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Volume 154, Number 11

Sivan/Tammuz 5773

Mazel Tov to the Merkaz Graduating Class of 2013 Charles Abrams Andrew Bindelglass Molly Blumenthal Zachary Chase Jake Dengelegi Ian Duffy Sydney Foulk Morgan Glucksman Alec Jacobs Michael Kalmans Alex Landau Isaiah Mansour Ben Mason Arianne Matz Alexa Molinoff

Lauren Montagna Heather Monte Brittany O’Connell Devin Pulton Mollie Rich Geoffrey Rosenthal Emma Roth Benjamin Rudolph Gregory Santiago Lauren Shear Rachel Skyer Jesse Spears Sarah Stein Samantha Wall

Congregation B’nai Israel’s Annual Meeting will be held on Monday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. All congregants are welcome to attend.

June 2013

TLC/Temple Loving Care at B’nai Israel

Welcome! Welcome!

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” —the Dalai Lama

A warm welcome to our newest members. We look forward to their participation in our many programs and hope their affiliation will enrich not only their lives, but that of our congregation as well.

Compassion leads us to connect with others, and, as the Dalai Lama has said, it also brings meaning and satisfaction to our lives. TLC volunteers have expressed this value as they help neighbors and friends. I thank each volunteer for extending him/herself, often quietly and without fanfare. Again, thank you! I also want to remind you that we have food in our B’nai Israel freezer—lasagna, quiche, banana bread. Please, if you find yourself in need, or know someone in need, contact me or Joanne Derwallis (, 203-256-8504). We’re trying to put together a program addressing some of the issues concerning being a caregiver. Many of us find ourselves in this position. Stay tuned. Shalom to all, Liz (, 203-268-9044)

Jonathan and Shelley Dreizen, Melanie, David, and Samantha Stillson Road, Fairfield

Sincere Sympathy We extend our sympathy to the bereaved families of: Annette Kelly, mother of George Kelly Sandra Sussman, mother of Janet Mendell Gail Sprague, sister of Ellen List Ann Chernesky, mother of Cynthia Dworken Cele Borofsky, grandmother of Jeff Borofsky Gladys Helfgott, mother of Steven Helfgott Neil Fero, father of Howard Fero Joyce Moriber, mother of Linda Matz and Nancy Moriber

Sharing Our Joy Congratulations to … Bonnie Alterman on the birth of her granddaughter, Sydney Elisabeth, to Jeff and Amy Alterman; Mollie and David Keller on the birth of their granddaughter, Ruby Jean Wasserman; Gail and Peter Weinstein on the birth of their granddaughter, Ella Jane Kresse; Gail and Gary Felberbaum on the birth of their granddaughter, Hailey Frances Needel; Elaine and Marty Schwartz on the birth of their grandson, Chase Robert Mandelbaum; Stephanie and Mitchell Greenberg and big sisters Madeleine and Ruby on the birth of their son and brother, Garrett Ian Greenberg; Diane Bader on her son Darren Bader winning the 2013 Calder Prize for contemporary artists

Widows and Widowers Group Saturday, June 15 at 2:00 p.m.

Steve Verbil, head of 911 for the State of Connecticut, will speak about the agency and its important work. We’ll meet at the home of Lee Attenberg, 51 Morning Glory Drive, Easton. RSVP to Lee at 203-374-9688, and to obtain directions. We look forward to seeing you there!

2710 Park Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06604 (203) 336-1858 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 Matthew Rosen ............................................................. Youth Advisor 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 Maia Butterfield & Hannah Greenhall .............. BIFTY Co-Presidents


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From the Rabbi’s Desk

A Yearly Check-Up Over the years I’ve been quoted as saying, “A poorly attended annual meeting is a sign of a healthy congregation.” If things are going reasonably well, “rank and file” congregants rarely bother to attend. But if problems are lurking, if there’s dissatisfaction with the clergy, if there is concern for fiscal management by lay leaders—you can always count on a large turnout.

asking, “Are we doing the work right?” they should be asking, “Are we doing the right work?” These days, synagogues face numerous challenges. To be relevant, we have to reflect on ways to increase Jewish meaning for all of our congregants—not just for those who attend regularly, but also for those on the periphery. In addition, there are a lot of Jews who no longer have a spiritual home and see little reason to want one. What is the right work we should be doing for them as well?

