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FROM THE RABBI’S STUDY

Out of the Rabbi’s Mind What’s Inside

SO JUDAISM INTERESTS YOU? THINK ABOUT JOINING OUR SUNDAY MORNING “INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM” COURSE THAT WILL BE RUN AT BCRC IN 2012-2013!

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• A journalist who is simply curious in finding out more about Judaism. • A partner of a Jew who after 20 years of “living Judaism” with his family has decided to make it his own. • A Jewish woman in her 70’s who was never sent Religious School because it was not a “girl’s thing”. • A couple who just had an “interfaith” Jewish wedding who are deciding what religion to have in their lives as a family unit.

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Active Retirees

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Sisterhood Update

• A non-Jewish husband who has no desire to convert who wants to explore how he can support his Jewish partner in raising Jewish kids • A woman who has just always “felt” a connection to Judaism. This is just a sampling of the type of some of the folk I have taught in previous “Introduction to Judaism” classes. “Introduction to Judaism” is a 1618 week course that is run throughout North America, sometimes by the Union for Reform Judaism, sometimes by a synagogue itself. It is what it sounds like: (Continued on page 7 Rabbi Linda Joseph

FROM THE PRESIDENT

Building a House of Friends in Three Dimensions The following is adapted from the “President’s Report” delivered at our Annual Congregational Meeting on May 10, 2012. It has been my honor to serve as President of Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation over the past year. It is traditional for the President to give a brief report on the state of the congregation at the annual meeting, followed by the Rabbi, the Treasurer, and several board members. It is said that a synagogue has three main functions: • A House of Prayer (Beit T’filah) • A House of Study (Beit Midrash) • A House of Assembly (or Community) (Beit Knesset). I want to focus on these three functions to give a broad sense of what we have tried to do, and what we’ve accomplished, over the past year.

June/July 2012 Volume X Issue V Sivan/Tammuz 5772

House of Prayer We are blessed to have Linda Joseph as our Rabbi, and to have a strong and deep bench of cantorial soloists including Phil Kane, Sue Mandel-Giblin, Stacy Kafka, and Sheri Sackett, and also a cast of volunteer musical accompanists.

We observed the High Holy Days together. We met for regular Shabbat services (including some “specials” like Jammin’ Shabbat) and had huge turnout for our monthly Tot Shabbat services. We held the largest number of festival services that we have ever done. My favorite was Purim – if you missed our Rabbi dressed as Wilma Flintstone, you’ll have to wait to see how she can top that next year. We celebrated numerous bar- and bat-mitzvahs together. The kids were fantastic and the parents so proud, as always. Sadly, we grieved together at the loss of loved ones. Through it all, we tried to engender an atmosphere of warmth and accessibility – holiness within reach for all, and with all welcome to join and participate. House of Study Our religious school is as strong as it has ever been. We offer Sunday morning religious school programs from pre-school through high school. We implemented a new curriculum this year to strong reviews. (Continued on page 3) Mark Raffman, President


WORDS OF WORSHIP

What is a Mitzvah? A mitzvah is a commandment from God. Since Judaism is more of an action-based than faith-based religion, performing mitzvot, or God’s commandments, is central to leading a Jewish life. Judaism believes that all moral laws are derived from these divine commandments. And today the term mitzvah is often used to refer to any good deed. Jewish tradition holds that the Torah [the Five Books of Moses] contains 613 mitzvot - 248 positive commandments (mitzvot aseh or commands to perform certain actions) and 365 negative commandments (mitzvot lo ta’aseh or commands to abstain from certain actions). An example of a positive mitzvah is to give charity. An example of a negative mitzvah is not to steal. Some mitzvot are ethical, and others are ritual. Ethical mitzvot guide our interaction with others, and ritual mitzvot guide our interaction with God. An example of an ethical mitzvah is not taking revenge. An example of a ritual mitzvah is building a sukkah. Furthermore, the 613 mitzvot in the Bible are called mitzvot d’oraita or commandments of the law. In addition, there are seven rabbinical mitzvot. These are called mitzvot d’rabbanan or commandments from the rabbis. An example of a commandment from the Bible is to keep the Sabbath day holy. An example of a commandment from the rabbis is to light Shabbat candles. According to Jewish law, Jewish children become obligated to follow God’s commandments when they reach maturity. A boy becomes a bar mitzvah (son of the commandment) at age 13. A girl becomes a bat mitzvah (daughter of the commandment) at age 12 in orthodox Judaism and age 13 in more liberal branches of Judaism [e.g. Reform Judaism]. After one becomes a bar or bat mitzvah, God’s commandments apply to them and they are considered responsible for their actions. Source: About.Com Carol Currier, Worship VP FROM THE BOARD

Summary of Board Meeting held Thursday, May 10, 2012

Summary of Board Meeting Held Thursday, April 26, 2012

1. Annual Reports were given at the Annual Congregational Meeting just prior to this Board meeting. The Budget was also reviewed at the Annual Congregational Meeting.

