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Senior Staff Robert A. Silvers

Kim Beame

Marci R. Bloch

Linda B. Harris

Senior Rabbi

Director of Religious Education


Director of Early Childhood Education

Stephanie Shore

Sarah Freudenberger


Cantorial Associate

Steve Allen

Pam DiGiacomo

Executive Director

Director of Development

Richard D. Agler, DD Rabbi Emeritus

Executive Committee Robin Siegal

Robin Ellman

Rich Hachenburg



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VP Education

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The least-known of the Shalosh Regalim is Shavuot, the Festival of Weeks. A victim of schedule, Shavuot comes just before the beginning of summer—unable to fit into the vacation schedule of most contemporaries, and lacking any special rituals to excite widespread observance.

In the biblical period, Shavuot celebrated the conclusion of the barley harvest and the beginning of the wheat harvest. Jews from all over Eretz Yisrael would bring their Bikkurim, (first-fruits, or new grains) to the Temple in Jerusalem, here the priests would bake them into two loaves of bread, which they would offer on the altar, after which the people could eat their new grain. Consequently, Shavuot became a feast day for the entire people. By the time of the Mishnah and the Talmud, some thousand years later, the rabbis declared Shavuot as the judgment day for fruit trees, just as Rosh Hashanah is for humanity, thereby building on the centrality of the harvest. Additionally, Shavuot expanded beyond its agricultural origin to incorporate an historical event as well. Since the festival comes exactly 7 weeks (hence its name) after the second day of Passover, which marks the liberation of the Jewish slaves from Egypt and their wandering toward Mount Sinai, the rabbis saw Shavuot as celebrating z'man mattan Torateinu, (the season of the giving of our Torah) as a token and record of the special love between God and the Jewish People. That link between Pesach and Shavuot, based on the Torah's insistence that Shavuot occur precisely 50 days after Passover, follows a logic of human liberation as well as the cycles of the calendar. Passover, however popular, is just a beginning—the initiation of Jewish freedom. As our ancestors were liberated from Egyptian slavery, they took their first halting steps toward freedom and independence. No longer saddled with the burdens and oppression of Egyptian taskmasters, the Jews entered the wilderness of Sinai, experiencing their independence as little less than anarchy. Theirs was a freedom from control, a freedom from limits. Such liberty, by itself, is the freedom of adolescents, one which bridles at restraint. Such a freedom is fine as a first step, but it ultimately cannot insure human growth, creativity, and community. Rather than simply avoiding limits, mature freedom entails living up to one's best potential, meeting responsibilities with a sense of purpose and satisfaction. Freedom fulfilled is freedom to live productively and with meaning. Just as “freedom from” finds completion in "freedom to," so the festival of Passover initiates a

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process of liberation that culminates in the festival of Shavuot. The second of the three pilgrimage festivals of the Torah, Shavuot marks the coming of age and responsibility of the Jewish people, celebrating the encounter between God and the Jewish People at Mount Sinai. That moment of divine-human commitment resulted in a formal link between the two, a Brit (Covenant) that bound God and the Jewish People forever. That brit received its first expression in the writings of the Torah, which has formed the core of all subsequent Jewish identity. Shavuot, then, marks the special relationship between God and the Jews, celebrates the biblical understanding of the Jews as God’s Chosen People, a concept essential to Jewish identity, and one which has been distorted, both by Jews and by non-Jews. “To be chosen” is really a grammatical fragment: a person is never simply chosen, but always chosen for something. When we say that the Jews are chosen, we mean that the Jews were selected to embody the practices and values of Judaism as expressed in the Torah and subsequent Jewish writings. God chose us to be a role model—to demonstrate that a society of people dedicated to ritual profundity, moral rigor, and compassionate action could profoundly shape the world. Jews are chosen to live Torah, nothing more and nothing less. In the words of the Siddur, “You have chosen us from among all peoples by giving us Your Torah.” To the extent that we make the practices and values of the Torah real in our daily lives and in our communal priorities, we in turn choose God. The Torah is given anew each time we allow it to live through our deeds. Shavuot, then, is a recommitment to our founding purpose. Each year, we remember why there is a Jewish People, why there is Judaism. On this festival, we celebrate, as did our ancestors, in wonder, the fact that God chose our people to live the mitzvot, and renew our commitment to always walk in God’s ways.

