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  • October 06, 2020 4:04 PM | Lance Strate (Administrator)

    Rosh Hashanah Prayer for 5781

    Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz

    Eloheinu, velohei avotenu,

    Our God, God of all generations:

    Help us to thoughtfully reflect on the year just past and to courageously embrace this year just born.

    Let us begin by remembering the overwhelming without despairing.

    This past year will be forever etched in our memory as the year of the pandemic and the year of the protests.

    We mourn the 948,000 souls who have perished in this pandemic worldwide; the 198,000 here in our own country; the 16,000 here in our small state of New Jersey.

    Open the gates of healing for the bereaved and the bereft. There are so many mourners.

    We bemoan the loss of lives and the loss of livelihoods—families shattered, businesses shuttered, jobs lost, dreams dashed.

    Open the gates of our compassion for the hungry and the homeless, for the dispersed and the displacedfor all those suffering economically and emotionally.

    Yet in this time of darkness let us also recall the points of light that illuminated our waythe heroic healthcare workers, the valiant front-line workers, the bus drivers and the grocery clerks who went to work to save lives and to sustain lives.

    Open the gates of our gratitude for all the essential people in our families and communities.

    Let us also acknowledge that the dark days of this past year grew darker still when another virus again reared its ugly headthe plague of systemic racism that has never gone away in our country. We are compelled to acknowledge that racism is indeed lodged in our nation’s DNA, born of the original sin of the enslavement of African Americans and the subjugation of Native Americans.

    We must contend with our collective sins of commission as well as our sins of omission, for have we not all stood idly by?

    In a free society, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel taught us, some are guilty, but all are responsible.

    Open for us the gates of insight and courage for the hard work of reconciliation and reparation that lies ahead if we are to form a more perfect union befitting our country.

    Poised before a watershed election amidst bitter partisan divide, may we search anew for common ground that affirms the basic human dignity of every American regardless of race, religion or gender.

    Open for us the gates of freedom and equality; the gates of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    In a nation so richly blessed make us more compassionate, more generous, more just.

    Our God, God of all generationsat this New Year of hope and possibility may we find common purpose to do Your will; to rise to our greatest potential; to reflect our creation in Your image… and to walk forward, to peace and purpose.



  • October 06, 2020 3:59 PM | Lance Strate (Administrator)

    PANDEMIC MEMORIAM

    Rosh Hashanah, 5781

    Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz


    Friends, I began my Rosh Hashanah prayer last night:

    Eloheinu, velohei avotenu,

    Our God, God of all generations:

    Help us to thoughtfully reflect on the year just past and to courageously embrace this year just born.

    Let us begin by remembering the overwhelming without despairing.

    This past year will be forever etched in our memory as the year of the pandemic and the year of the protests.

    We mourn the 948,000 souls who have perished in this pandemic worldwide; the 198,000 here in our own country; the 16,000 here in our small state of New Jersey.

    Open the gates of healing for the bereaved and the bereft. There are so many mourners.

    This Rosh Hashanah morning I ask: How can we begin the New Year of 5781 without first pausing in memoriam?

    If our tradition teaches that “he who saves a life saves an entire world,” how can we comprehend the enormity of our loss in such a brief time?  

    After 9-11 the New York Times published the names and photos of all who were lost. It took many pages to include the 3,000 lives lost. Behind each photo was indeed an entire worldthe world of a mother, father, daughter, son, sister, brother, husband, wife, friend, colleague. Even at that number we struggled to comprehend the loss we had endured.

    Multiply that loss by 50 for our country and by 150 for our world and the magnitude of our loss is unfathomable. No newspaper can print all the names and photos of the dead; it would take volumes for that. No list can be complete; the final number will never be known.

    When we say the kaddish on this Rosh Hashanah we cannot comprehend with the mind but we can empathize with the heart.

    When we recite yizkor on this Yom Kippur we cannot name all the names but we can we can ask for mercy upon every soul.

    After bowing in acknowledgment to the enormity of our loss, what else is there to say about the pandemic that has gripped our nation now more than six monthsa half year ordeal with no immediate end in sight?

    My Rosh Hashanah prayer continued:

    We bemoan the loss of lives and the loss of livelihoodsfamilies shattered, businesses shuttered; jobs lost, dreams dashed.

    Open the gates of our compassion for the hungry and the homeless, for the dispersed and the displacedfor all those suffering economically and emotionally.

    Yet in this time of darkness let us also recall the points of light that illuminated our waythe heroic healthcare workers, the valiant front-line workers, the bus drivers and the grocery clerks who went to work to save lives and to sustain lives.

