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3 Let’s Eat / The Children Are Our Future Messages from Rabbi Berk and President, Mitch Siegler.
4 18 Tables: Thank you to All Our Great Hosts and Participants 18 Tables was a huge success– bringing together congregants and friends, old and new– to celebrate a new tradition at our members’ homes.
5 Ruth Messinger: Protecting and Providing for All Rabbi Jordie Gerson reflects on the privilege of hosting Ruth Messinger on Martin Luther King weekend.
7 Passover Recipes Shared by Bonnie, Liz & Bethany Delectable recipes for the Passover Holiday.
8 Platt Youth Trip to Israel Students share their amazing experience travelling to Israel through the Linda & Shearn Platt Youth to Israel Program.
11 Schedule of Worship & Spring Events Please join us in the many activities and celebrations at Beth Israel.
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15 Meet Our New Members Some of our newest members introduce themselves. They’re excited to bring their interests and enthusiasm to our community and look forward to meeting you! 17 Bar/Bat Mitzvah Kids & Mazel Tov for Baby Namings Mazel tov to our Lee & Frank Goldberg Religious School students who have worked so very hard to reach the simcha of becoming a bar or bat mitzvah. 18 Hunger Project Celebrates 30 years Beth Israel has served the San Diego community feeding the homeless for 30 years. 20 Contributions Thank you so very much to the many who have so generously contributed to Beth Israel.
18 Cover Photo: (From Left to Right) Alexandra Valdez, Jennifer Serwin, Megan Klingensmith, Joshua Hampshire, Julia Tierney, Ayden Belsky. Picture is taken on top of Masada. 2 SPRING 2016/5775
R A B B I ’ S
M E S S A G E
By Rabbi Michael Berk
You don’t have to know me long to learn that I love food: cooking and eating it. I am utterly fascinated by how important cooking and eating is.
I know that sounds silly. Of course I know that eating is necessary for survival. But it fascinates me that we humans are the only species that cooks its food. And for most of us, eating is something that we often if not usually do in the company of others.
When I worked as Regional Director for the Union for Reform Judaism, I organized a conference every two years, I would sit down with the hotel team planning our meals and tell them, “Food is very important to my people.” Indeed, it is, as revealed by that joke which summarizes every Jewish holiday in the following way: they tried to kill us; we won; let’s eat!
I read about the culture around cooking and eating in Senegal. There, your wealth is measured not by how much you have, but by how much you share with others. How lucky I am as a rabbi that in our congregation we have a scholar of American Judaism, Joellyn Zollman. She has extraordinary insights and understanding of the ways in which food tells us about a culture. Recently, for example, I read about the culture around cooking and eating in Senegal. There, your wealth is measured not by how much you have, but by how much you share with others. And that is part of their food culture: the custom is to always invite anyone nearby to partake of the meal with you. It is also common to eat out of one dish; but you don’t just dive in. You take some meat, cut it up, and return it to the center of the platter for others to enjoy. The idea is that just because something is in front of you doesn’t mean it belongs to you. It means “it’s yours to share.” Children are given an important responsibility that ties them to the community and the sacred act of eating: their job is to keep a hand on the platter and steady it. Cooking was something my father loved to do and hanging around him when he cooked was a way for me to bond with him. I have fond memories of learning how to grill from him; I looked up to him as the best griller in the western United States. He wasn’t, but that’s the nice thing about memories. I would love to learn about your memories around food, meals, Passover Seders. Whatever they are. Please share them with me on Beth Israel’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/cbisd/) or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Betai Avon! (Hebrew for :) Bon Appetit!
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P R E S I D E N T ’ S
M E S S A G E
THE CHILDREN ARE OUR
By Mitch Siegler
Don’t worry – I’m not going to sing the old Whitney Houston song. But, as I reflect on the extraordinary achievements (and monumental challenges) Israel has had in its 68-year history, I’m struck that Israel’s future is inextricably linked with our own – that of Jews in America. And (no surprise here) the linchpin is our kids. In December, ten Beth Israel students, together with our Youth Director, Gilad Hoffman, visited Israel. Among the kids are Noah Lowy and Josh Hampshire, who shared their impressions with me. According to Josh, “Israel is so far away and while hearing about it in religious school is interesting from a religious and historical perspective, Israel only came alive for me when I went there – the visit brought home the meaning of my Judaism and made it truly personal.” Noah enjoyed “developing a personal connection to Israel by meeting Israelis and getting to experience the country from a local level, which was more engaging and insightful than visiting any museum or tourist attraction.” Gilad describes the trip as “life-changing – kids who go build amazing connections to Israel and Judaism.” A highlight of the trip was visiting seven Israeli teens in Shar Hanegev, San Diego’s Israeli sister city, near the border with Gaza. “We saw rockets that had been fired across the border from Gaza, which really brings that home. The Shar Hanegev kids traveled with us and will visit our kids in San Diego this summer,” Gilad said. Another extraordinary experience was a visit to the Kotel (Western Wall in Jerusalem) on Shabbat. “The hustle and bustle of getting ready on Friday afternoon combined with the tranquility of experiencing Shabbat like other Jews have experienced it for thousands of years – it’s like Thanksgiving every week.” I’m inspired by the fact that during the past two years, 39 Beth Israel 11th graders visited Israel thanks to the generosity of Shearn and Linda Platt, who have been members of the Temple for 50 years. I caught up with Linda recently and asked her why she and Shearn are inspired to make a trip to Israel a reality for Beth Israel 11th graders. Linda and Shearn believe that a Jew who visits Israel at an early age comes away with something that sticks with them forever, wherever they go in life and whatever they become. The Platts are all about enabling the youth of Beth Israel to grow and further their educations – as “experiencing Israel firsthand is part of a Beth Israel student’s Jewish education,” in Linda’s view. The Platts have visited Israel more than 40 times. Their son made Aliyah more than 20 years ago and has four kids (now, that’s a lot of visits for baby namings, Bris’ and B’nai Mitzvah celebrations, not to mention numerous Federation mission trips). The oldest Platt Continued on page 10... SPRING 2016/5775 3
TO ALL OUR SHABBAT HOSTS AND ALL THE PARTICIPANTS!
“Hosting the 18 Tables dinner was a lovely way to welcome Shabbat with our Beth Israel community. It was a wonderful evening where we connected with new friends and old, and shared laughs and many stories about our families. We hope to continue participating in these enjoyable Shabbat celebrations in the future.” Janet and John Perlman “It was wonderful to share the magic and joys of Shabbat with friends”.” Barbara Parker & Geoff Wahl
“Hosting 18 Tables exceeded our expectations. We had a marvelous evening of stimulating conversation, laughter, and good food. We are eager to participate again!” Julianne and Greg Markow
“It was a wonderful evening both with old friends and new. The convenience of being able to pick up a preprepared Shabbat dinner let us concentrate on the ritual and spirit of Shabbat rather than the mechanics of it.” Staci Tiras-Jones and Dan Jones
“It was wonderful opening our home to new friends. Shabbat is meant to be observed this way. Good or new friends, good food, a lively discussion and an observance that this is a special day of the week.” Robin and Eric Whinston
Due to great demand and success, our next 18 tables will be May 6th. If you are interested in signing up as host, please contact Bethany Eisenberg, firstname.lastname@example.org 4 SPRING 2016/5775
Protecting and providing for the orphan,
By Rabbi Jordie Gerson This past Martin Luther King Jr. weekend we had the tremendous honor and privilege of hosting Ruth Messinger, the President of the American Jewish World Service, here at Beth Israel. AJWS is a grant making organization that supports hundreds of small nonprofits throughout the Global South. These non-profits are – each in their own way - devoted to advancing the cause and values that AJWS supports: human rights for all, or, in the language of our ancestors: protecting and providing for the orphan, the widow and the powerless. I first met Ruth Messinger in 2009 when I participated in a Rabbinical Student Delegation to Senegal, where I, along with a group of about 20 other Rabbinical students from across the religious spectrum, helped build toilets in two small Senegalese villages without proper sanitation systems. Our time in Senegal left an indelible mark on us all, transforming our Rabbinates, our sense of our own great luck to have been born American, and above all, forced us to confront whether we were not just preaching, but living the values of our tradition by caring for – and above all – empowering those we wanted to help. And so, each afternoon, after mornings spent in the villages, we would return to where we were staying to debate Jewish texts about tzedakah, about mitzvot, about responsibility and about global inequity.
the widow and the powerless We had painful arguments about whether we were really helping by building those latrines or if the real purpose of our trip was to recognize our own privilege, witness how too much of the world lives, and take seriously our responsibility to reflect back to our congregations the hard truths of globalization and income disparity and our role and responsibility as Jews, in helping to fix it. But perhaps the most extraordinary thing about AJWS’ work in the world – and the central message of Ruth Messinger’s visit – is the humility with which they approach the work of tikkun olam (repairing the world). It is not, Ruth taught us, about coming into impoverished communities and telling them how they should fix their problems with our money. Rather, it is about listening – the imperative to sh’ma – to really hear what these communities need and find ways to support them so that they can empower and help themselves. In our Beth Israel Lee & Frank Goldberg religious school we make sure that all of our students learn – at some point along the way – Maimonides’ ladder of tzedakah, of giving. And the greatest takeaway our students often have is that the highest form of tzedakah is not about simply giving money or resources to people with less. Rather, it is listening to what a community or a person needs, and then empowering them to provide it for
We are always looking for hands on social activists who will hit the ground running with one of our projects or bring us something that speaks to you. themselves. It is not giving a person a fish, it is providing them with the rod and bait so they can catch the fish themselves. This requires humility, deep listening, and the openness to learn from those we would seek to help rather than just telling them what we think they need. And so, although Ruth Messinger is gone, we want to invite the congregation to join our Beth Israel Social Action Committee in continuing this work. We are always looking for hands-on social activists who will hit the ground running with one of our projects or bring us something that speaks to you. To sh’ma– to listen to the needs of others – and empower them to help themselves. So if you or your entire family want to heed this call to sh’ma please join our Social Action Committee and contact Bonnie Graff, Program Director at email@example.com for more information, so that we, like Ruth Messinger, AJWS, and the prophets of our tradition, can help work to make our world a more just, equitable and compassionate place for all. SPRING 2016/5775 5
Beth Israel Summer Camp Enr ic hing the Live s of Je w i s h Youth Be yond the Cl a s s room
By Leah R. Singer If you ask a group of Jewish teenagers what being Jewish means to them, you’ll likely hear two words repeated: summer camp. The summer camp experience is a pivotal part for most youth. Add a Jewish component and you take that experience to a new level. Research shows that kids who attend a Jewish summer camp have a stronger Jewish identity and will continue their
“Camp Sababa has all the activities a summer camp should have, but as a parent, you know it’s a good camp when you go to pick up your child seven hours later and they aren’t ready to leave.” – Staci Jewish journey farther in life than those who do not elect those summer programs. Beth Israel has been enriching the lives of our preschool-aged kids through our Jewish camp options for decades and two years ago began offering camp for children in kindergarten through 4th grade. Today more than 170 kids attend camp at Beth Israel. Below you will find the different camp options and activities Beth Israel offers. Both camps include innovative programming mixed with a traditional Jewish camp experience, including sing-alongs of Jewish
songs, Shabbat celebrations on Friday, and the recitation of blessing before eating. Camp Sababa also includes a group of Israeli teenagers who teach the kids about the Jewish culture and about life in Israel. The summer camp experience also includes a B’nai Mitzvah Boot Camp, designed for students entering their Bar/Bat Mitzvah year and gives them an introduction into what the B’nai Mitzvah process entails. Dana Chodos has sent all of her children – Noah (7), Sarah (4) and Jason (2) – to camp at Beth Israel and couldn’t be happier with the experience. The congregation wanted a way to keep people connected to the Jewish community even if they were not attending religious school. This is illustrated through the camp staff and counselors, all of whom have a previous connection to Beth Israel.
camp. The synagogue offers a scholarship program for overnight camp if finances would otherwise prevent kids from having these worthwhile experiences.
