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“Graduating and Commencing” Throughout the months of May and June, high school and college seniors participate in graduation ceremonies as they conclude their formal programs of study. Some will go on to additional courses of study, either in college in the case of high school students, or in graduate school, internships and residencies in the case of college grads. But even those whose formal schooling is complete will go on learning for the rest of their lives. As married adults and then as parents, as professionals at work and in life generally they will all continue to grow in knowledge, experience, and wisdom. So commencement ceremonies for these young people represent the completion of a chapter in their lives, rather than an end to their learning. This is also the time of year when we recall another kind of commencement, that of the Israelites completing one chapter in their national history and, of course, beginning another. The holiday on which we recall that ‘graduation’ is Shavuot, the festival of weeks, so called because it occurs seven weeks after Pesakh. Our sages call Shavuot zman matan Torateinu, the time of the giving of our Torah. Having freed the people from slavery in Egypt, God now provides them a set of laws by which they are to live as free people on their way to a new homeland in Canaan. Like our modern graduates, the Israelites will now know what they should be doing, but this culminating event was not an end for them, either. Having been given the Torah, their task would now be to live by its wisdom. How to do so was not always clear, and so the corpus of oral law which tradition tells us began with Moses and continued down through the rabbinic period clarified exactly how to live that life.

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1 Rabbi’s Reflections …………………………………..…. Notes from the Cantor ........................................... 2 Award & Installation Shabbat................................. 3 Hesed Program Training – NEW ........................... 4 Shavuot ................................................................ 4 Tikkun L’eil Shavuot Learning Lesson .................. 4 B’Nai Mitzvah Bios ................................................. 5 iWalk for Hunger Event .......................................... 6 Social Action ......................................................... 7 10 SHALVA ………………………………………………… Divorce Support Group ......................................... 10 Hesed Committee ................................................ 10 Healing Hearts – Loss of a Spouse or Partner ..... 10 Adult Education …………………….……….……...…11 Religious School ................................................... 12 Sisterhood ............................................................ 14 Men’s Club ........................................................... 16 Programming ........................................................ 17 The Goodman’s Blog ...............................................19 Community Connections .........................................21 24 Birthdays and Anniversaries ………………………….. 26 Yahrzeits……………………………………………….… Tributes……………………………………………….….28 Calendar .............................................................. 31

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Shabbat Prayers June 6, 2014 – 7:30 pm Those who celebrate birthdays and anniversaries during the month of June will be recognized at our service on June 6th. Our worship will begin at 7:30 pm and will conclude by 8:15 pm. Children of every age are welcome!

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Shabbat Prayers July 4, 2014 – 7:30 pm Those who celebrate birthdays and anniversaries during the month of July will be recognized at our service on July 4th.

UPSTAIRS THOUGHTS RABBI’S REFLECTIONS “Graduating and Commencing” (continued) But times change; the graduate who does not keep up with the latest technology and best practices will soon see their job at risk to younger and more current candidates. If we do not learn more each year about how to live healthy lives, we risk illness and a shortening of years. Just as our knowledge of the world must constantly expand, so too our knowledge of Torah and Judaism must increase in order for us to live meaningful lives. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote that religion is not simply another aspect of life; it is that aspect which provides depth to all the others. That may be why the rabbis did not call Shavuot zman kabbalat Torateinu, the time of the receiving of our Torah. The Torah was given only once; after that it is up to us to continually and actively receive it. We can do so on Shabbat during services, when I share teachings from our tradition, in adult classes during the school year and, of course, on Shavuot itself when we gather on the evening of June 3rd for the annual Tikkun Leil Shavuot. We recall God giving the Torah to our ancestors by receiving some of it personally in our own time, on the date when they did the same. I look forward to seeing you as we jointly sponsor the Tikkun this year with our friends from Congregation Beth Am. A number of teachers, clergy and lay, will present words of Torah, and after each presentation we will have some cheesecake or other dairy dessert. Why dairy? Come to the Tikkun and I’ll tell you.

Rabbi Jeff Pivo IMPORTANT DEADLINES: June 13, 2014 – This is the deadline to take advantage of the $25 Membership Discount. August 8, 2014 – This is the Deadline for the Book of Remembrance Forms

NOTES FROM THE CANTOR Dear Congregants, I would like to inform you that I will be on Sabbatical for approximately two months beginning on Friday, June 13, 2014 through August 16, 2014. If an “emergency” arises, please contact either Rabbi Pivo or Lisa Neiman. To register for any of the events below or if you have any questions, please below please email Lisa at I wish everyone a safe summer.

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM – Jr. Yad Squad for Beginners & Advanced Special opportunity for accelerated incoming BET students to learn how to read Torah with Hazzan Weisberg on Thursdays at 4:15!! Students who enjoy learning Hebrew and music are invited to get a head start using the ancient musical phrases known as the Trope System, taught by Hazzan Weisberg. After getting to know the trope signs, students will have a chance to prepare small portions in the Torah for Gan Shabbat services in 2015. There is a one-time $60 fee for texts/recordings for first time students. Returning Jr. Yad Squad members will be able to continue their Torah-reading studies and receive new assignments in the 5:05-5:45 time slot on Thursdays.

5775 HIGH HOLIDAY CHOIR – The choir will soon be getting going for the High Holidays. If you are interested in joining us this year, please contact Marty Karlin ( for details. Rehearsal schedule for the 2014 season will be available soon!


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SHAVUOT ‫ מי לי‬,‫אם אין אני לי‬


If I am not for myself who is for me?

‫ מה אני‬, ‫וכשאני לעצמי‬ But when I am for myself alone, what am I?

HESED COMMITTEE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS Would you like to do a mitzvah for your fellow congregants? Hesed Committee is looking for people to: 

Make phone calls and/or visits to our homebound community on an ongoing basis.

Help cook in the CBJ kitchen for delivery to homebound congregants. This will be on a periodic basis as needed. Ingredients will be provided.

We will be holding an informational meeting to explain how you can make a HUGE DIFFERENCE in the lives of fellow congregants by providing these simple acts of loving kindness on either of the following dates: Sunday

June 1, 2014

10:00 am


June 2, 2014

8:00 pm

If you miss these sessions please ontact Rabbi Pivo, Carole Hirsch, or Evan Rumack for more information.

Please see the other side for more information on this cause which Rabbi Pivo wrote about in the May Edition of The Word.

Get Hesed Flyer

Erev Shavuot – Tuesday, June 3, 2014 Candle Lighting – Light Candles before 8:02 pm Erev Shavuot Services – 7:30 pm Tikkun Leil Shavuot Learning Lesson – 8:00 pm (see below) Shavuot I– Wednesday, June 4, 2014(Office Closed) Candle Lighting – Light Candles after 9:06 pm Shavuot Services – 9:30 am Minyan – 7:30 pm Shavuot II– Thursday, JUNE 5, 2014 (Office Closed) Shavuot Services with Yizkor – 9:30 am Minyan – 7:30 pm Shavuot Holiday Ends 9:06 pm

TIKKUN L’EIL SHAVUOT LEARNING LESSON June 3, 2014 – 8:00 pm We will be hosting a Tikkun Leil Shavuot at the synagogue on the first evening of the Festival of Shavuot. The evening will be full of learning with the clergy from Congregation Beth Judea, Congregation Beth Am and learned guest teachers. The Tikkun will begin at 8:00 pm with the evening service and will continue until at least 10:00 pm


To: Our Beth Judea Family and Friends: On behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff of Congregation Beth Judea, we wish you and yours a very happy Shavuot blessed with peace, prosperity and good health on this holiday and always.

August 4 – Erev Tisha B’Av | August 5 – Tisha B’Av

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B’NAI MITZVAH BIOs Miyah Jillian Brooks will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, June 7, 2014. Miyah is a seventh grader at Woodlawn Middle School in Long Grove. Miyah enjoys playing team sports. She has played on the Woodlawn basketball, volleyball, and track teams. Miyah has been playing softball in the Vernon Hills league for eight years. Miyah has developed a passion for animals the last few years. She loves horseback riding and caring for the horses afterwards. Our family adopted a rescue lab a few years ago, and Bella has become a member of our family. For her Bat Mitzvah project, Miyah has teamed with the Starlight Foundation in producing a Kids for Kids Garage sale. Proceeds from family registrations will go directly to the foundation in support of children’s needs internationally. This event will be held at the Vernon Hills Metra Train Station parking lot later this summer. Miyah is honored that so many family members will be traveling to join us in this celebration. Family will be coming in to Chicago from Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Iowa, South Carolina, Louisiana, Virginia, Wisconsin, and California. Miyah would like to thank Rabbi Pivo, Hazzan Weisberg, Anna Besser and Kim Abern for all of their help and guidance.

