T emple B eTh A m
Affiliated with the
United Synagogue of
ogv Voice of the People
Adonai, open my lips and my mouth will proclaim your glory.
—From The Amidah
Continuing to Inspire…
Preparing for High Holidays and 5769
TAMMUZ–AV 5768 / Volume 8, No. 12, AUGUST, 2008
Susan Leider Jacob Pressman
When Rabbi Joel Rembaum, Rabbi Susan Leider, Rabbi
Jacob Pressman and Dr. David Ackerman ascend the vari-
ous bimahs at Temple Beth Am to inspire us during the
Joel Pressman upcoming High Holidays, they will be joined by a familiar David Ackerman
face (and voice): Joel Pressman. We are pleased to wel-
come Joel to the Sanctuary bimah as our High Holiday Hazzan. Joel is well known by many of our
members, having first shared his musical talents with us as a young teen many years ago.
(See page 7 for a more complete bio). In addition to the Sanctuary and Bait Tefillah services, there will
be Library Minyan services, teen services and services for children of various ages. We look forward to
davening together during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, as we usher in the New Year of 5769.
Look for your Elul brochure in this month’s mail! Elul, the month prior to the High Holidays is a
time of reflection and preparation, begins on Sunday night, August 31. The Elul brochure empha-
sizes that the High Holidays are not just dates on the calendar, but a whole state of mind. This
year’s theme is “Discover the Power of Teshuvah and Save the World.”
Study opportunities, a book signing, a film screening, a chance to contribute your creative
writings to the Elul Project and more await TBA congregants in the month of Elul. Be sure to look
for your brochure in this month’s mail or online at www.tbala.org.
Temple BeTh Am
Temple BeTh Am preSSmAn AcAdemy
1039 S. La Cienega Blvd. • Los Angeles, CA 90035 DIReCT PHoNe lINe (310) 652-2002 School Fax (310) 360-0850
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TempLe BeTh Am is an egalitarian Conservative synagogue that is de-
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voted to spiritual and religious enrichment and that values Jewish tradition
Judaic Studies Principal Jill linder jlinder 231
while embracing innovation. Its many programs serve a multi-generational
congregation. These include multiple opportunities for: worship of God,
middle School Principal Cheryl Hersh chersh 214
adult learning, education of children and families, acts of loving kindness, Business manager Carol Norman cnorman 233
and outreach to those seeking community and meaning in their lives. Communications Coordinator Kitty Zibli kzibli 234
The synagogue is committed to the institutions of Conservative Judaism, Coord. of Student Services michelle Porjes mporjes 280
the broader Jewish community, the State of Israel and the advocacy of librarian Sapphira Fein sfein 259
democracy and religious pluralism. Religious School
Principal Rabbi Susan leider sleider 230
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Asst. Rabbi Susan leider sleider 230 Youth Director alana levitt alevitt 212
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Rabbi emeritus Jacob Pressman
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Kol HaRav: Voice of the Rabbi
Haverim, Shalom. Masorti’s clever new online “Wedding
The Masorti (Conservative) Movement is starting to shake Game” uses colorful, animated graphics and
things up in Israel, and I think it’s about time. Please read the an interactive format to convey the person-
press release issued by the Movement’s New York office, which I alized, contemporary approach to wedding
have reproduced in full below so you can learn about the impor- ceremonies that Masorti offers prospec-
tant work our sisters and brothers are doing to offer authentic tive brides and grooms. Couples learn they
Jewish religious alternatives for the citizens of the State of Israel. can opt to have a traditional, fully halakhic
Yishar koach, Masorti; may you go from strength to strength. ceremony that simultaneously accommodates pluralistic prac-
B’shalom, tice, performed by a rabbi who will meet with them more than
Rabbi Joel Rembaum once prior to the actual ceremony to create a personal bond.
“Our young people are being driven away from traditional
marriage ceremonies by the difficulty of dealing with the Office
masorti movement Woos Israelis, of the Chief Rabbinate,” observed Masorti Executive Director
urging: “Play the Wedding Game” Yizhar Hess, outlining the goals of the campaign. “Under the
In 3 Days, more Than 25,000 Respond guidelines of the ‘Masorti huppah,’ couples may customize
Bold Advertising Campaign in Internet, Broadcast and Print their ceremonies to meet their personal needs without sac-
Outlets across Israel Challenges Orthodox Monopoly on Marriage rificing halakhic requirements and the connection to Jewish
Rites, Stirring Widespread Interest and Political Protest tradition. It is important to make all Israelis aware that this
religious alternative exists.”
New York, NY, June 19, 2008 – In a media blitz launched
Visitors to the Wedding Game website are led through a
Sunday, June 15th that directly challenges the Orthodox
series of choices (venue, invitations to special guests, food,
monopoly on weddings in Israel, the Masorti movement, af-
etc.) that concludes with an option to select a Masorti hup-
filiated with the Conservative movement in the United States
pah. The Jewish legal requirements are explained in detail
and worldwide, is making an appeal to Jewish Israeli couples
before couples are urged to contact the Masorti movement
increasingly disenchanted with the established system. An
for more information. (Couples are advised, for example, to
estimated 20 percent or more of Israelis who each year choose
have a civil ceremony performed outside of Israel to supple-
to live together as couples do so outside the framework of the
ment the Masorti huppah so that their marriages will be legally
Office of the Chief Rabbinate, either by not participating in recognized by the State. They are informed that if they want to
any wedding ceremony or by limiting themselves to a civil divorce, they will need a get. They are also encouraged to sign
ceremony in Cyprus or elsewhere. a pre-nuptial agreement which sets forth monthly financial
The Masorti campaign communicates to Israeli couples penalties for any party refusing to free the other in the event
that they can have a fully traditional wedding, but one that of a divorce. This pre-nuptial agreement would be subject to
is also pluralistic. The wedding ceremony may incorporate the authority of the civil courts.)
special touches of personal interest to the couple, including Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum, director of Masorti’s Wed-
an egalitarian approach. ding Initiative, is delighted with the campaign thus far. She
The print ads and commercials on radio and Internet sites described the movement’s collaboration with the Israeli
direct readers and listeners to a website set up for the cam- marketing agency Loop Interactive as “an innovative creative
paign. They are already generating results. In just three days, strategy, brilliantly executed, to reach today’s young Israeli
the Masorti movement office in Jerusalem reported more than couples who are seeking to renew ties to their Jewish tradition
25,000 unique hits to the website and dozens of phone calls and heritage in accordance with their personal values, which
from interested couples. are open to the realities of modern life.”
At the same time, the campaign has raised the ire of Shas.
The Chairman of Shas in the Knesset, Yaakov Margi, petitioned Masorti Movement: Promoting Religious Pluralism and
the Israel Broadcasting Authority to ban the Masorti campaign Building Community through Inclusive, Traditional, Egali-
from the airwaves. In a letter to Mordechai Sklar, IBA’s Gen- tarian Judaism
eral Director, MK Margi charged that the Masorti movement
“knowingly misleads and perpetrates a campaign of fraud.”
He further claimed to be writing on behalf of “those who are P. S.: Beloved Temple Beth Am members, Rabbi Elliot and
spiritually lost and would not want to find themselves ending Marlynn Dorff, will be honored by the Masorti Movement at its
up in unseemly places.” MK Ophir Pines-Paz (Labor) responded annual Los Angeles dinner on December 7, 2008. Please plan
in his own letter to the IBA that Masorti “faithfully combines to join us for this special evening.
tradition and progress” and suggested the Shas letter should
be buried as “a foolish attempt at censorship.”
Temple BeTh Am
FRom ouR PReSIDeNT
As I write my first article as President of the congregation, serving on committees, I moved into the
I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself to some of role of Vice President of Adult Education
you who may not know me well. I have been a member of the and Family Programming. That was
congregation since 1982, when I married my late husband, followed by an extended time as the
Barry Shapiro z”l. When I married Barry, I got Temple Beth Personnel Vice President, VP at Large
Am as part of the package, being part of this shul was non- and, for the last two years as Executive
negotiable. I was new to California because I moved here from Vice President under Vivian Alberts.
Chicago to be with Barry, so that was fine with me and I quickly I am confident that all of these
found a home here. We attended the Library Minyan regularly experiences have helped to prepare me
as Barry was the first gabbai for that group. to take on my new role. I have enormous respect for those who
Within a few years we began a family, and by the time have previously served as leaders of our congregation and hope
our older child, Aleza, was ready to begin school, I began to to earn your respect as well. These are exciting times we are
increase my involvement. Like many new parents, my first facing together. We will search for new rabbinic leadership, we
real investment was in my children’s school and I began the will decide on the musical direction for the sanctuary service
first Parent Association in the ECC (which was then called the and we will stay committed to what makes Beth Am a haimish
preschool). When Aleza began to attend the Religious School, community that is devoted to living spiritual Jewish lives. I
I started the Parent Association in that body as well. Clearly I hope that we only improve on all of the good things we have
was on to something. Through the good fortune of befriending to offer and work together as we face the inevitable challenges.
Marcy Colker Klein z”l, I got a glimpse of the interdependence I welcome the opportunity to speak with you as we begin this
between the schools and the shul and saw my involvement journey together.
grow to include the bigger picture. I began to serve on the Fondly,
synagogue Board of Trustees in 1990 and after a few years of Diane Shapiro
Kol Ha Neshama
This column is based on a sermon given by Rabbi Leider in We are pleased to be working with
the Library Minyan on the First Day of Shavuot. the Westside JCC which has launched
such a program. Some TBA members
As we celebrated the holiday of Shavuot back in June, did were able to participate this summer
you see our sanctuary or chapel decorated with greenery? by signing up for the last half of the
Probably not! While this is a tradition in some synagogues, summer season this year.
it is not our tradition here at TBA. But why would the rabbis T h e f a r m s u p p l y i n g p ro d u c e
institute such a tradition in the first place? They hoped to to the Westside JCC is The Tierra
remind us of the holiday’s links to the earth and of the offering Miguel Foundation [http://www.
of the first fruits on Shavuot during temple times. tierramiguelfarm.org], a nonprofit, educational farm located
As Jews living in LA, we particularly need to re-claim our in Northern San Diego County. The farm’s weekly delivery is
agricultural connections to the land. While cut greenery fades made to the Westside JCC [hotlink to http://www.westsidejcc.
