M O N T H LY B U L L E T I N O F C O N G R E G AT I O N O R A M I ISSUE 171 MARCH 2010 This issue Rabbi’s Ramblings P.2 President’s Message P.3 Religious school News P.4-5 Torah’s Readings P.6 All in the Family P.7 Page 16 Contributions P.7 Yahzreits P.8 Mission statement P.8 BBYO information P.9 OATY News P.9 social Action happenings P.10 Community News P.11-23 Monthly Calendar P.12 Page 13 Page 23 Page 22 1 Rabbi’s Ramblings Dear Chaverim, Pesach arrives late this month, which means it is early this year! Passover is our people’s root freedom narrative. It is here we connect ourselves with Jews throughout the millennia to our essential community epic. Almost two thousand years ago the early rabbis understood this so well that they created the basic text we still use — the Haggadah. What a great word for this little instructional text — the Telling. We could also translate it as the Narrative. And what a story: the search for physical and spiritual identity and freedom, and for the Source that provides direction and meaning for the search. Each year we sit down and ask the same questions our ancestors did. Or, at least we read the same That is what community is all about — connecting ones from the Haggadah. Yet, each year we ask our past to our present, to create our future them in a different light, for we are not the same together. The rabbis of old had a people we were the Passover clear purpose when they designed before. We have grown and the Haggadah as they did. They changed. The world around “Living on purpose requires wanted to tell a story with spiritual us has changed. Still, we values, values that they wanted sit together and look back us to find what we love learned and integrated into their into our collective spiritual fiercely, give it all we’ve got, lives and the lives of generations experience to find old, and to come. They had a vision and then new, meaning in the and then pass it on, as if it put it to paper. We continue to words that leap from the were a torch, to those who live that vision, page into our souls — if we let them. follow.” What is your vision for Or Ami? What is it that we as a Kehillah Our ancestors chose to be Kedoshah, as Congregation continuing members of the -DAWNA MARKOVA Or Ami, could do and should Jewish community. They do? What are the spiritual and created a narrative that they communal visions of who we hoped would keep us linked are and who we may become? What would your to our past, resonate powerfully in our present, Or Ami Haggadah be? How would you present and motivate us to create our future. So far it has our story to ensure that our purpose and dream worked amazingly well. Jews who are only loosely continues to evolve and grow? connected to the Jewish community gather around the table to celebrate some form of Passover. They Happy Passover and Chag Sameach! continue to feel connected. Rabbi Ben 2 PResident’s message Alex Simon Or Ami Runs on Faith, Funds membership and vitality of our youth groups, the creative energy on Sunday Ben Romer, Rabbi (381-7894) Or Ami is a thriving morning and the host Alex simon, President (266-1676) community of of activities from elaine Ragone, Cantorial Soloist talented, creative and adult education to the Emerita (740-8673) compassionate souls caring committee. To David Goldsmith, Director of joined together by make sure we can Education (740-0869) our love of Judaism. fund our innumerable Our synagogue runs programs at the level Congregation Or Ami Beacon on the boundless of excellence we March 2010, Issue No. 171 energy of Rabbi have come to expect, Published monthly by Romer, the talents of please consider a gift Congregation Or Ami David Goldsmith and to Or Ami over and 9400 Huguenot Road our religious school above what you have Richmond, Virginia 23235 teachers, and the pledged. It can be to Phone: 272-0017 innumerable good the General Fund or Fax: 272-3931 works of our many to any of the many Email: email@example.com dedicated volunteers. other funds. The Website: www.or-ami.com Board just established But Or Ami also runs on money — a new fund for scholarships for Youth David Dorfman (285-5571) for mortgage payments, maintenance, Group events. I know many of us are First Vice President salaries, utilities, and all our fixed costs. still struggling with the effects of the Linda heuser (272-2887) We just started an endowment with recession, but I know that for some, the Vice President part of Anna Fischer’s bequest, but we recession is over or never had a serious Alan Freedman (768-4732) do not have an endowment built up impact. To those who are able, I urge Vice President over generations by successful business you to make a special contribution to Michael Glass (550-7568) people to fund our operating costs. We any of our funds, to pay your pledge on Treasurer do not have the wealthy families to time, and to consider increasing your Marsha hanzel (320-1487) whom some synagogues and churches pledge in the future. Financial Secretary turn for large donations; and frankly Meredith Wilkinson (550-1559) we are a healthier community because Recording Secretary we are not dependent on a few of our ellen hofheimer (741-7426) members. Historian Our membership is once again up this Directors At Large: year but due to the economic downturn stan Feuer (379-5956) we have more families than usual Bruce Gould (230-4103) needing forgiveness of their pledges John Mark Joseph (323-3238) and our average pledge is lower than Judy Katzen (741-1226) last year. Pledges are also being paid at Gerald Margolis 794-7586 a somewhat slower rate than last year. ed Levine (755-4318) heather Nees (608-1280) I know