High Holy Days 5777/2016

Tzedek v’Shalom 5777 (2016)

Our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services will be led
by Gabbai Seth Fishman, with Bobbie Posmontier, vocals
Joanne Loewy, Musical Director (Rosh Hashanah only)

Erev Rosh Hashanah Evening — Sunday, October 2
Family Friendly Rosh Hashanah Evening Service at 6:30 p.m.
Festive potluck dairy dinner follows at approximately 7:30 p.m.

    Location: Newtown Friends Meeting House, 219 Court Street, Newtown, PA 18940
    Please let Elana Braz know what you are bringing: elanabraz@verizon.net.
    And please remember to bring nonalcoholic beverages to share.

Rosh Hashanah Morning — Monday, October 3
Morning Service: 9:00 a.m.–1 p.m.

    Location: Newtown Friends Meeting House, 219 Court Street, Newtown, PA 18940

Women’s Day at the Beach – Saturday, October 8
For information, contact Debbie Chong at 215-504-9268 or weederwiz@aol.com.

Kol Nidre & Evening Service — Tuesday, October 11
Services: 6:30–9 p.m.

    Location: Newtown Friends Meeting House, 219 Court Street, Newtown, PA 18940
    Please bring your tallit!

Yom Kippur Services — Wednesday, October 12
Location: Newtown Friends Meeting House, 219 Court Street, Newtown, PA 18940
Morning Services: 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Yizkor: 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Afternoon study sessions
Neilah/Concluding Service: 6–7:30 p.m.: Bring your shofar!

    Break the Fast to follow services.
    Please contact Elana Braz about what you are bringing at elanabraz@verizon.net.
    And please remember to bring nonalcoholic beverages to share.

For further information, contact tzedekvshalom@gmail.com.
Everyone is welcome to our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services and meals.

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5/20 Musical Shabbat

All-Singing Shabbat Service followed by a
Delicious Dairy/Vegetarian Potluck Dinner

Hazzan Jack Kessler is our leader for our all-singing Kabbalat Shabbat and Evening Service. This one-hour service includes a brief dvar Torah and is followed by our delicious dairy/vegetarian potluck Shabbat dinner.

Friday, May 20, 2016
6:30 Service
7:30 Potluck Dinner
@ The Mollie Anderson Library at George School, Langhorne-Newtown Rd., Newtown, PA

Please join us!
Jack Kessler has been called a one-man force of nature in Jewish music. (He has also been called the Jewish Sun Ra; and he claims to have been called late for dinner). He sang Jewish liturgical music as a Hazzan (Cantor) for twenty years before he decided that he prefers singing with a band. Jack is musical director, vocalist, and composer-arranger for Klingon Klez, which describes itself as “good old-fashioned, heartwarming, foot-stompin’ fun-for-the-whole family klez/funk fusion from another planet.” He also directs Atzilut, a ten-member ensemble that performs Concerts for Peace, featuring Arab and Jewish musicians in concert together. An excerpt from one review of Azilut proclaims, “Cantor Jack Kessler’s deep, resonant voice, playing against Shaheen’s violin, and the entire ensemble, is amazing! The result is music that gets deeper the longer that you listen, but that is also a relaxing pleasure the first time through.”
To hear a range of Jack Kessler’s talents, listen to excerpts at
http://atzilutmusic.com/ourmusic.htm
*Map of George School: http://www.georgeschool.org/campusmap/index.html
The Anderson Library is building #61.

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February with TvS

Torah Study
Led by Victor Chong
Saturday, February 6, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
at the home of Debbie and Victor Chong

Please join us for songs of praise and a Torah study of parshat mishpatim followed by a light lunch. Please let Debbie and Victor know if you plan to come.
215-504-9268 or weederwiz@aol.com

TvS Field Trip
By Dawn’s Early Light: Jewish Contributions to American Culture from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War
Exhibit Opening and Panel Discussion

Sunday, February 14
at Princeton University Art Museum and McCosh Hall (PU)

Panel Discussion: 1:30–2:45 p.m., 10 McCosh Hall
Lecture: 4–5 p.m., 10 McCosh Hall
Reception to follow at the Art Museum

Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is requested to 609.258.9508 or dawn2016@princeton.edu. Please RSVP directly to Princeton with the info directly above, and let Naomi know if you want to carpool.

The panel discussion features:

  1. Jonathan Sarna, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History and Chair of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program, Brandeis University;
  2. Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, Congregation Shearith Israel, New York; and Esther Schor, professor of English, Princeton University, and
  3. Moderator Adam Mendelsohn, director of the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

A lecture by Sean Wilentz, George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History, Princeton University, and a reception in the Art Museum will follow.

Singing Shabbat with Cantor Jack Kessler
Friday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m.
at the Mollie Dodd Anderson Library at George School
(Map of George School: http://www.georgeschool.org/campusmap/index.html
The Anderson Library is building #61.)

