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 In This Issue:

• What Do You Bring to the Table? • Purim and Pesah

We invite everyone – adults and children – to come dressed as the characters of the holiday. 5:15 p.m. Minhah Esterson Auditorium 6:15 p.m. Ma’ariv/Traditional Megillah Reading Esterson Auditorium 7 p.m.

Family Megillah Reading Sanctuary Featuring Dancing with the Stars

8-10 p.m.

Teen Programming Krieger Gymnasium Family Party with DJ Krieger Auditorium Adult Karaoke Café and Purim Shpiel Stulman Auditorium (21 and over)

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…and the celebration continues at our

Annual Purim Carnival • Sunday, February 24 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Carnival Games • Moonbounce • Obstacle Course Arts and Crafts • Prizes Hot Dogs, Wraps, Salads and more . . . New this year: Silent Auction

Tickets include games, popcorn, and cotton candy. Presale: $12/child or $20/per family At the door: $15/child or $25/family Purchase tickets online at Volunteers needed, please contact Rena Lapidus,, or 410/484-2538 Sponsored by the Parent Association of the Chizuk Amuno Schools

8100 Stevenson Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21208

Synagogue Office 410/486-6400 Synagogue Fax 410/486-4050 Synagogue E-mail Goldsmith Early Childhood Education Center 410/486-8642 Krieger Schechter Day School 410/486-8640 Rosenbloom Religious School 410/486-8641 Stulman Center for Adult Learning 410/824-2055



Chizuk Amuno Congregation

President Michelle Malis, First Vice President Samuel E. Moskowitz, Vice President Dr. Andrew Miller Vice President Jason A. Blavatt Secretary Michelle Hettleman Treasure Sandra Moffet Assistant Treasurer Louis E. Sapperstein

synagogue staff

Rabbi Ronald J. Shulman | x230 Rabbi Deborah Wechsler | x231 Rabbi Paul D. Schneider | x226 Director of Congregational Life Rabbi Emeritus Joel H. Zaiman | x296 Hazzan Emanuel C. Perlman | x233 Ritual Director Dr. Moshe D. Shualy | x243 Director of Congregational Education

Rabbi Stuart Seltzer | x234 | Head of School, Krieger Schechter Day School

Bil Zarch | x226 |

Director, Goldsmith Early Childhood Education Center

Michelle Gold | x238 |

Director, Stulman Center for Adult Learning

Judy Meltzer | x287 |

Director, Gemilut Hasadim Service Initiative

Miriam Foss | x281 | Bar/Bat Mitzvah Coordinator

Debby Hellman | x290 | Curator, Goldsmith Museum

Dr. Susan Vick | x291 | Choir Director, T. Herbert Dimmock

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Executive Director

Ronald N. Millen | x224 | Director of Congregational Advancement

Laurel Freedman | x275 | Synagogue Administrator

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LaZ’man HaZeh ~ At This Season What Do You Bring to the Table? by Rabbi Ron Shulman Setting the Table by Shelly Malis


Pesah 5773 Start at the Beginning by Rabbi Paul Schneider • A Place at the Table

• Dunkin’ Pots and Pans


What I Bring to the Table by Rabbi Debi Wechsler by Dr. Benjamin Philosophe by Vanina Wolf

• Siyym B’khorim ~ First Born Minyan


Torah Being There by Karen Desser

Fifth Grade Shabbaton


Avodah The Reading Table by Rabbi Stuart Seltzer


Gemilut Hasadim Sustainability at Chizuk Amuno by Aaron Max


• Sale of Hametz

• Schedule of Services

• Community Second Seder

• Movie Night: The Other Son

• RRS Passover Raffle

11 What’s Nu? • Laser Lights • The Bach Concert Series • Remembering the Redemption of Soviet Jewry • YFC Wine Tasting • Hoffberger Chapel Parokhet • Derekh Amuno • A Gift from Sisterhood • Todot…A Celebration of Leadership • KSDS Performs Oklahoma • New Members

Jenny Baker | x227 | Controller

Rick Bernard | x256 | Information Systems Manager

Bruce P. Yaillen | x284 |

On the Cover: Our new parokhet can be viewed in the Hoffberger Chapel. The acquisition of this piece was made possible by a generous contribution from Ann H. Kahan, in memory of her husband, Sam.

Assistant Cemetery Director

Marsha Yoffe | x309 | Director of Communication and Member Services

Cheryl Snyderman | x300 | Graphic Designer

Rachel Levitan | x282 |

Chizuk Amuno has a long history of proud service to Baltimore’s Jewish community. Dedicated to strengthening faith in our people’s covenant with God, the purpose of Chizuk Amuno Congregation is to create a sacred Jewish community. Here individuals and families can find meaning for their lives from serious engagement with the texts, wisdom, and celebrations of Judaism. In pursuit of this mission, Chizuk Amuno ascribes to the rabbinic teaching: “The world is sustained through Torah – learning, Avodah – prayer and service, and Gemilut Hasadim – acts of loving kindness.”

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t seems like it was a lifetime ago. Sitting around the table at a local coffee shop with my friends we spent many late summer nights brainstorming ideas for our campers. We were Camp Ramah’s educational and program staff responsible for planning fun, engaging, and educational activities. Filled with energy and enthusiasm, we had lots of ideas. We wrote all of them down on paper napkins pulled from metal napkin dispensers on the tables. We called our creative thoughts “napkin ideas,” some of which did indeed become successful camp programs. It’s a fond memory. Flimsy papers with our scribbled notes became solid, clearly articulated plans we shared with others. Coming up with the ideas is still my favorite part of every new project, every first meeting. Even these days as I write my ideas in a notepad or type them on an iPad, it’s always exciting to imagine and to dream. As Passover approaches, I also focus on ideas. What are the themes, the values, the important thoughts I want to discuss at the seder table with family and friends? I don’t write them on napkins, but I do prepare them before Pesah begins.

