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September 2011 ELUL 5771/Tishri 5772

Come fill the Chapel at the Evening Minyan! Our Ritual Committee has announced that starting September 6th, the Tuesday after Labor Day, the Weekday Evening Minyan, Sunday through Thursday, will begin at 6:30 pm throughout the year.

AIPAC Briefing 13 USY, HHS & Mehina Subs & Sundaes in Sukka 20 Gift & Craft Show 22 Israeli Dancing 25 Got Shabbat? Sukkot Dinner 26 High Holiday Handbook Inside

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

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A-Team Buns Family Library Fundraising Report Family Programs Life Cycle Events Mitzvah Grams

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Shabbat Services & Candlelighting Friday, September 2, 2011 Candlelighting 7:33 pm Musical Kabbalat Shabbat 6:30 pm Saturday, September 3, 2011 Sedra – Shoftim Shabbat Services 9:00 am Minha, Maariv & Havdala 7:35 pm Friday, September 9, 2011 Candlelighting, 7:25 pm “Casual” Shabbat Service 8:00 pm Saturday, September 10, 2011 Sedra – Ki Tetze Shabbat Services 9:00 am September Birthday, Camp Ramah Speakers, Presentation 5772 Bar/Bat Mitzvah Class Junior Congregation 10:00 am Minha, Maariv & Havdala 7:25 pm Friday, September 16, 2011 Candlelighting 7:17 pm Kadima Shabbat 8:00 pm Saturday, September 17, 2011 Sedra – Ki Tavo Shabbat Services 9:00 am Junior Congregation 10:00 am Minyan Katan 10:45 am Minha, Maariv & Havdala 7:20 pm Friday, September 23, 2011 Candlelighting 7:09 pm Shabbat Services 8:00 pm Sit Down Oneg: Ask the Rabbi Anniversary Shabbat

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Saturday, September 24, 2011 Sedra – Nizavim/Vayelekh Shabbat Services 9:00 am Heller Torah Cover Dedication Junior Congregation 10:00 am Minha, Maariv & Havdala 7:10 pm Pre-Selihot Program USY Board Installation & Reception 9:00 pm Selihot Service 10:30 pm

DAILY SERVICES Please join our twice daily minyan which meets weekday mornings at 7:45 a.m., Sunday mornings and Labor Day morning at 9:00 am. and Sunday, September 4 and Monday, September 5 at 7:35 pm, and beginning

September 6th, weekday evenings new yearround time at 6:30 pm.

Friday, September 30, 2011 Candlelighting 7:01 pm. Shabbat Shuva 6:30 pm Saturday, October 1, 2011 Sedra – Ha’azinu Shabbat Shuva Services 9:00 am

Junior Congregation 10:00 am Minha, Maariv & Havdala 7:00 pm

ROSH HODESH ELUL August 30th & August 31st

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

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

Congregation B’nai Israel 727-381-4900 Contacts Rabbi Jacob Luski, D.D. 727-381-4900 Ext. 207 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 Community Engagement Liz Sembler, 727-381-4900 Ext. 206 Torah Reader/Educator Deborah Marmon 727-381-4900 Ext. 205 Office Manager, Pam Askin 727-381-4900 Ext. 203

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.

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, Leslie Pearlstein M.D Sisterhood President, Alice Ettinger Men’s Club President, Jesse Rodman USY President, Alyssa Kobernick 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 Last year in September, we all felt that Rosh Hashana came too early. This year I expect to hear that Rosh Hashana is too late in September. Just remember that this is the balancing adjustment built into the Jewish calendar. Too late, too early, it makes little difference to the priority task of starting a New Year, in this case 5772, and making the changes necessary to ensure a truly New Year and a new YOU. A wonderful story illustrates how to go about creating the changes that facilitate the Rosh Hashana process. A young ensign had nearly completed his first overseas tour of duty when he was given the opportunity to prepare his ship to “set sail.” With a stream of crisp commands, he had the decks buzzing with sailors and soon the ship was churning slowly out of the channel. The ensign’s efficiency was remarkable. In fact, the talk was that he had set a new record for getting the ship underway. His bubble was burst, however, when he was handed a radio message from the captain. “My personal congratulations upon completing your underway preparation exercise according to the book and with amazing speed,” it read. “But next time wait until your captain is aboard before getting underway!”

What good is a ship without the captain? The ensign did all the right things, but he never did the most important thing! It is a matter of priorities. You may accomplish a great deal every day. But are you accomplishing the truly important things? To borrow the language of Stephen Covey, have you put first things first? In marriage and relationships, in work and career, in areas of mental, physical and spiritual health, in enhancing your Jewishness, are you truly doing the important things? More people find success in deciding what is truly important and doing it first. And if some of the other “stuff” never gets done, will you miss it? Today, this year, will you put first things first? And how about next year and all your years to come? If you do, you will one day discover that you are building a life that counts. This is what the High Holiday Season, and all the seasons to come, are about! Know what is important and do it. Joanne joins me in wishing you a healthy, happy and significantly improved New Year. Shana Tova!

