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WELCOME TO CSAIR

We are an inclusive, egalitarian congregation dedicated to Torah -- Jewish learning, Avodah -- prayer and observance, and Gemilut Chasadim -- acts of kindness and social responsibility. Our members include people of diverse ages, backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, income levels and approaches to religious practice and thought. We are individuals. We are single parent, double parent, interfaith, multiracial, empty nester, blended families and more. Whoever you are, we welcome you to learn, pray, and create a community with us.

For SERVICE INFORMATION, please see below or view the  Calendar or Shabbat Bulletin.
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Ask Dr. Ruth
Sunday, December 8, 8:00 PM

Come watch the critically acclaimed movie that chronicles the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, an orphan of the Holocaust, who became America's most famous sex therapist. With her diminutive frame, thick German accent, and uninhibited approach to sex therapy and education, Dr. Ruth transformed the conversation around sexuality. Dr. Ruth revisits her painful past and unlikely path to a career at the forefront of the sexual revolution.

There will be a talk back after the screening with Dr. Ruth.  Free and open to the public.


Weird and Wild Stories from the Tanakh
Wednesdays, December 11, 18, 8:00 PM

Did you know there is child sacrifice in the Bible? Children of divine beings and humans? Witches and Ghosts? Come study stories about Yiftach the Judge, the heroes of old, and King Saul that they never taught you about in school and delve into what these stories can teach us today. 

Rabbi Katie Greenberg, Director of Engagement and Programming CSAIR


Shabbat B'Yachad
Friday, December 13, 2019

A new and innovative Shabbat evening experience created to bring our diverse community together. - Full details just below!


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Marsha Dane Stern Hebrew School
 

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Mornings
M-F 7:00 AM
Sundays 9:00 AM
Evenings
Sun.-Thurs. 7:30 PM
Legal Holidays
9:00 AM
New Year’s Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, December 25

Shabbat B'Yachad  ::  Friday, December 13, 2019

A new and innovative Shabbat evening experience created to bring our diverse community together.

SERVICES
The evening begins at 5:45 PM with an experimental family service for parents and kids of all ages.

Or choose...

A spirited traditional service drawing on what we learned from musical guests Joey Weisenberg and Rabbi Josh Warshawksky.

DINNER
Festive Shabbat dinner where you can meet new friends and eat delicious food.

FUN
Join us for a Chanukah themed activity.

Click here to register
Registration closes at Noon on Wednesday, December 11.

SERVICE INFORMATION

Friday, December 13, 2019 (15 Kislev)
Shabbat B'Yachad Service and Dinner at 5:45 PM
Register (registration ends Wednesday, December 11th) Details above.

Candlelighting 4:10 PM

Saturday, December 14, 2019 (16 Kislev)
Shaharit, 9:00 AM
Morning service. 
~ Sanctuary-Upstairs

Minyan Kivinu, 9:00 AM
Full traditional liturgy, spirited singing, and minimal
interruptions aimed at creating an intense focus on the davvening. A 30 minute shiur (class) follows the service.
~ Library-Upstairs

Shabbat Shelanu, 10:45 AM
~Taub Room-Downstairs

Tefilat Yeladim, 10:45 AM
~ Board Room-Downstairs

HaMoadon, 10:45 AM
~ Beit HaMidrash-Downstairs

Hug Ivri, 12:30 PM
CSAIR’s monthly Hebrew discussion group.
~ Board Room– Downstairs

Minha/Maariv, 4:10 PM
Afternoon/evening services.
~ Beit HaMidrash-Downstairs

Havdalah, 5:10 PM

 

Sisterhood Fundraisers: Sunday, December 8.
Costume Jewelry Sale, 9:00 AM-Noon.

Donate your unwanted costume jewelry to the CSAIR office prior to Sunday. Good as Gold Girls, 12:00 PM.
Get cash for your gold and silver as well as free appraisals for gold/silver, jewelry, household items, etc.
More information, call: Anita Nerwen 718-796-6494 or Leah Praskin at 718-884-0883.

Bonus: The Gift Shop will be open throughout the events.

