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SYNAGRAM September-November 2017

Elul 5777-Cheshvan 5778

“BUT RABBI, PRAYER IS NOT MY THING” A friend said those words to me a while back and I have been thinking about it, especially as we head into Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, days on which prayer takes center stage. While some of us find great meaning in prayer, others simply do not connect with it. Sentiments of the machzor (High Holiday Prayer Book) seem foreign, from a time when people thought in terms of kings and servants. The book’s reflections on themes such as reward and punishment do not make sense to all. And then there is Hebrew. Some cannot read it. Others can read it and enjoy reminding themselves of its shapes and sounds but by the time they are fluent, Yom Kippur is ending! Even excellent Hebrew speakers are challenged by the SAT word vocabulary of the prayers. Of course, there is God. We gather together on the holidays (and on Shabbat and at weekday minyanim) with people who believe deeply and gain great comfort and strength from their relationship with God, with those who question, and with those who do not believe in God but do believe in the Jewish people and in community. The Hassidic master, Abraham of Slonim, also known as the Slonimer Rebbe, offers some advice to those who are challenged by prayer. He notes that praying was once something you did in your field and orchard and not in shul. Farmers plowed, sowed, and irrigated and knew that it’s up to forces beyond their control to determine how successful the growing season will be. And so they prayed- hoping that God or the gods would grant them the miracle of abundance. Once, prayer was the most natural thing in the world. (Continued on page 2)


HEBREW SCHOOL BEGINS NEW YEAR ON SUNDAY SEPT. 17 The Marsha Dane Stern Hebrew School at CSAIR – the largest and fastest growing Hebrew School in Riverdale – begins its new year on Sunday, September 17 at 10:00 AM. The school strives to create a dynamic Jewish experience for all students and their families, and stresses parent involvement, community building, mastery of Hebrew reading, and knowledge of Jewish prayers and traditions. The first day of class will welcome the entire family and feature a brief service, introduction to the Hebrew School program and a social action project. Prospective students and their families are invited to join us for opening day, September 17th, from 10 AM – Noon. 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 October 24, 2017.

CSAIR • 475 West 250th Street, Bronx, New York 10471 Tel: 718-543-8400 • www.csair.org

CSAIR WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS Minda Lee Arrow & Ely Greenberg Jodi & Aaron Feinstein Joyce & Bruce Group Michelle & David Gevanter Farah Tataro-Greenfield & Avi Greenfield Bertha Mann Elizabeth & Seth Offenbach Ariella Perkes & Kevin Schreiber Deborah & Nimrod Shafran Renee Zalewitz & Spencer Raine

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 Sandra Ghiorzo at phone: 718-543-8400 email: secretary@csair.org You’re on Facebook? CSAIR is too!

“BUT RABBI, PRAYER IS NOT MY THING” (Continued from page 1)

Based on this, the Slonimer advises: You should act in prayer as if you were a farmer: First you plow, then you seed, afterward you water, and finally things begin to grow. In prayer: first you have to dig deeply to open your heart, then you place the words of prayer in your heart, then you allow your heart to cry, that’s how salvation grows. Prayer begins in waiting and in hope. In wanting strength or to feel less alone. In yearning for meaning and the desire to be part of something larger than ourselves. Prayer does not begin in the machzor. It begins in our hearts. What if you brought the Slonimer’s words with you to the High Holidays? Sit down in your seat but before you open the book, be like a farmer. What is in your heart? Search the machzor for words to express some of that feeling. Let yourself savor those words, or, if you don’t find any, then use your own words, or just let that emerging feeling be your wordless prayer for the day. On the High Holidays, I sit facing hundreds of people who are gloriously unique. How could any one prayer speak to all of us at once? But over the course of many days, certain prayers will speak to some of us. Different melodies will transport each of us. My hope is that we all have a moment or two, where the combination of words, music, sacred space, the people to our right and to our left, and memory help us open our hearts. A popular song by Sara Barielle offers encouragement for people who have yet to find their voice: Say what you wanna say And let the words fall out Honestly, I wanna see you be brave We need time to let emotions ripen. We need the quiet of no cell phones and no work. We need permission to allow ourselves to tentatively pray to God or just to talk to ourselves for now. We need a feeling of safety so that we can let our guard down, be less self-conscious, and discover courage. “But Rabbi, Prayer Is Not My Thing.” Depends what you mean by prayer. Each of us comes to shul with so much to say. So many questions. Yearning. All of this is prayer as well. Maybe this year prayer could be your thing. L’shana Tovah Tikateivu May you and the people you love be inscribed for a good year. Rabbi Barry Dov Katz


HAYOM HARAT OLAM Today the world stands as at birth. Today all creatures stand in judgment either as children or as servants. If as children, be compassionate with us as a parent is compassionate with children. If as servants, our eyes look to you that you may be gracious to us when you bring our judgement to light, awe-inspiring, holy one. Rosh Hashanah is often referred to as the birthday of the world. We are starting fresh. If our slates are all so clean, why are we standing in judgement? Newborns have nothing to repent. Our liturgy, reflecting our experience in the world, is full of contradictions. Some resolve with further examination, and some stand. This prayer is from the Musaf Amida on Rosh Hashanah at the end of each of three special sections immediately after the shofar is sounded. It starts while the blast is still reverberating. It’s the still small voice that emerges from the thunder. Many musical settings of this text evoke a contemplative, solemn and even anxious mood. Not exactly “Happy Birthday to You.” The expression “Harat Olam” doesn’t exactly mean birth of the world, it means something closer to conception or pregnancy. It suggests the potential for rebirth. First we need to pass through the crucible of God’s judgment. The next part of the prayer asks God – are we your children or your servants? As children, we can expect understanding and forgiveness. We hope to be taught lovingly what we can learn from our mistakes. As servants, we feel powerless and utterly dependent on forces beyond our control. Will you be a compassionate father or a strict judge? This is what we are confronting as we hear the shofar. Our liturgy is full of these opposing notions of God and of our relationship to God. I can only imagine that the answer is yes – we are children and servants. We are accountable, but we can learn. Our Selichot program this year (see below for details) will focus on this and other prayers that contain opposing ideas such as “Open the gates at the time of the closing of the gates.” I look forward to seeing you there. Shanah Tovah! Cantor Elizabeth Stevens


Prospective students and their families are invited to join us for opening day, September 17th, from 10 AM – 12-NOON.

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, October 6 Friday, November 17 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, September 15 Friday, October 27 Friday, December 8 Friday, January 26 Friday, March 9 Friday, May 4

An extraordinary night of inspiration, song and spoken word with Cantor Elizabeth Stevens, composer, vocalist Brian Gelfand, Deborah Lupkin-Unger and Eric Dinowitz. Join us as the CSAIR Social Hall is transformed into an intimate space for reflection and prayer to help move us toward the Days of Awe.

