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Volume 5769, Issue 9

May 2009

Iyar /Sivan 5769

www.cbistpete.org

St. Petersburg, Florida

Special points of interest: 

Operation Maccabee P–5

Shavuot Schedule P-6

Sunday Movie Matinee P-9

Mother’s Day Brunch P-11

Graduation Shabbat P-16

CBI Family Shavuot P-17

Inside this issue: Shabbat Services

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From Rabbi

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From the Hazzan

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Sisterhood/Men’s Club

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Schools

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Youth

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Adult Studies

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Buns Family Library News

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Mitzvah Grams

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Congregation B’nai Israel 727-381-4900

Shabbat Services & Candlelighting Friday, May 1, 2009 Candlelighting 7:47 pm Shabbat Service 8:00 pm Halutzim, Kadima, USY & Alumni Shabbat April & May Anniversary Shabbat Ask the Rabbi Saturday, May 2, 2009 Sedra – Aharei Mot/Kedoshim Shabbat Services 9:00 am Junior Congregation 10:00 am Minha, Maariv & Havdala 7:50 pm Friday, May 8, 2009 Candlelighting 7:51 pm Shabbat Service 8:00 pm Bar Mitzvah of William Raymond Gross Saturday, May 9, 2009 Sedra – Emor Shabbat Services 9:00 am Bar Mitzvah of William Raymond Gross Junior Congregation 10:00 am Minha, Maariv & Havdala 7:50 pm

Contacts Saturday, May 30, 2009 Please see Shavuot Service Schedule Friday, June 5, 2009 Candlelighting 8:07 pm Shabbat evening service 8:00 pm Saturday, June 6, 2009 Sedra - Naso Shabbat morning services 9:00 am Minha, Maariv & Havdala 8:10 pm

CHILD CARE To request Shabbat morning childcare for preschoolers, please call the Synagogue office by Wednesday prior to Shabbat.

Friday, May 15, 2009 Candlelighting 7:56 pm Shabbat Service 8:00 pm Saturday, May 16, 2009 Sedra – Behar/Behukotai Shabbat Services 9:00 am Graduation Shabbat Summer Programs Sendoff Junior Congregation 10:00 am Minha, Maariv & Havdala 7:55 pm Friday, May 22, 2009 Candlelighting 8:00 pm Kabbalat Shabbat 6:30 pm Yom Yerushalayim Saturday, May 23, 2009 Sedra – Bemidbar Shabbat Services 9:00 am Yom Yerushalayim Minha, Maariv & Havdala 8:00 pm Friday, May 29, 2009 Candlelighting 8:03 pm Please see Shavuot Service Schedule

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PARTICIPATE IN ALIYOT The Ritual Committee of Congregation B’nai Israel encourages worshippers to participate in services by performing aliyot. If you would like to receive an aliyah, please call the synagogue office at 381-4900, or kindly speak to one of the ushers when you enter the sanctuary, and every effort will be made to accommodate your request. Those wishing to receive an aliyah on Shabbat morning are asked to arrive at services not later than 9:30 am. We look forward to your participation. Shalom, Morry Bornstein Ritual Chair

DAILY SERVICES Daily Minyan Please join our twice-daily Minyan which meets weekday mornings at 7:45 am Sundays and National Holidays at 9:00 am and weekday evenings at the at the following times: May 3 – May 7 May 10 – May 14 May 17 - Aug 13

7:50 pm 7:55 pm 8:00 pm

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST The Mitzvah Men’s Club provides a Continental Breakfast for all worshippers on Minyan Mornings in the alcove of the Social Hall. Please join the Minyanaires for the morning Shaharit service and relax and schmooze over breakfast bagels, cream cheese, coffee cake and coffee/tea.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES If you are interested in sponsoring an Oneg Shabbat on Friday evening, a Seudah Shlishit on Shabbat afternoon or a L’Hayim following a Morning Minyan in honor or memory of a loved one or a special occasion, please contact Synagogue office.

Due to rising costs, after April 1, 2009, the minimum donation is now $10 per acknowledgment sent.

Rabbi Jacob Luski, D.D. 727-381-4900 Ext. 207 rabbi.luski@cbistpete.org Hazzan Paul D. Goldstein 727-381-4900 Ext. 205 cantor@cbistpete.org Executive Director, Sara A. Latham 727-381-4900 Ext. 202 execdir@cbistpete.org Pauline Rivkind Preschool Director Bonnie Halprin 727-381-4900 Ext. 211 preschool@cbistpete.org Pauline Rivkind Talmud Torah Education Director, Ilana Dayan 727-381-4900 Ext. 310 prttdir@cbistpete.org Youth Department, Youth Director Sandy Brasch 727-381-4900 Ext. 209 youthdir@cbistpete.org Office Manager, Pam Askin 727-381-4900 Ext. 203 officemgr@cbistpete.org Receptionist, Anita Helfand 727-381-4900 Ext. 201 receptionist@cbistpete.org Accounting, Barbara Jarvis 727-381-4900 Ext.204 accounting@cbistpete.org PRTT Secretary, Patzi Gil 727-381-4900 Ext. 210 prttsec@cbistpete.org President, Susan Marger LeVine doc2roc@aol.com Sisterhood Presidents, Susie Berman, Gail Frye, Diana Litt. Men‟s Club President, Bill Marger USY President, Allison Warren Bulletin Committee: Layout Editor, Masha Ronay Coordinators, Pam Askin, Anita Helfand and Carol Marcin

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From the Rabbi We Jews have a curious historical custom that emerges between Passover and the festival of Shavuot. Daily, we count off the day. We say a blessing that counts the Omer, a vestige of the agricultural foundation of our Jewish civilization. The counting ritual served to mark the days from the planting to the first harvest. This serves to link the individual to the cycle of nature and remind each of us that we are part of something greater than our own self. I focus on the idea of counting. This is a very anxious time for our world. Issues of anxieties and fear permeate every aspect of our society. Against this backdrop, we look at our families. In a world of anxiety and unease, it is often our family that provides the sense of belonging and security that we feel lacking in the world. A basic drive of each of us, as taught by the tradition, is the need for community and belonging. In most cases, no matter how far we may travel in time or space or spirit, we are still welcome “home.” It is the source of pieces of the puzzle that we spend our life trying to assemble: the puzzle that is our life. The time has come to revisit the power of the counting tradition associated with the Omer. We need to reassert the power of counting the importance of each day, and the moments that make up the puzzle pieces that we try to find and use as we assemble our own life’s puzzle. There is a wonderful midrash on a verse from Deuteronomy. The commentary is on a single word, hayom, which means “the day.”