    Open the gates of our gratitude for all the essential people in our families and communities.

    Let me tell you about one essential worker in NYC. She is a speech pathologist at Columbia Presbyterian right across the river, involved in acute trauma care. During the height of the pandemic when most of us were sequestered at home, she rode the subways and buses every day. She did not miss a day of work. She donned protective gear every morning, wearing mask, gown and face-shield for hours at a time. At first she was treating her usual list of sufferers of head, neck and throat cancers. Then the Covid patients started coming off the respirators. They were so weak they couldn’t swallow, couldn’t eat, and couldn’t talk. They were in desperate need of help. The number of Covid patients she treated grew and grew. For a stretch of several weeks in the spring her caseload was 95% Covid. Who is this unassuming hero? My daughter Talia Schwartz.

    Think about all the healthcare workers like Talia. Think about the bus drivers and the truck drivers. The clerks and cashiers. The policemen and firemen. And the teachers who did not stop teaching our children.

     I am appreciative to our mayors and our governors. They didn’t get it all right, but they tried, and they communicated, day after day. I am less kindly disposed to our president and federal government. We should decry our nation’s shortcomings during this crisis, even as we should hold our national leaders accountable. But this is not the time or place to go into that. We can applaud the thousands upon thousands of our fellow Americans who have helped get us through this ordeal. 

    Which brings me to our own community of Adas Emuno, and the gratitude I feel for your supportnow, listening to this High Holiday service from afar, and throughout these last six months? Your response to my pre-recorded messages, to Zoom Shabbat, to Zoom Torah study, to Zoom Book Club, to Zoom Confirmation, to Zoom Family service, to Zoom B’nai mitzvah lessons, to Zoom religious school, has been phenomenal.

    How we miss everything we took for grantedsitting next to each other in the sanctuary, joining hands for the healing prayer, touching the Torah during the procession, shaking hands to greet each other with a Shabbat Shalom, and Shana Tovah, enjoying the oneg in the social hall… the list goes on. I am confident all this will resume, but it will take time, a long time. I know I am speaking for the leadership of our synagogue when I say that we are grateful for your support and for your patience.

    I think about how past generations of this synagogue survived the great pandemic of 1918. The Great Depression. The First and Second World Wars. I know they would smile to know that next year we will reach our milestone 150th anniversary.  I indeed hope we can have a no-holds-barred in-person gala celebration. But even if we can’t, we will still rejoice.

    This High Holiday marks my tenth year at Adas Emuno. I did not expect to complete the decade in this fashion. I do confess that looking out at an empty sanctuary is sad and unsettling. I miss you. But it is not hard for me, after all these years, to picture all of you right in front of me.

    Life goes on, with its sorrows and joys. The absence of my father is still keenly felt. But any day now, with God’s help, Debby and I will be grandparents.  Just think of all the stories we will be able to tell our grandson about the year he was born!

    One point I hope to remind our youth who are too young to remember is that this pandemic, like all crises, brought out the best and the worst in us. The worst is grim: it led to tens of thousands of deaths that could have been averted. We pray that at the very least our government has learned enough to be better planned with a coordinated national plan to face a future disaster.  It led to a national failure of resolve. It led to national loss of basic human empathy, as in “It is what it is.” We pray to never again become that callous

    But we will also tell our children that millions of Americans sacrificed for the sake of others; that countless citizens embraced the timeless ethic of our tradition to “love your neighbor as yourself” and to protect the most vulnerable in our society. Even now we are called to rise to that challenge.

    During the height of the pandemic I wrote these words to you and with them I conclude:

    A Time to Every Purpose

    To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven

    The ancient words of Ecclesiastes reach across time to our lives in a pandemic.

    A time to be born and a time to die

    As the rebirth of spring unfolds around us we mourn those taken from us.

    A time to weep and a time to laugh

    Even in our sorrow we reconnected to family and friends in new ways.

    A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing

    “Social distancing” entered our vocabulary unwanted, but we found ways to hug from afar.

    A time to rend and a time to sow

    Many have lost livelihoods and more, yet we will rise up and rebuild.

    A time to keep silent and a time to speak

    We stand speechless at the dedication of our first-responders,

    And are grateful for our leaders who inspired by word and deed.

    A time for war and a time for peace

    Our battle continues yet we do not lose hope that the storm will abate.


  • October 01, 2020 4:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Oct. 1, 2020

    Dear Friends,
      Having welcomed the New Year and Day of Atonement in unique fashion this year, onward to the celebration of Sukkot and Simchat Torah.