and is eventually composted (!), there are other mitzvot that org/] on Wednesdays and is available for pick-up between 1
relate to the earth and outlast the decorating of synagogues on and 7 p.m. The farm’s activity revolves around three growing
Shavuot. The mitzvah of bringing living, growing produce to seasons, fall: Sept.–Dec.; winter: Jan.–April; and summer:
our tables and to our bodies will now be made more accessible May–mid-Aug. In between each season is a two to four week
for the Beth Am community. break. Each box of produce comes with a newsletter from Tierra
We can cultivate a closer relationship with our food Miguel and recipes. Please go to www.tbala.org/green to sign
that is grown in the earth and with those who grow it for us up for the fall season.
through buying our produce through community supported I hope you will join Jeff, Jessie, Sarah, Talia and me in this
agriculture (CSA). The concept behind CSA is that having a mitzvah. We so enjoyed our summer deliveries and know that
direct relationship between farmer and consumer benefits the fall will bring even more bounty. Participating in a CSA is
us all. CSA is synonymous with sustainable organic farming one simple way of reminding us to cultivate a relationship with
practices which means the soil is replenished with what is taken food and with those who produce it.
out during growing. Supporting CSA also enables farmers to Blessed are you Adonai our God, ruler of the universe who
cover the initial start up costs of a season, which can be very creates the fruit of the earth.
high, and guarantee a market for their produce throughout B’te’avon – Eat well!
the season. Rabbi Susan Leider
Haverim Shalom, has lead the questionnaire working group in developing an
The Rabbinic Search committee has been meeting regularly outstanding representation of our community that highlights
since a few weeks prior to Shavuot and I have excellent progress our many strengths, calls attention to the areas we wish the
to report to you. new rabbi to focus, and presents a tool for the committee and
The committee has divided itself into working groups to candidates to use as a basis for discussion. The entire search
handle the following tasks: completion of the Rabbincal As- committee has met to approve the document and it was filed
sembly Questionnaire, initial resume screening, off site visits in mid July with the Joint Placement Commission. While hardly
to candidates’ home shuls, telephone interviews, initial on site a secret that our pulpit would be open, the formal listing will
interview, and Shabbatonim. As we approach each phase of appear on the RA intranet site in mid August, at which time
the search I will update you as appropriate through this col- candidates may submit their resumes for referral to Beth Am.
umn and the website. Please understand that to protect the Once we have determined that we will begin a dialogue with a
confidentiality of the process both from candidates’ and shul’s candidate, we will forward the synagogue’s new strategic plan
perspective, we will not announce names of our candidates for the candidate’s review.
until we have invited a candidate to be a finalist and that rabbi We are approaching Tisha B’Av and its fast and lamenta-
has agreed to the Shabbaton visit. At that time you will receive a tions; our thoughts then move to the anticipation of Elul and
full biography and other information which will also be posted the serious task of introspection and teshuva as the Yamin
on the web site. After each visit, a survey monkey link will be Noraim approach, and then to the ultimate joy of Succoth and
available for direct member feedback. Simchat Torah. The sadness that always accompanies change
I can tell you as of this point in time, Temple Beth Am is gives way to excitement about future prospects. So too I think
the only “D” congregation engaging in a rabbi search in the our shul community is ready to embrace all the good that will
upcoming cycle, and if that holds true, this fact will allow us come our way as we learn about other rabbis, ourselves and
to focus more succinctly on our own needs and timing rather together with one mara d’atra chart our future together.
than having to go through a handicapping exercise with other B’Shalom,
congregations. Mark Wolf, Rabbinic Search Committee Chair
Steve Leventhal, Ritual Vice President of the congregation, Check out the Rabbi Search Page at www.tbala.org
TISHA B’AV SERVICES
Saturday Evening, August 9, 2008
Erev Tisha B’Av
Mincha Service, 6:45 p.m.
Seudah Shlisheet, 7:15 p.m.
Ma’ariv Service, 7:45 p.m.
Followed by the reading of
Eicha: The Book of Lamentations
Rabbi Susan Leider Worshipping together on
& members of the congregation Tisha B’Av helps to make more
impressive a time-hallowed
Sunday Morning, August 10, 2008 tradition which keeps alive in our
Tisha B’Av Shaharit Service - 8:00 a.m., Pilch Hall hearts a love for Zion and a
Sunday Afternoon kinship with our people around
Special Tisha B’Av Mincha Service - 1:30 p.m., Pilch Hall the world and in every age.
Daily Minyan Mincha-Ma’ariv Service - 7:30 p.m., Pilch Hall
Fast ends at 8:30 p.m.
Temple BeTh Am
Shabbat Connections Picnic – August 9, 2008
Boi Kallah - August 15 There is a core of TBA congregants who would like to meet
Temple Beth Am invites all Pressman Academy ECC following services on August 9 in La Cienega Park for a Shabbat
Families, Early Elementary and Religious School families picnic lunch. Please meet us at 12:45 p.m. at the picnic tables
& Friends to a special Shabbat evening. (While all are on the west side of the park. Please bring a blanket, your own
welcome, the service is suitable for families with children dairy lunch and Rabbi Leider will join us for an informal Torah
through Second Grade) study and hanging out on Shabbat afternoon.
Please join us for a musical Kabbalat Shabbat where We hope that this kickoff-event will spark further conversa-
parents and children join in together followed by a won- tion for those in the community who want to connect with oth-
derful Shabbat Dinner. ers for future meals, deepen their Shabbat observance, explore
study opportunities and enjoy Shabbat oneg (joy!). This event is
Friday August 15 at 6:00 p.m open to the community members and friends of TBA. For more
Boi Kallah Service & Shabbat Dinner information, please contact TBA congregant Avi Montigny at
With Dr. David “Doc” Ackerman firstname.lastname@example.org or Rabbi Leider at email@example.com.
and Rabbi Leider
Cost: $18 per adult (ages 13 and up), $10 for children Neshama minyan on the Roof – August 15
3-12, under 3 years are free.
Please join us for Mincha, Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv
Please RVSP by Aug. 12 on the Pilch Rooftop on Friday, Aug. 15 at 6:45 p.m. led by
To RSVP by phone, call 310-652-7354 x. 230 Rabbinic Intern Elana Zelony. For more information about
or sign up on-line at www.tbala.org. Neshama Minyan or to join our email list, please contact
For more information, please contact Desiree firstname.lastname@example.org.
temple beth am
Camp Ramah Reunion
Shabbat Under the Stars
Judaism by Choice
August 29, 2008 Shabbat Morning Service
We invite you to join us at Temple Beth Am for a
Join Rabbi Neal Weinberg as he leads a service
Shabbat Under the Stars
for those considering Judaism and those who
with Rabbi Joel Rembaum.
have embraced Judaism.
Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. on the Pilch Rooftop
Past and present Ramahniks are all welcome, Learn the basic structure and prayers of the Shabbat
as are our whole congregation. morning service. Engage in Torah study. Participate in a
Dinner will follow immediately after services. question-and-answer session. Meet other members of
Cost: $18 per adult (ages 13 and up),
$10 for children 3-12, under 3 years are free.
Join us Saturday, August 23rd at 9:30a.m.
Please indicate if you request a vegetarian meal. Temple Beth Am • 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles • (310)652-7353
RSVP to Desiree, 310-652-7354 x230 by August 26, or you
may register online at www.tbala.org.
Save these Dates!
Learner’s Minyan Ruth’s Circle
with Rabbinic Intern with Rabbinic Intern
The Sukkah Shuk - Tuesday Sept 2
Rachel Kobrin: Elana Zelony and
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sept. 13 Feb. 14 Dr. Karen Kass:
Come and visit us and take care of all of your High Holiday
needs! TBA rabbis and staff will be available to answer your Oct. 11 Mar. 14 Sept. 18
questions. Prepare for High Holiday services, order a lulav Nov. 8 Apr. 11 Dec. 11
and etrog, buy a Sukkah! Arrange to host someone in your Dec. 13 May 9 Jan. 24
Sukkah or sign up to be hosted by someone else! Please note: Jan. 10 Mar. 39
This event coincides with the Pressman Academy Day School May 14
Health and Safety Day.
Joel Pressman to Serve as Beth Am’s High Holiday Cantor
Joel Pressman served twenty years as Beth Am’s High (Tartuffe), Figaro (The Barber of Seville), and the Duchess
Holiday cantor in our auxiliary services, starting in the chapel (Alice in Wonderland)
of the original building, and continuing as the services moved He has appeared as baritone soloist with many major Los
off site to Century City and Beverly Hills. He then Angeles choral organizations, sung at Kennedy
served 13 years as cantorial soloist at Wilshire Center in Washington, D.C. and the Lincoln Center
Boulevard Temple. in New York, and been soloist with the Los Angeles
A product of Temple Beth Am, Mr. Pressman Jewish Symphony.
attended our Hebrew School and was a leader of Performing with the Los Angeles Zimriyah
our Junior Congregation with Cantor Pinchas Spiro. Chorale, Mr. Pressman was soloist at the interna-
Tapped by the Ritual Committee as a teenager to join tional Zimriyah choral festival in Jerusalem, and
the choir under organist Joseph Leonard, he was he has appeared as soloisy with the Los Angeles
called into service on two nights’ notice to fill in for Jewish Symphony.
ailing Cantor William Hauben at Erev Rosh Hasha- Mr. Pressman has studied or performed with
nah services, and thus began his davening career. such world renowned conductors as Robert Shaw,
He has been told that at the age of 5 or so, he contributed Lukas Foss, Moses Hogan, Charles Hirt, Roger Wagner, William
his piggy bank savings toward the Temple’s building fund. Years Hall, Jane Hardester, William Hatcher, Helmut Rilling, Michael
later, his own children, Elijah and Aviva, attended the Rabbi Tillson Thomas and more.
Jacob Pressman Academy and were called to the Torah as Bar His commercial recordings include “Higher Ground,” sing-
and Bat Mitzvah on our bimah. ing backup for Barbra Streisand, and recordings of music by
Mr. Pressman chairs the Performing Arts Department at composer Amy Beach and by Judith Zamont, as well as several
Beverly Hills High School, teaching vocal music, piano, theatre, tracks on the annual Children’s Hospital charity album with
and musical theatre. He begins his 34th year there this Fall. many different celebrities.
Prior to his teaching career, Mr. Pressman was a finalist Several of his essays on music teaching have been published
in the Metropolitan Opera Western Regional Auditions and a in VocalEase Magazine, a national periodical for for choral di-
member of the Broadway cast of “Gigi,’ with Alfred Drake and rectors, and he is an editor of the Sacred Jewish Choral Music
Agnes Moorehead. He also toured extensively with Opera a la Series published by Laurendale Music.
Carte, a Gilbert & Sullivan repertory company. Joel is happy to be able to serve Temple Beth Am again
His operatic roles include Marcello (La Boheme), Tartuffe this year.
