June 1, 2009 — 9 Sivan 5769
Vol. 12, No. 6
Temple Beth-El Annual Meeting
Celebrating the Presidency of Leslie Selig Byrd
Welcoming the Leadership of Steven A. Rubin
Honoring Outgoing Board Members David Adelman,
David Ladensohn, Harriet Oppenheimer, David Palans,
Jim Patterson, and Janet Westheimer
Recognizing Geri Gregory for
Leslie Selig Byrd 25 years of service to the Temple Steven A. Rubin
Thursday, June 11, 7:30 P.M.
in the Wulfe Sanctuary
Reception to follow, hosted by the Rubin Family and Ilene Greene
The Nominating Committee— chaired by Sylvan S. Lang, Jr., and including David Adelman, Ina
Bushon, Leslie Selig Byrd, Dr. Willie Cantu, Buddy Gardner, Greg Gonzalez, Rob Kaufman, Dan Klein,
Mary Levy, David Oppenheimer, Harriet Oppenheimer, Richard Planto, Gail Ratner, Janet Westheimer, and
Derek Williams— presents the following nominees for officers and trustees:
Officers Trustees 2009-2011 Continuing Trustees
President......................Steven A. Rubin Lisa Adelman Dr. Roxanne Henkin 2008-2010
Senior Vice-President......Bill Goodman Dr. Rich Benedikt Phil Kolovson Leslie Komet Ausburn
Vice-President...............…Arlene Dryer Rick Byrd Daniel Laser Beth Keough
Vice-President.................Elaine Kovner Candy Gardner Mary Levy Mitch Michelson
Vice-President..................Barbara Moss Gail Ratner
Treasurer...........….…Michael Swanson Perry Wulfe
Recording Secretary..Dr. Melvin L. Cohen Trustees 2009-2010
Hattie Lee Gleichenhaus
The proposed budget for 2009-2010 is available for review by contacting Rabbi Alan Berlin, Executive Director.
Page 2 Temple Beth-El Bulletin – June/July 2009
THE RABBIS SPEAK Armed Forces
Shabbat July 3
Leslie Selig Byrd: Opening to break down barriers. Let us keep the
Doors, Opening Hearts doors open— and, more importantly, let On Friday, July 3, at 6:30 P.M., in the
us keep our hearts open— to every man, Wulfe Sanctuary, we will observe Armed
This month, Leslie Selig Byrd woman and child who seek comfort and Forces Shabbat. There is only one service
completes two years of full-time service meaning at our Temple. Let no physical this Shabbat Eve.
as President of Temple Beth-El. Leslie or mental or emotional difference become
is indefatigable. She has an actual full- a handicap, preventing a person from Colonel
time job of considerable consequence experiencing the fullness of Jewish life at Sandra Adams
and responsibility. Her family life is rich Temple Beth-El. Let no request be rejected to Speak
and meaningful, requiring a good deal of without due consideration. Let us search for
time and energy. She has labored on our ways to say “yes,” and say “no” only when Rabbi Bergman
Temple’s behalf for a long time, having we must— and then, with compassion and Vann and Cantor
served as an officer for at least seven caring. Berlin will officiate
years, and on the Board for many years Leslie Selig Byrd’s presidency has at this service, and
before that. Throughout the last two years, been a blessing to me personally and to our Temple member,
Leslie has attended countless meetings, entire congregation. May that blessing be a
taken calls at all times and for all reasons, Colonel Sandra
living legacy for many years to come. Adams, will speak
and occasionally dropped everything to
urgently run to the Temple. on “My Recent
Barry H. D. Block Experience Serving
Hard work and commitment of time,
though, are only part of what Leslie has in Afghanistan.” Jewish Veterans of War Post
offered us. Rabbi Bergman Vann 753 will participate in the service and usher.
Temple Beth-El has long made a Blesses Texas Senate Colonel Sandra M. Adams is
significant commitment to openness. Commander of the Air Force Services
We strive to be welcoming to all of our Agency, a Field Operating Agency at
members, potential members, and guests. Randolph Air Force Base, that reports to HQ
We work to break down barriers that USAF/A1S in Washington, D.C. The areas
might otherwise limit access to our sacred under her command include community
congregation. support, business activities, human resources
Leslie Selig Byrd has led all of us— oversight for 28,000 NAF personnel, central
Rabbis and lay leadership, staff and the
entire membership— to find new doors contracting, data management, worldwide
that we might open. Leslie has made an financial and banking systems, and
unswerving commitment to finding ways $600,000,000 in NAF construction.
to say “yes.” She urges all of us to look When the Senate is in Session, it Colonel Adams was born in Chicago,
beyond the ways we’ve always done things, is customary to invite a clergy person Illinois. After graduating from high school,
beyond the course of least resistance, to to offer an invocation to start off the she attended the University of Illinois at
accommodate individuals and their needs. legislative day. I was invited by Senator Chicago where she entered the two-year
Leslie truly cares about each person who Leticia Van de Putte to offer to be the ROTC program. She earned a Bachelor
comes into contact with the Temple. Chaplain of the Day on April 24. Here is of Science Degree in Marketing and was
During these two years of Leslie’s the prayer that I offered: commissioned a Second Lieutenant in
presidency, even more than in the past, “Source of all, as in the past You September 1984.
Temple Beth-El has become “the place inspired such leaders as Abraham and
Sarah, Moses and Miriam. We ask that Among her many awards and
to be” on Friday nights. So much of our today You encourage our leaders, these men decorations, she has received the Defense
congregation gathers on Shabbat Eve, and women who serve the great State of Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious
worshiping in two different locations and in Texas. As the debates grow stronger and the Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters,
two different styles, but coming together as hours grow longer, sustain them in body, in Air Force Commendation Medal, Southwest
one community. spirit, and in mind. And as the discussions Asia Service Medal with one service star,
Leslie would credit others— become more vehement and charged, help Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one
particularly our volunteer singers and them, God, so that they will be able to hear campaign star, the Global War on Terrorism
musicians and our Shlihei Tzibbur, each other with open hearts. Support these Service Medal, and the NATO Non-Article 5
the Shalom Committee members and women and men and, indeed, all who work
Brotherhood volunteers who greet us, and in these hallowed halls, so that they may ISAF Medal.
Cantor Julie Berlin, among others— for keep their mission and purpose ever in their In April, she returned from Kabul,
the welcome extended every Friday night. sight. Guide their deliberations that their Afghanistan, and began her work at
In so many ways, though, Leslie has been leadership will continue to make our state Randolph AFB immediately after.
the inspiration for, and symbol of, the great. Amen.” Colonel Adams has been married to her
community we experience. On almost The experience of being a Chaplain husband, Jamie, for nearly 16 years.
every Friday night, Leslie may be found of the Day reminds me of the unique
connection between the work of our Military Personnel
in the Michelson Entry Plaza, welcoming Receive Blessing
folks as they enter the Oppenheimer Lobby congregation and the work of our State
to head down the Stahl Gallery, either to Legislature. While our methods and our During the service, all current and former
goals are vastly different, we must keep U.S. military personnel will be called to the
the Wulfe Sanctuary or to the Barshop in mind, that, as the days of the Session
Auditorium. That personal greeting by the become numbered, we are both working to bimah to receive a special blessing before the
President speaks volumes about her and make the world a better place. open Ark. All who will be present that night
about our Temple, and inspires others to do I’m grateful to Senator Van de Putte are asked to phone the rabbis’ offices at 733-
the same. for offering me the opportunity to serve the 9135, ext. 106, so that Rabbi Bergman Vann
We will continue to honor Leslie long State in this unique manner. may invite them by name. Military personnel
beyond the end of her term, as we continue
Allison Bergman Vann are encouraged to attend in uniform.