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Friday, June 2, 2017 7:30 pm

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Shabbat Friday Evening Shabbat Services Cohen/Friedkin Sanctuary May 5: 6:00 pm First Fridays Yom Ha'atzmaut Celebration Shabbat Service SLJ Dalet Moving Up BISY Installation May 19 7:30 pm Shabbat Service Birthday Blessings May 26: 7:30 pm Installation, Chai Member & Volunteer Shabbat June 2 : 7:30 pm Shabbat Service Farewell to Rabbi Bloch 12th Grade Graduation Saturday Shabbat Services 9:00 am May 13 5:30 pm May 27 10:00 am June 3 10:00 am

Weekly Torah Learning Service Hollander Family Chapel Shabbat Service/Bat Mitzvah Cohen/Friedkin Sanctuary Shabbat Service/B'nai Mitzvah Cohen/Friedkin Sanctuary Shabbat Service/Bar Mitzvah Cohen/Friedkin Sanctuary

Cantor Stephanie Shore

Cantor's Corner

We are at a very meaningful musical time in our Jewish Calendar! It happens twice a year when we have the opportunity to change the chanted words in the second prayer of our T'fillah. The G'vurot prayer praises G-d for giving life to all and for being a Compassionate Healer. It's also in this prayer that in the winter months (from Simchat Torah to Pesach), we chant "Mashiv haruach umorid hagashem. You cause the wind to shift and rain to fall.​" And in the summer months (from Pesach to Simchat Torah), "Morid Hatal, You rain dew upon us. You rain dew upon us." I always marvel at the beauty of how our people mark our Jewish Year with music. Having said that, my mind spins like a record (you know the flat black round things) with all the AMAZING music we've made over the last few weeks. From Mary Poppin's Purim with it's perfectly pristine presentation of prancing performers, to Shabbark Shalom with the "Rise And Shine" of our cutest puppies! We had a Groovy time at Woodstock Shabbat as we sang our hearts out to songs whose words still ring true today, and our Beach Service was magnificent as the chant of our Hebrew prayers was accompanied by the quiet ocean's ebb and flow. Indeed my friends, music sings in the people of CBI and we are blessed for it. As it says in Psalm 40:3, "Let's sing a song of praise to G-d, for G-d put a song of praise in me!"

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Chai Member &

Volunteer Shabbat


Please join us for a special Shabbat celebration

honoring our outgoing leadership, our new leadership for the coming year, members of the CBI family for 18 years* and the volunteers who have given so generously of their time & talents to CBI.

Friday • May 26, 2017

7:30 pm • Cohen/Friedkin Sanctuary

Enhanced oneg will follow the service.

For more information on volunteering at CBI Contact Minda Shaiman at 561.241.8118 or

Find out more about the privileges of membership. Contact Jill Stern at 561.241.8118 or


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* as of July 1, 2016 CONGREGATION B'NAI ISRAEL



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Robin Siegal

President, Board of Trustees Of all the Jewish holidays we celebrate, I find Shavuot to be the most interesting in how it has evolved from ancient to modern times. It began as an ancient agricultural festival that marked the end of spring and the beginning of summer, a time when the Israelites brought crop offerings to the Temple in Jerusalem. Today, Shavuot has become a time when we celebrate the giving of the Torah and education, especially Confirmation and graduations. Here at CBI, we mark the milestones in our children’s Jewish education with many celebrations. In our Nadel Center for Early Childhood Education, we kvell over our littlest ones in their Moving Up Ceremonies in the Twos and the Threes as well as wishing our Pre-Kindergarten students the best as they move from the cocoon of our preschool to elementary schools throughout the Boca Raton area. We encourage them to remain part of the CBI family by enrolling in our Barry Ira Graff School for Living Judaism, which

begins in Kindergarten, so they can come to campus weekly to enjoy time with their preschool friends and the clergy and staff that they know and love!

