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Weekly Newsletter

June 17, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week/Parsha   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86571687717

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Evening services   6:30pm

Outdoors, Cake/Beverages

Candle lighting   8:12pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Indoors/Kiddush with Downtown Minyan

Shabbat ends 9:21pm

 

Tuesday/Adult Education 

Proverbs/Woman of Valor   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87020094244

Siddur/Hebrew Reading   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89828290855

 

 

In Chukat we have one of the more sad stories involving Moses being told that he would not be going to the land of Canaan. It was the result of the conflict he was having with the Israelites regarding the lack of water. His reaction was deemed inappropriate enough by the Almighty that he lost the privilege of living in Israel. While there has been much discussion about what went wrong in his dealing with the difficult situation, not enough emphasis has been made on how things got to that point to begin with.

Looking back a bit we note that first Miriam passes away and then shortly after there is an issue with water. From this the sages conclude that indeed, their water was directly connected to the merit of Miriam from which is derived the phrase באר מרים (the well of Miriam). But even more than that, the sages note that whether it was with the passing of Aaron, which was to take place later, or with Moses, at the end of the Torah, much mourning took place on the part of all the Israelites, something not mentioned here with Miriam.

Perhaps, the sages suggest, their lack of mourning indicated a lack of appreciation of Miriam and hence they were to learn the hard way how important it is to appreciate the people one has in life. 

TriBeCa Synagogue is thrilled to announce the birth of a daughter, Aleksandra Vera, to our members Nicholas and Volha Singer!

 

Congratulations to the new board elected last night at our annual Membership Meeting and thank you to all that attended. We wish them guidance from Above in all their endeavors on behalf of the synagogue in facing the challenges of the coming year.

NEW - Hebrew Reading for Beginners Starting Tonight 6pm!

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87052289196

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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 10, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Parsha/Portion of the Week   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86571687717

 

Friday

Morning services   7:10am

Evening services   6:30pm

Outdoors, Cake/Beverages

Candle lighting   8:09pm

 

Saturday

Shabbat Morning services   9:30am

Indoors, Kiddush by Downtown Minyan

Shabbat end 9:14pm

 

Monday

Virtual Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Mishlei/Proverbs   7pm

Woman of Valor

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87020094244

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Ethics of the Fathers we have a passage that refers to our parsha of Korach: Any disagreement that is for the sake of heaven will be sustained, while any disagreement not for the sake of heaven will not be sustained. What is a disagreement for the sake of heaven? Hillel and Shammai. What is a disagreement not for the sake of heaven? Korach and his entourage. 

When Jews debate, the hope is that the shared goal is achieving the truth and the best path forward. This is especially so as we witness the confusing political process in Israel. We pray that all the factions involved will do their best to see the forest through the trees and provide the State of Israel the kind of government it so desperately needs in these uncertain times.

The Annual Membership Meeting has been postponed to next Wednesday evening.

Today and tomorrow are Rosh Chodesh Tamuz.

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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

June 3, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Parsha/Portion of the Week   7pm 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86571687717

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30pm

Evening services   6:30pm

Candle lighting   8:05pm

Outdoors, weather permitting

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Indoors

Kiddush with Downtown Minyan

Shabbat ends   9:14pm

 

Sunday

Morning services   8am

 

Monday

Virtual Hebrew School resumes

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Mishlei/Proverbs   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87020094244

"Woman of Valor"

Siddur/Hebrew Reading   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89828290855

 

Wednesday

Membership Meeting 6:30pm

Thursday/Friday/Rosh Chodesh

Morning services   7:10am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Shelach we have the greatest collective tragedy of the 5 Books of Moses with the sin of the spies. While the golden calf represented an enormous collective failure the consequences weren't permanent, the mission was wounded but the people marched on. The consequences of the sin of the spies was not only fatal for that generation, it embedded fissures in our nation that would eventually crack open with the eventual temple destructions and diasporas.

What is not so well known is our tradition that no female participated in this folly and as such, as opposed to the males of that generation, every female who left Egypt eventually made it to the promised land at the end of 40 years. Indeed, there is the Talmudic note that it was specifically in the merit of the righteous women in Egypt at that time which created the merit for the Jewish nation to be redeemed. And their love of the holy land was never compromised no matter the temptation or challenge. 

Thus, it is only fitting that we announce that our class in Proverbs is arriving at its conclusion and that conclusion is none other than "Woman of Valor" אשת חיל, which describes in great detail the praises of the Jewish woman and is recited on Friday nights at the Shabbat dinner table. Join us on Tuesday at 7pm when we explore in depth this critically important passage.

This week we bless the new month of Tammuz which falls next Thursday and Friday

The Molad will take place Thursday June 10th at 9:15am and 8 Chalakim

The TriBeCa Synagogue membership meeting will be held this Wednesday at 6:30pm. 

