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Weekly Newsletter

December 2, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Evening service 5:30pm

Candle lighting with JCP 6:30pm

Portion of the Week/Chanukah 8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87497263048

 

Friday

Morning service   7:15am

Candle lighting  4:10pm

Evening services   4:20pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Tot Shabbat   10:30am

Kiddush sponsored by Nancy Aaronson and Perry Parker

Shabbat ends   5:14pm

 

Sunday 

Morning services  8am

 

Monday

Morning services   7:15am

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Joshua   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84515573100

Hebrew Reading   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81793617154

 

 

Our portion is called Miketz which means "at the end" which is referring to the end of a 2 year period from when Joseph interpreted the butler's dream to the point that Pharaoh had his dream. This was the direct cause of ending Joseph's dark imprisonment and subsequent elevation to becoming viceroy of the most powerful empire in the world. Rabbi Munk notes that this portion is also read at the time of year that night begins to recede and daylight begins to increase in the world.

He goes on to connect all this with the observance of Chanukah when we celebrate light against the darkness, but in a spiritual sense as much as a physical sense. Thus, through Chanukah we connect our history and identity with the cosmos.

Tonight there will be a joint candle lighting on the plaza with JCP at 6:30pm.

Rosh Chodesh Tevet will fall on Saturday and Sunday.

With deep appreciation we acknowledge Nancy Aaronson and Perry Parker for their generosity and vision in creating a gala Shabbat Chanukah. This Saturday, December 4th, we encourage all the community to join us for services, children's programming and a special kiddush! Services and activities will be inside but the kiddush will be outside in a tent generously provided by the Jewish Lawyers Guild.

 

COVID POLICY: For the safety and comfort of the congregation, we request everyone ages 5 and above must be fully vaccinated to enter the building.  All people over the age of 2, while inside the building, must wear a mask covering their mouth and nose, regardless of vaccination status. 

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

212 966-7141
Email: info@tribecasynagogue.org


 
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Weekly Newsletter

November 24, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

(Moved from tomorrow)

Portion of the Week   7pm

With Chanukah themes

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87497263048

 

Thursday/Legal Holiday

Office closed

Morning services   8am

 

Friday

Office closed

Morning services   7:30am

Candle lighting   4:12pm

Evening services   4:20pm

Cake and adult beverages

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Kiddush

Shabbat ends 5:15pm

 

Sunday

First Candle!

 

Monday-Friday

Morning services   7:15pm

Maariv   5:30pm

 

Monday

Hebrew School 

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Joshua   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84515573100

Hebrew Reading  8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81045517284

 

This week our parsha is Vayeshev and has a major focus on dreams. Whether it was the dream that Joseph had about his family or the dreams that the butler and the baker had at the end, they seem to play an oversized role in determining the course of events that would shape our history for centuries. 

Depending on the circumstances and the individual involved, a dream could have been a small sliver of prophecy and be significant. In today's world, however, dreams are more important from a psychological standpoint, prophecy was unfortunately removed from the world stage at the beginning of the second temple era.

This Shabbat we bless the new month of Tevet and the molad is next Saturday, December 4th, at 1:39pm with 14 Chalakim.

We are pleased to join with JCP for a Chanukah candle lighting on our plaza on Thursday December 2, at 6:30pm. If you would like to join us please register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdEtYD3xbxa3T7owYUB_lxqB9W-wFbpBqS_-sFSOUggIPC-5A/viewform 

A full Chanukah bulletin will be issued Friday morning.

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49 White Street
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212 966-7141
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Weekly Newsletter

November 18, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87497263048

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Candle lighting   4:16pm

Evening services  4:20pm

Cake and beverages

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Kiddush sponsored by Downtown Minyan

Shabbat ends   5:18pm

 

Monday

Hebrew School

Tuesday/Adult Education

On one week hiatus 

 

In Vayishlach, it seems that Jacob had no other choice but to confront Esau if he was going to complete his return to his original home and family. The midrash, however, claims he had another option of a route that would have avoided the whole scenario to begin with. Indeed, the midrash quotes a verse from Proverbs (26:17) and compares him to grabbing a dog by the ear for no reason.The Zohar comes to defend Jacob by saying his intention was that rapprochement had to happen eventually, and would only be fully meaningful if their father was still alive. Hence, Jacob had to force the issue at that time as their father was quite old.

Reconciliation is always a difficult task, but we have to be careful we do not procrastinate past the time when it would be truly meaningful.

Rabbi Glass is away this Shabbat and Harvey Herbert will deliver the Dvar Torah. 

