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					                                            THE OUTREACH
                                                     Kol Kiruv - The Voice of Outreach
     August, 2009                               Av/Elul 5769                                 Vol. 18– No. 2
    Table of Contents                           ELUL: COUNTDOWN TO DAYS OF
Cover Page                 1
Rabbi’s Message            2                                                AWE
Synagogue Updates          4
ShofarPalooza              7
Living in Israel           9               •   Friday Evening - August 7th, 7:30 p.m.: Join us for services when
The Little Things          10
                                               we kick off our month of preparation for the upcoming Days of Awe.
Birthday/Anniversary       11
Teen Torah Tribe           11                  Rabbi Yocheved Mintz, Cantorial Soloist Carly Matt, and
Kidz Korner                11                  accompanist Marek Rachelski will help us welcome Shabbat; and
Only in Israel             12
Drifting Apart             13                  Denise and Donald Turner will host and sponsor the Oneg
Mitzvah Envelopes          15                  Shabbat, in honor of Samantha and Jacob entering “Jewlicious
MiShebeirach               15                  Learning.” Torah Tots at 6:30
‘Kosher’ Search Engine     15
Growing Community          16
Yahrzeits                  17              •   Shabbat Morning, August 8th, 10:00 a.m. Come to the Rabbi’s
Arab Noble Peace Prize     17                  home for Torah Study, Bagels & Lox, Parshat Ekev
Calendar at a Glance       18
   Clergy and Staff:                           RSVP a must - 436-4900
 Rabbi: Yocheved Mintz
 Cantorial Soloist: Carly Matt             •   Friday Evening: August 21st, 7:30 p.m.: Kabbalat Shabbat &
 Marek Rachelski                               Maariv with a special guest, David Zasloff, the Wynton Marsalis of
 Editor: Davida Lewin                          the Shofar….a preview of August 23rd.
 Asst. Editor: Ken Elgart
 Educator: Rabbi Mintz
 Bookkeeper: Lynn Pisetzner                •   Shabbat Morning, August 22nd, 10:00 a.m. Parshat Shof’tim
 Administrative Asst.:                         andTorah Study, Bagels & Lox, at the Rabbi’s home. RSVP
 Doris ‘D’vorah’ Turrentine
                                               needed - 436-4900
 Web Site:                  •   SHOFARPALOOZA, August 23rd, 5:00 p.m. – Dinner and a
                                               fabulous show…Music, comedy, and an unforgettable evening with
                                               David Zasloff.                                    Only $36 per
                                               person. Matryoshka Restaurant.
                                               Reservations: 436-4900.

              Valley Outreach Synagogue will worship August 7th at 7:30 PM at 5555 South Redwood Street
                               and August 21st at 5555 South Redwood Street
             Rabbi’s Message
                                                        10) In World War II, the mass deportation of
                                                            Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto to
                                                            Treblinka was begun on the eve of Tisha
             Better Days Are A-Comin’                       B’Av in 1942.

                                                        As if the historical events were not enough,
               We are in the month of Av…a           there is an intense and mercurial energy in the
month beginning with a rapid descent to perhaps      month of Av that seems to even be evident in the
the most tragic date in our Jewish calendar, Tisha   heavens. This month of Av holds within it two
B’Av, the ninth of Av. It is often called the        eclipses, one of which held the longest solar
saddest and lowest day of the year…followed          eclipse (6 minutes) of the century and the other, a
only six days later with Tu B’Av, the most joyous    lunar eclipse, is often associated with bizarre
day of the year. Much like a roller coaster we       behavior (hence the word “looney”). Although
plunge to the depths, as we commemorate the date     I’m not an expert on astrology, it is interesting to
that held some of the most devastating events in     note that last month (Tammuz/Cancer) is
our communal history, among which are:               supposedly ruled by the moon and this month
    1) The incident of the spies slandering the      (Av/Leo) is ruled by the sun. The sun is
        land of Israel with the subsequent decree    supposedly a metaphor for spiritual energy, so the
        to wander the desert for 40 years.           month of Av is generally considered to hold the
    2) ) The destruction of the first Temple in      potential of change and transformation.
        Jerusalem by Nevuchadnetzar, King of
        Babylon, in 586 BCE.                             Most of us are familiar with Tisha B’Av, but
    3) The destruction of the Second Temple in       how many of us know about Tu B’Av, the 15th of
        Jerusalem by the Romans, in 70 CE.           the month? That will be the time of the full lunar
    4) The fall of Betar and the end of the Bar      eclipse, on the night of the full moon. Tu B’Av, in
        Kochba revolt against the Romans 65          ancient post-Biblical Israel was celebrated in a
        years later, 135 CE.                         manner we might describe as “Sadie Hawkins
    5) Hadrian, the Roman [emperor] and ruler of     Day.” Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel is quoted
        Jerusalem, in 136 C.E., established a        saying, "There were no better (i.e. happier) days
        heathen temple [in Jerusalem] and rebuilt    for the people of Israel than the Fifteenth of Av
        Jerusalem as a pagan city.                   and Yom Kippur, since on these days the
    6) Declaration of the First Crusade, by Pope     daughters of Israel/Jerusalem go out dressed in
        Urban II, in 1095. Tens of thousands of      white and dance in the vineyards. What were they
        Jews were killed, and many Jewish            saying: Young man, consider whom you choose
        communities obliterated.                     (to be your wife)…"(Taanit, Chapter 4).
    7) The expulsion of the Jews of England          Although it fell out of practice for many years
        declared by King Edward I, in 1290.          after the fall of Jerusalem in 70 CE, Tu B’Av is
    8) The expulsion of the Jews of Spain            now celebrated in the State of Israel as a Hebrew-
        decreed by -Ferdinand and Isabella           Jewish Day of Love, slightly resembling
        decreed in 1492. Led by Isaac Abarbanel,     Valentine's Day.
        300,000 Jews began to leave Spain on that
        date. Columbus set out on his first voyage      There is no way to know exactly how early Tu
        of discovery on the day after Tisha B'Av     B'Av began. Although we don’t know for sure
        (after delaying his sailing by one day) in   how the holiday began, it may be related to
        1492.                                        something referred to in the Talmud, that on this
    9) Beginning of World War One in 1914,           day the Biblical "tribes of Israel were permitted to
        when Russia declared war on Germany.         mingle with each other," namely: to marry women
        German resentment from the war set the       from other tribes (Talmud, Taanit 30b).
        stage for the Holocaust.