Passover is a good season to consider our best ideas, to celebrate freedom and dignity, to understand responsibility and goodness, to remember historic values and to imagine the future.

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Passover is a good season to consider our best ideas, to celebrate freedom and dignity, to understand responsibility and goodness, to remember historic values and to imagine the future. Yet, whatever the season or wherever the discussion, I like to bring my ideas to the table, and to hear someone else’s, too. I remember when I first understood the idea of Jewish Peoplehood and distinctiveness, that God is found in natural realities; not necessarily in stories of miracle and wonder; that treating people equally, regardless of station or status, that being honest toward others and living with integrity give life its meaning. I learned these ideas at home, from teachers, through life. These ideas have remained with me and influenced my choices, values, and life experiences. Ideas define us. Ideas matter. We’re not Jewish without them, and we’re not Americans without them. We define both of these identities with concepts, by the ideas that bind us in family, society, and community. We live our lives with purpose and conviction through our ideas. We endure and respond to life’s different circumstances and challenges through the ideas we cherish and believe in. Just as we will each bring significant ideas to our seder tables, in this issue of Ha’Zman ~ This Season, member authors Karen Desser, Dr. Benjamin Philosophe, and Vanina Wolf, reflect on what they bring to the tables around which they work and live. Hag Sameah v’Kasher – Enjoy a joyous and Happy Pesah!

Please plan to join us Saturday, March 30, 8:30 p.m., Hol HaMoed Passover, for a screening of the Israeli film The Other Son. See page 10 for additional details.

is Season ~ dfd onfl Setting the Table by Shelly Malis President, Chizuk Amuno Congregation


t our Annual Meeting and again in the fall issue of HaZ’man ~ This Season, I invited you to join me. Join me in making Chizuk Amuno “that place” that touches you spiritually, provides emotional connections and support, nourishes your mind, and provides a home-away-fromhome for you and your family. Since then, many new events have taken place. Our first community Havdalah took place outside on a lovely clear night in November. Everybody who attended was moved by the warmth of this beautiful service. Our Congregational Life Committee brought us Laser Lights in December, at which over 800 people joined us for Hanukkah songs, Havdalah, a very meaningful Hanukkiyot lighting, and a magnificent laser presentation. The Goldsmith Museum and Cultural Arts Committee engaged Liz Lerman, whose workshop, Worship through Dance, enabled participants to express themselves in a new, deeply significant way and created a special bond among those who attended. The Stulman Center for Adult Learning presented Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, UMBC President, a dynamic speaker with an inspirational message. And our Gemilut Hasadim Committee held an open meeting on sustainability – addressing member’s passions about keeping Chizuk Amuno healthy and green. That is just the short list of the highlights. It is your participation in these programs, as a volunteer or as an attendee, that makes them meaningful and successful. There are countless ways to enhance your life at Chizuk Amuno.  Celebrate Shabbat with us at our renewed Amuno Minyan. Enjoy popcorn together at the next Israel Engagement Committee movie presentation. Help serve breakfast at Our Daily Bread. Sign your child up for the next youth Shabbaton. I encourage you to bring what you’ve got to our table and look forward to sharing more special moments together.

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What I Bring t by Rabbi Debi Wechsler


here are three people who have taught me a great deal about what to bring to a table, literally and metaphorically. For me, each of them is a model of hospitality and welcome – creating the kind of open, warm Jewish home that I admire and the kind of open, warm synagogue community that we seek to foster.

The first is my mother Joyce. Growing up our table was full with the six of us, but there was always room for more. Pesah was celebrated not just with relatives and extended family, but with her students and their parents. Shabbat dinner would bring our friends or my father’s Jewish residents or my uncle from out of town who had his own room downstairs. She made sure the table was full, not only with guests and food but also with family history and warmth. She used the “good” dishes. The silver Kiddush cup was always polished. She knew who liked soup without matzah balls and who liked matzah balls without soup. She made her aunt’s rugelakh and her mother’s mandelbrodt. When I make a Shabbat or

holiday meal it is my mother who inspires me to make it warm and loving. (And on her visits to Baltimore, she polishes the silver, a task I usually “forget.”) The second is a woman named Evie. In the winter of my last year in rabbinical school I was invited to be the Scholar-in-Residence at a synagogue in surburban Philadelphia. In order to be within walking distance to the shul, I was housed with Evie who lived nearby. She was a stranger in the sense that I had never met her before, but by the time I got on the train to go back to New York on Saturday night, she had become a role model. Her extra room was small but felt like home. Extra blankets, a reading light, a bathroom filled with anything I could possibly need, magazines and books – it was a wonder and made me feel like a cherished guest in her home. At Shabbat meals she invited interesting people who she thought I might like and we lingered over conversation and dessert each time. She was attentive but not overbearing.

When I first had a home with a guest room (here in Baltimore) it was Evie who inspired me to make it as lovely as I could. The third is Danny Meyer the restaurateur, whose wonderful book, Setting the Table, has taught me a great deal about the difference between serving someone and being hospitable to them. He speaks about restaurants and businesses, but what he teaches is essentially how to treat people as treasured guests whether that is at synagogue or at home. Reaffirming what we know to be true, Danny sees creating meaningful relationships at the heart of that encounter. Of letting people know how happy we are to see them and have them spend time with us. Of listening to them ba’asher hu sham, from the place where they are coming from. Of being uniquely and confidently who you are without compromising quality. Of valuing every human being with whom we come in contact and learning something from them. When I sit across the table at shul from someone new, it is Danny Meyer who whispers in my ear, “Make them feel like they are coming home and they will see themselves as part of our Chizuk Amuno family.” n

by Dr. Benjamin Philosophe n an act that defines the moment of transition from student to practitioner, medical students across the country recite the Hippocratic oath, swearing to practice medicine ethically and honestly. In a few medical schools, including the one from which I graduated, we recite yet another, the oath of Maimonides, which is derived from the Maimonides Prayer for the Physician. Maimonides was, perhaps, the most

important Jewish philosopher of the Middle Ages and, over 800 years later, the prayer continues to have relevance. One passage especially resonates with me, “May the love for my art actuate me at all time.” My work truly “actuates” me; it’s not only a passion, it’s in my lifeblood. As a transplant surgeon, my hours are long and the satisfaction I derive from the lives saved fuels this dedication to my patients. But rather than coming at the expense of family

life, it is integrated into it. Within the Maimonides prayer is the passage “Support me, Almighty God, in these great labors that they may benefit mankind, for without Thy help not even the least thing will succeed… Inspire me with love for my art and for Thy creatures.”

