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Volume 153, Number 9

Iyar/Sivan 5772

May 2012

B’nai Israel Shavuot Celebration

Come rejoice in the Festival of the Giving of the Torah with picnic, prayer, and planting, and a movie too! Saturday, May 26 6:00 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 203-336-1858 or echetrit@congregationbnaiisrael.org by May 22. 7:00 p.m. 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 Sunny Daes Ice Cream of Fairfield!

Tikkun Leil Shavuot 8:00 p.m. Join us for a wonderful Israeli film and a conversation on the changing and challenging faces of Israel and the Jewish people! Schwartz Dynasty Directed by Shmuel and Amir Hasfari, Israel, 2005 This dramatic comedy is a satirical look at Israeli society. Miriam is caught in a maze of religious bureaucracy when her burial wishes clash with the traditions of her small town, while her new friend Anna struggles to prove that her father was a Jew so that he can be buried in the Holy Land.

Sunday, May 27 10:00 a.m. Shavuot Festival and Yizkor Service 3:00 p.m. Confirmation

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.

May you be blessed as you go on your way… Celebrating Rabbi Rachel Gurevitz at a Special Shabbat Service on Friday, June 1 at 6:00 p.m. Join the many voices of B’nai Israel from Preschool to Religious School from BIFTY to the adults as we pay tribute and honor her six years of devoted service to our congregation.


Sharing Our Joy Congratulations to: Myrna and Gerd Weindling celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary and the birth of their great-granddaughter, Ava. Randy and Beth Reich on the birth of their granddaughter, Lila Vivienne. Artie and Suzie Weissman on the birth of their first grandchild, Maya Alexis, daughter of Lee and Lindsay Weissman of Leesburg, VA. Don and Wendy Hyman in honor of daughter Julia’s marriage to Louis Lazar. Bari Dworken for her humanitarian award recognizing her interfaith service to the community. Sonia Schopick in honor of her 95th birthday.

In This Issue From the Rabbi’s Desk ......................................... 3 Brotherhood News ............................................... 4 From Rabbi Gurevitz ............................................ 5 Early Childhood Education ................................... 6 Family Education ..................................................... 6 Young Families Havurah .................................. 6 From the Education Center ................................ 7 Adult Jewish Learning .......................................... 9 Donations ......................................................... 10–11 Shabbat Services .................................................. 12

Welcome! Welcome! A warm welcome to our newest member. We look forward to her participation in our many programs and hope her affiliation will not only enrich her life, but that of our congregation. Joan Jones Janet Circle, Bridgeport

Sincere Sympathy

We extend our sympathy to the bereaved families of: Eleanor “Ellie” Levin, sister of Albert Kleban Milton Cohn, grandfather of Daniel Cohn Jon Harris, father of Lynn Olins Florence Howitt, grandmother of Deanna Spartachino Florence Fox, mother of Ellen Dell Helen Novick, grandmother of Joni Ballas Illene Soberman, mother of Steven Soberman

Widows and Widowers Group On Saturday, May 19, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., this group will meet at the home of Lee Attenberg, 51 Morning Glory Drive, Easton. Old members and new members alike are welcome to join us. Andrea Rudolph, an interfaith minister, will be our guest. Andrea works as a chaplain at Griffin Hospital and leads bereavement groups and will speak about her many experiences in these areas. Another of Andrea’s many talents is playing the clarinet with B’nai Israel’s Band. Please RSVP to Lee and get directions to her home at 203-374-9688.

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James Prosnit, D.D. .................................................................... Rabbi Rachel Gurevitz, Ph.D. .............................................................. 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 Elaine Chetrit ...................................... Director of Family Education Alexa Cohen .............................................. Early Childhood Director Abby Rohinsky ..................................................... Director of Facility Matthew Rosen ............................................................. Youth Advisor Officers Mark A. Kirsch ..................................................................... President Mindy Siegel ........................................................... 1st Vice President Shari Nerreau ................................................................ Vice President Samuel Rosenberg ........................................................ Vice President Richard Walden ............................................................ Vice President Michael Blumenthal ............................................................. Treasurer Stuart Horowitz ..................................................... Assistant Treasurer Julie Pressman ...................................................................... Secretary Kelly Reznikoff ................................................... Financial Secretary Amy Rich .................................................... Immediate Past President Affiliates Jim Greenberg ................................................. Brotherhood President Molly Blumenthal & Michael Kalmans ........... BIFTY Co-Presidents

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From the Rabbi’s Desk

Welcome Rabbi Evan Schultz!

Next month I’ll have a chance to tout and celebrate the mark that Rabbi Rachel Gurevitz has made upon this community, but this month I want to introduce you to our new Assistant Rabbi, Evan Schultz.

