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NEWSLETTER Vol. 6, No. 88
October 12th, 2017
 
Sh'mini Azteret/Simchat Torah Morning Services
October 12th @ 9 am

wing the minhag of Eretz Yisrael, we combine the two festivals and celebrate them as one. Please join us as we rejoice in the Eighth Day of Assembly and the end/beginning of our annual Torah reading cycle. In addition to chanting Hallel and Yizkor, we feature our yearly "Torah Tour" as we examine the Torah scroll up-close and personal as we roll it back from the end of Deuteronomy to the beginning of Genesis. 

 

Again, please bring dairy/pareve/vegetarian food to share for the festive luncheon following services. Tequila will be served!

 
Saturday, October 14th @ 9 am

Kehilla Shalom San Miguel de Allende's
Conservative Shabbat Shacharit Service
@ 9 am
  

 
 
Saturday, October 14th @ 12:15 aprox.
Torah Study / Discussion Groups
 
Following the Morning Services and Kiddush(approx. 12:15 pm give or take 15 minutes)
All are welcome.
 
Bagels and Lox 
Sunday, October 15th @ 11 am -  2 pm
The kosher-style menu also includes:

Bagels and Lox
Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
Homemade Coffee Cake
and Sweet Rolls
(baked by the Shalom San Miguel "Balabustas")
with gourmet coffee.


$180 pesos for members and $220 pesos for non members.
 
 
High Holiday Appeal 5778
 
MANY THANKS to all who have already left or sent in their annual High Holiday pledges. We rely on your High Holiday donations as well as your membership support to keep the JC3 going and growing. For those of you who have not yet  found the opportunity to do so, please take a moment now to donate to the community by clicking on our PalPal link, sending us a check (made out to "CHESMA, AC", our legal Mexican non-profit name), or by contacting Edith (415-185-9191, shalomsanmiguel@yahoo.com.mx). And again, ¡Muchísimas gracias!
 
 

JC3 Film Series Presents:

Maudie

Sunday, October 29th @ 4 pm

FILM SERIES. THE QUEST OF HOW TO SPIN BEAUTY FROM HUMAN DESPAIR.
By Judith Cohen

The movie that we will be screening is MAUDIE. It is about
theself taught artist Maudie Lewis. The actors who play the two main characters are Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawk. It is a dramatic display or artist talents from both of them involving the ability to develop real human and interesting characters from closed people. The story is about a Nova Scotia woman who works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes independent and beloved by many. There are a few what we might call caveman moments where a strange tenderness emerges. As usual, the best stories are the true ones.
 

Wine,cheese and cake will be served.  Tickets can be purchased at the door or calling 185 9191 for reservations during office hours, Monday thru Thursday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

We added new air conditioning and chairs for your comfort and convenience. We cordially invite all people from the community at large. Suggested donation is 100 pesos.
 
 
Bikur Cholim
Our Bikur Cholim committee is for all members needing help with health issues. We would deeply appreciate being informed of anyone critically ill, in serious treatment, hospitalized, or otherwise in dire need of health assistance by family, friends, neighbor, or personally by the shut-in or convalescent individual.
Read more
 
Membership
Membership dues are a bargain at $180 USD individual or $250 USD/family: we purposely keep the dues modest (approx. USD$3.50/$4.80 per week, 49/68 cents per day) to encourage everyone to join.
Read more
 
Kehilla Shalom San Miguel de Allende
Two years ago, the Traditional/Egalitarian Minyan Group under the umbrella of CHESMA, AC was accepted for affiliation with the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism, and is now a new legal unincorporated religious entity known as "Kehilla Shalom San Miguel de Allende", giving us international recognition and paving the way for greater acceptance by the mainstream Jewish communities in Mexico.
Read more
 
Mi Shebeirach
Included among our many prayers for a speedy and complete healing, we would like to mention those for members Batya Chaya bat Sura, Miriam Yocheved bat Esther Yehudit, John “JD” Dayton, Itke bat Olga, Pesach ben Rivka, Laib Hirsh ben Sura v’Mechel, Devorah Gadit bat Sara,Rivka Devorah bat Ita, Batya Chaya bat Sura, Zahava Dora bat Shule, David ben P’nina, Yonatan David ben Miriam, Yehudit bat Israela, Eliyahu ben Avraham, Yosef Nachman ben Yocheved Ashna, Adrienne Brookstone,  Avram Zisser ben Gutke, Beryl Yosef ben Pinchas Lazer v’ Leah Rachel, David Lieberman, son of Elizabeth and Julian, Priscila de los Ríos Ramírez, Shlomo ben Malka, Jeffrey Shuman, Avram ben Elaine.

May the Source of Life bring strength and healing to all who are ill. Amen.
 
Yitgadal
If anyone would like to have the names of their loved ones included here in the newsletter, please write us atshalomsanmiguel@yahoo.com.mx

Tribute Cards are available in the office to honor/commemorate your loveones, or for any occasion. Please contact the office for more information: (415) 185-9191
 
Classes and Events
Check them out on our website: www.shalomsanmiguel.org
 
Ads from our members
Houses for sale, books, trips.
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NEWSLETTER Vol. 6, No. 87
October 5th, 2017
 
SUKKOT MORNING SERVICES
October 5th @ 9 am
Come celebrate autumn at the JC3!

The New Year has begun, our transgressions have been erased, and now it's time to party!! The traditional rabbinical designation of the Sukkot holiday isz'man sim'chateinu/ "the time of our happiness", and in fact our Torah reading on this holiday commands us "...and you shall rejoice before Adonai, your God for a seven-day period."  [Lev. 23:40] 

Morning services will take place at the JC3's main meeting room on Thursday, October 5th at 9:00 am, including an especially joyous Hallel prayer withlulovim (bring 'em if you got 'em!)  Kiddush after services will be in our lovelysukkah in the little garden-courtyard of our building. Please bring diary/pareve/vegetarian food to share.
See you there!
 