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to the Table by Vanina Wolf


here are all sorts of ethical dilemmas in the acupuncture field – some of which are regulated by laws, others by code of conduct. It is the way in which I respond that I bring to the table. In this case – the acupuncture table. In the book of Leviticus, there are clear guidelines for negotiating in business, including “You shall not falsify measures of length, weight, or capacity. You shall have an honest balance...” In the Torah, the guidelines referred to scales in the marketplace, but the concept is applicable to modern business dealings. For example, a young woman called to ask me if acupuncture could help her get pregnant. Though I have a lot of experience and success in this particular field, I cannot predict how she will respond to treatment, nor can I prognosticate whether or not she will get pregnant. If I respond with the truth: “Maybe yes, and maybe no,” she will not feel very confident in trying acupuncture, I risk losing a prospective patient, and possibly delay the real chance of her getting pregnant. I want to be honest without falsifying measurements,

so in a typical Jewish fashion, I respond with a question: “How long have you been trying to get pregnant?” From there we begin a conversation. I gather more information: She’s been trying for two years unsuccessfully and has been to a reproductive endocrinologist for some tests that were all inconclusive. In short, there’s nothing wrong with her as far as western medicine can tell. I ask more questions about her menstrual cycle and her lifestyle. Usually, I find something that makes me confident in treating her: “I believe acupuncture can help restore the body’s natural abilities to procreate.” Without falsifying measures of “length, weight, or capacity,” I tell her that I don’t know how long it can take for her to get pregnant, but in general four months of regular acupuncture will allow the body to respond in a way that’s optimal. She then has to determine whether or not it’s something she wants to try.

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orchestra to make music, I am completely dependent on my family and community for my ‘art.’ The ‘inspiration’ actually comes through my children. In a world penetrated by violence and despair, the dedication to treat and “…see in the patient anything but a fellow creature in pain” provides a vital example for my kids as they grow and become caring contributors to the world around us.

In my practice, a big source of suffering in infertile women is their anxiety over their bodies. They fear their bodies are failing them, or worse that they’ve done

something wrong! They lament: “Why is this happening to me?” People think that infertility is a modern problem because of its prevalence, or the toxins in our food or environment, or older maternal age. I point out that infertility is not new, it’s as old as Torah. Weren’t our matriarchs all pleading to God for a baby? When Sarah finally became pregnant, she was 90 years old. She laughed, as if God had played a joke on her and named her son Isaac – he who makes me laugh. Often, the women in my practice find these stories comforting, it reassures them that they are not alone in their suffering, and gives them hope for things to come. n

Vanina Wolf is a licensed, boardcertified acupuncturist in Towson. She and her husband, Josh, are members of Chizuk Amuno and parents to three kids, all of whom attended Goldsmith Early Childhood Education Center and are currently enrolled at the Rosenbloom Religious School. Their eldest just became a bat mitzvah this past November. of the Liver, Kidney, and Pancreas Transplant Programs.

Benjamin Philosophe was born in Lebanon, raised in Montreal, and educated in the United States. Ben and his wife, Teri, are members of Chizuk Amuno and live in Pikesville. Their four children attend Krieger Schechter Day School. Ben recently joined Johns Hopkins University where he is a Professor of Surgery and the Clinical Leader Purim /Pesah 5773 | 5

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s Jews, we vote with our feet. We’re commanded in Torah to take action: to pursue justice, respect parents, care for our environment. We’re told how to mark Shabbat, Pesah, Sukkot. Rabbinic texts state the parameters for the time for prayer, provide guidelines for business, eating, Shabbat observance. Our actions show our beliefs – we are what we do. So, what do I do? I come to the table. And I bring my children. It’s as simple – and as wildly complicated – as that. For this is our challenge: what takes precedence in our frenetic lives? As contemporary American Jews, we are blessed with a dizzying array of choices, so what do we choose?

I’ve chosen Jewish participation. In youth, during college, during adulthood. I attend classes, plan programs. I’ve shepherded teens through Israel as a staff member, and 24 years later had the joy of traveling with my own daughter and her classmates on their first journey to Israel. I pray, sing, study, eat, cook, and laugh with my community and my family. Thanks to the patient guidance of Mrs. Jeanette Weiss, I can finally make a really good spongecake. My children continued their Jewish educations throughout Pre-K to Grade 12, and still had plenty of time for music, for sports, for downtime. Just as we symbolically welcome Elijah inside to join our Pesah seder, there is always

room for more at the table. Come join in. This is the most important action that any of us can take. n Karen Desser and her husband, Morris Swartz, came to Baltimore and Chizuk Amuno in 1998. Their children, Aaron and Talia, are graduates of Chizuk Amuno’s Rosenbloom Religious School and the Netivon High School. Ethan is a recent bar mitzvah and student at Rosenbloom Religious School. Karen has served on Chizuk Amuno’s Education Committee for several years and is a member of the Board of Trustees.