Temple Beth-El Bulletin – June/July 2009 Page 3
Friday, June 5, 6:30 P.M. Friday, June 19, 6:30 P.M. Friday, July 3, 6:30 P.M.
In the Barshop Auditorium In the Barshop Auditorium In the Wulfe Sanctuary
Rabbi Bergman Vann will officiate with Rabbi Bergman Vann will officiate with Armed Forces Shabbat
volunteer songleader, Michael Malinas. volunteer songleader, Elaine Kovner. Rabbi Bergman Vann and Cantor Berlin
Friday, June 5, 6:30 P.M. Friday, June 19, 6:30 P.M. COL Sandra Adams will speak on “My
In the Wulfe Sanctuary In the Wulfe Sanctuary Recent Experience Serving in
Rabbi Block and Cantor Berlin will Cantor Berlin will officiate with Shlihot Afghanistan.”
officiate. Rabbi Block will speak on, “The Tzibbur (worship leaders) Sharon Miller, Candles: Rosa Cavazos
2009 Texas Legislature: A Gracie Rogers, and Sylvia Millette. NOTE: There will be one service this
Religious Report Card.” Candles: Myra Frapart evening.
Candles: Allison Hockersmith, Sally
Oppenheimer, and Alan Hockersmith Saturday, June 20, 10:30 A.M. Saturday, July 4, 10:30 A.M.
In the Oppenheimer Chapel In the Oppenheimer Chapel
Saturday, June 6, 10:30 A.M. Rabbi Bergman Vann will officiate with Rabbi Bergman Vann and Cantor Berlin
In the Wulfe volunter Cantorial Soloist, Greg Gonzalez. will officiate.
Sanctuary Torah Portion: Sh’lah L’cha Torah Portion: Hukat-Balak
Rabbi Bergman Numbers 13:1-15:41 Numbers 19:1-25:9
Vann and Cantor
Berlin will officiate. Friday, June 26, 6:30 P.M. Friday, July 10, 6:30 P.M.
Bar Mitzvah of In the Barshop Auditorium In the Barshop Auditorium
Alan Michael Rabbi Block will officiate with volunteer Shlihei Tzibbur (worship leaders) Daniel
Hockersmith, songleader, Michael Malinas. Laser, Bill Goodman, and Dr. Dan
son of Allison Rosenthal will officiate with volunteer
and Michael Friday, June 26, 6:30 P.M. songleader, Elaine Kovner.
Hockersmith. In the Wulfe Sanctuary
Torah Portion: Shlihei Tzibbur (worship leaders) Suzanne Friday, July 10, 6:30 P.M.
Naso II Raufman, Daniel Vela, and Ruth Malinas In the Wulfe Sanctuary
Numbers 6:1-7:89 will officiate with volunteer Cantorial Rabbi Block will officiate with volunteer
Soloist, Janie Kolman. Cantorial Soloist, Greg Gonzalez.
Friday, June 12, 6:30 P.M. Candles: Debbie Coben
In the Barshop Auditorium Friday, July 10, 7:00 P.M.
Cantor Berlin will officiate with Shlihot Saturday, June 27, 10:30 A.M. In the Oppenheimer Chapel
Tzibbur (worship leaders) Idelle Abramson, In the Oppenheimer Chapel TOT Shabbat
Rachel Walsh, Dr. Roxanne Henkin, and Rabbi Block will officiate with volunteer Cantor Berlin will officiate with volunteer
Mary Lou Daugherty, with accompaniment Cantorial Soloist, Rachel Walsh songleader, Michael Malinas.
by Elaine Kovner on guitar and full Choir. Torah Portion: Korach
Numbers 16:1-18:32 Saturday, July 11, 10:30 A.M.
Friday, June 12, 6:30 P.M. In the Oppenheimer Chapel
In the Wulfe Sanctuary Rabbi Block will officiate with volunteer
Rabbi Bergman Vann will officiate with
volunteer Cantorial Soloist, Greg Gonzalez.
Kiddush Hosts Cantorial Soloist, Greg Gonzalez.
Torah Portion: Pinhas
Candles: Janie Kolman The congregation unites for one Numbers 25:10-30:1
Kiddush in the Barshop Auditorium after
Friday, June 12, 7:00 P.M. Friday, July 17, 6:30 P.M.
In the Oppenheimer Chapel both Shabbat Eve Services. In the Barshop Auditorium
TOT Shabbat Hosts for June 5: Allison and Mike Rabbi Block will officiate with volunteer
Rabbi Block will officiate with volunteer Hockersmith; June 12: Susan and Ken songleader, Michael Malinas.
songleader, Michael Malinas. Gindy, Leo Greenblum, Sally and Alex
Halff, Rene and Charles Martin Wender, Friday, July 17, 6:30 P.M.
Saturday, June 13, 10:30 A.M. In the Wulfe Sanctuary
In the Oppenheimer Chapel and Temple Beth-El Sisterhood; June 19: Cantor Berlin will officiate with Shlihot
Rabbi Block and Cantor Berlin will Myra and Ross Frapart, Rose Kamin, Tzibbur (worship leaders) Teresa Parker,
officate. Michele and Alan Krapf, Mary and Dr. Debra Morrow, and Ina Bushon.
Torah Portion: B’haalot’ha Gordon Weiner, and Temple Beth-El (continued on pg. 4)
Numbers 8:1-12:16 Sisterhood; July 3: Jewish War Veterans
Post 753; July 10: Helen Mayerhoff- HOT Shabbat (Hands On Torah)
Enjoy activities every Friday
Hot Diggity Dog! Stern; Lisa and Dr. Barry Menick, and
Temple Beth-El Sisterhood; July 17: Abbi
in June and July except July 3.
All school-aged children through grade
Pre-Shabbat Meal Michelson, Dorothy and Gerd Miller, five who attend the Barshop Auditorium
Service will leave the worship service,
and Temple Beth-El Sisterhood; July 24:
Please note: “Hot Diggity Dog” as the Torah service begins, for a kid-
Deborah and Morris Miller, Sharon and friendly program of storytelling and
Pre-Shabbat Meal will not be served Michael Mullen, and Temple Beth-El hands-on projects, and rejoin their parents
in June, July, or August. Sisterhood; July 31: Dina Stein. for the Kiddush at the end of the worship
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(continued from pg. 3)
Saturday, July 18, 10:30 A.M.
In the Oppenheimer Chapel
Tacos and Torah!
Cantor Berlin will officiate. Join us for “Shabbat after 6:30,”
Torah Portion: Matot-Mas’ei this time with a Torah Study led by Rabbi Block!
Friday, July 24, 6:30 P.M. He will lead us in a discussion of,
In the Barshop Auditorium
Shlihei Tzibbur (worship leaders) Beth
Keough, Miranda Sutin, and David
“Are You Shomer Shabbat?”
Rubenstein will officiate with volunteer
songleader, Elaine Kovner.
Friday, June 26
Let’s all come together after Shabbat Eve Services at
Friday, July 24, 6:30 P.M.
In the Wulfe Sanctuary
Rabbi Bergman Vann will officiate with La Posada del Rey
volunteer Cantorial Soloist, Janie Kolman. 999 East Basse Road, Suite 183
Candles: Janie Kolman
All are invited to this no-host dinner to learn
Saturday, July 25, 10:30 A.M.
In the Oppenheimer Chapel
and to schmooze!
Rabbi Bergman Vann and Cantor Berlin RSVP to Geri Gregory at 733-9135, ext 120,
will officiate. or firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Wednesday, June 24.
Torah Portion: D’varim
Friday, July 31, 6:30 P.M.
In the Barshop Auditorium Rabbi Bergman Vann Selected for
Rabbi Bergman Vann will officiate with
volunteer songleader, Michael Malinas. Unique Leadership Program
Beginning in June, Rabbi Bergman way to re-energize their dreams and lead
Friday, July 31, 6:30 P.M.