you appreciate all the Nancy Nelson (285-9108) energy here at Or Ami; the increased stefanie Papps (510-590-6809) attendance at services, the increased 33 a note fRom mR. g Director of Education Dear Parents and Grandparents, Passover is the holiday when every Jewish parent and grandparent becomes a member of the Religious School faculty. “You shall tell your child on that day,” says the Torah, referring to the exodus from Egypt. If you think about it, the Passover Seder is basically a history lesson! Luckily for parents and grandparents, our ancestors came up with a lesson plan and text thatThe hagaddah contains a variety of activities, makes this job a lot easier — the hagaddah. It such as searching for the afikomen, making a is truly a masterpiece of educational theory and Hillel sandwich, singing fun songs like “Chad psychology: Gadya” and “Who Knows One?” The hagaddah also engages all of the senses. The hagaddah encourages the child to question. Can there be a more effective way to illustrate In fact, it provides the first four! See how many the bitterness of slavery than biting on a piece of other questions your children may have. horseradish root? The hagaddah recognizes that every child at every So parents and grandparents, I hereby hire you age has a different way of learning. Hence the part to be teachers for the Seder. The pay is low, but about the four children – one wise, one stubborn, the rewards can be very gratifying. If you need one shy, and one too young to ask a question. assistance, please contact the Rabbi, me, or any Tailor your Seder to the age and temperament of of our faculty. your child(ren). For the younger kids, try making believe that you were slaves, even using costumes Chag Sameach, or puppets. For teens, have a discussion about David Goldsmith, Education Director how freedom means more responsibilities. Religious school teacheRs needed foR the 2010-11 school YeaR We will have a few openings for teachers in the Or Ami Religious School for the 2010- 11 school year. No experience necessary, but preferable. You do need a love of children and a desire to learn more about Judaism as you teach. Three hours every Sunday, paid or volunteer. Curriculum furnished. This could be one of the most rewarding part-time jobs you’ve ever had. For more information and to apply, contact David Goldsmith, 740-0869 or email OrAmiSchool@ aol.com. 4 Religious school calendaR class seRvice dates set Sunday, March 7 It is an Or Ami tradition for each class to write • Religious School, grades K-9, 9:00 am - noon and lead a Shabbat service. Class services are • Torah Tots, 10:30 am - noon usually preceded by congregational potluck • Chanting with Elaine for 5th & 6th grades dinners hosted by the parents of the class members and open to the entire congregation. Monday, March 8 • Confirmation Class, 7:00 pm Dates for Class Services: Sunday, March 14 • Daylight savings time begins – Set clocks • Fourth and fifth grades: March 19th (7:30 p.m.) forward 1 hour Saturday evening • Sixth and seventh grades: April 16th (7:30 p.m.) • Music with Holly for K-4th grades • Confirmation class: May 18th (7:30 p.m.) • Chanting with Elaine for 5th and 6th grades • Eighth and ninth grades: May 21st (7:30 p.m.) Monday, March 15 • Confirmation Class, 7:00 pm Each class family is responsible for bringing a dish for the potluck AND a desert for the oneg. The parents are responsible Friday, March 19 for the set-up and decoration of tables for the potluck, as well • 6:15 pm Congregational potluck dinner as the clean-up afterwards. • 7:30 pm Class service for 4th and 5th grades The parents should also coordinate the purchase of: Sunday, March 21 • Paper plates & cups, plastic tableware, paper • Religious School, grades K-9, 9:00 am - noon tablecloths, table decorations • Torah Tots, 10:30 am – noon • 2 challot (the plural of challah). • Wine & grape juice for the kiddush Monday, March 22 • Sodas & ice • Confirmation Class, 7:00 pm Sunday, March 28 Mark your calendars and plan to attend them all! • Religious school, grades. K-9, 9:00 am – noon • Model Passover Seder, grades K-9 Monday, March 29 IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER: • First Passover Seder — no confirmation class Check your email for closings. Call the Temple 272-0017, Ext. 3 for special closing message. Sunday, April 4 – Sunday, April 11 Closings will be run on the local TV stations • No Classes – Pesach and Spring Break 5 toRah Readings foR maRch Holy One. Don’t get framework from which we then hung up on the terms, must begin to define our own way dig deeply into your in today’s world. Our reading this feelings and wonder. week begins a long journey of our ancestors’ attempts to create and maRch 13/14 define what can be considered • Torah: Vayakhel/ living a holy and sacred way Pekudei Exodus within a community. I challenge (Shemot) 35:1-38:20- each of us to re-read this and the 40:38 coming week’s parashiot with this • Haftarah: Ezekiel in mind. (Yechezkel) 45:16- 46:16 maRch 26/27 maRch 5/6 Why do you belong • Torah: Tzav, Leviticus (Vayikra) • Torah: Ki Tissah Exodus to Or Ami? What do you hope to 6:1-8:36 (Shemot)/Shabbat Parah 30:11- derive from connecting with this • Haftarah: Malachi (Mahlachi) 31:17; Numbers (Bamidbar) 19:1- Kehillah Kedoshah? Why come on 3:4-24 22 Shabbat? What do you get — and Do you come into Or Ami and • Haftarah: Ezekiel (Yechezkel) what do you give? What are your feel a sense of reverence for our 36:16-36 spiritual gifts that you can offer spiritual home? Is there a right I hear this “I don’t believe in God” to our Sacred Community? How way to create that idea and feeling? a