July 4, 2024/28 Sivan 5784

July Monthly Newsletter

Included in This Newsletter

Membership Drive Has Begun

Voices of Peace Concert Trip

Beach Shabbat Rescheduled

Rabbi's Corner

Weekly D'var Torah

New 2024-2025 Shir Ami Calendar Link

Social Action Opportunities

Greenwich Jewish News & New Jewish Voice

NOTE: The 2024-2025 Shir Ami Membership drive began July 1st. You should have received an email this week.

Spotlight Calendar

Members and guests are always welcome to attend our Shir Ami Services, Classes and Special Events (fees may apply)


Soul Spa: The Torah Cycle (virtual)

(a yearlong weekly series)

Saturdays, July 13th, July 20th and July 27th

Note: There is no class on July 6th.

Shabbat Beach Service (in person)

Friday, July 19th

6:00 PM gathering; 6:45 PM Service

Note: There is no Board meeting in July.


HHD Prep Series Class (virtual)

Tuesdays, August 13th, August 20th, August 27th (the series continues in September on September 3, 10, 17 and 24)

7:00 PM

Nature Shabbat Service (in person)

Friday, August 16th

6:00 PM

Board Meeting (virtual)

Monday, August 19th

7:00 PM

2024-2025 Calendar is now available on our website.

Click here

Contact Us:

Email Address




Donations and Payments


Mailing Address

1273 E. Putnam Ave

​PO Box 312

Riverside, CT 06878

Sunday, July 14th

We hope you can join us for for a special Voices of Peace Concert - see below under "Summer Musical Events" for more details and to register by July 7th.

Beach Shabbat Service

Friday, July 19th

Gathering & Picnic 6:00 PM

Service begins at 6:45 PM

Tod's Point Beach

New spot - Seaside Garden

The weather wasn't on our side for our original Beach Shabbat Service on Friday, June 21st. Let's try again -- thanks to the effortrs of Ronnie Polansky -- on Friday, July 19th!

Please join us for our July 19th Friday Night Shabbat Service at Tod's Point and register to indicate that you plan to be there.

Specific details will be sent to those who register, regarding the location of the service and parking, and including a copy of the beach permit for non-residents to enter. Bring your own beach chairs, food and drinks.

As in the past, if there is inclement weather, a decision to move the service to Zoom will be made no later than Friday, July 19th.

An email will be sent to all members, in addition to those guests who registered.

Register for July 19th Shabbat

Shir Ami Membership - Drive Started July 1st!

We warmly welcome you to join our community at Congregation Shir Ami. 

Please visit our Membership Page where you can find:

  • Membership Letter - from our Shir Ami Officers
  • Membership Form - easy-to-fill out online or print
  • Membership Policy - has details on dues, benefits and more

The Benefits of Membership allow you special access to:

  • practice our faith together and learn from the Torah and each other
  • help shape our community
  • support Shir Ami's mission
  • find inspiration in our diverse offerings of services, classes and events where there is something for everybody
  • participate in rituals, group trips and events reserved for members
  • have access to our wonderful clergy for pastoral care and life cycle events
  • recognize our loved ones who have passed during our Yizkor service each year

As with most faith-based organizations, membership dues fuel everything we do and account for 65% of our annual budget. Full dues payments and additional contributions are always appreciated. If an alternate arrangement is needed, please contact Co-Presidents Jackie Marschall at jackiea.broadcast@gmail.com or Marie Orsini Rosen at morsinirosen@gmail.com.

If you are interested and would like to know more, please look for membership information found on our website's membership page. The easy-to-fill-out form may be completed online and submitted with a button, or can be printed out and sent to our mailing address: Congregation Shir Ami | 1273 E Putnam Ave, PO Box 312, Riverside, CT 06878, by July 31st.

Contact us if you have any questions or would like to speak with an officer or our clergy, shirami.info@gmail.com

All are welcome to join our community!

Rabbi's Corner

Spirituality on the Slow

When I began with Shir Ami one year ago, the "early" High Holy Days were fast approaching. Our first months together sometimes felt like launching off an aircraft carrier. 

This year, we get a real summer. Rosh Hashanah won't be until October. This summer, we get to take it slow. What's spirituality on the slow? Read more...

Weekly D'var Torah

D'var Torah by Rabbi David

Parashat Korah

5784 (2024)

How people navigate dispute often says more about them than whatever the dispute might be. The stakes, the context and especially one's own perceived rightness can cause good people to forget the better angels of their nature.

As this week's Torah portion teaches, no one and nowhere is immune – even spiritual community. Read more...

