Reflection and Renewal The Message of Elul From the Desk of Rabbi

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In this issue                                             Learn                                               Mission Statement
                                                          Torah Fund Classes pg.12                            We are a congregation of families and individuals who
                                                          A Year of Learning Pullout                          come together to pray, to study, and to create a warm
                                                                                                              and welcoming community. We seek to preserve and
                                                           Pray                                               enhance our People's traditions within the context of
                                                          High Holidays pg.3                                  Conservative Judaism. We aspire to strengthen our
                                                          Outside Summer Service & Nosh pg.7                  Jewish identity to meet the challenges of a changing
                                                          Tisha B'Av pg.19                                    environment. We endeavor to provide resources
                                                                                                              to help us relate to God, understand the ways of
                                                          Community                                           God and enrich the Jewish content of our lives. We
                                                          Robbin Scholar in Residence pg.6                    encourage our members to serve worthwhile causes
                                                          Havurah Program pg. 7                               within our Congregation and the wider Jewish and
                                                          Sukkot is Coming pg.18                              world communities. We are committed to support
                                                          Chagall Writings pg. 19                             Israel. We educate our children so they commit to the
                                                          Sukkah Walk pg.19                                   cultural, spiritual, and ethical values of our People.


From the Desk of                                          Reflection and Renewal: The Message of Elul

                                                          S
Rabbi Schwab                                                     ummer is a wonderful time of year for        a deep connection with God. And through
                                                                 many people. Between the sun, school         such a connection with the Divine, we can also
                                                                 vacations and more flexible schedules, it    come to better understand our relationship with
                                                          can be a time to re-charge our batteries and        our fellow human beings. The High Holidays,
                                                          renew ourselves before the fall comes and           therefore, provide us with an opportunity to
                                                          the cycle begins again. In a parallel fashion       renew our focus on the most important matters:
                                                          our Jewish calendar is reminding us that we         on God, our connection to that which is
                                                          have a similar opportunity to renew ourselves       beyond us, and on community, our connection
                                                          from a spiritual standpoint. On August 30th         to the people who live with us in the here and
                                                          the month of Elul will be proclaimed and we         now. With such a focus, we can truly enter the
                                                          will begin the daily sounding of the shofar at      year with the hope that we can live well and
                                                          morning minyan anticipating the approach            help make the world a better place.
                                                          of the High Holidays, a time of renewal.                The beauty of each and every Jewish holiday,
                                                         Although “late” this year, religiously, these        High Holidays included, is that they combine
                                                          holidays represent the gateway through which        and integrate these two facets of our life, the
                                                          we enter the year – the spiritual context through   spiritual and the tangible. Through ritual, study
                                                          which we approach our new lease on life.            and prayer we internalize the values we strive
                                                              Thus, at the end of September we will all       to live by, call attention to the ethics that guide
                                                          gather together again at Beth El, or at Highland    our behavior and heighten our awareness
                                                          Park High School, take up our Mahzorim and          of who we are and who we want to be. We
                                                          engage in the rituals of our most celebrated        strive for a religious practice in which spiritual
                                                          holidays. As befitting their importance, the        endeavors lead to tangible action: performance
                                                          themes of these important days speak to the         of mitzvot – deeds that help make the world a
                                                          very essence of Judaism and therefore to the        better place for all.
                                                          essence of what it means to be human. Who               This year, as Elul comes, I invite you to
                                                          are we? What is our purpose? What is the            engage in this process of spiritual reflection
                                                         “right” way to live? How can we overcome             and to develop your relationship with God. In
For more information, Calendar                            our shortcomings? Through dwelling on               doing so I hope you will dwell on what else you
of Events, Rabbis' sermons, and                           these reflective questions our Sages tell us we     can do to renew your commitment to Judaism
for Emergency School Closings be                          can begin the year in the right manner. True        and our mission of Tikkun Olam – improving
sure to check our website at www.                         soul-searching, they teach, leads us towards        the world. Whether it be by attending services
nssbethel.org or call 847-432-8900.                                                                           (continued on page 2)

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Reflection and Renewal: The Message                      community members that are homebound or               Project, Mitzvah Day and other food drives and
of Elul                                                  reside in an assisted living facility. Through        collections you can make a difference too. For
(continued from page 1)                                  scheduled visits, relationships are built while       more information, contact Jacqueline Wolle at
                                                         giving encouragement and offering friendship          jkottwolle@hotmail.com.
more, taking advantage of an adult education             and good company. For more information                    These are just two ways we can use our
opportunity, incorporating another home ritual           on how to volunteer or to sign up a relative          values to spur action that can improve the
or by engaging in community service, now                 to receive a visit, please contact Rachel Ferber      world. May the coming of Elul inspire us all
is the time to reflect and to ready ourselves            at rachel.ferber@att.net or contact me at             to take a deeper look into our lives and to
to make the most of the upcoming new year.               mschwab@nssbethel.org. Second, think                  renew our commitment to making a greater
Please remember that our clergy, staff and               about becoming more involved in our Social            positive impact on our society. Shanah Tovah
fellow congregants stand ready to help you take          Action Committee. Reaching out to the local           in advance!
that next step forward.                                  and global community, the Social Action
    I would like to highlight two ways through           Committee projects are making a difference.
which you can increase your engagement at                By volunteering through the Social Action
Beth El and deepen your commitment to                    Committee at the Beth Emet Soup Kitchen,
Judaism. First, join our Bikkur Holim Society - a        JUF Uptown Café, the ARK, the Annual
group of congregants that reaches out to fellow          Family-To-Family Thanksgiving Mitzvah




   Shabbat Schedule                                                See calendar for times.

              Monday through Friday                                      Shabbat, August 6                                  Shabbat, September 3
              Mornings, 7:15am                                           Shabbat Hazon                                      Parashat Shof ’tim
                                                                         Parashat Devarim                                   Torah: Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9
              Sunday through Thursday                                    Torah: Deuteronomy 1:1–3:22                        Haftarah: Isaiah 51:12 – 52:12
              Evenings, 7:30pm                                           Haftarah: Isaiah 1:1–27
                                                                                                                            Shabbat, September 10
              Sunday and Legal Holiday
                                                                         Shabbat, August 13                                 Shabbat Shuvah
              Mornings, 8:45am
                                                                         Shabbat Nahamu                                     Parashat Ki Tetze
              Rosh Hodesh                                                Parashat Va’et’hanan                               Torah: Deuteronomy 21:10–25:19
              Mornings, 7:00am                                           Torah: Deuteronomy 3:23– 7:11                      Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1 –10
                                                                         Haftarah: Isaiah 40:1–26
              Services are conducted by:                                                                                    Shabbat, September 17
              Rabbi Vernon H. Kurtz,                                     Shabbat, August 20                                 Parashat Ki Tavo
              Rabbi Michael Schwab,                                      Parashat Ekev                                      Torah: Deuteronomy 26:1– 29:8
              Hazzan Larry B. Goller                                     Torah: Deuteronomy 7:12–11:25                      Haftarah: Isaiah 60:1 – 22
                                                                         Haftarah: Isaiah 49:14–51:3
                                                                                                                            Shabbat, September 24
              11:00 am Every Shabbat                                     Shabbat, August 27                                 Parashat Nitzavim –Vayelekh
                                                                         Birkat HaHodesh                                    Torah: Deuteronomy 29:9–31:30
              Tot Shabbat                                                Parashat Re’eh                                     Haftarah: Isaiah 61:10 – 63:9
              Services for families with                                 Torah: Deuteronomy 11:26–16:17
              Pre-School children                                        Haftarah: Isaiah 54:11–55:5
              Mini Minyan
              Services for families with children
              Kindergarten - 2nd grade

              Junior Congregation
              Services for students in 3rd - 5th grade




NSSBE Staff                                          Vernon Kurtz, Rabbi                                    Mark Stadler, Ritual Director
                                                     Michael Schwab, Rabbi                                  Ali Drumm, Director of Informal Education
                                                     Larry B. Goller, Hazzan                                Matt Levitt, Associate Youth Community Director
                                                     Chuck Kahalnik, Executive Director                     Rachel Kamin, Cultural & Learning Center Director
                                                     Alicia Gejman, Director of Formal Education            Merle Tovian, Continuing Education Director
                                                     Caron Knopoff, Pre-School Director                     Andrew W. Brown, President

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High Holidays                                                                  Friday, September 30, 2011 - Second Day Rosh Hashana
                                                                              *8:15am.........................Shacharit Service
Service Schedule – 2011/ 5772                                                 **10:15am.......................Children’s Services
                                                                              **10:15am.......................Young Family Service - at Beth El
Saturday, September 24, 2011 - Selichot Evening
                                                                              **6:15pm.........................Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat
8:45pm.........................“The Literary Chagall”
                                                                               6:15pm.........................Candle Lighting
10:30pm.......................Social Gathering
11:00pm.......................Dedication of Memorial Plaques and
                                                                               Friday, October 7, 2011 - Kol Nidre/Erev Yom Kippur
                                 Selichot Service
                                                                               7:15am.........................Shacharit Service
                                                                              *5:45pm.........................Mincha Service
 Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - Erev Rosh Hashana                            *6:00pm.........................Kol Nidre Service
 7:15am.........................Shacharit Service                              6:03pm.........................Candle Lighting
**6:00pm.........................Mincha & Ma’ariv
 6:18pm.........................Candle Lighting                                Saturday, October 8, 2011 - Yom Kippur/Yizkor
**8:00pm.........................Ma’ariv                                      *9:00am.........................Shacharit Service
                                                                              *10:45am.......................Children’s Services
 Thursday, September 29, 2011 - First Day Rosh Hashana                        **4:15pm.........................Mincha Service
*8:15am.........................Shacharit Service                             **5:45pm.........................Neilah Service
*10:15am.......................Children's Services                             7:08pm.........................Yom Kippur Ends
 6:00pm.........................Tashlich
**6:15pm.........................Mincha & Ma’ariv                             *At Beth El and Highland Park High School
 7:23pm.........................Candle Lighting                               ** At Beth EL ONLY



President's Corner
by Andrew W. Brown




W
             ell....here we are! As many of you already know, I’m                 to stay on the Executive Board as one of the Financial Secretaries,
             the recently installed President of North Suburban                   a capacity in which I served for three years. After this, other than
             Synagogue Beth El. And, for those that question                      continuing with board membership and serving on a committee
the possibility of miracles, now there’s some proof that they can                 or two, I thought that I was done with lay leadership. How
happen!                                                                           wrong I was! My year off of the Executive Board turned into a
    I’m a native of Highland Park and was raised in the reform                    brief hiatus, as, when asked to become Beth El’s next president,
tradition at Temple Jeremiah. My family joined Temple Jeremiah                    and, after some discussion at home, I agreed to step up to this
before it had its lovely facility, so that’s a little indication of how           awesome task and honor. Who would have believed it! It is just
far back I go! When I was a student at Edgewood Jr. High, I                       flat astonishing! My children, Joey, Eliza, and Madeline, all of
attended a bar mitzvah or two at Beth El, which, with my reform                   whom attended Beth El from the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg
background, were more than a bit intimidating. So, how did I get                  Pre-School through the Bernard H. Sokol Hebrew High School,
here?                                                                             totally thought I was pulling their leg. Friends...as I mentioned
    My in-laws, Harry and Arlene Feiger, have been long members                   above, miracles happen.
of Beth El, and, when my wife, Gail and I were engaged, I                              We’ve had a lot of valuable transition at Beth El over the
stepped back into Beth El for our aufruf. At the time, I didn’t                   last number of years, and so, I’m most eager for a period of
own a tallit and I sure didn’t know the aliyah! My brother-in-                    stability where we can focus our energies on building upon the
law coached me through the Hebrew and I somehow stumbled                          foundations we’ve set. This fundamental work was accomplished
through the service. I was nervous then and, even after many                      by our incredible clergy, our excellent staff and our many
years, am still nervous now on the bimah!                                         lay leaders; most especially my predecessors with whom I’ve
    We were married by Rabbi Mordechai Simon, of blessed                          worked. And, before I go further, I want to acknowledge the
memory, long a member of Beth El. After we joined the                             tremendous work of Steve Abrams. With a cool head and a steady
synagogue, I decided to have an adult bar mitzvah. It didn’t seem                 hand, Steve guided the synagogue through some very challenging
appropriate to me to have our children go through the rigors of                   economic times. We all owe him our gratitude.
Hebrew school without their knowing that both parents had done                         If, over the next two years, you have some issue that you
the same. I’m positive that when Rabbi Kurtz officiated at my                     would like to discuss with me, I can best be reached at my Beth
bar mitzvah, he never dreamed that I would sit on the bimah with                  El email address, abrown.nssbe@gmail.com. If you would prefer
him as president of the synagogue! For those of you who are just                  a personal conversation, the best telephone number for me is
getting the hang of our services, I hope this may serve as some                   773-972-5813. And, I would like to close by making a pitch for
encouragement.                                                                    your help. The almost countless programs and activities held at
    Ten years ago, I was asked to join the board of the synagogue                 Beth El only happen because of the assistance of many valued
and then, a few years later, became the Vice President of Finance                 volunteers. We need your help! Don’t hesitate to reach out; I’ll be
for a two year term. At the conclusion of that term, I was asked                  happy to find a spot where we can really use your help!


