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					           Help the Hungry this Passover:                                                                             VOLUME 47
                                                                                                                      APRIL 2006
                                                                                                                       ISSUE 7
                  Give to MAZON
                                                                                                                INSIDE THIS ISSUE
                           By Rabbi Paul F. Cohen, D.Min.                                                Acknowledgements . . . . .7 & 8
                                                                                                         Brotherhood . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
THIS MONTH WE WILL CELEBRATE the festival of Passover, the celebration of our redemption                 Comedy Nite . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
from slavery to freedom. In the Haggadah, we read in every generation each person should see             Golder Lecture Weekend . . . .12
themselves as if they had personally left Egypt. The Passover Seder is not meant to be just a history    JUF Event . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
lesson. The Seder is an opportunity for us to relive the experience of tasting freedom for the first     Anne M. Lidsky, Ph.D., RJE . . .4
time after suffering centuries of oppression. For us, it is our core story. The Exodus is a story that   L’taken Seminar . . . . . . . . . . .6
reminds us not just about our personal redemption, but of our responsibility to work for the             Member News . . . . . . . . . . . .2
redemption of all people. We relive the Exodus each year and face the task that lies unfinished
                                                                                                         Shabbat for Preschoolers . . . . .4
before us. Each year, as we celebrate Passover, we strive to bring ourselves and our world closer to
                                                                                                         Sisterhood . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
the prophetic dream of a world at peace.
                                                                                                         Social Action . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
How much work there is to do. War rages on in Iraq as factions stand poised to utterly destroy one       Ta’am Yisrael . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
another. Suicide bombers with no regard for human life, theirs or anyone else's, maim and murder         Upcoming Programs . . . . . . .10
innocents without pause. People are jailed and tortured in China for daring to speak out against         Volunteer Connections . . . . . .3
tyranny. Everywhere the cry of the poor, the widow and the orphan goes unanswered. Even as we            Waukegan Update . . . . . . . . .6
realize how much work there is to do, we must remember we cannot complete it alone. Our energy           Worship & Torah Study . . . . . .2
must be devoted to tasks that will help more and more of our fellow human beings to be free.             Youth Department . . . . . . . . .4
                                                                                                         Cantor Amy J. Zussman . . . . . .9
One small step can be taken at your Seder. We are a partner congregation with MAZON: A Jewish
                                                                                                         Inserts: Holiday of Pesach, MAZON,
Response to Hunger. As Passover approaches, I urge you to share this celebration of freedom with
                                                                                                         April Calendar & Backpack Drive
those who remain enslaved by hunger and poverty. You can do so by contributing to MAZON the
money you would have spent to feed one extra person at your Seder table.
                                                                                                                The Golder Interfaith
MAZON, as it has done for years, will grant your dollars wisely and strategically to organizations             Lecture Series Presents
which help millions of poor and hungry people today and work for justice for them tomorrow. The
dollars raised in our American Jewish community, in part through this annual Passover appeal, have            IRSHAD MANJI
transformed MAZON into one of the country's largest private funders of domestic anti-hunger
                                                                                                                              to Islam
In these times of economic uncertainty, hunger still remains a scandal in our country and around the
world. More than 38 million Americans, including 13 million children, are hungry or at the very
edge of hunger, unsure of where their next meal will come from. Through MAZON, we can help
them. Enclosed is a Passover reading/MAZON return envelope that I hope you will insert into the                 Saturday, April 29
Haggadah and read at the point early in the Seder when we say, "Let all who are hungry enter and                    8:00 p.m.
eat." By letting one who is hungry enter and eat through a contribution to MAZON, you, your family
                                                                                                                  Come hear this
and friends - all who are sitting at your Seder table - will give real meaning to that invitation.
                                                                                                             bestselling author, activist
                                                                                                               and TV host talk about
At Passover, I believe we are not only obligated but blessed to use the freedom that we celebrate to          the prospect of a liberal
free others who desperately need our help. Please do so by "letting one who is hungry enter and              reformation of Islam. See
eat." Cathy, Jacob, Eli, Anna, Hope and I wish you the joys of the Passover season.                                the back page.
        WORSHIP PROGRAMS                                SATURDAY TORAH STUDY
                                                         WEEKLY READINGS • 9:00 A.M.
Friday, April 7
 6:30 p.m. Tot Shabbat Service                      April 1     Vayikra
 8:00 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service                           Torah:    Leviticus 1:1 - 5:26
                                                                    (pp. 757 - 778)
Saturday, April 8                                                                                       Rabbi Paul F. Cohen, D.Min.
                                                          Haftarah: Isaiah 43:21 - 44:23
  9:00 a.m. Shabbat Service                                         (pp. 978 - 982)                     Rabbi C. Michelle Greenberg
 10:45 a.m. Shabbat Service
                                                    April 8    Tzav                                     Robert D. Schreibman, D.D.
Thursday, April 13                                                                                      Rabbi Emeritus
                                                          Torah:    Leviticus 6:1 - 8:36
10:00 a.m. Passover Service                                         (pp. 781 - 798)                     Cantor Amy J. Zussman
                                                          Haftarah: Malachi 3:4 - 24                    Fern M. Kamen, FTA
Friday, April 14                                                    (pp. 1654 - 1656)                   Executive Director
 6:30 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service
                                                    April 15 Shabbat Chol Hamoed Pesach                 Anne M. Lidsky, Ph.D., RJE
Saturday, April 15                                        Torah:    Exodus 33:12 - 34:26                Director of Religious Education
10:00 a.m. Torah for Tots                                           (pp. 657 - 661)                     Howard Lanznar, President
                                                          Haftarah: Ezekiel 37:1 - 14
                                                                                                        David Golder, Executive Vice President
Wednesday, April 19                                                 (pp. 1660 & 1661)
                                                                                                        Julie Ford, Vice President
10:00 a.m. Passover & Yizkor Service
                                                    April 22 Shemini                                    Jani Harris, Vice President
Friday, April 21                                          Torah:    Leviticus 9:1 - 11:47               Joel Kaufmann, Vice President
 7:30 p.m. Family Shabbat Service                                   (pp. 798 - 823)                     Steven B. Salk, Vice President
                                                          Haftarah: II Samuel 6:1 - 7:17                David Blum, Treasurer/Financial Secretary
Saturday, April 22                                                  (pp. 986 - 990)                     Laura Zimmerman, Recording Secretary
  9:00 a.m. Shabbat Service                                                                             Ken Lorch, Legal Counsel
                                                    April 29 Tazria-Metzora
 10:45 a.m. Shabbat Service                                                                             Jeffrey Krupp, Controller
                                                          Torah:    Leviticus 12:1 - 15:33
                                                                    (pp. 826 - 854)                     Joel Rovner, Brotherhood President
Friday, April 28
                                                          Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1 - 13, 23                Ilene Abrahams, Sisterhood President
 8:00 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service with Rabbi
                                                                    (pp. 1684 - 1686)
 Nelson (see Golder Lecture on back page)                                                               Submissions to the May Covenant may be sent as a
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Saturday, April 29                                      The Torah - A Modern Commentary                 April 1. Contact Renee Goldstein, Communications
 10:45 a.m. Shabbat Service                             edited by W. Gunther Plaut (URJ, 1981)          Coordinator, at 847/441-5760, x105 for details.