Chizuk Amuno: A One Night Sleep-Away Camp in January


or fifth grade students at Chizuk Amuno, this year’s Shabbaton transformed the synagogue into a fun, exciting, and educational sleep-away camp. The faculty lounge and library became their cabins, Chizuk Amuno teens their counselors, the Stulman Auditorium their mess hall, and the entire building their field for all kinds of camp activities. From sundown to sundown, from Kabbalat Shabbat to Havdalah, from the first Shabbat meal to the third Shabbat meal, students experienced a traditional Shabbat together while making new friends and learning new things. Here is a sampling of the five-star reviews: “I liked when me and Rabbi Seltzer danced after we washed our hands.” “The Shabbaton was incredible! I really enjoyed it. We went to the gym, we had a scavenger hunt, we acted out the Torah portion, we got to play games such as 6 | HaZ’man ~ This Season

Monopoly, Apples to Apples, and Blockus. I got to make new friends and I got a chance to get closer to God.” “The Shabbaton is a cool and fun way to get a total Shabbat experience. The juggling included balancing and spinning plates on a stick, juggling scarves, and learning how to use a diablo. I also liked the trip to Dr. Schneider’s house because of the stories he told and of course Mrs. Schneider’s homemade brownies. The best part about the Shabbaton was the boys got to sleep in the Teacher’s Lounge.” “When I went to the Shabbaton it was amazing. The kids beat the counselors every time at king-pin. All I know is I absolutely want another one.” “My favorite activity that we did was the scavenger hunt. The boys looked for ten golden crowns and the girls had to find ten different colored masks. I think more people

should come to the Shabbaton.” It’s unanimous; everyone had a great time at the Shabbaton! Fifth grader Hannah Wahlberg summed it up in an e-mail to Morah Allen, “I already miss the Shabbaton so much I teared up a little. (I confess, a lot). Please, please, please make the Shabbaton into a one week sleep-away camp.” If you didn’t attend this past Shabbaton, please plan to come to the next one. A synagogue Shabbaton is an ideal setting for instilling Jewish values and positive feelings about being Jewish. Watching your synagogue transform into an intensive learning and fun experience is one of the best ways for children to build a strong and lasting Jewish identity and to develop a sense of belonging to Chizuk Amuno. Stay tuned for the next Chizuk Amuno Shabbaton opportunity! n

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ables are easily forgotten, taken for granted. We tend to concentrate on what’s on them, forgetting about the table itself. This isn’t so in the Family Shabbat Morning Service at Chizuk Amuno. The simple eight foot table in the Hoffberger Chapel, covered with a plain white cloth, at the front of the room is center stage, a magical, ritual place. Around this table kids take their places and gradually over the years assume the awesome role of leading the congregation in prayer. To emphasize the magic and importance of the table, I make sure to tell the kids that it can grow to accommodate as many of them who want to volunteer to lead a part of the service. Because the children are young, I often see a question in their eyes, “Can it really grow?” Of course it can. We call it “the reading table.” It is at the reading table in front of 60 or 70 people each Shabbat, that a six year old girl will lead the congregation in her first short Hebrew prayer. Her voice trembles a little, starting out quietly, but building volume as she goes along. The congregation

roots for her and seems to carry her along. It is at the reading table that an older student proudly shows his mastery of the words and music of Birkhot HaShakhar as an example to the younger kids. This boy was once like the six year old girl, his voice quavering with his first line of Hebrew. Now his voice is strong and sure. Everybody listens with confidence. He carries them where once he was carried. It is in front of this reading table that kids gain mastery, lead ever-more challenging prayers, and accept the awesome responsibility of channeling the congregation’s kavanah and relationship with God. Come into the chapel and you will see a group of third and fourth grade students leading the Halleluyah prayer, banging on the reading table as they clap their hands and sing a niggun. Come into the chapel to see and hear our preschool kids take their places around the reading table, their heads barely showing, innocently singing out the words of the Shema, and stirring the spirits of everyone in the room. “The world exists only by virtue

of the breath which comes from the mouths of school children.” (Shab. 119b) And even kids who have graduated from the Family Service still come back to take their places around the reading table, leading prayers which are too difficult for many of the younger children. I say it’s the reading table that draws them back, their memories of how they grew there, and their desires to be role models for the younger children. However, it’s during the Torah service that the reading table serves as a witness to the Covenant. There a student reads from the Torah for the very first time. There, she has her first aliyah. There, he gives his first D’var Torah, an explanation of the week’s Torah portion to the congregation. And after these first times, many other times follow. After the Torah reading, we shower candy on everyone. Sweet are the words in our mouths. After the fun songs of Ein K’Eloheinu and Adon Olam, as the congregation walks to another table for Kiddush, the reading table, plain, simple and white, seems to glow with the voices of children. n

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Is Chizuk Sustainable? By Aaron Max


ou may not have noticed the paper recycling dumpster on the north parking lot, the energy efficient light bulbs throughout the building, or the recyclable cups at the Kiddush luncheons. Did you know that Krieger Schechter Day School won an award for its “green” efforts, or that Chizuk Amuno was recognized by The ASSOCIATED’s Sustainability Initiative as one of about a dozen synagogues who have raised the bar on sustainability? Chizuk was also recently awarded a free energy audit and an opportunity to evaluate our storm water management to potentially ease any burden that we may impose on the Chesapeake Bay. In December, 27 of us met to consider what, if anything, we should do as a congregation about sustainability. In addition to 25 Chizuk Amuno members, Joelle Novey, Executive Director of Interfaith Power and Light (also a family member of long-time Chizuk Amuno members) and Aleeza Oshry, Director of The ASSOCIATED’s Sustainability Initiative, participated in a “sustainability conversation.” The Gemilut Hasadim committee generously sponsored the lively conversation that was moderated by Barbara Grochal. 8 | HaZ’man ~ This Season

