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shelanu VOLUME XXXV • ISSUE 2

NOVEMBER • HESHVAN/KISLEV 5780

MITCH ALBOM

11.14.19

congregation

B’nai Israel


Robert A. Silvers Senior Rabbi

Rony S. Keller

Senior Associate Rabbi

Allison B. Cohen Assistant Rabbi

David Muchnick Cantor

Sarah Freudenberger Associate Cantor

Steve Allen

Executive Director

Linda B. Harris

Director of Lifelong Learning Director of Early Childhood Education

Kim Beame Director of Religious Education

Richard D. Agler, DD Rabbi Emeritus

Executive Committee

Susan Mayer

Jeffrey Cannon

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VP Membership vpmembership@cbiboca.org

Andrea Cannon

Robyn Rubinoff

VP of Development vpdevelopment@cbiboca.org

VP Education vpeducation@cbiboca.org

Stanley Silber

David Hollander

VP Financial & Asset Management vpfinance@cbiboca.org

VP of Communications vpcommunications@cbiboca.org

Sharon Landau

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JEFFREY CANNON

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STEVE ALLEN

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CANTOR MUCHNICK

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ABOUT MITCH ALBOM

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SISTERHOOD

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BROTHERHOOD

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CBI INSPIRES SERIES

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CALENDAR

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YOUTH GROUP

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NCECE

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B’NAI MITZVAHS

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SLJ

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WE GIVE THANKS

SHOMRIM

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Sabrina Schwartz Adam Shapiro Bonnie Shimel Rachel Smith Jason Solodkin Sean Tibor Jeff Young Ronna Young

Past Presidents Robin Siegal Gary Weiner Phil Nadel Sue Goldman Leslie Kantor Renée Nadel Peter Weintraub Melvin Kalfus z"l David Kantor Joseph Wasch Joel S. Nadel z"l

Honorary Members James Cohen Larry Feldman Douglas Feurring

Stuart Graff Alma Kalfus

Harold Schwalb z"l

Monte Friedkin

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  rabbikeller@cbiboca.org Shalom Everyone, I hope that you are doing well and enjoying the cooler temperatures...finally! What I love about this time of year is that Florida becomes the envy of the country with beautiful temperatures and comfortable days. Also, there is a much needed calm over the Jewish calendar where holidays don’t fall continuously in rapid succession. This time period with less holidays (other than Shabbat, of course) actually allows us to delve more deeply into various other Jewish opportunities we have throughout the year. With Thanksgiving approaching and the Give Back Christmas Day events around the corner, it’s time for us to focus our attention on taking care of others in our community. Judaism teaches us repeatedly the importance of providing for others. In fact, our liturgy is filled with reminders where we can be available for others; we are taught to be selfless. As our eyes open each day, the morning liturgy thanks God for our souls and for our functioning bodies, but then immediately implores us to be ambassadors of deeds in the world. The prayer Eilu D’varim (these things), which is based in the Mishna, provides us with a list of things we can do to give back to our community every day: • Engage in deeds of compassion • Deal graciously with guests • Provide for a wedding couple • Make peace among people What do all of these have in common? All of these are things we can do for others, things that we can do to better our world. According to the text, these things are limitless because we don’t expect anything for ourselves. This is how we should truly give: with no expectations for something in return. Whether we give of our time, our energy or our money, when we do so with an open hand and willful heart, then we are truly fulfilling the words of our text. There is a beautiful teaching that “if you touch the palm of a newborn baby, the baby’s hand will close around your finger. Grasping is a reflex we are all born with. Sharing isn’t a reflex. Learning to share takes a lifetime. But sharing is what brings us closer to God.â€? Let’s all endeavor to give as much as we can. We have opportunities throughout the year to give, but particularly don’t forget about the two coming up: Our annual Feed the Community on November 26th The Give Back Christmas Day Feast event at the Boca Mall on December 25th. Lisa, Aviv, Leor, and I wish you all many opportunities of giving!

Rabbi Keller

Senior Associate Rabbi cited from Feinstein, R. (2008). Capturing the Moon. Springfield, NJ: Behrman House, pg. 61.

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Friday Evening Shabbat Services

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November 1

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November 8

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November 15

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November 22

5:45 PM - PRE-NOSH 6:15 PM - SERVICE

November 29

5:45 PM - PRE-NOSH 6:15 PM - SERVICE

9:00 AM - Shabbat Service with Torah Discussion Hollander Family Chapel 11:15 AM - Shabbat Service/Bar Mitzvah of Tommy Kirschner Hollander Family Chapel

November 9

9:00 AM - Shabbat Service with Torah Discussion Hollander Family Chapel 10:00 AM- Shabbat Service/Bar Mitzvah of Alec Blatt Cohen/Friedkin Sanctuary 4:45 PM - Mincha Service/Bat Mitzvah of Savanah Silver Cohen/Friedkin Sanctuary

November 16

9:00 AM - Shabbat Service with Torah Discussion Hollander Family Chapel 10:00 AM- Shabbat Service/Bat Mitzvah of Sarah Berner Cohen/Friedkin Sanctuary

4:45 PM- Mincha Service/Bar Mitzvah of Jacob Alcala y

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November 23

9:00 AM - Shabbat Service with Torah Discussion Hollander Family Chapel

5:00 PM- Mincha Service/Bat Mitzvah of Lucia Edelstein

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November 30

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Special Thank You's to Our CBI Melachim (Angels & Messengers) Ritual Thank You'S Thank you to all those CBI members who participated in B’nai on the Bimah (BOTB) services on Erev Shabbat and Shabbat morning throughout the summer. BOTB was created to help fill-in for our Clergy over the summer during the time when they were on vacation. 2019 was a banner year with the number of participants. First - a great big thank you to Associate Cantor Sarah for her invaluable leadership in promoting, recruiting and guiding everyone with the prayers, Cantor David for his assistance with the choir, as well as Rabbi Cohen’s always enthusiastic guidance. A special thank you also to Bilha Ron, Paulette Sonnenstein, Linda Reiglehaupt, Stanley Silber. The Chavura of Susan Mayer, the Sisterhood, the Confirmation Class who had just returned from Israel, Bob & Sue Weber, the Chavura of Ronna Young, the Brotherhood, the Adult Choir and the Chavura of Susi Glatt, the Gal Pals. Consider your participation next summer of 2020. Thank you to the best committee members ever, the High Holiday Honors Committee, who worked with me from just after July 4th holiday throughout the summer: Eileen Danton, Susan Mayer, Stanley Silber, Bob Vollmer, and Marilyn & Steve Racow. Thanks must include ALL those of our office staff who immediately responded to my on-going requests for assistance and questions. CBI has the best office staff ever. Wishing all a Shana Tova and G’mar Chatima Tova. May you be inscribed for a good year 5780. Susi Glatt Ritual Committee Chair Todah Rabah Back To Shul Corey Shapiro, Sisterhood, Brotherhood, The Myrick Family, The Cannon Family, VIP Caterers & all the Staff Volunteers for another Welcome Back/Food Truck Frenzy success! Thank you Debby Schwaber & Andrea Cannon for delivering the school supplies to The Boys & Girls Club and Palm Beach County Schools. Hurricane Dorian Thank you to all those who donated to the Hurricane Dorian Drive and thank you Rabbi Keller, Jeff Serxner, & Phil Wishna for delivering three car loads of supplies to The Bahamian Ministry of Tourism collection site. Sisterhood Rosh Hashanah Bagging We thank the generosity of Shloimie’s Kosher Bakery, The Boys Farmers Market, Leslie & David Kantor, The Kantor Family Center for Justice, Andrea & Jeffrey Cannon, Toni & Peter Weintraub as well as the Sisterhood at Congregation B’nai Israel. Sisterhood stuffed and donated 200 bags of “Sweets” for the New Year to The Jacobson Food Pantry. Ushering Eric Handis,Usher Captain & all CBI Members who participated. Bob Weinroth Pamela Weinroth Renee Schwartz Terry Kaufman Stanley Silber Frances Fischer Sharon Landau Ron Landau Laura Petrella

