Shabbat-O-Gram, Oct. 18, 2002 and Heshvan 12, 5763
Rabbi Joshua Hammerman, Temple Beth El, Stamford, Connecticut
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JUST THE FACTS: Services and Such
Friday Night: Candles: 6:02 PM, Services at 7:30 PM in the chapel
Tot Shabbat Services with Nurit – for preschool children and their families: 7:15 PM, in the lobby
Shabbat: Torah Portion: Lech Lecha Service begins at 9:30 AM, with children’s services at 10:30.
Read the Masorti commentary at http://www.masorti.org/mason/torah/index.asp. JTS commentary is at: http://learn.jtsa.edu/topics/parashah/. USCJ Torah Sparks can be found at http://uscj.org/item20_467.html. UAHC Shabbat Table Talk discussions are at http://uahc.org/torah/exodus.shtml. Other divrei Torah via the Torahnet home page: http://uahcweb.org/torahnet/. Test your Parasha I.Q.: http://www.ou.org/jewishiq/parsha/default.htm. CLAL's Torah commentary archive: http://click.topica.com/maaaiRtaaRvQhbV2AtLb/. Nehama Liebowitz archives of parsha commentaries: http://www.torahcc.org/nechama/gilayonarchives.htm. For a more Kabbalistic/Zionist perspective from Rav Kook, first Chief Rabbi of Israel, go to http://www.geocities.com/m_yericho/ravkook/index.html
Mazal Tov to David Ginsberg, who becomes Bar Mitzvah this Shabbat morning.
Morning Minyan: Daily at 7:30 AM
Spiritual Journey on the Web: Series Prediction: “Fallen Angels”
Everybody’s been wondering about my World Series prediction, based on Jewish sources, and for good reason. Keep in mind that I correctly predicted the Patriots’ and Ravens’ victories in the last two Super Bowls, and the Diamondbacks’ win in last year’s Series, so I’m on a big-time roll. So, here goes (keeping in mind that I do not advocate gambling except for recreational purposes – and I expect a cut of the winnings).
First thing first. How could a religiously-inspired prognostication ever vote against a team called the “Angels?” Read a comprehensive piece about angels in Jewish mysticism at http://www.faqs.org/faqs/judaism/FAQ/06-Jewish-Thought/section-14.html. Angels play a key role in the story of Abraham that we read beginning this week. Angels announce that Abraham and Sarah will have a child and that Sodom will be destroyed. Then angels escort Lot and his family from that evil city and, when Abraham is about to sacrifice Isaac, it is an angel that calls out from the heavens and stays Abraham’s hand. In place of Isaac, Abraham chooses to sacrifice a ram, which would account for their loss in the Super Bowl, but doesn’t tell us anything about San Francisco.
Giants are found earlier in the book of Genesis, as a mythical race of half-divine beings known as Nefilim. Problem is, they are only half divine, while the angels are 100% heavenly. In fact, some commentators describe them as “fallen angels” (see page 34 of the Etz Hayim Torah commentary and http://www.stevequayle.com/Giants/Mid.East/Giants.Mid.East11.html), from the Hebrew word “nafal,” to fall. So if a Giant, by definition is a fallen Angel, that would not seem to bode well for the Giants.
And it gets worse. In next week’s portion, Abraham treats the angels with the utmost of hospitality. In fact, the Jewish principles of Hachnasat Orchaim (hospitality) are derived from this portion. At the end of their visit, Abraham not only escorts his guests to the door, but he walks them well into their journey, expanding the boundaries of his home. See this important Jewish concept described in greater detail at http://www.simplyjewish.com/Pages_SJ2001/SJ2001_Philosophy/SJ_3prac_ahavat_hach.html and
Meanwhile, someone in the same portion is not accorded such hospitality. Hagar is kicked out of the house and forced to flee with Ishmael. And who is Hagar? Sarah’s “shifcha,” her BONDS woman. So the angels get welcomed, but Bonds is kicked out.
But it’s not so simple. Go to http://dev.triothinkquest.org/TR0111165/jewish.htm to see that Jewish angels are seen primarily as messengers, as indeed they are in the Abraham stories. But when the ten spies came back to Moses in the Wilderness with fear in their hearts, the Giants were the message. These human messengers were shaking at the thought of having to defeat the mighty Giants of Canaan.
