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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 September, 2013 26 Elul – 26 Tishre 5774 Vol. 9 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 September 17th. Please have all items to BAS office no later than September 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…

No message from Rabbi Stein this month.


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE ‌

As a Congregation we look forward to an exciting year that will continue and expand upon the innovative programming of this past year. We also will continue to review and adjust our services in order to attract more congregants on a regular basis. Every congregation requires a group of volunteers in order to provide successful programs. We are fortunate to have a group of members we can count on who donate countless hours to keep our synagogue active and vibrant. I urge you to consider volunteering as a way of showing your support for our synagogue. Gail and I wish you all a happy, healthy, safe and prosperous New Year. We look forward to seeing you at services during the holiday season.

Sincerely, Jerry Weisberger President


Bnai Abraham Synagogue 1545 Bushkill Street, Easton, PA 18042

LEAGRAMS Dear Member: Below you will find the Leagram list for the fourth 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

_______

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 October 9 October 21 November 9 November 9 December 13 December 19 December 20 December 22 December 26

Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Bader Mr. & Mrs. David Kaplan Mr. & Mrs. Alan Abeshaus Rabbi Daniel and Dena Stein Mr. & Mrs. Lothar Gumberich Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Goldman Mr. & Mrs. William Rider Dr. & Mrs. Joel Brooks Mr. & Mrs. Dexter Neadle

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BNAI ABRAHAM/TEMPLE COVENANT OF PEACE KNITTING GROUP DATE: WEDNESDAY MORNING – SEPTEMBER 25, 2013 – TIME 10:30 A.M. At the home of Cindy Daniels, 12 Kent Lane, Easton, PA. Please RSVP to Cindy via phone at 610-559-5536 MEN’S CLUB GALA BRUNCH SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2013 – TIME 10:00 A.M. PRICE $6.00 Do not miss the Men’s Club on September 22, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. The brunch and arrangements are in the works for the presentation of the most famous classic antique Packard in the world. Winner of many ribbons at national car shows. From the Anne Morrow Lindbergh family, this is the famous Packard that drove the Lindberghs to the trial at the Hunterdon County Courtouse in Flemington. Presentation about this unique auto by Dr. Robert Briglia, current owner. RSVP at 610-253-2481 or ihlewismd@yahoo.com DO NOT MISS THIS EVENT

BABY NAMING CELEBRATION SEPTEMBER 22, 2013 AT 10:00 A.M. Please join us at Bnai Abraham on September 22nd at 10:00 a.m. when we have a baby naming celebration for new baby Stein.

JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE BRUNCH AND LEARN WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2013 – TIME 9:45 A.M. Rabbi Melody Davis of Temple Covenant of Peace Topic: Do Feminists Read the Bible? A Conversation on Feminist Midrash. Midrash is a form of allegorical commentary that fills in the sometimes cryptic text of the Bible. How might these women have related their stories? What are the stories they would have told? We’ll be discussing the written text and the unwritten text, classical and contemporary. Come share your voice and vision. Please note: The talk will be held at Temple Covenant of Peace, 1451 Northampton Street, Easton, PA. $3 per person For reservations, call 610-821-8722 by Sept. 23.


Saturday Saturday––September September14, 14,2013 2013 Following FollowingServices Services––7:45 7:45pm pm $12 Per Adult --- No Charge for Children


IT’S A GIRL CONGRATULATIONS TO RABBI AND DENA On behalf of the Sisterhood, we congratulate Rabbi and Dena on the birth of their new baby girl. We were pleased to present them with a stroller and look forward to seeing Dena, Dan and baby on their walks to the Synagogue for Shabbat.

We invite you to celebrate this special occasion at a Kiddush following services on October 5th.

BABY NAMING CELEBRATION SEPTEMBER 22, 2013 AT 10:00 A.M. Please join us at Bnai Abraham on September 22nd at 10:00 a.m. when we have a baby naming celebration for new baby Stein.