There will be no "First Friday Live!" service this October 6th due to the Sukkot holiday.

“First Friday Live!” will resume on Friday, November 3. 
 
Saturday, October 7th @ 9 am

Kehilla Shalom San Miguel de Allende's
Conservative Shabbat Shacharit Service
@ 9 am
  

 
 
Saturday, October 7th @ 12:15 aprox.
Torah Study / Discussion Groups
 
Following the Morning Services and Kiddush (approx. 12:15 pm give or take 15 minutes)
All are welcome.
 
 
High Holiday Appeal 5778
 
MANY THANKS to all who have already left or sent in their annual High Holiday pledges. We rely on your High Holiday donations as well as your membership support to keep the JC3 going and growing. For those of you who have not yet  found the opportunity to do so, please take a moment now to donate to the community by clicking on our PalPal link, sending us a check (made out to "CHESMA, AC", our legal Mexican non-profit name), or by contacting Edith (415-185-9191, shalomsanmiguel@yahoo.com.mx). And again, ¡Muchísimas gracias!
 
An open letter to my friends and colleagues Dan, Soli, Maxine, and Judith J.:

It's days later and I'm still high from Services!! This may truly be the very best Yom Tov I've ever experienced. Ever. We worked together like a finely-tuned machine, and the result seemed to have been appreciated by just about everyone. There was so much love, support, affirmation and cooperation on the bima -- I've never seen anything like it! I can't imagine what could be improved, but I'm sure when it's time to plan for next year, we'll come up with something even better (is that possible?).


Thank you all for the privilege of our working together. It's really what the High Holidays should be.

With all my love and appreciation,
CAROLE
 
 

Sh'mini Azteret/Simchat Torah Morning Services

Thursday, October 12th @ 9 am
 

Following the minhag of Eretz Yisrael, we combine the two festivals and celebrate them as one. Please join us as we rejoice in the Eighth Day of Assembly and the end/beginning of our annual Torah reading cycle. In addition to chanting Hallel and Yizkor, we feature our yearly "Torah Tour" as we examine the Torah scroll up-close and personal as we roll it back from the end of Deuteronomy to the beginning of Genesis. 

 

Again, please bring dairy/pareve/vegetarian food to share for the festive luncheon following services. Tequila will be served!

 
Bagels and Lox 
Sunday, October 15th @ 11 am -  2 pm
The kosher-style menu also includes:

Bagels and Lox
Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
Homemade Coffee Cake
and Sweet Rolls
(baked by the Shalom San Miguel "Balabustas")
with gourmet coffee.


$180 pesos for members and $220 pesos for non members.
 
Bikur Cholim
Our Bikur Cholim committee is for all members needing help with health issues. We would deeply appreciate being informed of anyone critically ill, in serious treatment, hospitalized, or otherwise in dire need of health assistance by family, friends, neighbor, or personally by the shut-in or convalescent individual.
Read more
 
Membership
Membership dues are a bargain at $180 USD individual or $250 USD/family: we purposely keep the dues modest (approx. USD$3.50/$4.80 per week, 49/68 cents per day) to encourage everyone to join.
Read more
 
Kehilla Shalom San Miguel de Allende
Two years ago, the Traditional/Egalitarian Minyan Group under the umbrella of CHESMA, AC was accepted for affiliation with the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism, and is now a new legal unincorporated religious entity known as "Kehilla Shalom San Miguel de Allende", giving us international recognition and paving the way for greater acceptance by the mainstream Jewish communities in Mexico.
Read more
 
Mi Shebeirach
Included among our many prayers for a speedy and complete healing, we would like to mention those for members Batya Chaya bat Sura, Miriam Yocheved bat Esther Yehudit, John “JD” Dayton, Itke bat Olga, Pesach ben Rivka, Laib Hirsh ben Sura v’Mechel, Devorah Gadit bat Sara,Rivka Devorah bat Ita, Batya Chaya bat Sura, Zahava Dora bat Shule, David ben P’nina, Yonatan David ben Miriam, Yehudit bat Israela, Eliyahu ben Avraham, Yosef Nachman ben Yocheved Ashna, Adrienne Brookstone,  Avram Zisser ben Gutke, Beryl Yosef ben Pinchas Lazer v’ Leah Rachel, David Lieberman, son of Elizabeth and Julian, Priscila de los Ríos Ramírez, Shlomo ben Malka, Jeffrey Shuman, Avram ben Elaine.

May the Source of Life bring strength and healing to all who are ill. Amen.
 
Yitgadal
If anyone would like to have the names of their loved ones included here in the newsletter, please write us at shalomsanmiguel@yahoo.com.mx

Tribute Cards are available in the office to honor/commemorate your loveones, or for any occasion. Please contact the office for more information: (415) 185-9191
 
Classes and Events
Check them out on our website: www.shalomsanmiguel.org
 
Ads from our members
Houses for sale, books, trips.
Read more
 
 
 
 
 
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NEWSLETTER Vol. 6, No. 86
September 28th, 2017
 
To our paid members:

In wishing you a Happy New Year, we would like to offer you select seating for this year's Holiday services. The first three rows will be reserved for those of our paid members who wish to sit closer to the bima for our High Holidays services.

An usher will escort you to these special, reserved seats. These seats will remain reserved until 15 minutes after services begin. 

If you have not yet renewed your membership, and for those of you who have not yet joined, it's not too late! Join now and get three months free, plus select seating for this year's Yom Tov.
 