Congratulations to Dolores and Gordon Wine for the wedding of their son Ezra to Randi Sabbagh this past Sunday

Jewish soldiers killed in action during WWII are remembered in our sanctuary for Memorial Day

Additional Adult Education news: a new beginners Hebrew Reading class is in formation, please contact Rabbi Glass at rabbi@tribecasynagogue.org

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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

May 27, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week/Parsha   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86571687717

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Evening services  6:30pm

Cake and beverages

Candle lighting   8pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Outdoors

Kiddush sponsored by Dolores and Gordon Wine

Shabbat ends   9:09pm

Sunday/Monday Holiday Weekend

Morning services TBD 

If there is interest

 

Monday/Memorial Day

Office closed

Virtual Hebrew School

On hiatus

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Mishlei/Proverbs   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87020094244

Siddur/Hebrew Reading   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81653624991

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Behaalotcha we have the unique mitzvah of Pesach Sheni, a second chance of sorts, when a person who couldn't bring the Passover sacrifice at the appointed time could bring one a month later. The question arises, though, that normally we say that a person isn't responsible for accidents. If the person was impure or too far away, the Torah should have simply exempted that person for that year and had them resume the following year. 

But the story reveals an important attitude that the Torah is teaching us when it comes to the performance of mitzvot. Those people at that time were complaining as to why they should be left out, rather than simply shrugging their shoulders and saying to themselves too bad. And we should approach our Jewish life with the same feeling. 

For the past year we have been cut off from synagogue life firstly because of its closing and then because of our physical vulnerability. The hope is that throughout this whole time we felt deprived, rather than excused. Now that the synagogue is essentially back to normal and most of us are no longer vulnerable, by and large, now is the time to show that we truly appreciate our Jewish communal practice. 

Congratulations to our devoted trustee Dolores Wine and her husband Gordon for the upcoming wedding of their son Ezra to Randi Sabbagh this Sunday. They will celebrate his aufruf on Shabbat by sponsoring kiddush in their honor.

The Bnei Mitzvah of Eve and Josh Handfus this past Sunday in our sanctuary.

Special note and opportunity:

We have long sought to partner with NCSY and this weekend offers a wonderful chance to serve the community and get acquainted.

Day of Chessed at Ohel: 257 East Broadway, New York, NY

Sunday, May 30, and Monday, May 31, 2021 click here to sign up

The schedule is posted on the home page of our website www.tribecasynagogue.org

If you have any questions, please reach out to Rabbi Simon Taylor, Director, OU Community Projects and Partnerships, at staylor@ou.org

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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

May 20, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT 

Portion of the Week   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85485339102

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Evening services   6:30pm

Cake and Beverages

Candle lighting   7:54pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Light Lunch

Shabbat ends   9:02pm

 

Monday

Virtual Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Mishlei/Proverbs   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87020094244

Siddur/Hebrew Reading   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81653624991

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parshat Nasso presents us with the most extreme amount of repetition anywhere in the 5 Books of Moses. In describing the gifts of dedication brought by each tribe, the Torah lists all 12 verbatim even though all 12 gifts were identical. This is highly uncharacteristic for the Torah which normally is terse to the extreme.

Many approaches have been suggested to explain the redundancy, first and foremost the tradition we have that all 12 tribes decided independently on the exact same gift with no cross consultation whatsoever. Another creative approach has it that even though the the gifts were identical, but on some level they were still distinctive to the particular tribe they came from. 

Indeed, we can say the same thing for the Judaism that we all practice. We may do the same tefilla and mitzvot, but each of us puts our own unique stamp on that practice. The richness of the Torah is that it can be the same but different all at the same time!

This Shabbat there will be 2 services with TriBeCa Synagogue meeting in the sanctuary at 9:30am and the Downtown Minyan meeting on the plaza at 10:30am. 

The TriBeCa Synagogue once again expresses its concern and full support for the State of Israel in its efforts to create for itself peace and security.

The TriBeCa Synagogue congratulates the Handfus family for the upcoming Bnei Mitzvah of their children Eve and Josh in our sanctuary this Sunday.

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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

May 13, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Shavuot Prep   7pm 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85485339102

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30pm

Evening services   6:30pm

Indoors, cake and beverages

Candle lighting   7:47pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Indoors, light lunch

Shabbat ends   8:54pm

 

Sunday

Sanctuary concert   6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88093479268?pwd=ZFk5MWxDSkZGOEZ3VHNQcFpBbThLdz09

Meeting ID: 880 9347 9268

Passcode: 047913

Evening services   6:30pm

Outdoors

Rabbi Romm Mikvah Talk   7pm

Dinner   7:30pm

Reserve ASAP

Torah Study   8:30pm

 

Monday

Morning services   9:30pm

Light lunch

Evening services   8pm

Candle lighting   8:56pm

 

Tuesday

Morning services   9:30am

Yizkor   11am approx.

Second Yizkor   NOON

Yom Tov ends   8:57pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week we begin the Book of Numbers, Bamidbar, which literally means in the desert. It is also called Sefer HaPekudim, referring to all the counting taking place in this book which connects it to what we call it in English. This counting introduces the phenomenon of the military, "kol yotzay latzava", all who go to the army, even though no battle was fought for decades. 