Yahrzeit List In the Bond of Life

September 2013 September 2 September 3 September 4 September 5 September 5 September 7 September 7 September 10 September 11 September 13 September 14 September 15 September 15

Contact Irwin Lewis, Ritual Chairman

September 16 September 16 September 17 September 17 September 17 September 20 September 20 September 24 September 25 September 25 September 26 September 27 September 27 September 27 September 29 September 29 September 30 September 30 September 30 September 30

Barbara Nathanson, beloved mother of Howard Nathanson Dorothy Feuerman, beloved mother of Helene Kaplan Samuel Zeidman, beloved father of Judy Cohen Douglas Cooper, beloved father of Peter Cooper Edith Wertheimer, beloved mother of Carole Maisel Martha Neadle, beloved mother of Dexter Neadle Benjamin Sulkin, beloved father of Ted Sulkin Benjamin Weisberger, beloved father of Jerry Weisberger Bessie Yonkelowitz, beloved mother-in-law of Frances Yonkelowitz Belle Goldman, beloved mother of Bernice Merbaum Max Goldberg, beloved father of Miriam Cassel Sidney Yonkelowitz, beloved husband of Frances Yonkelowitz Faye and Harry Strimban, beloved mother and father of Karen Popkave Matilda Rosenblum, beloved mother of Doris Asteak Rose Share Bugen, beloved mother of Roz Smolow Augusta Maron, beloved mother of Norman Maron Selma Gumberich, beloved mother of Lothar Gumberich A. Mal Malvin, beloved father of Ronald Malvin Irving Cohen, beloved father of Debby Ziev Rose Goldman, beloved mother of Eugene Goldman Minerva Zeidman, beloved mother of Judy Cohen Sarah Friedman, beloved grandmother of Becky Goldenberg Abraham Cohen, beloved father of Ricky Hochhauser Philip Packer, beloved husband of Lena Packer Arnold Pessin, beloved brother of Henrietta Pessin Edith Brock, beloved mother of Stanley Walker Benjamin Cohen, beloved father of Danny and Arnie Cohen Arthur Bloomberg, beloved father of Diane Silverman Helen Popkave, beloved mother of Arthur Popkave William Goldberg, beloved brother of Miriam Cassel William Goldberg, beloved husband of Faye Goldberg Sophie Shapiro, beloved mother of Selma Jacowitz Clara Zippel, beloved mother of Martin Zippel


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 Sally Brau in memory of Bill Smolow. Cindie and David Drill in memory of Susie Aufrecht. Howard and Shirley Falk in memory of Bill Smolow. Norman Falk in memory of Susie Aufrecht. Merle and Joseph Grollman in memory of Susie Aufrecht and Bill Smolow. Sylvia Hand in memory of Bill Smolow. Dorothy Hindmarch in memory of Bill Smolow. Ellen and Phil Hof in memory of Bill Smolow, dedicated “minyaneer”. Selma Jacowitz in memory of Bill Smolow. Irwin and Linda Lewis in memory of Susie Aufrecht. Doris Lifland in memory of dear friend Bryna Barsky. Doris Lifland in memory of Susie Aufrecht. Carole Maisel and Richard Horn in memory of Bill Smolow. Mitch and Carol Rabinowitz in memory of Susie Aufrecht and Bill Smolow. Roger and Marna Simon in memory of Susie Aufrecht. Gail and Jerry Weisberger sending birthday wishes to Howard Falk. Gail and Jerry Weisberger in memory of Susie Aufrecht and Bill Smolow. Gail and Jerry Weisberger sending get well wishes to Gene Bosworth. Debby Ziev in memory of Bill Smolow.

Goldman/Merbaum Torah Fund Julia and Sheila Goldberg in memory of Susie Aufrecht. Sidney and Helene Kaplan in honor of the dedication of the Ark Cover.

Herb Synder Garden Fund Robert and Anne Snyder-Lyons in memory of Susie Aufrecht and Bill Smolow.

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund Sidney and Helene Kaplan sending a very belated thank you to Phil Hof and Danny Cohen for all their effort and consideration. Jay Neadle in memory of Susie Aufrecht and Bill Smolow.


Sue Seigel Shabbat Fund Sidney and Helene Kaplan in memory of Susie Aufrecht. Helaine Sigal in memory of Bill Smolow.

Theatre Fund Sherry and Joel Brooks in memory of Susie Aufrecht.

