Zoom Shabbat 6/19

Zoom Shabbat @ 7 p.m.
June 19, 2020

Tzedek v’Shalom Singing Shabbat

Led by Rabbi Marcia Prager* and Hazzan Jack Kessler**

NEW LOCATION: Your Home!

Rabbi Marcia Prager* and Hazzan (Cantor) Jack Kessler**  lead our service, which starts at 7:00 p.m.
We hope you’ll join us for a cozy, joyful, friendly, and moving Shabbat — a special mix of old favorites, some new music, and timely, down-to-earth, brief teachings!

Contact 267-291-4456 or tzedekvshalom@gmail.com for log-in information.

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*Marcia Prager is a vibrant Jewish Renewal teacher, storyteller, artist, and therapist. She is Director and Dean of Ordination Programs for ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, and rabbi for the P’nai Or Jewish Renewal community of Philadelphia PA. A brief biography cannot convey to warmth and spirituality she brings to services she leads. Marcia Prager is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia where she received Rabbinic ordination and a Master of Hebrew Letters degree in 1989, and a D.Min honoris causa in 2014.  In 1990, she also received the personal smicha (rabbinic ordination) of  her mentor and teacher, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l, with whom she continued to work closely for more than twenty years.  In 2010, Rabbi Marcia was selected by the Forward newspaper as one of the Top Fifty Female Rabbis. Learn more about Rabbi Marcia at http://marciaprager.com/.

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**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.

Posted by: Naomi | June 10, 2020 10:57 pm
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Zoom Shabbat @ 7 p.m.

Tzedek v’Shalom Singing Shabbat

Led by Rabbi Marcia Prager* and Hazzan Jack Kessler**

At 7:00 p.m. on . . .
   Friday, April 17, 2020
   Friday, May 15, 2020

NEW LOCATION: Your Home!

Rabbi Marcia Prager* and Hazzan (Cantor) Jack Kessler**  lead our service, which starts at 6:30. We hope you’ll join us for a cozy, joyful, friendly, and moving Shabbat — a special mix of old favorites, some new music, and timely, down-to-earth, brief teachings!

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*Marcia Prager is a vibrant Jewish Renewal teacher, storyteller, artist, and therapist. She is Director and Dean of Ordination Programs for ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, and rabbi for the P’nai Or Jewish Renewal community of Philadelphia PA. A brief biography cannot convey to warmth and spirituality she brings to services she leads. Marcia Prager is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia where she received Rabbinic ordination and a Master of Hebrew Letters degree in 1989, and a D.Min honoris causa in 2014.  In 1990, she also received the personal smicha (rabbinic ordination) of  her mentor and teacher, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l, with whom she continued to work closely for more than twenty years.  In 2010, Rabbi Marcia was selected by the Forward newspaper as one of the Top Fifty Female Rabbis. Learn more about Rabbi Marcia at http://marciaprager.com/.

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**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.

Posted by: Naomi | April 12, 2020 11:46 am
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Hanukkah Celebration 2019!

Members of TVS and Friends celebrated the first night of Hanukkah at the home of Joanne Loewy. Everyone ate lots of latkas, sang beautiful songs, and shared  great stories.

Hanukkah 2019

Here is a link to a video of the festivities IMG_6927

Posted by: Ralph Posmontier | December 25, 2019 11:55 pm
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Shabbat Morning Service

Tzedek v’Shalom

Newtown’s Reconstructionist Havurah,
invites you to join us for a

Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael

Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael

Shabbat Morning Service
“Sex at the Sheep Shearing Festival Leads to Surprises”
with Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael
Saturday, December 21, 2019

10:00 a.m. Service, followed by a delicious kiddush
at Newtown Friends Meeting House,
219 Court Street, Newtown, PA

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

For further information, Contact tzedekvshalom@gmail.com.

Posted by: Naomi | December 17, 2019 9:56 pm
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Winter Musical Shabbats

Tzedek v’Shalom Singing Shabbat

Led by Rabbi Marcia Prager* and Hazzan Jack Kessler**

At 6:30 p.m. on . . .
   Friday, January 17, 2020
   Friday, February 21, 2020

NEW LOCATION: Pennswood Village
1382 Newtown-Langhorne Rd, in the Barclay House Terrace Room

Newtown, PA

Directions to Barclay Terrace Room

1. Enter at signs for Pennswood Village and Newtown Friends School.
2. Drive straight until road dead-ends.
3. Turn right and you will pass a meadow, a large parking lot, and the Newman building (Dorothy’s)
4. Park at the P2 lot, which is just beyond Newman.
5. The Barclay building is on your right, immediately next to the parking lot.  (Don’t walk too far!) First you’ll pass a long outdoor porch; then see double doors entering the building.
6. Once inside, the room is immediately on your right!
(A diagram of Pennswood Village is located here: PennswoodMaps-2019.)

