April 2002 Reform Congregation Oheb Sholom Volume 38 No. 8 Notes from the President Stop and think about expectations By Ellen Azrael idea of creating covenants for our informed about what is expected from President congregation is not new. I have visited them, and in turn what the members can Spring has sprung and as you read this many congregations during the past few expect from the Temple. I have asked you it probably is the middle of Passover. By years and have been most impressed with to think about what you would include in now I hope I’ve had a chance to talk to the covenants I have seen. These are your list of expectations. When you do, everyone who responded to my article last simple “contracts” which congregants are try to think about what you expect to month. Thank you for your interest! The asked to read and endorse. Members are (Continued on page 5) From the Rabbi’s Study Help needed to buy new prayerbooks Sitting on the shelf in my office is a Shabbat and Weekdays.” This is what our Weekdays” is a much more “user- siddur (prayerbook) that I received when I movement calls the interim prayerbook, friendly” prayerbook. Firstly, it is much was confirmed. It has because a major rewrite of “Gates of lighter than the blue prayerbook we now Rabbi Brian been the siddur that I Prayer” is due out in 2006. (However, the use. It contains only three Friday evening Michelson have used and carried publication date has been pushed back services, compared to 10 in “Gates of since the time I was twice, already.) Prayer.” Secondly, it is written in gender ordained. It is beginning to show its age. It is with this in mind, the Ritual inclusive language without sacrificing The binding is not what it used to be and Committee, Executive Committee and I most of the poetry of the translation. some of the gold ink on the cover has invite you to help us purchase enough Finally, it incorporates transliteration into worn away. copies of the “Gates of Prayer for Shabbat the body of the service for sections that Standing next to it is a little gray and Weekdays” for congregational use. are often read or sung in Hebrew. This volume entitled “Gates of Prayer for “Gates of Prayer for Shabbat and ensures that as many people as possible can participate in services. I have been April Highlights using this prayerbook for the monthly Shabbat morning services and it has been very well received. Friday, April 5 — Early Shabbat service, 6 p.m. We currently have about two dozen of Saturday, April 6 — Shabbat service, 10 a.m. these newer prayerbooks; however, we Fri.-Sun., April 12-14 — Scholar in Residence (Schedule on Page 7) (Continued on page 2) Saturday, April 13 — Tot Shabbat, 10 a.m. Friday, April 19 — Family Night, grade 1 participating, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 21 — Men’s Club, 9:30 a.m. Bulletin sponsored by Eva Bartos in Friday, April 26 — Sisterhood Shabbat, 7:45 p.m. Sunday, April 28 — Kauffman’s chicken sale at Temple, 11-2 p.m. Friday night services at 7:45 unless otherwise noted. memory of Babysitting available at all services. Emil Bartos Inside the Bulletin of Reform Congregation Oheb Sholom: Religious School News, Page 2 Sisterhood News, Page 3 Our Temple 2 Religious School News Quiet month . . . or is it? By Holly Michelson, RJE Although we are only in April, we are teaching, and learning themselves, about Religious School Administrator already thinking about next year. Judaism. We are looking for people who This year April is an interesting month in Unfortunately, several teachers will not nd have a love a respect for children as regards to Religious School. Only the end of be remaining on staff next year (two are well as the ability to command respect in Passover will be in this month. There are no going off to college!). We are therefore return. Please give me a call to discuss other holidays, secular or religious, this beginning the process of recruiting this further if y ou are interested. month. It seems at first, to be kind of quiet. teachers for the school year 2002-2003. Important Dates: We do, however, have some exciting events, While at times challenging, the April 2: No School simchas and opportunities for learning this opportunity to share knowledge and joy April 7 & 21: PreK/K and Confirmation month. There are