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Weekly Newsletter

January 17, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

Candle lighting   4:38pm

Evening services   4:50pm

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Kiddush sponsored by Eve Goldberg and Neil Wallin

Shabbat ends   5:45pm

Monday/Legal Holiday

Office OPEN but no Hebrew School

No 1:40pm Mincha

Maariv   5pm

Tuesday/Adult Education

Mishlei/Proverbs   5:4pm

 

 

 

Although we have been reading about the plagues and other miracles, the splitting of the Red Sea was different. The other phenomena were essentially natural occurrences but happening at the right place and time. The Red Sea splitting represented a complete upheaval of the laws of nature to a degree that never happened before or since. Indeed, our sages explain that it was so momentous that it went beyond just being part of the struggle between the Egyptians and the Israelites. After centuries of humanity descending into idolatry it was time for the Almighty to send them a reminder as to who was really in control of the universe.

 

This Sunday night/Monday is the festive occasion of Tu B’Shvat celebrating the grandeur and bounty of the land of Israel. It marks the transition between the intense part of winter (kor) and the lesser intense (choref) and in an indirect sense a small harbinger of the eventual renewal of spring. And considering that morning the temperature will be in the single digits it can’t come too soon!

 

Additionally, that night will feature an amazing celestial phenomenon: the super blood wolf moon and here are some important facts*:

 

A super blood wolf moon is: a) the first full moon in January; b) a full moon occurring when the distance between the Earth and Moon is as short as possible; c) a lunar eclipse--all happening at once!

The total lunar eclipse will begin on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 11:41 p.m. EST and last until 12:44 a.m. on Monday, Jan 21, according to Space.com, which pinpoints the peak viewing at 12:16 a.m. EST on Jan. 21.

*taken from Yahoo News

In general, the Talmud says a total lunar eclipse is not a good sign for the Jewish nation, but considering it is happening on the joyous occasion of Tu B’Shvat it can only mean good things to come!

Congratulations to our board member Jeff Dagowitz and Liubasha Rose for their wedding this past Sunday at Miami Beach! May they merit to build a faithful household in Israel.

This Shabbat morning we remember an incredibly special young man, Isaac Goldberg Volkmar upon the occasion of his yahrtzeit. Isaac, who passed away at the young age of 23, lived a  life guided by the spirit of love, non-judgement and respect for all people. Isaac’s mother and stepfather, our Board members, Eve Goldberg and Neil Wallin, have created BIGVISION, in his memory. BIGVISION is a non profit dedicated to saving lives by helping those suffering with the disease of addiction. They work to erase the stigma and help young adults in recovery learn to live fun, meaningful substance free lives. Adhering to their commitment to host only sober events, Eve and Neil are generously sponsoring the kiddush in his memory, and no alcohol will be served. 

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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

January 10, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

Candle lighting   4:30pm

Evening services   4:40pm

 

Saturday

Morning services  9:30am

Eli Storch will read the Torah

Kiddush sponsored by Joel and Lynsey Plasco

Shabbat ends   5:35pm

 

Monday

Hebrew School

Tuesday/Adult Education

Mishlei/Proverbs   5:45pm

 

 

 

There is a rabbinic play on words for the phrase "Ushmartem et hamatzot" and you shall guard the matzot as "ushmartem et haMITZVOT" and you shall guard the commandments. Namely, just like you have to make sure the dough for the matzah doesn't sit around and become chametz, so too you should not let the opportunity to perform a mitzvah sit around and thus "spoil". One of the ways we were to separate ourselves spiritually from the host culture was in rejecting the laziness of Egypt which was called Chamor, or donkey. Indeed, one of the images of the messianic era is the humble one riding on a donkey, symbolizing that generation being the one that finally conquered this issue.

In terms of the Mussar movement, this represents the characteristic of Zerizut, or alacrity, which is supposed to escort all our efforts in performing the Torah. And while it is sooo tough to get up on a Saturday morning after a whole week of work, nevertheless, in deference to the message of this week's portion, can we consider doing a little better getting to services this Shabbat?

We are excited to announce a one date performance of Paul Goodman’s 1999 rock musical Bright Lights, Big City! Show times at Feinstein's/54 Below are 7 PM and 9:30 PM. More about it here.

This week's kiddush in honor of our Bar Mitzvah boy Joel Plasco:

 

 

We are also working hard to build our profile on social media. Please take the opportunity to get a richer view of the fabric of our synagogue life!

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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

January 3, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting   4:23pm

 

Evening services  4:30pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

 

Shabbat ends   5:30pm

 

Monday/Rosh Chodesh

 

Morning services   7:10am

 

Hebrew School resumes

 

Tuesday

 

Mishlei/Proverbs   4pm

 

Evening services   5pm

 

 

 

After the plague of wild beasts Pharaoh offers Moses the opportunity for the people to worship but that they would have to remain in the country. Moses refuses saying: It is not proper to do so because…it is repulsive to Egypt and wouldn’t they stone us? But a close look at the Aramaic translation shows that Moses wasn’t afraid of an actual stoning but rather the desire for stoning on the part of the Egyptians (הלא יימרון למרגמנא). So amazingly, while leading a revolution against Egyptian beliefs and values, Moses still wanted to avoid acting in an offensive manner to those with whom the Israelites were living for the last few hundred years! Moses was able to carry on this struggle but still be respectful to his adversaries.

 

Now this could easily be a Rorschach test for anyone who wants to apply this to their own political debates but that would be missing the point. Rather, this should be a powerful message for US regarding how we choose to deal with those with whom we disagree.

 

We are also working hard to build our profile on social media. Please take the opportunity to get a richer view of the fabric of our synagogue life!

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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

December 28, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting   4:18pm

 

Evening services   4:30pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30pm

 

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

 

Shabbat ends 5:25pm

 

Monday

 

No 1:40pm mincha

 

Mishlei/Proverbs   4pm

 

Evening service   4:45pm

 

Hebrew School on hiatus

 

Tuesday/Legal Holiday

 

Office closed

 

MORNING SERVICES   8:30am

 

No mincha/maariv

 

 

 

The Book of Exodus is the story of our glorious redemption, heralding the entering of the promised land. Unfortunately, as we know, an exodus implies an existence of torturous incarceration, which is a fancy way of saying we were slaves in Egypt.

