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September 2020

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Study Psalm 27

Study Psalm 27

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - 7:00pm
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Study Psalm 27 with Caroline Isaacs
Wednesday September 2nd at 7 PM

The beautiful Psalm 27 is traditionally read at the end of every service from Rosh Chodesh Elul till the end of Sukkot.  Have you wondered why? Whether you already do this practice, hope to deepen your experience, are just now considering it or your curiosity has been piqued, you are invited to come and explore what this psalm might mean to you. We will look a little at the history of the practice, but mostly will discuss the words and images themselves. Please bring any and all versions and translations of the psalm that you have, or that you download off the web. You might want to have writing materials and art materials handy as well; we'll see where our explorations take us.

Please contact the TBE Office for Zoom link info.

09/02/2020 - 7:00pm
 
 
Racial Equity Roundtable

Racial Equity Roundtable

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Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 5:30pm
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Racial Equity Roundtable: Talking With Kids About Identity, Race and Racism

Thursday, September 3, 2020 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM PDT - Online

Dear Community Member,

If you haven't yet, there is still time to register for next Thursday's Virtual Racial Equity Roundtable!

At the September 2020 Virtual Roundtable, we're excited to offer an opportunity to listen, learn from each other, and consider strategies about how families can talk about identity, race, and racism with kids. As families adapt to the return of school in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and international protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, many parents and guardians are considering how they can best share about the reality of these times with their families.

In this session, we will delve into the importance of taking an active stance against racism with children as well as highlight what is at risk if we assume a neutral or passive approach. A diverse panel of guests including children and parents will share about their experiences of talking about identity, race, and racism in their families.
In addition to hearing from community members on the panel, the September Roundtable will include participation via the chat feature in Zoom as well as live conversation in race-based affinity groups. Participants will be asked whether they identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) or non-BIPOC/White when they register). We look forward to seeing you there!

This month's Roundtable will be facilitated by Sharrone Blanck, President of the Eureka NAACP and Meridith Oram, works on racial equity on campus, in the community and in TK-12 schools with HSU's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Recordings of Racial Equity Roundtables will not be made available. Just as when we met together in person, putting learning into practice via dialogue, relationship building and accountability are key to the Equity Alliance's approach to racial equity learning.

We want to ensure that everyone who is interested in attending is able to. No one is turned away for lack of funds, and we offer a sliding fee scale, including a scholarship option.
*Please note that we are unable to provide Spanish interpretation for this Roundtable as previously stated. We extend our apologies, and will be working to make this option available for future Roundtables.

Have you attended a roundtable? Please leave us your feedback here!

If you have any questions about the event or how to register, please contact us at equitynorthcoast@hafoundation.org.

Thank you for your time and we hope to see you.

Sincerely,

Rachel Montgomery
Equity Alliance of the North Coast
equitynorthcoast@hafoundation.org

09/03/2020 - 5:30pm
 
 
Friday Shabbat Service
09/04/2020 - 7:00pm
 
 
Saturday Morning Torah Study

Saturday Morning Torah Study

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Saturday, September 5, 2020 - 8:30am
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Saturday Morning Torah Study with Rabbi Bob
 
Sep 5th at 8:30 AM 

Greetings all -

"Rise and shine, and give G-d your glory glory" the gospel song goes -- which is adapted from the opening verse of this week's haftarah - an absolutely stunning rebuttal of the dire warnings contained in this week's parasha.

I hope we take some time to read at least some of it (Isaiah 60:1-22).

Most people, when they think about Ki Tavo, remember the curses that just seem to keep going and going, getting progressively more horrendous (D'varim 27:15-69).
Thankfully, we get to skip them this year.

And yet, and yet - might I suggest taking a look at these verses - along with the beautiful blessings that come first (D'varim 28:1-14) - as we approach the penitential prayers of Slichot next Saturday evening: Are these blessings and curses Torah's way of reminding us to pay attention to our deeds, as well as thoughts, because in just two weeks we'll be gathering (via Zoom) as our Days of Awe begin, and we prepare to ask G-d (however we think of G-d) for another year?

Ki Tavo reminds us that this- life itself - is serious stuff, and not to be taken lightly.