three B'nei Mitzvot for our Jewish Heritage is a rewarding classes meet. coming up at the end of the month, a grade 1 one. While we would prefer to have April 19: Grade 1 Service service, and a scholar in residence weekend. those of you who are qualified teachers April 20: Bar Mitzvah of Graham All in all, not as quiet as it first seemed. I join us, many of the best teachers I have Gernsheimer. hope everyone will be able to join us for seen over the years have been those who April 27: Bat Mitzvah of Kaylin Sigal. these wonderful occasions. simply are excited at the prospect of both May 4: Bat Mitzvah of Bari Neugroschel RABBI (Continued from page 1) given in memory or in honor of someone relevant information and mark the checks need at least 60 additional books to and we will prepare a nice bookplate and for the new prayerbook. ensure that we have enough for our send a note, if appropriate, informing the I hope that you can help us reach our regular Shabbat services. The books are person or family of your gift. Please goal of 85 copies of the new prayerbook. $15 each including shipping. They can be make sure that you include all the Wanted: new or used small freezer, upright or chest, for the Thank you… Temple kitchen. The Religious School Committee would like to thank all This will be used for freezing meals prepared by those who purchased freshly baked hamantaschen this Temple members for Temple members. Purim. Special thanks go to Ellice Gunter, Karen Hogg Please call the office for more details. and Lori Levin for organizing the baking and to all their helpers: Donna Zimmer, Lisa Ueberroth, Jeff Horowitz, Shirley Friedman, Fay Rubin, Lin Langlois, Karen McCracken, Barbara Rosenzweig and Esta Surprise someone. . . Neugroschel. It was a very successful fundraiser…67 dozen of delicious hamantaschen were baked, boxed, and by honoring them with an Oneg, purchasing pulpit flowers or a food basket to be donated to the Greater Congregant becomes Eagle Scout Matthew Hrabak, son of Ronald and Sharon, has Berks Food Bank. It’s a great way to attained the rank of Eagle Scout. For his Eagle show your love and appreciation while Scout service project, Matthew painted the mural of adding to our Shabbat celebration religious symbols on the wall in the Religious School wing. Matthew is an Ordeal member of Kittatinny Call Ellice Gunter at 610-775- Lodge No. 5, Order of the Arrow and has received the Ner Tamid in Judaism honor. He is a member of 4448 Troop 236 and a senior at Gov. Mifflin High School. 3 Our Temple Sisterhood News Thanks for making Donor Lunch a success By Elyse Horowitz be a certificate to a local eatery, and a night. Please contact Donna Zimmer if I hoped everyone enjoyed their bookstore gift certificate. You will not you are interested. Thank you Donna for Passover. The Sisterhood would like to want to miss out on your chance to win all your hard work. It has been greatly thank everyone for attending the Donor one of these great prizes. appreciated. Lunch. It was an afternoon of great food Here are a few dates to remember. The and great fashion. A special thanks to all Sisterhood Shabbat service is April 26 at This is the slate of officers to be voted our models for all their hard work. Thank 7:45. Please let Holly know if you would on at the next board meeting; you to Carol Cohn for the wonderful like to participate. The Annual Sisterhood President—Linda Bram program idea, Karen Hogg for the Spring Meeting will be May 14 at noon. 1st Vice President—Karen Hogg beautiful flowers and Shirley Friedman The program will be by Iris Lonker. She 2nd Vice President—Elyse Horowitz for organizing the delicious lunch. will be making scented bath oils and 3rd Vice President—Felice Stern Keep sending in your Pushke coupons. candles. It should be fun. Hope to see Treasure—Deborah Zelnick Stop by the gift shop and see the beautiful you there. Recording Secretary—Marian Smith jewelry prizes. There is a white and gray The Sisterhood is looking for ladies to Corresponding Secretary —Adriene pearl necklace with jade chips, and a gold take over as gift shop coordinator or to Cardinal and silver name bracelet. There will also volunteer to run the gift shop one Friday Financial Secretary—Shirley Friedman Men’s Club News Learn firsthand about life in the state