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					Men’s Club Presents Snow People on Saturday night, December 9 (p. 7)

December 2006 Kislev/Tevet 5767

FROM THE RABBI’S STUDY

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oes Chanukah celebrate a military triumph or a miraculous menorah? The festival’s Al Hanisim prayer, which makes no mention of longlasting oil, highlights our stunning victory over the Greeks on the battlefield — “The strong were vanquished at the hands of the weak, the many at the hands of the few.” The Talmud (Shabbat 21b), though, focuses on the miracle of the oil — “When the Hasmoneans recaptured the Temple, they searched, but found only one ritually pure, sealed flask of oil [for the menorah]. A miracle occurred, and the oil lasted for eight days [during which new oil could be processed]. And for this reason, the holiday was established….” On the surface, it seems that these are independent views of Chanukah’s origin. Further analysis, I believe, shows that the two holiday themes are, in fact, complementary. Indeed, the miracle of the oil sheds light on the nature and significance of the military victory. In his Mo’adei Yisrael, late Israeli Chief Rabbi Shlomo Goren, z’l, notes the preeminence of fire in ancient Greek mythology and philosophy. According to the 5th century B.C.E. philosopher Heraclitus, fire was the primordial source of all matter. “This world, which is the same for all, no one of the gods or men has made; but it was ever, is now, and ever shall be eternal fire” (as quoted by Diogenes Laertius). Fire, for the Greeks of old, was an all-powerful force that created, destroyed, and, in essence, reigned supreme over all other forces of nature. The miracle of Chanukah, writes Rabbi Goren, is that fire could not consume a simple modest flask of perfectly pure oil. Physically feeble but spiritually robust, this oil stood up to the flame, fought valiantly, and triumphed. Is this not precisely what transpired when the Jews rose up to defend their way of life from a Greek assault?
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DR. LISA AIKEN TO BE SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE ON DECEMBER 1-2
The clinical psychologist and author Dr. Lisa Aiken will be our scholar in residence on Shabbat Vayeitzei, December 1-2. Before making aliyah, Dr. Aiken served as Chief Psychologist at Lenox Hill Hospital and had a private psychotherapy practice in New York. She was born in Baltimore and obtained degrees from Towson Stage College and Loyola University of Chicago. Her books include To Be a Jewish Woman; Why Me, God?; and Guide for the Romantically Perplexed. Her forthcoming book is
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THERE IS A FREE LUNCH — AND MORE
One of the Synagogue’s outstanding events is the monthly learning forum led by Rabbi Kermaier. Students receive stimulating, well-researched, in-depth analyses of topics relevant to contemporary Jewish life, and a free lunch as well, courtesy of our host, Malcolm Thomson. This month’s learning forum will take place on Tuesday, December 12, at 12:15 p.m. The location is Malcolm’s office, Alliance Bernstein, 1345 Avenue
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ALSO THIS MONTH
Torah Study: Schedule of Classes ................................. p. 3 Chanukah Notes .......................................................... p. 3 Young Leadership Dinner on December 15 ................. p. 4 Bikur Cholim to Honor Caron Enlander, ob’m ............. p. 4 Cantor Malovany in the News...................................... p. 4 Women’s Seudah Shlishit on December 2 ................... p. 5 A Gift to FAS................................................................ p. 5 Daily Breakfast Sponsors .............................................. p. 6 New Members ............................................................. p. 6 Bikur Cholim Program ................................................. p. 6 Yahrzeit Kaddish Reminder.......................................... p. 6 Mike Gruss Reports on Simchat Torah in Israel ............ p. 7 FAS on Campus ........................................................... p. 8

December 2006
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
1 S 7:30 am C 4:11 pm M 4:20 pm Dessert Reception 8:30 pm

Kislev/Tevet 5767
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2—Vayeitzei Dr. Lisa Aiken S 9:00 am Women’s Seudah Shlishit 3:45 pm T 3:30 pm M 4:00 pm E 5:10 pm 9—Vayishlach S 9:00 am T 3:30 pm M 4:00 pm E 5:10 pm Men’s Club 7:30 pm 16—Vayeishev Chanukah I S 9:00 am T 3:30 pm M 4:00 pm E 5:11 pm Light 2 Chanukah Candles 23—Mikeitz Chanukah VIII S 9:00 am T 3:30 pm M 4:00 pm E 5:15 pm

