Shabbat Parashat Shoftim

7 Elul 5778 / August 17-18, 2018



Shabbos Shoftim
Friday Night
~Earliest Candle Lighting:6:30pm
~Candle Lighting: 7:37 pm
~Early Mincha followed by Kabbalos Shabbos: 6:15 pm
~Mincha followed by Kabbalos Shabbos: 7:40 pm
~Repeat shma after 8:38 pm
~TVT: 8:44 pm
Shabbos Day
~Shacharis: 7:15, 9 & 9:15 am
~Early Mincha: 4:30 pm
~Rabbi Shmidman’s Pirkei Avos Shiur at 6:25 pm
~Mincha: 7:25 pm
~Maariv: 8:42 pm
~Shabbat Ends: 8:47 pm
6:45, 7:30 & 8:30 a.m.
Monday & Thursday Shacharis:
6:45 & 8 am
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday Shacharis:
7 & 8 am
Sunday-Thursday Mincha:
7:35 pm
Click here for the August LMS Calendar & Flyers.
Click here to sign up for the Shmira Team. Your time commitment can be just a few hours a year.
This week’s main Kiddush has been sponsored by Lower Merion Synagogue and a few spiritually minded individuals. Thank you to the anonymous herring donor!
Mazal Tov to Danielle and Zachary Daitch on the birth of a son! The Shalom Zachor will be at the Daitch home, 416 Bryn Mawr Avenue, from 9:30 – 11:30 p.m. IYH, the bris will follow the 7:00 a.m. shacharit on Wednesday in the Main Sanctuary.
Mazal Tov to Justin and Isabelle Miller upon Uriel’s Bar Mitzvah in Israel!
Mazal Tov to David Kaplan and Debra Markowitz upon the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter Rena Kaplan!
Mazal Tov to Yael Sandler upon her marriage to Jeff Weinstein!
Mazel Tov to Naomi and Stanley Goldis upon the marriage of their granddaughter, Meira Duker of Ramat Beit Shemesh, to Chaim Simcha Brand of Jerusalem!
Mazel tov to Pearl Elias and Steven Bachrach on the birth of a grandson Tzvi to Rafael and Tzipora Bachrach!

Summer Women’s Learning Program
Women are invited for a dynamic array of programming featuring our community’s talented educators. Click here for the full schedule and further details.

Annual LMS Sisterhood School Supply Drive
The LMS Sisterhood’s School Supply Drive is underway! Last year, we helped more than 100 children at our day schools! This year, we will be providing gift cards to allow the parents the dignity of taking their children shopping like their peers and remove any potential embarrassment.
The LMS Sisterhood has purchased bulk gift cards in $20 denominations from Staples at a discounted rate. You can sponsor a student(s) by making a check payable to the “LMS Sisterhood” and sending it to the shul office with a notation for the School Supply Drive. Please note that recipient students are identified by the schools and amounts gifted will be guided by the anticipated cost of the relevant supply list. Preference is given to children in Grades 1-8. For questions, email LMS Sisterhood President Ronni Troodler at rtroodler@gmail.com
Mazal Tov Kiddush on Shabbat Parashat Ki Tzetzei, August 25
All are invited to be a sponsor next week’s Mazal Tov Kiddush. Tell us what you have to celebrate and we will include it in the announcements!
When else can you sponsor Kiddush for $36?!
Email KiddushLMS@gmail.com for inclusion by Thursday, August 23.
Save the Date! Hachnasas Sefer Torah at LMS on Sunday, August 26
All are invited for a Hachnasas Sefer Torah on Sunday, August 26. The Torah is being donated by the Leta Borck, Malkie Schwartz, and Mindy Geliebter, in loving memory of their parents Philip and Marilyn a”h, and brother Yudie a”h. The Hachnasas Torah Procession will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the corner of Sycamore and Old Lancaster Avenue, and proceed to LMS. A seudah will follow at the shul.
Senior & Friends Film on Tuesday, August 28

Senior & Friends are invited for the film “Denial” at 1:00 p.m. The films tells the story of Historian Deborah E. Lipstadt’s courtroom battle against David Irving, a renowned Holocaust denier, who sued her for libel. English law required her to prove that he lied about the Holocaust.
Annual LMS Labor Day Event on Monday, September 3
Everyone is invited to the LMS Welcome Back Labor Day Event from 4:00-8:00 p.m.! This year’s food trucks are: Shakshooka: Eggs and Beyond; Main House BBQ Smokehouse;  Judd’s Memphis Kitchen & BBQ; and That Sushi Truck. Join us for great food, a moonbounce and a puppet show.