TBA Welcomes education Intern Noam Raucher
A warm, vibrant presence will join our community later this After studying psychology, philosophy and Judaics at
month when Noam Raucher starts as Education Intern. He will Hofstra University, Noam became a Jewish Campus Service
work closely with Rabbi Susan Leider on administrative projects Corps Fellow at UC San Diego, where he did student outreach
and teach at TBA’s religious school. and leadership training. He has also worked as a counselor at
Noam recently returned from Israel after completing his Yale Psychiatric Hospital.
third year of rabbinical school. As a second year student, he In addition to working with TBA, Noam will pursue a Mas-
ran a well-received prayer program at the Ziegler School of ters of Education degree at AJU. He is considering pulpit life,
Rabbinic Studies. The program included posting chaplaincy, or working with Hillel. “I want to be
quotes from scholars representing many schools in a place where I can put roots down and where
of thought within Judaism. Rabbi Leider, who met other people are putting their roots down -- to
Noam when she was a fifth-year rabbinical student, become a part of people’s lives and help foster
was impressed enough to recruit him as an intern community.”
for TBA. Already familiar with the TBA community,
Raised in an active Jewish home in Connecticut, Noam has previously helped the Shabbat Yeladim
Noam attended Jewish day school, Camp Ramah program, and davened at the Neshama and Library
and USY. His mother was a Hebrew School director, Minyanim.
and he was often a substitute teacher at her school. In fact, he “Temple Beth Am is a great community,” he says. “I’m eager
credits the love and support of family for many accomplish- to help in whatever way I can.”
ments in life.
Temple BeTh Am
ouR B’NAI mITZVAH
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Son of Yvonne and Robert Haiimpoor Sunday, November 23, 2008
August 16, 2008
Celebrate the start of
Rabbi Jacob Pressman’s
ARIeL tAFeL 90th Year
Son of Elizabeth and Andrew Tafel
August 23, 2008
SPECIAL BIRTHDAY SHOW!
Details to follow...
Son of Terry and Dr. Steven Burstein
August 30, 2008
HolD THe DATe:
erev tisha B’Av
Saturday night, August 9
WeDDINGS & eNGAGemeNTS tisha B’Av (fast day)
Mazal tov to Ben Chevlen, son of Michael and Lauren Chevlen, Sunday, August 10
on his engagement to kate tansey. Selichot night
Mazal Tov to Hanan Beliak, son of Lynn and Haim Beliak, on Saturday, September 20
his engagement to Sarah kelman. erev Rosh Hashanah
Monday night, September 29
BRIS & BABY NAmINGS Rosh Hashanah
kAyLee eLIyA StRzeLeCkI,
September 30, October 1
daughter of Shawni and Ted Strzelecki,
granddaughter of Linda and Amos Amit, born on June 24, kol nidre night
given the name Eliya. Wednesday, October 8
zOe Anne teMkIn
Thursday, October 9
daughter of Yana and Bradley Temkin,
granddaughter of Marshall and Suzie Temkin, Sukkot through Simhat torah
born on May 21, 2008, given the name Chana. Tuesday night, October 13 - Wednesday, October 22
I We extend our condolences to the bereaved families and record the passing of:
HARRy ARBIt, husband of Norma z”l, father of Beryl DOnnA GOLD, wife of Mark Drooks, mother of Adam,
N Arbit. Jared and Aaron.
JOHAnnA COOPeR, wife of Sam Jason, daughter of DR. HOWARD HORneR, husband of Ellen, father of
Norma Cooper, sister of Danny (Kathryn) Cooper and Debbie (Steve) and Richard Horner.
M Benson Cooper, mother of Max and Eva. BeveRLy AUeRBACH PReSSMAn, wife of Rabbi
Daniel Pressman, mother of Aliza, Benjamin and Re-
E LeSLIe DAye, husband of Judith, brother of Sandy
becca; and daughter-in-law of Rabbi Jacob Pressman
(Mayer) Brenner, son of Selma and Sydney Daye.
and Majorie Pressman.
M JOSePH FRAnkeL, husband of Helen, father of Alvin
IRvInG ROSS, father of Marion (Asher) Arom.
(Deana) Frankel, Rhonda (Michael) Glowall, and
O Esther (Jack) Wolf, brother of Irving (Dorothy) Frankel,
ALBeR SHOUSHAnI, father of Angela (Shawn Saeed-
ian) Shoushani, grandfather of Ethan and Matia,
R grandfather of six
husband of Esther.
Betty FReeDMAn, mother of Shirley Wolpa, grand-
I mother of Susan (Alex) Kay, great grandmother of two.
ROBeRt SOHn, husband of Lotte, father of Ruth (Re-
uven Firestone) Sohn, grandfather of Rachel, Noam and
A FRAnCeS FRIeDMAn, mother of Larry (Elaine) Fried- Amir.
man, and Gerald (Judy) Friedman, grandmother of JILL WeIneR, sister of Carrie (Mitch) Jacoves, aunt of
M Natalie, Josh and Ari, great-grandmother of four. Hayden and Rachael
mAZAl ToV To ouR GRADS!
SHAInA AnDReWS, daughter of Edward and Tamar Andrews, graduated Israeli town and travelling to Portugal, South Africa, India and Uganda
from Shalhevet and will be attending Bar Ilan in Israel. to learn about lost Jewish communities. When she returns to the States,
yOnI AvRAHAM, son of Miri and Natan Avraham, graduated from she’ll be studying at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Shalhevet and is going to UC Santa Barbara. JOSHUA SCHARF kRUG, son of Andrea Scharf and Ken Krug, gradu-
SAM BLItzSteIn, son of Debbie & Robert Blitzstein, grandson of Jerry ated from Yale University. He will be in Israel this coming year staffing
& Barbara Rabin, graduated from Shalhevet and will be going to the the Kivunim gap year program for high schoolers, teaching World and
University of Maryland. Jewish History and leading field trips to Morocco, Spain, Greece,
ADInA BODenSteIn, daughter of Mark and Dale Bodenstein Hungary, and the Czech Republic.
graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in Sociology. She was honored SyDney MAMAnn, daughter of David & Shelley Mamann, graduated
with lifetime membership into the national Sociological Honors Society: from Westchester High School and will be attending UCLA.
Kappa Alpha Delta and will be attending the University of Michigan, Ann Lev CHAIM Metz, son of Sharon McCauley, received two masters
Arbor to pursue a Masters in Social Work. degrees from Hebrew Union College - in Jewish Education and Jewish
JILLIAn COHn, daughter of Jordan and Robin Cohn, granddaughter Communal Service. He will be teaching Jewish Studies for the next two
of Audrey Cohn, graduated El Camino High School with top honors. years at Milken Middle School.
She will be attending the University of Pennsylvania in the Huntsman MADDIe MILLeR, daughter of Adrian and Larry Miller, granddaughter
Program for International Studies and Business. of Judy and Lou Miller, graduated from Beverly Hills High School and
GABRIeLLe eRIn DAvIS, daughter of Julie Shuer and Steve Davis gradu- will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
ated from Milken Community High School and will be attending Pitzer JORDAn MARkOvIC, son of Debbie and Robby Markovic, graduated
College of the Claremont Colleges. from Milken Community High School. He will participate in USY’s Nativ
CHARLeS DRUCkeR, son of Gary Drucker & Rebecca Newman, gradu- program in Israel next year, and then will attend Indiana University.
ated from Yale College, BA with distinction, in History of Science and MARk MISHkIn, husband of Lisa Korn, graduated from USC with a dou-
Medicine. He will be doing a one-year post baccalaureate fellowship at ble Masters in Public Administration and Urban Planning. He has joined
Yale prior to beginning medical school. the U.S. State Dept. as a Foreign Service Officer (a.k.a. diplomat).
MIke FARkAS, husband of Francine Farkas, graduated from CSUN with nOA OLDAk, daughter of Janet and Salomon Oldak, graduated from
honors, with a Bachelor’s in Music Education. He is finishing his student Alexander Hamilton Humanity High School, ranking 3rd in the whole
teaching at Santa Monica High and in the fall will be student teacher at senior class of 2008. She will attend USC.
Palms Middle School. ReBeCCA tOvIt PReSSMAn, daughter of Beverly z”l and Rabbi Daniel
SAMAntHA FARkAS, daughter of Francine and Michael Farkas, gradu- Pressman, granddaughter of Marjorie and Rabbi Jacob Pressman, gradu-
ated from LACES with high honors and will be attending CSUN in Early ated from Kehillah High School in San Jose. She will spend next year on
Childhood Education. the USY Nativ Program in Israel after which she will attend NYU.
eLIzABetH FLIeR, daughter of Rosanne Keynan and Jonathan Flier, gradu- GABRIeL LeWIS RICe-eRSO, grandson of Henry Erso, graduated from
ated from the Harvard-Westlake School and will enter Skidmore College. Freeman High School in Washington and plans to attend Western Wash-
LIAnnA GLIkSMAn, daughter of Debbie and Sam Gliksman, graduated ington State University.
from New Jewish Community High School and is going to UC Davis. MAtt SACkMAn, son of Jessica and Gerald Sackman, graduated from
BeCky HAvIvI, daughter of Avi Havivi and Debbie Schmidt, graduated Hamilton High School Academy of Performing Arts. He will be attending
as Salutatorian from Hamilton High School, plans to spend a year in University of Washington in Seattle.
Israel with Kivunim and then attend the University of Pennsylvania. neDIM SAUL, son of Esti and Izak Saul, graduated Beverly Hills High
ARIeL HeCHt, son of Myron and Sara Hecht, graduated from UCLA School and will attend SMC.
School of Engineering, the Department of Bioengineering. He is continu- DAvID SCHAMeS, son of Faith and Mayer Schames, graduated from
ing his studies towards a PhD degree in Bioengineering at the University USC, and will be attending Loma Linda University for Dental School.
of Michigan in Ann Arbor. RACHeL SOHn FIReStOne, daughter of Ruth Sohn and Reuven Fire-
ReBeCCA HOLzBeRG, daughter of Joanne and Paul Klein and Stephen stone, graduated from Wesleyan University and will be working for a
Holzberg, graduated from Milken Community High School and will be grassroots run development NGO in Bangalore in the fall.
attending UC Santa Cruz. MICHAeL SPItzeR-RUBenSteIn, son of Laura Spitzer and Steven
yOnAtAn HOWARD-yASHAR, son of Rabbi Carla Howard and Scott Rubenstein, graduated from Beverly Hills High School and will be at-
Ben-Yashar, graduated from Boston University - School of Communica- tending Columbia University.
tion and plans to work in film. AAROn SPIWAk, son of Sheila and Alan Spiwak, graduated from Co-
MICHeLLe kAHn, daughter of Richard and Carole Kahn, graduated from Bev- lumbia Law School, and will be working with O’Melveny & Myers, in
erly Hills High School and will be attending Claremont McKenna College. their downtown Los Angeles office.