Camp Chaverim Age Activities Camp Fav
24 mo-kindergarten Water, art, music, nature, sports PJ Pancake breakfast, SD Jr Theatre field trip, Hullabaloo, end-of-summer carnival
Camp Sababa Age Kindergarten-4th grade Camps Lego, Mad Science, Cooking, Sports, Art, Adventure, Theatre Camp Fav Dress-up day, swimming, weekly field trips
Staci Tiras-Jones could not be happier with the decision to send her son, Alex, to Camp Sababa the last two years. Last year, when I asked Alex what camp he wanted to go to, the only one he mentioned was “Gilad’s Camp.” Beth Israel also actively encourages kids to attend Jewish summer camps off the synagogue grounds. Youth who are older than the Camp Sababa fourth grade limit often attend overnight camp programs including Camp Mountain Chai, Camp Alonim, Hess Kramer and JCA Shalom. Camp Mountain Chai is a particular favorite among Beth Israel youth as it’s the only San Diego-based Jewish overnight
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Some of our favorite Passover Recipes – from Bonnie, Liz and Bethany
RECIPES SPINACH AND FETA KUGEL Vegetarian friendly! Provided by Bonnie Graff, Program Director INGREDIENTS 2 10 oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry (or 20 oz. fresh spinach) 3 cups matzo farfel or crumbled matzo, soaked and squeezed 4 eggs ½ cup (1 stick) melted butter or margarine 1 onion 1 carrot ½ cup crumbled feta ¼ cup parmesan 1 clove garlic minced DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 350F. 2. Pulse onion, carrot and spinach together in a food processor until combined. If you are using fresh spinach, wilt the spinach slightly prior to combining with onion and carrot. 3. Mix the mixture with the remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl. 4. Place mixture in a prepared 9x13” baking pan. 5. Bake 15-20 minutes • Cook’s Tip: This can be baked as a farfel kugel in a ring mold or stuffed into a turkey, chicken, or breast of veal. Also can be made into 1” balls and served as an appetizer. • Serves 12.
Great for kids! Provided by Liz Levine, Caring Community Director INGREDIENTS 3 cups matza farfel (or crumbled matza) 8 oz shredded Cheddar cheese 6 Tbsp. melted butter 3 eggs, beaten (can use Egg Beaters) ½ tsp black pepper ½ tsp salt 2 cups milk (nonfat or lowfat is fine) 1 cup sour cream (light is fine) DIRECTIONS 1. Mix all ingredients together and put in a greased (Pam’d) covered 2 quart casserole. 2. Bake at 350F for about 30 minutes. 3. Uncover and bake about 15 minutes more till browned on top.
PASSOVER MANDELBROT From Bethany’s great aunt Helen Miller Provided by Bethany Eisenberg, Director of Membership and Engagement INGREDIENTS ½ pound unsalted butter or nondairy margarine 2 cups sugar 6 large eggs at room temperature 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 ½ cups matzoh cake meal ¾ cup potato starch 4 cups semisweet chocolate chips DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray it. 2. Cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. 3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl several times, then beat in the vanilla extract. Reduce the speed to low, and add the cake meal and potato starch, blend until combined. 4. Stir in the chocolate chips. (if the dough feels to sticky, cover it and refrigerate for 30 min to several hours) 5. Divide the dough into four portions. Flour your hands with cake meal and form each portion into a log the length of the baking sheet. Space the logs evenly on the prepared baking sheet and bake on the center over rack until golden and the tops are firm, about 30 minutes. 6. Remove from oven and let cool. Cut each log diagonally into ¾ inch thick slices. Place the slices, cut side down, on the baking sheet and bake on the center over rack until golden brown, about 10 minutes. 7. Turn the cookies onto the unbaked side. Turn the oven off and put the baking sheet back in the over for 15-30 minutes. Let cool before serving. SPRING 2016/5775 7
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YOUTH TO ISR AEL Program R e f l ec tio ns
“During my trip to Israel with my 11th grade class, we met up with Israeli teens and talking with them helped me get a better understanding of the conflict in Israel. I had no idea what to expect when going on this trip but it definitely taught me a lot about Israel and allowed me to have a stronger connection towards it as a Jew.” – Julia Tierney
“I had an incredible time in Israel. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I got to meet so many incredible people and see so many incredible things. Ten days might seem like a long time, but I feel like I only scratched the surface of what Israel has to offer and I can’t wait to further explore our homeland in the future.” – Jeffrey Earle
“The trip was extremely fun, I got closer with people I already knew and met new people with different backgrounds than me. Also seeing the country was fantastic. To me Israel is a second home; the people, the culture, the food, everything was great and I would not hesitate to go back.” – Noah Lowy
Masada: From left to right- Jeffery Earle, Hunter Kahn, Elliot Applebaum, Noah Lowy, Joshua Hampshire
“Israel means the world to me. Even before I left for Israel I felt a strong connection because it was always said to be the Jewish homeland. Now that I have gone, my connection feels stronger. I feel like being in Israel helped me figure out who I am and who I want to become.” – Alex Valdez
“Israel to me meant getting away from home and gaining independence in a place that feels like a faraway home. The most beneficial aspect of the trip was getting to know the people we went with. The entire experience was amazing and I truly do feel that I have a place I can always return to.” – Ayden Belsky
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“Israel is a very special place. It was very fun and I had an amazing time. Meeting the Israeli teens was an amazing experience. The country was so beautiful and we got to experience so many parts. Thank you very much to the Platt family for a trip I will never forget.” – Jennifer Serwin
“To enable young people to visit Israel and experience something that’s such an integral part of Jewish history, culture and religion firsthand is very exciting for Shearn and me,” Linda Platt says. City of David: From left to right- Jennifer Serwin, Hunter Kahn, and Ayden Belsky
“While I was in Israel, I had the best time of my life. I am so glad that I got to spend it with the people I love the most. This trip was the best experience anyone could ever ask for. My favorite part was when we went to the Western wall on Shabbat. The atmosphere was filled with joyous songs and it was really fun.” – Megan Klingensmith
Masada: From left to right- Joshua Hampshire, Jennifer Serwin, Megan Klingensmith, Noah Lowy
Kfar Hanokdim Camel Ranch: Josh Hampshire
Jerusalem: From left to rightJeffery Earle, Gilad Hoffman, Joshua Hampshire, Noah Lowy, Hunter Kahn, Elliot Applebaum
Tel Aviv: From left to rightElliot Applebaum, Ayden Belsky, Jennifer Serwin, Julia Tierney, Megan Klingensmith, Jeffery Earle, Alexandra Valdez
Western Wall: From right to leftGilad Hoffman, Noah Lowy, Elliot Applebaum, Hunter Kahn, Noah Hampshire, and Jeffery Earle
“My trip to Israel was a life changing and powerful experience that changed me, as well as the way I see Judaism. Israel is a country so different than our own, yet while I was there, I felt at home and comfortable. The culmination of all the experiences that we experienced, cultivated an indescribable love for the country that will always pull me back to the country and will stay with me my whole life.” – Josh Hampshire
“On our Platt trip to Israel we went to Tel Aviv, Sderot and Sde Boker where the first prime minister is buried. We also rode camels, hiked Masada and went into the Dead Sea. We visited the Old City, the Kotel, Yad Yashem and the Har Hertzl Cemetery in Jerusalem and before heading back to the US, we also went up north to Tiberias and Tsfat!” Elliott Applebaum
“As we got off the plane and I saw the culture of Israel at the airport, I knew that the trip was going to be a fun one. We walked around the street of Tel Aviv, met Israeli teens, went to Masada and the Dead Sea and spent 5 days in Jerusalem. Overall, the trip was a fun experience”. - Hunter Kahn
Jerusalem: From left to right- Ayden Belsky, Julia Tierney, Jennifer Serwin, Megan Klingensmith, Joshua Hampshire
To read more from the students sharing their incredible experiences, go to bethisraeltrip2015.wordpress.com Masada, From left to right- Top Row: Joshua Hampshire, Alexandra Valdez, Jeffery Earle, Ayden Belsky, Elliot Applebaum, Hunter Kahn, Julia Tierney, Bottom Row: Noah Lowy, Megan Klingensmith, Jennifer Serwin, Gilad Hoffman
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...continued from page 3 grandchild also made Aliyah recently, another reason for Linda and Shearn to visit. Linda has some sage advice for younger people who may have a trip to Israel in their near future. “Bond with your religious school classmates – these can be lifetime friendships. Keep your eyes and ears open, listen to everything, learn what you can and be informed– that will provide you with a foundation of knowledge so you can learn all that you can.” The Platts have also been inspired by the parents of the 11th graders who have gone on the Temple trip to Israel. “The situation in Israel has not been without its challenges – security and otherwise – these past few years. The parents of these kids have been 100% on board – there has not been a single instance where a student or parent got cold feet – that’s a credit to the character of these families,” Linda said. Listen up, 8th, 9th and 10th grade students – you’ll be visiting Israel before you know it. Pearls of wisdom on Israel, life and learning for the rest of us, too.
