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High Holy Days 2018

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Rosh Hashanah is here! This holiday marks the first and second days of the Jewish year. It is reportedly the day G‑d created Adam and Eve, and it’s celebrated as the head of the Jewish year. Rosh Hashanah is celebrated in many ways and according to many customs. Some of the more common examples are: · Hearing the sounding of the shofar on both mornings. · Lighting candles each evening. · Eating festive meals with sweet delicacies during the night and day, which include kiddush over wine or grape juice. · Eating round, raisin challah bread dipped in honey.

From all of these, none is more important than hearing the sound of the shofar. It is considered a mitzvah and is the central observance of the holiday. The first 30 blasts of the shofar are blown following the Torah reading during morning services, and as many as 70 are then blown during the Musaf service. What happens if you can’t come to the synagogue to hear the shofar? The answer is that we will bring the shofar to you. If you are reading this message and will not be able to hear the shofar this year, please let me know if you would like to hear the sounds of the shofar in your home or even office. I will come to you! You can reach me by email at portlandrabbi@gmail.com or on my cell phone at 207 329-9854.

—Rabbi Gary Berenson

· Eating apples dipped in honey (on the first night). · Eating the head of a fish, pomegranates, and other foods symbolizing our wishes for the coming year (on the first night). · Eating a new fruit (on the second night). · Performing Tashlich, a brief prayer said at a body of fresh water. Page 2

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RECENT DONATIONS IN MEMORY OF GERALD ROSEN Molly Cinamon, Toby Rabold and Jane Corbman IN MEMORY OF GERALD SHERRY Patricia Read Adams Teri Berenson Ted Fleischaker and Ivan Howard Wayne and Jo Ann Goodman Helen Isenman Susan Isenman Gregory McGuffin Estelle, Richard, Cheryl, Stephen, and Harriet Sherry Susan and Irwin Singer Nancy and David Spiegel Marshall and Amy Tinkle

Remember that a donation to Etz Chaim in honour of a mitzvah, in memory of a loved one or for any other purpose both helps your shul, and is a great way to add recognition to an event. To donate, please contact Rabbi Gary Berenson at the address, e-mail or phone aty right. And thanks to those who have given their generous support! Page 4

Do You Work For A Company Which Offers Matching Gifts? Many Businesses In The Portland Area Will Match Gifts Given To Non-Profit Organizations, Some Dollar-For-Dollar And Others More. Before You Donate To Etz Chaim, Check With Your Company’s HR Department And Ask If They Will Match To Make Your Donations Go Even Further!

Etz Chaim Synagogue 267 Congress St., Portland, Maine 04101 Phone (207) 773-2339 info@etzchaim-portland.org Bulletin Edited By: Ted Fleischaker & Ivan Howard

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I take deep pride in this column because, well, I love to eat and enjoy everything from a good bagel to my late Grandma Gertrude’s roast, which I make often for Shabbos. But when it comes to the high holy days, I am a much better Yom Kippur cook than a Rosh Hashanah one, meaning my Classic Reform upbringing never meant much special came from anyone’s kitchen this time of year, though we did all fast on Yom Kippur. That said, many of the recipes I have offered here (archived online at www. etzchaim-portland.org) would do great at welcoming the new year. A turkey, grandma’s roast or some of the fish dishes I have written about since I started this column would all be just fine, depending, of course, on how observant you and your family are personally are when it comes to the dietary laws and how many you have to cook for. I will also use this as a spot to mention my “other” grandma. Grandma Fanny never cooked much or made anything. I loved her dearly and many in the family say I take after her often “no nonsense” attitude. She was the only grandparent I can recall anywhere who never kissed her grandkids and rarely gave any of us a hug. Anyway, she was known when asked what she was making for an event or family gathering

