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Volume 155, Number 5

Kislev/Tevet 5774

December 2013

Please Join Us to Honor and Applaud Cantor Sheri Blum’s 20 Years at B’nai Israel On Friday, December 6 at our 6:00 p.m. Shabbat service, we will pay special tribute to Cantor Blum as she marks her 20th anniversary at Congregation B’nai Israel. We’ll begin the festivities with a special 5:00 p.m. oneg, with both hot and cold hors d’oeuvres. The evening will be a musical celebration of the dedicated and committed service Cantor Blum has given to our congregation and to the Reform movement.

Hoping These Days of Chanukah Have Been Filled With Light and Joy! Menorah Dedication Monday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m. On the sixth night of Chanukah, gather with us for a special candle lighting and dedication of B’nai Israel’s new outdoor menorah. Crafted by Manny Lobel, father of our congregants Lori Underberger and Monica Lightman, it is sure to illuminate the Festival of Lights for many years to come!

Community Chanukah Candle Lighting Tuesday, December 3 at 6:15 p.m. Rejoice with the broader Jewish community and elected officials from surrounding towns on the seventh night of Chanukah as we light the menorah together at Congregation Beth El. Happy Chanukah!

Why Is Chanukah So Early? A Brief Explanation Jews often say, “The holidays are late this year,” or “The holidays are early this year.” In fact, the holidays are never early or late—they are always on time, according to the Jewish calendar.

To ensure that the Jewish holidays always fall in the proper season, an extra month is added to the Hebrew calendar seven times out of every 19 years. Otherwise, the fall harvest festival of Sukkot, for instance, would sometimes be celebrated in the summer, or the spring Unlike the Gregorian calendar, which is based on the holiday of Passover would sometimes occur in the sun (solar), the Jewish calendar is based primarily on winter. the moon (lunar), with periodic adjustments made to account for the differences between the solar and lunar The subject of the Jewish calendar is quite complex— cycles. Because the moon takes an average of 29½ days and, as with many topics that we Jews discuss among to complete its cycle, 12 lunar months equal 354 days, ourselves, always up for further conversation and whereas a solar year is 365¼ days. There is a difference analysis. of 11 days per year between the solar and lunar years. Adapted from www.urj.com


Sharing Our Joy! Congratulations to: Debbie and Michael Weisman on the birth of their granddaughter, Dahlia Blair Weisman, daughter of Steven and Melissa Weisman; Wendy and Ralph Michel on the birth of their granddaughter, Mesa; Terri and Dan Green on the birth of their granddaughter, Gwendolyn May; Barbara and Derek Solomon on the birth of their granddaughter, Sadie Galya; Paul and Rachel Schwartz on the birth of their granddaughter, Sophie; Ann and Abe Breslow on their son Craig’s marriage to Kelly Shaffer and on his being a pitcher for the World Champion Boston Red Sox.

TLC/Temple Loving Care at B’nai Israel Many thanks to our Kitah Vav students and parent helpers for cooking up some delicious food for TLC! It is wonderful to be able to have prepared food in our freezer so that it can be delivered when the need arises. You may know someone who could use a little help with meals, so please contact me. Shalom, Liz Nigrosh (lizziesmail@aol.com, 203-268-9044)

Rabbis Prosnit and Sher with Craig Breslow

Sincere Sympathy We extend our sympathy to the bereaved families of: Pauline Teckler, grandmother of Amy Pressman Cynthia Foxman Myer Rudnick, father of Nancy Ruben Stanley David Bulbin, father of Sharon Levy James Baum, husband of Edie Baum Barbara Yerkes, mother of Susan Preminger Sidney Silverman, father of Marc Silverman Al Walowitz, father of Marc Walowitz Sydell Jacobs, mother of Philip Jacobs Noel Nehama Arentsen Snyder, mother of Gina Arnold

Widows and Widowers Group

Saturday, December 14 at 2:00 p.m. Please join us at the home of Leona (Lee) Attenberg, 51 Morning Glory Drive in Easton. Barbara Solomon will speak about “Growing Up Jewish in South Africa.” RSVP to Lee at 203-374-9688 for further information and directions.