Our readings this week:
1) D'varim 26:1-3
2) 26:4-8
3) 26:9-11
4) 26:12-15
5) 26:16-19
6) 27:1-4
7) 27:5-10

Please contact the TBE Office for the Zoom link, which as always will go ZoomLive at 8:30 for schmoozing, followed with our bracha at 9 as we check in on how we are preparing for the upcoming Days of Awe.

09/05/2020 - 8:30am
 
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Monday Night Torah

Monday Night Torah

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Monday, September 7, 2020 - 6:00pm
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Monday Night Torah
with Simcha (Phil) Lazzar
September 7th, 2020
6pm-7pm
 
Labor Day: For Honoring The Workers
Labor Day is a special day set aside to celebrate and honor the workers.
 
In carpentry there are special tools such as saws for making separations and hammers for attaching things together. In pottery there are special tools. This is true for all crafts, that there are special tools for the workers to use in their craft. Although the activities of the craftspeople benefit people in general, for example, carpenters can build a house and the potter can form bowls, the tools themselves are not at all for the people but rather only for the workers.
 
The workers must know what each tool is for and how best to use it. Learning to use tools takes time, study, and experience. Oftentimes the workers will have mentors and teachers to guide them in safe and productive ways.
 
In Judaism, we have our sages of blessed memory to guide us in safe and productive ways. But more than that, they guide us to something we call connecting with G-d.
 
From the teachings of Rav Yehuda Ashlag ztz'l, we learn that religion, all of it, is solely for the workers. In Judaism we have the Torah and mitzvot and Rav Ashlag explains that these are tools for the workers. Although people in general benefit from the workers using the tools, the tools themselves are not at all for the people but rather they are solely for the workers.
 
In the article "The Essence of the Torah and its Purpose", Rav Ashlag explains what the tools, the Torah and mitzvot, are for. He explains that their purpose is to purify us and unite us and, through this, to bring the world to the knowledge of G-d, which is the same thing as world peace.
 
As I understand it, a prerequisite for world peace, is that we transform ourselves, individually as well as communally, from selfishness to selflessness, from self-centered to G-d-centered, and from egoism to altruism. The Torah, the mitzvot, as well as the ma'asim tovim (good deeds) are the tools for this transformation process from which the entire world benefits.
 

B-H' we'll explore these ideas further in class.

09/07/2020 - 6:00pm
 
 
 
 
 
Friday Shabbat Service

Friday Shabbat Service

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Friday, September 11, 2020 - 6:30pm
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Friday Night Service with Nicole Barchilon Frank 
Special guests: Shofar, Flowers and Song - 6:30pm
 
Well, Rosh Hashanah is almost here, and we're all ready for a really different new year! Rabbi Zalman Schacter Shalomi, May his memory be for a Blessing said about the times we would be living in that we needed to: "meditate well between contractions for we are in a great birthing now." This teaching moves me deeply and reminds me to slow down and breathe between all the deaths, fires, fear, and contractions and storms of our times. There will be more contracting, death and difficulty and celebrations. In order to be present for them, we have to take time to breath and rest between the events/contractions. Shabbat is a breath between contractions. Please join me to celebrate this breath between.
Also, food for your Elul practices from a class I attended with Jason Blau, a member of Bonai Shalom, in Boulder Colorado, on Zoom:
 
1. They asked wisdom: "What is the punishment for a wrongdoer/sinner?" She said to them: "Evil will pursue wrongdoers/sinners."
2. They asked prophecy: "What is the punishment for a wrongdoer/sinner ?" She said to them: "The person who does wrong/sins will die."
3. They asked the Torah: "What is the punishment for a wrongdoer/sinner ?" She said to them: "Let him bring a guilt offering and be atoned for."
4. They asked the Holy and Blessed One: "What is the punishment for a wrongdoer/sinner?" The Holy One said to them: "Let her do teshuvah and be atoned for."
 
~Pesikta de-Rav Kahana #24, Shuvah, Eretz Yisrael, Late Antiquity
 
"What is complete teshuvah? When a person again confronts a heit/wrongdoing/sin they committed, is capable of doing it again, but nonetheless refrains from doing so in order to repent, not simply because they are afraid of the consequences or too weak to carry out the act. For example: If a person had a forbidden sexual encounter with someone, and then later was in private quarters with that same person, in the same geographic area, still filled with the same lust and virility, but nonetheless refrained and did not heit/sin, that is complete teshuvah...
But if a person only repented in old age, thus lacking the power to do what they would have done at an earlier point in life, this is not ideal teshuvah but it nonetheless counts and such a person is considered a ba'al teshuva -a penitent person. Even if a person was a wrongdoer their whole life and then repented on the day of death and died in a state of teshuvah, all heits/sins are forgiven..." ~Rambam, Hilkhot Teshuvah 2:1 

Click here for the Siddur for Nicole's service.