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Congratulations To:   - Joyce and Michel Fox on the occasion of their 21st wedding anniversary
                      - Rachel and Neil Greenbaum on the marriage of their son, David, to Allyson Berman
                      - Rachel and Neil Greenbaum on the birth of their granddaughter, Jordyn Arielle
                      - Lois and Howard Hirschfield on the occasion of their 65th wedding anniversary
                      - Ellie and Joshua Kaiser on the birth of their daughter, Hannah Ruby Kaiser
                      - Judith and Michael Lavin on the marriage of their daughter, Elizabeth, to Matthew Goodman
                      - Blair and Nolan Lebovitz on the birth of their son
                      - Linda and Jerry Lebovitz on the birth of their grandson
                      - Marie Lebovitz on the birth of her great-grandson
                      - Marsha and Steve Levin on the birth of twin grandchildren, Jack Hershie and Wyatt Jacob and their
                       granddaughter, Anabel Eve
                      - Nancy and Arnold Levinson on the birth of their granddaughter, Molly Reese Arnstein
                      - Jane and Mark Mordini on Eli Mordini becoming a Bar Mitzvah
                      - Fay Morgan on the birth of her great-grandson
                      - Elaine and Bernie Reisin on the birth of twin great-grandchildren, Jack Hershie and Wyatt Jacob,
                       and their great-granddaughter, Anabel Eve
                      - Susan and Alan Resnick on the birth of their granddaughter, Alexis Perry Schneider
                      - Debbi and Ira Rosenberg on the marriage of their daughter, Amy Rosenberg to Brad Chaimson
                      - Miriam and Mort Steinberg on the birth of their granddaughter
                      - Miriam and Mort Steinberg on the marriage of their son, Adam Steinberg to Emily Meyer
                      - Lynn and Leonard Weitz on the birth of their granddaughter, Hannah Ruby Kaiser
                      - Brenda and Marc Wilkow on the marriage of their son, Gregg, to Brittany Walowitz

Condolences To:       - Elinor Bayless on the loss of her mother, Gladys Jacobson
                      - Carol Beckerman on the loss of her mother, Gertrude Exelrod
                      - Jack Blumberg on the loss of his brother, Abraham “Jim” Blumberg
                      - Eve Bremen on the loss of her father, Bernard Wolnak
                      - Marc Dorfman on the loss of his father, Robert Dorfman
                      - Julio Gesklin on the loss of his mother, Sofia Gesklin
                      - Karyn Goldstein on the loss of her husband, Arnold Goldstein
                      - Bonnie and Joel Haber on the loss of their son, Charlie Haber
                      - Kari and Kelly Haber on the loss of their brother, Charlie Haber
                      - Bruce Jacobson on the loss of his mother, Rae (Rachel) Jacobson
                      - Anne Kaplan on the loss of her mother, Rosa Richtman
                      - Audra Kaplan on the loss of her father, Howard G. Kaplan
                      - Marlene Kaplan on the loss of her husband, Howard G. Kaplan
                      - Rhonda Katz on the loss of her father, Howard G. Kaplan
                      - Stephen Kaufman on the loss of his mother, Regina Kaufman
                      - Edith Kaye on the loss of her sister, Betty Cedar Fishman
                      - Jason Kleinman on the loss of his father, Harry Kleinman
                      - Avrum Kraft on the loss of his sister-in-law, Myra Kraft
                      - Bryna Kurtz on the loss of her father, Samuel Wise
                      - Cynthia Lome on the loss of her brother, Gerald Allen Croopnick
                      - Ann Leslie Nadler on the loss of her sister, Ronni Handelman
                      - Esther Schlutz on the loss of her daughter, Ronni Handelman
                      - Edna Shepard on the loss of her husband, Irvin Shepard
                      - Leonard Sherman on the loss of his wife, Diane Sherman
                      - Polly and Yossi Vinograd on the loss of their daughter, Maya Vinograd
                      - Yossi Vinograd on the loss of his father, Avraham Vinograd
                      - Debbie Winick on the loss of her grandmother, Belle Krantz
                      - Frances Wolnak on the loss of her husband, Bernard Wolnak
In Memoriam:          - Joan Bernick                                    - Howard G. Kaplan             - Diane Sherman
                      - Gertrude Exelrod                                - Seymour Regal                - Bernard Wolnak
                      - Arnold Goldstein                                - Irvin Shepard
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August – Av / Elul 5771                                                    September – Elul5771/Tishrei 5772




Elizabeth Youshaei, daughter of   Nathan Apter, son of                     Davis Blum, son of              Rebecca Mosk, daughter of
Jila and Job Youshaei             Stacy and Kevin Apter                    Peggy and Marc Blum             Jodie and Mark Mosk
Shabbat, August 20                Shabbat, August 27                       Shabbat, September 3            Shabbat, September 10




Bessie Cohen, daughter of         David Aizenberg, son of                  Robert Aronoff, son of Janice
Sue and Craig Cohen               Deborah and Gabriel Aizenberg            and Jeffrey Aronoff
Shabbat, September 17             Shabbat, September 17                    Shabbat, September 24



We Welcome the Following          - Daniel and Candace Arnold
New Members :                     - Jeffrey and Sara Cahn
                                  - Todd and Jennifer Deutch and their children, Eden and Joseph
                                  - Matt and Lisa Ebner and their sons, Zachariah and Ezra
                                  - Matthew Fischel
                                  - Jordan and Stephanie Goldstein
                                  - Matthew and Elizabeth Goodman
                                  - Perry and Carol Granof and their daughters, Natanya, Arielle, and Sarah
                                  - Todd and Melissa Halperin and their daughter, Kourtnie
                                  - Josh and Jennifer Herz and their child, Madison
                                  - Irwin and Irene Kushner
                                  - Jane Mordini and her children, Eli, Isabella, and Max
                                  - Leigh and Corrie Pollak and their children, Parker and Peyton
                                  - Daniel and Ronit Ripes and their children, Noah and Sophie
                                  - Martin and Jodi Rosenthal and their children, Levi and Lexi
                                  - Joshua and Marci Sukenic and their son, Brendan

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Irving and Janet Robbin Scholar-in-Residence


                                                              Start the new year right by
                                                              reflecting and re-energizing
                                                              yourself with Rabbi Naomi Levy
                                                              Friday, September 9, 2011
                                                              Kick off a weekend of Hope and Renewal
                                                              Come to a special Shabbat dinner with the
                                                              Irving and Janet Robbin Scholar-in-Residence


                                                              Spend a evening recharging after the
                                                              weekly grind and reenergizing yourself
                                                              to take on the challenges in your life.

                                                              Two Kabbalat Shabbat services begin at 6:15 pm
                                                              Traditional services and Family Friendly services
                                                              Engaging children's activities for children up to 7th grade
                                                              will be going on simultaneously to Naomi Levy's talk


                                                              Casual Family Pasta Dinner - $8/ adult and $5/ child
                                                              Paid reservations are due by September 2
                                                              For this event or any other part of the Robbin Scholar weekend,
                                                              please contact mtovian@nssbethel.org to sign up!


                                                              Saturday morning D’var Torah – “A Little Push Can Cause Seas to Part:
                                                              What Sort of Push Do You Need?”
                                                              Post Kiddush Lecture – “Hope Will Find You: What if all Sorts of
                                                              Blessings Are Raining Down On You, But You’re Wearing a Raincoat?”
                                                              Sunday morning, 9:30–10:00am: Breakfast, followed by interactive
                                                              discussion –
                                                              10:00 – 11:00 am: “Talking to God: How Prayer Can Transform Our
                                                              Lives”
                                                              Cosponsored by Men’s Club and Sisterhood




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     Membership                                        Declaration of Independence "Haftorah"
                                                       As Conservative Jews, we have prided our history as Jews on the ability to be loyal to our heritage,
     Outside Summer Nosh &                             while at the same time being able to appropriately integrate, participate and positively contribute
     Service by the Lake                               to the host culture. This has occurred no less here in America, contributing in various ways to the
     Friday, August 26th                               founding and development of this great nation.
     Held in the backyard if the weather               Hazzan Jack Kessler in Philadelphia, the city where freedom was born 235 years ago, took the words
     is nice. Nosh starts at 5:30pm and                of the Declaration of Independence and applied the ancient chant of the haftorah. He did this to
     services start at 6:15pm.                         demonstrate commitment to Jewish values as we wed them to American ideals. The Declaration of
                                                       Independence was profound and prophetic; what better Jewish mode to chant these words from our
                                                       tradition. Biblical chant is a means of expressing and interpreting text.
     Havurah Program                                   This past July 4th, for a second year, at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Highland Park, IL, the
     Sunday, August 28th; 5:00pm                       Declaration of Independence was chanted as a “Haftorah” after the morning minyan. It took place
                                                       in the Zell Activity room with many congregants in attendance. A legible copy of the Declaration
     Barbeque-in-a-Havurah. Interested                 was provided, so that as it was chanted, listeners could follow along just as they do from the Etz
     in a Havurah or would like to learn               Hayim. The “Haftorah” was chanted emotionally by Ernie Smolen. The event reminded us all of
     more about a Havurah? Come                        the significant contributions that the Jewish people have made and continue to make to the United
     join us for one last big dose                     States of America.
     of Summer! We will be out in
     the backyard and will grill out.
     Everyone that is interested is
     welcome to join us. Cost is $10
     Adults/$5 for children over 5 yrs
     old.
     Please RSVP by Wednesday,
     August 25th to the Synagogue
     office at 847-432-8900 ext: 222 or
     cswenson@nssbethel.org.




Field Family Sanctuary has a New Voice
For over a decade our Main Sanctuary has had, what was for that time, a             A 3Com commercial Wi-Fi router will allow the sound system to be remote
popular analog sound system. It had served us well on both sides of the             controlled via computer. A music input player panel will accommodate the
bimah. However as we all are aware, the electronic age has created new              connection and use of an iPod or MP3 audio player. A DVD recorder /
and improved systems in all of our lives, so to in sound systems. Our               player as well as a modern dual CD recording deck which can record two
Main Sanctuary has now entered the digital age. Our House Committee,                CDs sequentially for a total recording time of 160 minutes.
under the direction of Lisa Rosenkranz, had decided that a current and
                                                                                    Private headphones for the hearing impaired are now available upon
new modern system was needed.
                                                                                    request. An additional speaker has been added to the existing lobby
After much research and receipt of numerous bids, Pentegra Systems was              speaker. The overall performance of the new Digital System will add to
chosen to install a modern Digital Signal Processor, featuring automatic            the enjoyment of attending Services and musical programs.
microphone mixing with memory presets for room configuration. This
                                                                                    The new system was installed and began operating on May 7, 2011. The
system will result in a higher quality voice and instrument reproduction,
                                                                                    system was funded by Ernie Smolen in memory of his son Hazzan Alan
eliminate distortion in sounds and enable congregants to hear both loud
                                                                                    Smolen.
and soft voices from the Bimah. Among the features of the Digital system
it will provide additional inputs of mixing for the Field Sanctuary and the
Paset Lounge.


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Gray Cultural & Learning Center

Susan Fisher Glick Memorial Research Center
In May, the newly renovated Susan Fisher Glick Memorial Research Center was
re-dedicated. Through the generosity of the parents, family, and friends of Susan
Fisher Glick, the Center, housing eight computer workstations, continues to be a
focal point for our education effort. During the past school year, our Alef students
played “Who Stole Hannukah” in order to learn about the history and practices on
this holiday, the Bet students reinforced their fluency and understanding of prayers
with the “Henini” programs, the Gimel students improved their vocabulary by
creating “Word Zapper” games, and Dalet classes learned about Purim, its story
and its customs by completing quizzes using the “JBOP” program. Teachers in the
Steinberg Preschool and the Cohen Religious School used the Center extensively to
create flashcards, worksheets and access the color printer. The Susan Fisher Glick
Memorial Research Center is invaluable to our educational mission. We hope it will
forever honor the memory of Susan and that it is a source of pride for her family
and our community for years to come.




                                                                        The PJ Library
                                                                        North Suburban Synagogue Beth El has become a PJ Library Chicago Partner
                                                                        and we are thrilled to tell you about an opportunity from the Jewish United Fund/
                                                                        Jewish Federation of Metro Chicago to receive FREE Jewish books and music. The
                                                                        PJ Library* sends families with children ages 6 months – 8 years old high quality,
                                                                        age-appropriate Jewish books and music – with absolutely no strings attached.
                                                                        Space is limited and the program already filled up once! To learn more and sign
                                                                        up, please visit www.juf.org/pjlibrary or call 312-357-4831 for more information.
                                                                        Please note that in Chicago, the PJ Library is limited to one subscription per family
                                                                        so that we are able to accommodate as many people as we can in this fantastic
                                                                        program.
                                                                        If you’re already receiving books (or just signed up) or don’t qualify yourself, but
                                                                        know a family who does, enter the program’s refer a friend contest where you can
                                                                        win great prizes like a Kindle, Starbucks gift cards and free passes to the Chicago
                                                                        Children’s Museum—just by referring a friend to the program!
                                                                       *The PJ Library was created by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and is a gift
                                                                        to your family from the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan
                                                                        Chicago, local donors and your local early childhood Jewish educators.




                                                                          Contact Rachel Kamin at 847-432-8903 x242 or rkamin@
                                                                          nssbethel.org, or Marcie Eskin at x234 or meskin@nssbethel.org
                                                                          for more information on these and other available resources.




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Gray Cultural & Learning Center

The Arnold Rissman Family Kol Ami Museum
In May, approximately 40 students from the Highland Park Senior Center
visited the Rissman Family Kol Ami Museum to view the exhibit of woodcut
prints by Todros Geller. The students learned about Geller’s prolific and
varied oeuvre encompassing paintings, drawings, and prints, stained-glass
windows, public murals, illustration and graphic design, and decorative arts
and how he became known as the “Dean of Chicago’s Jewish Artists.” A
new exhibit, highlighting pieces from the Kol Ami collection, will be installed
in September.




Alef Reading Stars
The Alef students in the Cohen Religious
School all became Reading Stars by reading 241
Jewish books during the 2010-2011 school year.
At a special awards ceremony on the last day
of Religious School, each student read at least
5 books and received a certificate and the book
Wise and Not So Wise: Ten Tales from the Rabbis
by Phillis Gershator.
12 students became Super Reading Stars
by reading 6 or more Jewish books: Eugenia
Berman-Moore, Noa Dayan, Rosie Ezgur,
David Friedland, Avra Friedman, Jason
Garfinkel, Taylor Gilbert, Bradley Kaufman,
Rebecca Lerner, Asher Miller, Leah
Rosenberg, and Leah Seidman.
The Top Reading Stars were: Gabriel
Bornstein and Sam Zacks (15 books), Julia
Tenner (29 books), and Ellie Goldsmith (33
books).
Mazel Tov to all of the Reading Stars and their
teachers Edith Belkind, Erica Friedman, and
Yael Hoffman.



