The Monthly Magazine of Temple Emanu-El
June 2009 - Sivan 5769 Vol. LVII No. 10
Chardonnay Shabbat Services Start Friday, June 5th
5:00 pm - Wine, Fruit and Cheese Pre-Oneg
5:45 pm - Chardonnay Shabbat Services
Havdallah with Rabbi Cohon on Lag Ba’Omer; and
the Congregational Retreat in Rio Rico!
Staff photos donated by Jon Wolf Photography
The Century Celebration!
Part 4 -- 1914-1924
From Rabbi Cohon’s Desk
Teach Your Children Well By 1914, Arizona had completed
the evolution from untamed Re-
Jewish tradition has always strongly gional Territory to official 48th
emphasized the importance of properly state. The population of Tucson
raising children, and particularly educat- had more than doubled in four
ing them. From Proverbs’ injunction in years… the El Paso and South-
the Tanakh, the Hebrew Bible, to “raise western Railroad was extended
a child well in his youth and in old age west to Tucson, soon to be sold and integrated into the
that child will not stray” to the deep, supportive bonds that Southern Pacific system…and the Kress Company (aka
are so typical of Jewish family relationships, the moral and the “Five and Dime”) commissioned the earliest watercolor
intellectual instruction of children is central to Judaism. rendering of the Temple on Stone Avenue, to be sold as a
postcard in its stores.
Real Judaic education is at the heart of what creates Jew-
ish identity in a meaningful and lasting way. And education With its synagogue in place and in response to increasing
is established as a central obligation for all parents—and local needs, the national growth and progression of Juda-
grandparents. ism, and events around the world, the Jewish community of
Tucson was in need of the next phase of planning and or-
As the Talmud in the Tractate on holiness, Kiddushin, ex- ganization; the women would provide the impetus for both.
plains, "A father is obligated to do the following for his son: This was not just a Tucson phenomenon. Especially in the
to circumcise him, to redeem him if he is a first born, to Reform Jewish movement, Judaism in the United States
teach him Torah, to find him a wife, and to teach him a trade. was experiencing an elementary feminization. Responsibil-
Others say: teaching him how to swim as well." ity for home, the synagogue and its religious school, and
social services for the community came to be seen as the
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In other words, parents have the responsibility to give chil- develop our Jewish identities.
dren a sound and strong religious identity, to help them find As we enter this summer season, I encourage you to seek
appropriate life-partners, to learn and master a profession, new opportunities for Jewish growth and learning, and so
and to take care of themselves physically in safety. We all model for your own children or grandchildren just what you
have the fundamental duty to our children to enable them to want for them.
become Jewish adults: self-sufficient, healthy, and moral.
L’shalom v’rei’ut, in peace and friendship,
At the heart of these obligations is the teaching of Torah,
for it is the commitment to ethical learning that makes life Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon
Interestingly, nowhere does it say that one of our primary
tasks is to make them happy. Judaism is much more fo-
cused on good, of course, and this is reflected throughout
our tradition. Please Join Us for the Bar Mitzvah of
Perhaps you have heard of the term “pediatric Judaism”. Boaz Micah Cohon
This reflects the tendency of some of us to think of Jewish
education as something for kids that ends with bar or bat
mitzvah. We also tend to think of it as the responsibility of
Shabbat Shlach Lecha
others, usually religious schools or tutors. Saturday, June 20th, 2009
Shabbat morning services at 10 AM
But the Talmud is very clear here. The responsibility for Kiddush lunch to follow
teaching our children about Judaism, and for modeling Jew-
ish living, is ours. When we support and encourage the
study of Torah, when we teach ethical living, we are fulfilling Temple Emanu-El
our fundamental duties as Jews. 225 N. Country Club Road
Tucson, AZ 85716
That means that our own Judaism needs to continue to
grow, and that we ourselves must commit to a regular pro-
gram, however modest, of learning Torah and continuing to Rabbi Samuel and Wendy Cohon
Rhody and Greg Downey
Don’t miss the “Too Jewish”
Radio Show with Rabbi Sam Cohon
& Friends! Sunday mornings AT 9
am in Tucson on KVOI AM 690 and
in Douglas, Bisbee, and Sierra Vista
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Second Century Fund
Our amazing guests in June are:
June 7th – Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, author You have an opportunity to ensure the future of
of “The Art of Being Jewish in Modern Times” Temple Emanu-El by simply making a bequest in
June 14 – Dara Horn, author of your will. It is as easy as that!
“All Other Nights” Your contribution will inure
June 21 – Jason Lezak, 2008 Olympic to the Endowment Fund and will be
gold-medalist in freestyle swimming used in perpetuity for generations that follow.
June 28 – Dr. Uri Herscher, Founder and
President of the Skirball Cultural Center
For further information, call Legacy Chair
Liz Weiner-Schulman at 299-6609
Want to sponsor the show? Call 327-4501!
Visit our web page at www.toojewishradio.com
Thoughts to Nosh On Musical Notes
I am proud to announce that I just recent-
It’s June! June is the month when true
ly took up the game of golf. But in case
Tucsonans rejoice. There is no anxi-
you are wondering, I have not played a
ety about the weather—we know with a
round with a priest and a minister just
placid certainty that it will be HOT and
yet. So far I have played a grand total of
dry until monsoon season sometime
two rounds over the past six months. But
next month. Seasonal birds, students,
in those two rounds, I discovered some-
and fair-weather residents have already
thing quite intriguing. I have found that
flown back to the temperate north, traffic diminishes and
my time on the links gave me a greater appreciation for
one can park right next to the University of Arizona. The
blasting summer sun gives way to lovely sunsets and tem-
perate evenings, perfect for swimming and dining outdoors.
