קישור שלום ~ Kishur Sholom

Staying Connected with the Temple Sholom Community

17 June 2024 ~ 11 Sivan 5784

Parashat B'ha'alotecha

Chaverim y'karim - dear friends,


When I began my work as a rabbi at Temple Sholom, one of the first things I needed to do was check the Torahs.


We are blessed with three Torahs and I have been working on learning their story.


Torahs all have the same contents (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, & Deuteronomy) but we are rarely told - or know for certain - the story of the circumstances surrounding their having been written.


In a later column, I will address what we know about our three scrolls. What I did notice about our Torahs were their white covers. White is typically the color for Torah covers during the High Holy Days. And so I inquired: Where are the normal, year-round covers? No one seemed to know and after a solid search, none were found.


And so began a process to acquire year-round (save for the High Holy Days) covers. During this upcoming Friday night's Kabbalat Shabbat Service, June 21 at 6:30pm, we will dedicate our new Torah covers.


Created by artists, Margery & Eli Langner of Custom Judaica, they are magnificent. After the service, I will share a picture of the covers ... just know that if you click around the Custom Judaica website, you are in for a real treat and you will get a sense of what our covers look like! The covers have been donated by three of our temple families, to whom we owe much gratitude. Our ark looks even more beautiful and we have been given the chance to perform the act of hiddur mitzvah, of making something beautiful for the sake of performing the commandments.


Many thanks to our temple board for approving the project and most importantly our donors.


The covers are given:



In Honor of Lily and Naomi Adler by Jay Adler;

In Loving Memory of Arthur Klaif by the Klaif Family;

In Loving Memory of Theodore J. Stone by Jeremy and Susan Stone.


Join us for a festive service and a chance to see the Torahs up close! May we find many ways to adorn our lives and actions with the words of Torah and may our sacred work with one another be surrounded with much beauty.


Shavua tov - wishing you a good week,


Rabbi Mark Cohn


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To learn a little about decorating a Torah ...


The Torah and its Adornment - by Dr. Ariel Fein of SmartHistory.Org


How to lift & dress the Torah - presented by two dear friends, Rabbis Eric and Jenny Solomon, who serve as the rabbis of Beth Meyer Synagogue in Raleigh, NC.

ARTICLES & PODCASTS -


"Synagogues' absent fathers" (14 June 2024) by Jenna Weissman Joselin in Tablet Magazine. For decades, rabbis urged dads to play a bigger role in their children's Jewish education.


The Sinai Awards of Tablet Magazine. This list of 36 "tzadikim nistarim" (hidden righteous ones) is an incredible - and at times controversial - snapshot of our current political, social, and cultural landscape. You may nod, criticize, be shocked by, or stand up to applaud any or all of the names. Their being highlighted by Tablet is worth exploring more.


"The World's Deafness to 'Bring Them Home'" (10 June 2024) by Thane Rosenbaum in The Jewish Journal. Rosenbaum explores why it will only be Israel who can bring the hostages home - if it is to happen at all.


"You don't need a rabbi to get married but here's why it is a good idea," (7 June 2024) by Vanessa Ochs in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. More and more couples decide to have a friend, a relative, a coworker become a wedding officiant. Loved ones can provide a beautiful ceremony but a Jewish couple deserves and needs more as they stand beneath the chuppah and more importantly - prepare to do so.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE JCC IN SHERMAN


When Southbury said no to swastikas, with Melinda Elliot. Sunday, July 7 at 1 PM, JCC in Sherman. Learn more about the programs at the JCC here.


A special Kabbalat Shabbat at the JCC in Sherman!! Friday, July 19 at 6:30 PM, followed by the showing of We Will Dance Again at 7:30 PM. A discussion will follow with the film's Executive Producer, Terence Wrong. The film is a documentary examining the horrific Hamas terror attack of October 7th which left over 400 people dead and over 200 kidnapped - many of whom remain in the hands of Islamic Radicalists of Gaza. Temple Sholom is holding its Kabbalat Shabbat service at the JCC in order to partner on this most important topic. All are welcome. 9 Route 39 South, Sherman.



ON-LINE LEARNING


The Courage to be Uncool. Since October 7, American Jews have been pushed out of the places that were once their cultural and political homes. This feeling of outsiderdom is a new one for American Jews, and one that took them by surprise. Join New York Times bestselling author Noa Tishby alongside Bret Stephens on Monday, July 8 at 2:00 PM ET for a conversation on the new position American Jews find themselves in and the steel they will need in the battle to support Israel.

SHABBAT SERVICE SCHEDULE


FRIDAYS AT 6:30 PM


JUNE 21, 28*

JULY 5, 19**

AUGUST 2, 16, 30


*June 28 will be a special shabbat to honor our Executive Director Tamara Potter who will be completing 25 years of service to Temple Sholom. Join us for a special evening, which will include participation from Cantor Laura Beznick who served our congregation from 2016-2022.


**July 19 will be at the JCC in Sherman. See panel above.


SATURDAYS AT 10:30 AM


JULY 6

AUGUST 3

SHABBAT TORAH STUDY

Led by CJ Kelly


SATURDAYS AT 9:30 AM



JUNE 22, 29

JULY 6*, 13, 20, 27

AUGUST 3*, 10, 17, 24, 31


*Led by Rabbi Cohn

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