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Family Hanukkah Celebration CBI Gift & Craft Show CBI Hootenanny Hadassah Live From Israel Sisterhood Membership Bash Havdala at the Beach Gelt Giveaway TBJFF Film Contest

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Shabbat Services From Rabbi Sisterhood/Men’s Club Schools Youth Adult Studies


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Buns Family Library Fundraising Report Family Programs Life Cycle Events Mitzvah Grams

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Shabbat Services & Candlelighting Friday, November 5, 2010 Candlelighting 6:26 pm Kabbalat Shabbat 6:30 pm

& Havdala Seudah Shlishit sponsored by Morris & Pam LeCompte

Saturday, November 6, 2010 Sedra – Toldot Shabbat Services 9:00 am Veterans Shabbat Junior Congregation 10:00 am Minyan Katan 10:45 pm Dedication of JWV Abe Ader Post 246 Plaque Veterans & November Birthdays Kiddush Minha, Seudah Shlishit, Maariv & Havdala 6:10 pm Seudah Shlishit sponsored by Margot & Michael Benstock, in honor of the 90th birthday of mother, Ester Fisch

Friday, December 3, 2010 Candlelighting 5:17 pm Kabbalat Shabbat 5:30 pm Shabbat Hanukka Saturday, December 4, 2010 Sedra – Miketz Shabbat Services 9:00 a.m. Shabbat Hanukka, Ask the Rabbi Junior Congregation 10:00 am Minyan Katan 10:45 am Minha, Maariv & Havdalah 5:20 pm No Seudah Shlishit – Gift & Craft Show Wine & Dessert Reception

Friday, November 12, 2010 Candlelighting 5:22 pm Shabbat Services 8:00 pm Anniversary Shabbat

Friday, November 19, 2010 Candlelighting 5:19 pm Shabbat Service 8:00 pm Saturday, November 20, 2010 Sedra – Vayishlakh Shabbat Services 9:00 am Cholent Kiddush & Torah Study Minha, Seudah Shlishit, Maariv & Havdalah 5:05 pm Seudah Shlishit sponsored by Marilyn & Jack Goldberg,in honor of their 60th anniversary & Anita & Arlen Helfand, in honor of their 52nd anniversary. Friday, November 26, 2010 Candlelighting 5:18 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Services 5:30 pm Saturday, November 27, 2010 Sedra – Vayeshev Shabbat Services 9:00 am Minha, Seudah Shlishit, Maariv

Contacts DAILY SERVICES Please join our twice daily minyan which meets weekday mornings at 7:45 am, Sunday mornings and Thanksgiving at 9:00 am and weekday evenings at the following times: Oct. 31 – Nov. 4 6:30 pm Nov. 7 – Nov. 11 5:25 pm Nov. 14 – Nov. 18 5:25 pm Nov. 21 – Nov. 25 5:20 pm Nov. 28 – Dec. 2 5:20 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.

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

Rabbi Jacob Luski, D.D. 727-381-4900 Ext. 207 Hazzan Paul D. Goldstein 727-381-4900 Ext. 205 Executive Director, Sara A. Latham 727-381-4900 Ext. 202 Pauline Rivkind Preschool Director Bonnie Halprin 727-381-4900 Ext. 211 Pauline Rivkind Talmud Torah Education Director, Ilana Dayan 727-381-4900 Ext. 310 Youth & Family Program Director Sandy Brasch 727-381-4900 Ext. 209


Saturday, November 13, 2010 Sedra – Vayetze Shabbat Services 9:00 am Library Shabbat Junior Congregation 10:00 am Minha, Seudah Shlishit, Maariv & Havdala 5:05 pm Seudah Shlishit sponsored by Susie & Ira Berman, in honor of their children.

Congregation B’nai Israel 727-381-4900

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 no later than 9:30 am. We look forward to your participation. Shalom, Morry Bornstein, Ritual Chair

Torah Reader, Deborah Marmon Office Manager, Pam Askin 727-381-4900 Ext. 203 Receptionist, Anita Helfand 727-381-4900 Ext. 201 Accounting, Barbara Jarvis 727-381-4900 Ext.204 PRTT Secretary, Patzi Gil 727-381-4900 Ext. 210 President, Karen Sher Sisterhood President, Alice Ettinger Men’s Club President, Keyvan Kohan USY President, Julia Halprin Bulletin Committee:

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.

Layout Editor, Masha Ronay Coordinators, Pam Askin, Anita Helfand and Carol Marcin B’nai Israel Review Publishes 11 times a year by Congregation B’nai Israel 300 58th Street North St. Petersburg, FL 33710 727– 381-4900 FAX 727-344-1307 All rights reserved. No part of this document can be copied without the permission of Congregation B’nai Israel

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From the Rabbi As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we turn our attention not only to the festive family gatherings but, more importantly, to giving thanks. We thank God for the many blessings God has bestowed on us throughout the course of the year. And while one day certainly does not suffice to express our gratitude, this American holiday grounds us, in the need to be thankful for the miracles of everyday life.

“because of Yehuda’s name – for his name declares praise and gratitude.” Gratitude is so central to the life of the Jewish people, that it determines our very name. The rabbis have a special expression for one whose actions match his/her name –‘K’shmo, Ken Hu’ – ‘like his name, so too is he.’ It is up to each of us as Jews – Yehudim, to remind ourselves, and those around us each day, to be thankful for the blessings of freedom and of life. May Leah’s model and the Kotzker Rebbe’s words set the tone for all of our thanksgivings, and for every day of life.