Programming & Education  
Learning for adults, teens and youth

Printed Guide
Why attend a class, program or service? Rabbi Yehoshua ben Perachya offers one rationale.  Speaking to Jews in the second century BCE, he said, “Find yourself a teacher and make a friend.” (Avot 1:6) It is still good advice. So often today, people list loneliness and lack of community as some of the biggest challenges in their lives. We chose Rabbi Yehoshua’s words as the theme for this year’s education and programming book for this reason.

Gerson D. Cohen Institute for Adult Education Learning

Young Children's Family Programs
 

UPCOMING PROGRAMING
Click here for complete details

Torah for Today: Parshat HaShavua
Tuesday mornings, 10:30 AM

Next Steps: Hebrew and Synagogue Skills
8 Thursdays, 8:00 PM started October 31

Ask Dr. Ruth
Sunday, December 8, 8:00 PM

Weird and Wild Stories from the Tanakh
Wednesdays, December 11, 18, 8:00 PM

Israeli Cooking - The Ingathering of Cultures and Flavors
Session I:  Second Class - Monday, December 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM

LGBTQ Allyship as Spiritual Practice
Thursday, December 12, 8:00 PM

Book Group - Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
Sunday, December 15, 10:30 AM

Sisterhood Anti-Fraud Training
Tuesday, December 17, 6:00 PM
The Sisterhood is sponsoring a training with Police Officer Ralph Cintron from the 50th Precinct. Officer Cintron will provide information on how to protect yourself from all types of fraud and how to recognize and avoid scams. Please join us.  If you need transportation, contact Margaret Danishefsky.

Bring Home Big Jewish Values
Sunday, December 22 at 9:45 PM - Chanukah with Rabbi Greenberg

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

All Events
  • Sunday
    Dec  8
    Ask Dr. Ruth
    Sunday, Dec 8th 8:00p
    Come watch the critically acclaimed movie that chronicles the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, an orphan of the Holocaust, who became America's most famous sex therapist. With her diminutive frame, thick German accent, and uninhibited approach to sex therapy and education, Dr. Ruth transformed the conversation around sexuality. Dr. Ruth revisits her painful past and the unlikely path to a career at the forefront of the sexual revolution. There will be a talkback with Dr. Ruth after the screening. Free and open to the public.

    MORE INFO

  • Monday
    Dec  9
    Israeli Cooking- The In-gathering of Cultures and Flavors
    Monday, Dec 9th 6:30p to 8:30p
    Join in the making of four diverse dinner menus: sumac chicken, lamb with eggplant, Veracruz fish with salsa, and mukmura (a gently spiced chicken dish from Calcutta). The dishes will be accompanied by flavorful salads and vegetables. Session l: Mondays, November 4, and December 9, 2019—6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Session II: Mondays, January 13, and January 27, 2020—6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $90 per person per session (includes dinner and take-home leftovers). Enrollment limited to 12 people. Pre-registration required. All classes taught by Judy Matthews, assisted by Leona Chudy and Faye Warren.

    MORE INFO

  • Tuesday
    Dec  10
    Rabbi's Class
    Tuesday, Dec 10th 10:30a to 12:00p
    Each week we will look at selections from the Parshat Hashavua for the coming weekend along with ancient and modern commentary. Our learning will focus on deep understanding and connecting the themes of the weekly reading to what is going on today in our lives. No experience necessary. All texts provided in English along with the Hebrew version. Free to Sisterhood members and members of CSAIR affiliates. Nominal fee for others. Sponsored by Sisterhood (but open to men and women!)

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            ZMANIM

Alot Hashachar 5:39a
Earliest Tallit 6:12a
Netz (Sunrise) 7:07a
Latest Shema 9:27a
Zman Tefillah 10:14a
Chatzot (Midday) 11:47a
Mincha Gedola 12:11p
Mincha Ketana 2:31p
Plag HaMincha 3:29p
Shkiah (Sunset) 4:28p
Tzeit Hakochavim 5:13p
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INCLUSION

If any accommodations are needed for you or a loved one to participate in any synagogue activities, please contact Estefany Tavarez at 718-543-8400 x 0 or operations@csair.org. 

Learn more about CSAIR's inclusion here.

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New to Riverdale or to CSAIR? We are so glad you are here!

For questions about getting involved at CSAIR, please contact Director of Engagement and Programming Rabbi Katie Greenberg at 718-543-8400 (ext. 1) or at engagement@csair.org.

Sun, December 8 2019 10 Kislev 5780