Saturday evening, September 16, 2017 8:45 PM – Coffee and Desserts (courtesy of the Sisterhood) 9:15 PM – Program 10:30 PM – Changing of the Torah covers and Selihot service


NEW TEEN LEARNING EXPERIENCE LAUNCHING THIS FALL CSAIR is proud of our growing Project Chaverim Teen Fellowship – our leadership program for 9th-12th graders meeting on Sunday mornings 10am – 12pm (parallel to the Hebrew School calendar). Continuing for our 7th year, our Project Chaverim Teen Fellows develop their leadership skills and capacities, learn Jewish content and use their skills and knowledge to create engaging and exciting educational experiences for our Hebrew School 3-4 grade students. All CSAIR teens – regardless of previous Jewish knowledge and experience - are encouraged to become Project Chaverim Fellows. We are excited about our ambitious ideas and plans for the coming year. For more information about Project Chaverim or to apply to become a Project Chaverim Fellow, see the CSAIR website.

riences in Jewish learning, we are creating two learning tracks to meet the range of our teens’ learning needs and interests. Track I will challenge students to think deeply and critically about Jewish issues related to theology, history, Israel, identity and practice. This track will be open to all 9th-12th graders and will require no minimum level of Jewish knowledge, Hebrew skills or previous Jewish learning. Track II will focus on the skills of Hebrew language development and Jewish textual analysis. The participants in this track will need a minimum of an intermediate level of Hebrew reading comprehension and will study the Hebrew texts in supported Hebrew. This track is intended for students who attended a Jewish day school or received a Jewish education commensurate with a Jewish day school through middle school.

To build on our opportunities for teens, CSAIR is planning to launch a new Teen Learning Experience this fall to include teens who are and are not participants in Project Chaverim. This experience, like Project Chaverim, is open to CSAIR members and non–members. It is our hope that teens will choose to participate in this new learning experience in addition to Project Chaverim.

Participants in both tracks will meet at the same time – Shabbat morning from 10:30 AM – 12 PM - eating and schmoozing together before and after the parallel class instruction. For more information or to register for the Teen Learning Experience, please see the CSAIR website or contact me at Educationdirector@csair.org.

Our vision is to provide a weekly experience for teens to engage in substantive and meaningful Jewish learning, develop strong peer relationships and create a dynamic teen learning Mason Voit community. As our teens have a diverse range of prior expe- Director of Education and Jewish Family Life

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Rosh Hashanah I & II Yom Kippur CSAIR KIDS (ages 0-6)

10:30 AM In the classrooms

Family Service (parents with kids ages 6-10)

10:30 AM Tent

Pre-Teen Service (ages 11-13)

10:30 AM Beit Midrash

Teen/College Creative Service

12:00 PM Tent

Shabbat Shuva CSAIR KIDS (ages 0-6)

10:45 AM In the classrooms

Pick-up Davening (ages 6-12)

10:45 AM Beit Midrash

Erev Yom Kippur

Sukkot I Sukkot III (Shabbat)

Shemini Atzeret Shabbat Bereshit

Children’s Program 6:30 PM (ages 6-12) Beit Midrash

CSAIR KIDS ages 0-6)

CSAIR KIDS (ages 0-6)

10:45 AM Taub Room


10:45 AM Taub Room

CSAIR LAUNCHES 2017-18 ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM WITH TWO SPECIAL SEPTEMBER EVENTS ___________________________________________________________________________________

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 – 7:45 PM AT CSAIR THE HEART OF THE HIGH HOLIDAYS Rabbi Shai Held in dialogue with

Rabbanit Devorah Zlochower Join us as we prepare for the Days of Awe and celebrate an important new publication. In small groups, with talented teachers from the Riverdale Jewish community, study High Holiday themed selections from Rabbi Shai Held’s newly published The Heart of Torah: Essays on the Weekly Torah Portion. Then, join a conversation between Rabbi Held and Rabbanit Devorah Zlochower, Rebbe at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, about The Heart of Torah, the Days of Awe, and what it means to read the Bible with an open mind and an open heart. Books will be available for purchase at the end of the evening. This free event is a project of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale and the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale and community partners (list in formation.)


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 AT CSAIR SHABBAT MORNING MANY MIGRATIONS: MY STORY AS A CUBAN JEW with Professor and Author Ruth Behar On the Shabbat morning of September 16, 2017, University of Michigan Professor and MacArthur "Genius" Award winner Ruth Behar will speak about the history and current situation of the Jews of Cuba. She will also discuss her creative work as a novelist and poet bringing Jewish-Cuban stories, memories, and sensibilities into American literature. Professor Behar’s most recent – and debut – young-adult novel, Lucky Broken Girl, tells the story of a Cuban-Jewish immigrant girl. It will be available for purchase at the CSAIR office and can be autographed the Friday afternoon before the talk. This free event is sponsored by the Gerson Cohen Institute for Adult Jewish Learning at CSAIR.


HIGH HOLIDAY SERVICE SCHEDULE 5778 / 2017 All services take place in both the Sanctuary and Taub Room unless otherwise noted **When Yom Tov follows Yom Tov or Shabbat, light candles by transferring a flame from an existing flame SELICHOT Saturday, September 16, 2017 Minha/Maariv (Sanctuary) 6:45 PM Selichot Beit Cafe and Program (Social Hall) 8:45 PM A musical program will precede the Selichot service along with a Sisterhood-sponsored dessert. EREV ROSH HASHANAH Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Eruv Tavshilin/Light Candles Minha/Maariv (Sanctuary) ROSH HASHANAH I Thursday September 21, 2017 P’sukei D’Zimra (Sanctuary) Shaharit – Torah Reading CSAIR Kids (ages 0-6 – in the classrooms) Family Service (parents w/ kids ages 6-10 –Tent) Pre-teen Service (ages 11-13 – Beit Midrash) Shofar Sermon Musaf Teen/College Creative Service – Tent) Tashlikh (Meet at SAR Parking lot) Minha/Maariv (Taub Room) Light Candles after** ROSH HASHANAH II Friday September 22, 2017 P’sukei D’Zimra (Sanctuary) Shaharit Service – Torah Reading CSAIR Kids (ages 0-6 – in the classrooms) Family Service (parents w/ kids ages 6-10 –Tent) Pre-teen Service (ages 11-13 – Beit Midrash) Shofar

Get a Head Start on 5778 Need some energy to start Rosh Hashanah? Want a few quiet minutes to reflect on the year that was? Looking for hope? Come to services on Erev Rosh Hashanah where we will welcome the new year by singing new melodies and humming ancient chants, by listening to a story aimed at kids and some Torah to frame the holiday, and by connecting with others. Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 6:37 PM in the Sanctuary.

