July 8, 2022
9 Tamuz, 5782
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July 8, 2022 / 10 Tamuz 5782

Friday, July 8
Shabbat Service at 6:45 PM
Service Leader: Rabbi Lisa Goldstein
D'var Torah: Lacey Dalby
Musical Accompaniment: Mike Stern

Slide Deck: 

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Shalom Friends,

At the beginning of this week’s Torah portion, Chukat, we learn of Miriam’s death, after which, the well of water that accompanied the Israelites through the wilderness dried up. Naturally, the Israelites start kvetching to Moses and Aaron. In his grief and anger, Moses strikes the rock not once, but twice. Moses and Aaron are told that they will not enter the Promised Land. Aaron’s fate is sealed by his death at the end of the parasha. You can read Chukat here.
My friends, I can relate to how Moses felt at that moment. On Monday, as I was playing with my grandson, and taking him and the dog for a walk, my phone started blowing up with alerts. Friends were marking themselves “Safe,” others were asking people to “check in.” I quickly figured out the common denominator and googled “Highland Park, IL” and learned about the mass shooting at the 4th of July Parade.
Sadly, this was only one of at least 8 cities marred by gun violence this 4th of July, and it was the 309th mass shooting in 2022. But for me, this one was personal. Maury and I used to live in Highland Park, and I was Director of Education of Congregation Solel in Highland Park for 8 years. We have deep ties to the community and many close friends who still live there. I’m angry and I’m so, so sad as I continue to read deeply personal accounts of friends who were on the scene and witnessed the horror of that day and of those who were delayed and were therefore saved from that experience. I cannot begin to tell you the immense relief as each of our friends slowly checked in to let us know they were okay.
On June 25, President Biden signed into law the most sweeping legislation passed by Congress aimed at preventing gun violence in 30 years; it provides grants to states for “red flag” laws, enhances background checks to include juvenile records, and closes the “boyfriend loophole” by keeping guns away from unmarried dating partners convicted of abuse. I’m truly grateful for this legislation, AND I want to scream BUT IT’S NOT ENOUGH!!! Like Moses, I’m angry and frustrated; I’ve had enough. I want to strike that rock with all my might until water comes pouring out of it. Like Moses, I feel this overwhelming sense of grief every time we hear about yet another mass shooting. I grieve the devaluing of human life in our society and the selflessness that would lead one to say “Your right to live is more important than someone else’s need to own an assault weapon.” Most of all, I grieve the lost innocence of our children and I wonder if we will ever be able to keep them safe.
But words are not enough. Words are only good if they lead to action. So here are some things you can do if you are feeling as I do:

  1. Take care of yourself, first and foremost. Make sure you have someone to talk to. That person can be me if you don’t already have someone else. Do what gives you comfort and keeps you grounded, whether it’s cooking, going for walks, exercising, meditating, calling a friend you haven’t spoken to for a while, and so on. 
  1. Write to your elected officials and share your own reasons for wanting stricter legislation. If you have a personal story, share it. Personal stories are most effective. 
  1. If you’re interested in making a donation, visit NPR’s webpage where they have assembled a list of verified legitimate funds where your donation will have the greatest impact. 
  1. Urge the Senate to Fill ATF Director Position - Next week, the Senate can take meaningful action by confirming a director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). The ATF has not had a permanent director since 2015, which has constrained its ability to enforce federal gun violence prevention laws and policies. Tell the Senate to fill the position of ATF director and protect our communities from gun violence.
  1. Finally, come to services this evening. There is comfort and solidarity in community, and Shabbat comes to give us respite and peace.
Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Lisa Goldstein
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.
or call: (210) 474-6082

We are excited to announce that beginning August 1,
we will begin meeting weekly in person for Shabbat services,
and for Kesher beginning in September, at

House of Prayer Lutheran Church
10226 Ironside Drive 78260


  • This will be our "home" for Shabbat, High Holy Days, and Kesher. We may be able to schedule some additional holiday programs and/or classes here as well.
  • We will continue to provide multi-access worship through Zoom and YouTube Live when we begin meeting in person.
  • We will follow the guidance of our Medical Committee with regarding to meeting in person safely, vaccination status, masking, etc. We hope and trust that everyone will abide by the committee's recommendations.
  • We will stop displaying the slide deck on-screen and transition to using prayerbooks. You may purchase a hard cover of Mishkan T'filah for Shabbat, Weekdays, and Festivals or the Shabbat only edition. A more economical choice might be to purchase the Kindle edition, which you can read on your tablet or computer using a free Kindle app. Members, if they prefer, may sign out and borrow prayerbooks from us. More information about that will be available as we get closer to the time.
  • We will need volunteers each week to set up the room and break it down, and to set up the Oneg Shabbat. We will also need people to bake goodies for Oneg.

Most importantly, we need you to


Watch this space for new and exciting adult learning opportunities coming soon!
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Congregation Shalom

Now is the perfect time to become a member of Congregation Shalom, as our High Holy Day in-person services will be limited to our members and their guests (family members and/or those visiting from out of town only). Invite your friends to our Shabbat services and extend a warm invitation to join our congregation.
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Membership Applications

If you or someone you know would like to become a member of Congregation Shalom, please contact Lisa at or (210) 474-6082 for an application.

 Congregation Shalom of San Antonio 
PO Box 700187
San Antonio, TX 78270

until further notice
Congregation Shalom phone number:
(210) 474-6082

You may have noticed that our website is temporarily down. We are in the process of transitioning from our former web host to our new URJ web host and expect to complete the transition this coming week! Stay tuned... we will have a whole new look and new content that we can all be proud of!

In the meantime, we have included more information than usual in this Friday email to include all the links you will need for Shabbat and the week. Thank you for your patience while we complete this exciting process!
We still have a small supply of N95 masks given to us by the Jewish Federation to distribute to any of our members who are in need and have limited or no access to masks. If you need a mask for yourself or a family member, please contact Lisa at (210) 474-6082 or by email.

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

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