Shabbat Announcements – Parshat Shoftim

1) Shabbat Schedule

2) Kiddush Sponsor & Mazal Tov

3) Special Shabbat Women’s Shiur

4) Baruch Dayan Ha’Emet (& Shiva Details)

5) Looking for Leiners

6) Membership Drive / Yamim Noraim Seating


1) Shabbat Schedule

Candles 6:18 PM

Mincha 6:43 PM

Shacharit 8:30 AM

Kiddush 11:AM

Rosh Chodesh Shiur 5:30 PM

Shabbat Ends 7:33 PM

2) Kiddush Sponsor & Mazal Tov

The kiddush this Shabbat is sponsored by the proud families of the following children entering first grade this year in honor this important milestone.

Jeffrey, Hedy, Orli, Yaella and Naama Rashba in honor of their daughter and sister Aviya Rashba who began first grade at Yehuda Halevi School this past week.

Aaron and Chavi Lerman in honor of their son Baruch Lerman who began first grade at Horev School this past week.

Jason and Chava Gardner in honor of their daughter Maya Gardner who began first grade at Evelyna School this past week.

And Ian and Rachel Pear in honor of their daughter Michaella Pear who began first grade at Makor Chaim (Steinsaltz) School this past week.

If you have an simcha coming up, consider commemorating it with a kiddush.  Click here for more information.

3) Special Shabbat Women’s Shiur

This Shabbat, September 6th, at 5:30 PM, at the Lurie home, HaGadna 14 in Katamon.  The speaker will be Chaya Sarah Brand-Farkas on the topic: “Elul: Preparation for the Yamim Noraim – Understanding and Doing Teshuva.” 

4) Baruch Dayan Ha’Emet – Condolences to Marcia Gardner

We regret to inform you of the passing of Rose Danzig (Rivka Bat Freidle), the mother of our member Marcia Gardner.  The funeral and the beginning of shiva will be in America, though Marcia will return to Jerusalem for the completion of shiva (at the Gardner’s home, Makor Chaim 44/4) on Friday thru Monday.  Details about the minyan will follow.  Marcia can be contacted in the US prior to her return at 845-352-5537.

5) Looking for Leiners

In just a short time we will begin reading the Torah anew each week.  We encourage all those able to lein — whether just a few aliyot or an entire parsha — to come forward and volunteer their services for the coming year.  To reserve a specific parsha, or to simply volunteer for any parsha, please see the calendar of availability and contact our gabbai David Lewis at  We look forward to hearing from you.

6) Membership and Yamim Noraim Seating

It’s time for our annual membership drive.  As in years past, seating for the Yamim Noraim will also be connected to this drive, though of course we welcome membership from all those who wish to support our growing community and expanding programs, even if you do not plan on participating in the Yamim Noraim specifically at Shir Hadash.

Regarding the Yamim Noraim, our ba’al tephilla this year will be Yehuda Katz (of Reva L’Sheva).

Regular Full Membership this year is 500 NIS for a Family Membership (which includes 2 general reserved seats for the Yamim Noraim), and 360 NIS for a Single Membership (which includes 1 general reserved seat). 

Due to feedback received over the past year, there will also be a second category of membership — we call it the Gold Level Membership — that allows people to pick specific seats for the Yamim Noraim.  The Regular Full Membership does not allow for the selection of specific seats.

Gold Membership is 1,000 NIS for a Family Membership (and includes seats for one’s entire immediate family over the age of 10), and 500 NIS for a Single Membership (and includes one specifically reserved seat).

Student/Soldier/Pensioner Membership is 180 NIS (and includes one general reserved seat).

Additional seats may be purchased by members at the following rates: 180 NIS for an adult guest; 100 NIS for one’s child 10 – 18, or a soldier or student guest.


A) E-mail with the word MEMBERSHIP in the subject line.  In the body of the text, include your name (and names of your family members), a phone number, address, the type of membership you have selected and the number of seats you would like to reserve (include how many men and how many women seats are needed).

B) Consider making an additional donation to Shir Hadash for a specific need during the upcoming year, such as (but not limited to):  Donate a new sidur (or sidurim) at 40 NIS per sidur; contribute to the kiddush fund for those times when there is no kiddush sponsor (250 NIS suggested); sponsor the visit of an inspiring and talented guest ba’al tephilla (400 NIS for Kabalat Shabbat, 800 NIS for an entire Shabbat; sponsor a week of our daf yomi shiur (500 NIS) or an entire month (2,000 NIS).  These donations will be recognized in the weekly announcements as a means to encourage additional donations.  

C) Calculate and then make your membership payment/donation.  Payment may be made either via regular mail or online – and tashlumim are gladly accepted. 

To pay via regular mail, send your checks made out to Shir Hadash to: Shir Hadash / Post Office Box 8438 / German Colony / Jerusalem. 

To make a secure payment online, please click here for donations in NIS or here for donations in dollars.   (All donations in dollars are automatically tax deductible; donations in NIS beyond the cost of membership can also be deductible but should be coordinated with e-mail correspondence at first).

D) Pat yourself on your back.  Shir Hadash exists thanks to your generosity.



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