CSAIR is a dynamic Conservative egalitarian Jewish Community founded upon the three traditional pillars of Judaism (Torah, Avodah, and Gemilut Chasadim). We provide a wide range of opportunities for Jewish learning and growth, prayer and observance, acts of social responsibility, and deeds of kindness and caring. CSAIR OFFICE HOURS Sun: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM Mon-Thurs: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM Fri: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM Shabbat & Holidays—CLOSED JUDAICA SHOP HOURS Sun: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CONTACTS RABBI BARRY DOV KATZ [email protected] CANTOR ELIZABETH STEVENS [email protected] RABBI EMERITUS DR. SHLOMO BALTER SYNAGOGUE PRESIDENT CLIFF NERWEN, MD [email protected] EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ERIC NUSSBAUM [email protected] DIRECTOR, EDUCATION AND JEWISH FAMILY LIFE MASON VOIT [email protected] RABBINIC INTERN RONI TABICK [email protected] BOOKKEEPER NANCI BRICKMAN [email protected] EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT ZAHAVA (GAYLE) OZER [email protected] OFFICERS ABBY PITKOWSKY, EXECUTIVE VP [email protected] MITCHELL POSILKIN, VP, BUILDING/ GROUNDS [email protected] STEVE MATTHEWS, VP, OPERATIONS [email protected] EPHRAIM EDELMAN, TREASURER [email protected] COMMUNITY Riverdale Repertory Company: "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying," Riverdale Y, November 15, 8:00 PM; November 16, 3:00 PM. Cast includes CSAIR members Gene Berger, Sheryl Berger, Deborah Lupkin Gross, Philip Meranus and Sam Yaggy. Tiickets: RiverdaleY.org Schechter Westchester Kindergarten Open House for 3-4 year olds and their parents. Sunday, November 16, 10:00 AM. Tour the school’s 23acre campus. Brunch and giveaways for all!30 Dellwood Road, White Plains, New York. RSVP to [email protected] Contact Diana Schutt, (914) 948-3111 ext. 4370. Tri-State Area Regional Jewish Day School, Yeshiva and Camp Fair: Sunday, November 16, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. Featuring over 60 schools, camps and Israel programs. Beth El Synagogue Center in New Rochelle, NY. Enter to win a $1,000 scholarship to any of the participating schools, camps and Israel programs. More information: www.Jewish Fair.org or [email protected] Free and open to all. CSAIR member Sarah Stern's new poetry book, But Today is Different, has just been released by Wipf and Stock publishers. All are welcome to a book party on Wednesday, November 19, at 6:00 PM at Poets House, 10 River Terrace, New York, NY 10282. Camp Ramah in the Berkshires 2014 Annual Fund Dinner: Sunday, December 7, 4:30 PM, at the Park Avenue Synagogue, New York, NY. Honoring Vivian Fried and Lee Podair, Drs. Ellen and Jay Steinberg and Alumni Leadership Award Recipients Mark Damsky and Ilana Kustanowitz. Information: www.ramahberkshires.org/dinner, 201-871-7262, or [email protected] Interfaith Thanksgiving Service: Join neighbors from other faith traditions for a celebration of gratitude and community on Tuesday, November 25th at the Riverdale Presbyterian Church at 7:00 PM. Participation by Rabbi Katz and other local clergy. Performance by Riverdale Choral Society. Please bring a donation of non-perishable food for the KRMH Food Bank. Lung Cancer Screening: The NYU Langone Medical Center Lung Screening Program offers lung cancer screening for individuals at risk. The single most important risk factor for lung cancer is cigarette smoking. The longer you have been smoking, the greater the risk. Call 1-855-698-5864 for more information. SAR Information Sessions: Thursday, December 4 or Tuesday, December 9, 9:30-10:45 AM. SAR Academy opens each child's heart and mind to a life-long love of Torah and Medinat Yisrael. Register: www.saracademy.org/informationsession. More information: 718.548.1717 x1206. SAR is located at 655 West 254th St., Riverdale. Make A Minyan, Make A Difference! Minyan Times-Mornings: M-F 7:00 AM, Sundays 9:00 AM Legal Holidays 9:00 AM (New Year’s Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and December 25), Evenings: Sun.-Thurs. 