2710 Park Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06604 (203) 336-1858 www.cbibpt.org The Bulletin of Congregation B’nai Israel is published every month except July. James Prosnit, D.D. .................................................................... Rabbi Evan Schultz ............................................................................... Rabbi Arnold I. Sher, D.D. ..................................................... Rabbi Emeritus Sheri E. Blum, D.M. ................................................................ Cantor Ramon Gilbert, D.M. ................................................ Cantor Emeritus Ira J. Wise, R.J.E. ............................................. Director of Education Robert H. Gillette, R.J.E. ....................................... Educator Emeritus Alexa Cohen .............................................. Early Childhood Director Abby Rohinsky ..................................................... Director of Facility Officers Mindy Siegel ......................................................................... President Samuel Rosenberg ....................................................1st Vice President Michael Blumenthal ...................................................... Vice President Shari Nerreau ................................................................ Vice President Richard Walden ............................................................ Vice President Lori Underberger .................................................................. Treasurer Lawrence Levine ................................................... Assistant Treasurer Julie Pressman ....................................................................... Secretary Donna Tauss .......................................................... Financial Secretary Mark A. Kirsch ............................................. Immediate Past President Affiliates Jim Greenberg ................................................. Brotherhood President Maddy Lippman & Elizabeth Maisel .............. BIFTY Co-Presidents

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From the Rabbi’s Desk

so small, so sweet, so soon Our Monroe Cemetery is an exceptionally beautiful and peaceful spot. As at many cemeteries, a walk among the gravestones can bring back happy memories, and it can sadden us deeply as well. A couple of incredibly promising college students, Julie Kovar and Michael Friedman, are buried in Monroe. Taken from family and community way before their time, they had already done a lot to make a difference in the world. A number of somewhat older righteous men and women and notable leaders of our congregation are there as well.

I was wrong about the tipping point. One wants to take our nation’s senators and members of Congress to Monroe to stand before the grave of a six-year-old and ask them about their complicity.

In Connecticut things are a bit different. The Connecticut Legislature, in bipartisan fashion, has addressed some of the problems of gun violence and last April passed meaningful and historic laws that can save lives. And strong gun laws work. According to Ron Pinciaro, executive director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence, “States with the strongest gun laws have the lowest rate of gun deaths. Connecticut has the fourth strongest gun laws in the U.S. and the fifth lowest rate of gun deaths, But a stone recently erected breaks the heart. Noah 5.7 per 100,000 population vs. the national average Pozner died on December 14, 2012, along with 25 of his of 10.4 per 100,000, according to the National Center classmates and teachers. His parents engraved the simple for Injury Control data from 2008. Gun violence is message, “so small, so sweet, so soon” on the footstone. not an intractable problem. Solving it requires strong The first time I saw the stone and read the words I was laws, strong enforcement and strong community moved to tears. As the haunting first yahrzeit nears, we involvement.” continue to pray for Noah, his parents, and his twin sister. They are not congregants of ours, but the scope And so as this anniversary nears, we still need to of this tragedy knows no boundaries. All the victims stay engaged on a statewide and national level. We remain very much in our focus of concern and love. can be guided by a statement from the Pozner family released last year at Noah’s funeral when they said how A year later, it remains incredibly difficult to come overwhelmed and grateful they were for all the support to terms with the immensity of the loss. Sadness and “from people from all walks of life, from far and near.” anger continue to mingle—and of course there is also a They wrote, “Noah, his classmates and the heroic significant amount of frustration. Last January I wrote in teachers who gave their lives trying to protect them are this space, “On a federal level, maybe the tipping point with God in heaven. Now it’s our responsibility to bring has been reached and our president and congress will heaven down to earth—act by act, good deed by good finally move forward some gun regulation—an assault deed, until we reach the day when no family will need to weapon ban, closing a gun show loophole that enables endure grief and sorrow, the day we reach a world filled people to purchase guns without background checks, with goodness and light.” taxing ammunition—the list goes on. To do nothing is to be complicit.” Rabbi James Prosnit

Please join us as we celebrate Cantor Blum’s 20 years of marvelous music!

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News From Around the Synagogue Consider Giving to the Red Cross During this season of giving and gratitude, Congregation B’nai Israel is hosting two Red Cross blood drives. The first will be held on Monday, December 9, from 1:00 to 6:30 p.m., and the second drive

Attention B’nai Israel Fine Artists! Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture, Photography Here is a chance to display your talents and creativity in the first Congregation B’nai Israel Art Show, being planned for February 6–16, 2014. Would you like to have your art, sculpture, or photography exhibited here and the temple, or do you know someone who might be interested? If so, please contact Barbara Saltman at bgsalt@aol.com.

will be held on Monday, February 10. Appointments can be scheduled by calling the Red Cross at 1-800-448-3543. Previous donors can log in at http://www.redcrossblood.org/account-login. Thank you for this vital gift!