We are pleased to join with JCP for a Chanukah candle lighting on our plaza on Thursday December 2, at 6pm. If you would like to join us please register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdEtYD3xbxa3T7owYUB_lxqB9W-wFbpBqS_-sFSOUggIPC-5A/viewform 

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

November 11, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87497263048

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am 

Candle lighting   4:22pm

Evening services   4:30pm

Cake and beverages

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Kiddush sponsored by the Duek family

Shabbat ends   5:23pm

 

Monday

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Joshua   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84515573100

Hebrew Reading/Siddur   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81045517284

In Vayetze, upon giving birth to her 4th child, Leah declared "now I will give thanks to God". The commentators say this was because she knew prophetically that she will have the most children of all the wives of Jacob. And she was praised for this because this was the first time "thanks" or hodah was expressed in the Torah. 

So much of our ritual focuses on gratitude, whether it was the sacrifice we called Todah or the psalm Mizmor L'Todah that we recite and stand for everyday. But the most significant item of this expression comes in the Amidah under the section called Modim. And while most people know that it is appropriate to freelance prayer in the Shma Koleinu (hear our voices), few know that one can, and should, freelance during Modim. 

Indeed, someone pointed out that much of our focus in prayer is on what we don't have but one should focus at least as much on what we do have.

Congratulations to Marcelo and Meital Duek for the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter Emma this weekend. They will be sponsoring the kiddush on Shabbat.

We are pleased to join with JCP for a Chanukah candle lighting on our plaza on Thursday December 2, at 6pm. If you would like to join us please register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdEtYD3xbxa3T7owYUB_lxqB9W-wFbpBqS_-sFSOUggIPC-5A/viewform 

We honor all who served in the armed forces on this Veteran's Day.

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Weekly Newsletter

November 4, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82353502275

 

Friday

Morning services   7:10am

Candle lighting   5:29pm  

Evening services   5:35pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Kiddush sponsored by Downtown Minyan

Shabbat ends   6:29pm

Turn the clocks back 1 hour

 

Sunday

Morning services   8am EDST

Rabbi Glass father's yahrtzeit

 

 

Monday   

Hebrew School

Evening service   5:30pm

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Joshua   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82240639997

Hebrew Reading/Siddur   8pm 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81045517284

 

 

 

 

In Parshat Toldot the question is often asked as to whether Esau actually fooled his father Isaac into thinking he was worthy of the blessings or was there something deeper at play?

Rashi says that Esau pretended to be religious in asking his father about tithing things that went beyond the requirement. And then there was his legendary "honoring of his father" that the Talmud says went beyond anything achievable by even the greatest of Torah luminaries.

But then there is the approach that Isaac's eyes were wide open and that he had a plan. The blessings he would bestow on Esau were for his mastery of the physical world for the purpose of partnering with his brother Jacob's spiritual role. Alas, his mother knew her own son better and recognized this plan was not realistic so she scuttled his plan.

The truth is, however, that this partnership was enshrined within the "children of Israel" in the form of the Issachar-Zevulun relationship, where the former tribe was the spiritual partner and the latter tribe was the physical provider. 

So we must ask of ourselves: which partner are we? 

Tonight and tomorrow is Rosh Chodesh Kislev and it is one day. 

Sunday morning begins Eastern Daylight Saving Time and we bring back the weekday evening service at 5:30pm Monday through Thursday.

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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 28, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82353502275

 

Friday 

Morning services   7:30am

Candle lighting   5:37pm

Evening services   5:45pm

Cake and beverages

 

Saturday

Morning services  9:30am

Kiddush sponsored by The Downtown Minyan

Desserts sponsored by Dolores and Gordon Wine

Shabbat ends   6:37pm

 

Monday

Hebrew School

Tuesday/Adult Education 

Joshua   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82240639997

Hebrew Reading   8pm

For Intermediates

ttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/81045517284

 

 

 

In Chayei Sarah we have the first mention of the act of burial and many of our traditions derive from this description of the process. We start with the emphasis of a dignified ritual which gives deference to the fact that the body was the wrapping of the soul for all its time on earth. Hence, even after life, the body has to be treated with the utmost of honor and care.

The book of Proverbs concludes with the momentous tribute to the Jewish woman called "Woman of Valor" אשת חיל. In our siyum on the book this summer, we noted that it is our tradition that these verses are attributed to Abraham and his eulogy to our first Matriarch. May she remain a shining inspiration to our generation and beyond.

This Saturday we bless the new month of Kislev and the molad is Friday November 5th at 12:55am with 13 Chalakim.

Congratulations to our long time members Joy and Rami Mishani for the birth of their second grandson last week to their daughter Danit and David Halberstein. The brit for Sasha Jude Halberstein was held yesterday.

Dolores and Gordon Wine will sponsor dessert this weekend in memory of her mother, Charlotte Braun Romero.

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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 21, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week   7pm

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30pm

Candle lighting   5:47pm

Evening services   5:50pm

Cake and beverages

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Tot Shabbat   10:30am

Kiddush with Downtown Minyan

Shabbat ends   6:45pm

 

Monday

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education 

Joshua   7pm 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82240639997

Hebrew Reading   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81045517284

 

Tuesday

Joshua   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82240639997

 

At the end of Vayeira we have the binding of Isaac which is the story that seems to get all the focus but in the beginning we have the story of the 3 messengers which is just as important. While the former was Abraham's triumph of faith, the latter demonstrated his excellence in kindness.

