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SYNAGRAM February-April 2018

Adar-Iyar 5778

PASS THE BREAD (OF THE POOR) Thoughts on – and something to do at – your Seder A name for matzah is lechem oni, Bread of the Poor. When we were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt and when we left Egypt we had limited time to prepare our meals and so, a little flour and water baked quickly was our only sustenance. Some people see the tradition of breaking the middle matzah at the beginning of the seder as a reminder of the desperation of those times. When someone has very little to eat, this person is likely to squirrel away some food for later. And so, even as we sit at tables that will soon be laden with brisket, tzimmis and farfel (or the modern or vegetarian equivalent) we set aside some matzah in remembrance of the days when we simply did not have enough to eat. Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik suggests another way of understanding this custom and the idea of the “bread of the poor.” He writes: “When we think of the enslavement of the Jewish people in Egypt, we usually think that all the Jews must have been equally burdened by it, but in truth that was not so. There were various degrees of slavery. Some Jews lived under better conditions, some worse. According to our Sages, the tribe of Levi was never enslaved. What this means is that some had access to food and some did not.” Rabbi Soloveitchik goes on to suggest that those who had bread would break off pieces and give it to those who did not. The bread they shared was called bread of the poor, lechem oni, because it was shared with a neighbor who was poor. With the possible exception of the tribe of Levi, we could never be sure when we would be among the haves or the have-nots, the givers or the takers. With a warm piece of bread in your hands, you feel rich. It was not a simple act to offer it to another. Rabbi Aaron Goldscheider (The Night That Unites Haggadah) comments, “When we break the matzah as our forefathers did, it is a symbol (Continued on page 2)

Passover 2018 / 5778 Supplement Inside – Pages 9-16

HEBREW SCHOOL INNOVATIONS The Marsha Dane Stern Hebrew School at CSAIR enjoys a proud history and earned reputation as a program committed to providing our kids with a quality Jewish education with a focus on Hebrew reading and synagogue skills. The support of the congregation and active involvement of parents has allowed us to become largest and fastest growing congregational school in Riverdale. As we grow, we maintain our focus on skill development and content knowledge while innovating and experimenting with new strategies to meet more of the needs of our students and their families. In addition to our classroom instruction, some of our current innovations are: (continued on page 4)

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of the hesed, the loving-kindness, and the solidarity of Jews toward their fellow Jews, their brothers and sisters, even under the harshest conditions.” Privilege, goes this argument, is meant to be shared. When I have something- bread, resources, contacts, or power- I need to consider how it can be used to benefit not just myself but those in concentric circles around me- my family, my community, and even to those beyond the religious or other groups with which I identify most closely. What we have is not our own; it is temporarily in our custody. And so, as an act of love and sacred obligation we pass it on in one form or another. We use our resources to lift up humanity. Victor Frankl wrote of his experience during the Shoah (Holocaust), “We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.” When you break the middle matzah this year, I encourage you to consider reading this selection: This piece of whole matzah reminds me of what I have-the food in my cupboard, the resources at my disposal, the people I know, the power or skills I possess, the love that surrounds me. As I break this matzah into two pieces and set one aside, I remember that there are people who do not have what I have. Here at this seder, I commit to pass that which I have in relative abundance to another person. And I hope that I can graciously accept what I lack from the people around me. After you read, pass the half matzah that remains on the table to each guest and ask them to share one thing that they can pass over to another person during the year. Is there a tzedakah they hope to support, a cause where they can share their time or talents, or a personal way that they can support someone who needs them? We were all slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt. Let us consider what we need to receive this year and what can give so that at next year’s seder, more of us will feel free. Hag Kasher v’Sameach! Rabbi Barry Dov Katz

HESED INITIATIVE Over the past year, the CSAIR membership has successfully expanded the wonderful practice started by the Havurah of providing meals to people in need, whether because of new babies, mourning, illness, or other life cycle events. The recipients of these meals have been deeply appreciative. This is a great way to get involved in the community and to lend a helping hand when one is needed, and we are once again reaching out to the community to expand the pool of volunteers. If you would like to help to provide meals – either by cooking them in a kosher kitchen or ordering them from a kosher establishment – please send an email to with your name, email, and phone number so that we can add you to the list, or provide the information at:


ENDURING MEMORIES, ENDURING GIFTS Have you ever thought of some of the strange expressions people use for money? It’s quite illogical when you think about it; money can be called “cold” or “hard,” and yet in a philanthropic context, those descriptive words couldn’t be farther from the intent. According to a recent study conducted by the Almanac of American Philanthropy, Americans are the most generous charitable group in the world, and based on another recent separate study of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Jewish donors are among the most generous of Americans. There is nothing “hard” or “cold” about our decisions and actions to support causes and institutions that are dear to us and embody our core values. It’s been my experience that at CSAIR our members make charitable gifts based on stories that are inspiring and heartwarming, ranging from honoring a memory of a beloved family member to provide impactful Jewish experiences for the community, to recognizing the need for creating and maintaining spaces in our building that house many of these experiences. Clearly quite distant from “cold” and “hard!” Since I’ve been in the role of President, I’ve had the privilege and pleasure to witness two bequests received from members who named CSAIR in their will. Their connections to CSAIR were long and deep and their contributions extended these even further. If you’ve considered including CSAIR in your will, here are some reasons to solidify and confirm that decision. 1. It’s simple. All it requires is to name CSAIR as a beneficiary in your will, IRA, qualified retirement account or other asset. We can work with you to outline your personal wishes for use of your gift. 2. Personal Reward. Think of how great it will feel to know that a part of your life’s abundance will go to strengthen a community that is so central to your life. 3. Low Cost. Did you know that IRAs and other retirement accounts, deferred compensation, interest on U.S. Savings bonds, and other untaxed assets may be subject to: (a) estate tax (40% federal; state taxes may also apply) and (b) income tax when the funds are withdrawn by a beneficiary? But the same asset can be left to CSAIR, and 100% of the gift will go to the purposes you designate. Doing good really can cost less with a bequest! 4. It's inspiring to others – you can lead by example by making a charitable bequest and paving the road to creating Planned Giving at CSAIR. It is our hope that your friends and fellow congregants may elect to follow your example. If someone asks, consider sharing your personal experience and why you decided to donate in this thoughtful way. Think about what inspires you at CSAIR and support it. Perhaps it’s knowing the physical spaces in our building are well suited for our diverse population and the myriad programs and events we hold, or insuring that we can continue to provide certain educational or spiritual experiences for the community. (continued on page 5)



CSAIR 2018 GALA Sunday Evening June 3, 2018 honoring Jean Hill & Larry Schultis Robert Killip Miriam Westheimer & Joel Einleger

JOIN US FOR SHABBAT DINNER in 2018 / 5778 Lechu Neranena Service And Dinner Come ready to sing and welcome Shabbat at our intimate, spirited Kabbalat Service. Services begin at 5:45 PM. Sign up at Remaining dates are: Friday, March 23, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 Friday, May 11, 2018 Friday, June 8, 2018

Ruach Shabbat Service And Dinner Ruach Shabbat is CSAIR’s family-friendly Friday night experience. Enjoy a spirited, streamlined Kabbalat Shabbat service followed by a catered Shabbat dinner. Services begin at 6:00 PM. Sign up at Remaining dates are: Friday, March 9, 2018 Friday, May 4, 2018

SAVE THE DATES 2018 / 5778 _____________

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 Early arrival homework help and community building: While our Hebrew

School classes meet from 4:00pm -6:00pm each Wednesday, many of our students are dismissed from their schools as early as 2:30pm. We welcome and encourage our students to arrive to CSAIR as early as 2:45pm where we provide academic support and organized play. The highlight of this experience is the academic support provided by Fran Turitz. A active CSAIR member and retired public school teacher, Fran welcomes an expanding group of devoted students to assist with homework, encourage their learning and demonstrate our community’s commitment and care for our kids.


Wednesday Evening February 28, 2018 & Thursday Morning March 1, 2018 See back page for details _____________

YOM HASHOAH Thursday evening April 12, 2018 CSAIR’s annual program of song, names, music, and testimony in loving memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

 Hebrew skills support: Each Sunday morning, a

growing group of 3rd-5th grade students arrives for Hebrew School at 8:30am – 30 minutes early – to meet with two beloved and veteran teachers, Miriam Silber and Dorit Niven, for additional support in Hebrew skills.  Family Tefilot: Each Sunday morning, 2nd-5th

grade families begin the Hebrew School day with Family Tefilot in the main sanctuary. Parallel to the traditional morning minyan (which often includes our 6th and 7th graders), Family Tefilot is a family education experience focusing on one tefilah (prayer) each week. As we work our way through the morning service, Family Tefilot creates opportunities for families to learn together the “what,” “why” and “how” of the liturgy and for discussion about their meaning.  Core Course and Chugim (groups) – Each Wednesday afternoon, our 3rd-5th

graders participate in one session of their “core course” – focusing on Hebrew and liturgy skills – and one session of a chug. The chugim are courses combining a life-skill with Judaic content. This year, our chugim include:  “Hebrew through Jewish cooking” – students learn kitchen skills, appreciation


for and how to make traditional Israeli and Jewish food, and modern Hebrew vocabulary.