lot. Well (and I say this — a lot), would you define and describe Does it have anything to do with “I don’t believe in the God you being “filled with the Holy Spirit”? how we dress? What should the don’t believe in.” We need to stop We find this spiritual concept in rabbi wear? Does it matter? What trying to fit such challenging ideas this week’s double reading. Each are the limits before we don’t and entities as God into small, soul within our community has a invite someone onto the Bima? convenient packages. Moses unique gift to offer. No one is left Just what is appropriate? In our appears to tarry a bit too long on out. In our reading, we see that reading we find that the Kohanim Mt. Sinai and the people panic, those who have deep artistic talents really dress out. They don ornate demanding that some image be find their inspiration from the One outfits and often must change created that will represent some who can inspire each of us. Be them. Part of the discussion is that aspect of God. Aaron, the Kohen willing to let that inspiration grow they are approaching the Holy, Gadol, even helps them along. and bring it out into the open. and shouldn’t they show up well Oops. Why the need for some dressed? And certainly they can be physical presentation? I think they, maRch 19/20 spotted from the crowd. No doubts as my students and many others, • Torah: Vayikra Leviticus (Vayikra) would there be from Israelites are stuck in an immature spiritual 1:1-5:26 when they came forward to offer plane when it comes to what • Haftarah: Isaiah 43:21-44:23 something. God can and should be. While Reform Judaism does indeed we move along in our everyday ask each of us to live within a sophistication we often are stuck in Jewishly structured life. Our adolescent spirituality. No wonder challenge as Reform Jews is we reject the idea of a simple, to know what is traditionally convenient God. We should. Your asked of us, and then make challenge is develop a more mature, the hard decisions of what we sophisticated understanding for will do. Leviticus presents your interconnectedness with the us with an incredibly rich 6 all in the familY Rabbi RomeR in the communitY: contRibutions Building Fund Last month, Rabbi Romer: • In memory of Bill Hirschman - Art & Kay Seidenberg • attended the Richmond Jewish Federation Executive Board General Fund Meeting, • Jonathan Lebolt • delivered the Invocation at the National Day of Prayer for • Adrienne H. Hudgens the Healing of HIV/AIDS prayer breakfast, • In memory of Bill Hirschman; • attended the Chesterfield County Public Schools • In memory of Shirl Tandlich - Ginny Multicultural Council meeting as a new member, Engler • and attended the RISC Clergy Caucus. Refurbishment Fund • In memory of Shirl Tandlich - Herold & Ellen Hofheimer condolences to: Torah Fund • The family of longtime Or Ami member Shirl Tandlich on • Get well to Deb Cohen, Tony Booth, Jeff her death on January 31st. May her name be for a blessing. Haykin, Barnette Silbert, and Maria Rice - Renee Gould • Mitch Gordon on the death of his uncle, Milton Gordon, on February 7th. May his name be for a blessing. Contributions to a fund of the Congregation may be made in honor or in memory of a family member or a friend to any of the congregational Refuah sheleimah - sPeedY RecoveRY to: funds, such as the Dorothy & Bernard Packer Educational Endowment Fund, Building Fund, • Deborah Cohen, Terry Goldman, Yvonne Goldman, Jeff Congregational Discretionary Fund, Flower Haykin, Herold Hofheimer, Sam Katzen, and Andy Resnick. Fund, General Fund, Harvey Lampert Memorial Garden Fund, The Scholarship Fund (in memory of David & Clara Sack, Margarete Hirsch, and Be sure to let us know when something special happens in your family, so that we Susanne Hirt), Sustenance/Social Action Fund, can pass the word along to the rest of the Congregation or another fund mentioned elsewhere. neW membeRs Jonathan Lebolt 10231 Pondera Road Richmond, Virginia 23235 - Tel: 683-4536 Ernest and Carolyn Mendel 13622 Northwich Drive Midlothian, Virginia 23112 - Tel: 744-6353 Adam and Jeannine Moss 2096 Lakeview Drive Powhatan, Virginia 23139 - Tel: 592-9695 7 YahRzeits* (memoRial anniveRsaRY) These names will be read on the following dates: Mar. 1 Johanna Zuckerman 3/ 5/10 Mar. 15 Ion Vladescu 3/19/10 Mar. 1 Zoltan Elfer 3/ 5/10 Mar. 16 Margaret Hofheimer Lewis 3/19/10 Mar. 3 Billie Hendren 3/ 5/10 Mar. 17 Dorothy Frankel 3/19/10 Mar. 4 Louis J. Silverman 3/ 5/10 Mar. 18 Sidney Todras 3/19/10 Mar. 5 Muriel Engler 3/ 5/10 Mar. 18 Sidney Schwartz 3/19/10 Mar. 5 Rita Hirschman 3/ 5/10 Mar. 19 Betty Wiener 3/19/10 Mar. 5 Sidney S. Prince 3/ 5/10 Mar. 20 Louis D. Kessler 3/26/10 Mar. 6 Paul Doss 3/12/10 Mar. 20 Clara Sack 3/26/10 oR ami caRes Mar. 10 Morris Goldstein 3/12/10 Mar. 20 Harry Ganderson 3/26/10 Mar. 11 Bernard A. Horwitz 3/12/10 Mar. 23 Betty Zimmerman 3/26/10 Please let the Temple Mar. 11 Myron Schwartz 3/12/10 Mar. 26 Sophie Geiger 3/26/10 office or Rabbi know if Mar. 12 Solomon Ingber 3/12/10 a family member is in Mar. 26 Harold “Buddy” Horwitz 3/26/10 Mar. 12 Abe Roberts 3/12/10 the hospital or if other Mar. 27 Celia Rosenblum 4/ 2/10 Mar. 12 Rubin Matz 3/12/10 situations arise when the Mar. 27 Ethel Grandis 4/ 2/10 Mar. 13 Ceil Weingart 3/19/10 congregation may be of Mar. 28 Greta Montgomery 4/ 2/10 Mar. 13 Jeanette Goldsmith 3/19/10 assistance or comfort. Mar. 28 David Kay 4/ 2/10 Mar. 14 Bernard Roland Petroff 3/19/10 Changes in hospital Mar. 29 Bernice Martha Gersh 4/ 2/10 Mar. 14 Riki Jacobs 3/19/10 privacy rules prohibit Mar. 31 Elaine Halberstadt 4/ 2/10 officials from contacting Mar. 15 Nathaniel Heifetz 3/19/10 