Thank you to Israela Friedman of BHHS Fox & Roach for sponsoring this program and to Ari Schuchman for organizing! Click here for the flyer.
Bimah Flower Sponsors
Sponsors for flowers are needed for all minyanim for the upcoming Yom Tovim. Please contact Tammy Peskin – tspeskin@gmail.com to request flowers for Yom Tov or another occasion in the future. Please note that the cost to sponsor bimah flowers is $180 per sponsorship.
Registration for Fall After-School and Sunday Youth Programs
See the Youth Department section below for details.
Help Welcome the Bnot Sherut
Our new Bnot Sherut will be arriving soon. If you would like to host the Bnot Sherut for a meal, please sign up at: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/r3ezd7.
Bala Cynwyd Library Parking Lot
The Bala Cynwyd Library has requested that their lot be used for library patrons only. Please use street parking if the LMS lot is full.
Lower Merion Community Mikvah
Appointments must be made in advance and fees are due prior to use. For an appointment, or fee and membership information, visit www.lmcmikvah.org or call 484-808-5626.  Click here for fees, hours and other details.
Volunteer Opportunities
There are many volunteer opportunities at LMS. Right now, the Shmira and Kiddush Committees are actively seeking volunteers! For more information,  sign up here.
Sunday Mornings with Sephardic Minyan
All are invited to join the Sephardic minyan on Sunday mornings for Shacharit at 8:00 a.m., followed by a 15 minute mini-shiur by Sammy Ben-Samuel on Halachot from the Yalkut Yosef. Bagels & coffee will be served.
Upcoming Shabbat Mincha Leining Schedule– Sign Up Now!
The gabbaim have organized a rotation of boys to lein at Shabbat Mincha. To be included, email Shlomo Troodler at troodler@blankrome.com.
Safety Notice


Rabbi Ari Silver
LMS Youth Director
LMS Shabbat Youth Group Registration Form

Parents of children who will be attending Shabbat groups in the coming year should complete the Registration Form at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/06svntYjltZ4BgTl1
Pre-Group Game Room from 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.:
Children are invited for a weekly supervised Game Room in the 2nd right-hand upstairs room with Avigayil Pechter
Groups Meet From 9:30 a.m. until 11:15 a.m.
Baby & Toddler Room: 1st left-hand upstairs room with Irit Goldman (Details for the 2 year old drop-off in this group are below). Please note this is only from 10:00-11:15 a.m.
3Y & 4Y & Kindergarten: Double classroom led by Leta Borck. Please note incoming 1st graders may continue attending Leta’s group or go to the game room.
Game Room for Grades 1 – 5 : The far left hand classroom has a Game Room for children in Grades 1-5, facilitated by Avigayil Pechter, ZC Schwartz or Stacey Daman.
Teen Minyan will resume in the fall
Middle School Girls’ Shiur will resume in the fall
Two-Year-Old Drop Off Program from 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Join us for our drop-off group for 2-year-old children! Our youth leaders are planning a fun and age-appropriate program. The safety of our children is a top priority of our Youth Department. To ensure the appropriate staff to child ratio, and to prevent crowding, there will be limited spots in the 2-year-old youth groups each week. Spots will be available on a first come first serve basis and can be reserved weekly using this form: https://goo.gl/forms/T9aBMwZnncM9qf7t1. Children who are not registered in advance will not be able to attend.
Bnei Akiva, Bnos, NCSY and Torah Youth will resume in the Fall.
After-School and Sunday Programs
Programs are being organized for all ages and details will be shared as they are confirmed.
*After-School Soccer: Click here for the flyer
*Sunday Ballet and Creative Movement: Click here for the flyer

