Vol. LIII, No. 19 May 12, 2011 8 Iyar 5771
TEMPLE MEMBER SPOTLIGHT Alan Klinger Is
Election is Monday, June 6
Alan Klinger has been selected to be the
next Temple president by the congregation’s
Nominating Committee. The committee also
recommended a slate of vice presidents and
members of the Board of Trustees.
The election will be held at a General
Membership Meeting, on Monday, June 6,
at 8:15 P.M.
Also to be voted upon at the meeting is
the annual budget, which will be sent to the
membership for review before the meeting.
Nominated as vice presidents are Seth
Horowitz, Dr. Parviz Khodadadian, Dr. Rob-
ert Lopatkin, Dr. Robert Panzer, Rebecca
Yousefzadeh Sassouni, Gary Sazer and
Elise and Richard Kestenbaum: Steven Shepsman.
Named to a first three-year term on the
Board of Trustees are Jackie Astrof and
Happy With Their Temple Accomplishments Pargol Khadavi. Trustees nominated to a
second three-year term are Joanna Eshag-
And Ready To Take On New Challenges
hoff, Sam Husney, Robert Kahen, Marc
Langsner, Zina Rutkin-Becker and Steve
By Marc Katz, Editor Stepping down as officers are Alise
When Richard Kestenbaum became president of Temple Israel, he really didn’t Kreditor and Cheryl Eisberg Moin. Stepping
know what the next five-and-a-half years had in store. The years were full of a non- down from the Board of Trustees are Seth
stop stream of major events that kept him busy beyond his imagination. Horowitz and Dr. Robert Lopatkin.
The events had a profound effect on the congregation, too. There was the huge According to the Temple by-laws, any
fire that destroyed half of the Temple complex, the struggle to cope with the loss from 20 or more members in good standing can
the fire and then rebuild the destroyed Beth HaGan Nursery School and Religious nominate additional candidates to be voted
School, the hurried arrangements to continue classes for all three Temple schools, the upon at the annual election, provided the
prolonged negotiations with the caterer to rebuild the Grand Ballroom, the untimely name is filed with the secretary at least 20
death of Temple Executive Director Harriet Schiff and the search for a suitable re- days before the General Meeting. No other
placement, the hiring of a new associate rabbi, bringing new leadership to the Waxman nominations will be considered.
High School and Youth House, and on and on. The Nominating Committee included
“This job was nothing like I expected,” he said last week while looking back as his Mike Delafraz, Barbara Levy, Jose Nebro,
time in office—longer than any other Temple president served consecutively—that is Ossie Spector, Barbara Spun, Dr. Michael
now drawing to a close. “I really didn’t know what to expect, but this wasn’t it.” Ziegelbaum, and Jonathan Hoffman, chair.
——Continued on page 8 Manny Alani was an alternate member of the
A VOICE GUEST COLUMN FROM THE RABBI
Kedoshim Part I: An Explanation Judgment
By Alan Klinger By Rabbi Seth Adelson
EDITOR’S NOTE: Temple Israel members, under the direction of Cantor Raphael Frieder, It is customary, when hearing of a death
conducted an all-female Shabbat service weekend, followed by an all-male counterpart. At or bad news to say the curtailed berakhah,
the all-female service, Susan Wagner delivered the D’var Torah. At the all-male service, her “Barukh dayyan ha-emet” (Blessed is the Judge
husband, Alan Klinger, gave the D’var Torah. It was fitting, therefore, at last month’s Shabbat of truth). For better or for worse, we
Koleinu, an all-member run Shabbat weekend of services, that both Susan Wagner and Alan understand this statement as one of
Klinger presented the D’var Torah. condolence, i.e. “I’m sorry for your loss.”
This Voice Guest Column and the one below contain excerpts from their D’vrei Torah. However, the plain meaning is more about
our submission to divine will in giving life
This week’s parsha, Kedoshim—the pur- and practices of the priestly class, to those of and taking it away than our human need for
suit of holiness—is the perfect pairing for the Israelite people generally. What is pre- comfort.
Shabbat Koleinu. The celebration of “our sented here, in Chapter 19 of Leviticus, the cen- It is not a statement with which I am
voices,” the collective participation of the tral part of the center book of the Torah, is a entirely comfortable. What this deceptively
prescription of how the people of Israel need simple line says is, effectively, God made the
...if you were to read live if they are to attain holiness, oneness with
God. In a real sense, this is our “social contract”
decision to take my great-aunt Sadie out of
this world at this time. Perhaps it is easier to
only one chapter more than a thousand years before Rousseau.
