CONGREGATION P’NAI TIKVAH (Formerly Valley Outreach Synagogue)
Kol Kiruv July 2013
Table of Contents
Cover Page Rabbi’s Message Cantor’s Notes President’s Message Sam Lieberman’s Message When Artists Scapegoat … Queen Elizabeth Mother In… Women’s Rosh Chodesh Jewlicious Learning Mitzvah Envelopes MiShebeirach Updates & Fundraising Birthdays & Anniversaries Kidz Korner Yahrzeits Theo Bikel & Rabbi Mintz Dina Titus Mezuzah Hanging
Aleph Kallah is Coming Rabbi’s Remarks on 6/2/13 Help the Homeless Calendar at a Glance
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Clergy and Staff Rabbi: Yocheved Mintz Cantor: Marla Goldberg Accompanist: Timothy Cooper Newsletter: D’vorah Turrentine, Educator: Rabbi Mintz Bookkeeper: Lynn Pisetzner Office Administrator: ‘D’vorah Turrentine firstname.lastname@example.org www.pnaitikvahlv.com CPT on the Web: www.facebook.com/ pnaitikvahlv www.twitter.com/ pnaitikvahlv www.pnaitikvahlv.org Social Network with CPT:
Vol. 20—No. 1
GETTING TO KNOW YOU… With four home-hospitality Shabbat dinners at CPT members’ homes here in the greater Las Vegas valley and a Women’s Retreat up in Deer Valley, Utah, we’ll have several opportunities to get to know one another in beautiful settings. Truly enjoying Shabbat across the valley, we can welcome Shabbat July 5 at Sam Lieberman, just off the north end of the Strip; July 12th at Jennifer and Jerry Cohen’s , near Windmill and Maryland Parkway, July 19th at the home of Rabbi Yocheved Mintz, and July 26th at the home of Barbara and Andy Holland, in the Southwest part of the valley. Call the office 436-4900, to see if there’s still room at the home(s) of your choice. There’s still room for two more woman to “rough it” in the mountain home of the Rabbi, in idyllic Deer Valley. With this year’s theme being “Making Trouble: The Role of Women in the Shifting Paradigm of Contemporary Judaism.” Call the office to reserve your space. And our new CJO (Chief Jewish Officer), Barbara Holland, has issued a challenge to each of us: Each member brings in a new member. It starts with inviting someone to sit down and shmooze. We have a special community. Let’s get the secret out there! During the month of July, we will substitute our bi-weekly services with “Shabbat Around the Valley” —an opportunity to gather for weekly Shabbat dinners. Joyous melodies fill the night air as we enjoy lighting the candles, making Kiddush, saying Ha-Motzi and enjoying delicious cuisine with fellow congregants Strangers become friends as we linger together over dessert, enjoying the warmth of a Shabbat together. Services at Kraft-Sussman Chapel will resume on August 2, 2013
Rabbi’s Message to the Congregation
Chevreh: We go into the summer months in a more relaxed mindset, ready to enjoy the barbeques and vacations and time with friends and family. And that’s as it should be...normally. But this summer the living is not easy… especially not in Israel. We are all aware of the threats from the neighboring countries, the spill-over from the civil war in Syria, the uncertainty from the Moslem brotherhood in Egypt, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hammas in the Sinai, and the growing nuclear specter from Iran. These are serious existential threats. But there are also threats from within that pose serious danger to the integrity of our precious Promised Land. I’m thinking of the unfortunate power that the ultra-Orthodox are currently holding viz-a-viz the governance of the Kotel, the Western Wall. We have been following, with vested interest, the struggles of the Women of the Wall over the past two decades, and are encouraged by the recent attempts by Natan Sharansky that achieved legislation vouchsafing the women who wish to pray at the Wall. Despite backlash by some charedim, the last two Roshei Chodesh have seen the women protected by the police, not arrested by them. The hope is that there will be a revision of how the plaza is designated, so there will continue to be a section for the Ultra-Orthodox, separating men and women, but there will also be an equal section for more liberal prayers, and egalitarian prayers. All this is yet to be achieved, but progress has been made. Another current challenge from within revolves something with which we may be less familiar: the proposed displacement of 30,000-40,000 Bedouin Israelis in the Negev. Moving these indigenous people from the villages where they have lived for generations would certainly break apart communities, threaten economic sustainability within these communities, and possibly destroy the social structural stability of the Bedouins. Now, this is a tricky issue, because, as my colleague, Rabbi Simcha Daniel Burstyn, points out, the political desire to promote development is clashing with “ethnic gerrymandering” in an area in which has been