 

But our sages say, as difficult as it may sound, this period was also something we benefited from in at least 2 ways. In a crucible, a base material becomes refined which is what happened to us as a nation. Additionally, we can say that we acquired an incredible resilience which has served us well throughout the millennia. That we are still here after expulsions, pogroms, the holocaust etc. may be due, at least in part, to the toughness that became imbedded in our DNA from that long ago tough time.

 

Please help make the minyanim over Shabbat!

 

We are also working hard to build our profile on social media. Please take the opportunity to get a richer view of the fabric of our synagogue life!

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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 20, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting   4:13pm

 

Evening services   4:20pm

 

Dinner   6pm*

 

Presentation   7pm**

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

Kiddush sponsored by Avi Turkel and Miranda Kern in honor of their simcha

 

Shabbat ends   5:20pm

 

Monday

 

Hebrew School on hiatus

 

Evening service   4:45pm

 

Mishlei   5pm

 

Tuesday/Legal Holiday

 

MORNING SERVICES   8:30am

 

Office closed

 

*Requires Registration

 

**The Message of Jewish Women’s Names”

 

 

 

The beautiful tradition we have to bless our children Friday night and on Yom Kippur derives from Jacob placing his hands on his grandchildren from Joseph, Ephraim and Menashe. Indeed those are the names we invoke when we bless boys, while for girls we recite Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah.

 

The question is asked as to why these children were chosen over all the other grandchildren? One suggestion is that these were the only grandchildren raised completely outside of the holy land and as such needed the special blessing. Indeed, they were emblematic of much of our future history which would unfortunately be in the diaspora. So we need to draw on this blessing to the present day!

 

The TriBeCa Synagogue congratulates our past president Toby Turkel along with Howie and Belinda Kern for the upcoming wedding of Miranda Kern to Avram Turkel this weekend. We wish them tremendous mazal tov and bracha for a wonderful life together!

 

There is still time to register for our Scholar in Residence Dinner featuring Dr. Aaron Demsky this Friday at 6pm right here.

 

We are also working hard to build our profile on social media. Please take the opportunity to get a richer view of the fabric of our synagogue life!

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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

December 13, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

Candle lighting   4:11pm

Evening services   4:20pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Kiddush sponsored by Michael and Cheryl Turkel in honor of their nephew Avi's aufruf

Shabbat ends   5:15pm

 

Monday 

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Fast of 10th of Tevet

Fast begins   6:05am

Morning service   7:10am

Afternoon services   12:30 & 1:30pm

Evening service   5:10pm

Fast ends  5:16pm

 

 

 

This week presents us with one of the most tense and dramatic standoffs in the entire Chumash. Judah and Joseph were confronting each other regarding the fate of their brother Benjamin and ultimately the state of their father Jacob.

The midrash provides a parable to help us understand what eventually carried the day: a well was too deep to be accessed until someone figured out that tying multiple shorter cords made it long enough for the bucket to draw out the water. Joseph's distant heart was like the water that couldn't be reached until Judah sowed together enough small points to melt his heart and he gave in.

 

But beyond the psychology I believe we have a fine example of leadership on the part of Judah who took the lead, even though he was far from the oldest. No wonder that in next week's portion Jacob grants him eternal nobility.

Our past president, Avi Turkel, will be called to the Torah as a chatan this Shabbat for his aufruf!

Shabbat Dinner & Talk with Dr. Aaron Demksy

 "THE MESSAGE OF JEWISH WOMEN'S NAMES"

December 21, 6—8:30pm

RSVP by 12/17 I Tickets – $50

If you would like to explore a name, email “name” in the subject line to aaron.demsky@biu.il 

We are also working hard to build our profile on social media. Please take the opportunity to get a richer view of the fabric of our synagogue life!

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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

December 5, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Morning service   7:15am

 

Candle lighting   4:10pm

 

Evening Service 4:20pm

 

Young Professionals Shabbat Dinner   6pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

Presentation by Harvey Herbert:

“Who were the Maccabees:

A History of the Hasmoneans”

 

Kiddush sponsored by Avraham and Rosalie Weiss celebrating the birthday of their son, our President, Eli Weiss

 

Post Kiddush presentation by Ashley Blaker:

Maintaining the Torah lifestyle in the workplace”

 

Shabbat ends   5:10pm

 

Comedy performance by Ashley Blaker   8pm

Havdalah and Chanukah lighting

 

Monday

 

Morning services   7:15am

 

Hebrew School

 

 

 

The story of Chanukah actually involves two miracles. We all understand the miracle of the oil but there was also the miracle of the military victory which defied logic as well. Indeed, in our prayers, the miracle of the oil isn’t even mentioned.

 

One approach has it that while the miracle of the military victory was preeminent, the miracle of the oil was added to emphasize what the struggle was truly about, namely the concept of purity and impurity (tumah and taharah). Without ritual purity as a foundation of observance there is no distinction between Sabbath and weekday, kosher and unkosher etc. and thus there could be no edifice of the Torah lifestyle.

 

The miracle of the military victory allowed us to regain sovereignty of the land and the temple and preserved us to fight another day. The miracle of the oil, on the other hand, preserved our integrity as a holy nation, with God’s help. in perpetuity.

 

Congratulations to Nicole Camet who completed her conversion process this past Sunday and is now a daughter of Israel, Mazal Tov!

 

Congratulations to Susan Silverstein and Pamela Gross for the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter Lea in our sanctuary this weekend!

 

Welcome to renowned comedian Ashley Blaker to the synagogue for the Chanukah weekend.

 

There is still time to join us so please register ASAP here

 

The many scenes of Chanukah at TriBeCa Synagogue:

 

  

 

Children’s Party sponsored by TriBeCa Torah Hebrew School

 

 

TriBeCa Synagogue brings Chanukah to the Brookdale residence

 

 

Bringing the holiness of Chanukah to Warren 77

Thank you Matt Abramcyk!

 

 

We are also working hard to build our profile on social media. Please take the opportunity to get a richer view of the fabric of our synagogue life!