                                                            MEMBER NEWS
              OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO:                                                MAZEL TOV TO OUR MAY B’NAI MITZVAH
                                                                                              CANDIDATES & THEIR FAMILIES:
Steve Blinderman
  on the death of his father, Leonard Blinderman.                             Michael Baruch, son of Rick & Ivy Baruch (May 6)
                                                                              Michael Novak, son of Richard & Tammy Novak (May 6)
Mike Israel
 on the death of his brother, Edward Israel.                                  Sam Sternberg, son of Mark & Sue Sternberg (May 13)

Denise Kaplan                                                                 Michelle Rosenberg, daughter of Bob Brenner & Lisa Rosenberg (May 20)
 on the death of her grandfather, Jordan Kapson.                              Alyssa Salzstein, daughter of Mitchell & Ileen Salzstein (May 20)
Bob Polonsky                                                                  Alexandra Fuhr, daughter of Richard & Catherine Fuhr (May 27)
 on the death of his father, Hymen Polonsky.                                  Zachary Hyman, son of Bruce & Jody Hyman (May 27)

                                                                                    THE MARCH COVENANT SHOULD HAVE INCLUDED:
                     CONGRATULATIONS TO:                                      Lindsey Isaacs, daughter of Mark & Lorie Isaacs (April 22)
Phillip & Sue Gardner on their recent marriage.

Michael & Jennifer Gershowitz on the birth of their son,                                      APRIL WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
 Ryan David Gershowitz.                                                       20 Years           Andrew & Roberta Denenberg
                                                                                                 Gary Lande & Carol Gold-Lande
                                                                                                 Doug & Robyn Wetzel
                         APRIL BIRTHDAYS
Birthdays are listed on the decade (10th, etc). This month’s honorees are:
                                                                                    B’NAI MITZVAH DATES FOR CHILDREN TURNING 13
          Joan Gold • Betty Gordon • Michael Hartman                                 BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1, 2008 & AUGUST 31, 2009
        Lisa Hoffman • Herb Horn • Donald Kooperman                           If your child will become 13 between the dates above and is planning to
                                                                              become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, please return your date request form by April
           Cynthia Kosoff • Andy Miller • Steven Miller
                                                                              18. If you did not receive the mailing, contact Phyllis Burg at
          Gene Minsky • Michael Seiler • Terry Stabiner                       847/441-5760, x110 or

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APPROXIMATELY 80 PEOPLE attended a Brunch and Book Signing featuring renowned author and lecturer Joseph Epstein on February
12 at Temple Jeremiah. The event was hosted by Temple Jeremiah’s Adult Learning Committee and the
Jewish United Fund (JUF). One of the country’s preeminent essayists, Joseph Epstein spoke on his latest
bestseller, Fabulous Small Jews.

The event resulted in a record amount of donations for JUF. The Jewish United Fund/Jewish
Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are the major instruments of Jewish philanthropy in the Chicago
area, raising and allocating funds in the areas of human welfare and health care, education and identity,
culture and community, rescue, resettlement and care for Jews in need throughout the world.                   (From left) Rabbi Cohen, featured
                                                                                                                 speaker Joseph Epstein, Brunch
                                                                                                            Hosts Sharon & Joel Greenburg and
Thanks to our JUF Event Co-Chairs Joel and Sharon Greenburg for hosting this prestigious event.             JUF Campaign Chair Scott Heyman

                                  MAKE A DIFFERENCE - VOLUNTEER
AS A CONGREGATION OF OVER 800 FAMILIES, Temple                          the committee will be contacting you in the near future to help in
Jeremiah's growth over the years shows the strength of our              a variety of ways. You may receive an email, a postcard or a
community connections and the ongoing tradition of opening our          phone call. When you do, we urge you to volunteer your time
doors to all who want to be part of our community. Most                 and talents to strengthen our Jeremiah community, our local and
importantly, this growth enhances our diversity. We are blessed         regional community and the entire Jewish community. Please
with hundreds of congregants with a multitude of talents,               respond when we reach out for your assistance.
occupations and interests. This diversity enables us to fulfill our
goals - from providing bagels on Sunday to supplying backpacks          The Volunteer Connections Committee needs its own volunteers,
and books for Waukegan schools, feeding the homeless, making            too. If you are interested in developing volunteerism at Temple
Shiva calls, assisting in the temple office, sponsoring activities to   Jeremiah, please contact Susan Brody at 312/987-1400 or
support Israel and even studying Torah together.              

Temple Jeremiah's growth, however, also means we must make              Every action, small or large, has a reaction. With your assistance,
connections with each other to identify and utilize all the talents     Temple Jeremiah will continue to be a thriving community
and interests of our membership. To that end, the Board has             supporting its members in celebration and time of need, as well
established a VOLUNTEER CONNECTIONS COMMITTEE.                          as serving the community, our country and the State of Israel.
The Committee's goals include encouraging as many congregants
as possible to volunteer for activities at the temple. To that end,             - Susan Brody, Volunteer Connections Committee

                            Comedy Nite with Joel Chasnoff
                                                         Saturday, May, 13
                                 6:30 p.m. Cocktails, Hors D’Oeuvres and Silent Auction
                                          8:00 p.m. Dinner, Dessert & Comedy Hour

Join Temple Jeremiah for an evening of friendship, food and laughter. Our featured guest, internationally renowned comedian Joel
Chasnoff, enjoys a cult-like following and widespread recognition in the Jewish press. His world premier comedy venues include the
Montreal Comedy Festival, Zanies in Chicago, Dangerfield’s in New York, a USO Comedy Tour of Japan and Korea, Jewish and
corporate events across North America and Europe, college tours and events at the Union for Reform Judaism Biennial and OSRUI. On
tour, he has opened for such top-name acts as Jon Stewart and Lewis Black of The Daily Show.

After serving in the Israel Defense Forces, Joel performed stand-up comedy for Israeli soldiers. Upon his
discharge, he took his comedy routine to 21 countries in southeast Asia, the Middle East, South America
and Europe, which taught him the value of open-mindedness as well as frequent flyer miles. As the father
of twin girls, however, Joel’s most rewarding adventure has been parenthood.

Join Temple Jeremiah for this exciting evening featuring dinner, silent auction and entertainment. Look for your invitation in the mail.

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                                                     FROM ANNE’S DESK
FEBRUARY HAS BEEN AN OUTSTANDING MONTH. Our upper                         North Chicago, run by the Public Action to Deliver Shelter and
grades took part in several worthwhile projects. Our 8th graders          Supportive Services (PADS), and donated four hours of hands-on
made 150 lunches for the Feed the Homeless program. Several               working time at the shelter.
families delivered the food to the House of Daniel in Chicago.
                                                                          Mondays and Wednesdays are busy as well. Our 7th graders have
Our 9th graders, as part of their Holocaust Unit, visited the
                                                                          been running ongoing bake sales to raise money for child-
Holocaust Foundation in Skokie and heard a poignant story from
                                                                          centered organizations such as Make-A-Wish Foundation, among
a survivor. Meanwhile, 10th graders and parents were moved as
                                                                          others. Clearly, the temple’s focus on social action is shared with
they experienced our annual Ethical Wills program.
                                                                          the Center for Learning.
Other grades are busy as well as 4th graders prepare for their
                                                                          Lastly, I want to share my experience on the Community Founda-
creative, personalized prayer service. Our 3rd and 5th graders were
                                                                          tion for Jewish Education (CFJE)-sponsored Ta’am Yisrael trip
graced by the presence of Lindy Rubin, a South African artist who
                                                                          with you. As you may know, seven 8th grade Jeremiah students
introduces the children and parents to beautiful slides of Biblical
                                                                          joined more than 110 other 8th graders for a whirlwind week-long
heroes and heroines and life cycle ritual objects. As I do every
                                                                          trip to Israel. As members of the Ta’am Yisrael staff, Jerry and I
year, I met with parents and 5th graders as part of their life-cycle
                                                                          lived this memorable experience with students from beginning to
unit and helped them understand the concept of D’var Torah and
                                                                          end. It would take pages to tell you all the details. Please turn to
becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
                                                                          page 5 to learn about the highlights of this unforgettable trip.
Our 6th grade teachers, students and parents undertook an
interactive social action project, collecting supplies for a shelter in                        - Anne Lidsky, Ph.D., RJE