the point of contention for a good 3000 years. “And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell… together, for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell …together” was written about Abraham and his nephew Lot and their inability to share that area. Did you know that in 1948, the Bedouin who had ranged from areas as far north as Rechovot and Rishon L’Tzion, all the way down the coast, and deep into the desert, all the way to the Sinai, were fairly rapidly pushed into a triangular area from Beer Sheva to Dimona to in the Negev where they currently are Arad. In the 1960’s and ‘70’s, there was an effort to gentrify them, trying to move them into townships. Disregarding tribal relationships and social difficulties in being forced to adapt an urban lifestyle. In the mid 1980’s, as part of the Camp David accords, the United States built the Nevatim air base right in the middle of the triangle, displacing several villages. Since that time, the population has grown, and while the rural villages have adapted from tents to houses, none of them have building permits, many have no electricity, running water, or sewage facilities. What a mess! Some of these miserable villages are even considered “recognized” villages. The Begin-Prawer plan is the most recent attempt to bring some order to this balagan. While there’s not disagreement that there needs to be attention paid to the dire infrastructure problems faced by the villages, how to do so is at the crux of major internal disagreement. What do the Bedouins want? Merely to continue to live in a rural environment, to have access and rights to their land, and to be treated fairly under the law; and the Jewish residents of the Negev pretty much want the same…although to deny that there is some antiArab sentiment would be naïve. Is this process of resettling previously nomadic people a parallel to what happened to the Israelite people between the Exodus and the Davidic Kingdom of biblical times….or is it, as Theo Bikels points out on a poignant message (see the YouTube “Theodore Bikel: It Hurts that the Descendents of Anatevka Expel Israeli Bedouin”) that we have forgotten our own lessons of the past? The “Bill on the Arrangement of Bedouin Settlement in the Negev” has been opposed by thousands of Jews across the world, concerned with human rights, including your rabbi, as a member of OHALAH, the clergy for Renewal Judaism, and as a member of T’ruah, formerly Rabbis for Human Rights—North America. May we be passionate in caring for one another, whether it is in Israel or here at home.
L’Shalom, Rabbi Yocheved Mintz
“Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes How do you measure, measure a year? In Shabbatot, in Yomim Tovim In challot, hamentaschen In simchas, in shivas, in dancing, in song In five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes How do you measure a year in the life?” (With apologies to writer of the musical Rent) So, it has been a year since I officially became the Cantor of Congregation P’nai Tikvah. What a wonderful year it has been. Yes, it has had its sorrows, but there have been many joys too. Of course, for me, music has been the cement that has kept it all together. It seems like every special day, whether happy or sad, we have includes two major things, food and singing. Two things I like a lot, especially the singing. (Okay and really great challah.) It is the music that connects me to my neshama, my soul and helps me connect to God. My hope is that in this last year, and in the coming year, I will continue to use my music to help you connect in that way as well. Last week I was in Milwaukee, Wis. for a Bar Mitzvah of a very close family friend. The family belongs to a Chabad congregation there. Different from our congregation, and yet the same, with many of the prayers sung to the same melodies. I was able to connect to the prayers and people, even in a different place, due to the music. I connected to the melodies I knew, and even the ones I did not know, because music fills my soul. In the next year, more music will be sung. I’ll use familiar melodies and new ones, and we’ll continue to connect. So, whether the music we sing is familiar or new, we can find that connection to our hearts and souls. We’ll celebrate, have sorrows, and continue to sing: “It’s time now, to sing out Though the story never ends Let’s celebrate Remember a year in the life of friends” (once more from Rent) L’Shalom, Cantor Marla Goldberg
Message from the President:
