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NEWSLETTER
Vol. 6, No. 73 June 22nd, 2017
shalomsanmiguel.org

 
INDEX
Services Other
• Shabbat Shacharit Service • Membership
  • Bikur Cholim
Classes • Mi Shebeirach
• Torah discussion groups • Yitgadal
• Jewish Meditation • Ads from our members
   
Mark your calendar JC3 Film Series
• Improv Workshop • The Jungle Book
• The fascination of Jewish Cuba  
• First Friday Live!!!  

 
 
Saturday, June 24th
@ 9 am


Masorti/Conservative Shabbat Shacharit Service
 
Par’shat Korach
Numbers, chapters 16-18
They assembled against Moses and Aaron and said to them: “You have gone too far! For all the community are holy, all of them, and the Lord is in their midst. Why then do you raise yourselves above the Lord’s congregation?” [Num. 16:3]
The story of Korach is certainly a cautionary tale for our time, and for all generations. Although Korach makes a valid point—God is certainly in our midst, and within each individual—he twists the facts to serve his own ulterior motives: to gain power. That is essentially the definition of a demagogue, as confirmed by a quick perusal in the American College Dictionary—n. a leader who uses the passions or prejudices of the populace for his own interests; an unprincipled popular orator or agitator.

I cannot help but see the parallels with a certain American president, who rails against the “failed Washington elite” and promises to return power to “the people”. Hey, who needs professional politicians to run government? The president and “the people” know more than the experts (global warming, evolution, fighting ISIS, healthcare…) How dare these egg-heads tell us what is true? We have our own, alternative facts!

Torah reports that 250 chieftains of the community, “chosen in the assembly, men of repute” joined Korach’s rebellion against Moses and Aaron. Interestingly, the Mishnah describes illegitimate controversy (for personal gain, not ‘for the sake of Heaven’) as being ‘like the dispute of Korach and his followers’ [Avot 5:17]. One interpreter understands this as this as ‘the dispute of Korach with his followers’, because each faction in the rebellion had its own agenda; they were united only in their opposition to the leadership. In other words, like many demagogues they defined themselves by what they were against, not by a vision of what they stood for [Etz Hayim chumash].

Moses and Korach have an incense showdown (I guess they didn’t have impeachment proceedings in those days) and God accepts Moses’ offering and opens the earth to swallow Korach and his followers; fire comes forth from the Lord (the Tabernacle) and consumes the 250 men of renown offering incense on behalf of Korach. Ouch. Despite this rather clear display of true authority, the people still revolt against Moses and Aaron (and still vote red in Georgia, apparently). A plague breaks out, and Moses tells Aaron to run into the midst of the congregation with incense to make expiation for the people; they eventually save the day, but 14,700 perish. As additional proof that the Levites are supposed to in charge of ritual stuff, God tells Moses to have the chiefs of each tribe leave their staffs in the Tent of Meeting; the next day, the staff of the house of Levi “sprouted and brought forth blossoms and almonds”. The last section of the parashah reaffirms clearly the responsibilities and duties of the Levites and Cohanim, as well as the perks and tithes. Order is maintained, and equilibrium apparently reestablished—but at a great cost.

The last paragraph of chapter 17, however, is extremely telling. The people have been greatly traumatized by all these shenanigans, and even after all the signs of Divine guidance, they cry out to Moses: “Lo, we perish! We are lost, all of us lost! Everyone who so much as ventures near the Lord’s Tabernacle must die. Alas, we are doomed to perish!” At first they presumed that everyone had a right to perform the priestly duties, and now they are afraid to even walk next to the Tabernacle. They still don’t trust authority, and they still don’t trust in God! Let us all hope and pray that in next year’s Congressional elections the American people aren’t overly traumatized and disheartened by the present political maelstrom and the consequences of the present leaders’ actions. May we have continued faith in our system of government and renewed trust in our elected officials to do what is truly in the best interests of the nation. And may the US continue to lead the world towards a more just, peaceful, prosperous, environmentally sound, and healthy future for all.

Shabbat shalom!
NB: The opinion above is solely that of the author of this weekly column, Dan Lessner, and does not necessarily represent the opinions of CHESMA, AC, or anyone else for that matter. As we often say: “Two Jews, three opinions”.
 
Torah Study Group
 
In Spanish, following Morning Services and Kiddush. All are welcome.

