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Temple Emanu-El, San Jose, CA Member of the Union for Reform Judaism Connections May 2009 Iyar 5769 V. 73, No. 118 May Shabbat Service Schedule Celebrate Shavuot Friday Shabbat Services May 1 Congregational Potluck Dinner (giving of the Torah to Moses and the Jewish People) 6:15pm Erev Shabbat Service Erev Shavuot and Confirmation Service Teacher Appreciation Thursday, May 28 at 7pm 7:15pm May 8 Tikkun Lail Shavuot (all-night study session) Erev Shabbat/Choir Shabbat Thursday May 28 at 10:00pm 7:30pm Shavuot Morning Service May 15 Friday, May 29 at 9:00am Tot Shabbat 6:00pm Mazel Tov to the Confirmation Class of 5769 Erev Shabbat – Natalie Audelo, bat Oscar and Meryl Outreach Shabbat Zachary Heerwagen, ben Jim and Hilary 7:30pm Marcus Hoffman, ben Jeff and Pam Michael Holt, ben Glenn and Jill May 22 Alyssa Jepsky, bat Eric and Martha Erev Shabbat/Rock Shabbat Carter Johnson, ben Stuart and Sarah 12th Grade Graduation Kevin Krandel, ben Steve and Shari 7:30pm Spencer Marsh, ben Jeff and Missy May 29 Laura Mighdoll, bat David and Linda Kabbalat Shabbat Sadie Misle, bat Howard and Tamara 6:30pm Amanda Schmitt , bat Ralph and Sara Zachary Sprintz, ben Mike and Millie Matthew Weingarten, ben Gordon and Barbara Saturday Morning Minyanim All Minyan services start at 9:00am in the BFR May 2, 9, 16, 23 30 May 9 at 10:30am Matthew Ross becomes a Bar Mitzvah May 16 at 10:30am Kelsey Hurwitz becomes a Bat Mitzvah Temple Emanu-El 1010 University Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126 www.templesanjose.org Administrative Office: 408.292.0939 Religious School Office: 408.292.3223 Preschool Office: 408.293.8660 From Rabbi’s Desk 2 Relating to Shavuot All three pilgrimage festivals are tied to our agrarian roots. By as a Reform Jew observing them here (or wherever we are), it connects us both to our past, to nature and the seasons of the year, and to the Land of Israel. What is also remarkable is that each of these festivals also provides a The holy day of Shavuot is time during the year for self-examination. On Sukkot, as we celebrated on the 6th of celebrate our first fruits, we consider our basic needs in life, those Sivan. This is the time that things that we so often take for granted. Sukkot is especially Jews traditionally celebrate powerful after we have gone through a process of Teshuvah, of taking Moses’ receiving of the responsibility for our actions and starting with a clean slate. At Torah on Mount Sinai. It is Pesach, we have an opportunity to look at the Chamatz, "leavening" one of the three Pilgrimage in our lives, checking on what is "puffing us up," how we are Festivals (Shalosh Regalim), enslaved and what we might need to do to free ourselves. On when our ancestors would Shavuot, as individuals we examine our covenantal relationship to Judaism, because we are Am Brit, a people of the covenant. travel to Jerusalem with offerings of first fruits in In the Reform movement, Shavuot is traditionally the time when thankfulness for a successful harvest. The other two Pilgrimage young adults (in most cases 10th graders) affirm their connection to Festivals are Pesach and Sukkot. Shavuot is known by several names: the Jewish tradition. At Temple Emanu-El, the Erev Shavuot and Chag Ha-katzir (Festival of the Grain Harvest), Chag HaBikurim Confirmation Service is the culmination of a year of study, during (Festival of First Fruits); Zeman matan toratenu (the season of the which time our students examine what it means to be a Reform Jew; giving of the Torah) but the word Shavuot actually means "weeks" what is God and how we cope with death. This year we have and it celebrates a "week of weeks" (7 weeks, or 49 days) following thirteen outstanding young people who have spent the year together the week of Pesach. At the conclusion of the second seder, we begin and will be sharing their views on these topics. Our goal is to also counting the omer, marking the beginning of the wheat harvest. On confirm our Jewish faith, by being present at our Erev Shavuot the barley harvest begins. Shavuot/Confirmation service, we too are afforded an opportunity to contemplate what we believe. Pesach and Shavuot are interconnected. During Pesach, we On Shavuot, we hear two scriptural readings. One is from the Book reconnect to our liberation from the land of Egypt (Mitzrayim, the of Ruth (because the story of Ruth takes place during the barley place of narrowness or constriction) to become a people in harvest, and because the rabbis, felt that Ruth's acceptance of relationship with God. Judaism paralleled the Israelites’ acceptance of Torah). The other is the Ten Commandments from our Torah. According to the Rabbis, the Torah was offered to a variety of different peoples. But they did not like the conditions. When God I hope you will be with us on Thursday, May 28 at 7:00pm to offered the Torah to the Israelites, they said "na'aseh v'nishma" (we experience this wonderful opportunity to reflect on your belief and will do and we will hear). In other words, the action precedes the to celebrate with our Confirmands and their families. understanding. Just as on Pesach, we should consider that we were As on all the pilgrimage festivals, there is an additional Yizkor liberated from Egyptian bondage, so too on Shavuot, we should all (memorial) portion added to the Shavuot morning service. The consider that we stood together at Sinai and received the Torah as a Yizkor service is not just for those who have lost someone dear in guide for our lives. the past year. It is for anyone and everyone because the connection to those who have gone before us is such a strong part of our Jewish Traditional Jews believe that the Torah was actually handed to tradition. The Shavuot morning service will be on Friday, May 29, at Moses at Mt. Sinai. As Reform Jews, we take a different approach. 9:00am in the Chapel. We do not take the story literally, but more metaphorically. Torah was written by our ancestors over the course of many periods of Shavuot is another example of how the Jewish calendar offers us time. It was codified and organized, and handed down from opportunities throughout the year to reflect on our lives and to be a generation to generation, both as written and oral tradition. But that part of our extended family, our community. May this be a difference in interpretation in no way decreases the significance of wonderful Shavuot for all of us. the holiday. What Shavuot does for us is provide another L’Shalom, opportunity for connection ... to the Temple in ancient days, our Rabbi Dana L. Magat history, our traditions, our own congregation, and to our own email@example.com identity as Jews. Jewish Literacy 3 This month is the Festival of Shavout, the Spring Harvest Festival Another illustration that helps us to see the timelessness of the that celebrates the handing down of the Torah, the scroll of Jewish Torah is a comparison to the Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, a Law, on Mt. Sinai. The way we celebrate this holiday in our beloved children’s classic book that many have read. It has had a synagogue is similar to the way it is being celebrated in Israel and record 250 printings in 35 different languages. While that is certainly throughout the world; it’s a parallel experience. This global something to be amazed at, think about this--the Torah has been celebration is being held in synagogues everywhere, whether in the through perhaps hundreds of thousands of reprints--every time it Great Synagogue in Jerusalem, Altashul