Indeed, one of his paths to ethical monotheism was his observing God as provider to the infinite creatures of the world and what followed was his overwhelming desire to emulate that feature.  As such, we have the classic description of his tent of 4 open doors, which was designed to be able to entertain whomever as quickly as possible.

So, while faith is of course one of the Torah's pillars, Chesed (kindness) is another that is just as significant. 

This Saturday we inaugurate our first Tot Shabbat! Please invite friends!

 

Click image to sign up!

Intermediate Hebrew Reading Returns! We begin with the Amidah this Tuesday at 8pm

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Weekly Newsletter

October 14, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82353502275

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Candle lighting 5:57pm

Evening services   6:10pm

Location TBD

Cake and beverages

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Indoors, kiddush with Downtown Minyan

 Shabbat ends   6:55pm

 

Monday

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

Joshua   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82240639997

 

We are introduced to Abram in last week’s portion but he becomes the central figure this week in Lech Lecha. The truth is, however, as the midrash describes, there was a long history of his devotion to God before he is contacted directly here. Whether it was challenging his father or confronting the king Nimrod, he was extraordinarily bold in maintaining his belief in one God. So rather than this communication being the cause of his belief, it was the result of his belief, albeit decades in the making.

 Congratulations to Deborah and Carlos Gutierrez for a beautiful bris this past Monday!

 Next Saturday: TS @ TS! (Tot Shabbat at TriBeCa Synagogue) Stay tuned for details.

Returning soon: Zoom Intermediate Class in Hebrew Reading: Silent devotion

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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 7, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

 Portion of the Week   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82353502275

 

Friday

 Morning services   7:30am

 Candle lighting   6:09pm

 Evening services   6:20pm

Note new time!

Outdoors, cake and beverages.

 

Saturday

 Morning services   9:30am

Indoors. Kiddush with Downtown Minyan

 Shabbat ends   7:05pm

 

Monday/Columbus Day

Office open, all services held

 

Tuesday

 Joshua   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85471159295

 

 

In the portion of Noah we often hear about comparing Noah to Abraham. The Zohar presents a different comparison, namely Noah to Moses. Specifically it notes the opposite trajectory of their respective lives: Noah starts as Ish Tzadik, a righteous person, and ends his life as Ish Adamah, a person of the earth and the ignominy of his drunken nakedness. Moses, on the other hand, begins as Ish Mitzri, and Egyptian man, and progresses to become Ish Elokim, a man of God. How to explain how this transpired?

 The conclusion of the Zohar relates to how they handled the imperfection of their respective generations. Noah was essentially indifferent when he was informed of the potential fate of the world while Moses insisted on “going down with the ship”, in a manner of speaking. This reflected the radical difference in empathy for their fellow human being. And it was this empathy, or lack thereof, which determined whether their righteousness would stand the test of time or not.

Help the TriBeCa Synagogue build on the success of the high holiday season: please remit your financial obligations for 5782 at your nearest convenience.

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Weekly Newsletter

September 30, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82353502275

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Candle lighting   6:19pm

Evening services  6:30pm

Outdoors, cake and beverages

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Outdoors, kiddush sponsored by Blaire and Brian Lichter

Shabbat ends   7:17pm

 

Monday

TriBeCa Torah Hebrew School Begins!

 

Tuesday

Joshua   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82240639997

On Yizkor we noted how the holidays are designed to eliminate endings. Shemini Atzeret is added to demonstrate that Sukkot doesn't come to an end but rather transitions into another holiday and that escorts us to the rest of the year. Accordingly, we understand why Simchat Torah is held on this holiday with its transitioning Deuteronomy right into Genesis, teaching us that the study of Torah has no completion. So rather than "resting on our laurels" by putting the holidays behind us, we must use the momentum of this special time of year to enrich our observance going forward. Thus, this week is parshat Bereishit!

 
Indeed, the conclusion of the holidays were just as successful and moving as the beginning and we have a few to thank at this time. Firstly Josh and Laurel Dugan for their generous sponsorship of the kiddush for Simchat Torah and to Neil Wallin for his inspirational Tefillat Geshem (Prayer for Rain). He and Eve Goldberg sponsored the kiddush for Shemini Atzeret in memory of William Goldberg and we take this opportunity to share with you a piece about this special man:

On the occasion of the 18th Yahrzeit of Zev Ben Binyamin, William Goldberg.  It was memorable to celebrate this Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah in Tribeca Synagogue.  My father, William Goldberg, would have loved to see the eclectic mix of multi-generational people of all backgrounds.  The spirit and electric energy from the davening in our plaza was felt throughout the neighborhood.  Passersby stopped just to breathe in some of the incredible emotions.  My father was a proud Jew and this would have given him unbridled joy.