Aside from the beautiful nature of the courses in the Tucson
Best of all, at Temple Emanu-El, June ushers in the sum-
desert, and my constant prayers that my drives would not
mer season of Chardonnay Shabbat Services--beginning
veer so far to the right that they actually hit houses, I began
this year on Friday, June 5th with Rabbis Cohon and Sharff
to see the correlation between prayer and golf.
First of all, I know no one can just show up at a course twice
Chardonnay Shabbat services are a cool, relaxed way to
a year and expect to shoot par or better or even necessarily
usher in Shabbat. We begin unwinding from the cares of the
under 100. This is quite similar to Jewish prayer. One term
week at 5 pm with a wine, juice, fruit and cheese Pre-Oneg
for prayer is avodah, which literally means ‘work.’ In order
in the Sy Juster Auditorium. All your Temple friends will be
to have a successful worship experience like a good round
there visiting, noshing and enjoying this brief window of re-
of golf, one really needs to take the time to practice.
pose as we prepare for Shabbat.
Also golf, like prayer is a private experience done in a com-
At 5:45 pm, we begin Kabbalat Shabbat services in the
munal setting. Think about it, it is just you and the ball while
Rubin Family Sanctuary with Rabbis Cohon or Sharff and
gathered with three other people, all hoping to accomplish
myself. Chardonnay Shabbat services are lively, musical,
the same task. And golf, like prayer, also involves a lot of
and fun. And, since they are planned to last about an hour,
shmoozing. No wonder why so many of us enjoy playing
they are wonderful services for the whole family to attend—
even families with younger children.
Of course this metaphor only works so well. Unlike golf, one
Following services, congregants are free to go home for
does not need any additional equipment, though there are
Shabbat dinner, or to go out to dinner together. This sum-
times in the Temple building where I think a beverage cart
mer, make Friday night “Family and Friends Night” at the
would come in handy. I’ll let you know the next time I head
Temple’s Chardonnay Shabbat. After the first few weeks,
out to hit the links. Hopefully it will be sometime before next
you’ll wish it could be summer all year long!
Speaking of which, we are in the process of organizing a
golf tournament for next year in honor of Temple’s 100th
Wednesday, May 13th, I was presented with the JFSA Out-
Anniversary. If you are interested in playing, sponsor-
stanind Judaic Educator Award at the Jewish Federation’s
ing, volunteering, or would like to join us for a morning of
Annual Meeting. I am very grateful to Rabbi Cohon, Lori
great fun, please let us know by calling the Temple office at
Riegel, Sharon Megdal and others who nominated me for
327-4501. More details will follow as they develop. In the
this award, wrote letters of recommendation, or otherwise
meantime, we are looking forward to seeing you both in the
supported my nomination.
shul and on the links.
My thanks as well to all who contributed to my fund, to Tem-
ple Emanu-El, to the JFSA, and to other Jewish organiza-
tions in my honor, and to all who called or wrote to express
Rabbi Benjamin Sharff your congratulations. I appreciate your generosity and kind-
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domain of women. The Jewish women of Tucson, pioneers Member Services
in every sense of the word, were probably out in front of this
movement. At the end of April, we had 52 new
member households, compared
Just as they had insisted it was time for a synagogue in Tuc- with 43 new member households
son and nurtured the creation of Stone Avenue Temple, by at the same time last year. Please
1914, the Hebrew Ladies Aid Society was making plans to help us to make these new mem-
ensure that the temple had adequate funding and the best bers feel welcome!
possible spiritual leadership. The Society was also continu-
ing with its mission to provide help to the needy, accomplish 100 Shomrei members in our
charitable acts, and perpetuate religious instruction for the 100th anniversary year: That’s
community’s children. our new membership campaign in honor of our 100th an-
niversary. Shomrei (Guardian of Temple) dues begin at
After the Temple Board requested the resignation of Rabbi $2,500. If you are able to participate at this level, or higher,
E. M. Chapman, Rabbi Emil Ellinger of San Diego was en- we would love to have you join us.
gaged in September 1914, at a salary of $1,500. At the time,
the Arizona Daily Star referred to Dr. Ellinger as, “a man of All dues statements for next year (July 2009 through June
education and culture.” 2010) have already been mailed. Dues are payable on re-
ceipt, or with an acceptable payment plan (automatic credit
In 1917, the Hebrew Ladies Aid Society, still referring to card deductions, please). Please remember to return your
themselves unofficially as “Sisterhood,” voted to change 2009-2010 dues commitment form and payment so we can
their formal name to the Women’s Auxiliary of the Interna- process your dues commitment.
tional Order of B’nai B’rith. Mrs. L. Rosenstern was named
President, and dues were set at twenty-five cents a month. It’s probably not too early to remind everyone that in keep-
Members continued to visit and financially care for the sick, ing with Temple Board policy, in order to receive High Holy
work for the Orphanage and participate in the work of com- Day tickets, members should have no outstanding financial
munity charities, all while pursuing fundraising projects for obligations from prior years, and membership dues and Re-
Temple. ligious School and ECE fees for the new year (’09-’10) must
be paid in full or must be current in a payment plan.
