Congregation RABBI’S MESSAGE Rabbi Stephen Listfield
VOLUME 61 ISSUE 1 Last month the New York Times If only....
Elul-Tishrei 5772 printed a letter saying that if only some-
That letter to the Times struck me as
one had reported Penn State coach Jerry
childish. I offer instead my letter to you,
Sandusky to the police, and if only he had
the readers of the Shofar: It is foolish to
been removed from his job, and if only he
waste present moments regretting what is
had been prosecuted by the law -- well,
over and done with. The Jewish New
imagine how much heartache could
Year is a time to remind ourselves that "If
have been avoided.
only" is not an option. Olam ke-minhago
That, my friends, is what I call a letter! noheg ("the world goes merrily on its
way"). Deal with what is. You can't undo
If only Hitler had a speech impediment,
the past. You can prepare for the future,
millions of Jews could have lived out their
and can do so bravely and confidently.
lives. If only Roosevelt had shown cour-
age, your and my doomed relatives could I did wrong? Going forward I shall do
have come to America. Call me a Jewish right!
chauvinist but if only Roosevelt had
I'm not submitting this to the
opened the gates, there would be no can-
press. But I do commend it to you, my
cer today and very few heart attacks
(because within a million destroyed Jew-
ish children there resided the genius to Shanah tovah!
cure those diseases and more). If only the
Arabs would realize that we want peace in
the Middle East, they would welcome 516-797-5811
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Sunday Morning Minyan 9:00 a.m.
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August 31 -September 1
Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00 p.m.
Candle Lighting 8:02 p.m. Thursday, Aug.9, 2012 Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012
Saturday Morning 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 Thursday, Sept.20, 2012
Mincha/Ma‟ariv 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012
Shabbat Ends 8:07 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012
Kabbalat Shabbat 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013
Candle Lighting 6:57 p.m.
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Saturday Morning 9:30 a.m.
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Where Friends Become Family
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Shabbat Ends 7:32 p.m. Rabbi…………….Stephen Listfield
Presidium………...Neil Geschwind, Helen Katz, Dr. Steven Nachbar
September 28-29 Sisterhood………..Linda Abrams, Edith Tishler
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PRESIDENTS’ POST Neil Geschwind
Dr. Steven Nachbar
L‟shanah Tovah Tikateivu V‟techataymu - It‟s September, members who are working hard to make our shul the best
and besides the season for “Back to School,” it is time to it can be. The Programming committee has run some
go “Back to Shul.” We are almost at the beginning of the great programs this summer and we are looking forward
Jewish New Year. High Holiday services and a new year for more to come. The Membership committee is head-
at Religious School are just around the corner, bringing us ing up our new member incentive program. Dues for new
fresh opportunities. We will welcome a new High Holi- members are only $118 for a single and $218 for a family.
day Hazzan (cantor) Stacey Sokol to our Rosh Hashanah Help us spread the word about this great deal! The Fi-
and Yom Kippur services. Our Religious School will roll nance committee is working on a dues restructuring pro-
out on Thursday, September 6 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. gram, details to follow. The Rabbi Search committee has
also met several times during the summer in order to start
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur afford us the opportu- on their important work.
nity for an annual tune up. We are given the opportunity
to look over our past year – our triumphs, our failures and We want to hear from you. We will do our best to stop
promises for the new year to come. Just like our cars and listen to what each of our congregants has to say. We
need a tune up, so do we. We need to see that we are run- value your input, please give it willingly. It is past time for
ning at peak efficiency. We need to have our brakes “tension” and time for cooperation and smooth sailing.
checked so that we stop and pause at the proper time. We Help us stay on the proper course for our shul! We have
cannot rely on our own anti-lock braking system to do it taken stock of all that transpired last year and look for-
for us. We need to see that our steering belt is at the ward with hopeful hearts to the road of recreating Con-
proper tension, so that we can stay on the proper course. gregation Beth El better then ever. Trying to please eve-
We need to see that our windshield is clean, so that we ryone is an impossible task, but we will do our best. Help
can see where it is that we truly want to go, while at the us avoid “slippage” and work together in the “proper cli-
same time having our rear-view mirror properly adjusted mate” to maximize everyone‟s efforts. We want to travel
to take note of where we have been. We need to see that this road together! See you in shul!
we have enough transmission fluid, so that we shift gears
smoothly and avoid any slippage. Our families wish you and your families a Happy, Healthy
and Sweet New Year.
Congregation Beth El is the place that affords us the op- Congregation Beth El – A place where friends become
portunity for an annual tune up as well as the minor family!
