It's good to be home after returning Monday night from the CNS Israel Trip. But, oy, does it hurt to have left home behind.
And how appropriate to be torn between homes in the midst of the "Three Weeks" on our
calendar between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av (Tisha Be'Av), days which recall the destructions of both Jerusalem Temples, among other moments of loss in Jewish history.
Tradition has suggested that the following tragedies occurred on Tisha Be'av: the negative report of the spies in the desert, the fall of Betar (the last holdout of the Jewish people in the Bar Kochba Revolt), the edict for the Spanish expulsion of Jews was issued, and World War I began. Historicity is perhaps less important than meaning here. Tisha B'Av is a day of loss. It is, simply said, a very sad day for the Jews.
The Partizans' Memorial at Yad Vashem
Just last week I stood with our CNS Israel Trip chevreh in the Judean Desert, looking out from Masada atthe very Roman camps that marched against 2000 years ago - and eventually exiled and destroyed - the remnants of the Second Jewish commonwealth. Just last week CNS member Josh Kornbluth marked his Bar Mitzvah, reading Torah and sharing a drasha overlooking the Negev. (His drasha and reflections from the trip are available online here.) Just last week CNS member Michael Tarle stood at the Partizan's Memorial, ritually marking the heroism of his grandparents, both Partizans from Vilna, Lithuania. Just last week the Netivot Shalom chevreh joined in Shabbat Davening with the Masorti community Mayanot in Jerusalem. Just last week... Just 200 years ago...
The tribulations of Jewish History, interspersed with miracles of survival and creativity, are just dizzying.
We live this dizzyness on Tisha B'Av, refraining from eating, drinking, bathing, intimacy, wearing leather shoes, and learning Torah (except for topics pertaining to the day). This year our community will mark Tisha B'Av in the following ways:
1)Erev Tisha B'Av (Monday, Aug. 8): We will meet in the CNS Library at 8:00pm for Ma'ariv and for the Book of Eicha, followed by a few of the Kinot, traditional sad-songs. People should bring flashlights, and prepare to sit on the floor (if possible), as it is a traditional sign of mourning, which Tisha B'Av is for the entire Jewish People. We will say the service, not sing it. The tone for this evening is unique in Jewish tradition - soft, sad, and somber. There is an additional tradition to not reach out to those around us, not even to greet others, sequestering ourselves somehow to alone-ness despite gathering together. It is both magic and painful.
2)Yom Tisha B'Av(Tuesday, Aug. 9): We will be joining together with Congregation Beth Israel for Shacharit starting at 8:00 am at Beth Israel (1630 Bancroft Way, Berkeley), where services will follow the customs of Beth Israel. Following Shacharit and Kinnot there will be a learning session at 10am.
3)Tisha B'Av Minchahat Netivot Shalom (Tuesday, August 9): We will gather at 7:15 pm in the CNS Library for Minchah and Torah Service. Unique to this Minchah Service is the practice of wearing Tallit and Teffilin (traditionally not worn on the morning of the holiday). Minchah marks start of the shift in the somber mood of the day towards Tu B'Av and the seven weeks on consolation.
I long to return to Israel, its sacred scent and dizzying array of complex issues so recent I feel them to my core, barely able to remember where and when I am. But tradition teaches us that those who remember the destruction of Jerusalem and feel the brokenness of the world will be part of their rebuilding.
Refuah Shleima: A complete healing to Gene Bardach, Joe Becker, Susan Cakars, Sheila Freedman, Judith Geminder, Hilda Kessler, Hadassah Kramer, Else Kieffer, Selma Klett, Cristofer Lix, Herbert Maccoby, Joyce Mack, Marti Rosenzweig, Helene Rosov, Lois and Bud Seltzer, Lois Silverstein, Allan Spatz, Susan Stanfield, Bernarda Strauss, Emma Tankel, William Steinbaugh, Christopher Walton,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, Schmuel Dovid ben Gershon v'Miriam, and Yehudit bat Chava Basha.
Yahrzeits include: Seelig Chaikin, Arlene Cooper, Gilbert Ellis, Eva R. Graudenz, Helene Jacob, Samuel Koltun, Reuben Levin, Margot Lucoff, Sylvia Lurie, Leslie Millberger, William Maurice Pride, Harold Schreiber, and Bernie Starkey
9:00 am Torah Study
9:30 am Shabbat Service
10:00 Meditative Minyan with Rabbi Carol Caine (Room 5 upstairs): Hebrew chanting & brief periods of silence.
12:30 Kiddush - Sponsored by Congregation, shopping by Marcia Brooks, Set-up by Martha Birnbaum and Shari Rifas.
1:15 pm After Kiddush Program: "These Are A Few Of My Favorite Songs" Join Cantor Pam Sawyer to remember and celebrate Debbie Friedman, z''l, by singing her music. All materials will be provided.
