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Weekly Newsletter

January 21, 2021
 
 

If you are not able to attend in person services, please consider participating in our virtual synagogue.  

 

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87385263158

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass   4pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84149158686

Candle lighting   4:43pm

Evening services   4:50pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Small kiddush

Mincha   NOON

Shabbat ends   5:47pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz   6:15pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83815656630

 

Monday

Virtual Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82788864081

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first scenario of Parshat Bo is the plague of locusts, which seems to really break Pharaoh, and he starts negotiating with Moses the terms of an excursion of the Israelites into the desert to offer sacrifices. "Who will be going" asks Pharaoh and Moses responds "our children, etc." which ends up being the deal breaker. Pharaoh only allows the גברים (adults) and so the saga continued without resolution.

 

What was really behind this exchange?

 

Pharaoh knew, like many after him, that the secret to Jewish continuity was, and always will be, the preparation of the younger generation. If he had any hope of maintaining control over the Israelites, he had to neutralize their efforts at creating identity in their children. Moses understood this as well, as we see he lists the children before any other sector of the population. So this strategy for national survival is indeed quite ancient, and has withstood the test of time!

The OU and RCA have designated today, the 8th of Shvat-21st of January as a Day of Prayer in light of the continuing struggle against this difficult virus. Of course they emphasize the importance of action to accompany prayer by maintaining established protocols and seeking vaccination. 

For this day they recommend the recitation of the following chapters of Psalms תהילים 

13, 20, 121, 130 and 142.

 

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
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Weekly Newsletter

January 14, 2021
 
Weekly Newsletter

If you are not able to attend in person services, please consider participating in our virtual synagogue. 

 

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87385263158

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30pm

Greet Shabbat   4pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89497096575

NOTE NEW TIME!

Candle lighting   4:35pm

Evening services   4:45pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Small kiddush

Mincha   NOON

Shabbat ends   5:40pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz  6:15pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82315848634

 

Monday/Legal Holiday

Office Open/All services

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82788864081

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vaera introduces the plagues in particular, and the miraculous in general. Certainly the plagues and miracles had a role in achieving salvation for the Israelites, but there was another equally important component. Bachaya Ibn Pakuda in his seminal philosophical work, Duties of the Heart (חובות הלבבות), calls them "gifts", but not because they might happen to rescue us from a tight situation. Rather, they develop our awareness of the Almighty in this world, and  our clarity of "vision" is often the greatest asset we can be given.

 In an age of such cacophonous "information", which constantly bombards our consciousness from all angles, we can certainly appreciate those few times when the Almighty allows us to see the forest through the trees.

 Potentially helpful information regarding accessing the vaccine

 One can schedule an appointment here:

 

 It lists all locations. You need to create a login first. People are cancelling and making appointments all the time, so if one does not find a time and place suitable this hour, try later.

 If you are looking to start your child in Hebrew School consider joining our trial session for Monday January 25 at 4pm

 
 

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
Email: info@tribecasynagogue.org


 
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Weekly Newsletter

January 7, 2021
 
Weekly Newsletter

If you are not able to attend in person services, please consider participating in our virtual synagogue.

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87385263158

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30pm

Greet Shabbat   3:30pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89497096575

Candle lighting   4:28pm

Evening services   4:30pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Small kiddush

Mincha   NOON

Shabbat ends   5:32pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz  6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82315848634

 

Monday

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82788864081

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The momentous second Book of Moses, and the similarly named portion of the week, Shemot, actually begins with the letter Vav, which means "and". So it's not "These are the names" but rather "AND these are the names" of the children of Israel. In my Hebrew Reading Classes I explain the richness of the Hebrew language deriving meaning even from the individual letters such as the Vav, which is called Vav HaChibur, which literally means "the hook that connects". And that is because when you add "and" to a word, you are by definition connecting it to what immediately precedes it. 

What are we connecting to the Book of Exodus; what directly precedes it? 

The Book of Genesis concludes with a genealogy of the various families that comprised the tribes at the time of Jacob's passing while the Book of Exodus details the process by which the tribes became a unified nation. By connecting the two, the Torah is telling us that the family structure doesn't get absorbed into the nation to the point where it loses its independent significance. And for that matter neither does the significance of the individual, which was also so important in our formation as a nation. As Jews, we can achieve greatness on all these levels.

The TriBeCa Synagogue expresses our deep appreciation to all those who responded to our end of year appeal. We look forward to a great 2021 with renewed commitment and resources to serving our community to our utmost capacity.

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Copyright © 2014 TriBeCa Synagogue, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
Email: info@tribecasynagogue.org


 
Visit us on the web at
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Weekly Newsletter

December 31, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87385263158

 

Friday

Morning services TBD

Greet Shabbat Returns!   3:30pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89497096575

Candle lighting   4:21pm

Evening services   4:30pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30pm

Small kiddush

Mincha   NOON

Shabbat Ends   5:26pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz   6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82315848634

 

Monday

Hebrew School Resumes

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82788864081

 

 

 

 

 

 

We complete the book of Genesis with the parsha of Vayechi and one of the more beautiful features is the blessing Jacob gives to his grandchildren Menashe and Ephraim. It is this feature upon which we base our custom to bless our children every Friday night. The question is asked what was it about these 2 grandchildren above and beyond all the others of their generation and the generation before them that Jacob saw fit to confer this special blessing?

Rabbi Elie Farkas of Cleveland recently proposed a new approach stating that when one considers the human condition from creation until that point in history, there seemed to be one negative constant of sibling animosity, and even violence. Beginning with Cain and Abel and continuing to Isaac and Ishmael and then Jacob and Esau and finally Joseph and his brothers. Ephraim and Menashe were the first brothers who truly wanted the best for each other, like it says in Avot-Ayin Tova. Even when the older brother is being passed over for the younger, their conviviality was not compromised.

It was this relationship that Jacob wanted to memorialize as a deep wish for all future generations of the nation that would be called the Children of Israel.

With the end of the secular year, as our President Eli Weiss recently conveyed, we remind everyone of the important work we do and of what we have accomplished in the face of the great challenges of 2020. As such we hope that everyone will do the best they can in supporting the synagogue financially in any way they can. Dues renewal on any level or just a general donation of any size will be helpful in ensuring the continuity of the vibrance of our synagogue's fabric of life, both virtual and in person.

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
Email: info@tribecasynagogue.org


 
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Weekly Newsletter

December 24, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87385263158

Will include thoughts on the 10th of Tevet

 

Friday/10th of Tevet/Fast

Fast begins   6:06am

Morning services   8:30am

Office closed

NO GREET SHABBAT 

Evening services   4PM

Outdoors

Candle lighting   4:16pm

Fast ends   5:12pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Indoors

Small Kiddush

Mincha   NOON

Shabbat ends   5:21

Havdalah/Kumzitz   6pm

Meeting ID: 823 1584 8634

Monday

Hebrew School on hiatus

 

Tuesday

Mishlei   6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82788864081

 

 

 

 

 

In Vayigash we have the epic confrontation between Joseph and Judah challenging each other regarding the fate of their younger brother Benjamin. Our sages say that this confrontation and eventual rapprochement had cosmic and historic significance way beyond the immediate drama. Joseph represented what would eventually be known as the Northern Kingdom and Judah's descendants became the Southern Kingdom. There were centuries of strife between them.