In the Wulfe Sanctuary Vann will be embarking on a “journey their communities with greater impact,
Rabbi Block and Cantor Berlin will toward greatness” as one of only 16 rabbis along with a select group of colleagues
officiate. Rabbi Block will speak on, throughout the country participating in the from across the denominational spectrum.
“Beyond Translation: Changes to fourth year of a pioneering program called Inspired by the best selling book, Good to
the Shema in Mishkan T’filah.” STAR Rabbis: From Good To Great. Great, by business consultant Jim Collins,
Candles: Dina Stein and Hunter Stein STAR (Synagogues: Transformation the program uses trusted principles
Saturday, August 1, 10:30 A.M.
and Renewal) promotes renewal of the of leadership to energize, inspire, and
In the Wulfe American Jewish community through support rabbis who compare their current
Sanctuary congregational innovation and leadership achievements to their future aspirations.
Rabbi Bergman development. In a special twist, among Through participation in two
Vann and Cantor those 16, Rabbi Bergman Vann will be leadership retreats, several webinars
Berlin will officiate. joined by Rabbi Julie Hilton Danan, who (learning sessions over the Internet) and
Bar Mitzvah of grew up in San Antonio at Temple Beth- mentored project work, rabbis practice the
Hunter Stein, son of
Dina Stein. El. Our Executive Director, Rabbi Alan art of leadership and change management
Torah Portion: Berlin, participated as an earlier cohort of within their congregation. The program
Va-et’hanan the program. places special emphasis on building
Deuteronomy 3:23- In the program From Good to Great, a more vibrant congregation through
7:11 rabbis at mid-career are offered a unique partnership with lay leadership.
Security at Both Temple Telephone Extensions
Cemeteries on Rabbi Barry H. D. Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Michael Kung, Facilities Manager . . . . . . 154
Father’s Day Rabbi Allison Bergman Vann . . . . . . . . . 102 Michael Ringel, Controller. . . . . . . . . . . . 124
On Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, Cantor Julie Berlin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Jean Kolovson, Youth Director . . . . . . . . 222
security guards will be on duty at both Teresa Parker, Education Director . . . . . . 105 Sara Planto, Religious School Assistant . . 108
Temple cemeteries from 10:00 A.M. Rabbi Alan Berlin, Executive Director . . 119 Edith Vanderventer, Rabbinic Assistant
until 2:00 P.M. Jean White, Music Director . . . . . . . . . . . 122 to Rabbis Bergman Vann and Stahl. . . 107
Iris Berman-Smith, Clergy and Mercy Willis, Administrative Assistant . . 126
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Temple Beth-El Bulletin – June/July 2009 Page 5
In the Temple Family Lynn and Ed Schieber, whose
granddaughter, Jordan Allen, was elected
Harriet and Sam Neuman
60 Years: Ruth and Dr. Sam Friedberg
We congratulate those who are celebrating secretary of her 2010 class of the Duke 62 Years: Wilma and Kenneth Fischer
life’s joyous occasions... Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, 63 Years: Helen and Morton Tenner
Jessica Roitberg-Hernandez and Jose D.C., and who was one of only five students 65 Years: Rosi and Ruben Langbaum
Hernandez, on the birth of their son, Hayden internationally who received the Creativity We congratulate those celebrating
David Hernandez. Foundation’s 2009 Ben Franklin Legacy Medal milestone birthdays in July...
Louise Michelson and Rosalind and for her exceptional creative promise as a singer
Calvin Michelson, on the marriage of their and theater performer. Julian Aronson, Barry Chasnoff, Dr.
grandson, Blake Austin Michelson, to Megan Danna and Jim Halff, who son, Josh, was Bernard Fein, Sam Fitell, Shauna Goldstein,
Elizabeth Harris. the recipient of one of the Young Pegasus Poetry Judith Hoberman, Jewel Hoffman, John
Gloria and Gerald Silber, on the Bat Awards from the San Antonio Public Library. Jeschke, Susie Kasanoff, Harold Levine,
Mitzvah of their granddaughter, Reagan Nina and Jerry Rosson, whose daughter, Michael Levine, Bonnie Lyons, Harriet
Bazarsky, at Congregation Beth Yeshurun in Katie, was elected to the NFTY-TOR regional Neuman, David Oppenheimer, Frank
Houston. board as MVP (Membership Vice President). Patton, Valerie Pauerstein, Jack Rips, Fanya
Ivy Brook, on the birth of her great- Glenda Alter, whose grandson, Adrian Rud, Anca Soble, Harold Vexler, and Lynn
granddaughter, Amber, born to Mary and Sam Graff, graduated from nursing school magna Zimmermann.
Edwards, in Dallas. cum laude, and also received an award for We congratulate those celebrating
Sally and Michael Hardy, on the Clinical Excellence. milestone anniversaries in July...
engagement of their daughter, Jenna, to Gena Richard O. Torres, who was inducted
Ross. into the “Sons of Italy” Cultural Society, and 5 Years: Suellen and Lee Golden; Kellie and
was featured in Oggi America, an Italian- Patrick Johnson; Nomi and Dr. Brett Solomon
We congratulate those who have achieved American Journal, and who celebrates 50 years 10 Years: Susan and James Loyd
something extra-special... of participation in the Amigo program of the 20 Years: Drs. Ruth Berggren and Tyler
Leslie Tramer, who contributed to the Defense Language Institute. Curiel; Virginia and Jeffrey Hoffman; Amy
passing of Texas House Bill 806 and Texas Kathi and Alan Kardon, whose son, and David Sokol; Morna and Dr. Marc Zieben
Senate Bill 26, providing prosthetic parity, Ryan Leonhart, already a dentist, graduated 25 Years: Sylvia and Al Honigblum; Janice and
ensuring that Medicare will cover 80% of the from medical school in Louisville, Kentucky, Derek Williams
cost of prostheses for needy Texans. and will now complete his residency for 35 Years: Ruth and Professor Richard Butler
Susan and Brad Beldon, whose daughter, maxillofacial surgery; and whose son, Eli, was 40 Years: Barbara and Stanley Spigel
Brittany, an eighth grader at Eisenhower Middle one of only 4 freshmen in Texas to qualify for 63 Years: Sue and Jesse Oppenheimer
School, received a PTA Reflections State Award the high school state bowling tournament, with 66 Years: Rose and MGen. Abe Dreiseszun
of Excellence for her literature entry called, an average of 194 and a high game of 277. 68 Years: Edith and Herbert Novick
WOW Poem; and whose daughter, Dylan, a Priscilla Lopez, who received her Masters
second grader at Huebner Elementary, received of Arts degree.
a PTA Reflections State Award of Merit for Svetlana Lubashevskaya and Aron
her literature entry of a book titled, Words of Rabinovich and Iris Berman-Smith
Wisdom. Congratulations also to Brittany’s and Charles Smith, whose children, Max
and Dylan’s grandparents, Louise and Michael Rabinovich and Caitlin Smith, serve on the
Beldon and Dr. Alfred Sumberg, and their Student Executive Cabinet of University of
great-grandmother, Anita Davis. Texas Hillel and represent Hillel students on the BETTIE COHEN
Dr. Roxanne Henkin, who received the Hillel Board. ELAINE FRANK
first annual President’s Distinguished Award for Esther Vexler, who was honored at a Mother of Heidi Addlestone and
Achievement in Community Service at UTSA. luncheon by the Battered Women and Children’s Lesta Frank
Bob Lopez, who earned his Masters Shelter, for her many years of dedication as a
Degree in Library Science. Board Member. GARY GOTLIEB
Andrea and James Woo, whose son, Brett Schouest, who received the the Father of Greer, Paige, and
Cameron, was elected into the National Junior 2009 Outstanding Mentor Award from the San Owen Gotlieb
Honor Society at Eisenhower Middle School. Antonio Young Lawyers Association.
