IYAR / SIVAN 5769
Nursery School Openings pg. 8
Adult Library News pg. 12
Annual Fund Wrap-Up pg. 14 - 15
Riverside Service News pg. 20
Zayin Museum Photos pg. 25
RABBI’S MESSAGE May 2009 • Vol. 59 No. 5
Celebrate a Miraculous Birthday! SERVICE SCHEDULE
Shabbat Worship Schedule
At this time of year when we observe two important days on the Fridays at 6:30 p.m.
Jewish calendar, so much of our focus as Jews is on Israel. The Saturdays at 9:45 a.m.
first is Israel’s 61st birthday observed on Yom HaAtzmaut with a
special celebration at The Jewish Center on May 3. I hope you and Library Service
your family will join us as we celebrate the great miracle of the Saturday, May 9, 23, at 10:30 a.m.
modern State of Israel. Later in the month we will be observing Junior Congregation - (Shabbat Layeladim)
Yom Yerushalayim, the newest holiday in the Jewish calendar marking the 42nd anniver- Saturday, May 2, 9, 16 at 10:30 a.m.
sary of the unification of Jerusalem in 1967; we will observe it on Friday night, May 22
Mini Minyan - (Shabbat Latze’eerim)
during our Shabbat service.
Saturday, May 2, 16 at 11:00 a.m.
I bring these dates to your attention in the hope that you will be with us to celebrate, Family Service - (Shabbat Lamishpachah)
and to ask you to join me in making an additional personal commitment to Israel and Saturday, May 9 at 10:30 a.m.
values in Israeli society that are important to you and me. Tot Shabbat - (Shabbat Lataf)
Saturday, May 2, 16 at 11 a.m.
As many of you know, religious life in Israel is different than in America in many ways.
There are fewer choices for Jewish religious observance in Israel and there is not a strong Midweek Minyan Schedule
presence among the Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist movements including Sunday at 8:30 a.m.
the programming and resources that we have here. While some positive steps have been Wednesday at 7 a.m.
taken in recent years, there is a still a great struggle with the Orthodox religious monop- SHABBAT EVENTS
oly in Israel that controls so much of the funding for religious institutions and religious Saturday, May 2
observance. Every time I am in Israel, I find it so ironic to think (continued on page 2) Bar Mitzvah of Adam Knuckey
son of Abby and Keith Knuckey
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Saturday, May 9
Bat Mitzvah of Orayah Zinder
The End daughter of Advah and Joshua Zinder
Dear Peri, Jacob, and Carmel, Bat Mitzvah of Katie Kanter
I am composing this, my last daughter of Susan and Lawrence Kanter
Ha-sof newsletter column, in the same
manner as my first, a letter to Saturday, May 16
you three. Bar Mitzvah of Sam Weiss
son of Eve Niedergang and Andrew Weiss
In my first newsletter column, I wrote to you how, at the first board meeting I attended Bar Mitzvah of Blake Lieberman
twelve years ago, “Everyone was asked to say their name and why they were serving at son of Lisa and Lawrence Lieberman (5:30 p.m.)
The Jewish Center. I said I was doing it for my children to be a good example for them Saturday, May 23
and to keep our synagogue and Jewish community strong.” And I accepted the nomina- Bar Mitzvah of Aidan Kaufman
tion to be President two years ago with the same motivation. son of Jill and Gregg Kaufman
Sunday, May 24
Mark Twain said, “Few things are harder to put up with than a good example.” I hope Bar Mitzvah of Jonathan Lebeau
this quotation is both right and wrong as it relates to the role I have served at The Jewish son of Leora Batnitzky and Robert Lebeau
Center. Naturally I hope that my serving as the President of TJC was a good example.
But I also hope it was not so hard to put up with. SHABBAT CANDLE LIGHTING
May 1 ® 7:35 p.m.
I certainly missed a lot of quality time with you when I was out at meetings, and even May 8 ® 7:42 p.m.
when I was home but might have been on the phone or emailing, or my mind may have May 15 ® 7:49 p.m.
simply been preoccupied with synagogue matters. You seldom (continued on pg. 4) May 22 ® 7:56 p.m.
May 29 ® 8:02 p.m.
Rabbi’s Message (continued from pg. 1) promote its values: the centrality of Israel use in our Israel Education program in our
that I am much more comfortable being a in the life and consciousness of the Jewish schools and that we will use for our Yom
Conservative Jew in Princeton than I am in People and the unity of the Jewish People Yerushalayim program later this month. I
Jerusalem. wherever they may live. encourage you to go to their website
I recently made a commitment to an MERCAZ USA supports The Jerusalem (www.mercazusa.com) to learn more about
institution that is working to change this Program, which defines the Foundations of this important organization and consider
reality and I want you to consider joining Zionism as: how it can help all of us support the values
me. When many of us think about Israel, • The unity of the Jewish people, its and issues that we think are important
we think about the Israel we hear about on bond to its historic homeland Eretz issues in Israel.
the news and the political challenges Yisrael, and the centrality of the State of
Israel faces striving for peace with her Israel and Jerusalem, its capital, in the There are many ways we can support
neighbors. The institution I mention here life of the nation; Israel and I encourage everyone to consid-
focuses on other important issues for • Aliyah to Israel from all countries and er additional support this month in honor
Israelis today including their religious the effective integration of all immigrants of Israel’s birthday. Find a cause that is
observance, some legal matters and the into Israeli Society; important to you and do what you can to
role of religion in Israeli society. • Strengthening Israel as a Jewish, strengthen that cause in Israel. You may
For many years, I have been a member of Zionist and democratic state and shaping it also want to support Israel by taking your
MERCAZ USA, the Zionist Organization of as an exemplary society with a unique family on a trip this summer. There are
the Conservative Movement, representing moral and spiritual character, marked by still some spots left on The TJC Israel
Conservative Judaism within the World mutual respect for the multi-faceted Adventure that leaves August 16. Please
Zionist Organization and the Jewish Jewish people rooted in the vision of the contact me if you would like more infor-
Agency for Israel. I was recently asked to prophets, striving for peace and contribut- mation about the trip.
serve on the National Board of MERCAZ ing to the betterment of the world;
USA, and thus I will share with you their • Ensuring the future and the distinctive- I look forward to seeing you soon in shul
important mission. ness of the Jewish People by furthering and Yom Huledet Sameach – Happy 61st
MERCAZ USA sees Zionism as an invalu- Jewish, Hebrew and Zionist education, fos- birthday to the State of Israel!
able tool for strengthening Jewish identity tering spiritual and cultural values and
and combating assimilation. It calls for teaching Hebrew as the national language; I look forward to seeing you soon in shul,
linking Jewish communities throughout • Nurturing mutual Jewish responsibility,
defending the rights of Jews as individuals Rabbi Adam Feldman
the Diaspora with Israel through tourism, Rabbi Feldman may be reached at afeld-
Jewish education, Hebrew language study, and as a nation, representing the national
Zionist interests of the Jewish people, and firstname.lastname@example.org or
“people-to-people” partnerships, short-and 609-921-0100, ext. 203.
long-term Israel programs and Aliyah. struggling against all manifestations of
Conservative/Masorti Judaism was the first anti-Semitism.
of the modern religious movements to MERCAZ USA has helped us at The
embrace Zionism and has steadfastly Jewish Center in many ways including pro-
remained at the forefront of the effort to viding us with educational resources we
Summary of March 29, II. New Business: The budget will be discussed at the
2009 Board Meeting A. The Board endorsed allowing a April meeting and voted on at the
request for “suggested donations” Annual Meeting. The Executive
I. President's Report: We are setting for non-members at certain Committee and Finance Committee
up several listserves to communicate Jewish Center events. It was will work the finances in the meantime
better with our members and for agreed that doing so would iden- to address savings we can make for the
members among themselves. If they tify an additional benefit of mem- current year and to build in a surplus
are successful, we may add more. bership and help off set increas- to next year's budget to avoid a deficit.
For now if you would like to be added ing pressure on revenues.
to one of the following listserves B. The Board endorsed amending
(Adult Education, Baby Boomers, the by-laws to add a fifth Vice
Israeli Affairs, JCW, Keruv, Joan President (VP, Programming).
Levin Nursery School, Men’s Club, The vote will be held at the
Religious Affairs, Singles, and Social Annual Meeting in May.
Concerns) you should send your
request by email to Alisa III. Focus Topic: The Finance
Odrechowski (Alisa@thejewishcen- Committee made the Board aware that
ter.org). It was announced that a we are looking at a projected deficit for
committee was formed to choose the this year. The Board also discussed the
Congregant of the Year. budget process for the next budget.
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CANTOR’S Notes Cantor Simon
to be honored
by The Academy for
“TEACH US TO NUMBER OUR DAYS…” (Psalm 90:12)
In the musical
Lag B’omer, the joyous
scholars’ festival with its
Rent, this is how bows and arrows and
Cantor Murray E. Simon will be receiv-
the group of friends bonfires.
ing the P'nei Torah Faculty Award at the
refers to the pass-
Ordination Ceremony of The Academy
ing of a year - bro- What of the present time?
for Jewish Religion (AJR) on Thursday,
ken down into the What does this period of a
May 21 at 4 p.m. This will take place in
small increments of 525,600 minutes. “week of weeks” mean to
Smith Hall on the campus of the College
Measuring time and being aware of the us today? It couches com-
of Mount St. Vincent, Riverdale, NY
passage of time is important. Sometimes, memorations of some of
where AJR has been in residence for the
we are so busy and so distracted that we the most cataclysmic
past eight years. Cantor Simon was
lose track of the passage of time. events for the Jewish peo-
elected to this honor by his peers on the
ple in the 20th century:
faculty of AJR as being the faculty mem-
We have just celebrated the ultimate Yom HaShoa (Holocaust Memorial Day) ber who goes above and beyond his nor-
spring festival of Passover - and, now, we on the 27th of Nisan mal teaching responsibilities in dealing
begin our “count up” - marking the pas-
Yom HaZikaron (Day of Remembrance) with his students in the Cantorial
sage of time in the Jewish calendar known
of all who fell in Israel’s wars on the 4th School. The citation reads: “We honor
as the s'firah (the counting) - the 49-day
of Iyar you for being a master of your discipline,
period of numbering the days from the
a beloved and caring teacher and a pro-
second day of Passover until Shavuot - Yom HaAtsma-ut (Israel Independence fessional role model for students and
“the time of the giving of our Torah.” Day) on the 5th of Iyar alumni to emulate.”