For those of you who follow Facebook, you probably have read about my family’s adventure in flying to Evansville, Indiana for my niece’s Bat Mitzvah. It was the first time in five years that all of the brothers, sisters, children, and mom were together, the last being our mother’s surprise 80th birthday. If we study our Torah, we will find that the “family” is the most important group of people, often denoted as “tribes”. Think about it. After G-d created man and woman, G-d told them to create a family (Genesis 1:28). From the Ten Commandments of honoring our father and our mother (Exodus 20:12) to teaching our children about our faith in Deuteronomy 11:19, “ and you shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you are sitting in your house and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise…” We all know how difficult it can be to have a family reunion and yet it feels good to see members of our family and extended families. Mine is no different- we represent the entire spectrum of beliefs from Orthodox to Reform, from both sides of the political spectrum. Needless to say, our discussions were lively…but then, we had time to reminisce of our past, stories that the second generation of cousins had never heard and those “family secrets” were shared as well as our goals and aspirations for the future. Every family represents a microcosm of the community within which it lives. Our extended family is P’nai Tikvah. It is a community of individuals, bound by our faith, led by our spiritual leader, Rabbi Mintz, supporting each other in times of joy and in times of crisis. It is a community that kindles our spiritual growth as individuals. P’nai Tikvah is a shul where one can feel the “Shabbat Fever” as we sing our prayers and songs with Cantor Goldberg. We invite you into our “livingroom”. Come join us in worship for our Shabbat Services and for the High Holidays.
B’Shalom, Barbara Holland President
Message from the Past President:
Just a short note to express my gratitude and thanks for the beautiful Shabbat service that took place in my honor on June 21st. I am grateful to those of you who were able to participate and I am deeply thankful for those of you who shared good wishes and made donations to Congregation P’nai Tikvah in my name, and I thank the Board for the beautiful award presented to me, and the fabulous Oneg Shabbat they prepared and served that evening. I am so grateful to Steve Mintz for flying in from Minneapolis just to help make that special Shabbat simply super! To my Mom and Dad, Sara and David Lieberman , I felt so honored that you came in from Scottsdale and participated in the ruach-filled service. It has been a meaningful 7 ½ years that we have shared together with the common goal of building and sustaining CPT as a sacred community. My gratitude to Rabbi Mintz and family, D’vorah and Palmie Turrentine, Cantor Jessica Hutchings, Cantor Jonathan Friedmann, Cantor Marla Goldberg, Marijane Fredericksen, Accompanists Marek Rachelski, Tim Cooper, and William Chenoweth, Lynn and David Pisetzner and the various Board members with whom I have had the pleasure to serve and lead. This is not goodbye, of course. I am happily remaining of the Board as Immediate Past President and have complete confidence in Barbara Holland and her leadership team. She is truly a woman of valor who will move the congregation forward in constructive and positive manner. Moving forward, I will offer my support, counsel, and shoulder to lean on. Let’s create our tomorrows together. In gratitude,
When artists scapegoat Israel By IDO AHARONI Last Updated: 12:45 AM, June 19, 2013 Posted: 10:48 PM, June 18, 2013 Editor’s note: The novelist Alice Walker recently wrote a public letter asking singer Alicia Keys to cancel a concert in Israel. Keys declined to follow the advice — but Israel’s consul general here in New York has some words for Walker. Dear Ms. Walker, I am writing this letter to you with great pain, after encountering your name in the news, again, calling for a boycott on my home and country. Recently, you urged a popular American artist to boycott Israel. In your statement you claimed that “under a campaign named ‘Brand Israel,’ Israeli officials use culture and arts to showcase Israel as a modern, welcoming place.” As it happens, I’m the founding head of Israel’s brand-management team and the originator of the Brand Israel movement you refer to. Let me tell you the real story of Brand Israel: For decades, dozens of countries, cities and regions all over the world have engaged in a “branding” process — a comprehensive attempt to present an attractive image of a place, which should lead to increased tourism, foreign investment and export. “I Love New York” is part of one such campaign. No other country has ever been criticized for engaging in this common practice of courting tourists and businesses. Only in Israel’s case is it — for some reason — deemed a demonic exercise of the “Israeli propaganda machine.” This is even more ridiculous, when the Israeli government sponsors award-winning films with selfcritical viewpoints that often deal with the conflict that the critics claim we are trying to hide. An odd “propaganda machine” indeed. So why is it that in your view, the Jewish state has no right to promote itself, dress up for its tourists and appeal to millions, while entities like Iran and North Korea, not to mention Gaza under Hamas, avoid your harsh words and condemnations? Why is it considered a ploy in our case, when it is a worthy and normal endeavor when everyone else does the same?