Jessica Brooke Altenberg will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, June 14, 2014. Jessica is a seventh-grader at Woodlawn Middle School in Long Grove.

Jessica is an accomplished dancer who has been part of an award-winning dance team for several years at On Your Toes Academy of Dance in Buffalo Grove. Jessica performs ballet, lyrical, modern, jazz, and hip-hop dancing. She has performed in a professional production of the Nutcracker and recently won a scholarship from the American Academy of Ballet in New York. Jessica also enjoys, swimming, soccer, rock-climbing, water-skiing, horseback riding, and overnight camp. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with friends and family and travel. Jessica and her family spent two years in Singapore during her Hebrew School years, and she and her family were extremely engaged in the Jewish community. She attended Hebrew School and attended numerous events sponsored by the Israeli Embassy and the Chabad community that added much to her global Jewish experience. Jessica is thrilled to be celebrating her bat mitzvah with family and friends, some flying in from various parts of the country. She is also very blessed to have numerous relatives in the Chicago area with whom she is close who cannot wait to share this milestone with her. Jessica will be celebrating with her proud parents Marah and Jonathan, her younger sister Caitlyn, cousins Henry and Elias, grandparents Merle Shuman, Dr. Louis and Rhona Stern, and Dr. Barry and Michelle Altenberg. Grandparent Charles Shuman, Aunt Jackie Shuman, and Uncle Michael Altenberg are no longer with us, but we know they would be extremely proud of Jessica and all of her accomplishments. Jessica would like to thank Rabbi Pivo and Hazzan Weisberg for helping her prepare for this special day and a big thank you to Principal Anna Besser and all of her teachers and youth leaders who have contributed to her Hebrew education. She also wants to thank her amazing bat mitzvah tutor Andrea Dickson for her wonderful guidance, patience and enthusiasm.

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B’NAI MITZVAH BIOs Garrett Ari Cohen will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, June 21, 2014. Garrett is an 8th grader at Fremont Middle School in Mundelein and will be a freshman at Mundelein High School in the fall. Garrett loves to swim and is a top swimmer for the Libertyville Cats Swim Team for the last 2 seasons. Garrett is on the Fremont track team and runs the mile, half mile, and 4 x 4 relay with some very impressive times. He wrestles, plays video games, and is an excellent roller skater and speed skates against his brother and others. Garrett tried out and made the 2014/2015 Mundelein Show Choir and will be traveling with them while they compete against other high schools across the country. He participates in many 5k races for charity and for his Mitzvah organized 10 friends and family members to pack food for Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville, which packed 61 boxes which feeds 36,000 meals to the children in the Philippines. He loves animals and had his own business with his brother staging reptile shows for children birthday parties. He had his own little reptile zoo in the basement with snakes, turtles, and bearded dragons. Garrett spent last summer volunteering his time at Save-A-Pet in Grayslake. Garrett’s family - Mom Janice, Dad Allen, older brother Mitchell and three of his hairy siblings Jasmine (Shepard hound mix), Shana (a Westie), and Black Jack (Lab/mix), Jasmine and Black Jack being adopted from shelters – is so proud of him. Grandma Bobbie and Grandpa Irwin are also so proud. Grandpa Marvin, Grandma Thelma, and Uncle Michael will be watching from Heaven with Garrett’s great grandparents. Thank you to all that have come today to share this very special day with Garrett. Garrett wants to thank Rabbi Pivo, Hazzan Weisberg, his tutor Andrea Dickson and all his teachers at Beth Judea for all their help preparing him for his special day.

$10 Suggested donation to help stock the food pantries at Saint Mary Parish, Kingswoood United Methodist Church and Congregation Beth Am

For further information please e-mail

No Pets Please

Participating Congregations • • • • •

Congregation Beth Am Congregation Beth Judea Congregation B’nai Shalom Congregation Shir Hadash Hope Lutheran Church

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SOCIAL ACTION Volunteers Needed. June 1 – Bingo at Friend Center 3:30 pm We meet the first Sunday of every month from 3:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help Friend Center at Gidwitz Place (1551 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield) residents play Bingo. Assistance from all congregants is welcome.

June 8– Pets to Visit Alden Retirement Ctr. Bring your pet to visit the residents of Alden Retirement Center in Long Grove on Sunday, June 8th from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

Glenview Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis Support Congregation Beth Judea! | Join Team | Make a gift! This year, our Congregation Beth Judea team will be walking in the Take Steps for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). Take Steps is CCFA's national walk and celebration and the nation's largest event dedicated to finding cures for inflammatory bowel diseases.

Volunteers at Alden Retirement Ctr.

June 30- SOCIAL ACTION MEETING Please join us for the 7:30 pm minyan just before our 8:00 pm committee meeting every month. ARK FAMILY Once a month, through volunteer efforts, we provide groceries for a needy Jewish family. If you would like to help with a $25 donation. WE PLAN A VERY ACTIVE 2014-2015 AND WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO JOIN US!!

We will enjoy a casual 2-3 mile stroll and raise money for crucial research, bringing us closer to a future free from Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Over 1.4 million American adults and children are affected by these digestive diseases. While many suffer in silence, Take Steps brings together this community in a fun, energetic and supportive atmosphere. Your donation will help support local patient programs, as well as important research projects. In addition to donating, you can join us at the event as a member of our team. There will be food, music and kid's activities. The more money we raise, the closer we will be to making life more manageable for patients who live with these diseases every day. Please join our team or donate to our efforts to support CCFA in finding cures! Any Questions, please contact Bruce Arenson, Beth Judea Team Captain –

To volunteer for any of these activities or for more information, call Bruce Arenson at 315-383-4560.

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SOCIAL ACTION How Are You Using the Gifts God Gave You?

olunteer JOURNEYS | The Road Home “PADS” Volunteers Needed to Help the Homeless Monday, June 16, 2014 Homelessness and hunger are unfortunately part of our suburban fabric. The Social Action Committee worked with Journeys/The Road Home “PADS” program during the past year providing food for the homeless. This summer the “PADS” volunteers have decided to work with local faith groups to provide meals for the homeless. Congregation Beth Judea has been assigned June 16 to provide meals, vegetables, salad and serving volunteers. We are in need of the following: 3 people to cook a main dish 4 people to cook a vegetable dish 4 people to provide a salad 3 people to attend that evening and help serve the food/clean up after (Note: Kimberley Levy is maintaining the “sign-up” log for this event. Her information is provided on the bottom left below.)

Each dish provided should be enough to feed 15 – 20 adults. The main dish and vegetable should be brought to Kingswood United Church at 6:00 p.m. hot and ready to serve. They should be packaged in disposable containers. If you would be willing to provide something, but are unable to bring it to the site, we can make arrangements to deliver it for you. If you would like to volunteer that evening you must be at Kingswood United Church at 5:30 p.m. and be there until 9:00 pm. Children must be at least 16 years old to attend. LOCATION: Kingswood United Church is at 401 W. Dundee Road, Buffalo Grove The guests being served are all clients of the Journeys/The Road Home service. Please contact Kimberley Levy at or 847/913-5447 if you have any questions or would like to help out. Kimberley will let you know if the “spot” you are interested in is filled, and if not, what else may be needed.

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Sometimes... I want to ask God why... He allows hunger, poverty, and injustice in the world when He could do something about it.

But then I’m afraid He will ask me the same question.

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June 1


3:30 pm

Bingo at Friends Ctr

June 8


2:00 pm

Pets Visit Alden Ctr

June 16


5:30 pm


June 29


1:00 pm

Walk for Hunger

Dear Congregants,

June 29


4:30 pm

Crohn’s Walk

Now, more than ever, Russian Jews need your help. Below are some of the photos showing how your generosity helped these children. To all of those who already donated to this fund, “THANK YOU”. If you have not, there is still time to support this cause.

June 30


8:00 pm

Social Action Mtg.




July 6


3:30 pm

Bingo at Friends Ctr

July 13


2:00 pm

Pets Visit Alden Ctr

July 28


8:00 pm

Social Action Mtg.

Donate Food Directly to PADS Office 1140 North Northwest Hwy Palatine, IL Donation Hours: 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm Your Food Will Feed the Needy


Yekaterinburg Pics








August 3


3:30 pm

Bingo at Friends Ctr

August 10


2:00 pm

Pets Visit Alden Ctr

August 25


8:00 pm

Social Action Mtg.

To volunteer for any of these activities or for more information, call Bruce Arenson at 315-383-4560.