Please note the following changes to our High Holiday schedule of services (additional Conservative Minchahreadings and later start time for the Reconstructionist Minchah service and Ne'ilah):

 

5:30-6:15 pm-- We are adding a more traditional Minchah Torah and Haftarah (Book of Jonah) reading, in Hebrew and Spanish, upstairs in the newly remodeled library/meeting room. This group will join the Reconstructionist service downstairs after the readings to complete the  Minchah service together.

 

6:00-7:00 pm-- Reconstructionist-style Minchah service led by Maxine Graboyes, with discussion of Book of Jonah to be led by Judith Jenya, darshanit; English-dominant.

 

7:00-8:00 pm-- Ne’ilah service (traditional, led by Dan Lessner),  in Hebrew, English and Spanish.

 
High Holiday Schedule 2017/5778

CHESMA, AC has always striven to present a variety of religious services during the High Holidays to reflect the diverse religious/spiritual sensitivities of the Jews who live in and visit San Miguel de Allende. We are certainly aware that "one size will not fit all", and have tried to present a menu of choices over the years in an attempt to please as many people as possible. (Sometimes we feel like the maître d' of the Jewish restaurant who asks plaintively: "Was anything OK?")

Read more
 
Thank you for your contribution
Music Fund
Rene Parra
Bibi Stein
Ester Bailey
 
If you would like to sponsor and be recognized as a supporter of the music in the sanctuary during the High Holiday Services, please go to the Shalom San Miguel donation for Music Fund and make your contribution to the Music Fund, or you can drop off a check to Edith at the JC3.

If you would like to make a gift in honor or memory of someone, please specify their names.
 

High Holiday Participation Honors
If you would like to participate by having a reading, a Torah or Haftorah honor (in either Hebrew, English or Spanish) at Yom Kippur, or the Yom Kippur Min’cha afternoon service, be an Usher or Greeter (help with prayerbooks and seating), please contact Edith by email at shalomsanmiguel@yahoo.com.mx and let her know your preferences and your contact information.
 
Bikur Cholim
Our Bikur Cholim committee is for all members needing help with health issues. We would deeply appreciate being informed of anyone critically ill, in serious treatment, hospitalized, or otherwise in dire need of health assistance by family, friends, neighbor, or personally by the shut-in or convalescent individual.
Read more
 
Membership
Membership dues are a bargain at $180 USD individual or $250 USD/family: we purposely keep the dues modest (approx. USD$3.50/$4.80 per week, 49/68 cents per day) to encourage everyone to join.
Read more
 
Kehilla Shalom San Miguel de Allende
Two years ago, the Traditional/Egalitarian Minyan Group under the umbrella of CHESMA, AC was accepted for affiliation with the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism, and is now a new legal unincorporated religious entity known as "Kehilla Shalom San Miguel de Allende", giving us international recognition and paving the way for greater acceptance by the mainstream Jewish communities in Mexico.
Read more
 
Mi Shebeirach
Included among our many prayers for a speedy and complete healing, we would like to mention those for members Batya Chaya bat Sura, Miriam Yocheved bat Esther Yehudit, John “JD” Dayton, Itke bat Olga, Pesach ben Rivka, Laib Hirsh ben Sura v’Mechel, Devorah Gadit bat Sara, Rivka Devorah bat Ita, Batya Chaya bat Sura, Zahava Dora bat Shule, David ben P’nina, Yonatan David ben Miriam, Yehudit bat Israela, Eliyahu ben Avraham, Yosef Nachman ben Yocheved Ashna, Adrienne Brookstone, Avram Isser, Beryl Yosef ben Pinchas Lazer v’ Leah Rachel, David Lieberman, son of Elizabeth and Julian, Priscila de los Ríos Ramírez, Shlomo ben Malka, Jeffrey Shuman.

May the Source of Life bring strength and healing to all who are ill. Amen.
 
Yitgadal
If anyone would like to have the names of their loved ones included here in the newsletter, please write us at shalomsanmiguel@yahoo.com.mx

Tribute Cards are available in the office to honor/commemorate your loveones, or for any occasion. Please contact the office for more information: (415) 185-9191
 
Classes and Events
Check them out on our website: www.shalomsanmiguel.org
 
Ads from our members
Houses for sale, books, trips.
Read more
 
 
 
 
 
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NEWSLETTER
Vol. 6, No. 85 September 21, 2017
shalomsanmiguel.org

 
To our paid members:

In wishing you a Happy New Year, we would like to offer you select seating for this year's Holiday services. The first three rows will be reserved for those of our paid members who wish to sit closer to the bima for our High Holidays services.

An usher will escort you to these special, reserved seats. These seats will remain reserved until 15 minutes after services begin. 

If you have not yet renewed your membership, and for those of you who have not yet joined, it's not too late! Join now and get three months free, plus select seating for this year's Yom Tov.
 
The JC3 office will be closed during the Rosh Hashana festivities and from Monday 25 to Wednesday 27
 
Saturday, September 23rd
@ 9 am


Kehilla Shalom San Miguel de Allende's
Conservative Shabbat Shacharit Service
@ 9 am
  
 
 
Torah Study / Discussion Groups
 
Following the Morning Services and Kiddush (approx. 12:15 pm give or take 15 minutes).

All are welcome.

 
 
High Holiday Schedule 2017/5778
CHESMA, AC has always striven to present a variety of religious services during the High Holidays to reflect the diverse religious/spiritual sensitivities of the Jews who live in and visit San Miguel de Allende. We are certainly aware that "one size will not fit all", and have tried to present a menu of choices over the years in an attempt to please as many people as possible. (Sometimes we feel like the maître d' of the Jewish restaurant who asks plaintively: "Was anything OK?")