 
 

JC3 Film Series on Sunday, June 25 @ 4 pm

The Jungle Book

The Quest for Who we might be Under our Civilized Fasade
The Jungle Book is a film that is a visual marvel that cuts a path to the heart. Director Jan Favreau conjures a magical place to get lost in, he has managed to blend what's best in the jungle stories of Rudyard Kipling into something unique and unforgettable, Be prepared to be wowed. A real feast for the eyes. 
Tickets available at the door. Cost 100 pesos.
 
 

Sunday, July 2 @ 11am-1pm
 
The Improv People are organizing a special 2 hour improv workshop this coming July
FUN WITH IMPROV

TheImprovPeople.com 
The maximum # of students is 20 people, the minimum is 8 people. $200 pesos per person.

Join Eli and Joseph, co-founders of San Miguel's favorite - and only- improv troupe "The Improv People" for a fun and engaging improv workshop! Reconnect 
to your playful self, learn to say YES to life and become more spontaneous, as we explore the fundamentals of this fun and freeing artform through theater games. Discover the secrets of improv theater and witness them in action a week later at the next show by The Improv People (Tickets for "We Got Nothin'" will be on sale at Santa Ana theater box office in late June.) 

This workshop is open to all levels, and group size is limited. Please sign up early if you want to join in the fun!

BIOS:

Eli Hans
Mexico City, MX

Eli is an actor, 
director, and acting coach. He has worked in TV, film and video, musical and theatrical productions and has enjoyed a successful voice-over career for nearly two decades. He spent a few years at San Diego's Old Globe Theater as director of a renowned bilingual theater education program. Eli is the artistic director of The Improv People, co-founder of Sublime Design Interiors and is passionate about helping others discover their own passions and life purpose, through transformational workshops and one-on-one coaching at RediscoverYourPassions.com

Joseph Bennett
San Diego, CA

Joseph is the founder and managing director of The Improv People. He began working in the theater in elementary school and has studied acting, ballet, jazz dance, stand-up comedy, and improv. He has been teaching people to 'make stuff up' for the past five years. Joseph is also an accomplished assemblage artist (www.artbybennett.com/) and a life-coach and practicing hypnotherapist. (josephbennett.org) 
 
Please call 415 103 8027 if you have any questions. Gracias! 
 

Sunday, July 9 @ 4-5:30 pm
 
Ruth Behar- “The Fascination of Jewish Cuba”

Ruth Behar is a writer, anthropologist, and a Jewish Cuban-American. Her work includes academic studies, poetry, memoir, filmmaking and literary fiction. She is a highly sought after speaker

 

As an anthropologist, she argues for the open acceptance and acknowledgement of the subjective nature of research and participant-observers. Consistent with her views, she writes from a personal perspective.

 

Ms Behar is the first Latina to receive a MacArthur genius grant. She has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship and many other awards. She writes about, and leads tours to Cuba and Jewish Cuba, where she lived until age 5, when her family moved to New York City.

Ruth Behar book presentation.
Members 100 pesos, non-members 120 pesos.

Tickets for sale at the JC3 at the day of the event or at office hours
Mon - Thu 9 to 5 pm, Fri 9 to 3 pm
Phone 185 9191
 
FIRST FRIDAY LIVE! is back
Friday, August 4
 @ 5:30 pm 
First Friday…Live!
Join us for a short, lively celebratory musical Shabbat service. We will honor the traditions of Judaism by using familiar and contemporary poetry, songs, stories and other readings. You will be invited to join in the singing and share in the readings.
We will begin each Shabbat gathering with a “meet and greet Oneg" at 5:30 pm. The Service itself will begin at 5:45 and conclude by 7:00 pm (in time for your evening plans.)

Services will be led by Maxine Graboyes, formerly the Cantorial Soloist for B’nai Vail Congregation in Vail, Colorado for the past 23 years. She brings grace and enthusiasm to the music - that makes people want to join in, raise their voices and experience the joy of Shabbat. Maxine has also had a long career as a professional singer appearing on Broadway, television, and recordings.

Joining Maxine in leadership will be Judith Jenya, a life-long explorer of various Jewish paths. She has received awards for her work with international humanitarian programs and Jewish philanthropies. Judith also served as a former director of a large Reform synagogue in northern California and has led various types of services.

We look forward to your heartfelt participation. We want to build a community and make a spiritual home for non-traditional Jews and those who may not have participated in other Jewish observances in San Miguel.