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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 29, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting  4:11pm

 

Evening services   4:20pm

Robert Berger will be saying kaddish for shiva*

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30pm

 

Kiddush prepared by Victor Dabah for the yahrtzeit of his father Isaac

 

Evening services   5pm at the residence of Robert and Leah Berger*

73 Warren Street apt 3

 

Shabbat ends   5:15pm

 

Sunday

 

Morning services 9am at the residence or Robert and Leah Berger*

73 Warren Street apt 3

 

Monday – Friday

 

Morning services   7:15am

 

Monday

 

Children’s party   3:30-5:30pm

 

Tuesday

 

Begin saying "Vitayn Tal Umatar" at evening service

 

Adult Party at Warren 77   6-8pm

 

*Please help insure these minyanim for shiva

 

 

 

This week’s portion is, once in a while, also read on Chanukah, as opposed to next week’s portion which is almost always read on Chanukah. As such the Talmud derives an important law regarding the menorah from the story of Joseph being thrown into the pit.

 

Specifically, the maximum height for the menorah being 20 amot (either 30 or 40 feet) is derived from the height of the pit. This is based on the midrash that there were scorpions and snakes in the pit but apparently weren’t noticed by the brothers because they were lower than the 20 amot. So too, a menorah higher than 20 amot will not be noticed by the passersby for whom it is directed.

 

As Chanukah becomes an ever glitzier experience, we have to be extra careful that we still “notice” the important messages of this exciting holiday and that the extras don’t get “bigger” than its core themes.

 

Highlights of Chanukah at TriBeCa Synagogue:

 

TriBeCa Torah Hebrew School Party Monday 3:30-5:30pm

(open to the general community)

 

Adult Party at Warren 77 Tuesday 6-8pm

 

Young Professionals Shabbat Dinner Friday 6-8pm

Register here

 

Comedy Show with Ashley Blaker Saturday 8pm

Register here

 

Selected laws of Chanukah

 

First night of Chanukah is Sunday night

 

Menorah should be lighted soon after sunset

 

Menorah should be placed at a window facing the outdoor public

 

Load the candles from left to right but light from right to left

 

On the first night recite the 3 blessings including the shechianu

 

The other nights just the two blessings

We are also working hard to build our profile on social media. Please take the opportunity to get a richer view of the fabric of our synagogue life!

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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 21, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday

 

Evening service moved to 4:45pm

 

Thursday/Legal Holiday

 

No services and office closed

 

Friday

 

Morning services will be held at 7:30am

 

Please help make the minyan

 

Candle lighting   4:14pm

 

Evening services   4:20pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

Kiddush sponsored by Dr. Adam and Mrs. Shirley Boris

 

Sheva Brachot for Amanda and Ben

 

Shabbat ends   5:20pm

 

Monday

 

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

 

Mishlei/Proverbs   5:45pm

 

Chanukah Prep   6:30pm 

 

 

Jacob crosses back over the river alone, which provides the opportunity for the “man” (or angel) to struggle with him. The midrash explains that he was retrieving items left behind after the first crossing. And even though they weren't that valuable, the righteous value all of their property because they assiduously avoid theft of any degree.

 

The sages clarify that actually this idea should be inverted. What Jacob was demonstrating is that since even minor items were worth the effort to retrieve, even theft of minor items was a serious offense. Unfortunately, in modern times we have become very lax in respecting the property of others but that doesn't mitigate its seriousness.

 

Congratulations to Ben Daniels and Amanda Boris who will be married today in our sanctuary. His parents, Cheryl Lambert and Jim Daniels, have been devoted members to the synagogue for many years and Ben was Bar Mitzvah here as well. Dr. Adam and Mrs. Shirley Boris will be sponsoring this week’s Kiddush during which the couple will celebrate their Shabbat Sheva Brachot. Mazal Tov!

 

Rabbi Glass and his family take this opportunity to express their deepest appreciation to the entire TriBeCa Synagogue community for their outpouring of support and other help during his time of loss.

 

Please reserve for Shabbat Chanukah with Ashley Blaker!

Young Professionals Friday night Shabbat dinner with Ashley Blaker December 7th at 6pm.

Comedy performance by Ashley Blaker Saturday night December 8th at 8pm.

We are also working hard to build our profile on social media. Please take the opportunity to get a richer view of the fabric of our synagogue life!

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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 15, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday 

Candle lighting   4:19pm

Evening services   4:30pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30pm

Ben Zion Glass will read the Torah for his Bar Mitzvah portion

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

Shabbat ends  5:25pm

 

Monday

Hebrew School resumes

 

Tuesday/Adult Education 

Mishlei/Proverbs   5:45pm

Chanukah Prep   6:30pm

 

 

 

This week we see one of the greatest acts of self sacrifice in the Torah. Clearly Rachel was aware of her father's trickery but allowed it to happen because she feared the humiliation of her sister.  But it goes further in that she had no guarantee that Jacob would marry her especially considering they were sisters. Thus we see someone willing to sacrifice her entire future spiritual legacy to preserve human dignity. That is the definition of our matriarch!

The remaining shiva schedule for Rabbi Glass will now be at his residence starting tomorrow until noon. Saturday evening 6-10pm, Sunday and Monday until 9pm.

Services will be held at his residence at 210 East Broadway #H305 Friday, Sunday and Monday mornings at 8am and Sunday and Monday evenings at 4:15pm. He will get up at the synagogue following Tuesday morning 7:20am services.

He and his family are deeply grateful to the entire community for their support at his difficult time.

Please reserve soon!

Young Professionals Friday night Shabbat dinner with Ashley Blaker December 7th at 6pm.

Comedy performance by Ashley Blaker Saturday night December 8th at 8pm.

 

 

We are also working hard to build our profile on social media. Please take the opportunity to get a richer view of the fabric of our synagogue life!