Howard Fischman Rita DiGiantamasso Robyn Rubinoff Jeff Zadoff Ira Ginsberg Jason Solodkin Letty Kenney Jeff Serxner Frances Fischer Rachelle Liebman Sam Goldstein

Julie Knote Iris Kozak Tevie Kozak Phil Rothschild Harvey Sonnenstein Paulette Sonnenstein Karen Bleier Betty Ann Monash Vanessa Tabor Susan Mayer David Hollander Sean Tibor

Peter Davidson Paul Ehrman Elizabeth Graber Edna Kogan Letty Kenney Adam Shapiro Bonnie Shimel Alan Shimel Tori Bandel

Food Truck Volunteers Thank you to Elise & Steven Sobel Family and Gary Tucker Family for managing the food truck donations and all the volunteers. Thank you to all the CBI Members who volunteered their time on Yom Kippur that helped collect & organize the food for our Fight Against Hunger Drive. Thank you to VIP Caterers, Cros Ministries, JFS & Boca Helping Hands.

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Leviticus 19:18 “You Shall Love Your Neighbor as Yourself: I am the Lord� Throughout the year, and of course our lifetimes, we all take on different roles. When we are young, we are children, classmates, and friends. As we get older, we become parents, spouses and coworkers. We take on positions with our companies, our boards, and different organizations we choose to spend our time serving. But one role that remains with us throughout our lifetimes is that of neighbor. Throughout our lives we are told to love our neighbors as ourselves. So as fast as the month of Tishri appeared and we celebrated Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and finally Shavuot, we were commanded to open our hearts from the time we first asked God for forgiveness until we concluded by rejoicing in the giving of Torah, all in the span of a quick four weeks. Now let’s keep our hearts open a little longer as we look ahead to Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. Let’s keep our hearts open and think of those in our community less fortunate than us. Our neighbor that may not have enough to eat or may not have the appropriate clothes to wear, find a job, or health issues preventing them from celebrating life’s small miracles. As we thank God for all we have, it’s fitting that weeks before Thanksgiving, CBI is hosting An Evening with Mitch Albom on November 14, who will be commenting on his new book: “Finding Chika.� This real-life story of an orphaned Haitian child will certainly help to keep our hearts open as November arrives; we have the opportunity to provide for our neighbors within our own community. Join us on November 26 for Feed the Community and help us to remember those who, without our support, would not have a joyous Hanukkah/

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Christmas. Considering donating food and toys for children that otherwise wouldn’t have a Hanukkah or Christmas to remember. Think of our neighbors who have had their lives uprooted from hurricanes, tornados and other natural disasters. Let’s remember our point of difference that we at Congregation B’nai Israel strive to “Nourish Your Soul through Continually Helping Others� and let’s keep our hearts open until next Tishri.

Jeffrey Cannon President

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  steve.allen@cbiboca.org With the High Holy Day services just behind us, we have so much more going on at CBI with no stopping! (key word at end!). The month of November brings us continued activity for students and parents from both our NCECE preschool and our SLJ Religious school. When we lived in NY we looked for the changing of the colors of the leaves, while down here we flourish during the slightly cooler temperatures which makes working and leisure time that more pleasurable. There are so many exciting and worthwhile activities in November, but I will focus on two events and trust that you will search our website for additional activities that suit your needs. Our CBI Inspires Speaker Series has gone above and beyond again with the appearance of famous, Jewish author, Mitch Albom. He will be spotlighting his brand new book, “Finding Chika,â€? at his presentation, as well as speaking about his much storied professional career. I am so sure that besides knowing his name, an overwhelming majority of you have read at least a few of his previous books including, “Tuesdays with Morrie,â€? “The Five People You’ll Meet in Heaven,â€? and “Have a Little Faith,â€? just to name a few of his NY Times bestsellers.

even autographed personally for our higher sponsors. He is an engaging, passionate, philanthropic individual so please do not miss seeing him here at CBI at our largest fundraiser of the season. I thank you in advance. We expect him to break all attendance records so please don’t get closed out. I am hoping by the time you receive this you already have bought your tickets! As most of you know, CBI is known as the “Congregation with a Conscience,� and we continue that reputation again with our Feed the Community Event on Tuesday, November 26, at Ebenezer Baptist Church. The plethora of volunteers of CBI members continue to amaze me. The Kantor Family Center for Justice headed by our Social Action chair, Andrea Cannon, and logistically managed by our staff program aficionado, Minda Shaiman, make this such a special day for those thousands of recipients who are less fortunate than we are. In closing, the entire Allen family, and (Mitch), wish you a very happy and plentiful Thanksgiving with food, festivities, football and family. And as usual I am always available t o m e e t w i t h a n yo n e w h o h a s a n i d e a , suggestion, issue, complaint or compliment.

His new book comes out on November 5th and we have the distinction of hosting his first Happy Turkey! South Florida appearance just 9 days afterwards! In addition to his presentation, “Finding Chika� will be on sale, and if you hopeExecutive fully sponsor the event or buy the premium seats, books will be complimentary and some

Steve Allen

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  cantormuchnick@cbiboca.org Our tradition teaches, Al Shlosha D’varim Ha’olam Omed – the world stands on three things – Torah, Avodah (prayer), and Gemilut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness). When we bring all three into balance, this is when the world will be perfected! This idea is one we teach, preach and practice - Tikkun Olam and the “perfectionâ€? of the world.

often as a means to impart the importance of practice.