3 S 8:30 am KS 9:24 am M 4:15 pm

4 S 7:30 am M 4:15 pm

5 S 7:30 am M 4:15 pm T 8:00 pm Tal U’Mattar at Ma’ariv 12 S 7:30 am Learning Forum 12:15 pm M 4:15 pm T 8:00 pm

6 S 7:30 am M 4:15 pm

7 S 7:30 am M 4:15 pm

8 S 7:30 am C 4:10 pm M 4:15 pm

10 S 8:30 am KS 9:28 am M 4:15 pm

11 S 7:30 am M 4:15 pm

13 S 7:30 am M 4:15 pm

14 S 7:30 am M 4:15 pm

15 S 7:30 am C 4:11 pm M 4:15 pm Light 1 Chanukah Candle

17 Chanukah II S 8:30 am KS 9:33 am M 4:20 pm Light 3 Chanukah Candles

18 Chanukah III S 7:30 am M 4:20 pm Light 4 Chanukah Candles

19 Chanukah IV S 7:30 am M 4:20 pm T 8:00 pm Light 5 Chanukah Candles

20 Chanukah V S 7:30 am M 4:20 pm Light 6 Chanukah Candles

21 Chanukah VI Rosh Chodesh Tevet (1st day) S 7:30 am M 4:20 pm Light 7 Chanukah Candles 28 S 7:30 am M 4:25 pm

22 Chanukah VII Rosh Chodesh Tevet (2d day) S 7:30 am C 4:14 pm M 4:20 pm Light 8 Chanukah Candles 29 S 7:30 am C 4:18 pm M 4:25 pm 5 S 7:30 am C 4:24 pm M 4:30 pm

24 S 8:30 am KS 9:36 am M 4:25 pm 31 Asara B’Tevet F 6:07 am S 8:30 am KS 9:39 am M 4:15 pm E 5:22 pm

25 S 7:30 am M 4:25 pm

26 S 7:30 am M 4:25 pm T 8:00 pm 2 S 7:30 am M 4:30 pm T 8:00 pm

27 S 7:30 am M 4:25 pm

30—Vayigash S 9:00 am T 3:30 pm M 4:05 pm E 5:20 pm 6—Vayechi S 9:00 am T 3:30 pm M 4:10 pm E 5:26 pm

Jan. 1, 2007 New Year’s Day S 8:30 am M 4:30 pm

3 S 7:30 am M 4:30 pm

4 S 7:30 am M 4:30 pm

Key — SL: Selichot; S: Shacharit; KS: Latest time for K’riat Shema; M: Mincha/Ma’ariv; C: Candle Lighting; E: End of Shabbat, Holiday, or Fast; F: Fast begins; T: Talmud class. Fifth Avenue Synagogue, 5 East 62d Street, New York, NY 10021; www.5as.org Phone: (212) 838-2122; Fax: (212) 319-6119; E-mail: info@5as.org
Yaakov Y. Kermaier..................................................Rabbi Dr. Sol Roth ..............................................Rabbi Emeritus Rabbi Dr. Michael Rosensweig ...............Resident Scholar Marc Gitler............................................... Assistant Rabbi Joseph Malovany....................................................Cantor Yisroel Halpert ...........................................Ritual Director Anne Hiltzik............................... Chairman, Women’s Club Mona Gelbart and Maidy Jeger ..Presidium, Women’s Club Derek Enlander, M.D. .................... President, Men’s Club Ira Leon Rennert ............................................... Chairman J. Ezra Merkin ....................................................President Jerome M Balsam ...................................... Vice President Jacques Blinbaum ..................................... Vice President Walter J. Molofsky, M.D.............................. Vice President Laurence P. Rabinowitz.............................. Vice President Marc G. Schwartzberg ........................................ Treasurer Mitchell Davidson .............................................Secretary Henry Hirsch, ‫ .............. ז״ל‬Founding Chairman Hermann Merkin, ‫......... ז״ל‬Founding President Solomon Trau....................Honorary Chairman David Yagoda....................Honorary Chairman Victor Barnett.................... Honorary President William Schwartz............... Honorary President