The Academy for Jewish Religion is the
In Biblical times, this was the period of These are the important days marking oldest independent, pluralistic seminary
the wandering of a rabble of rebellious the special events during the period of in the world. Its community of rabbis,
slaves before they became an ordered soci- counting known as the s'firah. cantors, scholars and professionals is a
ety governed by God-given laws. This is
diverse mix of students and faculty who
the religious and historic aspect of the s’fi- When Rabbi Feldman blesses someone both support and challenge one another
rah period. Later, during the time of the on the bimah for their birthday, he likes to in a spirit of openness and commitment.
Holy Temple in Jerusalem, this was the say that “… people may count the days of Cantor Simon has served on the faculty
time that the offering of a bushel of grain their lives, but a person of wisdom makes of the Cantorial School at AJR for the
called an “omer” was brought in grateful every day count.” “Teach us to number past eight years. If you would like to
gratitude to God. It was the span between our days that we may get us a heart of wis- know more about the honor and/or
the barley harvest around Passover and dom.” Are you counting? would like to attend the ceremony or
the wheat harvest around Shavuot. Thus,
make a contribution in Cantor Simon's
the agricultural aspect of this period
Melodically yours, honor to AJR, please contact Cantor
comes into focus. Also, on day thirty-
Simon for details.
three of the forty-nine days, we celebrate Cantor Murray E. Simon
Yad Squad Awards on Shabbat BEMIDBAR, May 22
About three years ago, a young, precocious Bar Mitzvah student, Eric Falcon, suggested to me after his Bar Mitzvah that we
should have a club of post B’nai Mitzvah kids who would return to chant Torah again and again. We formed the Yad Squad (Eric’s
brainstorm) and drafted by-laws stating that if one leyned Torah at least twice a year after their Bar or Bat Mitzvah, they would be
honored with the gift of a yad along with the grateful appreciation of our congregation.
The Yad Squad currently has over forty members between ages 13 and 18 who have read at least once this past year. On
Shabbat BEMIDBAR (Friday evening, May 22), we will award a yad to those who have fulfilled the requirement of reading at
least twice this past year. They are: Ilana Atwater, Ellis Bloom, Steven Braun, Alex Costin, Frankie and Shelleye Echeverria, Alec
Gershen, Eric Falcon, Reina Gabai, Rebecca Goldman, Jacob Kaufman, Dylan Klein-Denk, Annie Sarnak, Justine Steinberger
and Hadas Zeilberger.
“V’shinantam l’vanecha” - “…you should teach your children diligently” and they have learned diligently. We wish them
all Yashir Ko-ach and we let them know how proud we are of all of them - especially me, their Cantor, tropes teacher, advisor
Cantor Murray E. Simon
President’s Message (continued from pg. 1) of personal sacrifice. Work hard, and do themselves. Remember that who is wise is
complained, not that you had an option or the best you can. one who learns from others (Pirkei Avot);
would have known otherwise since my
involvement with The Jewish Center has If this sounds like a lot, take a look at the You should have the essential support of
been a factor in your lives since the days photo I chose this month of us on an army the professionals of an organization who
you were born. I am grateful that far from tank at Latrun, Israel (the site of a pivotal contribute their wisdom, experience, dedi-
complaining, you showed your pride in my battle in securing the State of Israel). It cation, and hard work as I had with so
volunteer work and that you have a pre- should remind you that as much as we many people that we are fortunate to have
cious connection of your own with your may do, it pales in comparison with what as the foundation of The Jewish Center;
synagogue. And while Mommy certainly previous generations had to sacrifice and not to mention the privilege of befriending
did even more than her normal phenome- achieve. and partnering with your rabbis in a
nal level to compensate for my Jewish shared vision as I did with Rabbi Feldman
Center activities, I know you missed out on The incredible thing is that, while it is not and Rabbi Tucker;
time with me, especially in the last two the motivation for such service, as much as
years. When I accepted the responsibility you give, you can get so much more in You should have the warmth and support
of being President, I knew this was return. That has certainly been the case of handshakes, kisses, smiles, and compli-
inevitable but I thought it would be worth with being President of The Jewish Center. ments as I received from a congregation of
it. From my point of view now, it was defi- I've been enriched with new ways to lead, remarkable individuals and families includ-
nitely worth it, and actually even more share ideas with others, communicate, ing so many long-time friends of our fami-
meaningful than I expected. understand, envision, and celebrate. And I ly. And far from Thomas Jefferson’s
look forward to having these experiences description of the presidency of the United
The interaction with so many people positively influence all aspects of my life, States as a “daily loss of friends,” I've been
with unique experiences and diverse per- including those that affect you. So I hope blessed with a treasure of new friendships
spectives has been priceless to me. this will be a benefit in which you will formed in my time as POTJC.
There are many things in life that are share with me now and in the future, and
bigger than any of us alone, such as our one that will far outweigh what you had to And you should always have that quintes-
family, our synagogue, our community, put up with while I was busy trying to be a sential Jewish sense of humor to help you
our Judaism, Israel, and more. It was a good example. through all of the above.
great opportunity for me to take a lead-
ing role in our synagogue, which When you choose your own responsibili- “Do everything in you; you feel to be
strengthens all of these other facets. ties and challenges in life, I hope my exam- your part.
ple will point you towards those like mine Dare to lead, with wisdom like a child,
And I must admit that if Mark Twain at The Jewish Center where: directly from the heart.” (The Grateful
meant that a good example is hard to put Dead, adapted)
up with not just in the present, but also in You should have the opportunity to join
the future as an example you are spurred forces with so many intelligent, insightful, I love you,
to follow, then yes, I do hope my example is passionate, caring, talented, hard working Daddy
hard to put up with. If you believe in people as I did on the Executive
something, you should give of yourself, Committee, the Board of Directors, and all Michael Feldstein
beyond just words or money, to the point the others inspired to volunteer and give of TJC President
Cantors Concert Brings Music to Your Ears
and Food to the Needy
“If Music Be the Food Of Love, Play On” will be the theme of a concert at Adath Israel Congregation in Lawrenceville, 4 p.m.
on Sunday, May 31 to benefit the Jewish Family and Children’s Service’s Ohel Avraham Kosher Food Pantry.
Entitled Music for Meals, the performance will feature local cantors and cantorial soloists Stuart Binder of Beth Chaim,
Larry Brandspeigel of Beth El, Adrienne Rubin of Temple Micah, Arthur and Evette Katlin of Adath Israel, Emily Pincus of Har
Sinai, and Murray Simon and Robert Freedman of The Jewish Center, singing music dedicated to charity, healing the world,
and of course, food. There will be songs for all ages, so bring your parents and your children. Ticket prices range from $18 per
adult/$12 for seniors and students to $50 for a family. Patrons who donate $75 or more will receive tickets in reserved seating
and their names will be listed in the program.
To reserve your ticket and find out how you can help sponsor this greatly needed benefit event call Patti at JFCS at 609-987-8100.
(The concert’s theme, by the way, is a quotation from Act 1 of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, who loved food and
gave generously of his talents to all.)
Todah Rabbah Haftarah Chanters
Allison Hubert, Sabrina Hecht, Justin
Will, Ben Goldstein, Jason Kay, Liana
Annie Lewis, Gila Levin, Rabbi Bob
Freedman, Larry Epstein, Dan Aronovic,
Gilda Aronovic, Asher Aronovic, Annie
The congregation acknowledges with Bloom, Gabriele Bloom and Seth Sarnak, Bruce Reim, Michael Bloom,
deep appreciation and gratitude the Kirschner. Reina Gabai, Cantor Murray E. Simon,
following individuals who participated Annette Flisser, Marvin Flisser, Sandy
in our Services during the months of Daveners Kutin, David Spiegel, Frankie
March and April: Al Klein, Larry Epstein, Rabbi Annie Echeverria, Shellye Echeverria, Naomi
Tucker, Rabbi Adam Feldman, Rabbi Bob Richman Neumann and Bob Lebeau.
Torah Readers Freedman, Sher Leiman, Martha
Randy Hubert, Deborah Shore, Larry Himmelfarb, Allison Hubert, Jason Kay, Haftarot
Kanter, Michael Feldstein, Steve Hubert, Sabrina Hecht, Adam Scheer, Liana Annie Lewis, Rabbi Bob Freedman,
Naomi Perlman, Allison Hubert, Ilana Bloom, Gabriela Bloom, Jeremy Berman, Larry Epstein, Bob Lebeau and Leslie
Atwater, Ben Atwater, Bob Weber, Jason Seth Kirschner, Jordan Provorny and Gil Gerwin.
