November 10, 2017 / 22 Heshvan 5778


The Shabbat Bulletin will be available this afternoon and at Shabbat Services. You can view the bulletin this afternoon HERE.

Friday, November 10
4:22 PM Candle-lighting

4:22 PM Minha/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv ~Beit HaMidrash-Downstairs

7:00 PM RJP Dinner at Rabbi Katz and Shoshi Talesnick's home.
Registration Closed

Saturday, November 11
9:00 AM Shaharit

Morning service ~ Sanctuary Upstairs

9:00 AM Minyan Kivinu
Full traditional liturgy, spirited singing, and minimal interruptions aimed at creating an intense focus on the davvening. A 30 minute shiur (class) follows the service.
~ Library-Upstairs

10:45 AM CSAIR Kids
Tot Tefilah
/Ages 0-4 and parents
~ Taub Room-Downstairs
Tefilat Yeladim/Ages 5-7 (parents welcome)
~ Board Room-Downstairs
Pickup Davvening/Ages 8-11 (parents welcome) ~Youth Lounge-Downstairs
Teen Kollel
~ Beit HaMidrash-Downstairs

11:00 AM Text Wrestlers
Adult learners are invited to join an inquiry into the week's Torah portion with Diane M. Sharon, Ph.D.
~ Hebrew School Wing-Upstairs

12:20 PM Hug Ivri
CSAIR's monthly Hebrew discussion group about politics, literature, current events and more. Topic: 100 Years to Balfour Declaration with Professor Baruch Lev
~ Board Room-Downstairs

SHABBAT cont'd

4:22 PM Minha/Maariv
Afternoon service.
~ Beit HaMidrash-Downstairs

5:22 PM Shabbat Ends


8:00 PM Intimate Voices Concert
~ Sanctuary-Upstairs


Friday, November 17
4:17 PM Candle-lighting

5:45 PM Lechu Neranena Service and Dinner
~ Library-Upstairs Register Online Now!

Saturday, November 18
9:00 AM Shaharit

Morning service ~ Sanctuary Upstairs

9:30 AM Havurah
Lay-led minyan committed to spirited prayer in an intimate atmosphere. ~ Library-Upstairs

10:45 AM CSAIR Kids

12:30PM Yiddish Vinkle
For current and former Yiddish speakers wishing to reconnect and revive their Yiddish language and cultural heritage.
~ Board Room-Downstairs

4:17 PM Minha/Maariv
Afternoon service.
~ Beit HaMidrash-Downstairs

5:17 PM Shabbat Ends

7:00 PM RJP Bowling Night
Details to follow.


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The Arch of TitusThe Arch of Titus Exhibition

Monday, November 13, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Yeshiva University Museum at the Center for Jewish History
15 W. 16th St, New York, NY 10011

Join us for a private tour of the exhibition, Arch of Titus - from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back, led by CSAIR member and Museum Director Dr. Jacob Wisse.

The Arch of Titus, built to commemorate Roman triumph in the Jewish War of 66-74 CE, has stood as a touchstone of Western civilization for nearly 2000 years. This exhibition explores the shifting meaning and significance of this monument - for the victorious Romans, for the defeated Jews, and for both Christians and Jews over the subsequent millennia. We'll kick the evening off with wine and snacks before the tour.

RSVP required. Please RSVP to by Friday, November 10th. Any questions email:

You can find more information about the exhibition here.

King DavidKing David: It's Complicated

Taught by CSAIR Rabbi Barry Dov Katz
Palace intrigue combines with personal drama to make the end of King David's reign a study in complexity. After his death,Solomon assumes the throne and is known for his wisdom, building, and political prowess. Come share in our discussions about David's last days then study the very different story of King Solomon's successes (and excesses) as king. No background necessary. All texts provided in English along with the Hebrew.

Tuesdays, 10:30 AM - Noon | Next Class, November 14

Free to CSAIR Sisterhood members and members of CSAIR affiliates. Nominal fee for others. Sponsored by Sisterhood.

Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Class

Bar/Bat Mitzvah ClassPerhaps you never had the chance to ascend the bimah as a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Maybe you did, but want to do it again at a time in your life when you will appreciate your connection to Judaism in a different way. This course is designed for adult learners of any age who are members of CSAIR. It will provide an in-depth study of the Jewish lifecycle, holidays, history, and core Jewish concepts. You will learn to chant from the Torah and participate in a Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony in Spring 2019. No prior experience is necessary. If you need to learn/improve your Hebrew reading, we will work together to find a tutor/class who can help you.