In the Torah reading cycle, Vayetze, alludes to the importance of thanking God, and seeing God as the source of blessing. More specifically, the parsha presents God as the spring of human life. As compensation for Leah’s being ‘the hated one,’ god opens her womb and she bears numerous sons in succession – reuven, shimon, levi and yehuda. with the birth of Yehuda, Leah exclaims, “this time I will give thanks to God!” The torah continues, “therefore, she called his name Yehuda – giving thanks. On this verse, Rashi comments, “‘I will give thanks to God’ – since I have been given more than my portion, from now on, I must thank God.” Leah realizes that blessing is not to be taken for granted. She affirms God as the source of her children and names a child ‘Yehuda’ as a continual reminder of the need to thank God.


Rabbi Jacob Luski

Masterfully, Rabbi Menahem Mendl of Kotzk asks, “why are the Israelites called Jews, Yehudim?” the Kotzker Rebbe answers,

"The Season surrounding the High Holidays has passed. We enter a new, fresh page of our lives with great joy and anticipation. As the team leader for our Kol Nidre Campaign, I have the great pleasure of thanking all of you for your support of Congregation B'nai Israel. The time, energy, and funds that each of you provided will help us to keep Conservative Judaism alive in our community. May we all be blessed to enjoy the fruits of our labor." Leslie Pearlstein


ISTORY OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE OF PINELLAS COUNTRY By Dr. Herman Koren, Professor Emeritus, Indiana State University

The history of the Jewish community of Pinellas County is a part of continuum of 4000 years of Jewish life, love and respect for God and people. This 720 page hardback book incorporates tens of thousands of pages of research materials and hundreds of interviews which helps us understand how the Pinellas County Jewish community was formed, grew, and became a huge positive influence on the lives of the Jewish and general communities of Pinellas County, Florida and the United States. The books are available for purchase for $50 each, of which $15 will be donated to CBI. Order forms are available at the synagogue or at

The 28th Annual Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Sponsored by the St. Petersburg Clergy Association Sunday, November 21st, 4:00 pm Christ Gospel Church, 2512 22nd Ave. S, St. Pete Join in thanks for all we have enjoyed during the past year. The hour-long interfaith service features elements of the Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Bahai’i faiths. Canned food and/or financial contributions are welcome to benefit local relief agencies.

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From the President The feast that we observe as Thanksgiving, celebrates the vital roles that welcoming strangers and learning from each other have in survival. The course of American history could have been changed had it not been for the Native Americans welcoming the Pilgrims in Plymouth, and teaching them how to plant, fertilize, make medicines, etc. And so it is with synagogue life and Judaism. We too can truly welcome newcomers, embrace the richness of our differences, learn from each other, help each other along our journeys. The result would be a CBI family that is stronger as a whole than the sum of its parts. The successful execution of that challenge would indeed be worthy of celebration! From our hearts to yours, warm wishes for a meaningful Thanksgiving. Karen Wolchuck Sher, President

From the Executive Director I would like to take this opportunity to wish each of our members and their families a Happy Thanksgiving! For me, it is a time of reflection and thankfulness and a time for family. When growing up, our small Tampa family would get together for a lovely meal and evening, usually at my aunt and uncle’s house. Today, we continue to have that family gathering, plus guests that are alone. It is also birthday time for us, as my son, Jacob and my niece Rachel, were both born on November 26. We have a great time and remember those that aren’t with us any more, think about earlier times and appreciate our fortune of health, freedom, and happiness. As we approach this holiday of giving, we can all reflect on that bounty we have been given and think of others less fortunate. In this spirit, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to Operation Isaiah at Kol Nidre, and remind you that we collect non-perishable food items all year long for Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services. Just drop your donations off at the synagogue office. Publix gift cards are also welcomed. Please check the bulletin carefully for lots of great events coming up – Sisterhood Membership Bash on November 10, Hootenanny hosted by Sisterhood and Men’s Club on November 6 and the Gift and Craft Show on December 4 & 5. Make your holiday and gift shopping list now (don’t forget yourself) so you will be ready when the Show opens! Sara Latham Executive Director

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SISTERHOOD I HAVE SO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR! In particular, I am thankful for my wonderful family, my fabulous husband, Larry, and all of my friends who are my family here in St. Petersburg. I am thankful for all the devoted women who have made the first months of my CBI Sisterhood presidency so pleasurable rewarding. MY HEARTFELT THANKS to all of you who say yes when I call; who continue to work tirelessly to fulfill your responsibilities to the Sisterhood Board and CBI; who have volunteered to chair events and/or help with events; who help in the kitchen at any given time; who attend meetings, make crafts, have fun, share ruach and friendship with fellow members. I am thankful for the opportunities to learn each day through the activities and information available through Women’s League and the Women’s League website at Be sure to go online to see what’s there. We had a great time at the Kitchen Shower. It is still not too late to participate. The Bed Bath and Beyond registry continues to have our wish list. Go to, click on gift registry; type CBI in the “first name” and Sisterhood in the “last name.”

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The registry will pop up and you can choose items that have not already been purchased. Don’t forget to use the CBI Scrip card! Lastly, continue to support Sisterhood in the many ways that are available. Check the website for a complete list of committees and chairs. Below is a tiny portion of our many activities.  