cont. from p.. 2

                                                           What can we take from this? Even in our
(Interesting because there doesn’t seem to be any       darkest days, as they used to say, “Hang in there
prohibition of “intermarriage” among the 12 tribes      baby.” Better days are sure to be coming.
of Israel, it may be alluding to a story in the book
of Judges (chapter 21): After a civil war between       L’Shalom,
the tribe of Benjamin and other Israelite tribes, the
tribes vowed not to intermarry with men of the
tribe of Benjamin. So, knowing that it was going
to happen anyway, the prohibition was lifted one
madcap day a year…on Tu B’Av. Who knows?                Rabbi Yocheved Mintz

   Tu B’Av is a cultural, secular holiday; we don’t
go to shul for special services and we don’t take
off the day from work, but, interestingly, in
synagogues the “tachanun” prayer—a prayer of            HAVE YOU REMEMBERED…
confession and supplication

    We all readily agree that there are fluctuations       • To sign up for membership with
in the weather and in seasons, so, whether or not            VOS?
we give credence to the mystical, let us agree that        • To send in your reservation for
there are things that exist beyond our powers of             “ShofarPalooza”?
reasoning. So, as an experiment this month, try to
tune in to the fluctuation in spiritual energies and,      • To Sign up for at least one of our
as Mindy Ribner, states in her book Kabbalah                 educational opportunities?
Month by Month, “this knowledge actually                   • To register your children for
increases our capacity to make meaningful and                Jewlicious Learning?
effective choices for our highest good.”                   • To volunteer your home for
    In Hebrew the word “Av” also means “father,
                                                             Women’s Rosh Chodesh?
and some say that this implies that whatever               • To send in the names of your
happens in the month, both good and bad, will                loved ones for commemoration in
ultimately turn out to be for the good.                      the Yom Kippur Book of
Interestingly the letter that is associated with the         Remembrance?
month is “Tet,” which is also the first letter of the
word “Tov,” which means “good,” and the
                                                           • To pledge to help Valley Outreach
Talmud reminds us that in Messianic times even               Synagogue become fiscally viable
the deeply sorrowful early days of Av will be                this year?
transformed into days of joy.                              • To bring in two new members to
                                                             help us grow?
    May we use the early days of the month to get
in touch with our pain, our brokenness, and reflect
                                                           • To make this New Year a year of
on how our inner and external lives are                      personal growth, renewal of spirit,
disconnected; and may we tune into the lifting               and commitment to community?
energies that propel us towards Elul, and sharpen
our abilities to make worthwhile and positive              Let us be the first to wish you
choices.                                                   “L’Shanah Tovah Tikateivu!” May
                                                           you be inscribed in the Book of Life
                                                           for a very good year.

         UPDATE SECTION                                            Treasures on the WEB
 FUND RAISING:                               
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 Beautiful selection of Rosh Hashanah cards            Gaucher’s Disease
 are now available at a reasonable cost. Get 
 them now! Price of cards: $4.25 to 4.99.    
                 HONEY JARS
                                                    READ HEBREW: 12TH Annual “Read
 It’s HONEY TIME for Rosh Hashanah. VOS
 can send gifts of lovely jars of honey for you,    Hebrew America/Canada” Course to
 all you have to do is fill out the honey cards,    be Offered Free at VOS
 fill out your checks and give them to Marlene
 Silverman. She will take care of the rest. The     The National Jewish Outreach Program is
 price is still the same. $10.00 for one jar or     providing us with a very basic curriculum for
                                                    five sessions to be able to read Hebrew. As
 you can get three at $8.00 each. Honey jar
                                                    they say, “It’s in our DNA!”
 orders must be in by August 14th, 2009.
                                                    Beginning Wednesday October 14th, any
   GENERAL MILLS CEREAL BOX TOPS.:                  adult who wishes to can participate in the five
 For every General Mills’ cereal box tops, we       sessions, at no cost. We will open this to the
 can earn money for our Jewlicious Learning         entire community, and perhaps you have
 program. . There is a link at this page where      friends who might be interested. The first
 you can print up coupons for yourself!             session will be held at the Rabbi’s home,
 Thanking you in advance,                           2045 Grouse Street.
 Marlene Silverman, Fundraising chairwomen
  869-0190.                                         To sign up, please register by sending your
                                                    name, address, e-mail, and phone number to
  HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR’COOKBOOK                       Rabbi Mintz at or
Phyllis and Stan Zuckerman present this             call Doris at the office at 702-436-4900 and
outstanding book available for $36.00 each.         tell her you’re registering for the Hebrew
These books benefit VOS and Israel’s Soup           Reading Crash Course.
Kitchen for feed the hungry. For more
information contact the Zuckermans at               CHOOSING A HEBREW NAME FOR
  617-0585.                                         CONGREGATION
               SCRUBBIES                            Due to the tie vote at the last
 are available again!!! Hand made/ Durable/and      congregational meeting, the Board has
only a Dollar! See and buy them at services.
                                                    decided to have a re-vote after the High
                                                    Holidays. So do put good heart into the
NEWSLETTER ADS: If you are interested in
placing an ad in the Newsletter, you are welcome
                                                    choice between P’nei Tikvah – faces of
to send the ad to          hope or P’nei Simchah – faces of joy.
The costs are $25 for 1/4 page, $50 for 1/2 page,
and $100 for a full page. Placement of ad is
subject to approval by Newsletter editor
cont. from p. 4

