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From Rabbi Mintz, Rabbi Emerita


Note from the Cantor


Providing Service at CPT


Spirit Choir


Sukkot Hop and Pics from High Holidays


JCC BBQ Call Out


Theology : A Mini Lesson


Halloween GameNight Fundraiser


Jewlicious -Kidz Korner-Yad Squad


Celebration, Yahrzeit and Nidei Lev


Calendar at a Glance


Congregation P’nai Tikvah meets on the 1st and 3rd Shabbat of the Month 2685 South Rainbow Blvd, STE 108 Las Vegas, Nevada 89146 702.436.4900

Congregation P’nai Tikvah will worship on Shabbat, October 6th, 12th, 13th and 20th. On the 6th, 13th and 20th we will be at 2685 South Rainbow Street, STE 108. Tot Shabbat-, Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv services will begin at 6:30 PM on October 6th and on October 13th Simchat Torah with the Spirit Choir will begin at 6:00 PM. On October 20th, Shabbat-Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv services will begin at 7:30PM. To attend Shimini Atzeret and Yizkor Service call the office for more information 702.436.4900. Torah Study will be on October 7th, 14th and 21st at 9:30 AM at 2685 South Rainbow, Suite 108. $ :

Message from Rabbi Emerita Yocheved Mintz Dear Chevreh: Do We Hear the Shofar Call? We are in the midst of the Chagim, the Yamim HaNoraim… the Days of Awe, and for the preceding month it was as if the Earth itself was sounding the Shofar…”Wake up! Danger!” There were at least four soundings of alarm; did you hear them? The first Shofar call, like the “T’kiyah” blasted “Awake” when we witnessed the demonstration of the resurgence of violent white supremacism and Neo-Nazism and the apparent sympathizing that came shortly thereafter from the presidency itself. As Jews who suffered so from the hands of Nazis or as veterans of World War II who fought so valiantly against Nazism, it seemed incredible that white nationalism would be raising its ugly head here in the “land of the free.” The second Shofar blast, like the “Shevarim” called out three plaintive sobs, Hurricane Harvey that devastated so much of eastern Texas, the floods that killed thousands in Nepal, Bangla Desh, and India, and Hurricane Irma that destroyed Barbuta and caused so much destruction in Florida. Global climate change can no longer be denied and yet the corporate greed of the coal, oil, and unnatural gas moguls is not only condoned, but encouraged. The third Shofar blast, the staccato alarm of the “T’ruah” called out with the missiles and blast of the Hydrogen Bomb being successfully tested by the North Korean government was intensified with the call of “fire and fury” from our government. Scenes of children in South Korea learning to “duck and cover” brought back memories of bomb shelters and nightmares to those of us old enough to remember the cold war. The fourth Shofar blast, a long and sustained “T’ruah G’dolah” came with the cancellation of DACA, threatening deportation of the Dreamers. Those of us who are first or second generation Americans know first-hand how the lives of our parents or grandparents were saved by being accepted in the United States. We also know how many thousands of lives were lost in the Shoah when those desperate souls were turned away, sealing their fate. The recent upsurge in deportation from and the threatening results of the cancellation of DACA show a dangerous move towards infringement of our civil liberties and freedoms. Are there tears on the Statue of Liberty?

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continued from page 2 My colleague and long-time activist, Rabbi Arthur Waskow states that the answer to these Shofar calls can bring on Transformation: * We could bring together the different segments of working-class and lower-middle-class Americans of every race and gender and ethnicity in a joyful amalgam, a New New Deal of sharing. * We could affirm our interconnectedness with all of our planet¹s life-forms, and take action to heal and restore a livable climate. * We could move swiftly to carry out the Treaty to abolish all nuclear weapons that was recently adopted by the United Nations, freeing us all from the threat of nuclear holocaust. And we could take legal, political, and economic steps to welcome North Korea into the comity of nations, even though we do not like its government. * We could rework our entire approach to immigration. We could not only welcome into citizenship all migrants in our midst, but with a new ³Marshall Plan² we could revitalize the economies and polities of Mexico and Central America. Then their citizens would not feel flight from poverty, violence, and despair is their only choice. In short, in each dimension of these echoing Shofar-outcries we could respond not with more repression but with Transformative inclusion -- Love.” For so many years the Kol D’mamah Dakka”/the still small voice has been calling us to action; and now we hear the blasts of the Earth’s Shofar sending a torrent, a tempest, a thunderous blasting of warning. Do we hear the Shofar’s call? This month we will experience Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shmini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah. May our fasts be meaningful, may we realize that life is as fragile as a Sukkah, that we are more than the customs and rituals of our heritage, and that we can heed the lessons of our own Torah. L’Shanah Tovah Teichateimu….May we each be sealed for a good year.