Rabbi Jacob Luski

Cantorial Think Tank The Cantorial Think Tank is delighted to introduce you to Dr. Jay Azneer, who will be our Cantor for Selihot, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur this year. He has myriad experience as he notes in his brief biography below. We are honored and proud to have him as part of our CBI family and now we will be able to enjoy his wonderful and prayerful chazzanut! Please stop and say hello when you see him at minyan and at services. Alice Ettinger, Cantorial Think Tank

Dear Fellow Congregants, Growing up in Youngstown, everyone knew me as Rabbi Azneer’s son. When I attended college at Youngstown State, I was still Rabbi Azneer’s son. When I graduated medical school, I finally acquired a new identity, Dr. Jay Azneer. That new name lasted until I moved to St. Petersburg, where I was once again Leonard Azneer’s son. However, there was also a new identity, Reva Pearlstein’s brother—well, one of two. I guess I’m the other brother—or as Ira calls me, the soft, fuzzy one.

Growing up in the pulpit gave me a wonderful opportunity to experience chazzanut, especially since a number of very fine chazzanim passed through our synagogue. By the time I was eighteen, I started to study chazzanuth seriously, though my father had long before decreed that I would not make my living in the pulpit. Nevertheless, by the time I was twenty one, I was officiating for the High Holidays in Warren, Ohio. I’ve officiated for the holidays for about thirty of the last forty three years, ten of those as a member of my congregation. When I wasn’t singing, I concentrated on my medical practice in Brooklyn. The rest of my energy was spent on singing opera in New York. After 9/11, I left New York when my brother offered me the opportunity to practice with him, first in Clearwater and then in Largo. My partner, Sam Levine, and I moved to Clearwater in September 2002. This move has given us the opportunity to expand our friendships and enjoy the warmth of family. And they lived happily ever after… Shalom, Dr. Jay Azneer

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From the President Who is a Jew by Choice? Rabbi would tell me, that is a person who becomes Jewish through a Conversion process. I will not go through all the steps that occur in that route to Judaism. Rather, I will tell you about my “Conversion” to living as a Jew. Yes, my parents were both Jewish, and I had a circumcision on the 8th. day of my life---Ouch! Many of you remember Teddy, my father. I’m sure few, if any, knew my mother, Sylvia, as she passed away only a few weeks after moving from Miami to St. Petersburg. Ours was a traditional Jewish home following all the laws of Kashrut. We went to synagogue almost every Shabbat, mostly Friday Night Family Services, and Saturday Services about twice a month. I was Bar Mitzvah at age 13, Parsha Korach. So, what’s this about a Conversion? As I matured in Miami, our family was ritually Jewish, but not spiritually Jewish. We studied and prayed as Jews. Our Synagogue had religious and social events. What we as a family and congregation lacked, was the emotional engagement of Spirituality. I never felt the presence of God in my life as a child, teenager, or young adult. As my life was absorbed into the Azneer Family, through my marriage

From the Executive Director As the Jewish New Year approaches, I tend to become more contemplative. Memories of childhood High Holiday experiences mix in with those our family celebrated when our children were growing up. Now we are fortunate enough to share these memories with our granddaughter. I feel that our family has been blessed by God, as we are allowed to carry on the Jewish traditions that have been so cherished for many generations. There is a unique mood felt when entering the shul on the Holidays. We wish each other with heartfelt feelings: L’shana Tova, good yom tov or Happy New Year. We celebrate the birthday of the world and appreciate our faith in the process. We are here all together with family, friends and strangers, all for the same purpose, but with different approaches. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful office staff – Pam Askin, Anita Helfand andBarbara Jarvis, and our dedicated maintenance staff – Pei, Wilma and Chris for their tireless efforts in preparing for the Holidays. You have worked especially hard and your efforts are appreciated. L’shana Tova to Jews everywhere. Sara Latham Executive Director

to Reva, things changed. My world was different. Holidays, Jewish education of my daughters, and Bat Mitzvahs whirled around me like a tornado. Because of my career, this wonderful vortex of Spirituality surrounded me, but I still felt left out. Whether due to my marginal Jewish education and lack of knowledge, or my extreme focus on quality care of my patients, I still was not living a Jewish life. However, over time, the essence of Jewish Spirituality entered my body and mind. I am still in a process of Conversion, from my earlier Ritual Life, to one of a more fulfilled Jewish Spiritual Life. Our Synagogue, B’nai Israel, as well as most of Conservative and Reform Judaism, and many Christian denominations are going or have gone through a Spiritual Reawakening. Look around you. The Jewish Theological Seminary, and United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism have undergone major paradigm shifts of inclusiveness and other aspects of Spirituality. So, come aboard our train to the future. Begin or continue to embrace the Spirituality that is at the core of Congregation B’nai Israel. Shalom, Leslie Pearlstein, MD, President

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In order to standardize the starting time for Evening Minyan and thus make it more convenient for congregants wishing to daven, the Ritual Committee, in consultation with the Board of Trustees, has permanently set the starting time for the Evening Minyan at 6:30 p.m. for Sunday through Thursday evenings throughout the year beginning Tuesday, September 6th, 2011. Shabbat and Yom Tov Minyan times will continue to vary and be published in advance.

We will soon be organizing our ushering committee for the high holidays 5772. We need new ushers and the old regulars. There are many shifts that are open and no one works too hard. Ushers give out pledge cards for the Israel Bond Appeal, Kol Nidre and Yizkor as well as making sure our congregational family is safe during services. Our only Usher Orientation meeting will be Wednesday, September 14th at 6:45 pm. We Need Your Help! Please call the synagogue office at 381-4900 and let us know that you will be interested in ushering.

We hope that setting a single starting time will eliminate any uncertainty and encourage congregants to attend regularly. Morry Bornstein, Ritual Committee Chair

The Third Meal on Shabbat.

