter me before my children, which is what God says about His nation.

 

Rabbi Shmuel Berenbaum (zt’l) of the Mirrer Yeshiva of Flatbush used to propose that just like an animal, where no judgment would compromise its love for its young, as it knows nothing about shortcomings, etc., so too God will never allow His love for our nation to be compromised, even by our failures. And this was important to point out to the nation before they received their code, as it assured them that though there were going to be failure, we were always going to be the Chosen People!

 

This Shabbat the Kiddush is generously sponsored by Eve Goldberg and Neil Wallin in commemoration of the yahrtzeit of their son Isaac Goldberg Volkmar, of blessed memory.

 

Eve and Neil founded BIGVISION (bigvision.nyc)after Isaac’s passing, to help restore hope and purpose for young adults in recovery in New York City. BIGVISION provides fun events and productive opportunities in a sober environment, as they strive to eliminate the stigma associated with substance use disorder. In support of the mission of BIGVISION, there will be no alcohol served at the kiddush.

 

 

Tu B’Shvat at TriBeCa Synagogue

 

 

Adult Education Seder - photo by Avi Beluca

 

At the JNF Shuk Shack

 

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Weekly Newsletter

February 1, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting   4:56pm

 

Evening services   5:10pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

Kiddush sponsored by Eve Goldberg and Neil Wallin for the yahrtzeit of Isaac Goldberg Volkmar

 

Shabbat ends   6pm

 

Monday

 

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

 

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

 

Shabbat Prep   6:45pm

 

 

In the lead up to the momentous scene at Mount Sinai and the giving of the 10 Commandments the phrase “on the wings of eagles” is used to describe God’s relationship with the Israelites. Rashi explains that the eagle is unique in that the only predator the eagle fears is the human being and as such can carry its young on its back knowing that they will be safe from any other predator. And regarding that predator, the eagle says let the arrow enter me before my children, which is what God says about His nation.

 

Rabbi Shmuel Berenbaum (zt’l) of the Mirrer Yeshiva of Flatbush used to propose that just like an animal, where no judgment would compromise its love for its young, as it knows nothing about shortcomings, etc., so too God will never allow His love for our nation to be compromised, even by our failures. And this was important to point out to the nation before they received their code, as it assured them that though there were going to be failure, we were always going to be the Chosen People!

 

This Shabbat the Kiddush is generously sponsored by Eve Goldberg and Neil Wallin in commemoration of the yahrtzeit of their son Isaac Goldberg Volkmar, of blessed memory. We take this occasion to call attention to the great work they do in his name in the form of “Big Vision”, the organization they founded, dedicated to the promotion of sober living by youth at risk. As such the Kiddush will be alcohol free, in solidarity with all those individuals who struggle with addiction.

 

 

Tu B’Shvat at TriBeCa Synagogue

 

 

Adult Education Seder - photo by Avi Beluca

 

At the JNF Shuk Shack

 

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Weekly Newsletter

January 25, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting   4:48pm

 

Evening services   5pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services    9:30am

 

Dvar Torah by Sarah Azizi of the JNF

 

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

 

Shabbat ends 5:50pm

 

Monday

 

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

 

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

 

Tu B’Shvat Prep/6:45pm

 

 

In the Book of Jewish Heritage, Rabbi Ki Tov notes that although this week’s portion includes so many other momentous events like leaving Egypt, the splitting of the sea, and the manna, etc. it gets its nickname – Shabbat Shira – from the song the Israelites sang. He explains the difference between this and the others from the standpoint that the other events were God’s work while the song was the creation of the Israelites, even to the point where he describes the hosts of heaven as spectators to the exalted expression of the singers on earth.

 

And since this coming Wednesday is Tu B’Shvat we have dedicated the service and Kiddush to celebrating the Land of Israel and we have invited a representative of the Jewish National Fund to deliver the Dvar Torah and describe the work that they do on behalf of the State. Dolores Wine has prepared a Tu B’Shvat display also, in anticipation of the holiday.

