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BNAI ABRAHAM SYNAGOGUE DANIEL STEIN, RABBI ROBERT WEINER, PhD, CANTOR MARK SHRAGER, RABBI EMERITUS MORRIS SIEGEL, CANTOR EMERITUS, ZT”L

Bulletin March, 2014 29 Adar I- 29 Adar II 5774 Vol. 3 Published Monthly

THE

UNITED SYNAGOGUE

OF

CONSERVATIVE JUDAISM

1545 BUSHKILL STREET • EASTON, PA 18042-3118 (610) 258-5343 • Fax: (610) 330-9100 www.bnaiabraham.org • email: office@bnaiabraham.org


DISTRIBUTION NOTICE If you would like family members or others to receive a copy of the bulletin, please send name, address and $15 payment to Bnai Abraham. If you have not sent your email address to Bnai Abraham office staff, please do so as soon as possible. We will be notifying congregants of emergencies and special events through email.

CONTACTS Gerald Weisberger

President & Programming Committee Chair

Howard Nathanson Shelly Blumenthal

Youth Chair Gift Shop Chair

Howard Nathanson Irwin Lewis, M.D.

Kadima Advisor Men’s Club President &

Elaine Morrow

Ritual Committee Chair Sisterhood President

Ellen Lifschutz Aliette and Marc Abo, MD

Choir Director Theatre Club

Gerald Weisberger

House Chair

Marna Simon Lothar Gumberich

Membership Chair Memorials & Torah Restoration Committee

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS The deadline for submitting items is March 17th. Please have all items to BAS office no later than March 17th. Any items received after that date will be published in the next month’s bulletin.

O F F I C E H O U R S: Closed on Mondays and Fridays. Hours open: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Services/Minyan Schedule Thursday: 7:25 AM Friday Night Services – 8:00 PM First Friday of Each Month – Simcha Shabbat: 6:30 PM Saturday: 9:30 AM Kiddush follows If you require a special minyan, please notify the office at 610-258-5343.


A MESSAGE FROM RABBI DANIEL STEIN…

Many people are familiar with the “injunction” to consume alcohol on Purim. Many may not know the origin of the custom. In the Talmud, in tractate Megillah, we find the original source for the “commandment: Raba said: It is the duty of a man to mellow himself [with wine] on Purim until he cannot tell the difference between” cursed be Haman’ and ‘blessed be Mordecai’. From this frequently quoted verse, it might seem as though the Talmud is endorsing the practice of excessive consumption. But there is more to the story. Immediately after it recounts this law, the Talmud relates the following anecdote: “Rabbah and R. Zera joined together in a Purim feast. They became mellow, and Rabbah arose and cut R. Zera’s throat. On the next day he prayed on his behalf and revived him. Next year he said, Will your honour come and we will have The Purim feast together? He replied: A miracle does not take place on every occasion.” We live in a world where the boundaries between reasonable enjoyment and danger are easily blurred. Something that is pleasurable--and even reasonable to enjoy in moderation-can quickly become a dangerous vice. The Rabbis were wise to realize that the key to living a balanced life was moderation; we are not commanded to avoid, but rather to realize that our actions and behaviors can have consequences that extend far beyond our original expectations. As we prepare to celebrate Purim this year, I hope we enjoy the holiday in the festive spirit it deserves. I hope that we also acknowledge the call of the rabbis--to enjoy, have fun, but to be responsible! Best wishes for a fraylakh purim! Rabbi Stein


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE … Shalom Last month, I reported that Trish Mann was leaving her position as bookkeeper of Bnai Abraham Synagogue. I am happy to report that the position has been filled by Mr. Ed Hudak Jr. Ed is a graduate of Moravian College and is a C.P.A. His work history includes 24 years in the accounting department of Bethlehem Steel, as well as being employed as the CFO of Square One Markets of Bethlehem. Ed has assumed the position at Bnai and is acquainting himself with our office and procedures. We want to welcome him and look forward to working with him. He will be working our normal office hours, Tue. – Thurs. 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We are looking forward to having a celebration marking the building anniversary of Bnai Abraham Synagogue. If you are interested in participating in the planning and programming of this event, please contact the office. Shalom Jerry Weisberger President


