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Beginners Shabbat Schedule

Beginners Shabbat Schedule

SHABBAT PARSHAT SHEMINI - APRIL 21 - 22

KJ Committed to Chesed and Kindness
See here for KJ Chesed Corner and here for volunteer opportunities from Met Council.

 

KJ Yom HaShoah Program – Sunday 4/23 at 7:30 pm in the Ramaz Upper School (60 East 78th Street)
Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun and The Ramaz School invite you to the Yom HaShoah Presentation of The Jewish Communal Fund’s “WiTNESS Theatre.” This unique, live performance is the culmination of months of heartfelt collaboration between Ramaz high school students and Selfhelp's local Holocaust survivors. It is a moving re-enactment of their lives' most difficult and poignant moments, as portrayed by student actors and narrated by the survivors themselves. Witness Theater enables these survivors to tenderly pass their memories and legacies from one generation to another. For more information, click here

JLI’s spring course "Survival of a Nation" begins on Monday 5/8 at 7:00 pm
Join Rabbi Elie Weinstock for an exploration of Israel through the Lens of the Six-Day War. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, examine some of the key issues relating to our relationship with the Holy Land. Why do Jews care so much about land? Why does Israel raise the ire of the entire world? What are the ethics of preemptive strikes? How should Israel protect against an enemy hiding behind human shields? What lies at the heart of the land-for-peace-debate? For more information or to register, see here.  

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Two great services to choose from! The Learners Service (Lower Level KJ Library) and Intermediate Service (Lobby Level Social Hall) will meet this Shabbat morning at KJ – 125 East 85th Street.

Friday, April 21
Candle lighting - 7:24 pm

KJ services at 6:45 pm in the Main Synagogue

Shabbat, April 22

Learners Service with George Rohr & Rachel Kraus - 9:30 am in the KJ Library
Explore prayer and Judaism at your own pace.

Intermediate Service with Rabbi Daniel Kraus - 9:30 am in the Riklis Social Hall
Plenty of singing and energy, lots of learning and explanation

Kiddush sponsored by Linda Goldman in honor of the Yahrzeit of her beloved mother Sima Goldman.

Shabbat afternoon Pre-Mincha Shiur with Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz at 6:25 p.m. in the Main Sanctuary followed by Mincha Services at 7:15 p.m. followed by Seudah Shlishit with Special Guest Ted Comet.

Shabbat Ends - 8:21 p.m.


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On the Jewish Calendar
This Shabbat is Shabbat Mevarchim (the Shabbat before the Jewish month of) Iyar. Rosh Chodesh is on Wednesday and Thursday.

We are in the middle of the Omer period - the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot. See  here here for details. Remember to count each evening!

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Time for a Taste of Torah
“Va-teitzei eish – And there came forth fire…” (Vayikra/Leviticus 10:2)

The Torah describes many details that give us insight into the deaths of Nadab and Abihu. For instance the Midrash (Yalkut Teimani) uses the text to explain that the fire that consumed the brothers was actually the Angel of Death. Perhaps more revealing, the phrase, “there came forth fire from before the Lord” (10:2), teaches us that “their deaths were a source of pain to the Almighty, for the sons of Aaron were beloved…and completely righteous” (see Torah Sheleimah on Shemini, Chapter 10 footnote 17).

The tragic tale of the fire that took the lives of Nadab and Abihu takes on special meaning as we consider the literal meaning of the word Holocaust: sacrifice by fire. While we must never forget the brutality that destroyed European Jewry, we must also adjust to a future where eyewitnesses are becoming increasingly scarce.

On Sunday, we commemorate Yom HaSoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Holocaust, the state-sponsored persecution and murder of more than six million Jews by the Nazi regime, represents the most devastating annihilation attempt of a single race of people in history. With each passing year, the number of survivors who witnessed the horrors of the Nazis first-hand diminishes, leaving a new generation to ensure that this terrible period is never forgotten. This presents a special challenge to our community. As Dr. Jonathan Sarna told the Algemeiner Journal, “We do not want to teach young Jews that the only reason to be Jewish is because people want to kill and destroy Jews…Nevertheless I think it would be disastrous for humanity if we allowed the memory of the Shoah to dissipate; our job is to keep the memory fresh and to ensure that these lessons are learned anew in every generation.” As our children, and our children’s children, study the stories of the Holocaust, they will learn lessons of courage and resistance, see the strength of the human spirit, and understand the importance of a Jewish state.

The deadly fire that destroyed Aaron’s sons reminds us of the devastating sacrifice by fire which destroyed so many of our ancestors. We must remember these deaths even as we search for ways to strengthen the Jewish future.

Tue, 25 April 2017 29 Nisan 5777