 “Art & Israel” – students learn fine art skills, appreciation of selected Israeli

Saturday evening May 19, 2018 Unroll the Torah, hear 5th graders chanting sweetly for the first time and learn Torah with us in honor of Shavuot. Learning will go all night long and conclude with a sunrise service.

artists and the ideas of classic Zionist thinkers. The students create a project representing various visions of classic Zionist thinkers to display for the CSAIR community.  “Art & Jewish Life Cycle” – students learn fine art skills and study Jewish life

cycle events. They produce an exhibit representing the big ideas, rituals and liturgy of these life cycle events.  Introduction to Trope: Our 5th graders work throughout the year with Cantor

Stevens to begin developing their skills in trope (cantillation marks). They demonstrate their skills by reading Torah at the community Erev Shavuot service. (continued on page 5)


SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE WEEKEND MARCH 16-17 “Women of Valor in the Modern World” with Dr. Judith Rosenbaum The Proverbial "Eshet Chayil" is celebrated for her tireless commitment to family, livelihood, community, and God. Who are modern "Women of Valor" and what can we learn from them about leadership, vision, and social change? In a series of talks exploring Jewish Feminism, Dr. Judith Rosenbaum will take us beyond the iconic stories of celebrated leaders and into the texts of modern Jewish history to explore how Jewish women have built on or broken with traditional feminine communal roles to pursue egalitarian Judaism and social justice. Dr. Rosenbaum is a feminist educator, historian, writer, and activist, and the Executive Director of the Jewish Women's Archive. A regular contributor to academic and popular publications, including Tablet Magazine, the Jewish Daily Forward, and the Huffington Post, Rosenbaum is currently co-editing an anthology about the modern Jewish mother. She's inspired by anarchist Emma Goldman, political activist Bella Abzug, writer and activist Grace Paley, and other loud Jewish women—including those in her own family. She holds a BA in History from Yale and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Brown. Dr. Rosenbaum will be speaking on Friday March 16 between Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv services, and on Saturday March 17 during Shabbat morning services and after Kiddush. Sign language interpreters will be available. CSAIR’s annual Scholar-in-Residence Weekend is sponsored by the Helen and Leonard Tureff Memorial Fund.



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 6th-7th grade learning with Rabbi Katz: In the spring semester, Rabbi Katz teaches

units in our 6th and 7th grade classes providing excellent instruction along with the opportunity for the students and Rabbi Katz to get to know each other in anticipation of their Bar and Bat Mitzvah preparations.  Project Chaverim: Each Sunday, our Project Chaverim teens learn, prepare and

lead 45 minute activities for 3rd-4th graders as part of our Israel education curriculum.  Ruach Shabbat Friday Evening Family Experience: Each month, many Hebrew

School families participate in our family friendly Friday evening experience featuring a family friendly service followed by Shabbat dinner and activities. These are some examples of how our Hebrew School program builds on our 5 hour per week classroom instruction to maintain our focus on content and skills, increase our learning outcomes, engage our children and their families and meet more of their needs. We look forward to continuing our efforts to grow and provide new and creative learning experiences for our students and their families. For more information on the Marsha Dane Hebrew School at CSAIR and all other programs for children and families, please contact me at Mason Voit, Director of Education and Jewish Family Life


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The two members who left bequests to CSAIR are deeply missed. Their thought and generosity will continue to enable the good deeds of others and are making a significant impact at CSAIR. May their memory be for a blessing. Please contact me if you’d like to discuss a gift to CSAIR that gives in a lasting way. We are grateful for all levels of support to CSAIR. It’s the direct opposite of “cold” and “hard” – it’s one of the warmest, softest and enduring actions you can take for your community. Abby Pitkowsky, President

ADULT EDUCATION OFFERINGS FOR 2017-18 / 5778 Here are some of the exciting offerings still to come this Designed for adults; older children may attend if they are year. Additional details may be found in the Adult Education fully supervised – March 25, 2018, 10:00am to 12-noon Brochure, available in hardcopy and online at Immolation and Conflagration In The Biblical World The Iranian Jewish Experience Fire signifies God's presence in the Bible. In this course we Today's Iran sustains the second largest Jewish community in will examine selected biblical episodes marked by fire, and the Middle East after Israel. What accounts for this seeming- discover the astonishing range of meanings embedded in this ly contradictory and surprising fact? To shed light on this powerful element. complex issue, this presentation will provide an overview of Taught by Dr. Diane Sharon, Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Jewish life in Iran, within the larger context of political and Learning – May 31, June 7, and June 14, 2018, at 7:45pm. religious history. Taught by Eliran Isaacson, Psy.D. ONGOING (watch for details and updates on shul website) Sunday February 25, 2018 at 10:00am Book Group Special Yiddish Reading of Yankel and Leah CSAIR’s book discussion group (pre-registration required) with Author Simon Feuerman 3/11, 4/22, 6/10 – Sundays at 10:30am Set in Brooklyn in the late 1980s, Yankel and Leah tells the Facilitated by Sharon Kern-Taub story of a 28-year-old-tormented-about-women Talmudist Text Wrestlers who frustrates the best of Flatbush's matchmakers. But when CSAIR’s monthly Shabbat Torah-portion discussion group he is introduced to Leah, he begins to unravel. 3/3, 5/5, 6/5 – at 11:00am on Shabbat Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 10:30am Facilitated by Dr. Diane Sharon Journeying to Freedom: Interfaith Model Seder Hazzan’s Tisch (see page 19 for more details) Christians, Muslims and Jews join together to experience ele- CSAIR’s monthly Shabbat singing experience (after Kiddush) ments of the Passover seder and to share personal and com- 3/3, 4/7, 6/2, 6/9, Facilitated by Cantor Stevens munal stories about freedom. March 11, 2018, at 4:00pm. Hug Ivri Scholar-in-Residence: Women of Valor in the Modern World CSAIR’s monthly Hebrew discussion group (after Kiddush) Dr. Judith Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Jewish Wom- 2nd Shabbat of each month, Facilitated by Yaakov Taitz en’s Archive. For more details, see page 5. Yiddish Vinkl Friday, March 16, 2018 and Saturday, March 17, 2018 CSAIR’s monthly Yiddish conversation group (after Kiddush) Sponsored by the Helen and Leonard Tureff Memorial Fund. spring dates TBA, Facilitated by Charles Goldfischer Matzah Baking Hebrew Poetry Book Group Join Rabbi Ethan Tucker, President and Rosh Yeshiva of Works of Yehuda Amichai. Focus on the Hebrew texts. Mechon Hadar, for a special opportunity to bake your own 3/8 and 5/3 – Thursdays at 8:00pm matzah and learn a bit about the laws of matzah baking. Facilitated by Dr. Barbara Mann

CSAIR BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP Coordinated by Sharon Kern-Taub Free and open to all. Pre-registration required - email

The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 10:30am A true story in which keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands. Diane Ackerman combines extensive research and an exuberant writing style to re-create this fascinating true life story.

Moonglow by Michael Chabon Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 10:30am A wonderful book that celebrates the power of family bonds and the slipperiness of memory. Moonglow is an enchanting story about the circuitous path that a life follows, about the accidents that redirect it, and about the secrets that can be felt but never seen. 6

RIVERDALE JEWISH PROJECT AT USCJ I was honored to represent CSAIR and the Riverdale Jewish Project (a group for those in their 20s and 30s), along with 17 other passionate professional and lay leaders, at the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in early December. We were a diverse group in such areas as home/location, profession, background, age, shul size, relationship status, and family status. The “Millennial” Leadership Track’s goal was to empower us to redefine Jewish life for our generation and create resonant Jewish experiences, whatever they may be. We were told to go wild! Think big! Be radical! Innovate! So what did we come up with? What did we as the leaders of our respective communities say we wanted? The biggest lesson I took away from USCJ is this: Programs may bring young Jews to synagogues, but Judaism is what keeps us here. We have a good thing going with Judaism. Trust us with it. Believe that we want what you want: the tools to live fulfilling lives, the friendships and relationships, the ties to our collective past, the hopes for our collective future, to change our communities for the better, to learn Torah, to pray, to have space to feel valued and validated, to be seen and heard… to be part of this kehillah. Throughout the conference we were provided multiple opportunities to discuss our similarities and differences and to brainstorm possible solutions. I explained the role the Riverdale Jewish Project plays in the community. RJP is a group for young adults in the community who get together socially. The group started in 2013 as a joint initiative with CSAIR and is continuing to grow each month. RJP is for both singles and couples in their 20s and 30s. Our mission is to provide multiple opportunities to find a community of other young Jewish adults. We organize monthly Shabbat dinners, holiday programs, and social events hosted at people’s homes as well as activities in the community. As the conference ended I am even more excited to share the new ideas gained there with both RJP and the greater CSAIR community. If you are interested in learning more don’t hesitate to email me at Yoel Shulman

CSAIR BABY BOOMERS CELEBRATE HANUKKAH One thing is clear: CSAIR Baby Boomers & Friends like to party. With apologies to the 80-plus partiers, the pictures of dancing, candle lighting, karaoking were blurred. Thanks to the team of volunteers who planned, shopped, decorated, danced, and inspired normally shy people to “karaoke” with abandon. 2018 and Beyond: Here are some ideas from the party survey as well as from anecdotal comments: ◆ ONE BIG PARTY A YEAR (an annual photo ice-breaker) ◆ SHABBAT LUNCH (at least one a year) ◆ SPRING HIKE ◆ FILM SERIES


NEXT STEP: Irene Smookler is stepping aside as coordinator. It’s been fun and rewarding, and in some ways easy, to help build this community. Each idea became an event thanks to the volunteers who implemented the ideas with creativity and enthusiasm. Contact Irene Smookler at with your questions/ideas. We invite you to be part of the future of CSAIR Baby Boomers & Friends!