“services” that we need during the year. As we begin the L‟hitraot,
second year of our presidency, we will try to take advan- Neil, Helen and Steven
tage of this tune up and operate as close to peak efficiency
as we can. Committees are up and running. We thank
and appreciate Rabbi Listfield for his leadership and assis-
tance in bringing us out of a very turbulent time. We give
a yasher koach to all the chair-people and committee
MAKE A DONATION TO CBE
Alix Rubinger Kosher Food Pantry
Mail a Check or Donate Online
Michael Schwartz Memorial Fund
funds General Fund
Any monetary amount is appreciated (except for prayer Rabbi‟s Discretionary Fund
books). A Beth-El tribute card can be sent to the per-
Building Restoration Fund
son you wish to pay tribute to. You may contribute to
these funds: Gift cards are also available year-round and can be or-
dered by calling the office or downloading a form from
Dedication of a prayer book: $36
the web site.
A book plate with your dedicated inscription will be
Sponsor a Friday night oneg for $50 or a Saturday Kid-
placed on the inside cover.
dush for $75
Dedication of a chumash: $100
TODAH RABAH SISTERHOOD HAPPENINGS
Linda Abrams and Edie Tishler, Co-Presidents
Thank you to our congregants for all their Sisterhood Has Had A
help with our Beth-El Garage Sale Busy Summer
Sisterhood sends a hearty todah rab-
bah to all congregants who donated
goods for our garage sale on August 5.
We were able to offer a nice variety of items and were
able to raise money. We thank Jackie Kirschman for
organizing the whole event and we appreciated the
help of our Sisterhood members Roberta Ackerman,
Rhoda Buchwald, Robin Faber, Arlene Gottlieb, Rita
Greenstein, Evelyn Grossberg, Carol Hirst, Barbara
Ringel and Ellen Zipkin. Jesse and Glen Cohen,
Artie and Ben Hecht, Steve Nachbar and Abe
Kirschman were generous in doing the hard lifting
that we couldn‟t do.
On August 12 a review of the book, Sarah‟s Key
led by Jackie Kirschman resulted in a lively discussion
with nice conversation over a delicious brunch which
was arranged by Roberta Ackerman. It was nice to
Pictured L to R - Jackie Kirschman, Artie Hecht,
get together before the summer comes to an end.
Carol Hirst, and Marlene Hecht
Remember the Alix Rubinger Kosher How do you recharge your batteries
Food Pantry while trying to live your hectic life?
Many people in our area are struggling to make ends Join Sisterhood of Congregation Beth-
El. Energize yourself. Help us run.
Please donate kosher dry and canned goods
Plug in with Sisterhood to:
Items particularly needed: tuna, vegetables, fruit, peanut
butter, rice, cereal, oil, sugar, flour, pasta Engage in fabulous and fun social events
Cans should be small size (not industrial) Develop life-long friendships
Drop off: Monday to Thursday between 9:00 a.m. & 2:30 Find your inner leadership skills
p.m. Friday before noon or leave in lobby
Learn and work in a caring atmosphere
OR MAKE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION TO Discuss relevant issues, at home and around the
CONGREGATION BETH-EL world
DESIGNATED FOR THE FOOD PANTRY Support our synagogue and community
Donations can now be made online: www.beth-el- Future events to pique your interest:
massapequa.org/fundraising/synagogue-funds October 2 - Brunch in the Sukkah
CAN YOU HELP? Occasionally, we need people to pur- November 14 - Paid up membership catered din-
chase food at Waldbaum’s with Beth-El’s gift certificates.
Please call the office if you would like to be on the list of
volunteers that can be called on to shop. January 4 - Sisterhood Shabbat
All this and more!
