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Volume 152, Number 10

Nisan/Iyar 5771

May 2011

Save the Date! Our Spring Gala is approaching! Please join us on Saturday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. as we celebrate and honor three extraordinary members of our congregation: Past Treasurer and Vice President Lori Berger, and Past Presidents Richard Krantz and Marc Silverman. These three individuals have gone “above and beyond” and have given our synagogue community so much. The evening will include cocktails, dinner, and dancing. Please wear festive cocktail attire. You can also express your appreciation to Lori, Richard, and Marc for all their hard work on behalf of our synagogue by placing an ad in our Gala Tribute Journal. Even if you have not had the pleasure of meeting this year’s honorees, our annual gala is a lovely evening and a great opportunity to celebrate and support our congregation. Please join us. We look forward to the festivities!

Composer-in-Residence: Josh Nelson Friday, May 6 Nursery School Concert at 11:00 a.m. Shabbat Service with Junior Choir at 6:00 p.m., with original music and sermon-in-song by Josh Nelson Josh Nelson, a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, is one of the most popular performers and producers in modern Jewish music. Josh’s music is celebrated and integrated into the repertoire of congregations, camps, and communities around the world. Delivering high-octane Jewish rock, Josh has performed more than 1,000 shows, including international

conventions for each of the major youth movements in the United States, the URJ, other national conventions, and JCCs across the country. Currently Josh is part of the music/lyrics team penning the score for the Broadway production of “Sleepless in Seattle.” Please join the fun and enjoy some exciting music on May 6!


Sincere Sympathy

Volunteer Training Begins at the Connecticut Hospice, Inc., in Shelton

Dr. Ralph Parker, father of Betsy Kutner Diane Kauders, wife of Dr. James Kauders Nathaniel Bresler, grandson of Bobby Bresler Donald Rubens, father of Sally Kenler Edith Kovar, mother of Stuart Kovar

The Connecticut Hospice, Inc., is sponsoring its spring volunteer training beginning in May. This volunteer training course will inform and prepare prospective volunteers in all aspects of hospice care.

We extend our sympathy to the bereaved families of:

Sharing Our Joy…

Congratulations to Tracie and Paul Wizda on the birth of their son, Eli. Mazel Tov!

Pay It Forward

Representatives from the nursing, social work, pastoral care, arts, and bereavement departments of the Connecticut Hospice will make presentations describing their individual roles in the interdisciplinary care of hospice patients in the home care setting. Please contact Patricia A. Corradino, Director of Volunteer Services, at 203-315-7510, 1-800-8HOSPICE, or pnowak@hospice.com for more information.

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In This Issue From the Rabbi’s Desk......................................3 Brotherhood News............................................4 Sisterhood News...............................................4 From Rabbi Gurevitz........................................5 Early Childhood Center....................................6 Young Families Havurah..................................6 From the Education Center...............................7 Adult Jewish Learning......................................9 Donations..................................................10, 11 Shabbat Services.............................................11 Shavuot...........................................................16

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From the Rabbi’s Desk

Lay Leaders and Rabbis: Lori, Richard, Marc, and a new Rabbi Prosnit You hear of synagogues where rabbis “tolerate” the input of congregants and of others where lay leaders micromanage every step and decision of the clergy and educators. You hear of places where turf protection and status quo are the names of the game. But, to use the contemporary business jargon, separate “silos” are not where we find the integrated holistic thinking that is needed. “Institutional zoning” is not an effective way of doing business or creating an effective sacred community. For a congregation to be visionary and healthy, a partnership has to exist between and among laity and professionals, and that partnership must be more than a veneer.

And in a fashion typical to their leadership style and genuine humility, each has at one time or another expressed a hesitancy to be honored. But we have once again prevailed upon them—reaffirming that they are each exceptionally deserving of some accolades and that we as a congregation have a need to thank them.

It is that intuition and reality that have been a hallmark and strength of B’nai Israel.

And speaking of rabbis and lay leadership, it is with great delight that Wendy and I get to celebrate the ordination of our son Jonathan from Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion on May 8 at Temple Emanu-el in New York City. We will soon find out where his first rabbinic position will be, and of course it is our sincere hope that he and Erin will find in their congregation the same experience of sacred partnership, respect, and fulfillment that we have felt at B’nai Israel.