Calling All Music Mavens! Are you a singer or a percussionist? If you are an adult who sings, or an adult percussionist, or a percussionist post B’nai Mitzvah, please contact Cantor Blum! We need more good musicians for our temple programs!

Israel Bike Trip Info Session Thursday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the temple library You’re invited to join us to learn more about our firstever congregational trip to Israel by bike! The trip will run from from October 28 to November 9, 2014. If you’ve never been to Israel or if you’re an Israel veteran, this is a fantastic opportunity

to explore Israel on two wheels with good friends from the B’nai Israel community. Even if you’re just remotely interested in the trip, we invite you to join us for this session. Bring your questions! RSVP to Rabbi Schultz at 203-336-1858 or eschultz@cbibpt.org if you can attend.

Our BIFTY teens went apple-picking on October 5 at Silverman’s Farm. Looks like they gathered quite a haul!

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Items of the month: tuna and mayonnaise


From Rabbi Schultz

Start the New Year With a Cleaner Earth As I write my article this month, I look to the newspaper headlines, as Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm ever recorded on earth, left devastation across the Philippines. The winds raged across the island, killing several thousand people and leaving countless others without proper food, water, and medical support. Just a year ago, Hurricane Sandy struck our shores and left parts of Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey destroyed and damaged.

to live that length of time and eat its fruit?” The man answered, “I found a fruitful world because my ancestors planted it for me. Likewise, I am planting for my children.” In fact, tradition values this concept so much that the rabbis teach that if a man is planting a tree and the messiah appears, he should finish planting the tree before going to greet him (Avot d’Rebbe Natan 31b).

With this Jewish imperative in mind, I recently partnered with several of our congregants—Barbara Bresler, Barbara Edinberg, and Beth Lazar—in joining a local chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby (www. citizensclimatelobby.org). Citizens Climate Lobby is I am scared for our earth’s future. The temperatures of a nonprofit, grassroots advocacy organization focused our oceans are quickly rising, and scientists estimate on national policies to address climate change. They that by the end of the century the sea level could rise by engage elected officials and the media to generate the at least three feet. We acknowledge the problem, and political will for solutions that will stabilize the Earth’s something must be done. As Jews, it is our imperative climate. to care for this world that God so masterfully created. Psalm 24 notes, “The earth is the Lord’s and the I left the first meeting feeling energized about the fullness thereof,” which reminds us of God’s ownership possibilities for change. Our group is concerned about of the land. The Jewish value of baal tashchit, “do not the future and believes in the Jewish value to act as destroy,” obligates us to care for the land and forbids stewards of this earth. We do not need more typhoons needless destruction of our earth. and hurricanes to wake us from our slumber. The time to act is right now. Judaism emphasizes our need to preserve our natural resources and generate new ones for future generations. If you are interested in learning more or getting The Talmud tells the story of the sage Choni, who was involved with the local chapter of the Citizens walking along a road when he saw a man planting a Climate Lobby, please contact me at 203-336-1858 or carob tree. Choni asked, “How long will it take for this eschultz@cbibpt.org. tree to bear fruit?” “Seventy years,” the man replied. Choni then asked, “Are you so healthy that you expect Rabbi Evan Schultz

An Opportunity to Help Last month the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to donate the entire proceeds from our congregational tzedakah box (more than $1,700) to Congregation Har HaShem in Colorado to aid in their rebuilding and resupply of books for their religious school.

For the month of December, B’nai Israel will donate tzedakah to the Save the Children fund to help the typhoon victims in the Philippines. The tzedakah box is located just inside the main lobby doors—please feel free to help a worthy cause!

The first-ever B’nai Israel Art Show will be held in February—see p. 4 for details.

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From the Early Childhood Center

New Program With the Jewish Home (Jewish Senior Services) We are excited to announce a collaboration between the Jewish Home for the Elderly (Jewish Senior Services) and the Early Childhood Education Center here at B’nai Israel. Every Friday, Jewish Senior Services will send a bus and a driver to our school to pick up a group of three-, four-, or five-year-olds for a Shabbat visit. Each week a different group of children will have the have the opportunity to interact with the residents. It’s never too soon—or too late—to foster a special sense of community with one another!

Children from Mrs. Alterman’s and Mrs. Nagel’s four-year-old class show off their crafts from their visit to Jewish Senior Services.