After America’s entry into World War I, the women contacted
Red Cross headquarters about securing work assignments For the foreseeable future, I will be continue to be avail-
for the war effort. Tuesdays and Fridays were selected as able in the Temple office to handle all membership and dues
the days for Red Cross work. Two second-hand sewing questions, as well as reduced dues requests. My regular
machines were purchased so projects could begin for the office hours will be:
organization’s French and Belgian war relief program. Sal-
vage work for the Red Cross was also begun. After the war, Mondays, 9:00 am Sunshine Swim School
sewing continued for “the poor school children” in Tucson. to 12:00 pm
A fund was started for the purpose of maintaining a rabbi. Tuesdays, 2:30 pm
Each member was asked to solicit funds from one or more to 5:00 pm
male acquaintances. In 1921, the sisterhood affiliated with Thursdays, 9:00
the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods. am to 11:00 am It’s so much
fun to learn
In 1924, after several years without a rabbi in Tucson, the If you need to reach to swim!
women requested guidance from Hebrew Union College re- me, please call the
garding selection of a rabbi. The reply was shared with B’nai Temple office and I Swim lessons for all ages
6 months old and up.
B’rith. By July, Rabbi Benjamin Cohen, formerly serving con- will return your call.
gregations in El Paso and Bellingham, WA, was hired, with Temple members receive $5.00 OFF
per child for one session with this ad.
the intent of providing some unity to the increasingly diverse B’shalom, Some restrictions may apply.
Expires Dec. 2009
and independent Tucson Jewish community.
Donna Beyer 1850 W. Orange Grove Rd.
Norma Cohen and Sally Duchin Membership Chair 544-4976
Centennial Committee East
8484 E. Speedway Blvd.
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WRJ Heads into High Holy Days Participation!
Summer and Simchas Sign Up Now for This Fall!
WRJ is delighted to be sponsoring It’s your turn if your last name begins with A-M.
the Oneg Shabbat honoring the
Bar Mitzvah of Boaz Cohon on It is time to begin planning for the High Holiday Honors com-
Saturday, June 20th. If you would mittee to begin working. Temple staff and volunteers are al-
like to participate, you may make a ready beginning preparations for Rosh Hashanah and Yom
contribution to WRJ or to the Tem- Kippur services.
ple Oneg fund. Or call Dana Adler for additional opportuni-
ties. Ten years ago, Rabbi Cohon led Temple to began a wonder-
ful tradition of including all members of the congregation who
As we slide into summer, sweltering days and Chardonnay so wished to have the honor of participating High Holy day
Shabbats, WRJ is still in the process of putting together services. Because of the growth in congregational member-
a board and activities for the next fiscal year. In review- ship, we have divided these honors up alphabetically. This
ing source materials in preparation for writing some of the year it will be the turn of members whose last names begin
history articles that will appear in the Temple Times during with the letters A-M to participate.
Temple’s Century celebration, I was struck by several ob-
servations, very relevant to this process. If that is you, please fill out the bottom of this form to indicate
your interest and return to the Temple office by June 28.
First, it is the women of Temple Emanu-El (without whom Even if you are not able or interested in participating, please
there would be no Temple Emanu-El!) who have always complete this form.
provided the driving force to insure the perpetuation of
Jewish culture, learning and caring within the temple com- Thank you.
munity. Second, many of the problems and obstacles that
confronted our foremothers in the early 1900’s are not un- Ruth Dickstein
like the challenges of today: Who will lead…how to raise Chair, High Holy Day Honors
money and where can it best be spent…why do dishes and
utensils disappear from Temple…which community causes
____ Yes, please include me/us in participating in High
deserve our time and attention.
Yes, Temple is no longer in its embryonic stage, so there
are more committees to participate in this kind of problem-
solving. However, the effectiveness of your WRJ still de-
(Name(s) of all members of your family who wish to
pends upon the participation of dedicated women. Take on
one tiny piece of the pie, and the whole will turn out to be
sunptuous! Pardon the food metaphor, but we are Jewish,
I will be attending: (Check all that apply)
after all. Call Dana Adler and talk about what you might do.
And watch for a June meeting date so that you can partici-
__ Evening Rosh Hashanah(Sept. 18)
pate. We look forward to your excellent ideas!
__ Rosh Hashanah morning (Sept. 19)
Norma E. Cohen
Women of Reform Judaism
__ Early Kol Nidre Services,5:30 PM (Sept. 27)
Calling All Singers! __ Late Kol Nidre Service 8:15 PM (Sept. 27)
Tired of singing in the shower?
Contact Marjorie Hochberg at 327-4501 __ Morning Yom Kippur Service (Sept. 28)
about singing in the High Holy Day Choir!
__ Afternoon Kol Nidre Service (Sept. 28)
Rehearsals begin August!