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A SPECIAL MESSAGE “Its okay, the children aren’t affected” But what if you knew they were? Shalva clients will often say that they can withstand their husband’s abuse as long as he never directs his anger toward their children. What many women don’t understand is that children are the silent victims of abuse and that they often repeat the behaviors they have seen. According to a recent study, over 90% of children are aware of domestic abuse in their home. These children are affected emotionally, cognitively, and physically. They are at great risk and often experience low self-esteem, shame, fear and guilt. Many distrust adults, fail to thrive or suffer from depression and anxiety. What can we do? The issue of domestic abuse is not just a women’s issue; it affects the entire family as well as our Jewish community. SHALVA offers free counseling to Jewish women who are or were in an intimate partner relationship. If you or someone you know needs our help, call 773-583-4673.


Experiencing a divorce can be one of the most difficult and stressful transitions in life, affecting adults, children, and extended family. We are reaching out as a synagogue community to those who are in the process of divorcing, or have recently gone through a divorce, to offer support at this extremely stressful time. This group, designed for both men and women, would meet weekly with our member Ellene Lammers, a trained therapist, and Rabbi Pivo. Please contact: Ellene at or Rabbi Pivo at for further information.

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Healing Hearts Loss of Spouse or Partner Tuesdays, April 29 – June 17 Held At Temple Chai Free

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An Important Announcement CONGREGATION BETH JUDEA HESED (CARING) COMMITTEE The Hesed committee would like to know if you have any difficulties/problems that you would like to discuss with a knowledgeable individual. We have a group of congregants who have been trained or are professionals who would be able to provide a brief consultation with you in order to refer you on for more in-depth assistance. We are also thinking about starting some support groups. We would like to know what you feel your needs are. Please email Ellene Lammers at or call Rabbi Pivo. FOR A LIST OF EMERGENCY HOTLINE NUMBERS, AGENCIES AND RESOURCES click here

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ADULT EDUCATION WEEKLY CLASSES These classes are ongoing. Please join at any time. Hebrew is not required for any of these classes unless specifically noted.

ADULT EDUCATION AT CONGREGATION BETH JUDEA. Congregation Beth Judea offers a variety of meaningful Jewish learning opportunities through classes, lectures, and informal sessions on Jewish Law, Torah, prayer, and other topics of interest that will intrigue and inspire you. All classes (unless otherwise noted) are held at Congregation Beth Judea. Our 2014-2015 program is being finalized. Please watch for the announcement of classes.

“When I pray, I speak to God; When I study, God speaks to me.” - Rabbi Louis Finkelstein

Interpretive Minyan in the Library Service Leader: Norm Kurtz You are invited to join the Interpretive Minyan in the Library the first and third Shabbat of every month. Our growing minyan is focused on building community by enjoying a passionate, meaningful, and dynamic Shabbat morning experience.

Our minyan is friendly and welcoming to all. Join us for prayer/discussion/learning and stay for Kiddush/lunch after services. We meet in the synagogue library on the second floor from 10:30 until 11:45. We look forward to welcoming you to our community. Shabbat shalom,

Talmud & Jewish Life: Grappling with Life, Law, and Innovation Sunday mornings at 8 am Participate in a lively discussion of the Talmud and its relevance for us today. No prior knowledge is required and texts will be provided. We are working our way through the fascinating array of topics in the Tractate Ketubot (Marriage Contracts). Orin Rotman will facilitate this weekly Talmud study session. (Artscroll Schottenstein edition is used for this class) Sweet Taste of Torah Wednesday evenings at 8 pm For thousands of years, Judaism has been interpreting and applying the Torah to everyday life. This class follows the Tanach cycle. Each week we will read through several chapters a week of the Nevim (Prophets) texts, then on to Ketuvim (Writings), then back to Torah again. Shabbat Torah/Haftarah Study Shabbat morning at 9 am Join a study/discussion of the week’s parsha. We will discuss questions raised by the participants.




Adult Education

Anna Besser

Hebrew School

Anna Besser

Anna Besser

Community Jewish High School

EDUCATION SERIES To register for classes or to find out more information about the Adult Education programs, contact Anna Besser at (847) 634-0777 or at

Norm Kurtz

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EDUCATION Confirmation Class of 5774 Congratulations to this year’s Confirmation Class: Miranda Brim, Megan Ernsteen and Abigail Malkin. Over the years you have devoted yourselves to a lifetime of Jewish learning. Mazel Tov - You have worked hard towards this goal!

18 + Shabbat Awards Each year there are certain students who go above and beyond the School Shabbat Service Requirement. We recognize those who have attended 18 or more Shabbat Services this year with a gift card to Barnes & Noble. They are:  Jessica Altenberg  Samantha Goldwasser  Charlie Appel  Samantha Harris  Lauren Appel  Eli Levsky  Molly Appel  Jordyn Neiman  Samantha Brody  Andrew Siegel  Talia Brody  Miriam Silberman  Adam Elkins  Ryan Sussman  Talia Gluck  Shaina Wenk  Alexander Goldwasser Yasher Koach for your accomplishments! Religious School Hours Please note that during the summer, the religious school office is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. If you have any concerns or would like to just visit, please do not hesitate to come in. Have a wonderful summer. Thank You to our Teachers The 2013-2014 school year has come to a close. It has been a marvelous experience for students and teachers. I am always delighted to observe the learning and sincerity displayed by all of our students while they are here. Our students and teachers worked very hard and we are all proud of them. I would like to thank all our teachers who diligently taught our children this year. They are:  Yochi Eilian  Marc Sender  Alina Groth  Shira Sender  Natalie Gurin  Carrie Shapiro  Batya Kogan  Michele Sussman  Norm Kurtz  Erica Veronie  Jodi Levit  Peggy Weiner  Allyson Marcus  Debbie Weiss  Lisa Ribot  Sandra Zussman  Tammy Scheibe

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EDUCATION I also want to thank our music teachers – Megan Ernsteen, Landen Rosenbloom and Sarah Steiner – for making music enjoyable and fun for all! What To Do Over the Summer Now that formal classes are over, there are many things that parents can do to help our students nourish and maintain their Jewish identities throughout the summer months. Below is a list of ways students can enhance their Jewish identities on a more informal basis. Primary Grades (PK-2)  Play with a friend from CBJ Religious School  Read a Jewish book (PJ Library sends a new book each month)  Listen to Jewish or Israeli music  Come to Shabbat services  Light Shabbat candles  Say a bracha  Make a Jewish art project  Donate groceries to a food pantry Grade 3 (any of the above plus)  Read from your Siddur  Review Hebrew 10-15 minutes a day  Come to Shabbat or a weekday service Grade 4 (any of the above plus)  Read a Bible, holiday or Israel story  Practice the Friday evening service Grade 5 (any of the above plus)  Practice the Shacharit service Grade 6 (any of the above plus)  Practice the Torah and Musaf service  Practice the Torah and Haftarah blessings The intrinsic reward of vacationing with one’s Jewish heritage is far greater than the material prize a student may win. The ultimate goal would be to incorporate these habits into one’s lifestyle. Best wishes for a very relaxing summer vacation. -Anna Besser

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SISTERHOOD SOURCE The next Women’s League Convention will be held from July 17-20, 2014 in Whippany NJ. This year’s theme is “Balancing the Sacred and the Everyday.” Information on registration has been sent out from Women’s League. If you do not receive information shortly and are interested in attending, please contact Bobbi Goldenberg at On May 4th, Gloria Adelson, a trainer from Women’s League, taught us about Leadership Development and Team Building. The session was wonderful and gave us several ideas which will not only help us with our Sisterhood goals, but also the skills we learned can be used in our personal lives. We also enjoyed celebrating Shabbat services together. Thank you to Debbi Green for hosting Gloria and to Wendy Weinger for a lovely Shabbat dinner to welcome Gloria. Prescription for a really fun evening: Paint, Wine, Cheese and Chocolate. On May 14th, we elected our new officers and celebrated with Paint Night Chicago. Everyone went home happy with a beautiful painting that they created. Thank you to Brenda Levin for planning this great event and to Carole Hirsch and Sandy Goldenberg for helping with hospitality. We hope you can join us on Monday, June 9th for our Installation Dinner. This will be a pot luck dinner at Karen Nagel’s home. Please contact Debbi Green if you are interested in attending.


Our last Book Club for the current year will be on June 18 at Brenda Levin’s at 7pm. We will be discussing The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. Contact Brenda Levin if you plan to attend. Bobbi Goldenberg, Elizabeth Ladin-Gross, Lauri Rosenbloom Sisterhood Co-Presidents

Women’s League Convention July 17-20, 2014 in Whippany, NJ More information will be coming shortly If you are interested in attending please contact Bobbi Goldenberg at

Between 1854-1929, orphan trains ran regularly from cities on the East coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Moving between contemporary Maine & Depressionera Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval & resilience, second chances & unexpected friendship.