 My dad passed away 18 years ago. “Bill” Goldberg came from humble beginnings- his parents worked day and night in their candy store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. His drive and determination resulted in him building a successful diamond business as he rose through the ranks of the industry. Some 60 years past, our William Goldberg Diamond Corporation, located on William Goldberg Way in Midtown, proudly boasts three generations of our family.

 While my dad was my boss, he was also my teacher. One of the many valuable lessons we learned from him was that one of the most important things in life is your good name. In Hebrew: “tov shem tov mi shemen tov” - a good name and reputation is priceless above all else. Everyone respected William Goldberg. Literally larger than life, he believed not only in paying his vendors on time but ahead of time. And he treated everyone with respect. From the street cleaner to the president of fortune 500 companies- they were all the beneficiaries of his highest respect. Another favorite expression of Dad was “Ze Hakatan gadol yhihe”- at present something that seems small has the potential to become significant. He imparted on us that you never know - that street cleaner, if given the opportunity, could one day run a company and become your client. His watershed moment came as President of the Diamond Dealers Club when he bucked tradition and opened the club to female members. He lived his lessons that all people deserve to be treated as a special soul.

18 years seems like the blink of an eye. Hard to comprehend. 18 was an important number for Bill Goldberg. Its numerical value is “Chai” - Life! The countless charities who benefited from his philanthropy knew it had to start or end with a multiple of 18. Vendors would see any extra 18 or 180 dollars added to their payments just for good ‘mazel’.

We miss you dad but we commit to always keep up your good name and live our lives as you not only told us but practiced every day.

The kiddush this week is sponsored by Blaire and Brian Lichter celebrating the naming of their second daughter. 
 
Adult Education on Zoom returns to TriBeCa Synagogue with Portion of the Week on Thursdays and Joshua on Tuesdays. We are taking requests for additional classes.

 

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Weekly Newsletter

September 23, 2021
 
 

Friday

 Morning services   7:10am

Breakfast in the Sukkah

 Evening services   6:30pm

Outdoors

 Candle lighting   6:31pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Indoors, Kiddush with Downtown Minyan

Shabbat ends   7:29pm

 

Sunday

Morning services   8am

 

Monday/Hoshana Rabah

Morning services   7am

The simcha continues! Each day of the intermediary days of Sukkot involve enjoying food and drink in the Sukkah and shaking the Lulav. Additionally, there is a celebration called Simchat Beit Hosheiva that commemorates the water libations that accommodated the sacrifices offered throughout the holiday. As such, in many Jewish communities throughout the world, special Sukkot parties are held to enhance the rejoicing, albeit in the context of our closeness to the Almighty.

We thank the many who were instrumental in making this Sukkot a huge success:

Robert Blakeley for his supervising the assembly of the front sukkah along with Scott Symon and Zach Epstein-Peterson. Amy Cappell and Susan Blakeley did a beautiful job decorating the Sukkah and our staff has worked tirelessly to make our premises ready for all the action!

 

 

Plans for the conclusion of the holiday are in formation; a bulletin will be issued tomorrow.

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Weekly Newsletter

September 17, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Evening services   6:30pm

Outdoors, Cake and Beverages

Candle lighting   6:43pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Indoors/Kiddush with Downtown Minyan

Shabbat ends   7:41pm

 

Monday

Morning services   7:20am

"Remember the days of old, understand the years from generation to generation" is a keynote of our parsha Haazinu. The word for 'understand', Bina, is related to the word for 'between', Bain. Thus, there is a subtle hint that one must recognize there are differences between generations, and sometimes adjustments are necessary. And since "adjustments" are precarious in that when applied improperly they can overturn the whole system, with the proper judgment they are key to its preservation.

Examples abound, like the decision to write down the Oral Torah, etc. and certainly, with the breakneck pace of technological advancement, constant adjustments will continue to be in order. However, we pray for the Divine guidance necessary to design an observant lifestyle consistent with ancient principles but adapted to the 21st century.

Congratulations to all who made this high holiday season a tremendous experience for all who participated. Please heed the inspiring words of our President Eli Weiss and keep the momentum going with the rest of the holiday and beyond!

Once again we express our deepest appreciation to Nancy Aaronson for being on the front lines and shouldering the gargantuan task of maintaining our protocols keeping everyone safe. We are also deeply indebted to our treasurer Robert Moezinia for sponsoring our break fast, such a beautiful and warm way to conclude the holiday!