Kay, Bruce Reim, Rebecca Sage, Bruce Gordon
Hecht, Sabrina Hecht, Leah Falcon, Megillat Shir HaShirim (Song of
Aaron Beim, Alec Gershen, Rafi Isaac, PURIM - Megillat Esther Songs)
Larry Epstein, Allie Persky, Justin Will, Rabbi David Wolf Silverman, Robert Jonathan Gross
Hadas Zeilberger, Rachel Humphrey, Lebeau, Adam Scheer, Michele Alperin,
Meryl Klein, Anna Kaplan, Brian Zecher, Jonathan Gross, Sandy Kutin, Eric If you would like to chant a Torah por-
Miriam Goldstein, Ben Goldstein, Glenn Falcon, Samantha Wagner, Jacob tion or a Haftarah, please contact Cantor
Gabai, Fred Appel, Bob Lebeau, Bruce Kaufman, Rabbi Bob Freedman, Jason Simon at email@example.com
Afran, Matthew Kestenbaum, Lou Kay and Cantor Murray E. Simon. or his assistant, Larry Epstein at
Klimoff, Liana Bloom, Gabriela Bloom, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ellis Bloom, Jeremy Berman, Rebecca PASSOVER
Goldman, Seth Lapidow, Rachel Torah Readers
Bergman, Richard Kirschner, Seth Adam Lewis, Deborah Kestenbaum,
Kirschner and Jordan Provorny. Rabbi Annie Tucker, Rebecca Simon,
Save The Date!
The next Baby Boomer Shabbat
dinner and discussion will be on Friday June 12
invitations to follow.
in the Poconos
is offering a
special scholarship for
$1,200 for each camper!!
For more information about
this scholarship or
in general contact Rabbi
Feldman or go to
Contributions Larry Swirsky
from Rita Swirsky
In memory of
Edward M. Solomon
We appreciate the thoughtfulness of those who Maurice Samuel from the Pankove family
support The Jewish Center by remembering from Eva Rapkin
Magda Laszlo New Chumash
and honoring friends and loved ones through
from Louis Laszlo From Claire Resnick in honor of becoming a Bat
their generous contributions.
Frank Demitrovic Mitzvah
from Rich and Mitzi Seinfeld
General Ralph Heymsfeld Rabbi's Discretionary Fund
from Andrea Russin from Joel and Susan Heymsfeld In honor of
from Margarita Herrmann Benjamin Mohr Allison Hubert becoming a Bat Mitzvah
from Marilyn and Howard Zagorin from Randy, Steven and Allison Hubert
In honor of Martin Schwartz The engagement of Robin and Jeff Persky's son,
Justin Will becoming a Bar Mitzvah from Harriett and Howard Schwartz Aaron Beim to Alexis Offen
from the Berk family Sam Saltzman from the Paley family
My birthday from Heidi and David Saltzman
from Bruce Reim Walter Loeb In memory of
Sanford Zeitler’s birthday from Michael and Lori Feldstein Henry Maso
from Ken, Marcie, Andrew, Steven and Lauren Murray Reich from Eleanor and Francis Pavlovsky
Zeitler from Martin and Rebecca Rome Anna Jacobs and Gertrude Goldstein
Jonathan Lebeau becoming a Bar Mitzvah from Cynthia and Fred Neufeld
from Mara Leveson Adult Library Natek Shegoski
Ben Atwater becoming a Bar Mitzvah In honor of from Marc and Heidi Shegoski
from the School Committee Jerry Kurshan's special birthday
Dr. Edward Soffen from Martin and Rebecca Rome The Religious School Fund
from Jon Shavel In memory of
Hazel Stix’s birthday In memory of Edward Solomon
from Martin and Rebecca Rome Bud Bronston from the Kutin family
from Judy Bronston
In memory of Shabbat Luncheon Fund
Harry and May Cooper Biloxi/Katrina Fund In honor of
from Marilyn and Josef Silverstein In honor of Justin Will becoming a Bar Mitzvah
Edward Hirsch & Louis Rosen Billy Grenis for winning the Scholar Athlete Award from Gail and Bill Rose
from Betsy and Donald Rosen from the National Football Foundation Allison Hubert becoming a Bat Mitzvah and Ben
Stuart Eigen from the Shechtel family Atwater becoming a Bar Mitzvah
from Deborah Lewittes and Edward Eigen from the School Committee
Esther Perlman Cantors Music Fund
from Leonard and Renee Punia In honor of In memory of
Fred Porter Cantor Simon receiving the JTS Leadership Award Edward Solomon
from Allen and Rhona Porter from Helen-Ann and Larry Epstein from Mindy and Corey Langer
Bernice Wishnick Tillye Klaben
from Ross Wishnick Irving N. Rabinowitz Computer Fund from Norma and Phil Papier
Millicent Gelzer In memory of Shirley and Fred Sheinberg
from Arnold Gelzer Irving Rabinowitz from Helaine and Hanan Isaacs
Steven Silverman from Stanley and Aileen Gluck
from Donna and David Gabai Social Concerns
Tom Stix Israeli Affairs Fund In honor of
from Hazel Stix from Madlen Fizicki Phyllis and Sy Marchand's 45th wedding
Anna Schwartz anniversary
from Carol and Bob Schwartz LaShir Fund from Barbara and Frank Curran
Edward Solomon In honor of
from Michael and Lori Feldstein, Jill and Gregg My friends at LaShir In memory of
Kaufman, Donna and David Gabai, Nikki and from Harriet Greenblatt Margaret Krausz Becker
Leonard Feldman Steven Tenenzapf graduating from Muhlenberg from Jeffrey Mattes, Amy Becker-Mattes and
Rose Abelson College family
from Fay and Herb Abelson from Elana and Mark Tenenzapf Edward Solomon
Aurelia Blau from Gil and Ellen Gordon, the Paley family
from Leslie and Stephanie Blau In memory of
Etta Punia Hyman Coopersmith Youth and Family Programs
from Leonard Punia from Lewis and Lynn Coopersmith In memory of
Emma Smith, Morris Eisenberg, and Morris Edward M. Solomon
Warshawsky New Siddur From Dennis and Gail Alba
from Matthew and Debra Kestenbaum In honor of
Naomi Luzon and Sylvia Leiman My family
from Sher and Jeanne Leiman from Harriet Greenblatt
Berl Gelzer and Robin Tannenholz
from Bernie and Arnold Gelzer
WO M E N
women's retreat from TJC - 57 women in grams such as Women's Shabbat, Torah
JEWISH CENTER all! This community of women took time
out of their routines to create a different
studies and Limud …We participate in
philanthropic projects in our synagogue
experience for Shabbat. They shared spiri- and community …We socialize with
tual and meaningful Friday night and women at TJC at fabulous events like wine-
Shabbat morning services incorporating tasting dinners, food demonstrations,
music, singing and alternative prayer expe- game nights and city excursions …And we
riences; Shalom Yoga; massage; early hope you will become a member for the
morning meditation walks; a tour of an 2009-2010 year. We are currently working
Spring Luncheon organic farm; plus lots of time for on filling positions for next year and have
On April 19 we had the pleasure of wel- schmoozing with new friends and old, many spots open for event chairs or volun-
coming Jean Chatzky, award-winning jour- good food and drink and time to do teer opportunities. Please contact Amy
nalist, best-selling author and motivational absolutely nothing! Thank you to Helaine Berk if you are interested at 908-431-4353
speaker. After we caught up with old Isaacs and the Women's Retreat Planning or email@example.com.
friends and enjoyed a delicious catered Committee for all of your hard work and
lunch, Jean discussed her new book The all who attended. This was a real collabo- B'Shalom,
Difference: How Anyone Can Prosper in rative effort!
Even the Toughest Times. Anne Rutman and Amy Berk
Limud - Learn Together Co-Chairs, Jewish Center Women
Thank you to the following local busi- Please join us on May 10 at 11 a.m. in the
nesses for helping make our Chinese Adult Library for our next Sunday morning
Auction a huge success. We had a lot of study session, our last Limud session for B’Shalom,
fun and of course, all proceeds will be the 2008-2009 year. Rabbi Tucker will lead Anne Rutman
returned to JCW to support our continued a discussion about Yehuda Amichai, the
influential and beloved Israeli poet. See
work at The Jewish Center:
the flyer on page 11 for more details. We Co-Chairs, Jewish Center Women
• A Touch of Ivy, Princeton thank everyone who participated in our
• Amy Karyn Home Collection, interesting and educational discussions
Princeton and helped make them a success.
• Angel Paws Dog Grooming Salon,
Hopewell Stitch & Kvetch
• Bellies and Booties, Lawrenceville What better way to spend a beautiful
• Beth Ann Designs, Hopewell spring evening than relaxing with friends?
• Brothers Moon Restaurant, Hopewell We will continue our monthly gatherings
• Cosmo Bleu Salon, Princeton on May 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the home of
• Elements, Princeton Anne Rutman, 7 Tara Way in Pennington.
• The Ferry House, Princeton All experience levels are welcome, includ-
• Hamilton Jewelers, Princeton ing beginners. Please RSVP to Carole
• Learning Express, Princeton Braun at firstname.lastname@example.org or Anne
Rutman at 609-730-8166. SAVE THE DATE!
• L'Oreal USA, New York, NY
• Ma Cherie Boutique, Princeton
• McCaffrey's Market, Princeton Due to your overwhelming interest, we
• Metropolis Spa and Salon, Princeton are pleased to announce that Stitch and
• Mystique Hair & Skin, Princeton Kvetch will be meeting during the sum-
• Nailzone, Princeton mer. Please check our summer newsletter
• Nassau Inn, Princeton and JCW e-mails for details! in CONCERT
• Pins and Needles, Princeton
• Red, Green, Blue, Princeton Kosher Cooking Class
Please join us for a fun night out with Sunday, June 7 at 2:30 p.m.
