NEWSLETTER Vol. 6, No. 97
December 14, 2017

Happy Hanukkah!
!חג חנוכה שמח

Dec.12, 2017 -- 24 Kislev, 5778

Hanukkah begins tonight at sunset, and we'd like to wish all our members, supporters and friends a truly bright, warm, happy and healthy Festival of Lights. Below you will find the schedule of events for the big Hanukkah weekend coming up, featuring the visit of Rabbi Juan Mejía, the honorary rabbi of Kehilla Shalom San Miguel de Allende, the Conservative Minyan group that meets under the umbrella of CHESMA, A.C. at the JC3.

All are invited to attend any or all of these festive events, which will be held at the
Jewish Cultural and Community Center of San Miguel de Allende 
Calle de las Moras #47 
Col. Allende.

 

Friday, Dec. 15:

5:30 pm: Kabbalat Shabbat service and potluck dinner at the JC3; Rabbi Mejía will lead the service and Div’rei Torah. Hanukkah candle lighting before sunset (bring your hanukiot and candles). Also, please bring prepared food (dairy or pareve/ vegetarian) to share: salads, pasta, desserts, beverages, etc.
Come welcome the Sabbath, as well as Rabbi Mejía!

 

Saturday, Dec. 16

9:00 am: Shabbat Shacharit service featuring the Bat Mitzvah of Luthien Ayon (eldest daughter of Dr. Helder Ayón Flores, who will sponsor the festive kiddush). Rabbi Mejía will lead the Hallel prayers and the Torah service.

Approx. noon: Torah Discussion Class (in Spanish) to be led by Rabbi Mejía after kiddush.

5:45 pm: Minchah/Maariv services

6:45 pm: Havdalah and discussion; Hanukkah candlelighting (bring 'em if you got 'em) after havdalah.

 

Sunday, Dec. 17

9:30 am: Weekday Shacharit (morning service) with Rabbi Mejía (bring tefillin, if you have them).

11:30 am: Meetings with conversion candidates (private event.)

3 pm: presentation (in English) “The Hidden Jews of Latin America”; suggested donation $100 pesos

4 pm: Annual Community Chanukah Party, with klezmer band (4:30-5:30), dreidel tournament for the kids, latkes, etc. Chanukiot lighting at about 6 pm--again, remember to bring your hanukiot and candles (7 of 'em).

There will be no charge to attend, but voluntary donations to cover costs would be greatly appreciated! To keep this annual event forever free, we ask that everyone please bring food (dairy or pareve/ vegetarian) to share: salads, pasta, desserts, beverages, etc.

In addition, kindly donate a small bag of canned/dried food that will used to build a community "Mitzvah Menorah" which will be donated to charity after the party.

 
 

!THANK YOU



Rabbi Juan Pablo Mejía Restrepo
Honorary Rabbi of Kehilla Shalom San Miguel de Allende

Rabbi Juan Mejía was born in Bogotá, Colombia. When he was 15, he discovered his converso roots and began to explore the history of the secret Jews of Latin America. This process eventually led him to Jerusalem, where he rejoined his people and decided to pursue the rabbinate in order to help others to find their Jewish souls. There he met his wife, Abby Jacobson, also a rabbinical student. Rabbi Mejía holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the National University of Colombia and a summa cum laude Master’s Degree in Jewish Civilization from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received rabbinic ordination from the Rabbinical School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in NY.

Rabbi Mejía dreams of establishing a Yeshiva and Return Center for conversos in the American Southwest where he can help train the leadership of these new communities both in the U.S. and in Latin America. In the meantime, he teaches classes to conversos in seven countries through his website: www.koltuvsefarad.com and is the coordinator for the American Southwest/Latin America Region for the Jewish non-profit organization Bechol Lashon
In 2013, Rabbi Juan was recognized as one of “America's Most Inspiring Rabbis” by the New York City-based Jewish newspaper the Jewish Daily Forward. https://forward.com/series/rabbis/2013/rabbi-juan-mejia/
Rabbi Mejía lives with his wife, Rabbi Abby Jacobson, and 2 daughters in Oklahoma City, OK.

I Googled him, so you don’t have to: to read some of Rabbi Mejías articles, click on the following links.
https://www.myjewishlearning.com/author/rabbi-juan-mejia/
http://shma.com/author/juan/

 

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Saturday, December 16th @ 9 am
Kehilla Shalom San Miguel de Allende's
Conservative Shabbat Shacharit Service
@ 9 am

Parashat Miketz
Genesis 41:1-44:17
Shabbat Mevarchim
 

After two years’ time, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing by the Nile, when out of the Nile there came up seven cows, handsome and sturdy, and they grazed upon the reed grass. But presently, seven other cows come up from the Nile close behind them, ugly and gaunt, and stood beside the cows on the bank of the Nile; and the ugly and gaunt cows ate up the seven handsome sturdy cows. And Pharaoh awake. (Gen. 41:1-4)

So begins our parashah this week, the reading that almost always occurs during Hanukkah. So what does this reading have to do with the Festival Light? We have had a few thousand years to find connections. Just as Hanukkah celebrates the victory of the weak) the Maccabees’ rag-tag guerrilla fighters( over the most powerful army in its day, the parashah begins with Pharaoh’s dream of the lean, sickly cows conquering the well-fed ones. The reading also begins with Joseph in prison and ends with him as ruler, just as the story of Hanukkah begins with Israel oppressed and ends with Israel triumphant and independent [paraphrased from Etz Hayim].

On a deeper level, some point out the dependence the Egyptians had on the Nile, which they worshipped as a god. The seven cows that emerged from it can be seen as a sign of “this-worldliness/nature”—there are 7 days in the week, 7 colors in the rainbow, 7 notes in the diatonic scale. In the pagan world, life and death depended solely on the vagaries of nature. But Hanukkah is the festival where we celebrate eight; when we connect to that which is beyond this world. It is where we take one step beyond the mundane and praise the Creator for the many miracles with which we were and are constantly blessed. [Ohr Somayach]

Another important lesson from the Joseph story is that life is indeed cyclical: good times are followed by bad, adversity is followed by success, winter gives way to springtime/rebirth and the dog days of summer, only to return again. The S’fat Emet asks: “What can be learned from this to prepare ourselves in good days, days in which holiness is revealed, to set the light in our hearts, to be there in times when holiness seems far off?” His answer: “We must store up resources of faith, even as the Egyptians stored grain, to nourish us spiritually when events turn against us”. We also store up body fat to nourish us during the cold months by consuming mass quantities of latkes and sufganiot—but that is a different story!