  

Our own Sammy Allen, who was Bar Mitzvah at the synagogue

 

 

 Defending the State of Israel

 

Sammy as spokesperson for the IDF

 

Check out the Synagogue Cholent Book!

 

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Weekly Newsletter

January 18, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting   4:39pm

 

Evening services   4:50pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

Kiddush sponsored by Joel and Lynsey Plasco celebrating his Bar Mitzvah anniversary

 

Shabbat ends   5:45pm

 

Monday

 

Hebrew School resumes

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

 

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

 

Shabbat Prep   6:45pm

 

 

After the plague of locusts, Pharaoh begins to lose his resolve, and relents to allow the Israelites to leave for a few days, but still demands to know who exactly will be going on this “mission”. Moses specifies that everyone will participate: man, woman, child, old and young. Pharaoh balks and insists that it should only be adult males, but everyone else should hold back. Moses says that won’t work and thus the plagues continue.

 

Some sages explain the deeper conversation as having to do with the premise that culture and values can only be transmitted multigenerationally. Pharaoh was trying to squeeze a deal by which he would satisfy Moses but still maintain control while for Moses this was a nonstarter, because without the children on board you have nothing!

 

Now one could debate whether one would rather be released early on account of greater suffering but the message is clear: what we might attribute to God’s harshness often proves to be for our benefit.

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Weekly Newsletter

January 11, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting   4:32pm

 

Evening services   4:40pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services    9:30am

 

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

 

Shabbat ends   5:35pm

 

Monday/Legal Holiday

 

The synagogue is OPEN for all functions with the exception of Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

 

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

 

Shabbat Prep 6:45pm

 

Sunset/Candle lighting/Kiddush

 

Wednesday

 

Prepare for Hebrew School   3:30pm

For ages 2.5-5, rolling admissions!

 

 

Our portion starts out with a statement that on the surface doesn’t seem to communicate a whole lot: And “Elokim” spoke to Moses and He said I am the Lord. But the first thing to point out is that two different names of God are employed-first of judgement and then of mercy. Secondly this was God’s response to the complaint of the Israelites, and then Moses, that rather than being freed, the labor had become harsher!

 

Putting it all together we have the fact that the original prophecy was for a 400 year stay but upon closer calculation we note that the Israelites left after only 210 years. In order to justify this “leniency” the labor had to intensify such that the shorter stay would be “equivalent” to a longer but easier stay. Thus, God’s response to the complaints was that you think what I did was a reflection of harsh judgment, but the truth is because of this “harshness” you will be “mercifully” saved well over a hundred years of servitude!

 

Now one could debate whether one would rather be released early on account of greater suffering but the message is clear: what we might attribute to God’s harshness often proves to be for our benefit.

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Weekly Newsletter

January 4, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

Candle lighting   4:24pm

Evening services   4:30pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

FULL Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

Shabbat ends   5:30pm

 

Monday

Hebrew School resumes!

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Proverbs/Mishlei   6pm

Shabbat Prep   6:45pm

Concepts

נ)שמ 

Abarbanel notes the primary distinction between Genesis and Exodus is the former focuses on the individual while the latter is collective. In Genesis our history develops through the experiences of the matriarchs and patriarchs while in Exodus our experiences are almost exclusively as a group. Slavery, emancipation, receiving the Torah and failure are national events.

 

The Maharal goes on to assert that, as such, our bond with the Almighty is not dependent on individual conduct and continues even in the aftermath of moral failure. His covenant is with Israel the nation, not the person, as great as he was, so that even today we enjoy the same connection with God that our ancestors had at that incredibly momentous era.

 

Shiva observed by Ethan Ellenberg continues this evening from 6:30-9pm with a service at 7:30pm. He will sit tomorrow from 11am to 1pmSaturday 6:30-9pm with a service at 7:30pm. Sunday and Monday he will sit from 11am -2pmand 6:30-9pm with an evening service both nights at 7:30pm. Shiva will be held at 548 Broadway # 5C, NY 10012

 

This weekend we celebrate our annual “Shabbat Shemot”- Sabbath of Names, when we issue name tags to all that attend Kiddush this Saturday morning - full Kiddush on the house!