When in doubt, I pull the “How many Jews on each team” card. Let’s see: for the Angels there’s David Eckstein – oops, he’s not (see http://msn.espn.go.com/talent/danpatrick/s/2002/0828/1424027.html), but there’s always Al Levine (a Levi no less!) and Scott Schoeneweis (for the full roster of current Jewish players, see http://www.shawngreen.net/articles2/jewishplayers/2001report.html.) For the Giants: nada. Go to http://www.pubdim.net/baseballlibrary/submit/Green_Adam1.stm and http://www.pubdim.net/baseballlibrary/submit/Person_Sam4.stm for some historical background. On the Angels side you’ve got Rod Carew (sort of – never converted but did raise his kids Jewish) and Bo Belinsky; for the Giants, Harry Danning, and Sid Gordon.
Then there is the Dodger factor. Both teams hate the Dodgers, who have, arguably, the two greatest Jewish ballplayers of all time, Sandy Koufax and Shawn Green, “the Rabbi of Swat.” Does the fact that the Angels and Giants share a mutual disdain for the Dodgers make them anti-Semitic? The conspiracy theory is enhanced by the fact that the Angels are owned by Disney, which complicates matters greatly regarding the Jewish question, given past allegations (see a refutation of Walt Disney’s alleged anti-Semitism at http://www.nationalreview.com/contributors/ledeen120501.shtml) and Michael Eisner, one of the most controversial figures in Hollywood (bio: http://www.askmen.com/men/business_politics/46_michael_eisner.html). Run any Web search on “Eisner – Jewish,” and you’ll see just how much of a magnet for Anti-Semitism he is.
All this brings me back to the one irrefutable fact of this inquest: the Nefilim, the Giants are no better than fallen angels. Their Bondsman notwithstanding, the Giants will fall. And since Shabbat is always escorted in by angels (see the hymn “Shalom Aleichem,” at http://www.geocities.com/Paris/Bistro/1150/lyrics/j-shabbat.html#shalom and the story behind it at http://www.hillel.org/hillel/newhille.nsf/fbf53504797e21b48525693c0071779d/8e7aa08931d81c6d8525694300563fd0?OpenDocument) the Angels will triumph on the “seventh day.” Halos in seven. Heavenly.
Required Reading and Action Items
Israel, Iraq and Terrorism:
Why Liberals Should Support the War - Jonathan Chait
Liberals and conservatives share many foreign policy values in common: encouraging democracy and capitalism, responding to direct aggression. That is why both overwhelmingly supported overthrowing the Taliban and hunting down al Qaeda in Afghanistan. We are contemplating the overthrow of one of the most internally violent and repressive regimes on Earth. Indeed, from a purely humanitarian perspective, the case for this war is stronger than for the Gulf war - in which we restored an authoritarian monarchy in Kuwait and left Saddam's tyrannical regime in place. (New Republic)
Saddam, Al Qaeda Intricately Linked - David Rudge; According to Prof. Amatzia Baram, of the University of Haifa's Department of Middle East History, an expert on Iraqi affairs: Recent al Qaeda communiques broadcast via al-Jazeera stated that the attacks against U.S. marines in Kuwait and the French oil tanker off the coast of Yemen were warnings of severe retaliation in the event of an assault on Saddam's regime. These are clear indications of political cooperation. There is a very real possibility, because it has happened in the past, that Saddam Hussein will do his utmost to persuade Palestinian groups, or at least members of his own movement in the Palestinian camp, to carry out a mega-attack against Israel. (Jerusalem Post)
Israel, U.S. Reach Agreement on Supervision of PA Finances - Aluf Benn
Israel and the United States reached an understanding Tuesday over the supervision of the Palestinian Authority's finances, in order to enable the Israeli transfer of some NIS 2 billion of frozen tax revenues to the Palestinians. According to the plan, supervision will be imposed on PA income and expenditure in order to ensure monies are not used to fund terror. The Palestinians will be required to hand over a list of those to whom it pays salaries, and American and European officials will be stationed in the Palestinian Finance Ministry to oversee its economic activity. (Ha'aretz)
Arens: Israel Still Dependent on U.S. Data for Scud Alerts
Although Israel has its own reconnaisance satellite in space, the Jewish state is still dependent on Washington for crucial real-time warnings of missile launchings from Iraq, Moshe Arens, defense minister during the 1991 Gulf war, said Monday. At present, only the U.S. and Russia possess the capability of keeping a satellite fixed in orbit over Iraq. Israel's Ofek spy satellite passes over Iraq, but only periodically, he said. (Ha'aretz)
See also Is It Really Deja Vu? - Moshe Arens (Ha'aretz)
Bush Backs Retaliation by Israelis if Iraq Attacks; Sharon Characterizes Bush Administration as Friendliest in History
Meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Sharon in Washington, President Bush said today that he fully expected that Israel would aggressively retaliate after any unprovoked Iraqi attack. (New York Times)
See also Bush-Sharon News Conference
Double Standards: Iraq, Israel, and the United Nations (The Economist - UK)
The UN distinguishes between two sorts of Security Council resolutions. Those passed under Chapter Six deal with the peaceful resolution of disputes and entitle the council to make non-binding recommendations. Those under Chapter Seven give the council broad powers to take action, including warlike action, to deal with "threats to the peace, breaches of the peace, or acts of aggression." Such resolutions, binding on all UN members, were used against Iraq after its invasion of Kuwait. None of the resolutions relating to the Israeli-Arab conflict comes under Chapter Seven.
