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Fwd: A Prayer in the Aftermath of a Devastating Storm

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A Prayer in the Aftermath of a Devastating Storm© Rabbi Menachem Creditorin recognition of the holy work of the American Red CrossElohei haRuchot, God of the Winds,[1]Fixated as we are by incalculable losses in our families, our neighbors, human beings spanning national borders, we are pummeled into shock, barely even able to call out to You.We are, as ever, called to share bread with the hungry, to take those who suffer into our homes, to clothe the naked, to not ignore our sisters and brothers.[2] Many more of our brothers and sisters are hungry, homeless, cold, and vulnerable today than were just a few days ago, and we need Your Help.We pray from the depths of our souls and we pray with the toil of our bodies for healing in the face of devastation. We join our voices in prayer to the prayers of others around the world and cry out for safety. We look to the sacred wells of h…

Preschool Social Justice & Youth Community Visioning!

And the Youth Shall See Visions....
....at Netivot Shalom! For our Fall Tzedakah Project, Netivot Shalom Preschool is partnering 
with the Women's Daytime Drop-in Center (WDDC) on Acton Street here in Berkeley. 
This program empowers women and children to move from the streets to a home by providing ongoing and intensive counseling, case management services, daily support groups, a comprehensive children's program, a variety of referral services, and a transitional housing program for four single parent families. We have planned this project to coincide with Vayera, the birth of Issac, which we will read on November 3. This week and next we will be collecting diapers, Pullups, pacifiers, bottles, wipes, formula and baby food from our preschool families and the Netivot Shalom Community. Securing these basic necessities for their children is but one step in helping these mothers move forward. Your donations can be dropped off in the large decorated box in the foyer.   
Thank you for y…

A Broken Window at Afikomen, a Voting Prayer, & The Torah of Reconciliation

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(all proceeds support American Jewish World Service's "Reverse Hunger" Campaign!) A Note from Rabbi Creditor: A Broken Window at Afikomen, a Voting Prayer, & The Torah of Reconciliation 12 Cheshvan, 5773 Oct. 28, 2012 Dear Chevreh,  A few hours ago Chaim Mahgel, co-owner of Afikomen Judaica, shared this photo of Afikomen's smashed front window.   Thank God, everyone is fine, and damage was minimal. But this store is our Jewish community's treasure, and an attack on it is an attack on us all, Jewish and not. Please make an effort to pay a special visit to Afikomen this week, spending some extra time and money as a statement of support and solidarity with Chaim, Nell, and the important work they do convening our community and exposing us all to new and exciting Jewish learning, books, music, art, and more. I was already planning on writi…

Adult Education #Israel Offerings at Congregation Netivot Shalom! @cnsberkeley

Adult Education #Israel Offerings at Congregation Netivot Shalom!  Chug Ivrit  Hebrew conversation group
Here's a great opportunity to hone conversational skills for those who have some basic Hebrew conversational experience.

We will be meeting in the Shul library twice monthly on the second and fourth Sundays of the month from 12-1:30 PM starting October 14. In 2013, sessions will be on the first and third Sundays.  Sessions are FREE.

Please let us know if you will attend the 10/28 session or want more information by contacting  vezotyisrael@netivotshalom.org
Israeli Authors Book Group
Literature is one of Israel's most interesting and successful  "exports."  Join us in reading a variety of Israeli authors -- the discussion is lively in the CNS library on the second Tuesday of every other month, 7:30 - 9:00.

Upcoming dates and books: 
Tuesday, November 13 Amos Oz,  A Tale of Love and Darkness.  Memoir by a "classic" Israeli author. 
Tuesday,  January 8 Sayed Kashua, Se…

Jerusalem Mayor inaugurates new project in Arab neighbourhoods of East Jerusalem

Jerusalem Mayor inaugurates new project in Arab neighbourhoods of East Jerusalem 10.25.2012 17 Oct 2012, Office of the Mayor of Jerusalem
The naming of the street after Umm Kultum is part of a comprehensive plan to name all the streets in the Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem in collaboration with the residents. 

Last Wednesday (17 October), Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat inaugurated a new street in Beit Hanina, in the name of the famous Egyptian singer, Umm Kultum, who died in 1975. Umm Kultum, the greatest female singer of Arabic music, is still revered today.Singer Nasreen Qadri (winner of the Israeli TV show "Eyal Golan Calls You") will sing Umm Kultum's famous song "Enta Omri"("You are the Love of My Life") at the ceremony.

The naming of the street after Umm Kultum is part of a comprehensive plan to name all the streets in the Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem. 145 new street names were approved in 2012, including in Zur Baher, Beit Hanina, Shuafat, Issaw…

Howard Sumka inthe Washington Jewish Week: "Israel must never be made a wedge issue" this #proudamericanjew loves #israel

Howard Sumka inthe Washington Jewish Week: "Israel must never be made a wedge issue"
By Howard Sumka, Ph.D. 
Special to WJW
http://washingtonjewishweek.com/main.asp?SectionID=31&SubSectionID=49&ArticleID=18240&TM=59401.29

One of the sadder aspects of this largely dispiriting presidential election campaign has been the effort by Republicans, in close harmony with Prime Minister Netanyahu, to make Israel a wedge issue. A recent plaintive appeal for Jews to vote for Governor Romney (WJW, October 4, 2012) encapsulates the Republican position. The arguments are worth a closer look. Their arguments are based largely on distortions of fact and on a "no daylight" foreign policy principal that most Americans - Jews and Gentiles - should reject. In the end, to coin a phrase, this will not be good for the Jews, not those of us in America nor our kin in Israel.

The charge that President Obama "purposely put daylight" between the U.S. and Israel stems from his …

Yizhar Hess, CEO of Masorti Israel, in HuffPost: "Was the Kotel Liberated?"

Yizhar Hess in HuffPost: "Was the Kotel Liberated?"Yizhar Hess, Executive Director & CEO, The Masorti Movement in Israel http://www.huffingtonpost.com/yizhar-hess/was-the-kotel-liberated_b_2016878.html In December 1928, the British Mandate government outlawed the blowing of the shofarnext to the Western Wall (Kotel) following Arab complaints that it was an offense to the sanctity of Islam. Rabbi Kook, then the chief rabbi of Palestine, reacted immediately. He sent an urgent letter to the British High Commissioner, calling the British edict "an affront to religious freedom and conscience."Jews never accepted the British edict. Every Yom Kippur, they found a volunteer to sound the shofar. In 1930, at the close of Yom Kippur, Beitar member Moshe Segal, who had concealed a shofar under his tallit, sounded a tekiyah g'dola (a long blast of the shofar) as the fast ended. British police arrested him and dragged him to the Kishleh (the Old City of Jerusalem's m…