This weeks E-blast

  • Friday, February 21, 7:00 pm. Shabbat Services with Rabbi Yakar
  • Tuesday, February 25, 8:45 am.  Torah and Ski. Meet at the Northstar Gondola. Torah study at 10:30 at the Zephyr Lodge
  • Tuesday, February 25, 12:00 pm. Men’s Club Luncheon at Jason’s
  • Tuesday, February 25, 4:00 pm. Religious School resumes
  • Wednesday, February 26, 12:00 pm. Mahjong
  • Friday, February 28, 7:00 pm. Shabbat Services with Rabbi Yakar
  • Saturday, February 29, 10:00 am. Sisterhood Book Club hosted by Vita Dworkin

SHABBAT SERVICES WITH RABBI YAKAR
FRIDAY AT 7:00 PM

Join with us on Friday evening for Shabbat Services at 7:00 pm. Rabbi Yakar will officiate and an Oneg will follow. This week’s Torah portion, Mishpatim, begins:

“These are the rules (mishpatim) that you shall set before them (the Israelites)”

What follows is just that: an extensive list of specific rules governing everything from holiday observances and dietary practice to ethics in business and the treatment of animals. There is the call to release indentured servants in the seventh year, and the designation of murder and kidnapping as capital offenses – the same punishment incurred for insulting one’s mother and father! This Torah portion famously proclaims “eye for and eye, tooth for a tooth” and calls us to take care of the widow and orphan.

In all, there are 53 separate mishpatim to be followed, comprising a little bit of just about everything. Yet there is one rule that stands out, one that is repeated twice in this Torah portion and 36 times in the Torah overall, making it the most often mentioned commandment in all of Torah:

“You shall not wrong or oppress a stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”
“You shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the feelings of the stranger, having yourselves been strangers in the land if Egypt.”

Often when we cite this all-important commandment, we quote the text as it appears in Leviticus where there we are told: “you shall love one another(stranger) as yourself, as you were strangers in the land of Egypt. Why the difference? Why the absence of emotion in this Parashat? What are your thoughts in this passage?  Shabbat Shalom.




THE SAGA OF BROKEN FURNACE
As many of you know, if you’ve been to the Temple the past few weeks, the Social Hall is cold. The main furnace downstairs stopped functioning after 18 years and the company asked to either fix it or replace it has been unreliable. Initially, we were waiting for parts. The the company decided they didn’t want the job! The upstairs furnace has been providing heat downstairs, keeping the second floor very toasty. A new company has been engaged. We understand the inconvenience to all concerned, but the House Committee has been “on this” from the onset. It is frustrating for all. Patience, please.

Every five years, the Reform Jewish community worldwide conducts elections to the World Zionist Organization (WZO). The WZO is the parliament of the Jewish people and a representative body in Israel which determines the allocation of funds by the Jewish Agency for Israel. Strength in this parliament translates into influence – and funding — on issues affecting Jews in Israel and worldwide.

The elections are our chance to have the Reform Movement’s voice and priorities heard in Israel. It’s a powerful way to combat the discrimination the Reform Movement faces from the Israeli government, and to influence Israeli society as we continue our efforts towards equality, pluralism and tolerance. The more votes we get, the more we are able to provide significant funds for our movement, and build our political power.

Voting takes place online starting January 21, 2020 to March 11, 2020 and will take less than 90 seconds to participate.Anyone 18 or older who identifies as Jewish is eligible to vote, and it is critical that we get everyone to vote. To register, visit azm.org/elections starting January 21, 2020. Please vote, tell you family and friends to vote too. This is VERY IMPORTANT for equality in Israel.

Friday, March 6, 6:00 pm. Chavurah Dinner hosted by Dr. Lawrence Heifetz who, after Shabbat Services will give a talk of the success of the Gene Upshaw Cancer Center at Tahoe Forest Hospital.

Saturday, March 14, 6:30 pm. NTHC Purim Party (see flyer below)

Thursday, April 9, 5:00 pm. Second Night Passover Seder at Grandlibakken

Saturday, April 19, 4:30 pm. Yom HaShoah commemoration at Temple Bat Yam. Guest speaker will be Leon Melmed, Holocaust survivor and member of Temple Bat Yam. This is a combined Tahoe Temples event.