Please contact the TBE Office for Zoom link info.

09/11/2020 - 6:30pm
 
 
Saturday Morning Torah Study

Saturday Morning Torah Study

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Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 8:30am
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Saturday Morning Torah Study
with Rabbi Bob - 8:30am

Good Shabbos to all 
 
Double portion this week - our last time together until we gather for Rosh HaShana next shabbos.
 
In many ways, these two portions represent the culmination of Moses' teachings that have carried the Israelites through their years of wandering, wondering, and rebelling. Painfully aware that he is nearing the end of his life, Moses wants to make sure that we "get it" and are ready, willing and able to persevere under Joshua's leadership.

Isn't this much like the way we find ourselves now - doing our utmost to do everything we want/need to do in preparation for the Days of Awe which, much like Moses' own death, are hurtling toward us with no concern for how prepared we are?
 
Moses makes it very clear that he is talking to everyone - all of Israel, no matter whether they are actually "standing there" that day, or even whether they've even been born. No - Moses is talking to all of us. No excuses, folks!

One thing I love about this particular double portion is the juxtaposition of the two titles: Nitsavim - standing - and Vayelech - moving.

I find a lesson here for how to approach life:
First: Stop. Stand still. Breathe. Look around. Quiet the mind to be able to "see" what's really happening, and what is really needed.
Then: Move. Do what needs to be done, coming from that grounded place, as opposed to running off without full understanding of the needs of the moment and how best to address them.
 
What a sweet way to approach Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur!
 
And here's today's open book quiz: How many times does some version of "shuv/return" appear in 30:1-10?
 
Our readings:
1) D'varim 29:9-11
2) 29:12-14
3) 29:15-28
4) 30:1-3
5) 30:4-6
6) 30:7-10
7) 30:11-14
 
Please contact the TBE Office for Zoom link, which as always will go ZoomLive at 8:30 for schmoozing, followed with our bracha at 9 as we check in on how we are doing in terms of Stopping/Standing as we move ahead toward the upcoming Days of Awe.

See you there!
Rabbi Bob
09/12/2020 - 8:30am
 
 
Havdalah/Selichot Service

Havdalah/Selichot Service

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Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 7:45pm
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Rabbi Naomi will lead Havdalah at 7:45 on Zoom, followed by a Selichot observance.
The last Saturday evening before Rosh HaShanah is traditionally at time for special prayers called selichot meaning forgiveness (in the plural.) We beseech the Source of Forgiveness to let forgiveness flow to us -- especially appropriate in this difficult time as we suffer the results of so many mistakes in governance and social priorities!  We will have some prayers, some chanting, and also a creative writing component.

Please contact the TBE Office for the Zoom link for the Havdalah/Selichot Service:

09/12/2020 - 7:45pm
 
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Monday Night Torah

Monday Night Torah

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Monday, September 14, 2020 - 6:00pm
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Monday Night Torah with Phil Lazzar
September 14, 2020 - 6pm-7pm

Nitzavim - Vayelech 
Choose Life!

The Torah contains messages for us about what is happening here and now. Torah study is a kind of treasure hunt for these messages. Sometimes we can find the treasures on the surface but usually we must dig for them.

As we re-read the Torah each year we find new treasures each time because over the past year we have had new experiences and new understandings and now the Torah is able to open up for us more and more. In other words, as we change and grow, we're able to find more of the treasures hidden within her.

As we approach the end of the year we are coming to the final few Torah portions. This week we have a double portion, Nitzavim and Vayelech. In class we plan to focus upon Nitzavim in which the general topics include:

(1) the renewal of our covenant with Hashem;

(2) a warning against idolatry;

(3) our eventual repentance and redemption;

(4) that the Torah is accessible to us; and

(5) that we are to choose life so that we may live.

Our sages of blessed memory have laid out for us four levels of interpreting the Torah: (1) Simple, (2) Hinted, (3) Metaphorical, and (4) Secret. As it turns out, the Simple is not so simple and does not mean literal. The Vilna Gaon said that to understand the Simple, one must first understand the Secret.