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What’s Happening at Beth Israel: March- June 2016 WORSHIP SCHEDULE Friday, March 4 8:00 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service, followed by an Oneg. Saturday, March 5 Torah Portion: Vayak’heil, Exod. 35:1-38:20 Haftarah: 2 Kings 12:5-16 8:30 a.m Torah Study; Leader: Rabbi Lawson 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Service Leader: Larry Krause; Torah Reader: Janice Alper; D’var Torah: Janice Alper 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bat Mitzvah Friday, March 11 6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Family Service, followed by an Oneg. 8:30 p.m. Soul Food Shabbat Service, followed by an Oneg Saturday, March 12 Torah Portion: P’kudei, Exod. 38:21-40:38 Haftarah: 1 Kings 7:51-8:21 8:30 a.m Torah Study; Leader: Rabbi Gerson 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service and the congregation will celebrate a Bar Mitzvah; Service Leaders: clergy 4:00 p.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bat Mitzvah Friday, March 18 5:30 p.m. Meditation with Rabbi Gerson in the Foster Family Chapel 6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service (Hadassah Shabbat), followed by an Oneg. Saturday, March 19 Torah Portion: Vayikra, Lev. 1:1-5:26 Haftarah: Esther 7:1-10, 8:15-17 or 1 Samuel 15:2-34 8:30 a.m Torah Study; Leader: Rabbi Berk 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Service Leader: Eric Whinston; Torah Reader: Janice Alper; D’var Torah: Dan & Sandie Linn 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bar Mitzvah 4:00 p.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bar Mitzvah Wednesday, March 23 6:15 p.m. Erev Purim service, followed by an Oneg Friday, March 25 6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Chai Service, followed by an Oneg. Saturday, March 26 Torah Portion: Tzav, Lev: 6:1-8:36 Haftarah: Jeremiah 7:21-8:3; 9:22-23 8:30 a.m Torah Study; Leader: Rabbi Gerson 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Service Leader: Jane Best; Torah Reader: Alan Endy; D’var Torah: Louise Winheld 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bar Mitzvah Friday, April 1 8:00 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service, followed by an Oneg.
Saturday, April 2 Torah Portion: Sh’mini, Lev. 9:1-11:47 Haftarah: Ezekiel 36:22-36 8:30 a.m Torah Study; Leader: Rabbi Lawson 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Service Leader: Steve Gould; Torah Reader: Nancy Handwerger; D’var Torah: Richard Weinroth 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bar Mitzvah Friday, April 8 6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Family Service, followed by an Oneg. 8:30 p.m. Soul Food Shabbat Service, followed by an Oneg. Saturday, April 9 Torah Portion: Tazria, Lev: 12:1-13:59 Haftarah: Ezekiel 45:16-25 8:30 a.m Torah Study; Leader: Rabbi Lenore Bohm 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Service Leader: Al Kohn; Torah Reader: Sydney Wexler; D’var Torah: Mary Marshall 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bat Mitzvah Friday, April 15 5:30 p.m. Meditation with Rabbi Gerson in the Foster Family Chapel 6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service (Outreach Shabbat and Graduation), followed by an Oneg. Saturday, April 16 Torah Portion: M’tzora, Lev: 14:1-15:33 Haftarah: Malachi 3:4-24 8:30 a.m Torah Study; Leader: Rabbi Gerson 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Service Leader: Howard Hian; Torah Reader: David Kroll; D’var Torah: Al Kohn 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a B’nai Mitzvah Tuesday, April 19 6:30 p.m. Confirmation Service Friday, April 22 5:45 p.m. Erev Pesach Service, followed by the Congregational First Night Seder. Saturday, April 23 Special Reading for Pesach: Exodus 12:3742, 13:3-10 Haftarah: Isaiah 43:1-15 8:30 a.m Torah Study; Leader: Rabbi Berk 10:00 a.m. First Day Pesach Service in the Foster Family Chapel Friday, April 29 10:00 a.m. Pesach Yizkor Service 6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Chai Service, followed by an Oneg. Saturday, April 30 Torah Portion: Acharei Mot, Lev: 16:1-17:16 Haftarah: Ezekiel 22:1-4 8:30 a.m Torah Study; Leader: Rabbi Lawson 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service
Service Leader: tba; Torah Reader: Janice Alper; D’var Torah: Scott Landow 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bat Mitzvah 4:00 p.m. The congregation will celebrate Adult B’nai Mitzvah Sunday, May 1 1:30 p.m. Community Holocaust Yom Hashoah Commemoration at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center Friday, May 6 5:30 p.m. Teen Shabbat 5:30 p.m. Meditation with Rabbi Gerson in the Foster Family Chapel (with Teen Shabbat) 6:00 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service, followed by an Oneg and 18 Tables. Saturday, May 7 Torah Portion: Acharei Mot, Lev: 18:1-30 Haftarah: Ezekiel 22:6-19 8:30 a.m Torah Study Leader: Rabbi Miri Gold 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Service Leader: Janice Alper; Torah Reader: Janice Alper; D’var Torah: Guest Rabbi Miri Gold 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bar Mitzvah 4:00 p.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bar Mitzvah Friday, May 13 6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Family Service, followed by an Oneg. 8:30 p.m. Soul Food Shabbat Service, followed by an Oneg. Saturday, May 14 Torah Portion: K’doshim, Lev: 19:1-20:27 Haftarah: Amos 9:7-15 8:30 a.m Torah Study; Leader: tba; 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Service Leader: Steve Milgrom; 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bat Mitzvah 4:00 p.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bar Mitzvah Friday, May 20 6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service (WBI Shabbat), followed by an Oneg. Saturday, May 21 Torah Portion: Emor, Lev: 21:1-24:23 Haftarah: Ezekiel 44:15-31 8:30 a.m Torah Study; Leader: tba 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Service Leader: tba; Friday, May 27 6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Chai Service, followed by an Oneg. Saturday, May 28 Torah Portion: B’har, Lev: 25:1-26:2 Haftarah: Jeremiah 32:6-27 8:30 a.m Torah Study; Leader: tba 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Service Leader: tba;
10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bat Mitzvah 4:00 p.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bat Mitzvah Friday, June 3 8:00 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service, followed by an Oneg. Saturday, June 4 Torah Portion: B’chukotai, Lev: 26:3-27:34 Haftarah: Jeremiah 16:19-17:14 8:30 a.m Torah Study; Leader: tba 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 B’not Mitzvah Friday, June 10 6:15 p.m. Erev Shabbat Family Service, followed by an Oneg. 8:30 p.m. Soul Food Shabbat Service, followed by an Oneg. Saturday, June 11 Torah Portion: B’midbar, Num 1:1-4:20 Haftarah: Hosea 2:1-22 8:30 a.m Torah Study; Leader: tba 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Lay Led Service Service Leader: tba; 10:00 a.m. The congregation will celebrate a Bar Mitzvah 7:00 p.m. Tikkun Leil Shavuot (location TBA) Friday, June 17 5:30 p.m. Meditation with Rabbi Gerson in the Foster Family Chapel 6:00 p.m. Tot Shabbat in the Lower Preschool Playground 6:15 p.m. Summer Outdoor Erev Shabbat Service (Men’s Club Shabbat) in the Price Family Courtyard, followed by an Oneg Saturday, June 18 Torah Portion: Naso, Num. 4:21-7:89 Haftarah: Judges 13:2-25 8:30 a.m Torah Study; Leader: tba 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 24 6:15 p.m. Summer Outdoor Erev Shabbat Service in the Price Family Courtyard, followed by an Oneg. Saturday, June 25 Torah Portion: B’haalot’cha, Num. 8:1-12:16 Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7 8:30 a.m Torah Study; Leader: tba 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 SPRING 2016/5775 11
Programs require an RSVP/ payment at least one week in advance, unless otherwise noted. ADULT LEARNERS NETWORK Visit us at www.cbisd.org/adults/adultlearners, or contact Program Director Bonnie Graff, email@example.com, 858 900-2519. Who Wrote the Bible? Wednesdays, March 2 and 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am What are the reasons for two different versions of the Creation, Flood and Covenant stories in Genesis? The traditional view is that God wrote the Torah and it is a “perfect” document. In this class, Noah Hadas, an inspirational teacher of Jewish Studies, focuses our attention on the Torah as a man-made document. Fee: $18 Members; $25 Non-Members 92nd Street Y with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks Sunday, March 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Current conflicts around the world claim to be in the name of God. Rabbi Sacks argues that a true understanding of religion will inspire us to bring peace, not war. (Registration and dessert reception at 3:30 p.m.) Fee: $5 Members; $10 Non-Members (includes light refreshments)
Meditation with Rabbi Gerson Friday, March 18, April 15 and May 6 @ 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm The sources tell us that the sages used to meditate for an hour each week before they welcomed Shabbat – to prepare themselves for prayer, and to prepare themselves for the rest that Shabbat required. Join Rabbi Jordie Gerson for personal meditative preparation in the Foster Family Chapel, preceding the 6:15 p.m. Shabbat service. No fee, and no registration required. Chichester Psalms Wednesday, April 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Learn how Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” expresses the composer’s joy in his Jewish heritage. “Psalms” will be performed in May by the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Master Chorale. No Fee. One Book, One Beth Israel Wednesdays, April 27 and May 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Book Discussion: The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning, by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. With Rabbi Jordie Gerson. No fee. Tikkun Leil Shavuot Saturday, June 11 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm Services, text study and dairy refreshments for Shavuot. Details TBA.
CARING COMMUNITY Visit us at www.cbisd.org/adults/caringcommunity/, or contact the Caring Community Director, Liz Levine at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 858-900-2525.
Prophet Sharing: Insights from the Haftarah Monday, March 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am First Monday morning of each month: November 2, 2015 — June 6, 2016 (8 sessions) Have you ever considered the benefits of Prophet Sharing? As in most cases, when resources are pooled together, everyone turns out to be a winner! So, too, with this monthly study group focusing on the Prophetic readings associated with the Torah portion of the week. Fee: $5.00 per session
Caregiver Education Series Wednesday, March 23, 12:30-2 p.m. Safety and Independence at Home
Pirkei Avot: Ethics of the Fathers; Judaism as an Ethical Religion Sunday, March 13 and April 10th @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am Do you recognize some of these favorite, characteristic teachings from Pirkei Avot, our handbook to Jewish ethics? “Who is rich? He who is happy with what he has.” “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, what am I?” No fee.
Visit us at www.cbisd.org/adults/daytimers, or contact Program Director Bonnie Graff, bgraff@ cbisd.org, 858 900-2519.
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Caregiver Support and Discussion Group 2nd & 4th Tuesday @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Offered by Alzheimer’s San Diego in partnership with Beth Israel and Jewish Family Service/University City Older Adult Center.