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TORAH STUDY: SCHEDULE OF CLASSES
(1) Shabbat Talmud Class, with Rabbi Kermaier, Tractate Sukkah, 45 minutes before Mincha (see schedule on page 2). (2) Daily Mishna, with Rabbi Gitler, 30 minutes before Shacharit (except Shabbat, 40 minutes before Shacharit). (3) Tuesday Evening Talmud Class, with Rabbi Dr. Michael Rosensweig, Tractate Bava Kamma, Chapter 7, 8:00-9:15 p.m., preceded by light dinner and followed by Ma’ariv. (4) Breakfast With Class, with Rabbi Kermaier, a study of contemporary halachic responsa with breakfast included, Tuesdays, following Shacharit, 8:10-8:45 a.m. (5) Monthly Learning Forum, with Rabbi Kermaier, one Tuesday each month, offering serious study of Jewish texts, both classical and modern. (6) Chavrusa Program, Wednesday evenings; please contact Rabbi Gitler for further information. (7) Manhattan Jewish Experience, Tuesday evenings: (a) Jewish Answers to Difficult Questions, with Rabbi Jonathan Feldman, 7:00-8:00, $5 per session. (b) The Berland Series on Living Judaism: 4,000 Years of Jewish History, six sessions with Rabbi Jonathan Feldman, 8:00-9:00. Light meal and socializing follows class at 9:00. (c) Hebrew Reading, Level I (with Moshe Katz) and Level III (with Rabbi Yosef Cohen), 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Level II (with Adi Haller), 6:45-7:45.

CHANUKAH NOTES
This year, Chanukah begins on Friday evening, December 15, at which time we light the first candle. Chanukah is our thanksgiving festival. We express our gratitude for the victory of our people, led by the Maccabees, over the Syrian Greeks, who were determined to eradicate Judaism and Jewish life, and we celebrate the rededication of the Temple. Chanukah is, accordingly, a time for rededication for all of us. It is appropriate that we recommit ourselves to Torah and Jewish life during this season. LIGHTING OF THE CHANUKAH CANDLES Please note the manner in which the candles are lit. As we face the menorah, the candles are placed from right to left, each night adding one to those kindled the night before. Though the incremental candles of each day are added from right to left, the procedure in lighting the candles is to begin on the left and move to the right. 3 It is desirable that the menorah be lit at nightfall. In order to fulfill the mitzvah, one must use enough oil (or, for those who use candles, candles that are large enough) so that the lights will burn for at least thirty minutes. Therefore, on Friday night, those who typically use small Chanukah candles often place Shabbat candles in the menorah. Of course, Shabbat candles should also be lit in the usual manner, immediately after the lighting of the menorah. This year, both the first and eighth nights of Chanukah coincide with Shabbat. We recommend that you arrive at the Synagogue earlier than usual to be present when the Chanukah candles are lit in the main sanctuary on Friday afternoon, December 15 and again on Friday afternoon, December 22. On the first night of Chanukah, we recite three blessings upon the menorah (l’hadlik ner, she’asa nissim, and shehecheyanu). Thereafter, we recite two blessings (l’hadlik ner and she’asa nissim). At Shacharit, we recite Hallel and read the Torah each morning of Chanukah. Please join us.

YOUNG LEADERSHIP TASTE OF THE WORLD RESUMES ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15
The Young Leadership’s Taste of the World event will take place on Friday evening, December 15, at 7:30, following the Friday Night East service at 6:30. The dinner will be a Grecian banquet, featuring ethnic Greek cuisine, latkes, jelly donuts, and martinis. The co-chairs of the event are Sharon Roth, Jonathan Kanterman, Susan Fellner, Julie Blinbaum, and Jason Hirsch. Dinner is $40 per person. RSVP to Sheila in the Synagogue office ((212) 838-2122) or sheila@5as.org).

BIKUR CHOLIM OF MANHATTAN TO PAY TRIBUTE TO CARON ENLANDER, OB’M, ON DECEMBER 6
On Wednesday, December 6, the Bikur Cholim of Manhattan ((212) 864-5651) will hold its annual luncheon at Lincoln Square Synagogue, 200 Amsterdam Avenue. At the luncheon, the organization will pay tribute to our dear friend Caron Enlander, ob’m. Caron was involved with many organizations, but the Bikur Cholim was particularly close to her heart. She responded to the needs of the ill, particularly the indigent ill who could not afford to pay for quality medical treatment. Caron was a regular and generous donor to the Bikur Cholim and was instrumental in inspiring others to join her. Your participation in the luncheon will be a beautiful way of paying tribute to Caron’s memory.

