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RABBI’S REFLECTIONS “Mourning Comfort/Morning Comfort” When our family moved to this area in July of 2011, we knew that some things would remain constant: our children would continue to attend Solomon Schechter day school; we would still be living in a suburban setting; I would be serving as a pulpit rabbi to a mid-sized Conservative congregation. The biggest question was how we would fit into the culture of the shul, whether we would feel that we had found a new home here. The good news is that from the start we were welcomed here with the kind of warmth and support that has made our transition easy and satisfying. And over the last several weeks, the Beth Judea community has gone above and beyond the call of duty in supporting me, following my mother’s unexpected death. In addition to the many calls and notes of condolence that I received, our Beth Judea family responded to my personal loss by engaging in Jewish traditions which have brought comfort to me and also been of benefit to many others. Many of our members visited our home during shivah, a number of donations were made to funds at the shul in my mother’s memory and, most strikingly, a strong contingent has been coming to weekday morning minyan at 7:30 Tuesday through Friday mornings (Monday’s minyan remains at 6:15) to enable me to say kaddish during sheloshim, the first thirty days of mourning for a parent. I have been the beneficiary of your presence at home and in minyan; for that, and for all that you have done for me at this sad time, I thank you. (continued on next page)

1 Rabbi’s Reflections …………………………………..…. Purim Masquerade ................................................. 2 President’s Message ...............................................3 Mission Statement .................................................. 3 Israel Shabbat Speaker ......................................... 4 AIPAC Policy Conference ..................................... 4 B’nai Mitzvah Bios .................................................. 5 Social Action ......................................................... 6 7 SHALVA ………………………………………………… Divorce Support Group ......................................... 7 Hesed Committee ................................................ 7 Focus on Families …………………………………… 8 Programming ....................................................... 8 Bowling League .................................................... 8 Adult Education …………………….……….……...…9 Religious School ...…………………...……………... 12 Community Jewish High School ..............................13 Youth …………………………………………………….14 15 Sisterhood……………………………………………….. 17 Men’s Club ……………………………………………… 19 Hesed Committee ……………………………………… The Goodman’s Blog ...............................................20 Exciting Upcoming Programs from Camp Ramah .. 23 25 Birthdays and Anniversaries ………………………….. 26 Yahrzeits……………………………………………….… Tributes……………………………………………….….28 32 Calendar ………….…………………………..……..…..

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



“Mourning Comfort/Morning Comfort” (continued)

Unlike mourning for any other relative, which concludes after thirty days, mourning for a parent extends to a full year, including saying kaddish on a daily basis for eleven months. I will be observing this tradition, coming to minyan morning and evening to fulfill my obligation. As a result, I would appreciate your continuing support for the weekday morning minyan. It concludes by 8:15, and it enables other mourners, as well as those with yarzeits, to remember their loved ones, and it enables those who would like to start their day with words of prayer and Torah to do so. We are the only egalitarian synagogue in the area that is providing twice daily minyanim, and so beyond the benefit to our mourners, these gatherings also enable others to engage in traditional Jewish prayer morning and evening. If we succeed in getting a minyan each weekday morning for eleven months, we can then take stock of where we are; my hope is that the morning service becomes a permanent feature of the Beth Judea day and week. My mother was not observant of Jewish ritual, yet I think it would have brought a smile to her face to know that so many people engaged in these rituals in memory of her and in support of me, and that that support blossomed into a community practice that was of benefit to so many people. I look forward to seeing you in the mornings this year as we continue to build a community of mutual support, study, prayer and sanctity.

Rabbi Jeff Pivo

Buy Tickets for Yourself Bring Your Friends

Tickets – $75 per person Tickets include: Great Food, Live Band, Open Bar, and Entertainment There are so many ways to show your support for Beth Judea: 1. Attend the Purim Masquerade: Attend the event on February 22, 2014 2. Become an Event Sponsor We have a variety of sponsorship opportunities. Please consider one of the many options as you determine your gift. 3. Purchase an ad for our Event Program: * Honor Evan and Merle Rumack * Highlight your business to all of our expected Purim Masquerade attendees * Honor the other professional staff * Send a personalized greeting to one of our congregants, clergy, or staff. 4. Donate Auction Items: Ask anyone and everyone for a gift! Sports Tickets * Professional Svcs * Gift Certificates Airline Tickets * Hotel/Condo Vacations* Birthday Parties * Theater Tickets * Other Products & Services Click here to visit the website or go to:

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, February is a very social month at Congregation Beth Judea, and we hope that you can join us for ruach and celebration. Saturday, February 22nd is our Third Annual Purim Masquerade dinner, dance, and live and silent auctions. This evening is our largest FUNdraiser of the year and there are numerous ways to participate. Of course, we would love to have you would join us that night!! Costumes are not required, although those in costume seem to have a bit more fun than the rest of us. I'm thinking that Mark and I will be brave enough to wear a costume this year!! If the date doesn't work for you, or if it's just not your thing, there are other ways for you to support Congregation Beth Judea that evening. Purchase an ad congratulating Evan and Merle Rumack on being selected King and Queen of the ball! Buy 50/50 raffle tickets (winners need not be present to win). Many donation and sponsorship opportunities also exist! Mark and I are pleased to be sponsoring a Food Station. I know that it's not too late to donate items for the auction, either!


MISSION STATEMENT Congregation Beth Judea is a welcoming, egalitarian synagogue whose mission is to create a warm and inviting home that serves the lifelong spiritual, educational and fellowship needs of our members. Consistent with the principles of the Conservative Movement, we embrace Torah and our responsibility to serve and support the greater Jewish community, the community at large, the United States of America and the State of Israel.

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Please go to the synagogue website, WWW.BETHJUDEA.ORG, and on the left side of the page, in the royal blue rectangle, you will find a link for Purim Masquerade. Click on that and you will find everything there is to know about the event. On Sunday, February 23rd, the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs Midwest Region will be honoring Congregation Beth Judea's Man of the Year, Allen Harris, and Congregation Beth Judea's Youth of the Year, Joel Spiegel. The dinner is being held at Congregation Beth Shalom in Northbrook from 4:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Again, information about the dinner and purchasing an ad in the adbook can be found on our website by going to the royal blue box, highlighting “Beth Judea Community” and then clicking on Men's Club. Also, don't forget to congratulate them the next time you see them! Although it may be cold outside, things are certainly warm at Congregation Beth Judea! Thank you for you continued support.


Debbie Kreisman Dubin President

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Beth Judea Special Event


Click here to visit the website to sign up.

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Please let us know if you sign up to attend this event as we are keeping a list of congregants who will be attending.

The ARK is very pleased to announce the opening of The ARK Northwest: A Safe Harbor for the Jews of the Northwest Suburbs.

Although registration is now closed for this trip, for those that have signed up, the information below is provided for your convenience. Itinerary



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. 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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B’NAI MITZVAH BIO’S Samantha Deborah Harris will be called to the Torah as Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, February 15, 2014. Samantha is a High Honor Roll 7th grader at Hawthorne Middle School South in Vernon Hills. She enjoys playing flute in the school band and hopes to go further in High School. Samantha has been extremely active in the Buddy Ball volunteer program in various communities. Samantha is an avid reader, sports player, and truly enjoys goofing around with her friends. Finally, Samantha is a true lover of animals and enjoys the many hours of playing her dogs Sasha and Choobie. Samantha will be sharing her special day with her beloved bubbies Evelyn and Sally, and her goofy Zaide Sol, as well as her brother Evan and parents Allen and Sharon. She wishes to remember her Zaide Marhsall who is longer with us, but was a great man who touched her heart.

