THE PATH SEEKER
CONGREGATION M’VAKSHE DEREKH Ned J. Soltz, Rabbi
133 Popham Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583 Naomi Chiel, Cantor
(914) 725-3064 Emanuel S. Goldsmith, Rabbi Emeritus
www.mvakshederekh.org Joan Cela & Vera Kaplan, Co-Presidents
- A RECONSTRUCTIONIST SYNAGOGUE -
NISAN/IYAR 5771 May 2011
Tuesday May 10 is Yom HaAtzmaut, the 63rd anniversary of the establishment of the State of
I make no apologies for the pride I feel for the State of Israel.
I offer no apologies for the deep connection which I believe exists between Am Yisrael and
I offer no apologies for every action of Israeli government even as I disagree with many actions
of our American government. Democracy means the ability to be fiercely loyal while retaining
the right to dissent.
I reject the notions offered by segments of both the Israeli left and many so-called progressive
Jewish bodies that the Israeli “occupation” represents the source of all conflict not only in the
Middle East but in the world.
I scoff when I read pieces such as the op-ed recently published in the New York Times by
Turkish president Abdulla Gul contending that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the root cause of
all Middle Eastern tensions and that Turkey is the best country to solve the problem.
The Turks had their opportunity from 1517-1917 when the Ottomans ruled from the Balkans
through the Middle East. Or should we say that Turkish solutions have taken the form of
Armenian Genocide in the early 20th century or on-going repression of the Kurds under the guise
of combatting terrorism? Oh, I apologize. We are not supposed to say Armenian Genocide
because it hurts the Turks’ feelings.
Yom HaAtzmaut (continued)
I reject the contention of Peter Beinert that young Westernized Jews are alienated from Israel
because they see the discrepancy between the social justice they were taught in their synagogues
and the “questionable” activities of the Israeli government. The alienation of segments of
American Jewish youth is far too complex an issue to be pigeon-holed in the social liberalism
box. Always beware of simple answers to complicated questions.
I wish for peaceful coexistence between Jews and Palestinians, where both peoples are able to
thrive, prosper and determine their own fate in a democratic manner.
I hold that Israel has the right to self-defense even if that self-defense requires pre-emptive
actions. I regret all loss and destructions and grieve at the death even of those who would harm
me. I grieve at their loss as I grieve that they could not choose a productive and peaceful path in
their lives. I come from a tradition that adjures me never to gloat over the suffering of my enemy
just as that tradition gives me the right to self-preservation.
But with all of the uncertainties that each Yom HaAtzmaut brings, I celebrate.
I feel privileged to live in the time that our national aspirations, 2000 years in the making, have
been realized. I feel obligated to do my part as a Jew to ensure that neither external enemies nor
internal dissent will destroy those aspirations.
Please celebrate Israel’s 63rd as we pray, in the words of the Psalms, for the peace of Jerusalem.
Rabbi Ned Soltz
Yom HaAtzmaut at M’vakshe Derekh
Our Shabbat Morning Service
on Saturday, May 7th
will be dedicated to Israel’s 63rd Birthday
Come and Celebrate!!!
SHABBAT AND FESTIVAL WORSHIP
SIDROT (Weekly Torah Readings)
HAFTAROT (Readings from the Prophets)
May 7 EMOR
Sidrah: Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23
Haftarah: Ezekiel 44:15 - 31
May 14 B’HAR
Sidrah: Leviticus 25:1 – 26:2
Haftarah: Jeremiah 32:6-27
May 21 B’CHUKOTAY
Sidrah: Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34
Haftarah: Jeremiah 16:19 – 17:14
May 28 B’MIDBAR
Sidrah: Numbers 1:1 – 4:20
Haftarah: I Samuel 20:18-42
“More than the Jewish people has preserved the Sabbath, the Sabbath has
preserved the Jewish people” (Ahad Ha’am)
Dear Fellow Congregants,
We are writing regarding an important synagogue matter. Our Annual General
Membership Meeting this year will be held on June 11 th, immediately after Shabbat
Services and Kiddush. We strongly encourage you all to attend because we will hold
a serious discussion regarding our membership and its impact.