• Ricky's Candy, Cones and Chaos,
Princeton friends on May 13 at 7 p.m. at the home of
Joel and Gayle Schindler, 20 Sweet Briar
Richardson Auditorium (on the
o Simon Pearce, Princeton
o Simply Comfortable, Lahaska, PA Court, Belle Mead. To celebrate Yon Princeton University campus)
o Tips on Trips and Camps Ha'atzmaut, Gayle has graciously invited
o Zahava Foods us into her kitchen to learn how to pre- Songs in Hebrew, Yiddish
pare a variation of the traditional
A special thank you to Eric at Jardiniere “Oriental” barbeque served in restaurants and Ladino!
Florals in Princeton for supplying our all over Israel. Please see the flyer on
beautiful centerpieces. page18 for details.
This concert is free and open to the
Women’s Retreat Please consider joining JCW
A cross section of women gathered at the JCW has something for everyone. public - and a wonderful opportunity
beautiful Pearlstone Retreat Center in the
Maryland countryside for the first ever We organize meaningful religious pro- to hear this talented choir!
to securely grow Jewishly, academi- On Tuesday May 5, we will host an
Nursery News cally, emotionally and socially. Their
time spent with our students is not
Open House for prospective new stu-
dents and their families. Please help us
taken for granted; get the word out to anyone with chil-
Shalom! • taking a class trip with Tourkeys and dren eligible for nursery school (18
As the Nursery Tzahov students to Von Thun's Farm months - 5 years), and encourage them
School gears up to see all the new baby animals born to join us from 9:30-10:30 a.m. For
for its last full this spring; more information they can call the
month of • celebrating Lag B'omer with Neil school office at 609-921-7207. There is
school for the Wise as we sit around the campfire still space and time to sign up for
2008-2009 year, reading stories and eating toasted MACHANEYNU, Our Camp, as well.
I look back on a marshmallows;
successful year and • sharing Community Day! On May 13, In between being involved with all of
yet still look ahead to another four the lower parking lot will be turned the above, we will go about our daily
weeks of excitement. into a community including an air- business of sharing good times and get-
port, doctor's office, and library, our ting smarter and smarter each day!
May finds us: synagogue, post office, jewelry store, Wishing you a sunny month of May.
• celebrating Teacher Appreciation a drive-through bike wash and even
Day, when we have an opportunity to an ice cream store! A walk-a-thon to
benefit a local children's hospital and B’Shalom,
say thank to the Nursery School Staff
planting a flower garden will rein- Gayle Wagner
for creating a warm and encouraging
environment for our young children force our tzedakah efforts.
Open House Our summer camp program will once
at The Joan Levin again bring fun and laughter into your
Nursery School June 22 - August 7
Registration forms are available in the school office -
Inviting prospective students (and For information contact Gayle Wagner.
their families) to visit our school Receive a $25 discount off camp tuition when using the
original coupon found in our Silent Auction Booklet
Tuesday, May 5 MACHANEYNU (OUR CAMP) 2009
THE JOAN LEVIN NURSERY SCHOOL
9:30-10:30 a.m. at The Jewish Center
435 Nassau Street, Princeton, New Jersey 08540
Phone: (609) 921-7207 Fax: (609) 921-7531
For more information, please call Email: email@example.com
the school office at 609-921-7207 Gayle Wagner, Director
Religious While in the Netherlands, she lived hid-
den with several foster families, a cousin
Holocaust never happened.”
As a tribute to all of the tireless work she
School news and his fiancé and eventually received a
new identity of Yopie Lok, a non-Jewish
has done in Holocaust education, Mrs.
Loeb was the guest of Congressman Rush
girl born in Holland. She recalls this peri- Holt at the Congressional Holocaust
od as terrifying as there were Nazis all Remembrance this year, in the Rotunda of
As we commemorate Yom HaShoah this over, all of the time, and any slip of word our nation's capital. Her courage and
year, I would like to especially pay tribute or action could mean detection. After the commitment are unmatched and we at
to Ilse Loeb, who survived the Holocaust war and the liberation of Holland, she the Religious School are privileged to
as a “hidden child.” Mrs. Loeb is a famil- learned that her parents had been killed at have her as a friend.
iar face at The Jewish Center. For the past the Belzak camp in Poland. She came to
twelve years, Mrs. Loeb has come to The B'Shalom,
the U.S. and was reunited with her broth-
Jewish Center each year to tell her story of er through the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Fran Amir
survival as part of our Dalet Library unit Society. She eventually met and married
on the Holocaust. Walter Loeb and together they built a life Religious School News: Dates to
In Kitah Dalet, the students read Number together with their four children and now Remember
the Stars by Lois Lowry, a book that tells seven grandchildren. Sunday, May 3
the story of how the people of Denmark Mrs. Loeb has devoted her life to keeping Regular Early and Late Sessions
hid and then transported their Jewish the memory of the Holocaust alive. Now Yom HaAtzmaut programs during school
friends and neighbors across the sea to in her mid-eighties, she spends much of time
Sweden, thus saving them. Mrs. Loeb's her time speaking to young people at Wednesday, May 6
visit has been the culminating activity of schools and synagogues so they can attest Siyyum Tichon Gesher Parent program
that unit. Her story of leaving Vienna as a to the fact that the Holocaust did happen Thursday, May 7
13-year-old, alone, with six dollars in her and that they met face to face with a sur- School Committee at 7:45 p.m.
pocket, and being sent to the Dutch vivor. Despite her experiences, she is Friday, May 15
underground to be hidden by righteous always upbeat and believes there is good Dalet Shabbat: Services and Dinner
gentiles is both chilling and inspirational. in everyone. She does not hold entire pop- Sun.-Thurs., May 17-21
In a Jewish State article written by Janet ulations responsible for what happened. Last Days of Religious School
Hughes who heard Mrs. Loeb at TJC, Mrs. Her final request to the students was for Friday, May 22
Loeb states that hidden children survived them to speak up to Holocaust deniers in Zayin Graduation and TAG Awards:
because of the courage of Christians who, the future when she and other survivors Services and Dinner
at risk to themselves, were sympathetic are long gone, and to tell them that by Thursday, May 28
and compassionate. “They identified with meeting her and hearing her story, they Siyyum Tichon: Layl Shavuot Service,
injustice and intolerance and they took are now witnesses to the Holocaust. She Ceremony and Oneg
action while millions of others in occupied charged them with “the responsibility to
Europe did nothing.” speak for the victims when people say the
S AV E T H E D AT E
The Congregation is cordially invit-
ed to attend the
Zayin Graduation and
Friday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m.
YOM YERUSHALAYIM SERVICE
and Graduation Ceremony
for the Zayin Families
Be COOL Women’s Reading Group
We will meet on Monday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. in
Come to SHUL! the Adult Library to discuss The Man in the White
Children’s Services Schedule
Sharkskin Suit by Lucette Lagnado. The book is
May 2: the memoir of an Egyptian Jewish family’s life in cos-
• Shabbat Lataf (Tot Shabbat - preschool) mopolitan Cairo and painful relocation to the United States, focusing
• Shabbat Latze'eerim (Mini Minyan - K-2nd grade)
on the author's father, a dashing man-about-town in Cairo who was
• Shabbat Layeladim (Jr. Congregation - 3rd-5th
grade) reduced to selling ties on the street in Brooklyn.
• Vav Shabbaton - 10 a.m.
All of our books can be ordered online through TJC website at
• Zayin Torah Class
May 9: www.thejewishcenter.org where you can click on the Amazon link to
• Shabbat Lamishpachah (Family Service for earn a commission for the synagogue. Multiple copies of our selections
are also available at Borders Bookstore and at the Princeton Public
• Shabbat Layeladim (Day School students invited to
lead) Library on the “Book Club” table by the entrance. For a list of previous
• Zayin Torah Class books or for other information, please contact Louise Sandburg at
• Shabbat Lataf
• Shabbat Latze'eerim
• Shabbat Layeladim (Bet students invited to join Jr.
• Vav Seminar
• Zayin Torah Class
How to Receive Credit for Services:
Religious School and Day School Students (Grades K-
5, Vav on Shabbat when Vav Seminar is not held)
1. Remove child’s card from index card box in the
2. Deposit card in receptacle (Do not write on the
card. Date will be recorded after Shabbat)
3. Email Ellen Pristach at EBPecteach@aol.com with
child's name, grade and Religious School class, and
date of service attended.
Vav: Attendance will be taken at the Vav Seminar.
Zayin: Attendance will be recorded in the Zayin
Mazal Tov to our newest Minyanaires
Hannah Mitlak, Jeremy Savlov, Talia Zinder, Avishai
Zinder, Gabriel Lebeau, Danielle Gershen, Adam
Gershen, Rachel Costin, Grant Keller, Olivia Tilles,
Joshua Isaacs, Will Feuer, Carly Feldstein, Brooke
Perlman, Matthew Savlov
for 2 1/2 - 5 year olds
Two, three and five day
per week options
Before and after school care
Fully licensed teachers
Toddler program for ages 18-
Limud, which means “to learn” is JCW’s Study Program. Summer Camp Program
Yehuda Amichai was one of Israel’s most beloved figures. An early immigrant CALL TODAY for information
to Palestine who fought in the war of independence, Amichai is known for his and a tour of the school
clever word play, his early adoption of colloquial Hebrew and his choice of
435 Nassau Street
everyday topics for his poems.
Join us as Rabbi Tucker leads discussion about this influential Princeton, NJ 08540
and beloved Israeli poet. Fax: 609-921-7531
Debra Kestenbaum • 609-771-1710 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Judy Kutin • 609-683-4199 • MrsKutin@gmail.com
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article to remind all of us monthly newsletter report for newly added books (and newly
about the wonderful missing books). Recent acquisitions are displayed on the librari-
resource we have in our an's desk.