Florence and Avi Langbaum, whose JEAN KATZ LADENSOHN
We congratulate those celebrating Mother of Temple members David
daughter Lauren, a Junior at Clark High School, milestone birthdays in June...
competed in the Classical Singer High School Ladensohn and AnnDee Steidel, and of
Vocal Competition in Chicago for more than Sharon Adelman, David Drileck, Yvette Sydney Stern
$2,000,000 in scholarships and cash prizes Kalter, Priscilla Lopez, David Mann, Jeffry Grandmother of Jane Steidel
awarded by the top music colleges in the nation. Michelson, Karen Miller, Barbara Moss, Sister-in-law of Dorothy Katz
Danna Halff, who was honored with the Sally Oppenheimer, Jonathan Parker, Aunt of Candy Gardner and
William Alter Emerging Leadership Award by Lynn Schieber, David Shapiro, Helen Stein,
Leonard Stern, Marie Tammen, and Devorah
the Barshop JCC. Cousin of Helene Riklin
Phil Kolovson, who was elected Treasurer; Weisberg.
and Danna Halff, elected Secretary, of the We congratulate those celebrating Our Condolences to...
Barshop JCC. JCC Trustees elected or reelected milestone anniversaries in June... Dr. Henrique Levcovitz, on the death
include Richard Byrd, Fran Cohen, and of his father, Muniz Levcovitz.
Lauren Lefton. 5 Years: Madeline and Bill Podorzer
10 Years: Blyth and Dr. Brian Treuhaft Geri Gregory, on the loss of her
Fran and Philip Cohen, whose daughter, father, Mervyn Gregory.
Samantha, graduated from Sul Ross University 15 Years: Dana and Bart Klein
with a B.S. in Biology, and has been admitted to 20 Years: Gay Block and Rabbi Malka Marcia Katz, on the passing of her
a Ph.D. program at LSU-Shreveport. Drucker; Betsy and Ken Mirdjani; Lenora and brother, Lee Goldberg, uncle of Nomi
Mindi Alterman, who was honored by Lonnie Wulfe Solomon.
The Association for Women in Communications 25 Years: Rebecca and Chuck Goldman; Abbi Michelson and Luke
San Antonio Professional Chapter as recipient Marsha Krassner and Dr. R. David Spener Glosserman, on the death of their aunt,
of its 2009 Volunteer Service Award. 35 Years: Anna and Dr. H. Michael Aaron; Esther Brill.
Debbie and Mark Feinberg, whose son, Marcia and Dr. Keith Krolick Steve Gross, on the loss of his aunt,
Matthew, was elected President of Hillel at 40 Years: Nancy and Michael Levine; Rene and
Charles Martin Wender Roslyn “Roz” Garland Gordon Gaitz.
Brandeis University for 2009-2010. Matthew
will be a senior double majoring in math and 45 Years: Helene and Dr. Michael Merren; “May their souls be bound up
economics. Ethel and Dr. Richard Wayne in the bonds of eternal life.”
55 Years: Dr. Marcia and Martin Epner;
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Temple Teens Participate in JServe Sisterhood News
Rosh Hodesh – The Joy of
Please join us on Saturday, June
20 (The beginning of the Jewish month
of Tamuz), from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., and
learn how to rhythmically play Djembe
drums. The program cost is $18 and is
limited to 20 people, so sign up early; a
second session can be added if enough
people want to participate. Meet in the
Summerfield subdivision clubhouse,
2600 Fairfield Bend Drive, San Antonio,
TX 78231. For more information and
to RSVP, contact Cathy Rosenthal at
Sisterhood Wants You!
Have you been thinking about joining
Sisterhood but just haven’t gotten around
to it yet? Well, now’s your chance!
Membership information will be mailed to
all women congregants over the summer.
Please take a few minutes to look it over.
You’ll see we have many things to offer.
Debbie Kempler, membership chair, will
In April, Temple teens participated in a community-wide social action project called be happy to answer any questions and
“JServe.” Clean-up at a park and painting spoons for a craft project were among the projects may be contacted at (210)684-2304 or
in which our teens had the pleasure of participating. DebbiesClosets@aol.com.
We rely on our Temple members,
Additional 2009 their friends and family to let us know
when someone is hospitalized or suffering
High School Graduates any illness or bereavement. The clergy
We congratulate these additional High School Graduates: would also like to hear good news, such
Graduate Parents/Guardians as celebrating a birth or other simcha.
Noah Abolafia-Rosenzweig............................ Betty and Mark Abolafia-Rosenzweig Since the privacy laws have changed,
Whitney Allen................................................. Ellen Mandel and Rene and Marty Wender some local hospitals no longer release
Dayna Beer..................................................... Allie and Barry Beer and Diane Jimenez information when we ask for a list of
Zachary Braha................................................. Pamela and Jacques Braha Jewish patients. Methodist Healthcare
Alisa Dubinski................................................ Cyndee and Steven Dubinski does provide names of Jewish patients,
Rebecca Fischer.............................................. Suzanne and Dr. Jerome Fischer but even that information is imperfect.
Jeffrey Franco.................................................. Ilene and Dr. James Franco In order to better serve the
Jake Goldman................................................. Rebecca and Chuck Goldman congregation, please share this
Allison Grossman........................................... Suzanne and Dr. Robert Grossman
Andrew Grossman.......................................... Suzanne and Dr. Robert Grossman information with our clergy by calling Iris
Carli Hammer.................................................. Jan and Tracy Hammer Berman-Smith at 733-9135, extension
Cameron Harris............................................... Julie and Bill Harris 106. The patient or immediate family is
Jessica Hartley................................................ Eugene Hartley often not able to make this call, so please
Alicia Hayden................................................. Elaine Hayden and the late Bob Hayden let us hear from you.
Emily Honigblum........................................... Sylvia and Al Honigblum
Lindsay Kimmell............................................ Ruth Kimmell and Kyle Kimmell Become a JCC Maccabi
Hilary Kustoff................................................. Alli and Danny Kustoff Games® Host Family
Andrew Lara................................................... Denise Lara and Felix Lara
Matthew Martin.............................................. Nancy Martin and Terrence Martin This summer 650 Jewish teens will be
Leonor Narvaez............................................... Marisa Sloan-Narvaez and Jose Narvaez visiting San Antonio to participate in the
Mark Pollak..................................................... Lauri and Dr. Richard Pollak JCC Maccabi Games® Aug. 9-14. All
Bobby Rubin................................................... Jeanne and Dr. Jay Rubin visiting athletes are housed with local
Stephanea Sotcheff.......................................... Lynda and Morris Roos Jewish families who provide a home for
Sara Straus...................................................... Julie and Joe Straus, III
Ben Wald......................................................... Drs. Isabel Bass and Peter Wald the week. The JCC is reaching out to the
entire San Antonio Jewish community
to open your hearts and homes to these
Bulletin Deadline athletes. Being a host family is a
rewarding and unique experience for your
The deadline for the August Temple Bulletin will be Monday, July 6, at 12:00 noon.