TEFILLAH REMINDER
We begin saying Tal U’Mattar in the weekday Amidah at Ma’ariv on Tuesday, December 5. SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE (Continued from page 1) Genesis: The Untold Story — A Refreshing Look at Our Owner’s Guide. Dr. Aiken will be speaking at a dessert reception at the Synagogue, on Friday evening at 8:30, on A Jewish View of Love and Intimacy. After Mussaf on Shabbat morning, she will address the congregation on Insights into Parashat Vayeitzei: Why Jacob Stayed Married to Leah and Rachel’s Heroism. In addition, she will deliver the Dvar Torah at the Women’s Seudah Shlishit, to be hosted by Gabrielle Coren (see p. 5), on December 2, at 3:45 p.m. Dr. Aiken’s topic at the Seudah Shlishit will be Juggling Women’s Roles: Superwoman, Superwife, Supermom, Superexhausted. Dr. Aiken’s visit is kindly sponsored by Audrey and Mark Goldstein. 4

CANTOR MALOVANY IN THE NEWS
Cantor Malovany’s recent concert in London with the Shabbaton Choir was the subject of a piece on the British Web site Something Jewish. The reviewer, after harking back to the Cantor’s days in Edgware, said: “His rich tenor voice, like fine wine, just gets better with the years.” He added that the Cantor and choir’s rendition of Uvenucho Yomar was “simply compelling.” The article is available online at www.somethingjewish.co.uk/ articles/2067_malovany_and_shabbat.htm.

MAZAL TOV
Births Anne Hiltzik celebrated the birth of a greatgrandson, Ezra Moshe Silverstein, son of Lisa and Dr. David Silverstein. Ruth and Jerry Turk celebrated the birth of a greatgranddaughter, Ahuva Gitl Gross, daughter of Ari and Esti Gross. Weddings Alan Rechtschaffen celebrated his marriage to Meira Harris. Irving Maleh celebrated the marriage of his granddaughter Alison Maleh to Bert Avraham Dweck, son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Dweck of New York. Honors On Tuesday, December 12, at 6:00 p.m., Rabbi Emanuel Rackman and Armand Lindenbaum will be honored at the Ohr Torah Stone Annual Dinner, which will take place at the Roosevelt Hotel, Madison Avenue and 45th Street. Professional Achievements The November 13-19 issue of Inside Mount Sinai told the story of groundbreaking research by Dr. Max Levitan on the chromosomes of Drosophila robusta, the North American woods fly, and their implication for global warming.

WOMEN’S SEUDAH SHLISHIT ON DECEMBER 2
The Women’s Seudah Shlishit will convene on December 2 at the home of Gabrielle Coren, at 3:45 p.m. Our scholar in residence for the Shabbat, Dr. Lisa Aiken (see p. 1), will deliver the Dvar Torah. Please join us for an enlightening Dvar Torah, good food, and spirited song.

A GIFT TO FAS
You will notice a new item adorning our lobby, mid-19th century Aron Kodesh doors from the vicinity of Venice. The doors, which feature a selection from the Italian version of Avinu Malkeinu, are the gift of an anonymous donor in tribute to a loved one. May they open our hearts to prayer each day as we proceed to our sanctuary.

FROM THE RABBI’S STUDY (Continued from page 1) Judah Maccabee led a force that was puny by conventional military standards but muscular in its clarity of purpose and sense of religious mission. The Greeks were no match for this spiritual might; their flame flickered in the face of pure oil. In recent times, Israel has been reminded repeatedly of its physical vulnerability. We have witnessed the painful drubbing of Israel by Hezbollah, the daily missile barrage from Gaza on Southern Israel, the emerging existential threat posed by Iran. Sadly, Israel’s leadership seems confused, even bewildered at times. Chanukah reminds us that Israel’s vigor is rooted in her people’s resoluteness, faith, and clear understanding of their history and common destiny. The Maccabees may have been skilled strategists and tough warriors. But it was their spirit that fueled their victory over a powerful and pernicious enemy. We pray that the people of Israel will again find strength in their unity of purpose, in their passion for Zion, and in their faith. No flame can consume pure oil.