Friday, September 9th, at 8:00 pm is Casual Shabbat. Attire is casual; jackets and ties are not necessary. However, shoulders and knees should be covered-no shorts, jeans or tank tops, please.

On October 29, 2011 will be the first seudah of the New Year 5772. At the evening minyan after Minha, we break for some food, drink and song. We return to the chapel for Maariv and Havdala to complete the service. There are 20 Seudot this year and 10 are already taken. If you wish to sponsor a seudah In Memory of, or In Honor of Someone or for a special Occasion, this is your opportunity to do so. The cost is a donation of $80.00. We usually have about 20 congregants come and have a very nice time. Thank you in Advance for your participation in the wonderful program. Joan & Phil Redisch, Chairs 727-546-4291

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Come join us! For membership information please contact: Susan Kagan – Membership VP 727-347-3243

St. Petersburg Chapter

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SISTERHOOD So many things have happened while we have been vacationing. Sisterhood never sleeps! We were very proud of hosting the Regional Cluster Meeting. Over 45 women attended from the region which includes Tampa, Sarasota, Orlando, Clearwater and St. Petersburg. We had a very educational and fun day. Thanks to Anita Helfand and her fabulous team – Ellen Bernstein, Joan Redisch, Gail Frye, Irma Mayer, Ruth Ann Mizrahi, Eileen Richman, Alice Ettinger, Wilma Reasoner, Sara Latham who hosted the event. (If a name is omitted, please forgive us). Thank you to Sandra Herskowitz for providing the wonderful and entertaining topic, “Laughter is the Best Medicine.” Birthday Kiddush was noted in a special manner and hosted by Ricki Lewis, Livia Wein, Vivian Lurie. Each month we will host Birthday Shabbat Kiddush. There are still a few months left without a sponsor. Please call me to volunteer to help host the Kiddush. You and some friends will find it fun to get into the kitchen to prepare your favorite luncheon menu. We have a guide to help you with the requirements for preparation. It’s easy and fun.

Sisterhood Caterers provided the Kiddush for the Bar Mitzvah of Jack Sutton. Congratulations to Jack and his family. Again, we have fun in the kitchen while we work. Come and join us sometime and we promise you will volunteer to come again! If the camaraderie doesn’t it, lunch with the group certainly will! Our Sisterhood calendar will be available soon and we are hoping to have a directory this year. Please send us any updates in your address and phone number and email as you receive your request for dues for the year. It’s that time again when you will get the opportunity to see the beautiful new Torah Fund pins. Marilyn LeVine will once again be the driving force behind the pin. Our efforts for Torah Fund enabled us to be honored at the past Convention for our donation. Also, we have added to the JTS Library. Lastly, Larry and I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year. May the New Year bring you peace, joy, and health throughout the year! Alice Ettinger, Sisterhood President



By the time you read this, several of our members will already be telling their fish stories from the outing put on by all Jewish Men’s Clubs of Pinellas County.

There are special moments during the "T'fillah" when the congregation joins together in song. Many times it is forceful and loud with more familiar prayers or it is a melody that you associate with a particular person or stage of life.

Our own Phil Redisch (known to himself as Pincus HaMelech) has been elected Vice-President of the Florida Region of FJMC, the umbrella organization of Conservative Men’s Clubs throughout the country and, indeed, the world. Your president shared dinner one evening at the recent FJMC convention with the president of the Conservative Jewish Men’s Club in New Delhi, India.

I am blessed with being your Torah reader for over eight years. It is wonderful to chant from the Torah and review its contents. When I practice at home I make sure that I understand the text, where the phrasing occurs and am continually overwhelmed at the note placement for certain passages.

The convention was a treasure trove of great ideas both for fun and mitzvot. You’ll hear all about it at our first membership meeting right after the High Holidays.

These are my special moments of study and pride in reading and chanting which goes along with singing prayers with my congregation…together we must work on involvement and participation of praise to God for ourselves and the generations to follow.

If you haven’t yet returned your membership form and dues, shame on you. Seriously, all of us need to a part of all the good the MMC does. The fact that we have a good time doing it is a bonus. Jesse Rodman, President

So…Hava Nashira….Let Us Sing...5772! Shana Tova to all! Debbie Marmon, Torah Reader and Educator

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THE PAULINE RIVKIND PRESCHOOL It is a New Year at Pauline Rivkind Preschool, like the New Year, Rosh Hashanah. We begin with many celebrations and creative ways to learn about birthdays. Rosh Hashanah is the Birthday of the World. The children will be learning about how G-d created the world in six days, and rested on the seventh. They will be making birthday cards for the world and special Rosh Hashanah cards for their families and residence at Philip Benjamin Tower and Menorah Manor. Our Preschool is participating in a new program called PJ Library Goes to School. This is a pilot program sponsored by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, through the Pinellas Jewish Federation. The goals are to deepen family engagement with the Jewish Community, promote the incorporation of Jewish learning into the rhythms of daily family life, and enrich Judaic content and literature-based curriculum skills in the school environment. We are very excited about being a part of this program. If you have a child or grandchild who is eight years old or younger, and is not participating in the PJ Library home program, please contact me and I will give you the information you need to sign up. It is a free program! Your child will receive a free book each month! Join us September 17th for our first Minyan Katan – Rosh Hashanah Round Up. This is a special Shabbat service for young children and their families. Stories, songs, movement, and snacks! The service begins at 10:45 am in classroom #9. B’shalom! Bonnie Halprin, Preschool Director

