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					VOICE      The Voice of Beth El Congregation • March 2008 • Adar II 5768 • Volume 55 • Number 6
                 WINNER      OF THE     2 0 0 7 U S C J I N T E R N AT I O N A L G O L D A WA R D   FOR   B U L L E T I N S & P U B L I C AT I O N S




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           IN    THIS ISSUE:
      Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Tribute Weekend
                                                                      BETH EL BECOMES A
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      Halacha vs. Minhag
      A “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”
                                                                      “GREEN” SYNAGOGUE
      Purim                                           By Danielle Rogers
17    Lights in the News –
                                                      “Upon creating Adam and Eve, God took them
      Jen Arman & Jon Monfred                         around the Garden of Eden, showing them its
                                                      marvels and gifts, uses and wonders. Afterward,
                                                      God said to them: ‘Look what I have made -
                                                      how beautiful it all is. Everything I have made, I
                                                      have made for you. Take care, lest you spoil
                                                      and destroy my world, because if you do, there
                                                      is no one after you to make it right again.’”




                                                                                                                                                                      Judi Snyder
                                                                                  – Kohelet Rabbah 7:13



                                                      T
                                                             he year 2008 will bring environmental
                                                             changes not only throughout the world              Vav students spent time during class to decorate
                                                             but throughout Beth El Congregation as             their recycling boxes, as well as fill them with
                                                      well. As our population grows, it puts a strain on        papers they had been collecting in preparation for
                                                      our limited resources. Therefore, in order to             the start of the new program.
                                                      make sure future generations are able to have
                                                      the same standard of living we have enjoyed, it           become a “Green Synagogue.”
                                                      is important to preserve the foundation of that              According to the Baltimore Jewish
                                                      standard of living. As a result, Beth El, along
                                                                                                                                          Continued on page 5
                                                      with other Baltimore area synagogues, has




                                                                                   T gÜ|uâàx
     Scholar-In-Residence
      Program to Feature
     Dr. David Ruderman
By Micah Kleid                                                                     TO RABBI MARK G . LOEB


B
        eth El Congregation’s annual Scholar-         [Part II of our four-part series honoring Rabbi
        In-Residence program will continue in                                                                   PART II
                                                      Mark Loeb’s retirement after over 30 years of
        2008 with a featured guest who is             service to Beth El Congregation is written by
already a familiar face to anyone who partici-                                                                  By Rabbi Joel Mishkin
                                                      Rabbi Joel Mishkin, who served as an assistant
pated in recent Adult Education courses. Dr.          rabbi to Rabbi Loeb from 1988-1995. While at

                                                                                                                I
David B. Ruderman, the Joseph Meyerhoff                                                                              often think back to my years as Rabbi
                                                      Beth El, Rabbi Mishkin developed a new cur-                    Loeb’s assistant rabbi as one of the more
Professor of Modern Jewish History and the            riculum for the Confirmation program and took
Ella Darivoff Director of the Center for                                                                             fortunate opportunities of my career. I had
                                                      an active role in interfaith programs. Rabbi              just been ordained by the Jewish Theological
Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of          Mishkin is currently the senior rabbi at Temple
Pennsylvania, will be at Beth El on Sunday,                                                                     Seminary in June 1988, and while I had
                                                      Beth Sholom, the only Conservative congrega-              received a fine education in mastering the texts
March 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in             tion in Sarasota, FL, and is also one of only
a two-part lecture series.                                                                                      of our past, I had never really dealt with the
                                                      twelve rabbis to serve on the Rabbinic Cabinet            practical matters of the pulpit on a regular basis.
     Dr. Ruderman’s first presentation is enti-       of Dr. Arnold Eisen, Chancellor of the Jewish
tled “The People and the Book: The Invention                                                                    I had received several assistant rabbi opportuni-
                                                      Theological Seminary.]                                    ties from around the country, but I remember to
of Print and the Transformation of the Jewish
Culture.” This topic is relevant for the Internet                                                               this day that it was Mark’s directness and his
generation as Dr. Ruderman will discuss how                                                                     immediate words of friendship that made my
much technology has changed the way we                                                                          choice easy. From the day he introduced him-
live our lives as Jews. Following a break with                                                                  self to me as “Mark,” and not Rabbi Loeb, I
refreshments, Dr. Ruderman will discuss the                                                                     knew that this was a man who did not stand on
“Cultural Significance of the Ghetto in Jewish                                                                  ceremony and with whom I could both work and
History,” asking the question of whether ghet-                                                                  learn. I was more than correct; Mark was my
tos are good or bad for the Jewish people.                                                                      first true mentor in the pulpit and he guided me
     In the past year, Dr. Ruderman has                                                                         in ways that exemplify the art of being one’s rav.
taught two Adult Education courses at Beth                                                                           First, Mark taught me by example that the
El via video lectures – “Jewish Intellectual                                                                    life of a rabbi is far more than a professional
History from the Mid-19th Century to the                                                                        obligation. It is indeed a sacred calling that
Present” and “Between Cross and Crescent:                                                                       emanates from the source of the human being
Jewish Civilization from Mohammed to                                                                            who has been “called” to serve the people of
Spinoza.”                                                                                                       Israel and this calling is not to be taken lightly.
     Dr. Ruderman is the author of numerous                                                                     There is no real schedule for a rabbi and while
books on Judaism and Judaic studies and
                                                                    Rabbi Joel Mishkin                                                          Continued on page 4
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              OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO:
                  Mrs. Miriam Barouh on the loss of her beloved sister, Selma
F A M I L Y   Greenspon.
                  Mr. Scott Eisen on the loss of his beloved father, Joseph
              Eisen.
                  Mrs. Frona Greenspun on the loss of her beloved mother,                                IN MEMORIAM
              Dorothy Conn.
                  Mrs. Nina Hess on the loss of her beloved father, Henry                               RITA KRONGARD
              Brown.
                  The family of the late Irene Hurwitz-Pollock.                                    IRENE HURWITZ-POLLOCK
                  The family of the late Rita Krongard.
                  Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman on the loss of his beloved mother, Rose
              Lieberman.                                                                      We mourn the passing of our members
                  Mrs. Stephanie Ray on the loss of her beloved father, N. Dale            and send sincere condolences to their families.
              Macon.
                  Mrs. Rhona Reamer on the loss of her beloved sister, Natalie
              Silver.
                  Mrs. Miriam Rosenbaum on the loss of her beloved brother,
              Aaron Krew.
                  Dr. Neil Scheffler on the loss of his beloved mother, Gertrude
              Scheffler.
                  Mr. David Tenser on the loss of his beloved sister, Gloria
              Tenser.
                                                                                                       Beth El Baby
              A SPEEDY RECOVERY TO:
                 Mrs. Florence Chertkof
                 Mrs. Sylvia Gilden
                 Mr. Neil Shochet

              OUR HEARTIEST MAZEL TOV TO:
                   Mr. and Mrs. Steven Berman on the birth of their daughter, Ava
              Elizabeth. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Berman.
                   Mindy Berger and Michael Danels on the B’nai Mitzvah of their
              sons, Reid and Seth. Grandparents are Mrs. Bernice Offit-Berger
              and Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Berger. Great-grandfather is Mr. Edward
              Offit.
                   Faith Esterson and Dr. Jeffrey Fink on the Bar Mitzvah of their
              son, Benjamin.
                   Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Greenberg on the Bar Mitzvah of their
              son, Daniel. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Henry Greenberg.
                   Cindy and Jonathan Hazman on the Bar Mitzvah of their son,
              Chad. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. David Hazman. Great-                              Daniel Benjamin Dressin
              grandmother is Mrs. Irene Porter.                                                       (born June 5, 2007)
                   Mrs. Betty Helfman on the birth of her great-granddaughter,
              Dylan Nicole Helfman.                                                          Parents – Brian and Rachel Dressin
                   Mrs. Mildred Kaplan on her 90th birthday.                          Grandparents – Rabbi Steven & Barbara Fineblum
                   Mr. and Mrs. Steven Karvet on the Bat Mitzvah of their daugh-                  and Alan & Terry Dressin
              ter, Emily.                                                              Great-grandparents – Dorothy & Jerry Fineblum,
                   Mr. and Mrs. Alan Kaplan on the engagement of their son,                   Selma Cutler, Doris & George Fuld
              Evan, to Allison Royer. Grandmother is Mrs. Mildred Kaplan.
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                                                                                                  and Rudy & Genia Cohen
                   Ilene Leon and Bruce Robinson on the Bar Mitzvah of their
              son, Evan.
                   Mr. and Mrs. David Levine on the engagement of their son,         The Voice welcomes photos of Beth El babies wearing
              Jeffrey, to Theresa Lear. Grandmother is Mrs. Betty Zlotowitz.
                   Paul Merenbloom and Ellen Merenbloom on the Bar Mitzvah                 their “I’m a Baltimore Beth El Baby” T-shirts.
              of their son, Ryan. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Elliot               Please e-mail jpeg images – along with the name of the
              Merenbloom. Great-grandmother is Mrs. Mary Shofer.                     infant and family members and the infant’s birth date –
                   Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Neuman on the Bat Mitzvah of their                            to micah@bethelbalto.com.
              daughter, Jennifer.
                   David Nevins and Sharon Ehasz on the Bar Mitzvah of their
              son, Jake. Grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Moises Fraiman.
                   Abby Scherr and Neno Uljarevic on the Bar Mitzvah of their
              son, Simon.
                   Mrs. Doris Schwartz on the Bar Mitzvah of her grandson,
              Michael Schwartz.
                   Sharon Snyder-Moss and Charles Wheeler on the B’not
              Mitzvah of their daughters, Lauren and Megan. Grandparents are
              Mr. and Mrs. Lee Snyder.
                   Mr. and Mrs. Julian Sober on the marriage of their daughter,
B E T H




              Lisa, to Jarold Carmichael.

              WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES:
                Mr. and Mrs. Larry Boltansky on their 15th.
                Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Cagen on their 5th.
                                                                                                                                                 Judi Snyder




                Mr. and Mrs. Ehud J. Cohen on their 50th.
                Mr. and Mrs. Philip Cohen on their 25th.
                Mr. and Mrs. Chester Kleinman on their 35th.
                Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Millman on their 50th.
                Mr. and Mrs. Ira Robinson on their 40th.
                Mr. and Mrs. Joel Shugarman on their 40th.                            DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE
                Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Steinberg on their 50th.
                Mr. Marc and Dr. Diana Terrill on their 15th.                        WHO IS LOOKING TO JOIN A
                Mr. and Mrs. William Weinstein on their 60th.
                Mr. and Mrs. Jonas Yousem on their 50th.                                   SYNAGOGUE?
                                                                                     Whether they are new to town or a native Baltimorean,
                                                                                           and whether they are a family, a couple or
                                                                                      someone single, Beth El has something to offer each
                       BETH EL HOTLINE NUMBERS                                                        and every one of them.
                    Inclement Weather (Congregation): 410-580-5080                   Please invite them to events they might find of interest,
                    Inclement Weather (Early Childhood Education):                     and please contact Micah Kleid at 410-484-0411 or
                                    410-580-5081                                           micah@bethelbalto.com so he can call and
                  Inclement Weather (Religious School): 410-580-5082                                  invite them to Beth El.
                           Service Schedules: 410-580-2727
                           Upcoming Events: 410-580-2720




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                                                BAR                 &BAT
                  BAR MITZVAH
                                                 MITZVAH                               BAR MITZVAH
                  Reid Berger Danels, son of Mindy Berger and                          Simon Uljarevic, son of Abby Scherr and Neno
                  Michael Danels, will be called to the Torah as a Bar                 Uljarevic, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah
                  Mitzvah on March 8, 2008.                                            on March 15, 2008.




                  BAR MITZVAH                                                          BAR MITZVAH
                  Seth Ian Danels, son of Mindy Berger and Michael                     Ben Fink, son of Dr. Faith Esterson and Dr. Jeffrey
                  Danels, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah                 Fink, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on
                  on March 8, 2008.                                                    March 22, 2008.




                  BAT MITZVAH                                                          BAR MITZVAH
                  Lauren Elizabeth Wheeler, daughter of Sharon                         Evan Matthew Robinson, son of Ilene Leon and
                  Snyder-Moss and Charles Wheeler, will be called to                   Bruce Robinson, will be called to the Torah as a Bar
                  the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Shabbat Mincha serv-                   Mitzvah on March 22, 2008.
                  ices on March 8, 2008.




                  BAT MITZVAH                                                          BAR MITZVAH
                  Megan Leigh Wheeler, daughter of Sharon Snyder-                      Chad Bernard Hazman, son of Cindy and Jonathan
                  Moss and Charles Wheeler, will be called to the                      Hazman, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah
                  Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Shabbat Mincha services                    on April 5, 2008.
                  on March 8, 2008.




                  BAT MITZVAH                                                          BAR MITZVAH
                  Jennifer Leah Neuman, daughter of Daniel and                         Jake Nevins, son of David Nevins and Sharon
                  Cindy Neuman, will be called to the Torah as a Bat                   Ehasz, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah
                  Mitzvah on March 15, 2008.                                           on April 5, 2008.




        SCHEDULE OF                              FRIDAY, MARCH 14
                                                 MORNING SERVICE                  8:00 a.m.
                                                                                              SATURDAY, MARCH 29 –
                                                                                              SHABBAT PARAH
                                                 CANDLE LIGHTING                  5:53 p.m.   Parasha of the Week – SHEMINI
          SERVICES                               EVENING SERVICE                  6:00 p.m.   MORNING SERVICE                        10:00 a.m.
                                                                                              EVENING SERVICE                         7:15 p.m.
                                                 SATURDAY, MARCH 15
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 29                              Parasha of the Week – VAYIKRA                FRIDAY, APRIL 4
MORNING SERVICE                     8:00 a.m.    MORNING SERVICE                 10:00 a.m.   MORNING SERVICE                         8:00 a.m.
CANDLE LIGHTING                     5:38 p.m.    EVENING SERVICE                  7:00 p.m.   CANDLE LIGHTING                         6:14 p.m.
EVENING SERVICE                     6:00 p.m.                                                 EVENING SERVICE                         6:00 p.m.
                                                 THURSDAY, MARCH 20 –
SATURDAY, MARCH 1                                FAST OF ESTHER (PURIM EVE)                   SATURDAY, APRIL 5 –
Parsha of the Week – VAYAKHEL
MORNING SERVICE                    10:00 a.m.
                                                 MORNING SERVICE                  8:00 a.m.   SHABBAT HACHODESH
                                                 EVENING SERVICE                  6:30 p.m.   Parasha of the Week – TAZRIA
EVENING SERVICE                     6:00 p.m.    MEGILLAH READING                 7:00 p.m.   MORNING SERVICE                        10:00 a.m.
                                                                                              EVENING SERVICE                         7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, MARCH 7 –                                FRIDAY, MARCH 21 – PURIM
ROSH CHODESH ADAR II                             MORNING SERVICE                  8:00 a.m.
MORNING SERVICE                     8:00 a.m.    CANDLE LIGHTING                  6:00 p.m.
                                                                                                   SCHEDULE      OF   DAILY SERVICES
CANDLE LIGHTING                     5:46 p.m.    EVENING SERVICE                  6:00 p.m.     Morning
EVENING SERVICE                     6:00 p.m.                                                   Monday – Friday                    8:00 a.m.
                                                 SATURDAY, MARCH 22                             Shabbat                           10:00 a.m.
SATURDAY, MARCH 8 –                                                                             Sunday & Legal Holidays            9:15 a.m.
                                                 Parasha of the Week – TZAV
ROSH CHODESH ADAR II                             MORNING SERVICE                 10:00 a.m.
                                                                                                Evening
SHABBAT SHEKALIM                                 EVENING SERVICE                  7:15 p.m.
                                                                                                Monday – Thursday                 7:30 p.m.
Parasha of the Week – PEKUDE
                                                                                                Friday                            6:00 p.m.
MORNING SERVICE                    10:00 a.m.    FRIDAY, MARCH 28                               Saturday                          sundown*
EVENING SERVICE                     6:00 p.m.    MORNING SERVICE                  8:00 a.m.     Sunday                            5:30 p.m.
                                                 CANDLE LIGHTING                  6:07 p.m.
                                                 EVENING SERVICE                  6:00 p.m.                *check website or call 410-580-2727




