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Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester Volume I Issue II BULLETIN v Tevet/Shevat 5764 v January 2004 IN THIS ISSUE • Beginning Years………………7 Scholar in Residence • Beth El Youth………………….7 Rabbi David Saperstein Please join us for a special weekend of • B’nei Mitzvah………………...16 learning and social action with our • Brotherhood ………………...13 Scholar in Residence, Rabbi David • Bulletin Board……………..…..9 Saperstein, the Director of the Religious Ac- • Cantor Anesi’s Message.........4 tion Center of Reform Judaism . • Gifts…………………...……...18 Friday, January 9, 8:00 pm “Judaism and Social Justice” • Israel Action…………….……. 8 • January at a Glance……....….2 Saturday, January 10, 9:00 am Torah Study • Joys and Sorrows.…….........17 4:00 pm Program followed by Havdallah “ Israel: Is Peace Possible?” • MTNesters….……..….…..….13 • President Ruzow’s Message..6 Sunday, January 11, 10:30 am Breakfast • Rabbi Davidson’s Message….3 “The Jewish Stake in the 2004 Election” • Rabbi Miller’s Message…..….5 • Sisterhood………………… . 14 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. • Social Action………………...11 SHABBAT SERVICE • Temple Info………… ……….27 Friday, January 16, 8 pm • Upcoming Event Log……..…..9 Pastor Rufus A. Strother • Worship & Study…… ………20 and members of the Antioch Baptist Church in Bedford • Yahrzeits…………..…………21 Hills will join us in celebrating the life and vision of the Israel Day Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. February 8 (see back cover for details) (see page 9 for more info) TEMPLE BETH EL BULLETIN JANUARY 2004 www.bethelnw.org Institute For Jewish Studies: Sign Up For Spring! *Introduction to Judaism, Part II, with Sandy Kellogg. Tuesday, 7:00 - 8:15 pm. February 24 – March 30, April 13 An overview of Jewish life, belief and practice. Open to those who are new to Judaism as well as those who simply wish to learn more. The course cur- riculum will focus on Jewish holidays and life cycle events, how to create a Jewish home as well as the Jewish concept of God, religious practice and our identity as a people. This is meant to be an informal hands-on learning experience where you are encouraged to be curious. No question or concern is unimportant! *Beginning Hebrew, Part II, with Carmel Sauerhaft. Tuesday, 8:30 - 9:30 pm. February 24 – March 30, April 13 Focus on the alphabet, basic grammar and key vocabulary. Learn to read from the prayer book and become more comfortable participating in services. *Modern Jewish Thought, with Rabbi Joshua Davidson, Thursday 7:15 – 8:15 pm. Feb 26 – April 1, April 15 Explore the philosophies of modern Jewish theologians Rosenzweig, Buber, Heschel, Rubenstein, Fackenheim, Soloveitchik and Borowitz. As these thinkers challenge us, we will challenge them and one another while delving more deeply into our own beliefs. Our pa- perback textbook for this class, Choices in Modern Jewish Thought, by Eugene Borowitz, will be available for purchase at the first session. *The Wisdom of the Bible: Ecclesiastes and Job, with Rabbi Alan Fuchs, Thursday 8:30 – 9:30 pm, Feb 26 – April 1, April 15 The Wisdom literature of the Bible consists of two of the most interesting books in all of Biblical Literature—Job and Ecclesiastes. We will attempt to study both, but may only find our way through the former. Job struggles with one of the most profound questions of life—why people suffer. He believes that suffering often is unjust. Eccle- siastes also recognizes the pain of the human condition, but only observes. The questions asked in this book are very different from Job. Both books are an attempt to understand. They conclude very differently, but that may be because they also began in very different places. Through reading and discussion we, too, will struggle, as did they. Yes, please sign me up for Spring semester courses at the new Temple Beth El Institute for Jewish Studies! Name_________________________________ Address_____________________________ Phone _________ Email_________________________________ Member of Temple Beth El?____ Which courses you are interested in ___________ __________________________________________ *Registration Fee for Institute: *Members: $18 per semester (unlimited courses) *Non-Members: $75 per semester (unlimited courses) *Books will be available for purchase at the beginning of each semester where required. *Checks Payable to: Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester *Fees apply only to those courses offered in the Institute for Jewish Studies and not other Lifelong Learning programs at Temple Beth El. TEMPLE BETH EL BULLETIN JANUARY 2004 www.bethelnw.org Message from Rabbi Davidson I srael was born out of struggle. True of the man, it was also true of the nation. distraught that he might kill Esau in self-defense. Israel is trying to fight the just fight. But despite the army’s efforts to protect innocent Palestinians and their human rights while hunting down those who use them as The patriarch Jacob, attacked human shields, Israel will continue to be portrayed as the in dark of night by an goliath, striving to protect its citizens in a war against a unknown assailant, strove till desperate people fighting for political sovereignty. And dawn before limping away without a reliable negotiating partner, Israel must with a victory and the name “Israel.” The modern continue to lead for both sides, straddling battle lines of state, invaded in dark of night by its neighbors at the the utmost moral complexity. hour of its independence, still yearns painfully for Israelis know the matzav, the situation, is not black and white security, recognition and peace. and consider how best to respond. Out of this internal debate, a In the naming of characters and places the