There is one more teaching about Hanukkah that I would like to share with you. It is from the Lubavitcher Rebbi (not usually someone I quote!), but I want to throw in out there, if nothing else for discussion. It regards the differences between the Temple Menorah (7 –branched) and the Hanukiya (9 branches). Aside from the number of branches, obviously, it is pointed out that the Temple Menorah was lit every morning, constantly, inside the Temple’s Inner Chamber; the Hanukiah is lit with increasing candles over an 8-day period, at nightfall, and is placed facing the outdoors. The Temple Menorah can be seen as representing the response to times of peace and plenty, when we can be constant in our behavior and need not strive much for change and growth. There is no threatening darkness which needs to be illuminated, and we can remain comfortable, even complacent, in our homes. On the other hand, the story of Hanukkah takes place at a time of great challenge, physical and spiritual. Accordingly, we cannot be satisfied with the status quo but we must instead grow and increase our efforts beyond what we are already doing—we need to light additional candles each and every night.  We can be content to remain quiet, private citizens only when times are tranquil; when times are stormy, we are required to reach beyond ourselves and assert our beliefs to the rest of the world. We light the Hanukkah candles for all to see.

Spread the light, spread the miracle, spread the joy!

Shabbat shalom u-m’vorach!
שבת שלום ומברך!

 

Saturday, December 16th @ 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.
 
Tuesday, December 19th @ 10 am
Meditation Group

Attendance is open to all interested meditators from first time beginners to those with a long standing regular meditation practice, regardless of religious background.

Some elements of Jewish Meditation will be included. Our intention is to form a group that will meet on a regular basis for sitting practice, guided as well as silent meditation, meditation discussion and shared learning.

 
 

Announcing our 5th Annual “Jewish Xmas” (Nittelnacht) Event

Sunday, Dec. 24th, 6 pm at the JC3


“So what do Jews do here in SMA on Xmas?”, you might ask. I'm glad you asked, because the gringo Jews have brought with them the long-standing custom to watch movies and eat Chinese food. Doesn't everybody? (What, you were expecting maybe Chanukah bushes and mistletoe under the chuppah?)

Please join us for a wonderful film and scrumptious “kosher-enough” Chinese buffet at the Jewish Cultural and Community Center, Calle de las Moras #47, Col. Allende (corner of Cinco de Mayo).


We are pleased to present the movie:


Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (2016) ‧ Thriller/Drama ‧ 1h 58m ‧ In English and Hebrew, w/Eng. subtitles
Starring Richard Gere who plays the title role in this film from NY-born Israeli writer and director Joseph Cedar. The “spoiler” title tells a lot of what this movie is about but it is indeed much more. Reaching beyond his traditional roles, Mr. Gere, in exemplary fashion, portrays the part of Norman Oppenheimer, a self-styled consultant/businessman who knows someone who knows someone else who knows another who can get you the contacts or deals you are seeking. The film takes us into the inner workings of smart east coast investors to the chambers and offices of the Israeli Knesset, its cabinet and its Prime Minister, and how Norman, by conniving and sheer chutzpah, interacts with them all. For those familiar with Yiddish parlance, he would be commonly referred to as a “macher”, or in English, an influential guy with great connections. The interesting point in the casting is that the actors portraying the Israeli members of the cast are, in fact, Israeli, but the other Jewish roles, including Norman, are played by non-Jewish performers such as Michael Sheen, as Norman’s nephew, and Steve Buscemi, as Norman’s rabbi. Make no mistake, this film is more universal in its appeal than the Semitic nature of its script would imply for it deals with drama, political intrigue, thrills and a story that will keep the viewer interested, on edge and appreciative of a well performed and well written motion picture. As Norman himself might say, “Try it, you’ll like it!”

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/reviews/peter-travers-norman-movie-review-w475027

             
                Cost: 300 pesos, members                                          350 pesos, non-members

 

  Reservations absolutely necessary, before Dec. 23                                              

Call 185-9191 or click here to make your reservations.

Hope to see you there! Happy holidays to all!!
 
“First Friday - Live” Musical Shabbat
 
Fri, January 5, 2018, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Jewish Cultural & Community Center (JC3)
de las Moras # 47, at the corner of Cinco de Mayo
for further info:   (415) 185-9191
 
Come celebrate the New Year by attending our  “First Friday … Live! Shabbat Service on Friday, January 5, 2018. Our uplifting musical Shabbat is lively, joyous and brief. We honor many streams of Judaism with meaningful readings, songs and stories - some familiar, some contemporary. All are invited to be participants, not just spectators.
Read more
 
Save the Date - Sunday, February 11 @ 4:30 p.m. “Reflections from the Heart” a history of Yiddish music from the Shtetl to Broadway.
 
Featuring Maxine Graboyes and Tzigane Collectivo Klezmer group and narrated by Dan Lessner
 
CHESMA ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING AND ELECTIONS
Monday, January 29th @ 4 pm
You must be a paid member to vote on our new slate.
 
Proposed new officers are:

President:  Dan Lessner
VP:             Daniel Torres
Secretary:  Raúl Martínez
Treasurer:  Eric Kaplan

Our agenda will include:
1. Financial report
2. Review of our accomplishments during the last year
3. Cake, coffee, and camaraderie
 

It's time to renew your membership!

We would sincerely appreciate it if you would pay your dues in full on or before January 1, 2018. We have bills to pay just like you and we count on your prompt dues payments to keep JC3 running.

Thank you for your support!

 
How to Pay?

You may pay the USD equivalent in Canadian dollars or in Mexican pesos at the current local exchange rate. (The rate we actually get when we change the currency to equal the USD amount locally).

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

If you are in town you can drop off cash or checks at the JC3 (Las Moras #47), office hours Mon - Thu 9 to 5, Friday 9 to 3.