DayTimers Series: Dr. Richard Feinberg Thursday, March 17 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm While US-Cuba relations for decades seemed interminably mired in the Cold War, changes since December 17 have been astonishing. What can we expect in the future? Please join us for a conversation with one of the nation’s foremost experts on Cuba. Fee: $5 with RSVP, $8 without RSVP.
DayTimers Book Club April 5, June 7@ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm DayTimers Book Club members share the wonder they discover “between the lines.” Limited openings in the book club are available for newcomers interested in attending regularly and willing to lead book discussions. No fee (Beth Israel members only) April 5: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr June 7: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng MovieMavens April 7 & June 2 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00pm Every other month: Beth Israel members only. This spirited cinema discussion group is led by film guru Linda Levine. Much like a book club, you’ll see the movie on your own and participate in the discussion by sharing your impressions. Linda will provide insights into screenwriters, story lines, actors, producers, and directors. The specific movie title will be announced approximately two to three weeks before the scheduled discussion. No fee.
FAMILY ACTIVITIES EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION BILL & SID RUBIN PRESCHOOL Visit us at www.cbisd.org/youth/earlychildhood, or contact the Director of Early Childhood Education Cathy Goldberg at 858 900-2533. Tot Shabbat & Dinner Friday, March 4 @ 6pm Bill & Sid Rubin Preschool’s Open House Wednesday, March 16 @ 9:30-10:30am Purim Carnival Sunday, March 20 @ 11:30-2pm Tot Shabbat & Dinner Friday, April 1 @ 6pm Tot Shabbat & Dinner Friday, May 13 @ 6pm Shabbat Hike at Torrey Pines Saturday, May 14 @ 9am Tot Shabbat BBQ Friday, June 17 @ 6pm
Visit us at www.cbisd.org/events/israel or call Leanne Shawler at 858 535-1111 to learn more. AIPAC Policy Conference March 20-22, 2016, Washington D.C. The AIPAC Policy Conference is the pro-Israel community’s preeminent annual gathering and
attracts more than 14,000 community and student activists from all 50 states, more than half of the Senate, a third of the House of Representatives, and countless Israeli and American policymakers and thought leaders. 5th Annual Israeli Wine Tasting Saturday, April 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Stay tuned for more details about our special guests, as well as ticket prices and more! See Israel with Pride: LGBTQ Mission to Israel Thursday, May 26 - Thursday, June 2
Visit us and RSVP at www.cbisd.org/adults/ mensclub. For information contact email@example.com. Men’s Club Annual Yom Hashoah Candle Packing Sunday, March 13 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm The Men’s Club of Beth Israel of San Diego is holding its annual packing of Yom Hashoah candles that are distributed to all Temple members. The event will take place this year on Sunday March 13, 2016 where we will pack, address and mail approximately 1200 candles. We need approximately 20 individuals to assist us for this important event. Men’s Club Dinner Forum – Speaker: Dr. Barry Graff - March 2016 Wednesday, March 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Enjoy a buffet, camaraderie and a presentation by a notable speaker. All Dinner Forums: $15 with RSVP; $18 without RSVP. Men’s Club Dinner Forum Wednesday, April 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm San Diego City Council, District 1 Candidates Forum: Candidates Barbara Bry and Ray Ellis will discuss issues central to District 1 (includes: Carmel Valley, La Jolla, & University City) and the whole of San Diego. This race will be decided in June. Join us to learn more about this very competitive election cycle and the local rules around registering to vote. All Dinner Forums: $15 with RSVP; $18 without RSVP, includes buffet style dinner. Co-sponsored by the Social Action Committee For more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 858-900-2598
OUTREACH-NEW TO JUDAISM Living Jewishly: Conversion Q&A Thursday, March 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Have you or someone you know ever thought about becoming Jewish? Do you have questions, but were afraid to ask? Conversion to Judaism is not mysterious – it is actually quite straightforward. This is an important discussion for those who are considering the possibility, but haven’t decided yet. Individual meetings with the rabbis are also available. No fee, but please RSVP. Interfaith Panel: Religion – Who Needs It? Monday, March 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm (Co-sponsored with Adult Learners) In growing numbers, young people in America are choosing to live their lives without organized religion. While the majority of Americans still connect with churches, synagogues, and mosques, those numbers are also falling. What’s behind the downward trend in religious affiliation? No fee. Living Jewishly: Passover Step-by-Step Thursday, March 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Experience the rituals, traditions, foods and music of Passover in this do it yourself (DIY) workshop taught by Rabbi Arlene Bernstein. Learn how to lead a Passover Seder and take home a booklet complete with recipes and songs to use at home. Living Jewishly classes are designed for adult learners who are curious about Judaism and not enrolled in the Introduction to Judaism course. Outreach Shabbat Service & Dinner Friday, April 15 @ 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm Shabbat Service and Dinner to Honor Introduction to Judaism Graduates 6:15 p.m. Shabbat Service, 7:30 p.m. Dinner Join us in this moving Shabbat service that will honor our Intro to Judaism graduates as well as interfaith families, Jews by choice and those of other faiths who play a key role in raising Jewish children. Members of our community will share their personal stories of their journeys toward Judaism in sermonettes. Visit us at www.cbisd.org/adults/new-judaism, or contact Program Director Bonnie Graff, bgraff@ cbisd.org, 858 900-2519.
LEE AND FRANK GOLDBERG FAMILY RELIGIOUS SCHOOL Visit us at www.cbisd.org/youth/religiousschool. Contact Director Ava Kurnow at akurnow@cbisd. org, 858 900-2551.
4th Grade Shabbat Dinner & Service Friday, March 18 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm Purim Carnival Sunday, March 20 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm Purim Dinner (Thursday students attend) Wednesday, March 23 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Erev Purim Service Wednesday, March 23 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm Purim – No School Thursday, March 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm RS Spring Break Sunday, March 27 @ 8:00 am - Saturday, April 9 @ 5:00 pm Pancake Breakfast/Teacher Appreciation Sunday, April 10 @ 8:00 am - 11:30 am ‘Taste of Religious School’ Sunday, April 10 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am HS ‘Open House’ for 7th Graders Tuesday, April 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Confirmation Tuesday, April 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm 10th Grade Confirmation Last Day of High School & BITY Elections Tuesday, April 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 3rd Grade Sleepover/Family Education Day Saturday, April 30 @ 5:00 pm - Sunday, May 1 @ 11:30 am Last Day of School Sunday, May 1 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am Grades TK-6th
SOCIAL ACTION Visit us at www.cbisd.org/adults/socialaction, or contact Program Director Bonnie Graff, bgraff@ cbisd.org, 858 900-2519. Supreme Court Preview with Professor Erwin Chemerinsky Thursday, March 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Professor Chemerinsky’s presentation will focus on the impact of the Supreme Court’s decisions on the 2016 election and the effect of the 2016 election on the Supreme Court. Erwin Chemerinsky is the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, at UC Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in Political Science. Prior to assuming this position in 2008, he was Professor of Law and Political Science at Duke University and a professor at the University of Southern California Law School. He is the author of eight books, most recently The Case Against the Supreme Court.
5th Grade Shabbat Service & Dinner Friday, March 4 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm SPRING 2016/5775 13
Empty Bowls: for the Hunger Project Thursday, April 14 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Help fight hunger in San Diego by participating in the Empty Bowls Fundraiser at Coronado High School. Select and purchase a beautiful ceramic bowl hand-crafted by a student or local artisan. Your $20 or more donation includes a warm dinner of soup and bread. Take your bowl home as a reminder of the empty bowls of those living in poverty in our community. Men’s Club Dinner Forum, April 20 (Co-sponsored by SAC) - see Men’s Club for full description JPAC Advocacy Day 2016 Monday, May 9 - Tuesday, May 10 Over two days each May, Jewish community members from across the State come together in Sacramento to network with legislators and administration officials and lobby their representatives on public policy issues of importance to the broader Jewish community. Registration: $105 for both days; $90 for Tuesday only;
WOMEN OF BETH ISRAEL Visit us at www.cbisd.org/adults/wbi. For information contact email@example.com. WBI Purim Carnival Cake Walk Sunday, March 20 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm Annual Women’s Seder Monday, April 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Save the date! More information to come. WBI Shabbat Friday, May 20 @ 6:15 pm - 9:00 pm Save the date. Shabbat Honoring Women of Beth Israel. Details and RSVP to come.
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SUMMER CAMPS Beth Israel Summer Camp June 13-August 16 Camp Chaverim: 18 months-Kindergarten Camp Sababa: Kindergarten-Grade 4, Grade 7 Individually themed, week-long camps packed with fun and activities especially designed for your child, and run by experienced, dedicated staff! For more information, and to register, visit www. cbisd.org/youth/summer-camps, or contact Gilad Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 858 900-2555.
YOUTH GROUPS Visit us at www.cbisd.org/youth/youthprograms. Contact Director Gilad Hoffman at email@example.com, 858 900-2555. Teen Shabbat Friday, February 19 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm J2 Goes to Ultrazone Sunday, March 6 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Come join your J2 friends for an afternoon of laser tagging. Food will be provided. For more information, please contact Allie Mangel at 858-900-2518 or firstname.lastname@example.org. NOAR Mystery Bus Tour Saturday, March 12 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Join your NOAR friends for a surprise night of fun! Food will be provided. For more information, please contact Allie Mangel at 858-900-2518 or email@example.com BITY Lock In Saturday, March 19 @ 6:00 pm - Sunday, March 20 @ 8:00 am Come join your BITY friends for our annual BITY Lock In! Food will be provided. For more information, please contact Gilad Hoffman at 858-900-2555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOAR Goes to the Nickel Arcade Sunday, April 10 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Come join your NOAR friends for a night at Nickel City Arcade! Food will be provided. For more information, please contact Allie Mangel at 858-900-2518 or email@example.com J2 Goes to Pump it Up Sunday, April 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Come join your J2 friends for an afternoon at Pump it Up! Food will be provided. For more information, please contact Allie Mangel at 858-900-2518 or firstname.lastname@example.org Teen Shabbat Friday, May 6 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Meditation with Rabbi Gerson Friday, May 6 @ 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm In the Foster Family Chapel, preceding the 6:15 p.m. Shabbat service No fee, and no registration required The sources tell us that the sages used to meditate for an hour each week before they welcomed Shabbat – to prepare themselves for prayer, and to prepare themselves for the rest that Shabbat required. Join Rabbi Jordie Gerson for personal meditative preparation in the Chapel before select Kabbalat Shabbat services. NOAR Goes Bowling Saturday, May 7 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Come join your NOAR friends for an evening at Mira Mesa Lanes! Food will be provided. For more information, please contact Allie Mangel at 858-900-2518 or email@example.com BITY Goes to Belmont Park Saturday, May 21 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Come join your BITY friends for a night at Belmont Park! For more information, please contact Gilad Hoffman at 858-900-2555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW NEW MEMBERS! MEMBERS!
