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Weekly Newsletter

March 25, 2021
 
 

Thursday

Portion of the Week/Passover Prep 7pm

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

Search for Chametz after 8pm

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Burn the chametz by 11:59am

Instructional Seder   5pm

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

Evening services   6:30pm

Outdoors  

Cake and beverages

Candle lighting   6:56pm

 

Saturday

MORNING SERVICES   9AM!

Outdoors

Brunch   10am

Outdoors

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

Eat chametz until   10:56am

Nullify chametz   11:59am

No evening services scheduled at this time.

 

Sunday 

Morning services*   9:30am

Indoors

Evening services   7pm

Community seder   7:45pm

 

Monday

Morning services*   9:30am

Indoors

 

Tuesday through Friday

Morning services   7:10am

*Please help make the minyan.

 

Virtual Synagogue

Greet Shabbat and Havdalah on hiatus

 

Adult Education

Proverbs and Portion of the Week on hiatus

Siddur Class Tuesday at 8pm

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

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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

March 11, 2021
 
 

Tonight

Portion of the Week/Passover Prep   7pm

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

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass   5pm

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

Candle lighting   5:41pm

Evening services   5:45pm

Cake and beverages

Outdoors

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Coffee and cake

Indoors

Mincha      Noon

Shabbat ends   6:42pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz   7:15pm

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

 

Monday

Virtual Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   7pm

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

Siddur/Prayer   8pm

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

More happy occasions at TriBeCa Synagogue:

Rehearsal for the Bar Mitzvah of Ari Korpus 

Bris of Simon Benjamin Mishkin

Parents married by Rabbi Glass at TriBeCa Rooftop

 

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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

March 4, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week          7pm

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

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat   5pm*

Candle lighting   5:34pm

No in person services

 

Saturday

No in person services

Shabbat ends   6:34pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz  on hiatus

 

Monday

Virtual Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   7pm*

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

 

Siddur/Jewish Prayer   8pm*

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

 

*NEW TIME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

Passover on the Horizon:

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

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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

February 25, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Evening service                   6pm

Indoors

Megillah  in person              6:15pm

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

Megillah in person               7pm

Outdoors

 

Friday

Morning service                  7:30am

Indoors

Megillah in person              8am

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

Megillah in person               12:30pm

Outdoors

Greet Shabbat                     4pm

With Purim Themes!

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

Candle lighting                  5:26pm

Evening service                 5:30pm

Cake and Beverages

 

Saturday

Morning services               9:30am

Small kiddush

Mincha     NOON

Shabbat ends                    6:26pm

Havdalah/Kumzitiz            7pm 

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

 

Monday

Virtual Hebrew School

 

Tuesday/Adult Education

Mishlei/Proverbs           6:30pm

Siddur/Jewish Prayer   7:30pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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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

February 18, 2021
 
 

TONIGHT

Parsha/Purim Prep   7pm

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

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass   4pm

Candle lighting   5:17pm

Evening service   5:20pm

Cake and beverages

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Small kiddush

Mincha   NOON

Shabbat ends    6:19pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz   6:45pm

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

 

Monday

Virtual Hebrew School Resumes

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Greet Shabbat welcomed Deborah Gutierrez 

Performing her latest piece

Pay no attention to the man behind the screen!

Havdalah Kumzitz welcome Yehoshua Winter

 

     

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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

February 10, 2021
 
 

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


TONIGHT

Portion of the Week   7pm

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

 

Friday

Morning services   7:10pm

Greet Shabbat   4pm

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

Candle lighting   5:09pm

Evening services   5:15pm

Cake and beverages

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Small kiddush

Mincha   NOON

Shabbat ends   6:11pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz  6:30pm

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

 

Monday/Legal Holiday

Office closed

No services

Hebrew School on hiatus


Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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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

February 4, 2021
 
 

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

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week   7pm

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

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30pm

Greet Shabbat   4pm

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

Candle lighting   5:01pm

Evening services   5pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Small kiddush

Mincha   NOON

Shabbat ends   6:01pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz  6:30pm

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

 

Monday

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 28, 2021
 
 

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

 

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week   7pm

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

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30pm

Greet Shabbat   4pm

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

Candle lighting   4:52pm

Evening services   5pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Small kiddush

Mincha   NOON

Shabbat ends   5:55pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz  6:30pm

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

 

Monday

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

Celebrating Tu B'Shvat at the morning minyan today

 

 

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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

January 21, 2021
 
 

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

 

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week   7pm

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

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass   4pm

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

Candle lighting   4:43pm

Evening services   4:50pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Small kiddush

Mincha   NOON

Shabbat ends   5:47pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz   6:15pm

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

 

Monday

Virtual Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

What was really behind this exchange?

