Our Newsletter: The Harbinger
Our newsletter, The Harbinger, is published monthly and is an important source of information about Temple activities and the people who make things happen. Submissions to be considered for inclusion should be e-mailed to the editor. Deadline for consideration is the 14th day of the month prior to publication (i.e. Jun 14th for the Jul issue).
Zoom Shavuot Shabbat: Fri, May 14th 7:30pm
Join us for an extra special Shabbat with guest sermon by Rabbi Dan Medwin, CCAR Director of Digital Media. He will present Visual T’filah: Ancient Roots-Modern Tech. Learn how the historical antecedents have led to this modern synthesis of Judaism and technology.
Sholom University Summer 2021 Zoom Classes
Rabbi Medwin is offering two classes: Back to Basics Torah Study and American Jewish History. These weekly lasses are open to temple members and to the public and run from Jun 22 to Aug 17
See our May newsletter pages 4-5 for complete class information and registration form.
Own your own copy of our Shabbat Prayerbook
The book we use is “Mishkan T’filah: Shabbat.” Order: by calling: 212-972-3636 x 241
or online by clicking here. You can order it with or without transliteration, or in large print.
A Prayer for Receiving the Covid Vaccine.
I have been praying for this day and now it is here – (click to read full prayer).
High Holiday Sermons 5781 / 2020
Read Rabbi Medwin’s wonderful sermons by clicking on a title: Facing Our Fears; Healing from Grief and Loss: Naming our Losses During the COVID Experience; Moving From Fear to Hope; and Examining Our Souls – Examining the Soul of Our Nation.
Please Sponsor a Virtual Oneg Shabbat
As everywhere else, funds will be tight this year for our temple because of the Pandemic. You can do a mitzvah and be a Virtual Oneg Shabbat Sponsor. Pick a Shabbat you would like to “Virtually Sponsor.” Click here for full details on how to be a sponsor.
Shabbat Services/Classes/Meetings Via Zoom
Following the guidelines of the CDC and the practices of most congregations around the country, and knowing that most members of our congregation are high risk, we have decided to not have any gatherings at the temple building until further notice. For now, all services/classes are being live-streamed via Zoom. Even if you are not a service regular, you might find participating in services could bring you comfort and calm during these very tumultuous and uncertain times. Join at 7pm for social time, services start at 7:30pm.
If you would like to participate in any of our zoom meetings, and you are not on our temple e-mail list, please click to e-mail Rabbi Medwin for information about joining our classes and services.
You can access a class/service from a smart phone, tablet that connects to the internet, or laptop or desktop computer. You can also phone in, and even though you won’t be able to see the video, you will be able to hear the audio.
Rabbi Medwin's Office Schedule and Contact Information
The temple office is open for very limited hours (call before you go) however telephone and email messages are being monitored. Rabbi Medwin’s office hours are currently on hold. Until further notice please contact the Rabbi via email or telephone. See contact information by clicking here.
Guide to Jewish Customs Regarding Death and Mourning
A comprehensive guide written by Rabbi Medwin to help our members and their loved ones understand Jewish practices with respect to death, funerals and mourning. Click here for the pdf.
New Book Published by Rabbi Medwin
The book is called, “Alzheimer’s Families: Emotional and Spiritual Tools for Coping.” It is available at Amazon.com as a paper back and Kindle. This book was written to educate family members, their friends, clergy, mental health counselors and psychotherapists, and others that deal with Alzheimer’s family members or Alzheimer’s patients. It offers emotional and spiritual tools to help families cope.