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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 June - July, 2013 22 Tammuz – 24 Av 5773 Vol. 6 & 7 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 Sara Levin

Kadima Advisor Kadima Advisor

Irwin Lewis, M.D.

Men’s Club President & Ritual Committee Chair

Elaine Morrow Ellen Lifschutz

Sisterhood President Choir Director

Aliette and Marc Abo, MD

Theatre Club

Gerald Weisberger Marna Simon Lothar Gumberich

House Chair Membership Chair Memorials & Torah Restoration Committee

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS The deadline for submitting items is July 17th. Please have all items to BAS office no later than July 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…

A confession: until recently, I was not a dog person. I justified this to myself by recalling what I once read in Moshe Waldock’s The Big Book of Jewish Humor: “Dogs who bark (and even dogs who don’t) are…[often] stand–ins for anti-Semites. To the people of the shtetl, dogs were not friendly household pets, but part of the enemy forces, guarding the enemy’s estate, for example, or running wild with their peasant masters.” Waldocks gives the following joke as an example: A Jew who has left the faith confides in a friend, “In some ways, I still feel Jewish. Every day I read The New York Times, every Sunday I have a pastrami sandwich, and I am still afraid of dogs.” I, too, was content to lead a life free of dogs until, after an emotionally challenging summer last year, Dena and I decided that we needed a pet. I am terribly allergic to cats, so we settled on a dog; we chose a greyhound because they have short hair, are calm, and don’t smell. Although I loved that our dog’s given name, Coby, sounded Israeli—it is a diminutive for Ya’akov—we really picked him out because he looked like my favorite television dog, Santa’s Little Helper from The Simpsons.

Almost immediately, I was transformed from being apathetic about dogs to being a real dog lover; I came to understand the value of their companionship, loyalty and affection. I also became more sensitive to those in our community who had recently lost a pet. I began to wonder what Judaism could teach me about pet ownership—what do they mean to our lives and how do we cope with their loss? Interestingly, though post-exilic Judaism (after the fall of the Second Temple in the first century) tended to eschew pet ownership for a variety of reasons, dogs similar to my greyhound were common in the ancient Near East. Salukis and greyhounds are depicted in Egyptian tomb reliefs dating to the 2000 BCE, excavations at Tell Brak in Iraq show evidence of domesticated dogs as early as 2500 BCE. In the land of Israel, evidence of dog burial dating to the around 850-500 BCE has been found throughout the land, but particularly in Ashdod and in Ashkelon.


A MESSAGE FROM RABBI DANIEL STEIN…CONTINUED

Figure 1 Dogs in the Beni Hasan Tomb, 2000-1800 BCE In all of these ancient communities, the archaeological record indicate not only the presence of domesticated dogs, but also a clear affinity towards them: dogs were often buried in ways that indicated clear intention if not ritual. These facts seem to contradict the prevalent Biblical image of dogs, and support a secondary narrative that understood the usefulness of dogs in a society of shepherds. Dogs were, from antiquity, beloved members of families. Rabbinic tradition, also, has favorable things to say about animals; perhaps the most famous teaching is that, when the Messiah comes, it will be dogs who lead the other animals in song. The same legend teaches that they are afforded this honor because they remained calm and silent during the plagues in Egypt, even though they were able to sense the divine presence. As a reward for their tranquility during trying times, they will be afforded this great honor. Given all of this, it is not surprising that Jewish law allows for mourning over the loss of a pet—one is allowed to say the prayer “baruch dayan emet” (blessed be the righteous judgez) over the loss of a pet. This blessing, traditionally reserved for the loss of a human, is allowed over the loss of a beloved pet. Although we don’t sit shiva for a pet, this tradition in Jewish law acknowledges that the relationship we share with our pets is special, unique, and holy. They fill our lives with joy, warmth, and friendship and increase our ability to connect with God’s creations. In the coming year, we will explore ways to honor our animal friends at Bnai Abraham—look for events to come. Best wishes for a month of companionship, Rabbi Stein


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE …

It is with mixed emotions that I write this, my final President’s message. If you have not already heard, Victoria and I are moving to the Philadelphia area. I will be working out of my firm’s Philadelphia office, and the move will also allow us to be closer to family. While we are excited about the move, we will miss the Bnai Abraham community and the Lehigh Valley. I am proud of the accomplishments of our Board of Trustees. Over the past year, we passed a balanced budget, renewed our contract with Rabbi Stein, and introduced measures to manage the business of the synagogue as efficiently as possible. Gerald Weisberger graciously agreed to assume the balance of my term as President, and the Board will support Jerry and continue to improve and grow Bnai Abraham. We have enjoyed getting to know you over the past eight years. updated contact information if you should ever want to say hello.

