Volume 14 Issue 7 JANUARY 2010
The death and funeral of one of our founding members, Mary Latter, was very difficult for all of us at NJC.
Mary’s mother, her children, her sisters, and her sailor, Tom, experienced a great loss. Many NJC mem-
bers lost a very close friend. Mary was the first person that I spoke with from this community. She told
me that she was my first best friend in the south. Our relationship paved the way for my coming here.
Walking through the sanctuary to get to my study the day after Mary’s funeral was a difficult moment. I
needed comforting and I found it in several seemingly unrelated events that happened in and around our NJC that day. You
may recall that the first part of that week was very rainy. On Wednesday the rain subsided. Joni Soboloff arranged for our
grounds to be spruced up. Weeds were removed, bushes trimmed and in some cases relocated, and mulch was added to our
flower beds. The exterior of our synagogue reflected our caring for NJC.
That same morning Mildred Krieger dropped by to borrow a book about Hanukkah. Mrs. Krieger is one of our older mem-
bers but she has a very young and energetic spirit. She needed the book because she had committed to going to a class to tell
young children about the holiday. While she was here, Mrs. Krieger stopped by my study. She told me that she had been in
the building a couple of times recently and that she could feel the energy here and that she wants to be more apart of it. Later
that evening the NOTY youth group had a meeting to plan upcoming events. The T.T. (Temple Tech) Committee met and
discussed ways that NJC can reach our membership more effectively. I taught the adult Hebrew class.
I saw the activity at NJC the day after her funeral as a great tribute to Mary’s memory.
NJC’s president, Jesse Berman, has been saying and even singing, “We are Family.”
That week NJC mourned together, planned together, worked together and prayed together. We showed that we are family.
Mary, thank you for helping us to get started. You will always be part of our family.
-Rabbi John R. Nimon
Volunteer Drivers Needed
NJC has some members who would like to attend evening
programs at the synagogue but who do not drive at night.
These may be Friday evening services or mid-week pro-
grams. Please call the office (951-7976) and let our
Temple administrator, Maureen, know if you can help out.
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A Message from the President – Jesse Berman
I hope everyone had a very Happy Hanukkah and holiday season spent with family and good cheer !!! NJC certainly experi-
enced a very active Hanukkah season. The Brotherhood held a Shamash Day to spruce up the synagogue and held a
breakfast with Guest Speaker Dr. Tarachandra Nurumanchi with Tulane University who discussed Jewish genetic mutations.
The Sisterhood continued its revitalization with Thursday night events including a Kitchen Shower that benefited our Kitchen
and Social Hall. The Youth Group hosted the 2 nd annual Dreidel Tournament which proved to be a lot of fun. Guest
Speaker, Author Yossi Katz visited NJC to discuss life in Israel and his book A Voice Called – Stories of Jewish Heroism.
And we still managed to conduct our annual Hanukkah programming including the Hanukkah Bazaar, Tot Shabbat and Pot-
Luck on the first night of Hanukkah, and the Religious Hanukkah Assembly which was hosted by our very own theatrical per-
former, Frank Levy. So all-in-all, we had a very active and busy December. I wish to thank everyone who helped and vol-
unteered to make these events possible, and to all those who participated. I hope that NJC is proving to be a vibrant center
of “everything Jewish on the Northshore” for each and every one of you as our newsletter HaKol states.
But it doesn’t stop there !!! We are planning the Installation of Rabbi Nimon in late January. We hope the installation will
prove to be a significant event that will perpetuate a long and fruitful relationship between NJC and Rabbi Nimon. We will
solidify our plans soon so please look for upcoming announcements.
The Brotherhood will be hosting the NJC Superbowl Party on February 7 and are selling squares for the Superbowl Pool at
$50 each with the proceeds to be shared by both the Brotherhood and the Congregation. Payout will be $500 per quarter.
Hopefully we’ll all be betting on the Saints (Geaux Saints !!!). Additionally, plans for the annual NJC Fundraiser are getting
off the ground. Again, look for upcoming announcements.
Our normal programming continues in January including Brotherhood events on Monday nights, Adult Education on Tues-
day nights, Crash Hebrew classes on Friday mornings, and Sisterhood events on Thursday nights. We have had terrific
participation during our normal weekly programming but I would like to remind all that, oh yeah, we still have Friday night
and Saturday morning Shabbat Services. I know the work week and tending to family can be exhausting, and your involve-
ment in weeknight NJC programming keeps you busy, but don’t forget to let Shabbat services be your avenue to rest, re-
plenish, revitalize, and reinvigorate.
In looking at how much NJC has accomplished and experienced in these past six months, I wish to convey to the congrega-
tion that I am truly touched by the degree of participation and closeness that I feel we are experiencing. When I became
president last summer, this is the message and goal that I tried to convey in Board Meetings, in Newsletter articles, and in
my Shabbat Announcements. I am overwhelmed that you have embraced this calling and extremely happy that NJC is fol-
lowing this course. Thank you !!!