Three individuals who have understood this and have worked consistently to ensure the tone and the message are Lori Berger, Richard Krantz, and Marc Silverman. Each knows the importance of integrating the “business” side of things with a clear understanding of the mission. Each has worked in school and shul: on programs and budgets, on “one-onone” connections, and in broader visioning. Each has gone above and beyond in time and energy and has contributed immeasurably to our vitality.

In a few weeks we will have a chance to do just that, and it is my strong hope that a wide array of our congregants will join us on Saturday, May 21 for a celebration of leadership and a celebration of community. Come to the gala; show support for Lori, Richard, and Marc; and please also participate in the journal that is being created in their honor. And Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit

Rabbi Jim Prosnit

Welcome to Rabbinic Intern Lisa Kingston Lisa Kingston, a soon-to-be fourth-year rabbinic student at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion will be joining Rabbis Prosnit and Gurevitz this summer as part of the Tisch Rabbinic Fellows Program. The mentoring program matches a student with rabbis already in the field and offers the student an opportunity to observe and participate in the various dynamics of congregational life. Lisa will be putting into action some of the knowledge and values that she has acquired in the classroom. This will be the ninth time that B’nai Israel has participated and hosted a rabbinic student. Born and raised in Hartsdale, NY, Lisa grew up at Woodlands Community Synagogue. A graduate of Skidmore College, she began her studies in 2006 in the educational program at HUC–JIR before transferring to the rabbinic school. She has held internships and teaching positions at congregations in the New York area, including Temple Emanu-el of New York and the HUC Miller Honors High School Program. Lisa currently serves Temple Israel in Uniontown, PA, as its

monthly student rabbi. She has spent summers at URJ Eisner Camp and has guided summer programs for NFTY in Israel. One of Lisa’s responsibilities will be to teach in our Friday Noon Lifelong Learning Series. Her course, beginning in early June, is entitled “Exploring Jewish Identity Through Comic Books.” We are pleased to be able once again to support, encourage, and learn from one of the future leaders of Reform Judaism.

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Brotherhood News Sunday, May 15 is the last day of Sunday school and At Brotherhood we measure our success by the the annual Spring Sunday School BBQ…join the mitzvahs we make and the joy they bring…whether Brotherhood for a great afternoon of food and friends! you are already a member, or are looking for a fun and productive way to get more involved in temple life, A loyal group of Brotherhood members, headed up come on out and lend a hand in the company of some by Ken Rabine, have annually placed flags at the really great guys who love to have fun! Drop me an local gravesites of congregants who served in foreign email anytime for more information. wars. They do so on both Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day. Ken needs your help! Please provide us with the L’shalom, names of your family members whom you wish to be Jim Greenberg remembered in this way by sending an email to jim@ Brotherhood President unionmachinery.com. To all men in the B’nai Israel community: Your membership is the single most important contribution you can make to ensure the continued success of our efforts. Each and every man in our community can make a difference. Please be sure to make your contribution this year. If you wish to join Brotherhood, please send a $40.00 check made out to B’nai Israel Brotherhood to: B’nai Israel Brotherhood 2710 Park Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06604

Brotherhood members Ken Rabine, left, and Peter Montagna serving up some delicious barbecue!

Sisterhood News     

Yom Hashoah Memorial

More than 60 men and women joined the Temple Sisterhood, in conjunction with Fairfield Hadassah, to hear Dale Atkins, Ph.D., speak about the challenges of the in-law relationship. Dr. Atkins, a licensed psychologist, led an informative discussion and signed copies of her book, Sanity Savers.

The Jewish Community’s Annual Yom Hashoah Memorial program will take place on Sunday, May 1 at 4:00 p.m. at the JCC. The Fairfield County Children’s Choir will perform. Also participating will be local survivors of the Holocaust as well as our Young Israeli Emissaries. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Laurie Gross at (203) 372-6567, ext. 172, or laurie@jccs.org.

