Congregation Beth Tikvah
P.O. Box 814
Tikvah High Holy Days Schedule
Rosh Hashanah Day 1--Wednesday Sept 20 7:00 PM, Dickinson Stern
Service (day 1)--Thursday Sept 21 9:30 AM, Dickinson Stern Great
Service, Erev 2nd day--Thursday Sept 21 7:00 PM, Dickinson Asbell
Service (day 2)--Friday Sept 22 9:30 AM, Dickinson Asbell Center
Service--Friday Sept 22, Following morning service at
Dickinson Asbell Center Sanctuary
Nidre--Friday Sept 29 7:00 PM, Dickinson Stern Great Room
Kippur Morning Service--Saturday Sept 30 9:30 AM, Dickinson Stern
Service--(likely time) Saturday Sept 30 11:00 AM Dickinson Stern
Kippur Minchah and Neilah Service--Saturday Sept 30 5:00pm,
Dickinson Stern Great Room
of "The Nazi Titanic" to speak in Harrisburg Sunday, Sept 10 at
"Salaam Neighbor" at Harrisburg JCC on Sept 14
Neighbor is the story of
two filmmakers who embed themselves in a Syrian
and find refugees, who, against all odds, who are determined
to rebuild their lives.
it on Thursday, September
14, at 7 PM in the Mary Sachs Auditorium
Jewish Community Center, 3301 North Front Street, Harrisburg.
film runs about 70 minutes.
and an opportunity
for discussion will follow the presentation.
refreshments included the program. It is free; however
to help local refugee families will be accepted.
by the Progressive Jewish Voice of Central
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Jewish Choral Group Seeks New Members
HaNeshama, the Harrisburg Jewish Chorus, is an activity of the
Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg is looking for new members
as it begins its fourth season.
you love to sing? Can you imagine the joy of blending your voice in
rich harmony with other singers and mastering surprising Jewish
music? If you do, please consider joining Kol HaNeshama! Under the
direction of Marina Cherepinsky, the mixed voices a cappella chorus,
an activity of the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg,
continues to develop new singing skills with Jewish music in many
are actively recruiting new singers (18 and older) to join us for
our weekly rehearsals on Sunday evenings, starting on August 27,
2017. Come and see if this might enrich your life as we ‘sing our
hearts’ and find warm audiences with whom to share our
Dave Spector at firstname.lastname@example.org or Marina Cherepinsky at
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From President of Charlottesville Synagogue
this is what it is to be Jewish in the United States in
At Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville, VA, we
are deeply grateful for the support and prayers of the broader
Reform Jewish community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the
families of Heather Heyer and the two Virginia State Police
officers, H. Jay Cullen and Berke Bates, who lost their lives
on Saturday, and with the many people injured in the attack who
are still recovering.
The loss of life far outweighs any fear
or concern felt by me or the Jewish community during the past
several weeks as we braced for this Nazi rally – but the
effects of both will each linger.
On Saturday morning, I
stood outside our synagogue with the armed security guard we
hired after the police department refused to provide us with an
officer during morning services. (Even the
department’s limited promise of an observer near our
building was not kept — and note, we did not ask for protection
of our property, only our people as they
Forty congregants were inside. Here’s what I
witnessed during that time.
For half an hour, three men
dressed in fatigues and armed with semi-automatic rifles stood
across the street from the temple. Had they tried to enter, I
don’t know what I could have done to stop them, but I
take my eyes off them, either. Perhaps the presence of
our armed guard deterred them. Perhaps their presence was just
a coincidence, and I’m paranoid. I don’t know.
times, parades of Nazis passed our building, shouting,
“There's the synagogue!” followed by chants of “Seig Heil” and
other anti-Semitic language. Some carried flags with swastikas and
other Nazi symbols A guy in a white polo shirt walked by the
synagogue a few times, arousing suspicion. Was he casing the
building, or trying to build up courage to commit a crime? We
didn’t know. Later, I noticed that the man accused in the
automobile terror attack wore the same polo shirt as the man
who kept walking by our synagogue; apparently it’s the uniform of
a white supremacist group. Even now, that gives me a
When services ended, my heart broke as I advised
congregants that it would be safer to leave the temple through
the back entrance rather than through the front, and to please
go in groups.
This is 2017 in the United States of
Later that day, I arrived on the scene shortly after
the car plowed into peaceful protesters. It was a horrific and
we learned that Nazi websites had posted a call to burn
our synagogue. I sat with one of our rabbis and wondered
whether we should go back to the temple to protect the
building. What could I do if I were
there? Fortunately, it
was just talk – but we had already deemed such an attack within
the realm of possibilities, taking the precautionary step of
removing our Torahs, including a Holocaust scroll, from the
Again: This is in America in 2017.
end of the day, we felt we had no choice but to cancel a
Havdalah service at a congregant’s home. It had been announced
on a public Facebook page, and we were fearful that Nazi
elements might be aware of the event. Again, we sought police
protection – not a battalion of police, just a single officer –
but we were told simply to cancel the event.
police faced an unprecedented problem that day, but make
no mistake, Jews are a specific target of these groups, and
despite nods of understanding from officials about our concerns
– and despite the fact
that the mayor himself is Jewish –
we were left to our own devices. The fact that a calamity did
not befall the Jewish community of Charlottesville on Saturday
was not thanks to our politicians, our police, or even our own
efforts, but to the grace of God.
And yet, in the midst of
all that, other moments stand out for me, as well.
Aguilar, a 30-year Navy veteran, took it upon himself to
stand watch over the synagogue through services Fridayevening
and Saturday, along with our armed guard. He just felt he
We experienced wonderful turnout for services
both Friday night and Saturdaymorning to observe
Shabbat, including several non-Jews who said they came to show
solidarity (though a number of congregants, particularly
elderly ones, told me they were afraid to come
A frail, elderly woman approached me
Saturday morning as I stood on the steps in front of our
sanctuary, crying, to tell me that while she was Roman
Catholic, she wanted to stay and watch over the synagogue with
us. At one point, she asked, “Why do they hate you?” I had no
answer to the question we’ve been asking ourselves for
thousands of years.
At least a dozen complete strangers
stopped by as we stood in front the synagogue Saturday to ask
if we wanted them to stand with us.
And our wonderful rabbis
stood on the front lines with other Charlottesville clergy,
Most attention now is, and for the foreseeable
future will be, focused on the deaths and injuries that
occurred, and that is as it should be. But for most people,
before the week is out, Saturday’s events will
into the all-to-familiar bickering that is part of the larger,
ongoing political narrative. The media will move on — and all
it will take is some new outrageous Trump tweet to change the
We will get back to normal, also. We have two b’nai
mitzvah coming up, and soon, Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur will
be upon us, too.
After the nation moves on, we will be left
to pick up the pieces. Fortunately, this is a very strong and
capable Jewish community, blessed to be led by incredible
rabbis. We have committed lay leadership, and a congregation
committed to Jewish values and our synagogue. In some ways, we
will come out of it stronger – just as tempering metals make
them tougher and harder.
Alan Zimmerman is the president
of Congregation Beth Israel in
Beth Tikvah Has A Facebook
Ariel Franchak has created a private Facebook page for Beth Tikvah. If you would like to join the CBT Facebook group, send a "friend request" to Ariel and she will add you to the group.