                                   August - September 2011 / Av 5771-Tishrei 5772   9
Sisterhood                                            Sisterhood Notes
                                                      August and September are always filled with the excitement of the final days of summer and the
                                                      wonderful anticipation of the year ahead. For 2011-12, we have planned an exciting array of programs
                                                      that will further the spiritual, cultural and social interests of our Sisterhood members and our Beth El
                                                      Family. We look forward to providing an opportunity for women of all ages to learn, to enhance Jewish
                                                      observance in their home, to participate in social action programs, and to be a vital part of our Jewish
                                                      Community. We hope you will join us along the path!
                                                      Torah Fund Campaign – “Judaism is above all a life of dialogue.” Ismar Schorsch, former Chancellor, JTS
                                                      Our Torah Fund classes are among the major educational programs we offer each year and reflect our
                                                      commitment to Jewish learning. These classes are also the cornerstone of our Torah Fund Campaign.
About our logo....
                                                      Each year, they provide an exceptional opportunity not only to study with extraordinary teachers but
The Women’s League logo                               also to support the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the spiritual and academic center of
emphasizes the role women play as                     Conservative Judaism. All the monies raised through our Torah Fund campaign activities go directly to
keepers of the flames of mitzvot,                     the Seminary, to help ensure our legacy to future generations of Conservative Jews.
family, study, Israel, Torah, and
                                                      We are grateful to all who supported our Torah Fund programs this past year. Through your support,
community. The "W" suggests
                                                      we raised $11,410 for the Seminary. Todah Rabah to Marilyn Lewis, Vice President of Torah Fund
the ancient menorah in a strong,
                                                      for her tireless effort and deep commitment to the Torah Fund and the Campaign within our Beth El
contemporary style, and the
                                                      Community.
phrase Mah yafah yerushataynu
(How beautiful is our heritage)                       Torah Fund Luncheon. All those who attended our Torah Fund luncheon at the end of May agree
reflects Women’s League’s ongoing                     that it was a very enjoyable afternoon. Sisterhood recognized and thanked the dedicated teachers whose
commitment to our vital and                           knowledge and commitment made the classes possible: Rabbi Vernon Kurtz, Rabbi Michael Schwab,
dynamic tradition. The flame                          Hazzan Larry Goller, Karen Raizen, Rachel Kamin, and Merle Tovian.
motif also connects Women’s
                                                      We also would like to take this opportunity to thank Hazzan Larry Goller who prepared and presented a
League with the other Conservative
                                                      beautiful program for our luncheon, “An Afternoon of Jewish Music…With a Twist.” This exceptional
movement organizations.
                                                      program featured a broad repertoire of wonderful music and also showcased Hazzan Goller’s amazing
                                                      talent. We are grateful for the Hazzan’s continued support of Sisterhood not only as one of the teachers
                                                      of our Torah Fund Class but also for his willingness to help Sisterhood whenever he can.




Did You Know…                                          Enjoy a Day at the Museums
Each Year Sisterhood contributes                      August 4, 2011
more than $20,000 to NSS Beth                         Visit the Art Institute of Chicago for a Guided Tour of
El including:                                         Marc Chagall’s Work. Enjoy time to Browse and Lunch at Spertus
- An annual $10,000 gift to NSS                        Our 2011 summer-in-the-city trip is a unique escape from
 Beth El.                                              the ordinary! Come join us as we view the latest exhibits at
- Monies to support enrichment                         Spertus, enjoy a Wolfgang Puck kosher lunch and then we are
 and scholarships in our NSS Beth                      off to the Art Institute of Chicago! The centerpiece of our
 El Preschool, Elementary and                          trip will be a docent-led tour of Marc Chagall’s masterpieces
 High School                                          – including his crowning achievement in the media of stained
- Monies for the College Connection                    glass.
- A donation to the Maxwell                           The bus leaves our NSS Beth El Parking lot promptly at
 Abbell Library                                       9:30am. Invite your friends.
                                                      Cost: $65 and includes: Transportation, Museum Admission,
                                                      Kosher lunch at Spertus and Chagall Tour. Space is limited, so please reserve early.


                                                      Reservations are with check only! (Made out to NS Beth El Sisterhood.)
                                                      Send to: Pam Schlosberg, 144 Whistler Road, Highland Park Il 60035.

                                                        Name(s)                                             Phone

                                                        Number of Guests________@ $65 per person            Amount Enclosed $__________




                                      August - September 2011 / Av 5771-Tishrei 5772                  10
                                                      Sisterhood's Welcome Brunch
                                                      Sunday, September 18
                                                      9:30 -11:30am; the Blumberg
                                                     “For me the High Holiday are an opportunity to connect with people I love and a chance to make
                                                      amends to those I may have hurt”, recalls Nancy Rips.
                                                      With the High Holidays fast approaching, Sisterhood is beginning the year with a Welcome Brunch
                                                      for our current members, new members and all those interested in finding out more about us! Our
                                                      program will feature acclaimed author, Nancy Rips who returns by popular request, to share her
                                                      insights on her latest book, “High Holiday Stories.”
                                                      The High Holidays are always a special time to be with family and friends and to share stories of past
                                                      generations. We all have our memories. Nancy Rips’ “High Holiday Stories” is filled with 101 heartfelt
                                                      holiday remembrances, from famous people, and some only known in their own circle of family and
                                                      friends. Each recounts varied Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur experiences, from observing the holiday
                                                      in the Colorado Rockies to Army bases in Iraq, even online in L.A. The stories come from people of all
                                                      ages, all professions, from New York to California, New Zealand to England.
                                                      Nancy Rips is recognized as the book maven of the midwest. She’s a longtime bookseller and book
                                                      reviewer who has always loved the Jewish holidays. She began collecting high holiday stories after her
                                                      first book “Seder Stories” was so successful. Her passion for books, reading, libraries, and the Jewish
                                                      tradition are infectious. In addition, she’s a force of nature when it comes to her regular review segments
                                                                                                                     on radio and Omaha’s CBS-tv affiliate.
                                                                                                                  Nancy Rips will be available after the brunch
Our Annual Rosh Hashana Honey Sale!                                                                               for a special book signing. Please plan to
It’s Time to think about Rosh Hashanah! And in the                                                                join us for a most interesting program!
sweetest tradition of the holiday.
Wish your family and friends a “Sweet and Happy
New Year” by sending them a jar of honey for                                                                      Todah Rabbah
Rosh Hashanah. Every gift box contains an 8
ounce jar of kosher honey, your personalized                                                                      Sisterhood is not one person, an Executive
holiday greeting, the brachot, and holiday-perfect                                                                Board or a Board of Directors – it is
recipes for honey from our Sisterhood Cookbook,                                                                   many, many women who together serve
Tradition in the Kitchen 2 .                                                                                      and support our Beth El Community and
                                                                                                                  the Jewish Community at large. Many
Each box is $8. (International shipping is extra)                                                                 voices, many hearts, many hands dedicated
Ordering is fast and easy! Simply complete the                                                                    to expanding the knowledge of and
order form below and return it by August 28th.                                                                    commitment to a vibrant and vital Judaism in
Make checks payable to NS Beth El Sisterhood and send it with your order form to: Rachel Ferber,                  the home, in the community, and in Israel.
399 Madison Ave, Glencoe, IL 60022.
                                                                                                                  We are unified by a love of traditional
If you have questions, please call Rachel Ferber at 847-835-6201 or email them to Rachel.ferber@att.net           Judaism. We are unified in the belief that NS
                                                                                                                  Beth El Sisterhood is the most potent, most
                                                                                                                  effective, most satisfying place to accomplish
 Name                                                                Phone                                        our goals as Conservative Jewish women.
                                                                                                                  As we look ahead to a new year, we would
Provide the folling information for each jar ordered. Feel free to attach additional pages as needed.
                                                                                                                  like to recognize a few honored volunteers
                                                                                                                  who are leaving their chairmanships after
 From:                                                   To:
                                                                                                                  many years of service – among these: Shirley
                                                         Address:                                                 Blair, Corresponding Secretary, Clara Gesklin
                                                                                                                  and Susan Saper, co-chairs of the Gift Shop,
                                                         City, State, Zip:                                        and Barbara Blumberg who will leave her
                                                                                                                  Financial Secretary Chair this fall. You each
 From:                                                   To:                                                      have been a blessing to our Sisterhood and
                                                                                                                  to our Jewish Community. It has been an
                                                         Address:                                                 honor to work with each of you and to learn
                                                                                                                  from you. And although you will not be in
                                                         City, State, Zip:
                                                                                                                  a chairmanship, we look forward to your
                                                                                                                  continued participation in Sisterhood.

                                     August - September 2011 / Av 5771-Tishrei 5772                  11
Sisterhood Torah Fund Classes
Monday Morning at the Movies!
Hazzan Larry Goller
Mondays, begins October 24; 10:00-11:00am
Through the viewing of some of Hollywood’s finest productions,
explore how Jews and Jewish values influenced the American film
industry, and through film, American culture. Popcorn will be
provided!

Pray-er
Merle Tovian
Mondays, begins October 24; 11:00-11:30am                                           Sign Up Online for the Beth El Sisterhood
This is an informal and interactive exploration of why, when, and how               College Connection!
we pray.
                                                                                    Spending your summers getting a kid ready for college, or wishing
Conservative Judaism Looks at Modern Issues
                                                                                    your child would come home from the summer internship
Rabbi Vernon Kurtz
                                                                                    for longer than a day? Then the Beth El Sisterhood College
Tuesdays, begins October 25; 10:00-11:00am
                                                                                    Connection program is for you!
Join a discussion of the principles of Conservative Judaism, its
interpretation of Jewish law, and its response to modern issues,                    Thanks to a generous endowment from the Sisterhood, we
including ritual, ethics, sex and politics.                                         continue to provide a connection for our college students to our
                                                                                    congregation. Enrolling in this wonderful program gets your
Midrash for the Modern World                                                        college student great care packages for the Jewish holidays, as well
Rabbi Michael Schwab                                                                as emailed information about alternative school break programs,
Tuesdays, begins October 25; 11:00am-Noon                                           Birthright Israel, Jewish programs on campus, summer jobs and
Explore the depth of meaning in passages of the Torah via beautiful                 study abroad opportunities.
interpretations and engaging stories created by the rabbis, speaking to
                                                                                    This program is sponsored by the Beth El Sisterhood and
the core values of Judaism. Learn the text and discuss its meaning and
                                                                                    completely free to you, but you need to fill out a new form every
relevance to us today.
                                                                                    year. All of our enrollment this year will be online. We will be
                                                                                    emailing the registration forms out to all relevant applicants -
Torah Fund Book Club
                                                                                    which includes graduate students! We no longer mail packages
Rachel Kamin
                                                                                    overseas- but if you’re only studying abroad for one semester, we
5 sessions to stay and chat after Shabbat kiddush
                                                                                    want to make sure you get packages the rest of the year, so please
Saturday afternoons, 12:30-1:30pm
                                                                                    sign up.
October 29, 2011 (Book to be announced.)
Save these dates for future book discussions (titles to be announced):              If you are concerned that we don’t have the right email address
December 10, 2011; January 21, 2012; March 10, 2012; and May 12, 2012.              to send a registration link to enroll your college student, please
                                                                                    contact Ali Drumm at adrumm@nssbethel.org to give the correct
Registration Information: Sisterhood Torah Fund classes are open to                 email address for College Connection information (both parent
women and men with a contribution of $36 or more to this year’s Torah               and student.)
Fund Campaign. Anyone may participate in one or all classes for the same            The deadline for application for the fall boxes is September 1st, 2011.
contribution! All proceeds are donated to the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Please register by Monday, October 17, as each class will only run if there
are at least 6 participants.


Sisterhood Torah Fund               Name:                                                           Email:
Registration Form
                                    Address:                                                        Phone:

                                    Torah Fund Contribution $_____________ (Checks made payable to: Sisterhood Torah Fund)


                                   Please register me for the following classes:
                                  ___ Monday Morning at the Movies!                         ___ Pray-er
                                  ___ Conservative Judaism Looks at Modern Issues           ___ Torah Fund Book Club
                                  ___ Midrash for the Modern World



                                   August - September 2011 / Av 5771-Tishrei 5772            12
Men's Club                             Men's Club Golf Outing
                                                                                 The Beth El Men’s Club Annual Golf Outing is set for the afternoon of Thursday,
                                                                                 August 18, 2011, at ThunderHawk Golf Course in Beach Park.
                                                                                 ThunderHawk Golf Club is a Robert Trent Jones, Jr. course nestled on 228
                                                                                 beautiful acres of forest, marsh and prairie. It is the first public course in Illinois to
                                                                                 achieve Audubon Signature certification. ThunderHawk has been named among
                                                                                 the 10 best municipal courses in the United States and “Best in State” several years
                                                                                 in a row. ZAGAT calls ThunderHawk one of “America’s Top Golf Courses”.
                                                                          Along with the green fees, golf cart, drinks, and lunch will be provided. All are
                                       welcome to join us even if you are not playing in the Men’s Club Golf League. Anyone interested in playing contact
                                       Ben Blumberg at 847-433-2886 or bjbp@aol.com as soon as possible.



Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs                                                                                  Steak & Wine Night
Convention a Hugh Success                                                                                         Wednesday, August 24 at 6:30 pm
The 2011 FJMC Convention, which was held in Costa Mesa,                                                           Come kick off the 2011-2012 Men's Club season
California, proved to be one of the most successful in recent years.                                              with your friends at our 1st event of the season.
Held at the Orange County Hilton from July 13th to July 17th it                                                   We will be grilling up Steaks, Potatoes and Corn
drew well over 400 delegates. The location and the facility were                                                  and washing it down with some delicious bold
perfect and provided for a memorable few days.                                                                    wine. This is open to all Men's Club members
Our Beth El Men’s Club was represented by: Darryl Temkin,                                                         as well as non-members. Cost is $25 dollars per
Gerald Brin, Jeffrey Wohlstadter and Ernie Smolen. Keynote                                                        person and will be held in the backyard at Beth
speakers included Dr. Ron Wolfson, Rabbi Bradley Artson and                                                       El. Please contact Jeffrey Goldsmith jbg724@
David Heber. All three delivered most interesting and inspiring                                                   gmail.com to register for this great event.
addresses and were received with standing ovations. Other
speakers included: Rabbi Aaron Alexander, Dr. William Becker,
Mrs. Gillian Caplin President Masorti Europe, Rabbi Elliot Dorff,
Rabbi Michael Siegel, Rabbi Charles Simon, Mrs. Janet Tobin
President Mercaz USA, Mrs. Rita Wertlieb President Women’s
League, including many other notables.
                                              We were led in Shabbat
                                              Services by Hazzan Alberto
                                              Mizrahi of Anshe Emet,
                                              Hazzan Steven Stoehr of
                                              Congregation Beth Shalom,
                                              Hazzan Judy Sofer and
                                              Hazzan Reuven Herman.
                                              Kabbalat Shabbat was a very
                                                                                Our meals were a highlight of the day with
                                              enthusiastic “Friday Alive”
                                                                                plenty of good food at every meal. Each meal
                                              with dancing to almost every
                                                                                was followed by a rousing Birkat Ha’Mazon
                                              prayer. The ruach surpassed
                                                                                with clapping, pounding on the tables and
                                              any previous Kabbalat
                                                                                waving of “ruach flags” over our heads. Even
                                              Shabbat Service. Shabbat
                                                                                the women participated in this ritual.
    Darryl Temkin: Receiving the Quality Club morning was equally enjoyed
             Award from Mark Berlin           with the incoming President,      This was the first convention that a virtual
Mike Mills, chanting the Haftarah. All other services were ably                 ad journal was put in use, with all ads placed
led by Men’s Club. Wednesday Shaharit was led by our own Ernie                  on line. It ran continuously on video screens
Smolen.                                                                         all over the hotel where people could see all
                                                                                of the ads that were placed. Our Men’s Club
The wide range of programming included: leadership, health
                                                                                generated over $7,000 in ads, most ever by
and wellness, shomrei ha’aretz, keruv, ethics, tikkun olam, ritual
                                                                                our club, and was chaired by Gerald Brin.
training, involving men in Jewish life, liturgy and study. Women’s                                                                         Ernie Smolen: Receiving the Ma'asim
programming included field trips as well as informative lectures.               This was a “first time” for some of the                   Tovim Award from Mark Berlin
The awards ceremonies were on Wednesday night. Our Beth El                      attendees, there were many, it will be the first of many more FJMC Conventions for
Men’s Club received a “Quality Club” award and the Ma’asim                      them. All of our Beth El members are invited to become members of our Men’s
Tovim award for Midwest Region was received by Ernie Smolen.                    Club and attend future conventions.
                                       August - September 2011 / Av 5771-Tishrei 5772                       13
Social Action in Action
Shop For The Homebound                                                              You’re Wanted…
Beth El members shop for an elderly homebound resident of Highland                  …And needed! The Social Action Committee is under new leadership, and
Park on the first Thursday of each month. If you are interested in                  looking for a few good souls to become part of our energetic committee.
volunteering, contact Enid Arnowitz at earnowitz@aol.com.                           Bring a suggestion for a project or help out for a couple of hours on
                                                                                    a Sunday during one of our scheduled programs (Winter Coat Drive,
Sign Up Now For The Juf Uptown Café                                                 Thanksgiving Mitzvah Project, Annual Food Drive or Mitzvah Day). We
Serve brunch from 10:30 to Noon, on Sunday, November 6, to clients of               need you!! Contact Jacqueline Kott-Wolle, Social Action Committee
the Uptown Café. A great Vav Tikkun Olam project or family “mission”                Chair, at jkottwolle@hotmail.com.
with children ages 12+. The Café is located at 909 W. Wilson, in Chicago.
Contact Bryna Kurtz at brynakurtz@aol.com.