Rabbi Yocheved Mintz Rabbi Emerita/Senior Educator


Cantor’s Notes A Note From the Cantor Shalom. I really can’t think of much to say this month. As I am writing this, so far we had wonderful services for Rosh Hashanah, and I am looking forward to very meaningful services for Yom Kippur. But I do have many thanks to give. First to Ellen Royer, who always leads our choir with great feeling and love. And to our choir Kol Tikvah (Voices of Hope) I thank you for your wonderful singing that contributes so much to our High Holiday services. To Austin Royer, you have emerged into a great musician. You and your oboe will be highly missed when you got away to college. To Mr. Bill, we couldn’t do it without you. And of course to Rabbi Mintz and Reb Jamie, thank you for our wonderful partnership that helps me make our music flow for the service. On a totally different subject, I have to give a huge thank you to everyone who was a part of my surprise. It was a wonderfully keep secret, and I was completely floored when I walked into Anise that Sunday. For all who were there, thank you so much. I am still walking on air a little. Being your Cantor here at P’nai Tikvah has always been an honor for me. When I tell my colleagues about my congregation, I always tell how welcoming, and hamishah they are. I have good thoughts for the congregation in the year 5778, and I look forward to praying, laughing and singing with you for many years. I am excited to have some new music to bring in, and any other surprised that might come up. L’shalom and l’shanah Tovah,

Cantor Marla Goldberg 4

Providing Service to CPT – Join and Participate! Your talents and active participation are both needed and welcomed. Hands on participation is necessary to provide the array of services that our congregation has to offer in a manner that is affordable, effective, and fulfilling. We are looking to provide as many requested services and events as possible. Join us in this important Mitzvah for our congregation and community. Please indicate three choices of participation. Each committee is led by a Board Member who will contact you. Speak to Stephanie Paykel or another CPT Board Member about your choices at services ___ Board of Directors and Nominating. We are responsible for recruiting and supervising election of new Board members and Board members whose terms of office are completed. Recommend appointments for Board members who have resigned before the expiration of their term of office. ___ Ritual, Holiday, and Special Events. What we do: Organize logistics and catering for High Holiday Services; Cater the Pesach Seder; Setup and takedown Friday Shabbat Services, coordinate Oneg; Planning for Sukkot, Chanukah, and Purim, including decorating and catering; and Planning other Special Events. ____ Adult Education. Organize Torah study; Recruit Speakers for the Brunch with Brilliants program; Provide creative ideas to plan and implement Adult Lectures, Classes or Programs to engage and educate. ____ Youth Education. We assist our Jewlicious Learning Educators in a wide variety of areas, including provision of needed materials, planning for classes, and other Youth events. ____ Fundraising. Encourage active participation from all Members to organize, plan, and support our fundraising activities in order to maintain and grow the Congregational Budget. Activities include our Annual Roast fundraiser and planning the Tribute Book; selecting, conceptualizing, planning and implementing additional fundraising activities. ___ Marketing and Membership: We need to maximize the visibility of CPT in the Las Vegas community and grow our membership. We are responsible for sending out press releases, engaging in marketing strategies, along with performing outreach functions, updating our Facebook page and other media. ____ Finance. Responsible for devising the Annual Budget, accounting of income and expenses, including reporting to the Board any significant deviance from budgeted items; approving contracts for consultants and venues; approving budgets for events. ___ Congregational Outreach: Coordinate with the above groups to Contact Members and potential participants to encourage attendance in upcoming classes, events and programs; Maintain and update Phone Lists; provide Greeters for Shabbat Services and other events; perform Mitzvah of Bikur Cholim (visiting or calling members who have been ill). Organize and send greeting cards for life events. Provide outreach to absent members. 5



If you have a Sukkah, Contact the office to participate in the

Sukkah Hop 5778 Congregation P’nai Tikvah High Holiday at Texas Station Congregation P’nai Tikvah

Cellist Jeremy Wollstenhume

Rabbi Yocheved Mintz, Rabbinic Intern Jamie Hyams, Marc Fox and David Aris

Cantor Marla Goldberg


We Need a New Slogan We Need a New Recipe JOIN THE CPT JCC BBQ SQUAD! We won a trophy Israel Independence Day, let’s be the winning team at the JCC BBQ! This is serious competition! A recipe! A costume! A theme song! Call the office 702.436.4900 or send your videos of your ideas to


Theology: A Mini lesson Taught by Rabbi Yocheved Mintz October 17 and 24th 7:00 PM 7 spaces left $20.00 702.436.4900 for more info

Halloween Game Night Fundraiser Sponsored by CPT, Abundant Peace UCC, AGR Las Vegas, and Indigo Valley Saturday, October 28th, 2017 5-9 PM 711 East Pilot Street, Suite E 89119 For More Information 702.628.8050 $10.00 per ticket


Jewlicious Learning SIGN UP TODAY FOR OUR 2017-2018 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.