From a practical perspective, we recognize how being in the military creates discipline and unity, 2 characteristics that were critical for molding what was originally a band of slaves into a cohesive nation. But the fact that this portion is always the last one before Shavuot, celebrating the giving of the Torah, perhaps the sages are hinting at a deeper message. 

We must look at ourselves as soldiers in the goal of bringing the values of ethical monotheism to the world. How so? Do we go out and aggressively seek to change the world? Actually, to paraphrase one of our great sages of the 19th century: I first had to change myself, and that created the momentum to change the world. With this week's portion and the momentous occasion of Shavuot, may we find the discipline and unity of purpose for the inner transformation that will carry the day!

The TriBeCa Synagogue expresses it's deep concern regarding the situation in Israel. Traditionally Psalms 121 and 130 are recited in times of travail. We deeply hope for a speedy end to the turmoil.

Please consider joining us for Shavuot! To link to the full Shavuot Bulletin click here.

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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

May 6, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week/Parsha   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85485339102

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Evening services   6:30pm

Indoors/Cake and Beverages

Candle lighting   7:40pm

 

Saturday

Morning services    10am

Outdoors/Light lunch

Shabbat ends   8:46pm

Monday/Jerusalem Day

Virtual Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Mishlei/Proverbs   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88645091610

Siddur/Hebrew Reading   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82958169355

 

Wednesday/Rosh Chodesh

Morning services   7:10am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Behar we introduce the concept of Shemita and Yovel (Sabbatical year and Jubilee) wherein the people were required to leave their fields fallow every 7 years and then on the 50th year. Many misinterpret this mitzvah as practical agriculture, preventing the fields from over farming and thus leaving them barren. The commentators explain that if this was the case, the number 7 would be completely impractical. Normal agricultural procedure was to leave fields fallow once every 3 or 4 years. Waiting 7 years would completely deplete any field so there had to be another goal. They explain that the number 7 was "arbitrary" from an agricultural standpoint, rather it was to drive home that farming success was due as much to the Almighty as it was to their efforts. Indeed, they had survived in the desert for 40 years without much more than lifting a finger for their sustenance. 

In Behukotai we are instructed about when this mindset breaks down and we attribute this success disproportionately to our own efforts and diminish God's role. This is what would motivate someone to violate the Sabbatical year thinking that if they don't plant, they won't have. Thus, they were threatened with the loss of the land as that was the essential condition for their being given the land in the first place. The Torah asks from us to seek this delicate balance between faith and effort which, if achieved, will insure success in all our endeavors!

This Saturday we will celebrate the naming of the daughter of David and Samantha Braun who will sponsor kiddush for our congregation.

We will be joined again by the Downtown Minyan, so Saturday morning services will be outside. Weather will be chilly; please dress accordingly!

We bless the new month of Sivan and the molad will be Tuesday, 8:31pm with 7 chalakim.

Monday is Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) celebrating the reunification of Jerusalem at the conclusion of the 6 Day War in 1967.

Wednesday is Rosh Chodesh Sivan.

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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

April 29, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Parsha/Portion of the Week   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85485339102

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Coffee and snacks

Evening services   6:30pm

Indoors, snacks and beverages

Candle lightning   7:33pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   10am

Light lunch

Shabbat ends   8:38pm

 

Monday

Virtual Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education 

Mishlei/Proverbs   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88645091610

Siddur/Hebrew Reading   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82958169355

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tonight we celebrate the cryptic festival of Lag B'Omer which in Israel is accompanied by bonfires and archery. One of the causes of celebration is that, according to our tradition, the plague that was devastating the students of Rabbi Akiva ceased. But there is a sub theme that is rarely expounded but has particular relevance to our time. 

Rabbi Akiva was left with only 5 students: Rabbi Meir, Rabbi Yehuda, Rabbi Yossi, Rabbi Shimon (bar Yochai) and Rabbi Elazar ben Shammua, but from those 5 he rebuilt Torah in the world. So consider Rabbi Akiva, who had already once created a Torah empire with thousands of students but now, at an advanced age was tasked with rebuilding. Apparently he didn't flinch and we remain the beneficiaries of his gargantuan efforts at that time.

In the past couple of decades our community has seen numerous upheavals with the likes of 9/11 and Sandy and now we have faced probably the most comprehensive one of all. Coming from a complete standstill for months it has been indeed a gargantuan task to revive the activity in the synagogue to levels approaching pre pandemic. It started with our virtual synagogue and then some weekday minyanim, to a successful high holiday season and then to regular Shabbat services and finally an exuberant community seder which was ample evidence that our community was ready. 

We thank all of you who, like Rabbi Akiva, didn't give up hope and participated in, one way or another, our initiatives of services, Adult Education, Hebrew School and of course, the Sunday Night Shmooze. Because of all of you the future is bright!

This week our Parsha is Emor which continues to deal with the lifestyle requirements of the Kohanim but is dominated by a presentation of the holidays, which is read multiple times throughout the year.