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

You may transfer funds from your Mexican bank account into ourCiBanco account:
Beneficiario- CHESMA AC
Cuenta Clabe- 143180000004013236

Or you can use Paypal
 


Please consider in addition to your membership to give a donation for some of our 
special funds, surely one of them will touch your heart

Our funds:

TZEDAKAH
CEMETERY
B´NEI ANUSIM
BUILDING

YARHEIZT
MUSIC

You may pay the USD equivalent in Canadian dollars or in Mexican pesos at the current local exchange rate. (The rate we actually get when we change the currency to equal the USD amount locally).

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

If you are in town you can drop off cash or checks at the JC3 (Las Moras #47), office hours Mon - Thu 9 to 5, Friday 9 to 3.

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

You may transfer funds from your Mexican bank account into our CIBanco account:
Beneficiario- CHESMA AC
Cuenta Clabe- 143180000004013236

Or you can use Paypal
 
Canela is looking for a permanent home!!
She is Canela and she is looking for a permanent home, she was rescued from the streets of San Miguel. She is tall and very playful, about 4 years old, she likes kids and she is ok around cats, she is vaccinated, dewormed, neutered and a very good guardian, she has a great temper.

Please contact Edith if you are interested in meeting her, I'm leaving San Miguel soon and I want to find a good home for her.

Thank you!!

eddyqj@hotmail.com
442 1221573
 

First Jewish Cemetery space in all of the Bajío

CHESMA, AC is now in negotiations with the owners of the Jardines Nueva Vida cemetery in Fracc. Jardines II, SMA. We need just 15 people to purchase their spots within the next few months, and we can move forward with our plans to establish the first Jewish Cemetery space in all of the Bajío! The rates are quite reasonable, and I urge everyone reading this to seriously consider this proposal (or if you already have plans with a cemetery back in the US or Canada, to purchase a space here and donate it for burial of individuals who can’t afford it.) Burial of the dead in consecrated soil is a great mitzvah.

For more information, or to commit to purchase a space, please contact Gerardo Schwarz at geschwarz@me.com, or call the JC3 at (415) 185-9191. Thank you!!
 
The pushkes, or KKL-JNF collection boxes, have existed for many years in almost every Jewish home and educational institution in Israel and around the world. The State of Israel was built on these blue boxes. Their existence not only enabled the collection of money from hundreds of thousands of Jews to buy land in Eretz Israel, but it also was a major educational item to convey the strong link of the People of Israel to its land. 

Keren Kayemeth Mexico is giving our community the opportunity of being part of this interesting and successful project. Please come to our office and pick up yours!

To learn more about them please click 
here.
 

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
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.
 
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.
 
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

 

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Houses for sale, books, trips.

 
 
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NEWSLETTER Vol. 6, No. 96
December 9th, 2017
 
 

Saturday, December 9th @ 9 am
Kehilla Shalom San Miguel de Allende's
Conservative Shabbat Shacharit Service
@ 9 am

Parashat Va-yeshev
Genesis chapters 37-40
 

Now Israel loved Joseph best of all his sons, for he was the child of his old age; and he had made for him an ornamented tunic. And when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of his brothers, they hated him… (Gen. 37:3-4)

OMG, yet more sibling rivalry in the Book of Genesis! What might have assumed that, of all people, Jacob/Israel would try not to show favoritism to his kids—after all, his own father, Isaac, preferred the macho, outdoorsy Esau to him. Abraham preferred Isaac over Ishmael. Talk about dysfunctional families! And yet, Joseph is pampered and exulted over his brothers—with dire consequences. His brothers are so jealous of him that they sell him into slavery (as opposed to “Plan A”, which was fratricide.) This all turns out to be God’s plan, since Joseph will eventually save his family, and pretty much the rest of the known world, from starvation. But still, you have to ask yourself why Jacob was so blind to the damage he was doing to his family by sowing the seeds of sibling hatred and jealousy. Did he not know any better? Did he think it’s “normal” for a parent to dote on one child without causing problems with the others? Once again, I think we are being taught how NOT to behave in these anecdotes; the flaws of our ancestors are laid bare in Torah, perhaps to make them more “human” and accessible to us? We are being shown the dreadful consequences of perpetuating harmful familial behaviors.

In the 13 Attributes which we chant repeatedly during the High Holidays, we stop before completing the final phrase (Ex. 34:6-7) “The Lord! The Lord! A God compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in kindness and faithfulness, extending kindness to the thousandth generation, forgiving iniquity, transgression and sin; yet God does not remit all punishment, but visits the iniquity of the parents upon children and children’s children, upon the third and fourth generations”. But wait, is that fair? It is the child’s fault if his or her father was a thief or murderer, for example? True, the child might be taught that thievery and violence is acceptable behavior, but that child might just as well reject the evil influences of the parent. That is why the traditional rabbinical interpretation explains that God would visit the iniquity of the parents upon children, etc., only if they follow in his poor example. Since we are gifted with free will, a person who learns from his parents’ mistakes and turns away from evil should obviously not suffer.  

It is obviously more complicated in the case of genetic influences. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism states that genetic factors affect the risk of alcoholism:  children of alcoholics are about four times more likely than the general population to develop alcohol problems; about 50% of children of alcoholics will become alcoholics themselves. A study, published April 2015 in the International Journal of Epidemiology, analyzed data from 21,566 male sex offenders convicted in Sweden between 1973 and 2009 and concluded that genetics may account for roughly 40% of the likelihood of committing a sex crime. Further, the researchers conclude that men whose brothers or fathers have been convicted of a sex offense are five times more likely to commit sex crimes than the average male and that this increased risk of committing rape or molesting a child “may run in a family’s male genes.” One might therefore (theoretically, at least) argue that we cannot hold the children of alcoholics or sexual abusers accountable if they perpetuate this abuse upon their own children since it’s “genetic”, and so it’s “not their fault”. One must respond that even though there might truly be a genetic predisposition, the individuals involved can and must seek counseling and therapies to avoid harmful behavior—to themselves and especially to others. Groups like Al-Anon, Alateen and the National Association for Children of Alcoholics are there to help, and RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) and the Childhelp National Sexual Abuse Hotline can be contacted for referrals. Inaction and silence is simply not an option.

Shabbat shalom u-m’vorach!
שבת שלום ומברך!

 

Saturday, December 9th @ 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.
 
Tuesday, December 12th @ 10 am
Meditation Group

Attendance is open to all interested meditators from first time beginners to those with a long standing regular meditation practice, regardless of religious background.