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SOCIAL ACTION February 2 – 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. Call Bruce Arenson to volunteer at 315-383-4560. February 9 –Pets to Visit Alden Retirement Ctr. Bring your pet to visit the residents of Alden Retirement Center in Long Grove on Sunday, February 9th from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. To volunteer call Bruce Arenson at 315-383-4560. 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, please contact: Bruce Arenson 315-383-4560 FEBRUARY 24 - SOCIAL ACTION MEETING Please join us for the 7:30 pm minyan just before our 8:00 pm committee meeting every month. Our next meeting is February 24, 2014. WE PLAN A VERY ACTIVE 2014 AND WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO JOIN US!!


MITZVAH MALL Sundays (when Religious School is in session) 10:30 am - 12:00 pm By using Gift Cards for all your everyday purchases and gift giving you help support Congregation Beth Judea Download order form here

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Dear Congregants, We are engaged in many programs to help others, but without your help these programs cannot go forward. Participation in these programs is determined by support of congregants. We ask that you help volunteer so that these programs can go forward. Please sign up early -- this could make a difference whether or not the program is canceled. ---------------------------------------------"If there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not deter or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.“

Buy gift cards from Target, Walmart and Costco from the synagogue and we will donate them directly to the Peoria Federation. We will be working directly with one young family who lost everything in the storms and will be collecting household items for them when they move into a new apartment. If you have 18-24 month clothes for a toddler boy that are in good condition, please contact Ronna at

-- William Penn

Upon three things the world is based: Upon Torah, Upon Divine Service, and Upon the Practice of Charity.

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A SPECIAL MESSAGE “Its okay, the children aren’t effected” 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 selfesteem, 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.


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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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.



SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, August 24, 2014 Next Year’s Men’s Club Dr. Jack Rizman Memorial Golf Outing 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

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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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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. Any ideas for new programs are welcome!! Fred Rabinowitz






Bowling League Feb. 12

10:30 am

Gan Shalom



Feb. 20

2:00 pm

Challah Chaverim



Mar. 15

7:30 pm

Family Megillah Reading

Mar. 16

10:00 am

Shushan Wonderland

Mar. 18

11:00 am

Tot Hour at the Purim Carnival




Do you like to bowl? Then join the synagogue bowling league on the 4th Saturday of each month.


Cost: $20 per person per month – members $22 per person per month – non-members 4th Saturday of each month @ 8:00 pm


Every Shabbat Saturday Morning – 10:30 – 11:30 am GAN SHABBAT

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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. For a listing of adult education classes offered here at CBJ, you can download our Adult Ed brochure by clicking here.

“When I pray, I speak to God;

When I study, God speaks to me.” -quote by 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 minyan is designed to build community by providing a passionate, meaningful, and spiritual Shabbat morning experience.

This Shabbat morning service focuses on examining the structure of the prayer service, learning the major prayers, and becoming more comfortable with the choreography and customs of the Shabbat morning service. Our minyan is friendly and welcoming to all who choose to attend. We meet in the synagogue library on the second floor from 10:30 until 11:45. Shabbat shalom, Norm Kurtz

Parsha Perspectives Thursday evenings after minyan (7:45 - 8:00 pm) Beginning Oct. 10, 2013 Do you have 10 minutes to spare? It only takes 10 minutes to get started on a lifelong journey. Spend each Thursday after Minyan learning about the upcoming Parsha with Rabbi Pivo, and before you know it you’ll have completed hours of Torah study. 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 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 the 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.

BRAND NEW THIS YEAR!!! Kab Shab – Alternative Kabbalat Shabbat Service Friday Evenings in the Beit Midrash Contact Adam Bender for Schedule at Get Flyer EVENT



Kab Shab (Alt. Kabbalat Svc)

Adam Bender

Adult Education

Anna Besser

Hebrew School

Anna Besser

Anna Besser

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

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ADULT EDUCATION Welcome to our Adult Education Series. To register for classes or to find out more information, please contact Anna Besser at

Adult Education Series February 2014


Taught by Norm Kurtz & Eric Yegelwel Tuesday evenings; 8:00 – 9:00 pm

Dates: Jan.7, 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25

COST: Members – FREE; Non-Members - $36 for series Don't miss this opportunity to learn core prayers! For those who have taken Hebrew Literacy I and want to continue learning, this class is for you! This 8-week class will focus on teaching the prayers from the Saturday morning service while incorporating parts of the Understanding Prayer curriculum at the same time.

Crash Course in Jewish History Taught by Rabbi Emeritus Lifshitz

Thursday evenings; 8:00 – 9:00 pm

Dates: Jan. 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20 & March 6

COST: Members – FREE; Non-Members - $25 for series

Come join us for a discussion that will span the ages and will impact on the choices we make everyday. You’ll learn four thousand years of Jewish history in this five part lecture series. Learn about key dates and events that have shaped both Jewish and world history. Develop an appreciation for the richness of our Jewish heritage.

Lunch & Learn: Hot Topics for Adults

Taught by Rabbi Pivo

Jewish law is constantly growing and evolving. How does a Jew know what to do? Since the time of the rabbinic sages, a Jew who had a serious ethical or legal problem would send a written question to a rabbi. In this class we will study a different rabbinic responsum (teshuvah) each week from the sages in our movement .

Monday, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Dates: Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, March 10, 17, 31 & Apr. 7

LOCATION: Sunset Foods 2nd Floor Conference Room (corner of Rt. 83 & Aptakisic)

Bring Your Own Lunch

BLEND IT UP with RABBI PIVO “JUDAISM: A STARTER KIT” 2nd Thursday of the Month 9:30 am

LOCATION: Caribou Coffee at 4196 Rt. 83 (in the Sunset Foods Plaza at corner of Rt. 83 & Aptakisic) Whether you are new to Jewish living or never really got a good grounding in basic beliefs, this is your chance to catch up. One Thursday morning a month Rabbi Pivo will discuss an essential theme in Jewish identity from spiritual and practical points of view.

FEBRUARY 13th: BASIC TEXTS How to tell a Siddur from a Mahzor from a Haggadah and on down the line.

WORLD WIDE WRAP Sunday, February 2, 2014 8:30 am Minyan complimentary Breakfast following services Join us for a meaningful and entertaining Sunday morning service when Congregation Beth Judea’s Men’s Club, along with men’s clubs throughout the country, will be celebrating the mitzvah of wearing Tefillin. Bring your tefillin and we will help you learn how to use them. Following the service, join us for a complimentary breakfast for all WWW participants. Instructions will be available starting at 8:15 am for those who have not worn Tefillin before or need a refresher.

