This weeks E-blast

ASHER KATES BAR MITZVAH WEEKEND
AUGUST 2-3

Services this Friday evening and Saturday morning will feature the Bat Mitzvah of Asher Kates. Friday we begin evening at 7:00 pm and Saturday morning at 10:00 am. Rabbi Yakar will be on the Bimah. This week, we read a double Torah portion, Matot-Mas-ei. In it, Moses explains to the Israelites the laws concerning vows made by men and women (they were different, of course). The itinerary of the Israelites through the wilderness from Egypt to the Jordan is delineated (42 places defined during this circuitous route). The tribes of Reuben and Gad are given permission to settle on the east band of the Jordan river as it is better for their cattle so not to follow the rest of the tribes. And the laws of inheritance as they apply to Israelite women are delineated.

The most controversial verses in this double portion speaks of the carnage inflicted on the Midianites The Israelites slew all the Midianite makes, they slew the kings of Median. They also put Balaam to death (he of the story of being asked to curse the Israelites two weeks ago but his donkey “saved the day” and we were blessed). Moses was angry with commanders, that despite the bloodshed, the females were spared and he ordered many of them and their male dependents to be slain. This was not our “finest hour” in an ethical sense and perhaps we read these words to declare our responsibility to learn, to change and to become better.


ASHER KATES WILL CELEBRATE
HIS BAR MITZVAH
AUGUST 3
Having attended services at NTHC since he was in diapers and witnessing his older sisters make their rights of passage, it’s finally Asher’s turn.  In addition to the many outdoor opportunities our community has to offer Asher enjoys swim team, scouting and music. He was involved in a number of forestry projects to help restore our local forests to their natural state. He’s looking forward to taking his place as part of the adult Jewish community on August 3rd and hopes you can join us for this joyous event.

ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING, SUNDAY, AUGUST 4 AT 10:30 AM

Please plan to attend the annual congregational meeting on Sunday, August 4 at 10:30 AM at the home of Ernie and Margaret Grossman, in Truckee. The morning will feature a short business meeting, presentation of the budget for this coming fiscal year and election of the Board of Directors and Officers. It will also be an opportunity to meet and welcome our Student Rabbi, Chavya Lehrman who is making a special trip to North Tahoe for this occasion. Chavya will assist Rabbi Yakar and Cantor Eric Friedman with the High Holiday Services. Except for a brief appearance during the Saturday morning service for the B’nai Mitzvahs of Jacob and Noah Keil on September 7, she will not be on our Bimah until Rosh Hashanah. She looks forward to meeting everyone. Please RSVP to the invitation sent to you by the Grossmans. The food is also spectacular…..and we love to eat!

TORAH AND HIKE RETURNS ON TUESDAY, JUNE 18 @ 9:15 AM
First Torah and Hike of the year will be Tuesday, June 18.  As we did last year, meet at the overflow parking lot at the Temple at 9:15 am.  Our first hike will be at the Regional Park.Following the hike, we will adjourn for Brunch/Lunch at Spindleshanks.  For those who do not wish to hike, but do want to join us for Torah, plan to be at Spindleshanks by 11:15 am.

Mike Frank will be Torah Discussion leader; Rabbi Evon is going to be in Israel for this initial hike.

PLEASE!  Reply ALL so that we all know who and how many there will be.  Steve at Spindleshanks has requested a “heads up” so that he can prepare for our group.

YES!  Dogs are welcome and they are allowed at Spindleshanks for outdoor dining.


LILY KAPLAN WILL CELEBRATE 
HER BAT MITZVAH
AUGUST 10
Lily is 13 and currently a student at the Tahoe Expedition Academy in Truckee, where she attends with sister Hattie. She enjoys the outdoors with interests in skiing, biking, track and field, rock climbing and water skiing.  Enjoying the arts includes painting and singing and Lily has mentioned a career in interior decorating. Lily’s Bat Mitzvah Services project is to have a better understanding and support of the homeless and veteran communities.

Spoiler alert…….Lily is really Elizabeth Leona, named for both of her great grandmothers. She and the family thank Rabbi Yakar and the NTHC family for their support and looks forward to sharing this milestone with the congregation


 

Friday, August 2, 7:00 pm Shabbat Services with a Rabbi Yakar. Asher Kates Bar Mitzvah weekend
Saturday, August 3, 10:00 am Shabbat Morning Services with Rabbi Yakar, Asher Kates will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah
Friday, August 9, 7:00 pm Shabbat Services with Rabbi Yakar. Lily Kaplan Bat Mitzvah weekend
Saturday, August 10, 10:00 am Shabbat Morning Services with Rabbi Yakar, Lily Kaplan will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah
Friday, August 16, 6:00 pm Lay Lead Shabbat Services and Picnic at the Tahoe Vista Beach
Friday, August 23. 6:00 pm  Lay Lead Shabbat Services an$ Picnic at the Tahoe Vista Beach

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