But practice doesn’t make perfect, it makes us better at what we are practicing. When we practice prayer, or do it regularly, it begins to feel comfortable. We begin to make the practice of prayer our own—finding comfort in the words, the music, the experience. Practice For many of us, Gemilut Chasadim (acts of lov- makes prayer a permanent habit. ing kindness) is easy; we give to the food pantry, we help out with special projects in our CBI We practice so many things in our lives. From and surrounding community, visit the sick, and sports, to school work, to learning new hobso on. Many of us are engaging in Torah in a bies, to playing an instrument. Would we variety of ways; through weekly services such honestly expect our ability to improve or beas our Shabbat morning Torah study, reading come proficient without diligent practice? The various articles or blog posts, podcasts, etc. answer is obviously no. So when it comes to prayer, is it or should it not be the same idea But what about prayer? For most of us this is or concept? Something new takes time and the hardest one of all! Why? I think because energy and dedication to master – so why not for most of us, it doesn’t come easily or natu- make the practice of prayer a priority? Oprally. We get in our heads and wonder are we portunities are abundant and I invite you to are doing it right? So many questions we ask join us in this practice of prayer. Sit with us on ourselves, and all too often those very ques- Shabbat mornings from 9:00–10:30 am. Join tions talk us out of prayer. us on Friday nights for our 6:15 PM Shabbat services. Pop in during a BM service (even if Ultimately, I believe that prayer is a practice. you weren’t invited – as prayer does not need Prayer is something we have to be intentional an invitation). about, at least in the beginning. We start this practice early in our children’s lives as we of- Wishing all of you a month, year and life of fer services geared to toddlers, children and meaningful and intentional prayer! young adults. To learn and become comfortable with the liturgy, with the prayers, with the B’shalom, melodies and with the practice of praying. “Practice makes perfect.� This is a phrase I often use for Bar and Bat Mitzvah students during their sessions as they prepare for their service. I’ve used this phrase with my own children, to choir members and volunteers. “If you don’t use it – you lose it� – another phrase I use 8

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#1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR MITCH RETURNS TO NON-FICTION & TO BOCA RATON WITH DEBUT OF NEW BOOK, FINDING CHIKA

ALBOM

An Evening With

Mitch Albom

Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) will host a special evening with acclaimed author of Tuesdays with Morrie, philanthropist, columnist, and sports reporter, Mitch Albom on November 14th at 7 pm. Albom will be releasing his next book, Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family, just a few weeks before the event. The book is the true story of Chika, a young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change Albom's heart. In addition to discussing his new book, Albom will share his personal experiences and connections to Judaism in the evening’s presentation. Following Albom’s time with the audience, CBI will host an exclusive meet-and-greet dessert reception open to CBI Inspires Series sponsors. Copies of Finding Chika will be available for purchase the night of the event, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to Albom’s charity of choice. Event tickets are now on sale and range in price from $36 to $100. Those seeking to attend can visit the CBI website at www.cbiboca.org/albom for more information or to place a ticket order.

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Albom is the author of seven #1 New York Times bestsellers. Tuesdays with Morrie, which spent four straight years atop the New York Times list, is now the bestselling memoir of all time. Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, For One More Day and Have a Little Faith have been made into award-winning television movies. Albom has also founded 10 charities, including nine in the Detroit area, such as S.A.Y. Detroit, which operates a family health clinic; A Time to Help, a volunteer organization; and A Hole in the Roof Foundation, which repairs faith-based homeless shelters. He also directs the Have Faith Haiti Mission in Port Au Prince, which helps impoverished children and orphans, as well as the Chika Fund, which provides life-saving medical costs and health care. Albom has been named the #1 Sports Columnist in the Nation by the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) 13 times. In June 2010 he received the APSE Red Smith Award for lifetime achievement, the biggest prize in sports journalism, and in June 2013, he was inducted into the Sportswriters Hall of Fame. Albom hosts two radio shows on WJR-AM and has appeared on The Today Show, Oprah, and CBS Sunday Morning. His articles have been featured in The New York Times, GQ WELCOMING FROM THE FIRST SHALOM and SportsYOU Illustrated. Currently, he is developing an hour-long TV show for TNT.


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CBI SISTERHOOD WOMEN OF REFORM JUDAISM CBI’s Women of Reform Judaism/Sisterhood started this season off with projects and a party. In September, Sisterhood members provided honey sticks and apples to parents who attended the open houses for the School of Living Judaism and prepared Rosh Hashanah food bags to help people in our community. We want to thank the gift shop for donating 200 plastic shofars to the preschool for the High Holy Days! In October, we participated in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a 5K walk organized by the American Cancer Society and presented by the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. We enjoyed a pre-walk Pink Party at CBI with members of the Mommy Minyan. We have some fun events planned for the next few months, and I hope to see many old friends and some new faces. If you have not attended one of our events previously, or if it’s been awhile since you have been able to attend, we will be happy to welcome you.

Muchnick and in December, we will be having our annual Chanukah party. Please watch your CBI emails for details on these events and information on how to R.S.V.P. Speaking of Chanukah, our gift shop has a variety of merchandise for your holiday shopping. We have lovely hostess gifts, jewelry, children’s toys, and a large selection of Judaica items, including menorahs. Stop by to see our new merchandise at great prices. Our shop is regularly open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. and on Fridays from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. You can also schedule an appointment to shop if you can’t make it during the regular hours. We carry fashionable tallit made in Israel and can order engraved yarmulkes in bulk for your simchas. So, if you have a special occasion coming up, skip the hassle and go to the Judaica Shop for that “special something.”

Ronna Young

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Most months when I write my article, I talk about the great events we have had, or that are planned in the near future. This month I’m going to do something a little different. I want to talk about the essence of what our Brotherhood is all about for me.

We also donate presents to the children of JAFCO each year at Hanukkah time. This has become a tradition over the last few years and it is an incredible gesture that makes me so proud. Without our generosity these children would not have presents for Hanukkah. Even more important, we put smiles on so many faces Just a few weeks after joining CBI, close to and make the holiday so special for them. ten years ago, I attended my first Brotherhood meeting at Phil Wishna’s house. I didn’t know Every month I ask members to reach out to anyone and believe it or not, I was a little ner- me to learn more about the Brotherhood. To vous about meeting so many new people. That ask questions, to make suggestions on events, night I met Phil, Matt Maschler, Barry Glick and to be my personal guest at an event. Honestly, a few others. They couldn’t have been more not too many people take me up on this. So, warm and inviting to me and they welcomed I’m going to do it again and it is a permanent me with open arms. To this day, they are all invitation. Please call me or text me at 561-221people that I still feel very close to and hold in 4263 or email me at ehandis@1847financial. the highest regard. Over the years, I have con- com regarding anything about Brotherhood or tinued to make strong relationships through just to grab a cup of coffee. I look forward to it. Brotherhood. There are so many incredible people here. So, Brotherhood is truly about making wonderful relationships, if that is what you are looking for. Brotherhood President

Eric Handis

The Brotherhood also gives us a way to give back. Each year we build the sukkah as a group and it is one of my favorite days of the year. We work side by side building a beautiful sukkah for our congregation. It is a place where our children can learn and where we can meet as a congregation to pray and enjoy each other’s company. In addition, a few of my fellow brothers have been instrumental in putting on Feed the Community along with me each year. For those of you that have been involved in the past, this is the essence of giving back. If you have not experienced it, please reach out to me to learn more. CONGREGATION B’NAI ISRAEL