Click Here to Download February Adult Ed Flyer

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The AJEC is comprised of Temple Chai, Congregation Beth Am, Congregation Beth Judea, and the Jewish Community Center of Chicago

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Ta’am Yisrael Trip Attendees Rachel Aranyi Brielle Ernsteen Daniel Gottfried Andrew Greenberg Hannah Neubauer Camey Zussman

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EDUCATION Mastering One Mitzvah at a Time In our tradition, a transition occurs at the age of 13; a growth from childhood to Jewish adulthood with the responsibility for performing mitzvot. While this is the case, many of us would agree that a 13 year old is not an adult in American society. Most 13 year olds aren’t well versed in what constitutes a mitzvah. So what is a mitzvah? It’s a Commandment. But what does that mean to a 13 year old? The multitude of mitzvot, 613 to be exact, can seem like an endless ocean, making it hard for us to understand the purpose of them and how they can bring us closer to God. According to Maimonides, mitzvot are intended for the well-being of our body and/or soul. Observance of mitzvot provides us with an opportunity to become closer to God and to holiness. B’nai Mitzvah children can observe specific mitzvot such as:  Remembering Shabbat  Tzedakah  Hearing the shofar  Being kind to animals  Sitting in a sukkah  Redeeming captives  Blessing God after eating  Welcoming guests  Putting up a mezuzah  Visiting the sick  Observing kashrut  Honoring the elderly  Keeping one’s word  Not destroying (preserving the environment  Not bearing false witness  Honoring parents and teachers  Not gossiping  Studying Torah In looking for reasons to observe the mitzvot, we may see that all of them help us become better people. As children grow from childhood to adulthood, the bar or bat mitzvah is the gateway to improving our relationship with God and with our fellow men.

Upcoming School Events: World Wide Wrap Coming up on Sunday, February 2nd, Dalet and Heh students and their families are invited to participate in Men’s Club World Wide Wrap at 8:30 am. Dalet students have been working on creating their own tefillin and will show off their wrapping skills with the rest of Men’s Club this Sunday morning. Please join us for this event! Shabbat Dinner for K-2nd Grade Families Throughout the year, our Kindergarten through Second Graders learn about Shabbat – Erev Shabbat, Yom Shabbat and Motzi Shabbat. We cordially invite our Sunday School families (K-2nd grade) to celebrate Shabbat with us at Beth Judea on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 6:15 pm. Be on the lookout for the Shabbat Dinner registration.

CALENDAR UPDATES: February: Sunday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Saturday

2/2 2/7 2/15 2/16 2/17 2/22

March: Monday Tuesday Saturday Sunday

3/3 3/11 3/15 3/16

Men’s Club World Wide Wrap K – 2nd Grade Shabbat Dinner No Gimel Shabbat NO RELIGIOUS SCHOOL No Beyachad classes Dalet leading Shabbat Services in Main Sanctuary

No Beyachad classes Heh Class Picture Gimel leading Shabbat Services in Main Sanctuary Purim (classroom festivities) Purim Carnival – regular dismissal time (12 pm) Saturday 3/22 No Gimel Shabbat Sunday 3/23 – Sunday 3/30 NO RELIGIOUS SCHOOL or Beyachad– Spring Break Monday 3/31 Beyachad classes resume

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COMMUNITY JEWISH HIGH SCHOOL Striving to create the best learning experiences for our students, Beth Judea, Temple Chai and Beth Am are combining their 8th through 12th grade programs to create a community high school, Beyachad, which means “together”. We are redefining what it means to be a student in the Northwest Suburbs! By combining our resources, Beyachad enhances student’s learning opportunities with more diverse classes, taught by five clergy of the three synagogues, as well as other teachers. Our 8th graders, who will be part of Beyachad, will have a special 8th grade-only experience for the first two trimesters focusing on Israel (and getting our students ready for Ta’am Yisrael) and Middot (Jewish Values). They will join in with the 9th12th Grade electives in the third trimester. The 12th graders will have a special Senior Seminar that will take place at that same time, so 8th graders and 12th graders won’t be in class together.

CLASS BREAKDOWN: Sessions are Mondays from 6:30—8:30 pm 6:30 pm: Elective #1 7:15 pm: Dinner Break 7:45 pm: Elective #2 DATES: Begins Monday, Sept. 23rd and ends Monday, May 12th (See Course Description information for detailed calendar) LOCATIONS: Sept. 23rd—Dec. 16th at Congregation Beth Judea (Rt. 83 & Hilltop Rd., Long Grove) . Jan. 6th—May 12th at Temple Chai (1670 Checker Rd Long Grove)

General Guidelines of the Program: Classes are open to 8th through 12th grade students whose families are members of either Beth Judea, Temple Chai or Beth Am. Students will register for electives by trimester on the first night of classes.

FOR QUESTIONS OR INFORMATION: Contact Anna Besser, Education Director for details at

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WEEKEND OF GREATNESS 2014 Weekend Of Greatness 2014 Saturday, February 15, 2014 until February 17, 2014 Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin Its back for its 3rd year! Travel with BEANS USY and BJUSY to the Water Park Capital of the WORLD, the Wisconsin Dells, in one, weekend of Greatness. Don’t believe it can be done? Join us and we will show you the time of your life. Highlights Include: Kalahari Water Park and Theme Park, Snow Tubing, Movies, Winter Bonfire, bowling, Great Food, and plenty of time to chill. Weekend Costs (in order to receive the early bird discount, registration and payment must be received before that date)!


After Jan. 24th - $215 and space dependent! To Register GO TO Payment can be accepted by checks made out to "Beth El Youth Community" or by credit card via phone. Contact Sam or 847-432-2040 Registered participants will receive more information after February 3rd. Any questions contact Marc Sender at





A MESSAGE FROM: MARC SENDER, YOUTH DIRECTOR Remember you can always stay up to date with all things BJUSY throughout the entire year by visiting our new and improved website and you can sign up for membership by going to B’Shalom, Marc Sender - Youth Director Congregation Beth Judea - 5304 RFD Long Grove, IL 60047 Office: (847)-634-0777 ext. 114 Cell: (847)-334-8639 Email: Sign up for membership at Check us out on Facebook and Twitter! Please consider making a donation to the Youth Fund or Rachel Hirshman Fund to help USYers go to regional programs and Israel.

MAZEL TOV TO JOEL SPIEGEL BETH JUDEA MEN’S CLUB - 2014 YOUTH OF THE YEAR Join Congregation Beth Judea Men’s Club as they honor Joel Spiegel as 2014 Youth of the Year and Allen Harris as the 2014 Man of the Year at a special dinner on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 4:30 pm in Northbrook. You must RSVP by Friday, February 7, 2014 Price is $36/person if purchased by Feb. 2, 2014. After that date, the purchase price is $45/person. Click here to download the flyer

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Sunday Tuesday

World Wide Wrap at CBJ (8:00 am – 10:30 am) BJUSY – Quilt Your Own Israel – (7:00 pm -9:00 pm)

Feb. 7-8


Midwinter and SATO Marathon at BTUSY

Feb. 11 Feb. 12

Tuesday Board Meeting – (6:30 pm – 9:30 pm) Wednesday Regional Lounge Night at BEANS (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm)

Feb. 15-17 Sat-Mon

Weekend of Greatness

Feb. 18 Feb. 22 Feb. 25

Rock and Roll with the Moles Orbit Skate (6:30 pm–9:30 pm) Teen Minyan (10:30 am – 12:00 noon) Cultural Cuisine Nite (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Tuesday Saturday Tuesday


BJUSY Basketball is back for all Jewish 8th – 12th Graders!!! CONTACT MARC SENDER Basketball Website

