Thank you to Jonathan Dauber for organizing the Tikkun Leil Shavuot.
Thank you to Chaim Sussman for organizing the Bracha Bee.
Weekly Pirkei Avot Shiur
This week Rabbi Helfgot will be beginning the annual Pirkei Avot learning that takes place between Shavuot and 17th of Tammuz. This year we are exploring Ch. 5 of Pirkei Avot. Please join us on shabbat afternoon at 7:15 PM at the shul. And stay with us after mincha for Rabbi Helfgot's continuing study of Gemara Ketuvot.
Rabbi Helfgot's Sunday Morning Shiur There is no shiur this week.
Board Election & General Membership Meeting
Netivot Shalom's annual elections will take place this Sunday, May 31 at 8:30 p.m., which will be followed by a general membership meeting. Thank you very much to our outgoing board members, Margaret Herzog, Amy Zwas, and Simon Fleischer
The following is the list of candidates who have been nominated by the 2013 Nominating Committee, comprised of Martin Heistein (Chair), Gail Dukas and David Montag. Each position has a term of two years (2015-17).
President â€“ Michael Rogovin
VP (Operations) â€“ Richard Goldberger
VP (Programming) â€“ Richard Langer
Secretary - Naftali Goldsmith
Treasurer - Michael Yurowitz
General Board Member: Ilene Pollack
Note: the following members are not up for election and are completing the second year of their current term:
Richard Dukas, Michael Knopf, and Alex Moskovits
Any member who has not been nominated may do so only upon providing the Nominating Committee with a petition to run that bears the original signatures of at least 10 members. Such petition must be presented to the Nominating Committee at least two days prior to the election (i.e., by Friday May 29). Any candidates running pursuant to this provision shall appear on the written ballot. There shall be no candidacies announced or nominated from the floor during the election proceedings.
At the elections, written ballots with names of the candidates will be distributed. For all uncontested positions, there will be an opportunity to vote for or against the nominated candidate. The elections will be conducted by secret ballot.
For those who are unable to be physically present for the elections, one member may serve as a proxy for up to a maximum of two other members. The proxy must be in writing and must bear the original signature of the principal. An example of language to be used in the proxy is "I ____________ hereby designate ___________ as my proxy, to vote in my place at the May 31 Netivot Shalom Annual Elections and General Meeting." A signed and dated proxy must be presented to the Nominating Committee before a member will be permitted to vote on behalf of anyone else. Proxy voting is only permitted for the election of board members.
Please make every effort to attend this important meeting. If you have any questions, please contact a member of the Nominating Committee.
Scholar in Residence
Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom
June 27, 2015
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Rabbi Etshalom attended Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavne, Rabbi Isaac Elhanan Theological Seminary and Yeshivat Har Etzion before receiving ordination from the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem. He is an accomplished storyteller, radio host and songwriter and has produced tapes of both his own stories and music. Rabbi Etshalom, whose first book "Between the Lines of the Bible" was published by Yashar Books in March, 2006, serves on the faculties of the Yeshiva of Los Angeles and the Simon Wiesenthal Center as Associate Director of Project Next Step, along with serving as chair of the Bible Department at the Yeshiva University High Schools of Los Angeles. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Stefanie and their 5 children.
Rabbi Etshalom will speak after kiddush on Shabbat morning.
In Our Kehilla
Friday Night Minyan Rotation
Simon Fleischer is organizing a rotation to assure that we always have a minyan on Friday nights. If you can help, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wanted: Room for Rent
A new member of our kehilla is looking to rent a room near our shul for a few months. If you have a spare room to let, please contact Michael Rogovin.
New Publication Available
Halakhic Realities: Collected Essays on Brain Death
This new collection of essays written by leading rabbis, clinicians, medical ethicists,and thinkersis published by the International Rabbinic Fellowship and Maggid Publishers. The publication of the volume was also supported by a number of families in our shul and was put together with assistance from Rabbi Helfgot. This issue with its significant halakhic and moral implications is of critical importance. This volume moves the discussion forward and articulates clear Modern-Orthodox values and perspectives that are vitally important to be heard and promoted in our community. Here is a link to some information about it.
The volume is listed for $30.00 plus tax. Rabbi Helfgot has a limited amount of copies available for sale in his home all this week (during the evenings after 8:00 PM) for the discounted price of $25. If you would like to buy a copy please contact Rabbi Helfgot
Natan Herzog's Bar Mitzvah Project
Natan Herzog will be participating in the annual Jewish Family Service Wheels for Meals Fundraising Ride co-sponsored by the Jewish Home in Rockleigh taking place on Sunday, June 14th. He would like you to ride with him and his family or support his team. His family will be riding the 10 mile route. Look for Team Natan Herzog at ridetofighthunger.com, and select which distance you will ride or make a donation.
