Refuah Shleima: A complete healing to Gene Bardach , Joseph Becker, Susan Cakars, Sheila Freedman, Ephraim Friedman, Herbert Gore, Hilda Kessler, Else Kieffer, Selma Klett, Cristofer Lix, Joyce Mack, Marti Rosenzweig, Lois Silverstein, Susan Stanfield, Bernarda Strauss, Emma Tankel, William Steinbaugh, Hilary Williams, Yehudah ben Rachel, Rena bat Sadie, Daniel ben Shoshanna, Yehudah Tsvi ben Tsipora, Yosef ben Mordechai v'Sossi, Dov Bear ben Mordechai v'Sossi, Miriam Simcha bat Chaya, Yehoshua ben Hadassah
Yahrzeits include: Sara Atik, Sara Ruth Bat Avraham, Michael Dimond, Daniel Fox, Itzolin Garcia, Sol Gidal, Chana Goldberg, Harry Greif, Helen Levy, Rose Raffel, Leah Jacobson Reingold, Rybacky Family, William Schwartz, Karene Shadd, Ursula Felton Sherman, Maurice B. Strauss, Frieda Valfer, Herman Valfer, and Freida Weingarten
9:00 am Torah Study
9:30 am Shabbat Service
10:30 am Rimmonim - Shabbat Program (for children K-2 and their families)
12:30 pm Kiddush is sponsored by: Chalyn & David Newman; Lisa & Howie Miller; Kara Vuicich & David Radwin; Tamar & Yossi Fendel; Maya & Brett Singer; and Lisa & Joshua Polston
1:15 pm The After Kiddush Program is "27 Rabbis, 7 Days, 1 Israel", with Rabbi Pamela Frydman. Inspiring stories and Torah study from the rabbinic mission to Israel in January 2011.
An Evening with Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Director of Jerusalem-based Rabbis for Human Rights
Please join the local group Trees of Hope and Netivot Shalom members Judy Kunofsky, Mitchell Shandling and Gail Krowech for an evening with Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Director of Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR). Rabbi Ascherman will give updates on RHR successes in protecting Bedouin villages inside Israel and Palestinian access to land in the West Bank, and report on the status of attacks against human rights organizations by right wing Israeli groups. He will also discuss RHR successes in protecting poor Israeli women from unfair welfare reform and RHR's educational programs. This informational evening will raise funds for RHR's important work.
Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) is the rabbinic voice of conscience in Israel, established to give voice to the Zionist ideal and the Jewish religious tradition of human rights. Since its inception in 1988, RHR has championed the cause of the poor in Israel, supported the rights of Israel's minorities and Palestinians, worked to stop the abuse of foreign workers, endeavored to guarantee the upkeep of Israel's public health care system, promoted the equal status of women, helped Ethiopian Jews, battled trafficking in women, and more. RHR seeks to prevent human rights violations in Israel and in areas for which Israel has taken responsibility, and to bring specific human rights grievances to the attention of the Israeli public while pressuring the authorities for their redress. RHR endeavors to introduce into Israel's public discourse an authentic and humanistic understanding of Jewish tradition and sources.
Monday, May 2
6:30pm light supper, 7:00pm presentation and discussion
At the home of
Marion & Steve Fredman
22 Tunnel Rd.,
Rabbi Arik Ascherman
is an inspiring speaker and tireless defender of human rights. He is dedicated to Israel living up to the highest ideals of its founders. Before making aliyah, he spent two years as rabbi/director of U.C. Davis Hillel and three years as rabbi of Temple Beth Hillel in Richmond. On May 1, Rabbi Ascherman and RHR co-founder Rabbi Ehud Bandel will receive the Gandhi Peace Award from Promoting Enduring Peace for their nonviolent methods of resolving human rights abuses. Rabbi Ascherman will be speaking in Palo Alto on Tuesday, May 3.
Minyan Information for Thursday, April 28, 7:00 pm
HaMakom Yenacheim - it was with great sadness that we shared the news of the passing of Bella Geliebter z"l, mother of Mark Geliebter, mother-in-law of Robin Keller, and grandmother to Talia and Sara. There will a ma'ariv minyan in memory of Bella on Thursday, April 28 in the Netivot Shalom Sanctuary at 7:00 pm. This will give the family a chance to share memories of Bella with their family, friends and community in Berkeley.
HaMakom Yenacheim Et'chem Betoch She'ar Aveilei Tziyon VeYerushalayim. May God comfort Mark, Robin, Talia and Sara, and their family and friends with all others who mourn Zion and Jerusalem.