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SISTERHOOD SOURCE Nosh-A-Night will be held on Saturday, February 1st. This is a fun event for singles or couples. We eat, mingle, switch homes, and do it again. Our next Book Club meeting will be on Febuary 12th. We will discuss Herman Wouk’s The Lawgiver. On Monday, February 24th, all women over 18 are invited to our 3rd Annual Vashti Gala. Enjoy a Night of Pampering with Friends. On March 19th, Sisterhood welcomes Rabbi Howard Lifshitz to speak on “A JEW IN ISRAEL”. Please join us for this informative and enlightening discussion. This event is open to everyone. Bobbi Goldenberg, Elizabeth Ladin-Gross, Lauri Rosenbloom Sisterhood Co-Presidents

BOOK CLUB Cold weather is here, so snuggle up with a good book! THE LAWGIVER: A NOVEL By Herman Wouk An entertaining, light contemporary novel about Hollywood shenanigans while attempting to make a movie about Moses. Book discussion is on Feb 12, 2014-7:00pm At Brenda Levin’s house 5852 Teal Lane, Long Grove This book discussion is open to everyone RSVP to Brenda at


February 1, 2014


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February 12, 2014

Book Club – Herman Wouk’s The Lawgiver

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February 20, 2014

Board Meeting


February 24, 2014

Vashti Gala

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March 9, 2014

Pesach Wine Tasting w/Men’s Club

Coming Soon


March 19, 2014

Sisterhood Welcomes RABBI HOWARD LIFSHITZ to speak on A JEW IN ISRAEL

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Sisterhood welcomes RABBI HOWARD LIFSHITZ to speak on A JEW IN ISRAEL March 19th at 8pm at Congregation Beth Judea

Please join us for this informative and enlightening discussion THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO EVERYONE RSVP to Brenda at


All Occasion Cards

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

SISTERHOOD GIFTSHOP 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 March 31, 2014 COUPON

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Tzedakkah Fund


The Men's Club has made donations from the minyan tzedakah box to:

Get Ready to Wrap and Roll

American Friends of Magen David Adom Jewish National Fund Maot Chitim Hillel The ARK

Join us as Beth Judea joins the world for the World Wide Wrap on Sunday morning, February 2, 2014. 8:30 Tefillin: What and Why 9:00 Minyan 9:45 Breakfast and program

We thank all those who have contributed to the tzedakkah fund administered by Men's Club.

We will have extra sets of tefillin and people to help you wrap. Men, women and children of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. Visit the website!

Lieberman Volunteers February 15, 2014

For more information contact Fred Rabinowitz at

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.

Join Congregation Beth Judea Men’s Club as they honor Allen Harris as the 2014 Man of the Year and Joel Spiegel as 2014 Youth of the Year at a special dinner on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 4:30 pm in Northbrook.

We would appreciate your help on: February 15, 2014

You must RSVP by Friday, February 7, 2014 Price is $36/person if purchased by Feb. 2, 2014. After that date, the purchase price is $45/person. Click here to download the flyer

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March 15, 2014 and


April 12, 2014 Please contact Jerry Sakol if you would like to volunteer.

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Man of the Year/ Youth of the Year 2014 Dinner

We are pleased to honor Allen Harris and Joel Spiegel, our Man and Youth of the Year. We will be celebrating their accomplishments at the annual Man of the Year dinner to be held at Beth Shalom on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 4pm. You can show your support for each honoree by purchasing an advertisement in the Ad Book for the program (see the attending flyer or contact Eric Yegelwel at If you plan on attending the celebration dinner please make reservations by following this link: FJMC Midwest Region Man of the Year/Youth of the Year Dinner. Here's more about our honorees: ALLEN HARRIS Allen was raised in a traditional Jewish household in West Rogers Park and attended Hebrew school at Congregation Knesses Israel Nusach Sephard, where he developed a strong relationship with synagogue life. During his teenage years, Allen was heavily involved in his synagogue’s youth group, where he participated in many ritual and social activities.

Congregation Beth Judea Men’s Club Honoring

• Allen Harris and Joel Spiegel • Sunday, February 23, 2014 @ 4:30 pm – 9 pm Congregation Beth Shalom • 3433 Walters Ave. • Northbrook, Illinois

Allen’s commitment and generosity has continued during his tenure at Beth Judea including: past vice president of programming for the synagogue, the synagogue Board of Directors, and as a member of a variety of synagogue committees. His passion for synagogue life (particularly Men’s Club programming) has truly shown through with his active participation, leadership and donation of resources to many Men’s Club programs ranging from this past year’s regional softball tournament, Lox Box, Steak and Scotch in the Sukkah, the annual Jack Rizman Golf Outing, to so much more. After completing his undergraduate degree at Loyola University, Allen went to work for Best Kosher Foods and subsequently Sara Lee (now Hillshire Brands), where he is currently employed. Allen and his wife Sharon live with their two children, Samantha and Evan, in Vernon Hills. JOEL SPIEGEL

Join us as we recognize Allen Harris as the Congregation Beth Judea Men’s Club, 2014 Man of the Year and Joel Spiegel as 2014 Youth of the Year NEW this Year, Dinner reservations and display ad placements saluting Allen Harris and Joel Spiegel will only be processed online. For dinner registrations: For display ads Questions/Concerns: Contact Eric Yegelwel at 847 808-0047 or email before 8 pm or leave a detailed voice message. No communications over Shabbat, please! Note: Deadline for dinner reservations is Friday, February 7, 2014. Price is $36/person if purchased by Feb. 2, 2014. After that date, the purchase price is $45/person.

Joel is a dedicated member of our synagogue as well as our community as a whole. He aids as a madrich in the Hebrew School, sells popcorn to raise money for the Tikun Olam charity fund, and is the president of the synagogue USY chapter, BJUSY. Joel ran for his first BJUSY executive board position his sophomore year, becoming programming vicepresident and has since gone on to do incredible things. The following year he became BJUSY’s Social Action/Tikun Olam VP, and finally this year he became president. While acting as Social Action/Tikun Olam vice-president, Joel raised over $3,000 for charity as well as taking part in organizing the first interfaith youth social action event with a nearby Methodist church and another synagogue. Joel also regularly helps run programs for the 3rd-8th graders at Beth Judea by helping staff events and giving leadership and guidance to the younger members. Joel also is very passionate about social activism. to which he was first exposed by going on the Jewish program, Or Tzedek, run by the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs. Whether it’s protesting for immigrant rights, working to build Islamic-Jewish relationships, or phone banking to pass marriage equality in Illinois, Joel has taken what he has learned from Or Tzedek and has put it into action. Joel even started a club at his school, Adlai E. Stevenson High School, called Students Fighting Discrimination. With all this Joel also finds time to be an active citizen in the Buffalo Grove community. Joel, having just recently turned 18, is now currently running for his first political office running for the position of precinct committeeman, an elected office in Buffalo Grove.