Bnai Abraham Synagogue 1545 Bushkill Street, Easton, PA 18042

LEAGRAMS Dear Member: Below you will find the Leagram list for the second quarter of 2014. Leagrams costs $2.00 each. Indicate those people to who you want card sent. We would also appreciate if you would complete the form below. Please mail the entire sheet with your check payable to BNAI ABRAHAM SYNAGOGUE to the office TOTAL NUMBER OF CARDS

_______

AT $2.00 EACH = __________

TOTAL AMOUNT = ___________ YOUR NAME AS YOU WOULD LIKE IT TO APPEAR ON THE CARDS: ___________________________________________________________________________ To bring the Leagram list up-to-date, please fill in the following with your anniversary, other anniversaries, you notice missing from the list, or scheduled Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, and please return these changes/additions to us. NAME:__________________________________________________ ADDRESS: ______________________________________________ PHONE: ________________________________________________ WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: ________________________________ If you would like to be added to the Leagram listing, please complete the form with your name and wedding anniversary date and return to Bnai Abraham office.

anniversary CONGRATULATIONS May 6 June 7 June 7 June 17 June 19 June 19 June 21 June 22 June 27

Rabbi & Mrs. Max Hausen Dr. & Mrs. Mathew Pollack Dr. & Mrs. Robert Weiner Hon. & Mrs. Robert Freedberg Dr. & Mrs. Arthur Altman Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Cohen Dr. & Mrs. Mark Koshar Mr. & Mrs. Herman Ytkin Mr. & Mrs. Gary Gordon

1140 Calaway Lane 3780 Tiffany Drive 3230 Highfield Circle 897 Vento Court 175 W. North St. Apt. 401B 202 Taylor Avenue 30 Inverness Circle 2321 Woodridge Terr. 2550 Sandy Lane

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SIMCHA SHABBAT FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2014 - TIME: 6:30 P.M. Please join us for our musical Simcha Shabbat on Friday, March 7th and stay for a special oneg to follow. BNAI ABRAHAM SYNAGOGUE / TEMPLE COVENANT OF PEACE EASTON JEWISH BOOK COUNCIL EVENT SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2014 BREAKFAST - 10:30 A.M. – SPEAKER - 11:00 A.M.

Please join us at Temple Covenant of Peace on Sunday, March 9th at 10:30 a.m. for breakfast (talk to start at 11:00 a.m.), when we present Naomi Schaefer Riley, author of ‘Til FAITH Do Us PART How Interfaith Marriage is Transforming America. This is a free event and open to the public.


BETHLEHEM/EASTON HADASSAH BOOK AND FILM CLUB TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014 at 1:30 P.M. Film: “Fill the Void” At the home of Maria Ain, 3326 Margate Road, Bethlehem, PA Please RSVP by Phone: 610-694-0940 WOMEN'S DIVISION LUNCH & LEARN: FINDING THE HERO IN YOU WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014 – TIME 12:00 to 1:30 P.M. AT JCC OF ALLENTOWN Neil Dicker, a retired Lehigh Valley dentist and active member of the Jewish community, will talk about his experience with cancer and the stem cell transplant that saved his life. Diagnosed with a rare form of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2005, Neil underwent several years of conventional treatment before receiving a matched unrelated donor transplant in 2009. Since recovering, he has become a passionate speaker on behalf of the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, encouraging everyone to become a part of the international genetic registry. Neil, father of four and grandfather of two, is also an avid amateur cyclist. He and his wife, Linda, have been members of Temple Beth El in Allentown for 25 years. Program is $12, including lunch. Men and women are welcome. To RSVP, please call 610-821-5500 or e-mail sbolmer@jflv.org. PURIM MORNING AT BRITH SHOLOM SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014 On Purim Morning, our congregants are invited to hear the Megillah read at Brith Sholom; the service will begin at 9:00, with the Megillah to be read at 10:00. Costumes are encouraged at all events!