- Resolution 242 of 1967, passed after the Six-Day War and frequently cited in the double-standards argument, does not instruct Israel to withdraw unilaterally from the territories occupied in 1967. It does not condemn Israel's conquest, for the good reason that most Western powers at that time thought it the result of a justifiable pre-emptive war. It calls for a negotiated settlement, based on the principle of exchanging land for peace.
LETTER FROM WASHINGTON: Between terror and snipers Last week, Noam Laden, a morning talk show host in South Carolina and an old friend of mine, called and asked to do a five-minute interview with me on air. I quickly scanned the newspapers to see if there had been anything new overnight on Israel or Iraq. (Jerusalem Post)
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/A/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1034774849425 Madonna music video stirs unease among Jews (Jerusalem Post)
Israel Readies for Iraqi Strike
15,000 Israeli emergency workers are being inoculated against smallpox. "For Israel in particular the concept that Jews may be killed by chemicals or viruses is one that the very nature of Israel was designed to prevent," says Professor Gerald Steinberg, who lectures in strategic studies at Bar-Ilan University. "Jews should not be killed without response. And in that case, 1991 was an aberration and should not expect to be repeated." (BBC)
The civilized world is reeling from yet another terrorist atrocity, the bombing of a Bali disco that has claimed the lives of 180 people. Much of the European media is using very different language to describe the Bali bombing, than it has used to describe the bombings of discos, pizzerias, cafes, markets, buses, and religious events in Israel. Opines the Guardian about the Bali atrocity ("In the Shadow of Terror" - October 14): ""This was a crime against all humanity... Its victims were Muslims, Hindus and Christians." Why does the Guardian omit that Jews may be among the victims?
The Guardian also refers to "the killing of German tourists in Tunisia" --failing to mention that the Tunisia attack was actually aimed against Jews in a synagogue.
Read the Guardian editorial at:
Dahlan Resigns, Slams PA Leadership
Former PA Gaza security chief Muhammad Dahlan has resigned as Yasser Arafat's national security adviser to protest the delay in implementing reforms in the PA. According to the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper, Dahlan told a group in Gaza City that he had advised Arafat to stop the intifada after the September 11 attacks. He also described the Palestinian people as a "mob" inclined to radicalism and rejection, and Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi as the "leader of the local Taliban. He thinks that he's Mullah Omar." (Jerusalem Post)
Jewish Business Ethics:
Check out the latest issue of “Insights” from the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies for a fine article on Jewish Business Ethics by Professor David Golinkin, at http://www.schechter.edu/pubs/insight17.htm
Rumors, Hoaxes and Urban Legends
The Internet is the greatest communications tool ever invented. Unfortunately, its ease of use and virtually free cost means that sometimes it can be misused. One of the worst examples of misuse of the Internet -- email in particular -- is in spreading rumors and so-called "urban legends", often something negative about Jews or Israel or a hoax playing on your interest in the well-being of Israel.
Many of the most interesting and compelling of these messages are just not true. They often have very credible sounding "credentials" and come from trusted correspondents, but are false nonetheless. The person sending the message to you often believes the information is true and has the best of intentions in forwarding it to their own list of contacts.
Some examples of false rumors that have circulated in the last few years are:
1. Fuji map excludes Israel
2. Steven Spielberg Palestinian movie
3. 4000 Jews stayed home on 9-11
Some examples of email campaigns that were not well-founded:
1. Gas boycott
2. Michael Ramirez Los Angeles Times cartoon protest
3. Amazon.com supports terrorists
When you get one of these emails, how do you know if it is true or just another rumor/hoax? How do you determine if it is worthy of your time and follow-up energy? Fortunately, the Internet provides an answer to its own excesses. There are a number of excellent resource websites that can help you research information that is suspicious, alarming, or too good to be true.
