Congregation Sha'are Shalom

Congregation Sha'are Shalom


With the schools closed, does anyone here have any iseas how to help the LoCo students who rely on school breakfast and lunch as their primary nutrition? This closure impacts more students in/around Leesburg and surrounding neighborhoods than you might think. Any ideas to help our neighbors? Im good at talking, not organizing
Good Morning! We are looking for a few volunteers to help as greeters on High Holidays. If you are able, please sign up for a slot.
Remember: no Coffee House Conversations tonight. We resume next week, and conclude the following!

Congregation Sha'are Shalom (Gates of Peace) is a young and rapidly growing Conservative synagogue, located at 19357 Evergreen Mills Road, Leesburg, VA

Congregation Sha'are Shalom (Gates of Peace) is a young and rapidly growing Conservative synagogue, located at 19357 Evergreen Mills Road, Leesburg, Virginia, across from Heritage High School. Explore our web site, discover our warm and enriching community, and come meet us. Join us for a Shabbat service, stop in to one of our many educational, youth or social events or call to make special arrangements.

It's Friday and you know what that means - Shabbat Shalom! Join us for services via Zoom tonight at 6:30 and tomorrow morning at 9:30.

While this week may bring July 4th, it is has additional significance to our congregation. This week marks the beginning of Michele Zuckerman's retirement after 22 years at the helm of our religious school (thank you for all you've done and the absolute best wishes for your next chapter!), the beginning of Jessica Wadler's new position as the Interim Director of Education of Youth Activities, the beginning of the 6th year of Rabbi Greenspoon's service as the rabbi of CSS, and the start of the 2020 - 2021 CSS Board of Director's term. The life of Sha'are Shalom continues to bustle even as we remain physically apart.

A new event we're excited about is an online book club. Some initial choices are below - let us know in the comments which should be our inaugural book, or suggest a title of your own! We hope to be up and running with the book club soon - and as an ongoing event.

Apeirogon by Colum McCann (Fiction)

The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung (Fiction)

The Color of Love by Marra B. Gad (Memoir)

Color Me In by Natasha Diaz (Young Adult Fiction)

This is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared by Alan Lew (Religion)

The Blessing of a Skinned Knee by Wendy Vogel (Parenting)

Shabbat Shalom!

Jewish Community of Greater Washington Expresses Solidarity with African-American Community

We continue to navigate through tough times as a community. I'm sure you're familiar with the quote from Elie Wiesel,

"We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

In that spirit CSS has co-signed the JCRC statement. We will continue to support and work with the Black community for justice and to end racism. WASHINGTON DC—June 2, 2020 – The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington and dozens of Jewish organizations in the Washington region today issued the following statement following the killing by police of George Floyd and the ongoing response in our region and across the ...

[06/05/20]   A Message from Rabbi Greenspoon

Dear friends,
Human dignity and the insistence we all are created in the Divine image (Gen. 1:27) have activated our values since the earliest stories of our people. This insistence at the very beginning of our Torah inspires the Jewish people to this day. The prophet known as Malachi challenged the people of his time, and for all time, with his famous charge, “Have we not all one Father? Did not one God create us? Why do we break faith with one another?” (Malachi 2:10) The ancient rabbis (Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5) extended the prophet’s insistent message with their own message: Humanity was created from a single source so that no one could claim greater privilege through ancestry. It is not by accident that Jews come in all colors and from all sorts of cultural backgrounds, including in our own congregation.

Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. George Floyd. We have to say their names. In recent weeks and especially the past several days we have witnessed the pain and anger in the African American community—and beyond—accompanying this most recent spate of deaths of African Americans. This is especially true when these deaths occurred during engagements with sworn law officers who failed their obligations as officers and human beings. It doesn’t matter that the incidences were located in Georgia, or Kentucky, or Minnesota. The reverberations are felt across the country for all Americans. Americans of all backgrounds and faiths are giving witness to the Torah’s command we “Do not stand idly by while your neighbor’s blood is being shed.” (Lev. 16:19). The tremendous groundswell of outrage across our country is testimony to the mandate that “Equity, equity you are to pursue in order that you may live.” (Deut. 16:20).

The overwhelming cry for a better reality for people of color in America—and thus for all of America—transcends racial, ethnic, political, and religious distinctions. With it comes the call for accountability on personal and systemic levels. With this call for accountability also comes the promise of reform, and even redemption for our country. Let’s appreciate the responses from leaders in law enforcement, the courts, and government officials at every level, who have affirmed the deep need for change that exists, along with the right we enjoy as Americans to protest peacefully. Time and again we have seen their common compassion, empathy, and humanity shine despite the racial, cultural, political, and religious differences they embody. Let’s continue to lift them up by our words and our deeds. Similarly, we should take note of those who would exacerbate the rift that divides us, and hold them accountable for their failures at the ballot box.

