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Fridays - 6:30 p.m. Saturdays - 9:45 a.m.
Sun. - 8:30 a.m. Wed. - 7:00 a.m.
Saturday, May 12 and 26 - 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, May 5 and 19 - 11:00 a.m.
Friday, May 11 - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 22 - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 23 - 9:45 a.m.
Thursday, May 24 - 9:45 a.m.
(Yizkor will be recited)
Saturday, May 5
Daughter of Nina and Lorne Keller
Project and a Haggadah that
connects the seder to the Shoah.
Each year at our seder, I distrib-
ute these and other Haggadot
Stefan Bubnowski (5:30 p.m.)
Son of Sandy and Dennis Bubnowski
Saturday, May 12
and we incorporate the different Lauren Soffen
lessons of each into our seder. As we did Daughter of Debbie and Ed Soffen
that this year I was reminded of my
favorite Haggadah, one that is unlike Saturday, May 19
any other I’ve ever seen. In fact it is the Julia Miller
only Haggadah I have seen that is not a Daughter of Jacqui Schreiber and
Micrography book. It is a piece of art. Peter Miller
Creating Art from Words The artist used all of the words of the
Haggadah to illustrate a picture of the Saturday, May 26
child who asks the questions at the Kaitlyn Greenberg
seder. It is an example of micrography, a Daughter of Tess Kline and Andrew
A few years ago, I started to collect Greenberg
Haggadot for Pesach. I have some of the Jewish art form developed in the ninth
well-known Haggadot that many fami- century which utilizes minute Hebrew Amanda Tilles (5:30 p.m.)
lies use such as the classic Maxwell letters to form representational, geomet- Daughter of Leslie and Peter Tilles
House Haggadah and the one I like to ric and abstract designs. In the past few
call “The Red and Yellow Haggadah.” decades there seem to be so many exam- Shabbat and
For our seder we always use the Feast of ples of micrography in Jewish museums Candle Lighting
Freedom Haggadah that was published and in bookstores and each time I see
by the Rabbinical Assembly so I have one I am amazed. I am always impressed May 4 . . . . . . . . . .7:37 pm.
many copies of that one. I have others with great works of art but it takes some- May 11 . . . . . . . . .7:44 p.m.
from various groups such as a Haggadah one special to create art from words, to May 18 . . . . . . . . .7:51 p.m.
from Mayan - The Jewish Women’s illustrate a picture by using words. I
May 25 . . . . . . . . .7:57 p.m.
(Continued page 2)
Rabbi’s Message (continued from pg. 1) Mordechai Rosenstein. One was given to and young people how he created the art.
have spoken to a number of artists who me as an award for my years of work for I have worked with Mordechai on pro-
use this method of art and they have told United Synagogue Youth and contains jects in the past including a special piece
me that at times they create the artistic the verse lilmod ulilamed - to learn and that was created for the 40th Anniversary
image in their mind first and then put to teach - a phrase that describes so of Camp Ramah in the Poconos and
the words into the art and at other times much of what I do as a rabbi. The other when Mordechai illuminated each
they visualize the words first and then was a gift from my parents when I Haftarah that is read on Shabbat and
create the art based on the words. became the Rabbi of The Jewish Center holidays for a special Haftarah Scroll.
The next time you come to visit me in and it contains the words of the blessing I hope that you will be able to be with
my office I will show you three examples shechechiyanu v’kiyamanu v’higiyanu us on that special weekend later this
of micrography that were given to me as to remind me to thank God every day for month (May 18 to 20) with Mordechai
gifts and that hang proudly on my wall. giving me life, keeping me alive and Rosenstein. In addition to the art on dis-
The first was created by the students in helping me do all that I do as a part of play on Shabbat, there will be a program
our Religious School who used words this community. on Sunday afternoon, open to the entire
and art to create a picture that is mean- One of the wonderful things about this community, where we will have a chance
ingful to me. The picture is of Jerusalem community is that we have a great love to learn about the art of micrography
and it was taken from our ketubah, for Jewish art and for Jewish artists. and to get to know this special artist.
another example of micrography that Many of us have Jewish art in our homes.
hangs in our home. The verse the stu- We go to see art exhibits in museums I look forward to seeing you that week-
dents used in the art is about a relation- and we are intrigued to have a conversa- end and at other times at shul!
ship students have with their rabbi. The tion with a creative artist. I am glad that
second was created by a classmate of we will have an opportunity to do all that B’vracha,
mine from Rabbinical School, Rabbi Matt on the weekend of May 18 to 20 when the
Berkowitz. He used the names of every- artist I mentioned, Mordechai Rosenstein, Rabbi Adam Feldman
one in our Rabbinical School class to will be with us at The Jewish Center.
Rabbi Feldman may be reached at
create the original piece of art that now Mordechai Rosenstein is a great artist firstname.lastname@example.org or
hangs at the Jewish Theological that uses micrography and incredible 609-921-0100, ext. 203.
Seminary and I have a print of that art artistic talent to create paintings,
work in my office. murals, tapestries, silk screen prints and
The other examples of micrography wall hangings. He not only has a talent
that hang in my office were created by an for art but he has a love of people and a
incredible artist from Philadelphia, unique way of demonstrating to adults
Join us as we welcome
May 20, 2007
12:00 Noon - 2:00 p.m.
Join us for an exciting program with world renowned Jewish artist Mordechai
Rosenstein. We will have an opportunity to see his work, learn about how he cre-
ates his art and spend time with this fascinating man.
The Hebrew alphabet is the essence of the art of Mordechai Rosenstein.
Mordechai's love of the flowing forms of the letters is evident in every piece he
creates. His vibrant shapes and colors enhance synagogue, home and agency inte-
riors, stained glass, tapestries, paintings, murals, and silk screen prints. By uniting
his interest in Judaica and painting, Rosenstein has given a contemporary meaning to the art of
Rosenstein's art work will be on display throughout the weekend. On Sunday morning he will also
lead a session with the children in our Religious School and help them create their own
special works of art.
2 The Jewish Center Newsletter is a monthly publication of The Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street, Princeton, New Jersey, 08540
Two years ago, I Adam Feldman. Rabbi, I will miss our reg- patience and understanding from my chil-
authored my first ular communication, both live and elec- dren, Ricky, Billy and Caroline, throughout
newsletter article, tronic. But, I feel grateful for having been my two years as president. I know how
starting on a new given the gift to work so closely with you, blessed I am with my family!
journey as President navigating the seas of leadership with you
of The Jewish Center. I as spiritual advisor. Todah Rabbah! Cantor I am excited to hand the responsibility
was enthusiastic, apprehensive and motivat- Simon, you are a gift to this congregation, over to our next president who I know is
ed to open the lines of communication, with a blessing in and of yourself, and it has quite capable and eager. I am delighted to
a goal of bringing our community closer been my great joy to work with you and to pass along the wonderful gift I received. I
together. What a ride - what a learning come to know you better these past two am still inspired and eager to play an
experience - what an emotional roller coast- years. Rabbi Tucker, it is my hope that active role in our congregation and in our
er. And, what a spiritual journey it was. both you and this congregation continue future. I have shared with many of you my
to grow and thrive from our relationship, views on the importance of the synagogue
Two years later, I write my last newsletter because The Jewish Center is extremely in sustaining Judaism in future genera-
article, feeling bittersweet, as I prepare to fortunate to have your passion and energy. tions. I intend to focus my energy and
step down and pass on the reins. As I reflect expertise in helping shape the direction
on my term as TJC President, I am indeed I am especially grateful to every member our synagogue takes as it evolves and con-
grateful for having had the chance to serve of the Board of Directors and every volun- tinues to meet the needs of our vibrant
all of you. What a gift you gave me; what a teer for their commitment to our syna- and active congregation.