If you are celebrating a special event, wish to honor someone dear to you, or simply want to help our growing spiritual community, perhaps you would like to consider sponsoring a First Friday Live! Oneg Shabbat.

First Friday..Live will happen each first Friday of the month.

Please join us! All are welcome!
 
Jewish Meditation
It is well known that many Jews embrace various types of meditation and I am one of them. I would like to start a Jewish Meditation Group that would meet at the JC3 at regular intervals to sit together in meditation, support each other’s meditation practice, and explore Jewish Meditation together. If the idea appeals to you please contact Norman  Feldstein at nrfdmd@gmail.com and I will make the arrangements and organize the group. This will not interfere or conflict with any other meditation groups in San Miguel in any way. I look forward to hearing from you.
 

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
 

For our Membership and Event Programming Committees We invite all our members to colaborate in our different Committees, we have several choices, we are sure that you can find some one that you like. Please let us know if you are able to help us by sending an email to shalomsanmiguel@yahoo.com.mx or calling the JC3 at 415 185 9191.

 


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 very soon 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:

Beneficiario- CHESMA AC
Cuenta - 401323 
Clabe
- 143180000004013236
 

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. 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 Laib Hirsh ben Sura v’Mechel, Devorah Gadit bat Sara, Avram ben Elaine, Itke bat Olga, Yitzchak ben Gucha v’Aron, Ya'acov ben Gershon v’Lea, Batya Chaya bat Sura, Zahava bat Shula, Batya bat Sura, Gershon ben Malka Ziporah bat Khisha; Avroom Zissa bat Beti, Orlie bat Sarah, Yonatan David ben Miriam, Nejamá Flores Mercado;  Leslie Cohen, Rita Salander, Rivka Leah bat Rucha, Liora Elisheba bat Sarah, Yehudit bat Naomi, Miriam Sa’arah bet Naomi, Eliyahu Arazi ben Avraham, Michelle Andrea Elías Castro, Rhonda Barron, Alan Gann, Albert Holtz.


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

 
 

We remember with love:

 

First 11 months:

Sharon Morey

Martha Castro de León de Kaplan

Norman Sinclair

Rose Sinclair

Marcelino Padrón Cantú

Yitzchak Arazi

Judith Wolfman

Robert Cohn

Rhonda Barron

Gustava Tishman de Schwarz

Libby Spiro

 

Yahrtzeit:

Abner Moyal

Gabriella Bernard (Haffner)

Helen Winer

Toby Holtz



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

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. 72 June 15th, 2017
shalomsanmiguel.org

 
INDEX
Services Other
• Shabbat Shacharit Service • Membership
  • Bikur Cholim
Classes • Mi Shebeirach
• Torah discussion groups • Yitgadal
• Jewish Meditation • Ads from our members
  • Board Meeting
Articles • Mark your calendar
• The Meaning of the word "Tzedakah"  
   
   

 
 
Saturday, June 17th
@ 9 am


Masorti/Conservative Shabbat Shacharit Service
 
Par’shat Sh’lach L’kha
Numbers, chapters 13-15
Spies, Rebellion and Fringes 
 “…The country that we traversed and scouted is one that devours its settlers. All the people that we saw in it are men of great size…and we looked like grasshoppers to ourselves, and so we must have looked to them.” [Num. 13:32-33]
Again, things start out pretty well-- the Israelites approach the Promised Land and God instructs Moses to send out leaders of the tribes to scout out the territory prior to its actual conquest. They return with a mixed message: yes, the place is amazing, but they don’t believe that they can conquer it. They are so filled with self-doubt and fear of the unknown that they rebel against Moses; they have no faith that God can deliver on The Promise. God threatens to destroy them all, and Moses once more has to plead for mercy on behalf of the people (essentially: What would the goyyim say? That You were powerless to bring the Israelites to the Land so You killed them in the desert?) God relents, somewhat--for that generation’s lack of faith, they are sentenced to wander in the wilderness until they die off, 40 years. It is for the next generation, born in freedom and having been brought up with the Torah, to enter the Promised Land.

Abruptly, chapter 15 changes the topic to talk about accompaniments to various offerings “when you enter the land that I am giving you to settle in”. Seemingly a non-sequitur, the rabbis point out that these laws are actually a confirmation of God’s promise: “OK, you guys are all gonna die, but eventually I will bring your children into the Land; there, they will bring…” After stoning a guy who had the audacity to collect firewood on Shabbat, the chapter ends with the commandment to put tzitzit on the corners of our garments throughout the ages. Which totally begs the question: why put this command here, of all places? Why do we wear a tallit with tzitzit? In ancient times, people dressed in 4-cornered garments (think: toga). Putting fringes on the corners of your clothes was a great way to remind you, day in and day out, of something--kinda like tying a string on your finger. Nowadays we don’t normally wear cornered couture, but we can keep the mitzvah by donning a prayer shawl before morning prayers, and some wear a “tallit katan” under their shirts every day, all day.

