September 18, 2014
23 Elul 5774
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Selichot Service
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 20TH, 8:30 P.M. CONGREGATION SHAAREY ZEDEK. Click here to view complete event flyer.


Some look to religion to transmit a sense of the majesty of the past.

Traditions, because they come to us from a purer time, embody fragile vessels carrying remnants of a lost insight.

Such a view of Judaism correctly perceives the treasures of our ancestors' seeking and recording their relationship with God. But it errs in transforming the record of that search into a type of fossil, a brittle relic that can only be passed from hand to hand, without any direct contribution from the viewer.

Such an idolization of the past removes God from the theater of our own lives, and threatens to trivialize the worth of our own continuing journeys, to ignore the harvest of our own insight and response. The Torah itself rejects this excessive veneration of the past.

In clear terms, Moses tells the Jewish People, "You stand this day, all of you, before the Lord your God . . . to enter into the covenant of the Lord your God, which the Lord your God is concluding with you this day . . . that He may establish you this day as His people and be your God."

Three times, Moses stresses the phrase, "this day," emphasizing the contemporaneity of God's outreach to the Jewish People. Rashi notices this repetition, and comments that the chorus of "this day" indicates that, "just as this 

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May Their Memories Be For a Blessing 


9/19/2014 (24 Elul)        

Lawrence Sklar

9/20/2014 (25 Elul)        

Mary Friedman

Lawrence Sklar

9/21/2014 (26 Elul)        

Ida Goode

Sophie Blau Konek

9/22/2014 (27 Elul)        

Robert Nusholtz

9/24/2014 (29 Elul)        

Malkah Muchkies

9/25/2014 (1 Tishrei)      

Nathan (Bob) Crone

Tillie Kershenbaum

9/26/2014 (2 Tishrei)      

Abraham Lewis

 9/28/2014 (4 Tishrei)      

Louis Glazier

9/29/2014 (5 Tishrei)      

Moishe Haar

9/30/2014 (6 Tishrei)      

Ruth Elbling

Paul Feiner

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Shabbat Nitzavim-VayeilechShabbat Table
Friday, September 19th
Saturday, September 20th
 9 a.m. Services,
10 a.m.  Supervised Youth Room, lower level 
This Shabbat we celebrate with Benjamin Rosenberg and his family as he becomes a bar mitzvah.  Benji is the son of Karen and Howard Rosenberg, and brother of Jeremy, Maya and Elan.  Benji is also the grandson of Sheryl and Milton Gordon and Pessie and Al Rosenberg.
Kiddush Lunch is sponsored by Karen and Howard Rosenberg in honor of their son Benjamin becoming a bar mitzvah.  Kiddush Lunch is also sponsored by Benji's grandparents, Sheryl and Milton Gordon and Pessie and Al Rosenberg.

  Musical NotesLearn High Holiday melodies this Shabbat in the chapel, immediately before minha.

*Kiddush Lunch is available through donations to the Kiddush Lunch Fund, the generosity of weekly sponsors, and volunteer efforts of our congregants and regular attendees. Please e-mail or call the synagogue office if you would like to sponsor a kiddush lunch. To sponsor as part of a "group," please e-mail Joanna Abramson or Mindy Shuback. You may also make a donation to the Kiddush Lunch Fund by clicking here. 
FINAL SATURDAY NIGHT LEARNING. Making Sense of the Mahzor (part III oF III), September 20th, 5:30-7 p.m. at the home of Mindy and Fred Shuback. Please rsvp here.

Rosh Hashanah HIGH HOLIDAY SET UP BEGINS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 1 p.m. at Covenant Baptist Church.PLEASE E-MAIL JOHN MARCOTTE if you can assist in set-up, or to sign up for additional help that is needed. 

Lulav and Etrog order form: Click here to download and print order form.  Deadline:  Sunday, September 22nd.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 20TH, 8:30 P.M. AT CONGREGATION SHAAREY ZEDEK.  Click here for flyer and complete information.
Upcoming Youth and Family Activities
Your help is needed in our youth rooms for the high holidays. PLEASE
E-MAIL VICKI FREEDMAN to assist in the youth rooms on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  Thank you in advance for your participation.

hot cocoa2 D'var Torah Cocoa Cafe (8-12 graders) and Shabbat Children's Workshop (ages 7-12) have returned!
11 a.m., lower level.
Future dates: 10/18, 11/8, 12/76, 1/10, 2/7, 3/7, 4/11, 5/9
To stay current on all youth and family activities, contact Ilana Glazier to join the B'nai Israel Families Facebook Group.
Learning Opportunities
Adult Education
"Making Sense of the Machzor"
A 3-Part Series as part of SNL, Saturday Night Learning
Shabbat, September 20 - 5:30 pm
Prepare for the Yamim Noraim as we wrap up the season's Saturday Night Learning sessions.  

Adult Shabbat morning study with DrMitch Parker
"Reflections on the Siddur:  Hallel, Birkat Hamazon and Beyond"  11 a.m., lower level
Future dates: 10/18, 11/8, 11/22, 12/6, 12/20, 1/10, 1/24, 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/11, 4/25, 5/9, 5/23.
Mazel Tov 
Happy Birthday!

Birthday Cake


 18 Daniel Chudnow

 19 Carol Wiseman

 19 Karyn Zeff

 20 Madeline Jacobson

 20 Edith Kozlowski

 20 Samuel Saperstein

 23 Allan Lovinger

 25 Frances Chudnow

 27 Erika Finn

 27 Warren Lada

      Jewish Wedding


 14 Jay & Renee Kozlowski

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Refuah Sh'leimah/Wishing a Speedy Recovery.  

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