gift I have given to myself-of knowing I have gogue. To all those who step forward every
attempted to do meaningful work for my day to enrich this synagogue giving their I wish each of you health, happiness
community. This gift has drawn me closer time and energy in ways large and small, I and peace.
to the synagogue and my own Judaism; it is extend a sincere and genuine thank you. I
a gift I would not have given up for all the am humbled by your understanding of the Linda Grenis
world. As I prepare to end my term, I am vital mission a synagogue plays in sustain- TJC President
fuller and richer in my heart and mind ing the Jewish people. Todah Rabbah! Feel free to contact me at
because of this gift. My hope is that I have LGrenis@aol.com or (609) 497-1817
given back a fraction of what I received. It takes a community and we are blessed
with an outstanding staff who work tire-
As I mentioned in my first Kol Nidre
address, running this shul takes a lot of work
lessly to make our visions a reality. I espe-
cially want to thank Nancy Lewis, our
and a lot of time; it takes a whole communi- Administrator, who gives endlessly of her Travel Scholarship
ty. I especially want to thank my Executive time and energy to The Jewish Center and
Committee. How can I ever spell out my above all has provided me with the most Apply by May 15
appreciation to all of you, for your hard work valuable moral and emotional support. Through the generosity of the
and dedication to our shared cause? You Thank you to each and every TJC staff Feldstein family, a substantial scholar-
answered my e-mails (sent at all hours of the member; thank you for the wonderful ship program has been established to
day and night) and never wavered in helping guidance and support you have given me assist high school age members of our
to ensure we protected TJC. Endless thanks and your dedication and commitment in congregation to enroll in summer pro-
to the EC that served during my first year getting the job done! grams in Israel. The successful appli-
and to this year’s EC: Jeffrey Albert, Charlene cants must participate in an organized
Borsack, Phil Carchman, Michael Feldstein, To say goodbye properly I would need to program devoted to study and travel or a
Richard Fishbane, David Goldfarb, Gil describe my relationship with so many of work study experience at least four
Gordon, Helaine Isaacs, Mindy Langer, and our wonderful congregants who have made weeks of which must be in Israel. The
Polly Strauss. All of you, officers and trustees such an impression on me, the congre- scholarships may be given to one or
alike, should take well-deserved satisfaction gants from whom I have learned so much. more Jewish Center teens who have
from our many shared synagogue accom- Let me extend a todah rabbah to each of completed tenth or eleventh grade by
plishments over the past two years. Each of you. I was energized and inspired knowing the summer of 2007 and who have com-
you has energized me, taught me, encour- I represented your beliefs and ideals, and pleted the Siyyum Tichon class at The
aged me, influenced me, and shaped who I listened carefully to everything you offered. Jewish Center or an equivalent advanced
have become. Today, at TJC there is a program in Jewish Studies. Scholarships
renewed focus on warmth and spirituality, Managing the demands of being TJC pres- will be awarded on the basis of such
lifelong learning, fundraising and a balanced ident was made possible by my wonderful things as the student’s interest, motiva-
budget, and more efficient office manage- husband, Michael. Michael provided me tion, ability, previous involvement in
ment. Those who follow will inherit a house with continuous support and believed in Jewish activities, and demonstrated
in very good order. me when I needed it the most. He has financial need. Anyone interested in
always shared my deep commitment and receiving an application for the summer
It takes a whole community and it takes love for this synagogue. In addition, of 2007 should call Rabbi Feldman at
the help and friendship of so many. It has Michael’s exceptional fathering skills made The Jewish Center, 609-921-0100, ext.
been my honor to serve alongside Rabbi my job easier. I truly appreciate the love, 203. The deadline is May 15.
The Jewish Center is so grateful for the many donations that you give both in
honor of joyous occasions and in memory of beloved family and friends. In order to
Contributions make the logistics easier and the gifting choices clearer, a donor form is attached to
the back of each monthly Newsletter. Donor forms are also available in the Main
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u General u New Siddur ($25) New Humash ($50) Plaques and Remembrances
u Adult Education u Nursery School u Memorial Plaque $300
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u Cy and Jackie Meisel Nursery u Ruth Miller School Cultural Fund Recreational Equipment
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u Shabbat Luncheon Fund
u Goldie and Motel Bass Social Concerns Fund and flooring
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Adam Feldman . . . . . . . . . . .Rabbi
Murray E. Simon . . . . . . . . .Cantor
Anne E. Tucker . . . . . . . . . .Rabbi
Dov Peretz Elkins . . . . . . . .Rabbi Emeritus
P R I N C E T O N , N E W J E R S E Y
Nancy Lewis . . . . . . . . . . . .Administrative Director
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435 Nassau Street
Fran Amir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Principal, Religious School
Gayle Z. Wagner . . . . . . . . .Director, Nursery Program
Princeton, New Jersey 08540
Gila Levin . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Coordinator, B’nai Mitzvah Program
Cyndi Kleinbart . . . . . . . . . .Coordinator, Youth and Family Programs
Linda Grenis . . . . . . . . . . . .President
Charlene Borsack . . . . . . . . .Vice President-Administration
David Goldfarb . . . . . . . . . .Vice President-Finance
Helaine Isaacs . . . . . . . . . . .Vice President-Education
Gil Gordon . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vice President-Religious Affairs
Polly Strauss . . . . . . . . . . . .Recording Secretary
Richard Fishbane . . . . . . . . .Past President
Nancy Lewis . . . . . . . . . . . .Newsletter Editor
24 Deadline for June Newsletter -- May 9, 2007
Library The Women Who Danced by the
Sea by Marsha Mirkin. Finding our-
The Voyage of the Franz Joseph
by James Yaffe. A novel about a thou-
selves in the stories of our Biblical sand refugees at sea in a life or death
foremothers. struggle to escape the Holocaust of
While The Land of Hitler’s Germany.
Galilee is listed Lost in America: A Journey
this month as a with My Father by Sherwin The following items are missing. If
magazine issue and Nuland. The warm story of the harsh you have one of them, please return
carries ads, it has the attributes of a life of an immigrant Jew also tells it promptly to the box on the
softcover book packed with informa- much about the author, a professor Library desk.
tion about this region of Israel. of surgery at Yale.
The Garden of the Finzi Continis
Recent acquisitions: Mastering Hebrew by Joseph A. by Vitorio de Sica (Videotape)
Savage Shorthand by Jerome Reif and Hanna Levinson. A set of 94 Years and 1 Nursing Home
Charyn. The life and death of Isaac audio tapes accompanied by an exten- Later by Laurel Greenberg
Babel, the gifted Russian Jewish writer sive manual developed to train person- The Prince of Egypt by Jeffrey
of the early twentieth century. nel of the Foreign Service Institute of Katzenberg
the Department of State. Gift of Joel Let Us Affirm Our Faith, vol. 2, by
The Land of Galilee. A special Miller. Rita Millner
issue of Eretz magazine with infor- Eretz for February 2007
mative articles and the incomparable Rosenstrasse by Margarethe von Lilith for Fall 2006
photography of Eretz. Trotta. A DVD film about Aryan
wives protesting the Nazi imprison-
The Left Hand of God by Michael ment of their Jewish husbands on a
Lerner. On taking back our country street named Rosenstrasse. Gift of
from the religious right by the founder Ellie Schweber.
and editor of Tikkun magazine.
