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SYNAGRAM November 2017-February 2018

Kislev-Shevat 5778

GIVING THANKS WHEN LIFE IS LESS THAN PERFECT For the season of Thanksgiving, based on D’var Torah delivered on November 18th As the Civil War raged in this country, President Lincoln did something counterintuitive. On October 3, 1863, he declared a national day of Thanksgiving, saying:


The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever -watchful providence of Almighty God.

The new "Teen Kollel" Shabbat Morning Learning Experience is underway and is welcoming new participants! This weekly teen learning experience is an opportunity for teens to engage in substantive and meaningful Jewish learning with master Jewish educators, develop strong peer relationships and create a dynamic learning community in a relaxed and enjoyable environment.

In the proclamation, he did not minimize the impact of this war of “unequaled magnitude and severity” or the pain of “widows, orphans, mourners and sufferers.” Yet, he noted that even in wartime, our country continued to be a nation defined by its laws and peaceful relations with other nations. In addition, farmers continued to farm and miners to mine, and, even with the casualties of the war, the population of the nation increased. All of this bounty, he ascribed to God.

Coordinated by Rabbi Josh Cahan, the "Teen Kollel" is a gathering of 9th –12th graders engaging with traditional Jewish texts to explore current issues. Focusing on skills of Hebrew language development and Jewish textual analysis, participants should have a minimum of an intermediate

I am sure that historians have a great deal to say about this document, but from where I sit, it is an incredible piece that asserts: one must express gratitude, even when life is less than perfect, because if we wait for perfection, we will never give thanks. Giving thanks does not mean we gloss over what is not good. We hold painful realities in our hearts even as we make room to acknowledge blessings. In the siddur (prayerbook), there is a simple phrase that I like to linger over in my davvening (praying). It gives thanks to God for “the miracles that are with us every day – al nisecha shebechol yom eemanu.” I love the intimacy of this line, the way it asks me to gently turn my intention towards the miracles that I do not notice because, well, they don’t seem very much like miracles. Being alive. Material (Continued on page 2)

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The CSAIR Synagram is published by the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale (Richard Sacks, editor). Please send all submissions by email to sacks.richard@gmail.com. If you have any questions, please call the Office at 718-543-8400. The submission deadline for the next issue is January 23, 2018.

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CSAIR WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS Daniel and Rebecca Berger Avner and Esther Bezborodko Douglas and Sarah Gorenstein Michael Greenberg & Tamar Rubinstein Sheila and Emily Hicks-Rotella Prosper and Victoria Oziel Cary Ringel Sven and Emily Sandow Evelyn Shaw David and Hannah Welt

DAILY MINYAN TIMES Morning Monday through Friday 7:00 AM Sunday 9:00 AM Legal Holidays 9:00 AM (New Year’s Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, December 25th)

Evening Sunday through Thursday 7:30 PM

For Shabbat service times go to www.csair.org, or call the shul office at 718-543-8400

CSAIR WELCOMES PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES! If any accommodations are needed for you or a loved one to participate in any synagogue activities, please contact the synagogue office at: phone: 718-543-8400 email: secretary@csair.org



blessings. Beauty. People who are part of my life. It’s so easy to miss all of this while I am waiting for miracles with a capital “M,” the kind that dazzle and make everything seem perfect – for a moment. When I take time in my prayers to mentally review these everyday miracles, the things for which I am thankful, it changes the tenor of my prayers and day. Lincoln was not the first president to issue a Thanksgiving Proclamation. Washington issued his own. Congress reaffirmed the need for a day like this several times. But it was not until Lincoln’s proclamation, that it stuck. Improbably, he did so just months after the Battle of Gettysburg scarred the nation and weeks after the bloody Battle at Chickamauga. All of this may have been on Lincoln's mind and on the minds of his audience. To offer thanks in middle of a war, when life was certainly not perfect, was a bold idea. Perhaps it was what helped Lincoln’s proclamation be the one that established a national day of Thanksgiving that we still celebrate today. A little known footnote to the history of the document: Lincoln was reminded of the idea of a national day of Thanksgiving by Sarah Josepha Hale, a 74-year-old magazine editor. In September, 1863, she wrote to him, "You may have observed that, for some years past, there has been an increasing interest felt in our land to have the Thanksgiving held on the same day, in all the States; it now needs National recognition and authoritive (sic) fixation, only, to become permanently, an American custom and institution." Maybe, the reason this proclamation resonated with so many was that it expressed the deep desire of the American people to join together in giving thanks. Lincoln’s proclamation ends with the plea: “We fervently implore the imposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the divine purpose, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.” I would add that when we allow ourselves to express gratitude, we sometimes find the strength to be God’s partner in fixing what can be fixed in our personal and communal lives. Giving thanks comes from a deep place in our souls. Our cynicism, knowing all that we know about what is not right about our world, often blocks this impulse. We let the impulse atrophy at our own peril. The weeks between Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are one opportunity to offer gratitude. So is any time we come together to pray in shul. And, so is this very moment. 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 hesedmeals@csair.org with your name, email, and phone number or click on http://bit.ly/2AoJ2C1 to provide the information, so that we can add you to the list.




Our mission is to nourish joyful and meaningful Jewish living and build an inclusive community through diverse approaches to learning, prayer, and acts of loving kindness.

A Sense of Riverdale

One of the nicest parts of being shul President is the simplest part – Shabbat morning, when we return the Torah to the Ark. It’s only a few minutes but it provides me with an opportunity to exchange a smile and handshake with quite a number of people. I recognize that this quick exchange, as genuine as it may be, is only the first step towards reaching the aspiration of one part of our mission statement, “… build an inclusive community …” and that there is much to do beyond that first step.