Mar. 15 Sarah Steinman 3/19/10 *Yahrzeit: Remembering on the Anniversary of a Death the Temple, so we The yahrzeit is a time of remembering the dead by reciting the Kaddish, aren’t always aware of Contributions to Or Ami memorializing a loved lighting a 24-hour candle, and remembering the person who has died. situations unless family one may be sent to the Or Ami office. You may or friends notify us. specify a fund to which the contribution should SAYING KADDISH go, such as the Andrew Lendvay Teacher and The last column of the Yahrzeit list gives the Shabbat service at which your loved Music Education Fund, Continuing Education one’s name will be read. Please call Maria Fund (Adult Education), High Holy Day Fund, at the Temple (272-0017) if you would like Landscaping Fund, Library Fund, Music to change the date a name will be read, or if Fund, Oneg Shabbat Fund, Refurbishment you wish to add to the list. Fund, Religious School Fund, Torah Fund, or another fund mentioned elsewhere. Please call the Temple office if you would like to change the date a name will be read. congRegation oR ami’s mission statement Congregation Or Ami, “Light of My People,” creative liturgy, and prayer based on Jewish is a dynamic, sacred community — Kehillah thought. Kedoshah — welcoming people of all ages Gemilut Chasidim: deeds of loving kindness, and backgrounds who seek spiritual fulfillment actively embracing our sacred responsibilities and involvement grounded in to each other, our community, principles of the Reform Jewish our nation, and our world. Movement. Thus, individually and as a We affirm fresh pathways and congregation, we interpret approaches to our core values: the tenets of social action and ethical imperatives in our lives Torah: Jewish study, education, through our relationship with knowledge, and values. Torah, prayer, and tikkun olam Avodah: Jewish prayer, worship, (making our world whole.) 8 bbYo Reunion scheduled foR maY 2010 If you were in B’nai B’rith Youth is not to be missed. Virginia Negrin at albertnegrin@verizon. Organization (BBYO) during the Council in the 1970’s included net or visit our facebook group 1970s in Virginia Council, this the following chapters: Cohen, page: VA Council BBYO 70’s reunion is for you. On May 22nd Tikvah,Tip Levin, Ruach, Kruger, Reunion. There you will find and 23rd at the Weinstein JCC Simcha, Deborah, Chutzpah, pictures, friends, and more there will be a BBYO reunion for Commonwealth, Dr. Israel Brown detailed information. Registration anyone who was a member at any (DIB), Blachman, Old Dominion, is on our website www. time from 1970 through 1979. Korel, Monarch, Fine, Katan and vabbyoalumni.org Whether you were a MIT/AIT Hamovit. starting your BBYO career or a We look forward to seeing you. graduating senior, this gathering For more details contact Albert oatY neWs Rabbi Ben drove out and hung out It was great to meet with Sydney Nees with us in the lodge. Lots of new Jewish kids from other small friendships were quickly made. congregations. We all are looking On Friday January 22nd, 2010, forward to getting together again! 11 members of OATY piled After returning to the temple, into two SUVs and headed west everyone changed into warm to Harrisonburg, Virginia. Our clothes and sat down to dinner destination was Temple Beth El, and a quick Havdalah service. Keep your eyes open for our where we would meet up with Afterwards, we staged a color really amazing new t-shirts as other small youth groups from all wars food fight! Each team was well as more information about over Virginia. named for a different Passover the pancake breakfast! We’re also food — gefilte fish, matzo, hard working on a few social action On Saturday we spent the day boiled egg, and charoseths. activities and will fill you in when at Massanutten four seasons Everyone played all kinds of we have specifics. resort. Some went skiing, some games and we put together small snowboarding, and others went bags of toiletries for the local tubing, stayed in the lodge, or women’s shelter. splashed to the indoor water park. uPcoming oatY events • March 6 Karaoke night for Richmond area 8th – 12th graders • March 7 OATY meeting • March 12-14 Thevent (NFTY-MAR regional event) • March 28 OATY meeting/games day • April 22-25 Spring Kallah (NFTY-MAR regional event) • April 30 OATY service at Or Ami • May 1 (tentative) Pancake breakfast fundraiser at Or Ami 9 social action haPPenings - Marilyn Breslow There is a lot on the table now at the Virginia General Assembly, city If you are interested in joining the social action council, and our county boards of supervisors. Our state and our local committee, please call Marilyn Breslow at 272-0939. governments are struggling to deal with revenue shortfalls that are placing education and other important programs in peril. We need to be engaged in these decisions. Holidays are lonely for service personnel overseas. We can help by funding Seder kit packages provided by the Jewish Welfare Board Jewish Chaplains As our friends at the Virginia Interfaith Council. Each package contains a “taste of home,” Center for Public policy say: the budget is including the traditional items of Passover. A $25 a moral document. What does it say about donation pays for a Seder package and contributes to our morals when we cut programs that additional projects for the military and their families. educate our kids only to give away millions To support this gift to the troops, please designate to big business? It is incumbent upon us to your contribution to Or Ami with the notation: write or call our representatives and urge “Passover packages.” them to invest wisely for our future. Please stay informed and communicate your concern. There is excellent background information at the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy’s website at: Richmonders Involved in Strengthening Our http://www.virginiainterfaithcenter.org Community (RISC) Update where you will find updates on legislation, What is happening in RISC? alerts, and information on how to communicate with your legislators. Well there has been a leadership change, and we are If you would like to attend hearings, we can organize from Or Ami. back to work on three key issues: Please email Marilyn Breslow at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send out the information in an attempt to present a united front. 