Some elements of Jewish Meditation will be included. Our intention is to form a group that will meet on a regular basis for sitting practice, guided as well as silent meditation, meditation discussion and shared learning.

 
 

SUPER-GREAT CHANUKAH WEEKEND!!

Friday, Dec. 15:

 

5:30 pm: Kabbalat Shabbat, potluck dinner at the JC3; Rabbi Mejía will lead service and Div’rei Torah.

 

Saturday, Dec. 16

 

9:00 am: Shabbat Shacharit service featuring Bat Mitzvah of Luthien Ayon (elder daughter of Dr. Helder Ayón Flores, who will sponsor the festive kiddush).

 

Torah Discussion Class (en español) to be led by Rabbi Mejía after kiddush.

 

Minchah/Maariv.

 

6:45 pm: Havdalah and discussion (Z’man motzei Shabbat 6:41pm)

 

Sunday, Dec. 17

 

3 pm: presentation (in English) “The Hidden Jews of Latin America”;

 

4 pm: Annual Community Chanukah Party, with klezmer band (4:30-5:30), Mitzvah Menorah, dreidel tournament for the kids, latkes, etc. Chanukiot lighting at about 6 pm.

 
CHESMA ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING AND ELECTIONS
Monday, January 29th @ 4 pm
You must be a paid member to vote on our new slate.
 
Proposed new officers are:

President:  Dan Lessner
VP:             Daniel Torres
Secretary:  Raúl Martínez
Treasurer:  Eric Kaplan

Our agenda will include:
1. Financial report
2. Review of our accomplishments during the last year
3. Cake, coffee, and camaraderie
 

It's time to renew your membership!

We would sincerely appreciate it if you would pay your dues in full on or before January 1, 2018. We have bills to pay just like you and we count on your prompt dues payments to keep JC3 running.

Thank you for your support!

 
How to Pay?

You may pay the USD equivalent in Canadian dollars or in Mexican pesos at the current local exchange rate. (The rate we actually get when we change the currency to equal the USD amount locally).

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

If you are in town you can drop off cash or checks at the JC3 (Las Moras #47), office hours Mon - Thu 9 to 5, Friday 9 to 3.

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

You may transfer funds from your Mexican bank account into ourCiBanco account:
Beneficiario- CHESMA AC
Cuenta Clabe- 143180000004013236

Or you can use Paypal
 


Please consider in addition to your membership to give a donation for some of our 
special funds, surely one of them will touch your heart

Our funds:

TZEDAKAH
CEMETERY
B´NEI ANUSIM
BUILDING

YARHEIZT
MUSIC

You may pay the USD equivalent in Canadian dollars or in Mexican pesos at the current local exchange rate. (The rate we actually get when we change the currency to equal the USD amount locally).

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

If you are in town you can drop off cash or checks at the JC3 (Las Moras #47), office hours Mon - Thu 9 to 5, Friday 9 to 3.

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

You may transfer funds from your Mexican bank account into our CIBanco account:
Beneficiario- CHESMA AC
Cuenta Clabe- 143180000004013236

Or you can use Paypal
 
Thank you to all the people that came to help to set up the Hanukkah decorations and the ones that brought warm clothes to the people in need.
 
Canela is looking for a permanent home!!
She is Canela and she is looking for a permanent home, she was rescued from the streets of San Miguel. She is tall and very playful, about 4 years old, she likes kids and she is ok around cats, she is vaccinated, dewormed, neutered and a very good guardian, she has a great temper.

Please contact Edith if you are interested in meeting her, I'm leaving San Miguel soon and I want to find a good home for her.

Thank you!!

eddyqj@hotmail.com
442 1221573
 

First Jewish Cemetery space in all of the Bajío

CHESMA, AC is now in negotiations with the owners of the Jardines Nueva Vida cemetery in Fracc. Jardines II, SMA. We need just 15 people to purchase their spots within the next few months, and we can move forward with our plans to establish the first Jewish Cemetery space in all of the Bajío! The rates are quite reasonable, and I urge everyone reading this to seriously consider this proposal (or if you already have plans with a cemetery back in the US or Canada, to purchase a space here and donate it for burial of individuals who can’t afford it.) Burial of the dead in consecrated soil is a great mitzvah.

For more information, or to commit to purchase a space, please contact Gerardo Schwarz at geschwarz@me.com, or call the JC3 at (415) 185-9191. Thank you!!
 
The pushkes, or KKL-JNF collection boxes, have existed for many years in almost every Jewish home and educational institution in Israel and around the world. The State of Israel was built on these blue boxes. Their existence not only enabled the collection of money from hundreds of thousands of Jews to buy land in Eretz Israel, but it also was a major educational item to convey the strong link of the People of Israel to its land. 

Keren Kayemeth Mexico is giving our community the opportunity of being part of this interesting and successful project. Please come to our office and pick up yours!

To learn more about them please click 
here.
 

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
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.
 
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.
 
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

 

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NEWSLETTER Vol. 6, No. 95
November 30th, 2017
 

Friday, December 1st @ 9 am
First Friday...Live!
@ 5:30 pm

 

Please join us for a lively, musical short Shabbat service. We will be honoring the varied traditions of Judaism by using known and contemporary poetry, songs, stories and prose. Participants are requested sing, read, and participate. In addition to the beautiful music we will explore the Torah exemplar of welcoming the stranger in our lives.

The event will start with a meet and greet oneg Shabbat at 5:30 pm. Services will begin at 6 and becompleted by 7 pm in time for participants to have evening plans.

Services will be led by Maxine Graboyes, an experienced Cantorial soloist who has led services for 23 years in Vail, Colorado, as well as being a professional singer on Broadway and beyond. She brings a beauty and enthusiasm to singing that enables all the participants to join in, raise their voices and experience the Joy of the Sabbath.

Joining her in leading the service is Judith Jenya, Drashaneit. Judith is alife- time explorer of various Jewish paths, accomplished speaker and honored humanitarian and former director of a large Reform synagogue in California.

Everyone is welcome, your joyous participation is desired and your comments on creating other services is encouraged. We hope to create a community and home for non traditional Jews and those who may not have joined in other types of Jewish services in San Miguel.