Another Chizuk member, Stuart Kaplow, an expert in “green” construction, discussed ways to make the Chizuk Amuno physical plant more energy efficient. Rabbi Wechsler closed the program by making a meaningful connection between Judaism and sustainability. The diversity of participants was exciting: it ranged from those who had very limited knowledge of the topic, to those who are somewhat confused about how to implement changes, to those whose work is focused on sustainability. Is it important for Chizuk Amuno to recycle, manage the synagogue’s costs by investing in energy efficient lighting, heating and air conditioning equipment, use compostable products, market the synagogue’s sustainability efforts to prospective membership, or engage current members who prioritize sustainability as an important Jewish cause? For many, the term sustainability suggests clean air, recycling, and water conservation. However, it also can serve as a means to long-term affordability through investment in building maintenance and cost management. The idea of sustainability not only addresses the future of our earth but the future viability of institutions like

Chizuk Amuno. An opportunity exists for us to declare, as a synagogue community, that our Jewish core values embrace efficiency, reduction of waste, and the preservation of resources. Let’s share ideas about sustainability and how the Chizuk Amuno community can make a difference. Please consider how we might organize this effort. Be creative. E-mail me ( your thoughts and ideas and engage in conversations with fellow members of the community as well as with our clergy and educators. It is clear to me that our Jewish values include the concept of sustainability. Shouldn’t we figure out how Chizuk Amuno can take a leadership role on this issue? Creating a model for other Jewish institutions would be a great legacy for us to share. Will you join me? n Aaron Max and his wife, Jill, are long-time members of Chizuk Amuno. Their children, Jake and Samantha, are KSDS graduates.

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Start at the Beginning by Rabbi Paul Schneider


ou have heard more than one rabbi suggest that the setting of the seder table is the perfect time and place to tell your own family story. So, you invite the oldest family members to share with everyone else what they remember of their youth growing up on the Lower Eastside of NYC, or in Toronto, or in Cape Town or in Kiev. And then, you invite others around the table to augment the stories with their own memories of what they themselves heard or experienced. And finally you, as the leader of the seder, explain that every Jewish family tells their own piece of the greater story of the Jewish people. But, what will you say if one of the children asks, “How does the story of the Jewish people begin?” Does the story begin at Mt. Sinai? After all, according to our sages, it was at the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai that the nation of Israel was formed. It was at Sinai that the Jewish people received, as a nation, their divine charge to be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation, “to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God.” Or, perhaps the story of the Jewish people begins in Egypt? Doesn’t the Haggadah tell us that God took us out of Egypt with an outstretched arm? We sing “Avodim hayeenu v’atah b’nai Horim - We were slaves to Pharoah in Egypt and now we are free.” Actually, if, as the leader of the seder, you are asked, “When does the story of the Jewish people begin?” the answer is with God’s selection of Avram to be the father of a great nation. And that is why every convert to Judaism is given a Hebrew name, so and so, son or daughter of Abraham and Sarah. You see, when someone becomes a Jew, they also take on the history of the Jewish people from the very beginning. Bon appétit! Bring with you to the seder table not only an appetite for matzah, but an appetite for your own Jewish story.

A Place at the Table

Be a host for Passover seder! We are often contacted by college students, local hospitals, and also congregants who would like to share a Passover seder. If you have room at your table for new friends, please be in touch with Rabbi Wechsler. Be a guest for a Passover seder! We have wonderful seder experiences with new Chizuk Amuno friends waiting for you. If you are in need of a seder to attend for either first or second night, please be in touch with Rabbi Wechsler.

Dunkin’ Pots and Pans

On Sunday, March 17, from 10-11.m. in the Esterson Auditorium kitchen, we will help you kasher your silverware or metal pots and utensils. Items used during the year may be used for Passover, if they undergo a process of kashering called hag’alah. Hag’alah involves immersing the item in a container filled with boiling water. Please note: Baking utensils cannot be kashered. Silverware or pots must be made entirely of metal. Items must be thoroughly cleaned prior to kashering. Items may not be used 24 hours prior to kashering. Please line up by the Esterson kitchen at the door off the driveway. Bring a laundry hamper and clean towel to take your items home, as we do not have room for storage and drying. You will also be able to pick up bedikat hametz kits, sell your hametz, and donate Ma’ot Hittim. RSVP to Judy Simkin at ext. 232.

Siyyum B’khorim–First Born Minyan

Followed by Breakfast Siyyum B’khorim is a morning minyan and brief study session followed by a light breakfast, the last hametz meal before Passover. Attendance at this minyan is a special mitzvah for all first-born males. First born daughters and everyone else are also welcome! The tradition of attending a Siyyum B’khorim marks the role of the first born of both Israel and Egypt in the Exodus story. It is also a moment to mark with gratitude the gift of freedom we will celebrate on Passover. Join in this final preparation for Passover on Monday, March 25 at 7 a.m. in the Hoffberger Chapel. The breakfast is sponsored in part by a generous donation from Jack and Anne Needle and Lynne Komins and family, in loving memory of Warren Komins.

Sale of Hametz Hametz may be sold by completing this form until 10 a.m., Monday morning, March 25, 2013. Hametz that is sold reverts to your ownership when Pesah is concluded on Tuesday evening, April 2, 2013. I/We hereby authorize Dr. Moshe Shualy as the agent of Chizuk Amuno Congregation to use the enclosed contribution in part to symbolically sell all leaven (hametz) in my/our possession. The remainder of my/our contribution will be set aside as tzedakah for Ma’ot Hittim. Signature and date Address and city Purim /Pesah 5773 | 9


oliday services are warm and special times. We invite you to join the meaning, spirit, and beauty of celebrating Passover with your synagogue community. Our Festival Services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on each of Passover’s four holiday mornings. We’ll share in prayer, celebration and reflection, and study Torah and Passover’s themes together. Our festival gathering will conclude with a holiday Kiddush. A schedule of Family Services for Pesah will be posted to the website and sent out as an e-mail prior to the holiday.

Monday, March 25 | Erev Pesah

Shaharit – Siyyum B’korim Fast of the First Born

7:00 a.m.

Minhah/Ma’ariv Erev Pesah Candle Lighting First Seder Night

6:00 p.m. 7:06 p.m.

