January 19, 2023
26 Tevet 5783

This Week

Friday, January 20, 2023
28 Tevet 5783
Shabbat Evening Worship at 6:45 PM

Service Leader: Rabbi Lisa Goldstein
Musical Accompaniment: Mike Stern

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Wendy and Stan Drezek - 53 years!

Of Blessed Memory
James Elmore - brother of Dawn Elmore

Sunday, January 15, 2023
22 Tevet 5783

Kesher at 9:30 AM
Torah Reading
Va-eira: Exodus 6‍‍:‍2‍−9‍‍:‍3‍5‍‍

Shalom Friends, 

What’s in a name? So much of our identity is wrapped up in our names. I’ve become even more acutely aware of this lately as more and more, my name in the community has morphed from “Lisa” to “Rabbi.”
I always wanted a nickname when I was younger, but it was really hard to make a nickname out of “Lisa.” My father, not even knowing my secret desire, called me “Leesee” and “Liza Jane” (instead of Lisa Jill), and my sister’s Hebrew school friends mercilessly teased both of us when they twisted her Yiddish name – Eidel Gittel – to call me “Little Gittel.” I was over the moon when I went to Camp Yavneh, then a Hebrew speaking camp, and the Israeli faculty dubbed me “Gingit” – Israeli slang for “redhead.” The nickname stuck for all six summers I attended Camp Yavneh, and even today is part of my personal email address.
So it should not surprise us that such an emphasis is placed on God’s introducing God’s self to Moses yet again at the beginning of this week’s Torah portion, Va-eira. God spoke to Moses and said to him, “I am יהוה. I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as El Shaddai, but I did not make Myself known to them by My name יהוה.” You can read Parashat Va-eira here.
The truth is, if we look back at Genesis, we will find many, many instances when Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob addressed God as “Adonai.” So what is this statement really all about?
According to our tradition, God is known to the Jewish people by many names – we can find many of them in our prayerbook – but the personal name of God, יהוה, is the most common and the least understood. It expresses the personal relationship between God and the people of Israel as a collective, but also with the individual Jew. Tne tradition takes the vowel from Adonai and places them under the consonants יהוה. Thus one does not pronounce this four-letter name (or tetragrammaton) – replacing it with “Adonai” instead. Never pronounced, it implies the more personal attributes of the God of Israel, rather than the powerful energy of Elohim, the God of the ordered world.
The next time you come to services, I encourage you to pay attention to the various names for God that are included throughout our liturgy, and see which hold the most personal meaning for you. And then… when we reach the conclusion of the service – Aleinu – they all come together when we call God “Ein Od” – the One Who has no beginning or end, the One Who is all encompassing.
What’s in a name? It’s all in your perspective.
Shabbat shalom,
Rabbi Lisa Goldstein
To add or remove a name to/from our Mi Shebeirach (Prayer for Healing) list, visit our website at

If you or a loved one is in the hospital or ill at home and would appreciate a call or a visit, please let Rabbi Lisa know.
Email:     or call: (210) 474-6082
We are hiring an Administrative Assistant.

This is a part-time, 12-15 hours/week,
contract (1099) position. It is mostly remote, with an occasional need to be on-site (i.e. High Holy Days).
For job description and application information, click
Prayer: A 3-Part Series
Sundays, 1:30-3:00 pm
In-person at House of Prayer Lutheran Church
10226 Ironside Drive, 78230

Each session will stand on its own;
together, they form a cohesive series.

There is no fee for these classes
January 29 - Why Pray? 
What is the purpose of prayer, according to Judaism? What can we hope to achieve? Is God listening? And if we can't know, why bother?
February 26 - Movement in Prayer
When do we bend and bow, stand and sit, go on tiptoes, cover our eyes, and all those other strange movements we see at services? What do they mean, and why do we do them? 
March 26 - The Music of Prayer
How do you decide which music to use for each of the prayers or for each service? Why is the music for High Holy Days so different than for Shabbat? And what's with all the new melodies? Can't we just sing the ones we know already?
Sponsor an Oneg Shabbat!
Do you have a birthday or anniversary coming up in our family? Sponsor an Oneg Shabbat to celebrate your simcha (joyous occasion)! Your donation of $36 helps to cover the cost of wine, baked and paper goods, and soft drinks. If you prefer, bake or purchase brownies, cookies, or cake to donate. If you bring a large batch, we can store them in the freezer for a later date. Please let Sondra Singer know if you can bake.
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San Antonio, TX 78270

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Invite a Friend to Join Congregation Shalom
NOW is always the perfect time to become a member of Congregation Shalom! Invite your friends to our joyful and friendly Shabbat services and extend a warm invitation to join our congregation.
Congregation Shalom Membership Applications
If you or someone you know would like to become a member of Congregation Shalom, please contact Rabbi Lisa at or (210) 474-6082 for an application or visit our website.

If you see or experience an act of antisemitism, report it:

Report to ADL (Anti-Defamation League)
Report to JCRC (Jewish Community Relations Council of Jewish Federation of San Antonio)

This is an event for people of all ages, ethnicities, religions and singing abilities!!!  The group will be taught different parts of one song and then join together as one large chorus, combining the different elements together.  It will surely be a fun and inspiring experience for everyone.   Please register at

KooLuLam describes itself as “a social musical initiative aimed at empowering communities and strengthening the fabric of society.” Their goal is to bring together people of different backgrounds, cultures, faiths and geographies through collaborative creative experiences. Their name, a mashup of the Hebrew words for ululation & everyone, reflects this purpose. 

Jewish Federation of San Antonio partners with the Foundation for Jewish Camp to provide Jewish children up to a $1,000 grant to attend Jewish overnight camp for the first time.  This grant is not need based and there are no financial documents required.

This a first come first serve opportunity with over 150 traditional and specialty programs to chose from throughout the United States.
Information about One Happy Camper and the application can be found at

If you do, or if you know someone who does, please reach out to the Hebrew Free Loan Association of San Antonio. Donations are also very
                          welcome!  Please click
HERE for more information.

Would YOU like to make someone smile?  To sign up to become a Challah Helper and deliver Shabbat goodies to older adults in the community, contact Sandra at, or visit

Jewish Family Service (JFS) has been providing affordable mental health counseling, group therapy, case management, and senior services to the greater San Antonio community and beyond since 1973.

Services are available to all, regardless of age, race, faith, sexual orientation, or economic status.

JFS is able to offer services through the generous support of individual contributors, the The Jewish Federation of San AntonioMethodist Healthcare Ministries, the H.E. Butt Foundation, the San Antonio Area Foundation, and other private funders.

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