We are offering you an opportunity to be involved in future planning and to express
your thoughts, feelings and suggestions about M’vakshe Derekh. We will greatly
appreciate your input.
During Kiddush that day please join us for a celebration of our June Simchas-
birthdays, anniversaries, whatever. And June 11 th will also be the last regular
Shabbat Service before the Summer Schedule takes effect.
We are truly looking forward to seeing all of you on June 11th.
Joan Cela & Vera Kaplan
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MISCELLANEOUS EVENTS AND NOTICES
TOSCANINI LECTURE AND FILMS
Presented by Nat Reiff
Sunday Afternoon, May 15th at 2:30 p.m.
33 Popham Road
COME AND BRING YOUR FRIENDS!
Free of Charge Refreshments
RABBI SOLTZ’ SPRING LECTURE SERIES
JUDAISM AND ISLAM
April 30, May 7, 14 and 21
Saturday Mornings Before Services
9:00 – 10:00 am
Bagels & Coffee at 8:30 Bring A Friend!
FOLKSBIENE THEATRE – “THE ADVENTURES OF HERSHELE OSTROPOLYER”
Sunday Afternoon, May 22nd at 2:00 p.m. at the
Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue, at 25th Street
Based on an old Yiddish play, and performed in Yiddish with English and Russian supertitles, it
stars Mike Burstein, a veteran of Broadway and the Yiddish theater, who plays Hershele, a
vagabond who sets out to right wrongs despite his own impoverished circumstances.
Tickets are $30 per person.
Dinner afterwards at a nearby restaurant , if you wish.
Hopefully car pools will be arranged.
Call Marian & Arnold Edson for reservations – (914) 636-2255
NORMAN REISS TO BE HONORED
Norman Reiss will be honored at services on Saturday morning, June 4 th, for his untiring
dedication to the congregation as Treasurer and as Webmaster. Come and Celebrate with us!
CHAVER COMMITTEE FORMED
A Chaver Committee has been formed to telephone existing members who have not attended
services recently and guests who have visited us but have not been back for a while. The
committee (consisting of David Rosensweig, Chairperson; Marian Edson; Harriet Fibel and
Helene Miller) will try to make sure people are okay and encourage them to come back. Please
advise a committee member if you know of someone who should be called.
By the way, the Hebrew word “chaver” means “friend”: -
a male friend = (chaver) חבר
a female friend = (chaverah) חברה
a male group of friends or a mixed group = (chaverim) חברים
a female group of friends = (chaverot) חברות
ONLY 6 MORE NAMES ARE NEEDED FOR BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE: -
Help us reach our goal of 25 new names for this year.
We only need 6 more
This is a beautiful way to memorialize our beloved departed Relatives and Friends.
Please call Evin Rubin (684-9098) for more information
REPRISE OF TRIP TO “THE THOMASHEFSKYS” AT LINCOLN CENTER
By Marian Edson
A group of ten enthusiastic members and friends of M’vakshe Derekh attended an exciting concert
by the NY Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall on Tuesday evening, April 5th. They saw a music
theater piece created by the conductor, Michael Tilson Thomas, to honor his grandparents, Bessie
and Boris Thomasefsky, well known producers and performers in the Yiddish theater. The
theatrical production integrated the vast and complicated story of the immigrant experience in New
Genealogy Tidbits #6 by Joseph Fibel
At a recent service, it was asked if we can do research on our relatives who were
lost in the Holocaust. The answer is absolutely Yes! Thousands have been able to
find information about their lost families, but it may not be easy.
Searching began right after the cessation of hostilities of W W I I. Survivors were
wandering Eastern Europe trying to find out if any one else in their families had
survived. Several countries jointly set up an official organization to coordinate the
efforts of these survivors and bring them together. This organization was the
International Tracing Service (ITS) and it is located in the German spa town of Bad Arolsen. The
International Red Cross was designated to operate this facility which they have been doing for 50
years. Survivors would send them an inquiry and they would do two things. The first is that
they would record and file the inquiry. Second, they would try to match the inquiry with any
previously received inquiry from a different member of the same family. If there was a match,
they would notify both inquirers and there would be a reunion. This happened thousands of
times and it continues to this day, They have accumulated more than ten million such records.