Yahrzeit

Selma Jacowitz in memory of her father, Louis Shapiro. Helene Kaplan in memory of her mother, Dorothy Feuerman. Dan Kaye in memory of his mother, Charlotte Kaye. Herbert Litvin in memory of his sister, Barbara Cooperman, and his mother, Anna Litvin. Howard Nathanson in memory of his mother, Barbara Nathanson. Dexter Neadle in memory of his mother, Martha Neadle. Sande Phillips in memory of her father, Thomas Bianco. Ruth Reiter in memory of her brother, Leonard Koplin. Helaine Sigal in memory of her husband, William Sigal. Herman Ytkin in memory of his father, Aaron Ytkin.


Todah Rabah A special thank you to Sally Neadle, Karen Popkave, Linda Lewis and Anne Zuckerman for your help with the Kiddush for the Ark Dedication. Thank you to Bernice Merbaum and the Goldman/Merbaum Torah Fund for sponsoring the Kiddush for the Ark Dedication. A special thank you to Judy Walker and who helped to make the 180 Club event a memorable evening, a good time was had by all who attended.

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 Gene Bosworth Deborah bas Briendel Joe Kaplan Jack Stein

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

Susie Aufrecht


S i s t e r h o o d Ne w s

Sisterhood News

The Ritual Corner For September Submitted by Irwin Lewis

The month of Elul starts with a blast of the shofar on the first day and it is repeated every day of Elul until one day, before Rosh Hashanah in order to distinguish between the optional sounding of the shofar and that mandated by the Torah. It is the signal of chesbon hanefesh- a reckoning of the soul. Maimonides pointed out that one cannot do penance for a sin that one is unaware of having committed. You cannot fix what you do not know is broken. Elul is in part a time to try to figure this out and act on new awareness. credit to Rabbi Gerald Skolnik. VOICES OF CONSERVATIVE/MASORTI JUDAISM

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. Call 484-515-3475 or email emorrow2542@gmail.com


General announcements

WE WANT YOU! UNCLE SAMMY WANTS YOU! Thursday Morning Minyan – 7:25 – 8:00 a.m. Going to breakfast is optional. Let’s start the New Year out right by supporting the Minyan. Your participation would be appreciated. Spouses are welcome.


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. MEN’S CLUB GALA BRUNCH AT BNAI ABRAHAM SYNAGOGUE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2013 – TIME 10:00 A.M. - PRICE $6.00 Join us on October 27, 2013, for the Men’s Club Gala Brunch at 10:00 a.m. followed by a presentation at 10:30 a.m. Easton JCC, Center Grove and Camptown revisited through pictures���the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s. A DVD of pictures taken by Clarence Snyder and compiled by his son Melvin, plus many other pictures of those years. Please RSVP to: ihlewismd@yahoo.com or leave a message at 610-253-3481.

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.


General announcements continued… 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.

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 THANK YOU FROM JUDY WALKER Many thanks to all of those who contributed to the success of our 180 event this year. It was well-supported by the congregation and the community at large as well. I am very grateful to all of the volunteers who gave generously of their time to help with this huge effort. Details will follow in the next bulletin. With Sincere Thanks, Judy Walker

THANK YOU FROM ALITZA HOCHHAUSER

I would like to thank the Bnai Abraham Sisterhood, Danny Cohen c/o Jewish Federation, Rabbi Daniel Stein, and Bnai Abraham Synagogue for supporting my summer session experience at Camp Ramah in the Poconos. It was a truly amazing experience I will never forget!. I met a lot of new friends and we are like sisters now. Camp Ramah Poconos almost feels like a second home now. Shabbat is really important at Camp Ramah Poconos. We had services and prayers daily and especially nice services on Friday night and all day Saturday. On Saturday afternoon, you could do whatever you wanted or just rest. Saturday we celebrated Havdallah by the campfire. During the week, each edah (bunk) would get to go on fieldtrips, play sports, do crafts, and produce plays on Thursday nights. Our Hebrew teachers were so much fun and we learned while we played games. I really loved Camp Ramah Poconos! Thank you so much for your generosity, it was an amazing Jewish experience! Sincerely, Alitza Hochhauser


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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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