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icated librarian Jerry The book-lined room also serves as a space for meetings, classes,
Kurshan.] and services for The Jewish Center, and is open to all whenever the
building is open. It's self-service: just sign out a book and bring it
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Started more than forty years ago, The Center's Adult Library Just a reminder that you can help The Jewish Center while
now has nearly 5,000 items in its collection, reports Jerry you order your books, tools, clothing, toys and all the other
Kurshan, who has volunteered as sole librarian for two decades things Amazon sells. Just enter the Amazon site through our
and counting. There are videos, recordings and periodicals, too.
special URL and then order as usual - we receive a sales com-
The holdings, says Jerry, “are structured to meet the needs of the
membership.” Because most of the books would be clustered nar- mission on all sales made through that URL, and there is no
rowly under standard cataloging systems, books here are cata- additional charge or inconvenience to you.
loged within twenty main categories. (It's a simple method devised
by a professional librarian, the wife of our former Rabbi Glatt). Please bookmark this site for your Amazon purchases:
Though not necessarily for scholars, there is a section of reference http://tinyurl.com/2leexp
volumes including encyclopedias, atlases, dictionaries and classi-
When A Jew Celebrates by Harry The following books are a gift of the fam-
Library Gersh. As the book says, “All Jewish cele-
brations involve three things: a feast, the
ily of Gertrude Dubrovsky:
The World of the Bible by Roberta L.
The Library is mostly, but family and ceremonies.” Here's how to Harris. The compelling story of the Holy
not only, books. This get it right. Land brought to life through archaeology
month we have Orthodox Stance by Jason Hutt. A and the testimony of the Bible.
added a program for documentary film on DVD telling the
learning Hebrew. Strangers In Their Midst by Peter I.
story of Dmitry Salita, a top professional Rose. A study of small-town Jews in rural
It’s on sixteen two- boxer and a rigorously observant Jew, and
sided audiotapes. All New York State and their interaction with
a young man's search for meaning in life. their neighbors.
you need is an audio Gift of Adult Education Committee.
cassette player and lots of The Testament by Elie Wiesel. A stun-
time and determination. The Beilis Transcripts, by Ezekiel ning novel of history and imagination that
Leikin. The anti-Semitic trial that shook recreates the story of Russian literary fig-
Recent acquisitions: the world in the early 1900s, later exposed ures executed by Stalin in 1952.
Brothers and Strangers by Steven E. as a conspiracy of the leading Russian
Ascheim. The East European Jew in ministers of state.
German and German Jewish conscious- The following item is missing. If you
Speak, Read and Think Essential have it, please return it promptly to the
ness, 1800-1923. Hebrew by the Pimsleur System. Sixteen box on the Library desk:
American Jews & The Separationist audiotapes and a manual-what more
Faith edited by David G. Dalin. Thirty- could you ask? Gift of Bruce Leslie & Commentary for January 2009
eight short essays on the separation of Leslie Gerwin.
church and state.
PLANNING GREEN SIMCHAS
Jewish law dictates we cherish the earth. A natural extension of this is to plan eco-friendly simchas
(weddings, B'nai Mitzvah, etc.). Below are some ideas on how to “green” your next event. Many rep-
resent cost savings too (also dictated by Jewish law).
• Location: Consider having a portion of your ceremony/celebration outside and keeping it local vs.
“destination” (because 500 lbs of CO2 are created for every thousand miles flown).
• Invitations/Thank you notes: Consider invitations on recycled paper and email (vs. paper) reply cards and thank you
notes. The Jewish National Fund <www.jnf.org> can even provide invitations in exchange for donations to plant
• Kippot: Think about using recycled kippot or ones from previous events.
• Decorations: Consider using locally grown flowers instead of conventional ones, which tend to be flown in from
South America (producing CO2) and are sprayed with pesticides. Centerpieces made from reusable materials are also
great. Finally, do without Mylar balloons that do not break down and go directly into landfill.
• Food: Locally grown, organic food tastes great and supports the community. It can be served on/with compostable
plates, cups and utensils. Also, leftovers can be donated to a local food bank.
• Gifts: Check out websites selling sustainable gifts, use recycled or no wrapping paper, and consider registering on
sites where a portion of the gift is donated to charity.
“Acts of kindness
Bikur Cholim are among those
things that have no
limits.” Mishnah Peah 1
The Bikur Cholim Committee provides a variety of functions
which help our Jewish Center family in need. We are comprised of
a group of people ready to assist when a fellow congregant requires
help due to an illness or disability. The kinds of things we've done
for one another in the past and are planning for the future are:
*sending get well cards to congregants
*driving people to and from hospital procedures
*picking up medicine from the pharmacy
*visiting people in the hospitals and in the senior care facilities
*organizing a blood drive
*New* *We are able to provide rides to and from Shabbat services.
We ask that if you or a family member are hospitalized that you
call The Jewish Center office and let us know. The Office will then
notify Alison and Margie, Co-chairs of the Bikur Cholim Committee,
and an email will go to the entire committee asking for volunteers
to make a hospital visit or do whatever may be helpful.
Please call Alison Politziner, (609) 924-3066, or Margie Atwater,
(732) 398-9761, for more information.
Annual Fund Joan Alpert
Assaf and Francine Amir
Joseph and Ruth Fath
Craig and Denise Feder
Update: Eleanor Angoff
Richard and Sheryl Feinstein
Rabbi Adam Feldman and Sara Bucholtz
Fredrick Appel and Marilyn Besner Michael and Lori Feldstein
Thanks to Those Alec and Diane Arons Matthew Feuer and Carol Blum
Sanford and Gilda Aronovic Sherman and Carol Feuer
Who Gave David and Carol Atkin Lillian Fishbein
Judith Axelrod Gary and Jacqueline Fishbone
Times are difficult and Annual Fund con- Stuart Axelrod Richard and Joanne Fishbane
tributions reflect those times. Neta Bahcall Ed Flax and Dee Silver
David and Karen Barmak Spencer and Louise Forman
We regret to say that, as of this writing, Steven and Shelley Barnett Fran Frankel
the 2008-09 Annual Fund will fall short of Teddy Bartels Howard and Suzanne Franzblau
its goal. To date 343 congregants - 48% of Shirley Becher Barry and Bobbi Freedman
the congregation - contributed $289,186. Roger and Ann Behar Eliot and Marsha Freeman
That's 6% fewer contributors than last Dick and Vicky Bergman Jerry and Anne Freedman
year, $15,000 less in contributions, and David and Amy Berk Martha Friedman and Harold Heft
$29,000 below our goal. Jeremy and Jennifer Black Ronald and Emily Freudenberger
Haim and Shari Blecher Jonathan and Beth Frieder
However, we owe a debt of gratitude to Arthur and Lauren Blick Seymour and Dorothy Friedman
Michael and Beatrice Bloom Glenn and Beth Frommer
those congregants who did contribute.