Come join us for our singing Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv Services, followed by our fabulous Potluck Dinner!

Rabbi Marcia Prager* and Hazzan (Cantor) Jack Kessler**  lead our service, which starts at 6:30. We hope you’ll join us for a cozy, joyful, friendly, and moving Shabbat — a special mix of old favorites, some new music, and timely, down-to-earth, brief teachings!

Afterwards we will keep our Shabbat tradition and have a potluck dinner. Please bring a generously sized vegetarian/dairy entrée and drink to share. You may bring an additional dessert if you’d like.

marcia-prager-2019*Marcia Prager is a vibrant Jewish Renewal teacher, storyteller, artist, and therapist. She is Director and Dean of Ordination Programs for ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, and rabbi for the P’nai Or Jewish Renewal community of Philadelphia PA. A brief biography cannot convey to warmth and spirituality she brings to services she leads. Marcia Prager is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia where she received Rabbinic ordination and a Master of Hebrew Letters degree in 1989, and a D.Min honoris causa in 2014.  In 1990, she also received the personal smicha (rabbinic ordination) of  her mentor and teacher, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l, with whom she continued to work closely for more than twenty years.  In 2010, Rabbi Marcia was selected by the Forward newspaper as one of the Top Fifty Female Rabbis. Learn more about Rabbi Marcia at http://marciaprager.com/.

jack-kessler-2019**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.

 

 

 

Posted by: Naomi | December 3, 2019 6:18 pm
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Musical Shabbat

Tzedek v’Shalom Singing Shabbat

Led by Rabbi Marcia Prager* and Hazzan Jack Kessler**

Friday, November 15, 2019
at 6:30 pm

NEW LOCATION: Pennswood Village
1382 Newtown-Langhorne Rd, in the Barclay House Terrace Room

Newtown, PA

Directions to Barclay Terrace Room

1. Enter at signs for Pennswood Village and Newtown Friends School.
2. Drive straight until road dead-ends.
3. Turn right and drive until you see a parking lot on your right labeled “Visitor Parking Lot.” Park there.
4. The Barclay building is on your right, immediately next to the parking lot.  (Don’t walk too far!) First you’ll pass a long outdoor porch; then see double doors entering the building.
5. Once inside, the room is immediately on your right!
(A diagram of Pennswood Village is located here: PennswoodMaps-2019.)

Come join us for our singing Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv Service, followed by our fabulous Potluck Dinner!

Rabbi Marcia Prager* and Hazzan Jack Kessler**  lead our service, which starts at 6:30 and will take about an hour. With a special mix of old Tzedek v’Shalom favorites and some new music, this will be joyful, moving Shabbat!

Afterwards we will keep our Shabbat tradition and have a potluck dinner. Please bring a generously sized vegetarian/dairy entrée and drink to share. You may bring an additional dessert if you’d like.

marcia-prager-2019*Marcia Prager is a vibrant Jewish Renewal teacher, storyteller, artist, and therapist. She is Director and Dean of Ordination Programs for ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, and rabbi for the P’nai Or Jewish Renewal community of Philadelphia PA. A brief biography cannot convey to warmth and spirituality she brings to services she leads. Marcia Prager is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia where she received Rabbinic ordination and a Master of Hebrew Letters degree in 1989, and a D.Min honoris causa in 2014.  In 1990, she also received the personal smicha (rabbinic ordination) of  her mentor and teacher, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l, with whom she continued to work closely for more than twenty years.  In 2010, Rabbi Marcia was selected by the Forward newspaper as one of the Top Fifty Female Rabbis. Learn more about Rabbi Marcia at http://marciaprager.com/.

jack-kessler-2019**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.

 

 

 

Posted by: Naomi | October 15, 2019 2:58 pm
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Sukkot 2019/5780

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Tzedek v’Shalom

Come for the
Sukkah Hoisting and Decorating

Sunday, October 13 at 4:00 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.

 

Pizza in a Hut

Stay for our
Kabbalat Sukkot and
Pizza in the Hut

Sunday, October 13 at 6:00 p.m.

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.

Come enjoy our sukkah!