police By Marshall Azrael the barracks, and in the court house. their friends. Men’s Club president Yes! A member of the Pennsylvania The officers of the Men's Club For ages, one of the most popular State Police, Galen Glassmire, will tell us welcome your ideas and participation: venues for entertainment - books, radio, about some of his experiences "on the Marshall Azrael, President; Sidney television and cinema - is crime and force." Galen and his family attend Symons, Vice President; Milton punishment. From "Sherlock Holmes" to Kesher Zion. As we will find out, the Mendelsohn, Treasurer; Arthur Becker, "Dragnet" to "Chips" to "Law & Order" state police do a lot more than catching Past President. key players are the men and women of speeders. Join us for his true-life stories in Our next meeting is on May 19. We'll law enforcement. Our guest speaker for the line of fire. make-up the meeting that was snowed out April 21 will give us a firsthand account All congregants, guys and gals, are with Stan Ramati, "2000 years - Jews in of what really takes place on-the-road, in welcome, and are encouraged to bring Crises." Mazel Tov ! Irvin Cohen, founder and CEO of Construction Fasteners, Inc. has been inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame. We lift up Irv's many accomplishments and contributions to our Reading-area community. NEWSLETTER STAFF Mark Nemirow—Editor Sidney L. Symons—Advertising/Sponsorships Manager Lynn Bates — Assistant Editor To get an item in the bulletin, call Mark, 610-370-2533 (Marknem@aol.com) or the Templeoffice, 610-375-6043. Deadline for the next issue is April 5. Our Temple 4 The Jane Henry Memorial Fund The Jane Henry Memorial Fund is not just a camp fund for youth. It will help anyone in need, particularly young people. Sunshine! This fund will consider aiding someone during difficult, needy periods. Doesn't everyone need a sprinkle of sunshine on their A gift has been received from Sylvia H. Gross birthday? If you would like to receive a To Harold Po llack in honor of his 90th birthday Hilde Gernsheimer & Fred Jakobs birthday card on or near your To Bernard Sher in honor of his 90th birthday birthday, please contact Hilde Gernsheimer & Fred Jakobs Adrienne Cardinal at 610-370- To Shirley and Norm Greenbaum in honor of their 55th wedding anniversary 0058 or email her at Maxine & Dick Henry email@example.com. To Mr. and Mrs. Jay Rosenfeld in honor of their grandaughter, Alexa's Bat Mitzvah Of course, we always welcome Maxine & Dick Henry donations to help defray the To Adam and Lindy Leifer in memory of Annette Leifer cost of cards and postage. Maxine & Dick Henry When someone does send a Yahrzeit in memory of Jane Henry donation, we print their name The Beck & Stoudt Families in the monthly bulletin! Yahrzeit in memory of Edward Rosner I am always willing to sprinkle Carole & Irv Beck & family some sunshine! To Maxine Henry in honor of her special birthday Bernice & Jay Rosenfeld Yahrzeit in memory of William A. Miller Saul "Marty" Miller Birthday greetings Pat Shore Kaye Ullman New Building Fund To Eva Bartos in memory of her sister Mildred Lurio Yahrzeit in memory of Rose Knoblauch To Irvin Cohen in honor of his induction into Harriet Baskin Murry & Nancy Knoblauch Heather Nazimov the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Scarlata Memorial Rabbi’s Discretionary Rabbi Brian Michelson Yahrzeit in memory of Evelyn Levinger Norma, Marty, Andy & Erica Beckerman In memory of Harold Nazimov Larry & Sue Schlanger Fund Philip & Shelly Bond In appreciation of our Tot Shabbat program Landscaping Garden Stuart & Joanne Zager Ryan & Leah Egolf of Eden Greater Temple Fund In memory of Morris D. Gilbert H. Robert & Sally Gilbert To Adam Leifer and family in memory of Yahrzeit in memory of Bessie Stern Annette Leifer Edythe Stern In honor of the birth of Bernard & Jane Sher Talia Victoria Goldshtain, To Eva Bartos in memory of her sister, daughter of Nimrod Goldshtain & To Milton Mendelsohn with get well wishes Mildred Lurio Janice Livingood Bernard & Jane Sher Rabbi Brian Michelson Harriet Baskin Doris Kelsey To Eva Bartos in memory of her sister In memory of Anne Coopersmith Mildred Lurio Sandee, Neal & Jonathan Nevitt Edith & Milton Mendelsohn To Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Toney