Beyond the resume, however, all who have met Evan are impressed by the warmth of his personality and his deep commitment to help foster strong Jewish connections at every end of the age spectrum. Impressed by his intellect and teaching abilities, his insights and humanity, the search committee made Evan its unanimous choice.

Evan will be ordained from Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in New York on Sunday, May 6 and will begin his responsibilities at B’nai Israel in early July. He’ll be moving to Connecticut with his wife Jenny Goldstein and their son Koby, who is a year and a half old.

That committee represented a cross-section of our congregation and was ably chaired by Shari Nerreau. It included Michael Becker, David Berkowitz, Eric Broder, Lisa Greenberg, Maddy Kenler, Mark Kirsch, Lisa Knicos, Larry Levine, George Markley, Debbie Portnay, Mindy Siegel, and Barbara Solomon.

A 2001 Brandeis University grad, Evan worked at Central Synagogue in New York City as Assistant Director of Curriculum and Full-Time Educator before entering rabbinic school. He received numerous prizes and awards while in rabbinic school, including ones “for overall excellence,” “creativity in worship,” and “community service.” Evan also served for a year as a Jewish Service Corps Volunteer in Izmir, Turkey for the Joint Distribution Committee. In addition to pursuing his academic and rabbinic studies, for the past three years he has gained worship, educational, and pastoral experience by serving as a student rabbi in High Point, North Carolina. Evan has also been a unit leader at Eisner Camp and has served as a song leader at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn and Shaarey T’filah in Manhattan, where he co-led the monthly “Shabbat Unplugged” service for people in their 20s and 30s.

We met a number of well-qualified candidates in what was an intensive search process. All involved came away enthused not only for the future of B’nai Israel, but also for the Reform movement in general. The caliber of rabbis being ordained is exceptional, and these women and men will serve the Jewish people well. A series of gatherings to welcome Evan, Jenny, and Koby is being planned for the summer so that you will have a chance to welcome the newest members of the B’nai Israel family. Rabbi James Prosnit

Congregation B’nai Israel cordially invites you to attend THE CONFIRMATION SERVICE Sunday, May 27 at 3:00 p.m. 2710 Park Avenue, Bridgeport Reception following the service Dylan Bender Ted Berkowitz Jonathan Burger Maia Butterfield Samuel James Carley Rachel Carron Tommy Cocco Jeffrey Elbaum

Hannah Greenhall Jake Horowitz Brent Kaiserman Matthew Katz Emily Kirsch Madelyn Lippman Ian Matz Sydney Hope Smilen

Jason Marshall Nerreau Arielle Panthauer Alexander Powning Alex Ram Sarah Rosenberg Matthew Rosenstein Daniel Shinbaum Jaime Viens

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Brotherhood News Pesach is a time to ponder the many ways we can be thankful for our freedom and to remember those who do not enjoy such luxury. In celebration of the holiday, the Brotherhood prepared our annual—and famous— Matzo Brei Breakfast. After a wonderful meal shared with good friends and family, we worshipped together as the Junior Choir sang. It was a wonderful Pesach and Shabbat, and I wish to thank those who gave of their time to help make our breakfast a success: “Head Chef” Harold Levine, David Beier, Artie Weissman, Rich Rosen, Dr. Paul Dengelegi, Gerd Weindling, Sherry Portnoy, Lisa Greenberg, and, of course, Sammy Greenberg!

David Kayne, Harold Levine, Eric Stein, Jonathan Greenbaum, Jim Greenberg, Doug Brown, and Jim Grutzmacher—The Brotherhood Pressure Cookers—at the Purim Carnival

We look forward to the festive Religious School BBQ on Sunday, May 20, at which Brotherhood will prepare a wonderful lunch for the students and their families on the last day of school. At Brotherhood we measure our success by the mitzvahs we make and the joy they bring…whether you are already a member, or are looking for a fun and productive way to get more involved in temple life, come on out and lend a hand in the company of some really great guys who love to have fun! Drop me an e-mail anytime for more information. David Beier and Sammy Greenberg help prepare the Matzo Brei Breakfast

L’shalom, Jim Greenberg, Brotherhood President jim@unionmachinery.com

The Jewish Futures Conference The Jewish Futures Conference brings together visionary thinkers, passionate individuals, and inspiring presentations in a conference designed to shift the horizon of our thinking in Jewish education. New ways of connecting are simultaneously posing challenges to traditional institutions and offering new opportunities for forging community and undertaking Jewish learning both locally and globally. The Jewish

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Futures Conference provides a space to imagine, learn, and engage in purposeful and courageous conversation about the future of Jewish community and education and how it can thrive in today’s and tomorrow’s world. See http://www.jesna.org/jewishfutures for further information.

We bid farewell to Rabbi Gurevitz—please see front cover.