__ Yizkor and closing Service Yom Kippur (Sept. 28)
__ I regret I cannot participate
June Shabbat Service Schedule
Chardonnay Shabbat Friday, June 26th
5:00 pm - Chardonnay Shabbat
Services Begin! Wine, Fruit and Cheese Pre-Oneg
Friday, June 5th 5:45 pm - Chardonnay Evening Shabbat Services
5:00 pm - Chardonnay Shabbat
Wine, Fruit and Cheese Pre-Oneg Saturday, June 27th
5:45 pm - Chardonnay Shabbat Services 8:30 am - Torah Study
5:30 pm - Tot Kabbalat Shabbat Dinner 10:00 am - Shabbat Morning Services
6:15 pm - Tot Kabbalat Israeli Shabbat Services 5:00 pm - Babies and Bagels and
Oneg Sponsored by Maria and Neil Russakoff Wandering Jews Desert Museum Havdallah
in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of Max Russakoff Hike and Service
Torah portion - Korach
Numbers 16:1 - 18:32
Saturday, June 6th
8:30 am - Torah Study
10:00 am - Shabbat Services
Bar Mitzvah of Max Russakoff
Torah Portion: Naso
Numbers 6:1 - 7:89
Friday, June 12th SETTINGS inc.
5:00 pm - Chardonnay Shabbat complete event design & coordination
Wine, Fruit and Cheese Pre-Oneg now offering invitations and
5:45 pm - Chardonnay Evening Shabbat Services personal stationery too!
Oneg Sponsored by Tammye and Scott Gregoire in honor
Jennifer Miller Grant
of the Bar Mitzvah of Taran Gregoire
Saturday, June 13th
8:30 am - Torah Study
10:00 am - Shabbat Morning Services
Bar Mitzvah of Taran Gregoire
Torah portion: Beha’alotcha
Numbers 8:1 - 12:16 Start Forever u n d e r
Friday, June 19th Tu c s o n ’s S t a r r y S k i e s
5:00 pm - Chardonnay Shabbat
Wine, Fruit and Cheese Pre-Oneg
• Award-winning dining:
5:45 pm - Chardonnay Evening Shabbat Services
create your own delectable
and Date Night
Oneg Sponsored by the Women of Reform Judaism
• Panoramic mountain & city views
in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of Boaz Cohon
• Outdoor / rooftop ceremony
& reception under the stars
Saturday, June 20th
10:00 am - Shabbat Morning Services Weddings • Special Events
Bar Mitzvah of Boaz Cohon
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Torah portion: Shelach Lecha
Numbers 13:1 - 15:41
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Temple Wandering Jews Drash Program
and Babies and Bagels I hope this finds you contemplating writing and presenting
Evening Havdallah Experience
a drash. Perhaps during this contemplative period you are
at the World-Famous Arizona- wondering from what sources you could obtain inspiration
Sonora Desert Museum and direction for your task. Here are a couple that should
do just that.
Saturday, June 27thst from 5 pm to 8 pm, Temple Emanu-
El’s Wandering Jews hiking club and Babies and Bagels The first is our own Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon. It is a distinct
are hosting a Havdallah Experience at the internationally pleasure to read Rabbi’s Weekly Torah Talk. His ability to
acclaimed Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. Desert hikers analyze the Torah portion and then discuss it in light of the
enjoy a relaxing dinner together, participate in a short, lively world today is truly enviable. You can find the entire collec-
Summer Solstice Havdallah Service led by Rabbi Samuel tion of Weekly Torah Talks at the Temple’s website (templ-
M. Cohon and delight in this magnificent setting as they take
eemanueltucson.org). Just click on “Rabbi Cohon’s Weekly
a peaceful evening stroll among the flora and fauna of the
Torah Talk” on the left side of the page and you will open the
Desert Musem, accompanied by Abe and Norma Lackow,
door to a wealth of knowledge and inspiration.
Temple members and Desert Museum docents.
The other source to pursue is the website kolel.org. Click on
“Weekly Parasha” at the top of the home page. There you
there is a
Wandering Jews Hike to Wasson Peak, May 2009. Photo by Steve Shawl.
will find seven selections each of which can give you a great
deal of valuable information. The seventh selection, “Write a
Dvar Torah,” takes you by the hand and leads you through
at the Desert
the process of writing a drash.
Good luck in your drash pursuits. Give me a call at 529-2733
to let me know how things are going and when you would
like to share your drash with your fellow congregants.
Our darashanim for June are:
Ironwood Cafe offered at $10.25. Temple members are June 5th - Russakoff Family
allowed to bring in food to accommodate those who keep June 12th - Gregoire Family
kosher provided that at least half our party purchases the June 19th - Cohon Family
meal. Admission to the museum is free for Desert Museum June 27th - Joe Steiner
members; otherwise the summer evening admission price
is: $6 for adults aged 13 and above, $2.25 for young people Joe Steiner
aged 12 and under. We also have a limited number of Drash Chair, (520) 529-2733
coupon for $2 off the adult admission price available for the
This event is open to the community. However, reservations
WRJ of Temple Emanu-El
are required in order to receive the Temple admission Gift Shop
discount, and to reserve meals. For reservations, call 327-4501, ext. 22
the Temple office at 327-4501 no later than 5:00 pm on
Wednesday, June 24th. Judaica for all your home, festival
and life-cycle needs.
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is located at 2021
North Kinney Road. From Speedway Blvd, just west of the Monday 1 pm to 3 pm
freeway: Head west on Speedway 12 miles. Turn right onto Tuesday 3:30 pm to 6 pm
Kinney Road. In about 2.5 miles, the Desert Museum will be Thursday 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
on your left. Friday 10 am to 1 pm
For more information or to volunteer, contact
Questions? Call the Temple office at 327-4501.