 

Saturday, December 2nd @ 9 am
Kehilla Shalom San Miguel de Allende's
Conservative Shabbat Shacharit Service
@ 9 am

Parashat Va-yishlach
 Genesis 32:4-36:43

Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the break of dawn. (Gen. 32:25)

Jacob is on his way back to Canaan, and is worried that his brother, Esav, is still bearing a grudge about him stealing Esav’s birthright and their father Isaac’s blessing. He sends messengers ahead, who quickly return to inform him that Esav is coming to meet him with 400 men, a veritable army. He then takes action—divides his camp up , so if attacked, at least some might be able to escape—and then prays for divine help (which might well be the inspiration for the saying “God helps those who help themselves”!) He sends multiple gifts ahead to his brother in an attempt to propitiate him, and then after seeking to shelter his family and possessions, famously “wrestles with the angel”, resulting in a new name, a limp, and no more kosher filet mignon— forever.

 

The story of Jacob’s wrestling is enigmatic, to say the least. First of all, Torah specifically points out that he was left alone—so it begs the question with whom, exactly, was he wrestling? Various commentators throughout the ages have posited that he was struggling with Esav’s spirit/guardian angel, or some evil, malign force like the demonic guardian of the river that he crossed. But others explain it as Jacob wrestling with his own conscious, and instead of responding as he has done so many times in the past by lying and running away, he confronts this situation head on. He outgrows his old “Jacob” identity and becomes “Israel”: one who contends with God and people. Though the ages, Jews have struggled to understand what God means in their lives and have contended with God, insisting that God live up to the divinely proclaimed standards of justice and kindness.[Chumash Etz Hayim]

 

The brothers finally reunite peacefully, Jacob/Israel and his family settle down, and all it well until Dinah, Jacob’s daughter, goes into the town “to visit the daughters of the land.” She catches the eye of Shechem, prince of the city, who rapes her (and then falls in love with her and seeks to marry her.) Her brothers are specifically outraged, and agree to intermarry with the local population on the condition that all the males are circumcised. They agree, and when debilitated by the mass surgery, Shimon and Levi massacre all the menfolk and take everyone and everything else as booty. Not nice, not at all proportional, but the message is clear: Don’t mess with the honor of Jewish women! Rachel dies in childbirth (Benjamin) and strangely, Jacob’s beloved wife is buried unceremoniously by the side of the road. [They weren’t all that far from the family grave, the Cave of Machpelah; one wonders why she was not buried with honors there.] The death of his father Isaac is reported, and chapter 36 lists the lineage from Esav—the last we will read of him in the Book of Genesis.

 

The story of the massacre at Shechem is particularly bothersome to many people. OK, so maybe it would have been OK to take revenge on Prince Shechem who raped Dinah—honor killings are still prevalent in several traditional cultures to this day. The rabbis repeatedly point out how Torah teaches that punishment ought to be midah k’neged (“measure for measure”, as in “an eye for an eye”)—so why not just rape the prince?! It seems way-overkill to murder all the men, and enslave all the women and children, because of the actions of one person. Maimonides justifies the slaughter on the grounds that the people of the city became implicated by not punishing Shechem. Perhaps in a democracy we might be able to cast some blame on the electorate for the actions of their leader (remember, Hitler came to power through the ballot box), but in the ancient Middle East defying your king or prince frequently meant death. Other commentators try to excuse the murders by positing that rape was a common behavior in the city so they all deserved punishment. Jacob himself is upset with his sons’ actions, complaining, “You have brought trouble on me, making me odious among the inhabitants of the land”. In other words, his stated concern was what his neighbors would say—a shande far di Goyyim—and not specifically that the murder of innocent people was morally questionable! When the sons answer, “Should our sister be treated like a whore?”, Jacob is silent. But we are under no obligation to remain silent or to find an excuse for an action that is clearly deserving of censure. Wrong is wrong, and once again, Torah is showing us now NOT to behave. 

Shabbat shalom u-m’vorach!
שבת שלום ומברך!

 

Saturday, December 2nd @ 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.
 

Wednesday, December 6th @ 12:30 pm

S.O.M.E. 

The first Wednesday of every month is when CHESMA A.C. has volunteered to help out at S.O.M.E ( So Others May Eat), helping serving meals to over 100 elderly and indigent residents of SMA. Please meet in the inner courtyard of the Parroquia (enter near the parochial offices to the left on the main entrance; in front of you will be a tunnel; go through the tunnel until you come out in the courtyard), you'll be glad you did.
 

SUPER-GREAT CHANUKAH WEEKEND!!

Friday, Dec. 15:

 

5:30 pm: Kabbalat Shabbat, potluck dinner at the JC3; Rabbi Mejía will lead service and Div’rei Torah.

 

Saturday, Dec. 16

 

9:00 am: Shabbat Shacharit service featuring Bat Mitzvah of Luthien Ayon (elder daughter of Dr. Helder Ayón Flores, who will sponsor the festive kiddush).

 

Torah Discussion Class (en español) to be led by Rabbi Mejía after kiddush.

 

Minchah/Maariv.

 

6:45 pm: Havdalah and discussion (Z’man motzei Shabbat 6:41pm)

 

Sunday, Dec. 17

 

3 pm: presentation (in English) “The Hidden Jews of Latin America”;

 

4 pm: Annual Community Chanukah Party, with klezmer band (4:30-5:30), Mitzvah Menorah, dreidel tournament for the kids, latkes, etc. Chanukiot lighting at about 6 pm.

 

First Jewish Cemetery space in all of the Bajío

CHESMA, AC is now in negotiations with the owners of the Jardines Nueva Vida cemetery in Fracc. Jardines II, SMA. We need just 15 people to purchase their spots within the next few months, and we can move forward with our plans to establish the first Jewish Cemetery space in all of the Bajío! The rates are quite reasonable, and I urge everyone reading this to seriously consider this proposal (or if you already have plans with a cemetery back in the US or Canada, to purchase a space here and donate it for burial of individuals who can’t afford it.) Burial of the dead in consecrated soil is a great mitzvah.

For more information, or to commit to purchase a space, please contact Gerardo Schwarz at geschwarz@me.com, or call the JC3 at (415) 185-9191. Thank you!!
 
Judith Jenya is inviting you to free up closet space in your home while helping people in need of warm clothes.

Please bring them to the JC3 by December 1 on office hours or to the Friday Night Live Service.

Thank you for your generosity!!
 