Shabbat Dinner & Learning

I’ve been thinking a lot about what it takes to build an inclusive community. It’s not rocket science and yet we know it just doesn’t happen. It requires intentional placement of our focus, energies and attention. It brings to mind a story I heard recently of Rabbi Aryeh Levin, or Reb Levin as he was also known. Reb Levin was well known for his visits to members of the Jewish underground imprisoned in the Central Prison of Jerusalem during the British Mandate, and was also well known as the “Tzadik” (or Righteous One) of Jerusalem” for his work on behalf of the poor and the sick. He was also well known for his meticulous observance of each of the ritual commandments. Two days before Sukkot, he went to a religious neighborhood in Jerusalem to choose his etrog, lulav and other items for the Four Species. Word got out that Reb Aryeh was there, selecting this Four Species and soon a large crowd appeared, fascinated to see what criteria he would use to select his etrog. It’s referred to in the Bible as eitz hadar, a beautiful fruit, and since we are instructed to “beautify the commandments,” observant Jews are particularly careful in choosing a beautiful etrog. The crowd of people were amazed to see that Reb Aryeh looked at one, looked at a second, went back to the first and purchased it along with the other three species, taking less than five minutes for the entire transaction. The crowd dispersed, imagining that the great rabbi had a very important meeting to have made such a hasty decision on such an important purchase. One person decided to follow Reb Aryeh and see where he was going, to see what could be more important than choosing an etrog for Sukkot. He followed him as he walked into a senior citizen residence, and waited outside. The rabbi exited 90 minutes later and the man approached him. “Kavod haRav, Revered Rabbi, please don’t think me rude, but I want to better understand some Torah; on Sukkot we’re commanded to have a beautiful etrog. I know that visiting elderly is also an important mitzvah but they will be in this residence during the entire holiday of Sukkot and after it as well, and purchasing the etrog is a once a year opportunity. I am confused why you spent such little time choosing it.” According to the story, Rabbi Levin took his hand, smiled and explained, “There are two mitzvot which the Torah uses hiddur (beautify). One is the mitzvah of a beautiful etrog, pri etz hadar, and the second is beautifully honoring the face of the aged, vehadarta pnai zaken. I know that the etrog is an object and the elderly individual is a subject, a human being. There is someone I know here who had asked my help to select dentures. He has been waiting to return to the familiar enjoyment of (continued on page 7)


Friday Evening January 12, 2018 Sponsored by the Riverdale Jewish Community Partnership

JOIN US FOR SHABBAT DINNER in 2017-18 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 csair.org. Friday, December 1 Friday, January 26 Friday, February 9 Friday, March 23 Friday, April 20 Friday, May 11 Friday, June 8

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 csair.org. Friday, December 8 Friday, January 26 Friday, March 9 Friday, May 4



Inside the Creston Avenue Baptist Church, you would never have known that it was such a chilly, wet and dreary Sunday night. Inside there was the warmth of fellowship when, on October 29, a group of singers from CSAIR joined together with Jehosephat’s Army, the weekly choir at the Creston Avenue Baptist Church, for an inspiring evening of music and sharing. Members of both congregations came to hear the music that we each use in our worship. CSAIR came with a group of a dozen singers and we sang melodies typical of our Shabbat morning service. The members of Creston were the best possible audience. As we sang, they were so animated and responsive.

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level of Hebrew reading comprehension – such as would be acquired by attendance at a Jewish day school through middle school or educational experience commensurate with a Jewish day school – and they will study the Hebrew texts in supported Hebrew. The "Teen Kollel" meets at CSAIR on most Shabbat mornings from 10:45 AM–12:15 PM - approximately from the end of the Torah service until the start of Kiddush. This exciting new Shabbat morning program is in addition to our successful Project Chaverim Teen Leadership Fellowship. Project Chaverim is a Jewish education and leadership training program that engages a cohort of 9th–12th graders to develop their Jewish knowledge and leadership capacities and use this knowledge and skill to engage and inspire our Hebrew School 3rd and 4th graders. New this year, our Project Chaverim Fellows are participating in a robust Israel Education learning experience and soon will be using this experience to teach their younger peers about Israel. Project Chaverim Fellows meet most Sunday mornings from 10 AM– 12 PM and are the leaders for exciting kids’ experiences at the monthly Ruach Shabbat Family-Friendly Friday Evening Experiences. Project Chaverim is led by our new teen programs coordinator, Lilli Shvartsmann.

It’s a wonderful feeling to see a crowd that is smiling, swaying, clapping, standing when they feel so moved. Rabbi Katz, feeding on the energy in the room led some dancing during Oseh Shalom. I taught a niggun (wordless melody) which they picked up immediately. It left me wondering how we can learn from their example and sing out more as a congregation. The choir from Creston Church sang their pieces with strength, clarity and spirit. Both Pastor Stanley and Rabbi Katz spoke about the final line of the book of Psalms: “Let all that breathes praise the Lord. Halleluya!” When we offer songs as worship and use our breath to give praise, we are fulfilling this teaching. The highlight was our finale – a piece both groups sang together and a setting with the following refrain based on Psalms 96:11: “Let the heavens be glad, let the earth rejoice, let the sea roar, let people unite.” It was a thrill for our communities to sing together. I’m so happy that we will have more upcoming events to continue to deepen the connection between our communities.