PURIM CELEBRATION 2014 SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014 – 7:00 P.M. Please join us on Saturday, March 15th, when we will be celebrating Purim at Bnai Abraham with events for adults and kids. Our celebration will begin with a havdallah service and megillah reading at 7:00 PM. As you may know, one of the customs of Purim is the (moderate) enjoyment of spiritus fermenti. With focus on moderation, Dan Edelman will be presenting on his passion for home brewing, as well as providing a sampling of a variety of beers from around the world. For kids, we will be setting up a Nintendo Wii on a giant screen to play Mario Cart. Refreshments will be available throughout the evening.


URW MEETING AT BNAI ABRAHAM SYNAGOGUE TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2014 – TIME 10:00 A.M. Please join us on Tuesday, March 18th at 10:00 a.m. The program speaker will be a member of RV Care-A-Vanners, which is a volunteer program for people who travel in a recreational vehicle and want to build Habitat for Humanity houses. If interested, please contact Sandy Zarbatany at 610-258-8997. BNAI ABRAHAM/TEMPLE COVENANT OF PEACE KNITTING GROUP WEDNESDAY MORNING – MARCH 19, 2014 – TIME 10:30 A.M. At the home of Diane Silverman 5 Lantern Place, Easton, PA 18040 Please RSVP to Diane by Phone: 610-253-5389

JAVA AND JEANS SHABBAT SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 2014 – 10:00 A.M. Join us on Saturday, March 29th, at 10:00 a.m. for our monthly Shabbat service designed to discuss current topics of interest as they relate to Jewish laws and practices. This month’s topic: Meaningful Passover Seders

HELP JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE MEET THE FEINSTEIN CHALLENGE FOR OUR FOOD PANTRY

The Alan Shawn Feinstein Foundation will again distribute $1 million among non-profit agencies fighting hunger. Each participating agency will get a share of the $1 million equal to its proportion of the total amount raised by all participants. All donations designated to Jewish Family Service of the Lehigh Valley’s Food Pantry and received in March and April are eligible. Donations of food items will be valued at $1 per item for reporting purposes. For more information, please call 610-821-8722.


Mark Your Calendar NEW ADULT EDUCATION OFFERING AT BNAI ABRAHAM TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY PRESENTS THE EMERGENCE OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST SIX SUNDAYS, 4:00-6:00 PM COST: $36 PER PERSON (INCLUDES KOSHER DELI DINNER) BEGINS SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 2014 Bnai Abraham is excited to partner with Coursera and Tel Aviv University to offer a special distance learning opportunity; we will audit TAU's 6-week seminar, "The Emergence of the Modern East”, by watching the lectures together, projected on a large screen. After the lectures, a discussion session will be led by Rabbi Stein. A full description of the course, along with its faculty, is listed below: This course will discuss the emergence of the modern Middle East from the fall of the Ottoman Empire, at the end of the First World War to the present. It will discuss the Ottoman legacy in the region and the Western imperial impact on the creation of the Arab state system. The course will discuss the rise and retreat of Arab nationalism, the problems of internal cohesion of the Arab states, issues of religion and state, and the evolution of Islamist politics. It will also focus on the evolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict and its impact on the region and will conclude with an in depth analysis of the “Arab Spring” by placing these contemporary revolutionary events in their historical context. Prof. Susser, PhD (Tel Aviv University, 1986), is a Senior Research Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies and former Director of the Center (1989-1995, 2001-2007). Prof. Susser teaches in the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University, and in 2006 he received the Faculty of Humanities outstanding teacher's award. Prof. Susser spent the 2009-10 academic year on Sabbatical at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University as the Senior Fellow on the Myra and Robert Kraft Chair in Arab Politics. In August 2009, he spoke at a Crown Center Symposium on ”What's Up in the Middle East?,” where he discussed the prospects of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. In October he participated in another Crown Center symposium on Middle East Politics: Present and Future where he addressed "Regional Dimensions: The Middle East in Context." In February 2010, Prof. Susser lectured on "Fault Lines—Israel, Jordan, Palestine" at an international conference on Promoting State-Building, Managing Fault Lines, held in Jerusalem jointly by the South African-based Brenthurst Foundation and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. He also participated in the follow up conference held at Tswalu in South Africa in May. In February he delivered a lecture on "Israel, Iran, and the Arabs: The Middle East of the 21st Century," in the Shaol Pozez Memorial Lectureship, under the auspices of the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies of the University of Arizona in Tucson. Prof. Susser published a monograph on ”The Rise of Hamas and the Crisis of Secularism in the Arab World”, in the Essay Series of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies and reviews in scholarly journals on George Gilder's ”The Israel Test”, Rich Cohen's ”Israel is Real”, and on Curtis Ryan's ”Inter-Arab Alliances: Regime Security and Jordanian Foreign Policy.”