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From Rabbi Gurevitz Never trust spiritual leader who For me, music, and singing especially, is where I go cannot dance. ~Mr. Miyagi, The more naturally to tap into a more experiential spirituality. Next Karate Kid, 1994 But toward the end of May, while I am at the National Convention of the Women’s Rabbinic Network, I The search committee of the URJ will have the opportunity to study and try a variety of has just recently recommended interpretive dance techniques with Liz Lerman, the Rabbi Rick Jacobs as the next internationally renowned dancer and choreographer. president of our movement. Among Liz Lerman’s Dance Exchange, founded in 1976, has the many impressive items on Rabbi Jacobs’ resume, produced more than 100 dance works and has developed such as his passion for social justice, his love of Israel workshops with teens, seniors, communities, and and the considerable time he spends learning there, clergy. In 2007, Liz was a scholar-in-residence at HUCand his leadership of a large, suburban congregation NY, working with rabbinic students on explorations of that has been at the cutting edge of changes in worship and community learning, Rabbi Jacobs has also been a dancer and choreographer with the Avodah Dance Ensemble. Our Senior Rabbi here at B’nai Israel, Jim Prosnit, also has dance in his background, having performed during his college years. I, on the other hand, need a little help in the dance department. I tend to be rather self-conscious, and I have great difficulty remembering anything more than the simplest of Israeli folk dance steps, line dances, or waltzes. When Suri and I got married we decided to dance our way to the chuppah in a choreographed reinterpretation of the seven circles at the start of a wedding ceremony; we were very grateful to have Suri’s daughter’s boyfriend, a dance instructor, redeem our early attempts and turn it into something playful and somewhat graceful.

dance and movement as means of interpreting prayer and text—another form of midrash. Friends of mine who were still at college and had the opportunity to take a class with Liz said it was quite a remarkable and transformative experience. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to stretch myself a little beyond my comfort zone and explore the spirituality of dance. I’m not sure you’ll see me dancing on the bima anytime soon, but then again, you never know! Rabbi Rachel Gurevitz

Please join us for the Spring Gala on Saturday, May 21!

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From the Early Childhood Center Yom Ha’atzmaut, the birthday of Israel, will be here very soon. The date on the English calendar is May 10. There are many ways to make the land of Israel seem more real to your preschooler. Here are some ideas: • Watch “Shalom Sesame.” This series produced by “Sesame Street” is an excellent introduction to Israel for children. • Put up a map. Get a suitable framing map and put it in a good location. When you want to explain something that is going on in Israel, you have the visual right there. Your children will grow up with the reminder that Israel is an important place. • Buy Israeli. Go out of your way to buy products that come from Israel. Citrus fruits, nuts, records, and books are all available. • Sing Israeli songs and listen to Israeli music. There is a vast array of music and books from Israel that reinforce the idea of a culture that is fun and distinctly Israeli.

• Make Israeli food or visit an Israeli restaurant. You can buy an Israeli cookbook and do a cooking project with the kids. Try some olives, figs, or dates. • Learn Israeli folk dancing. It is fun and good exercise! • Plan a trip to Israel. It can be a family adventure that can be planned over several years. Gail Weinstein Early Childhood Center Director

Young Families Havurah News Take out your calendars/iPhones/Blackberries—May is a busy month for the Young Families Havurah! May 7 is the official Young Families Havurah–sponsored bagel breakfast. Thank you to everyone who has

The Young Families Havurah, along with Kitah Chet (8th grade) students, visited Hollander House to distribute Purim treats and sing Purim songs.

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donated so generously. Come enjoy a bagel and lox on us and take a moment to celebrate a wonderful first year of the Havurah! Also on May 7, the Havurah will celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day is on May 10). We will host a falafel lunch following our service. $10.00 per family. May 21 is Lag B’omer, a Jewish holiday celebrated in Israel by spending time outdoors and building bonfires. Why should Israeli kids have all the fun? Join the Havurah for a very special program at Earthplace Nature Discovery Center (10 Woodside Lane, Westport). We will have a bonfire, s’mores, and an evening hike led by a wonderful environmental educator. 6:00–7:30 p.m., $6 per person. Bring a flashlight. Did I mention s’mores? Rabbi Nicole Wilson-Spiro

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From the Education Center

Twice Chai Every so often, I walk from the Education Center to the main office and see a young couple examining the photos on the wall by the Sifriya (library). Knowing that one of them is showing their Confirmation class photo to their intended, I usually ask, “When is the wedding?” Just the other day, a parent of two of our students asked me what Confirmation is all about. That is a great question—as a congregation, we invest a great deal of importance in it. Nearly all of our 10th graders spend half of their time at Merkaz in class with Rabbi Prosnit and me, and a significant amount of time preparing for the Confirmation service. Oh—and there is the whole wall of photos thing. And it’s not just our congregation. Nearly every Reform congregation in North America does the same thing. My picture is on the wall of the congregation where I grew up, in the suburbs of Chicago. It began with the early Reform congregations in Germany; the first confirmation in the United States was in 1846 in Albany. Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise (no relation), the founder of the Reform movement in America, presided over it. The practice spread. Before that time, there was nothing resembling the modern religious school. The Bar Mitzvah was all about being considered an adult in terms of ritual. Rabbi Wise and his contemporaries felt that Jewish education was important enough to continue past the age of 13. So they eliminated the Bar Mitzvah in favor of Confirmation. In many Reform congregations, the Bar (and Bat) Mitzvah did not reappear until the 1960s or 1970s. Confirmation today is the result of a fairly intense learning and group building process. We begin the year by asking the