I am grateful for a lay leadership that cares deeply and works incredibly hard for this community. Thanking them at the annual meeting should be a top priority for us all. But I also realize that for us to understand the “right work,” we have to do a better job in listening to the unengaged. What is the right work? If Judaism is the product, how can it be more relevant to Jewish But a yearly check-up for a congregation is good on lives, and how does the synagogue serve as an agent to many levels. It’s a chance not only to approve a budget, make that happen? but also to review the mission. Someone once said, when you think you are in a groove, you have to be While an annual meeting may not be the best time to careful that you’re not in a rut. For B’nai Israel to remain have that conversation, I know that both Rabbi Schultz a vibrant center of Jewish life in Greater Bridgeport, and I would love to have it with you. Summertime is a we need to continuously refine the program and the good chance to catch our breaths, but it is also a good message. We need to be better attuned to the thinking time to talk about these kinds of things. Give us a call— of all our congregants. or we might just call you. With that understanding, it is fortunate that at B’nai Israel attendance for our annual meetings has traditionally been on the low side. Most folks seem comfortable with the way the temple is being run and are appreciative of the leadership.

In his book Tomorrow’s Synagogue’s Today (which our temple staff has been reading) Rabbi Hayim Herring suggests that not only should leaders of synagogues be

And oh yes, the Annual Meeting is June 24. Rabbi James Prosnit

Happy summer!


Summertime…and Jewish Living Is Easy! While many of us are ready for a break from the “norm” of September through June, we certainly don’t take a vacation from being Jewish. For those who may not attend services as frequently this summer, people headed out of town, or students “resting” after a full year of Religious School, there are still plenty of ways to continue celebrating and learning more about Judaism. Here are some ideas—and feel free to read over them with a fruity drink or delicious meal hot off the grill!

 ids attending and participating in sports events K can learn about Jewish athletes in any number of sports, past and present. Find out more at your local library—a great place to escape that midday sun too!

 ook outside on Friday evening, or make a Shabbat C picnic on Saturday.

 Have a Havdalah service in your backyard, at the park, or even at the beach.

 W  hen you’re enjoying a hike in the woods, a swim in the lake, or a stroll down the beach, consider the blessings of the natural world and how fortunate we are to live in it—and perhaps consider some new ways you might be able to help preserve it.

 I f you’re traveling domestically or internationally this summer, investigate the local Jewish community, especially if you’re visiting an older town or country. The history of Jews across the And, of course, we have Shabbat services every Friday world is fascinating for small children, older and Saturday, right here on Park Avenue! Please join us, adults, and everyone in-between. and have a wonderful summer!

A Day Out With the B’nai Israel Empty Nesters On Sunday, April 28th, close to 40 congregants met for a guided tour of the newly renovated Yale Art Gallery in New Haven. After the tour the group strolled the quaint streets around the gallery, and then we all went for dinner at Pacifico to wrap up a great day.

Look for future events in the coming months and consider joining us if you haven’t already done so. We’ll enjoy more field trips and other activities—we look forward to your company!

Take our B’nai Israel communications survey and win a $50.00 iTunes gift card! We invite you to take this brief survey on B’nai Israel communications. We hope that through your responses, we will get a better sense of your current experience with synagogue communications. We appreciate you taking the time to fill out this survey; it should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. We will use this data to improve our synagogue media and communications in the future.