  Beth El Helps Ugandan Jews
  10 boxes of our Silverman Mahzorim have found a new home where they                  This mitzvah was accomplished through the support and help of
  are greatly needed and much appreciated. In late spring, we shipped 300 of           many members. The funds to ship the mahzorim were donated by an
  our old mahzorim to the Abudaya (People of Judea) community in Uganda.               anonymous donor, Sisterhood, Jeff & Lisa Rosenkranz and Rabbi Kurtz’s
                                                                                       discrectionary fund. In addition, Fran Sherman wrote a lovely letter in
  The history of this community began almost a hundred years ago when
                                                                                       English and Hebrew to the Abudayan people and Chuck Kahalnik and his
  a tribal leader in east Uganda read the Hebrew Bible. He so related to its
                                                                                       staff helped pack and deliver the books to UPS.
  concepts that he proclaimed his tribe to be Jewish. The Jewish population
  grew to almost 3,000 in the 1970’s before Idi Amin forced 80%-90% to                 If you would like to support this community further, Kippot for Hope is
  convert to Christianity. From the 300 or so who continued to live secretly           a non-profit organization that supports Namatumba, one of the satellite
  as Jews, the community has grown to about 1,000 today.                               communities. The Jews of this community knit colorful kippot and the
                                                                                       proceeds are used to fund sustainable projects. Since this organization
  The community is divided into one central community and four satellite
                                                                                       began, they have installed glass windows in the Synagogue, planted 10,000
  communities. The communities live in simple mud houses with no
                                                                                       pineapples and built community pit latrines near the synagogue. With the
  electricity and no running water. While they keep Shabbat, practice
                                                                                       money from the pineapple plantation, they cover school fees for more
  Kashrut, circumcise their sons, attend their own synagogues and celebrate
                                                                                       children and carry out an adult literacy program. To order kippot and to
  the festivals alongside Jews all over the world, they have few religious
                                                                                       read more about this community, go to kippotforhope.org.
  objects to assist them in their observance.




Be a Teen Aide for Children's High Holiday Services
Volunteering to be a teen aide for Children’s High Holiday services is              Aides will receive a free ticket to High Holiday services as compensation
an incredibly rewarding experience. Teen aides play a crucial role in the           (*note that at the Beth El location, free tickets will only be given in the last
success of these services, and their responsibility encompasses much                several rows, not seated with parents.)
more than passing out juice and challah. During the children's services
                                                                                     So, how do you sign up? The online application will be available through
they are helping to ensure a meaningful High Holiday experience for our
                                                                                     our website and weekly email. If you are concerned that you did not
children as well as providing for their welfare and safety.
                                                                                     receive an application or cannot find it on the website, or have questions
This year spaces are limited for teen aides. In order to be an aide, you             about teen aides or anything related to Children’s High Holiday services,
have to commit to a training session/meeting with your teacher. Training             please contact Ali Drumm at adrumm@nssbethel.org
sessions are on:
Tuesday, September 13th at 7:00pm - Aides at the Beth El Location
Thursday, September 15th at 7:00pm - Aides at the HPHS Location (but
meeting will be at Beth El)
Tuesday, September 20th at 7:00pm - Makeup date for aides at either location

If you are going to be an aide at the Beth El location, you need to be
there all three days (you cannot be an aide if you plan on going to school
on the second day of Rosh HaShanah.) We will be strict with deadlines for
registration to be an aide - all applications must be in by Wednesday,
August 31st.



                                   August - September 2011 / Av 5771-Tishrei 5772                    14
Jack & Mildred Cohen Religious School and
Bernard H. Sokol Hebrew High School

 M'Shulchan Hamenahelet

S
        halom! I feel very honored to be the new Director of Formal Education
                                                                                              Jack and Mildred Cohen Religious School
        at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El. As Director of Formal Education
                                                                                              September – Elul 5771/Tishrei 5772
        I will strive to achieve the highest educational experience for the students
in our programs. The curriculum will be designed to deepen the student’s                      7           Wed               First Day of School (Alef thru Vav)
understanding of Judaism and what it means to live a Jewish life. Our programs
                                                                                              11          Sun               First Day of School (Pre-Gan and Gan)
will include the study of Torah (written and Oral), Ivrit, Tefilah, Israel, Jewish
history, Chagim (Jewish holidays), and Israel, among many other subjects that are             18          Sun               PADS (Dalet and Hey)
important to the building of a Jewish identity. In pursuit of this goal, we will
                                                                                              21          Wed               Open House (Hey and Vav)
utilize up-to-date, effective teaching techniques, and modern technology to help
the process of learning. Every child learns differently; and we should try to reach           25          Sun               Open House (Pre-Gan thru Dalet)
every student. As our tradition acknowledges in Proverbs 22:6 Chanoch L’na’ar al
                                                                                              28          Wed               No School
pi darko, gam ki yaskin lo yasur mimena (train a lad according to his own fashion
and he will not deviate from it even in old age).
     It is not coincidence that a Jewish school (beit sefer) is housed in a synagogue         Bernard H. Sokol Hebrew High School
(beit kneset); this creates a natural progression between the learning that takes place       September – Elul 5771/Tishrei 5772
in the classroom to the practice of Judaism, and the other way around. Parents are
                                                                                              11          Sun               Grade Level Orientations for parents and
an integral part to the success of a school. Parents (Horim) and teachers (Morim)
                                                                                                                            students (check future e-mails for more
share the responsibility to instruct youngsters in the ways of Torah. It is this joint                                      detailed information on these orientations).
effort that will allow students to become learned, dedicated Jews.

L'Shanah Tovah!
Alicia Gejman
Director of Formal Education



Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Pre-School


W
            hen parents come to tour the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Pre-               Another thing that parents note during the tour is our beautiful
            School, I am often asked, “What makes your school different              building. We have a wonderful, state of the art Gan Sylvia playground
            from others?” I am always eager to tell them about all the               as well as the Grossinger-Brickman Activity Center where our children
exciting things that happen every day at our school.                                 can develop their gross motor skills. Each week they get a chance to visit
    Our developmentally appropriate curriculum has been designed using               the Field Family Sanctuary where they sing and welcome Shabbat. Our
the latest research and best practices in child development and early                Rabbis and Hazzan visit our classes and interact with the children on a
childhood education. Our teachers integrate curriculum content within                regular basis.
the classroom and on the playground including, Jewish learning, social                   Families are an integral part of our school and the synagogue. Our
and emotional development, literacy, mathematics, science, social studies,           Parent Auxiliary actively works on behalf of our school. We have many
the arts, and fitness and well-being based on national and state education           exciting programs planned for the year including our Family Picnic
standards as well as the National Association for the Education of                   in September, Sukkot Party, Shema Pajama Party, Tu B’Shevat Forest
Young Children (NAEYC) and the Chicago-based Kehillah Jewish Early                   Extravaganza, Art Fair, and Passover Seder.
Childhood Accreditation Project.                                                         We have classes for children from infants through pre-kindergarten.
    These are very important reasons to send your children to our school             New this year, we are offering classes for our very youngest children,
but as the tour continues I don’t have to say too much, I just have to               called “Tall and Small” (infants to walkers). There will also be Toddler/
bring them into a classroom. Each one, filled with joyous children,                  Adult classes. We are thrilled that Eileen Goldberg, a specialist in this age
actively exploring their environment and learning as they play and                   group, will be teaching these classes.
socialize with one another.                                                              Please let your family, friends, and neighbors know about our program.
    Our teachers with their knowledge of early childhood education as                Drop by the preschool office or contact me by telephone 847-432-2830 or
well as their love of young children are professional, hardworking and               by e mail at cknopoff@nssbethel.org. I look forward to giving you a tour
caring. They challenge each other and continue to bring fresh ideas to               of our amazing school. We wish you all L’Shana Tovah.
our children. They are the backbone of our program. Also on staff are
                                                                                     Caron Knopoff
a music and movement specialist and an art specialist. Our enrichment
                                                                                     Steinberg Pre-School Director
classes include cooking, language, art, science, math, sports, movement
and rhythmic gymnastics.

                                    August - September 2011 / Av 5771-Tishrei 5772                   15
Gertrude Lederman Family
Continuing Education Program



          2011/2012 Classes and Events at a Glance



            “Talking to God: How Prayer Can Transform Our Lives” with
             Rabbi Naomi Levy
            “Chagall and the Women in His Life” with Vivian Jacobson
            Dr. Joshua R. Jacobson, April 22, 7:45 –9:30pm
             Open Conversational Hebrew
            Jews of the American West – Part 2 with Sue Lewis
             Sager Solomon Schechter Day Schools of Metropolitan
             Chicago Torathon
            Literature Class with Lillian Miller
            Mitzvah Day




            Intermediate Conversational Hebrew
            Monday Morning at the Movies
            Judaism 101
            Miriam and Deborah’s Girls Night Out – A Time for Spirituality
            Pray-er




            Talmud: Tractate Rosh Hashana
             Conservative Judaism Looks at Modern Issues
            Midrash for the Modern World
            Limitless Possibilities
             North Shore Kallah
            Take Charge of Your Health – Diabetes!
            How to Make this Seder Different from all Others




                          August - September 2011 / Av 5771-Tishrei 5772     16
Gertrude Lederman Family
Continuing Education Program




          Hebrew Crash Course
          Advanced Beginning Conversational Hebrew
          High Holidays
          Jewish History
          Shalom Hartman Institute Beit Midrash Discussion Series
          Bible with Commentary
          Torah Cantillation
          Jewish Laws of Daily Living
          Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration




          Study in the Suburbs
          Study in the Loop




          “Hope and Renewal” with Rabbi Naomi Levy




          Shabbat
          High Holiday Boot Camp
          “The Literary Chagall” with Vivian Jacobson
          The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Central District
          Scholar
          Tikkun Layl Shavuot
          Bein Ha'arbayim
          Torah Fund Book Club
          Synagogue-Wide Shabbaton
          Tu B’Shevat Seder




                           August - September 2011 / Av 5771-Tishrei 5772   17
Youth Community                                    It's BEANS an awesome summer!
                                                   What did you do on your summer vacation? Come tell us all about it at the Back to BEANS Bash on
                                                   Saturday, August 27th from 12:15pm-1:30pm in the Zell Activity room after Shabbat services. This free
                                                   lunch program is for all Beth El kids in grades K-12! Whether you were gone for the summer at camp
                                                   or relaxing at home or anywhere else, this is a great opportunity to reconnect with all your Beth El friends
Which Youth Group is for me?                       and the BEANS Youth Community Staff! There will be separate programming for our different youth
M&M Club is for K through 2nd grade                groups - come and hang out with us and meet Matt Levitt, our new Associate Youth Community Director!
Shalom Club is for 3-5th graders
Kadima is for 6-8th graders
USY is for 9-12th graders                           USY on Wheels - a great tzedakah opportunity.
We also have PB&J (Peer Buddies and                On Sunday night August 7th our congregation will host 50 USYers who are travelling around the
Judaism), a youth group for 6-12th                 country with USY on Wheels. We are still looking for a few host homes so please contact Ali Drumm,
graders who have special needs.                    Director of Informal Education, immediately if you can host USYers that night. Ali can be reached at
                                                   adrumm@nssbethel.org
If you’re interested in our Peer Buddy
program as a participant or mentor,
please contact Matt Levitt.                         BEANS Youth Groups are GREAT - How do I sign up?
                                                   This year we have changed our registration system to a universal registration with our Cohen Religious
                                                   School and Sokol Hebrew High School. *Schechter families and others who are part of our Youth
                                                   Groups, please watch your email, or contact Matt directly at mlevitt@nssbethel.org to sign up for youth
                                                   group membership this year.

                                                   If you have any questions the Beth El Youth Community, please don’t hesitate to contact our Associate
                                                   Youth Community Director, Matt Levitt, at mlevitt@nssbethel.org or 847-432-8900 x214.




Sukkot is Coming!
Time to Order Your Schach and Lulav & Etrog
Schach (the branches that cover the roof of a Sukkah) will be available
through USY for $18 per bunch. (One bunch covers approximately 16
square feet.)
Lulav and Etrog can be purchased for $50 per set.
All orders for Schach as well as Lulav and Etrog must be received by
Wednesday, September 21, 2011.
Pick up for Schach and Lulav and Etrog will be Sunday, October 9, 2011,
between 9:00am and 1:00pm outside by the south side doors. (We cannot be
responsible for Schach which is not picked up on time.)