in memory of Music Fund brother Melvin Toney Dolly, Joni, Margo, Ruie & Ruth 5 Our Temple PRESIDENT (Continued from page 1) At Passover we remember that God This Passover we must pay attention to receive from your membership, as well as delivered us from bondage. We are very the plight of the Jews in Argentina, as what it is that the Temple can expect you fortunate to live in a country that offers us well as the terror in Israel. to do! In the next few months you will the freedom to openly practice Judaism. We cannot remain silent while many receive an invitation to attend a “Kaffee We are also entitled to free speech. There incidents of anti-Semitism are occurring Klatch” to talk about the Temple, what are many people of many faiths in many around the world (and in this country as you like, what you don’t like, what we countries who aren’t as fortunate as we well). can do to improve, and what we shouldn’t are. Jews in America have always been at We need to respond to these crises. change. Hope to see many of you at these the forefront of fighting injustices of all It is up to us to make sure that the sessions. kinds, and we must continue. horrors of 60 years ago do not It was wonderful to be remembered on my special birthday out here in the gorgeous southwest desert. Thank you! Ellis Friedman Kauffman's Chicken Bar B Q returns Our annual Chicken Sale will take place Sunday, April 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For $6 you will get a half Bar-B-Q chicken and a baked potato. New this year will be a Bake Sale where you can purchase a whole or half apple cake, kugel or brownies. Volunteers are needed to work with chairperson Neal Schneider. Interested in helping? Please give Neal a call or leave your name at the Temple office. Have you sold your 10 tickets? Do you need more? We need everyone's help to make this a successful sale. Tell your neighbors and co- workers. Pick up Sunday dinner when you pick up your children from Religious School. Wanted, Bakers: We need apple cake, kugel and brownies to sell at the Chicken Sale. Evelyn Goodman will be coordinating the Bake Sale. Please call Evelyn at (610) 376-9827 or the Temple office if you will bake or can help on April 28. Please return your ticket money and any unsold tickets to the Temple office 12th by Friday, April 12th. For our elderly, homebound and those who just can't make it to the Temple April 28 to pick up a dinner, we will deliver. We have secured the services of some super Temple volunteers to deliver chicken and potatoes to your door. Arrangements MUST BE made in advance of April 28. Please call the Temple office, (610) 375-6034 if you would like chicken delivered to your Our Temple 6 Sisterhood Florence Frank Offering Fund To Eva Bartos in memory of her on his special birthday sister Mildred Lurio Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Schlanger To Mrs. Jack Schaeffer for a speedy Mr. & Mrs. Gene Friedman To Milton Mendelsohn for a speedy recovery Mr. & Mrs. Irvin Balis recovery To Mrs. Ruth Balis for a speedy recovery Mrs. Edith Blanck Mrs. Sylvia Schiff Mr. & Mrs. William Meyers Mrs. Toni Guttman To Harriet Baskin in memory of Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Symons Mrs. Toni Guttman her father, Samuel Miller Mr. & Mrs. William Meyers Mr. & Mrs. Murry Knoblauch To Richard Yashek for a speedy Mr. & Mrs. Gene Friedman Mrs. Hilde Gernsheimer & Fred Mrs. Sue Wolfe recovery Mrs. Vivian Polter Jakobs Mrs. Edythe Stern Mrs. Toni Guttman Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Schlanger Mrs. Helen Rappoport Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Sherman Mr. & Mrs. Edward Jacobson To Rae Rudnick on her special To Joseph Schlanger for belated Mrs. Ruth Brok birthday birthday greetings Mrs. Toni Guttman To Hilda Feldman for a speedy Mr. & Mrs. William Meyers Dr. & Mrs. Eric Zelnick Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Symons recovery Mr. & Mrs. Gene Friedman Mrs. Sue Wolfe Mrs. Ruth Brok Congratulations to Dr. Stuart Cohn Mrs. Edythe Stern To Seymour Bloom in memory of for conducting the Reading Mrs. Helen Rappoport To Clara Seymour for a speedy his sister Annette Leifer Symphony Orchestra Mr. & Mrs. Paul Isenberg recovery Mrs. Vivian Polter Mr. & Mrs. Murry Knoblauch Mr. & Mrs. Lionel Asher