This year we will again make a valiant attempt to present new and (we hope) stimulating and meaningful services and discussions. Please see the High Holiday Schedule below--new stuff is in red. Choose the services that best speak to your soul, or, what the heck, check 'em all out!
Thurs., Sept 21st 
First Day of Rosh Hashanah
Choice of 2 different morning services:
9:00 am- 1:30 pm Traditional/egalitarian Conservative service, led by Dan Lessner (Hebrew-dominant)
10:00-11:30 am Carole Stone will lead a Reform service (English-dominant, abbreviated)

2-3 pm Norman Feldstein will lead a special High Holiday meditation/discussion

Taschlich at the arroyo by the José Vasconcelos school, to follow above services 

Fri., Sept. 22nd @ 9:00 am-1:30 pm
Second Day of Rosh Hashanah
Kehilla Shalom San Miguel de Allende’s traditional/egalitarian (Hebrew-dominant) Conservative service (led by Dan Lessner, Carole Stone and Soli Cohen)

Sat., Sept. 23rd @ 9:00 am-1:30 pm
Shabbat Shuvah
Kehilla Shalom San Miguel de Allende’s traditional/egalitarian (Hebrew-dominant) Conservative service (led by Dan Lessner, Carole Stone and Soli Cohen)

Fri., Sept. 29th @ 7-9 pm 
Kol Nidrei Evening (Erev Yom Kippur)
‘Unified’ Erev Yom Kippur/Shabbat service (led by Maxine Graboyes, Carole Stone, Dan Lessner, and Soli Cohen; Judith Jenya, darshanit)—traditional format, but somewhat abridged and with several vernacular readings, violin, and keyboard accompaniment.

Sat., Sept. 30th @ 9:30 am-12:15 pm
Yom Kippur 
Kehilla Shalom San Miguel de Allende’s traditional/egalitarian (Hebrew-dominant) Conservative YK/Shabbat service (led by Dan Lessner, Carole Stone and Soli Cohen)
  • Shacharit 9:30 am
  • Torah service 10:45 am
  • Yizkor 11:45 am (approx., give or take 15 minutes)
12:15 pm Mussaf service (led by Carole Stone)

2:00-3:00 pm Meditative gathering and discussion High Holiday themes (led by Norman Feldstein)

Break

5:30–6:45 pm Reconstructionist-style Minchah service (led by Maxine Graboyes and Carole Stone, with discussion of Book of Jonah to be led by Judith Jenya, darshanit)

6:45-8 pm Ne’ilah service (traditional, led by Dan Lessner)

8:04 pm Shofar blast at to end Holy Day

Community break-the-fast to follow; please bring vegetarian or dairy food/beverages to share (no chicken, catfish/”bagre”)

NB: All times are approximate; we will try our best to keep to this schedule as closely as possible. Please be tolerant with us, especially at this time of the year.
As is our long-standing custom, we again will not be charging for High Holiday tickets.

We do rely on your voluntary donations, however; please pledge generously!
 
If you would like to sponsor and be recognized as a supporter of the music in the sanctuary during the High Holiday Services, please go to the Shalom San Miguel donation for Music Fund and make your contribution to the Music Fund, or you can drop off a check to Edith at the JC3.

If you would like to make a gift in honor or memory of someone, please specify their names.
 

High Holiday Participation Honors
Our community values the participation of as many members as possible. We need your help to make our services meaningful and inclusive.

If you would like to participate by having an Erev Rosh Hashanah reading, a Torah or Haftorah honor (in either Hebrew, English or Spanish) at Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, or the Yom KippurMin’cha afternoon service, be an Usher or Greeter (help with prayerbooks and seating), or help with the Erev Rosh Hashanah dessert Oneg, please contact Edith by email at shalomsanmiguel@yahoo.com.mx and let her know your preferences and your contact information.

If you would like to sponsor and be recognized as a supporter of the music in the sanctuary during the High Holiday Services, please go to the Shalom San Miguel donation page website and make your contribution to the Music Fund, or you can drop off a check to Edith at the JC3.

If you would like to make a gift in honor or memory of someone, please specify their names.
Contact us at phone 185 9191
Mon - Thur 9 to 5 and Fri 9 to 3
or email us at shalomsanmiguel@yahoo.com.mx
 
JC3 Film Series presents:The Red Tent

Sunday, September 24th
@ 4 pm


Refreshments Served. 100 pesos donation / 50 pesos for members.

Click here or on the poster to know more.
 
 

Bikur Cholim


Our Bikur Cholim committee is for all members needing help with health issues. We would deeply appreciate being informed of anyone critically ill, in serious treatment, hospitalized, or otherwise in dire need of health assistance by family, friends, neighbor, or personally by the shut-in or convalescent individual.

Do not hesitate to call Soli or Judith Cohen for any kind of help.

Local phone numbers: 152 7311 and 152 1156

Cell 045 55 541 55221 or Gerardo Schwartz Cell 045 331 863 9730


To read more about Bikkur Cholim click here
 


Membership dues are a bargain at $180 USD individual or $250 USD/family: we purposely keep the dues modest (approx. USD$3.50/$4.80 per week, 49/68 cents per day) to encourage everyone to join. Because of these obvious expenses involved in paying our obligations on our new building, all members are also asked to please consider giving an additional donation to the Building Fund. For more info about how to pay your membership and/or make donations, please click here.

Thank you-- your generosity is much appreciated!

 
How to Pay?

You can pay the USD equivalent in Canadian dollars or in Mexican pesos at the current local exchange rate, cash, check, bank deposit and in our PayPal account.

BY CHECK
All checks must be made to 
CHESMA, A.C.

From abroad, kindly mail your dues and donations to:


CHESMA, AC/Shalom San Miguel
220 N. Zapata Hwy, #11 PMB 613A
Laredo, TX 78043

PAYPAL




CASH
If you are in town you can drop off cash or checks at the JC3 (Las Moras #47), if you like, you can call before coming at 415 185 9191.

For your convenience, dues may be left at La Conexion, box 613 A (checks only; please do not leave cash there).