Book discussion will be on Wednesday, June 18-7pm At Brenda Levin’s home-5852 Teal Lane, Long Grove Please This event is open to everyone






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June 1, 2014

Z’havah Institute from Women’s League


June 9, 2014

Installation Dinner


June 18, 2014

Book Club

July 7 – 20

Women’s League of Conservative Judaism Convention in Whippany, NJ

July 27 – 31

Rummage Sale Drop Offs

August 3, 2014

Annual Sisterhood Rummage Sale


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All Occasion Cards

L’Chaim Cookbook (get your free recipe by clicking here)

SISTERHOOD GIFTSHOP STOP IN AND SEE OUR NEW AND UNIQUE ITEMS We’ve Got Great Gifts for Any Occassion Congregation Beth Judea Gift Shop (Where shopping is a mitzvah) The Sisterhood of Congregation Beth Judea's Judaica Shop carries a wide variety of Judaica and gift items such as tallitot, kippot, Seder plates, Hanukkah menorahs, candlesticks, kiddush cups, tzedakah boxes, mezzuzah cases, books, toys, games, teacher gifts, and nonreligious gift items. The shop carries Gary Rosenthal, Nambe, and a large number of items imported directly from Israel. The shop also carries special seasonal items and gift baskets. In addition, you can special order about anything you may want. Stop by when the shop is open: Sundays from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM and by appointment. Karen Nagel is the Gift Shop Manager. The Gift Shop has lots of new merchandise, including great High Holiday and other holiday gift items, as well as Bat/Bat Mitzvah and wedding gift items. Check out Sisterhood’s own L'CHAIM TOO! Cookbook, filled with special recipes for all your holiday needs or as a great gift for any occasion. MC, VISA. and Discover accepted

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Congregation Beth Judea Gift Shop (Where shopping is a mitzvah)

20% OFF ONE SINGLE ITEM OF $25 OR MORE Coupon must be present at time of purchase Exclusions include sale merchandise, special orders, scrolls, consignment items. Nambe Discount Limited to 10% / No Discount on Michael Aram One coupon per family. No other discounts or promotions apply -Expires August 31, 2014 COUPON

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MEN’S CLUB We've had a phenomenal year that included many successes including our most highly attended Steak and Scotch under the Sukkah; our most highly attended Men's Club regional retreat, and a refreshingly new Men's Club Shabbat. Your Men's Club also has a huge commitment to the CBJ community and the greater Jewish community, as we lead the Hebrew Literacy programs at Beth Judea and are active participants in making Shabbat services a reality for the elderly at Lieberman's Geriatric Home. Our Chanukah and Yellow Candle programs support our commitment to Beth Judea's youth and remembering the Holocaust, respectively. All of this (and much more) comes as a result of commitment from our Men's Club Board and it's members. Moving this commitment forward for Men's Club in the next two years are:

Tzedakkah Fund The Men's Club has made donations from the minyan tzedakah box to: Keshet Chai Lifeline Mazon Hillel Foundation We thank all those who have contributed to the tzedakkah fund administered by Men's Club.

Officers President – Eric Yegelwel VP Programming - Allen Harris VP Ritual - Louis Rabin VP Membership/Communications - David Granoff Treasurer - Brian Schwartz Secretary - Jerry Sakol Directors (New) Rob Lipka Ron Friedman Maynard Hirsch Continuing on the board in director capacity Norm Kurtz Fred Rabinowitz Evan Rumack Sandy Victor Orin Rotman Please extend these gentlemen a hardy congratulations as you see them around and be sure to plan on joining us for our kick off events in August: Men's Club v USY softball and the Jack Rizman Memorial Golf outing. Best regards, David Granoff President - Men's Club 2012-2014

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CBJ MEN’S CLUB AT MIDWEST REGION RETREAT Men’s Club strives to offer something for everyone. As such, we’re always open to new and creative programming ideas that help Jewish men lead rich and filling Jewish Lives. David Granoff President – Men’s Club

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JACK RIZMAN GOLF OUTING We will be having our first meeting soon so please watch your emails. SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, August 24, 2014 Last Year’s Men’s Club Dr. Jack Rizman Memorial Golf Outing


CONGREGATION BETH JUDEA/FJMJC 12” SOFTBALL LEAGUE TEAMS: Congregation Beth Shalom, Congregation Beth Judea, North Shore Suburban Beth EL (2), Temple Chai & Temple Beth EL in Northbrook FIELD LOCATION: Deerfield at Clavey Park or TBD SEASON STARTS: TBD

We had fun, and we have for the past 18 years plus you get your picture taken with our Rabbi - and next year’s outing will also be terrific.

From Left to Right: Jeff Kostis, Allen Harris, Chad Wollheim, Larry Wollheim, Rabbi Pivo





Paid members of the CBJ Men’s Club Age of 25 years old and above


10 Games weather permitting plus playoffs Game times are on Sundays at 9:30am/10:45am/12:00pm One hour and fifteen minute game time limits No Father’s Day Games 2 Double Headers Scheduled – No access to fields


Get your foursomes Sponsor a hole Come to dinner!!!

$625.00 to include field, game balls, caps, and umpires - FREE $20 Per person is the original cost - FREE

Need a minimum of 9 players to start the league Need a minimum of 12 people on the roster to avoid forfeits Sign-up sheet forthcoming from CBJ


Brian Schwartz Eric Yegelwel David Granoff Allen Harris


Watch your weekly email for more info . PLAY BALL!


Click Here for Softball Flyer

Calling all players ... we're fielding a softball team as part of the FJMC Midwest Region softball league. We need players (25 years and older) to join us on the field. Men's Club will cover the entry fees and field rental on your behalf. For more information please contact Allen Harris (our team manager):

PROGRAMMING Hi Everyone, My name is Fred Rabinowitz, and I am excited to be the Vice-President of Programming. It is my goal to make sure that we have programs that are of interest to all the different congregants of the synagogue and to get people to help plan and volunteer to help with those programs. I invite you to join the Programming Committee. If you can’t attend but would like to be involved, call or email me.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED HELP THE ELDERLY ATTEND SERVICES Once a month, the Beth Judea Men’s Club volunteers at the Lieberman Geriatric Center and helps the elderly get to and from services.

It’s just a matter of going to their rooms and helping them get downstairs. It is a wonderful experience. Assistance from all congregants is welcome!

You would need to be at the Center at about 9:15 am and you will be done about 11:30 am. The Lieberman Center is located at 9700 Gross Pointe Road in Skokie.

We would appreciate your help on:

Any ideas for new programs are welcome!! Fred Rabinowitz

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June 7, 2014 and July 5, 2014

Please contact Jerry Sakol if you would like to volunteer.

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WE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW . . . . YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE If you are celebrating a life cycle event such as a birth, engagement, or wedding, we would like to know about it so that this milestone can be included in The Word. If you are ill or know someone who is sick, we would like to know about it so that a prayer for recovery can be said, so that the clergy can call or visit, and so that the Hesed (Caring) committee can be notified and be of assistance. If there is a death in your family, we would like to know about it so that we can offer our support, can share this information with our congregation, and so that we can add your loved one to our Yahrzeit records.

We firmly believe that reaching out to others benefits not only the recipient, but the person providing help as well. This is, without a doubt, a win-win situation for all involved. If you are interested in making a difference, please contact one of the Hesed (Caring) committee members below:

Rabbi Pivo Ellene Lammers Wendy Wunsch Evan Rumack

Please call the synagogue office with this information. Do not assume that someone else will have notified the synagogue staff.

Hesed (Caring) Committee Congregation Beth Judea Hesed (Caring) Committee Please complete the following form to notify the committee of a person who is ill, hospitalized or in a rehabilitation facility,

Name: _______________________________________________________________________________ Location ______________________________________________________________________________

Contact person/phone number: ____________________________________________________________ Your name: ___________________________________________________________________________

â–Ą Please contact this person â–Ą Please ask the clergy to contact this person Please return this card to the office before or after Shabbat. You may also fax the information to (847) 634-8055, call the Rabbi or contact our committee chairs,

Wendy Wunsch

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Evan Rumack (847) 253-4130

Beth Judea Office (847) 634-0777

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Howie and Suzanne Goodman were valued members at Beth Judea until they decided to make aliyah in 2009. The Goodmans have agreed to provide us with a blog on their experiences as new olim in Israel. Though we continue to miss the Goodmans, we can all look forward to reading about their adventures in Israel through the blog.