THANK YOU
The Rechtschaffen family sponsored the Kiddush on November 4 on the occasion of Alan’s aufruf. Roberta and Robert Hadi sponsored the Kiddush on November 18 in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Jonathan. The Seudah Shlishit on November 4 was cosponsored by Rina Uziel, in commemoration of the Yahrzeit of her father, Efraim Yacubowitz, and Martin Sanders, in commemoration of the Yahrzeit of his grandmother, Sophie Nayer. Mr. and Mrs. David Fishman sponsored the Seudah Shlishit on November 11 in commemoration
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FREE LUNCH . . . AND MORE (Continued from page 1) of the Americas (between 54th and 55th Streets), 36th Floor. To reserve your seat, please contact Sheila in the Synagogue office ((212) 838-2122 or sheila@5as.org). The November session, which discussed the Jewish attitude toward non-Jewish holidays, drew over 40 enthusiastic students, and we hope to do even better this month. To catch up with some of the prior learning forums, you may review summaries that appear on the Synagogue’s Web site (www.5as.org/Sections/ TorahStudy.asp). You may also read summaries of Rabbi Kermaier’s weekly Tuesday morning response shiur on the Web site (www.5as.org/ Sections/RabbiStudy.asp). The Synagogue makes it easy to do some serious learning in a congenial atmosphere. We recommend that you avail yourself of the opportunity at least once; after you do, we’re confident that you’ll want to come back and encourage your friends to join you.

THANK YOU TO BREAKFAST SPONSORS
The Synagogue invites its members to sponsor the daily breakfast when observing a Yahrzeit. It is a meaningful way to remember a loved one, with Rabbi Kermaier also dedicating his daily Dvar Torah to the memory of the departed. If you are interested in sponsoring an upcoming breakfast, please contact Sheila Montgomery in the Synagogue office ((212) 838-2122 or sheila@5as.org). The following members have recently sponsored breakfast at the Synagogue: Sonia Jaye, November 3, in memory of her mother, Esther Hertz; ♦ Dr. Miklos Weinberger, November 5, in memory of his mother, Frieda Weinberger; and ♦ Jacob Berman, November 26, in memory of his father, Aaron Berman.
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THANK YOU (Continued from page 5) of the Yahrzeit of his father, Avraham. Roberta and Robert Hadi and Pat and Dr. Stanley Siegel co-sponsored the Seudah Shlishit on November 18, on the occasions of Jonathan Hadi’s Bar Mitzvah and the Yahrzeits of Dr. Siegel’s brothers.

YAHRZEIT KADDISH
Please recall that the Kaddish after Aleinu at Shacharit on weekdays is reserved for those observing the Yahrzeit of an immediate family member (i.e., a loved one for whom one sat shiva). On days when no one is observing such a Yahrzeit, then all those saying Kaddish — both mourners and those observing Yahrzeits of other relatives — will recite that Kaddish together.

NEW MEMBERS
At its November meeting, the Board of Trustees approved for membership Shoshana and Baruch Halpern (who are renewing their membership after a stint in Florida); Sandra and Jeffrey Justin (above right); Karen Eleanor Miller, and Laurie Trontz (below right). We wish all our new (and renewed) members a long and happy association with the Synagogue.

BIKUR CHOLIM PROGRAM
The East Side of Manhattan has no shortage of hospitals or, unfortunately, of Jewish patients. Fifth Avenue Synagogue wants to reach out to the community with acts of chessed toward our brethren who are ill. Bikur cholim, visiting the sick, is among the greatest of mitzvot. If you would like to brighten up the Shabbat of those who are ill, please contact Rabbi Gitler. 6

MEN’S CLUB PRESENTS ‘SNOW PEOPLE’ ON SATURDAY NIGHT, DECEMBER 9
On Saturday evening, December 9, at 7:30, the Men’s Club will present a performance of Snow People. The play is a one-woman show written by the late Av Inlender, based on his novel Zoa, and performed by his wife, the Obie Award winner Rosina Fernhoff. Snow People presents opposing views of the controversy surrounding Nazi looting of art treasures during World War II and Swiss complicity in the thefts. Portrayed as a confrontation between mother and daughter, the monodrama interweaves historical events, personal experiences, and contemporary questions of guilt and restitution. The clash of opinions and personalities is suspenseful, starkly dramatic, and moving. RSVP to Sheila in the Synagogue office (sheila@5as.org or (212) 838-2122).