THE SAGA OF BROKEN FURNACE
As many of you know, if you’ve been to the Temple the past few weeks, the Social Hall is cold. The main furnace downstairs stopped functioning after 18 years and the company asked to either fix it or replace it has been unreliable. Initially, we were waiting for parts. The the company decided they didn’t want the job! The upstairs furnace has been providing heat downstairs, keeping the second floor very toasty. A new company has been engaged. We understand the inconvenience to all concerned, but the House Committee has been “on this” from the onset. It is frustrating for all. Patience, please.

Friday, February 21, 7:00 pm Shabbat Services with Rabbi Yakar
Friday, February 28, 7:00 pm Shabbat Services with Rabbi Yakar
Friday, March 6, 6:00 pm Chavurah dinner hosted by Dr. Larry Heifetz, brief Shabbat Service and Dr. Heifetz will give a current overview of the Gene Upshaw Cancer Center at Tahoe Forrest HospitalFriday, March 13, 7:00 pm Shabbat Services with Rabbi Yakar
Friday, March 20, 7:00 pm Shabbat Services with Rabbi Yakar
Friday, March, 27, 6:00 pm Family Shabbat pizza dinner and services with Rabbi Yakar
Friday, April 3, 6:00 pm Chavurah Potluck hosted by Jerry Flanzer, short Shabbat Service and guest speaker (TBA).
Friday, April 10 No Shabbat Services scheduled (Passover)
Friday, April 17, 7:00 pm Shabbat Services with Rabbi Yakar


Friday, February 21
7:00 pm Shabbat Services with Rabbi Yakar
Tuesday, February 25
8:15 am Torah and Ski. Meet at the Northstar gondola. Torah study 10:30 am
12:00 pm Men’s Club Luncheon at Jason’s
4:00 pm Religious School
Wednesday, February 26
12:00 pm Mahjong
Friday, February 28
7:00 pm Shabbat Services with Rabbi Yakar
Saturday, February 29
10:00 am Sisterhood Book Club hosted by Vita Dworkin
Tuesday, March 3
4:00pm Religious School
6:30pm Adult Education Class with Rabbi Yakar. Purim: Esther, Heroine or…?
Wednesday, March 4
12:00pm Mahjong
Friday, March 6 
6:00pm Chavurah Potluck, hosted by Larry Heifetz, short Shabbat Service
and a presentation about the success of the Gene Upshaw Cancer Center at the
Tahoe Forrest Hospital. A must attend evening!
Saturday, March 7
11:00am Sisterhood Birthday Luncheon at Za’s in Tahoe City
Monday, March 9
Sundown. Purim begins
Tuesday, March 10 
Purim – all day
12:00pm Men’s Club Luncheon at Jason’s
4:00pm Religious School
6:30pm Board of Directors Meeting (all are welcome to attend)
Wednesday, March 11
12:00pm Mahjong
Friday, March 13 
7:00pm Shabbat Services with Rabbi Yakar
Saturday, March 14
6:30pm NTHC PURIM PARTY (see flyer)Open to those past B’nai Mitzvah age, please.
Tuesday, March 17
4:00pm Religious School
Wednesday, March 18
12:00pm Mahjong
Friday, March 20
7:00pm Shabbat Services with Rabbi Yakar
Saturday, March 21
10:00am Sisterhood Book Club hosted by Eliana Kuhn
Tuesday, March 24
8:45am Torah and Ski. Meet at the Northstar Gondola. Torah study at
10:30am at the Zephyr Lodge
12:00pm Men’s Club Luncheon at Jason’s
4:00pm Religious School
Wednesday, March 25
12:00pm Mahjong
Friday, March 27
6:00pm  Family Shabbat Services and pizza dinner with Rabbi Yakar
Tuesday, March 31
4:00pm Religious School
6:30pm Adult Education Class with Rabbi Yakar. Passover: Family Stories and Traditions

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