6:37 PM 6:37 PM

8:30 AM 9:00 AM 10:30 AM 10:30 AM 10:30 AM 10:45 AM 11:00 AM 11:30 AM 12:00 PM 5:00 PM 6:35 PM 7:35 PM

8:30 AM 9:00 AM 10:30 AM 10:30 AM 10:30 AM 10:45 AM

Sermon Musaf

11:00 AM 11:30 AM

ROSH HASHANAH II (continued) Teen/College Creative Service – Tent) Light Candles** Minha/Shabbat Maariv Services (Taub Room)

12:00 PM 6:34 PM 6:34 PM

SHABBAT SHUVA Saturday September 23, 2017 Shaharit (Sanctuary) CSAIR Kids (ages 0-6 – in the classrooms) Pick-up Davening (ages 6-12 – Beit Midrash) Minha/Maariv (Beit Midrash) Shabbat Ends

9:00 AM 10:45 AM 10:45 AM 6:34 PM 7:34 PM

EREV YOM KIPPUR Friday September 29, 2017 Minha (Beit Midrash) 2:00 PM Light Candles 6:22 PM Kol Nidre 6:22 PM Children’s Program (ages 6-12 – Beit Midrash 6:30 PM Shirah B’Kippur (Library) following services YOM KIPPUR Saturday, September 30, 2017 P’sukei D’Zimra (Sanctuary) Shaharit – Torah Reading CSAIR Kids (ages 0-6 – in the classrooms) Family Service (parents w/ kids ages 6-10 –Tent) Pre-teen Service (ages 11-13 – Beit Midrash) Teen/College Creative Service – Tent) Sermon Yizkor

9:00 AM 9:30 AM 10:30 AM 10:30 AM 10:30 AM 12:00 PM 12:00 PM 12:30 PM

Tashlikh on the Hudson

Shirah b'Kippur

CSAIR congregants are invited to gather near flowing waters to symbolically distance ourselves from the sins of the past year and prepare for the year to come.

Following Kol Nidre services, join Rabbi Katz and guest Shaliach Tzibur Nahum Binder for 30 minutes of singing Hebrew songs whose words and melodies evoke the moods of Yom Kippur. All voices welcome!

Join us on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 5:00pm in the SAR Parking lot at 254th Street and Independence Avenue. Services will be led by Rabbi Barry Dov Katz. Bring your own bread! Minha/Maariv will follow at 6:35 PM at CSAIR in the Taub Room.


Friday, September 29, 2017 in the Library following Kol Nidre service.

SUKKOT / SHEMINI ATZERET / SIMHAT TORAH 5778 / 2017 All services take place in both the Sanctuary and Taub Room unless otherwise noted **When Yom Tov follows Yom Tov or Shabbat, light candles by transferring a flame from an existing flame SUKKOT EREV SUKKOT Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Eruv Tavshilin/Light Candles Minha/Maariv (Sanctuary)

SUKKOT VI Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Shaharit – Lulav and Etrog (Beit Midrash) Maariv (Beit Midrash)

6:14 PM 6:14 PM

SUKKOT I Thursday, October 5, 2017 Shaharit – Lulav and Etrog (Sanctuary) CSAIR KIDS Sukkot Service (Taub Room) Minha/Maariv (Sanctuary) Light Candles after ** SUKKOT II Friday, October 6, 2017 Shaharit – Lulav and Etrog (Sanctuary) Sisterhood Lunch in Sukkah Light Candles** Minha/Shabbat Maariv (Sanctuary) HOL HAMMOED SUKKOT SUKKOT III Saturday, October 7, 2017 Shaharit – Koholet / No Lulav and Etrog (Sanctuary) CSAIR KIDS Sukkot Service (Taub Room) Minha/Maariv Services (Beit Midrash) Shabbat Ends

6:45 AM 7:30 PM

HOSHANAH RABBAH SUKKOT VII Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Shaharit – Last Lulav and Etrog (Beit Midrash) Eruv Tavshilin / Light Candles Mincha/Maariv (Beit Midrash)

9:00 AM 10:45 AM 6:12 PM 7:12 PM

9:00 AM 12:30 PM 6:10 PM 6:10 PM

9:00 AM 10:45 AM 6:10 PM 7:10 PM

SUKKOT IV Sunday, October 8, 2017 Shaharit – Lulav and Etrog (Beit Midrash) Maariv (Beit Midrash)

9:00 AM 7:30 PM

SUKKOT V Monday, October 9, 2017 Shaharit – Lulav and Etrog (Beit Midrash) Maariv (Beit Midrash)

6:45 AM 7:30 PM

6:45 AM 6:02 PM 7:30 PM

SHEMINI ATZERET Thursday, October 12, 2017 Shaharit (Sanctuary) CSAIR Kids (ages 0-6 – Taub Room) Yizkor Minha/Maariv, Hakafot and Dancing (Sanctuary) Light Candles after**

9:00 AM 10:45 AM 11:00 AM 6:01 PM 7:01 PM

SIMHAT TORAH Friday, October 13, 2017 Shaharit (Sanctuary) Hakafot and Dancing (Sanctuary) Light Candles ** Minha/Shabbat Maariv

9:00 AM 10:15 AM 5:59 PM 5:59 PM

SHABBAT BERESHIT Saturday, October 14, 2017 Shaharit Service (Sanctuary) CSAIR Kids (ages 0-6 – Taub Room) Minha/Maariv (Beit Midrash) Shabbat Ends

9:00 AM 10:45 AM 5:59 PM 6:59 PM

You could be a lucky winner...

WIN THE USE OF CSAIR’S PORTABLE SUKKAH! ∙ CSAIR’S portable sukkah fits virtually anywhere. ∙ Seats two (or a very friendly four). ∙ Provides an excellent view of the stars. Two ways to enter: 1) Send an email to executivedirector@csair.org with “Portable Sukkah” in the subject line. 2) Leave a note for the office with your name, phone number and/or email address that says, “I would like to win use of a sukkah this year!”

Winners will be chosen by raffle at 2:00pm on the afternoon of Yom Kippur. 7

PASSPORT TO JEWISH EDUCATION Since its inception in 1954, Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale has been committed to providing our congregation's children with opportunities to engage in a variety of Jewish and Israel-focused educational experiences to help them develop strong Jewish identities and connections to Israel. To encourage families to benefit from as many of these experiences as possible, through the generosity of our scholarship programs we offer the children of CSAIR members a PASSPORT TO JEWISH EDUCATION. Passport to Jewish Education is a comprehensive program designed to defray the cost of formal and experiential Jewish education for the children of CSAIR members. Through Passport to Jewish Education, all CSAIR members will be eligible for their children to receive a one-time incentive to encourage enrollment in The Marsha Dane Stern Hebrew School or attend a Jewish day school of their choosing. Additionally, members can avail themselves of incentives for their children to attend a study or travel program in Israel, Jewish overnight camp, Jewish day camp, and attend a specialized Hebrew immersion program while at camp. CSAIR children who meet the criteria may participate in multiple incentive programs. Children participating in one or more of these experiences may be eligible to receive incentives for hundreds or even thousands of dollars toward the cost of tuition. Below you will find information on the financial incentives available for the children of CSAIR members to participate in Jewish education experiences. Marsha Dane Stern Hebrew School A child enrolled in Grade 2 in our Hebrew School is eligible for a $350 incentive. (In addition, need-based scholarships remain available for families with children throughout the Hebrew School.) *Funded by the Paul and Louise Weissman Fund and by the Sam and Bev Zucker Memorial Scholarship Fund Jewish Day School A child enrolling for the first time in a Jewish day school, or in a Jewish high school, is eligible for a $2,000 incentive. *Funded by the Matthew S. Fenster Jewish Education Fund Summer Camps Ramah Nyack Day Camp A child entering grades kindergarten, 1 or 2, enrolling in Ramah Day Camp in Nyack for the first time, is eligible for a $750 incentive. An additional $500 incentive is available for campers at Ramah Day Camp in Nyack, to participate in the "Sha'ar" Hebrew immersion program. Overnight Summer Camp A child entering grades 4 or 5, enrolling in an overnight summer camp for the first time for 3 weeks or longer, is eligible for a $1,000 incentive to attend a Ramah overnight camp, or a $750 incentive to attend a not-for-profit Jewish overnight camp included in the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) camp directory. A complete listing of eligible camps can be found on the FJC website at www.jewishcamp.org/find-camp. *Funded by contributions to CSAIR's annual Ma'ot Chitim Fund and from the Camping Fund established through CSAIR's Gala honoring Rabbi Barry Dov Katz and Shoshi Talesnick. Funding for the Sha'ar program comes from the family of Judith Susser. Israel Study and Travel The Herman and Sarah Schwartz Israel Scholarship Fund provides a $1,000 scholarship annually to a CSAIR student for an Israel study or travel trip. Recipients are required to write about the experience afterwards and complete a community service project approved by CSAIR Education staff. *Funded by Robert and Susan Schwartz Applications for all Passport to Jewish Education incentives and scholarship programs are available at the CSAIR office. Passport to Jewish Education is a CSAIR pilot program made possible by generous contributions and bequests. For more information, go to www.csair.org/passporttojewisheducation or contact CSAIR Executive Director Jennifer Knobe at 718-5438400 or executivedirector@csair.org.