From the Cantor’s Keyboard Passover has passed over and May has arrived. Our first Passover here at CBI was a delight. I hope all of you enjoyed it as much as I did and that you invited someone over for Seder or dinner. Cynthia, Jason and I would like to thank the Lewis’ for having us over for the first Seder. The company was great and the food was delicious; even the vegan entrees were very tasty. I have fond memories of Lag BaOmer when I was in Israel studying. At JTS, the Cantorial candidates also spend a year in Israel. Everyone and I mean everyone, goes to the beach and has a barbeque on Lag BaOmer. The smell of charcoal and Kosher BBQ permeates the air. Weddings everywhere and of course, haircuts (I rarely think about those). At the end of the month we finish counting the Omer and proceed happily into Shavuot. Shavuot is one of the most enjoyable and important holidays. We celebrate God’s gift of the Ten Commandments by reading them from the Torah and of course with special food. Shavuot is known as the three “C” holiday: Commandments; Cheesecake (for the dairy we eat), and Conversion (because we read the Book of Ruth.)

We are reminded that we have choices on how to see that word. We can live “for” the day; in which case our life is defined by outside forces and controls. Or, we can live “in” the day; blessing each day and, by what we choose to do, making each day “count” for something. We are reminded in our tradition of the importance of counting every day as a blessing and thus, making everyday count. Our family relationships can help in teaching us how to live “in” the day, or, as some would say, “in” the moment. The festivals we celebrate together, the shared moments, the stories and lessons passed from generation to generation, all serve as pieces of the puzzle that help determine who we become. And yes, I mean this even in families in which there are issues between family members and in which every memory may not be the best. All of the experiences count for something, all go into the puzzle that we try to assemble. Despite the contingencies of everyone’s unique family dynamics, there are moments and memories that have served to count for major milestones in our lives. Those moments are often embraced by events. They are often moments that have been part of a plan: a bar/bat mitzvah, a graduation, a marriage. They are often moments that are embraced by sadness, as in illness or death. They provide a memory and a moment that is forever frozen in the reality of truth. These are moments that remind us, what really is true and enduring in our life. This is the season when we count the Omer. We mark the days from planting to first harvest. Let us count each of our days as a blessing, living in each one and celebrating the moments of life that make us count, as we look forward to the celebration of Shavuot. Shalom,

Rabbi Jacob Luski Last year this month I came to interview at CBI and now a year later we will all be celebrating my first (in the sense that I taught William from the beginning of his lessons) Bar Mitzvah. As you all know, William Gross has an amazing voice and I am looking forward to his special day. It is hard to believe that it has been a year already. The ups and downs have kept me and my family quite busy. We hope that you have adjusted to our “Miami” ways and will accept us as part of the CBI family. We are who we are and differences are neither bad nor good, they are just differences. What is it the French say? “Viva la Differance!” Cynthia & Jason have had the biggest adjustment and have really tried to make an effort to fit into the Congregation, not always with success. However, the two of them never give up and they have unbreakable spirits. Give them a chance and I know you will learn to love and respect their brilliance, unwavering dedication to Judaism, empathy for everyone they meet and their fierce loyalty, just as many of you already have. In light of the recent Ritual Committee ruling regarding women wearing Tallitot when having an Aliyah , Cynthia has offered to lend anyone one of her 17 Tallitot to try for ease and spiritual comfort before investing in them. I have them in my office if anyone wishes to take her up on the offer (She really is a mensch). B’Shalom Hazzan Paul D. Goldstein


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From the President This message was intended to be my farewell address as president of our congregation. Now it appears that I will have a 2-year plus one-month term of office due to a need to rework our slate of officers. With my successor Gail Warren’s sudden illness, she and her family--Steve, Allison and Michael--are focusing on securing the best health care Gail needs and as such she has had to step down as incoming president. As a Congregational Family, we can continue to pray for good health, strength and understanding. Gail’s health gives us all perspective on what’s really important. As a shul we’ve recently struggled to make tough budgetary decisions based on an operating deficit twice the amount that was projected and also brace ourselves for the probability of tough financial times ahead. These decisions were not made in a vacuum. The Executive Committee and several sub-committees met many times and then addressed the budget as a single issue at the March Board of Trustees meeting. We will have two congregational meetings this ear. The first is Wednesday, May 6th, to vote on our budget and the second meeting is Sunday, June 7th, to vote on our slate of officers and Board of Trustees. Please make every effort to attend as it is imperative that we get a quorum at

From the Executive Director The Ten Commandments, not just God’s gift to the world, but a gift that has sustained us for over 5,000 years, and what sustains us still in these difficult economic and perilously dangerous times. From God to Moses to Jews through the millennia, the Ten Commandments have given us and the world a blueprint for good and civilized life. And every year we celebrate this on Shavuot. Thank God we live in a free country where we can joyously come together as a community and celebrate this most holy day. And more than this, we take this time to pass this precious gift on to our children and grandchildren. This summer my son Matthew and his wife Toni will give me my first grandchild. After the Shema, the next thing I will be whispering in her precious little ears are the Ten Commandments. These are tough times and we need these strong commandments to sustain our country, us as Jews and our future generations. Lets all recognize and celebrate this holy day together as a family at CBI beginning on Thursday, May 28. Bring your children and grandchildren to the pre-Shavuot program beginning at 6 pm and stay for our delicious homemade dairy dinner sponsored by our Youth Department. After dinner, be inspired at services and the Tikun Leyl Shavuot study. All this is topped off by a delicious ice cream dessert brought to you by CBI’s

both meetings. Now more than ever, we need to pull together to keep our synagogue operating smoothly. Please give generously of your time and expertise by volunteering in an area that is meaningful to you. The staff welcomes help with answering telephones and sending out mailings, and there are fundraising, education, ritual, and other committees that can utilize the diverse talents of our congregants. Thank you for your continued support. Shalom, Susan Marger LeVine, President

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Sisterhood. Shavuot Services will continue on Friday and Saturday. Please RSVP early for this homemade Kosher dinner, $6 for adults and $3 for children. Chag Sameach to you and your loved ones Sara Latham, Executive Director

Spin-A-Yarn Crafters

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 We’ll meet at CBI @ 10:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. car pool to: CASA – Community Action Stops Abuse 1011 – 1st Avenue North St. Petersburg, Florida 33704 We’ll drop off shawls and blankets and have photo taken Please let me know if you want a ride downtown RSVP: Challahmom@aol.com


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SISTERHOOD We hope that everyone had a wonderful and meaningful Passover holiday with family and friends. Thanks to all who helped on the Passover Bar-B-Que. It was once again enjoyed by all who attended and had the night off cooking! We would like to thank Chana and Starr for bringing the terrific program “From Ancient Times to the Present Time” featuring Cantor Riselle Bain Duncan. It was very educational and very entertaining learning about Miriam and why we view and honor her differently in our time.

