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  • March 16, 2022 9:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Mar. 16, 2022
    Dear Friends,
      I'm sending this message a day earlier than usual as a final reminder that Purim is tonight!
      Our Purim Service and 150th Anniversary Spiel Spectacular gets rolling at 7:00 PM- in person. 

       We will have some post-Purim fun in the form of a holiday quiz at our Shabbat Evening Service (7:30 PM).

       So too we'll reprise the holiday celebration at Sunday School (9:00 AM)- come in costume!
       Its also the last chance to pick up your Purim basket if you haven't already.
       A BIG thank you to everyone who pitched in for this holiday!

       On a heavier note, this note is our last call for medical supply donations for Ukraine.
       See the list below, and bring your items in by Sunday.  

        You've heard about Elijah, but what about Elisha? Apropos of what is happening in Ukraine, we learn about a remarkable humanitarian moment in the midst of conflict involving the latter prophet at our Zoom Shabbat Morning Torah Study (10:00 AM).
        
    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz

    For Livestream Services:
    Use this direct link once the service has started:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCftctPu9pRG4bBQCR6RH4Dg/live

    Here is a list of the only items being requested for our Ukraine emergency collection:

    • OTC meds such as bandages, vitamins, burn creams, pain relievers, first aid kits
    • Hospital type supplies
    • Hygiene products such as soap, toothpaste/brushes, shampoo
    • Baby items - diapers, wipes, formula
  • March 10, 2022 8:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Mar.10, 2022
    Dear Friends,
      Get ready for Purim!

      What lessons does the Purim story have for the world's crisis right now?  We'll consider that at our Shabbat Evening Service (7:30 PM).

       What lessons does the Book of Esther impart abut our history and our lives? We'll consider that at our Zoom Shabbat Morning Torah Study (10:00 AM).
       
        Our own Purim celebration, with our special 150th Anniversary Purim Spiel takes place this coming Wednesday evening, Mar. 16, at 7:00 PM, in-person!

        Our bi-monthly Zoom Adas Emuno Book Club meets on Monday (7:30 PM) to discuss  the immigrant classic The Rise of David Levinsky. 

         And don't forget to roll those clocks forward on Saturday night, so you won't be late for Sunday school, that also includes our Tot program (9:30 AM) and Confirmation (11:00 AM).
         

    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz

    For Livestream Services:
    Use this direct link about 5 minutes before service is set to begin:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCftctPu9pRG4bBQCR6RH4Dg/live

  • March 03, 2022 8:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mar. 3, 2022

    Dear Friends,
      We stand with the people of Ukraine and with its Jewish community in the hour of their need
      Please see ways to help at the bottom of this message.

       The Ukraine-Israel-Russia relationship is fraught and fascinating. 
       We'll talk about this timely topic at our Shabbat Evening Service (7:30 PM).

          The story of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel and prophet Elijah is also fraught and fascinating, and one of the great examples of truth meeting power in the Bible. It's the subject of our Zoom Shabbat Morning Torah Study (10:00 AM).

          Mark your calendar now: Purim and our special 150th Anniversary Purim Spiel- Wednesday evening, Mar. 16 at 7:00 PM, in-person!

    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz

    For Livestream Services:
    Use this direct link once the service has started (after 7:25 PM):
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCftctPu9pRG4bBQCR6RH4Dg/live

    The World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) has set up a Ukraine Crisis Fund. Project Kesher, has set up an emergency fund for Jewish women and their families in Ukraine. United Help Ukraine receives and distributes donations, food, and medical supplies to internally displaced Ukrainians. Donate here. And Nova Ukraine, a Ukraine-based nonprofit, provides citizens with everything from baby food and hygiene products, to clothes and household supplies. Donate here.
  • February 24, 2022 8:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Feb. 24, 2022

    Dear Friends,
         Last week I spoke out about excessive criticism of Israel.
         But can a synagogue employee be fired for that?
         A case at a Scarsdale synagogue is making national headlines.
         We'll talk about it at our Shabbat Evening Service (7:30 PM).

          Why did ancient Israel split into two after the death of King Solomon?
          We'll look at the complicated history at our Zoom Shabbat Morning Torah Study (10:00 AM).

           We're happy that in-person religious school resumes this Sunday, including Confirmation class.

    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz

    For Zoom Shabbat Morning Torah Study:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84358571919 

    For Livestream Services:
    Click on this direct link five minutes before the beginning of the service:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCftctPu9pRG4bBQCR6RH4Dg/live
  • February 17, 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Feb.17, 2022
    Dear Friends,
      What's going on with Amnesty International?
      Is there any justification for calling Israel an apartheid state?
      We will sort this out at our Shabbat Evening Service (7:30 PM).