1. Developing a substance-abuse treatment program for the Richmond City jail system, 2. Encouraging MCV health care to effectively Our social action committee continues to arrange monthly get the un/under insured into a PCP model of opportunities to bring smiles to treatment, seniors in assisted living at Beth Shalom Gardens. The next visit 3. Developing and a better model than out-of- will be March 21, from 3 - 4:45pm. Wii has been popular, and we school suspensions for disciplining school have a request for visitors to play poker and Mah Jong. Others youth. have expressed an interest in learning and singing Hebrew and Yiddish songs. If you play an instrument, a lunch serenade would be Progress has been made on all fronts, and we’ll welcomed. If you are interested in giving a few hours, call Carol or continue to push for changes. We need your help Don Fruhwald at 272-5017 or email email@example.com . — great numbers of people from all congregations to coming to our rallies and actions can make a big impact. The Rally is on March 22nd and the Action on April 22nd. Plan to come and make your voice To stay abreast of how Jewish social teaching applies to national and heard. international issues, visit www.rac.org the website of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism of the Union for Reform Judaism. Don Fruhwald The site is full of information and ideas to enrich our understanding RISC Liaison of how to live faithfully. If you want to join Or Ami’s social action committee, call Marilyn Breslow at 272-0939. We meet the third Social Action Committee Wednesday of the month at Or Ami. 10 communitY neWs adult education LiMiTeD OFFeR Stephanie Papps gReenWood memoRial gaRdens February’s mini-mester was a great success. Or Ami—Azalea Section Thank you to all of our wonderful instructors -- Ken Kendler, David Goldsmith, Joel Dear Congregants: Moses, and Heather Nees! Due to the increased cost of sites at Greenwood In March, we will be offering a Model Seder Memorial Gardens, the cost of sites within our class, led by our own Laura Petrella. This section is going up as of June 1, 2010. class will be on Wednesday, March 10 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Or Ami. Laura will teach Please take this time to consider your future us the ins and outs of conducting a Passover needs. Pre-planning offers significant financial Seder. This class is a must for anyone advantages and can help make a very difficult time who has never conducted their own Seder, a bit easier for your family and loved ones. or hasn’t conducted a Seder for a while. Everyone is sure to learn something new. If you have any questions concerning the purchase of these sites, please feel free to call me at 741- Please contact the office or Stefanie Papps 7426. (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up for the class. There will be a $5 fee for this class. Sincerely, Also, in March, our Reel Theology Ellen Hofheimer movie series will be featuring The Ten Chair, Cemetery Committee Commandments on Sunday, March 21 at 6:00 p.m. Be sure to join us for this classic movie! PassoveR ReciPe exchange! Sunday, March 14, 2010 12:30-2:30 p.m. Tired of being afflicted?! Want to try something new? Maybe you have a great recipe your family loves or you are looking to change it up a bit this year. Join us on Sunday, March 14 for a recipe exchange and tasting! You must RSVP to the office by Wednesday, March 10th to let us know if you are coming. There are two ways to participate: Bringing a dish to sample and copies of your recipe (All dishes must be suitable for Pesach!) or just come to taste and get some new recipes. Please RSVP so we will know how much to prepare and how many recipe copies to make. 11 12 March 2010 – Congregation Or Ami sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri sat 1 2 3 4 5 6 Confirmation Richmond Quilt Guild, Bon Air Artists Torah study/Brunch, Class, 7 p.m. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Assoc., 10:30 a.m. 9 am – 12:30 p.m. Personnel Committee Lunch & Learn OATY Karaoke Meeting, 7:15 p.m. with the Rabbi, 12 p.m. shabbat service, 7:30 p.m. Shabbat Across America 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Religious school, Confirmation Lunch & Learn Board shabbat Torah study/Brunch, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Class, 7 p.m. with the Rabbi, 12 p.m. Meeting, 7:30 p.m. service, 7:30 p.m. 10:30 a.m. Torah Tots, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Model seder Class, Thevent Bagel Breakfast, 9am 7 – 9 p.m. (NFTY-MAR OATY Meeting Regional event special By-Laws 3/12 – 3/14) Board Meeting, 2 p.m. Richmond Folk Music society, 2 p.m. Mark Campbell and the Campbell Family Band 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Daylight savings Confirmation St. Patrick’s Day Membership Comm. Congregational Torah study/Brunch, Time Begins Class, 7 p.m. Meeting, 7 p.m. Potluck Dinner, 