Join your Netivot Shalom community for Shabbat in the woods on the shores of beautiful Lake Mendocino! We have reserved the Deer Camp group site in the Bushay Recreation area that includes space for 80 people, 20 cars, a private beach area, large area for communal gathering, eating, and praying, a bonfire pit, shaded tent areas with picnic tables, and even an electrical outlet for inflating air mattresses! The group site is a 5 minute walk to free hot showers and flush toilets; water and pit-toilets are available right at the group site. The Bushay Recreation area also includes a playground, shaded picnic areas, volleyball court and hiking trails along the lake. Lake Mendocino is located 2 and 1/2 hours north of Berkeley by car; the campground is within 15 minutes of Ukiah which has a number of grocery stores and other services.
Here is the schedule for the trip:
3:00 - 7:00pm arrive and set up camp 7:00pm Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma'ariv (candle lighting is 7:40pm; please plan to arrive by then at the latest) 8:00 Pot-luck Shabbat Dinner
8:00am Breakfast 9:30 Shabbat morning Services 12:00 Shabbat Picnic Lunch 1:00pm Free time (hiking, swimming, sports, games, etc.) 6:00 Minchah 6:30 Seudah Shlishit (light dinner) 7:30 Study session / discussion with R' Shalom Bochner 8:30 Ma'ariv and Havdalah 9:00 Campfire and Dinner
8:00 am Breakfast 9:30 Shacharit 10:30 Clean Up / Pack Up 11:30 enjoy the lake and the surrounding area
The cost is only $36 for adults and $30 for children. This includes two nights of camping, two full breakfasts, Seudah Shlishit, Saturday Dinner with meat and vegetarian options, and drinks and refreshments for the entire weekend. Participants need to bring a potluck dinner item for Friday night and a picnic lunch for Saturday in addition to tents and sleeping bags.
We have room for up to 40 more people to attend the trip. To RSVP please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and send a check to the office. Please write "camping trip" on the memo line. Deadline for RSVP's is Friday 8/12. Parking is limited; please car pool and let us know if you have space in your car for others. Please speak to me if you have any questions.
It's going to be a wonderful weekend of enjoying Shabbat and the great outdoors, and enhancing our sense of community. Hope to see you at Lake Mendocino!!
HaMakom Yenacheim: Robert Breakstone, z"l, father of Judy Breakstone
HaMakom Yenacheim- it is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Robert (Reuven) Breakstone, z"l, father of Judy Breakstone, and grandfather to Ilan, Ari and Rina. Robert passed away on July 25th in New York, and the funeral will take place on Tuesday. Judy will be sitting shiva in New York.
HaMakom Yenacheim Et'chem Betoch She'ar Aveilei Tziyon VeYerushalayim. May God comfort Judy, Ilan, Ari and Rina, and their family and friends with all others who mourn Zion and Jerusalem.
Mazal tov to Ralph and Hadassah Kramer on the birth of their second great-grandchild, the daughter of Avital Shein and Jonas Brodin born on July 12 in Stockholm. She is the sister of Julia [pronounced "Yulia"], and granddaughter of Luis and Miriam Shein. During Shabbat services at the Great Synagogue in Stockholm, she was given the name of Ella Shein Brodin in the presence of her parents and sister, her grandparents and the family in Sweden. The baby also carries the name of Margalit, Hadassah's aunt.
May this baby's life be filled with the insights of Torah, the warm and supportive love of family and community, and the blessing of good deeds.
HaMakom Yenacheim- it was with great sadness that we recently shared the news of the passing of Frances Konoff z"l, mother of Ruth Konoff, mother-in-law of Ben Hermalin, and grandmother to Rose and Noah Hermalin.
Ruth is returning home and has requested to have a Shiva Minyan with the Netivot Shalom Community. The Shiva Minyan is scheduled for Sunday, July 24 at 7:00 pm at their home at 964 Tulare Ave in Albany.
HaMakom Yenacheim Et'chem Betoch She'ar Aveilei Tziyon VeYerushalayim. May God comfort Ruth, Ben, Rose, and Noah, and their family and friends with all others who mourn Zion and Jerusalem.
Refuah Shleima: A complete healing to Gene Bardach, Joe Becker, Susan Cakars, Sheila Freedman, Hilda Kessler, Hadassah Kramer, Else Kieffer, Selma Klett, Cristofer Lix, Herbert Maccoby, Joyce Mack, MartiRosenzweig, Helene Rosov, Lois Silverstein, Allan Spatz, Susan Stanfield, Bernarda Strauss, Emma Tankel, William Steinbaugh, Christopher Walton,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, Schmuel Dovid ben Gershon v'Miriam, and Yehudit bat Basha.
Shachneh Breitman, Esther Burkhardt, Harry Fain, Simon Goldschmidt, Martha Greenhood, Anna Leah Greenstein, Sophie Levin, Frances Howerton Lucas, Nathan Quittel, Elvera Rowland, Isaac Leon Schreiber, Roy H. Steinberg, Sidney I. Weisberg, Jeanne Wirtzer.
9:00 am Torah Study
9:30 am Shabbat Service
11:00am Shabbat B'Yachad: Program for families with children under age 5
12:30 pm Kiddush is coordinated by Marcia Brooks. Thanks Marcia!
1:15 pm After Kiddush Program: Alice Webber discusses ""Wandering: Yiddish Poems of Failed Connection."