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99 South Fullerton Avenue Montclair NJ 07042 Phone: 973-746-4889 Fax: 973-746-4963

Elliott Tepperman Senior Rabbi Darby Jared Leigh Associate Rabbi Ariann Weitzman, Rabbi Director of Congregational Learning Stuart Brown Director of Operations Craig Levine and Richard Freedman Co-Presidents Jane Susswein and Leslie Weber Editors Shabbat Handout

May 11, 2013 –2 Sivan 5773

BEMIDBAR 46th Day of Omer

Numbers: 1-54 p. 769


All those observing a yahrzeit are encouraged to accept the honor of the second aliyah. George E. Bergman  remembered by the Fuqua‑Kerbel family (2 Sivan) Frances Lakritz Richman  remembered by Labe Richman (2 Sivan) Bess Cohen  remembered by Freyda Lazarus (3 Sivan) Irving Streit  remembered by Joan & Roger Streit (3 Sivan) Phyllis Russo  remembered by the Naaman family (3 Sivan) Jean M. Brennan  remembered by Lisa Brennan (3 Sivan) Richard Ellmann  remembered by Stephen Ellmann (May 13) Margaret Waite  remembered by the Fellner family (4 Sivan) Ruth Karlin  remembered by the Golan family (6 Sivan) Lena Meador  remembered by Norma Meador (7 Sivan) Samuel Grotenstein  remembered by Harold Grotenstein (8 Sivan) Diane Beckerman  remembered by Marc Beckerman (8 Sivan) Louis Odessky  remembered by Anita Louis & Glenn Mumma (8 Sivan)

Thank you to Ruth Lowenkron and Jane Susswein for chanting Torah. All are welcome to this evening’s 5 pm MInchah service when Rachel Brown will become Bat Mitzvah.

Don‘t Miss These!!! FABULOUS BK ONLINE-ONLY AUCTION.  Win a $15,000 trip to Israel!! Bid silently. Support exuberantly. Bidding begins May 20. Go to “The Magic of Hebrew Chant” Workshop w/ Rabbi Shefa Gold   Sunday, May 19 from 1 to 5 pm at BK. More details inside flyer. ROCK & ROLL SHABBAT  Friday, June 7 at 7 pm.  Details to come.

WELCOME TO BNAI KESHET    Bnai Keshet is a diverse, family-friendly community with a lively mix of tradition and innovation. Whatever your interests, age, family structure, or level of Jewish practice or knowledge, you’ll find a home here, as well as programs that engage your mind, nourish your spirit, and make a difference at home and in the world. Bnai Keshet is fortunate to be served by three outstanding rabbis: Senior Rabbi Elliott Tepperman, Associate Rabbi Darby Leigh, and our Director of Congregational Learning, Rabbi Ariann Weitzman.

This Friday Evening FRIDAY NIGHT CHAVURAH: MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY IN NJ: WHAT’S NEW AND WHAT YOU CAN DO   at 8 pm.  A look at mental health issues in New Jersey with some of the State’s leading advocates, including our own Ruth Lowenkron, who will moderate the panel: Judy Banes of Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey, Robert Davison of the Mental Health Association of Essex County, and Joseph Young of Disability Rights New Jersey. Topics will include treatment options, bullying, violence prevention, health insurance coverage, and discrimination.

This Shabbat FREE BABYSITTING IS AVAILABLE FOR ADULT ED AND SERVICES when Bet Midrash is in session, starting at 9 am each Shabbat in our newly remodeled child care room (left off the elevator). The sound is piped in so you won’t miss the service if you want to stay with your child. TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY  9 to 10 am. Come and celebrate our teachers. JEWISH PARENTING BOOK CLUB: UNDERSTANDING DEATH FROM A CHILD’S PERSPECTIVE at 9 am  BYOB – Bring Your Own Book. This time we’ll be discussing the If, How, and When to talk to children of different ages about death and dying. Bring ideas and/or books to share on anything from the personal level of understanding death and dying in a family or community, to bigger picture issues like genocide, war, and school shootings. RABBI DAN EHRENKRANTZ at Shabbat morning services from 10 to 12.   Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz, past Bnai Keshet Rabbi and currently serving as President of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, will be joining us for Shabbat services. During services he will be speaking about challenges and vision for the college and our movement. BK READ after Kiddush at 12:45. I Am Forbidden: A Novel  by Anouk Markovits.   Read Rabbi Elliott’s inspiring essay  in the May issue of Sh’ma. The article connects Torah, prayer, poverty and injustice. asking-more-of-ourselves.