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SPOT LIGHT KA NT O R FA M I LY C ENT ER FO R J U STI C E Have you found your sanctuary at Congregation B’nai Israel? It could be a place within the curved walls of our Cohen/Friedkin Sanctuary where so many of us gather for the High Holy Days, weekly shabbat services and for decades of simchas. It might be the more intimate Hollander Family Chapel, home of the 9 AM Torah service and smaller scale life cycle events. But for some of us, a sanctuary can be found without the confines of walls and a ceiling—it comes from within, and originates in the desire to give back. Many years ago, our family was approached and asked to dedicate something at CBI. This was at a time when there were loads of naming opportunities on our new Yamato Road campus. We thought long and hard about what we’d like to do. Ultimately, we decided a “place” was just too confining. What hit home was giving a name to the various acts of kindness that CBI members come together to perform throughout the synagogue year. David’s father, Milton Kantor z”l , set a great example for the family to live by. He loved helping others live better, by supporting various causes in Dayton, Ohio. Athletics was his passion, as was making sure the elderly had free buses to use to do their errands. He and Marlene belonged to every schul in Dayton, they simply wanted to be of help every place they could. Wherever Milton saw a need, he tried to be of help. Our family saw that the Center for Justice was doing the same thing, performing acts of kindness that benefited others: the High Holiday food collection, Feeding the Community at Ebenezer Baptist, and the incredible day that helps both on campus and in the community at large, Mitzvah Day! Thus we chose to name an additional “sanctuary” of CBI, the Kantor Family Center for Justice. It is not a physical place, it is not something you can touch. It is a spot that grows when we all participate. Since its inception more activities have come under the auspices of KFCJ including the Sandwich Brigade and various monthly collections and the December Give Back Feast. 14

Thanks are truly due to all those who have helped lead. The social action arm of CBI began in 1984 under Mindy Agler, wife of our founding rabbi, Richard Agler. The torch has been passed on to Lori Sklar z”l, Vicky and Gary Weiner, Cindy and Greg Jacob, and now chaired by A n d re a C a n n o n …w i t h t h e a s s i s t a n c e o f o u r professional, Minda Shaiman, CBI’s social action/special projects manager. We could find no better way to set an example for how our children and grandchildren should lead their lives... from the smallest acts of kindness to grandiose givebacks of repairing the world.

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“NEVER DOUBT THAT A SMALL GROUP OF THOUGHTFUL, COMMITTED CITIZENS

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CAN CHANGE THE WORLD; INDEED, IT’S THE ONLY THING

THAT EVER HAS.” ~MARGARET MEAD~

Thank you to everyone who donated much needed supplies to the Bahamas. Thank you to Phil Wishna, Jeffrey Serxner and Rabbi Keller who delivered the supplies to the Sands Hotel and Marina in Pompano Beach who had 62 boats deliver the supplies! Thank you to everyone who donated much needed Food for our Yom Kippur food drive. Every year our Congregation’s members are so very generous to families in need locally. You are all wonderful. Thank you to the children and parents who volunteered to collect the Yom Kippur donations on Yom Kippur and stand in the heat by the truck. Well it’s November and we are getting ready for two special events our membership loves to volunteer for: **Feed the Community (FTC)*Tuesday Nov. 26th * at Ebenezer Baptist Church Volunteers are needed. Please check your emails that will advise you when the CBI website has opened the volunteer section. If you would like to be a member of the FTC Committee please contact either Minda at CBI or Andrea at redsisboca1@gmail.com. **The Give Back Christmas Feast on Christmas Day at the Town Center Mall. Sponsored by Simon Mall, Boca Helping Hands and several other organizations. Last year we were given 30 volunteer slots. We welcomed our 425 guests, served them their meals and dessert and sent all the children home with a toy and the family with a bag of food and helped clean-up. The local restaurants donated the food to be served. Please check your emails to register for this wonderful Give Back day. ** We are also working on one or two more Christmas Day volunteer opportunities. We will share that information once they are finalized. The Kantor Family Center for Justice wishes everyone a HAPPY THANKSGIVING with your family and friends filled with delicious food and wonderful memories!!!

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FEED THE COMMUNITY Congregation B’nai Israel @ Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church with

200 NE 12th Street, Boca Raton*

Tuesday, November 26 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Do a mitzvah! Volunteer for an amazing and inspiring afternoon of fellowship, comfort, love and of course a Thanksgiving feast for thousands who would otherwise go without a Thanksgiving meal.

VOLUNTEER!

DONATE LEFTOVER HALLOWEEN CANDY!

BECOME A SPONSOR! PURCHASE A TURKEY!

drop off in the blue bins outside the school office.

PLEDGE A PLATE!

SING & DANCE

WITH MISS SUSAN & THE COMMUNITY!

For volunteer information, contact Andrea Cannon at redsisboca1@gmail.com OR Minda Shaiman at 561.241.8118 or minda.shaiman@cbiboca.org

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CBI CBI

INSPIRES

INSPIRES

2019-2020 SERIES

AN EVENING WITH

MITCH ALBOM

Author of Best Seller, Tuesdays with Morrie

November 14, 2019 • 7:00 PM COHEN/FRIEDKIN SANCTUARY Adult B’nai Mitzvah Program with Rabbi Allison Cohen Mondays, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Joel S. Nadel Board Room Classes began October 28, 2019 DELVING INTO PRAYER with Rabbi Allison Cohen Mondays, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Joel S. Nadel Board Room Classes began October 28, 2019 WOMEN’S TORAH COMMENTARY with Rabbi Allison Cohen & Rabbi Rony Keller Every other Tuesday, 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM , Room 301 Cost: Members: Free; Community Guests: $18/class Classes began October 29, 2019

CITY OF JOEL

RUN TIME: 90 MIN.

November 6, 2019 • 7:00 PM VIP COCKTAIL LOUNGE

THE CAKEMAKER

RUN TIME: 105 MIN.

December 4, 2019 • 7:00 PM VIP COCKTAIL LOUNGE

KING BIBI

RUN TIME: 83 MIN. PRIME TECHNOLOGY Select Thursdays, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Joel S. Nadel Board Room Classes began September 5, 2019

January 8, 2020 • 7:00 PM VIP COCKTAIL LOUNGE

MARK YOUR CALENDAR “HOW TO’S FOR JEWS” with Rabbi Rony Keller Thursdays, 2/13, 2,20, 2/27 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Joel S. Nadel Boardroom

FUTURE FILM DATES 7:00 PM VIP COCKTAIL LOUNGE

February 5, 2020 March 4, 2020 April 1, 2020

CBI Inspires Adult Learning offers stimulating lectures by noted guests and our clergy, thought provoking classes in our Lunch & Learn programs, and insightful adult religious education opportunities with knowledgeable faculty. With both single and multi-session opportunities, these programs offer something for everyone. We welcome both members and community guests. Classes are not only affordable, but fun and educational!

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CBI’s annual Nagle Family Jewish Film Festival offers a series of inspiring films with hosts who introduce each film and lead a discussion afterward. Films take place on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM in the VIP Cocktail Lounge with popcorn, candy, and dessert accompanying each film. Registration and ticket sales will take place at the door for each film. There is no cost for members and a $10 fee per film for community guests. The Film Festival is generously sponsored by the Nagle Family.

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Congregation B’nai Israel welcomes you to our 8th Annual CBI Inspires Series! CBI Inspires brings a variety of educational and informative programs to our community and encompasses our Speaker Series, the Nagle Family Jewish Film Festival, adult and spiritual learning opportunities, as well as cultural programs involving music, art, theater, and more.