to reply, “reservations!” This brings to mind many lunches at the now-defunct Brown Suburban Hotel in Louisville, which always followed Rosh Hashanah services when I was a kid. We’d be dressed in all new (and always itchy) suits and dresses, which Grandma Fanny would buy for every one of her grandkids in the weeks leading up to the High Holy Days. I spent way too many hours fidgeting on the box the tailor at Levy Brothers used as he measured my suit. But Fanny never cooked anything that I can recall. So where does all of the above leave my kitchen this time of year? Mostly vacant. Ivan and I do have a nice meal after services on Rosh Hashanah, but in keeping Grandma Fanny’s spirit alive, we always go out for a nice lunch after morning services the next day --- with Harraseeket Inn in Freeport being our usual haunt. I do always get a round challah, and a number of the local bakeries do make them this time of year. The photo here is at Standard Baking Company, but I have spotted them at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Hannaford Brothers and elsewhere. You can also make your own if you have the talent for baking, which I sadly lack. So what of you looking for some traditional New Year’s dishes? I have found The Nosher section of My Jewish Learning to offer some great recipes and suggestions, so for once I’ll keep quiet, refer you to www.myjewishlearning.com/the-nosher/ and just say have a great Rosh Hashanah, an easy fast on Yom Kippur, and join us at Etz Chaim for kiddush after Rosh Hashanah services and for our breakthe-fast after Neilah on the 19th. --- Ted Fleischaker.

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Etz Chaim Service Schedule

Everyone is welcome to join us for regular services held at Etz Chaim all year round... And now we have Friday Kabbalat Shabbat services every week, too! Here’s the new weekly run-down: ­ Kabbalat Shabbat. — Before you head out or go home to take your shoes off & rest after a long week, stop by Etz Chaim this Friday evening at six for a 45-minute mostly English informal service to welcome the Shabbos. It’s the perfect way to get in the mood for this most holy day of the week. Note that our guest speaker service the 2nd Friday of each month at 7 p.m., will be back after Yom Kippur, with Ron Romano of Spirits Alive set to open this year’s great guest speaker series on the 12th of October. Meanwhile, join us every Friday evening at six and bring the whole family. Then head home for a great Shabbos dinner and some relax time! — Shabbat Morning — Saturdays at 9.30 we have a full Torah service all year long, followed by Portland’s best Kiddush lunch. Come and learn with us, then stay for a nosh. — Monday Evening we have Minyan at five all year long. Join in for a great end to the work day or to remember a friend or family member with Kaddish. We need ten or more, so stop in and be counted! Service lasts 30 minutes, so please join us this or any Monday. Regardless of which day or days you attend, we hope to see you soon at services! Page 6

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He’s one of the most respected federal judges in the country. A true scholar, he has authored dozens of law review articles. He has also served on Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court, and is a highly sought-after lecturer. He’s unusual in having served with distinction in all three branches of government, having also worked as a legislative aide to Sen. Edmund Muskie and special assistant and legal counsel to Gov. Ken Curtis.

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The Board and the Ritual Committee are very excited about our upcoming High Holiday services. The entire schedule is printed elsewhere in this newsletter, and the particulars are also available on our website and in e-mails you should have received. I just want to take a moment to go over some of the highlights.


As in past years, our guest speaker for the first day of Rosh Hashanah will be Aaron David Miller, and our speaker for Yom Kippur will be the Honorable Kermit Lipez. If you’ve been fortunate enough to have heard any of their previous High Holiday talks, I don’t have to tell you that we’re in for a special treat. But because they’re each quite humble, you may not realize the extent to which we’re privileged to have them as our speakers.


Aaron David Miller spent 24 years in the U.S. Department of State. From 1988 to 2003, he advised six secretaries of state on the Middle East and on Arab-Israeli negotiations. He was then president of Seeds of Peace and is now Vice president for new Initiatives at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, one of the world’s leading think tanks. He’s a Global Affairs Analyst for CNN and has also provided expert commentary for PBS, Fox News, the BBC, Al Jazeera, The New York Times, Washington Post, L.A. Times, and The International Herald Tribune. He was a featured presenter at the World Economic Forum and has also lectured at Harvard, Columbia, N.Y.U., U.C. Berkeley, University of Michigan and UVA, to name only a few. His five published books include The Much Too Promised Land and The End of Greatness.