From Rabbi Gurevitz

Kol Nidre in March: A Report on Our First Glimpse of a New Machzor Back at the end of March, we invited the congregation to participate in a Thursday evening mock Kol Nidre service. It was an opportunity to try out part of what will become the Reform movement’s new Machzor— the High Holy Day prayer book. Following our service, we divided the congregation into two groups for a facilitated debrief of the layout, new texts, translations, and more. Our project coordinator, Naomi Schaffer, compiled the notes from both groups and submitted our comments to the committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Many congregations around the country participated in this project during the month of March, and many others contributed to a similar study last year with a draft Rosh Hashanah service. Overall, the response of those who attended our service was overwhelmingly positive. The new Machzor has transliteration for every prayer, laid out side by side with the Hebrew, like Mishkan Tefilah (although for some reason they switched the side on which the Hebrew and the transliteration were laid out, something that we questioned in our group comments). Of all the commentary, probably the most prevalent feeling was that several elements contributed to a service that was more accessible, made more sense, and helped worshippers feel more immediately connected with the purpose of the prayers and the purpose of Yom Kippur. These elements consisted of: • well-written introductory readings to each major section of the service that explained what would happen next and the purpose of the section

Spector Family Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Lynne F. Landsberg A Focus on Ability and Disability Access to a Spiritual Life Friday, May 4 at 6:00 p.m. Rabbi Lynne F. Landsberg is Senior Advisor on Disability Issues for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. Rabbi Landsberg is co-founder and co-chair of the Jewish Disability Network, a coalition of national Jewish religious movements and organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of people with disabilities.

• helpful footnotes that provided further explanation of a specific theme, prayer, or ritual • English translations that were beautifully rendered in modern, accessible language, yet remained true to the more literal meaning of the Hebrew Like Mishkan Tefilah, the new prayer book often employs a two-page spread for prayers, with Hebrew on the top right and translation on the bottom right, and room for contemporary alternative readings and poems on the left page that pick up on the theme of the traditional prayer. Some were concerned that, particularly for holidays that congregants attend just once a year, the layout may prove to be confusing for some, as Mishkan Tefilah can sometimes be for those who do not pray with the community regularly. However, many of the contemporary readings and poems enhanced the service experience and offered alternative theological or spiritual ways of framing the parts of the service that resonate with some people more than the traditional language. Perhaps the single phrase most noted during our post-service conversation was the prayer book’s reference to “The Book of Lives Well Lived”—a beautiful example of taking an ancient image from the High Holy Days and rendering it in a contemporary phrase that speaks to many more of us who sometimes struggle to connect to an ancient language. The editors of the Machzor hope to have a finished product ready within two to three years. Based on our trial of the Kol Nidre service, we have something to look forward to. Rabbi Rachel Gurevitz

In the middle of a remarkable career as a congregational rabbi and then on the staff of the Union for Reform Judaism, Rabbi Landsberg suffered a severe brain injury. She was close to death, and with great courage and support from family, friends, and colleagues, she has returned to herself (mostly). Rabbi Landsberg has become an outspoken advocate for the disabled and a powerful voice for inclusion in our religious life. Please join us for Kabbalat Shabbat at 6:00 p.m., followed by Shabbat dinner at 7:15. Reservations and a charge are required for dinner only. Rabbi Landsberg will speak after dinner. Contact Lynn at 203-336-1858 or llynch@ congregationbnaiisrael.org.

Shavuot is coming! See the cover for details.

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From the Early Childhood Center

Preschool Parent-Teacher Conferences Constant communication is vital in partnering with parents. Conferences between parents and teachers are an important element of early childhood education. At the preschool level, the parent-teacher conference is a critical time for teachers to truly collaborate with parents. Purposes of these conferences include the following: • • • •

They provide an opportunity for parents to ensure that their child is receiving the proper foundation for developmental growth. They engage parents in the educational progress of their children. They allow teachers to update parents on how their child is doing in the areas of social, physical, emotional and educational development. They also provide an opportunity for parents to ask any questions they may have about their child or the preschool program.

Parenting expert Lonna Corder believes that parent-teacher conferences for preschoolers allow preschool teachers to direct parents with regard to early intervention if developmental issues arise:

“Preschool teachers can spot speech issues, fine and gross motor development, social appropriateness and basic learning styles. If parents have an objective understanding of how their child is developing they can go forward and make better choices for their child’s future,” says Corder (http://www.lonnacorder.com). Parent-teacher conferences at the preschool level should not be overlooked. They allow parents and teachers to form a true partnership, strengthen the lines of communication, and consider together a broad view of the program and their goals for the year. As the end of the year approaches and our conferences are concluding, parents may be overwhelmed by the amount of information they receive from our professional staff. Of course our teachers are always available to clarify and provide more insight regarding any parental questions or concerns. But there are also many helpful and informative resources and Web sites available for parents to explore on their own. CT Birth to Three System—http://www.birth23.org Connecticut Parents as Teachers—http://www.parentsasteachers.org I Am Your Child (IAYC)—http://www.iamyourchild.org National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)— http://www.naeyc.org Alexa Cohen Early Childhood Center Director

Family Education at B’nai Israel! Havdalah Picnic in the Park Saturday, May 19, 4:30–6:00 p.m.

and Havdalah activities make for a great way to spend time with family and friends as we conclude Shabbat.