Torah specifically tells us to “look at it and recall (תזכרו) all the mitzvot of the Lord and observe them”. Placing this commandment here, right after the rebellion and execution of the wood-gatherer seems to point out that we really, really NEED constant reminders to do the right thing, and for the right reasons. A Hasidic custom is to emphasize the “z” sound in tizk’ru (‘you shall recall, be reminded’) to prevent confusion with the almost-homophonous verb tisk’ru (‘you will be rewarded’). In other words, we should remember to perform the mitzvot out of love for God, not expecting a reward or fearing Divine wrath. Although this seems to contradict the stern message of this week’s parasha—“Have faith, obey or else!”—our tradition softens the tone and reveals an important underlying message: We are human, we mess up; but God loves all Creation and forgives us if we return the love and try to act decently. That message, I can live with.
 
Shabbat shalom!
 
Torah Study Group
 
In Spanish, following Morning Services and Kiddush. All are welcome.

 
 
 

JC3 Film Series on Sunday, June 25 @ 4 pm

The Jungle Book

The Quest for Who we might be Under our Civilized Fasade
The Jungle Book is a film that is a visual marvel that cuts a path to the heart. Director Jan Favreau conjures a magical place to get lost in, he has managed to blend what's best in the jungle stories of Rudyard Kipling into something unique and unforgettable, Be prepared to be wowed. A real feast for the eyes. 
Tickets available at the door. Cost 100 pesos.
 

Sunday, July 2 @ 11am-1pm
 
The Improv People are organizing a special 2 hour improv workshop this coming July
FUN WITH IMPROV

TheImprovPeople.com 
The maximum # of students is 20 people, the minimum is 8 people. $200 pesos per person.

Join Eli and Joseph, co-founders of San Miguel's favorite - and only- improv troupe "The Improv People" for a fun and engaging improv workshop! Reconnect 
to your playful self, learn to say YES to life and become more spontaneous, as we explore the fundamentals of this fun and freeing artform through theater games. Discover the secrets of improv theater and witness them in action a week later at the next show by The Improv People (Tickets for "We Got Nothin'" will be on sale at Santa Ana theater box office in late June.) 

This workshop is open to all levels, and group size is limited. Please sign up early if you want to join in the fun!

BIOS:

Eli Hans
Mexico City, MX

Eli is an actor, 
director, and acting coach. He has worked in TV, film and video, musical and theatrical productions and has enjoyed a successful voice-over career for nearly two decades. He spent a few years at San Diego's Old Globe Theater as director of a renowned bilingual theater education program. Eli is the artistic director of The Improv People, co-founder of Sublime Design Interiors and is passionate about helping others discover their own passions and life purpose, through transformational workshops and one-on-one coaching at RediscoverYourPassions.com

Joseph Bennett
San Diego, CA

Joseph is the founder and managing director of The Improv People. He began working in the theater in elementary school and has studied acting, ballet, jazz dance, stand-up comedy, and improv. He has been teaching people to 'make stuff up' for the past five years. Joseph is also an accomplished assemblage artist (www.artbybennett.com/) and a life-coach and practicing hypnotherapist. (josephbennett.org) 
 
Please call 415 103 8027 if you have any questions. Gracias! 
 

Sunday, July 9 @ 4-5:30 pm
 
Ruth Behar- “The Fascination of Jewish Cuba”
Ruth Behar book presentation.
Members 100 pesos, non-members 120 pesos.

Tickets for sale at the JC3 at the day of the event or at office hours
Mon - Thu 9 to 5 pm, Fri 9 to 3 pm
Phone 185 9191
 
FIRST FRIDAY LIVE! is back
Friday, August 4
 @ 5:30 pm 
First Friday…Live!
Join us for a short, lively celebratory musical Shabbat service. We will honor the traditions of Judaism by using familiar and contemporary poetry, songs, stories and other readings. You will be invited to join in the singing and share in the readings.
We will begin each Shabbat gathering with a “meet and greet Oneg" at 5:30 pm. The Service itself will begin at 5:45 and conclude by 7:00 pm (in time for your evening plans.)

