HCS Happenings, August 12, 2020

Friday night services will be held on the following remaining dates this summer:
August 14
August 28 
Saturday morning services will continue to be held weekly. 

Friday August 14, 06:30 PM
Friday Night Shabbat gathering

Saturday August 15, 10:00 AM
Saturday Morning Shabbat Services

Saturday, August 22
A special Shabbat service in honor of the anniversary of the Great March on Washington in 1963 and to celebrate our community’s commitment to justice. We will read from the Torah: “justice, justice shall you pursue”. This service will be innovative, abbreviated and family-friendly. Join us and bring friends! 
Saturday August 22, 10:00 AM
Saturday Morning Shabbat Services

Rabbi Shosh will be participating in this event and will welcome us as we enter the gathering!

The Cracks in the Wall Let the Light In: The Battle for Equal Rights at the Western Wall. Sunday, August 23 at 11:00am – 12:30pm 
Bet Haverim is hosting a conversation with Nechama Namal, a Women of the Wall (WOW), staff member. WOW is an organization fighting for women's rights to pray aloud, with Torah scrolls and tefillin, at the Kotel, the Western Wall. 


The Ritual Committee is filling the roster of Torah readers for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  A few spots are still available and we are looking for  volunteers to fill in the gaps.  This will most likely be a virtual service, so you will not have to stand at the front of the sanctuary.  You will be able to chant Torah from your own photocopy, or from the Torah that will be projected as a part of the service. Cantor Ruth is available to work with you. 

The schedule is filling up fast, so please express your interest in reading to Irene Herz.

HCS Ritual Committee

HCS’s 2020 Antiracism Statement 
This is our Anti-racism statement created in committee and approved by the board. It is being sent to you here and will be posted on our website. It can be updated at any time should the need arise. Mazal tov! 

Justice, justice shall you pursue.  Deuteronomy 16:20


The Hebrew Congregation of Somers condemns systemic racism that led to the brutal murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many other Black men, women, and children. We stand with and mourn with their families and communities. 

         We acknowledge that these killings are only the most recent and visible expression of four centuries of inhumane treatment, oppression, racism, and injustice. We are committed to supporting the systemic changes necessary to assure that Black people in our nation are guaranteed safety, dignity, justice, and equality. 

         We stand together against all acts of racial and ethnic injustice, hate, and oppression in our communities and in our country. 

Justice, justice shall we pursue.