However, we read in the Haftarah this week from Ezekiel, prophesying the future reuniting of these two entities as a precursor to the advent of the Messiah. Just as Joseph reconciled with his brothers, let us resolve our internecine differences and do our part to herald that great new era!

Tomorrow is the Fast Day of the 10th of Tevet which commemorates the completion of the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar. It is the only fast day observed on a Friday because of the phrase "on that very day" which isn't stated regarding any of the other tragedies. Additionally, it is considered the most severe as everything that followed was just a fait accompli.

The TriBeCa Synagogue congratulates Nanette Nesbitt for joining the Jewish Faith this past Monday.

More from Chanukah

Brookdale opened its doors for the first time!

Sunday Night Shmooze by Harvey Herbert

Almost finished in Dumbo!

 

With our treasurer Robert Moezinia

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
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Weekly Newsletter

December 17, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

Virtual Communal Candle Lighting   6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84164816846

Followed by marathon singalong!

 

Friday

Morning services   7:15am

Greet Shabbat With Rabbi Glass    3:30pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89497096575

Candle lighting   4:12pm

Evening services   4:20pm

Indoors

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Indoors, small kiddush

Afternoon services   Noon

Shabbat ends   5:16pm

Havdalah Kumzitz   5:45pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82315848634

 

Monday

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82788864081

 

 

 

 

Tonight is the 8th and final night of Chanukah. In the morning we will complete the reading of the dedication of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) with the expression Zot Chanukat HaMizbeach (this completes the dedication...) and hence the nickname this day gets of "Zot Chanukah". And as the number 8 always hints at going beyond the norms of nature, the sages have attached much kabbalistic significance to the occasion. 

On Shabbat we will read the portion of Miketz which almost never occurs on a non Chanukah Shabbat so the haftarah that will be read will be an anomaly. The portion itself emphasizes the unpredictability of life with Joseph catapulting from jail to viceroy in a flash. Let's draw hope that the challenging situation of the past year can change to the better in similar dramatic fashion.

The TriBeCa Synagogue congratulates Rabbi and Mrs. Glass for the birth of their newest granddaughter this week to Elke and Elazar Bronstein. 

Due to the extreme weather Downtown Minyan will not be convening this Shabbat and all Shabbat services will be held indoors this weekend. Also, being mindful of the escalating Covid situation we will be strengthening our protocols so please contact Rabbi Glass at rabbi@tribecasynagogue.org to announce your intention of attending if he hasn't contacted you in advance of Shabbat.

The many features of TriBeCa Synagogue leading into and throughout Chanukah:

Visiting our Florida contingent

     

           Nicholas and Volha Singer                     Dave Rheingold

Also visited Jeff and Liubasha Dagowitz, Igor and Esther Chernamzov and Larisa Svechin and family

Dakota Jackson kicked off our Sunday Night Shmooze

   

Opening night Candle lighting with 2 dozen attendees

 

Featuring original song in Spanish by Deborah Gutierrez

Hebrew School Menorah Contest

 

Joint Candle lighting Ceremony with JCP on the Plaza

 

Virtual Chanukah Celebration Sponsored by the Jewish Lawyers Guild

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
Email: info@tribecasynagogue.org


 
Visit us on the web at
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Weekly Newsletter

December 3, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

Parsha/Portion of the Week   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84164816846

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass   3:30pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89497096575

Candle Lighting   4:10pm

Evening Services   4:20pm

 

Saturday

Proposed morning service   9:30am

Shabbat ends   5:13pm

Havdala/Kumzitz   5:45pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82315848634

 

SUNDAY NIGHT SHMOOZE   6PM

Featuring Dakota Jackson

Register here

 

Monday

Hebrew School Menora Contest

Register here

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84338207014

 

 

 

For years we presented a Bnei Mitzvah present of a book by Rabbi Norbert Weinberg at the occasion of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. I often wondered who this person was and in this week's communique from the RCA he was the featured speaker regarding the parsha, from Efrat, Israel.

He observed in our portion of Vayishlach two things regarding the struggle that Jacob had with the mysterious being that confronted him at night. Jacob was injured, but in the aftermath of the dustup he was given the more elegant name of Israel. He notes that both later in the Torah and throughout our history this seems to be a pattern. Our nation is profoundly challenged, often resulting in serious damage, but we emerge on a higher plane in numerous ways.

Our community, along with the rest of society, has been challenged and suffered serious loss throughout this difficult period, which seems to stretch deeper and deeper into the future. But we are rebuilding and laying the foundation for a post virus era that will see us even more effective as a Jewish institution.

Accomplishments of our broader community:

Congratulations to our longtime weekday member Morrie Kleinbart for receiving the Dewey Award for Excellence as a Prosecutor. This award is given by the New York Bar Association and Morrie was recognized as Richmond County DA of the Year.

Congratulations to Larisa Svechin, Hebrew School parent, for her election as Vice Mayor of Sunny Isles Florida. She will be sworn in virtually tonight at 5pm.

Special for this Saturday morning:

Due to inclement weather Downtown Minyan will not be meeting as outdoor services will not be feasible. If you are interested in attending an indoor service at 9:30am please contact the rabbi at rabbi@tribecasynagogue.org at your nearest convenience. There will only be a service if we have a guaranteed Minyan. The service will be streamlined and only a ceremonial kiddush to follow.

There will be comprehensive programming for Chanukah which begins next Thursday night. A full bulletin detailing our virtual and in person events will be forthcoming.

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Copyright © 2014 TriBeCa Synagogue, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
Email: info@tribecasynagogue.org


 
Visit us on the web at
www.tribecasynagogue.org
 

Weekly Newsletter

November 25, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

Candle lighting   4:12pm

Evening services   4:20pm

 

Saturday

No services

Shabbat ends 5:15pm

 

Monday

Hebrew School 

 

Monday- Friday

Morning services   7:30am

 

One of the more dramatic stories of the Torah takes place this week in Vayetze with the deceiving of Jacob by his father in law Laban, when he switches the sister Rachel with Leah. The classic question asked here is even if Jacob was distracted with food and drink, what about Rachel? Indeed, our sages explain that Jacob had a strategy with Rachel for her to present him with a special object so he could be sure it was her, even in the pitch black. But incredibly, even as Rachel saw the ruse taking place, she couldn't bear the potential humiliation of her sister so she gave the object to Leah, and was thus left out in the cold. This was one of the greatest acts of self-sacrifice known in the Torah and yet it is only hinted at by reading between the lines. 