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SHEMINI ATZERET/SIMCHAT TORAH AS OBSERVED IN ISRAEL

or many years, very much like you, I have felt the melancholy of Shemini Atzeret. I was exhausted from attending the Synagogue, from repeating the same prayers and listening to the same tunes. I resented participating in the Shemini Atzeret services. If not for Yizkor, I would absent myself from services on Shemini Atzeret. This year, I celebrated Shemini Atzeret in Israel — in Herzlia Pituach, a residential suburb north of Tel Aviv — and the experience was quite different. I felt and enjoyed the solemnity of the holiday. I experienced the most uplifting spiritual experience that I had ever encountered. I felt that the public domain was celebrating with me. Allow me to describe the day. In Israel, the conclusion of the holiday season (Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah) is celebrated in one day. This year, Simchat Torah, hakafot and all, was observed on Shabbat. This can never happen in the Diaspora. On Erev Shabbat, the synagogue was full. A large number of children were in attendance. They each received a flag and a shopping bag full of chocolates and biscuits. (The Israelis have yet to learn to guard against the dangers of obesity). There was a shortened (as befits Shabbat/Yom Tov) Kabbalat Shabbat service followed by Ma’ariv. The nussach alternated between traditional, Carlebach, and Sephardic melodies. Ma’ariv was followed by hakafot, songs, and dancing. The height of joy was reached when members of the Sephardic synagogue located about two blocks away marched in holding Sephardic Sifrei Torah. They marched in, singing Heiveinu Shalom Aleichem, Yachad yachad kulam kedusha lecha yeshaleishu, and Mipi Keil (a popular piyut sung in the Sephardic and Ashkenazic synagogues). Dancing continued. Worshippers holding Sephardic or Ashkenazic Torah scrolls danced together. When the Sephardic visitors left, they sang L’shana Haba’a B’Yerushalaim Ha’benuya. On Shabbat morning, we Ashkenazim reciprocated by visiting the Sephardic Synagogue. That morning, services were conducted by young men
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FAS QUIZ
The man in the photograph is a famous citizen of a country that means a great deal to one of our k’lei kodesh. (1) Who is the man? (2) Whence does he hail? (3) What is the connection of his country to our k’lei kodesh? Please send your answers to Sheila in the Synagogue office (sheila@5as.org). The first correct answer will be recorded in the January bulletin.

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CELEBRATING SIMCHAT TORAH IN ISRAEL (Continued from page 7) in a traditional nussach. Shacharit was followed by hakafot, dancing, and singing, followed in turn by the reading of the Torah. Every worshipper, including children who could read Hebrew, received an aliyah. After receiving his aliyah, each oleh retired to the social hall to partake of brunch or lunch from tables laden with wine, cakes, and food. Considering that Simchat Torah fell on Shabbat, one had to call seven individuals to the Torah (as opposed to five in the Diaspora). This was achieved by splitting the portion read for Chatan Torah. For Acharon, the ba’al korei read the portion from Me’ona to Vayelech Moshe, and for Chatan Torah from Vayelech Moshe to the end of the Torah. The Acharon on Shabbat Simchat Torah is called Chatan Meona and this honor is given to young children assembled under a chupa. The reading for Chatan Torah was followed by the reading for Chatan Breishit and Chatan Maftir. Then the dancing and hakafot continued. Suddenly, as if by a prearranged signal, the persons holding the three Sifrei Torah ascended the bima, the congregation rose in silence, the children left the sanctuary, and in a quiet, subdued, and sad mood, the worshippers recited the Yizkor for parents and loved ones. Then the Cantor ascended the bima. He was dressed in a white robe. With the shliach tzibbur flanked by the Rabbi and two officials, each holding a Torah scroll, the scene was reminiscent of Yom Kippur before Kol Nidre. The Cantor