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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 8, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday/Rosh Chodesh Kislev

 

Morning services   7:10am

 

Candle lighting   4:25pm

 

Evening services   4:30pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30pm

 

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

 

Shabbat ends   5:30pm

 

Monday/Veteran’s Day Observed

 

Office open and

All services will be held

 

Hebrew School

 

On hiatus

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

 

Mishlei/Proverbs  5:45pm

 

Chanukah Prep   6:30pm

Themes and Concepts

 

 

 

When he is being asked to deceive his father, Jacob expresses his fear of his father’s curse to his mother. Rebecca responds “upon me will be your father’s curse, my son”. This seems to satisfy Jacob and he goes on to pretend to be his brother Esau. The problem is that curses are not transferable and thus Rebecca’s offer was also of no practical import.

 

The sages explain that Jacob was not interested in however the curse would be manifested. What he needed to know was whether his mother was convinced that her plan was the right course of action. By stating she was willing to take his curse he recognized that she was doing more than trying to manipulate him.

 

We too should be careful to not blurt out commitments that we haven’t thought through. Our words are precious and we should speak accordingly.

 

We acknowledge the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht with prayers for the security of the entire Jewish nation

 

Registration for Shabbat Chanukah with Ashley Blaker is now active!

 

We are also working hard to build our profile on social media. Please take the opportunity to get a richer view of the fabric of our synagogue life!

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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 1, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting   5:33pm

 

Evening Services   5:40pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

Interfaith Solidarity

Ceremony                Noon

 

Kiddush sponsored by Eli &

Yael Weiss, Ben & Victoria

Feder, Saul Goodman &

Nathalie Rubens

Desserts sponsored by

Perry Parker &

Nancy Aaronson.

 

Shabbat Ends  6:40pm

 

Eastern Standard Time

begins at 2am

 

Monday

 

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

 

Mishlei   5:45pm

 

Chanukah Prep   6:30pm

 

Sofer   6-8pm

 

 

 

 

Abraham suffers the profound loss of his partner in life Sarah, and according to our tradition he eulogizes her with the magnificent “Woman of Valor”, found at the end of Proverbs.

 

Nevertheless, he immediately proceeds to the task of finding a mate for his son Isaac. His mission must continue against all challenges!

 

So too, we find ourselves in the aftermath of a profound tragedy for the American Jewish community which has certainly cast a pall on synagogue life throughout the nation. We must take our cue, however, from our patriarch and resume the work we do here on behalf of our community, albeit with the increased awareness and precautions necessary for the new circumstances.

 

And in light of those new circumstances we will hold a special ceremony directly after services on Saturday dedicated to the victims of the synagogue in Pittsburgh and also to the brotherhood of faiths. Clergy representing multiple faiths and the spectrum of Judaism will participate in an experience endeavoring to bring hope and healing. Everyone will be invited to kiddush, generously cosponsored by Eli and Yael Weiss, Ben and Victoria Feder and Saul Goodman and Nathalie Rubens. Desserts sponsored by Perry Parker and Nancy Aaronson.

 

And looking ahead:

 

Tuesday evening November 6th will be both our new Adult Education series and when we will receive Rabbi Lichter to check Mezuzot and Tefillin.

 

At 5:45pm, Mishlei will resume and at 6:30pm, the first session of “Chanukah Prep” will be held. The first session will present the history of Chanukah, before, during and after.

 

FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE! The Sofer Rabbi Lichter will be here from 6-8pm and will do work on a first come first serve basis and whatever he can’t get to that evening he will take back and return Tuesday November 20th for the same hours.

 

Checking a mezuzah will be $10 and tefillin will be $100.

 

With the changing of the clock we add a 12:40pm Mincha and a 5:30pm Maariv Monday through Thursday.

 

TriBeCa Synagogue featured in the West Side Spirit  -- http://www.westsidespirit.com/local-news/20181030/synagogues-security-and-solidarity/3

 

We are also working hard to build our profile on social media. Please take the opportunity to get a richer view of the fabric of our synagogue life!

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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

October 25, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

 

Friday

 

Candle lighting   5:41pm

 

Evening services   5:50pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

Kiddush provided by the

TriBeCa Synagogue

 

Shabbat Ends   6:45pm

 

Monday

 

Hebrew School

 

 

 

 

In this week’s portion we have the demise of the 5 towns of Sodom, Gemorrah, etc. Most people associate their wickedness with sexual immorality and although there may have been that, their real sin lied in their absolute contempt for strangers.

 

If Abraham represented to pinnacle of hospitality they represented the exact opposite; even deeming it a capital offense according to our commentaries.

 

Ultimately their sin stemmed from their belief that God was limited; that what the world had to offer was a zero sum game and thus could not be shared. Abraham, on the other hand, recognized the infinity of God’s largesse and made it his life’s work to share it with whomever he could.

 

Congratulations to Arthur and Randi Luxenberg for the majestic bris of their first grandchild at our synagogue.

 


 

Jack Ancona will most likely be attending services at the synagogue tomorrow night at 5:50pm for the conclusion of his shiva.


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Weekly Newsletter

October 18, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

Candle lighting   5:51pm

Evening services   6pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Shabbat ends   6:55pm

 

Monday

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

 

Luxenberg/Lipner Bris  8am

 

 

 

 

Avram and his father Terach set out from Ur traveling to a destination that they both felt would provide a better spiritual environment. There is some discussion as to whether they planned on continuing all the way to Canaan or was Charan their original destination. Either way they clearly got sidetracked in Charan. Now while Terach ends up living out his life, Avram is directed by God to resume his journey and the rest, as they say, is history.

 

I like to compare this to how we begin each year in the Jewish Calendar. Don’t we all start a spiritual journey at the high holiday season with a head of steam? The problem is that we get stuck in our own personal Charan, in jeopardy of stalling out. Let’s find our way back on track to the promised land of our spiritual goals!

 

The TriBeCa Synagogue congratulates Arthur and Randi Luxenberg for the birth of their first grandchild to their daughter Elizabeth Luxenberg and son in law Steven Lipner. The bris will be held in our sanctuary after morning services.

 

We are still looking for sponsors for Kiddush on Shabbat.

 

Brand New! The largest Trader Joes in the northeast opens tomorrow on Grand Street on the Lower East Side!

 

We are also working hard to build our profile on social media. Please take the opportunity to get a richer view of the fabric of our synagogue life!