Mrs. Ruth Brok Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Sherman Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Deutsch Mrs. Sue Wolfe Mr. & Mrs. Gene Friedman To Joseph Sherman in thinking of ? Mrs. Edythe Stern you with good wishes Kindly send Florence Frank In appreciation of greetings sent Joe Dr. & Mrs. Eric Zelnick Offering Fund contributions to Mrs. Congregation joins MAZON partnership addressing hunger The Board of Trustees of Reform In MAZON's first 15 years, the organizations working to prevent and Congregation Oheb Sholom has voted to organization granted $23+ million to alleviate hunger. join more than 800 synagogues nonprofit organizations confronting "Judaism teaches," according to Rabbi nationwide in partnership with MAZON: hunger in the United States, in Israel and Brian I. Michelson, "the importance of A Jewish Response to Hunger. in poor countries worldwide. sharing what we have with those who are MAZON, founded in 1985, is one of In conjunction with its synagogue in need. American Jewry's principal vehicles for partners, Los Angeles-based MAZON “Becoming a Mazon partner responding to the tragedy of hunger ("food" in Hebrew) raises funds congregation helps us institutionalize this worldwide. principally by asking Jews to contribute effort." Through MAZON, Jews support a vast 3% of the cost of their life cycle "We are delighted that Reform network of food pantries, home -delivered celebrations: weddings, b'nai mitzvah, Congregation Oheb Sholom has joined meals programs, food banks, advocacy anniversaries - every joyous Mazon as a partner, " said Executive groups for the poor, multi-service occasion. MAZON also conducts appeals Director H. Eric Schockman, Ph. organizations offering food, shelter and through its partner congregations during D. "Support of Mazon gives modern counseling and international relief and the High Holy Days and Passover. Funds meaning and life to the ancient Jewish development projects. raised are granted to nonprofit tradition of feeding the hungry, and we Mazel Tov to... Graham Gernsheimer, son of Jeffry and Jan Gernsheimer, Bar Mitzvah on April 20. Kaylin Sigal, daughter of Andrew and Sandy Siga, Bat Mitzvah on April 27. Bari Neugroschel, daughter of Randy and Esta Neugroschel, Bat Mitzvah on May 4. God's blessings to you all. 7 Our Temple Support JCS during this critical time of need By Sidney L. Symons and Muslims into our educational Your support for the Jewish Chautauqua Chairman programs at all levels. JCS can introduce Chautauqua Society will make a There are new religious realities in this objective information about Muslims and difference! It would be unfortunate if JCS country. Since the Sept. 11 attacks, we Jews into these courses as our Rabbis would be forced to curtail these programs have to recognize that our country is not have been doing so well regarding because of a lack of funds. simply divided into Protestant, Catholic Christian/Jewish relations. JCS lecturers We have a great deal to do. Please and Jew; but really into Christian, Muslim are currently teaching full credit courses allow us to move forward in 2002. and Jewish. How will the JCS respond to at secular colleges, universities, semin- Send your contributions to: Jewish this new framework? Clearly, we must aries and theological institutions… and Chautauqua Society, Dept. #60, PO Box begin to integrate information about Jews have requests for dozens more. 1000 Memphis, TN 38101-9978 From the Sea to the Mountain: The Essential Jewish Journey Mark your calendars and join in will be with our children at Tot Shabbat Jewish Community Center at 10 a.m. for a welcoming Rabbi Paula Goldberg to for a special story. light breakfast (cost $ 3 for JCC members, RCOS the weekend of April 12-14. Saturday evening Havdalah, at 5 p.m. $5 for non-members) and the last of Rabbi Friday, April 12 begins with our New Rabbi Goldberg will present "Counting Goldberg's presentations, "The Sinai Member Shabbat dinner at 6:30 p.m. the Days - Making Every Day Count" Experience: Hearing the Word, Living the followed by a service and Rabbi followed by a Deli Supper. Cost for Message". Goldberg's message, "Jumping in with supper is $7.50 per person. Call the Rabbi Goldberg currently serves as the Both Feet: the Individual and the office with your