  Introductory Prayer Course Being
          Offered in August                          Mitzvah Envelopes:
                                                     Mitzvah envelopes are given out at services with
     We’ve all heard the story of Jacob, one of
                                                     the hope that they will be filled out and returned
the Patriarchs of the Jewish people,
                                                     with a donation for the congregation. Honoring or
dreaming about a ladder that started on the
                                                     remembering loved ones, giving tzedakah for a
earth and ascended to Heaven, with angels
                                                     MiShebeirach, simply being thankful for
of G-d going up and coming down. One
                                                     meaningful services, and any other reason you can
interpretation of this dream is that the ladder
                                                     think of helps the congregation’s sustainablilty.
is like prayer, a connection between man and
     Valley Outreach Synagogue is offering an        SPONSORING and OTHER
Adult Education Class entitled “Entering the         OPPORTUNITIES:
Heart of Judaism: A Guide to Jewish                  VOLUNTEERISM ABOUNDS AT VOS
Prayer.” This class will help the participants       Oneg Shabbat Sponsors - $100.00 and we’ll
define the “ladder rungs” of prayer in order to      prepare and serve the oneg.
help gain deeper understandings of the               VOS Catering Committee - Volunteers needed
purposes and strength of prayer.                     to assist our Chairpersons: Phyllis and Stan
     The class will initially be comprised of five   Zuckerman and Lynn and David Pisetzner and
sessions, primarily focusing on the Friday           Volunteers Marlene Silverman, Sandy
night service and is offered at no charge to         Schiffman and Barbara and Howard Parker.
members of VOS and at a nominal fee to               Homes are always needed for the various
non-member. Donations are appreciated.               activities and meetings of our congregation!
     The course will discuss the reasons for         Lead a service – Rabbi will be happy to work
prayer, the strength of communal prayer and          with you to prepare to lead the service
of private prayer, the reasons for praying as        Offer a Person1al prayer – If you’d like to write
we do; routine vs focused prayer, as well as a       your own, please do so. If you would like to see it
step-by-step discussion of the traditional           published in the newsletter, email it to
prayers in the service and how contemporary
innovations have brought added meaning for
our day. The five sessions are geared
towards those who wish to bring deeper
understanding to the Friday night prayer
     Offered Thursday evenings August 6th
                                                     Steinberg Grandmother Wins Silver in
through September 3rd, this course will be           Maccabiah Games
taught by Ken Elgart, with input from Rabbi          During July, the 18th Maccabiah games took place
Yocheved Mintz. The first session will be            in Israel, with delegations of Jewish athletes from
held at the Elgart’s home, 3220 Kingbird             all over the world. At 69 years of age, our own
Drive, (Sun City Aliante), North Las Vegas,          Tomer Steinberg’s mom, Bracha Steinberg of
89084. The remaining sessions will be held           Herzliya, Israel, was the oldest woman athlete
at the homes of members of the class.                competing. As if that wasn’t enough – she went
     For further information and to register,        ahead and took the silver medal in the Triathlon,
please call the VOS office at 702-436-4900.          in the 59-69 age bracket. Bracha is the
                                                     grandmother of Yahm and Gaia Steinberg.
                                                     Leigh and Tomer proudly say: “She is a very
    Help Wanted: Reporters to write the              strong woman, and her motto is – ‘it’s better to
     monthly articles for Women's Rosh               invest in sports than in doctors
   Chodesh, Teen Torah Tribe, Jewlicious
                 Learning                            (See photos on p.18)
            Contact Davida @                                                                  5
cont. from p. 5