Upcoming events: May 20 – Dinner Board Meeting 6 PM General Meeting 7:30 PM May 25 – Memorial Day Observed May 30 – Shavuot, Yizkor Service

Shalom, Susie Berman, Gail Frye and Diana Litt, Co-Presidents

Anyone that is every interested in making a donation to the flower fund in honor or memory of someone, please contact Marilyn Goldberg.

MITZVAH MEN’S CLUB This has been a very busy time of year for the Mitzvah Men’s Club. Make sure to join us for our annual Mother’s Day Brunch on May 10th. Alan Gross will be coordinating a delicious buffet and we have arranged for excellent entertainment. Mom’s are free! The Passover BBQ went very well this year and we thank Sisterhood for co-hosting this event with us. Thanks to Tom Silverberg, Keyvan Kohan, and Diana Litt plus the many volunteers who made this event such a success ! The Yom Hashoah candles were mailed out to all congregants as we remember the Holocaust. Your donations are appreciated. We also set-up our very own CBI “Kotel” in the Social Hall. The Men’s Club will be having (or had) our annual meeting on May 3rd at 10:00am to elect our officers for 2009-2010. Opportunities to get involved are endless and your participation is always invited. Check out the picture gallery on the cbistpete.org Men’s Club web page which also has other information as well. Shalom, Bill Marger President, Mitzvah Men’s Club

SHAVUOT SERVICES Come Join Us! Thursday, May 28, 2009 Shavuot Family Evening: Candle Lighting 8:03 pm 6:00 pm Children Shavuot Program 7:00 pm Shavuot Dairy Family Dinner 8:00 p.m. Erev Shavuot Services followed by Tikun Leyl Shavuot presented by Stephen Wein and Oneg Yom Tov follows Friday, May 29, 2009 9:00 a.m. Shavuot Yom Tov Services includes The Bounty of Babies Ceremony Candle Lighting 8:03 pm 8:00 p.m. Shavuot Evening Service Saturday, May 30, 2009 9:00 a.m. Shavuot Yom Tov Morning Services Includes Yizkor Memorial Service 8:05 p.m. Minha, Maariv and Havdala


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THE PAULINE RIVKIND PRESCHOOL The school year is coming to an end. We have been keeping very busy all year. We began the year early with the High Holidays. The children learned about the symbols of the holidays as they dipped apples in honey and ate round raisin challah. The children helped decorate our synagogue Sukkah, then enjoyed snacks and lulav shaking under the branches. During the Hanukka season the preschoolers entertained at Menorah Center and all of the students enjoyed latkes and dreidel. In January, the preschool children gathered together for our Annual Havdalah Pizza Party. Hazzan Goldstein led us as we sang songs. Our new Youth Director, Sandy Brasch, led Havdalah, and the children heard a story before we ate pizza and ice cream. Many preschool classes planted a vegetable garden for Tu B’shevat. Our garden continues to grow. We enjoy fresh lettuce and tomatoes for snack. Purim brought a special treat. Each child made his very own hamentashen! What a delicious success! April brought Passover. All of the children participated in a Practice Seder and each student decorated his own Haggadah. The month ended with Yom Ha Atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. Congregation B'nai Israel builds a Kotel and services are lead there for Shabbat. This was great time to explore traditional Israeli foods such as hummus and pita, falafel and Israeli salads. We went on an imaginary trip to Israel. Talk with your children about how special the state of Israel is to your family. It is never too early. Finally there is Lag B Omer. This day is the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer, about a month after the last Passover Seder. This is the one-day during the counting of the Omer that we may have celebrations. Go on a picnic, play games and relays. Have fun. It’s a great day for a party! 2009-2010 registration for Pauline Rivkind Preschool is now in full swing. We have classes for children one-year old through five -year olds. Our school participates in the Florida Voluntary Pre Kindergarten for children who turn four by September 1, 2009. Call the school office, ext. 211, if you have any questions or need a registration form sent to you! B’shalom!, Bonnie Halprin, Director, bonhalp@aol.com

JUNIOR CONGREGATION All B’nai Israel children, ages nine to thirteen (grades 3 through 7) are invited to participate in our special age-appropriate Shabbat Service in the Chapel. Junior Congregation will meet on Saturday, May 2, 9 and 16 at 10:00 a.m.

THE PAULINE RIVKIND TALMUD TORAH The school schedule for the balance of the year is: Sundays: May 3 May 10May 17-

Yes No PRTT – Mother’s Day Yes – PRTT Closing Program

Tuesdays: May 5May 12-

Yes Yes – Lag B’Omer Field Day Shalom, Ilana Dayan, Education Director

CHANGE IN ACADEMIC SETTING We welcome children who have changed their academic settings. Please contact the PRTT office for information and a registration form.

CBI STUDENTS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN SHABBAT SERVICES Each Shabbat morning, children are invited to participate in Congregation Services by leading Ein Keloheinu and Aleinu at the conclusion of Musaf. Please make plans to have your child present at the assigned time. We look forward to hearing our children’s voices raised in song and prayer as they take their places along side all those who continue to make services meaningful, spiritual and successful here at CBI. This month the schedule for participation is as follows:  May 2 – Grade 5  May 16 – Grade 4  May 23 – Grade 3


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YOUTH DEPARTMENT The air in the Youth Lounge is filled with excitement. The kids can feel it. The end of school is almost here and the long awaited summer is upon them. This summer we have four USYers who will participate in different Israel Pilgrimage trips. Twelve of our youth will spend the summer at Camp Ramah Darom and several will join as staff. My first year as Youth Director at CBI has been filled with joy and learning. I have learned much about myself and your children and have grown with them and bonded as a group. As of this writing USYers have raised over $500.00 for Social Action/Tikun Olam. I was proud when there was unanimous agreement to send funds to support Israel during this difficult year. They felt grateful for their lives when they saw the rows of tents at the homeless community where they delivered lunches for its residents. We felt the joy of Shabbat as we brought the Shabbat spirit to the residents of Toby Weinman Assistant Living Facility. They have volunteered over 400 hours at CBI serving Shabbat dinner, setting up the sanctuary for the High Holidays or working at the Gift and Craft Fair. As a group they have learned through giving you also receive and have become better members of our Synagogue family through these experiences. The Kadimaniks have also bonded as a group. Many of the twelve kids who attended Fall Convention experienced for the first time spending an entire weekend with other Jewish kids from around our Sub Region. They learned about the Mitzvah of laying Tefillin with our Build a Pair event. The Kadimaniks stepped up to serve at the annual Sukkot Congregational Dinner, had fun playing Laser tag and running the smoothie booth at the Purim carnival. May 1, Kadima will come together with USY and alumni to lead Friday night service and Ask the Rabbi. Halutzim began the year with a pool party and will end the year at the Family Lag Ba’Omer picnic and field day May 12, 2009 at 4:45. This summer I will be busy planning great programs and events for next year as well as transforming the youth lounge. Please stop by to see the changes or just to say hi!