Catering - “Your Simcha, Your Way” - give Jean Kraff a call to plan your simcha. Birthday Kiddush and Anniversary Shabbat – Thank you Naomi Berg, Kitty Jacobs, and Helen Kahan; send in your donation made out to Sisterhood and mark it “Birthday or Anniversary Shabbat. Baking – join the group who meets to bake the desserts for Oneg and Kiddush. Call Ruth Ann Mizrahi for a schedule. Flower Fund and Mitzvah Cards – call Marilyn Goldberg to order fresh flowers for the Bima or a special card to celebrate a mitzvah. Judaica Shop – Ellen Bernstein and Anita Helfand are proud of the wonderful items that are available in the shop. So many special, artistic, fun items can be yours and you help CBI with each purchase. Alice G Ettinger, Sisterhood President

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THE PAULINE RIVKIND PRESCHOOL The Pauline Rivkind Preschool has had a very busy start of the 20102011 school year. With all of the holidays in September, we had many celebrations. We started with our annual Rosh Hashana Party, then continued on to help decorate the CBI Sukkah, then spent time dancing around the sanctuary with special Torahs. The children are learning so much about their Jewish heritage. We have enhanced Shabbat with Shabbat Celebrations. Each Friday morning, the children gather in the Chapel to sing Shabbat songs and listen to wonderful stories. We talk about why Shabbat is special and what make it different than other days in the week. We talk about Tzedakah and different Mitzvot. We recite brachot for the candles, challah, and grape juice in each classroom. We also do some kind of activity. Some examples are challah baking, Shabbat collages, and edible Sukkah building. We are teaching the children that Shabbat is a holiday we celebrate every week of the year! Take the time to celebrate Shabbat any way you can. You will be happy at the results ! Bonnie Halprin, Preschool Director

THE PAULINE RIVKIND TALMUD TORAH The Talmud Torah class schedule for November and December is: November: Tuesdays: November 2nd, 9th, 16th and 30th; Sundays: November 7th and 14th Thanksgiving holidays - No school on Nov. 21st , 23rd and 28th. December: Tuesdays: December 7th and 14th Sundays: December 5th and 12th Congregation Hanukka Party: Sunday, December 5th at 5:30 pm during the Gift & Craft Show Winter break: No school on December 19th, 21st, 26th, 28th, January 2nd. The Talmud Torah will re-open for the Spring Semester on Tuesday, January 4th. Shalom, Ilana Dayan, Education Director

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 by having 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 more meaningful, spiritual and successful here at CBI. This month’s schedule for participation is as follows:

JUNIOR CONGREGATION Some of the most important components of a good Jewish background need more than just study in a classroom. It is essential that our students have regular synagogue experience on Shabbat that interests and inspires them. Here at CBI we hold special Junior Congregation services for children in grades 3-7 on Shabbat mornings in the Chapel at 10:00 am. All children have the opportunity to worship together. They will put into practice the lessons they have learned during the week. Each student will have the opportunity to lead parts of the service, learn new melodies, and explore Shabbat teachings and stories. They will also gain the confidence they will need when it comes time to lead services for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrations. Junior Congregation will meet on November 6 and 13; and December 4 and 11, 2010.

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November 6 – Grade 5 November 13 – Grade 4 November 20 – Grade 3

HEBREW HIGH SCHOOL Hebrew High School Classes meet Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and are open to all Jewish high school age students. Classes will meet on Wednesdays, November 3, 10 and 17 and December 1 and 8. For further information, please contact Rabbi Luski at 381-4900.

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YOUTH DEPARTMENT As we step into the month of November I can almost smell the pumpkin breads baking. Each year our USYers spend part of their Thanksgiving holiday in the CBI kitchen baking pumpkin breads to sale. We raise money from this and other efforts during the year for Tzedakah. Through the generosity of our CBI family we are able to donate pumpkin breads to the Jewish residents at the Philip Benjamin Tower as well as add to our Tzedakah project. Please have your orders turned in by Wednesday, November 17. We are so fortunate to be part of the Menorah Manor and Philip Benjamin campus. During October the Kadimaniks joined the residents at the Toby Weinman Assisted Living Facility for Shabbat dinner and led the residents in ruach and activities after dinner while the USYers led Havdalah for the residents at Philip Benjamin Towers. Everyone is a winner when our youth interact with our seniors! After hearing about the summer experiences of our youth during Ramah and Summer Speakers Shabbat, you may be asking how you can provide a similar opportunity for your children. Scholarship applications are now being accepted through the Jewish Federation and CBI. I encourage you to contact me so we can explore all the options together. Our USYers and Kadimaniks will be attending Mercaz Fall Sub Regional Conventions this month. We look forward to having them share their experiences with us. I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. Sandy Brasch, Youth and Family Program Director November Calendar 11/6 5th graders present Ein Keloheinu and Aleinu at Shabbat morning services 11/10 Dine and Dash 6:00 pm 11/12-11/14 USY Mercaz Sub Regional Convention 11/13 4th graders present Ein Keloheinu and Aleinu at Shabbat morning services 11/17 Pumpkin Bread orders due 11/20 3rd graders present Ein Keloheinu and Aleinu at Shabbat morning services 11/21 Thanksgiving Interfaith Service 4:00 pm 11/22 Pumpkin Bread Baking 12:00 noon, CBI kitchen

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USY Pumpkin Loaf Sale SATO, Social Action Tikkun Olam Project benefits families served by Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services Delicious pareve pumpkin loaves for sale and donation $8.00 per loaf Every year USY bakes delicious treats for the Thanksgiving Holiday. One USY tradition is to share with those less fortunate and brighten someone’s holiday. Name___________________________Phone________________ I’d like to order: #______loaves for myself #______loaves to donate to Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services $______Total enclosed @ $8.00 per loaf. Make checks payable to CBI Youth Orders due by Wednesday, November 17, 2010 Please pick up your loaves at the Synagogue office Tuesday, November 23 or Wednesday, November 24. We are honored to be part of your Thanksgiving holiday and appreciate your help in making someone else’s holiday special as well. Thank you for your support!