students what they remember most vividly from their time in our school and what they feel they still need to learn. Rabbi Prosnit and I tailor the curriculum to each class’s needs and interests in the framework of an exploration of God, Torah, and Israel. During the year we also take the class for an extended weekend to the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism’s L’Taken program in Washington, DC. There they learn about the intersection of Jewish values, public policy, and the political process. They end the weekend by meeting with our representatives or their staff who are lobbying for bills currently before Congress. Not only do our teens demonstrate incredible poise and deep consideration, but they also bond as a group more deeply than before. By the time we come to the service in the late spring, students are ready to confirm their commitment—to the Jewish people, to their Jewish identity, and to one another. They plan and lead the service, reading from three different Torah portions. And several of them write and deliver sermons on issues they find compelling. Listening to what they have to say inspires hope for the future for all of us. On Sunday, May 22 at 3:00 p.m., our sanctuary will be filled—as Rabbi Prosnit often says—by angels in white. It is not a private ceremony, but a high state ceremony for our congregation. It is a moment many find to be transcendent. Please join us, whether or not you know one of the 36 (twice Chai) teenagers being confirmed. L’shalom, Ira J. Wise Director of Education

eB’nai Online Auction On behalf of the entire congregation, we’d once again like to thank the hundreds of donors and participants who helped make the 2011 eB’nai online auction a very successful fundraising event for our temple. The auction featured 215 wonderful items, all of which were donated without cost to the temple. The proceeds from the auction will support temple programs and help keep temple finances sound. We’d also like to express our gratitude to each of the many volunteers who devoted a great deal of time and effort

behind the scenes. Without their help, this important fundraiser would not have been possible. Sincerely, Shari Nerreau and Jim Hagani Co-Chairs, eB’nai 2011

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Congregation B’nai Israel cordially invites you to attend the Class of 5771/2011 Service of Confirmation Sunday, May 22 at 3:00 p.m. Charles Abrams Jordan Beier Andrew Bindelglass Molly Blumenthal Jessica Brown Zachary Chase Jake Dengelegi Ian Duffy Emily Fish Sydney Foulk Morgan Glucksman Alex Jacobs

Michael Kalmans Alex Karol Joshua Knopf Alex Landau Isaiah Nathaniel Mansour Benjamin Mason Ariana Matz Alexa Molinoff Lauren Montagna Heather Monte Brittany O’Connell Samuel Panthauer

Emma Pearlstone Devin Pulton Mollie Rich Geoffrey Rosenthal Emma Roth Benjamin Rudolph Gregory Santiago Lauren Shear Rachel Skyer Jesse Spears Sarah Stein Samantha Wall

Purim Raffle Winners! Dear Fellow B’nai Israel Congregants, Thank you for your very enthusiastic support of our Purim Raffle this year. We had many more people participate, and as a result we far exceeded our ticket sales compared to the past five years. These extra funds will help enhance the many educational, cultural, and religious programs that our temple offers. Thanks again for your participation, and congratulations to the winners!   Rick Kalmans Raffle Chairman  

Winners: Grand Prize ($2500 Visa gift card)—Richard Lopatin, Fairfield 2nd Prize (50-inch plasma HDTV, courtesy of County TV and Appliance of Stamford)—Louis Gladstone, Fairfield 3rd Prize ($1000 gift certificate, courtesy of Fairfield Center Jewelers, Fairfield)—Nina Rabine, Trumbull                  4th Prize (Apple iPod Touch)—Gail Felberbaum, Trumbull

Fun at this year’s Purim Carnival!

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Please join us for the Spring Gala on Saturday, May 21!