Bible number of alternative, unofficial peace plans have emerged. often provides its own etymologies: “Your name Former Israeli security chief Ami Ayalon and Palestinian uni- shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel, for you have versity president Sari Nusseibeh have published a petition striven with beings divine and human, and have pre- signed by 100,000 Israelis and 70,000 Palestinians. Another vailed” (Genesis 32: 29). In the patriarch’s instance, effort, the Geneva Accord calls for a non-militarized Palestinian the “human beings” may refer to his father-in-law state in virtually all of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Most Laban and his brother Esau. The former would have Jewish settlements would be evacuated; those on the border deprived him of his livelihood and his love, the latter would belong to Israel in exchange for other lands. The Pales- of his life. The “divine being” Jacob believes to tinians would control sections of East Jerusalem and the Islamic have been his mysterious assailant, but perhaps it holy sites on the Temple Mount, to which Israelis would have was his own conscience. (According to the access guaranteed by an international force. Israel would deter- mine the number of Palestinians to settle inside its borders, thus The modern state of Israel, which assuring it remains a Jewish state. The architects of the Geneva plan are former Israeli was invaded in dark of night by justice minister Yossi Beilin and former Palestinian its neighbors, still yearns Authority information minister Yasir Abed Rabbo. Both had been involved in official negotiations prior to January painfully for security, recognition 2001 when formal talks collapsed. Since then, they have and peace continued their discussions as private citizens, reaching - this “virtual” final status agreement. commentator Rashi, the blessing of the new name, Groups on both sides have labeled Beilin and Rabbo Israel, exonerates the patriarch of his former treat- traitors. But M.J. Rosenberg, currently of the Israel ment of his brother – the swindling of birthright and Policy Forum and formerly of AIPAC, disagrees: blessing, which weigh heavily upon him.) “There are those, especially in Israel, who say that ne- Israel, today, struggles with forces human and gotiating unofficially with the other side is treasonous. divine. As it strives for peaceful coexistence with its But Israelis (on the right as well as on the left) have Arab neighbors and as its leaders attempt to defend its been doing it for years. There were unofficial negotia- citizens against murderous terror, they simultaneously tions with Jordanians, Egyptians, Palestinians and Syri- wrestle with the divine notions of compassion and fair- ans long before such negotiations became official. That ness -- the needs to minimize civilian casualties on the is how peace gets made, and not only in the Middle Palestinian side and for Palestinian self-rule. East.” According to a recent survey, majorities of According to the Torah, when Jacob at last en- Israelis and Palestinians support the solutions proposed countered his brother Esau after decades of estrange- in the accord. (Even Likud Party leaders publicly ment, Jacob was both fearful and distraught. Why acknowledge that the vision of a Greater Israel is does the text say both fearful and distraught? untenable, and that a Palestinian State must be formed According to Rabbi Yehuda bar Ilai, though Jacob soon to preserve Israel’s identity as Jewish and feared he would be killed by Esau, he was also democratic.) [continued on next page] TEMPLE BETH EL BULLETIN JANUARY 2004 www.bethelnw.org Message from Rabbi Miller I can recall the day in middle school when my teacher chal- lenged us with a riddle. She wrote on fillah, on those Shabbat mornings without a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. This remarkable prayer book will serve as the official one of Reform Judaism when it is printed in 2005. By using new prayer books last the board, “The pen is mightier than year, we broadened our horizons. These prayer the sword.” Turning to face the class, books enabled Temple Beth El members to engage she asked how this could be true. My classmates offered in prayer through different language and worship many creative solutions from 10-foot pens, to James experiences. Bond lasers, all of which amused our teacher. While Mishkan Tefillah will be the official prayer Today, those words carry a power greater than that of book of the Reform Movement, there are other any sword. The written word can cut deeper into a per- books used in Reform congregations. As our values son’s soul than any blade–and it can inspire people to act and perceptions of Judaism change, authors write in ways which brute force cannot. Words have the power new books which express these ideas in ways that to determine our perception of events around us. The our old liturgy could not. written word has played a particularly strong role in the existence of the Jewish people. Scrolls and texts have allowed us to carry the story of our people from genera- As our values and perceptions of tion to generation. Judaism change, authors write Beyond recording the history of our people, books new books which express these have also influenced the way in which we perform rituals, ideas in ways that our old liturgy worship, and celebrate holidays. Since the invention of the printing press, no book has impacted the life of a Jew- could not ish community like that of the prayer book. A prayer book serves as a map, a guide for understanding how a community identifies and defines itself, its beliefs, and its This year we are using Paths of Faith (written religious practices. Open up any prayer book and you can by our late Rabbi Chaim Stern) during