The Update: High Holiday Events, New TCS/NT Website, Social Action
Friday, September 15th, 2017
Elul 24, 5777
Friday, September 15th
Elul 24, 5777
Candle Lighting - 6:46 pm

Saturday, September 16th
Shabbat Service - 9:30 am
Shabbat ends 7:44pm  
Nitzavim-Vayelech: Deuteronomy 29:9 - 31:30  

About the Parshah:
In the Torah portion Nitzavim, Moses describes the Covenant between God and the Israelites, urging the Israelites to uphold the Covenant and honor the Torah so that they may be rewarded with life in the Land of Israel. In Vayeilech, Moses concludes his speech to the Israelites, blesses Joshua, and instructs the community to gather every seven years to read publicly from the Torah. God predicts the eventual straying of the Israelites.

Featured Commentary:
Knowing One's Place, Knowing One's Time:  Why is Moses reluctant to hand over leadership to Joshua?  
By:  MJL Staff

Please Click Here to view the updated 2017 High Holiday Schedule for TCS/NT

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

Kiddush Volunteers Needed
TCS/NT is looking for volunteers for our monthly Community Kiddush held at the Synagogue the first Saturday of each month. Volunteers are needed to pick up food (pre-paid), set up and clean up on 10/7, 11/4. For more information on the specific requirements, please email  Diane Eidman

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If there is an event or information you'd like to submit to our Weekly Update, Please send a detailed email to Carly Seibald by 11am Wednesday to make the Thursday Edition. 
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We welcome members from diverse Jewish backgrounds and perspectives. Our members are people who were born into Judaism as well as those who chose Judaism. We recognize patrilineal as well as matrilineal descent, and
we welcome interfaith families and LGBTQ.

You can download a membership application here.

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TCS/NT New Website is Live!  
The Communications Committee is pleased to announce that TCS/NT's website has been completely remodeled to make it more user-friendly, and more representative of our active community. In the not-too-distant future, the committee hopes to also add the option of online donations and membership renewals at the site. In the meantime, check it out:

2017 High Holidays

Join TCS/NT for the High Holidays!  
TCS/NT Welcomes all to this year's High Holiday services in our newly expanded space.   Click here for High Holiday Schedule. No Tickets or Fees Required.
Rabbi Or Rose, Director of the Center for Global Judaism at Hebrew College in Boston will lead our services. 

Children's High Holiday Programs  
10:30 A.M. Synagogue Lower Level  
1st Day of Rosh Hashanah-Thursday, September 21st & 
Yom Kippur- Saturday, September 30th  
Children ages 4 to 8 with
accompanying parent are invited to a
creative/educational holiday program of storytelling, games, creative movement, music, song, and arts and crafts led by Gloria Kaufman.

Tashlich and Rosh Hashanah Luncheon   
Friday, September 22, 1:30pm
Home of Gloria Kaufman
39 Brookfield Farm Road, Valatie, NY 
ALL ARE WELCOME - Members, Non-Members, Family, Friends and Children, you are invited to join us in Tashlich and a Rosh Hashanah Luncheon at the home of TCS/NT Member Gloria Kaufman. Lunch will be provided, please feel free to bring desserts and white wine or Proseco.

Tashlich (bring bread) will be celebrated at Gloria's Pond, followed by the Holiday Luncheon.    

After Yom Kippur Services, Saturday, September 30th
Lower Level of the Synagogue - Reservations Required 
The Chatham Synagogue's Break-Fast is back and will be held in the brand new multi-purpose space and outdoor terrace located in the lower level of the synagogue. It will be coordinated by new member Debra Brown-Grossman.  
The event will be catered ($18. per person) so we need to know who will be joining us, with reservations and payment made in advance. Reservations are required (with payment) by Monday, September 26. 

To make a reservation contact Debra by email or phone: or 518-888-2929

Send checks made out to The Chatham Synagogue to: Grossman,  158 Union Turnpike, Apt. 300A, Hudson, NY 12534. 
Planning is in the works and Debra needs your help so to join her committee, please contact her by email or phone. 


Support Hurricane Harvey Victims  
In the wake of the tragedy which has struck Texas and Louisiana, the Social Action Committee would like to encourage all congregants to contribute to the relief efforts now under way in the affected areas. To that end, we have put together a list of charities, all 501C3 organizations, to 
which you can contribute.  
Please send your checks or on-line donations directly to the charities of your choice.  

Bard's The Orchestra Now (TŌN) Fundraising Concert  
Sponsored by TCS/NT and the Social Action Committee 
Sunday, October 8th, 2pm.   
Spencertown Academy, 790 NY-203, Spencertown, NY
Bard's The Orchestra Now (TŌN) presents a quartet of  violin, viola and cello featuring the music of Schubert, Handel and Schumann to benefit Kids Need Music.  
As a fund raiser, 100% of all ticket sales, donations and sponsor ads will be used to purchase instruments for the Hudson City School District music program.  68% of the children of Hudson are classified as underprivileged.  These instruments will enable all children to participate in the schools band and orchestra.
Tickets now available at  

 "Village  Movement" in Northern Columbia County 
Wednesday, September 20th, 10am-noon.
North Chatham Free Library 4287 NY-203, North Chatham 
The principal purpose of the Village Movement is to provide access to services that enable seniors to remain at home as long as possible. 
In a "Village Movement", Members determine which services it will offer. Offerings shared by all members may include: home-safety modifications, transportation, meal delivery, dog walking, technology training and support, health and wellness programs, social activities, and the services of visiting nurses and care managers.
The goals of this upcoming meeting are  to determine  if there is sufficient  interest in the concept , select a  general geographic  target area and to identify members of a working steering committee.  
For More information, please click through to this flyer. 
Pre-registration is required because space is limited:  Email Karen McGraw
to reserve a space.  

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