Downtown Minyan returns for Saturday morning so services that morning will be outdoors.

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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

April 22, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85485339102

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Evening services   6:45pm

Indoors, cake/beverages

Candle lighting   7:26pm 

 

Saturday

Morning services   10am

Light lunch

Shabbat ends   8:29pm

 

Monday

Virtual Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Mishlei/Proverbs   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88645091610

Siddur/Hebrew Reading   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82958169355

 

 

 

 

 

Our parsha of Kedoshim only comes after the long list of prohibitions laid out in previous portions, yet it adds the requirement of holiness which is supposed to go above and beyond all the aforementioned restrictions, how so?

Our sages describe the phenomenon of מנוול ברשות התורה which refers to someone who technically observes all the commandments and yet still indulges in behavior that most people would consider inappropriate. Hence here we introduce the concept of קדש עצמך במותר לך, that one must sanctify oneself even within the boundaries of permitted behavior. 

We all are familiar with examples of people who technically observe halacha and yet on the whole they seem to live lives far from what the Almighty would find pleasing. The Torah expects more from us, that is what is meant by "Holy you shall be"!

Today is the 25th day of the Omer.

Jewish Latin Center returns Friday night.

Downtown Minyan returns this Shabbat and morning services will be outside. A light lunch will be served.

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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

April 15, 2021
 
 
TONIGHT
 
Portion of the Week/Parsha   7pm
 
Friday
 
Morning services   7:30pm
 
Evening services   6:30pm
Indoors
 
Candle lighting   7:18pm
 
Saturday/Yom Haatzmaut
 
Morning services   10am
Outdoors, light lunch.
 
Shabbat ends   8:21pm
 
Monday
 
Virtual Hebrew School
 
Tuesday
 
Mishlei/Proverbs   7pm
 
Siddur/Hebrew Reading   8pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week features the double portion of Tazria-Metzora which is dominated by the topic of Tzaraat, which could be considered a spiritual psoriasis. In Exodus and Numbers we have sources that link this condition to Lashon Harah, or disparaging talk without constructive purpose. Included in this presentation is the seemingly fantastical phenomena of this condition potentially affecting one's clothes or even house. Yet the Talmud in Sanhedrin 71a insists that there never actually was a case of these 2 scenarios. So why are they here?

The masters of Mussar describe a frequent example of human nature as refusing to respond to the consequences of one's actions. God is anxious that the person reform and sends "gentle reminders" that there is something wrong, but if those reminders are not effective God continues to send reminders that become less and less gentle. This is the concept that emanates from the Torah describing the increasingly drastic developments of Tzaraat as the person persists in their negative behavior, in this case the gossip and slander. The hope is that eventually the person wakes up to the core problem and acts accordingly. 
 
So in our own lives, this teaches us that if things progress from bad to worse it might be helpful to reflect on our behavior to determine what might have started this process to begin with.
 
This week we celebrate Israel Independence Day. However, due to the unusual state of affairs with Covid and the calendar, we will celebrate the occasion on Shabbat which is the actual calendar date, 5 Iyar, while others may choose different days.
 
And speaking of Shabbat, after a long hiatus, we welcome back the Downtown Minyan for Saturday morning services which will be outdoors, and begin at 10am.
 
We will also celebrate the baby naming for the daughter of Josh and  Lauren Magnas, brother of our longtime member Danny Magnas. They will sponsor dessert.
 
Remaining shiva hours for Anshi Eiger, son in law of Sylvain and Amy Cappell:
Thu 4/15: 3:00pm-5:00pm, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Fri 4/16: 10:30am-12:30pm
 
Join Zoom shiva using the information below;
Meeting ID: 966 021 1481  Password: 8562037
Dial-in audio only: (646) 558-8656  Meeting ID: 966 021 1481
 
Baby naming for Esther Tare this past Monday morning
 
 
We also welcomed the Raab family for shiva this past week mourning the loss of their matriarch Joan Raab.

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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

April 8, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week/Parsha  7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85485339102

 

Friday

Morning service   7:30am

Greet Shabbat on hiatus

Evening services  6:30pm

Cake and beverages

Candle lighting   7:11pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Coffee and cake

Shabbat ends   8:13pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz on hiatus

 

Monday/Rosh Chodesh

Morning services   7:10am

Tare baby naming

Virtual Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Rosh Chodesh

Morning services   7:10am

Mishlei/Proverbs   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88645091610

Siddur/Jewish Prayer   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82958169355

 

 

 

 

 

Our parsha is called Shemini which means the 8th day. For 7 days the Kohanim were sequestered and upon the 8th day they emerged to begin their service to the Israelite nation. Rabbi S R Hirsch explains that there were 3 stages: the first 6 days represented their physical life and the 7th day represented the transition to the spiritual realm and finally the 8th day represented their melding of the spiritual and the physical-the goal of all creation.