Dana Adler at 241-4381 or
Laura Olesen VISA and Mastercard accepted.
Wandering Jews Committee
Strauss Early Childhood Taken from the Childcare Exchange magazine authored by
early childhood educator Roger Neugebauer:
In my sixth year at the Strauss ECE, “‘A good name will shine forever.’
we have ten classrooms and are in
the process of converting one of our “Financiers measure the success of their investments
older classrooms into a young toddler by their return rates – the percent of profit an invest-
room. It will be ready to go by June ment returns. Centers can measure their success by
1st, 2009, the first day of our summer another form of return rate – the rate at which families
session. return to the center. For directors who have been in
charge for less than ten years, there is only one return
Our success is made possible by: rate that applies – the frequency with which families re-
turn to the center to enroll their subsequent children. If
The strenuous NAEYC re-accreditation process. families routinely enroll additional children in a center,
Teachers are working extremely hard to ensure that all of the this is a probable sign that the center is doing some-
NAEYC criteria and standards are met. Teachers are going thing right.”
to school and in some cases, back to school, to work on the
requisite degrees required by NAEYC to be qualified early At the Strauss ECE we have 31 families with their second,
childhood education teachers at our school. third and in one case, their 4th child with us. It is a thoughtful
testament to the extraordinary quality and dedication of our
Continuing Programs and Activities: teaching staff. I could not be more proud of the outstanding
The Pre-Kindergarten students have continued to enjoy play work they do day in and day out.
dates with the children from the Arizona School for the Deaf
and Blind. We have all truly benefited by this wonderful ex- And I thank all of you for supporting high quality early Jewish
perience. childhood education.
We have been able to attend the Tucson Hebrew Academy B’Shalom,
for some of their performances and have loved seeing some
of our Strauss ECE alumni in them. Lyn Henry
Director, Strauss ECE
We have sign language, music, dance and movement and
Israeli dancing as enrichment activities. We also offer physi-
cal education classes. Children have the opportunity to
experience all kinds of movement and to learn more about
their bodies. Judaics are also incorporated in the children’s
We have been making playground improvements! Thanks
to our parent committee with its chair, David Harris, we have
been raising money for our playground. We are concentrat-
ing on those areas for infants and young toddlers and have
thus far raised over $2500. We have also been awarded a
grant of $440 from SAzAEYC (Southern Arizona Associa- ECE students celebrating Passover and Purim!
tion for the Education of Young Children ) to help with this
project. Two of our parents, Ilana Addis and Stacy Protas ,
had a jewelry party and $425 was donated to our school. All
the children and teachers are excited about the new chang-
es on the playground!
Our families have also generously participated in the Jewish
Family Services diaper drive and in a stuffed animal drive for
the fire department. The fire department came to our school
and gave a fire safety presentation as well as gratefully col-
lecting the animals!
Kurn Religious School This year certainly could not have gone as smoothly as it did
without our fabulous, supreme and terrific Religious School
It is hard to believe how quickly this
Assistant, April Bauer. April has a tremendous ability to
school year has gone… and exciting to
be proactive and figure things out, and is highly organized
look back at all that we have accom-
plished since the fall. As you prob-
ably know, I began the school year
A special thank you to acting president Jason Feld, for tak-
teaching the 4th grade class, which
ing on many, many hours of volunteer work to guide our
also marked my fifth year teaching at
congregation through quite a few transitions. Jason has
Temple Emanu-El and my 18th year of
always made himself available to me to answer my ques-
teaching Hebrew and Judaism. 18 is a special number, so
tions and provide perspective and advice.
it seems fitting that my 18th year of teaching also marked a
big change for me… when I took over as Youth Education
Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank my daugh-
Director on October 5th.
ter Logan, who has probably felt this transition the most!
Although Logan enjoys coming to my office to get jelly
I would like to dedicate this column to the many people who
beans, she also had to transition from being the daughter
helped make that transition as smooth as possible. First of
of a teacher to the daughter of an education director, which
all, our amazing faculty of teachers, teaching assistants and
definitely put her in the spotlight among her peers. Logan
specialists is the heart of our program. We are only suc-
has helped me decorate my office, laminate items and has
cessful classroom by classroom. Please be sure to thank
spent many hours here doing homework and entertaining
both your child’s teacher and teaching assistants … many of
herself, all of which is appreciated!
whom were new faces this year. I was faced with the need
to make changes in some of the classrooms, and could not
Please note the following dates for the upcoming school
have done this without the skills and talents of our staff.
year: Sunday, August 16th – 11:30 am Welcome Back
Pizza Party & Meet the Teachers
Our Youth Education Committee also deserves high praise.
Tuesday, August 18th – 4 pm - 1st Day Hebrew School
They have been incredibly supportive of both me and all of
Sunday, August 23rd - 9 am – 1st Day Religious School
the programs we offered this year. With Bess Ecelbarger
at the lead, our YEC organized a wonderful Mitzvah Day,
Purim Carnival and end of year Siyyum Celebration. They
Kurn Religious School Director
have also assisted me with a curriculum rewrite, staffing
changes and numerous other decisions I was faced with.
They have really been the champions of our school this
year, and I owe a huge amount of gratitude to all of the vol-
unteers on the committee. The Rick Recht Concert Committee would like to thank
our generous sponsors who made the event possible:
Our full-time staff at Temple is also deserving of recognition.