Jesse and Tovah Agler We are Jesse and Tovah Agler. We just moved to Kensington, and prior to that lived downtown. We relocated from Delray Beach, FL to San Diego about 2 years ago. Jesse is a HUGE sports buff and Tovah loves musical theater. The activities we love to share are binge watching great TV shows, checking out new restaurants, hiking and spending time with our friends. The coolest trip we have ever taken was to Kenya in 2013. We were lucky enough to go on safari with family and see things we previously only dreamed of. It was a truly life-changing experience and one we would love to experience again! We are looking forward to getting a sense of Jewish community and meeting new people. We love that there are activities for all points in life at Beth Israel! There are things to do for everyone at all ages so we can grow with Beth Israel. We are expecting our first child (a boy!) in March. Robert Riger My name is Robert Riger; I prefer to be called Bob. I live in North Park and was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. I have also lived in other parts of NY, CT and FL. I look forward to joining a Chavurah and a film discussion group at Beth Israel. Some of my hobbies are music, film, trail walks, cooking, dining, football and politics. The most interesting job I have had is white collar criminal investigations. My favorite place I have visited is the Badlands National Park in South Dakota. The most interesting activity I have participated in traveling cross-country on a hippie bus. One thing I love about Beth Israel is the summer outdoor services.
OTHER NEW OR RETURNING MEMBERS NOT PICTURED: Myra & Lance Ebeling Leslie Fippinger
Michael & Heather Weisman Garrett Ashman Imanuel & Natasha Lerman
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Light the way & help make it possible for Beth Israel to keep its doors open for all who wish to enter.
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Please join us May 22nd
Spring Gala Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. Impressive array of Silent Auction items • Delicious dinner of sumptuous cuisines Speakeasy inspired cocktails and wine, plus craft beer tasting • Fun-filled entertainment Croquet, Bocce Ball and Table Tennis Support Beth Israel’s mission to open doors to all who seek a connection to Judaism
Watch for your invitation by mail and online.
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Mazel Tov BAR&BAT MITZVAHS TO OUR
Cassidy Ratner will be called to the Torah on May 28, 2016. She is the daughter of Marcie Sinclair and Andy Ratner and granddaughter of Gerald and Carol Sinclair z’’l and Joyce Reynolds Sinclair and Harry Ratner z’’l and Reva Ratner z’’l .
Jacob and Joshua Shuman will be called to
the Torah April 16, 2016. They are the sons of Karen and Brad Shuman and the grandsons of Mimi Shuman and Thomas McGee. They are in 7th grade at the new Pacific Trails
Middle School in Carmel Valley. Joshua enjoys basketball, soccer and skateboarding. His favorite hobbies are remote control cars and drones. Jacob’s favorite sports are baseball,
football and snowboarding. He enjoys all types of photography and traveling. Their
Cassidy is a 7th Grader at The Bishop’s School. She is currently playing on Bishop’s soccer and volleyball teams and she also loves to play water polo and to surf. Cassidy has been dancing ballet since she was three and is also very interested in photography and is a fashionista in training. While narrowing down her ma’asei mitzvah project, she has volunteered at the Hunger Project, the JFS food bank and has participated in the JFS Bikkur Holim program.
mitzvah projects consisted of community involvement with the homeless. They spent
Nathan Leitner will be called to the Torah on June 18, 2016. He is the son of Sabrina and David Leitner and the grandson of Harry and Terry Leitner. Nathan is a 7th Grader at Mesa Verde Middle School in Rancho Penasquitos.
time at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego Rescue Mission, and feeding people in need. They also worked at Helen Woodward Animal Center. They continue to be involved in TVIA
organization which serves our community, a five year commitment.
BAR & BAT MITZVAH CELEBRANTS
He enjoys playing the violin, especially Star Wars music, and loves to play soccer and baseball. Nathan’s mitzvah project is raising money and volunteering for the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), which helps continue their dreams in sports. In turn, CAF recipients are some of the most inspirational people you could ever meet, who teach us there is no obstacle too great to overcome.
April 2 through June 25, 2016 Cooper Jaffe, April 2 Lauren Langbort, April 9 Jacob & Joshua Shuman, April 16 Aaron Reingold, May 7 Adam Bernstein, May 7 Marlena Rosenberg Grant, May 14
Tyler Fields, May 14 Cassidy Ratner, May 28 Parker MacPhee, May 28 Dane Sosna, June 4 Allegra & Arielle Bark, June 4 Hudson Kahn, June 11
Mazel Tov BABY NAMINGS
Nathan Leitner, June 18 Harrison Kaseff, June 18 Benjamin Rosenblatt, June 25 Adam Ferry, June 25
Cathie Atkins, grandmother of Oliver Kaplan, parents Cameron & Erin Kaplan Jill and Barry Epstein, parents of Brooke Sarah Schnider and Jonathan Zimmerman, parents of Abigail Jannis & Peter Wilson, parents of Alana Joy SPRING 2016/5775 17
Celebrates 30 B E T H I S R A E L’ S HUNGER PROJEC T
YEARS OF SERVICE
Thanks to you, our caring volunteers and financial supporters, we have served more than
1,000,000 meals to San Diego’s most disadvantaged residents.
BETH ISRAEL CELEBRATES THE
30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HUNGER PROJECT.
May there be no more hunger in our prosperous city, but until then . . . the Hunger Project is here. To volunteer, contact Liz Martin at 858.535-1111. To contribute, make checks payable to Beth Israel with Hunger Project in the memo line.” http://cbisd.org/adults/socialaction/mitzvah-projects
Photos Courtesy of Bill Connors
Caption to be added
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You are Cordially Invited to
C ON F I R M AT ION
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 (11 Nisan, 5776)
6:30 pm the Glickman-Galinson Sanctuary. In addition to the 10th graders being confirmed, other high schoolers will be helping in the service. An oneg will follow.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 @ 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM Will the Force be with ESTHER this year? How will the
Dark Side be overcome and the Jewish people saved? Join us for this year’s PURIMSPIEL.
Bring your groggers! A Purim-themed oneg follows.
WBI Annual Women's Seder
STEAK & SCOTCH TUESDAY APRIL 12TH 6:00PM - 9:00PM Rabbi Berk and Gilad Hoffman invite you to:
“A GUYS NIGHT OUT”
Come eat, drink, schmooze and swap
SEDER stories as we get ready for PASSOVER
MONDAY, APRIL 4 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM AT CBI MORE INFORMATION TO COME.
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Contributions LIGHT THE WAY ANNUAL FUND
Contribution by: Nancy and Dean Abelon, Sondra and William Albers, Janice Alper, Anonymous, Catherine Atkins, Phyllis and Alfred Bendett, Irit Bendor, Tamara and Robert Bennett, Candace Berkman, Michelle and Kevin Berkowitz, Rabbi Arlene Bernstein, Peter Bernstein, Terri Bignell, Sylvia and Bruce Blechman, the Bloom Family (Todd Bloom Discretionary) Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Joyce and Robert Blumberg, Paula and Eric Book, Sandy and Larry Bornstein, Jenny and Andrew Bratt, Rebekah and Scott Chesney, Heather Cohen, Simon Coleman, Janet and Terry Cook, Shawna Densmore and Thomas Moore, Paul Dobbs, Jessica and Dan Drosman, Ellen and Larry Edwards, Bethany and Mike Eisenberg, Lois and Marty Ehrlich, Maxine and Glenn Farber, Janine and Sandy Feldman, Seymour Filman, Irene and Lawrence Fine, April and Mathew Fink, Davis Fox, Jeff Freeman, Heidi Gantwerk and Andy Mayer, Joan and Arnie Gass, Maria and Alex Genin, Marla and Gordon Gerson, Joanne and Ken Gimbel, Lisa and Jeff Gittleman, Andrea and Russ Gold, Cathy Goldberg, Linda and Jerry Goldberg, Barbara Goldman and Howard Katz, Ellen and Peter Gordon, Martin Greenberg, Joani and Steve Gross, Diana Hahn, Judith Hahn, Merrill and Bob Haimsohn, Kristin Hampshire, Gloria and Jay Harris, the James and Ruth Harris Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, the Marcia Foster Hazan Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Tracy and Gary Hirschfeld, Trudy and David Holleb, Anita Hosenpud, Linda and Edward Janon, Stephanie Jed and Eduardo Garcia, Miriam Kastner, the Katleman Family Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Edythe Kenton, Charlotte Kobey-Morton, Marsha and Al Korobkin, Joan and Victor Kramer, Lucy and Jerome Kramer, Marcia and Jerrold Krasny, Maureen and Leonard Krouner, Ava and Michael Kurnow, Joan and Leon Kutner, Lainie Lesser-Mark, Leslie and Charles Levine, Liz Levine and Andrew Resnick, Stefanie Levine and Michael Breslauer, the Levinson Family Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, the Littman Family Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Elissa and Mark Livingstone, Marsha and Herb Lubick, Meg and Jess Mandel, Julianne and Gregory Markow, Lynn and Michael Maskin, Heidi Mayer and Andy Mayer, Marcie and Cantor Sheldon Merel, Steve Milgrom, Carol Miller, Lesley Mills and James Macindoe, Anabel and Ted Mintz, Elaine Moser, Perla and Jeffrey Myers, Lisa Massry Neichin and Barry Neichin, Nancy and Alan Nevin, Christine Nievergelt and David Chait, Rebecca and Larry Newman, Marlene and David Nourok, Haydee Ojeda-Fournier and Andrew Lowy, Linda and Larry Okmin, the Joseph and Sima Oppenheimer Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Renee and Joseph O’Rourke, the Oster Family Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, the John and Janet Perlman Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Marion Perlman, Cindy z”l and Lorne Polger, Esther and Richard Rosenberg, Marilynn and Richard Rowen, Barbara and Norman Rozansky, Brigitte and Jerry Salomon, Rae and Ed Samiljan, Marge and Sanford Schane, Helene and David Schlafman, Janice and Jay Schuffman, Judi and Bob Schwartz, Rhonda Schwartz, May Sebel, Geri and Don Shaevel, Lori Shearer and Brian Haubenstock, the Shore Family Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Heather Shortreed, Susan Shmalo, Elissa Shuchter, Danielle and Jason Sicklick, Elizabeth and Mitch Siegler, the Karen and Jeffrey Silberman Family Fund of the Jewish