So with all the supposed "flaws" we can read about throughout these verses, our matriarchs and patriarchs remain giants of human character, well worthy of our emulation.

Congratulations to Haley Lieberman Binn and Jason Binn for the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter Cece this past Monday morning in our sanctuary.

Please note the many schedule changes for throughout the holiday weekend:

Thursday night class in Parsha/Portion of the Week on hiatus this week.

No weekday services this Thursday and Friday

There WILL be Friday Shabbat services this week at 4:20pm

Our Virtual Synagogue will not be meeting this weekend; that includes Greet Shabbat and Havdalah.

There will not be morning services for this Saturday as Downtown Minyan will not be meeting and Rabbi Glass is away.

Tuesday class in Mishlei/Proverbs on a one week hiatus.

 

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Copyright © 2014 TriBeCa Synagogue, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
Email: info@tribecasynagogue.org


 
Visit us on the web at
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Weekly Newsletter

November 19, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84164816846

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass   3:30pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85034379053

Candle lighting   4:15pm

Evening services   4:20pm

 

Saturday

Preliminaries   10am

Barchu   10:30am

Shabbat ends   5:18pm

Havdala on Zoom  5:30pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83867916002

 

Monday

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84338207014

 

In the Rabbinical Council of America's newsletter for Toldot they presented, in memoriam, a video of the recently departed Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. One quandary he endeavored to elucidate was Isaac's relationship with his wayward son Esau. Was he fooled or not?

Rabbi Sacks suggests that he wasn't fooled and, on the contrary, when a parent senses their child slipping away, his approach was more love, not less, rather than pointless rebuke. And even though he may have "failed", Rabbi Sacks says it was an honorable failure. Indeed, it was a mirror image of God's relationship with us,  love, despite all our shortcomings. 

Downtown Minyan joins us again for this Shabbat. All Shabbat services will be outdoors.

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Copyright © 2014 TriBeCa Synagogue, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
Email: info@tribecasynagogue.org


 
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Weekly Newsletter

November 12, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week/Parsha Class   7pm

 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84164816846

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85034379053

Candle lighting   4:21pm

Evening services   4:30pm

 

Saturday

Individual Preliminaries    10am

Group service   10:30am

Shabbat ends   5:22pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz   6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83867916002

 

Monday 

Hebrew School

Tuesday/Rosh Chodesh

Morning services   7:15am

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84338207014

 

 

 

 

In Chayei Sarah, Eliezer knows he has found the right match for his master's son Isaac in the person of Rebecca. He petitions her family and they respond "here is Rebecca before you, take her and go". Later on when it is really time to go they hesitate and request that she remain for a year, or at least 10 days. What changed?

According to mystical sources, when Rebecca was growing up there was a protective "veil" placed over her countenance such that she was always looked upon like some kind of Cinderella. Now that she was in the protective custody of Eliezer the veil, which was no longer relevant, was removed. It was only then that her family realized that they were relinquishing a true diamond, but it was too late.

How many people in our life have we been accustomed to have little regard for but upon a second look we would see a deep worth? Let's hope we don't wake up too late!

The Downtown Minyan will be with us this weekend and it will be a little cooler so dress accordingly. We are close to procuring the appropriate heaters to make it comfortable to remain outdoors on Shabbat indefinitely.

This Saturday we bless the new month of Kislev and the molad will take place Sunday 4:01pm with 1 Chelek

 

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
Email: info@tribecasynagogue.org


 
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Weekly Newsletter

November 5, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

Portion of the week   7pm

On Zoom

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84164816846

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30pm

Note New Times for DST!

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass  3:30pm

On Zoom

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85034379053

Candle lighting   4:28pm

Evening services   4:40pm

 

Saturday

Preliminaries   10am   

Morning services   10:30am

Shabbat ends   5:28pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz  6pm

On Zoom 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83867916002

 Monday

Hebrew School 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

On Zoom

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84338207014 

Beginner Hebrew Reading   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86379839569 

Intermediate Hebrew Reading   7:30pm

 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86379839569

 

 

 

It's interesting to contrast the lack of comment by our sages regarding the great war of the 5 kings vs the 4 kings, of last week's portion, with the ocean of comments by our sages regarding the first story of Vayera this week, namely Abraham's legendary hospitality. The Torah perspective of history is such that war is a necessary evil but the focus should be on highlighting acts of lovingkindness, best exemplified by our patriarch Abraham, the paragon of chesed, kindness.

They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery and this is what Abraham hoped to achieve with his life's work. He was inspired by his observing God's merciful providing for all living things, and dedicated his life to emulating the creator.

Our Virtual Synagogue comes back to life!

Dr. Roz Bernstein makes a fascinating presentation at the Sunday Night Shmooze

The great Basya Shechter performs at our Havdalah/Kumzitz

 

Congratulations to Mariana Veiga who completed her process of conversion this week and is now a Bat Yisrael!

Downtown Minyan will be joining us again this Saturday morning.

 

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Copyright © 2014 TriBeCa Synagogue, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
Email: info@tribecasynagogue.org


 
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Weekly Newsletter

October 29, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week   7pm

Meeting ID: 845 4683 2655

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass   5pm

Meeting ID: 850 3437 9053

Evening services   5:45pm

 

Saturday

Individual Preliminaries   10am

Services    10:30pm

Shabbat ends   6:35pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz   7pm

Meeting ID: 838 6791 6002

 

Sunday

Shmooze postponed to next week

 

Monday

 Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

Meeting ID: 886 1172 1929

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88611721929

Beginner Hebrew Reading   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84953937095

 

Intermediate Hebrew Reading   7:30pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84953937095  

 

 

 

 

In Lech Lecha we have the first phases of Abraham evolving into the most influential monotheist in history. While there were many great monotheists previous to him like Noah, Shem and Eber etc., only Abraham devoted his life to reaching out and making the effort to change humanity. And even though many of those he influenced eventually dissipated, the most important person he influenced, namely himself, became the force capable of creating a tradition that survives and thrives to this day 3500 years later.

 So while it is praiseworthy to be motivated to reach out and positively influence those around us, the most important goal should be what we become through this process, and the legacy we can form along the way.

 NOTE: The Downtown Minyan will again be joining us and they are committed to remaining outdoors on Saturday mornings. Efforts are in process to obtain the kind of heaters that will make remaining outdoors comfortable at least until the end of the year. We hope to have them in place by the following weekend but for this Saturday that will not be in case. The temperature is predicted to be in the low 40’s so if you plan on attending please dress accordingly.

 Weekday services will move indoors for the duration of the fall/winter.

 Virtual Synagogue News:

 We express our deepest appreciation to Dr. Roslyn Bernstein for her fascinating presentation this past Sunday on the Shmooze. However, due to technical difficulties we are postponing this coming Sunday’s presentation to next Sunday (11/7).