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Our mailing address is:
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Weekly Newsletter

September 9, 2021
 
 

Friday

Selichot   7am 

Morning service   7:30am

Evening services   6:30pm

Outdoors, cake and beverages

Candle lighting   6:54pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Outdoors

9/11 Interfaith Ceremony   NOON

Shabbat ends   7:53pm

 

Monday/Tuesday 

Selichot   7am

 

Wednesday

Selichot   7:15am

This week is Shabbat Shuva, the Sabbath of Penitence, which falls between Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur. We read Parshat Vayelech which presents the last mitzvah of the Torah called Hakhel, which means congregate. At the conclusion of the Sabbatical year, on Sukkot, the entire populace was expected to gather in Jerusalem to hear the king read the book of Deuteronomy. The Torah is very specific in mentioning every demographic, even small children.

This reading is especially timely as Yom Kippur is the occasion that brings out the biggest numbers of a community and while this year Rosh HaShana had very encouraging attendance, Yom Kippur will bring our biggest numbers in 2 years. And this is also directly relevant to the season of repentance as there is strength in numbers. When we cast our lot with the community, our judgment is tempered by their collective merit. 

We are extremely pleased with our Rosh HaShana experience as all went smooth even against unprecedented challenges. We must thank those who worked so hard to make it happen with the utmost of caution to ensure our safety:

Nancy Aaronson, Perry Parker, Dolores Wine and our staff were superb in all they accomplished. The children's area was amazing thanks to Deborah Gutierrez and the food was incredible thanks to our sponsors Toby Turkel, Abe Dweck, Robert Levine and the Board of Directors.

Today is the Fast of Gedaliah which commemorates the assasination of Gedaliah ben Achikom which was the event that was the catalyst for a much bigger catastrophe after the destruction of the First Temple. The fast ends at 7:49pm.

Additionally, this Saturday is the 20th anniversary of 9/11. As the primary synagogue of that difficult time we will commemorate the event with an Interfaith Ceremony hosted by the Lower Manhattan Clergy Council. This will begin at noon, after services, and introduced by former Council Member of the 1st District, Alan J. Gerson. Participating clergy will include Dr. Marc Rivera of the Primitive Christian Church, Imam Abdoulaye Abalde of the Masjid of Manhattan and Rabbi Glass.

Kiddush will follow, generously sponsored by Laura Florman and Alan Gerson. 

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Weekly Newsletter

September 2, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Beginners Hebrew Reading   6pm

Last class

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86095952258

Portion of the Week/

High Holiday Prep   7pm 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88214028916

 

Friday

Selichot   7am

Morning services  7:30am

Evening services   6:30pm

Outdoors, cake and beverages  

Candle lighting   7:06pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Indoors, kiddush with Downtown Minyan

Shabbat ends   8:05pm

 

Monday/Erev Rosh HaShanah

Selichot   8am

Morning services   8:30am

Evening services   6:30pm

MUST reserve in advance

Dinner 7:15pm 

MUST reserve in advance

 

You are standing, Nitzavim, before  the Lord your God, begins this week's portion and then goes on to itemize all strata of society: your heads, elders, officers, every one of Israel. All ages and professions are included in this final covenant Moses conducts on the last day of his life. 

With this being read right before the high holidays we note how no other time of year in the Jewish calendar unites us in worship like Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We all find common cause with the goal of introspection and self improvement. And while we are still struggling with Covid, this year will see many more of us together at this special time which portends our continued path towards full community Jewish life. May it come speedily in our days and may we all be inscribed in the book of life for a happy and healthy new year!

PLEASE RESERVE ASAP TO ATTEND HIGH HOLIDAY SERVICES!

Security for the month of Elul is sponsored by Chava Chalom in memory of her father. As a young adult, while living in Egypt, Mayer Chalom Ben Eliyahu HaLevi V’Esther served in the Royal British Navy. There, he assisted in smuggling thousands of Jews from Alexandria to Palestine. Those Jews later pioneered the state of Israel. Subsequently, he  escaped (Egypt) from religious persecution.

Mayer’s philosophy of life is best captured in Psalm 100, the sum of Thanksgiving. It says, “Evidu et HaShem b’simchah” ..... “ and you shall serve HaShem with gladness.”

Everything he did in life, whether in Egypt, and Europe, or in the United States, he did with sheer joy. He was a role model for his family and his community.

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Weekly Newsletter

August 26, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Beginners Hebrew   6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86095952258

Portion of the Week   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88214028916

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Evening services   6:30pm

Outdoors/Kiddush

Candle lighting   7:17pm

Shabbat ends 8:17pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Indoors/Kiddush with Downtown Minyan

Desserts by Chava Chalom

 

Monday - Friday

Selichot 

 

The first topic of Parshat Ki Tavo is the mitzvah Bikkurim, the first fruits, which the farmer was obligated to bring to the Temple in Jerusalem on the occasion of Shavuot. He makes a declaration of thanksgiving but also includes a reference to our suffering in Egypt. Rabbi Munk explains that even in times of intense joy and accomplishment like this, it is important to remember that there are no guarantees in life so one's pride should be held in check.

How many of us were riding high not so long ago and then kicked to the carpet in a relatively short period? Thus, with God's help, as we emerge whole again we should never forget how quickly things can turn around.