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Here’s a strange twist: A well-known American author, who prides herself of the protection of freedom and pluralism, is trying to deprive millions of Israeli music fans of their right to enjoy music. Let’s admit: You do not think Israel has the right to be presented positively. You displayed your own inability to relate to Israel other than through the prism of the conflict with its neighbors. Have you done anything about Syria? Ninety thousand dead, 1.5 million refugees. Full-blown civil war. Israel, like many other places on Earth, experiences a variety of issues and challenges — some related to our society, others to the geopolitics of a changing region. Israel should not be viewed solely through the prism of its problems, nor should any other country. Israel is a vibrant nation, with hard-working people who make the world a better place on a daily basis. Our legendary foreign minister, the late Golda Meir, was one of the first leaders to reach out to the “newly decolonized” nations of Africa immediately after their independence, to join hands in sharing our respective experiences as young nations. Meir’s work and legacy still thrive all over the developing world, spreading the light that is Israel, and for the benefit of making people’s lives better. This legacy was manifested not too long ago when Israelis from all walks of life received word of the earthquake in Haiti. In just a few hours, planes were packed with supplies and manpower to help in the relief efforts. Israel was one of the first countries to arrive in Haiti after the earthquake, and we immediately got to work in order to set up entire field hospitals, complete with pre-natal units, in the hardest hit areas. While Israeli search-and-rescue teams went to the wreckage to look for survivors, our doctors were delivering new life and providing a new hope for survival. After the wreckage was cleared, teams of doctors and engineers traveled once again to Haiti to help with the efforts to rebuild. We all know that there is a dire need in the world today for greater understanding and mutual respect between peoples and nations. Once we start excluding others unjustly and immorally, it can only serve to harm the greater good. Let’s use our words carefully, to build bridges, not destroy them. To bring healing, not pain. Ms. Walker, Israel is a country of history and wonder, surprises and values. It is a source of light. Let it — and us all — shine. Ido Aharoni is Israel’s consul general in New York.
Queen Elizabeth’s Mother-in-Law, Princess Alice’s Mother-in-Law, Princess Alice Saved Jews during the Shoah Princess Alice was born in Windsor Castle in 1885, as Princess Victoria Alice Elizabeth Julia Marie. Her parents were Prince Louis of Battenberg and Princess Victoria of Hesse, granddaughter of Queen Victoria. The Princess was related to most European royal families. When she was a young child, her deafness was diagnosed and by the age of eight she had become a fluent lip reader. This handicap may have made her especially sensitive to the underprivileged and outcast. Princess Alice married Prince Andrew of Greece in 1903. The couple had five children: four daughters and a son – the future Duke of Edinburgh and consort to Queen Elizabeth II of England. During World War II, Princess Alice lived in the Athens palace of her brother in law, Prince George of Greece, and worked with the Swedish and Swiss Red Cross. She found herself in the difficult situation of having sons-in-law fighting on the German side and a son (the future Prince Philip) in the British Royal Navy. The Rescue of Rachel Cohen and her Children The Greek royal family had been well acquainted with the family of Haimaki Cohen, a Jew and former member of Parliament, from Tricala, in northern Greece. In 1941, when Germany invaded Greece, the family fled to Athens – then still under Italian rule, where the Anti-Jewish policy was more moderate. However the period of relative