The pushkes, or KKL-JNF collection boxes, have existed for many years in almost every Jewish home and educational institution in Israel and around the world. The State of Israel was built on these blue boxes. Their existence not only enabled the collection of money from hundreds of thousands of Jews to buy land in Eretz Israel, but it also was a major educational item to convey the strong link of the People of Israel to its land. 

Keren Kayemeth Mexico is giving our community the opportunity of being part of this interesting and successful project. Please come to our office and pick up yours!

To learn more about them please click 
here.
 

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
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.
 
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.
 
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.

 
 
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NEWSLETTER
Vol. 6, No. 94 November 23rd, 2017
shalomsanmiguel.org

 
 
Saturday, November 25th
@ 9 am


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

Parashat Va-yetze
Genesis 28:10-32:3

Jacob left Beer-sheba and set out for Haran. He came upon a certain place and stopped there for the night, for the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of that place, he set it under his head and lay down in that place. He had a dream; a stairway was set on the ground and its top reached to the sky, and angels of God were going up and down on it. (Gen. 28:10-12)

At the end of last week’s parashah, after hearing that Esav plotting to murder Jacob for stealing their father’s blessing and his birthright Rebecca ships her son off to her brother’s house in “the old country”, ostensibly to search for a bride. (This is in direct contradistinction to when Abraham sends his servant to Haran to search for a bride for Isaac—at that time, he admonishes the servant that under no circumstances was his son to leave Canaan. Discuss among yourselves.) En route, Jacob has his famous dream, above, in which God confirms Jacob as the heir to the divine promises made to Abraham and Isaac. In addition, he is reassured: “Remember, I am with you; I will protect you wherever you go and bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you”. (Gen. 28:15)

Nice. But Jacob’s response is both enlightening and troubling—when he awakens, his first impulse is one of awe: “Surely Adonai is in this place and I did not know it!” (Gen. 28:16)
Then, after setting up an altar (Bethel, “the house of God”), he makes a conditional vow: If God follows through on His promise, then Jacob will accept God. This demand of quid pro quo has troubled many commentators—is Jacob really saying that Adonai will be his God only if God helps him prosper?!

So what is happening here? I think that Jacob’s first response is one of spiritual awakening and wonder. After all, in his dream the angels were “going down and up” the ladder. Some rabbis point out that since he was about to leave the Promised Land, he was witnessing the changing of the guard, so to speak (angels can only do one purpose, so some are assigned to protect Jacob in the Land, and another set are assigned to protect him outside the Land). But I prefer another insight: he realized that God’s Presence, here represented by angels, is always present! We don’t have to wait for them to be sent from up above; we have only to open our eyes, to awaken from the spiritual slumber in which we find ourselves most of the time. God is here with us in THIS place, and in EVERY place, and we did not know it! Miracles and the beauty of God’s creations abound all around us, if only we stop and smell the roses.

I believe that Jacob’s second response, conditionally accepting God only if his needs are met, personifies most people’s doubts and practicality over blind faith. Abraham optimizes the latter, trusting without reservation that God will fulfill the divine promise, even as he is about to sacrifice the son who was going to carry on the Covenant after him. But Jacob (whose name will soon be changed to “Israel”) represents the entire Israelite nation…that is, us. It is extremely hard to maintain the level of faith of Abraham, and most of us would react more like Jacob if we were in his sandals. Maybe he doubted the validity of the dream; was it just wishful thinking?

A midrash explains that Jacob’s conditional statement was actually a prayer, that it can be taken as meaning: “Oh that God should remain with me, protect me…if only Adonai should be my God!” (This is because Hebrew language does not have the subjunctive case--ojalá que/if only--but instead uses the future tense.That is why Adonai yivarech et amo ba-shalom, usually translated as “May God bless His people with peace”, also means “God will bless His people with peace”—but of course we don’t tell God what to do! Hebrew grammar often leads to fascinating insights, and sometimes to rabbinic mental gymnastics to try to explain difficult stuff.) Along with food and safety, Jacob is praying for a sense of God’s presence (Sifrei Deut. 31). Do we not all share that hope and desire? In this way, Jacob is speaking for all of us, even those who can’t hope to reach the spiritual level of Abraham.
 

 
Torah Study / Discussion Groups
 
Following the Morning Services and Kiddush (approx. 12:15 pm give or take 15 minutes).

All are welcome.
 
JC3 Film Series presents:
A Street Cat Named Bob
Sunday, November 26th,  2017
@ 4 pm
Film Series "The Quest for restoration of hope"
By Judith Cohen

the movie we will be screening is: The Street Cat Named Bob. A true story about James Bowen, a homeless man, and a recovering drug addict had his life completely transformed when he met a stray orange cat whom he named Bob. They had one thing in common, they both, according to our standards, had hit rock bottom in life.

Hope is always an incondescent element that can be missing in any perilous situation or otherwise in our daily existence.Here we learn, there are no rules how it can be restored or sensed. But most importantly, through connecting with the burning fire of hopelessness of another, can we somehow understand and carve a return to the Golden path of life. Lastly, we can more fully understand the part that animals and pets can play in our lives.

The film screens Sunday, November 26th at 4:00 pm. Wine, cheese, and cake will be served. The address is Moras 47, corner of 5 de Mayo. Tickets can be purchased at the door or calling 185 9191 for reservations during office hours, Monday through Thursday from 9am to 3pm. We cordially invite all people from the community at large to our Movie club. Suggested donation is 100 pesos.
 
Judith Jenya is inviting you to free up closet space in your home while helping people in need of warm clothes.

Please bring them to the JC3 by December 1 on office hours or to the Friday Night Live Service.

Thank you for your generosity!!
 


The 
pushkes, or KKL-JNF collection boxes, have existed for many years in almost every Jewish home and educational institution in Israel and around the world. The State of Israel was built on these blue boxes. Their existence not only enabled the collection of money from hundreds of thousands of Jews to buy land in Eretz Israel, but it also was a major educational item to convey the strong link of the People of Israel to its land. 

Keren Kayemeth Mexico is giving our community the opportunity of being part of this interesting and successful project. Please come to our office and pick up yours!

To learn more about them please click 
here.
 