Refuah Shleima: A complete healing to Joseph Becker, Susan Cakars, Sheila Freedman, Ephraim Friedman, Herbert Gore, Hilda Kessler, Else Kieffer, Selma Klett, Cristofer Lix, Joyce Mack, Marti Rosenzweig, Lois Silverstein, Susan Stanfield, Bernarda Strauss, Emma Tankel, William Steinbaugh, Hilary Williams, Yehudah ben Rachel, Rena bat Sadie, Daniel ben Shoshanna, Yehudah Tsvi ben Tsipora, Yosef ben Mordechai v'Sossi, Dov Bear ben Mordechai v'Sossi, Miriam Simcha bat Chaya, Yehoshua ben Hadassah, Gene Bardach
Yahrzeits include: Shimon Nusan ben Yosef Chaim, Renate Berk, Ilan Gabriel Biederman, Morris (Moishe) Brose, Eleanor Caulfield Sheridan, Ron Cordes, Rabbi Samuel Haim Dresner, Sadie Estry, Devorah Fox, Ethel Hellman, Sadie Jacobvitz, Margaret McCullough Jerew, Rose Feige Kaplan, Fred Marcus, Jack Maslan, Lodema McCullough, Celia Quittel, Miki Schwartz, Samuel Nathan Schwartz, Mary Evelyn Sholty, Max Slavin, Joseph C. Swidler, Abraham Jacob Tolmach, Marian Wagner, Mayer Weisel, Ethel Wilonsky, and Gitla Zak
9:00 am Torah Study
9:30 am Shabbat Service
10:00 am Meditative Minyan with Rabbi Carol Caine: Hebrew chanting & brief periods of silence (Room #5 upstairs)
11:00 am Shabbat B'Yachad Program for families with children under age 5
12:30 pm Kiddush sponsored by Jim & Carol Cunradi, in honor of their 27 anniversary and Carol's mom's visit.
Pesach at Netivot Shalom has been amazing. With over 250 people attending the
Passover learning programs the week before chag, with sweet davening every day, with 50 people, families with young children, at the CNS Kids' Seder and over 80 people at the Community Seder, we should realize how blessed we truly are to be in the textured spiritual community we call home. Every learning and ritual moment we share evokes something greater than the self, a connection to our own past, the past of our People, the hopes of the world.
The power of ritual to evoke memory, to bring the 'I' into a 'we' sensation, is profoundly cosmic. One moment I'm running upstairs to put on my kittle and get the Seder started as quickly as possible, the next I'm returning downstairs with a feeling of mystery, of resembling my father at my childhood Seders, of recognizing that one day I'll be buried in this garment. In one moment I am filled with hope that my child will ask about this garment and dread at the fulfillment of that very hope.
The Seder table is an altar, filled with symbols at once strange and familiar. Miriam and Elijah suddenly co-exist, a relic of animal sacrifice nudges a very modern orange. Shmura matza, carefully packaged in styrofoam, skirts the orbit of a soy-based baby formula, itself a test of Pesach-kashrut boundaries. Where are the lines drawn? Seder is a child-centered moment, and yet we begin when it's already dark. Adults struggle to evoke questions instead of answering them. We wonder if we are as wise as our children as we grapple with our own abilities to ask holy questions.
Do we see children as separate from ourselves, granting them the right to stand out or blend in - as they choose? Can we sing with purity? With pride?What is different about this night? Are we the same when the Seder is complete? (And is completion a holy goal?)
JTS Chancellor Arnold Eisen writes that ritual is 'the means through which the "Jew within" steps outside the self (The Jew Within, p. 9)." But do we consciously do this? Are we prepared to be other-than-self for any duration? Do we knowingly enter new roles that our parents and grandparents once did (or did not)? Or must it be an unconscious process we only discover in retrospect? Can the revealed-ness of the Afikomen be enacted through our claiming our places in the stream of Jewish destiny?
Is the Seder a performance, or is it an immersive ritual - or is it both? "The problem," as Rabbi Daniel Greyber quotes the great Rabbi Abraham J. Heschel z"l
as having said, "is whether we obey or whether we merely play with the word of God (Shefa Journal 5766, p. 52)." Are we empowered to do both?
Can we open our doors to a day when God will be a source of Love and not wrath? Do we say "Next Year in Jerusalem" with yearning? Are we willing to see ourselves as both having emerged from and subjected to the constricting pain of Egypt? Do we permit ourselves discomfort? Is birth something we're willing to re-experience Are we willing to give of our souls, of our means, to build a sacred home our ancestors never dreamed possible? Can meaningful renewal occur any other way?
Can we continue asking these questions the day after Seder?