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Temple Beth-El Bulletin – June/July 2009 Page 7
Shirley and Leonard Sterling Leave a Legacy
Many Temple the University of Texas Health Science future, like Shirley and Leonard Sterling,
members may Center, ElderHostel, Alamo Community by remembering the Temple in your will.
remember Shirley College District, and many, many others. Your lasting tribute is your commitment to
Sterling (photo at Shirley and Leonard loved to travel, survival of our Jewish religion and people.
left), of blessed and, in fact, traveled around the world The bequest can easily be established
memory, pictured at least 12 times, visiting almost every by asking your attorney to write a simple
above, most country in the world. They started out and inexpensive codicil to your will.
recently as the soft- going on B’nai B’rith trips and then got Your attorney is the best person to advise
spoken, friendly more involved in traveling to see the you about this. However, you may also
lady who attended Lions’ Clubs around the world. They also call Rabbi Alan Berlin, our Temple’s
Shabbat Services went to Israel several times. When they Executive Director, at 733-9135, ext. 118,
every week. She returned from their trips, they frequently or email email@example.com.
always had a smile gave travelogue programs at various
on her face and places (including the Temple and Agudas
was ready with a kind word or two to Achim.) Their home was a showcase of Join Interfaith Tour of
whomever stopped to speak with her. She the ethnic and exotic things they picked up Israel This October
brought many guests with her to services on their trips, and Shirley enjoyed wearing
and was proud to introduce them to her the clothing that she purchased or received Join Rabbi Samuel and Lynn
faith and to her friends. as gifts on their trips. The Sterling Stahl, Rev. Dr. Buckner and Martha
Shirley and her husband Leonard, International Art and Artifact Collection Fanning, and Michael Fanning, Ph.D.
also of blessed memory, enjoyed life and is now housed in the Sterling Room of on the SAN ANTONIO INTERFAITH
believed in giving to their community. the Mabee Library and the Grossman TOUR OF ISRAEL, October
Among the many scholarships and International Conference Center at UIW. 25-November 3, 2009.
endowments the Sterlings made In an interview before her death, The tour includes round-trip
throughout their lives and in their will, Shirley stated, “I can’t think of any airfare from San Antonio, one night
they remembered Temple Beth-El. We are areas more important for the future than at the Renaissance Hotel in Tel Aviv,
grateful for the endowment received for education and medical research. It meant two nights at the Sheraton Tiberias in
our Milton Bendiner Library. The Milton a lot to Leonard and me to know that the Tiberias and five nights at the David
Berlinder Fund, now renamed the Leonard gifts we are able to make will benefit Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem, breakfast
and Shirley Sterling Memorial Library people for so many years to come. We’re
Fund, will allow current and future not looking for prominence; we just want and dinner daily, all sightseeing,
generations to benefit from the volumes, to leave something to humanity.” transfers, porterage, etc.
periodicals, and multimedia found there. Indeed, Shirley and Leonard Sterling The cost of the complete tour is
The Sterlings owned a business that have left a great legacy to our Temple, to $3591, per person.
helped people with taxes and small loans, San Antonio, and to all humanity. May Our previous Interfaith trips in
and from their earnings, they were able their memories be a blessing to us all. 1998 and 2006 were once-in-a-lifetime
to support educational causes in San Temple Beth-El is committed to experiences and we are expecting
Antonio and many other cities around the preserving the future of our congregation another fantastic experience! For
nation. They also supported The Lions for generations to come. Bequests of all more information, contact Dr. Michael
Clubs, the American Heart Association, sizes are important sources for the Temple. Fanning at (210) 710-2345 or mike@
University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), We encourage you to be a link to the mikefanning.com.
Bendiner Library the war only to die in an accident with his
father. Doriel was a child during the war, but
commentary for study. It includes questions
as well as interpretations and explanations
News his parents never spoke to him about their
experience. He is haunted by their secrets
for parents and teens.
A Good Place for the Night by Savyon
With pirates in the news these days it and filled with longing, which causes him to Liebrecht and The Worst Intentions by
was surprising to find a book by Edward be unable to experience the joys of life. He Alessandro Piperno are two good novels
Kritzler on Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean. goes to a psychoanalyst who finds him very for summer reading. Liebrecht is originally
This takes place at the end of the fifteenth intriguing and brings him to a crossroads from New York, but now lives in Israel and
century when the Spanish Inquisition forced and to a shocking solution. is greatly admired for her stories. A Good
many Jews to leave the country. They The Search by Eric Heuvel, Ruud van Place for the Night is made up of seven
went in many directions, with the most der Rol and Lies Schippers is a graphic short stories focusing on places, on men and
adventurous among them traveling to the novel which tells the story of a woman women physically or emotionally distanced
high seas as outlaws in ships with names named Esther who visits the Dutch farm from home. The Worst Intentions tells the
like: The Prophet Samuel, Queen Esther where she was hidden during WWII. She story of a Jewish family in which character,
and Shield of Abraham. They attacked and relates her terrible experience and goes back Daniel Sonnino, becomes an unlikely hero
plundered the Spanish fleet while forming to find out what happened to the people who in this modern saga of personal liberty and
alliances with other European powers to had helped her and to those who were in public ritual, love and war, sex and betrayal.
ensure the safety of Jews living in hiding. hiding with her. Esther tells her friend she New Jewish Cooking by Jason
Kritzler’s book is filled with high-sea has always missed her parents but can barely Prangnell is an exciting new cookbook that
adventures including encounters with recall their faces. Then her friend remembers is beautifully illustrated. There are over
the infamous Captain Morgan and other something… 120 cookable recipes that are dairy free
legendary pirates. Genesis-the Book with Seventy Faces, Kosher recipes featuring both Ashkanazi and
A Mad Desire to Dance, by Elie a Guide for the Family by Esther Takac is Sephardi traditions.
Wiesel is a novel about Doriel, a European written for adults to read and then share their I hope you will come to the library this
expatriate living in New York who suffers thoughts about this part of the Bible with summer and check out these and many of
from a sense of desperation and loss. His their children. Each page retells sections the other titles that are here.
mother, a member of the Resistance survived of Genesis and incorporates layers of Marlene Reynolds
Page 8 Temple Beth-El Bulletin – June/July 2009
Jewish San Antonio Temple Funds Support We Get Letters
History Haven for Hope
Morris Adelman, The City of San Antonio is engaged Dear Rabbi Block,
of blessed memory, in an exciting new project to assist our
arrived in the United community’s homeless. Haven for Hope, We thank you for your generous gift
States from Russia by the brainchild of former Valero CEO Bill as a result of your Purim Hunger-Homeless
himself when he was Greehey and former City Council member Drive— there is so much work to be done
13 years old. After Patti Radle, is rising on the west side of and without your support, we would be at
menial jobs in New downtown, adjacent to University Hospital a loss.
York and Philadephia, Downtown.
he found his way The Haven for Hope will include SAMMinistries is so thankful for each
to Texas, where he emergency and transitional shelter for
became a successful homeless men, women, and families, but and every gift we receive, for we know that
merchant in both Franklin and Waco. it will also provide so much more: regular, it all comes together to save lives.
Soon after marrying “Flossie,” Morris nutritious meals; medical, dental, mental
moved his new bride to San Antonio. health, and eye care; substance abuse Please know that we strive to make
In 1902, Morris established “Morris treatment; job training, as part of a wide every penny go towards those who need it
Adelman— Gents’ Furnishings, Hats, variety of case management and social the most— our guests and residents. In fact,
and Shoes” on a site next to the San services; and so much more. Homeless in our last fiscal year, 83 cents our of every
Fernando Cathedral in downtown San citizens of San Antonio will find their needs dollar went directly to our programs. Truly,
Antonio. The store eventually moved met all at one location. Those who will we are giving our all so that your gifts can
across the street and stayed in that not go inside, but whose mental condition do the most effective work possible and
location until its doors closed in 1989. requires them to stay outside, will also have
First run by Morris, his sons, Jerry, a safe place at Haven for Hope. make the biggest difference in the lives of
Philip, and Leonard took over upon Haven for Hope offers a good solution the people we help and the San Antonio
Morris’ death in 1952, and ran it until for all of San Antonio. Already, with the community. May you be blessed for your
closing day. opening of the detox and substance abuse compassion in these tough times!