CBI USY NEWS AND VIEWS By Allison Warren SPUSY Chapter President The USY board represented CBI at the community Earth Day Celebration in Clearwater. Our chapter was recognized at the event for our recycling program. It was really cool to join groups from around the community to celebrate Earth Day. Tikum Olam has always been an important Jewish value. SPUSY sent 11 delegates to HaNegev Regional convention in Jacksonville. It was an amazing time being with friends from around our region. The theme of the convention was cults and was carried out throughout the convention. I can hardly believe the year is winding down. We will hold our elections May 2 at our closing program.

B’Shalom Sandy Brasch, Youth Director

REQUEST FROM THE RABBI

Please keep me informed of significant events in your family life. It is my desire to be of help and service to you in times of special need. It is especially important that I know of those in the hospital, assisted living or nursing homes, so that they may be included in a prayer for recovery at Shabbat Services. Rabbi Jacob Luski

Our chapter was recognized at the event for our recycling program. It was really cool to join groups from around the community to celebrate Earth Day. Tikum Olam has always been an important Jewish value.


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ADULT STUDIES As we wind up our Winter & Spring schedule of Adult Education activities and get ready for our Summer break, I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of Rabbi Luski & myself, to thank all of our teachers, lecturers, and speakers who have served to make our year 5769 of Adult Education one of the best ever. It has been a pleasure to serve as coordinator of the events. If anyone has any suggestions for next years programs, please don’t hesitate to contact me through the synagogue office. Todah Rabah, Lou Bader, Chairman

NEW! Betof Ub'machol, MUSIC OF THE BIBLE Tuesdays, May 19 and May 26, 7:00 pm in the Library Instructor, Joan Epstein, Professor of Music, Eckerd College The tof, the kinnor, the nevel, the ugav: Ever wondered what those musical instruments mentioned in the Torah and the Psalms looked and sounded like? Ever wondered who played them and for what occasions in the ancient Jewish world? How instrumental music and vocal music, religious and secular traditions overlapped? How ancient Jewish music compared to other ancient music in the Mediterranean world? This short course will offer you some insights into the musical practices of the ancient Near East and connect them with practices of today. Expect to get an ear and eyeful of interesting images and sounds!

SUNDAY MOVIE MATINEE Sunday, May 3, 1:30 pm The Freedom Writers Refreshments and group discussion.

NEW! FROM KLEZ TO HAZZANUT! Wednesdays, April 29th and May 13th! In the Atrium. Led by Lou Bader, come and enjoy an evening listening to the masters of Chazzanot and some toe tapping Chassadic music!

TALMUD MADE EASY Tuesday, May 5 and Wednesday, May 27; Tuesday, June 9 and Wednesday, June 24 Led by Stephen Wein, the class involves both textual analysis and lively discussion and is open to all.

VISITING THE SICK One of the most important mitzvot in Judaism is bikkur holim – visiting the sick. It is a responsibility that the clergy at Congregation B’nai Israel takes very seriously. When our members are ill or hospitalized, we want to know. In the interest of protecting confidentiality, hospitals today are extremely cautious about sharing patient names, even with the Rabbi. We need our congregants to communicate directly with us and to inform us of illness or hospitalization. Please call Anita Helfand (727-381-4900) so that as clergy and as a synagogue family, we can be helpful in moments of difficulty or stress.


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BUNS FAMILY LIBRARY NEW CONTEST - NEW BOOKS In an effort to improve traffic and circulation, The CBI Buns Family Library Committee is announcing a new contest. Starting on May 1st, anyone who comes into the library and signs out a book, CD, or DVD will be assigned a numbered ticket. At the end of the month a ticket will be pulled and the winner will get a paperback copy of a recently published book of Jewish content. How many months the contest is extended will depend on how successful May results are! The library is open to all on Thursday mornings, and at other times by requesting the key from the Office. The Library Committee, consisting of Janet Augenbraun, Esta Blaxberg, Shoshana David, Sandy Harwood, Henriette Kaplan, Ruth Lebowitz, and Jane Markowitz, is re-organizing the library’s books according to the Wiene Classification Scheme, which is a variation of the currently used Dewey Decimal System, but specifically geared toward Jewish content, The system is intended to assist primarily small Judaica libraries organize their collections. More details will be forthcoming as the project gets underway. The Committee met last month to compile lists of new books, CDs, and DVDs to order. Please get in touch with a committee member if you have any items to add to the list. Dr. Ruth Lebowitz, Library Co-Chair

BOOK REVIEW THE SISTINE SECRETS Michelangelo’s Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican Authors: Rabbi Benjamin Blech and Roy Dolling Every year millions of people come to see Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling, one of the largest fresco paintings on earth in the holiest of Christianity’s chapels. Yet there is not one single Christian in this vast magnificent work. Michelangelo performed an immense and ingenious act of concealment within the Sistine Chapel to convey a number of messages, veiled but very strong and direct, that preach reconciliation between reason and faith, between the Jewish Bible and the New Testament, and between Christian and Jew. This book tells the fascinating story of Michelangelo, educated by Lorenzo d’Medici in Florence, where he came into contact with the most brilliant minds of the day. Already recognized as a genius, he gained a deep knowledge of the Bible, the teachings of the Torah, the Kabbalah, the Talmud and the Midrash. This background helps to understand Michelangelo, his messages and their meaning. Much of it can be better seen and understood today after a perfect cleaning of the frescos which had been obscured by centuries of thick smoke, dust and misguided attempts at preservation. Most observers viewing the frescos never realize that the Sistine is a full size copy of the Holy of Holies in Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem. They would surely be amazed to discover that Michelangelo himself embedded secret messages inside the chapel that struck at the heart of the papacy. There is significance in every element of the frescos, which are not only faithful to the Hebrew Bible, but even more so to the Kabbalah, the Jewish doctrine of mystical and esoteric character. He evaded papal censorship of his opinionated work with his private agenda. Michelangelo’s genius was in allowing the viewer to see a great deal in order not to see what is best left secret. The authors feel he put in so many trees that one cannot easily see the forest. In reading this book, you will enjoy making the discovery of Michelangelo’s messages for yourself with guidelines from the authors. The finally discovered and fully explained hidden messages have changed forever the way to view and understand the work of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel. Reviewed by Dr. Henriette Kaplan

CBI-HADASSAH BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP The next meeting of the Book Club is Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at 10:00 am In the Buns Family Library when we will discuss The Zookeeper’s Wife by author, Diane Acherman. If you are interested in leading the discussion for a meeting, contact CBI Librarians, Dr. Ruth Lebowitz or Janet Augenbraun.


