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
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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org • 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.
Valley Outreach Synagogue will worship August 7th at 7:30 PM at 5555 South Redwood Street
and August 21st at 5555 South Redwood Street
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
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in the weather and in seasons, so, whether or not VOS?
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there are things that exist beyond our powers of “ShofarPalooza”?
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as Mindy Ribner, states in her book Kabbalah educational opportunities?
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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.
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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
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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 email@example.com 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
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
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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 email@example.com
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
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monthly articles for Women's Rosh invest in sports than in doctors
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cont. from p. 5
ROSH CHODESH WOMEN’S GROUP
WOMEN’S RETREAT---A MOUNTAIN HIGH
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
firstname.lastname@example.org . 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
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
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..
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
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.
TEEN TORAH TRIBE
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
* 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
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
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 www.koogle.co.il, 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.
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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Growing the Soul of Your Community – An online
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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.
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
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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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