CBI USY NEWS AND VIEWS Hey CBI families and friends! My name is Yael Reich and I serve as SPUSY’s Programming/Executive Vice President as well as the Religion/Education Mercaz Correspondent this year. This past month has been fun filled with an incredible convention, a day of showing off our iron chef skills, and a week long break from school. How much better could it possibly get? Mercaz Fall Sub-Regional convention this year, November 12th-14th in Orlando, will be a BLAST! It will be so great to reunite with everyone after a summer away from the Mercaz USY family. On November 22nd, to continue our delicious tradition, we will bake Pumpkin breads for the purchasing. The Pumpkin bread is incredible, if I may say so, and is the perfect start to Thanksgiving Break. Looking forward to December? I know SPUSY will join me in saying we are ecstatic! This December, we will be making and serving our wonderful food at the Gift & Craft Show on the 5th; we will be bringing back Havdalah on the Beach on the 11th; and we will be participating, more than ever, in International Convention from the 26th through the 30th. This year International Convention is going to be held in Orlando, Florida. (We are just conquering Orlando this year aren’t we?) This is a GREAT opportunity for the HaNegev region but, more importantly, the Mercaz sub-region! This being my last year in USY, I’ve been cherishing every possible moment I can with my USY family and having IC in our subregion will be the icing on the most delectable USY cake! Yael Reich

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ADULT STUDIES Torah For Seniors with Rabbi Jacob Luski Meets monthly at 11:00 am at Philip Benjamin Tower on November 15, December 7, January 4, February 8, March 8, April 12 & May 10. Lunch with Rabbi Monthly Deli lunch and Mishnah study with Rabbi Luski. Please place your lunch orders by 4:00 pm on each Tuesday prior to class. Meets at 12:00 noon in the Atrium on November 10, December 8, January 5, February 9, March 9, April 13 & May 11. Talmud Made Easy, led by Stephen Wein Meets at 7:00 pm in the Buns Family Library on Tuesday, November 9 and Wednesday, November 17; Wednesdays, December 7 and 14. CBI - Hadassah Book Discussion Club Meets monthly in the Buns Family Library at 10: am to discuss the following books: November 17, 2010 DEPARTURE by Mary Ann Marge December 15, 2010 A PIDGEON AND A BOY by Meir Shalev St Petersburg Chapter of Hadassah -Live Broadcast from Israel & Brunch “What Israel Does For YOU� Special Report live from Hadassah Hospital with doctors and researchers about their very important contributions to medicine and health care. Sunday, November 7th, 10:00 am CBI Social Hall Cholent Kiddush & Torah Study Relax after 9:00 am Shabbat morning services over a hot Kiddush lunch of traditional cholent, challah and pastry while we study Torah with Rabbi Jacob Luski. November 20, 2010 and May 14, 2011 Veterans Shabbat Join us as we pay tribute to our Jewish War Veterans Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 9:00 am Shabbat morning services and dedicate a plaque in honor of the Jewish War Veterans Abe Ader Post 46. A Kiddush hosted by Abe Ader JWV Post 46 and November birthday celebrants will follow. Library Shabbat To recognize Jewish Book Month, November -December , Ann Haendel will present a book review from The Jew of New York by Ben Kachor at Shabbat morning services. Saturday, November 13th, 9:00 am

Cholent Traditions Around the World with Joan Epstein Ever wondered how Jews have prepared food for Shabbat over the ages? Attend this savory exploration of Shabbat cooking traditions in communities around the globe to find out. As the title suggests, the focus is on the dish known as cholent. Participants will choose recipes to make for Cholent Kiddushim on Nov. 20 and May 14; also help with preparations as schedules allow. Joan, CBI's own Cholent Lady of the past two decades, wants to involve many new cholent chefs in keeping the tradition alive, both at the shul and at home. Sunday, November 14 - 10:00 - 11:30 am Optional cholent preparation on Thursday, Nov. 18 or Friday, Nov. 19. Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties Campaign Kickoff Event Featuring Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians & Jews and Michael Levovitz, National Campaign Chair for Jewish Federations of North America Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 6:00 pm, Grand Hyatt Westshore, Tampa Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Hosted this year by the Christ Gospel Church, 2512 22nd Avenue South, St. Petersburg Sunday, November 21, 4:00 pm

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Dear Readers, We have been busy cataloging new books into our system. Here is a list of some recent ones‌ they can be found either by their call number or in the New Acquisitions Section. Take one out and enjoy!