There can be no mistake about the im-
of the Torah, this
portance of holiness: Verse 2 lays it out: “You
shall be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am
Would I have
should be the one...
holy.” Many commentators have this as an
order from God. I believe the Etz Chayim rather seen a trial
commentary has it right: It is not an order,
women, men and children of our congrega-
but a promise of God that, if you follow these
rules, the people of Israel would be made
of a live bin Laden
at the hands of
tion leading services,…dovetails with the holy.” At first reading, this chapter seems like
Torah’s change in focus from the obligations Continued on page 6
A VOICE GUEST COLUMN American
Part II: Bringing Kedoshim Home jurisprudence?
By Susan Wagner
It is not hard to see the relevance of these able to us to actively participate in our Jew- accept this idea for those who have lived
messages for all of us here today. This Shab- ish life. long and fulfilling lives, rather than those
bat we have transitioned in just the same way To pick up on the metaphor of who are taken from this world seemingly
the arc of Vyikrah anticipates. We have each Kedoshim, our clergy, our so called priestly before their time. Or, perhaps, for the
participated in different ways even if it is just sect, on a daily basis actively challenge us— scoundrels of this world rather than the
to lend support to a friend or family mem- pious and the saintly.
ber through an encouraging word or smile.
With these actions, we have taken up the re-
Each one of us In the case of the (not necessarily
planned) execution of Osama bin Laden at
sponsibilities of being part of God’s holy
people. has been enlightened the hands of Navy SEALs in Pakistan I can
only say, Barukh dayyan ha-emet. Would I have
But, the interaction between God and
rather seen a trial of a live bin Laden at the
people, just as discussed in Kedoshim, is not hands of American jurisprudence? Surely.
static. Action, as Alan recounted, is required We will never hear the painful testimony of
on our part. I think the message of Kedoshim
is that we are obligated to move beyond our- by this experience. those who lost family members; we will
never watch the details of the destruction of
selves and this may mean moving out of our that day re-examined in court. We will never
comfort zones. Our thoughts and gestures the congregation of Israel—to fulfill the read the deadpan reports of bin Laden’s
need to go beyond simply not doing some- opening lines of the parsha: “You shall be stoic, bearded face as he is subjected to the
thing wrong or unethical, but to actively as- holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy.” peculiarly Western revenge that is marked
sume communal responsibilities. Certainly, Wherever you turn there is another op- by long trials.
learning how to read from the Torah or lead- portunity to participate in activities that are All we have to fall back on is God’s
ing the congregation in tefillah reflects an ac- designed to bring us together as a congrega- verdict. The true Judge has made His
tive assumption of communal responsibili- tion and to connect each of us spiritually to decision, and this swift kill has denied us the
ties, and there are so many other ways avail- Continued on page 6 Continued on page 7
Wanted: The Special UPCOMING EVENTS AT TEMPLE ISRAEL
Love of a Grandparent
May 19 Temple Board of Trustees Meeting 8:15 P.M.
26 Beth HaGan Nursery School Art and Literature Fair 5:30 P.M.
26 Men’s Club Texas Hold’em Night 7:30 P.M.
By Barbara Spun
28 “Shabbat Talk” with Leah Guren 1:00 P.M
As the Passover season approaches each
June 5 Salute to Israel Day Parade in Manhattan
year, I vividly recall the warm memories of
7 Erev Shavuot – Tikkun Leyl Shavuot 7:15 P.M.
sharing this special holiday with my grand-
parents. Though neither spoke English and
12 Annual Temple Journal Dinner Dance 5:00 P.M.
depended on us to support them, my sister
Honoring Elise and Hon. Richard Kestenbaum
and I always felt wrapped in a warm blan-
24-25 Annual Lillian Schiowitz Memorial Lecture
ket of their love. We loved being near them
any time of year.
This Passover I wondered about those
“Life, Death and Afterlife”
children who, for one reason or another, don’t
have the ongoing experience of the special
kind of love and wisdom that grandparents
bring. I wondered if we could create a match
between these children and those who might with Rabbi Howard Stecker
be willing to offer a grandparent’s love. Insights from the Talmud Tractate Sanhedrin into the law
If you are interested in becoming part
and legend around capital cases, the meaning of life
of a circle of grandparents who are willing
to open their arms and hearts to establish this and speculation about what happens next.
unique relationship with children, please get
in touch with me at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
or by calling 773-4116. MAY 24, 31, JUNE 14, 28 and JULY 5
MAZAL TOV TO . . . Class will begin at 8:30 P.M. on May 24,
• Elissa and William Rosengarten on the All other classes begin at 8:15 P.M. & conclude at 9:30 P.M.
birth of their grandson, Remy Jonah
• Shahnaz and Dr. Neil Goldman on the
birth of their granddaughter, Raquel Bracha
A Friday Evening Service
D AILY M INYAN T IMES May 20 at 6:30 P.M. in the Crystal Ballroom
Attend the Daily Minyan!