BANK TRANSFER OR DEPOSIT
You may transfer funds from your Mexican bank account into our CIBanco account:

BeneficiarioCHESMA AC
Cuenta - 401323 
Clabe
- 143180000004013236
 

Three years ago, the Traditional/Egalitarian Minyan Group under the umbrella of CHESMA, AC was accepted for affiliation with the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism, and is now a new legal unincorporated religious entity known as "Kehilla Shalom San Miguel de Allende", giving us international recognition and paving the way for greater acceptance by the mainstream Jewish communities in Mexico. All Jewish members of CHESMA, AC who would also like to enroll in the USCJ are asked to please add another $18 USD/about 360 pesos--single or family unit. Even if you don't necessarily consider yourself a Conservative Jew, please help us in this effort by enrolling in the USCJ when you renew your yearly membership to CHESMA, AC.

NB: CHESMA AC and the JC3 remain completely inter-/non-denominational; only the Kehilla Shalom San Miguel de Allende group has affiliated. Enrolling in the USCJ is totally optional, but the more members who do join in, the more clout we have. Thank you.

 

Mi Shebeirach

Included among our many prayers for a speedy and complete healing, we would like to mention those for members Batya Chaya bat Sura, Miriam Yocheved bat Esther Yehudit, John “JD” Dayton, Itke bat Olga, Pesach ben Rivka, Laib Hirsh ben Sura v’Mechel, Devorah Gadit bat Sara, Rivka Devorah bat Ita, Batya Chaya bat Sura, Zahava Dora bat Shule, David ben P’nina, Yonatan David ben Miriam, Yehudit bat Israela, Eliyahu ben Avraham, Yosef Nachman ben Yocheved Ashna, Adrienne Brookstone, Avram Isser, Beryl Yosef ben Pinchas Lazer v’ Leah Rachel, David Lieberman, son of Elizabeth and Julian, Priscila de los Ríos Ramírez, Shlomo ben Malka.


May the Source of Life bring strength and healing to all who are ill. Amen.

If anyone would like to have the names of their loved ones included here in the newsletter, please write us at shalomsanmiguel@yahoo.com.mx

 
 



If anyone would like to have the names of their loved ones included here in the newsletter, please write us at shalomsanmiguel@yahoo.com.mx 

Tribute Cards are available in the office to honor/commemorate your love
ones, or for any occasion. Please contact the office for more information: (415) 185-9191

 

Check out all our classes and events on our website:www.shalomsanmiguel.org

 

Ads from Members

 
HELP!! I need a learning partner. If you are interested in learning any Judaic subject, it is more effective to learn with a partner. I’d like to be that partner. Please contact me either through Shalom San Miguel de Allende (185-9191) or on my home phone (154-6760).

However, maybe you would prefer to command a French or English frigate or “ship of the line” in a game called Sails of Glory, a Napoleonic Wars game. Perhaps you’d like to fight the Battle of the Golan Heights. Come to the JC3 any Tuesday between 3-5pm. For any questions, or to let me know you’re coming, call me at home (154-6760). I look forward to sharing these enjoyable experiences with you.  
Larry Stone
 

For Sale
New book by Henri Moyal

Consists of 13 collages each is complemented by an essay written by a different individual.  (4 of the essays are in French; the other 9 are in English). 
Clever Coitus: 13 Collages/13 Critical Looks.
$270 Mexican pesos or US $13.5
51+% of sales go the the JC3.


Copies available at the JC3 office or contact Henri at
Home: (+52) 415 155 8179
Cellular: (+52) 415 107 8347
Website: henrimoyal.com

 
 

For Sale

For Sale

Beautiful antique 14K gold Magen David pendant with diamond chip, approx. 10 mm tall. Appraised at $350 USD, but owner must sell quickly: asking price $250. Contact Edith for more information or to come see it: (415) 185-9191.

 
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NEWSLETTER
Vol. 6, No. 84 September 14, 2017
shalomsanmiguel.org

 
 
To our paid members:

In wishing you a Happy New Year, we would like to offer you select seating for this year's Holiday services. The first three rows will be reserved for those of our paid members who wish to sit closer to the bima for our High Holidays services.

An usher will escort you to these special, reserved seats. These seats will remain reserved until 15 minutes after services begin. 

If you have not yet renewed your membership, and for those of you who have not yet joined, it's not too late! Join now and get three months free, plus select seating for this year's Yom Tov.
 
The JC3 office will be closed during the Rosh Hashana festivities and from Monday 25 to Wednesday 27
 
Saturday, September 16th
@ 9 am


Kehilla Shalom San Miguel de Allende's
Conservative Shabbat Shacharit Service
@ 9 am
  
Parashat Nitzavim/Va-yelech
Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30
 
When all these things befall you—the blessing and the curse that I have set before you—and you take them to heart amidst the various nations to which Adonai your God has banished you, and your return to the Adonai your God, and you and your children heed God’s command with all your heart and soul…then Adonai your God will restore your fortunes and take you back in love.                                                                                                                                      (Deut 30:1-3)
Aside from the wonderful pithy saying “Choose life!”, the parashaot we read this Shabbat—right before the Ashkenazic selichot period which begins at sunset—contains an important promise which is central to the High Holiday season. In chapter 30, it essentially says: OK so you guys are gonna screw up bigly, and you’ll have to suffer the consequences. Hey, free will means you are responsible for your actions. Grow up. But, when you figure out what’s really important and sincerely repent your mistakes, I’ll take you back in love.” Essentially, God is stuck with us—we have a Covenant, which by its very definition cannot be broken: we are to follow the mitzvot; God will be our God; and even if we mess up, God will take us back in love. Done deal.