 

*Please prepare for the brutal cold this weekend – but be sure to join us for good food, adult beverages and wonderful company!

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Weekly Newsletter

December 27, 2017
 
Weekly Newsletter

Thursday/10th of Tevet

 

Fast begins   5:51am

 

Morning services   7:10am

 

Afternoon services   12:30pm & 1:30pm

 

EVENING SERVICE   5:15PM

(Followed by light refreshments)

 

Fast ends   5:22pm

 

Friday

 

Candle lighting   4:18pm

 

Evening services   4:30pm

 

Saturday  

 

Morning services    9:30am

 

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

 

Shabbat ends   5:25pm

 

Monday/Legal Holiday

 

Office closed/No services

 

Hebrew School on hiatus

 

Tomorrow is the fast day of the 10th of Tevet, the shortest fast of the year! But it may also be the most significant of the rabbinic fasts as we never push it off like we do the other fasts, even Tisha B’Av.  Some suggest that this is because the verse in Ezekiel uses the phrase “on that very day”, just like it does with Yom Kippur, to describe the day that the Babylonian king completed the siege of Jerusalem. As we know Yom Kippur is also observed no matter what day it falls and the connection between the 2 could be that both are devoted to repentance, while the other fasts are about mourning.

 

In light of the movement towards full recognition of Jerusalem as capital may we merit to see the day when no further mourning will be necessary!

 

 

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Weekly Newsletter

December 21, 2017
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting   4:14pm

 

Evening services  4:20pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30pm

 

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

 

Shabbat ends   5:20pm

 

Monday/Legal Holiday

 

Office closed/No services

 

Hebrew School on 2 week hiatus

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

 

On hiatus, but stay tuned for our next seminar!

 

Thursday/10th of Tevet /Fast Day

 

Fast begins   6:07am

 

Morning services   7:10am

 

Afternoon services   12:30pm & 1:30pm

 

EVENING SERVICES   5:15PM

 

Fast ends   5:22pm

 

Joseph invites his father Jacob to join him in Egypt but God has to appear to Jacob to allay his fears about moving the family to a foreign country. He says “Do not fear descending to Egypt because I will make you a great nation there”. The Seforno explains that by remaining in Canaan his family will eventually blend in to the local population and dissolve, while in Egypt they would be segregated due to the Egyptians' distaste for shepherding (which was the main occupation of the Israelites). This is a startling commentary as it claims the holy land would not insulate them from foreign influence, while they would be “safe” from Egyptian society and culture.

 

One would have to assume that the Seforno is referring to the fact that the Israelites weren’t yet fortified by the receiving of the Torah so they were vulnerable to a local culture with which they were compatible. And even though in Egypt, by the time of the Exodus, our sages tell us that they indeed had lost their beliefs, they still maintained their “dress, language and names” which was enough to see them through to their redemption. Emerging from Chanukah, a holiday commemorating our struggle at that time against Hellenistic assimilation, this is an especially profound message. How much more do we need to gird ourselves with the Torah to preserve our identity until the final redemption!

 

The TriBeCa Synagogue collectively expresses its deepest appreciation to all of those who responded to the President’s call for matching funds so generously pledged by Ora Gelberg. It was an enormous nachas to be able to enjoy a formal dinner in our new reception hall with the knowledge that we were well on our way to meeting our first goal.

 

 

The dinner was followed the next day by our Cholent Contest!

 

 

TriBeCa Torah and friends celebrating the holiday

 

 

Good friends enjoying the last candle at Warren 77

 

 

Thank you Matt Abramcyk!