 Havdalah/Kumzitz - We are thrilled to announce Basya Shechter of Pharaoh’s Daughter will make a small performance to energize our Havdalah celebration this Saturday night at 7pm!

 

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
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Weekly Newsletter

October 22, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT 

Portion of the Week   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84546832655

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30pm

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass   5pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85034379053

Candle lighting    5:45pm

Evening services   5:50pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   10am

Shabbat ends   6:44pm

Havdalah and Kumzitz   7:15pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83867916002

 

Sunday Night Shmooze  6pm

With Roz Bernstein

 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83129283487

 

Monday

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88611721929

Beginner Hebrew Reading   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84953937095

 

Intermediate Hebrew Reading   7:30pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84953937095  

 

 

 

 

In the portion of Noah and the flood we see that when the waters had receded Noah doesn't leave the ark until he is commanded to. This is curious because human nature would dictate that after the harrowing months cooped up with all the animals, that divine encouragement to get out would be unnecessary.

Rabbi Barry Gelman of Houston, Texas suggests that actually Noah couldn't bring himself to leave the ark in anticipation of a very different world, a world totally devoid of its previous existence. He just didn't have the energy to rebuild, so he needed God's insistence on leaving to start anew.

As we get closer to emerging from our present challenge, undoubtedly we will have to deal with a world and a community completely different from the one we knew. We might feel overwhelmed by the task to rebuild our lives into one that will adapt to the new life awaiting us. Let us pray for the same divine strength that accompanied Noah at that auspicious time in human history. 

The TriBeCa Synagogue extends a tremendous Mazal Tov to Dr. Elan Goldwyn and Michelle Ross, longtime generous members and trustees, for the Bar Mitzvah of their son Benjamin this weekend!

The Downtown Minyan will be joining us this Shabbat so preliminaries will begin at 10am and the communal service will begin at 10:30am. All services are being held outdoors with all covid protocols in force.

This Sunday Shmooze we present our longtime member Dr. Roslyn Bernstein, former Chairman of the Journalism Department at Baruch College, to discuss her most recent book Engaging Art: Essays and Interviews from around the World.

 

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
Email: info@tribecasynagogue.org


 
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Weekly Newsletter

October 15, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

Tonight

Portion of the Week   7pm

Meeting ID: 845 4683 2655  

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass   5pm

Zoom Meeting ID: 879 6831 1845  

Candle lighting  5:55pm

Evening services   6pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Shabbat ends   6:53pm 

Havdalah/Kumzitz   7:30pm

Zoom Meeting ID: 838 6791 6002  

 

Monday/Rosh Chodesh

Morning services   7:15am

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

Morning services   7:30am

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

Zoom Meeting ID: 886 1172 1929

 

 

 

 

Rabbi Ari Enkin had a fascinating observation regarding the story of creation in Bereishit. He noted that the term Tov (good) was stated for every aspect of creation with the exception of the creation of humankind. It seems counterintuitive to call a squid good and not the amazing human being.

He explains that one can only use the term good for a finished product like an animal as opposed to the human being who is created with potential that is supposed to be attained during it's sojourn on this earth. If one does, then maybe then one can pronounce good but until then we have to say the jury is out.

This is an especially relevant message at this time of year at the heels of a season dedicated to resolving for self improvement. 

So join us tonight  at for an enlightening parsha session on Zoom!

This Shabbat we bless the new month of Cheshvan which will begin on Sunday and Monday.

The Downtown Minyan will again be joining us for Saturday morning services. In person services will remain outdoors weather permitting. To help us keep track of attendance, please, if at all possible, register in advance at this link.  All are welcome!

TriBeCa Synagogue thanks everyone who helped organize our 5781 holiday season under very challenging circumstances. Special acknowledgement to our executive committee of President Eli Weiss, Executive Vice President Neil Wallin and Treasurer Robert Moezinia for their leadership and guidance. Also to our staff of Alex Glass and Dolores Wine of our office and Mike Galliano and Akira for our maintenance needs. And tremendous appreciation to all those who trusted our efforts and attended in force throughout.

 

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
Email: info@tribecasynagogue.org


 
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Sukkot/Hoshana Rabah/Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah

October 8, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

Thursday

Parsha class on one week hiatus

 

Friday/Hoshana Raba

Morning services   7am

Candle lighting   6:06pm

Evening services   6:15pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

YIZKOR    11:15am

Farewell to the Sukkah   5:45pm

Evening services   6pm  

Candle lighting   7:04pm

 

Sunday

Morning services   9:30am

Yom Tov ends  7:01pm

 

Monday 

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday 

Proverbs/Mishlei   6pm

On zoom 

Meeting ID: 886 1172 1929

 

 

 

 

The Sukkot holiday is concluding with a potentially bewildering calendar configuration:

Tonight and tomorrow is the last official day of Sukkot but it has an important overlay of being yet another day of judgment, yet another chance to make good on our resolution to become better people and regret our past misdeeds. This day is called Hoshana Rabah, or the big hoshana, because at the morning service the lulav circles the Torah 7 times and we perform the arava ritual. 

Next comes the holiday of Shemini Atzeret, debatably called the 8th day of Sukkot, but is essentially a separate holiday dedicated to the special relationship that the Jewish nation enjoys with the Almighty. The confusing part is that we still sit in the sukkah on that day like every other holiday that is observed for an extra day in the diaspora, dating back to ancient times when word of the holiday would take too long to get out. We then observe a second day of Shemini Atzeret which is given its overlay of Simchat Torah when we complete the Torah and celebrate that accomplishment.

It is similar to Shavuot, celebrating the giving of the Torah on the beginning of the 8th week after Passover; so we have a "second" Shavuot on the 8th day after the beginning of Sukkot. The connection being that while the number 7 represents the natural order, then the number 8 signifies transcending nature which is what we hope to accomplish with the study and the observance of the Torah. 

TriBeCa Synagogue's Journey through the Holidays in Pictures:

 

Annulling vows on the eve of Rosh HaShana

 

 

Kol Nidrei on Zoom attended by 40 participants

 

Procession with the Lulav and Etrog

Note: Shemini Atzeret will be very different this year firstly because of our virus protocols but also because we welcome back the Downtown Minyan for this Saturday and Sunday morning. All services will continue to be held outdoors. A detailed schedule of events will be forthcoming shortly.

TriBeCa Synagogue is grateful to Board Member Eve Goldberg and Executive Vice President Neil Wallin for sponsoring kiddush Saturday morning commemorating the yahrtzeit of Eve's father William Goldberg-Zev ben Binyamin, of blessed memory.