Wednesdays, 7:45 PM-9:00 PM | Next Class, November 15
Taught by Rabbi Barry Dov Katz, Rory Katz (Rabbinic Intern), Cantor Elizabeth Stevens


The Chalk ListBook Discussion Group

Save the date for the first of four books to be discussed starting Sunday, November 19, 10:30 AM with The Chalk Artist, A Novel by Allegra Goodman. Warm, wise and enchanting, The Chalk Artist is both a finely rendered portrait of modern love and a celebration of all the realms we inhabit: real and imagined, visual and virtual, seemingly independent yet hopelessly tangled.

Free and open to all. Pre-registration required - email


Estate PlanningEstate Planning 101
Sunday, November 12, 11:00 AM

The Planned Giving Session scheduled for Sunday, November 11 has been postponed. Please look for an announcement when a new date is scheduled.

Experience IsraelExperience Israel
July 2018

Informational meeting
Tuesday, November 14

We are thrilled to announce that registration is open for our CSAIR Israel Trip, led by Rabbi Barry Dov Katz and Shoshi Talesnick! The trip is from July 2-12, 2018 and is being organized by an exceptional travel agency, Daat Travel. Two members of CSAIR are helping organize the trip, Cliff Stanton (lay coordinator and a participant!) and Nimrod Shafran (as a representative of Daat Travel.) The trip is for people who have never been to Israel and returnees of all ages from our shul and beyond!

We are sure that you have questions! Shoshi and I will host an informational meeting in our home on Tuesday, November 14, from 8:00-9:00 PM. Our address is 5360 Arlington Avenue. If you can attend, send an email to so that we can plan! Of course, there will be other opportunities in the coming months to ask questions.

If you want to find out more about the trip or are ready to register, you can do so in the following ways:

1. Online by visiting On the top right hand side of our homepage there is a search box to find the trip. People can go directly to the trip's website. Once on the trip's website, click the "Register Now" button to finalize the booking online.

2. Over the phone by calling Daat Customer Service Center at 888-811-2812 x 1, open Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We are excited to share our Israel with you!

Rabbi Barry Dov Katz and Shoshi Talesnick

Egg SaladHesed Initiative

Over the past year, the CSAIR membership has successfully expanded the wonderful practice started by the Havurah of providing meals to people in need, whether because of new babies, mourning, illness, or other life cycle events. The recipients of these meals have been deeply appreciative.

Being part of this initiative is a great way to get involved in the community and to lend a helping hand when one is needed. We are once again reaching out to the community to expand the pool of volunteers. If you would like to help to provide meals - either by cooking them in a kosher kitchen or ordering them from a kosher establishment - please send an email to with your name and phone number or click here so that we can add you to the list.

Teen Learning ExperienceTeen Kollel

A weekly experience for teens engaging in substantive and meaningful formal Jewish learning continues this Shabbat from
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
- (approximately from the end of the Torah service until the start of Kiddush). Teens will acquire Jewish knowledge and skills, develop strong peer relationships and be part of a challenging and dynamic learning community in an enjoyable environment.

It is our hope that teens will choose to participate in this new learning experience as well as volunteer as Project Chaverim Teen Fellows. Please share this information with families of teens that may be interested. For more information, questions or to share your input, please contact Mason Voit, Education Director.

Program coordinated by Rabbi Josh Cahan and features master teachers from the CSAIR community.

Teen Volunteers Needed

CSAIR is looking for teen volunteers to help lead Shabbat morning activities for 8-11 year-old kids. Have a special interest or talent? Let's figure out how to make it into a Shabbat chug for kids. Email Mason Voit for more information.

Safeguarding Our Children

In keeping with CSAIR's commitment to protecting children from abuse, a standing Child Protection Committee (CPC) has been established to oversee the development, implementation and monitoring of an ongoing child protection program at CSAIR. Safeguarding Our Children, A Child Protection Statement, our child protection policy, and other important and practical information about this effort can be found here.

The members of the committee include: Cliff Nerwen (Chair), Miriam Westheimer, Sandy Mislow, Rabbi Barry Dov Katz, Mason Voit and Abby Pitkowsky.

For any questions about Child Protection at CSAIR, contact the committee at

Do it with Kiddush at CSAIR!

Kiddush is a great way to celebrate special moments with family, friends & colleagues.
Co- sponsorships are available for Shabbatot & holidays.

For more information, contact Executive Director Jennifer Knobe or 718-543-8400.

More information is available here.


Friday, November 24
4:12 PM Candlelighting
412 PM Minha/Kabbalat Shabbat Maariv

Saturday, November 25
9:00 AM Shaharit
4:12 PM Minha/Maariv
5:12 PM Shabbat Ends

Friday, December 1
4:10 PM Candlelighting
5:45 PM Lechu Neranena Service and Dinner

Saturday, December 2
9:00 AM Shaharit
4:10 PM Minha/Maariv
5:10 PM Shabbat Ends

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