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Community Foundation, Beverly and Howard Silldorf, Anne and Ronald Simon, Randy Socol, Dale and Jerry Spector, Carol Spielman-Ewan, Bev and Alan Springer, Susan and Jonathan Stein, Hannah Step, Marilyn and Melvin Stern, Harry Tennebaum, Celia Tingley, Staci Tiras-Jones and Daniel Jones, Linda and Fred Valfer, Diane and Buddy Voit, Jamie and Kevin Wechter, Sylvia Wechter, Susan and Ed Weiner, Eileen Wingard, Caryl Witte, Roberta and Michael Witte In appreciation: Of Rabbi Bernstein’s support for our family by Emily and Chris Jennewein, Of Beth Israel’s clergy and staff by Judith Abeles and Beverly Miller, Of the enriching Torah study sessions led by our rabbis by Al Kohn, Of Lesley Mills by Laurel and Stanley Schwartz In honor of: Liz Levine’s work by Valerie Leman and Ross Cohen, Barbara Milstein by Rachel and Ryan Goldenhar In memory of: Gladys Baba by Sally Nalven, William Bandt by Sandra Morris, Arthur Bloom by Barbara Bloom, Lori Bolotin by Howard Bolotin, Jeanette Rubin Burnett by Bernard Paul and family, Sophie Clayman by Jack Resnick, Norman Eisenberg by Selma and Ron Farkas, and Marcia and Don Wolochow, Martha Evans by Ellen Potter and Ronald Evans, Beatrice Galper by Louis Galper, Mike Galper by Louis Galper, Sue Goldstein’s mother by Anne and Art Bleier, Joan Jacobs by Gail and Jim Malkus My beloved wife, Fern Kohn, by Al Kohn, Fern Kohn by Harvey Helsel, and Jessica and Michael Middleton, Robert Lawrence by Laurie Black, Jeffrey Loeb by Jean Feinstein, Ruthe Rogow by Gail and Jim Malkus, Elisabeth Farber Rubin by Judy and Robert Metz, Stanley Stein by Sarah and Marc Stein, Henry Steinberg by Stephanie and Steve Steinberg, Benjamin Stiegler by Sheree and Mayo Stiegler, Rose Stiegler by Sheree and Mayo Stiegler, Cindy and Geoff Weinstein, Beverly Zoloto by Gayle and George Wise, Lee Zoloto by Gayle and George Wise
RABBI BERK’S FUND
Contribution by: Jeffrey Shane Joyce and Jim Spievak Hannah Step In appreciation: Of Rabbi Berk’s guidance in Noah Hampshire’s Bar Mitzvah by Kristin and Andy Hampshire, Of Rabbi Berk’s leadership in Elisabeth Rubin’s shiva minyan by Emily Jennewein, Alan Rubin, and Sally Rubin, Of Rabbi Berk by Harry Tennebaum, Of Rabbi Berk by Paul Zablotny In honor of: Our children and grandchildren by Beverly and Leonard Bernstein Zachary Greene becoming a Bar Mitzvah by Kelly and Andy Greene The Bris for Ethan Marcus Kravit by Stuart Rubenstein In memory of: Paul Sholem Amber by the Sylvia WeiderAmber Family Foundation Sylvia Weider Amber by the Sylvia WeiderAmber Family Foundation Mary Berton by Robert Berton Evelyn Binder by Lynne Barbara Binder z’’l Sondra Breslauer by Michael Breslauer Sylvia Goren by Marcia and Leonard Fram Joan Jacobs by Robert Berton Marshall Raffelson by Lauren and Bob Resnik
We acknowledge these contributions, processed through January 31, with appreciation. To make a contribution email email@example.com, or call Liz Martin at 858 535-1111. Anna Recht by Beverly and Leonard Bernstein Helen Schulman by Robert Berton Victor Schulman by Robert Berton Yale Howard Smulyan by Sylvia Smulyan David Spira by Patricia and Marvin Spira
RABBI BERNSTEIN’S MUSIC FUND
Contribution by: The Elaine Galinson & Herbert Solomon Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation William Wachsman In appreciation: Of Rabbi Bernstein by Barbara Gus Of Rabbi Bernstein by the Susan Morris Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation Of Rabbi Bernstein for the beautiful service for Lynne Barbara Binder by Sherrie Lowenstein Of Rabbi Bernstein for her care, concern and the service for Lynne Barbara Binder by Joseph Olivier Of Rabbi Bernstein’s support, guidance and sympathy by the Rubin family Of Rabbi Bernstein officiating at the memorial service for Elisabeth Farber Rubin by Elizabeth and Mitch Siegler Of Rabbi Bernstein by Harry Tennebaum Of Ben Brogadir by Shelley Senoff Of Parker Eisenberg’s baby naming by Bethany and Michael Eisenberg Of Lori Kaye leading the Shiva service for Marshall Raffelson by Cheryl Berger Of Larry Langbort by Shelley Senoff Of Andy Mayer by Shelley Senoff Of the services for our father, Marshall Raffelson, by the Silverman and Berger families In honor of: Jael Brandenburg becoming a Bat Mitzvah by Eileen Wingard Ben Gass becoming a Bar Mitzvah by Joan and Arnold Gass Zachary Greene becoming a Bar Mitzvah by Kelly and Andy Greene The blessing for Oliver Asher Kaplan by Cathie Atkins Best wishes for a speedy recovery for Susan Morris by Diane and Buddy Voit Eileen Wingard’s 86th birthday by Myla Wingard In memory of: Paul Sholem Amber by the Sylvia WeiderAmber Family Foundation Sylvia Weider Amber by the Sylvia WeiderAmber Family Foundation Lynne Barbara Binder “Cookie Lady” by Sherrie Lowenstein Lynne Barbara Binder by Joseph Olivier Solomon Blackman by Mary and Burt Blackman Alfred Brooks by Pamela Lawrence Audrey Brooks by Pamela Lawrence Terri Cacciatore by Sarichia Cacciatore Colin Campbell by Ian Campbell Norman Eisenberg by Fran and Robert Preisman Arnold Feuerstein by Lisa Braun-Glazer and Jeff Glazer Jack Fischer by Sylvia Geffen, Diane Hickman, and Susan Morris Sigrid Fischer by Sylvia Geffen, Diane Hickman, and Susan Morris Florence Field by Valerie and Paul Field David Gerstein by Joanne and Herb Hein Jay Harvey by Elaine Harvey and family Peter Harvey by Elaine Harvey and family
William Heinzman by Michael Heinzman Violet Ilko by C. Marie and Robert Ilko Joan Jacobs by Barbara Appel, and Mary Ann and George Scher Thelma Jasper by Dennis Jasper Adele Kugler by Stephanie and Michael Heinzman Ruth Levin by the Levin family Michael Mazurek by Lisa, Adam, Dylan and Spencer Mazurek John Pollak by Rhonda Schwartz Marshall Raffelson by Lori, Howard and Hannah Kaye Ruthe Rogow by Judith Abeles and Beverly Miller, Jan and Irving Kass, Barbara and Mat Loonin, the Rogow family, and Cindy and Wayne Schwartz Max Rowelsky by the Morris, Geffen and Hickman families Elisabeth Farber Rubin by Judith Abeles and Beverly Miller, Nancy and Dean Abelon, Loretta H. Adams and William Snyder, Kenneth Baum, Laura and John Benjamin, Books and Chocolate Literature Group, Judith Bush, Fran Cronin, Delphi Private Advisors, Jean Feinstein, Terri Fine, the Elaine Galinson & Herbert Solomon Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Linda and Jerry Goldberg, Dotty and Jim Goodman, Malcolm Grear Designers, Inc., Alan Haubenstock, Betsy, Richard and Laura Haubrich, the JCF Chief Executive Officer’s Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Gloria and Samuel Kaplan, Emily and Robert Karelitz, Charlotte and David Koskoff, Leslye and Scott Lyons, Jamie and Michael Polin, Kate Raftery, the Rubin family, Mary Ann and George Scher, Karen Shein, Susan Shmalo and Gene H. Carswell, Elizabeth and Mitch Siegler, Anne and Ronald Simon, Ann, Patricia and Marvin Spira, Sandy Stone, Sarah White, Eileen Wingard, Myla Wingard, and Stephanie and Walter Zable Philip Samuels by the Haubrich family Simi Siegel by Lynn and Mark Siegel David Spira by the Susan Morris Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, and Patricia and Marvin Spira Albert Stern by Karen and Richard Stern Charles Swimmer by Carol Swimmer Beverly Zoloto by Iris and David Gimbel, Mary Ann and George Scher, Ann, Patricia, and Marvin Spira, and Diane and Buddy Voit Lee Zoloto by Iris and David Gimbel, Mary Ann and George Scher, Ann, Patricia, and Marvin Spira, and Diane and Buddy Voit
RABBI GERSON’S FUND
In appreciation: Of the wedding ceremony for Marissa and Jared Berman by Carole and Howard Robin Of Noah Hampshire’s Bar Mitzvah by Kristin and Andy Hampshire Of Rabbi Gerson by Harry Tennebaum In honor of: Zachary Greene becoming a Bar Mitzvah by Kelly and Andy Greene
CANTOR MEREL’S MUSIC FUND
In memory of: Elizabeth Rosenstein by Zoya and Charles Noodelman
Contribution by: Wendy Abramson Estelle Dunst Mary Marshall and Steven Gould