7:30 PM Enlightening the mind through study. Nourishing the soul through prayer. Creating a caring community. HAYYEI SARAH 5775 Kiddush sponsored by Daniel Taub and Sharon Kern-Taub in honor of Matthew’s bar mitzvah. SHABBAT Friday, November 14, 2014 (21 Cheshvan) Minha/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv, 4:21 PM Afternoon/Shabbat Evening services. Taub Room-Downstairs Saturday, November 15, 2014 (22 Cheshvan) Shaharit, 9:00 AM Morning service. Torah reading begins on page 127 in the Etz Hayim. Sanctuary-Upstairs Bar Mitzvah of Matthew Taub, son of Daniel Taub and Sharon Kern-Taub. Havurah, 9:15 AM Lay-led minyan committed to spirited prayer in an intimate atmosphere. Taub Room-Downstairs CSAIR Kids Innovative and exciting Shabbat experience for children ages 0-7 and their families. Supervised Play, 10:00-10:45 AM Hebrew School Wing-Upstairs Minha/Maariv, 4:21 PM Afternoon/Evening Services. Beit Midrash-Downstairs THIS WEEK Sunday, November 16, 2014 Sisterhood Bazaar, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Come browse the new and nearly-new household items, toys, books, clothes and more! Shop through lunch - hot dogs, soda, coffee and cake will be on sale. Social Hall-Upstairs Zemirot-Songs for the Shabbat Table will NOT meet this week. Join Cantor Elizabeth Stevens on Sunday, December 7 for the next session. Note: The Holy Grounds will be closed today. Monday, November 17, 2014 Parsha Mondays, Following 7:30 PM Minyan Speaker: Dr. Yoni Schwab. Listen to a thoughtful 5-10 minute teaching about the Torah reading for the coming weekend. Organized by Charlie Pripas. Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey between Genders, 7:45 PM Talk by Joy Ladin. Ladin's return to Yeshiva University Tefillat Yeladim (grades K-2), 10:45-11:45 AM as a woman after receiving tenure as a man made her Board Room-Downstairs the first openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution. Her memoir, Through the Door of Club 613, 10:45 AM Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders, was a finalist for Short Torah service for ages 8-10, followed by a 2012 National Jewish Book Award. “chugim” such as game shows, drama, and more. Beit Midrash-Downstairs Shabbat Shelanu (ages 0-5), 10:45-11:45 AM Hebrew School Wing-Upstairs 475 West 250 Street, Bronx, NY 10471 Web: www.csair.org Email: [email protected] Tel: 718-543-8400 Fax: 718-543-3110 Daveners: November 14-15: Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv-Cantor Stevens. Psukei D’zimra-Margaret Danishefsky. Shaharit–Cantor Stevens. Haftarah-Matthew Taub. Ashrei-TBD. Musaf-Cantor Stevens. Torah Reader: Larry Lebowitz, Cantor Stevens, Jerry Ostow, Cantor Leslie Friedlander, Sharon Kern-Taub, Matthew Taub. Minha Torah Reader: Cantor Stevens. Tuesday, November 18, 2014 70 Faces of Torah, 10:30 AM Each week we will look at the Torah reading for the coming weekend. Free to CSAIR members. Nominal fee for others. Sponsored by Sisterhood. Taught by CSAIR Rabbi Barry Dov Katz (October-December 2014) and guest scholars (January-May 2015). Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Doing a Drash: Short Sermon Writing 101, 7:45 PM Learn the skill of asking questions about the Torah, finding answers, and the basics of structuring and delivering a short sermon. Taught by Rabbi Barry Dov Katz. Next sessions: Wednesdays, December 3 and 17. Sephardic Cooking - Festive Food Treasures, 7:00 PM Stuffed Vegetables will be the focus of this class. Taught by Judy Matthews. Accepting names for a waitlist. Call the office to register. Thursday, November 20, 2014 Thursday Experience, 3:45 PM This new pilot program is an innovative Jewish education and enrichment after school experience that offers meaningful opportunities to develop skills in areas such as dance, visual art, physical fitness and modern Hebrew language. For all 2nd–5th graders, public, private and day school students. For more information: www.csair.org or email [email protected] Biblical Temptresses: Sacred or Scandalous?, 7:45 PM There are stories in the Bible that tell of women seducing men - sometimes the outcome is positive, and sometimes disastrous. Through close readings and modern scholarship, we will see what determines whether seduction is sacred or scandalous. Taught by Dr. Diane Sharon, Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning. Next dates: Thursdays, December 4 and 11. NEXT SHABBAT Friday, November 21, 2014 Lechu Neranena, 5:45 PM An intimate, spirited Kabbalat Shabbat service. Come ready to sing and welcome Shabbat, then stay for a catered Shabbat dinner. Pre-paid reservations required for dinner. Go to: www.csair.org. This will be the only service this evening. Taub Room-Downstairs Saturday, November 22, 2014 Shaharit, 9:00 AM Morning service. Sanctuary-Upstairs Contemplative Service, 9:00 AM A contemplative Shabbat morning service that includes all rubrics, but minimal traditional liturgy. Poetry, chanting, silence, chevruta