those Shab- learn volumes about the people who use it. Does it have bat morning services when we are not also cele- English translation or prayers in the local vernacular? brating a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. This final addition Does the prayer book open from right to left or left to to Rabbi Stern’s liturgical collection combines right? What prayers are omitted, edited, or added? Is it many of his previous efforts under a single cover. gender sensitive? Similar in style and format to the familiar Gates of Prayer series, Paths of Faith adds new pieces in- In recent decades, thanks to the efforts of Rabbi cluding meditations in the margins, the return of Chaim Stern, Temple Beth El has been blessed to experi- more traditional Hebrew language, and new trans- ence different prayer books and see the direction of the lations from Rabbi Stern. Reform Movement as it took shape. From the develop- ment of a prayer book with modern English poetry and In November, several of you came to Shabbat translation with the original Gates of Prayer, through the services to experience Paths of Faith. I hope that evolution the gender sensitive version that we use today, you will join us on those future dates when we to the development of additional prayer books including pray with Paths of Faith as we continue to On the Doorposts of Our House and Gates of Joy. Each broaden our prayer horizons. All of these of these prayer books offered members of the congrega- programs are made possible by the Prayer Book tion a chance to experience new liturgy while giving Fund, which helps to maintain our collection of them a window view of Reform Judaism’s constant prayer books—replacing those that are lost or growth. damaged—and also enables us to purchase new ones. Without your support, our Prayer Book Fund Last year Temple Beth El served as a test site for the would not be able to fulfill this function. Thank new prayer book of the Reform Movement, Mishkan Te- you for all of your help. TEMPLE BETH EL BULLETIN JANUARY 2004 www.bethelnw.org Message from President Ruzow E very two years, Jews from North Amer- ica come to a Biennial Convention, which is held in various locations in the of the Union for Reform Judaism. The URJ was formerly known as the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC). The URJ’s United States. The 67th Biennial was held this primary mission is to create and sustain vibrant past November in Minneapolis. Members of Jewish congregations wherever Reform Jews live. our congregation, board of trustees, and clergy It provides leadership and vision to Reform Jews attended this year’s Biennial as they have in of spiritual, ethical, and political issues as well as the past. materials and consultation for programs in the To say the least, it’s quite a spiritual expe- congregation. The URJ supports the training of rience. The five days of the convention are our Rabbis and Cantors, and other Jewish filled with opportunities to study, pray, sing, professionals. It runs summer camps throughout learn, teach, and schmooze. Our Cantor, Dana the country and youth programming for our Anesi, and our educational director, Rick congregations. Abrams, were presenters and performers. There were people of all ages who attended the Why do we go? In my case, it was an op- Biennial this year and most impressive was 150 portunity to talk with Temple presidents college students and 250 teenagers who came to throughout the country, finding out how dif- learn and participate. In fact Danny Ruzow and ferent congregations handle different situa- Marisa Kane represented our Temple Youth dele- tions. It was also an opportunity to learn about gation. This was an opportunity for the students to strengthen their commitment to Reform Judaism. They attended their own workshops and interacted The ideas and experiences from with their peers, scholars, and were able to share these Biennial sessions help their vision for the future. bring about many of the changes One of the initiatives delivered by Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the URJ, was the study or “10 that have taken place at Temple Minutes of Torah,” which emphasized that “Torah Beth El over the years study is the motor that drives Jewish Life.” The URJ will offer a daily online study program that will be available at no cost to every synagogue what is going on in Israel, issues concerning member. Online registration will entitle you to church (synagogue) and state, trends in the receive study materials five mornings a week: reform movement in both liturgy and song. Monday-Torah; Tuesday-Social Action; Wednes- There were more than 150 workshops that day-Israel Connections; Thursday-Jewish Ethics, covered every aspect of synagogue life. There and Friday-Jewish World. You can register at were sessions on social justice issues, syna- www.urj.org/torah/ten. gogue finances, worship, and membership. While some may question the importance of the Biennial, the ideas and experiences from these sessions help bring about many of the There is a regional Biennial Convention, which changes that have taken place at Temple Beth will be held in Greenwich, Connecticut, next El over the years. The changes are often sub- year. It’s shorter than the National Biennial, but it tle, but they reflect the national trends that are will be packed with similar opportunities to learn occurring within the reform movement. and grow as Reform Jews. Given its proximity to One of the biggest changes that occurred at Beth El, please consider attending. the Biennial concerns our name. Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester is now a member TEMPLE BETH EL BULLETIN JANUARY 2004 www.bethelnw.org Rabbi Davidson’s Message Message From Cantor Anesi (continued from previous page) Early in December I at- tended a briefing with Mr. Beilin, Mr. Rabbo and their negotiat- ing teams. Speaking with surprising candor of the wrongs each side believed the other has perpetrated, they nonetheless asserted that in reaching their agreement, neither made any sacrifices – I t’s Friday night and there are drums, electric guitars, and rock music… what is going on here at Temple Beth El? compromises, yes; but not sacrifices. Sacrifice – the ongoing If it’s Friday night, February 6, bloodshed – was what their initiative aimed to prevent. 2004, it’s “The Rock Service” which will be what The accord is not perfect; even the leadership of Israel’s left is you (likely) imagine. A colleague, Cantor Bruce divided over its solutions for Jerusalem and the Palestinian Benson, has composed wonderful music for the “right of return.” And Beilin and Rabbo suffer no delusions – they realize their agreement is unofficial. “The decision-makers service that will take place here that evening. In – in the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority, in Washington and elsewhere – can use it, modify it or ignore it,” they said. But their work should kindle hope in a dark time that On February 6, we will experience a solution and partners to negotiate it do exist. “As private citi- “The Rock Service.” That’s rock, zens,” they concluded, “we have done about as much as anybody can do in a situation that has become totally unbear- as in rock music able. Now it is up to our leaders.” addition to the many instruments, it will also Just as in Israel there exists a diversity of opinion about how involve members of our Adult and Junior Choirs, best to proceed, so too within the American Jewish community as well as myself and Cantor Benson. And while there is debate. But tragically, an emerging outgrowth of many we would always ensure that the Shabbat evening American Jews’ opposition to the current Israeli government’s service is treated with respect, and includes vari- policies is a feeling of disconnect with the land and state of ous elements you would expect, we will also hear Israel altogether. As a result, Israel has been relegated to the many new melodies accompanied in a manner that will be different than our usual worship. Join us on February 8 for a day So join us at 7:15. It is a Family service—we will of study and conversation have a wonderful and memorable evening! And be- ginning on Tuesday, January 27, we will begin re- about Israel’s place in our lives hearsals for this year’s Purim shpeil (play). Purim will be celebrated on Saturday night, March 6, at periphery of many American Jews’ religious identity. This 7:15, and would not be complete without a comic unfortunate phenomenon must be addressed. We have a right to send-up of some kind on the Megillah, which will disagree with Israel’s leadership, as Israelis do, but we cannot include dialogue and music. Our rehearsals will be divorce Israel from our Jewish identity. We are Am Yisrael. from 7:00 to 8:00; all ages are welcome, and talent is Israel is central to who we are as a people. For Abraham it signaled a newfound faith, for Moses the hope of freedom, for not a prerequisite! Please call me with questions. Ezra and Nehemiah a return home. For Yehuda Halevy, Israel Wishing you a happy “secular” New Year! was the song of his heart. So it is ours. I hope you will join us on Sunday, February 8 for Temple Beth El’s Yom Iyun L’Yisrael, a day of study and conversation Cantor Anesi in Concert! about Israel’s place in our texts and in our lives. We will discuss On Thursday, April 1, at 7:30 pm Cantor Anesi the peace process, religious pluralism and so much more. will be performing in a cantorial concert at While we have a right to disagree, we do not have a Congregation Rodeph Sholom , 7 West 83rd right to turn away. Being Israel means wrestling through Street in Manhattan. All proceeds will benefit the the darkness, striving to lift the rays of hope above the Student Scholarship Find of the School of Sacred horizon. Being Israel means not letting go of the vision Music. For more information contact Matthew of swords beaten into plowshares, the dream of peace. So Crosby at Rodeph Sholom at 212 362-8800, ext. may we always be. Amen. 8108. TEMPLE BETH EL BULLETIN JANUARY 2004 www.bethelnw.org Israel Action Committee **The mission of the committee is to provide support for the State of Israel, the people of Israel and to Jerusalem, its capital, and to foster a deep connection with Israel and its people.** This committee has been busy with many new and exciting projects. We have successfully had out first “Roses for Israel” sale. We sold 65 dozen, with a profit of $538. The roses were grown, picked and packed at the greenhouse of Moshav Sde Nitzan (74 families), in the Negev at the southwest corner of Israel near the Gaza Strip at the Egyptian border. We will be selling roses in February for Tu B’shvat. Please look for a flyer with details and or- dering instructions. Thanks to all the festival volunteers at the Israeli Festival and Marketplace: Rabbi Davidson, Rabbi Miller, Cantor Anesi, Jr. Choir, Rita Benzer, Sharon Chernick, Randi Childs, Barbara Golden, Rhonda Hurwitz, Phyllis Kirshner, Joan Lees, Gail Leitman, Tobi and Gene Nadel, Ilene and Howard Phillips, Leslie Resnick, Stacy Akselrod, Shelley Schwartz, Jill Wainer and Ann Wray. Thanks also to the Opportunity Shop for donations of three wedding gowns and some baby cloths that will be sent to needy children and brides in Israel. Please continue to support the Opportunity Shop. If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Shelley Schwartz at 238-0721. **Don’t Forget Yom Iyun L’Yisrael-Israel Day on February 8** WHY SHOULD WE SUPPORT ARZA/WORLD UNION? *What is ARZA? The