One Shul-One Mesechta
Please join One Shul-One Mesechta as they learn Masechet Sukkah this week. This week’s amud is Sukkah 35a. All are welcome!
The program calendar with the week’s amud, schedule changes and recordings can be found at:   http://tinyurl.com/oneshul
Sunday: 8:00 p.m. with Avi Feldblum
Monday: 8:00 p.m. with Gilad Gevaryahu
Wednesday: After Maariv with David Shakow
Wednesday: After Maariv with Rabbi Silver
Thursday: 7:30 p.m. with Rabbi Gedaliah Feldman
Shabbat: One Shul-One Mesechta will not meet this Shabbat.
Daf Yomi
Sunday: Following 7:30 Shacharit
Monday: 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday: Following Maariv
Wednesday: 9:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 p.m.
Shabbos: Between Mincha and Maariv
9:15 a.m.: Gemara w/ Rabbi Ephraim Goldfein
9:00 p.m.: Beginner’s Gemara w/ Rabbi Schwersenski
9:00 p.m.  Ein Ya’akov w/ Gilad Gevaryahu
10:30 a.m.: Rabbi Shmidman’s Parsha Shiur for women
Following Maariv: Rabbi Shmidman’s Advanced Gemara Shiur
3:00 p.m.: Rebbetzin Shmidman’s shiur on alternate Tuesdays
Post Hashkama Minyan:
  * Intermediate Gemara w/ David Shakow
   *Minchas Chinuch Chabura at 8:45 (first
left-hand upstairs classroom)
1 hour before Mincha:
Midrash (fall/winter) & Pirkei Avot (spring/ summer) w/ Rabbi Avraham Shmidman
Between Mincha & Maariv: Nach Study Group


Mi Sheberach
For members unable to be in shul on Shabbat, one may submit the names of cholim, prior to 12 noon on Friday, erev Shabbat, by clicking here.
Memorial Plaques
Individual yahrzeit plaques are available for $360 each, or $300 each for multiple plaques ordered at the same time. Purchase of a plaque also includes a Hebrew entry in the annual Yizkor book with the Hebrew name read at the Yom Kippur Yizkor service.

To order, complete the form at the link below and return it to the shul office, together with payment.   



Personal Belongings in the Coat Room 

Please make sure when removing coats and and jackets from the LMS coat room that they in fact belong to you and are not just a similar item that looks like your coat. Several LMS members have had their coats taken from the LMS coat room during the last few weeks.
New LMS Kiddush Options
In addition to the monthly Mazal Tov Kiddush, the Kiddush Committee is offering new sponsorship options. Hot and cold Kiddush items are available with menus starting at $475.00 — perfect when you wish to sponsor a Kiddush on your own but don’t want to bring in an outside caterer. To learn more or to reserve a Kiddush, click here.
Building Evacuation Volunteers Needed
Volunteers from ALL minyanim are needed to assist in the event of an emergency evacuation. To participate, email Aaron Epstein at aaronep@yahoo.com.
Join the Shmira Committee
Thank you to our Shmira volunteers! These individuals assist in monitoring the shul entrance on Shabbat along with our professional guard. Additional volunteers are needed for a one-hour per month commitment. To join, contact Mira Singer or Gwen Horowitz.
Amazon Smile
AmazonSmile is a simple and effective way to support LMS every time you shop, and at no cost to you. How does it work?
2. Sign in with your existing Amazon credentials or create an account.
3. Choose Lower Merion Synagogue as your charitable recipient and start shopping! There is no extra cost to you at checkout and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to LMS.
4. Please remember to use the www.smile.amazon.com link each time.
Safety Vests for Walkers/Bikers Leaving LMS After Dark
A donation of a limited number of two types of high visibility vests has been made. These are for someone who may be walking/ running or biking in the street during low light conditions, such as before early shachris or after ma’ariv. Please note neither type meets ASCII standards and should not be used where OSHA would require such.
Join the LMS Chesed Initiative
The LMS Chesed Initiative addresses the many needs of our community and facilitates chesed opportunities that help build cohesiveness and a sense of unity. There are many opportunities to help — providing rides and packing meals are just some. To sign up, click here or contact the Co-Chairs, Rebbetzin Adina Shmidman and Stefanie Bloom.
New LMS Memorial & Tribute Cards Available
LMS has new Memorial & Tribute cards available for sale. Cards may be purchased at the shul office or mailed on your behalf. $7.50/card, $36/5 cards and $70/10 cards.
Stroller and Baby Carriages
Strollers and baby carriages present a fire and safety hazard in a crowded building. They may not be brought into the shul (including the coatroom and sanctuary) nor left in the entry walkway. During inclement weather, they may be brought into the Social Hall.