Friday night the Gutierrez family and the Konigsberg family will sponsor a mezze platter as Robert Konigsberg will observe yahrtzeit for his father and Deborah Gutierrez welcomes her parents from Mexico City.

Saturday, Chava Chalom will sponsor a sweet table for the upcoming yahrtzeit of her father Mayer Chalom. At Kiddush, Tehillim will be recited. She is also sponsoring security for the month of Elul and a gala breakfast Monday morning when we will recite the memorial prayer for Mayer ben Eliyahu HaLevi V'Esther Z"l. Mayer would often say, in his beautiful accent, "You're living, eh!" "Enjoy!"  It would be great if we could exchange those greetings this Shabbat. 

Next week we begin reciting Selichot, every morning at 7am.

 

RESERVE YOUR HIGH HOLIDAY SEATS NOW!!

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Weekly Newsletter

August 19, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

 Hebrew Reading for Beginners   6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86095952258

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30pm

Evening services  6:30pm

Outdoors, cake and beverages

Candle lighting   7:28pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Indoors, Kiddush with Downtown Minyan

Shabbat ends  8:28pm

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

 Joshua   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85471159295

 Siddur/Hebrew Reading  8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88396371264

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Ki Tetze, among the many topics, we revisit the prohibition of interest. Although the commonly used term in Hebrew is Ribit, here it is called Neshech (bite) for understandable reasons. 

 For full context we note that generally speaking we are referring to interest on business loans and the concern here is lack of faith. Essentially, the lender is demanding his profits up front while if he was a true God fearing person, he would let things play out. 

 As such, when the sages created the loophole called heter iska, it is worded like a business loan describing what we would call interest as "profits", as if the loan was actually an "investment".

 We are told that giving a loan is considered the highest form of Tzedakah so the Torah is exhorting us to preserve the purity of such kindness as much as possible. 

Reserve seats for the high holidays here:

A full bulletin will be forthcoming shortly.

Security for the month of Elul is generously sponsored by Chava Chalom in loving memory of her father Meyer Chalom ben Eliayu HaLevi whose yahrtzeit occurs this month. As a child he lived during very challenging times in Egypt. He escaped religious persecution. Yet he was able to raise a family around Torah and the basic teachings of love, kindness, gratitude and generosity. These attributes were weaved into every aspect of his life.

Recently Joseph Weissberg published and article relating to ecological issues in Israel. He was Bar Mitzvah here 3 years ago:

https://m.jpost.com/opinion/the-effort-to-eradicate-litter-opinion-675469

We regret to inform you of the passing of an old friend, Evelyn Shafer, this week. The arrangements are private but the Portion of the Week class will have to be on hiatus this week.

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Weekly Newsletter

August 12, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Hebrew Reading for Beginners   6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86095952258

Portion of the Week   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88214028916

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Evening services  6:30pm

Cake and beverages

Candle lighting   7:38pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Kiddush with Downtown Minyan

Shabbat ends   8:39pm

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Joshua   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85471159295

Siddur/Hebrew Reading   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88396371264

 

 

 

 

 

Much has been proposed to explain the double expression צדק צדק תרדוף Justice, Justice, You Shall Pursue which is the keynote of our parsha Shoftim. Rabbi Munk seems to have the most essential explanation that both the process as well as the final result have to be just. In other words, when it comes to the judicial matters, we don't say the ends justify the means. Everything has to be both just, and righteous.


Security for the month of Elul is generously sponsored by Chava Chalom in loving memory of her father, Mayer Chalom ben Eliyahu HaLevi. May his memory be for a blessing. It is hoped that this will lead to communal feelings of happiness and conviviality throughout these special Shabatot.

Important information regarding policy and the High Holidays will be forthcoming shortly.

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Weekly Newsletter

August 5, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Beginners Hebrew Reading   6pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86095952258

Portion of the Week   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88214028916

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Evening services   6:30pm

Outside, cake and beverages

Candle lighting   7:47pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Indoors, kiddush outdoors

Shabbat ends   8:50pm

Sunday/Rosh Chodesh Elul

Morning services   8am

 

Monday/Rosh Chodesh Elul

Morning services   7:10am

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Joshua   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85471159295

Siddur/Hebrew Reading   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88396371264

 

 

 

 

 

In Parshat Re'eh we reprise the concept of the Sabbatical Year or Shmittah. This is practically relevant as this coming year, with Rosh Hashanah, will indeed begin a Sabbatical Year. Most of us are familiar with the requirement to lay our fields fallow for that year but this week we introduce the concept of Shmitat K'safim, or the cancellation of debts.

Technically all money owed to a creditor is nullified, unconditionally, but the sages explain that there remains a moral obligation for the debtor to repay the loan. The intention behind such an extreme mitzvah was that this was only supposed to be for extreme hardship on the part of the debtor and not to be abused by the unscrupulous. And to avoid abuse, eventually Hillel instituted the mechanism called Pruzbul, whereby the creditor can hand over the debt to the court for "collection".