The full story on this is contained in the web page version of this memo, including links to all of the above rumors/hoaxes and to all of the sites that can help you research the background. You can find it here:
Special for College Students:
· Israel is Like Family
Israeli lecturer Avraham Infeld came to Brown as part of a tour of campuses sponsored by Hillel International. "The intifada is not Israel," he said. "Israel is the relationship between the people and the dream and the memory they have." "Being Jewish is knowing you have a memory that is longer than your own life."
"We can't just teach the modern situation. We need people to feel a part of the Jewish people. To love Israel demands understanding your relationship to the Jewish people and the relationship of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel."
"People think that everything Israel does, you have to support it. I do not agree." But it is important for Jewish students to love Israel, he said - unconditional love like that of family members. "We're taught to like Israel, but we forget to love it. Liking depends on behavior. Love is part of the relationship," he said. "And that sense of love is not dependent on Israel's behavior." (Brown Daily Herald)
Quotes of the Week:
THE REGION: LET'S PLAY 20 QUESTIONS
Jerusalem Post, October 15, 2002
Question 1. In whose interest is this Palestinian war on Israel?
No one's. Yasser Arafat, its architect, thought it would be a Palestinian war of independence forcing Israel, from fear of terrorism and international pressure, to yield all the territories plus an unfettered "right" of Palestinian return in exchange for a paper promise of peace lasting until the next round of war against it. Instead, the result has destroyed any basis for a compromise peace, set the Palestinian infrastructure back by many years, and caused a huge amount of pain and suffering to achieve absolutely nothing.
2. Does Israel want the territories?
While Israelis differ over proposed borders, the great majority wish to get rid of almost all these lands. Today the Palestinian leadership has created the main argument against doing so by showing that yielding territory increases attacks and claims against Israel. Had Arafat accepted the Camp David or Clinton proposals as a basis, Israelis would have agreed, the occupation would be over, a Palestinian state would exist right now, and more than 2,500 people would be alive.
3. Does Israel want to dominate the Palestinians in permanent subjugation?
See question 2. Israel wants to end its control over Palestinians, as every public-opinion poll shows, in a way that brings real peace. Israelis don't want to be colonial masters; they simply want to be left alone by their neighbors.
4. Has Israel won the war?
No one can be said to win a war so totally unnecessary and with such horrible costs. But Israel certainly has the upper hand militarily, economically, and politically. Palestinian goals cannot be met. More and more Palestinians see this. Now we are waiting for Arafat to choose a real cease-fire or be replaced.
5. Is Arafat a partner for peace?
No, by his own decision. The current problem is that he refuses to be even a partner for a cease-fire.
6. Are there Palestinian leaders who genuinely want peace?
Yes. In private, they speak freely about Arafat's disastrous policy, the damage done by terrorism, and the desirability of accepting a compromise along the lines offered by prime minister Ehud Barak. The problem is that they don't say these things in public to their people.
7. Will Israel expel Arafat?
No. He can stay as long as he wants.
8. Is Israel being brutal to the Palestinians?
Unquestionably there are some abuses and misdeeds. But if there were no imposed war there would be no roadblocks, no sieges, no killings or destruction. And Israel has been far more careful than any other country would be facing a similar situation. Moreover, the Palestinians could easily have ended the occupation and removed settlements from their territory by reaching a peaceful solution two years ago. Equally, they could have ended the fighting any time in the last two years by implementing a real cease-fire.
9. Isn't restraint a measure of morality?
Yes. Israel could easily win a total military victory, inflict a huge number of Palestinian casualties in a single day, wipe out the leadership of all the militant groups, and destroy the Palestinian infrastructure in a matter of hours. It has chosen not to do so.
10. Can the Palestinian reform movement change Palestinian politics?
Maybe, given enough time. But Arafat has already defeated the feeble calls for change.
11. Is it Ariel Sharon's fault?
No. Sharon was elected only after the peace process failed, and because it had failed and been replaced by Palestinian violence. While Sharon and the government could certainly have done better, have they really done so badly, given the circumstances? Sharon has consciously tried to counter his image. For example, he waited 15 months after taking office, in a war situation, before sending forces to seize and hold Palestinian-ruled territory. If Yitzhak Rabin or Ehud Barak were prime minister, would they be doing anything so different?