Our 6th grade (Dalet) students take part in a beautiful service that celebrates their Judaic knowledge and command of the Hebrew prayers. We are excited to welcome these students to their Bar and Bat Mitzvah year and also to the Upper School at Shabbat services on May 12. Confirmation, the ceremony that celebrates our 10th graders, is always inspiring. In conjunction with Shavout, our high school sophomores affirm their commitment to their Judaism, and share stories of their time spent here at CBI. Please join us on May 30 as we share in the joy with these students and their families. Finally, on June 2, our 12th graders will GRADUATE! Many of our seniors have been at CBI since Mommy and Me. This group of incredible students (humbly, my daughter and her friends) have “gone the distance.” They have made it through

Steve Allen


religious school, retreats to local hotels, trips to Washington, DC, and New York City, b’nai mitzvah, and confirmation. They have participated in BISY, gone to Kallahs, and a few even joined us at the URJ Biennial in November, 2015. They have been madrikhim, volunteered at many CBI sponsored events and social action activities. inluding Chanukarama, Purim Carnivals, Mitzvah Day and Feed the Hungry. I, for one, am extremely proud of them, and I thank our clergy and religious school director and the teachers for all they have done to bring these students to this day. I know they will all go out into the world, to amazing colleges and universities, and make CBI proud!

Mazel Tov to all our graduates! May you continue to carry your learning and traditions with you and always remember that Congregation B’nai Israel is your Jewish home.


Executive Director Spring is in full bloom, and as we near the end of another school year, this is a time in people’s lives of incredibly mixed emotions. There is joy when a child has reached another milestone whether graduating from Pre-K to Elementary School, Elementary School to Middle School, Middle School to High School, High School to College, and graduations from College and Graduate School. There is also a twinge of sadness and the realization occurs that they are growing up and it always seems so fast.

Congregation’s population and that is our Youth Group, under the outstanding direction of Zoë Goldberg. Zoë came to us less than a year ago, and the numbers in all our Youth Groups have skyrocketd. We now rank in the top echelon of participation of temple youth in all of Florida. The cultivation of the BISY group and board has been wonderful, and the kids who will be graduating from our Youth Group and moving on to college in the fall deserve a double congratulations. Not only dealing with the pressures and excitement of college ahead, but maintaining their Jewish identity and growing our Youth Group Our Congregation is so diverse that there along the way is to be applauded is a great percentage of members who and recognized. will experience this happy emotion in the coming weeks and for that I congratulate Another form of "graduation" at CBI is the you. Watching your children progress changing of the guard in lay leadership: from one life cycle step to another is Committees, Board Members, Executive something to be treasured and savored. Board Members, new members of the The movement on in life is precious and Religious School Board, and the Parent Organization of the NCECE. All the we all should enjoy each day. aforementioned are volunteers, and Closer to home, I want to say a few there is no way to thank them properly words about a growing segment of our for their service and dedication to our



Congregation. Some will stay on, for which I am thankful; others, for various reasons, will depart their official positions. Hopefully they will stay involved and continue to make CBI the warm and welcoming place it has become and will remain. By the time all of you read this column we will be moving towards the end of the long tenure of Rabbi Marci Bloch here at CBI. Although I only had the opportunity to work with her for less than 2 years, she was a wonderful colleague and I am thrilled that she will be taking all her great qualities to another local synagogue as their solo Rabbi. I wish her and her family the best of luck for her bright future. As always, I encourage you to contact me or come see me in person to talk about ideas, thoughts, comments, complaints, and suggestions. Compliments are always accepted as well.




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June 9 - August 11 Friday Night Services 5:30 pm - Pre-neg


6:00 pm - Service

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10:00 am Hollander Family Chapel OFFICES CLOSED

June 10 - August 12 Saturday Morning Services 9:00 am, followed by Kiddush

All summer services will be held in the Hollander Family Chapel

Minda Shaiman

Program Coordinator

Congregation B’nai Israel continues to bring informative speakers, critically acclaimed authors, outstanding musical performances, and notable films that educate, inspire and entertain. Additionally, we are proud to be community partners with the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, Jewish National Fund, South Florida Symphony Orchestra, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and others, to provide outstanding programs to our congregational family that cultivate and create relationships within our South Florida community. Look out for innovative and fresh new programs and events coming your way in the months to come. Do you have a program idea or would like to volunteer at an upcoming event? Please contact me at or 561.241.8118 so we can work together and find a good fit for your passion and talents.

