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l A brief guide to challenges facing israel l CANTOR MEREL: SEDER REFLECTIONS l why we give: Meet Jenny and Andrew Bratt
Platt Youth to Israel Trip Our teens tell why it was a life-changing trip
Cover photo by Michael Kurnow
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Platt Youth to Israel Trip: It was Life-Changing! Our 11th grade students have returned from the inaugural Linda and Shearn Platt Youth to Israel Trip. They share what had the most impact on them.
Why We Give: Meet Jenny and Andrew Bratt Jenny and Andrew share how they became involved at Beth Israel and why they chose to support the Campaign for Beth Israel. We say thank you to all donors.
Religious School: A Safe Place to be Jewish Children transition from our Bill and Sid Rubin Preschool to kindergarten with a solid foundation in Judaism. So why enroll them in religious school?
10 Cantor Sheldon Merel: Seder Reflections Cantor Merel shares photos, memories and traditions from a lifetime of family Passover seders.
11 What’s Going on at Beth Israel March-June Worship services, programs, events for all ages and interests. Pull out and keep this center section to stay on top of what’s going on at Beth Israel.
16 A Brief Guide to the Challenges Facing Israel In 2014 Israel faces a hostile world and difficult internal issues. Our Israel Committee offers a synopsis. 18 What Does Being a Member of a Synagogue Mean to You? That’s the question we asked five members. They pondered and then responded with very thoughtful - and very different - answers.
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Thoughts on Ariel Sharon, z”l Edited from a Sermon I Gave after his Death By Rabbi Michael Berk I was surprised by the sadness I felt when Ariel Sharon died. So much controversy swirled around him during his career, I only recently have come to appreciate his greatness. Col. Uri Dromi, who now serves in the Israeli Air Force Reserve, knew Sharon and wrote a moving piece about him for the Jewish Journal. Dromi reflected on an anecdote from when Sharon spoke to an elite officer training program in Israel about the Six-Day War, when, as General Ariel Sharon, his division broke the backbone of the Egyptian army and enabled the breakthrough into Sinai, thus paving the way for Israel’s great land victory. Sharon spent six hours studying details of the battle. Asked why he had to refresh his memory, Sharon told Dromi, “Young man, I just spoke to a group of serious people. You have to prepare for that.” Then he added: “Whatever you do, do it properly.” (“Kmo she’zarich,” in Hebrew.) Dromi says that to Sharon, kmo she’zarich meant doing things as they should be done. How does it work when we hold up Sharon’s record to his own standard? Well, it’s complicated, just as Israel’s history is. When Israel was fighting for its existence in 1948, the IDF seemed incapable of stopping terrorist infiltrations from the Egyptian and Jordanian borders. Israel turned to Major Sharon and established Unit 101. Many in the IDF and the Israeli government felt that some of their tactics weren’t proper, but Israel regained its deterrence. When the Yom Kippur war broke out, Israel was close to losing the war and being wiped out. Once again, Israel turned to Sharon. He did things his superiors thought were improper — they even talked about firing him. Luckily for Israel, they didn’t. His performance during the first dark days of the war will go down in Israel’s history as the quintessence of Israeli resilience. Perhaps the darkest mark on Sharon’s career is the first Lebanon War, in which he misled Prime Minister Begin. The fiasco culminated in the massacres by Lebanese Christians of Palestinian refugees in the Sabra and Shatila camps. Always a self-critical society, Sharon was blamed and fired as defense minister. The nation had decided that, in this case, he hadn’t done things k’mo she’tzarich, but as Dromi says, Sharon probably felt otherwise. Sharon believed it had been right to kick Yasser Arafat and his terrorist apparatus from Lebanon, thus hammering in the message that you can’t mess with Israel for long and get away with it. In its short history Israel has faced unbelievably tragic dilemmas, forced between choices of staggering complexity. Sometimes horrible things have been done. But as a result, there is a Jewish state; a state founded by a people traumatized by a world that for 2,000 years made it very clear: “You can rely on no one to protect you.” In 1948 we said “OK. We’ll take care of ourselves.” Because of the strength of commitment, audacity, courage, and frankly, heroic posture, of the great leaders of Israel, including Ariel Sharon, we have Israel. May this valiant soldier for the Jewish people rest in peace. Amen.
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Please Join us in Honoring Jeff Silberman with the Carl M. Esenoff Award By Meg Mandel Beth Israel is often described as a “community of communities.” In a congregation our size, this is not surprising. The diversity within our synagogue is one of the most exciting and interesting aspects of Beth Israel. Yet, we remain connected to one another as we strive to fulfill our mission of creating a meaningful connection to Judaism in an inclusive and nurturing way. It is particularly gratifying when we have the opportunity to come together as a community to worship, study or support one another in times of need as well as in times of joy. This spring, we will have just such an occasion when we gather together to honor Jeff Silberman with the Carl M. Esenoff Memorial Award for Extraordinary Community Service. The Esenoff Award recognizes a member of Beth Israel who demonstrates exceptional service not only to the temple, but also to the greater San Diego Jewish and general communities as well. The award is named after its first recipient, Carl M. Esenoff, who served as president of Beth Israel in 19741975. Esenoff established high standards of community service, was highly respected in the community and is fondly remembered for his humble nature. The Esenoff award is not presented annually but rather only when a recipient is considered to have risen to its exacting standards. It has been ten years since the Esenoff Award was last presented, and I am delighted that it will be given to someone who truly embodies the essence of the award. Jeff is a lifelong member of our congregation and is a graduate of The Wexner Heritage Foundation leadership program. He served as President of Beth Israel from 2003-2005 and is one of the co-chairs of The Campaign for Beth Israel. In the community, Jeff is the Board Chair of the Jewish Community Foundation, serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Jewish Federation of San Diego County, and is also a Board member of the Francis Parker School as well as the co-chair of their endowment campaign. The award will be presented at Beth Israel at the Esenoff Award Gala on May 17, 2014, and all Beth Israel members are warmly invited to share in the celebration. The fundraising gala is co-chaired by Miriam Norton and Mary Ann Scher, and the proceeds will benefit the many programs and services offered at Beth Israel. The committee is planning an evening that you won’t want to miss. After a cocktail reception and dinner, we will gather for a Havdalah service. The program and award presentation will follow, and then we will be treated to a performance by comedian Robert Klein. The evening will conclude with a sumptuous dessert reception. The generosity and support of the community has been remarkable. Local restaurants will donate all the food, and several individuals and organizations have stepped forward to underwrite the event (see ad on page 7). Jeff views this event as an opportunity to celebrate life at Beth Israel. This perspective so aptly reflects Jeff’s committed and modest nature. Rather than revel in his achievements, Jeff has turned the focus back to our community. In both word and action, Jeff is truly an outstanding leader. I hope that you will join me in May to celebrate Jeff’s accomplishments and to share what is sure to be a memorable evening for the entire Beth Israel community.
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My Favorite Part of t h e Pl at t Yo ut h to I sra e l Tri p Beth Israel is committed to fostering a connection with and love for Israel and its people. Recently, 12 teens (ten from Beth Israel) returned from the first annual trip to Israel made possible by long-time Beth Israel members Linda and Shearn Platt. Here’s what they had to say about their experience. The time I spent in Israel I will never forget as long as I live. Not only did my Jewish identity grow, the bonds I made with my temple mates that were on the trip are even stronger. If I had to choose one most memorable thing about the trip I would say two. The first was being at the Kotel on Shabbat. Seeing that many Jews packed in one area all praying to the same G-d and singing the same prayer was so breath taking. Dancing and praying with the songs I learned in America and hearing them sung the same way almost half way across the world blew my mind. The second thing that was most memorable was meeting the Shar Hanegev teens. They were the most amazing bunch of people...The bonds and relationships I made on this trip will never be forgotten. -Aaron Erickson
To me, one of the best parts was being able to explore Israel with some of my best friends. Another thing I thought was enjoyable was being able to spend half of the time with some Israeli teens. It was a fun experience to see how the teens live. In Israel, in each of the houses, there is a bomb shelter. I think they are so brave growing up and living in a place where during play or study, one hears an alarm saying “Red Alert” three times, during which they have at most 15 seconds to find a shelter. There could be a missile attack at any time and the kids have to be prepared. I also liked seeing the Western Wall, and riding on a camel. It was truly a great trip and life-changing for me! - Aaron Fogg It is hard to say that I had a favorite part on the trip, because honestly every moment was new and changed my outlook on not only Israel and the Jewish race, but myself as well. However, if I had to choose a favorite part, it would either be staying in a kibbutz and seeing really how Israelis live or just simply spending time in the vast deserts... The trip impacted me on so many levels, from the aspects that included hiking where Moses was walking to the fact that Israel is a completely underrated jewel in its physical beauty...we went to S’derot, a small town less than a mile away from the Gaza Strip, where I learned...they will not give up their small kibbutz, because of their strong pride and for the preservation of their dignity. I have never seen a Jew, secular or religious, defend their land for the sake of being Jewish ever before...Israel was not only about being religious, but about personal identity as well. - Henry Nieberg
This trip was the undoubtedly most incredible two weeks of my life. While the entire trip was impactful, meeting the Israeli teens our age was most significant part of the trip for me...we talked at length about daily life in Israel, particularly how media coverage of current events there frequently differs from what we see and hear back home...Participating in discussion topics and activities about Judaism provided us a comfortable place to explore our similarities and differences regarding how we view our Judaism...these activities created an amazing bond between our two groups, and we formed fantastic friendships in our short time together. - Claire Goldman I had no original plan to visit Israel. Now that I visited, I have learned plenty, not just about myself but of the culture that has adopted me. I never really thought of Israel as a homeland. I thought of it as a successful country for the Jews, Christians and Muslims. After this trip despite such diversity, I’ve never seen such communal connection and unity over the same cause. It’s quite miraculous if you ask me. I’d gladly go back to see more deeply into the people’s lives. Sure there’s plenty of history there, but I was completely more interested in the people. The people are what made this trip such a success to me. - Paul Holtzman
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...the experience that impacted me the most on our trip was the night we stayed in the Bedouin tents...One could easily have fit our entire tour bus inside of it. After the initial rush of excitement, we got ourselves set up to sleep on small mattresses on the floor. Sitting on the floor of the tent that night was the only time I really got to talk to some of the Israeli teens...Dinner was amazing...We sat on small benches near the ground around low tables and ate off of one giant plate in the center of the table... There were some organized activities and then a song circle accompanied by s’mores. Around midnight, we had to turn the lights off. Nobody actually went to sleep for a few hours. The hours spent talking to the Israeli teens in the dark of the tent might have been the most fun I had on the entire trip. - Eliana Weinthal It is hard to put into words the feelings of being in the Holy Land. We went to the Kotel on Shabbat and I was struck with an immense feeling of pride and awe; pride in the Jewish culture that has been sustained for thousands of years and awe in the amount of people gathered around the wall, singing and praying. There were many instances like this that made me extremely grateful to be Jewish. Connecting with Israeli teens from Sha’ar Hanegev was also interesting. It was surprising how similar their lives are to ours despite their proximity to Gaza...I have never felt a stronger connection to my Jewish identity and am eager to revisit my homeland, Eretz Yisrael. - Jaclyn Estrin One of the most influential moments of my trip was when we went to Mount Bental. While discussing Israel’s battles against intruding countries during the Six-Day War, we listened to the sound of gunshots and bombs in the Syrian Civil War. Hearing the sounds of war in Syria made the need for a Jewish homeland very apparent to us, and I felt like I understood the importance of Israel better than I ever had before. - Celia Tedde
I’ll start out by saying the entire trip was fantastic and tiring and mind-blowing all at once...It is one thing to learn about the atrocities and the severity of the situations in the Middle East. It is a whole other thing to actually hear explosions coming from Syria, or plant pear trees by Lebanon, or see through the eyes of the children in Nahal Oz, the kibbutz closest to the Gaza strip, or interact with soldiers only a couple years older than we, whose reality is the stories we hear in the news. Meeting the Israelis and getting to stay with the families for a couple nights helped me realize similarities as well as differences in our cultures and societies. - Lauren Cook
I had preconceived notions of what an Israeli teenager’s life would be like. Everything completely changed when I went and stayed in their homes...The Israeli kids thought it was so strange that the American kids all have drivers licenses and that we are so worried about college, and we had a hard time understanding the fact that they are going to the army and have bomb shelters in their homes. I felt so close to these kids...It totally changed my perspective...My eyes have been opened and I’m rethinking what my future might hold. This was the greatest trip that I have ever been on, and I am so privileged to have been given the opportunity. - Gracie Glaser
My trip to Israel was eye opening and transformative. I was able to experience Judaism in the Jewish homeland...and what being Jewish means to secular Israelis...On this trip I made new friends with Israeli teenagers and fortified old friendships with my friends at temple. Although the information I learned was emotional and shocking at some points, the information will stick with me forever...After returning from Israel, I now feel like it is my duty to be an advocate for Israel and help others to comprehend the situation of people living near the Gaza Strip. I never thought I could be so connected to a piece of land...halfway across the world...but I am and I forever will be...I am incredibly grateful to Linda and Shearn Platt for allowing me to experience the multifaceted Israel. I will never forget this journey and I can’t wait to go back. - Kelila Krantz One of the most meaningful nights in Israel in regards to my connection to Judaism was Shabbat night at the Kotel, where there were tons of Jews dancing, singing, and praying together in the endless, turning circles. Stepping back and soaking it all in allowed me to marvel at what we were a part of – and we really were a part of it, the typical Sahbbat night at the Kotel, dancing and celebrating, and just living with the Israelis. It’s so much easier to keep Shabbat there...in Israel, every-thing closes down, and it’s typical to have a close, family dinner. It made me appreciate our Shabbats here more, and I’ve found myself making more of an effort to observe it. It was great to experience everyday life there...at the kibbutzim of the Israeli teens we were with. Maya, my home host, was so welcoming and friendly, it felt as if we were sisters. I can’t wait to see them all this summer! - Mara Cook Jewish Federation of San Diego County provided additional funding for the Sha’ar HaNegev partnership
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T h e C a m pa i g n f o r B e t h I s r a e l :
Why We Give: Supporting what we care about By Liz Levine Beth Israel is blessed with remarkable, caring, committed members. This series on the Campaign for Beth Israel continues with a profile of Andrew and Jenny Bratt, a young couple who became involved in the congregation immediately upon their arrival in San Diego. When Jenny and Andrew Bratt moved to San Diego from New York City in 2010, the young couple knew they wanted to connect with the Jewish community here. “We came from a place with a lot of Jews, and we felt comfortable being Jewish in New York,” Jenny said. “We wanted to embrace the Jewish community.”