Tuesday, March 26 | 1st Day Pesah Pesah Festival Morning Service

9:15 a.m.

Candle Lighting Minhah/ Ma’ariv Erev 2nd Day of Pesah Second Seder Night

7:51 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 27 | 2nd Day Pesah Passover Festival Morning Service

9:15 a.m.

7:30 p.m. 7:52 p.m.

Minhah/Ma’ariv Havdalah

Thursday, March 28 | 1st Hol HaMoed

7:00 a.m. 6:15 p.m.

Shaharit Minhah/Ma’ariv

Friday, March 29 | 2nd Hol HaMoed

Shaharit Oneg Shabbat Minhah Kabbalat Shabbat Candle Lighting

7:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. 6:15 p.m. 7:10 p.m.

Shabbat, March 30 | 3rd Hol HaMoed

Shabbat Hol HaMoed of Pesah Morning Service 9:15 a.m. We recognize our Madrikhim – B’nei Mitzvah Tutors Recitation of Shir HaShirim (Song of Songs) Kiddush honoring our Madrikhim following Services Study Session Minhah/Ma’ariv Havdalah

Tuesday, March 26, 6:30 p.m. We invite you to join with the Chizuk Amuno Community as we enjoy the traditions and the joy of Pesah together. Space is limited to 150 participants. Deadline for reservations and payment is March 4. RSVP to the synagogue office. Please indicate if your preference is vegetarian. $40 per adult; $25 per child (ages 4 -12); Children under 4 years old free. We thank Brotherhood for their support of the Community Seder.

Hol HaMoed Passover Movie Night

6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:55 p.m.

Sunday, March 31 | 4th Hol HaMoed

9:15 a.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:12 p.m.

Shaharit Minhah/Erev 7th Day of Pesah Candle Lighting

Monday, April 1 | 7th Day Pesah Seventh Day of Pesah Festival Morning Service

9:15 a.m.

Minhah/Ma’ariv Erev 8th Day of Pesah Candle Lighting

6:00 p.m. 7:57 p.m.

Tuesday, April 2 | 8th Day Pesah, Yizkor

Eighth Day of Pesah Festival Morning Service 9:15 a.m. Yizkor Memorial Prayers Minhah/Ma’ariv Havdalah Hametz may be eaten

Visit the Sisterhood Judaica Shop for Your Passover Shopping

Seder Plates • Elijah’s Cups Matzah Plates and Covers • Miriam’s Cups A Great Assortment of Accessories • Super Hostess Gifts Sunday • 9:15-11:30 a.m. Monday and Wednesday • 10 a.m.-Noon and 2-6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday • 10 a.m.-Noon and 1-5 p.m. Friday • 10 a.m.-Noon and by appointment with Anne King, 410/303-7716 or 410/484-5813, or Edna Crystal 410/653-3495. For information or to volunteer, please call Anne King at 410/303-7716 or 410/484-5813. 10 | HaZ’man ~ This Season

Chizuk Amuno Community Second Seder Celebration

7:30 p.m. 7:58 p.m. after 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 30, 8:30 p.m. The Other Son As he prepares to join the Israeli army for his national service, Joseph discovers he is not his parents’ biological son, but that he was inadvertently switched at birth with Yassin, the son of a Palestinian family from the West Bank. This revelation turns the lives of these two families upside-down, forcing them to reassess their respective identities, their values and their beliefs. Enjoy some Passover treats and join us in discussion following the film.

Pre-Passover Raffle Proceeds will help fund school-wide and family programming at the Rosenbloom Religious School. Enter to win one of these fabulous prizes, just in time for Pesah! • Complete seder dinner for 10 people from Charles Levine Caterers • Seasonal floral centerpiece from Flowers & Fancies • Gift basket with two bottles kosher wine and wine accessories from Diwine Spirits • $25 gift certificate to Diwine Spirits Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20. The raffle drawing will be held and winners notified on Wednesday, March 6. All ticket stubs and money must be returned to the RRS Office by Sunday, March 3. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Shari Rosen at or 410/486-8641.

Ignited by Laser Lights In December, over 800 participants came together to experience community, family, celebration, and spirituality. This incredible event – a true example of community at Chizuk Amuno – did not just happen overnight. The evening and the attendees all came together because of partnership and hard work. This event came together because so many people care about Chizuk Amuno and the small “communities” within our congregation. It was the job of the Congregational Life Committee, both volunteers and professionals, to connect those groups, those people who care, to one another. The idea emerged months ago when the Congregational Life Committee, chaired by Allison Baumwald and Bob Hallock, asked the question – what are the programming gaps at Chizuk and what opportunities are there to bring the congregation together. One of the answers? …Hanukkah! We were now in uncharted territory and tasked with planning an event that had something for everyone. An event where everyone would feel comfortable and, most importantly, have fun! Since our committee is intentionally comprised of people from our different synagogue groups, we were poised for success. We called on our event planning expert, who is a member of Club Hatikvah, to answer the question – What food do we need? How should we set up the room so it will be inviting for people of all ages? Our Parents Association representatives helped plan activities for the children. We depended on our Brotherhood and Sisterhood representatives and Gemilut Hasadim volunteers to help spread the word! Our committee

professional, Rabbi Schneider, helped identify members of each affiliate group to honor during the candle lighting and another incredible professional, Rabbi Stuart Seltzer, engaged our children in Havdalah and singing. Of course this was not possible without many other incredible Chizuk Amuno staff. Another feat was making the event easy to register for on the web and highly publicized. The marketing and development staff not only took this event to the next level in terms of visibility on our website, but figured out how to incorporate PayPal, allowing congregants to register online for the first time for a large synagogue-wide Chizuk Amuno event. Upon reflection of this process, it is clear that by working together and connecting people to each other in new and different ways, and doing things differently with a purpose of building community, Chizuk Amuno is well positioned to bring more meaning to each of our members. A strong Chizuk Amuno means a stronger Baltimore Jewish community as well. We invite all our congregants to become part of that leadership. We look forward to realizing the hopes and dreams of all members of the congregation through working together, filling in the gaps where needs exist, and encouraging collaboration among our leadership and all our affiliate groups. Laser Lights drew a remarkable crowd because of the breadth and depth of the programming which enticed people of all ages. Much of the success of the evening can be attributed to the passion and dedication of synagogue leadership who

are connected to so many different people throughout our Chizuk community. Together, we can experience community, family, celebration and spirituality every time we participate at Chizuk Amuno Congregation.