Rabbi Cohon has provided excellent guidance, support and TITLE SPONSOR: Temple Emanu-El
advice to me throughout this school year. I also greatly ap- Women of Reform Judaism
preciate both Rabbi Sharff’s and Cantorial Soloist Marjorie
Hochberg’s participation in our faculty teaching two of our Café Italiano
grades, and willingness to lend a hand whenever needed. Creative Arrangements by Sylvia
Also high on the list of thank you’s is Program Coordinator elle wine country restaurant
Mila Anderson and Facilities Manager Oleg Shishkovskiy. Hampton Inn & Suites on Wilmot
Mila is often at the heart of the wonderful youth and family The Rialto Theatre – Matisyahu Concert
programs we offer, and Oleg has really kept things running Sous Chef
smoothly for us by responding quickly and efficiently when- Gary Tenen, Alphagrahpics
ever we needed something in the building. Natalie Waxen- Deborah Fernandez-Turner, DO
berg, Temple’s Rabbinic Assistant, not only teaches our 7th Wild West Promotions
grade on Sundays, but is also our quick-responding “techie”,
and helped me numerous times when I first moved into my And Special thanks to Organizer, Lori Riegel!
office. The next time you are in the Temple Office, please
give a special thank you to Karen Nelson, who makes our If you have not done so already, please enter our raffle
fliers, answers questions with care and concern and is there for a free pair of tickets to the June 11th
to greet you happily and help track down the answers to any Matisyahu Concert!
questions relating to the Temple or Religious School. Call Lori at 327-6722 for details.
Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund
Leo and Eunice Morris in memory of Fred Rosen Burt
Lazar in memory of Brenda Lazar John and Deb Judin Al Chevra Kadisha Fund
and Janice Kivel Stanley and Lillian Boas in memory of Fred Doris Nelson in appreciation of Rabbi Cohon
Rosen Gerrie Weiswasser in memory of Sam Sklar Joan
and Jack Cole in honor of Rabbi Cohon ‘s 10th anniversary Dickstein Memorial Endowment Fund
Irving and Sylvia Bartz in memory of Meyer Gerstel Renee Bunny and Gerry Matlick in honor of Harold Zimmerman’s
Geffen in appreciation of Temple Emanu-El Doris Nelson in 90th birthday Steve and Ruth Dickstein in memory of Esther
appreciation of Rabbi Cohon Cynthia Shenker in memory of Greenfield Steve and Ruth Dickstein in memory of Rebecca
Dr. Lewis Shenker, Mollie Sorkin Berger, and Bonnie Sorkin Eve Dickstein Rene and Ted Silverman in honor of Steve
Cahn Dr. and Mrs. William Becker in memory of Elmer Dickstein’s special birthday Steve and Ruth Dickstein in
Goldwyn Olga Cohen in memory of Esther Gold Bella memory of Eve Dickstein Steve and Ruth Dickstein in honor
Whitman in memory of Stephen Cannon Gladys Hanfling of Rabbi Baruch Cohon’s 2nd Bar Mitzvah Bunny and
in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of Rabbi Baruch Cohon Jerry Matlick in honor of Fern Feder being named Woman
Gladys Hanfling in honor of Faith Alster’s granddaughter’s of the Year Steve and Liz Weiner-Schulman in memory of
Bat Mitzvah Gladys Hanfling in honor of Mila Anderson their grandmother, Eva Ossin Weiner Steve Schulman and
for her efforts to make the Temple Retreat such a success Liz Weiner-Schulman in honor of Lisa Beyer’s attaining her
Gladys Hanfling in memory of Leonard Schutzman Masters Degree Steve Schulman and Liz Weiner-Schulman in
Ronald Cohen Hal and Charlotte Hegwer in honor of Boaz honor of the marriage of Bryna and Harold Bongarten
Cohon’s Bar Mitzvah Sally Kreida in memory of Harry P.
Direnfeld Cynthia Shenker in memory of Jean Gallner and Gottlieb Memorial Fund
Beatrice Rybstein Mal Eisenberg for having a safe and non- Judy Lefton in memory of her grandfather, Max Lipsic
complicated journey Peter and Marian Schwartz in honor of
Rabbi Baruch Cohon’s Bar Mitzvah Jack and Irene Steindler Jacobson Scholarship Fund
in honor of Rabbi Baruch Cohon’s 2nd Bar Mitzvah Micki and Jerry Shulman in honor of their 53rd
Associate Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund.