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SHABBAT GAMES FOR THE KIDS.. Look what's new for you! CBI will now have a Shabbat Game Cart located in the alcove of the Social Hall each Shabbat morning. The game cart will have games for children to play while their parents enjoy the Kiddush. PARENTS! Please assist your child in cleaning up before leaving.

JUDAICA SHOP HOURS Mondays: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm; 3:00 – 5:00 pm Tuesdays: 10:00am – 11:30am; 3:00 – 5:00 pm Wednesdays – Please volunteer Thursdays: 1:00 – 3:00 pm Fridays: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon If you need an appointment, please contact: Ellen Bernstein – 345-0237 or Anita Helfand – 381-4900 If you do not see it in the shop, please contact us. We special order. TALLITOT FOR WOMEN We are very fortunate to be an egalitarian Synagogue where women and men are equal. Women count in minyan and share the same honors as our gentlemen counterparts. Women are invited to wear a talit. The Judaica Shop carries an entire array of tallitot imported from Israel in various price ranges. Stop by and check us out!

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s the Fund Raising VP, I am charged with raising funds for the shul. I am often asking for money. This month I am asking for your time. If you have some time, any time, CBI could use your talents. In an economic climate where it is harder for people to pull out their checkbook and make a donation of money, consider a donation of time!! Even if you feel you have no money or time to give, you can help CBI by online shopping, shopping at GFS with a Fun Funds card and participating in the CBI scrip program!!!!! Pick one or 2 retailers that you frequent and purchase a scrip card(s). Next time you shop or dine or fill up your car there, it will feel good since you will have already paid and raised money for CBI. Learning about Scrip seems complicated at first but it is easy once you get the hang of it. Please contact either myself or JayKauffman (jay@jekcpa.com) and we would be glad to help you place your first order. Laurie Reiskind Third Vice President, Fundraising

SHABBAT MORNING CHILDCARE On some Shabbatot we have no children in the childcare program. We are instituting a new procedure. If you would like to request childcare for yo u r p r e s c h o o l e r s f o r Shabbat morning, please call the synagogue office by Wednesday prior to the Shabbat, so we can make the necessary arrangements.


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LIFE CYCLE EVENTS Achievements:

Eric Lynn, son of Shelley Lynn, on his new position in the State Department as Senior Policy Advisor and Director of Legislative Affairs to Special Envoys Mitchell, Ross and Holbrooke.

We share in the sorrow of the passing of:

MINYANAIRES ARE NEEDED! Who Knows Ten? CBI is always proud to say that we are the only shul on the West Coast of Florida that has a twice-daily minyan. We are being proactive in order to ensure the viability of the minyan. This is of utmost importance to those who are saying kaddish which cannot be said it there is not a minyan present. It is very upsetting when someone who has made the effort to come is not able to say kaddish. In order to avoid this occurrence, we have captains who will be in charge of a particular morning or evening and will not recruit congregants to come on the designated day and time. If you are willing to participate in this program either as a captain or as a “minyanaire”, please contact Irma Mayer at 392-2657.

Yonatan Bruchin Grandfather of Yardena Isakson Carl Frye Father of Michael Frye Grandfather of Marc Frye and Kevin Frye Harold W. Canfield father of Barbara Karpay Annette Robbins Wife of Dr. Robert Robbins Mother of David Robbins and Linda Chambers Grandmother of Michael Robbins and Lisa Robbins Marilyn Schwedack Sister of Howard Rothstein Sally Rubenstein Mother of Arlene Ludin Grandmother of Eric Ludin

TODAH RABAH TO: Eddie Ginsberg for all his help at CBI. Phil Redisch for all his help at CBI. Sally Swale, Kitty and Marvin Jacobs, Marian Lustigman Rooth and Carol Marcin for all their assistance in the CBI office. Dr. Richard and Debbie Blanchard and Joe and Ana Masri for their donation of books to the CBI Buns’ Family Library. Rivy Chapman for her educational orientation for 60 high school students from the Northside Christian School who studies major religions of the world including Judaism. Jorge & Masha Ronay for their generous donation and for the installation of a new lighting system in the display cases in the CBI Lobby.  Phil & Joan Redisch for their generous contribution of books to the Buns’ Family Library.

TREE OF LIFE Looking for a special way to honor your family and friends who are celebrating a simha? The TREE OF LIFE at CBI is just the answer. What a joy it is for someone to walk into our shul and see a Tribute of their special birthday, anniversary or wedding. Does your child/grandchild have a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or Graduation coming up? What a great way to honor them! Order forms are in the synagogue office and lobby. The minimum donation for leaves is $218.

JEWISH FEDERATION WEBSITE If you want to view the Federation website, their address is www.jewishpinellas.org


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RITUAL COMMITTEE AMENDS POLICY ON „COUPLES ALIYOT‟ --AND WOMEN‟S WEARING OF TALLEISIM

THE OFFICIAL WORD Cell phones, pagers, cameras, and other electronic devices should not be used anywhere in the building or on the grounds on Shabbat and holidays. In addition, cell phones should be turned off during funerals, weddings, baby naming ceremonies and britot and during classes.

A

t a recent meeting, the Ritual Committee of Congregation B’nai Israel decided to alter its existing policy of limiting speaking aliyot by couples during Shabbat and Yom Tov services. Previously, married couples could only be called to the Torah together during special observances, such as an Aufruf, the naming of a child, wedding anniversary or a Bar/Bat Mitzvah of a child. Under the revised policy, married couples will be able to accept aliyot at Shabbat and Yom Tov services together as a couple upon request.

Do We Have Your E-Mail Address? B’nai Israel has established an e-mail group that is a quicker and more costeffective way to communicate with our members. We e-mail to our members Bereavement notices as well as a weekly update with service schedule and program information. Our e-mail list is used for synagogue purposes only and the e-mail messages are sent via blind copy so that no one else sees your address. If you don’t have e-mail yet, here is a good reason to get it! Please sign up today by sending an e-mail to Pam Askin the synagogue office at officemgr@cbistpete.org. In the subject line, please write “sign me up”. Be sure to include your name in the body of the e-mail. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

As a corollary of the revised policy, the Committee has decided to require all who are honored with a speaking aliyah, women as well as men, to wear a tallit when called to the Torah. This requirement will be in effect whether a woman performs an aliyah individually or jointly with her husband. Our ushers will be happy to provide talleisim and to assist in facilitating participation in aliyot. Questions about these policies, as well as any matters related to our shul’s ritual practices, may be directed to Morry Bornstein, Ritual Committee Chair, at 397-9955, or via email at morborn@aol.com. We look forward to your continued involvement in the ritual life of our shul.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS       

Has your address changed? Has your telephone number changed? Has your email address changed? Have you changed jobs? Have your offices moved? Has your work number changed? Remember to call the synagogue office with your changes.