Best regards, Scott A. Levin President president@bnaiabraham.org

The office has our


SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2013 Sally, Dexter and Jay Neadle will be sponsoring a kiddush on June 1st in honor of Ian’s graduation. SATURDAY, JULY 6, 2013 Marna Simon will be sponsoring a kiddush on July 6th in honor of Roger’s birthday.

FRIDAY, JUNE 7th AND FRIDAY, JULY 5th TIME: 6:30 p.m. Please join us for our musical Simcha Shabbat on Friday, June 7th and July 5th and stay for a special oneg to follow.

BNAI ABRAHAM/TEMPLE COVENANT OF PEACE KNITTING GROUP DATE: WEDNESDAY MORNING – JUNE 19th - TIME 10:30 a.m. At the home of Liz Cartine, 2260 Sheffield Dr., Easton, PA 18040 Please RSVP to Liz via phone: 484-373-0999 BNAI ABRAHAM ANNUAL MEETING SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2013 - TIME: 10:00 a.m. Bnai Abraham’s Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, June 30, at 10:00 a.m. Light refreshments will be served. HERITAGE DAY – JULY 7, 2013 Join Bnai Abraham downtown for Heritage Day! We will be part of the festivities, with Hebrew National Hotdogs for sale! Come down and say hi!

SAVE THE DATE - WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2013 180 CLUB DINNER AND RAFFLE Wednesday evening, August 28, 2013, at Bnai Abraham Synagogue. Keep an eye out for your invitation that will be coming soon.


Bnai Abraham Synagogue 1545 Bushkill Street, Easton, PA 18042

LEAGRAMS Dear Member: Below you will find the Leagram list for the third quarter of 2013. 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

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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 July 3 July 14 July 15 August 4 August 4 August 8 August 10 August 14 August 22 September 24

Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Malvin Dr. & Mrs. Marc Abo Mr. & Mrs. Howard Falk Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Grollman Mr. & Mrs. Louis Lesser Dr. & Mrs. Arthur Popkave Mr. & Mrs. Gary Asteak Mr. & Mrs. William Smolow Dr. Irwin & Dr. Linda Lewis Mr. & Mrs. Richard Friedman

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General announcements continued… MEN'S CLUB TOPICS FOR 2013 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.

COFFEE WITH RABBI STEIN Enjoy coffee with the Rabbi at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesdays at Wegmans on Rt. 248. Look for the Martin Guitar on the back right corner of the room. 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!


General announcements continued… YIZKOR BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE Dear Friend, Each year at Bnai Abraham we compile our annual “Yizkor Book of Remembrance.” This book memorializes the names of those remembered during the Yizkor service of our holiest day, Yom Kippur. Your recording of these names in the “Book of Remembrance” is an expression of your love and an affirmation that they will not be forgotten. Our intention is to use the Book of Remembrance at all Yizkor services throughout the year. Please complete the form below (kindly print) and mail it with your Yizkor contribution in the enclosed envelope no later than Friday, August 16, 2013, directly to the Synagogue’s office. Please make your tax-deductible contribution check payable to Bnai Abraham Synagogue. The Committee would appreciate receiving your contribution as soon as possible! PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO OTHER REMINDER! ! ! Sincerely, Ellen Hof Sande Phillips --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Enclosed please find a Yizkor contribution of $_________________ in memory of __________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________ Remembered by

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General announcements continued… CELEBRATE COMMUNITY JEWISH FEDERATION OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY ANNUAL MEETING THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2013 - TIME: 7:00 P.M. PLACE: JCC OF ALLENTOWN

Our featured speaker is Yaron Sideman, Consul General of Israel for the Mid-Atlantic Region. He will give an update on affairs in Israel and the Middle East, as well as talk about the role of the consulate. We will be presenting several important awards: •  Iris Epstein - George Feldman Achievement Award for Young Leadership •  Eileen Fischmann & Michael Miller - Pomerantz Award for Campaign Excellence •  Barnet Fraenkel - Honorary Vice President and Schiff Award for Prejudice Reduction. We will also be re-electing Barry Halper as president and hearing from him about the year ahead. This event is free and open to the community. Dessert reception to follow.