Jake and Sherry Jacobson in memory of Ray Feinberg Lillyan A Kaplan SACTACC Fund
Joanne and Michael Rainbow in memory of her uncle, Murray Marjorie Hochberg in memory of Star Wishon
Cantorial Soloist Discretionary Fund Mr. and Mrs. Murray A. Handler in memory of Morris
The Megdal Family in honor of Marjorie Hochberg being Gelberg
named Judaic Educator of the Year
Bernice Epstein Social Action Fund Bill and Eve Smith in memory of Susan Smith and Sig
Ruth and Sam Reiter in memory of Henry Darmstadter Smith Layha Emma in memory of her husband, Alexander
Robert and Harriet Hirsch in memory of Sidney Nelson Sylvia Emma
Ulan and Family in memory of Harry S. Berlat
Nogales Cemetery Fund
Bilgray Fund Esther Capin in memory of Robert Bracker
Ruth Winger in memory of her brother, Sidney Gilberg
Ruth Winger in memory of Fred Rosen Simon Rosenblatt and Oneg Fund
Louise Greenfield in honor of Steve Dickstein’s 70th birthday Hal and Charlotte Hegwer in honor of Hal Hegwer’s
Sandra Birnbaum and Martin Birnbaum in memory of their David & Helen Plotkin Sponsor-A-Student Fund
mother, Beatrice Birnbaum Milton and Marilyn Kaufman Diana Simpson in memory of her mother, Matilda Angel
in honor of George Parlmutter’s 90th birthday Milton and
Marilyn Kaufman for a speedy recovery of Murray Weiss Ted Religious School Fund
Karnofsky in memory of his mother, Lena Karnofsky, and his The Medgal Family in honor of Keith Dveirin being named
brother, Eugene Karnofsky Lola Grabb in memory of Olga Young Man of the Year Lori Riegel in memory of her father,
Grabb Cary Bercovitch Judy Mayer in memory of Jane Elin
Ann Lapidus donation of centerpieces and decorations Hal
Remembrance Fund and Charlotte Hegwer in appreciation of the Northwest Shabbat
Fern and Cary Marmis in memory of Sidney Nelson Services Simon Rosenblatt and Louise Greenfield in honor of
Esther Capin in memory of Sol Nathan Harriet Rosenstein in Bruce and Donna Beyer’s 40th wedding anniversary Bruce
memory of Morton Rosenstein and Donna Beyer in honor of the birth of Marty and Marilyn
Halpern’s grandson, John Joseph
Fred & Gert Rosen Memorial Fund
Harry Karchmer in memory of Fred Rosen Irene Sarver in 21st Century Legacy Fund
memory of Fred Rosen Betty Ann Sarver in memory of Fred (Temple Emanu-El Endowment Fund)
Rosen Robert and Harriet Hirsch in memory of Fred Rosen Ronald and Diane Weintraub in memory of his mother,
Beatrice Weintraub Ronald and Diane Weintraub in memory
Sam & Jane Kurn Fund of Fred Rosen Roberta Bracker in memory of her husband,
Hindy Pino in memory of Betty Sichel Robert Bracker Roberta Bracker in memory of her father-
in-law, Charles Bracker Roberta Bracker in memory of her
Simchas & Happy Occasion Fund father, Sol Bracker
The Megdal Family in honor of Danny Gasch being named
Man of the Year Hal and Charlotte Hegwer in honor of Rabbi
Baruch Cohon’s 2nd Bar Mitzvah
Strauss Early Childhood Education Fund
Robert and Olga Strauss in memory of Fred Rosen Sue
Scheen for improvements in our playground Ilana Addis
for improvements in our playground Stacy Protas for
improvements in our playground Sharon Geiger in memory
of Julius Lindenberg Rabbi Benjamin and Joy Sharff for
improvements in our playground Fred and Leah Richter in
memory of Sylvia and Nathan Richter the Martin family in
honor of the Bris of Zev Joseph Martin The Family of Dina
Spector for improvements in our playground
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Martin Heilbraun in memory of Sylvia Heilbraun James
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and Ruth Friedman Simon Rosenblatt and Louise Greenfield
Peter Eisner Kathy and Ron Margolis for Rabbi’s Pantry in
memory of Kenneth Napoli Dan Kirchner Pearl Lasky in
appreciation of the Yizkor service Warren Bodow Morton
and Francine Shafton for Rabbi’s Pantry in memory of Fred
Rosen Charlotte Kendis in memory of Fred Rosen Irene
and Jack Sarver: donation of many books
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Happy June Gerald Sapin 21 Dr. Ron Schifman
14 Robert Cohen 22 Gilbert Kurland
Birthday! Boaz Cohon Sylvia Ulan
1 Arthur Dumes Michael Fox 23 Sheila Bart
Alizda Garma-Contreras Gerald Gendell Suzanne Bloomfield
David Gibbs Ann Lapidus Rena Bransky
Sondra Marcus David Morgan Teddy Horowitz
2 Dr. William Becker 15 Sara Baker Barry Kalpin
Caroline Dreyfus Jonathan Katz 24 Daniel Marks
Yukari Iventosch Kenneth Reynolds 25 William Bauer
Rachel Levy Shirley Rochman Deandra Binder
Natalie Robbins Peter Schwartz Kaitlin Haley
Charlotte Toppel Laura Sherman Elsa Leibovitz
3 Elsa Bortman Mark Sherman Martha Rothman
Roberto Veytia Gary Tenen 26 Rabbi James Botwright
4 Roberta Bracker Levi Tenen Lindsey Molk
Jake Dunham 16 Robert Bransky Kira O’Shea
Bryce Megdal Shipherd Reed 27 Zachary Brown
Micki Shulman 17 Ann Eisenberg Leatrice Ennis
5 Scott Arden Lawrence Hafter Jacob Glaser
Richard Belkin Eileen Palles Logan Jacobs
Devin Katz Esther Spiegel Nicole Keel
Sam Migliazzo 18 Dr. Bernard Cohen Joy Miller-Frilot