6:15 pm 10:30 a.m. Religious school, Lunch & Learn 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Finance Committee with the Rabbi, 12 p.m. shabbat Movie Night, 6:30 pm Meeting, 7:30 p.m. service, 7:30 p.m. The Ten Passover Recipe social Action Comm. 4th & 5th Grade Class Commandments exchange, Bulletin Deadline for Meeting, 7 p.m. Service 12:30-2:30 p.m. April Articles 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 Religious school, Confirmation Lunch & Learn shabbat Torah study/Brunch, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Class, 7 p.m. with the Rabbi, 12 p.m. service, 7:30 p.m. 10:30 a.m. Torah Tots, Friday Night Live 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. RisC Rally Richmond Folk Music Beth shalom society, 8 p.m. Gardens, 3 - 4:45 p.m. Jeni and Billy Reel Theology Movie series, 6 p.m. The Ten Commandments 28 29 30 31 Religious school, Congregational Lunch & Learn 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. passover seder, with the Rabbi, 12 p.m. Torah Tots, 5:30 p.m. 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Model Seder OATY Meeting/ Games Day neW membeR social - JanuaRY 2010 13 communitY neWs maRch folK music conceRt MARk CAMpBELL ANd THE CAMpBELL FAMILY BANd MARCH MUsIC CONCERT: JENI ANd BILLY: sONGs OF REsCHEdULEd - OLd TIME dANCE MUsIC ANd sONG COAL, HARd LIvING, ANd REdEMpTION This Richmond Folk Music Society performance was Acoustic duo Billy Hankins and Jeni Kemp will postponed twice because of snow - the makeup date is draw you into captivating narratives of heartache Sunday, March 7th, at 2:00 pm. Doors will open at 1:15. and hard living, of true-life blues and unexpected The Campbell Family Band, made up of master fiddler grace. Images of coal and crowns, trash and trailers, Mark Campbell, his wife, Marty Gravett (cello and guitar), and glass and gasoline recur, and Jesus and the Great and their daughters Molly, (fretless banjo and mandolin) Speckled Bird are never far off. and Mauren, (cello, vocals, and guitar), continues the old Visit Jeni and Billy’s website at www.jeniandbilly. tradition of passing music down through the family. com . For more information about Richmond Folk You can visit Mark’s website at http://www. Music, and to purchase $12 advance tickets markccampbelloldtimefiddle.com. visit www.richmondfolkmusic.com (e-mail email@example.com) or telephone For more information about Richmond Folk Music, 804-647-7856. Tickets at the door are $15.00. and to purchase $12 advance tickets, visit www. For more information about Richmond Folk Music, and to richmondfolkmusic.com (e-mail richmondfolkmusic@ purchase $12 advance tickets, email richmondfolkmusic@ yahoo.com) or telephone 804-647-7856. Tickets at the yahoo.com, or call 804-647-7856. Tickets at the door are door are $15.00. $15. fRiendlY WelcomeRs needed on an occasional shabbat! If you agree that Or Ami is a or more specific dates. You will and a program to everyone. “welcoming” congregation — receive a reminder email a few • Introduce yourselves to or if you want it to be — a few days prior to each chosen date. everyone you do not know. minutes of your time is needed on • On Friday night, arrive 15-20 Of those you don’t know to be an occasional Friday night. minutes before the service and members already (whether you remain at the door leading into know them or not): We need members to volunteer to the sanctuary for approximately • Engage them in conversation. be one of two Shabbat “meeter/ 15-20 minutes after worship • Ask if they are new to services greeters.” As a meeter/greeter starts (for a total of about 30-40 at Or Ami. you welcome all who come to minutes). • If they are by themselves, worship on the Friday night(s) of • Along with one other meeter/ suggest seating near another your choosing. You could be the greeter, welcome everyone and member with common interests first member some of our guests hand out copies of the liturgy (for example, college age with encounter, and 30 to 40 minutes young adults). of your time could make the difference between Or Ami being In other words, make Shabbat a welcoming congregation — or worshippers feel welcome! not! We need you for dates in this and It’s easy to do: the coming months. Please email • Email or call Judy Katzen or call ASAP to be part of Or (firstname.lastname@example.org; 741-1226) Ami’s welcoming community. to arrange to volunteer for one 14 communitY neWs Did you know Or Ami has a Facebook page? Search for us at “Or Ami” and request to join. We are hoping to start making good use of this page. ReciPe RemindeR Deadline is May 1st! Don’t forget — I am still Many Thanks to collecting recipes for Or Bobby Silver and Ami’s upcoming Cook Book. Cavalier Construction Send me some of your favorite & Remodeling Co., holiday/family recipes! It’s Inc. (804) 342-1000 easy, just send it to me in an for all the repair work e-mail (heather510@sprynet. they do at Or Ami. com) or drop it off in the Temple office with COOK BOOK marked on it. I can’t wait to share all of the delicious results with you! 2010 enteRtainment —Heather Nees booKs The 2010 Entertainment Books are here! Please donate! For more information and to purchase an Please continue to remember those with Entertainment Book, please call the insufficient income faced with high food costs, Temple office at 272-0017. and bring non-perishables to the synagogue for Buy a 2010 Entertainment Book and support the Food Bank. Or Ami at the same time! gift shoP We have a beautiful selection of gifts for Shabbat, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, weddings, births, Hanukkah, membeRshiP lists and more. Mezuzahs, candlesticks, Kiddush