Mon. & Thur. 6:45 A.M. 8:00 P.M. Welcome Shabbat with tuneful davening
Tues. & Wed.
led by Cantor Raphael Frieder.
Sat., May 14 8:45 A.M. 7:25 P.M. Join in an intimate and uplifting prayer experience. The service is
Sat., May 21 8:45 A.M. 7:30 P.M. followed by a kiddush with light refreshments and socializing.
Sunday 8:15 A.M. 8:00 P.M.
EDITOR’S NOTE: “In Quotes” calls attention to passages from This issue’s quote is the beginning of the Aleinu prayer,
Jewish prayers and writings frequently overlooked or said by rote, which is recited in every daily service. What’s your favorite quote?
but profoundly written. Submit it to The Voice, c/o Temple Israel office.
c We rise to our duty to praise the Master of all,
to acclaim the Creator.
God made our lot
unlike that of other people,
assigning to us a unique destiny. d
B’nai/B’not Mitzvah In Our Temple Family
Julia Shahery Jessica Monahemi Neeva Shafiian
Julia Leah Shahery will be called to the To- Jessica Monahemi will be celebrating her Bat Neeva Leila Shafiian will be called to the
rah as a Bat Mitzvah on May 14. She is the Mitzvah on May 21. She is the daughter of Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on May 21. She is the
daughter of Sheila and Farzad (Frank) Sepideh and Elyas Monahemi and has a daughter of Golareh Sina and Sohrab
Shahery and has two brothers, Kevin, 16, brother, Levi, 12, and a sister, Kayla, 8. Jes- (David) Shafiian and has two sisters, Saba,
and, Daniel, 9. Leah is a seventh grade honor sica is a seventh grade student at Great Neck 17, and, Lana, 11. Neeva is a seventh grade
student at Great Neck North Middle School. North Middle School. Jessica enjoys soccer, student at Jericho Middle School, where she
She enjoys playing the piano, which she has football, basketball, walking, and her favor- is in an accelerated program and is a recipi-
been playing since she was 5 years old. Leah ite sport, tennis. She will continue her Jew- ent of the Personal Best Award and Aca-
also enjoys playing tennis and dancing. She ish education through private tutoring and demic Excellence Award. She enjoys per-
is currently attending the Waxman High will attend the Waxman High School and forming community service, cheerleading,
School and Youth House and read from the Youth House next year. Jessica celebrated her art and singing. She is excited about her up-
Torah at the Kotel last summer. Bat Mitzvah in Jerusalem this past summer. coming visit to Israel this summer.
Under this heading, the next issue
of The Voice will publish the names of
the daughters and sons of Temple fami-
lies who will be receiving college or
postgraduate degrees. To be listed, par-
ents of students should complete the
form below and return this coupon to
The Voice, “Congratulations, Gradu-
ates,” c/o the Temple office, by May 20.
Name of Graduate: _________________
______________________________________ Carly Weisen Brian Klig
Carly Weisen will be celebrating her Bat Brian Parker Klig will be called to the Torah
Son/Daughter of: __________________ Mitzvah on May 28. She is the daughter of as a Bar Mitzvah on May 28. He is the son of
Barbara and the late Stephen Weisen and has Ellen and Steven Klig and has a brother, Ja-
______________________________________ a brother, Daniel, 17. Carly is a seventh grade son, 17. Brian is a seventh grade student at
honor student at Great Neck North Middle Great Neck South Middle School. He enjoys
College: ___________________________ School, where she was named Student of the playing soccer and tennis on his school teams
Month. She is an avid athlete and plays on as well as being a black diamond skier. Brian
______________________________________ the school’s soccer, basketball, volleyball and is currently attending the Waxman High
lacrosse teams. Carly also enjoys mentoring School and Youth House and plans to visit
Degree: ___________________________ children with special needs. She is currently Israel in the near future.
attending the Waxman High School and
Awards: ___________________________ Youth House. To mark her Bat Mitzvah she
became a Life Member of Hadassah.
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Drum Circle w/Sara Shonfeld, Musical Minds
Relay Races with Rabbi Klirs
This is an official Family Education Event!