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
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Weekly Newsletter

October 1, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

Sukkot Prep   7pm

 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84546832655  

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30pm

Candle lighting   6:17pm

EVENING SERVICES   6:15pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

EVENING SERVICES   6:00pm

Light Candles   7:15pm

 

Sunday

Morning services   9:30am

Yom Tov ends   7:12pm

 

Monday through Thursday

Morning services   7:15am

Afternoon services   1:40pm

 

 

 

 

It's a common lament regarding the incredible concentration of holidays in a relatively short period of time. The truth is that if one really understood the opportunity of Sukkot it wouldn't be a mystery. Sitting in the Sukkah is the closest to being enveloped by the Divine presence and holding the lulav is embracing an object of God's royalty. Such honor only makes sense after a people has done the holy and hard work of purification of the last number of weeks. 

Important notes: 

While we have sukkot, we can only provide a small kiddush to fulfill the mitzvah after each service. We cannot provide communal meals due to it being impossible to social distance in enclosed areas.

All services will be held outdoors weather permitting.

Please make every effort to attend services to ensure a minyan.

 

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
Email: info@tribecasynagogue.org


 
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Weekly Newsletter

September 24, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

YOM KIPPUR PREP!   7PM

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84546832655 

or ID  #  845 4683 2655 no password

 

Friday

Selichot   7:10am

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass   5:30pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87968311845  

or ID # 879 6831 1845 no password

Candle lighting   6:29pm

Evening services   6:30pm

 

Saturday 

Morning services   10am

Shabbat ends   7:27pm

Havdalah and Kumzitz   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86882017765  

or ID # 868 8201 7765 no password

 

Sunday

Kol Nidrei on Zoom   5pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83865854555 

or ID # 838 6585 4555 no password

Late Mincha   6:15pm

In person Kol Nidrei   6:30pm

 

Full Yom Kippur Schedule and beyond coming tomorrow!

 

 

This Shabbat is called Shabbat Shuva, the Sabbath of Repentance, as it takes place during this season of repentance, the 10 Days of Penitence between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. While we know the sages tell us that our lives are in the balance, Maimonides goes a step further. He says that just like we should consider our status as depending on whether one good deed or bad deed could tip the scale, we should consider the entire world as equal in its merits and demerits. Thus one act on our part could shape the destiny of the universe for 5781!

All this points to the awareness we must have of our responsibility to ourselves and the community, hopefully making us extra careful in ALL our actions throughout this auspicious period.

The parsha this week is Haazinu, a profound poem calling heaven and earth as witnesses to Moses' last address to the Israelite nation.

The Downtown Minyan joins us this Shabbat and we request RSVP's asap to monitor attendance: rabbi@tribecasynagogue.org 

This will be the last Shabbat of zoom programming for some time due to the upcoming holidays. After the holidays we will restructure the virtual synagogue to adapt to the changing times.

All Zoom classes will continue uninterrupted.

 

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
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Weekly Newsletter

September 17, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

WEEKDAY AFTERNOON SERVICES RESUME ON MONDAY

 

TONIGHT

Zoom Class on Rosh HaShana!   7pm

ID # Meeting ID: 845 4683 2655 no password 

or https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84546832655

NO ZOOM THIS WEEKEND!

 

Friday

Abridged Selichot   7am

Morning services   7:30am

Hatarat Nedarim   8am

(Releasing of Vows)  

Candle lighting   6:41pm

Evening services   6:45pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   10am

Evening services   6:30pm

 

Sunday

Morning services   10am

1st Shofar   11am

2nd Shofar  Noon

Tashlich at the Hudson   1:30pm

Behind Stuyvesant High School

 

Monday/Fast of Gedaliah

Fast begins   5:31am

Selichot   7am

Morning services   7:30am

Mincha   1:30pm

Hebrew School

Fast ends   7:28pm

 

Tuesday-Friday

Selichot   7:10am

Morning services   7:30am

Afternoon services   1:40pm

(Except Friday)

 

 

In the Psalm we read today for Thursday it states: Sound the Shofar on the month, when it's covered, on the day of our holiday. Being "covered" is an expression for the beginning of any month, as is the case with Rosh Hashana, which is the beginning of the month of Tishrei. This is because the new moon appears to be covered as it's view is occluded. 

 

The connection to the Jewish nation in general is that we mirror the moon in its waxing and waning throughout its monthly cycle and our history throughout the millennia. Individually, our souls wax and wane throughout the year as we traverse the geography of our annual calendar. We begin the year with our souls in a state of being "covered" because of the long months without uplifting holidays. But just like the moon, which gradually emerges from the shadows and builds in light through Yom Kippur and beyond, we too grow in spiritual light, day by day, throughout the 10 days of penitence and beyond.

Looking forward to joining everyone on this wonderful journey, Shana Tova!

TriBeCa Synagogue congratulates our longtime members Ken and Denise Rosenblum for the wedding of their daughter Nancy last night to our member David Holmberg!

NOTE-Registration for the second day of Rosh HaShana, this Sunday, is very light. Please keep in mind that that is the only day of Shofar and register if you can to insure proper attendance.

 

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
Email: info@tribecasynagogue.org


 
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Weekly Newsletter

September 10, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

Parsha Class    7pm

ID # 848-5948-2897 no password  

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat   6pm

ID # 879-6831-1845 no password   

Evening services   6:30pm

Candle lighting   6:52pm

 

Saturday

Shabbat ends   7:51pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz    8:30pm

ID # 868-8201-7765 no password  

 

SELICHOT 

Monday - Thursday   7:15am

Morning services

Monday - Thursday   7:30am

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs    6pm

ID # 886 1172 1929 no password 

 

In Nitzavim we have Moses on his last day of life creating yet another covenant. Was anything added?

From the expressions of inclusivity such as "children, wives, sojourners" and "from woodcutters to water drawers" the commentators derive the introduction of the important concept of collective responsibility (Arevut). Beyond our individual requirement to be servants of the Almighty we would need to look into the spiritual welfare of our fellow Jew. How this is to be handled is a very involved conversation but a lot of it is self explanatory. Certainly the past few months have provided many opportunities to inquire and empathize with the physical, financial and spiritual struggles of many in our community. 

Since TriBeCa Synagogue has opened its "doors" on July 1st an amazing development has transpired with multiple Jewish groups flocking to the plaza for activities not possible elsewhere. They include the Jewish Latin Center, The Downtown Minyan, Meor, JCP and Chabad of TriBeCa and a wonderful article in the TriBeCa Citizen regarding this can be accessed here:

https://tribecacitizen.com/2020/09/04/tribeca-synagogue-is-putting-its-outdoor-space-to-good-use/

We are honored to be able to do our part in looking after the needs of our fellow Jews in our community!

Congratulations to David Holmberg for the completion of his conversion this week!

Congratulations to Ken and Jennifer Paskar celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary today!

Tomorrow we observe the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, albeit in muted fashion.

Tomorrow morning Chava Chalom will observe the yahrtzeit for her father at morning minyan with Tehillim.