Coffee and Cuddles—Toddler Group (ages 11–23 months) Join a stimulating playgroup facilitated by an experienced early childhood professional for a wonderful socialization opportunity for children and caregivers alike. Held in B’nai Israel’s Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC), activities include free play, story time, circle time, snack, singing, and outdoor play.

This is a special program for parents/caregivers and their children to participate in together. It’s not too late to join us for a terrific year! We meet on Thursday mornings from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. For more information, please call Alexa Cohen in the ECEC office at 203-335-5058.

Chanukah Activities for Toddlers and Twos Clay Dough Menorah Give each child a big ball of clay dough. Show the children how to flatten the ball. Give children a Chanukah candle and let them make eight or nine holes in the clay. Let it dry and they will have their very own chanukiyah. 

Cookie Cutter Stamping Have the children print using Chanukah cookie cutters (the plastic ones work the best) and tempera paint in a shallow container. And finally, here is an activity little ones never get tired of doing: Let them practice putting real candles into an unbreakable menorah all by themselves.

Discovery Bottles Fill a wide-mouthed clear plastic bottle with rice. Insert a few small dreidels, candles, and pieces of gelt in the Adapted from www.reformjudaism.org bottle. Then simply fill the bottle cap with hot glue and attach it. Let set until dry and you have a great sensory activity. As you roll the bottle, different objects will come to the surface for the kids to discover.

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Items of the month: tuna and mayonnaise


From the Education Center

Tzedakah: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law! When I was a kid going to religious school, they called out for Keren Ami,“My People’s Fund.” Each week it would be someone’s turn to walk from seat to seat with a small manila envelope, and most if not all of us put in a coin or two. It might be a dime or a quarter, but pretty much we all did it. Each month the high school kids chose the recipient. We were taught that it was an obligation. We do something similar in our school at B’nai Israel. We use a can instead of an envelope. And each grade chooses their recipient, based on a Jewish value assigned to their grade (e.g., Kitah Gan students contribute this year to the Ronald McDonald House because their value is bikur cholim, visiting the sick). Tzedakah literally means “justice” or “righteousness.” It doesn’t mean charity (even though the funds go to organizations that are called charities). Charity comes from the Latin caritas, which comes from the Greek cardo. Cardo is also the origin of cardio, which we all know from our doctors and gyms refers to the heart. The basis of “charity” comes from the Christian bible, where Jesus tells his followers to give from the heart. One interpretation of charity might be that if you don’t feel it in your heart—maybe you are having a bad day, or you are really focused on getting that new sweater— you don’t have to give. Another is that you should do it to fill your heart. In either case, supporting the needy is a choice.

(leket) unharvested and not go back for the crops that were forgotten (shich’cha) or dropped during the harvest. All of those crops become the property of the poor, who can come and take what they need. In other words, whether we feel like it or not, giving tzedakah is the law. We must give it, because it was never ours in the first place. Another time, we can explore how much is enough. Rambam (Maimonides) suggests 10% of pretax income, but there are other ways of calculating it. The point is that we are commanded to make this kind of giving a habit. That’s why we had the Keren Ami envelope and why we have the tzedakah box in the Religious School. (By the way, I hope you have noticed and contributed to the lovely tzedakah box to the left of the doors in the main lobby!) Our teachers have noticed that the tzedakah cans in their classrooms are not seeing a lot of action. Most of our students are not contributing anything on a regular basis. We need your help to teach this core Jewish value. We need them to learn that regular giving is a vital part of being a Jew— and a human being. Have a conversation about giving. And since most of our kids don’t have an income, make sure they have something to contribute each time they come to class. I know you will find the method that works best for your family.

In the Tanakh, our Hebrew bible, those concepts of charity just aren’t there. Instead we are commanded to “pursue justice.” It has nothing to do with how we L’shalom, feel. In chapter 19 of Vayikra (Leviticus), we are told to Ira J. Wise, Director of Education leave the corners (peah) of our fields and the gleanings

Please join us as we celebrate Cantor Blum’s 20 years of marvelous music!