The speaker will be Gregory He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathe-
Burnham, an Executive with the New matics from Fordham University and a
York and New Jersey Port Authority, master’s and Ph.D. from Northwestern
5767•2007 who will describe what happened to University, where he was elected to Phi
him after the terrorists’ attack. His Beta Kappa.
talk is entitled “Surviving 9/11”.
A retired captain, United States Army
Princeton The meeting begins at noon and Reserve, Mr. Burhnam is actively
scholars concludes after a question and
answer period at 1:30 p. m. Attendees
involved at Rider University on its
Business Advisory Board and has been
are invited to bring a bag dairy president of the Princeton Pro Musica
THE JESS EPSTEIN lunch; coffee is provided by The Board of Trustees.
LUNCH - AND - LEARN Jewish Center.
WITH PRINCETON SCHOLARS SERIES Chairman of the Lunch-and-Learn
Tuesday, May 15 Mr. Burnham is Chief Technology with Princeton Scholars series, David
Noon to 1:20 p.m. Officer and Chief Information Officer Atkin, said the popular series will
of the Port Authority, a post he has resume in the fall. We want to thank
This year’s last session of the Jess held since 1998. Prior to joining the David for his tireless work on behalf of
Epstein Lunch-and-Learn with Port Authority he had a 20-year career the Lunch-and-Learn program. Yashir
Princeton Scholars will be on in the pharmaceutical industry, prin- Koach for a job well done!
Tuesday, May 15, with a chilling first cipally with G. D. Searle and Company
hand account of the New York disas- and Bristol-Myers Squibb, where he
ter which leveled the World Trade rose to Executive Director of its
Center in 2001. Scientific Information Resources
Women’s Reading told through the voices of Ruth herself www.thejewishcenter.org where you
group and Osnath, a young woman who
three generations later discovers a
scrap of parchment that prompts her
can click on the Amazon link to earn
a commission for The Center.
Multiple copies of our selections are
to search for the truth of Ruth’s life. also available at Border’s Bookstore
Please join us on and at the Princeton Public Library
Tuesday, May 15 from Feel free to come whether you liked on the “Book Club” table by the
7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the the book or not, or even if you have entrance. For a list of previous books
Adult Library for a joint meeting with not yet finished it. Our discussions are or to arrange a ride over, please con-
the Hadassah Book Club. We will wel- eclectic and often center around how tact Louise Sandburg at louise@sand-
come Israeli author Eva Etzioni- the themes of the book relate to us as smith.com or (609) 683-8395.
Halevy to discuss her book The Jewish women on a personal level.
Garden of Ruth. The book is a his-
torical mystery novel that imagines All of our books can be ordered on-
the story behind the Book of Ruth as line through TJC’s website at
ADULT EDUCATION Jess Epstein Lunch-and-Learn
with Princeton Scholars Series
Tuesday, May 15 at 12:00 noon
Bible Ba’Boker (Bible in the Morning)
Greg Burnham, Executive with the Port Authority of
with Rabbi Annie Tucker
Shabbat mornings. The study group meets at 9:00 New York & New Jersey, Surviving 9/11: A Firsthand
a.m. and concludes in time for our Shabbat morn- Account
Begin Shabbat morning with a discussion of Talmud in the Afternoons
Parashat Ha’Shavua (the weekly Torah portion). All with Rabbi David Wolf Silverman
are welcome regardless of Bible background. Shabbat Afternoons from 3:30-5:00 p.m.
May 5, 19
June 2, 9
Journey through Shabbat Morning
with Rabbi Annie Tucker Explore Jewish law and Rabbinic literature responsible
Every second Shabbat - 10:30 -11:30 a.m.
for shaping Judaism as it is today through selections
Join Rabbi Tucker and members of The Jewish from the Talmud, Midrash and Codes (using English
Center community for an intimate Shabbat morning translations). Ethical and political issues will be thor-
study experience. Designed to provide opportunities oughly examined in this fully participatory offering.
for exploration and conversation in an informal set-
ting, the Journey program combines learning and Mid-Day Midrash
discussion aimed at increasing participants’ under- with Rabbi Adam Feldman and
standing of the structure, themes, and liturgy of Rabbi Annie Tucker
Shabbat morning. Whether you've been coming to May 10 at 11:30 a.m.
synagogue for years or are new to Shabbat, we hope
Join our Rabbis as they teach this mid-day program
that the Journey program will provide a space to look where we will have the opportunity to examine some
at issues of meaning in Jewish prayer as well as to of the classical Biblical stories through the lens of the
create a kehillah kedoshah, a holy community-in traditional Rabbinic commentators. We will see how
which to study and dialogue together. the rabbis understood the deeper meaning of these
stories in their time and why they are still relevant for
us to study today.
In memory of Steven Levine Special Needs Education
Contributions Larry Swirsky Fund
We appreciate the thoughtfulness of those who by Norma and Phil Papier In memory of
support The Jewish Center by remembering Joseph Landa Max Wolf Mattes
and honoring friends and loved ones through by Lillian Fishbein by Martha Friedman and Harold Heft
their generous contributions.
Adult Education Memorial Plaque
General In memory of In memory of
Frederick Sheinberg Florence R. Saul
In honor of by Helaine Isaacs by Martha Rossman, Barry Saul and Ira Saul
Linda Grenis’ service as President
by Joanne and Richard Fishbane Arts and Cultural Affairs Men’s Club
In memory of In memory of In honor of
Larry Swirsky Shirley Sheinberg Mark Merkovitz
by Gail and Bill Rose, Barbara and Barry by Helaine Isaacs by Ricky and AJ Shechtel
Lavinson, Lois and Larry Shindelman, Marlene Betty Lieber
and Peter Lucchesi, Hilda and Larry Kaufman by Martha Friedman and Harold Heft Nursery School
Ann Demitrovic The Solomon/Goldberg Family
by Mitzi Seinfeld Cantor’s Music Fund
In honor of In honor of
Cantor Murray E. Simon Amanda Rose completing her doctorate
by Walter Sullivan, Robert Kammerer, Alice and
by Beverly Surrey by David Campbell
Bill Whipple, Verena and Bruno Voegele, Edwin C.