Aliyah in Our 60’s – June 2014 - Part 26 Something good came out of the recent negotiations with the Palestinians. It was not something that was negotiated but one of Israel’s concessions to advance the recent attempt at negotiations. The Israeli Civil Administration has agreed to remove the ban of sulfuric acid from being transferred to the West Bank. According to the Friends of the Earth Middle East, FoEME, this ban was creating a “seeping time bomb” for Palestinians and Israelis. In 2005, after the Second Infitada, the Civil Administration banned sulfuric acid from the West Bank because it could be used as an explosive. Chromium is used in tanning leather, (there are 13 leather tanneries in the West Bank Hebron Industrial Zone); because of its high cost, it is reused in the tanning process and can convert into hexavalent chromium, or chromium VI. This form is carcinogenic and becomes part of the industrial waste. This waste is able to spread in the soil as well as into certain portions of the western aquifer shared by Palestinians and Israelis. Releasing this sulfuric acid ban will allow the chromium removal plant in the Hebron Industrial Zone to resume operations after almost a decade. Yom Hashoah this year was the 70th anniversary of the elimination of 700,000 Jews in Hungary. Our synagogue service this year was about the experiences of our Rabbi Emeritus, Rabbi Ervin Birnbaum was 16 years old in 1944 when the German Army took over Hungary. After hiding in an attic for 3 weeks, he managed to escape being sent to a death camp. At the service, his sons and many of his grandchildren listened to his story. Rabbi Birnbaum moved to the United States after the war, was a rabbi in Danville, Illinois, and then made aliyah with his family 40 years ago. This was the first time we had heard details of the way he was able to survive and, as with other stories of the Shoah, it was a tragedy.

Rabbi Ervin Birnbaum

More About Rabbi Birnbaum

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ALIYAH IN OUR 60’s (continued from previous page) Israel was founded on the ashes of the Shoah. Almost two hundred thousand survivors live in Israel, and their average age is eighty-five. Cost of living is very high in Israel, and too many (one is too many) are living below the poverty level. The Knesset has just passed a bill to increase assistance by one billion shekels (350 million dollars) to help 193,000 survivors. As Yair Lapid, Minister of Finance, stated,

“Today we are changing the priorities and correcting the injustice of many decades in which the survivors were abandoned, pushed aside and lost in the great tangle known as Israeli bureaucracy. It is unconceivable that those who managed to survive the worst atrocities of human society will not survive the Israeli bureaucracy. This, we change today.“ We are losing these survivors at the rate of 13,000 a year and they should live their remaining years in comfort. Tushiya School is a grade school in Netanya for children with mental disabilities. Every year our synagogue, Bet Israel, provides the opportunity for children from the school to have a b’nai mitzvah ceremony in our facility. If we did not have this arrangement, there would be no synagogue that would allow this milestone for the children and their families. It is a very joyous occasion to see them being assisted through the blessings and to see the happiness on their faces. If you would like to assist us in providing this service to the community, your financial help would be appreciated. Let us know and we will explain how you can do this as a tax free contribution. We subscribe to, and enjoy reading, the Jerusalem Post. One of the reasons we like it is that it is in English! Reading a newspaper in Hebrew is a slow and laborious task for us. A recent headline in The Jerusalem Post was “Landscaping firm installs solar phone-charging street lamps." The solar-powered streetlamp stores enough energy during the day to enable street lighting at night and device-charging at all hours. This invention reflects two things about Israel. First, we are constantly looking for ways to create and exploit solar energy as the cost of electricity is rising all the time. Second, no one here is ever very far from their cell phone. Israeli children seem to start carrying a cell phone at seven or eight years old. Passenger trains even have outlets to charge your cell phone. Kitty Hoffman said she didn’t think this was available in the States. So maybe you can look for it soon!

Israeli society is one of opportunity. The "A" word has been bantered about recently because of a "private" conversation Secretary of State had at a Trilateral Commission gathering. We recently discovered with the Donald Sterling remarks that nothing is private. Israel is far from a perfect democracy; no democracy can claim perfection. However, within the borders of Israel, all Israeli citizens have the same basic rights. These include the right to vote, to run for the Knesset, to have healthcare coverage, to rent or buy a home, to have a driver's license, to own vehicles, to work anywhere in Israel, and much more. Because of the terrible Syrian conflict, Syrian mothers are bringing children to our border to be medically treated almost daily. We do not turn them away; some become patients in our hospitals. Christian Israeli Arabs are starting to be included in the draft. The Druze have been part of the Israeli Military for years, and some have risen to the rank of general. There are no separate restaurants, bathrooms, or buses. Many Israeli Arabs attend the University of Haifa, Ben Gurion, Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University- basically all universities. Each year there is a cooking competition of non-professional cooks called "Master Chef". This year an Israeli-Arab Moslem with a PhD from the Technion in Biological Sciences won; last year, a former German Christian man who converted and made alyiah won. The runner up was an Israeli Arab Moslem woman. Miss Israel this year, is an Israeli woman from Ethiopia. We see Israeli Arab Moslems working in the grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, and clothing stores. There are physicians, nurses, and in every type of (continued on next page) work.

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ALIYAH IN OUR 60’s (continued from previous page) We are told that there are Palestinians in East Jerusalem who are trying to obtain Israel citizenship before a peace agreement occurs so they can be part of Israel rather than Palestine. When a suggestion was made that Israelis currently residing in the West Bank should become Palestinians if there is an agreement, President Abbas stated there will be no Jews in Palestine. With all of this mentioned, a recent poll showed only 24% of Israeli Arabs view Israel Independence Day as their holiday. We did notice as we drove by a couple of Israeli Arab cities or villages, no Israeli flags were visible. We must mention, to be fair, that there are Ultra-Orthodox Israelis who do not display Israeli flags or celebrate Independence Day. One of Beverly’s grad students at Haifa University is a Coptic (Egyptian) Christian from Nazareth. She recently finished her masters. Her mother is an accomplished architect and her father is a lawyer. They have a beautiful home in Nazareth. When they travel they are profiled at the airport. Her sister is putting a film together about abuse in the Arab families. It will be interesting how it is received by the Arab population. We will be visiting the states in June and look forward to seeing our relatives and friends. Lehitraot which means see you soon! We hope you enjoy the twenty-sixth installment from the Goodmans, who have graciously agreed to blog for our congregation their experiences as Olim in Israel. If you there are specific topics that you are interested in hearing about of if you just want to stay in touch with Howie and Suzanne, you can reach them at:

Howie and Suzanne Goodman

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS Helpful Links and Resources


Jewish United Fund Jewish Vocational Services Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago JCFS Jewish Child and Family Services JCC Jewish Community Centers CJE Council for Jewish Elderly JUF NW Suburban News JUF Northwest Suburban News The ARK is very pleased to announce the opening of The ARK Northwest: A Safe Harbor for the Jews of the Northwest Suburbs. The new office is located in the Dundee Place Corporate Center, 3100 Dundee Rd., Suite 204; Phone (773) 973-0011. This new satellite office, at the northeast corner of Dundee and Landwehr in Northbrook, will provide increased access to The ARK’s vital human services in the northwest suburbswhere the greatest growth in Chicagoland’s Jewish population has occurred in the past 10 years.

Healing Hearts – Mourning the Loss of a Spouse or Partner (JCYS Program at Temple Chai)

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Hours at the new location are: Monday, 9:00 am – 7:30 pm and Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

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JUNE BIRTHDAYS We wish a very Happy Birthday to the following members of our Beth Judea Family: June 1

Brian Dembo Gary Harris Stuart Schwartz

June 9

June 2

Gary Ernsteen Gail Gerber Ed Kaufman

June 10 Bruce Horwitz Jeffrey Schechter Mitchell Schwerdlin Susan Shub

June 3

Joel Brodsky Debra Dubin Julie Korol Mitch Lerman Leslie Neimark

June 4

Bonnie Lane

June 5

Deborah Karp

June 6

David Alhadeff Joseph Ginsburg Betsy Haberman Donald Sherman

June 7

Joyce Levinstein Allen Shub

June 8

Sue Levin David Sherman Stacy Shub

June 11

Robert Handler Sandy Moses Sally Sherman

Susan Rabinowitz

June 12 Debra Brodsky Sherry Krawitz Lori Thalheimer June 13 Alina Greenhill Renee Haskell David Pine Carol Rosen June 14 Steven Shapiro June 15 Evan Rumack Rhonda Wener

June 16 Dustin Epstein Miriam Spickard Marilyn Victor Roberta Zarchy June 17 Mitchell Feiger Mark Zorfas June 18 Cheryl Barnett Michael Drazin June 19 Robert Dritz Michael Gomberg Susan Hershinow Rachel Jordan Merle Kalisky June 20 Norm Kurtz Elena Riber Phillip Samuels June 21 Tara Arnold Ronald Bloom Rena Feinberg June Lieberman

June 23 Harold Harris Bruce Nixon June 24 Warren Elisco Karen Saharack Randi Simon Elli Waldron June 26 Jan Adelman Carey Bacalar Kimberly Granoff Steve Simons June 27 Louise Barnett Peggy Kaplan Susan Silver June 28 Rhonda Schwartz June 29 Sara Kalina Alan Rosenbaum Marc Singer June 30 Deborah Fishman Linda Portnoy