safely lasted only until September 1943, when following Italy's surrender to the Allies, the Germans occupied Athens and the hunt for Jews began. By that time Haimaki Cohen had died. His widow, Rachel, and her five children were looking for a place of refuge. The family's four sons wanted to cross to Egypt, and join with the Greek government in exile that was in Cairo. But the trip proved too hazardous for Rachel and their sister. Princess Alice heard of the family's desperate situation and offered to shelter Rachel and her daughter, Tilde, at her home. They were later joined by another son who was unable to make the journey to Egypt and had to return to Athens. The Cohen’s stayed in Princess Alice's residence until liberation. There were times when the Germans became suspicious, and Princess Alice was even interviewed by the Gestapo. Using her deafness, she pretended not to understand their questions until they left her alone. In January 1949, the princess founded a nursing order of Greek Orthodox nuns – the Christian Sisterhood of Martha and Mary. She decided to withdraw from the world and moved to the island of Tinos. Following the colonels’ coup d’état in Greece
in 1967 she went back to England and moved to Buckingham Palace to be close to her son and his family. She died in London in December 1969, aged 84. Not long before her death Princess Alice expressed the wish to be buried in Jerusalem, next to her aunt, Grand Duchess Elizabeth Fyodorovna, who, like Princess Alice, had become a nun and had founded a convent. The Grand Duchess Fyodorovna was killed during the Russian revolution and her remains were buried in the Church of Maria Magdalene in the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem. In 1988, nineteen years after her death, Princess Alice’s coffin was transferred to the crypt in Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. In 1993 Yad Vashem bestowed the title of Righteous Among the Nations on Princess Alice. A year later, her children, Prince Philip – the Duke of Edinburgh – and Princess George of Hanover traveled to Yad Vashem and planted the tree in her honor. During the ceremony, Prince Philip said: “I suspect that it never occurred to her that her action was in any way special. She was a person with deep religious faith and she would have considered it to be a totally human action to fellow human beings in distress." www.yadvashem.org/righteous_new/Alice.html
Women’s Rosh Chodesh Group ————————————————————ANNUAL CPT WOMEN’S RETREAT Thursday July 25th—28th Come and join us at Deer Valley Utah in Rabbi’s condo: A wonderful opportunity to refresh and renew, to re-soul and re-Jew. We’ll enjoy the galleries of Park City and the beauty of summer in the Uinta Mountains. We will eat, pray and play. Contact the office at 436-4900 so we can take advantage of Southwest web airfare of $99 each way plus $100.00 to cover costs of the retreat. We would like to fly on SW flt#1964 departing LAS at 8:35am and arriving SLC at 10:50am —Returning on SW Flight #3406 departing SLC at 1:25pm arriving LAS 1:45pm. Please feel free to check other airlines to compare prices. There is room for five more participants. Please contact the Rabbi for additional inquiries.
Jewlicious Learners Summertime and our Jewlicious Learners are involved in all sorts of summer activities. Performing, swimming, sports, traveling, and, yes, learning. Rabbi Mintz is offering one-on-one Skype Summer Hebrew Enrichment….and, while we currently are working with pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah students, she offers the basics to incoming students too. Classes for the Fall will take place on Monday afternoons at the Rabbi’s home, from 4:15 to 6:00, beginning August 26 and continuing Sept 9, 16,23, and 30; October 6, 21, 28,; November 4, 11, 18, and 25; December 2, 9, and 16; January 6,13, and 27; February 3,10, and 24; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31;
April 7, and 28; May 5, 12.19 and June 2. Registration now open.