Association of Reform Zionists of America. Together with The World Union for Progressive Judaism, ARZA/World Union, North America serves Progressive Jewish communities throughout the world. It is an affiliate of the Union for Reform Jusaism. *What is the organization’s mission? It furthers the development of Progressive Judaism in Israel and throughout the world. It strives to strengthen Jewish solidarity, promoting religious pluralism and furthering Zionism . *Why does ARZA/WORLD UNION need our help in Israel? We support the Israel Religious Action Center that fights for religious rights for Reform Jews, new immigrants and all Israelis in the courts! Our fight for equal rights in Israel is a struggle. Even as we call for unity among Jews in Israel’s time of need, the Ultra-Orthodox fight to prevent our movement from establishing congregations and centers and legitimizing Reform conversions and marriages. We have more than 40 congregations, kibbutzim and chavurot in Israel and our membership is growing rapidly. Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem is not only where our first year American rabbinic students study, but is also preparing an increasing number of Israelis to become Reform rabbis. *Why does ARZA/World Union need our help in Jewish communities in the rest of the world? There are about two million Jews in the former Soviet Union. We now have more than 100 Reform congregations and centers there but only three Reform rabbis. In Germany, there are 13 liberal congregations and the country has the fastest growing Jewish community in the world – more than 100,000 Jews!! A new congregation is forming in Warsaw, Poland. Anti-Semitism is all over. Fellow Jews need our help and support. Our congregation is proud that we are a dues check-off member of ARZA/WORLD UNION since 1990, and that Rabbi Joshua Davidson is taking our congregants on an ARZA Solidarity Mission to Israel on May 30. Join us in this great enterprise! Let this be your year to share this unforgettable, wonderful experience! Join with us in preparing our Israel Day and work with the Israel Action Committee. Most important – if you haven’t sent your $36 ARZA dues before, send your check now, payable to Temple Beth El, and write ARZA in the corner. For further information, call Aileen Gluck, 666-7195 or Carmel Sauerhaft 238-6871 (ARZA co-chairs) or Shelley Schwartz, 238-0721 (Israel Action Committee Chair). TEMPLE BETH EL BULLETIN JANUARY 2004 www.bethelnw.org Beth El Youth BESTY BEMSY CLUB 5/6 Beth El Synagogue Teen Beth El Middle School Beth El Youth Group Youth (9th-12th Grades) Youth (7th & 8th Grades) (5th and 6th Grades) BESTY offers an opportunity for Beth Beth El Middle School Youth Club 5/6 has a busy calendar El teens to build friendships, develop (BEMSY) provides programming for this Spring . Open to all lifelong Reform Jewish identities, and for 7th and 8th grade students at 5th and 6th grade students, leadership skills through community building, worship, social action, and Beth El. BEMSY seeks to create Club 5/6 provides programs experiential youth-led Jewish educa- an atmosphere for middle school that help develop friendships, tional programming. students to socialize, develop experience Jewish education BESTY takes to the slopes – friendships, and experience and create a positive associa- Come along to Killington, VT., Judaism outside of Religion tion with the synagogue. from January 19-21 for some School. BEMSY also provides Save these dates for some fun snowy fun. $300/person includes: leadership opportunities for those activities: Bus, lodging, lift tickets, breakfasts members interested in planning February 1: Polaroid Scaven- & dinners. Reserve your spot today! events. ger Hunt February 29: Mystery Bus Ride Iron Chefs comes to Beth El as Check your March 28: Program TBA BESTYites compete in a no-flour mailbox for fly- Rabbi Adam Miller is the barred competition. Cookies and treats ers on upcom- advisor for Club 5/6. Any will be donated to local shelters. ing events. If parents wishing to volunteer are you have any questions or would encouraged to contact Rabbi If you have any questions or would like like further information about Miller. If you have any questions further information on events, please BEMSY programs, contact Billy contact Rabbi Miller at 238- contact Rabbi Miller at 238-3928 x 212. Tiep at 238-3928. 3928 x 212 Beginning Years We are getting used to the cold weather and the children are bundled up in their snowsuits going out to the playground. They are having a terrific time in the snow, making snowballs and snow people and using little shovels. Inside, some of the classes are making vegetable soup to have at snack time to help to keep warm. Even though this is the cold season, you can feel so much warmth and coziness at Beginning Years. I think that is the element that people appreciate about our school. The staff is caring, loving and extremely nurturing. Those are the key ingredients to help children adjust and feel safe at school. Families come here and find a very supportive environment. Children come here and learn and grow in a very warm environment. Children learn to socialize and develop their intellectual and motor skills under the guid- ance of a skilled, professional staff. The children also learn to appreciate their Jewish heritage. They learn about the holidays and Shabbat by listening to stories and singing songs. On Shabbat they meet with the clergy on the bimah. This helps them to identify and learn about the people in the Temple. I think the most wonderful thing is when a parent tells me that their child is helping them to say the blessings at home. They are also singing the Shabbat songs that they learn at school in their homes. Many of the nursery school parents are learning