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From Rabbi Schultz

How Maimonides Taught Me How to Run The month of June is a perfect time to get out and start running the beautiful roads and trails of Fairfield County. Whether along the beaches of Fairfield or the trails of Trumbull, or waving hello as you run by B’nai Israel here in Bridgeport, the time is right to get out and get active. Those who are especially ambitious can register for the Fairfield Half Marathon later this month. Many of you know how much I love to run (I am thinking of starting a Sunday morning parent running group next fall; email me if interested: eschultz@cbibpt. org), and some of you may recall from my Yom Kippur sermon this past year that I have had my own challenges in figuring out how to run with an uncooperative knee. For several years I have looked to the scientific experts to help me with my nagging injury. The talk these days among runners regarding injuries is that the proper “foot strike,” meaning which part of your foot hits the pavement first with each stride, is the key to an injury-free run. Of course, there is no one unified opinion on this. Christopher McDougall, in his book Born to Run, argues that humans are naturally meant to strike the ground with the balls of our feet. However, according to McDougall, modern running shoes cause us to unnaturally strike the ground with our heel, which is the basis for the plethora of running injuries we see today. Some experts and shoe companies now advocate for a mid-foot strike, which is essentially a compromise between the two. All of this scientific advice can cause any runner to feel confused and frustrated, and for me, it did not help ease the stiffness and pain in my knee. I concentrated more on where my foot struck the ground and thus missed out on the beautiful scenery around me, which is why I run in the first place! Recently, however, I had a breakthrough while running and my knee pain has greatly diminished, thanks in part to the great Jewish scholar Moses Maimonides.

Maimonides, or the Rambam, was born in 1135 in Cordoba, Spain. He was both a rabbi and doctor who wrote, among other scholarly works, the Mishneh Torah in the late 12th century. His work, which was the first of its kind, is a code of Jewish law and practice, organized topically for the everyday Jewish individual. In his section on “human personality,” entitled Hilchot De’ot, he discusses proper care for one’s body and self. According to Maimonides, one must first gain a sound and balanced spirit as well as a healthy, strong body before engaging in Jewish rituals and observing the commandments. Despite the fact that he was a doctor, he warned against living solely by medicine and science, arguing that one can find physical health through spiritual achievements. He writes, “A person who accustoms himself to live by [the rules of] medicine does not follow a proper path…. Rather, yasim al libo, she-y’hay gufo shalem v’chazak, one should look to their hearts in order that their body will be whole and strong in order for his inner soul to be upright so that [it will be able] to know God” (Hilchot De’ot 3:3). As I set out on a run last week, I freed myself of the scientific advice and attempted to tune in to the natural rhythms of my body. Intention took precedence over the location of my foot strike. Wholeness of self rather than a sole focus on my knee. More heart, less thinking. Finding God rather than finding the exact spot on the pavement. It made a difference. For the first time in a while, the run was less about avoiding knee pain and more about finding a deeper sense of strength and wholeness, about knowing God. Maimonides taught me how to run. And at the end of the day, my knee felt a little better as well. Special thanks to David, Ilana, Perry, and Sam, my Maimonides scholars. Rabbi Evan Schultz

Mazel Tov to our Merkaz graduates—see the front cover for their names.


From the Early Childhood Center

Turning Everyday Routines into Preschool Education As an early childhood educator, I am always looking for fun and enriching activities. From art projects to manipulatives, from gross motor activities to explorations in literature, there is always something going on in the classroom. But there are also lots of opportunities to teach children while you complete daily routines at home. Here are some ideas to make the most out of your day: Math in the laundry room: Sorting is a foundational concept for learning math. Make laundry-sorting a parentchild activity, asking, “Whose shirt is this?” Sort by person, by color, or by room. Grocery shopping makes writing meaningful: Before they learn penmanship, children need to understand the purpose of writing. Make lists together. Look at the newspaper circulars

and choose the items that you will find in the store. Then, let your young helper remember which things to get. You can also add pictures as clues. Set the table: Ask your child to help set the table for meals. Ask questions like, “How many people will be here?” giving help as needed. Then, let your child count out that many forks, spoons, napkins, etc. Or set out the plates and let your child match each one with a fork, developing oneto-one correspondence. Talk to your child’s preschool teachers for more tips and ideas. When our preschoolers are learning throughout the day, and enjoying the process, they will be ready for anything! Alexa Cohen