JUNE ANNIVERSARIES We wish a very Happy Anniversary to the following members of our Beth Judea Family: June 1

Ted and Marla Goldberg Michael and Helene Miller

June 2

Jeffrey and Melinda Fine Gregory and Julie Harris Howard and Michele Sussman

June 3

David and Cheryl Levsky Lawrence and Ilene Schneider

June 4

Tom Lilien and Linda Rothnagel Morrie and Geri Rosenblatt

June 5

Marshall and Cheryl Brownfield Erwin and Andi Dolgin

June 6

Nate and Natalie Solomon Sandy and Marilyn Victor

June 7

Neal and Laurie Ford Jeffrey and Barbara Julis

June 8

Martin and Barbara Stern

June 9

Robert and Ellen Antman Arnold and Deborah Bender

June 13 Wes and Renee Brown Robert and Geri Friedman Myron and Janet Reicher Ronald and Jean Friedman Michael and Leslie Golde Joseph and Sheila Koek Josh and Erin Weisberg June 15 Irving and June Lieberman Orin and Denise Rotman June 16 Jeff and Gayle Brim Gary and Deborah Cortes Sheldon and Barbara Robbins June 17 Steve and Joan Attenberg Michael and Erin Drazin Richard and Miriam Krieberg Carey and Joan Rosemarin June 18 Sergio and Donielle Escalante Marvin and Rena Feinberg Robert and Nori Spiro June 19 Charles and Renee Lustig Glenn and Randi Simon Marc and Ellen Singer

June 10 Larry and Marilyn Fagin Alan and Dorinne Palmer

June 20 Hugh and Arlene Block

June 11 Ted Mellow and Beth Silver Carl and Randee Weiss

June 21 Rickey and Arlene Ament Steven and Abby Golberg

June 12 Brian and Fern Dembo Sam and Sharon Kleinerman

June 22 Joel and Linda Fisher Martin and Nanci Karlin Robert and Rachel Ragland Jerrold and Susan Silver

June 24 Michael and Helaine Damsky Jeffrey and Ellen Gluskin Jason and Andrea Heiger Michael and Renee Klass Murray and Helene Lewison June 25 Adam and Laura Barshefsky Michael and Alison Berg Ken and Marla Brandt Jerry and Helen Brin Ross and Amy Gluck Herbert and Kathleen Kanter Ira and Linda Lippman Sid and Rita Mathias June 26 Louis and Louise Barnett Martin and Rosita Rothenberg Stewart and Robin Steres June 27 Michael and Sheryl Bauer David and Pamela Kahn David and Jodi Pine James and Robin Tehrani June 28 Richard and Ellen Chappe Arthur and Lois Mills Robert and Rhonda Schwartz June 29 Jeremy and Dana Clorfene Steven and Betty Kolko Morry and Marti Rizman Martin and Sandra Rockwell Phillip and Judith Samuels June 30 Brian and Natalie Gurin Ronald and Deborah Kovich

June 23 Sam and Leah Chiprin Matthew and Rana Dragon Ron and Susan Shoffet Harris and Sharon Weiner NOTE: If your name is missing from the list please contact the synagogue so we can update your information in our files.

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JULY BIRTHDAYS We wish a very Happy Birthday to the following members of our Beth Judea Family: July 1

Marlene Sachs

July 2

Jeremy Clorfene Joel Fisher Susan Silverstone

July 3

Gayle Ludwig Susan Weitzman Goldwasser

July 4

Arlene Block Amy Gluck Martin Karlin Karen Nagel

July 5

Robyn Gomberg

July 6

Sharon Wein

July 7

Debbie Bender Irving Gurin

July 8

Ted Goldberg

July 9

Daniel Levin Louis Rabin Judith Zelson

July 10

Ivy Elkins Marti Rizman

July 11

Amy Balson Paul Drizner Sandra Drizner Julie Harris

July 12

July 13

July 14

Michael Altman Barbara Bernstein Ronald Cushing Joy Margolis Morrie Rosenblatt

July 22

Richard Goldwasser Steven Peck Larry Wollheim

July 23

Glenn Simon

David Kahn David Levsky Randy Markowitz Ron Shoffet

July 24

Jonathan Altenberg Sharlet Hakimi

July 25

Helaine Damsky Dina Levin Stew Margolis

July 26

Donielle Escalante Howard Kaufman Burt Litwin Michael Malter Lisa Miner Ira Sender Gil Woods

July 27

Hugh Block Rachael Finkel Neil Holman Michael Sheade Nori Spiro

July 28

Sheree Arbus Bob Pinzur Roberta Uhler

July 29

Cynthia Bauer Brad Finkel Eileen Kahn-Fine

July 30

Andrew Nissenberg Joel Polakow Ben Siegel Allan Wernick

July 31

David Podber

Debbie Adelstein-Posner Susan Darin Harriet Krugel

July 15

Sheryl Bauer Lew Smith

July 16

Alisa Levey

July 17

Amy Kahn Geri Rosenblatt

July 18

Suzanne Citron

July 19

Alison Berg Herbert Kanter Helene Lewison Jerrold Orloff Stewart Segal

July 20

Michael Berg Esther Mosak Jill Rosenbaum Jeff Shultz

July 21

Merle Rumack

JULY ANNIVERSARIES We wish a very Happy Anniversary to the following members of our Beth Judea Family: July 2

Russell and Cheryl Barnett Rick and Pam Herstein Mike and Peggy Weiner

July 14

Steve and Deborah Limer

July 26

Ronald and Davita Bloom

July 15

Stan and Jill Lieberman

July 27

July 3

Eric and Julie Marder Richard and Marci Sussman

July 16

Robert and Audrey Block Alan and Debbi Green

Edward and Andrea Hockfield Vadim and Elena Riber

July 29

Edward and Melinda Grossman

July 4

Randy and Hadrian Markowitz

July 20

July 31

Todd and Beth Pollard

July 5

Richard and Barbara Kavitt Ross and Alisa Levey

James and Barbara Hyman Mitchell and Beth Polonsky Steven and Rita Spitz

July 21

Michael and Cheryl Sturt

July 6

Steven and Gayle Kwasman Allen and Susan Shub

July 23

Neil and Alina Greenhill Martin and Sherry Krawitz Carl and Darlene Tominberg

July 25

Marc and Shira Sender

July 8

Sheldon and Carol Kaner

We encourage you to also contact one another to share in their celebration. NOTE: If your name is missing from the list please contact the synagogue so we can update your information in our files.

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Shelley F. Bregman * Charles Drobny * Abe Greenberg Eva Hershinow Johnson * Sheldon Mills Sam Remer * Arthur Seres Sol Weiss

Walter Brin * William Goldstein Max Greenhill Alex Kaufman * Ruth Moline * Betty Robbin Donald Siegel * Uriel Yakubov

Howard Coady * Edward Gordon Meyer Herman * Brenda Levitt * Harvey Peck * Joseph Sabol Sabrin Siegel *

Charles Davis * Morris Goroff Andrea Israel * Ernest Mathias * Julius Polansky Earl H. Segal Sarah Simons *

June 13

Bea Bauer * Fannie Herman * Milton Kane Rosalyn Levin * Nelson Rafal William Travis *

Maurice Chorney * Rachel Hershman Irving Katz Bob Lonz David Rosenbaum * Bernard Yhegelwel

Soll Chubin Janice Jacobson * Tilly Kohl June Mattson Jane Rosenberg Dolly Zucker

Robert Halperin * William Kamerling * Pauline Krivitzky * Denise Posner * Edward Stolman

June 20

Abe Bangelsdorf * Aileen Gold * Morris Levin Alan Medansky Bertha Sabol Raymond Simons *

Betty Chorpash Randy B. Goldberg Steven Levy Lorraine Ramras Marc Schwartz Nathan Stoller *

Bernice Cohen * Osna Goldstein Victor Lichtenstein * Morris Rich Eric Schweitzer Scott Taxer

Judith Drobner Edna Krassek * Morris Linderman * Max Rosen * Ruth Silberstein

June 27

John Alterman Allan Brandt Estelle Eisenberg Gilbert Fooden Pearl E. Kahalnik * Arnold Klass * Lois Lichtenstein Charlotte Nothmann * Shirley Shifrin Harry Watchman

Adrienne Bauman Hyman Brody * Saul Fagan Evelyn Hortick Chava Perel Betty Lazar * Sara Liebovitz * Sid Pollans Janis Siegellak Lynn Zacherl *

