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 4 IN THIS ISSUE: Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Tribute Weekend BETH EL BECOMES A 6 16 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 Continued on page 5 THE VOICE 1 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. E L 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 THE VOICE 2 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 THE VOICE 3 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 email@example.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 4 “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 5 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 The Voice, you can also sign up for our bi-weekly family update and visit us online at our new and improved website! • Our website can still be found at 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. • 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 email@example.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. THE VOICE 6 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 THE VOICE 7 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. A: 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 Mrs. Ronald Greenwald, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Gross, Mr. Continued on page 9 THE VOICE 8 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 email@example.com. 301-230-0801 or firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. THE VOICE 9 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 B R O T H E R H O O D SENIORS 30 seniors 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 B 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 oneg. THE VOICE 10 SISTERHOOD JUDAICA SHOP NOW OPEN RABBI SCHWARTZ’S BOOK REVIEW D T 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 O 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. O (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. H 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 R 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 E 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 T 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 S 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 I 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. Judi Snyder S THE VOICE 11 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 J W 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, W 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. E FAMILY RETREAT IN OCEAN CITY, MD FAMILY HAVDALAH PROGRAM AT THE TOWSON UNIVERSITY PLANETARIUM Friday, April 4 to Sunday, April 6 I 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 N 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 W 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 L “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. O 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 O By Saralyn Elkin each month. We have also chosen a hands-on Tikkun Olam project which we are working on throughout the school year. W 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 H 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. C 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 email@example.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 S THE VOICE 12 S P O T L I G H T O N THE THREE ’ S 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. J 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! T 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Ellen Budish at 410-290-0345 or email@example.com 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. R 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. THE VOICE 13 UPCOMING YOUTH GROUP ACTIVITIES N E W S Chalutzim 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 email@example.com. ROAD TO COLLEGE WORKSHOPS C alling out to all 10th, 11th and 12th grade students and their families! Are you getting ready for the college application G R O U P process? Are you interested in learning more about how to Ariela Lerman (both) 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 O n December 23, seventy USYers from the Seaboard firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 . Y O U T H 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. email@example.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! THE VOICE 14 NOT YOUR TYPICAL DAY AT THE OFFICE By Melinda Greenberg, Director of Community Outreach at THE ASSOCIATED DR. SANDRA HAWKINS-HEITT: A 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 T 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 I 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. THE VOICE 15 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. T J 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 16 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- email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. aren’t a lot of Jewish students there and I wanted to do something & 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 email@example.com. THE VOICE 17 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Permit No. 1030 RETURN SERVICE Non-Profit Org. Baltimore, MD U.S. Postage REQUESTED PAID 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!