And lastly, I know we are all very saddened by the loss of our beloved Mary Latter. She was a loving soul who touched us
all. I know we all have our own special memories of Mary. The Sisterhood held a “memorial event” following her passing in
which the ladies shared stories and pictures of Mary which was an extremely emotional evening. For me, Mary was one of
the strong inspirations in seeking to become President of our congregation. Mary led the Rabbi Search Committee with
Bonnie Bernstein with a unique ability to cut through all the “noise” to get to the root of the problem and then to ever-so tact-
fully navigate the committee through the Rabbi selection process. And she continued to do this even after she became ill.
Mary was an inspiration to me and to all of NJC and we will never forget her. I’d like to thank all the committees and volun-
teers who helped make arrangements and helped spruce up the synagogue. I’d also like to thank all those who contributed
to the Meal of Condolence. Per the Latter family request, donations can still be made in Mary’s name to NJC, the American
Cancer Society, and/or The Ozanam Inn. NJC sends our love to the Latter family and Tom Nash and we are overjoyed that
they continue to be a part of our NJC family.
The next NJC Board Meeting will be held on January 4, 2010. As always, the congregation is invited to attend and partici-
pate. We have accomplished a great deal in the past six months and our efforts have been outstanding. However, recent
events have proven that we still have a great deal of work to do, specifically in the area of Life Cycle Events. Your Board is
dedicated to ensuring that your every need as a Jewish individual and family on the northshore are provided by NJC.
Volunteers are needed for various projects around the temple...office
assistance, organization of books, and building beautification and
maintenance projects are just a few areas needing help. If you are
Jesse Berman interested in helping, please contact the office to offer your help.
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YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO ATTEND
THE INSTALLATION OF
RABBI JOHN R. NIMON
Installation officiated by Rabbi Eric Wisnia
MONDAY, JANUARY 25 7 P.M.
NORTHSHORE JEWISH CONGREGATION
Dessert Oneg to continue the celebration
Festivities include the dedication of Past-President Pictures
And the Presentation of a Mezuzah (gifted by the Klein family)
Tu B’Shvat Seder
Scheduled for January 29th
Tu B’Shvat, the 15th day of the month of
Shvat, we celebrate the New Year of the David and Tracy Gold
trees. In Israel the winter is ending and Invite you to join them in celebration
as their son,
the feeling of spring is in the air. Many Max
Sephardim, Jews who come from around the Mediterra- Becomes a Bar Mitzvah
nean, celebrate Tu B’Shvat with a Seder which is pat- Saturday, January 16
terned after the Passover Seder. A book called Pri Etz 10 a.m.
Kiddush lunch to follow
Hadar or Fruit of the Citrus Tree is used, and during the
Seder 16 different types of fruit are eaten.
On Friday, January 29th NJC will be having a Seder for
Tu B’shvat using a text that Rabbi Nimon compiled. The
Seder will be held following services. We need volunteers
to help by shopping, and preparing for the Seder. If you
can volunteer, please contact Rabbi Nimon by calling the
office (951-7976) or email email@example.com . GET YOUR SUPERBOWL
Make checks payable to NJC Brotherhood
Send to: 1403 N. Causeway Blvd. Mandeville, LA 70471
Superbowl Sunday is February 7, 2010.
Details for a party are still being made, check your emails!
Hebrew Reading Crash Course
Classes will meet on Friday mornings,
10:30 a.m. Jan. 8,15,22,29
The 7th and 8th Grade Religious school children say the blessing for lighting the Accepting New Beginners or Refreshers!
candles before leading the congregation in Shabbat services
HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE GIFT SHOP?
EMAIL SANDRA KING AT
BE SURE TO CHECK OUT OUR NEWLY
DESIGNED WEBSITE AT
AND VISIT THE CALENDAR PAGE FOR UPDATES
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
7:30 p.m. 10 a.m.
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Board Hebrew class
Meeting Sisterhood 10:30am Shabbat
7 p.m. Meeting Services
7 p.m. Shabbat 10 a.m.
R.S. H.S. Services
9:30—11:30 a.m. 4:30—6:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Brotherhood 10:30am Bar Mitzvah of
Co-Ed Poker Max Gold
H.S. 6:30 p.m. Shabbat 10 a.m.
R.S. 9:30-11:30 4:30—6:00 p.m. Services
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
MLK Day Hebrew class
No R.S. No H.S. Services 10 a.m.
24 25 26 27 28 29 Hebrew class 30
R.S. 9:30-11:30 Installation of Shabbat Shabbat
Rabbi Nimon Services Services
31 7 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 10 a.m.