Bring a family picnic and join us on Saturday, May 19, 4:30 –6:00 p.m. at Owen Fish Park on Stratfield Road in Fairfield to bid farewell to Shabbat. The fresh air outdoors, a fun playground, a meal together,

And please save the date for our family Shavuot Celebration on Saturday, May 26! See details on the front cover of this Bulletin.

From the Young Families Havurah Late this month, we celebrate Shavuot, the holiday commemorating our receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai. This holiday has been linked to Jewish scholarship. Adults study texts late into the night on Erev Shavuot, and traditionally in Eastern Europe the next morning young children would go to the house of study for the first time. I think it is not a coincidence that we received the Torah atop a mountain. As we Jewish parents strive to educate our children Jewishly, it can sometimes seem like an uphill battle. There are many paths we can choose—day school, Hebrew and Sunday supplementary school, Jewish camp, trips to Israel, family study at home, or some combination—and each presents unique challenges. Different parents may envision different peak moments when they will enjoy the view yielded by their labor: their child’s bar or bat mitzvah, confirmation, standing next to the huppah as their child marries a Jew, Jewish grandchildren.

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My children are still young, and like other parents in the Young Families Havurah, I am just beginning the climb. Traditionally when children went to the house of study on Shavuot for the first time, their teachers would write words of Torah on a tablet and pour honey overtop. The children would lick the honey off as they learned their first lessons. Afterward they enjoyed cakes on which words of Torah were written. What a wonderful introduction to the sweet words of Torah! From my vantage point still near the base of the mountain, I appreciate the wisdom in this custom. I do not know where my children’s Jewish education will lead them. But I want to make the ascent, their education, full of the excitement of learning and the joy of celebrating our tradition. Rabbi Nicole Wilson-Spiro Check us out online: Youngfamilieshavurah.blogspot.com Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/youngfamilieshavurah

We bid farewell to Rabbi Gurevitz—please see front cover.


From the Education Center It was a bittersweet time. It was right around this time of year in 2006. Rabbi Fred Greene was getting ready to leave after being a part of our lives for five years. He was the only associate rabbi many of us had ever known at B’nai Israel. It was hard to see him go, but it was time for him to lead his own congregation. And we were looking forward to the arrival of the newly ordained Rabbi Rachel Gurevitz. I definitely remember being excited about our new rabbi. She was bringing a new and different toolkit of professional skills to our congregation. She was in a different place in her life than Fred had been when he had arrived in 2001. We all had lots of questions about how we would do things around here. The first step was to learn her strengths and see how they strengthened all of us. And strengthen us she has. She took an already successful Kitah Chet (8th grade) program and re-imagined it, working closely with her co-teachers, Keri Adwin and Allie Burger. Each year they welcomed and incorporated one of our Young Emissaries from Israel into their team. I have had a son in both her first and her final group of students. Both sing her praises.

taken our Kitah Chet students to Eisner Camp for a weekend retreat. And we often travelled together to Washington, DC with the Confirmation class. She is a model of how to create a space for young people to fill with their excitement and enthusiasm. She gets conversations started and then steps back so the teens can take part. She is an amazing listener, responding to what they are saying and asking, rather than saying what she wants them to hear. And when we play Gaga (Israeli dodgeball, not something related to a pop singer), she gets right in there, playing the game with all of the kids.

Rabbi Gurevitz is all about making sure everyone is included—whether it’s participating in a conversation, playing a game, or having a chance to pass the Torah!

It’s a bittersweet time again. It is time for Rachel to lead her own congregation in Westborough, MA. We will all miss her in our own ways. I will miss our learning and dreaming together. She is a questioner—asking me and others to imagine possibilities. I am very excited for her new congregation. I know you all join me in wishing her every success.

Rabbi Gurevitz leads by example—singing and dancing with the teens.

Most of our members are not aware that she is a wonderful travelling companion! Each year we have

I know Rachel is excited for us and the relationship we will forge with Evan Schultz, our new rabbi. That’s the kind of rabbi she is. We have been blessed for six years. May she bring all of her blessings to her new congregation! L’shalom, Ira J. Wise, Director of Education

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Shavuot is coming! See the cover for details.