CONFRONTING ANTI-SEMITISM SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2014 – TIME 12:30 to 3:00 P.M. AT JJC OF ALLENTOWN This is a free workshop for middle and high school students and their parents. Have you ever heard someone make an anti-Semitic joke or remark and felt that you didn't know how to respond? Are you prepared to speak up? Join the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation as we partner with the ADL to address this issue. Learn how to ... · •  Confront insensitive or hateful comments and behaviors •  Challenge anti-Semitic myths with facts •  Respond to hate-motivated incidents in school and the community at large •  Utilize national and regional resources to fight anti-Semitism on all levels To learn more, contact Aaron Gorodzinsky, 610-821-5500, aaron@jflv.org or register now at www.jewishlehighvalley.org.

SAVE THE DATE TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014 PASSOVER 2014 - COMMUNAL SECOND SEDER Please save the date for our Communal Second Seder, this year held in partnership with Temple Covenant of Peace (time to follow). The Seder will be on Tuesday, April 16, at TCP. The meal will be Glatt Kosher.


Sisterhood News MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR TWO SISTERHOOD EVENTS Let’s celebrate the end of a long, hard winter and welcome back all those who escaped to the south. PRE-PASSOVER RECIPE SWAP, COOKING EVENT, AND LUNCH AT BNAI ABRAHAM SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 2014 •  Send your favorite Passover recipes to the Bnai office. We will create a mini-cookbook to share them with our members. •  Come at 10:00 a.m. to cook some recipes the morning of the April 6th (optional). •  Come at 12:00 p.m. to share a great lunch. Please send in one or more recipes by email or mail, no later then March 20th, and indicate if you would like to attend our April 6th luncheon. We look forward to seeing you. Lunch will be at 12:00 p.m. SISTERHOOD DINNER MEETING THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014 – TIME: 6:00 P.M. PRICE $20 Come share another fun evening of good food and good company at:

Pizza D’Oro Restaurant 208 Cattell Street, Easton, PA Rides will be arranged for those needing them. Please RSVP to Elaine Morrow (610-588-0805) by April 18th.


To celebrate his 45-year commitment to the community and to ProJeCt, we will present the DANIEL E. COHEN AWARD to Danny on Thursday, April 24, 2014 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The Hampton Inn, Easton PA Cocktail reception featuring hors d’oevres, beer and wine Reservations $75 per person Business casual attire Please share this invitation with friends, family and colleagues. Join us. Celebrate. Share the spirit of giving. Proceeds benefit ProJeCt. Call 610-258-4361 Ext. 18 or email sboerchers@projecteaston.org

ProJeCt of Easton, Inc. has been determined by the Internal Revenue Service to be exempt from federal income tax by virtue of being described in the Internal Revenue Code 501 (c) (3). The non-deductable portion of the contribution is $35 per event attendee for goods or services received. The remainder of the contribution noted herein is 100% tax deductible.