      What's going on with King Solomon?
      Is there any justification for the wisest-of -the-wise to overstep his bounds?
      We'll sort this out at our Zoom Shabbat morning Torah study (10:00 AM).

       A reminder that there is no religious school this Sunday for President's Day weekend, and we happily return to in-person instruction on the 27th.

    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz

  • February 10, 2022 8:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Feb.10, 2022
      Book censorship?  Is this something we have to talk about in our country in 2022?
      Well, unfortunately the answer is yes, and we will do so at our Shabbat Evening Service (7:30 PM).

      On the brighter side at the beginning of the service we will also celebrate the double naming ceremony of Anaya and Adam Goodstein, grandchildren of Paula and Mark Goodstein- mazal tov!

       The Book of Kings tells the story of the Davidic dynasty that ruled ancient Israel for four hundred years. This week we begin with the story of the fabled King Solomon at our Zoom Shabbat Morning Torah Study (10:00 AM).

       Speaking of books, the next Adas Emuno Book Club meeting is on March 14, and there is plenty of time to read the immigrant classic, The Rise of David Levinsky by famed Yiddish editor Abraham Cahan, which can easily be accessed in the public domain at Google Books.

       Last call for our Souper Bowl!  Bring your donated cans of soup to the bin on the school porch at any time this weekend.

    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz

  • February 03, 2022 8:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Feb. 3, 2022

    Dear Friends,
      When Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement last week he held aloft a pocket copy of the Constitution. 
       Much has been said about the Constitution lately, and the discussion is crucial...so I will take up the matter at our Shabbat Evening Service (7:30 PM). 
       
       We continue our look at episodes from the epic life of King David at our Zoom Shabbat Morning Torah Study (10:00 AM).

       Souper Bowl alert!  Bring your donated cans of soup to the bin on the school porch at any time.

    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz
  • January 27, 2022 8:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Jan. 27, 2022
    Dear Friends,
      At our monthly Zoom Shabbat Evening Family Service (7:30 PM) we invite our b'nai mitzvah students to help lead us. 
      Following the service we'll reflect on the lessons to be learned from what happened the week before last at a Texas synagogue that is now classified as both a hate crime and a terrorist attack.

          The story of King David is the longest and greatest story of the Hebrew Bible. We look at episodes from his epic life at our Zoom Shabbat Morning Torah Study (10:00 AM).

       Souper Bowl alert!  Bring your donated cans of soup to the bin on the school porch at any time.

    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz

  • January 20, 2022 9:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Jan. 20, 2022

    Dear Friends, 
      We are immensely relieved and grateful that the rabbi and three congregants of Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, escaped unharmed from their hostage ordeal this past Shabbat, even as we decry continued acts of anti-Semitism and terrorism.
      
      While Tu Bishvat, the New Year of Trees, is a minor Jewish holiday that occurred on the full moon this past Monday, its celebration of the earth and its seasons resonates in our eco-conscious times.
      We'll emphasize this connection at our Shabbat Evening Service (7:30 PM).

      Saul, the first king of Israel, was betrayed by his son, daughter and protegee David...or so he felt.
      We'll sort out a very complicated family situation at our Zoom Shabbat Morning Torah Study (10:00 AM).

       And its that time of the year-our Souper Bowl!
       Bring your donated cans of soup to the bin on the school porch any time between now and the Super Bowl.

    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz

  • January 13, 2022 1:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jan. 13, 2022

    Dear Friends,
      Each year we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. in words and music
      It feels as important as ever, and we'll do so again at our Shabbat Evening Service (7:30 PM).

      The story of the first king of Israel is a full-blown tragedy.
       We'll discover what went so wrong at our Zoom Shabbat Morning Torah Study (10:00 AM).

       Note that next week the Seder TuBishvat that we have come to enjoy will need to be postponed again this year, but we will celebrate the holiday of trees and nature at our service.

       And see below from a friend who is organizing a monthly American Red Cross blood drive in Leonia- its a mitzvah!

    Shabbat shalom,
    Rabbi Schwartz

    For Livestream Services:
    Go to YouTube.com and enter Adas Emuno Streaming in the search box. About 5 minutes before, find the service that is "live" and wait for the service to begin.

    American Red Cross Blood Drive
     American Legion Post 1, 399 Broad Avenue, Leonia, NJ 07605
     3rd Tuesday of every month!  (starting in January 2022)
    January 18th,February 15th, March 15th, April 19th, May 17th, June 21st
    1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Appointments are preferred. Call 1-800-REDCROSS
    Or sign up at www.redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code: Leonia

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