Adult Jewish Learning at Congregation B’nai Israel Adult Roundtable Thursday, May 3 at 12:15 p.m. This group holds a discussion the first Thursday of each month about current events for anyone who wants to go deeper than the headlines and enjoys expressing an opinion and hearing those of others. Facilitated by Gloria Katz and Dorothy Blaustein. Bring a sandwich, your opinion, and an open mind.

Rosh Hodesh Group Thursday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. Join Rabbi Rachel Gurevitz for a new series of Rosh Hodesh monthly women’s gatherings that weave the stories and personalities of the women of the Bible with insights from our own lives and experiences. Rabbi Suri Krieger will be a guest leader for several sessions this year. Rabbi Krieger blends music, art, text study, and discussion that promise to be lively and enriching. Theme for 5772: Biblical Women Role Models—for better or for worse.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot Saturday, May 26 at 8:00 p.m. Responses to Suffering Our tradition says that in every Lifelong Learning—Fridays, May 4, 11, and generation we should view 18 at noon ourselves as if we personally had Through the long and at times tragic history of the gone out from Egypt, stood at Jewish people, prophets, sages, and rabbis have sought Mount Sinai, and received the to understand the nature of suffering. When burdens Torah. Join Rabbis James Prosnit outweigh the blessings, how have we tried to explain, and Rachel Gurevitz and Religious cope, and sustain ourselves and each other? Rabbi School Director Ira Wise for a Prosnit looks at classic and contemporary Jewish texts Shavuot journey of learning. and shows how comfort and understanding have come from the wisdom of the ages. Understanding Judaism: A Guide for Enquiring Minds Sunday, May 6 at 9:45 a.m. This series addresses questions and trends in Judaism and is appropriate for all levels of adult learner, Jewish and non-Jewish, whether you are an experienced student, someone looking for a way in to learn more about Judaism for the first time, or somewhere in-between. You are welcome to attend the entire series or pick and choose. This month: The Three “Foot” Festivals.

We bid farewell to Rabbi Gurevitz—please see front cover.

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Donations Please note that only contributions of $10.00 or more will be acknowledged with a card and Bulletin listing. Discretionary Fund–Rabbi Prosnit David Abbey and Deborah Goodman in memory of Irving Abbey. Mark Abrams in memory of his mother, Sara Abrams. Anonymous in honor of Alex Glass’s Bar Mitzvah. Lee Attenberg in memory of father, Samuel Goldfarb, and stepmother, Frances Spivack Goldfarb; in memory of Illene Soberman, mother of Steven Soberman; in memory of Ellie Levin, sister of Al and Alida Kleban. Bader/Cohen family—Diane, Lillian Cohen, Darren, Elise, and Alex—in appreciation and in memory of husband and father, George Cohen. Dale and Stew Barcham in honor of the engagement of Ethan and Arielle. Fredell Cederbaum in memory of Fran Sydney, wife of David; in memory of Florence Fox, mother of Ellen Dell. Sylvia Edelson in memory of her mother, Daisy Gordon. Eloise Epstein in honor of the engagement of Ethan Prosnit and Arielle Traub. Ellen Fox in loving memory of her mother, Florence Fox. Laurel and Hank Greenberg in loving memory of mother, Ruth C. Silverman, and sister, Marilyn Weiner. Bennett and Nancy Hersch in memory of Rhoda Hersch. Don and Wendy Hyman in appreciation and in honor of the wedding of Julia Hyman to Louis Lazar. Gloria Katz in honor of Rosalind Gordon’s 90th birthday. Janice, Marc, and Matthew Katz in memory of Arnold Katz. Judy and Barry Kramer and family in loving memory of Jules Kramer. Carol Krim—Mazel Tov to Rabbi Prosnit and Wendy Bloch and family. Shirley Jacob Lantz and the Jacob boys in loving memory of Ellie Levin, sister of Albert and Alida Kleban and Florence Fox. Lena “Lee” Lester—congratulations to the Prosnit family on Ethan Prosnit’s engagement to Arielle Traub. Dr. Bernard Levine in memory of father, Herman Levine. Gale and Steven Lubchansky in memory of Rueben Steuerman. Carol Mack in loving memory of parents, Sylvia and Edwin Klein. Sandi Michaelson, Eric Kyle, and Julie Warren in memory of Fran and Jack Michaelson. Samuel Miller and family in loving memory of Harriet Miller. Joyce Moriber in memory of Sadie and Irving Roffman, Esther and Benjamin Moriber, and Mindy Jo Moriber. Beverly Noehren in honor of Rosalind Gordon’s 90th birthday. Arnold and Sonia Portnoy—in appreciation. Serena and Arnie Sher in honor of Ethan Prosnit’s engagement to Arielle Traub. Claire Rosenberg in memory of parents, Sollie and Ruth Pfeffer. Honey and Ken Sacks in memory of Paul Goldstein. Suzanne Saletan in memory of Stanley Weinstein. Saletan family—Suzanne, Steven and Kim, Elizabeth and Rich and Julia, Andrew, Stuart, Noah, Jake, and Lindsay—in loving memory of beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Richard Saletan. Alan Silkoff in memory of his father, Charles Silkoff. Janet Skane Stern in loving memory of dear friend, Dr. Leonard Rapoport, on the first anniversary of his death. Sue, Bob, and Carleigh Sussman in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of Jason Deck. Eileen and Howard Tolk in loving memory of parents, Tess and Maurice Velenchik. Dr. Norman and Marilyn Weinstein in memory of Jerry Sussman, Stanley Weinstein, Ellie Levin, and Illene Soberman. Peter Weinstein in appreciation and in memory of his father, Stanley Weinstein.