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Adult Jewish Learning at Congregation B’nai Israel The Journey Continues Torah Study in Bamidbar/Numbers Every Saturday Morning at 9:30 a.m. Every Saturday morning we learn Torah together. Some attend 8:00 a.m. services, and others arrive in time for the study group. Some participate every week, and others drop in when they can. Some have solid biblical backgrounds, and others are novices to the study. Some know Hebrew, and most do not. Bottom line: Everyone is welcome! Join us for an enriching, enjoyable, and engaging hour of weekly learning of our most sacred text. Jews and Money Monday Midrasha, December 2 at 7:00 p.m. Join Rabbi Prosnit for the final session of a course that focuses on Jewish attitudes towards money—applying both an ancient and a modern lens to a study that combines sacred text and historical perspective. What is the Jewish attitude toward money? Is there nobility in poverty? Is affluence a sin? Over the centuries we have been accused of being socialists and capitalists, beggars and wealthy financiers—how have such divergent attitudes evolved and shaped the image and reality of the Jewish people? Adult Roundtable Thursday, December 5 and the first Thursday of each month at 12:30 p.m. This group holds a discussion about current events for anyone who wants to go deeper than the headlines and enjoys expressing their own opinions and hearing those of others. Facilitated by Gloria Katz. Join us on the first Thursday of each month and bring a sandwich, your opinion, and an open mind.

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Rosh Chodesh—Tevet With Rabbi Suri Krieger Thursday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m. The waxing and waning of lunar cycles has been a guiding force for women throughout the ages, both literally and spiritually. Since the Jewish feminist movement reclaimed Rosh Chodesh in the 1970s, women have been gathering monthly to acknowledge and celebrate. The form of this celebration has taken on many faces: ancient text, contemporary outreach, food, and fantasy. This month’s topic is Jewish foods, from generation to generation. Please join our familiar friend, Rabbi Suri Krieger, for our December Rosh Chodesh gathering. Mohamed, The Caliphs, and the Jews Lifelong Learning, Fridays at noon, December 6, 13, and 20 Join Ira Wise for the second half of our trip through history and the real Arabian nights—at least from the Jewish perspective! Mohamed was a religious, political, and military leader from Mecca who unified Arabia under Islam. Sephardic Jews lived under Muslim rule from Turkey across North Africa and into Spain for centuries. And much of the time, it was a pretty good place to be! Come explore with us! B’nai Israel Book Group Every third Thursday, beginning December 19, 1:00–3:00 p.m. Temple book lovers are invited to join an ongoing group. We meet in the temple library the third Thursday of every month from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The next meeting will be on December 19th. For more information, contact Sue Shane at 203-345-4539. Please join us!

The first-ever B’nai Israel Art Show will be held in February—see p. 4 for details.


SHABBAT SERVICE SCHEDULE (Fridays at 6:00 p.m. where indicated, preceded by an Oneg Shabbat at 5:30 p.m.)

Friday, December 6 6:00 p.m. Service Torah Portion – Vayigash, Gen. 44:1847:27 Haftarah – Ezekiel 37:15-28

Friday, December 13 5:00 p.m. Mispacha Shabbat 6:00 p.m. Service Torah Portion – Vay’chi, Gen. 47:28-50:26 Haftarah – 1 Kings 2:1-12

Saturday, December 21 8:00 a.m. Service 9:00 a.m. Brotherhood Breakfast 9:30 a.m. Torah Study 9:30 a.m. Young Families Havurah 11:00 a.m. Bar Mitzvah of Sammy Klein, son of Leonard and Jennifer Klein

Saturday, December 7 8:00 a.m. Service 9:00 a.m. Brotherhood Breakfast 9:30 a.m. Torah Study 9:30 a.m. Young Families Havurah 11:00 a.m. B’nai Mitzvah of Jared Smith, son of Mark and Susan Smith, and Sophia Pappas, daughter of Achilles and Laura Pappas

Saturday, December 14 Friday, December 27 8:00 a.m. Service 9:00 a.m. Brotherhood Breakfast 6:00 p.m. Service 9:30 a.m. Torah Study Torah Portion – Va-eira, 9:30 a.m. Young Families Havurah Exod. 6:2-9:35 Haftarah – Isaiah 11:00 a.m. Bat Mitzvah of Olivia 66:1-13, 23 Serlin, daughter of Jeff and Annie Serlin Saturday, December 28 8:00 a.m. Service Friday, December 20 9:00 a.m. Brotherhood Breakfast 6:00 p.m. Service Torah Portion – Sh’mot, 9:30 a.m. Torah Study 9:30 a.m. Young Families Havurah Exod. 1:1-6:1 Haftarah – Isaiah 27:6-28:13; 29:22-29:23

High Holy Day Appeals The following donations were received in addition to those listed in the November Bulletin. Thank you!