Barbara Sussman Richard Gordon Dr. Joseph Steiner
Brendan Weinberg Diana Haas 28 Craig Gross
6 Sabina Anderson Dr Kevan Schlamowitz Alex Smythe
Paulette Gootter Steve Shawl Sandra Snyder
David Harris 19 Murray Abramson Ellen Yasmer
John Kaiser Pearl Feld 29 Carol Tornow
7 Shirley Dennis Ken Goodman 30 David Bonin
Taran Gregoire Dr. Harvey Meislin Allegra Cronin
Andrew Messing Kevin O’Shea Jonathan Rothschild
Barton Rochman Morton Reich
Bari Ross Logan Riegel
8 Jenna Cohen Shelly Silverman
Martin Heilbraun Lee Tencer Reiss
Ruth Rappaport 20 Jonathan Contreras
Roberta Watson Brad Dux
9 Wendy Agron Taylor Kauffman
Steven Golden Simon Moret
Claudine Gootter Benjamin Sargus
10 JoAnne Naef
11 Antonia Esquibel
12 Burt Derman
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Art & Sharon Geiger
Hal & Charlotte Hegwer
Martin & Carol Navarrette
14 Bruce & Donna Beyer
Mo & Amy Goldman
Rabbi Richard & Lois Safran
Steven & Shelly Silverman
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15 Toni Miller & Peter Lasho
Steve & Lynn Sacks
Les & Susan Wallach Infrastructure and Our Temple’s
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Fern & Cary Marmis Unsung Heroes
17 Ned & Suzanne Bloomfield
Michael & Sonny Kaye Infrastructure is a term often heard these days when it comes
David Mandel & Leah to national and local events and policies. Infrastructure has
Glashow-Mandel to do with elements indispensible to our society such as
18 Foster & Carol Kivel roads and bridges and how they function. How does that
19 Jerry & Marsha Julius term relate to Temple Emanu-El? Does Temple have indis-
Barton & Shirley Rochman pensible needs? Indeed it does.
Sanders & Ruth-Jean Solot
Bob & Olga Strauss All too often we take for granted the many contributions to
20 Arthur & Ann Goldberg our Temple’s infrastructure made by many unsung heroes.
Ed & Lynda Rogoff John Asselin, Robert Inigo, Steve Nevins and Victor
21 Charles & Renee Freund Villareal form one group of heroes who work diligently to
Stanley & Elaine Goldberg maintain our large and complicated facility. This group con-
Myron & Joan Rosenbluth tributes so much that makes life at Temple attractive. Be sure
Larry & Jan Zeger to say hello and thanks to our facilities team members!
22 Arnold & Carole Adler
23 Larry & Doris Chapman Joe Steiner
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June Activities for “Boomers,” aged 45-65
Wednesday, June 3rd at 5:00pm Happy Hour at Blanco’s in La Encantada Shopping Center.
Half price appetizers and drink specials. RSVP to Barbara Esmond at 299-1197 by Tuesday,
Wednesday, June 10th at 7:30pm Coffee and conversation at the Coffee X-Change at Camp-
bell and Grant. Come shmooze and meet some new friends. Look for the Rei’ut sign.
Monday, June 15th at 6:00pm Meet at the JCC to hear the Tzofim Friendship Caravan. They are a group of highly talented
Israeli teenagers that travel throughout the US with song and dance. The concert is free.
Sunday, June 21st at 4:00pm Pot luck pool party at the home of Ron Cohen. Bring your swim suit and towel. Call Ron by
Friday, June 19th at 615-1205 to tell him what food item you will be bringing.
Tuesday, June 23rd at 6:00pm Dinner at Bangkok Café, 2511 E Speedway. Hosts are Mike and Fern. RSVP to Mike at
744-8624 by Monday, June 22nd.
Wednesday, June 24th at 7:30pm Coffee and conversation at the Coffee X-Change at Campbell and Grant. Come sh-
mooze and meet some new friends. Look for the Rei’ut sign.
Sunday, June 28th at 7:00am Hike to Josephine Saddle in Madeira Canyon. For more info and to sign up for the hike,
please call Simon at 731-1206 by Thursday, June 25th so he can arrange for car pooling.
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About the Temple Times Mazal Tov, B’nai Mitzvah!
Contributors this issue:
Rabbi Samuel M Cohon
Rabbi Benjamin Sharff
Marjorie Hochberg, Cantorial Soloist, Editor
Donna Beyer, Member Services
Lyn Henry, Strauss ECE Director
Lori Riegel, Kurn Religious School Taran Gregoire
Mila Anderson, Program Coordinator June 13th
Laura Olesen, Wandering Jews Parshat Beha’alotcha
Donna Beyer, Membership Chair
Norma Cohen and Sally Duchin, Century
Celebration Boaz Cohon
Ruth Dickstein, High Holy Day Honors June 20th at 10 am
Joe Steiner, Temple Photographer, Parshat Shelach Lecha
Drash Program, Unsung Heroes
Deadline for the July issue Taylor Kauffman
is Monday, June 1st June 20th at 4 pm
Parshat Shelach Lecha
Advertise in the Temple Times!
For more information, contact Condolences
Marjorie Hochberg at 327-4501 We mourn the loss to our community of
Marcelle Eisen, mother of Elka Eisen
Check out our webpage!
Pearl Feld, mother of Jason Feld
Murray Mondschein, ex-husband of Ruth Mondschein &
father of Joan & Paula Mondschein
Dr. Larry Sayre, son of Dotte Sayre
Leonard Schutzman, friend of Gladys Hanfling
Jean Simon, grandmother of Melissa Haller
May their memories be a blessing.
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