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Rita and Kenneth Weinstein in appreciation and in honor of son Ryan’s Bar Mitzvah. The Yaffie family in loving memory of mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Mildred Skydel Seigel. Discretionary Fund–Rabbi Gurevitz Anonymous in honor of Alex Glass’s Bar Mitzvah. Judi Beier in appreciation to Rabbi Gurevitz. Kenneth and Traci Kohanski in appreciation to Rabbi Gurevitz and in honor of their son Matthew David’s naming. Carol Krim in appreciation and in honor of Rabbi Gurevitz. Beth Lazar in loving memory of aunt, Janet Greenberg; in appreciation of Rabbi Rachel Gurevitz’s leadership of the beautiful and inspiring Women’s Seder and for her six years of service at B’nai Israel. Jill Schreibman and Randi Sperber in honor of their March 17th marriage. Cleo and Jonathan Sonneborn—congratulations to Bari Dworken for her humanitarian award, recognizing her interfaith service to the community. Music Fund Anonymous in honor of Rosalind Gordon’s 90th birthday; in honor of Alex Glass’s Bar Mitzvah. Ellen and Larry Dinkes in honor of Sonia Schopick’s 95th birthday. Eloise Epstein in memory of mother, Diana Turken. Elena Rabine Halady in loving memory of her mother, Pearl Blume Rabine. Bennett and Nancy Hersch in honor of Rosalind Gordon reading from the Torah on her 90th birthday. Don and Wendy Hyman in appreciation and in honor of the wedding of Julia Hyman to Louis Lazar. Beverly Noehren in honor of Rosalind Gordon’s 90th birthday. Sue, Bob, and Carleigh Sussman in loving memory of Jerry Sussman. Peter Weinstein in appreciation and in memory of his father, Stanley Weinstein. Rita and Kenneth Weinstein in appreciation and in honor of son Ryan’s Bar Mitzvah. Debbie and Michael Weisman in memory of Milton Kayle, father of Jennifer Posner. Suzie and Artie Weissman and Sylvia Rosenthal in gratitude to Cantor Blum for conducting a minyan so warmly and eloquently. Nursery School Enrichment Fund Patricia and Paul Buchbinder in memory of Eleanor “Ellie” Levin. Nursery School Scholarship Fund The following contributions were made in memory of Stanley Weinstein, father of Peter and Gail Weinstein: Barbara and Jim Abraham Sarah and Jeffrey Alper Bruce and Laura Braverman Ann and Abe Breslov Luise and Ed Burger Elaine and Juda Chetrit Early Childhood Center Teachers Friends of Peter and Gail Weinstein Mr. and Mrs. Chris Gegelys Stacy and Rob Giglietti Estelle M. Glass Donna and Richard Goldblatt Jane and Bob Hillman Stephen R. Israel Bernie and Janice Jacobs Molly Kresse Barbara and Rob Liberman