Benefactor of Congregation Barbara Abraham Luise and Ed Burger Robert Ford/J. Goldbaum The Hagani family Anne and Mark Kirsch Karen and Peter Montagna Amy and Glenn Rich Michael Rosenberg Jerry Saunders and Elaine Appellof Lori and Dan Underberger Ronni and Fred Zinn President’s Circle Randy and Beth Reich Debbie and Dan Viens Howard and Ondy Zuckerman

General Contributions Claire L. Baker Laura and Bruce Braverman Garth Butterfield and Nancy Held Lynn Drasin Linda and Michael Epstein Estelle Glass Sam and Deborah Goldstein Seth and Amy Gordon Janice and Bernie Jacobs Myrna Kaufman Alice and George Kelly Larry and Norci Kochman Geoffrey and Melanie Kooris Carol and Stephen Landsman Larry Levine and Alison Bonds George and Chris Markley

Items of the month: tuna and mayonnaise

Melissa and Perry Molinoff Jack and Karin Newman David and Judith Pressler Ken and Honey Sacks Sheryl and George Santiago Alan and Cheryl Silkoff Ken and Cindy West Sharon and Frederic West

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Donations Please note that only contributions of $10.00 or more will be acknowledged with a card and Bulletin listing. Rabbi Prosnit Discretionary Fund Gina, Andy, and Amelia Arnold in appreciation and memory of father and grandfather, Donald Smith Snyder. Bruce and Laura Braverman—a donation. Deborah Brown in appreciation for the funeral of Muriel Brown. Martin and Alayne Burger in memory of Jim Baum. Alexa and David Cohen in memory of Stanley Bulbin, father of Sharon Levy. Alan and Betty Feldman in memory of Mildred Stoller, mother of Cindy West. Bob Ford in honor of Clergy Appreciation Day. The Goldshteyn and Ledvich families in memory of mother and grandmother, Feiga Vengerovskaya. Eric M. Gross in memory of Stanley Bulbin, father of Sharon Levy. Ben Howard and Kseniya Ivnitskaya in honor of our wedding. The Kadden family with thanks. Joan and Richard Kalmans in memory of father, Stanley Togut, and in gratitude to Rabbi Prosnit. Alice and George Kelly in memory of mother, Ruth Zimroth. Richard and Joanne Krantz in appreciation of the many contributions of Rabbi Prosnit to Congregation B’nai Israel. Lee Lester in memory of brother, Nelson. Sheila Lieff in memory of Sylvia London, sister of Francis Ruben; in memory of beloved husband and father, Al Walowitz. Alice Madwed in memory of mother, Frieda Ente. Jeff, Jackie, Josh, and Rachel Madwed in memory of Stanley Bulbin, father of Sharon Levy. Nora Mayerson for continued recovery for Ilse Levi. Alan and Joan Newman in memory of Milton Caplan. Anne Nowitz in memory of Buddy Goldman and Edward Nowitz. Bernice Rosch in loving memory of mother, Sophia Miller. Nancy, Jonathan, Geoff, and Alex Rosenthal in memory of Mr. Stanley Bulbin. Barbara Panisch in memory of Stanley David Bulbin, father of Sharon Levy. The Perlstein family in memory of Elizabeth Henriquez, sister of Maggie Walowitz. Jane and Jerry Pressman—a thank you for Justin’s Bar Mitzvah.Julie and Steve Pressman in appreciation of Justin Pressman’s Bar Mitzvah.

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Ellen and Robert Sheiman in loving memory of mother, Sylvia Unger. Roslyn and Susan Togut in memory of our beloved father and husband, Stanley Togut, and in gratitude to Rabbi Prosnit. Karen, Michael, and Alyssa Weinberger and Martin and Anne Horn in memory of Milton Horn. Karen and Michael Weinberger in honor of the marriage of Julie Reich and Brandon Stein. Lorrie and Randolph Wexler, in memory of Elizabeth Henriquez, sister of Maggie Walowitz; Mazel Tov to Bonnie and Peter Stein on Brandon and Julie’s wedding.