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SUMMER PROJECTS AT CSAIR While the summer is usually a time for relaxing and taking a break from the hectic pace of the rest of the year, we have been busy using this time to plan or commence various projects both inside and outside the building. The Youth Lounge, which is accessed through the Board Room, has been a tired, dark and dismal place for many years. Used on occasion for programming by the Young Children's Family Program, CSAIR KIDS, and programs for teens, we have wanted to make improvements to this space for some time but, due to other priorities, were unable to do so. We are happy to report that this project has now been completed thanks to a generous donor. The ceiling and pipes, which had been painted black many years ago, have been painted white and the walls have been given a fresh coat of off-white paint. In addition, the floor, which was previously bare concrete, is now covered with charcoal gray carpet tiles which were left over from the recent installation in the Baum Library and Beit Midrash. The room is now brighter and cheerier and now needs one more thing--- KIDS! It is wonderful to bring this valuable space back to life! Progress has also been made on two projects being funded by Homeland Security grants that we have received. The larger of the two grants ($75,000) will enable us to replace the inner and outer doors that comprise the lower lobby vestibule. The glass and the doors themselves will be more secure than the vestibule doors that were installed when the synagogue was constructed more than 50 years ago. This work will occur immediately after Sukkot. The smaller of the two grants ($27,500) enables us to improve security in the Hebrew School classrooms and elsewhere in the building by installing more secure door locks and additional closed-circuit TV cameras inside and outside our building. This work will be started in August 2017. In addition, we have also ordered a new air conditioning system (costing $31,000) for the lower level of the building. The system, which cools the lower lobby and hallways, the Taub Room and other spaces, was original to the building, also dating back approximately 50 years, and no longer reparable. The new system, which will be much more energy efficient, is scheduled to be installed in early September. This new equipment is in addition to the air conditioning equipment that was installed last year and cools the Social Hall and the Sanctuary as well as the new cooling tower installed several years ago that enables all of these sysMany thanks to Prestige Cleaners tems to run. Finally, we are also undertaking various projects that are on the outside of the building, including sidewalk repairs and repairs to the stone work on the walkway leading to the Henry Hudson Parkway entrance. Refreshing our walls and walkways with a fresh coat of paint is also part of our summer projects and preparations.

RJP Engaging Young Adults 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. Bring friends, colleagues, significant others, or come alone and meet new people! 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


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Intimate Voices


Mark your calendars for the ninth season of Intimate Voices, world-class chamber music in our lovely and acoustically excellent sanctuary – the perfect intimate venue for experiencing chamber music of all periods! 3 Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM November 11, 2017 / January 20, 2018 / March 3, 2018 Free Sunday Afternoon Sensory/Autism-Friendly Family Program – Date TBA As we continue to work on artist and program details, we are excited to already tell you that Renée Jolles and James Wilson will return for the ninth straight season, and Carsten Schmidt (with one of his beautiful harpsichords) will join us in January for another wonderful Baroque evening. We are also very happy to tell you that New York Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital, our first Corporate Community Partner, has generously renewed its support for the upcoming season. We are honored to receive this grant for a third consecutive year. With the continued generosity of our audience and community in addition to this grant, we plan to continue our expanded outreach roster this season, again offering our Family Program in a sensory/autism friendly format to reach all families, and again bringing our music to classes at the Riverdale Early Childhood Center for children with special needs. We will also be continuing our visits to area nursing homes and rehab centers, including our annual visit to the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx, to play for those in the community who are not able to come out and hear music. So check our webpage at www.intimatevoices.org for more program and artist information. Online ticket sales are now available, as well as an order form which can be downloaded and printed for mail orders. We look forward to another great season of world-class music in Riverdale!

RABBI KATZ’S TUESDAY MORNING CLASS BEGINS OCTOBER 24 Palace intrigue combines with personal drama to make the end of King David’s reign a study in complexity. After his death, Solomon assumes the throne and is known for his wisdom, building, and political prowess. Come share in our discussions about David’s last days; then study the very different story of King Solomon’s successes (and excesses) as king. Consider how each navigates the challenges of his own life and consider what these stories can teach us about our own. Taught by Rabbi Barry Dov Katz Starts on October 24 Tuesdays 10:30 AM – 12 NOON Sponsored by the CSAIR Sisterhood. Free for Sisterhood members or members of CSAIR and affiliates (others–nominal fee)

Sheila Reinhold, Music Director




Informational Session/1st Class October 25, 2017, 7:45 PM

November 9, 2017, time TBA

Sunny Mediterranean Flavors

Perhaps you never had the chance to ascend the bimah as a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Maybe you did, but want to do it again at a time in your life when you will appreciate your connection to Judaism in a different way. This course is designed for adult learners of any age who are members of CSAIR. Taught by Rabbi Barry Dov Katz, Cantor Elizabeth Stevens, and Rabbinic Intern Rory Katz. Wednesdays, 7:45-9:00 PM

Lillian Gewirtzman, editor of After the Silence: Reflections of the Descendants, will discuss this collection of 22 personal stories by children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, and the parallel generation of German non-Jews. The authors, on each side of the divide, reflect upon their experiences growing up and coping with their heritage and the legacy of the Holocaust.


