2113 W Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, Texas  75023-4521
• Phone: 972-618-2200   • Fax: 972-618-2216   • Follow us on www.facebook.com/nishmatam.org

• Rabbi Yitzchak Cohen  • President Allen Landerman   • Executive Director Stanley Siegel   • Religious School Director Alma Ben-Yaakov


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HIGH HOLIDAYS  5781 – 2020

On behalf of Congregation Nishmat Am, we wish you and your families a Happy and
Healthy New Year and look forward to welcoming you to our services!

Schedule of Services!
Sunday, September 27  –  Yom Kippur, Kol Nidrei                        6:00 PM
Rabbi Cohen will lead a ZOOM broadcast of services.
Please refer to the email from Nishmat Am for the link to the Zoom broadcast!

Monday, September 28
  –  Yom Kippur                                         10:00 AM
A pre-recorded service with Rabbi Cohen will be available at 10:00 AM on YouTube.
Please refer to your emails from Nishmat Am for the link and log in details!
Be sure to watch for tomorrow’s e-mails for links to pre-recorded Services on Saturday, September 19th and Sunday, September 20th.
If you know of family or friends in the community who are unaffiliated with another synagogue, please extend the invitation to have them join us at our services. In addition, please extend the invitation to any family or friends who live outside the community who may want to participate along with you.
Please note the different start times for the Zoom services on September 18th and September 27th.
For the Zoom services on September 18th and September 27th, please join the session at least 5-10 minutes before the start of the service so that we may begin on time.
For each service, the text of the machzor (High Holiday prayer book) will be posted on the screen. However, we encourage those who may have difficulty following along on the screen to borrow a machzor. Machzorim will be made available on loan for those people who wish to follow in an actual book. You may pick up a machzor during the remainder of this week.  Please call ahead 214-551-2314 to make pick up arrangements. All machzorim must be returned to the synagogue by Thursday, Oct 1st.
If you have any questions please call 214-551-2314.

Please click here for more details!


At this time of year, Nishmat Am turns to its members and friends asking you to donate to our Annual Appeal
to support the year-round work of the synagogue.
This year, especially, Nishmat Am is feeling
the economic effects of the pandemic.
Help us continue to be a source of
inspiration, education and Jewish connection.
Please join the many who have already
made their commitment to this campaign.
Download the attached form and return it to Nishmat Am
by e-mail, regular mail or fax (972-618-2216).



Learning and Chatting

will take place next week on Thursday, October 1st at 7:30 PM

Rabbi Cohen invites everyone to a Zoom broadcast of Learning and Chatting.

The High Holiday season is a special time, not only for the unique prayers and celebrations,
but also for re-connecting and catching up with one another.

The pandemic doesn’t mean we can’t reunite and connect.
Please refer to the email from Nishmat Am for a link to Zoom broadcast!




Day and Time to be Provided!

Selichot are the penitential prayers recited prior to Rosh Hashanah.
This year, we encourage you to join – via Zoom – a special
selichot experience sponsored by Israel Bonds



Robbi Cohen’s 50th Anniversary!!!


Event was rescheduled for Sunday, May 2, 2021!

Please click here for more information!



Dear Members of Congregation Nishmat Am:

As we enter the fifth month of the Corona Virus pandemic, Congregation Nishmat Am – its leaders, members, staff – continues to grieve with the rest of the world on the staggering loss of life. We also pray for the full recovery of those who are afflicted by the disease.
The effect of the Corona Virus has been life-altering for all of us. The way we relate to one another, how we transact business, the rhythms of our daily lives and even the manner in which we are raising and educating our children have been changed. All the while we must be vigilant to do all we can to stem the spread of the virus and reduce its impact on our lives.
We also know that the “lockdown” has had a profound effect on our synagogue. The suspension of services and live programs has left a void in the lives of many of our members. We know how eager people are to return to attending services and programs to enjoy the social comradery that comes with those events. Our board of directors has been and continues to meet regularly via Zoom to put plans in place to resume services and programs once it is safe to do so.
Given the persistence of the disease, the recent spike of cases in Texas and also consideration of Jewish Law from the perspective of Rabbi Cohen, the board has decided that we should not resume services at this time. We will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation as the weeks progress and keep you up to date.
We want to stay connected with you! This is what we are planning.
Friday Night Kabbalat Shabbat Zoom service
Each Friday evening at 6:30 PM, Rabbi Cohen leads Shabbat services, using our standard siddur shown on the Zoom screen, and always with a d’var Torah. Watch for the Zoom in information in our e-mail.
Tuesday Night – Pirkei Avot Class
Starting this Tuesday July 7, at 7:30 PM, Rabbi Cohen will give a weekly Zoom class on Pirkei Avot – Ethic of the Fathers. Rabbi Cohen will teach and lead a discussion on this well know part of our Talmud that is a guide for ethical and moral behavior. Watch for the Zoom in information in our e-mail.
Tuesday Afternoon – Women (and men) Love to Learn
On Tuesday, July 14, at Noon Women Love to Learn will take place. The topic is “The Spanish Inquisition and Dona Gracia de Nasi – A Heroine of Sephardic Jewry.” Rabbi Cohen will discuss the significance of the date as we enter the period prior to the Ninth of Av. Then Gerri Patterson will tell the story of Dona Gracia de Nasi, a woman who lived as a converso and became the most wealthy and powerful woman of her time. 
Also, look for other classes, lectures or programs during the summer.
Although the format of how we relate to one another has changed dramatically – electronic instead of face-of-face – what has not changed is our personal commitment to be supportive and helpful wherever possible. Please do not hesitate to call or write to either of us at any time if there is any synagogue or personal matter you wish to discuss or need help with.
Our intention – as of today – is to hold high holiday services at the Comfort Inn & Suites, the same venue as in previous years. Services will be conducted in full compliance with government and health agencies as well as any hotel regulations. Next week we will send out our High Holiday information sheet with specific procedures as they pertain to the current situation. We ask that you return it to us with the necessary information so that we may properly plan to create a safe, joyful, and meaningful High Holiday experience.
As you know, the pandemic is creating serious economic consequences for us as well. We turn to you to help us maintain the synagogue now so we can be fully ready to serve you and your families both during and after this crisis. In the High Holidays mailing you will see our launching of the annual Yom Kippur Appeal. We sincerely hope that you can generously support our annual campaign.
It is our fervent wish that we stay healthy and safe and that we will soon be able to resume services and greet one another face-to-face.
With sincere best wishes,

Allen Landerman – President                     Rabbi Yitzchak Cohen  



The Nishmat Am
Social Center

Planning a Party, a Meeting or an Event?

The Nishmat Am Social Center is available to rent for private functions, special occasions, work meetings, birthday parties, graduations or any other event or program! We can accommodate 10 - 100 people.

So, if you or someone you know is thinking about a meeting, party or gathering, call the office for details!

Phone: 972-618-2200

Affiliate of The United Synagogue For Conservative Judaism


Congregation Nishmat Am
2113 W. Spring Creek Parkway
Plano, TX 75023-4521


Phone: (972) 618-2200
Fax: (972) 618-2216


General Inquiries: info@nishmatam.org Rabbi Yitzchak Cohen: rabbi@nishmatam.org

We are located west of Custer, just east of Old Orchard, on the north side of Spring Creek Pkwy.
Stanley Siegel, Executive Director:  ssiegel@nishmatam.org • Sherrie Stohl, Office Administrator and Religious School: info@nishmatam.org