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Chizuk Amuno On Sunday, March 3, at 4 p.m., Chizuk Amuno will host a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony by The Bach Concert Choir, The Maryland State Boy Choir, and Morgan State University Choir. Our own Hazzan Emanuel Perlman will be a featured soloist. Under the baton of Chizuk Amuno Choir Director, T. Herbert Dimmock, soloists and singers from the three choirs will perform with members of the Baltimore

Symphony Orchestra, as well as other top professional instrumentalists. Each of the three choirs will also showcase selections from their repertoires. At 3 p.m., a pre-concert lecture will be given by Dr. Philip Mackowiak, who will speak on the effects of Beethoven’s health upon his musical genius. Ticket prices are $30 for General Admission, $20 for seniors, and $18 for students. VIP tickets at $75

include priority seating and admission to a post-concert reception. Chizuk Amuno will receive 20% of all advance ticket sales purchased through our synagogue. Tickets are available at the Sisterhood Judaica Shop. In addition, you may call the synagogue office to purchase tickets, 410/486-6400. Purim /Pesah 5773 | 11

A Celebration of Freedom This past Hanukkah at Chizuk Amuno, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the redemption of Soviet Jewry. On December 6, 1987 many of us marched on the capitol in Washington, DC to demand the release of Jews from the Soviet Union. It remains one of the great successes of the American and world Jewish communities that hundreds of thousands of refuseniks were literally set free from communist Russia and then became part of the larger world Jewish community in Israel, Baltimore, and across the globe. During the week of Hanukkah, we shared stories from our congregational friends who had participated in some way in the movement. Through e-mailed kavannot and blogs on our website we heard from Michael Pindrik about his experience of persecution in the Soviet Union. Rachel Bogin wrote of her family’s desire for Jewish education for the next generation. Rich Kolker recalled his father’s efforts in Baltimore on behalf of his “relatives” in Russia. Laurel Freedman wrote of twinning at her

Bat Mitzvah with a Soviet girl her own age who was not permitted to have a Bat Mitzvah. Stuart Levine showed us a photo of his marching on the Soviet consulate in Montreal in 1980. Barbra Klein told of travelling with her two sons to the March on Washington. And Margie Tutnauer joined in with memories of her visits to refuseniks in the 1960’s and 70’s. Through blogs and sermons, our rabbis shared their own reflections on their participation in the March on Washington and in the Soviet Jewry movement. Chizuk Amuno’s congregational involvement was remembered on our website and in a special museum case which had artifacts of photos, articles, and buttons from that era. In the Rosenbloom Religious School our students had a multi-media presentation to learn about this time in Jewish history. The students were asked to think about how this defining moment might speak to them as young people chronologically removed from the events. The theme of fighting for freedom, so familiar to the students from the Hanukkah story, was infused with new meaning

Young Families Gather – Without the Families Throughout the year, participants in Young Families of Chizuk have shared meals, hobnobbed with characters in the sukkah, and read with children’s author Amy Meltzer prior to celebrating Havdalah together. In early January, parents of children from Chizuk Amuno’s schools enjoyed a mommy/daddy night out at the home of Anna Dreyer and Richard Hanna. The event, a kosher wine tasting, was organized by members of the YFC planning committee. The group tasted and discussed a range of kosher wines from various regions across the globe, including Israel, the United States, France, Australia, and

Italy. Quarry Lake Wine and Spirits provided tasting notes and input on the wines, which spanned a range of prices and styles. It was a wonderful opportunity for the young parents who attended to enjoy some adult interaction among new friends. Watch for details about future YFC programs. Plans include a visit to the Maryland Zoo in April and a special end-of-the-year erev Shabbat service in the courtyard in May. If you are interested in participating – as an attendee OR as a volunteer – please let Rabbi Wechsler know,

A View of Mt. Sinai

Derekh Amuno – Pathway to Faith

Through a generous gift from Ann Kahan in memory of her husband, Sam, Chizuk Amuno was able to commission a beautiful, hand-painted, silk curtain for the aron haKodesh in the Hoffberger Chapel. The curtain, parokhet, was designed and made by the well-known textile artist, Jeanette Kuvin Oren to hang inside the existing ark doors. The painted curtain depicts a landscape setting that includes Har Sinai as revealed by shafts of brilliant sunlight. Kuven Oren’s work in fiber arts, glass, and mosaic, can be found in synagogues around the country. (For a list of her commissions with images, visit her website at She has been featured in many publications, including the New York Times and Parade, and has been a voice for Jewish women artists since the early 1990’s. 12 | HaZ’man ~ This Season

Leave a lifelong legacy at Chizuk Amuno – purchase an inscribed tribute brick on Chizuk Amuno’s new Pathway to Faith. As we reconstruct the pathway at the Hoffberger Chapel entrance, over 300 bricks will be available for dedication. You can honor the memory of a loved one or celebrate a milestone or lifecycle event. Stop by our informational table at the Purim Carnival on Sunday, February 24 or contact Judy Schwartz,, or the Chizuk Amuno Advancement Office, kosha@

as our students imagined living in a modern country that denied its people the right to practice their Judaism or blacklisted them for trying to move to Israel. The students compared Anatole (Natan) Sharansky to Judah Maccabee, an ancient hero to a contemporary one. Guest speaker Betsy Diamant Cohen also shared vignettes of her visit behind the Iron Curtain. Videos created by Freedom 25 (an effort created to assure that the critical lessons of the Soviet Jewry movement are learned by future generations, so they can again be applied to expand the reach of freedom) ran in a loop on our TV screens. People like Natan Sharansky, Elie Wiesel, George Schultz, Cory Booker, and Sergey Brin shared their memories and comments on the Soviet Jewry movement. We were proud to be part of the more than 3 million people worldwide who marked the anniversary in countless ways. You can join the Virtual March for Freedom by going to

