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Rabbi Eva's December letter & Shul Calendar

11/28/2017 01:45:41 PM


Dear Shul Family and Friends,


I hope that each of you enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving weekend.


During this season of sales, solicitations and materialistic seductions, it is important to remember our blessings and to stop to breathe in ‘gratitude.’ What are you most grateful for at this time in your life? What is lacking that you would like to integrate into your life?


We, at the Shul, are collecting everyone’s blessings and wishes to add to our Chai Year (18th Year) Garland that will adorn our sanctuary in the coming year. When you attend a service or event, remember to write down your blessing(s) and wish(es) to add to our collective art piece.


Get ready, because Chanukah is just around the corner. The word Chanukah means ‘dedication.’ As we inch towards the darkness of winter solstice, we are inspired by the lights of the candles. This year, let us take action to reclaim our values, one night at a time. Chanukah honors the sanctity of our being and reminds us of the miracles that brought us to this place and time.


We, at the Shul of NY have a few wonderful opportunities to sing, pray, chant, dance, nosh, learn and celebrate together, as well as to light our candles in community. Please bring your menorahs and candles to any of our Chanukah events and share your stories.


As we enter the darkest time of the year, the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. For some people, this time of year can be challenging. Perhaps we are missing loved ones who are no longer with us. Others may feel a sense of isolation, of fear or of loneliness. It is my hope that in our Shul we can find the blessings of friendship and belonging to support those within and beyond our community who may find this time of year challenging.


We are here together, in light as well as in the darkness.


Please feel free to reach out to me if you or someone you know in our community needs our support.


May the light of the candles shine and unite us in rededicating ourselves in love, hope, kindness and generosity to help create the world we long to be a part of. May you enjoy a wholesome and healthy December, celebrating what is most meaningful to you as you prepare for 2018.


With many blessings of love and light,

Rabbi Eva



Please mark your calendars as our month begins with Shabbat services this Friday evening.



Tuesday, November 28  Giving Tuesday Matching Grant on Facebook.  The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match up to $2 million in donations that are made on Facebook to eligible U.S.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofits only on Giving Tuesday 2017.  


This means your donation made on the Shul's facebook page today will be worth twice as much!  

And it's simple to do.  Just go to the Shul's Facebook page and click the donate button. Your donation in any amount will be matched by the Gates Foundation.  It couldn't be easier.  And while you're there please follow the Shul on Facebook.  
Fine Print:  You need to be logged in to a Facebook account to participate.  If you aren't a member it's easy to sign up.  And, you didn't hear this from us, but if you wanted to sign up to make a donation and then never login to Facebook again you could do that too.  Just don't tell Mark Zuckerberg.


Friday, Dec. 1, 6:30pm Shabbat Service at Middle Collegiate Church. We welcome the month of December with a festive Shabbat service. In this week’s Parshat Vayishlach, we find out what Jacob and Esau are up to now.


Saturday, Dec. 2, 10:00am UWS Contemplative Shabbat gathering. In addition to chanting, meditation and prayer, we will focus on the quality of ‘trust’ as the theme during this contemplative Shabbat gathering.


Tuesday, Dec. 12, 7:30pm First night Chanukah. Come light the first candle together as Rabbi Eva leads us in this monthly chanting circle at the JCC. Register at the JCC Manhattan. Gather at 7:15p.m.; chanting begins at 7:30.


Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7:00 pm. Chanukah Class. Learn about Chanukah as we continue our journey exploring the Jewish holidays. The Chanukah class will be held in the East Village. Register here.


Friday, Dec. 15, 6:30pm Shabbat services at Middle Collegiate Church. We will enjoy a festive Kabbalat Shabbat, sing Chanukah songs and spin our dreidels.

Monday, Dec. 18, 6:30 to 10:00pm Women’s Gathering for the 7th night of Chanukah. Together we will celebrate Chag HaBanot, the ‘Festival of the Daughters’ on the New Moon of the month of Tevet. This North African tradition commemorates Judith, our Chanukah heroine, as well as all the Jewish women in history, in our families and in our lives. We will come together to dance, share stories, make art, chant, and be witness to many tantalizing and memorable offerings. For more information or to register, contact Rabbi Eva at


Sun, March 18 2018 2 Nisan 5778