SARAH LeIteR, daughter of Marci Maniker-Leiter, graduated from JAReD SUnSHIne, son of Tove and Carl Sunshine, graduated from
Harvard Westlake. She’s spending next year in Israel on the Young Judea Fordham Law School.
Olami program where she’ll be studying in Jerusalem, volunteering in an DAvID tURkeLL graduated from LACES and will be attending UC Davis.
Temple BeTh Am
eCC Teacher Profile – Gali Schechter
Gali Schechter is a product of a Southern California Jewish DVD and keeps them in a special collectors’ box. “I constantly
education and is proud of it. She was born in Van Nuys, grew reference the show in my daily life,” she said.
up in Encino, attended elementary school at Valley Her Friends DVDs are only one small fraction
Beth Shalom and graduated from Milken Com- of her huge DVD collection, which she builds but
munity High School. rarely watches. “I just don’t have time to watch
“My mom is a teacher,” she said. “So I always them,” she said. And no wonder…she’s at Press-
had a love of being a teacher. And I went to private man from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. most days. In her
Jewish schools up until college. So this is a very other non-existent spare time, Morah Gali likes
natural career path for me.” to read, take photographs and especially go to
Her first introduction to teaching at Pressman baseball games.
was through Camp Keshet, but since October “I would attend all the Dodgers home games
2006 she’s been working with Debbie Cohen in if I had the time or money,” she said. “I became
the mornings, and in Hebrew immersion classes a fan around the time Brian and I started dating,
in the afternoons. In the mornings she works with 2-1/2 year and have just fallen in love with the sport.” Go Blue!
olds, which so far are her favorite age group. by Jessica Emerson-Fleming
“Being able to get hugs from kids whenever I want and
seeing the kids so proud and happy when they are able to
accomplish something on their own for the first time are my
eCC establishes long Term Teacher and
favorite parts of working with that age,” she said. Staff Recognition Program
She’s plenty busy outside of school, too, especially planning The Pressman Academy Early Childhood Center (ECC) re-
her wedding to Brian Bardin, who works at a motion picture cently received a $100,000 contribution directed toward estab-
post production facility. lishing a teacher and staff recognition fund for long-time faculty
What you might not know about Morah Gali is that she’s a members. As part of the gift, the ECC has developed a program
huge fan of the show Friends. She owns the entire series on that recognizes teachers and staff throughout their teaching
careers as they reach career milestones for years taught at
tHe eARLy CHILDHOOD CenteR is proud to be continuing Pressman Academy. In addition to being recognized for their
all of our parent and me opportunities: Baby and Me, Music, service to the Academy after 7, 13, and 20 years of service, each
Shabbat, afternoon classes, and an all new Hebrew Immersion faculty member who has reached these milestones will receive a
Parent and Me starting this fall. All our sessions are taught by one-time bonus of $1,500, $2,500, and $5,000 respectively. This
our experts including Sari Abrams, Gabrielle Kaufman, and recognition of the outstanding work that our faculty does each
Kira Rappaport, and more. day was made possible when a generous anonymous donor ap-
proached the school with a wonderful idea to both acknowledge
Here are a few of the classes we will offer:
the outstanding faculty and staff and to encourage teachers to
Celebrate Shabbat with Me! remain at Pressman throughout their careers.
Join families with young children in our weekly
Shabbat themed parenting and play class.
Friday mornings at 9:00 AM or 10:10 AM THE RABBI JACOB PRESSMAN ACADEMY
Music Parent and Me DAY SCHOOL OF TEMPLE BETH AM
Through instruments song and dance, this class instills a Cordially Invites You To Our
musical foundation that will last a lifetime. Come play and
make music with your child! OPen HOUSe
Wednesday @11:30 AM or 1:00 PM
Tuesday, October 7 Tuesday, November 4
Parent and Me with Sari Abrams is back by popular demand! Thursday, October 23 Wednesday, November 19
Join us on Monday afternoons in our beautiful new Corning Tuesday, December 2
Beginning September 18th applications will be accepted
All new! All Hebrew parent and me
for the 2008-2009 School Year
Join us as we sing and dance and tell stories from the Land of
Israel, because it is never too early to begin immersing your Come meet our Head of School, Rabbi Mitchel Malkus,
child in the language of our people! This will be a fun and principals, parents, students, alumni, tour the campus
lively, culturally rich class! and learn about our innovative academic curriculum
Thursday mornings @ 11:15 and warm Jewish Community.
Contact Betsy in the ECC office at 310 652-7354 xt 228 or For more information please contact Day School
email email@example.com for more information on all our Admission Director at (310) 652-7354 ext. 276.
eCC Teacher Profile: Kira Rappaport
by Jennifer Elad simultaneously along with fluid motion.
“Bah bah bababababa bah baaaaah ba ba bah !” chants Kira was born in Salt Lake City, Utah where she was one of
Morah Kira Rappaport, music educator at Pressman Academy, 600 Jewish families in the entire state. She moved to La Jolla,
during one of her weekly musical lessons that en- Calif. at the age of 8 where she attended the San
courages students to focus on melody and rhythm Diego Jewish Academy and Camp Ramah. In her
without the distraction of words. The chants are early teens she moved to Los Angeles and later
a form of ‘musiking’, the verb used to describe attended Santa Monica High School. After two
making music. years at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music
Kira, in her 4th year at the school, currently in Ohio, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in
works with the ECC, Gesher and Kindergarten Flute Performance at the University of Southern
classes. This Fall first graders will begin participat- California. Kira recently graduated from California
ing in her unique program. State University Los Angeles with her Masters in
“I love singing the songs” say the students of Music Education.
the ECC here at Pressman Academy. She says her favorite part of the day is mak-
What’s her magic? Parents and teachers say It is her warmth ing music with all the students and teachers. Prior to joining
and unique ability to capture the attention of students from Pressman Academy Kira taught flute at Santa Monica High,
infancy and beyond. Her integration of rhythmic chants, throughout college and while living in New York City where
movement and instruments lure in students and parents, who she taught music theory to young children.
smile and giggle as they sing and perform whimsical dance Kira’s free time is newly defined now that she’s completed
movements. graduate school and her masters thesis. She very much enjoys
Kira says her approach to music encourages students to leisurely walks with her husband and her beautiful Siberian
focus on the melody and rhythm without the distraction of Husky. She also cherishes time at the beach and of course
words. She also believes that allowing moments for silence playing her flute and drumming.
gives children the opportunity to integrate and respond to what One fact many of us don’t know: Kira was born without a
they are hearing. With those responses, Kira then combines sense of smell! She can taste her food -- and thank goodness
them into new “musiking” -- improvising songs and chants for that -- because her husband is a chef!
Day School Teacher Profile: Deena messinger
Deena Messinger says that “kindergarten is a great first York Times crossword puzzle (in ink!) – has a passion for chil-
chapter in a great book.” So as she prepares to become a new dren’s early written expression. In Deena’s kindergarten class
first grade teacher at Pressman Academy this fall, Deena is at Sinai she emphasized writing and had her students keep
eager to dive into chapter two. a daily journal. Deena says that one of the reasons she really
Becoming a teacher was a natural evolution for Deena. She likes teaching this age group is that in kindergarten writing
has always loved children and worked closely with really explodes. At the beginning of the school
them. Beyond that, Deena said that teaching keeps year, children may draw pictures and write only
her mind fully engaged every day and always chal- a few letters. Yet by the spring, they are writing
lenges her to use different skills. “I was born to be full pages about “Why I like chocolate ice cream
a teacher,” she says. And when you see the twinkle better than vanilla” or “My favorite animal at the
in her eye and the passion she has when she talks zoo.” Deena knows first-hand that children, even
about her students, you know it’s true. in kindergarten, have a lot to say and an amazing
Deena earned a Master’s degree in Education ability to communicate in writing even before they
from the Bank Street College of Education in New can read. This teaching method and Deena’s pas-
York City. After working for one year in New York, sion for writing mesh seamlessly with the writing
Deena returned to Los Angeles, which is her home. curriculum at Pressman.
She taught for 10 years at Sinai Akiba Academy here in L.A. At Deena, who also spent a year teaching 2nd grade at Sinai,
Sinai, Deena was a beloved kindergarten teacher with a strong is looking forward to seeing the evolution of kindergarteners
Jewish identity and connection to Israel. Although she loved into 1st graders. First grade is a pivotal year, where children
teaching at Sinai, she said she is ready for a change and feels really begin to understand how to become students. Deena’s
that Pressman is a great fit for her and her family. Deena and kindergarten experience has her well prepared to help children
her husband, who live near our school and have many friends navigate that transition. She knows just where they are coming
in the community, have a 2-year-old son, Max, who they hope from and is ready to take the journey with them. She is eager
will attend Pressman in the near future. to begin this next chapter with her students and find out just
Deena – a voracious reader who does the Sunday New how far they can go.
Temple BeTh Am
MAZAL TOV to TBA outgoing president Vivian Alberts
Temple Beth Am June Gala Dinner and Ben Siegel Community Service Award recipient
Judy Cowan who were honored at a fabulous event
on June 15th. YASHER KOACH to event co-chairs Janine & Peter Lowy, Angel & Alan
on June 15th. YASHER KOACH to event co-chairs Janine & Peter Lowy, Angel & Alan
Schneider and Jill & Skip Sperling, the entire Gala Committee, Sponsors and Staff who
Schneider and Jill & Skip Sperling, the entire Gala Committee, Sponsors and Staff who
helped make this a most memorable and successful event for our congregation.
helped make this a most memorable and successful event for our congregation.
T e m p l e B A
T B e T h A m
Guarding The Garden
SAVe GAS Green Team Expands Web Presence20th!
MAKING IT EASIER FOR YOU
~ PReSSmAN eCo-eFFoRTS Green Shabbat is September
TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE Now you can visit www.tbala.org/greenteam for:
Soon you’ll be receiving information about this
RE M Green Team Action Alerts
As we head a lot of lazy left for summer travel.
There’s stillinto thosetime and far too hazy LA summer
E TE A shul-wide program. As we focus on renewing our-
Tips for green living
days, this installment of Guarding the Garden brings you some
Whether you’re planning a road trip or simply trying toexcit- selves during our High Holy Days, we will also focus on
Calendar of Green Team and other important events
ing Green Team activity updates and a terriﬁc resource at $5 a gal-
make your commute a little more palatable (are wefor gardening healing our world. How can we do one without the other?