       Our Livestream Shabbat-Sukkot Evening Service (7:30 PM) will be followed by our Zoom Oneg Shabbat (8:15 PM).

      No pizza-in-the-hut this year, but on Sunday we have a special treat for you, a *Livestream Sukkot Concert* (5:00 PM) featuring our talented musicians Elka Oliver, Peter Hayes, Michael Scowden and Iris Karlin singing many of your favorites from the American and Israeli songbooks. This is special—we hope you will tune in! 

      Please note that our Shabbat Morning Torah Study will not meet this week, but for a very good reason, as the brit of our grandson Adin Doron Schwartz will take place at the very same time! 

      And keep in mind that our Shabbat-Simchat Torah Family Service is next week, Oct. 9 (7:30 PM), via Zoom, with a big (virtual) celebration of the Torah.

    Shabbat shalom and Hag Sameach,
    Rabbi Schwartz 

    PS- Kindly return your Holiday prayer books to the bin on the school porch at any time.  

    For Livestream Shabbat (7:30-8:15 PM) and Livestream Sukkot Concert (Sunday, 5 PM)
    Go to YouTube.com and enter Adas Emuno Streaming in the search box, or try this link:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCftctPu9pRG4bBQCR6RH4Dg
    Look for a picture of the Temple with the word "Live" and click and wait for the service to start, or join the service in progress.
  • September 24, 2020 8:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sept. 24. 2020

    Dear Friends,
      The Sabbath between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is called Shabbat Shuva - The Sabbath of Return - and features a unique blend of sabbath and holiday music.
      Experience this blend at our Livestream Shabbat (7:30 PM) followed by our Zoom Oneg Shabbat (8:15 PM) where we have the opportunity to reflect on the remarkable legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

       The second meeting of our Zoom Torah Study (10:00 AM) takes place on Shabbat morning, and it’s not too late to join our year of studying the weekly portion with the great medieval commentator Rashi.

       Our Religious School meets virtually on Sunday morning (9:00 AM). Then, of course, comes the Day of Atonement with Yom Kippur Evening Service (8:00 PM), with Student Cantor Ilana Goldman and her mother Amy Goldman playing cello in a stirring new rendition of Kol Nidrei that you will not want to miss!

       On Monday: Yom Kippur Morning Services (10:00 AM), Children's Service (2:00 PM) and Afternoon, Yizkor, and Neilah Services (4-30-6:30 PM) will keep us soulfully busy all day. 

    Shabbat shalom and Shanah tovah,
    Rabbi Schwartz

    For Livestream Services
    Go to YouTube.com and enter Adas Emuno Streaming in the search box, or try this link:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCftctPu9pRG4bBQCR6RH4Dg

    Look for a picture of the Temple with the word "Live" and click and wait for the service to start or join the service in progress.

  • September 17, 2020 8:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sept. 17, 2020

    Dear Friends,
      We will so miss seeing each other in person for the New Year.
      But we sincerely hope you will tune in to our livestream Shabbat/Rosh Hashanah services:

      Evening (8:00 PM), Morning  (10:00 AM), Children's (2:00 PM).

       I know you will love the singing of Student Cantor Ilana Goldman and we have worked hard to make this an enjoyable and meaningful worship experience.

       If you feel comfortable attending, we will meet and greet each other in person at Tashlich on Rosh Hashanah afternoon (3:30 PM) by the water at New Overpeck Park. Bring your mask, breadcrumbs, or pebbles, for the very short, socially-distanced ceremony. 

        With warmest wishes for a new year of health, peace, and justice,

    Shabbat shalom and shanah tovah, 
    Rabbi Schwartz

    Note-Holiday prayer books are now available in the bin on the school porch.

    For Livestream Shabbat  and Holiday Services
    Go to YouTube.com and enter Adas Emuno Streaming in the search box, or try this link:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCftctPu9pRG4bBQCR6RH4Dg
  • September 16, 2020 11:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Friends,

    As we approach the High Holidays this year it will certainly be a season of firsts at Congregation Adas Emuno.  Our Holiday services are always a highlight of our year and an opportunity to come together as a community in prayer and reflection.  As you know, this year we are compelled to gather virtually using our new live-streaming capabilities.  We hope that you will join us with the same spirit you have historically brought to our in-person services. I know that Rabbi Schwartz and student cantor Ilana Goldman along with accompaniest Beth Robin will inspire you!
      