Maurice Baygood * Sam Burkin * Rose Falk * Gertrude Horwitz * Harry Kamen * Mollie E. Levine * Shirley Lipscher * Sol Polonsky Lewis Spivak *

Rachel Bernstein Estell Charman Anna Feld Magot Isenberg Esther Kintz * Barbara Levy * Jacob Magill Sidney Rudolph * Solomon Springer *

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July 4

George Altman Marion Block Ira Drazner Al Jacobs Norman Moses * Simon Rubinstein * Stephan Shiffers Rose Waldman *

Leonard Altman * Edward Bower Ida Feinstone Jack Kersky Ronald Pinkus * Anita Alberta Schoen * Estelle Slivinsky

Jerry Belsky * Abe Cohn Henry Feld Jennie Lipsey Norman Rabinowitz * Irene Schweitzer Lawrence Tepper

Dorothy Block Dottie Dicker Alex Feldman * Joanne Miller Rose Rosenthal * Harry Shavitz * Marvin Udany *

July 11

Sol Atern Miriam Drory Aaron Greenberg * Rose Kriegler Gerhard Nothmann * Linda Ragins Beverly Settler * Jacob Tominberg *

Al Berk Irvin Elkins Rose Gurin Faye Lifshitz Abbie E. Portnoy * Adele Revzin Harry Silverstone John Wallach *

Seymour Brownstein Jack Goldberg * Jean Kalisky Annette Movitz * Louis Pressberg Abe Sachs Albert Soll * Ron Weiner

Norma Cohen Sherry Esther Goldman * Stuart Kreisman Raya Nochimson * Fannie Rabinowitz * Kalman Sachs Seymour Taradash

July 18

Florence Bankendorf * Faye Bloom Lillian Cohen * Irwin Gerber * Max Hiller * Joseph Mandel * Isadore Serbin * Netty Zakaman *

Norberg Becker Edith Borkan * Anne Damsky Reva Gorin * Delores Hillman Pauline Margolis Sam Sherman Adolfo Zemchuch

Brett Berlant * Pauline Brill Jack Ellegant Barbara Haag Fannie Keifsky Marilyn B. Margules Helen Stolman Morrie Zucker

Alice Bloom Ann Buzil * Stanley Ferrari * Harriet Handler Marvin Lewison Clara Salavitch * Irving Wein *

July 25

Lillian Caplan * Joseph Fagelson Celia Holman Jerome Lettvin Melville Reichlin Morris Schwartz * William Silver Irving Zissman *

Morey Coleman Helen Flint Patti Jones * Harvey Levy * Ida Rosemarin Morris Shapiro * Alex Stein

Ardmore Myles Essrig * Harry Goldberg Naomi Knable Michael Pearl * Seymour Rosen * Nancy Sherman Eli Waldman *

Norman Faber * Gary Goroff Morey Lenhoff * Trudy Pollack * Sam Sar Estelle Shub * Evelyn Watchman

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Prayers have been said for the recovery of: Marvin Adleman Sam Darin Margaret Eisner Lori Geraty Kandy Ginsberg Leonard Gordon Lou Grossman Gordon Kasper Martin Rockwell Murial Sachsel Joseph Sachsel Kelly Schreer Donald Sherman Erica Shor

Condolences upon the death of: Martha Gindin Mother of Eileen Spiegel Betty Isaacson Mother of Larry Isaacson

RABBI LIFSHITZ DISCRETIONARY FUND In Appreciation of: Rabbi Lifshitz for the wonderful class “In the Footsteps of Ruth”. Evan & Merle Rumack In Memory of: Max Levine Phyllis Geltner The Levine Family

CANTOR WEISBERG’S DISCRETIONARY FUND In Memory of: Rena Lichtenstein, my beloved mother. Alina Greenhill

Upon the Yahrzeit of: Earl H. Segal, beloved father and grandfather. The Pervos Family

RABBI PIVO’S DISCRETIONARY FUND Speedy Recovery Wishes: Sondra Meyers Samuel & Sharon Schwartz In Honor of: Alan Sheiner’s graduation from college. Sandi & Mike Firsel

Elaine Moffett Mother of Ron Moffett Anita Spiegel

Karen Klass on her graduation from college. Sandi & Mike Firsel

Sister of Alan Spiegel

Congratulations to: Carla & Elliott Bankendorf on the birth of their granddaughter Geneva Sarah Vigna.

Rita & Sidney Mathias on the birth of their grandson Avraham Noach Mathias. Sandi & Mike Firsel

Kristie & Mark Fingerhut on the birth of their son Jordan Mason Fingerhut.

In Memory of: Gloria Brown, aunt of Nicole Colen. Nicole & Dave Colen

Robin & Fred Fingerhut on the birth of their grandson Jordan Mason Fingerhut.

Bernhard Edelstein Marcia & Robert Weissman

Rita & Sidney Mathias on the birth of their grandson Avraham Noach Mathias.

Rena Lichtenstein, my beloved mother. Alina Greenhill

Shira & Marc Sender on the birth of their son Theodore Meyer Sender. Bonnie & Ira Sender on the birth of their grandson Theodore Meyer Sender.

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Upon the Yahrzeit of: June Mattson Joan & Norm Kurtz

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In Memory of: Rena Lichtenstein, beloved mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and greatgrandmother of Alina and Neil Greenhill and Family. With our deepest condolences we donate 3 prayer books in her memory. Susie Rizman and Howard Levy Marti and Morry Rizman Merle and Evan Rumack Heidi and Jerry Sakol Ira and Bonnie Sender Steve and Faye Wasserman Marla and Mel Wolf

In Honor of: Gloria Chapppe’s 90th birthday. Gail Gerber, Eric Yegelwel, Robin and Elyse

Upon the Yahrzeit of: Bernard Yegelwel Gail Gerber, Eric Yegelwel, Robin and Elyse

FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN FUND In Memory of: Gertrude Horwitz Rita & Glen Gardberg

In Memory of: Elaine Moffett Gail Gerber & Eric Yegelwel GENERAL FUND Upon the Yahrzeit of: Harry J. Caplan, my beloved father. Ron Caplan

SOCIAL ACTION FUND In Memory of: Alex Lerman, beloved father of Mitch Lerman. Gayle & Michael Ludwig

In Honor of: Floyd Babbit being given the CBJ Lifetime Achievement Award. Ron & Debbie Kovich Karen & Phil Nagel on their 40th Anniversary. Kaye & Merrill Palett Bonnie & Ira Sender on the birth of your new grandson Theodore Meyer Sender. Carla & Elliott Bankendorf

PRAYER BOOK FUND HUMASHIM-TORAH PORTION In Honor of: Seth Lerman’s graduation from Indiana University. Floyd & Bobbie Babbitt In Memory of: Alexander Lerman, father of Mitch Lerman Floyd & Bobbie Babbitt

EDUCATION FUND In Honor of: Rita & Sidney Mathias on the birth of their grandson Avraham Noach Mathias. Maureen & David Stolman Upon the Yahrzeit of: Elsie Halperin, beloved wife, mother and grandmother. The Halperin Family

USY/KADIMA SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Honor of: Bonnie & Ira Sender on the birth of your new grandson Theodore Meyer Sender. Marsha & Chuck Bernstein and Family Shira & Marc Sender on the birth of your son,Theodore Meyer Sender. Renee Blustein In Memory of: Elaine Moffett, mother of Ron Moffett, with our deepest condolences. Marcie, Alan & Ross Marcus Upon the Yahrzeit of of: Jerry Blustein, beloved dad. Marcy & Jon Soble Jerry Blustein, my beloved husband. Renee Blustein

In Memory of: Anthony, beloved father of our nephew Michael Rosetti. With love, Aunt Renee & Uncle Mike Malter Betty Isaacson, beloved mother of Larry Isaacson. Jing Xu Susan & Michael Mangurten Michael Silver & Company CPAs

Upon the Yahrzeit of: Rose Babbitt Jeanne S. Babbitt and Family


In Honor of: Floyd Babbit being given the CBJ Lifetime Achievement Award. Ina & Sanford Ramras

Samuel Lettwin, my beloved grandfather. Judy Goldstein

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TRIBUTES STEVE GOLD MEMORIAL FUND In Memory of: Alexander Lerman, beloved father of Mitch Lerman and family, with our deepest condolences. Leah & Sam Chiprin

ETHAN LEVITAN MEMORIAL FUND In Memory of: Ethan Levitan. Kenneth Fried

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JUNE 2014 Sunday 01

Monday 02

Tuesday 3




8:00 am 9:00 am 10:00 am 11:30 am

Talmud Study 6:15 am Minyan 7:30 am Minyan 9:30 am Minyan 7:30 pm Minyan Hesed Training 8:00 pm Hesed Training 7:30 pm Erev Shavuot 7:30 pm FJMC Family Svcs. Outing 12:00 pm Israel Trip 8:00 pm Tikkun Leil Get Together Shavuot 3:30 pm Bingo at Friends Light Candles before 8:02 pm

8:00 am 9:00 am 2:00 pm


Talmud Study 6:15 am Minyan 7:30 am Minyan Minyan 7:30 pm Minyan 7:30 pm Minyan Bring Your Pets 8:00 pm Sisterhood 8:00 pm Ways&Means to Alden Ctr. Installation 8:00 pm MembershipMtg 8:00 pm Planned Giving

15 8:00 am 9:00 am

16 Talmud Study Minyan

22 8:00 am 9:00 am


Talmud Study Minyan


6:15 am 7:30 pm 5:30 pm 8:00 pm

7:30 am 7:30 pm 8:00 pm 8:00 pm




7:30 am Minyan 7:30 pm Minyan .