Links to environmental organizations and great sources
that is truly green. your GReengreen info
lon yet?), here are some tips to boost your MPG. We’ve tested of teAM
them. They work.
E-Waste Recycling Past issues of a part of one of TBA’s
We need you! To be Guarding the Garden most dynamic,
SLOW DOWN. Jonathan and Sharon Swerdlow for donating
1.Yasher koach to Most cars hit their fuel-efficiency sweet spot Our Mission Statement, and more!
fastest-growing teams, write firstname.lastname@example.org, and let us hear
around 55 miles recycling but fuel economy Now you can
our ﬁrst “Technotrash” per hour,box from Green Disc. quickly de- Thank you, Desiree Gaines, for your assistance inTEAM ALERT
your ideas! We’ll also sign you up for our GREEN this venture!
all your higher speeds. Observing the CD’s, limit can boost
bring clines atoutdated e-waste, from PC’s tospeed from cell phones newsletter. We welcome your comments, questions, and sug-
Light Bulb Reserve Created
fuel economy between 7 and 23 percent. This recycling and
to rechargeable batteries, to TBA for safe and secureis equivalent gestions.
To assist the temple in its efforts to convert to and maintain
to getting up details gallon discount at the pump.
disposal. Additional to $1 a online at www.tbala.org/greenteam. Thank
And visit our website at www.tbala.org/green a loads of
environmentally-friendly lighting, Gil Hetsroni donatedforportion of
you, Stuart Weiss, for volunteering to purchase our next box!
2. INFLATE. Just as it’s harder to pedal a bike with a flat tire, his Bar Mitzvah gifts to other greatline in the Facility Reserve Fund
tips, action items, and establish a information.
vehicles with to drop oﬀ your tires require toner cartridges
And don’t forget underinflated used inkjet andmore energy to for “Green” Lighting. Please contact the ofﬁce to contribute. Even a
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
move down the road. Properly inflated for cash boost fuel
as well. Beth Am and Pressman exchange them tires can in our part- small donation worth the price of one bulb makes a big difference in
nership with RECYCLE4KIDS.ORG. our energy savings. Mazal tov and yasher koach, Gil!
economy about 3 percent, equivalent to a 13-cent-per-
Pressman Academy Aims for Waste-Free Lunch
gallon savings. Green Congregants of the Month
3. TUNE-UP. Replacing a dirty air filter alone can boost pack
Coming this fall—Pressman families will be encouraged tompg Congratulations Committee Kicks off Dinners
Social Actionto Lida Baker and Paul Nisenbaum, who converted
lunches that generate zero trash. Imagine the hundreds, perhaps On June 30, View front yard to a water-wise served dinner
their whole Point six TBA families prepared andgarden ﬁlled with
as much as 10 percent, saving up to 50 cents a gallon.
thousands of pounds of resources that we’ll conserve in just one year. beautiful native California plants. Way to go! The event was by all
at the Westside PATH homeless shelter.
4. LOSE WEIGHT. Take country do it, and so can we! Additional
Countless schools across the that any way you want. For every accounts a huge is prime both for the residents and theClean Air
100 pounds of extra weight in your vehicle, fuel economy And as this success gardening season, check out families
details are coming in our August column, as well as in Pressman Acad- that participated. One of the residents told my wifewide range of
Gardening at www.cleanairgardening.com. They offer a Naomi that
decreases by 1 to 2 percent. Reinis, Sharon Brooks, and trip,
emy materials. Yasher koach to NinaSo pack less stuff for yourRabbi
we were her favorite group, in part because, instead of standing
environmentally friendly lawn and gardening supplies!
and get the little league gear and
Chaim Tureﬀ for creating this program! the box of machzors out
of the trunk until you need them. Living A Green serving Reality Series, a window as the resi-
in the kitchen andLife—Thedinner throughScott Shulman’s reﬂec-
Green Shabbat Coming In September dents on what itwith theirgo green, willhad theto these pages soon.
For part oftips onefforts traveling, go to www.tbala.org/green tions lined up means to plates, we return kids set the tables
As more TBA’s green to help its members “discover the power and help us serve a sit-down meal. your nominations for “Green
and click on thechange theLA TIMES article filledHoly Days, we will Send your comments, your ideas, and We had the opportunity
of t’shuvah and link to an world” during the High with resources. to eat and talk with the residents at length. My daughter hit it
Congregant of the Month” to email@example.com.
celebrate a shul-wide Green Shabbat on
the Greening of Pressman Academy September 20th. A major off with some of the women and is looking forward to seeing
speaker will address all three minyanim to help us understand that
Great news from our school! Pressman Academy is getting we a wonderful summer!
them again whenHavevolunteer again in August (PATH allows
we plastic bottle out of the classroom. This year, a kid- and
the must not only do t’shuvah to restore ourselves—but to restore residents to stay for one month while they look for work and
our planet as well. water for additional details.
eco-safe reusable Watch bottle will be given to each student, and two additional months after they have found work to save up
filters are being put on each classroom tap. No more wasteful for a deposit). Hayley and Ray Tizabi tell me that they enjoyed
plastic at lunchtime. We should all follow this example! listening to their kids telling their grandmother about the
TBA SOCIAL ACTION a waste free lunch. The aim of
Pressman is also promoting dinner. Nikki Feldman tells me that her kids haven’t stopped
the program is to reduce the amount of trash we generate and talking about it and can’t wait to do it again.
“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s I am excited that over 60 individuals and families have
to educate ourselves and our children about the impact our
grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, signed up for the Social Action volunteer list. The slots for
daily choices make on our communities and planet.
now. You are not obligated to complete the work, the July dinner are full and the slots for August are almost full.-
but neither are you to to abandon using
Parents will be askedfreepack lunches it.” reusable food
Beginning in August we’ll be volunteering at a PATH shelter
containers, drink containers, utensils, and napkins. The conve-
every first Tuesday of the month, odd months in Hollywood,
nience of disposable packaging—such as prepackaged foods,
even months on the Westside. While the Westside shelter only
in Big bags, juice boxes and beautiﬁed a local elementary
plastic Sunday. TBA memberspouches, paper napkins, and If you are interested in participating in this or other vol-
houses adults, the Hollywood shelter also houses families with
disposable utensils—comes with an environmental cost. unteer opportunities, please email the TBA Social Action
In the coming months, parents will receive lots of practical Committee, a group of members committed to the practice of
On July 8, the Social Action Committee hosted a pizza dinner
of Los Angeles, and prepared and that will help them home-
information and encouragement served dinner for thereduce to reach out to other groups in the TBA community to better
the waste generated by their children’s lunches. We can do it! coordinate social action programs, to learn about their inter-
Temple Beth Am.
In addition, lessons that teach a lasting respect for our planet tbala.org.
ests, and to discuss ideas about the future. One idea, proposed
will become a deeper part of the school’s curriculum. by Rabbis Leider and Rembaum, is to work with Jewish Funds
To become to the homeless once a month at a PATH home-
serving dinnerinvolved in these mitzvah-laden efforts, please “Deeds of loving-kindness in superior to charity ...
for Justice to identify partners areour community to tackle
less shelter. Reinis (310-801-3960 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or
contact NinaThis is a family-friendly volunteer opportunity community problems.
Charity can be accomplished only with money; deeds
that you can do once ever or once every month. My family
Sharon Brooks (310-895-5339 or email@example.com). of loving-kindness join the volunteer list, join the Social
If you would like to can be accomplished through per-
Yasher koach to Rabbi Chaim Tureff for leading the efforts from Action Committee, or would like to share your ideas with us,
sonal involvement as well as with money.”
inside the school. please email Tyson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pressman Kindergartener Wins monster Contest!
Mazal tov to Sammy Goldman, recent
winner of the “Monster of the Month”
contest sponsored by author James
Thach. Mr. Thach introduced Press-
man Academy Day School students to
his book “A Child’s Guide to Common
Household Monsters” and presented
this on-line art competition. Sammy’s
monster “Alien on Mars” won first
place during the month of April, and
then came in third place during the
final “Monster of the Year” voting.
Thank you to ALL of the TBA/Pressman
friends who participated in the compe-
tition - by entering drawings and also by casting so many votes for our
students. Sammy is shown here with Mr. Thach, who presented him
with his book award during the last week of kindergarten classes.
Yasher Koach to Benjamin Ordin and his father, David, on
completing the Eliya USA Bike Ride, held in June here in Los
Angeles. Benjamin raised $1,199 for blind a visually im-
TBA GoeS GReeN (and blue).
Recently seen on the TBA Parking lot - three fuel-efficient
paired children in Israel, thanks to friends (many from TBA!)
blue Priuses all in a row! Rabbi Rembaum, the congregation
and family sponsors.
library minyan Contacts
For general information about the Minyan, membership
inquiries, or any specific questions you may have, please
contact Marizon Nimoy, our current Minyan Master, at
email@example.com. You may also visit our website at
For issues pertaining to ritual, contact Bob Malina, head of
the Ritual Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’d like to make a contribution or have a financial
question, contact our Treasurer, Dale Bodenstein, at
Here are other important points of contact: If you would like
to lead davening, contact any of our gabbaim: Check the Shabbat Bulletin!
Rachel Green, email@example.com Shabbat Koleinu Services for children with special needs
Sam Jason, firstname.lastname@example.org ages 9 and up will be happening during August. Please
Joe Nimoy, email@example.com check the website and/or the weekly shabbat bulletins for
Lida Baker, firstname.lastname@example.org the specific dates and times.