It is not too late to join the “Teen Kollel” or the Project Chaverim Teen Leadership Fellowship. Please contact the CSAIR office for more information about these and other youth and family programs. Mason Voit, Director of Education and Jewish Family Life

CSAIR’S KITCHEN IS BEING RENOVATED Stay out of the kitchen, please! You may have heard that from your spouse or partner or parent. We are renovating our kitchen because we want you to come into it! We already painted the walls, but more decoration is planned. The range and the oven are being cleaned. A new convection oven has been delivered and will be installed as soon as the proper permits have been obtained. A new floor is next, and some new cabinets.

Cantor Elizabeth Stevens

HAZZAN’S TISCH Enjoy Shabbat to the fullest with more chances to sing. We will gather on Shabbat during Kiddush or between Mincha and Maariv to sing zemirot (table songs), niggunim (wordless melodies) and more. Led by CSAIR Cantor Elizabeth Stevens. Free and open to all.

Before long, we hope it will be more convenient for caterers and better for congregants attending cooking classes and, perhaps, for some community social service activity. The work is being financed by a generous donation from a congregant who has enjoyed cooking classes that are part of the annual Adult Education program. Looking forward to cooking, eating food and enjoying our community!

During Kiddush on Saturdays, 12/2, 1/6, and tentatively set for 2/3, 3/3, 4/7, 6/2 and 6/9. Between Mincha and Maariv on Saturdays, 12/30, 1/20, 2/24, 3/24, 4/28 and 5/26.


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3RD 10:00 AM–3:00 PM AT CSAIR (no early birds please) Household appliances, jewelry, toys, furniture, lingerie, fabric, housewares, boutique items, new and nearly new clothing for children and adults, books, records and refreshments! FREE ADMISSION • RAIN OR SHINE • COMMUNITY WELCOME Judaica Gift Shop will be open (25% discount on selected items over $10 in Judaica Gift Shop)

PURIM 2018


CSAIR’s Sunday Morning Café

Wednesday, February 28 Purim Carnival and YCFP (Young Children’s Family Program) Purim Party Crafts, light dinner, and more

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.

Maariv, Megillah reading and Purim Festivities 6:30 PM in the Sanctuary Refreshments sponsored by CSAIR and Havurah

Sit, sip and schmooze. Come for the minyan (9:00 AM) – and stay for the coffee.

Thursday, March 1

Become a sponsor of the Holy Grounds Café – email: executivedirector@csair.org.

Shaharit plus Full Megillah Reading - 7:00 AM in the Beit HaMidrash

The Holy Grounds Café is open!

Join the celebration! Open to the entire community.




LGBTQ INCLUSION GROUP UPDATE The LGBTQ Inclusion Working Group is going strong! We have a robust group of about 30 synagogue members who have expressed interest and are committed to supporting CSAIR moving forward toward full LGBTQ inclusion. We are privileged to be one of the synagogue's selected for the United Synagogues of Conservative Judaism–Keshet* Leadership Project, a training cohort for those interested in making systemic changes to LGBTQ inclusion in their community.

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delicious foods, and it was more important that this not get delayed further. I chose to spend more time beautifying a commandment relating to a person over beautifying a commandment relating to a fruit.” This story inspires me to imagine how it would look if we took equal care and energy to connect with others at CSAIR. What if we each sought out two people at Kiddush, or at a class or event, not our friends – that’s too easy and obvious – two people that we didn’t know and began a connection? It may be someone who is our opposite in regard to their marital status or family situation, sexual orientation, age, professional choice, or religious practice, or it could be the same as ours, and they’re just not yet connected to us. If we each begin to connect to two new people on a regular basis, we’ll truly be walking the walk of being inclusive and the potential impact to our CSAIR community will be enormous. It’s not complicated, it just starts with a simple smile and a handshake. Abby Pitkowsky, President

This leadership project just launched, with a day-long training with meaningful learning and an opportunity for synagogue participants to draft an action plan. After finalizing our commitments for the year, we will receive bi-monthly coaching support from Keshet to help us turn these commitments into action. Stay tuned for more details!



For one night we are all “Rockabees” Saturday, December 16, 2017 5th Night of Hanukkah 8:00-11:00 PM

We welcome your joining us as well as sharing your needs, hopes and dreams for this work. Please reach out to Karen Abrams Gerber – karen_abrams@yahoo.com – for more information or to join our working group. *Keshet is a national organization that works toward full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life.

◆ An unscripted casual evening of music, appetizers,

wine, beer, conversations and friends.

Many thanks to Prestige Cleaners for all the years they have cleaned our tallitot and robes. Please thank them when you bring your items to be cleaned!

◆ The evening is underwritten by a wonderful long-

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◆ Admission is free, though donations to the CSAIR

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Baby Boomers’ nest egg are welcome.

◆ Bring your menorah and 6 candles. We’ll light them


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ADULT EDUCATION OFFERINGS FOR 2017-18 The 2017-18 curriculum for CSAIR’s Gerson D. Cohen Institute for Adult Jewish Learning had a packed schedule – and with packed audiences – for its first three months. Here is a preview of some of the exciting upcoming classes in this year’s offering, full details for each of which may be found in this year’s Adult Education Brochure, which is available in hardcopy and online at www.csair.org.

Immolation and Conflagration In The Biblical World Fire signifies God's presence in the Bible. In this course we will examine selected biblical episodes marked by fire, and discover the astonishing range of meanings embedded in this powerful element. Taught by Dr. Diane Sharon, Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning – May 31, June 7, and June 14, 2018, at 7:45 PM.