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Join us in wishing Mazal Tov! to members celebrating their birthdays, anniversaries and B’nai Mitzvah. Your good wishes can be part of their memories, while at the same time, supporting B’nai Israel’s commitment to help our schools, youth groups and Synagogue through your donations to our Mitzvah Fund .

1 Al Yanchuck 1 Henry Kamerling 1 Alan Kay 2 Dr. Mandel Sher 3 Mona Feld 3 Audrey Kopelman 3 Dr. Lawrence Green 3 Mark Applefield 3 Peggy McAvoy 3 Dr. Hugh vanGelder 4 Dr. Seth Labinger 5 Ed Silverberg 7 Gerald Benstock 7 Susan Scheinert 7 Eliot Dantowitz 8 Diane Weiner 9 Edna Sonkin 9 Peter Benstock 12 Beulah Steel 12 Dr. Harold Pollack 13 Stephen Wein 13 Philip Hirschfield 14 Sam Janofsky 15 Eva Fuchs 15 William Jacobs 16 Larry Lew 16 David Robbins 16 Rita Jacobson 16 Dr. Robert Sheppard 17 Ilene Worman

17 Herb Brasch 18 Jim Gordon 18 Shana Gaines 18 Ben Thomas 18 Dr. Bernard Wolfson 19 Hannah Krassner 19 Dr. Eric Weston 20 Helen Kahan 20 Kitty Jacobs 20 Vivian Lurie 20 Dr. Robert Weisberg 21 Ron Yogman 22 Ann Mark 23 Louis Frey 23 Cynthia Goldstein 23 Steven Feld 24 Walter Loebenberg 24 Sheryl Feinman 24 Rachel Domber 25 Steven Kossoff 25 Ralph Mizrahi 25 Kimberly Zinkerman 26 Dr. J. Leonard Azneer 26 Barry Augenbraun 26 Dr. Irwin Ayes 29 Sheila Knapp 29 Sarah Bernstein 30 Rosa Russek 30 Shelley Lynn 31 Peggy Segal

4 Elizabeth & Dr. Richard Benator 6 Judy & Jack Buns 7 Stella & John Maganiaris 10 Doris & Morris Sedacca 19 Lori & Mark Alperstein 19 Noelle & Mark Walters 22 Dr. Craig & Tertia Kunins 24 Helen & Aaron Applefield 24 Gail & Carl Rubinsky 24 Joanne & Charles Given 24 Robin & Dr. Jimmy Post 25 Eva & Joe Fuchs 25 Sheryl & Dr. Mark Weitman 26 Dr. Diane Piper & Jeffrey Hilton

26 Mary & Mort Wygodski 26 Sue & Mark Applefield 26 Elizabeth & Dr. Michael Zimmer 26 Johanna & Scott Pinsker 27 Janine & Robert Warsaw 27 Sandy & Herb Brasch 28 Helen & Larry Freid 29 Beulah & Sam Steel 29 Vicki & Dr. David Greenfield 30 Rachel & David Wein 30 Lisa & David Hertz 31 Nancy & Dr. Stanley Rosenberg 31 Zina & Dr. Martin Rosenblum 31 Mona & Shimon Bines

DO A MITZVAH ON YOUR BIRTHDAY ATTEND THE DAILY MINYAN! Celebrate your Anniversary at Anniversary Shabbat, 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 1, 2009!

In Honor of: ___________________________________ Check the names of everyone to you would like to send a Mitzvah Gram. Send this form together with your check, minimum $10 donation each, to: Congregation B’nai Israel, 300 58th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710

*Beginning April 1st, the minimum donation per acknowledgement is $10.

Please print: Your Name: ______________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________ City, _____________________________Zip: __________________ Telephone: ______________


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TO BOOK MEETING ROOMS 2009

GRADUATION SHABBAT & SUMMER SENDOFF SHABBAT Our annual Graduation and Summer Sendoff Shabbat is Saturday, May 16, 2009. At that time all family and friends will be invited to join us for this Shabbat that will be held during Shabbat morning services. This gives parents and grandparents an opportunity to honor their high school or college graduation on their major academic achievements. In order for all graduates to be recognized during services and in the Congregation Bulletin, please RSVP their attendance and call or e-mail the Synagogue office (officemgr@cbistpete.org and share their graduation information with us. For high school graduates, please provide us the high school, their degree, and the college or other future plans. For college and graduate degrees, please provide their school, their degree and major and their future plans. Summer sendoff students will also be recognized during services. Please inform the office of their attendance. We also invite you to make a donation in honor of your graduate to the College Programming fund. These funds will be set aside to help with our college activities during the upcoming school year. We look forward to your children being with us this Shabbat.

GLIMPSES INTO JEWISH HISTORY It’s that time of the year again for the Friday evening talks on GLIMPSES INTO JEWISH HISTORY. We will have these talks every Friday from May 22 to August 21…If you are interested in giving a talk, please speak with Marvin Jacobs

If you are having a meeting or event, you must reserve a room with Pam Askin as soon as possible to schedule it on the Synagogue calendar to make sure there is a room available, all facilities information is known, and a custodian knows to open and close the building at the proper time. Also, if you need to cancel a meeting or a room reservation, please notify the synagogue office as well.

PLEASE TELL THE RABBI If you know of anyone who is ill or hospitalized and would appreciate a call or visit from Rabbi Luski, please call the synagogue office. You will do a good mitzvah especially since several hospitals in our area, due to security procedures and protection of patient’s privacy rights, will not release the names of Jewish patients.

SECOND SEDER A SUCCESS Thank you to the Second Seder Committee under the direction of Kitty and Marvin Jacobs for coordinating and planning a very joyous evening. The guests had a wonderful and enjoyable time and are looking forward to next year’s Second Seder. The food was excellent thanks to Banquet Masters. Todah Rabah to Rabbi Jacob Luski and Hazzan Paul Goldstein for leading our Seder. We look forward to seeing you at Passover Second Seder 5770.