Landis, Lorraine Minich Aliyah of Amy Klein and Gonen Sharon
Nursery School Playground Fund
Judith Miller by Rena and Al Klein
Catherine and Garbriel Rizzi
by Saul and Paulette Cooperman
In memory of Meryl Verb
Larry Swirsky Gayle Wagner
by Arnold Gelzer
by Rita Swirsky
Charles Bronston Prayer Books
Max Wolf Mattes
by Judith Bronston
by Amy Becker-Mattes and Jeffrey Mattes Siddur
In memory of
by Adrienne and Richard Friedman, Phyllis and Cantor’s Concert Fund Gerald Matzer
Martha Friedman and Harold Heft by Sandra Matzer Proshan
Rochelle M. Wohlberg
by Marilyn Zagorin Rabbis’ Discretionary Fund
Donna and David Gabai
Lori and Ed Simon Carol and Mark Pollard
by Allen Porter
Esther Perlman In honor of In honor of
by Renee Punia Cantor Murray E. Simon 50th wedding anniversary of Len and Nikki
Betty and Frank Silverstein by Ricky and AJ Shechtel Feldman
by Lynn and Joe Silverstein B’not Mizvah of Morgan and Paige Warner by Gil and Ellen Gordon
Harold Weisblatt, Ruth Lutzer Weisblatt and Marc by Ann and Adam Warner Birthday of David Goldfarb
Weisblatt Bat Mitzvah of Emily Pramer by Ruth, Harvey and Ben Koizim
by Mildred and Lew Weisblatt by Lori and Ed Simon B’not Mitzvah of Morgan and Paige Warner
Margaret Krausz Becker Bat Mitzvah of Emily Pramer, birth of Shira Leora by Adam and Ann Warner
by Amy Becker-Mattes and Jeff Mattes Gerber and Bar Mitzvah of Ian Snyder Upcoming Jewish Center Pilgrimage to Israel
Etta Punia by Lori and Ed Simon by Joanne and Richard Fishbane
by Leonard and Renee Punia
In memory of In memory of
Dorothy Hunovice and Martin Schwartz
Larry Swirsky Florence R. Saul
by Harriett and Howard Schwartz
by Ricky and AJ Shechtel by Friends at Princeton Borough Hall, Marilyn
Louis A. Horowitz
by Carol and Herb Horowitz and Howard Zagorin, Sher and Jeanne Leiman
Children’s Library Larry Swirsky
In honor of by Rita Swirsky, Judy and Stuart Axelrod
by Arnold Gelzer
Bar Mitzvah of Jacob Eisenberg
by The Jemas Family Religious School
by Debra and Matthew Kestenbaum
Rubin Schwartzstein In honor of
Confirmation Class Israel Trip Fund Fran Amir, Michele Alperin, Gila Levin, Wilma
by Esther and Joseph Dresner
In memory of Solomon
Miriam Toby Weissman by Suzanne Gespass and David Dobkin
by Hazel Six
by Martha Friedman and Harold Heft`
Anna Schwartz Religious School Special Shabbat
by Leonard Punia
by Carol and Bob Scfhwartz Gail and Dennis Alba
Adult Library Lori and Michael Feldstein
Jewish Center Women Lynn Joy and Meyer Sapoff
In honor of
In memory of The Grenis Family
Birth of Shira Leora Gerber, great-grandchild of
Judith Heinz Miller The Ullmann Family
Phyllis and Jerry Kurshan
by Beth A. Smith The Gaynor Family
by Gil and Ellen Gordon
10 Contributions continued on pg. 11
keep, a doctors office to be weighed and The end of the month has the Nursery
Nursery measured, a jewelry store where they will School practicing for its End-of-the-Year
news make their own necklaces, a florist shop
where they get to pot a plant, the bike
Concert and Moving-On Ceremony to be
held June 4 and June 5. On Monday, June
wash, food bank and more, but also this 4, the children will take to the stage in the
Shalom! year we will be visited by David Sokoloff, Social Hall to present their musical talents
who is helping us help him establish a and receive their certificates of completion
Hi Everyone! The nursery school through his involvement in in the two and three-year-old classes.
month of May has the the Peace Corp. This will be tied into our Don’t miss the unique musical perfor-
Nursery School scrambling to use every tzedakah project when the children visit mance by our four-year-old classes on this
minute of our time at school to the max. our synagogue table on Community Day. day also. The four-year-old classes will
We begin with our Special Persons Day to We also have another activity planned for have their culmination on Tuesday
be celebrated by each class. Every child the children. It is part of our fundraising evening, June 5. Following the Monday
will honor that special somebody in their for the new playground. It was planned as morning presentation families are invited
lives with in invitation to their classroom a way for the children to take part in the to enjoy a school wide brunch before our
and share a special time together. playground fundraising. While the chil- Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new
Moving right along, the students, their dren have their bikes or various riding toys playground. We will then all be treated to
parents and I are getting ready to honor with them, (they bring them to ride a Mr. Ray Concert! The day is bound to be
our teachers during Teacher Appreciation around our made-up community), we will one filled with emotion and joy. Please
Week, May 7 to 11, with a variety of activi- also hold a bike-a-thon, where they can mark your calendars now and share this
ties showing them just how awesome we raise money for the playground fund by special time with the Nursery School.
think they are. Then on Wednesday, May riding their bikes around The Jewish
16, the day is dedicated to our community Center. They day will end with a visit from B’Shalom
as we share Community Day here at the ice cream truck! We are counting on Gayle Wagner
school. This year has two new twists. Not lots of sunshine and smiles on May 16.
only will the children experience visiting a Stop by and visit us if you can. We will be
library where they can choose books to in the lower parking lot having fun.
Please join the Joan Levin Nursery School
at The Jewish Center for a
SAVE THE DATE:
Ceremony Lashir In Concert
Sunday, June 10
at Richardson Auditorium
on the Princeton University campus
as we celebrate
our new Playground
Doors open at 2:00 p.m.
Monday, June 4
Concert begins at 2:30 p.m.
10:30 AM The concert is free and
See you on the Playground!
open to the entire community.
ing. Mrs. Pwee and the 2 1/2 year old son ing, all donations will go directly to the
are enjoying the K’Tontonim class at the resettlement agency: LSMNJ. Please make
Social Joan Levin Nursery School. He will be out your checks to LSMNJ-Refugee
Concerns attending Grow and Learn at TJC also a
Program, and on the memo line, write:
Pwee family. LSMNJ is a 501(c)3 charita-
ble organization and your donations are
We need volunteers to give rides to completely tax deductible. You will receive
appointments, teach basic computer skills an acknowledgement from them directly.
and help the family develop their English You will find more information about the
skills. Eventually, they will need a car. family (including pictures), as well as links
And, of course, they have very little contact to other resources, on the TJC website at:
with ordinary Americans. Please consider http://www.thejewishcenter.org/PweeFamil
Last fall The Jewish Center agreed to
including this family in some of your own y.htm. Please let one of us know if you are
sponsor a refugee family fleeing ethnic
family’s events. interested in helping directly or making a
cleansing in Burma. The Pwee family
tax deductible donation:
arrived in early December after ten years in
Congregants have made the American
a refugee camp. With incredible support
Dream possible for this young family.
from TJC, they have been re-settled in
Individuals have continued to make dona- Louise Sandburg
Princeton Community Village and Mr. Pwee
tions to defray living expenses and work email@example.com
has started working at McCaffrey’s
with Lutheran Social Ministries of New Arlene Opatut
Supermarket. His supervisor is pleased
Jersey, the resettlement agency. Financial firstname.lastname@example.org
with his work and looks forward to being
contributions are still needed as the reset- Jeff Schneider
able to promote Mr. Pwees he learns more
tlement process continues. The goal is for email@example.com
English. He will qualify for benefits in four
them to be self-sufficient in the near future,
more months. Rabbi Annie Tucker
and it is easy to imagine how difficult the
reality of self-sufficiency in Mercer County
The family is comfortable with their new Gil Gordon
is for new immigrants.
life and have already Americanized their firstname.lastname@example.org
names and even have library cards.
Please send or bring your check to The
English classes are underway with congre-
Jewish Center office. To simplify bookkeep-
gants and regular shopping trips are ongo-
Torah Join Rabbi Tucker and Rabbi Feldman
On Tuesdays on Tuesday, May 8, 15 and 22
Jewish Prayer: The Tension Teshuvot (Legal Responsa) of the On Tuesday, May 22, Rabbi Tucker’s class
Between Liturgy and Theology Conservative Movement will begin at 8:30 p.m. after Siyyum
Rabbi Annie Tucker Rabbi Adam Feldman Tichon. Then after a break for delicious
cheescake, Rabbi Feldman’s class will
7:15 to 8:30 p.m. (May 8 and 15) 8:30 to 9:45 p.m. (May 8 and 15)
begin at 9:45 p.m.