Michael and Ruth Blumenfeld David and Donna Gabai
Your contributions made it possible for Harold Borkan Glenn and Evelyn Gabai
The Jewish Center to meet most of its Scott and Charlene Borsack Lew and Barbara Gantwerk
operational expenses. We couldn't have Paul and Carole Braun Bob and Eileen Garber
done it without you. Peter and Janet Brav Antoine and Noemie Gerschel
Daniel Brent and Sally Steinberg-Brent Jonathan and Ilene Gershen
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Randall and Deborah Brett Steffie Gittleman
Paul and Dina Brewer Benjamin Glasser and Jacqueline Berger
Also, thank you to those congregants who Judith Bronston-Lovitt Saul and Barbara Goldwasser
put themselves on the line and solicited Charles and Lee Brunswick David Goldfarb
during the phonathons, and to those con- Evan and Jennifer Cadoff David Goldberg and Wilma Solomon
gregants and clergy who made personal Bernard and Phyllis Caras Ken and Ellen Goldblatt
contacts. You put yourselves out there for Philip and Joann Carchman Kenneth and Michelle Goldman
TJC. Words cannot express the apprecia- Bruce and Susan Carnegie Michael and Naomi Goldin
tion you deserve. Ira and Linda Cheifetz Samuel and Irene Goldfarb
Roland Chen and Sarah Gooen Chen Sidney Goldfarb and Naomi Vilko
If you haven't contributed (or if you Joel and Majorie Chernikoff Larry and Joan Goodman
received a bigger tax refund than expect- David and Denise Cheskis Alvin and Felice Gordon
Marc and Marcie Citron Gil and Ellen Gordon
ed), there's still time before the names are
Reuben Cohen Alex and Judy Gottfried
placed on the Honor Wall in the lobby. E- Lew and Lynn Coopersmith Andrew Greenberg and Tess Kline
mail your pledge to the annualfund@the- Stephen and Susan Couture David and Nadivah Greenberg
jewishcenter.org, or call it in to 609-921- Kevin and Rebecca Crain Michael and Linda Grenis
0100. Michael Curtis and Judy Brodsky Jonathan and Susan Gross
Robert and Ruth Davidson Herb and Maxine Gurk
Todah Rabbah, Roz Dayan Melissa Hager and Curtis Johnson
Mark and Mimi Deitch Bruce and Gabriella Hecht
The Annual Fund Committee Norman and Roz Denard Israel and Harriet Heilweil
Stu Axelrod, Co-Chair Rachel Grossman Brig Henderson and Lori Weir
Walt Meyer, Co-Chair Paul and Kiu Deutsch Joel and Susan Heymsfeld
Jack and Robby Devery Herbert and Carol Horowitz
Below appears a list of those who gave to James and Judy Diamond Steven and Randy Hubert
the 2008-09 Annual Fund: as of April 17: David Dobkin and Suzanne Gespass Stephen Hudis and Merrye Shavel
Stanley and Arlene Dorfman Hanan and Helaine Isaacs
Herbert and Fay Abelson Jay and Helen Edelberg Anne Jaffe
Barry Ableman and Linda Rosenberg Mark and Patricia Edelstein Jewish Center Women
Bernard and Barbara Abramson Joan Efron Steven and Sara Just
Bernie and Jeanne Adler David and Audrey Egger Steven and Florence Kahn
Adele Agin Edward Eigen and Deborah Lewittes Robert Karp and Linda Oppenheim
Ira and Susan Akselrad Jonathan and Terri Epstein Jeremy and Rakefet Kasdin
Dennis and Gail Alba Laurence and Helen-Ann Epstein Norman and Irene Katz
Jeffrey Albert and Marian Bass Marion Epstein Gregg and Jill Kaufman
Eyal Alfi and Hillit Meidar-Alfi George Faigen and Naomi Sussman Kenneth and Christine Kaufman
Michelle Alperin Michael and Susan Falcon Lawrence and Hilda Kaufman
14 Stephen and Maxine Farmer Jason and Arielle Kay
Lorne and Nina Keller Brad and Dana Mumme Marge Shakun
Martha Kingsley Irving Newman Harold and Vivian Shapiro
Richard Kirschner and Deborah Glick Gerard and Lillian Noble Larry and Carol Shatoff
Albert and Rena Klein Nelson Obus and Eve Coulson Douglas and Marcie Shavel
George Kleinman Leslie O'Malley Andrew and Ricky Shechtel
Ruth Klein Henry and Arlene Opatut Randall and Corinne Siegel
Fredric and Cindy Kleinbart Steven and Reba Orszag Leonard Sigal and Barbara Snyder
Louis and Judith Klimoff Simon and Melissa Pankove David and Ziona Silverman
Keith and Abby Knuckey Sybil Parnes Kenneth and Hillary Silverstein
Michael and Randi Koss Adam and Lauren Pechter Cantor Murray and Toby Simon
Peter and Seva Kramer Brian and Lois Perkins Ed and Lori Simon
Mike and Mildred Kranzler Barry and Naomi Perlman Andrew and Lisa Smukler
Charles and Anne Kreitzberg Eric and Laura Perlman Edward and Deborah Soffen
Scott and Debra Krutan Jeffrey and Robin Persky Joyce Sokolic
Jerry and Phyllis Kurshan Robert and Mary Pickens Ken and Ann Sokoloff
Corey and Mindy Langer Don and Karen Polakoff Stephen Solomon and Debbi Dunn Solomon
Cynthia Laskin David and Alison Politziner Fredric and Winifred Spar
Donna Laurie Lawrence and Nedda Pollack Jeremy and Roberta Spector
Brad and Barbara Lawrence Mark and Carol Pollard Cary and Elisa Spiegel
Trish Leader Allen and Rhona Porter Richard and Helane Staller
Amy Lebowitz Andrew and Summer Pramer Paul and Nancy Steinhardt
Michael and Luanne Lebwohl George and Ellen Pristach Hazel Stix
Doron Zeilberger and Jane LeGrange Joe and Sheryl Punia Joseph Straus and Sally Goldfarb
Arthur Lehrhaupt Leonard and Renee Punia Beverly Surrey
Rachel Lehr Robert and Julie Ramirez Rita Swirsky
Marian Leibowitz Eva Rapkin Erel Tal and Marilyn Marks Tal
Sher and Jeanne Leiman Eric and Anite Rau Alan and Lisa Tenenbaum
Michael and Judy Leopold Joel and Elizabeth Reichbart Joel and Leah Tenenbaum
Bruce Leslie and Leslie Gerwin Bruce and Maia Reim Mark and Elana Tenenzapf
Joan Levin Betty Rimalover Sheldon Thaler
Morty and Sue Levine Igor and Wendy Roitburg Elena Taratuta and Ward Titus
Bob and Judy Levine Martin and Rogie Rome Mark and Lisa Tobias
Neil and Nancy Lewis Honey Rosenberg Bruce and Frayda Topolosky
Josh Lichtblau and Linda Schwimmer David and Joan Rosenfeld Jesse and Marissa Treu
David and Marci Lieberman Donna Rosen Martin and Margaret Tuchman
Diane Lieberman Donald and Betsy Rosen Annie Tucker
Jack and Bernice Lieberman James Rosenberg Irv and Cindy Urken
Lawrence and Lisa Lieberman Mik Rosenthal David and Roslyn Vanderbilt
Martha Liebman Norman and Tricia Rosenthal David and Barbara Vilkomerson
James and Roxanne List Sherry Rosen Kimberly Vine
Irwin and Barbara Litt Stephen and Susan Rosen Paul and Amy Vogel
Harold and Susan Loew William and Gail Rose Daniel Wagner and Meryl Baurmash
George Lovitt and Judith Bronston Lynne Ross Rick and Gayle Wagner
Avron and Sally Magram Marty and Martha Rossman Alan and Robin Wallack
Mitchell Marder and Mara Feldman Phillip and Anne Rutman Adam and Ann Warner
Deborah Marinsky Jan and Lois Safer Bob and Linda Weber
David and Rosalie Markowitz Jacob and Cynthia Sage Harlan and Sally Weisman
Morris and Constance Marks Jeffrey and Evelyn Sasmor Lewis and Mildred Weisblatt
Jack and Sheila Marrero Jonathan and Susan Sasportas Ron and Kimberly Weiss
Lee and Marjorie Maschler Maurice and Brigitte Sasson Jeffrey and Bonnie Weizman
Joyce Maso Daniel and Betsy Sauder Bobby Willig and Ginny Mason
Jeffrey Mattes and Amy Becker-Mattes Jeffrey Savlov and Monica Blum Thomas and Stephanie Will
Alan Medvin and Harriet Kass Adam and Michal Scheer Warren and Anna Willingham
Albert and Marilyn Medwin Joel and Gayle Schindler Ned Wingreen and Rachelle Simon
Art and Linda Meisel Paulina Schmer Ross and Lesley Wishnick
Cy and Jacqueline Meisel Jay and Ginger Schnitzer Marc and Audrey Wisotsky
Leonie Menasche Jeff and Monica Schneider Deborah Yaffe and Alastair Bellany
Mark and Wendy Merkovitz Ruth Schulman Niar and Beth Yakoby
Walt and Linda Meyer Steven and Iris Schulman Jack and Maryann Yarin
Arthur and Arlene Miller Alicia Schwarcz Howard and Marilyn Zagorin
Jeffrey and Lisa Miller Ken and Ellie Schweber Jerome Zeldis and Sharon Stamm
Bob Miller Mitch and Diane Schwartz Julian and Nora Zelizer
Stanley and Rita Millner Robert and Carol Schwartz Joshua and Advah Zinder
Andrew and Carol Milstein William and Leigh Segal
Josh and Linda Milstein Jerry Seid
Warren Mitlak and Tirza Wahrman Robert Seidenstein and Marilyn Riley
Samuel and Debra Morgenstern Fredrick and Mitzi Seinfeld 15
TJC Men’s Club
Annual Meeting Notice
All congregants are invited and
encouraged to attend our Annual
Meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 17
in the Social Hall.
At this meeting the following slate of
nominees will be voted upon:
President - Jesse Treu (for a first one-
year term) Saturday, May 16, 2009
Vice President, Membership and
Administration - David Greenberg
at 8 pm
(for a first one-year term) in the TJC Youth Lounge
Vice President, Education - Randy
Hubert (for a first one-year term) Food - Fun
Vice President, Religious Affairs - Poker - Prizes
Bernard Abramson (for a first one-
year term) $18 members
Vice President, Finance - Bruce $25 non-members
Hecht (for a second one-year term)
Recording Secretary - Linda For more information contact
Schwimmer (for a second one-year
term) David Cheskis - firstname.lastname@example.org
Trustee - Marc Citron (for a two-year Mark Deitch - email@example.com
Trustee - Robin Persky (for a two-
SAVE THE DATE!!
and get ready for the night
In addition, Helaine Isaacs will
move into her second year as Trustee;
the vacant Trustee position created by
Jesse Treu becoming president will be
filled by the President with the affir-
mative vote of the majority of the
remaining Directors; and Michael
Feldstein will move into his first year
as Past President.
Also, a vote will be held on a pro-
posed change to our bylaws, to add a
fifth Vice President position - the Vice
President of Programming. Details on
our current and proposed bylaws are
on the TJC web site at www.thejewish-
center.org/2009bylaws. This version
includes all of the proposed changes
highlighted for your review, as well as
the relevant portions on the nomina-
tions, notice, and elections.
Men’s The Men’s Club made Yom
HaShoah candles available to light
playing to defend our championship
title from last year!
CLUB for this day. We hope you were able
to pick up your candle in the lobby As always, the Men’s Club is a place
during the Sunday school hours for men to socialize, learn, and
before Yom HaShoah. serve the greater Jewish Center
Well, a lot has happened since last Community. We welcome new
month. The Men’s Club held its Coming up we have our annual Texas members and suggestions for pro-
annual Shabbat service and it went Hold ’Em Tournament. It will be grams. Contact co-chairs Lou or
very well. Of course there are many Saturday May 16 at 8 p.m. in the Youth Mark at the email addresses above
to thank for this including Gila Lounge. The entry fee will be $18 for or give us a call.