Our CBI Inspires series could not be the success that it is without your continued support. If you would like to be a program sponsor, please contact Steve Allen, our Executive Director at 561.241.8118 x 101 or steve.allen@cbiboca.org

ROCK & ROLL AND THE JEWISH CONNECTION December 11, 2019 • 2:30 PM HOLLANDER FAMILY CHAPEL

THE GIRL FROM BERLIN November 21, 2019 • 7:00 PM FELDMAN CHILDREN’S LIBRARY FACILITATOR: SONDRA GOLDSTEIN

THE ISLAND OF SEA WOMEN December 19, 2019 • 7:00 PM

NAOMI MILLER Love, Marriage, Children & Liposuction January 6, 2020 • 11:45 AM VIP COCKTAIL LOUNGE

FELDMAN CHILDREN’S LIBRARY FACILITATOR: MARILYN BLIDEN

THE LOST GIRLS OF PARIS January 23, 2020 • 7:00 PM

CANTOR MUCHNICK’S INSTALLATION SHABBAT January 31, 2020 • 6:15 PM COHEN/FRIEDKIN SANCTUARY

FELDMAN CHILDREN’S LIBRARY FACILITATOR: SANDRA TANKOOS

A CANTORIAL CONCERT WITH SPECIAL GUESTS February 1, 2020 • 7:00 PM COHEN/FRIEDKIN SANCTUARY

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

FUTURE BOOK CLUB DATES

7:00 PM FELDMAN CHILDREN’S LIBRARY February 20, 2020 March 19, 2020 April 16, 2020 May 21, 2020

12TH ANNUAL CANTOR STEPHEN DUBOV Z”L MEMORIAL CONCERT March 1, 2020 TEMPLE BETH EL

June 18, 2020

Congregation B’nai Israel’s Book Club offers an opportunity to meet new people and enjoy a lively and intellectual discussion every month. The book club is open to both members and their friends and is an informal, fun group. We hope to see you there! For more information please contact Marilyn Bliden at 561.254.1351 (texting welcome) or m@bliden.com

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PURIM SHPIEL March 9, 2020 5:00 PM - Dinner 6:00 PM - Shpiel 7:00 PM - Hamantashen Oneg COHEN/FRIEDKIN SANCTUARY Come explore the world of music! This year, CBI is offering a wide variety of musical programs for you to enjoy. From spiritual musical Shabbats to an amazing Jewish roots concert weekend. CBI has something for everyone!

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SISTERHOOD EVENING WITH CANTOR MUCHNICK 7:30 PM • ZIMMERMAN FAMILY NORTH SOCIAL HALL

36TH ANNUAL FEED THE COMMUNITY 3:30 PM • EBENEZER MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH

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NAGLE FAMILY JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL THE CAKE MAKER 7:00 PM • VIP COCKTAIL LOUNGE

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MOMMY MINYAN: LIGHT UP THE NIGHT CHANUKAH CELEBRATION 7:15 PM • ARTVILLA STUDIO, BOCA RATON

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CBI INSPIRES: BOOK CLUB THE ISLAND OF SEA WOMEN 7:00 PM • FELDMAN CHILDREN’S LIBRARY

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DELRAY BEACH JUNIOR CHOIR MENORAH LIGHTING 5:30 PM • OLD SCHOOL SQUARE

CONNECTING CBI BUSINESS NETWORKING GROUP 8:00 AM • ZIMMERMAN FAMILY NORTH SOCIAL HALL

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CHICAGO, IL

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CONNECTING CBI BUSINESS NETWORKING GROUP 8:00 AM • ZIMMERMAN FAMILY NORTH SOCIAL HALL

NAGLE FAMILY JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL KING BIBI 7:00 PM • VIP COCKTAIL LOUNGE

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MLK INTERFAITH SERVICE 11:45 AM • EBENEZER MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH

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P U O R G H YO U T • B I SY • TAG 5 4 3 B U CL

BISY Board Retreat 2019-2020

August 16th-18th @ Renaissance Hotel in Boca Raton Our goal for the weekend was to build a stronger bond with our fellow board members, learn recruitment strategies to engage with our elementary and middle school teens and create programs for BISY for this year! They also chose their theme for the year: “Safest Place To Be You!" Below are testimonials from our teens about the retreat:

Shayla Handis-Social Action Vice President- “This board retreat weekend was necessary and very useful because I learned so much about how to make my temple my safe place and provide that for others. I had fun learning in the different sessions that Rabbi Keller and Zoe taught us. This weekend I learned more about myself and how I feel and act in particular situations.”

Bradley Shimel-President- “I enjoyed spending this weekend at the Renaissance Hotel for a variety of reasons like spending time to plan out our year, be in sessions with Rabbi Keller and Zoe and learn about the DNA of CBI. I appreciated that we were treated similarly to the NFTY regional board with our own board retreat. I thought that this was a great weekend to not only get in the right mindset and get ready for the year, but also to get closer with my 22 fellow board members.”

Ruby Levy- 9th Grade Representation- “This year is going to be great because I feel that we have a great board this year! I really thought that this was very informative and helpful for this year to have a board retreat! I can’t wait to get started and bond more with everyone on BISY Board!”

Sophie Borowski- Junior Youth Group Liaison- “This weekend was something our board needed. We learned so much valuable information that we can use to become a better board, better friends, and most importantly, better people. We learned how to integrate the younger youth groups into BISY and as the Junior Youth Group Liaison, that is a very important skill for me to know. I can’t wait to incorporate the skills I learned this weekend into my programming and into my daily life at the temple!”

Livv Haut- Religious and Cultural Vice President- “This weekend was super important, not only to my success but to our success as a board. I was super proud of the plans we have created for this coming year and am so excited to carry it out with my new best friends and board.” WELCOMING YOU FROM THE FIRST SHALOM


Mark VanBuskirk- 11th Grade Representation- “This weekend has allowed me to learn about "the safest place to be you." I was able to bond with my fellow board members and to learn about safety in all aspects of life.”

Jacob Rosenfield - Membership Vice President- “This weekend was an eye opening one! It was understandable why someone might just say it’s an easier option to go to the youth lounge or stay in a classroom, but I think coming to a hotel off campus was the best way to start off our year! Throughout this weekend I have made even closer relationships and bonds with the people I already knew. The environment provided a safe workplace and allowed us to focus more. During this weekend we learned about multiple things in our sessions like social media, connecting with members and providing a “safe place” for others. It was a great weekend!”

Shay Wheatman - 9th Grade Representation- “This weekend was beneficial to me to prepare me for the year to come. Doing it at the hotel was less pressure than doing it in the youth lounge, and now after this weekend I feel prepared for bonding with the younger kids and encouraging them to continue their CBI journey and education.”

Skyler Hyman- Financial Vice President- “I think the board retreat was really beneficial to the board, as a whole because it not only gave us opportunities to become closer as friends, but closer as a board to work together throughout the year more efficiently and more effectively. As my last year serving on this board, I truly thank all of CBI for this opportunity to better my individual leadership skills and to further my relationship with the rest of my board.”