Morris Adelman’s descendants center, and now the health care center built
today who are Temple members are his with a $7 million grant from Methodist Shalom,
grandchildren, Cathy Adelman, Frank Healthcare Ministries, countless sums
Adelman, and Robert Adelman, and his are being saved at the University Hospital Navarra R. Williams
great-grandchildren, David Adelman, Emergency room, as time and space are President and CEO
Lisa Adelman and Charles Davidson. made available for those who truly need SAMMinistries
The detox and substance abuse center in
particular has freed up untold hours of police
time. In the past, folks arrested for petty Dear Rabbi Block,
crimes involving intoxication were taken
to jail and/or to University Hospital, where On behalf of the Board and staff of
police officers were often required to sit with MAZON and the hundreds of thousands of
an intoxicated person for up to 18 hours. people who receive help from the hunger
At Haven for Hope, the police officer may response organizations we support in
return to the streets in 15 minutes! With so America and abroad, I send my deepest
many benefits to the homeless and all of our appreciation to you and your congregation
community, Temple Beth-El is glad to help.
Leslie Selig Byrd, M. Bernard “Buddy” for the generous Purim donation. Temple
Gardner, Jr., and Rabbi Block, Trustees Beth-El’s generosity enables us to keep
of our congregation’s Gilbert and Ruth the promise of our mission: leading the
Lang Human Endowment Fund, were only American Jewish community to fulfill our
Adult Confirmation is too pleased to offer a grant toward the tradition’s obligation to provide food for
construction of the Chapel for Hope, an the hungry.
Beginning Soon! interfaith place for reflection and worship
For the second time at Temple planned at Haven for Hope. This meaningful support helps in
Beth-El, an Adult Confirmation Class is Also, Rabbi Block and President multiple ways— from making it possible
forming, to culminate in a Confirmation Byrd have directed a grant from our for food pantries and soup kitchens to
service on the morning of Shavuot Temple’s Dunkerley-Smith Scholarship and
Educational Fund toward case management develop comprehensive supportive services
5770, Wednesday, May 19, 2010. The to securing benefits that provide a lifeline
first 3 classes will be held this summer services at Haven for Hope, to help those of
our city’s homeless who are able to transition for the disadvantaged.
on Wednesdays from 6:15 to 7:30 P.M. toward home ownership.
in the Block Conference Center of the We are grateful for the generosity of The success of our far-reaching hunger
Temple, Room A, on the following dates: Ruth Lang and Louise Dunkerley Smith, response is directly tied to the confidence
• June 3 both of blessed memory, who provided these and trust you place in us through your
• June 17 funds in years gone by. support.
• August 5 We are also proud of our connections
The classes will be led by Temple to some of the Haven for Hope leadership. Thanks again,
Bill Greehey is the father of Temple
Clergy, and promise to be a rewarding member Lisa Rosenbloom and grandfather
experience for all! No registration is of Emily, Sam, Eliza and Max. Haven for H. Eric Schockman, Ph.D.
necessary— your presence is all that is Hope CEO, Robert Marbut, is the brother of President
required. We hope to see you there! Confirmation Class member Marcy Marbut. MAZON
Temple Beth-El Bulletin – June/July 2009 Page 9
We Gratefully Acknowledge the
Contributions of Our Members and Friends
Contributions received in the Temple office by Friday, July 3, will appear in the August Temple Bulletin. Contributions received
after July 3 will appear in the September Temple Bulletin. Contributions are welcome to any of our funds at any time. For a list of Temple
funds and their descriptions, go to the Temple website at www.beth-elsa.org/SpecialFunds.htm.
JULIETTE AND JACK ART CANTOR BERLIN’S DISCRETIONARY FUND SIDNEY M. LEVYSON MEMORIAL
MA’ASEH SCHOLARSHIP FUND In honor of the 90th birthday of Miriam DRAMATICS FUND
In honor of the special birthday of Miriam Grossman and in memory of Pearl Abramson by Contributions by Sharon and David Adelman,
Grossman and the special recognition of Mary Sue Idelle and Dr. H. Norman Abramson. Rick and Leslie Selig Byrd, Alli and Danny Kustoff,
and Maurie Kern by the Unicorn Center, by Maxine In honor of the Bat Mitzvah of Emily Jane Lang and Amy and Sylvan Lang, Jr.
and Dick Zucker. and in appreciation by Amy and Sylvan Lang, Jr.
In memory of Howard Halff and in appreciation AARON AND ROSE MANDEL
RABBI BLOCK’S DISCRETIONARY FUND by Betty Murray Halff and Family. CAMPERSHIP FUND
In memory of Harry and Bess Trustin by Alice In honor of the Bat Mitzvah of Idelle Abramson In memory of Josephine Nathan by Rose Mandel
“Litzie” and COL. Yale “Buzz” Trustin. by Elaine and Steve Kovner. and Rene Lynn Mandel Wender.
In memory of Carrol S. Meyer, Sr., Charles In appreciation for leading Women’s Torah Study In honor of Barbara Moss for her JFS “Women of
Meyer, Hal Rand, and Edith Mennis by Joyce and Plus! by Temple Sisterhood. Inspiration” award and in memory of Henrietta Blend
Carrol Meyer. by Betsy and Lee Rosenberg.
In honor of the Day of Liberation - May 8, 1945 EDUCATION DIRECTOR’S DISCRETIONARY
by Edith Weiss Newhouse. FUND MEMORIAL FUND
In honor of the Bar Mitzvah of David Spezia- In appreciation for leading Women’s Torah Study (TEMPLE IMPROVEMENT FUND)
Lindner and in appreciation by Drs. Catherine Spezia Plus! by Temple Sisterhood. In memory of Hertzel Finesilver and Howard
and Michael Lindner. Halff by Suzy Finesilver.
In memory of Edna Stark by Dr. Melvin Cohen. FINE ARTS FUND In memory of Ethyline Friedman by Mark
In memory of Elsa and Mike Weiss by Anna In honor of the birthdays of Elsa Barshop and Friedman.
Rado. Elliott Cohen and the anniversary of Roxana and
Jerry Kelfer, by Sylvia and Dr. Hugh Wolff. In memory of Hertzel Finesilver by Lynn
In memory of Fay Sinkin and in appreciation by Finesilver Crystal and Family.
Bill Sinkin. In memory of Dr. Randolph V. Seligman by
In honor of the Bat Mitzvah of Emily Jane Lang Rose and MGen. Abe Dreiseszun.
FRED AND ERNA MILLER
and in appreciation by Amy and Sylvan Lang, Jr. In honor of the anniversary of Roxana and Jerry RELIGIOUS SCHOOL FUND
In memory of Howard Halff and in appreciation Kelfer by Harriet and Sam Neuman. In honor of the B’not Mitzvah of Emily Lang and
by Betty Murray Halff and family. Rachel Wulfe by Teresa Parker.
In memory of my beloved husband, Marvin JOSEPH, ROSE, MYRON AND NORMAN FINK
Polunsky, the love of my life, by Anne Polunsky. MEMORIAL LOAN FUND
RENEE AND KURT POMPER FUND FOR
In memory of Marvin Polunsky by Anita Davis. In honor of the special birthday of Miriam SENIOR TRANSPORTATION
In memory of Linda Pearle and in appreciation Grossman by Emily and Rob Kaufman. In memory of Linda Pearle by Barbara and Jeff
by Debbi and Ben Mandel. Moss.
GENERAL OPERATING FUND
In honor of the B’rit Milah of Hayden David
Hernandez and in appreciation by Jessica Roitberg- In memory of our mother, Maria Joachim Bleck, MARY SCHARLACK MEMORIAL
Hernandez and Joe Hernandez. by Brigitte Mayo and Lydia Graham. JEWISH GROWTH FUND
In honor of Chris and Carl Brown’s In honor of the birthdays of Hilton Goldman, In honor of Elaine Cohen, Bernice Mazer, and
reconfirmation of wedding vows by Elaine and Steve Helen Jacobson, Dr. Lewis Richmond, and Jo Ann Barbara Moss, the birthdays of Miriam Grossman
Kovner. Wigodsky, and the anniversaries of Idelle and Dr. H. and Steve Cohen, and in memory of Jeanne Mathews,
In appreciation by The Church of Reconciliation. Norman Abramson and Jolene and Dr. Steven Davis, Bob Alyn, Herbert Davis, Howard Halff, and Itta
In memory of Alvin Berler and in appreciation by and in memory of Hana Pomerantz, by Bonnie Reed
and Stu Schlossberg. Lenowitz by Esther and Harold Vexler.