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                                 T gÜ|uâàxjxx~xÇw       TO RABBI MARK G . LOEB

Tribute to Rabbi Loeb — Continued from page 1
                                                                                            SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR
setting some boundaries are important, the call of service can come at
any moment. Mark taught me how to respond appropriately in all kinds of                      THE RABBI MARK G. LOEB
situations.
    Second, Mark taught me the art of homiletic preparation and delivery
through weekly discussions before the Sabbath as well as by watching
                                                                                                TRIBUTE WEEKEND
him on the pulpit for seven years. He is obviously a masterful orator and

                                                                                       I
                                                                                           n order to make the Tribute Weekend for Rabbi Mark G. Loeb afford-
                                      he has taught me well in that capacity.              able for all members of the congregation, we are asking you to consid-
                                          Third, Mark showed me the impor-                 er becoming a sponsor. In this way, you will be honoring Rabbi Loeb,
                                      tance of pastoral commitment and its             participating in establishing an endowment that will bear his name and
                                      potential for effect upon our people. He         helping to underwrite the cost of the weekend. Sponsorship categories are
      “I CONSIDER MARK                taught me the true value of a hospital           as follows:
                                      visit as well as being sensitive to the
  TO BE A LIFELONG FRIEND needs of privacy and the family.
                                                                                       Speaker Sponsor – $10,000
         AND TO STILL,                    And yet, even with all of these gifts,       You will receive special recognition in the program, 10 tickets to the
                                      the one aspect of serving with Mark              Sponsors’ Dinner and 10 premier seats to the Tribute Program.
         IN MANY WAYS,
                                      that meant more to me than anything
        REMAIN MY RAV.”               else was the gift of friendship that he          Tribute Sponsor – $1,000
        — RABBI JOEL MISHKIN          extended to Beverly and me and then              You will receive special recognition in the program, four tickets to the
                                      to my sons, Alec and Evan.                       Sponsors’ Dinner and four premier seats to the Tribute Program.
                                          This part of my relationship with
                                      Mark did not end with our family leav-           Program Sponsor – $500
                                      ing Baltimore and moving to Sarasota,            You will receive recognition in the program, two tickets to the Sponsors’
Florida. I consider Mark to be a lifelong friend and to still, in many ways,           Dinner and two premier seats to the Tribute Program.
remain my Rav. I wish that his retirement will be every bit as meaningful,
productive and satisfying as was his professional life.                                Event Sponsor – $250
                                                                                       You will receive recognition in the program, one ticket to the Sponsors’
                                                                                       Dinner and one premier seat to the Tribute Program.

                                                                                       Please join the festivities as we salute Rabbi Loeb. Your commitment to
           Schedule of Events                                                          become a sponsor will guarantee the success of this weekend and make it
                                                                                       possible for the entire Beth El family to celebrate together. All sponsors

      for The Rabbi Mark G. Loeb                                                       will also receive a special gift to commemorate the Tribute Weekend.
                                                                                            To become a sponsor at any of the levels above for the Rabbi Mark G.
                                                                                       Loeb Tribute Weekend, please contact Karen Chasen at 410-484-0411 or
            Tribute Weekend                                                            karen@bethelbalto.com.

                                                                                       Please note: All sponsorships and individual Tribute Program tickets must

   A
         tribute weekend for Rabbi Mark G. Loeb, celebrating 32
         years of service to the synagogue and his retirement as                       be paid for by check made payable to Beth El prior to the event.
         senior rabbi, will take place on Friday, May 30, Saturday,                    Reservations are held with payment only and members may not add this
   May 31 and Sunday, June 1.                                                          charge to their Beth El account.

   Friday, May 30, 7:45 p.m.
   Kabbalat Shabbat service – Rubin Sanctuary
   Oneg Shabbat reception – Offit Auditorium
   (Open to all members of the congregation at no charge.)

   Saturday, May 31, 10:00 a.m.
   Shabbat morning service – Rubin Sanctuary
   (Open to the entire community.)

   Sunday, June 1, 5:30 p.m.
   Sponsors’ Dinner – Offit Auditorium
   (Limited to sponsors of the Tribute Weekend.)

   Sunday, June 1, 7:30 p.m.
   Tribute Program with keynote speaker Doris Kearns Goodwin –
   Rubin Sanctuary
   (Limited to sponsors of the Tribute Weekend and Tribute Program
                                                                                                                                                                  Judi Snyder




   ticket holders.)

   All seats in the Rubin Sanctuary for the Tribute Program will
   be pre-assigned and reserved. Priority seating will be given to
   sponsors of the Tribute Weekend. A Gala Dessert Reception,                              Leslie, Rebecca and Todd Sulpar (l-r)
   open to all in attendance at the Tribute Program, will take
   place in the Offit Auditorium immediately following the pro-                            Students from the Berman-Lipavsky Religious School
   gram.                                                                                   celebrated Tu B’Shevat with their families on January 20 at a
                                                                                           special Sunday morning seder.



Corrections:
The following pictures, printed in the February 2008 issue of The Voice,
should have been attributed to Judi Snyder – Seniors Dinner (page 5),
Sisterhood Luncheon (page 11), Wine-Pairing Dinner (page 15) and New
Siddur (page 17).
    Also in the February 2008 issue of The Voice, the last name of Marc,
Leslie and Spencer Lichtenberg was spelled incorrectly in the section next
to Spencer’s Bar Mitzvah picture. We apologize for this mistake.


                                                                         THE VOICE
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“Green” Synagogue — Continued from page 1

Environmental Network, an organization designed to engage the Baltimore
                                                                                                 ADULT
Jewish community in the critical arena of environmental action, a green
synagogue is “a congregation who is dedicated to integrating environmen-
tal concerns and behavior into every part of its mission, programs and
                                                                                               EDUCATION
business. It is a congregation dedicated to limiting its negative impact on
the environment and inspiring its members to do the same. It is a congre-
gation that stands as a leader and role model for environmentally sustain-
                                                                                     What’s On Tap for March & April 2008?
able living in the 21st century.”
     Individuals, businesses and communities all often ask themselves
what they can do to preserve our environment. Beth El is no different, and          Seminar on the American Presidents – Wednesdays,
the congregation has incorporated many efforts to become more environ-              March 5, 12, 19, 26 & April 2, 8:00 to 9:15 p.m.
mentally-friendly.
     Beth El member Myra Katz is currently the chairperson of the                   Our country will be electing its 44th president in November and this elec-
Environmental Committee. Through her efforts and the efforts of her com-            tion is shaping up to be one of the most interesting in our presidential his-
mittee members, Beth El has made the smooth transition of embracing                 tory. Professor Allan J. Lichtman of American University will present a
environmentally-responsible behavior. Katz noted that she hopes the                 series of video lectures and Professor Mark Whitman of Towson
efforts will prove to have an immediate impact on all of the congregation’s         University will be in person to present an historical review of the 20th cen-
members and the surrounding community.                                              tury presidential administrations that have made a difference in American
     In order to become a Green Synagogue, several aspects of Beth El               history.
will have noticeable changes. To encourage members and the surrounding
community to recycle, Beth El has placed a recycling container in the back
parking lot where people are encouraged to bring their own paper recycla-           The Rabbi Jacob Agus Academy of Jewish Learning –
ble items from home, including newspapers, magazines, catalogs, mail,               Mondays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 & April 7,
envelopes, folders, fax and copy paper and colored paper. Recycling                 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.
boxes will also be placed in every office and classroom in the entire build-
ing for staff use and the Berman-Lipavsky Religious School is holding a             Our weekly Monday evening Jewish learning class returns for its tenth
contest for decorating them. In addition to the contest, students will learn        year with a study and discussion of “The World of the Rabbis,” studies in
the values that come along with recycling and how Judaism plays a strong            the Talmud and responses from classical Jewish sources. Taught by our
role in taking care of our environment.                                             clergy, the course will cover topics of contemporary relevance from the
     In addition to the recycling program, Beth El is also giving away a free       Babylonian Talmud as well as religious and legal questions posed by Jews
cloth grocery bag courtesy of The Fresh Market in The Quarry to all of our          throughout the ages. The ability to read Hebrew is not required and the
members to encourage them to be conscious of their paper usage.                     course is free to all.
     Another way to restore and protect the natural environment is to plant
trees, which help clean the air and lower temperatures, help reduce soil
erosion, reduce noise and have a number of other benefits as well.                  Jewish Short Stories – Monday, March 3 & April 3,
Because of these benefits, a noticeable new change around Beth El’s                 7:00 to 7:45 p.m.
school and synagogue is the new greenery that beautifies the buildings.
Trees have been planted in the back parking lot and throughout the entire           Join our congenial group and get acquainted with great writing and out-
complex thanks to the efforts of our religious school students.                     standing authors. Gail Lipsitz will lead discussions of selected short sto-
     Beth El has also taken another new “light” to this environmental focus         ries the first Monday of each month through May. March’s short story is “A
in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and light pollution. To cut         State of Emergency” by Nikki Stiller. April’s short story, “History (With
energy usage and to reduce the contribution to the world’s pollution levels,        Dreams)” by Lev Raphael, will be distributed at the March meeting.
Beth El has replaced its incandescent light bulbs with the more effective
and inexpensive Carbon Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs, which use 75 per-             Special Seminar on Italian Opera
cent less energy and last up to 10 times longer.
     “It is important, not only as people, but as Jews, to take care of our                               Rabbi Mark Loeb will offer a special class in March
environment,” said Rabbi Steven Schwartz. “It is a deeply Jewish value to                                 on “The Jewels of a Master’s Old Age: Giuseppe
be sensitive to the environment.”                                                                         Verdi’s Final Masterpieces – ‘Aida,’ ‘Otello’ and
     “The world was created by God, and as His stewards, we should be                                     ‘Falstaff.’” The class will take place on the following
concerned with taking care of what was created for us,” he added.                                         Sunday afternoons from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. – March
                                                                                                          2, March 9 and March 16. The course will culminate
                                                                                                          on March 23 with a trip to see the New York City

                          GO GREEN!
                                                                                                          Opera’s production of “Falstaff.” Tickets for the trip
                                                                                                          will first be made available to class participants and
                                                                                                          then opened to the rest of the congregation if any
                                                                                                          remain. The class will take place in the Rabbi Jacob
                                                                                                          Agus Library.
                                 Tip #7:
                 Recycling in your home saves energy,                               The Rabbi Jacob Agus Library
                 landfill space and natural resources.
                                                                                    The Rabbi Jacob Agus Library is located across from the Myers
                Home recycling requires a trivial amount of                         Auditorium and serves as a library and the center for adult education
                 time, yet offers substantial benefits to the                       classes at Beth El. For those of you who have not been to the library, it
                  homeowner as well as the environment.                             really is a place you should visit. The library contains a large selection of
               According to the EPA, the national recycling                         books that meet a wide variety of interests. Since new books are constant-
               rate is just 30 percent. Increasing recyclable                       ly being added to the collection, one can find many current popular books
                     materials in the US to 60 percent                              on the shelves.
                  could save the equivalent of 315 million
                            barrels of oil per year.                                If the posted hours below are not convenient for you, please contact
                  Recycling is a great way individuals can                          Marlene Siegel at 410-484-0411 to set a time that will work for you. Once
               make a difference, both locally and globally.                        you become familiar with the vast selection within the library, you will
                         Courtesy of www.eartheasy.com.                             appreciate how convenient and accessible the Rabbi Jacob Agus Library
                                                                                    is for you.
                                                                                                        Rabbi Jacob Agus Library Hours

                                                                                                         Sundays — 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

                                                                                                       Mondays — 9:15 to 11:00 a.m. and
Dr. David Ruderman — Continued from page 1                                                                    7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

                                                                                                        Wednesdays — 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
has previously taught at Yale University and the University of Maryland,
                                                                                                        (only when classes are in session)
College Park; he established Judaic studies programs at both institutions.
He was honored with the Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award at the                                       Thursdays — 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
University of Maryland, the highest honor a professor can receive. He
received his rabbinical degree from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish                  Look for more information about Adult Education at Beth El in the
Institute of Religion in New York in 1971 and his Ph.D. in Jewish history                   2007-2008 Adult Education Brochure and online at
from Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1975.                                                              www.bethelbalto.com.


                                                                       THE VOICE
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V.
                                                                PESACH ALREADY?
HALACHA

          By Rabbi Mark G. Loeb                                                     to grains which have been subjected to leavening by water – wheat, bar-
                                                                                    ley, spelt, rye and oats are listed in the Talmud, but Ashkenazic custom


          I
               recently received an advertisement in the mail urging me to          adds rice, corn and legumes. If your family is of Sephardic origin, rice is
               purchase a new guide for Passover. Such publications are             not forbidden, a custom widely observed in Israel where the majority of
               helpful for rabbis who need to access the latest information         Jews are Sephardim. In fact, there are Orthodox authorities in Israel who
          as to which new kosher products will be on the market this year.          are debating whether or not to declare rice kosher even for Ashkenazim.
          But the real issue of establishing a kosher home for the holiday          Cakes made with kosher for Passover flour mixed with undiluted fruit
          is not so much what processed foods are Pesachdik; the more               juices and eggs are also not considered chametz.
          important questions revolve around what foods are intrinsically                Other foods are thought by many to be forbidden on Passover, when
          kosher and therefore do not require a Passover certification at           in reality they are not, nor do they even require a certification (or
          all.                                                                      hecksher). While some people think these customs have some precedent,
               This is so because of a famous dictum once issued by                 the fact is that it is wrong to forbid something that does not have to be
          Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, Dean of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan               denied to us, nor to spend extra money to enrich a certifying authority who
          Theological Seminary at New York’s Orthodox Yeshiva                       should know better. Thus, coffee, tea, packaged sugar, frozen vegetables,
          University. Rabbi Soloveitchik told his students that he was not          dried fruits and honey, garlic, cabbage, most vegetables and even string
          ordaining them as rabbis in order for them to issue stricter rul-         beans are all kosher for Passover and require no label as long as they are
          ings in Jewish law. He preferred that they see themselves as              not mixed with something clearly forbidden.
          trained in halachah (Jewish law) in order to facilitate obser-                 If you are seeking a guide that Conservative Jews can rely upon, con-
          vance, not to place additional obstacles before the community.            sider purchasing Rabbi Isaac Klein’s Guide to Jewish Religious Practice.
          Sadly, we live in an age where many religious authorities in the          Toward that end, let us all seek to observe our sacred seasons with full
          traditional community seem to be looking for ways to challenge            hearts, but also with wisdom and good judgment.
          even the most faithful among us.
               The fact is that Passover is one holiday where customs               [Editor’s Note: Look in the April 2008 issue of The Voice for a complete
          often trump what some presume to be law, and it pays us to                section on Passover, which this year begins at sundown on Saturday,
          speak with our rabbis as to the differences.                              April 19.]
               A small example: we all know that we are halachically
          required to change our dishes for Passover. This is required
          because ordinary plates and porcelain cannot be made kosher
          for Passover. However, fine china that has not been used in                                                            SAVE     THE    DATE
          twelve months acquires the status of new dishes (even if never
          previously used on Passover) and is acceptable for use on the                                                   Please remember that the next
          holiday. This was originally a tradition that has gained the status                                             Beth El blood drive is scheduled
          of law.                                                                                                         for Wednesday, April 2. Help us
               The issue of chametz is a major issue on Passover. It refers                                               reach our goal of 100 total pints
                                                                                                                          of blood donated!
                                                                                                                              Giving blood is a mitzvah that
                                                                                                                          costs you nothing but a little time
                                                                                                                          and it is renewable. You will be
     Purchase Your Haggadah in                                                                                            receiving a postcard in the mail
                                                                                                                          shortly, but please contact
         Time for Passover                                                                                                Sonya and Jerry Goodman at
                                                                                                                          410-602-8766 for more informa-
                                                                                                                          tion in the meantime.