We are now in a similar process wherein we observe the 7 weeks of the Omer culminating with the 8th week which contains the holiday of Shavuot, celebrating the giving of the Torah. Hence, the sages encourage us to view this part of the calendar as an opportunity to transition from the physical to the spiritual and then blend them in our renewed receiving of the Torah, which is the blueprint for achieving this lofty goal.

Today is Yom HaShoah dedicated to Holocaust Remembrance – Zachor!

This Shabbat we bless the new month of Iyar taking place on Monday and Tuesday

The Molad is Monday morning at 7:47am and 6 Chalakim.

Chava Chalom observed yahrtzeit for her mother this week at Shacharit and Mincha providing refreshments. In memory of her mother she will be sponsoring security for this Shabbat.

 

Buying back your chametz!

Here is helpful information from the RCA regarding purchasing chametz going forward:

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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

April 1, 2021
 
 

Friday

Morning services   7:10am

Evening services    6:30pm

Candle lighting 7:04 pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Evening services   7pm

 

Sunday

Morning services  9:30am

YIZKOR   11am approx.

2nd Yizkor   Noon

(Outdoors)

 

Monday

Virtual Hebrew School resumes

 

Tuesday/Adult Education   

Mishlei/Proverbs   7pm

Siddur/Jewish Prayer   8pm

 

 

 

 

The Torah tells us to observe a Yom Tov on the 7th day of Passover but is mute about why. We do know that our tradition says this was the day that the Red Sea split and our enemies were destroyed and hence we were saved. So on the one hand the day represented the greatest display of Divine power in history and we were the beneficiaries so there is cause for celebration. On the other hand there was great destruction of humanity so the Torah doesn't publicize the reason for our holiday.

We observe Yizkor on the 8th day of Passover and this year we might consider having in mind the additional losses suffered due to the Corona virus. Services this weekend remain indoors due to the weather and Yizkor at the TriBeCa Synagogue will be recited indoors Sunday morning during services at approximately 11am. We will accommodate those still uncomfortable being indoors by holding a second Yizkor outdoors at noon.

 

Our virtual synagogue will be on hiatus this weekend due to the holiday. Portion of the Week, Greet Shabbat and Havdalah/Kumzitz will not be convening.

Taking care of your chametz needs with an old friend.

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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

March 25, 2021
 
 

Thursday

Portion of the Week/Passover Prep 7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88411202518

Search for Chametz after 8pm

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Burn the chametz by 11:59am

Instructional Seder   5pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85049724162

Evening services   6:30pm

Outdoors  

Cake and beverages

Candle lighting   6:56pm

 

Saturday

MORNING SERVICES   9AM!

Outdoors

Brunch   10am

Outdoors

Generously co sponsored by Marvin Preiss for his father's yahrtzeit and Laurel Rom and Joshua Dugan in honor of their daughter.

Eat chametz until   10:56am

Nullify chametz   11:59am

No evening services scheduled at this time.

 

Sunday 

Morning services*   9:30am

Indoors

Evening services   7pm

Community seder   7:45pm

 

Monday

Morning services*   9:30am

Indoors

 

Tuesday through Friday

Morning services   7:10am

*Please help make the minyan.

 

Virtual Synagogue

Greet Shabbat and Havdalah on hiatus

 

Adult Education

Proverbs and Portion of the Week on hiatus

Siddur Class Tuesday at 8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82958169355

 

 

 

While the beginning of Leviticus talks about a person who is self motivated to bring a sacrifice, this week's portion is called Tzav, which means "command". The first part of the portion is dominated by a presentation of the meal offering which is called mincha; one of those "menachot" being the "toda", or thanksgiving offering. And this provides a fascinating connection to our current holiday of Passover. Indeed, one of the occasions the sages say to bring a toda offering is when one is released from prison, and there was no greater "jailbreak" than millions of Israelites escaping slavery in Egypt! As such, our seder meal is topped by the same matzah that comprised the toda offering of the temple. 

We have much to be thankful for on this holiday as a nation, but also individually and as a community. We emerge from this year cognizant of the loss and disruption, but pause on this occasion to remember all that we still have and enjoy. 

Selling of the Chametz can be done online  HERE.
The Rabbi is also available for in person transaction at your convenience.

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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

March 18, 2021
 
 
TONIGHT
 
Portion of the Week
Passover Prep             7pm
 
Friday
 
Morning services    7:30am
 
Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass    5:30pm
 
Evening services   6:30pm
Cake and beverages
 
Candle lighting   6:49pm
 
Saturday
 
Morning services    9:30am
Coffee and cake
 
Shabbat ends   7:50pm
 
Havdalah/Kumzitz   8:15pm
 
Monday 
 
Hebrew School Model Seder   4pm
Open to the public
 
Tuesday
 
Mishlei/Proverbs   7pm 
 
Siddur/Jewish Prayer   8pm

 

 

 

In the Midrash Tanchuma it describes Moses' reluctance for leadership. 3 times the Torah uses the term Vayikra, and He called, which is the first word of this week's portion. At the burning bush, when confronting Pharaoh and now, upon the completion of the Tabernacle (Mishkan). In each case Moses argued against his assuming the great mantle of leadership especially after he had already brought the Israelites out of Egypt, saw the Manna, the quail, the well and now the completion of the Tabernacle. What else could he be needed for, he argued?