BIRTHDAYS AND ANIVERSARIES
Congregation Beth-El would like to acknowledge the fol- ANNIVERSARIES
lowing July, August & September birthdays and
8 – Marie & Jeffrey Hesekiel
18 - Leon Schwartz 9 – Karen & David Gerard
19 – Terry Putterman 12 – Mindy & Khosro Zaringhalam
19 – Jeff Ratner 31 – Eileen & Les Scherer
1 – Mark Finkelman
27 – Mindy Zaringhalam August
3 – Alfred Mindlin
28 – Evelyn Fuchs 7 – Robin & Ira Faber
4 – Adrienne Hausman
29 – Barbara Ringel 8 – Roberta & Fred Simanoff
4 – Robert Hirst
31 – Toby Nachbar 10 – Judy & Mitch Blane
5 – Debra Kaplan
September 14 – Paula & Alfred Mindlin
6 – Arlene Zweibach
1 – Rivanna Hyman 15 – Adrienne & Allan Hausman
7 – Khosro Zaringhalam
1 – Amnon Tishler 15 – Beth & Don DePiro
14 – Max Hershkowitz
2 – Miriam Minowitz 16 – Mary & Leon Schwartz
17 – Louis Jaffe
3 – Jody Goklevent 21 – Debbie & Glenn Ring
18 – Hope Closter
5 – Sam Edelson 21 – Phyllis & Fred Cohen
21 – Iris Brynien
5 – Harvey Fleck 27 – Arlene & Arthur Zweibach
21 – Sarina Geschwind
12 – Arthur Hecht 28 – Barbara & Harvey Wiener
25 – Ira Faber
26 – Jesse Cohen 13 – Lenore Kirschenbaum September
27 – Mary Schwartz 13 – Fred Kaplan 10 – Rita & Milton Greenstein
28 – Debbie Ring 14 – Mitch Blane 16 – Lynn & Michael Davidson
30 – Beryl Newman 18 – Edith Tishler
August 19 – Paul Selden * Please accept our apologies for leaving
24 – Beth DePiro out Murray Ackerman in the June issue,
1 – Howard Belgrod
26 – Jack Miller
he celebrated his birthday on June 22.
1 – Minna Mukamal
28 – Arthur Zweibach
2 – Sheldon Spitz
4 – Ilene Mindlin
4 – Helen Katz
6 – Joan Hershkowitz
9 – Karen Gerard
9 - Caryn Ratner
13 – Philip Greenberg
18 – Rhoda Buchwald
The following members will be observing yahrzeit for their loved ones this month.
Please help them ensure there is a minyan so their prayers can be said.
1-2 11-12 19-20 25-26
Gerald Brynien Evelyn Star Elias Garelick Sam Lerner
Allen Cohen Jack Russo Edith Tishler 26-27
2-3 Shirley Hershkowitz Jesse Cohen Donald Dunkel
Fred Closter 12-13 Steven Dolinger Steven Dunkel
3-4 Pauline Marcus 20-21 Robert Katz
Eileen Scherer 13-14 Beverly & Leonard Nord Helen Greenfield
4-5 Paul Selden Ellen Zipkin 27-28
Terry Putterman William Levine 21-22 Helen Katz
5-6 Rabbi Stephen Listfield Vikki Finkelman Steven Hyman
Jack Weinstein 14-15 22-23 William Newman
7-8 Joanne Schwartz Murray Ackerman Jody Goklevent
Joseph Greenfield 15-16 Jack Weinstein 28-29
8-9 Helen Cohen Arnold Silverman Sheldon Gottlieb
Eileen Scherer 17-18 23-24 Rabbi Israel Orenstein
9-10 Phyllis Gottlieb Allan Putterman 29-30
Sylvia Katz 18-19 24-25 Sidney Margolis
Susan Gardner Amnon Tishler Eileen Scherer 30-Oct. 1
10-11 Eileen Scherer Elaine Schmukler Marlene Hecht
Jody Goklevent Abraham Kirschman
Dear Congregation Beth-El Family,
Fred and I thank you for your support at this difficult time. You helped ease the pain of the loss of my mother,
Knowing we are part of the Beth-El community was most comforting.
Mi Sheberach Refluah shelamah to Jason Dunkel, George Greenfield, Rachel
Grabovsky, Evelyn Star, Fran Liebow, Arthur Zweibach, Phyllis Newman,
Barbara Cohen, Barbara Ringel and Harold Newman, and all those who
are ill. May they only know health and happiness.
R’fahainu Adonai vnaerafay, hosheaynu v’nevashayah key t’helataynu atah. V’ha-ahlay r’fuah
shlaymah l’chol macotaynu.
Please let us know if you or a loved one is ill and would like it to go in the Shofar (full English
names only). You may also add the Hebrew name to the misheberach list recited on Shabbat. Call the
synagogue office at 516-541-0740 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
WITH HEARTFELT THANK$
We deeply appreciate and thank these members of our community for their recent generosity.