cups, Membership Lists (December 2009) are and jewelry are just some of the items we carry. available on the racks on the wall outside the Items not found in our Gift Shop can be ordered. Sanctuary. If you are unable to come to the Catalogs are available for you to view. Contact Temple to pick one up, call Maria in the office Renee Gould. and she will mail one to you. 15 communitY neWs caKe auction - febRuaRY 2010 16 communitY neWs exclusive to oR amians... movie night at oR ami Rent-a Yenta SATURDAY, MARCH 20th, 2010 Or Ami yentas now offering full service Bar/Bat Mitzvah party and event services. Sit back and relax as we craft exquisite, handmade decorations, arrange "The Ten artful presentations, and make sure that your SIMCHA CoMManDMenTs” is SPECTACULAR. Thus sayeth Moses: “This dazzling animated Now booking for the Fall. Call Dell at 741-0489 epic is a perfect Passover movie for the entire family. It features the voice talents of the very gifted Ben shaRe YouR nachas With us! Kingsley, Christian Slater, Alfred Molina, and Have you had something just plain old nice happen to Elliot Gould. Don’t miss it!” you? Perhaps it’s something spectacular like a new grandchild or a fabulous report card. Maybe it’s just fRee admission and a day when there was nothing left TO-DO on your list. RefReshments! Have your received an Honor from the Rabbi? These laRge WidescReen foRmat! are Shehecheyanu moments! Some are somber like a fun foR eveRYone!!! yahrzeit but important nonetheless! Share them with us at Or Ami not only in word but by bringing something to Oneg. Let’s start a tradition of sharing birthday cake or homemade pie together. Perhaps your moment will be spending the time with your child to make cookies, or cupcakes, or something for Oneg. It is just one more dimension of who we are and how we can come together and share your special moment! (And don’t worry if too many people bring, that there will be too much! There’s no such thing as too much dessert!) bulletin deadlines In order to ensure that you receive your Or Ami Bulletin on time, we have established monthly deadlines for submission of information to be included in the Bulletin. These deadlines will be published in the Bulletin several months in advance and are final - no information will be accepted after the deadline date. The deadline for the April Bulletin will be the morning of Thursday, March 15th. “There comes a special moment in everyone’s life, a moment for which that person was born. That special For the May Bulletin, the deadline will be the morning of Thursday, April 15th. Your articles can opportunity, when he seizes it, will fulfill his mission be faxed (#272-3931) or emailed (office@or-ami. — a mission for which he is uniquely qualified. In com) to the office 24 hours a day, seven days a week. that moment, he finds greatness. It is his finest hour.” Your cooperation is appreciated. - Winston Churchill 17 Tree of Life donation foRm Use this form to make a donation to Congregation Or lines are recommended for the best spacing between lines. Ami’s building fund through participation in the “Tree The top and bottom lines may have about 19 letters and of Life.” Leaves may be used to mark a life cycle event, spaces, and the middle lines may have about 23 letters to remember a family member or friend, or to honor an and spaces. These numbers may vary depending on the individual’s accomplishments. A good way to remember lettering used. (For example, a “W” takes up more space someone special who has passed away, is to note a and an “I.”) significant accomplishment or their dedication to family, The leaf is approximately 3¼ inches long by 1½ inches friends, an organization, or career. wide, and is a “brushed gold” color. Below are four Each leaf may include up to four lines, however, three examples: IN HONOR OF BAR MITZVAH OF RUTH GOLDSTEIN’S MICHAEL SMITH COMMITMENT TO OR AMI APRIL 15, 1996 IN HONOR OF 25TH WEDDING DR. DAVID M. COHEN’S ANNIVERSARY OF 25 YEARS OF SERVICE HARRY AND BETTY LEVY TO MEDICINE JULY 12, 1993 Please fill in the information below: Line 1: __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ Line 2: __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ Line 3: __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ Line 4: __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ Your Name: Address: Telephone: Email: Donation per leaf is $200. Three leaves may be requested for a donation of $500. Send completed forms and payment to: Congregation Or Ami 9400 Huguenot Road Richmond, Virginia 23235 Congregation Or Ami’s Board of Directors reserves the right to edit requests, upon consultation with the donor. 18 New Lower Prices! A GE P 56 XT NE RM 0 0 F O ER 0 O RD 0 al 0 0 A Passover Tradition Kosher For Passover JOPK RaF featuring m out-of-town family & friends Can help support your school by shopping 24 hours a day at our website: www.misschocolate.com free sHiPPinG on all orders oVer $75.00 from our weBsite See back for more information 19 11/3/2009 9:28:07 AM 20 MISS CHOCOLATE PRESENTS PASSOVER 2010 Dear Congregant: We will be conducting our annual PASSOVER CANDY SALE during the month of Januar y. We will be selling Kosher for Passover candy and confections along with some useful kitchen items. Every edible item will have a cer tification of Passover Kosher Supervision. Our Personal consideration will be given to all or ders, however large or small. Let us take care of your Passover holiday needs. If you are interested in purchasing Passover candy, macaroons, etc., please fill out the order form below and mail it back with the correct payment. Your check must accompany