HEBREW HIGH SCHOOL The Fall Semester 5772 of Hebrew High School began on Wednesday, August 31st, at 7:00 p.m. Prior to classes, Hebrew High and Mehina classes will enjoy their first Dine and Dash supper in the Youth Lounge at 6:00 pm. The next class will be held on Wednesday, September 7, 2011. Please plan on attending as Hebrew High is a lot of fun. Hebrew High School serves a vital function as a focus for discussions and study under the direction of Rabbi Jacob Luski, at the crucial period in a young adult’s life prior to college. Classes meet weekly for two hours and are open to all students in grades 9 through 11 who have completed elementary religious school. Students in grade 12 participate in Hebrew High School classes in addition to Senior Seminar geared for the college bound. Registration materials for the Fall Semester were mailed to all high school students in early August. Please call Rabbi Jacob Luski for more information.

MINYAN KATAN Shabbat Morning Service for children 5 and younger with their parents. the first Minyan Katan will be on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 10:45 am in classroom #9. Contact Bonnie Halprin for more information.

THE PAULINE RIVKIND TALMUD TORAH The start of Hebrew school is a reminder that the High Holidays are soon approaching. It is a reminder of why it is so important that our children attend Hebrew school—to learn the importance of a Jewish way of life and Jewish ideals. Long before the Green Movement, Jews were conservationists. Long before the ACLU, Jews were law givers. It is to understand the very nature of being a Jew that Hebrew schools have survived these thousands of years. There is something in all of us that needs to understand, to explore the nature of being a Jew. At Pauline Rivkind Talmud Torah, we have been blessed with wonderful facilities and excellent teachers. We are very grateful for the time that they put in to teaching our children. This year we will continue our program of Sunday Seminars. They are an opportunity for us to work as a community to add depth to our knowledge of Jewish life. Our theme this year is Gratitude and Blessings—and we have a number of exciting programs planned. We look forward to seeing you all again—and we are grateful for your participation. Shalom, Ilana Dayan, Education Director

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 will 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 begin Saturday, September 10th, 10:00 am. On that morning, the 5772 Bar and Bat Mitzvah class will be presented to the Congregation and Camp Ramah participants will talk about their summer experiences and September Birthdays will be celebrated.

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YOUTH DEPARTMENT The kids have once again begun a new school year, some in new schools. Many have entered into a new youth group and are uncertain what to expect. At the end of this month we will ALL begin a new year. Even with its uncertainties new beginnings come with new opportunity! It is a privilege to be working with your children. I invite you to take part. The Youth Commission, chaired by Karen and Cary Reich, is a group of individuals who help set policy and support the efforts of the Youth Director. This past month Kadima and Halutzim along with PRTT held opening events. Last year the theme for the year was kehila, community, and this year we will take it to the next level as we count our blessings with gratitude and appreciation. At the opening program the kids learned about each youth group and what they can expect from the year of programming. They were introduced to their PRTT teachers and enjoyed a morning team building games and activities while keeping with the theme. USY continued the tradition of a Jewish luau, or Jewau, as their opening event. For two semesters beginning August 31, 9-12 graders will meet each week for Hebrew High and Senior Seminar. 8th graders will register for Mehina class, also on Wednesday nights. These Wednesdays nights are not just about Jewish learning but they give our children the chance to see their Jewish friends during the week. I have seen first hand the children who attend are more likely to stay connected to their Jewish friends and CBI! Six times during the year the kids are invited to come an hour before class and enjoy a light dinner. There is no charge for Dine and Dash but sponsorship opportunities are available for only $36.00. You can sponsor a Dine and Dash in honor of a birthday, special event or for no reason at all. Please make note of the dates below. Let’s work together to make this year a success! Sandy Brasch, Youth and Family Program Director September Calendar 9/7: USY Board meeting 6:00 pm; Hebrew High #2 7:00 pm Mehina Class 7:00 pm 9/10 Ramah Summer Speakers 9/14: Hebrew High #3 7:00 pm Mehina Class 7:00 pm 9/16: Kadima Shabbat dinner @ Toby Weinman Residence 4:45 pm, Kadima Shabbat Service, 8:00 pm 9/18: Halutzim “Dive In” Event 12:00 noon-1:30 pm Northwest Pool; Kadima Board meeting 12:00-1:00 Y.L. 9/21: USY Board meeting 5:00 pm; Dine and Dash 6:00 pm; Hebrew High #4 7:00 pm. Mehina Class 7:00 pm 9/24: USY Board Installation, Selihot, Set Up and Sleepover

COLLEGE CONNECTION Do you have a college student in the family? CBI wants to stay connected and we need your help. Please email the following information to Sandy Brasch Student name Current college mailing address Email address Cell phone number College attending, year in school and graduation date Parent name and email address We will once again send mailings and “care packages” to our college students. To insure YOUR child receives his/her mail and package we must have a current address and email address

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 more meaningful, spiritual and successful here at CBI. This month’s schedule for participation is as follows: September 10 – Grade 7 September 17 – Grade 6 September 24 - Grade 5