PRAYER BOOK FUND SPONSORS
Ann & Edward Miller in memory of Irene Miller, Barnet Marilyn & Martin Schwartz in honor of their grandson,
Miller, Leon Weinstein & Ruth Weinstein Eliot‟s graduation from Case Western University
Randi & Eliot Sinel in memory of Jason Fleck Susan & Matthew Gardner in honor of their trip to Israel
Resa & Arnold Hauptman in honor of their Anniversary
and in honor of their grandson graduating college and getting
RABBI’S DISCRETIONARY FUND a job
Barbara & Harvey Wiener in memory of Frieda & Jack
Marlene & Arthur Hecht in honor of their Anniversary
Robin & Ira Faber in appreciation for Misheberach Rivanna Hyman in honor of her retirement
Lee & Irving Trelin in appreciation & in appreciation for The Minowitz Family in honor of Brian‟s Bar Mitzvah in
Karen Lichtman in memory of Floyd Braugher, Jay Barnhill, Donna & Howard Belgrod in honor of the marriage of
Sylvia Kudan, Philip Zieden-Weber, and Evelyn & Jerry their daughter, Karen to Gary Marshall
Lichtman Jesse & Barbara Cohen, in honor of Jesse‟s Birthday
Roberta & Fred Simanoff in memory of Estelle Goldflam Vikki & Mark Finkelman in honor of their Birthdays
Barbara & Leonard Ringel in honor of their Birthdays
Helen Katz in honor of her Birthday
Robin & Ira Faber in honor of Bert Zipkin‟s Birthday
Evelyn & Theodore Grossberg in appreciation
FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS
Barry Zornberg, Robin Wald, Lisa Zornberg, Jill Rivel, Barbara & Jesse Cohen – in memory of Jason Fleck
Jonathan Zornberg in honor of Sidney Margolis‟ 80th Birth-
day Frank Curti Jr. – in appreciation of Bobbi & Sam Edelson
Randi & Elliot Sinel in memory of Jason Fleck Sisterhood of Temple Beth Shalom
Gary Klinger in memory of Leon Cantor, Rose Kriftcher, Lenore Kirschenbaum – in honor of the Hausman‟s new
Sylvia Mindlin, & Jason Fleck grandchild, Karen Belgrod‟s marriage, Marilyn & Marty
Schwartz‟s grandson graduating and getting into medical
Resa & Arnold Hauptman in memory of Rose Kriftcher school, a speedy recovery for Barbara Cohen, in appreciation
Bobbi & Sam Edelson in memory of Jason Fleck of Melody Nelson for the Aliyah‟s & for being such an asset
to our services, in honor of Iris & Sam Astrof‟s daughters‟
Lee & Irving Trelin in appreciation
engagement, in honor of Vikki & Mark Finkelman‟s sons‟
Rivanna Hyman in honor of the marriage of Karen & Gary marriage
Lee & Irving Trelin
Iris & Samuel Astrof in memory of Olivia Spitz
Adrienne & Allan Hausman
The children of Pauline Ehrlich in honor of her 90th Birth-
Rhoda Buchwald – in memory of Mono Ostrowsky
Rosemary & Stan Gensler – in memory of Sydney Newman
Marilyn & Martin Schwartz in honor of Brian Minowitz‟s
& Lenny Kleiman
Bar Mitzvah and in honor of the marriage of Karen & Gary
Marshall Eve Eskin Founmdation
Roberta & Murray Ackerman in honor of the birth of Vikki & Mark Finkelman – in honor or Sid Margolis‟ 80th
Adrienne & Allan Hausman‟s grandson, Nathan Shaun Birthday, Karen Belgrod‟s marriage & Robbie Jacob‟s mar-
COMMENTS ON THE TORAH READING
PARASHAT KI TETZE requirement of honest weights and measures, and the more
September 1, 2012 –14 Elul 5772 general principle of integrity in commerce are detailed. The
By tradition, Parashat Ki Tetzei, contains more mitzvot than parashah concludes with the requirement to “remember what
any other parasha. Among the commandments and legal Amalek did” – that bellicose nation‟s merciless attack on the
categories addressed are the following: the treatment of weakest parts of the Israelite camp. Israel is to “blot out the
women taken captive in time of war; immutability of the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” These final verses
birthright; draconian treatment of the “stubborn and rebel- are read as the eponymic maftir aliyah on Shabbat Zachor,
lious son”; judicial hangings; return of lost property; the obli- just before Purim.
