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Parsha of the Week: 
Shoftm: Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9
Judaism of the Week: The Noahide Laws

This week's parsha deals with the seventh (and singularly positive) commandment of the seven Noahide laws - the laws that all peoples on Earth should subscribe to, Jewish or not. They are:
  1. Idolatry is forbidden. Man is commanded to believe in the One G-d alone and worship only Him.
  2. Incestuous and adulterous relations are forbidden. Human beings are not sexual objects, nor is pleasure the ultimate goal of life.
  3. Murder is forbidden. The life of a human being, formed in G-d's image, is sacred.
  4. Cursing the name of G-d is forbidden. Besides honoring and respecting G-d, we learn from this precept that our speech must be sanctified, as that is the distinctive sign which separated man from the animals.
  5. Theft is forbidden. The world is not ours to do with as we please.
  6. Eating the flesh of a living animal is forbidden. This teaches us to be sensitive to cruelty to animals. (This was commanded to Noah for the first time along with the permission of eating meat. The rest were already given to Adam in the Garden of Eden.)
  7. Mankind is commanded to establish courts of justice and a just social order to enforce the first six laws and enact any other useful laws or customs. (See The Seven Noahide Laws)
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Parshat Shoftim: What the Torah Says About Justice
"Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue."


  • August 21Friday @ 6:15 pm - Erev Shabbat Services
  • August 22Saturday @ 9:30 am - Shabbat Services, Let's Make a Minyan
  • August 28Friday @ 6:15 pm - Erev Shabbat Service
  • September 4Friday @ 6:15 pm - Erev Shabbat Service
  • September 5Saturday @ 9:30 am - Shabbat Service, Let's Make a Minyan! 
    • 6:30 pm  Seudah Shisheet & Havdalah @ Tom & Judy Freeman
  • September 11Friday @ 6:15 pm  - Erev Shabbat Service  
  • September 12Saturday @ 9:30 am – Shabbat Service – Let’s make a Minyan! 
  • September 13Sunday @ 6:15 pm - Erev Rosh Hashannah Service
  • September 14, Monday @ 8:30 am - First day of Rosh Hashannah Service with Guest Hazan, Mark Singer, Shofar Blowing by Paul Stallman, followed by Tashlich, Laguna Lake (bring your bread pieces)
    •  6:15 pm - Evening Service
  • September 15Tuesday @ 8:30 am - Second Day of Rosh Hashannah Service, Guest Hazan, Mark Singer
Join us for our community potlucks! Bring your favorite veggie dish to share: salad, main course, or dessert!
Tzaddikim needed!
Help the homeless!
Join our dedicated TNS team in preparing and serving food at the Prado Day Center on Tuesday September 1, beginning at 11:30 am. Contact organizer Carol Berger at 481-2086 or
Lead our davening!
Please volunteer to read Torah, Haftarah or give the D’var Torah in our friendly, supportive lay-lead Friday and Saturday Shabbat Services.  Contact Mike Sommer at
High Holiday Announcement!
We are delighted to announce that Mark Singer will join us in leading services on Rosh Hashanna, along with Rabbi Chorny and members of the congregation.  Mark is an accomplished singer/actor with an extensive performance history in concert, the theater, opera, and cabaret, along with a career of writer, arts executive, actor, CFO and Wall Street investor. His father, Cantor Isadore Singer had a forty year career as a cantor.  He spent 32 of those years as Chazzan at Temple Emanuel in Passaic, New Jersey.  

Gary Canant and Paul Stallman will delight us with extraordinary Shofar sounds.

More on Rabbi Chorny:
In May of 2014, Rabbi Chorny was ordained and received a Masters Degree in Talmud from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York.  He holds a BS degree from Penn State and is fluent in Spanish and proficient in French and Hebrew.

Rabbi Chorny received the David Scharps Memorial Prize in Talmud and a fellowship from Rabbis Without Borders.
Help make a minyan!
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2nd&4th Sat: 9:30 am
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10:30 am Torah study

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Community News:

Todah rabah! We received a donation from Rhoda Kwartner in memory of her brother Elliot.

Temple Ner Shalom is once again planning an Adult Education program for this fall and winter. Our classes will be led by Rabbi Chorny. While details will be announced in the coming months, we need your feedback on what topics you'd like to know more about, or are passionate about. Please contact Susan Shalit with suggestions asap so that we can more closely meet your needs and interests. 

TNS has just received another shipment of Mahzor Lev Shalem, the new prayer book for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. They can be purchased for $30 from Susan Stern-Pearl.  Please contact her at: if you need to place your order.

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Happy Birthday to:
August 21 Asher Storm

Congratulations to Beth and Aaron Cohen on the birth of their daughter Autumn Juliet; she is Jayne and Steve Cohen's newest grand daughter. 

Send us your simchas! New house? New baby? New business venture?
Community Prayers:
  • Maxie Canant
  • David Cohen
  • Jody Eastman
  • Sophie Fishman
  • Hannah Len
Elul 1, Aug. 16 Tauba Kapustyansky,
Relative of Marianna Pilch
Elul 6, Aug. 21 Lila Diringer,
Mother of Joel Diringer
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