Of course, many of them duplicate the same name.
In addition to the above activity, after the war ITS was the recipient of a large number of records
from Nazi Government sources. Over the years, ITS was understaffed and underfunded.
Inquiries frequently took over a year to receive a response. Nevertheless, thousands of families
Five years ago, ITS’s sponsoring governments agreed that ITS’s records should be digitally
copied and send to an officially approved and designated archive in each of the participating
countries. In the U. S., the designated archive is the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in
Washington, D.C. In Israel, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem was chosen. Inquiries can be sent to
either place or even still to ITS. ITS’s service has improved immeasurably in the last couple of
International Tracing Service U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Grosse Alle 5-9 100 Raul Wallenberg Pl.
34454 Bad Arolsen, Germany Washington, D.C. 20021
Email: ITS-arolsen.org USHMM.org
Near Herzl Blvd.
More Holocaust Sources will follow
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TRIBUTES and CONTRIBUTIONS
Thanks to Iris Farber for her untiring efforts in preparing for M’vakshe Derekh’s
seder and for giving so much of her time, from Harriet & Joseph Fibel.
In Memory of Milton Hoffman, her father, from Carolyn Hoffman (Yahrzeit).
In Memory of Milton Hoffman, her husband, from Irma Hoffman. (Yahrzeit).
In Memory of Sidney Soltz, Rabbi Soltz’s father, from Mary & Ned Soltz (Yahrzeit).
Tributes and contributions of any size are welcome and are allocable in any way you wish.
Honorees will be notified by mail of your tribute and donors will be acknowledged in
“The Path Seeker”
Tribute checks should be sent to Harriet Fibel, 94 Beverly Road, New Rochelle, NY 10804.
Members of the Congregation are also reminded that it is customary to make a contribution
to the synagogue when observing Yahrzeit .
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BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE - SEYFER HAZIKARON MONTH OF IYAR
The following names for the month of Iyar were remembered on April 30th
Anna Rubin Mother of Evin Rubin
Samuel Rubin Father of Evin Rubin
Bessie Jaffe Mother of Doris Lubarsky
Charles Berlowitz Husband of Ruth Berlowitz
Daniel Miller Husband of Helene Miller
Simon Haber Father of Robert & Sonja Haber
Joanne E. Haver Mother of Kyle & Lane Haver
Rhona Marilyn Weisberg Bloom Sister of Florence Baskas
Lillian Fisch Mother of Florence Baskas
Harry Yohalem Father of Iris Farber
Sidney Soltz Father of Rabbi Ned Soltz
“Though I Walk Through a Valley of Deepest Darkness,
I Fear No Harm for You Are With Me.”
BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE - SEYFER HAZIKARON MONTH OF SIVAN
Names for the Month of SIVAN will be read on Saturday, May28th
Edward Seider Father of Carole Rubin
Isaac Jaffe Father of Doris Lubarsky
Dr. Manfred Sinnreich Husband of Nusha Sinnreich
Ada Zebberman Mother of Shirley Goldsmith
Sara Jacobs Mother of Ruth Berlowitz
Bess Yohalem Mother of Iris Farber
Julius Reiss Father of Norman Reiss
“High as Heaven is over Earth so Vast His Love is to His Worshippers”
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DATES TO REMEMBER
May 1 Sunday Afternoon Games
May 7 Rabbi’s Spring Lecture Series
May 7 Yom Ha’Atzmaut Celebration
May 12 Scarsdale/Hartsdale Interfaith Council Spring Luncheon
May 14 Rabbi’s Spring Lecture Series
May 14 Board Meeting
May 15 Presentation on Toscanini by Nat Reiff
May 21 Rabbi’s Spring Lecture Series
May 22 Folksbiene Trip
June 4 Norman Reiss to be honored at services
June 5 Annual Awards Dinner
June 11 Annual General Membership Meeting
July 30 Summer Service
August 20 Summer Service
September 3 Regular Services resume
“The Path Seeker” is edited by
Jane W. Dubin