Friday, May 18, 2018
Sivan 4, 5778
Friday, May 18, 2018
Sivan 4, 5778
Light Candles at 7:54pm
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Eve of First day Shavuot
Sivan 5, 5778
Shabbat Services 9:30am
Light Holiday Candles after 9:03pm

Sunday, May 20, 2018
Eve of Second day Shavuot
Sivan 6, 5778
Light Holiday Candles after 9:04pm

Monday, May 21, 2018
Sivan 7, 5778
Holiday Ends 9:05pm 

Torah Reading:   Bamidbar: Numbers 1:1 - 4:20

About The Parshah:  
In this Torah portion, God tells Moses to conduct a census of all the Israelite men over the age of 20. Moses takes up a second census to count all of the Levite men. God gives specific instructions to the Levites about their roles in the Tent of Meeting.

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Bar Mitzvah of Naim Greenberg  
Saturday May 19th, 2018

Please join us in celebration as Naim, son of members Ditte Nielsen and Mark Greenberg and grandson of members Arthur and Elaine Greenberg, accepts the responsibilities of our tradition and is called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah.

Tikkun Layl Shavuot
Saturday, May 19th, 2018, 8:00pm
The Chatham Synagogue/Netivot Torah
Please join us for an evening of study, story and song. We will begin inside with a round table reading and discussion of Megillat Ruth; then we will gather around a campfire and enjoy Ken Davies with his accordion leading us in song. Interspersed with the music will be round robin story telling with the theme of "My Link in the Chain: How it was Forged." Shavuot marks the anniversary of the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. The transmission of the Torah through the generations portrays an unbroken chain of faith and endurance. We are all links in this chain. This Shavuot, we invite you to share your story of how your particular link to our traditions was forged. Linda Ziskind will provide s'mores and please bring a stick of firewood if you can. 

Saturday, May 26th, 2018 , after services 
The Chatham Synagogue/Netivot Torah
Celebrate with Rickie, her daughter and son-in-law, members Jody and Bart Schoenfeld, her son and daughter-in-law, members Steve and Phyllis Abramson and their families.   

Kiddush to Celebrate the 25th Wedding Anniversary of Elaine and Mitch Khosrova 
Saturday, June 2nd, 2018, after services
The Chatham Synagogue Netivot Torah
Special Kiddush to Celebrate the 25th Wedding Anniversary of Elaine and Mitch Khosrova

Film and Food - The Women's Balcony
Saturday, June 2nd, 2018, 6:00pm
Dinner and Film $15. At the door

An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a rift between the men and women in a devout community in Jerusalem in this rousing, good natured comedy. "A charming exercise in gender politics as experienced via religion...Hits all the right notes" - The New York Times. A light dinner with Israeli and Middle Eastern influences will be served. If you'd like to contribute a dish or dessert, please email Lydia Kukoff,

Out and About  

Screening of "Symbiotic Earth: How Lynn Margulis rocked the boat and started a scientific revolution"
Saturday, May 20th, 2018, 4:00pm
Hudson Public Library, 51 North 5th Street, Hudson, 
This documentary by member John Feldman is the story of scientific rebel Lynn Margulis. A model of female empowerment in the 1960's, Margulis presented a symbiotic narrative in which bacteria join together to create the complex cells that form all organisms. For more information on the film, click here: Symbiotic Earth.
Free screening made possible by generous support of Gwen Gould and Ed Grossman. To register, email to, call 518 828-1792 x101 or visit the main desk in the library.

Music That Dances - Benefit Concert to support Kids Need Music
Saturday, June 9th, 2018, 2:00pm
Mettabee Farm, 551 Harlemville Road, Hillsdale, NY
Donations taken at the door
Classics by Chopin, Shostakovich, and Ravel - plus ragtime, bebop, Afrian muic and pieces based on other American dance forms featuring violinist Mitsuko Suzuko and pianit Uel Wade. The variety and virtuosity of this program is guaranteed to astound you.
For more information contact member Craig Bender at (518) 929-2290 or Website:

Save the Date - Women Rising
Sunday, June 10th, 2018, 3:00pm
The Chatham Firehouse
A forum organized by member Tobby Cassuto and the Speakout Committee bringing together women who make their voices heard on behalf of empowering women to assert their right to a safe workplace and to equal pay and becoming elected officials at every level of government.
More information to come.


Book Discussion - Liberating Minds
Sunday, June 16th, 2018, 6:00pm 
Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse, 539 County Route 13, Old Chatham
Ellen Condliffe Lagemann will speak on "Liberating Minds," her book advocating free college education for everyone in prison. There will be a potluck at 6:00 followed by the discussion at 7:00.
The Meetinghouse is across from Pitt Hall Road and Powell House. For more information contact: Bob Elmendorf 518-766-2992.

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