1. Treasurer reported on congregational finances. 2. Membership Report - two new families joined. 3. Report on progress with ADAMS.

2. An update on progress with ADAMS was presented. The Board reviewed a Letter of Intent for Lease Revision.

4. Presentation of slate of officers for FY 2012-13. Board thanked the Nominating Committee and approved the slate of nominees.

3. An update on URJ reorganization was presented. URJ is implementing Cohort Groups to include: Interest Cohort Groups (e.g., Membership Interests), Size (of the congregation) Cohort Groups, and Geographic (location of he congregation) Cohort Groups.

5. Proposed budget for FY 2012-13 was presented. Discussion ensued, proposed adjustments to certain line items were incorporated and the motion carried to approve the budget for FY 2012-13.

Rabbi’s Report from the Annual General Meeting I feel very blessed to be the rabbi of BCRC. So many volunteers have been true partners with me as we work to build and strengthen this congregation. So much so, that much of what I do, is integrated into the reports of the committees themselves. Without staff, this partnership is so crucial. Some general trends I have seen over the last year include: • Increased participation in services • The strengthening of our Holy Day and Festival Celebrations • Engagement of so many folks to increase our volunteer capacity for events, office administration and committees. • Participation and learning in special events, including the visit from the Sofer, Neil Yerman (who gave loving care to one of our scrolls and helped ornate another); and the Ellen Allard concert. I wish to thank all the committees I work with and those who act independently of me to bring vitality to this community. And I am so grateful to this magnificent Board who has given thought and action to make this House of Friends a stronger place. Shelly Slebrch, Secretary 2


FROM THE PRESIDENT

(Continued from page 1) Our Education Committee has grown, we have teachers for every class, and there are more people involved in our school program that I can ever recall. To my delight, this includes several new member families who jumped right in to serve as volunteers and as teachers in our school. As the star chart in our foyer lobby attests, the kids are meeting their service requirements and learning Jewish worship and culture. And we have exciting new ideas for next year, including a recent grant to fund early childhood learning programs. Learning doesn’t stop with our youngsters. We have presented adult education programs and learning activities throughout the year, and will do so again next year (potentially including an “Introduction to Judaism” class led by our rabbi.

if we are operating at a deficit each year. My answer is that fulfilling the mission will drive the financial result, and not the other way around. A synagogue that succeeds in providing a warm and welcoming environment within which its member families can experience the joy and togetherness of a Jewish community will attract the financial support that it needs to continue. We are not proposing to increase dues or fees this year. And we are not projecting a balanced budget. But we are working on a number of ideas that would, if they bear fruit, close our deficit gap without the need for additional fees or assessments. This may take some time, but it is one of our priorities for the coming year. Conclusion I want to close by saying “thanks.” First to the Board members. My challenge to the Board at the beginning of the year was, think of what you want to do, build your team, and get it done. And this Board met that challenge. Everything good that has come from leadership this year has been the result of good ideas, sound planning, and hard work by the members of this Board. Every committee has more volunteer participation and more energy than when the year began. We are already planning for next year in Education, Worship, Membership and a host of other committees. To the members of the Board, I say Thank You and Yasher Koach. Second to the Congregation. For your faith and trust. For your dedication. For your smiles in the hallway. For your time and your family’s time. For your children who come here to learn Jewish culture and values. You make this a community. You support our programming and activities. You make it possible for Reform Jewish worship, learning, and community to exist here in Loudoun County. You give your time, you give your funds, you give your energy and your spirit. And we appreciate it. The tradition, when we finish reading a book in the Torah, is to shout together, “Hazak! Hazak! V’nit Hazek!” It means “Be Strong! Be Strong! And May We Be Strengthened!” Tonight, as we close the book on one congregational year and prepare for the next, let us say together: “Hazak! Hazak! V’Nit Hazek!”