12. Did the year 2000 actually exist?
Apparently not. Who remembers that Barak accepted two peace plans--Camp David and Clinton--yielding the territory, offering to remove most of the settlements, and even handing most of east Jerusalem to a Palestinian state? For Israel to give up control of the Temple Mount in order to achieve peace is a sacrifice equivalent to Muslims giving up the Mecca holy sites or Catholics turning over the Vatican to someone else. Yet without understanding Israel's readiness for concessions and eagerness for peace, nothing that has happened since can be properly understood.
13. Are settlements the reason for the war?
No. See question 12.
14. Is unilateral withdrawal the answer?
No. See southern Lebanon. Palestinian leaders say such action shows weakness and their answer is to escalate the violence--so why should we believe such a step would bring peace? For tactical reasons or to save lives, however, an Israeli government could withdraw, or remove settlers from specific places.
15. Is building a defensive wall a good idea?
Yes. It will stop many, if not all, terrorists trying to enter Israeli territory. Constructing a wall does not necessarily mean withdrawing from areas outside it. In fact, it frees up resources allowing improved protection for these areas.
16. Is international reaction against Israel partly anti-Semitic?
Yes. Hatred of Jews has always been defined in the context of its time. Jews were once accused of poisoning wells, killing children to make matza, and seeking world conquest. Today, much of the Arab world seems to think the World Trade Center's destruction was a Jewish plot. In the West far too many people simply assume Israel is wrong, ignore evidence, and believe the most outrageous, albeit suitably modern, myths about it.
17. Can Israel please the world?
No. See question 12, and the years 1993 to 2002.
18. Are Westerners who call themselves "pro-Arab" really pro-Arab?
No. By supporting Arafat's policy and Arab dictatorships, they are strengthening the very factors that hold the Arab world back and result in so much hardship and bloodshed. By subsidizing the Palestinian Authority, the European Union is extending the war and, in effect, destroying the Palestinians' hopes for peace, a state of their own, and democratic rule.
19. Do these issues fit into a left/right political spectrum?
No. What makes Middle East dictators or authoritarian movements progressive? These disputes have nothing to do with being leftist or rightist, and far more to do with moderate/extremist or democratic/anti-democratic distinctions.
20. Is this a one-sided analysis?
No. The test of truth is not to be completely equidistant from all sides, but rather when interpretations are reached through honest effort, fit the facts, and accurately explain the bizarre history we have lived through.
“Latte and Learn” at Borders Book Store -- THIS WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
October 22 7:30 p.m.
(This month’s topic: the Akeda – chapter 22 of Genesis) Read it in advance if possible
with Rabbi Joshua Hammerman and Rev Douglas McArthur
The Kehilati Brochure, detailing adult ed programming throughout the Jewish community, is now available on the web www.ujf.org
Speaking of adult education in the community, Don’t forget Rabbi Hammerman’s Davenology 101 lunch and learn at the JCC, which continues next Thursday at noon, with an in-depth discussion of the Shema .
Upcoming Special Kabbalat Shabbat Programs led by Rabbi Hammerman and Cantor Jacobson
(all services open to everyone) in the chapel: @7:30 PM
Family Friday: Oct. 25 – monthly service geared to all ages,
Featuring our Junior Choir
Young Singles Shabbat: Nov 1
The community Young Singles Program will be our guests
Join us to welcome them that night!
Paramus Productions and Mark W. Beckerman/Senior Prom Productions invite you to a reading of a new comedy…
“Sex and the New Age in Paramus,”
by Jordan Jacobson
Where: Studio 3A @ the Duke Theatre
When: Monday, November 4
Time: 6:30 PM Refreshments, 7:00 PM Reading
RSVP Tel: 212-769-6449, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t forget -- Mitzvah Day
This Sunday, October 20
9 am – 4 pm
Kick-Off Breakfast and Volunteer Fair begins at 9 am
Projects throughout the day, both at the JCC and throughout Stamford.
Stop by at anytime to participate - no reservation needed to do a Mitzvah.
American Red Cross Blood Drive from 10 to 2:30.
In addition, we are collecting cereal, gently used winter coats, and gently used children’s books for donation
Save the date…
Nov. 24 @ 4:00 PM
Fun for all ages,
a musical celebration, and lots more (with latkes too!)
With our Junior Choir
DON’T MISS IT!