                                                   YOUTH DEPARTMENT

WHAT AN INCREDIBLE PURIM CELEBRATION was had by all!                                    Club 45 - 4th & 5th Grade Youth Group
A large thank you goes to Sisterhood for the incredible food, the          • HOCKEY TRIP TO CHICAGO WOLVES, April 9, 1:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Confirmation Class for running the games and booths and our
                                                                           • WALK WITH ISRAEL, May 7
JeTY members who set up and ran the Carnival. A great big shout-
out goes to Rabbi Greenberg for her help pre-planning the Carnival         • YOUTH SHABBAT SERVICE & DINNER, May 12
and making sure everything was where it should be. As the year                         JYG - 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Youth Group
winds down, we look forward to Family Youth Hockey Day with
                                                                           • HOCKEY TRIP TO CHICAGO WOLVES, April 9, 1:00 - 7:30 p.m.
the Chicago Wolves. In May we look forward to the Walk with
Israel and the Youth Shabbat Service & Dinner where we will pray,          • WALK WITH ISRAEL, May 7
dine and socialize with friends and families. I hope everyone              • YOUTH SHABBAT SERVICE & DINNER, May 12
enjoyed this year’s events and is prepared for great fun next year.                        JeTY - High School Youth Group
HOCKEY APRIL 9 WITH THE CHICAGO WOLVES - We’ll                             • HOCKEY TRIP TO CHICAGO WOLVES, April 9, 1:00 - 7:30 p.m.
enjoy lunch and drinks at temple from 1:00 - 1:45 p.m. The bus             • ELECTIONS & SHABBAT PLANNING, April 30, 1:15 - 4:00 p.m.
will depart at 2:00 p.m. Cost is $20 per person, $55 for a family of       • WALK WITH ISRAEL, May 7
3, $70 for a family of 4 and $85 for a family of 5. Make your
                                                                           • SHABBAT PLANNING & DINNER, May 8, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
check payable to Temple Jeremiah. RSVP as soon as possible to
Rabbi Michael Sommer at                    • YOUTH SHABBAT SERVICE & DINNER, May 12
                                                                                        - Rabbi Michael Sommer, Youth Director


                  TOT SHABBAT SERVICE                                                             TORAH FOR TOTS
                  Friday, April 7 • 6:30 p.m.                                               Saturday, April 15 • 10:00 a.m.

 Preschoolers and their families are invited to join Rabbi Paul                 Celebrate the weekly day of rest with Dr. Anne Lidsky and
  Cohen and Cantor Amy Zussman on the bima for stories,                         Cantor Amy Zussman at this Saturday morning version of
         songs and prayers to welcome in Shabbat.                                       our Tot Shabbat Service. All are welcome.
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                                                  TA’AM YISRAEL TRIP
AS I MENTIONED IN MY ARTICLE, Jerry and I, along with seven                       • Visit to an army base where we saw action drills, usually
Temple Jeremiah 8th graders, joined 110 other 8th graders for                       not witnessed by visitors.
TA’AM YISRAEL, A TASTE OF ISRAEL from February 6 to 13.                           • Challenging hiking through a wadi at Ein Avdat with
Offered by the Community Foundation for Jewish Education, this                      spectacular scenery.
program offers selected students a meaningful taste of their                      • Swimming in the Dead Sea and the Red Sea.
heritage. Let me share some highlights of this wonderful trip.                    • Riding camels and then dining in a Bedouin Tent.
                                                                                  • Visit to the Kotel and the newer archeological excavations
We climbed Masada at 4:00 a.m., wanting to be on top as the sun                     at the Southern Wall.
rose. As a light rain fell, we took shelter in an enormous water                  • Squeezing through caves to get to an archeological dig.
cistern dating back to the destruction of the Second Temple! Our                  • Visit to Yad Vashem and hearing from Anne
group of 150 climbed down for a morning service in this                             Frank’s best friend who survived the Holocaust.
unbelievable cave-like structure. As we began to sing V’ahavta, the               • Too few hours of sleep and a lot of schnitzel and
sun rose and shone through two openings on the top, shedding                        falafel - enough to last until our next trip.
light on our prayer books. Some looked up, others closed their
eyes, but for all, it was an extraordinary moment.                          For me personally, I had the
                                                                            opportunity to know our 8th
We had the opportunity to meet with Israeli teens from Kiryat Gat           graders better. Thanks to
and Kiryat Malachi, two small, socio-economically less privileged           Jacob Cohen, Alexandra
communities in Israel. Our 8th graders reached out, did their best          Corwin, Nathan Frankl, Alec
to communicate and realized by the end of the evening how much              Harris, Adam Hendel, Max
they had in common.                                                         Ross and Rebecca Weiss for
                                                                                                                 Ta’am Yisrael participants
                                                                            being so wonderful and
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED:                                                  always ready to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary!
  • Visit to Beersheva Hospital to give stuffed animals to patients.
                                                                                                    - Anne Lidsky, Ph.D., RJE

                  OUR STUDENTS WRITE                                                                       THE WALL

“I had a wonderful time, seeing sights, learning and meeting new                     I see the wall and walk to it feeling shy.
people. I especially liked my bus. Go Green Bus!” - Jacob Cohen                      There are top hats bobbing up & down and I don’t know why.
                                                                                     An eerie hum of prayers echo around.
“I am so happy I got to be part of such an amazing program. This trip                A spiritual vibration rumbles the ground.
was not only educational, it changed all of our lives whether we decide              Where are my friends? I don’t care; I don’t want to be found.
to visit Israel again or look in the paper to see
                                                                                     My palms start to sweat as I approach the wall.
news about Israel. All of us newcomers became
                                                                                     The hums fade away and I can hear my spiritual call.
more connected to Israel.” - Alexandra Corwin
                                                                                     “Embrace the wall,” it repeats many times.
“Going on Ta’am Yisrael brought new experi-                                          I touch the wall with no smiles, no rhymes.
ences to everyone. It didn’t matter if you were                                      I wouldn’t trade this moment for one million dimes.
                                                     (From left): Eilat fireman
going to Israel for the 100th time or your first.       Baruch with Jacob,           My legs begin to shake and eventually buckle.
                                                          Max and Anne
When you’re with other Jewish people, everyone                                       No one is laughing, not even a chuckle.
absorbs the good energy and realizes how great it is that we are Jewish              I can see my ancestors standing at this very place,
and we are welcomed in Israel.” - Nathan Frankl                                      Thousands of years before at this same Temple base.
                                                                                     I take my time at the wall, it isn’t a race.
“It was Super Jewish and Super Fun. Truly an awesome experience.
Everyone needs to go.” - Adam Hendel                                                 I finish my prayer and say “Amen”
                                                                                     And wipe a tear off my face again.
“My Ta’am experience was one that will be with me my entire life. It                 I can feel God now more than ever.
was an incredible, exhilarating experience, especially being on top of               This spiritual moment I hope will last forever.
Masada and at the Western Wall. I believe every person should have a                 God is always on my side and He will fail me never.
chance to experience Israel.” - Max Ross                                             As I walk away from the wall, I begin to smile.
                                                                                     Because I know God is all around me and He’ll stay for a
“I found the Ta’am trip to be amazing and unforgettable, a must-go. You              while.
will appreciate your Jewish heritage after this trip, even more after all
the sights, sounds and tastes you will experience.” - Rebecca Weiss                     - Alec Harris (written February 13 on the plane ride home)

