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Kol Kiruv October 2018

Tishrei - Cheshvan

Vol. 28—No. 2



Congregation P’nai Tikvah will worship on

A Note From Cantor Goldberg


October 5th and 19th. Tot Shabbat, Kabbalat

A Message From Reb Jamie


Shabbat and Ma’ariv services will begin at

A Message From Rabbi Mintz, Rabbi Emerita 4

6:30 PM on October 5th. On October 19th, Shabbat-Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv Ser-

Jewlicious Learning


Challah Baking




The Sun, The Moon and All Our Stars


Free Money


Yahrzeit, Nid’vei Lev and Celebrations

10-11 one, please call 702.436.4900 for sponsorship

Calendar at a Glance


vices will begin at 7:30PM. Torah Study will be at 9:30am on October 6th at Iris’ home and on October 20th at Indigo. If you are interested in sponsoring an Oneg to celebrate an event or memorialize a loved and catering opportunities.

A Note From Cantor Marla Goldberg In 1998, Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles wanted to create a Kabbalat Shabbat service that would bring the young professionals back into synagogue. He found singer/songwriter Craig Taubman, and together they began the edgier, rockin’ service known as Friday Night Live. The popularity of the Friday Night Live Service grew, as people of all ages began to attend, and this style of welcoming Shabbat began to be copied in congregations around the county. At first, Rabbi Wolpe wanted the service to be made of up familiar melodies, but soon it soon became clear that the songs of Craig Taubman were appealing and very accessible to all. By 2007 as many as 1000 people were attending the Friday Night Live Services at Sinai Temple. Craig began his career with ears, Mickey Mouse ears. He gained popularity as a song writer and performer of children’s songs for the Disney Channel and Disneyland in the early 1990’s. It was after branching out into more adult themes, specifically Jewish songs, that he began to create the music for Friday Night Live. Its original mission to serve and build Jewish identity in 20- and 30-somethings has altered to include people of all ages.

Taubman’s melodies for Kabbalat Shabbat are a mix of haunting lines and danceable tunes that brought people back to Temple Sinai week after week, and inspired other congregations to imitate that formula of Shabbat Service. Many congregations used a complete version of the service, while others only use some of the songs. At P’nai Tikvah we use his L’cha Dodi on a regular basis. It is a fun, swinging melody that makes one feel like dancing. Interestingly, a couple of my classmates at the School of Sacred Music in New York are from the former Soviet Union, and they said that the song reminds them of a song that was sung in a gulag. So many popular melodies are derived from other songs that, when you know the origin, can make one laugh. (For example, the Star Spangled Banner melody comes from an old British pub drinking song.) In February 2013, Taubman bought the former Welsh Presbyterian Church on Valencia Street in downtown Los Angeles which was the home of Sinai Temple from 1909 to 1925. He announced plans to convert the building into a “multicultural and interfaith performing arts center and house of worship.” [1] In July of 2014, Craig performed with Rabbi Wolpe at Sinai Temple for the last time, handing the reins over to others. While Friday Night Live will be without Craig Taubman, his music performances will continue to inspire throughout the country and the world.


Cantor Marla Goldberg 2

Message from Reb Jamie Fall, Leaves, Fall Emily Brontë Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away; Lengthen night and shorten day; Every leaf speaks bliss to me Fluttering from the autumn tree. I shall smile when wreaths of snow Blossom where the rose should grow; I shall sing when night’s decay Ushers in a drearier day. Fall is here, the weather is cooling down and the burning heat of summer is abating. As the days shorten, familiar signs of autumn appear: pumpkins on doorsteps, the sounds of football at my neighbors’ home, and sweaters and scarves. Reb Nachman of Breslov said “If you are not a better person tomorrow than you are today, what need have you for a tomorrow?” As the season changes around us, let it remind us that we are the agents of change in the world. We see godliness in the world through our humanity, through how we treat each other as expressions of the Source of Life, and through our kindness.

Reb Jamie Hyams


Message from Rabbi Emerita Yocheved Mintz Dear Chevreh:

Hoping your holidays were meaningful… As we complete the holidayfilled month of Tishrei and enter into Cheshvan, the month bereft of holidays (poor Mar [bitter] Cheshvan), I have been thinking about some of the personal preparation we did leading up to the Yamim HaNoraim/ Days of Awe. Several of us followed a thought-a-day from Craig Taubman; the subject was “What if?” And I can’t get it out of my head… What if people could recognize the spark of the Divine in one another? What if we could forgive ourselves of the faults we had in our younger days? What if we could be there, truly be there, for one another, in times of need? What if we could spend more quality time with family? What if we could talk with one another with civility? What if we returned to the idealism of our youth? What if we remembered to live lives of gmilut chessed/acts of lovingkindness? What if we could work together on common goals? What if we could solve the problems of poor funding for education, homelessness, transportation, poverty and substandard wages? What if Palestinians and Israelis could suddenly see the path to peace by working together? What if politicians refused to allow fear mongering, name calling, or racial slurs in their campaigns? What if women and men were paid equitably for work performed? What if there were no bullies? What if we would respect our elders? What if there was no cheating? What if we could all observe one Shabbat together? I think I could fill this page…and many more…with “what ifs,” but as I was spewing stream of consciousness, I began to take it further, thinking of the “thens” that would result. Imagine, just imagine, a world where we treated each other with respect, seeing the good (and the G-d) within one another; a world where we didn’t beat ourselves up for youthful foolishness, but learned from our mistakes; a world where we would drop everything to help one another, no matter what; a world where we really knew our children and children’s children, and they knew us; a world where we could discuss anything with one another knowing that we could converse and even agree to disagree, but the respect would always be there; a world where we could build on the ideals we only dreamt of; a world where random acts of kindness filled our days; a world where we stepped out of our silos and eagerly ran to do mitzvot together; a world where education was cherished and available, everyone had shelter and the ability to get around, no one was hungry, and those who worked were properly compensated; a world where Israel was thriving and living in peace and the Palestinians were no longer used as political pawns, but lived in peace as well; a world where those serving in government reached out to one another and worked for the common good; a world where men and women enjoyed equality in the workplace; a world where children grew up with selfesteem; a world where elders felt hope; a world where everyone treated one another fairly; a world where we each had a taste of heaven on earth at least once a week. Ken y’hi ratzon/so may it be G-d’s will.

Rabbi Yocheved Mintz 4

Jewlicious Learners Our Jewlicious Learners started off the year with a unit on the Jewish calendar, becoming familiar with the names of the Hebrew months and discovering that this new year, 5779, is one of the leap years in the 19 year cycle. (We’ll have an additional month of Adar this year.) We made special Shanah Tovah cards, did some creative

Challah baking, and shook our lulav and etrog enjoying pizza in the hut. We explored what t’shuvah means and we started in our text books. Whether working with Rabbi Mintz, Cantor Goldberg, or Morah Iris Katz, we’re having fun living and learning what it means to be honorable “mensch’n”.


Challah Baking

Kneading Braiding…..


All done!


Tashlich at Sunset Park

Friends Food Music Birds Shofar



A Fun Raiser to Benefit Congregation P’nai Tikvah and Family Promise of LV in a Two Part Program



Sunday, November 11

7-9 p.m.

Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, Pecos Blvd., Henderson NV

Admission: $10 in advance, $15 at the door Catch a rising star as CPT members sing, dance, make us laugh, and let us kvell at our friends’ special gifts. Then get ready to bid on our mitzvah auction. Does someone have a special birthday coming up? Bid on Cantor Marla delivering a singing telegram! Need someone to set up your new TV? Bid on Ron Royer’s “hire a hubby” offer. What mitzvah can you auction off for CPT and Family Promise?

For more information or to RSVP, please call 702-436-4900 8




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Shelley Bialac -Remembered by Stella Bialac Irvin Fox -Remembered by Barbara & Andrew Holland Richard Kauffman -Remembered by Don and Linda Kauffman Eli Kraft -Remembered by Wendy Kraft Evelyn Malerman -Remembered by Cindy Fox Ida Kenigsberg Mintz -Remembered by Rabbi Mintz Victor Ortega -Remembered by Don and Linda Kauffman Morton Paykel -Remembered by Gary & Stephanie Paykel Jack Petker -Remembered by Wendy Sprattler Abraham Rosenstein -Remembered by Sondra Rose Ada Rosenstein -Remembered by Sondra Rose Rebbetzin Barbara Schachet -Remembered by CPT Congregation Helen Schwartz -Remembered by Zelda Goldwater

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



October 2

Annie Wolff

October 2

Cantor Marla Goldberg

October 3

Elliot Bender

October 6

Danica Lockett

October 14

Leah Nussbaum

October 15


Laurie Lytel & Joanne Goodwin

Clergy and Staff Cantor: Cantor Marla Goldberg Rabbinic Intern: Jamie Hyams Rabbi Emerita: Rabbi Yocheved Mintz Educators: Rabbi Mintz and Cantor Goldberg Bookkeeper/Treasurer: Lynn Pisetzner Administrative Assistant: Faith Silverman Marketing Director: Cindy Fox

October 31

P’nai Tikvah is a warm and welcoming,

progressive, egalitarian, and pluralistic congregation focusing on the spiritual,

educational, and social well-being of those who wish to live a fulfilling and


meaningful Jewish life.


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A Season of Mussar Family Shabbat Kabbalat Shabbat & Maariv Service Torah Study Jewlicious Learning Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan Jewlicious Learning A Season of Mussar Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv Service Torah Study Jewlicious Learning A Season of Mussar Jewlicious Learning A Season of Mussar Family Shabbat Kabbalat Shabbat & Maariv Service Torah Study Jewlicious Learning The Sun, The Moon, and All Our Stars Jewlicious Learning Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv Service Torah Study Jewlicious Learning A Season of Mussar Jewlicious Learning Jewlicious Larning Family Shabbat Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv Service Hanukkah Concert with Cantor Daniel The Roast & Toast of Dina Titus

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Blessing for the Month of Cheshvan May we be blessed with the ability to understand that true happiness comes from within; and may we use the month of Cheshvan to do the hard work of personal transformation. Amen. 12

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