Brandon Sadow- Communications Vice President- “Every year we have retreats that always focus on similar topics and while they are super fun this retreat was different. Zoe and Rabbi Keller did a terrific job planning this weekend for the board. I had a great time bonding with my board members, learning about my inner self and planning how BISY will program and make this year amazing!”

UPCOMING YOUTH GROUP EVENTS

CLUB 345 November 17 - Sports Day Extravaganza @ CBI December 15 ArtNest in Delray CLUB 678 November 8-10 - Hatikvah Hallah @ Temple Beth El December 6 - Disney Shabbat with BISY

BISY Tyler VanBuskirk- 1th Grade Representation- “This weekend November 9 - Drive Shack was valuable because the board became closer with each other. November 20 - Fundraiser @ Tijuana Flats We also learned about safety, what that means to us and what December 6 - Disney Shabbat it means to others. Being at the hotel, allowed us to always be December 25 - Give Back Christmas Feast @ Town Center with our fellow board members all the time and really learn from each other and our ideas for the next year. Having fun CONGREGATION B’NAI ISRAEL • WELCOMING YOU FROM THE FIRST SHALOM • WWW.CBIBOCA.ORG 23 and learning was my summary of the weekend. Thank you!


W hy i s i t i m porta nt to teach ch i l d ren a bout TH A N KSG I V I N G? Family, appreciation and thankfulness are examples of important values we can reflect upon during Thanksgiving. This is a special holiday; a whole day that we spend time with loved ones and tal k about reasons why we are thankful. But, before you sit down at your family feast, think about al l of the opportunities this day gives us to teach our children about the important values of Thanksgiving. Here are a few ideas to teach and model important values during this special holiday:

Tu rn the television off du ri ng fami ly ti me. Yes, there are parades to watch and footbal l games to cheer for but try to keep most of Thanksgivi ng about the connections, conversation and ti me spent with fami ly.

Tal k about fami ly traditions and tel l stories about you r own chi ld hood memories related to Thanksgivi ng. Stories teach chi ldren about l ife and history.

Tal k about you r fami ly feast. Tal k to chi ldren about where thei r food comes from and how it was prepared. Everyone can share what thei r favorite food is and why.

Be thankfu l. Focus on thi ngs you are thankfu l for; ask you r chi ldren and others visiti ng what they are thankfu l for. To take it even fu rther, you cou ld hang a poster board on the wal l and ask you r older chi ldren to write what they are thankfu l for throug hout the day.

Shari ng and donati ng is an i mportant part of Thanksgivi ng. I n the Jewish rel igion, it is a mitzvah to give back. Develop a tradition of shari ng with those who have less than you. You cou ld donate food to a food pantry or serve Thanksgivi ng di nner to a homeless shelter. This can hel p chi ldren be thankfu l for what they have and learn how i mportant it is to hel p others.

Cook with you r chi ld du ri ng Thanksgivi ng. It is a great way for you r chi ld to enjoy fami ly ti me and feel l i ke they are a part of this special meal, even if you r mashed potatoes are a l ittle bu mpy! Here at Congregation B’n ai Israel, we have many Thanksgivi ng traditions that we celebrate with the chi ldren and staff. The fol lowi ng are the dates of the many events that we hope you and you r fami ly wi l l be a part of: Thanksg ivi ng Show- Wed nesday, November 20th for the 2’s & Tu rni ng 3’s @ 11:00 am Thanksg ivi ng Show- Thu rsday, November 21st for Pre-K @ 11:00 am Thankgsg ivi ng Show- Friday, November 22nd for 3’s @ 11:00 am Classroom Thanksg ivi ng Feast- Monday, November 25 for the chi ld ren i n the classes. Feed the Commu nity – Tuesday, November 26th Commu nity Thanksg ivi ng Feast at Ebenezer Baptist Chu rch @ 3:30pm From ou r B’n ai fami ly to you rs, however you celebrate you r day, we hope you have a safe, healthy and del icious Thanksgivi ng with Fami ly, Friends and Neig hbors.

Allison Sands

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Assistant Director of Early Childhood WELCOMING YOU FROM THE FIRST SHALOM


Get to know ou ri Mitzvah! B’na

Mazel Tov!

Tommy Kirschner

11.2.2019 • Noach

Alec Blatt

11.9.19 • Lech Lecha

Savanah Silver

11.9.19 • Vayera

Sarah Berner

11.16.19 • Vayera

School: Pine Crest School Son of: Julie & David Kirschner Grandson of: Robert & Marilyn Schaftel, Elaine and the late Rudi Kirschner Hobbies & Interests: Basketball, Fantasy Football, Watching Professional & College Football, Spending time with friends and family Mitzvah Project: Adopted a Holocaust Victim that has never become a Bar Mitzvah through Remember US. Collecting gently used basketball shoes/sneakers to donate to those in need.

School: North Broward Preparatory School Son of: Renée & Kenny Blatt Grandson of: Ann & Steven Levitan, Deena Miller and Marjorie Kernan Hobbies & Interests: Baseball, Football, Basketball, Traveling and Art Mitzvah Project: Alec chose to support and work with Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen. WCK is doing amazing work now in the Bahamas and all over the world in not only providing meals in the wake of natural disasters but also teaching farmers and others better ways to grow locally. Alec will be raising monies and donating part of his mitzvah gifts to WCK as well as working with them in Puerto Rico.

School: AD Henderson University School Daughter of: Robyn & Michael Silver Granddaughter of: Susan & Jerry Silver and the late Marcia & Barry Bronfman Hobbies & Interests: Volleyball, Dance, and Cheerleading Mitzvah Project: “Project Linus” Truly believing that blankets are a source of love, comfort & security, Savanah decided to volunteer for Project Linus. Project Linus is an organization that provides love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need, through the gifts of new, handmade blankets.

School: Don Estridge High Tech Middle School Daughter of: Sheri & David Berner

Granddaughter of: Natalie Price and Sandra & Melvin Berner Hobbies & Interests: Soccer, Tennis, Art, Shopping, spending time with friends, Social Media, and Summer Camp Mitzvah Project: Collecting gifts and raising money to donate to the children at JAFCO for Chanukah.

Jacob Alcalay

School: Olympic Heights

11.16.19 • Chaye Sarah

Son of: Meredith & Ziv Alcalay Grandson of: Rochelle Miller, Arthur Miller, Hanna & Ronny Alcalay Hobbies & Interests: Basketball, football & soccer. Mitzvah Project: In Jacob’s Shoes

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School: Bak Middle School of the Arts Daughter of: Sherry & Richard Edelstein Granddaughter of: Pat & Norman Stolack and Jenny & Jaime Edelstein Hobbies & Interests: Dance, soccer, swimming, paddle boarding, and biking Mitzvah Project: Feeding Palm Beach County

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THE BARRY IRA GRAFF SCHOOL FOR LIVING JUDAISM Opening Week at the SLJ was amazing! It was wonderful to see all of our students arriving to school with giant smiles. We are excited for a wonderful year, filled with exciting new curriculum, great friends and thrilling activities! Check out all of the pictures from our first week!