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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 11, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

Candle lighting   6:02pm

Evening services   6:10pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30pm

Shiur   1pm

Shabbat ends 7:05pm

 

Monday

 Hebrew School resumes!

 

 

 

 

The Tower of Babel has numerous interpretations on all levels of Torah analysis. A recent piece sent to me by my Alma Mater in Jerusalem posits that the issue was the misuse of technology. Rashi gives one opinion that in the aftermath of the flood they were looking for ways to insulate them from the wrath of the Almighty. The theory is that the generation was quite advanced and were on the precipice of creating an impervious environment. The story concludes with the Almighty demonstrating that such a goal is unattainable.

 

Some might suggest that our age of astonishingly rapid technological development might lead us to similar flawed goals. Indeed, some might expect that with the elimination of so many major illnesses and with the control we already have over our environment we may think subliminally that we have conquered our world. Enter the Torah, and all western religion for that matter, not extant during the Tower of Babel, as a hopefully effective counter balance to this thought pattern.

 

Congratulations to Rabbi Shmuli Zema for his marriage to Mazal Tov this past Monday night!

 

We are seeking a sponsor for this week’s kiddush.

 

We are also working hard to build our profile on social media. Please take the opportunity to get a richer view of the fabric of our synagogue life!

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

October 4, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting   6:13pm

 

Evening services   6:15pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

 

Shabbat ends   7:20pm

 

Monday/Columbus Day

 

Office open/All services

 

Hebrew School on hiatus

 

Tuesday/Wednesday Rosh Chodesh

 

Morning services   7:10am

 

 

 

There is a Kabbalistic take on the first scenario that we have in Genesis which we begin this Shabbat. The world was created as a paradise, but the caveat was that the Almighty was the King and the human was the servant. The temptation for the human, however, was to think of himself as the center of this paradise and God as the servant. After all, wasn’t all this created for him? But it was too much of a stretch for the human to honestly imagine himself as the center of the universe in his original lowly state so he was persuaded to eat from the Tre of Knowledge. This elevated him to the point where he could begin convincing himself that indeed he was on the top of the company ladder.

 

He of course was chastised and then became contrite, but the damage was done. The seeds were sown for all future failures, the eventual source of idol worship, the ultimate goal of which is the denial of the supreme deity and the placing of oneself at the head of the pantheon.

 

Congratulations to Professor Sylvan Cappell for his upcoming induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this weekend.

 

Congratulations to Allen Hirsch for his documentary “Long Live Benjamin” which just won the News & Documentary Emmy for the category of Outstanding New Approaches: Art, Lifestyle and Culture. 

 

Congratulations to Ezra Wine for the show of his Ralph Lauren clothing collection at the Lo and Behold Exhibit at PSNY Gallery at 3 Howard Street, showing the month of October, from 2-7pm, Tuesday-Saturday.

 

The Arayat for Ralph Ancona, brother of Jack, will begin today at 4pm at Shaare Zion on 2022 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn NY 11223.

 

More Sukkot at TriBeCa Synagogue

 

 

With Anya Mover

 

Helping those in need to perform the mitzvah!

 

 

With Elijah Parsons

 

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Weekly Newsletter

September 27, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Morning services   7:10am

 

Lunches in the sukkah   Noon to 2pm

 

Mincha   1:40pm

 

Candle lighting   6:25pm

 

Evening services   6:30pm

 

Sukkah open for individual dinner

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

Cholent Bake Off!

 

Shabbat Ends   7:30pm

 

Sunday/Hoshana Raba

 

Morning services   8:30am

 

 

 

The haftarah for Shabbat Chol HaMoed comes from the book of Ezekiel and portrays an end times struggle with the nation of Gog. Indeed, our writings are replete with all kinds of scenarios for the messianic era with this being only one of them.

 

The connection to Sukkot is that the name Gog is related to the Hebrew word Gag, meaning roof. The message here is that the ultimate struggle will be between we, the Sukkah people, vs. the Roof people, and it will be about this basic difference in life view. Specifically, the Torah view requires one to recognize the vulnerability of one’s existence, represented by the brittle schach, and hence one must rely on God. The opposite view is total self-reliance represented by the “impervious” gag and hence the eschewing of the Divine.

 

The struggle is described by the prophet as a battle whereby the Israelites will be successful but that the enemy casualties of the battle will be respected and the messianic era would begin in earnest.

 

TriBeCa Torah Hebrew School Launches!

 

 

BBYO Constellation Begins!

 

 

Decorating the Sukkah

 

 

This year’s Cholent Contestants:

 

Jeff Dagowitz/Liubasha Rose, Fraya Berg, Steve Goldschein and Dolores Wine

 

There will be Hoshana Raba services this Sunday at 8:30am!

 

From the 'Gram

 


 

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Weekly Newsletter

September 21, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

Candle lighting   6:36pm

Evening services   6:30pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Limited Kiddush/Shabbat Class on hiatus

Revised Sukkot Schedule

 

Sunday

Evening services   6:30pm

Dinner   7:15pm

 

Monday  

Morning services   9:30am

Evening services  6:45pm

Dinner   7:30pm

 

Tuesday

Morning services   9:30am

 

 

 

In his beautiful farewell poem of Haazinu, Moshe pleads for his words to be like dew and rain, tal umatar, like what we will be praying for in about a week. His analogy expressed his hope that beyond the immediate impact of his address, there would be the germination of future influence, just as rain and dew enhance the fertility of the soil for future produce.

Many words of inspiration were spoken over this momentous holiday: by our President Eli Weiss, Perry Parker and Executive Vice President Neil Wallin. May their words continue beyond Yom Kippur to galvanize our community to ever higher commitment and growth throughout this new year!

Congratulations to Jason and Haley Binn for the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter Penny to be celebrated at the synagogue this weekend.

SUKKOT STARTS SUNDAY NIGHT!