Levin, Neil Wise, Rabbi Feldman Men’s Club members and $25 for non-
and Cantor Simon! With all of their members. There will be food, drink, Thank you and we look forward to
support we were able to enjoy a fan- and fun while we try our skill (and seeing you at one of our future pro-
tastic service and luncheon. Ed luck!) at poker. Contact Lou Klimoff at grams.
Simon did a wonderful D'var Torah Lou.Klimoff@dowjones.com, Mark
and all of our Torah readers and Deitch firstname.lastname@example.org or Dave Mark Deitch & Lou Klimoff
honorees were impressive too. We Cheskis email@example.com to reg- Co-Chairs, Men's Club
sincerely thank all the men who ister or for more information.
have lent a hand for various projects
over the year and we honor all of The area Men’s Clubs are about the
you even if we were unable to offer start this year's softball season.
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Kosher is not just gefilte fish and kugel anymore.
To celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut we will prepare a variation of the traditional “Oriental” barbeque served in restaurants all
over Israel. This is absolutely my favorite summer party menu! We will start with raw tahini (sesame paste), turn it into
“Techina,” then use that to make fresh Hummous.
While we're snacking, we’ll grill some Israeli Beef and Chicken Kabobs, make the ultimate Israeli Salad and
finish with Sweet Couscous with Dried Fruit and Almonds. Expect some surprises.
Like during our last class, your questions will lead us in unexpected directions. We'll learn about equipment,
ingredients and even have a special Israeli Olive Oil Tasting.
Wednesday, May 13
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Torah on Thursdays
Adult Education with Rabbi Annie Tucker
Thursdays: May 14, 21, and 28*
Spring 2009 / 5769 (7:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)
In addition to ongoing course descriptions that can be found in the A special opportunity to pursue the
Adult Education brochure in the lobby and on the Jewish Center web- mitzvah of Torah study in one or two
site, we would like to highlight our new classes in May. The Adult classes on each of three Thursday
Education committee is open to hearing suggestions for speakers, class- evenings in May:
es, and programs for 2009-2010. Please email your ideas to Jane
LeGrange email@example.com or Deborah Marinsky JEWS BELIEVE IN WHAT?!?
with Rabbi Annie Tucker
Jews believe in what?!? Angels and
Devils, Heaven and Hell, Sin and
Sundays at TJC: JEWISH SHORT STORIES SERIES Absolution - while these all may sound
This three-part series examines the short stories of S.Y. Agnon, Abraham like Christian concepts far removed
Cahan and Grace Paley. Taught by faculty members of Hebrew College's from normative Jewish belief, our tradi-
Me'ah program, the series is designed to look at these diverse writers tion too is filled with teachings about
through a critical lens. Pre-class reading is available on the Jewish Center Divine beings, the afterlife, and being
website. The two remaining programs are: cleansed for one's missteps. In this
course we will explore what Judaism
Sunday, May 3 (4 p.m.) has to say about a variety of surprising
THE SHORT STORIES OF ABRAHAM CAHAN topics, and look at why Jewish tradition
with Dr. Jenna Joselit, Princeton University has often shied away from embracing
these ideas as our own.
Sunday, May 10 (4 p.m.)
THE SHORT STORIES OF GRACE PALEY
with Dr. Alisa Braun, Hebrew College
TZEDEK, TEZEDEK TIRDOF - SOCIAL JUSTICE IN OUR CONTEMPO-
with Rabbi Adam Feldman
Thursdays: May 14, 21, and 28* (8:30 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.)
Join us for this follow up session to our study group in December. One of the guiding
principles of the Conservative Movement is social justice. According to the Torah, our
purpose is to make the world more just, sacred, and compassionate - in other words,
more closely reflecting the image of God. Judaism guides us in this sacred task by
inspiring us to work to repair the world. The prophetic ideal of social justice found
ample expression and concretization in the corpus of the Halakhah that sought to
create a society concerned with the welfare of the homeless, the impoverished, and
the alien. As modern Jews, we need to reaffirm our commitment to social justice and To Wilma Solomon on the passing of
freedom for men and women of all faiths and ethnic origin. We will focus on a num- her beloved father, Edward M. Solomon.
ber of them in the hope that they will inspire us to action - as individuals and as a
community. The challenge will be to read the ancient texts with a modern eye so that To Adrienne Sirken on the passing of
we can bring these ideals to our modern society. Together we can meet this challenge. her beloved father, Irving Sirken.
To Toby Simon on the passing of her
* NOTE: The final session of both classes will be held on May 28 to coincide with the
beloved cousin, Jack Golding.
Layl Tikkun Shavuot. On that night, Rabbi Tucker's class will be held from 9:15 p.m.
to 10:15 p.m., and Rabbi Feldman's from 10:15 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. To Jody Nestel on the passing of her
beloved father, Robert Tepper.
Change and Continuity: Second Temple have been a key feature. Personal notes from both Rabbi Silverman
Past President Jonathan Gross organized and Jonathan Gross appear nearby.
High Holiday Services services and assigned davening and leyn-
at Riverside ing to lay congregants. Many other congregants have played
vital roles in establishing and running
After many years of inspiring leadership, We are deeply grateful to Rabbi these services and the congregation is
Rabbi David Wolf Silverman is stepping Silverman for all his efforts in creating grateful to all. We very much hope they
down from his role during our High and leading these service and have been will continue to contribute their time,
Holiday services at the Riverside School blessed by his teaching, insights, humor, energy and experience to ensure the con-
Classical Service. Beginning with Rosh and ru’ach (spirit). Please be assured that tinuing success of the services.
Hashanah 5770 this September, Rabbi this fall we will celebrate Rabbi
Annie Tucker will be taking over the lead- Silverman’s special contribution to our Planning for 5770 has only just begun. If
ership of this service. High Holiday services; watch for you would like to help or have suggestions
announcements. for us to consider, please contact Rabbi
The Riverside High Holiday Services Tucker (firstname.lastname@example.org) or
were organized in 1997. For each of the We are also very grateful to Jonathan either co-chair of the Religious Affairs
past twelve years, several hundred congre- Gross for his tireless efforts in organizing committee.
gants have attended part or all of the these services and for his personal daven- Bernard Abramson
Riverside services, as well as parts of the ing and leyning. Although Jonathan is (Bernard.Abramson@gmail.com)
Sanctuary services. Rabbi David Wolf retiring from his leadership role we are
Silverman has served as spiritual leader, pleased that he will continue to play an
and his commentaries on details of the active part in the services. Co-chairs, Religious Affairs Committee
High Holiday services in days of the
From Rabbi David Wolf Now that I feel the onset of age-bound ening of Jonathan Gross with whom I
concerns, it is time to step back, it is “a worked so closely before, during and after
Silverman time for stopping.” My decision is a com- each Holyday period.
pletely voluntary one.
Dear Friends and Fellow Congregants, During the forthcoming times of turning
“A time is set for everything, a time for and returning we will look towards and be
every experience under heaven…a time I thank all the many, many precentors,* uplifted by the style and sermonic grace of
for keeping and a time for stopping.” Torah rollers and readers, floor captains our Associate Rabbi, Annie Tucker. May
and ushers, the Gabbaim and Shamashim, the One Above infuse her with strength
For twelve High Holyday seasons, it has the supervisors of seating and appointers and striving to continue our journey as a
been my privilege and pleasure to lead the of aliyot - all of you who made the services People of God.
Classical Services at the Riverside School. the capstone of my rabbinic career and a Rabbi David Wolf Silverman
For all of us it was a warm and welcoming genuine complement to the worship in
experience. The services were involving, the Main Sanctuary. *[Ed. note: this is not a misspelling; it is
participatory and spiritually uplifting. in fact a perfectly appropriate choice of
I am especially grateful for the organiza- words, meaning “those who facilitate wor-
tional skills, enthusiastic support and dav- ship and lead songs or prayers”.]
Leyners and Daveners at Glenn Gabai
Riverside High Holiday Services Barbara Gantwerk
After twelve years of recruiting all the Phyllis Kurshan
leyners and daveners for the Riverside Sandy Kutin
High Holiday Services, I have retired from Mindy Langer
that capacity. I will continue to be leyn-
ing and davening there, as well as in the Bob Lebeau
Sanctuary Services, as in past years. For Annie Lewis
this fall and for future years, our clergy Philip O'Driscoll
will do the recruiting. I would like to David Roth
express my deep appreciation to the fol- Adam Scheer
lowing congregants who have accepted
principal liturgical roles at Riverside in Ziona Silverman
recent years: Wilma Solomon
Sammy Afran Rabbi Annie Tucker
Moshe Budmor Alan Wallack
Larry Epstein Mark Wisotsky
Rabbi Bob Freedman Best wishes to all,
20 David Gabai Jonathan Gross
LETTERS FROM Syria is a stone's throw away; this is line from Nimrod. It has been contest-
the far northern tip of Israel, where ed for centuries. In modern times it
ISRAEL the mountains are snow-covered in was the focus of many pitched battles
[TJC member Peter Smith, husband winter and Mt. Hermon is a play- and in 1982 the Israeli Defense Force
of Louise Sandburg, was on a six- ground for Israeli skiers. Or, rather a captured it. Even as late as 2000 when
month assignment to Israel where he shout away: the people of the town the Israelis withdrew, it was being
lived in Haifa. Here is the next of his gather weekly on the Shouting Hill shelled. Currently it flies a Hezbollah
occasional series of Letters from to bullhorn messages to their flag but it is much reduced (no won-
Israel.] friends and families across the line. der). There is a novel and an Oscar-
Lebanon is a stone's throw away in nominated movie both titled Beaufort
the other direction. It's a fragile that tells the Israeli story.