In the first 10 verses of chapter 30, the Hebrew root שוב, return (from where we get the word t’shuvah) is repeated 7 times. One understanding is that Torah is a path for us in life (the term halachah, religious lawmeans to “walk” on that path). When we deviate from that path—not to be confused with the Christian concept of “sin”—we are bidden to “turn back”, that is, to do t’shuvah and return again on the path.   Turning to God in repentance with a plea for forgiveness is a mitzvah in and of itself, according to Maimonides in the Mishneh Torah. But what is the actual essence of t’shuvah/repentance? How ought we do this particular mitzvah?

The steps of t’shuvah in regard to transgressions we have made against Godinclude:

1) recognizing our mistakes, and owning up to them;
2) verbally confessing them to God;
3) asking forgiveness, sincerely and wholeheartedly;
4) doing our very best not to repeat them.
 
But God won’t forgive us unless we have searched out souls, come to grips with our shortcomings, forgiven our fellows and asked forgiveness for our own transgressions. In addition to the above, we have to take concrete steps to make actual and emotional amends, best done face to face. If we have tried to make peace with someone 3 times, and they refuse to be placated, then we have done our duty and can move on (best to avoid these individuals in the future).

In Numbers 5:6-7, we get some important clues to a few rabbinic concepts of repentance: “When a man or woman commits any wrong toward a fellow man, thus breaking faith with Adonai, and that person realizes his guilt, he shall confess the wrong that he has done; he shall make restitution… An interesting teaching is that the verb used here in the Hebrew for “confess”/ התודו is in the reflexive (for you Hebrew language buffs, the hit’pael) mode. In other words, we must realize that we have actually messed up and confess to ourselves the wrong we have done, as opposed to rationalizing our actions and perhaps going through the motions of asking forgiveness while privately believing we have done nothing wrong. We also learn from these verses that any breach of faith toward one another is also an offense against God, who commands justice and whose image is in every human being.

And finally, in my estimation one of the most precious gifts of the High Holiday season is that it allows us to forgive ourselves (perhaps the hardest thing of all). Apocryphal Jewish guilt notwithstanding, each and every year we are granted a golden opportunity to start over, reboot our lives and our interpersonal relationships, and at least try to do better next time. An invaluable gift, indeed!   
 
Shabbat shalom u-m’vorach.

L’shanah tovah u-metukah!
 
 
 
 
Torah Study / Discussion Groups
 
Following the Morning Services and Kiddush (approx. 12:15 pm give or take 15 minutes).

All are welcome.

 
 

Saturday, September 16th 
@ 8:15 - 9:30 pm


Havdalah/Selichot

Our annual gathering to end the Sabbath and formally inaugurate the HH season. Refreshments will be served. 

 
Sunday, September 17th @  10:30 am  

Special Board Meeting


All members are welcome to attend our monthly board meeting if they so desire. Please contact us if you have anything you would like placed on the agenda.
 
 
Wednesday September 20th @  5 pm  

Rosh Hashana Dinner


To all who have registered for Rosh Hashana dinner: Thank you so much for making your reservations early! We will see you at the Hotel Monteverde, Volanteros #2, Col. Centro.
 
High Holiday Schedule 2017/5778
CHESMA, AC has always striven to present a variety of religious services during the High Holidays to reflect the diverse religious/spiritual sensitivities of the Jews who live in and visit San Miguel de Allende. We are certainly aware that "one size will not fit all", and have tried to present a menu of choices over the years in an attempt to please as many people as possible. (Sometimes we feel like the maître d' of the Jewish restaurant who asks plaintively: "Was anything OK?")

This year we will again make a valiant attempt to present new and (we hope) stimulating and meaningful services and discussions. Please see the High Holiday Schedule below--new stuff is in red. Choose the services that best speak to your soul, or, what the heck, check 'em all out!
Sat., Sept. 16th  @ 8:15-9:30 pm
Havdalah/Selichot 
Our annual gathering to end the Sabbath and formally inaugurate the HH season. Refreshments will be served.

Wed., Sept. 20th  @ 5 pm
Rosh Hashana Dinner 
Welcome in the New Year with dinner festivities at the Hotel MonteVerde. 

Wed., Sept 20th @ 7:30-9:00 pm 
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Reconstructionist-style evening service, co-led by Maxine Graboyes & Judith Jenya (similar to their acclaimed “First Friday Live!” events); dessert Oneg to follow.

Thurs., Sept 21st 
First Day of Rosh Hashanah
Choice of 2 different morning services:
9:00 am- 1:30 pm Traditional/egalitarian Conservative service, led by Dan Lessner (Hebrew-dominant)
10:00-11:30 am Carole Stone will lead a Reform service (English-dominant, abbreviated)

2-3 pm Norman Feldstein will lead a special High Holiday meditation/discussion

Taschlich at the arroyo by the José Vasconcelos school, to follow above services 

Fri., Sept. 22nd @ 9:00 am-1:30 pm
Second Day of Rosh Hashanah
Kehilla Shalom San Miguel de Allende’s traditional/egalitarian (Hebrew-dominant) Conservative service (led by Dan Lessner, Carole Stone and Soli Cohen)

Sat., Sept. 23rd @ 9:00 am-1:30 pm
Shabbat Shuvah
Kehilla Shalom San Miguel de Allende’s traditional/egalitarian (Hebrew-dominant) Conservative service (led by Dan Lessner, Carole Stone and Soli Cohen)

Fri., Sept. 29th @ 7-9 pm 
Kol Nidrei Evening (Erev Yom Kippur)
‘Unified’ Erev Yom Kippur/Shabbat service (led by Maxine Graboyes, Carole Stone, Dan Lessner, and Soli Cohen; Judith Jenya, darshanit)—traditional format, but somewhat abridged and with several vernacular readings, violin, and keyboard accompaniment.