 

First Jewish Cemetery space in all of the Bajío

 

CHESMA, AC is now in negotiations with the owners of the Jardines Nueva Vida cemetery in Fracc. Jardines II, SMA. We need just 15 people to purchase their spots within the next few months, and we can move forward with our plans to establish the first Jewish Cemetery space in all of the Bajío! The rates are quite reasonable, and I urge everyone reading this to seriously consider this proposal (or if you already have plans with a cemetery back in the US or Canada, to purchase a space here and donate it for burial of individuals who can’t afford it.) Burial of the dead in consecrated soil is a great mitzvah.

For more information, or to commit to purchase a space, please contact Gerardo Schwarz at geschwarz@me.com, or call the JC3 at (415) 185-9191. Thank you!!

 
 

Friday, December 1st.

 

@ 5:30 pm

 

First Friday...Live!

Please join us for a lively, musical short Shabbat service. We will be honoring the varied traditions of Judaism by using known and contemporary poetry, songs, stories and prose. Participants are requested sing, read, and participate. In addition to the beautiful music we will explore the Torah exemplar of welcoming the stranger in our lives.

 

The event will start with a meet and greet oneg Shabbat at 5:30 pm. Services will begin at 6 and becompleted by 7 pm in time for participants to have evening plans.

 

Services will be led by Maxine Graboyes, an experienced Cantorial soloist who has led services for 23 years in Vail, Colorado, as well as being a professional singer on Broadway and beyond. She brings a beauty and enthusiasm to singing that enables all the participants to join in, raise their voices and experience the Joy of the Sabbath.

 

Joining her in leading the service is Judith Jenya, Drashaneit. Judith is alife- time explorer of various Jewish paths, accomplished speaker and honored humanitarian and former director of a large Reform synagogue in California.

 

Everyone is welcome, your joyous participation is desired and your comments on creating other services is encouraged. We hope to create a community and home for non traditional Jews and those who may not have joined in other types of Jewish services in San Miguel.

 
Wednesday, December 6th
@ 12:30 pm


S.O.M.E.
The first Wednesday of every month is when CHESMA A.C. has volunteered to help out at S.O.M.E ( So Others May Eat), helping serving meals to over 100 elderly and indigent residents of SMA. Please meet in the inner courtyard of the Parroquia (enter near the parochial offices to the left on the main entrance; in front of you will be a tunnel; go through the tunnel until you come out in the courtyard) at about 12:30. You'll be glad you did.
 
SUPER-GREAT CHANUKAH WEEKEND!!

Friday, Dec. 15:

5:30 pm: Kabbalat Shabbat, potluck dinner at the JC3; Rabbi Mejía will lead service and Div’rei Torah.

 

Saturday, Dec. 16

9:00 am: Shabbat Shacharit service featuring Bat Mitzvah of Luthien Ayon (elder daughter of Dr. Helder Ayón Flores, who will sponsor the festive kiddush).

Torah Discussion Class (en español) to be led by Rabbi Mejía after kiddush.

Minchah/Maariv.

6:45 pm: Havdalah and discussion (Z’man motzei Shabbat 6:41pm)

 

Sunday, Dec. 17 

3 pm: presentation (in English) “The Hidden Jews of Latin America”; 

4 pm: Annual Community Chanukah Party, with klezmer band (4:30-5:30), Mitzvah Menorah, dreidel tournament for the kids, latkes, etc. Chanukiot lighting at about 6 pm.

 
 

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:

Beneficiario- CHESMA 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

 

$1800 / 2br - Club Regina/Westin Time Share Dec. 16-23, 2017 (Marina Vallarta)

A grand suite at the Club Regina attached to the Westin at Marina Vallarta near PV Airport.This is the grandest size and configuration at the Club Regina.  2 master bedrooms with bathroom each with its own balcony and jacuzzi. The common kitchen/dining/living area has a pull sofa and bathroom. TVs in all rooms. Handy to bus to el centro. Three pools and beachfront. Restaurants on premises and many to choose from in the Marina across the street. Nicely landscaped garden next to the ocean. Easy transportation to Centro by bus or taxi.

 

email: jpnoseworthy@shaw.ca
Tel:     415 100 6194   (Mexico)

 

          250 999 9090  (Magic Jack)
https://pv.craigslist.com.mx/vac/d/club-regina-westin-time-share/6355508285.html?lang=en&cc=us
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. 93 November 16th, 2017
shalomsanmiguel.org

 

Friday, November 17th @ 6:15 pm

Come to our Chassidic Shabbat (and stay for the meal.) 

Service: 6:15pm
Kiddush/meal: 7:00pm
Free


The Chassidic movement was a revolution against the scholarly elitism of the time. Chassidism teaches that the simple, heartfelt prayer of the unschooled person is very dear to G-d.

Come enjoy the song, spirit, learning, friendship, food and drink of a Chassidic Shabbat, 

Service led by Dr David (email: events@sanmiguelevents.com), who was for 7 years with Chabad. 
The service will be less than one hour. The meal might go on for a while.

To make the experience more uplifting those who are able and inclined are asked to learn these songs

Magen Avot https://youtu.be/wq5lYZXIhgc
Yedid Nefesh https://youtu.be/vN0ndPeHYCM
Aishes Chayil https://youtu.be/FCP16WNPjsc


Those who are able and inclined are asked to bring a bottle of wine or a vegetarian dish, but a full meal will be provided.

 
Saturday, November 18th
@ 9 am


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

Parashat Toldot

Genesis 25:19-28:9

 Shabbat Mevarchim

(announcing Rosh Chodesh Kislev)

 …and Adonai answered her: “Two nations are in your womb,

Two separate peoples shall issue forth from your body; 

One people shall be mightier than the other, 

And the older shall serve the younger.” (Gen. 25:23)

Like Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca also have trouble having children. Isaac “pleaded with God on behalf of his wife” and she conceives twin sons, who “struggle in her womb”. The first to be born, Esav, is red and hairy, and the second (“holding on to his heel”) is named Ya’acov/heel. The struggle between the twins for seniority continues into adulthood, when Ya’acov(Jacob) gets Esav to barter away his birthright for a plate of red lentils. Later, in chapter 27, when Isaac is old and his eyesight is failing, Rebecca helps Jacob trick his father into giving him a blessing meant for dad’s favorite, his rugged, macho firstborn Esav. That makes twice that Jacob tricks Esav out of his due, and when Rebecca hears that Esav is out to kill Jacob, she whisks herfavorite son off to “the old country”, to her brother Laban, ostensibly to seek a bride for him. Talk about dysfunctional families: sibling rivalry, parental favoritism, theft, attempted fratricide…what a great soap opera this would make, not to mention a best seller. (No, wait, it already is. Never mind.)