Marjorie Freeman with thanks for 20 years of religious enrichment, injecting so much beauty into services, and for teaching Danny so effectively and with so much care. The Kadden family with thanks. Gloria Katz in memory of Betty Keller, mother of Janet Jurow; in honor of Judy Beier’s birthday. Richard and Joanne Krantz in appreciation of the many contributions of Cantor Blum to Congregation B’nai Israel. Brenda and Justin Kreuzer in loving memory of our mothers, Juliet Furman and Virginia Kreuzer. Beth Lazar in fond appreciation of Cantor Sheri Blum and her 20 years of serving B’nai Rabbi Schultz Discretionary Fund Israel with teaching and prayerful song. Carson and Robert Berkowitz in honor Lee Lester in memory of brother, Nelson. of the birth of Elie Hudson Schultz, son of Ilse Levi in loving memory of mother, Leni Rabbi Evan Schultz and Jenny Goldstein. Vogel Strauss. Alexa and David Cohen in honor of baby Jeff, Jackie, Josh, and Rachel Madwed in naming service for Elie Hudson Schultz. memory of Ken Karnal. Dale and Jerry Demner in honor of the Chris and George Markley in memory of birth of Elie. Dr. James Baum. Bob Ford in honor of Clergy Appreciation Nora Mayerson in appreciation for Day. magnificent High Holy Day music for the Lisa and Jim Greenberg in honor of the soul. birth of Elie. Jane and Jerry Pressman in honor of The Kadden family with thanks. Justin’s Bar Mitzvah and in appreciation to Alice and George Kelly in honor of the birth Cantor Blum. of Elie Hudson Schultz, son of Rabbi Evan Julie and Steve Pressman in appreciation of Schultz and Jenny Goldstein. Justin Pressman’s Bar Mitzvah. Richard and Joanne Krantz in appreciation Nina and Ken Rabine and staff in honor of the many contributions of Rabbi Schultz to of Mr. and Mrs. Nat and Carol Barsky’s 50th Congregation B’nai Israel. anniversary. Jeff and Jackie Madwed in memory of Debbie and Michael Weisman in honor of Mimi Manton. the birth of our granddaughter, Dahlia Blair. Muriel Mann on the birth of baby Elie. Joan and Alan Newman in appreciation of Enhancement Fund the baby naming service for granddaughter, Susan and Stanley Baron in appreciation of Ella Sage Adwin; in honor of birth and baby Yizkor service. naming of Elie Hudson Schultz. Lori and Ken Berger in memory of Jane and Jerry Pressman in appreciation Elizabeth Henriquez, sister of Maggie for helping Justin to prepare for his Bar Walowitz. Mitzvah, and with congratulations on the Lori, Ken, Ryan, Arielle, and Darcy birth of Elie. Berger in honor of Julie and Brandon’s Julie and Steve Pressman in appreciation of marriage. Justin Pressman’s Bar Mitzvah. Elaine and Juda Chetrit in memory of Sharon Schloss and Amy Pressman in Stanley Togut, father of Joan Kalmans. appreciation for Susan and Richard Walden. Mark and Barbara Edinberg in memory of Mildred Stoller, mother of Cindy West. Music Fund Anne Flaxman in loving memory of father, Lee Attenberg in memory of S. James Alton Merrill. Baum. Marvin Gelfand in memory of Edith Carol and Nate Barsky in memory of aunt Gelfand. and uncle, Eleanor and Harold Woodman. Dorothy Goldstein and Harvey Sussman Bob Ford in honor of Clergy Appreciation in memory of Esther Dumoff, mother of Nan Day. Schwartz and Larry Dumoff.

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Donations Please note that only contributions of $10.00 or more will be acknowledged with a card and Bulletin listing. Lisa and Jim Greenberg in memory of Michael Wilson, brother of Patti Rosenberg; in memory of Betty Keller, mother of Janet Jurow; in memory of Elizabeth Henriquez, sister of Maggie Walowitz. Edna Hoffman in memory of Dr. James Baum. Janet Jurow in memory of sister, Marion Keller. The Kadden family in memory of Betty Keller, mother of Janet Jurow; in memory of Joel Leonard, brother of Alicia Brown; in memory of Michael Wilson, brother of Patti Rosenberg; in honor of Beth Lazar’s Bat Mitzvah; in memory of Barbara Yerkes, mother of Susan Preminger. Sally Kenler in memory of Albert Seely, father of Carol Shear. Mickey Kesten in memory of Jacob Zeldes. Eli and Katerina Kharaz—a donation. Richard and Joanne Krantz in memory of Mildred Stoller, mother of Cindy West; in memory of Michael Wilson, brother of Patti Rosenberg. Sara Laden and Jim Grutzmacher in memory of Stanley Bulbin, father of Sharon Levy. Judith Lessler in honor of the B’nai Mitzvah of Sandra Rosenberg’s twin granddaughters. Stanley Lessler in memory of David Lessler. Alan and Harriet Nelson—a donation; in memory of Betty Keller, mother of Janet Jurow. Paul and Gertrude Reisman in memory of Hermine Reisman, mother of Paul Reisman. Howard and Julie Rosenbaum in memory of Dorothy Hausman, mother of Shelley Kadish. Michael Rosenberg in memory of Michael Wilson, brother of Patti Rosenberg. Ellen and Robert Sheiman in memory of James Baum. Francine Stein in memory of Dr. S. James Baum. Sylvia Washton and the Orr family in memory of Nathan Washton, husband of Sylvia Washton and father of Laura Orr. Debbie and Michael Weisman in memory of Sidney Silverman, father of Marc Silverman. Sylvia Prosnit Adult Education Fund Judi and David Beier in loving memory of Celia Mehl. Bari Dworkin in memory of Betty Keller, mother of Janet Jurow.

