Yom Chamishi, 25 Av 5777


September 2016

Dear Members and Friends,

As we prepare for the coming High Holy Days we begin our time of deep reflection on this past year. We look back at our accomplishments and our failures, at our hopes and our dreams. We find joy in the friends and family around us and mourn for those no longer with us.  As we turn toward the future we all wish for a healthy, happy and more peaceful New Year.

We are coming to the end of our cycle of Torah readings and will soon begin again. Our TJCRS principal and staff along with Rabbi Gordon are excited to be starting this New Year. Our Choir is hard at work rehearsing and our Ritual Committee is busy organizing things to help make our services meaningful and beautiful. We have a new Machzor!  It will add new levels of beauty and reflection to our worship.

Within a few weeks many congregants, friends, area clergy and government officials will gather at our Gala dinner, the final event marking our sesquicentennial year. These events have provided all with opportunities to celebrate our rich history and plan ahead to assure that our congregation will continue to be a spiritual home for generations to come.

We are just a few months away from the end of our second term as your Co-Presidents. We admit that we never thought we would be writing this year’s letter to you!  Our hope is that we have done honor to the position we’ve held.  Please join us in hoping and praying that our next leaders are committed to continuing the traditions we all hold so close to our hearts. Join them in all of their efforts to fill our sacred spaces with vibrant and loving activity. We thank Rabbi Gordon, the Board of Trustees, TJCRS and our entire membership for your support during the past few years. We hope that you will find comfort and community here now and always.

While we always try to speak and act with good intentions, we know that we are not always successful. We sincerely repent and seek your forgiveness for anything we may have said or done that offended any of you in any way. Please come to us if you need to share any concerns.

We wish you all a healthy and sweet New Year.  Shanah tovah u’metukah!

Ferne L Dutkin, Co-President                              Karen Klevanosky, Co-President


High Holy Day Schedule for 5777/2016
Sunday, October 2 8:00 pm Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
Monday, October 3 9:30 am Rosh Hashanah Morning Service
  11:00 am - Noon Children’s Services
(K’ton ton -Grade 2)  and Junior Congregation (Grades 3-7)
  NOTE:  The Shofar Services occurs in three separate parts in our new machzor (prayerbook.)  The first shofar blowing will likely be between 10:30-11 am, and the second and third between noon and 12:30 pm
  12:30 pm Kiddush/light lunch 
  1:45 pm Leave for Tashlich – Monument Square at the end of Second Street.  New stairs are open from River Street


Sunday, October 9 11:00 am Cemetery Service at Congregation Berith Sholom Cemetery with Rabbi Gordon. Through prayer and meditation we honor those who have come before us.  If you have loved ones or friends buried in our cemetery, please join us to honor their memory.
Tuesday,  October 11 7:15 pm ‘Cello Kol Nidre prelude
  (We will be unable to seat anyone between 7:15 and 7:30 pm)
  7:30 pm Kol Nidre Service
Wednesday, October 12 10:00 am Yom Kippur Morning Service
  Noon – 1 pm Children’s Services (K’ton ton -Grade 2)  and (Grades 3-5)
  1:15 pm Yizkor Service (approximate time)
   2:30 – 4:00 pm Yom Kippur Creative Interlude led by Audrey Seidman
  4:15 pm Afternoon Service
  6:00 pm Ne’ilah, followed by Havdalah
  6:45 pm After Sunset - Communal Break the fast
sponsored by Leo and Martha Levy
Wednesday, October 19 5:30  – 6:45 pm “Pizza in the Hut” Sukkot celebration for 3rd-7th grade
Friday, October 21 5:45 pm
6:00 pm
6:15 pm
7:00 pm
7:30 pm
Shabbat B’Yachad “Shabbat Together” – Doors open
Candle lighting and blessing of children
Partial potluck – pasta dish, salad and bread are provided
Children’s service
Shabbat services
Sunday, October 23 2 - 4 pm
5:00 pm
Rabbi and Judy Open Sukkah and potluck followed by
Simchat Torah Service at Congregation Berith Sholom including welcoming new students and unfurling the Torah

The Berith Sholom Choir and Leslie Boyer will lead Berith Sholom Services with Rabbi Gordon.
There will be security and greeters at the entrance of our Synagogue. Please bring identification with you. Guests must check in.
There is no seating in the sanctuary until 30 minutes before services start to allow the Choir to warm up.
Child care will be available in the school wing 9:30 am – 12 noon on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
  • Reservations must be made in advance by calling the Synagogue Office at 272-8872.
  • Rosh Hashanah deadline:  9/28/16     Yom Kippur deadline:  10/6/16
  • Child care is available to Berith Sholom members only. We are sorry that we cannot accommodate children of guests in our child care.
  • A donation to help defray costs is requested.
  • Children will not be permitted to wander back and forth through the Social Hall. If you wish to remove a child from child care, please use the outside door to the school wing so as not to disturb those worshiping downstairs.
Parking Options:  Russell Sage lots
There are two lots, one directly across Division Street and another large lot down the alley across Division Street.
In order to keep members with allergies more comfortable,
please refrain from wearing cologne or perfume to Services.