    The third annual Women’s Retreat took place                     IDF MEETING IN ALIENTE:
over the July 24-26 weekend high in the
mountains above Cedar City, Utah. Caravaning                      On Sunday, July 19, 2009, approximately 40
the three and a half hours up to the idyllic cabin of          guests attended the VOS hosted Israeli Defense
Dale and Vince Gardner, in Swain’s Creek,                      Forces discussion of news from the Middle East
Rabbi Mintz, Jackie Ackerman, Eileen                           that we would not normally see from any other
Ancman, Caren Epstein, Roz Flans, Ellen                        source.
Royer, and Marlene Silverman arrived shortly                      The two Israeli fighter pilots gave the
before sundown. Delighting in the clean, cool                  audience a chance to hear about the causes of
mountain air and the up-close and personal deer,               the latest encounter with Hamas and
humming birds, finches, nuthatches, chipmunks,                 Hezbullah during the last two years. They
and golden mantle squirrels, the women spent the               explained that both Hamas and Hezbullah
weekend in prayer, study, laughter, and deep                   instigated the conflicts with intolerable missile
conversation and contemplation. Kabbalat                       attacks on Jewish border towns and the fact
Shabbat, with Ellen playing the guitar as the sun              that the Israeli are actually fighting the
set over the treetops; Shabbat morning dodging                 Iranians and the Syrians. Both these Middle
raindrops by a babbling brook; personal Amidah                 East powers finance and supply the actions of
in the woods; and davenning with deer watching                 Hamas and Hezbollah. Both officers felt that it
as they amble by; Torah study on the front porch;              was only a matter of time before these groups
delicious food eaten al fresco; seeing a herd of               are given the missiles with enough range to
antelope; Vince being asked by neighbor children               attack Israel’s major population centers. They
to “come out and play” Frisbee Golf; motz’ei                   also made it known that the Israeli Defense
Shabbat at the Shakespearean Festival; and                     Forces chose to respect non military targets
Havdallah in the moonlight….some of the sweet                  and civilians in an effort to prevent and reduce
memories the women will cherish.                               human suffering. In fact had the IDF chosen to
    Hmm, Winter Retreat in Park City,                          act as either Hezbellah or Hamas, the
anyone?                                                        “conflict” would have been brought to an end
    We’ll all bring in Elul at services on the 21st            long ago.
and Tishrei, of course, at Rosh HaShanah services                 Both Major Guy and Captain Guy felt that
next month. The next Women’s Rosh Chodesh                      our government, the largest supporter of
will be Sunday, October 18th. Host homes needed                Israel, has made the difficult situation in the
for October 18, November 15, December 20,                      Middle East worse by refusing to sell updated
January 17, February 14, March 14, April 18, and               equipment to Israel and offering the
May 16.                                                        specialized training that they are receiving at
                                                               Nellis AFB to several other Middle Eastern
                                                               nations such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt
                                                               There was an opportunity for questions and
            VOS Board of Directors:                            answers following the discussion. A wonderful
(The Board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00      bagel and lox brunch was also enjoyed by all.
PM. If you wish to join us, please contact the Temple office                          Submitted by Ken Elgart.
10 days in advance.)
The Board of Directors did not meet in July. Our
next meeting will be August 11 if you wish to

cont. from p. 6
                                                                  develop some basic Hebrew skills. Cost:
                                                                  $300 per child plus $18 supplies fee.
SAVE THE DATE: “Shofar-Palooza”:
                                                             •    Our new “Chalutzim/pioneers” section
An Awesome Way to Welcome the Days                                is now open to children in 2nd and 3rd
            of Awe                                                grades and will include basic Hebrew, the
                                                                  Jewish annual cycle of holy days, and an
    Valley Outreach Synagogue is delighted to                     introduction to Parashat HaShavua/the
present David Zasloff’s “Shofar-Palooza”, a                       portion of the week. Cost: $300 per
hysterical, historical musical celebration of                     child, plus $36 text fee.
Judaism, on Sunday, August 23rd, 2009 at 5:00                •    This year’s class will become the
PM at Matryoshka Restaurant, 7700 Las Vegas                       “Solelim/pathfinders,” as they continue
Boulevard South.                                                  with their studies, focusing on learning
    David Zasloff – master jazz musician,                         the ins and outs of the service, increasing
recording artist, stand-up comedian and author –                  their spoken Hebrew fluency, and
takes the audience on a melodic journey,                          learning Hebrew cursive. They will also
showcasing the charismatic and haunting sounds                    be learning the Jewish life cycle next
of the shofar beyond tekiah, teruah, and shevarim.                year in the unique, experiential
From Hatikvah to Kol Nidre to Flight of the                       Jewlicious Learning way. Cost: $300
Bumble Bee to Summertime, Zasloff’s astounding                    per child, plus $36 text fee.
repertoire will ensure that you never again view       (Note: If you have a youngster who is 9 through 11 and
the shofar in quite the same way! The evening          new to VOS, you will need to speak with Rabbi Mintz and
will also include a comedic look at life including     may need to register for intensive summer studies to
Zasloff’s “Philosophy of Zen Judaism” in which         prepare him or her to join the Solelim.)
“we believe everything is sacred and everything is       •       Bar/Bat Mitzvah Training is available
marketable” – just one of the gems from his book,                through private tutorial arrangements with
“Zen Judaism, The Joy of Suffering”.                             Rabbi Mintz and other tutors. Cost:
    Guests will enjoy a scrumptious dairy dinner in              $60/hour.
the chic and festive surroundings of the South
Strip’s newest find, Matryoshka Restaurant.           AND YET MORE ADULT EDUCATION
Located immediately south of the Las Vegas            COURSES:
Outlet Center (formerly the Belz Outlet Mall),          • Aging to Saging – Adult Bar/Bat
Matryoshka’s sleek nightclub atmosphere,                   Mitzvah may be arranged through the
gracious hospitality and mouth-watering Eastern            Rabbi. Depending upon your current
European cuisine are the perfect backdrop for an           proficiency and life’s experience, the
evening that will prove to be an “awesome” way             course will be either one or two years.
to welcome the Days of Awe.                                Private training is $60/hour; group training
    Tickets for “Shofar-Palooza” are $36.00 for            is $20/hour.
standard seating and $72.00 for preferred seating.      • Jewish, Alive & American – Part II.
Seating is limited and may be ordered from                 Even if you did not participate in the first
Valley Outreach Synagogue by calling (702) 436-            section, you may join in for the ten
4900 or email                                              sessions of Part II, continue with the ten .                        sessions of Part III, and then complete the
    Says Rabbi Yocheved Mintz, spiritual leader            course in the spring with Part I. This
of Valley Outreach Synagogue; “Treat yourself,             highly informative Basic Judaism course
bring your friends and even your shofar, if you            goes far beyond the basics. If you were
have one, and be prepared to have yourself one             born Jewish and simply want to educate
“Shofar-palooza” of a good time!”                          yourself further, sign up. If you were not
                                                           born Jewish, and are considering
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR NEXT                          converting, the J, A, & A 30 session series
YEAR’S JEWLICIOUS LEARNING                                 is a must. Each group of 10 sessions is
SECTIONS:                                                  $200; a one-time syllabus fee of $20 is
   • Our new “Gan” class is open to                        requested.
      children in Kindergarten and 1st                            FOR ALL EDUCATIONAL
      Grade. These children will do a year of                   REGISTRATION: CALL THE
      Hebrew reading preparation, but, through                  OFFICE AT 436-4900, ASAP!!
      song, story, dance, arts & crafts, will                                                         7

