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Youth gather at Beth Israel for the NFTY Southern California Leadership Conference See President’s Message, page 3 Photo by Melissa Frey
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The Real Destination of the Mystery Bus Tour What does an evening of crazy hair, singing on a bus and wild laughter have to do with the foundation of a solid Jewish identity?
The Joyful Sounds of Jewish Music The world of Jewish music at Beth Israel is vibrant and growing. Rabbi/Cantor Arlene Bernstein discusses the profound effect music has on us, how our music program is expanding and how we can take advantage of it.
DayTimers: Innovating from the Ground Up From its speakers series to its Lunch Bunch, this Beth Israel group has filled a gap in thought-provoking programming for adults and created a closeknit community within a big synagogue setting.
10 I’m Dreaming of a Tasty Christmas Many of us will be eating Chinese on Christmas day, but where - and why? Beth Israel members share local Chinese restaurant recommendations and Professor Joellyn Zollman tells us how the tradition started.
11 Pull-Out Schedule of Events: December-March Pull out and keep the center spread and you’ll know exactly what’s going on at Beth Israel for the next four months.
16 Inside Outreach We’ve come a long way from the days when intermarriage was known as the “silent Holocaust.” Those who choose Judaism and those helping raise Jewish children are jewels in our congregation and leaders in our Jewish community.
18 A Time to Remember, Celebrate and Dream A peek at how we celebrated the concluding event of our 150th anniversary.
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Moving Out of Our Comfort Zone By Rabbi Michael Berk This fall Beth Israel hosted two speakers who challenged us to think about our future. Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, and Rabbi Sharon Brous, founding rabbi of IKAR in Los Angeles, both spoke about creating significant synagogue communities in the 21st century. Both spoke of the creativity that is necessary in order to reach out beyond the walls of the synagogue to help Jews engage meaningfully in Judaism. Communities like ours cannot sit back, comfortably resting on the laurels of past achievements and buoyed by a strong conviction that “once they come to Beth Israel we’ll greet them warmly and sincerely and they’ll love us.” Young adults especially want community; they want to be part of something that makes
To remain relevant will require synagogues to be open to moving out of our familiar comfort zone and considering new ways of doing things. the world better, they want a lot of what a community of meaning like ours offers. But we need to figure out how to meet them where they are and excite them about their Jewish possibilities. I admire our community for welcoming these speakers and their challenges. To remain relevant will require synagogues to be open to moving out of our familiar comfort zone and considering new ways of doing things. We need to muster the courage, the creativity, and the vision to thrive in this new century. In the Talmud we read that when Rabban Gamliel was deposed as head of the academy, Rabbi Eleazar ben Azariah, his successor, abolished the shomer hapetach, the guardian of the entrance to the house of study, whom Gamliel had installed to keep out disciples he judged unworthy. Hundreds of chairs had to be added to the school in order to accommodate the influx of students. When the students streamed into the school, the first subject studied was Eiduyot (‘testimonies’). The Talmud says, “In the school there was no law that was left unresolved and not fully explained.” May we learn to lower the obstacles to Jewish engagement, and offer a Judaism that is compelling and relevant; and make accessible as much of our Torah as possible; making transparent the wonders of our tradition and our community – these should be the goals we strive for to make the next 150 years at Beth Israel years of growth and vitality.
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Feeling Great Pride in Beth Israel’s Youth By Emily Jennewein NFTY’s recent gathering at Beth Israel crystallized for me the importance of everything our lay leaders and volunteers do to support our synagogue. Our work is so important because we are laying the groundwork for the very bright future that lies ahead for the Jewish people of Beth Israel. This realization became eminently clear when Beth Israel hosted a lively weekend for 200 passionate, young Jewish leaders. NFTY – North America’s Reform Jewish Youth movement – held its Southern California leadership conference at our synagogue in October. The visiting teenagers singing and praying in our Friday night service added enormous ruach and joy. Seeing the teens actively engaged and committed to Jewish leadership, having fun while working together to lay the groundwork for their continuing Jewish leadership as adults, means the world to me! These teens are the Jewish future that we lay leaders work to ensure. As work continues quietly on the Campaign for Beth Israel – whose entire purpose is to secure the future of our synagogue and Reform Judaism in San Diego – it is motivating to have these future Jewish leaders on our campus. I appreciate very much the many Beth Israel families who hosted NFTY teens in their homes for weekend. And Youth Director Daniel Brenner, BITY President Hannah Fogg, and the entire BITY board took in stride the challenges of coordinating the weekend. We at Beth Israel experience this enthusiasm all the time, not only in our youth groups, but also via Rabbi/Cantor Arlene Bernstein’s Youth and Teen Choir, which is an important way that young people become engaged and bond with Jewish friends. I know this firsthand, as my own daughters sang in the choir for nine years and our family travelled to Israel on Beth Israel’s youth choir family trip in 2008. Singers start as young as Kindergarten and participate through their high school years, practicing together weekly after religious school. Please read more about our youth music program in Rabbi/Cantor Bernstein’s article on page 6. The NFTY leaders and our own choir members are the future of Reform Judaism and they motivate me to do everything I can to support Beth Israel. Members of the Beth Israel community are invited to contact President Emily Jennewein by writing to email@example.com.
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The Real Destination of the Mystery Bus Tour
NOAR Youth Group members enjoy a wild adventure on the Mystery Bus Tour by Alexandrea MacIndoe
The children met at the Synagogue late in the afternoon. Dusk hadn’t quite fallen and the weather was still warm. Cooped up in the youth group lounge, they were eager to begin their adventure. At the first opportunity, they exploded out the door to the yard where they played matching games. They ran at full speed across the lawn with Beth Israel’s Director of Youth Services Daniel Brenner, getting some preevent jitters out of the way. Finally they boarded a bus adorned with fluorescent lights, strange wavy bench seats, and lasers shining down from the ceiling. Not knowing where they were going, the theories started flying, “We’re going to the museum!” said one, while another clamored, “No. I heard we’re going to the zoo!” 4 winter 2012/5773
The first stop on the mystery bus tour was the Corvette Diner in Point Loma. Amid the hustle and bustle you could see their excitement as they scurried to their seats and gave their food orders. The waitresses came to the tables and gave the girls “crazy hair,” winding bright red straws into their hair to create wacky hair-dos. The boys attempted to make the tallest
straw hat ever. After the fun and games they scrambled back onto the bus, wondering what their next stop would be. Then, Daniel broke into song and the whole bus followed. It was the Birkat Hamazon, the blessing after a meal, and they sang along, not missing a beat and enjoying this prayer with earto-ear grins. A seemingly everyday school event was transformed by an ancient Jewish tradition, shared among friends and with much excitement. After many songs were sung, the group arrived at The National Comedy Theater. Kids and chaperones piled into the theatre and a hush fell over them as the lights went down. The comedy was hilarious, as smiling faces confirmed. Then all of the sudden
“BITY is the biggest and most beautiful yet quirky amalgamation of love and acceptance I have ever been part of. There is this Daniel Brenner took the stage to join one of the comedy groups in a skit. Everyone was so excited. This was sure to be the best part of the whole night. Certainly many memories were created and new friendships formed that night as they laughed at Daniel’s ridiculous antics on stage. URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs noted during his visit to Beth Israel in October that there has never been a generation like today’s youth. They grasp technology that is beyond the comprehension of their elders. They connect in new ways, but they maintain a faith that is just as devout as in generations that came before. Their sense of community is based on the deepest of friendships. The friendships that our youth groups foster are constructed on a foundation of deep compatibility, the ability to understand where one another are coming from, and embracing the similarities between themselves. The most important part of youth groups are the relationships built within the Jewish community. Within this safe place to be Jewish, kids make friends that last a lifetime. These relationships strengthen their Jewish identities, increase the likelyhood that they will raise Jewish families, and eventually encourage their own children to join Jewish youth groups in which they will explore their own Judaism.
bond that has made us truly inseparable, and it’s this remarkable sort of relationship that transcends friendship in so many ways and makes us a big, dysfunctional family. We have come to the point where we value one another so much; it seems weird that a year ago, none of these friendships existed.” -BITY President Hannah Fogg
our youth groups Youth groups at Congregation Beth Israel are fun, exciting, and engaging. Dynamic, creative, educational programs include trips, outings, activities, camping, weekend retreats and Jewish services. For more information and to RSVP, contact Daniel Brenner at dbrenner@cbisd. org, or 858 535-1111, ext. 3136
Ugly Sweater Hanukkah Party Tuesday, December 11 Movie Night Saturday January 26
BITY Lock-In Saturday February 23
Xtreme Dodgeball Sunday, January 6, 12:00 Rock Climbing Saturday, February 2
9th Day Hanukkah Party Sunday, December 9 Ceramicafe Sunday, February 10
RUACH TEEN SHABBAT
Friday, December 21 Dinner at 6:00 p.m. Service at 7:00 p.m. Oneg and Shabbat Schmooze until 9:00 p.m.
ALL GROUPS Maccabiah! Saturday, March 2
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Joyful sounds Of Jewish Music walls. Our congregants and guests have the opportunity to hear and participate in a wealth of Jewish music--from the ancient call of the shofar on the second day of Rosh Hashanah to the lively courtyard summer worship services and countless moments throughout the Jewish calendar year. Rhythm, melody and harmony have universal appeal. As Jews, we are moved by the ancient tradition of shofar and liturgical and scriptural chant. We are deeply affected by the ancient Hebraic
By Rabbi/Cantor Arlene Bernstein
well-known musical fact among pianists, string and wind players and the like is that the more one plays their instrument, the more its’ sound deepens and grows. The vibrations created by a bow gliding across a string, or air flowing through a beautiful rosewood instrument, or the delicate hammering of a piano key creating resonance across a sound board increases the beauty and the intensity of the sound, day by day, year by year, and even century by century. It has been said that the walls of the ancient temple in Jerusalem were saturated with the sounds of the songs and orchestral offerings of the Levites who brought meaning and passion to the ritual of ancient Israelite worship. One only has to touch the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City and an electricallike surge of the fervent blessings and supplications of thousands upon thousands of our peoples prayers can be felt through the mere touch of fingertips brushing across the golden stones. So it is within the gates of the House of Israel. Music is thriving at Beth Israel, creating a history of sound within our
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Music thrives here, from the ancient call of the shofar to the lively courtyard summer worship services. words of liturgy set to Jewish modes. Throughout the centuries in the countries in which Jews settled, they borrowed melodies, styles and songs of their host nations. They composed songs about the lives and stories of their neighbors that they observed, rather than participating in non-Jewish culture. Music formed their
identity and music allowed them to see the outside world through sound, rather than assimilate into the other cultures. Music created beauty in community. And here at Beth Israel music is doing the same thing as it did for our ancestors, hundreds and thousands of years ago. Fifteen-year-old Celia Tedde, and her mother Julie are members for whom music has created something extraordinary. Celia participates as soloist and chorister – and has for years – in our Teen and Youth Choirs. For Celia, “the music program (at Beth Israel) is what helped me find my connection to Judaism. Because of my involvement in the music program I have chosen to continue my Jewish learning and have become an active member in the synagogue.” Julie Tedde comments, “… for us, the choir families have become our community, support system and extended family and I feel so fortunate to have such a safe and loving environment in which to raise my daughter.” Beth Israel’s musical community, all told, is comprised of over 100 adults, teens and youth who sing, play, teach and song-lead in our community, enriching us with a wide range of Jewish music. Just this past June, in the concert, “A World of Jewish Music,” the pulsating beat and
Beth Israel’s Chai and Tizmoret Bands accompany our Teen and Youth Choirs in a performance of A World of Jewish Music concert in the summer.
joyful sounds of a more than 70-member intergenerational group of Beth Israel instrumentalists, singers and dancers brought a broad spectrum of world-wide Jewish music and Jewish languages to our sanctuary, adding to the warmth of sound held within its walls. Participating inside our community has given many of our members the opportunity to venture into the broader community to use their skills in various places. Our Zimriyah Chorale members, Don Greenberg and Herb Hein, lead monthly Shabbat services for the elderly. The entire Gantwerk/Mayer family, Andy, Heidi, Isaac, Gabriel and Sebastian, sang and played for an elderly interfaith Vespers program – several examples of community mitzvot. Tizmoret member, oboist, Ben Brogadir says, “The music program [at Beth Israel] has been one of the biggest influences in my Jewish and secular life. The music gives me a way to spiritually connect to my Judaism. Without the program I would not be the musician and person I am today.” Additionally, it has always been the privilege of Beth Israel to bring inside its gates the excellent artistry of visiting cantors, the likes of Jacob Mendelssohn, Evan Kent and William Tiep; singersongwriters such as Danny Maseng and Dan Nichols; concert artists and symphony musicians such as The Miryam Quartet, as well as the San Diego J*Company’s Director Joey Landwehr and of course, the incomparable Mandy Patinkin. Cross cultural music events are also important to our congregation. For over 30 years we have worshipped on Thanksgiving Eve with First United Methodist Church of San Diego, sharing our music--joining our choirs together in song. This coming January 19 and 20 we will have the privilege to host and to share the powerful music of Conductor Walt Whitman and the amazing Soul Children of Chicago. This teen gospel choir, aptly named, will bring to San Diego a range of music, singing with our teens in Shabbat worship and concertizing Saturday evening. The spirit and soul of Dr. Martin Luther King will be alive in our sanctuary. We will share songs of slavery and freedom and model for our communities the power that music has to bring peoples together.
Music has a profound effect upon those who engage in and share its beauty. Whether one participates in instrumental ensembles, sings in choirs or joins in singing during worship, the music at Beth Israel can offer you not only beauty, but a sense of history, profound depth in prayer and a community in which you can find friends, “family” and joy for a lifetime.
“…for us, the choir families have become our community, support system and extended family and I feel so fortunate to have such a safe and loving environment in which to raise my daughter.” -Julie Tedde
This coming January 19 and 20 we will have the privilege to host and to share the powerful music of Conductor Walt Whitman and the amazing Soul Children of Chicago. (see back cover)
The world of music at Beth Israel is vibrant and growing. We invite you to participate in these musical programs: The delightful harmonies and exciting music of our Zimriyah Chorale (our Adult Choir) can be heard in our Sabbath worship on the First Friday of the month, as well as on High Holidays and special occasions. Adults who love to sing Jewish choral and modern music are invited to rehearse with us Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m. The more than 75 young people from age five to 18 in our Teen and Youth Choirs and Tizmoret instrumental ensembles give their hearts and souls and the talent of their voices and instruments to help lead us in joyful prayer on the second Friday of the month, as well as in concert, performing the music of the old Cantorial tradition, our Reform camps and of modern composers. Our now famous Chai Band has provided passionate, exciting music on “Friday Night Chai” and in concert as well as on Selichot, Simchat Torah and more for over 10 years. Their artistry and spirit makes the music of Beth Israel unique in congregational Reform life in North America and Israel. Our school delights in its Tefilah (prayer sessions) with our Youth Director Daniel Brenner. The newest, most exciting songs and prayers are being shared with the hundreds of young people in our congregation through Daniel’s motivating teaching and the assistance of our Teen Song Leaders. Preschoolers – more than 100 in number – sing joyfully twice weekly, their vocabulary of Hebrew and ability to sing, dance and perform in holiday programs is astounding. Their voices, exuberance and enthusiastic drive to learn makes them the crown of our congregation – our musical future. If you have a passion for music; a thirst for language and personal expression, join our groups, worship with us and take advantage of our concert programs. Be a part of a tradition which has vibrated throughout history for 5000 years. Winter 2012/5773 7
Innovating from the Ground Up
By Communications and Marketing Director Karen Shein When we hear about Jews who are challenging assumptions about synagogue life, working toward grassroots change and suggesting innovative options to create vibrant, engaging, fun, meaningful communities within the larger synagogue community, we might be inclined to think of 20s and 30s. And while Beth Israel’s young adults are actively engaged in innovative change at Beth Israel – very notably in our Youth Engagement Think Tank – they can look for inspiration from an “older” group. Beth Israel’s DayTimers have been a dynamic grass roots powerhouse for five years. DayTimers was the brainchild of members Cynthia Wexler, Sima Oppenheimer and Program Director Bonnie Graff. Cynthia led focus groups to determine what congregants really wanted and identified a desire for
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daytime programming that was not being met elsewhere. An earlier group had offered both day and nightime activities of a social nature, but the new DayTimers plan was significantly different. New activities would be based on regularly scheduled, creative, thought-provoking, affordable daytime programming for adults that offered opportunities for spiritual, intellectual and social connections. “We created it from the ground up, based on what we wanted and what we liked,” notes Sima, who now serves as co-chair with Barbara Gellman and Barbara Krueger. DayTimers’ gatherings are informal, warm and friendly. Planned and run by enthusiastic DayTimers’ committee members, with Bonnie’s support and assistance, programs include a speaker’s series, a women’s discussion group and a book club. All are offered on weekday mornings or afternoons
and adults of all ages are welcome. The DayTimers’ monthly series features entertainment, or a presentation by a notable authority or popular figure on a current topic of interest, followed by a Q&A. Presentations are designed to be of interest to a wide audience both men and women and adults of all ages. After the presentation, everyone moves to the social hall or courtyard to shmooze and enjoy homemade desserts. Newcomers to DayTimers events are always spotted and warmly welcomed by attentive greeters, another DayTimer priority. Daytime programming is unique among area synagogue groups and speakers draw attendees from the wider Jewish community. This is due in part to enthusiastic promotion by Sima and other committee members, who invite friends and neighbors, and also
“The program was very enlightening. It has sparked my interest in returning to future events, as this was my first time at a DayTimer program. In fact, it was my first time to enter CBI!”
to a partnership with the local chapter of the Brandeis National Committee, arranged with the help of committee member Gayle Wise. The DayTimers’ Women’s Discussion Group, led by committee memberfacilitators Linda Valfer and Gayle Wise, meets monthly on 4th Tuesdays and offers women members of Beth Israel a comfortable place to discuss issues of importance to them and enjoy the intimacy of a small group within our large synagogue. The DayTimers’ Book Club, coordinated by Randy Savarese, meets the 1st Tuesday of every other month, is open to all. Book selections are thought-provoking and popular. Regular attendees are expected to volunteer to lead the discussions.
Upcoming DayTimers Speakers/Entertainment Thursday, December 6 WAIT....”Why we do what we do... when we do it?” with Frank Partnoy * One of the world’s leading experts on market regulation will share his perspective on our financial crisis and on procrastination and decision making. Thursday, January 10 Elder Abuse Scams and How to Protect Yourself, with Paul Greenwood This nationally recognized director of the district attorney’s Elder Abuse Unit will discuss financial scams, data privacy, identity theft, and what to do about them. Thursday, February 7 Critiques and Clips, with Scott Marks * Popular film critic Scott Marks will show clips from award-nominated films and give insights into film, actors, and directors.
Thursday, March 7 Onstage, Offstage and Behind the Curtain, with Pat Launer Prepare for comedy and high drama as theater critic Pat Launer gives you the behind-the-scenes scoop on San Diego artists and productions. Thursday, April 4 Pacific Jews: Exploring the History of Jewish Life in California, with Joellyn Zollman Jewish Studies Professor Joellyn Zollman looks at the many reasons American Jews settled in the Golden State, and takes us on a tour of California’s Jewish past. Thursday, May 2 Love Songs Then and Now, with Heidi Gantwerk and Andy Mayer You’ll be tapping your toes, singing along and shouting “bravo” to these two talented performers who will offer an eclectic mix of popular music.
Open to all. $5 with RSVP. $8 without RSVP. Please RSVP one week ahead online at www.cbisd.org/ daytimers, or to Program Director Bonnie Graff at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 858 535-1111, ext. 3800. Park in the Gateway Building lot at 9171 Towne Centre Drive. Parking will be validated. * Co-sponsored by the Brandeis National Committee: San Dieguito Chapter.
Being a DayTimers committee member has its perks. This close-knit group meets socially once a month to enjoy lunch and camaraderie. The “Lunch Bunch” is so popular that several have gotten involved on the committee just to be included. Perks aside, DayTimers’ committee members are a committed, hard-working group. It’s a labor of love, as they continually look to improve the program. “We are always evolving.” notes Sima. Winter 2012/5773 9
I'm Dreaming of a Tasty
Create the perfect Christmas day “celebration” with recommendations from Beth Israel members: Food critic Caron Golden says “Not only do we “celebrate” Christmas at Chinese restaurants, it’s also my mother’s birthday. You’ll find us at Jasmine in Kearny Mesa. Other options are Emerald and China Max. All are on Convoy. Jasmine has a sister restaurant called Pearl in Rancho Bernardo. Thanks also to Renee Bailey, Mel Birken, Carly Bisogno, Carol Fox, Allan Gale, Judy Horowitz Glenn, Joanne Gimbel, Joani Gross, Jeff Loeb, Barbara Mitchell, Vicki Raun and Gayle Wise for their comments and the following suggestions. Please check with restaurants regarding Christmas day hours. And if you’re free on Friday, December 28, we hope you will join us at Beth Israel for our own Shabbat Chinese Dinner! It’s a tradition you won’t want to miss.
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China Max Seafood Restaurant: 4698 Convoy St., San Diego Chin’s Seafood and Grill: 9355 Kearny Mesa Rd,. San Diego / 625 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas / 15721 Bernardo Heights Pkwy., Rancho Bernardo Emerald Chinese Seafood Restaurant: 3709 Convoy St., San Diego Jasmine Seafood Restaurant: 4609 Convoy St., San Diego Mandarin House: 6765 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla / 2604 5th Ave., San Diego Mandarin Wok: 4227 Balboa Ave at Clairmont Dr., San Diego P.F. Chang’s: 7077 Friars Rd., San Diego / 4540 La Jolla Village Dr. / 5621 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad / 2015 Birch Rd., Chula Vista Pearl Chinese Cuisine: 11666 Avena Pl., Rancho Bernardo Peking Garden: 6990 El Camino Real, Carlsbad Wangs North Park: 3029 University Ave. San Diego
How did Chinese food become a Jewish tradition? Dr. Joellyn Zollman explains: “The relationship between American Jews and Chinese food began on the Lower East Side of New York, at the turn of the 20th century. There, American Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe found themselves living in close proximity to the largely bachelor Chinese community, where Chinese restaurants flourished. Immigrant Jews flocked to Chinese restaurants for many reasons, including the following: Chinese restaurants did not mix meat and dairy; Chinese restaurants served food that felt familiar to Eastern European Jewish immigrants, like hot tea, sweet and sour sauce, and soup with kreplach (aka wontons); Chinese restaurants minced and chopped treyf (unkosher) food so finely that it was unrecognizable. These are just some of the reasons why Chinese became the chosen food of the chosen people.”
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Beth Israel Calendar Pull Out: December 2012 - March 2013 Please pull out this section to keep and refer to until the next Beth Israel Quarterly arrives in March.
Worship Schedule DECEMBER
Saturday, December 1 Torah Portion: Vayishlach, Gen. 32:4-36:43 Haftarah: Hosea 11:7-12:12 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bar Mitzvah 4:00 p.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bar Mitzvah Friday, December 7 6:00 p.m. Tot Shabbat Service 6:00 p.m. Shabbat Simchah for young families 8:00 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service followed by an Oneg Saturday, December 8 Torah Portion: Vayeishev, Gen. 37:1-40:23 Haftarah: Amos 2:6-3:8 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bar Mitzvah 4:00 p.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bat Mitzvah Friday, December 14 6:15 p.m. Chanukah Celebration/ Erev Shabbat Family Service with intergenerational choir, preceded by an Oneg and followed by Chanukah Dinner. See Special Events for details and RSVP. 8:30 p.m. Soul Food Shabbat Service followed by an Oneg Saturday, December 15 Torah Portion: Mikeitz, Gen. 41:1-44:17 Haftarah: Zekhariah 4:1-7 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Friday, December 21 6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service preceded by an Oneg Saturday, December 22 Torah Portion: Vayigash, Gen. 44:18-47:27 Haftarah: Ezekiel 37:15-28 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Friday, December 28 6:15 p.m Erev Shabbat Chai Service preceded by an Oneg and followed by a Chinese Dinner at 7:30 p.m. See Special Events for details and RSVP. Saturday, December 29 Torah Portion: Va-y’chi, Gen 47:28-50:26 Haftarah: I Kings 2:1-12 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service
JANUARY Friday, January 4 6:00 p.m. Shabbat Simchah Service for young families 8:00 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service followed by an Oneg Saturday, January 5 Torah Portion: Sh’mot, Exod. 1:1-6:1 Haftarah: Isaiah 27:6-28:13; 29:22-23 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bat Mitzvah Friday, January 11 6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Family Service preceded by an Oneg 8:30 p.m. Soul Food Shabbat Service Saturday, January 12 Torah Portion: Va-eira, Exod. 6:2-9:35 Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1-13, 23 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a B’nai Mitzvah Friday, January 18 6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service with Soul Children of Chicago, preceded by an Oneg Saturday, January 19 Torah Portion: Bo, Exod. 10:1-13:16 Haftarah Jeremiah 46:13-28 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bar Mitzvah Friday, January 25 6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Chai Service preceded by an Oneg Saturday, January 26 Torah Portion: B’shalach, Exod. 13:17-17:16 Haftarah: Judges 4:4-5:31 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bar Mitzvah
FEBRUARY Friday, February 1 6:00 p.m. Tot Shabbat Service 6:00 p.m. Shabbat Simchah Service for young families 8:00 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service followed by an Oneg Saturday, February 2 Torah Portion: Yitro, Exod. 18:1-20:23 Haftarah: Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bar Mitzvah
Friday, February 8 6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Family Service preceded by an Oneg 8:30 p.m. Soul Food Shabbat Service Saturday, February 9 Torah Portion: Mishpatim, Exod. 21:124:18 Haftarah: 2 Kings 12:5-16 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bar Mitzvah 4:00 p.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bar Mitzvah Friday, February 15 6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service preceded by an Oneg Saturday, February 16 Torah Portion: T’rumah, Exod. 25:1-27:19 Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1-13, 23 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Friday, February 22 6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Chai Service preceded by an Oneg Saturday, February 23 Torah Portion: T’tzaveh, Exod. 27:20-30:10 Haftarah: Esther 7:1-10; 8:15-17 I Samuel 15:2-34 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bar Mitzvah Sunday, February 24 9:30 a.m. Purim Blood Drive 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Purim Carnival 7:00 p.m. Megillah Reading and Purim Schpiel
MARCH Friday, March 1 6:00 p.m. Tot Shabbat Service 6:00 p.m. Shabbat Simchat Service for young families 8:00 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service followed by an Oneg Saturday, March 2 Torah Portion: Ki Tisa, Exod. 30:11-34:35 Haftarah: Ezekiel 36:22-36 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bat Mitzvah
Saturday, March 9 Torah Portion: Vayak’heil-Pekudei, Exod. 35:1-40:38 Haftarah: Ezekiel 45:16-25 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bar Mitzvah Friday, March 15 6:15 p.m. Outreach Shabbat Service preceded by an Oneg and followed by an Outreach dinner honoring Intro to Judiasm graduates Saturday, March 16 Torah Portion: Vayikra, Lev. 1:1-5:26 Haftarah: Ezekiel 45:16-25 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bat Mitzvah Friday, March 22 6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service preceded by an Oneg Saturday, March 23 Torah Portion: Tzav, Lev. 6:1-8:36 Haftarah: Malachi 3:4-24 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bar Mitzvah 4:00 p.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bat Mitzvah Monday, March 25 Pesach Begins First Night Congregational Seder Details in March issue and online Tuesday, March 26 First Day of Pesach 10:00 a.m. Festival Service followed by a light kiddush lunch Friday, March 29 6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Chai Service preceded by an Oneg Saturday, March 30 Torah Portion: Shabbat Chol Hamoed Pesach, Exod. 33:12-34:36 Haftarah: Ezekiel 37:1-14 8:30 a.m. Torah Study 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service
Friday, March 8 6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Family Service preceded by an Oneg 8:30 p.m. Soul Food Shabbat Service
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ALEINU All programs require an RSVP unless otherwise noted. RSVP and pay at least one week in advance online at www.cbisd.org/aleinu, or contact Program Director Bonnie Graff, email@example.com, 858 535-1111, ext. 3800. Shabbat Torah Study with Beth Israel Clergy Every Saturday, 8:30 a.m. Discover Torah’s relevance in your life in lively, insightful discussions about the week’s Torah portion. Young and old, scholars and beginners are welcome. Bagels and coffee provided. No fee or RSVP needed. Series on Sacred Relationships: Families and God Sunday, December 16, 9:00-10:00 a.m. Is God the 800 lb. gorilla in your home? Rabbi Berk explores how to talk to children about God - even if you don’t believe, yourself. See details under Religious School. 92nd Street Y Broadcast: What is Jewish Culture? Sunday, December 16, 4:30 p.m. Explore Jewish culture – religious and secular, high and low, elite and popular – in this broadcast with panelists Amos Oz, Daniel Libeskind, James E. Young, Deborah Dash Moore and Fania Oz-Salzberger. $5 per member; $10 per nonmember, includes light refreshments. The Series@Beth Israel Presents: Eat, Pray, Learn: Food and Religion in American Jewish Life, with Joellyn Zollman, Ph.D. Thursdays, January 10 - 31 (4 sessions), 7:00 p.m. In this historical, sociological and experiential taste of Judaism class we’ll study everything from the laws of kashrut to the laws of ordering in a Chinese restaurant. $45 per member; $55 per nonmember. Jewish Wisdom and the Aleph Bet with Dr. Al Ray, Various Sundays, 2nd semester: January 13-March 24, 9:00 a.m. Popular teacher Dr. Ray combines Hebrew language instruction with Jewish lore and history in an informal “ask your teacher” ambiance. $35 per member; $50 per nonmember. 92nd Street Y Broadcast: God is One: Moses, Jesus, Muhammed Sunday, January 13, 4:30 p.m. Journey with dynamic thinkers and writers on religion, Reza Aslan, Bruce Feiler and Karen King in this broadcast that explores monotheism, the foundation of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. $5 per member; $10 per nonmember, includes light refreshments. Adult Learners Network (ALEINU) Book Club 3rd Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. This stimulating evening book club welcomes new members. No meeting in December January 17: Jerusalem, Jerusalem by James Carroll February 21: What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander March 21: The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund deWaal Shabbat Lunch n’ Learn: Book Reviews and Exchange Saturday, January 26, 12:00 p.m. Join Louise Winheld and Arnold Gass and learn about the books your friends are currently reading. Selected books are Gloryland by Shelton Johnson and In Praise of Hatred by Khaled Khalifa. Bring a brown bag lunch and a book or books to exchange. No fee but please RSVP.
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The Book of Samuel – in Cyberspace with Sydney Wexler Online Class, February 3 - March 17 (7 weeks) Learn about the turbulent years of Jewish history that produced Samuel, the prophet; Saul, the first king of Israel; and David, ancient Israel’s greatest king, whose dynasty lasted more than 400 years. No fee. Enrollment is limited to the first 25 Beth Israel members to register. Writing a Family Haggadah, with Joe Oppenheimer Sundays, February 10 & March 3, 9:00-11:30 a.m. With a computer and internet access, you can easily create your own family haggadah. Joe Oppenheimer will discuss the benefits of a “personal” haggadah and offer themes, samples and resources. Bring your draft to the second session where you’ll work to complete it. You can also bring your electronic devices and use the wifi. No fee but please RSVP. The Dilemma of Faith in the Modern World, with Rabbis Michael and Aliza Berk Saturday, February 23, 12:00 p.m. Why is it hard for us to believe in God? In this intellectually open and straightforward discussion, Rabbis Michael and Aliza Berk will explore questions and issues surrounding faith and belief in God. Bring a brown bag lunch. No fee but please RSVP. The Series@Beth Israel Presents: And God Said What? Why Biblical Scholarship is Not Sunday School, with Dr. Risa Levitt Kohn Monday, March 18, 7:00 p.m. This lecture samples varieties of biblical literature, situating the meanings of these texts among their original audiences, and explores the methods and concerns of contemporary biblical studies. $5 per member; $10 per nonmember.
Daytimers RSVP and pay at least one week in advance online at www.cbisd.org/daytimers, or contact Program Director Bonnie Graff, firstname.lastname@example.org, 858 535-1111, ext. 3800. DayTimers Book Club 1st Tuesday every other month at 1:30 p.m. We look forward to meeting new and old friends as we share the wonder we discover “between the lines.” We have limited openings for newcomers interested in regular attendance and leading book discussions. February 5: The Arrogant Years by Lucette Lagnado April 2: The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt Please RSVP to Randy Savarese at email@example.com. Women’s Discussion Group 4th Thursdays, through May 23, 10:00 a.m. Share friendship, camaraderie and connection in a safe and comfortable environment in this discussion group for women who are Beth Israel members. November and December dates TBD due to holidays. Please RSVP to Gayle Wise at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Linda Valfer at Linval1220@aol.com. Elder Abuse Scams and How to Protect Yourself, with Paul Greenwood Thursday, January 10, 1:30 p.m. Paul Greenwood, Director of the District Attorney’s Elder Abuse Unit, will discuss old and new financial scams, data privacy, issues of identity theft, and what to do when a problem is suspected. Open to all. $5 with RSVP. $8 without RSVP.
Critiques and Clips with Scott Marks Thursday, February 07, 1:30 p.m. Join film historian/critic Scott Marks as he shows clips from 2012 nominated films and offers insights into film, actors, and directors. Coffee and dessert included. $5 with RSVP. $8 without RSVP. Co-sponsored by the Brandeis National Committee: San Dieguito Chapter. Onstage, Offstage and Behind the Curtain with Pat Launer Thursday, March 7, 1:30 p.m. Prepare for comedy and high drama as Pat Launer, the voice of theater in San Diego, gives you the behind-thescenes scoop on our fabulous San Diego artists and productions. Coffee and dessert included. $5 with RSVP. $8 without RSVP.
Men’s Club RSVP and pay online at www.cbisd.org/mensclub at least one week in advance, or call Bethany Ratner at 858-5351111, ext. 3124. Men’s Club Board Meetings 1st Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. Beth Israel men who are interested in volunteering with the Men’s Club are invited to attend our board meetings. Please contact Bob Metz at email@example.com for more information. Latkes, Latkes, Latkes! Sunday, December 9, 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Help the Men’s Club prepare and serve latkes for Chanukah! Sign up for the first shift at 8:00 am, or the second at 10:30 am. Contact Sid Spector at firstname.lastname@example.org Men’s Club Discussion Group 2nd and 4th Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Men who are members of Beth Israel are invited to come discuss relevant issues. Discussion topics depend on what the participants wish to discuss. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Larry Bornstein at email@example.com. Men’s Club Dinner Forum Presents: Elliot Hirshman, President of SDSU Wednesday, December 19, 6:30 p.m. Dr. Elliot Hirshman joined SDSU in July 2011, and is only the university’s eighth president in 115 years. Learn how he’ll lead a dynamic university committed to addressing regional, national and global challenges and propelling California and our nation forward. $15, or $12 with RSVP, includes deli dinner. Men’s Club Dinner Forums are monthly on 3rd Wednesdays. Feed Hundreds at the Hunger Project with the Men’s Club, Sundays, December 30 and March 31, 9:00 a.m. The Men’s Club needs volunteers to help serve the morning meal to 700 hungry men, women and children at the St. Vincent de Paul Center. To volunteer and/or make a donation, please contact Jeff Easton at jeffeaston@gmail. com or 619 871-2783. Men’s Club Dinner Forum Wednesday, January 16, 6:30 p.m. Speaker TBD. $15, or $12 with RSVP, includes deli dinner. Dinner Forums are monthly on 3rd Wednesdays. Men’s Club Dinner Forum Wednesday, February 20, 6:30 p.m. Speaker TBD. $15, or $12 with RSVP, includes deli dinner. Dinner Forums are monthly on 3rd Wednesdays.
Purim Carnival Blood Drive Sunday, February 24, 9:30 a.m. Enjoy the Carnival take a few minutes to do a mitzvah by donating blood. You’ll receive a free deli dinner at our next dinner forum and a T-shirt from the Blood Bank. Yom HaShoah Candle Packing Sunday, March 10, 8:30 a.m. The Men’s Club distributes Yom Hashoah candles to Beth Israel members each year. We will be packing and addressing 1400 candles for mailing until early afternoon in the social hall. All volunteer help is welcome. Free refreshments. RSVP to 858 535-1111, ext. 3124. Men’s Club Dinner Forum Wednesday, March 20, 6:30 p.m. Speaker TBD. $15, or $12 with RSVP, includes deli dinner. Dinner Forums are monthly on 3rd Wednesdays.
Outreach - New to Judaism RSVP at least one week in advance online at www.cbisd. org/outreach, or contact Program Director Bonnie Graff, firstname.lastname@example.org, 858 535-1111, ext. 3800. Discover Shabbat: Potluck Dinner and Learners Shabbat Service Friday, January 4, 6:30 p.m. (Service: 8:00 p.m.) Join us for a potluck Shabbat dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by a unique Learners Shabbat service at 8:00 p.m. in which you are encouraged to interrupt with questions at any time! No RSVP needed for the service but please RSVP for the dinner. MLK Jr. Day of Interfaith Community Service Monday, January 21, 9:00 a.m. Join with hundreds of fellow San Diegans from various faith communities for a morning of community service in Balboa Park. See details under Special Events. Shabbat and Havdalah at Home Wednesday, January 23, 6:30 p.m. Rabbi/Cantor Arlene Bernstein will lead you through the blessings, rituals, food, music and creative ideas so you can do it yourself (DIY) and create a joyous Shabbat in your home. No fee, but please RSVP. Conversion Q&A Wednesday, February 13, 7:00 p.m. Have you or someone you know ever thought about becoming Jewish? Do you have questions, but were afraid to ask? Learn about the process of conversion in a supportive environment with Beth Israel clergy, where all questions are welcome. No fee, but please RSVP. Passover Step by Step Wednesday, February 27, 6:30 p.m. Experience the rituals, traditions, foods and music of Passover in this do it yourself (DIY) workshop taught by Rabbi/Cantor Arlene Bernstein. Learn how to lead a Passover Seder and take home a booklet complete with recipes and songs to use at home. No fee, but please RSVP. Outreach Shabbat Service and Dinner Friday, March 15, 6:15 p.m. (Dinner 7:30 p.m.) This moving Shabbat service will honor Introduction to Judaism graduates, interfaith families, Jews by choice and those of other faiths who play a key role in raising Jewish children and living a Jewish life. All are invited to join us for the celebratory Shabbat dinner, as well. Please RSVP for dinner: $20 for adults; $13 for children (ages 6-17). Dinner free for Introduction to Judaism students.
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work and community demands. The focus will be on how our obligations can be sacred, meaningful and fulfilling. No RSVP needed.
Please RSVP for events online at www.cbisd/school. Or contact the school office at 858 535-1111, ext. 3121. Check the Religious School calendar for school holidays and winter break dates.
6th Grade Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! Monthly at 10:00 a.m., Dec.16, Jan. 27, Feb. 10, March 24, April 21, May 5 This proactive, informal education program draws on Jewish tradition to give girls a place to feel safe, articulate their questions and concerns, have fun, and be ‘real’ with their peers.
Shabbat Simchah (1st Fridays) Friday, December 7, 6:00 p.m. Shabbat service for families with K-3rd grade children. We will sing, pray, and tell stories in the informal atmosphere of our chapel. Afterward you can join us at the Tot Shabbat dinner (December 7, February 1, March 1 and May 3) RSVP for Tot Shabbat dinners at 858-535-1144, ext. 3120. All School Chanukah Program Sunday, December 9, 9:00 a.m. Come celebrate with your friends at the All School Chanukah Party! Series on Sacred Relationships: Families and God Sunday, December 16, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Is God the 800 lb. gorilla in your home? Rabbi Berk explores how to talk to children about God - even if you don’t believe, yourself - and shares helpful approaches to the endless questions children have about God. Adults of all ages are welcome. No RSVP needed. 2nd Grade family Education Sunday, December 16, 10:00 a.m. Explore the rituals and blessings that are part of our daily lives and create new ones. Our Relationship with Israel, with Rabbi Berk Sunday, January 27, 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. What has history taught us about our connection to the Jewish state? How can we be supportive when we live far away and have never even been there? Hear from people who have been there and discuss the relevance with the Rabbi. No RSVP needed. Rites of Passage & Our Relationships with Rabbi Satz Sunday, February 10, 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. What are Jewish Rites of Passage and why has B’nai Mitzvah become the so important to families? How can you make your family’s journey meaningful? Hear from the professionals and other families who have been or are on the path. No RSVP needed. Writing a Family Haggadah, with Joe Oppenheimer Sundays, February 10 & March 3, 9:00-11:30 a.m. With a computer and internet access, you can easily create your own family haggadah. See ALEINU for details. Purim Carnival Sunday, February 24, 9:30 a.m.:- 2:30 p.m. Men’s Club Blood Drive begins at 9:30 a.m. Purim Carnival gets into full swing when Religious School ends at 11:30 a.m. Adults are invited back at 7:00 p.m. for the Megillah Reading and hillarious Purim Schpiel. Celebrating Together– Passover for All Ages with Rabbi Satz Sunday, March 17, 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Passover is the most celebrated Jewish family holiday. Why is that and how does it change as the family dynamic changes? Practical ideas to engage children of all ages will be discussed. No RSVP needed. Kibbud Aba/Em – Honoring our Parents and Our Relationship with Older Generations with Rabbi/Cantor Bernstein Sunday, March 24, 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. What is our obligation? This will be a session on not only our obligations, but how we can cope with our family,
Bill & Sid Rubin Preschool Please RSVP, where appropriate, by contacting the Preschool at email@example.com, or 858-535-1144, ext. 3120. Check the Preschool calendar for school holidays and winter break dates. Tot Shabbat and Dinner (1st Fridays) Friday, December 7, 6:00 p.m. Tot Shabbat is designed for families with young. There is no RSVP needed for Shabbat. A family friendly dinner follows most months in the David and Dorothea Garfield Social Hall, dinner reservations are required. RSVP for dinner call 858-535-1144 ext. 3120. Songbirds Music Thursdays January 10-March 21, 9:30 a.m. This 18-session class is a community of families sharing songs, rhythm games and instrument play in a fun, safe Jewish environment. Learn music through developmentally appropriate activities. Parents/ caregivers learn how to enhance their child’s music development. $160.00 for Beth Israel members; $180.00 for non-members. My Family & Me Sunday, January 27, 9:30 a.m.: Tu B’Shevat Sunday, March 10, 9:30 a.m.: Passover This free 60-minute program, open to the community and designed for families with children ages 6 months to 4 years features the celebration of Jewish holidays and activities with theme-related songs, art and cooking. No RSVP is required. Purim Carnival Sunday, February 24, 11:30 a.m.:- 2:30 p.m. Men’s Club Blood Drive begins at 9:30 a.m. Purim Carnival gets into full swing when Religious School gets out at 11:30 a.m. Adults are invited back to Beth Israel at 7:00 p.m. for the Megillah Reading and Purim Schpiel.
Social Action For more information visit www.cbisd.org/socialaction or contact Program Coordinator Bethany Ratner at bratner@ cbisd.org or 858 535 -1111, ext. 3800 . Knit and Nosh 2nd Sundays, December 9, 9:00 a.m. Meet at Café Beth Israel to knit or crochet 8-inch squares to create blankets for babies at Vista Hill. Beginners welcome. You may also knit, crochet or stitch squares at home and drop off at Beth Israel. Donations of washable cotton yarn are welcome. No RSVP. Contact Susan Volsky at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 858 259-1667. Hunger Project Sundays, 9:00 a.m. Your help is needed to set up, serve brunch, and clean up from 9:00 to 11:30 am. Cash donations are also needed. Reservations are a must. To sign up, contact Terri Fine at 858 535-1111, ext. 3110
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Volunteer for a Volunteer December 24-25, various times Beth Israel provides volunteers on Christmas Eve and Day at Seacrest Village Retirement Communities so non-Jewish workers have time off to be with their families. Contact Mark Smith at Seacrest in Poway at 858-485-0700 and Jenell Coker at Seacrest in Encinitas at 760 632-3704. MLK Jr. Day of Interfaith Community Service Monday, January 21, 9:00 a.m. Join with hundreds of fellow San Diegans from various faith communities for a morning of community service in Balboa Park. See details under Special Events. AniMeals Pet Food Collection Month of February Donate dry and canned cat and dog food to provide meals to the companion animals of the elderly. Collection bins will be by the guard station and Religious School office. Monetary donations and ziplock bags are also appreciated. Contact Program Coordinator Bethany Ratner at email@example.com.
Special Events Erev Shabbat Chanukah Service and Dinner Friday, December 14, 6:15 p.m. 6:15 p.m. featuring the lighting of Beth Israel’s giant chanukiah, followed by Chanukah Dinner with activities for the children. $12 per adult, $6 per child age 3-12. Free for children age 2 and under. RSVP online at least one week in advance for the dinner at www.cbisd.org/specialevents or to Bethany Ratner at 858 535-1111, ext. 3124. Erev Shabbat Service and Chinese Dinner Friday, December 28, 6:15 p.m. 6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service, preceded by an Oneg and followed by Chinese dinner. $12 per adult, $6 per child age 3-12. Free for children age 2 and under. RSVP online at least one week in advance for the dinner at www.cbisd. org/specialevents or to Vera at 858 535-1111.
Sharing the Dream - A Musical Celebration Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Featuring The Soul Children of Chicago Saturday, January 19, 7:00 p.m. Their sound is powerful, magnetic, inspirational, and their reach international. Beth Israel presents Musical Director Walt Whitman and his world class performance group The Soul Children of Chicago. See back cover for details. The Concert is part of a full MLK celebration weekend. The Soul Children of Chicago will also be inspiring us at our Friday night Shabbat service. On Monday, participate in the MLK Day of Interfaith Community Service (see next). MLK Jr. Day of Interfaith Community Service Monday, January 21, 9:00 a.m. Join with hundreds of fellow San Diegans from various faith communities for a morning of community service in Balboa Park at Morley Field– enter at the corner of Upas and Texas Streets and follow signs to our parking area. Dress for clearing brush. Contact Bethany Ratner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 858 535-1111, ext. 3124. Open to all ages. Make it a day on, not a day off! Please register at www.fumcsd.org/mlkday. Purim Carnival Sunday, February 24, 11:30 a.m.:- 2:30 p.m. Men’s Club Blood Drive begins at 9:30 a.m. Purim Carnival gets into full swing when Religious School gets out at 11:30 a.m. Adults are invited back to Beth Israel at 7:00 p.m. for the Megillah Reading and Purim Schpiel.
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Annual Women’s Seder Monday, March 11, 6:00 p.m. All women in the community are invited to attend this annual multi-generational celebration of the Passover Seder from a female perspective. The Seder will be led by Rabbi/Cantor Arlene Bernstein, Rabbi Lenore Bohm and Rabbi Aliza Berk. Cost is $25 per Beth Israel member, $30 per nonmember and $18 per student. Childcare will be provided for children 3 years and older.
Youth Groups For more information about Youth events or to become a Youth Group member, contact Daniel Brenner at email@example.com J2 9th Day Hanukkah Party Sunday, December 9 RUACH Teen Shabbat Friday, December 21, 6:00 p.m. Dinner at 6:00 p.m. $8. Service at 7:00 p.m. Oneg and Shabbat Schmooze until 9:00 p.m. NOAR Xtreme Dodgeball Sunday, January 6, 12:00 BITY Movie Night Saturday January 26 NOAR Rock Climbing Saturday, February 2 J2 Ceramicafe Sunday, February 10 BITY Lock-In Saturday February 23 Maccabiah! Saturday, March 2
Please RSVP, where appropriate, online at www.cbisd. org/women, at least one week in advance, or contact Program Director Bonnie Graff, firstname.lastname@example.org, 858 535-1111, ext. 3800. Havadalah Hoedown Saturday, February 2, 7:00 p.m. Dust off those line dancing boots for Women of Beth Israel’s First Annual Havdalah Hoedown. Chow down on some chili and kick up those heels for a night of food, fun, and fancy footwork. No dance experience is necessary; we provide all the instruction you will need. $25 per member, $30 per nonmember.
Glazer Gift Shop Now Open Now carrying a fresh, contemporary array of Judaica accessories, jewelry, exquisite gift pieces by Michael Aram, Jonathan Adler, Yair Emanuel, Muzeum and much more. Tuesdays, 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. w Thursdays, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Fridays, 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. (before Erev Shabbat Services) Sundays, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Check online for holiday closings. Open by appointment as well – email email@example.com
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Five Questions Spotlight on One of Beth Israel’s Fascinating Members
What was it like growing up in the Third and Laurel temple? I have so many fond memories of attending religious school, being involved in youth groups, and sometimes having classes on the grass in Balboa Park. I especially loved Israeli dancing and song sessions during religious school. My confirmation class had 49 students and many of my classmates or their families are still Beth Israel members today.
What can congregants expect to find in the new Glazer Gift Shop? How will it be different from the old shop? We’ve worked very hard to bring in a new assortment of useful, colorful and exciting pieces. We are carrying items from such notable artists as Michael Aram, Jonathan Adler, Yair Emanuel, Backthorne Forge, Ayala Bar and Michal Golan. I am focusing much more of our inventory on ritual and gift items, as opposed to party accessories, which are now readily available at party stores and on the Internet.
Diane Voit is a longtime Beth Israel member and the new manager of Beth Israel’s Glazer Gift Shop, which recently reopened after major refurbishing. Diane co-chaired the opening event for Beth Israel’s 150th anniversary celebration. She is a development assistant at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center. Her daughter, Emma, is a freshman at University City High School. Her husband, Buddy, plays guitar in our Chai Band, is a 2012 Volunteer of the Year, and serves on the board of Camp Mountain Chai. We asked Diane a few questions to learn more about her.
How has Beth Israel changed over the years? San Diego has grown so much, and the membership at Beth Israel is very representative of that change. Social Action has always been important and it’s nice to see that continue and expand. You and your family have been involved in Beth Israel’s music over a long period. How is music important in your life and to Beth Israel? Growing up I was always involved in school choral groups and I also played the piano. I would’ve been the
first one in line to join a choir or musical group had there been one at Beth Israel. I love the music program today; it enhances the services and it’s a wonderful means of keeping the youth involved. One of the high points for us was the 2008 choir trip to Israel led by Rabbi/Cantor Bernstein. The trip created a real sense of community for us, as it did for most of the families who participated, and it continues to grow as the choir grows.
What advice do you have for readers about buying gifts at the Glazer Gift Shop? Please stop by often, and if you do not see something you’d like, let me know. I’m always looking for new, interesting artists and am striving to create the “go-to” place for Judaica and gifts for all occasions. If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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OUTREACH By Karen Shein At the time of Beth Israel’s founding, 151 years ago, and through most of the 19th and 20th centuries, Judaism’s major movements viewed intermarriage as a threat to the future of the Jewish people. As late as the 1970s it was known as “the silent Holocaust” or “Hitler’s victory.” Rabbi Alexander Schindler, president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (now URJ), created great controversy in the 1980s by calling for Reform congregations to approach intermarriage as an opportunity rather than a threat. Pointing out that intermarriage was a natural consequence of America’s open society, he advanced the idea that non-Jewish partners who were 16 winter 2012/5773
actively welcomed into synagogue and Jewish life would prove to be a great gift to the Jewish community. Beth Israel enthusiastically embraced this approach, becoming an early pioneer in outreach. Our first program, called Mixed Doubles, debuted in 1983 and provided interfaith couples with the opportunity to discuss and work through interfaith issues. It also sent a message to non-Jewish partners that they are welcome at Beth Isreal. Within a few years, under the leadership of Program Director Bonnie Graff, Beth Israel had an active outreach committee and outreach programming, most free and open to the community.
Today our outreach programs include DIY (Do it Yourself) workshops where newcomers to Judaism learn how to celebrate Chanukah, Passover, the High Holy Days and Shabbat. Synagogue tours led by our clergy offer an up-close look at the Torah scrolls and other ritual items and take the mystery out of Shabbat services. Our Learners Shabbat provides a complete explanation of a Friday night worship service as it happens, encouraging participants to interrupt with questions. Enhanced Intro to Judaism classes make student integration into the life of our synagogue community easier. In addition there are discussion groups for interfaith couples, a conversion
“From a young age I had Jewish friends and connected with Judaism, even though I was raised in a fairly secular Christian home. As an adult my curiousity grew and I wanted to learn more. I’ve taken almost every beginner class at Beth Israel. No other synagogue or Jewish organization offered as much or welcomed me more. I feel so at home here and have finally taken the steps to become Jewish.” mentor program that pairs individuals going through the conversion process with a buddy, and an Outreach Shabbat dinner and service that celebrates the contributions of those who have become part of our community from many backgrounds and through various journeys to Judaism. In 2003, and again in 2005 and 2009 our outreach programming became a model for Reform synagogues nationwide, earning the URJ’s prestigious Belin Award for excellence in outreach programming. Through our outreach programming, Beth Israel has welcomed hundreds of individuals who decided to explore Judaism, to convert to Judaism, and/or to raise Jewish children. Jews by choice make up a significant percentage of Beth Israel’s membership today. The impact these individuals have had on Beth Israel and our Jewish community is profound. They are among our most active members; reading Torah in our services; teaching in our schools; serving as committee chairs; Board
members; Board presidents and distinguished leaders in our greater Jewish community. The non-Jewish partners in our interfaith couples often play a pivotal role in the creation of a Jewish home, transporting children to religious school, observing Jewish traditions, supporting and encouraging Jewish choices. It is noteworthy that some of our most active and valued synagogue leaders were participants in our original Mixed Doubles class. Beth Israel’s outreach program is a direct response to the Torah’s reminder to “welcome the stranger, for we were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Like Naomi in the book of Ruth, who responds with a warm embrace when Ruth declares: “Wherever you go, I will go; and where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God shall be my God,” Beth Israel expresses its welcome to newcomers through the commitment in our mission statement to be a “welcoming home to all who seek an enduring connection to Judaism.” As we look toward our next 150 years, we celebrate this proud tradition and our reputation as a synagogue committed to opening the doors of Judaism to those who seek to enter.
Upcoming (December-March) PROGRAMS RSVP at least one week in advance online at www.cbisd.org/outreach, or contact Program Director Bonnie Graff, email@example.com, 858 5351111, ext. 3800. Discover Shabbat: Potluck Dinner and Learners Shabbat Service Friday, January 4, 6:30 p.m. (Service: 8:00 p.m.) Join us for a potluck Shabbat dinner followed by a learners service in which you are encouraged to interrupt with questions at any time! RSVP for the dinner. MLK Jr. Day of Interfaith Community Service Monday, January 21, 9:00 a.m. Join with hundreds of San Diegans from various faith communities for a morning of community service in Balboa Park. Open to all ages. No fee, but please RSVP at www.fumcsd.org/mlkday. Shabbat and Havdalah at Home Wednesday, January 23, 6:30 p.m. Rabbi/Cantor Arlene Bernstein will teach you blessings, rituals, food, music and share creative ideas so you can create a joyous Shabbat at home. No fee, but please RSVP. Conversion Q&A Wednesday, February 13, 7:00 p.m. Ask any questions and learn about the process of conversion in a supportive environment with Beth Israel clergy. No fee, but please RSVP. Passover at Home Wednesday, February 27, 6:30 p.m. Experience the traditions, food and music of Passover as Rabbi/Cantor Arlene Bernstein shows you how to lead a Passover Seder. No fee, but please RSVP. Outreach Shabbat Service and Dinner Friday, March 15, 6:15 p.m. Service, 7:30 p.m. Dinner This moving Shabbat service will honor Introduction to Judaism graduates, interfaith families, Jews by choice and those of other faiths who play a key role in raising Jewish children and living a Jewish life. Join us for the Shabbat dinner: $20 for adults; $13 for children (ages 6-17). Dinner free for Introduction to Judaism students. Winter 2012/5773 17
mandy patinkin in our homeland Beth Israel capped off a year of 150th anniversary celebrations with an absolutely outstanding gala event on November 17. Attended by nearly 500 and featuring television and theater legend Mandy Patinkin, the evening was filled with joy and enchantment and will long be remembered. photos by Carol Sonstein
L.-r.: Rabbi Michael Berk, Rabbi/Cantor Arlene Bernstein, Rabbi Michael Satz, President Emily Jennewein and Cantor Emeritus Sheldon Merel
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Event committee chairs (l.-r.): Len and Bev Bernstein and Carol and Ron Fox with 150th anniversary chair Mary Ann Scher and George Scher
Havdalah with (l.-r.) Rabbi Michael Berk, Rabbi Michael Satz and rabbinic student Jeremy Gimbel
Mandy Patinkin with sister Joanne Gimbel
The Series@Beth Israel Jewish Immigrant Culture in the United States: 1880-1925 with Steven Cassedy, Ph.D. (3 sessions) Wednesdays, Nov. 28, Dec. 5, Dec. 12, 7:00 p.m.
Explore cultural expression among Jews in the United States during the period of mass immigration. Includes a look at Yiddish theatre and press, Jewish intellectual life, and A Bintel Brief. Steven Cassedy is a professor and an associate dean of graduate studies at UCSD. $35 per member; $45 per nonmember.
Eat, Pray, Learn: Food and Religion in American Jewish Life with Dr. Joellyn Zollman (4 sessions) Thursdays, January 10-31, 7:00 p.m.
In this historical, sociological and experiential taste of Judaism class weâ€™ll study everything from the laws of kashrut to the laws of ordering in a Chinese restaurant and nosh on (or sample) our favorite Jewish food. $45 per member; $55 per nonmember.
Register and pay for all programs at least one week in advance online at www.cbisd.org/aleinu. For more information contact Program Director Bonnie Graff at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 858 535-1111, ext. 3800.
Weâ€™ll keep the memory of your loved ones alive Remember them on the
Beth Israel Memorial Wall For information, contact Judi Schwartz at email@example.com, or 858 535-1111, ext. 3113
UPCOMING SERIES SPEAKERS
Dr. Risa Levitt Kohn Monday, March 18, 7:00 p.m. And God Said What? Why Biblical Scholarship is Not Sunday School This lecture samples varieties of biblical literature, situating the meanings of these texts among their original audiences, and explores the methods and concerns of contemporary biblical studies. $5 per member; $10 per nonmember.
Dr. Leonard Felder Saturday, April 13, 12:00 p.m. Here I Am: Spiritual Wisdom to Become More Present, Centered and Available for Life Bestselling author and psychologist Dr. Leonard Felder will show us how to use Jewish centering methods to stay healthy, resilient and mindful even when dealing with challenging work, home or social situations.
Jewish Burial Space Available 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. Greatly discounted rates on select Cypress View crypts are available through January. Contact Stuart Simmons at 619 871-4160, or firstname.lastname@example.org Beth Israel Cemetery & Mausoleum Association
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W ande r ing T h e
Congregant and online media professional Chris Jennewein shares his favorite Israeli and Jewish websites. Chris is senior regional editor for AOL’s Patch.com in Southern California.
This is the English-language website of the newspaper usually described as the New York Times of Israel. Requires a subscription, but summaries are free. Tip: Click on “More Breaking News” for the latest headlines.
If Haaretz is the equivalent of our New York Times, then the storied Jerusalem Post online is Fox News with a decidedly conservative point of view.
The English-language version of Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel’s most popular newspaper.
Kol Israel, the Voice of Israel from the Israel Broadcasting Authority, is no longer available over the air on shortwave frequencies, but you can listen online. Tip: Choose On Demand, then English for the latest headlines. Macintosh users may need to download extra software.
An online newspaper launched this year by veteran UK-born, Israeli journalist David Horovitz with American venture-capital support. Tip: Check out the “Start-Up” Israel section for the latest on high-tech business.
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If you love traveling to Israel, check out the Ministry of Tourism’s English-language site. Captivating photos and video clips convey the excitement of Israel. Tip: Make sure you have a fast connection.
The website of the influential and conservative American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Keep up with news from Israel and learn about how the U.S. legislative agenda affects Israel.
The Union for Reform Judaism’s website is the comprehensive online reference for our movement. Tip: Check out the calendar of Jewish holidays under “Jewish Life” and the Torah portion with audio commentary under “Learning.”
GourmetKosherCooking. com A bi-coastal collaboration of food bloggers Elizabeth Kurtz in New York and Emuna Braverman in Los Angeles.
Tablet is a daily online magazine of Jewish news, ideas, and culture published in New York by the nonprofit Nextbook foundation. It features hip, engaging articles such as “Lou Reed’s Rabbi.”
The website of a new pro-Israel, pro-peace advocacy group seeking a two-state solution. AIPAC and J Street represent two sides of the American-Jewish mainstream.
The Israel Religious Action Center has positioned itself as Israel’s preeminent civil and human rights organization. Tip: Sign up for the weekly newsletter, the Pluralist. Have others? Let us know at email@example.com for a future installment.
We acknowledge these contributions, processed through October 31, with appreciation. To make a contribution email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 858 535-1111, ext.3500. Torah Project In honor of: Jerry Goldberg’s special birthday by Liz Levine and Andrew Resnick The Torah Project by Julie and Mitch Dubick
Rabbi Berk’s Fund Contribution by: The Arthur and Midge Levy Short Term Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Renee and Joseph O’Rourke In appreciation: Of Rabbi Berk for his care, guidance and beautiful service for Gerald Kobernick by the Kobernick family Of Rabbi Berk for his guidance in Josh Hampshire becoming a Bar Mitzvah Of Rabbi Berk for addressing the L’Bashlem Chavurah by Judy and Bob Metz Of a beautiful Yizkor Service by Shelley Druskin Of the renewal of wedding vows for our parents, Mary and Burton Blackman at their 50th anniversary celebration by Susan and Damon R. Couch Of Terri Fine for all her help and concern by Lynne Barbara Binder Of the unveiling of the headstone in memory of our father, Hy Glaser by Debra, Dale and Scott Glaser Of High Holy Days honors by Helene and David Schlafman For honoring us with aliyot during the High Holy Days by Tracy, Gary and Ilana Hirschfeld Of Rabbi Berk for preparing Naomi for her Bat Mitzvah by the Murray family Of Anna Newton for her help in preparing the memorial book by Lynne Barbara Binder For the Synagogue Geography tour by Ron Newell Of Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal for Kever Avot at my parents’ crypt by Lynne Barbara Binder Of the lovely memorial service for our father, Louis Wax by Laurie and Stephen Wax and family In honor of: The birthdays of Stan Bliss, Beth Greenberg, Anita Lawson, John Tupta, and the 70th birthday of Myra B. Segal by Lynne Barbara Binder The anniversary of Sheila and Stan Bliss by Lynne Barbara Binder
In memory of: Daniel Barwell by Jennifer Barwell Anna Binder, Leon Binder, Edward Henderson, Dorothy Lampert, and Tessie Weinstein by Lynne Barbara Binder Arthur Brody by Phyllis and Dan Epstein Molly and George Silver and David Safran by Elizabeth Safran
Rabbi/Cantor Bernstein’s Music Fund Contribution by: The Geffen Family Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation The Arthur and Midge Levy Short Term Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation In appreciation: For making my children’s, Debbie Bejar and Scott Suchman’s wedding a truly beautiful and meaningful event by Jan Bejar For the High Holy Days honors for Ben and Sam Brogadir by the Brogadir family Of Rabbi/Cantor Bernstein’s music by Linda and Jerold Goldberg Of Rabbi/Cantor for her presentation and discussion by Chavurah Mitzvah Of Rabbi/Cantor for her positivity and guidance in Josh Hampshire becoming a Bar Mitzvah by the Hampshire family For honoring us with aliyot during the High Holy Days by Tracy, Gary and Ilana Hirschfeld The naming ceremony for our daughter, Haley Komula by Erik and Meredith Komula To Rabbi/Cantor for all she did to prepare and inspire my granddaughter, Adira Rosen for her Hanukat Bat Mitzvah by Eileen Wingard Rabbi/Cantor for helping Jennifer Serwin prepare for her Bat Mitzvah by Richard Serwin The naming ceremony for our granddaughter, Vivian Schwartz by Susan and Lee Levinson The naming ceremony for our granddaughters, Vivian Schwartz and Haley Komula by Wayne and Cynthia Schwartz Of Rabbi/Cantor Bernstein for the naming of our daughter Meredith by Jennifer and Chris Stansbury For enriching musical programs by Ruthe and Murray Rogow Of Rabbi/Cantor for officiating at and in gratitude for a beautiful funeral service for Jim Hickman by the Diane Fischer Hickman Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Jack and Sigrid Fischer Trust Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation and the Susan Morris Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation and the Geffen Family Fund of thr Jewish Community Foundation For your love and support during a difficult time by Barry and Jeff Neichin
Of Rabbi/Cantor for Sandra Rubin’s Bat Mitzvah by Sandra and Irving Rubin, Paula Rubin Riley and Marilyn and Louis Tedesco For introducing me to Judaism by Paul Zablotny Naomi Murray’s Bat Mitzvah by Janet and Larry Murray
High Holy Days by Tracy, Gary and Ilana Hirschfeld For officiating at Francine Plush’s funeral by Rochelle and Jeremy Greene
In honor of: Ernest Rady’s birthday by Sandy and Arthur Levinson Our High Holy Days honors by Diane, Buddy and Emma Voit High Holy Days honors by Seekey Cacciatore L’shana Tova to Perla, Jeff, Danny and Becca Myers by Judy Myers Sandra Rubin on the occasion of her Bat Mitzvah by Cynthia and Lester Mencis Emma Voit chanting from the Haftorah on Yom Kippur by Gerry and Steve Voit
In memory of: Colleen Belz by Leslie Sebastian Francine Plush by Rochelle and Jeremy Greene Gloria Penner Snyder by William Snyder and family
In memory of: Lloyd Campbell by Ann Spira Campbell May Campbell by Ian Campbell Mauricio Cohen by Susan and Larry Corrigan and family Helene Falk by Diane, Buddy and Emma Voit Harry R. Friedman, Dora E. Massing and Dora Sachs Shelley by Naomi and Myron Shelley Max Glaser and Sanford Miller by Joni, Rich and Lauren Miller Jay Harvey and Peter Harvey by Elaine Harvey and family Esther Hayman by Diane, Buddy and Emma Voit Vincent Kenny and Samuel Marsh by Kathy and David Marsh Joseph Leo Mullen, Jr. by Robert Ilko and family Jocelyn Neichin by Barry and Jeff Neichin Our mom Ruth Nelson by Cathy Nelson Lebovitz, Robin Nelson and families Ruth Rogow by Ruthe and Murray Rogow Samuel Rubenfeld by Martin Rubenfeld Karen, sister of Robert Baum by Ruth and Bill Braun Edward and Lilyan Satz by Leslie Satz Harry Stone by David Stone
Rabbi Satz’ Fund In appreciation: Of the naming ceremony for our son, Benjamin by Becky and Dan Zipp Of our special wedding services by Jodi Berger and Thomas Barthold For honoring us with aliyot during the
In honor of: The Bris for Benjamin Zipp, son of Rebecca and Daniel Zipp, by Stuart Rubenstein
Cantor Merel’s Music Fund In appreciation: Of Cantor Sheldon Merel by Marcia and Don Wolochow In honor of: Marci and Cantor Sheldon Merel’s 60th wedding anniversary by Diana Hahn In memory of: Harry Gross by Susan and Ed Weiner
Beth Israel Contribution by: Nancy and Dean Abelon, Ellina Bekkerman, Sylvia and Daniel Feldman, Robert Goldberg and Bonnie and Lee Levy In appreciation: For providing bus transportation for High Holy Days by Sondra and Bill Albers and Marlene and David S. Nourok Of the beautiful music by our choirs and instrumentalist at Erev Rosh Hashanah by Carol Spielman Ewan In honor of: Flossie and Tony Riesner’s 50th anniversary by Marlene and David Feldman Mary Ann Scher by Linda and Louis Levy Bev and Len Bernstein, Terri Bignell and MaryAnn Scher for their endeavors for the 150th Year Celebration of our Congregation Beth Israel by the Constance M. Mercer and Ruth E. Danciger Fund of the Jewish Community Fund In memory of: Joseph Adlerberg by Judy and Allan Adler Esther and Sid Alexander by Al Alexander Lori Berger by Janice Mulligan and Vanessa and Harvey Berger Jean Berman by Pauline and Alfred Garblik William Feinberg by Susan Shmalo Samuel Field by Daniel Feldman Pauline Garblik by Naomi and Larry Rivkin James Gauthier by Lisa and Jeff Gittleman Evalyn Gerber and Stanley Cohen by Bonnie and Lee Levy
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Shirley Ginsberg by Robert Ginsberg and family Richard Levin by Gloria and Rod Stone Marlys Marion by Mickey Stern Anne Minteer by the Minteer family Gloria Penner Snyder by Phyllis Cohn Henrietta and Joseph Rubin by Elisabeth and Alan Rubin Jean Silver and Rose Weiss by Judith and Steven Weiss Ethel Solomon and David Horowitz by the Elene and Herbert Solomon Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation Rose Stiegler by Sheree and Mayo Stiegler Eleanor and Douglas Thompson by Sanford Feldman and family Stanley Turkel by Beverly and Howard Silldorf Louis Wax by Rhoda Nevins and Eddie Kleinman Sol Jack Zwerling by Sydney Z. Serwin
Learner’s Community (Adult Education) Aleinu In honor of: Nancy and Dean Abelon’s son’s wedding by Bonnie and Barry Graff The birth of Cheryl and Albert Ray’s granddaughter, Avery Michael Amsili, by Beverly Miller and Judith Abeles In memory of: Brant Greenberg by Yvonne Greenberg Richard Levin by Bonnie and Barry Graff
Lee and Frank Goldberg Family Religious School In honor of: Bud Fisher’s 80th birthday by Lynn and Bert Epsten In memory of: Teny Kare by the Bendett family Lena Miller by Harlene Rottenberg
Bill and Sid Rubin Preschool In honor of: Jacob Silver’s 3rd birthday by the Elster Satz family In memory of: Toby Cohen by Tammy and Louie Vener Max Glazer by Dennis Glazer and family
Building Fund In memory of: Sidney Rose by Stephanie Petersen
Day Timers In appreciation: Of the Gantwerk and Mayer family for the memorable music at my Bat Mitzvah by Sandra Rubin
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In memory of: Karen Susanne Krueger by Bobbi and Sheldon Krueger
Hunger Project Contribution by: Nancy and Dean Abelon, Allan Adler, Sondra and William Albers, Anonymous, Anne and Hebert Arnold, Marc Baer, Lawrence Bame, Sid’s Carpet Barn, Adina Batnitzky and Avi Spiegel, Deborah and Isaac Bejar, Alma Bejar, Phyllis and Alfred Bendett, Erica, Mike and Emily Berent, George Bernstein, Beverly and Leonard Bernstein, Sheila and Stanley Bliss, Joyce and Bob Blumberg, the Irene and Ben Borevitz Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Jacqueline Carr, Rob Cohen, Janet and Jerry Cook, Steve Corkery, Susan and Damon Couch, Clive David, Mardelle and Jeff Davis, Nancy and Joel Dimsdale, Julie and Michael Dubik, Susan and Bernard Feldman, Jeff Freeman, Jean Friedman, Joan and Arnold Gass, Marla and Gordon Gerson, Francine and Phillip Ginsburg, Jeff Gittleman, Linda and Jerold Goldberg, Doris and Irv Goldfarb, Kirk Golding, Wilma Goldman, Nancy and Michael Gordon, Roanne Gotthelf, Jackie and Sid Greenbaum, Jeanie and Martin Greenberg, Beverlee and Pat Greene, Clare and Kit Greenwald, Diana Hahn, Stacy and Jonathan Halberg, Randy and Harvey Helsel, the Ruth and James Harris Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Tracy, Gary and Ilana Hirschfeld, Anita Hosenpud, Fanny and Larry Jacobs, Carolyn and Gary Jacobs, Karen and Warren Kessler, Michael Kohn, Manon Kolkey, Jill and Marty Koller, Marcia and Jerrold Krasny, Sallye and Lawrence Krause, Marcie Kritzik, Judith and Henry Krumholz, Ava and Michael Kurnow, Kathleen and Dennis Lavine, Martin Lederer, Valerie Leman and Ross Cohen, Terri Levenson, Adrienne and Martin Levine, Bonnie and Lee Levy, Susan and Denis Levy, Fredric Maas, Sharon Mann, Leslie Mark and Ken Gross, Mary Marshall and Steve Gould, Lynn and Michael Maskin, Janet Matzner, Patricia McAfee, Kimberly and Ray McKewon, Lori Mendez, Marcie and Cantor Sheldon Merel, Steve Milgrom, Judi and Jack Miller, Lois Miller, Debbie and Steve Mishek, Sandra Morris, Anne Nagorner, Esther Nahama, Amy and Eddie Nefouse, Nancy and Alan Nevin, Becky and Larry Newman, Marlene and David Nourok, Linda and Larry Okmin, Renee and Joseph O’Rourke, the Perlman family, Evelyn and Ernest Rady Foundation, Kenneth Rappaport, Andrew Ratner, Cheryl and Albert Ray, Andrew Ries, Carole and Howard Robin, Rimma and Jay Rosenberg, Joan and Roy Rosenwald, Marjorie and Michael Rubin, Keith Rudnick, Brigitte and Jerry Salomon, Robin Samit, Schick family, Alec Schiller, Bruce Schindles, Helene and David Schlafman, Judi and Robert Schwartz, Colin Seid, Michaele and Sanford Shapiro, Heather Shortreed, Harriet and Alan Shumacher, Elizabeth
and Mitch Siegler, Judith and Howard Silberman, the Karen and Jeffrey Silberman Family Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Beverly and Howard Silldorf, Sandra Silverstein, Anne and Ronald Simon, Rebecca Gluck, Jane Smith, Leslie and Bruce Smith, Annette and Richard Sobel, Randy Socol, Elene and Herbert Solomon Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Penny and Sidney Spector, Charlotte Stern, Marilyn and Melvin Stern, Sheree and Mayo Stiegler, Ruth and Eli Strich, Karin Toranto, Trudy and Charles Umansky, Cathy and John Weil, Elana Weinberger, Susan and Ed Weiner, Robin Weiner, the Sandra and Sheldon Weinstein Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Cindy and Geoff Weinstein, Kenneth Weiss, Arlene and Fred Weitzen, Olivia and Marty Winkler, Ed Zelniker, Rebbeca Zipp, Kristen and Andrew Zlotnik and Paul Zlotnik In appreciation: Of the marriage of Nancy and Dean Abelon’s son by Janet Matzer Of the rabbis’ meaningful High Holy Days sermons by Fern and Al Kohn and Joanne and Mitch Leibovitz Of tireless efforts by Mary Ann Scher on behalf of Congregation Beth Israel’s 150th anniversary In honor of: The marriage of Nancy and Dean Abelon’s son by Janet Matzer Irene Biro’s recovery by Diana Hahn Kaylee and Dan Brogadir by Susan and Denis Levy Jerry Goldberg’s 65th birthday by Anita Hosenpud, Valerie Leman and Ross Cohen My aliyot on Yon Kippur by Joani Gross Liz Levine’s birthday by Nancy Abelon, Linda and Jerry Goldberg, Emily and Chris Jennewein, Valerie Leman and Ross Cohen and Bonnie Spector and Jeff Stokes Cynthia Wexler’s speedy recovery by Ellen and Herb Brosbe Roberta and Michael Witte by Su and Dick Braun In memory of: Rose Axelrod by Andrew Ries Karen Ann Brown by Fern and Al Kohn Lillian Chapman, Sarah Slotkin and Julia and Morris Fingerman by Bernice Fingerman Philip Coopersmith by Frederic Coopersmith Arnold Farber by Henrietta Farber Celia Felzer by Harry and Cecilia Felzer Charles Fleming by Helen and Don Fleming Harold Frank by Kathy Leavenworth Pauline Garblik by Barbara and Paul Insel, Bev and Len Bernstein and Marcia and Lenny Fram Doris Kleine Goetz by Roberta Kleine Fine Sarah and Harry Goldberg by Janet and Robert Matzner
Helen and George Goodman by Alan and the Springer family Stella and Sol Gotthelf by Roanne Gotthelf Rachel and Samuel Greenberg by Jeanie and Martin Greenberg Helene Grossman by Renee and Joseph O’Rourke Harry Haskvitz by Cory Briggs Esther Hayman by Barbara and Gene Appel and Gayle and Robert Silverman Leo Herman by Ron Newell James Hickman by Joan and Lu Chesner Linda Holden, Esther Hayman and Ronald Hecker by Beverly and Len Bernstein Celia Josephs by Lillian Ross Rose Kilishy by Janet Matzer Hyman Lampert by Rae and Edward Samiljan Richard Levin by Judi and Harold Abroms, Denis Levy, Pat and Dick Perlman, Maxine and Gerald Trimble and Joan Chesner Jesse Lieberman by Tammy and Louis Verner and James Lieberman Elsie Strich and Chaim Lyons by Ruth and Eliezer Strich Mary Marshall by Mary A. Marshall and Steve Gould Lena Miller by Helen and Don Fleming Rose Minick by Phyllis and Stan Minick Isadore Mishuck by Evelyn Mishuck and family Elmer Myers by Cecilia Myers Marlene and Martha Newell, Wanda Campbell and Stephanie Sussman by Ron Newell Robert Ragsdale by Stephanie Heinzman Esther Silver Rakofsky by Sibil and Barrie Grossman Alfred Neil Rich by Vivian Rich Rudolf Schlacter by Lillian Ross Kiva Schlisselman by Celia and Harry Felzer Louis Schwartz by Linda Schwartz Dorothy Serwin by Richard, Andrew and the Serwin family Herta Sternberg by Janie Smith and Martin Lederer Isadore , Eileen and Mirel Streichler by Rosalind and Jerry Streichler Leonard Summers by Judy and Tony Summers Julia and Sidney Temple by Renee Temple O’Rourke Helen and Irving Vorensky by Joel Vorensky Louis Wax by Lillian and Irving Weiner Leslie Wonder by Roanne Gotthelf Alex Jacob Wurtz by Gail Wurtz and Beatrice and Hans Low
Torah Study and Minyan
In memory of: Belle Jacobson by Rachel Layton and Robin and Jonathan Garrett Eugene Pechet by Leslie Sebastian
Contribution by: Mardelle and Jeff Davis, Esther and Richard Rosenberg
Oneg Shabbat/Kiddush Contribution by: Leslie Levine, Nikki and Bob Levy, Barbara and Mathew Loonin, Allen Lyon, Lillian Mallen, Lori and Murray Maloney, Judy and Rick Mandel, Bert Mann, David Marsh, Carol Miller, Ann Mound, Marlene and David Nourok In memory of: Sara Djanogly by Sidney Djanogly William Tuffel by Sheree and Mickey Stiegler
Men’s Club Contribution by: The Arthur and Midge Levy Short Term Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation In memory of: Irving Radin by Norman Radin
Women of Beth Israel Contribution by: The Lisa Braun-Glazer Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation In memory of: Esther Hayman by Iris and David Gimbel and Joy and Jeff Kirsch Michael Hayman by Joani and Steve Gross
Scholar-in-Residence In honor of: The Series@Beth Israel by Nancy and Dean Abelon
In appreciation: Of the Minyan history authored by Howard Hian for the “First 150 Years” book by Fern and Al Kohn Of the Minyan Services 21st anniversary by Fern and Al Kohn In honor of: Leslie Levine’s 51st anniversary of her Bat Mitzvah Get well wishes to Cynthia Wexler by Randi and Harvey Helsel In memory of: Doris Kleine Goetz by Roberta Fine Beatrice Lazerow by Jane and Bert Lazerow Essie Helsel and Louis Modell by Randi and Harvey Helsel Norma and Arthur Maskin by Lynn and Michael Maskin Joseph Roth by Charlotte Hockstein Elizabeth Tupta by Lynne Barbara Binder
Alyce B. Wax Youth Fund In memory of: Allen Banes by Heather Shortreed Louis Morris Wax by Ellen Faye
Outreach to Interfaith In memory of: Henry Steinberg by Steven Steinberg
In memory of: Stan Foster by Carol and Ron Fox
Dan and Nettie Kleinberg Fund
In memory of: Nettie Kleinberg by Edythe and William Kenton Louis Wax by Anne and Art Bleier
Shearn and Linda Platt Fund In honor of: Get well wishes for Lisa Busalacchi by Linda and Shearn Platt Lee Goldberg’s birthday by Linda and Shearn Platt In memory of: Anne Platt, Gloria Penner Snyder and Hebert Shultz by Linda and Shearn Platt
Victor J. Schulman Fund In memory of: Irwin Berton by Robert Berton
Louis and Lee Temkin Fund
Jacob Novak Memorial Fund
In honor of: Of William Kenton by Bella and Paul Bleier In memory: Louis Wax by Edythe Kenton
Barbara and Alan Haubenstock Youth Fund
In memory of: Karen Susanne Krueger by Bobbi and Sheldon Krueger
In memory of: Florence Bloom by Janet and Jerry Cook Carol and Leonard Cowan by Karen Coleman Hella Salomon by Brigitte and Jerry Salomon
Adopt a Soldier Program
In memory of: Minnie Miller and Rena Valfer by Linda and Fred Valfer
Religious School Scholarship Fund
Stand With Israel
ENDOWMENT AND DESIGNATED FUNDS In memory of: Anne Ratner and Sadie Finkelstein by Lisa Foster and Alan Bersin
Robert Breitbard Fund In memory of: Lena Zimmerman by Harry Zimmerman
Carl Esenoff Memorial Fund In memory of: Janice Randell by Dr. Michael Stotsky
Kenton-Kleinberg Fund for the Needy
In honor of: Sheila and Stan Bliss’ 50th wedding anniversary by Gila Chavurah
In memory of: William Feinberg by Susan Shmalo Mollie Korhan and Hyman Bretow by David Bretow Jan by Phyllis Cohn
In memory of: Pauline Garblik by Elana and Hall Weinberger
Fischer Memorial Fund
The General Endowment Fund
Dona Shenkman/WBI Campership Fund
In memory of: Dr. Herman Eisnberg by Robert H. Temkin Pauline Garblik and Dorothy Leeds by Barbara and Norman Rozansky and family
In appreciation: Of the Gantwerk and Mayer family for the memorable music at my Bat Mitzvah by Sandra Rubin
In appreciation: Of the Rabbis’ meaningful High Holy Days sermons and inspiring music by Fern and Al Kohn
In memory of: Robert Brown by Janice, Jay, Stuart and Ross Schuffman Neal Melden by Janice and Jay Schuffman Betty Samit beloved grandmother by Robin Samit Pauline Garblik by Elana and Hall Weinberger Michael Hayman by Joani and Steve Gross
In appreciation: Of Barbara and Alan Haubenstock and in gratitude for a wonderful friendship by Freida and Robert Wallstein
In memory of: Robert Brown by Janice, Jay, Stuart and Ross Shuffman Neal Melden by Janice and Jay Schuffman Lena Miller by Harlene Rottenberg Betty Samit beloved grandmother by Robin Samit Joseph Press by Thelma Press and family Lena Miller by Harlene Rottenberg
In memory of: Neal Melden and Irene Stern by Carol and Morton Goodman In memory of: Dr. Norman Rubin by Harriet and Alan Shumacher
Lillian Novak Memorial Fund In memory: Sarah Silverman by Harriet and Alan Shumacher
LIBRARY FUNDS Helene Schlafman Collection Fund In memory of: Charles Scharnikow by Ann and Ben Weinbaum Sarah Shur by David and Helene Schlafman Marlys Marion by Mickey Stern
Monte Kobey Memorial Fund (Preschool Scholarships) In memory of: Monte Kobey by Charlotte Kobey Joseph Kramer by Carol Strub
Stanley and Pauline Foster Fund
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Their sound is powerful, magnetic, inspirational, and their reach international. Beth Israel presents Musical Director Walt Whitman and the Soul Children of Chicago, a non-denominational, world class performance group elevating spirits and promoting peace all over the world. Adults $15, Students $10, children under 5 free. RSVP and pay at www.cbisd.org/soulchildren. For more information contact Susan Hutchison at email@example.com and 858 535-1111, ext. 3116. The concert is part of an MLK Jr. weekend of celebration. The Soul Children of Chicago will also inspire us at our Friday, January 18 Shabbat service at 6:15 p.m. On Monday, join hundreds of San Diegans from various faith groups and make it a day on, not a day off, with a morning of community service in Balboa Park (page 14).
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