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Shabbat Beshalach

Shabbat Shira

Exodus 13:-17-17:16
Friday, Juanary 30
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Grug Crood, the dad of a caveman family in an animated movie, believes that there’s no safe place beyond their cave. They huddle together at night so he can protect them. He thinks his teenage daughter should give up her adventurous side because it can only lead to danger. His motto for his family is “Never not be afraid.” In other words, “Always be afraid.”

 

God instructs us otherwise.  You can imagine what the Israelites felt in this week’s parasha when they saw the Egyptian chariots advancing before them with the Sea of Reeds blocking their escape route.  “But Moses said to the people, “Have no fear!  Stand by and witness the deliverance which the Lord will work for you today….” ( Ex. 14: 13)

 

I counted 40 times the Bible records “Have no fear” either directed to a specific individual like Abraham (Genesis 15:1) or towards the nation (Dt. 7:18 amongst many other citations.  In Psalms King David calms us by saying: “(Because God is our refuge) You shall have no fear of the terror by night, of the arrow that flies by day…” (Psalm 91: 5)

 

Fear is a universal feeling. Who doesn’t have concerns about loved ones, our needs, and the unknown future? I wrote this devar Torah just days after terrorists killed 17 innocent people in Paris because either they didn’t conform to their beliefs or because they were Jewish.  So who isn’t concerned about the growing anti-Semitism in Europe and terrorist attacks all around the world? How can we learn to have faith? Psalm 118 given us a foundation on which to build our confidence in the Holy One: “The Lord is for me, I shall not fear.  What can humankind do to me? The Lord is for me, among my helpers, and I shall see the defeat of my foes. ” (Psalm 118:6-7)).

 

Life in this world can sometimes be scary. We are grateful for the promise of God’s love and care will never be taken away from us. When fear seems overwhelming, all we have to do is remember His promises.

 

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Greene

 

Prayer Times

Friday night 7:00 p.m.
Shabbat 9:30 a.m.
Mon. & Thurs postponed for time being
Sun. - Thurs 7:30 p.m.

 

Save the Date!

Once again the screening of the movie Aviva my Love has been postponed for another week because of snow and icy conditions forcasted. The screening of Aviva My Love is now set forFeb.7th at 7:30  That night will be a double feature.  We shall also screen the movie Gasland in honor of Tu B'Shevat.

 

Aviva My Love

 Aviva, a hard-working hotel cook in the small northern Israeli town of Tiberias, is on the brink of finally fulfilling her lifelong dream. For years she kept her remarkable writing abilities under wraps, until her sister, Anita, introduces her to Oded, an accomplished novelist. Immediately recognizing Aviva's talent, Oded takes her under his wing, promising to help her achieve greatness. But the journey to greatness effects her life and the lives of her family - her unemployed husband, her trouble children, her unstable mother, and primarily her sister, a funny and sensitive woman who have her own dreams. When Aviva discovered that Oded has other plans for her work, her world collapses. Hebrew with English subtitles.  The movie is free so bring a friend or two.

 

Gasland

 As American energy firms look for new sources of petroleum, natural gas has become an increasingly important part of their portfolios, especially after the 2005 Energy Policy Act (created with the participation of Dick Cheney, a former executive with energy giants Halliburton) removed environmental protection restrictions against hydraulic fracturing drilling (known in the trade as "fracking"). Since then, gas drilling has been sharply on the rise, and when Josh Fox, a theatrical director and filmmaker, was offered $100,000 for the gas rights to family property on the Delaware River Basis in Pennsylvania, he was curious about the possible effects of drilling. Fox set out to talk to other property owners about what he could expect, and their answers startled him -- fracking taints water sources near drilling sites, and many households have discovered their water is not only undrinkable after gas drilling, it's even flammable. It turns out this is just the tip of the iceberg of the environmental damage done by reckless gas drilling, and in his documentary Gasland, Fox travels to 34 states and talks to dozens of property owners and environmental experts on the under-reported menace of fracking and the truth about the dangers of natural gas.

 

In the Community

 

Exploring Judaism is a program of Jewish learning and experience sponsored by the Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative Movement in New York City for those interested in learning more about Judaism as well as pursuing or thinking about conversion. We welcome individuals and couples of all backgrounds wishing to engage with our religious and cultural tradition through the unique Conservative movement perspective that understands Judaism as an ancient tradition based upon Biblical and rabbinic wisdom, evolving and adapting throughout history. Exploring Judaism includes a 24 session introduction to Judaism class with a basic Hebrew component along with a series of workshops led by congregational rabbis, visits to New York City Conservative synagogues and other experiences. The program director and class teacher will also be available for counseling and advisement.

 

The next Exploring Judaism class begins on Thursday, January 29. All sessions will be held at Manhattan synagogues. For more information see www.exploringjudaism.org.

 

The Jewish Single Parent Initiative invites you to experience a Delicious Taste of Shabbat, Friday evening, 

February 6, 2015 at 7PM. $5 per family at Congregation Machane Chodosh, 67-29 108th

your reservation by Wednesday, January 21st

 

The Single Parent Initiative presents: Stressed Out? Breathing and Meditation techniques at Central 

Queens Y 67-09 108th Street, Forest Hills, 5011 ext.290 or register online: www.cqy.org/stress

February 9, 2015, 7-8:30 PM. RSVP Rachel Hoffman (718) 268-

 

L’Evnot Koach (To Build Strength) single Parent Initiative. Samuel Field Y. Financial and parenting  workshops; information and referral services; socialization; career counseling; online support; child programming. For more information call Rachel Hoffman, LMSW (718) 224-0566.

A Time For Us allows adults with developmental disabilities, ages 24-40, to participate in social and  recreational opportunities in a safe and nurturing environment. A Time for Us meets one Sunday per  month, October throught June. A small fee is typically collected. Contact Jordana Davidson, LMSW at  718-225-6750 ext. 212. Samuel Field Y.

 

An update about my ride  this May for Camp Ramah special needs campers..

Good news everyone. I have reached my initial goal of $3600. I am so excited and thankful for all my friends' generosity. I am now stretching my goal in two directions. I would like to raise a total $5000.00 for this great cause. All I need is 7 more people willing to donate $100.00 a piece and I will have easily raised my new goal. Of course, I will gladly and thankfully accept any size donation you can afford. Every little bit helps. I would also like to have 100 supporters cheering me on (I have 74 so far). Please donate as much or as little as you can afford to help me reach my secondary goal of 100 supporters as well.

 

Donating through this website http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/garygreene/ramah-bike-ride-2015 is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts. Or you may make a check out to the National Ramah Commission and send it to Camp Ramah, 3080 Broadway, NY, NY 10027. If you send a check, please make a notation that you are supporting me.

 

Thank you for your support!  If you have already made a donation, I want to thank you again for your generousity.

 

 

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