Dear family and friends,
    I remember once when my parents returned from a Caribbean cruise that visited
Caracas, Venezuela. My mother commented that the beauty of the city was marred by
the sight of soldiers with rifles everywhere she went. She then went on to explain that the
Venezuelan soldiers were often used to enforce martial law and not for the protection of
Venezuelan citizens.
    I always felt pride when I saw US military on American streets. Yet, I do not
remember seeing them armed. When I was a court-appointed attorney representing
civilians on an Air Force base just north of Los Angeles, the sights and sounds of US
fighter jets flying above was a thrilling experience for me.
    Here in Israel, however, whenever I hear the jets flying over my home, I have mixed
emotions. I am comforted by the fact that Israel's elite group of pilots are protecting me,
but it concerns me that they must protect me! I often know when something is happening
by the frequency of the takeoffs, the time of takeoff, how low they are flying, and how
many planes are flying.
     I am constantly surrounded by young men and women in military garb. Their
camaraderie and esprit de corps is exciting. It is also comforting to know that they also
are here to protect me and my adopted country of Israel. It does not disturb me that they
are armed with Uzis, rifles and automatic pistols. It makes me feel safe. They
congregate on the streets wherever I go. They ride the buses with me. They are the sons
and daughters of my friends, and in some cases are "lonely soldiers" who have come to
Israel as immigrants from countries all over the world to volunteer to serve their adopted
country of Israel. These "lonely soldiers" have no parents or siblings living in Israel.
Yet, they have become the "children" of the entire country.
    Another sight is that of regular citizens walking on the streets with guns on their hips
in plain view. No concealed weapons here! My immediate reaction when seeing this for
the first time was "This is like the wild West!". It seemed so strange to view regular
people dressed in religious clothing or in dress shirts and slacks on their way to work
with a weapon in their waistband. Once on a bus I observed a man dressed in jeans, t-
shirt and sandals with a rifle slung over his shoulder and an automatic weapon on his
belt. I asked if he spoke English and in a thick NY accent he replied "yes". I asked why
he was "carrying" and he explained that he had a special gun permit for protection
because where he lives, Arabs attack and/or kill Jews.
    I think if I were in Venezuela I too would be apprehensive like my mother about
seeing armed soldiers everywhere. But, being here in Israel, it is a good feeling. The last
couple of attacks by terrorists against Israeli citizens were stopped by an armed off duty
soldier and civilian shooting the terrorists.
    As I write this, I am on a bus on my way to work. Two soldiers are standing in the
bus aisle next to my seat (the buses are crowded here). One is in an elite paratrooper
unit. I can tell by the color of his boots and beret, and the wings pinned to his chest. He
is armed with both a rifle and automatic weapon, The other soldier is in an elite unit that
handles dogs that are used to sniff out explosives, bombs and drugs. I can tell by
the patch hanging from an epaulet on his uniform shirt. It is interesting to note that this
young man is religious, evident by his beard and the particular type of kipa (yarmulke) on
his head. I feel so safe sitting next to these two soldiers.
    I often live vicariously through these brave young men and women whose service to
their country have made my adopted nation of Israel the great nation that it has become in
its short 61 years of existence. They have earned my respect, and make me proud to be
an Israeli just as American military make me proud to be an American.

L'hitraot. Shachar (Dawn)
Ed. Note: from a friend living in Israel
The ' L I T T L E ' Things~
                                            Now when I am Stuck in traffic ,
As you might remember, the head of a
                                            Miss an elevator,
company survived 9/11 because
                                            Turn back to answer a ringing
his son started kindergarten.               telephone ...
                                            All the little things that annoy me.
Another fellow was alive because it was     I think to myself,
His turn to bring donuts.                   This is exactly where
                                            God wants me to be
One woman was late because her              At this very moment..
Alarm clock didn't go off in time.
                                            Next time your morning seems to be
One was late because of being stuck         Going wrong ,
on the NJ Turnpike Because of an auto       The children are slow getting dressed,
accident.                                   You can't seem to find the car keys,
                                            You hit every traffic light,
One of them Missed his bus.                 Don't get mad or frustrated;
                                            It May be just that
One spilled food on her clothes and         God is at work watching over you.
had to take Time to change.
                                            May God continue to bless you
One's Car wouldn't start.                   With all those annoying little things
                                            And may you remember their possible
One couldn't Get a taxi.                    purpose.

The one that struck me was
the man
Who put on a new pair of shoes that         A    MEN
Took the various means to get to work
But, before he got there, he developed
a blister on his foot.
He stopped at a drugstore to buy a
Band-Aid. That is why he is alive today..

                  HAPPY AUGUST
                  BIRTHDAY TO:
                                                   KIDZ KORNER

Gary Ullman                      Aug      1
Laura Graup                      Aug      2
Lloyd Ancman                     Aug      3
Don Mandel                       Aug      6
Meera Kamegai                    Aug     14
Marvin Korach                    Aug     21
Iris Katz                        Aug     27
Rachel Elliott                   Aug     30

                  HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

Ellen & Ron Royer                   Aug        5
Iris & Joel Katz                    Aug       22
Sandy & Paul Schiffman              Aug       27

If we missed your birthday or anniversary, we
apologize. Please call the Temple Office at 436-
4900, so we can update and correct our records.