 

Post Chanukah Club Latino

 

 

Screening “Tempestad” produced by our own Jim Stark

 

 

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Weekly Newsletter

December 14, 2017
 
Weekly Newsletter

Thursday

 

BBYO Chanukah party for teens   6:30pm

 

Friday

 

Morning services   7:15am

 

Candle lighting   4:11

 

Evening services  4:20pm

 

Shabbat Dinner   6pm

(Reservation only)

 

Saturday

 

Morning services  9:30am

 

Cantor Berkowitz performs

 

Chanukah Singalong   11:45am

 

Cholent Bake Off Kiddush

 

Contestants:

Steve Goldschein, Fraya Berg, Dolores Wine, Minky Glass and Susan Silverstein

 

Shabbat ends   5:15pm

 

Monday/Rosh Chodesh

 

Morning services   7:10am

 

Children’s Party   4-6pm

 

Tuesday/Rosh Chodesh

 

Morning services   7:10am

 

Adult Party 6-8pm

Warren 77

 

Wednesday

 

Morning services   7:15am

It’s curious that in our feminist age we overlook the significant and unique angle that women had in the actual creation of the holiday and subsequently in its observance. The stories of Hannah and Judith/Miriam were integral in forming the concept of the holiday and the suffering of that era specific to women led to practices specific to women that continue to this day.

 

As such it is only appropriate that it is a woman in our congregation who is our generation’s hero. Ora Gelberg is the prime mover behind an unprecedented fundraising drive that will see us through this present phase of the important work we are doing on our great building. We celebrate her and our whole congregation tomorrow night at our Chanukat HaBayit Friday night Shabbat dinner.

 

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Weekly Newsletter

January 7, 2017
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday
 

Candle lighting   4:10pm

Evening services   4:20pm

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Kiddush sponsored by Rosalie and Avraham Weiss in celebrating the 40th birthday of their son Eli!

Shabbat ends   5:15pm

Monday/Hebrew School

Tuesday/First Candle

Adult Education:

Proverbs   6pm

Chanukah Prep   6:45pm
(If there is interest)
 

Important information about Chanukah coming soon!

It has been pointed out the same factor that led to the Israelites being exiled to Egypt was what sowed the seeds of their eventual final redemption.
 

It was the sale of Joseph, brokered by Judah, that lead to Joseph's being installed as a leader in Egypt who later "invited" his family to join him in the "diaspora". On the other hand, the shame of that act lead Judah to separate himself from his brothers setting the stage for his eventual union with Tamar that produced the forerunner of the Messiah, Peretz.

Many times the seeds of one's greatest triumph are sown in the field of tragedy.

The TriBeCa Synagogue congratulates our long time member and trustee Sylvain Cappell, and his wife Amy, for his receiving "The 2018 AMS Award for Distinguished Service".
 

We also congratulate our past President Avi Turkel for his recent election to the board of trustees of the Jewish Lawyers Guild, an organization with which the synagogue has enjoyed a decades long relationship.

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Weekly Newsletter

November 30, 2017
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting   4:11pm

 

Evening services   4:20pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

(Seeking sponsorship for future weekends)

 

Shabbat ends   5:15pm

 

Monday/Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

 

On one week hiatus

 

Wednesday

 

“Prepare for Hebrew School"   3:30pm

There are those who claim that Jacob had the option to avoid Esau altogether when returning to his father. They even go on to describe his choice with the verse in Proverbs 26:17 as “one who grabs the ears of a dog is like one who inserts oneself into a conflict he is not part of”. In other words Jacob was forcing the issue by confronting Esau directly and possibly endangering his family for apparently no reason. The Zohar, however, states that Jacob felt a deep need to reconcile with his brother and such reconciliation would be lacking if done after their father’s passing and he was at that time 157.

 

It is indeed a vexing question as to when and if it is the right time to take the opportunity to resolve family conflicts, and our sages seem to be presenting two very different approaches.

 

TriBeCa Synagogue regrets to inform you of the passing of the father of our longtime friend Fraya Berg, Nathan Leon Berg, in Minnesota this week. Funeral and shiva arrangements are out of state but we express our condolences from afar.

 

For those who enjoyed the Community service this past High Holiday season we are pleased to welcome Rabbi Sion Setton who will present the Shabbat version this Friday at 5:30pm. If you are interested please register on the website.