8:30 p.m. (May 22) 9:45 p.m. (May 22)
Having spent the fall and spring semes- Throughout Jewish history, the primary
ters looking at various aspects of Jewish modality for deciding questions of Jewish
law has been through she’elot u’tshuvot,
theology, we now turn our attention to the with individuals directing legal queries
liturgy of our prayer service - exploring the towards a rabbi and receiving back an
extent to which the words of the siddur answer. Even today, she’elot u’teshuvot
(prayer book) capture our beliefs about the remain the primary vehicle for deciding
Divine and what to do when we feel a dis- matters of Jewish law, with responsa writ-
connect in this realm. Looking at both ten about driving to synagogue on
Shabbat, biomedical ethics, the ordination
rabbinic and contemporary writings on
of homosexuals, and a wide variety of other
prayer as well as examining the texts of our topics. Come study some of the
own life experience, this course will pro- Conservative Movement’s most famous
vide opportunities for dialogue and discus- teshuvot - delving into the specific issues
sion as well as traditional text study. contained therein and exploring how our
Whether one attended the fall and spring movement approaches Jewish law in gen-
eral. All are welcome - no previous back-
semesters of this series or not, all are wel-
8 come to participate!
turned to celebration as Yom Ha’Atzmaut Save the date for Siyyum Tichon, on
Religious School came a week later. Israel’s 59th Erev Shavuot, Tuesday, May 22, as we
News Anniversary was celebrated with a week of
class lessons and activities devoted to the
study of Israel. Our Israel Week opened
honor twenty-three students who have
completed Tichon, our high school pro-
gram. The entire congregation and school
with a multifaceted program that included community are invited to come and cele-
Returning from our Pesach/Spring presentations from many of our students brate. An Oneg, hosted by the parents,
Break, the Religious School moved right including a play from the Vavs and an will follow services.
into Yom Ha’Shoah and Yom Ha’Atzmaut. original birthday candle lighting ceremo-
Students in Dalet through Zayin saw ny from the Hehs. There was also music, B’Shalom,
Through the Eyes of a Friend, a multime- a video, and an Israel trivia game show, Fran Amir
dia presentation by Living Voices. The pro- presented by Unique Entertainment.
gram was about Anne Frank from the per- Todah to Gila Levin for coordinating our Important Dates to Remember:
spective of friends she knew in Amsterdam Yom Ha’Atzmaut activities. From the
and reconnected with later on in the school program, students and their fami- Friday, May 4
camps, until her death. It started where lies went straight to the courtyard for The Dalet Shabbat
the diary left off and gave us new insights Jewish Center Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebra-
into Anne and her life, after she and her Saturday, May 5
tion - a day of Israeli music, dance, crafts, Tot Shabbat and Vav Seminar
family left the attic. food, shops, movies, martial arts and fun!.
Friday, May 11
The students also remembered Yom Our month ended with student activi- Family Service
Ha’Shoah at a special service that was cre- ties and programs based on the Jews of Tuesday to Thursday, May 15-17
ated as part of a pilot program through Color: In Color exhibit currently on dis- Last Week of Religious School
the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New play in The Jewish Center Lobby. Saturday, May 19
York. The Jewish Center Religious School Students learned about the exhibit and Vav Shabbaton and Tot Shabbat
received a grant to create a Yom Ha’Shoah meet photographer Brian Schwartz in a
program using materials from the muse- Sunday, May 20
series of workshops.
um. Under the leadership of Ellen Last Sunday of Religious School
Pristach, the students and several teachers Religious School registration is in Tuesday, May 22
created Zachor: Remember the Children, progress. The early response was phenom- Erev Shavuot and Siyyum Tichon -
a presentation that included original poet- enal, but we still have several families who 7:00 p.m.
ry and prose, musical selections, an art have not registered. We really need you to Wednesday and Thursday May 23-24
exhibit and a video presentation. take care of this, so we can plan for classes Shavuot Services - 9:45 a.m.
and teachers. Placement will be on a first
The somber remembrance of the come basis, so that late registrants might
Holocaust and those who perished quickly not have their choice of day or session.
Princeton University Presents:
Souk: A Celebration
OF MIDDLE-EASTERN CULTURES
Save the Date!
Sunday, May 13
1:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Featuring Israeli and Arab food, vendors, live bands, Turkish coffee and more! Souk is the premier
Princeton University event of the year. Come and join us at the Woodrow Wilson School Plaza, at the
corner of Washington Road and Prospect Street, for some good-old-fashioned Middle Eastern fun!
If you would like to participate in Souk in any way - advertising, setting up, vendors, etc. - please con-
tact Ben Herzberg at Herzberg@princeton.edu. We hope to see you there!
Dr.Dov Peretz Elkins
Counseling for Individuals, Couples and Families
601 Ewing Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
PAUL B. PAPIER
S T U D I O S
136 Riverside Drive
Princeton, NJ 08540
On Sunday, May 6 we will have we are already in the planning
Jewish Center our JCW Spring Membership stages for next year’s calendar. We
Luncheon featuring Dr. Shuly welcome and encourage new ideas
WO M E N Rubin Schwartz, an award winning
author and Jewish historian. Her
and faces to join our Board and vari-
ous committees. If you are interest-
presentation will be “We’ve Come a ed in being a part of this extraordi-
April proved to be another exciting Long Way, Baby: Feminism and nary team of women, please contact
month for Jewish Center Women. American Judaism.” For more Anne Rutman at email@example.com
Our annual Spring Trip was an edu- detailed information, please see the or 609-730-8166.
cational and fun-filled trip to New reservation form in this newsletter.
York City. Our day began with a We hope you will be able to join us
guided tour of the Lower East Side but if you are not able to attend the B’Shalom,
Tenement Museum. A perfect fol- luncheon, this form also allows you Anne Rutman and Randy Hubert
low up was a deli lunch at Noah’s to send in your 2007/2008 dues and Co-chairs, JCW
Arc and shopping in the neighbor- membership information.
hood. Many thanks to Andrea
Gaynor and Brigitte Sasson for their As we wind down from a wonderful
hard work in co-chairing this event. year of JCW programs and events,
Jewish Center Women
Get Your Gelt And Eat It Too!
JCW is making it easier for you to buy and receive your grocery gelt.
We are going to mail your gelt directly to your home. It doesn’t get any easier!
Place your order for “Grocery Gelt” (grocery coupons) that can be used at any McCaffrey’s or any Shop-Rite in
New Jersey, and the grocery stores donate 5% of your purchase to JCW. You can pay by check or credit card. All
money raised will go towards subsidizing JCW programming and JCW contributions to the synagogue and the
larger community. Please complete the form below by the 10th of the month and return it to the JCW mailbox
in The Center office, or put it in the envelope marked “Grocery Gelt” hanging outside the School Office.
Payment must accompany this form for your order to be processed. Any questions? Contact Geri Schonberger at 609-430-1848.
Name ______________________________________________ Phone Number ____________________________________
Address ____________________________________________________ Email _____________________________________
I would like to order Grocery Gelt (please check all that apply):
McCaffrey’s u Dollar Amount (in $10’s) ______________
Shop-Rite u Dollar Amount (in $10’s or $50’s) ______________
_______ Please consider this a monthly order and charge my credit card for this amount each month. I will not need to complete
any additional forms and can stop this order at any time by contacting Geri Schonberger at 609-430-1848.
Payment: Check enclosed _____________ Credit Card __________
Credit Card Type: Mastercard __________ Visa _________
Credit Card Number: ____________________________________ Credit Card Expiration Date: ________________________
Gelt will be available after the 20th of each month.
Adult Education Update:
Come to SHUL!