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Membership Mazel Tov to...

Executive Director Steve Allen and his wife Debbie on the birth of their twin grandchildren, Thomas Buddy and Michaela Rose on April 18 to Matt and Marie Allen.

We Mourn the Loss of...

Brittany Johnson, wife of Eric Johnson, mother of Harper & Van Johnson and sister of Stacey Jaffe. Paula Rosen, mother of Lisa Marks, grandmother of Glenn, Mia & Zach.

Thank You For Your Hard Work and Dedication Janet Kleinman, for your endless efforts in coordinating the CBI Book Club. WRJ/Sisterhood and CBI Brotherhood for organizing the BBQ & Service at Patch Reef Park. Peter Davidson for organizing the annual outing to the Miami Marlins Baseball Game. Please send us your birth, wedding & anniversary announcements, and other simchas, so that we can share them with our Synagogue family. Send information with a digital photo to by May 12 to appear in the summer issue of Shelanu.

Connecting CBI: Business Networking Group

Wednesday, May 10, 8:00 am Join this exciting monthly group conveniently located on campus in the Zimmerman Family North Social Hall. Meet fellow congregants and friends of CBI. • Expand business opportunities • Learn helpful business practices from fellow professionals • Share the latest technologies • No registration required Contact us if you would like to be a presenter at an upcoming meeting. To RSVP, please contact: Minda Shaiman, or 561.241.8118 Questions? Please contact Chairs: Steve Orchard at or David Ogman at



Mazel-Tov to our Chai Members 5775 - 5776* Steven and Marina Alter Kim Beame Steven and Theona Daun Peter and Mira Davidson David and Sigrid Feder Ronald and Marjorie Frankel Leslie Goldberg Leslie and Kimberly Kaminoff Howard Kaye Jonathan and Renee Levy Todd and Wendi Lipsich Vladimir and Marina Livschutz Brenda Olenick Stuart Popowitz and Lisa Falk Stephen and Lori Rosenberg Shawn and Barbara Ruben Robert and Abi Schmeltzer William and Barbara Weprin Bruce and Miriam Wetzler Philip and Elissa Zwiebel *members for 18 years as of June 30, 2016

Purim 2017







Andrea Cannon

Sisterhood President I hope everyone had a wonderful Passover! This year's Chocolate Passover Seder hosted by Sisterhood was a fun evening! Thank you so much to Susan Lindner and Kim Beame for officiating. Thank you to the Sisterhood committee consisting of Eileen Newmark, Sharon Landau, Robin Ginter, and Rachel Fallet-Lax who organized and set up for the Seder. There were 25 people attending. Everyone enjoyed the assortment of Passover Chocolate representing all items on the Passover Seder plate. Chocolate Liquor was served and everyone laughed and danced to the Miriam song together. I hope to see everyone at our upcoming scheduled events: On Sunday, May 7, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, Brotherhood and Sisterhood will host a Bowling Party at Franks Cinebowl in Delray. This is a wonderful fun event for everyone.

Thursday, May 11, 10:00 am, WRJ Kitchen

Please join us to make beautiful bouquets for women who otherwise would not receive flowers on Mother's Day!

Please register for Brotherhood/Sisterhood events at Women of Reform Judaism strengthens the voice of women worldwide and empowers them to create caring communities, nurture congregations, and cultivate personal and spiritual growth to advocate for and promote progressive Jewish values.

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Brotherhood President Have you been to a Brotherhood event lately? We are a great group of guys, and we are always looking to give back and to make new friends. It has been a busy time for our Brotherhood as of late. On March 1, we had a great night of playing pinball, video games and hanging out with new and old friends at the Silverball Pinball Museum in Delray Beach. As we do every year, the Brotherhood showed off our hotdog grilling skills at the Purim Carnival. It was an awesome day. Howie can sure grill those dogs. April was a very busy month for us. We had our second annual Sisterhood/Brotherhood BBQ at Patch Reef Park on April 22. We enjoyed a beautiful Havdalah service and lots of good food. Just a week later we had our annual Marlins Baseball game trip on April 30. We had door to door service in an air-conditioned bus, with awesome seats at one of the nicest stadiums in the country. Try to make it out to one of our great events sometime soon. As always, if you have any questions, please contact me at or 561.221.4263. I look forward to seeing you soon.


