The High Holidays are here!
Somehow, they always feel like they sneak up on me. It's like, I know they're coming. I do all the things to prepare, but then still they surprise me when they actually arrive! But here we are! Let's begin! Shanah Tovah, friends!
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Torah Study begins at 10am with services to follow at 11:15
September 14, 2019
Rabbi's Message About Sunday's Rosh HaShanah Foods Workshop
Are you ready for the seder? No?
Did you know there is a tradition of a seder on Rosh HaShanah?
If, like most members of Kehillath Shalom, you are of Ashkenazic descent, you may be familiar with adding a blessing over apples dipped in honey on Rosh HaShanah so that we might have a sweet year. Jews with roots in Spain have a tradition that expands this practice to many foods that symbolize many blessings. These are called simanim, or omens. And they are eaten in an order (seder) on Rosh HaShanah evening.
Beyond food, tradition (superstition?) suggests that what we do on Rosh HaShanah will have an impact on the year. For example, there's a tradition not to nap on the holiday so that we do not sleep the year away. Perhaps you might like to think about what you would like more of in the coming year and do it (even symbolically) on Rosh HaShanah. We talk a lot about reflection and changes we might make at this time of year: let's get to it! Go for that walk in the woods, call that person you've been meaning to reconnect with, take a bit of time with your friend/spouse/parent/kid, write your elected representative. Make your wishes reality.
And if you want to know more about food omens, come to Sunday's culinary workshop!
Rabbi Lina Zerbarini
First session is Wednesday, September 11th - 6-7pm
Next session: September 18, 2019
Meeting Thursdays in September. Contact Rabbi for location.
Here's what's happening at Kehillath Shalom Synagogue this weekend!
Welcome back! The end of summer and the start of the school year has always signaled a new year at Kehillath Shalom Synagogue, too! So to celebrate coming back together, Friday night there's a bar-be-que and Shabbat service at KSS!
Torah Study and Worship Services on Saturday, September 6th, 2019
And Torah School begins on Sunday, September 7th, 2019
As we celebrate Labor Day, we will be skipping Torah Study and Services. However, you can take time now to RSVP for the Sha-Bar-B-Que! Let Bev know if you want a hamburger, hotdog or veggie burger: BeverlyCMannix_AT_gmail.com or 631-806-5124
Please note: There are no Saturday morning services.
INSTEAD, please join us Saturday evening:
Join Kehillath Shalom Synagogue and MakomNY for the observance of Tisha B'Av, commemoration of the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem and the history of Jewish suffering.
How do we mourn? How does our history impact our identities and our commitments?
Saturday, August 10 at 8:30 pm
MakomNY, Bethpage Worship Center
600 Broadway, Bethpage, NY
And join us on Tuesday for the Board Installation. We will usher in the new Board of trustees with a short ceremony and, of course, food!
We're welcoming back Rabbi Lina this week!
Friday, August 2nd at 6pm
Friday is the yarzheit of Aaron the Priest. When we think of Aaron, we might think of him as Moses' sidekick, or the man who made the golden calf, or the father who lost his sons to the "strange fire" they offered in the Tabernacle. We do not have a sense of him as a person.
The mishnah tells us: be of the disciples of Aaron, loving peace and pursuing peace, loving people and drawing them close to Torah.
What did Aaron do that gave him this reputation? The Talmud tells a story that Aaron would be walking along and, upon encountering a bad or wicked person, would greet that person with peace. Later, when the same person was on his way to worship idols, he said: Woe unto me! How can I look Aaron in the eye without being ashamed before him, for he greeted me with peace!? And so, the person in the end refrained from idolatrous worship.
Aaron's kindness to others, his seeing the best in them, helped them to be their best selves. What if we responded to evil that way?
Dr. King was a disciple of Aaron when he said: Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.
These times of division and destructive speech call for us to live Aaron's legacy, to love and pursue peace, to love others and bring them closer to truth and wholeness and justice.
Rabbi Lina Zerbarini
Come in out of the heat! Join Ileen and the ritual committee for Torah Study and services - Saturday, July 20th starting at 10am.
Splash Into Shabbat
Friday, August 2 from 6-8 pm
$18 per person, children under 18 free
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by 7.26 or call 631-367-4589
Location shared upon rsvp
Please note: There are no services on Saturday, July 13th but have no fear...
You can still get your KSS fix by joining us Saturday night for a free showing of Mel Brooks' classic - Young Frankenstein