BUILDING AND GROUNDS UPDATE Capital Campaign and Homeland Security Grants Making a Difference There has been lots of activity over the past several weeks. In January, as part of the ongoing efforts of the Capital Campaign, the lower level lobby and hallway floors were completely refurbished. The tired, wall-to-wall carpeting was removed to reveal beautiful terrazzo stone floors. The floors were then sanded, treated and polished, and beautifully restored. To minimize the inconvenience both to congregants and to the Birch School, the work was done when the building was the least busy, on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and in the evenings. During the holiday break in late December, the lower lobby vestibule doors were replaced entirely. The project, funded through a grant received by CSAIR through the Homeland


Security Program, replaced the doors, which had deteriorated seriously with age over the past 60 years. The new doors, which features school guard glass, will help to provide better security while also significantly improving the appearance of the building and the lower lobby by allowing in more natural light. Last, also through the use of Homeland Security funds, numerous high-quality security cameras have been installed both outside and inside the building, and are connected to a monitor in the main office. In addition, locking mechanisms on the Hebrew School classroom doors, as well as on some other doors, were replaced as well.


Suhail, the Syrian refugee whom the Riverdale interfaith group helped resettle, has continued to work hard since moving to the midwest, and his hard work is paying dividends.

world class chamber music in an intimate setting

He recently started working as an English as a second language elementary school teacher. Not only does he now have a full time job with benefits, but has also become certified as a fork lift operator and is seeking part time work as a Fed Ex fork lift operator.

Saturday, March 3, 8:00 PM at CSAIR Beethoven and more! the final Saturday evening of our 9th season plus wine-tasting courtesy of

In addition, Suhail has reached out to a Jewish organization in his new town to persue a certification as an Arabic/ English translator that could open up opportunities to work as a translator in many possible settings (such as court rooms, medical facilities, government agencies, etc).

Tickets: $30, $25 senior, $15 student/under 30 Doors open at 7:30 for wine, tea and coffee Ticket price includes all food and drink

Although the Riverdale Interfaith group was designed to assist Suhail for his first 12 months in the U.S., he worked tirelessly to stand on his own two feet in half that time.


Sunday, March 4, from 2:00-3:00 PM at CSAIR

Suhail has repeatedly expressed his gratitude to those who have helped him, and those of us who have worked with him feel deeply inspired by this fine human being. The Riverdale Interfaith group is exploring the possibility of working with another refugee. If anyone might be interested in this, please contact Kathy Solomon at:

Sensory/autism-friendly • Informal • Interactive All are welcome • FREE


SYNAGRAM PASSOVER SUPPLEMENT 2018 / 5778 Getting ready for Pesach A Message from Rabbi Katz

Pre-Pesah Checklist

While some people grew up watching family members prepare for the holidays, others are just now exploring the ways these rituals help make Jewish values concrete. Whether you are a “veteran” of Pesah cleaning or a newcomer, I hope that some of the resources here will help you.

Saturday, March 24 Shabbat HaGadol (“The Big Shabbat”). Services begin at 9:00 AM.

For detailed instructions on making your home kosher for Passover, go to: Also see inside this Synagram for my notes about the Rabbinical Assembly Guidelines. Additionally, inside this Synagram are some readings to make your seder (or seder preparations) interesting. You can find many more ideas by following the links on our shul webpage, There you will find games, activities, readings and more to add something new to the holiday. I hope that all this makes sense and is helpful - and does not make Pesah feel too overwhelming! I LOVE QUESTIONS ABOUT PESAH, so, no matter what your level of experience, I hope that you will call me. I look forward to helping you craft a Pesah that is memorable for you and the people you love. Hag Kasher V’Sameah! A Kosher and Happy Passover! Rabbi Barry Dov Katz 718-543-8400 P.S. This Pesah...Be a Host or Be a Guest: If you would like to be a guest at a seder, or if you can host additional guests at your first or second seder, please call the shul office, 718-543-8400 by Friday March 16, 2018.

Thursday, March 29 Hametz-Free Zone Bedikat Hametz: (Checking for Hametz) Pesach 2018 / 5778 After dark, hide ten pieces of ‫כשר לפסח‬ hametz (crackers or small pieces of bread) around the house. Using a candle or flashlight to light the way, find the hametz and brush it into a paper bag using a feather and wooden spoon. The synagogue building Set aside for next day. See the will be prepared for Pesah starting on Monday, front of your Haggadah for March 26. Please do not readings. bring any products that Friday, March 30 are not kosher for PassoFast of the First Born ver into the building after Shaharit. Services at 6:45am. that date. Siyyum Bekhorim. While firstborns are obligated to fast the day before Pesah, they may eat if they attend a celebration marking the completion of study of a tractate of Talmud. The Siyyum will be followed by a light break-fast (NOTE: If you are fasting, the fast begins at Alot Hashachar / dawn, 5:19 AM). Mekhirat Hametz (Selling Leaven) – For more details, see page 23. Please complete your Proxy giving Rabbi Barry Dov Katz authority to sell your hametz. Bring it to shul by 9:30 AM. Make a contribution to our synagogue Maot Hittim (“Wheat Money”) Fund to help the needy celebrate Pesah. Remove last hametz from house, car, office, etc. Eat last hametz by 10:54AM. Bi’ur Hametz: Burn collected hametz by 11:57 AM (no blessing). (Reading at front of Haggadah) “Burning Station” at 250th Street & Delafield. Prepare your Seder Plate and kosher for Passover Seder Meals. Find ways to involve other family members and guests in the preparation so that the work is not all on one person. If you are lucky, find a few minutes to relax so that you can enjoy the seder!

QUESTIONS? If you have any questions regarding Pesah, please call the CSAIR office at 718-543-8400. HAMETZ “BUY-BACK” – Rabbi Katz will arrange a post-Pesah hametz “buy-back” on Saturday April 7 at 9:15 PM. Do not use or unpack your hametz before then. 9

SYNAGRAM PASSOVER SUPPLEMENT 2018 / 5778 Guide to Kosher Foods and Preparing Your Home for Passover Each year, the Rabbinical Assembly updates its Pesah guide, bringing it into line with current information about food manufacturing and modern appliances. It offers a fuller explanation of some of the laws of Pesah. There are some significant changes in this guide as compared with the guides I have provided in past years. Some will make preparing for Pesah a bit easier, others will make it a bit more challenging. On the whole, I like the approach of the Guide and offer it to you as a Pesah resource. I do have a few reactions to specifics of the Guide and offer them to you as well. My reactions are based on my own experience and research into how various rabbis and rabbinical organizations approach these questions. Before you read the guide, please take note of my comments below. Some disagree with the Guide, others clarify or add material not found in the Guide. Notes: In the section on Kashering of Kitchen Appliances and Utensils the Guide notes that metal baking pans and sheets require libbun at very high temperatures which may warp the vessel. In my experience, metal baking pans can rarely be cleaned well enough to kasher them for Pesah. I do not recommend koshering baking pans and sheets for Pesah. The Guide says that “Issues regarding glass bakeware are complex.” I do not recommend koshering glass (Pyrex etc.) bakeware or cookware for Pesah. The Guide says that “Smooth, glass top electric ranges require koshering by libbun and irui (pouring boiling water over the surface of the range top) and then offers instructions on how to do this. In my experience, the irui process they recommend can be harmful to glass topped ranges. I suggest cleaning the stovetop thoroughly using special products intended for use on these ranges and then heat as hot as possible for 40 minutes. Dishwasher - In the past, most authorities said that porcelain or plastic lined dishwashers could not be kashered. That has been my custom. Recently, several authorities including the OU have said that these appliances can be kashered. Those who chose to kasher their metal, porcelain or plastic-lined dishwashers using the method suggested in the Guide (or the slightly different procedures suggested in other places,) can rely on the authorities who permit this. Those who chose not to kasher their dishwashers also have authorities on which they can rely. Refrigerators - Refrigerators and freezers should be defrosted, cleaned and scoured. Include all walls, shelves and baskets. Some people cover shelves with shelf paper or foil during Pesah. (Make sure to allow for good air circulation in by punching holes in the paper or foil.) Dishtowels and tablecloths can be kashered by washing with soap. Kitniyot - The Rabbinical Assembly guide includes links to two teshuvot, rabbinic response, regarding eating kitniyot (legumes, etc.) One new teshuva permits eating kitniyot. Another maintains the Ashkenazi prohibition. Our shul will continue to follow the traditional Ashkenazi prohibitions.