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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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ALIYAH IN OUR 60’s FROM ARLINGTON HTS, IL TO CAESEREA, ISRAEL (Part 22) L TO R: HOWIE GOODMAN, SUZANNE GOODMAN, AND BEVERLY GOODMAN TCHERNOV NEAR EILAT, ISRAEL 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 – February 2014 - Part 22 February in Israel is a time of renewal. The trees and fields have returned to green, air is refreshingly cool, and there are (baruch Hashem!) lovely rain showers. We are between holidays and are looking forward to Tu B'Shevat, Purim, and Pesach. The papers have advertisements for trips one can take to escape the challenge of cleaning and cooking for Passover. The kosher Pesach holidays are on ships, resorts and distant islands for those lucky people. Our tiyul (day trip) in December was to Mekorot, which is Israel’s National Water Company. Unlike the states where one gets their water from a private well or municipal water source, most water in Israel comes from Mekorot. This water facility supplies 70% of all the water consumption and 80% of Israel’s drinking water. The national water company began as an “impossible dream” of Israel’s pioneering leaders before the establishment of the State of Israel. The system combines water from the Sea of Galilee, reservoirs, mountain and coastal aquifers, as well as drillings and desalinated sea and brackish water. A presentation at Mekorot showed us how the water is pumped up to the plant in the hills of Judea from the low point of the Kinneret. This consumes a large portion of the nation’s electrical energy. The water goes through a process of purification and is then distributed to points in the country, where it is sold to consumers. The company has been coping with the water shortage and the rising demand for water as the population increases and the standard of living improves. Mekorot is currently building Israel’s largest water plant at a cost of 557 million dollars. Their uniqueness lies in their experience, know-how, technologies, and new processes for the management, operation, and treatment of all types of water resources. The supply of adequate quantities of high-quality water has become a huge challenge in many regions of the world. This Israeli company has accumulated technologies that it believes can help the global water shortage crisis and has become an economical growth engine for our country. Mekorot is a global leader in rain enhancement which has helped reduce our water shortage. They have increased the average rainfall in northern Israel by 13-18 percent by a cloud seeding technique. The EMS Cloud Seeding Operations Center uses an in-house developed computerized meteoroligic system that is manned 24 hours a day during the rainy season. It tells them when it is productive to seed the clouds with silver iodide particles which make rain! Israel is exporting this research to the rest of the world. (continued on next page)

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ALIYAH IN OUR 60’s (continued from previous page) Our tour of Mekorot increased our pride in the ingenuity of our country but also reinforced our belief that we need to be careful not to waste water. It explained why our water costs are much higher here than they were in Arlington Heights which gets it’s water from Lake Michigan. Our monthly water bill here is around $150, and we don’t water grass or own a swimming pool! Needless to say, it is very expensive to make the desert bloom!

Photo of reservoirs, desalinization machinery, and filtering ponds.

The same day as the visit to Mekorot, we visited Kibbutz Yifat, located in the Galilee in Northern Israel. The kibbutz has a Pioneer Settlement Museum depicting the story of the Second and Third Aliyah pioneers in the Jezreel Valley. The Second Alyiah was 1904-1913 and the the Third was a continuation of the second that was interrupted by World War 1(19191923). These Zionists came mostly from Eastern Europe. They would arrive at the port of Yaffo and then, with perhaps one suitcase, travelled by horse drawn wagons to the Jezreel valley. The Jewish National Fund, then KKL, purchased the entire Valley over two decades from two Arab cousins from the Sursuk family. One cousin lived in Lebanon and owned the Western part of the valley. The other cousin lived in Egypt and owned the Eastern part of the valley. Draining the swamps was the first priority. This was the heaviest of manual labor. There was the task of construction and building of moshavim and kibbutzim. Equality between the sexes was so extreme that pregnancy and motherhood were forbidden. This was to ensure uninterrupted work force.

The settlement museum, as most museums in Israel, is very well done. It displays actual tents, and tools of the periods. The excellent guides are dressed for the period and discuss the trials and tribulations of the pioneers. The tents reminded us of Native American tepees. The couple occupying a tent would have a third person in their tents.

This was because of limited housing and the constant arrival of new settlers. One wonders where privacy was possible with the third party in the tent, communal showers, and communal dining.

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ALIYAH IN OUR 60’s (continued from previous page) The moshav was a different concept than the kibbutz. Moshavim traditionally shared tools and agricultural equipment, but had privately owned personal clothing, homes, and possessions, whereas the kibbutz was originally totally communal with no personal ownership. The Settlement Museum shows the communal aspects with the shared clothing, showers, eating halls, and child raising areas. In the kibbutzim, the newborns went immediately after birth to a children's house. The mothers and nurses wore white gowns and masks to prevent transfer of bacteria. Fathers were forbidden from entering a children's house and only saw their child from a distance. The collective upbringing of children changed in the 1950's and ended by the 1970's. These former children houses on kibbutzim are often used as gans (child care centers) by the kibbutzim. Many kibbutznik’s, who are now in their 40's or 50's, experienced the children's houses . Their recollections and feelings of the experience appear to Actual photograph of pioneers and typical tools be very mixed. The relationship between many of these communal raised children and their parents, even now, is not the normal parent/child bond. On the other hand, they have very close ties with the children with whom they grew up. Even today, many kibbutzim have teenage houses where the members' children of high school age live from their senior year through the Army. The excellent guide at the museum explained how very well educated women came to Israel and exchanged their degrees for plows and manual labor. The museum has copies of letters written by these women to parents in Russia. The parents could not understand why their well-educated children chose to do manual labor in this new frontier that is now Israel. We always enjoy seeing our friends who come to visit Israel. Janet and Myron Reicher and their family came to Israel for the first time in late December. We met them at the old harbor of Caesarea. With the death of Ariel Sharon on January 11, 2014, we are reminded of Howie's meeting him in Jerusalem in 2000. We were on a trip to Israel with the Jewish War Veterans of the United States. It was a convention, in Israel of Jewish War Veterans from all over the World. Ehud Barak was the Prime Minister of Israel. Emud Omert, then Mayor of Jerusalem, and Ariel Sharon were speakers at one of the sessions. Sharon was considered finished in Israeli politics although he was a member of the Knesset. The scandals of the Lebanon War had tarnished Sharon's brilliant military career. He was considered ready to retire. Many forget he was almost killed in 1948 at Latrun. We talked to many Israeli War Veterans who had served under Sharon. They all had nothing but praise for Sharon in the 1967 and 1973 wars. Howie saw Sharon just standing by himself in the front of the room. He went up to him and asked for his autograph. This was not a common occurrence for politicians or soldiers in Israel. Sharon signed the notebook with a real surprised expression on his face. Howie went back to his table, looked at the autograph, and exclaimed: "It is in Hebrew". We returned to Israel in 2001 and were there when Sharon was elected Prime Minister of Israel. Sharon unilaterally withdrew Israeli citizens from Gaza. There were even some who believed that had Sharon not had those debilitating strokes; he was going to unilaterally withdraw most of the Israelis from the West Bank. Sharon is being mourned throughout Israel. We continue to spend a lot of energy and time with our Masorti congregation, Beit Israel in Netanya. Membership is our constant issue. We have also been working on our website. If you are interested, please take a look. Our web address is

Howie and Suzanne Goodman

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We hope you enjoy the twenty-second 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:

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

Daniel Kurtz Elisa Nusinow

February 2

Fern Dembo Todd Lichtenstein Tammy Lorber Kenneth Redfern Michael Savitt

February 3

Marlene Greenberg Kenneth Margules Gary Mills

February 4

Ellen Lerner Liz Schachter

February 5

Arlene Ament Ana Goldman Gregory Kalisky Audrey Taxer

February 15

Rabbi Howard Lifshitz Helen Peters Beth Pollard Hyman Riebman

February 16

Lisa Goldberg Effie Kudlowitz Brenda Levin Debbie Rosenman Charlotte Seltzer

February 18

Barbara Julis

February 19

Scott Finkle Charles Lustig Sherry Weinberger

February 20

Irving Lieberman

February 21

Lance Pacernick

February 6

Robert Antman Arlene Moses

February 22

Elizabeth Ladin-Gross Gilda Weinert

February 7

Carrie Shultz Wendy Weinger

February 23

Patricia Feldman Miriam Krieberg

February 9

Fred Hakimi Alan Palmer

February 24

Scott Landau

February 25 February 10

Jason Allen Judith Levitan Sheri Lippman Elizabeth Rosin

Ellene Lammers Jerrold Lazar

February 26

Georgianne Oman Lynda Sachs Andrea Warren

Barbara Buhai Gary Friedlander

February 27

Natalie Gurin Kendra Rosen Jackie Strauss

Wendy Frost Glenn Goldstein Jeffrey Wener

February 28

Bradley Arnold Slava Lemberg

February 11 February 13

February 14

Stuart Kersky Dean Klassman Marci Sussman

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

Jerome and Marlene Gothelf Allen and Karey Rosenston

February 17

Steven and Beth Brooks

February 12

Herman and Faye Hefler

February 21

Jeffrey and Rhonda Wener

February 16

Allan and Mary Wernick

February 26

Arthur and Carol Schechter

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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Dan Bauer * David Feldheim * Norma Gordon Manny Indes * Barbara Pomerantz Phillip Rothenberg Max Morris Sheft Ellin Wener *

Clara Charlat * Frances Flack Foster Gould Joseph Levin Ruby Rashbaum Hyman Schwartz * Anne Soll *

Rose Coll Frances Friedlander Anna Haberman * Ruth Lifshitz * June Reback Carl Shapiro * William Steres *

Rose Elisco Sherry Gerber * Joseph Hockfield * David Popilsky * Edith Rockwell Diane Shapiro * Jerome Waitz

February 14

Albert Appel Marvin Cohn Henry Eisenhammer Meyer Goldware * Seymour Keeshin * Sofia Magill Helen Mills Barbara Sachs * Lucille Weisberg *

Robert Block * Lester Copeland * Emanuel Fagman Leo Greenberg * Meyer Kovich * Carl Mandel Bessie Mordoh * Vivian Schneider *

Helene Borkan * James Corenman Hannah Fierer Harold Gross * Dan Kwasman Ronald Marcus Sylvia Perl * Barbara Seider

Riva Chiet * Russell Davis * Harold Glassman Charles Haberman * Leonard Levitan * David Marder Marcella Rumack * Ben Silverman *

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Louis Bardos * Sondra Gartenberg * Solomon Klein Bernard Kurtz * Ben Levin * Joel Mosak * Morris Rotman Esther Waddell Richard Welch

Gerald Brownfield Lillian Gold * Wanda Komisarz Steven Landau * Esther Levin * Minnie Muffson Michael Spivak * Jill Waitz Harry Zelson

Samuel Cohen * Lillian Goldstein * Harry Kray Lee Lazar * Leonard Levy * Dora Nechamkin * Harvey Stein * Morris Walcer * Mindy Zolno

Charles Allen Fryer Jacob Hammer Hymen Krieberg Ann Levin * Abraham Lippman Cynthia O. Rafal * Ruth Tolsky Jeffrey Wiesberg *

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Mac Brown * Joseph Shefsky

Miriam Ferber * Derek Warren Smolensky

Cecilla Lerner * Sorris Warman

Judith Mazur Howard Weinert

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March 7

Benjamin Berkovitz * Sidney Hirsch Abe Orloff Joyce Victor

Faina Brudnoy Jack Krivitzky * Lev Podkovik

Sonia Copelovitz H. Harry Krulewich Beatrice Silver *

Aaron Elisco Michael Minnen Rosalind Singer

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Maurice Arker * Bruce Gerber Sandra Portnoy

Rose Brandt Jacob Gordon * Faye Schwartz

Frieda Brin * Bernard Hefler

Charles Falk * Toby Pollack *

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Helen Berg * Norman Rubin *

Vera Hefler Molly Sobol *

Emmanuel Kaplan Martin Stein *

Jack Nimzin * Ada Weiner *

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Celia Abelson * Esther Hirsch Loe Nochimson * Calvin Stark

Lena Appel Frieda Lieberman * Irving Sachs * Abraham I. Wortell *

Shelly Braverman * Irving Ludwig Max Schwartz * Lawrence Zablen *

Celia Cohen Morris Nathan * Allan Silver

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Prayers have been said for the recovery of: Gordon Kasper Alex Lerman Rena Lichtenstein Paul Reitzin Donald Sherman Linda Stark Brian Udany

Condolences upon the death of: Herbert Kahn Father of Maureen Stolman Janice Pivo Mother of Rabbi Jeff Pivo Robert Silverstone Husband of Susan Silverstone

Congratulations to: Jill & Michael Rosenbaum on the birth of their granddaughter, Samantha Rose Mandell. Deborah & Howard Tolsky on the birth of their grandson Riley Isaac Tolsky.

RABBI LIFSHITZ DISCRETIONARY FUND Upon the Yahrzeit of: Lauri Bauer, missing you each and every day. Scott, Alex, Jake and Brett Bauer Dan Bauer, missing you each and every day. Scott, Alex, Jake and Brett Bauer

RABBI LIFSHITZ LEGACY FUND In Honor of: Rabbi Lifshitz Jay & Idyth Zimbler Charitable Fund

CANTOR WEISBERG’S DISCRETIONARY FUND In Appreciation of: Cantor Weisberg leading the service for the shiva of our father and zayde, Samuel Dicker. Steve, Joanne, Adam and Scott Dicker Thank you for the speedy recovery prayers. Phyllis Dritz Cantor Weisberg for his kind words, support and generosity during the difficult time of the passing our beloved sister, Judith Hafley. The Ginsberg Family Cantor Weisberg, with gratitude for his participation in the bris of our grandson Henry Ryan Taustein. Miriam & Rich Krieberg Cantor Weisberg for his help and assistance during our time of need. Maureen & David Stolman In Honor of: Marla Brandt The Bikur Cholim Group The conversion and baby naming of my great grandson, Richard Xumei Tolsky, Eileen Peck In Memory of: Samuel Dicker, beloved father of Steven Dicker. Burt & Nancy Litwin Herbert Kahn, father of Maureen Stolman. With our deepest condolences to the entire Stolman family. The Dritz Family Bob Silverstone, husband of Susan Silverstone. Steve & Betty Kolko Upon the Yahrzeit of: Leonard Levy Phyllis & Bob Dritz Anne Soll Roberta & William Uhler