Embrace it, they did. Jenny and Andrew sought a rabbi to marry them and were referred to Rabbi Satz. They soon joined Beth Israel. “To us, it seems fundamental,” Jenny said. “You’ve got to have a Temple.” Andrew Bratt, Ryder and Jenny Hill Bratt
“Other organizations support Jewish people, Jewish causes. Jewish is the Temple,” Andrew maintained. “Personally,
too, I was motivated to meet people,” he said. Having moved to San Diego for Jenny’s job as an attorney in DLA Piper’s trusts and estates practice, Andrew at that time had not yet lined up a job in his field. He now serves as in-house legal counsel and provides investment consulting services for Pension Consulting Alliance.
At a New Member Shabbat dinner shortly after they joined Beth Israel, Jenny and Andrew were seated at a table with thenincoming president Emily Jennewein. Emily was eager to add young people in their 20s and 30s to the board of directors, and her conversation with Jenny and Andrew convinced her that Jenny would be an asset to the congregation’s governing body. After a vote by the membership at its annual meeting, Jenny joined the board in 2011. Andrew had asked about the time commitment, and Jenny had responded that board meetings were held monthly and lasted a couple of hours. For the two continued on page 15
Thank you to our Campaign for Beth Israel Donors
We are very grateful to these individuals for their generous commitment to the Campaign for Beth Israel. As of January 31, 2014, their combined gifts have enabled us to raise over $12 million towards our $20 million campaign goal. To give a gift visit www.cbisd.org/giving and select Campaign for Beth Israel or call Heather Taylor-Williams at 858-900-2510. Sophie* and Arthur* Brody Clive David Pauline Foster Lee and Frank Goldberg Family Evelyn and Ernest Rady Karen and Jeffrey Silberman Anonymous (2) Amy Corton and Carl Eibl Linda and Shearn Platt Cynthia and Lorne Polger Elizabeth and Mitch Siegler Family Iris and Matthew Strauss Esther Fischer Ellen and Herbert Hafter, Jr. Barbara* and Alan Haubenstock Tracy and Gary Hirschfeld Meryl Maneker and Peter Herman Emily and Chris Jennewein Sallye and Larry Krause Gail and Jim Malkus Rebecca and Larry Newman 6 SPRING 2014/5774
The Robins Family Mary Ann and George Scher May Sebel Bev and Howard Silldorf Anne and Ronald Simon David Bark Joyce and Robert Blumberg Susanna and Michael Flaster Carol and Ron Fox Jean* and Herm* Gordon Margaret and Jerald Katleman Leona and Dr. Jerome Levy Anna Newton and Steven Guthauser Sima and Joe Oppenheimer Judi and Bob Schwartz Gayle and Donald Slate Anonymous Nancy and Dean Abelon Janet and Larry Acheatel Dr. Roger Acheatel and Dr. Ingrid Scharpf Betty Amber Rabbis Aliza and Michael Berk
Robert Berton in memory of Debbie Berton Lynn Barbara Binder Sheila and Stan Bliss Barbara Bloom Jenny and Andrew Bratt Merle and Mitchell Brodie Kaylee and Dan Brogadir Traci Carpenter and Kim Carnot, Emma and Harley Carpenter Valerie and Ross Cohen Deborah DeBow and Herb Weissman April and Matthew Fink Nadine and Philip* Finkel Davis B. Fox Cynthia and Howard Fram Marcia and Leonard Fram Jeff Freeman Heidi Gantwerk and Andy Mayer Joanne and Ken Gimbel Francine and Phillip Ginsburg Lori Gildred Linda and Jerry Goldberg Barbara and Gordon Haworth Deborah Horwitz and Paul Nierman Ellen and Adam Kahn Jill and Martin Koller
Ava and Michael Kurnow Marsha and Herbert Lubick Meg and Jess Mandel Julianne and Greg Markow Lynn and Michael Maskin Mary Marshall and Steve Gould Judy and Bob Metz Jessica and Michael Middleton Lesley Mills Elaine Moser Nancy and Alan Nevin Haydee Ojeda-Fournier and Andy Lowy Liz Levine and Andrew Resnick Vivian Rich Renee and Joseph O’Rourke Rae and Ed Samiljian Marjorie and Sanford Schane Brenda and Ben Schneider Sydney and Rick Serwin Penny and Sidney Spector Susan and Richard Ulevitch Jamie and Kevin Wechter Arlene and Fred Weitzen, Jr. Susan and Ed Weiner Cynthia and Sydney Wexler *of blessed memory
Beth Israel Esenoff Award Gala
Saturday, May 17, 2014 Honoring Jeff Silberman
with Beth Israel’s highest honor, the Carl M. Esenoff Memorial Award for extraordinary community service To be held at Beth Israel 5:30 pm Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres 6:30 pm Dinner Sampling of “Jeff’s Favorites” 8:00 pm Award Program and Performance by Robert Klein 9:30 pm Dessert Reception Cocktails, dinner and dessert al Fresco Look for your invitation to arrive in March
Event Co-Chairs Miriam Norten Mary Ann Scher Honorary Committee Past Esenoff Award Recipients Carl M. Esenoff* 1987 Victor J. Schulman* 1988 Herbert J. Solomon 1989 Pauline and Stanley* Foster 1991 Shearn Platt 1993 Pearl Slayen* 1995 Alberta and Charles* Feurzeig 1998 Bob Breitbard* 2000 Mary Ann Scher 2004 *of blessed memory Event Committee Julie and Edgar Berner Jenny and Andrew Bratt
Stefanie Levine and Michael Breslauer Amy Corton and Carl Eibl Phyllis and Dan Epstein Esther Fischer Carol and Ron Fox Lee and Frank Goldberg Linda and Jerry Goldberg Emily and Chris Jennewein Marjory Kaplan and J.J. Surbeck Sandy and Arthur Levinson Anne Nagorner Cindy and Lorne Polger Arlene and Jerry Rosen Elizabeth and Mitch Siegler Karen Foster Silberman Anne and Ronald Simon Esther and Steve Solomon Susanne Stanford
Event Staff Executive Director Lesley Mills Event Coordinator Terri Bignell Communications Director Karen Shein Facilities Coordinator Lynn Sampson Executive Assistant Heather Taylor-Williams Clergy Rabbi Michael Berk Rabbi Arlene Bernstein, Cantor Rabbi Michael Satz President Meg Mandel Event Underwriters Succession Capital Alliance Julian Movsesian Ian Smulowitz
Carleton Management, Inc. Marc Channick/ Delphi Private Advisors Frances Parker School Jeannie and Arthur Rivkin Rancho Valencia Michael Breslauer Managing Partner, Solomon Ward Seidenurm and Smith Daniel Gardenswartz, Harry Proctor, Richard Seidenwurm, Lawrence Sherman, Herb Solomon, Norman Smith Michael Abramson Davis B. Fox Sandy and Arthur Levinson Michael Levinson, Steve Strauss, Cooley LLP Pathfinder Partners, LLC, Elizabeth and Mitch Siegler Cindy and Lorne Polger
Caren and Larry Poster Richard Silberman Joann and Eric Weitzen Community Partners Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego Jewish Federation of San Diego County Participating Restaurants Blue Point Coastal Cuisine Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India Chef Deborah Scott’s Island Prime/C-Level, Indigo Grill and Vintana Wine+Dine D Bar Restaurant The Patio on Lamont Street The Prado at Balboa Park
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religious school: a safe place to be jewish By Leah R. Singer I am a lucky Jewish mother. My 6-year-old daughter, Sophie, attends a public school with fantastic test scores, within walking distance to our house, and in an incredibly supportive community. It’s a wonderful place for her to start her primary education experience. For these reasons and others, I elected not to enroll Sophie in religious school. What I’ve come to realize, however, is that religious school serves a purpose that I did not understand until Sophie became a kindergartner. This past December, every student in Sophie’s class had to draw a picture of a family holiday tradition and share it with the class. Sophie’s tradition was celebrating Hanukkah with family at her grandparent’s house. The picture included illustrations of her family, a menorah and a dreidel in the background. Sophie told me she was the only kid in her class who talked about Hanukkah, while the other students shared Christmas traditions. This made sense to me, given the small percentage of Jewish students at the school. However this became the first of many experiences that differentiated us from the masses with respect to religion. Before entering public school, Sophie spent three years at the Bill & Sid Rubin Preschool at Beth Israel. That experience – along with our choice to be a Jewish family – gave Sophie a wonderful foundation for Judaism. This may sound strange, but that was one of the reasons I elected not to enroll her in religious school her first year in kindergarten.
I felt that she had a strong belief system. And since I was planning to keep up the celebration of Jewish holidays at home, why did I need to send her to religious school right away? Her public school has a stellar reputation for teaching reading, writing and arithmetic. Public school is not about religion and that is perfectly okay with me. What became difficult was not the lack of Judaism, but the assumption that every student fell into the Christian-centric religious pod. I saw this clearly with the Christmas songs the kids learned; the school band playing carols in the morning; and decorations of Santa and the like hanging adorning the buildings. I expect holiday celebrations. But I did not expect the nonexistence of Hanukkah and the overabundance of Christmas.
Being the only different kid can be very isolating. I want Sophie to feel like she has a place that embraces and recognizes her family, heritage and personality. Religious school can help provide a community that a student might not have in public (or private) schools. It can be a place for a child to develop an identity, participate in a community, and be a part of something larger than herself. I share my story because our experience may lead others to think of religious school as more than a place to “learn about being Jewish” or prepare for a Bat Mitzvah. That is certainly how my thinking has changed. Parenting and being a kid is hard enough these days. I, for one, would like to make it a little easier where I can. I’ll start by enrolling Sophie in religious school this fall.