  P
        assover may be over a month away, but it is never too early
        to purchase haggadot for you, your family and your friends.
        The Beth El Haggadah is now available for purchase at the
  main office for $8 each for members and $10 each for non-mem-
  bers. In addition, a music CD, featuring Cantor Thom King and the
  Beth El Junior Choir singing traditional Passover songs, is avail-
  able for $8 each. You may stop by the main office anytime during
  normal business hours to purchase a Haggadah or CD.                                                   KEEP   TOUCHIN
                                                                                                        WITH BETH EL!

                                                                                                                          Now there are two easy ways to keep
                                                                                                                          in touch with Beth El between issues of
                                                                                                                          The Voice! In addition to signing up for
                                                                                                                          E-Voice, the complete, online version of
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                                                                                                                          bi-weekly family update and visit us
                                                                                                                          online at our new and improved
                                                                                                                          website!
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                                                                                                                          www.bethelbalto.com and now has
                                                                                                                          videos, pictures, a full calendar of
                                                                                                                          events and services, dedicated pages
                        BETH EL QUIZ                                                                                      for the schools and all the affiliates and
                                                                                                                          committees and more!
                                                                                                                          • To sign up for the bi-weekly family
       On January 13, 2008, Beth El Congregation celebrated                                                               update, which will keep you up to date
       its 60th anniversary. In celebration of this momentous                                                             on everything happening at Beth El,
       occasion, every Beth El Quiz question for the remainder                                                            send your name and e-mail address to
       of the year will be about the founding and history of the                                                          Dora Smith at dora@bethelbalto.com.
                                                                                                                          • To receive E-Voice in your inbox each
       congregation.                                                                                                      month up to one week before everyone



       Q:
                                                                                                                          else receives The Voice in the mail,
                        At which Baltimore hotel did the founders                                                         send your request to Dora Smith at
                        of Beth El Congregation gather on January                                                         dora@bethelbalto.com. You must
                                                                                                                          indicate if you want to receive both
                        13, 1948 to celebrate its founding?                                                               E-Voice and The Voice.

       Answer on page 8.



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              C
  CONTRIBUTIONS
Donations received through January 31, 2008.
                                                                                                                  &E                                      ENDOWMENTS
                                                                 THE BERLIN NORWITZ
Please note that due to a high volume of donations,
not all donations received through January 31 are
                                                                CHILDRENS’ CHOIR FUND
listed. If you do not see your donation, it will appear
in the April 2008 issue of The Voice.                      IN MEMORY OF:
                                                             Ethel Berlin by Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Fishkind.
 THE ADLER LEV SCHOLARSHIP
                                                               THE MARILYN AND GARY
           FUND
                                                             BERMAN FAMILY PRE-SCHOOL
IN MEMORY OF:                                                    SCHOLARSHIP FUND
   Elmer Goldner by Mr. and Mrs. Howard Moffet.
   Martin Lev by Mr. and Mrs. Milton Bereson, Dr. and      IN MEMORY OF:
Mrs. Elliot Berg, Mrs. Alice Bloom, Mr. and Mrs. Rob         Irving Budish by Mr. and Mrs. Jay Marks and Family.
Brenner, Mrs. Reta Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Dobres
and Family, Mr. and Mrs. Art Feld and Ms. Jeanette          THE SANDRA AND MALCOLM
Posner, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Feldman, Mr. Arnold
Fleishmann and Ms. Rosalie Rosenzwog, Dr. and Mrs.
                                                           BERMAN FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
Moises Fraiman, Mrs. Judy Frankle, Mr. and Mrs. Keith                FUND
Franz, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Freeland, Mr. and Mrs.
Sidney Friedman, Dr. and Mrs. Allan Garfinkel, Mr. and     IN HONOR OF:
Mrs. George Fuld, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Garonzik, Mrs.          The birth of a daughter, Ava Elizabeth, to Mr. and Mrs.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Cara Zolet and Henna Fraiman
Dorothy Goldberg, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Goldberg, Mr. and    Steven Berman by Mr. and Mrs. John Denick.                                                                                  (above); Erika and Jordan
Mrs. Louis Goldbloom, Rheda Goldman and Family, Mr.
and Mrs. Elmer Goldner, Mrs. Joy Hyman and Family, Mr.          THE SYLVAN DORENFELD                                                                                                   Douglas (left)
and Mrs. Robert Just, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Kahan, Mr.
and Mrs. Benjamin Kuntz, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Layton,
                                                                MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
                                                                        FUND                                                                                                           Bet students and their families
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Lazinsky, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard
Levy, Ms. Myra Lichter, Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Litman, Mr.                                                                                                                               joined together on January 27 to
and Mrs. Steven Mazer, Ms. Jamie Nathanson Miller and      IN MEMORY OF:                                                                                                               learn about the special meaning
Mr. Steven Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Peremel and           Corrine “Corkie” Nusinov by Mr. and Mrs. Alan                                                                             of Shabbat. Parents wrote bless-
Family, Mr. and Mrs. Efrem M. Potts, Mrs. Selma            Dorenfeld.
Pressman, Mr. and Mrs. Morton Rodbell, Mr. and Mrs. Lee      Mary Stotsky by Mrs. Frances Snyder.                                                                                      ings for their children, children
Rosenberg, Mr. and Mrs. Mishel Roseman, Mr. and Mrs.                                                                                                                                   wrote blessings for their parents
James Schwab, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Sidle, Dr. and Mrs.       SPEEDY RECOVERY TO:                                                                                                         and everyone worked together to
Mark Illan Silberman, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Sollins, Mrs.      Mrs. Edith Dorenfeld by Mr. and Mrs. John Abosch, Dr.
Lenora Talles, Ms. Lois Weinberg, Mr. Herbert White, Ms.   and Mrs. Barry Hurwitz.                                                                                                     create beautiful challah covers
Barbara Wolf and Dr. Jerome Fine, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel                                                                                                                                  to take home.
Zerden.                                                      THE JACOBO FRAIMAN FUND
                                                                 FOR ADULT JEWISH                                           THE FRUMAN FAMILY GARDEN                                        THE SUSAN FINE LANGSAM
THE DAVID BAER YOUTH FUND
                                                                    EDUCATION                                               BEAUTIFICATION ENDOWMENT                                            MEMORIAL FUND
IN MEMORY OF:                                                                                                                          FUND
  Ethel Carton by Mrs. Rebecca Baer.                       IN MEMORY OF:                                                                                                                IN MEMORY OF:
                                                             Barbara Ruth Amernick by Mr. and Mrs. Dennis                                                                                 Corrine “Corkie” Nusinov by Mrs. Laraine Satisky and
                                                           Herman.                                                          IN MEMORY OF:
 THE REBECCA C. BAER ADULT                                   Irving Budish by Dr. and Mrs. Moises Fraiman.                    Martin “Marty” Lev by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Slatkin.        Family.
 EDUCATION PROGRAM FUND                                      Bernice Kuryk by Dr. and Mrs. Moises Fraiman.                    Irene Mindell by Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Fruman.
                                                                                                                                                                                        IN HONOR OF:
                                                             Earl Misler by Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Fruman, Mr. and                                                                            The birth of a granddaughter to Mrs. Lyn Rubin by Dr.
IN MEMORY OF:                                              Mrs. Dennis Herman and Family.                                   IN HONOR OF:
                                                                                                                              The special birthday of Mr. Leonard Fruman by Dr. and     and Mrs. Joseph Napora.
  Ethel Carton by Mr. Alexander Baer.
                                                                                                                            Mrs. Mark Illan Silberman and Family.
                                                               THE LEONARD AND FRONA                                                                                                     THE DR. HARRY AND ZELDA
        THE STANLEY L. BECKER                                    FRIEDMAN MEMORIAL                                          SPEEDY RECOVERY TO:                                         LEVIN FACULTY DEVELOPMENT
       MISHPACHA SCHOLARSHIP                                      SCHOLARSHIP FUND                                            Mrs. Caren Meritt by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Slatkin.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   FUND
                FUND
                                                           IN MEMORY OF:                                                            THE ARTHUR E. KLAFF                                 IN MEMORY OF:
IN HONOR OF:                                                 Bernice Kuryk by Mr. and Mrs. Elliot Dackman.                            MEMORIAL FUND                                        Beloved father of Ms. Natalie Chason by Mrs. Alice
  The Bat Mitzvah of Carley Becker, granddaughter of                                                                                                                                    Levin.
Mrs. Carole Becker by Mrs. Judy Frankle.                                                                                    IN MEMORY OF:
                                                                                                                              Tessie Cohen by Dr. and Mrs. Donald Saltzman.                      THE HARRY LICHTER
                                                                                                                                                                                                  MEMORIAL FUND
                                                                                                                                 THE DR. JEROME KOEPPEL
                                                                                                                                 MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP                                   IN MEMORY OF:
                                                                                                                                          FUND                                            Irving Budish by Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Elkin.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Joseph Eisen by Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Elkin and Family.
                                                                            Steve Golob,
                                                                                                                            IN MEMORY OF:
                                                                            Jeremy Alter,                                      Martin “Marty” Lev by Mrs. Marlene Koeppel and Mr.       IN HONOR OF:
                                                                                                                            Alvin Myerberg.                                                The birth of a great-granddaughter, Dylan Nicole
                                                                            Shayna Alter and                                                                                            Helfman, to Mrs. Betty Helfman by Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey
                                                                            Laura Fiegelson                                 IN HONOR OF:                                                Elkin.
                                                                                                                              The 60th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis
                                                                            (above, l-r); Steve                             Penn and Mr. Penn’s 80th birthday by Mrs. Marlene                   THE JOSEPH LIPAVSKY
                                                                            Golob, Megan                                    Koeppel.                                                             SCHOLARSHIP FUND
                                                                            Hodes, Alyssa                                           THE MINNIE AND MAX                                  IN MEMORY OF:
                                                                            Elhai (below, l-r)                                        KRIEGER SCHOOL                                      Sylvia Klein by Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Herbst and
                                                                                                                                                                                        Family.
                                                                                                                                     SCHOLARSHIP FUND                                     Neil Tabor by Mrs. Ellen Morstein.
                                                                            Steve Golob,
                                                                                                                            SPEEDY RECOVERY TO:
                                                                            founder and owner                                 Mrs. Bobbie Ryterman by Mrs. Irene Snyder.
                                                                                                                                                                                        IN HONOR OF:
                                                                                                                                                                                          The Bar Mitzvah of Zachary, grandson of Mr. and Mrs.
                                                                            of “Party with the                                                                                          Marvin Marks by Mr. and Mrs. Jay Morstein.
                                                                            02,” brought his                                THE ADAM KRONTHAL SPECIAL
                                                                            oxygen bar to Beth                                     NEEDS FUND                                               THE H. ALLAN LIPSITZ
                                                                            El on January 19                                                                                             ENDOWED ADULT EDUCATION
                                                                                                                            IN MEMORY OF:
                                                                            for BEYOM’s                                        Ethel and Morris Kelman by Dr. and Mrs. Alan Kronthal
                                                                                                                                                                                                    FUND
                                                                            celebration of                                  and Family, Mrs. Randi Kronthal Sacco and Family
                                                                                                                                                                                        IN HONOR OF:
                                                                            Tu B’Shevat.                                       Adam Kronthal by Dr. and Mrs. Alan Kronthal and
                                                                                                                                                                                           Mr. and Mrs. Neil Josephson on the occasions of their
    Judi Snyder (both)




                                                                                                                            Family, Mrs. Randi Kronthal Sacco and Family
                                                                                                                               Ida Mazy by Dr. and Mrs. Alan Kronthal and Family,       wedding anniversary and her birthday by Mrs. Gail Lipsitz
                                                                                                                            Mrs. Randi Kronthal Sacco and Family                        and Mr. David Lipsitz.


                                                                                                                            THE M. HENRY AND ELIZABETH                                       THE RABBI MARK G. LOEB
                                                                                                                              KUNTZ MEMORIAL FUND                                            JUDAIC STUDIES COLLEGE
                                                                                                                                                                                               SCHOLARSHIP FUND
                                                                                                                            IN HONOR OF:
                                                                                                                               The engagement of Jennifer Kuntz, daughter of Mr.        IN MEMORY OF:
                                                                                                                            and Mrs. David Kuntz, to Geoffrey McDonald by Mr. and         Aaron Ely by Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Napora.
                                                                                                                            Mrs. John Denick.



                                                                                                                                                                                                               Continued on page 8


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Continued from page 7                                        Mr. Art Wien by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Weinblatt and
                                                           Family.
IN HONOR OF:
  The 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Henry             THE SISTERHOOD PAST
                                                                 PRESIDENTS’ MEMORIAL
                                                                                                                                HOW TO MAKE A DEDICATION
Horowitz by Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Napora.

 THE DAISY MILLER MEMORIAL
                                                                   SCHOLARSHIP FUND
                                                                                                                                       AT BETH EL
     SCHOLARSHIP FUND                                      IN MEMORY OF:
                                                             Bernice Kuryk by Mr. and Mrs. Keith Franz, Mr. and               By Micah Kleid
IN OBSERVANCE OF YAHRZEIT OF:                              Mrs. Jeffrey Litman.
  Rebecca K. Arenson by Mr. Gilbert H. Miller.


