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Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, August 17
Schmooze at 7:30, Services at 8:00
Barrack Hebrew Academy

Kabbalat Shabbat - Slichot Services *
Friday, August 31
Schmooze at 7:30, Services at 8:00
Barrack Hebrew Academy

"Selichot is that moment in which we begin our communal process of t'shuvah. Usually translated as "repentance," there are many ways to look at the Hebrew word t'shuvah, whose Hebrew root, shuv, means "to return." When we repent for our wrongdoings we literally return to our misdeeds to make things right with those we have hurt. T'shuvah can also be translated as "to answer" or "to find a solution." Likewise, when we repent, we answer for what we have done wrong and try to find a solution to do better in the future.
Our Selichot liturgy includes a verse from the Book of Lamentations about returning:
Hashiveinu Adonai ei-lecha, v'na-shuvah. Chadeish yameinu k'kedem.
Help us to return to You, O God, then truly shall we return. Renew our days as in the past. (Lamentations 5:1)
Just as Selichot is a time for spiritual return, it is also and, perhaps just as important, a time for returning to each other. For many communities, Selichot provides that first opportunity to renew our connections with each other after the summer - a time for gathering the community together to socialize, to embrace each other, and to join in heartfelt prayer and reflection."
By Rabbi Josh Leighton

Shireinu News and Events:

Our new mailing address:
PO Box 322
326 Conshohocken State Rd
Gladwyne PA 19035
Our new phone number: 610.308.6041
Shireinu Membership:

Our membership cycle has begun.  "Why does a congregational membership matter? Simply put, a congregation provides a place to meet three intrinsic human needs: the need to belong; the need to believe; and the need to become. No matter where you are on this journey - even if you're at the beginning - the synagogue provides a place to experiment, to learn, to reflect, explore and discover, to be empowered, and to experience life enriched with a sense of meaning and a sense of purpose"(Rabbi David Cohen). 
We hope you will choose to belong to the Shireinu community for this coming year. Visit our website: for more information.  We are hoping that each member family will contribute financially (and as generously as they are able) to sustain our community.  Your dues enable our community to program, rent space, cover insurance, compensate our support staff (including your rabbis), purchase supplies etc.  We couldn't do it without your support.

High Holiday Services and Tickets:

Behold the High Holidays are quickly approaching (We know they feel "early" this year).
We will be offering tickets for a suggested donation of $180 per person  for all the services you wish to attend.

*Rosh Hashanah : Sunday, September 9, 8:00 and Monday, September 10, 10:00am

*Yom Kippur Kol Nidre: Tuesday, September 18 7:30pm

*Yom Kippur Day: Saturday, September 19 10:00am (Yizkor immediately following)

Afternoon-N'ilah (closing) 4:00-6:13!

High Holiday tickets are included in your membership dues.

High Holiday Ticket Form

Statement on Israel's Passage of Nation State Law:

From The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association:
Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association strongly oppose the Nation State Law that the Knesset has now established as one of Israel's Basic Laws, which carry constitutional weight.
Israel's Declaration of Independence states:
The State of Israel ... will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations... .
We appeal ... to the Arab inhabitants of the State of Israel to preserve peace and participate in the upbuilding of the State on the basis of full and equal citizenship and due representation in all its provisional and permanent institutions.
The Nation State law undermines the democratic commitments of the Declaration of Independence by 1) terminating the status of Arabic as one of Israel's two official languages; 2) strengthening the Orthodox monopoly on Jewish religious life; 3) impeding the ability of Israeli elected officials to negotiate a peace agreement that includes any form of compromise on Jerusalem; and 4) creating a legal basis for potential discrimination favoring Jewish over non-Jewish citizens of the state in matters of housing and community development.
Defenders of the law argue that it simply asserts the Jewish right to self-determination in Israel. However, Israel's Declaration of Independence, its Law of Return granting Jews everywhere the right to emigrate to Israel, and the 1947 United Nations resolution establishing the partition of Palestine into a Jewish state and a Palestinian Arab state all make it abundantly clear that Israel is the sovereign homeland of the Jewish people. Furthermore, Israel already devotes tremendous resources to supporting, serving, and settling its Jewish citizens, including new Jewish immigrants, and it does so both within Israel-proper and in West Bank settlements.
This law isn't a benign restatement of long-established Jewish identity markers in the State of Israel, nor is it a course correction designed to protect Jewish Israelis from non-Jewish hegemony. Rather, it is the legislative product of groups that seek a more theocratic and nationalistic Israel, and the weakening of Israel's democratic character. That vision of Israel stands in stark contrast with the vision of the signers of Israel's Declaration of Independence, who struggled to establish a state that would always carefully balance its Jewish national character with a vigorous commitment to democracy.
We hold out hope that this law, which was passed with 62 votes out of 120 in the middle of the night, will be reconsidered. Meanwhile, we will continue to stand for the ideals of Israel's Declaration of Independence, lending support to the many Israeli organizations and individuals who share this vision and advocate for it in Israeli society every day.

From the URJ president, Rabbi Rick Jacobs:
We vehemently oppose the 'nation-state' bill being debated in the Knesset. If passed, it will create a dangerous precedent for democracy in Israel. It is a 180 degree turn from Israel's Declaration of Independence, which enshrines freedom and democracy for all Israelis. This bill would instead upend democratic norms and create an Israel that is unequal. It is a grave threat to Israeli democracy.
It hurts the delicate balance between the Jewish majority and Arab minority, and it enthrones ultra-Orthodox Judaism at the expense of the majority of a pluralistic world Jewry.
It will make Israel an open target on the world stage for all those who seek to deny the Jewish people our right to a homeland. Our Reform Jewish Movement in Israel and North America is vocal in our opposition to this bill, and we are fighting it aggressively.
We urge Prime Minister Netanyahu to reconsider his support for this damaging legislation.

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