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November is our Walk-a-thon month. This is our major SLJ fundraiser for the year. The Walk-a-thons will be on Sunday-Tuesday, November 10-12. Proceeds from the Walk-a-thon help us to purchase new technology for our classrooms for our new ShalomLearning curriculum and help us to send our teens on school trips. This year our 11th and 12th graders will be going to Washington, DC for a program with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) in January. To donate to our Walk-a-thon, contact the Religious School Office.

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Wednesday

December 11, 2019 2:30 pm Hollander Family Chapel Free forCBI Members $18/Community Guests

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Thursday ● November 7, 2019 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm VIP Ballroom

Holiday Shopping in One Place! Wine and Light Bites Latest fashion jewelry, women’s clothing, active wear, children’s wear, toys, books, airbrushing and bling, fashion accessories, home and gift items, handbags, personalized items, stationery, health and beauty products and much, much more!

We Mourn the Loss of… Barry Wasserman

Father of Neil (Laurie) Wasserman Grandfather of Andrew Wasserman Mazel Tov to our members Dr. Ryan & Jason Seidman on the birth of their son and Amy & Harry Seidman on the birth of their grandson, Jordan Hart on August 10th.

Gail Seidel Levine

Mother of Michael (Jillian) Levine Grandmother of Skyler and Lily Levine

Lynn Finkelstein Member

Alicia Appel

Mother of Jeffrey (Rachel) Appel Grandmother of Marin Appel

Susan Herskowitz Mazeika Cousin of Renée Herskowitz

Mazel tov to our members Mollie & Conor O’Grady, big sister Vicki Rose and big brother Noah Denver on the birth of the newest addition to their family Burton Breck O’Grady on August 21, 2019.

Lenore Siegel

Mother of Bruce (Laurie) Siegel

Hidegard Pitheon

Mother of Anna (Kenneth) Schwarzwald

Fred Krupp

Father of Ellen Podolsky

Herb Graber

Father of Elizabeth Graber Grandfather of Kyle, Brooke & Shayna Budnick

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Join us for an unforgettable experience! we’ll journey to Chicago for the URJ Biennial 2019. Join 5,000 people to learn, pray, share ideas, and celebrate Reform Jewish life at the largest Jewish gathering in North America.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION OPEN UNTIL OCTOBER 16TH! Please contact Andrea Cannon at 561.703.6004 or redsisboca1@gmail.com for more information.

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We G i v e Th a n k s Brotherhood Fund Philip Wishna in Honor of Peter Davidson Children’s Education Fund Penny & Craig Laufer in Honor of Jordan Hart Seidman Herbert Wissner Ezrat Am Bob & Helene Vollmer in Memory of Cantor Bruce Wetzler Feldman Children’s Library Fund Bruce Allen in Honor of the Cannon Collection Carol & Elliot Porwich General Fund Victoria Athus in Appreciation of Healing Prayers KFCJ Fund Andrea & Jeffrey Cannon in Memory of Barry Wasserman Andrea & Jeffrey Cannon in Memory of Harvey Gordon Andrea & Jeffrey Cannon in Honor of the Birth of Jordan Hart Seidman Paulette Kenney in Support of Back to Shul The Food Truck Frenzy Event Memorial Fund Alyssa & Marc List in Memory of Daniel Block Andrew Tell & Family in Memory of Fredrika Berliner Anna Berman in Memory of Isak Gelman Arlene & Neil Reger in Memory of Melvin Miller Barbara & Bob Reiter in Memory of Julio Barrios Barbara & Bob Reiter in Memory of Shlom Milstein Barbara Prince in Memory of Ida Epstein & Harvey Prince Brenda Olenick in Memory of Jack Olenick & Richard Plaschkes Brenda Olenick in Memory of Zelma Olenick Cheryl Moss-Mellman in Memory of Emanuel Moss David Stein in Memory of Ed Stein Dr. & Mrs. Bigayer & Family in Memory of Sol Reich Elizabeth Kharash in Memory of Dora Rizher Emily Danson in Memory of Wilfred G. Stark

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Fran & Jerry Butwin in Memory of Richard Fox Gerald Goldberger in Memory of Lois Goldberger Helene & Roy Schwedelson in Memory of Pauline Schwedelson Herbert Fichman in Memory of Leon Fichman Ilse Camis & Family in Memory of Ernest Camis Ina Rae & Neil Fox in Memory of Stanley Weiner Irwin Gerber in Memory of Nathan & Pauline Gerber Jack Granofsky in Memory of Gertrude Granofsky Laurie & Stan Kestecher in Memory of Ben Kestecher & Sylvia Kestecher Laurie & Stan Kestecher in Memory of Richard Baron & Gertrude Felman Lisa Marks in Memory of George Rosen Lynn & Michael Huberman in Memory of Lori, Mother & Grandmother Lynn & Michael Huberman in Memory of Lori, Wife, Mother & Grandmother Lynn & Michael Huberman in Memory of Lori, Mother & Grandmother Madelyn Kane in Memory of Moses Auslander & Sylvia Kaplan Neil & Arlene Reger in Memory of Ethel Borg Neil & Ina Rae Fox in Memory of Helen Fox Fromm Norma Goldenberg in Memory of Samuel Krasnov Paulette Kenney in Memory of Charles H. Kenney Renee Markus in Memory of Stanley J Markus Renée Nadel in Memory of Geri Gershen Ron & Marcia Leventhal in Memory of Harry Pearl Sandy & Ken Tankoos in Memory of Dr Ronald Rich Seymour & Harriet Goldberg in Memory of Issie Goldberg Sharon Stein in Memory of Alyce Bresin Stovsky Sherman Firsty in Memory of Eileen Firsty Sigrid & David Feder in Memory of Teddy Feder Sigrid & David Feder in Memory of John Iwersen Sisterhood Board in Memory of Barry Wasserman Susan & Stanley Silber in Memory of Jack Silber Susan & Stanley Silber in Memory of Murray Michaelson Susan Klein in Memory of Ann Klein Susan Klein in Memory of Herbert J Klein Susan Lyman in Memory of Ida Weiner

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. t n o c s k n a h T e v i G We Susan Mayer in Memory of Gertrude Gonzer The Schwedelson Family in Memory of Hyman Stern Music Fund Sharon & Philip Wishna in Honor of the Birth of Jordan Hart Seidman Pollock Youth Scholarship Fund Fran & Jerry Butwin in Memory of Sheldon Bard Rabbi Cohen’s Discretionary Fund Bonnie Schwadron in Memory of Farilynn Kaplan Debby & Barry Glick Rabbi Keller’s Discretionary Fund Bob & Helene Vollmer in Memory of David Sandman Carol Gordon Debby & Barry Glick Jillian Levine Matthew Rosenthal Rabbi Silvers’ Discretionary Fund Lazara & Billy Belford in Honor of Rabbi Silvers for being a part of Henry’s Bris Lesley & Andrew Tell in Honor of Rabbi Silvers for Blessing the Marriage of Stephanie & Dylan Lynn & Michael Huberman in Memory of Lola Karol Debby & Barry Glick Harriet Shapiro SLJ Teacher Education Fund Anonymous Mara and John Barack Renee and Kenneth Blatt Erin and Matthew Condon Jane and David Deal Robin and Cary Ginter Rachel and David Greenberg Julia and Edward Hanapole Eric Handis and Karen Markus-Handis Dana and Troy Kaplan Lisa and Rony Keller Michelle and Marc Kessler Alunita Lazar and Rafael Schwartz Bobbi and Ira Levy Paola and Noah Rubin 32