Summer Musical Events

“Voices of Peace” Jerusalem Youth Chorus –

An Extraordinary Musical Event 

Sunday, July 14th

2:00- 3:30 PM

Trinity Church in New York City

Deadline to register: Sunday, July 7th (see below for link)


If you love music, are moved by the talent of today’s youth and are longing for common ground, then you won’t want to miss the Jerusalem Youth Chorus (JYC) on Sunday, July 14, 2024 at Trinity Church in New York. Shir Ami is planning on attending this free event as a group.


The JYC consists of young Palestinians and Israelis who use the power of words and music to foster dialog, understanding, and empathy. The chorus intertwines influences from both East and West, with lyrics in Hebrew, Arabic, and English. “In the JYC, we have a rare chance to truly hear each other, and that’s what makes the chorus a home for all of us,” says a statement from the members of the JYC. Click this link to read more about the JYC.


Voices of Peace is part of the Faith Over Division Tour sponsored by the One America Movement. Admission is free.

The concert will take place Sunday, July 14th from 2:00-3:30 pm, at Trinity Church, 89 Broadway, New York. Before the concert, we hope to gather for a group brunch at 11:30 am at Fraunces Tavern, a 5-minute walk from Trinity Church, at 54 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10004.


If you are interested in attending the concert and the pre-concert brunch (you will need to provide your own transportation), please register NO LATER THAN SUNDAY, JULY 7th, 2024 by clicking the button below. And if you would like to be the volunteer contact for this event and work with Rabbi David on the logistics, let one of the co-presidents know. We could use your help!

Attending this concert as a group is the first in a series of events organized by Shir Ami as we share enjoyable opportunities together and strengthen our community. Look for details for events of interest in the future. And share any events of interest to you that might also be of interest to the congregation! 

Hope to be with you on Sunday, July 14th!

Rabbi David Evan Markus. Spiritual Leader

Jackie Marschall, Co-President

David Green, Treasurer

Marie Orsini Rosen, Co-President

Abby Ross, Secretary

Register for THE JULY 14TH EVENT - Voices of Peace Concert  

Shir Ami Classes

Soul Spa is open to all.

Our Torah study each week on Shabbat morning has become a mainstay of our programming. As we examine the parashat each week under Rabbi David's guidance and questioning, our sacred writings become more familiar, the stories clearer, and the teachings more meaningful.

Soul Spa is free for members and non-members alike. You may drop in as frequently or as infrequently, as you like. Please click here to find the weekly Zoom link and for recordings of previous discussions.

Note: Soul Spa will "go on hiatus" as our "runway to the High Holy Days" classes start in mid-August . Soul Spa will resume after Simcha Torah in early November.

Social Action

School Supplies Needed for
Please consider contributing to the JFS back-to-school drive, helping refugee students start their academic year with the essential supplies they need. Your support can make a significant difference in shaping a brighter future for these students as they embark on their educational journey! Click here to purchase items from their Amazon Wish-List. If you have any questions, please contact Jayme Schneider.

Sometimes the stresses and challenges of life can be more than you can handle alone. JFS of Greenwich is offering a new women’s support group offering the opportunity to meet with other women exploring life challenges in a safe circle of support Gain perspective, heal through shared experience and feel empowered. Meets weekly on Mondays at 6:30 pm evenings at JFS of Greenwich. For more information, contact Cynthia King at cking@jfsgreenwich.org or call 203-622-1881.

Community News

June Issue of

Greenwich Jewish News

Please click here to read the digital version. Please see the Clergy's Corner article by Rabbi David on page 5 and the Shir Ami Beach Shabbat blurb on page 6.

June Issue of

New Jewish Voice

Please click here to read the latest digital version.

Blessings and Simchas

Blessings for a Happy Birthday to all of our members with July birthdays:

Sherrill Cropper - 7/10

Wendy Grodenchik - 7/10

Joan Green - 7/18

Abby Ross - 7/19

Lydia Rouzeau - 7/22

Nancy Collamer - 7/25

Linda Kramer - 7/26

Dylan Rose - 7/26

Austin Cohen - 7/29

Dahni Nisinzweig - 7/30

In our weekly Blessing and Simchas, we invite members to offer congratulations on a special event in someone’s life, blessings for healing, or to remember a loved one.

If you make a special donation and would like to share it in the newsletter’s “Blessings and Simchas, let us know by emailing shirami.info@gmail.com with the subject line, "Blessings and Simchas" no later than 9:00 AM on Monday. Be sure to include the wording for how you want the donation and the donor to be recognized including your name, the occasion and the recipient's names.

You are not required to make a donation but if you chose to, you may do so on our website's donation page or by mailing a check to Congregation Shir Ami, 1273 East Putnam Avenue, P.O. Box 312, Riverside, CT 06870-9998. 

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