in Amsterdam or Lincoln has been rewritten on a scroll though the centuries. It has been Square in Manhattan. The concept of Shavout is an ancient tradition read and cherished all over the world for hundreds of generations. that carries over to our heritage today. The concept of celebrating The Torah has been translated into countless languages all over one’s heritage and anniversary dates of special occasions is ancient the world. and trans-cultural. When we honor our heritage we demonstrate the value of traditions. This builds a strong foundation for the future. Each year, Jews celebrate the anniversary of this historically By your participation in this year’s festivities you demonstrate your significant event--the giving of the Torah. Some of the ways in pride in being part of the Jewish people’s rich historical landscape which we re-enact and role-play is through a dramatic re-enactment-- and heritage. using props, scenery, costumes, liturgy and a script. These are the elements of a production. So if we break down the components, the The flowers used to decorate synagogues are a symbol of spring, props are the food that we eat, the dairy products, the candles that rebirth and hope as well as a reminder of the refreshing aroma of we light, and the books that we hold in our hands and read. The the earth and creation. We are awed by the significance of when costumes are the yom tov clothing that we dress in and the scenery God gave each and every Jew the gift of the Torah, which has been a is how we decorate our synagogues and homes with flowers and lifeline to the nation through the generations. The teachings and the greenery, and how we try to put our environment in spic and span wisdom of the Torah are considered a gift to the Nation of Israel shape. The liturgy is the special songs we sing and prayers to the and the world, vital for spiritual existence and survival. Almighty that works to create a certain ambiance and tells a story like a musical play. During the dramatic presentation there is a Millions were present during the historical event whereby we are told dialogue and exchange of ideas between us and our prayers to God. that all the Jews and the souls of those individuals who would be Some of it is like improvisational theater where people express their born in the future were present as well. It was a multi-media show, so viewpoints off the cuff. to speak, and probably in today’s terms, comparable to the opening night of Spider-Man, Harry Potter, The Mummy Returns, Planet of the All of these pieces help us to spiritually step into the mindset and Apes, Star Wars Episode I, and the excitement that all these recreate the drama. Our tradition encourages us to pull an all-nighter blockbusters provided for the masses. On opening night, Spider-Man of learning to commemorate and immerse our minds in this was hailed by the press as the year’s biggest money-maker and historically significant event. This helps to intensify our knowledge success by shattering just about every opening night box office and review our history spanning more than 3,000 years. record. In modern days, this movie has been the greatest production ever witnessed with the largest viewership in history in a single night. In Israel there is a very powerful and moving tradition of Jews migrating en masse to the Western Wall as the sun rises for the Shacharit (morning) prayers. The ground is packed and the sound of If you compare this event to the dramatic event of when the people the multitude of prayers in unison can touch the depth of one’s soul. heard the voice of God and there was thunder and lightning and Here too in our close-knit and loving community, we are creating supernatural and unprecedented occurrences, over 3,000 years ago, our own special feeling of unity and purpose through our this was an even bigger and more comparable and impressive event participation and observance of this sacred time. in history because there were many more individuals witness to it. The script and the production of the event on Mt. Sinai has been CHILDREN’S SECTION – There is a portion of the service continuously re-enacted for over 3,000 years every Shavuot. While when the Ten Commandments were read from the Torah from movies may lose their potency and power over the course the book of Sh’moth and the children gather around the bimah of a few months or years, the event of the giving of the Torah and carrying baskets of fruit and adorned with flowers. This is a custom God’s communication to man and to His people is still considered for the festival of Shavuot. A blessing is given to the children. the #1 best seller. There is no other historical event that has ever History reflects not only where we have been but also where we topped it. It is of utmost eternal significance for us as a people as a nation, state and country are going. Our children are blessed and individually. to have the opportunity to fully appreciate the rich history and culture Judaism offers. The Torah is our nation’s treasure. We store it carefully in our arks. So many people in this country treasure antique objects, objects of Our children are beautiful and special. We hope through attendance certain value that are determined through the following criteria: in synagogue with your friends and family, you will have positive, completeness, endurance, increased value, detail of the handiwork meaningful, fun times and love being Jewish. Hopefully days like and enduring beauty. In comparison with the most treasured, today will be cherished Jewish memories etched in your hearts for valuable antiques in the world, the Torah’s values are timeless and your entire lives. eternal. The beauty of words is one of the ages’ most valuable and practical antiques, so to speak. The Torah, as we said, was given to Children serve as a comforting reminder that the love and us over 3,000 years ago, which gives it the aura of being an knowledge of Judaism is strong. You are showing how proud you incredible antique artifact that has been preserved and respected are to live in a country so full of choices and creativity that allows through the ages. you to learn and live and develop your Jewish identity. Shavuot Ritual 4 Customs of Shavuot The Ritual Committee, under the guidance of our amazing High Lighting Shavuot Candles Holy Days director, Dawn Chaffin, has been working diligently to On Shavuot, Jews light candles and recite the following blessings: create a High Holy Days honors system that recognizes the commitment of our Temple leadership and exceptional volunteers - Barukh Ata Adonai, Eloheynu Melekh Ha-Olam those who help to make the Temple what it is. Asher Kid-shanu B'Mitz-votav, V'tzi-vanu L'had-lik Neyr Shel Yom Tov Therefore, Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has taught us the way of holiness through the commandments, and has we will have a set of commanded us to kindle the Festival light. fixed honors designed to Barukh Ata Adonai, Eloheynu Melekh Ha-Olam Sheh-heh-kheh-yanu, V'kiy-manu, V'higi-anu L'zman H'zeh recognize congregants Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has kept us in life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this season. who have contributed Decorating with Greenery and Flowers their time, effort and There is a custom to decorate homes and synagogues with greenery, as Shavuot is a harvest holiday. In the time of the Temple, the first other resources to fruits were brought on Shavuot. the betterment We also decorate with flowers, as Shavuot commemorates