Dialogue “Acts of kindness are among
May 5 Series those things that have no
Jr. Congregation - Heh L W 1
A group of twenty-five congre- limits.” Mishnah Peah 1
gants met on two separate The Bikur Cholim Committee pro-
Tot Shabbat Sunday mornings, one in vides a variety of functions which help
Vav Seminar February and one in March, to our Jewish Center family in need. We
are comprised of a group of people
May 11 commence a series of conversa- ready to assist when a fellow congre-
Family Service tions on the Israel-Palestinian gant requires help due to an illness or
conflict. The purpose of Jewish disability. The kinds of things we've
May 12 done for one another in the past and
Dialogue is to create a space
Jr. Congregation - Heh L W 2 are planning for the future are:
where people with a range of
Mini-Minyan *sending get well cards to
views can share and explore
May 19 them in a safe and respectful
*driving people to and from
Jr. Congregation environment.
Mini-Minyan *picking up medicine from
The meetings were facilitated by
Tot Shabbat the pharmacy
Mitch Chanin of The Jewish
Today Rabbah to Judy and Sandy Dialogue group based in
Kutin for sponsoring a Kiddush at
Philadelphia and by congregant
Tot Shabbat in honor of their *visiting people in the hospi-
Wilma Solomon. For more
daughter Shira's second birthday. tals and in the senior care
information and background on
If you are interested in sponsoring a this innovative group, please see
Kiddush at any of the above ser-
*organizing a blood drive
vices, please contact Ellen Pristach at *doing errands
the Religious School, 609-971-7202,
The Jewish Center group, which We ask that if you or a family mem-
or by email to EBPecteach@aol.com
ber are hospitalized anywhere that you
for further information. is open to all congregants, call The Jewish Center office and let us
intends to convene again in the know. Helen Schlaffer will then notify
fall with the goal of screening a Alison and Margie, Co-chairs of the
Bikur Cholim Committee, and an
movie about the Israel-
Board of Directors email will go to the entire committee
Palestinian conflict and using it asking for volunteers to make a hospi-
MEETINGS as a springboard for further dis- tal visit or do whatever may be helpful.
There will be a meeting of The cussion and programming in this
Please call Alison Politziner, (609)
Jewish Center Board of vital area. Watch this newsletter 924-3066, or Margie Atwater, (732)
Directors on Monday, May 14 at for more details. 398-9761, for more information.
NO PARKING ZONE ON
At our request, the
NJ Department of
up No Stopping or
Standing signs just
north and south of
our exit driveway.
When cars park on Nassau Street close to
the exit drive, people exiting our property
can’t see oncoming vehicles from either
direction on Nassau Street. There has
been at least one accident in the last year
and many near-misses.
a y, M p.m .
S u nd 5:00 G olf l)
0 - n i at u re H ope we l
Please do not park on the TJC side of
2 :0 i Nassau Street between those signs.
kM ell (
C re e e s t Am w p at Either we or NJ DOT will be painting
P i ne 1 W ic k u the curb yellow between the signs to
te 3 f f a n d p o l f
Ro u op o clearly indicate the area, but in the
394 ek G
Pin e C re Grades 3-8 meantime, please avoid this area for
Parents welcome to play everyone's safety. The Princeton
(Just let us know you are coming) Borough police may begin to issue
Youth Group Member: $18 tickets for people who park in this
Call the Youth Department to reserve your spot! Thank you for your cooperation.
Join the Men’s Club and the Youth Department
For a Slammin’ Trip to the Trenton Thunder
Sunday, June 3
Sund 5 p.m. Trenton
per Game Time: 1:05 p.m.
$10 per ticket (Pavillion area seating)
The Trenton Thunder
(The Trenton Thunder is a Double A affiliate of the New York Yankees)
The Akron Aeros
(The Akron Aeros are the Double A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians)
The first 1,000 kids between the ages of 5 and 15 will receive a free kid’s glove!
One of our group will participate in the throwing of the first pitch. Don’t miss out!
For information or tickets, contact Mitch Marder at 609.577.2303 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Men’s On April 14, nineteen men set out to
CLUB determine one thing...who would be
The Jewish Center Texas Hold ’em
Champion. After three hours, thirty
sandwiches, and lots of laughs, Haim
Blecher was the last man standing.
Congratulations Haim and thank you to our title sponsor University Spine
Associates and our prize sponsors: the Law Office of Michael Schonberger, Franckie
Echeverria, Larry Kanter, and Princeton University Golf Coach Will Green. The Jewish Center Men's Club
Thank you Mitch Marder, Ed Simon, and everyone in the main office for facilitating invites you to a
the distribution of Yom Ha’Shoah candles to The Jewish Center Community.
Upcoming programs ....
Presentation & Demonstration
The Maccabi Games
Sunday, May 13 during Religious School
9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Aimed at children 10 and up and their parents. Learn about the Maccabi Games
and see a Fencing demonstration.
Starting at the D&R
For information, contact Jeff Schneider at 908-359-5291 or
Griggstown Causeway Park
in the beautiful
Bike Ride and Family Picnic
Rocky Hill/Griggstown area
Sunday, May 20
Bike Ride - 3:00 p.m.
Three riding options of 8, 15
Picnic following ride - 4:30 p.m.
Open to families & adults of every age
or 20 miles
Location - Griggstown Causeway Park (just minutes from TJC)
Also, younger children can
$10 Adults & $7 Kids for Picnic & Bike Ride
ride with parents along the
Reservations - contact Ed Simon at 609-915-8256 or info@MystiqueHairSalon.com
canal path at the park
Trenton Thunder Game
Sunday, June 3
* Family Picnic at the D&R
Causway Park - subs w/all the
Come see the Trenton Thunder play the Akron Aeros.
The first 1,000 kids between the ages of 5 and 15 will receive a free kid's glove!
picnic trimmings will be pro-
One of our TJC group will be throwing out the first pitch! Don’t miss out!
vided following the bike ride
Tickets are $10 and can be ordered through
Mitch Marder at 609-577-2303 or email@example.com.
This event is being co-sponsored by Men's Club and TJC Youth
$10 per Adult / $7 per Child
JCC Softball League
Sunday doubleheaders starting at 8:30 a.m.
Full time and part time positions available
PLEASE WEAR A
For information, contact Jeff Schneider at 908-359-5291 or BICYCLE HELMET!
Send or drop-off reservation checks to
Ed Simon, (609) 915-8256 The Jewish Center by 5/11/07
Info@MystiqueHairSalon.com "TJC Men's Club - Bike Ride & Picnic"
For more information, contact Ed
Jeff Schneider, (908) 359-5291 Simon, info@MystiqueHairSalon.com or
2007 JCW Spring
Sunday, May 6
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Jewish Center of Princeton
Don’t miss your chance to see friends, socialize with other Join Rabbi Elkins at a
women & support Jewish Center Women! Book Signing &
Hear from award winning author and noted
Jewish historian from The Jewish Theological Seminary The Wisdom of Judaism:
An Introduction to
the Values of the Talmud
Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz by Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins
Dr. Schwartz will give a lecture titled: Wednesday evening,
“We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby: May 9
Feminism and American Judaism”
At the home of Marissa &
JCW Spring Membership & Luncheon Reservation Form Jesse Treu
140 Brookstone Drive
Address: _______________________________________________________ Rabbi Annie Tucker
The Jewish Center
Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins
Luncheon Cost: $18.00 2007/08 JCW Membership: $36.00 or $25.00 for Seniors Rabbi Emeritus,
________ Yes I will join JCW & come to the Spring Luncheon. The Jewish Center
Cost $54.00 or $43.00 for Seniors
________ I cannot attend the Luncheon, but I am paying my JCW dues RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
for 2007/2008. Cost is $36.00 or $25.00 for Seniors
“A sturdy craft for sailing the sea of
Talmud, and Rabbi Elkins is a fine naviga-
tor. His choice of text is solid, his com-
Make all checks payable to JCW and mail your reservation to JCW Membership
mentary is insightful, and his style is both
Spring Luncheon, TJC, 435 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08540. enlightening and engaging. This is a book
Questions? You can email Stephanie Will at email@example.com or Darlene Paszamant at to come back to over and over again.”