gation to assist the owner of an animal that has fallen under
PARASHAT KI TAVO - SELIHOT
its burden; the prohibition against wearing clothing that is
intended for the opposite sex and characteristic of it; the September 8, 2012 – 21 Elul 5772
commandment to chase off a mother bird before taking its The Israelites are commanded to present the first fruits of
eggs or its young and the reward for fulfilling this imperative; their produce to the Priest at God‟s chosen shrine. The wor-
the requirement to remove safety hazards from your prop- shipper recited a declaration familiar to modern Jews from
erty; the prohibitions against sowing a vineyard with diverse the Passover Haggadah: “Arami oved avi… My ancestor was
species, plowing with an ox and ass yoked together, and a wandering Aramean…” This recitation of Israelite origins
shaatnez (wearing garments in which wool and linen are represents the very first scripted liturgy for Jewish worship
combined); the commandment to wear fringes; laws about and reflects our liturgy‟s emphasis on historical experience. A
slander; the procedure followed when a newlywed husband prescribed verbal declaration, including a request for God‟s
alleges his wife was not a virgin as claimed and the conse- blessing (“from your holy abode, from heaven”) similarly
quences of such claims, whether they are unfounded or accu- accompanies the tithe that Israelites provide for the support
rate; the legal ramifications of adultery and rape and a variety of Levites and strangers, widows and orphans. The Israelites
of marital restrictions; conduct and sanitation in a military are admonished once again to be faithful to God and God‟s
camp (“keeping the camp holy” would later be expanded commandments; God‟s reciprocal devotion to His chosen
into a general mandate to establish worthy communities); the people is assured.
treatment to be accorded an escaped slave; sexual conduct When they will cross the Jordan to enter the Promised Land,
deemed immoral and therefore prohibited; the prohibition Israel is commanded to erect stone pillars, coated with plas-
against usury; mandates about vows; the legal parameters ter, on which God‟s laws are to be inscribed. These steles are
guiding someone working in a vineyard or field of crops; the to be dedicated with sacrifices offered on an altar of unhewn
fundamental laws of divorce; the special obligations and mili- stone that the Israelites are instructed to build on Mount
tary exemption attending the first year of marriage; the secur- Ebal.
ing of a debt; the legal treatment of kidnapping; the authority Israel prepares for the recitation of blessings and curses.
of priests in cases of leprosy; the commandment to remem- (The ceremonious presentation was prescribed earlier, in
ber God‟s punishment of Miriam after to her ill-advised criti- parashat Re‟eh.) The tribes of Shimon, Levi, Judah, Issachar,
cism of Moses; the fair treatment of laborers and the obliga- Joseph, and Benjamin are assigned to Mount Gerizim for the
tion to provide prompt payment of workers. Fundamental blessing; Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zevulun, Dan, and Naphtali
legal principles are addressed: individual responsibility, the are to be present on Mount Ebal for the curses. Twelve spe-
principle that people are punished only for their own sins, cific are detailed, identified as worthy of being cursed, and
not the sin of their parents or children; the obligation to deal individually acknowledged as such by a collective, national
justly with the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow. The “amen.” Offenses of cultic, sexual, moral, and violent char-
obligation to provide justice for society‟s most vulnerable acter are included among these execrable sins.
finds specific expression in the requirement to leave forgot- Israel is promised blessings for compliance with God‟s com-
ten sheaves and gleanings for the desperate poor. A maxi- mandments: “Blessed shall you be in the city and blessed
mum of forty lashes is established in cases of judicial flog- shall you be in the country, Blessed shall be the issue of your
ging. Concern for animals is given expression through the womb. The Lord will make you the head, not the tail.” Fol-
prohibition against muzzling a plow animal at work, keeping lowing the blessing is a further statement of parallel curses
it from eating. for Israelite disobedience to God: “Cursed shall you be in the
The law of levirate marriage and its circumvention by the city and cursed shall you be in the country. Cursed shall be
ritual of chalitzah is introduced. Harsh consequences are the issue of your womb.” This passage, called the
provided in the case of a woman who violently intervenes in
her husband‟s physical altercation with another man. The
COMMENTS ON THE TORAH READING
(exhortation), includes particularly vile curses: “Your car- national leadership. God reveals, though, that Israel will go
casses shall become food for all the birds of the sky. The astray after Moses‟ death. Moses writes down God‟s
Lord will strike you with the Egyptian inflammation, with “teaching” – most likely, that is, the Deuteronomic law –
hemorrhoids, boil scars, madness, blindness, and dismay.” which he delivers to the levitical priests. They are instructed
Remarkably, the Torah reader customarily substitutes pre- to read the “teaching” to the assembled people Israel every
scribed euphemism for the harshest of the Hebrew terms! So seven years during Sukkot. This will serve to indoctrinate fu-
feared was this scriptural passage, nevertheless, that some ture generations, who, unlike the generation of the Exodus,
communities have a history of skipping the section entirely. did not experience God‟s redemption and miracles person-
Others have required the Torah reader or shamas to accept ally. This will allow them to learn devotion to God and to
this aliyah as a condition of employment. Still others, instead embrace the covenant anew.
