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Rosh Hashana Update

We are currently in the process of finalizing the plans for our Rosh Hashana services 9/19-20. As these words are being written, a seating area for women is being built in the Rabbi’s backyard, which is adjacent to the shul’s backyard. Once we know exactly how many people can be accommodated with social distancing (and tentatively shading) we will be able to finalize our plans. The goal is to have two abridged outdoor services, one from 8:00am-11:00am and one from 11:30am- 1:00pm. Both services will be led by Rabbi Landau. Since seating is limited, please do not show up without a reservation. Reservations can be made by contacting the Rabbi. 

On Sunday 9/21, there will be several outdoor locations around the Sunset and neighboring communities where people will be able to come to hear shofar blowing. By the beginning of next week, expect to receive a clarifying email. If you have any questions, please either email or call the Rabbi.
The Rabbi's Blog: Living Jewish in San Francisco

The year 5780 is almost over and out, Rosh Hashana 5781 is about a week or so away. Many people have chosen to simply write off this past year instead of making the effort to look into what we all went through, as individuals and a larger community, and glean some useful lessons to make the New Year better. To help us all in this task, I share with you the following two articles by colleagues of mine.

 

Shabbat Nitzavim - Vayeilech
Friday, September 11- Saturday, September 12
Z'manim:
Friday, September 11
7:45am    Shacharit 
6:45pm    Mincha/Ma'ariv: 
6:04pm    Plag (earliest candle lighting)
7:04pm    Candlelighting

Shabbat, September 12
Shabbat Nitzavim - Vayeilech
9:30am  Shacharit 
To fulfill the mitzvah of Shema in its proper time, it must be concluded by 9:57am

To fulfill the obligation of the Shacharit Amidah, it must be concluded by 11:00am
6:00pm    Mincha
8:01pm    Havdalah
11:00pm 
Selichot on Zoom

Sunday September 13
7:30am    Selichot
8:00am    Shacharit
6:45pm    Mincha/Ma'ariv


Monday-Thursday,  Sep. 14-17
7:15am    Selichot
7:45am    Shacharit 
6:45pm    Mincha


 
Adath Israel Zoom World
Friday September 11, 4:00pm
Children's Story Time with the Rabbi
 Meeting ID: 885 7258 0645
Password: 677018

Phone: (669)-900-6833
Meeting ID: 889 5354 7725
Phone: (669) 900-6833
Saturday September 12, 11:00pm
Selichot
Meeting ID: 852 6461 2379
Password: 075217
Phone: (669)-900-6833
Sunday September 13, 9:00am
The Beginning of King Solomon's Reign
Chronicles II Chapter 3
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Password: 093531
Phone: (669)-900-6833
Meeting ID: 810 1582 7795
Password: 135603
Phone: (669) 900-6833

Yoel & Jessica Gluck for the new outdoor Women’s seating area
Tommy & Genie Tabak for the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund
Tommy & Genie Tabak for the Jewish Day School Transportation Fund
Rabbi Edan Hanouka for the new outdoor women’s seating area
Elliot Katzovitz for the General Fund
Ruth & Victor Brill for the Yahrzeits of Ruth’s beloved mother, Frances, and sister, Erica      

Thank You For Renewing Your Membership:
Cyril Attia & Linda Schmidt, Marc & Fleur Attia, Shay & Robin Attia, Evelyn Baum, Daniel & Leslie Benchetrite, Craig Berendt, Bob & Esther Berger, Ava Brand, Velvel & Irina Brodskiy, Jerry & Miriam Butrimovitz, Drs. Jonathan Esensten & Raquel Gardner, Natan Dubinsky, David Garth & Sarah Phommavongsay, Yoel & Jessica Gluck, Alex & Inna Goldshteyn, Barry & Amy Greenberg, Al & Sharon Hampel, Jonathan Harris & Courtney Beck, Meir & Zahav Holland,