Ultimately, these mitzvot are all designed to create a reset, as it were, for society , every 7 years. It seems that we could all use a reset of sorts right about now!

This Saturday we bless the new month of Elul and the molad is Sunday morning at 10:43am with 10 Chalakim.

Rosh Chodesh Elul is Sunday and Monday. We begin to sound the shofar daily this Monday morning.

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Weekly Newsletter

July 29, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Hebrew Reading for Beginners   6pm

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

Portion of the Week  7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88214028916

 

Friday

Morning services    7:30am

Evening services   6:30pm

Outside, cake and beverages

Candle lighting   7:55pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Indoors, kiddush outdoors with Downtown Minyan

Shabbat ends   8:59pm

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

NEW Joshua   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85471159295

Siddur/Hebrew Reading   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88396371264

 

 

 

Beautiful photo of "a synagogue in the diaspora"

by Marcelo Duek.

 

In our portion of Ekev, we have the 2nd paragraph of the Shma which concludes with a promise of long life למען ירבו ימיכם. And although this promise seems to be connected with living in the land of Israel, the Talmud says it extends to those who frequent the synagogues of the diaspora. The Maharsha explains that this is because there is a connection between a synagogue and the Temple in Jerusalem, as the Talmud further states: at the redemption, all the synagogues of the diaspora will be transplanted to Israel.

What a merit it is, therefore, to attend synagogue and we hope to see you all as we enter the days of awe which are right around the corner!

Please renew your membership or consider becoming a member. Contact the office for details.

A communication to the general public will be forthcoming next week. 

Starting this Tuesday: With the completion of the Book of Proverbs we will start back at the beginning of Tanach with the Book of Joshua!

There will be periodic archaeological presentations by Harvey Herbert, relevant to the particular text.

 

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Weekly Newsletter

July 22, 2021
 
 

Friday

Morning services   7:30pm

Evening services   6:30pm

Outdoors, cake and beverages

Candle lighting   8:01pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Indoors, kiddush with Downtown Minyan

Shabbat ends   9:07pm

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Siddur/Hebrew Reading   8pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88396371264

 

 

This weekend is called Shabbat Nachamu after the first words of the Haftarah from Jeremiah. It literally means "be consoled" and it kicks off the 7 weeks of consolation in the aftermath of these past 3 weeks of tragedy, culminating with Rosh HaShanah.

But this word that is used for consolation is curious because it is also used for what would be almost the opposite, namely regret. "Vayinachem HaShem" and God regretted that He created the world. How can they be reconciled?

The sages say that what nechama is really about is a change of perspective. As in when God "saw" how things deteriorated so rapidly with the human race, His perspective was changed from optimism to pessimism. Similarly, but conversely, our mitzvah to console mourners consists of showing the mourner such support that their perspective is changed from feeling bereft to acceptance and closure.

One could suggest that in this time of emerging from the challenges of COVID that our perspective will, with God's help, change from fear and loathing to hope and joy!

This week the portion is Vaetchanan but also coincides with Tu B'Av (15th of Av) which celebrates a number of happier occasions. It was the official end of the punishment of the sin of the spies; it was the end of the internecine war with the tribe of Benjamin and it was the end of the prohibition of marrying outside of one's tribe.

Based on the last item this weekend has become a major opportunity for singles weekends and accordingly we wish all those who seek, shall find their bashert!

 

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Weekly Newsletter

July 15, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Beginners Hebrew Reading   6pm

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

Tisha B'Av Prep!   7pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82189371211

Siddur/Hebrew Reading    8pm

Make up

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82189371211

 

Friday

Morning service   7:30am

Evening services   6:30pm

Cake and beverages

Candle lighting   8:07pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Kiddush with Downtown Minyan

Shabbat ends   9:10pm

Evening services   9:30pm

Followed by Eicha

 

Sunday 

Morning services   8:30am 

Limited Kinot

 

In Lamentations the first chapter is a study in contrasts: " How she sits desolate, a city that was great, has become like a widow, great among nations and a prince among provinces is now just a tributary." This is the formula for the entire first chapter which at first glance has the objective of increasing our pain focusing on the great things that we lost. 

There is another perspective developed by Diane Koletch of YUHS for Girls in which she posits that Jeremiah is hinting at somewhat the opposite. Keep in mind that right before we became this great nation inhabiting a great land, we were slaves in a foreign land and that is where we were headed in the aftermath of the destruction. As such it would be easy to deemphasize the golden era between these two dark periods but Jeremiah doesn't let us. 

We are suffering now but we are strengthened and enriched by the glory of what preceded this, which can never be taken away and further, will be with us at the final redemption, במהרה בימנו!