JEWISH HERITAGE NIGHT THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2014 – GAME TIME: 7:05 P.M. Please see the announcement below about Jewish Heritage Day at the Iron Pigs. If you are interested in attending, please email the office ASAP so that we can make a reservation for Bnai Abraham or pair you up with a group that is attending.


Yahrzeit List In the Bond of Life

March 2014 March 1 March 6 March 7 March 9 March 10 March 13 March 26 March 26

Contact Irwin Lewis, Ritual Chairman

Lillian Averick, beloved sister of Marty Zippel Ida Friedman, beloved mother of Becky Goldenberg Lillian Richmond, beloved stepmother of Sheila Goldberg Edwin R. Berg, beloved husband of Renee Berg Ruth Asteak, beloved mother of Gary Asteak Doris Bloomberg, beloved mother of Diane Silverman Harry Minsky, beloved father of Lillian Krim Louis Asch, beloved father of Cindie Drill


BNAI ABRAHAM SYNAGOGUE General operating expenses Please consider a donation to Bnai Abraham Synagogue to cover “General Operating Expenses”. Your donations support our Congregation and strengthen our Jewish community here in Easton. BEATRICE & LEON FRIEDMAN FUND 1.  Support organizations that benefit minor children whose parents are unable to provide for their health, maintenance, support and education 2.  Needy, elderly 3.  Shelter for the homeless BUILDING FUND Extraordinary maintenance and repair of the buildings and property of the synagogue and parsonage SISTERHOOD CAMP RAMAH SCHOLARSHIP FUND GENERAL ENDOWMENT FUND Interest only used to subsidize Bnai Abraham’s operating expenses GOLDMAN/MERBAUM TORAH FUND HERB SNYDER GARDEN FUND JESSE & TAYLOR COOPER FUND DR. JOEL LEWIS SCHOLARSHIP FUND Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutoring stipends JULIUS COHEN MEMORIAL FUND 1.  Religious School Scholarships 2.  Assisting needy congregational youth in Jewish-oriented education, programming and activities (e.g. Yeshiva or Jewish Day School, trips, USY) RABBI’S DISCRETIONARY FUND ROBERT KUTNER LIBRARY FUND SHEILA GOLDBERG FUND To pay High Holiday fees for anyone who cannot afford to attend SILVERMAN RELIGIOUS SCHOOL FUND Religious School Scholarships, Shofars SISTERHOOD BUILDING FUND SUE SEIGEL SHABBAT FUND 1.  Shabbat programming, including kiddush lunches 2.  Bagels and Books SY JACOWITZ TOT SHABBAT FUND Boker Tov Scholarships THEATER FUND Supports a wide variety of synagogue projects and functions


Bnai Abraham Synagogue Cindie and David Drill in memory of Shirley Shleifer, mother of Barbara Asteak and Harry Shleifer. Phil and Ellen Hof in memory of Murray Popkave, brother of Arthur Popkave. Phil and Ellen Hof in honor of Trish Mann and her dedication to our congregation. She will be missed. Irwin and Linda Lewis in memory of Murray Popkave, beloved brother of Dr. Arthur Popkave. Doris Lifland in memory of Shirley Shleifer, mother of Barbara Asteak. Karen and Arthur Popkave in memory of Shirley Shleifer, mother of Barbara Asteak and Harry Shleifer. Barbara Smolowitz in memory of Susie Aufrecht. Jerry and Gail Weisberger in memory of Shirley Shleifer, mother of Barbara Asteak and Harry Schleifer. Frances Yonkelowitz in memory of Joseph Kaplan.

Goldman/Merbaum Torah Fund Selma Jacowitz in honor of Bernice Merbaum’s special birthday.

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund Fay and Herb Abelson in honor of Sally and Dexter Neadle’s 65th wedding anniversary.

Sue Seigel Shabbat Fund Selma Jacowitz in honor of Sally and Dexter Neadle’s 65th wedding anniversary.