New Acquisitions To Heal A Fractured World by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

170 SAC

The Rembrandt Affair bu Daniel Silva


The Family Orchard by Nomi Eve


Betraying Spinoza, The Renegade Who Gave Us Modernity by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein


Hillel, If Not Now, When? by Joseph Telushkin

170 TEL

The Mercedes Coffin by Faye Kellerman


Standing With Israel, Why Christians Support The Jewish State By David Brog

951.09 BRO

Library Shabbat To recognize Jewish Book Month, November -December , Ann Haendel will present a book review from The Jew of New York by Ben Kachor at Shabbat morning services. Saturday, November 13th, 9:00 am

CBI - HADASSAH BOOK DISCUSSION CLUB MEETINGS The CBI-Hadassah Book Clubs will continue to meet monthly in the Buns Family Library for lively discussions of current books. We will meet on Wednesdays at 10:00 am on the following dates. Please note change in books for November: November 17, 2010 DEPARTURE by Mary Ann Marger December 15, 2010 A PIDGEON AND A BOY by Meir Shalev If you would like to lead a discussion group, please call Sheila Wasserman at 347- 5816!

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010 6:00 p.m. At Congregation B’Nai Israel Social Hall Current Sisterhood Members: $7.50 Non members, significant others and guests: $20*

Join us for an evening of Sisterhood and Relaxing fun Please RSVP to Cynthia I. Chiefa-Goldstein, Esq. at 813-792-0189 or *Join Sisterhood that evening and pay only $7.50 for your dinner

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Who do you Goodsearch for?

How many times last month did you make a purchase online? Search the web? Throw out your newspapers or magazines? Change your printer cartridge at home or at work and throw out the old one? Every one of these activities can raise funds for CBI!!! Did you know that? Please recycle your newspaper and magazines in the large containers in the back of the parking lot and bring used cartridges to the office. If you have not already been to and signed up to support Congregation B'nai Israel of St. Petersburg every time you do a web search or online purchase, please do! Please make sure your computers at home and work as well as the computers of your friends, family and neighbors are signed up. Anyone who is willing to sign up can make $$$ for Congregation B'nai Israel. It does not just need to be our members. When you go to the website, you will see what is below: type in Congregation B'nai Israel of St. Petersburg in the box below and click on the icon to add GoodSearch to your tool bar. Follow all instructions.

FAMILY PROGRAMS My memories are still vivid as I recall being a child and marching around the “old CBI building” proudly carrying my Simhat Torah flag as an apple wobbled on top of the stick. Those memories and so many more make me smile as I warmly remember those days from my youth literally growing up at CBI. It is so easy to feel overwhelmed in our lives today and we might be tempted to take the easy way out. Maybe we did not put the effort into building a Sukka or gathering the family for a Yom Tov or Shabbat meal. Don’t miss the opportunities to form memories with and for your children. We are here to help! Through our Pauline Rivkind Talmud Torah, Preschool and Family Programs we help provide you the framework to make memories. Many of you joined your congregational family for one or both of the “Got Shabbat” dinners already this year or joined in the CBI Sukka Hop. Soon we will gather with our families to celebrate Thanksgiving. Please remember those less fortunate and bring canned or packaged foods to CBI for donation to Gulf Coast Jewish Family Service. Sunday, November 21st the St. Petersburg Interfaith Community will gather for the annual service at 4:00 pm at Christ Gospel Church, 2512- 22nd Avenue South, St Petersburg, FL 33712-3024.

Search now and money will go to your designated cause. Add GoodSearch to your IE, Firefox, or Mac toolbar The new CBI Membership Directories should be arriving soon. Please remember that this resource is for the use of our members only not for commercial purposes. Please take the time to look through the advertisers. These businesses are supporting CBI, please consider supporting them!! Next time you need a business- check the Directory Index. When you patronize these places, let the business owners know you are from CBI. Todah Rabah goes to Joan and Phil and their committee for producing the directory. I also need to thank Sara, Pam, Anita and Barbara for their parts in making the project happen. Laurie Reiskind, 3rd Vice President, Fund Raising

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Mark you calendars for Sunday, December 5th as we celebrate Hanukka as a Congregational Family at the annual CBI Family Hanukka Celebration which, this year, will fall on the same day as the Gift & Craft Show. Enjoy the day at the Gift and Craft Show with the Hanukka Celebration beginning at 5:30 pm. The children can enter the Dreidel spin off contest, which will be held in the Youth Lounge and lead by the JCC Suncoast. Plan to come for a day of excitement and celebration. As a community event, the JCC Suncoast will host their 3rd Annual Havdala and Great Dreidel Spin on Saturday evening, December 4th at their Clearwater campus. Kids will be participating in several games, the Dreidel Spin, donut eating contests, Hanukka crafts, relay races and more. The JCC Suncoast will provide bus transportation for those St. Petersburg children who wish to attend; the JCC bus will leave from CBI at 6:30 pm and return to CBI at 10:00 pm. The cost of the event and transportation is $10/child and $20/family. You must make your own bus reservations by calling the JCC Suncoast at 321-6100 or by e-mailing I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving Sandy Brasch, Youth and Family Program Director

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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.

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.

Yasher Koach to Ruth Ann and Ralph Mizrahi for dedicating the Trunk on the Tree of Life In Honor of their 50th Wedding Anniversary!

We share in the sorrow of the passing of: JOSEPH MASRI Husband of Ana Masri Father of Rachel Atri and Danny Masri ARTHUR SALCMAN Husband of Lilly Salcman Father of Dr. Michael Salcman, Julie Salamon Abrams and Suzanne Salamon Einhorn. GEORGE LEVINE Husband of Beverly Levine Father of Wendy Levine, Barry Levine and Mark Levine. ELIZABETH LeCOMPTE Mother of Morris ―‖Moe‖ LeCompte TOBY SHKAROFSKY Mother of Bebby Marlin

THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS Todah Rabah to the following volunteers who assisted with the office work and special mailings over the past month: Sally Swale, Marian Lustigman Rooth, Bob Warsaw, Sally Cohen, and Carol Marcin. B’nai Israel has established an e-mail group that is a quicker and more cost-effective 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 email 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 Asking at the synagogue office at 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.