FAIRFIELD COUNTY BENEFIT CONCERT FOR ARGENTINE JEWS IN CRISIS – Nov. 19
Never has it been easier to do a good deed than on November 19th at 7:30 PM. Join the Fairfield County Jewish community as we come out in force for a gala event to aid the Argentine Jewish community. The world famous Jerusalem Great Synagogue Choir, Ms. Raquel Mendelsohn, renown diva of the Colon Opera house in Buenos Aires, Tango dancers, and several local cantors will be hosted at a theatre in Stamford. A reception for major donors will follow the event. Proceeds from the evening will help fund the hunger and social service programs run by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) in Argentina. There are 65 welfare centers in Argentina that operate under the JDC umbrella. They anticipate helping 35,000 people by the end of this year
The event is sponsored by the Federated Communities of Fairfield County including: Stamford, New Canaan and Darien; Greenwich; Westport, Weston, Wilton, and Norwalk; Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Shelton, Stratford and Trumbull; and the greater Danbury area. Invitations are being mailedthrough out these communities by their local federation offices. The concert is expected to raise a minimum of $250,000 dollars. For more information, please call the United Jewish Federation office at 321-1373 x104 or send an email to email@example.com.
Tommy Haendler, one of the organizers of this project, will be speaking about the crisis of Argentinian Jewry at Shabbat morning services here, next Shabbat, Oct. 26. It will be a special Beth El Cares Shabbat on that subject of great concern.
Save the date!!!!
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 30 @ 730PM.
Sisterhood FASHION SHOW.
Dessert and coffee. Come for an evening of fun, food, friends, and fashions by FOX'S. Please make reservations. For additional information call Marlyn Agatstein 3247390 or Ronni Ginsberg 322-2003.
A recent Stamford Article about area food banks noted that economic times have driven up the need for donations to the area food banks. Mayor Malloy said: "This is a year in which we need to start [collecting food] Oct. 1, and we probably need a full 12-month effort from people." In response to this need, Temple Beth El Sisterhood has put out two food collection boxes in the synagogue and will keep them there year-round. One box will be outside the office, the other at the entrance to the main sanctuary. We are working out the logistics of delivering the food to the Interfaith Council Food Bank, which services other area food banks such as Person-to-Person. Every can of tuna or box of rice will help!
On Sunday, October 27, from to , the Rosenthal JCC of Pleasantville is holding an Israeli Festival and Marketplace. The purpose of the fair is to assist Israeli merchants, artisans, and small manufacturers who are suffering from the serious decline in tourism, to earn a living and to stay in business in spite of terrorism's crushing impact on
"The Prayer-Which Project" -- Building our own Friday night Siddur -- This class focuses on the meaning of the Friday night prayers, looking at each one from a variety of angles – it’s not just for those who want to help make the Siddur!!!
with Rabbi Joshua Hammerman
Thursdays at 8:00 p.m.
Learn to Read Hebrew for Adults
with Shirley Fish
Sundays, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in the Library
Cost: $50 for 10 week session
A Celebration of Rosh Chodesh
Held monthly with Barb Moskow & friends
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Youth Lounge
Shabbat Morning Learner's Minyan
with Barb Moskow
Begins November 16th
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
DATES, TIMES AND FULL DESCRIPTIONS OF EACH OFFERING WILL BE FOUND IN THE ADULT EDUCATION BROCHURE - WATCH YOUR MAIL!
Don’t Miss the JCC’s Jewish Film Festival, Oct 26th-Nov.3rd (Beth El is a co-sponsor)
Saturday, October 26
The Believer - 8:15pm, State Cinema
Sunday, October 27
I’m Alive and I Love You - 10am, Crowne Theaters
Company Jasmine - 3:30pm, Garden Cinema
Last Dance - 7pm, Garden Cinema
Wednesday, October 30
Mama Drama - 10:30am, State Cinema
Autumn Sun - 7:30pm, State Cinema
Saturday, November 2
Gripsholm - 7:30pm, State Cinema
Sunday, November 3
Trembling Before G-d - 2pm, Garden Cinema
I’m Alive and I Love You - 3:30pm, Garden Cinema
Trembling Before G-d - 7pm, Garden Cinema – (featuring commentary by Rabbi Steven Greenberg)
Young Jewish Professionals
Dine and Learn
Israel: Past and Present
Ten exciting sessions with speakers such as
Rabbi Mark Dratch
Rabbi David Walk
“Peace Now” Organization Spokesperson
Begins October 21st, 2002 at 7:00 p.m., at the JCC
$80 for the seminar ($8 a session)
For more details call Dan at 203.321.1373 ext. 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please RSVP no later than Monday, October 14th
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