reservation by Monday, Rabbinic Scholar at Shir Ami in Newtown, Community." April 8. Pa, coordinating and teaching Jewish Saturday at 10 a.m. Rabbi Goldberg On Sunday join with others at the Studies and Family Programming Perpetual Memorials April 5 -6 Herman Bodenheimer Henry Herman Jacob Weil Bertha Goldsmith Sara Ada Cohn Edward Miller Arthur Hammel Anne Coopersmith Beatrice Hammel Charles Hyman April 12 Herman Lightman Amalie Schulhoff Feist William A. Miller J. Thomas Sher Edard L. Berger May 3 and 4 Irma Camperlik Mary Isaacs Olga S. Lurio Joseph Weinberg Bertha Hammel Karl Camperlik Louise C. Wolper Harry Stern Sandel Bernheimer Ernestine Fisher Helen P. Freedman April 19 Ruth W. Frank Ella L. Goldsmith Hildegard Weinberg Meyer Liefter April 26 Our Temple 8 New Member Shabbat Do you know….. Which new member moved from Rochester, N.Y.? Who are the new members who just had a baby girl? This new member is the mother of twins. Both husband and wife are doctors, but not practicing together. Who lives in Birdsboro, and their children attend Religious School? Which new member is a nurse practitioner but at present likes being a homemaker and stay-at-home mom? Did you know that 18 family units have joined our Temple family so far this year? For all the answers as well as getting to meet our new members, attend New Member Shabbat on Friday, April 12. There will be a catered chicken dinner at 6:30. followed by Shabbat service at 7:45. with Scholar in Residence Rabbi Paula Goldberg. Let's fill the Social Hall and sanctuary. 9 Our Temple Help feed the hungry at festive season RCOS has been scheduled to work at the Kennedy House soup kitchen on Sunday, March 31. This is Easter Sunday and also falls during Passover. If you would like to work at the soup kitchen that day or if you are interested in making a donation, please call Barbara Rosenzweig at 775-5383. We are asking for donations to defray the cost of the special meal we would like to prepare for the holiday Looking for some bakers Would you like to learn how to make a challah, how to make just the right braid? Iris Lonker has graciously agreed to bake our own challahs for our Shabbat services. But she needs help. We are looking for some people to meet with Iris once a month in the Temple kitchen to bake challahs. Now is your chance to learn the fine art of challah making and a time to kibbitz. Call the Temple office to find out when the next challah making will take place. Please Support Our Advertisers! Our Temple 10 Replace This With Your Headline Use the columns on these pages to start new stories or to continue stores from previous pages. Don't forget to delete the headline and the drop cap text frames if you're continuing a story. To learn how to add ''Continued on page xx'' to a column, see page 150 in your manual. REFORM CONGREGATION OHEB SHOLOM Affiliated with the Union of American Hebrew Congregations since 1907 555 Warwick Drive Wyomissing Hills, PA 19610 610-375-6034, Fax: 610-375-6036 ADDRESS CORRECTION REQUESTED Brian I. Michelson, Rabbi Alan G. Weitzman, Rabbi Emeritus Non-Profit Organization EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE U.S. Postage Ellen Azrael..................................................................... President PAID Gene Friedman.................................................First Vice Reading, PA President Martin Beckerman.......................................Second Vice President Gerald Sigal, Esq.............................................................. TIME VALUE Treasurer Robert Bruck Bruce Cohen Barbara Stein BOARD OF TRUSTEES Ted Aarons Harriet Baskin Martin Beckerman Amy W. Berger Scott Bram Paul Cohn Scott Davis Patricia Frankel, Esq. Joseph Goldstein Neil A. Hoffman M.D. Nan Kurlancheek Barbara Nazimov James Rothstein Howard Saidman Sylvia Schiff Neal Schneider Richard Schwartz Jeffrey Sternlieb Sue Viener Eric Zelnick Marshall Azrael.......................President of the Men’s Club Linda Bram............................................Sisterhood Representative Alan Schlechter.........................................................Past President Bulletin published monthly, September through May. Items are due no later than the 5th of the month prior to publication.
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