Theater Fund Marc and Aliette Abo in memory of Shirley Shleifer, mother of Barbara Asteak.

Yahrzeit Sandy Abeshaus in memory of her mother, Bertha Fingeroff. Robert Bloch in memory of his father, David Bloch. Miriam Cassel in memory of her mother, Tillie Goldberg. Faye Goldberg in memory of her father, Adolph Gross. David Kaplan in memory of Cantor Morris Siegel. Helene Kaplan in memory of her father, Abe Feuerman. Anne Snyder-Lyons in memory of her sister, Julia Skirving. Gary Trinker in memory of his mother, Marcia Trinker.


Todah Rabah Thank you , Sid and Helene Kaplan, for sponsoring the Kiddush on February 15th. David and Snookie Kaplan will be sponsoring a Kiddush on March 1st in celebration of Sid and Helene Kaplan’s 54th anniversary. Aaron Janowski will be sponsoring a Kiddush on March 8th in celebration of the birth of his new grandson, Aaron Abraham Janowski.

Kiddush is a perfect way to celebrate a special birthday or anniversary, and it allows you the opportunity to celebrate with our community. To sponsor a Kiddush for $36, please contact the synagogue office. Do you have a celebration we should know about? Email office@bnaiabraham.org

R e f u a h S h ’ l e m a (A Full and Complete Healing) To all who were sick or hospitalized, we wish a return to good health.

Phoebe Altman Deborah bas Briendel David Denenberg Sheila Goldberg Les Hochhauser Susan Jones Linda Lewis Ellen Lifschutz Jack Stein

In memoriam May God in His Kindness Grant Comfort and Solace to the Mourners

Shirley Shleifer, mother of Barbara Asteak


The Ritual Corner For March Submitted by Irwin Lewis

On Shabbat - Ho Libbi K'vorit Purifying the Heart

Ritual Corner Special Feature Submitted by Irwin Lewis

Breaking the Cycle of History: Where have all the flowers gone? Made popular in the time of protest against the Vietnam war, the song is really about the cycle of history and how impossible it is to break. The narrator of the song asks the question "When will we ever learn? � yet, is seeing the cycle enough to end it? Is there a cycle of history? Most historians might say that there is, which would account for such apocryphal sayings as, "Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it.� Where have all the flowers gone Long time passing Where have all the flowers gone? Long time ago Where have all the flowers gone? Maidens picked them every one! When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn? Where have all the maidens gone? Taken by young men Where have all the the young men gone? turned to soldiers Where have all the the soldiers gone? Gone to graveyards Where have all the graveyards gone? Turned to flowers Where have all the flowers gone? WHEN WILL WE EVER LEARN

In the law given by God there is a decree that the priests array a new set of showbread every Shabbat. Shabbat is a day of show The enjoyment of delightful food honors the day: bread, fish, meat, and good wine. Mourners go back to previous activities because Shabbat has to be a day of Joy. And WE purify our hearts ---A Hasidic master once reported, "Did you know how I became a Jew? My teacher, the holy Rabbi of Kolev, took the soul out of my body, soaped and beat it, rinsed it and dried it and rolled it, like women washing clothes at a brook, and then he put this cleansed soul back into me."

Ritual Corner Quiz "There were giants in the earth in those days, and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown". Genesis 6:4 What event ended those days? What comes to mind in Greek or Roman mythology when this Biblical passage is read? How come Larry Kaplan gave up trying to answer the ritual quiz? Where in the Bible does it say? - If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you do not have integrity, nothing else matters, or does the Bible say?


General announcements MEN'S CLUB TOPICS FOR 2014 WE ARE ALWAYS ON THE LOOKOUT FOR SPEAKERS! TOPIC NEED NOT BE JEWISH-RELATED AND CAN BE VERY INFORMAL. PROFESSIONSALS ARE WELCOME WITH EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION. PLEASE NO SOLICITATIONS.