the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. It is said that although Mount Sinai is of our Temple located in the desert, the desert bloomed with flowers when the Torah was given to the Jewish People. community. These Dairy Food honors may be reading It is customary to eat dairy food on Shavuot. The most popular reason given is that we were given the laws of kashrut (kosher parts, Torah - related dietary laws) when we were given the Torah. While in Sinai, the Jews did not have the utensils needed to prepare kosher meat, so they ate honors or Ark only dairy. opening. Of course, as Others say that eating dairy shows restraint. When the Jewish people accepted the Torah and committed themselves to follow it, they has become our minhag committed themselves to leading lives with restraints. (custom), Tikun Lail Shavuot we will continue to choose B’nai Mitzvah, confirmation students of "Tikun Lail Shavuot" is the custom of staying up all night long on the past year, as well as Minyan leaders to chant Torah and Haftarah. Shavuot to study Torah. Studying Torah the entire night is one way to celebrate the anniversary of its giving. In addition, we will have a host of honors available for committee Some say we study all night to compensate for the behavior of the chairs, auxiliary Presidents, and Board of Trustees members to assign Jewish people at Mount Sinai. They slept so soundly that they had to to congregants who have contributed during the past year. be awakened by God with thunder and lightning at daybreak to prepare to receive the Torah. The High Holy Days honors process is truly a partnership with the Ritual Committee, clergy and our temple leadership. We appreciate Shavuot Services It is customary for everyone, even children and infants, to attend the hard work of our congregants who give of their time and synagogue on Shavuot to hear the reading of the Ten resources throughout the year and especially we would like to Commandments from the Torah. Thus, we relive the historic event recognize everyone who makes the High Holy Days at Temple when the Jews received the Torah and committed themselves to Emanu-El such a special experience. observe it. Yizkor is recited after the Torah reading on Shavuot. The Book of Ruth If you are interested in working to implement this honors process, Ashkenazi Jews read the Book of Ruth during the morning services we are looking for a few more volunteers. Please contact Mark on Shavuot. Some say this book is read because the story takes place Cahn at firstname.lastname@example.org. This process will allow us to during the harvest season. Another reason given is that Ruth's do our best to ensure that those individuals who have devoted conversion is similar to the Jewish people's acceptance of the Torah. their energy and commitment to our Temple community have the Ruth was King David's ancestor, and it is believed that King David was born and died on Shavuot. recognition during the High Holy Days that they deserve. Temple Happenings 5 Will You Join Us? Teacher Appreciation Shabbat Friday, May 1 at 7:15pm In the April issue of Connections you’ll find a letter from Bob Hersch Please join us to acknowledge our announcing the financial membership commitment program for wonderful religious school, 2009-2010. Despite the fact that many costs such as insurance, preschool and adult education utilities, and health care are beyond our control and continue to teachers at Teacher Appreciation increase, the Board of Trustees has decided to keep next year’s Shabbat. Temple Emanu-El is lucky to have a fantastic group of membership commitment levels the same. Why? Because the Board dedicated, hardworking teachers – recognizes that economic conditions are placing a strain on many they deserve to know how much families, and we are concerned. we appreciate them. We will also be honoring those who have given 10 Still, we need to invest in Temple Emanu-El’s future. No one knows years or more of service, including what next year will bring, but hopefully the economy will turn Paula Marsh, Rabbi Dana Magat, Laura Danoff-Robinson and Joelle around later in 2009 or early 2010, enabling all congregants to make Wolf. The teachers will be leading a full financial commitment to our congregation. In the meantime, services. Please come and show your support! we are voluntarily increasing our financial commitments by 5% or more for one year to help ensure the continued vibrancy of our congregation. We hope that those of you who are able to do so will Save the Date! join us. Neighborhood Havdallah Doris and Rick Davis Saturday, June 6 Shari and Steve Krandel Lynn Offenhartz and Andrew Weinberg Last year, more than a hundred Temple members joined together in homes throughout the Valley to eScrip in the make new friends and share food, wine, songs Merry, Merry Month of May and prayers. If eScrip dollars should come our way, Then Temple cheers, "Hooray, hooray!" The Membership Committee will be The eScrip nationwide program ... $200 million and growing, sponsoring this event 40,000 organizations and growing. Thank you to all our again. Look for your supporters of this dynamic program! You are helping us reach our invitation in the mail fundraising goals by shopping and eating at eScrip merchants. closer to the date. If you are interested in hosting, The eScrip Online Mall program ... Now better than ever! eScrip please contact Kim Online Mall has amazing stores and exclusive offers, just a click Jackman at away on the home page. email@example.com or Sharon Genkin at The eScrip Dining program ... Just use your registered firstname.lastname@example.org. credit/debit card when dining. Some of our participating local restaurants are Black Angus Steakhouse, Time Deli & Catering, Tacos Al Pastor, Antonella's Ristorante, and Baja Fresh. LAW OFFICE OF DERRYL H. MOLINA Estate planning – Elder Law – General Practice If you are not already a loyal supporter of Temple's eScrip SE HABLA ESPANOL program, register at www.escrip.com. Temple's ID# is 136985180. If you call me I'll do the registering and have you signed up in minutes. eScrip merchants, some of whom are 1142 S. Winchester Blvd., Suite B Macy's, Safeway, Lunardi's, Cosentino's, PW, Le Boulanger, and San Jose, CA 95128 Round Table Pizza, donate a percentage of your purchases to Temple. Run right out to shop and eat! 408.244.4992 Lorie Kaplan, eScrip Coordinator/Maven Derryl H. Molina 408.267.4563 Attorney at Law email@example.com Sisterhood Happenings 6 So, you’re Jewish? Do a mitzvah! What is a mitzvah? We all are Rosh Chodesh familiar with the word mitzvah and how important it is to Judaism. Wednesday, May 27 But lately, we, as members of Temple Emanu-El’s Sisterhood, have 7:00pm been thinking about how Sisterhood women can take a more consistent role in performing mitzvot. Opportunities for doing This month we celebrate mitzvot appear all around us all the time, within our own families, and discuss Sivan and community, country and even the world. Shavuot, and focus on our ancestor, Ruth. A mitzvah is one of the Torah’s 613 Divine Commandments; a good deed or religious precept. The word mitzvah stems from the We always have a root tzavta, attachment, the mitzvah creating a bond between G-d wonderful evening. Noshes who commands and man who performs it. Our Sisterhood has been are included. In a small, in touch with a wonderful Jewish organization, “Shalom Bayit” friendly group, we meet at (Ending Domestic Violence in Jewish Homes). They have broad the home of Lorie & Shari support around the Bay Area from many Jewish organizations