Darlene@tellshare.com. Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author, Ethics of
the Sages: Pirke Avot-Annotated &
From the The first mention of anything resem- passage in Hebrew from a printed Bible.
bling a Bar Mitzvah was in 13th century For many years after that, B’not Mitzvah
Religious Affairs Germany, by one Mordecai ben Hillel. were often celebrated at Friday night
Committee Early B’nai Mitzvah consisted of the
blessings of she-heheyanu and baruch-
she-ptarani and then a toast. The
services by the recitation of the week’s
haftarah portion. Today, of course, Bar
and Bat Mitzvah celebrations are identi-
The History of the Bar and baruch-she-ptarani prayer was recited cal in all of the liberal movements.
by the father, giving thanks that he is
Bat Mitzvah no longer responsible for his son’s The idea of adult B’nai Mitzvah started
observance of the mitzvot. Some peo- in the 1950s with the recognition that
The ceremony of a Bar Mitzvah is not ple might invite more guests and serve Jewish men who had not had a Bar
mentioned in either the Bible or Talmud, a festive meal in addition to the toast. Mitzvah did not have complete Jewish
and is a minhag or custom, that devel- educations. In 1971, the first “belated”
oped in the Middle Ages. In the Bible, Public Bar Mitzvah ceremonies or adult B’nai Mitzvah were performed.
the age of majority was 20 and was not occurred later as a result of limitations Today, synagogues use these adaptations
tied to the obligation to do mitzvot. imposed on the right of minors to per- of the coming of age ceremony to offer
form mitzvot publicly. By the 14th opportunities for the study of Jewish
Later on in the Talmud as a result of century, sources mention a boy being history, text, and ritual to adults.
Roman influence, the age of majority called up to the Torah for the first time
was considered to be around puberty, on the Sabbath coinciding with or fol- Although both the ceremonial and
which was determined by “medical lowing his 13th birthday. By the 17th celebratory aspects of B’nai Mitzvah
examination”. Eventually, this was century, boys were also reading Torah can be traced back to the Middle Ages,
replaced by the ages of 12 for girls and and delivering talks, often on talmudic they have a greater significance today.
13 for boys. The Talmudic understand- learning, at an afternoon seudat mitz- Ideally, the Bar and Bat Mitzvah cere-
ing of “majority” was focused on the vah (ritual meal). Today’s more lavish mony is a recognition of Jewish learn-
child’s intellectual and moral abilities, celebrations had their origins in that ing that the child has completed
rather than being related to ritual much more modest ritual meal. In fact, preparing him or her for adult respon-
responsibilities. In fact, minors were even as early as 1595 in Poland, such sibility. The new Bar or Bat Mitzvah
permitted to perform public mitzvot meals had become excessive enough has responsibility for his or her
such as reciting the Torah blessings that communal taxes were imposed in actions, for following the mitzvot, and
and wearing tefillin. The right to prac- order to discourage extravagances. for continuing in a lifelong process of
tice such mitzvot was tied to the child’s Jewish learning.
understanding and maturity, rather Judith Kaplan, daughter of
than to a particular age. For girls, Reconstructionism’s founder Rabbi
reaching the age of majority meant a Mordecai Kaplan, was the first woman Mazel Tov
Shidduch (an arranged match with a to become a Bat Mitzvah, in 1922. In
future husband) and then a wedding this ceremony, she chanted the bless- To Phyllis and Jerry Kurshan on the birth
of their great-granddaughter, Shira Leora
under the chupah. ings over the Torah and then read a Gerber.
To Dana Umansky and Lance Ladic on
the birth of their daughter, Eliana Sarah.
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Contributions (continued from pg. 5)
Gordon, Jonathan Gross, Martha
Lori and Ed Simon
Torah Himmelfarb, Jason Kay, Al Klein, Phyllis
Kurshan, Bob Lebeau, Sher Leiman,
The Kleinbart Family Readers Erica Pramer, Madison Provorny, Bruce
Reim, David Roth, Ian Snyder, Debbi
Joan and Mark Levin
Dunn Solomon, Brian Tesser, Ronni
Joanne and Richard Fishbane Ticker and Rabbi Annie Tucker
The congregation acknowledges with
Sally Steinberg and Dan Brent
deep appreciation and gratitude the fol-
The Cheskis Family lowing individuals who participated in PURIM
The Mattes Family our Worship Services during the months Megillat Esther
of March and April 2007. Rabbi Adam Feldman, Reza Green,
Bob Seidenstein Jason Kay, Gila Levin, Adam Scheer,
Cantor Larry Brandspiegel
TORAH READERS Rabbi David Silverman, Cantor Murray
Beverly and Marc Surrey Barbara Abramson, Fran Amir, Leah Simon and Rabbi Annie Tucker
Ellen and Gil Gordon Annitto, Lottie Appel, Margie Atwater,
Elayne Barmak, Karen Barmak, PESACH
Seva and Peter Kramer
Alexander Benthem de Grave, Steven TORAH READERS
Bedonna and Arthur Perry
Braun, Sara Bucholtz, Michael Churgin, Ilana Atwater, Larry Epstein, Annette
Meryl and Howard Verb Rebekah Costin, Aaron Deutsch, Ben Flisser, Marvin Flisser, Reza Green,
Gayle and Rick Wagner Dobkin, David Dobkin, Jane Dobkin, Jonathan Gross, Jacob Kaufman, Jason
Rena and Al Klein Sarah Dobkin, Jacob Eisenberg, Larry Kay, Mark Killingsworth, Sandy Kutin,
Epstein, Eric Falcon, Mark Footerman, Mindy Langer, Gila Levin, Naomi
Shirley and Max Becher
Rachel Frommer, Glenn Gabai, Gil Richman Neumann, Philip O’Driscoll,
Joan and Howard Hersch Gordon, Rafi Isaac, Ronit James, Jason Rebecca Simon, Rabbi Annie Tucker and
Beth and Jon Frieder Kay, Zack Kleinbart, Lou Klimoff, Sandy Bob Weber
Ricky and AJ Shechtel Kutin, Mindy Langer, Bob Lebeau, Gila
Martha Friedman and Harold Heft Levin, Joan Levin, Debbie Marinsky, Jen HAFTARAH
Morganstern, Emily Pramer, Erica Charles Brodsky, Larry Epstein,
Gila and Gadi Levin Pramer, Summer Pramer, Ellen Pristach, Jonathan Gross, Mark Killingsworth and
Donna and David Gabai Madison Provorny, Bruce Reim, Lynn Gila Levin
The Snyder/Sigal Family Ross, Jordan Roth, Cynthia Sage, Adam
The Wahrman/Mitlak Family Scheer, Ari Simon, Ian Snyder, Lindsy DAVENERS
Steinberger, Elana Tenenzapf, Brian Larry Epstein, Rabbi Adam Feldman,
Esther and Murray Siegel Annie Lewis, Cantor Murray Simon and
Tesser, Ronni Ticker and Hadas Zeilberger
Gail and Bill Rose Rabbi Annie Tucker
Sue and Lara Weiner HAFTARAH CHANTERS
Lesley and Ross Wishnick Elayna Barmak, Steven Braun, Ben SHIR HASHIRIM
Dobkin, Jacob Eisenberg, Erica Pramer, Jonathan Gross
Caroline and Teddy Friedman
Brian Tesser and Bob Weber
Sapoff Art Purchase & Restoration Fund
In memory of DAVENERS If you would like to chant a Torah por-
Larry Swirsky Sam Afran, Bill Agress, Alexander tion or Haftarah, please contact Larry
by Lynn Joy and Meyer Sapoff Benthem de Grave, Larry Epstein, Rabbi Epstein at 609-921-0100, ext. 207, or
Adam Feldman, Mark Footerman, Gil LSE08520@yahoo.com.
