E-blast for July 20, 2018

FRIDAY JULY 20 @ 6pm
Please join us for the first Family Shabbat dinner and services, this Friday, July 20 at 6:00 pm. We will have these combined Shabbat services throughout the year, designed to encourage Religious School students and their parents to join with us, first with a potluck dinner (the main course will be provided) and a short service to follow for all congregants. Subsequent dates will be Friday, November 9 and in 2019, Friday January 11, March 8 and May 17. As we will have a number of B’nai Mitzvot in mid-2019, Shabbat Morning Services will occur on Saturday, October 20 and in 2019, on Saturday January 19, March 8 and April 13.
Please bring a side, salad or dessert on Friday. 
This week, we begin the Book of Deuteronomy with Parashat D’varim. The Book actually has two common names, one derived from the Hebrew and one from the Greek. The Hebrew, Sefer D’varim refers to its first words (that Moses addressed to all Israel). Derived from the Greek translation,  Deuteronomium means “second law” and refers to the fact that Moses is repeating the Exodus/Numbers narrative.Deuteronomy features Moses’ final discourse to the Israelites before they cross the Jordan river into the Promised Land. Moses, as we know, will not be allowed to lead forward, so he often restates the text from his perspective and interpretation, not always what we have read previously. Moses, more than anything else, wanted to be a good teacher who ensured that the Israelites clearly understood what they needed to know and had a clear sense of purpose about our destiny. Moses, the once self-deprecating, hesitant teacher, mentored into becoming a supreme leader and eventually a wise judge and legislator, is, by definition, the first “rabbinic” interpreter of the tradition. He is thus, Moshe Rabbeinu. At the core of our engagement with Torah is textural interpretation. The interpretive moves that Moses first made early in Deuteronomy are the foundation of what we have become.

Tishah B’Av, observed on the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av, is a day of mourning for the destruction of both ancient Temples in Jerusalem. The destruction of the second Temple was one of the watershed moments in Jewish history, the end of one age and the beginning of another. Biblical Judaism effectively ended then, because without the Temple, the sacrificial cult and everything that went with it was no longer possible. Rabbit Judaism – the dominant form of Judaism in the world today – had not yet been born. In modern times, Jews understand Tishah B’Av as a day to remember the many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people throughout history.

  • Wednesday’s at noon. Mahjong.
  • Saturday, July 21, 1100am. Book Club hosted by Erica Duff “I Shall Be Near To You”, by Erin Lindsay McCabe. The author will be present.
  • Wednesday, August 1, 3:00 pm (after mahjong) Sisterhood Meeting.
  • Monday, August 13, 12:00 pm Sisterhood Birthday Lunch at Gar Woods honoring Amanda Blackman, Esther Levandoski, Rose Orenstein, and Pam Herman.
  • Wednesday, August 15  Annual NTHC Mahjong Tournament Registration 9:30 am, play starts at 10:00 pm sharp $50 includes fabulous lunch, beverages and desserts. Cash prizes Contact Cookie Steinberg or Bonnie Yachbes for information.
  • Saturday, August 18 Sisterhood Book Club hosted by Bonnie Yachbes reviewing “We Were the Lucky Ones”, by Georgia Hunter.


Friday, July 20, 6:00pm, Pizza dinner, 6:30pm, Family Shabbat Service with Rabbi Yakar
Friday, July 27 Special Shabbat Celebration at Sugar Pine. Meet at the Sugar Pine State Park on the West Shore at 5:15 pm. Combined event with Temple Bat Yam. Rabbi Yakar will officiate.
Friday, August 3, 6:00pm Potluck dinner hosted by Vita and Darryl Dworkin. Charvurah Shabbat  Services with speaker Dan Dworkin at 7:00pm
Friday, August 10, 7:00pm Shabbat Services with Rabbi Yakar. Rachel Urman, Pacific Northwest
                      Synagogue Initiative Director for AIPAC, will speak.


Sunday, July 29, 10:30am Annual Congressional Meeting at the home of Ernie and Margaret Grossman in Truckee.
Sunday, September 9, 5:00pm Sisterhood’s Famous Brisket and Latke Dinner.
Friday, September 7  The Israel Consul General will speak at the Chavurah Shabbat Service.
Sunday evening, September 9, 7:00pm  Erev Rosh Hashanah Services.
Monday. September 10, 10:00 pm. First day Rosh Hashanah Services and Tashlicht.
Tuesday, September 11, 10:00 pm. Second day Rosh Hashanah Services at Spooner Lake with Temple Bat Yam.





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