House of Assembly If Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation were only a place to come to services and drop our kids for religious school, we would not be complete as a synagogue. We would not be a community. This past year, we have undertaken many community events and programs. Our members have enjoyed a multitude of social programs presented by our Social Committee, Brotherhood, and Sisterhood. We have an active Youth Group whose members have enjoyed getting together with their peers in a Jewish setting, in keeping with the Union for Reform Judaism’s priority to “engaging our youth.” Regular dinners and social events give our members a place to relax together and get to know each other better. Regarding the broader community, we have undertaken joint programming with our friends from the ADAMS Center, such as the “twinning” program we held earlier this year focusing on the story of Abraham and his two sons. And our Tikvah Committee is very active with Loudoun Bridges, pursuing interfaith understanding and harmony. Thoughts for the Future Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation will thrive if it fulfills its mission as a House of Prayer, a House of Study, and a House of Assembly (Community). I am often asked how can we do this

High Holiday Planning Committee! Come join the fun! Yes, it is that time again to begin planning for high holidays. Most of our committee members from last year have agreed to continue on this year, but we would love to have you join us! If you are interested, contact cindy hack at chack18@gmail.com. 3


B’NAI MITZVAH

Zachary Kyle Berman

holidays. Singing is a big part of Laila’s life as she takes Vocal lessons and has made All-County Chorus 2 years in a row. Laila has just finished three years of guitar and has moved on to the piano which she definitely prefers. Along with singing, Laila is an avid writer and hopes to publish a book before finishing high school. Her favorite style of writing is fiction/ fantasy and she is a big fan of J.K. Rowling and Suzanne Collins. Laila has a younger brother, Max, who’s in third grade and two kitties she adores. In fact, her service project involves helping cats and other animals find good homes. Laila would like to thank her tutor, Marshall Medoff, and Rabbi Joseph, and of course her parents, Andrea and Dan for helping her reach her special day.

Zachary Kyle Berman was born on April 18, 1999, in Arlington Hospital, Arlington, VA. With the exception of three years spent in Jacksonville, FL, Zachary has spent his life in Ashburn, VA, and he lives with his sister Taylor, who preceded him as a Bat Mitzvah, and his mother Debbie. He is currently finishing the 7th grade at Farmwell Station Middle School where he is taking all honors classes, as well as Spectrum. In addition, he plays the tenor sax in the 7th grade band. He has been playing soccer with LYSA on Coach Steven’s team for the last 8 seasons and has just starting refereeing soccer games this past spring. Not only does Zack enjoy soccer, he enjoys video games, riding his bike and spending time at the pool in the summer. He also loves it when his family gets to “baby sit” friends’ dogs since he really wants to get another dog. He also is hoping to learn how to cook and bake because two of his favorite shows are Cake Boss and Chopped. For his Bar Mitzvah project, last August he spent the day volunteering at the Loudoun Community Health Center in Leesburg during a free back to school vaccination/physical program that the clinic offers. He helped entertain children while they were waiting for their vaccinations/physicals. He enjoyed doing this because he likes to be around younger children, and he was able to help the children feel comfortable about their vaccinations/physicals. Zack is very appreciative to Mr. Dan Shain for coming out of B’Nai Mitzvah retirement to help him prepare for his special day on June 30, 2012.

Ryan Rubenstein

Ryan Rubenstein became a Bar Mitzvah on May 5, 2012. His bio appeared in the May/June bulletin. My Bar Mitzvah project was to volunteer at an Adult Daycare Center where my Grandma goes. I felt very comfortable choosing this project because I have a lot of experience looking after and helping older people. For example, my Grandma lives with me so I always check on her to make sure that she’s OK. When I was at the Daycare Center, I was a part of pretty much everything. I played many games with them like a big red balloon toss game, I helped pass out and pick up the chips when they played bingo and I threw away their trash after lunch. With all that said, I realized that older people are actually one of the most funny people you could ever meet mostly because they just say whatever’s on their mind. They are also one of the nicest people you could ever meet. It was an overall great experience and it allowed me to learn to have a lot of patience and compassion for the elderly.

Laila Gallant

Laila Gallant became a Bat Mitzvah on May 19, 2012. Laila is a 7th grader at Seneca Ridge Middle School in Sterling, VA. Laila and her family have been with Beth Chaverim for the past three years and she is a member of the Mezzuzahtone Trio that sings with the choir on special

Rabbi Joseph instructing the proper way to put on a tallit at the May 20 B’nai Mitzvah Meeting.