CBI Website

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ADULT STUDIES Talmud Made Easy, led by Stephen Wein Wednesday, September 6th and 13th at 7:00 pm In the Buns Family Library Torah For Seniors, led by Rabbi Jacob Luski Tuesday, September 13th at 11:00 am at Philip Benjamin Tower Activities Room. Lunch With The Rabbi & Mishnah Study Wednesday, September 14th at 12:00 noon in the CBI Atrium. Please RSVP your deli lunch order to the synagogue office by 1:00 pm the Tuesday prior to class. CBI - Hadassah Book Discussion Club Wednesday, September 21st at 10:00 am In the Buns Family Library To discuss: Flowers In The Blood by Dean Latimer Please refer to the Library page for full listing of books to be discussed. Ask The Rabbi Friday, September 23, 8:00 pm Anniversary Shabbat and Sit Down Oneg Shabbat with Rabbi Luski

Buy Israel Many tangible means exist to show your support for Israel. One of the simplest ways is to buy products from Israel. The easy part is that so many items can be purchased locally, e.g., CBI Sisterhood Judaica Shop, grocery stores, wine merchants, jewelry stores, department stores, etc. Just a few ideas include: ritual items (tallitot, kippot, tefilin, mezuzot, candles, …) wearing apparel, eg, shoes and bathing suits cosmetics, especially from the Dead Sea area books, software, and music CDs art and jewelry, especially silver stamps, and coins & medals foods (oranges, canned items, cookies, chocolates, teas, herbs, …) wines flowers Of course, you can………………………. 1) give JNF tree / water certificates (click the “Supporting Israel Helps Our Synagogue” link on CBI’s home page / contact our local JNF office at 727-536-5263), 2) buy Israel Bonds (contact our local bonds office at 727-539-6445), and 3) purchase stock in Israeli companies (mostly on the NASDAQ). You can support tourism by traveling to Israel (and flying El-Al). Please share your favorite purchases with us. We’ll expand the list and republish it in the near future. Lastly, support US companies that invest and do business in Israel. We’ll provide a list in a future article. Byron Kolitz & Tom Silverberg A-Team, the Advocacy for Israel Committee

QUOTE Rabbi Yose taught: The property of others should be as precious to you as your own. Perfect yourself in the study of Torah – It will not come to you by inheritance; Let all your deeds be for heaven’s sake.

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CBI - HADASSAH BOOK DISCUSSION CLUB MEETINGS The CBI-Hadassah Book Clubs will continue to meet monthly on Wednesdays at 10:00 am in the Buns Family Library for lively discussions of current books. Listed below is the schedule beginning in the Fall. Date 9/21/11 10/19/11 11/16/11 12/21/11 1/18/12 2/15/12 3/21/12 4/18/12 5/16/12

Book Flowers In The Blood Kabbalah: A Love Story Absurdistan: A Novel Foreign Bodies The Last Jew Great House To The End Of The Land All Other Nights The Lazarus Project

Author Dean Latimer Lawrence Kushner Gary Shteyngart Cynthia Ozick Noah Gordon Nicole Krauss David Grossman Dara Horn Aleksander Hemon

If you would like to lead a discussion group, please call Sheila Wasserman at 347- 5816!

BOOK REVIEW : The 188th Crybaby Brigade by Joel Chasnoff The 188th Crybaby Brigade is anything but simplistic and gung ho. It is, however, hilarious – one of the funniest books you’ll ever read about the sometimes absurd alternative reality of the IDF, written by an idealistically Zionist Conservative Jew who, at age 24 on the brink of a career as a stand-up comic, decided to enlist for a year in the IDF’s Armored Corps and finds himself on a tour of duty in the security zone in Lebanon. In between the belly laughs, however, there’s an unsparing but often tender look at Israel and its maddeningly diverse collection of lunatics written by someone who obviously cares a great deal about the country and its future. What drives the book – which is named after the nickname Chasnoff’s commander gave to the unit – is Chasnoff’s uncanny ability to nail the various idiosyncratic elements of the Israeli psyche as mirrored in the 18-year-old boys he’s thrown his lot in with for a year. And boys they are, swearing, bickering and complaining every step of the way as they’re dragged through basic training by boys only slightly older than them. The book is an unflinching roller-coaster ride encompassing a year in Chasnoff’s life that touches on the Ashkenazi-Sephardi gap, the Orthodox stranglehold on issues of religion, the cat and mouse absurdities of hunting Hizbullah fighters in Lebanon, the wisdom of whether every 18-year-old is built to go through the emotional turmoil of army service and a nifty recipe for cooking meat loaf made out of loof on top of a tank engine. But beware, if you’re one of those Zionists who sees everything through rose-tinted glasses, this isn’t for you. However, like Chasnoff, if you can embrace the paradoxes that make up modern-day Israel – in which one of the most commonly used descriptive terms is an Arab curse that involves the private parts of mothers, and where soldiers goose each other on an educational visit to Yad Vashem – then Crybaby will provide page after page of insightful, thigh-slapping adventures. Chasnoff’s memoir brims not only with wry observations, but with poignancy and heart that only can surface from someone who has been in love with something from afar for so long, only to discover up close that it wasn’t what he expected. What the reader finds embedded within the pages of this caustic, piercing satire on the army and Israelis is a deep, uncommon love and understanding of the country expressed by someone whose passion for Israel is matched only by his ability to skewer it at any opportunity. by David Brinn from The Jerusalem Post

