July 14, 2017 / 20 Tammuz 5777

Shabbat Announcements
Shabbat Announcements 7/14/2017

Friday, July 14, 2017
8:08 pm Candlelighting
7:00 pm Minha/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv
Friday Night D'var Torah: Jeff Weschselblatt
Backyard Davening: Behind Hebrew School Wing (In event of inclement weather, services held in Baum Library)

Saturday, July 15, 2017
9:00 am Shaharit
Morning service.
Guest Darshanit: Stephanie Ives

10:45 am CSAIR Kids
Tot Tefilah

Informal Play July - August
Taub Room-Downstairs

12:30 pm Yiddish Vinkl (Group)

8:08 pm Minha/Maariv
Afternoon/Evening services.
Beit HaMidrash-Downstairs

9:08 pm Shabbat Ends


Looking Ahead

Friday, July 21, 2017
8:03 pm Candlelighting
7:00 pm Minha/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv
Backyard Davening

Saturday, July 22, 2017
9:00 am Shaharit
8:03 pm Minha/Maariv
9:03 pm Shabbat Ends


CSAIR Kiddush Experiment

Throughout the summer CSAIR will provide fresh summer fruits and vegetables at Shabbat Kiddush. Please plan accordingly. Share feedback at: info@csair.org.

Summer Kiddush


Save Me A Seat, PLEASE!

Where do you want to sit on Rosh Hashanah
and Yom Kippur at CSAIR?

Membership 5778Do you want to sit in the seat you've had for years or maybe the one you tried last year? Or would you like to experience a different section of the sanctuary or, perhaps, the parallel service downstairs in the Taub Room?

This year, all High Holiday seats, regardless of their location, will cost the same. You may, if you choose, return to seats that you had last year. If you would like to sit in a new place, we will make every effort to accommodate the request. We will save the seat you want, but we have to receive the membership renewal form from you by Tuesday, August 1.

So please, fill-out the membership forms. You should have received our packet in the mail. Please return them to the office with your check or payment preference or do it safely and securely online.

Whichever form of payment you decide, please submit it no later than Tuesday, August 1.

And, please, remember that in the past our annual dues have not reflected the actual cost of running the shul-currently $3,300 per member. So this year, we established a new category of membership Sustainer that equals that cost. If you can, please consider stretching to become a Sustaining Member, or even make gifts of greater amounts as Leaders, Guardians, or Pillars to help us maintain our beautiful building and our full schedule of inspiring services and engaging programs. (Click here to see a table of all membership levels.)


The View from Whitefish, Montana: Francine Roston
Responding to Anti-Semitism in America

Rabbi Francine Roston
Glacier Jewish Community/B'nai Shalom of MT

Saturday, July 22, 2017
Dvar Torah during shul and discussion after Kiddush.

In December 2016, the Jewish Community of Whitefish MT was the  focus of anti-Semitic cyber-terrorist attacks initiated by Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists. Hear Rabbi Roston share the impact of this experience on the local Jewish community and the various supportive responses from neighbors in Montana and people across the country.  Rabbi Roston will also update us on the legal battle against the perpetrators.

This free event is sponsored by the Gerson Cohen Institute for Adult Jewish Learning.


Safeguarding Our Children

In keeping with CSAIR's commitment to protecting children from abuse, a standing Child Protection Committee (CPC) has been established to oversee the development, implementation and monitoring of an ongoing child protection program at CSAIR. Safeguarding Our Children, A Child Protection Statement, our child protection policy, and other important and practical information about this effort can be found here.

The members of the committee include: Cliff Nerwen (Chair), Miriam Westheimer, Sandy Mislow, Rabbi Barry Dov Katz, Mason Voit and Abby Pitkowsky.

For any questions about Child Protection at CSAIR, contact the committee at childsafety@csair.org.


Haifa SynagogueTravel Plans for 2018?

Please fill out the CSAIR congregational trip survey about a group visit to Israel!

Rabbi Barry Dov Katz would like to invite you to consider joining him on a trip to Israel in 2018. Whether you are a first time visitor or someone who has been to Israel many times, consider being part of an exciting, synagogue based visit to Israel.

Cliff Stanton, a member of the congregation, is helping gauge interest and coordinate the trip. If you have interest in this trip, please fill out this survey form.

Please send any questions or inquiries to info@CSAIR.org.

The date of an informational meeting has yet to be determined.


Make A Minyan, Make A Difference!
Morning and Evening Minyans could benefit from your presence. Please join us especially Monday mornings at 7am and Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm for our daily minyanim. Sometimes life intervenes and the minyan falls short. If you can commit to once a week or once a month, you give a substantial good to your synagogue and your neighbors. Please attend morning/evening minyans.