Our apologies to anyone we have inadvertently omitted. If you would like to volunteer, please call the Synagogue office.

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Scholarships Available for Summer Camp and Israel College Study Programs For the past 12 years, the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties has offered Covenant Fund Scholarships students in grades 4-12 to attend summer camp and for college students to attend Israel College study programs. Applications are now available on the Federation’s web site for the three different categories of awards: campership awards for students in grades 4-8; high school awards for students in grades 9-12 and Israel College Study Programs (for accredited study only). Scholarships are awarded on a need base only. Summer camp is a wonderful experience for the youth to surround themselves with Jewish friends and to learn more about their heritage and to strengthen their faith. The students who attend camp will tell you it was the best experience of the year; maybe even of their life. That is why the Covenant Fund was established; so more students could become stronger with their Jewish identity. The Jewish Federation is accepting applications through Wednesday, January. 19, 2011. Visit their web site ( for more information and to download Covenant Fund application forms.

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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 .

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Adele Morris Jeff Hilton Dr. Ruth Lebowitz Rabbi Jacob Luski Pam Wittner LeCompte Irma Mayer Claire Weinstein Joel Shane Dr. Brian Kagan Victoria Schwartz Cindy Weisberg Sylvia Ayes Marilyn LeVine Aldena Lew Oren Adelson Ben Bush Jill Engelman Karen Reich Esther Rothman Sheila Hutman Dr. Leslie Weiss Sara Gershuny Selma Gaby Randi Rabin Joe Kauffman Elaine Rothstein Ben Pertcheck Barbara Levin

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Sandy Harwood Rachel Silverberg Phyllis Werner Dr. Sidney Grau Ellen Goetz Bonnie Halprin Sheri Frogel Ilene Goldblatt Jeannette Hirsch Dr. Jeff Jacobson Asher Gil Joel Taller Ernest Drucker Anita Helfand Sandy Herskowitz Robin Perlman Bea Wallace Ross Levy Howard Rothstein Robert Sutton Patty Saham Barry Kelmachter Eric Ludin Thelma Gilbert Elaine Garon Melissa Terzi Ana Masri Michael Benstock

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Patricia & Leonard Adelson Shevy & Tom Silverberg Marilyn & Jack Goldberg Shana & Matthew Gaines Alice & Dr. Larry Ettinger Joan & Jerry Benstock Anita & Arlen Helfand Mussie & Jack Eidelman Yardena & Dr. Loren Isakson Claire & Ron Yogman Joanne & Rabbi Jacob Luski Linda & Jack Goldfarb Bonnie & David Halprin Terri & Jay Gross Carol & Jon Marcin Betty & Allen Polon Jane & Don Silverberg Beth & Larry Figard

Friday, November 12, 2010!

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 *The minimum donation per acknowledgement is $10.

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

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TODAH RABAH 5771 HIGH HOLIDAYS VOLUNTEERS SELIHOT: Reception: Prepared by Sisterhood and sponsored byJoan & Phil Redisch in honor of Phil’s 75 th Birthday. USY Installation & apples & honey: Sandy Brasch YD; Julia Halprin, USY President Selihot Music Program: Hazzan Paul Goldstein for presenting ―Todah v’Zimrah, Taste of Music of Choirmaster, Louis Lewandowsky‖ High Holiday Set-up: Men’s Club and USY HIGH HOLIDAYS: Rabbi Jacob Luski and Hazzan Paul Goldstein for the beautiful and meaningful High Holiday Services. Daveners: Stephen Wein, Ron Leight, Sam Cohen, Dr. Steve LeVine, Byron Kolitz, Debbie Marmon Torah Readers: Golden Kipah Honor Society members and Debbie Marmon Baalei Tekiah: Cary Reich and Jeff Litt Shomrim: Jay Kauffman, Steve Wein, Liz Sembler, Reva Pearlstein and Lenny Frank RITUAL LEADERSHIP: Ritual Chair: Morry Bornstein HH Aliyot: Chair: Jack Goldfarb; Morry Bornstein, Stella Maganiaris HH Bima/Services: Gail Frye, Ellen Bernstein & Irma Mayer Ushers Co-Chair: Diane Litt, Audrey Dantowitz and Joan Redisch CHILDREN’S SERVICES: Junior Congregation- Ilana Dayan K’tonton - Pam Himmel Family Programs & Youth Director - Sandy Brasch Minyan Katan, Preschool & Childcare - Bonnie Halprin APPEALS: Israel Bonds Appeal: Dr. Leslie Weiss Kol Nidre - Dr. Leslie Pearlstein Kol Nidre Support: Laurie Reiskind, Mandel Sher, Mike & Sandy Slomka, Susan LeVine Yom Kippur Yizkor - Dr. Steven Warren Shemini Atzeret Yizkor - Alice Ettinger Fundraising VP - Laurie Reiskind Yom Kippur Phone-a-thon - Naomi Berg OTHER: Security & Safety: Bill Marger Building Maintenance: Bill Dolgoff, Howard Rothstein, Ed Ginsberg, Phil Redisch HH Ticketing: Sally Swale, Bev Rafal, Anita Helfand & Carol Marcin HH Bulletin: Anita Helfand, Masha Ronay & Pam Askin Book of Remembrance: Anita Helfand & Lorri Helfand - coordinators; Masha Ronay - cover design, Hazzan Paul Goldstein - Hebrew layout of Yizkor Service, Pam Askin - input Yizkor Service. Tashlikh refreshments: Arthur and Diane Jay Break the Fast: Keyvan Kohan, Mitzvah Men’s Club Staff: Sara Latham, Pam Askin, Anita Helfand, Barbara Jarvis, Pei, Wilma, Chris