President’s Message I hope you will be able to join us for our Annual Meeting on Monday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. The Annual Meeting gives us a chance to reflect on the past year as well as look ahead to the next. It is also an opportunity for every congregant to participate in the governance of our congregation as we vote on the proposed slate of officers and trustees and on the budget for 2013–2014. This past year B’nai Israel was, once again, a central place to connect through worship, learning, celebration, and social action. And, of course, it was a place of comfort and support for those going through difficult times. It was also a year of transition with the retirement of Elaine Chetrit from her Director of Family Education position, as well as the retirement of Pat Marchetti from our synagogue office. We also welcomed new Assistant Rabbi Evan Schultz, his wife Jenny Goldstein, and their son Koby. We had time to socialize in large and small groups at our Progressive Dinner, Wine Tasting, and Comedy Night events this year. We enjoyed connecting virtually and bidding on evenings with each other through eB’nai. I am looking forward to seeing many of you on June 1 at our biggest fundraiser of the year, where we will honor Rabbi Arnie Sher and celebrate his 50 years in the rabbinate. Technologically speaking, we have made great strides this year. We instituted a new, catchier Web address and installed


WiFi throughout our building (with the exception of the sanctuary). We now have a Facebook group as well as a Facebook page, and many more congregants receive our weekly “Happenings” email. Our next step is a new and improved temple Web page. Stay tuned! Another area of expansion is in our Early Childhood Center. Beginning in August, our Nursery School will offer early drop-off (as early as 7:30 a.m.) and later pick-up (as late as 6:00 p.m.). We will keep a close eye on the progress this year, growing only to meet the needs of our community. Our challenge continues to be helping those who cannot contribute full dues and serving the entire community at the same time. We encourage those who can give above and beyond regular dues in our Tzedek Society to continue this important role so that we can serve our congregants in good times and in bad. I am grateful for our truly excellent staff and our wonderful and dedicated volunteers. May the next year bring us all together again in good strength. Sincerely, Mindy Siegel President

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From the Education Center

Zikkui Harabim—Granting Merit to the Community Some of you may remember Rabbi David Ellenson. He was a visiting scholar at B’nai Israel for our 150th anniversary celebration. He is the president of the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion as well as my former professor and co-author. I recently had the pleasure of learning with him as he was teaching the fellows and mentors in the Leadership Institute.1 He was teaching us about Zikkui Harabim—granting merit to the community—using some responsa texts.2 This was the first time I had ever heard the term. He was speaking to us as professionals working in congregations, serving the Jewish people and our individual Jewish communities. He said: We live in the hope that “The task is to ask the members of our ourselves how we, with community will choose the resources at hand to participate and lead. and time available, Contemporary life attempt to attract them makes this less likely to a joy of Judaism that than in generations they will experience past. We live in a world and embrace.” where the continuity of the Jewish people is challenged more than ever. The time children spend in religious education is the majority of their Jewish content and contact— unlike generations where many Jewish behaviors happened in the home. The task is to ask ourselves how we, with the resources at hand and time available, attempt to attract them to a joy of Judaism that they will experience and embrace. Now I suspect that most of our homes have a fair amount of Jewish activity. Or at least I hope so. (If not, the rabbis, cantor, and I would love to help you explore what might work for you!) But the final sentence is the

key. Zikkui Harabim suggests that we need to function not as a community that only tells its members how to behave. To be sure, Judaism demands that we approach it with authenticity and integrity. It doesn’t stand for everything. But Zikkui Harabim does suggest that we take the individual needs of our members into account. As John Dewey, the father of American education, suggested, we need to bring the learning to the learner, not the other way around. I am proud that we do a fair amount of Zikkui Harabim. Some examples include inviting members observing a yahrtzeit3 to share some memories from the bima, the Etgar program in our Religious School, and the new full-day option in our Early Childhood Center. Zikkui Harabim also suggests that we need to listen to what you need. And that you need to share your needs. There is a great deal being written about how for many people synagogues don’t serve their needs. Allow us to grant you merit—by sharing what you need your synagogue to be. Let us know what you need to help you make your life and that of your family more Jewishly connected and fulfilling. L’shalom, Ira J. Wise, Director of Education The Leadership Institute is a program for advanced training for synagogue educators. It is sponsored by the New York Jewish Federation and run by HUC-JIR and the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Conservative movement’s college. I have served as a mentor to a total of 10 fellows since 2005. 2 Responsa literature, also known as Sheylot v’Teshuvot (lit. questions and answers), are collections of questions posed to poskim—rabbis who were considered particularly learned and the answers they gave. Whenever there was a question of Jewish law or practice seemed too difficult for the local authorities, they would send the question to a posek and await his answer. 3 Anniversary of the death of a loved one. 1

Happy summer!