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This fund benefits the activities of CBI’s Jewish Youth Groups. Our groups meet regularly for social events that keep our students involved and connected to each other and to CBI.

2018 International March of the Living Student Trip The Trip That Changes Lives, Forever! April 8 – 22, 2018 Information meetings are coming up in May! Stay tuned for details!

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Esther Zipper

Assistant to Executive Director

Now that Passover is done, and it is the season of milk & honey, I recall this very special recipe from my husband’s late Aunt Judy. It is a great recipe for after Passover, when you are craving those missed carbs! It is with fondness & love that I recall her joining us for dinner and always bringing the most beautiful treats. Sometimes the best part of our meals is the sharing of special times and memories with those we love. The meals bring us back to those special people in our lives who are no longer around. As you might know, I had to alter it a bit to reduce the tremendous amount of calories, carbs, and fat. I’ve received numerous praise for this one!

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Aunt Judy’s Noodle Pudding Ingredients • 1 cup white raisins marinated (Kahlua, 1/2 cup white wine or sherry) Yum! Sometimes I eat these before the pudding! • 8 oz package of fine noodles cooked 2-3 mins, drained well, salted water • 4 eggs, beaten well (ok 2 eggs & 2 egg whites) • 1/4 lb. butter or margarine (ok 2 oz butter & 2 oz applesauce) • 8 oz soft cream cheese (ok low-fat) • 1 package farmer cheese (not salt free) • 1 cup sour cream (mix with yogurt if you really want) • 1 cup milk • 1/2 cup sugar (ok less, Stevia or Agave) • 1 teaspoon vanilla • 1 teaspoon cinnamon • 1 can Comstock apple pie filling (or cherry, or blueberry) Directions Mix all, except apple pie filling. Pour into baking dish (12 x 8 x 2). Spoon apples on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 1-1/2 hours.


Susi Glatt

Ritual Committee Chair

For the past five years, Congregation B’nai Israel has offered our congregants an opportunity to assist Cantorial Associate Sarah Freundenberger in leading Erev Shabbat and Shabbat morning services through our “B’nai on the Bimah” program. It has been very rewarding and inspiring for those who have participated to have read, chanted, sung, presented a Dvar Torah, recited Torah blessings, lit candles, recited Kiddush or opened the Ark.

Please contemplate presenting a D’var Torah. One does not have to be a Talmudic scholar to deliver a D’var Torah. This is a great opportunity for you to study and share your insights. Shabbat morning services are followed by a complimentary Kiddush Brunch. Please participate this summer in “B’nai on the Bimah”. Cantor Sarah or I will gladly guide and assist you. Talk to your Chavurah, friends or family members and decide how you would like to participate, and dates of your participation.

From Your Ritual Committee

This summer the Ritual B’NAI ON THE BIMAH-SUMMER 2017 Committee will again offer these opportunities while our clergy are away. Please contact me at or In the past, individuals or family groups with Cantor Sarah at children, friendship groups, Chavurot, Sisterhood by May 31. We look forward to sharing with you members, choir members, and musical groups this fun, exciting and inspiring experience and to have joined together to lead part or all of the opening new doors for you this summer. service. There are no regulations about who is able B’Shalom, to participate or what you choose to do. Your comfort level is the only thing that is important. Erev Shabbat services will start at 6:00 pm over the summer, preceded by a complimentary Pre-Neg (pre oneg) catered by VIP at 5:30 pm and followed by a traditional Oneg.

IV’DU B’SIMCHA – Worship with Joy


If leading a service on Shabbat morning is more than you want to do, there are many honors and opportunities in which to participate, such as carrying a Torah or opening the Ark, lifting or dressing the Torah, or chanting Torah blessings. Shabbat morning service is a casual and relaxed service which offers a learning experience about the weekly parasha, with inclusive discussions. Absolutely no previous knowledge is required to participate in the discussion. It is an opportunity to reflect on how our ancient Torah teachings are relevant to us as Reform Jews in the 21st century.