                                                                                                                              T
                                                                THE MORTON SPIND                                                      here are a number of ways at Beth El to honor a special
          THE MITZVAH FUND                                  CONFIRMATION SCHOLARSHIP                                                  event — such as a B’nai Mitzvah, birthday, anniversary, wed-
                                                                      FUND                                                            ding, bris or baby naming or to memorialize a loved one. But
IN MEMORY OF:                                                                                                                 one way that will endure for as long as the congregation exists is by
   Irving Budish by Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hackerman, Mr.
and Mrs. David B. Kerbel.
                                                           IN MEMORY OF:                                                      making a dedication or creating a new fund.
                                                             Ethel Carton by Mr. and Mrs. Steve Weintraub and
   Milton “Mickey” Cohen by Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Zerden.    Family.
                                                                                                                                   When walking through the halls of our building, you will see
   Tessie Cohen by Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Layton.             Dr. Herbert Copeland by Drs. Arlene and Sheldon                  paintings, pictures, plaques, ritual objects and sculptures that have
   Selma Dorfman by Ms. Hedy From and Mr. Michael
Rubenstein.
                                                           Bearman.                                                           been dedicated by members of our congregation in memory of a
                                                             Clara Rohd by Dr. Bernie Weinstein and Family.
   Ruth Goldstein by Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Layton.           A. Harvey Schreter by Drs. Arlene and Sheldon
                                                                                                                              loved one or in honor of a special event. Additionally, at least two
   Mildred Marcus by Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Zerden.           Bearman.                                                           pages in every issue of The Voice is devoted to a listing of all the
   Rona Rothstein by Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Zerden.
   Neil Tabor by Mrs. Pearl R. Shuman.
                                                                                                                              funds at the congregation, as well as the donations that members,
                                                               THE MELVIN AND ANITA                                           friends and family have made to them. However, the objects and
IN HONOR OF:                                                     STEINBERG COLLEGE                                            paintings you see in the hallways and display cases, and the list of
   The birth of a granddaughter, Elizabeth Josephine          OUTREACH PROGRAM FUND
Mann, to Dr. and Mrs. Michael Mann by Ms. Hedy From
                                                                                                                              donations in each issue of The Voice, are only the tip of the iceberg.
and Mr. Michael Rubenstein.                                IN MEMORY OF:
                                                                                                                                   Items that are still available for dedication include the months on
   The birth of a grandson, Lennon Gabriel Wielechowski,      Beloved mother of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Alpern by Mr.            the new Yahrzeit Wall; Blessings & Bridges paintings; a new Scroll
to Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Kleiner by Ms. Hedy From and Mr.
Michael Rubenstein, Mr. and Mrs. August Treff.
                                                           and Mrs. Julian Sober.                                             of Esther the congregation wishes to purchase as well as each page
                                                              Norman Dale Macon by Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Steinberg.
                                                              Herbert Rothbard by Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Steinberg.
                                                                                                                              within; the various artwork and ritual objects on the walls and in the
SPEEDY RECOVERY TO:                                                                                                           display cases, simcha plaques on Noah’s Ark in the pre-school;
  Mr. Art Wien by Dr. and Mrs. Frank Setren.               SPEEDY RECOVERY TO:                                                leaves on the Tree of Life outside the Gorn Chapel; and plaques on
                                                             Mr. Art Wien by Mr. and Mrs. Julian Sober.
 THE MORNING MINYAN FUND                                                                                                      the new Yahrzeit Wall in memory of a loved one. In addition, you
                                                                  THE JEAN AND JOSEPH                                         can create a new restricted, unrestricted or endowment fund at Beth
IN MEMORY OF:
                                                                 SUSSMAN SCHOLARSHIP                                          El, to which people will be able to make a donation in honor of a
  Rose DeSantis by Mr. and Mrs. August Treff.
                                                                                                                              special event or in memory of a loved one in their own lives.
IN HONOR OF:                                               IN HONOR OF:                                                            For information on what items are available for dedication
                                                              The Bar Mitzvah of the grandson of Mrs. Rita Davis by
   The 60th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis
                                                           Mr. and Mrs. Jules Shaivitz.
                                                                                                                              or on how to create a new fund at Beth El, please contact
Penn and Mr. Penn’s 80th birthday by Mr. and Mrs. Gerald
Cohen, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Cohen, Mr. and Mrs. Rene
                                                                                                                              Director of Development Ailene Sher at 410-580-5159 or
Daniel, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Silber.                                   THE YAHRZEIT FUND                                         ailene@bethelbalto.com who would be delighted to meet with you
   The birth of a great-granddaughter, Dylan Nicole, to                                                                       and show you what is available. Please note that we do not accept
Mrs. Betty Helfman by Mrs. Sandy Lurie.                    IN OBSERVANCE OF YAHRZEIT OF:
   The 80th birthday of Mr. Lewis Penn by Mr. and Mrs.        Loved ones by Mr. Morris Zwagil.
                                                                                                                              donated items for dedication.
Louis Goldstein.                                              Isadore Allex by Mrs. Lenora Talles.
   The 102nd birthday of Mr. Eddie Offit by Mr. and Mrs.      Fannie Bond by Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Bond.
Jay Cohen, Mr. and Mrs. Rene Daniel.                          Anna Fleishman by Mr. and Mrs. Mark Levin.
                                                              Esther Frankle by Mrs. Judy Frankle.
SPEEDY RECOVERY TO:                                           Alice Gamerman by Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Bond.
  Mrs. Saralyn Glass by Mr. and Mrs. Gerald E. Cohen.         Louis Gamerman by Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Bond.                   THE AL ZLOTOWITZ CHAPEL                                 and Mrs. Harold Hackerman, Mr. and Mrs. Willard
  Mrs. Judy Langanthal by Mr. and Mrs. Gerald E.              Dora Gold by Mr. and Mrs. Norman Gold.                                                                                 Hackerman and Family, Ms. Lois H. Halbert and Ms.
Cohen.                                                        Lottie and Sol Goodman by Mr. and Mrs. Marvin                    MAINTENANCE FUND                                      Florence B. Hoffberger, Mr. Bud Hammerman, Mr. and
  Mr. Art Wien by Mr. and Mrs. August Treff.               Schnitzer.                                                                                                                Mrs. Henry Horowitz, Mr. and Mrs. Julian Hyman, Ms.
                                                              Ruth Highstein by Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Better.              IN HONOR OF:                                               Janet Jeffein, Ms. Gail Kandel/The Vasarri Staff, Dr. and
THE ISAAC AND FANNIE PEVER                                    Sarah Vein Kramer by Mrs. Alice K. Bloom.                      The 60th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis      Mrs. Sheppard Kaplow, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Katz, Mr. and
                                                              Rose Kriegel by Mr. and Mrs. Mark Levine.                   Penn and the 80th birthday of Mr. Penn by Mrs. Betty       Mrs. David J. Kessler, Mrs. Ronnie Kleiman, Mrs. Shirley
    HEBREW EDUCATION                                          Sol Marks by Mr. Isaac Marks.                               Zlotowitz.                                                 Kleinman, The Lansman Family, Mr. and Mrs. Hersch
     SCHOLARSHIP FUND                                         Morris Pasarew by Mrs. Irene Pasarew.                                                                                  Langenthal, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Lefcowitz, Mr. and Mrs.
                                                              Harry Saval by Mr. and Mrs. Howard Saval.                   IN OBSERVANCE OF YAHRZEIT OF:                              Jon H. Levinson, Ms. Peggy Levinton and Mr. Howard
IN HONOR OF:                                                  Hannah and Joseph Schnitzer by Mr. and Mrs. Marvin            Kitty Kaye by Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Strumwater.           Levinton, Mr. and Mrs. Lou Lichter, Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey
   The birthdays of Sue and Lenny Gordon by his par-       Schnitzer.                                                       Al Zlotowitz by his wife and children.                   Lieberman, Ms. Helen Lifson, Ms. Ilene K. Lockman, Mrs.
ents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Gordon.                            Earl Shuman by Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Shuman.                                                                             Seena Lubcher, Dr. and Mrs. Charles Mann, Mr. and Mrs.
                                                              Samuel Shuman by Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Shuman.                         SPECIAL DONATIONS                                 Morton Marcus, Dr. and Mrs. Stuart Marcus, Mrs. Sylvia T.
      THE PRAYER BOOK FUND                                    Elliot C. Smith by Mrs. Naomi Boltansky to The                                                                         Marcus, Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Margolis, Mr. and Mrs.
                                                           Yahrzeit Fund.                                                 IN MEMORY OF:                                              James Marmer, Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Matz, Mr. and Mrs.
IN MEMORY OF:                                                 Abraham W. Sommers by Mr. and Mrs. Henry                       Charles Baumel on the occasion of his 82nd birthday     John Meyer, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Monsein, Mr. and Mrs.
  Marcia Bloom by Mr. and Mrs. Michael Schwarz.            Caldarzzo, Ms. Sharon R. Krieger and Mr. Paul Day, Mrs.        by Mrs. Lorraine Baumel to The Prayer Book Fund.           Jonathan Myers, Mrs. Eleanor Ochfeld, Mr. and Mrs.
                                                           Helen Sommers.                                                    Paul Becker by Mr. and Mrs. Roman Ryterman and          Edward Obstler, Dr. and Mrs. Stanley Oring, Ms. Myra H.
                                                              Alvin Stark by Mr. and Mrs. Norman Gold.                    Mrs. and Mrs. Edgar London to The Minnie and Max           Petasky, Mrs. Helene Penn and Mr. Paul Dorf, Mr. and
      THE DR. MORRIS AND                                      Philip Talles by Mrs. Lenora Talles.                        Krieger School Scholarship Fund.                           Mrs. Alvin Powers, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Quartner, Mr.
        JEANETTE SELTZER                                      Florence Yaffe by Mr. and Mrs. Howard Saval.                   Ethel Berlin by Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Rosenberg and      David R. Ross, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rynd, Lee N. Sacks,
    PRE-SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP                                    Samuel Yaffe by Mr. and Mrs. Howard Saval.                  Family to The Berlin Norwitz Children’s Choir Fund.        Mr. and Mrs. Albert Saval, Ms. Lois G. Schapiro and Ms.
             FUND                                                                                                            Martin Lee Berger by Mr. and Mrs. Daniel S. Katz and    Susan Rosenberg, Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Sagal, Mr. and
                                                           THE YOUTH EDUCATION FUND                                       Family to The Prayer Book Fund.                            Mrs. Sanford Schreiber, Dr. and Mrs. David B. Schwartz
                                                                                                                             Marcia Bloom by Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Powers to The        and Family and Ms. Rose Norwich, Mr. and Mrs. Alan
IN HONOR OF:
                                                           IN MEMORY OF:                                                  Youth Education Fund.                                      Satyr, Ms. Bobbie Krosin Selnick, Mr. and Mrs. Sanford
  The birthday of Ms. Allie Vogel by Mr. and Mrs. Harvey
                                                              Martin Lee Berger by Mr. and Mrs. Keith Franz.                 Ethel Carton by Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Levin to The       Shapiro, Dr. and Mrs. Ed Shavitz, Mr. and Mrs. Morris
Gold.
                                                              Irving Budish by Mr. and Mrs. Keith Franz, Mr. and          Robbins Family Foundation                                  Silberman, Ms. Judy Simon and Mr. Larry Zimlin, Mr. and
                                                           Mrs. Raphael Kahn, Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Sperr and                 Ethel Carton by Mr. and Mrs. John Spector to The Dr.    Mrs. Jerome Sollins, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Spunger, Mr.
IN OBSERVANCE OF YAHRZEIT OF:
                                                           Family                                                         Michael I. Feinglass Memorial Scholarship Fund.            and Mrs. Nick Taylor, Dr. and Mrs. Lloyd Towlen, Mr. and
  David Gold by Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Gold.
                                                              Frank Coles by Mr. and Mrs. Keith Franz.                       Dr. Herbert Copeland by Mrs. Joy Hyman and Family       Mrs. Melvin Trosch, Ms. Laura M. Tucker, Mr. and Mrs.
  Jeanette Seltzer by Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Gold.
                                                              Joseph Eisen by Mr. and Mrs. Barry Budish and               to The Dr. Nathan Hyman Memorial Scholarship Fund.         Nelson Tucker, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Waranch, Mr. and Mrs.
                                                           Family, Mr. Robb Cohen and Dr. Gail Schwartz, Mr. and             Sylvan Dorenfeld by Mr. and Mrs. Larry Bank to The      Arthur Wasserman, Mr. and Mrs. Alan Weiner, Mr. and
 THE RICKY SIEGEL MEMORIAL                                 Mrs. Keith Franz.                                              Sylvan Dorenfeld Memorial Scholarship Fund.                Mrs. Donald Zimmerman, Dr. and Mrs. Michael D. Zito
     SCHOLARSHIP FUND                                         Ruth Goldstein by the Grarfinkle Family.                       Luci Friedman by The Whiteman Family to the Prayer      and Family to The Adler Lev Scholarship Fund.
                                                              Lee Hurwitz by Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Gaber.                  Book Fund.                                                     Martin “Marty” Lev by Ms. Gwen Eisenberg, Mr. and
IN MEMORY OF:                                                 Norman Dale Macon by Mr. and Mrs. Barry Budish and             Ruth Goldstein by Mr. and Mrs. Saul Leibowitz to The    Mrs. Arnold Fruman, Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Fruman, Mr. and
  Gloria Sapper by Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Siegel, Mr. and     Family, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Franz, Mr. and Mrs. Charles         Prayer Book Fund.                                          Mrs. Neal Fruman, Dr. and Mrs. Allen Hettleman, Ms.
Mrs. Lee Stotsky                                           Lurie, Mr. and Mrs. Julian Sober.                                 Sonia Gottlieb and Earl Missler by Mr. and Mrs.         Jane Krosin and Family, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Renbaum
  Samuel Weinblatt by Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Oken and           Rona Rothstein by Dr. and Mrs. Stanley Oring.               Michael Schwarz and Family to The Prayer Book Fund.        to The Prayer Book Fund.
Family.                                                       Philip Transparenti by Mr. and Mrs. Keith Franz.               Bernice Kuryk by The American Rescue Workers, Inc.          Martin “Marty” Lev by Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Kuntz to the
                                                              Blanche Wormser by Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Gaber.              to The Schapiro Yerushalayim Program Fund.                 M. Henry and Elizabeth Kuntz Memorial Fund.
IN HONOR OF:                                                                                                                 Bernice Kuryk by Ms. Fran Crystal to The Sisterhood         Martin “Marty” Lev by Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Brave, Mr.
   The 30th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Robert     SPEEDY RECOVERY TO:                                            Past Presidents’ Memorial Scholarship Fund.                and Mrs. John Spector, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Spunger, to
Jandorf by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Weinblatt and Family.           Mrs. Carol Luterman by Mr. and Mrs. Fred London.                Martin “Marty” Lev by The Family of Henry Brown, The    The Dr. Michael I. Feinglass Memorial Scholarship Fund.
   The Bar Mitzvah of Jesse Nigrin, son of Dr. and Mrs.      Mrs. Selma Rynd by Mr. and Mrs. Fred London.                 Staff of Drs. Richard and Robert Schlossberg, David            Allan Lipsitz by Dr. Gary Posner and Dr. Judith
Albert Nigrin by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Weinblatt and Family.     Mr. Art Wien by Ms. Jeri Lynn Ganz and daughters,            Fishman and Gordon, Feinblatt, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald M.      Stanberg, Mr. Robert A. S. Silberman and Ms. Nancy
                                                           The Sagel Family.                                              Attman, Ms. Barbara Baxter and Mr. Marc Postman, Mr.       Netzer to The H. Allan Lipsitz Endowed Adult Education
SPEEDY RECOVERY TO:                                                                                                       and Mrs. William Berger and “Aunt Harriet”, Mr. and Mrs.   Fund.
  Niles Benn, Esq. by Mr. and Mrs. Lee Stotsky.                                                                           Ronald Brave, Lee Cohen and Stacy Rudin, Mr. and Mrs.          Barbara J. Schaffer by The Shaffer Family to The
  Mrs. Carol Luterman by Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Siegel.                                                                      Walter Becker, Mr. and Mrs. George Black, Mr. and Mrs.     Prayer Book Fund.
                                                                                                                          Bernard Bliden, Mrs. Naomi Boltansky, Mr. and Mrs.             Rose Tuber by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Shofer to The
                                                                                                                          Ralph Brunn, Ms. Suzanne F. Cohen, Ms. Fran Crystal        Rabbi Jacob and Miriam Agus Scholarship.
                                                                                                                          and Family, Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Dansicker, Mrs. Ruth          Samuel Weinblatt by Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Siegel, Mr.




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                                                                                                                          Eisenberg, Dr. and Mrs. Arnold Feldman, Mr. and Mrs.       and Mrs. Steven Simon and Family to The Ricky Siegel
                                                                                                                          Ronald Fishkind and Family, Mr. and Mrs. Alan Fiske, Mr.   Memorial Scholarship Fund.
                                                                                                                          and Mrs. Stanley Frank, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Friedlander,
                                                                                                                          Mr. and Mrs. Yale Friedlander, Mr. Paul Fuger and Ms.
                                                  The Sheraton-Belvedere Hotel.                                           Ursula Fuger, Dr. and Mrs. Joel Galinn Mr. and Mrs.
                                                                                                                          Sheldon Gimbel, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Gordon, Mr. and
                                                                                                                          Mrs. Benjamin Green, Ms. Toby Ann Greenberg, Dr. and
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                                                                                                                                   The kind expressions of sympathy and concern shown       Nigrin by The Nigrin Family to The Ricky Siegel Memorial
                                                                                                                               to them by Rabbi Mark Loeb, Rabbi Steven Schwartz,           Scholarship Fund.
                                                                                                                               Rabbi Dana Saroken, Cantor Thom King and Mr. Art Wien
  WHAT MAKES US A MOVEMENT?                                                                                                    during their bereavement for their beloved Fred Stern by
                                                                                                                               Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lurie to The H. Allan Lipsitz
                                                                                                                                                                                                HONORS AND MEMORIALS
                                                                                                                               Endowed Adult Education Fund.                                    IN HONOR OF:
            A serious discussion of what it means to be a part of                                                                  The help given by Rabbi Mark Loeb, Rabbi Steven              The 60th wedding anniversary of Pearl and Morris
                                                                                                                               Schwartz, Rabbi Dana Saroken, Cantor Thom King, Mrs.         Silberman, December 25, 2007 by Rosalie and Malcolm
                   the Conservative movement featuring                                                                         Diane Cole, Mr. Gilbert Kleiner, Mr. Rafi Roan and Mr. Art   Renbaum, a Simcha Plaque.
   Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic                                                         Wien during the Bar Mitzvah preparations for Jesse R.
    Studies; Rabbi Jerome M. Epstein, USCJ Executive Vice President;
     Rabbi Joel H. Meyers, Executive Vice President of The Rabbinical
   Assembly; and Cantor Stephen J. Stein, Executive Vice President of
                           The Cantors Assembly.