 

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
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Weekly Newsletter

September 3, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter
TONIGHT

Parsha Class   7pm

ID: 848 5948 2897 no password

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat  6pm

ID # 879 6831 1845 no password

Evening services   6:45pm

Candle lighting   7:04pm

 

Saturday

Shabbat ends   8:03pm

Havdalah and Kumzitz   8:30pm

ID: 868 8201 7765  no password

 

Monday/Legal Holiday

No services 

 

Tuesday

Morning services  7:30am

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

Meeting ID: 861 2920 5698

 

Parshat Ki Tavo begins with the mitzvah of Bikurim, first fruits, which was quite a ceremony when the temple stood. One would gather them, put them in a basket, march to Jerusalem and present them to the Kohen who would wave the basket and the presenter would make a declaration. 

Rabbi Ari Enkin makes the observation that the well to do would put their gift in a golden basket which was returned to the owner while the lesser fortunate had their fruits in a wicker basket that the Kohen kept, which seems counterintuitive.

He explains that those with the means to write a check don't demonstrate the level of devotion of someone who has to take the time and effort to create an object for a mitzvah. That is the kind of gesture that the Almighty wants to hold on to. 

The TriBeCa Synagogue congratulates Igor Chernomzav and Esther Hammerman for their wedding to take place this weekend.

 

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
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212 966-7141
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Weekly Newsletter

August 27, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter
Tonight
 
Parsha Class    7pm
On Zoom: ID # 848-5948-2897 no password 
 
Friday
 
Morning services   7:30am 

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass and Family   6pm
ID # 852-7357-9637 no password  
 
Candle lighting   7:15pm
 
Evening services   6:45pm
 
Saturday
 
Shabbat ends   8:15pm
 
Havdalah and Kumzitz with Rabbi Glass and Miriam  8:45pm
ID # 868-8201-7765 no password  
 

Sunday Night Shmooze  

On hiatus through Labor Day

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

ID # 861-2920-5698 no password  

 
 
 


 

 

Among the many mitzvot enumerated in Parshat Ki Teitzei is the obligation to return a lost ox or sheep to one's "brother". The Ramban notes that the other time this mitzvah was presented, i.e. Exodus 23:4, it says "your enemy". He explains that what one can accomplish with such kindness is literally turning an enemy into a brother. The Baal HaTurim goes further by interpreting the reflexive phrase "you shall return it to him" (והשבותו לו) as meaning that you also return the owner to "himself", namely that you restore the victim's humanity. 
 
How so?
 
The entire time the victim is at a loss, he is in peril of assuming there was a perpetrator, someone who stole it from him and as such his faith in his fellow human being is shattered. Upon the item being returned, not only does he realize that people aren't as bad as he thought but actually quite righteous.
 
The TriBeCa Synagogue is thrilled to announce the birth of twin girls, Charlotte and Elizabeth, last week to our past president Avi Turkel and his wife Miranda. Congratulations also to his mother Toby, another past president, for becoming a grandmother! Everyone is doing well. 
 
Tomorrow we will issue a formal presentation regarding the High Holidays at TriBeCa Synagogue.
 

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
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Weekly Newsletter

August 20, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

Parsha Class on Zoom   7pm

ID # 848-5948-2897 no password  

 

Friday/Rosh Chodesh Elul

Morning services   7:15am

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass and Family   6pm

ID # 852-7357-9637 no password  

Candle lighting   7:26pm

Evening services   6:45pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Shabbat ends   8:26pm

Havdalah and Kumzitz with Rabbi Glass and Miriam  9pm

ID # 885-8435-7178 no password  

 

Sunday Night Shmooze   7pm

ID # 850-6297-3818 no password

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

ID # 861-2920-5698 no password  

 
 
 


 

 

We begin the month of Elul today and tomorrow whose sign of the zodiac or mazal, is Betula (Virgo). We know that this sign indicates the spirit of repentance (Teshuva) of this time of year as the verse states in Jeremiah 31:20: Return (shuvi) virgin of Israel to your cities. 

But more than basic repentance there is a deeper implication by calling Israel a betula, long after we were considered unfaithful to God on numerous occasions with our idol worship. The prophet implies that teshuva is so powerful that we can return ourselves to our original pristine innocence. We have the power to erase the unpleasant past and create a bright new future.

Considering the events and circumstances of the last difficult months we are beset with concern and negativity of what the future will bring for us. What will our neighborhood be like, what will our lives be like, will we ever be able to go back to a semblance of what we had before all of this. On the other hand, Elul, and the days of awe, bring a promise of hope and renewal; that we can look forward to an individual and a communal restoration of peace and harmony, of course doing our part, as well, for ourselves and for our community. 

At TriBeCa Synagogue we have been working hard to reopen the shul with all the appropriate protocols for the challenges of our time. Presently we have outdoor weekday morning and Friday night services, and tomorrow morning we will begin sounding the shofar on a daily basis. This Saturday will be our first Shabbat morning service on a trial basis. And we have sent you a survey to assess your requests for high holiday services so that we can tailor them to fit your needs. Hebrew School will also begin right after Labor Day on zoom until the end of 2020.

Please consider joining us for these occasions as your part in the overall effort to re-coalesce our congregation into the thriving hub of Jewish life it has been for decades. We are sure that you will find here Elul's promise of hope and renewal!

This week is the portion of Shoftim and we congratulate Hugh Lippman and Eileen Hecht for the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter Rachel this Shabbat at that synagogue. They have been devoted members for many, many years and Rachel has been a fixture at our services from her early childhood.

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212 966-7141
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Weekly Newsletter

August 13, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

Parsha/Portion of the Week   7pm

ID # 848-5948-2897 no password  

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass and Family   6pm

ID # 852-7357-9637 no password  

Candle lighting   7:36pm

Evening services   6:45pm

 

Saturday

Birkat HaChodesh 

Shabbat ends   8:38pm

Havdalah with Rabbi Glass     9:15pm

ID # 885-8435-7178 no password  

Sunday Night Shmooze

ID # 850-6297-3818 no password  

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

ID # 861-2920-5698 no password

 
 
 


 

 

Parshat Re'eh begins with the monumental concept of free will; we have a choice to behave in a way that will either lead to blessing or curse. And this is considered such a gift that one of the first blessings we recite in the morning reads: Who has given the heart the understanding between day and night (which refers to good and evil). It is the primary factor that distinguishes humanity from any other entity in the creation. 

We will soon be entering the month of Elul which is when we begin to take stock of how we managed this great gift. We recite Birkat HaChodesh this Saturday for Elul taking place next Thursday and Friday and the molad, or mean conjunction, is Wednesday, August 19th at 1:54am and 16 Chalakim.

The TriBeCa Synagogue congratulates Rabbi and Mrs. Glass for the upcoming bar mitzvah of their grandson, Yissochor Yosef Bronstein, this weekend in New Jersey.