Mitzvah envelopes are given out at services with the hope that they will be filled out and returned with a donation for the congregation. Honoring or remembering loved ones, giving tzedakah for a MiShebeirach, simply being thankful for meaningful services, and any other reason you can think of helps the congregation’s sustainability and funds future For details regarding current CPT fundraisers or suggestions for future fundraising opportunities, please contact Dale Gardner email@example.com 9
Roz Tessler -In memory of Yetta Tessler
Mi Shebeirach/”Get Well” Wishes to…
Susan & Rick Bindhamer Arlene Waters David Aris Anita Lewy -In honor of Rabbi Mintz's birthday -In honor of Sam Lieberman -In honor of Barbara Holland & CPT New Board Jennifer Cohen -In honor of Rabbi Mintz's birthday Marlene Silverman -In honor of Sam Lieberman D’vorah & Palmie Turrentine -In honor of Sam Lieberman Rabbi Yocheved Mintz -In honor of Sam Lieberman -In honor of Barbara Holland and new Board -In honor of Doris & Palmie Turrentine’s new grandson -In honor of Ann Mandell’s new grandson -In memory of Alan Mintz -In memory of cousin Daniel Mintz Lynn & David Pisetzner -In honor of Sam Lieberman
Marie Ackerman Marjorie Lieberman Davida Lewin Schermer D’vorah Turrentine Edith Rome Gary Paykel Elliot Bender Paul Bodner Rocky Fazio Guy Fazio Olivia Bender Gittel bat Libba Heika Libba Heika bat Sima Wendy Linker Rabbi Rob Bonem Edward Rueben Patti Lade Fran Fine Jerry Cohen Susan Bindhamer Danny Lev Aaron Shopnick Rozlyn Alexander Marilyn Kapel Marion Loeb Karl Reynolds Tony Reed Peter Hernandez Lou & Sonny Mayron Barbara Raben Phyllis Zuckerman Rabbi Stephen Robbins Craig Goodrich Connie Rivshun Gavriella bat Yisraella v’Yosef Torrey Barrett
Marvin & Lesley Korach -In honor of Sam Lieberman
On’gai Shabbat— Time to Sign up! We still have a few openings left for those of you who want to celebrate a simcha or commemorate the memory of a loved one by sponsoring an Oneg Shabbat. And for you foodies who want to get your Bobby Flay or Gordon Ramsey on, there’s still time! Check the schedule below; an opening is your opportunity:
Month of July—Shabbat Around the Valley Sponsor Needed
TORAH STUDY THIS MONTH: There will be no Torah Study for the month of July it will resume on August 3rd in the home of Rabbi Mintz.
Annie & Joey Goodrich
Annie & Joey Goodrich Call the office at (702) 436-4900 or email Doris Turrentine at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to book your date now!
Box Tops For Education are an Easy Way to Support P’nai Tikvah’s Jewlicious Learning Program! Box Tops for Education is a very simple way for you to contribute to CPT’s Jewlicious Learning program every time you shop! Clip box tops from hundreds of products. Each box top is worth 10 cents for the program, and some products are offering double and triple box tops! Bring them to services with you and place them in the “Box Tops for Education” box. For a complete list of products bearing the Box Tops for Education symbol, go to: http:// www.boxtops4education.com . All Box Tops should be brought to Shabbat Services or sent to Dale Gardner email@example.com
Please call the office (702) 436-4900 or email Rabbi Mintz at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
BE A BIRD DOG?? If you refer someone to a car dealership, on behalf of CPT, we can receive a referral fee. This is a wonderful and easy way to do a mitzvah for CPT . More information contact Doris 869-2700.
Note URL for Congregation P’nai Tikvah , As well as Facebook and Twitter Addresses Make our web address, www.pnaitikvahlv.org , a favorite! Social networking with our shul is easier than ever! “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pnaitikvahlv and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnaitikvahlv . Thanks to Cindy Fox, Jon Axelrod, and Danielle Holland—CPT’s social network mavens—for keeping us current!! Anyone else wish to volunteer? Just call 436-4900 to be our new maven!