and Kaplan. This holiday is synagogues. At first, our reaction was similar to many who said, “But truly a sacred time just that issue is not a problem here in the Jewish Community!” Shalom for women. Bayit’s research and experience since 1992 say otherwise: almost 20% of Jewish women may experience emotional or physical Please RSVP by Sunday, violence in their relationships. May 24 to Lorie & Shari, Sisterhood recently co-sponsored a workshop for teens and parents 408.267.4563. at Emanu-El and donated money to the organization. Rabbi Magat has recently joined Shalom Bayit’s Rabbinic Advisory Council. Rosh Chodesh, festival of the New Moon, is an ancient tradition for women going back to biblical times. We mark this holiday with ritual, Shalom Bayit’s Rachel Marder is working with our Sisterhood VP of music, meditation and prayer. Each time we meet there is a education, planning a mother-daughter series of meetings and discussion about the Hebrew month. Also, we reinforce our Jewish workshops on “What makes a strong Jewish woman?” We look identity and deepen our spirituality. forward to working with them and supporting this worthy organization in as many ways as we can. FOR YOUR SPECIAL SIMCHA If you want to know more, visit www.shalom-bayit.org or call Sisterhood’s Catering Menu for Oneg Shabbat 510.451.8874. There are brochures on the Shalom Table. Other mitzvot by Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood: Assorted cookie trays (24 – 36 pieces) $30 Every year Sisterhood donates to the Jewish Blind Institute, World Brownies (24 - 36 pcs) $30 Union and “YES” fund with Women of Reform Judaism, and of Cake trays (24-36 pieces) $30 course all temple programs. We always help with Mitzvah Cupcake cake (24 cupcakes decorated Day. This Mitzvah Day we held bake sale and the proceeds went to like a cake – Mazel Tov) $36 Mazon. Mitzvah opportunities galore exist! Let’s take part! Fancy cookie trays (24 – 36 pieces) $36 Mandelbroight/rugeluch/etc $36 Calendar events: Dried fruit and nut tray $36 Sisterhood meeting May 14 6:00pm in the cottage Fresh Vegetable trays $36 Rosh Chodesh May 27 at the home of Lorie and Shari Kaplan Cheese and cracker trays $36 Hummus and Pita trays $36 Save the date: Fresh Fruit trays $36 June 28 - All Sisterhood Day at Emanu-El Tortilla Chips and Salsa $30 Layered Bean Dip with Tortilla Chips $36 Do you have any questions or suggestions for programs? Email M&M or Jelly Belly bowls (3 bowls) $10 firstname.lastname@example.org. Includes plating, set-up, serving platters, decaf coffee, tea, punch bowl filled with cold drink, coffee cups, spoons and table cloths. Does not include: Plates, utensils, paper and plastic ware, tablecloths (except on Buffet, beverage, paper cups, centerpieces, etc.) If you would like to take home left-overs, please bring containers. We do a professional job, and our staff donates their time, earning donor credit. Therefore, all profits from your event help fund the many projects of the Sisterhood that support our Temple community. References available on request. Please contact Anita for information: email@example.com. Sisterhood Cont. Brotherhood 7 All Sisterhood Day- I love the spring. The hills are green and the blossoms are in Northern California Sisterhood Division bloom. The days are long and the nights are warming. Spring is the Sunday, June 28 time to plant our seeds for the summer and fall harvest. It is the time to connect with that which sustains us. It is a time for our hands to Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood has been chosen to hostess All smell like dirt. Mine always do. Sisterhood Day! Women of Reform Judaism-Pacific District, Brotherhood is Northern California will hold this wonderful event at our preparing for next synagogue. year’s harvest by updating its bylaws The theme is “Drawing from the Well…Nourishing Our and electing new Sisterhoods”. District leaders will bring their expertise to us. This officers. We are all-day event is filled with renewing the fabric interactive presentations and that sustains us. We workshops. are also taking a look Topics include: Jewish women at which of our crops in history, Torah study, thrived and which programming for fun, need a little TLC. This leadership and strategic year our programs and planning. Music, sharing, Temple participation education and, of course, thrived while our great food are included! fundraising could have used a little more compost. Before we break for the summer we will We are honored to hostess this prepare by spending a little time planning next year’s garden. great event! I’m predicting that May will be a productive month in the To RSVP or for more Brotherhood garden. We will be hosting another fabulous Diaspora information, contact Rita Dinner, beating the men of Shir Hadash at the annual Brotherhood Loren at Challenge and serving drinks at Nite at the Races. firstname.lastname@example.org I encourage the gentlemen of Temple Emanu-El to join the Brothers at any of our many activities. Help us grow a better Brotherhood and Temple Emanu-El. Feel free to contact me The Big Splash: anytime at email@example.com. Opening Celebration for the Silicon Valley Mikvah Bob Levy, Brotherhood President firstname.lastname@example.org Sunday, June 7 2:00pm - 5:00pm In the meantime, Mikvah appointments may be made for a variety of occasions (Bar/Bat Mitzvah, wedding, recovery from illness, life transition, etc.). Call the Mikvah line to set an appointment or for more information: 408.357.7444. 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We have all marveled at Mark Cahn’s shofar blowing abilities at High Holy Day services and wondered “How does he do that so well?” Shirat Naomi – T’filat Ha’Lev Musical Tribute to Naomi He’s sharing his secrets along with all the ‘secret’ ancient history of Shemer, mother of the shofarot (plural for shofar) at the new four part Shofar class. Contemporary Israeli Poetry and Prayer Sundays from 10:30am – 11:30am in the Temple House June 7 - Introduction to minhag (custom), history, etc. “The prayer of a community July 12 - Technique is always heard” August 9 - Practice Maimonides, ‘Laws of Prayer,’ 8:1 A light breakfast will be served. Monday, May 11 12:15pm - 1:15pm Thursday, September 17 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm in the Sanctuary The Academy for Jewish Religion Last class - Rehearsal Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life at UCLA 574 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles - 310.824.1586 www.ajrca.org RSVP by June 5 to email@example.com Ages: Post B’nai Mitzvah-100 Modern Israel: People & Culture (15 participants max) New Adult Education Class Bring own shofar taught by Rabbi Magat and ear plugs! Dates: Sundays, April 26, May 3, 10, 17 11:30am – 12:30pm Free for temple members; $36 donation for non-members. Everyone participating in the Israel trip will want to attend! Tekiah! Also open to everyone who wants to learn more about the people of modern-day Israel. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Temple Administrative office at 408.292.0939. “It would be my pleasure to be Save the Date: Sunday, May 3 your Realtor!” Silicon Valley Celebrates Israel - Yom Ha’Atzmaut 12:30pm – 4:00pm - Free admission Levy Family Campus in Los Gatos Early entrance for preschoolers & kindergartners Mary Cohen Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) Spend the day in ‘Israel’! Quality Service Certified (QSC) Culture * Food * Tourism * Music *History * Dance * 408.981.2955 cell Innovation * Arts * Technology * Shopping* Contests * Live In appreciation of your business and Entertainment * Folk referrals, a donation will be made to Dancing * Activities for all Temple Emanu-El at close of escrow. ages For more information visit www.jvalley.org. Community Events 11 Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley Rabbi Joseph Gitin Provides Caring for the Caregivers Groups is turning 103 years old on May 8! A Support Group for Spouses and Adult Children Cards and greetings on this auspicious Caring For Chronically Ill/Disabled Loved Ones occasion may be sent to him at 1550 Sutter Street, Apt 235 A place for supporting, empathizing and providing invaluable San Francisco, CA 94109-5377 information in an atmosphere of companionship and care. Happy Birthday Rabbi Joe! Held onsite at JFS SV on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 2:30pm to 4:00pm, and at Chai House on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Fee: $10.00 per session; sliding scale available Donate your car, boat or motor home to Facilitators: Jewish Family Service and help provide services for Rebecca Resheff, seniors, children and families in Silicon Valley. MSW, MA Psyc., To Donate Call: and Avital Agam, BSW (877)JFS-4CAR (toll free) 537.4227 For more information and registration please call Avital Agam, 408.357.7450. Free Pick-Up Tax receipt given No smog required Mah Johng Tournament returns to the Villages Friday, June 12 at 10:00am Foothill Century: The Only Kosher Ride in the West! at the Villages Clubhouse Sunday May 17 $25.00 - $30.00 Registration is now open for the Annual Foothill Century, Sunday, Includes lunch catered by Villages Clubhouse May 17. The Foothill Century offers beautiful scenery and a memorable, healthy day for everyone! This year's ride features our Make your reservations now by calling: renowned kosher food at all rest stops and improved road markings. For Tournament - Bernice Vitcov 408.274.0697 For other games - Janet Truman 408.238.3803 Choose from our 100K, 50K and 10K Family Fun routes. Visit http://www.sphds.org/foothillcentury/ to register. Tell your friends! Support Hadassah and have fun, too! Join 750-plus cycling Sponsored by Hadassah. friends for an unforgettable century! Sponsored by South Peninsula Hebrew Day School. For more info, please contact: Lisa Sobel Development Assistant South Peninsula Hebrew Day School email@example.com May Calendar 12 Friday May 1 Friday May 15 6:15pm Congregational Potluck Dinner 6:00pm Tot Shabbat, Potluck Dinner 7:15pm Erev Shabbat Family Service, 5th grade participation 7:30pm Erev Shabbat Service Teacher Appreciation Shabbat Outreach Shabbat NFTY(senior youth group) Mitzvah Torah Corp Saturday May 16 Saturday May 2 9:00am Shabbat Morning Minyan 9:00am Shabbat Minyan, Dalet Class Leading Kelesy Hurwitz becomes a Bat Mitzvah (offsite) 7:00pm Nite at the Races Fundraiser 12:00pm EESY Swim Party (offsite) Sunday May 3 6:00pm Diaspora Dinner 9:00am Hebrew, Brotherhood Meeting Sunday May 17 10:15am Jewish Studies Last day of Religious School 12:00pm Confirmation Rehearsal and Photos 10:15am Judaic Studies (no Hebrew Classes) 12:30am Silicon Valley Celebrates Israel Pool Party at the SVJCC (all are welcome) Tuesday May 5 4:00pm Confirmation Rehearsal and Photos Last Day of Sunday Classes 5:30pm Executive Committee Meeting Tuesday May 19 7:00pm Board of Trustees Meeting 7:30pm Introduction to Judaism Wednesday May 6 Wednesday May 20 4:00pm Hebrew School 5:00pm Final Confirmation Rehearsal 6:15pm TJS Thursday May 21 7:30pm Beit Midrash, Choir Rehearsal 7:00pm Religious School Committee Meeting Thursday May 7 7:30pm Rock Shabbat Rehearsal 7:00pm Rock Shabbat Rehearsal Friday May 22 Friday May 8 6:30pm Erev Shabbat Service 7:30pm Erev Shabbat Service, Choir Shabbat 7:30pm Rock Shabbat Saturday May 9 Saturday May 23 9:00am Shabbat Morning Minyan 6:00pm Dinner and Consecration of Confirmation Class 10:30am Matthew Ross becomes a Bar Mitzvah Monday May 25 6:00pm End of the Year Preschool Picnic Offices Closed for Memorial Day Sunday May 10 Tuesday May 26 9:00am Hebrew 7:00pm Annual Meeting and Reception 10:15am Judaic Studies Wednesday May 27 Tuesday May 12 12:00pm Lunch ‘n Learn – Torah Study 5:00pm Confirmation Rehearsal 6:00pm Rosh Chodesh (offsite) Wednesday May 13 Thursday May 28 12:00pm Lunch n’ Learn –Ziva Abrams 7:00pm Erev Shavuot and Confirmation Service (Last Day of Wednesday Classes) Friday May 29 4:00pm Hebrew School Preschool and Temple Offices Closed 6:00pm Kadima – Grades 4 through 6 Youth Group 9:00am Shavuot Yizkor Service 6:15pm TJS 6:30pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service, 12th grade graduation Thursday May 14 Saturday May 30 6:00am Sisterhood Dinner and Meeting 7:30pm Rock Shabbat Rehearsal 9:00am Shabbat Morning Minyan Shabbat in Nature Campout Save the Dates! Shabbat Candle Lighting Times June 6 – Havdallah in the Neighborhood Friday, May 1, 2009 Light Candles at: 7:39 pm Shabbat, May 2, 2009 Shabbat Ends: 8:40 pm June 7 – The Big Splash-Opening Day of the Community Mikvah Israel in the Gardens Friday, May 8, 2009 Light Candles at: 7:45 pm Shabbat, May 9, 2009 Shabbat Ends: 8:47 pm June 10 – “Survival in Shanghai” Friday, May 15, 2009 Light Candles at: 7:51 pm Shabbat, May 16, 2009 Shabbat Ends: 8:54 pm June 11 – Sisterhood Dinner and Meeting Friday, May 22, 2009 Light Candles at: 7:57 pm June 28 – All Sisterhood Day Shabbat, May 23, 2009 Shabbat Ends: 9:00 pm Commitment Membership 13 Benefits of Membership Whether you grew up loving religious school or you attend services only once a year, there are innumerable benefits to becoming a member at your local synagogue. Spiritual Benefits -Feeling nachas (pride) by supporting the Jewish community -A place to turn: in crisis, times of joy, when you just want to belong -Volunteer opportunities -Being connected to 5,768 years of Jewish history and tradition Religious Benefits -Leaving a legacy to the next generation of Jews and those who follow -Life cycle event support: Baby Naming, Brit Milah, Consecration, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Confirmation, Wedding, Counseling, Funeral, Shiva It is now time for all Temple members to declare their financial -Clergy Support commitment to Temple Emanu-El for the coming fiscal year -Membership subsidizes our Religious Schools 2009-2010. It is only through your financial support that the synagogue can provide all the benefits, including support for Social Benefits the Religious School, worship services, adult education and all the many other functions of our Jewish home. Please remember -Feeling connected to the local and greater Jewish community that you are affirming your commitment to your Jewish heritage -Havurot (friendship groups) rather than paying “dues” as one would to a health club or -Extended Family social organization. -Sisterhood, Brotherhood, Xtra Years of Zest (XYZ), Youth Groups The Board of Trustees has decided to continue the same program as last year. $1800 per year per family or $900 per year per single member is still considered the “Basic” level, but Educational Benefits “Sustaining” level of $2100 represents what it actually costs -Continuing the Jewish tradition of learning per family to keep our doors open. -Life-long learning opportunities (18 months – adult) -Informational speakers on a variety of topics: Israel, Reform Over the past two years we have made significant progress Judaism, Tikkun Olam (Social Action), Multi-Culturalism, towards our goal of bringing all members to at least the Basic Religious Pluralism, etc. level, and many