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JEWISH STUDIES

Voices from Theresienstadt (Terezin)

The Gifts of the Jews JCC of Northern Virginia

Dates: Every Wednesday, May 23, 2012 – June 13, 2012 Time: 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm Speaker: Cantor Abraham Lubin Terezin, a town located in what is now the Czech Republic, was called Theresienstadt by the Nazis. It was the propaganda “show camp” to the outside world and was portrayed as a camp where artists, writers, and musicians were “well” treated. Composers and performers produced outstanding musical riches under tragic and inhumane conditions. This course will present examples of musical works created in the camp between 1941 and 1945. Rare film footage of life in the camp, produced in 1944 by the Nazis, will be shown.

Dates: Every Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - June 26, 2012 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Speaker: John Rybicki Two books and two seemingly uncorrelatable theses: The Gifts of the Jews (1998) and How Judaism Became a Religion (2011). The first treats the development of a new way of thinking about God, man, and time that emerged in embryonic Judaism; the second treats modern Jewish thought. From both, however, an essence of Judaism emerges which truly has “changed the way everyone in the modern western world thinks and feels.” From disparate thought to essential unity, this class will examine these texts and their underlying message.

Program is held at and co-sponsored by: Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington 6125 Montrose Road Rockville, MD 20852 301-881-0100

Program is held at and co-sponsored by: Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia 8900 Little River Turnpike Fairfax, VA 22031 703-323-0880

Meet at 12:15 pm with a brown bag pareve/dairy lunch. Hot drinks are provided. Study will follow from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm.

Meet at 12:00 pm with a brown bag pareve/dairy lunch. Hot drinks are provided. Study will follow from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm.

The cost is $35 for FJS members & $45 for non-members. More information can be found here: http://www.foundjs.org/ Calendar.php?evntId=634.

The cost is $35 for FJS members & $45 for non-members. More information can be found here: http://www.foundjs.org/ Calendar.php?evntId=638.

Religious Service Descriptions Friday Night, Traditional Erev Shabbat Service The Kabbalat Shabbat service, followed by an oneg, is appropriate for congregants of all ages. First Friday - 7:00pm Service Birthdays and anniversaries of congregants occurring during the month are celebrated. Second Friday - 7:00pm Service Upper grade Sunday school classes may participate. Third Friday - 2 Services - Tot Shabbat at 6:30pm, a “preneg” at 7:00pm and Adult Service at 7:30pm. Tot Shabbat 6:30pm 30 minute service that introduces children from newborn to 3rd grade to the prayers, songs, and traditions of Shabbat. Lower grade Sunday school classes often participate in Tot Shabbat services. Service followed by a “Preneg,” a joint oneg between the Tot Shabbat and adult service. Adult Service - 7:00 “Preneg” and 7:30pm service. Regular Kabbalat Shabbat service Fourth and Fifth Fridays - 7:00pm Service/Regular Kabbalat Shabbat and/or Jammin’ Shabbat: Quarterly Friday night service features live music and singing appropriate for all age groups. Congregants interested in participating should contact worshipvp@bcrcva.org. Saturday Morning, Shabbat Service, 10:00am Saturday morning Shabbat services usually include a Bar or Bat Mitzvah and Torah service followed by an oneg. This service is open to all congregants.

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Mutual Review Committee (MRC) - What’s On Your Mind? The Mutual Review Committee (MRC) was established so that any congregant can go to any member of this committee with their thoughts regarding any aspect of the temple. First and foremost, the MRC is an extension of the congregation and your voice matters greatly. To ensure the MRC hears you, please tell us what you think as often as you would like! We welcome your feedback, questions, and comments any time via email at mrc@bcrcva.org or you can contact Tracy Cirone, Jason Cooper, Rachel Pritchard or Shelley Sheinwald directly. Please tell us what we are doing right, what we should continue to do and, more importantly, where there is room for improvement (all comments can be made anonymously). As the “eyes” and “ears” of the congregation, the members of this committee have the opportunity to discuss these matters with Rabbi Joseph at MRC meetings held quarterly.

Rabbi Joseph’s Office Hours Rabbi Linda Joseph will have office hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2 pm to 5 pm. Other times can be made by appointment. Rabbi Joseph can be contacted at rabbi@bcrcva.org or (703) 729-1659.