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                                    L’TAKEN SOCIAL JUSTICE SEMINAR

IN MID-FEBRUARY four Temple Jeremiah teenagers, Megan Braun, Scott Breen, Ryan Carr and Jordan Bell-
Masterson, along with myself, participated in the L'taken Social Justice Seminar of the Religious Action Center
(RAC) of Reform Judaism. This intensive four-day program included learning and analysis of social policy,
Jewish study, prayer and a little touring of Washington, DC. Though a blizzard slowed down our weekend a
touch, we managed to get out of the hotel to see the Holocaust Memorial Museum and Georgetown.

On the last day of the seminar, our young people lobbied Senators Obama and Durbin and Congressman Kirk
on issues of minimum wage, civil rights, hate crimes legislation for gays and lesbians and reproductive    (From left) L'taken participants in
rights. It was a worthwhile and inspiring weekend. As one of the legislative assistants said, "You may not front of the Capitol: Scott Breen,
be able to vote yet, but this counts at least as much." Yesher Koach to our participants.                  Rabbi Greenberg, Megan Braun,
                                                                                                               Jordan Bell-Masterson & Ryan Carr
                                                    - Rabbi Michelle Greenberg

                                                   OUR STUDENTS WRITE

“The trip was meaningful not only because of the political aspect, but the way that Judaism was tied to it. It was interesting to learn
the Jewish perspective on many of the major issues we are facing today.” - Jordan Bell-Masterson

“We learned effective ways to lobby and make our voices heard. The people we met were great and being in Washington made the
lobbying experience real! The last day really brought everything we learned together. Thanks RAC!” - Megan Braun

“It was really cool to see how politics works first-hand. The best part was going on Capitol Hill to meet our representatives. It was
great meeting fellow Jews from all over. I learned a lot about different issues, too.” - Scott Breen

“I became more aware of the political issues the U.S. is facing and Jewish views on them. It was a great feeling to actually lobby these
views on Capitol Hill, and we made some great friends and saw sites along the way!” - Ryan Carr

                                 WAUKEGAN SCHOOL PROJECTS UPDATE

AS YOU MAY KNOW, Waukegan School District is Temple                         • A congregant in the education business donated 500
Jeremiah’s major social action undertaking for the 2005/06 year.              educational videos to the elementary and high schools.
Everyone at the temple is participating, from Brotherhood and               • A congregant in the furniture business secured furniture for
Sisterhood to Empty Nesters, Sunday School and the                            the new Whittier School Library.
congregation at large in order to make this program an amazing              • A congregant in the audio-visual business donated two 32-
success.                                                                      inch televisions to the Waukegan schools.

Here is what we have accomplished so far:                               As you can see, Temple Jeremiah has done some tremendous
  • Sisterhood raised $1000 from the sale of its cookbook to            things for the Waukegan Schools. We have one more project,
      purchase educational on-line publishing software.                 which we need everyone’s help to complete! Through the month
  • Congregants donated 4,000 new and gently used books for             of April, we are collecting backpacks, to be filled with school
      5-6 year olds for the new library at the Whittier Kinder-         supplies collected by the Sunday School, to donate to Waukegan
      garten Center.                                                    students (see the insert). Please bring a backpack suitable for
  • Religious School children donated money to purchase over            an elementary-age child to the collection boxes located in
      400 level readers for Whittier Kindergarten Center.               the temple lobby.
  • Empty Nesters started a one-on-one reading program where
                                                                        The congregation has really pulled together and exceeded all
      23 congregants go to Whittier School every month and
                                                                        expectations, so let’s keep this same energy and dedication going
      engage in a hands-on program for the elementary students.
                                                                        as we approach the home stretch!
  • Brotherhood continues to raise funds for construction of a
      playground at the preschool center.                               If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 847/266-1686.
  • The Religious School donated hundreds of gloves, hats and
      scarves for 120 homeless Waukegan students.                                              - Barb and Steve Miller
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                                                       APRIL, 2006

      Rabbi Cohen’s Discretionary Fund                          Rabbi Greenberg’s Discretionary Fund
                    IN HONOR OF:                                            (continued)
               Phillip and Sue Gardner                                        IN MEMORY OF:
           on the occasion of their marriage
              By Phillip and Sue Gardner                                      Minnie Rubenstein
By David and Amy Telisman and Scott and Molly Friedman                        By Muriel Kaplan

Summer Estine Levin, daughter of David and Cindy Levin,
            on the occasion of her naming                       Cantor Zussman’s Discretionary Fund
              By David and Cindy Levin
                                                                               IN HONOR OF:
                       Rena Levy
         on the occasion of her special birthday                     David Fell and Cantor Amy Zussman
                     By Ferne Levy                                    on the occasion of their marriage
                                                                         By Brian and Diane Albert
                       Anne Lidsky
      on her 25th anniversary with Temple Jeremiah                         Phillip and Sue Gardner
                      By Ferne Levy                                    on the occasion of their marriage
                                                                         By Phillip and Sue Gardner
                   IN MEMORY OF:
                                                                              IN MEMORY OF:
                    George Gross
                   By Muriel Kaplan                                              Sam Marcus
                                                                               By Muriel Kaplan
     Frances Mills, mother of Carol Mills Saldinger,
                  By the Ardell Family                                     IN APPRECIATION OF:
                    By Marcie Segall
                                                                               Cantor Zussman
                    Winifred Sidell                                    By the Sadie Berkson Living Trust
                By Rick and Ivy Baruch                                          By Rick Pritikin

      Marilyn Cohen, mother of Rabbi Paul Cohen,               Rabbi Allan Tarshish Fund for Humanity
           By Patricia and Deborah Weinfuss                                    IN HONOR OF:
                     Arnold Klein                                          Howard and Erma Cohen
                    By Gene Minsky                                on the occasion of their special anniversary
                                                                          By Richard and Judy Homer
                IN APPRECIATION OF:
                     Rabbi Cohen                                              IN MEMORY OF:
                    By Rick Pritikin                                 Edward Israel, brother of Mike Israel,
                                                                          By Bert and Carol Maxon

    Rabbi Greenberg’s Discretionary Fund
                    IN HONOR OF:
                                                            Marshall B. & Viola R. Schwimmer Library Fund

               Our Sister Congregation:                                        IN HONOR OF:
      The Jewish Community of Yerevan, Armenia                                    Anne Lidsky
                  By Adrienne Breen                              on her 25th anniversary with Temple Jeremiah
            By Laren and Marlene Garfield                                By Ellie and Fred Schwimmer
             By Ed and Emmy Rothschild
                 By Patricia Weinfuss                                             (continued)
        By Cantor Amy Zussman and David Fell

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                                                            APRIL, 2006

             Families Helping Families Fund                                               Education Fund
                          IN HONOR OF:                                                     IN HONOR OF:

                           Scott Brown                                 Sharon Bloch, daughter of Norman and Bobbie Bloch,
              on the occasion of his special birthday                            on her engagement to Jeff Strelitz
                   By Victor and Diane Brown                                      By Sam and Bobbie Goldman

                    Howard and Erma Cohen                                              Phillip and Sue Gardner
           on the occasion of their special anniversary                            on the occasion of their marriage
                   By Henry and Evelyn Neu                                          By Bob Lacey and Bobbi Felix

                           Anne Lidsky                                                        Anne Lidsky
          on her 25th anniversary with Temple Jeremiah                       on her 25th anniversary with Temple Jeremiah
                   By Ira and Joanne Keeshin                                      By David Fishman and Julie Rosner
                  By Bruce and Bitsy Winograd                                        By Sam and Bobbie Goldman
                                                                                      By Joel and Sue Kaufmann
                         IN MEMORY OF:                                                By Henry and Evelyn Neu
                                                                                         By Jeff and Shari Sacks
                          Joseph Braudo
                                                                           By Hal, Cindy, Michael, Eric and Lauren Schwartz
                         By Muriel Kaplan
                                                                                  Eric Mallon, son of Roberta Mallon,
                         Harry Burnstein
                                                                                  on his engagement to Eden Collins
                      By Rick and Ivy Baruch
                                                                                     By Sam and Bobbie Goldman
          Frances Mills, mother of Carol Mills Saldinger,
                                                                                           IN MEMORY OF:
                    By Ken and Susan Lorch
                  By Bruce and Bitsy Winograd                                    Burt Dolin, uncle of Michelle Myers,
                                                                                             By Barb Kite
           Leopold Pistner, father of Betsy Rosenzweig,
                      By Betsy Rosenzweig                                   Morris Projansky, stepfather of Michelle Myers,
                                                                                             By Barb Kite

                      Prayer Book Fund                                                 IN APPRECIATION OF:

                         IN MEMORY OF:                                                  Jerry and Anne Lidsky
                                                                           for accompanying the Ta’am Yisrael group to Israel
            Lionel L. Goodman, father of Leslie Kolber,                                     By Alec Harris
                  By Robert and Loretta Warden                                        By Robert and Judy Hendel

                        Outreach Fund
                          IN HONOR OF:

                      Phillip and Sue Gardner
                  on the occasion of their marriage
                        By the Ardell Family

                                                            Please Note:
Because of deadlines, the Covenant lists acknowledgements, condolences and congratulations up to press time. If your
listing doesn’t appear in this month’s Covenant, it will appear in a subsequent issue.

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                                              NOTES FROM AMY
                           Come to a Concert of Jewish Music • April 30, 3:00 p.m.
This year the American Conference of Cantors (ACC) and the            music at Temple Jeremiah! In addition, Kol Zimrah, a 100 voice
Guild of Temple Musicians (GTM) will join together for their          choir, will perform. The cantors and soloists are donating their
annual convention in Israel in June, 2006. This will be an            time and their talents to this fundraising concert. Mark your
opportunity for Reform cantors and temple musicians to renew          calendars for an afternoon of beautiful music and singing. This
their commitment to the land of Israel and its people.                promises to be a musical event not to be missed. It’s a perfect
Members of the ACC and the GTM hope to raise funds for a                  way to wrap up the Golder Lecture weekend and support the
wide variety of charities and causes in Israel prior to the               state of Israel. We hope to raise significant funds for Jewish
convention. Being an active member in both organizations,                    music programs at the Leo Baeck School in Haifa.
I want to help my colleagues as well as support Israel! What
better way to raise money than by giving a concert?                           If you are interested in underwriting a portion of this
                                                                             special concert, please contact me. Tickets will go on sale
On Sunday, April 30 at 3:00 p.m., members of the ACC and              in mid-April. Check your flyer packet for ticket information.
GTM in the Chicago area will join me for a program of Jewish
                                                                                            - Cantor Amy Zussman

                              SOCIAL ACTION AT TEMPLE JEREMIAH

    Feed the Homeless                                    Tikkun Olam Projects                                       Ernie Bloch
       Sunday, April 9                                                                                               Memorial
                                          Over the past few years, I have done many Tikkun Olam                    Tzedakah Box
      10:00 - 11:15 a.m.                  projects. My friends and I participated in a Walk-a-Thon
                                          and raised money to buy toys for children in the cancer               The next time you are
Participate in this last Feed the         ward of Children's Hospital in Chicago. We hand-deli-                 at temple, please give
Homeless program for the                  vered the toys to the hospital. Every year I help my                  generously to the Ernie
2005/06 school year. (The                 neighbor with the annual Share Your Strength bake sale,               Bloch Memorial
program resumes again in                  which raises money to help end hunger in children. At                 Tzedakah Box located
October, 2006.) Bring at least five       school, I joined the Builders Club which does community               in the lobby.
lunches, each lunch consisting of         projects. Whenever my mom puts donations together for
two sandwiches, chips, cookies            charity, I give away some of my clothing and toys. I donate
and a piece of fruit. The lunches                                                                               Dedicated on April 11,
                                          my own money when my school holds collections.                        2005 to the memory of
go to the House of
Daniel, a shelter on                                                                                            long-time congregant
                                          My main Bat Mitzvah project was to raise money to help                Ernie Bloch and his life-
Chicago’s west side.                      end ALS. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also called "Lou
All are invited to                                                                                              time commitment to
                                          Gehrig's disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative                 tzedakah, the Ernie
participate in this                       disease (see below). This horrible disease took my
worthwhile program. If you have                                                                                 Bloch Memorial
                                          grandfather's life October 31, 2004. It makes your muscles            Tzedakah Box provides
Religious School children, you            no longer work so eventually you cannot swallow, talk,
may drop the lunches off when                                                                                   donations to a wide
                                          move, breathe, etc. My family and I loved my grandfather              array of charitable
you bring your children to school         very much. After he died, my family and I decided to raise
on Sunday.                                                                                                      causes throughout the
                                          money to find a cure so no one else has to lose someone               year (see below).
                                          they love to such a horrible disease. It takes away your
We appreciate your support this
                                          dignity and then your life. With the help of my parents,
year. For more information,                                                                                     As noted on the box,
                                          friends, neighbors and family, I raised over $4000 by
please call Mindy Kurtz at                                                                                      “ what is just and
                                          selling ALS bracelets and participating in a Walk-a-Thon.
847/272-5471 or Barb and Steve                                                                                  right in the land. -
Miller at 847/266-1686.                                        - Danielle Markowitz                             Jeremiah 33:15”

                                      E R N I E B L O C H M E M O R I A L T Z E DA K A H B OX
                         April donations will go to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Society, the only not-for-profit
                           health agency dedicated solely to fighting this disease (see the Tikkun Olam article above).

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                                 UPCOMING PROGRAMS

   Sunday, April 9               Empty Nesters Play: “The Chalk Garden”
   2:30 p.m.                     Join Empty Nesters for “The Chalk Garden,” a humorous, poignant story by Enid Bagnold
   Northlight Theatre            about a household transformed by the arrival of a governess with a mysterious background.
                                 Meet at 2:15 p.m. in Northlight Theatre’s lobby, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Tickets are $37
                                 and must be purchased in advance. Enjoy dinner after the play at Edwardo’s, 9300 Skokie
                                 Blvd., Skokie (pay for your own). To sign up, contact Roberta Mallon at 847/948-7799.