Jewish culture along with their child. We are all part of one community, feeling good about being part of Temple Beth El. Janet Goldstein, Early Childhood Director TEMPLE BETH EL BULLETIN JANUARY 2004 www.bethelnw.org January Bulletin Board Leap Into Reading: The Book Club Meets! Temple Beth El Will Offer The date: February 29, 11:00 am, in the Temple Library Two Bereavement Groups The Book: Chaim Potok’s Men At Midnight, which is three novellas linked by a single character, Ilana *FOR THOSE WHO HAVE Davita Dinn. Her experiences carry us from the Holo- RECENTLY LOST SPOUSES: caust to the Kremlin's doctor's plot to the quieter ter- Wednesdays, January 7, 14, 21, 28, rors of old age. Her life touches those of three very February 4, 11, 25, March 3 at different men—stories that encompass some of the 11:45-1:15pm profoundest themes of the twentieth century. This is a *FOR THOSE WHO HAVE RE- book you won’t be able to put down, with lots of food CENTLY LOST PARENTS: Wednes- for thought and discussion. Please join us. All are welcome. days, April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, June Any questions call Ann Glazer: 762-6695. 2, 9 at 7:30-9:00pm Anyone interested or who has ques- tions please call Rabbi Davidson's Help Those In Need! Study at 238-3928, ext. 223 The Mitzvah Committee, which helps congregants in need throughout the year, has been very busy. During the past year, we purchased a grove of trees in Israel to serve as a garden of Save The Date remembrance for members of the congregation who have SUNDAY, APRIL 25, 2004 passed away, provided many meals of consolation for be- MITZVAH DAY! reaved congregants, help families who were We invite all congregants and families, sitting shiva, and delivered gifts to new par- including the Nursery School families, to be ents in the congregation. In the year ahead, part of this spiritually rewarding experience. we hope to develop a corps of people to visit We are soliciting ideas for projects as well the elderly and provide rides to services and as personnel to help organize the day. To doctor’s appointments for home-bound make this the most fulfilling and enriching Temple members. Anyone interested in helping with this new Temple experience possible we need help. program should contact Phyllis Biren, 238-3909, or Please join in our efforts. The Mitzvah Day LBLearn@aol.com. Committee Chairpersons are Barbara Mohl, Volunteering requires only a minimal amount of time—but Rhonda Mishkind, Amy Grossman and Ray the rewards are immeasurable. We also welcome new volun- Topkis. You can contact the Mitzvah Day teers in any of the following areas: Meals of Consolation, Committee by contacting the Temple at please contact Ellen Gellert, 666-0672; Leading a minyan for 238-3928 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org a family sitting shiva, please contact Gloria Meisel 273-1695; utilizing the password Mitzvah. Delivering baby gifts to new parents, please contact Ellen Wlody, 238-4152. Members of the congregation can also purchase a tree in the Temple’s grove to commemorate a special occasion or mark the passing of a loved one. If you are interested, please call Charlene Berman at 238-4814. Dear Congregants: I would like to thank you for Many Temple members helped us in a variety of ways during all the kind notes, phone calls, prayers and ex- this year and we offer heartfelt thanks to all of them, including: pressions of kindness during my illness. I cannot Karen Brown, Dr. Ron Maitland, Jill Stewart, Marsha Veit, Sheri tell you how much this means to me, the support Rifkin, Kathy Bergstein, Janine Bronen, Sandra Flank, Leslie you show and continue to show on a daily basis helps this process move along with a smile. I Hinderstein, Helaine Gulergan, Dana Wiston, Rona Feuer, Robin thank each and every one of you and hopefully Thea, Amy Grossman, Mae Rolle, and Dianne Spitalny. soon I will be back as before. With great appreciation, Marian Trustman TEMPLE BETH EL BULLETIN JANUARY 2004 www.bethelnw.org January Bulletin Board Martin Luther King, Jr. Shabbat Service January 16 at 8:00 pm With special guest Pastor Rufus A. Strother, Jr., of Bedford Hills’ Antioch Baptist Church. Join us and participate in celebrating the life and vision of the great civil rights leader. Guests from other Northern Westchester congregations, as well as members of the Antioch Baptist Church, will be joining us. Pastor Strother has been serving Antioch Baptist Church for the last 38 years and is a member of numerous Westchester Boards and committees. In recognition of his extensive community involvement, the town of Bedford honored him by naming the street adjacent to the Antioch Baptist Church, Strother Crossing. Don’t Miss This! Or This! Join us on The Tu B’shvat Family Seder will be held on Friday, February 27, for February 7, 9:00 am to 10:15 am. Author, Poet and Mitzvah Hero Danny Siegel, who will be speaking at our service at 8:00 pm. He will also be with Upcoming Event Log us for a Congregational Havdallah on Date Event Sponsoring Committee Saturday, February 28 at 5:00 pm. 1/10-12 Scholar in Residence Lifelong Learning 1/16 King Shabbat Service Social Action 1/18 Kittle House brunch MTNesters It Was Snow Problem 1/19-21 Ski Trip Besty 2/1 Polaroid Scavenger Hunt Club5/6 On December 14, despite rain, sleet and 2/6 The Rock Shabbat Service snow, the Pleasantville Cottage School 2/7 Tu B’Shvat Family Seder Worship Holiday party went on as planned. More 2/8 Yom Iyun L’Yisrael Israel Action than 70 children from both the Cottage 2/27 Tzedakah/Danny Siegel Social Action School and The Edenwald Center partici- 2/28 Congregational Havdallah Lifelong Learning pated and fun was had by all! There was a 2/29 Mystery Bus Ride Club 5/6 fabulous DJ, a magician, pizza, prizes and, 2/29 Book Club Meeting Lifelong Learning of course, plenty if gifts. We would like to 3/28 Ecumenical Seder Social Action thank all those members of Temple Shaaray 3/28 Conscience Consultation Social Action Tefila and Temple Beth El who contributed 4/1 Cantorial Concert so generously to this event. 