of assigning so unseemly a text as a Torah “honor,” simply God also has Moses (possibly with Joshua‟s assistance) write
announced “Yaamod mi she-yirtzeh” – “Let whoever wants it out a poetic message adjuring Israel to faithfulness. This
come forward!” In any case, it is common to read these poem is to be taught to the Israelites. The nation is convoked
verses quickly and quietly, dispensing with so unpleasant a for this very purpose; Joshua is formally charged by his pro-
text with all possible dispatch. phetic predecessor: “Be strong and resolute!” While the bibli-
The parashah concludes with a firm admonition (for those cal text is somewhat ambiguous and subject to divergent
who missed the message in the previous section!?) faithfully readings, Moses‟ written record of God‟s teaching is placed
to adhere to God‟s covenant, and to recognize in Israel‟s his- beside the Ark of the Covenant for future consultation and
toric experience God‟s miraculous guidance. testimony. From God‟s command to Moses to “write this
song,” the rabbis derive the final mitzvah of the Torah: for
PARASHAT NITZAVIM every Jew to write a Sefer Torah. (Instructively, the rabbis
September 15, 2012 – 28 Elul 5772 allow us to fulfill this divine imperative by appointing a scribe
As parashat Nitzavim opens, the entire Israelite nation is pre- as our agent in such an undertaking, or by acquiring an ap-
sent at the ratification of the covenant with God: Israel is to propriate personal library of sacred texts.)
be God‟s people, the Lord Israel‟s God. The covenant is ac-
cepted as binding on “those who are not with us here this PARASHAT HA’AZINU
day” – that is, it is binding also on future generations. Severe September 29, 2012 – 13 Tishrei 5773
sanctions are pronounced against any who would contem- Parashat Haazinu is the next-to-last Torah portion, but is the
plate excluding themselves from the covenanted community last one to be read as part of the weekly Shabbat schedule –
be redressed by God directly; overt violations will be dealt we read parashat V‟zot hHa-Berachah during Simchat Torah
with by the community, whose members would keep each services. Parashat Haazinu consists almost entirely of a song,
other accountable for their collective covenantal responsibil- maybe it‟s a poem, Moses recites to the People Israel. The
ity. poem, which Israel is to learn, is intended as a reminder of
A counterpoint to Moses‟ dire hortatory is provided in the God‟s justice and patience with them; that justice and pa-
prospect of divine forgiveness and redemption, favor and tience are contrasted with Israel‟s unworthiness and disloy-
restoration, both spiritual and material, that awaits those Isra- alty. Israel is adjured to observe the covenant and to follow
elites – and the nation as whole – who, although erring, re- God‟s laws as a primary obligation and the route to prosperity
turn to God and the covenantal mission. and well-being in the Promised Land. It is to pass on both
The Torah portion ends with the assurance that the terms of this message and the poem itself, in which heaven and earth
God‟s instruction are accessible. No intercessor is required, are called upon as witnesses, as a legacy to future generations.
and fidelity to God‟s plan and covenant is a matter of free Haazinu might be viewed as Moses‟ swan song. The parashah
will. Israel is asked to “choose life” through submission to concludes with a few prose verses, God tells Moses that he is
the divine will, to embrace the covenant, to choose the path to ascend Mount Nebo, and he will be permitted to view the
to God‟s blessing. Land of Israel from there. He will not be permitted to enter
the Land, however, but will die on the mountaintop.
PARASHAT VAYELEKH - SHABBAT SHUVAH In keeping with its poetic content, parashat Haazinu is writ-
September 22, 2012 – 6 Tishrei 5773 ten in accordance with a unique scribal tradition. Its verses
Vayelech – the shortest Torah portion of the year – begins form two parallel columns, representing, according to one
with Moses, ever the visionary leader, preparing his people contemporary interpretation, the pillars of strength that will
for national continuity after his death. The Israelites need not be required for the nation to confront the challenges of faith,
fear – God will champion their cause. Joshua will assume statecraft, and nation-building that lie ahead.
NEW MEMBER PROMOTION PROGRAMS
Carol Hirst and Resa Hauptman, Co-Chairs
Are you looking for a friendly atmosphere with Welcome back everyone and a Happy and
Healthy New Year to you all.
warm welcoming people?
Last year was a very successful one for the program
Congregation Beth-El of Massapequa is a Conservative, committee. We had some wonderful programs such as:
Egalitarian Synagogue Movie night “DEFIANCE”, BARTENDING, speakers
such as Marc Cortade on THE ETHNIC MUSICAL”,
Our many programs include: “Current Affairs in Israel” “Secular Jewishness” and
Weekly, stimulating Torah study who can forget our SPRING FLING where you learned
to dance the Waltz and Salsa.