Happy July Birthday!! HAPPY JULY BIRTHDAYS Domenique Wright July 6 Minao Kamegai July 7 Joey Goodrich July 11 Lynda French July 15 Marie Ackerman July 16 Alexandra Goodrich July 17 Paula Deal July 20 Emma Barton July 22 Tim Lockett July 25 Barbara Finkelberg July 28 Hedda Abbott July 30 Rick Bindhamer July 30
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Gayla & John Wennstrom Lesley & Sam Wagmeister
July 3 July 25
Phyllis & Stan Zuckermanâ€™s 66th Wedding Anniversary
KIDZ KORNER for July
YAHRZEITS FOR JULY
Morris DeLee -Remembered by Michael DeLee Evelyn Fried -Remembered by April Long
Memorial plaques are available for your consideration, To honor the departed, To inspire the living. To be remembered in the hearts of those we leave behind is, In a sense, to live forever. For further information, call the Synagogue office at 702-436-4900 Mitzvah donations also appreciated
Don Mandell -Remembered by Ann Mandell Neal Paykel -Remembered by Gary Paykel
The happiest of people donâ€™t necessarily have the most of everything; they just make the most of everything they have. Until next time, remember Life ends when you stop dreaming Hope ends when you stop believing Love ends when you stop caring
Remembering Friends and Family: If you know of someone who can use a little cheer in their life because of illness or a death in their family-or a simcha mazel tov celebration; the "Sunshine Ladyâ€? Phyllis Zuckerman would like to send a card. Please contact her at:(702) 617-0585 or email@example.com
The Florence Melton School of Adult Learning A Soiree Featuring Theodore Bikel and Honoring Rabbi Yocheved Mintz
Rabbi Bradley Tecktiel, Rabbi Yocheved Mintz and Rabbi Sanford Akselrad recently officiated at the Mezuzah Hanging in the District Office of Congresswoman Dina Titus (a gift from Elliot Karp and the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas.
(L-R) Rabbi Bradley Tecktiel, Congresswoman Dina Titus, Rabbi Yocheved Mintz and Rabbi Sanford Akselrad
ALEPH is proud to announce.....
Kol Echad: Connecting With the Divine, Within & Around Us July 1-7, 2013 Franklin Pierce University -- Rindge, NH
Join us in picturesque Southern New Hampshire on beautiful Pearly Pond at the foot of Mount Monadnock. This year, you will enjoy a retreat-like setting where Kallah is also a vacation. From mountaintop davvening to lakeside classes, this will be the one Kallah you'll want to be sure to attend!! Who Comes to the Kallah? Religious background and current practice run from a to z (assimilated to zealous!); singles, couples and families, with and without children; GLBTQ and straight; healers, teachers, artists, authors, information technologists, mothers, judges, students, religious leaders, consultants, accountants, business owners, designers, fundraisers, and mediators and more. Everyone comes to the Kallah for a different reason: community; rediscovering Judaism; experiencing Jewish Renewal; learning with a specific teacher; spirituality; learning in general; davenning (prayer); meeting a lifemate/soulmateâ€Ś the list goes on. Whatever YOUR reason, we hope that you will join us at the Kallah. 15
Note: On June 21st, the congregation honored Sam Lieberman. With the wonderful music of Steven Mintz and Cantor Marla Goldberg, our service was so full that Rabbi Mintz opted to not deliver her prepared remarks and, so, we are sharing them here:
In Honor of Sam Lieberman: A Blessing in Our Lives Sam has often called us “The Little Congregation that Can,” which, of course, immediately conjures up a scruffy little locomotive valiantly attempting to ascend a hill, muttering “I think I can, I think I can.” Come to think of it, Sam’s absolutely right, with one addition….we’re also laying the track as we go along, forging our own direction on a shifting landscape. We live in very exciting and very challenging times and the paradigm for Jewish congregations is shifting, as well. Over the years during which Sam was our “Fearless Leader,” we’ve met in a community center, two churches, and, for the past two years in this welcoming chapel. We’ve longed for a permanent home, and yet, wisely, I think, remained a synagogue without walls, in order to put our fiscal resources into programming and services, rather than bricks and mortar. We’ve developed a sweet Tot Shabbat, a vibrant Torah Study group, two cohorts of B’nei Simchat Chochmah, a Women’s Rosh Chodesh group…We’ve celebrated Havdallah under the stars, Tashlich in the park, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Chanukah, Tu BiSh’vat, Purim, Pesach, and