4/24 Starlight Ball Social Action 4/23-25 Mitzvah Weekend Social Action 5/9 Million Mom March Social Action Welcome, New Members Leslie and Stephen Kuhn with children Alyssa, 8, Peter, 6, Willa, 3 and Nicholas, 1. TEMPLE BETH EL BULLETIN JANUARY 2004 www.bethelnw.org Social Action Committee Starlight Ball Dinner-Dance April 24, 2004 This event has two purposes. First, it honors our Presidents for their dedication and commitment. Second, it will help raise money to make Temple Beth El handicap accessible. The evening will fea- ture dinner, dancing and a silent auction. All proceeds from the auction will be used for modifying the Temple so it can be more accessible for the physically challenged. To be successful, we need do- nations of auction items—if you or someone you know can donate an item or services please fill out the form below and send it to the Temple. If you have any questions please call any of the following: Wendy Wolf (238-8262), Susan Pecker (941-5374), Patricia Nissim (666-0920) or Sheila Crespi (238-8994). The Starlight Ball Dinner-Dance Silent Auction Contribution Form Name___________________________________________________ Telephone_______________________________________________ Address_________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ Email __________________________________________________ Please circle appropriate category: Tickets Professional Services Dinner Artwork Sports Memorabilia Jewelry Wine Cooking Parties for Children Vacation Home Getaway Clothing Electronics Other Description of Contribution (include any applicable blackout dates): _______________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Contribution Value $____________________ (Include a picture or other material that can be used for display) Business/Person Name to be Published in Brochure____________________________ TEMPLE BETH EL BULLETIN JANUARY 2004 www.bethelnw.org SISTERHOOD CENTERFOLD TRI-TEMPLE LUNCHEON 1/14/04 Neither Snow Nor Sleet…. 6th Annual Chanukah Book On Wednesday, January 14 at 11:30am , Sisterhood & Gift Fair Recap of Temple Beth El warmly welcomes our friends from Gail Schreier Temples Shaaray Tefila and Bet Torah as we host the For the second week in a row, my husband Annual Tri Temple Luncheon. started quoting the advance weekend weather reports on Monday; by Friday my looks said, We are pleased to have as our guest speaker “This is not a good topic!” The first “Nor’easter Janine Rose, News Director/Anchor of of 2003” convinced us all to cancel. By Westchester's Channel 12 News. comparison, the second one seemed relatively harmless, and wasn’t supposed to start until 12 Lunch will be catered by Mount Kisco Seafood. noon. Instead of noon, it started at 7:30, and Cost: $18 or Seniors $12 not only was it snow, it was ice and sleet too! Please send checks ASAP to: Myra Borchard Not as many vendors or volunteers came as 21 James Road, Mount Kisco, NY 10549 expected, but enough hearty souls braved the elements and for the 6th year in a row, the Chanukah Book & Gift Fair was a success. SAVE THE DATE 5th ANNUAL WWW Many thanks to the people who helped: MARCH 14, 2004 Planning, Ordering, Shopping: Gail Schreier, 4:00 — 7:00 Charlene Berman, Myra Borchard, Sheila Crespi, Dick Goldsmith, Lucille Goldsmith, Amy Pappas, Lisa Schneider, Nancy Tilles, Elise SISTERHOOD FUNDRAISERS Wagner, Sheri Rifkin. · Back by popular demand………………………………... Latkes/Hot dogs: Eleanor Altman, Myra ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS! Borchard, Dick & Lucille Goldsmith. The 2003 books are now available and ready for Hot Dog/Candy stand: Alan, Lauren, and Lisa immediate use. Get discounts on air travel, hotels, Schreier. restaurants, retail stores and much more! Judaica Shop: Charlene Berman, Sheila Crespi, Sharon Fishman, Jane Goldman, Shari Harris, COST: $35 (a portion of this goes to Sisterhood). Phyllis Reff, Karla Rubinger, Bonnie Weill. · STEW LEONARD’S CERTIFICATES! Breakfast: Mel Ehrlich. Help Sisterhood every time you shop at Stew’s! Certificates are always available and A very special mention to: can be used in the wine shop, garden store, -Jane and John Goldman for loaning us their flower and catering departments, as well as authentic Sabrett’s hotdog cart. -Alice Lutwak, Marion Trustman and Eileen throughout the store. Send checks payable to Gehebe in the Temple office for help with SISTERHOOD OF TEMPLE BETH EL to Suzanne flyers, phone calls, planning Slansky, 6 Marian Place, Millwood, NY 10546. or - Sam Adaken, Lester and staff for setting call Suzanne at 941-8138 to arrange pick up. up not once, but twice, and for shoveling, cleaning etc. TEMPLE BETH EL BULLETIN JANUARY 2004 www.bethelnw.org MTNesters Brotherhood News Here’s Some Food For Thought At our brunch on January 11, we will join the Scholar- in- In January, to push Residence Weekend and hear David Saperstein. See the away the cold and Scholar- in-Residence info else- the grumps, we've where in the Bulletin. If you’ve arranged for never had the opportunity to brunch at the Kit- hear him speak, don’t miss it. He’s terrific! tle House on Sunday, January 18, at 1:00 pm. The cost, including gratuity and On November 8, the brotherhood went to NYC for dinner and theater. 