Adult Jewish Learning at Congregation B’nai Israel Understanding Judaism: What have we learned from the Dead Sea Scrolls? Sunday, May 1 at 9:40 a.m. More than 60 years ago, 972 documents were uncovered in caves at Qumran, near the Dead Sea. They are among the oldest surviving biblical and post-biblical manuscripts. Join Rabbi Gurevitz in exploring what we have learned from these texts and their journey. Adult Round Table Thursdays, May 5 and June 2 at noon This is 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 and Dorothy Blaustein. Bring a sandwich, your opinion, and an open mind. Wisdom for Everyday Living—The Book of Proverbs Fridays, May 6 and 13 at noon The Book of Proverbs is probably the most famous book of biblical “wisdom literature.” It contains short essays on the nature of wisdom—beautifully conveyed in poetic form—and advice in the form of short parables and aphorisms on everyday living. Much of what this book says remains insightful and relevant for today. Join Rabbi Gurevitz as we explore the lessons of Proverbs and also dip into other ancient wisdom literature. Community Screening of “Paragraph 175” Program sponsored by Kulanu, the GLBT outreach group of B’nai Israel Saturday, May 7 at 5:00 p.m. This documentary examines the Nazi persecution of homosexuals during the Third Reich, told through the personal accounts of men and women who lived through it: the Jewish gay resistance fighter, the Jewish lesbian who was helped in an escape to England, the loyal German citizen arrested and imprisoned for homosexuality. “Paragraph 175” raises provocative questions about memory, history, and identity. Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut/Israel Independence Day Monday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. Join Rabbi Kinneret Shiryon, Israel’s first woman rabbi and senior rabbi of Congregation YOZMA in Modi’in, for an Israeli-style supper and talk, “What I Love About Israel .”

There is no charge for dinner, but please make a reservation with Lynn at 203-336-1858 or llynch@congregationbnaiisrael.org. The Sensual Side of Being Jewish Monday Midrasha—May 16 and 23 and June 6 at 7:00 p.m. What does Judaism have to say about sensuality? A lot more than you might think. Jewish authorities throughout history have approached sensuality and beauty with a wide range of responses, from enthusiasm to disdain and suspicion.  We will follow the evolution of Judaism and sensuality from biblical to contemporary times, looking at traditional sources and also examining the socio-historic contexts that have influenced Jewish writers. In the final class, we will discuss if and how the Jewish tradition can act as a spiritual guide for us in the realm of sensuality.  Some traditional texts are rated “PG-13”—adults only please. With Rabbi Nicole Wilson-Spiro. It’s More Than Just Numbers: Accountants and Financial Folks Study Rabbinic Texts Wednesday, May 11 at 8:15 a.m. With April 15 behind us, we return to our engagement with traditional Jewish texts with a focus on financial/business concerns. Texts are in English. All accountants and those involved in the “fiscal world” are welcome. We meet at Cohen, Burger, Schwartz and Sax, 2228 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield. Please contact Rabbi Prosnit at Jprosnit@congregationbnaiisrael.org to be added to the email list. Rosh Chodesh Group: Interfaith Exchange Thursday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. In our final gathering of this year’s series on interfaith interaction, we will debrief on our experiences this past year and explore what we have learned about ourselves through these interfaith associations. With Rabbi Gurevitz. Talmud At the Bar: Lawyers Study Jewish Law Thursday, May 19 at 8:15 a.m. Join colleagues as we connect the Talmud and areas of traditional Jewish law to issues relevant to today. Texts are in English. All attorneys (or those involved in the legal profession) in the congregation, and their colleagues, are welcome. This month we are trying a new venue in Westport! Please join us at the firm of Broder and Orland, One Morningside Drive North, Building A, just off the Post Road. Please contact Lynn at 203-336-1858 or llynch@congregationbnaiisrael.org to be added to the mailing list.