Shabbat Service Schedule DATE

SERVICE

COORDINATING HELPING

June 1

Erev Shabbat Family Service 7:00pm

Cooper Tiller, Trost, Tucker, Villagomez, Vought

June 2

Shabbat Morning Service and Noah Brazer’s Bar Mitzvah 10:00am

Medoff

June 8

Erev Shabbat Family Service 7:00pm

Skaer Waldman, Weiner, Welz, Zelman, Zelman

June 15

Tot Shabbat Followed by Adult Service 6:30pm

Mendolsohn Zimmet, Zuckerman/Grady. Andruzzi, Angioli, Arbetter

June 22

Special Tot Shabbat followed by Adult Service 6:30 pm

Giblin Belt, Benezra, Berman, Bernier

June 29

Erev Shabbat Family Service 7:00pm

Lechner Berry, Bloom, Boehm, Brazer, Brendlinger, Brunner

June 30

Shabbat Morning Service and Zachary Berman’s Bar Mitzvah 10:00am Raffman

July 6

Erev Shabbat Family Service 7:00pm Burger, Butterman, Carlson, Chait, Champagne

July 13 Erev Shabbat Family Service 7:00pm

Chance, Cooper, Cooper, Cooperman, Daftner

July 20

Erev Shabbat Family Service 7:00pm

Lourenco Eckhaus, Edgell, Elbaum, Fischel, Fletcher

July 27

Erev Shabbat Family Service 7:00pm Fogelson, Frager, Frank, Freed, Gallant

CALLING ALL HELPER FAMILIES - WE NEED AND WE GREATLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP!

About twice a year, each Beth Chaverim member (family or individual) is called upon to serve as a Helper Family at either our Shabbat services or a holiday event. Dates are announced in advance in an email, weekly email news blast, and the Chaverim Bulletin. In addition to bringing food or drinks for the Oneg, we ask that you arrive at services early to help set up and then stay afterwards to help clean up. The Worship Committee has assigned each member a date. If a date is not convenient for you, we ask that you let the Worship Vice President know a date that would work. Then plan on being at the service on your date to help. Fulfilling your obligation to the temple is truly a mitzvah. BETH CHAVERIM REFORM CONGREGATION MISSION STATEMENT The Members of Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation will provide the Jewish community with a forum for experiencing the religious, cultural and celebratory aspects of Jewish life, offering this experience in an organized, open, egalitarian environment where all members are comfortable with their diverse beliefs and Jewish heritage. Beth Chaverim will foster the viability of the Jewish people by providing Jewish religious education to our children and providing our members with an active Jewish community in Loudoun County, Virginia, and its surrounding areas. 6


FROM THE RABBI’S STUDY

(Continued from page 1) a course to give one the basic building blocks of knowledge about Judaism and the Jewish way of life. Typically an “Introduction to Judaism” course covers such basics as Jewish life-cycle, Jewish holy days, theology, conversion, Jewish history, the decoding of Hebrew. It is both study-based and psycho-social. There are “pre-readings”, classes, journaling and events that are part of the “Introduction to Judaism” experience. There is an opportunity for questions, discussion and for processing one’s learning. Though it is not just a conversion course, “Introduction to Judaism” is a pre-requisite of the choosing Judaism process. For those who are considering conversion, it is highly recommended that this course is taken with their partners (if they have one) as the course will present Jewish concepts which may change the Jewish dynamics of your family’s life. And for those considering conversion: it is necessary to find yourself a “sponsoring rabbi” (come have a conversation with me!), to be committed to a year of Jewish experience of festival and Shabbat services, and an openness to make Judaism integrated into your life and soul! “Introduction to Judaism” participants often become a support for each other in their Jewish considerations. It is one of my favorite courses to teach and I am thrilled to be able to make this opportunity available at BCRC next year at minimal costs to nonmembers, no cost to members, but on the understanding that everyone will purchase the books they require for the course. The exact details of this course will be communicated over the summer months (dates, times, course curriculum, readings etc.) but please feel free to speak with me if being introduced to Judaism has some appeal to you and you wish to travel on a Jewish exploration journey. It would be great to have you with us!

Todah Rabbah - Thank You Larry and Nadine Schneider generously donated Chumashim (Torah Books) presented to B’nai Mitzvah students on behalf of Brotherhood. In addition, Nadine hand makes each specially designed for Beth Chaverim glass mezuzah gifted to B’nai Mitzvah students on behalf of Sisterhood. Further examples of Nadine’s beautiful stained glass work can be seen on the mezzuzot throughout our temple, the glass panels on the Holy Ark doors, the eternal light above the Holy Ark, and the Days of Creation glass window panels in our lobby area.

The Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation Board Members and Primary Contacts NAME

POSITION EMAIL

Mark Raffman

President

president@bcrcva.org

Larry Deigh

Executive VP

executivevp@bcrcva.or

Carol Currier

Worship VP

worshipvp@bcrcva.org

Arlene Lechner

Education VP

educationvp@bcrcva.org

Brian Giblin

Membership VP

membershipvp@bcrcva.org

Jennifer Elgin

Ways & Means VP

waysandmeansvp@bcrcva.org

Lynn Blumen

Social VP

socialvp@bcrcva.org

Shelly Slebrch

Recording Secretary

secretary@bcrcva.org

Abby Champagne

Weekly Blast

blast@bcrcva.org

Heather Katz

Treasurer

treasurer@bcrcva.org

Jennifer Kasmer/Adrienne Skapura-Butterman

Financial Secretary

financialsec@bcrcva.org

Jody Rosas

Public Relations VP

publicrelationsvp@bcrcva.org

Stephanie Meister

Bulletin Editor

bulletinvp@bcrcva.org

Bari Cooper

Youth Group VP

youthgroupvp@bcrcva.org

Leslie Skaer

House Affairs VP

houseaffairsvp@bcrcva.org

David Mendelsohn/Jason Cooper

Brotherhood Co-Presidents

brotherhood@bcrcva.org

Lisa Kimball

Sisterhood President

sisterhood@bcrcva.org

Tracy Cirone

Immediate Past President

nmcrjc@verizon.net

Marshall Medoff

Past President

colbyseider@gmail.com

Ray Daffner

Tikva Committee Chair

tikva@bcrcva.org

Debbie Sexton Fuller

B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator

bnaimitzvah@bcrcva.org

Rabbi Linda Joseph

rabbi@bcrcva.org 7


ACTIVE RETIREE

Leesburg Area Active Retirees The Leesburg Area Active Retirees will have some wonderful programs in June and July! Please join us! We would love to see more Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation members, friends and family at our programs. All are welcome! We meet in the Leisure World Clubhouse, Monroe Auditorium, on the third Monday of the month, from 10:30 a.m.-noon. If transportation is an issue, please contact me at budoff3@cox.net , and I will try to arrange to pick you up on my way to Leisure World. Here’s what’s happening in June and July: “The Virginia Plan,” True Story of Richmond Department Store Owner William B. Thalhimer’s Rescue of Jewish Students from Nazi Germany On Monday, June 18, from 10:30 a.m.–noon, Bob Gillette will discuss his book, “The Virginia Plan: William B. Thalhimer and a Rescue from Nazi Germany.” When Mr. Gillette first heard a reference to “Jew Huts,” he was intrigued – what were “Jew Huts,” and what in the world were they doing in rural Central Virginia? Through his extensive and tireless research, Mr. Gillette uncovered this inspiring and almost-lost story of courage, persistence, and hope. His new book brings to light the heroic rescue by Richmond department store owner William B. Thalhimer of dozens of Jewish agricultural science students from Nazi Germany, bringing them to Hyde Farmlands in rural Burkeville, Virginia. A beloved retired teacher and religious educator originally from Connecticut; Mr. Gillette now resides in Lynchburg, VA. He has spoken and consulted nationally on educational topics, and has already won critical acclaim for “The Virginia Plan.” In August, Mr. Gillette delivered a Banner Lecture on “The Virginia Plan” at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, and he was selected to participate in the Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville in March. Mr. Gillette has agreed to bring copies of his book for sale and signing. This should be quite an event! RSVP: Sheila Budoff at leesburgseniors@gmail.com or (703) 537-3068 The Power of Words: Israel in the Media Eric Rozenman, Washington Director of CAMERA, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting, a well-known journalist, news media analyst and author, will be speaking to our group on Monday, July 16, from 10:30 a.m. -noon. As the head of CAMERA, Mr. Rozenman is responsible for monitoring U.S. and overseas news coverage for anti-Israel bias and setting the record straight. Mr. Rozenman will discuss his work at CAMERA and his extensive journalistic background, including serving as executive editor of B’nai B’rith’s International Jewish Monthly magazine, editor of the Washington Jewish Week, editor of Near East Report, newspaper reporter and freelance journalist. He is also the author of two novels, and will talk about the more recent of the two, Kill Them Before They Die, which was published in 2011. Take advantage of this fabulous opportunity to meet this very distinguished expert on Israel in the media and hear his views! RSVP: Sheila Budoff at leesburgseniors@gmail.com or (703) 537-3068 The Active Retirees are a warm and friendly outreach group of men and women age 55+. Newcomers are always welcome! Our meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month in the Clubhouse at Leisure World at 10:30 a.m. Please join us for guest speakers, trips, holiday celebrations and “schmoozing.” The cost is $2 for members of the JCCNV or any synagogue or residents of Leisure World, and $4 for non-members. All are welcome!! For more information and to RSVP, please contact Sheila Budoff at (703) 537-3068 or e-mail leesburgseniors@gmail.com. Sheila Budoff, Coordinator ANNIVERSARIES