 
So God had to call him again to explain that his role now was more important than everything else that preceded this. He had to be there to instruct the people how to use the structure and form them into the "kingdom of priests and a holy nation". 
 
After a year of gradually restoring our operations, we sit at the threshold of full functionality, hopefully very soon. But now the real work begins with everyone returning and ready to resume life in the religious realm. Please heed this "call" to join us in whatever way you can to breathe back the vibrancy we so enjoyed here just one year ago. 
 
Prepare for Passover!
 
Selling of the Chametz can be done online  HERE.
The Rabbi is also available for in person transaction at your convenience.

Community Second Seder will be held Sunday March 28th at 7:45pm.
Outdoors and small tables for social distancing. Reserve HERE.
 
Access the entire Passover Bulletin  here 
 
Visiting our Florida contingent and inviting them back asap!
 
 
With German Chullmir and Eitan Goldman
 
 
With Danny Silberman
 
 
With Carlos Gutierrez
 
 
Putting up a Mezuzah with Robert Moezinia 
Mezuzah designed by Deborah Koenigsberger Gutierrez!
 
Also visited Jeff Dagowitz and Igor Chernamzov

 

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

212 966-7141
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Weekly Newsletter

March 11, 2021
 
 

Tonight

Portion of the Week/Passover Prep   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88411202518

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass   5pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85049724162

Candle lighting   5:41pm

Evening services   5:45pm

Cake and beverages

Outdoors

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Coffee and cake

Indoors

Mincha      Noon

Shabbat ends   6:42pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz   7:15pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84331614430

 

Monday

Virtual Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86778002841

Siddur/Prayer   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86803190470

 

 

We complete the book of Exodus with the double portion of Vayakhel-Pekudei which discusses the implementation of all the instructions regarding the building of the Mishkan (tabernacle). But before any discussion is presented, Moses goes into a presentation regarding Shabbat which seems out of place. Rabbi Munk says that Moses was pointing out that while they failed with the Golden Calf in the area of idol worship, their Sabbath observance was unblemished. And it was their Sabbath observance that ultimately was the key factor in their surviving the ensuing punishment. Finally, the fact that they were allowed to complete this profound project of the Mishkan was almost solely due to their loyalty to Shabbat. As Rabbi Heschel famously remarked: it is not so much that the Jewish nation kept Shabbat as it was Shabbat that kept the Jewish nation!

We also have the 4th and final special reading called HaChodesh which deals with the mitzvah of proclaiming the new moon as a precursor to the mitzvah of the Passover sacrifice. Indeed we bless the new month of Nisan which will begin this Sunday with one day Rosh Chodesh.

The Molad will take place Friday night 7:03pm and 5 Chalakim.

The TriBeCa Synagogue is thrilled to announce the engagement of David Bibian and Emily Eisenberg!

More happy occasions at TriBeCa Synagogue:

Rehearsal for the Bar Mitzvah of Ari Korpus 

Bris of Simon Benjamin Mishkin

Parents married by Rabbi Glass at TriBeCa Rooftop

 

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

212 966-7141
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Weekly Newsletter

March 4, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week          7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88411202518

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat   5pm*

Candle lighting   5:34pm

No in person services

 

Saturday

No in person services

Shabbat ends   6:34pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz  on hiatus

 

Monday

Virtual Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   7pm*

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86778002841

 

Siddur/Jewish Prayer   8pm*

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86803190470

 

*NEW TIME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parshat Ki Tisa includes one of the more deflating episodes of the entire Torah. A scant 40 days from the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai at least a portion of the Israelites became involved in an activity that bordered of Avodah Zara (idol worship) with the golden calf. There were mitigating factors but the idea that speaks to our present time is the factor of panic and confusion. The people miscalculated the time of Moses' return and were terrified at the prospect of his never returning. They felt completely bereft and adrift in the middle of an inhospitable desert and were desperate. 

Our sages say that the Yetzer Harah (evil inclination) is most effective at times of panic and confusion and was thus able to get the best of an otherwise holy nation. In this time of fear and concern about our health and the future we pray for the wisdom to make good decisions even in a time of crisis.

Fittingly, this is the 3rd of the special readings called Parshat Para regarding the red heifer that was processed into a potion that purified a person who came into contact with the dead. The midrash connects the 2 by explaining that on some level this process served as atonement for the sin of the golden calf.

This weekend the Rabbi is away and in light of other multiple absences our in-person services will be on hiatus for this Shabbat. Additionally, our virtual "Greet Shabbat" will now be presented Fridays at 5pm. Havdalah/Kumzitiz is also on a one week hiatus.

Passover on the Horizon:

A bulletin will be forthcoming detailing the ins and outs of Passover observance at the synagogue both virtually and in person. We expect to hold a community in-person seder the second night of Passover, March 28, on the plaza, weather permitting. The first seder will be a special challenge as it takes place on Saturday night March 27.