And finally, the Guide! Go to: David Moss Haggadah. Illustration for B’chol dor va’dor: Jews dressed in typical garb of each generation see themselves in hand applied mirrors (the darker ovals). When the book is open, we contemplate ourselves in the mirrors and see ourselves among all the generations of Jewish history (


SYNAGRAM PASSOVER SUPPLEMENT 2018 / 5778 Seder Readings and ideas to Spark Conversation and Reflection Use these readings and ideas to spark conversation and reflection as you prepare for and participate in the seder. Let me know if you find anything else good to add to your seder! —Rabbi Barry Dov Katz

Pre-Passover 2018 / 5778

Journeying to Freedom: Interfaith Model Seder March 11, 2018 at 4:00 pm

A Tehine, A Private Prayer for Candle Lighting (Read after lighting candles)

Christians, Muslims and Jews join together to May it be Your will, my God and God of my ancestors, to grant my fami- experience elements of the Passover seder and to share personal and communal stories about ly and all Israel a good and long life. Remember us with blessings and kindness. Fill this home with Your Divine Presence. Give me and the family freedom. Pre-seder communal cooking! To attend, RSVP to I love the opportunity to be truly wise, lovers of God, people of truth, who illuminate the world with Torah and good deeds. Please hear my Matzah Baking prayer at this time...

March 25, 2018, 10:00 am to 12-noon

(Insert your own prayers at this point) Regard me as a worthy descendant of our mothers, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah, and let my candles burn and never be extinguished. Let the light of your face shine upon us. Amen. (Source: Unknown) Yahatz Breaking Middle Matzah Finding Our Broken Parts (May be recited before Yahatz – Breaking the Middle Matzah)

Join Rabbi Ethan Tucker, President and Rosh Yeshiva of Mechon Hadar, for a special opportunity to bake your own matzah and learn a bit about the laws of matzah baking. Designed for adults; older children may attend if they are fully supervised.


Games played with nuts (usually filbert or walnuts) are an old Pesah tradition. They keep the kids (and some of the adults) awake late into the night. Here is the version my Zayda, Al Klein, taught me. We would play it as the adults We hide part of this broken matzah and hope it will be found by the end lingered over dinner. When it was time for the Afikoman we would return to the table with lots of our Seder meal, for we recognize that parts of ourselves are yet unof energy. known. We are still discovering what makes us whole. With the generaGive each player 5-10 nuts. Place one odd tions that have come before us and with one another, our search begins. shaped nut at an equal distance from all of the players. Take turns rolling your nut towards the What prayers do you have – for yourself, the people you love, the Jewish odd shaped nut. If you hit it, you get them to people or the world that have yet to be fulfilled? take the pot (all of the (Rabbi Harold Schulweis) other nuts that have been rolled to the center, minus the odd nut). Dayenu and Gratitude If you hit another nut, Dayenu is the song of our gratitude. take it and the nut you A Jew defines himself by his capacity for gratitude. A Jewish philosopher rolled. The game is over when someone has amassed all of the nuts or was once asked, “What is the opposite of nihilism?” And he said, “Dayenu,” the ability to be thankful for what we have received, for what when it’s time to find the afikoman. NOTE: After services on the first three mornings we are. of Pesah Rabbi Katz invites all players to Nut For what are you grateful? Game Tournament. Nuts will be provided. (Elie Wiesel, A Passover Haggadah) Source: Rabbi Barry Dov Katz No prayer is recited before we break the middle matzah on our Seder plate. This is a silent act. We realize that, like the broken matzah, we are all incomplete, with prayers yet to be fulfilled, promises still to be redeemed.

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SYNAGRAM PASSOVER SUPPLEMENT 2018 / 5778 Seder Readings and ideas to Spark Conversation and Reflection (Continued from previous page)

In Every Generation: Leaving Our Egypts (May be recited after V’hee Sheamda) B’chol Dor Vador-In every generation… We say these words several times in the Haggadah. One of the times we say these words, we remember that in every generation, the Jewish people have known enemies. Today is no different. Hateful words and hateful acts directed at our generations: Threats to Jews in the United States, in Europe and around the world along with swastikas painted on the trains we ride, the buildings that represent our presence in this country, and our homes. Again, we hear words and see images that we hoped disappeared long ago. Last year and the year before that, there were acts of anti-Semitism as well. It seems we are still trying to leave Egypts behind. But they follow us. Generation after generation.

We say these words several times in the Haggadah. One of the times we say these words, we remember that in every generation, the Jewish people have known enemies. Today is no different. Hateful words and hateful acts directed at our generations: Threats to Jews in the United States, in Europe and around the world along with swastikas painted on the trains we ride, the buildings that represent our presence in this country, and our homes. Again, we hear words and see images that we hoped disappeared long ago. Last year and the year before that, there were acts of anti-Semitism as well. It seems we are still trying to leave Egypts behind. But they follow us. Generation after generation. B’chol Dor Vador-In every generation… Another line in the Haggadah responds saying that the challenge to every person, in every generation, is that we must see ourselves as personally having left Egypt. Leaving Egypt means speaking out whenever and wherever Jews or other people are threatened. Leaving Egypt requires cultivating allies, people who say, “Not here.” Leaving Egypt means creating a culture of respect for all people. All hatreds make it hard to see the divinity in another person. We have to respond to hatred wherever it appears and whoever is the target. We have to cultivate love in our own hearts and in our country. There’s work to do, for sure, but if we all see ourselves as a Miriam or Moses, responding to this old hatred, then there is freedom on the horizon. On this Passover night, May the Holy One save us from those who hate. And give us strength So we can leave our Egypts behind.

Refugee and French Jewish orphans happily celebrate Passover

(Rabbi Barry Dov Katz) My Father Was A Wandering Aramean: On Being Refugees The heart of the Passover Seder is the Maggid, meaning storytelling. Maggid comes from the same root as Haggadah, which means telling. The Maggid tells the story of the Jewish people’s exodus from slavery in Egypt. During the Maggid, we say the words, “Arami oved avi.” This phrase is sometimes translated as “My father was a wandering Aramean” and other times as “An Aramean sought to destroy my father.” Somewhere between the two translations lies the essence of the Jewish experience: Though our homeland has always been Eretz Yisrael, for much of our history, we have been rootless people who have fled persecution time and time again. (continued on next page)


SYNAGRAM PASSOVER SUPPLEMENT 2018 / 5778 Seder Readings and ideas to Spark Conversation and Reflection (Continued from previous page)

Here is a story of a contemporary refugee, Hamid, age 25, from Afghanistan, now living in Greece. Read it and ask how his words can be connected to the words we recite at the seder? “When I found out I got into the University, I immediately called my ‘real’ mom in Afghanistan, whom I haven’t seen since I was 14. My family, which belongs to the Hazaras, lived under the constant threat of the Taliban, until, one day the latter tried to run me over with a car. My parents feared for my life, and sent me to Iran. At first I was crying all the time. It hurt too much being on my own. When things got tougher there too, I headed to Europe. I was just 17 when I came once more close to dying, this time in my attempt to cross to Samos on a boat from Turkey, along with four more Afghans. I had never seen the sea before and although I knew how to swim, the waves terrified me. When the sea got really rough and the oars of the boat broke one after another, there was panic. I was rowing with all the strength I had in me. What kept me going was a 13-year-old boy who was constantly asking me, ‘If I fall in the sea, will you save me?’ ‘As long as I am alive, you have nothing to fear,’ I kept telling him. We are still good friends with this boy. I love Thessaloniki, the town where I live now, but if I could, I would return to Afghanistan without second thoughts. My country is beautiful, there are amazing landscapes, natural resources and high mountains. The only thing missing is peace…” There are approximately 60 million refugees and displaced people around the world still waiting to be free— from the refugee camps in Chad to the cities and towns of Ukraine, from the Syrian refugees still waiting to be delivered from the hands of tyrants to the thousands of asylum seekers in the United States still waiting in detention for redemption to come. All of them yearn to be taken in not as strangers but as fellow human beings. As we recite the words ‘Arami oved avi,’ telling our own stories of persecution and of crossing the sea, we acknowledge that we have stood in the shoes of the refugee and we ask, what, if anything, does our experience call us to do today? (Text adapted from -2016 Seder Supplement) Telling Your Family Story and Our People’s Story According to Drs. Marshall Duke and Robyn Fivush, “the single most important thing you can do for your family may be the simplest of all: develop a strong family narrative.” And the most healthful narrative is what they call the oscillating family narrative, a story that includes great family successes (We built a family business. Your grandfather was a pillar of the community. Your mother was on the board of the hospital...) AND its setbacks. (You had an uncle who was once arrested. We had a house burn down. Your father lost a job.) Along with lessons learned such as “But no matter what happened, we always stuck together as a family.” Children who have the most self-confidence have what Dr. Duke and Dr. Fivush call a strong “intergenerational self.” They know they belong to something bigger than themselves. At this year’s seder tell your oscillating family narrative to the children at the seder. At various times in the meal ask a few people to reflect on a difficult setbacks that your family faced and a moment at which your family soared to great heights. When you are done, ask yourselves what is the oscillating family narrative of the Jewish people told in the Haggadah. What are the downs? What are the ups? What do you learn from your family or our people’s oscillating narrative? (Adapted from Bruce Feiler, New York Times, March 15, 2013, “The Stories that Bind Us”)