Members and their families are encouraged to visit patients at Care One on Shabbat afternoons (or other times during the week, if thatâ€™s more convenient for you).
Also, if you know of anyone within our community who is ill or home bound and would like visitors, please be in touch with Richard Dukas;email@example.com; 201/417-7730.
Invite prospective and new families for a Shabbat meal!
As new families visit and join our shul, we would like to welcome them and help them meet shul members. If you'd like to be among the hosts (or would like to be hosted), please e-mail Daniel Moskovits at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 917-328-7163.
For Your Information
Houston Flooding Relief Effort
The Jewish community of Houston needs our help to recover from severe floods that began on the second day of Shavuot and caused devastating damage. The homes of many of the 40,000 Jews who call Houston home are presently unlivable; several shuls and other communal facilities will also require extensive repair. Some elderly members of the community had to be rescued by boats and kayaks when torrential rains inundated the canals that criss-cross the city, causing them to overflow.
Rabbi Steven Weil, senior managing director of the Orthodox Union, flew to Houston and helped assess the damage. He reports that flood waters stood several feet deep in many structures, ruining a great deal of property, including many seforim at both United Orthodox Synagogue of Houston and Meyerland Minyan. Thankfully, sifrei Torah survived unscathed at both shuls.
Bikur Cholim of Bergen County (BCBC) provides support, facilities, and services to ease the burden of families during trying times. We partner with our families to relieve some of the stress and effects of illness, with compassion and concern. BCBC is a volunteer driven, not-for-profit organization, guided by the RCBC.
We are currently looking for men and women who would like to join our volunteer core of sensitive and caring individuals, so that we can expand our services to those in need. We are looking for volunteers to help with: meal preparation, driving the elderly or ill to local doctor appointments, visiting people in need, or giving respite to a caregiver. As we expand, we are also looking for people with organizational expertise to oversee new projects.
Please visit our website at bikurcholimbergencounty.org and visit our VOLUNTEER PAGE or email email@example.com to sign up to help our efforts. For any questions call us at 201-579-3066
5/7 - 6/11 Ma'ayanot shiur series presented by Mrs. Rivka Kahan, Principal and Dr. Rayzel Yaish, Director or Guidance
5/30 Ms. Elisheva Levi at Rinat Yisrael
5/30 Biblical & Talmudic Botany Walk starting at Belle & Sagamore
6/2 - 7/29 Summer Semester of Lamdeinu begins
6/3 Unity Day Chesed Fair at the Frisch School
6/3 OU Advocacy Center Leadership Mission to Washington
6/5 - 6 Rabbi Ari Berman at Rinat Yisrael
6/7 TABC Annual Scholarship Breakfast
6/14 Circus at YJCC
6/14 JFS Wheels for Meals Ride/Walk Event
6/21 Drisha Institute Dinner
6/21 NJ NCSY Annual Bergen County Scholarship Breakfast
6/29 - 7/2 4 day workshop for MS & HS Talmud Teachers at Drisha
Taglit-Birthright Trip for Modern Orthodox Graduates of Jewish Day Schools
Birthright Free Trips to Israel for young adults,18 - 26.
JFNNJ Summer Program from Young Adults 19-27
Ma'ayanot offering free tutoring for 1st - 5th graders
Thursday night Parsha Shiur at Rinat Yisrael
Rav Meir Goldwicht's Parshat HaShavua in Hebrew resumes
Torah in the AM
Center for Food Action
Tomchei Shabbos help needed in Bergenfield
Newspaper coupons for Helping Hands Food Pantry
Support Groups - Nechama Comfort, Holding Hands, LOSS, Separation/Divorce Groups, Financial Freedom Support Group, Domestic Violence Group, JACS, 2nd Generation
Simcha G'machs - tables, chairs, centerpieces, tablecloths, bris pillows, pillowcases and outfits, wedding presents and medical supplies
Coming Up at Davar
June 26 & 27 - Rachel Keren
Rachel Keren received her BA and MA from Hebrew University in Jewish Philosophy and History. She is a graduate of the School for Educational Leadership of the Mandel Foundation in Jerusalem (2000-2001). From 1982 until 1999, she taught at "Shaked" High school, a regional school of the Kibbutz Hadati movement in Sde Eliahu. She also she served as a Jewish education adviser and created Jewish studies programs for Hebrew schools in Amsterdam for 3 years and served as the head of the Midrasha of the Kibbutz Hadati in Ein Hanatziv for 5 years. She is currently a senior lecturer of the Midrasha and the Director of Educational Development. Since September of 2006, she has been chair of "Kolech," a forum of religious feminist women in Israel.
Her topics wil be:
R. Rephael Aharon Ben Shimon â€“ the chief Rabbi of Egypt between 1890-1920 and his halachic solution for Agunot â€“ most interesting, astonishing and very actual.
Between Halacha and Meta-halacha;
Shiur in Midrash