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Kol Kiruv May 2014


Yom, Yom, Yom


Rabbi's Message


Cantor’s Notes


President’s Message


Tribute to D’Vorah


The December Project


Volunteers In Israel; Patsy Kart and Jane Kusel


Jerusalem in U.S. Passports


Volunteers In Israel; Patsy Kart and Jane Kusel (cont.)


CPT Book Club


Women’s Rosh Chodesh


Jewlicious Learners


Pics from Pesach


Jewish Major Leaguers


Vol. 20—No. 12

Three Yom Tovim light up May’s calendar; Yom HaZikaron-Israel Memorial Day, celebrated at the Adelson Educational Campus, followed by Yom HaAtzmaut-Israel Independence Day, celebrated at the Venetian and at the end of the month Yom Yerushalim-Jerusalem Day. On May 18th we have Lag B’Omer, the 33rd day of counting the omer! On our congregational calendar we, of course, have Shabbat services and Torah Study at the Rabbi’s home. We had a fabulous turn-out at our “Brunch with Brilliants” in April as we listened to Steven Kalas expand our awareness of Spirituality in the Family, so be sure to catch the next one, June 22nd.

On’gai Shabbat, Anniversaries, Birth- 18 days and Mazel Tov Pet Parade


Kidz Korner


Humor is Healthy






Community Rewards Programs


Community Resources


Nid’vei Leiv—From the Heart


Contribution Form


Calendar at a Glance


Clergy and Staff Rabbi: Yocheved Mintz Cantor: Marla Goldberg Accompanist: Timothy Cooper Newsletter: Nancey Eason Educator: Rabbi Mintz Bookkeeper: Lynn Pisetzner

Congregation P’nai Tikvah will worship on Shabbat, May 2nd & 16th at Kraft-Sussman Chapel, in the Bank of Nevada Business Park at 3975 S. Durango, Suite 104, in Las Vegas. Tot Shabbat will be held on May 2nd at 6:30 PM. Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv services will begin at 7:30 PM. Torah Study will take place at 10:00 AM on May 3rd & 17th at Rabbi Mintz’s home. A bagels and lox brunch is served. Please RSVP by calling the administrative office at (702) 436-4900 or by emailing

Message from the Rabbi Reconstructionism – “The Little Denomination That Could” Dear Chevreh: What’s the deal with Reconstructionism? Why are we affiliated with this movement? What is its theology? In the Fall of 2010, Zeek ,the Journal of Jewish Thought and Culture, described the vision of Reconstructionism as “independent congregations comprised of engaged participants.” It hailed Reconstructionism as a “model that others will want to emulate.” So why is it that so few of its members can really describe what Reconstructionism is all about? Let’s give it a go…. Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, the father of Reconstructionist thought, actually resisted its becoming a denomination (much as Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi, the father of the Renewal movement, insists that the movement remain a movement, not become a denomination). Kaplan initially envisaged Reconstructionism as a mode of practicing a Judaism that wrestled with life’s most perplexing questions, grappled with how to help our traditions evolve and adapt to changing circumstances…in other words keep Judaism relevant. When Kaplan tried to reconstruct American Judaism in the 20’s and 30’s, he was met with a great deal of resistance from the Conservative movement and acquiesced to having Reconstructionism institutionalized. Yet, in many ways, Reconstructionism is and has always been transdenominational. Within our own congregation, we have a wide range of backgrounds, yet we find common ground in the progressive sense of our community, the foundation of tradition and the creativity of adapting innovations to tradition to continually elicit a spiritual growth. We know that it is a fallacy to hold any one form of Judaism as normative (don’t ask what does Judaism say about any particular issue, say, rather, what do Judaisms say…). Kaplan rightly referred to Judaism as the evolving civilization of the Jewish people. That makes it really hard to define Reconstructionism, of course. Reconstructionism is often called “the thinking Jew’s denomination.” But that would presume that we have knowledge upon which to base our thinking. Although we proudly echo Kaplan’s “the past has a vote, not a veto,” we don’t always sufficiently educate ourselves on our underpinnings, our history, our traditions, etc., to make reasonable decisions. (I think about how we couldn’t gather a minyan for Yizkor on the eighth day of Pesach; and I wonder whether most of us even know what Yizkor is about, why we recite it four times a year, what the significance of the eighth day of Passover is, etc., and it tells me that we have much work to do to educate ourselves of the treasures of our heritage.) We, as a Reconstructionist community, can still answer Kaplan’s invitation to mediate between heritage and innovation---personal and traditional authenticity—as we continue our search for contemporary relevance. Let us continue to experiment with innovations, but let us understand what it is that we are reconstructing. In our search for Jewish meaning, let us join together in the quest. Let us be aware that Reconstructionism was not a dim sum feast, but rather, as Rabbi Ben Weiner puts it, “a non-coercive environment for the blending of tradition and self-expression,” even understanding that our literacy and commitment varies widely. Please take a few minutes to go to our website and re-read (or read, for the first time) our definition of Reconstructionism. And please attend the service May 2 when Rabbi Henry Shreibman will speak on Reconstructionism. (Then come to my home the next day and discuss with him how we can, as a Reconstructionist community, become sufficient fiscally sound that we can be a truly viable congregation. L’Shalom,

Rabbi Yocheved Mintz


Cantor’s Notes

A Note From the Cantor. It’s that special time of the year when we think of our mothers. There are some special songs that can be sung for our mothers out there. Two of the most known might just be the psalm, Eishet Chayil and the song A Yiddishe Momme. I’ve been thinking how their lyrics are of similar sentiment. Both praise a woman who is special, loving and lives for her family. Eishet Chayil, A Woman of Valor, comes from the Book of Proverbs. It is a beautiful poem. In many families, the husband recites those verses every Shabbat to honor his wife. It is a touching ritual, showing the love a man has for his wife. It is also often sung or recited at a woman’s funeral. It is a loving tribute. The psalm speaks of a woman who is giving, has strength and dignity, speaks with wisdom, and is blessed by her children and praised by her husband. It is a poem that is over 2000 years old and still resonates with people in the 21 st century. The other song, A Yiddishe Momme is much more recent. A nostalgic song written in the early 20th century, A Yiddishe Momme became popular during the Vaudeville period. It was sung by many artists throughout the years, first becoming a big hit by Sophie Tucker in 1928. The recording was on English one side and Yiddish on the other. Many artists have performed this song throughout the years, including me. More notable were: the great Yosef Rosenblatt, Neil Sedaka, Tom Jones, and Connie Francis. Ray Charles even sang a version of it on the TV show, The Nanny. It has been sung in Yiddish, English, Finnish, and Polish. There is also a Spanish version from the 1970’s called Mi Querida Mama (My Beloved Mama) sung by Nino Bravo. This is a song that touches every heart, when people hear it. As for me, I find the English lyrics do mean a lot. Who we are today comes from how we were taught by, “that dear little lady so old and gray (okay, my mom is not so “old and gray” but otherwise this fits) to that wonderful Yiddishe Momme, of mine.” Happy Mother’s Day to all our mothers, L’Shalom, Cantor Marla Goldberg


Message from the President: By the time this article is in our newsletter, Passover will be over. What a tremendous Passover week that my family shared with the members of our Congregation! I would like to thank the following members who worked so hard and diligently in making our Passover Seder just a wonderful success: Annie Wolff, Anjuli Adler-Swanberg, Jackie Ackerman, David Aris, Ginger Allen, Jon Axelrod, Maxine Blechman, Ann Brandt, Dave Clark, Jennifer Cohen, MayLee DeLee and family, Nancey and Kelly Eason, Dotti Elgart, Marijane Fredericksen, Alexa Maghasky, Nancy and Cantor Marla Goldberg, Barbara Holland, Linda Kauffman, Ann Mandell, Stefanie Paykel, Jann Smit, Arlene Waters, and Phyllis Zuckerman. A job well done and much appreciated!!! We all know the old cliché that the only things in life that are certain are death and taxes. Taxes are at least as old as the Jewish religion and possibly even older. The Torah is not shy when it comes to asking for donations. Take a quick look through the Bible, from Par’shat T’rumah in Exodus 25:1-27:19 to Exodus 38:26,27 to Par’shat Shelach Lekha, Numbers 13:1-15:40, just to name a few. Reading through Numbers 18, donations were not voluntary but mandatory. There were a variety of unique mandatory fees that our ancestors paid in order to maintain the ancient Temple, from men of drafting age paying a yearly half shekel to the first fruit and first born animals given to the Temple by the farmers. There was a regular tax called the “t’rumah” which supported the priests. There even was a tax called, “challah” which referred to a portion of the dough that was given to the Kohanim. We are nearing the end of our fiscal year for Congregation P’nai Tikvah, come June 30, 2014. There were many goals that your Board set for this past year. We achieved many of them, from providing innovative programs, such as the Talmud study and B’nei Simchat Chochmah to our “Brunch with Brilliants” speaker program, to building our membership. Our spiritual leaders, Rabbi Mintz and Cantor Goldberg continued to revitalize our Jewish souls each Shabbat service with meaningful sermons and beautiful and haunting melodies that touched our hearts. Like our ancestors, our Shul has a spiritual religious side and an operational side, or a business side. We continue to rely upon the generous hearts of our members and non-members to sustain Congregation P’nai Tikvah. Being a small Congregation, we must look for programs and fund-raisers that supplement our membership dues. This is not an easy task and it requires dedication and commitment from our Board of Directors and from our membership. We were significantly successful in improving our financial status but we are not quite there in establishing a strong financial foundation for our future. As we prepare for the year 2014-2015, your board and a special task force that was created have been involved in self-evaluation of the financial obligations of the synagogue. Over the past two months, multiple suggestions of possible short term and long terms programs are currently being evaluated. We must wisely use our limited resources of money, time and people to ensure that whatever programs are selected for the coming year that we will ultimately reach our objective of financial viability. Come May 2 and May 3, Rabbi Henry Shreibman, our liaison with the national Reconstructionist Organization, will be speaking at our Friday night services as well as joining our Torah study group on Saturday. After Torah study, we will be working with Rabbi Shreibman in finalizing our goals for the coming year. We invite the membership to attend this workshop with Rabbi Shreibman and Rabbi Mintz, along with the current Board of Directors, Nominated Board of Directors and the Special Fund-Raising Task Force which will be held after Torah study, on Saturday, May 3rd. Please check your email messages for more details to come. The Hebrew word, “T’rumah” means “to elevate”; it is part of our communal obligations to our Shul. Invest in our future. Shabbat Shalom

Barbara Holland President of the Board


In memory of D’Vorah Turrentine “May flight of Angels sing thee to thy rest.” Shakespeare

Eishet Chayil, A Woman of Valor. (Proverbs 31) The dancing letters quote a Midrash: “Rabbi Yitschak bar Nechemya said: Just as Hashem gave the Torah to Israel with twenty two letters, so He praises worthy women with twenty two letters.”


Reb Zalman’s December Song Archetypal Sage Tells His Idiosyncratic Story By Jay Michaelson Published April 23, 2014, issue of April 25, 2014.

Founded in the aftermath of the Sabbatean heresy, early Hasidism was a paragon of paradox. Its early 19th-century adherents, particularly those of the philosophically rigorous movement Chabad, were uniters of opposites — heaven and earth, being and nothingness, concealment and revelation. The greatest revelations were often those most hidden — even hidden in plain view. How else to describe this most revelatory of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi’s many books — a volume whose cover does not bear his name, and which gives but the barest hints of what lies inside? It’s almost as if Reb Zalman, perhaps the most creative shoot of Chabad’s hasidic tree, doesn’t want this quasi-autobiography to even be about him. And yet the format of “The December Project” — which mostly consists of extended conversations between Reb Zalman and the book’s author, veteran journalist and television writer Sara Davidson — is actually the best rendering of Reb Zalman’s wisdom that I’ve come across. At age 89, he has finally found his voice. There are two primary reasons why this is so. First, reading Reb Zalman’s books has often been like listening to a Grateful Dead studio album. The genius is there, but the spark sometimes isn’t. The cadences, the digressions —Davidson renders these perfectly, editing just enough so that they aren’t tiresome or cute, letting Reb Zalman’s idiosyncratic voice resonate clearly. Second, Davidson is the right interlocutor. Reb Zalman’s hasidim — both his immediate followers in the Jewish Renewal movement, and the wider circles of Jews who have been influenced by him — can often seem like, well, followers. All of us who know Reb Zalman personally — and I am honored to say that, in some small way, I am one of that community— know that he is actually quite down-to-earth, and quite open about his flaws and shortcomings. He doesn’t pretend to be a saint. Yet much of what has been written about Reb Zalman has an air of hagiography. Thankfully, this book strips all that away. On its face, “The December Project” is about death. December here refers to the December years, which Reb Zalman says he is in. (May he live, healthily, to 120. Although I’m not sure that he’d want to.) Unlike Reb Zalman’s previous book on the subject of eldering — 1995’s “From Age-ing to Sage-Ing,” coauthored with Ronald S. Miller — this book is not about growing old gracefully, but being old, gracefully or not. The book is remarkably frank on the frailty of the body and the descent of the mind. It pulls no punches. Sourced from: at 2:58 PM PST on 4/23/2014 ● The December Project By Sara Davidson HarperCollins Publishers, 208 pages, $25.99


Jane Kusel and Patsy Kart Share Their Experience with Volunteers for Israel The mission of Volunteers for Israel is to connect Americans to Israel through volunteer service. We achieve this goal by partnering with military and civilian organizations that enable volunteers to work side-by-side with Israelis. We promote solidarity and goodwill among Israelis, American Jews, and other friends of Israel. The program began in 1982, during the first war with Lebanon, when civilian replacements were needed for thousands of reservists called to duty just as Israel's harvest season began. Israeli General Aharon Davidi sent emissaries to the United States to enlist volunteers to harvest crops and save the economy. More than 600 volunteers responded immediately.

NVans, Bobbi, Patsy, “Boss” Barach and our “Cookie Man”, Jane Today, VFI programs maintain that pioneering spirit. Since 1982, more than 30,000 Americans have signed on to do civilian work on Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) bases. Newer additions include a summer International Youth Program, an add-on to Taglit-Birthright tours, and other volunteer options. In the past five years alone, more than 5,000 people have gone on VFI programs. No matter the task, the VFI focus is always to lend our hands and to assure Israel that she does not stand alone. VFI is a non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian organization. 3-20-14 2:15 PM PST Volunteers In Israel; Patsy Kart and Jane Kusel continued on page 8


Volunteers In Israel; Patsy Kart and Jane Kusel continued from page 7 The following is a thumbnail sketch of Jane Kusel and Patsy Kart's second week doing duty in Israel for the Volunteers for Israel Program: Whew! Worldwind 2 days, to date, and no lull in sight...lamalo (why not?!!). Upon yesterday's arrival from Haifa to Jerusalem, after hotel check-in but well before unpacking, we met friends from Tel Aviv at the King David and proceeded down King David Street to Jaffa Road all the way to the Mehune Yehuda, the market in the older part of the city (not the Old City)...larger than the Carmel Market in Tel Aviv, with dates and figs to prove it! The preceding run-on sentence is an intentional hyperbole to illustrate the length of our schlep. But wait...then we walked 30 additional minutes in the wrong direction before succumbing to the new tram system for our ride back to Zion Square for well-deserved gelato! Fortunately the walk back to the hotel was downhill! After a hearty Israeli breakfast we wended our way up King David to Mapu to Keren Hay'sed and rode bus #7 to the Israeli Museum, which needed far more than 5 hours devoted it, but tell that to our legs! Non-prejudicially, there is no Museum like this anywhere and it keeps getting better with more exhibits than 3 years hence...that is except of course for Yad Vashem, on our agenda with Mt. Herzel for Sunday. Tonight after 7 we'll enter the Old City through the Jaffa Gate for "Sounds of the Old City", a music festival where we hope to feed our souls on everything from Klezmer to Israeli rock and our bodies on Jerusalem bagels and pomegranate juice! We have reserved spots for the AM tour tomorrow morning at the Menachem a Begin Cultural Center and will then head to the Mamilla Mall before ushering in Shabbat at the Kotel and return to the hotel for Shabbat dinner. On Shabbat we'll amble and return to the Wall for prayer and reflection for my Don, nearly a year deceased. As new Yerushalayim lights up after Shabbat, I am confident that the bitter sweetness which will embrace me will also couch me in peace. I shall leave for the airport with my mind and body at 1 AM Monday morning for my 5 AM flight to the US...and, as always, I shall leave my heart and soul in my Homeland. Erev tov, with love.

We’re in the Army

Lest we should miss a meal

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Sorting, counting, dating, and boxing leukoplast

Patsy cleans, cleans, cleans...

...and Jane joins the fun!

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Supreme Court to rule on use of Jerusalem in U.S. passports By Robert Barnes, Published: April 21 After years of litigation, the Supreme Court on Monday said it would decide if Congress or the State Department has the final say in whether U.S. passports acknowledge Jerusalem as part of Israel. This touches on one of the most sensitive issues in decades of Middle East conflict, and the case also presents a major separation-of-power conflict between the legislative and executive branches. The controversy is over a 2002 law passed by Congress regarding passports. It says that a U.S. citizen born in Jerusalem may request his or her birthplace to be listed as Israel. This was an attempt to nullify State Department instructions that only “Jerusalem” be listed, a recognition of the official U.S. policy of neutrality over national sovereignty of the holy city. The directive was inserted into a broader spending bill that President George W. Bush signed, even as he announced that his administration would not carry out Congress’s passport dictate. The Obama administration has adopted the same view: that Congress was intruding on the executive’s responsibility for making the nation’s foreign policy. The case was brought by Ari and Naomi Zivotofsky , U.S. citizens whose son, Menachem Binyamin, was born in a western Jerusalem hospital in 2002. They want the boy’s passport to say he was born in Israel. “All that happens with this statute is that 50,000 American citizens have the same passport as 100,000 other American citizens who were born in Tel Aviv or Haifa,” the couple’s attorney, Nathan Lewin, told the Supreme Court in 2011, the first time the court considered the statute. “It just says ‘Israel.’ It doesn’t say ‘Jerusalem, Israel.’ ” At that time, the justices were considering a lower court decision that said the issue was a “political question” that was not open to judicial review but must be worked out between the two other branches of government. In the case, the Supreme Court ruled 8 to 1 that this view was wrong and sent it back to lower courts. On remand, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled in favor of the executive branch. U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. had told the justices there was no reason to review the decision of the court of appeals. The ruling, he said, allows the executive branch to continue its “longstanding practice of refraining from taking any official action that could constitute, or be interpreted as, recognition of any foreign government’s sovereignty over Jerusalem.” As is customary, the justices on Monday did not comment on the decision to review the case, Zivotofsky v. Kerry. It will be heard in the term that begins in October. In other action, the justices maintained their reluctance to provide guidance to courts considering appeals from suspected terrorists detained at Guantanamo Bay or respond to lawyers who say the lower courts are holding the government to -less-than-demanding standards. Sourced from: 6c0037dde2ad_story.html at 2:49 PM PST on 4/23/2014

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Outside workplace first week, indoor workspace the second week

We do good work...

Medical warehouse where we worked from 8:30—11:45 & 1-5

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P’nai Tikvah Book Group 5774 WHO:

THE PARTICULARS All members of our Congregation P’nai Tikvah community


July 17, 2014 @ 6:45 PM


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The 4th of 4 evenings translated into 4 journeys of the senses through shared dissections of the readings below. *Limited to 12 voices-please RSVP in a timely fashion

Remaining Selections for This Year July Book: COMING OF AGE...AGAIN

Carol B. Mizrahi

Lighter fare for hot days, the humor, moxie and wisdom of four friends finds its voice around the table of a weekly mahjongg game. Barbara, Irene, Rochelle, and Sylvia understand that their carefully orchestrated lives are falling apart and prove that "coming of age" can happen more than once.

It’s not too soon to suggest books for next year. To do so, please send your suggestions directly to Jane Kusel at It’s not too late to join in the fun; all you need to do is read the book and let Jane know that you’ll be there! 12

“All the world is a very narrow bridge, and the most important thing is not to fear at all.” “If you won’t be better toBucco de Beppi’s, A Night to Hon- morrow than you were today, then what do you need tomorrow for?”

Women’s Rosh Chodesh Group

or Israel and CPT Community!

That is the sports world would be -Rabbi Nachman of Breslov called a “hat trick”. This month, the month of Iyyar,

Mitzvah Envelopes:

we will be meeting in the home Mitzvah envelopes are given out at services with the hope that they will be

of Ann Mandell on May 4th at filled out and returned with a donation for the congregation. Honoring or re7pm. membering loved ones, giving tzedakah As Iyyar is related to the aspect for a MiShebeirach, simply being thankful for meaningful services, and any other

of healing, we will be focusing on reason you can think of helps the congrewhat Judaism has to say about gation’s sustainability and funds future healing , with a guided medita-


tion and some hands on release “Humor is the weapon of unarmed peothrough the drawing of mandalas. ple: it helps people who are oppressed to Please RSVP to Ann Mandell at 702.616.0396 or email to

smile at the situation that pains them.” - Simon Wiesenthal

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Congregation P’Nai Tikvah 5774 Community Seder at the UNLV Foundation Building, Blasco Event Wing held on April 15, 2014


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Pesach Maggid—5774

Not Ready for Prime Time Readers regale the Pesach crowd with “May the Fours be with You” with the Afikoman Award going to Danielle Holland as Bintah the Hutt , Adam Granat as Darth Ramses and Susan Bindhamer as C3PO (C-Shalosh-P-O)


9 Jewish Major Leaguers On Opening Day Roster; Plus One Manager WEDNESDAY, 02 APRIL 2014 17:45 BY ARTHUR HOLZMAN

Opening Day rosters in Major League Baseball find nine Jewish players and one manager listed, and as Jewish players and fans approach the new season, they can do so with the confidence that members of “the Tribe” (not the Cleveland Indians), more then held their own last year. These and many more facts come to life in the seventh and newest edition of Jewish Major Leaguer baseball cards, on sale now. This year’s opening day rosters includes nine Jewish players - Ryan Braun (MIL), Craig Breslow (BOS), Ike Davis (NYM), Scott Feldman (HOU), Sam Fuld (OAK),Ian Kinsler (DET), Josh Satin (NYM), Danny Valencia (KC) and Ryan Kalish (Cubs). Breslow is on the Red Sox disabled list. In addition of course, Brad Ausmus will be managing the Detroit Tigers. All are included in this year’s 50-card set, the seventh edition of Jewish Major Leaguer cards. The 14 Jewish players active in the Major Leagues in 2013 included Braun, Breslow, Davis, Feldman, Nate Freiman, Fuld, Kinsler, Ryan Lavarnway, Jason Marquis, Kevin Pillar, Satin, Valencia, Youkilis and Josh Zeid. As pointed out on card #50 of the newly-issued set, (attached), the Jewish players of 2013 represented about one percent of Major League Baseball’s 1,355 players for the season. The ten position players hit a combined .258, slightly above the MLB average of .253, and their combined 54 home runs, 260 RBIs and 32 stolen bases were in keeping with the 1% of all players (slightly higher). The four pitchers had a combined 3.60 ERA (all players were at 3.87), while compiling a 26-20 record. This “attest(s) to modestly superior performance by the Class of 2013,” reports the card back. When the original edition of Jewish Major Leaguers baseball cards was researched and released in 2001, there were approximately 160 Jewish players in history, out of some 17,000 total. And those 160 players slightly out-performed the total field in just about every key category except stolen bases. Hank Greenberg remains the career Jewish leader in average (.313), home runs (331) and RBIs (1276), with Shawn Green having fallen just three home runs behind him. Ryan Braun has a career average of .312. The stat cards in this year’s edition show Buddy Myer as the leader in hits. Among pitchers, Ken Holtzman has the most wins (174 to Sandy Koufax’s 165), Barney Pelty the lowest ERA (2.62 to Koufax’s 2.76), Koufax the most strikeouts (2396) and Scott Schoeneweis the most appearances (562). The new 50-card set has updated team information cards providing an all-time roster; career leaders; Jewish managers (Lipman Pike, Lou Boudreau, Lefty Phillips and Norm Sherry join Ausmus in this small club); “in memorium cards for Joe Ginsberg, Marv Rotblatt and Al Federoff; and Jewish pitcher-catcher combinations including the Red Sox Breslow and Lavarnway. There is also a Jewish link to the Negro Leagues in the person of Max Rosner. There are also cards featuring artifacts from Chasing Dreams, the major exhibition at Philadelphia’s National Museum of American Jewish History, with items on loan from the American Jewish Historical Society. The two institutions jointly sponsor this edition, which presents recognition of the importance of baseball in the history of Jewish American life. The cards are licensed by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. The cards are $36 for one set plus $5 shipping, available by credit card via Paypal at, or by check sent to JML Inc., 104 Greenlawn Avenue, Newton, MA 02459. Two sets are $50 (plus $5 shipping), three sets $75 plus $5, four sets $92 plus $8, five sets $115 plus $10, and six sets $140 plus $10. Larger orders for gift shops and retail outlets should write to for information. Submitted by the Phyllistan’s; sourced from 17 option=com_content&view=article&id=7110:9-jewish-major-leaguers-on-opening-dayroster-plus-one-manager&catid=119:sports&Itemid=321 at 2:45 PM PST on 4/23/2014

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:  May 2nd Sponsor-Roz Tessler and

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Harriet Bernstein in memory of Jerry Bernstein Caterer– Stephanie Paykel Sponsor/CatererThe Phyllistan’s Sponsor/Caterer Nancey Eason Sponsor-Hariet Miller in Honor of 84th Birthday CATERER-could be you

Summertime and the liv’in is easy… It’s almost that time of year again, run to do the mitzvah and host a summertime Shabbat dinner in your home. Call the office and let us know if you are willing to host a Shabbat potluck or dinner in your home 702.436.4900

Call the office at (702) 436-4900 or email

Phyllis and Stan Zuckerman May 28th Arleah Rush and Eleni Giannopolous May 29th Eileen and Cort Ancman May 30th "Grow old with me, the best is yet to be." —Robert Browning

Don Kauffman Nancey Eason MayLee DeLee Samantha Holland Stan Zuckerman Rose Shapiro

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Is there a “bark” mitzvah in your future? A purr-fect opportunity to share your pride and joy in your pet. So the question is “How many of us have pets with Jewish names?” Meet Yehuda, a rescue cat adopted by Dotti Elgart, a member of our congregation. Submit your photo’s and we will feature your pet. “The cat is out of the bag! He's a delight. 11 mos old and a rescue from Heaven Can Wait. Both Roz Tessler and Harriet Bernstein volunteer for the shelter. I am just delighted with our match. I was looking at the case of gluten free kosher for Passover matzo and suddenly "Yehuda " seemed to fit as his name. It was far better than Hey You. “



Funny and True by: Israeli humorist, Efraim Kishon: Israel is the only country in the world where patients visiting physicians end up giving the doctor advice. Israel is the only country in the world where no one has a foreign accent because everyone has a foreign accent. Israel is the only country in the world where the leading writers in the country take buses. Israel is the only country in the world where people cuss using dirty words in Russian or Arabic because Hebrew has never developed them. Israel is the only country in the world where the graffiti is in Hebrew. Israel is the only country in the world that has a National Book Week, during which almost everyone attends a book fair and buys books. Israel is the only country in the world with bus drivers and taxi drivers who read Spinoza and Maimonides. Israel is the only country in the world where no one cares what rules say when an important goal can be achieved by bending them. Israel is the only country in the world where reservists are bossed around and commanded by officers, male and female, younger than their own children. Israel is the only country in the world where "small talk" consists of loud, angry debate over politics and religion. Israel is the only country in the world where the ultra-Orthodox Jews beat up the police and not the other way around. Israel is the only country in the world where bank robbers kiss the mezuzah as they leave with their loot. Israel is one of the few countries in the world that truly likes and admires the United States. Israel is the only country in the world where everyone on a flight gets to know one another before the plane lands. In many cases, they also get to know the pilot and all about his health or marital problems. Israel is the only country in the world where people call an attachĂŠ case a "James Bond" and the "@" sign is called a "strudel." Israel is the only country in the world where the coffee is already so good that Starbucks went bankrupt trying to break into the local market. Israel is a country surrounded on all sides by enemies, but the people's headaches are caused by the neighbors upstairs. Israel is the only country in the world where people read English, write Hebrew, and joke in Yiddish. 20

Marie Ackerman Marjorie Lieberman Edith Rome Elliot Bender Wendy Linker Maya Granat Richard Wulff & Eric Wulff Corey Goldman Phyllis Zuckerman Ron Gries Rosemarie Chapman Connie Rivchum Scott Dykstra & Jane Dykstra Richard Feder Anne Altman Barry Goodwin Arlene Cohen Paul Goldstein Seth Horowitz Arleen Gibson Richard Steinberg Brazyl Monique Ward Libby Miller Matt Cohen Shayna Fried Randi Fried Howard Fox Sylvia Fox

Mi Shebeirach/ ”Get Well” Wishes to...

Pinky Garcia Susan Margolin Scott Simon (son of Margaret) Joyce Schneider Paul Bodner Helene Bernstein Jay Berger Esther Schwartz Seth Axelrod Sonny Mayron Barbara Grossman Deborah Williams Kathleen Broener “a” Carl Cowan Fran Silverman Marylou Lowther Brenda Gomez Barbara Brookes David Epstein Marjory Burstein Lucy Muller Robert Miller Norman Fried Henry Glowa Helene Glowa Helene Laefer Miriam Weissbaum Norman Anderson & Andy Anderson Terry Raben David Epstein Dotti Elgart Abraham ben Sarah Joan Ameri Sharilyn Paykel-Becker Bernie Gehring


Jerry Bernstein -Remembered by Harriet Bernstein

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure -Author Unknown-

Norma Feldman -Remembered by Barbara Holland Gerry Finkelberg -Remembered by Barbara Finkelberg Ruthe Jacobs -Remembered by Lesley & Sam Wagmeister Aram Miller -Remembered by Hariet Miller Stewart Miller -Remembered by Hariet Miller Jeanette Sokolovsky -Remembered by Dale Gardner To One in Sorrow by Grace Noll Crowell Let me come in where you are weeping, friend, And let me take your hand. I, who have known a sorrow such as yours, Can understand. Let me come in -- I would be very still Beside you in your grief; I would not bid you cease your weeping, friend, Tears can bring relief. Let me come in -- I would only breathe a prayer, And hold your hand, For I have known a sorrow such as yours, And understand.

Memorial plaques are available; 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

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 Lady� Phyllis Zuckerman would like to send a card. Please contact her at:

702.617.0585 or 22

You’ll start earning rewards for Congregation P’Nai Tikvah right away on qualifying purchases made using your Smith’s and Vons rewards Card! Smith's and Von's are committed to helping our communities grow and prosper. Year after year, local schools, churches and other nonprofit organizations will earn millions of dollars through these kinds of programs. There is no cost to enroll, and enrollment will not affect your fuel points or coupon discounts. Here are the instructions for getting started. We will also have a place for your to sign up at the Community Passover Seder at the Blasco Event Wing of UNLV Foundation Bldg. Bring your Smith's and Von's card numbers and we will do the signing up for you. OUR SMITH"S NPO NUMBER IS 61229.

TO USE THE SMITH’S COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM: Register online at · Customers must have a registered Smith’s rewards card account to link to your organization. · If you does not yet have a Smith’s rewards card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Smith’s. · Click on 'Create and Account' box · Sign up for a Smith’s Rewards Account entering your email address and creating a password, by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, agreeing to the terms and conditions. · A message will show up for you to check your email inbox and then click on the link within the body of the email. · Click on “My Account” and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step. · Click on Edit Smith’s Community Rewards information and input your Smith’s rewards card number. · Update or confirm your information. · Enter NPO number or name of organization, select organization from list and click on confirm. · To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page. · Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Smith’s rewards card number. · Members must swipe their registered Smith’s rewards card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Smith’s rewards card when shopping for each purchase to count.

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Kol Kiruv, the newsletter of Congregation P’nai Tikvah, is available on-line at at no cost. If mailed, hard copy delivery is $36 annually.

NEWSLETTER ADS: If you are interested in placing an ad in the Kol Kiruv, you are welcome to send the ad to The cost is $25 for 1/4 page, $50 for 1/2 page, and $100 for a full page. Placement of ad is subject to approval by the editor.


Nid’vei Leiv Donations from the Heart

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund David Aris Dotti Elgart Paul Goldstein General Fund In honor of Torah Study from Cort and Eileen Ancman In honor of Torah Study from David Aris In blessed memory of Abraham Platt by Elliot and Zandra Bender In honor of Phyllistan’s Anniversary and Birthday from the Bindhamers (Ricksan) In blessed memory of Ann’s husband Lee Burger Shilepsky from Ann Brandt In honor of Torah Study from Jennifer Cohen Shirley Davidson Laurie Franklin Dale Gardner Barbara Holland Jane Kusel David and Lynn Pisetzner In blessed memory of Gertrude Rose remembered by Stanley and Sondra Rose Stanley and Sondra Rose In honor of Hank’s Bris from Arleah Rush and Eleni Gianapoulos Rose and Jerry Shapiro Rozlyne Tessler Refuah Shleimah for Connie Rivchun from David Aris for Marjory Burstein from David Aris for Janet Eason from Nancey Eason for Sharilyn Paykel-Becker from Gary and Stephanie Paykel Yizkor Remembrance Albert & Jean Bernstein remembered by Carol and Larry Bernstein Abe & Ivy Falk remembered by Carol and Larry Bernstein William Lewis Eason by Nancey Eason Alan Mintz, M.D., Joseph Porath, Sarah Porath Stromberg, Harry Stromberg, Lee & Ida Mintz, remembered by Rabbi Yocheved Mintz

"Tzedakah and acts of kindness are the equivalent of all



Yom HaZikaron

Yom Ha’atzmaut

Yom Yerushalayim

CALENDAR AT A GLANCE: May 2 May 2 May 3 May 4 May 4 May 5 May 5 May 11 May 12 May 12 May 13 May 16 May 17 May 18 May 19 May 26 May 28 June 2 June 6 June 6

June 7

Tot Shabbat 6:30pm at Kraft-Sussman Chapel Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv Services 7:30pm at Kraft-Sussman Chapel Torah Study at the home of Rabbi Mintz with Guest Rabbi Henry Schreibman at 10:00am Yom HaZikaron—Israel Memorial Day at 5:00pm at the Adelson Educational Campus, 9001 Hillpointe Road Rosh Chodesh Iyyar at the home of Ann Mandell at 7:00 pm Jewlicious Learning 4:15 pm Introduction to Talmud 7:00 pm Yom Ha’atzmaut—Israel Independence Day at the Sands Exposition Center Hall A 12 Noon—5:00 pm Jewlicious Learning 4:15 pm Introduction to Talmud 7:00 pm Social Action-Nevadans for the Common Good at the Cashman Center 6:00-9:00 pm Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv Services 7:30pm at Kraft-Sussman Chapel Torah Study at the home of Rabbi Mintz 10:00am Lag B’Omer Jewlicious Learning 4:15 pm Jewlicious Learning 4:15 pm Yom Yerushalayim—Jerusalem Day Jewlicious Learning 4:15 pm—Last Class/ Pool Party Tot Shabbat 6:30pm at Kraft-Sussman Chapel Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting, followed by Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv Services 7:00 pm at Kraft-Sussman Chapel (and Jewlicious Learners’ Graduation/Siyyum) Board Installation of Officers and Annual Meeting; Torah Study at the home of Rabbi Mintz at 10:00am

Blessing for the Month of Iyyar

As we count each day of the Omer, may we ascend our spiritual ladder, rung by rung, coming closer to being ready to accept the gift at Sinai. Amen. 27

Congregation P'nai Tikvah's Kol Kiruv - May 2014 - Nissan / Iyar 5774  

Congregation P'nai Tikvah - Rekindling the Jewish Spirit. Congregation P'nai Tikvah is the only Reconstructionist / Renewal synagogue in Nev...

Congregation P'nai Tikvah's Kol Kiruv - May 2014 - Nissan / Iyar 5774  

Congregation P'nai Tikvah - Rekindling the Jewish Spirit. Congregation P'nai Tikvah is the only Reconstructionist / Renewal synagogue in Nev...