SYNAGRAM PASSOVER SUPPLEMENT 2018 / 5778 Counting the Omer On the second night of Pesah we begin counting the 49 days that take us from Exodus to Sinai, from Pesah, the harvest of barley, until Shavuot, the harvest of wheat. The Omer is recited while standing after nightfall on the civil date shown. If you forget to count at night, count during the next day without a blessing. You can start saying the blessing again on the next night. If you forget to count all day, count the rest of the days until Shavuot without a blessing. As you count each day check it off. In this list, the civil dates are given for the evening before the Hebrew day. BARUCH ATA A-DONAI, E-LOHEINU, MELEKH HAOLAM, ASHER KIDISHANU B’MITZVOTAV V’TZIVANU AL SEFIRAT HAOMER. Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with Divine laws and commanded us to count the Omer. Sat. night March 31, 2018 Today is one day in the Omer. Hayom yom echad la-omer. (2nd Seder) Sun. night April 1, 2018 Today is two days in the Omer. Hayom shnay yamim la-omer. Mon night April 2, 2018 Today is three days in the Omer. Hayom shloshah yamim la-omer. Tue. night April 3, 2018 Today is four days in the Omer. Hayom arba'ah yamim la-omer. Wed. night April 4, 2018 Today is five days in the Omer. Hayom chamishah yamim la-omer. Thu. night April 5, 2018 Today is six days in the Omer. Hayom shishah yamim la-omer. Fri. night April 6, 2018 Today is seven days which are one week in the Omer. Hayom shiv'ah yamim shehaym shavuah echad la-omer. Sat. night April 7, 2018 Today is eight days which are one week and one day in the Omer. Hayom shmonah yamim shehaym shavuah echad veyom echad la-omer. Sun. night April 8, 2018 Today is nine days which are one week and two days in the Omer. Hayom tish'ah yamim shehaym shavuah echad ushnay yamim la-omer. Mon. night April 9, 2018 Today is ten days which are one week and three days in the Omer. Hayom 'asarah yamim shehaym shavuah echad ushloshah yamim la-omer. Tue. night April 10, 2018 Today is eleven days which are one week and four days in the Omer. Hayom ahad asar yom shehaym shavuah echad ve-arba'ah yamim la-omer. Wed. night April 11, 2018 Today is twelve days which are one week and five days in the Omer. Hayom shnaym asar yom shehaym shavuah echad vechamishah yamim la-omer. Thu. Night April 12, 2018 Today is thirteen days which are one week and six days in the Omer. Hayom shloshah asar yom shehaym shavuah echad veshishah yamim la-omer. Fri. night April 13, 2018 Today is fourteen days which are two weeks in the Omer. Hayom arba'ah asar yom shehaym shnay shavuot la-omer. Sat. night April 14, 2018 Today is fifteen days which are two weeks and one day in the Omer. (Erev Rosh Hodesh) Hayom chamishah asar yom shehaym shnay shavuot veyom echad la-omer. Sun. night April 15, 2018 Today is sixteen days which are two weeks and two days in the Omer. (Rosh Hodesh) Hayom shishah asar yom shehaym shnay shavuot ushnay yamim la-omer. Mon. night April 16, 2018 Today is seventeen days which are two weeks and three days in the Omer Hayom shiv'ah asar yom shehaym shnay shavuot ushloshah yamim la-omer. Tue. Night April 17, 2018 Today is eighteen days which are two weeks and four days in the Omer. Hayom shmonah asar yom shehaym shnay shavuot ve-arba'ah yamim la-omer. Wed. night April 18, 2018 Today is nineteen days which are two weeks and five days in the Omer. Hayom tish'ah asar yom shehaym shnay shavuot vechamishah yamim la-omer. Thu. Night April 19, 2018 Today is twenty days which are two weeks and six days in the Omer. (Erev Yom Hazikaron) Hayom esrim yom shehaym shnay shavuot veshishah yamim la-omer. Fri. night April 20, 2018 Today is twenty-one days which are three weeks in the Omer. (Erev Yom HaAtzmaut) Hayom echad v'esrim yom shehaym shloshah shavuot la-omer. Sat. night April 21, 2018 Today is twenty-two days which are three weeks and one day in the Omer. Hayom shnayim v'esrim yom shehaym shloshah shavuot veyom echad la-omer. Sun. night April 22, 2018 Today is twenty-three days which are three weeks and two days in the Omer. Hayom shloshah v'esrim yom shehaym shloshah shavuot ushnay yamim la-omer. Mon. night April 23, 2018 Today is twenty-four days which are three weeks and three days in the Omer. Hayom arba'ah v'esrim yom shehaym shloshah shavuot ushloshah yamim la-omer.


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Today is twenty-five days which are three weeks and four days in the Omer. Hayom chamishah v'esrim yom shehaym shloshah shavuot ve-arba'ah yamim la-omer. Today is twenty-six days which are three weeks and five days in the Omer. Hayom shishah v'esrim yom shehaym shloshah shavuot vechamishah yamim la-omer. Today is twenty-seven days which are three weeks and six days in the Omer. Hayom shiv'ah v'esrim yom shehaym shloshah shavuot veshishah yamim la-omer. Today is twenty-eight days which are four weeks in the Omer. Hayom shmonah v'esrim yom shehaym arba'ah shavuot la-omer. Today is twenty-nine days which are four weeks and one day in the Omer. Hayom tish'ah v'esrim yom shehaym arba'ah shavuot veyom echad la-omer. Today is thirty days which are four weeks and two days in the Omer. Hayom shloshim yom shehaym arba'ah shavuot ushnay yamim la-omer. Today is thirty-one days which are four weeks and three days in the Omer. Hayom echad ushloshim yom shehaym arba'ah shavuot ushloshah yamim la-omer. Today is thirty-two days which are four weeks and four days in the Omer. Hayom shnayim ushloshim yom shehaym arba'ah shavuot ve-arba'ah yamim la omer. Today is thirty-three days which are four weeks and five days in the Omer. Hayom shloshah ushloshim yom shehaym arba'ah shavuot vechamishah yamim la-omer. Today is thirty-four days which are four weeks and six days in the Omer. Hayom arba'ah ushloshim yom shehaym arba'ah shavuot veshishah yamim la-omer. Today is thirty-five days which are five weeks in the Omer. Hayom chamishah ushloshim yom shehaym chamishah shavuot la-omer. Today is thirty-six days which are five weeks and one day in the Omer. Hayom shishah ushloshim yom shehaym chamishah shavuot veyom echad la-omer. Today is thirty-seven days which are five weeks and two days in the Omer. Hayom shiv'ah ushloshim yom shehaym chamishah shavuot ushnay yamim la-omer. Today is thirty-eight days which are five weeks and three days in the Omer. Hayom shmonah ushloshim yom shehaym chamishah shavuot ushloshah yamim la-omer. Today is thirty-nine days which are five weeks and four days in the Omer. Hayom tish'ah ushloshim yom shehaym chamishah shavuot ve-arba'ah yamim la-omer. Today is forty days which are five weeks and five days in the Omer. Hayom arba'im yom shehaym chamishah shavuot vechamishah yamim la-omer. Today is forty-one days which are five weeks and six days in the Omer. Hayom echad v-arba'im yom shehaym chamishah shavuot veshishah yamim la-omer. Today is forty-two days which are six weeks in the Omer. Hayom shnayim v-arba'im yom shehaym shishah shavuot la-omer. Today is forty-three days which are six weeks and one day in the Omer. Hayom shloshah v-arba'im yom shehaym shishah shavuot veyom echad la-omer. Today is forty-four days which are six weeks and two days in the Omer. Hayom arba'ah v-arba'im yom shehaym shishah shavuot ushnay yamim la-omer. Today is forty-five days which are six weeks and three days in the Omer. Hayom chamishah v-arba'im yom shehaym shishah shavuot ushloshah yamim la-omer. Today is forty-six days which are six weeks and four days in the Omer. Hayom shishah v-arba'im yom shehaym shishah shavuot ve-arba'ah yamim la-omer. Today is forty-seven days which are six weeks and five days in the Omer. Hayom shiv'ah v-arba'im yom shehaym shishah shavuot vechamishah yamim la-omer. Today is forty-eight days which are six weeks and six days in the Omer. Hayom shmonah v-arba'im yom shehaym shishah shavuot veshishah yamim la-omer. Today is forty-nine days which are seven weeks in the Omer. Hayom tish'ah v-arba'im yom shehaym shiv'ah shavuot la-omer.