Taught by CSAIR’s own Judy Matthews

APPETIZERS AND SOUPS: November 6 & December 4 6:30-8:30 PM

MAIN DISHES AND DESSERTS: November 6 & December 4 6:30-8:30 PM ————————————————

Matzah Baking Taught by Mechon Hadar Rabbi and CSAIR Member Rabbi Ethan Tucker March 25, 2018, 10:00 AM—12 Noon

ADULT EDUCATION OFFERINGS FOR 2017-18 TAKING SHAPE The 2017-18 curriculum for CSAIR’s Gerson D. Cohen Institutute for Adult Jewish Learning is currently being finalized. Here is a preview of some of the exciting classes in this year’s offering. And of course keep an eye out for full details in this year’s Adult Education Brochure, which will be available in hardcopy and online at www.csair.org.

which much Israeli visual art is based. Deborah Schiavo is a CSAIR member and local artist. Sponsored by Sisterhood. October 24, 2017 at 8:00 PM

Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Class Perhaps you never had the chance to ascend the bimah as a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Maybe you did, but want to do it again The Heart of the High Holidays: Rabbi Shai Held in conver- at a time in your life when you will appreciate your connecsation with Rabbanit Devorah Zlochower (sponsored by tion to Judaism in a different way. This course is designed for CSAIR & HIR) adult learners of any age who are members of CSAIR. Come to CSAIR to join together with the Hebrew Institute of Taught by Rabbi Barry Dov Katz, Cantor Elizabeth Stevens, Riverdale and other community partners to prepare for the and Rabbinic Intern Rory Katz. Days of Awe and celebrate an important new publication, Wednesdays, 7:45-9:00 PM Rabbi Held’s The Heart of Torah: Essays on the Weekly Torah Information Session: October 25, 2017 (the 1st class) Portion. Rabbi Held is President and Dean of Mechon Hadar. Sunny Mediterranean Flavors: From Soup to Nuts September 10, 2017 at 7:45 PM I. Appetizers and Soups Many Migrations: My Story as a Cuban Jew November 6 & December 4, 6:30-8:30 PM Shabbat Lunch and Learn II. Main Dishes and Desserts Professor Ruth Behar, Cuban-born University of Michigan An- November 6 & December 4, 6:30-8:30 PM thropology Professor, MacArthur “Genius” Award Winner, $90 per 2-session course – taught by Judy Matthews novelist, poet and documentary film-maker, will speak about Kristallnacht: After the Silence her experiences as a Cuban Jew. September 16, 2017 following Kiddush featuring Cuban food Lillian Gewirtzman, editor of After the Silence: Reflections of the Descendants, will discuss this collection of 22 personal stoSelichot Beit Café ries by children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, An extraordinary night of inspiration, song and spoken word. and the parallel generation of German non-Jews. Join us as the CSAIR Social Hall is transformed into an November 9, 2017, time TBA intimate space for reflection and prayer to help move us Yeshiva University Museum toward the Days of Awe (see details on page 3). The Arch of Titus – from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back Saturday evening September 16, 2017, 8:45 PM Jacob Wisse, Director of the Yeshiva University Museum at Led by Cantor Elizabeth Stevens the Center for Jewish History, will offer a tour of this imThe Other Peace Process: Interreligious Dialogue, A View portant exhibition. The Arch of Titus, built to commemorate from Jerusalem Roman triumph in the Jewish War of 66-74 CE, has stood as Drawing upon his decades of experience in the field, Rabbi a touchstone of Western civilization for nearly 2000 years. Dr. Ron Kronish, Founding Director of the Interreligious Coor- November 13, 2017, 6:30 PM, at the Center for Jewish History dinating Council in Israel, will speak about his new book which describes the theory and practice of interreligious dia- Building Bridges: A Conversation with Yehuda Kurtzer and logue, education and action in Israelis and Palestinians in the Haroon Moghul This conversation, led by Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, President of the context of the political peace process. Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, and Haroon MoOctober 15, 2017, time 7:45 PM ghul, Fellow in Jewish-Muslim Relations at Hartman, will exKing David: It’s Complicated and King Solomon’s Wisdom plore the challenges of American Muslim life today, new apPalace intrigue combines with personal drama to make the proaches to building enduring bridges between Jewish and end of King David’s reign a study in complexity. See further Muslim communities, and potential areas of cooperation and details on page 11 above. Taught by Rabbi Barry Dov Katz mutual support in the face of ever more public Islamophobia Sponsored by the CSAIR Sisterhood. Free for Sisterhood mem- and anti-Semitism – November 28, 2017, time TBA. bers or members of CSAIR and affiliates (others–nominal fee) Poetry Workshop Starts on October 24, Tuesdays 10:30 AM – 12 NOON What makes a poem? Award-winning poet Sarah Stern will The Development of Visual Fine Arts in Israel, 1948 to the lead a three-part poetry workshop. Beginning, emerging and Present seasoned poets are encouraged to attend. This course is In honor of Israel's 70th anniversary, Deborah Schiavo will meant for those looking for a supportive community of writers. present this lecture and slide show that will consider the de- Three sessions: February 1, 8 and 15, 2018, at 7:45 PM. velopment of the Israeli artistic canon, the relationship between the State and artistic expression, and the themes upon


ADULT EDUCATION OFFERINGS FOR 2017-18 (continued) 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. February 25, 2018, at 10:00 AM

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.

ONGOING (watch for details on shul website) Book Group CSAIR’s book discussion group (pre-registration required) Dates TBA Facilitated by Sharon Kern-Taub Scholar-in-Residence: Women of Valor in the Modern World Text Wrestlers Judith Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Jewish Women’s CSAIR’s monthly Shabbat Torah-portion discussion group Dates TBA (at 11:00 AM) Archive, is a feminist educator, historian, writer and activist. She is a regular contributor to academic and popular publi- Facilitated by Dr. Diane Sharon cations, including Tablet Magazine, The Jewish Daily Forward, Hazzan’s Tisch and The Huffington Post, and is currently co-editing an anthol- CSAIR’s monthly Shabbat singing experience (after Kiddush) ogy about the modern Jewish mother. 10/7, 11/4, 12/2, 1/6 (winter/spring dates TBA) Friday, March 16, 2018 and Saturday, March 17, 2018 Facilitated by Cantor Stevens Sponsored by the Helen Tureff Memorial Fund. Hug Ivri CSAIR’s monthly Hebrew discussion group (after Kiddush) Matzah Baking 2nd Shabbat of each month Join Rabbi Ethan Tucker, President and Rosh Yeshiva of Facilitated by Yaakov Taitz Mechon Hadar, for a special opportunity to bake your own matzah for the Seder and learn a bit about the laws of mat- Yiddish Vinkl zah baking. The class is intended for adults; older children CSAIR’s monthly Yiddish conversation group (after Kiddush) may attend if they are fully and actively supervised. 9/23, 10/21, 11/18, 12/16, 1,20 (winter/spring dates TBA) March 25, 2018, from 10:00 AM to 12 Noon 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, 2108, at 6:00 PM.



In keeping with CSAIR's commitment to protecting children from abuse, a standing Child Protection Committee (CPC) has been established to oversee the development, implementation and monitoring of an ongoing child protection program at CSAIR.


Our child protection policy, Safeguarding Our Children, A Child Protection Statement, as well as other important and practical information about this effort, can be found on the CSAIR website at: www.csair.org/safeguardingourchildren/.

Judith Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Jewish Women’s Archive, is a feminist educator, historian, writer, and activist. A regular contributor to academic and popular publications, including Tablet Magazine, The Jewish Daily Forward, and The Huffington Post, Rosenbaum is currently coediting an anthology about the modern Jewish mother. Scholar-in-Residence Weekend is sponsored by the Helen Tureff Memorial Fund.


The members of the CPC committee include: Cliff Nerwen (Chair), Miriam Westheimer, Sandy Mislow, Rabbi Barry Dov Katz, Mason Voit, and Abby Pitkowsky. For any questions about Child Protection at CSAIR, contact the committee at: childsafety@csair.org.