Sat., Sept. 30th @ 9:30 am-12:15 pm
Yom Kippur 
Kehilla Shalom San Miguel de Allende’s traditional/egalitarian (Hebrew-dominant) Conservative YK/Shabbat service (led by Dan Lessner, Carole Stone and Soli Cohen)
  • Shacharit 9:30 am
  • Torah service 10:45 am
  • Yizkor 11:45 am (approx., give or take 15 minutes)
12:15 pm Mussaf service (led by Carole Stone)

2:00-3:00 pm Meditative gathering and discussion High Holiday themes (led by Norman Feldstein)

Break

5:30–6:45 pm Reconstructionist-style Minchah service (led by Maxine Graboyes and Carole Stone, with discussion of Book of Jonah to be led by Judith Jenya, darshanit)

6:45-8 pm Ne’ilah service (traditional, led by Dan Lessner)

8:04 pm Shofar blast at to end Holy Day

Community break-the-fast to follow; please bring vegetarian or dairy food/beverages to share (no chicken, catfish/”bagre”)

NB: All times are approximate; we will try our best to keep to this schedule as closely as possible. Please be tolerant with us, especially at this time of the year.
As is our long-standing custom, we again will not be charging for High Holiday tickets.

We do rely on your voluntary donations, however; please pledge generously!
 
If you would like to sponsor and be recognized as a supporter of the music in the sanctuary during the High Holiday Services, please go to the Shalom San Miguel donation for Music Fund and make your contribution to the Music Fund, or you can drop off a check to Edith at the JC3.

If you would like to make a gift in honor or memory of someone, please specify their names.
 

High Holiday Participation Honors
Our community values the participation of as many members as possible. We need your help to make our services meaningful and inclusive.

If you would like to participate by having an Erev Rosh Hashanah reading, a Torah or Haftorah honor (in either Hebrew, English or Spanish) at Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, or the Yom KippurMin’cha afternoon service, be an Usher or Greeter (help with prayerbooks and seating), or help with the Erev Rosh Hashanah dessert Oneg, please contact Edith by email at shalomsanmiguel@yahoo.com.mx and let her know your preferences and your contact information.

If you would like to sponsor and be recognized as a supporter of the music in the sanctuary during the High Holiday Services, please go to the Shalom San Miguel donation page website and make your contribution to the Music Fund, or you can drop off a check to Edith at the JC3.

If you would like to make a gift in honor or memory of someone, please specify their names.
Contact us at phone 185 9191
Mon - Thur 9 to 5 and Fri 9 to 3
or email us at shalomsanmiguel@yahoo.com.mx
 
SAVE THE DATE
JC3 Film Series presents:The Red Tent

Sunday, September 24th
@ 4 pm


Refreshments Served. 100 pesos donation / 50 pesos for members.

Click here or on the poster to know more.
 
 

Bikur Cholim


Our Bikur Cholim committee is for all members needing help with health issues. We would deeply appreciate being informed of anyone critically ill, in serious treatment, hospitalized, or otherwise in dire need of health assistance by family, friends, neighbor, or personally by the shut-in or convalescent individual.

Do not hesitate to call Soli or Judith Cohen for any kind of help.

Local phone numbers: 152 7311 and 152 1156

Cell 045 55 541 55221 or Gerardo Schwartz Cell 045 331 863 9730


To read more about Bikkur Cholim click here
 


Membership dues are a bargain at $180 USD individual or $250 USD/family: we purposely keep the dues modest (approx. USD$3.50/$4.80 per week, 49/68 cents per day) to encourage everyone to join. Because of these obvious expenses involved in paying our obligations on our new building, all members are also asked to please consider giving an additional donation to the Building Fund. For more info about how to pay your membership and/or make donations, please click here.

Thank you-- your generosity is much appreciated!

 
How to Pay?

You can pay the USD equivalent in Canadian dollars or in Mexican pesos at the current local exchange rate, cash, check, bank deposit and in our PayPal account.

BY CHECK
All checks must be made to 
CHESMA, A.C.

From abroad, kindly mail your dues and donations to:


CHESMA, AC/Shalom San Miguel
220 N. Zapata Hwy, #11 PMB 613A
Laredo, TX 78043

PAYPAL




CASH
If you are in town you can drop off cash or checks at the JC3 (Las Moras #47), if you like, you can call before coming at 415 185 9191.

For your convenience, dues may be left at La Conexion, box 613 A (checks only; please do not leave cash there).

BANK TRANSFER OR DEPOSIT
You may transfer funds from your Mexican bank account into our CIBanco account:

BeneficiarioCHESMA AC
Cuenta - 401323 
Clabe
- 143180000004013236
 

Three years ago, the Traditional/Egalitarian Minyan Group under the umbrella of CHESMA, AC was accepted for affiliation with the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism, and is now a new legal unincorporated religious entity known as "Kehilla Shalom San Miguel de Allende", giving us international recognition and paving the way for greater acceptance by the mainstream Jewish communities in Mexico. All Jewish members of CHESMA, AC who would also like to enroll in the USCJ are asked to please add another $18 USD/about 360 pesos--single or family unit. Even if you don't necessarily consider yourself a Conservative Jew, please help us in this effort by enrolling in the USCJ when you renew your yearly membership to CHESMA, AC.

NB: CHESMA AC and the JC3 remain completely inter-/non-denominational; only the Kehilla Shalom San Miguel de Allende group has affiliated. Enrolling in the USCJ is totally optional, but the more members who do join in, the more clout we have. Thank you.