In honor of: Esther and Richard Rosenberg by Darcy Mitchell In memory of: Fannie Addleson by the Herbert J. Solomon Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation Sam Bachrach by Eileen Bachrach Lynne Barbara Binder “Cookie Lady” by Sherrie Lowenstein Louis Biro by Irene Biro Meyer Block by Rita and Harold Block Herman Borden by Betty Garrity Harry Bruser by Lynn and Michael Bruser and family Marilyn Choy by Marcia Lane Sonia Dach by Lucy and Jerry Kramer Sally Davis by Linda and Louis Levy Elias Djanogly by Marianna and Sidney Djanogly Freda Feldman by Beverlee and Pat Greene Peter Fingerman by Bernice Fingerman AJ (Jack) Fischer by Sylvia and David Geffen Bella Gordon by Rita and Harold Block Mary Gordon by Lynn and Richard Gordon Samuel Gordon by Lynn and Richard Gordon Sylvia Goren by Flossie and Tony Riesner Risa Greene by Beverlee and Pat Greene Evelyn Grigst by Arlette and Greg Smith Leonard Grigst by Arlette and Greg Smith Harold Grossman by Sybil and Charles Grossman David Horowitz by the Herbert J. Solomon Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation Joan Jacobs by Judith Abeles and Beverly Miller, Joan and Jeremy Berg, Terri Fine, and Emma and Leo Zuckerman David Katleman by the Katleman Family Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation Joshua Katri by Norma Alexander Vincent Kenny by Kathy and David Marsh Barney Kodmur by Milton Kodmur William Koenigsberg by Alan Koenigsberg Fern Kohn by Janice Alper, and April and Mathew Fink William Krasny by Marcia and Jerry Krasny and family Samuel Marsh by Kathy and David Marsh Lea Melden by Flossie and Tony Riesner Elinor Miller by Joni, Rich, and Lauren Miller Phil Minick by Stan Minick Ida Bortz Moldofsky by Barbara and Sheldon Krueger Ethel Nemeth by Simma and Paul Nemeth Louis Pearlstein by Janice Alper Rose Pechet by Lynn Pechet-Bruser Shirley Podrup by Karen Horn Ruth Pregozen by Helene and Bruce Sherman Helen Leah Rabb by Joyce and Robert Blumberg Marshall Raffelson by Joan and Jeremy Berg, and the Kessler family Max Rakofsky by Sybil and Charles Grossman Jeannette Rieger by Marcia, Jerrold and Allyson Krasny, and Lauren and Justin Levy Irene Riehl by Judy and Allan Adler Ruthe Rogow by Stacy, Jon, Gillian, Max and Molly Halberg, Judi Schwartz, and Temple Etz Rimon Elisabeth Farber Rubin by Allan Kohn, and Shari and Fred Schenk Johanna “Hannie” Schattman by Patricia and Phillip Linssen Abraham Schneider by Elaine Gliner Bess Schneider by Elaine Gliner Abdallah Simon by Anne and Ronald Simon Helene Simon by Anne and Ronald Simon Isabel “Janet” Smith by Arlette and Greg Smith Ethel Solomon by the Herbert J. Solomon Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation
Lewis Solomon by the Herbert J. Solomon Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation Louis Spector by Penny Spector Stanley Stein by Marjorie Stein Eugene Step by Hannah Step Delos Trimble by Maxine and Jerry Trimble Gene Weissman by Edward Weissman Frank Winicki by Suzi and Bernie Feldman David Wolochow by Marcia and Don Wolochow Celia Yavner by Joyce and Robert Blumberg Clemens Zeilengold by Anne and Herbert Arnold Mary Zeilengold by Anne and Herbert Arnold Lee Zoloto by Susan and Ed Weiner
BETH ISRAEL CAR PROGRAM Contribution by: Heidi and Stuart Krantz
LEE AND FRANK GOLDBERG FAMILY RELIGIOUS SCHOOL
In memory of: Alex Charnow by Ava Kurnow Joan Jacobs by Suzi and Bernie Feldman, and Lee and Frank Goldberg Marshall Raffelson by Suzi and Bernie Feldman, Lee and Frank Goldberg, Anita Hosenpud, and Anne, Matthew and Evan Nagorner Ruthe Rogow by Suzi and Bernie Feldman, and Lee and Frank Goldberg Elisabeth Farber Rubin by Lee and Frank Goldberg Harry Scher by Lee and Frank Goldberg Beverly Zoloto by Anne, Matthew and Evan Nagorner Lee Zoloto by Anne, Matthew and Evan Nagorner
BILL AND SID RUBIN PRESCHOOL
Contribution by: Michael Epstein Non-Endowment Fund at The San Diego Foundation In honor of: Celebrating the birth of Ellison Bratt by Elizabeth and Mitch Siegler In memory of: Faye Berman by Nancy Martin Maylyn Chester by Deborah Geary Arnold Feuerstein by the Helene and Allan Ziman Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation Marline Gendelman by Deborah Geary Sidney Rubin by Helene and Allan Ziman Helen Ziman by Helene and Allan Ziman
ADULT LEARNER’S NETWORK
In memory of: Norman Eisenberg by Susan and Richard Ulevitch Arnold Feuerstein by Susan and Richard Ulevitch Betti Jacobs by Linda and Jerry Goldberg, and Susan and Ed Weiner Ernest Strauss by Edith Kodmur Ruth Strauss by Edith Kodmur Rosalie Youdovitch by Rhonda Schwartz Beverly Zoloto by Nancy and Dean Abelon, Phyllis Cohn, Joani and Steve Gross, Adrienne Mestman, Janet and John Perlman, Didi and Gary Sacks, Savannah Sincoff, and Susan and Richard Ulevitch Lee Zoloto by Nancy and Dean Abelon, Phyllis Cohn, Linda and Jerry Goldberg, Barbara Goldman and Howard Katz, Joani and Steve Gross, Adrienne Mestman, Janet and John Perlman, Didi and Gary Sacks, Savannah Sincoff, and Susan and Richard Ulevitch
In memory of: James Irving by Robin and Joth Layton Benjamin Layton by Robin, Joth, Garrett and Rachel Layton
Contribution by: The Katleman Family Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation In appreciation: Of Liz Levine’s caring and kindness by Al Kohn In honor of: Erica and Mike Berent’s new home by Al Kohn In memory of: Alfred Blumberg by Janet Silverstein Josepha Cohen by Valerie Leman and Ross Cohen Frances Fenton by Phyllis and Dan Epstein Inez Marcus by Valerie Leman and Ross Cohen Cindy Polger by Judith Abeles and Beverly Miller, Nancy and Dean Abelon, Barbara and Quentin Allen, ANR Development (Agustin Rodriguez and George Jordan), John Berman, Terri Bignell, Debby Boyd-Naliboff, Merle and Mitchell Brodie, Carleton Burch, the Chenelle family, Silvana and Richard Christy, Lesley and David Cohn, Phyllis Cohn, Evie and John Coufal, CrossHarbor Capital Partners, William Davies and Matthew Firmin, Jessica and Michael Feinman, the Ira and Andrea Feinswog Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Suzi and Bernie Feldman, April and Mathew Fink, Susanna and Michael Flaster, Carol and Ron Fox, Sylvia and David Geffen, Hanna and Mark Gleiberman, Lee and Frank Goldberg, Linda and Jerry Goldberg, Caron Golden, Stacy, Jon, Gillian, Max, and Molly Halberg, Michael Halperin, Hilary and Selwyn Isakow, the JCF Chief Executive Officer’s Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Emily Jennewein, Evi and Evan Makovsky, Lesley Mills, Joyce and Donald Oberfeld, Neil Oberfeld and family, Pacifica SD Management, Janet, John, David, and Ben Perlman, Linda and Shearn Platt, L. Rutgard, the Satterlee family, Mindy, Michael, Amy, Matthew and Hayley Scarano, Beth, Spencer, and Barbara Schulefand, Joan and Paul Schultz, Karen Shein, Marlene Siegel, Elizabeth and Mitch Siegler, Stacy, Jerry, Emily, Adam, and Hannah Siegler, D. Barry Simons, Gloria Stone, Carole and Jerry Turk, Susan and Richard Ulevitch, Jamie and Kevin Wechter, and Marcia and Don Wolochow Ruthe Rogow by Marsha and Al Korobkin Raymond Zimmerman by Denise Zimmerman
In memory of: Darlene Heinzman by Stephanie and Michael Heinzman
Contribution by: Deborah and Isaac Bejar, Brian Brandler, Shawna Densmore and Thomas Moore, Donna and Robert Gans, Ellen and Larry Edwards, David Feldman, the Diane and Elliot Feuerstein Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, the Elaine Galinson & Herbert Solomon Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Linda and Jerry Goldberg, Melvin Goldzband, Sagle Gootel, Karen Hartz, Maureen and Leonard Krouner, Beth Lander, Leslie Mark and Ken Gross, Evelyn Mishuck, Jacob Moore, Renee and Joseph O’Rourke, Joyce and Ronald Rabens, Jack Resnick, Vivian Reznik and Andrew Ries, Nenette and Walter Rodriguez family, Heather Shortreed, Beth and Jerry Silverman, Evelyn and Edward Singer, Joyce and Jim Spievak, the Springer Family Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Charlotte Stern, Kimberly and William Umansky, Trudy and Charles Umansky, William Wachsman, Stacey Wolf
In appreciation: Of B’lishem Chavurah’s support and love by Al Kohn In honor of: Zachary Dean becoming a Bar Mitzvah by Barbara Parker and Geoff Wahl Karen Kessler’s birthday by Maxine and Jerry Trimble Judie Markson’s birthday by Ronald Newell Jerry Polansky’s birthday by Ronald Newell Etta Schankerman by Jane and Sydney Shore Lillian Smith by Janie Smith and Marty Lederer Rob Sussman’s birthday by Ronald Newell In memory of: Paul Sholem Amber by the Sylvia WeiderAmber Family Foundation Sylvia Weider Amber by the Sylvia WeiderAmber Family Foundation Howard Bachrach by Eileen Bachrach Helen Bayle by Joan and Leon Kutner John Bayle by Joan and Leon Kutner Lori Bolotin by Howard Bolotin Gladys Brown by Ruth and James Harris Caroline Deutsch by Marcie and Cantor Sheldon Merel Louis Deutsch by Marcie and Cantor Sheldon Merel Alberto Di Capua by Silvana Christy Irving “Duke” Ducoffe by Laura and Phillip Ducoffe Norman Eisenberg by Roanne Gotthelf Freda Evans by Gail Robinson Richard Farber by Henrietta Farber Doreen Brody Gerson by Marla and Gordon Gerson Phillip Gerson by Marla and Gordon Gerson Helen Goodman by Bev and Alan Springer Sylvia Goren by Nadine Finkel, and Susan and Ed Weiner Helen Gross by Susan and Ed Weiner Herbert Hafter by Jeridean Hafter Jacob Horowitz by Irene Cooper Betti Berlad Jacobs by Joani and Steve Gross Joan Jacobs by Barbara Bloom, Joyce and Richard Disraeli, Marge and Jerry Katleman, Lori, Howard, and Hannah Kaye, Joan and Leon Kutner, Ronald Newell, Andy and Alan Price, Harriet Price, and Skip Weitzen Linda and Ed Janon’s beloved dog Rudy by the Trimble family Esther Jinich by Patty and Raquel Cohen, Santiago Cohen, and Susana Corrigan Sam Kaye by Ronald Newell Emily Klein by Linda and Jerry Goldberg Julian Klein by Linda and Jerry Goldberg Nan Kleinman by Carol Feinstein and Samuel Kleinman Fern Kohn by Janie Smith and Marty Lederer Esther Kutner by Joan and Leon Kutner Hyman Lampert by Rae and Ed Samiljan Carrie Miller by Sherrie Lowenstein Minyan members who are no longer with us by Joyce and Jim Spievak Bella Mishuck by Evelyn Mishuck and family Eli Mishuck by Evelyn Mishuck Libby Nagel by Henrietta Farber Samuel Nagel by Henrietta Farber Burt Nestor by Teddie Lewis Esther Newman by Margy Newman Isadore Offenberg by Margy Newman Joseph O’Rourke Sr. by Renee and Joseph O’Rourke Cindy Polger by Marla and Gordon Gerson Sydney Porshin by Jan and Ashley Nielsen Marshall Raffelson by Barbara Bloom Justin Riesenhuber by Roanne Gotthelf Ruthe Rogow by Alessio Investment Company, Silvana and Richard Christy, Esther Fischer, Marge and Jerry Katleman, Joan and Leon