Jolana Hollander & family, Fred & Bonnie Kalbrosky, Joe & Ester Kaplan, Phil Kaplan, Ian & Cheryl Katz, Anna & Konstantin Kelenson, Leonid & Ludmila Khamishon, Baruch & Alex Kilunov, David & Roberta KimmelLloyd KleinMorrie Klein, Emil Knopf, Jack & Rina Korek, Harry Lenczer & Estelle Monderer, Shep LevineMichael LorinczKevin & Renee Mahan, Claire Manber, Bina Mitchell, Abe NewmanPatty Ozeri, Bella Pasynkova, Jack 
& Doris Piotrkowski, Anna Polonskaya, Ian & Jessica Reynolds,
Norman Reid, Avi & Marina Riskin, Alex & Masha Rudakov, Alex & Slava Ryvkin, Drs. Kevin & Sharon Saitowitz, Dr. David Schiff, Alvin D. Sered, Roni Silverberg, Seth & Sheila Skootsky, Max Slepnyov, Roman & Polina Slepnyov, Marty & Goldie Sosnick, Mark & Chloe Sugarman, Adam & Gabi Tabak, Tommy & Genie Tabak, Patrick & Sabrina ThillardElad & Corinne Vaknin, Pesach & Larissa Vinnitsky, Sally Weiss, Tauba Weiss, Neal Wohlmuth

High Holiday Newsletter
Looking for some High Holiday inspiration? Check out our High Holiday Newsletter and Insights for the High Holiday Season. Thank you to all of our generous donors! For the most up-to date details on this year's High Holiday season, please see the Adath Israel website
Adath Israel Hebrew School
If you or someone you know has a fourth grader and up in need of weekly Hebrew/Judaic instruction please contact the Rabbi ASAP. We have a great opportunity to get a wonderful teacher if we have enough students.  
New at A.I. - Aliyah Sponsorships
Even though the shul has reopened, not everyone is able to participate in our outdoor services. Therefore, we would like to offer to both men and women the opportunity to sponsor Shabbat aliyot. All you have to do is contact the Rabbi, let him know which aliyah you’d like to sponsor AND provide him with the names of the people on behalf of whom you would like to make a Mishabeirach. This can also be done for Kaddish and Kel Maleh Rachamim.
5781 Calendars
Sinai Memorial Chapel/Chevra Kadisha has provided us with calendars for the upcoming Jewish year. Please contact the office to coordinate pick-up. 
Enjoy Metropolitan Sushi
Check out the sushi or Shabbat menu for Metropolitan Sushi. 
Parasha in a Nutshell

 

The Parshah of Nitzavim includes some of the most fundamental principles of the Jewish faith: The unity of Israel: “You stand today, all of you, before the L-rd your G-d: your heads, your tribes, your elders, your officers, and every Israelite man; your young ones, your wives, the stranger in your gate; from your wood-hewer to your water-drawer.” The future redemption: Moses warns of the exile and desolation of the Land that will result if Israel abandons G-d’s laws, but then he prophesies that in the end, “You will return to the L-rd your G-d . . . If your outcasts shall be at the ends of the heavens, from there will the L-rd your G-d gather you . . . and bring you into the Land which your fathers have possessed.” The practicality of Torah: “For the mitzvah which I command you this day, it is not beyond you, nor is it remote from you. It is not in heaven . . . It is not across the sea . . . Rather, it is very close to you, in your mouth, in your heart, that you may do it.” Freedom of choice: “I have set before you life and goodness, and death and evil: in that I command you this day to love G-d, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments . . . Life and death I have set before you, blessing and curse. And you shall choose life.”

The Parshah of Vayelech, (“and he went"), recounts the events of Moses’ last day of earthly life. “I am one hundred and twenty years old today,” he says to the people, “and I can no longer go forth and come in.” He transfers the leadership to Joshua, and writes (or concludes writing) the Torah in a scroll which he entrusts to the Levites for safekeeping in the Ark of the Covenant. The mitzvah of Hakhel (“gather”) is given: every seven years, during the festival of Sukkot of the first year of the shemittah cycle, the entire people of Israel—men, women and children—should gather at the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, where the king should read to them from the Torah. Vayelech concludes with the prediction that the people of Israel will turn away from their covenant with G-d, causing Him to hide His face from them, but also with the promise that the words of the Torah “shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their descendants," (Chabad.org).