Mazel Tov to our Merkaz graduates—see the front cover for their names.

Adult Jewish Learning at Congregation B’nai Israel Adult Roundtable Thursday, June 6 at 12:15 p.m. This group holds a discussion about current events for anyone who wants to go deeper than the deadlines 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.

Burial Plots Available at Kings Highway Cemetery

The B’nai Israel Cemetery on Kings Highway has 20 burial plots available for immediate sale. If you are interested in discussing the purchase of a plot or plots for yourself and/or loved ones, please contact Lynn in the temple office for information at 203-336-1858 or

The Journey Toward the Promised Land Continues Saturday Morning Torah Study— Each Week at 9:30 a.m. Every Saturday morning we learn Torah together. Some attend 8:00 a.m. services, 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.

Temple Office Summer Hours begin on Tuesday, May 28 and run through Friday, August 30—stop by and say hello! Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Be an Early Bird!

Register for Religious School this fall by Friday, June 21 and save $$$! or call 203-335-0745 The regular tuition rate is $50.00 more per student and goes into effect after that date. Students in their first year of Religious School receive the early bird rate whenever they enroll!

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

Friday, May 31 6:00 p.m. Service – The B’nai Israel band will play. Torah Portion – Sh’lach L’cha, Num. 13:1-15:41 Haftarah – Joshua 2:1-24 Saturday, June 1 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 Richard Condon, son of Lawrence and Judith Condon, and Shaye Manton, daughter of Mark and Marci Manton 7:00 p.m. Gala honoring Rabbi Arnold Sher Friday, June 7 6:00 p.m. S  ervice Torah Portion – Korach, Num. 16:1-18:32 Haftarah – I Samuel 20:18-42

Saturday, June 8 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  ar Mitzvah of Benjamin Wunder, son of Patricia and Matthew Wunder Friday, June 14 Torah Portion – Chukat, Num. 19:1-22:1 Haftarah – Judges 11:1-33 Saturday, June 15 8:00 a.m. Service 9:00 a.m. Brotherhood Breakfast 9:30 a.m. Torah Study 9:30 a.m. Young Families Havurah Friday, June 21 6:00 p.m. S  ervice Torah Portion – Balak, Num. 22:2-25:9 Haftarah – Micah 5:6-6:8

Saturday, June 22 8:00 a.m. Bat Mitzvah of Beth Lazar 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 Tara Morrison, daughter of Sarni and Stuart Morrison, and Jason Spole, son of Kathy and David Spole Friday, June 28 6:00 p.m. S  ervice Torah Portion – Pinchas, Num. 25:10-30:1 Haftarah – Jeremiah 1:1-2:3 Saturday, June 29 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 Benjamin Fero, son of Howard Fero and Edna Colucci, and Evan Warner, son of Lori and Dan Warner

Attention Oneg Shoppers! We need your help! Before each Shabbat service, the temple provides a small Oneg in the lobby. These small (nut-free) snacks and drinks are a great ice-breaker as you meet fellow congregants, a perfect quick bite if you’re ravenous after a long day, and a helpful distraction for toddlers and younger children. However, they don’t appear by magic! Please contact Lynn in the office at 203-336-1858 or if you can volunteer to bring in treats on a Friday—you can drop them off at any time that’s convenient for you. Thanks!