recited the Yizkor for the six million who perished in the Holocaust, a Yizkor for members of Tzahal who gave their lives in defense of Israel, and a Yizkor for the deceased members of the congregation. The Sifrei Torah were returned to the Ark and the Cantor chanted the Kaddish in the melody of the High Holidays. After the silent Amidah, during which one had a feeling that the Congregation was truly praying with kavanah, the Cantor continued singing the prayer for rain — Tefilat Geshem — in a High Holiday melody. The Congregation was on its feet, very quiet and absorbed, and responded with a loud Amen when the Cantor chanted each of the three lines L’vracha v’lo l’klala, L’chaim v’lo la’mavet, and L’sova v’lo l’razon. No announcements were made at the conclusion and no food was served. People removed their talitot, shook hands with neighbors, and wished each other Shabbat Shalom/ Chag Same’ach/G’shamim L’vracha. The mood was very much like at the conclusion of Kol Nidre. People left the synagogue and went home quietly, in a somber mood, with the melody of the High Holidays on their minds, hopeful for a good year. —Emanuel “Mike” Gruss

VISIT OUR WEB SITE
Our site, www.5as.org, contains a wealth of information: schedules of services (www.5as.org/ Sections/InsideTheFAS.asp), monthly and weekly bulletins, a map of the Upper Manhattan Eruv and information on whether it is up (www.5as.org/ content/default.asp?artid=88), a list of kosher restaurants (www.5as.org/Downloads/HomePage/ Kosher%20Restaurants.pdf), summaries of recent classes (www.5as.org/Sections/RabbiStudy.asp), and more. Please feel free to contact Gavin Noick (gavin@5as.org) in the Synagogue office with your comments. 8

FAS ON CAMPUS
Many members have children in college or graduate school, and Rabbi Kermaier would like to make contact with them and learn about their plans and achievements. The Synagogue hopes to share in and celebrate our younger members’ accomplishments. Please send your children’s e-mail or other contact information to Rabbi Kermaier in care of Sheila Montgomery (sheila@5as.org or (212) 838-2122).

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CONDOLENCES
We record with profound sorrow the passing of Sarah Goldberger, mother of our esteemed member Suzy Present. Heartfelt sympathy is extended to the bereaved family.

Mr. Richard Maidman (F) Mrs. Daniel Hoffert (F) Mr. Louis Glick (S) Mrs. Joseph A. Greenfield (M) Mr. Ira Leon Rennert (F) Mr. Peter Schwalbe (F) Mr. Fred L. Sommer (F) Mr. Joe Tugendhaft (M) Rabbi Pinchas Brener (F) Mr. Sanford Deutsch (Sis) Mr. Josh Deutsch (Sis) Dr. Yaffa Kahanowicz (M) Mrs. Maria Finkle (M) Prof. Jacob I. Dienstag (M) Mr. Stanley Simon (M) Mrs. Max Levitan (F) Dr. Patricia Cayne (M) Mrs. Michael Werner (M) Dr. Fanya Gottesfeld-Heller (M) Mr. Joseph D. Cooper (M) Mr. Richard Goldman (M) Mrs. Maidy Jeger (R)

CONDOLENCES
We record with profound sorrow the passing of our esteemed member and Women’s Club Trustee Doris Glick, wife of our Trustee Louis Glick. Heartfelt sympathy is extended to the bereaved family.

REFUAH SHLEIMAH
If you know of someone in the community who is ill, please let Rabbi Kermaier know, so that he may visit the ailing person and include him or her in the Mi Shebayrach L’cholim (prayer for those who are ill).

STAY IN TOUCH VIA E-MAIL
The Synagogue maintains e-mail lists for (i) our monthly and weekly bulletins, (ii) the Upper Manhattan Eruv (www.5as.org/content/ default.asp?artid=88), so you can find out during the day on Friday whether the Eruv is up, and (iii) shiva and funeral information, G-d forbid. To join any of the mailing lists, please contact Sheila Montgomery (sheila@5as.org) in the Synagogue office.
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BIKUR CHOLIM OF FIFTH AVENUE SYNAGOGUE
If you are homebound and need company or assistance with shopping or an errand, please call: Milton Goodstein — (212) 832-7686; or The Synagogue Office — (212) 838-2122.

FIFTH AVENUE SYNAGOGUE
has available CEMETERY PLOTS and INDIVIDUAL GRAVES in CEDAR PARK CEMETERY If interested, kindly contact Sheila Montgomery at the Synagogue office, (212) 838-2122.