Sunny Mediterranean Flavors: From Soup to Nuts Part I. Appetizers and Soups (Nov. 6 & Dec. 4) Part II. Main Dishes and Desserts (Jan. 22 & Feb. 5) $90 per 2-session course – taught by Judy Matthews Each course meets on two Mondays, 6:30 to 8:30 PM Pre-registration required. Sponsored by Silverleaf Caterers.

ONGOING (watch for details and updates on shul website) Book Group CSAIR’s book discussion group (pre-registration required) Wednesday: 1/17at 7:45PM and Sundays: 3/11, 4/22, 6/10 at 10:30 AM Facilitated by Sharon Kern-Taub

Poetry Workshop What makes a poem? Award-winning poet Sarah Stern will lead a three-part poetry workshop. Beginning, emerging and seasoned poets are encouraged to attend. This course is meant for those looking for a supportive community of writers. Three sessions: February 1, 8 and 15, 2018, at 7:45 PM.

Text Wrestlers CSAIR’s monthly Shabbat Torah-portion discussion group 12/9, 1/6, 2/10, 3/3, 5/5, 6/5 – at 11:00 AM on Shabbat Facilitated by Dr. Diane Sharon Hazzan’s Tisch CSAIR’s monthly Shabbat singing experience (after Kiddush) 12/2, 1/6, and tentatively 2/3, 3/3, 4/7, 6/2, 6/9 Facilitated by Cantor Stevens

The Iranian Jewish Experience Today's Iran sustains the second largest Jewish community in the Middle East after Israel. What accounts for this seemingly contradictory and surprising fact? To shed light on this complex issue, this presentation will provide an overview of Jewish life in Iran, within the larger context of political and religious history. Taught by Eliran Isaacson, Psy.D. Sunday February 25, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Hug Ivri CSAIR’s monthly Hebrew discussion group (after Kiddush) 2nd Shabbat of each month Facilitated by Yaakov Taitz Yiddish Vinkl CSAIR’s monthly Yiddish conversation group (after Kiddush) 12/16, 1/20 (spring dates TBA) Facilitated by Charles Goldfischer

Journeying to Freedom: Interfaith Model Seder Christians, Muslims and Jews join together to experience elements of the Passover seder and to share personal and communal stories about freedom. March 11, 2018, at 4:00 PM. Scholar-in-Residence: Women of Valor in the Modern World Judith Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Jewish Women’s Archive, is a feminist educator, historian, writer and activist. She is a regular contributor to academic and popular publications, including Tablet Magazine, The Jewish Daily Forward, and The Huffington Post, and is currently co-editing an anthology about the modern Jewish mother. Friday, March 16, 2018 and Saturday, March 17, 2018 Sponsored by the Helen Tureff Memorial Fund.

\Çà|ÅtàxiÉ|vxá world class chamber music in an intimate setting www.intimatevoices.org Sheila Reinhold, Music Director

Saturday, January 20, 8:00 PM at CSAIR our 3rd annual evening of Baroque chamber music

Matzah Baking 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 – March 25, 2018, 10:00 AM to 12-Noon

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


REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT UPDATE At the end of this past March, Suhail traveled from a displaced persons' camp in the Middle East to New York City and, with help from the Riverdale Interfaith Coalition, began making a new life for himself here. The generosity of the CSAIR community played a crucial role in getting Suhail here in the first place. Before he arrived, the Coalition's fundraising was stalled a few thousand dollars short of what was needed to sponsor a refugee. After CSAIR members of the Coalition sent out emails to their friends in our community, we quickly bridged the gap. The president of the Coalition told us that the CSAIR donations made it possible for the Coalition to become eligible to sponsor a refugee.

able to help him secure a job as a truck driver with benefits and good pay. Because it's in the middle of the country, the rent is very affordable. Almost exactly six months to the day, Suhail boarded a plane for another place he'd never been. This time he made his own plans and budget. Watching him adapt, work hard and gain complete independence six months ahead of the standard schedule has been wondrous. The warmth and kindness Suhail found in our community has made a wonderful difference in this young man's life. If anyone is interested in possibly helping to sponsor another refugee they should contact, Kathy Solomon at: solomonny@earthlink.net.

Over the next six months, CSAIR members offered to help If anyone wants to help support people who are already with furniture and household items. Not one, but several here, two Westchester based refugee organizations are: amazing members of our shul, offered free housing. All of Westchester Refugee Taskforce this generosity allowed Suhail to complete an intensive course westchesterrefugeetaskforce@gmail.com in English as a Second Language at Columbia University while working a part-time job as a barista at a nearby StarHearts and Homes for Refugees bucks. He got a second part-time job as an Arabic language heartsandhomesforrefugees.org. tour guide at the UN. In September, Suhail heard from an old family friend who is now a U.S. citizen living in the Midwest. His family friend was


SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE WEEKEND March 16-17, 2018 Dr. Judith Rosenbaum Women of Valor in the Modern World 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, Executive Director of Jewish Women’s Archive, will take us beyond the iconic stories of celebrated leaders and into the texts of modern Jewish history, exploring how Jewish women have built on or broken with traditional feminine communal roles to pursue egalitarian Judaism and social justice. Sponsored by the Helen Tureff Memorial Fund.

Please join us at 12:30 PM on Shabbat December 9th, immediately following kiddush, for an open forum conversation with members of the Child Protection Committee. The CSAIR Child Protection Policy will be discussed. Come hear how you can participate in our efforts to create a community that is safe for all of our children. Information about our child protection efforts can be found on the CSAIR web site at: www.csair.org/safeguardingourchildren/ or by contacting the CSAIR Child Protection Committee at:

Sign language interpreter will be available.