July

Ethan & Kathy Klass Kenneth & Heather Kern Sheri Sackett & Lisa Householder David Holberton & Marcia Drucker Howard & Sharon Solomon Jay & Betsy Smith William & Renee Gupp Alex & Kim Fogelson Jan & Jill Weiner David & Ellen Waldman Matt & Betsy Goodwin Soop & Jan Saferstein

David & So-Ching Brazer Steven & Michelle Harper Jeff & Shawn Zelman Tony & Sarah Welz Karl Boehm & Stephanie Glasser

June 1 June 3 June 4 June 5 June 6 June 7 June 12 June 13 June 13 June 15 June 17 June 17

July

June 19 June 19 June 20 June 26 June 30

Marc & Susan Benezra July 3 Michael & Vicki Goodman July 8 Mark & Lori Chait July 18 Earl & Cheryl Suitor July 18 Hernan & Stacia Villagomez July 24

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BIRTHDAYS

June Jacqueline Chance Adam Shinberg Michelle Chance Albert Bernier Andrew Lourenco Ben Perkinss Emmett Helmes Douglas Gardner Alyxis Harper Karl Boehm Evan Kimball Jeff Zelman Steven Pergament Emily Champagne Noah Pritchard Elizabeth Matson Jared Smith Bob Arbetter Russell (Rusty) Smith Leah Trost Neil Frank Deborah Halpern Sandra Frager

June 2 June 3 June 4 June 5 June 6 June 10 June 11 June 13 June 13 June 14 June 14 June 14 June 19 June 20 June 21 June 23 June 24 June 25 June 26 June 26 June 28 June 28 June 29

Julia Kern Addie Zuckerman Chloe Meister

June 29 June 29 June 30

July Abby Champagne Ethan Meech Alexandra Villagomez Jill Zelman Jared Blumen Hannah Chait John Manning Sammy Boehm Gary Slebrch Bradey Meech Sammy Cooper Daniel Mayer Marcia Drucker Alyssa Villagomez Debra Berman Zachary Pritchard Samuel Brazer Addison Welz Erica Levi

July 1 July 3 July 4 July 5 July 6 July 6 July 6 July 7 July 7 July 8 July 9 July 10 July 11 July 11 July 12 July 12 July 13 July 13 July 14

Andrew Matson Marc Benezra Aaron Villagomez Rebecca Slatkin Barbara Mendelsohn Aaron Deigh Faith Shoup Larry Deigh Natalie Horowitz Eric Zelman Don Cooper Deborah Sexton-Fuller AJ Ikner Jason Soifer Bill Hack Alexandra Slatkin Jack Zelman Jill Eskin-Smith Owen Welz Emelia Angioli Rebecca Chance Jordan Smith Sharon Solomon Ken Tucker

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YAHRZEITS

June Rose Abrams Grandmother of Jody Rosas Belle Livingston Berry Mother of William Berry Robert Braiman Grandfather of Daryl Braiman-Bloom Bella Brunner Mother of Charles Brunner Michael Brunner Brother of Charles Brunner Robert Brunner Brother of Charles Brunner Rose Cantor Grandmother of Eric Zelman Richard Carlson Father of Lisa Carlson Abe Dubnick David Hack Father of Bill Hack Virginia Quinby Hack Mother of Bill Hack H. Aaron Jacobs Grandfather of Dianne Andruzzi Zachary Macy Uncle of Stacia Villagomez Julius Roberts Father of Burt Roberts Hyman Sackett Father of Sheri Sackett Joseph Schwartz Grandfather of Susan Mandel Giblin Rubin Sheinwald Father of Jesse Sheinwald Clara Sussman Grandmother of Jody Rosas Carlie Ulrich Friend of Marty & Faith Shoup and William & Renee Gupp Jeff Ulrich Friend of Marty & Faith Shoup and William & Renee Gupp

Lexi Ulrich Friend of Marty & Faith Shoup and William & Renee Gupp Ronni Ulrich Friend of Marty & Faith Shoup and William & Renee Gupp July Nathaniel Alent Grandfather of Daryl Braiman-Bloom Helen Bernier Mother of Albert Bernier Andrew Block Brother of Jody Rosas Joseph Deigh Father of Larry Deigh Leslie Denmark Sister of Marcy Manning Irving Dunkel Father of Ellen Kane Joel Friedman Dorothy Jacobson Aunt of Daryl Braiman-Bloom Carl Kane Father of Phil Kane Ella Kluge Grandmother of Elizabeth Cooper Herbert Louis Father of Richard Louis Sidney Macy Grandfather of Stacia Villagomez Morris Mandel Grandfather of Susan Mandel Giblin Ida Menter Grandmother of Stacia Villagomez Bertha Stein Grandmother of Betsy Smith Martin (Moshe) Stellman Grandfather of Michelle Chance Larry Wolfson Grandfather of Stephanie Meister 9


Condolences to...