KIDZ KORNER for October


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. 702.436.4900 11

October Birthdays Annie Wolff Cantor Marla Goldberg Elliot Bender Danica Lockett Leah Nussbaum

Oct 2 Oct 3 Oct 6 Oct 14 Oct 15

Did you get married during High Holiday Season?

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. 13

For the Month of October

Irvin Fox -Remembered by Barbara & 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 Mintz Morton Paykel -Remembered by Gary Paykel Ada & Abraham 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


Nid’vei Lev- Donations from the Heart Cindy & Marc Fox -Nid-vei Lev (From the heart)

Dale Gardner -In Memory of David Pisetzner

Dale Gardner -In Memory of David Pisetzner

Harriet Bernstein -In Memory of Jeffrey Bernstein

Harriet Bernstein -In Memory of Jeffrey Bernstein

Walter Carnwright II -Nid-vei Lev (From the heart)

Walter Carnwright II -Nid-vei Lev (From the heart)

Margarita Edwards -In honor of David Clark

Margarita Edwards -In honor of David Clark

Anita Lewy -Nid-vei Lev (From the heart)

Anita Lewy -Nid-vei Lev (From the heart)

Phyllis & Stan Zuckerman -In Memory of Dr. Leonard Rome

Phyllis & Stan Zuckerman -In Memory of Dr. Leonard Rome Cindy & Marc Fox -Nid-vei Lev (From the heart)

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. Clergy and Staff Rabbi Emerita: Rabbi Yocheved Mintz Rabbinic Intern: Jamie Hyams Cantor: Cantor Marla Goldberg Educators: Rabbi Yocheved Mintz and Cantor Marla Goldberg Teacher’s Aide: Austin Royer Bookkeeper: Lynn Pisetzner Treasurer: Lynn Pisetzner



CALENDAR AT A GLANCE: October 1 October 6 October 7 October 8 October 12 October 13 October 14 October 17 October 20 October 20 October 21 October 22 October 24 October 28 November 3 November 4 November 17 November 18 November 19 December 1 December 2 December 15 December 16 December 17 January 5 January 6 January 19 January 20 January 21 January 31 February 2 February 3 February 16 February 17 February 18 March 2

1:00 PM Sukkah Decorating Party- Home of Rabbi Mintz-RSVP Req’d 702.436.4900- free 6:30 PM Tot Shabbat; 7:30 PM Friday Evening Service at Indigo Valley Community Center - free 9:30 AM Torah Study at Indigo Valley Community Center - free 1:00 PM Sukkot Hopping – RSVP Req’d 702.436.4900 – free 10:00 AM Shimini Atzeret and Yizkor– Home of Iris Katz - RSVP Req’d 6:00 PM Simchat Torah with the Spirit Choir at Indigo Valley Community Center 9:30 AM Torah Study 7:00 PM Theology- A Mini Lesson – Home of Rabbi Mintz – $20 6:30 PM CPT Congregational Meeting at Indigo Community Center 7:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv Service 9:30 AM Torah Study 1:00 PM JCC BBQ – Opportunity Village - $$ 7:00 PM Theology- A Mini Lesson – Home of Rabbi Mintz – $20 7:00 PM HoKey Karaoke and Gamenight $10 6:30 PM Tot Shabbat; 7:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv Service 9:30 AM Torah Study 7:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv Service 9:30 AM Torah Study 7:00 PM Rosh Chodesh Pintrest Chanukah - $$ for materials 6:30 PM Tot Shabbat; 7:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv Service 9:30 AM Torah Study 7:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv Service Center 9:30 AM Torah Study 2:00 PM Chanukah ~ Rosh Chodesh Bowl-A-Thon– at Red Rock Lanes 6:30 PM Tot Shabbat; 7:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv Service 9:30 AM Torah Study 7:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv Service 9:30 AM Torah Study 3:00 PM Rosh Chodesh Jewish Film Festival &Dessert Outing – $$, movie and dessert 7:00 PM Tu B’Shevat Potluck Seder – location TBA 6:30 PM Tot Shabbat; 7:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv Service 9:30 AM Torah Study 7:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv Service 9:30 AM Torah Study 1:00 PM Trial of the Century -Judge Michael Cherry and Jolie Brislin-Tam Alumni Cen ter, UNLV-$$ 6:00 PM – “Come As You Aren’t” Purim Family Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv Service at Indigo Valley Community Center – free

Blessing for the Month of Tishrei: May we be open to the joyful renewing energy that is flowing in this month filled with opportunity. Amein 16

Congregation P'nai Tikvah's Kol Kiruv - October 2017 – Tishrei 5778  

Congregation P'nai Tikvah is a joyful warm, welcoming spiritual home for all who are seeking a meaningful Jewish life, blending creativity a...

Congregation P'nai Tikvah's Kol Kiruv - October 2017 – Tishrei 5778  

Congregation P'nai Tikvah is a joyful warm, welcoming spiritual home for all who are seeking a meaningful Jewish life, blending creativity a...