Shabbark Shalom

Celebration of New Torah donated by Ron & Sharon Landau Woodstock Shabbat

Women's Torah Commentary Class

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G e t t o k n o w o u r. . .

Brooke Hollander

May 13, 2017 ~ Parashat Behar/Bechukotai

Daughter of: Barbara & David Hollander Granddaughter of: Fran & Michael Hollander* and Marianne & Neil Schneider Attends: Eagles Landing Middle School Hobbies and/or Interests: Running, Tennis, Beach and Hanging out with Friends Mitzvah Project: Brooke volunteers at Boca Helping Hands, feeding the hungry.

David Maschler and Lindsey Maschler May 27, 2017 ~ Shabbat Bemidbar

Children of: Wendy & Matthew Maschler Grandchildren of: Liz & Shelly Maschler, Roxy Maschler, Barbara & Stan Hyman Attends: Pine Crest School


Hobbies and/or Interests: David loves Camp Towanda, Lacrosse, WWE, and all things football.


Hobbies and/or Interests: Lindsey loves Camp Blue Ridge, Pop Music, and all things Disney.

Zachary Kaplan

June 3, 2017 ~ Shabbat Naso Son of: Leslie and Paul Kaplan Grandson of: Sheryl and Eddie Stern and Maxine and Norman Kaplan Attends: Pine Crest School Hobbies and/or Interests: Music and Sports: Zach plays piano, french horn and trumpet, and sings. He also plays baseball, and enjoys spending time with family and friends. Mitzvah Project: Zach spends time with the residents at Sinai Residences in Boca Raton. As the "Mitzvah Musician", Zach gives musical performances on the piano and trumpet. He also leads the residents in festive songs. When a resident asked Zach if he knew Hebrew, Zach replied, "No, but I can sing you my Torah Portion!" The residents loved this!!






Stephanie Zeidenweber Sometimes our lives get hectic, but most of the time, when I have a "normal" week, Friday mornings we wake up early before school starts and make our challah dough. I've included my recipe on the bottom. While the girls are in school, I leave the dough rising. When they get home, I separate the dough so I work on one big normal challah for the table, and they each make their own creations (usually consisting of sprinkles and M&Ms or chocolate chips). Hi everyone, Mama Muncheez here and we're going to talk about Shabbat. Specifically, I want to talk about a very special mitzvah that we can accomplish with our kids... baking challah!

My girls look forward to this so very much that I along with a great partner, are working with the NCECE preschool board to create CBI's first ever Kids Mega Challah Bake! On April 23, more than 100 children and their families will gather to learn and create their own challahs to bring a taste of Shabbat home with them, hopefully every week! Between Chef Mickey Mouse, singing with Miss Susan, the big assortment of arts and crafts, and our very own challah tasting bar, this is one event no one is going to want to miss!

Growing up conservative, we didn't keep Shabbat in the traditional sense, but we KEPT Shabbat. Shabbat for us was sacred. We didn't go out on Friday nights. We didn't hang out with friends. Friday nights were always our Shabbat dinners. The whole family gathered to eat delicious food and the cousins played and the adults laughed and had lengthy debates over politics. That Thank you and wishing you that every Shabbat, brings you lots of Shalom. was our Friday nights. I wanted to make sure that my Friday nights, now that Xoxo, I have my own kids, remained sacred. We still have our Mama Muncheez family Shabbat dinners and my daughters look forward to this bonding time with their cousins all week, but I stopped buying challah and added in the tradition of baking challah with my girls and I am so happy I did.