 

Mi Shebeirach

Included among our many prayers for a speedy and complete healing, we would like to mention those for members Batya Chaya bat Sura, Miriam Yocheved bat Esther Yehudit, John “JD” Dayton, Itke bat Olga, Pesach ben Rivka, Laib Hirsh ben Sura v’Mechel, Devorah Gadit bat Sara, Rita Salander, Batya Chaya bat Sura, Zahava Dora bat Shule, David ben P’nina, Yonatan David ben Miriam, Yehudit bat Israela, Eliyahu ben Avraham, Yosef Nachman ben Yocheved Ashna, Adrienne Brookstone, Avram Isser, Beryl Yosef ben Pinchas Lazer v’ Leah Rachel, David Lieberman, son of Elizabeth and Julian, Priscila de los Ríos Ramírez, Shlomo ben Malka.


May the Source of Life bring strength and healing to all who are ill. Amen.

If anyone would like to have the names of their loved ones included here in the newsletter, please write us at shalomsanmiguel@yahoo.com.mx

 
 



If anyone would like to have the names of their loved ones included here in the newsletter, please write us at shalomsanmiguel@yahoo.com.mx 

Tribute Cards are available in the office to honor/commemorate your love
ones, or for any occasion. Please contact the office for more information: (415) 185-9191

 

Check out all our classes and events on our website:www.shalomsanmiguel.org

 

Ads from Members

 
HELP!! I need a learning partner. If you are interested in learning any Judaic subject, it is more effective to learn with a partner. I’d like to be that partner. Please contact me either through Shalom San Miguel de Allende (185-9191) or on my home phone (154-6760).

However, maybe you would prefer to command a French or English frigate or “ship of the line” in a game called Sails of Glory, a Napoleonic Wars game. Perhaps you’d like to fight the Battle of the Golan Heights. Come to the JC3 any Tuesday between 3-5pm. For any questions, or to let me know you’re coming, call me at home (154-6760). I look forward to sharing these enjoyable experiences with you.  
Larry Stone
 

For Sale
New book by Henri Moyal

Consists of 13 collages each is complemented by an essay written by a different individual.  (4 of the essays are in French; the other 9 are in English). 
Clever Coitus: 13 Collages/13 Critical Looks.
$270 Mexican pesos or US $13.5
51+% of sales go the the JC3.


Copies available at the JC3 office or contact Henri at
Home: (+52) 415 155 8179
Cellular: (+52) 415 107 8347
Website: henrimoyal.com

 
 

For Sale

For Sale

Beautiful antique 14K gold Magen David pendant with diamond chip, approx. 10 mm tall. Appraised at $350 USD, but owner must sell quickly: asking price $250. Contact Edith for more information or to come see it: (415) 185-9191.

 
 

NEWSLETTER
Vol. 6, No. 83 September 7, 2017
shalomsanmiguel.org

 
Saturday, September 9th
@ 9 am


Kehilla Shalom San Miguel de Allende's
Conservative Shabbat Shacharit Service
@ 9 am 
 
Parashat Ki Tavo
Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8
All these blessings will come upon you…if you will but heed the voice of Adonai, your God (Deut 28:2)
After recounting a commandment to bring the first fruits to the Temple each year—a ceremony to remind farmers that the land’s fertility comes from God, emphasizing that God’s power behind all phenomena, historical as well as natural—the narrative shifts to blessings and curses. There is a description of a ceremony to mark Israel’s arrival in the land, which was introduced several weeks ago at the beginning of Parashat Re’eh: half the tribes were to ascend Mt. Gerizim and the other half Mt. Ebal. The Levites then yelled out a bunch of curses (for “secret sins”; that is, those that Ibn Ezra and Rashbam note, often escape detection because they are committed in private and the victims are loathe to tell about them, i.e. sexual misconduct, bribery, etc.) And while it’s on the subject of curses and whatnot, Torah lists 12 lines of blessings if we follow the mitzvot, and 53 lines of rather nasty curses (in gory detail, literally) if we do not. So why so many more curses?

Pirkei Avot 1:3 teaches us “Do not be like servants who serve the master for the sake of receiving a reward”, and the Rambam extrapolates this to include avoid doing the mitzvot out of fear of punishment. Rather, the ideal form or Divine service is to serve God purely out of love and devotion, with no thought for reward or other ulterior motive. “Ideally”, that is. But many people might not be able to reach that level of understanding, so… better they do the mitzvot for the wrong reasons than not at all! Of course we should all appreciate that our lives, and society in general, would be better if we followed these guidelines. And not following the commandments will yield negative consequences as a natural result (i.e., without God having to throw lightning bolts at us!) But like children, sometimes we need “motivation”, either a promise of a reward or a good spanking to do what is best for us. Now no one is advocating child abuse here, but discipline is an extremely important tool, along with love and nurturing, of course. Balance is the key. So again, why are there over 4 times as many curses as blessings in this chapter?

Fear of punishment (perhaps even more than the punishment itself) is a powerful motivator. We all ought to pay our fair share of income tax, right? It’s the “right” thing to do. But if the IRS ceased to exist tomorrow, how many of us would scrupulously declare every dollar, simply out of love of our country, seriously? We all pretty much do our duty mostly out of fear of dreaded audits, huge fines and prison! Fear of Divine retribution has been a long-standing part of many religions from time immemorial. We more modern Jews tend to eschew the fire-and-brimstone, negative, “paternalistic” approach of the past, and instead concentrate of the positive, loving, “feminine” aspects of the Holy One. I often choose to translate the Hebrew word ירא,”fear” in its alternate meaning, “awe”: it’s much more pleasant to be in awe of God than to fear God. And yet, some people just don’t respond to positive reinforcement and actually need fear to guide them to a better, healthier, holier choice. To get folks to stop smoking, for instance, a doctor often needs to include repeated, dire warnings of cancer and heart disease along with encouraging words.

Following the mitzvot is a better, healthier, holier choice for us, and sometimes harsh words necessary to improve chances of compliance—or our own sakes, out of love. 
Shabbat shalom u-m’vorach.