The Hon. Kermit V. Lipez is a Senior Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, which hears appeals in federal cases in most of New England and in Puerto Rico.


Our speaker for the eve of the first day of Rosh Hashanah, day two of Rosh Hashanah and Kol Nidre is a man who is just as thoughtful and eloquent in his sermons as Mr. Miller and Judge Lipez are in their talks: our own Rabbi Berenson. I’m very much looking forward to hearing all of them speak.


Kol Nidre services will start at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday; but you would do well to get here a bit earlier, in order to hear noted cellist Ben Noyes play the Max Bruch Kol Nidre. We’re excited to welcome Ben to Etz Chaim.


Of course, the musical instrument of the High

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Holidays is the shofar; and we’re blessed to once more have our ace shofar blower David Handwerker on the bimah. -

David will also be leading the Tashlich service just after the regular service concludes on the first day of Rosh Hashanah. As in prior years, we’ll all walk down India Street together to Ocean Gateway to cast our sins on the waters. Thank you, David, for again conducting this important and meaningful ritual.


At the end of Yom Kippur, please stay to join us in a hearty break-the-fast meal. Thanks to Andy Brenner for again sponsoring this repast. We’ll also be offering a kiddush after services on both days of Rosh Hashanah.


For your safety, we have arranged to have the Portland Police Department provide security during services.


We’ve received almost universally positive feedback on our High Holiday services, but if there has been one recurring complaint, it has been the challenge of finding parking. This year, we decided to do something about it. Specifically, we have arranged for Custom Coach to provide a free shuttle service between the Synagogue and the park and Ride lot on Marginal Way, opposite Play It Again Sports. Thank you to King Weinstein for underwriting this service. We recognize that many of you need to drive to our shul, but you shouldn’t have the stress of looking for parking on the Holidays.

A Special Shabbos

Saturday the 18th of August was a special Shabbos at Etz Chaim, as longtime friend and member Irwin Singer made an all-too-short visit from his home in Florida. It was great to visit with Irwin, and many thanks to him for sponsoring not one, but two after service kiddush lunches on the 11th & 18th.

Why do we go take all these steps to make coming here for the Holidays as attractive as possible? The shul doesn’t profit from a large attendance. Nobody has to buy tickets to come to services. They’re free to members and non-members alike. We do it because our mission is to provide “a welcoming and inclusive worship experience” to the broadest possible spectrum of people of the Jewish faith. I look forward to seeing you this Rosh Hashanah and throughout the year. B’shalom,

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Etz Chaim

Etz Chaim, formerly an Orthodox congregation, is now an egalitarian, unaffiliated synagogue enjoying a resurgence in membership. All are welcome to attend services on Monday Evenings, Friday Evenings and Saturday Mornings, and for special holidays, throughout the year. Lifecycle ceremonies such as bar/bas mitzvahs, weddings, funerals, baby namings, and vow renewals all take place here. Contact us if you would like us to host your special event. Etz Chaim is located in the Downtown Portland Historic District, on the peninsula at the foot of Munjoy Hill. The neighborhood housed so many Jewish families at the turn of the twentieth century, that it was commonly referred to as “Jerusalem of the North.” Established in 1921, Etz Chaim is celebrating its 97th year of continuous service to Jews in Greater Portland and beyond.

Every One Of These Seats Will Be Filled On Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur, but there are 52 Shabbats and Many Other Events All Year at Etz Chaim, Too. Please Join Us Not Only For The High Holy Days, But All Year... And Let’s Fill The Seats Every Week!

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Try Etz Chaim On Saturday!

We rush around all week long, so isn’t it time for a little break? Consider joining us Saturday morning for services, followed by the best oneg in Portland (Challah & Wine included). It all gets underway at 9.30 a.m., and we generally wrap up by 11.30, in time to enjoy some great friendship and food. Everyone’s invited, we have no dress code, plus it’s a great way to learn Torah, discuss Jewish topics with friends and to get a break from the work-a-day world. See you Saturday! Page 10

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