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99 South Fullerton Avenue Montclair NJ 07042 Phone: 973-746-4889 Fax: 973-746-4963 bnaikeshet@bnaikeshet.org www.bnaikeshet.org

Elliott Tepperman Senior Rabbi Ariann Weitzman  Assistant Rabbi & Director of Congregational Learning Stuart Brown Director of Operations Craig Levine and Richard Freedman Co-Presidents Jane Susswein and Leslie Weber Editors Shabbat Handout

VA‘ETHANAN

July 20 - 13 Av Deuteronomy 3:23-4:40 p. 1005

SHABBAT NACHAMU

YAHRZEITS

All those observing a yahrzeit are encouraged to accept the honor of the second aliyah.

Francis Elliott  remembered by Roberta Elliott and Charles Wantman (July 20) Milton Cohen  remembered by Helaine, Andy, Danielle, Matthew and Lia Schattner (13 Av) Doris Stein  remembered by Eve and Jeff Friedlander and the Zeger family (15 Av) Max Eiser  remembered by Judith & Sondra Mermelstein (15 Av) Jacob Gilstein  remembered by Susan, Norman, Mark, & Rachel Ladov (16 Av) Edward Grupper remembered by Jonathan Grupper (17 Av) Pearl Kolba  remembered by Ellen & Marshall Kolba & family (17 Av) Eva Yaffe  remembered by the Glessner‑Fischer family (17 Av) Freda Srebro  remembered by the Srebro family (17 Av) Raymond A. Zardetto  remembered by Richard Wolfson and Sharon Zardetto (July 25) Ed Greenberg  remembered by Fred Greenberg (19 Av) Diane Markovitz ­ remembered by Nancy Markovitz (19 Av) Thanks to Debbie Wohl and Cheryl Slutzky for chanting Torah and to Phoebe Farber for giving the devar.


WELCOME TO BNAI KESHET Bnai Keshet is a diverse, family-friendly community with a lively mix of tradition and innovation. Whatever your interests, age, family structure, or level of Jewish practice or knowledge, you’ll find a home here, as well as programs that engage your mind, nourish your spirit, and make a difference at home and in the world. Bnai Keshet is fortunate to be served by two outstanding rabbis: Elliott Tepperman, Senior Rabbi, and Ariann Weitzman, Assistant Rabbi & Director of Congregational Learning.

PLEASE RETURN DUES & BET MIDRASH (SCHOOL) REGISTRATION FORM     -either the paper form you received in the mail or online at: http://bkfiles. org/BKDues2013 (There is one form for both school and shul this year!) Coming Up COFFEE AND CONVERSATION  Wednesday, August 21 at 8 pm.  Do you have friends or neighbors who are looking for a congregation? Prospective members are invited to come learn more about our BK community and religious school. Rabbi Elliott Tepperman, Rabbi Ariann Weitzman, and members of BK will be on hand to meet and answer questions. Call the office (973-746-4889) if you are interested in attending. BIKE WITH BK ON THE HAZON NY RIDE Labor Day weekend August 30 September 2  Cycle with Team BK on Hazon‘s NY Ride this Labor Day Weekend. Cycle through the Berkshires and finish in NYC. Enjoy an incredible Shabbat retreat. Team BK members get a discounted registration fee of $150. Fundraise in support of environmental sustainability projects for the Jewish community and the world. We are starting to train now and are planning some great training rides to do together. Contact Monica Rawicz (monrawicz@gmail.com) for more information. KIDDUSH SPONSORS NEEDED FOR THE SUMMER  Attendance is lighter than during the year. Bagels and toppings, fruit, and cookies would be so appreciated. Call the office (973-746-4889) to volunteer. TWO CATS NEED A NEW HOME.   Please contact BK member Barry Jackson at jazzebras@yahoo.com. INTERGENERATIONAL TROPE CLASS Starting in the Fall Mondays at 7:15 pm.  Get ready for an upcoming family simcha or just prepare to be a part of our Torah chanting crew! Contact Rabbi Ariann to join! BK READS 2013-2014  Continuing this fall, join us at 12:45 pm (after Kiddush) on Saturdays at Red Gables, as follows: THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI by Helen Wecker (October 12) Helen Wecker’s first novel is a blend of Jewish and Arab mythology and historical fiction. At