 

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

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

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

13, 20, 121, 130 and 142.

 

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

212 966-7141
Email: info@tribecasynagogue.org


 
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Weekly Newsletter

January 14, 2021
 
Weekly Newsletter

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

 

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week   7pm

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

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30pm

Greet Shabbat   4pm

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

NOTE NEW TIME!

Candle lighting   4:35pm

Evening services   4:45pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Small kiddush

Mincha   NOON

Shabbat ends   5:40pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz  6:15pm

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

 

Monday/Legal Holiday

Office Open/All services

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 Potentially helpful information regarding accessing the vaccine

 One can schedule an appointment here:

 

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

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

 
 

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Our mailing address is:
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New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
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Weekly Newsletter

January 7, 2021
 
Weekly Newsletter

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

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week   7pm

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

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30pm

Greet Shabbat   3:30pm

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

Candle lighting   4:28pm

Evening services   4:30pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Small kiddush

Mincha   NOON

Shabbat ends   5:32pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz  6pm

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

 

Monday

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

212 966-7141
Email: info@tribecasynagogue.org


 
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Weekly Newsletter

December 31, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week   7pm

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

 

Friday

Morning services TBD

Greet Shabbat Returns!   3:30pm

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

Candle lighting   4:21pm

Evening services   4:30pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30pm

Small kiddush

Mincha   NOON

Shabbat Ends   5:26pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz   6pm

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

 

Monday

Hebrew School Resumes

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

212 966-7141
Email: info@tribecasynagogue.org


 
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Weekly Newsletter

December 24, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week   7pm

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

Will include thoughts on the 10th of Tevet

 

Friday/10th of Tevet/Fast

Fast begins   6:06am

Morning services   8:30am

Office closed

NO GREET SHABBAT 

Evening services   4PM

Outdoors

Candle lighting   4:16pm

Fast ends   5:12pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Indoors

Small Kiddush

Mincha   NOON

Shabbat ends   5:21

Havdalah/Kumzitz   6pm

Meeting ID: 823 1584 8634

Monday

Hebrew School on hiatus

 

Tuesday

Mishlei   6pm

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

More from Chanukah

Brookdale opened its doors for the first time!

Sunday Night Shmooze by Harvey Herbert

Almost finished in Dumbo!

 

With our treasurer Robert Moezinia

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Weekly Newsletter

December 17, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

Virtual Communal Candle Lighting   6pm

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

Followed by marathon singalong!

 

Friday

Morning services   7:15am

Greet Shabbat With Rabbi Glass    3:30pm

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

Candle lighting   4:12pm

Evening services   4:20pm

Indoors

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Indoors, small kiddush

Afternoon services   Noon

Shabbat ends   5:16pm

Havdalah Kumzitz   5:45pm

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

 

Monday

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Visiting our Florida contingent

     

          Dave Rheingold

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

Dakota Jackson kicked off our Sunday Night Shmooze

   

Opening night Candle lighting with 2 dozen attendees

 

Featuring original song in Spanish by Deborah Gutierrez

Hebrew School Menorah Contest

 

Joint Candle lighting Ceremony with JCP on the Plaza

 

Virtual Chanukah Celebration Sponsored by the Jewish Lawyers Guild

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49 White Street
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212 966-7141
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Weekly Newsletter

December 3, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

Parsha/Portion of the Week   7pm

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

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass   3:30pm

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

Candle Lighting   4:10pm

Evening Services   4:20pm

 

Saturday

Proposed morning service   9:30am

Shabbat ends   5:13pm

Havdala/Kumzitz   5:45pm

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

 

SUNDAY NIGHT SHMOOZE   6PM

Featuring Dakota Jackson

Register here

 

Monday

Hebrew School Menora Contest

Register here

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

Accomplishments of our broader community:

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

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

Special for this Saturday morning:

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

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

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

212 966-7141
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Weekly Newsletter

November 25, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

Friday

Candle lighting   4:12pm

Evening services   4:20pm

 

Saturday

No services

Shabbat ends 5:15pm

 

Monday

Hebrew School 

 

Monday- Friday

Morning services   7:30am

 

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

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

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

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

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

No weekday services this Thursday and Friday

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

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

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

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

 

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

212 966-7141
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Weekly Newsletter

November 19, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week   7pm

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

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass   3:30pm

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

Candle lighting   4:15pm

Evening services   4:20pm

 

Saturday

Preliminaries   10am

Barchu   10:30am

Shabbat ends   5:18pm

Havdala on Zoom  5:30pm

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

 

Monday

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

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

 

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

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

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

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

212 966-7141
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Weekly Newsletter

November 12, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week/Parsha Class   7pm

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

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass

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

Candle lighting   4:21pm

Evening services   4:30pm

 

Saturday

Individual Preliminaries    10am

Group service   10:30am

Shabbat ends   5:22pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz   6pm

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

 

Monday 

Hebrew School

Tuesday/Rosh Chodesh

Morning services   7:15am

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Weekly Newsletter

November 5, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

Portion of the week   7pm

On Zoom

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

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30pm

Note New Times for DST!

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass  3:30pm

On Zoom

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

Candle lighting   4:28pm

Evening services   4:40pm

 

Saturday

Preliminaries   10am   

Morning services   10:30am

Shabbat ends   5:28pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz  6pm

On Zoom 

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

 Monday

Hebrew School 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

On Zoom

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

Beginner Hebrew Reading   7pm

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

Intermediate Hebrew Reading   7:30pm

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

 

 

 

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

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

Our Virtual Synagogue comes back to life!

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

The great Basya Shechter performs at our Havdalah/Kumzitz

 

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

Downtown Minyan will be joining us again this Saturday morning.

 

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Weekly Newsletter

October 29, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

Portion of the Week   7pm

Meeting ID: 845 4683 2655

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass   5pm

Meeting ID: 850 3437 9053

Evening services   5:45pm

 

Saturday

Individual Preliminaries   10am

Services    10:30pm

Shabbat ends   6:35pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz   7pm

Meeting ID: 838 6791 6002

 

Sunday

Shmooze postponed to next week

 

Monday

 Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

Meeting ID: 886 1172 1929

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

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

Beginner Hebrew Reading   7pm

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

 

Intermediate Hebrew Reading   7:30pm

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

 Virtual Synagogue News:

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

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

 

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Weekly Newsletter

October 22, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT 

Portion of the Week   7pm

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

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30pm

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass   5pm

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

Candle lighting    5:45pm

Evening services   5:50pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   10am

Shabbat ends   6:44pm

Havdalah and Kumzitz   7:15pm

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

 

Sunday Night Shmooze  6pm

With Roz Bernstein

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

 

Monday

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

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

Beginner Hebrew Reading   7pm

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

 

Intermediate Hebrew Reading   7:30pm

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Weekly Newsletter

October 15, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

Tonight

Portion of the Week   7pm

Meeting ID: 845 4683 2655  

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass   5pm

Zoom Meeting ID: 879 6831 1845  

Candle lighting  5:55pm

Evening services   6pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

Shabbat ends   6:53pm 

Havdalah/Kumzitz   7:30pm

Zoom Meeting ID: 838 6791 6002  

 

Monday/Rosh Chodesh

Morning services   7:15am

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday

Morning services   7:30am

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

Zoom Meeting ID: 886 1172 1929

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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49 White Street
New York, NY 10013

212 966-7141
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Sukkot/Hoshana Rabah/Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah

October 8, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

Thursday

Parsha class on one week hiatus

 

Friday/Hoshana Raba

Morning services   7am

Candle lighting   6:06pm

Evening services   6:15pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

YIZKOR    11:15am

Farewell to the Sukkah   5:45pm

Evening services   6pm  

Candle lighting   7:04pm

 

Sunday

Morning services   9:30am

Yom Tov ends  7:01pm

 

Monday 

Hebrew School

 