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FUNDRAISING REPORT As we head into the holiday season, I want to thank all of the people who have supported CBI's fund raising efforts in the past year with their time and donations. This year when you think about gifts for people who are hard to buy for think about leaves on the beautiful Tree of Life, or perhaps a gift card to Best Buy, Chili's Sweet Tomatoes or Kohl's (just a few of the many participating businesses) through our SCRIP program. Todah Rabah to Dr. David and Janice LeVine for co-chairing the Kol Nidre Campaign. Please be sure your pledge is included this year. Every gift is meaningful. If you want to get involved in CBI's fundraising team, please contact me at or phone 727-392-5554. On behalf of my family, I want to wish everyone a Shana Tova. P.S. Save the date for our annual Gift & Craft Show, December 10th and 11th. Diane Litt 3rd Vice President, Fundraising


Todah Rabah to Carol Marcin for volunteering and coordinating our core of volunteers. Thank you to the following volunteers who assisted with the office work and special mailings over the past months: Sally Swale, Carol Marcin, Kitty and Marvin Jacobs, Marian Lustigman Rooth and Vivian Neumann. Our apologies to anyone we have inadvertently omitted.

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FAMILY PROGRAMS Our first “Got Shabbat?” dinner was a huge success. Thanks to everyone who helped make the evening a success and a special Todah Rabah to Sheryl Sutton who co-chaired this dinner with me. I hope you will join us October 14, 2011 as we continue our culinary adventure. Please see the flyer in this bulletin for the details. As we near the beginning of our High Holiday season I am reminded of the numerous opportunities our tradition provides for us to connect and elevate the simplest action. On Erev Rosh Hashana Rabbi Luski will invite parents to recite the Blessing over Children. The blessing, along with a transliteration, will be provided, which the families can then take with them. When Herb and I were married 21 years ago we began blessing our children every Shabbat. This has become a very special part of our Shabbat evenings and I know when our boys have children of their own they will continue this beautiful tradition.

On the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Thursday, September 28th it is our custom to go to a body of water and perform the Tashlikh service. As a congregational family, we will gather at Lake Pasadena at 6:00 pm to recite the blessings and “toss” our sins into the water. If you have never attended please consider doing so this year. Bring your children and grandchildren. This is an ideal “teaching moment” to speak with your children about what actions they are sorry for and then give them the opportunity to begin the new year with a clean slate. What we do today are tomorrow’s memories. I wish you a meaningful holiday and may we create meaningful memories together. Sandy Brasch, Youth and Family Program Director

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LIFE CYCLE EVENTS Mazal Tov To: ACHIEVEMENTS: Shirley Sommella on her great-granddaughter, Hannah Zeevi, earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, Girl Scout’s highest honor, which was presented at the Texas State Capitol House of Representatives Chamber. Ariel Reich on her election as President of USY Mercaz Subregion. Jesse Sokolov on his election as Vice President of USY Mercaz Sub-region. Alyssa Kobernick on her election President of our St Pete USY Chapter and to the USY Mercaz Sub-region Board as Tikun Olam Chair. BAR/BAT MITZVAHS: Esta Blaxberg on the Bar Mitzvah of her grandson, Gavriel Blaxberg. Robert and Sheryl Sutton and Ralph and Ruth Ann Mizrahi on the Bar Mitzvah of their son and grandson, Jack Samuel Sutton. BIRTHS: Sid and Phyllis Werner and Aaron & Lucy Werner on the birth of their granddaughter and daughter, Naomi Drew Werner. Diana & Dr. Joe Rosin and Jessica and Andrew Bizner on the birth of their granddaughter and daughter, Ruby Ann Bizner. ENGAGEMENTS Barbara and Michael Noonberg on the engagement of their son, Yascha Noonberg to Allison Rose Zeigler. NEW HOMES: Jane Markowitz on her new home. Jerry & Selma Rosenberg on their new home.

Looking for a special way to honor your family and friends who are celebrating a simha? The TREE OF LIFE 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 or grandchild have a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or special occasion coming up? What a great way to honor them! Also makes a great “group gift” for a special occasion. Order forms are in the synagogue office and lobby. Minimum donation $254. New leaves have been dedicated to: In honor of Karen Wolchuck Sher, CBI President 2009-2011

In honor of my awesome sister, Peninah Benjamin on her Bat Mitzvah, 2-5-11, with love from her brother Samuel. In honor of the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Gail and Michael Frye, September 16, 2011, With Love from Dear Friends: Lou Bader, Eliot & Audrey Dantowitz, Sandy Elkins, Larry & Alice Ettinger, Mark & Ricki Lewis, Jack & Irma Mayer, Ralph & Ruth Ann Mizrahi, Adele Morris, Julie Morris, Allen & Betty Tut Polon, Phil & Joan Redisch and Jesse & Sandi Rodman

We share in the sorrow of the passing of: HERBERT NOROTSKY Brother of Joan Redisch

To the righteous women of the CBI Women’s Hevra Kadisha, It is with unending gratitude that I write this note to thank you for the chesed shel emet that you showed to my grandmother, Mona Feld. Your job is a holy one, and the girls you care for help the meshamas of the people we love. I truly appreciate your selfless work, as does the rest of my family. Thanks for helping us say goodbye to may beloved grandmother the proper Jewish way. Sincerely, Sara Rivka Feld, Silver Spring, MD

In honor of Stephen Wein on being selected as Educator of Excellence 2011 - 5771 from the Morning Minyanaires.

In honor of our grandson’s Bar Mitzvah, Zachary Michael Sutton, November 12, 2005, by Ralph & Ruth Ann Mizrahi.