Return completed form with payment in the form of a check to: N.S.S. Beth El, 1175 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, IL 60035. Attn: Matt Levitt.
Please make checks payable to N.S.S. Beth El

 Name                                                                                Phone

 Address                                                                             E-mail Address


 City                                                                                Zip



 _____ set(s) of Lulav and Etrog @ $50 per set = __________                          _____ bunches of Schach @ $18 per bunch = __________

 Total amount enclosed $ __________

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 Tisha B'Av
 Monday Evening, August 8, 2011
 8:00 pm Mincha / Ma'ariv Eicha

 Tuesday, August 9, 2011
 6:30 am Shacharit - Eicha
 2:00 pm Mincha
 8:40 pm Ma'ariv



 Selichot
 Saturday, September 24, 2011
 8:45-10:30pm
“The Literary Chagall: The
 writings of Marc Chagall in
 Prose and Poetry”
 Vivian Jacobson, author of Sharing
 Chagall: A Memoir
An in-depth examination of
Chagall’s writings, in Yiddish,
Russian, French and English,
combined with visualization
through Chagall’s artwork. This
interactive lecture is presented
in loving memory of Dorothy
Wexler, z”l. Selichot services
will begin at 11:00pm.
 Sunday, September 25, 2011
 9:30am – Breakfast
 10:00-11:00am – Lecture
“Chagall and the Women in His Life”
 Vivian Jacobson, author of
 Sharing Chagall: A Memoir
A discussion of the part the
women in Chagall’s life played
in his becoming one of the
greatest artists of the 20th
century. The lecture includes
slides of paintings influenced
by each woman, and also
features the writings of Bella
and Marc Chagall.
 Cosponsored by Men’s Club
 and Sisterhood.



 Annual Sukkah Walk
 Thursday, October 13, 2011
 The entire Beth El community
 is invited to participate in this
 delightful annual event. Following
 morning services, enjoy an
 afternoon of good food and
 company while we observe this
 special holiday.


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Todah Rabbah                                       We are grateful for the following contributions:
Rabbi Kurtz’s Discretionary Fund                   - Wishing a complete and speedy recovery for Hannah        - In loving memory of Lawrence Gray, and with
                                                    Kaplan - Martin and Judy Kaplan                            appreciation to Rabbi Kurtz - The Family of
                                                   - In gratitude to Rabbi Kurtz for his sage advice -         Lawrence A. Gray
                                                    Pendri Shalem and Frankie Zand                            - In memory of Alan and Rose Ander - Carol and
                                                   - In honor of Dr. Edward Margulies’ special                 Ron Jesselson
                                                    birthday - Larry and Sue Hochberg                         - In memory of Annette Kaplin, beloved mother -
                                                   - In honor of Leonard Birnbaum, Gerry Blumberg,             Alan and Marcia Kaplin
                                                    Morton Steinberg and Mayer Stiebel, and                   - In memory of Arthur Becker, beloved father -
                                                    with thanks for the wonderful program they                 Richard and Nancy Becker
                                                    presented - NS Beth El Sisterhood                         - In memory of Beatrice Gross - Janice and David
                                                   - In honor of our wedding and with appreciation to          Lasky
                                                    Rabbi Kurtz - Jeremy Weiss and Racheal Peck               - In memory of Beatrice Gross, beloved
                                                   - In honor of the Pidyon HaBen of their son Max             grandmother - Jori and Leah Brajer
                                                    Lewis, and with appreciation to Rabbi Kurtz -             - In memory of Benjamin Rubinstein, beloved
                                                    Jeffrey and Eve Feldman                                    father - Sherwin and Odette Rubinstein
                                                   - In honor of Rabbi Kurtz - Roger and Ronnie Wilk          - In memory of Betty Cooper, beloved mother -
                                                   - In honor of the Bat Mitzvah of their                      Phillip and Sandra Cooper
                                                    granddaughter Bessie, and with appreciation to            - In memory of Burt Steinberg, beloved brother -
                                                    Rabbi Kurtz - Sol and Harriet Price                        Lorna Greenspahn
                                                   - In honor of the birth of Ali and Michael                 - In memory of Dave Bernstein, beloved father -
                                                    Drumm’s child - Michael and Anita Katz                     Irwin and Sheri Mandel
                                                   - In honor of the birth of Gerry and Annette               - In memory of David B. Cohen, beloved father -
                                                    Blumberg’s new granddaughter, Hailey Michelle              Fred and Corinne Lane
                                                    Blumberg - Michael and Karen Kesner
                                                                                                              - In memory of David Mark Stiefel and with
                                                   - In honor of the birth of Leonard and Lynn                 appreciation and thanks to Rabbi Kurtz -
                                                    Weitz’s new grandaughter, Hannah Ruby Kaiser -             Richard and Sally Stiefel
                                                    Scott & Davida Finkle
                                                                                                              - In memory of David Mark Stiefel, beloved son of
                                                   - In honor of the birth of Rabbi and Bryna Kurtz’s          Sally and Richard Stiefel
                                                    grandaughter Anael Rina Orbach                              - Elmer and Ruth Burack
                                                     - The Gordon/Hirsch Family                                 - Bernard and Fran Alpert
                                                     - Terri and Michael Lipsitz                                - Robert and Maxine Greenstein
                                                     - Mortin and Karen Levy                                    - Pendri Shalem and Frankie Zand
                                                     - Paul and Michelle Pessis                                 - Edward and Paulette Margulies
                                                     - Richard and Eve Biller
                                                                                                              - In memory of Edie Kaye’s sister - Martin and Judy
                                                     - Lorry Lichtenstein and Cara Mendes Lichtenstein
                                                                                                               Kaplan
                                                     - Elmer and Ruth Burack
                                                     - Lorna Greenspahn                                       - In memory of Erich Hamburger, beloved uncle -
                                                     - Evelyn Edidin                                           Otto Waldmann and Phyllis Hofman Waldmann
                                                     - Donald and Lois Chudacoff                              - In memory of Esther Salinas, beloved mother -
                                                     - Robert and Maxine Greenstein                            Edward and Sari Salinas
                                                   - In honor of the birth of Susan and Alan Resnick’s        - In memory of Ethel Chudacoff, beloved mother -
                                                    granddaughter, Alexis Perry Schneider - Alan               Donald and Lois Chudacoff
                                                    and Susan Resnick                                         - In memory of Foster Schlutz, beloved husband -
                                                   - In honor of the engagement of Neil and Rachel             Esther Schlutz
                                                    Greenbaum’s son, David, to Allyson - Milton               - In memory of Gerry Aronin, beloved father -
                                                    and Iona Levenfeld                                         Marc and Sharon Leaf
                                                   - In honor of the marriage of Amy Rosenberg to             - In memory of Gertrude Exelrod, beloved
                                                    Brad Chaimson, and with appreciation to Rabbi              mother of Carol Beckerman - Louis and Ruth
                                                    Kurtz - Ira and Deborah Rosenberg                          Kahnweiler
                                                   - In honor of the marriage of Elizabeth Lavin              - In memory of Golda Schachter, beloved mother -
                                                    and Matthew Goodman, and with the greatest                 Martin and Yolanda Schachter
                                                    appreciation to Rabbi Kurtz - Michael & Judith
                                                                                                              - In memory of Harold M. Olshansky, beloved
                                                    Lavin
                                                                                                               husband - Sheila Olshansky

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Todah Rabbah
Rabbi Kurtz’s Discretionary Fund                   - In memory of Harry Bichunsky, beloved father -         - In memory of Lewis Coren, beloved father and
(continued)                                         Philip and Doreen Feitelberg                             Isaac Strauss, beloved father - Arthur and Judith
                                                   - In memory of Helen Leeds, beloved mother -              Coren
                                                    Steven and Beth Leeds                                   - In memory of Louis Sprung, beloved husband -
                                                   - In memory of Helen Marx, beloved mother -               Maxine Sprung
                                                    Bruce and Phyllis Marx                                  - In memory of Max Levy, beloved father - Phyllis
                                                   - In memory of Henny Strauss, beloved                     Froy
                                                    grandmother - Robert and Linda Palay                    - In memory of Mollie Rich, beloved mother -
                                                   - In memory of Hortense Rubinoff, beloved mother          Sheila Olshansky
                                                    of Earl and Harry Rubinoff and Lynn Weitz               - In memory of Molly Bernstein, beloved mother -
                                                     - Susan and Mark Pollack                                Joyce Bernstein
                                                     - Scott & Davida Finkle                                - In memory of Morris Elbaum - Neal and Ann
                                                     - Bernard and Fran Alpert                               Rosen
                                                     - Michael and Karen Kesner
                                                                                                            - In memory of Morton Froy, beloved husband -
                                                     - Kim Levy
                                                                                                             Phyllis Froy
                                                     - Gladys Shapiro
                                                     - Colman and Julie Kraff                               - In memory of Nachum Singer, beloved father -
                                                     - James and Julie Stempel                               Amos and Edith Turner
                                                   - In memory of Howard Kaplan, beloved husband            - In memory of Nathan Pinsof, beloved father -
                                                    of Marlene Kaplan and beloved father of Audra            Loren and Diane Weil
                                                    Kaplan Spellberg and Rhonda Katz                        - In memory of Norma Meisner, beloved sister -
                                                     - Samuel and Irene Shanes                               Bernard and Elaine Reisin
                                                     - Jeffrey and Cynthia O’Koon                           - In memory of Norman Chudacoff, beloved
                                                   - In memory of Hyman Field, beloved grandfather -         brother - Donald and Lois Chudacoff
                                                    Phillip and Sandra Cooper                               - In memory of Norman Zoberman, beloved father
                                                   - In memory of Irving M. Footlik, beloved father -        and grandfather - Alan and Mally Rutkoff
                                                    Robert and Beth Footlik                                 - In memory of Rae Jacobson, beloved mother of
                                                   - In memory of Irving Shepard, beloved husband            Bruce Jacobson
                                                    of Edna Shepard - Helen Wilens                            - Pearl Begun
                                                   - In memory of Irwin Greenspahn, beloved                   - Steven and Linda Feinstein
                                                    husband; Victor and Sarah Steinberg, beloved              - James and Donna Scott
                                                    parents - Lorna Greenspahn                                - Stuart and Roberta Levin
                                                                                                              - Michael and Lisa Gallagher
                                                   - In memory of Isaac Feitelberg, beloved father -
                                                                                                              - Keith and Kimberly Petrauskas
                                                    Philip and Doreen Feitelberg
                                                                                                              - Jeffrey and Mary Grimaud
                                                   - In memory of Jacob Falk, beloved father - Adele          - Goldie Dellsy
                                                    Hirsch                                                    - Daniel and Patricia Fornero
                                                   - In memory of Jeanette Weisberg, beloved mother -       - In memory of Raymond Mesirow, beloved
                                                    Michael and Karen Kesner                                 husband and father - Lilli Mesirow; David and
                                                   - In memory of Jim Blumberg, beloved brother of           Lynne Weinberg
                                                    Jack Blumberg                                           - In memory of Ronni Handelman, beloved
                                                     - Robert and Maxine Greenstein                          daughter - Esther Schlutz
                                                     - Steven and Frances Shapiro
                                                                                                            - In memory of Rosa Richtman, beloved mother of
                                                   - In memory of Julius Goldberg, beloved father -          Anne Kaplan
                                                    Ronald and Eileen Goldberg                                - Robert and Anne Kaplan
                                                   - In memory of Lee Mandel, beloved mother -                - Ronald and Eileen Goldberg
                                                    Irwin and Sheri Mandel                                  - In memory of Sam Sadoff, beloved father -
                                                   - In memory of Lena and Philip Rothman, beloved           Michael and Phyllis Sadoff
                                                    parents - Joel and Frances Rabinowitz                   - In memory of Rae Jacobson, beloved mother of
                                                   - In memory of Lester Sadoff, beloved brother -           Bruce Jacobson - Terry Brick
                                                    Michael and Phyllis Sadoff                              - Wishing a complete & speedy recovery to Lana
                                                   - In memory of Louis Goldstein, beloved                   Eisenberg - Milton and Iona Levenfeld
                                                    grandfather - Paul and Eileen Goldstein


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Todah Rabbah                                       We are grateful for the following contributions:
Rabbi Kurtz’s Discretionary Fund                   - In memory of Samuel Wise, beloved father of        - Zella Edidin Ludwig
(continued)                                         Bryna Kurtz                                         - Michael and Anita Katz
                                                     - Leah and Jori Brajer                             - Lisa, Michael, Alex and Eli Krule
                                                     - Mindy and Jeffrey Gordon and family              - Joseph and Susan Ament
                                                     - Jacqueline and Michael Melinger                  - Gordon and Carol Derman
                                                     - Herman Wexler                                    - Willard and Sally Aaron
                                                     - Donald and Lois Chudacoff                        - Roslyn Dobkin
                                                     - Mortin and Karen Levy                            - Mayer Stiebel and Cara Madansky-Stiebel
                                                     - Jack and Barbara Blumberg                        - Manny and Kathryn Marczak
                                                     - Michael and Judy Smith                           - Miriam Tabachnik
                                                     - Brian and Gail Boorstein                         - Dale and Deborah Strauss
                                                     - Leonard and Rochelle Foxman                      - Jane and Nathan Pickus
                                                     - Richard and Sally Stiefel                        - Lisa and Jeff Rosenkranz
                                                     - Gerald and Rita Buckman                          - Bobbie and Leonard Tenner
                                                     - David and Madeleine Solomon                      - Karen and Michael Kesner
                                                     - Richard and Pamela Schlosberg                    - Terri and Michael Lipsitz
                                                     - Samuel and Irene Shanes                          - Melvin and Hedy Sered
                                                     - The Halpern Family: Marlene, Seth, Emily         - Dennis and Amy Pessis
                                                      and Justin                                        - Edward and Sari Salinas
                                                     - Richard and Nancy Becker                         - Stuart and Marianne Taussig
                                                     - Michael and Abby Carney                          - Leonard and Lynn Weitz
                                                     - Andrew and Gail Brown                            - Nessia Frank
                                                     - Chana Anderson                                   - Sanford and Adrienne Eckerling
                                                     - Myrna Kopin                                      - Rabbi David and Emily Soloff
                                                     - Burton and Joan Grant                            - Pendri Shalem and Frankie Zand
                                                     - Bernard and Fran Alpert                          - Marvin and Joyce Juron
                                                     - Robert and Maxine Greenstein                     - Ronald and Eileen Goldberg
                                                     - Saul and Leah Silverstein                        - Howard and Sandra Turner
                                                     - Neil and Rachel Greenbaum                        - Judith Sarnat
                                                     - Shael and Myrna Siegel                           - Mark and Nina Gaines
                                                     - Robert and Ellen Doppelt                         - Janet, Gary, Aaron, Rebecca, Elissa & Dan
                                                     - Steven and Marsha Levin                           Resnick
                                                     - Leonard Weitzman and Esther Dobrofsky            - Steven and Frances Shapiro
                                                     - Marc and Rachel Dorfman                          - William & Joan Brodsky
                                                     - Barry and Debra Kravitz                          - Judith and Arthur Tepfer
                                                     - Howard and Mindy Bain                            - Harris and Sharon Goldenberg
                                                     - Robert and Joellen Lidov                        - In memory of Saramae “Suzy” Braun, beloved
                                                     - Kim Levy                                         sister of Leonard Sherman - Robert and Maxine
                                                     - Paul and Michelle Pessis                         Greenstein
                                                     - Robert and Anne Kaplan
                                                                                                       - In memory of Scott Harlow - Mitchell and Marcy
                                                     - Lorna Greenspahn
                                                                                                        Dolins
                                                     - The Reisin Family - Karen, Richard, Michelle
                                                      and Matthew                                      - In memory of Sharon Glover, beloved mother -
                                                     - Betty Ann Levin                                  Steven and Susan Glover
                                                     - Steven Nasatir and Carolyn Rosenberg            - In memory of Sheila LePow, beloved sister - Joan
                                                     - Robert and Beth Footlik                          Holland and Eli Glassman
                                                     - Steven and Ellen Lasin                          - In memory of Shirley Pomerantz, beloved mother
                                                     - Edward and Paulette Margulies                    of Jules Pomerantz - Pamela Brill and Michael
                                                     - Robert and Rhoda Rothman                         Shalen
                                                     - Ira and Deborah Rosenberg
                                                                                                       - In memory of Sidney Lieberstein, beloved father -
                                                     - Gerald and Adrienne Lasin
                                                                                                        Richard and Nancy Becker
                                                     - Gerald and Beverly Lapins
                                                     - Bob and Millie Weber                            - In memory of Sylvia Rubin, beloved mother -
                                                     - Albert and Eleanor Boxerman                      David and Donna Rubin
                                                     - Milton and Iona Levenfeld                       - In memory of the beloved brother of Mark
                                                     - Janice and David Lasky                           Mendelson - Dennis and Amy Pessis, Paul and
                                                     - Sandra Becker                                    Michelle Pessis