 

Posted by: Naomi | October 10, 2019 3:55 pm
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High Holy Days 5780/2019

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Gabbai Seth Fishman, service leader
Musicians: Joanne Loewy, Steve Pastor, Bobbie Posmontier, and Ralph Posmontier

Erev Rosh Hashanah Evening — Sunday, September 29

Family-Friendly Rosh Hashanah Evening Service at 6:30 p.m.
Festive potluck dairy dinner follows at approximately 7:45 p.m.
Location: Newtown Friends Meeting House, 219 Court Street, Newtown, PA 18940
Please let Elana Braz know what you are bringing for the potluck: elanabraz@verizon.net..
And please remember to bring nonalcoholic beverages to share.

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

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

Rosh Hashanah Morning — Tuesday, October 1
Morning Service: 10:00 a.m.–2:15 p.m.

Location: Rabbi Marcia Prager has invited us to be guests at P’nai Or
at Summit Presbyterian Church, 6757 Greene St. (at Westview St.), Philadelphia, PA 19119
Tashlich: 4 p.m. at Tyler Park, where the boathouse used to be

Women’s Day at the Beach — Saturday, October 5

For information, contact Naomi Mindlin at 215-962-6889 or nsmindlin@verizon.net.

Kol Nidre & Evening Service — Tuesday, October 8
Services: 6:30–9:00 p.m.

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

Yom Kippur Services — Wednesday, October 9

Morning Services: 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Yizkor: approximately 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Neilah/Concluding Service: 6:00–7:30 p.m.: Bring your shofar!
Break the Fast follows services.
Location: Newtown Friends Meeting House, 219 Court Street, Newtown, PA 18940

     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.

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Add your voice to ours as we renew ourselves for the new year.

Everyone is welcome to our High Holiday services and meals.

 

Posted by: Naomi | September 12, 2019 3:18 am
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June Musical Shabbat

Tzedek v’Shalom Singing Shabbat

Led by Hazzan Jack Kessler* and Rabbi Marcia Prager**

Friday, June 21, 2019
at 6:30 pm
at the Mollie Dodd Anderson Library at George School
1690 Newtown-Langhorne Rd.
Newtown, PA
(Directions to services can be found here.)

Come join us for our singing Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv Service, followed by our fabulous Potluck Dinner!
Welcome spring with our joyous Shabbat celebration.

Hazzan Jack Kessler* and Rabbi Marcia Prager**  lead our service, which starts at 6:30 and will take about an hour. With a special mix of old Tzedek v’Shalom favorites and some new music, this will be joyful, moving Shabbat!

Afterwards we will keep our Shabbat tradition and have a Potluck Dinner. Please bring a generously sized vegetarian/dairy entrée and drink to share. You may bring an additional dessert if you’d like.

*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.

**Marcia Prager is a vibrant Jewish Renewal teacher, storyteller, artist, and therapist. She is Director and Dean of Ordination Programs for ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, and rabbi for the P’nai Or Jewish Renewal community of Philadelphia PA. A brief biography cannot convey to warmth and spirituality she brings to services she leads. Marcia Prager is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia where she received Rabbinic ordination and a Master of Hebrew Letters degree in 1989, and a D.Min honoris causa in 2014.  In 1990, she also received the personal smicha (rabbinic ordination) of  her mentor and teacher, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l, with whom she continued to work closely for more than twenty years.  In 2010, Rabbi Marcia was selected by the Forward newspaper as one of the Top Fifty Female Rabbis.

Posted by: Naomi | June 2, 2019 2:57 am
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Shevi’i Pesach • Seventh Night of Passover

miriamA Ritual for Crossing the Red Sea

Shevi’i Pesach • Seventh Night of Passover

with Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael &
Rabbinic Pastor Simcha Raphael

Friday, April 26
set up at 5 p.m., program starts at 5:30 p.m.
Tzedek v’Shalom at
Newtown Friends Meeting House

219 Court Street, Newtown, PA

Please RSVP to choose a vegetarian/dairy,
kosher-for-Passover dish to share
.*

Explore the theme of crossing the Red Sea through a creative multimodality program that combines study of Torah and midrash, liturgy and song, meditation, movement and ritual. A variety of meditative and self-awareness processes help participants discover, in the mythic story of Torah, reflections of their own path toward spiritual freedom. Walk through the waters of the Red Sea on the way to your own personal journey of liberation from the old slavery habits of the conditioned mind!

This program won the 2011 Liturgy Award, Association of Rabbis and Cantors: shevii_pesach_ritual_crossing_of_the_red_sea.pdf.

*RSVP to Elana and choose your potluck dish.

Need more info? Contact Debbie.

For contact information: contact Tzedek v’Shalom at 267-291-4456 or tzedekvshalom@gmail.com.

Posted by: Naomi | April 20, 2019 7:31 pm
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