the turn of the 20th century in the Lower East Side, a golem and a jinni set out to make sense of their new Lower Manhattan surroundings. Chava, the golem, was brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbled in dark Kabbalistic magic. Ahmad, a 100-year-old jinni born in the ancient Syrian desert, was accidentally taken out of his bottle. The two find each other and a world they barely understand. JERUSALEM MAIDEN  by Talia Caren (November 16) Passion or faith? A young Jewish woman struggles between her love of art and her ultra-orthodox faith. In Jerusalem at the end of the Ottoman Empire’s rule, Esther Kaminsky knows that her duty is to marry young and produce many sons. When her French teacher observes Esther’s extraordinary doodling and gives her colored pencils along with art lessons, however, Esther feels torn between her desires and her beliefs.

Each Week WEDNESDAY MEDITATION MINYAN at 8 am (resumes in August).  Led by Rabbi Elliott. FRIDAY MORNING MINYAN at 7:30 am. TALMUD STUDY CLUB  Most Saturdays at 12:45 pm.  New members welcome.

And More MEMBERSHIP  To join Bnai Keshet, or find out more about us, please contact Cheryl Marshall-Petricoff at cmpetricoff@verizon.net or the BK office at 973-746-4889. HESED IS HERE  Helping those in need: meals, shiva preparation, rides to BK, rides to doctor appointments, grocery shopping, visits, phone calls, help with simchas. Any specific need a congregant has, we are here. Remember: It is a mitzvah to let others know you need help!! Contact Lori Becker at loribecker13@gmail.com. READ RABBI ELLIOTT’S INSPIRING ESSAY IN THE MAY ISSUE OF SH’MA.   The article connects Torah, prayer, poverty, and injustice. (http://shma.com/2013/05/asking-more-of-ourselves/).

MetroWest News PJ LIBRARY   is a program offered to the MetroWest community. Families with children ages 6 months to 5 1/2 years are eligible to enroll on a first-come, firstserved basis. The child will receive a free age-appropriate book or CD each month! To enroll, contact Andrea Bergman at 973-929-3128 or abergman@thepartnershipnj.org.


HELP THE Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC )SEARCH FOR A NEW PRESIDENT   The RRC search committee has asked Bnai Keshet to circulate the following job description widely, in the belief that as key stakeholders in the Reconstructionist movement, we can provide leads to many qualified candidates: The movement is seeking a visionary leader to head our restructured organization. The new president will lead and manage the organization, provide leadership for the communities and individuals affiliated with Reconstructionist Judaism, and head outreach to other Jewish and progressive audiences. In addition, he or she will support and strengthen the rabbinical training program in its commitment to both rigorous academics and spiritual and practical wisdom. The president serves as chief executive officer, intellectual lead, and development lead. For the full job description, please visit www.JewishRecon.org/presidentsjob. JOIN US FOR THE HOLY DAYS   Members: Please go to the new BK website (www.bnaikeshet.org) to download the schedule, sign up for service participation, register for child care, and contribute to the Honey Pot fundraiser. Guests/ Non-Members: High Holy Days information is available (including child care, if needed) on the new BK website. There is no charge to attend services, but we ask that you reserve in advance. Additionally, a contribution is encouraged so we may continue to invite the community to join us in the future. NEW THIS YEAR!! Second Day Rosh Hashanah  Friday, September 6  Potluck New Year’s lunch (dairy/vegetarian) at 1 pm after services at Bnai Keshet. RSVP to office.


Shabbat July 20, 2013