Allison and Mike Sands Vincenza and Ivan Segal Nairobi and Scott Senft Lisa Segal-Mintz and Robert Mintz Linda Villareale Stan Harris NCECE Fund The Cooper Family in Honor of a speedy recovery for Tomer Avivi Robyn & David Rubinoff in Memory of Shlomo Levy Tzedakah Fund Gal Pals Rita DiGiantomasso, Susi Glatt, Suellen Wexler, Sue Levine, Annette Sauve, Rena Dern, Eileen Danton, & Elaine Reiner in Honor of Susan Linder’s Assistance for the Gal Pals B’nai on the Bimah Judith & Benjamin Marks in Honor of Marks Family Lifecycle Events Marjorie & Wayne Levin in Honor of Debby & Barry Glick Traci Feldman in Honor of Aaron Applebaum Dennis Bliden in Memory of Robert Bliden Fran & Jerry Butwin in Memory of Robert Pergament WRJ/Sisterhood Fund Penny & Craig Laufer in Honor of Jordan Hart Seidman

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THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS Shomrim/Guardian Society ♦ Rabbi's Circle

Mitzvah Circle

Lawrence and Diane Feldman Lester and Lynn Garson Jeff Hollander David and Leslie Kantor

Jeffrey and Andrea Cannon David Coppa and Devon McManama Bruce and Marcia Davis Lawrence and Jodi Fiedler Ira and Robynn Ginsberg David and Rachel Greenberg Robert and Auta Hendler Kermit* and Arlene Meade Neil and Constance Meisel Philip and Blair Nadel Roy and Helene Schwedelson Gary* and Corey Shapiro Spencer and Dara Siegel Stanley and Susan Silber Victor and Vicki Weinstein William and Barbara Weprin Scott and Lori Weprin Todd and Elizabeth Weprin

Tzedakah/Justice Circle

Alexander Gellman Kenneth and Paulette Howard Arthur Schechner and Cynthia Hollander Schechner Howard and Deborah Belford Richard and Lois Werner

Chai/Life Circle

Steven and Abbe Becker Leonard and Phyllis Greenberg Ronald and Sharon Landau Renée Nadel and Harry Dubow Harry and Amy Seidman Barton and Shirley Weisman Renée Herskowitz

Honorary Shomrim

Laurence and Robin Nagle David and Amy Ross Gary & Robin Rubin Harvey and Phyllis Sandler Larry and Andrea Schnurmacher L. Tadd and Sandra Schwab

Bonim/Builders Circle

Jerry and Fran Butwin Douglas Feurring and Alexandra Karram Lewis and Lori Gold David and Robyn Rubinoff

The Heritage Society

Lawrence and Diane Feldman Reneé Herskowitz The Nagle Family Gail Sack Max and Judith Stern

CBI Planned Giving & Endowments Anonymous  Anonymous  Bruce and Marcy Barrick  Alan and Karen Bauman  Howard and Deborah Belford  Dean and Lisa Borg  Barry and Debby Glick  Howard and Sue Goldman  Richard and Candy Hachenburg  Jeff Hollander  Marissa Hollander  Kenneth and Paulette Howard  Greg and Cindy Jacob  David and Leslie Kantor  Paulette Kenney  David and Julie Kirschner  Tevie and Iris Kozak  Laurence and Phyllis Malmuth  Michael and Gail Meddoff  Renée Nadel and Harry Dubow  Philip and Blair Nadel  Laurence and Robin Nagle  Pamela Reuter  Gail Sack  Robert and Miriam Shumaker  Jeffrey and Robin Siegal  Susan Sklar  Jason and Lori Solodkin  Max and Judith Stern  Vicky & Gary Weiner  Philip and Sharon Wishna  Jeffrey and Ronna Young 

“The Heritage Society” is a level of recognition given to CBI members who have provided a deferred gift such as a charitable trust, life insurance policy, will, IRA, or pension of $100,000 or more to the Synagogue.

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 2008-2009 Endowment Campaign  Create a Jewish Legacy Campaign

for more information regarding giving opportunities, please contact Steve Allen at 561.241.8118 or steve.allen@cbiboca.org

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CBI CARES Where to Call for Help in Palm Beach County numbers listed are answered 24 hours a day except where noted

CBI has a Recovery Team who can support you with issues surrounding addiction in a confidential atmosphere. A member of our clergy or Recovery Team is available if you or a loved one needs assistance with a problem.

CBI Recovery Team (M-Th: 9 am-5 pm; Fri: 9 am-4 pm) Evenings and Weekends

561.241.8118 561.254.1305

Alcoholics Anonymous Gamblers Anonymous Narcotics Anonymous Al-Anon Family Groups-for friends & family of alcoholics Families Anonymous

561.276.4581 855.222.5542 561.393.0303 561.278.3481 561.994.9463

Information, Referrals, Shelters, and Crisis Counseling:

LOCAL Boca Raton- Home Safe Emergency Shelter Delray Beach-Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse Lake Worth-Home Safe Jewish Family Services (M-Th: 8:30 am-8:30 pm; Fri: 8:30 am-4:30 pm)

561.383.9800, ext 1302 800.355.8547 561.383.9800, ext 1240 561.852.3333

STATE Information & Crisis Line Domestic Violence Hotline-Electronic Referral Sexual Violence Hotline-Live Referrals Dept. of Children and Families Abuse Hotline

211 800.500.1119 866.891.7273 800.962.2873

NATIONAL National Jewish Domestic Violence Hotline Jewish Women International National Sexual Abuse/Sexual Assault Hotline RAINN- Rape Abuse Incest National Network National Domestic Violence Hotline (TTD Callers) National Youth Crisis Hotline National Child Abuse Hotline National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

888.883.2323 800.343.2823 800.656.HOPE(4673) 800.656.4673 800.799.SAFE(7233) 800.787.3224 800.442.HOPE(4673) 800.422.4453 800.273.8255

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One of the great roles that a congregational community can play in the lives of its member families is providing a place to turn to in times of difficulty, trial, or illness. Here, as in many other areas of life, the old saying has it right: “It is better to give than to receive.” Ezrat Am is the “Caring Committee” at Congregation B’nai Israel. They provide assistance to members who are going through difficult times in a variety of ways.

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Cemetery Arrangements for CBI Members • Congregation B’nai Israel has a dedicated section at Star of David in North Lauderdale. • Star of David is a modern, clean facility that has easily accessible plots, peaceful water and paved walkways. It also allows upright headstones (while others only allow markers). The North Lauderdale location provides a convenient location for those who may be traveling in from local airports. • Because we have purchased these plots as a group, we are able to offer our members and their families a discounted rate. • Services may be held at CBI or at the Star of David Funeral Chapel.

For more information contact Marty Mayer Coordinator, Cemetery Committee CBI Member

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*As of the date of printing, CBI has a small number of unsold plots.

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