BETHLEHEM EASTON HADASSAH ANNUAL POTLUCK Wednesday, June 19 at 6:00 p.m. At the home of Becky Goldenberg, 1270 Firethorne Drive, Easton, PA RSVP to Becky via Phone: 610-972-1250 JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE WEDNESDAY JUNE 19, 2013 BRUNCH AND LEARN: WITH RABBI SETH PHILLIPS Home is the Sailor: Experiences of a Navy Rabbi Come aboard for tales of the sea with Rabbi Seth Phillips of Congregation Keneseth Israel. He served as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy for twenty years and has many stories to tell. Don’t miss the boat! Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Brunch at 9:45 a.m., talk at 10:00 a.m. Location: Jewish Family Service, 2004 Allen Street, Allentown $3 per person Reservations are needed. Call 610-821-8722 by June 17. BRUNCH AND LEARN WITH DEBBIE ZOLLER WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2013 Enjoy a relaxing, fun-filled summer morning with Debbie Zoller, our assistant director. She will tell us lots of funny jokes and entertaining stories. Join us! Wednesday, July 31, 2013 Brunch at 9:45 a.m., talk at 10:00 a.m. Location: 2004 Allen Street, Allentown $3 per person. Reservations are required. Please call 610-821-8722 by July 29.


Todah Rabah The Artisan Fair, held on Sunday, April 28th, was very well attended . Everyone enjoyed the kosher hot dog barbecue and the boutique shopping that was available thanks to the participating artisans. We had jewelry, knitted apparel, hand crafted soaps, photography, greeting cards and children's gifts, to name a few. Thank you to all who attended and supported the event. Much appreciation goes to the following: Shirley Falk, Wendy and Lothar Gumberich, Larry Kaplan and Ann Zuckerman, Scott and Victoria Levin, Sara Levin, Linda and Irwin Lewis, Elaine Morrow, Marna Simon, Jerry Weisberger and Jessica Ytkin. Special thanks to Rabbi Stein, Trish, Irene and Bruce. Looking forward to seeing you all at the 180 event. Judy Walker Thank you, Bernice Merbaum, for sponsoring the Kiddush that was held on May 18th in honor of her son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Lilianne Merbaum’s, 30th anniversary.

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 Susie Aufrecht Deborah bas Briendel Sheila Goldberg Helene Kaplan Joe Kaplan Steve Molder

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


The Ritual Corner For July Submitted by Irwin Lewis

The Mustard Seed

The Ritual Corner For June Submitted by Irwin Lewis

The world began without the human race and it will end without it. Claude Levi-Strauss The order is rapidly fadin’ And the first one now will later be last For the the times they are a changin’ Bob Dylan [Robert Zimmerman] We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. “I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita - I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds. I suppose we all thought that one way or the other.” J. Robert Oppenheimer recalling July 16, 1945 at Alamogordo, New Mexico. From the Jewish magazine -Why G-d never got a P.H. D.? 1.  He has only one major publication 2.  It was only published in Hebrew 3.  It has no references or bibliography. 4.  The scientific community has a hard time reproducing His results. 5.  His office hours are sporadic and often are held on mountaintops.

Jewish texts compare the knowable universe to the size of a mustard seed to demonstrate the world's insignificance and to teach humility. The Jewish philosopher, Nahmanides, mentions that, when it was the size of a mustard seed. Sounds like the 20th Century scientific Big Bang?? In the Christian New Testament, the mustard seed is used by Jesus in the parable of the Mustard Seed as a model for the kingdom of G-d, which initially starts small but grows to be the biggest of all garden plants. The Jewish audience of that parable thought of the mustard seed as a weed, and there were laws to restrict the sowing of mustard seeds because the hardy seeds germinate in 10 days and become shrubs that will overtake and choke out all other plants in a garden. The Jewish audience would have looked agape as Jesus picked a nuisance weed as a model for the kingdom of G-d. Jesus intended to make a point by so doing, that in the kingdom of G-d things would not seem as they were and that things will be turned on end, for example the weak would be the strong and the losers would be winners. As an aside, Jesus being Jewish probably did speak of the kingdom of heaven, not the kingdom of G-d because a Jewish teacher would not want to allude unnecessarily to G-d or G-d's name One of the most interesting religious stories of the mustard seed is actually that of the Buddha and the parable of the mustard seed. The next Ritual Corner will continue with this---tales of grief and death and mustard seeds. Source sacredtext.com