R. S. 9:30-11:30 H.S. Tu’Bshvat Seder
TuB’Shvat Asm. 4:30—6 p.m. (?) Following Services
Membership Committee – Chair Roxanne Newman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Religious Practices Committee (Rituals Committee) –
Co-Chairs Ellen Steigman (Steigmantino@aol.com) & Joanie Cox (email@example.com)
Religious Education Committee– Chair Jack Pollack (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sandy Brenner – Religious School Director (SB123166@aol.com)
Maureen Kurtz – Hebrew School Director (email@example.com)
B’Nai Mitzvah Committee – Chair Michael Hertzig (firstname.lastname@example.org) (email@example.com)
Budget & Finance Committee – Ellen Harrison (EllenHrrsn@aol.com)
Information Technology (IT) Committee – Co-Chairs Jeff Rubin (firstname.lastname@example.org) &
Bonnie Bernstein (email@example.com)
Caring Committee – Co-Chairs Candy Rosenblum (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Ellen Harrison (EllenHrrsn@aol.com)
House Committee – Co-Chairs Dan Oppenheim (email@example.com) & Andre’ DeHaan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Archives Committee – Chair John Valentino (JValent940@aol.com)
Social Action Committee – Co-Chairs Cheryl Klein (email@example.com) & Miriam Fleischer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Brotherhood – Michael Hertzig (email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sisterhood – Joni Soboloff (SOBOLOFF@aol.com )
Capital Campaign - David Kaplan (email@example.com)
Volume 14 Issue 6 JANUARY 2009 Page 5
Pot Luck Co-ed Game Night Wed.
Jan. 13 6:30pm
NJC HANUKKAH Rick Chapman
2009 J.J. Engeran
The NJC Sisterhood and friends gathered for a Ellen Harrison
Tribute to Mary Latter.
Bonnie Bess Wood
Thank you for your Donations: Yadi Mark
In Memory of Mary Latter: Max Salvant
Thank you to all those that contributed to the Dr. David Kaplan Adele Cahn Thomas Santopadre
Mary Latter Meal of Condolence fund: Phyllis Alltmont Esther& Joe Shefsky Esther Shefsky
Mike & Nancy Marsiglia Jane & Bill Goldring Susan Tranchina
Dr. Gary & Rosalind Wolf Jennifer Rosenberg Naomi & Adrian Kornma Margot Garon
Mark & Barbara Greenberg Jesse & Janell Berman Charles Marks Mr. & Mrs.Paul Rosenblum
Dr. David Kaplan Barry & Barbara Kusnick Ms. Dorothy Shushan Richard & Leah Weinstein R’fuah Shleimah
Meryl Rosenblum The Kurtz family Tom Nash
Ed & Theresa Dennis Roberta Torman
Lee & Valerie Schlesinger Charles & Ann Morton Carol Perlin
Dr. Alan & Cheryl Klein Jack Pollack Thomas Nash Elise & Charles Kaufman Sally Rosenblum
Ken & Wendy Holladay Ellen Harrison Ellen Cleary Ronnie & Donald Hess
Larry & Debby Chaudoir Michael Hertzig &Teri Gross Kathleen Davis Foundation
Debbie Bressler Don & Tami O’Connell Ms. Laurie Allen Milton H. Latter Office Hours
Joey & Lois Sutton Educational & Charitable for Rabbi Nimon
Ann Rabin Beverly Gaethe
Lester & Patricia Barnett Foundation Monday – Friday
James Lenoir John Valentino &
Robert & Stephanie Biller Ellen Steigman 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Tom Fick & Eva Gold Ed & Maureen Kurtz Todah Rabah ! You are welcome to drop
by during those times, but
Robert Knights & Ernie & Jan Langlinais To the NJC Religious school for donating all their
Tzedakah from December 13th to the keep in mind that Rabbi
Roxanne Newman Frank Levy
Nimon may already be
Greg & Joan Cox Paul Meeker & Joni Soboloff St. Bernard Project
busy, so it is advised to
Bonnie Bernstein Saints Wine Group Holiday Gifting Program.
call ahead and make an
Mark & Rosalie Wolfe In addition,NOTY contributed a portion of their appointment. If you can-
proceeds from their Dreidel Tounament. not meet during normal
To the Rabbi Discretionary To the General Fund: office hours, you can
A Great Way to honor or remember
Fund: Someone is by making a donation in their name.
always call and make an
Marily Pailet Zackin The following funds are available:
appointment for another
Mildred Krieger Blair, Sellma, Jeff & Tim Balk General Fund time. You are asked to
in honor of the B'nai Mitzvah In honor of Joan & Greg Cox’s Rabbi Discretionary Fund call the synagogue office
Religious school Fund
of Ryan & Rebecca Oppenheim 25th anniversary. at (985) 951-7976.
LET ME POINT YOU
IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION….