Rabbi Pam’s Message
Rabbi Mintz’s Message
High Holiday Calendar
Brunch with Brillinats
A New Moon for All
"Michtavim MeiAretz/Letters from Israel"
Jewlicious Learning and Yad Squad, Children's Happening
HI Ho Challah Baking Pics
Birthday’s and Anniversaries
Nid’vei Leiv—From the Heart
Calendar at a Glance
Clergy and Staff Interim Rabbi: Rabbi Pamela Frydman Rabbi Emerita: Rabbi Yocheved Mintz Cantor: Marla Goldberg Educators: Rabbi Yocheved Mintz and Cantor Marla Goldberg Bookkeeper: Lynn Pisetzner Editor: Rabbi Yocheved Mintz
Congregation P’nai Tikvah will worship on Shabbat, October 7th and 21st at 2685 South Rainbow Street, STE 108. Tot Shabbat-Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv services will begin at 6:30 PM on October 7th and Shabbat-Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv services will begin at 7:30 PM on October 21st. Torah Study will take place at 9:30 AM on October 7th and 21st. Please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Congregation P’nai Tikvah meets at 2685 South Rainbow Street, STE 108, Las Vegas, NV 89146
Message from Interim Rabbi
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude By Rabbi Pamela Frydman, CPT Interim Rabbi I recently had a conversation with someone who declined a High Holy Day honor because the honor did not seem appropriate for who that person is in his or her life. We each see our relative worth in terms of our own inner sense of things, and also in terms of what we see when we look in the mirror. When we look in the mirror, we think we see what everyone else sees: the real us. In a certain sense, that is true. Mirrors are good for making sure our tie is straight and our shirt or blouse is properly buttoned, but mirrors are useless for understanding what others see in us. I cannot express in words the gratitude I feel to Rabbi Schachet for founding our congregation. Since I began visiting in June and became your interim rabbi in August, I have fallen in love with CPT and the wonderful offerings available to those who choose to affiliate and participate in worship, study, and other activities. I feel unspeakably grateful to Rabbi Mintz for carrying the torch through the years, for developing our educational programs into the jewels they are today, and for finding a way to continue in Rabbi Schachet’s footsteps while walking to the beat of her own drum. We still use the same high holy day prayer book that Rabbi Schachet helped to write and compile, but we experience the high holy days through the inspiring music of our Cantor and Choir, through the passionate and lilting voices of our readers, the calls of our shofar blowers, the presence of the Torah scrolls being carried among us, and the spiritual and artistic thoughtfulness of Rabbi Mintz who holds it all together. So what’s in it for us? Why should we care? Why should we bother? Is someone going to come along and name a CPT program after us? Unless we are in a position to endow the congregation with a donation in the six figures, it is highly unlikely that P’nai Tikvah will have programs that carry our family names. So again, why bother? Why should I set an alarm for Rosh HaShanah morning to make sure I am in my seat in time to open the ark? Did I need to finish high school or go to college to continued on page 3
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swing the wooden door in place so we can see the image of our Torah scrolls while we sing one of our prayers? What’s the point? The point is that whatever we do is our G-o-d connection. There isn’t anything but G-o-d, so our G-o-d connection can be anywhere. This past Shabbat, I was in my synagogue near where I live in Los Angeles. When I am not in Las Vegas serving at CPT, I worship in my Los Angeles congregation. There I was sitting in my seat reading and singing along when someone came over and asked if I would like to carry the Torah. Carry the Torah? Absolutely! Of course I wanted to carry the Torah. I always want to carry the Torah. There is nothing to memorize, nothing to chant on key, no sermon to prepare. All I need to do is bring my arms, back and heart, take the Torah in hand and walk slowly enough so everyone can touch and kiss. As I was finishing my honor, I was placing the Torah back in the arms of the man who was going to hand it to the congregation’s Rabbi. I placed my lips on the velvet cover and gave a kiss. It was an unspeakably precious moment. It was more important than any of the words that I was reciting in my prayers that day. It was my G-o-d connection. Whatever honor you are offered, if you don’t want that honor, ask Roz Tessler for another honor. If “honors” aren’t your thing, think again. Perhaps this is the year for you to stand up in front of the room and read a passage in English or lead us in a responsive reading or open the ark or carry the Torah. Try it; you might like it! And perhaps you’ll get hooked and you’ll want to have another honor and another. If Roz invites you for just one honor, but you’re really up for three, send Roz a note and let her know, so in case others turn her down, she knows she can count on you to take an extra honor. If you happen to come up for your honor and you don’t feel anything, don’t worry. Sometimes our G-o-d connection is so subtle that it feels like nothing happened. During the coming year, if someone asks you to do something that feels beneath your dignity, ask yourself, will it hurt someone? If yes, then perhaps you should say no. Will it help someone? If yes, then perhaps you should say yes. Can you lift up the menial task by adding your gracefulness and presence to it? If yes, and if it doesn’t hurt anyone, then by all means, do it and do it with gusto. continued on page 4
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The heroes in our lives, political heroes, sports heroes, artistic heroes, are always doing the little things that get caught on camera. Kissing the Vince Lombardi trophy on camera in front of millions of pairs of eyes. Does the football player receiving the Lombardi trophy for his team worry about whether it is cool to be caught on camera kissing a piece of metal? Next time someone asks you to open the ark or light the candles or read a short section in English, think of it as the cat’s meow, the coolest thing in the world, and just go up and do it! And show us by your presence what it means to be a prominent man or prominent woman or up-and-coming-teen carrying part of the glory of Shabbat or High Holy Days in our precious congregation. And if your small bit part doesn’t feel satisfying, come around for another service and ask the rabbi or the volunteer coordinator for another honor and another honor until you can finally feel that you got it right—until it finally feels like enough, like your grandparents would be proud, like your coach would be proud, like your beloved would be proud, or like you yourself would be proud. You are part of G-o-d. You are a child of G-o-d. There is nothing but G-o-d and there is nothing in the whole universe more important than you in the moment when you are honoring G-o-d and the Jewish tradition by playing a small bit part in the greater scheme of our prayers for a better world and a better year and better times ahead. L’shanah tovah tikateivu v’teichateimu! May you be inscribed and sealed for a wonderful year!
Rabbi Pam is serving as CPT’s Interim Rabbi. Links to some of her sermons appear side by side with links to some of Rabbi Mintz’s sermons on the CPT website at http://pnaitikvahlv.org. Rabbi Pam’s brief bio is available at https://rebpam.com/ bio/. 4
Message from the Rabbi Emerita Dear Chevreh: Rabbi Arthur Waskow, a colleague and friend of both Reb Pam and mine, reminded me recently of a famous two sentence short story by Franz Kafka that goes something like this: “One day, a leopard came stalking into the synagogue, roaring and lashing its tail. Three weeks later, it had become part of the liturgy.” Something to think about as we enter the Yamim HaNora-im/the Days of Awe, this year... especially this year. The liturgy, the prayers and music and rituals of a service, is, in a sense, a container, a cage, perhaps. Within that container is indeed that leopard; and, if we will it, we can unlock the cage and let the leopard out. Many people approach the words of the service and recite them by rote, and that may be sufficient for them; but those who put thought and heart into their t’fillot, may be ready to let the leopard out of the cage. Allow me to open this up a bit more. Think about the Torah portions we read on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. The Akeidah, the binding of Isaac, is a very painful story, as is the expulsion of Ishmael. If we just read these narratives, as beautifully chanted as our Torah Leyners can do them, but put no thought into their implications, we’ve kept the leopard in the cage. But if we talk about them, among ourselves, at our Yom Tov dinners; or even on Yom Kippur during the break, if we recall that the Torah later has us read of Isaac and Ishmael reconciling and honoring their newly deceased father (the same Abraham that had allowed Hagar and Ishmael to be expelled into the wilderness and who had almost sacrificed Isaac) by coming together to bury him. We might begin to see the parallels of s’lichah and t’shuvah/forgiveness and returning that are the very essence of these Asseret Y’mei T’shuvah/these Ten Days of Returning/ reconciliation. Are we strong enough to dance with the mighty leopard of the current challenge of T’shuvah and S’lichah between the descendants of Isaac and Ishmael? Can we maintain civil discourse and still discuss the passionate concerns we have for Israel and its Palestinian neighbors? What about the words of Isaiah, that we read for our Haftarah on Rosh HaShanah? Will we simply decode the English letters, pronouncing them correctly, but not really understanding their message, or, this year, can we let the leopard out of its cage and listen, really listen to Isaiah’s impassioned plea for us to change our ways and return to G-d; and then listen, really listen, to G-d’s exhortations to live justly and maintain Shabbat, to accept those who live justly and live Jewishly, to accept diversity, accept the “other”, to welcome all, for G-d’s house is to be called “A house of prayer for all peoples.” Are we brave enough to let the leopard out and grapple the issues of supporting the need to honor all lives and simultaneously condemn those who would attack Israel’s right to exist, within the Black Lives Matter declarations? continued on page 6
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What about that annual list of sins we recite. It is so easy to think that these are someone else’s sins and not ours, personally; and, perhaps, many of them are. But when we come to the word Xenophobia, this year, can we be brave enough to come to grips with the mass Xenophobia that is preventing the US from accepting more of the Syrian refugees…not unlike when the United States turned away the SS St Louis in the Shoah… It is up to each of us as to how we will take in the words of the High Holy Days’ liturgy this year, of course. Will we drone on or put some heart and soul into our services or, on the contrary, allow our spirits to unlock the cage and let the leopard out? May Reb Pam, Cantor Marla, our CPT singers under the baton of Ellen Royer, all our readers and leyners, Shofar blowers, bakers, staff, and Board, and all whom we welcome into our expanded sanctuary over the Yamim HaNoraim…may they all be blessed with passion and depth of soul, so the words of the liturgy spring forth with meaning. And may our souls be lifted by the sincerity of our prayers. If there is anything I have done to, in any way, hurt or discomfort you this past year, please accept my apologies, share with me, if you can, what I did, so that I can make amends and never do it again. L’Shanah Tovah Tikateivu v’Teichateimu/ may you each be inscribed and sealed for a very good year!
Rabbi Yocheved Mintz Rabbi Emerita/Senior Educator Mazel Tov to Carol and Larry Bernstein
Rabbi Mintz dedicates the mezuzah at their new home.
Cantor’s Notes A Note From the Cantor Today on Facebook I found a link to an article on Forward.com/scribe. The article was written by Cantor Jack Chomsky of the Cantor’s Association (the association for cantors of the Conservative movement). In this article he describes how each year local newspapers have articles written by rabbis discussing how they get ready for the Jewish New Year. These articles talk about all the hard work and preparation that rabbis do to get ready for this holy days. Cantor Chomsky points out that he has never seen anything about cantors getting ready. He states, “But we cantors take upon ourselves the challenge of preparing hours upon hours of material to be chanted (while many or most of us battle seasonal allergies), prepare choirs, prepare others to lead, make musical choices that find the balance between upholding ancient and modern traditions and connecting to contemporary musical ideas and materials, holding and building congregants’ enthusiasm while praying mostly in a language that few of the congregants understand.” This did get me to thinking about my preparations for the Holidays. Most of what Cantor Chomsky describes is what I do as well. I have to get a great abundance of music prepared. And it is a mixture of traditional and modern worship music. As for the choir, I feel very blessed to have them join me in song, and to have a wonderful choir director in Ellen Royer, and accompanist Bill Chenowith, to lead them along. I haven’t always had a choir director and have had to conduct from the bima, usually using my right arm and conducting to the side. It wasn’t exactly the easiest thing to do, especially when I also needed to concentrate on the music I was singing.
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Which brings me to an additional thing I do as I work on my music for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. For me, this music is the most glorious music I sing all year. It is not just the melodies I sing either. It is the whole feel of what the liturgy of the holy days, combined with those melodies that make it glorious. I not only need to work on my musicality, I work on my spirituality. If my spirituality is strong, I can help you, the congregants to reach higher spiritual planes. I put my heart and soul into the prayers I sing each week, and I always seem to increase that feeling for the New Year. If I cannot bring a lot of spiritual feeling into my singing, then I know those who are listening cannot find their spiritual centers. So, itâ€™s not just learning music, its preparing my soul to help myself and the people around me to find new meaning in the prayers we have all read, sung and heard every year. In truth, it can be emotionally exhausting, but it is absolutely worth it. If I can help you begin the New Year with hope, love, and strength, then I have done my job for the beginning of 5777. May your New Year of 5777 be full of peace, love, and may you be written in the Book of Life.
Lâ€™Shalom Cantor Marla Goldberg
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE This month, we will be sharing time with each other for the High Holidays. It is a time of reflection as we think about our past, our daily life and our future, not only for ourselves, but also for our family, friends, our shul and our nation. What is my path, where am I going? We seem to be living in a world of continuous stress as we try to make sense of a growing environment of violence and terror, a society that does not tolerate the diversity of life. We have seen too much hate. At Torah study, we have often asked the question, “Where is G-d?” And then we answer our own question- G-d has given us choice. Yet, we know that in too many places in the world, choice is not an option. In place of choice is fear. Our country has many flaws but I am grateful that I was born here. (Knowing my personality, I probably would have been stoned to death at an early age!) What is our role as the “chosen people?” We all could spend hours and days discussing that question. For me, it’s the little things in life that make the big difference, the kindness of saying hello and smiling at some stranger, opening up a door and helping one another. Every day, we have an opportunity of touching someone’s life and making it better; teaching our children that it is important to have a “moral compass”. Words such as honor, integrity, character are still important values that we share as the “chosen people” with the rest of the world. I read these words the other day that I want to share with you. “Spending time at a place of faith is different for everyone. It is a time for deep reflection, renewal and spiritual healing. For some, it may be the only quiet and safe space for an authentic conversation with G-d. Quiet space is a very important part of worship.” For me, attending Shabbat services is one of those quite times of reflection as often during the Amidah, I speak to G-d asking for strength and courage to face the many trials and tribulations that are in my life and in the life of my family, friends, our shul and our nation. Come, join us at Texas Station for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur as we end one chapter of our life and begin a new one, a new year of opportunity, a year to make a difference to those whose paths we touch. Here are the dates to make it easy: Erev Rosh Hashanah Sunday, October 2, 2016 7:00 PM Rosh Hashanah Monday, October 3, 2016 10:00 AM Tashlich at Sunset Park Monday, October 3, 2016 5:00 PM Erev Yom Kippur Tuesday, October 11, 2016 7:00 PM Yom Kippur Wednesday, October 12, 2016 10:00 AM Erev Sukkot at Barb’s Sunday, October 16, 2016 7:00 PM Simchat Torah at Indigo Saturday, October 22, 2016 6:30 PM Finally, as we prepare for this most awe-filled time of year, I ask for forgiveness to those who I may have hurt.
Barbara Holland President of the Board 9
News From The Ritual Committee The Ritual Committee would like to thank Rabbi Yocheved Mintz, our Rabbi Emerita and Senior Educator for her generous donation of twenty-eight Jewish Publication Society Tanakhim to the Torah Study group. The Torah Study group meets at 2685 South Rainbow Street, STE 108, Las Vegas, NV 89146 on the first and third Saturdays of the month which follow our Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat and Maâ€™ariv services. All are welcome to attend. We have coffee! You may bring your own nosh. A vegetarian or dairy is suggested. Donations are welcome. The upcoming dates for Torah Study are: October 8th October 22nd
Parashat Vayeilech Parashat Chol haMo'ed Sukkot
A New Moon for All
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"Michtavim MeiAretz/Letters from Israel" by Jane Kusel
From: Jane Kusel Sent: 8/18/2016 6:33:24 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time Subj: Shalom, shalom! It is now 301 in the afternoon in Tel Aviv - hot humid sunny and special. Having worked getting the apartment together unpacked etc. I didn't turn in until about 3 AM so please forgive if this is not solidly coherent. My flight from Vegas to Newark Monday p.m. was timely and uneventful I actually managed to sleep a good portion of the trip and consequently arrived rested and lucid at 5:05 AM where I proceeded to baggage claim, met my Carmel car driver with my name on a placard, and fetched my suitcases, the first off the carousel. Traffic was light on the way from Newark to JFK so I arrived at the El Al terminal with hours to spare. After a healthy tip my driver put my bags on a luggage carrier which I was easily able to maneuver inside and to the nearest eatery for my morning coffee. When I returned to where Nefesh B'Nefesh was setting up I figured I'd have a lengthy wait but true to their efficient form they opened several hours early and I was near the front of the line. After processing which was a quick easy procedure I was grilled by El Al security and then passed through to check in. My bags both of which were overweight and had cost me $200 at McCarren's United terminal were simply weighed and with a smile and a wink put on the belt by a porter standing nearby. I thought I saw the agent affixing priority stickers to my bag but I figured they were simply the tags that said heavy. With boarding pass in hand I proceeded to airport security for the sendoff party. To my surprise upon relinquishing my boarding pass and my passport I was sent to the first class line - no argument from me. I whizzed through and found the very few in my group who had already gathered and met a number of people including several women who were solo. We ate, we drank we schmoozed and we listened to warm praise by various speakers before we made our way to the gate and subsequently boarded in a timely efficient manner. Naturally I didn't have my reading glasses on so unable to read my seat assignment on my boarding pass I asked a flight attendant as I boarded the plane and continued on page 15
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to my delighted utter surprise I was told to turn left and led to my business first seat. Thinking my trip couldn't get any better it did – Gladys my new friend who feels like an old friend was as surprised to see me as I was to see her - and the trip was quick easy and simply delightful due to both to the accommodation and to the chitchat. After a solid 5+ hours sleep I prepared for landing which was a smooth easy touchdown at Ben-Gurion ... HOME! For those of you who were able to watch the video my being the second passenger off the plane Gladys being the first is simply because out of more than 230 Aliyah passengers we were the only two seated in the front! Did I mention that 75 of the 230 were young people traveling alone known as lone soldiers, arriving to volunteer for the IDF? We were then bussed to a meeting hanger where the aura was one of genuine pride, love and mutual appreciation. The excitement was palpable and the hamish environment absolutely delicious. Groggy as we were we listened with a rapt enthusiasm and jumped to our feet when the president of Israel took the stage to welcome us home… tears flowed into the river of joy. Following the ceremonies and of course the food we were escorted to a processing center where we were met individually by Nefesh B'Nefesh counselors who explained what we needed to do as Olim. Even here I was the first to be escorted into the meeting room and then quickly brought downstairs to my waiting taxi when my luggage had already been set by the car and my fair prepaid! Traffic was not too heavy and we arrived at my apartment without too much of a delay and I was greeted by my landlord's wife and we were presently joined by Avi my landlord shortly thereafter. The apartment is in an absolutely ideal location one block from the beach, one block from the park on BenGurion, two blocks from Ben Yehuda with all its stores cafés and banks, four blocks from Gordon and friends, frozen yogurt, and the Shul, one block from Frischman beach and about eight blocks from Dissengorff square and the mall. With its usual Israeli quirks of missing paint spots, several bulging plaster spots and a few unexplained holes and nicks, the apartment is very comfortable, and is well-equipped as advertised. Before unpacking yesterday I first walked to the nearest hardware store for hangers and the traditional rolling shopping cart so I could then proceed to Super Sol for some food. Success on all accounts I returned home for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich before attacking the luggage… At 3 AM I collapsed on the bed with the apartment transformed into my own home replete with books, jigsaw puzzle, and the Hamza that Sandra gave me hanging proudly hanging on the wall. I woke at 9 AM showered dressed and had several cups of mud before going to the bank where unfortunately I was not able to set up my account because I do not yet have my Israeli ID card. Had I agreed to go into Jerusalem this morning I would have been able to pick it up at the Nefesh B'Nefesh but I knew I would be too wiped out to do that so they will arrange to get it to me at which point I will return to the bank and also go to the Ministry of Ab continued on page 16
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sorption in order to obtain my health card. My landlord will be over shortly again to replace some lightbulbs and clean up the bicycle. I may or may not be here because I'll be seeing several friends after five not however for a late night. What's missing are my children, my grandchildren, and my dear friends but it's nice to be whole– to have my mind and body united with my heart and soul in a place that I know so well and in an environs where my comfort level defies description and where my spirituality soars. I send you all my love and all my thanks for your unyielding support. L'itraot! **** From: Jane Kusel Sent: 8/21/2016 1:06:34 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time Subj: Settling in Not sure where I left off but life has been very busy with some delightfully relaxed moments. Friday morning contacted Nefesh B'Nefesh to check on my ID card which I knew would not be available until after the Sabbath; did shopping because although it is Tel Aviv nearly all the stores shut down while some of the cafés and a few restaurants do remain open. I tried the Sephardic Shul at the end of my block but found it to old-fashioned and far too non-egalitarian for me... Since I'm a woman I don't think many were aware that I didn't stay for the whole service and will return to the small, standing room only Synagogue on the corner of Frishman and Ben Yehuda this week. After services I met friends and we went to a Gabi Berlin concert in a lovely venue near the port and I walked in the door at 1:00 AM. Concerts in Israel eventually take on the feeling of a bar mitzvah with everyone singing dancing and making themselves part of the show - it's happy it's fun and it's Hamish. On a ride home the driver lectured us about politics – hey it's Israel and everyone has an opinion. Sleep embraced me until after 10 in the morning, clearly a record I probably have not come near in 50 years. I awoke to the same sunshine steamy temperatures and Florida like humidity which has defined every day however, today was Shabbat! After several cups of mud and out of this world yogurt, I headed for the beach one block away armed with my beach blanket and Aliyah information pamphlets which number greater than 25. I found a shady spot in a grove of palm trees on the sand close to the water...truly the epitome of a day of rest. And today, after doing a few errands this morning, I spent 3 to 4 hours on the phone in order to confirm hours and processes and needed materials for appointments at the Ministry of Absorption and the Ministry of Health. I checked on banking hours and this evening met a Nefesh B'Nefesh representative nearby to receive my Israeli ID card, Imperative for all I need to do and everywhere I need to go. Tomorrow I will go to the bank right around the corner and once I have all the papers I need from them I will call the absorption/immigration department for an appointment. On Thursday I plan on going to the Health insurance center at continued on page 17
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which time my papers will be processed. I send you my love. Layla tov. Jane *** Reading but keeping one eye on the washing machine...first time using it! Whew...in the short time I'm away, only a week, I forgot how insanely hectic US life can be...I'm flanked by parks and the beach to have a coffee, read, and meet my "mishpucha" in! The environs is so NYC like and living a block from Ben Gurion feels like Park Avenue...of course, this time of year it resembles the Champs Elysee! I have my appointment at the Ministry of Absorbtion on Sunday at which time I'll get my voucher for Ulpan and will take it from there. My Nefesh madrichot all advised me to take a deep breath before starting Ulpan in order to give it my full concentration. I anticipate going by on Monday and talking about scheduling needs. I now have my Israeli ID so I'm off and running with my bank account in full swing. *** From: Jane Kusel Sent: 8/25/2016 2:02:08 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time Subj: Boker Tov...Layla tov! I'm afraid I have to start this email off the same way as I did the last one which is simply I'm not sure where I left off so if I repeat myself, slicha! I've yet to learn Hebrew but I absolutely am learning patience...after a very full morning on Monday I successfully opened my bank account at Bank Hapoalim (I had planned on Leumi but there are NO live people ... the entire bank is automated ... controlled by machines and computers… I opted for people). And I just returned from my local Maccabi Health insurance facility where my paperwork was processed and I received my Kupat Cholim card. They opened at 8 AM so I set out on foot from the house at 7:30 AM and arrived at their front door a few minutes past the hour. Miracles do happen and between the clerks broken Anglit and my broken Ivrit, a great deal of patience, and loving determination… another successful endeavor. Sunday may prove to be the greatest challenge yet, as I have a 1 PM appointment at the Ministry of Immigration and Absorption... It took six phone calls in order to get the appointment… The good news is that too is easily accessible by foot from the house. And this also is an important step both for my Ulpan voucher and for my Sal Klita (Absorption Basket). I have learned a frozen (iced) coffee cures all ills and makes everything palatable. I did take time out on Tuesday for senior day at the movies… I felt so proud using my is Israeli ID card to obtain my ticket… The theater was filled with women in their 60s 70s and 80s. Yesterday I checked out hair salons almost entirely run and operated by men...most with shaved heads… That probably would be the easiest solution! Actually they all understood the formula card I had brought from my Nevada hairdresser…perhaps I was remiss in not bringing a receipt from her as well... Once again New York City prices. I'll check out continued on page 18
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nail shops later today if the beach doesn't call or the park on Ben Gurion beckon! I'll touch base again shortly after Shabbosâ€Ś And I send love from Tel Aviv. This is a view down Rehov Ben Gurion, around the corner from my humble abode. A less pristine replica of Park Avenue with flanking apartment prices not that different, I often spend time on a bench in the shade, replete with my kindle in one hand and an Israeli iced coffee in the other. Lest you think this is all I do: Friday last I joined friends at the Port, far more massive, developed and crowded than I recalled, for Shabbat Services held waterside during the summer. With more than 500 other worshippers, the Service was loaded with nigguns to draw everyone in and as the sun set the prayers commenced. We had a leisurely Shabbat stroll home on the beach. The following morning I went to Services at the small, very modern Orthodox Shul near the corner of Frishman and Ben Yehuda and was reminded how inclusive and effective the young Rabbi from NYC is. Speaking Hebrew, English and French, he managed to keep us all on the correct page! True to habit, I spent Shabbat afternoon on the beach beneath the palms, inhaling Silva's new book. The highlight of my day, however, was talking at great length to my FL and CA kindalas! Yesterday I had a delightful, pre-scheduled meeting at the Ministry of Absorption where Lauren answered all my queries before I even verbalized them. I received my voucher for Ulpan and on the advice of everyone here, I'll spend the entirety of my next stay in study. Consensus is clearly one needs to study exclusively especially at a "riper" age. From there I went to the train station to purchase my Rav Kav card, a bus/ train debit card for citizens and as a senior I loaded it with 100 shekels and received 200. My refrigerator is pleading for replenishing today and "Oh Mama" (a wonderful prepared food takeaway) is calling as well. Tomorrow is Senior Tuesday at the cinemas...I send hugs to y'all! *** I boarded my charter flight to our Homeland...time is elusive! This photo is from Monday PM at the port where over 1500 people attended (oops, this is Israel...sang along with, danced and celebrated life) a glorious, free, outdoor concert...work the next day...but embracing the moment is priority! continued on page 19
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If memory serves me correctly, which it seems to do less and less, I had reported on my appointments/registrations where I secured my Absorption basket (startup sheckles and Ulpan voucher), my Rav Kav card (transportation debit card), my bank account/Debit card, my Teudat Zehut (ID card, like the SS card), my Teudat Oleh (Aliyah card), my Kupat Cholim (health insurance), and am awaiting my Kartis Vatik (senior card). In between I have filled the house with moshav fresh fruits and vegetables (yes, I walk around and taste before I bag and buy!), gone to the bank daily (Nevada State Bank allows me to withdraw only 1000 sheckles/day and I owe 1/3 of my rent next week), and in addition to the concert, have joined friends for the movies (senior Tuesday!), a visit to the Lone Soldiers Tel Aviv headquarters, the main library, the sheckles store ($ store!), and later today, a beach afternoon. And on that note, I must close and begin my day. Hugs and kisses from Tel Aviv! *** From: Jane Kusel Date: September 6, 2016 at 1:19:27 AM PDT Subject: L'itraot...until we meet again... This will need to suffice. And if my words are a bit disjointed, slicha...the end of the summer season concert at the Namal (port) was last PM, and our beachfront stroll home was near midnight! As the waves rose, the breeze subdued the humidity and the playbill of multiple singers who had appeared throughout the summer began. Not just was it attended by thousands but it, like all others throughout the summer, was free. The cafes and shops and glorious boardwalk dictate a return even without music...hopefully with both Myra and Ann respectively. Today, be it Tuesday, is Vatik (senior) movie day and as its proximity calls for a stroll through Dizengoff Mall. I don't recall when I last wrote, so please skip the repetitive blabber...last Friday prior to the onset of Shabbat my delicious landlord (Patsy, he was Golani in the IDF), his adorable wife and month old infant daughter (Yoffi) picked me up for our drive to Yerushalayim where his mother had prepared an overwhelming Shabbos spread. Sarah, my hostess, made Aliyah 40 years ago from Detroit and lives in the hills of the city in a glorious Jerusalem stone clad complex...her flat is 4 bedrooms with a private front and rear courtyard and her kitchen replete with every modern convenience imaginable. She still holds a job as a social worker for a government agency...I suggested she go into catering instead. Our meal commenced with several baked salmon (given my fish allergy, I passed), salad, freshly baked breads (date and challah), and a tahini dip. Next the 3 entrees were put before us...a moussaka (pronounced moosaKA), ground beef balls, and chicken schnitzel which was accompanied by another salad and roast potatoes. After digesting, we adjourned to the rear courtyard for tea and continued on page 20
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cake. Sarah's daughter and her boyfriend as well as Sarah's significant other rounded out our table. Aviad (my landlord) also has a brother who just became an abba and lives in Tenafly, NJ. It was a beautiful evening, which, in true Israeli fashion, ended in my getting to sleep well after midnight. By the way, in preparation for this eve I got my nails filled, known as construction here...cost me twice NV prices! Anyway, Saturday AM was Shul which ran very late due to a wedding and a baby naming of twins (actually only the girl...the bris is not until today) so rather than a beach afternoon following Services I settled in the park on Ben Gurion with an ice coffee and a book. Not to fear...I beached it with Pamela on Sunday. Yesterday I spent hours on the phone with United confirming a rescheduled Turkish Air flight across the skies in November, buying and consuming dates the size of purple plums at the fruit kiosk and started speaking with Max (originally from Joburg) who it turns out is Deputy Mayor of Tel Aviv. And the rest you know...if you've forgotten go back to the beginning of this tome...or not! Hugs and kisses from our Homeland. ***
Per usual, not A clue where I left off. But, as the picture below attests to I'll pick up on Thursday morning when I did last-minute food shopping, fruit shopping, and various odds and ends prior to Myra's arrival. I set up a meeting between Pamela (Sar-El) and Aviad (my adorable landlord) for future apartment rentals for volunteers… Which of course I crashed! In typical Israeli fashion we parked ourselves on the benches in front of the Deborah hotel corner of Ben-Gurion and Gordon. Myra arrived in a timely fashion escorted in by her cute Israeli cab driver… And was a good citizen by taking the front seat in the cab as I had suggested. Once inside the tour of the apartment took about 30 seconds and her unpacking not much more than that. Right on cue Pamela arrived to meet Myra and we all sat and chatted for the better part of an hour. Then, in an effort to get her quickly on schedule we didn't stop – we left the house, went for a stroll on Ben Yehuda, and decided the very best thing we could do for dinner was to go for pizza and end at Topaya, A pricey but scrumptious fro yo place much too close for comfort to the apartment. Prior to our indulging we made a quick stop at the local hardware store for hooks. We both slept soundly and woke to real brewed coffee… One of the many reasons I couldn't wait for Myra to arrive-she had a real Mr. Coffee pot in hand, replete with Starbucks coffee!!! However starting Monday morning I guess it's back to mud for us as we leave for the base tomorrow morning. But let me not jump ahead… After breakfast walking shopping and seeing filled our agenda all of which we did with great gusto starting out strong and ending with total exhaustion coming back. Walking well over 6 miles round-trip, we frequented Rehov Ben Yehuda, made our way onto Frishman to Disengoff past the Agam sculpture, stop continued on page 21
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ping in many boutiques along the way (including Aristoschmatt, my favorite, and now Myra's too, casual clothing mart). Passing through security quickly we entered the Disengoff Mall and proceeded down stairs to the Shabbas food market expansive, amazing and beyond scrumptious. We tasted our way from one store to another, the size the quality and the display dramatically improved from its inception many years ago. Of course on the schlep home we couldn't pass the sheckles store without a stopâ€Ś Between us we purchased 18 Yarzheit candles the weight of which destroyed each of our necks and shoulders. Our final leg took us all the way through Ben-Gurion Park to home where both of us napped and left us rushing to make it to synagogue, only a bit late. Myra loved the small modern Orthodox Shul as well and after services we asked Pamela to secure us seats for High Holidays at this International synagogue (not without a price). We introduced ourselves to the incredible young rabbi originally from New York City at the open air kiddush following and then made our way back home but not without a stop at Wineburg for a wonderful dry white Israeli wine and a platter of cheeses and fruits replete with Zhatar a wonderful spice. Originally planning to attend services this morning I'm afraid that Myra has corrupted meâ€Ś We will pray on our stroll to the movie theater where we will split up so Myra can see Julietta, a powerful Spanish film subtitled in both English and Hebrew which I have already seen; and I will see Indignation which Myra has already seen. We then plan to spend some time late afternoon on the beach either picnicking for dinner or grabbing something at the house while we finish up our carry-ons for tomorrow's excursion back to the airport to be bussed to our base. So on that note you will not hear from us until next weekend when we return home for our Sabbath rest before returning to base again. We send all our love ! *** From: J ane Kusel Sent: 9/16/2016 6:30:39 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time Subj: "Other" home sweet home As I write this I sit in in a Borochov salon chair and am adorned with foils after what appeared to be a precision hair trim. Whatever happens here will be an improvement on my IDF base hair, too long, coarse from dust, and borderline wild from heavy duty work! And because I know I left Sunday AM last, I know exactly where to begin. Myra and I waited a bit longer on Ben Yehuda that day at 7:30 AM for the 10 bus to stop and cart us to Arlorozov Train Station but we arrived in time to catch the 8:30 train to Ben Gurion airport! Exiting directly at its entrance, we found the Sar-El groupies easily and I was able to give Pamela some help with the check-in process. Precisely on schedule we were on the bus with our madricha and intimate team of volunteers. Originally slated to be in the south, last minute continued on page 22
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changes took us north between Tiberius and Haifa with mountains hugging us and the lights of Safed on the horizon. This base was clearly the cleanest replete with food almost take away worthy. We lived on the second floor of a dormitory style building with a well equipped bathroom right down the hall; the dining room sparkled with matching chairs and tables; the true army cots, however, creaked with every move challenging our sleep as well as our spines! As always our schedule was rigorous, our work tiring but our satisfaction significant. Our madrichot are superb and our volunteer group is small with all solo workers. The entire base knows my Hebrew name...Moti, a warehouse worker, seemed obsessed with me and when not in sight hollered "Bracha, Bracha" until I appeared, brought me goodies in the dining room, and finally Yaacov, another worker but sweet as sugar, took a picture of us working together and sent it to his wife. Myra and I bunked with an adorable 17-year-old who will become a lone soldier in December; Zissel has adopted us as her surrogate grandmothers. And now for the rub... Our entire group had to pack up completely because we are being transferred for the next two weeks to a very nearby base that gave a desperate cry for help. A number of us serve there and the accommodations are OK but we know that we are moving from the Waldorf to something between a Motel 6 and a Marriott residence Inn. We anticipate missing the extraordinary cleanliness, the cuisine and the exquisite scenery to say nothing of the delightfully cool eves. Next week I'll be able to expound more on the new experience. Arriving home midafternoon yesterday, we frequented the bank, the hardware store, the fruit stand and the grocery store. Last p.m. Myra's daughter-in-law's mother who lives on a kibbutz right outside of Jerusalem arrived and we had a delightful dinner at a tapis restaurant several blocks up in the Ben-Gurion pork. The food was delicious, The company was delightful, and the shower that preceded both was exquisite. This a.m. Myra and IMA had a lovely morning together and I went to the salon as you already know… What you don't know is that the Israeli who coiffed me, true to heritage, wouldn't look at any pictures and did exactly what he wanted to do with my head because he told me he knew better. And I knew better than to argue with him which is fortunate because he did a remarkable job… my blonde with dork streaks is now an auburn brown with blonde streaks and orange streaks. I actually like it and I'm hoping people will stare at my head not at my hips or the lines on my face. This evening shul will be held on Frishman beach and Myra and I will bring a big challah to share with Pamela, Zabo and anyone else who joins us. Tomorrow we may take in a movie we will definitely get to the beach repack and report for duty bright and early Sunday morning. Until then we send all our hugs and kisses and warmest wishes for a good Shabbos. ️
KIDZ KORNER for October
Jewlicious Learning & Yad Squad SIGN UP TODAY FOR OUR 2016-2017 SESSION Jewlicious Learning Hands on, experiential learning makes Jewish education fun and meaningful for our youngsters from Kindergarten through B’nai Mitzvah. Working with Rabbi Mintz, Cantor Goldberg, and our caring and engaging teaching staff makes a loving, caring, and motivating environment for our youngsters. Yad Squad (formerly “Teen Torah Tribe”) Post B'nai Mitzvah teens will be meeting from 10:00 to 11:30 on Sunday mornings once monthly this year for continuing education and leadership training. In addition to increasing their skill in "doing Jewish," they will experience: Social Action Opportunities Building self-esteem Building Jewish identity Building Jewish literacy Connecting with other Jewish teens and with the community and being provided with opportunities for positive personal expression.
Jewlicious Learners making delicious challot! Imagine how wonderful the classroom must smell! 24
CPTâ€™s Hi Ho Challah Baking
Adult Education Course Offerings
Talmud with Training Wheels: Intro to Talmud Ten classes Cost: $165.00 for members $215.00 for non-members 6 participants to start a session Call the office: 702-436-4900
BIBLICAL HEBREW I, II III and IV taught by RABBI YOCHEVED MINTZ knowledge of Hebrew Alphabet required Hebrew III and above, teacher approval required Six Student Minimum to Start “GET BUSY WITH THE WORDS OF TORAH”
Monday Evenings 7:00 PM—8:30 PM 10 class session $165.00 members $215.00 non members IVDU ET HaSHEM B’SIMCHA Jewish Liturgy as a Spiritual System Come on a journey of joy as we discover what Jewish Liturgy has to offer us today as a Spiritual System. Understand the framework of Jewish liturgy and the why’s and how to’s of “davenning”/praying 10-class sessions 165.00 for members 215.00 for non members minimum of six students to begin Contact 702.436.4900 for more information 26
SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER FOR CPT COMMUNITY GROWING OPPORTUNITIES Our first and third Friday evening services create space for people to socialize, to talk over the ideas , and to meet one another. Sponsoring and/or catering the Oneg Shabbat is a lovely way to share joy of Shabbat with the community. Making the Challah is another way to bond with Community as well as assisting in the setting upi and tearing down for services. Any reason is a good reason to volunteer for a communal duty. Perhaps you are marking a special event (a birth, baby-naming, engagement, wedding, anniversary, graduation, bar/bat mitzvah) or you want to remember a loved one in a special way, or celebrate a return to health, a new job…or any reason.