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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 Lee Attenberg in memory of Esther Spiegel’s sister, Anna Sherer. Beatrice Berger in loving memory of her husband, Sam Berger. Lori Berger in memory of her mother, Cecelia Davis. Luise and Ed Burger, Allie, Marc, and Dan—in appreciation. Ellen Fox-Dell in appreciation and in memory of mother, Florence Fox. Diane Fried—thanks for the wonderful learning opportunities. The Karnal family in honor of the Bat Mitzvah of Kaleigh Karnal. Alice and George Kelly in appreciation to Rabbi Prosnit and in memory of mother, Annette Kelly. Joan Lappin in memory of Annette Kelly, mother of George Kelly. Carol Mack in memory of parents, Edwin Klein and Sylvia Klein. Muriel Mann in appreciation to Rabbi Prosnit. Gail, Ed, Dustin, and Tamara Schriffert in memory of mother and grandmother, Minnie Vineberg. Bob and Marilyn Shook in memory of Stanley Manasevit, father of Sharon Harris, and Arnold Harris, father of Scott Harris. Cleo and Jon Sonneborn in memory of Jon’s grandmother, Hannah Hofheimer. Terry Rifkin Wasserman in honor of her grandfather Sidney Postol’s 95th birthday on April 26. Karen, Mike, and Alyssa Weinberger, Marty and Ann Horn in appreciation for the lovely unveiling service and in loving memory of mother, Shirley Horn. Gail and Peter Weinstein in memory of father, Stanley Weinstein, and mother and grandmother, Molly Sher. Widow and Widowers Group in honor of Jack Kadden’s presentation about his work as editor of The New York Times. Rabbi Schultz Discretionary Fund Eric and Ruth Gross in memory of Frances Gross. Torah Study Group in memory of Annette Kelly, mother of George and Alice Kelly. Music Fund Andrea Goodman and Jeff Ackerman wishing a wonderful recovery to your son, Marc, son of Luise and Ed Burger.. The Karnal family in honor of Kaleigh Karnal’s Bat Mitzvah. Lena “Lee” Lester in memory of her dear mother, Rose Adel Lavitsky. Jeff and Jackie Madwed in memory of Sandra Sussman, mother of Janet Mendell. Bob and Marilyn Shook in memory of Irving and Betty Miller. Adele and Larry Zuckerman in honor of Elaine Chetrit and her years of service to B’nai Israel. Enhancement Fund Jeffrey and Wendy Bender in memory of Wendy’s mother, Charlotte Aaron. Bonnie and Len Blum in honor of the Bat Mitzvah of Sam Miller’s granddaughter, Abby. Luise and Ed Burger—in honor of Pat Marchetti— thank you and wishing you happiness in your retirement. Luise and Ed Burger, Marc Rottman—with much appreciation to Dr. Glenn Rich. David and Colette Carasso in honor of the birth of Hailey Frances Needel, granddaughter of Gail and Peter Weinstein; in honor of the birth of Ruby Jean Wasserman, granddaughter of Mollie and David Keller. Elaine and Juda Chetrit wishing Marc Rottman a speedy recovery.

Elaine and Juda Chetrit in memory of Sandra Sussman, mother of Janet Mendell. Jim and Lisa Greenberg in honor of Pat Marchetti. Irving and Andrea Kern in memory of Annette Kelly, mother of George Kelly. Sandra Michaelson and family with good wishes for a speedy recovery of Marc Rottman, son of Luise and Ed Burger. Richard, Cyndy, and Anya Pinto in memory of Dr. Edwin Locke. Jane and Jerry Pressman in memory of Sandy Sussman, mother of Janet Mendell. Patti and Samuel Rosenberg in appreciation of Pat Marchetti’s years of synagogue service and in appreciation of Elaine Chetrit’s years of synagogue service. Sandra Rosenberg in memory of Murray Rosenberg and Edwin Locke. Barbara and Gil Saltman in honor of Elaine Chetrit and in honor of Rabbi Arnold Sher’s 50th anniversary in the rabbinate. Jonathan and Cleo Sonneborn in honor of Elaine Chetrit’s retirement. Kenneth and Ellyn Stern in memory of Sandra Sussman, mother of Janet Mendell. Francine and Al Walowitz in memory of Ken Mayerson, husband of Nora. Lee and David Lester Kesher Fund Lee Lester in memory of her dear mother, Rose Adel Lavitsky. Judith Brav Sher Fund for Family Education The Barlaam family in honor of Elaine Chetrit. Carson and Robert Berkowitz and family—best wishes to Elaine Chetrit on her retirement. The Burger/Rottman families—in honor of Elaine Chetrit’s new adventure—thank you and wishing you happiness. Elaine and Juda Chetrit in memory of Gladys Helfgott, mother of Steven Helfgott; in memory of Gail Sprague, sister of Ellen List. Georgette and David Chetrit and family in honor of Elaine Chetrit. Barbara and Rob Liberman in honor of Elaine Chetrit’s retirement and in honor of the birth of Elaine and Juda’s new granddaughter. Sandra Rosenberg in honor of Elaine Chetrit for her many years of caring and teaching. Mazel Tov! Congratulations on the birth of her granddaughter. Brad and Linda Rothbaum in grateful appreciation for all Elaine Chetrit has done for B’nai Israel. Cleo and Jonathan Sonneborn in memory of sister, Shirley Agbannawag. Gail and Peter Weinstein in honor of our special friend and colleague, Elaine Chetrit. Thank you for everything! Sylvia Prosnit Adult Education Fund Anne and Bob Citrin in appreciation of Elaine Chetrit. Nursery School Enrichment Fund Peter and Gail Weinstein wishing a happy special birthday to Bruce Braverman; thank you to Pat Marchetti for her years of dedication to B’nai Israel. Rabbi Martin Library Fund Aleksey and Raisa Ledvich in memory of aunt, Noemi Bovolskaya. Muggs Lefsetz in loving memory of husband, Morris Lefsetz. Sylvia Prosnit Adult Education Fund Elaine and Juda Chetrit in memory of Anna Scherer, sister of Esther Spiegel.