Leah R. Singer is a writer and marketing strategist who helps businesses and entrepreneurs tell their story. She writes regularly for The Huffington Post; Red Tricycle; and her own blog about family, motherhood, traditions and cooking at Leah’s Thoughts, www.leahsthoughts.com. Leah and her family have been members of Beth Israel for more than five years. Her daughter, Sophie, recently “graduated” from our Bill and Sid Rubin Preschool. For more information on the Lee and Frank Goldberg Family Religious School, contact Director of Religious School Education Ava Kurnow at 858 900-2552.
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Cantor Merel: Seder Reflections by Cantor Emeritus Sheldon Merel
Sheldon Merel, fourth from left, at seder with family and friends in 1935
By Cantor Sheldon Merel I clearly remember the Seders I attended at the home of relatives during my Hebrew school days. I was proud to chant the “ Ma Nishtana” and sing along in Hebrew. The group would sing the songs they knew, but talked most of the time. The conversation was not relevant to Passover while the leader was mumbling along through the Maxwell House Haggadah. The food was great, but the service dragged on into the night. In spite of this, for me, a child, it was fun to be with family and friends to celebrate Passover. Those Seders were an important part of my identification as a Jew.
from the Olympics by the Russian government because he was a Jew. They Marcie Merel shared their dramatic and personal exodus experiences that brought new depth to our Seder and the biblical story.
For over 60 years Marcie and I delighted in hosting our own Seders and making the content relevant. A perfect example of this happened in the 1970s, when seated around our table were three immigrants: Katrina from Hungary, Felicia from Rumania, and Gregory a champion wrestler rejected
The Haggadah tells about our forefathers who changed the course of history: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. With this in mind, I replaced the story of the four sons who ask questions, and chose the opportunity to learn about individuals who have
A weird and funny coincidence occurred at one of our Seders. As the door was opened to welcome Elijah the prophet, there stood a non- Jewish friend of one of our sons about to ring the bell. Naturally he joined our Seder.
Marcie Merel, second from left, at 1942 family seder
continued to make significant contributions to our people to this day. Some days before our Seder, I would ask four guests to prepare a brief description of people I suggested, or of their own choice. Some of those we learned about were: Raoul Wallenberg, Justice Louis Brandies, David Marcus, Sempo Sulghara, (Ambassador in Lithuania during WWII), Henrietta Szold, Admiral Rickover, Chain Weitzman, Nathan,Strauss, Uriah P. Levy, Theodore Herzl, Irene Sendler, and those who saved the Sarajevo Haggadah from the Nazis. This special education segment remained as a favorite part of our Seders. Obviously, we sing a lot of traditional and some new songs. After we sing the familiar version of “Dayenu” I add a recent version with contemporary lyrics written by a colleague of mine: “If we stop a single death, and we do not banish war Dayenu, Dayenu...could this be enough? If we banish all pollution, and still let our children starve, Dayenu, Dayenu...could this be enough? If we put an end to hate, hunger, war, poverty... When we all understand what
freedom really means, Dayenu, Dayenu, THIS would be enough!” The search for freedom is the very essence of Passover and the Seder reminds us that the search should never end!
Cantor Merel, center in white shirt Marcie Merel, seated, second from right Longtime Beth Israel choir director and organist Bob MacLeod, fourth from left
Beth Israel granted emeritus status to Cantor Sheldon Merel after twelve years of outstanding service as cantor of our congregation. He and his wife Marcie continue to be active members. During his illustrious career, Cantor Merel presented concerts of Jewish music, and was guest soloist with symphony orchestras throughout North America. Cantor Merel is a founding member of the American Conference of Cantors. The contemporary version of Dayenu, part of the oratorio Haggadah, Search for Freedom is on Cantor Merel’s CD, Standing Ovation. Further information and availability can found at www.Merel@merel.us.
Beth Israel Calendar Pull Out: March-June 2014 Please pull out this section to keep and use until the next Beth Israel Quarterly arrives in June.
Worship Schedule Saturday, March 1
Torah Portion: P’kudei, Exod. 38:21-40:38 Haftarah: II Kings 12:5-16 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Service Leader: Al Kohn, Torah Reader: Leslie Mark, D’var Torah: Dan Linn 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bat Mitzvah
Friday, March 7
6:00 p.m. Tot Shabbat Service 6:00 p.m. Shabbat Simcha Service for families with young children 8:00 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service, followed by an Oneg
Saturday, March 8
Torah Portion: Vayikra, Lev. 1:1-5:26 Haftarah: Isaiah 43:21-44:23 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Service Leader: Jim Spievak; Torah Reader: Janice Alper; D’var Torah: Jim Malkus 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bar Mitzvah
Friday, March 14
6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Family Service, preceded by an Oneg 8:30 p.m. Soul Food Shabbat Service, followed by an Oneg
Saturday, March 15
Torah Portion: Tzav, Lev. 6:1-8:36 Haftarah: Esther 7:1-10, 8:15-17 or I Samuel 15:2-34 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Service Leader: Lisa Braun-Glazer; Torah Reader: Sydney Wexler; D’var Torah: Sandie & Dan Linn 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bar Mitzvah
Friday, March 21
6:00 p.m. Teen Shabbat Experience 6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service, preceded by an Oneg
Saturday, March 22
Torah Portion: Sh’mini, Lev. 9:1-11:47 Haftarah: Ezekiel 36:22-36 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Service Leader: tba; Torah Reader: Nancy Handwerger; D’var Torah: Nancy Handwerger 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bar Mitzvah
Friday, March 28
6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Chai Service, preceded by an Oneg
Saturday, March 29
Torah Portion: Tazria, Lev. 12:1-13:59 Haftarah: Ezekiel 45:16-25 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Service Leader: Maxine and Allan Endy; Torah Reader: Allan Endy; D’var Torah: Lee Levy
Friday, April 4
6:00 p.m. Tot Shabbat Service 6:00 p.m. Shabbat Simcha Service 8:00 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service, followed by an Oneg
Saturday, April 5
Torah Portion: M’tzora, Lev. 14:1-15:33 Haftarah: II Kings 7:3-20 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Service Leader: tba
Friday, April 11
6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Family Service, preceded by an Oneg 8:30 p.m. Soul Food Shabbat
Saturday, April 12
Torah Portion: Acharei Mot, Lev. 16:1-18:30 Haftarah: Malachi 3:4-24 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Service Leader: tba
Monday, April 14
6:30 p.m. Congregational 1st Night Seder with Rabbi Berk and Rabbi/Cantor Bernstein OR Seder for 20s and 30s with Rabbi Satz for young adults (kids welcome). Both include delicious catered dinner and Haggadot. $40 members and guests, $45 nonmembers, $18 children 6-12 and $5 children under 5. RSVP online or to email@example.com.
8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Service Leader: Gordon Glenn, Torah Reader: Judy Glenn; D’var Torah: Shely Zimmerman 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bat Mitzvah
Haftarah: Judges 13:2-25 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Service Leader: tba 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bar Mitzvah
Friday, May 2
8:00 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service, followed by an Oneg
6:00 p.m. Tot Shabbat Service 6:00 p.m. Shabbat Simcha Service 8:00 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service, followed by an Oneg
Saturday, May 3
Torah Portion: Emor, Lev. 21:1-24:23 Haftarah: Ezekiel 44:15-31 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Service Leader: tba 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bar Mitzvah
Friday, May 9
6:15 p.m. Family Shabbat Service, preceded by an Oneg 8:30 p.m. Soul Food Shabbat, followed by an Oneg
Saturday, May 10
Torah Portion: B’har, Lev. 25:1-26:2 Haftarah: Jeremiah 32:6-27 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Service Leader: tba
Friday, May 16
6:00 p.m. Teen Shabbat Experience 6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service, preceded by an Oneg
Saturday, May 17
Friday, April 18
6:00 p.m. Teen Shabbat Experience 6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service, preceded by an Oneg
Torah Portion: B’chukotai, Lev. 26:3-27:34 Haftarah: Jeremiah 16:19-17:14 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Service Leader: tba 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a B’not Mitzvah
Saturday, April 19
Friday, May 23
Torah Portion: Shabbat Chol Hamoed Pesach, Exod. 33:12-34:26 Haftarah: Ezekiel 37:1-14 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Service Leader: tba; Torah Reader: Leslie Mark; D’var Torah: tba
Friday, April 25
6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Chai Service, preceded by an Oneg
Saturday, April 26
Torah Portion: K’doshim, Lev. 19:1-20:27 Haftarah: Amos 9:7-15
Friday, June 6
Saturday, June 7
Torah Portion: B’haalot’cha, Num 8:1-12:16 Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Service Leader: tba 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bar Mitzvah
Friday, June 13
6:15 p.m. Family Shabbat Service/Men’s Club Shabbat, preceded by an Oneg 8:30 p.m. Soul Food Shabbat, followed by an Oneg
Saturday, June 14
Torah Portion: Sh’lach L’cha, Num. 13:1-15:41 Haftarah: Joshua 2:1-24 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Service Leader: tba 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bar Mitzvah 4:00 p.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bar Mitzvah
Friday, June 20
6:15 p.m. Outdoor Erev Shabbat Service, preceded by an Oneg and followed by a Jewish Geography bring-your-own-dinner.
Saturday, June 21
6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service, preceded by an Oneg
Torah Portion: Korach, Num. 16:1-18:32 Haftarah: 1 Samuel 11:14-12:22 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Service Leader: tba; Torah Reader: tba; D’var Torah: Larry Krause 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bar Mitzvah 4:00 p.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bat Mitzvah
Saturday, May 24
Friday, June 27
Torah Portion: B’midbar, Num 1:1-4:20 Haftarah: Hosea 2:1-22 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Service Leader: tba
Friday, May 30
6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Chai Service, preceded by an Oneg
Saturday, May 31
Torah Portion: Naso, Num 4:21-7:89
6:15 p.m. Outdoor Erev Shabbat Service, preceded by an Oneg
Saturday, June 28
Torah Portion: Chukat, Num. 19-22:1 Haftarah: Judges 11:1-33 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Service Leader: tba 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bar Mitzvah 4:00 p.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bat Mitzvah
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Adult Learners All programs require an RSVP unless otherwise noted. RSVP and pay at least one week in advance online at cbisd.org/learning/adult/alnprograms, or contact Program Director Bonnie Graff, firstname.lastname@example.org, 858 535-1111, ext. 2597. Dancing in Jaffa: Film and Discussion Sunday, March 9, 3:00pm
11-year-old Jewish and Palestinian Israelis overcome differences through ballroom dance. Q&A session with Director Hilla Madalia. Cosponsored with Museum of Photographic Arts. No fee but please RSVP.
Mussar: Jewish Tradition and the Inner Life Wednesday evenings, March 26 - April 9, (3 sessions), 7:00pm
Join Rabbi/Cantor Bernstein to learn about this discipline for self-development, complete with meditative, contemplative, and other practices designed to penetrate the deepest roots of the inner life. No fee for Beth Israel members, $18 for nonmembers. 92nd Street Y Broadcast: My Promised Land: The Tragedy and Triumph of Israel Sunday, April 6, 4:30pm
Haaretz senior correspondent Ari Shavit joins New Yorker editor David Remnick for an incisive analysis of the Jewish state’s fraught history and its prospects for the future. Broadcast viewing and discussion. Fee: $5 members; $10 nonmembers (includes light refreshments). Interfaith Dialogue: Extremists in Our Midst: with Rabbi Michael Berk and Imam Taha Hassane Thursday, April 24, 7:00pm
Are there elements in Judaism and Islam that glorify or promote extremism? Join us for a candid, no-holds-barred conversation between Rabbi Berk and Imam Hassane. Q&A moderated by Irv Kass follows. No fee but please RSVP. Shabbat Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Book Reviews and Exchange Saturday, April 26, 12:00pm Reviewers: Gayle Wise and Iris Halpern
Learn about the books your friends are reading. For the exchange: Bring a book; take a book! Bring a brown bag lunch. No fee but please RSVP.