Please: 

Reserve for dinners Sunday and Monday night

Order the Lulav and Etrog

Sunday office hours    9am-2pm

Tremendous thanks to Robert Blakeley and Vito Licari for directing the assembling of our sukkot. They were helped by Charles Jaskel, Jacopo Penzo, Scott Symon, Jonathan Parker and Gordon Wine

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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 14, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting   6:48pm

 

Evening services   6:30pm*

 

*NOTE NEW TIME

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30pm

 

Kiddush sponsored by a guest aufruf

 

Shabbat ends   7:50pm

 

Sunday

 

BBYO BBQ !!  5-7pm

 

Monday

 

Selichot   7am

 

HEBREW SCHOOL   3:30pm

 

Tuesday

 

Selichot   7:15am

 

1st Mincha   1:40pm

 

Kol Nidrei   6:45pm

 

The last mitzvah in the Torah is “Hakhel” which means “Congregate”. It refers to every 7 years the people would gather in Jerusalem to hear the king read the book of Deuteronomy. But as opposed to the pilgrimage festivals where the obligation was primarily on the males to travel, here the verse specifies men, women and even small children. This is very appropriate for the Shabbat before Yom Kippur, the second most well attended occasion in the Jewish Calendar. It is a wonderful time when we see Jews of all stripes coming together in common cause of repentance and praying for a good new year.

 

This Shabbat is also known as Shabbat Shuva, the Sabbath of penitence or return, and is dedicated to emphasizing the preciousness of the days in between Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur. Everything we do, or don’t do, takes on such greater significance during this time period. May we merit to take advantage of this opportunity to accomplish what we need for us as individuals as well as the community.

 

Sunday we are assembling the Sukkah under the direction of Robert Blakeley and Vito Licari. Able bodied people are requested to join groups of 4 between the hours of 10am and 5pm.

  

Please renew your membership and/or reserve your seats ASAP!

 

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49 White Street
New York, NY 10013
212 966-7141
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Weekly Newsletter

September 6, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting   7pm

 

Evening services    6:45pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30pm

 

Gala Kiddush sponsored by Rezo Kanovich for the yahrtzeit of his mother

 

Shabbat ends   8:05pm

 

Sunday

 

Services   7pm

 

Open House Dinner   7:45pm

Generously sponsored by Toby and Avi Turkel in memory of their patriarch Gary

 

Monday/Rosh HaShana

 

Morning services   9am

 

Community Service   10am

 

Shofar   11:15am

 

Kiddush sponsored by Abe Dweck and Robert Levine in honor of Arlene Lazinsk and in memory of Gregg Levine

 

Tashlich behind Stuyvesant   3pm

 

Evening services   6:30pm

 

Tuesday

 

Morning services   9am

 

Junior Congregation   10am

 

Kiddush sponsored by Avraham and Rosalie Weiss

 

Wednesday/Fast of Gedaliah

 

Fast begins   5:21am

 

Selichot   7am

 

Afternoon service   1:30pm

 

Fast ends   7:40pm

 

In this 3rd to last portion we introduce the concept of improper thoughts. One might have thought that one is only responsible for actions, but the verses say otherwise: and if a person blesses oneself in their heart and says all will be right with me (no matter how I behave) the Lord will not forgive.

Indeed, Maimonides in his codes states that “just like a person has to repent from evil deeds, one has to repent from evil thoughts”.

 

This does seem like a tall order, however, how does one control one’s thoughts?!

 

My approach would be that we’re not talking about random thoughts but those that grow out of holding on to a jaded perspective on life or people. If one is at peace with the world and life, one’s thoughts in general will emanate in a much gentler fashion than one who is angry or spiteful. So at this special time of year, before we get into the process of reforming our actions, let’s take a little time to develop a healthier take on where we find ourselves in this world. Everything else will follow naturally!

 

Please renew your membership and/or reserve your seats ASAP!

 

There will be office hours on Sunday from 9am to 2pm (but don’t wait until then!)

 

 

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49 White Street
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212 966-7141
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Weekly Newsletter

August 30, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Candle lighting   7:11pm

 

Evening services   6:45pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services    9:30am

 

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

 

Concluding services    8:30pm

Followed by Havdalah and Selichot

 

Monday/Legal Holiday

 

Office closed and no services

 

Morning Selichot

 

Tuesday – Friday   7am

Followed by Shacharit

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

 

Mishlei/Proverbs 5:45pm

 

High Holiday Prep   6:30pm

 

 

There is a short phrase in the portion from which is built a major concept in Jewish perspective: V’halachta B’Drachav-And you shall walk in His ways. Based on this, we have commandment # 611 which states in Hebrew: Ma Hu Af Ata-As He is so you must be. We must mimic the way God deals with His creations in mercy and compassion. Another parameter given by the Sefer HaChinuch is that a person should look for the golden mean in personality traits and not drift to the extremes. He goes on to explain that transgressing this commandment would be entailed by not endeavoring to refine one’s actions, conquer one’s negative inclinations or improving one’s thoughts.

 

It seems like a tall order but when you think you about it, aren’t we in fact created in the image of God?

 

With immense pride and happiness The TriBeCa Synagogue is thrilled to announce the engagement of our Past President Avi Turkel to Miranda Kern!

 

Saturday night begins the recitation of Selichot. We are delaying the evening service to 8:30pm so one can travel from home to attend the service that will be followed by Havdalah and then Selichot.

 

 

Once again our own Dr. Freema Gottlieb featured in the current edition of the Jewish Week!

 

https://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/when-moses-was-left-behind/

 

We are OPEN for High Holiday and membership registration!

If you don't hear from us immediately please contact the office.

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Weekly Newsletter

August 23, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

Candle lighting   7:22pm

Evening services   6:45pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

Shabbat ends   8:25pm

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Mishlei/Proverbs   5:45pm

Prepare for the Holidays  6:30pm

 

"And if you should happen upon a bird's nest..." Ben Azzai says that one should run for an easy mitzvah as much as for a hard mitzvah because one mitzvah drags along another mitzvah. One could says that Ben Azzai is talking about spiritual fitness almost like we talk about physical fitness. He suggests that even a mtizvah as easy as shooing away a bird from its nest in a symbolic act of mercy is enough to get the ball rolling in spiritual matters, much as when one tells someone out of shape to just start walking a little to start building up some type of stamina.

 

At the end of a long year many of us might find ourselves out of spiritual shape and yet we are expected to be ready for the awesome Day of Judgment a few weeks away. To that Ben Azzai says start small, you'd be amazed at the spiritual momentum you can create starting small, but committing to keep at it!