Arlene and Dr. James Berler.
In honor of the special birthday of Devan Guller In memory of Goldye Pearlstone by Judy and TEMPLE ENDOWMENT FUND
and in appreciation by Vicki and Scott Guller. Seymour Palans. In honor of the birthday of Dr. Hugh Wolff by
In memory of Alvin B. Berler by Helma and Chickie and Leo Rose.
RABBI BERGMAN VANN’S Edward Ackerman, Mary Helen Tassos.
DISCRETIONARY FUND In memory of Howard Halff by Elliott Cohen, ESTHER AND HAROLD VEXLER
In honor of the Bat Mitzvah of Emily Jane Lang Gloria Galt, Reverend and Mrs. Raymond Judd, and PRAYERBOOK FUND
and in appreciation by Amy and Sylvan Lang, Jr. Jack and Laura Richmond. In honor of Joshua Ryan Mooy Fink by Betty
In memory of Jim Greenfield by Suzann and In memory of Jean Katz Ladensohn by Elliott Mooy-Fink and Jon Fink.
Hank Madeley. Cohen and Bill Goodman. In honor of Samuel Grey Metersky by Sara Jane
In honor of the Bat Mitzvah of Suzie Raufman by In memory of Regina Belasco by Peggy and and Dr. John Metersky.
Elaine and Steve Kovner. Marvin Belasco. In honor of Olivia Rose Viroslav and Evan
In appreciation for leading Women’s Torah Study Contributions by Jessica and Gilbert Casares, the
Mind Science Foundation, and Amy and Sylvan Lang, Nathaniel Viroslav by Drs. Alice and SergioViroslav.
Plus! by Temple Sisterhood. In honor of Julia Barbara Singer and Joshua
In memory of Hilde Heimlich by Emine and Jr.
In honor of the birthday of Dr. Richard Wayne Jules Singer by Maggie and Michael Singer.
Maurice Simon. In honor of Jonathan Reichman by Liz and
In memory of Mervyn Gregory by Caryl by Sylvia and Dr. Hugh Wolff.
Shander. Itzhak Reichman.
RABBI MARK S. GOODMAN In honor of Joshua Bobo by Debbie Coben and
RABBI STAHL’S DISCRETIONARY FUND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FUND George Jelinek.
In honor of the birthdays of Bobby and Gail In memory of Rabbi Mark S. Goodman and In honor of James Warman by Kati and Dr. Jeff
Gurwitz by Leslie and Dr. Jonathan Tramer. John Taber and in honor of the birthday of Sheila Warman.
In honor of the Day of Liberation - May 8, 1945, Judis Weisberg by Ilene Goodwoman and Bob In honor of Lily Nicole Fisher by Toni and Dr.
by Edith Weiss Newhouse. Wagoner. Peter Fisher.
In honor of the birthdays of Elsa Barshop, Jason In honor of Sarah Elena Downing by Dr. Debra
JACOBSON GARDEN FUND
Chozick, Elliott Cohen, and Dr. Hugh Wolff, the Morrow and Dwight Downing.
In memory of Jeanette Grossman and Sharlene
anniversary of Loretta and Jim Patterson, the Bat In honor of Alexander Levine by Rebecca and
Robin by Sanford A. Grossman.
Mitzvah of Emily Lang, for the recovery of Glenda Bill Levine.
In honor of the birthday of Helen Jacobson by
Woods, and in memory of Howard Halff and Jeanne In honor of Ruthanna Rubin by Sherril and Joe
Cathy and Elie Guggenheim.
Mathews, by Jeannie and Alvin Frieden. Rubin.
In memory of Fay Sinkin and in appreciation by DAVID AND HELEN JACOBSON
Bill Sinkin. SCHOLARSHIP FUND OSIAS AND BEULAH WOLF
In memory of Walter C. Wolff, Sr. by Sondra and In honor of the birthday of Miriam Grossman by “FEED THE HUNGRY” FUND
Walter Wolff, Jr. Jean Singer. In honor of the birthday of Miriam Grossman by
In honor of the naming of Riana Farrah Pliskin Elaine Frank.
and in appreciation by Greta and Alexander Pliskin. LANDSMAN FAMILY RELIEF FUND In memory of Howard A. Halff by Harriet and
In memory of Muniz Levcovitz by Rozalia In memory of Alvin Berler, John Huff, and David Wolf.
Ravitsky and Marianna and Max Strongin. Howard Halff by Martha Landsman.
In memory of Herman Shultz by Myra and Dr.
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Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
12:00 Noon Brotherhood “First Friday Lunch”
1 2 3 4 5 at Grady’s BBQ. 6 9:00 AM Introduction
7:30 PM Board of 6:15 PM Adult Conﬁrmation 6:15 PM Kabbalat Shabbat in the Barshop 9:15 AM Shabbat Torah
Have a Trustees Meeting. Class. Auditorium. Study with Rabbi Bergman
7:00 PM “A Taste Of 6:30 PM Wulfe Sanctuary Service with Rabbi Vann.
Judaism” with Rabbi Stahl. Block and Cantor Berlin. Rabbi Block: “The 10:30 AM Shabbat Service
Cool 2009 Texas Legislature: A Religious with Rabbi Bergman Vann
Report Card.” & Cantor Berlin.
Summer! Hockersmith Bar Mitzvah. Hockersmith Bar Mitzvah.
6:30 PM Barshop Auditorium Service with
Rabbi Bergman Vann.
6:15 PM 9:15
7 8 9 10 11 Auditorium. Study with
12 Barshop Kabbalat Shabbat in the 13 TorahAM Shabbat
7:00 PM 6:30 PM Barshop Auditorium Service Cantor Berlin.
Temple with Cantor Berlin and Shlihot Tzibbur 10:30 AM Shabbat Service
Beth-El Idelle Abramson, Rachel Walsh, Dr. with Rabbi Block &
Annual Roxanne Henkin, and Mary Lou Cantor Berlin.
Meeting. Daugherty, with full choir. 10:30 AM Shabbat Service
6:30 PM Wulfe Sanctuary Service with at Golden Estates with
Rabbi Bergman Vann. Rabbi Bergman Vann.
7:00 PM TOT Shabbat with Rabbi Block.
14 Flag Day 15 16 17 18 in Barshop Auditorium. Study with
19PMthePM Kabbalat Shabbat 20 TorahAM Shabbat
GFC Session 1 & Bonim A begin. 6:15 PM Adult Conﬁrmation 6:30 Barshop Auditorium Rabbi Bergman Vann.
Class. Service with Cantor Berlin and 10:30 AM Shabbat Service
Shlihot Tzibbur Sharon Miller, with Rabbi Bergman Vann.
Gracie Rogers, and Sylvia 7:30 PM Sisterhood Rosh
Millette. Hodesh Hand Drumming
6:30 PM Wulfe Sanctuary circle at Summerﬁeld
Service with Rabbi Bergman clubhouse.
6:15 PM Kabbalat Shabbat in the
21 Father’s Day 22 23 24 25 Barshop Auditorium. 28
26PM Barshop Auditorium Service 27
9:15 AM Shabbat Torah
10:30 AM – 2:30 PM Security at with Rabbi Block. Study with Rabbi Bergman
both Temple cemeteries. 6:30 PM Wulfe Sanctuary Service with Vann.
Shlihei Tzibbur Suzanne Raufman, 10:30 AM Shabbat Service
Daniel Vela, and Ruth Malinas. with Rabbi Block.