MEN'S CLUB UPDATE Hello friends and welcome to the Men's Club Synagram update. We hope you are all doing well and that you are getting through whatever problem you're facing at the moment (because it's always something, isn't it – don't get me started...). We were sad at the passing of a long time Men's Club member and one of our last links to the original Adath Israel Lenny Tureff. Lenny was good friend and a good man and we will miss him very much. The Men's Club Thursday night and Thursday morning Minyan keeps on going – thanks in large part to Men's Club Vice President Marshall Kaminer whose Stella D'oro and other fancy Thursday treats have helped keep these minyans going, but mostly thanks to you for participating. And our monthly Men's Club meetings have gone well – recently we had a meet and greet that included cake with Rory Katz, the CSAIR Rabbinic Intern (we sang "Happy Rabbinic Internship to You!"). And the Inaugural Men's Club Golf Tournament was a big success (although we're still trying to figure out who won). Coming up at our Thursday night January 4th meeting, the Men’s Club is proud to present Men’s Club Member Barry Greif and his serious talk on an interesting topic – “A Judaic Perspective on the History and Consequences of Shame.” Here is a short introduction to the topic: Starting in Genesis, shame is an emotion that has been internalized and weaponized. This discussion will explore the nature of shame, both from the Jewish and psychological perspectives, and how we can deal with our own shame as well as learn to avoid inflicting it on others. We hope you can join us. And keep on the lookout for future Men’s Club meetings including speakers like: Professor Irving Kalet, Rabbi Joel Schwab, and Dr. Cliff Nerwen. In the meantime – see you at Kiddush and of course at Thursday minyan. (we’re saving you a treat). Joel Chaiken and David LaDue, Men’s Club Co-Presidents


THE CONGREGATION GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES THE FOLLOWING DONATIONS YAHRZEITS: Abraham Alcabes Philip Alcabes Harold Fried, Rose Aylman Ann & Carl Aylman Zahava Wallach Esther Babitz Paul Balog Gilbert Balog Molly Baumel Betty Baumel Ray Bender, Herbert Bender Leah Bender Sol Wolitzky Shirley Bender Pauline Fox Amy Bensen Rachel Berger Joshua Berger Ken Entes Sheryl Berger Jacques Bloch, Samuel Dreyfuss Norman Bloch Rose Aylman, Beatrice Brass Sandra & Ira Brass Gerald Cohen David Cohen Samuel Pullman Mabel Cohen Donald Cohn Eva Cohn Sally Warsawer Alice Cooper Joshua Chaidell Sue Ellen Dodell & Joel Chaiken Jeanne Dreyfuss Yolande Dreyfuss Aaron Drucker Ida Drucker Julia Edelman Moshe Edelman Irving Epps Elliot Epps Israel Feinberg Sam Feinberg Ruth Greenfield, Mollie Wechsler Norma Finkelstein Simon Bogash, Jerome Flohr Blossom Flohr Sara Flonder Polly Flonder Schoenfeld Erna Fluger Isidore Fluger Sara Blumenthal Lydia Freudenstein Clara Fried, David Fried Lynne Fried-Whyne Anita Rochelle Friedman Elise & Larry Friedman

Miriam B. Leibovitz Lila Friedman Hilda Herz, Israel Andorn, Helen Fruchter Susanne & Ben Fruchter Viola Berkowitz Naomi Funt Shirley Bogart-Cohen Betty Gerstein Dave Gewirtzman Lillian Gewirtzman Irene Weiss Angela Gill Marc Persitz Alfred Ginsberg Roman Ginter Eugene Ginter Helen Hirschfeld Goldfischer, Devorah Feuer Goldfischer, Shraga Asher Goldfischer, Cudik Goldfischer, Leopold Feingold Charles Goldfischer Joseph Folit Betty Golomb Murray A. Reiter, Louis Gothelf, Albert Hirschson Carole & Mark Gothelf Nathan Lieser Harriet Granfield Mark Vermont Arlene Green Raymond Guttman Robert Guttman Michael Magro, Arthur Hack Linda & Bruce Hack Victor Jacoby Adrienne Hammer Regina Assael Louise Hanig Eleanor Abraham Rosemarie Harvey Steven Oser Madeline Heumann Ellen Salomon-Pavia, Fritz Hirsch, Max Hirsch Renee & Rudolph Hirsch Harold Horwitz, Alexander Horwitz Leon Horwitz Samuel Blank Sharon Hyman Gloria Kail Barbara Kail Sara Kalet Morton Kalet Abram Cukier Rachel Kalnicki Larry S. Burns Jo-Ann Kanter Claire Cotler, Louis Kastein Grace & Elliot Kastein Marvin Kern Sharon Kern-Taub


Adele Kleinburd, Laura Cohen Freda Kleinburd & Richard Kalmin Joseph Koven Arthur Koven Sandra Stein, Alexander Krausz Monica & Robert Krausz Kurt Leopold, Kathinka Leiser Friedel Leopold Ethel Ferber Rosanne Lerner David B. Lesser Sheila Lesser Benjamine Perlman, Mina Lieber Howard Lieber Leslie Litt, Gertrude Goldman Edith Litt Leonard Luhby Sarah Luhby Beatrice Federman Florence Mann Ida Kaplan Rabinowitz, Bernard Marmor, Rose Hochhaus Marmor Harris Marmor Jacob Mast Stanley Mast Roberta Steinhardt Joshua Maudlin Oscar Kuehne, Fritz Rottenberg Harriet Mehl Rottenberg Alfred Meyer Lisa Meyer Linda Rose Minkoff Ronald Minkoff Michael Mendes de Costa, Chai Bas Shlomo Ruth Mukherji Albert Murad Jack Murad Louis Newman Stuart Newman Noroff, father Zelda Noroff Arthur Oppenheimer Stuart Oppenheimer Miriam Ostow Jerry Ostow Sylvia Bertenthal Sandra Palter Rabbi Irwin Feldman, Samuel Pohl Bernice Pohl Feldman Tanya Port Theodore Port Frank Prager Ed Prager Yetta Reich William Reich Isidore Richter, Etta Miller Adele Richter Rose Friss Alice Rosen