General announcements continued… S i s t e r h o o d Ne w s Sisterhood News

It’s a New Year -- Be Part of Sisterhood Join an extraordinary group of women to support the synagogue and have fun while doing it. It’s the New Year – Send in your annual dues -- just $20 (Make check payable to Bnai Abraham Sisterhood and send to the office.) Sisterhood members will be calling all the women in our congregation with the goal of making every member feel part of our Jewish community. Mitzvah Committee Let’s reach out to our members in times of consolation or illness, celebrate happy events, and welcome new members. Let’s especially reach out to Jewish residents (in and out of our congregation) at local facilities. We can make a difference. Contact Elaine Morrow with any questions or to get involved. 610-588-8713 or email emorrow@saddlevalleyfarm.com


General announcements continued‌ REMEMBERING LEAH CROHN MIASKOFF Z�L BY NATHAN WEISSLER This June will be my maternal grandmother Leah Crohn Miaskoff's 20th yazherit. My grandmother married my grandfather, Leonard Miaskoff, in 1960 and was my mother's stepmother. Sadly, I did not have an opportunity to get to know my grandmother as she died when I was less than one year old, in 1993. As my grandmother's yazherit approaches, I have been thinking about how stories that I have been told about her have inspired my dedication to Judaism. My grandmother was the director of the Bnai Abraham choir and greatly appreciated Jewish music. I very much enjoy Jewish music, and hearing stories about my grandmother's appreciation for Jewish music has inspired me in my own appreciation for Jewish music. My grandmother was born in 1925 in Detroit, Michigan, which is where she was raised. She was the second of three children born to Lawrence and Jennie Brodie Crohn. My grandmother had one older brother, David, and one younger brother, Harris. Judaism was a very important part of the Crohn family's life. Lawrence Crohn had several leadership roles in the Detroit Jewish community and he was an active Zionist. David Crohn used the skills that he learned as an American officer during World War II to assist in the establishment of the State of Israel and ultimately made aliya. Music was also very important to the Crohn family. Harris Crohn became a highly respected professor of piano in Dallas, Texas, and was very accomplished professionally. My grandmother received a Fulbright scholarship to study voice and singing in France. She also sang in Israel during the early years of the State of Israel. My grandmother graduated from Wayne State University and received a Masters degree in library science from Rutgers University. My grandmother married my grandfather in 1960, and they initially lived in New York City, and for approximately ten years sang in the Park Avenue Synagogue quartet. Around 1965, my grandparents and my mother moved to Easton, where they joined Bnai Abraham Synagogue. They were active synagogue members and had many friends at Bnai Abraham. I remember hearing family members and people who knew my grandparents talk about my grandmother's loyalty to her friends and her kindness towards others. Additionally, my grandmother worked in several libraries in the Lehigh Valley. I especially appreciate my grandmother's love of books because I also love books. People have told me about how I gave my grandmother a lot of nachas when I was a baby. Today, I feel very connected to my grandmother because of the wonderful stories that I have heard both about her and about the joy that I gave her as a baby. I am confident that my grandmother's legacy will be an inspiration to me and my family for a long time. I am very grateful for the inspiration that my grandmother's legacy has given me and many others. I will always treasure the stories that I have been told about my grandmother.


Yahrzeit List In the Bond of Life

June 2013 June 1 June 6 June 8 June 9 June 10 June 12 June 15 June 15 June 17 June 18 June 20 June 20 June 20 June 22 June 22 June 25 June 27 June 28 June 29

Sylvia Lipton, beloved mother of Wendy Gumberich Charles Weitzman, beloved brother of Lydia Zibulewsky Abraham Sidlowitz, beloved grandfather of Richard Friedman Julie Scheinman, beloved mother of Sheila Goldberg Doris Bloch, beloved mother of Robert Bloch Joseph Aaron Mayer, beloved father of Loretta Brickman Louis Singer, beloved grandfather of Eugene Goldman Harry Pestka, beloved father of Doris Goldman Blanche Sandler, beloved mother of Jeffrey Sandler Harold Aaron Drill, beloved father of David Drill Julius Cohen, beloved father of Martye Cohen Sy Jacowitz, beloved husband of Selma Jacowitz Frances Abramowitz, beloved mother of Sally Brau Lillian Silverman Hirschman, beloved mother of Art Silverman Celia Soroker Cohen, beloved mother of Marilyn Herschler Wolf Ginsburg, beloved father of Frances Yonkelowitz Samuel Abeshaus, beloved father of Alan Abeshaus Marsha Singer, beloved grandmother of Eugene Goldman Coleman Cohen, beloved brother of Debby Ziev