MEN'S CLUB UPDATE Hello Friends On behalf of your Men’s Organization, let us say: Oy! It’s so hot and humid! It seems just yesterday we were complaining about Spring – and now here we are complaining about summer! Time flies when you’re having fun. One highlight event of the last few months was “Judaism in American Cinema: Tony Curtis, The Bad News Bears, and Me”. As you know, this one-of-a-kind lecture featured Rabbi Abraham Unger (pulpit Rabbi, published author, and Ph.D.), speaking about his personal experiences as an observant Jewish child actor in the Tony Curtis movie: The Bad News Bears go to Japan. Rabbi Unger pointed out that Tony Curtis was a very dedicated and professional actor, all of which was of great interest to our attendees, some of whom appeared to still be harboring schoolgirl crushes on the Jewish-American Hollywood iconic actor since his heyday in the 1950s. If you missed the lecture, we hope to have Rabbi Unger back again next year to discuss his guest appearance on an episode of Saturday Night Live! And more than just a fine lecturer – we welcome Rabbi Unger to our CSAIR community as the recently married husband of our good friend Deborah Lupkin! Speaking of Deborah, she and our (good natured but occasionally goofy) Co-President David LaDue combined to present a well-received short musical performance at the start of a beautiful outdoor Friday Night service. And our Executive Director David Cohen, gave a meaningful and compelling drash during Saturday night services. Your Men’s Club was happy to be able to help arrange the evening honoring our departed friend, fellow congregant, and respected physician, Dr. Joseph Feldschuh. And, thanks to our Vice President in charge of Thursday Mornings, Marshall Kaminer, and his dazzling array of snacks, there has been a measurable uptick in Thursday Morning Minyan attendance. And finally, we want to mention how much we will miss our dear friends Gary and Sheila Orin as they depart Riverdale to live in Israel. Whenever we see an act of helpful kindness we will remember Sheila. And whenever we hear an odd joke, Gary will be fondly remembered as well. We know you will join us in wishing them happiness and the best of luck in their new home. See you at Kiddush! Joel Chaiken and David LaDue, Men’s Club Co-Presidents

MEN'S CLUB GOLF OUTING What do Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Homer Simpson and the CSAIR Men's Club have in common? Well nothing really – until Sunday, September 17th, that is! That's right; we'll be joining those illustrious and well-jacketed sports icons that make the harrowing sport of golf look like a walk in the park. There's no imminent danger of head injuries, but we cannot take responsibility if your attire is not considered up to par. WHEN: Sunday September 17, 10:00am (arrive by 9:30am) WHERE: Mosholu Golf Course, Van Cortlandt Park, 3545 Jerome Ave. COST: $60. Send check to CSAIR office, attention: Men's Club Golf. RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE IN ADVANCE! For more information, call Mark Gothelf 917-318-6275 or email Mark@Gothelf.net


THE CONGREGATION GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES THE FOLLOWING DONATIONS YAHRZEITS: Albert Abend Jeffrey Abend Anne Altarescu Steven Altarescu Clara & Abraham Halter, Howard & Sanford Alter, Jane, Sidney & Irwin Altman Marilyn Altman Carl Appel Sharon Appel Pauline Balter Rabbi Shlomo Balter Florence & William Sheslow Vicky Barth Corinne Jacobson Bette Baum Sarah & Remy Charlip, Harry Baumel Betty Baumel Jack Bender Leah Bender Sarah Bender Parks Beatrice Entes Sheryl Berger Jacob Bigeleisen Ira Bigeleisen Isaac Blumenstein Michael Blumenstein Irving & Gussie Brass, Irving Karp Charles & Tamar Brass Anna Chasin, Maurice Lefkowitz, Thomas Goldstein Vivian Chasin Shirley Cohen Bonnie Cohen Helen, Bernard, Paul Cohen, Jack Feldstein Estelle & Ed Cohen Ida Benson Pullman, Fanny Benson-Press Mabel Cohen Louis Cooper Bruce Cooper Alan Daub Lisa Daub Aaron Drucker, Morris Hecht Ida Drucker Karen Melcer Saat, Geraldine Epps, Edith Melcer Elaine & Ellliot Epps Florence Eichler Debbie Ezrapour Sydney Feibusch Marvin Feibusch Kate Schenker Faye Fein Fannie Wess Cynthia Fejes Elaine Pohl Moore Bernice Feldman

Matthew Fenster Jennifer Fenster Nathan Finkelstein Norma Finkelstein Eugene Flohr Arlene Flohr Esther Flohr, Eugene Flohr Blossom Flohr Erna & Arthur Fleischman, Eileen Mellor Susan Freimark Mortimer Blumenthal Lydia Freudenstein Marian Herz, Fred Andorn Susanne & Ben Fruchter Milton Gensler, Morris Hackmyer Sally Gensler Harry Rais Lillian Gewirtzman Leon Hofman Sarah Giller Peter Ginsberg Alfred Ginsberg Asna Glezerov Valery Glezerov Sam Goldberg Ira Goldberg Mary Sandrowitz Peter Goldfinger Leslie Golfischer Charlie Goldfischer Justin Goldner Lynn Goldner David Golomb Hank Golomb Beatrice Falco Florence Gordon Honey & James Reiter, Martin Lapkin, Sophie Kasten Carole & Mark Gothelf Estelle Gurland Judy Gurland Edith Hahn Jeanette Hahn Adrienne F. Hammer, Mildred Jacoby Gerald & Adrienne Hammer Sadie Ventimiglia Rosemarie Harvey Allan Levine Jean Hill Toni Hirsch Rudolph Hirsch Betty Anglin Sharon Hyman Fay Golant Barbara Jaspen Mary Jablon Barbara Jurist


Israel Kalet Morton Kalet Irving Kalmin Richard Kalmin Chava Cukier, Dina Kalnicki Rachel & Shalom Kalnicki Ella & Robert Loeb Vivian Kasen Mary & Norman Cotler Grace Kastein Abraham Beirponch Deborah & Arnold Kramer Dorothy Heiferman Tilda Landovitz Norman Lenoff, Mattie Lenoff Les Lenoff Levi Leiser Friedel Leopold Carol Levine Cindy & Bruce Levine Jesse Lipman Hannah Lipman Betty Loeser, Steven Fred Loeser, Jeanette Hirschfeld Susan & Sol Loeser Rae Rubenstein Bill Magaliff Millie Magaliff Carl Mann Barbara Mann Adam Ira Marmor, Benjamin Rabinowitz Harris Marmor Isidore & Claire Jaffe Stanley Mast Samuels Pops Muriel Mauer Kurt Strauss Ruth Mayer Patt & Jim McQuown Kathy McQuown Theodore Levi Lisa Meyer Joseph Mutnick Evelyn Mutnick Esther & Irving Page Warren Page Malvina Pasternak Ivan Pasternak Serena Pasternak Talitan Ruth Reich Steve Reich William Reich Sidney Richter, Ben Miller Adele Richter Bertha Hausspiegel Jean Rosenblum