Our hearts go out to those suffering and in pain. The families and communities of those murdered, the members of the law enforcement community who feel their integrity diminished by the unacceptable acts by a few of their colleagues, the business owners trying to reemerge from the quarantine only to have their businesses attacked by looters taking advantage of the chaos—God knows there is more than plenty of pain being felt in America today. We pray for the comfort and consolation of those mourning loved ones. We also pray for the restoration and recovery for those business owners and others adversely affected by the unrest and unease in our communities.

But it is not enough simply to express the feelings of our hearts. We have to live them out in our daily lives. We know all too well that hatred is like a bomb. A bomb doesn’t care about the intended target; it is indiscriminate in its dealing of death. So too, hate. When unleashed, it attacks all in its path without care. So it is that we are called to pray with our hands and feet as well as our voices. Our Sages affirmed that some tasks are seemingly without end, yet our obligation for them persists nonetheless. The concern of our neighbors IS our concern as well. We join with them in marches to express solidarity and support. We work with them to support legislation against hate crimes and domestic terrorism. We listen to and learn from them to appreciate their lived experiences that are often so remote from our own. We cry with them to express our essential human connection as the children of God. Finally, we partner with them in the insistence of a better society and a more equitable America. I am inspired by the words of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and his experience with the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s, and share them in the hope you will be inspired as well:

“…morally speaking, there is no limit to the concern one must feel for the suffering of human beings, that indifference to evil is worse than evil itself, that in a free society some are guilty, but all are responsible.”

May we soon see the day when America reemerges as a beacon of inspiration for the world, with true equity and opportunity for all. In the meantime, let’s show what it means to “love our neighbor as ourselves.”

B’virkat shalom (in the blessing of peace),

Rabbi David Greenspoon

Starting this evening, Thursday, May 28, we celebrate the Festival of Shavuot and with it, the giving of the Torah. Please find the schedule of services below, as well as the wonderful roster of learning opportunities for Thursday evening's learning session. We look forward to your presence joining us online for our streamed services and celebrations!
The Zoom link for all services is in the weekly newsletter sent this morning.

Thursday, May 28, 6:30pm
Shavuot evening services followed by Tiqun Leyl Shavuot learning session

• Serach Bat Asher: Jacob's Granddaughter and the Living Memory of the Jewish People
• Nancy Passow (mother of Morah Kate Passow), Englewood, New Jersey

• The Illustrated Story of Shavuot
• Elyann Katz, CSS Ritual Committee Chair

• How to Make a Cheesecake like Lauren Katz (video)
• Morah Lauren Katz, CSS Religious School

• Samson: The Failed Hero?
• Kareem Shaw, CSS Ritual Committee Co-Chair

• Tikun: What are We Fixing, Correcting, Improving?
• Rabbi Yosef Goldman, Sgoolai Israel synagogue, New Brunswick, CA
• (Rabbi Goldman and family have been joining our Zoom services the past couple months)

• The Ten Commandments Are in the Sh'ma? An Ancient Lesson from the Land of Israel
• Rabbi David Greenspoon, Rabbi, Congregation Sha'are Shalom

Friday, May 29, 9:30am
Shavuot morning services

Friday, May 29, 6:30pm
Shabbat/Shavuot services

Saturday, May 30, 9:30am
Shabbat/Shavuot morning services and Confirmation, includes Yizkor

Stay Connected: Sha'are Shalom Weekly Newsletter: April 3 - 9

Wishing everyone a peaceful and healthy Shabbat. Links to our online services are below. There is also a link to our weekly newsletter with information on Passover services and preparation as well as other CSS news. Shabbat Shalom.

Kabbalat Shabbat services
Friday evenings 6:30pm

Via computer
Meeting ID: 607 729 325

Via phone
PIN 607729325#

Shabbat Morning services
Saturday mornings 9:30am

Via computer
Meeting ID: 505 420 274

Via phone

Why is this Passover different from all other Passovers? Oy. Do we really need to go there? This Passover IS different than anything we've experienced before. We know many of us are wondering how to adapt to our current conditions.

Please join Rabbi Greenspoon for an open Q&A about Passover 5780. Bring your questions and concerns, as well as your solutions and suggestions, to our online gathering.

Passover Q & A
Tuesday, March 31

Via Google Hangout Meet

Via Phone
PIN: ‪369 847 686#

More and More Ways to Connect: Sha'are Shalom Weekly Newsletter: March 27 - April 2

Shabbat Shalom - we wish everyone some peace and calm this weekend. Please join us online for services tonight and tomorrow morning - and for many other online opportunities this week. Please see our weekly newsletter for all the ways to stay connected.