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SYNAGRAM PASSOVER SUPPLEMENT 2018 / 5778 Schedule of Services

Friday, March 30 (Erev Pesah) Minyan and Siyyum Bekhorim EARLY Minha and Maariv Candlelighting for those not in synagogue:

6:45 AM 6:15 PM 7:00 PM

There are various customs regarding starting the seder and having it be “at night:” It is preferable to wait until three stars (8:00 PM). Some start as early as sunset (7:18 PM). Others start earlier but make kidddush or Avadim Hayinu after three stars (8:00 PM)

Saturday, March 31 (Pesah I) Late Shaharit

9:45 AM

EARLY Minha/Maariv

5:30 PM

Note special “post-Seder” time! For those who want to say the Shema before the statutory time, recite it by 9:48 AM Despite the early services, Shabbat does not end until 8:00 PM. Activities which are forbidden on Shabbat remain forbidden until then.

Candlelighting (transfer flame) and Second Seder (see above) Sunday, April 1 (Pesah II) Late Shaharit

after 8:00 PM 9:45 AM

Note special “post-Seder” time! For those who want to say the Shema before the statutory time, recite it by 9:48 AM

Minha Maariv/Yom Tov ends

7:01 PM 8:01 PM

Monday, April 2 (Hol HaMoed Pesah) Shaharit Maariv

7:00 AM 7:30 PM

Tuesday, April 3 (Hol HaMoed Pesah) Shaharit Maariv

7:00 AM 7:30 PM

Wednesday, April 4 (Hol HaMoed Pesah) Shaharit 7:00 AM Maariv 7:30 PM Thursday, April 5 (Hol HaMoed Pesah) Shaharit 7:00 AM Candlelighting and Minha/Maariv 7:07 PM Friday, April 6 (Seventh Day of Pesah) Shaharit 9:00 AM Candlelighting (transfer flame) and Minha/Maariv 7:07 PM Saturday, April 7 (Eighth Day of Pesah) Shaharit/Musaf (Yizkor) Minha/Maariv Yom Tov ends Hametz “buy back”

9:00 AM 7:08 PM 8:08 PM 9:15 PM

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MEN'S CLUB UPDATE Oy and Ahoy there! This is your Men’s Club saying hi! We hope 2018 is finding you well, or well off, or that at least that mysterious ailment is in remission and the neighbors are finally behaving themselves. As for the nation at large – don’t ask! As we write this we are planning the celebration of the year – A special Kiddush honoring the 102nd birthday of Dr. Irving Ladimer – Men’s Club President Emeritus, Mayor of Riverdale, and Zen Master. We hope we will see you all on Shabbat February 24th for Kiddush and a big cake for Irving. We’ve had a busy season as your Men’s Club and we’re hope to keep it going. Men’s Club Shabbat is coming and we are happy you all will be participating. Also, Men’s Club member Dan Spevack is heading up our Change Committee. If all goes well, sometime around Purim we will set up a station where you can bring all that spare change and donate it to the shul. We’ll accept it, sort it, count it, and give you a receipt. Yes, change is in the air and we hope to make the most of it. Our January meeting featured Professor Barry Greif discussing Shame from a Jewish and Psychological perspective (see photo). If you missed it – well – shame on you! Our February meeting featured Cliff Nerwen and the Child Protection committee talking about how we can help keep our children safe at shul. Our March meeting will feature Rabbi Schwab telling us the real Story of Purim- following up last year’s fascinating lecture on the real story of Hanukkah. And our April meeting will feature Professor Irving Kalit – the man with 2 countries – giving us his vital annual update on the holy land. (That’s Israel - not Yankee Stadium) And finally - as unbelievable this is - we have to let you know that our official Men's Club policy on eating laundry pods is.... Don't do it! They not only taste bad - they're not kosher. So – all in all – a good year – and another amazing one for the Men’s Club. Thank you all for your support and help and so on. See you at Kiddush! Joel Chaiken and David LaDue, Men’s Club Co-Presidents


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SISTERHOOD UPDATE Greetings from Sisterhood. As always, the women of Sisterhood are hard at work planning for upcoming events and holidays. We are indeed women on a mission!! On October 24, Sisterhood sponsored a wonderful program on the Development of the Visual Fine Arts in Israel from 1948 to the present. Deborah Schiavo, a Sisterhood member, presented a lecture and slide show about the development of the Israeli artistic canon. The program was very well received and attracted an audience of approximately 60 people. Our bazaar was held on December 3 this year. It took a lot of effort on behalf of many people to make the bazaar a success. We thank all of you who sifted, sorted, donated, unpacked, priced, sold, repacked, carried and otherwise helped to make the bazaar a success. Thanks to new member Hannah Rothman for the clever email advertising do’s and don’ts. A special heartfelt thank you to Bazaar Coordinator Leah Praskin, who has been doing this job for approximately 40 years. The bazaar had a great run under Leah’s leadership; we will look towards new and different fundraising events in the future. Sisterhood Shabbat, held on January 20, featured a beautiful Shabbat service led by our members. Melissa Rosen, Director of National Outreach for Sharsheret, spoke about breast and ovarian cancers and the services provided by Sharsheret for familes and children facing these illnesses. A lovely Kiddush followed the service. Razel Kessler, our hero, coordinated Sisterhood Shabbat and we are extremely grateful for her efforts. Purim is just weeks away and we are busy planning for Mishloach Manot. In addition to the holiday tradition of giving packages of food to friends and neighbors, Mishloach Manot is an important fundraiser for our Shul. Please go online to or complete your paper order forms today! Please remember to check out our gift shop for beautiful gifts and Judaica items. Check out photos of some of our items at or email Sisterhood is looking for contributions for a new literary newsletter. Please send us contributions such as prose, poems, reviews. Speak to Ellen Greenblatt or email her at We are always looking for volunteers for our programs. In particular, we are looking for visitors for homebound members through our Bikur Cholim committee. Please see myself or Rabbi Katz if you can help. Please join us as we honor Dianne Meranus at our Torah Fund brunch on Sunday morning May 6. Kol tuv, all the best always, Margaret Danishefsky, Sisterhood President


SISTERHOOD EXPRESSES THANKS FOR THE FOLLOWING DONATIONS IN MEMORY OF: Leonard Levine, loving brother of Norma Finkelstein Leomi and Irwin Simkin Florence and Marty Wolpoff Jeanette and Jerry Ornstein Leonard Tureff Tilda Landovitz Dianne and Philip Meranus Phyllis and Charlie Schulberg Florence and Marty Wolpoff Ferne LaDue, beloved mother of David LaDue Terri Levine Fran Turitz Tilda Landovitz Phyllis and Charlie Schulberg Alvin Fensterheim Florence and Marty Wolpoff Blossom Flohr Phyllis and Charlie Schulberg Beloved mother of Renee Schwartz Razel and Gary Kessler Beloved brother of Lydia Freudenstein Tilda Landovitz Fran Turitz Dianne and Philip Meranus Yolande Dreyfuss Beloved mother of Sheldon Halpern Liz and Gus Scheer

MAZEL TOV TO: Polly and Alan Schoenfeld on the birth of twin grandsons Dianne and Philip Meranus Jeanette and Jerry Ornstein Charles and Pearl Moerdler on the birth of a great grandchild Florence and Marty Wolpoff Terri Levine on the birth of grandson Levi Frederick Renee Ryzak Leah Praskin Fran Turitz on the Bar Mitzvah of her grandson Jonah Dianne and Philip Meranus Susanne and Ben Fruchter Terri Levine Leah Praskin Margaret and Fred Danishefsky Anita and David Nerwen Norma Finkelstein Phyllis and Charlie Schulberg Yoni and Jessica Schwab on the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter Sarit Norma Finkelstein Sarit Schwab on her Bat Mitzvah Fran Turitz Leah Praskin on the marriage of her grandson Alexi to Jessica Starr Yolande Dreyfuss

Norma Finkelstein Terri Levine Vivian and Charlie Weintraub on their 50th wedding anniversary Susanne and Ben Fruchter Deborah Eiferman on her 95th Birthday Diane Sharon Norma Finkelstein Terri Levine Fran Turitz Dianne and Philip Meranus Liz and Gus Scheer Sue and Ben Fruchter Anita and David Nerwen Leah Praskin on the birth of great grandson Conrad Robert Yolande Dreyfuss Cliff Nerwen and Shulamit Lerner on their marriage Rabbi Barry Dov and Barbara Lerner Eric and Sarah Saidel on the birth of daughter Nora Zahava Dianne and Philip Meranus IN HONOR OF: Leah Praskin in honor of the marriage of my grandson Alexi to Jessica Starr Leah Praskin in honor of the birth of my great grandson Conrad Robert


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Remaining 2018 dates March 24, April 28 and May 26.