Nancy Goldberg in celebration of Cantor Marla’s Birthday
October 21 November 4 November 18 December 2 December 16
January 6 January 20
Meyer DeLee in celebration of his birthday
February 3 February 17 March 3 March 17 April 7 April 21
Sponsored by Harriet Bernstein and Roz Tessler in memory of Jerry Bernstein
MayLee DeLee in celebration of her birthday
Nancey Eason in celebration of her birthday
Sam Lieberman in celebration of Rabbi Mintz’s Birthday
Sam Lieberman in celebration of Rabbi Mintz’s Birthday
October Birthdays David Pisetzner
Cantor Marla Goldberg
Rabbi Pam Frydman
Laurie Lytel & Joanne Goodwin
For $40.00 a prayer book can either be purchased for personal use or be dedicated to the congregation “In Memory” or “In Honor of” and a card from CPT will be sent to the family. The prayer book plate will be placed on the inside cover of our Kol HaNeshamah siddur. VOLUNTEERISM ABOUNDS AT CPT Homes are always needed for the various activities and meetings of our congregation. Offer a Personal prayer – If you’d like to write your own, please do so. If you would like to see it published in the newsletter.
For the Month of October
Shelly Bialac -Remembered by Stella Bialac Irvin Fox -Remembered by Barbara and Andy Holland Richard Kauffman -Remembered by Linda & Donald Kauffman Eli Kraft -Remembered by Wendy Kraft Evelyn Malerman -Remembered by Cindy Fox Ida Kenigsberg Mintz -Remembered by Rabbi Yocheved Mintz Morton Paykel -Remembered by Gary Paykel
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
Jack Petker -Remembered by Wendy Sprattler Ada and Abraham Rosenstein -Remembered by Stanley and Sondra Rose Rebbetzin Barbara Schachet -Remembered by Congregation P'Nai Tikvah Melvin Schoenwald -Remembered by Gail Hansen Helen Schwartz -Remembered by Zelda Goldwater
Nidâ€™vei Lev- Donations from the Heart Evelyn & Ken Clark -In Memory of David Lieberman Cantor Marla & Nancy Goldberg -In Memory of David Lieberman Harriet Bernstein -In Memory of Jeffrey Bernstein Nancey Eason -In Memory of David Lieberman Cindy & Marc Fox -Nid-vei Lev (From the heart) Dale & Vince Gardner -Nid-vei Lev (From the heart) Sam Lieberman -Nid-vei Lev (From the heart) Walter Carnwright II -Nid-vei Lev (From the heart) Ann Brandt -In memory of David Lieberman Anita Lewy -Nid-vei Lev (From the heart)
October 2 October 3 October 4 October 7 October 8 October 11 October 12 October 16 October 17 October 17 October 18 October 19 October 19 October 21 October 22 October 24 October 26 October 26 October 30 November 1 November 2 November 2 November 4 November 5 November 5 November 7 November 7 November 9 November 10 November 12 November 14
CALENDAR AT A GLANCE: 7:00 PM Erev Rosh Hashanah at Texas Station 10:00 AM Rosh Hashanah at Texas Station 5:00 PM Tashlich and Picnic Dinner at Sunset Park 6:30 PM Tot Shabbat, Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv Service 9:30 AM Torah Study 7:00 PM Erev Yom Kippur-Kol Nidrei at Texas Station 10:00 AM Yom Kippur at Texas Station 7:00 PM Pizza in the Hut at the home of Barbara and Andy Holland 4:15 PM Jewlicious Learning 7:00 PM Biblical Hebrew III 7:00 PM Jewish, Alive and American 3:30 PM Biblical Hebrew V 7:00 PM Ivdu et Hashem B’Simcha-Jewish Liturgy as a Spiritual System 7:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv Service 9:30 AM Torah Study 7:00 PM Biblical Hebrew III 3:30 PM Biblical Hebrew V 7:00 PM Ivdu et Hashem B’Simcha-Jewish Liturgy as a Spiritual System 11:30 AM Brunch with Brilliants featuring Uli Geissendoerfer: NEW LOCATION: Anise Tapas 3100 South Durango 7:00 PM Jewish, Alive and American 3:30 PM Biblical Hebrew V 7:00 PM Ivdu et Hashem B’Simcha-Jewish Liturgy as a Spiritual System 6:30 PM Tot Shabbat, Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv Service 9:30 AM Torah Study 4:00 PM A New Moon for All at Spring Mountain Ranch 4:15 PM Jewlicious Learning 7:00 PM Biblical Hebrew III 6:00 PM FIDF Gala honoring Rabbi Yocheved Mintz 4:00 PM Shabbos Project Challah Bake at Adelson Educational Campus 5:30 PM Shabbos Project Havdallah and Concert at Congregation Ner Tamid 4:15 PM Jewlicious Learning
Blessing for the Month of Tishrei May you find exponential joy in this holiday season. May it inspire you to reach the heights beyond your dreams. May our leaders be equally inspired to find balance and stamina in these times of celebration. Amein 31
About Congregation P'nai Tikvah - Rekindling the Jewish Spirit. Congregation P'nai Tikvah is a joyful warm, welcoming spiritual home for a...
Published on Sep 30, 2016
About Congregation P'nai Tikvah - Rekindling the Jewish Spirit. Congregation P'nai Tikvah is a joyful warm, welcoming spiritual home for a...