Ruth Madwed Samuel Miller Ahuva and Moshe Munzer Barbara Panisch Debbie and Ted Portnay Julie and Steve Pressman Amy and Glenn Rich Ellen and Sam Rost Margo Schiff Bennett and Leah Schlenger Phyllis and Michael Selesnick Mark and Phyllis Shangold Serena and Arnold Sher Elaine and Marc Silverman Nancy and Irving Silverman Ann W. Small Stephen Tower Debbie, Dan, Matthew, and Jaime Viens Debbie and Michael Weisman Steven and Missy Weisman David and Robyn Winograd Sheila and Burton Yaffie Barbara and Rob Liberman in honor of the birth of a new granddaughter, Lila Vivienne, to Beth and Randy Reich. Ruth Madwed in memory of Debbie Madow, daughter of Sheila and Marshall Madow. Serena and Arnie Sher in memory of Frances Sydney, stepmother of Laura Sydney-Pulton. Debbie, Dan, Matthew, and Jaime Viens in memory of Frances Sydney, stepmother of Laura Sydney-Pulton. Enhancement Fund Shirley Beresin in loving memory of husband, Bernard Beresin. Lori and Ken Berger in memory of Illene Soberman, mother of Steve Soberman. Barbara and Bernie Berkowitz in memory of Jerry Sussman, brother of Harvey Sussman. Luise and Ed Burger in memory of Ruby Haflich; in memory of Illene Soberman, mother of Steve Soberman and Suzanne Phillip. Elaine and Juda Chetrit in memory of Illene Soberman, mother of Steve Soberman and Suzanne Phillip. Joanne Derwallis in honor of Rosalind Gordon’s 90th birthday. Henry Diamond in memory of Albert Madwed. Barbara Haflich in memory of dear sister-in-law, Ruby Haflich. Don and Wendy Hyman in appreciation to Judy Pressler and Mark Edinberg and in honor of the wedding of Julia Hyman and Louis Lazar. Bobby and Arnold Kaplan in memory of Beatrice Kaplan. Lena “Lee” Lester in appreciation of her blessed good health. Bernard and Marion Levine in loving memory of Eleanor Levin for a life-long friendship. Alice Madwed in loving memory of husband, Albert Madwed; in memory of brother-in-law, Jack Madwed. Ruth Madwed in memory of mother, Eva Dolid; husband, Jack Madwed; and brother-in-law, Albert Madwed. Sidney and Miriam Madwed in memory of Albert “Bud” Madwed and Jack Madwed. Rhoda Mazur in loving memory of Dr. George Mazur. Sam Miller in memory of mother-in-law, Jennie Kot, mother of Harriet Miller. Liz Nigrosh in memory of Ken Liberman, brother of Lynn Blueweiss and William Liefland, father of Linda Liefland. Barbara Norton in memory of Rose Sunshine, mother of Beverly Goodkind.

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Louis and Roberta Pabian in memory of Ida Pabian. Ellen Hyde Phillips in memory of Stanley Weinstein and Frances Mendelson Sydney. Rose and Jayson Rome in memory of Ellie Levin. Sheryl and George Santiago in memory of Fran Sydney, stepmother of Laura Sydney-Pulton. Cleo and Jonathan Sonneborn in memory of Muriel and Jerome Sussman, parents of Eden Diamond; Harriet Miller, wife of Sam Miller; Stanley Weinstein, father of Peter Weinstein. Debbie, Dan, Matthew, and Jaime Viens in memory of Milton Cohn, grandfather of Dan Cohn. Sylvia Prosnit Adult Education Fund Barbara and Jim Abraham in honor of Barbara Solomon’s milestone birthday. Anonymous in honor of Rosalind Gordon’s 90th birthday. Judi, David, and Jordan Beier—Mazel Tov to Gerd and Myrna Weindling on their 60th wedding anniversary and on the birth of their great-granddaughter, Ava; in honor of Rosalind Gordon reading from the Torah on her 90th birthday. Carson and Robert Berkowitz in honor of Rosalind Gordon’s 90th birthday. Elaine and Juda Chetrit—Happy Birthday and Mazel Tov to Rosalind Gordon on her 90th birthday. Andrea Goodman and Jeff Ackerman in appreciation to Bari Dworken! Nettesheim family in honor of Rosalind Gordon’s special birthday. Barbara Solomon in honor of Rosalind Gordon’s 90th birthday and her Torah chanting. Rabbi Arnold I. Sher Social Action Fund Bari Dworken—a contribution. Lawrence and Ellen Dinkes in memory of Stanley Weinstein. Andrea Goodman and Jeff Ackerman in memory of Illene Soberman, mother of Steve Soberman and Suzanne Phillip. Arlene Kaminsky and family in memory of Frances Sydney, stepmother of Laura Sydney-Pulton.

Ilse Levi—congratulations to Phil and Karen Rabin on the birth of their granddaughter, Charlotte Elise Aber. Sandi Michaelson in memory of Illene Soberman, mother of Steve Soberman. Samuel Miller and family in loving memory of Harriet Miller. Serena and Arnie Sher to Albert Kleban and the Levin family in memory of Ellie Levin. Barbara and Derek Solomon in memory of Illene Soberman, mother of Steve Soberman. Eileen and Howard Tolk in loving memory of Harriet Miller, wife of Samuel Miller. Peter Weinstein in appreciation and in memory of his father, Stanley Weinstein. Gillette Judaic Enrichment Fund Marsha and Bob Gillette in memory of Harriet Miller, Stanley Weinstein, and Jerry Sussman. Arlene Kaminsky, Zack, Ian, and Sydney Foulk in memory of Steven Foulk. Etz Chaim Living Torah Fund The Keller family in loving memory of mater familias Ruth Aaron. Jack and Karin Newman in memory of Ruth Aaron, mother of Mollie Keller. Mollie and David Keller in honor of Rosalind Gordon’s 90th birthday.