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Todah Rabbah
Rabbi Kurtz’s Discretionary Fund                   - With appreciation to Rabbi Kurtz                         - In honor of the birth of Eileen and Paul
(continued)                                          - Sandy Goldberg                                          Goldstein's new grandson, Jacob Hampton
                                                     - Arnold and Susan Cohen                                  Goldstein, great-grandson of Millie Rubenstein
                                                     - Earl and Rochelle Rubinoff                              and son of Darcy and Jeremy Goldstein -
                                                     - Daniel and Elizabeth Bernick                            Harold and Eileen Lederman
                                                     - Alan and Marcia Kaplin                                 - In memory of Bessie Brooks, beloved mother -
                                                     - Leonard Weitzman                                        Donald and Lois Chudacoff
                                                   - With appreciation to Rabbi Kurtz, and in honor of        - In memory of Irwin Greenspahn, beloved
                                                    Eli Lipsitz becoming a Bar Mitzvah - Terri and             husband; Victor Steinberg, beloved father -
                                                    Michael Lipsitz                                            Lorna Greenspahn
                                                   - With appreciation for a Refuah Shlama - Reva             - In memory of Joan Bernick, beloved cousin -
                                                    Duman                                                      Richard and Donna Abelson
                                                   - With appreciation for a Yahrzeit - Reva Duman



Rabbi Schwab’s Discretionary                       - In appreciation of the kindness of Pam and               - In memory of Howard Kaplan, beloved husband -
Fund                                                Richard Schlosberg - Anita Spieler                         Marlene Kaplan
                                                   - In honor of Dr. Gerald Lasin on his special              - In memory of Irving Spieler, beloved father-in-law -
                                                    birthday - Marvin and Joyce Juron                          Anita Spieler
                                                   - In honor of Leonard Birnbaum, Gerry Blumberg,            - In memory of Lazar Elkin, beloved father - Anita
                                                    Morton Steinberg and Mayer Stiebel, and                    Spieler
                                                    with thanks for the wonderful program they                - In memory of Lois Behm, beloved wife of
                                                    presented - NS Beth El Sisterhood                          William Behm - Elmer and Ruth Burack
                                                   - In honor of Phyllis Shalowitz’ special birthday -        - In memory of Melvin Pollack, beloved husband -
                                                    Mindy and Jeffrey Gordon                                   Joyce Pollack
                                                   - In honor of the birth of Rabbi Michael and Erica         - In memory of Sadie Spieler, beloved mother-in-
                                                    Schwab's twin daughters, Noa Yael and Miriam               law - Anita Spieler
                                                    Dina
                                                                                                              - In memory of Sheldon Fisher, beloved father -
                                                     - The Gordon/Hirsch Family
                                                                                                               Greg and Judith Fisher
                                                     - Lorry Lichtenstein and Cara Mendes Lichtenstein
                                                     - Elmer and Ruth Burack                                  - In memory of Simon Ramek, beloved father;
                                                     - Chana Anderson                                          Irving Pollack, beloved father-in-law - Joyce
                                                     - Michael and Karen Kesner                                Pollack
                                                     - Mitchell and Marcy Dolins                              - With appreciation to Rabbi Schwab
                                                     - Evelyn Edidin                                            - Sandy Goldberg
                                                     - Barry and Debra Kravitz                                  - Earl and Rochelle Rubinoff
                                                     - Donald and Lois Chudacoff                                - Richard and Sally Stiefel
                                                     - Terri and Michael Lipsitz                                - Leonard Weitzman
                                                   - In honor of the marriage of Amy Rosenberg and            - With appreciation to Rabbi Schwab for his
                                                    Brad Chaimson - Ira and Deborah Rosenberg                  assistance during Shiva for my brother “Jim”
                                                   - In honor of Zoe Hoffman becoming a Bat                    Blumberg - Jack and Barbara Blumberg & Family
                                                    Mitzvah - Steven and Jill Hoffman                         - With appreciation to Rabbi Schwab, and in honor
                                                   - In memory of Bernard Wolnak, beloved father -             of Eli Lipsitz becoming a Bar Mitzvah - Terri
                                                    Ronald and Eve Bremen                                      and Michael Lipsitz
                                                   - In memory of Bernard Wolnak, beloved husband -
                                                    Frances Wolnak
                                                  - In memory of David Sher, beloved grandfather -
                                                   Michael and Sara Sher
                                                  - In memory of Helen Marx, beloved mother -
                                                   Bruce and Phyllis Marx
                                                  - In memory of Hortense Rubinoff, beloved mother
                                                   of Earl and Harry Rubinoff and Lynn Weitz -
                                                   Paul and Vicki Morton


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Todah Rabbah                                    We are grateful for the following contributions:
Hazzan's Discretionary Fund                     - In honor of Ernie Smolen's FJMC honor - Michael    - With appreciation to Hazzan Goller
                                                 and Karen Kesner                                      - Earl and Rochelle Rubinoff
                                                - In honor of our wedding and with appreciation to     - Richard and Sally Stiefel
                                                 Hazzan Goller - Jeremy Weiss and Racheal Peck         - Ira and Deborah Rosenberg
                                                                                                       - Marlene Kaplan
                                                - In honor of the marriage of Elizabeth Lavin and
                                                                                                       - Ronnie Jo Sokol
                                                 Matthew Goodman, and with appreciation to
                                                                                                       - Leonard Weitzman
                                                 Hazzan Goller - Michael & Judith Lavin
                                                                                                     - With appreciation to Hazzan Goller for his
                                                - In honor of Zoe Hoffman becoming a Bat
                                                                                                      assistance during Shiva for my brother "Jim"
                                                 Mitzvah - Steven and Jill Hoffman
                                                                                                      Blumberg - Jack and Barbara Blumberg & Family
                                                - In memory of Gerald Goldberg, beloved husband -
                                                                                                     - With appreciation to Hazzan Goller, and in honor
                                                 Sandy Goldberg
                                                                                                      of Eli Lipsitz becoming a Bar Mitzvah - Terri
                                                - In memory of Hyman Rosen - Ellen Rissman            and Michael Lipsitz
                                                - In memory of Louis and Phyllis Senescu, beloved    - In memory of Goldie Sher, beloved mother -
                                                 parents - Stuart and Marlene Senescu                 Michael and Sara Sher
                                                - In memory of Seymour Regal - The Wagner Family

Adolph M. and Lottye Jacobson                   - In honor of the engagement of Cindy and Jeffrey
Israel Scholarship Endowment                     Ray’s daughter - Martin and JoAnn Jacobson
Fund

Ann and Jack Weinberg                           - In memory of Ann Weinberg, beloved mother and      - In memory of Howard Kaplan, beloved husband
Holocaust Memorial Education                     bubbie - Joel and Pearl Kagan                        of Marlene Kaplan and beloved father of Audra
Endowment Fund                                  - In memory of Jim Blumberg, beloved brother of       Kaplan Spellberg and Rhonda Katz - Joel and
                                                 Jack Blumberg - Joel and Pearl Kagan                 Pearl Kagan


Arnold Rissman Family Kol Ami                   - In memory of Shirley Hand, beloved mother -        - In honor of Phyllis Shalowitz’s special birthday -
Museum Endowment Fund                            James Nyeste and Marla Hand                          James Nyeste and Marla Hand


Ba'al Korei Institute Fund                      - In honor of Amy Greenberger becoming a Bat         - In memory of Jim Blumberg, beloved brother of
                                                 Mitzvah - Gerald and Adrienne Lasin                  Jack Blumberg - Howard and Sandra Turner
                                                - In honor of Edward Margulies’ special birthday -   - In memory of Samuel Wise, beloved father of
                                                 Richard and Lois Janger                              Bryna Kurtz - Jules and Carol Pomerantz
                                                - In honor of Michael Shartiag and his work on       - In memory of Shirley Pomerantz, beloved mother
                                                 behalf of the Ba’al Korei Institute - Rhonda and     of Jules Pomerantz - Sandra and Howard Turner
                                                 Richard Robbins                                     - Wishing a complete & speedy recovery to Adrienne
                                                - In memory of Hortense Rubinoff, beloved mother      Lasin - Howard and Sandra Turner
                                                 of Harry and Earl Rubinoff and Lynn Weitz           - Wishing a complete & speedy recovery to Mark Spitz -
                                                  - Sandra and Howard Turner                          Howard and Sandra Turner
                                                  - Carol and Jules Pomerantz
                                                - In memory of Howard Kaplan, beloved husband
                                                 of Marlene Kaplan - Howard and Sandra Turner

Ben and Marion Drachler                         - In memory of Ben Drachler, beloved father - A.     - In memory of Marion “Frankie” Drachler, beloved
Scholarship Endowment Fund                       Michael and Nancy Drachler                           mother - A. Michael and Nancy Drachler



Bernard H. Sokol Hebrew High                    - In memory of Bernard H. Sokol, beloved father,     - With appreciation to Randi Newman and the
School Fund                                      on his birthday - Ronnie Jo Sokol                    wonderful SHHS teachers in honor of Gabrielle
                                                - In memory of Hortense Rubinoff, beloved             Lipsitz's graduation - Terri and Michael Lipsitz
                                                 mother of Harry and Earl Rubinoff and Lynn          - With appreciation - Steve and Wendy Abrams
                                                 Weitz - Ronnie Jo Sokol



                                August - September 2011 / Av 5771-Tishrei 5772                  24
Todah Rabbah
Beth El Camp Scholarship Fund                     - In memory of Esther Kaufman, beloved mother          - In memory of Jim Blumberg, beloved brother of
                                                   of Judy Tepfer - Bobbie and Leonard Tenner             Jack Blumberg - Sissie and Alan Eirinberg
                                                  - In memory of Hortense Rubinoff, beloved mother       - In memory of Samuel Wise, beloved father of
                                                   of Harry and Earl Rubinoff and Lynn Weitz              Bryna Kurtz - Joel and Frances Rabinowitz
                                                    - Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Fox
                                                    - The Smerling Family


Cal and Lana Eisenberg Halomdim                   - In memory of Samuel Wise, beloved father of          - Wishing complete & speedy recovery to Lana
Program Endowment Fund                             Bryna Kurtz                                            Eisenberg and Jeffrey Eisenberg - Hetty De
                                                    - Hetty De Leeuwe                                     Leeuwe
                                                    - Calvin and Lana Eisenberg


Camp Ramah Scholarship                            - In honor of Mayer Stiebel’s special birthday - Bob   - In memory of Professor Raymond Eisenstadt -
Endowment Fund                                     and Millie Weber                                       Marcy and Robert Freeman
                                                  - With appreciation - Leonard and Roberta Tenner


Capital Improvement Fund                          - In honor of Karen Kesner - Happy Birthday! -         - In memory of Esther Kaufman, beloved mother
                                                   Herbert Phillips                                       of Judy Tepfer - Marcy and Kenneth Levin
                                                  - In honor of Steve Abrams’ service to the             - In memory of Eugene Levin, beloved brother -
                                                   congregation - Michael and Karen Kesner                Marcy and Kenneth Levin
                                                  - In honor of Steven Abrams for his service and        - In memory of Hortense Rubinoff, beloved mother
                                                   outstanding leadership - Alan and Mally Rutkoff        of Earl and Harry Rubinoff and Lynn Weitz
                                                  - In honor of the birth of Ali and Michael               - Marcy and Kenneth Levin
                                                   Drumm’s son - Marcy and Kenneth Levin                   - The Lerman Family
                                                  - In loving memory of Jeanette Weisberg - Herbert      - In memory of Howard Kaplan, beloved husband
                                                   Phillips                                               of Marlene Kaplan - Marcy and Kenneth Levin
                                                  - In memory of Abraham “Jim” Blumberg, beloved         - In memory of Lucille Kaufman, beloved sister -
                                                   brother of Jack Blumberg - Marcy and Kenneth           Joel and Frances Rabinowitz
                                                   Levin                                                 - In memory of Samuel Wise, beloved father of
                                                  - In memory of Daniel Tauman, beloved uncle of          Bryna Kurtz - Marcy and Kenneth Levin
                                                   Michael Salberg - Marcy and Kenneth Levin             - In memory of Zoltan Eizikovic, beloved father -
                                                  - In memory of David Mark Stiefel, beloved son          Marc and Devorah Richards
                                                   of Sally and Richard Stiefel - Alan and Mally         - Wishing a complete and speedy recovery to Len Weitz -
                                                   Rutkoff                                                Marcy and Kenneth Levin


Educational Programs                              - In honor of Joyce Saffir’s special birthday - Bob
Endowment Fund                                     and Millie Weber


Edward S. Frank Israel Study                      - In memory of Zelda & Ze’ev Bouchinsky, beloved
Memorial Endowment Fund                            parents - Nessia Frank



Gerald and Rita Buckman Yom                       - In memory of Hortense Rubinoff, beloved
Ha'atzmaut Endowment Fund                          mother of Earl and Harry Rubinoff and Lynn
                                                   Weitz - Gerald and Rita Buckman


Gertrude Lederman Family                          - With appreciation - Alexander and Esther Basok
Continuing Education
Endowment Fund

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Todah Rabbah                                     We are grateful for the following contributions:
Isadore Finkelstein Fund                         - In honor of Edward Margulies’ special birthday -
                                                  Alan and Judith Miller