New in Adult Education!

Prepare for the Holidays-the next two Tuesdays at 6:30pm

We are OPEN for High Holiday and membership registration!

If you don't hear from us immediately please contact the office.

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Weekly Newsletter

August 9, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

Hebrew Reading for Beginners   11:30am

Candle lighting   7:42pm

Evening services   6:45pm

 

Saturday   

Morning services    9:30pm

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

Prikei Avot    1pm

Shabbat ends   8:45pm

 

Saturday/Sunday

Rosh Chodesh Elul

 

Tuesday/Adult Education 

Mishlei/Proverbs   5:45pm

 

Our parsha seems to present us with a fairly straightforward choice between good and evil, blessing and curse, etc. The commentators insist, however, that this choice, and its consequences, are not as simple as it sounds. 

Specifically, no matter what choice a person makes there will always be a combination of blessing and curse in every life. The choice effects the degree of each and their relative significance. Additionally, even the choice itself is not always clear cut. John F. Kennedy is reputed to have stated that when becoming President he found the choice was rarely between good and bad but rather between not great and worse.

We pray for the guidance necessary to navigate these challenges we are guaranteed to face.

We are OPEN for High Holiday and membership registration!

If you don't hear from us immediately please contact the office.

We are also working hard to build our profile on social media. Please take the opportunity to get a richer view of the fabric of our synagogue life!

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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 2, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

Hebrew Reading   11:30am

Candle lighting   7:51pm

Evening services   6:45pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30pm

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

Shabbat ends   8:55pm

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Mishlei/Proverbs   5:45pm

Summer office hours

Monday through Friday   9am - 2pm

 

This week we have the famous challenge: And now Israel, what does God ask from you other than to fear Him. There is a lot of discussion regarding how large or small is the goal of fearing God but the Ohr HaChaim has a twist which resonates for the modern era.

He interprets "And now" as at this point in your life, meaning right now you are to work on Yirah (fear), but understand that you are capable of the next level, namely Ahavah (love). Thus we have a direct call for growth throughout one's life and never accepting stasis in spirituality.

Rabbi Glass conducting the wedding ceremony of new members Ariel Ratner and David Mishkin at Tribeca Rooftop this past Saturday night.

GOOD NEWS!

We are pleased to announce that the Trader Joe's Soho location @ 233 Spring Street began carrying Teva Glatt Kosher meats under the OU. In addition they also carry a full line of Empire Kosher poultry.

 

 

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Weekly Newsletter

July 27, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

Candle lighting   7:58pm

Evening services   6:45pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Kiddush sponsored by Robert and Sandra Mishkin in honor of the wedding of their son David

Shabbat ends   9pm

 

Adult Education on hiatus this week

Office hours   9am-2pm

Monday - Friday

 

There are profound topics in this week's portion like the Shma and the 10 commandments but they are almost overshadowed by the events of the Jewish calendar and the cosmos.

Emerging from the depths of the last 3 weeks of tragedy, culminating with Tisha B'Av, we have the slow and lengthy process of consolation that begins with the Haftarah that says it all: Nachamu, nachamu Ami-Be consoled, be consoled my people. Indeed this Shabbat gets its name from this.

Today is also the profound, albeit not well known, occasion of Tu B'Av, the 15th of Av, when the decree of the sin of the spies was finally rescinded. But beyond that it became associated with the shiduch industry, as it was the calendar date that the prohibition against marrying out of one's tribe was rescinded. As such, this weekend has become a huge singles experience throughout the Jewish community.

Finally, and astronomically, we have the amazing phenomenon of the blood moon this evening which will be the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century. For a total of 1 hour 42 minutes and 57 seconds the moon will be completely blocked from the sun by the earth. Unfortunately this amazing scene will not be visible in this hemisphere.

The Talmud generally takes a dim view of lunar eclipses regarding their implication for the nation of Israel. But considering it's taking place on what it calls the second happiest day of the year, we are probably insulated. 

Congratulations to David Mishkin and Ariel Ratner for their wedding this Saturday night. They celebrated their aufruf at the synagogue this Thursday.

The launch of Societa Italiana della TriBeCa Synagogue

 

Thank you Victor Dabah and Ludovica Lumer!

Aufruf of David Mishkin

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Weekly Newsletter

July 19, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Hebrew Reading   11:30am

 

Candle lighting   8:04pm

 

Evening services   6:45pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

Meat Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

 

Shabbat ends  9:05pm

 

Evening services   9:30pm

 

Sunday

 

Morning services   8:30am

 

Fast ends   9pm

Havdala is recited 

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

 

Mishlei/Proverbs   5:45pm

 

he first portion of Dvarim (Deuteronomy) is always read right before Tisha B'Av. Indeed, part of the Torah reading and almost the entire Haftarah is chanted like we chant Eicha (Lamentations). This Shabbat is named after the Haftarah which begins with the words Chazon Yishiyahu (the vision of Isaiah). This theme is even stronger considering that this Shabbat is actually the calendar date of the 9th of Av, albeit the fast, etc. is pushed off until the conclusion of Shabbat. Thus, the reality of Tisha B'Av intrudes on the holiness of the Sabbath as it does throughout the year in many other ways.

 

Breaking the glass under the chupah reminds of the destruction, along with the custom of leaving some of our domicile unfinished. Even the egg on the seder plate hearkens to Tisha B'Av as the day of the week of the seder always corresponds to the day of the week of Tisha B'Av.

 

On the other hand we can say that these customs work reflexively meaning that just like we are to be reminded throughout the year about the destruction. They also call to our attention that life did continue and we have survived spiritually as a nation. And even more, that within the scene of destruction and exile are sown the seeds of our ultimate redemption!

 

CHANGE OF SCHEDULE!!

 

Saturday night our evening services for the conclusion of Shabbat will commence at 9:30pm. This will allow everyone to travel to the synagogue in any manner they choose and services will be followed by the chanting of Eicha and Kinot. Recite Baruch HaMavdil Bein Kodesh LiChol but no Havdala is recited.

 

Please prepare for the fast privately which begins at 8:21pm.