In honor of our grandson’s Bar Mitzvah, Elliot Steven Sutton, January 26, 2008, by Ralph & Ruth Ann Mizrahi.

In honor of our grandson’s Bar Mitzvah, Jack Samuel Sutton, August 20, 2011, by Ralph & Ruth Ann Mizrahi.

In honor of our granddaughter’s Bat Mitzvah, Hannah Eva Hartung, April 2, 2011, by Ralph & Ruth Ann Mizrahi.

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September 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 Dr. Joel Marantz 1 Janie Pincus 2 Dr. Jimmy Post 2 Stephanie Kohan 4 Gerald Levin 4 Barry Kanner 5 Sally Swale 5 Philip Redisch 5 Dr. Allen Marmon 6 Dr. Jay Azneer 6 Stuart Nast 6 Steven Harwood 6 Bill Rosch 7 Richard Mensh 10 Paula Dangler 10 Dr. George Hitzel 11 Marcia Youngerman 12 Doris Hochman 12 Arthur Jay 12 David Halprin 12 Dr. Craig Kunins 14 Joel Goetz 14 Kimberly Gilbert

14 Angela Weisberg 15 Marilyn Benjamin 16 Elizabeth Zimmer 17 Leonard Mauer 18 Mirla Kremer 18 Faina Sakovich 21 Lillian Rosen 21 Pam Himmel 22 Dr. Mitchell LeVine 22 Renee Lipman 25 Beverly Dikman 26 Dr. Edward Lurie 26 Dr. Joseph Rosin 27 Gail Wiseberg 27 Judy Carr 28 Lilly Salcman 28 Dr. David Dresdner 28 Dr. Richard Benator 29 Joann Bush 29 Jeremiah Wiener 29 Susie Berman 29 Rick Applefield 30 Carrye Dodell

2 Dr. Stephen & Debbie Kobernick 2 Jackie & Andrew Catalfina 3 Neal & Deborah Smalbach 3 Dr. Mitchell & Ellie LeVine 5 Jerry & Barbara Colen 5 Sam & Sandra Janofsky 5 Warren & Rebecca Simmons 5 Seth & Angela Weisberg 6 Dr. Bob & Ina Sheppard 8 Dennis & Moreen Lerner 10 Brian & Sherrie Carroll 11 Marvin & Kitty Jacobs 11 Dr. Joseph & Diana Rosin 15 Jerry & Thelma Gilbert 16 Michael & Gail Frye 18 Dr. Edward & Vivian Lurie

Friday, September 23, 2011!


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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Page 23 DONATIONS - THROUGH AUGUST 1, 2011 Adult Studies

In honor of

Jack & Linda Goldfarb

Marriage of Hal Blanchard to Vivian Chui

Adult Studies Sunnie Horowitz

In memory of Mona Feld

Camp Ramah Fund Jesse & Sandi Rodman

In honor of Birth of Claire and Ron Yogman's granddaughter, Bellamy Walis Morgan Yogman

Miriam Tambor

Birth of Bellamy Walis Morgan Yogman, granddaughter of Claire & Ron Yogman

George & Faina Sakovich

Misheberah for Lyubov Pleskov

Marilyn Benjamin

Engagement of Danny Schwartz to Rachel Pomerantz

Bebby & Arthur Marlin

Birth of Rabbi & Joanne Luski's new grandson, Preston Levi Lawrence

Cantor's |Fund Ross Levy

In honor of In appreciation

Ellen Jo Glassman Endowment Fund Rita & Ben Thomas

In memory of

Jacobs' Beautification Bob & Debbie Jacobs Billie & Abby

In memory of Mona Feld

Library Fund Esta Blaxberg

Anita & Arlen Helfand

Speedy recovery to Dolores Diamond, Chana Olmstead & Marilyn LeVine

Livia & Steve Wein

Birth of Rabbi & Joanne Luski's new grandson,

& Helen Kahan

Preston Levi Lawrence Birth of Bellamy Walis Morgan Yogman, granddaughter of Claire & Ron Yogman

Diana & Art Jay

Birth of Rabbi & Joanne Luski's new grandson, Preston Levi Lawrence

Ellen Jo Glassman

In honor of 50th Wedding Anniversary of Irma & Jack Mayer Marriage of Ellen Bernstein's grandson Ben Kauffman to Ciara Chapman

Mitzvah Fund

In memory of

Karen & Jay Kauffman

Beatrice Levine, mother of Ross Levy & Karen Leon

Fred & Mali Feld

Mona Feld

Murray Fink

Loved ones

Jean Wittner

Aaron Mershen

Arlen & Anita Helfand

Irving Helfand

Pamela & Morris LeCompte

Sylvia Heller Wittner

& Samuel Heller Green Library Fund Sandra & Steve Harwood Annette Rosch Jane Markowitz Mitzvah Fund Karen & Jay Kauffman

In memory of Ben Blaxberg Lee Rosch Ben Blaxberg

Beverly Dikman

In Honor of Birth of Rabbi & Joanne Luski's new grandson, Preston Levi Lawrence Birth of Vivian Neumann's greatgrandson, Preston Levi Lawrence 50th Wedding Anniversary of Irma & Jack Mayer Marriage of Fred & Mali Feld's daughter, Mandi Lou to Michael Gross Marriage of David & Pati Gross' son, Michael to Mandi Lou Feld Vivian Lurie, being a wonderful & caring sister Birth of Bellamy Walis Morgan Yogman, granddaughter of Claire & Ron Yogman Birth of Bellamy Walis Morgan Yogman, granddaughter of Claire & Ron Yogman Speedy recovery to Roz Geller