Instructions: Ingredients: 1. Combine ingredients in a large bowl in order listed. Add enough • 1 1/2 cups warm water flour and knead to make a smooth dough (approximately 10 minutes). • 1/2 cup honey 2. Oil top of bread and cover. Let rise in a warm place until almost • 1 tablespoon oil doubled, about 1 1/2 hours. Punch down. • 4 eggs 3. **Divide dough into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into a rope about • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 14-15" long and an inch in diameter. • 1 tablespoon sugar • 2 tablespoons instant active dry yeast 4. Lay 4 ropes side-by-side and pinch tops together. Braid tightly starting on the left, taking the rope over two and under one. • 5 cups flour, plus additional flour Pinch bottom ends and fold under. (may take 8 or 9 cups of flour total) 5. Place braids on greased baking sheets and cover. Let rise in a warm place for 25-30 minutes. 6. Brush with beaten eggs and sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds. Bake at 325 degrees for 30-40 minutes, until done. (If loaves are on two separate sheets, rotate half way through baking time for even baking.) If loaves start to brown too quickly, loosely lay a piece of foil on top. Cool on wire racks, covered. To see more photos and get some great lunchbox ideas, add me on Instagram @mamamuncheez or check out my Facebook page: Mama Muncheez. Bon Appetit! 18 COME BE INSPIRED


Mommy Minyan After Dark: "Mock Shabbat" Last Event of the Season Wednesday, May 3, 7:15 pm

Yom Ha’'atzmaut Visit to Israel Tuesday, May 2: Pre-K Wednesday, May 3: 2s & Turning 2s Friday, May 5: 3s

Special Ladies Days

Monday, May 15: 2s & Turning 3s Tuesday, May 16: Turning 2s, Almost 2s Wednesday, May 17: 3s Thursday, May 18: Pre-K Friday, May 19: B’nai Babies & Toddlers

Moving Up Ceremonies

Monday, May 22: 2s & Turning 3s Tuesday, May 23: Turning 2s, Almost 2s Wednesday, May 24: 3s Tuesday, May 30: B’nai Babies & Toddlers

"Matzah Factory"

Pre-K Graduation Thursday, May 25, 10:00 am



Legacy Links

Pre-K Lasting Legacy is an exciting program that was created to help deepen our students’ understanding of Mitzvot and allow them to make a difference in our community. Lasting Legacy is a unique “pay it forward” initiative which has been crafted with the Jewish principle of Tikkun Olam, which means to “repair the world.” Our children are given opportunities throughout the year to complete acts of kindness within their home and the community. For each Kind Act they complete, they record their achievement on a “Legacy Link”. Each class is assigned a different color of “Legacy Links”. All links are collected and made into a colorful “chain of kindness” to demonstrate the huge difference the Pre-K class has made. The completed chain is then displayed at the NCECE Pre-K graduation ceremony. Each year, well over 1,000 links are collected, making an impressive and moving display.




B ' n a i I s r a e n l o t h g i l Spot Senior Youth Sydney Lubetkin, President

I have been at B'nai Israel since Mommy and Me classes and have loved every moment spent at my second home. When I'm not at B'nai Israel I love playing volleyball, hanging out with my friends, and binge watching shows on Netflix. I also enjoy all types of music and love going to concerts and music festivals. I attend Spanish River High School where I am very involved in DECA, Teens of Pink Ribbon (TOPR), National Honors Society, and National Psychology Honors Society. I am beyond excited for this upcoming year with BISY and I look forward to working with the amazing incoming board to make this the best year of BISY yet!

Emily Cohen, Programming VP

I'm Emily Cohen and I am so excited to be the incoming BISY Programming Vice President! After an incredible year filled with fun NFTY and BISY events, I have learned and grown so much and cannot wait to see what next year has in store! BISY has shaped me into who I am today. Without it, I would have never met some of my best friends. The friendships I have made are unbreakable, and I owe it to BISY. I cannot wait to start programming next year. I am super creative, so BISY will be seeing many brand new events! I couldn't have asked for a more fitting position for myself, and I am so excited for next year!

Samantha Tankoos, Social Action VP (SAVP)

Hi I'm Sam. Not only am I enthusiastic about and dedicated to BISY, CBI, and social action projects, but I also love art, photography, writing and learning. I have an identical twin sister named Erica and a little sister named Mia, who is 4 years old. I'm not only a leader at CBI, but I'm also an incoming intern at Stand With Us and the president of a history club at Boca Raton Community High School. When I'm not spending my time at CBI or with BISY, I'm spending my time with friends, family, helping the environment, learning about cultures and history, writing short stories and poems and trying out new fashion and makeup trends.