 

There WILL be services Sunday morning at 8:30am which will include limited and explanatory kinot. 

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Weekly Newsletter

July 12, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday/Rosh Chodesh

Morning services   7:10am

Hebrew Reading   11:30am

Candle lighting   8:08pm

Evening services   6:45pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

Shabbat ends   9:10pm

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Mishlei/Proverbs   5:45pm

 

We complete the Book of Numbers this weekend with a double portion but tonight and tomorrow is Rosh Chodesh Av beginning the 9 days of intense mourning culminating with Tisha B'Av. Throughout this period we forgo wine and meat and bathing for pleasure.

The sign for Av is Aryeh/Lion and one could suggest that this refers to the fact that the Messiah is born on Tisha B'Av heralding our ultimate redemption. The Messiah is a descendant from the House of David from the tribe of Judah whose symbol is indeed a lion.

Tisha B'Av is observed Saturday night July 21st through Sunday evening July 22nd because we don't observe rabbinic fasts on Shabbat. At TriBeCa Synagogue we will provide a basic Seudah Shlishit 7/21 at 8pm with evening services to be held 9pmfollowed by Eicha (Lamentations).

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Weekly Newsletter

July 5, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

Candle lighting   8:11

Evening services   6:45pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

 

Kiddush provided by TriBeCa Synagogue

Shabbat ends   9:15am

 

Monday/Adult Education

Mishlei/Proverbs   5:45pm

 

 

Besides the drama of Pinchas and Zimri, etc. this week's portion is known for all the calendar events throughout the year. Parts of this portion are read constantly as the maftir during holidays and on Rosh Chodesh. 

The Talmud poses a question as to the most important verse in the Torah and while one suggestion is the Shma and another is Love your neighbor as yourself, the conclusion is a passage from our reading. Namely: and a lamb you will bring in the morning and a second in the afternoon. 

On the surface we scratch our heads trying to find the significance but the sages explain that what this verse emphasizes is RELIABILITY and constancy. These sacrifices were brought 7 days a week, 354 days a year without fail. As a matter of fact, one of the harbingers of the impending disasters of this time of year was "bitul haTamid", the cessation of this sacrifice.

In our own lives we should take this a call for our own consistency in practice. While we may not always be in a position to be effusive in our practice of Judaism, we must be reliable!

Even in summer time the minyan is dynamic

Robert Berger receives the gift of Techelet from his brother

Alex Leybov's first tefillin!

Magnificent spread by Ken Rosenblum

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Weekly Newsletter

June 28, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

Candle lighting   8:13pm

Evening services   6:45pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Kiddush sponsored by Isaac Feldman

Shabbat ends   9:20pm

 

Sunday/17th of Tamuz

Fast begins   4:16am

Fast ends   9:12pm

 

Wednesday/Legal Holiday

No services

Please help make the weekday morning services!

 

This week's portion presents us a fascinating examination of the extent of free will. Balaam is told by God not to go with the representatives of Balak nor to participate in their nefarious proposal, but he doesn't take no for an answer! Instead he waits a day and asks again and it seems that God relents, at least in part. Still and all, upon beginning the journey Balaam is met by an Angel expressing God's wrath and warning, but doesn't stop him from continuing. As a result Balaam does what he really wants to do with disastrous results for himself and Balak. Based on this, the Talmud states "in the path a person wants to go, we 'escort' him". 

People often ask in the aftermath of horrible human behavior "how did God 'let' this happen". Such a question is appropriate in the aftermath of a natural disaster but the story of Balaam teaches us how far our responsibility goes for our own behavior. Free will is a precious gift for which we must be prepared to accept its consequences, both good and bad.

 

Sunday is the fast day of the 17th of Tamuz which is the calendar date of the sin of the golden calf but commemorates the breach in the wall around Jerusalem heralding the eventual destruction of the Temple and exile. It begins the 3 weeks of mourning culminating with the 9th of Av falling this year on July 22nd

Mazel Tov to Isaac Feldman and Janna Kaminsky for the birth of their daughter who will be named at the synagogue this Shabbat.

A year's journey is completed

Last day of TriBeCa Torah Hebrew School

A new journey begins!

Hebrew Reading for Beginners

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013
212 966-7141
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Weekly Newsletter

June 21, 2018
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

 

Hebrew Reading   11:30am

 

Candle lighting   8:12pm

 

Evening services   6:45pm

 

Saturday

 

Morning services   9:30am

 

Kiddush provided by the TriBeCa Synagogue

 

Shabbat ends   9:15pm

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

 

On hiatus

 

This week we are confronted with the challenge of understanding why Moses was denied entry into the promised land. On the surface we read that since he hit the rock instead of speaking to it he was “punished” quite severely.

 

One way to diminish the harshness of the story is to focus on the symbolism of the staff versus the spoken word. The staff represents how Moses had to lead the generation leaving the slavery of Egypt while the spoken word represented how he was to deal with the new generation ready to enter the new land. These were 2 very different generations requiring very different leadership styles all symbolized by Moses being told to hit the rock to bring forth water 40 years earlier while now he is told to speak to the rock.

 

The fact that he was not able to manage the crisis with this new leadership style revealed that he could no longer maintain his effective authority and would have to yield to Joshua. Hence what we have is more of a revelation of a new reality as opposed to a punishment.

 

TriBeCa Synagogue acknowledges the following individuals whose enormous efforts created our spectacularly fun and exciting evening this past Tuesday:

 

Benefit Chairs - Isaac Fuhrmann & Rabbi Jonathan Glass

 

Dolores Wine, Alexander Glass, Toby Turkel, Allan Englander, Beth Lieberman and Debra Moezinia

 

Also helping were Gabe Lieberman, friend Shelley and Sam Kulok for the fabulous music

 

 

The great George Braithwite with his patented Double Sax!

 

 

Amazing children’s program with The Bubble Show and Mezuzah Project

 

 

Hebrew Reading For Beginners!

You can still join this Friday morning at 11:30am

 

Read Dr. Freema Gottlieb featured in the current edition of the Jewish Week!

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Our mailing address is:
49 White Street
New York, NY 10013
212 966-7141
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Wed, January 23 2019 17 Shevat 5779