   Sunday, April 16              Coffee & Connections
  11:00 a.m.                     Enjoy coffee and snacks while you catch up on temple events, meet other members and
  Temple Jeremiah                temple leaders, learn more about temple activities and are introduced to the Partnership of
                                 Promise. RSVP to Amy Torf at 847/559-9445 or

   Sunday, April 16              The Rabbi’s Reading Table: The Cubs and the Kabbalist
  3:00 p.m.                      Join Rabbi Cohen for the conclusion of this three-part series, which looks at The Cubs and
  Temple Jeremiah                the Kabbalist: How A Kabbalah-Master Helped the Chicago Cubs Win Their First World
                                 Series Since 1908 by Byron Sherwin. A clever blending of Jewish mysticism and Cubs
                                 “fandom,” this book follows the exploits of Rabbi Jay Loeb, who uses his kabbalistic
                                 knowledge to help the Cubs win their first World Series in almost a century.

   Sunday, April 23              Outreach - “Their Memory Shall Be for a Blessing: How Jews and Interfaith
  11:00 a.m.                     Families Bury and Mourn Their Loved Ones”
  Temple Jeremiah                Join Outreach and Rabbi Greenberg for a program on choices and issues we face when a
                                 loved one dies. All are welcome to attend.

                                        SAVE THE DATES
   “A Taste of Jeremiah”            New Member Bagel Nosh &                                   Dawn Schuman Institute
       Saturday, May 20              End-of-School-Year Events                           “Great Chicago Buildings by
                                            Sunday, May 21                                Great Jewish Architects”
Celebrate Shabbat with our
                                                                                                Thursday, June 22
Temple Jeremiah family. New      Join Temple Jeremiah for a medley of                           9:30 a.m. - 2:30 pm
and old members alike are        activities to welcome our new
welcome to take part in a        members and mark the end of the
sampling of Shabbat programs                                                          Enjoy this exciting field trip, beginning
                                 school year. The day’s events include:
including:                                                                            with a visit to the home of architect
                                    • 9:00 a.m. “Getting to                           John Schlossman whose firm designed
   •   Torah Study                    Know You” Bagel Nosh                            Temple Sholom, Loop Synagogue, Water
                                                                                      Tower Place and other
   •   Torah for Tots                 for New Members
                                                                                      landmark structures.
   •   Shabbat Services             • 9:30 a.m. New Member Program                    Mr. Schlossman will
   •   Music                        • 10:00 a.m. Performance by                       discuss his firm’s
   •   Israeli Dance                  “Shining Lights”                                accomplishments over
                                    • 10:30 a.m. Ceremony Honoring                    two generations. The
   •   Arts
                                      Teachers/End-of-School-Year                     group will then visit Temple Jeremiah’s
   •   Nosh & Meals                                                                   award-winning Golder Chapel and meet
   •   Havdalah                                                                       its architect, Gary Frank.
                                    • 12:00 p.m. Brotherhood
   •   And much more
                                      Barbecue Lunch
                                                                                      The bus leaves from Carson’s at Edens
Stay tuned for further           Stay tuned for further details on this               Plaza at 9:30 a.m and returns at 2:30
information on this not-to-be-   exciting line-up of events. New                      p.m. Cost, including lunch, is $50.
missed event for families and    Members: Look for your invitation to                 Jeremiah members are invited to Gary
congregants of all ages.         the Bagel Nosh in the mail.                          Frank’s presentation at no cost.
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                                                              BROTHERHOOD NEWS
   BROTHERHOOD’S LATEST ACTIVITY, Bulls Night, provided                             If you are interested in becoming a member, contact Membership
   great entertainment for a large number of congregants. The group                 Chair David Abrahams at If you'd like to
   ate a sumptuous dinner while being whisked downtown in                           know more about how Brotherhood serves the Jeremiah
   luxurious comfort for an exciting game at the United Center. The                 community and beyond, pick up a Brotherhood brochure in the
   Bulls won, scoring more than 100 points, so everyone received a                  kiosk at the west or south entrance of the temple.
   free Big Mac coupon. It was an excellent game with an exciting
   finish and, most importantly, the kids had a great time. Not only                Brotherhood continues working on our playground project for the
   did they receive Bulls posters, they saw themselves on the giant                 Waukegan School District. We are looking at various ways to raise
   TV screen atop center court. If anyone wins an Infiniti (one of the              the $25,000 to prepare the grounds and purchase the equipment
   perks of purchasing group tickets from the Bulls is being entered                - slides, monkey bars, swings, etc. Once that is acquired, we will
   in the drawing), the evening will reach perfection!                              put the equipment together and finish the installation.

   In March, our monthly get-together over breakfast was switched                   Several upcoming events are on the docket. Our Shabbat Dinner
   to the dinner hour at Tonelli's. As always, we met the first Mon-                will take place on April 7. All are welcome. On April 19, we will
   day of the month. The event, dubbed "Kibbitz and Bits," was well                 hold a Break the Fast Pizza Party to mark the end of Passover. On
   attended, and interest was expressed in holding these programs at                May 21, the last day of Religious School, we will hold our hot
   the dinner hour. For now, the April 3 get-together will be held at               dog lunch for students and their parents.
   7:30 a.m. at Egg Shell Café in Deerfield. As always, Brotherhood
   members or anyone interested in joining us is welcome.                                       - Rusty Colman, Brotherhood Publicity Chair

                                                          SISTERHOOD COMMUNITY
   SISTERHOOD HAS PLANNED a few things for April and May and                           Many have already volunteered, but we still have openings for:
   I hope they are on your calendar. April 5 is the Women's Seder.                     Sisterhood Survey • Caring Committee • Phone Tree • Seder
   April 9 is Sisterhood Torah Study. We do this in preparation for the                 Gift Shop • Stationary Sales • Chefs • High Holy Day Food
   Sisterhood Shabbat May 5. There is still time to RSVP for Torah                       Drive • General Pool • Shabbat Service • Shabbat Dinner
   Study and while you are at it, let us know if you are coming to the                         Purim Carnival • Challah Sale • Break the Fast
   Sisterhood Shabbat. But that is not all. There is a Sisterhood                            SISTERHOOD GOLF OUTING • Emails • Database
   meeting at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 25 at the temple. By now, I                    Sisterhood Programs (Wait until you hear what we have planned!)
   am sure you heard about the fun we had at the March meeting,
   including dinner, drinks and chocolate. Check your Sisterhood                       OK, that was a tad more than a few events, but there are others
   email for our plans for April. On Saturday, May 20, Sisterhood and                  equally fun and fulfilling I didn’t mention. Mark your calendar!
   Brotherhood will sponsor Israeli Dancing. Finally, Tuesday, May 30
   is Sisterhood's Annual Year-End Dinner, and we have a bit of a                                   - Ilene Abrahams, Sisterhood President
   surprise for that one too.                                                                      847/945-2964 •

                                      Sisterhood                   Brotherhood                         Sisterhood                      Brotherhood
                            Women’s Passover Seder              Shabbat Dinner                       Torah Study                   “Break the Fast
Brotherhood & Sisterhood

                                                                  Friday, April 7                   Sunday, April 9
                                                                                                                                    Pizza Party”
                           Wednesday, April 5 • 6:30 p.m.
                                                                    6:30 p.m.                         10:30 a.m.                  Wednesday, April 19
                                                                                                                                       6:30 p.m.
        Line-U p