Bill Seligman, email@example.com
Scott Taryle, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to read Torah, contact: Avi Havivi, ahavivi@
ucla.edu. Find out more about
If you would like to read Haftorah, contact: Joe Nimoy, Pressman Academy
email@example.com or Marizon Nimoy, marizon25@gmail. on our website
If you would like to give a D’var Torah, contact Alisa
Shudofsky & David Cohen, firstname.lastname@example.org www.tbala.org
If you need a place for a Shabbat meal or home assistance for or at
a family emergency, contact Michael Becker, www.pressmanacademy.org
Temple BeTh Am
New Faces on the TBA Admin. Staff Team
Temple Beth Am is delighted to introduce three new mem- Ariana Shane - Membership Coordinator/ Assistant to the
bers of our administrative staff team! Please introduce yourself Executive Director x223 - email@example.com
the next time you are on the third floor of the synagogue during Sharon Webb - Receptionist x200 - firstname.lastname@example.org
business hours, they are eager to meet you and we are thrilled A d i v Z e l o n y - C o m m u n i c a t i o n s D i re c t o r x 2 1 9 -
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Ariana Shane Sharon Rosen Webb Adiv zelony
Ariana Shane is a true Los Angelino. Sharon was born and raised in Phila- Adiv is a native of Los Angeles. He
She grew up in Beverly Hills and attended delphia. She has two older brothers grew up in the neighborhood cur-
Temple Emanu- and grew up in a rently called
el Community traditional Jew- South Robert-
Day School be- ish multi-gen- son—though he
fore being part erational home. swears that he
of the Beverly Her family were once asked his
Hills school sys- active members congressman
tem. Even after what the neigh-
and leaders at
her Bat Mitzvah, borhood was
Har Zion Temple
(a Conservative called and was
very involved in
synagogue) and were also involved as told, “Area 42”.
the Jewish community. She was a coun-
leaders in many Jewish charities and Adiv went to Hamilton High School
selor for the Bureau of Jewish Education’s
organizations. (both the Music Academy and the Hu-
Havurat Noar program, and spent her
When her children were young she manities Magnet). He then went to the
summers in Malibu at the Wilshire Bou-
levard Temple Camps as a counselor and worked as a teacher at the Germantown University of Southern California where
coordinator. Jewish Center in Philadelphia. Before he received a B.A. in International Rela-
Ariana got her Bachelor of Arts de- moving to Los Angeles Sharon was the tions. Two weeks after graduation, Adiv
gree in Sociology from the University of administrative assistant to the executive made aliyah and settled in Jerusalem. He
California at Santa Barbara. She worked director of Har Zion Temple. Her late lived there for 5 years during which he
as a marketing/pr coordinator for a non- husband was an independent film pro- served in the Israeli Navy (yes, he knows
profit organization and then realized that ducer, the family re-located to California that Jerusalem is landlocked), worked
her true love was for teaching. It was then in 1986 so he could pursue his career in in the Jerusalem Post computer depart-
that she enrolled at Mount St. Mary’s Col- the industry. He was able to write and ment, met his future wife Elana and
lege and received a California Teaching produce 2 independent feature films adopted a street cat named Seti.
Credential. Just as she was about to finish before he died 12 years ago. Six years ago, Adiv, Elana and Seti
the MS in Education program she found Sharon re-entered the work force moved back to Los Angeles so that Elana
out she was pregnant! After being in an and became a certified Activities Direc- could go to rabbinical school at American
elementary classroom for seven years, Jewish University. Adiv went to Loyola
tor and was the Arts and Crafts Director
Ariana decided it was time for something Law School during the intervening years.
at the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the
new (she also wanted to devote herself There, he acquired two things: a law de-
Aging for 9 years. She went back to Phila-
to only one child, her new son Lucas!).
delphia in August of 2006 to care for her gree and a desire to do something other
Ariana and her husband Matt married in
93 year old mother. After her mother’s than law.
July of 2006. Lucas Ilan Shane was born
death, Sharon moved back to be with Some readers may already have made
on April 5, 2008. Now that Ariana and
her three Children, Joshua, Rebecca the connection that Elana is the same
Matt have figured out life with a baby (so
and Max. one starting as one of Temple Beth Am’s
far), they enjoy playing sports games on
the Nintendo Wii and finding new and Sharon knew she needed to work in newest rabbinic interns. The newest ad-
interesting places to go with Lucas. the Jewish community and when the po- dition to their family is their 5 month old
Ariana is so excited to be one of the sition at Beth Am became available, she daughter Nesya. She misses her father
newest members of the Temple Beth Am was thrilled. The members she has met greatly when he goes to work…or so
family. As Membership Coordinator, she and spoken to and her professional col- Elana tells him.
is dedicated to the growth of the syna- leagues have made her feel like she has Adiv has already met many of you
gogue and is looking forward to meeting come home. She is looking forward to and is excited to being a part of the TBA
all of the members and their families. meeting and getting to know all of you. mispacha.
Constructing Your own Jewish Identity
The following is an excerpt from Rabbi Malkus’ charge to our The second time we read “your children” we should vocalize
Eighth Grade Day School Graduates, delivered June 19, 2008. it “bonaiyikh,” “your builders.” Meaning, when we engage in
Eighth Grade graduates, as a group, your parents chose to learning, we become builders, both of our own personal identi-
send you to Pressman Academy for many reasons. For some, the ties and as people who will transform the world.
school was a warm, nurturing, and safe place for you to grow As graduates of Pressman Academy how might each of you
and learn. For others, the school’s reputation for excellence have become people who are builders and how might your
in education was a deciding factor. And for still others, your years at the school influence your developing identity? The
families wanted to expose you to a value system they hoped deeper I delve into education, I find that the activity of know-
would impact your development. It is safe to say, whatever ing is a more appropriate term than knowledge to describe the
your family’s background, choosing a Jewish day school for educational enterprise, that each of us as individuals engages
your education came with certain expectations about how in a process of constructing, or if you will, building our own
you as individuals would be affected. Your parents may or knowledge and identity. What we think of as a static body has
may not have been aware of the more than four decades of in fact evolved over centuries. In science and throughout the
sociological research demonstrating that schools are generally humanities what constitutes knowledge has changed dramati-
weak socializing agents, at least when it comes to the impact cally over the past 100, 50, and even 25 years. Today, we are
on children’s lives. learning that our identities also develop over the years.
Nevertheless, over the last twelve years that some of you If identity is a process of constructing meaning rather than
have been students at Pressman Academy, researchers of con- something that is transmitted or a set of foundational experi-
temporary Jewry have started to emphasize the fluid, changing ences, then perhaps we have an answer to how each of us is
nature of Jewish identity in the 21st century, especially in the a builder. If we construct our own meanings then educators
later adolescent and adult years. This new way of understand- cannot transfer knowledge to their students. If people learn by
ing Jewish identity cautions us against understanding our connecting what they study with their own experiences, then
own individual identity as something that is set in stone and the role of Jewish day schools, actually of all education, is to cre-
suggests instead that each of us, as active constructors of our ate opportunities for our students to make personal meaning,
own identities, adopt, adapt, or reject new experiences and to develop shared meaning with others, and to reflect on those
encounters throughout our lives. meanings in our communal arena. If the purpose of Jewish
One of these researchers of contemporary Jewry, Bethamie education is to cultivate individuals who are bonim, builders,
Horowitz, has written evocatively of adult Jews today as being then our mission as a school is to provide you as our students
on a “journey” that, in contrast to Jewish journeys of previous with the tools to build your own authentic Jewish identities.
centuries, is largely internal: “The term ‘journey’ encompasses In that way we are fulfilling the task of reading the verse from
how Jewishness unfolds and gets shaped by different experi- Isaiah as bonayikh, your builders.
ences and encounters in a person’s life. Each new context of As graduates of Pressman Academy you have been given
life-stage brings with it new possibilities. A person’s Jewish- the foundation of skills and knowledge to help you construct
ness can wax, wane, and change emphasis. It [our identity] is your own Jewish identities. You have the power and the wisdom
responsive to social relationships, historical experiences, and to shape what your future will look like. Your Jewish involve-
personal events.” ment and commitment is bound to go through natural ebbs
In her essay “Dismantling Borders,” Concha Delgado- and flows as you are exposed to new experiences and new
Gaitan (1997) reflects on her life journey as a Chicana who challenges, yet each of these experiences will also be shaped
spoke Spanish at home and English in school. Now a professor by the experiences you have had at Pressman. Your graduation
of sociocultural studies in education, she comments, “I have marks just one point on this journey, albeit a significant one.
sought to reconcile living in varied settings, to discover the Life is meaningful particularly because it is so complex and
‘borderland’ or meeting that synthesizes my identity, experi- has so many outcomes.
ence, feelings, beliefs, and dreams.” Just as Horowitz revealed As you leave the halls of Pressman Academy, I want to
in understanding how Jewish identity is shaped, Delgado- return to the text from Isaiah. The text and the Talmud’s com-
Gaitan teaches us that all people with dual identities, in her mentary on it can also be found in our siddur. In that context,
case Chicana-American, and in your case American-Jewish, are the authors of the siddur add the words of the Book of Psalms
faced with the question of how we will integrate the different to their understanding of what it means to build one’s own
aspects of who we are. Jewish identity. As they do, I too want to conclude my remarks
Our Jewish tradition has some insights that speak to this with the same prayer that the Psalmist recites: Yehi shalom
most important question. The prophet Isaiah tells us that: b’heihleikh, shalvah b’armenoteikh. L’maan ahai v’reiai adab-
“When all your children are taught of the Lord, great will be the rah nah shalom bakh. May there always be peace within your
peace of your children” (54:13). When the sages of the Talmud walls, security within your gates. For the sake of my people
noticed that the words “your children” appear twice in this and companions I say: May peace reside within you. Mazal
verse, they cautioned us “al tikrah banayikh, elah bonaiyikh.” Tov and Yishar koah!
Temple BeTh Am
TemPle BeTH Am HAPPY SeNIoRS SISTERHOOD NEWS
We are on our summer break.
Please see our calendar below for our schedule of luncheons
Come and see what a great program we have for you. Every
month we are getting new members from the community, who
have heard about our fantastic program, and are joining the
group. We welcome couples and singles to the group.
September 11 Medical lecture & luncheon, entertainment
October HIGH HOLDAYS – NO LUNCHEON
November 13 Flu & Pneumonia Vaccine Clinic
December 11 Hanukkah luncheon, entertainment Chayei olam Award
Mazal tov to Judy Cowan, recipient of this year’s Chayei
Olam award presented by the Temple Beth Am Sisterhood at
January 8 Medical lecture & luncheon, entertainment a recent luncheon held in Marilyn Ziering’s beautiful back-
February 12 Medical lecture & luncheon, entertainment yard garden.Shown here (left to right): Marilyn Ziering, Judy
March 12 Medical lecture & Purim luncheon, Cowan, TBA Sisterhood President Sandra Braun, Sisterhood
entertainment Immediate Past President Agnes Emert.
April PESACH - NO LUNCHEON
May 21 Medical lecture Mother’s/Father’s Day,
entertainment HolD THe DATe
June 25 Medical lecture & luncheon, entertainment
Subject to change
Sunday, September 14
Our program consists of a wonderful speaker mainly from
Cedars Sinai Medical Center with topics that are relevant to 9am – 2pm
our age group. We serve a delicious Kosher lunch, followed by
an entertainer who will give a performance for 45 minutes. A “Shop til you Drop” at TBA
few times a year the children from The Rabbi Jacob Pressman
Academy come over from the school with special programs or to
entertain us with their wonderful singing. Some of you may have
grandchildren or great-grandchildren in the Academy and even
if you don’t, you should see them and shep nachas as we do.