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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 The following contributions were made by the members who traveled to Israel in appreciation to Rabbi Prosnit and Wendy for their leadership and for making it a memorable trip: Alan and Karen Blau Janet Jurow Ralph and Wendy Michel Kenneth and Honey Sacks Martin and Elaine Schwartz Artie and Suzanne Weissman Mark Abrams in memory of mother, Sara Abrams. The Diamond Family in appreciation to Rabbi Prosnit for his help in preparing Ben for his Bar Mitzvah. Sylvia Edelson in memory of mother, Daisy Gordon Harris. Marsha and Bob Gillette in honor of the engagement of Jon Prosnit to Erin Gleeson. Harris and Laurel Greenberg in loving memory of mother, Ruth Silverman; in honor of grandson Jordan’s Bar Mitzvah at Temple Israel in MA. Jim Greenberg in memory of grandmother, Miriam Krieger. Bennett and Nancy Hersch in loving memory of mother, Rhoda Hersch. Stuart and Susan Horowitz in appreciation to Rabbi Prosnit. Dr. James Kauders in appreciation to Rabbi Prosnit. Irving and Andrea Kern in memory of mother, Ernestine Kern, and in appreciation for all your caring and concern during some difficult days. Lou and Diane Landman, Adam, and Brian in memory of father and grandfather, Jerry Dachs. Ellie Levin in loving memory of husband, Robert Levin. Larry Levine and Alison Bonds in appreciation and in honor of Jennifer’s Bat Mitzvah. Alice Madwed in loving memory of husband, Albert Madwed, and brother-in-law, Jack Madwed. Stuart and Sarni Morrison in memory of Herb Mann, father of Luise Burger; in memory of Donald Rubens, father of Sally Kenler. Steven and Julie Pressman in honor of Seymour Horowitz, father of Stuart Horowitz. Jane Resnick, Betsy Kutner, and Dean Parker in loving memory of their father, Dr. Ralph Parker. Ellen and Sam Rost in memory of Diane Kauders, wife of Dr. James Kauders. Robert and Twody Schless in memory of George Cohen, father of Diane Bader.

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Arnold and Serena Sher in loving memory of Nathaniel Bresler, grandson of Bobby Bresler; in memory of Dr. Ralph Parker, father of Jane Resnick and Betsy Kutner. Jonathan and Cleo Sonneborn in honor of the engagement of Jonathan Prosnit and Erin Gleeson; in memory of Cleo’s sister, Shirley Agbannawag. Janet Skane Stern in loving memory of her dear friend, Dr. Leonard Rapoport. Eileen and Howard Tolk in loving memory of mother, Tess Velenchik. Rabbi Gurevitz Discretionary Fund Ben Diamond—Thank you to Rabbi Gurevitz for all her help in helping him to prepare his speech for his Bar Mitzvah. Larry Levine and Alison Bonds in appreciation and in honor of Jennifer’s Bat Mitzvah. Irving and Andrea Kern in appreciation for conducting the service at our home. Gilbert and Barbara Saltman in memory of Arlene London, mother of Michael London and Allison Spitzer. Enhancement Fund Shirley Beresin in loving memory of husband, Bernard Beresin. Michael and Judy Blumenthal in memory of Seymour Horowitz, father of Stuart Horowitz. Juda and Elaine Chetrit in memory of Seymour Horowitz, father of Stuart Horowitz. Phyllis Feld—a contribution in appreciation. Andrew Fredman and Susan Leon in memory of Aaron Krantz, father of Richard Krantz. Mark and Rebecca Gaudet in loving memory of parents, Eleanore and Henry Weiss. Bernie and Jan Jacobs in loving memory of father, Benjamin Jacobs. Janice, Marc, and Matthew Katz in memory of father and grandfather, Arnold Katz. Anne and Mark Kirsch in memory of Donald Rubens, father of Sally Kenler; in memory of Seymour Horowitz, father of Stuart Horowitz. Beth Lazar in loving memory of aunt, Janet Greenberg. Sidney and Miriam Madwed in memory of brothers, Albert and Jack Madwed. Rhoda Mazur in memory of beloved husband, George Mazur. Rose and Jayson Rome in memory of Sidney Gelfand, brother of Anne Kamens. Joan Rosenbaum in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of Hank and Lauren Greenberg’s grandson, Jordan. Jonathan and Cleo Sonneborn in memory of Aaron Krantz, father of Richard Krantz. Eileen and Howard Tolk in memory of Dr. Ralph Parker, father of Jane Resnick and Betsy Kutner.