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Weekly Newsletter

November 22, 2017
 
Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday

No evening service

Thursday/Legal Holiday

Office Closed-no services

Rabbi and Mrs. Glass are away for Shabbat and Ben Cohanim will be reading the Torah.

Please make every effort to insure a minyan Friday night and Saturday morning.

Friday

Office closed/no morning service

Candle lighting   4:13pm

Evening services   4:20pm

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Kiddush provided by Nancy Aaronson celebrating Perry Parker's birthday

Shabbat ends   5:15pm

Monday/Hebrew School

Tuesday/Adult Education 

Proverbs   6pm

Chanukah Prep   6:45pm

Wednesday

Prepare for Hebrew School   3:30pm

Many thanks to Eli Weiss, Ethan Ellenberg, Robert Berger, Steve Goldschein and Neil Wallin for providing a brand new, top-of-the-line warming oven for our kitchen.

Jacob wrestles with the "man" and emerges limping. As a result the Torah forbids the consumption of the "gid hanasheh", the sciatic nerve. Mystical interpretations abound but a powerful approach, courtesy of the Sefer HaChinuch suggests a powerfully practical message.

 In his struggle, Jacob may have been injured but he survived and eventually became completely healed. So too with the history of the Jewish nation: we have been oppresed  mightily througout the generations but we have emerged "chai vikayam"-alive and sustained!

From the Bar Mitzvah family of this past Shabbat: Philippe and I wanted to take the time to thank you again for sharing your community and synagogue with our families.  They loved the ceremony, it was very beautiful, and we will never forget it.

And here is a humorous link the family created in celebration. The synagogue is featured for the first 1:30.

Congratulations to all who made this past Shabbat a huge success with special commendation to Neil Wallin for his logistical support and davening and Joel Plasco for his beautiful musaf. Extra special notice to Robert Moezinia and Isaac Fuhrmann for their tireless efforts at bringing the reception hall to sufficient functionality for the event.

However, the work continues and more funding needed! Towards that end we will be holding a mini gala Friday night December 15th with a Shabbat Chanukah dinner, stay tuned for details.

Our next Community Service is Friday night December 1st at 5:30pm featuring Rabbi Sion Setton. For all those who enjoyed his wife Mijal at the high holidays, this is your chance to keep the momentum going!

Recently an alum from our basketball team received an extraordinary honor.

With great concern we announce that our new member Danny Silberman was in a very serious car accident in Florida. He is at Jackson Memorial in Miami at the Ryder Trauma Center. Thankfully he is concious and will very likely make a full recovery. Rabbi Glass has visited him and invites anyone who has gotten to know him and would like to share their thoughts by email please send them to rabbi@tribecasynagogue.org and he will convey them to him tomorrow.

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
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Weekly Newsletter

November 16, 2017
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting   4:18pm

 

Evening services   4:25pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

Kiddush sponsored by Philippe and Rosita Weissberg in honor of the bar mitzvah of their son Joseph

 

Shabbat ends   5:25pm

 

Monday/Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

 

On hiatus

 

Esau calls for red porridge and as a result the Torah labels him “Adom” (red) even to the point that the nation he will create will be known by the same name - seems a little extreme!

 

The Seforno explains that being so involved in his mundane activities he didn’t even have the patience to ask for the food by it’s full name-he simply demands “give me some of that red”. Thus the Torah is describing his essence and the trait that would describe his nation for all history.

 

If we are to separate ourselves from this mentality we must have the discipline to consistently see beyond what is overwhelming us at the present moment and never lose sight of our broader purpose in life.

 

The TriBeCa Synagogue takes great pleasure in welcoming this weekend the Weissberg family as they celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of their son Joseph. The family is generously sponsoring this week’s Kiddush and they invite the entire congregation to share in their Simcha. Indeed it is a double Simcha in that we are able to inaugurate of beautiful new reception hall to host the occasion.