Teens have been busy with summer jobs,
classes, and just vegging out for the past
month or so. Once school gets started and
schedules become clear, we’ll start meeting.
Our text for this year will be “Eizehu Gibor:
Living Jewish Values,” and we’ll be combining
learning about Tikkun Olam and actually doing
what it takes to be responsible for our
communities, other communities, and the
whole world. Teens will be helping with the
Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur services, as
well as being our Holy Roadies every                             11
                                           Only in Israel
                        * Israel is a country where the same drivers who cuss you and flip you the
                        bird will immediately pull over and offer you all forms of help if you look
                        like you need it.
                        * Israel is the only country in the world with bus drivers and taxi drivers
                        who read Spinoza and Maimonides.
                        * Israel is the only country in the world where no one cares what rules say
                        when an important goal can be achieved by bending them.
* Israel is the only country in the world where reservists are bossed around and commanded
by officers, male and female, younger than their own children.
* Israel is the only country in the world where "small talk" consists of loud, angry debate
over politics and religion.
* Israel is the only country in the world where the coffee is already so good that Starbucks went
bankrupt trying to break into the local market.
* Israel is one of the few places in the world where the sun sets into the Mediterranean Sea.
* Israel is the only country in the world whose soldiers eat three sets of salads a day, none
of which contain any lettuce (which is not really a food), and where olives ARE a food and even
a main course in a meal, rather than something one tosses into a martini.
* Israel is the only country in the world where one is unlikely to be able to dig a cellar without
hitting ancient archeological artifacts.
* Israel is the only country in the world where the leading writers in the country take buses.
* Israel is the only country in the world where the graffiti is in Hebrew.
* Israel is the only country in the world where the "black folks" walking around all wear
* Israel is the only country in the world that has a National Book Week, during which
almost everyone attends a book fair and buys books.
* Israel is the only country in the world where the ultra-Orthodox Jews beat up the police and not
the other way around.
* Israel is one of the few countries in the world that truly likes and admires the United States.
* Israel is the only country in the world that introduces applications of high-tech gadgets
and devices, such as printers in banks that print out your statement on demand, years ahead of
the United States and decades ahead of Europe.
* Israel is the only country in the world that has the weather and landscape of California
without the earthquakes.
* Israel is the only country in the world where everyone on a flight gets to know one
another before the plane lands. In many cases, they also get to know the pilot and all about his
health or marital problems.
* Israel is the only country in the world where no one has a foreign accent because everyone has
a foreign accent.
* Israel is the only country in the world where people cuss using dirty words in Russian or Arabic
because Hebrew has never developed them.
* Israel is the only country in the world where patients visiting physicians end up giving
the doctor advice.
* Israel is the only country in the world where everyone strikes up conversations while waiting in
* Israel is the only country in the world where people call an attache case a "James Bond"
and the "@" sign is called a "strudel".
* There is an obsession with sunflower seeds.
* Israel is the only country in the world where there is the most mysterious and mystical
calm ambience in the streets on Yom Kippur, which cannot be explained unless you have
experienced it.
* Sunsets in Jerusalem are gorgeous every evening. Where people read English, write Hebrew,
and joke in Yiddish.
                                   Drifting Apart, A Dangerous Divide
                                                  by Gary Rosenblatt

   I’ve had a growing sense of foreboding in recent days about the very real dangers to the State of Israel,
internally and externally, and what I perceive to be an increasing emotional distance between American Jews and
Jerusalem. Just when Israel needs us most to act and speak out vigorously in its defense, I fear that many among
us are questioning, if not doubting, some of the bedrock beliefs we’ve held about the Jewish state, including its
actions and purpose.

   Israel is not faultless here. No state is. But examples abound of our enemies’ ability to turn reality inside out,
demonizing Israel as militarily immoral, and its political leaders as unwilling to make compromises for peace and
unwilling to support a peace process that everyone knows is unworkable as long as Hamas controls Gaza. Equally
disturbing is that such brazenly false charges have caused too many American Jews to feel embarrassment about
Israel rather than outrage at the willful twisting of the truth. And with it, I sense a certain distancing within
American Jewry regarding Israel’s fate.

   Part of it is due to circumstances beyond our control, like the economic crisis that has caused the Jewish
federation system to focus on domestic needs, leaving fewer dollars for Israel. The contraction of funds also could
jeopardize the ability of projects like Birthright Israel to strengthen connections between young diaspora and
Israeli Jews just when they are needed most.

   At a “community conversation” last week sponsored by UJA-Federation of New York and The Jewish Week,
table discussions were held on the issues that the more than 200 participants felt were most important at this time
of crisis. Of the 15 topics put forward, none dealt with Israel. I don’t think that would have been the case a year or
two ago.

   And then there was the murder of an Israeli teenager at the hand of an Arab terrorist last week. What was
particularly sad about this latest tragic attack in Israel was that there didn’t even seem to be much outrage among
our own people when an innocent youngster was axed to death by a Palestinian 50 yards from the boy’s home.
The horrific killing in the West Bank community of Bat Ayin, in which a 7-year-old was also wounded, quickly
became yesterday’s headline, now almost forgotten. Is it because Shlomo Nativ, the victim, was a young
“settler”? If the reaction was not exactly ho-hum, it certainly seemed to accept that such brutal killings of Jewish
civilians, including children, are par for the course, and “pity, but what do you expect?”