                                                              Be Brotherhood’s guest       Be part of an engaging Torah

                                                              at its Annual Shabbat        study in preparation for Sister-
                                                              Dinner at 6:30 p.m.,         hood’s Shabbat Service on May 5.
                           Come to this memorable multi-      followed by an Erev          Rabbi Greenberg will discuss the
                           generational event. Cost is $25    Shabbat Service at           Torah portion Aharei Mot -            Join Brotherhood for a
                           for Sisterhood members and         8:00 p.m. Please RSVP        K’doshim with an emphasis on          pizza party to mark
                           daughters ages 13 and up, $30      by April 3 to Joel           how women connect to the text.        the end of Passover.
                           for guests and $18 for daughters   Rovner at 773/               Refreshments will be served.          RSVP by April 14 to
                           ages 8 to 12. Proceeds go to       864-8790 or                  RSVP to Gayle at 847/559-9434         Larry Tracey at
                           SHALVA to fight domestic abuse.         or 

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   Now celebrating its seventh year, the Golder Lecture Series strives to promote understanding among all faiths and embrace the
    unifying spirituality of all religions. Partner congregations are Temple Jeremiah, Christ Church, the Islamic Cultural Center of
             Greater Chicago, St. Philip the Apostle, Winnetka Congregational Church and Winnetka Covenant Church.

                                                                            magazine, has received the Simon Weisenthal Award of Valor and
Irshad Manji                                                                has been described by The New York Times as “Osama bin
                                                                            Laden’s worst nightmare.” (She takes this as a compliment!)
Bestselling Author of
The Trouble with Islam Today
                                                                              “WHEN LOVE IS SHARED”
Saturday, April 29
8:00 p.m.                                                                     Rabbi David Nelson
                                                                              Associate Director of ARZA
A young faithful Muslim, the Golder Lecture’s keynote speaker,
Irshad Manji, will assess the likelihood of a liberal reformation in
Islam, one that promotes competition of ideas and respect for
human rights. She will also offer key insights into the struggles
and expectations of a new generation of Muslims from the West                 Friday, April 28 • Shabbat Service 8:00 p.m.
and Islamic world.
                                                                              Jews’ love for the land of Israel stretches back many
A self-described “Muslim refusenik,” Ms. Manji is the author of               millennia. But two other communities, Christian and
the international bestseller, The Trouble with Islam Today: A                 Muslim, also claim Israel as their heritage. How can we
Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith and host of the television              understand and deal with these people’s love of the land? At
show, “Big Ideas,” which showcases innovative thinkers in fields              this interactive worship service, Rabbi Nelson will explore
from science to spirituality. Her most recent venture is spear-               Jews’ connection to Israel and how it is impacted by those
heading the world’s first leadership center for reform-minded                 of other faiths.
                                                                              Rabbi Nelson lectures in the United States and Canada and
The recipient of Oprah Winfrey’s first “Chutzpah Award,” Ms.                  is the author of Judaism, Physics and God: Searching for
Manji was selected as “Feminist for the 21st Century” by Ms.                  Sacred Metaphors in a Post-Einstein World.

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P           E S A C H
                                                                      The next morning, the
Pesach is a major spring festival, commemorating the Exodus           chametz gathered on
from Egypt over 3,000 years ago. Its ritual observance centers        the previous evening is burned in a ceremony called biur chametz.
around a special home service (the Seder), prohibition of leaven      Most Reform Jews do not observe these rituals.
or chametz and the eating of matzah.
                                                                      The custom evolved of placing all leaven in a secluded part of
Pesach is known by four different names, each highlighting a          the house and selling it on paper to a non-Jew, to be re-
different aspect of the festival. Chag Ha-Matzot, Festival of         purchased at the end of the holiday. Eventually the rabbi would
Unleavened Bread, refers to the haste with which the Jews left        conduct a single transaction called mechirat chametz on behalf
Egypt, with no time to leaven their bread. Zeman Cherutenu,           of the entire community. In most Reform homes, leavened
the Season of Our Liberation, celebrates our freedom from             products are simply set aside without this formal act.
bondage in Egypt. Chag Ha-Aviv, Festival of Spring, came into
use because of the season during which Passover occurs.
Chag Ha-Pesach, Festival of Passover, developed as a name to
remind us of what Exodus 12:11 calls “the Pesach of the Lord.”        We eat matzah during Pesach to
On the night of the tenth plague, every Egyptian first-born son       remember our ancestors who fled
was killed. The blood of a sacrificed lamb, smeared on the            Egypt so quickly their bread couldn’t
doorpost of every Jewish home, safeguarded these homes from           be leavened. Matzah is the
the angel of death. This is the name that has become most             unleavened product of wheat, oats, barley, spelt or rye, although
popular, as we remember the “pass over” of God.                       wheat is its most common base. Matzah was once prepared
                                                                      exclusively by hand and baked in special ovens. The first
The Torah commands that Pesach be seven days long, which              matzah-baking machine was invented in Austria in 1857.
Reform Jews and all Jews in Israel observe. Conservative and          Matzah was usually round before the advent of machines,
Orthodox Jews outside of Israel observe Pesach for eight days.        which now form square sheets.
In 700-600 BCE, an elaborate network of mountaintop bonfires
alerted observers to the beginning of a holiday. An extra day was     There are three types of matzah: matzah shemurah, regular
added to many holidays to guard against the possibility of error.     matzah and enriched matzah. Matzah shemurah, or watched
                                                                      matzah, received its name because the grain from which it is
                                                                      made is watched from the time it is harvested until it is baked
Chametz                                                               to make sure no moisture touches it and initiates the leavening
                                                                      process. This matzah is usually made by hand, and the whole
Chametz is a Hebrew word meaning “leaven.” It is also the             process, from kneading the dough to the end of baking, cannot
generic term for a class of foods which are traditionally             exceed 18 minutes. After 18 minutes, the dough is considered
prohibited during Pesach. Rabbinic authorities defined chametz        leavened and unsuitable for Pesach. Traditional Jews eat this
as any leavened product of five grains: wheat, oat, barley, rye       matzah during the two Seders, eating regular matzah for the rest
and spelt. Askenazic Jews later added rice, corn, peas, beans and     of the holiday. Regular matzah is watched only from the time of
peanuts to the foods classified as chametz.                           milling and is usually made by machine, still within the 18-
                                                                      minute time limit. Enriched matzah contains eggs, fruit, juice,
Jews who strictly observe Pesach undertake a thorough cleaning        milk and wine and provides more nutrition than regular matzah.
of their homes just prior to the holiday, removing or setting aside   However, enriched matzah does not fulfill the commandment of
all leaven. The Mishnah ordains bedikat chametz, a formal             eating matzah on Pesach.
search for leaven in the home on the night before the first Seder.
A blessing is recited and the family moves from room to room in       Jewish law requires the consumption of matzah only during the
the darkened house. The head of the household carries a candle,       Seder. Matzah may or may not be eaten during the rest of the
a wooden spoon and a feather. The feather is used to sweep pre-       holiday, so long as chametz is not eaten. The law also dictates
placed pieces of bread, usually ten, into the spoon. When the         we should refrain from eating matzah at least a day prior to the
search is over, a special statement is recited, indicating that the   Seder in order to heighten our enjoyment of eating it during the
house is free of chametz.                                             meal.
The Hebrew word Seder means “order” and derives from the
same root as siddur or prayer book. The Pesach Seder is the
only ritual meal in the calendar with such a prescribed order.