*RSVP to Miriam Kobliner: Kobliner@optonline.net, 829-3444
Directions from Temple Israel: Turn Right on Old Mill Road, Right on Middle Neck Rd.,
Left on Allenwood Road to the end.
Kedoshim Part I: An Explanation
——Continued from page 2 on ethical behavior; the second with ritual. leave food to provide for the poor).
a hodge-podge of directives, some 52 of Right up front, the Torah teaches us that both The next set of verses ring familiar: “You
them, delivered in random order, with parts aspects of observance are important. shall not steal, or deal deceitfully with one
of the Ten Commandments sprinkled in. Move to Verse 9: When you reap the another, or profane the name of God,” again
Upon reflection, however, we see the genius harvest of your land, you shall not reap all combining broad ethical and religious pro-
of Kedoshim, for if you were to read only the ways to the edges or gather the glean- nouncements. Yet, Kedoshim quickly moves
one chapter of the Torah, this should be the ings of your harvest; Verse 10, you shall not to the more mundane: “The wages of a la-
one, to understand the principles of how pick your vineyard bare. The commentator, borer shall not remain with you until morn-
people are to relate to God and to each other. Milgom, sees a similar pairing here. The ing.” The Torah here shows concern for the
Take the first two combined rules: You message combines religious duty (not to har- practicalities of day-to-day existence. People
shall revere your mother and father; and you vest all the field) with principles of social jus- should be paid timely; they have bills to cover.
are to keep God’s Sabbaths. The first centers tice (that the people of Israel are obliged to Without missing a beat, we turn to Verse
14, offering a very different set of teachings:
Part II: Bringing Kedoshim Home “You shall not insult the deaf, or place a
stumbling block before the blind.” What is
meant here? For, if the person is deaf, insult-
——Continued from page 2 ways to fulfill the imperative of holiness. But I ing them is not likely to cause them pain, it
our heritage as Jews. This weekend was designed think the point needs to be made that it is in would go unnoticed. Similarly, a blind per-
with exactly that purpose in mind. For some of the act of the fulfillment of this commandment son won’t know who put a stumbling block
us it is a redo, for others we have entered new that we reap the best consequences. It is the before them. The Torah teaches us that it is
territory. In all circumstances, whether you read people we meet, the friendships we make, the morally wrong to act in such way, regard-
from the Torah, chanted the Haftorah, lead the sense of accomplishment we feel and the sense less of whether it would be discoverable. We
… we are obligated
congregation in tefillah or helped to organize the are not to take advantage of those, like the
event, you are one step closer to the participa- deaf and blind, who are vulnerable.
tion that brings us into harmony with God. This brings us to the precise center of the
Rabbi Rachel Esserman, in her commen-
tary on Kedoshim, explains the responsibility to move beyond chapter, the famous passage: “Love your fel-
low as yourself.” Much has been written about
in a way each one of us can relate to: “We need this, with Rabbi Akiva labeling it, as reflected
to celebrate the holiness of our everyday lives. in the Etz Chayim commentary, “a basic prin-
While we may not be able to leave food in the ciple in the Torah.” Hillel’s version, offered
fields, we can carefully consider which of our
donations of time and money make us holy. and this may mean as a summary of the Torah, to me seems more
apt: “What is distasteful to you, don’t do to
moving out of
While we certainly would not think of putting another person.” While it might be hard to
a stumbling block in front of a blind person, favor someone as much as you do yourself,
we should consider the holiness of our words
our comfort zones.
the prescription not to act in a way you would
and actions towards our family and friends. not want, seems just and attainable.
She suggests that it may make sense to repeat The rest of the chapter rounds out the
the words “You shall be holy for I the Lord of spirituality which infuses us that inures our areas of human relations covering topics as
your God am holy” every morning so that we own benefit. I think the Torah has an excellent diverse as respect for elders, sexual relations,
will be reminded each day to search for ways psychological understanding of people; requir- and business ethics, detailing how honest
to fulfill God’s commandment. ing us to live an active moral and social life trade is to be conducted.