your order. Please make check payable to our organization. T hank You! ITEM # PASSOVER ITEM DESCRIPT ION QTY. PRICE TOTAL ITEM # PASSOVER ITEM DESCRIPT ION QTY. PRICE TOTAL 2386 CHOCOLATE MINT DIAMONDS (P) $8.50 2508 CASHEW BUTTER CRUNCH (D) $9.00 2501 VANILLA MACAROONS (P) $8.00 2531 LOLLYCONES (D) $5.50 2529 FRUIT SLICES (P) $14.00 2542 ALMOND CARAMEL CLUSTERS (D) $11.00 2535 DARK CHOCOLATE MATZO (P) $13.75 2553 CHOCOLATE CARAMEL DAISIES (D) $10.00 2541 SEDER MINTS (P) $10.50 2562 MILK CHOCOLAT E MATZO (D) $13.75 2560 ALMOND BARK (P) $10.50 2590 ALMOND KISSES (D) $15.50 2564 CHOCOLATE COV. MACAROONS (P) $11.50 2593 MILK & DARK CHOCO. ASS’T. (D) $15.50 2591 RASPBERRY CHOCO. JELLIES (P) $11.50 3577 ALMOND BUTTER CRUNCH (D) $14.00 2642 CHOCO. COV. MATZAH CRACKERS (P) $13.75 758 MICROWAVE SPLATTER SHIELDS (3 PC) $12.00 3000 CHOCOLATE FEST IVAL POPS (P) $5.50 1657 STAINLESS STEEL GRAT ERS (3 PC) $10.50 1701 CRAZY FT. CUPCAKE HOLDERS (4 PC) $8.50 GREA T VALUE!!!! 2197 FLEX IBLE ICE CUBE TRAY $7.50 BUY 4 A ND SAVE!!!! 4651 DOUBLE SPOON REST $12.50 9500 CHOCOLATE FEST IVAL POPS (P) 4 PACK $18.00 6856 EXPANDABLE TRIVET $9.00 2500 LOLLYCONES (D) 4 PACK $18.00 TOTAL-B: TOTAL –A: NOT E: ALL ITEMS CAN BE VIEWED ON OUR WEBSITE. TOTAL –A: GRAND TOTAL: Name: ________________________________________ _________________________________Phone#:_____________________________________________ Address: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ This is our Passover promotion. Please bring or mail in this order form with your check payable to our or ganization. All orders must be received by ____________. VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.MISSCHOCOLATE.COM ** SEE OUR ON-LINE ORDERING SERVICE Customer # 704577 CONGREGATION OR AMI ANNUAL PASSOVER POT-LUCK SEDER TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 5:30 P.M.* *PLEASE ARRIVE BEFORE 5:30 P.M., WE WILL START PROMPTLY DONATION OF $10/Adult and $5/Children under 13 To help defray our costs – please pay at th e door or when reservations are made For additional information or for late reservations, call the Temple office at #272-0017/fax #272-3931. Guests are very welcome, but must make reservations. I promised to bring: and help with Retain this portion as a reminder. Cut out and return lower section as your reservation to: Congr egation Or Ami, 9400 Huguenot Road, Richmond, VA 23235 by March 16, 2010 RESERVATIONS Na me Phone # Number a ttending Sed er Adults, Children (up to 13) I WILL BRING (Check one or more) MAIN COURSE : Beef Chicken Turkey Fish Vegetarian VEGETABLES: Green Salad Cooked vegetables Potato Kugel DESSERT: Fruit Salad Cake Cookies Other ALL FOOD SHOULD BE FOR PESACH (No flour, noodles, yeast products, beans, lentils, peas, corn, corn syrup, peanuts, or rice) Food should be ready to serve preferably in a disposable container, covered, and please label your serving utensils and non-disposable dishes with your name. BRING EN OUGH TO SERVE 8 – 12 ADULTS GENEROUSLY CALL ME TO HELP WITH (Check one or more) ____Table and Chair Set Up ____Clean Up ____Preparation of Ritual Foods and Seder Plates 21 good-bYe PaRtY foR John-maRK While we are sad to see him go, we congratulate John-Mark on being named the Chief Archaeologist for the Island of Guam. He will be going there to help them preserve their culture (as Jews, we all know how important that is!!!) and will be missed in the Or Ami family. 22 Passover Haggadah Fundraiser Your first or last name printed here Each Passover Haggadah can be personalized with a different name Finally! A Haggadah that is easy to complete in its entirety! The Promise Haggadah offersa complete Passover seder service for everyone in the family. It is written so that children can understand Passover concepts and appeals to adults with its beautiful interpretations and illustrations. lY • Forever a keepsake for your family. on • A percentage of all sales are donated $11 ! directly back to Or Ami. h eac • The seder service is complete and concise. Please return this order formwith full payment made payable to Or Ami. Order your Personalized Haggadah Your family information (as to be printed on the front of each, individual Haggahad, i.e. “Rachel’s Haggadah” or “The Cohen family.” Please print VERY clearly. Name_______________________________ Qty________ Total number of personalized Name_______________________________ Qty________ Haggadahs Name_______________________________ Qty________ Name_______________________________ Qty________ Qty___ x $11 each = ______ Name_______________________________ Qty________ Name_______________________________ Qty________ Haggadahs will be shipped directly to Or Ami. Information For more information, please Name____________________________________________ contact Renee Gould at Name of organization________________________________ 804-379-5752. Haggadah Address/City/State/Zip_______________________________ orders are due no later than Phone____________________________________________ February 12, 2010. 23 NON-PROFiT ORG. u.s. POsTAGe PAiD 9400 Huguenot Road | Richmond, vA 23235 | (804) 272-0017 RiChMOND, VA www.or-ami.com PeRMiT #261 Return Service Requested Dr. Ben Romer, Rabbi Alex Simon, President Elaine Ragone, Cantorial Soloist Emerita David Goldsmith, Director of Education Affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism The Or Ami Beacon Issue 171 - March 2010 Bagel Breakfast! When? Sunday morning, March 7th, 9:00 a.m., when you bring your yeladim to Sunday School Why? to benefit the Or-Ami Religious School Where? near the kitchen Cost? $1.00 for a bagel with cream cheese.
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