 

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
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Weekly Newsletter

August 6, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

Parsha on Zoom   7pm

ID # 848-5948-2897 no password  

 

Friday

Morning service   7:30am

Candle lighting   7:45pm

Greet Shabbat With Rabbi Glass and Family   6pm

ID # 852-7357-9637 no password  

Evening services   6:45pm

 

Saturday

Shabbat ends   8:48pm

Havdalah and Kumzitz with Rabbi Glass and Miriam   9:15pm

ID # 885-8435-7178 no password  

 

Sunday Night Shmooze   7pm

(Just social this week)

ID # 850-6297-3818 no password  

 

Tuesday 

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

ID # 861-2920-5698 no password

 
 
 


 

 

Last week's portion and this week's portion, Eikev, present us the first 2 paragraphs of the Shema. They seem repetitive, but a second look identifies the addition of the concept of reward and punishment in the second paragraph. The sages say that they represent two levels of motivation when it comes to observance of the mitzvot. This week we have the level of observance based on reward and punishment but last week we had the concept of observing simply for the love of God, a very lofty level.

The Talmud makes it clear that there is nothing lacking if motivated by consequences, good or bad, but having that higher goal will always pull us higher, even if we never quite get to that level.

We continue to maintain both an in person and virtual synagogue. Your participation in both will insure that they continue and expand!

 

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
Email: info@tribecasynagogue.org


 
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Weekly Newsletter

July 30, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter
TONIGHT
 
Torah class on zoom  7pm

ID # 886-2130-2762 no password  

The fast ends at 8:51pm

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass and Family   6pm

ID # 852-7357-9637 no password  

Evening services   6:45pm

Candle lighting   7:53pm

 

Saturday

Shabbat ends   8:57pm

Havdalah and Kumzitz   9:15pm

ID # 885-8435-7178 no password  

 

Sunday night Shmooze 

On one week hiatus

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

ID # 861-2920-5698 no password

 
 
 


 

 

Today is the lowest day of the Jewish calendar accompanied by all the restrictions that limit our comfort in a way not matched any other time of the year. Indeed, the Book of Lamentations (Eicha) that we read last night is also the saddest work of our Tanach. Some of the verses even seem to rub salt in the wound by reminding us of how good things were before the destruction and exile. But Diane Kolatch of YUHS for Girls in Queens actually sees a strong note of consolation.

Jeremiah is reminding us of our previous existence with the Temple, the priests and the vibrancy of the land, to show us that even though they are gone now, the fact that they were part of our history remains with us. We are better and enriched as a people for having them as our heritage. And it is this fiber of our national being that is the foundation of their return, please God, speedily in our days!

We read the second portion of Dvarim this Shabbat with Vaetchanan, which includes the review of the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.

And check out the latest from our own Dr. Freema Gottlieb in the Jewish Week! https://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/moses-teaches-us-something-new/

TriBeCa Synagogue is thrilled to announce the birth of a daughter to our devoted members Jeff and Liubasha Dagowitz this past weekend! Everyone is doing very well.

Content note: Because Torah study is prohibited on Tisha B'Av, today's parsha class will be devoted to the Talmudic rendition of the destruction of the Second Temple as recorded in Tractate Gittin 55a. ID # 886-2130-2762 no password.

We continue to maintain a blending of in person services and a virtual synagogue as detailed on the calendar side.

 

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Copyright © 2014 TriBeCa Synagogue, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
Email: info@tribecasynagogue.org


 
Visit us on the web at
www.tribecasynagogue.org
 

Weekly Newsletter

July 23, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter
TONIGHT
 
Parsha/Portion of the Week   7pm
ID # 886-2130-2762 no password
 
Friday
 
Morning service   7:30am
 
Candle lighting   8pm
 
Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass and Family   6pm
ID # 852-7357-9637 no password  
 
Evening services   6:45pm
 
Saturday
 
Shabbat ends   9:06pm
 
Havdalah with Rabbi Glass and Miriam
ID # 885-8435-7178 no password  
 

Sunday Night Shmooze   7pm

ID # 850-6297-3818 no password

(just social this week)

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm   

ID # 861-2920-5698 no password  

 
 
 


 

 

This week we begin the Book of Deuteronomy (Dvarim) which has the nickname Mishneh Torah, which means repetition of the Torah, because it primarily repeats many sections of the previous books. In this week's portion we reprise the sin of the spies which is appropriate for this week because tradition has it that it took place on Tisha B'Av, which falls on this coming Thursday. This Shabbat is called Shabbat Chazon because the haftarah is the first chapter of the Book of Isaiah which begins with the phrase Chazon, meaning vision. 

We enter the most intense stage of our communal mourning period with the 9 days which include restrictions of meat, wine, laundering and bathing for pleasure. 

For Tisha B'Av!

Wednesday night mincha/maariv at 8pm followed by the chanting of Lamentations (Eicha).

Thursday morning shacharit 7:15am, Kinot to be recited at home.

Last Friday we began our first Kabbalat Shabbat in person service which was well attended; please join us this Friday evening. Our weekday morning services are off and running as well but we still need all hands on deck, whomever might be available.

 

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Copyright © 2014 TriBeCa Synagogue, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
Email: info@tribecasynagogue.org


 
Visit us on the web at
www.tribecasynagogue.org
 

Weekly Newsletter

July 16, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

Parsha/Portion of the Week   7pm

ID # 882-2130-2762 no password

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30pm

Candle lighting   8:06pm

 

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass and Family   6pm

ID # 811-5769-0844 no password

Evening services   6:45pm

 

Saturday

Bless the New Moon

Molad Av Monday Afternoon  

1:10pm with 15 Chalakim

 

Shabbat ends  9:12pm

Havdalah with Rabbi Glass and Miriam   9:20pm

ID # 885-8435-7178 no password

 

Sunday Night Shmooze  7pm

With Dakota Jackson!

ID # 882-8489-4096 no password

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

ID # 837-7015-4500

 

Wednesday/Rosh Chodesh

Morning services   7:15am

 
 
 


 

 

With the double portion of Matot-Maasei we complete the Book of Numbers and have the largest Torah reading of the year. Topics include the tribes of Gad and Reuben negotiating for their territory, the boundaries of Israel in general, cities of refuge and much more. But we start with a detailed discussion of oaths and vows and how to annul them if necessary. The Torah makes a big deal about our uttering promises and making commitments as evidenced by the first order of business on Yom Kippur being the Kol Nidrei, which in essence is a formula to release us from our vows and oaths as we enter the holiest day of the year.

 

One reason for this overriding concern and emphasis derives from the nature of our power of speech, which is what creates these expressions. Although our speech is essentially just another part of our physical entity, when you think about it, it is the closest part of our bodies to the spiritual. While it is an energy wave which can be measured by machines, it still is far more ethereal than the rest of our corporeal identity. As such, the Torah is very concerned that we guard its "sanctity" in any way we can and keeping our word is the most important way to do that. 

 

Wednesday is Rosh Chodesh Av, which ushers in the second, and more severe stage of mourning leading up to the 9th of Av. This year, most rabbinic authorities feel that the normal additional restrictions of this time period can be relaxed due to the extra care needed to protect ourselves from the virus. 