Israel Scholarship General                       - In honor of my aliya d’Torah on Rosh Hodesh         - In memory of Sid Starkman and Annette Berg
Endowment Fund                                    Adar to honor Mildred Starkman’s 92nd birthday -      at Pesach Yizkor - Larry Pachter and Sandy
                                                  Larry Pachter and Sandy Starkman                      Starkman

Jack & Mildred Cohen Religious                   - In honor of Elana Jacobsohn becoming a Bat          - In memory of Neil Michael Levinson, beloved
School Fund                                       Mitzvah - Jamie and Irene Jacobsohn                   brother - David and Pamela Hirschfield
                                                 - In memory of Alan Hochman’s sister - Gary and       - With appreciation to Karen Raizen and all the
                                                  Merle Kaufman                                         Cohen Religious School teachers in honor of Eli
                                                 - In memory of Beverly Baum, beloved sister -          Lipsitz’s graduation - Terri and Michael Lipsitz
                                                  Howard and Lois Hirschfield                          - With appreciation - Steve and Wendy Abrams
                                                 - In memory of Evelyn Schwartz Shere, beloved         - In honor of our 65th wedding anniversary -
                                                  mother - Judith Sarnat                                Howard and Lois Hirschfield
                                                 - In memory of Jack M. Hirschfield, beloved           - In honor of the naming of our great-granddaughter,
                                                  brother - David and Pamela Hirschfield               “Mimi” Hirschfield - Howard and Lois Hirschfield
                                                 - In memory of Jack M. Hirschfield, beloved son -
                                                  Howard and Lois Hirschfield

Jean T. & Morton Bernstein Camp                  - In memory of Hortense Rubinoff, beloved             - In memory of Rebecca Benson, beloved daughter
Ramah Scholarship Endowment Fund                  mother of Earl and Harry Rubinoff and Lynn            of Karen and David Benson - Morton and
                                                  Weitz - Morton and Miriam Steinberg                   Miriam Steinberg
                                                 - In memory of Rebecca Ellen Benson, beloved          - In memory of Howard Kaplan, beloved husband
                                                  daughter - David and Karen Benson                     of Marlene Kaplan and beloved father of Audra
                                                 - In memory of Samuel Wise, beloved father of          Kaplan Spellberg and Rhonda Katz - Morton
                                                  Bryna Kurtz - Morton and Miriam Steinberg             and Miriam Steinberg
                                                 - In memory of Jim Blumberg, beloved brother of
                                                  Jack Blumberg - Morton and Miriam Steinberg

Joseph and Mae Gray Cultural &                   - In honor of Andrew Brown’s installation as          - In memory of Patricia Kaplan, beloved wife -
Learning Center Fund                              President of NSS Beth El - Scott and Roberta          Roger Kaplan
                                                  Schreiber                                            - In memory of Samuel Wise, beloved father of
                                                 - In honor of Andy Brown becoming president of         Bryna Kurtz - Harry and Arlene Feiger
                                                  Beth El - Daniel and Susan Hoseman                   - In memory of Shirley Pomerantz, beloved mother
                                                 - In memory of Hortense Rubinoff, beloved mother       of Jules Pomerantz - Gail and Andrew Brown
                                                  of Earl and Harry Rubinoff and Lynn Weitz            - In memory of Simon Cohen, beloved father -
                                                   - Gail and Andrew Brown                              Mark and Marla Cohen
                                                   - Gloria Zieve
                                                                                                       - In memory of Stewart Freifeld, beloved husband -
                                                   - Gary Gordon and Marilyn Hirsch
                                                                                                        Marilyn Freifeld
                                                 - In memory of Lyle Parr, beloved brother - Robert
                                                  Parr and Randi Newman

Judith A. Heyman Memorial                        - In memory of Hortense Rubinoff, beloved             - In memory of Judith Heyman, beloved wife -
Endowment Fund                                    mother of Earl and Harry Rubinoff and Lynn            Glenn Heyman
                                                  Weitz - Matt Weiss

Kopin Family Fund for Chidren's                  - In honor of Mitch Kopins’ special birthday -        - In memory of Hortense Rubinoff, beloved
T'filot Education Endowment Fund                  Bradley and Martha Glass                              mother of Earl and Harry Rubinoff and Lynn
                                                 - In memory of David Stiefel, beloved son of           Weitz - Myrna Kopin
                                                  Richard and Sally Stiefel - Myrna Kopin              - In memory of Howard Kaplan, beloved husband
                                                 - In memory of Jim Blumberg, beloved brother of        of Marlene Kaplan, beloved father of Audra
                                                  Jack Blumberg - Myrna Kopin                           Kaplan Spellberg and Rhonda Katz

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Kurtz Family Youth Endowment                   - In memory of Samuel Wise, beloved father of             - In honor of the birth of a son to Ali and Michael
Fund                                            Bryna Kurtz                                               Drumm - Karen Weiss
                                                 - Daniel Nast, Jr. and Dolly Nast                       - In honor of the birth of a granddaughter to
                                                 - Mark and Mae Spitz                                     Rabbi Vernon and Bryna Kurtz - Richard and
                                                 - Theodore and Cheryl Banks                              Lois Janger
                                                 - Earl and Rochelle Rubinoff
                                                                                                         - In memory of Dorothy Kurtz, beloved mother -
                                                 - Gerry Kaplan
                                                                                                          Rabbi Vernon and Bryna Kurtz
                                                 - Marcy and Robert Freeman
                                                 - Lillian Charney
                                                 - Jeffrey and Roberta Kwall
                                                 - Jeanette Massey
                                                 - Karen Weiss
                                                 - Joseph and Susan Adler
                                                 - Jonathan and Francine Sherman
                                                 - Richard and Lois Janger
                                                 - Stephen and Carol Weiss
                                                 - Irving and Betty Rozenfeld



Lippitz Family Camp Ramah                      - In honor of Melanie and Gabrielle Pascal’s
Scholarship Endowment Fund                      graduations and Francine’s special birthday -
                                                Herbert Lippitz and Fran Scully



Maot Chitim Fund                               - Wishing a complete & speedy recovery to Adrienne
                                                Lasin - Marvin and Joyce Juron



Maxwell Abbell Library Fund                    - In honor of Dr. David Shapiro and the Chicago           - In memory of Hortense Rubinoff, beloved
                                                White Sox - Ira and Elise Frost                           mother and grandmother - Ira and Elise Frost
                                               - In honor of Steve Abrams’ presidential term -           - In memory of Irving Shepard, beloved father of
                                                The Gordon/Hirsch Family                                  Stacy Cohen - Ira and Elise Frost
                                               - In honor of the birth of Rabbi Michael and Erica        - In memory of Jim Blumberg, beloved brother of
                                                Schwab’s twin daughters - Merle and Nissah                Jack Blumberg - Merle and Nissah Mattenson
                                                Mattenson                                                - In memory of Samuel Wise, beloved father of
                                               - In memory of Alex Reingold, beloved father; Emil         Bryna Kurtz
                                                Ruhstaedt, beloved uncle - Arnold and Hilda                - Merle and Nissah Mattenson
                                                Reingold                                                   - Michael and Sara Sher
                                               - In memory of David Stiefel, beloved son of Sally        - In memory of Shirley Pomerantz, beloved mother
                                                and Richard Stiefel, husband of Alison, father            of Jules Pomerantz - Ira and Elise Frost
                                                of Danny - Ira and Elise Frost



Mindy and Jeffrey Gordon                       - In honor of Jeffrey Gordon’s special birthday -         - In memory of Arthur Frohman, beloved brother
Endowment Fund                                  Regina Gordon                                             of Elaine Krumbein - Lawrence and Abby Block
                                               - In honor of the birth of a granddaughter, Anael         - In memory of David Hakimi, beloved brother of
                                                Rina Orbach, to Bryna and Rabbi Kurtz -                   Batya Resky - Lawrence and Abby Block
                                                Lawrence and Abby Block                                  - In memory of Seymour Alpert, beloved brother
                                               - In honor of the birth of a granddaughter, Hailey         of Bernie Alpert - Lawrence and Abby Block
                                                Michelle Blumberg, to Annette and Gerry
                                                Blumberg - Lawrence and Abby Block
                                               - In honor of the birth of twin daughters, Noa and
                                                Miriam, to Erica and Rabbi Schwab - Lawrence
                                                and Abby Block


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Todah Rabbah                                 We are grateful for the following contributions:
Minyan Service Fund                          - In honor of Barbara Lansing - Wishing you the          - In memory of Izzy Scheinman, beloved father -
                                              happiest of birthdays to a friend with the biggest       David and Barbara Lansing
                                              heart - Andrea and Sandy Weber                          - In memory of Jeffrey Garton, beloved father -
                                             - In honor of Edward Margulies’ 80th Birthday -           Stephen and Diane Levin
                                              The Margolis Family                                     - In memory of Jim Blumberg, beloved brother of
                                             - In honor of my Aliyah - Felissa Kreindler               Jack Blumberg
                                             - In honor of my Galilah honor - Felissa Kreindler         - Sam and Dee Levenson
                                                                                                        - Ira and Deborah Rosenberg
                                             - In honor of Seth Bornstein becoming a Bar
                                              Mitzvah - Earl and Rochelle Rubinoff                    - In memory of Julian Saper, beloved husband;
                                                                                                       Isaac Menkin, beloved father - Susan Saper
                                             - In honor of the birth of Marilyn and Ray Lewis’
                                              newest grandson - Bob and Millie Weber                  - In memory of Lynn Silbermann, beloved sister -
                                                                                                       Sheldon and Nancy Mann
                                             - In memory of David Mark Stiefel, beloved son
                                              of Richard and Sally Stiefel - Aaron and Phyllis        - In memory of Max Silbernik, beloved brother -
                                              Cohodes                                                  Lola Nortman
                                             - In memory of Estelle Weitzman, beloved wife -          - In memory of Morris Wilk, beloved father - Roger
                                              Leonard Weitzman                                         Wilk
                                             - In memory of Esther Sterman, beloved mother -          - In memory of Nathan Regenstreif, beloved father -
                                              Charles and Toby Schwartz                                Sheldon and Nancy Mann
                                             - In memory of Goldye Dunn, beloved mother -             - In memory of Nathan Talman, beloved father -
                                              Wallace and Joan Dunn                                    Leonard and Marjorie Birnbaum
                                             - In memory of Hortense Rubinoff, beloved mother         - In memory of Rose Smolensky, beloved mother -
                                              of Earl and Harry Rubinoff and Lynn Weitz                Ernest Smolen
                                               - Cara and Alan Young                                  - In memory of Samuel Wise, beloved father of
                                               - Paul and Michelle Pessis                              Bryna Kurtz - Susan Saper
                                               - Shirley Leavitt                                      - With appreciation to Rabbi Kurtz - James and
                                               - Ronald and Judith Sharlach                            Joanne Smith
                                             - In memory of Hortense Rubinoff, beloved cousin -       - For Yizkor - Marvin and Joyce Juron
                                              Marilyn Propp


Music Fund                                   - In memory of David Mark Stiefel, beloved son of        - In memory of Gwendolyn Gertz, beloved step-
                                              Richard and Sally Stiefel                                mother of William Gertz - Evelyn Rosen
                                               - Laurence and Corinne Baskin                          - In memory of Samuel Wise, beloved father of
                                               - Bob and Millie Weber                                  Bryna Kurtz - Gary Gordon and Marilyn Hirsch


Paul S. & Sylvia Steinberg                   - In honor of the marriage of Ira and Deborah            - In honor of the birth of Marcia and Michael
Pre-School Fund                               Rosenberg’s daughter Amy to Brad Chaimson -              Bender’s twins, Zoey and Miles - Steinberg
                                              Mazel tov!                                               Pre-school Staff
                                               - Steinberg Pre-school Staff                           - In memory of Hortense Rubinoff, beloved mother
                                               - Mark and Jodie Mosk                                   of Earl and Harry Rubinoff and Lynn Weitz -
                                             - In honor of Debbi Rosenberg’s Na’amat USA               Steinberg Pre-School Staff
                                              honor - Andrew and Gail Brown                           - In memory of Samuel Wise, beloved father of
                                             - In honor of the birth of a granddaughter to the         Bryna Kurtz - Steinberg Pre-school Staff
                                              Pogofsky family - Steinberg Pre-school Staff            - With appreciation - Steve and Wendy Abrams


Prayer Book Fund                             - In honor of Andrew W. Brown, new President of          - In honor of Edward Margulies’ special birthday
                                              the synagogue - Debbi and Ira Rosenberg                   - Gloria Taussig
                                             - In honor of Dr. Gerald Lasin on his special              - Stephen and Carol Weiss
                                              birthday - Arthur and Nancy Carson Lasin and            - In honor of Jack Blumberg’s 80th Birthday - Mary
                                              Helen Lasin Simon                                        Ellen and Larry Goldsmith



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Todah Rabbah
Prayer Book Fund                                 - In honor of Len and Marge Birnbaum’s 64th             - In memory of Jim Blumberg, beloved brother of
(continued)                                       wedding anniversary and Len and Marge's                 Jack Blumberg
                                                  birthdays - Mary Ellen and Larry Goldsmith               - Karen and Michael Kesner
                                                 - In loving memory of Charlie Haber - Floyd and           - Betty Ann Levin
                                                  Bobbie Babbitt                                         - In memory of Marion Goodman, beloved mother -
                                                 - In memory of Abe Aaronson, beloved father -            Paul and Michelle Pessis
                                                  Neil and Adrienne Aaronson                             - In memory of Marta Hammel Meyer, beloved
                                                 - In memory of Corrine Baker - Leonard Baker             mother - Melvin and Hedy Sered
                                                 - In memory of David Mark Stiefel, beloved son of       - In memory of Max Faust, beloved father and
                                                  Sally and Richard Stiefel - Chana Anderson              grandfather - Annette Feller
                                                 - In memory of Dorothy Magad, beloved mother -          - In memory of Natalie Levy Boshes, beloved
                                                  Irwin and Linda Magad                                   mother - Marvin and Renee Bearak
                                                 - In memory of Eugene Behrstock, beloved father -       - In memory of Samuel Wise, beloved father of
                                                  Neil and Adrienne Aaronson                              Bryna Kurtz - Daniel and Susan Hoseman
                                                 - In memory of Florence Behrstock, beloved              - In memory of Shirley Pomerantz, beloved mother
                                                  mother - Neil and Adrienne Aaronson                     of Jules Pomerantz - Chana Anderson
                                                 - In memory of Henny Strauss, beloved mother -          - In memory of Sylvia and Albert Wishnick -
                                                  Arthur and Judith Coren                                 Sanford and Adrienne Eckerling
                                                 - In memory of Hortense Rubinoff, beloved mother        - With appreciation - Richard and Pamela Schlosberg
                                                  of Earl and Harry Rubinoff and Lynn Weitz              - With appreciation - Melvin and Hedy Sered
                                                   - Bobbie and Leonard Tenner                           - In memory of Gladys Brand, beloved mother -
                                                   - Joseph and Susan Ament                               Robert and Sharon Abrams
                                                   - Chana Anderson