Shavuot in a number of locales. We get together for Shabbat dinners, sometimes meet for a bite before services, and we are there for one another during times of simcha/joy as well as times of tzurot/deep sadness. And, though we stand on the shoulders of those who have come before us, and our community was actually established in 1993, it wasn’t until 2005/2006 that we established a Board of Directors and secured our 501c3 status. Going from a “Task Force” concept to a Board of Directors, with a change of mindset and leadership, it was Sam Lieberman who was our Nachshon, willing to figuratively wade into the waters of it that the Board members have taken more prominent participation in congregational programs and events; and everyone has grown in understanding the responsibilities of governance of this holy congregation. We are so very grateful. Sam is no stranger to leadership roles, though. He has served as in leadership roles in Las Vegas for over 27 years. He sits as Chair on the UNLV College of Liberal Arts Community Advisory Board, has served as Chair of the Nevada State Democratic Party; he has headed up the volunteers for the Las Vegas Marathon; and is currently Director of Government and Community Affairs for PDQ Printing and is the Government and Community Affairs Specialist for Easter Seals. He may be retiring as President of the CPT Board of Directors, but you know what retiring is….changing ones tires to go faster in another direction. Stay tuned for the exciting new directions towards which Sam will be heading. Sam has been the engineer on our little locomotive and he’s handled the challenges with equanimity, skill, wisdom, and a wry sense of humor. “Lo alecha ha’m’lachah lig’mor” It is not incumbent upon you to complete all the work , our sages teach…..”yet,” the maxim con-
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has helped us chug part way up the mountain. He has seen the potential of this community and has nurtured us…and he has been there for me, your rabbi, as sounding board, as moral support… as a good friend. And, oh yes, he is often referred to as the 5th Mintz son. This evening we have welcomed Shabbat together, honored our beloved Shmu and have felt the warmth of this very special community. We’re a holy community of people who respect one another, who pray, dance, sing, learn, do acts of lovingkindness, and genuinely care for one another. And that’s a pretty precious commodity nowadays. Sam Lieberman has helped us build a community based on shared Jewish values and a community in which every person is valued and special. Therefore, I’d like to end my remarks this evening with one of the readings we have in our supplement booklet is entitled Psalm 55, based on a poem by Danny Siegel. I invite you to open your supplement to page 3 and read it with me: Happy are we whose synagogue is small Because we love each Jew Because we have to Because we do Happy are our children Who sit in sixes and fours Learning Torah Doing Mitzvot Because the rabbi knows them well enough To know them. Happy are our homemade caterings Our On’gai Shabbat Our learning around the rabbi’s table Happy the soul who enters this space Wherever it may be Wherever are we To meditate, sing, or sit in peace Happy are we whose room is a shul And whose temple is home. Blessings and deep thanks to Sam Lieberman, for leading us up the mountain… And we now turn the wheel over to our new C.J.O. (Chief Jewish Officer), Barbara Holland, and the new Board of Directors, to take “the little congregation that can” to new heights. Ken y’hi ratzon. Shabbat Shalom
CALENDAR AT A GLANCE: July 4 July 5 July 11 July 8 July 12 July 15 July 16 July 19 July 22 July 25-28 July 26 July 29
Independence Day Shabbat Around the Valley—Hosted by Sam Lieberman CPT Board Meeting 7:00pm—7:00 pm at Sam Lieberman’s Simchat Chochmah 7:00 pm Shabbat Around the Valley—Hosted by Jennifer Cohen Simchat Chochmah 7:00 pm Tish’a B’Av Shabbat Around the Valley—Hosted by Rabbi Mintz Simchat Chochmah 7:00 pm Women’s Retreat—Park City Utah Shabbat Around the Valley– Hosted by Barbara & Andy Holland Simchat Chochmah 7:00 pm
Blessing for the Month of Tammuz/AV This month is the right time to slow down and reflect upon our personal challenges and how we handle the successes and losses in our lives. Is there a balance of inner and outer harmony? May we be blessed with the ability to begin our soul work. May we be blessed with the knowledge that within our holy community we are there for one another.
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