                                           Tuesday, April 1
                                       Adas Israel Congregation
                                          (Washington, D.C.)

                                5:45 p.m. – Evening Services
                                      6:15 p.m. – Dinner                                                                                              Join BEYOM and Rabbi Mark Loeb on
                         7:15 p.m. – Program (refreshments to follow)                                                                                  Wednesday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                 at Cosi in Owings Mills (9177 Reisterstown Road)
                The cost for dinner and the program is $36 per person;                                                                      for S’mores & Study (formerly known as Parsha & Pizza)!
                   the cost for only the program is $10 per person.
                                                                                                                                             This event is FREE to all young adults but reservations
              For more information or to RSVP, please contact the                                                                         are required by March 10 to Micah Kleid at 410-484-0411 or
        United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Seaboard Region at                                                                                         micah@bethelbalto.com.
                     301-230-0801 or seabd@uscj.org.
                                                                                                                                    The next S’mores & Study group will be
                                                                                                                                     on Wednesday, April 9 at 6:00 p.m.
                                                                Loved ones by Mrs. Fay Hubert to The Yahrzeit Fund.
Continued from page 8                                           Loved ones by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Lichtenstein to The
                                                             Yahrzeit Fund.
IN HONOR OF:                                                    Rose Abrams by Mr. and Mrs. Norman Shillman to The
    The Morning Minyanaires by Mr. and Mrs. Irving Kroll     Youth Education Fund.
to The Morning Minyan Fund.                                     Philmore Baron by his wife and children to The
    The Schapiro Yerushalayim Program by Mr. William K.      Yahrzeit Fund.
Schapiro to his Fund.                                           Morris Bloom by Mrs. Belle Bloom to The Yahrzeit
    The 67th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Louis       Fund.
Bluefeld and the 87th birthday of Mr. Louis Bluefeld by         Marceline Buchman by Ms. Martha K. Resnick to The                                 BEYOM PURIM COSTUME PARTY AT
The Steiner Family to The Agus Library.                      Yahrzeit Fund.
    The 39th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. John           Linda Wolfe Cohen by Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Weiner to                              ANGELS ROCK BAR IN POWER PLANT LIVE
Ingram by Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Kuntz to The M. Henry and        The Dennis and Rona Weiner Social Welfare Fund.
Elizabeth Kuntz Memorial Fund.                                  Harry Dackman by Mr. and Mrs. Elliot Dackman to The
    The 64th wedding anniversary of Dr. and Mrs. Neil        Leonard and Frona Friedman Memorial Scholarship Fund.
                                                                                                                                                          Thursday, March 27, 8:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Josephson and Mrs. Josephson’s birthday by Ms. Serene           Celia Davis by Mr. Richard G. Davis to The Prayer
Israel to The H. Allan Lipsitz Endowed Adult Education       Book.                                                                 Rock out with BEYOM at Baltimore’s only true rock-and-roll bar!
Fund.                                                           Dr. Gerald Eskow by Mrs. Estelle Eskow to The Joseph
    The 65th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Sol         Lipavsky Scholarship Fund.
                                                                                                                                   Tickets are only $5 per person in advance, $10 per person at the
Oidick by Ms. Saralee Hurwitz to The Prayer Book Fund.          Herman Gerber by Ms. Lois Kaplan to The Yahrzeit                   door and include access to the bar’s elite VIP section!
    The 60th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis       Fund.                                                                     Come in your best costume and receive free drinks – two if you
Penn by Mr. and Mrs. Louis Goldstein to The Prayer Book         Milton Goldberg by Mr. and Mrs. Gary Talles to The
Fund.                                                        Yahrzeit Fund.
                                                                                                                                   pay at the door, three if you pay in advance – and enter our contest
    The 60th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis          Dr. Morris M. Gottlieb by Dr. and Mrs. Ira Gottlieb and            with a $50 prize to the best male and female costumes!
Penn and the 80th birthday of Mr. Lewis Penn by Ms.          Family to The Yahrzeit Fund.
Bette Cohen and Mr. Sandy Wise, Mr. and Mrs. Marty              Samuel and Sylvia Harad by Dr. and Mrs. Frank Setren
Finstein, Mr. and Mrs. Barry Forman to The Morning           to The Yahrzeit Fund.
                                                                                                                                   Advance sales end on Wednesday, March 26, so contact Micah
Minyan Fund.                                                    Gittel Jekel by the Jekel Family to The Yahrzeit Fund.             Kleid at 410-484-0411 or micah@bethelbalto.com before then!
    The 60th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis          Daisy Kabik by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kabik to The Book
Penn and the 80th birthday of Mr. Lewis Penn by Mr. and      Fund.
Mrs. Jerome Buxbaum, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Kadis, Mr. and         Joseph Harry Klein by Mr. and Mrs. Michael Klein to
Mrs. Murray Kappelman, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Kaufman,         The Mitzvah Fund.
Mrs. Hulane Zolet to The Prayer Book Fund.                      Seymour Kramer by Mrs. Marcia Kramer to The
    The 60th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis       Yahrzeit Fund.
Penn and the 80th birthday of Mr. Lewis Penn by “The            Harry Lichter by Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Elkin, Mrs.
Tuesday Night Card Game”, Ms. Helen M. Schlossberg           Bobbie Lichter, Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Lichter, Mr. and Mrs.
Cohen, to The Morning Minyan Fund.                           Stuart Title and grandchildren to The Harry Lichter
    The 60th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis       Memorial Fund.
Penn and the 80th birthday of Mr. Lewis Penn by Mrs.            Jeanette Matz by Mr. Herbert Matz, Mr. Ron Matz and
                                                                                                                                                                  BEYOM is now on Facebook!
Ethel Speert to The Mitzvah Fund.                            Ms. Debbie Matz to The Yahrzeit Fund.
    The birth of a grandson, Lennon Gabriel Wielechowski        Lillian Morstein by Mr. and Mrs. Jay Morstein to The                    To sign up for our Facebook group, simply log onto Facebook
to Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Kleiner by Mrs. Mildred Miller to    Yahrzeit Fund.
The Mark Steven Miller AudioVisual Center.                      Barbara Koeppel Papel by Dr. and Mrs. Ira Papel to
                                                                                                                                      (www.facebook.com) and search for “Micah S. Kleid” and look for
    The 65th birthday of Mr. Mark Dopkin by Mr. Michael      The Dr. Jerome Koeppel Memorial Scholarship Fund.                         the profile picture of Beth El Congregation. It is the easiest and
Dopkin to The Louis and Esther Dopkin Memorial                  Jack Perlman by Mr. David Gould to The Ray S. and                       quickest way to learn about upcoming events and meet other
Scholarship Fund.                                            Nettye P. Gould Scholarship Fund.
    The 102nd birthday of Mr. Eddie Offit by his children,      Carol Pusin Pugh by Mr. Herman Pusin to The Yahrzeit
                                                                                                                                                              BEYOM participants!
grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to The Morning        Fund.
Minyan Fund.                                                    Joseph Rabinowitz by Mr. and Mrs. David Uhlfelder to
    The 102nd birthday of Mr. Eddie Offit by The Morning     The Yahrzeit Fund.
Minyanaires to The Prayer Book Fund.                            Anna Roseman by Mr. and Mrs. Mishel Roseman to
    The special birthday of Mr. Harold Peremel by Mr. and    The Yahrzeit Fund.
Mrs. Sidney Friedman to The Youth Education Fund.               David Rosen by Mr. and Mrs. Barry Budish to The
    The 75th birthday of Mr. Harold Peremel by Dr. and       Joseph Lipavsky Scholarship Fund.
Mrs. William Feinblum to The Cantor Saul and Aileen             Samuel Rosen by Mrs. Mary Shofer to The Yahrzeit
Hammerman Music Fund.                                        Fund.
    The special birthday of Mr. Harold Peremel by Mr. and       Beatrice Schwartz by Mrs. Linda Huddles to The Paul
Mrs. Melvin Steinberg to The Melvin and Anita Steinberg
College Outreach Program Fund.
    The special birthday of Mrs. Selma Pressman by Mrs.
                                                             Huddles Memorial Scholarship Fund.
                                                                Herbert Shapiro by Mrs. Marilyn Shapiro to The
                                                             Yahrzeit Fund.
                                                                                                                                                               March Madness
Bluma Jed to The Prayer Book Fund.                              Clara Shillman by Mr. and Mrs. Joy Shillman to The
    The 90th birthday of Ms. Rose Reichlyn by Mr. and
Mrs. Emanuel Steinberg to The Sylvan Dorenfeld
                                                             Youth Education Fund.
                                                                Samson Shilmover by Prof. and Mrs. Melvin Siedband
                                                                                                                                                               is almost here!
Memorial Scholarship Fund.                                   to The Agus Library.
    The first birthday of Sophia Reese Rosen by Mr.             Philip Talles by Mr. and Mrs. Gary Talles to The                                            And, just like last year,
Michael Dopkin to The Louis and Esther Dopkin Memorial       Yahrzeit Fund.
Scholarship Fund.                                                                                                                          Beth El Congregation will be holding a congregation-wide,
                                                                Milton Uhlfelder by Mr. and Mrs. David Uhlfelder to The
    The 96th birthday of Mr. Samuel Singer by Mr. and        Yahrzeit Fund.                                                             free-of-charge tournament for all its members with great prizes
Mrs. Joel Ziman and Family to The Prayer Book Fund.             Ethel Weiss by Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Chernick to The                                             for the winners!
    The 90th birthday of Mrs. Bunny Hutzler Stein by Mr.     Yahrzeit Fund.
and Mrs. Alan Berkowitz to The Morton Spind                     Morton Lee Wolpert by Mr. and Mrs. Brian Cooper to
Confirmation Scholarship Fund.                               The Harry Lichter Memorial Fund.                                                More information will be e-mailed out once the brackets
                                                                Morton Lee Wolpert by Mrs. Ruth Rudick to The                         have been announced, but contact Micah Kleid at 410-484-0411
SPEEDY RECOVERY TO:                                          Yahrzeit Fund.
  Mr. Barry Green by Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Snyder to                                                                                   or micah@bethelbalto.com with any questions in the meantime.
                                                                Al Zlotowitz by Mr. and Mrs. Myron Asher and Family
The Joseph Lipavsky Scholarship Fund.                        to The Al Zlotowitz Chapel Maintenance Fund.
                                                                Hy Zolet by his loving wife, children, and grandchildren
IN OBSERVANCE OF YAHRZEIT OF:                                to The Prayer Book Fund.
   Loved ones by Dr. and Mrs. Arnold Feldman to The
Yahrzeit Fund.                                               IN APPRECIATION FOR:
   Loved ones by Jerome Fine to The Yahrzeit Fund.




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                         ANNUAL APPEAL                          BETH EL


                                                    2007-2008
                           CHEVRAT               NODVIM — FELLOWSHIP                                 OF      DONORS
Donations received January 9           Mildred Kaplan                         Jeffrey & Lori Ring                   Ira & Debbie Sperling
through January 31, 2008.              Ruth Kronthal                          Morton & Shirley Rodbell              Lois Steinberg
                                       Daniel & Bonnie Krosin                 Sheila Rosenfeld                      Scott & Amy Steinberg
Jennifer Balachow                      Judy Lapides                           Jay Rosengarden                       Samuel & Ethel Stern
Sybil Coblenzer                        David & Jamie LaSalle                  Albert & Jodean Rubin                 Jason Steinhardt
Marshall & Elissa Davidson             Estelle Silberman                      Harold & Temma Rubin                  Diane Stoler
Thomas & Jill Dubel                    Drs. Kevin & Devika Leahy              Robert & Ellen Samet                  David & Jill Suffel
Germano Fabiani & Cyd Wolf             Barbara O. Lichtenberg                 Dr. Harry & Bella Savitt              Ruth Thomas
Mitchell & Yvonne Fishbein             David & Katy Lobell                    Lenore Sborofsky                      Marlene Trivas
Ira & Yasmin Geller                    Matthew & Eileen Margolies             Jeffrey & Nicole Schwartz             Helene Walters
Richard & Stephanie Gold               Alyson Meister                         Morris & Fanny Segall                 Isaac & Nan Waranch
Gertrude Goldfarb                      Dr. Harold & Ellen Mendelson           Beatrice Siegel                       Elliot & Susan Weinstein
Louis & Rhona Goldstein                Jeffrey & Lauren Mendelsohn            Estelle Silberman                     Steven H. Weinstein
Melvin & Charlotte Gordon              Glenn & Laura Miller                   Bernard A. Silverman                  Bernard & Marilyn Weisman
Vera Greenstein                        Carol Moses                            Dr. Edward & Jodie Silverman          Marcia White
Andrew & Jennifer Grossman             Helen Myers                            Keith & Allyson Simon                 Alfred & Lee Whiteman
Daniel & Jodi Hammerschlag             Gabriel & Avi Needleman                Stanley & Marsha Sindler              Beatrice Yoffe
Dr. Charles & Bonnie Hatton            Morton & Suellen Poland                Michael B. & Rebecca Snyder           Mae Zeitzoff
Jonathan & Cindy Hazman                Irene Porter                           Michael D. & Jill Snyder              Morris I. Zwagil
Stanley & Debbie Holzman               Rhona Reamer                           Julian & Rhona Sober
Wade & Mindi Jocelyn                   Larry & Chantal Reznik                 John & Natalie Spector




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                                                                                               UPCOMING EVENTS
        BIG BAND SOUND          IS   HERE
                                                     years                        What – Yosi Heilman, a congressional staffer for Congressman
                                                                                  Henry Waxman of California and IDF veteran, discussing
                                                                                  “Israeli’ Soldiers: Who They Really Are.” Sponsored by
                                                                                  Brotherhood and the Berman-Lipavsky Religious School. This is a

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         eth El Seniors invites its members and guests to its April dinner
                                                                                  Parent Education program.
         program on Sunday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Offit
                                                                                  When – Sunday, March 9, 10:00 a.m.
         Auditorium. Our featured entertainment for the evening will be
  The Goldenaires Orchestra, a classic “oldies-but-goodies” big band,
                                                                                  What – Purim Carnival (see page 16)
  featuring musical memories from the turn of the last century
                                                                                  When – Thursday, March 20
  through the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s. The cost for this wonderful
  evening is only $18 for members and $21 for guests. Reservations
                                                                                  What – Brotherhood Shabbat
  and payments are a must and are due by April 4. Please mail your
                                                                                  When – Saturday, April 26
  check and seating preference to Beth El c/o The Seniors at 8101
  Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21208.
                                                                                            Please contact Morris Saks at 410-484-8482 or
                                                                                           MSaks@gsgcpaonline.com for more information.
                     NEW MEMBERS WELCOME
  All persons over 60 are welcome to our group and dues are only $15
  per person. For more information, contact Betty Zlotowitz at
  410-484-9840, Jerry Fineblum at 410-653-2631 or Pauline Gilden                                                                              The Catonsville High
  at 410-764-8011.                                                                                                                            School Steel Band
                                                                                                                                              (above); The Beth El
                  TORAH MAINTENANCE FUND                                                                                                      Adult & Junior
                                                                                                                                              Choirs (below)
  A project of the Beth El Seniors is to support the maintenance and
  repair of our synagogue’s Torahs and Megillot. It is a mitzvah to con-
                                                                                                                         Judi Snyder (both)