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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

February 25, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Evening service                   6pm

Indoors

Megillah  in person              6:15pm

OR https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88411202518

Megillah in person               7pm

Outdoors

 

Friday

Morning service                  7:30am

Indoors

Megillah in person              8am

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

Megillah in person               12:30pm

Outdoors

Greet Shabbat                     4pm

With Purim Themes!

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

Candle lighting                  5:26pm

Evening service                 5:30pm

Cake and Beverages

 

Saturday

Morning services               9:30am

Small kiddush

Mincha     NOON

Shabbat ends                    6:26pm

Havdalah/Kumzitiz            7pm 

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

 

Monday

Virtual Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Mishlei/Proverbs           6:30pm

Siddur/Jewish Prayer   7:30pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Without being too dramatic, we can find a parallel between the history of Purim and Jewish life in lower Manhattan. Keep in mind an important reality of Purim was that it took place in the aftermath of the destruction of the First Temple and in exile. Somehow, that generation had to find the emotional energy to carry on their legacy with so much less than they had just a few years previous. We too find ourselves in an environment of loss, whether it be the vibrancy of our neighborhood, friends who are not here physically or even the larger leadership of the Jewish nation which lost very key figures in the last couple of months. 

On the other hand the generation of Purim still had great resources like prophets and the Sanhedrin which made a big difference in their efforts to maintain their numbers and even eventually return to Israel and rebuild the Temple. We have enjoyed technological resources that have opened vistas of synagogue participation not previously imagined. But mostly it's been the few who have braved the challenges of our time and populated our minyanim weekly and on Shabbat and we are extremely grateful. Also, we acknowledge the many that have attended zoom classes and prayer experiences. Finally, we are very grateful for the generosity of our community that has created the financial security that has allowed us the stability to soldier on until such time as life can return to normal. 

May this Purim mark the transition from "diaspora" to repatriation!

This week is Parshat Tetzaveh which discusses the Kohanim (priests) and their role in the Mishkan (tabernacle). 

Please reserve here for tonight's Megillah Reading. There is still plenty of space so if you are unable you should come anyway.

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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

February 18, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Parsha/Purim Prep   7pm

 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88411202518

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass   4pm

Candle lighting   5:17pm

Evening service   5:20pm

Cake and beverages

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Small kiddush

Mincha   NOON

Shabbat ends    6:19pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz   6:45pm

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

 

Monday

Virtual Hebrew School Resumes

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86778002841

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Parshat Terumah we have the first of a 5 week series of parshiyot devoted almost exclusively to the Tabernacle (משכן) and all its details. With all this focus it would seem to indicate that its creation was indeed the culmination of Jewish history, and maybe even human history. But like most everything in Torah there is a dichotomy of opinion regarding its significance. 

One opinion has it as it is situated, coming right on the heels of Mount Sinai, and a fitting coda to the Torah being given "right before". But another opinion has it that the Tabernacle was really instructed in the aftermath of the sin of the golden calf. That actually, the Israelites were supposed to be on such a holy plane that their very encampment would function as God's dwelling place, making a specially designated area for such unnecessary. What a statement for the potential of human holiness!

Ultimately we enjoy neither, with the possible exception of our synagogues, which are termed mini sanctuaries (מקדש מעט). May we be fortunate to re enter as a community speedily in our days (במהרה בימנו).

This Shabbat is the second of the 4 special readings leading up to Passover and which is called Zachor. It references the nation of Amalek and its disgraceful conduct and is a harbinger of Purim as Haman was a descendant of Agag, the king of Amalek.

Please reserve for an indoor Megillah reading Thursday, February 25 at 6pm. 

Purim Prep begins TONIGHT at 7pm with the Portion of the Week class focusing mainly on the holiday.

In person and virtual activity this past week at TriBeCa Synagogue:

Naming of the daughter of Josh and Laurel Dugan in our sanctuary

 

Greet Shabbat welcomed Deborah Gutierrez 

Performing her latest piece

Pay no attention to the man behind the screen!

Havdalah Kumzitz welcome Yehoshua Winter

 

     

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

212 966-7141
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Weekly Newsletter

February 10, 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/88411202518

 

Friday

Morning services   7:10pm

Greet Shabbat   4pm

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

Candle lighting   5:09pm

Evening services   5:15pm

Cake and beverages

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Small kiddush

Mincha   NOON

Shabbat ends   6:11pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz  6:30pm

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

 

Monday/Legal Holiday

Office closed

No services

Hebrew School on hiatus


Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86778002841

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"These are the judgments (Mishpatim) that you shall place before them". It is pointed out the term for "placing" used here, namely Tasim, is used exclusively for setting food down for a meal. Based on this, Rashi explains that God is telling Moses that when presenting the Torah to the people, the presentation has to be as orderly as setting a table. 

 
Rabbi Munk expounds on the term for "before them" - lifnayhem, as specifically referring to the entire population and not only the elites. He goes on to say that it is critically important for as many people to be in the know regarding halacha. "Everyone must be familiar with the rights and duties of the individual towards his fellowman and society."
 