THE CONGREGATION GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES THE FOLLOWING DONATIONS Lila Rosenkrantz Ronni Rosenkrantz Gershon Rossberg Amy Rossberg Irving Rothman Joel Rothman Roslyn Rubin Neil Rubin Fay & Harry Ruzal Elsie Ruzal Frances & Hugo Jelinek Ruth Schapira Morris Scheer Gus Scheer Milton Ross-Fein, Joseph Fein Deborah Schiavo Joseph Schoenfeld Alan Schoenfeld Sarah H. Schulberg, Martin I. Schulberg Phyllis & Charlie Schulberg Lori-Ann Bermath, Murray Schwartz Renee Schwartz Lillian Schimmelman Adele Serber Max Shattner Howard Shattner Harry Shulman Bernice Shulman Samuel VanKleef Ronnie Silver Oscar I. Goldberg Judith Simet Elaine Waldinger Leomi Simkin Arthur Squadron Eleanor Squadron Sarah Susser Alan Susser Natalie Taback Stanley Taback Samuel Tureff Lenny Tureff Sol Magid, Sylvia Turitz, Fran Turitz Joel Turitz Fran, Jonathan & Shari Turitz Alvin Warren Faye Warren Herman Litterman Leslee Wechsler Sarah Civval, Hilda Ziselman Ruth Weintraub Helen Budovsky Madeline Weitsman Yetta Weitsman Ray Lila Witrock Alan Witrock Calman Robetz, Melvin Robetz, Abe Woda Barbara & Seymour Woda

Esther Gidansky Florence Wolpoff Rose R. Newman Evelyn Wrubel David Yood Jessica Yood Isaac Lemberger Susan Zurndorfer

IN MEMORY OF: Jean Bloch Betty Baumel Ruth Markus Ellen Rosenfeld Joseph Braunstein, beloved husband of Arlene Braunstein Harriet Granfield Jo-Ann & Marshall Kanter IN HONOR OF: Jaelene Danishefsky, beloved mother of Rachel & Shalom Kalnicki on the birth of a Fred Danishefsky grandson Estelle & Ed Cohen Goldie & Alan Witrock Mabel Cohen Thank you to Beth Levine, Rafi & Adam JaLeah Ferster & Harry Perkal cobson, Noa & Rabbi Michael Pitkowsky for Jo-Ann & Marshall Kanter coming to make a minyan in Jerusalem on Carmen & Jerry Ostow Matt’s yahrzeit Fran Turitz Jennifer Fenster Sam Horwitz, beloved brother of Leon Thank you to our loyal sukkah builders, Horwitz Ephraim Edelman, Eric Saidel, Yoni Schwab Jo-Ann & Marshall Kanter & Dan Spevack Samuel Kleinburd, beloved father of Freda Jennifer Fenster Kleinburd Terri Levine on the birth of grandson, Levi Leah Ferster & Harry Perkal Phyllis & Charlie Schulberg Jean & Barrie Hurwitz Ella & Levi Mandelbaum Jo-Ann & Marshall Kanter Matthew Mandelbaum Carmen & Jerry Ostow Cliff Nerwen & Shulamit Lerner on their marSarah Goldstein & Eric Saidel riage Fran Turitz Erica & Ephraim Edelman Goldie & Alan Witrock Jennifer Fenster & family Leonard Levine, loving brother of Norma Rachel Forster & Shai Held Finkelstein Sarah Goldstein & Eric Saidel Irene Brenner Evelyn Horn & Isaac Weisfuse Roslyn Levy & family Amy Leveen & Bill Yaggy Fran Turitz Beth Levine & Adam Jacobson Brian Moloney, loving brother of James Philip Keisman Moloney Elisa Marcus & Dror Bikel Dovelet Shashou & Jon Trambert Judy & Steve Matthews Fred Rosenberg Sarah Penso Ruth Mayer Abby & Michael Pitkowsky Gussie Rosenbloom, loving sister of Meyer Rachel & Paul Rosenfield Lieman Elsie Ruzal Jo-Ann & Marshall Kanter Roz & Sam Samuels Vivian Kasen Susan Sapiro Hamilton Scheer, beloved father of Melissa Scheer Jessica & Yoni Schwab Vivian Kasen Susan Schwartz & Mitch Posilkin Silber family, loving husband, father & Irene Smookler & Howard Keisman grandfather Liz & Dan Spevack The Turitz family Alyson Spindell Naomi Stein, beloved wife of Bob Stein Marj & Walter Tolub Bernice & Harold Atlas Hadar Schwartz & Josh Binstock Betty Baumel Shuly Schwartz & Eric Fishman Blossom Flohr Noam Spevack on his Bar Mitzvah Barbara J. Olney Dianne & Philip Meranus Lorraine P. Sachs Jessica Yood & Avi Deener & family Marj & Walter Tolub Vivian & Charles Weintraub celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary Fran Turitz