 

From a rabbinical standpoint, everything that Jacob and Rebecca does that might strike us as rather unsavory is actually the exact thing that needed to be done to further God’s master plan. Although this seems uncomfortably Machiavellian, remember the prophesy above: Jacob, the younger, issupposed to rule over his older brother. Rebecca sees that Jacob is the deserving one, the son that will carry on the Pact, while Isaac is “blind” to this fact (perhaps because of the psychological trauma inflicted by theakeidah episode?) The idea that the younger will inherit over the first born has already been introduced in the story of Isaac and Ishmael, and will again be repeated with Reuven and Joseph. We are being taught the concept ofmeritocracy over primogeniture—the more deserving over the first born (as well as the “new” monotheism over the “old” paganism.)  One of my rabbis, Seth Frisch, once taught that Egypt considered itself as the “firstborn of nations”, and that this theme of meritocracy over primogeniture is witnessed once again in the story of Exodus, the birth of the Israelite/Jewish nation.

 

In Jewish tradition, Esav is the “man’s man”, the outdoorsy-type, the hunter who represents power, masculinity, and aggression (in later thinking, he is Rome--and by extension, the Christian empire.) Jacob is a mamma’s boy, the “good boy” who stays home and read and cooks lentils; yup, he is us, a nice Jewish nebbish. And while this ‘nice’ Jewish kid rips off his brother’s birthright for a lousy bowl of lentil stew, it only proves that Esav didn’t care all that much about it in the first place to let it go so cheaply. It doesn’t necessarily make it right, but Esav’s impulsiveness and foolishness made it possible. Jacob’s tricking his aged father into giving him the blessing instead of Esav is much more problematic (taking advantage of his poor eyesight seems awfully low to me.) One explanation, that he was only following his mother’s orders, invokes the Nuremburg defense; sorry, not good. Another opinion is that Isaac couldn’t possibly be that stupid to confuse his sons (he couldn’t distinguish their voices, their demeanor, a goat hide from a hairy human hand?!) and that he was actually in on the subterfuge. In this somewhat far-fetched conspiracy theory, Isaac actually wanted to give the main blessing to Jacob, but feared Esav’s anger and possible violence on his own person; so he feigned not knowing about the impersonation and gave the deserving son his blessing. And JFK was actually killed by Martians in cahoots with the Russian mafia.

 

Perhaps the real take away message from reading these stories in Genesis is that our ancestors were far from perfect, mythical beings. They were all too human, warts and all, which makes it so much easier to relate to them: they were flawed, like us. And perhaps we can learn from their mistakes--how NOT to treat our children and spouses and parents--and take to heart all the positive lessons of faith and love and humanity inherent in our tradition.

 
Torah Study / Discussion Groups
 
Following the Morning Services and Kiddush (approx. 12:15 pm give or take 15 minutes).

All are welcome.
 
 
JC3 Film Series presents:
A Street Cat Named Bob
Sunday, November 26th,  2017
@ 4 pm
Film Series "The Quest for restoration of hope"
By Judith Cohen

the movie we will be screening is: The Street Cat Named Bob. A true story about James Bowen, a homeless man, and a recovering drug addict had his life completely transformed when he met a stray orange cat whom he named Bob. They had one thing in common, they both, according to our standards, had hit rock bottom in life.

Hope is always an incondescent element that can be missing in any perilous situation or otherwise in our daily existence.Here we learn, there are no rules how it can be restored or sensed. But most importantly, through connecting with the burning fire of hopelessness of another, can we somehow understand and carve a return to the Golden path of life. Lastly, we can more fully understand the part that animals and pets can play in our lives.

The film screens Sunday, November 26th at 4:00 pm. Wine, cheese, and cake will be served. The address is Moras 47, corner of 5 de Mayo. Tickets can be purchased at the door or calling 185 9191 for reservations during office hours, Monday through Thursday from 9am to 3pm. We cordially invite all people from the community at large to our Movie club. Suggested donation is 100 pesos.
 
SUPER-GREAT CHANUKAH WEEKEND!!

Friday, Dec. 15: Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Juan Mejía Saturday,
Dec. 16: Luthien Ayon's Bat Mitzvah Sunday,
Dec. 17: Talk by Rabbi Mejía, followed by our Annual Community Chanukah Party
 


The 
pushkes, or KKL-JNF collection boxes, have existed for many years in almost every Jewish home and educational institution in Israel and around the world. The State of Israel was built on these blue boxes. Their existence not only enabled the collection of money from hundreds of thousands of Jews to buy land in Eretz Israel, but it also was a major educational item to convey the strong link of the People of Israel to its land. 

Keren Kayemeth Mexico is giving our community the opportunity of being part of this interesting and successful project. Please come to our office and pick up yours!

To learn more about them please click 
here.
 

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

 

$1800 / 2br - Club Regina/Westin Time Share Dec. 16-23, 2017 (Marina Vallarta)

A grand suite at the Club Regina attached to the Westin at Marina Vallarta near PV Airport.This is the grandest size and configuration at the Club Regina.  2 master bedrooms with bathroom each with its own balcony and jacuzzi. The common kitchen/dining/living area has a pull sofa and bathroom. TVs in all rooms. Handy to bus to el centro. Three pools and beachfront. Restaurants on premises and many to choose from in the Marina across the street. Nicely landscaped garden next to the ocean. Easy transportation to Centro by bus or taxi.

 

email: jpnoseworthy@shaw.ca
Tel:     415 100 6194   (Mexico)

 

          250 999 9090  (Magic Jack)
https://pv.craigslist.com.mx/vac/d/club-regina-westin-time-share/6355508285.html?lang=en&cc=us
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. 92 November 9th, 2017
shalomsanmiguel.org

 
Saturday, November 11th
@ 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.

 
 
 
SUPER-GREAT CHANUKAH WEEKEND!!

Friday, Dec. 15: Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Juan Mejía Saturday,
Dec. 16: Luthien Ayon's Bat Mitzvah Sunday,
Dec. 17: Talk by Rabbi Mejía, followed by our Annual Community Chanukah Party