ADULT EDUCATION Our successful Torah Study group will continue to meet Thursday mornings, 10:15 to 11:15. No prior experience is necessary. We are charging a low materials fee of $10 per semester to defray the cost of copying and coffee.

CAMPAIGN FOR NEW MEMBERS - HELP WANTED! We are asking every member of our congregation to help us locate prospective new members. They may be your neighbors, friends, vet, or whoever. Please relay the name and any pertinent information to the Membership Chair, Marna Simon, or to Elaine Morrow. You may also call and give the information to the synagogue office staff. AL’S CLEANERS - FUNDRAISER FOR BAS! Bnai Abraham has been signed up at Al’s Cleaners, 1132 Northampton Street, to enable the synagogue to collect 10% of all sales of dry cleaning and laundry services that our congregants spend there. It’s easy. Just mention that you are a member of Bnai Abraham Synagogue, and they will credit the synagogue and send the proceeds periodically. Al’s is only about seven blocks from the synagogue, has very convenient hours, and does excellent work. MOVING Please notify the Bnai Abraham Synagogue office of any address changes to enable us to avoid charges for returned and undeliverable mail and to insure that you receive all mail being sent to you from the synagogue.


General announcements continued… SHOPPING AT AMAZON…A FUNDRAISER FOR BNAI ABRAHAM! Click on the Amazon search link on the “Donations” page on the BAS website, and for any purchases made during your visit on Amazon.com, Amazon will contribute 4% to 15% of the purchase price to Bnai Abraham! How it works: Navigate to the BAS Donations webpage at http://www.bnaiabraham.org/donations.html and type any item keyword in the Amazon search box, and you will be transferred to Amazon.com. (You must use this link or purchases will not be traced to BAS). If you place items in your shopping cart and complete a purchase during your visit, Amazon will pay us a portion of the purchase price (not including shipping), that portion to range from 4% to 15% depending on the item category. Rates for categories are posted on our website. We encourage all of our members to shop on Amazon.com – but remember to only access Amazon.com through the BAS link at the below url or we will not get the purchase credit: http://www.bnaiabraham.org/donations.html Thank you for your continued support of BAS and HAPPY SHOPPING!


Tree of Life Permanently commemorate your simcha or celebrate a person! The “Tree of Life� sculpture is on display in the BAS Main lobby known as Founders Hall. It is used to honor and remember special events such as: Bar/Bat Mitzvahs Birthdays Anniversaries Memorials Engagements Namings Weddings and any other special milestone or celebration! Leaf: $140

Apple: $800

Or memorialize your loved one: Stone at base of tree: $1,100

Lothar Gumberich, Chairman: 610-253-5263 BAS office: 610-258-5343

Dedicate a memorial plaque to be located on the walls of the Sanctuary: $300 To honor your friends on the Walk of Life: $350


Jewish Family Services of the Lehigh Valley

Food Pantry Jewish Family Service is committed to alleviating hunger in our community. Please join us in our efforts to accomplish this. Thank you to everyone who has so generously contributed to our food pantry with nonperishable items or financial support. We are supported in the 18104 zip code by Second Harvest, as well as by the contributions of food drives and individuals. We are looking to expand into the entire Lehigh Valley to our Jewish community, and we ask for your support. If you have non-perishable items to donate, please either drop them at JFS or call and we will pick them up. Financial donations can be sent directly to JFS. In our outreach, we need everyone to spread the word. If you know someone, either affiliated or not, who could benefit from any JFS service, tell them about us and have them call. JFS maintains confidentiality and professionalism. We will deliver emergency food packages or supplemental food boxes anywhere in the Lehigh Valley. In addition to providing food, our Benefits Checkup Program (BCU) is designed to assist low-income persons of retirement age and younger adults with disabilities find and apply for federal, state and local benefits. JFS seeks to help individuals and families live healthier, more stable lives by providing professional, counseling, education and community programs. JFS would love to assist you in scheduling a food drive or creating a project that can help benefit persons in need. Please call JFS at (610) 821-8722 or go on our website for further information.


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