                                                                                                                                              The Catonsville High
  tribute to a process that pays for keeping these scrolls inspected,
                                                                                                                                              School Steel Band,
  repaired and fit for use.
                                                                                                                                              let by director Jim
       Torah Maintenance Fund cards are available at the Beth El
                                                                                                                                              Wharton, joined the
                               Office or call Dorothy Fineblum at
                                                                                                                                              Beth El Adult & Junior
                               410-653-2631. Our all-purpose cards are
                                                                                                                                              Choirs, led by Cantor
                               still six for $10 or $2 each.
                                                                                                                                              Thom and Shazy King,
                                                                                                                                              at the Fifth Annual
                                                                                                                                              Island Shabbat
                                                                                                                                              Service on January
                              The card features a drawing by world
                                                                                                                                              19. The program
                              famous artist Ira Moskowitz. Born in                                                                            featured Friday night
                              1912 as the son and grandson of rabbis,                                                                         services with the band
                              his work is infused with the customs and                                                                        and choirs, limbo and
                              traditions of our religion.                                                                                     a Caribbean-themed
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        SISTERHOOD JUDAICA SHOP NOW OPEN                                             RABBI SCHWARTZ’S BOOK REVIEW
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            he Sisterhood Judaica Shop at Beth El appreciates                           Thursday, March 13, 7:00 p.m.
            your strong support in the past and looks forward to           Featuring “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini
            its continuation. Our merchandise is, of course,                          and dessert in the Myers Auditorium.
    Judaic-oriented and we carry an array of items for a bris
    or baby naming to a Bar or Bat Mitzvah to wedding pres-
    ents for a bride or groom. We also carry books and games
    for the youngest children explaining all about the holidays
    and our tallit selection is large and customization can be
    arranged. A varied selection of holiday items are always in
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    the gift shop, and with Passover on April 19, we have
    seder plates, salt water dishes, charoset bowls, matzah
    holders and Afikomen bags already in stock.
         We look forward to greeting you and helping you                                     Free for all Beth El members!
    choose an item for a special simcha or something to
    beautify your own holiday table. Our store hours are listed
    below, but please feel free to call Adrienne Millman at                SISTERHOOD SPRING 2008 CHARITY EVENT                     AT
    410-484-0411 to set up a special appointment.
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                                                                                      (10 Village Square, Baltimore, MD 21210)

                                                                                          March 20 & 27 and April 3 & 10
                                                                                     10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
                        Store hours are –
                                                                          10 percent of all sales will be donated to Beth El Sisterhood!
                         Sundays from
                                                                                  Call 410-323-5911 to make an appointment.
                     9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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               Monday through Wednesday from
                   11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.                                           SLATE   OF   OFFICERS   FOR   2008-2010
                        Thursdays from
                     11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.                                         President               Marjorie Rubin
              Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.                                   Vice Presidents         Susan Hackerman
                                                                                                             Judi Snyder
                                                                                                             Adrienne Trost
                JOINT SISTERHOOD DINNER                                              Treasurer               Sandy Bloom
                                                                                     Recording Secretary     Barbara Berkowitz
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                   Monday, April 7, 6:30 p.m.                                        Corresponding Secretary Sara Berger
                  Chizuk Amuno Congregation                                          Financial Secretaries   Sharon Freedman
             Featuring Cantor Emanuel Perlman in                                                             Ruth Hurwitz
       “The Music of Jewish Women By Jewish Women.”                                                          Helene Levi
     The cost is $25 per person and reservations are due by                          Parliamentarian         Annafaye Joffe
      March 28 to the Beth El main office to the attention of
                       Marta Braverman.                                                    Board Members for 2008-2011
                                                                                                    Susan Abosch
                                                                                                    Rosalie Book
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      Yes, I will attend the Joint Sisterhood Dinner                                                 Ruth Denick
      on April 7!                                                                                Sharon Dorenfeld
                                                                                                     Barbara Fox
      Name: __________________________________                                                     Susan Himmel
                                                                                                     Shani Lerner
      Address: ________________________________                                                  Ilene Merenbloom
                                                                                                   Cindy Neuman
      ________________________________________                                                     Judy Schwartz
                                                                                                  Sandy Silberman
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      Phone: _________________________________                                                      Harriet Weiner

                                                                        Submitted by the Nominating Committee – Annafaye Joffe
                                                                        (Chairperson), Ellen Budish, Ruth Denick, Sonya Lansman,
                        BIBLIO GROUP                                    Rochelle Lipavsky, Rae Shalowitz and Marlene Siegel (Ex-Officio)

                 Thursday, March 13, 12:00 p.m.

                     “I Feel Bad About My Neck” is a collection         Ellen Katz
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                     of 15 essays by Academy Award-nominat-
                     ed author Nora Ephron about the process            Ellen Katz sang a medley of
                     of aging for women and the trials and              “Great Jewish Hits” from
                     tribulations, as well as the luck and for-         Jewish composers such as
                     tunes, that go along with it. Ephron is            George Gershwin, Burt
                     best known for writing the screenplays for         Bacharach, Barry Manilow and
                     “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in           Julie Styne at the Sisterhood
                     Seattle.” Presented by Betty Seidel.               luncheon on February 4 as part
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                                                                        of the Susan F. Langsam
    The Biblio Group meets the second Thursday of every                 Memorial Music Program.
    month at 12:00 noon in the Rabbi Jacob Agus Library. For
    more information, contact Shirley Snyder at
    410-486-7674 or Barbara Berkowitz at 410-296-8424.
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             PROJECT MISHPACHA SHABBAT SERVICES                                  GRANDPARENTS           AND   SPECIAL FRIENDS WEEKEND
S          Saturday, March 8 and 29, 9:30 a.m. (Gorn Chapel)                                   Saturday & Sunday, April 12 & 13



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         oin us for a wonderful Shabbat experience that will have you                     e will be honoring grandparents and special friends in a
         leaving with a warm glow inside. We begin with a discussion                      moving family service on Saturday, April 12 at 9:30 a.m.
         on the weekly parsha – what does it mean, why should it                          in the Gorn Chapel. Students in all grades will help lead
         matter to us and how can we use the lesson we learned in our          this service with Rabbi Dana Saroken and Morah Becky Gordon.
    lives? Sometimes we study a popular song with the same mes-                Generations of families are invited to participate in an aliyah,
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    sage, sometimes we perform an interactive play or sometimes we             whether it is a Torah blessing, opening or closing the ark, carrying
    just say what is on our minds. This is for all members of the family.      the Torah or a prayer in English.
         After our discussion, Rabbi Dana Saroken, Morah Becky                      Our celebration will continue on Sunday morning when our
    Gordon and a class will lead us in a service that is filled with ruach     grandparents and special friends are invited to join the students in
    (spirit), song and meaning. The service on March 8 will be led by          their classrooms. Everyone is also invited to take part in the Silent
    Kitah Dalet (5th grade) and the service on March 29 will be led by         Auction, where all the funds raised benefit every child in our
    Kitot Aleph and Bet (2nd and 3rd grades). After services we will           schools (see page 13). Please contact Project Mishpacha Director
    join together for kiddush and a nosh. If you would like an aliyah or       Jill Eisen at 410-484-4543 or jill@bethelbalto.com before April 1
    have questions about the program, please contact Project Mish-             if you would like to participate.
    pacha Director Jill Eisen at 410-484-4543 or jill@bethelbalto.com.
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                                                                                         FAMILY RETREAT         IN   OCEAN CITY, MD
                FAMILY HAVDALAH PROGRAM
         AT THE TOWSON UNIVERSITY PLANETARIUM                                                   Friday, April 4 to Sunday, April 6



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                      Saturday, March 15, 7:00 p.m.                                 magine the ocean, the beach, a beautiful hotel, your friends
                                                                                    and family and the sweet sounds of Hebrew being sung by
                                                                                    your family, Rabbi Dana Saroken and Cantor Thom King. Can
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                                                                               it happen all in one place? Yes it can, and the Project Mishpacha
                                                                               Retreat in Ocean City, MD is a remarkable time to reconnect with
                                                                               your children through a meaningful, fun and spiritual weekend!
                                                                                    All you have to do is register, send in a payment and travel to

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               e are taking Havdalah on the road! Join us for a
               Havdalah service at the Towson University Planetarium           the Princess Royale Resort in Ocean City; we will do all the rest!
               on Saturday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m. The cost is only $8          You will be given a comfortable, two-room suite containing a
    per family and includes a special Havdalah ceremony with Becky             queen size sofa bed, a walk-through kitchen and a bedroom with a
    Gordon, a laminated Havdalah blessing sheet to take home and               king or two queen size beds. All meals will be served pool-side
    the planetarium show.                                                      including a traditional, candlelit Shabbat dinner.
         What better place to perform Havdalah than in a place where                The theme of the retreat is “Extreme Holy Makeover.” Our host
    we will learn about stars, space and separation of heaven and              from California is not Ty Pendington, but Joel Grishaver, a nation-
    earth? The deadline for registration is Sunday, March 5. Please            ally-renowned educator who speaks in a language that everyone
    send in your reservation and payment to Fran Davis in the school           understands. Grishaver has the most wonderful ability to bring
    office at 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21208 or call            Jewish concepts to life through easy to understand metaphors,
    410-484-4543 with any questions.                                           hands-on activities and imagination.
                                                                                    The weekend is designed to allow pre-school and religious
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    “The Torah teaches that God created the world by making distinc-           school families to balance study and play, structured and free time,
    tions, first between light and darkness, next between water and            as well as time to enjoy Shabbat with each other. This will be an
    empty space, finally between earth and water. We, too, make dis-           incredible spiritual and emotional weekend for you and your family
    tinctions in our lives, and primary among them is the distinction          that will remain with you forever. The retreat is the essence of
    between sacred time and ordinary time. To mark the beginning of            what Project Mishpacha is about.
    sacred time, we light two candles and recite a brachah (blessing)               You will also receive the following Project Mishpacha credits –
    which praises God, who commanded us to kindle the lights in cele-          three Shabbat Service credits, two Parent Education credits, and
    bration of the occasion. We mark the end of that sacred time peri-         one Family Program credit.
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    od with a ceremony called Havdalah, which means ‘separation.’ It,               Space is limited, so don’t wait to register! Registration forms
    too, begins with light, as we kindle a braided candle. The most            are available in the school office and for more information, please
    common time to perform the ceremony of Havdalah is weekly at               contact Chairperson Ellen Budish at 410-290-0345.
    the end of Shabbat when three stars appear in the sky.”
       – Rabbi Amy Scheinerman (http://www.scheinerman.net/judaism)



                                MY CHAVURAH CHADASHA EXPERIENCE
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      By Saralyn Elkin                                                       each month. We have also chosen a hands-on Tikkun Olam
                                                                             project which we are working on throughout the school year.


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                 hat more can one ask for when their 12 and 8 1/2            Just reading this might sound a bit overwhelming, but it has not
                 year-old sons tell you they love Hebrew School and          been at all. The families actually chose to spend a night of
                 they are engaged and learning a lot about Judaism?          Chanukah together in our home, which was not originally part of
      To see this is to believe it, and I do get to see it every week.       the program. And in the spring, we are all looking forward to
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          In December, the children from our Chavurah Chadasha               having a seder together on the last night of Passover.
      group were learning in our home. If you went into our upstairs             I have wanted a program like this for my family for a long
      den, you would have found three 12 year-olds lounging com-             time. Now, our family is learning more about Judaism, its culture,
      fortably and fully engaged in deep meaningful discussions with         laws, values and traditions with the other families so that we
      an outstanding, young and talented teacher, Toby Zelt. If you          might integrate it more into our lives. By participating in this pro-
      went downstairs, you would have found six children ranging in          gram, my husband and I hope to create positive experiences for
      grades Aleph through Hay learning intently, yet having fun with        our children that will connect them more with their Judaism, live
      another young, energetic and passionate Hebrew school                  enriched Jewish lives and be proud of who they are.
      teacher they adore, Jess Minnen.
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          Chavurah Chadasha is made up of ten families that have             [If you would like more information about Chavurah Chadasha,
      come together to provide a more meaningful Jewish experi-              the next step in Jewish family education, please contact Director
      ence for ourselves and our children, both at Beth El and in our        of Education Dr. Eyal Bor or Assistant Principal Jill Eisen at
      homes. As families, we spent a weekend at Pearlstone for               410-484-4543 or jill@bethelbalto.com. We are beginning to
      Sukkot and a day in New York City to visit the Lower East Side         form the second chavurah (learning group) now.]
      and to see a show. Once a month on Shabbat we learn with
      one of the three Beth El rabbis, attend services and eat a
      Friday night dinner in each other’s homes or at Beth El. In
      addition, the parents learn with the rabbis one Sunday morning
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  S P O T L I G H T                                            O N
      THE THREE ’ S                                                                                                                             9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.



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                                                                                                                           oin us at The Silent Auction on Sunday, April 13, sponsored by Beth
                                                                                                                           El Schools, for your chance to win a number of wonderful prizes. This
                                                                                                                           year’s prizes include:
By Aileen Popek, Barbara Adler, Ruth Rogers, Lois Kauffman and
Judi Stringer                                                                                                                                     A condo in Colorado!
                                                                                                                                                      Theater tickets!


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        he Three’s Program is the perfect mix of Judaic and secular                                                                Restaurant, spa and personal trainer gift certificates!
        studies, with an emphasis on holiday celebrations and reading                                                                              Sports memorabilia!
        and math readiness. Through wonderful theme units, specials,                                                                      Beautiful items made by the children!
learning centers and integrated daily activities, we strive to ensure high                                                           Donations from our teachers, staff and clergy!
self-esteem, kindness to others and socialization skills. As our children                                                                            And much more!
participate in enriching, hands-on, multi-sensory activities, they develop
cognitively, physically, spiritually, socially and emotionally. As part of our                                              You can also purchase tickets for our 50-50 Raffle and win half of the
on-going sharing and caring theme, the children give tzedakah every                                                    raffle proceeds! Tickets are $25 each, two for $70 or six for $125 (buy five
week and add mitzvah leaves to our mitzvah trees.                                                                      get one free). Tickets are now on sale at both the Berman-Lipavsky
     Room 7 friends love their weekly themes and excitedly await their                                                 Religious School and Pauline Mash School for Early Childhood Education
turn to fill the letter bag with Letter-of-the-Week related items. Room 6                                              offices.
friends love to explore their creative side through painting, baking and                                                    April 13 will also be Grandparents & Special Friends Day at Beth El,
playing with playdough. The Three’s are looking forward to being hon-                                                  so bring your entire family, and all your friends, to this wonderful event.
ored at our school-wide Shabbat Celebration and, of course, planning a                                                 Not only can you win a number of great prizes, but all proceeds will help
special Model Seder for Passover.                                                                                      to further the progressive educational work of Beth El Schools.
                                                                                                                            The Silent Auction is important because tuition does not provide
Register your child today for the 2008-2009 school year and s/he                                                       enough funds to cover the increasing costs of the resources necessary to
can also be part of the exciting educational experiences that we                                                       run a contemporary Jewish school. Your contributions and participation
have to offer!                                                                                                         can make a difference in the lives of our students and in the future of Beth
                                                                                                                       El.
                                                                                                                            For more information, please contact Ilene Rosenberg at 410-526-
                                                                                                                       0454 or ilene.rosenberg@comcast.net or Ellen Budish at 410-290-0345
                                                                                                                       or ebudish@verizon.net with any questions.




                                                                                                                                     CURRICULUM
                                                                           Provided by Early Childhood Programs




                                                                                                                                       CORNER
                                                                                                                       8th and 9th Grade
                                                                                                                       Classes meet two Sundays per month from 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. and are
                                                                                                                       led by talented Confirmation teachers. Breakfast is from 9:45 a.m. to
                                                                                                                       10:00 a.m.