The service starts at 6:30 and will take about an hour. Except for a short d’var Torah, a few page numbers, and the appropriate silent prayers, it will be totally sung! Afterwards we will keep our Shabbat tradition and have a Potluck Dinner. Please bring a generously sized vegetarian/dairy dish and drink to share. Also, please bring serving utensils. We will provide the rest.

Jack Kessler has been called a one-man force of nature in Jewish music. (He has also been called the Jewish Sun Ra; and he claims to have been called late for dinner). He sang Jewish liturgical music as a Hazzan (Cantor) for twenty years before he decided that he prefers singing with a band. Jack is musical director, vocalist, and composer-arranger for Klingon Klez, which describes itself as “good old-fashioned, heartwarming, foot-stompin’ fun-for-the-whole family klez/funk fusion from another planet.” He also directs Atzilut, a ten-member ensemble that performs Concerts for Peace, featuring Arab and Jewish musicians in concert together. An excerpt from one review of Atzilut proclaims, “Cantor Jack Kessler’s deep, resonant voice, playing against Shaheen’s violin, and the entire ensemble, is amazing! The result is music that gets deeper the longer that you listen, but that is also a relaxing pleasure the first time through.”

To hear a range of Jack Kessler’s talents, listen to excerpts at http://atzilutmusic.com/ourmusic.htm.

Psalms and Kituvim Study
Led by Debbie Chong
Thursdays—ongoing
at the home of Debbie and Victor Chong

Please join us as we read and discuss either psalms of a chapter of Ecclesiastes in translation and in Hebrew. Chocolate munching and tea optional (but encouraged).

For more information, contact Debbie at 215-504-9268 or weederwiz@aol.com.

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Shabbat Service and Lunch & Learn

Shabbat Morning Service
followed by a Lunch & Learn:
“Teachings on the Soul.”   

with Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael

Saturday, January 9, 2016
10:00 a.m. Service
12:30 p.m. Lunch & Learn

at Newtown Friends Meeting House,
219 Court Street, Newtown, PA

Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael

Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael

Rabbi Rayzel Raphael graduated from Brandeis University and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, is a singer/songwriter of over 60 new Jewish songs/prayers, including liturgy, and performs in a trio called MiRaJ. http://www.shechinah.com/about.html

Lunch and Learn Topic: “Teachings on the Soul”: What is the soul? What are the dimensions of our esoteric body? Jewish tradition teaches of five levels of the soul. In this session we will look at traditional sources and develop a deeper understanding of caring for our sacred self.

For further information, Contact tzedekvshalom@gmail.com.

Our 2015–2016 schedule includes a variety of services led by laypeople, student rabbis, cantors, rabbis, and musicians.

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Kavannah for a Congregational Meeting

The following kavannah, shared at a recent Tzedek v’Shalom
congregational meeting, provides a wonderful introduction
to how we function as a congregation:

We are about to engage in a conversation with other members of our dear community so that our spiritual and social action needs are met.

The community is very important to all of us, otherwise we wouldn’t be here participating, investing some of our precious time on this Sunday afternoon.

As a lay-led community, our voices are empowered to shape its ruach, its priorities, and its actions.

If this language speaks to you, you might want to consider that God loves this community and that She is collaborating on the discussion. Alternatively, you might just want to say it feels important to us and so we want to ensure we are present in the conversation.

May we all collaborate to create a safe space for dialogue. May each one of us open our ears to hear what others may say—even if our hearts and their hearts are in different places.

May each of us find insight to speak clearly and intelligently.

May the fruits of this discussion lead to greater Tzedek / justice and Shalom / peace for us, for our families, for our community, and for the Jews, for non-Jews, and for the planet.

Now, take a moment now to think of what’s most important and what’s coming up for you and what you’d like to take home with you.

— Anna Kitces and Seth Fishman

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Sukkot with TvS

Come for the
Sukkah Hoisting and Decorating
Sunday, September 27 at 3:00 p.m.
@the Posmontiers’ home, 32 N. Lincoln Avenue, Newtown, PA
Come one! Come all!
Help us make the TvS sukkah as beautiful as can be!
For more information, contact Ralph at
215-579-2644 or ralph9816@gmail.com.

Stay for our
Kabbalat Sukkot and
Pizza in the Hut
Sunday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Leader: Gabbai Seth Fishman
in the TvS sukkah @the Posmontiers’ home
32 N. Lincoln Avenue, Newtown, PA
Experience the mitzvah of the sukkah!
Please bring a vegetarian salad or dessert and a drink to share.
For more information and to RSVP (so we have some idea about
pizza needs), contact Ralph at  215-579-2644 or
ralph9816@gmail.com.