Our luncheons are usually on the second Thursday of
month and include a speaker, lunch and entertainment, $10 for
members $12.50 for non-members, if you join at the lunch it is
only $10. You don’t have to be a member of the Happy Seniors HUGE Parking Lot Sale sponsored by Sisterhood
Benefitting the Youth Department, Pressman Academy,
to attend our lunches, but we do invite your membership at
Camp Scholarships and Israel Programs
$15 ($25 per couple) for one year.
For further information on our group, please leave a voice-
mail message for WAnteD! New & “gently used” children and adult
Miriam at 310-652-7354 x 521. clothing, jewelry, handbags, household items (in good,
working condition only), giftware, toys, art, etc, etc.
Thank you for your continued support of our group.
Miriam Kavis, Coordinator Drop off September 1 – 12 – locations to be announced
(NO Temple Drop Off).
Contact Shoshi Wilchfort at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Agnes Emert at (323) 449-5009.
MeMORy OF ReMeMBeReD By MeMORy OF ReMeMBeReD By
John Altman Goldie Altman Alfred Jacobsohn Eva Rich
Rebecca Arshawsky Isabel Aarons Samuel Jacobson Esther Silon
Joseph Arshawsky Isabel Aarons Minnie Jerusky Rose Jerusky
Khtoun Bahary Denise Stavsky Sigmund Kahn Sady Kahn
Irwin Bales Michele Atias Sylvia Kaplan Henry Kaplan
Max Bartnof Edith Bartnof Freda Katz Roz Bloom
Meir Baumgart Cecile Epstein Irving Katzef Simone Katzef
Jean Bell Nathan Milmeister Hannah Kichaven Adele Kichaven
George Benjamin Shirley Benjamin Jacob Kichaven Adele Kichaven
Goldie Benjamin Shirley Benjamin Lena Klempner Minnie Bennet
Fany Berman Joe Berman Isaac A. Kravit Stephen M. Kravit
Mendel Berman Joe Berman Louis Kuzins Charlotte Kuzins
Cyla Blumenfeld Joseph Pitson David Laxineta Irvin Laxineta
Cyla Blumenfeld Phillip Pitson Nellie Lefkowitz Dvorah Colker
Jerry Brandt Donald Brandt Pearl Levine Florence Kanofsky
Harry Braun Michael Braun Ruth Klempner Levy Minnie Bennet
Clara Brenner Mayer Brenner Sylvia Losch Ronald Losch
Herman Brenner Mayer Brenner Edgar Maas Monique Gibbons
Barry Breskin Ricki Breskin-Kulkin Mark Mestman Celia Mestman
Bertha Brookie Broudy Harold & Cindy Lebenson Sally Miller Louis Miller
Gertrude Bunnage Beverly Birkenstein Rose Milstein Paul Klein
Shelly Canes Lyonel Canes Shamsi Nenorai Van Tran
Freda Sarah Cantor Barbara Mesnik Favel Niemberger Barbara Berman
Saul Chernoff Lillian Zerner Ester Niemberger Barbara Berman
Sima Chernoff Lillian Zerner Goran Nisell Nina Reinis
Gertrude Chorna Stephen Chorna Meyer Peromsik Sheryl Goldman
Lottie Citron Linda Alexander Joseph Peskin Mildred Silverman
Victor Cohen Deborah Cohen Dena Post Ted Post
Rose Cohen Seymour Cohen Bertha Prum Miriam Prum Hess
Jack Cole Adele Friedman Anne Rosen Evelyn Shamam
Meyer Colker Jack Colker Jacob Samuel Mark Samuel
David Scott Evans Barry Evans Freda Schochet Barbara Schochet
Gillian Fein Renee Goldberg Sarah Shipp Ann Massman
Sylvia Frank Adele Kichaven Berta Silagi Moshe Silagi
Sally Friedman Marnie Friedman Shirley Silverberg Frances Tessler
Robert Friedman Larence and Elaine Friedman Borouch Sirebrenik Jamie Sirebrenik
Hyman Friedman Laurence Friedman Abe Spiwak Alan Spiwak
Eliezer Friedman Chava Oved Bertha Stern Arthur Stern
Jacob Gelman Judith Cowan Albert Szathmary Fannie Fishlyn
Charles Glaser Harvey Glaser Sidney Szathmary Fannie Fishlyn
Renee Golabek Marc Kaye Dane Szathmary Fannie Fishlyn
Elaine Goldstein Sandra Zimmerman Irving Tenenbaum Adeline Tenenbaum
Aaron Gootkin Shirley Cohen Raymond Tenenbaum Adeline Tenenbaum
Harry Greeenberg Muriel Greenberg Bertha Vogel Sylvia Weiss
Lee Greenberg Muriel Greenberg Alexander Wagner Sharon Grob
Ruth Greenberg Joy Blank Sol Wagner Allan Wagner
Sadie Greenstein Marvin Greenstein Nathan Weisdorf Goldie Altman
Klaus Haendler Nina Reinis Alfred Weit Alice Weit
Henrietta Haim Harry Zinn Betty White Maurice White
David Hendler Mark Hendler Ruth Wolfe Marian Wolfe
Sara Hoffman Harriet Hirsch-Birns Sid Wyman Belle Korn
Bryna Jabkowski Susan Tamir Leon Zalben Norman Zalben
Fannie Jacobs Dr. & Mrs. Morton D. Jacobs Charles Ziman Richard Ziman
Jerry Jacobs Herman Jacobs Charles Ziman Phyllis Ziman Cutler
Mildred Jacobs Brenda Jacobs
Temple BeTh Am
TemPle BeTH Am GRATeFullY ACKNoWleDGeS DoNATIoNS THRouGH JuNe 27, 2008
General Fund Rabbi Susan Leider’s Discretionary Fund
IN HONOR OF IN HONOR OF
Thank you for Purim Basket Goldie Altman Liat Bainvoll Rabbi Elana & Brad Artson
Stephen Samuel Kathe & Howard Pilch
Robert Friedman Memorial Fund
Harry Silverstein Kathe & Howard Pilch
IN HONOR OF
Rabbi Perry Netter Susan & Art Mishler
Linda Schwartz Elaine & Larry Friedman
Susan Laemmle & John Antignas Rina Carmel
IN MEMORY OF
Fran & Bob Malina Rina Carmel
Frances Friedman Karen & Harold Barnes, Lee & Eddie Tishkoff,
Vivian Alberts Jody Myers Hope & Murray Heller, Ellie & Mark Lainer
Tobie Schwimmer Ellen & Jerry Ezrin
IN MEMORY OF Walter J. Cohen Memorial Fund
Ellis Berkowitz Ellie and Mark Lainer IN MEMORY OF
Virginia Howard Deborah Cohen
Adult education Fund
Sylvia Ross(z’l) Master teacher Series
IN HONOR OF
IN MEMORY OF
Marshall Kramer Hannah & Marshall Kramer
Irving Ross Lisbeth & Mark Sherwin, Harriet Weiss & Family,
Rabbi Perry Netter Hannah & Marshall Kramer
Jessica & John Schairer
Hazzan Jeremy Lipton Discretionary Fund
Library Minyan Fund.
IN HONOR OF
IN HONOR OF
Hazzan Jeremy Lipton Ellie & Ruth Zev
Vivian Alberts Debbie Rich, Cathie Lippman and Jules Kamin
Bill Strick Memorial Helping Hand Fund Miriam & Herschel Elkins Myra & Bruce Newman
IN HONOR OF IN MEMORY OF
Vivian Alberts Cipra Nemeth & Scott Schulman, Ruth Sohn’s father Cathie Lippman and Jules Kamin
Janet & Harold Urman Sandy Brenner’s brother Cathie Lippman and Jules Kamin
IN MEMORY OF
Sally Friedman Marnie Friedman Rabbi Rembaum Discretionary Fund
Leslie Daye Rosanne Keynan & Jonathan Flier Thank you for all you have done and
for Eliana’s simcha Miriam and Mark Hess
Green Lighting Fund Your thoughtfulness at my father’s funeral Beryl Arbit
IN HONOR OF You captured the heartfelt essence of
Gil Hetsroni’s Bar Mitzvah Deborah Schmidt & Abraham Havivi, Uncle Irving Stein Lorraine and Dr. Martin Ross
Marcy Colker klein/ Barry Shapiro Memorial Fund Rabbi netter’s Discretionary Fund
IN MEMORY OF Thank you, Perry, we will miss you Gary and Marlisse Bachrach
Frances Friedman Dvorah & Jack Colker
Harry Arbit Dvorah & Jack Colker
Pilch Scholarship Fund
IN MEMORY OF
It’s not too late to participate in
Robert Balfour Alan Lefkowitz tHe AnnUAL BILL StRICk MeMORIAL
Prayerbook Fund HeLPInG HAnD nOn-event
IN HONOR OF
Gail Labovitz & Bill Selligman Sandy & Mayer Brenner
Established over twenty years ago by for-
mer TBA Executive Director Bill Strick, z”l,
Pressman Academy Scholarship Fund
IN HONOR OF the Helping Hand Fund assists congregants
Elianna Hess Rabbi Helen M. Kornsgold who are in need of financial support through
Ilan, Liat, Tal Chesed Rabbi Helen M. Kornsgold grants and/or loans.
Charolotte & Eli Brent Abbey Bachrach
Omri Nes Andrea & Noah Jussim Please respond upon receiving your invita-
IN MEMORY OF
Virginia Howard Melissa & Michael Berenbaum,
tion in the mail, encouraging donations dur-
Susan & Dennis Bunder, Barbara & Alan Sporn, ing the month of Av, in lieu of entertainment
Susan & Melvin Newman, The Ordin Family,
Sherri & Michael Cohn, Jane & Nathan Pickus, Janet & Harold Urman, or food during the day of fasting.
Jack & Marcia Melamed, Anne & John Oppenheimer, Abbey Bachrach,
Faye & Earl Newman, Andi & Sherman Minkoff, Nancie M. Blatt Contributions may be designated in honor or
Frances Friedman Caryn & Rabbi Mitchel Malkus in memory of loved ones, and may be sub-
Robert Sohn Caryn & Rabbi Mitchel Malkus
Daniel Bolour Andrea & Noah Jussim
mitted to the synagogue office.