    Shanah Tovah,
    Michael Fishbein 
    President


    Schedule of Services and Events:

    Rosh Hashanah

    Erev Rosh Hashanah Service 
    Friday, September 18 - 8 PM   
    Rosh Hashanah Services
    Saturday, September 19 
    • Rosh Hashanah Service - 10 AM
    • Rosh Hashanah Children's Service - 2 PM
    • Taschlich (Overpeck Park - Boat Dock) - 3:30 PM
    Yom Kippur

    Kol Nidre Service  
    Sunday, September 27 - 8 PM
    Yom Kippur Services 
    Monday, September 28
    • Morning Service - 10 AM
    • Children's Service - 2 PM
    • Afternoon, Yizkor and Concluding Service - 4:30 PM

    Live -Streaming Tips
    • Access YouTube in a browser or on a Smart TV
    • Search Adas Emuno Streaming
    • When a service begins streaming the live video will appear on your screen.  Before the service begins you will see a static photo of either the front of the temple or the interior of the sanctuary
  • September 10, 2020 8:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sep.10, 2020,

    Dear Friends:
      We are off and running with Livestream Shabbat!
      Tune into our YouTube Channel (see below) to enjoy our Shabbat Evening Service (7:30-8:15 PM). 
       I think those who joined us last week will agree that Student Cantor Iris's singing and piano playing is something special!
       Then just click on the link for our Zoom Oneg Shabbat  (8:15-8:45 PM) for sermon and schmooze.
       I'll offer some thoughts on the fast approaching New Year.

        Our Shabbat Morning Zoom Torah study begins this week (10:00 AM).
         Our Religious School likewise begins this week, on Sunday (9:00 AM) with a virtual gathering and an exciting program of on-line learning, under the direction of our new educator, Shira Friedman.

         Please come by (with your mask and social distancing) to say hello, see our butterfly garden, and pick up your Holiday prayer book, and a gift from me, on Thursday (7:00 PM) or Sunday (1:00 PM). 
        
    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz

    For Livestream Shabbat (7:30-8:15 PM)
    Go to YouTube.com and enter Adas Emuno Streaming in the search box, or try this link:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCftctPu9pRG4bBQCR6RH4Dg
    We recommend that you subscribe by clicking the big letter "A" in a circle.
    Look for a picture of the Temple with the word "Live" and click and wait for the service to start, or join the service in progress.

            

  • September 03, 2020 8:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sept. 3, 2020

    Dear Friends:
      Welcome to Livestream Shabbat!
      Tune into our YouTube Channel (see below) to enjoy our Shabbat Evening Service (7:30-8:15 PM). 
      We formally welcome student cantor Iris Karlin.
      You are not going to want to miss Iris's singing and piano playing!

       Then just click on the link for our Zoom Oneg Shabbat  (8:15-8:45 PM) for sermon and schmooze!
       Our discussions have been lively of late, and we will see each other's smiling faces.
       That's our weekly plan,and we hope to see you early and often!
        And this week I have invited Lance Strate to lead the discussion based on his provocative article in The Jewish Standard about how we are (mis)handling the pandemic even now.

    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz

    For Livestream Shabbat (7:30-8:15 PM)
    Go to YouTube.com and enter Adas Emuno Streaming in the search box, or try this link:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCftctPu9pRG4bBQCR6RH4Dg
    We recommend that you subscribe by clicking the big letter "A" in a circle or the word “Subscribe.”
    Look for a picture of the Temple with the word "Live" and click and wait for the service to start, or join the service in progress.
  • August 27, 2020 5:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Aug. 27, 2020

    Dear Friends,
       How do we understand our history?
       That is one of the key questions behind the Book of Deuteronomy that we are currently reading in the Torah portion cycle, and the motivating force behind "The 1619 Project" and the counter "The 1620 Project" that you may have read about recently.
       We'll examine these differing schools at our Zoom Shabbat (7:30 PM).

       Next week we begin Live-stream Shabbat  from our sanctuary, and I know you will love hearing student cantor Iris Karlin with our enhanced audio-visual capability, and with guitar and piano.
        The sermon/discussion segment, however, will still continue on interactive Zoom.
        Don't worry, we'll lay out the instructions for both.

        But for now our intrepid and indefatigable president Michael Fishbein needs a crew to help him with broadcasting our Shabbat and Holiday service. Are you a bit tech-savvy and willing to do a real mitzvah? If so, please let us know!

    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz
  • August 20, 2020 12:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Aug. 20, 2020

    Dear Friends,
       One hundred years ago this week Congress ratified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting women the right to vote.

          At our Zoom Shabbat  (7:30 PM)  we will celebrate this milestone anniversary of the Suffrage Act, and discuss the Jewish pioneers who helped bring about this turning point in American history.

    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz

Student Cantor

Joseph Flaxman

Religious School Director

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