Rosalind Gordon in memory of brother, Samuel Ruskin. Phillip-Soberman family in honor of Claire Peggy Irwin. Ken and Cindy West and family in appreciation to Rabbi Prosnit in memory of Mildred Stoller. Widows and Widowers Group in appreciation to Rabbi Prosnit for addressing the group and speaking about the problems facing Jewish congregations. Nursery School Enrichment Fund Julie and Steve Pressman in appreciation of Justin Pressman’s Bar Mitzvah. Nancy Wilson in memory of Pauline Teckler, grandmother of Amy Pressman. Robyn and David Winograd in memory of Pauline Teckler, grandmother of Amy Pressman. Nursery School Scholarship Fund Alexa and David Cohen in memory of Pauline Teckler, grandmother of Amy Pressman. The Giglietti family in memory of Pauline Teckler, grandmother of Amy Pressman. Rabbi Martin Library Fund The Library Ladies in honor of the Barskys’ 50th wedding anniversary. MAZON Michael and Judy Green Blumenthal in memory of Stanley Togut, father of Joan Kalmans. Religious School Enrichment Fund Elaine and Juda Chetrit in memory of Barbara Yerkes, mother of Susan Preminger. Debbie, Dan, Matthew, and Jaime Viens in memory of Barbara Yerkes, mother of Susan Preminger. Rabbi Arnold Sher Social Action Fund Carson and Robert Berkowitz in memory of Stanley D. Bulbin. Audrey and Larry Bernstein in memory of Herman Goldman. Elaine and Bob Friedman in memory of Dr. James Baum, husband of Edith Baum; in memory of Jacob Zeldes, husband of Nancy Zeldes. Ilse Levi in memory of beloved husband, Peter Levi; in memory of Betty Keller, mother of Janet Jurow.

Barbara and Rob Liberman in loving memory of dad, Edward Nowitz; in memory of Uncle “Buddy” Goldman. Nancy, Jonathan, Geoff, and Alex Rosenthal in memory of Mr. Sidney Doris. Ellen and Samuel Rost in memory of Arnold Kaplan, father of Susan Bauchner. Etz Chaim Living Torah Fund Carol and Nate Barsky with get well wishes to Ilse Levi. Robin Wachs and Robert Landis in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of Noah Landis. Vision Loan Reduction Fund Bob Ford in memory of Jesse Goldbaum. The Kadden family in honor of Bob Ford’s 80th birthday; in honor of Midge Vas Nunes’s 101st birthday. Marcy and Lawrence Shinbaum in memory of Betty Keller; in memory of Elizabeth Henriquez, sister of Maggie Walowitz. Jim Abraham Education Fund for Jewish Leadership Carol and Nate Barsky in memory of Jim Abraham. The Kadden family in memory of Jim Abraham. The Phillip-Soberman family in memory of Betty Keller. Lee & David Lester Kesher Fund Lee Lester in memory of brother, Nelson; in memory of beloved son, David Lester; in memory of Bess Weinstein Lander and Adeline Bass. Phillip-Soberman family in memory of Elizabeth Henriquez. Bob and Marsha Gillette Judaic Enrichment Fund Marsha and Bob Gillette in memory of Pauline Teckler, grandmother of Amy Pressman. Samuel Miller in memory of Elizabeth Henriquez, sister of Maggie Walowitz.

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Temple Bulletin December 2013