THE CONGREGATION GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES THE FOLLOWING DONATIONS Hilda Strell, beloved mother of Lois & Ethan Strell Jo-Ann & Marshall Kanter Stephen Weber Reena Cohen Carl Weinstein Robin & Ted Weinstein ALIYAH AND TORAH HONORS: Amy Bensen Mabel Cohen Charles Goldfischer Sharon & Dan Taub Fran Turitz SYNAGOGUE: Jonathan Gellman Carol & Mark Jaffe, in appreciation of High Holiday services Karen & Alan Lobel, in appreciation of High Holiday services Denise & Paul Resnik Lillian Sherrin Nancy & John Wolff Miriam Yoles YIZKOR: Ann & Carl Aylman Estelle & Ed Cohen Mabel Cohen Arlene Flohr Blossom Flohr Roslyn & Jeff German in memory of Pearl & George J. Shapiro & Shirley & Leo A. German Rebecca Jacobs Friedel Leopold Phillis Minkoff in memory of Linda Rose Minkoff & Minnie & Harry Filzer Zelda Norel

Theodore Port Howard Schwartz Goldie & Alan Witrock HEBREW SCHOOL: In memory of Helen Cohen on her yahrzeit Jennifer Feldman In memory of Martin Kanter on his yahrzeit Marshall Kanter In memory of Stephen Weber Barbara Cook Rachel & Paul Rosenfield PRAYER BOOKS: In memory of Naomi Edwards Zillah & James Byrd In honor of the birth of my granddaughter, Lola Freddie Levine & in honor of the birth of my grandson, Levi Frederick Levine Terri Levine MISHEBERACH, RECOVERY AND GET WELL WISHES: To Pauline Lipskar Amy & Gus Bensen To Nina Rone, Ruth Dresner & Susan Schwartz Marj & Walter Tolub RABBI’S DISCRETIONARY FUND: In honor of the birth of my grandson, Levi Frederick Levine Terri Levine In honor of our son Ori’s Bar Mitzvah Yael Levy & Joshua Needleman In honor of Emily & Alex Epps wedding Emily Muller In honor of the birth of our grandson Matan Debra & Edward Perkes In honor of Susan Schwartz & Mitch Posilkin Andrea Schwartz

In appreciation Daniella Fuchs & Jeff Wechselblatt In appreciation Linda & Bruce Hack In appreciation Vivian & Charles Weintraub In appreciation of the High Holiday services Judy & Steve Werlin In appreciation Mila Yakoby Speedy recovery wishes for Rabbi Barry D. Katz Susanne & Ben Fruchter In memory of Jean Bloch Norman Bloch & family In memory of Gladys Kanter Jo-Ann & Marshall Kanter Lynne Kanter In memory of Devorah Levy on her yahrzeit Irene Smookler & Howard Keisman In memory of Julia Jacobs on her yahrzeit Randye Malach Elise & Larry Friedman for Yizkor memorial service CANTOR’S DISCRETIONARY FUND: High Holiday Honor Marci Greenberg In honor of the birth of my grandson, Levi Terri Levine In honor of Ella & Levi Mandelbaum Matthew Mandelbaum In honor of our son Ori’s Bar Mitzvah Yael Levy & Joshua Needleman In memory of Hilda Waldman Larry Waldman & family RELIEF EFFORTS IN PUERTO RICO & THE VIRGIN ISLANDS: Robert Jacobs

RIVERDALE JEWISH PROJECT Are you 20 to 30 years old and looking for something fun to do with other young, Jewish adults? Then the Riverdale Jewish Project (RJP) is a group you should check out. Whether you are in college, grad school, grew up here at the shul and are just coming back to town, or you’ve moved here and are beginning to find a home in the community, this is a group for everyone in their 20’s and 30’s. Visit us on Facebook at Riverdale Jewish Project, and watch the weekly CSAIR bulletin and emails for our upcoming programming. For more information, email Yoel Shulman, Engagement Coordinator: yoel@riverdalejewish.org.


SISTERHOOD UPDATE Greetings from Sisterhood. We enjoyed a beautiful and festive holiday season at CSAIR. Among the many highlights was the annual Sisterhood Sukkot lunch on the first day of Sukkot. The weather was lovely, as was the food and the camaraderie. Thanks to Dianne Meranus for making this event a success. On Simchat Torah, the children of our Synagogue stood under a magnificently embroidered Tallit for Kol HaN’earim. The Tallit, which is the handiwork of Dianne Meranus and Razel Kessler, served as a beautiful canopy under which the children gathered on the Bimah for a collective Aliyah to the Torah. I watched as the older children looked to find their own names. Sisterhood sold flowers from Israel for Rosh Hashana; this has become a beautiful holiday tradition here at CSAIR. On October 24, CSAIR member and local artist Deborah Schiavo delighted us with a lecture and slide show looking at the development of the Israeli artistic canon, the relationship between the State and artistic expression, and the themes upon which Israeli visual art is based. It was a thought provoking and creative presentation, and we are grateful to Deborah for the extensive research and time she put into this event. The Sisterhood Bazaar will be held on Sunday December 3 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Experience a December shopping bonanza at CSAIR – shop the bazaar, enjoy a cup of coffee and then visit the Sisterhood Judaica shop on the lower level to view our merchandise and make Chanukah purchases at a 25% discount on most items over $10. All proceeds benefit our Shul. We are seeking new volunteers to help run and invigorate our programs. In particular, we need people to make Bikur Cholim visits to homebound and elderly people in our community. Please speak to Rabbi Katz or myself (margaret.danishefsky@gmail.com, 917-4536617) if you can help. Please mark your calendars and join us for Sisterhood Shabbat on January 20. A beautiful service and special program is currently begin planned for that date. Best wishes for a happy Chanukah and all good things in 2018. Margaret Danishefsky, Sisterhood President

The Bezalel Effect: Inspiring Deeper Engagement through Art and the Imagination Gladstein Fellowship Weekend Friday, February 2 - Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 1:00 PM This year's weekend will feature workshops with artists, educators, and thought leaders who successfully engage Jewish community through imaginative and unconventional means. Come welcome past Fellows, Rabbis Corey Helfand, Adam Baldachin, Roni Tabick and Emily Barton, along with representatives from congregations across the globe. Many sessions will be open to members of the CSAIR community. To help plan the weekend, host our guests, or just find out more, contact Gladstein Fellow, Rory Katz at rory.katz@gmail.com.