 

We are pleased to announce that our in person services are proceeding apace with Shacharit every day at 7:30am. Our reopening has been documented by Carl Glassman of the TriBeCa Trib in this article: http://tribecatrib.com/content/shows-were-back-praying-again-tribeca-synagogue-al-fresco

 

(If you have any availability for the morning minyan we appeal for your help to attend, contact rabbi@tribecasynagogue.org)

 

In person Friday night services will begin this Friday on the plaza at 6:45pm. Morning services for Rosh Chodesh this Wednesday morning will be held at 7:15am.

 

Check out our Sunday Night Shmooze this Sunday featuring our own Dakota Jackson to talk about his amazing career in Magic and Furniture Design and so much more! Sunday 7pm on Zoom with ID # 882-8489-4096 and no password.

Last week we omitted to credit this photo to Carl Glassman of the TriBeCa Trib:

 

 

 

 

 

We apologize for the omission.

 

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
Email: info@tribecasynagogue.org


 
Visit us on the web at
www.tribecasynagogue.org
 

Weekly Newsletter

July 9, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TODAY/Fast Day

Portion of the Week   7pm

ID # 886-2130-2762 no password

Fast ends 9:09pm

 

Friday

Morning services*  7:30am

Candle lighting   8:10pm

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass and Family  6pm

ID # 811-5769-0844 no password

Evening services*   6:45pm

 

Saturday

Shabbat ends   9:17pm

Havdalah with Rabbi Glass and Miriam   9:30pm

ID # 885-8435-7178 no password

 

Monday - Friday

Morning services*   7:30am

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

ID # 837-7015-4500 no password

*Please help with the minyan!

 
 
 


 

 

This week the portion of the week is Pinchas which in the beginning focuses on "Kina" which is loosely translated as zealotry. Unfortunately in the modern era this has been associated with "martyrs" attacking innocent individuals as opposed to Pinchas who reacted to an actual crime committed in the public arena.

Today is the Fast of the 17th day of Tammuz commemorating the breach of the outer wall of the city which made the eventual destruction of the Temple a fait accompli. But according to our tradition it was the date of the Golden Calf. It begins the Ashkenazic custom of observing mourning rituals through the 9th of Av. For this initial period we refrain from haircuts and live music.

Up and running with our first minyan!

Including the naming of Daniella Libby Mordechai

 

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Copyright © 2014 TriBeCa Synagogue, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
Email: info@tribecasynagogue.org


 
Visit us on the web at
www.tribecasynagogue.org
 

Weekly Newsletter

July 2, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter
TONIGHT!
 
Parsha Class   7pm
ID # 886-2130-2762 no password 
 
Friday 
 
Candle lighting   8:12pm
 
Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass and Family   6pm
ID # 811-5769-0844 no password
 
Saturday
 
Shabbat ends   9:21pm
 
Havdalah with Rabbi Glass and Miriam   9:30pm
ID # 885-8435-7178 no password
 
Sunday 
 
"Shmooze" on one week hiatus
 
Tuesday
 
Mishlei/Proverbs   5:30pm
ID # 837-7015-4500
 
Thursday/Fast Day
 
Fast begins at 4:21am
 
Fast concludes at 9:09pm
 
May this be the last one!
 
 
 


 

 

This week is the double portion of Chukat/Balak which contains an enormous amount of compelling subjects. Probably the most shocking and tragic is the Sin of the Bitter Waters wherein the Torah proclaims upon Moses the devastating consequences of his deviating from God's instructions. He is told that he would not be entering the land of Israel. 
 
One of the ways that the sages have attempted to put this into perspective is by explaining that this decree was inevitable due to the changing circumstances and people between the time they left Egypt and the 40 years they wandered in the desert. This new generation needed a new approach that would apply to their new life in the land of Canaan transitioning from the idyllic lifestyle in the desert to the challenges of living on their own.
 
As much as we long to hold on to the normality of what we enjoyed just a few months ago we will have to recognize that life will be different once we completely reemerge from our present set of circumstances. There will be some loss but there will be some significant gains as well. The Israelites lost the manna, the well and the protection but they gained a fabulously beautiful land as well as much personal sovereignty. 
 
Next Thursday is the 17th of Tammuz, a fast day, beginning the solemn 3 week period in the Jewish Calendar culminating with the 9th of Av.
 
The TriBeCa Synagogue is thrilled to announce the birth of Daniella Libby to Yehudis and Elchanan Mordechai, Rabbi and Mrs. Glass' daughter this past Saturday!
 
 
Another amazing Sunday Shmooze, this one with ADA Joel Seidemann
 
 
Enjoy the latest from our own Dr. Freema Gottlieb!:
 

 
 

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Copyright © 2014 TriBeCa Synagogue, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
Email: info@tribecasynagogue.org


 
Visit us on the web at
www.tribecasynagogue.org
 

Weekly Newsletter

June 25, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter
TONIGHT
 
Parsha class 7pm
ID # 886 2130 2762 no password
 
Friday
 
Candle lighting  8:13pm
 
Family Service   6pm
ID # 811 5769 0844 no password
 
Saturday 
 
Shabbat Ends   9:22pm
 
Havdalah with Rabbi Glass   9:30pm
ID # 834 6721 7803 no password
 
Sunday
 
Sunday Night Shmooze   7pm
ID # 882 8489 4096 no password  
 
Tuesday 
 
Mishlei   6pm
ID # 837 7015 4500  no password
 
 
 


 

 

The portion of Korach presents us with the only open rebellion to the authority of Moses in his lifetime. Two of the ringleaders were Dathan and Aviram from the tribe of Reuben who Moses invited to a meeting to discuss their issues. They gave him the cold shoulder and Moses responded with anger. 
 
A rebbe of mine, Rabbi Chaim Dov Altusky, asked a sharp question noting that up to that point Moses was already sorely challenged by Korach but responded with measured arguments. What was different this time? His answer was that as bad as Korach behaved he still engaged with Moses while Dathan and Aviram ignored him; they were acting like Moses was a non factor. 
 
In our polarized times we deal with people who have sharply different perspectives but it is especially important to remain engaged. We have to always remember to see the humanity behind whatever positions they may epouse.
 
Special end of year weekend programming!
 
Family service Friday at 6pm
Prayers, songs, story and Shabbat table demonstration.
Have your candles, kiddush cup and challah ready!
ID # 811 5769 0844 no password  
 
Sunday Night Shmooze with Joel Seidemann* 7pm
Discussion on the Brooke Astor case led by the lead prosecutor!
ID # 882 8489 4096 no password
 
*Joel Seidemann is Senior Trial Counsel at the New York County District Attorney's Office
 

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
Email: info@tribecasynagogue.org


 
Visit us on the web at
www.tribecasynagogue.org
 
Mon, January 25 2021 12 Shevat 5781