members generously volunteered to “step-up” -Torah Study their membership commitments to the Sustaining, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels. -Hebrew Language Classes We will not be asking for increases from members who have Monetary Benefits already made commitments at the Basic level or above; however, -Help to maintain a Jewish presence in the world if you are able to increase your level of giving, you would be helping Temple Emanu-El become more financially sound -Complimentary High Holy Day tickets for you and your and continue the vibrant energy that has been established in family, discounted High Holy Day tickets for your extended our congregation. family -Priority enrollment and discounted tuition for our award- The commitment requests will be coming out soon. Please winning preschool respond as quickly as possible. -Discount on facility rental -Income tax deductions Thank you. Bob Hersch Intangible Benefits Financial Commitment Committee Chair - Innumerable! firstname.lastname@example.org Author Event Annual Meeting 14 Survival in Shanghai: The Journals of Fred Marcus 1939-49 by Audrey Friedman Marcus and Rena Krasno Wednesday, June 10 7:00pm A talk will be given about Temple Emanu-El’s the Jewish Holocaust immigrants in Shanghai 146th Annual by the authors. Congregational Meeting Hosted by Mort and Tuesday, May 26 Barbara Berlant and co- sponsored by Sisterhood 7:00pm Reception and Brotherhood. 7:30pm Meeting in the Temple House RSVP by June 8 to email@example.com. Join your fellow congregants for a lovely dessert reception before the meeting at which Open to the community Rabbi Dana Magat, the Board of Trustees and at no charge. Auxiliaries will Report on the State of the Congregation “…This is probably the first time that day-to-day life in Shanghai’s wartime ghetto has been so accurately chronicled…” Announce the election results for the —Evelyn Pike Rubin, author Ghetto Shanghai; lecturer 2009-2010 Temple Emanu-El Board of Trustees “History is written from both the ‘macro’ and “micro” perspective. We must know the ‘big’ picture, but it is the small details Hear an update on the temple’s fiscal which give that picture depth and texture. Fred Marcus’s diary, situation together with the commentary and elaboration provided by his wife Audrey and Rena Krasno, open a window into the life of Present the a Jewish refugee in Shanghai during the dreadful years of the o Mike Molak Brotherhood Award Shoah.” o Herbert E. Preis Memorial Award —Michael Medavoy, CEO Phoenix Pictures o Volunteer of the Year Recognize retiring board members “….A touching story…” —Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies, Emory University; author, History on Trial: My Day This is a great opportunity to better in Court with David Irving understanding on the inner workings of your synagogue, meet your fellow congregants and In 1939, Fred Marcus, a German-Jewish teenager, fled Nazi enjoy the evening. Germany for the relative safety of Shanghai. Along with 20,000 other stateless Jewish refugees, he endured hunger, disease, the Japanese occupation and American bombardments. And he kept a journal, recording the day-to-day details of life, of finding ways to support himself, getting enough to eat, joining a volunteer fire brigade, going to religious services, sharing good times with friends. His journal, the coming-of-age story of a young man trying to make a life in a difficult place during wartime, is enhanced by informative commentary by authors Audrey Friedman Marcus and Rena Krasno. Preschool Religious School 15 This morning I spent time in our special Wednesday morning music Religious School News class with Cantor Meeka. The children have been learning and What a year! And it isn’t over yet… preparing for Passover for about a week and were excited to sing some of their favorite Passover songs. Cantor Meeka began by I’ll start with a giant Todah Rabah (Hebrew for “thank you”) to: having the children join her in singing the 4 Questions. Our 4 year- olds were especially proud to have mastered all of the Hebrew The wonderful parents in our Religious School, who continue to involved in the 4 questions and proudly (loudly) sang with a giant help make the Family Participation program a huge success. smile. In the room there were 61 children, 12 staff members, 1 mom Without your assistance, our school would not be what it is. One of and Cantor Meeka and yet amongst all of the voices one particularly the most important elements about being a Jewish parent is role stood out. Little Naomi, age 4, had her eyes glued on Cantor Meeka modeling, or being a dugma (Hebrew for “role model”). Judaism is a and her voice was raised loud and clear. Not only has Naomi religion of action and doing. It is crucial that your children see you learned the words but more importantly she understands the living and participating in Jewish life. In order to succeed at Jewish meaning behind the questions. It was a great moment to realize that parenting, one cannot say "Do as I say, not as I do." Rather, your many of these children will be able to lead their families during their actions must correspond to what you are telling your children. By own family Seder. Music continued on and Cantor Meeka led the investing your time in our various activities, you are showing your children in a rousing round of Dayenu, I am fairly certain they could child that time spent at Temple Emanu-El is important. be heard from miles away! Our Preschoolers are learning how to Our world-class teachers, who don’t mind dodging sneezes, wheezes, be a friend, how to respect oneself, or coughs, and often stay up late into the night preparing exciting how to color, read, count, paint and lesson plans for our students. These dedicated individuals, along even tie shoes. But the children at with Preschool teachers, will be leading the last Family Shabbat Temple Emanu-El Preschool are also Service on Friday, May 1, at 7:15 p.m. A congregational potluck will learning the importance of Jewish precede the service, beginning at 6:15 p.m. So bring some food and Holidays and traditions and even a prepare to shmooze (Yiddish for “chat”), it should be a very freylich great deal of Hebrew. One day these (Yiddish for “merry” or “happy”) evening! children will be adults and my hope is that they will look back and Sisterhood and Brotherhood, who have supported us throughout the remember that they went to a Jewish year with funding, ritual foods and music. Lessons learned about preschool and they were loved. Jewish holidays are tasteless without Jewish food. Fortunately, Sisterhood has sustained us annually, with delicious holiday foods. Barbara Smead And what would a Purim lunch on the patio be without the Barbara@templesanjose.org Brotherhood Band? I saw a lot of little Queen Esthers kicking up their heels and doing the swim (1960’s talk for “a dance move”). Our amazing Religious School Committee who worked tirelessly in We have lots of preparing for this great school year and worked together throughout new merchandise the year providing leadership and support. Robin Hurwitz, Marci in the Gerston, Suellen Haggerty, Carol Hoffman, Missy Marsh, Deborah Ong, Jenny Shain, Lori Telson-Rubin, Greg Turetzky, Nancy Emanu-El Weintraub, Sherman Zell. Judaica Shop Finally: Thank you to our great teachers, madrichim, administrative staff, and Rabbi Magat and Cantor Meeka for a great school year. Open after the Motzi on Erev Shabbat (Friday Enrollment for 2009-2010: night) and on Sundays Student enrollment forms and a fee schedule will be enclosed with when Religious School is your children’s end of year progress reports. Look for them toward in session. the end of May. Please take advantage of our Early Bird registration special: postmark your envelope by July 1. Forms for scholarships Also during the week; ask someone from the office to assist you. are available from the main temple office. Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood operates the gift shop and all profits First time enrollments: If you have a child who will qualify to attend are given to the synagogue. Religious or Hebrew School for the first time in September 2009, please call the office at 408.292.3223 so we can send you an Find what you need for all Jewish holidays enrollment package. Fabulous new Israeli glass items Bar and Bat Mitzvah registry and gifts School begins on Sunday, September 13, with a required parent Prayer books, Torah commentaries and more books meeting so we can all get started together for a GREAT NEW Tallitot and gifts for all occasions YEAR! Special orders too! Paula Marsh, Religious School Principal Paula@templesanjose.org Shabbat in Nature Donations 16 "Shabbat in Nature" Campout at Big Basin GENERAL FUND Saturday and Sunday, May 30 - 31 In memory of Sam Mintzer “Reading about nature is fine, but if a person Rita Loren walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can Millie Segal learn more than what is in books, for they speak Marilyn and Mort Leiter with the voice of God”. Pauline and Jacob Braunstein – George Washington Carver Randee V. Chin IBM Quarter Century Club Jay Frankel It's not too Rochelle and Bernie Greenfield late to sign up George Iny for our annual Joseph Rosenbaum "Shabbat in Slava Frieda Miller Nature" Big Golda Miller Basin campout Charles Rubin on May 30 Pauline and Jacob Braunstein and 31. Esther Schneider Natalie and William Mauskopf Join us for a Lenny Fisher refreshing Alan Fisher and Family Shabbat Dr. Maurice M. Malen overnight Margie and Ed Cahn campout at Marjorie Edelson rustic Sky Harriet and Walter Saltzman Meadow campsite from Saturday, May 30, starting at 2:00pm and Emmy Lou Levin ending Sunday May 31st after breakfast. Space is limited to the first Sydney Levin 40 people and we have a few spaces remaining so get your In appreciation of reservations in now (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Mishloach Manot Bag from Congregants Ellen Terrell After setting up our tents on Saturday afternoon, we plan to trek to In honor of the majestic Redwood nature trail for a “silent reflection” hike. Gregory Sprintz’ Bar Mitzvah Join us for Torah discussion led by Rabbi Magat, potluck dinner, Bob and Carol Tessler Havdallah led by Cantor Meeka, singing, campfire, s’mores, and Reaffirmation of vows by Richard and Eleanor Rusnak s’more. You are welcome to join us for the afternoon/evening Marvin and Joan Fox without camping out. Just let us know you'll be coming, as parking Marcia and Joe Riggio is limited. Speedy Recovery of Sybil Sommer and Bobbye Gorenberg Cost is $15 per person or $45 per family. Pick up a flyer with a Margie and Ed Cahn map and complete details from the Shalom Table, the Donation Administrative office or the Religious School office. Debra and Henry Watkins Ritual Committee RABBI’S DISCRETIONARY FUND email@example.com In memory of Robert Morse Maxine Morse Jay Frankel Cecil Weintraub Beatrice Silin The Silin Family Edward Green Philip and Roma Green In honor of MacEnzie Blue’s naming Jeffrey and Christina Blue Joshua Applebaum’s Bar Mitzvah Jeffrey and Johanna Applebaum In appreciation of Rabbi Magat Robin and Walter Hurwitz Stu and Brenda Weinstock Donations Thank You 17 CANTORIAL DISCRETIONARY FUND Marty Schwartz, Dorothy Gelfarb In memory of Paul Hayfer, Lillian Hayfer, Betty Rinsler Mary Ann Kaisel Jane and Ed Schwartz Bob and Maggie Cant Albert Simone In appreciation of Ethel Ress Cantor Intern Meeka Simerly Rose Rinsler Robin and Walter Hurwitz Leon Rinsler and Family In honor of Walter Wolfson Joshua Applebaum’s Bar Mitzvah Millie Wolfson and Family Jeffrey and Johanna Applebaum In honor of Alef 2 and 2nd Grade Service ALVIN RAVEL GARDEN FUND Bobbi Lotman In memory of ISRAEL SCHOLARSHIP FUND Bea Levy In memory of Sally Ravel Glen Yanco In honor of Joan Singer B’not Mitzvah of Aliza and Chloe Abarbanel Sally Ravel SUZANNE BLICKMAN ARTS AND CRAFTS FUND In memory of MILTON FOX CAMPERSHIP FUND Sam Mintzer Speedy recovery of Ginny and Manny Siegler Sybil Sommer LEVIN LEARNING CENTER FUND Marvin and Joan Fox In memory of Marilyn Torgerson, Miriam Ayllon, Michael White, Shelley Gustason LEONARD AND BERNICE GAON CAMPERSHIP FUND David Ledwitz In memory of Joseph Fischer JUDITH JURMAN OMENS CEMETERY Millie Wolfson BEAUTIFICATION FUND In memory of PHYLLIS MATZNER CAMPERSHIP FUND Minnie Rudin In memory of Ilean Rudin Mickey Brambir LOLLIE BRICKNER MEDIA FUND Carol and Henry Thailer In memory of Anne Rotofsky RELIGIOUS SCHOOL FUND Mark Lutvak In memory of PRAYERBOOK FUND Sam Mintzer In memory of Joseph and Michelle Gabriel Selma Schlachter Benson Gary and Janet Katz Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Ross Joan Singer Nesya Fishstrom In honor of Joelle Wolf Todah Rabah (thank you) from Richard and Eleanor Rusnak. We Joseph and Michelle Gabriel would like to thank our family and friends at Temple Emanu-El For the speedy recovery of for joining us for our Re-Wedding ceremony on Sunday, March 29. Bobbye Gorenberg We would especially like to thank the 6th grade class, their Ruth Krandel wonderful teacher, Suellen Haggerty and Rabbi and Meeka for In honor of arranging our renewal of vows ceremony that we shared on our Eleanor and Richard Rusnak’s Anniversary 51st wedding anniversary. From the handmade Chuppah to the Sherman and Bettey Naymark lovely poem you wrote for us to the delicious oneg, everything was Ruth Krandel beautiful. Thank you! Ruth Rosenberg We note with sorrow the passing of: BETTY RINSLER RELIGIOUS SCHOOL Phyllis Reisner, sister of David Reisner ENDOWMENT FUND Ozzie Malek, brother-in-law of Gerry and Suzanne Boxer Gassman In memory of Louise Manning, aunt of Edith Pollock Kerr Sam Mintzer Ben Finkel, brother-in-law of Doris Rosenberg. Barbara and Jerry Kristal Jane and Ed Schwartz May their memories be a blessing. Thank you to the preceding congregants and friends who remembered Temple Emanu-El with their generous contributions. Donations made after April 15, 2009 will be listed in the June 2009 issue of Connections. Birthdays and Anniversaries Simchas 18 1 Margie Goodman 20 Rhonda Hansen Daniel Gottfeld Max Johnson Matthew Ross, son of Julie Sue Shachal 21 Evlyn Hubert and Jay Ross, will be called to 2 Lori Moorhead Al Roth the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on 3 Bruce Fox 22 Zachary Heerwagen Saturday, May 9. Matthew is a Marcia Ratner Ross Mowry seventh grade honor roll 4 Robert Kaufman 23 Richard Ferman student at Fisher Middle School Joshua Tucker Amy Lambert in Los Gatos. In his free time, 5 Karen Henry 24 Beth Dayen Matthew enjoys playing a variety Linda Mowry Bradley Phinick of sports, including baseball and 6 Jann Jones Adam Sciupac basketball, football and golf, Lorie Kaplan 25 Kristina Fernandez playing board games and Wendy MacLean Myra Reinhard spending time with his friends. Andrew Nussbaum Noah Rubin In an effort to share these Gabriel Segal 26 Mort Berlant interests with those less 7 Bobbye Gorenberg Carolyn Fabisch fortunate, Matthew will be 8 James Beninghaus Elsa Gordon collecting sports equipment and Butch DiSessa Dawn Malter games to donate to local Joseph Gitin 