Pushke/Tzedakah Fund                             - In honor of Michael Salberg, Man of the Year -        - In memory of Joyce Hazelkorn, beloved sister -
                                                  Manny and Kathryn Marczak                               Sharon Moss
                                                 - In honor of Zoe Hoffman becoming a Bat                - In memory of Samuel Wise, beloved father of
                                                  Mitzvah - Steven and Jill Hoffman                       Bryna Kurtz - Judy Leff


Ritual Refurbishment Endowment                   - In honor of Jack Blumberg’s special birthday -        - In memory of Benjamin Levenson, beloved father
Fund                                              Nancy Whitman                                           and Esther Schiffman, beloved grandmother -
                                                 - In honor of Mark Stadler - Leonard Weitzman            Jack and Barbara Blumberg
                                                 - With appreciation to Mark Stadler - Jeremy Weiss      - In memory of Morris A. Blumberg, beloved father
                                                  and Racheal Peck                                        and Jacob A. Blumberg, beloved grandfather -
                                                                                                          Jack and Barbara Blumberg
                                                 - In memory of Jim Blumberg, beloved brother of
                                                  Jack Blumberg - Shael and Myrna Siegel


Social Action Fund                               - In honor of the birth of Ali and Michael              - In memory of Samuel Wise, beloved father of
                                                  Drumm’s new baby - Daniel and Honey                     Bryna Kurtz
                                                  Bronson                                                  - Daniel and Honey Bronson
                                                 - In memory of Hortense Rubinoff, beloved mother          - Judy Jackson
                                                  of Earl and Harry Rubinoff and Lynn Weitz              - In memory of Evan Chassen, beloved cousin of
                                                   - Andrew Starr                                         Rabbi Schwab - Daniel and Honey Bronson
                                                   - Daniel and Honey Bronson


Solomon Schechter Scholarship                    - In honor of Sid chanting Haftorah on Pesach; Sid      - In honor of Lori Stark and David Shapiro -
Endowment Fund                                    and Sylvia’s Hagbah & G’lilah, and Pesach Yizkor        Sidney and Sylvia Pachter
                                                 - Sidney and Sylvia Pachter                             - With appreciation - Leonard and Roberta Tenner



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Todah Rabbah                                   We are grateful for the following contributions:
Special Gifts Fund                             - In honor of Dana Heyman’s graduation from Sokol      - Bob and Millie Weber
                                                Hebrew High School - Andrew and Gail Brown            - Sylvio (Pat) and Mary Cyr
                                               - In honor of Ella Pestine’s graduation from Sokol     - Dolores Brendel
                                                Hebrew High School - Andrew and Gail Brown            - Lila Gay Levy
                                               - In honor of the AufRuf of Rebecca Wallach and        - Bruce and Randi Glass
                                                Jeff Stern - Michael and Karen Kesner                 - David and Bonnie Spangler
                                                                                                      - Jerome and Rochelle Fisher
                                               - In memory of Abraham “Jim” Blumberg, beloved
                                                                                                      - Howard and Merle Simon
                                                brother of Jack Blumberg - Scott and Karen Bieber
                                                                                                      - Robert and Alice Kohn
                                               - In memory of Alfred Feiger, beloved uncle of Gail    - Barbara Pollack
                                                Brown- Stephanie and Michael Smerling                 - Roberta Mallon
                                               - In honor of Andrew Brown’s presidency of Beth        - Sidney and Joan Schiffman
                                                El - Stephanie and Michael Smerling                   - Thomas and Joan Green
                                               - In memory of Shirley Pomerantz, beloved mother       - Sanford and Adrienne Eckerling
                                                of Jules Pomerantz - Scott and Karen Bieber           - David and Elizabeth Copeland
                                               - In memory of Hortense Rubinoff, beloved aunt -       - Michael and Sharon Stein
                                                The Ganan Family - Cliff, Bunny, Jordan, Jill,        - Mitchell and Marcy Dolins
                                                Dori and Leslie                                       - Stephen and Deborah Paige
                                                                                                      - Alan and Mally Rutkoff
                                               - In memory of Hortense Rubinoff, beloved mother
                                                                                                      - Leon and Linda Gottlieb
                                                of Earl and Harry Rubinoff and Lynn Weitz
                                                                                                      - Zella Ludwig
                                                 - The Warsaw Family
                                                                                                      - Jeffrey and Linda Rose
                                                 - Natalie Weinstein
                                                                                                      - Ira and Deborah Rosenberg
                                                 - Sean and Ami Freeman
                                                                                                      - Jeffrey and Carol Clark
                                                 - Burton and Joan Grant
                                                                                                      - Blossom Lowenstein
                                                 - Harry and Marcy Steindler
                                                                                                      - Richard and Meredith Friedman
                                                 - Leonard Weitzman and Esther Dobrofsky
                                                                                                      - Muriel Miller
                                                 - Harry & Betty Nusbaum
                                                                                                      - Richard and Pamela Schlosberg
                                                 - Russell and Rhonda Cohen
                                                                                                      - Manny and Kathryn Marczak
                                                 - Steven and Frances Shapiro & Family
                                                                                                      - Scott and Karen Bieber
Spitz Family/Ruth and Milton                   - In memory of Hortense Rubinoff, beloved mother      - In memory of Milton Liebman, beloved father;
Liebman Israel Scholarship                      of Earl and Harry Rubinoff and Lynn Weitz -           Joseph Cohen, beloved grandfather - Mark and
Endowment Fund                                  Mark and Mae Spitz                                    Mae Spitz
                                               - In memory of Rose Chanin, beloved aunt; Esther      - In honor of Eliezer Krumbein’s special birthday -
                                                Kaufman, beloved mother of Judy Tepfer -              Mark and Mae Spitz
                                                Mark and Mae Spitz                                   - In honor of Gerald Goodman’s special birthday -
                                               - In honor of Jack Blumberg’s special birthday -       Mark and Mae Spitz
                                                Mark and Mae Spitz                                   - Wishing complete & speedy recovery to Adrienne
                                               - In memory of David Stiefel, beloved son of           Lasin - Mark and Mae Spitz
                                                Richard and Sally Stiefel - Mark and Mae Spitz       - In honor of Stephen Ringel’s graduation - Mark
                                               - In memory of Robert Edison - Mark and Mae Spitz      and Mae Spitz
                                               - In memory of Jim Blumberg, beloved brother of       - In honor of the graduations of Rachel and Jennifer
                                                Jack Blumberg - Mark and Mae Spitz                    Weitzman - Mark and Mae Spitz

Youth Community Fund                           - In honor of the birth of Ali and Michael            - In memory of Hortense Rubinoff, beloved mother
                                                Drumm’s son Jacob                                     of Earl and Harry Rubinoff and Lynn Weitz -
                                                 - Michael and Karen Kesner                           Dale and Deborah Strauss
                                                 - Bobbie and Leonard Tenner                         - In memory of Shirley Pomerantz, beloved mother
                                                 - Gary Gordon and Marilyn Hirsch                     of Jules Pomerantz - Michael and Karen Kesner
                                               - In memory of Howard Kaplan, beloved husband         - In memory of Sylvia Sherman, beloved
                                                of Marlene Kaplan and beloved father of Audra         grandmother - Robin and Michael Shartiag
                                                Kaplan Spellberg and Rhonda Katz                     - With appreciation to Chuck Kahalnik for all
                                                 - Michael and Rachael Gluck and Family               your help and support during my tenure as VP
                                                 - Lia Lehrer                                         Administration - Lisa Rosenkranz
                                               - In memory of Samuel Wise, beloved father of         - With appreciation - Steve and Wendy Abrams
                                                Bryna Kurtz - Michael and Rachael Gluck
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                                                                                                                                                      September 2011 Events Calendar



Sunday                        Monday                         Tuesday                       Wednesday                      Thursday                        Friday                       Saturday
                                                                                                                          1                               2                             3
                                                                                                                                                          9:00am Beth El Community      8:50 am Shabbat Services
                                                                                                                                                          Network                       Bar Mitzvah- Davis Blum
                                                                                                                                                          6:15pm Kabbalat Shabbat       6:45 pm Mincha /Ma'ariv
                                                                                                                                                          7:03pm Candle Lighting        8:08 pm Shabbat Ends




4                             5    Labor Day                 6                             7                              8                               9                            10
                                                             Continuing Education          Continuing Education           8:00pm Executive Committee      9:00am Beth El Community     8:50 am Shabbat Services
                                                             12:00pm Sisterhood Board                                                                     Network                      Bat Mitzvah- Rebecca Mosk
                                                             Meeting                                                                                      6:15pm Kabbalat Shabbat      12:30 pm Robbin Scholar Post
                                                                                                                                                          6:52pm Candle Lighting       Kiddush Lecture
                                                                                                                                                          7:00pm Robbin Scholar Family 6:45 pm Mincha /Ma'ariv
                                                                                                                                                          Dinner                       7:57 pm Shabbat Ends




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10:00am Robbin Scholar        7:00 pm Parent-Toddler         Continuing Education          Continuing Education           8:00pm Men's Club Board         9:00am Beth El Community      8:50 am Shabbat Services
Lecture                       Orientation                                                  8:00pm Religious School        Meeting                         Network                       Bar Mitzvah - David Aizenberg
3:00pm Preschool Family       8:00 pm Board of Education                                   Committee Meeting                                              6:15pm Kabbalat Shabbat       Bat Mitzvah - Bessie Cohen
Picnic                        Committee Meeting                                                                                                           6:39pm Candle Lighting        6:30 pm Mincha /Ma'ariv
                              8:00 pm Ritual Committee                                                                                                                                  7:44 pm Shabbat Ends
                              Meeting




18                            19                             20                            21                             22                              23                            24   Selichot
9:00am Maot Chitim Packing    8:00 pm Continuing Education   Continuing Education          Continuing Education           8:00pm Board of Directors       9:00am Beth El Community      8:50 am Shabbat Services
9:00am Sisterhood Welcome     Committee Meeting              7:00pm Preschool Open House   4:10pm Religious School Open                                   Network                       Bar Mitzvah - Robert Aronoff
Brunch                        8:00 pm Membership             8:00pm House Committee        House                                                          6:15pm Kabbalat Shabbat       6:15 pm Mincha /Ma'ariv
                              Committee Meeting                                            8:00pm Ba'al Korei Committee                                   6:27pm Candle Lighting        7:32 pm Shabbat Ends
                                                                                           Meeting                                                                                      8:45 pm "The Literary Chagall"
                                                                                                                                                                                        10:30 pm Selichot Reception
                                                                                                                                                                                        11:00 pm Selichot Service




25                            26                             27                            28   Erev Rosh Hashana         29   Rosh Hashana               30   Rosh Hashana             October 1
9:00am Maot Chitim Delivery                                                                6:00pm High Holiday Services   8:15am High Holiday Services    8:15am High Holiday Services 8:50 am Shabbat Services
10:00am "Chagall and the                                                                   6:18pm Candle Lighting         10:15am High Holiday Children   10:15am High Holiday Children 6:00 pm Mincha /Ma'ariv
Women in His Life"                                                                         8:00pm Ma'ariv                 Services - Both Locations       Services - Beth El Only        7:20 pm Shabbat Ends
                                                                                                                          6:00pm Tashlich                 10:15am Young Family Services-
                                                                                                                          6:15pm Mincha/Ma'ariv Service   Beth El Only
                                                                                                                          7:23pm Candle Lighting          6:15pm Candle Lighting
                                                                                                                                                          6:15pm Kabbalat Shabbat




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August 2011 Events Calendar
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 Sunday                       Monday                         Tuesday                    Wednesday                    Thursday                       Friday                        Saturday
                              1    Rosh Hodesh Av            2                          3                            4                              5                             6
                              Continuing Education           12:00pm Sisterhood Board   Continuing Education         9:30am Sisterhood Day at the   9:00am Beth El Community      9:00 am Summer Shabbat
                                                             Meeting                                                 Museums                        Network                       Services
                                                                                                                                                    6:15pm Kabbalat Shabbat       7:30 pm Mincha / Ma'ariv
                                                                                                                                                    7:45pm Candle Lighting        8:50 pm Shabbat Ends




 7                            8    Erev Tisha B'Av           9    Fast of Tisha B'Av    10                           11                             12                           13
                              Continuing Education           6:30am Shacharit-Eicha     8:00pm Ba'al Korei Meeting                                  9:00am Beth El Community      9:00 am Summer Shabbat
                              8:00 pm Mincha/Ma'ariv Eicha   2:00pm Mincha                                                                          Network                       Services
                                                             8:40pm Ma'ariv                                                                         6:15pm Kabbalat Shabbat       7:30 pm Mincha / Ma'ariv
                                                                                                                                                    7:36pm Candle Lighting        8:41pm Shabbat Ends




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                              Continuing Education           Continuing Education                                    Men's Club Golf Outing         9:00am Beth El Community      8:50 am Shabbat Services
                              8:00 pm Continuing Education   8:00 pm House Committee                                                                Network                       Bat Mitzvah-Elizabeth Youshaei
                              Committee                      Meeting                                                                                6:15pm Kabbalat Shabbat       7:15 pm Mincha / Ma'ariv
                              8:00 pm Ritual Committee                                                                                              7:26pm Candle Lighting        8:31 pm Shabbat Ends
                              Meeting




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                              Continuing Education           Continuing Education       Continuing Education                                        9:00am Beth El Community   8:50 am Shabbat Services
                                                                                        7:00pm Men's Club Steak                                     Network                    Bar Mitzvah- Nathan Apter
                                                                                        and Scotch                                                  5:30pm Outside Summer Nosh 12:00 pm Back to BEANS Bash
                                                                                        8:00pm Religious School                                     6:15pm Outdoor Summer      12:30 pm Kiddush Club
                                                                                        Committee Meeting                                           Kabbalat Shabbat Services  7:00 pm Mincha /Ma'ariv
                                                                                                                                                    7:15pm Candle Lighting     8:20 pm Shabbat Ends




 28                           29                             30    Rosh Hodesh Elul     31   Rosh Hodesh Elul
 5:00pm Havurah BBQ Program   Continuing Education           Continuing Education       Continuing Education
                              8:00 pm CLC Committee
                              Meeting
                              8:00 pm Membership Meeting




                                                                                        Annual Sukkah Walk
                                                                                        Thursday, October 13, 2011
                                                                                        The entire Beth El community is invited to participate in this delightful
                                                                                        annual event. Following morning services, enjoy an afternoon of good
                                                                                        food and company while we observe this special holiday.

				
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