Services will be led by Maxine Graboyes, formerly the Cantorial Soloist for B’nai Vail Congregation in Vail, Colorado for the past 23 years. She brings grace and enthusiasm to the music - that makes people want to join in, raise their voices and experience the joy of Shabbat. Maxine has also had a long career as a professional singer appearing on Broadway, television, and recordings.

Joining Maxine in leadership will be Judith Jenya, a life-long explorer of various Jewish paths. She has received awards for her work with international humanitarian programs and Jewish philanthropies. Judith also served as a former director of a large Reform synagogue in northern California and has led various types of services.

We look forward to your heartfelt participation. We want to build a community and make a spiritual home for non-traditional Jews and those who may not have participated in other Jewish observances in San Miguel.

If you are celebrating a special event, wish to honor someone dear to you, or simply want to help our growing spiritual community, perhaps you would like to consider sponsoring a First Friday Live! Oneg Shabbat.

First Friday..Live will happen each first Friday of the month.

Please join us! All are welcome!
 
Jewish Meditation
It is well known that many Jews embrace various types of meditation and I am one of them. I would like to start a Jewish Meditation Group that would meet at the JC3 at regular intervals to sit together in meditation, support each other’s meditation practice, and explore Jewish Meditation together. If the idea appeals to you please contact Norman  Feldstein at nrfdmd@gmail.com and I will make the arrangements and organize the group. This will not interfere or conflict with any other meditation groups in San Miguel in any way. I look forward to hearing from you.
 
The Meaning of the word “Tzedakah”
“Tzedakah” is the Hebrew word for the acts that we call “charity” in English: giving aid, assistance and money to the poor and needy or to other worthy causes. However, the nature of tzedakah is very different from the idea of charity. The word “charity” suggests benevolence and generosity, a magnanimous act by the wealthy and powerful for the benefit of the poor and needy. The word “tzedakah” is derived from the Hebrew root Tzadi-Dalet-Qof, meaning righteousness, justice or fairness. In Judaism, giving to the poor is not viewed as a generous, magnanimous act; it is simply an act of justice and righteousness, the performance of a duty, giving the poor their due.

According to Jewish law, we are required to give one-tenth of our income to the poor. This is generally interpreted as one-tenth of our net income after payment of taxes. Taxes themselves do not fulfill our obligation to give tzedakah even though a significant portion of tax revenues in America and many other countries are used to provide for the poor and needy. Those who are dependent on public assistance or living on the edge of subsistence may give less, but must still give to the extent they are able; however, no person should give so much that he would become a public burden.

The obligation to perform tzedakah can be fulfilled by giving, to both Jews and gentiles; contrary to popular belief, Jews do not just “take care of our own.” Judaism acknowledges that many people who ask for charity have no genuine need. In fact, the Talmud suggests that this is a good thing: if all people who asked for charity were in genuine need, we would be subject to punishment from G-d for refusing anyone who asked. The existence of frauds diminishes our liability for failing to give to all who
ask, because we have some legitimate basis for doubting the beggar’s sincerity. It is permissible to investigate the legitimacy of a charity before donating to it.
 

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
 

For our Membership and Event Programming Committees We invite all our members to colaborate in our different Committees, we have several choices, we are sure that you can find some one that you like. Please let us know if you are able to help us by sending an email to shalomsanmiguel@yahoo.com.mx or calling the JC3 at 415 185 9191.

 


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 very soon 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:

Beneficiario- CHESMA AC
Cuenta - 401323 
Clabe
- 143180000004013236
 

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. 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 Laib Hirsh ben Sura v’Mechel, Devorah Gadit bat Sara, Libby bat Sara, Avram ben Elaine, Itke bat Olga, Yitzchak ben Gucha v’Aron, Ya'acov ben Gershon v’Lea, Batya Chaya bat Sura, Zahava bat Shula, Batya bat Sura, Gershon ben Malka Ziporah bat Khisha; Avroom Zissa bat Beti, Orlie bat Sarah, Yonatan David ben Miriam, Nejamá Flores Mercado;  Leslie Cohen, Rita Salander, Rivka Leah bat Rucha, Liora Elisheba bat Sarah, Yehudit bat Naomi, Miriam Sa’arah bet Naomi, Terry Jacobs, Eliyahu Arazi ben Avraham, Michelle Andrea Elías Castro, Rhonda Barron, Alan Gann, Albert Holtz.