Return for our
Torah Study in the sukkah
Saturday, October 3 at 10 a.m.  
in the TvS sukkah @the Posmontiers’ home
32 N. Lincoln Avenue, Newtown, PA

Sukkot at TvS flyer—2015/5776

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High Holy Days 5776/2015

Tzedek v’Shalom 5776 (2015)
High Holiday Schedule

Everyone is welcome to our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services and meals.

Our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services
will be led by: Gabbai Seth Fishman, with Bobbie Posmontier, vocals
Joanne Loewy, Musical Director

Erev Rosh Hashanah Evening – Sunday, September 13
Family Friendly Rosh Hashanah Evening Service at 6:30 p.m.
Festive potluck dairy dinner follows at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Location: Newtown Friends Meeting House, 219 Court Street, Newtown, PA 18940
Please let Elana Braz know what you are bringing: elanabraz@verizon.net.
And please remember to bring nonalcoholic beverages to share.

Rosh Hashanah Morning – Monday, September 14
Morning Service: 9:00 a.m.–1 p.m.
Location: Newtown Friends Meeting House, 219 Court Street, Newtown, PA 18940

Women’s Day at the Beach – Saturday, September 19
For information, contact Debbie Chong at 215-504-9268 or weederwiz@aol.com.

Kol Nidre & Evening Service – Tuesday, September 22
Services: 6:30–9 p.m.
Location: Newtown Friends Meeting House, 219 Court Street, Newtown, PA 18940
Please bring your tallit!

Yom Kippur Services – Wednesday, September 23
Location: Newtown Friends Meeting House, 219 Court Street, Newtown, PA 18940
Morning Services: 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Yizkor: 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Afternoon study sessions
Neilah/Concluding Service: 6–7:30 p.m.: Bring your shofar!
Break the Fast to follow services.
Please contact Elana Braz about what you are bringing at elanabraz@verizon.net.
And please remember to bring nonalcoholic beverages to share.
For further information, contact tzedekvshalom@gmail.com.

High Holy Day Schedule 5776/2015

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Pre-High Holiday Havdalah

We are about to enter the time set aside for concerted
consciousness maintenance.

Our High Holy Days begin on Sunday evening, September 13, 2015, but actually our preparation takes place the entire month before that.

With the Jewish month of Elul, we begin the period during which we can influence the Karma that will come to us in the 2015-2016 or 5776. We can affect the outcomes through our behavior during this time.

Jews and the Art of Consciousness Maintenance

Saturday, August 22, 2015

7 p.m.

at Newtown Friends Meetinghouse, Court Street
Newtown, PA

Join Tzedek v’Shalom as we begin our journey together into the new year.

•  Sing songs specially chosen for us by Joanne Loewy for our High Holidays.

•  Discover what Seth Fishman and fellow TvSers are doing to create inclusive, participatory, meaningful services.

•  Watch and discuss The Blind Side, the true story of forgiveness, risk taking, and personal change. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0878804/ 

Savor luscious snacks (that we will all bring)!

Questions? Call Naomi at 215-757-8921

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4/18 Service & Lunch + Learn

Shabbat Morning Service 
followed by a Lunch & Learn on the topic: “Wissenschaft des Judentums”: Judaic, Jewish, and Rabbinical Studies in Germany after the Shoah
Dr. Birgit Klein will lead both the service and the Lunch + Learn.

Dr. Birgit Klein

Dr. Birgit Klein

Saturday, April 18
10 a.m. Service
12:30-2 p.m. Lunch & Learn
at Newtown Friends Meeting House,
219 Court Street, Newtown, PA

Our kiddush/lunch will be dairy/parve potluck. Mmmmmmm.
Dr. Birgit Klein, Chair of the History of the Jewish People Department of University of Jewish Studies in Heidelberg, Germany, since 2006, is currently a student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She has authored several books, contributed chapters to books, and published more than three dozen articles on various topics related to Judaic studies. Dr. Klein’s other interests include classical singing (from the Renaissance to the modern day), Tai Chi, and cooking.
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12/13 Service & Lunch + Learn

Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael

Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael

Shabbat Morning Service followed by a
Lunch & Learn: “Angels”

with Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael
Saturday, December 13
10 a.m. Service
12:15 p.m. Lunch & Learn

Location:  Newtown Friends Meeting House,
19 Court Street, Newtown, PA

Rabbi Rayzel Raphael graduated from Brandeis University and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, is a singer/songwriter of over 60 new Jewish songs/prayers, including liturgy, and performs in a
trio called MiRaJ. http://www.shechinah.com/about.html

Lunch and Learn Topic: “Angels”: Explore the Jewish angelic tradition from Biblical times through Rabbinic and medieval eras. It is said that each blade of grass has its own angel. We will discuss the roles and functions of angels including their presence in our lives.

For further information, Contact
tzedekvshalom@gmail.com.

* Tzedek v’Shalom 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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