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TRIBUTES RABBI PIVO’S DISCRETIONARY FUND In Appreciation of: Rabbi Pivo for his kind words, support and generosity during the difficult time of the passing our beloved sister, Judith Hafley. The Ginsberg Family Rabbi Pivo for his help and assistance during our time of need. Maureen & David Stolman In Memory of: Herbert Kahn, beloved father of Maureen Stolman and father-inlaw of David Stolman, with heartfelt sympathy. Renee & Wes Brown Michael & Helaine Damsky Susan & Larry Futterman Ron & Debbie Kovich Rita & Sid Mathias The Rebnord Family Harold & Carol Rosen Stacy & Marlene Sachs Susan & Mark Zolno Robert Silverstone, husband of Susan Silverstone. Renee & Mike Malter To the David Neubauer family in memory of Bear. The Fabian Family RABBI PIVO’S DISCRETIONARY FUND In Memory of: Janice Pivo, beloved mother of Rabbi Jeff Pivo, loving mother-in-law and grandmother. With our deepest condolences to Rabbi and his entire family. Joan & Steve Attenberg Floyd & Bobbie Babbitt Carey & Lori Bacalar The Balogh Family Elliott & Carla Bankendorf Sheryl & Michael Bauer Hugh & Arlene Block Renee Blustein Myra & Neil Borkan Renee & Wes Brown Michael & Helaine Damsky Andrea & Erwin Dolgin (continued next column)

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RABBI PIVO’S DISCRETIONARY FUND (continued) In Memory of: Janice Pivo, beloved mother of Rabbi Jeff Pivo, loving mother-in-law and grandmother. With our deepest condolences to Rabbi and his entire family. The Dritz Family Ben & Debbie Dubin Vicki, Stu and Nathan Fabian Monyca & Steven Flack Cathy & Mitch Feiger Geri & Robert Friedman Helene Fox Susan & Larry Futterman Gail Gerber & Eric Yegelwel Arnie & Lee Goldberg Aaron & Sue Hershinow Andrea & Ed Hockfield Stuart & Cheryl Kersky Michael & Renee Klass Betty & Steve Kolko and Rachel, Evan, Jaclyn and Eric Ron & Debbie Kovich Sherry & Marty Krawitz Miriam & Rich Krieberg and Family Wendy Kuhlman & Jan Waxman Sandy & Andy Levitt Howard Levy Michael & Staci Levy Alan, Marcie and Ross Marcus Rita & Sid Mathias Esther Mosak Karen & Philip Nagel The Pervos Family Susie Rizman & Family and Perry Katz Susanne & Robert Pinzur Debbie, David and Hayley Posner Myron & Janet Reicher Sandra & Martin Rockwell Harold & Carol Rosen Evan & Merle Rumack Stacy & Marlene Sachs The Schrimmer Family Richard & Sally Schulman Harold & Gloria Secler Barb & Lee Silver Marcy & Jon Soble Philip & Paula Spitz and Family Rita & Steven Spitz Lori and Gary Thalheimer Susan Stouber and The Wenk Family Jeff & Rhonda Wener Laura & Stan Zoller Susan & Mark Zolno Beth Judea Men’s Club The MT Nesters

RABBI PIVO’S DISCRETIONARY FUND Upon the Yahrzeit of: Hannah Hockfield Joe Hockfield Dorothy Rose Andrea & Ed Hockfield David Polakow, beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Joel, Pam, Marni, Jason, Sarah, Celia, and Evan Polakow

Darrell Pollack, in loving memory on your Yahrzeit. Mike & Renee Malter

PRAYER BOOK FUND SHABBAT/DAILY In Memory of: Janice Pivo, beloved mother of Rabbi Jeff Pivo. Laurie B. & Ira Davis Family Upon the Yahrzeit of: Sherry Gerber Gail Gerber, Eric, Robin and Elyse Yegelwel Harold Glassman, beloved father. Rachel & Bob Ragland


In Memory of: Janice Pivo, beloved mother of Rabbi Jeff Pivo, with our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Dan & Debbie Wachspress Upon the Yahrzeit of: In loving memory of Irving H. Babbitt, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, on his yahrzeit. Jeanne S. Babbitt and Family

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Speedy Recovery Wishes to: Rose Price, wishing you a speedy recovery. Liz Schachter In Memory of: Herbert Kahn, father of Maureen Stolman. Sheryl & Michael Bauer Geri & Robert Friedman

In Memory of: Herbert Kahn, beloved father of Maureen Stolman. With our deepest condolences to the entire family. Dave, Marilyn, Daniel and Jacob Rebnord Rhonda & Jeff Wener

In Memory of: Norma Gordon, beloved mother and grandmother. Stuart & Cheryl Kersky

In loving memory of our fathers: Sidney Krakauer and Charles Hermann Manny Krakauer & Patty Hermann Janice Pivo, beloved mother of Rabbi Jeff Pivo. Andi Dickson Hennie & Morrie Elisco Sandy & Andy Levitt Michael & Susan Mangurten Upon the Yahrzeit of: Ellen Wener, beloved mother and grandmother. Jeff & Rhonda Wener & Family

CONGREGATIONAL SUPPORT FUND In Memory of: Samuel Dicker, father of Steve Dicker. Barb & Lee Silver

CAMP RAMAH FUND In Memory of: Janice Pivo, beloved mother and grandmother of Rabbi Jeff Pivo and family. Barbara & Richard Kavitt Carol & Elizabeth Rosenthal, beloved grandparents. Mr. & Mrs. Chuck Field

Louis & Rebecca Schwartz Mr. & Mrs. Chuck Field

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Robert Silverstone, husband of Susan Silverstone. Staci, Michael, Abbby and Steven Levy Upon the Yahrzeit of: Janet Thomas, beloved sister Rhonda & Jeff Wener

FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN FUND In Memory of: Janice Pivo, loving mother of Rabbi Jeff Pivo. Nancy & Lenny Manwith The Board of Jewish Education Early Childhood Center

Janice Pivo, loving mother of Rabbi Jeff Pivo. With my sincerest condolences to the entire the entire family on your loss. Ronna Leibach LINDA AND ALBERT STARK FUND In Memory of: Herbert Kahn, beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather of Maureen Stolman and Family. Linda & Albert Stark

Janice Pivo, beloved mother and grandmother to the Pivo family. Linda & Albert Stark Upon the Yahrzeit of: Ann Nemser, most cherished and dearly beloved mother, nanny and great-nanny. Linda & Albert Stark

KIDDUSH FUND In Memory of: Herbert Kahn, beloved father of Maureen Stolman. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the entire Stolman Family on their loss. Arnie & Lee Goldberg Upon the Yahrzeit of: Joseph Green, our beloved father. Alan & Debbi Green

SISTERHOOD FUND In Memory of: Janice Pivo, loving mother of Rabbi Jeff Pivo. With our sincerest condolences to the entire family on your loss. Lauri & Stan Rosenbloom

Peter Stark, beloved cousin. Linda & Albert Stark USY/KADIMA SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Honor of: Bonnie Sender’s birthday. The Bernstein Family In Memory of: Joel Mosak Diane & Howard Ganden Esther Mosak Barbara & Bryan Mosak Josephine C. Nunez-Gross Janice Pivo, beloved mother of Rabbi Jeff Pivo. Tammy & David Brody and Family Upon the Yahrzeit of: Irwin Dritz, may his memory be a blessing. Robert Dritz and Family

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Upon the Yahrzeit of: Irwin Dritz, may his memory be a blessing. Robert Dritz and Family

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Upon the Yahrzeit of: Erwin Berenson Jeff, Melinda, Jonathan and Elizabeth Fine

ETHAN LEVITAN MEMORIAL FUND Upon the Yahrzeit of: In loving memory of my grandson, Ethan. Esther Levitan In loving memory of our cherished son and brother, Ethan. Bill, Judy, Hayley and Ashley Levitan JACK RIZMAN MEMORIAL FUND