A final note: MNT classes are open to all to come, share, and learn together. You are welcome to join us.

09/14/2020 - 6:00pm
 
 
 
 
 
Erev Rosh HaShanah

Erev Rosh HaShanah

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Friday, September 18, 2020 - 7:00pm
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Friday - Sept 18 - Erev Rosh HaShanah  
 
Rabbi Naomi Steinberg & Rabbi Bob Rottenberg
Soloists Bel-Ami Margoles & Berel Steinberg
Jerryl Lynn Rubin & Rachel Samet, piano ~ Sasha Chandler, violin
 
Erev Rosh HaShanah Service 7:00 pm - Rabbi Naomi & Musicians via Zoom

Service followed by President’s Address, Socializing & Discussion in Zoom breakout rooms

09/18/2020 - 7:00pm
 
 
Rosh HaShanah

Rosh HaShanah

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Saturday, September 19, 2020 (All day)
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Rosh HaShanah Day One

Rabbi Naomi Steinberg & Rabbi Bob Rottenberg
Soloists Bel-Ami Margoles & Berel Steinberg
Jerryl Lynn Rubin & Rachel Samet, piano ~ Sasha Chandler, violin
  • Torah Service - 10 am - Rabbi Naomi, Rabbi Bob & Soloists via Zoom
  • Musaf Service - 11:30 am - Rabbi Naomi & Soloists, followed by  Kiddush via Zoom
  • Shiurim (Study & Discussion) - 3 pm - Rabbi Bob & Other Leaders, Topics to be announced via Zoom
  • Shalosh Seudas (Third Meal of Shabbat) - 5 pm - Zoom dinner with socializing and discussion

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Rosh HaShanah

Rosh HaShanah

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Sunday, September 20, 2020 (All day)
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Rosh HaShanah Day Two

Rabbi Naomi Steinberg & Rabbi Bob Rottenberg
Soloists Bel-Ami Margoles & Berel Steinberg
Jerryl Lynn Rubin & Rachel Samet, piano ~ Sasha Chandler, violin
  • Family Shofar Service - 10 am - Rabbi Naomi and Soloists via Zoom
  • Rosh HaShanah Kiddush & Luncheon - Noon - Socializing and discussion via Zoom
  • Shiurim (Study & Discussion) - 3 pm - Rabbi Bob & Other Leaders, Topics to be announced via  Zoom
  • Contemplation - 4 pm - Naomi Silvertree will play harp music from Temple Beth El via Zoom

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Shiur (Study & Discussion)
09/23/2020 - 7:00pm
 
 
 
Shabbat Shuva Service
09/25/2020 - 6:30pm
 
 
 
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Kol Nidre Service

Kol Nidre Service

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Sunday, September 27, 2020 - 6:00pm
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Suinday - Sept 27 - Kol Nidre

Rabbi Naomi Steinberg & Rabbi Bob Rottenberg
Soloists Bel-Ami Margoles & Berel Steinberg
Jerryl Lynn Rubin & Rachel Samet, piano ~ Sasha Chandler, violin

Kol Nidre service - 6 pm - Rabbi Naomi & Musicians - Live stream (link will be available before the event)
 
Service followed by President’s Address, Socializing & Discussion in breakout rooms via Zoom.

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09/27/2020 - 6:00pm
 
 
Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur

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Monday, September 28, 2020 (All day)
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Monday  -  Sept  28  -  Yom  Kippur

Rabbi Naomi Steinberg & Rabbi Bob Rottenberg
Soloists Bel-Ami Margoles & Berel Steinberg
Jerryl Lynn Rubin & Rachel Samet, piano ~ Sasha Chandler, violin

  • Torah Service - 10 am - Rabbi Naomi, Rabbi Bob & Soloists - Zoom 
  • Musaf Service - 11:30 am - Rabbi Naomi & Soloists - Live stream
  • Shiurim (Study & Discussion) - 2 pm - Rabbi Bob & Other Leaders, Topics to be announced - Zoom
  • Yizkor service - 4 pm - Rabbi Naomi & Soloists - Live stream
  • Contemplation - 5 pm - Naomi Silvertree will play harp music live streamed from Temple Beth El - Live stream
  • Ne’ilah, Havdalah & Breaking the Fast - 6 pm - Rabbi Naomi & Soloists - Live stream/Zoom

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