Services this weekend:
Kabbalat Shabbat services
Friday evenings 6:30pm

Via computer
Meeting ID: 607 729 325

Via phone
PIN 607729325#

Shabbat Morning services
Saturday mornings 9:30am

Via computer
Meeting ID: 505 420 274

Via phone


Hey, Congregation Sha'are Shalom, let's learn some Torah!
Join us today (virtually) at 12:30 for our weekly Torah portion class.

Weekly Parashah (Torah Portion) Class
Wednesdays 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Bring your favorite translation, in print or or your screen.
No prior Torah study experience is expected, and all are welcome.

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Shabbat Shalom! Please join us for our virtual services this weekend.

Kabbalat Shabbat services
Friday March 20, 2020
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Meeting ID: 702 917 889

Shabbat services
Saturday March 21, 2020
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Meeting ID: 168 663 949

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[03/19/20]   As we continue to adapt to our new normal of social distancing and school closures, it’s important to stay connected. Even though Good Deeds Day is postponed there are plenty of ways you can still help others

Loudoun Hunger Relief - At this time, they are asking for monetary donations to assist in our emergency response. You can also order food to be shipped directly to Loudoun Hunger Relief from their Amazon Wish List.

Mobile Hope - Mobile Hope is one of our partners for Good Deeds Day. In fact, the Glancey family just dropped off blessing bags there this week. If you had supplies for GDD ready, you can donate directly.

Loudoun Emergency Homeless Shelter - Congregation Sha'are Shalom continues to provide a monthly meal for the shelter at 19520 Meadowview Ct. S.E in Leesburg. The only change to our regular practice, due to the coronavirus situation, is that the staff at the Shelter will serve the meal, instead of CSS volunteers. Our next opportunity as a group is April 21st. During this concerning time, it is as important as ever to offer care to those needing help. The sign up linked here features opportunities to provide entrees, side dishes, vegetables, fruit, and desserts.

Good Deeds Day - We have postponed GDD due to social distancing recommendations, but in the meantime we’re still looking for sponsorships and will have information out on what donations we’ll want to collect. We recommend you be mindful of what you collect right now as we look to avoid contributing to shortages of needed items and don’t want to contaminate items for use later. Please see the items above for where you can donate in the meantime.

Chesed Committee - If you are interested in helping out members of our CSS community, either through dropping off groceries, or just calling to check in, please contact the Chesed Committee. Also, if you’re in need or have someone in mind who may need help, please let us know that, too.

Please continue to check the Sha’are Shalom website, the Sha’are Shalom page, and the Religious School page for schedule updates, information on ways to help, resources you can use to stay connected to our CSS community, and more. We’ve also added a new page for the Religious School updates being sent out by Morah Zuckerman. She has great resources not only for our kids, but for all of us.

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Dear Friends,

We are going to go online for services this Shabbat. In order to keep our larger community safe, we urge you to stay at home, and use your preferred platform to access our services. You can expect Morah Laurie and I (and possibly another volunteer) to lead our essential Friday night and Saturday morning services. In lieu of the traditional morning Torah service, we will do a bit of an extended Torah study. I will recognize yarzheits and recite Mourner's Kaddish.
I extend our thanks to Anne Greenspoon and JNF for sharing the platform from which we will broadcast the services. All you need to do is hit the link below, and enter the meeting ID when prompted to do so. Also, please note the helpful "Best practices" suggestions below. If you are new to the Zoom platform, please download the app in advance of Shabbat and our regularly scheduled services!

This is the Friday, March 13, Erev Shabbat services link.
Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 885 256 748

This is the Saturday, March 14, Shabbat morning services link.
Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 835 800 395

Best practices for using Zoom:
* Click on the link provide from your computer or phone and it will take you to Zoom. If its your first time, it will prompt you to install the app so you can use it. If its not your first time it will take you directly into the "meeting".
* When you enter the call, please mute yourself if you have not been muted automatically. To do this, use the tool bar at the bottom of the screen- hover over your name at the bottom and the tool bar will pop up. Mute is on far left of the tool bar.
* If you are participating using video, you can decide if you want to be seen. The Stop Video button is next to mute- clicking on it turns your camera on and off. Even if you don't want to be seen, you will still be able to see the livestream from CSS.
* The up arrow buttons next to mute and video allow you to manage your sounds and video settings (i.e. if you sign on and the video is showing what's behind your computer rather than whats in front of your computer you can adjust the setting to front camera).
* If you call in using the phone number, you will be able to hear everything but not see anything. When dialing in from your phone, please use your phone's own options to mute yourself

We appreciate everyone's support and flexibility during this uncertain time. We encourage you to please get in touch with feedback and thoughts on the online service experience. We welcome your ideas on other practices we might employ during this time to maintain the bonds of our Sha'are Shalom community while we encourage physical distance for the overall health of our larger community.

Shabbat shalom,
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