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

 
 

We remember with love:

 

First 11 months:

Sharon Morey

Martha Castro de León de Kaplan

Norman Sinclair

Rose Sinclair

Marcelino Padrón Cantú

Yitzchak Arazi

Judith Wolfman

Robert Cohn

Rhonda Barron

Gustava Tishman de Schwarz

 

Yahrtzeit:

Abner Moyal

Gabriella Bernard (Haffner)

Helen Winer

Toby Holtz



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

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. 71 June, 8th 2017
shalomsanmiguel.org

 
INDEX
Services Other
• Shabbat Shacharit Service • Membership
• Meditation and Kabbalat Shabbat • Bikur Cholim
• Havdala and movie • Mi Shebeirach
  • Yitgadal
Classes • Ads from our members
• Torah discussion groups • Board Meeting
• Jewish Meditation • Mark your calendar
   
Articles  
• The Meaning of the word "Tzedakah"  

 
 

Friday, June 9
@ 7:00 pm 


Meditation and Kabbalat Shabbat with Yossie Adrian Mousalli.
Yossi Mousalli, an Argentinian/Israeli who regularly comes to SMA to help lead services at the JC3, will lead a meditation to begin the process of ushering in the Sabbath at 7 pm (19:00 h). At about 7:45 pm (19:45 h) he will delight us with a musical Kabbalat Shabbat Hebrew Service, to be followed by a potluck dinner and Torah learning. Please bring vegetarian, vegan or dairy food to share and/or beverages, wine, desserts, etc. No chicken or catfish (NB: many names for catfish in Mexico!)
 
Friday Night Schedule
Meditation: 7:00 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat service: 7:45 pm
Potluck dinner to follow, about 8:30 or 8:45 pm



 
 
Saturday, June 10th
@ 9 am


Masorti/Conservative Shabbat Shacharit Service
 
Par’shat  B’ha’alot’kha
Numbers chapters 8-12
Leaving Mount Sinai 
 “In the second year, on the 20th day of the second month, the cloud lifted from the Tabernacle of the Pact and the Israelites set out on their journeys from the wilderness of Sinai.” [Num. 10:11-12]
What mixed emotions our ancestors must have felt when they finally journeyed forth from Mount Sinai. They were finally on their way to the Promised Land, having camped over a year at Sinai—building the Tabernacle and preparing for their entrance into the land where their ancestors Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had lived centuries before. God was fulfilling the Promise! They would begin new lives as free men and women in their own land, much as our own Zionist dreams stirred us over a century ago. Excitement, joy, perhaps some trepidation leaving the familiar and entering the unknown…and also something perhaps much more anxiety-provoking: they were leaving the place where they had Revelation of God, first-hand. At the foot of Mount Sinai all the people heard/felt/knew the Holy One experientially. And now, they are to leave that awesome, holy place and rely on Moses (again) and the portable sanctuary to be their spiritual North Pole. What could possibly go wrong?

And so, in military precision they set out, silver trumpets blaring signals to the units, with the Ark of the Covenant leading the way. Three days out, the people begin to complain bitterly (what a surprise; Jews complaining?!) Repeatedly, about various things: fire, water, the manna is boring, we want meat…poor, poor Moses. As soon as the going gets tough, the kvetching gets going. But really, what could be expected of these people, who had known only slavery and oppression and then, boom, suddenly they are liberated and given everything by God? Like abused kids who are adopted and spoiled rotten, the Children of Israel had some major issues to work through; as we shall see in the next parasha, they will have plenty of time to do just that. And what should be expected of us, who have only known freedom and acceptance? How do we deal with the various changes in our lives, as well as spiritual challenges? How do we keep our faith alive without Sinai, without the Tabernacle, without the Temple in Jerusalem? We all must leave Mount Sinai to make our way in the world. What, really, do we have to kvetch about?

Shabbat shalom u-m’vorach!  
 
Torah Study Group
Estudio de la Torá en Javruta
In Spanish, following Morning Services and Kiddush. This week, discussion will be led by Yossie Mousalli. All are welcome.

 
Also on Saturday, June 10th
@ 9 pm (21:00 h)
Please join us for a brief Havdalah ceremony to formally end the Sabbath, and then a fascinating film and discussion:
The moral courage of an influential few in the Philippines saved the lives of 1,300 Jewish men, women, and children in Nazi Europe in the days leading to World