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Join Your CBI Family as we Celebrate

Shavuot Thursday, May 28, 2009 6:00 pm Pre-Shavuot Family Program ● CBI at Mt. Sinai …the true story of the 10 commandments. Presented by our USY’ers for our preschool and elementary age children ● Creative Craft Corner featuring age appropriate crafts ● Design your own Shavuot cookie 7:00 pm Shavuot Family Dairy Dinner Reservations required 8:00 pm Erev Shavuot Services followed by Tikun Leyl Shavuot and Ice cream Oneg sponsored by Sisterhood RSVP for Shavuot Dinner Due by May 26, 2009 Names:______________________________ #_____ Adults @ $6.00 $______ # _____Children 4-12 @$3.00 $______ ( 3 and under free) Total enclosed $_________


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Israeli Folk Dancing (It’s Free) (It’s Fun!)

Every Sunday evening at Menorah Manor from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Activities Room. New members are welcome. For more information, please contact Janice LeVine at 392-3683.

PRAYER FOR THE ILL Each Saturday morning Congregation B’nai Israel offers prayers of healing during our regular Shabbat morning service. We invite you to join us for weekly Shabbat worship so that you might pray for a loved one and/or yourself at that time in our prayers. If you wish to have someone’s name specially mentioned from the Bimah, please call the synagogue office at 381-4900 with that individual’s English and Hebrew name and that of their parents. May God offer healing to all that are ill. The Gemilut Hasadim Committee

DUE TO RISING COSTS, AFTER APRIL 1, 2009, THE MINIMUM DONATION IS NOW $10 PER ACKNOWLEDGMENT SENT.

LOST AND FOUND! Have you lost anything at shul lately? The Synagogue office LOST AND FOUND has acquired many items. Therefore, if you are missing an item and you thought you lost it at CBI, check it out in the office.

You want to place an ad? call Pam Askin 381-4900 ext 203

QUOTE Seek the good in everyone and reveal it; bring it forth. Nahman of Bratslav

CBI Website www.cbistpete.org


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DONATIONS - THROUGH MARCH 27, 2009

Minyan Fund

In Honor of

Rhoda & Leonard Bader

Wedding of Helen Kahan's grandson

Jesse & Sandi Rodman

Selma Gaby - Sisterhood Woman of

Adult Studies

In Honor of

Michael & Arlene Hurwitz

Happy Special Birthday to Millie Gelfond

Lee & Marshall Seiden

Steve Wein - MMC Man of the Year

Carol Marcin

Selma Gaby - Sisterhood Woman of

Minyan Fund

In Memory of

Achievement

Margot Benstock

Max Fisch

Achievement

Byron Kolitz

In appreciation

Sandi & Jesse Rodman

Happy Birthday - Hazzan Paul Goldstein &

Mitzvah Fund

In Honor of

Jay Kauffman; Steve Wein - MMC Man of the Year

Livia & Steve Wein

Happy Birthday to Millie Gelfond;

Adult Studies

In Memory of

Vivian Neumann

Steve Wein - MMC Man of the Year

Annette, Sherry &

Irving Barth

Dr. Marc & Laurie Reiskind

Speedy recovery - Dr. Leslie Pearlstein

Dr. Mark & Judy Gordon

Speedy recovery - Dr. Leslie Pearlstein

Refuah Shalayma - Jack & Irma Mayer

Dennis Barth Lou Bader

Hyman Bader

Sharon Colick

Speedy recovery - Hilda Colick

Sharyn Wittner Jacobson

Ted Wittner

Sally & Joe Cohen

Speedy recovery - Bev Rafal

Dr. & Mrs. Larry Green

Happy Birthday to Sandy Janofsky;

Camp Ramah

In Honor of

Happy Anniversary - Lee & Marvin Leibson;

Myrna & Murray Rubin

Steve Wein - MMC Man of the Year

Selma Gaby - Sisterhood Woman of Achievement

Cantor's Fund

In Honor of

Mrs. Beatrice F. Mehl

Happy Anniversary - Hazzan and

Ellen Bernstein Bruce & Mary Ann Marger

The Reiskind Family

Speedy recovery - Wilma Reasoner & Jack Mayer

Beverly Dikman

Happy Birthday to Anita Sher; Happy Anniversary Iris & Ben Bush

Mrs. Paul Goldstein

Dr. Arthur & Bebby Marlin

Steve Wein - MMC Man of the Year

Happy Anniversary - Hazzan and

Dr. J. L. Azneer &

Happy Birthday to Laurie Reiskind, Dr. Barnett Stein,

Mrs. Paul Goldstein

Dr. Patricia Cottrille

Eddie Silverstein, Alan Schwartz;

Happy Anniversary - Hazzan and

Happy Anniversary to Linday & Steve Grau &

Mrs. Paul Goldstein Gail & Michael Frye

Happy Anniversary - Hazzan and

Phil & Joan Redisch Dr. Marc & Laurie Reiskind

Mrs. Paul Goldstein Helena Chiefa

Happy Birthday to Stefan Haberer & Sophie Friedlander

Hazzan Paul Goldstein, Cynthia &

Marvin & Lee Leibson

Happy Anniversary to Dr. Larry & Vera Green

Jason for their performance in the

Jean & Harry Kraff

Selma Gaby - Sisterhood Woman of Achievement

CBI Concert

Ann Fructman

Speedy recovery to Leslie Pearlstein

Karen & Mandel Sher

Steve Wein - MMC Man of the Year

Jacobs' Beautification Fund

In Memory of

Anita Kleinfeld

Misheberah

Bob, Bill, Abby & Debbie

Loved ones

Dr. Mike & Sandy Slomka

Speedy recovery to Dr. Leslie Pearlstein

The Reiskinds

Selma Gaby - Sisterhood Woman of Achievement

Jacobs

Ilana & Sami Dayan - Marriage of Son, Rotem Library

In Honor of

Phil & Joan Redisch

Happy Anniversary - John & Shirley Sommella

Ruth Lebowitz

Happy Birthday - Sophie Friedlander

Leona Solomon

Steve Wein - MMC Man of the Year

Dr. J. L. Azneer &

In appreciation

Karen & Jay Kauffman

Speedy recovery - Diana Litt

Dr. Patricia Cottrille Jane Markowitz

Steve Wein - MMC Man of the Year Happy Anniversary to Lee & Marvin Leibson & Vera & Larry Green