conversations, and contemplative Torah study will be among the modalities used. Optional meditation "sit" from 9:45-10:00 AM; service from 10:00 AM-12:00 noon. Open hearts and minds welcome! [Note: Latecomers will be welcome at the discretion of the shaliach tzibur.] Sukkah Room-Upstairs Upcoming Friday night service times and programs Date Service Time Events Nov. 28 4:12 PM Minha followed by Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv. Dec. 5 6:00 PM 6:00 PM Ruach Shabbat Family Evening Service with a story aimed at kids and a streamlined service. A catered Shabbat dinner follows Ruach Shabbat service (pre-paid reservations required for dinner). Go to www.csair.org. This will be the only service this evening. Dec. 12 4:10 PM Minha followed by Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv. CSAIR Kids Innovative and exciting Shabbat experience for children ages 0-7 and their families. Supervised Play, 10:00-10:45 AM Taub Room-Downstairs Tot Tefilah (ages 0-5), 10:45-11:45 AM Taub Room-Downstairs Pickup Davenning (ages 6-10), 10:45 AM Discover the meaning of the prayers, join in a skit or chant from the Torah. Beit Midrash-Downstairs Minha/Maariv, 4:15 PM Afternoon/Evening Services. Beit Midrash-Downstairs Tefillat Yeladim (grades K-2), 10:45-11:45AM Board Room-Downstairs UPCOMING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS A Package From Home: Completed hats for IDF soldiers can be placed in the Sisterhood box in the office. Deadline: End of December. Book Discussion Group: Guide for the Perplexed by Dara Horn. Software prodigy Josie Ashkenazi has invented an application that records everything its users do. When an Egyptian library invites her to visit as a consultant, her jealous sister Judith persuades her to go. But in Egypt’s post revolutionary chaos, Josie is abducted—leaving Judith free to take over Josie’s life. The author intertwines Josie’s story with that of Solomon Schechter’s search for the Cairo genizah and that of Moses Maimonides, the doctor and rationalist who sought to reconcile faith and science. Free and open to all. Coordinated by Sharon Kern-Taub. Sunday, December 7, 10:30 AM. Pre-registration required. Call the CSAIR office. Donate Your Used Shoes: The Sisterhood is collecting gently used men's, women's and children's shoes and sneakers to be distributed to people who might otherwise not be able to have them. Please leave shoes in the lobby collection. Contact Phyllis Schulberg, [email protected] or Faye Lieman, [email protected] Europe in Crisis: Is there a Future for Jews? As elections for the European Parliament indicated, extreme parties are on the rise both in western and eastern Europe. Though much is different, the inevitable question is whether democratic values are under siege as they were in the ‘30s. And what does it all mean for the Jews of Europe? Seventy years after the Holocaust, do Jews have a future in Europe? What will determine whether or not Jewish life in Europe is sustainable? Talk by Kenneth Jacobson, Deputy National Director, Anti-Defamation League. Wednesday, December 10, 7:45 PM. Mazel Tov To: Daniel Taub and Sharon Kern-Taub on the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Matthew. Mazel Tov To: Shalom Kalnicki who will be honored by UJA-Federation of New York’s Health Care Division at their 2015 Annual Reception in November. Condolences To: Amy Leveen, Bill Yaggy, Matt Yaggy, Sam Yaggy, and Rachel Tarlow and their family on the death of their mother and grandmother, Pauline “Polly” Leveen. Shiva will continue at the home of Amy Leveen, 3145 Tibbett Avenue, as follows: Saturday evening, November 15, 7:00-9:00 PM; Sunday, November, 16, 2:004:00 PM and 7:00-9:00 PM (with minyan at 7:00 PM); Monday, November 17, 2:00-5:00 PM. On Monday, November 17, from 7:00-9:00 PM, shiva will be observed at the home of Adriane Leveen, 315 W. 106th Street, Apt. 6A, New York, New York. Refuah Shelayma: Erica Brodie, Madeline Huemann, Nathan Kane, Lillian Kormes, Millie Magaliff, Harriet Milgrim, Henry Pollack, Denise Resnik, Bob Schwartz, Joan Spett, Martin Spett, Eleanor Squadron, Naomi Stein, Yetta Weitsman, and all those in need of healing. We want to reach out! If a member of the congregation is sick or in need of a call or visit, please call Norma Finkelstein, Bikur Holim Chair (718-543-8618 or [email protected]) or the shul. If you would like to volunteer to make pre-Shabbat calls or visits to our homebound members call Norma.
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