12/5 All-Singing Shabbat

Reconnect. Rethink. Reengage. Rejewvenate.All-Singing Shabbat Service followed by a
Delicious Dairy/Vegetarian Potluck Dinner

Hazzan Jack Kessler is our Musical Director for our all-singing Kabbalat Shabbat and Evening Service co-led by Debbie, Seth, and Francine, with Ralph Posmontier on drums. This one-hour service includes a brief dvar Torah and is followed by our delicious dairy/vegetarian potluck Shabbat dinner.

Friday, December 5, 2014
6:30 Service
7:30 Potluck Dinner
@ The Mollie Anderson Library at George School, Langhorne-Newtown Rd., Newtown, PA

Please join us!


Posted by: Naomi | December 4, 2014 10:22 pm
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First Friday Song-Filled Shabbat


Reconnect. Rethink. Reengage. Rejewvenate.

Musical Shabbat

with Shelly Barnathan

Friday, November 7

6:30 p.m. Service
7:30 p.m. Delicious Dairy Potluck

at The Mollie Dodd Anderson Library
at George School, Newtown, PA

ShellyBarnathan2Shelly Barnathan is currently the Morah Ruchanit/Spiritual Educator at Beth Am Israel, leading Shabbat and holiday services, meditation/renewal circles, and teaching a weekly Shabbat class entitled “Melody and Meaning of Prayer: A Spiritual Approach to Judaism.” She is in her last year at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.

Writing about singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman, Shelly explains, “Debbie’s inspirational words of ‘blessing’ and ‘journey,’ taken from Genesis 12:1-3, beckoned me [in 2010] to walk on the path of a new journey, to a land I did not know, as I left my secular teaching job of 32 years to become a full-time rabbinical student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.” She will receive her rabbinic ordination in June, 2015.

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Our havurah is a warm, welcoming community exploring Judaism together.
Our 2014–2015 schedule includes a variety of services led by
laypeople, student rabbis, cantors, rabbis, and musicians.

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Sukkot Celebration

etrog-lulavOn Erev Sukkot, we’ll gather at the Tzedek v”Shalom sukkah at the Posmontier home for our annual celebration.

• Sing songs • Make a lulav (and etrog) shake • Celebrate in our roomy, bright sukkah • shmooze •

And have Pizza in the Hut!

Please bring a vegetarian or dairy salad or dessert and a drink to share.

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Pizza in a Hut

Posted by: Naomi | October 6, 2014 2:19 am
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Yom Kippur 2014/5775

At Tzedek v’Shalom, all of our services are open to all—even on Yom Kippur.

Kol Nidre is Friday, October 3, 2014 and we will be holding services at 6:30 p.m. at Newtown Friends Meeting House, 219 Court Street, Newtown, PA 18940. Yom Kippur services on Saturday October 4, 2014, begin at 9:30 a.m., continue to approximately 1:30 p.m., and reconvene at 6 p.m. The afternoon will be spent in study on a variety of topics.

Our High Holy Day services this year are led by Gabbai Seth Fishman, who shares his deep knowledge and love of Judaism, making the service understandable to all and including Tzedek v’Shalom musicians Bobbie Posmontier, Ralph Posmontier, Joanne Loewy, Norma Kaplis, and Laura Kitces Fishman. Inviting the participation of everyone, our Rosh Hashanah services included traditional liturgy with poetry, Pete Seeger’s “Turn! Turn! Turn!,” contemporary Jewish songs, and group aliyot. Congregants feel comfortable taking an active role in the service, or sitting back and absorbing the warmth and breadth of our spiritual and vocal voices.

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TvS High Holiday Schedule for 5775 (2014)

It’s that time of year again! Check out our High Holidays page, which contains a link to view or download our High Holiday Schedule for 5775 (2014)

Posted by: Jerry | August 6, 2013 3:50 am
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TvS Summer Film Series- Register now!

We’re pleased to announce a summer film series, with three wonderful documentaries, followed by a discussion.

The dates are June 29, July 21, and August 11.  Here’s the flyer and registration form.

Please plan to attend and bring your friends to one or all of these films, reflecting the struggles of ordinary people; their trials and how they have overcome them. Thought provoking discussion will follow the film.

Film Night will be held at the Mollie Dodd Anderson Library, at George School in Newtown, PA.

Film Night will be $5.00/night per family or individual (same price). Sign up for the entire series by June 25 and receive 10% discount, just $13.50 for all three films! Beverages and Snacks will be for sale.

What a great summer event! Hope you can join us!