Lillian Schertzer

Happy Birthday to Arline Dresdner

Millie & Lenny Gelfond Karen & Jay Kauffman

David & Teddi Robbins

Debra Sonenshine

Linda Diamond

Ben Diamond

Marion Samson Joseph

Bernard L. Samson

Annette Rosch

Regina Brecher

Bill Dolgoff

Craig Dolgoff

Ruth & Richard Erman

Abraham Levine

Philip Hirschfield

Doris Hirschfield

Marilyn Benjamin

Janice Brasch

Susan & Sheldon Scheinert

Frieda Schienert

Jack & Linda Goldfarb

Mona Feld

Henry Rosen

Isaac Rosen

Dr. & Mrs. Ed Lurie

Janice Brasch

Pauline Rivkind Fund

In Memory of

Gail & Michael Frye

Mollie Uklist

Prayerbook Fund

In memory of

Sheryl & Larry Feinman

Edith Kauffman

Rabbi's Fund

In honor of

Beverly Dikman

Speedy recovery to Susan Turner

Steve & Linda Grau

Birth of Bellamy Walis Morgan Yogman, granddaughter of Claire & Ron Yogman Birth of Preston Levi Lawrence, grandson of Rabbi & Joanne Luski

Ross Levy

In appreciation

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Marvin & Kitty Jacobs

Misheberach for Marilyn LeVine, Arlen Helfand & Chana Olmstead

Lauren & Larry Kleinfeld

Janice Brasch

Murray & Myrna Rubin

In appreciation

Myra & Bernie Kovacs

Janice Brasch

Richard & Gerry Mensh

Birth of Preston Levi Lawrence, grandson

Adele Morris

Ceceil Kramer, Janice Brasch

of Rabbi & Joanne Luski

Herb & Sandy Brasch

Abe Katz

Arlene Ludin

Rabbi Luski

Mirla Kremer

Zlata Chapiro, Leon Chapiro, David Kremer

Arlene Ludin

Vivian Neumann

Mr. & Mrs. Mel Dinsfriend

Loved ones

Rabbi's Fund

In memory of

USY Pilgrimage

In memory of

Marvin & Kitty Jacobs

Janice Brasch, Mona Feld

Naomi Berg & Wes Sawyer

Janice Brasch

Anita Sher

Mona Feld

Aldena & Larry Lew

David Stein

Dr. Nancy Landfish

Rose Billet

Diana & Art Jay

Janice Brasch

Sonya Miller

Lillian D. Haliczer

Larry & Sheryl Feinman

Michael Feinman & Louise Coleman

Dr. & Mrs. Frank Mendelblatt

Dr. David Mendelblatt

Gail S. Warren Legacy

In honor of

Sharon & Alan Koenig

Ann Skott

for Leadership

Susan Turner

Howard Halperin

Laurie & Marc Reiskind

Ricki Lewis

Israel Nemiroff

of Rabbi and Joanne

Sam & Sandra Janofsky

Jean Gloria Aronovitz, Sadie Tobis &

50th Wedding Anniversary of Irma & Jack Mayer

Birth of Preston Levi Lawrence, grandson

Charles Tobis Steve & Linda Grau

Mona Feld, Janice Brasch

Gail S. Warren Legacy

Richard & Gerry Mensh

Janice Brasch

for Leadership

Audrey Kopelman

Herman Schwartz, Yetta Schwartz

Steve Warren

Janice Brasch

Dr. & Mrs. Frank Mendelblatt

Reba Mendelblatt

Sandy & Mike Slomka

Adele Gilbert, Janice Brasch

Rabbi Gary Klein

Rabbi J. L. Azneer

Mr. & Mrs. Peter Raider

Regina Landes

Mrs. Carol Epstein

Jimmy Bunting

Sheila Knapp

Sima Grusmark

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Lachter

Stanley Marx

Mr. & Mrs. Howard Berger

Beatrice Levine, mother of Ross Levy & Karen Leon

USY Fund

In honor of

Jayne & Ron Weissman

Birth of Levi Elliott Rubinsky, grandson of Gail & Carl Rubinsky Birth of Bellamy Walis Morgan Yogman granddaughter of Claire & Ron Yogman

USY Fund

In memory of

Larry & Sheryl Feinman

Mona Feld, Janice Bransch, Adolfine Leight

Barbara Jarvis

Janice Brasch

Dr. Morris & Marilyn LeVine

Mona Feld

Anita & Arlen Helfand

Mona Feld & Janice Brasch

Audrey Chenkin

Ethel Rothblatt

Reiskind Family

Lena Fishman, Janice Brasch

Karen & Cary Reich

Janice Brasch

Ron & Jayne Weissman

Mona Feld

Alice & Larry Ettinger

Harriet Fishman

Sandy & Herb Brasch

Mona Feld

Linda & Jack Goldfarb

Janice Brasch

Henry Kahalas

Rheta Kahalas, Beth Kaufman

In Memory of

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Shabbat Game Corner Every Shabbat morning, during the Kiddush in the Benjamin Social Hall, a Shabbat Game Corner, will keep your children happy while parents enjoy the Kiddush. Parents: Please assist your children in cleaning up before leaving. Thank you!

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