Perhaps Rashi was anticipating Rabbi Munk, meaning that in order to accomplish this goal, the Torah has to be disseminated with maximum accessibility. 
 
We have made it a hallmark at TriBeCa Synagogue throughout the decades, to present all aspects of Torah with the goal of edifying as wide a swath of our local Jewish community as possible
 
Tonight, tomorrow and Saturday is Rosh Chodesh Adar which heralds the season of Simcha
 
Saturday morning we read the first of the 4 special readings leading up to Passover. This week is called Shekalim which talks about the ritual of everyone  donating a half shekel to fund public sacrifices. It was to be given on the first of the month of Adar.
 
TriBeCa Synagogue is thrilled to announce the birth of a daughter to Laurel Rom and Josh Dugan this week! Their girl will be named tomorrow morning at services and they will be sponsoring coffee and Danish in celebration.
 
NEW CLASS IN ADULT EDUCATION!
Starting Tuesday February 23 at 7pm
Siddur/Jewish Prayer
 
All those who have been in our Hebrew Reading Classes over the last few months are ready to learn how to pray like a pro! Join them if you need the same skill set.
Will cover Jewish concepts in prayer, navigating the prayer book and understanding the structure of the service.
 
Purim planning is in process with the holiday beginning Thursday night February 25. There will most likely be both an outdoor and indoor option for the Megillah reading that night. The reading will also be accessible on zoom. More details to follow the beginning of next week.

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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

February 4, 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   7:30pm

Greet Shabbat   4pm

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

Candle lighting   5:01pm

Evening services   5pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Small kiddush

Mincha   NOON

Shabbat ends   6:01pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz  6:30pm

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

 

Monday

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86778002841

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Parshat Yitro we have the momentous events of Mount Sinai, but they are preceded by a scenario in which Jethro, Moses' father in law, is presented in greater depth. And if we remember what directly precedes this, in the previous portion, we have the attack of Amalek. And all of this is against the backdrop of the midrash describing the nations quaking in their boots in the aftermath of the splitting of the Red Sea. 

Rabbi Munk, in The Call of the Torah, notes this as a paradigm of the often contradictory way that the nations of the world react to the children of Israel, and Judaism in general. On the one hand we have Amalek who attempted to eradicate the Israelites alongside other nations who were terrified of them. Finally, you had Jethro, who so admired them that he rejected all his previous belief systems and adopted the Torah. 

It is often confounding to hear great figures in the world and in history praise the Jews to no end while knowing how much vile anti-Semitism there is and has been. Why all the hullabaloo about a tiny nation which for the lion's share of history has had no sovereignty or power? These passages of last week's and this week's portions reveal this template that has been in existence since ancient times. Crazy as it sounds, it's possible to explain this phenomenon as a combination of all three emotions: fear and admiration creating hate in some instances.

We pray for the era of understanding of the Almighty wherein the admiration will increase to the point of triumph over fear and hate. As the prophet declares: כי מלאה הארץ דעה את השם

"the land will be filled with the knowledge of the Almighty''.

TriBeCa Synagogue has now fully reopened the office and service schedule.

This Shabbat we bless the new month of Adar; Rosh Chodesh will be next Friday and Saturday. The Molad,  or Mean Conjunction, will be next Friday at 6:19am with 4 Chalakim.

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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 28, 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   7:30pm

Greet Shabbat   4pm

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

Candle lighting   4:52pm

Evening services   5pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Small kiddush

Mincha   NOON

Shabbat ends   5:55pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz  6:30pm

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

 

Monday

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Parshat Beshalach, specifically 14:16, we have one of the more eye opening Divine instructions: "Why cry out to Me, speak to the Israelites and go forward!" Namely, in a terrifying situation where all hope seems lost and the only recourse should be prayer, God says it was actually time for action. And, of course, the faith that God would assist them with their efforts.

Maybe this is the combination we are looking for in these difficult times. An invisible menace seems to lurk in every corner and can spring upon us at a moments notice. Nevertheless, we have to be confident that, with the appropriate protocols, we can embrace life secure in God's protection. It can't be worse than having the Egyptian army bearing down from one side and blocked by the Red Sea on the other!

 

Today is Tu B'Shvat which technically is the new year for trees but is dedicated to celebrating the wonderful fruits of the land of Israel. In terms of the calendar, it is the date that trees emerge from their dormancy and spring to life. Their xylem and phloem are activated by the change of seasons from the extreme winter  (קור) to the milder version (חורף) so that real spring can't be too far behind!

Congratulations to our longtime devoted members Ken and Denise Rosenblum for the birth of their first grandchild! A daughter was born to their son and daughter in law, Larry and Sara, this past Tuesday.

Congratulations to Ora Gelberg who celebrated her 90th birthday with friends from the congregation this past Tuesday

Celebrating Tu B'Shvat at the morning minyan today

 

 

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Our mailing address is:
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New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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