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THE CONGREGATION GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES THE FOLLOWING DONATIONS YAHRZEITS: Michael Anapol Vivian Anapol Gertrude Fried Ann Aylman Estelle Balog Gilbert Balog Sam Jacobson Bette Baum Samuel Fogel,Abraham Baumel Betty Baumel Rebecca Bender Leah Bender Anna Wolitsky Shirley Bender Sarah Berger Eugene Berger Betty Bloch Norman Bloch Rose Feldstein, Eugene Weiss Estelle & Ed Cohen Jacob Cohen Mabel Cohen Faye Katz Susan Cohen George Cooper Martin Cooper Sara Ann Daub Lisa Daub Lotti Davidov, Mircho Davidov Moritz Davidov Helene Rapp Ruth Dresner Henri Dreyfuss Yolande Dreyfuss Lewis Eichenbaum, Siegmund Freundlich, Erna Freundlich Goldberg Edith Eichenbaum Clara Weinstock, Miriam Feibusch Marvin Feibusch Ethel & Jack Welin Marjorie Fein Anne & Abraham Dickstein, Betty Blumberg Feinberg Doris & Sam Feinberg Joseph Feldschuh Stephen Feldschuh Jack Finkelstein, Fanny Finkelstein, Henrietta Levine Norma Finkelstein Muriel & Harold Frazer Allen Frazer Theodore Fried Lynne Fried-Whyne Anita Friedman Elise & Larry Friedman Stanley Friedman Shari Friedman

Abraham Herz Susanne & Ben Fruchter Abe & Sally Genee Murray Genee Regina & Harry Gensler Sally Gensler Pearl L. Shapiro Roslyn German Al Bogart, Joseph Mendel Gerstein Betty & Victor Gerstein Helen Rais Lillian Gewirtzman Alexander Weiss Angela Gill Anne & Morris Giller Philip Giller Ernyestina Ginter, Many Frankel, Giza Abraham Eugene & Rachelle Ginter Israel Dvorkin, Zusya Glezerov Yelena & Valery Glezerov Mildred Goldberg Ira Goldberg Denny Strauss, Markus Goldfischer Charles Goldfischer Hyman Golos Margo Golos Samuel Goret Mark Goret Steve Vinocor, Eleanor Harrow Carole & Mark Gothelf Berta Schachner Julie Grau Clare Green Arlene Green Pearl Greenberg Marci Greenberg Frieda Adam, Murray Greene Ruth Greene Tobie Gumora Gail Gumora Haim Gurland Judith Gurland Rosa Magro Linda Hack Lisa & Paul Halprin Sheldon Halprin Rose Hammer Gerald Hammer Sophie Michael Rosemarie Harvey Irving Hearst, Robert S. Gordon, Monroe Gordon, Eleanor Hearst Gail & Elliott Hearst Werner Heumann Madeline Heumann Barbara Thomson Jean Hill


Herbert Horn Evelyn Horn Phyllis Horwitz, Lena Horwitz Leon Horwitz Joseph Feldschuh Barbara Jurist Rosalie Henrichsen Morton Kalet Pearl Burns Jo-Ann Kanter Baruch Katz, Zvi Katz Phyllis Katz Seth Kollin Eric Kollin Lillian Koven, Betty Smollen Arthur & Joyce Koven Melvin Kramer Deborah & Arnold Kramer Minnie Kresch Dorothy Kresch Klein Jack Landovitz, Ethel & Philip Landovitz, Minnie & Joseph Siegler, Shirley Sager Tilda Landovitz Martha Leopold, Benno Leopold Friedel Leopold David Ferber Rosanne Lerner Joseph Herman Sandra Lerner Abraham Leibman Sheila Lesser Polly Leveen, Cy Leveen Amy Leveen Frederick Levine Terri Levine Philip& Ida Perlman Howard & Renee Lieber Chaim Lipskar Aaron Lipskar Fred Goldman Edith Litt Fred Hirschfeld, Leon Loeser Sue & Sol Loeser A. Leonard Luhby Tami Luhby Stephen Parker Edith Mannis Norma Marmor, Chaim Hochhaus, Herman Marmor, Herschel Marmor Harris Marmor Aimee Mast Stanley Mast Alfred Mayer, Erna Strauss Ruth Mayer George Budabin Kathy McQuown Esther & Samuel Meranus Philip Meranus

THE CONGREGATION GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES THE FOLLOWING DONATIONS Sidonie Levi Lisa Meyer Sophie Newman Stuart Newman Alfred Meyer Edith Oppenheimer Barbara Thomson Marilyn Oser Samuel Bertenthal Sandra Palter Elsie Brickner Pohl Bernice Pohl Feldman Dorothy Port Theodore Port Esther Devora Blum Leah Praskin Anna Pripas Charles Pripas Solomon Reich Steve Reich William Reich Charlotte Pann Andrea Robins Bernard Rosenblum Jean Rosenblum Louis Schiller, Stephen Schiller Barbara Rothman Amiel Rudavsky Sue Rudavsky Sy Ruzal Carrie Ruzal-Shapiro Peter Shapiro May Ruzal, Alfred Oppenheimer Elsie Ruzal Samuel Stolzer Arlene Sandner Maxwell Brown Elizabeth Scheer Helen Fein Deborah Schiavo George Gross Aviva Schwab Herman Schwartz Robert Schwartz Otto Serber Michael Serber Karen Shapira Deborah Shapira Chaim Shattner Howard Shattner Rose VanKleef Ronnie Silver Mildred Goldberg Judith Simet Conrad Waldinger Leomi Simkin Michael Smookler Irene Smookler Keisman

Jeffrey Speiser, David Speiser, Rysha Katter, Rose Speiser Ethel & Stephen Speiser Hannah Bornstein Eleanor Squadron Sofiya Gokhvat Faina Stavinsky Samuel Stolzer Alan Stolzer Joseph Strell Ethan Strell Lois Strell Florence R. Rabinowitz Arlene Strongwater Ralph Plotkin, Gertrude Plotkin Marjory Tolub Lillian Silverman, Stanley Tropper Carol Tropper Jan Wasserman Philip Wassserman Harriette & Herbert Wax Pamela Wax Victor Weinstein Andrea Weinstein Louis Weisfuse Isaac Weisfuse Joseph Besserman, Nathan Weitsman, Harry Weitsman, Sylvia LaBell Madeline Weitsman Yetta Weitsman Anne & Samuel Whyne David Whyne Gerald Witrock, Bella Milchman Alan & Goldie Witrock Harry Gidansky, Hyman Wolpoff, Michael Wolpoff Florence & Marty Wolpoff George Wrubel, Herbert Chaim Newman, Howard Newman Evelyn Wrubel Ruth & Sam Yanover Debra Yanover & Ira Bigeleisen Bernard Kleiner Miriam Young Polina Zhitnitskaya, Evel Zhitnitsky Khaya Zhitnitskaya Debora Shpolyansky Zena Zizmor Matthew L. Zizmor Emil Zurndorfer Susan Zurndorfer

Deborah Eiferman celebrating a special birthday Rabbi Shlomo & Bernice Balter Estelle & Ed Cohen Jack Eiferman Evelyn Mutnick Phyllis & Paul Ruffer Marj & Walter Tolub Sarah Goldstein & Eric Saidel on the birth of daughter, Nora Zahava Zillah & James Byrd Elisa Marcus & Dror Bikel Fran Turitz Goldie & Alan Witrock Livia Isaacson on her Bat Mitzvah Amy Michelman, Eliran Isaacson & family Aunt Ruth celebrating her 101st birthday Robert Jacobs Sammy Rossberg on his Bar Mitzvah Amy Rossberg & family Sammy Rossberg on his Bar Mitzvah Natalie Rodriguez Mina Schienberg Jill & Ira Lipson The birth of our twin grandsons, Matisyahu & Yosef, to Gaby Schoenfeld & Avi Mermelstein Polly & Alan Schoenfeld Jessica & Yoni Schwab celebrating Sarit’s Bat Mitzvah Zillah & James Byrd Cliff Nerwen Marj & Walter Tolub Yoni Schwab generously giving us a lulav in our time of need Jason Rubenstein & family