Selma Gaby - Sisterhood Woman of Achievement Shimon & Mona Bines

Steve Wein - MMC Man of the Year

Sally & Joe Cohen

Selma Gaby - Sisterhood Woman of Achievement

Mitzvah Fund

In Memory of

Library

In Memory of

Ms. Phyllis Rosenthal

Sophia Abrams

Dr. Frank & Kathy Mendelblatt

Leah Blacker

Library Video Fund

In Honor of

Moe & Pam LeCompte

Ted P. Wittner

Bev & Mort Sherman

Happy Anniversary to Dr. Larry & Vera Green

& Sammy Green Lisa Epstein

Barbara Heller

Lorraine Maller Fund

In Honor of

Eva Fuchs

Esther Schaffer

Joel & Ellen Goetz

Happy Birthday to Araceli Gross

Charles G. Possick

Meyer & Sadie B. Possick

Drs. Charlene Wygodski &

Barbara Heller

Steven Bloom


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Mr. & Mrs. Morton Wygodski

Barbara Heller

Dr. Eric D. Weston

Shirley Goodman

Harold Wolfson

Julia Wolfson

Dr. & Mrs. Harold Seder

Eugenia Seder

Sandy Heller

Helen Heller

Herb Sirota

Morris Sirota

Phil & Joan Redisch

Loved ones

Dr. Joseph Seder

Eugenia Seder

Vivian & Dr. Ed Lurie

Joseph L. Elias & Martin Lurie

Jeannette & Alma Hirsch

Max Robbins

Alan Koenig

Francine Koenig Ringler

Dorothy Liss

Reuben Liss, Jennie Schwaber

Joann Bush

Joseph L. Elias

Mr. & Mrs. Gary L. Moore

Philip Katz

Marion Samson Joseph

Jules Lowengard

Dr. & Mrs. Harvey Kopelman

Norman & Beverly Halem

Sheri Frogel

Fanny Frogel

Morton Wygodski

Jaime Wygodski

Morton Lasher

Hortense Lasher

Capt. & Mrs. Allan Lonschein

Leon Lonschein

Robin Perlman

Anne Perlman

Sheila Knapp

Louis Kriger

Jean Wittner

Ted P. Wittner

Shirley Bulkin

Hyman Bader

Mrs. Beatrice Fischman Mehl

Miriam Fischman, Joseph Fischman, Jack

Barbara Berenson

Harry Berenson

& Irving Fischman

Henry Rosen

Bertha Rosen

Mr. & Mrs. Alan Gross

William Gross

Gerald & Susan Nadler

Rebecca Nadler Hays

USY Fund

In Honor of

Henry Kahalas

Ruth Sahl

Lucille Ginsburg

Gloria Abrams - In appreciation & recovery

Anita Pollack

Louis Stronwasser

Jackie & Barry Kanner

Steve Wein - MMC Man of the Year

Billie & Morry Bornstein

Philip M. Schwartz, Lee G. Schwartz

Lucille Ginsburg

Selma Gaby - Sisterhood Woman of Achievement

Ed & Arlene Reiskind

Grandchildren Elissa & Jeremy Reiskind on Purim

In Memory of

Livia & Steve Wein,

Refuah Shalemah - Dr. Leslie Pearlstein

Bette Schroeder

Cantor Josef Schroeder, Julia Wolfson

Helen Kahan

& Diana Litt; Margot Benstock - being an

PRTT Fund

In Memory of

Dr. Stanley Rosenberg

Dr. Hyman Rosenberg

Dr. Jerry & Barbara Rubin

Louis & Sarah Fisher; Irving L. & Lillian Rubin

Myrna & Murray Rubin

CBI Youth

Rabbi's Fund

In Honor of

USY Fund

In Memory of

Herb Sirota

Selma Gaby - Sisterhood Woman of Achievement

Joseph Kauffman

Mark Goodfriend

Shirley & John Sommella

Speedy recovery - Gail Warren; Happy Anniversary

Arlene & Frank Moss

Horty Lasher

to Phil & Joan Redisch; Happy Birthday to

Mel & Dee Dinsfriend

Jennie Dinsfriend, Winnifred Lowther

Michael Barth, Araceli Gross, Leonard Gelfond

Abe & Bunnie Katz

Phillip Katz, David Rothblatt

Steve Wein - MMC Man of the Year;

Audrey R. Chenkin

David Rothblatt

Pauline Rivkind Fund

outstanding volunteer for Pinellas County Gulf Coast Chapter; Sam Bines for being nominated to the Board of Trustees of Menorah Manor

Selma Gaby - Sisterhood Woman of Achievement Dr. & Mrs. Martin Rosenblum

Speedy recovery - Leslie Pearlstein

USY Pilgrimage

In Honor of

Dr. J. L. Azneer &

In appreciation

Jayne & Ron Weissman

Speedy recovery - Leslie Pearlstein

Naomi Berg & Wes Sawyer

Selma Gaby - Sisterhood Woman of

Dr. Patricia Cottrille Arlen & Anita Helfand

In appreciation

Rabbi's Fund

In Memory of

Murray Fink

Mollie Fink, Benjamin Fink, George Fink

Kitty & Marvin Jacobs

Jack Taragano

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Mensh

Sam Mensh

Dr. & Mrs. Robert Sternberg

Barnett Sakren

Elaine Jerrold

Freda Salinger

Bob Lachter

Morty Lachter

Mr. & Mrs. Sam Janofsky

Ronda Janofsky, Carry Janofsky

Achievement Shelley Lynn

Steve Wein - MMC Man of the Year

Nina Nappi & Vinnie Gatti

Selma Gaby - Sisterhood Woman of Achievement

Ellen Bernstein

Selma Gaby - Sisterhood Woman of Achievement

Susie & Ira Berman

Happy Birthday - Jayne Weissman & Judy Benjamin

Lil Rosen

Selma Gaby - Sisterhood Woman of Achievement

Lee & Marshall Seiden

Selma Gaby - Sisterhood Woman of

Lew Unterman

Eileen Unterman

Arlene LeVine

Max P. & Alys Levitt

Mussie Eidelman

Schmuel Eidelman

Mona Feld

Dr. Harold Feld

USY Pilgrimage

In Memory of

Sharron Scott

Lena Lew

Harold Goldberg

Alex Goldberg

Lillian Solomon

Lil Rosen

Barbara Heller

Dorothy Goldblatt

Maury Goldblatt

Anita & Arlen Helfand

Achievement


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DONATION NOTES… Donations may be made by mailing or bringing in a note to the synagogue office detailing the name of the fund, the reason for the donation, to whom it should go and the donor’s name, along with a check made out to Congregation B’nai Israel. Please note that if the recipient is not a member, please include the address. It would be greatly appreciated if checks for donations were separate from other checks to the congregation. The CBI accountant would be most appreciative. For Sisterhood and Men’s Club dues and donations, please make checks payable to them. This makes record keeping easier.

OFFICE DROP BOX As a reminder that there is a Secured Drop Box available at the shul and at your service whenever you are in the building. It is located outside of the Synagogue office across from the Judaica Shop. You can drop off your messages, contributions, etc. when coming to minyan, meetings, social events, and classes or when bringing children to school. It is an easy way to communicate within the congregational family. Drop-in sometime!


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