This Shabbat we begin Dvarim and also is called Shabbat Hazon after the haftarah taken from the beginning of Isaiah. 

Tisha B'Av begins Saturday night with the fast starting at 8:24pm and ends Sunday night at 9:10pm.

Please help make our minyanim!

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Weekly Newsletter

July 8, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Beginners Hebrew Reading   6pm 

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

Portion of the Week/Parsha   7pm

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

 

Friday

Morning service   7:30pm

Evening service   6:30pm

Outdoors/Cake and beverages

Candle lighting   8:10pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

In the sanctuary

Kiddush with Downtown Minyan 

Shabbat ends   9:18pm

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Siddur/Hebrew Reading   8pm

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

 

 

 

 

This week presents the largest Torah reading of the year with the gigantic double portion of Matot-Maasei. In the second portion, the Torah reprises the 48 times that the Israelites stopped and started throughout their 40 years in the desert. Our sages propose that the reason camp had to be broken and another journey taken was because there was dissension in the ranks. This was symbolized by the Teruah that was sounded instructing them to break camp which represents inner conflict. It is thus a fitting reading for this sad season which we are told was largely a result of the dissension in our ranks, leading to the destruction of the second temple. 

May we take this challenging time in the calendar to focus on improving all areas of our interpersonal relationships. Unity from within is the best bulwark for Divine protection from without.

Friday night and Saturday are Rosh Chodesh Av signalling the deeper mourning period of the 9 days culminating with Tisha B'Av the following Saturday night Sunday. 

Please help with minyan attendance!

Scenes from TriBeCa Synagogue upstate:

Our friends at the Kaaterskill Inn, a fantastic place to spend a few days mid week!

Reuniting in White Plains

 

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Weekly Newsletter

July 1, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Beginners Hebrew   6pm

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

Portion of the Week   7pm

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

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Evening services   6:30pm

Outdoors, cake and beverages

Candle lighting   8:12pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Small kiddush

Shabbat ends   9:21pm

 

Monday/Legal Holiday

Office closed/no services

 

Tuesday

Siddur/Hebrew Reading   7pm*   

*one hour earlier than usual

 

 

 

 

When the Talmud discusses what should be considered the most important verse, surprisingly there is an opinion that it is in this week's portion, Pinchas. At the end of the portion it presents all the holidays but begins with the Tamid sacrifices brought twice daily. Chapter 28:4 reads "One lamb you shall bring in the morning and the second lamb you shall bring in the afternoon" and yet there is an opinion that this is a more important concept than the Shema or the golden rule.

What we see from this is the incredibly important characteristic of consistency and constancy. The temple never failed in this responsibility for hundreds of years and indeed, one of the reasons we fasted on Sunday was to mark the incredible tragedy of the interruption of the Tamid because of the lack of supply of animals due to the siege of Jerusalem. 

As such, we made it a priority to restore as soon as possible the full fabric of Jewish life at TriBeCa Synagogue against the challenges we faced this past year. There is a beautiful rhythm of daily activity here and along with the virtual life that has blossomed over these many months. All of us have to struggle to regain the consistency and constancy of our previous lives and we hope to be a part of that effort by having the synagogue available to you in whatever capacity will help you achieve that goal.

We continue to pray and hope for the victims and their families of Surfside. The RCA recommends Psalms 20, 130 and 142.

As we enter the summer months please try to help with our weekday and Shabbat minyanim whenever possible!

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Weekly Newsletter

June 24, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

 

Beginners Hebrew Reading   6pm

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

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   8:13pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Followed by Kiddush

Shabbat ends   9:22pm

 

Sunday/17th of Tamuz

Fast begins   4:14am

Morning services   TBD

Fast ends   9:08pm

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Proverbs/Mishlei   

on hiatus until 

Siyum  celebration 7/22

 

Siddur/Hebrew Reading   7pm

(Adjusted time)

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

 

 

 

 

In Balak we have one of the most dramatic stories involving a king and a sorcerer, both bent on harming the Israelite nation through the act of cursing. The amazing part is that throughout the entire story it seems that the Israelites were completely unaware of what was happening. Thus, we see the shining example of what it says in Psalms: Behold, never slumbers and never sleeps the Guardian of Israel!

This Sunday we observe the Fast of the 17th of Tamuz which begins the 3 week period of mourning that culminates with the 9th of Av 3 Sundays later. That date is associated with the Sin of the Golden Calf and later with the breach of the wall of Jerusalem, heralding the eventual destruction of the Temple and exile.

This week the kiddush is sponsored by Alan Drexler commemorating the first yahrtzeit of his mother, of blessed memory.

If you missed last week's Beginners Hebrew Reading class try again tonight at 6pm!

 

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

212 966-7141
Email: info@tribecasynagogue.org


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

212 966-7141
Email: info@tribecasynagogue.org


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

212 966-7141
Email: info@tribecasynagogue.org


 
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www.tribecasynagogue.org
 
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