What Sisterhood Brought Directly to the Table Sisterhood’s goal in its fundraising efforts has always been to assist the synagogue in meeting its needs. Rabbi Shulman approached Sisterhood with a request for new fleishig dishes and silverware. Sisterhood responded with an immediate and unanimous “YES!”What could be nicer than to know that we are enhancing the beauty of the synagogue Shabbat dinners? At home, Shabbat is a time to set a beautiful table with special china and silver; and it will be just as beautiful at Chizuk Amuno for our community dinners. The new china – enough to serve 300 – proudly and tastefully displays the Chizuk Amuno logo. It is our hope that with the addition of this newly acquired gift, the Shabbat and special event tables will be beautified and enhanced by the sparkling flatware and china.

Krieger Schechter Day School Honors Senator Ben Cardin and Myrna Cardin

At Krieger Schechter Day School’s spring gala, Todot…A Celebration of Leadership, the community will honor Senator Ben Cardin and Myrna Cardin for their leadership. The event will raise funds to support the KSDS scholarship fund, which provides needbased tuition assistance to almost 40% of current KSDS students. The annual Todot event seeks to recognize and celebrate local leaders with

ties to KSDS. Senator Ben Cardin and Myrna Cardin were chosen based on their continued contributions to leadership on both a national and local level. They are also active members in the KSDS community as grandparents of two current students. The gala will be held at Chizuk Amuno Congregation on Saturday, March 2, from 8-11:30 p.m. The event is co-chaired by Kim and Braeme Glaun and Sarah and David Shapiro. The evening will feature hors d’oeuvres, a dessert buffet, and live music from Spectrum. Tickets are $100 per person; for more information or to purchase tickets online, please visit

Todot...A Celebration of Leadership an evening honoring


The members of Krieger Schechter Day School’s Class of 2013 have spent many hours in practice to refine and channel their creative energies and talents into a Hebrew production of Oklahoma! On Wednesday and Thursday, March 13 and 14, 7 p.m., they’ll perform this beloved Rogers and Hammerstein favorite at the Dalsheimer Auditorium of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the KSDS Eighth Grade Hebrew Play. Share hope and excitement with the residents of the Oklahoma territory on the eve of statehood with our soon-to-be graduates as they taste the possibilities of a brand new start. Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ indeed! Tickets can be purchased in the Middle School office:$12 in advance, $15 at the door.

Treasure Hunt: Recovering the American Jewish Past Glassgold Kallah, Shabbat, March 1-2

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Everyone loves a treasure hunt. Join us as we unearth treasures from the American Jewish past. This year, we welcome Jenna Weissman Joselit, Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of History and Director, Program in Judaic Studies, George Washington University. We’ll meet up with a colorful cast of characters, among them Alphabet Brown, Mary Antin, and Mordecai Manual Noah, and take the measure of the places they called home, including Ararat, a Jewish colony on an island – yes, an island! – just outside of Buffalo. As we’ll discover in our armchair travels, there’s a lot more to the American Jewish experience than meets the eye. Friday, March 1, 7 p.m. Shabbat Dinner, $25 per adult; $15 for children under 12. Reservations required, 410/486-6400. Shabbat, March 2, following the Kiddush lunch

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B’rukhim Habaim Welcome to Our New Members Sara Brown David Carp Harry Deitchman

Lynn Kapiloff Abigail Malis Amy Sefret Rebecca Silver

We are happy to welcome those who have most recently chosen to join our Chizuk Amuno family. If you have friends or family who may be interested in joining Chizuk Amuno, please call our Director of Communication and Member Services, Cheryl Snyderman, 410/486-6400, ext. 300. Purim /Pesah 5773 | 13



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F OOD W ISH L IST : Beef stew, canned fruits, canned meats/tuna, canned vegetables, dish soap, disposable salt and pepper shakers, ketchup and mayonnaise, laundry detergent, macaroni and cheese, metal forks, napkins, paper lunch bags, pasta and sauce, peanut butter and jelly, plastic baggies, plastic ware, rice, stove top stuffing, sugar, tea bags, toilet paper Monetary option: In lieu of food, monetary donations will be accepted and donated to kosher funds. Make checks payable to Chizuk Amuno, Attn. Food Drive. For more information, call Miriam Foss, 410/486-6400, ext. 281 Please drop off your sealed, not-for-Passover food in bins located in the Louis A. Cohen Family Chapel Lobby and the Administrative Lobby. Please check expiration dates. A service initiative made possible by the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Gemilut Hasadim Endowment Fund

Sunday, March 3, 4 p.m. Chizuk Amuno Congregation For more information, visit Featuring Tenor Soloist Hazzan Emanuel Perlman

Performed by The Bach Concert Series, the Maryland State Boychoir, and the Morgan State University Choir

Tickets, $18-$75, available in advance at the Sisterhood Judaica Shop

Community Mosaic Dedication Sunday, March 17, 2013 | 11 a.m. Brunch will be served Krieger Auditorium and Matz / Goldstone Biblical Garden Please join us when we dedicate our community mosaic project, created by a group of dedicated volunteers from Chizuk Amuno, Baltimore, and our friends and partners in Ashkelon, Israel. Chairs Jill Max | Randi Pupkin


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Spring 2013 HaZ'man ~ This Season  

Quarterly publication of Chizuk Amuno Congregation, a Conservative synagogue located in Baltimore, MD

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