In honor of
Bat Mitzvah of Caroline Grenis
by Marian Bass and Jeffrey Albert
Tree of Life
In honor of
Planning a Kippot for your weddings or Bar/Bat Mitzvah
Bar Mitzvah of Harris Perlman and Bar Mitzvah of
celebrations are available in a variety of colors
by Laura and Eric Perlman simha? and fabrics. Color swatches are available for
your review in the Gift Shop. Prayer benchers are also available in a
variety of styles, and they too are available for you to see in the Gift
Shop. Orders take four weeks to process, so plan ahead and order
early! Hours for ordering are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! Please call
Gail Alba at (609) 275-0469.
Officer and Trustee Nominations
The Nominating Committee of The Jewish Center has nominated the following for office for the year
starting June 1, 2007:
President Vice President/Religious Affairs
Michael Feldstein David Greenberg
Vice President/ Administration Recording Secretary
Gil Gordon Polly Strauss
Vice President/Finance Trustee (for two-year term)
David Goldfarb Alan Medvin
Vice President/Education Trustee (for two-year term)
Susan Falcon Linda Meyer
According to the By-laws of The Jewish Center, additional nominations endorsed by at least ten
members may be submitted in writing to the chairperson of the Nominating Committee on or
before May 5, 2007. Voting will take place at the Annual Meeting of The Jewish Center on Sunday,
May 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Phil Carchman, Chair Merrye Shavel Hudis
Stuart Axelrod Alan Medvin
Robby Devery Gail Rose
Jews On Trial Still Available
The well reviewed book, now in more than 130 public and
Two years ago, The Jewish Center published Jews on university libraries, is still in print. The Jewish Center con-
Trial, a book that originated as a series of lectures in The tinues to receive royalties. Jews on Trial is a unique gift
Center’s Adult Education series. Some well known legal for many occasions as well as interesting text for one’s own
cases that may have involved anti-Semitism are considered enjoyment. The book is available from Amazon or copies
anew in the hardcover book. Readers may discover other can be obtained by calling The Center office. And for full
cases for the first time. All are true and fascinating, present- details about Jews on Trial, please go to the website at
ed with balance and clarity by lawyers and scholars. The www.jewsontrial.com.
authors have all contributed their essays to The Center.
In the spirit of
Shabbat Across A
Please join us for a
Community Shabbat Program
Friday, May 18
Special Shabbat Services at 6:30 p.m.
Led by Rabbi Adam Feldman and Rabbi Annie Tucker
Shabbat Dinner to follow
Gather with your Jewish Center family and friends
Celebrate Shabbat and learn about its rituals
This program is open to the community:
Singles, Couples and Families are welcome!
Reservations are required!
Adults & Teens: $20 Children under 10: $12
Reservations are a must by Monday, May 14
Call: 609-921-0100, ext. 201 or
Israel up our programs. Our clergy have been
GENRES AND THEMES
consistent and enthusiastic supporters of
the Israel Affairs Committee and have
done much to inspire the committee to
pursue aggressive goals; it was Rabbi
Feldman’s idea many months ago to
make Yom Ha’Atzmaut a large, visible With Rebekah Marks Costin
and inclusive event for our entire com-
Sunday morning, May 6
This has been a great year for Israel munity. Our Executive Committee
Affairs, from the launch of our Shulhan members have been phenomenal sup-
(after Morning Minyan)
Ivrit, to our AIPAC event, to our Israeli porters by actively participating in our
speaker but one could imagine no meetings and providing much valued
9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
better cap to our year than guidance and direction; in particular,
in the Beit Midrash
the extraordinary Yom Linda Grenis, Michael Feldstein and Gil
Ha’Zikaron and Yom Gordon have all made significant person-
Ha’Atzmaut al investments in the success of the Israel
You attend services at The Jewish
activities this Affairs Committee and without them,
year at The many of our activities would not have
J e w i s h been possible. Rob Davidson single Center every Shabbat, you study
Parashat ha’Shavua with Rabbi
Center. handedly put AIPAC on the map in
Tucker and you even chant Torah every
Princeton and through his dedication
and hard work generated momentum for
once and a while. So are you ready for
the organization throughout the broader
another level of biblical study?
Our Yom Ha’Zikaron commemoration community. Nira Lavid served as the
on April 21 drew a large group to The morah at our Shulhan Ivrit and correct-
Center sanctuary to commemorate the ed our dikduk in a supportive and gentle
This class will introduce you to
fallen soldiers and victims of terror. One manner making our evenings together
Israeli member of The Jewish Center said enjoyable and educational. Our interim
that the solemn readings in Hebrew and Youth Director, Cyndi Kleinbart and some of the tools and concepts for
the literary study of Biblical narra-
the tone of the evening transported him Principal Fran Amir made the best out of a
back to his childhood in Israel. Indeed, short schedule and limited budget to cre-
Hebrew was the dominant language of ate a first class Yom Ha’Atzmaut event that tive and Biblical poetry. These tools
offer another dimension for reading
the night and it was gratifying to all that not only captured the spirit of Israel but
and understanding the Tanakh.
The Jewish Center was able to draw was aesthetically beautiful - from the flags,
Israelis from beyond the synagogue's to the banners, to the El AL plane
membership to commemorate Yom (designed by Lisa Tenenbaum) to the tents.
Although knowledge of Hebrew is
Ha’Zikaron as part of a broader commu-
nity. But, perhaps most importantly, one per-
son who deserves more thanks than can
not required for the class, we will also
explore some of the linguistic charac-
The next day, our Yom Ha’Atzmaut be communicated in words is Gila Levin.
celebration drew many of our families to From day one, she has worked tirelessly
celebrate Israel's independence with and energetically to make sure that The teristics of the Biblical literature
which distinguish it from other
music, dancing, food, art and culture Jewish Center is a place that celebrates
all that Israel is for the Jewish communi-
ancient texts. And for the Torah
drawn from the State of Israel. The
weather cooperated, the mood was festive ty and the world at large. Her efforts
readers, we will review how the
and the day offered a wonderful made every Israel Affairs event possible.
ta’amei ha’miqra (the trope chants)
opportunity for everyone to see, feel, We are all lucky to have a person like Gila
taste and hear Israel in our little cor- in our community. Todah rabbah, and
contribute to the flow and under-
ner of Princeton. And for those indi- yashir koach to Gila!
standing of the verse.
viduals lucky enough to take part in
our congregational trip to Israel, the As we gear up for next year, we are still
day provided a fitting send off with looking for volunteers to serve on the
Rebekah Marks Costin, a former NJ
special t-shirts to celebrate their deci- Israel Affairs committee so if you have any
sion to see Israel firsthand. interest in working with us, send an email
to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deputy Attorney General, is com-
pleting her Master of Arts in Jewish
These activities were made possible
Studies degree from Hebrew College
through the vision and hard work of sev-
eral people who deserve acknowledge- Kol Tuv,
in Boston, Massachusetts.
ment. Our staff and volunteers, including Adam Scheer
our very hard-working custodians, under Chair, Israel Affairs Committee
the direction of Administrator, Nancy email@example.com
Lewis, worked selflessly to set everything
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