Tuesday 

Proverbs/Mishlei   6pm

On zoom 

Meeting ID: 886 1172 1929

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

TriBeCa Synagogue's Journey through the Holidays in Pictures:

 

Annulling vows on the eve of Rosh HaShana

 

 

Kol Nidrei on Zoom attended by 40 participants

 

Procession with the Lulav and Etrog

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

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

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Weekly Newsletter

October 1, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

Sukkot Prep   7pm

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

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30pm

Candle lighting   6:17pm

EVENING SERVICES   6:15pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   9:30am

EVENING SERVICES   6:00pm

Light Candles   7:15pm

 

Sunday

Morning services   9:30am

Yom Tov ends   7:12pm

 

Monday through Thursday

Morning services   7:15am

Afternoon services   1:40pm

 

 

 

 

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

Important notes: 

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

All services will be held outdoors weather permitting.

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

 

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

212 966-7141
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Weekly Newsletter

September 24, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

YOM KIPPUR PREP!   7PM

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

or ID  #  845 4683 2655 no password

 

Friday

Selichot   7:10am

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat with Rabbi Glass   5:30pm

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

or ID # 879 6831 1845 no password

Candle lighting   6:29pm

Evening services   6:30pm

 

Saturday 

Morning services   10am

Shabbat ends   7:27pm

Havdalah and Kumzitz   8pm

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

or ID # 868 8201 7765 no password

 

Sunday

Kol Nidrei on Zoom   5pm

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

or ID # 838 6585 4555 no password

Late Mincha   6:15pm

In person Kol Nidrei   6:30pm

 

Full Yom Kippur Schedule and beyond coming tomorrow!

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

All Zoom classes will continue uninterrupted.

 

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49 White Street
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Weekly Newsletter

September 17, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

WEEKDAY AFTERNOON SERVICES RESUME ON MONDAY

 

TONIGHT

Zoom Class on Rosh HaShana!   7pm

ID # Meeting ID: 845 4683 2655 no password 

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

NO ZOOM THIS WEEKEND!

 

Friday

Abridged Selichot   7am

Morning services   7:30am

Hatarat Nedarim   8am

(Releasing of Vows)  

Candle lighting   6:41pm

Evening services   6:45pm

 

Saturday

Morning services   10am

Evening services   6:30pm

 

Sunday

Morning services   10am

1st Shofar   11am

2nd Shofar  Noon

Tashlich at the Hudson   1:30pm

Behind Stuyvesant High School

 

Monday/Fast of Gedaliah

Fast begins   5:31am

Selichot   7am

Morning services   7:30am

Mincha   1:30pm

Hebrew School

Fast ends   7:28pm

 

Tuesday-Friday

Selichot   7:10am

Morning services   7:30am

Afternoon services   1:40pm

(Except Friday)

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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Our mailing address is:
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Weekly Newsletter

September 10, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter

TONIGHT

Parsha Class    7pm

ID # 848-5948-2897 no password  

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat   6pm

ID # 879-6831-1845 no password   

Evening services   6:30pm

Candle lighting   6:52pm

 

Saturday

Shabbat ends   7:51pm

Havdalah/Kumzitz    8:30pm

ID # 868-8201-7765 no password  

 

SELICHOT 

Monday - Thursday   7:15am

Morning services

Monday - Thursday   7:30am

 

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs    6pm

ID # 886 1172 1929 no password 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Weekly Newsletter

September 3, 2020
 
Weekly Newsletter
TONIGHT

Parsha Class   7pm

ID: 848 5948 2897 no password

 

Friday

Morning services   7:30am

Greet Shabbat  6pm

ID # 879 6831 1845 no password

Evening services   6:45pm

Candle lighting   7:04pm

 

Saturday

Shabbat ends   8:03pm

Havdalah and Kumzitz   8:30pm

ID: 868 8201 7765  no password

 

Monday/Legal Holiday

No services 

 

Tuesday

Morning services  7:30am

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

Meeting ID: 861 2920 5698

 

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

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

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

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

 

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Weekly Newsletter

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

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

Sunday Night Shmooze  

On hiatus through Labor Day

Tuesday

Mishlei/Proverbs   6pm

ID # 861-2920-5698 no password  

 
 
 


 

 

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

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Tue, October 26 2021 20 Cheshvan 5782