In Honor of: Mazel Tov to Linda & Gil Autokal on your grandson Noah’s Bar Mitzvah. Susie Rizman and Family Mazel Tov on Noah’s Bar Mitzvah. Susie Rizman and Family In Memory of: Bernice Altman, beloved mother, mother-inlaw, grandmother and great-grandmother of Michael and Joni Altman and family. With our sincere condolences. Morry & Marty Rizman Herbert Kahn, beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather of Maureen Stolman and Family. Susie Rizman & Howard Levy Upon the Yahrzeit of: Jack Rizman, in loving memory of my dear son. Pola Rizman Jack Rizman, with loving memory of our wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Susie Rizman and Family JUDY WALCER MEMORIAL FUND In Honor of: Corey on his Bar Mitzvah. We are so proud of you. Love mom and dad and your entire family! Russel & Cheryl Barnett Chuck Walcer on your grandson, Corey Barnett’s beautiful Bar Mitzvah. Floyd & Bobbie Babbitt In Memory of: Elaine Finder & Minnie Zeiss Carol & Mark Finder

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FEBRUARY 2014 Sunday






Saturday 01

02 8:00 am 8:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am 3:30 pm

09 8:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am 10:00 am 10:30 am 2:00 pm


03 Talmud Study 6:15 am World Wide Wrap12:00 pm Minyan Religious School 6:00 pm Bingo@Friends 6:30 pm 7:30 pm 8:00 pm

04 Minyan 7:30 am Lunch&Learn(@ 4:15 pm Sunset Foods) 6:15 pm Movie Series 7:00 pm (at CBJ) 7:30 pm Beyahad (@TC) 8:00 pm Minyan Finance Mtg.

10 Talmud Study 6:15 am Minyan 12:00 pm Religious School Purim Masq. Mtg 6:30 pm Gan Shalom 7:30 pm Bring Your Pets 8:00 pm to Alden Retirement Ctr in Long Grove

11 Minyan 7:30 am Lunch&Learn(@ 4:15 pm Sunset Foods) 6:15 pm Beyahad (@TC) 6:30 pm Minyan 7:00 pm Membershp Mtg 7:30 pm 8:00 pm 8:00 pm



NO RELIGIOUS SCHOOL 6:15 am 8:00 am Talmud Study 12:00 pm 9:00 am Minyan 10:00 am Purim 6:30 pm Masquerade Mtg 7:30 pm 8:00 pm 8:00 pm

NO BEYAHAD 7:30 am Minyan 4:15 pm Lunch&Learn(@ 6:15 pm Sunset Foods) 6:30 pm Purim Masq Mtg Minyan 7:00 pm Program Mtg. 7:30 pm Planned Giving 8:00 pm Mtg. 8:00 pm 8:00 pm Ritual Mtg.

23 8:00 am 9:00 am 9:00 am 4:30 pm

24 Talmud Study 6:15 am Minyan 12:00 pm Religious School; Man/Youth of the 6:30 pm Year Award Dinner at 6:30 pm Beth Shalom 7:30 pm 8:00 pm

25 Minyan 7:30 am Lunch&Learn(@ 4:15 pm Sunset Foods) 6:15 pm Sisterhoood 6:30 pm Vashti Event 7:00 pm Beyahad(@TC) 7:30 pm Minyan 8:00 pm Social Action Mtg.

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05 Minyan Religious Sch Heh USY Minyan Hebrew Lit 2

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

12 Minyan 7:30 am Religious Sch 7:00 pm Heh 7:30 pm Education Mtg 8:00 pm USY 8:00 pm Minyan Hebrew Lit 2 Ways&Means 19 Minyan 7:30 am Religious Sch 6:30 pm Heh 7:00 pm Purim Masq 7:30 pm Mtg 8:00 pm USY 8:00 pm Minyan . Hebrew Lit 2 Communicatio Mtg. 26 Minyan 7:30 am Religious Sch 7:00 pm Heh 7:30 pm Education Mtg 8:00 pm USY Minyan Hebrew Lit 2

06 Minyan Melton (CBJ) Minyan Torah Study Facilities Mtg. .

9:00 am Torah Study 9:00 am Gimel Shabbat 9:30 am Shabbat Svcs. 10:30 am Gan Shabbat 10:30 am Interpret Svc 7:00 pm Sisterhood – Nosh-A-Nite 08


7:30 am Minyan 7:30 am Minyan 9:00 am Torah Study 7:30 pm Minyan 6:15 pm K-2nd Grade 9:00 am Gimel Shabbat 7:45 pm Parsha Shabbat Dinner 9:30 am Shabbat Svcs Perspectives 7:30 pm Shabbat Svc 9:30 am Bat Mitzvah 8:00 pm JewishHistory 10:30 am Gan Shabbat w/Rabbi L 8:00 pm Israel Comm Candle Ltg. Mtg.. 4:58 pm 8:00 pm Youth Mtg. 13


Minyan 7:30 am Minyan 7:30 am Melton(Beth Am) 9:30 am Blend It Up 7:30 pm Minyan w/ Rabbi PivoTorah Study Caribou Coffee Sisterhood Book 7:30 pm Minyan Club. 7:45 pm Parsha Perspectives 8:00 pm CCJH w/ Rabbi Lifshitz 8:00 pm Exec. Mtg. 20 21

15 NO GIMEL Minyan 9:00 am Torah Study Shabbat Svc 9:15 am MC-Lieberman 9:30 am Shabbat Svcs. 9:30 am Bat Mitzvah 10:30 am Gan Shabbat Candle Ltg. 10:30 am Interpret Svc. 5:07 pm


Minyan 7:30 am Purim Masq Mtg 2:00 pm Melton(Beth Am) Minyan 6:30 pm Torah Study Finance Mtg. 7:30 pm 7:45 pm

Minyan David Alhadeff 9:00 am Torah Study Challah speaking during9:00 am Gimel Shabbat Chaverim 7:30 pm Shabbat Svc Dalet Leading Purim Masq 9:30 am Shabbat Svcs. Mtg. 10:30 am Gan Shabbat Minyan Candle Ltg. 10:30 am Teen Minyan Parsha 5:16 pm 7:00 pm Bowling Perspectives League 8:00 pm CCJH w/ 8:00 pm PURIM MASQ Rabbi Lifshitz 8:00 pm Board Mtg. 27 28

Minyan 7:30 am Melton(BethAm) 7:30 pm Minyan 7:45 pm Torah Study 8:00 pm

Minyan 7:30 pm Shabbat Svc Minyan Parsha Perspectives Candle Ltg. NO CCJH 5:25 pm

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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.

Candle Lighting Times

Worship Schedule Conducted by Rabbi Jeff Pivo and Cantor Roger J. Weisberg Monday Minyan…………….......6:15 a.m. Daily Minyan…………………...7:30 p.m. Friday Night Services…………..7:30 p.m. Saturday Services……………….9:30 a.m. Sunday Services…………………9:00 a.m.

Candle Lighting time is calculated for 18 minutes before sunset and is adjusted for Daylight Savings Time. February 7

.…...................................…… 4:58 p.m.

February 14

................................................ 5:07 p.m.

February 21

................................................ 5:16 p.m.

February 28

................................................ 5:25 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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