The Update: Social Action, Harvest Dinner, Out and About
Friday,  November 17th, 2017
Cheshvan 28, 5778
Friday, November 17, 2017
Cheshvan 28, 5778
Light Candles at 4:12pm
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Cheshvan 29, 5778
Shabbat Service 9:30am
Shabbat Ends: 5:14 
About The Parshah: 
Rebecca and Isaac have twins, the smooth-skinned Jacob, whom Rebecca favors, and the hairy Esau, who Isaac favors. After returning from a hunting trip, Esau asks his brother for some lentil soup, but Jacob tells him he must trade him his birthright. Years later, when Isaac is old and blind, Jacob tricks their father into giving him the firstborn blessing. Jacob leaves home, fearing his brother will retaliate, and finds a wife at his uncle Laban's house.
Featured Commentary:
Rebecca and Isaac's Guide to Raising Twins (Not)
What can we learn from one of the Torah's most dysfunctional families?

Ride Sharing
TCS/NT continues to provide our Ride Share program.  
To request a lift for synagogue events this coming weekend, email

TCS/NT Calendar
Please click this link to access the live TCS/NT Event Calendar!

Did You Know?
On November 14th, 1943, having recently been appointed assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein made his conducting debut on last-minute notification-and without any rehearsal-after Bruno Walter came down with the flu. He became instantly famous because the concert was nationally broadcast. 

Recent High Holiday Contributions
Inadvertently left off the list:  Phyllis & Steve Abramson
November Contributions:
Louise Maron
Jami Rubin
Steven Kerner
Karen & Irwin Braun

TCS/NT Sustainable Committment 
The Chatham Synagogue Netivot Torah is committed to using sustainable, recyclable materials.  We see that commitment as a way to honor our traditions and teachings:
When God created Adam, God led him around all of the trees in the Garden of Eden. God told him, 'See how beautiful and praiseworthy are all of my works. Everything I have created has been created for your sake. Think of this and do not corrupt the world; for if you corrupt it, there will be no one to set it right after you.'" (Ecclesiastes Rabbah 7:13)
Please be mindful of this  commitment if you bring any paper goods or disposable utensils into our Synagogue.  
Thank you, Building Committee.  

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TCS/NT Harvest Dinner 
Saturday, November 18th - 6:30pm
Home of Susan Waisbren, 146 Dean Hill Road, Canaan, NY
Members of TCS/NT are invited to this year's Harvest Dinner. Come for a cozy evening, good food, great conversations and a worthy cause.

This year we'll be asking for donations to the Chatham Area Silent Food Pantry. Please make out checks directly to the food pantry and bring them to the Harvest Dinner for collection. 

Susan will provide the main dish and desserts. If you can, please bring beverages, appetizers, salads, fruit or an extra dessert. 

Please RSVP by November 10th and indicate if you'll bringing any food or beverage. or 617-694-0704.

Thanks and hope to see you there!

Social Action Committee Open Meeting
Friday December 1st at 4:00pm
Location: TCS/NT
All TCS/NT members are welcome to attend a social action committee meeting. The Social Action Committee  will discuss current activities planned for 2018.  Please bring your ideas on what else we should do to help the community.

We look forward to seeing you there! 


Fundraiser: Columbia County Bail Fund 
Sunday, December 3rd at3:00pm
Time & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia St, Hudson, NY

All are welcome to attend a fundraising event for the Columbia County Bail Fund. The fund raiser will be a short talk by Columbia County Bail Fund president Linda Mussmann.Join us and find out more about the criminal justice system and the role bail plays, including how it disproportionately affects African-Americans and Latinos, and how pretrial detention works against a positive outcome for defendants, their families and the community. Reception to Follow

Mission: The CCBF, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, posts cash bail for poor people accused of minor crimes in Columbia County. Studies show, jail stays, even as short as
24-hours, increase the likelihood that someone will commit a future crime. CCBF's goal is to keep communities safe and level the playing field by providing bail to individuals who
do not have the resources that would allow them to return to their families and jobs while awaiting a determination of guilt or innocence.

Match: Your donation will be matched up to $10,000 due to the generosity of The Redlich Horwitz Foundation.

The Columbia County Bail Fund is a not-for- profit 501(c)3 organization. Please make your tax-deductible contribution payable to:
Columbia County Bail Fund or CCBF
Or use PayPal (

For more information about CCBF, please call
Linda Mussmann at 518-209- 7966.

Support Hurricane Victims in Puerto Rico 
Unfortunately, once again we have another devasting hurricane which has struck The Caribbean and Puerto Rico tragically, and the Social Action Committee encourages all of us to contribute to the relief efforts under way.  Here are some suggestions for your contributions.  
As before, please make your donations directly to the organization.  

You May contact Len Grossman with any questions
Please send your checks or on-line donations directly to the charities of your choice.  


Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Tuesday, November 21st at 7pm
Saint James Church, 117 Hudson Avenue, Chatham 

Some members of TCS/NT will be participating in the service and all are invited to attend. 

A Thousand Splendid Suns Opera Workshop Presentation 
Saturday, November 18th, 1-4pm (workshop presentation) 
Hudson Area Library, 51 North 5th Street, Hudson, NY  
A Thousand Splendid Suns Opera workshop presentation will take place at the Hudson Area Library on Nov. 18 , 2017 at 1:00pm and 4:00pm.  Music is by TCS/NT Member Sheila Silver.    
For more information or free tickets to either event please click here 

Paradise, A play by Laura Maria Censabella
November 2nd-19th    
Luna Stage Company in West Orange, New Jersey
TCS/NT Member Lily Balsen is currently performing in a new play, Paradise, by Laura Maria Censabella. Lily plays Yasmeen, a Yemeni-American high school student from the Bronx, alongside actor Grant Shaud, who plays her high-school science teacher. Check out this video about the play. 

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