Parasha Thought
By Rav Mordechai Kamenestky

The final portions of the Torah don’t let us escape from the harsh realities of real-world trials and tribulations. In this week’s combined portions of Nitzavim & Vayelech, and in the following portion of Ha’azinu, the Torah discusses the harsh realities of sin and consequences.

Hashem describes the scenario that will arise after the death of Moshe. “And this nation will arise and turn to foreign gods, and they will leave the treaty that I cut with them. And my wrath shall burn upon them and I will leave them. They will be for prey and many evils, and pain will find them, and they will say on that day, ‘is it not because G-d is not with us that all this evil befalls us!’ And I will hide My face on that day for all the evil that they did; for turning to other gods,” (Deuteronomy 31:16-19).

The next verse seems totally out of place. “And now write this song for them and place it in their mouths and teach it to the children of Israel, so that this song will be for Me as a testimony in the Children of Israel,” (Deuteronomy 31:20).

The juxtaposition of the verses provokes many questions. Why does Hashem tell Moshe to write the song now? Why is the impending doom called “a song”? Why does the Torah say “it will be a testimony for Me”? Who is testifying and to whom? What does it mean “put it in their mouths”? Shouldn’t the Torah be put in their ears? Why would we want to sing this distressing song anyway? Of course, Rashi and many of the great medieval commentators explain these verses with great clarity. I, however, would like to take a homiletic approach.

This past Sunday I had the pleasure of meeting with William Goldberg, a true friend and supporter of Jewish education. He left me with a moving story that he heard this past Shabbos from Rabbi Shlomo Riskin of Efrat, who was the Scholar-In-Residence at the Atlantic Beach Jewish Center.

After World War II, the Klausenberger Rebbe, Rabbi Yukisiel Halberstam, of blessed memory, a survivor of the concentration camps held a minyan in the Beth Moses Hospital in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. Parshas Ki Savo arrived and with it, the section known as the tochacha (admonishment), which is filled with foreboding warnings of doom and destruction, lest the Jewish nation stray from the will of G-d.

The verses warn of unimaginable horrors: exile, starvation, rape, robbery, and torture — to name just a few.

The custom of Jews world-over is to read the verses of tochacha quietly, so as not to rile up enemies, celestial and otherwise, who may think those calamities a good idea to cast upon the Jewish Nation.

So it was the portion of Ki Savo, and the Klausenberger Rebbe and his minyan of ravaged survivors were about to read the tochacha and re-live horrors of their recent history through the words of the ancient prophecies.

The Torah-reader started the verses of doom in a hushed tone. He began reading them quietly and quickly. Suddenly the Rebbe banged on his lectern. “Hecher!” he shouted. (Yiddish for louder.)

The reader looked up from the Torah with a puzzled look on his face. Perhaps he was reading the Torah a bit too low. He raised his voice a notch and continued in a louder undertone. But the Rebbe was not satisfied. “Louder!” he exclaimed.

By now the reader was reading as loudly as his normal recitation, and yet the Rebbe continued to bang on the lectern and exclaim, “HECHER!” The reader could not contain his puzzlement and instead of shouting the portion he stopped and looked to the Rebbe for an explanation.

“We no longer have to read these miserable curses quietly,” the Rebbe exclaimed. “There is no curse we have not experienced. There is no affliction we have not suffered! We saw it all. We lived it all. Let us shout with pride to our Father in Heaven that we have already received all the curses! We have survived these curses, and now it is His turn to bring us the blessings and the redemption!” And with that the reader continued reading the tochacha loud and clear as if singing an anthem to his nation’s tenacity.

Hashem tells Moshe to write this song and teach it to every Jew that will face difficulties. It shall be “a song that should be in our mouths. And it will be a testimony before the Almighty.” Our experiences should be sung with honor as a badge of courage and fortitude. Like the Purple Hearts of wounded soldiers, they shall be a witness to Him. So that when calamities befall us we shall surmount our misfortunes. They will not be agonies that we shall cower behind. Rather, they will be a testimony to our faith, our commitment, and most importantly our eternity.

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