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Vivian Neumann

Simhat Torah Honorees Dr. Steven & Susan LeVine, Eddie Ginsberg &

Adult Studies

In Honor Of

Mr. & Mrs. Jack Goldfarb

Mr. & Mrs. Joe Fuchs on birth of

Adele Morris

Irma & Jack Mayer; Speedy recovery - Marvin Jacobs Marilyn Benjamin receiving the Lion of Judah award


Beverly Dikman

Happy Birthday to Lil Rosen

Simhat Torah Honores:

Barbara Jarvis

Happy Birthday to Sally Swale

Ed Ginsberg, Jack & Irma Mayer, Susan

Dr. J. L. Azneer &

Happy Birthday - Phil Redisch, Lil Rosen

Ed Ginsberg, Jack & Irma Mayer,

Dr. Patricia Cottrille

Happy Anniversary - Marvin & Kitty Jacobs,

Dr. Steven & Susan LeVine

Jerry & Thelma Gilbert Barbara Jarvis

Happy Birthday - Susie Berman

Myrna & Murray Rubin

In appreciation to Rabbi Jacob Luski

Adult Studies

In Memory Of

Leslie Kirsner

Benjamin Gallant Jean & Harry Kraff

Simhat Torah Honoree - Eddie Ginsberg

Camp Ramah Fund

In Memory Of

Vivian Neumann

Happy Special Birthday to Lenny Mauer

Dr. & Mrs. Morris LeVine

Arthur Salcman

Janet & Barry Augenbraun

Marriage of Mr. & Mrs. Fred Buns

Shelley Lynn

Happy Birthday to Marilyn Benjamin

& Ilana Dayan for Sunday Program

Cantor's Fund

In Honor Of

Shirley Sommella

Get well wishes to Marshall Gootson

Dr. Steven Warren

In appreciation

Ana & Joe Masri

Lenny Mauer's Special Birthday

Claire & Ron Yogman

Ed Ginsberg - Simhat Torah Honoree

The Schulman Family

Susie & Ira Berman in their honor and for

Cantor's Fund

In Memory Of

Judy & Eric Ludin

Beatrice F. Mehl

Loved Ones


In Honor Of

Marvin & Lee Leibson

Bat Mitzvah of Talya Kohan

L'Shana Tova Joan & Jerry Benstock & Margot & Michael Benstock on the birth of their great grandson and grandson Max Alpert, Lenny Mauer's Special Birthday Liz & Greg Sembler on Lenny Mauer's Special Birthday Livia & Steve Wein &

Sam Cohen - Refuah Shlaymah; Lenny Mauer's

Dr. & Mrs. Robert Sternberg Marriage of Mr. & Mrs. Fred Buns

Helen Kahan

Special Birthday; Simhat Torah Honorees - Ed Ginsberg,

Library Music Fund

In Memory Of

Naomi Berg & Wes Sawyer

Bev & Mort Sherman

Nathan Shure

Irma & Jack Mayer & Dr. Steven & Susan LeVine Simhat Torah Honorees - Ed Ginsberg, Dr. Steven & Susan LeVine, Irma & Jack Mayer Elihu & Susan Berman

Joan & Jerry Benstock & Margot & Michael Benstock on the birth of their great grandson and grandson, Max Alpert

Mitzvah Fund

In Honor Of

Dirk Aardsma

Happy New Year!

