The Lotte Meyerson Tikkun Olam Committee – April, 2020



UPCOMING SCHEDULED LOTTE MEYERSON TIKKUN OLAM PROJECTS:

1st Friday each month from 1-3 PM @ MANNA– CBHT volunteer team. Contact Wendy Capelouto to help.

3rd Friday each month @ noon – CBHT Vets shelter meal serving. Contact Hilary Paradise to help.

Monday, April 27th – 4:30 PM, Next L.M. Tikkun Olam Meeting

Sunday, May 10thTop Your Dog – LMTO Fundraiser Picnic

June 7th –13th Room in the Inn; CBHT hosts.  Contact Sherrill Zoller to help.

PASSOVER AND SOCIAL JUSTICE — Adapted from www.rac.org

Passover is rich in social justice themes.  It is impossible to study the story of our redemption and not feel compelled to eradicate injustice in the world today.  Among the primary social justice themes found in the Exodus story and in the Passover observance, are hunger and homelessness, oppression and redemption.

“This is the bread of affliction which our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt.  Let all those who are hungry come and eat with us. Let all who are in want share the hope of Passover.” (Haggadah, “Ha Lachma Anya”)

“Ha Lachma Anya” reminds us of a time when our diets were once restricted to matzah, considered the “bread of affliction.”  Due to our hasty retreat from Egypt, we were limited to the food carried on our backs – the unleavened bread that we were unable to thoroughly prepare. Our experience with hardship following the exodus from Egypt inspires us to consider those who eat the metaphorical “bread of affliction” in present times, and to let all those who are now hungry join us at our Passover tables.

Consider adding to your Seder a short teaching before each cup of wine is blessed:

The First Cup: Freedom in America: As we lift the first cup, we envision an America – the “land of the free” – where everyone has a standard of living adequate for the health and well- being of him/herself and of his/her family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services.

The Second Cup: Voting Rights: As we lift the second cup, we envision an America where voting is viewed as a necessary part of everyone’s responsibility as citizens.  We envision a state where continuous efforts are made to make voting easier and more convenient, removing barriers and broadly encouraging participation of all citizens in our democracy.

The Third Cup: Redemption from Overwork and Underwork: As we lift the third cup, we envision a world where everyone has work and, without any discrimination, receives equal pay for equal work.  We envision a world where everyone also can enjoy rest and leisure, and family leave with pay.

The Fourth Cup: Liberation from Slavery All Over the World: As we lift the fourth cup, we envision a world where no one is held in slavery or servitude; a world without sweatshop laborers, where all workers are able to make a living wage, regardless of which country or state they are born into.

For excellent Passover resources, including a Social Justice Haggadot and inserts, go to www.rac.org/holiday-guides-passover

 LOOKING BACK AND LOOKING AHEAD

by Ellen Fisher

We are seeing positive light for our High Holy Day event with Rabbi Neal Gold on September 10th -13th.  We have received some donations and hopefully will have more patrons to cover all expenses.  Last month, I mentioned that we needed 29 patrons to donate $100 and we are now down to needing 25 patrons.  We would of course accept larger donations and smaller ones!  Checks can be mailed to the Temple.  These four days of learning and studying together with Neal and his very affable personality will set the mood in the month of Elul and usher in a Healthy and Happy New Year.  Rabbi Neal’s website and blog can be found at: www.nealgold.net.  We encourage you to check it out.

Religious School News – April, 2020



The word Kesher means connection.  In our Religious School, we have named our B’nai Mitzvah class Kesher.  It makes sense.  The Bat or Bar Mitzvah year is the time when many of the concepts that have been illuminated during the past years of Religious School are solidified.  One of the earliest middot that on which we focus when our little ones enter Sunday school is the Mitzvah of giving tzedakah. During the Kesher year, in preparation for their Bat or Bar Mitzvah, the students are putting together their Mitzvah Project.  These projects are typically geared towards Tikkun Olam or repairing the world.  This actualizing of past concepts is a way of connecting with Jewish adulthood.

The intensification of their Hebrew studies connects our students to a language that was used, not only in liturgical settings, but with modern day Israeli life.  And, of course, the reading of the Torah and Haftorah portions connects our students to the wisdom of our ancestral fathers and mothers, not to mention the spiritual connection to our faith.

Kesher (connection) is an essential component of becoming recognized as an adult member of a community.  One must both create opportunity to connect, as our Kesher class has been doing, and, be engaged in connective opportunities by our kehillah.

The experience of becoming a Bat or Bar Mitzvah is a unique privilege.  One that comes with a lot of hard work and a great deal of effort.  As a community, we must embrace our B’nai Mitzvah class and welcome them into our congregation as new members.  One way to do so is to attend their B’nai Mitzvah services.

Our younger students are also encouraged to attend as a way to begin their connection to this privileged experience.