While there are many ongoing activities enhances our own existence. I know that we all This brings me to the last point for this
at Temple Israel that assists us in our efforts feel that emotion today. Each one of us has been part. A few weeks ago, Rabbi Stecker oversaw
to be holy, I think that joining our next adult enlightened and elevated by this experience. a colloquy, addressing in part the issue whether
Bar and Bat Mitzvah group is an excellent way We, at Temple Israel, come from diverse the Jews are the chosen people. Some have ex-
to continue what was started here this Shab- backgrounds and every Shabbat when vari- pressed discomfort with that notion, and there
bat. And, while there are certainly many other ous traditions are integrated into our service is the well-known drash that speaks to Jews
opportunities, I would like to make special it strikes me how lucky we are to be a part being the “choosing people,” having accepted
mention of the upcoming Israel Day Parade, of such a diverse range of voices. If you will, the obligations of the Torah when others
which is another way to be actively engaged Temple Israel’s “Koleinu” is so unique and passed. Here, in Chapter 20, there can be no
as a Jew, to be part of the holy community. it is a privilege to be a part of it. mistake that the Torah speaks to a desired sepa-
Undoubtedly there are so many other I know that we all sense the welcoming ration of the Jewish people from others, echo-
Temple Israel’s nature of our clergy and our congregation and
that no one is a stranger here. But, feeling wel-
ing portions of Chapter 18 and other places in
the Torah. In considering the rationale, I be-
come is not enough. To really feel a part of lieve there is comfort in the theme that the sepa-
“Koleinu” something necessitates taking your own steps.
That is the message of Kedoshim. Do not rely
ration is being decreed not because we are bet-
ter, but to avoid obstacles other groups may
is so unique on the actions of others, even the priests, to
bring you into a relationship with God. You
pose to the path to holiness. The separation, I
believe, is not meant as to all, but to those that
and it is a privilege
must act. Everyone here today has acted, ev- don’t seek to satisfy the precepts of the social
eryone here today has taken those steps. And, contract. And, in a parsha that commands that
as a result, we have all fulfilled the message a stranger residing in your land is not to be
to be a part of it. of Kedoshim. Let us together as a congrega-
tion continue to be worthy of Kedoshim tihiyu.
wronged, but is to be treated and loved, well,
that is a sign of a good and inclusive people.
CANDLE LIGHTING TIMES FROM THE WAXMAN HIGH SCHOOL
The Year at the Youth House
Kindle the Sabbath Lights!
Friday, May 13……............…….…....7:44 P.M.
Friday, May 20...…...............………...7:51 P.M.
Congregation Thanks By Rabbi Seth Adelson
Kiddush Sponsors As this is the last Waxman High School and Youth House column of the school year,
Appreciation is expressed by the and therefore the last one that I will write as Youth House director, I would like to walk
Temple officers and Board of Trustees to back through my brief yet moving tenure in that position.
members who have generously sponsored The view from my second-floor office has, like all the rooms in the Youth House, glass
and enhanced the Sabbath kiddush. walls; it affords me a slightly removed perspective on the goings-on in the building. I see the
A contribution toward the kiddush on door and those coming in and out; I can supervise the lobby and some of the well, and I can
April 9 was made by Rebecca and Dr. Nasser get a sense of some of the classrooms. Over the past year I have learned that in working with
Monahemi in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of teens, there are times to watch from above, and times to roll up one’s sleeves and dive in.
their son, Jonathan. We began the year in an understated way, with a burial of holy books in the backyard.
The congregational kiddush on April 26 In the second year of the genizah project, we did not have as much material to bury, but we
was sponsored by Robert Cooperman in had just as much fun digging in the soil and getting ourselves dirty, concluding with a
honor of reading haftorah on the occasion somber ceremony. The next event was a trip to Lido Beach on the south shore, and although
of the yahrzeit for his father, Albert J. Moji was almost carried away by the riptide, we all managed to return safe and slightly
The High Holidays for 5771 were front-loaded, so Itamar and Joe pulled together Rosh
Judgment Hashanah and Yom Kippur programs for teens even as we were trying to get our classes off
the ground. The Limo Scavenger Hunt, an annual tradition, took place in the middle of
——Continued from page 2 Sukkot, and one of the stops was in the
earthly beit din in favor of the heavenly one.
You will not see me celebrating this
Adelson sukkah, which was brightly lit with
what some call “Christmas lights,” although Join us to help
build on what was
death, like the crowds of people who showed I prefer the term “holiday lights.” Just after
up in the middle of the night at Ground Zero Simhat Torah, we took off for the Fall Retreat
and the White House. Osama’s impromptu at Camp Ramah in Nyack. The weather was
death will not bring back a single one of his
nearly 3,000 victims. Maybe it will ease the
crisp, the food was great, and the sky was
clear enough for star-gazing on Saturday a stellar year.
pain of a few, and allow the rest of us to sleep night. We bonded and hiked down to the
just a wee bit easier, notwithstanding the Hudson for Sunday morning tefillot before taking the worst-ever bus ride home.
eager successors back at Al Qaeda head- On Martin Luther King Day weekend, we took a trip to Jiminy Peak, my hometown ski
quarters. area, to play in the snow, and donned tefillin while crowded into a budget motel room.