Judith Brav Sher Fund Anonymous in honor of Alex Glass’s Bar Mitzvah. Elaine and Juda Chetrit in memory of father, Eli Teller. David and Jessica Goldberg for the purchase of new Torahs for Havurah. Susan and Stuart Horowitz in appreciation of Elaine Chetrit. Yoel and Lena Simicun in appreciation of Saturday’s Havurah. Wechsler family in memory of mother, Teresa Ferraro. Peter Weinstein in appreciation and in memory of his father, Stanley Weinstein. Lee and David Lester Kesher Fund Lena “Lee” Lester in appreciation of her blessed good health. Daniel Smith Cemetery Fund Samuel Miller in loving memory of mother, Zelda Miller. Charles Fried Keshet Fund Goldie Librach in honor of Bill and Lorraine Smith. Slepian Floral Fund Dotsy Goldstein in memory of Ellie Levin. Barbara Panisch in memory of mother, Julia Slepian; in memory of Ellie Levin, sister of Albert Kleban. Ellen and Sam Rost in memory of Ellie Levin.

Religious School Enrichment Fund Cindy and Michael Becker in honor of Ryan Weinstein’s Bar Mitzvah. Tara Morrison and family in memory of Rita Cole. Eileen and Howard Tolk—Congratulations to Meredith and Vernon Dammu on the birth of their first grandchild, Josie Bryce.

Vision Loan Reduction Fund William and Lorraine Smith in memory of parents, Solomon and Helen Rubak and Rose Smith. Patti and Samuel Rosenberg in memory of Stanley Weinstein; in honor of Rosalind Gordon’s 90th birthday.

Religious School Scholarship Fund George and Lis Ruderman—a contribution. B’nai Israel Brotherhood—a contribution.

MAZON Myrna Kaufman in memory of her mother, Florence Newman.

SHABBAT SERVICE SCHEDULE (Fridays at 6:00 p.m. where indicated, preceded by an Oneg Shabbat at 5:30 p.m.) Friday, May 4 6:00 p.m. Service Torah Portion – Acharei Mot-K’doshim Lev. 16:1-20:27 Haftarah – Amos 9:7-15 Scholar-in-Residence guest Rabbi Lynne Landsberg will be our speaker.

Saturday, May 12 8:00 a.m. Service 9:00 a.m. Brotherhood Breakfast 9:15 a.m. Young Families Havurah 9:30 a.m. Torah Study 11:00 a.m. Bat Mitzvah of Jillian Presser, daughter of Michael and Jessica Presser

Saturday, May 5 8:00 a.m. Service 9:00 a.m. Brotherhood Breakfast 9:15 a.m. Young Families Havurah 9:30 a.m. Torah Study 11:00 a.m. B’nai Mitzvah of Geoffrey and Rachel Gaugler, children of Dean and Laurie Gaugler

Friday, May 18 6:00 p.m. Service The B’nai Israel Band will play. Torah Portion – B’har-B’chukotai Lev. 25:1-27:34 Haftarah – Jeremiah 16:18-17:14

Friday, May 11 6:00 p.m. Service Torah Portion – Emor Lev. 21:1-24:23 Haftarah – Ezekiel 44:15-31

Saturday, May 19 8:00 a.m. Service 9:00 a.m. Brotherhood Breakfast 9:15 a.m. Young Families Havurah 9:30 a.m. Torah Study 11:00 a.m. B’nai Mitzvah of Lindsey Wall, daughter of Michael and Robin Wall, and Blake Gottlieb son of Jonathan and Dina Gottlieb

Friday, May 25 6:00 p.m. Service Torah Portion – B’midbar, Num. 1:1-4:20 Haftarah – Hosea 2:1-22 7:00 p.m. Confirmation dinner for Class of 2012 8:15 p.m. Service of Blessing for Confirmation Class of 2012 Saturday, May 26 8:00 a.m. Service 9:00 a.m. Brotherhood Breakfast 9:15 a.m. Young Families Havurah 9:30 a.m. Torah Study Friday, June 1 6:00 p.m. Service in honor of Rabbi Rachel Gurevitz (please see p. 5)

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Calling All Veterans! Shavuot and Memorial Day Sunday, May 27 at 10:00 a.m. Memorial Day weekend this year falls during Shavuot, when Yizkor/memorial prayers are said. The Jewish War Veterans is encouraging its U.S. members to honor Jewish war veterans and active Jewish servicemen and women during the festival services. Our Shavuot Memorial Service will be held Sunday, May 27 at 10:00

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a.m. in our sanctuary. The service will also memorialize those who have made the supreme sacrifice while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces of the United States. If you are a veteran or an active serviceman or woman, we wish to honor you that morning. Please contact Rabbi Prosnit or Cantor Blum to participate and for more information.

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