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(More) Talmud in Two Easy Lessons Sunday mornings, April 27 and May 4 (2 sessions), 9:00 - 11:30am
Dr. Al Ray takes you on a journey through the Talmud - the only sacred book that encourages the student to question its text. Grab a snack at Café Beth Israel and enjoy an informal atmosphere of lively discussion. No fee. Adult B’nai Mitzvah Program
If you are a Beth Israel member who missed out on becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah as a teen, or if you would like to deepen your knowledge and connection to Judaism, this two-year Adult B’nai Mitzvah program is for you. The program will culminate in a beautiful and inspiring service.
Daytimers RSVP and pay at least one week in advance online at cbisd.org/community/daytimers, or contact Program Director Bonnie Graff, bgraff@ cbisd.org, 858 535-1111, ext. 2597. DayTimers Book Club 1st Tuesdays bimonthly, 1:30 - 3:00pm
Limited openings for newcomers interested in attending regularly and willing to lead book discussions. RSVP to Randy Savarese at email@example.com or 858 452-5553. No fee. April 1: Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks (facilitator Sharon Besckas) June 3: To the End of the Land by David Grossman (facilitator Carol Butler) DayTimers Women’s Discussion Group 4th Tuesdays, Through May 27, 10:00 am
Share friendship, camaraderie and connection in a safe and comfortable environment in this discussion group for women who are Beth Israel members. No fee. RSVP to Gayle Wise at 858 488-1279, or Linda Valfer at 858 459-1058. DayTimers Movie Mavens Thursday, March 6, May 8, 1:30 - 3:00pm
The group is full but you may ask to be added to the waiting list. Every other month. No fee. The Human Brain and Our Memory, with Jacopo Annese, Ph.D. Thursday, March 20, 1:30 - 3:00pm
Learn about fascinating new studies in memory and the brain with Jacopo Annese, Director of The Brain Observatory and Founder of The Institute for Brain and Society. Open to all. Cosponsored by San Dieguito Chapter Brandeis National Committee. Fee $5 with RSVP, $8 at the door.
The Great American Songbook, with Heidi Gantwerk and Andy Mayer Thursday, April 17, 1:30 - 3:00pm
In our annual grand finale the dynamic duo will offer a trip down memory lane with your old favorites. Open to all. Fee $5 with RSVP, $8 at the door. Fused Glass Workshop, with Ilanit Shalev Thursday, April 24, 1:30 - 4:30pm
Learn about the process of fused glass and make your own one-of-a-kind fused glass mezuzah or two pendants. Fee: $45/Beth Israel Members $55/Non-member; materials included. No experience necessary.
ISRAEL CONNECTION RSVP and pay at least one week in advance online at cbisd.org/community/israel, or to Leanne Shawler, firstname.lastname@example.org, 858 535-1111. 3rd Annual Israeli Wine Tasting Sunday, March 30, 4:00 - 7:00pm
“Why is this wine different from all other wines?” The entire community is invited for an evening of wine tasting. Over eight Israeli wineries will be featured and attendees will have the opportunity to taste (and purchase) at least 20 different wines.
Men’s Club RSVP and pay online at cbisd.org/community/ men/men-events at least one week in advance, or contact Judi Schwartz at jschwartz@cbisd. org / 858 900-2598. Men’s Club Board Meetings 1st Wednesdays of most months, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Beth Israel men interested in volunteering with the Men’s Club are invited to attend our board meetings and dinner at a nearby restaurant. Contact Bob Metz at email@example.com. Men’s Club Discussion Group 2nd and 4th Mondays of most months, 10:00 - 11:30am
All Beth Israel men are invited to enjoy camaraderie and discuss relevant issues. Contact Larry Bornstein. Refreshments served. Feuerstein Family Activity Center. Men’s Club Dinner Forum - March Wednesday, March 19, 6:30 - 8:00pm
United States Congressman Scott Peters will be the featured speaker. All Dinner Forums: $17, or $14 with RSVP, includes deli dinner.
Men’s Club Yom Hashoah Project Sunday, March 30, 8:30am -
Volunteer to help pack and address Yom Hashoah candles for mailing to Beth Israel members. This simple gesture reminds us to remember the Shoah. Free refreshments. RSVP to 858 535-1111, ext. 2598, or Sid Spector, firstname.lastname@example.org. Men’s Club Dinner Forum - April Wednesday, April 23, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Carl DeMaio, candidate for the United States Congress, will be the featured speaker. All Dinner Forums: $17, or $14 with RSVP, includes deli dinner. Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament Sunday, May 4, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Men and women (adults only) are invited! Low buy-in. Snacks, prizes and refreshments included. Beginners welcome.
adult movie on a big-screen TV. Free and open to all moms, dads and babies.
Lee and Frank Goldberg Family Religious School
Songbirds Music Thursdays, 9:30 - 10:15am The winter session continues March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3 for children ages 6-24 months and their parents. $192 for Beth Israel members; $216 for nonmembers. Fees prorated for partial sessions.
Please RSVP for events online at cbisd.org/learning/religiousschool, or contact the school office at 858 900-2551.
Shabbat Together Fridays, 9:15 - 10:00am
Children 0-24 months and their parents learn about and celebrate Shabbat on Friday mornings. March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 25, May 2, 16, 30. Free and open to all. Tot Shabbat and Dinner 1st Fridays, 6:00pm -
5th Grade Family Education Sunday, March 2, 9:00 - 11:30am
Join your 5th grader in a Live Museum- All About Jewish Heroes. Shabbat Simchah - 1st Fridays, 6:00pm - 6:45pm
March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6 Families with K-3rd grade children will sing, pray, and tell stories in the informal atmosphere of our chapel. Kids can dance and sit on the floor.
March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6 (no dinner in June). Tot Shabbat is designed for families with young children and includes singing, simple prayers and stories. No RSVP needed. A familyfriendly dinner follows most months. Dinner reservations required.
6th Grade Shabbat Service & Potluck Friday, March 7, 6:00pm
Purim Carnival Sunday, March 16, 11:30am - 02:30pm
Purim Carnival Sunday, March 16, 11:30am - 2:30pm
RSVP at least one week in advance online at cbisd.org/learning/outreach/outreachprograms, or contact Program Director Bonnie Graff, email@example.com, 858 535-1111, ext. 2597.
Preschool Purim Carnival Monday, March 17, 11:30am - 2:30pm
Parent Association Pizza Dinner Thursday, March 20, 6:00 - 7:00pm
Shabbat Simchah 1st Fridays, 6:00pm -
Why cook on a Religious School night? Come to our Pizza Dinner and go home happy and fed. $5 all ages includes pizza and salad.
Outreach Shabbat Service and Dinner Honoring Intro to Judaism Grads Friday, March 7, Dinner 6:30pm, Service 8:00pm
Why is this Seder Different from All Other Seders? How to Make Your Seder Fun for All Ages Wednesday, April 9, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Pajama Pancake Breakfast Sunday, March 23, 8:00 - 9:00am
Men’s Club Dinner Forum Wednesday, June 18, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Speaker- TBD. All Dinner Forums: $17, or $14 with RSVP, includes deli dinner.
Outreach-New to Judaism
This moving Shabbat service honors our interfaith families, Jews by choice and those of other faiths who play a key role in raising Jewish children. The dinner will be a class reunion for all past and present Intro to Judaism grads! Fee: $25 dinner (this year’s grads free). Adult B’nai Mitzvah Program
See Adult Learners on page 12.
Bill & Sid Rubin Preschool Please RSVP, where appropriate, online at www.cbisd.org/rsvp, or contact 858 900-2530, or firstname.lastname@example.org Baby & Me Movie Monday Mornings Mondays, 9:15am (following drop-off) 11:15am
Bring your coffee and let your babies crawl, play, or nap while you see a recent-release
Details under Special Events on page 14.
Details under Religious School on this page.
Details under Religious School on page 14.
Dr. Laura Markham Parenting Workshop Wednesday, April 23, 5:30 - 8:00pm
Dr. Laura Markham,renowned parenting expert and founder of “Aha! Parenting” will present a workshop on “How to Get Your Child Cooperating without Yelling, Threats or Punishment.” Fee: TBA. RSVP required. Babysitting available. Mother’s Day Shabbat Lunch Friday, May 9, 10:30am - 1:00pm
Don’t miss this meaningful experience, as your children lead Shabbat services. We’ll welcome Shabbat with songs and prayers and then enjoy a potluck dinner.
Details under Special Events on page 14.
Come in your pj’s and eat some delicious pancakes! 3rd Grade Family Education Sunday, March 23, 9:00 - 11:30am
Join us for a special guest from Israel! 4th/5th Grade Camp Retreat Friday, March 28, 7:00am -
A memorable two-night retreat at Camp Mountain Chai celebrating Shabbat, and with fun learning, singing, sports, nature walks, campfires, games, arts and crafts, and more. K-2nd Grade Havdalah & Story time Saturday, March 29, 4:30-6:00pm
Join us for this special evening as we celebrate the end of Shabbat. Children should come in their pajamas. We will do an art project, have a bed-time story and enjoy a treat of hot chocolate and cookies.
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Why is this Seder Different from All Other Seders? How to Make Your Seder Fun for All Ages Wednesday, April 9, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Join Early Childhood Education Director Sandy Sherman and Religious School Director Ava Kurnow to learn how to create fun Passover experiences for all ages. Free and open to all! Confirmation Class Service and Oneg Tuesday, April 29, at 6:30pm
Join our 10th graders as they confirm their commitment to Judaism and share their stories. 4th Grade Shabbat Service & Potluck Friday, May 2, at 6:00pm, Potluck Dinner at 7:00pm
Don’t miss this meaningful experience, as your children lead Shabbat services. We’ll welcome Shabbat with songs and prayers and then enjoy a potluck dinner. 3rd Grade Sleepover “Night at the Temple” Friday May 2-3, 6:00pm Shabbat Service, Dinner Follows
Families of 3rd graders are invited to Shabbat service and dinner. Then students will spend the night at Temple and participate in a superfun activity. Parents are invited back Saturday morning after breakfast to attend a Shabbat morning service lead by the students. All School Picnic - Last Day of School Sunday, May 4, 11:30am
Bring a picnic lunch and come hang out before summer break! Dessert will be provided. Family Camp at Camp Mountain Chai Friday-Sunday, May 9-11
Hill. Beginners welcome. Contact Susan Volsky at email@example.com. Empty Bowls: A Benefit for our Hunger Project Thursday, April 17, 5:00 - 8:00pm
For $20 you select a beautiful ceramic bowl hand-crafted by a student or local artisan, and get a warm dinner of soup and bread. This is the largest annual fundraising effort for Beth Israel’s Hunger Project, which partners with St. Vincent de Paul Center to feed needy families. Held at Coronado High School. RSVP to Heather at 858 535-1111, ext. 2510, or Eric Rempe at 619 522-8907. Adopt-a-U.S. Soldier Packing Sunday, May 4, 10:00 - 11:30am
Donate to help send a care package (cost $32) to active duty soldiers serving overseas. Send a check made out to CBI with “Adopt a Soldier” in the memo.
SPecial Events Visit: cbisd.org/calendar/special-events. Purim Carnival! Sunday, March 16, 11:30am - 2:30pm
Enjoy new games, music, cake walk, jumpies, animals, food, snacks, raffle and more! Dress up! Bring your friends - it’s not just for families with kids. Volunteers needed! To volunteer contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org. 1st Night Passover Seders Monday, April 14, 6:30 - 8:00pm
For more information visit cbisd.org/ community/socialaction/sac-programs or contact Program Director Bonnie Graff, bgraff@ cbisd.org or 858 535 -1111, ext. 2597.
Joyous traditional Congregational Seder with Rabbi Berk and Rabbi/Cantor Bernstein OR Seder for 20s and 30s for young adults (kids welcome) with Rabbi Satz. Both include catered dinner and Haggadot. $40 members and guests, $45 nonmembers, $18 children 6-12 and $5 children under 5. RSVP and payment required in advance. Contact Leanne at email@example.com, 858 535-1111.
Hunger Project 2nd through 5th Sunday of Every Month, 9:00 - 11:30 am
Esenoff Award Gala Honoring Jeff Silberman Saturday, May 17, 5:30pm
Save the date for fun, family, friends.
Help serve lunch to the homeless and hungry at St. Vincent de Paul Village. Cash donations are also needed. Reservations are required. Contact Liz Martin at 858 535-1111.
An evening of entertainment honoring Jeff Silberman with the Carl M. Esenoff Memorial Award, featuring comedian Robert Klein. See details on page 7.
Knit and Nosh 2nd Sundays (during Religious School), 9:00 - 11:30am
Outdoor Shabbat and Jewish Geography Friday, June 20, 6:15pm
Meet at Café Beth Israel (or work from home) to knit or crochet 8-inch squares, and/or sew them together to create blankets for babies at Vista 14 SPRING 2014/5774
Enjoy the season’s first Outdoor Erev Shabbat Service in the Price Family Courtyard, followed by a bring-your-own-dinner where you’ll get to meet others from your hometown.
Women of Beth Israel Please RSVP, where appropriate, online at cbisd.org/community/women/wbi-programs, at least one week in advance, or contact Judi Schwartz, firstname.lastname@example.org, 858 900-2598. Volunteer at Rachel’s Women’s Center April 13, June 8, 5:00pm
Help the women at this shelter by serving dinner and/or by donating toiletries, unused cosmetics, underwear and socks. Collection baskets are at all WBI events and in the Beth Israel lobby. Contact Judy Applebaum at email@example.com. 3rd Annual Women’s Seder Monday, March 24, 5:45pm
L’Dor V’Dor - All women in the community are invited to attend this multi-generational celebration of the Passover Seder from a female perspective. Led by Rabbis Arlene Bernstein and Lenore Bohm and featuring music by Heidi Gantwerk, Myla Wingard and young women from the tizmoret, and youth and teen choirs. Also: moving personal stories, delectable tastes of ritual foods, and ideas for your own Seders. We’ll celebrate the way YOU enrich Jewish life in your family, synagogue and community. Fee: $25 members, $30 nonmembers, $18 students. Childcare provided, age 3 and up. RSVP online at least one week in advance. Contact Judi Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 858 900-2512.
Youth For more information about Youth events or to become a Youth Group member, contact Gilad Hoffman at email@example.com 858-9002555. BITY - Lock In Saturday, March 15, 5:00pm - 9:00am Purim Carnival Sunday, March 16, 11:30am - 2:30pm
See details under Special Events on this page. Shevet Achim Sunday, March 23, 1:00 - 3:00pm BITY - Elections Tuesday, April 1, 5:00 - 08:00pm NOAR and J2 Pool Party Sunday, April 6, 1:30 - 04:00pm
Come splash around as we party at the JCC pool.
A Place for People of the Book The library has an extensive children’s library with hundreds of youth stories – both Jewish and general.
By Leah R. Singer Tucked upstairs on the third floor of the Beth Israel campus is the Sophie and Arthur Brody Library, a refuge of Jewish-themed books and literary treasures.
Many patrons visit the library not only for books, but to view the treasured items showcased in a glass display case that have been donated to the synagogue (one of which is an ark). Beth Israel’s historical archives are also housed in the library and may be viewed by appointment.
The library is home to 11,500 volumes of books, periodicals, reference books, Jewish art volumes, DVDs, and even a few VHS tapes. The library is open to the San Diego community. Beth Israel members may check out books on the honor system. What many people don’t realize is the entire library collection is searchable through an online “catalog” interface located on the Beth Israel website. Patrons can search the library by subject, title, or author, and then come to the library to check out the materials. Librarian Anna Newton is most rewarded when she can help people successfully find what they’re looking for in the library, or show them ways to find new books related to their interests.
Librarian Anna Newton Kindergarten students from the Bill and Sid Rubin Preschool visit the library each week to hear stories read aloud and check out books.
The Brody Library is open to the San Diego community; however only members may check out books and materials. The space is open and staffed on Tuesdays and Thursdays form 11 am to 2 pm. In addition, Newton welcomes book donations on Jewish topics or by Jewish authors. Learn more about the Brody Library online: www.cbisd.org/learning/brody-library.
Adults and avid readers are not the only people using the Brody Library. The Junior
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busy young attorneys fixing up their house and planning to start a family soon, this seemed manageable. They laugh about it now.
The time commitment has grown exponentially. In addition to her service on the board, Jenny now serves on the executive committee, chairs the development committee, is on the search committee for a new assistant/associate rabbi, and organized the first wine tasting sponsored by the Israel Committee, under David Bark’s leadership. “Jenny started with a toe in the water and chose to jump right in,” Andrew said. Andrew himself serves on the boards of the San Diego Chapters of Hillel and the Anti-Defamation League. Did we mention that the couple has a baby? Ryder’s first birthday party was held this year on Super Bowl Sunday. “It’s hard not to want to be involved,” Jenny
said. “With the baby, our involvement will continue to grow.” Jenny and Andrew plan to enroll Ryder in Beth Israel’s preschool and look forward to his eventually becoming bar mitzvah at the Temple.
Andrew and Jenny Bratt have made significant contributions not only to the life of Beth Israel but also to the congregation’s endowment campaign. “When Jenny joined the board, this campaign was going on, and it just made sense. When you’re going to do something, and you care about it, commit to it,” Andrew said. “We gave at an amount that
We gave an amount that was meaningful to us. It has an impact on our budget. We pay toward it monthly.
is meaningful to us. It has an impact on our budget. We pay toward it monthly.”
“We find it personally rewarding that our son will know we’ve made the Temple our priority,” Jenny said. “This is an organization that matters to us, and, we hope, to him.” Added Andrew: “We’re setting an example for our son. When you’re able to support something you care about, you should do it.” At lunch recently, both Jenny and Andrew talked about their hope that Ryder will have “wonderful memories of running around and playing at Temple.” “This is an organization we believe in,” Jenny said. “We want Ryder to have memories of growing up here, and for Beth Israel to be here 150 years from now.”
“We’re working to make the Temple a part of our life forever,” Andrew said. To which Jenny added: “We hope to create a lifetime of life events.” The young family, already so invested in Beth Israel, is well on its way to doing so.
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A Brief Guide to the Challenges Facing Israel By Chris Jennewein and the Israel Committee of Beth Israel
In the 65 years since Israel declared its independence in our ancestral homeland, the Jewish state has emerged as one of the most successful nations by any objective measure. It has the highest standard of living in the Middle East, a vibrant start-up culture, and publishes the most scientific papers per capita of any country in the world. Yet in 2014 Israel faces a hostile world and difficult internal issues. The challenges before Israel are complex and varied. No brief summary can provide an adequate background. Our congregationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Israel Committee offers this synopsis in the Jewish spirit of learning and hopes readers will seek out more information on their own.
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Security in a Changing Middle East
The Status of the Ultra-Orthodox
The Arab Spring and the revolution in Syria have created new security challenges for Israel. Since the Yom Kippur War in 1973, peace with Egypt has been a cornerstone of Israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s security, but upheaval in the most populous Arab country is cause for concern. War in Syria is providing a cover for Iran to send sophisticated weapons to the terrorist group Hezbollah in Lebanon. In the background is the specter of a nuclear-armed Iran. And meanwhile rockets from militants in Gaza continue to fall on Southern Israel. For more information: aipac.org.
Israel is challenged by the gulf between the ultra-Orthodox, or Haredim, and the majority of Israelis. Since the early days of Israel, the ultra-Orthodox were exempted from the army, and received government stipends for studying Torah. The intent was to educate a new generation of religious leaders after the Holocaust, but the Haredim now account for 10 percent of the population, thanks to a higher-than-average birth rate. The government recently began drafting young ultra-Orthodox men for military service, but there were protests in Haredi communities in Jerusalem as recently as December. For more information: timesofisrael.com, bholworld.com.
Criticism of Israel Around the World
The Conundrum of the West Bank
America’s Relationship With Israel
Protests on college campuses, boycotts of popular Israeli products like SodaStream, and widespread criticism in world media suggest a new kind of hostility to Israel. In November, the American Studies Association approved a resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli higher-education institutions. Here in Southern California the Academy of Motion Pictures in January declared Palestine a state. And last year UC San Diego’s undergraduate student government called for an end to investments in Israeli companies. Israel now faces a critical battle for world opinion. For more information: jpost.com, haaretz.com.
Israel has occupied the West Bank for nearly 47 years, yet there is not yet a viable way to leave. Unilaterally returning to the old borders without security and a genuine peace partner is not a solution. Settlements continue to grow, with a population now exceeding 300,000, and worldwide hostility is rising. Peace talks resumed last July, and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni warned in January that if the talks collapse, a “wave” of international boycott pressure will hit Israel. For more information: jstreet.org, haaretz.com, jpost.com
The United States remains Israel’s staunchest supporter and greatest friend among nations, even though there are differences between the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government over how to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Friends often disagree on issues of intellectual challenge, but remain friends nonetheless. In fact, cooperation between the U.S. and Israeli militaries has never been closer, due largely to the Obama administration’s leadership. For more information: aipac. org, timesofisrael.com.
How Jews in San Diego Can Stand With Israel
Who Makes Decisions About Religion In the United States, decisions about religious practice are left to each movement, whether Reform, Conservative or Orthodox. In Israel there is simply the Orthodox Chief Rabbinate, a relic of British rule. The Chief Rabbinate makes decisions about who is or is not a Jew, whether a marriage is Jewish, what municipal services can operate on the Sabbath, when businesses can open, and how Jews can pray at the Western Wall. Many American Reform Jews are not considered Jews in Israel, and many Israelis must marry outside the country to get around Orthodox marriage laws. The Women of the Wall have made news in recent years for praying at the Western wall in defiance of the Chief Rabbinate. It is ironic and problematic for Orthodox rabbinic law to guide a modern democracy. For more information: urj. org/israel/, reform.org.il, rabanut.gov.il, womenofthewall.org.il.
The Israel Committee of Beth Israel works to provide information about the State of Israel and provide ways to strengthen the bond between Beth Israel and the State of Israel and its people.
San Diego is a long way from Jerusalem, but members of our congregation and Jews throughout Southern California can stand with Israel. We can join political organizations like AIPAC and J Street, we can donate to national support groups like the Jewish National Fund and Magen David Adom, but most importantly we can visit our ancestral homeland to better understand its challenges and opportunities. Israel has challenges, to be sure, but the entire Jewish world is behind it.
The Committee publishes a monthly Israel Connection enewsletter that features stories of Israel’s heart and soul, not often headlined in the media. To subscribe, click the “Subscribe to eNews” button on Beth Israel’s website homepage at www.cbisd.org or contact Leanne Shawler at firstname.lastname@example.org, 858 535-1111, ext. 2520. SPRING 2014/5774 17
What does being a member of a synagogue mean to you? On December 8, I attended the Consecration Ceremony of our 1st grade Religious School class, of which my beautiful six-year-old granddaughter is a member. The rabbi’s called all the grandparents to the Bima asking us to form a circle around the little children. They then began to unfurl the Torah as each grandparent held up the parchment surrounding the children. My heart was full as I looked down at the many lovely smiles on their faces as they looked up at the Hebrew letters, their grandparents looking at them with pride and joy. Each time I think of what I saw that day my heart swells. I have no doubt of why I support my synagogue with my time and resources. I am so proud of my daughter and son in-law for they too, see the value of educating their daughter, giving her the love of God and Torah, along with the warmth of her community. Anita Hosenpud
Angela and I began our journey to look for a Jewish spiritual home two years prior to joining Beth Israel. We sought to fulfill both a spiritual need as well as a social desire to belong to a modern Jewish community that would be relevant to our (growing) family. Through our membership we were able to find a home that helped us define, as a newly married couple, our Jewish identity and helped us formulate a vision for what we wanted our future family to be. Beth Israel offered us access to many resources. We have a religious home, adult education that keeps us learning and growing and child education that will foster our son to develop his full potential. We’ve also met amazing friends who share this journey with us. Belonging to Beth Israel enabled us to set strong roots in a vibrant Jewish community. We can build upon the strong history of the past 150 years and look forward to the next 150 years, through our children. John Lefter
Synagogue life was not a part of my childhood. As an adult, I found the synagogue myself, wanting something more out of life than the day-to-day grind. The synagogue is a place of calm. It has become a second home for my kids, who are now in the high school after starting at religious school in Kindergarten. It is a place where I can be my own kind of Jew, in spirit and in faith. And most importantly, our synagogue is made up of amazing people who accept one another, no matter what type of person we are. Although I try, I will never be able to give back to the synagogue all it has given me and I can’t imagine life without it. Netanya Cranford
Being a member of a synagogue means being a part of a Jewish community. It is a place where I feel I belong, where I am welcomed by the clergy, staff and members of the synagogue. It is a place for myself as well as for my family. Here I can explore my Jewish identity through education, prayer and tradition. It is also where my daughter learns about Judaism, Jewish values and develops longtime Jewish friendships. Being members of a Chavurah, gives us the opportunity to have a smaller community within the synagogue. We socialize and celebrate the holidays and traditions together. It is these friendships that we hope will last a lifetime and throughout all our major life-cycle events and celebrations. April Fink
Being a member of a synagogue means that we have a place to pray and sing, and follow the rituals we love with other Jews. Synagogue membership to me is part of Jewish life. It provides a place for High Holy Days worship, Jewish education, and to observe life cycle events. Last year was the first of three B’nai Mitzvah for our family. Our oldest son’s Bar Mitzvah was meaningful and beautiful; we look forward to the next two. Being a member of a synagogue means that our family has made a commitment to be a part of a community we believe in. We also choose to be part of smaller, more intimate groups within this large community. My children found their smaller groups in choir and religious school. For me, that smaller group is Women of Beth Israel. Being first a member, followed by board member and now co-president of Women of Beth Israel has allowed me to give back to the congregation and also to develop amazing friendships. Haydee Ojeda-Fournier
Rabbis’ Reading List It’s a bit unusual for me but I’m currently reading three books; all about Israel! One is Like Dreamers, by Yossi Klein Halevy. He tells the extraordinary stories of seven of the IDF soldiers who captured the Western Wall in Jerusalem during the Six Day War. Their lives in the decades after that war reveal fascinating differences in visions for the future of the Jewish state which they so valiantly defended.
Looking for a good read? Rabbi Michael Berk shares three books he would like to recommend to you.
I am also reading My Primised Land, by Ari Shavit. This is an extraordinary book; in some ways very disturbing and in some ways very uplifting. He tells the story of Israel and Zionism largely through the lens of the lives of different Palestinians and Jews, as well as his own life story. He does a very good job of conveying the impact of the establishment of the State and the decades of defending the state on Jewish Israelis and Palestinian Israelis, though this is a complicated term; there are Jews in Israel who have old identification papers from the Mandate days identifying them as Palestinians. Everything about Israel is VERY complex!
Finally, I am relishing reading The Prime Ministers, by Yehuda Avner. This book tells about the lives and premierships of Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin and Menachem Begin. These were extraordinary people, with compelling stories, and a passion for Israel and the Jewish people that is utterly inspiring. Thank God there have been men and women of their caliber who have served the Jewish people in this way.
Note: Author Ari Shavit will be featured in the 92nd Street Y broadcast viewing on April 6. See page 12 under Adult Learners for details.
keep their memories alive A Meaningful Sanctuary Space for members and their relatives is available at Mount of Olives Lawn at El Camino Memorial Park and Home of Peace Corridors at Cypress View Mausoleum. Contact Stuart Simmons at 619 871-4160, or email@example.com Beth Israel Cemetery & Mausoleum Association
Remember your loved ones on the
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Contributions Light the Way (Annual Fund)
Contribution by: The Alper Family Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Judy and Larry Belinsky, Candace Berkman, Beverly Hecker Bernstein Charitable Fund, The Terri Bignell Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Lynne Barbara Binder, Sylvia and Bruce Blechman, Barbara Bloom, Joyce and Robert Blumberg, Nurit and Raymond Carmel, Debbie and Daniel Carnick, Mary and Simon Coleman, Janet and Terry Cook, Mardelle and Jeff Davis, Shawna Densmore and Thomas Moore, Ellen and Larry Edwards, Joan and Norman Eichberg, Jacqueline Fagan, Jean Feinstein, Susan and Bernard Feldman, Nadine Finkel, Lisa and Jeffrey Gittleman, Linda and Jerry Goldberg,Doris and Irv Goldfarb, Jeanie and Marty Greenberg, Ellen and Herbert Hafter, The James and Ruth Harris Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Betsy and Richard Haubrich, The Marcia Foster Hazan Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Stephanie and Michael Heinzman, Tracy and Gary Hirschfeld, Trudy and David Holleb, Miriam Kastner, Edythe Kenton, Joan and Victor Kramer, Ava and Michael Kurnow, Joan and Leon Kutner, Gina and Laurence Langbort, Valerie Leman and Ross Cohen, Lainie Lesser-Mark, Leslie and Charles Levine, Liz Levine and Andrew Resnick, Terri Levenson, Gail and Jim Malkus, Meg and Jess Mandel, Meryl Maneker and Peter Herman, Lynn and Michael Maskin, Marcie and Cantor Sheldon Merel, Carol Miller, The Theodore and Anabel Mintz Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Perla and Jeffrey Myers, Lisa and Barry Neichin, Rebecca and Larry Newman, Marlene and David Nourok, The Larry and Linda Okmin Family Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Renee and Joseph O’Rourke, Jeanette and David Osias, Andrea and Larry Oster, Janet and John Perlman, Lauren and Robert Resnik, Ruthe and Murray Rogow, Esther and Richard Rosenberg, Barbara and Norman Rozansky, Brigitte and Gerrard Salomon, Marge and Sanford Schane, Mary Ann and George Scher, Helene and David Schlafman, Janice and Jay Schuffman, Linda Schulman and James Greenspan, Suzan and Gad Shaanan, Susan Shmalo, Harriet and Alan Shumacher, Jane and Sydney Shore, Elizabeth and Mitch Siegler, Beverly and Howard Silldorf, Janie Smith and Martin Lederer, Dale and Jerry Spector, Steven Steinberg, Mickey Stern,
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Celia Tingley, Maxine and Gerald Trimble, Diane and Buddy Voit, Elana Weinberger, Cindy and Geoff Weinstein, Arlene and Fred Weitzen, Gail and Daniel Zides
In appreciation: Of Beth Israel religious school teachers and staff by Ellie and Mark Livingstone To Marge Schane for all your hard work and efforts during the URJ Biennial and for being our tour guide, bus driver, and meal planner by Robin and Ira Secouler
In honor of: Rabbi Berk by Margaret and Paul Meyer Tommy Dayzie becoming a Bar Mitzvah by Netanya and Karl Cranford Our grandchildren by Shirley and Richard Gilbert Susan Hutchison by Amy and Edward Nefouse Samantha Levine, BITY president by Audrey and Steve Levine
In memory of: Milton Auslander by Sondra and William Albers Irwin Branman by Leslie and Bruce Smith Sherry Branman by Leslie and Bruce Smith Bettye Cohen by Ann and Bennett Weinbaum Josepha Cohen by Valerie Leman and Ross Cohen Harry Epstein by Noddy and Ira Epstein Jenny Epstein by Noddy and Ira Epstein Beatrice Galper by Louis Galper Norman Hahn by Diana Hahn Norman Hahn by Judith Hahn Rabbi Max Koppel by Jeff Loeb Benjamin Layton by Sylvia Smulyan Chuck Levy by Barbara and Sheldon Krueger Irma Lowy by Andrew Lowy Milton Mink by Arlene Mink Anne Press by Laurel and Stanley Schwartz Yale Smulyan by Sylvia Smulyan Emanuel Turberg by Susan Resnik
Rabbi Berk’s Fund
Contribution by: Asha and Alex Bleier Renee and Joseph O’Rourke
In appreciation: Of Rabbi Berk for being available for Joseph’s memorial service by Lois and Marty Ehrlich Of Rabbi Berk’s participation in the unveiling of Bud’s headstone by Esther Fischer Of Rabbi Berk for officiating at William’s funeral service by Joan Letwin
Of get well wishes to June Cantor by Lynne Barbara Binder For the naming of my great granddaughter Annika Bleier by Edythe Kenton For helping our family in a time of great need by The Dan Smargon and Audrey Viterbi Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation
In memory of: Paul Sholem Amber by The Sylvia Weider Amber Family Foundation Sylvia Weider Amber by The Sylvia Weider Amber Family Foundation Edward I. Binder by Lynne Barbara Binder Herman Borden by Betty Borden Garrity Sondra Breslauer by Stefanie Levine and Michael Breslauer Les Cohen by Clive David Sam Deutsch by Simma and Paul Nemeth Kenneth Friedman by Clive David Ruth Nelson by Cathy and Marc Lebovits Ettie Nemeth by Simma and Paul Nemeth Max Schneider by Linda and Ed Janon Sylvia Latto Schneider by Linda and Ed Janon Minnie Judith Weinbaum by Ann and Ben Weinbaum
Rabbi Bernstein’s Music Fund
Contribution by: Stacey and Jeff Eaton
In appreciation: With gratitude for the mentorship of Rabbi/Cantor Bernstein by The Ben and Cheryl Katz Family Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation Of Rabbi Bernstein’s care and concern by Valerie Leman and Ross Cohen Of Rabbi Bernstein’s officiating at the unveiling for David Cantor by Judy, Rick, Jonah and Jeremy Mandel and June Cantor Of Rabbi Bernstein performing our wedding ceremony by Adam Marks Of Rabbi Bernstein’s warm and meaningful wedding ceremony for Adam and Gabe by Susan and Dana Marks Of Rabbi Bernstein’s officiating at Marina’s funeral by Janet Matzner and family Of Rabbi Bernstein’s uplifting Soul Food Shabbat services by Ronald Newell Of Rabbi Bernstein by Julie and Patrick Ryan Of Rabbi Bernstein for the beautiful memorial service by the family of Marshall Shields Of Rabbi Bernstein’s visits and calls by Elaine Shulman Of Rabbi Bernstein for helping our family through a very difficult time by Carol Swimmer and family Of the unveiling service for Lori Bolotin by Howard Bolotin
Of Tommy Dayzie’s participation in Soul Food Shabbat services by Ronald Newell For the beautiful wedding ceremony for our children, Jonathan and Kendra Gerber by Debbie and Marcus Gerber Of the beautiful, meaningful Shiva Minyan for Harvey Levine by Audrey ,Steve, Samantha and Evan Levine Of Oliver Ryan on becoming a Bar Mitzvah by Julie and Patrick Ryan
In honor of: Evan Levine on becoming a Bar Mitzvah by Tamara and Robert Bennett Evan Levine on becoming a Bar Mitzvah by Kaylee and Daniel Brogadir Bernice Samuels’ special birthday by Diane, Buddy and Emma Voit Adam Turken on becoming a Bar Mitzvah by Kaylee and Daniel Brogadir
In memory of: Paul Sholem Amber by the Sylvia Weider Amber Family Foundation Sylvia Weider Amber by the Sylvia Weider Amber Family Foundation Ethel Bennett by Tamara and Robert Bennett Martin Bennett by Tamara and Robert Bennett Arthur Bloom by Lannette, Todd, Alesse and Melissa Bloom John Bayle by Joan and Leon Kutner Alfred Brooks by Pamela Lawrence Audrey Brooks by Pamela Lawrence Terri Cacciatore by Seekey Cacciatore Colin Campbell by Ian Campbell Josepha Cohen by Valerie Leman and Ross Cohen Esther Farber by Elisabeth and Alan Rubin Florence Field by Valerie and Paul Field A. Jack Fischer by the Morris family Helen Gross by Linda and Jerry Goldberg Sylvia Hochman by Diane, Buddy and Emma Voit Anne Kauderer by Myra and VADM Bernard Kauderer Harry Kauderer by Myra and VADM Bernard Kauderer Vincent Kenny by Kathyann and David Marsh Louis Lampert by Lynne Barbara Binder Robert Scott Lawrence by Laurie Black and family Harvey Levine by Emily Jennewein Samuel Marsh by Kathyann and David Marsh Michael Mazurek by the Mazurek family Elinor Miller by Joni, Rich, and Lauren Miller Muriel Morrison by her children Marsha Patinkin by Doris Patinkin Rubin Ernest Polin by Deborah and A. Marcus Gerber
Esther Polin by Deborah and A. Marcus Gerber Jeanne Pollack by Tamara and Robert Bennett Donald Rogow by Ruthe and Murray Rogow Philip Jeffrey Samuels by Emily and Chris Jennewein Philip Jeffrey Samuels by Janet and John Perlman Philip Jeffrey Samuels by Naomi and Myron Shelley Philip Jeffrey Samuels by Diane, Buddy, and Emma Voit Marshall Shields by the family of Marshall Shields Simi Siegel by Mark Siegel Marvin Stern by Karen and Richard Stern Charles Swimmer by Eileen Garelick Manuel Weissman by Myra and VADM Bernard Kauderer Sadie Dutchy Weissman by Myra and VADM Bernard Kauderer
Cantor Merel’s Music Fund
In memory of: Elizabeth Rosenstein by Zoya and Charles Noodelman Clara Smith by Lois Richmond
Contribution by: Wendy Abramson, Robin Held, Renee and Joseph O’Rourke, Joan and Roy Rosenwald, Michael Witte
In honor of: Henry Michael Abelon, grandson of Nancy and Dean Abelon, by Janet Matzner The birth of Nancy and Dean Abelon’s grandson, Henry Michael Abelon by Meg and Jess Mandel Alberto and Michal Hamui and family by Estelle and Lou Dunst Mariah Fisher becoming a Bat Mitzvah by Sima and Joseph Oppenheimer Executive Director Lesley Mills by Davis B. Fox from the Jil Spitzer-Fox Memorial Fund at The Seattle Foundation
In memory of: Fannie Addleson by the Herbert J. and Elene Solomon Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation Lore Berger by Janice Mulligan, Harvey Berger and Vanessa Berger Richard Berger by Janice Mulligan, Harvey Berger and Vanessa Berger Helen Brainsky by Shirley and Dick Gilbert Leibl Braunstein by Zachary Braunstein Harry Bruser by Michael Bruser Lillian Bruser by Michael Bruser Leslie Burke by Randi and Stuart Shanken Betty Chester by Deborah Chester Geary Josepha Cohen by Judi, Bob and Jared Schwartz
Sally Davis by Linda and Louis Levy Elias Djanogly by Sidney Djanogly Joseph Ehrlich by Tracy and Gary Hirschfeld Peter Fingerman by Bernice Fingerman David Finkelstein by Pauline Foster Sadie Finkelstein by Pauline Foster Diane Fischer by Carol and Mort Goodman Jack Fischer by Sigrid Fischer Stanley Foster by Pauline Foster Abby Gibberman by Randi and Stuart Shanken Sanford Gibberman by Randi and Stuart Shanken Nada Gildred by Lori Gildred, Nathan Conlan and the Heimler family Jean Goldberg by Suzi and Bernard Feldman Mary Gordon by Lynn and Richard Gordon Samuel Gordon by Lynn and Richard Gordon Avi Greenberg by Alan Greenberg Hymie Gros by Sara Gros-Cloren Harold Grossman by Sybil and Barrie Grossman Stephen L. Grossman by Sybil and Barrie Grossman Elaine Gutstadt by Jan and Irving Kass Barbara Haubenstock by Nancy and Dean Abelon Barbara Haubenstock by Amy and Ken Goldberg Barbara Haubenstock by Alicia and Ralph Navon Barbara Haubenstock by Ross Reife Ethel Hodous by Carl Hodous Jay Hoxie by Kerry and Vernon Hoxie Violet Ilko by her family Harry Kass by Jan and Irving Kass Barney Kodmur by Milton Kodmur Melvin Kodmur by Milton Kodmur Louis Levy Sr. by Linda and Louis Levy James Mallinger by Ethel Delawie Nathan Mallinger by Ethel Delawie Phyllis Mares by Jean Levy Esther Moskowitz by Shirley and Dick Gilbert Janice Rabin by Adele Rabin Abraham Ratner by Pauline Foster Anne Ratner by Pauline Foster Irene Riehl by Judy and Allan Adler Esther Rosenwald by Joan and Roy Rosenwald Max Rowelsky by Sigrid Fischer Irene Ruttenberg by Marcia and Don Wolochow Gertrude Sarfin by Joan and Roy Rosenwald Leo Schuster by Sherron and Jack Schuster Henry Shanken by Randi and Stuart Shanken Abdallah Simon by Ronald Simon Helene Simon by Ronald Simon Lewis Solomon by The Herbert J. and Elene Solomon Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation
David Steinberg by Bruce Steinberg and family Charles Swimmer by Norma and Gary Hirsh Doug Thompson by Janine and Sandy Feldman Eleanor Thompson by Janine and Sandy Feldman Miriam Waisman by Zachary Braunstein Gene Weissman by Edward Weissman Frank Winicki by Suzi and Bernie Feldman Clemens Zeilengold by Anne and Herbert Arnold Mary Zeilengold by Anne and Herbert Arnold Cedric Zweig by Elaine Shulman
Lee and Frank Goldberg Family Religious School
In memory of: Maylyn Chester by Deborah Lee Chester Geary Joseph Ruskin by Lee and Frank Goldberg Joseph Ruskin by Anne, Matthew and Evan Nagorner Charles Swimmer by Lee and Frank Goldberg Helen Ann Ziman by Susan and Bernie Feldman and family Helen Ann Ziman by Lee and Frank Goldberg Helen Ann Ziman by Anne, Matthew and Evan Nagorner
Bill and Sid Rubin Preschool
In honor of: Sofia Hughes 5th birthday by Eitan Elster-Satz
In memory of: Meyer Block by Rita and Harold Block William Burnett by Jeanette Rubin Burnett Michael Mazorek by Donna and Ralph Seligman Edward Ross by Helene Ross Norman Rubin by Toby Rubin Sidney Rubin by the Ziman family, Parselany family and Rubin family
Adult Learner’s Network
In honor of: Nancy and Dean Abelon’s new grandson by Susan and Richard Ulevitch
In memory of: Helen Gross by Bonnie and Barry Graff Darlene Heinzman by Stephanie and Michael Heinzman Maxine Slesinger by Susan and Richard Ulevitch Ernest Strauss by Edith Kodmur Ruth Strauss by Edith Kodmur
In honor of: Evan Levine on becoming a Bar Mitzvah by Julie Tedde
In memory of: J.D. Conger by Robin, Joth, Garrett and Rachel Layton Opal Conger by Robin, Joth, Garrett and Rachel Layton Dorothy Golub by Judy Haims James Irving by Robin and Joth Layton Benjamin Layton by Robin, Joth, Garrett and Rachel Layton
Contribution by: Elaine Shulman
In memory of: Helen Gross by Kathy Beitscher and Isaac Hirschbein
In memory of: Chia Bortz Moldofsky by Barbara Krueger Phyllis Siegel by Barbara and Irv Gellman
Contribution by: Joyce and Bob Blumberg,Brian Brandler, Deborah DeBow and Herbert Weissman, Donna and Robert Gans, Iris and David Gimbel, Jean Greenberg and Martin Greenberg, Meryl Maneker and Peter Herman, the James and Estelle Milch Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, The Larry and Linda Okmin Family Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Renee and Joseph O’Rourke, Arlene Pollard and Donald Lipkis, Kenneth Rappaport, Matilda Remba and William Wachsman, Richard Seidenwurm, Heather Shortreed, The Donald and Gayle Slate Family Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Richard Sobel, Bev and Alan Springer, Temple Emanu-El, Trudy and Charles Umansky, Judith and Harold Wilensky, Vicki and Bob Wolfson
In appreciation: Of Marty Lederer’s and Janie Smith’s dedication to the Hunger Project by Fern and Al Kohn With prayers for a speedy, pain free recovery for Marty Lederer by Ronald Newell For my good health by Sandie Linn Of Bob Metz’ tireless volunteering at Beth Israel by Fern and Al Kohn Of Gwen Wagner’s seasonal gift by Ronald Newell
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In honor of: Nancy and Dean Abelon becoming grandparents by Cynthia and Sydney Wexler Deborah Derr’s engagement to Aaron by Ronald Newell Judy and Tom Fisher’s 35th anniversary by The Judy and Tom Fisher Family Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation Mariah Fisher on becoming a Bat Mitzvah by Nancy and Dean Abelon Mariah Fisher on becoming a Bat Mitzvah by Ronald Newell Ron Fox’s 75th birthday by Barbara and Gene Appel Jon Gilbert’s special birthday by Marilyn and Rick Gilbert Jon Gilbert’s birthday by Hollis and Alan Litrownik, Andie and Larry Oster, Edie and Paul Sanchez, and Lauren and Bob Resnik Jon Gilbert’s 70th birthday by Jean and Philip Michael Sharon and Peter Korn’s birthday celebration by Sally and Joseph Nalven Alan Lubic’s milestone birthday by Janie Smith and Marty Lederer Richard Markson’s birthday by Ronald Newell Jerry Polansky’s birthday by Ronald Newell Sophie Williams on becoming a Bat Mitzvah by Ronald Newell
In memory of: Paul Sholem Amber by the Sylvia Weider Amber Family Foundation Sylvia Weider Amber by the Sylvia Weider Amber Family Foundation Sam Bachrach by Eileen Bachrach Bill Balfour by Lynn and Michael Bruser William Benkle by Ellen and Stewart Benkle Meyer Block by Rita and Harold Block Lori Bolotin by Howard Bolotin Gladys Brown by Ruth and Jim Harris Lesley Cohen by Heather Shortreed Alice Cohn by Loretta Adams Alice Cohn by Marcia and Jerrold Krasny and Allyson Krasny Alice Cohn by Hollis and Alan Litrownik Sue Connors by Ronald Newell Herbert Danciger by Roanne Gotthelf Ruth Danciger by Roanne Gotthelf Caroline Deutsch by Marcie and Cantor Sheldon Merel Louis Deutsch by Marcie and Cantor Sheldon Merel Irving Ducoffe by Laura and Phil Ducoffe and family Joseph Ehrlich by Loretta Adams Richard S. Farber by Henrietta Farber Frances Fenton by Phyllis and Dan Epstein Celia Filderman by Marilyn and Robert Filderman
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Abraham Fineman by Rosalind and Jerry Streichler Harry Fingerman by Bernice Fingerman William Friedman by Jean Friedman Phillip R. Gerson by Gordon L. Gerson and family Betty Giffin by Joan and Victor Kramer Stuart Gold by Anita Hosenpud George Goodman by Alan Springer family Helen Goodman by Alan Springer family Bella Gordon by Rita and Harold Block Risa Greene by Beverlee and Pat Greene Alex Gregory by Karen and Richard Stern Eva Gros by Sara Gros Cloren and Joseph Cloren Helen Gross by Helen and Don Fleming Helen Gross by Dale and Jerry Spector Herbert Hafter Sr. by Jeri Hafter David Horowitz by Inez Horowitz Jacobson Jill Ann Kahnweiler by Susan and Jerry Pollock Gilmore Kahnweiler by Susan and Jerry Pollock Peggy Kahnweiler by Susan and Jerry Pollock Rosa Kahnweiler by Susan and Jerry Pollock Tobias Karel by Joan and Victor Kramer Aline Kaye by Michael Kaye Rachel Kent by Irene Borevitz Emily Klein by Linda and Jerry Goldberg Julian Klein by Linda and Jerry Goldberg Aaron Kolkey by Bobbie and Robert Kolkey Anna Kolkey by Robert Kolkey Benjamin B. Kolkey by Robert Kolkey William Krasny by Marcia and Jerrold Krasny Adam Kritzik by Marcie and Thomas Kritzik Sonia Kudewitz by Annette and Fred Schriber and family Adele Kugler by Stephanie Heinzman Esther Kutner by Joan and Leon Kutner Hyman Lampert by Rae and Ed Samiljan Ruth Levin by Heidi and Steven Levin and family Harvey Levine by Loretta H. Adams Irving Litrownik by Hollis and Alan Litrownik Chaim Lyons by Ruth and Eliezer Strich Harry Mallen by Lillian Mallen Dorothy Mann by Bert Mann Ernest Matzner by Janet Matzner Harry Meyer by Marilyn and Robert Filderman Molly Miller by Joan and Louis Chesner Molly Miller by Shelley and David Odelson Phillip Minick by Phyllis and Stan Minick Eli Mishuck by Evelyn Mishuck and family Libbie Nagel by Henrietta Farber Isadore Offenberg by Margy Newman Joseph O’Rourke Sr. by Joseph P. O’Rourke Rose Pechet by Lynn and Michael Bruser Frances Pollock by Susan and Jerry Pollock
Anna Recht by Beverly and Leonard Bernstein Jeannette Rieger by Marcia and Jerry Krasny Justin Riesenhuber by Roanne Gotthelf Blanka Rothschild by Shelly and Gregory Sherwin Harry Rothschild by Shelly and Gregory Sherwin C. Walter Rowland by Jeffrey Easton Joseph Ruskin by Ronald Newell Ricardo Salomon by Brigitte and Jerry Salomon Philip Jeffrey Samuels by Bonnie and Barry Graff the Sander family by Sylvia Schenker Johanna Schattmann by Patricia and Philip Linssen Sylvia Schoenfeld by Marcie and Thomas Kritzik David Schulefand by Beth Schulefand Sarah Selikowitz by Rae and Ed Samiljan Nathan Slotkin by Bernice Fingerman Rose Springer by Alan Springer Hortense Starsman by Susan and Jerry Pollock Stanley Stein by Marge, Marc and Sarah Stein Hannah Sternfield by Hedy Witham Dorothy Stone by Michael Kaye Dorothy Stone, extraordinary Hunger Project volunteer and mensch by Ronald Newell Dorothy Stone by Harold Payne Dorothy Stone’s many years of service to Father Joe’s Hunger Project by Janie Smith and Marty Lederer Samuel Streichler by Rosalind and Jerry Streichler Phyllis Suchman by Rosalind and Jerry Streichler Charles Swimmer by Beverly and Leonard Bernstein Charles Swimmer by Barbara Bloom Charles Swimmer by Marla and Gordon Gerson Harvey Tash by Joe Tash Benjamin Weiner by Irving Weiner and family Henry Weissenberg by Barbara Insel and Gary Weissenberg Frances Zelick by Joan and Leon Kutner Helen Ann Ziman by Joan and Louis Chesner Helen Ann Ziman by Beverly and Howard Silldorf
Contribution by: Barbara Field Elana Weinberger
In honor of: Silvia Widerspan’s 90th birthday by her children
In memory of: Charles Swimmer by Helena Galper
Outreach to Interfaith
In memory of: Richard Barrett by Susan Raffee (Barrett)
Contribution by: Nancy and Dean Abelon
In honor of: The 75th birthday of Ron Fox by the Patsy and Arnold Palmer Foundation Alan Lubic’s 80th birthday by Fern and Allan Kohn
In memory of: David Gerstein by Joanne and Herb Hein Dr. Joseph Weiss by Ruth Weiss Dorothea Zechter by Nathan Zechter Hyman Zechter by Nathan Zechter
SA-Adopt a Soldier Program
Contribution by: Sydney and Richard Serwin
In memory of: Molly Miller by Linda and Fred Valfer Joseph Ruskin by Linda and Fred Valfer
Stand With Israel
In memory of: Yossi Favilukis by Mila and Ken Favilukis Hadassah Hirschbein by Kathy Beitscher and Isaac Hirschbein Samuel Korhan by Thelma and David Bretow
Torah Study and Minyan
Contribution by: Esther and Richard Rosenberg Vicki and Bob Wolfson
In appreciation: Of all the Minyan service volunteers by Fern and Al Kohn Of Rabbi Bohm’s contributions by Torah study students Of Minyan service coordinators Gordon Glenn, Howard Hian and Elissa Shuchter by Fern and Al Kohn For Sallye Krause’s return to Minyan service by Ronald Newell
Of Leslie Mark’s enriching piano music during the Minyan services by Fern and Al Kohn Ronald Newell, with prayers for successful treatments for Eric Whinston
In honor of: Mariah Fisher’s visit to the Minyan by Howard Hian Mariah Fisher becoming a Bat Mitzvah by the Judy and Tom Fisher Family Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation Leslie Mark by Janice Alper
In memory of: Joseph Alper by Janice Alper Marilyn Choy by Brandon, Vanessa and Yuk-eu Anne Estar Dunn by Leslie Levine Beatrice Lazerow by Jane and Bert Lazerow Harvey Levine by Cynthia and Sydney Wexler Harry Marcovic by Estelle Dunst Gladys Modell by Harvey Helsel Louis Pearlstein by Janice Alper Jeanne Pollack by Harvey Helsel
Contribution by: Meg and Jess Mandel
AUXILLIARIES Men’s Club
In memory of: Joseph Ruskin by Joan and Paul Schultz
Men’s Club Yom HaShoah Fund
Contribution by: Vicki and Bob Wolfson
In memory of: Johanna Schattmann by Patricia and Philip Linssen Ruth Yurman by Harriet and Norman Radin
Women of Beth Israel
Contribution by: Esther and Richard Rosenberg
In memory of: Helen Gross by Joanne and Kenneth Gimbel Molly Miller by Joani and Steve Gross Philip Jeffrey Samuels by Joani and Steve Gross Philip Jeffrey Samuels by Joanne and Kenneth Gimbel
GENERAL AND NAMED ENDOWMENT FUNDS
In honor of:
Beth Israel General Endowment Fund
In memory of:
Contribution by: Betty Amber, Miss Lynne Barbara Binder, Barbara Bloom, Kimberly Carnot and Tracy Carpenter, Barbara and Richard Cohen, Mardelle and Jeffrey Davis, Joanne and Kenneth Gimbel, Ellen and Peter Gordon, Jeff Freeman, Deborah Horwitz and Paul Nierman, Ellen and Adam Kahn, Liz Levine and Andrew Resnick, Mary Marshall and Steven Gould, Lynn and Michael Maskin, Jessica and Michael Middleton, Michelle and Andrew Serwin, Sydney and Richard Serwin, Susan and Edward Weiner
In honor of: The membership work of Judy Schwartz by Valerie Leman and Ross Cohen
In memory of: Debra Berton by Robert Berton Nada Gildred by Lori Conlan Gildred Philip Jeffrey Samuels by Elizabeth and Mitch Siegler Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles by Rhonda Schwartz Sondra Singer by Jill and Martin Koller
Robert Breitbard Sports Fund
In memory of: William L. Heinzman by Stephanie and Michael Heinzman
Barbara and Alan Haubenstock Youth Fund
Contribution by: Stacey and Jeff Eaton
In memory of: Barbara Haubenstock by Pearl Blumberg, Naomi Cohn, Catherine Foster and Raymond Xifo, Barbara and Joe Friedman, Barbara Gettinger, Marcia and Matthew Gettinger, Mollie and Herbert Goodman, Bill Hampton, Cathy and Steven Haubenstock, Marcella Kaplan, Anita and Harry Loeb, Sue Moskowitz, Cathy and Marc Nathan, June and Art Nislick, Laura and Chris Norton, Lois Pick, Judith Rieke, Dorothy Roberts, Arlene and Jerry Rosen, Gladys Rosen, David Roth, Libbie and Irv Saslaw, Barbara Shapiro and Bob Mansfield, Freida and Bob Wallstein, Joyce and Michael Wallstein, Fran and Sigmund Westerman
Shearn and Linda Platt Youth to Israel Fund
Dan Weinberg’s birthday by Linda and Shearn Platt Marci Ann Platt by Linda and Shearn Platt Charles Swimmer by Linda and Shearn Platt
Victor J. Schulman Temple Beautification Fund
In memory of: Mary Berton by Robert Berton Ross Berton by Robert Berton Helen Schulman by Robert Berton Victor Schulman by Robert Berton
Dona Shenkman Campership Endowment Fund
In memory of: Avi Greenberg by Jill Spitzer David Hockstein by Charlotte Hockstein Edwin Hockstein by Charlotte Hockstein Anna Roth by Charlotte Hockstein
Strauss Collection Fund
In memory of:
Kenton-Kleinberg Fund for the Needy
In honor of: Annika Bleier’s baby naming officiated by Rabbi Berk
In memory of: Amanda Hough by Anne and Arthur Bleier Amanda Hough by Edythe Kenton Morton Kleinberg by Maxine Kleinberg and family Nettie Kleinberg by Edythe Kenton
Jacob Novak Memorial Fund
In memory of: Teddy Brav by Melvyn Brav Philip Sheinberg by Harriet and Alan Shumacher Rae Shumacher by Harriet and Alan Shumacher Joseph Silverman by Harriet and Alan Shumacher Carolyn Rubin by Harriet and Alan Shumacher
Tammy Vener Fund for Preschool Programming & Scholarships
Rose Durkin by Carol and Ralph Levy
In memory of:
Louis and Lee Temkin Hunger Project Fund
Phil Corbo’s mother by Sue and Jackie Geller Ron Friedman’s mother and father by Sue and Jackie Geller Helen Gross by Sue and Jackie Geller
Contribution by: The Blair H and Lee D Temkin Family Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation
Alyce B. Wax Youth Fund
In memory of:
David Katleman by Marge and Jerry Katleman Isadore Rozansky by Barbara and Norman Rozansky and family Isadore Rozansky by Leah and Bob Temkin Blair Temkin by Leah and Bob Temkin Lee Florence Temkin by Leah and Bob Temkin Lee Temkin by Terrie Temkin Louis Temkin by Terrie Temkin William Wiss by Barbara and Norman Rozansky
Laurie Price and Stephen Wax
MEMORIAL AND NAMED SPECIAL FUNDS Bill and George Burnett Memorial Library Fund
In memory of: William Burnett by Barbara Lauer
Helene Schlafman Collection Library Fund
In memory of: Maylyn Chester by Deborah Geary Joseph Ruskin by Marline Gendelman Joseph Ruskin by Susan and Nathan Harrison Joseph Ruskin by Gail and James Malkus Joseph Ruskin by Marcia and Donald Wolochow Ely Schlafman by Helene and David Schlafman Lillian Schoenberger by Carol and Ralph Levy Nathan Shur by Helene and David Schlafman
Jeannette & Morris Wax Memorial Fund
In memory of: Jeannette Wax by Randi and Charles Wax
Of Andie and Larry Oster by Linda and Shearn Platt
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Ce le br ate Isr ae l! at t h ese e v ents in M ar c h and A pri l
Israeli Wine Tasting: Sunday, March 30, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Congregation Beth Israel. Taste 20 different wines from more than eight Israeli wineries. Stock up on Passover wine. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres. Participate in a raffle for wine. $25. RSVP and pay online at www.cbisd.org/community/israelconnection/israel-events, or contact Leanne Shawler at firstname.lastname@example.org / 858 535-1111, Ext. 2520.
San Diego Celebrates Israel / Yom Ha’Atzmaut: Sunday, May 18, 9:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Nobel Athletic Field near Beth Israel 9:00 a.m.: Friendship Walk Registration, 10:00 a.m.: Friendship Walk Begins, 11:00 a.m.: Festival Begins The Friendship Walk benefits children with special needs in San Diego and Israel. The Festival is free! Bring a picnic blanket or camp chairs to enjoy the entertainment and activities. Games, arts, crafts, Israel Expo, local and Israeli music and dance performances! Free parking and shuttle. More at www.sdcelebratesisrael.com
Yom Hashoah Holocaust Commemoration: Sunday, April 27, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Lawrence Family JCC Contact Linda Feldman: 858 737-7138, email@example.com, visit: www.lfjcc.com
Yom Hazikaron: Sunday, May 4, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
San Diego comes together at the JCC to honor and remember the soldiers who fell to Israel’s wars. The ceremony will include song, personal stories, and candle lighting. Contact Dana Mekler: 858 737-7132, or the Israel Center at: firstname.lastname@example.org