Coming Up TIKKUN LAYL SHAVUOT Tuesday, May 14 from 7:30 pm to 1 am at Ner Tamid (936 Broad Street, Bloomfield). For over a decade five area congregations have gathered as one community to welcome the festival of Shavuot, the commemoration of God giving the Torah at Mount Sinai. This year’s observation will be hosted by Ner Tamid. Fran Snyder, a doctoral candidate at the Jewish Theological Seminary in NYC, will deliver the keynote presentation, “Leaving the House—Biblical Daughters beyond the Threshold.” Clergy and lay leaders of the five synagogues will also offer learning and contemplative sessions. The evening is free and open to the public. For further information go to or call 973-338-1500. KABBALAT SHABBAT Friday, May 17 at 5:45 pm.  Join us to celebrate Shabbat with joyous music and song. CHANTING WITH BETH SANDWEISS AND MELISSA SCHAFFER Saturday, May 18 at 9 am BK SALON   Saturday, May 18 from 8 to 10 pm.  A night of music, theater, and readings—and, of course, wine, cheese, and dessert. Join us for a fun evening! SHEFA GOLD CHANTING WORKSHOP Sunday, May 19 from 1 to 5 pm at BK.  Rabbi Gold is a leader in Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal and received her ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Shefa composes and performs spiritual music, has produced 10 albums, and her liturgies have been published in several new prayerbooks. She combines her grounding in Judaism with a background in Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, and Native American spiritual tradition to make her uniquely qualified as a spiritual bridge celebrating the shared path of devotion. Co-sponsored by Bnai Keshet and Ner Tamid. Cost: $20 for members of BK and Ner Tamid and $36 for non-members. Register at LILITH SALON FOR WOMEN: VEGETARIAN POTLUCK FOLLOWED BY AMAZ ING DISCUSSION  Sunday, May 19 at 7 pm. For the final salon of this session, share a potluck nosh and partake of the “food of thought” offered by the diverse, multigenerational participants who attend. We will be reading two very short articles (“Blueberries” and “Challah,” available on the BK website), which present very different experiences of mothering. Please join us. Even if you are not a regular, you will be welcomed warmly. Check the BK website ( for the location. BURY THE HOT, by BK Member Deb Levy: Book Reading and Signing at BK Tuesday, May 21 at 7:30 pm.  Deb grew up celebrating holidays with Sal’s family. She trick-or-treated with his daughter. Yet Deb knew nothing about Sal’s past until he called out of the blue and asked her to write his story. There was a reason she didn’t know. He hadn’t even told his wife the details of his childhood

Bury the Hot  is the Holocaust story few have the tenacity or courage to share and explores both the traumatized childhood and how the repression of it impacts a marriage. It is a heartbreaking account of evading murder, and a brutally honest reflection of a life lived trying to escape the memories. HELP WRITE A HAGGADAH.  BK member Shoshana Silberman is working on a Passover Haggadah with The Jewish Agency for the State of Israel. All BKers are invited to submit either their favorite commentary or favorite Passover seder activity. Please be brief, just a few sentences, not more than a short paragraph. If you are submitting a commentary, please include the source. An attribution from the Internet is acceptable. Deadline: Monday, May 13. Send to or mail to 10 Crestmont Road, Apt. 2P, Montclair 07042. BK WILL HOST HOMELESS FAMILIES THROUGH THE IHN - INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK June 9 to 16.  Volunteers are needed to fill all shifts: evening coordinator, dinner prep, evening activities as well as overnighters. Who can volunteer? Students home on vacation, retirees, families with young kids, and regular working folks. If you’ll be out of town that week, please consider a donation to cover the purchase of essentials. Please contact Beth Fuqua for further info ( BIKE WITH BK ON THE HAZON NY LABOR DAY WEEKEND August 30 to September 2.  Cycle with Team BK on Hazon’s NY Ride this Labor Day Weekend. Cycle through the Berkshires and finish in NYC. Enjoy an incredible Shabbat retreat. Team BK members get a discounted registration fee of $150. Fundraise in support of environmental sustainability projects for the Jewish community and the world. We are starting to train now and are planning some great training rides to do together. Contact Monica Rawicz ( for more information. MEMBERSHIP  To join Bnai Keshet, or find out more about us, please contact Cheryl Marshall-Petricoff at or the BK office at 973746-4889.

MetroWest News “Will You Know How to Stand Up for Israel on Your College Campus?” Sunday, May 19 from 9:30 am to noon at the Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, 901 Route 10, Whippany.  High school seniors are invited to an interactive program to prepare them for campus dialog and activities around Israeli/Palestinian relations. Like us on Facebook to get the latest BK news and other helpful information.

BK May 11, 2013 Shabbat Program  

BK May 11, 2013 Shabbat Program

BK May 11, 2013 Shabbat Program  

BK May 11, 2013 Shabbat Program