Tree of Life

David Mendelsohn on the passing of his mother, Evelyn Mendelsohn Sue Benezra on the passing of her mother, Esther Horner

Ellen and Phil Kane donated in honor of Beth Chaverim

Barry Labell on the passing of his mother, Joan Labell

THANK YOU

Building Fund Susan and Brian Giblin Jody Rosas Dan and Anne Wasserman donated in memory of Evelyn Mendelsohn, mother of David Mendelsohn General Fund Marc and Sue Benezra donated in memory of Evelyn Mendelsohn, mother of David Mendelsohn Robert and Marjorie Chelsey donated in memory of Evelyn Mendelsohn, mother of David Mendelsohn Burt and Sheila Roberts donated in memory of Evelyn Mendelsohn, mother of David Mendelsohn Howard and Sharon Solomon donated in memory of Evelyn Mendelsohn, mother of David Mendelsohn Harold and Sandra Wicker donated in memory of Evelyn Mendelsohn, mother of David Mendelsohn Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund Jan and Soop Saferstein donated in memory of Jan’s father, Norton Kessel Jan and Jill Weiner donated in memory of Evelyn Mendelsohn, mother of David Mendelsohn

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SISTERHOOD UPDATE

An Immeasurable Capacity to Evolve In this, my final installment of ‘Sisterhood: New Jersey, circa 1976 / Sisterhood Virginia 2011-2012’, I find myself reflecting on another year of service and fun. Beth Chaverim’s Sisterhood accomplished much this year – from our participation and support of the annual BCRC picnic through successful completion of yet another annual Teachers’ Appreciation Breakfast. Throughout this year, BCRC’s Sisters have presented each B’Nai Mitzvah with a beautiful mezuzah case … gifted our teachers and madrichim with delicious cookies … generously donated time and gifts to support and honor women in our county who are in abusive situations … baked hundreds of hamantoshen … cooked and cleaned and given enormously of ourselves to our congregants … enjoyed evenings of learning and laughter … and, through our Gift Shop, provided the congregation – and Loudoun County’s Jewish community – with convenient, affordable, meaningful Judaica. We have so much to be proud of – and so much to be grateful for. Yet, as was the case in 1976 when my mom finished the year as President of her Sisterhood, there is still so much that can and should be done; there are still questions of great import to answer. For instance, how can we make BCRC’s Sisterhood more welcoming and open to all of BCRC’s women? Should BCRC’s Sisterhood rejoin Women in Reform Judaism (WRJ) next year? Should there BE a Sisterhood at Beth Chaverim next year? If so, who’s going to lead it? As to the last two questions, I offer the following for your consideration: Sisterhood has always had – and continues to have – an immeasurable capacity to evolve; Sisterhood can be – should be – what YOU need it to be. So: BE THERE. Open up to new opportunities. Say ‘yes’ as often as possible. Say ‘no’ when necessary. Speak kindly. Trust yourself to lead. Allow yourself to follow. Welcome all. Believe in your Sisters. BE A SISTER. Be a Sister who is truly there for the members of Sisterhood, of the Congregation and of the greater community. Provide support and warmth and friendship; ensure that acceptance and help and love and laughter are ALWAYS there for all of the families of our congregation. Be a “Service Sister”; be a “Social Sister”; be a “One Event a Year Sister” … be whatever kind of Sister you want to be … BE THERE. If you’re reading this, and you’re a woman, and you’re even a little bit interested in being a part of what’s next for BCRC’s Sisterhood … or (perhaps even more importantly) if you’re a Sisterhood cynic; if you’ve ever felt that BCRC’s Sisterhood was a clique from which you were excluded or if you’ve ever opined that Sisterhood doesn’t really do anything that interests you, please join us on Saturday, June 16th at 7:00 p.m. at the synagogue for our annual end of year meeting, dinner and Havdallah service. Share your voice – please – be there. Lisa Kimball, Sisterhood President

For the latest calendar please click here http://www.bethchaverim.org/calendar.htm

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Beth Chaverim Newsletter June/July 2012