Rather than rejoice in the death of the February saw the madly successful trip to Israel, which took 39 teenagers to Eretz haQodesh,
most notoriously successful sponsor of many of whom for the first time, with the extraordinarily generous support of the Khorshid
international terrorism, let us instead Dina Harounian Israel Education Fund.
acknowledge the true Judge, and hope that On Purim we read Megillat Esther for the whole congregation, and during Pesach we
the bad actors of this world are in retreat. took over the Sanctuary to lead services, and our parents and friends swooned to the lovely
Barukh dayyan ha-emet. voices of our teen volunteers. And then the following week we sauntered out to the Catskills
for our Spring Retreat, where we made our own pizzas and discussed aspects of being holy.
And let’s not forget that we hosted nearly 150 guests for the USY Chazak Division’s
Want Annual Spring Kinnus, a gargantuan feat that many in our community contributed to.
A new program called Team Tikkun, coordinated by Zina Rutkin-Becker, helped a group
of our teens determine their charitable goals and find appropriate charities that met them.
Daily Their efforts to repair the world, accomplished with the generous assistance of the Benjamin
Ziegelbaum Memorial Trust Fund, will give back to others in powerful ways.
Five of our seniors went out on another Temple Israel first: March of the Living, a
Temple Israel program that takes high school juniors and seniors to Poland and to Israel; as I write this,
they are celebrating Yom Haatzmaut in Jerusalem.
Job Bank And, of course, throughout the year were scattered our assortment of Family Friday
Night Dinners, sometimes accompanied by our own service, and more often in conjunction
with Cantor Frieder’s moving, musical N’ranenah service. And we also had regular shul-
Updates? ins, all-night-long gatherings of junk food and teen camaraderie.
Congratulations to our fearless president, Ari Panzer, for stepping up to the plate as a
leader and helping to cultivate a new Board. Yishar koach to Joe and Itamar for making all of
our activities worthwhile, fun, and educational. Immense gratitude goes to Moji for being
send your e-mail there to help me make all the important decisions, and to the rest of the teaching staff,
Tziona, Brandon, Lauren, Rabbi Stecker, and Cantor Frieder, for making the academic side
address to of the Youth House flourish this year.
As we make a transition to our new director, I will be spending more time watching
email@example.com from above than getting my hands dirty. But I will surely be at the Youth House to teach as
well as to help out when I can, moving forward.
Join us to help build on what was a stellar year.
Elise and Richard Kestenbaum:
Happy With Their Temple Accomplishments
And Ready To Take On New Challenges
——Continued from front page his own style, but because the officers know strumental in developing the “Rapping with
As his term as president winds down, current issues, they will be a great help to the Rabbi” and “Pre-College Jewish Identity
the congregation is gearing up to honor him the new president. They don’t always agree Program” for high school students. She has
and his wife, Elise, at the congregation’s 47th on everything, but all are respectful of each been part of several dinner dance commit-
Annual Journal Dinner Dance, to be held other. They are comfortable working with tees and recently helped plan the hosting of
Sunday, June 12, beginning at 5 P.M. each other and can easily help carry on. music students from Israel’s Afula Conser-
“The upcoming Journal Dinner Dance “My advice to the next president,” he
on June 12 will be the first congregational
affair of its kind on synagogue property since
said, “is to be open, be available, and recog-
nize that a lot of the leaders of the congrega- I am very glad
I had the
2005,” Dinner Dance Chairs Dr. Lois Sazer, tion are not elected. This Temple is some-
Rebecca Sassouni and Dr. Michael Ziegel- thing like an ocean liner. You can’t make any
baum said in a Voice Guest Column last sharp turns. You just have to pick a direc-
month. “We have held such affairs at other
sites, but as we all know, there is no place
tion and work towards achieving it.”
Does he have any regrets? “The only opportunity.
I would certainly
like home.” problem I couldn’t solve as president is hav-
Dinner Dance invitations were mailed ing the temperature in the Sanctuary be
to members of the congregation last week, pleasing for everybody!”
along with journal ad forms. An additional
journal ad form is on page nine of this issue
What is next for the Temple president?
He says he plans to continue to be active in
do it again.
of The Voice. Temple Israel affairs, as many other past
“There was a lot to learn in this job,” presidents have done, and will continue to vatory when they visited the community
President Kestenbaum said. “I learned it is be active in community projects where he earlier this spring. She has served on the
very important for the rabbi and the presi- can make a difference. United Parent Teacher Council and PTA
dent to be rowing in the same direction. I President Kestenbaum first came to the Boards for many years, the Board of the
learned that part of my job is to help further congregation’s attention as a star in the Lulav Group of Great Neck Hadassah, and
the Rabbi’s vision. I learned to trust the Rabbi Temple Israel Players’ production of “Fid- currently serves as president of the Great
and he learned to trust me. Together we dler on the Roof,” followed by the role of Neck Student Aid Fund, which provides
found our way. Big Julie in “Guys and Dolls.” He joined the scholarships for area students, enabling
House Committee, directed the Finance them to attend college.
Some of the best Committee, and eventually was elected to
the Temple Board of Trustees. When Dr.
She is an education lawyer and is a
newly appointed impartial hearing officer
experiences Jerome Seiler was elected President of
Temple Israel, one of his vice presidents was
for the New York State Education Depart-
Richard Kestenbaum. But, she says her greatest joy is spend-
I have had As an active member of the community,
he has served as a member of the Board of
ing time with her four boys, the couple’s
three sons, Jonathan, Scott and Matthew, and
in my life, Zoning and Appeals, village prosecutor and
acting justice of the Village of Great Neck
“my other boy, President Richard.”
“I really enjoyed the relationships I have
I had as
Plaza. He is also a long-time member of the had with people,” the president said.
Ethics Board of the Town of North “I never had a day I said I wish I didn’t
Hempstead. As an attorney specializing in take this job. I learned to work with all kinds
Temple president. civil and criminal tax litigation, he is the
founding member of the law firm Kesten-
“I certainly grew as a person in this job.
baum and Mark, based in Great Neck Plaza. Some of the best experiences I have had in
“And,” he continued, “I learned there The congregation’s first lady has been my life, I had as Temple president. I am very
are lots of leaders of this congregation and active in the Beth HaGan PTA and Religious glad I had this opportunity. I would certainly
they are not all elected. The Temple gains a School Education Committee, and was in- do it again.”
lot by letting people feel they have owner-
ship of the congregation. It is absolutely
amazing how many smart, talented people JEWS AND THE NEWS
there are in this shul. Our responsibility as
officers is to make the membership feel that
with Rabbi Howard Stecker
the time they spend with us is worthwhile.” Exploring international and local issues on interest.
He said he is leaving office with the
members of the Executive Committee—most
Monday, May 24 & June 21
who will continue in their current posi- 11 A.M. in the Blue Room
tions—well prepared. “Each president has
TEMPLE ISRAEL FUND In memory of:
In appreciation of: Pauline Seiler
Ronnie Katz for her help Harriet Seiler
and hard work in running
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service DISCRETIONARY FUND
Drs. Sharon and In appreciation of:
Adam Bloom Rabbi Stecker for
Wendy Carnel and Dr. providing comfort to their
Michael Ziegelbaum for family
their kindness and caring The Rosenbaum
Lori and Paul Freudman Temple Israel Gratefully Acknowledges family
for their kindness The Following Contributions Rabbi Stecker for
Maxine Vogel officiating at the funeral of
William Seskin SAMUEL BARON Goldie Schwartz and for
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The marriage of Kerry Rose Sanders In honor of: shiva
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and Dr. Arthur Bernard Richer Dolgin, son of Neil and Greenspan
Cooperman, to Emily Barbara and Daniel Cindy Dolgin, to Cartney Beth and Lewis
Joyce and Burton Dicker Elayne Bernstein Schwartz
Weston Dora Teamkin Dr. Parviz Khodadadian Sharon Raifaizen
Rosalind Teamkin Alise Kreditor and
In memory of: Marta Salomon Jeffrey Englander In honor of:
Bernard Richer Eric Salomon The baby naming of their
Joyce and Burton Martin Glasner In memory of: daughter, Jillian Mia
Weston Warren Glasner Fran Pernick Bilenker
Simone and Robert Arlene Stieglitz Herb Rieders Valerie and Noah
Kahen Dr. Marc Tarras Elayne Bernstein Bilenker
Ruth Mack Abraham Vogel Bernard Richer Mae Anderman
Elise and Hon. Allen Vogel Elise and Hon. Anita Glickman
Richard Kestenbaum Bessie DeLott Richard Kestenbaum Elissa and William
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Robin and Alexander ABRAHAM ROSENFELD Friedman
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Marcia Shapiro Rose Abrahams Sahn, great-grandson of
Sonia Becker Carol and Steve Thelma and Jack Sahn Contribution:
Dr. Eugene Becker Halper Harriet Seiler Dr. Ana Cohen
RABBI ADELSON’S CANTOR FRIEDER’S In the recovery of:
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In honor of:
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In appreciation of:
Separation & Divorce His son, Brandon
Carol a Bar Mitzvah
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grandson, Ethan Solomon
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during the participating in the funeral Pesach
Kaufman shiva family
Pearl Leah andand
of Goldie Schwartz and
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Cancer Wellness SHOAH Carol and Paul
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The birth of Aron Fishman,
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Temple Israel Gratefully
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Howard A. Stecker.......................................................................Senior Rabbi
Seth Adelson.......................................................................Associate Rabbi
Mordecai Waxman*............................................................Rabbi Emeritus
Leon Silverberg..............................................................Executive Director
Rachel Mathless.......................................................Director, Beth HaGan
Rabbi Tracy Guren Klirs......................................Director, Religious School
Rabbi Seth Adelson....................................Director, Waxman High School
Hon. Richard Kestenbaum..............................................................President
Dr. Parviz Khodadadian..........................................................Vice President
Alan Klinger...............................................................................Vice President
Alise Kreditor.............................................................................Vice President
Cheryl Eisberg Moin................................................................Vice President
Dr. Robert Panzer......................................................................Vice President
Gary Sazer................................................................................. Vice President
Steven Shepsman......................................................................Vice President
Irving H. Lurie*..........................................................Honorary President
THE UNITED SYNAGOGUE OF CONSERVATIVE JUDAISM
D’VAR TORAH SABBATH SERVICES
By Rabbi Marim D. Charry Friday, May 13
Evening Service 6:30 P.M.
Behar Saturday, May 14 •
The Holiness Code continues with a group of laws that are to Saturday, May 14
take effect when the Israelites enter the Promised Land, in this por- Morning Service 8:45 A.M.
tion, The people will be permitted to work the land for six years, Weekly Portion: Behar
but the seventh year is to be a Sabbatical year of complete rest for Leviticus 25:1 – 26:2
the land. In order to provide sufficient food, God promises that the Haftarah: Jeremiah 32:6 – 27
crop of the sixth year will yield enough for three years. Further, Sabbath Service Officers: Dan Goldberger and Larry Greengrass
after seven cycles of seven years, the 50th year is to be a Jubilee—a Havurah Service 10:00 A.M.
year of release for the land and all of its inhabitants. There follow a Junior Congregation 10:30 A.M.
series of laws concerning redemption of land and persons. The ba- Waxman High School Shabbat Service 10:30 A.M.
sic principle of land redemption is that all land belongs to God, and Toddler Service 11:15 A.M.
human owners possess it only as land holding. It is not the owners’ B’nai Mitzvah
right to dispose of as they wish, and it cannot be permanently alien- NATHAN GILARDIAN
ated. As for persons, if one had to indenture himself to work off son of Gloria and Albert Gilardian
debt, he was not to be abused and was to be redeemed as quickly as JULIA SHAHERY
possible. The portion ends with a prohibition against idolatry and daughter of Sheila and Farzad (Frank) Shahery
an admonition to keep God’s Sabbaths. •
Friday, May 20
Behukotai Saturday, May 21 N’Ranenah Evening Service 6:30 P.M.
This portion concludes the Book of Leviticus. The Holiness Code •
ends with a promise and a curse. If the Israelites follow God’s laws Saturday, May 21
and commandments, they will be blessed with peace, prosperity Morning Service 8:45 A.M.
and security. If they do not obey, however, a long list of the most Weekly Portion: Behukotai
dire consequences will ensue. The final chapter of Leviticus deals Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34
with providing funding for the Mishkan. Offerings may be made in Haftarah: Jeremiah 16:19 – 17:14
silver equivalent to the value of a person, and a scale of equivalents Sabbath Service Officers: Seth Horowitz and Bracha Werber
is provided. Offerings may also be made in the form of animals and Toddler Service 11:15 A.M.
property. Finally, provision is made for tithes. Thus, the entire de- B’not Mitzvah
scription of the sanctuary, its functioning and the type of life it is JESSICA MONAHEMI
supposed to engender in the Israelites concludes with the establish- daughter of Sepideh and Elyas Monahemi
ment of a pattern of generosity toward our places of worship which NEEVA SHAFIIAN
continues down to our own time and becomes a basic element of daughter of Golareh Sina and Sohrab (David) Shafiian
community life wherever Jews settle.