Exciting speakers This year we are planning many new and exciting
Out and About musical shabbats events, which started with our famous OUT and
ABOUT SHABBAT BAR-B-Q which was attended by
Social get-togethers/movies almost 60 people. The LUAU was also a success with a
Social Action/Israel programming big thank you to Sid for his famous punch.
Please look for our flyers announcing our PETER,
Active Sisterhood (free membership 1st year) PAUL and MARY Shabbat March 8, 2013, and our Is-
Please call the Beth-El office at: 516-541-0740 for more infor- raeli movie series.
mation on our New Member promotion, which includes High There are lots of good things happening at Beth-El, so
Holiday tickets. please join us as often as you can.
The destination wedding took place in Turks and Caico‟s
Member Mazel Tov! B.W.I. on April 28th attended by family and friends. Ellen and
Michael will reside in Manhattan.
Mazel Tov to Allan and Adrienne Hausman on the birth of
their grandson, Nathan Shaun. Proud parents are Nora & Congratulations to Jackie Einstein-Astrof , founder of
John Meyer. PennPac, that recruits University of Pennsylvania alumni for
Mazel Tov to the Minowitz family on their son Brian‟s pro-bono consulting at non-profit organizations.
Bar Mitzvah in Israel. Congratulations to Sam Astrof on completing the Hofstra
University/AAPTE Personal Training
Mazel Tov to Harriet & Efrom Adler on the birth of their Course and passing the exam to be na-
twin grandchildren, Aniston & Indiana, Proud Parents are tionally recognized by the NCAA as a
Marcy & Douglas Newman. "Certified Personal Trainer - Exercise
Marion and Avrum Bloomstone
are happy to announce the marriage of their daughter This space is for your good news. Share it with all of
us! Send it to: email@example.com
Ellen to Mr. Michael Bolin.
A Brief Forum on Decorum would want to talk??!! our opinion) we especially ask that you re-
frain from all talking, and all movement as
Someone asked us to please produce an Of course, the reality is less spiritual than
well. If we maintain the proper decorum,
article reminding people of when they may the ideal. Here and there a few words
you'll get more out of the wor-
not talk in High Holiday services. The cor- might escape your lips despite your-
rect answer is, from the moment you walk self. Alright. But please keep it to a mini-
in until the moment you leave. mum. Please enter the sanctuary with the
consciousness that we are here to engage
Now, we realize that this sets a high with the Kadosh Baruch Hu and not with
bar. The ideal is that everyone is concen- our neighbors.
trating on the prayers; singing with the can-
tor and listening to the rabbi, and overall When the Ark is open (which is a fair
contemplating the profound messages of amount of the time) and when Rabbi List-
the Machzor. Who would talk? Who field is speaking (which is always succinct, in
UPCOMING EVENTS WITH HEARTFELT THANKS
I wanted to thank all of you at Beth-El for your support
WOMEN’S EVENING OF during these difficult months with my brother and to those
who donated in memory of my brother and who also do-
LEARNING nated while he was alive, to help with things that were
FEATURING: THE DUO OF Congregation Beth-El has become like part of my family to
CANTOR RICHARD CASSELL AND MEZZO- me with all its ups and downs, good times and bad and it
SOPRANO REBECCA STONE has helped me stay on an even keel with the year-long di-
lemma I‟ve been through. I hope that it will continue
“FROM AVENUE A TO THE GREAT WHITE
throughout the years with others who come in need.
I especially want to thank the Astrof‟s, who with their un-
Singing Jewish melodies, from Broadway, Hollywood and
dying support, came through for my brother and I at criti-
cal times with a lot of amazing information and other sup-
An hour of Jewish humor and passion from "The World of port. I cannot thank them enough. To those who „danced‟
our Fathers." with my brother and to those who treated him like family, I
deeply appreciate it! To those who came to his funeral and
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2012 to the shiva, thank you, too!
DOORS OPEN: 7:00 PM Again, I cannot say enough words of thanks to all who
PROGRAM BEGINS 7:30PM SHARP helped throughout this past troubled year. Prayer and com-
LOCATION: TEMPLE EMANU-EL panionship have helped me reach this point as I grieve my
123 MERRICK AVENUE, brother and best friend‟s loss.
EAST MEADOW, NEW YORK Warmest,
Prepaid reservations required by November 20, 2012
Collation to follow
Sponsored by the South Shore Sisterhoods Dear Congregation,
FOR INFORMATION CALL: Thank you for your kindness during a difficult time.