SISTERHOOD EXPRESSES THANKS FOR THE FOLLOWING DONATIONS In Memory Of: Robert Stein's wife Naomi Terri Levine Yolande Dreyfuss Phyllis and Charlie Schulberg Leon Horwitz's brother Sam Phyllis and Charlie Schulberg Jean Bloch Anita and David Nerwen Dianne and Philip Meranus Phyllis and Charlie Schulberg Liz and Gus Scheer Terri Levine Freda Kleinburd's father Samuel Norma Finkelstein Deborah Eiferman Phyllis and Charlie Schulberg Deborah Hersch and Kevin Johns Mike Lieman's sister Gussie Rosenbloom Deborah Eiferman Terri Levine Tilda Landovitz Vivian and Charlie Weintraub Phyllis and Charlie Schulberg Razel and Gary Kessler Fred Danishefsky's mother Jaelene Yolande Dreyfuss Terri Levine Norma Finkelstein Deborah Eiferman Tilda Landovitz Anita and David Nerwen Dianne and Philip Meranus

Razel and Gary Kessler Faye and Mike Lieman Susanne and Ben Fruchter Liz and Gus Scheer Norma Finkelstein's brother Leonard Levine Terri Levine Yolande Dreyfuss Deborah Eiferman Anita and David Nerwen Razel and Gary Kessler Faye and Mike Leiman Deborah Hersch and Kevin Johns Phyllis and Charlie Schulberg Polly and Alan Schoenfeld Kenneth Kalman's father Eli Leah Praskin James Maloney's brother Brian Phyllis and Charlie Schulberg Mazel Tov to: Terri Levine on the birth of her grandson Levi Frederick Norma Finkelstein Yolande Dreyfuss Dianne and Philip Meranus Vivian and Charlie Weintraub Sheila and Gary Orin's moving to Israel Yolande Dreyfuss Terri Levine Anita and David Nerwen on the wedding of their son Cliff to Shulamit Yolande Dreyfuss Susanne and Ben Fruchter

Dianne and Philip Meranus Vivian and Charlie Weintraub Cliff and Shulamit Nerwen on their marriage Ruth Weintraub Liz and Gus Scheer Phyllis and Charlie Schulberg's 60th Wedding anniversary Deborah Eiferman Terri Levine Susanne and Ben Fruchter Leah Praskin on the upcoming marriage of her grandson Anita and David Nerwen Diane Sharon on the birth of her grandson Allen Gabriel Fran Turitz Frances Segan on her grandson Noah's Bar Mitzvah Terri Levine Danielle Tocaben on her son Noah's Bar Mitzvah Terri Levine Noah Tocaben on his Bar Mitzvah Terri Levine Refuah Shelayma: Nina Rone Phyllis and Charlie Schulberg In Honor of: Terri Levine in honor of the birth of my grandson Levi Frederick

CSAIR FOOD DRIVE NOVEMBER 27 – DECEMBER 20 To benefit KRMH Food & Hunger Project, Inc. An interfaith, cooperative non-profit organization seeking volunteers. Help by: ●Volunteering to shop, pack and deliver food packages ●Organizing your school, community group, business, or religious congregation to participate ●Contributing current canned and boxes of food or donating dollars. Drop off food after Nov. 27 in CSAIR Lobby. Additional details available in the weekly CSAIR E-Blast. Questions? Want to Volunteer? Contact person for the Hunger Project: Graciela Berger Wegsman wegsman@optonline.net or cell:718-877-2787. Contact Graciela for further information regarding volunteering and organizing further support in your schools and businesses.


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

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

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

FOUR WAYS TO CELEBRATE HANUKKAH WITH THE CSAIR COMMUNITY Hanukkah begins on the 25th of Kislev, sundown on Tuesday December 12, 2017

SUNDAY DECEMBER 10, 2017 10:00 AM – 12-noon

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 13, 2017 at the conclusion of Hebrew School

SATURDAY DECEMBER 16, 2017 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

EVENING MINYAN DURING HANUKKAH at the conclusion of Maariv

Hebrew School Pre-Hanukkah Workshop plus Camp Fair

CSAIR Hanukkah Community Candlelighting

CSAIR Baby Boomer & Friends Hanukkah Party

Enjoy a peaceful moment of communal candlelighting each Hanukkah weekday evening

CELEBRATE TU B’SHEVAT AT OUR CSAIR COMMUNITY KABBALAT SHABBAT FRIDAY, JANUARY 26 AT 5:45 PM Come ready to sing and welcome Shabbat at an intimate, spirited, family-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service with families from throughout our community, followed by a delicious Israeli-style dinner and an entertaining, informative, and inspiring Tu Bishvat program designed for adults and children. All are welcome! Pre-registration required.

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CSAIR Synagram November 2017 - February 2018

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CSAIR Synagram November 2017 - February 2018