Happy summer!

Prayer Book Fund Gloria Katz in memory of Anna Scherer, sister of Esther Spiegel; in memory of Elaine Barrar, sister of Shirley Winnick. George and Chris Markley in memory of father, Ludwig Markley. Sue, Bob, and Carleigh Sussman in memory of Arnold Harris, father of Scott Harris. Slepian Floral Fund Florence Nabel in memory of Elaine Barrar, sister of Shirley Winnick. Shirley Winnick in memory of cherished sister, Elaine Greenbaum Barrar. MAZON Barbara and Rob Liberman in honor of the speedy recovery of Marc Rottman, son of Luise and Ed Burger. Religious School Enrichment Fund The Karnal family in honor of Kaleigh Karnal’s Bat Mitzvah. Religious School Scholarship Fund James Greenberg in memory of grandmother, Miriam Greenberg Kreiger. Sally Kenler in memory of Sandra Sussman, mother of Janet Mendell. George and Chris Markley in memory of father, Aram Nahabedian. Rabbi Arnold Sher Social Action Fund David Abbey and Deborah Goodman in memory of Irving Abbey. Carson and Robert Berkowitz in honor of Bernie Gerber’s special birthday. Audrey and Larry Bernstein in honor of Elaine Chetrit’s retirement. Andrea Goodman and Jeff Ackerman in honor of Elaine Chetrit, who has been a precious gift to B’nai Israel. George and Chris Markley wishing all the best to Beryl Kaufman on her retirement. Etz Chaim Living Torah Fund Karin and Jack Newman in memory of Ruth Aaron, mother of Mollie Keller. Vision Loan Reduction Fund Elaine and Juda Chetrit—Happy Birthday to our dear friend Bob Ford on his milestone birthday. Donna K. Coble in honor of dear friend Bob Ford’s 80th birthday. Linda B. Diamond in honor of Bob Ford’s special birthday. Loretta DiVizio in honor of Bob Ford’s 80th birthday. Stephanie Donlin in honor of Bob Ford’s 80th birthday. Bari S. Dworken in honor of Bob Ford’s 80th birthday. Ann Laplante in honor of Bob Ford’s special birthday. Beth Lazar in celebration of Bob Ford’s 80th birthday. Harvey and Gerry Levine in honor of Bob Ford’s 80th birthday. Vito and Dolores Montelli in honor of Bob Ford as he celebrates his 80th birthday. Lawrence and Emily Smeriglio in honor of Bob Ford’s 80th birthday. Ronald and Janet Weston in honor of Bob Ford’s 80th birthday. Arnold and Doris Tower Fund Stephen E. Tower in memory of Arnold, Doris, and Bitsy Tower; in memory of Dr. Edwin Locke, husband of Evelyn Locke.


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