Upcoming Events

Yes on Trans Rights Information Session and Phone Bank

August 15th, 7-9 pm, at Nehar Shalom (and Keshet)

In 2016, Massachusetts passed non-discrimination protections for transgender people in public spaces—any place we are when not at home, work, or school. Now, a ballot initiative this November threatens to repeal these laws and legalize discrimination.

Join Nehar Shalom, Moishe Kavod House, and Keshet as we gather to learn together and to uphold civil rights and to protect transgender people from discrimination. We will gather in two simultaneous locations to begin with some collective learning and then transition into calling community members to ask for their support on Ballot Proposition 3. Bring your cell phone and laptop!

Register online now or e-mail Naomi Sobel (naomi.sobel@gmail.com) with any questions. Nehar Shalom members are encouraged to participate at the Nehar Shalom location, unless the building is not physically accessible for you, in which case the Keshet location (which has an elevator, ramps, and a wheelchair-accessible bathroom) may be a better option.

Early Shabbat Morning Service

August 18th, 9:00-11:30 am

A number of our community’s families with young children have suggested beginning the Shabbat morning service a bit earlier once a month, so that they can more easily participate. This would allow them to come for a reasonable amount of time closer to the end of the service and still participate in Kiddush with everyone else before going home for nap time. This will be a blessing for all of us, as we enjoy Shabbos socializing with people we don’t often get to spend time with. Here are the details: 
 
Timing: Services begin at 9:00am; The main part of the morning service, Shacharit, will begin at 9:30, with the Torah service at 10:00. Following Musaf, Kiddush will begin at 11:30.
 
In order to start Shacharit without delay and flow smoothly into the Torah service, we need to insure a minyan by 9:30. There is something exciting in striving to meet diverse needs among us, in this case needing to rally our energy around creating a more inclusive monthly Shabbat service. This will of course require some sacrifice from all of us in committing to attending earlier services!  Please email Rina at row2@cornell.edu to let us know whether we’ll be able to count you in the minyan at 9:30am on August 18th.  

Standing in the Gate: Study and S’lichot Prayers 

Saturday September 1st, 10:30 pm

S’lichot – from the word s’licha, forgive – are penitential prayers recited during the week prior to Rosh Hashanah. The first time these prayers are said is on the Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah. Swathed in soft light, it is an especially moving and beautiful moment that brings us to the threshold of the Days of Awe. Learning and discussion prior to the S’lichot service will focus on a reflective text and Yontef melodies. There will be light refreshment and plenty of opportunity for questions. The S’lichot service itself will begin at midnight and lasts approximately 45 minutes.