7:30 am 7:30 pm 8:00 pm 8:00 pm

6:15 am 7:30 pm 8:00 pm 8:00 pm

Minyan Minyan Program Mtg Ritual. Mtg .


29 8:00 am 9:00 am 1:00 pm 4:00 p


Saturday 07

7:30 am Minyan 9:00 am Torah Study 7:30 pm Shabbat Svcs 9:30 am Shabbat Svcs 9:30 am Bat Mitzvah 10:30 am .Gan Shabbat 10:30 am Interpret Svc Candle Ltg. 8:09 pm

Light Candles after 8:06 pm

Minyan Minyan Torah Study Facilities Mtg. . .


Minyan 7:30 am Minyan Minyan 7:30 pm Minyan PADS-Soc. Act. 8:00 pm Premium Program Mtg. Membership Reception. LAST DAY TO RSVP FOR AWARD & INSTALLATION



Shavuot Holiday Ends at 9:06 pm

11 7:30 am 7:30 pm 8:00 pm 8:00 pm


Shavuot Svcs 9:30 am Shavuot Svcs & Yizkor Minyan 7:30 pm Minyan



Minyan Minyan Torah Study Finance Mtg.



7:30 am Minyan 7:30 pm Minyan 8:00 pm Exec Mtg. .

7:30 am Minyan 9:00 am Torah Study 7:30 pm Shabbat Svc 9:15 am MC-Lieberman 9:30 am Shabbat Svcs 9:30 am Bat Mitzvah 9:30 am Auf-Ruf Candle Ltg. 10:30 am Gan Shabbat 8:13 pm



7:30 am Minyan 2:00 pm Challah Chaverim 7:30 pm Minyan

7:30 am Minyan 9:00 am Torah Study 7:30 pm Shabbat Svc 9:30 am Shabbat Svcs 9:30 am Bar Mitzvah 10:30 am Gan Shabbat 10:30 am Interpret Svc Candle Ltg. 8:15 pm



Minyan 7:30 am Minyan 7:30 am Minyan Minyan 7:30 pm Minyan 7:30 pm Shabbat Svc Torah Study 8:00 pm Board Mtg. Sisterhood Book Club Event Candle Ltg. 8:16 pm


28 9:00 am Torah Study 9:30 am Shabbat Svcs 9:30 am Board Installation Svc 9:30 am Auf-Ruf 10:30 am Gan Shabbat 8:00 pm Final Bowling

30 Talmud Study Minyan Interfaith Walk for Hunger Crohn’s Walk

6:15 am Minyan 7:30 pm Minyan 8:00 pm Social Act. Mtg.

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7:30 am Minyan 7:30 pm Minyan

7:30 am Minyan 7:30 pm Minyan 8:00 pm Facilities Mtg.

7:30 am 7:30 pm 8:00 pm 8:00 pm



4 INDEPENDENCE 05 DAY Minyan Minyan Youth Mtg MC Mtg.

9:00 am Minyan 9:00 am Torah Study 7:30 pm Shabbat Svc 9:30 am Shabbat Svcs 10:30 am Gan Shabbat 10:30 am Interpretive Candle Ltg. Shabbat 8:15 pm



8:00 am Talmud Study 6:15 am Minyan 9:00 am Minyan 7:30 pm Minyan 3:30 pm Bingo at Friend Ctr 8:00 pm Program Mtg.



7:30 am Minyan 7:30 am Minyan 7:30 pm Minyan 7:30 pm Minyan 8:00 pm Ways & Means8:00 pm Torah Study. .




7:30 am Minyan 7:30 pm Minyan 8:00 pm Exec Mtg. .

7:30 am Minyan 9:00 am Torah Study 7:30 pm Shabbat Svc 9:30 am Shabbat Svcs 10:30 am Gan Shabbat Candle Ltg. 8:12 pm



8:00 am Talmud Study 6:15 am Minyan 9:00 am Minyan 7:30 pm Minyan 2:00 pm Pet Visit Alden Ctr 8:00 pm Membership Mtg 8:00 pm Planned Giving Mtg.



7:30 am Minyan 7:30 am 7:30 pm Minyan 7:30 pm 8:00 pm Communication8:00 pm Mtg. 8:00 pm .

Minyan Minyan Torah Study Finance Mtg




7:30 am Minyan 7:30 pm Minyan

7:30 am Minyan 9:00 am Torah Study 7:30 pm Shabbat Svc 9:30 am Shabbat Svcs 10:30 am Gan Shabbat 10:30 am Interpretive Shabbat Candle Ltg. 8:07pm








8:00 am Talmud Study 9:00 am Minyan.

6:15 am Minyan 7:30 pm Minyan 8:00 pm Ritual Mtg.

7:30 pm Minyan 7:30 pm Minyan

7:30 am Minyan) 7:30 pm Minyan 8:00 pm Torah Study .

7:30 am Minyan 7:30 am Minyan 9:00 am Torah Study 7:30 pm Minyan 6:00 pm Dinner & 9:30 am Shabbat Svcs 8:00 pm Board Mtg. 7:30 pm Lay Led 10:30 am Gan Shabbat Shabbat Svc Candle Ltg. 8:01 pm




8:00 am Talmud Study 6:15 am Minyan 7:30 am 8:00 am Rummage Sale 8:00 am Rummage Sale 8:00 am Set-Up and Set-Up and Donation Drop Off Donation Drop Off 9:00 am Minyan 7:30 pm Minyan 7:30 pm 8:00 pm Social Action Mtg

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30 Minyan 7:30 am Minyan Rummage 8:00 am Rummage Sale Set-Up Sale Set-Up & Donations & Donations Minyan 7:30 pm Minyan

31 7:30 am Minyan 8:00 am Rummage Sale SetUp 11:00 am Rummage Sale –End of Donations 7:30 pm Minyan

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CONGREGATION BETH JUDEA 5304 RFD Long Grove, IL 60047 (847) 634-0777 E-Mail: Website: Rabbi Jeff Pivo Rabbi Emeritus Howard Lifshitz Cantor Roger J. Weisberg President Debbie Kreisman Dubin Executive Director Lisa Neiman Educational Director Anna Besser Youth Director Marc Sender Editor Evan Rumack

From The Editors In order for your article to be published in the next issue, we must have it at the synagogue by the 10th of the month! There will be no exceptions. This includes information on disk as well. We need your article as it is important to let the congregation know what your group is doing. Announcements should take the form of articles in The Word rather than separate flyers. The opinions expressed herein are not necessarily those of the Rabbi, Board of Directors or the editors.

Worship Schedule Conducted by Rabbi Jeff Pivo and Cantor Roger J. Weisberg Shabbat Evening Services ........................................ 7:30 p.m. Shabbat Morning Services ....................................... 9:30 a.m. Gan Shabbat – Shabbat Mornings ............................ 10:30 a.m.

Weekday Morning Minyan: Sunday .................................................................. 9:00 a.m. Monday ................................................................ 6:15 a.m. Tuesday through Friday ........................................ 7:30 a.m.

Candle Lighting Times Candle Lighting time is calculated for 18 minutes before sunset and is adjusted for Daylight Savings Time. June 3 ..Erev Shavout - Light Candles before... 8:02 p.m. June 4 .. Shavuot 1 –

Light Candles after ... 8:06 p.m.

June 6 .................................................................. 8:09 p.m. June 13 ................................................................ 8:13 p.m. June 20 ................................................................ 8:15 p.m. June 27 ................................................................ 8:16 p.m.

Weekday Evening Minyan: Monday through Thursday .................................... 7:30 p.m.

The Blessing For Lighting The Candles On Shabbat is Bo-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Melech Ha-olam A-sher Ki-de-sha-nu Be-mitz-vo-tav Vi-tzi-va-nu Le-had-lik Ner Shel Shabbat.

Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has hallowed us through His Commandments, and has commanded us to kindle the lights of the holy Sabbath.

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