Film information is below:

Days/Times are listed below:

My Neighbourhood truah.org, myneighourhood.com Saturday, June 29, 8-10 pm* Preceded by Havdalah to culminate the sabbath

My Neighbourhood is a Peabody Award winning documentary short, that chronicles the story of Mohammed El Kurd, a Palestinian teenager forced to share a section of his house with Israeli settlers. Mohammed comes-of-age in the midst of unrelenting tension with his neighbours and unexpected cooperation with Israeli allies in his backyard. Directed by Julia Bacha and Rebekah Wingert-Jabi.

BeyondBelief — www.metacafe.com Sunday, July 21, 3-5 pm

This documentary relates the story of Susan Retik and Patti Quigley, two ordinary soccer moms living in the affluent suburbs of Boston until the tragedy of September 11 strikes. Rather than turning inwards, grief compels these women to focus on the country where the terrorists who took their husbands’ lives were trained: Afghanistan. Over the course of two years, as they cope with loss and struggle to raise their families as single mothers, these extraordinary women dedicate themselves to empowering Afghan widows whose lives have been ravaged by decades of war, poverty and oppression – factors they consider to be the root causes of terrorism.  From the ruins of the World Trade Center to those of Kabul and back, theirs is a journey of personal strength and international reconciliation, and a testament to the vision that peace can be forged – one woman at a time.

Crazy, Sexy Cancer – www.crazysexycancer.com Sunday, August 11, 3-5 pm

Crazy Sexy Cancer is an irreverent and uplifting documentary about a young woman looking for a cure and finding her life. In 2003, 31-year-old actress/photographer Kris Carr was diagnosed with a rare and incurable cancer. Weeks later she began filming her story. Taking a seemingly tragic situation and turning it into a creative expression, Kris shared her inspirational story of survival with courage, strength, and lots of humor. With experimental treatment as her only option, Kris became determined to find answers where there were none. She traveled throughout the country interviewing experts in alternative medicine as she tenaciously dove head first into a fascinating and often hilarious holistic world. Along the way, she met other vivacious young women determined to become survivors. Their stories are as poignant and exciting as the women who tell them. As Kris’s amazing journey unfolds, she realizes that healing is about truly living rather than fighting. Crazy Sexy Cancer is more than a thought provoking film, it’s an attitude! It’s about rising to the challenge of life and turning lemons into champagne.

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Bobbie Posmontier Sings Hativkah at Hockey Game

Our very own Bobbie Posmontier had the honor of singing Israel’s national anthem, Hativkah, as well as the Star Spangled Banner, at the Trenton Titans Hockey game on Jewish Heritage night.

Hatikvah, which means “The Hope,” reflects the Jewish people’s 2000-year old hope of reclaiming and restoring their ancient homeland of Israel as a great nation.

Watch the YouTunbe video as Bobbie sings for 2,500 people in attendance. Way to go, Bobbie!!

Posted by: Jerry | February 10, 2013 7:30 pm
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TvS Scores Big at Trenton Titans Hockey Game

Now this is hockey! Watch the Tzedek v’Shalom kids play broomball during intermission at the Trenton Titans hockey game on Jewish Heritage Night.

Here’s the YouTube video.

Also, our very own Bobbie Posmontier sung Hatikvah and the Star Spangled Banner at the game!

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eScrip – Give to TvS Without Spending a Penny!

Tzedek v’Shalom is now registered with the eScrip program. This means you can help us by registering your credit cards with eScrip, and the participating merchants will donate a percentage of anything you spend to our congregation.

Registering is simple. You just go to www.escrip.com, click on Register, and search the groups for Tzedek v’Shalom. Then you fill in your name and contact info, on the next screen any supermarket cards (if any), and on the next screen any credit cards you use. It’s that easy.

This is a way to give to TvS without spending any of your own money!!! Any time you use your registered credit cards at participating merchants, those merchants will automatically send a monthly portion to eScrip and TvS. It doesn’t cost you a penny.
It can really make a difference in our fundraising revenue! I hope you’ll take the 5 minutes to sign up for this, as it’ll make a huge difference to us. And it’s perfectly safe and secure.

Here’s a flyer and FAQ Sheet for more info.

Posted by: Jerry | December 30, 2012 10:32 pm
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Score!!! Join us for Trenton Titans Jewish Heritage Night

Join TvS at the Trenton Titans hockey game on Jewish Heritage night!

Where: The Sovereign Bank Arena, 81 Hamilton Avenue, Trenton, NJ 08611

When: Saturday February 9th, 2013, 7:30 PM (vs. Kalamazoo Wings)

How Much: $15 pp – Payable by January 25th!!! (a couple dollars of that goes toward TvS. This is a fundraiser, folks)

This is old time hockey! Paul Newman would have loved this!! And in honor of the night, the teams will be using matzoh balls instead of hockey pucks (just kidding).

Pre-game music will be performed by Ed Goldberg & the Odessa Klezmer Band (I’m serious about that one)

Download the Order Form HERE.

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