Leslie Daye Caryn & Rabbi Mitchel Malkus
Thank you for supporting this important
Pressman Academy Religious School
In Honor of
Charlie Libowsky Lisa & Scott Friedman
TemPle BeTH Am GRATeFullY ACKNoWleDGeS SISTeRHooD DoNATIoNS mADe THRouGH JuNe 26, 2008
MAzAL tOv: LARRY FRIEDMAN & FAMILY Marlene & Harvey Glaser
ALAN & JUDY BUNNAGE Elaine & Richard Gross CORAL & ALAN GOLDSMITH Leona & Stan Sperling
Birth of granddaughter Naomi Sheena Loss of Coral’s mother
JUDY COWAN Marlene & Harvey Glaser AMANDA LUFTMAN Mark, Jessica & Chason Samuel
Mazal tov on Awards Loss of Grandfather
TAMI & MARV GREENSTEIN Elaine & Richard Gross CARRIE & MITCH JACOVES Leona & Stan Sperling,
Ken’s engagement Mindy & Dan Schiffman
VERED & DOV HAPENSTAND Faye Gelb RABBI MITCHEL MALKUS Anne Miller, Nisenbaum Family,
Mazal tov on Dafna’s marriage Loss of Granmother, Virginia Howard & Kathe Pilch, Rose Pilch,
BRADLEY & YANA TEMKIN Jessica, Mark & Chason Samuel Jessica, Mark & Chason Samuel
Birth of daughter Zoe MICKEY ROSEN Nisenbaum Family
MARSHALL & SUSAN TEMKIN Jessica, Mark & Chason Samuel Loss of Father, Joseph
Birth of granddaughter Zoe CASEY SATEE Leona & Stan Sperling
BETH & CARY LIBOWSKY Marlene & Harvey Glaser Loss of mother
Birth of new baby Charles MITCHELL SHULTZ Miriam Baum
Special tributes: Loss of Grandfather
IN LOVING MEMORY OF CHARLES FRANKS Faye Gelb MONIQUE SHULTZ Miriam Baum
ON HIS YAHRZEIT. Loss of Father
SPeeDy ReCOveRy: RABBI HARRY & KAY SILVERSTEIN & FAMILY Anne Miller, Evelyn Rasky
Loss of your sister Miriam Zilberstein
RABBI HARRY SILVERSTEIN Minnie Bennett, Marlene & Harvey Glaser, KEITH SINCLAIR Dorothy Meisel
Speedy Recovery Elaine & Richard Gross Loss of Wife, Esther
MOLLIE SPERBER Faye & Marvin Gelb RUTH (REUVEN FIRESTONE) SOHN Shoshi & Izydor Wilchfort
Get well wishes Loss of father, Robert
HeARFeLt COnDOLenCeS: ROSALIE & STANLEY WEINER Leona & Stan Sperling,
Mindy & Dan Schiffman
BERYL ARBIT Goldie Altman, Marlene & Harvey Glaser, Anne Miller,
Loss of father, Harry Howard & Kathe Pilch, Rose Pilch,
SISteRHOOD tRIBUte CARD SeCRetARIeS
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TEMPLE BETH AM & SCHOOLS • AUGUST 2008 • TAMMUZ–Av 5768
SUnDAy MOnDAy tUeSDAy WeDneSDAy tHURSDAy FRIDAy SAtURDAy
29 TAmmUZ 1 1 AV 2
JULY SEPTEMBER Daily Minyan ScheDule
S M T W T F S S M T W T F S
n torah Portion:
Morning Minyan: Erev Tisha B’Av Tisha Minyan:
1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7:30 p
Monday-Friday: 7:30 A.m..m. Services and August 1a-.m. Special p.m.
8:00 31 at 7:00 Shacharit
6 7 8 9 10 11 12 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Sundays and legal chanting of Eicha Saturdays are approx.
Service 9:00 AM ECC Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Av
13 14 15 16 17 18 19 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 holidays: 8:00 A.m. 90 minutes beforefor Tisha
1:30 p.m. Mincha Mommy and Me
20 21 22 23 24 25 26 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 Rosh Hodesh and the end of Shabbat
27 28 29 30 331 28 29 30 31 Chol Hamo’ed: 7:15 A.m. 7:45 p.m. Daily Minyan 4 Shabbat Candlelighting
Mincha-Ma’ariv Service 7:35 p.m.
2 AV 3 3 AV 4 4 AV 5 5 AV 6 6 AV 7 7 AV 8 8 AV 9
n torah Portion:
4 Shabbat Candlelighting 7 : 3 0 A . m . R a b b i Re m -
7:29 p.m. baum’s talmud Class
9 AV 10 10 AV 11 11 AV 12 12 AV 13 13 AV 14 14 AV 15 15 AV 16
6:00 PM Boi Kallah Service
n torah Portion:
Erev Tisha B’Av Tisha B’Av vAetCHAnAn
See page 5 for more info. See page 5 for more info.
6:45 PM Neshama Minyan
Under the Stars
4 Shabbat Candlelighting
16 AV 17 17 AV 18 18 AV 19 19 AV 20 20 AV 21 21 AV 22 22 AV 23
n torah Portion:
4 Shabbat Candlelighting
23 AV 24 24 AV 25 25 AV 26 26 AV 27 27 AV 28 28 AV 29 29 AV 30
n torah Portion:
3:00 PM Pressman D/S New Re’eH
Family Welcome Party
6:30 PM Shabbat Under the
30 AV 31 7:00 PM Middle School Stars
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Orientation 4 Shabbat Candlelighting
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Pilch Pilch Hall
Kope. Kopelove Hall
Friday evening, August 1
Neshama Minyan, 6:45 pm, Pilch Hall
Led by Rabbinic Intern elana zelony
Daily Minyan Service 7:00 p.m. DN Chapel
Saturday Morning, August 2
Meditation Plus 9:15 a.m. Lainer Library
Led by Rabbi Sohn
9:15 a.m. P’sukei D’Zimrah (Pilch Hall)
9:45 a.m. Shacharit (Sanctuary)
Led by Rabbi Leider
Library Minyan, 9:10 a.m. Mishna Study
9:30 a.m. Services, DN Chapel
Bait Tefillah, 9:45 a.m., Pilch Hall
Led by Rabbi Ronnie Cohen Friday evening, August 15 Friday evening, August 22
Shabbat Yeladim - Shabbat Kids Boi Kallah, 6:00 pm, Hersh-Kopelove, Neshama Minyan, 6:45 pm, Pilch Hall
10:00 a.m. 1-2 yrs. in Room 102; Dinner to follow. Led by Rabbinic Intern elana zelony
2-3 yrs. in Room 103; 4-5 yrs. in Room 107 Led by Rabbi Leider and Dr. Ackerman Daily Minyan Service – 7:00 p.m. DN Chapel
10:30 a.m. 1st-3rd grade in Room 106; Neshama Minyan, 6:45 pm, Pilch Hall Saturday Morning, August 23
4th-6th grade in Youth Lounge Led by Rabbinic Intern elana zelony Meditation Plus 9:15 am Lainer Library
Coordinated by Mia Pardo Daily Minyan Service – 7:00 p.m. DN Chapel Led by Rabbi Sohn
Friday evening, August 8 Saturday Morning, August 16 Shir Hadash
Neshama Minyan, 6:45 pm, Pilch Hall Meditation Plus 9:15 am Bidner Youth Lounge 9:15 a.m. P’sukei D’Zimrah (Pilch Hall)
Led by Rabbinic Intern elana zelony Led by Rabbi Sohn 9:45 a.m. Shacharit (Sanctuary)
Daily Minyan Service 7:00 p.m. DN Chapel Shir Hadash Led by Rabbi Rembaum
9:15 a.m. P’sukei D’Zimrah (Pilch Hall) Ariel tafel will celebrate becoming Bar Mitzvah.
Saturday Morning, August 9, Bait Tefillah, 9:45 a.m. Services, Pilch Hall
9:45 a.m. Shacharit (Sanctuary)
Meditation Plus 9:15 a.m. Lainer Library Led by Rabbi Leider
Led by Rabbi Rembaum
Led by Rabbi Sohn Library Minyan, 9:25 a.m. Mishna Study
nathaniel Haiimpoor will celebrate becoming
Shir Hadash 9:45 a.m. Services, DN Chapel
9:15 a.m. P’sukei D’Zimrah (Pilch Hall) Shabbat Yeladim - Shabbat Kids
Library Minyan, 9:25 a.m. Mishna Study
9:45 a.m. Shacharit (Sanctuary) 10:00 a.m. 1-2 yrs. in Room 102;
9:45 a.m. Services, DN Chapel 2-3 yrs. in Room 103; 4-5 yrs. in Room 107
Led by Rabbi Leider Bait Tefillah 10:30 a.m. 1st-3rd grade in Room 106;
Library Minyan, 9:30 a.m. Mishna Study 9:45 a.m. Pilch Hall 4th-6th grade in Youth Lounge
9:45 a.m. Services, DN Chapel Led by Rabbi Leider Coordinated by Mia Pardo
Bait Tefillah, 9:45 a.m. Services, Pilch Hall
Led by Rabbi Cohen Shabbat Yeladim - Shabbat Kids Friday evening, August 29
10:00 a.m. 1-2 yrs. in Room 102; Neshama Minyan, 6:45 pm, Pilch Hall
Shabbat Yeladim - Shabbat Kids 2-3 yrs. in Room 103; 4-5 yrs. in Room 107 Led by Rabbinic Intern elana zelony
10:00 a.m. 1-2 yrs. in Room 102; 10:30 a.m. 1st-3rd grade in Room 106; 4th-6th Daily Minyan Service – 7:00 p.m. DN Chapel
2-3 yrs. in Room 103; 4-5 yrs. in Room 107 grade in Youth Lounge Shabbat Under the Stars and Camp Ramah
10:30 a.m. 1st-3rd grade in Room 106; Shabbat Yeladim Noar Lunch, 12:30 pm, Kope. Reunion, 6:30 p.m., Pilch Rooftop
4th-6th grade in Youth Lounge Coordinated by Mia Pardo Led by Rabbi Rembaum
Coordinated by Mia Pardo
Saturday evening, August 9, erev tisha B’Av
Mincha Service, 6:45 p.m.
Seudah Shlisheet, 7:15 p.m. memBeRSHIP ReNeWAl SeASoN HAS BeGuN!!
Ma’ariv Service, 7:45 p.m. Watch your mail for the membership renewal packet.
Followed by the reading of Eicha,
Reserve your High Holiday seats and join Sisterhood, USY,
led by Rabbi Susan Leider
Mercaz and more!
Sunday, August 10, tisha B’Av Plus you get a year’s subscription to the Kol Ha’am Newsletter!
Shaharit Service, 8:00 a.m., Pilch Hall
Special Mincha Service, 1:30 p.m., Pilch Hall Help us by returning your renewal form by August 25th.
Daily Minyan Mincha-Ma’ariv Service, 7:30 To receive an application for new Temple membership,
p.m., Pilch Hall call the Synagogue office at 310-652-7354 x223.
Fast ends at 8:30 p.m.