Exodus describes the meal of lamb, unleavened bread and bitter
herbs which the Jews ate just before leaving Egypt. The Torah
also commands parents to tell the story of the Exodus to their
children. However, the Seder, as we know it, developed around
70 CE, the year of the Temple’s destruction, as a means of
preserving historical memory in a time of upheaval. The format
came from Greco-Roman talk-feasts, great banquets which
served as forums for philosophical discussions. The Haggadah
replaced philosophical discourse at the meal. The essential
elements of today’s Seder were already established by the end of     Maror or bitter herbs, usually a horseradish root or romaine
the first century CE—1,900 years ago.                                  lettuce, are symbolic of the bitterness our ancestors
                                                                       experienced as slaves in Egypt.

The Seder Table                                                      Karpas can be any green vegetable, usually parsley, lettuce or
                                                                        celery. It symbolizes spring and its spirit of hope, as well as
Certain items should be present at the Seder table. Each                Jews’ undying faith in the future.
participant should have a Haggadah. Festival candles and
candlesticks should grace the table. In addition to a kiddush cup    A roasted egg represents the continuing cycle of life. It is also a
and wine, each participant should have a wine glass. We drink           symbol of the Jewish people’s continued will to survive. Just
four glasses of wine during the Seder as a reminder of the four         as an egg becomes harder the longer it is cooked, so the
promises God made to our people in Egypt: “I will bring you             Jewish people have emerged from persecution as a strong
out,” “I will deliver you,” “I will redeem you” and “I will take        and vital people.
you to me for a people” (Exodus 6:6-7). We also set out a special
cup for Elijah, symbolizing the potential for a Messianic age, and   Charoset is usually a combination of apples, wine, walnuts and
thus our hope and confidence in the ultimate betterment of              cinnamon, which symbolizes the mortar our ancestors used
society.                                                                to make bricks in Egypt.

Three whole matzot should be placed in front of the leader of        A dish of salt water represents the tears shed by our ancestors in
the Seder. The top and bottom matzot correspond to the two              Egypt.
chalot, which tradition ordains for Shabbat. The third piece
represents the matzah which we must eat on Pesach. Half of the
third piece also serves as the afikomen, or dessert, which is        The Haggadah
hidden away for the children at the Seder to find. Some say the
three matzot represent the three patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and      The word Haggadah means “telling” and refers to the special
Jacob; others say they represent the three categories of Jews in     book containing the order of prayers, rituals, readings and songs
ancient times, Kohen, Levite, and Israelite.                         for the Seder. It was originally appended to the prayer book and
                                                                     was not published as a separate volume until 1482 in Spain. The
Each participant should have the following items at their place:     first Reform Haggadah appeared as an appendage to the Union
a wine cup, matzah, maror (usually horseradish), charoset, salt      Prayer Book in 1892. It was published on its own as the Union
water, karpas (usually parsley) and a hard-boiled egg.               Haggadah in 1907, to be replaced by the CCAR Haggadah in
                                                                     1974. Even today, new editions appear almost every year, but all
                                                                     serve to “tell the story” of a people who believe in justice and
The Seder Plate                                                      freedom for all humanity.

The Seder plate is placed in front of the leader and contains the
symbolic foods referred to in the Seder itself:                      Acknowledgements
A roasted shankbone is symbolic of offerings brought to the          The information above was adapted from Daniel B. Syme, The
   Temple in Jerusalem in ancient times. Many see it as a sign       Jewish Home: A Guide for Jewish Living, New York, New York:
   of God’s “outstretched arm,” helping the Jewish people.           UAHC Press, 1988.
                                                                  4 QUESTIONS:
                                                              What threatens over 38 million
                                                                Americans this Passover?
                                                               Does it have to be this way?
                                                                What can we do about it?
                                                              Come together and make
                                                                   a difference.
                                                                   When can we start?
                                                                  How about now?
                 PASSOVER 5766/2006
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      Donate an empty backpack appropriate for a grade
      school child in the Waukegan Public Schools. Bring
      backpacks to the Collection Boxes at the temple any
      time between now and April 30. Our Sunday School
      students will fill the backpacks with school supplies
      for the Waukegan students to use the following
      school year.

      This is just one of several projects Temple Jeremiah
      has undertaken in 2005/06 as part of our continuing
      social action partnership with the Waukegan

      For further information, please contact Barb Miller at 847/266-1686.

Temple Jeremiah, 937 Happ Road, Northfield, IL 60093 ▪ 847/441-5760 ▪
                  April, 2006 Calendar of Events

Sat., April 1                                  Sun., April 23
 9 am            Torah Study                    9, 10 & 11 am Adult Hebrew Classes
                                                11 am         Outreach: “Their
Wed., April 5
                                                              Memory Shall Be For
 6:30 pm         Women’s Seder
                                                              A Blessing”
Fri., April 7
                                               Mon., April 24    Yom Hashoah
 6:30 pm         Tot Shabbat Service
                                                7 pm             Holocaust
 6:30 pm         Brotherhood Dinner
                                                                 Commemoration at B’nai
 8 pm            Erev Shabbat Service
                                                                 Torah, 2789 Oak St.,
Sat., April 8                                                    Highland Park
 9 am            Torah Study
                                               Tues., April 25
 9 am            Shabbat Service
                                                7 pm             Sisterhood Meeting
 10:45 am        Shabbat Service
                                               Fri., April 28
Sun., April 9
                                                8 pm             Erev Shabbat Service
 9, 10 & 11 am   Adult Hebrew Classes
                                                                 with Rabbi David Nelson
 10 am           Brotherhood Meeting
 10 - 11:15 am   Feed the Homeless             Sat., April 29
 10:30 am        Sisterhood Torah Study         9 am             Torah Study
 2:30 pm         Empty Nesters Play at          10:45 am         Shabbat Service
                 Northlight Theatre             8 pm             Golder Interfaith Lecture
                                                                 with Irshad Manji
Wed., April 12   Erev Pesach
                                               Sun., April 30
Thurs., April 13 Office Closed
                                                9, 10 & 11 am Adult Hebrew Classes
 10 am           Passover Service
                                                3 pm          Concert of Jewish Music
Fri., April 14
 6:30 pm         Erev Shabbat Service          Youth Groups:
Sat., April 15                                   Club 45, JYG & JeTY - TRIP TO THE
 9 am            Torah Study                     CHICAGO WOLVES HOCKEY GAME
 10 am           Torah for Tots                  Sun., April 9, 1 - 7:30 pm
Sun., April 16                                   JeTY - ELECTIONS &
 9, 10 & 11 am Adult Hebrew Classes              SHABBAT PLANNING
 11 am         Coffee & Connections              Sun., April 30, 1:15 - 4 pm
 3 pm          Rabbi’s Reading Table
                                               Florence Melton Adult Mini-School
Mon., April 17
                                               meets the following Mondays:
 7 pm            Board Meeting
                                               April 3, 10 & 24, 9:15 - 11:30 am or
Wed., April 19   Office Closed                 7:15 - 9:30 pm - No Class April 17
 10 am           Passover & Yizkor Service
                                               No Religious School or Adult Hebrew:
 6:30 pm         Brotherhood Pizza Party       Sun., April 2
Fri., April 21   Junior Choir Retreat
                                               No Hebrew School:
 6:30 pm         Pre-K/Kindergarten Dinner     Wed., April 12 & April 19
 7:30 pm         Family Shabbat Service
Sat., April 22                               Please post this card in a convenient
 9 am            Torah Study                 location. For more information, call the
 9 am            Shabbat Service             temple office at 847/441-5760 or log onto
 10:45 am        Shabbat Service   

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