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Kutner, and Ronald Newell Edward Ross by the Biederman and Ross families Sarah Selikowitz by Rae and Ed Samiljan Sidney Silverman by Teddie Lewis Rose Springer by Bev and Alan Springer Hannah Sternfield by Hedy Witham Jerry Streichler by Rosalind Streichler Judith Summers by Joyce and Tony Joseph, Marsha and Al Korobkin, Rhonda Ladendorf, Marilyn and Donald O’Hair, and the Thursday afternoon art group Max Weissberg by Mary Ann and George Scher Henry Weissenberg by Barbara Insel Frances Zelick by Joan and Leon Kutner Beverly Zoloto by Nadine Finkel, and Marsha and Al Korobkin Lee Zoloto by Nadine Finkel, and Marsha and Al Korobkin Marshall Zucker by Marla and Gordon Gerson
Contribution by: Lisa Braun-Glazer and Jeff Glazer, Lisa and Jeff Gittleman, Andrea and Russ Gold, Lee and Frank Goldberg, Linda and Jerry Goldberg, Martin Greenberg, Beverlee and Pat Greene, Joani and Steve Gross, Diana Hahn, Julie and Howard Haimsohn, Shirley and Ed Haimsohn, Kristin Hampshire, Ruth and Jim Harris, Alan Haubenstock, Barbara Haworth, Joanne and Herb Hein, Stephanie and Michael Heinzman, Harvey Helsel, Lisa Lazar, Mary Marshall and Steven Gould In memory of: Anna Bashlow by Susan Levin and family Lynne Barbara Binder by Nancy and Dean Abelon, and June Cantor Clare Gross by Jacqueline and James Carr Tobias Karel by Joan and Victor Kramer Claire Levin by Susan Levin and family Harriett Schwartz by Rhonda Schwartz
OUTREACH TO INTERFAITH
In memory of: Richard Barrett by Sue Raffee Barrett
Contribution by: Nancy and Dean Abelon In memory of: Beverly Zoloto by Deborah Horwitz and Paul Nierman Lee Zoloto by Deborah Horwitz and Paul Nierman
In memory of: Betti Jacobs by Nancy and Don Sandweiss Joseph Weiss by Ruth Weiss Beverly Zoloto by Karen Coleman, Linda and Jerry Goldberg, Holly and David Hazan, and Nancy and Don Sandweiss Lee Zoloto by Karen Coleman, Holly and David Hazan, and Nancy and Don Sandweiss
STAND WITH ISRAEL
Contribution by: Elizabeth and Mitch Siegler In memory of: Donna Wise Binns by Susan Shmalo Fortunee Katri by Norma and Al Alexander Samuel Korhan by Thelma and David Bretow Bessie Marcovic by Estelle Dunst
TORAH STUDY AND MINYAN
Contribution by: Netta Cohenca and Alan Turken, Cathy Cozen and Elazar Harel, Elaine Edelman,
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Maxine and Allan Endy, Kit and Clare Greenwald, John Hartwell, Jerald Katleman, Maureen and Leonard Krouner, Jessica and Michael Middleton, The Joseph and Sima Oppenheimer Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Esther and Richard Rosenberg, David Wertlieb In appreciation: Of Gordon Glenn by Leslie Mark and Kenneth Gross Of Elissa Shuchter’s kindness and support by Al Kohn In honor of: Silvana Christy by Deena Libman Cynthia and Sydney Wexler’s new home by Al Kohn In memory of: Lydia Di Capua by Silvana and Richard Christy and family Donald Frischer by Debra Frischer and Shani and Harrison Langford Fern Kohn by Larry Peranich Alison McCall by Candace and Chase Berkman Minyan members who are no longer with us by Joyce and Jim Spievak Bob Wolfson by Nancy and Dean Abelon, Gloria and Jay Harris, Stephanie and Michael Heinzman, Emily and Chris Jennewein, Al Kohn, Jane and Bert Lazerow, Sandie and Dan Linn, Ronald Newell, Helene and David Schlafman, and Martin Stern
AUXILIARIES MEN’S CLUB
Contribution by: Dean Abelon, Alfred Bendett, Allan Bennett, Jeremy Berg, Bob Blumberg, Howard Brotman, Michael Clapman, Clone Duplicating & Printing Del Mar, Richard Cohen, Robert Davis, Marty Ehrlich, Daniel Epstein, Lou Galper, Robert Gans, Arnold Gass, Alex Genin, Michael Girard, I. Goldfarb, Steve Gould, Sheldon Halleck, Michael Heinzman, Steven Horowitz, Jay Harris, the Katleman Family Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Jerry Kramer, Sheldon Krueger, Joth Layton, Julian Levine, Mathew Loonin, Jim Malkus, James Milch, Stan Minick, David Nourok, Richard O’Malley, Joe Oppenheimer, Walter Rodriguez, Richard Rosenberg, Gerrard Salomon, Ed Samiljan, David Schlafman, Don Shaevel, Mitch Siegler, Jerry Silverman, Ron Simon, Mark Spitzer, Alan Springer, Richard Stern, Peter Stovin, Fred Valfer, Ben Weinbaum, Thomas Wendoll, George Wise In memory of: Galina Levin by Maria and Alex Genin
MEN’S CLUB YOM HASHOAH FUND In memory of: Donna Wise Binns by Joy and Jack Charney, Marcia and Leonard Fram, Gloria and Jay Harris, Stephanie and Michael Heinzman, Emily and Chris Jennewein, Marsha and Al Korobkin, Gail and Jim Malkus, Judy and Robert Metz, Carol Miller, Ronald Newell, Sandra and Irving Rubin, and Helene and David Schlafman, Minnie Judith Weinbaum by Ann and Bennett Weinbaum, Bob Wolfson by Judy and Robert Metz
WOMEN OF BETH ISRAEL
In memory of: Sylvia Goren by Gail and Jim Malkus
WOMEN OF BETH ISRAEL SCHOLARSHIP FUND In memory of: Sylvia Goren by Karen Coleman Cindy Polger by Pamela Peters
GENERAL AND NAMED ENDOWMENT FUNDS
MEMORIAL AND NAMED SPECIAL FUNDS
BETH ISRAEL GENERAL ENDOWMENT FUND
BILL AND GEORGE BURNETT MEMORIAL LIBRARY FUND
In appreciation: Of Emily Jennewein by Kaylee Brogadir In memory of: Beverly Zoloto by Elizabeth and Mitch Siegler Lee Zoloto by Elizabeth and Mitch Siegler
STANLEY AND PAULINE FOSTER ADULT EDUCATION FUND Contribution by: The Foster Family Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation In memory of: Stanley Foster by Pauline Foster Anne Ratner by Pauline Foster
BARBARA AND ALAN HAUBENSTOCK YOUTH FUND
In honor of: Alan Haubenstock’s 90th birthday by Sue Moskowitz In memory of: Eugene Haubenstock by Sue Moskowitz
LIVINGSTON RELIGIOUS SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
In memory of: Samuel Ardon by Richard Schulman, Dora Manheim by Richard Schulman, Norma Manheim by Richard Schulman, Esther Schulman by Richard Schulman, Joseph Schulman by Richard Schulman
SHEARN AND LINDA PLATT YOUTH TO ISRAEL FUND
Contribution by: William Wachsman In memory of: Norman Eisenberg by Linda and Shearn Platt Robert Lawrence by Laurie Black and the Lawrence family Marci Ann Platt by Linda and Shearn Platt Maurice Russo by Linda Fradkin
DONA SHENKMAN CAMPERSHIP ENDOWMENT FUND In memory of: Avi Greenberg by Kadima Havurah Dave Levinson by Jeanne Gill
LOUIS AND LEE TEMKIN HUNGER PROJECT FUND
Contribution by: The Blair H & Lee D Temkin Family Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation In honor of: Wishing Ralph Levy a speedy recovery by Barbara and Norman Rozansky Happy 100th birthday to Katherine Nigel by Barbara and Norman Rozansky In memory of: Joan Jacobs by Barbara and Norman Rozansky Ruthe Rogow by Barbara and Norman Rozansky Isadore Rozansky by Leah and Robert Temkin Blair Temkin by Leah and Robert Temkin Lee F. Temkin by Leah and Robert Temkin
In memory of: William Burnett by Barbara Lauer
DIANA FISCHER MEMORIAL FUND In memory of: Diana Fischer by Carol and Mort Goodman David Horowitz by Inez and Merrill Jacobson
KENTON-KLEINBERG FUND FOR THE NEEDY
In memory of: Molly Hayden by Edythe Kenton Nettie Kleinberg by Edythe Kenton Lee Levin by Edythe Kenton Marshall Raffelson by Anne and Arthur Bleier, and Edythe Kenton Sidney Silverman by Edythe Kenton Dora Eber Tuchin by Edythe Kenton
JACOB NOVAK MEMORIAL FUND In memory of: Bernard Benson by Harriet Shumacher Teddy Brav by Melvyn Brav Philip Sheinberg by Harriet and Alan Shumacher Joseph Silverman by Harriet and Alan Shumacher
LILLIAN NOVAK MEMORIAL FUND
In memory of: Carolyn Rubin by Harriet and Alan Shumacher Rae Shumacher by Harriet and Alan Shumacher
TAMMY VENER FUND FOR PRESCHOOL PROGRAMMING & SCHOLARSHIPS In memory of: Irving Gordon by Janis, Fred, Devra, and Sophie Gordon Beverly Zoloto by Anita Hosenpud Lee Zoloto by Anita Hosenpud
ALYCE B. WAX YOUTH FUND
Contribution by: Laurie Price and Stephen Wax
HELENE SCHLAFMAN MADRICHIM FUND
In memory of: Norman Eisenberg by Helene and David Schlafman Joan Jacobs by Helene and David Schlafman Jim Mallinger by Ethel Delawie Nathan Mallinger by Ethel Delawie Lea Melden by Helene and David Schlafman Marshall Raffleson by Helene and David Schlafman Ruthe Rogow by Helene and David Schlafman Joseph Ruskin by Helene and David Schlafman Ely Schlafman by Helene and David Schlafman Nathan Shur by Helene and David Schlafman Beverly Zoloto by Helene and David Schlafman Lee Zoloto by Helene and David Schlafman
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