Contact Irwin Lewis, Ritual Chairman

July 2013 July 2 July 2 July 5 July 6 July 6 July 6 July 8 July 9 July 10 July 11 July 12 July 12 July 16 July 17 July 18 July 20 July 21 July 26 July 27 July 31

Joseph Sheps, beloved brother of Ellen Busby Alex Abo, beloved father of Marc Abo Laurie Shainker, beloved sister of Linda Lewis Sandy Reiter, beloved son of Ruth Reiter and beloved husband of Rita Reiter. Dora Hertz, beloved grandmother of Ilona Marmer Samuel Fingeroff, beloved father of Sandy Abeshaus Muriel Mitchell, beloved mother of Mitch Rabinowitz Stanley William Wolf, beloved father of Melanie Wolf-Greenberg Sonia Schneigeiger, beloved mother of Aliette Abo Abe Forman, beloved father of Ellen Hof Yankev Eli Lifschutz, beloved father of Boris Lifschutz Seymour Cohen, beloved father of Barbara Yones Moshe Weiner, beloved father of Robert Weiner Murray Meltzer, beloved husband of Rosalyn Meltzer and beloved father of Ronnie Freedberg Peres Leonard, beloved father of Marna Simon Bessie Freedberg, beloved mother of Robert Freedberg Leopold Seymour Popkave, beloved father of Arthur Popkave Claire Goldshine, beloved mother of Eloise Stampoulos Sarah Groh Lyons, beloved mother of Bayla Cohen and Robert Lyons Joseph Zibulewsky, beloved father-in-law of Lydia Zibulewsky


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 Doris Lifland sending get well wishes for Dexter and Sally Neadle’s son, Mark. Doris Lifland sending congratulations to Sally and Dexter Neadle on the graduation of the grandson Ian. Ruth Kugelman in honor of Marna and Roger Simon’s granddaughter, Layna’s, Bat Mitzvah.

Goldman/Merbaum Torah Fund Bernice Merbaum sending get well wishes for Dexter and Sally Neadle’s son, Mark.

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund Linda Adler in celebration of Lothar Gumberich’s birthday. Janet and Marvin Rosenthal in honor of Lothar Gumberich’s birthday.

Sheila Goldberg Fund

Sidney and Helene Kaplan sending get well wishes to Sheila Goldberg. Doris Lifland sending get well wishes to Sheila Goldberg for a speedy recovery.

Theatre Fund Joel and Sherry Brooks in memory of Micki Auerbach Wechsler’s mother.

Yahrzeit Marsha Abraham in memory of her sister, Deborah Braffman. Phoebe Altman in memory of her mother, Ida Meirowitz. Sally Brau in memory of her brother, Burton Abramowitz. Sherry Brooks in memory of her father, Sidney Margolis. Miriam Cassel in memory of her sister, Jeanette Ziev. Cindie Drill in memory of her father, Louis Asch, and her mother, Molly Asch Ullman. David Drill in memory of his mother, Shirley Drill. Norman Falk in memory of his mother, Leah Falk. Faye Goldberg in memory of her mother, Emma Gross, and her sister, Sylvia Ziev. Ellen Hof in memory of her mother, Lorraine Forman. Larry Kaplan in memory of his father, Jack Kaplan. Anne Snyder-Lyons in memory of her husband, Herbert Snyder. Bernice Merbaum in memory of her husband, Simon Merbaum. Fred, Dan and Robb Moskowitz in memory of their father, William Moskowitz. Sally Neadle in memory of her mother, Jean Kalb. Ruth Reiter in memory of her husband, Norman Reiter. Roslyne Smolow in memory of her father, Louis Bugen. Judy Walker in memory of her father, Seymour Gast.


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 Dedicate a memorial plaque to be located on the Lothar Gumberich, Chairman: 610-253-5263 BAS office: 610-258-5343

walls of the Sanctuary: $300 To honor your friends on the Walk of Life: $350

Jewish Family Services of the Lehigh Valley help keep our kosher food pantry stocked… Every time you attend a meeting for a Jewish 0rganization, please bring a nonperishable kosher item with you. Call for your collection box and pick up. Call Becky Goldenberg at 610-892-1250 or Email: goldenberg@aol.com or Jewish Family Services of The Lehigh Valley at 610-821-8722. Jewish Family Services of the Lehigh Valley will provide a collection box and will pick up the items.

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