Music Fund Claire L. Baker in memory of Diane Kauders, wife of Jim Kauders. Carol and Nat Barsky in memory of father, Rubin Barsky. The Diamond Family in appreciation to Cantor Blum for helping Ben prepare for his Bar Mitzvah. Dr. James Kauders in appreciation to Cantor Ramon Gilbert. Irving and Andrea Kern in memory of mother, Ernestine Kern, and in appreciation to Cantor Blum. Larry Levine and Alison Bonds in appreciation and in honor of Jennifer’s Bat Mitzvah. Religious School Enrichment Fund Ben Diamond in appreciation to Claire Baker for all her help in preparing him for his Bar Mitzvah. Joyce Moriber—Mazel Tov to Audrey and Ira Wise on the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Harper. Randy and Beth Reich in memory of Herb Mann, father of Luise Burger; get-well wishes to David Goby; in memory of Donald Rubens, father of Sally Kenler. Rabbi Arnold I. Sher Social Action Fund Helaine and Allan Alpert in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of Harrison Miller, grandson of Harriet and Sam Miller. Renee and Rich Beitman in memory of Herb Mann, father of Luise Burger. Alan and Leslie Burger in memory of Herb Mann. Juda and Elaine Chetrit in memory of George Cohen, father of Diane Bader. Ellen and Larry Dinkes in honor of the birth of Devin Elan, grandson of Mark and Deena Spector; in memory of George Cohen, father of Diane Bader. Bari Dworken in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of Harper Wise; in memory of Diane Kauders. Dr. James Kauders in appreciation to Rabbi Sher. Judith and Barry Kramer in honor of the Bat Mitzvah of Daniella Bloch, granddaughter of Serena and Arnie Sher. Marge, Paul, Steven, and Carleigh Krubiner in honor of the engagement of Jonathan Prosnit and Erin Gleeson. Dennis and Janet Magid in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of Harrison, grandson of Sam and Harriet Miller; in honor of the Bat Mitzvah of Daniella Bloch, granddaughter of Serena and Arnie Sher. Barbara Panisch in memory of Nathaniel Bresler, grandson of Bobby Bresler.

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Donations Please note that only contributions of $10.00 or more will be acknowledged with a card and Bulletin listing. Ellen and Sam Rost in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of Harrison Miller, grandson of Harriet and Sam Miller; in honor of the Bat Mitzvah of Daniella Bloch, granddaughter of Serena and Arnie Sher and David Lavine. Arnold and Serena Sher in memory of Joel Feigenson, husband of Diane Feigenson; in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of Sam and Harriet Miller’s grandson, Harrison; in memory of Dr. Ralph Parker, father of Betsy Kutner. Eileen and Howard Tolk in loving memory of Jeffrey Zeisler, son of Robert and Judy Zeisler. Judy Zaluda in memory of Sidney Gelfand, brother of Anne Kamens. Nursery School Scholarship Fund David and Gloria Bindelglass and family in loving memory of sister and aunt, Joy Klein. Nursery School Staff in memory of Josh Ratner’s father. Gillette Judaic Enrichment Fund Jim and Barbara Abraham in memory of Nathaniel Bresler. Naomi and Alan Gill in memory of Jeffrey Zeisler, son of Robert and Judy Zeisler and Lois Zeisler. Marsha and Bob Gillette in memory of Diane Kauders, wife of Dr. James Kauders. Judith Brav Sher Fund Juda and Elaine Chetrit in memory of Donald Rubens, father of Sally Kenler. The Nerreau Family in memory of Donald Rubens, father of Sally Kenler.

Etz Chaim Torah Fund Mollie Keller in memory of her mother, Ruth Aaron. Rabbi Martin Library Fund Randy and Beth Reich—get well to Muriel “Muggs” Lefsetz. Bifty/Greenwald Scholarship Fund The Phillip-Soberman Family in memory of Aaron Krantz, father of Richard Krantz. Slepian Floral Fund Barbara Panisch and family in loving memory of mother, Julia Slepian. Harvey Sussman and Dorothy Goldstein— sincere get-well wishes to Marshall Madow. Shirley Winnick in memory of dear friend, Jacob Nabel. Small Family Fund Ann W. Small in memory of Sidney Gelfand, brother of Anne Kamens. Arnold and Doris Tower Fund Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Locke in memory of dear friend, Sidney Gelfand. Steve Tower in memory of Ralph Parker, father of Jane Resnick. Sylvia Prosnit Adult Education Marge and Paul Krubiner in memory of Herb Mann, father of Luise Burger, husband of Muriel Mann; in memory of Ernestine Kern,