APPLES, CASTLES AND SHOES tranquility. As recently as 2006 rock-
In the 2004 movie, Why am I here in this remote and
ets fell on the
The Syrian Bride, dramatic area? The answer is shoes.
the Israeli official Twenty miles to the southwest of
ties, killing many.
sent to process the Nimrod is the kibbutz of Naot-
A friend who was
exit visa for the Mordechai where the world-famous
brought up on a
bride is asked by his Naot shoes are manufactured by
kibbutz on what
boss in Jerusalem to dozens of workers in a large single-
was then the
bring back apples story factory building. It's hard to
Syrian border remembers having to
from the Golan. I found myself in the believe that from this small kibbutz
run to shelters in the middle of the
Druze village of Majdal Shams, the the shoes are shipped worldwide.
night as bombs and rockets fell. As a
very place where the movie was shot, child he thought this was great fun.
watching tractors bounce down the
streets pulling containers piled full of Mountains, fertile valleys, and tow-
red and green apples. There is a huge ering cliffs give this countryside a
cider-making factory next to town. fine beauty, but this is enhanced
Orchards spread like patchwork over even more by its history, both recent
the slopes - apple trees thrive in this and ancient.
mountain climate and the skilled
farmers exploit advanced Israeli agri-
cultural technology. The factory outlet store is a singular-
For the last three years the Israeli ly unprepossessing shed yet it offers a
government with UN supervision has wide variety of styles. The significant
allowed shipments of thousands of feature of these shoes is the high-tech
tons of apples to Syria. The Druze cork foot bed that molds to the foot so
community is relieved by this tension- after a while the shoes fit like gloves.
reducing pragmatism and the boost to They are so fine they are worth com-
their economy. Druze are neither ing a hundred miles north to the out-
Muslim nor Christian. Originally a The great ruined fortress of Nimrod let. And I will not forget to buy some
branch of Islam, they have evolved sits spectacularly on the conical peak crisp and fresh apples.
into a separate religion with teachings of its hill, stark in its history of
based on Gnosticism, reincarnation Crusaders, Mongols and Muslims.
and other esoteric and secret ele- Although finally brought down by an
ments, and the wearing of fine mous- earthquake in the 19th century many
taches by the male elders. Most live in of the towers are well preserved and
Syria and Lebanon; there are only a command magnificent views of the
handful of villages in Israel near Haifa valleys and plains.
and in the Golan Heights. The majori- There are two other sister castles
ty of the 20,000 Druze in the Golan along this mountainous border.
considered themselves Syrian (only Montfort near Nahariya is now a shad-
10% are Israeli citizens) even after the ow of its former self, but But Beaufort
1967 war, when the region became is dramatically built on a cliff just over
part of Israel. The movie is an excel- the border into Lebanon and in sight-
lent depiction of their situation. 21
May-June Youth & Family Programs USY - Grades 8th thru 12th
USY, United Synagogue Youth, pro-
TJC Youth Chess Club vides the highest level of programming
for high school youth from grades 8th
grades 3 through 7 thru 12th. USY challenges our youth to
Tuesdays (After Religious School) strengthen their religious, cultural, and
6 - 7 p.m. communal commitments, to develop
May 5, 12, 19, 26 leadership skills, achieve higher levels of
responsibility, both personally and as a
Course Fee $44 for four sessions member of the community and to do it
all while having a great time! In the
Beginners and advanced beginners: learn the basics or improve your game! Have fun process, students form friendships
while developing problem solving and decision-making skills. You'll be taught by the which last a lifetime and store many
best! Alexander Braylovskiy - U.S. certified chess coach - is a champion player who has cherished memories. Membership in
been a professional chess instructor for more than twenty years. USY provides the opportunity to partici-
For more information or to register, email Neil Wise at email@example.com. pate in all chapter activities and numer-
This program is sponsored by The Jewish Center Youth Department
ous regional events including several
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom - Save the Date! conventions throughout the year. Our
award winning chapter was recognized
For Kadima and Haverim (Grades 3-7)
in several areas of programming at last
Sunday, June 7 year’s Regional Spring Convention.
More information will follow
May-June Youth Program Calendar KADIMA - Grades 5th thru 7th
Haverim & Kadima (Grades 3-7) Kadima offers 5th thru 7th graders
May 16 Israel Program the opportunity to participate with
June 7 Closing Trip other Jewish children in an informal
social atmosphere. Participation is sure
USY (Grades 8-12) to instill positive feelings in your child
May 13 USY Elections about his or her Jewish identity, as well
as open the opportunity for new friend-
May 24 Boardwalk & Seashore Dance ships and a lot of fun. Kadima offers a
June 5 USY Board Instillation varied schedule of social activities, hol-
iday celebration, and community ser-
Silver Circle BBQ - Save the Date! vice events. In addition to our pro-
Sunday, June 14 gram, the Kadima chapter participates
At The Jewish Center in regional activities. Our youth will
12-3 p.m. meet other Jewish 5th thru 7th graders
from all over New Jersey, Pennsylvania,
HAVERIM - Grades 3rd & 4th
Haverim, invites all 3rd and 4th
graders to join together once each
month for an afternoon of fun with
other Jewish children. Haverim is
designed to provide the group with fun
activities while promoting the opportu-
nity for making friendships that will
grow stronger through their youth
group years. Members will participate in
social activities, community service
events and holiday celebrations.
IT’S WHO YOU KNOW…
You can help!
If you know anyone new to the community but not yet connected, contact us. As Membership Committee co-
chairs, we will reach out to them and let them know about the wonderful TJC experience waiting for them!
Contact: Stephanie Will at 908-874-7089 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Deb Morgenstern at 908-874-8338 or
email@example.com - or just call the TJC office!
Rosh Hodesh: It’s A Girl Thing!
All meetings will take place at The Jewish Center
* 8th graders will meet from 6 - 7 p.m. followed by dinner from 7 - 7:30 p.m.
* 9th graders will begin with dinner from 7- 7:30 p.m.
followed by the gathering from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 26 (Sivan)
To sign up for Rosh Hodesh: It’s A Girl’s Thing, please watch your mail for more information or contact Rabbi
Tucker, (609-921-0100 ext. 213, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Can You Help Honor
Jewish War Veterans?
May is a month to remember our veterans,
and you can help with this important task.
Each year, long-time Jewish Center member and past president Norm Denard gathers some volunteers
to place small flags on the graves of Jewish war veterans in several Trenton cemeteries.
It only takes a little time to do a very big honor to these veterans, and you can arrange
when to do this on a schedule that meets your needs.
Please contact Norm directly at 609-924-1981
A Farewell from Linda cate this evening to all our past presi- around this room. You have made
dents, each of whom has left a mark the commitment to complete our
and Walter Meyer on our Center and entire Jewish com- strategic plan and make “this Jewish
munity. Near the end of the book of center as one.” It is this balance of
[Ed. note: As much as we wish
Exodus (Exodus 36:13), we are told, new thinking linked to individuals
Linda and Walt well as they move to
“and it came to pass that the taberna- with a sense history that will enable
Virginia, their departure from our
cle was one.” One interpretation of us to succeed.
community is not easy to accept.
this says that once people saw how
They have been active, dedicated,
their own contributions to the service As Walter and I move from this, our
engaged, and engaging members for
of the Tabernacle were integrated, and community for the past 39 years, we
almost four decades. Linda, cur-
then they realized how each of them treasure the acquaintances we have
rently serving as Trustee, was given
had depended on the other. Then they made here, some with whom we have
the honor of preparing the D’var
understood how their accomplish- casual bonds, and those who have
Torah at her last board meeting on
ments were not by virtue of their become close friends, are part of our
March 29. She kindly agreed to pro-
skills alone but how the Holy One had havurot, and who we consider our
vide it so it could be shared with the
guided all who had worked together. family. This community where our
They had all joined in completing the children were named and became
plan so that “it came to pass that the B’nai Mitzvah; where we have known
I was president of The Jewish Center
Tabernacle was one.” rabbis and cantors as friends; and
twenty years ago and we held a
where we both served on many boards
Presidents’ Ball. It was a fundraiser to
So it has come to pass, l’dor va dor, of directors and committees. This is a
honor all past presidents of TJC. It
our Jewish Center is one. That con- unique community and is truly The
was a most memorable evening, as we
cept, from generation to generation, Jewish Center of our lives.
honored those who led before us and
has been key. Look around the room
built this Jewish Center.
and you'll see an effort has been made I ask you, as the current and future
to include our past presidents on the leaders of TJC, to please continue to
These were some of my words at
board and committees, and I believe keep the links among the generations
it is critical to a continued vibrant strong, work together to make the
“As we take time to reflect upon community to do so. However, TJC is strategic plan a reality. Keep the
years past and those individuals who really a community of leaders, as Jewish Center as one, The Jewish
have given of themselves, we dedi- exemplified by most of you sitting Center of so many lives.
Scenes from the Zayin Museum
Kippot for your weddings or Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrations are available in
a variety of colors and fabrics. Color swatches are available for your review
in the Gift Shop. Prayer benchers are also available in a variety of styles,
and they too are available for you to see in the Gift Shop. Orders take four
weeks to process, so plan ahead and order early! Hours for ordering are BY
APPOINTMENT ONLY! Please call Gail Alba at (609) 275-0469.
An Opportunity to Honor or Remember a Loved One:
To better accommodate our growing numbers of Shabbat service attendees we
would like to provide more siddurim for our congregants and guests. Please help
us do so by providing for the purchase of one or more siddurim at $35 each. We
will place a dedication bookplate with wording you choose to honor a special
friend, family member, or event, or to remember a loved one.
Please contact Maryann Yarin in the TJC office for details - myarin@thejewishcen-
ter.org or 609-921-0100 ext. 201.
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