27 folks participated in a real tax, is $35.63. Your check should be fun evening. Dinner was great and the show, No made out to Temple Beth El and sent Exodus, produced by Amy Singer, daughter of att'n: Margaret. Be sure to indicate what Harriet & Andy Singer was a laugh riot. It was, group and event it is for. Your check will as the show warns, not for the “humorless devout”. be your reservation. If you have any questions regarding this Pictures from the evening which included a talkback with the producer director, writer and the event, be sure to call Cliff actors after the show were in last month’s Bulletin. Ray at 241 - 0192. A great behind the scenes look at theater and a wonderful time was had by all. Opportunity shop pix Temple Snapshots Rabbi Forman pix (From left) Aileen Gluck, Beatrice Roseman, Rabbi Adam Miller and Phyllis Kirshner at the Opportunity Shop. Beth el bowling trip Gathering for the Besty Bowling Event, Nov. 2. (From left) Adam Rabbi David Forman, the director of youth programs for Fabrikant, Marissa Kane, Michaelan Hill, Matthew Rubin, Rabbi URJ Israel, spoke at Temple Beth El during a breakfast Miller and Danny Ruzow. on November 9. TEMPLE BETH EL BULLETIN JANUARY 2004 www.bethelnw.org Worship& Study January 2/9 Tevet 7:15 pm – Shabbat Worship Service Friday Torah Portion: Genesis 44:18 – 47:27; Haftarah: Ezckiel: 37:15 - 28 January 3/9 Tevet 9:15 am – Torah Study Saturday 9:30 am – Junior Congregation 10:30 am – Worship Service; Bat Mitzvah: Emily Hyman January 9/16 Tevet 8:00 pm – Worship Service – Scholar- in-Residence: Friday Rabbi David Saperstein Torah Portion: Genesis 47:28 – 50:26; Haftarah: I Kings 2:1 - 12 January 10/16 Tevet 9:15 am – Torah Study with Rabbi David Saperstein Saturday 9:30 am – Junior Congregation 10:30 am – Worship Service; Bat Mitzvah: Brooke Schiowitz January 16/23 Tevet 8:00 pm – Worship Service: Martin Luther King, Jr. Shabbat Friday Torah Portion: Exodus 1:1 – 6:1; Haftarah: Isaiah 27:6 – 28:13; 29:22 - 23 January 17/23 Tevet 9:15 am – Torah Study Saturday 9:30 am – Junior Congregation 10:30 am – Worship Service; Bar Mitzvah: Alexander Bernstein 5:00 pm – Worship Service; B’nei Mitzvah: Matthew Jayson & Rebecca Kaplan January 23/1 Shevat 8:00 pm – Worship Service Friday Torah Portion: Exodus 6:2 – 9:35 Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1 – 13, 23 January 24/1 Shevat 9:15 am – Torah Study Saturday 9:30 am – Junior Congregation 10:30 am - Worship Service; B’nei Mitzvah: Michael Cherman & Matthew Rubin January 30/8 Shevat 8:00 pm – Worship Service Friday Torah Portion: Exodus 10:1 – 13:16; Haftarah: Jeremiah 46:13 - 28 January 31/8 Shevat 9:15 am – Torah Study Saturday 9:30 am – Junior Congregation 10:30 am – Worship Service; Bat Mitzvah: Julie Gursha TEMPLE BETH EL BULLETIN JANUARY 2004 www.bethelnw.org Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester 220 South Bedford Road Senior Rabbi - Joshua M. Davidson Chappaqua, NY 10514 Assistant Rabbi - Adam Miller Telephone: 914-238-3928 Cantor - Dana Anesi Fax: 914-238-4030 Director of Education - Richard Abrams Religion School: 914-238-5641 Beginning Years Nursery School Director - Nursery School: 914-238-5735 Janet Goldstein E-Mail Address: email@example.com Executive Director - Alice Lutwak USING THE PHONE MAIL SYSTEM OFFICERS CALL 238-3928, THEN . . . David Ruzow President 238-5295 211 Life Cycle Emergency 223 Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson (238-8242- home) Eric Waller Executive VP 941-8541 212 Rabbi Adam Miller Charles Chernick Vice President 238-0999 213 Cantor Dana Anesi ( 238-7819 - home) Henry Garrett Vice President 845-279-6213 221 Alice Lutwak, Executive Director Steven Kane Vice President 238-8216 222 Marian Trustman, Office Manager Carmel Sauerhaft Vice President 238-6871 223 Linda Klein, Secretary to Rabbi Davidson Sheila Spicehandler Treasurer 238-4303 224 Eileen Gehebe, Office Assistant Cindy Quitt Asst. Treasurer 762-3154 231 Richard Abrams, Director of Education Rhonda Mishkind Recording Secretary 238-5687 232 Maria Sapio, Secretary Religion School Clifford Ray Corresponding Secretary 241-0192 241 Janet Goldstein, Beginning Years Nursery Phyllis Reff Financial Secretary 238-3549 School Director 203 Nancy Silver, Secretary Nursery School TRUSTEES 225 Margaret Bartolini, Bookkeeper Term Expires 2004 Term Expires 2005 Term Expires 2006 251 Sam Adaken, Building Supervisor Neil Aisenson Ted Altman Amy Grossman Ann Landowne Cathy Dreilinger Richard Laster E-MAIL ADDRESSES Libbie Poppick Judy Miller Stephen Mantell Cindy Quitt Leslie Resnick Valerie Rosen Jane Swirsky Sheri Rifkin Susan Sachs Temple: firstname.lastname@example.org Raymond Topkis Barry Slotnick Richard Zenker Rabbi Davidson: email@example.com IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Rabbi Miller: : firstname.lastname@example.org Stephen Adler Cantor Anesi: email@example.com AFFILIATED ORGANIZAT IONS Alice Lutwak: firstname.lastname@example.org Sisterhood President - Karla Shepard Rubinger (Administration) Brotherhood Co-Presidents - Richard Goldsmith & Richard Miller Janet Goldstein: email@example.com Youth Group President - Danny Ruzow (Nursery School) PAST PRESIDENTS-HONORARY MEMBERS OF THE BOARD Richard Abrams : rabrams @bethelnw.org Stanley Amberg - Charlene Berman - Ernest M. 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TEMPLE BETH EL BULLETIN JANUARY 2004 www.bethelnw.org Yom Iyun L’Yisrael: Cultivating A Spiritual Connection with Israel Join Us For A Day Of Exploration, Discovery, Study And Learning On Sunday, February 8, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Workshops Include: *Historical Connection to Israel *Textual Connection to Israel *The Mideast Peace Process *Religious Pluralism *Preparation for congregational mission to Israel **Breakfast (9:00 am to 9:45 am) and Lunch will be served** TEMPLE BETH EL OF NORTHERN WESTCHESTER BULLETIN Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester 220 South Bedford Road Chappaqua, NY 10514
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