                                                                                                                       8th Grade
                                                                                                                       This year’s 8th grade class will explore issues of social justice inside
                                                                                                                       and outside of the classroom through a partnership with the Jewish
                                                                                                                       Volunteer Connection (JVC), as we will focus our attention on communi-
                                                                                                                       ty service. The goal of this new program is to learn about tikkun olam
                                                                                                                       and the mitzvah of repairing the world through the process of “doing”

    JOIN THE SUMMER FUN
                                                                                                                       and “building.” Our projects will range from visiting the sick, to helping
                                                                                                                       the environment and learning with the elderly. During the second half of
                                                                                                                       our year we will partner with youth from neighboring churches and
                                                                                                                       mosques to explore issues of freedom and justice, all culminating in a
      AT BETH EL CAMP!                                                                                                 “freedom seder,” which Beth El Youth Academy (B.E.Y.A.) students will
                                                                                                                       lead with our partners.


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        ight now is a great time to think about Beth El’s Summer
        Program! The program begins right after Shavuot on                                                             9th Grade
        Wednesday, June 11 and runs through Wednesday, August                                                          As is tradition in B.E.Y.A., the 9th grade students will meet with the Beth
20 – that’s 10 fun-filled weeks for your camper!                                                                       El clergy to explore moral, ethical and theological questions.
     Our program and schedules are very flexible – choose three-, four-                                                Discussions will be led by Rabbi Steven Schwartz and Rabbi Dana
or five-day options from Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.                                                 Saroken. The traditional Confirmation ceremony will take place after two
or 3:00 p.m. for campers who are 2 to 6 years-old; the tiny 2’s can join                                               years of participation in B.E.Y.A.
us three, four, or five days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Before-
camp care begins at 7:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and after-camp                                                     10th to 12th Grade (Post Confirmation)
care continues until 6:00 p.m. throughout the week as well.                                                            The Post-Confirmation class will still meet once a month but the stu-
     Your child or grandchild will enjoy a wonderful summer on our two                                                 dents will be divided into two classes – 10th graders in one and 11th
outside play areas, become computer literate, thrill to in-house enter-                                                and 12th graders in another. All students will begin together at 10:30
tainment, explore the scientific world, celebrate Shabbat in camp, sing                                                a.m. with the rabbis; bagels will be provided. At 11:00 a.m., they will
some favorite songs, “work out” with the group in gym, create new arts                                                 separate into two classes.
and crafts projects, bake and cook delicious snacks or just “hang out
with the gang” in our completely air-conditioned facility.                                                             The 10th graders will engage in discussions about moral, ethical and
     Please contact Director of Early Childhood Education Ellen Marks                                                  theological questions with the rabbis; the 11th and 12th graders will earn
at 410-602-2245 or ellenm@bethelbalto.com for more information, an                                                     three college credits in the LaDa’at class taught by a professor associat-
application or to arrange for a tour of our awesome school! Please                                                     ed with Baltimore Hebrew University (BHU). LaDa’at is a collaborative
remember that we welcome our pre-school-aged friends from other                                                        class designed by BHU, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
schools and are happy to group them together with their friends for the                                                and the Union for Reform Judaism. The class is open to high school stu-
summer. We are looking forward to sharing this very “cool” summer                                                      dents interested in enhancing their Jewish education at a higher level.
with your little one at Beth El!                                                                                       The credits earned can be applied to any university. The topic will
                                                                                                                       engage students on how they would apply their own Jewish ethics to
                                                                                                                       their social responsibility in the world.




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                                                                                                           UPCOMING YOUTH GROUP ACTIVITIES
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                                                                                                   Thursday, March 6 – Paint Your Own Pottery at Amazing Glaze

                                                                                                   Machar
                                                                                                   Sunday, March 2 - Youth Lounge Invasion

                                                                                                   Kadima
                                                                                                   Sunday, March 9 – Laser Tag at Shadowlands

                                                                                                   United Synagogue Youth
                                                                                                   Friday, March 14 – Teen Services & Dinner
                                                                                                   Saturday, March 15 – Seaboard Region Purim Masquerade
                                                                                                   Ball in Potomac, MD
                                                                                                   April 12 – Kadima/USY Chocolate Seder
                USY International Convention                                                       Saturday, May 3 – Limousine Scavenger Hunt (with Beth Israel
                                                                                                   and Chizuk Amuno)
                Beth El USY President Dani Balenson (center) traveled                              May 23-26 – USY Spring Convention
                with Coordinator of Youth Activities Ariela Lerman to
                Los Angeles, CA to join thousands of USY members                                                 Interested in joining a youth group?
                from around the country at the International                                           Contact Coordinator of Youth Activities Ariela Lerman at
                Convention from December 23-30 (article below).                                          410-484-4543 x1203 or ariela@bethelbalto.com.


                                                                                                    ROAD          TO     COLLEGE WORKSHOPS

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                                                                                                          alling out to all 10th, 11th and 12th grade students and their
                                                                                                          families! Are you getting ready for the college application
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                                                                                                          process? Are you interested in learning more about how to
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                                                                                                  prepare for college? Then come to the last two sessions of the
                                                                                                  Road to College workshops!
                                                                                                       The last workshop is on Sunday, March 16 from 12:00 to 2:00
                                                                                                  p.m. in the Boltansky Youth Lounge at Beth El and includes lunch.
                                                                                                  Our last session on Sunday, March 30 is a tour of four different
                B’more S’mores                                                                    Hillels to get a sense of Jewish life on a college campus. Sign up
                                                                                                  soon to be a part of this experience!
                Beth El USY members Dani Balenson, Rachel Lurie,
                Samm Singer and Julia Narrow and Coordinator of                                   Session IV (March 16): Join Craig Meister, founder of Tactical
                Youth Activities Ariela Lerman, along with USY mem-                               College Consulting, for a follow up to our first session. This ses-
                bers and coordinators from Beth Am, Chizuk Amuno                                  sion will focus on resumes, college visits and making a decision
                and Beth Israel, met at Cosi in Owings Mills on                                   on the school that is right for you. We will also take a look at
                January 19 for B’More S’mores. The USYers ended                                   Jewish life on college campuses.
                Shabbat with a Havdalah service outside and then
                proceeded inside to make s’mores.                                                 Session V (March 30): Come on a mystery bus tour (or not so
                                                                                                  much a mystery) of four different campus Hillels and see what
                                                                                                  services they offer for college students. Each Hillel will give a dif-
                                                                                                  ferent perspective on Jewish campus life based on their students
                 USYERS ATTEND                                                                    and campus. We will end the tour with dinner at the College Park
                                                                                                  Hillel before returning to Beth El.
            INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION                                                              Session IV is $3 for Post-Confirmation families and USY members
                                                                                                  and $5 for non-members. Session V is $10 for Post-Confirmation
                 IN ANAHEIM, CA                                                                   families and USY members and $15 for non-members.

            By Ariela Lerman                                                                      To sign up for either or both sessions, please contact Coordinator
                                                                                                  of Youth Activities Ariela Lerman at 410-484-4543 x1203 or


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                     n December 23, seventy USYers from the Seaboard                              ariela@bethelbalto.com. Please RSVP by Friday, March 7.
                     Region flew to Anaheim, CA for a week-long convention
                     with 1,200 USYers from all over North America.
                The first five days were packed with activities in and outside of
            the hotel. The USYers participated in a walk for Darfur and raised                      B . E . Y . A .
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            funds prior to coming to convention. There was a Tikkun Olam
            Coin Challenge for every region and elections for the International
            USY Board. On December 25, USY invaded Disneyland for a half-
            day at the park.
                                                                                                      BETH EL YOUTH ACADEMY
                 “[International Convention] 2007 was a lot of fun,” said Beth El                  Mission Statement
            USY President Dani Balenson. “I missed all my friends from the                         Our mission is to maximize the number of teens participating at
            summer so much and it was so exciting when I finally got to see                        Beth El Congregation in meaningful Jewish educational, experi-
            them all. California was a little chilly, but Disneyland was still awe-                ential and social opportunities. This mission will be accom-
            some.”                                                                                 plished through the creation of a positive environment in which
                “The highlight of IC for me was seeing BUS C from USY on                           teens deepen their connection and commitment to Judaism and
            Wheels all together again,” she added. “It was just a fantastic                        the Jewish people.
            week and I can’t wait for IC in [Washington, D.C.] in 2008!”
                After the first five days of convention, the Seaboard Region                       Introduction
            moved on to post-convention in Woodland Hills. The USYers                              The Beth El Youth Academy encompasses all Jewish formal and
            stayed in the homes of Far West Region USYers and visited tourist                      informal educational opportunities for Beth El teens from 8th to
            sites in Los Angeles like the Walk of Fame, Grauman’s Chinese                          12th grade. Each year carries a different focus which builds
            Theater, Rodeo Drive and Universal Studios. International                              upon the previous year’s foundations.
            Convention was well worth the trip out to the West Coast!
                This coming December, International Convention will be host-                       Benefits to being a part of the Beth El Youth Academy include:
            ed by the Seaboard Region in Washington D.C. and we hope to                            • FREE USY or Kadima membership from Beth El schools.
            host a chapter of USYers for post-convention at Beth El. Also, this                    • Three years of participation in B.E.Y.A. qualifies students for a
            coming summer Beth El will host a USY on Wheels bus on                                 scholarship for college or a Jewish trip.
            Monday, August 11. If families are interested in hosting USYers,                       • Access to the refurbished Boltansky Youth Lounge with a ping-
            please contact the Youth Activities office at 410-484-4543 x1203 or                    pong table, TV/VCR/DVD, stereo and much more.
            ariela@bethelbalto.com. We need 15 families that are willing to                        • Participation in the Confirmation Ocean City Retreat.
            host and look forward to having the USYers at Beth El!




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                                                                                               NOT YOUR TYPICAL DAY
                                                                                                   AT THE OFFICE
                                                                                        By Melinda Greenberg,
                                                                                        Director of Community Outreach at THE ASSOCIATED
 DR. SANDRA HAWKINS-HEITT:
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                                                                                                  s President of THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community
  CHARMING OUR CHILDREN                                                                           Federation of Baltimore, Beth El member Marc Terrill cer-
                                                                                                  tainly has many interesting and distinctive days. Whether
                                                                                        managing THE ASSOCIATED’S system of local agencies or work-
THROUGH THE WITCHING HOURS                                                              ing with community leadership on strategic deployment of
                                                                                        resources, Terrill is in a unique position to see how Baltimore
By Marie Germack                                                                        makes a difference both locally and around the globe.
                                                                                             He’s met with frail, homebound elderly Jews in the former
[Editor’s Note: The following article is an excerpt from a larger article in the        Soviet Union, where connection to the outside world is no more
Winter 2008 edition of Kids’ Voice, the newsletter from the families of Beth            than a weekly visit from an agency-sponsored caregiver. He’s visit-
El Early Childhood Programs. The entire article, along with the rest of the             ed France, where whole communities were moved to Israel
newly-designed Kids’ Voice, is available to all of our members in the pre-              because of heightened anti-Semitism and fear. He’s been on the
school and main synagogue offices.]                                                     tarmac at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport to welcome a planeload of
                                                                                        Ethiopian Jews home. A few short weeks ago, he made his first trip


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         he Pre-School bell “rings” at 3:00 p.m., indicating the end of a full          to Cuba with members of our community in an effort to dispense
         school day. I, as a parent, hear no bell. My two children, however             needed medicines to an aging Cuban Jewish community. And, of
         (ages 4 and 6), appear to hear a cacophony. My kids each race up               course, because of THE ASSOCIATED’S deep connection to Israel,
to greet me with beautiful smiles and twinkles in their eyes. I feel good. I            Terrill’s passport has a number of stamps marked to our Jewish
feel welcome. I feel love.                                                              homeland. Certainly not a typical day at the office.
      Then, my kids race toward the exit of the school. I become dust in their               During the war with Hezbollah in the summer of 2006, Terrill got
wind. Their pent-up energy releases as they jet towards an open field near              on a plane to Israel not only as a show of solidarity with the people
one of Beth El’s playgrounds. I allow them to play with their friends, for              of Israel, but also to assess where emergency funds were needed
there seems nothing else that I can do. My kids will not listen to me. Their            as Israel dealt with daily bombardment. Joined by ASSOCIATED
little bodies and minds seem to be transported by some unidentifiable force             leadership, decisions were made, funds raised and money distrib-
to a place that prevents the entrance of parents. This increase in kid ener-            uted to areas of vulnerability.
gy and decrease in compliance continues well after I am able to get the                      One year after the war, Terrill traveled with the heads of two
children home. What to do?                                                              other prominent Federations to reassess needs in towns bordering
      Dr. Sandra Hawkins-Heitt, mother of 5-year-old Beth El Kindergartner              the Gaza Strip after Israel’s disengagement. Despite the wonderful
Aidan Heitt, is an accomplished child psychologist who so generously                    hospitality and beautiful weather that day in Sderot, the end of their
agreed to enlighten us regarding this age-old childhood phenomenon                      visit included a blaring siren, screaming messages in Hebrew and a
sometimes referred to as “The Witching Hours.”                                          barrage of Kassam rockets fired into the town of Sderot by Hamas
                                                                                        militants. Around him he heard cries of children and older residents
KV: I have, in casual conversation, spoken with many Beth El mothers and                struggling to find shelter. His mind immediately raced back to
fathers who ponder the same questions regarding the phenomenon some-                    Baltimore where his wife, Diana, and three children were waiting for
times known as “The Witching Hours.” During the approximate period of                   him. Thankfully, no one was injured in that attack or the one that
time between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m., some children’s behavior becomes more                  ensued 10 minutes later. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.
active, exaggerated, animated and unfocused. I know my children will                    Again, not your typical day at the office.
decide not to listen to me or my husband and they will race around like                      That summer day experience reminded Marc about the fragile
their thoughts speed as fast as their little bodies. What, in your opinion, are         nature of life, the vulnerability of a country only 60 years old and
the factors that contribute to some of our children’s misbehaviors during               our community’s responsibility to support that tiny piece of real
this timeframe?                                                                         estate we call Israel. Since July 1, the Jewish Agency has been
                                                                                        providing day and overnight camp opportunities to all the 8,200
SHH: The so-called “Witching Hours” appear to be universal and have                     youth between the ages of 6 and 17 living in Sderot and the sur-
been plaguing parents for generations. Keeping this in mind may help to                 rounding area, taking them to camps or on field trips outside the
“normalize” some of this chaos for parents so that they don’t over-patholo-             zone, which has come under continuous rocket attack from the
gize their children’s behavior. The reason behind this increased behavioral             Gaza Strip. Through this and other programs supported by
energy and decreased compliance may actually be for flattering reasons.                 Baltimoreans, Marc saw the difference our community makes in the
By this, I mean that many children want nothing more than to spend some                 lives of the children and others who live in a reality far from normal.
time with their parents once they get home from school. Children often try
to elicit parental attention any way they can, and therefore “act out.”

KV: The most important question is “What do we, as parents, do with our
kids during this timeframe to prevent the misbehaviors?”

SHH: If parents can budget time after school/work to sit and read a story,
play a board game, or go outside and play ball, they may satisfy their
child’s desire for special time, thereby averting “behavioral chaos.”
Including children in meal preparation is also a wonderful way to enjoy
each others company, re-connect after a day apart and teach basic aca-
demic skills. Children can learn so much during this time, such as counting,
measuring, reading recipes, labeling colors of fruits and vegetables and
                                                                                                                                                              Leon Levitas, Provided by Melinda Greenberg




discussing different cultures with ethnic cuisine, family traditions and their
Jewish heritage. Dinner certainly won’t get prepared any sooner, but what
you and your child may gain from these experiences is priceless.