Riverdale Jewish Project

Explore Brooklyn Pub Crawl
Sunday, July 30

Details | RSVP by Monday, July 24

We're going on a Brooklyn Literary Pub Crawl led by a professional tour guide from NYC, Literary Pub Crawls.

Hitting three neighborhoods in Brooklyn, this tour covers some of the last sections of historically protected Brooklyn. Through the stunning and varying architecture, the winding streets, and the three pubs we hit, you will wander back in time to the founding of this great city and the nation, while learning of the great literary and artistic tradition that the neighborhood fostered.

We'll visit Brooklyn's oldest bar, see the effects of gentrification and of the modifications of Robert Moses, follow some of the routes of the Underground Railroad, and learn how Brooklyn became the most famous borough in the world.


Ruth Behar

"SAVE THE DATE" Launch of CSAIR Adult Jewish Learning 2017-18 series

Many Migrations:
My Story as a Cuban Jew

Presented by professor and author Ruth Behar

On the Shabbat of September 16, 2017, University of Michigan Professor and MacArthur "Genius" Award winner Ruth Behar will speak about the history and current situation of the Jews of Cuba. She will also discuss her creative work as a novelist and poet bringing Jewish-Cuban stories, memories, and sensibilities into American literature.

Behar is a member of the Jewish Cuban diaspora and a longtime scholar of the Jewish community in Cuba. She will speak following a post-services Kiddush featuring authentic Cuban dishes. Her debut novel for young readers, Lucky Broken Girl, which tells the story of a Cuban-Jewish immigrant girl, is available for purchase at the shul office and can be autographed the Friday afternoon before the talk.


Mark Your Calendars for the 9th Season of Intimate Voices!

Intimate VoicesOur dates are set, and as we continue to work on artist and program details, we are happy to already tell you that Renée Jolles and James Wilson will return for the ninth straight season, and Carsten Schmidt (and one of his beautiful harpsichords) will join us in January for another wonderful Baroque evening. All this in our acoustically excellent home, the lovely CSAIR sanctuary - the perfect intimate venue for experiencing chamber music of all periods.

So save the dates; November 11, 2017, January 20, 2018 and March 3, 2018, and check our website at www.intimatevoices.org for more program and artist information coming soon. We look forward to another great season of world-class music in Riverdale.

- Sheila Reinhold



Adult Bat/Bar Mitzvah Course

Adult Bar-Bat Mitvah ClassesPerhaps you never had the chance to ascend the bimah as a Bat or Bar Mitzvah. Maybe you did, but want to do it again, at a time in your life when you will appreciate your connection to Judaism in a different way.

On Wednesday evenings this fall, we hope to offer a course designed for adult learners of any age who want to have this experience. It will provide an in-depth study of the Jewish lifecycle, holidays, history, and core Jewish concepts. You will learn to chant from the Torah and participate in a Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony in Spring 2019.

No prior experience is necessary. If you need to learn/improve your Hebrew reading, we will work together to find a tutor/class who can help you. The class will be taught by Rabbi Katz, Cantor Stevens, and others. We would like to gauge interest. If you are interested, please reply to secretary@csair.org.


Teen ExperienceNew Teen Learning Experience Set to Launch in Fall 2017

As we plan our new Teen Learning Experience to launch in Fall 2017, we are collecting information from families with teens who may be interested in participating. Please click here to learn more and let us know your child's interest via our quick survey.

It is our hope that teens will choose to participate in this new learning experience as well as volunteer as Project Chaverim Teen Fellows.

Please share this information with families of teens that may be interested. For more information, please contact Mason Voit, Education Director or visit our dedicated webpage.


Teen Volunteers Needed

CSAIR is looking for teen volunteers to help lead Shabbat morning activities for 8-11 year-old kids. Have a special interest or talent? Let's figure out how to make it into a Shabbat chug for kids. Email Mason Voit for more information.


Do it with Kiddush at CSAIR!

Kiddush is a great way to celebrate these special moments with family, friends & colleagues. Co- sponsorships are available for Shabbatot & holidays.

For more information, contact Executive Director Jennifer Knobe or 718-543-8400.

More information is available here.


Friday, July 28, 2017
7:56 pm Candlelighting
7:00 pm Minha/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv
Backyard Davening

Saturday, July 29, 2017
9:00 am Shaharit
7:56 pm Minha/Maariv
8:56 pm Shabbat Ends


Friday, August 4, 2017
7:49 pm Candlelighting
7:00 pm Minha/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv
Backyard Davening

Saturday, August 5, 2017
9:00 am Shaharit
7:49 pm Minha/Maariv
8:49 pm Shabbat Ends


Friday, August 11, 2017
7:40 pm Candlelighting
7:00 pm Minha/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv
Backyard Davening

Saturday, August 12, 2017
9:00 am Shaharit
7:40 pm Minha/Maariv
8:40 pm Shabbat Ends

Judaica Children's Gifts

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