ROBERTA ACKERMAN 579-5930 Marilyn Finger
RESA HAUPTMAN 799-4285
ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL
SAVE THE DATES
Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
“A Matter of Size”
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
“Inside Hana’s Suitcase”
Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
To be announced
Watch your mail for details!
SALUTE FOR ISRAEL PARADE
Congregation members marched in the Celebrate Israel Parade in NYC. Pictured are:
Rabbi Listfield, Adrienne and Allan Hausman, Resa and Arnie Hauptman, Carol and
Rob Hirst, Marc Miller, Marty Schwartz and Iris and Sam Astrof. It was wonderful!
Congregants enjoying our summer “Out and About BBQ”
Sponsor Shabbat Lunch, TD Bank Fundraiser
Friday Night Oneg or Have you enrolled yet?
Sunday Breakfast Minyan Have you told your neighbors about the
Do you have an upcoming simcha? A Affinity Membership
birthday? An anniversary? Honoring a
loved one? Commemorate the event by Program
sponsoring a kiddush or oneg and Open an account at TD Bank and they will make a
share your joy with the Beth-El family. contribution to Congregation Beth-El. TD Bank will
make an annual donation based on the average
Sponsors welcome. balance in all members’ accounts. Checking, sav-
ings, money market, CD and retirement accounts
are all included in the program.
Get together with
friends and co- If you are already a TD Bank customer, give them
sponsor an oneg a call and ask to have your balances included as
part of Beth-El’s Affinity Membership Program. It
only takes one call and the synagogue benefits!
You do not have to be a congregant to participate.
Call the office for Tell you friends, neighbors and relatives!
541-0740 Call 516-541-1116 to become a
member of the program.
YOU MUST THINK OF THAT TIME NOW
We don’t like to think of it, nor do we like to talk
of it, but every man and woman must consider
the inevitable: death and burial. To procrastinate
is to burden loved ones with concerns one can
take care of now. To put off the purchase of
graves for tomorrow is to add costs at the time
of burial. Congregation Beth-El has purchased
cemetery grounds at Wellwood Cemetery in
Pinelawn, NY. The cost of an individual grave-
Members: $400 each
Parents of Members: $750 each
Others: $1,500 each
Payments can be made over a 3-month period. Contact the synagogue office 541-0740,
Avrum Bloomstone, Allan Hausman, or Harvey Fleck for further details.
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BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
Every one of us
uses some of the
hundreds of prod-
The Identity Collection
ucts with the “Box
Tops” symbol on The Next Generation in Tallis Clasps
them every day! Buy a beautiful tallis clasp for yourself or
Please support gift it and a portion of the proceeds will
our Hebrew benefit CBE.
depositing the box tops label in the collection Each piece, made of 100% sterling silver, is
hand pierced and is available in a flat or shiny
box in the front lobby.
finish. This is a great gift idea.
Our school will receive 10 cents for every The tallis clasps are offered to you at a special
price. The synagogue receives a percentage of
box top collected. each piece sold. (Price is dependant on amount
Go to www.boxtops4education.com for a of letters needed). The tallis clasp is on display
in the synagogue lobby.
complete list of participating products or
visit our lobby display. For orders and additional information, please
contact Sid Margolis at 826-0474.
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Visit our Web site
Prices quoted are for a full year (10 issues)
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TORAH CARDS/TORAH FUND
Showcase Your child’s
Life brings us simchas and sometimes sorrow,
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Jewish customs always look ahead to tomorrow.
Inscribing your child's name in the Golden Book in Whether it’s news of a birthday, anniversary
the synagogue lobby is a wonderful way to let the or bundle of joy, share the happiness with others
Congregational family know of this special event. welcoming a girl or a boy.
To honor your child in this meaningful way, Torah cards are the perfect way
send $3 to Sisterhood at least ten days prior to wish a mazel tov or to brighten the day.
to your simcha. Just call Rivanna (631-921-2742) without delay!!
Call Rhoda Buchwald at 798-2581. Cards are $3.50 each or 6 for $18.
Gift Cards Available Year-Round
Instead of paying cash or credit for your purchases at the stores you frequent, order gift cards from us and
Beth-El will receive a percentage of your purchase from the vendor.
We have more than 85 participating stores. Your favorite is on the list!
Buy Beth-El gift cards for bar/bat mitzvah, birthday, graduation, engagement, wedding,
anniversary, new baby, etc.
Contact Helen Katz at 631.226.3493 or call the office for a list of stores and an order form or download them
from the fundraising section of our Web site.
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