IN MEMORY OF: Joseph Braunstein Renee Schwartz Shirley Doller, beloved aunt of Dianne Meranus The Turitz/Berlin family Alvin Fensterheim Vivian Kasen Marj & Walter Tolub Blossom Flohr, my beloved mother Arlene Flohr Blossom Flohr, beloved mother, grandmother & great grandmother Sheldon Greenspan Jo-Ann & Marshall Kanter Alan Pressman IN HONOR OF: Malka Rabinowitz Adam Cabo’s Bar Mitzvah Carol Stricker Hadassa Rosenkrantz & Richard Cabo & Ruth & David Kasten, my beloved parents family Ellie Schweber Ida Drucker on her birthday Ann Kurtz Louise Hanig Ruth Mayer


THE CONGREGATION GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES THE FOLLOWING DONATIONS Jean Hill & Larry Schultis In gratitude to the CSAIR family, Rabbi Katz, Batya & Ezra Levin Cantor Stevens & the staff for providing me Edith & Seth Litt my spiritual home. Thank you. Solomon Malach Deborah Berlinger Eiferman Cliff Nerwen In appreciation of the kindness & generosity Toby Pilsner of the people who provided me with meals Joshua Podietz during my recovery. Lisa Siegel Ellie Schweber Adam Stoler Thank you to the CSAIR congregation for all In appreciation of Rabbi Barry Dov Katz & the warm thoughts and condolences on the Shoshi Talesnick passing of our mother, Blossom Flohr Mr. & Mrs. Morton Levine The Family of Blossom Flohr Joshua Podietz & family ALIYAH AND TORAH HONORS: Lynn & Fred Poritsky Allen Frazer In appreciation of Adult Education Bar/Bat Charles Goldfischer Mitzvah Classes Adam Stoler Zillah & James Byrd Deborah Hersch Johns HEBREW SCHOOL: Robin Weinstein Anonymous In honor of grandson, Jonah Mark Berlin’s Gary Feldman in memory of Simon Bar Mitzvah Feldman Fran Turitz In honor of Deborah Eiferman celebrating a PRAYER BOOK: special birthday In memory of Jerry Schreiber, beloved faErica Goldman & Rabbi Joe Brodie ther of Kevin Schreiber Roz & Sam Samuels Rachel Wolkinson Rubinstein In honor of Giving Tuesday MISHEBERACH AND RECOVERY WISHES: Marci Greenberg & Mark Zozula for Adam Keith Grant In memory of Blossom Flohr, our beloved Harry Grant mother, grandmother & great grandmother for Raul Green Arlene Flohr, Tina Pollock & Renee Arlene Green Schwartz For Howard Keisman In memory of Blossom Flohr Marj & Walter Tolub Elaine & Elliot Epps for Arthur Pann In memory of Kurt Herz Andrea & Arthur Robins Susanne & Ben Fruchter for Howard Young In memory of Norma Kaminer Bernice Pohl Feldman Marshall Kaminer In memory of Nettie Keisman RABBI’S DISCRETIONARY FUND: Howard Keisman Many thanks In memory of Anita & Arthur Krilov Sheila & Emily Hicks-Rotella Meg Allyn Krilov In appreciation In memory of Ferne LaDue Eytan Bayme Marshall Kaminer & Terri Kornicki Margaret & Fred Danishefsky In memory of my father, Hamilton Scheer Melissa Scheer In memory of Fred Silbermann GROUNDS Helga Silbermann

Ferne LaDue, beloved mother of David LaDue Estelle & Ed Cohen Elaine & Elliot Epps Jo-Ann & Marshall Kanter David Levine Marj & Walter Tolub Many Pollack on his yahrzeit Max Pollack Gussie Rosenbloom, beloved sister of Mike Lieman Renee Schwartz David Rosenthal, beloved brother of Naomi Funt Philip Silverstein Leomi & Irwin Simkin Jerry Schreiber, beloved father of Kevin Schreiber Naomi Stein ,beloved wife of Bob Stein Eric Vinas Samuel Tieger Sylvia Kahn Toby, cousin of Florence Wolpoff Harriet & Sheldon Wolpoff Lenny Tureff, beloved father of Ilene Gottehrer & Susan Buchweitz Jo-Ann & Marshall Kanter Fran Turitz YIZKOR: Arlene Flohr SYNAGOGUE: Betty Baumel Norman Blumenstein Carol Hervey Michael Kress & family Batya & Ezra Levin Allen Levine Michael Pitkowsky Anna & Leonid Pushkantser Ami Schwab & family Regina & Martin Sternlicht Michael Varet Mila Yakoby


CSAIR’s Sunday Morning Café The Coffee’s on Us!

Sunday mornings from 9:30 AM–12-NOON, CSAIR’s Downstairs Lobby is transformed into the best café in Riverdale. Enjoy Fair-Trade coffee and Israeli teas (served in eco-friendly cups!) and, of course, a little something to go with them. Bring a book, or bring your laptop – we're wireless. Sit, sip and schmooze. Come for the minyan (9:00 AM) – and stay for the coffee. And please consider becoming a sponsor of the Holy Grounds Café – email:


CANTOR’S DISCRETIONARY FUND: In appreciation Jean Hill & Larry Shultis In appreciation of Cantor Stevens wonderful work bringing great Jewish music to CSAIR Sheila Reinhold & Richard Sacks In memory of Blossom Flohr Renee Schwartz & family In memory of Norma Kaminer Marshall Kaminer

PASSOVER 2018 / 5778

Selling your Hametz – Mekhirat Hametz WHAT? Jewish law prohibits Jews from using or legally possessing any hametz during Pesah. To insure compliance with this norm, we may transfer title on any remaining hametz to a non-Jew. This hametz becomes the property of the non-Jew for the duration of Pesah and should be set aside in a place where it will not be disturbed during the holiday. Rabbi Barry Dov Katz will be pleased to act as your agent for this transaction.

HOW? If you would like Rabbi Katz to sell your hametz, mail this form back to the synagogue or bring it to CSAIR in person. Note the following: It is permissible for one person to sell the hametz for an entire family. However, to teach the importance of this mitzvah, all members of the family are encouraged to sign this form. According to our tradition, one of the reasons that the Jews were taken out of Egypt was that they always remembered their Hebrew names. In that spirit all are encouraged to add a Hebrew signature when selling their hametz. (If you need help with your name, call the Rabbi.) There is a long-standing tradition to make a donation to the Synagogue’s Maot Hittim (literally “Wheat Money”) Fund. This Passover relief fund helps needy individuals here and abroad celebrate the holiday. Proceeds from the fund also provide youth scholarships to Camp Ramah and Israel Programs. Please make checks payable to “Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund.”

WHEN? Completed forms must be received at CSAIR no later than Friday, March 30, 2018, 9:30 AM. Rabbi Katz will be selling the hametz by Friday morning, March 30, 10:00 AM. Rabbi Katz cannot be responsible for forms that arrive after this date and time. Note that Rabbi Katz will arrange a post-Pesah hametz “buy back” on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 9:15 PM. Do not use or unpack hametz before then.

_________________________________________________________ AUTHORIZATION OF PROXY 5778 We/I hereby authorize Rabbi Barry Dov Katz of the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale to sell all hametz that may be in our/my possession. We/I understand that he will sell all hametz wherever it may be: at home, in my place of business, car or elsewhere, in accordance with the requirements and provisions of Jewish law. Name:_________________________________________________________________ Name in Hebrew:_______________________________________________________________ (If you do not know your Hebrew name, or need help in writing it, please call Rabbi Katz) Address:_______________________________________________________________________ (If you will be in Israel during Passover, please note this on this form) Additional Names/Addresses: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Please return this proxy to CSAIR, 475 West 250th Street, Bronx, NY 10471 no later than Friday, March 30, 2018, at 9:30 AM.


Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale 475 West 250th Street Bronx, New York 10471

Rabbi, Barry Dov Katz Cantor, Elizabeth Stevens Rabbi Emeritus, Dr. Shlomo Balter Rabbinic Intern, Rory Katz STAFF Jennifer Knobe, Executive Director Mason Voit, Education Director Nanci Brickman, Bookkeeper OFFICERS Abby Pitkowsky, President Elisa Marcus, VP Youth & Education Steve Matthews, VP Operations Mitchell Posilkin, VP Building & Grounds Ephraim Edelman, Treasurer Ellen Werlin, Recording Secretary AFFILIATES Joel Chaiken, Men’s Club Co-President David LaDue, Men’s Club Co-President Margaret Danishefsky, Sisterhood President Batsheva Halberstam, Havurah Ellen Werlin, Havurah Arielle Rubenstein, YCFP Co-Chair Monica Stein Krausz, YCFP Co-Chair

PURIM 2018 / 5778 AT CSAIR Wednesday, February 28 Maariv, Megillah reading and Purim Festivities 6:30 PM in the Sanctuary Light Refreshments following sponsored by CSAIR and the Havurah

Join the celebration – open to the entire community Thursday, March 1 Shaharit plus Full Megillah Reading 7:00 AM in the Beit HaMidrash

Non-Profit Org U.S. Postage PAID Bronx, NY Permit NO. 523

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