TELEPHONE NUMBERS TO REMEMBER
Upper Manhattan Eruv — Call the Synagogue office ((212) 838-2122) on Friday morning; if you call on Friday afternoon, press 3 for Eruv mailbox. Hatzolah Ambulance Service — (212) 230-1000 Manhattan Mikvah, 232-4 West 78th St. — (212) 799-1520 Jacques and Hannah Schwalbe Mikvah, 419 East 77th Street — (212) 717-4613 9

CHEVRA KADISHA (Ritual Burial Society)
In case of death, please notify the Synagogue office or: • Solomon Trau — (917) 806-9060; • Claire Dienstag — (212) 861-6212; • Lee Maslansky — (212) 249-2518; • Rose Present — (212) 772-3892; or • Jerome Hornblass — (212) 472-2632.

From: Fifth Avenue Synagogue 5 East 62nd Street New York, New York 10021

The following members will observe Yahrzeits:
Dec. 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 7 8 8 8 10 10 10 11 12 12 12 13 13 15 15 Kislev 10 10 10 10 10 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 12 12 12 13 13 13 14 14 14 14 14 15 15 15 16 17 17 17 19 19 19 20 21 21 21 22 22 24 24 Mr. Martin Fawer (F) Mrs. Anne Waxman (M) Ms. Brooke Kettner (F) Mr. Richard Maidman (A) Mr. Howard Schulder (M) Dr. Harold Amsel (M) Mr. Emanuel Gruss (F) Mr. Benjamin Hammerman (B) Mr. Brett Hammerman (F) Mr. Robert Hammerman (F) Mr. David S. Lobel (F) Mrs. Sylvia Ader (M) Dr. Bertram Newman (M) Mrs. Michael Werner (B) Dr. Max Levitan (GF) Mrs. Mike Schwebel (M) Mr. Milo Knoll (B) Mrs. Robin Lewis (F) Dr. Stanley F. Reiter (M) Dr. Stanley F. Reiter (B) Mr. David Altman (W) Mrs. David A. Hirsch (B) Mrs. Joyce Hirsch (F) Mrs. Irving Heisler (F) Dr. S. Z. Siegel (B) Mr. Josh Deutsch (M) Mr. Sanford Deutsch (M) Mr. Solomon Trau (B) Mrs. Anne Waxman (GF) Mr. Alexander Mitchell (M) Mr. David Jan Mitchell (M) Mr. Jan Mitchell (R) Mr. Milton Goodstein (Sis) Ms. Ellen Robinson (F) Dr. Irma Fiedler (M) Prof. Yaffa Eliach (B) Dr. Martin H. Brownstein (F) Mrs. Jacques Blinbaum (F) Mrs. William Goldberg (M) Mrs. Leon Korngold (F) Mr. Irving Maleh (M) Mr. Josef B. Cohen (W) Mr. Leon Jolson (F)

YAHRZEITS

Dec. 15 15 15 16 16 16 17 17 17 18 18 18 18 18 19 19 19 19 19 22 22 22 22 22 22

Kislev 24 24 24 25 25 25 26 26 26 27 27 27 27 27 28 28 28 28 28 Tevet 1 1 1 1 1 1

Mr. Jan Mitchell (B) Mrs. Rosalie Reinhardt (H) Ms. Rena Shulsky (GM) Mr. S. Daniel Abraham (M) Mr. Ira Leon Rennert (N) Ms. Joy Bogen (M) Ms. Sheila Abadie (M) Dr. Bertram Newman (HB) Rabbi Sol Roth (F) Mr. Milo Knoll (U) Mrs. Harry Freund (M) Mr. & Mrs. Saul Linzer (S) Mrs. William Goldberg (Sis) Mr. Abraham M. Stanger (B) Mrs. John Heyman (F) Mr. Bernard Bernard (F) Mr. Albert Blinbaum (F) Mrs. Lee Boxer (H) Mr. Stephen Rosenberg (F) Mrs. Tisha Slote (Sis) Mr. Fred Frenkel (B) Mr. Marvin E. Jacob (F) Ms. Sonia Jaye (F) Mr. Milo Knoll (B) Dr. Max Levitan (M)

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RIVERSIDE MEMORIAL CHAPEL, INC.
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