8:00 PM Shabbat After 6:30 group goes
to La Posada del Rey for dinner &
“Tacos & Torah: Are You Shomer
Shabbat?” with Rabbi Block.
GFC Bonim A ends.
28 29 30
3:00 PM JFS Annual Meeting
JFS Annual Meeting
honoring Buddy Gardner in the Sunday, June 28, at 3:00 P.M. in the Holzman Auditorium at the
Holzman Auditorium at the JCC. Jewish Community Campus. Temple Beth-El member Buddy
GFC Bonim B begins. Gardner will be honored for all his hard work as a volunteer for
JFS. Watch for details in an upcoming email!
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Vann and Cantor Berlin. COL Study with Rabbi Bergman
Recycles! Sandra Adams will speak on “My Vann.
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5 6 7 8 9 Barshop Auditorium. Study with
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12 Noon August 7:00 PM Board of GFC Session 1 & Bonim 6:30 PM Barshop Auditorium Rabbi Block.
Temple Newsletter Trustees Meeting. B end. Service with Shlihei Tzibbur 10:30 AM Shabbat Service
deadline. Daniel Laser, Bill Goodman, and with Rabbi Block.
Dr. Dan Rosenthal. 10:30 AM Shabbat Service
6:30 PM Wulfe Sanctuary at Golden Estates with
Service with Rabbi Block. Cantor Berlin.
7:00 PM TOT Shabbat with
12 13 14 15 16 in Barshop Auditorium. Study with
17PMthePM Kabbalat Shabbat 18 TorahAM Shabbat
6:30 Barshop Auditorium Cantor Berlin.
GFC Session 2 & Bonim C begin. service with Cantor Berlin and 10:30 AM Shabbat Service
Shlihot Tzibbur Teresa Parker, with Cantor Berlin.
Dr. Debra Morrow, and Ina
6:30 PM Wulfe Sanctuary
Service with Rabbi Block.
19 20 21 22 23 in Barshop Auditorium. Torah Study with
24PM thePM Kabbalat Shabbat 25 9:15 AM Shabbat
6:30 Barshop Auditorium Rabbi Bergman Vann.
service with Shlihei Tzibbur Beth 10:30 AM Shabbat Service
Keough, Miranda Sutin, and with Rabbi Bergman Vann.
6:30 PM Wulfe Sanctuary
Service with Rabbi Bergman Vann.
GFC Bonim C ends.
26 27 28 28 29 30 Barshop Auditorium. Torah Study with
31 in thePM Kabbalat Shabbat 1 9:15 AM ShabbatRabbi
GFC Bonim D begins. 6:30 PM Barshop Auditorium Block.
service with Rabbi Bergman 10:30 AM Shabbat Service
Vann. with Rabbi Bergman Vann
6:30 PM Wulfe Sanctuary & Cantor Berlin.
Service with Rabbi Block and Stein Bar Mitzvah.
Cantor Berlin. Rabbi Block will
speak on, “Beyond Translation:
Changes to the Shema in
Stein Bar Mitzvah. August
Rabbis Temple Beth-El Bulletin
Barry H. D. Block
Allison Bergman Vann 211 Belknap Place
Dr. Samuel M. Stahl, Emeritus San Antonio, Texas 78212
Cantor Phone 733-9135
Rabbi Alan Berlin, Executive Director
Teresa Parker, R.J.E., Education Director
Jean White, Music Director
Iris Berman-Smith, Clergy & Cemetery Administrator
Geri Gregory, Member Services Coordinator
Michael D. Kung, Facilities Manager
Michael Ringel, Controller
Jean Kolovson, Youth Director
Leslie Selig Byrd, President
Steven A. Rubin, Senior Vice President
Dr. Melvin L. Cohen, Vice President
Bill Goodman, Vice President
Barbara Moss, Vice President
Michael Swanson, Treasurer
Hattie Lee Gleichenhaus, Secretary
Greg Gonzalez, Brotherhood President
Amy Wulfe, Sisterhood President
Whitney Rogers, SAFTY President
Candy Gardner, Bulletin Editor
Mission Statement of Congregation Beth-El
The mission of Congregation Beth-El is to provide a place and the means for its congregants to worship God in the traditions of Reform
Judaism, to study Judaism, to gather together to form a religious community, to sanctify special moments in the life-cycle and the calendar
cycle, to perform deeds of caring, compassion and philanthropy, to foster an understanding of Judaism within and beyond the congregation,
and to acquire the knowledge, skill and desire to live as learned and committed Jews, thereby ensuring Jewish continuity.
“Mazel Tov and Thank You” – Message from the Temple President
As I often have Each of us is commanded to ensure the vitality Although always eager and willing, our staff
the opportunity of our sacred institution for years to come. and our community would greatly benefit
to express “mazel Undoubtedly, the greatest challenge we now from increased volunteer participation.
tovs” and “thank face is the decline in the national and world Please volunteer your time and talents. What
yous” during my economy. This has significantly adversely a wonderful opportunity to build a closer
weekly Shabbat affected each of our own, and the congregation’s, connection to your sacred community.
announcements, financial strength. We as a congregation are now So to Rabbi Block, Rabbi Bergman Vann,
I now want to struggling to make ends meet. Cantor Berlin, Teresa Parker and our entire staff,
express my pride What can we do? What should we do? Kol Simcha (volunteer choir), Shlihei Tzibbur
and my gratitude With great pride, we can look to the example (lay worship leaders), Religious and Hebrew
to the entire and leadership of our beloved clergy. Rabbi School teachers, my fellow Temple officers,
congregation for Block, Rabbi Bergman Vann, and Cantor Berlin Board members, Past Presidents, Sisterhood,
the opportunity each have generously donated 5% of their 2009 Brotherhood, Committee chairs, Committee
to serve as your annual compensation to Temple. Yes, our first members and other volunteers, and to Steve
President these gifts for this fiscal year come from our clergy. Rubin and our future leaders, with friendship
past two years. Thanks to all of you who By their significant personal sacrifice, our and humility, I thank you for your devotion and
provided support, hard work and wisdom. clergy are challenging each of us to step up assistance during the past two years and in the
And mazel tov on our achievements during the and evaluate our priorities. Please make the future. You are the reason Temple Beth-El is
past two years— they are those of our entire financial well being of Temple Beth-El one of truly an exceptional and sacred community.
congregation, joining together in sacred efforts your priorities. Our entire Temple staff also has I can think of no greater honor than serving
on behalf of Temple Beth-El. voiced their support by sacrificing this fiscal as President of this congregation. What a
As I reflect on my term as President, I am year’s salary increases. Our staff and leadership privilege and awesome experience it has been.
reminded of the importance of community, have joined together to further reduce expenses Your warm “Shabbat Shaloms” every Friday
mitzvot and the very institution of our Temple. by some $125,000. Yet, this is not enough! Now evening kept me energized and enthused.
We are a congregation of lively and at times, is the time for all us to follow the lead of Rabbis Thank you for stepping up to lead, volunteer,
divergent views. Yet, our ability to listen to and Block and Bergman Vann and Cantor Berlin, teach, sing, learn and engage in so many acts
respect all views, and to compromise, is what and to renew our commitment to the financial of kindness. I so appreciate your permitting
makes Temple Beth-El a sacred and welcoming strength of our Temple. Ensuring the vitality of me to share in your families’ simchas. I hope
community. Our love for Temple Beth-El, our Temple Beth-El for generations to come is the you will continue to make the Temple a sacred,
community and Judaism is our common bond, sacred obligation of our generation. Please give welcoming community and to make the Temple
the glue that binds our diverse congregation generously. one of your priorities.
together. As a result of these reductions, our Leslie Selig Byrd
We all care deeply for Temple Beth-El. dedicated staff is expected to do much more.