27 Larry Gerston children’s charities including the Family Supportive Housing Inc. and Gary Katz Evelyn Turkus the Santa Clara County Children’s Center in San Jose. His parasha, Beverly Mendel 28 Susana Cahn Emor, discusses equality and fairness. Matthew is the second Julie Moore Doris Davis generation to become a Bar Mitzvah at Temple Emanu-El, where his Matthew Rissman 29 Jeff Blue grandparents have been members for many years. His family is very 9 Bernice Gaon JoAnne Hersch proud of him! 10 Jill Huchital Nancy Markham Rita Loren 30 Robert Cant Kelsey Hurwitz is a seventh 11 Kristi Blumstein 31 Gail Jacobs grader at Miller Middle School. Ruth Ross Bill Medeiros Her Torah portion is about Kathryn Sucher some good and bad things that 12 Ken Abrams will happen to you if you obey Michelle Geary Ariana Henry Anniversaries or disobey God. For her mitzvah project, Kelsey had a Kelsey Hurwitz Marvin and Bonnie Bamburg bake sale and has done many Kathy Jenkins 1 other things in an effort to raise Barbara Kristal Bill and Anita Medeiros Manny and Gloria Ascher money to donate to the San Sherman Naymark 6 Jose Police Department Canine Aileen Teren-Foster Ron and Sue Timpson George and Carol Hofheimer Unit to buy a bullet proof vest 13 Frieda Forster 7 for one of the dogs. Her hobbies Leo Rinsler 8 Bennett and Deborah Jacobstein Eli and Sue Shachal include soccer, photography and Iva Rose 9 swimming. She would very much like to thank her grandparents, David Zell 11 Robert and Rosalyn Applebaum Chris and Stacey Dedering aunts, uncles and cousins for coming out from across the country to 14 Marilyn Handloff 18 support her on her special Bat Mitzvah day on May 16. Her loving Gary Jones Karl and Susannah Pfalzer Bob and Teri Broleman and honored parents are Walter and Robin Hurwitz. Mitchell Reisner 19 Matthew Ross 20 Byron Lilly and Nancy Weintraub Adam Rubin Randy and Stacey Ohara Mitchell Reisner completed 15 Michele Eaton 23 Oliver Pohland and Elena Klaw his basic training in Stuart Johnson 24 Jerry and Claire Barnhart the U.S. Army. Mitchell will Oliver Pohland Bob and Judy Levy be studying Advanced 16 Jerry Barnhart 26 Steve and Shari Krandel Individual Training in Military Janet Berg Fabio Marino and Intelligence at Fort Huachuca, Adam Cone Robin Feinman-Marino Arizona and is planning a career Shari Kaplan Michael and Millie Sprintz in the CIA or FBI. He is a Jordan Sofris 29 Fred and Freda Just graduate of San Jose State. His 17 Fred Just Jeff and Karen Krupp proud parents are David & Isaac Oak David and Linda Mighdoll Harriet Reisner. His sister is 18 Vicki Nosanov Goldman Melissa and is a Lance Corporal 19 Richard Burriesci in the Marines. Samantha Casale Yasher Koach! Patrick Salak We wish a very happy birthday and anniversary to our congregants who are celebrating this month. If your name is not listed or the information is wrong, please be in touch with the office to provide us with updated information. Thank you. May you be blessed with a year of goodness and fulfillment. Yarzheits Leadership 19 May 1 (7:15 PM Service) Clergy Sarah Banks, Uarda Burns, Mollie Drezinsky, Rose Sarah Forest, Dana L. Magat Meeka Simerly Muriel Gardner, Morris Golden, Rose Handen, Judith Hettler, Senior Rabbi Cantor Intern Annette Hornbein, Jeannette Josephs, Siegfried Kahn, Alexandra firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Kanciruk, Elias Levin, Mildred Lurie, Jack Marchick, Samuel Semmy Marcus, Paris Frank Massik, Irving Mighdoll, Anne Miller, Benjamin Joseph Gitin, D.D. Nadel, Beatrice W. Newman, Dewey Richards, Bernice Richman, Rabbi Emeritus Eric Rinsler, Beatrice Rosenblum, Herb Terrell, Clara Weinstein, Malvin Weiss, Robert Wooten May 8 (7:30 PM Service) Board of Trustees Rachel Epstein Annan, Mollie Bain, Marcus Joel Bernstein, Sophie Blumer, Joseph Boroditsky, Bessie Engleman Cohn, Victor Donath, President: Steve Greenberg firstname.lastname@example.org Jack Gardner, , Eleanore Goldfinger, Helen Hersch, Theodore D. Immediate Past President: Ruth Krandel email@example.com Holstein, Elvira Kakis, Leonard Katz, Nathan Litman, Isaac Miller, Percy Mostow, Lena Naymark, Jamie Beth Nussbaum, Harry Pollak, VP Administration: Steve Krandel firstname.lastname@example.org John Puopolo, Isaac Rousso, Philip Ruby, Steven Rutherford, Lillian F. Silver, Sarah Simon, Mollye Sockolov, Max Sucher, Robert VP Marketing/Communications: Nancy Weintraub email@example.com Tobias, Harry Aaron Wagner, Jack Weiss, Joseph Woron, Norman VP Membership: Laura Danoff-Robinson firstname.lastname@example.org Zinker May 15 (7:30 PM Service) VP Education and Youth: Marci Gerston email@example.com Gertrude Altman, Morris Atlas, Ruth Bryman, Esther Cohen, Freida Secretary: Barry L. Cohen firstname.lastname@example.org Ida Engleman, Rachel Glicksberg, Hilda Goldman, Herman Greenberg, Ursula Gusdorf, Lillian Heller, Samuel Kahn, Nettie Lee, Treasurer: Joe Riggio email@example.com Louis Leven, David Levine, Nathan Lewis, Florence Libglid, Jack B. Rich Albert Mark Cahn Gerry Gassman Mackay, Kate Mamon, Gary Melmon, Rebecca Miller, Jean Uri Gottfeld Jonathan Hirshon Kim Jackman Modiano, Sheldon Prizant, Murray Rockowitz, Tony D. Rose, Sarra Steve Ladowitz David Mimeles Ruth Pangilinan Saltzman, Seymour Louis Stone, Irwin Tuttelman Eleanor Rusnak Michelle Schneiderman Greg Turetzky May 22 (7:30 PM Service) Brotherhood President: Bob Levy firstname.lastname@example.org Frances Atlas, Morton Barr, Claire Basist, Philip Basist, Bernie Sisterhood President: Rita Loren email@example.com Bernstein, Dr. Samuel Abram Blauner, Juliet Roy Bloom, Max EESY Presidents: Brent Ghan and Kristina Fernandez Boxer, Harold Dworkin, Hirsch Engleman, Beatrice Fishman, firstname.lastname@example.org George I. Frank, William Frankel, Michael L. Freed, Abraham Friedman, W.C. Grammer, Nathan Havlin, Bernard Hawk, Rose Hubert, Joe Jaffee, Dora Kaisel, Craig Karnal, Jacob Ari Katz, Anna Committees C. Lax, Rachel Leiter, Abe Lerner, Carl McClure, Bluma Nadel, Randy Reiser, Burton Rubenstein, Julius Schatten, Elfriede Schimek, Marci Gerston Adult Education email@example.com Bob Hersch Dues firstname.lastname@example.org Max Schwalbe, Gilbert Senigaglia, Albert I Silver, Max Simans, Uri Gottfeld Facilities email@example.com Charleen Weinstein, Ruth Wiseman Kim Jackman Membership Membership May 29 (6:30 PM service) Sharon Genkin Membership @templesanjose.org Robin Hurwitz Religious School firstname.lastname@example.org Clara W. 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Blickman Arts and Crafts Fund Opportunities in Levin Learning Center: $5,000 - Stair Plaque Religious Funds: Cultural Funds: $10,000 - Library Column Dedication Harold Cahn Prayerbook Fund Choir Fund $25,000 - Room Dedication Herbert Marchick High Holy Day Fund Andrew Apte Temple Historical Fund Kenneth Gordon Children’s Prayerbook Fund Phyllis Omel Junior Choir Fund Contact the office for additional Maurice Tucker High Holy Day Music Fund Bertram Berns Music Fund opportunities. Ida F. Kragen Consecration and Caring Fund Shank-Rockman Family Sound System Fund Making a contribution to one of Temple Emanu-El’s many funds is a wonderful way to honor your friends and family. You may make contributions in honor of a birth, birthday, brit milah, baby naming, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Confirmation, graduation, engagement, wedding, anniversary, promotion, new home, special occasion or just because. You may also make contributions for get-well wishes, condolence, remembrance and yartzeits.
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