Larry & Vera Green

Happy Anniversary - Sandy & Sam Janofsky

Mitzvah Fund

In Memory Of

Charla Fogel

Marilyn Benjamin receiving the Lion of Judah award

Audrey Kopelman

Lou White

Margot & Michael Benstock

Lenny Mauer's Special Birthday

Anita & Arlen Helfand

Jennie Helfand

Susan Turner

Happy Birthday to Beverly Dikman

Dr. & Mrs. Melvin Robinson

Dr. Harvey Kopelman

Jane & Don Silverberg

Lenny Mauer's Special Birthday

Dr. Nancy Landfish &

Loved Ones

Sally & Joe Cohen

Happy Birthday to Phil Redisch, Myrna Rubin

Ed Bailey

Speedy Recovery - Myrna Rubin

Alan & Sharon Koenig

Sarah Dotson

Simhat Torah Honorees -

Sharon Collick

Louis Collick

Eddie Ginsberg & Irma & Jack Mayer

Arthur & Bebby Marlin

Sam Shkarofsky

Happy Birthday - Marilyn Benjamin

Joe & Eva Fuchs

Sara Fuchs

Happy Anniversary - Thelma & Jerry Gilbert

Larry Green

Frank Green

Barbara Jarvis

Happy 50th Anniversary - Kitty & Marvin Jacobs

Vivian Neumann

Ilan Russek, Arthur Salcman

Ana & Joe Masri

Happy Birthday to Phil Redisch

Susie & Alan Schwartz

Ilan Russek

Anita & Arlen Helfand

Speedy Recovery - Marvin Jacobs, Robert Glover

Lenny & Millie Gelfond

Mollie Gelfond, William Gelfond

Happy 50th Anniversary - Barbara & Jerry Levin &

Rebecca & Warren Simmons

Bessie Simmons, Matthew Rosenthal

Kitty & Marvin Jacobs; Birth of Max Alpert, grandson

Murray Fink

Fay Fink, Jack Fink

of Margot & Michael Benstock

Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Hagendorf Sidney Green

Beverly Dikman

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In Honor Of

USY Pilgrimage

In Honor Of

Elaine & Steven Pickwasser

CBI Family & PRTT

Dr. Larry & Sheryl Feinman

Lenny Mauer's Special Birthday

Myrna & Murray Rubin

Happy Birthday - Phil Redisch

Simhat Torah Honorees: Ed Ginsberg, Dr. Steven & Susan LeVine

Rabbi's Fund

In Honor Of

Dr. & Mrs. Sidney Grau

Lenny Mauer's Special Birthday

USY Pilgrimage

In Memory Of

Anita Sher

Beverly Dikman's Birthday

Mel & Dee Dinsfriend

Loved ones

Dr. Irwin & Hannah Ayes

High Holidays

Myrna & Murray Rubin

Bunnie Katz

Mr. & Mrs. Marvin Leibson

Marriage of Mr. & Mrs. Fred Buns

Shirley Sommella

Speedy Recovery - Myrna Rubin;

Gail S. Warren - Legacy

In Honor Of

Bat Mitzvah of Talya Kohan

for Leadership Fund

In appreciation

Liz & Greg Sembler

Birthday of David & Harvey Halprin

Audrey Kopelman

Speedy Recovery - Vivian Neumann

Abby & Dale Ensminger

Special Birthday Leonard Mauer

Murray & Myrna Rubin

In appreciation

Kitty & Marvin Jacobs

Lenny Mauer's Special Birthday

Gail S. Warren - Legacy

In Memory Of

Mr. & Mrs. Allen Alpert

Pidyon Haben for grandson, Max Jay Alpert

for Leadership Fund

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Benstock

Rabbi Luski's & Lou Bader's participation in

Abby & Ed Birk & Family

Gail Warren

Max Jay's Pidyon Haben

Steven Warren

Gail Warren

Simhat Torah Honorees: Jack & Irma Mayer,

Her Mah Jongg Friends

Gail Warren

Steve Warren

Mr. & Mrs. Lenny Gelfond

Dr. Steven & Susan LeVine Mr. & Mrs. Abraham Luski

Birth of grandson & great grandson of Margot & Michael Benstock & Joan & Jerry Benstock

Rabbi's Fund

In Memory of

Mr. & Mrs. Sam Steel

Deborah Steel

Diane Fishman

Morris Fishman

Dr. & Mrs. Robert Sternberg

Dr. Louis Sternberg

Debbie Blanchard

Helen Rosch

Mr. & Mrs. Bob Lachter

Viola Marx

Susan Turner

Hugh Halpern

Anita Sher

Dr. Lewis Sher, Calvin Weiskopf

Thomas Epstein

Julius Epstein

Joan Benstock

Ruth Sheldon

Eddie Ginsberg

Fannie Obnetzky

Gerry Mensh

Sid Mack

Melvin Kornfield

Henrietta Kornfield

USY Fund

In Honor of

Jesse & Sandi Rodman

Simhat Torah Honorees: Irma & Jack Mayer, Eddie Ginsberg, Dr. Steven & Susan LeVine

Phil & Joan Redisch

Happy 49th Anniversary - Gail & Michael Frye

Claire, Ron & Kandice Yogman

Lenny Mauer's Special Birthday

Cary & Karen Reich

Marriage of Mr. & Mrs. Fred Buns

Lucille Ginsburg

Happy Birthday - Phil Redisch

USY Fund

In Memory of

Mr. & Mrs. Harold Goldberg

Miriam Soman

Lucille Ginsburg

Arthur Salcman


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TORAH FUND CAMPAIGN ~ 5771 ~ 20010/2011


DONATIONS $180 – Benefactor $300 - Guardian Level $600 - Associate Patron $1,200 – Patron $2,500 - Scholarship (Annual) $5,000 - Keter Kavod (Annual) The theme of this year’s Torah Fund pin is Kehillah Kedoshah: Celebrating Community Woman to Woman. A kehillah is a community: a group of people sharing the same beliefs and values. Kedoshah means holy; however, in the Torah the word holy means dedicated. That is what defines us as members of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism: we are dedicated to perpetuating Conservative Judaism, and one of the ways we do that is by supporting The Jewish Theological Seminary, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, and Schechter School of Jewish Studies through Torah Fund. In return, JTS and Ziegler give us our outstanding rabbis, cantors, scholars, educators, and lay leaders. Take a tour of the JTS or Ziegler campuses and see the results of our giving. You will have a revealing experience everywhere you look—especially the faces of the students when they notice you wearing our Torah Fund pins. This year’s pin depicts women celebrating, dancing, and praising. It reflects how we hope, pray, and heal, and how—united—we give. We do all this because we care. We care about our Conservative Movement and want to better educate our children. Help us reach this year’s goal. (Board letter report – Jaclyn Stevens – Southern Region) CONTACT: Joanne Luski ~ Challahmom@aol or Marilyn LeVine

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