   How sad that we’ve been dehumanized by our enemies. In the American media, far more attention focused on
how right-wing and anti-peace the new Netanyahu government is. Never mind that the prime minister and even
the allegedly racist foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, continue to confirm their commitment to seek peace
with their Palestinian neighbors.

   And beyond that, Netanyahu has a track record of making peace agreements with the Palestinians as prime
minister a decade ago. He may have held his nose when he ceded biblical territory around Hebron, but he did it.
What sacrifice has any Palestinian leader made for peace? Doesn’t anyone hold Palestinians accountable for
continuing to praise killers of Jewish civilians as martyrs and taking no action against the terrorists?
Political leaders should be judged by their actions more than anything else. That applies to Netanyahu, who has
been in office as prime minister only a couple of weeks. Fortunately, the Obama administration seems to agree,
and though there no doubt will be tensions between Washington and Jerusalem, there is every indication that the
relationship is solid.

cont from p. 13

  But it seems clear that efforts to undermine the very legitimacy of Israel, which began in intellectual quarters in
Europe several years ago, have made their way to these shores. The Walt-Mearsheimer attack on “the Jewish
lobby” as harmful to American interests has given way to calls for war crime trials against Israel for its military
actions in Gaza last winter.

   Critics portray the Israeli army as the new Nazis, a cold-hearted killing machine when in fact it endangers its
own soldiers in its efforts to avoid killing innocent Palestinians. What do we know of the countless civilians killed
by American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan? Ignorance is, if not bliss, at least a sedative to the senses. Media
blackouts have a way of sanitizing brutal warfare; just because we have no visual images of the Falklands War
between Argentina and the United Kingdom in 1982, for example, does that mean that 900 people were not killed
in battle? Mideast conflicts, though, are broadcast around the clock in the Arab media.

    Certainly Israel has been responsible for the deaths of innocents when at war against terrorists. But the IDF
tries to avoid such killings, while for Hamas and Hezbollah the goal precisely is to murder Jewish women and
children, and to hide among its own civilian population. Intentionality should count for something. And it’s the
matter of fairness and context that is so frustrating for those defending Israel.

    Political and military leaders in Jerusalem make the mistake of speaking of their “right” to take action when
the real question should be whether those actions ultimately are in Israel’s best interest. But that’s a matter of
strategy. At issue here is the growing notion that of all the nations in the world, only one should have its
legitimacy questioned, criticized and, as some would have it, removed.
Such criticism of Israel, and only Israel, is the very definition of 21st century anti-Semitism, and we must raise
our voices now, before it is too late.

   American Jews on the fence about Israel should be reading a new book by Daniel Gordis, an author and senior
vice president of the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. Entitled “Saving Israel: How the Jewish People Can Win a War
That May Never End,” it argues that the survival of the State of Israel is more important than peace and that the
destiny of all Jews is linked with the Zionist homeland.

   Among his politically incorrect points are that waging war is an element of Jewish history and law, that self-
defense is part of statehood and that power is as important as ethics — it’s all about maintaining balance.

   “When the commitment to decency is so overwhelming that Jews grow fearful of defending themselves,”
Gordis writes, “Jews have actually abandoned the tenets of their tradition and have created a weak, almost
pathetic, version of what Jewish life ought to be.”
In Jewish life, survival is a prime value, and that applies to the collective as well as the individual. It’s a mitzvah
to give of one’s self for others, but not to lose one’s head.

    So don’t believe those who would say that willfully killing a youngster simply because he is a Jew is not an act
of terror but an expression of political outrage. Say a prayer this Shabbat for the family of Shlomo Nativ, the
latest victim of the kind of hatred that, we need to remind ourselves, is inhuman.

                      MITZVAH                                 Orthodox Jews launch 'kosher' search
                      ENVELOPES                                             engine

                                                             Koogle omits religiously objectionable
                    Rabbi Yocheved Mintz                     material such as sexual images
-In honor of all the July birthdays & anniversaries
                                                             JERUSALEM - Religiously devout Jews barred by
PRAYER BOOK DEDICATIONS                                      rabbis from surfing the Internet may now "Koogle"
 For $10.00 a prayer book can be dedicated “In               it on a new "kosher" search engine, the site
 Memory” or “In Honor of” and a card from VOS                manager said on Sunday.
 will be sent to the family. The prayer book plate
 will be placed on the back of the prayer book.              Yossi Altman said Koogle, a play on the names of
                                                             a Jewish noodle pudding and the ubiquitous
"CHAI CONTRIBUTIONS" …TO LIFE!                               Google, appears to meet the standards of Orthodox
Barbara & Harry Parker                                       rabbis, who restrict use of the Web to ensure
-In memory of Barbara's father Paul Baron                    followers avoid viewing sexually explicit material.

To have a “Chai Contributions”…to life! Sent out,            The site, at, omits religiously
please contact the office at 436-4900, or so                 objectionable material, such as most photographs
indicate in your monthly Mitzvah envelope.                   of women which Orthodox rabbis view as
Mitzvah Funds and Tribute Card funds are used to             immodest, Altman said.
help maintain and grow the vital programs and
services of Valley Outreach.                                 Its links to Israeli news and shopping sites also
(Please note: You need to identify your Chai contributions   filter out items most ultra-Orthodox Israelis are
that need to be sent out. This is done by the office - see   forbidden by rabbis to have in their homes, such a
above)                                                       television sets.

                                                             "This is a kosher alternative for ultra-Orthodox
Mi Shebeirach/                                               Jews so that they may surf the Internet," Altman
Get Well Wishes to…                                          said by telephone.