mother of Irving Kern; in memory of Aaron Krantz, father of Richard Krantz. Alan Weinstein Scholarship Fund Leonard and Bonnie Blum in celebration of the Bar Mitzvah of Harrison Miller, grandson of Harriet and Sam Miller. Michael and Joni Greenspan in loving memory of Diane Kauders, wife of Dr. James Kauders; in honor of the birth of Phineas Walter Murray, grandson of Marshall and Myra Watnick; in celebration of the Bar Mitzvah of Harrison Miller, grandson of Sam and Harriet Miller; in honor of the Bat Mitzvah of Daniella Bloch, granddaughter of Serena and Arnold Sher. Arnold and Serena Sher in loving memory of Diane Kauders, wife of Dr. James Kauders. Vision Loan Reduction Fund Richard and Joanne Krantz in memory of Seymour Horowitz, father of Stuart Horowitz. Beth Lazar in memory of aunt, Roz Greenberg. Brian and Sheri Nerreau in memory of Seymour Horowitz, father of Stuart Horowitz. William and Lorraine Smith in memory of parents, Solomon and Helen Rubak and Rose Smith. Mazon Randy and Beth Reich—sending get-well wishes to Ozzie Levene.

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

Friday, May 6—Our guest: Josh Nelson and the Jr. Choir 6:00 p.m. Service Torah Portion – Emor, Lev. 21:124:23 Haftarah – Ezekiel 44:15-31 Saturday, May 7 8:00 a.m. Service 9:00 a.m. Brotherhood Breakfast 9:30 a.m. Torah Study 11:00 a.m. B’nai Mitzvot of Benjamin Diamond, son of Steven and Jennifer Diamond, and Jacob Wunder, son of Matthew and Patricia Wunder Friday, May 13 6:00 p.m. Service Torah Portion – B’har, Lev. 25:1-26:2 Haftarah – Jeremiah 32:6-27

Saturday, May 14 8:00 a.m. Service 9:00 a.m. Brotherhood Breakfast 9:30 a.m. Torah Study 11:00 a.m. Bat Mitzvah of Eliza Elliot, daughter of Ronna and Casey Elliot, Jr. Friday, May 20 6:00 p.m. Service—The B’nai Israel Band will play Torah Portion – B’chukotai, Lev. 26:3-27:34 Haftarah – Jeremiah 16:19-17:14

Friday, May 27 6:00 p.m. Service Torah Portion – B’midbar, Num. 1:1-4:20 Haftarah – Hosea 2:1-22 Saturday, May 28 8:00 a.m. Service 9:00 a.m. Brotherhood Breakfast 9:30 a.m. Torah Study 11:00 a.m. B’not Mitzvah of Emma and Rebekah Snitkoff, daughters of Adam and Caroline Snitkoff

Saturday, May 21 8:00 a.m. Service 9:00 a.m. Brotherhood Breakfast 9:30 a.m. Torah Study 11:00 a.m. Bar Mitzvah of David Bakhash, son of Edmond and Jacqueline Bakhash

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B’nai Israel Shavuot Celebration Tuesday, June 7 and Wednesday, June 8 Come rejoice in the Festival of the Giving of the Torah, the Festival of the First Fruits with prayer, picnic, and planting. Tuesday, June 7, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Be a part of our joyful Torah celebration at B’nai Israel’s Family Shavuot Service and come welcome our newest B’nai Israel fruits** to the B’nai Israel family. **all those beautiful babies born into our community this past year Bring yourselves, a picnic blanket, and a vegetable side dish or salad to add to the variety of main dairy dishes that we will provide for a pot luck picnic. RSVP to Elaine Chetrit at 203-3361858 or echetrit@congregationbnaiisrael.org by June 3. It is a tradition to eat dairy-filled dishes during Shavuot, so in deference to tradition you will be able to make your own dairylicious dessert at our Ice Cream Sundae Bar featuring yummy flavors and fancy fixings brought to us by one of our local ice cream parlors!

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Conclude this fun and filling evening with a flower planting on the synagogue grounds. You can come and enjoy your blossoming flowers all summer long. “My People Will Be My People”—But these days who are the Jewish people anyway? A Joint Tikkun Leil Shavuot with Congregation B’nai Israel and Congregation Beth El Tuesday June 7 at 8:00 p.m. at B’nai Israel Join Rabbis Gurevitz, Prosnit, and Satlow for a conversation on: Who’s included? Who’s not? How wide is the tent? How welcoming can we be? How welcoming should we be? Are there differences among Conservative and Reform rabbis? Are there differences among rabbis within the same Jewish streams? Good discussion—and cheesecake, too!! Wednesday, June 8 10:00 a.m. Yizkor Service

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Bulletin May 2011  

Bulletin May 2011

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