If you haven’t attended a Bat or Bar Mitzvah this past fall, use this Spring as an opportunity to attend any one (or more) of our nine upcoming Saturday morning services.  Please check the congregational calendar for more information.

Seth Kellam,

Director of Religious Education & Sacred Music

President’s Message – April 2020



The following is the printed version of my remarks at our Shabbat observe March 13, 2020, when we closed the temple due to Covid-19 concerns.

I want to welcome you to our first Quarantine Shabbat —or virtual Shabbat.  Normally, I’d ask you to check your cell phones, find a comfortable seat, and finish up your conversations with those sitting near you, but not tonight.  Tonight, I’ll ask you to check your sound quality and internet connection, and invite you to join me via the webcast or the Facebook livestream.  Seth, Craig, Buffy, Kim, and I have spent the day adjusting our Shabbat observance plans to fit this virtual platform.  If you are on the Facebook livestream, I hope that you are able to share this experience with us.

This week’s parasha is memorable for the story of the golden calf.  Everyone remembers the golden calf, right?  Just saying those two words, “golden calf”, is probably enough.  It’s like the joke club, where no one actually tells a joke, but rather says the number of the joke they want to tell, and everyone laughs.

There are many connections we might make to this story based on our modern experience.  In these turbulent times, I think this story is another reminder that what matters in our rituals and spiritual experiences are our intentions, what we bring to our observance.  The physical manifestations of observance, the color of a talis, the shape of sanctuary, the brilliance of the eternal light, matter much less than the heart and spirit of our experience.  This tells me that even when we cannot physically be together in community, we still have the opportunity to bring the same intention to our rituals. Indeed, it is not what is external to us, outside of us, that makes us Jews.

We may not be able to connect with each other right now the way we want to.  We certainly wish we could.  But over many generations, we have maintained our Shabbat traditions despite all sorts of obstacles; I hope and expect that once the pandemic is over, we will be able to see it in the rear-view mirror as a minor obstacle.  I believe that the community we have built together, the connections that we have made with each other, can still thrive and grow even when we cannot be together in person.  The same network of support remains to each of us, though right now it is mostly through phone and email.  For sure, it is challenging to retain the same feeling of community connection without gathering together, sharing food, and the many other ways we are used to enjoying each other’s company.

If you can’t go see loved ones or have limited your own outings, please pick up the phone and call.  If you don’t know how to FaceTime, ask someone to help you.  We are still tied together; we can still observe Shabbat together and support each other in many ways.

Tikkun Gottschalk,

CBHT President

Social Distancing in Effect. Cancelling all gatherings of congregants in the coming days, including Friday Night Services, Religious School, and Adult Education.



Friends,

Because of the guidance about the Covid-19 virus,  all gatherings of congregants are cancelled including Friday Night Services, Religious School, and Adult Education.

PLEASE JOIN US BY WEBCAST: services will be broadcast via the website and FaceBook. You can use these links or navigate to Jewish Journeys > Prayer > Watch Services Online. There is no password required.
https://www.bethhatephila.org/jewish-journeys/prayer/watch-services-online/
OR
for FaceBook. For this facebook link – you will have to sign in to FaceBook and you have to be accepted in advance to join. Please do so as early as possible so you don’t miss out on any of the service.

Please refrain from creating private watch parties on Facebook. As a community, we want to see and read everyones comments in one place, to help us promote a sense of togetherness during these virtual times.

CBHT Staff and leadership will continue to closely monitor the developing situation, and work to maintain our connections to each other and to our traditions in ways that promote everyone’s continued health and well being. Please call or email if there is anything staff or leadership can do to support you or your loved ones.

Tikkun Gottschalk, President

The Humor Corner – March 2020



Humor Corner strays a bit this month to keep readers’ minds fresh.
Leo Rosten’s Treasury of Jewish Quotations, published 1972, is a dazzling 4,352 Proverbs, Folk Sayings, Witticisms, Insights, Maxims and Moralisms – collected over 58 years.They are garnished with irony, paradox, and truth. Enjoy. Learn. Discuss..
“I have tried to include in this book, only those sayings that will make you laugh, smile, or think.”

Leo Rosten
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“I never met a man in whom I failed to recognize some quality superior to myself if he was older, I said he has done more good than I; if he was younger, I said he has sinned less; if richer, I said he has given more to charity; if poorer, I said he has suffered more; if wiser, I paid honor to his wisdom; if not wiser, I judged his faults less severely. Take this to heart my son”
The Testament of Judah ben Jehiel Asher (1250-1327

ANXIETY

Only one type of worry is correct; to worry because you worry too much.

Riches bring anxiety; wisdom gives peace of mind.
APPEARANCE
All night, all cows look black.
Men see what we wear, not what we eat.
A goat has a  beard- but that does not make it a rabbi.
A homely patch is prettier than a beautiful hole.
If velvet and silk hang in your closet, you can step out in rags
When you have a new coat hanging on the wall, your old one does not feel ashamed.
A man looks to you the way you look at him.

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