Ellen Royer                                                  The site was developed in part at the
Madelaine Newhouse                                           encouragement of rabbis who sought a solution to
Craig Caulfield-Seidner                                      the needs of ultra-Orthodox Jews to browse the
Roz Flans                                                    Web particularly for vital services, he said.
Garret Lewin
Edee Rothman                                                 Nothing can be posted on the Jewish Sabbath,
Elliot York                                                  when religious law bans all types of work and
Jacqueline Adams                                             business, Altman said. "If you try to buy
Erica Fischer                                                something on the Sabbath, it gets stuck and
Libby Futernick                                              won't let you."
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                                                          U.S. Professor Becomes First Jew to Win
             FOR August                                             "Arab Nobel Prize"
                                                                    By Natasha Mozgovaya Haaretz
Sylvia Batleman                                                    Correspondent and Haaretz Service
- Remembered by Shelley Geffen
Sam Bender                                                   An American professor has become the first
- Remembered by Elliot Bender                            Jew to win the King Faisal International Prize in
Barry Corchnoy                                           Medicine, popularly known as the "Arab Nobel
- Remembered by Anne & Gary Ullman                       Prize."
Dorothy Hillman                                          Stanford professor Ronald Levy, who heads of
- Remembered by Anne & Gary Ullman                       the university's Oncology department, told
Herbert Hirsch                                           Haaretz that as an American Jew married to an
                                                         Israeli it never crossed his mind that he might
- Remembered by Eileen & Cort Ancman
                                                         win the Saudi-financed competition.
Robert Jacobson                                          After he was informed of his victory, Levy
- Remembered by Roseann Entin                            rushed to check the contest Web site, where he
Shirley Kamanitz                                         found his picture and biography already on the
- Remembered by Barbara Holland                          homepage. The prize committee had posted
Larry Klein                                              Levy's biography exactly as he submitted it, with
- Remembered by Judy Klein                               one glaring exception: the line showing his post-
William Manzo                                            doctoral work at the Weizmann Institute in
- Remembered by Carrie Matt                              Rehovot had been deleted.
Alma Spector                                             The prize, which included $200,000, a medal, and
- Remembered by Caren & David Epstein                    a certificate in English and Arabic, also came
                                                         with a dinner with Saudi King Abdullah.
Samuel Weiman
                                                         Levy told Haaretz he was certain his wife and
- Remembered by Barbara Holland                          daughters would not be able to attend the
Memorial plaques are available for your                  ceremony, as their passports are full of visas
consideration,                                           from Israel and his wife and one of his daughters
To honor the departed,                                   were born in Israel . To his surprise, when he
   To inspire the living.                                went to the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles , the
      To be remembered in the hearts of                  attendants stamped their passports, and no one
Those we leave behind is,                                asked any questions.
   In a sense, to live forever.                          In spite of their fears before the trip, Levy said
For further information, call the                        his family was treated to royal hospitality during
Synagogue office 702 436-4900.                           their entire stay in Saudi Arabia . He said that
Mitzvah donations also appreciated.                      even when people were aware of his religion and
                                                         his family's background, he was treated no
This recently heard of the following deaths:
                                                         different than anyone else. Also, Levy said
    • Yetta Jaeger, Kristen Jaeger's                     Saudis were fascinated with hearing what he and
        grandmother. The funeral took place in Long      other visitors think of their country, and if their
        Island.                                          expectations were proved wrong or not.
    • .Dr. Leon and Edith Robbins, parents of            Levy's victory is the first time in the award's 30
        Dennis Robbins. The funeral took place in        years that a Jew has won, which Levy says he
        Philadelphia.                                    took as a sign that Saudi Arabia is becoming
    • Sanford Takiff, friend of Rabbi Mintz. The         more open.                  Levy won the prize for
        funeral took place in Chicago.                   his part in the development of a drug used in the
                                                         treatment of many types of cancer that is being
    • Bill Bennett, friend of the Steinberg family.
May those grieving be comforted by sweet                 widely viewed as revolutionary.        For over 30
                                                         years, Levy has researched methods of using
                                                         the body's immune system to fight cancer. His
For sale: Two Burial Plots at Palm Cemetery:             researched led to the development of the
$7500 for both, including opening, closing, vault, &     concept that a drug made from antibody could
marker. May be exchanged for sites at King David,        be used to fight cancer.
plus difference in cost. Call Marsha & Jerry Julius at
Mazal Tov: Bracha Steinberg, Triathalon Silver
   Medallist in Recent Maccabiah Games

       See you at ShofarPalooza                  Have you rejoined VOS yet?? It’s that time agani…

       Aug 6           A Guide to Jewish Prayer
       Aug   7         Shabbat Services
       Aug   8         Torah Study
       Aug 13          Class: A Guide to Jewish Prayer
       Aug 20          Class: A Guide to Jewish Prayer
       Aug 21          Shabbat Services with David Zasloff
       Aug 22          Torah Study
       Aug 23          “ShofarPalooza” –a Fabulous Evening of Comedy and
Music and Dinner
       Aug 27          Class: A Guide to Jewish Prayer
       Sept 3          Class: A Guide to Jewish Prayer
       Sept 7          Labor Day
       Sept 18         Erev Rosh Hashanah
       Sept 19         Rosh Hashanah
       Sept 27         Kol Nidre – Erev Yom Kippur
       Sept 28         Yom Kippur -- Yizkor

      Blessing for the Month of Av:
     Taking the time to sit quietly with your inner thoughts, may you listen
     to the still small voice within, learn from it, and be strengthened.

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