THE CONGREGATION GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES THE FOLLOWING DONATIONS YAHRZEITS (continued): Milton Rosenkrantz Ronni Rosenkrantz Roslyn Breitbart Sam Samuels Frances Schachter David Schachter Ruth Friedenthal Paulette Schneider Gertrude Schoenfeld Alan Schoenfeld Bernard Schwab Rabbi Joel Schwab Eugene Flohr, Frances Schwartz Ward Renee Schwartz Harold Abramson Susan Schwartz Anne Seidenberg Robert Seidenberg Max Schimmelman Adele Serber David Kamhin Debora Shpolyansky, Khaya Zhitnitskaya Maurice Shashou Dovelet Shashou & Jon Trambert Jente Shattner Howard Shattner Samuel Silverman Louis Silverman Siegfried Waldinger Leomi Simkin Irwin G. Soicher Barry Soicher H. Joel Gribetz, Helen Gribetz Sarah Stern Sam Tolub Walter Tolub Ethel Tureff Lenny Tureff Dorothy Rood, Samuel Turitz, Sara Magid Fran Turitz Hilda & Jacob Ward Ettie Ward Rita Wasserman Philip Wasserman Louis & Elsie Teitelbaum Leslee Wechsler Anne Weinheim Danny Weinheim Anna Weitsman Madeline Weitsman Yetta Weitsman Charles Zalewitz Stephanie Wexler-Robock Matthew Fenster Goldie & Alan Witrock

Lee Dina Wrubel Evelyn Wrubel Ruth Young Stephen Young Bella Zozula Mark Zozula Edward Zurndorfer Susan Zurndorfer

IN MEMORY OF: Joseph Feldschuh Bernice Feldman Sharon Kern-Taub & Daniel Taub Sam Horwitz, beloved brother of Leon Horwitz Marj & Walter Tolub Gladys Kanter Bernice Feldman Paul Klein IN HONOR OF: Estelle & Ed Cohen Isadore Fluger celebrating a special Herbert Needleman, beloved father of Josh birthday Needleman Harlan Spund Marj & Walter Tolub Grandson Kyle Ross Spiritus’s marriage to Fran Turitz Rachel E. Sides Helen Tieger Roslyn & Jeffrey German Sylvia Kahn Jo-Ann Kanter being a Torah Fund Honoree Stephen Weber, beloved father of Michele Harriet Granfield Cohen Ariel Katz graduating from high school Sandra Appel Rabbi Barry D. Katz, Shoshi Rabbi Leonard & Carol Berkowitz Talesnick & family Fenster family Monica, Robert & Stella Krausz on the birth Amy & Todd Geller of their new baby girl Rochelle Stahl Fran Turitz Josephine Zeffren Amy Leveen & Bill Yaggy on the birth of a Carl Weinstein, beloved father of Ted grandson Weinstein Elisa Marcus & Dror Bikel Ira Bigeleisen & family Fran Turitz Marj & Walter Tolub Cliff Nerwen & Shula Lerner on their engagement Fran Turitz SYNAGOGUE: Elsie Ruzal on the marriage of her grandson Linda & Richard Borkow Billy to Beth Sima Brainin Marj & Walter Tolub Rabbi Moshe Edelman Son Billy Shapiro’s marriage to Beth Ruth Hammer Seraydarian David Kapelman for the reader’s table Carrie Ruzal-Shapiro & Peter Shapiro cover in Beit Midrash Carrie Ruzal-Shapiro & Peter Shapiro on Zelda Norof the marriage of son Billy to Beth Sheila & Gary Orin Dovelet Shashou & Jon Trambert Dovelet Shashou & Jon Trambert Alyson Spindell on son Ben’s Bar Mitzvah Alla & Igor Sherbakov Cliff Nerwen Nancy Stern Mikael Weinsteiner on the occasion of his Bar Mitzvah Betty Baumel ALIYAH AND TORAH HONORS: Phil Alcabes, Judith Baumel & Judith Yolande Dreyfuss Weinsteiner on reading from the Torah Yonah Fenster Betty Baumel Roslyn German Anne & Stephen Young on the marriage of Charlie Goldfischer their son Jason Marci Greenberg Marj & Walter Tolub Sheila Lesser Alan Witrock


THE CONGREGATION GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES THE FOLLOWING DONATIONS YIZKOR: Betty Baumel Arlene Flohr Blossom Flohr Elise & Larry Friedman Roslyn & Jeff German in memory of Pearl & George Shapiro and Shirley & Leo German Stewart Kasloff Friedel Leopold

PRAYER BOOK FUND: Holiday prayer book in memory of Gladys Kanter Harriet Granfield RECOVERY & GET WELL WISHES: For Walter Tolub Bonnie Cohen & Sheldon Halprin Susanne & Ben Fruchter Fran Turitz

HEBREW SCHOOL: RABBI’S DISCRETIONARY FUND: On the yahrzeit of Nettie Feldman In honor of Cliff Nerwen & Shula Lerner’s Gary Feldman On the yahrzeit of Judith Overbach Neuman upcoming marriage Rabbi Joseph A. Brodie & Erica GoldJennifer Feldman man-Brodie In honor of Cora’s baby naming ceremony Gwen & Alex Kaplan HEBREW SCHOOL SPECIAL In honor of my Bat Mitzvah & thank you for EDUCATION FUND: all your help In memory of Brian Moloney Lila Mueller La Due family In honor of our 60th wedding anniversary Phyllis & Charlie Schulberg

SISTERHOOD JUDAICA SHOP for all your holiday shopping Celebrate 5778 in style with a special tallit and headcovering for the New Year from our Sisterhood Judaica Shop. Our friendly, well-informed staff will help you choose the perfect items to celebrate the holidays. - Shofarot from Israel - Etrog Boxes - Apple and Honey Dishes - Stuffed Torahs and Lulavim for the children - Memorial Candles Hours: Sundays 9 AM – 12 NOON and by appointment CSAIRgifts@gmail.com Sisterhood members receive a 10% discount. We look forward to seeing you in the shop. Shanah Tovah!


In appreciation Josh Rocker & family In appreciation Wanda & George Sepiashvili On the yahrzeit of Grace Cohen Jaffe Nina Jaffe On the yahrzeit of Eli Keisman Howard Keisman CANTOR’S DISCRETIONARY FUND: In memory of Gladys Kanter Jo-Ann & Marshall Kanter & Family THANK YOU: To the Rhodes Family for their donation in memory of their parents, Helen and Michael Rhodes: “who loved, served and supported this synagogue community, are lovingly remembered by their family".