   BETH EL FORMS PARTNERSHIP
   WITH ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR
 By Micah Kleid



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    n a continued effort to offer its members the best services both within             With federation heads from Chicago and Cleveland, Marc Terrill
    and outside the synagogue, Beth El Congregation has formed a part-                  (left), president of THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community
    nership with Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Any member of Beth El                           Federation of Baltimore, surveyed the damage following a rocket
 Congregation, when renting a vehicle from any Enterprise location, may
 use the special code to receive a 10 percent discount. The code is                     attack in the Israeli city of Sderot.
 18B8489 and the discount is only for members of Beth El Congregation.




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PURIM                                                             JOIN US FOR A
        “SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS” PURIM!
                   PURIM CARNIVAL                                                            “THE MEGILLAH ACCORDING
                    FOR ALL AGES                                                                 TO WALT DISNEY”
                  Thursday, March 20, 5:00 to 6:45 p.m.                                                     Thursday, March 20, 7:00 p.m.



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            he Beth El Purim Carnival will be held on Thursday, March                         oin us on Thursday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m. for “The Megillah
            20 from 5:00 to 6:45 p.m. Pre-school age activities will take                     According to Walt Disney!” Sing along to some of your favorite
            place in the Offit Auditorium, including a moon bounce, art                       Disney songs – including “It’s a Small World,” “Beauty and the
    projects, lots of games and plenty of prizes. The carnival for older                      Beast,” “A Whole New World” and “The Mickey Mouse March”
    children will take place in the Schapiro Auditorium, with more                        – as the Seven Dwarfs, the Little Mermaid, Mickey Mouse himself
    games and prizes. A clown, puppet show and other activities for all                   and other Disney characters save the Jews from Haman’s evil
    ages will be in the main lobby and corridors. A family-friendly din-                  clutches! The Purim Spiel will feature the Beth El Adult and Junior
    ner will also be available for everyone in the Offit Auditorium                       Choirs and the Beth El Symphonette, all under the director of
    throughout the entire carnival. Please arrive on time for the carni-                  Cantor Thom King.
    val because it will end 15 minutes before the start of Beth El’s
    Purim Spiel in the Rubin Sanctuary. Everyone is
    encouraged to dress as their favorite Disney
    hero, princess or villain.
         Avoid waiting in lines to enter the carnival.
    Advanced ticket sales will be available in the
    Pre-School and Religious School offices.
    For more information, contact Assistant
    Principal Jill Eisen at 410-484-4543 or
    jill@bethelbalto.com for additional
    information.




                                                  A PURIM LESSON                                     the Jews became known; it seemed impossible that
                                                                                                     such a thing could happen when the Jews had been
                                                                                                     such good Persians.
                                                  FOR OUR TIMES                                            Now we might expect that when such situations
                                                                                                     arise, the most committed members of the communi-
                                          By Rabbi Steven Schwartz                                   ty will be called upon to step forward and save their
                                                                                                     fellow Jews. After all, that is essentially the story of
                                                                                                     Chanukah – Judah Maccabee and his family, the

                                          T
                                                  here is a strange dichotomy that we encounter
                                                  when we celebrate the festival of Purim. It is a   most pious, the most zealous Jews of their time, rise
                                                  day when we come to shul dressed in cos-           up in a time of need and save their Jewish brothers
                                          tume, pretending to be someone else. Most com-             and sisters. But that is where the Purim story differs,
                                          monly we dress as characters from the Book of              and that is why I love the Book of Esther.
                                          Esther. As Esther, Mordechai or Haman, we laugh at               Mordechai and Esther are not the most pious
                                          ourselves and the pure absurdity of imagining that         Jews of their time. In fact, the evidence seems to
                                          we are a queen or an evil plotter; in other words,         indicate that they are fully assimilated. Although
                                                           imagining that we are what we are         today we think of their names as Jewish names,
                                                           not – living in a faraway land long       scholars maintain that Mordechai and Esther are
                                                           ago. Yet for all of the absurdity,        both named after gods from Persian culture.
                                                           laughter and costumes, and despite        Mordechai works for the state government at a very
                                                           the antiquity of the biblical book on     high level and Esther participates in a beauty con-
                                                           which the holiday is based, in my         test, seemingly eats non-kosher food and marries a
                                                           mind, the story that we read on           gentile king! And, perhaps most telling, neither
                                                           Purim is the one biblical story that      Mordechai or Esther prays to God or asks for God’s
                                                           most accurately reflects the world we     help in their great time of need. Like many Jews
                                                           live in today.                            today, Mordechai and Esther know they are Jewish,
                                                                    Our common understanding         but they do not feel particularly connected to tradi-
                                                           of the Purim story is that the Jewish     tional Jewish rituals and structures.
                                                           community of ancient Shushan, and               Like the other Jews of their time, and like so
                                                           by extension Persia, was threatened       many Jews today, they have become fully integrated
                                                           by the evil Haman and ultimately          and assimilated into the surrounding secular culture.
                                                           saved by the heroic actions of two              But that is the beauty of the Purim story. Two
                                                           great Jewish heroes – Mordechai and       Jews who were assimilated, who felt distant and dis-
                                                           Esther. But beneath the surface the       connected from the traditional Jewish community,
                                          story is a bit more complicated. First of all, what kind   stepped forward in a time of need and crises to save
                                          of Jewish community was it? And second of all, what        the Jewish people. What a wonderful message for all
                                          kind of Jews were Mordechai and Esther? A careful          of us – even if we are distant, even if we don’t feel as
                                          reading of the text might give us some answers that        connected to our tradition as we might like, we are
                                          we do not expect.                                          still the ones who can make the difference between
                                              The Talmud speculates that Persia’s Jewish com-        the community succeeding or failing, we are the ones
                                          munity was a highly assimilated one. It imagines the       who can help a weak community become strong and
                                          Jews of that time eating, drinking and partying with       who can help a good community become great. Each
                                          their gentile neighbors. They were fully integrated        year when we read the Megillah, we should remem-
                                          into Persian society, and in many ways they were           ber that message and recommit to living it out in our
                      Judi Snyder (all)




                                          more Persian than Jewish. This is precisely why they       own lives.
                                          were so shocked when Haman’s decree to destroy




                                                                         THE VOICE
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                                                BETH EL LIGHTS                          IN THE          NEWS
                                                   JEN ARMAN & JON MONFRED
            By Micah Kleid                                                             to get more involved with the community and meet more Jewish
                                                                                       teens,” Jen explained.


            I
                n a highly competitive process and out of 40 applicants, Beth               The program consists of the development and implementation
                El members Jen Arman and Jon Monfred were recently cho-                of service projects in the community, eight monthly professional
                sen as two of only 20 fellows to participate in Diller CSI:            development seminars, three weekend retreats and a summer
            Baltimore Teen Fellows, a national community service leadership            seminar in Israel.
            program developed and sponsored by Jewish Volunteer                             For his community service project, Monfred created a math
            Connection, THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of                 tutoring program at Fallstaff Middle School for 7th grade students.
            Baltimore and the Helen Diller Family Foundation. This is the third             “I would come in with a lesson plan and we would go through
                                                      year of the fellows program      that and work on their homework,” he explained. “I’ve always liked
                                                      and Arman and Monfred            tutoring and I thought that some kids definitely need more help
                                                      are only the second and          than others and the teachers can’t give as much individual atten-
                                                      third Beth El members to         tion to every kid as anyone would like, so I thought it would be
                                                      be chosen, following Hailey      good to go and try to help as best I could.”
                                                      Desser, who was a fellow              Arman, in turn, created a program at St. Vincent’s in Baltimore,
                                                      in the program’s first year.     a residential home for neglected children who come from abusive
                                                          Both teens are juniors in    families.
                                                      high school – Arman at                “I set up a project where I do activities and play sports with
                                                      Roland Park Country              boys who are around 8 years-old,” she explained. “For me, I like
                                                      School and Monfred at            working with kids, and I wanted to help kids who are underprivi-
                                                      Pikesville High School –         leged.”
                                                      and join high school juniors          “Jen and Jon are terrific,” Berry said. “We want to push the fel-
                                                      from other schools in the        lows and we want them to find a project they’re passionate about
                                                      area, including Owings           because we want them to engage other teens as well, and both
                                                      Mills High School, Franklin      Jen and Jon have done that.”
                                                      High School, Park School,             Arman and Monfred both noted that they would encourage
                                                      Gilman School, Beth Tfiloh       other teens to apply for the program next year, for which the only
                                                      Dahan Community School           two requirements are being a Jewish teen entering 11th grade
                                                      and Yeshivat Rambam.             next year and living in the Greater Baltimore area.
                                                         To be chosen as fellows            “Everyone should definitely look into Diller CSI because it’s a
                                                      in the Diller CSI program,       life-changing program and it’s something to always look back on
                                                      both Arman and Monfred           and volunteering for the community is great,” Arman said.
                                                      were required to take part            “It’s a really good experience and you learn some really good
                                                   Judi Snyder




                                                      in the extremely rigorous        lessons from the seminars and from the hands-on volunteer work,”
                                                      and demanding interview          Monfred added.
                                                      process, which included               To apply for the Diller CSI: Baltimore Teen Fellows program,
                                                      the application, producing       contact Leah Berry at THE ASSOCIATED at 410-843-7493 or
            two letters of recommendation and numerous interviews with com-            lsberry@associated.org. The application deadline is May 1 and
            munity leaders and past participants.                                      the program will run from September 2008 through October 2009.
                 “The teens are chosen based on their ability to articulate their
            thoughts and ideas, their passion for community service, whether
            they have leadership potential or experience and their ability and
            flexibility to work with a diverse group of teens,” explained Diller        The Voice welcomes the opportunity to feature Beth El members
            CSI Coordinator Leah Berry.                                                 who are giving back to the community, achieving major profes-
                 Once chosen, both Arman and Monfred were eager to accept               sional accomplishments or experiencing life-cycle happenings.
            the opportunity to be Diller CSI teen fellows.                              Please send suggestions to Communications Coordinator Micah
                 “I decided to do it because I go to a private school and there         Kleid at micah@bethelbalto.com.
            aren’t a lot of Jewish students there and I wanted to do something




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                       M M
      Join Rabbi Schwartz, Rabbi Saroken & Cantor King for....

                   M&M’S SHABBAT!
               (MUNCHKINS & MISHPACHAS)
                Friday, March 7, 5:15 to 5:45 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                        Provided by Denise Franz




Beth El’s newest program, “M&M’s Shabbat,” is a special Friday night
service for our munchkins (ages 0-6) and their mishpachas (families).
    Join us in the Gorn Chapel for services, singing, dancing and
      celebration. Kiddush, motzi and a Shabbat treat will follow.
  Join us in March as we add a special M&M Shabbat Dinner to the
 evening! The cost is only $10 for anyone over 7 years-old, free for
   children under 7. Reservations are due to the Pre-School office                    Barbara Cooper, Saralee Greenberg, Andrea Hyatt,
                     by March 3. All are welcome!
                                                                                      Denise Franz and Dale Kahn (l-r)
 Parents – Please bring your child’s favorite musical instrument and
              mark your calendars as “M&M Shabbat” will take place                    Nearly 100 people attended the wine-pairing dinner held at
                       on the first Shabbat of every month!                           Beth El on January 12, which was a resounding success
                                                                                      thanks in no small part to the efforts of the committee
                      For more information, please contact                            members, pictured above.
                               Rabbi Saroken at
                    410-484-0411 or dana@bethelbalto.com.




                                                                    THE VOICE
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                                                                                                                                   BETH EL CONGREGATION
                  THE ROBERT       AND    FLORENCE CHERTKOF ENDOWED                                                               8101 Park Heights Avenue
                                                                                                                                  Baltimore, Maryland 21208
                                                                                                                                    Phone: 410-484-0411
                                                                                                                                 School Phone: 410-484-4543

                                                                                                                                     www.bethelbalto.com

                                                                                                                       Senior Rabbi                                      Mark G. Loeb
                                                           Present:                                                    Associate Rabbi                                   Steven P. Schwartz
                                                                                                                       Assistant Rabbi                                   Dana Saroken
                                    DENNIS PRAGER: THE CASE                                FOR JUDAISM                 Cantor                                            Thom D. King
                                                                                                                       Cantor Emeritus                                   Saul Z. Hammerman
                                               Tuesday, March 11, 8:15 p.m.
                                                                                                                       Executive Director                                Gilbert Kleiner, F.S.A.
                                                                                                                       Director of Education                             Eyal Bor, Ph.D.
                           Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Dennis Prager, described in
                            Jewish Week as “one of the three most interesting minds in American                        Director of Development                           Ailene Sher
                          Jewish life,” offers compelling arguments in favor of Judaism, developed                     Pre-School Director                               Ellen Marks
                           over many years of speaking to people from virtually every religion and                     Ritual Director                                   Art Wien
                             culture. His bestselling book “The Nine Questions People Ask About                        Assistant Administrator                           Debbie Caplan
                           Judaism” will be on sale courtesy of The Ivy Bookshop on Falls Road.                        Event Coordinator                                 Diane Cole
                                                                                                                       Communications
                                                                                                                         Coordinator & Editor                            Micah Kleid
                                  ELLEN GOODMAN WITH LYNN SHERR:                                                       Designer                                          Amy Wells
                              WHAT DO YOU DO AFTER YOU’VE DONE IT ALL?                                                 Photographer                                      Judi Snyder

                                                Thursday, April 3, 8:00 p.m.                                           President                                         Michael Steinhardt
                                                                                                                       Sisterhood President                              Marjorie Rubin
                           Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and bestselling author Ellen Goodman                       Brotherhood President                             Barry Budish
                           and ABC correspondent Lynn Sherr will discuss the baby boomer gen-                          Beth El Seniors President                         Betty Zlotowitz
                          eration and how to find personal fulfillment when children are grown and
                                              other responsibilities have waned.
                                                                                                                        Rabbi Jacob B. Agus (1911-1986) Founding Rabbi

                                      Free and open to the community courtesy of                                          Do you have story ideas or suggestions for
                                                our corporate sponsor                                                      The Voice? If so, please e-mail them to
                                                                                                                                  micah@bethelbalto.com.
                                                                                                                       Beth El is a progressive congregation affiliated
                                                                                                                         with the United Synagogue that fulfills the
                                                                                                                        spiritual, educational and social needs of its
                                                                                                                       members by nurturing religious practices and
                                                                                                                        traditions, Jewish values and Tikkun Olam.




60                 th
                         Save the Date
              Sisterhood’s 60th Anniversary —
                                                                                                                                                   Baltimore, Maryland 21208
                                                                                                                                                   8101 Park Heights Avenue




                       A Special Event
                   Beth El Sisterhood is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year!
        At our Closing Luncheon and Installation of Officers meeting on Monday, May 5,
         we will host a very special luncheon and program. This promises to be an event to
               remember and not to be missed as we take a walk down memory lane.
         Watch for more information in The Voice and in your mailbox in the coming months
                             and save the date! You won’t want to miss it!
                                                                                                                                                                                                Please Deliver by March 1




                                                                                    Bruce and Alexandra Hyatt
                                                                                    (far left); Edison Gellar (left)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dated Material




                                                                                    Berman-Lipavsky Religious
                                                                                    School students and their
                                                                                    families, the clergy and mem-
                                                                                    bers of Brotherhood partici-
                                                                                    pated in Ties That Bind on
                                                                                    February 3. The program is
                                                               Judi Snyder (both)




                                                                                    part of the international World
                                                                                    Wide Wrap and teaches the
                                                                                    students, both boys and girls,
                                                                                    how to properly put on tefillin
                                                                                    and say the blessings.


                           ISRAEL’S 60TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
D ATE




                         A Special Israel Shabbat
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                                                                                                                                                                                       Non-Profit Org.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Baltimore, MD

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             Beth El’s Israel Affairs Committee is planning a series of events in celebration
THE




                      of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel.
              Join us on Friday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. for a special Israel Shabbat service
                 and a fun-filled oneg afterwards with Israeli food, music and dancing!
S AVE




               Watch for more information about this and other May activities as Beth El
                                       commemorates Israel at 60!

				
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