 

For the holiday week we announce the following changes:

 

Tuesday Adult Education will be on a one week hiatus

 

Wednesday “Prepare for Hebrew School” will be on a one week hiatus

 

Evening service on Wednesday and all weekday services Thursday and Friday will be suspended

 

The office is closed on Thursday and Friday

 

Rabbi Glass will be on vacation starting Tuesday and Ben Kohanim will assist with anything necessary for the following Shabbat services.

 

 

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Weekly Newsletter

November 9, 2017
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday/Veteran’s Day

 

Office open-all services scheduled

 

Candle lighting   4:23pm

 

Evening service   4:30pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

Limited Collation following services!

 

Monday/Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

 

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

(Starting Chapter 11)

 

Chanukah Prep   6:45pm

The history of Chanukah

 

Abraham makes a conscious choice to forgo the people from his area, the Canaanites, for a match for his son and requires his servant Eliezer to travel north, back to Charan to search for a wife. It has been oft asked what was the difference? Both populations were idol worshippers and should have been anathema to Abraham.

 

One approach has it that while the inhabitants of Charan were pagans, their behavior was much more refined, while the Canaanites were mired in odious practices such as human sacrifice and sexual perversion. Perspectives in life are much easier changed than lifestyles, which more likely tend to be transferred to the next generation than ideas.

 

Please note: While we are truly at the end stage of having the reception hall functional, we are still not quite there for this weekend! As such, our only option for Kiddush this Shabbat is snacks in the sanctuary after services. We will have Mincha shortly thereafter.

 

We look forward to a gala Bar Mitzvah Kiddush the following weekend!

 

Coming Attractions!

 

Chanukah Prep starting this Tuesday at 6:45pm

 

Community service with Rabbi Setton Friday December 1 at 5:30pm

 

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November 2, 2017
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting   5:31pm

 

Evening services   5:40pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

Memorial Prayer for the victims of this week’s attack

 

Limited Kiddush! *

 

Shabbat Ends   6:35pm

 

Monday/Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

 

Mishlei-Proverbs   6pm

 

Hebrew Reading  6:45pm

 

Wednesday/Pre School Class

 

“Prepare for Hebrew School”   3:30pm

 

*Our renovations are…almost completed!

However we will not have use of the reception hall for another week or so such that we will need to convene on the plaza after services despite the weather not being ideal.

 

When Avram’s name was changed to Avraham it was to express that Abraham was to be considered the father of the multitude of nations (av hamon goyim). So much so that any convert, even to the present day, can recite the same blessing phrases like “has commanded us” etc. because all humanity is considered children of Abraham.

 

With this in mind we take this opportunity to officially announce the reconvocation of the Lower Manhattan Clergy Council, originally founded in the aftermath of 9-11, to deal with the aftermath of this most recent attack on our community, indeed the worst since 9-11. Reverend Micheal Edwards of the Dewitt Reformed Church, Pastor Marc Rivera of the Primitive Christian Church and Imam Abalde of Masjid of Manhattan and Rabbi Glass will participate in a conference call to share statements expressing the feelings of their respective faith communities regarding the yesterday’s events. A joint statement will then be issued to the respective congregations.

 

At TriBeCa Synagogue, it is our continuing belief that this kind of good will be the most effective force in preserving our communities and neighborhoods.

 

Prepare for Hebrew School launches!

 

 

Ora Gelberg receiving her reward from Hadassah Women

 

 

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Weekly Newsletter

October 25, 2017
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting   5:40pm

 

Evening services   5:45pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

 

Shabbat ends   6:45pm

 

Monday/Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

 

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

 

Wednesday

 

HEBREW SCHOOL PREP   3:30pm

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In promising Abraham many descendants, the verse relates that God took him “outside”, to look at the stars, as a symbol of how many he would have. Rashi comments that this was a euphemism for the fact that his nation would not be under the “power” of the stars, i.e. subject to astrology. Thus, even according to those opinions that each month’s constellation radiates certain forces, the Jewish nation is not necessarily affected by these forces.

 

We have often discussed these forces but only as a way to better understand how the Torah looks at the months and seasons. Ultimately, every Jew can choose to connect directly to the Almighty.

 

 

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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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Wed, February 21 2018 6 Adar 5778