SISTERHOOD UPDATE I hope this finds you all well and enjoying the end of a wonderful summer. Just a few weeks ago we said goodbye to our dear friend and longtime Sisterhood member Sheila Orin and her husband Gary. Sheila and Gary made Aliyah in August, and joined two of their daughters in Israel. The Orins sponsored a Kiddush on August 5, and Sisterhood together with the Men’s Club provided a festive cake for the occasion. We wish Sheila and Gary all the best in their new life in Israel. Planning for the upcoming year has been in the works since June, when I met with Sisterhood board members and former Sisterhood Presidents to work on the calendar for the upcoming year. We will have our first meeting on Sunday September 10, and we look forward to seeing many of you at that time. There is still plenty of time to share your programming ideas with us; speak to myself or Fran Turitz. Six Sisterhood members, including myself, attended the Womens League for Conservative Judaism convention in Arlington, Virginia in July. The convention was attended by over 500 women from Synagogues across the United States and Canada. One of the many highlights was the Torah Fund luncheon, where the heads of all five Conservative movement rabbinical seminaries came together for the very first time to honor Sisterhood and Torah fund for their many contributions to support Torah education. Bernice Balter spoke about Women’s League’s history of advocacy on a panel calling for action on women’s health. It was an extraordinary conference, and we were inspired by many powerful women in attendance. There is still time to register for a tour of the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum on Thursday, September 14, at 10:30 a.m., sponsored by Metro North Women’s League for Conservative Judaism. Margie Miller, incoming WLCJ International President will give a tour (sorry, no transportation provided). If you are interested, email msteinholz@wlcj.org. Please mark your calendars for the Selichot service on Saturday night September 16, with desserts provided by the Sisterhood. It is always a lovely and inspiring musical evening, and a good way to put yourself into the High Holiday frame of mind. The Sisterhood Gift Shop is open to serve you. Shop locally (here at CSAIR) for gifts, Judaica items, holiday items, and much more. View gift items on the Shul’s website and/or email us at CSAIRgifts@gmail.com. You can support our gift shop through your purchases, and we are looking for volunteers for marketing and advertising. Please contact Marj Tolub at mtolub@gmail.com We look forward to a wonderful year of Sisterhood ahead! Best wishes for a joyous holiday season and a blessed 5778. Margaret Danishefsky, Sisterhood President


SISTERHOOD EXPRESSES THANKS FOR THE FOLLOWING DONATIONS In Memory Of: Marshall Kanter's mother Gladys Phyllis and Charlie Schulberg Florence and Marty Wolpoff Steve Schwartz, husband of Renee Florence and Marty Wolpoff Leon Horwitz' brother Sam Dianne and Philip Meranus Jerry Berkowitz Tilda Landovitz Rabbi Joel Hochman Yolande Dreyfuss Stanley Wollis Shirley Bender Barton Vey Norma Finkelstein

Carrie and Peter Shapiro on the marriage of their son Billy to Beth Phyllis and Charlie Schulberg Terri Levine Tilda Landovitz Yolande Dreyfuss Leah Praskin on the birth of her greatgranddaughter Zoey Terri Levine Liz and Gus Scheer Yolande Dreyfuss Amy Leveen and Bill Yaggy on the birth of their first grandchild Dianne and Philip Meranus Liz and Gus Scheer Phyllis and Charlie Schulberg Cliff Nerwen and Shulamit and their enMazel Tov to: gagement Elsie Ruzal on the marriage of her grandson Phyllis and Charlie Schulberg Billy to Beth Susanne and Ben Fruchter on the birth of Leah Praskin their granddaughter Sasha Terri Levine Vivian and Charlie Weintraub Phyllis and Charlie Schulberg Anita and David Nerwen on the engageYolande Dreyfuss ment of their son Vivian and Charlie Weintraub Florence and Marty Wolpoff Tilda Landovitz Charlie Schulberg on his significant birthday Dianne and Philip Meranus Deborah Eiferman Susanne and Ben Fruchter Fran Giddons on her grandson Jake's Bar Liz and Gus Scheer Mitzvah Florence and Marty Wolpoff Mr. and Mrs. Orlando on the marriage of their daughter Florence and Marty Wolpoff

Bernice Balter on her birthday Deborah Eiferman Mr. and Mrs. Eric Winnegrad on the engagement of their daughter Edith Eichenbaum Emily Barton on being ordained as a Rabbi Norma Finkelstein Mrs. Ruth Shapira on the marriage of her grandson Aron David Yolande Dreyfuss Refuah Shelayma Erica Edelman Florence and Marty Wolpoff Walter Tolub Norma Finkelstein Vivian and Charlie Weintraub Phyllis and Charlie Schulberg Harris Marmor Norma Finkelstein Sheila Lesser Norma Finkelstein In Honor of: Leah Praskin in honor of the birth of my greatgranddaughter Zoey Thank You: Jo-Ann Kanter thank you for my Torah Fund honor

SISTERHOOD JOINS OUR FRIENDS IN WISHING YOU ALL A SWEET AND PEACEFUL 5778 Rabbi Barry Dov Katz & Shoshi Talesnick, Avital, Shai & Ariel Katz, Cantor Elizabeth Stevens & Rabbi Mark Popovsky & children, Jennifer Knobe, Deborah & Don Appel, Bette Baum, Betty Baumel, Judith Baumel & family, Shirley Bender, Sheryl & Eugene Berger & family, Jean H. Bloch, Tammy & Chuck Brass & family, Leona Chudy Cohen & family, Estelle & Ed Cohen, Margared, Fred, Kevin & Deena Danishefsky, Yolande Dreyfuss, Ida Drucker, Edelman family, Elaine, Elliot, Zachary, Alex & Emily Epps, Marjorie Fein & family, Doris Feinberg, Norma Finkelstein, Blossom Flohr, Martha & Allen Frazer, Lydia Freudenstein, Elise & Larry Friedman, Naomi & Jack Funt, Lillian Gewirtzman, Jaqueline S. Gold & Saul Mackler, Galit & Batya, Carole & Mark Gothelf, Jeanette Hahn, Deborah Hersch & Kevin Johns, Sharon Hyman & family, Rachel & Shalom Kalnicki & family, Jo-Ann & Marshall Kanter, Irene & Howard Smookler Keisman, Razel & Gary Kessler, Dorothy Klein, Janice F. Klein, Terri Kornicki & family, Lori & Steven Kurlander & family, Tilda Landovitz, Cantor Marcia Lane, Friedel Leopold, Sheila Lesser, Amy Levine & Bill Yaggy, Terri Levine & family, Laurie Levy & Steven Altarescu, Faye & Meyer Lieman, Judy & Steven Matthews, Dianne & Philip Meranus, Lisa Meyer, Ruth Mukherji, Evelyn Mutnick, Anita & David Nerwen, Leah Praskin, Adele Richter, Elsie Ruzal, Carrie Ruzal-Shapiro & Peter Shapiro & family, Polly & Alan Schoenfeld & family, Phyllis & Charlie Schulberg, Aviva & Joel Schwab, Renee Schwartz, Susan Schwartz & Mitch Posilkin & family, Deborah Shapira & family, Leomi Simkin & family, Dorothy & Alan Stolzer, The Turitz/Berlin family, Faye Warren Berger & family, Karen & Philip Wasserman, Leslee L. Wechsler, Vivian & Charlie Weintraub, Dr. Howard & Miriam Young


Rabbi, Barry Dov Katz Cantor, Elizabeth Stevens Rabbi Emeritus, Dr. Shlomo Balter Rabbinic Intern, Rory Katz

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

STAFF Jennifer Knobe, Executive Director Mason Voit, Education Director Nanci Brickman, Bookkeeper Sandra Ghiorzo, Executive Assistant OFFICERS Abby Pitkowsky, President Elisa Marcus, VP Youth & Education Steve Matthews, VP Operations Mitchell Posilkin, VP Building & Grounds Eric Saidel, VP Community Engagement 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

AT THE HOLY GROUNDS CSAIR’s Sunday Morning Café Opens September 17th 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. Become a sponsor of the Holy Grounds Café – email: executivedirector@csair.org.

The Holy Grounds Café is open!

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September - November 2017 Elul 5777-Cheshvan 5778


September - November 2017 Elul 5777-Cheshvan 5778