Madison Rosenfield, Religious & Cultural VP

Hey there! I'm Madison Rosenfield and I'm BISY's 2017-2018 Religious and Cultural Vice President. I've been coming to CBI since Mommy & Me and I've been on the BISY board for the past two years. I play lacrosse, love drawing, and love listening to music, and I really enjoy traveling. My favorite place to visit is California, so I can see my family. I'm a people person and I love making new friends! Next year in BISY is going to be amazing! I'm so looking forward to next year and getting to work with the rest of the board!

Zev Chazin, Communications VP

Hi, I'm Zev Chazen, and I am the new Communications Vice President for BISY. I have attended CBI since I was in 3rd grade. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, I moved to Florida at the age of 3. Besides being involved in NFTY I'm also in BBYO. In my spare time I enjoy working out, spending time with my friends and my pets. I love to inspire people with stories, quotes, or words of wisdom on Mondays, which I calI "Motivational Monday."

Alec Schwartz. Membership Vice President

Hi! I’m Alec Schwartz and I’m currently in the 9th grade. I’ve been involved in the temple ever since Mommy & Me and I have always looked at CBI as my second home. I can easily say that the past year at CBI has been the best I’ve ever had because of BISY. I have made so many new life-long memories just this year, and I will continue to make more in the future! I am so happy to say that I have been given the honor to fulfill the position of Membership Vice President next year and I can’t wait for an amazing year with BISY! 20


BISY BOARD 2017-2018 Skyler Hyman, Junior Youth Group Liason

I’m Skyler Hyman and I can’t wait to be your JYG Liaison this year for BISY! I have lived in Boca Raton all of my life. I have a younger brother Logan who is currently in 5th grade. I am currently a freshman at Olympic Heights High School where I am in the Engineering Academy and in Jazz Band. I like to hang out with my friends, play my trumpet, and come to my second family at CBI every week. I love my job as a Madrik in SLJ, where I can help teach younger students about Judaism. I also have the privilege of working at Publix, where I have the opportunity to meet new people every day while doing something I truly enjoy. I know that without CBI and BISY, I would not be the person I am today, and I would not have all of my amazing friends and memories that I have made here. I call this place my second home and everyone here my second family. I cannot express how much CBI and BISY means to me and I can’t wait for this opportunity to be on the BISY board.

Brandon Morantz, Financial Vice President

Hi, I'm Brandon Morantz and have been a member of CBI since I moved to Boca Raton in 2009, and have found BISY to be one of my passions. I attend Spanish River High School and I am highly involved in many aspects of my school career. In addition to being next year’s FVP for BISY, I am the VP of Finance for Spanish River DECA, competing each year in the international competition of entrepreneurial career development. In addition, I also play in the Spanish River Men’s Soccer program and maintain a rigorous course schedule. I am an avid Star Wars enthusiast, and I attempt to use a movie quote in almost every conversation I have!

Sabrina Berlinski, 9th Grade Representative My name is Sabrina Berlinski. I am an amateur photographer and music aficionado. I'm the type of girl who drinks hot chocolate in the Florida summertime and eats ice cream in the freezing winters of Argentina when I travel. I love to be around my friends and have fun. I have made several friends at CBI with whom I hang out with outside of the temple as well. I am very outgoing, and I love to put a smile on the faces of those around me. I am very excited to see what next year with BISY brings and so honored to be a part of the new board!

Bradley Shimel, 10th Grade Representative

Hi, my name is Bradley Shimel and I am BISY's incoming 10th grade rep. I am currently a freshman at American Heritage School of Boca/Delray. I have been a member of CBI ever since I moved down to Florida 14 years ago. And of course I have loved it ever since. I had the privilege of being on the current board this year as a 9th grade rep and I am looking forward to another fantastic year!

Carly Blum, 11th Grade Representative

I’m a triplet, and a student at FAU High. I like photography, reading, and political science. I am also a part of Model UN. My favorite class is English. I joined CBI when I was nine, and became an active member of BISY in December of my freshman year. I served on the board this year as the 10th grade representative and happy to be a part of the new board this coming year! I want to involve as many 11th graders as I can in BISY!





Congregation B’nai Israel and The Barry Ira Graff School for Living Judaism are pleased to announce the inauguration of our groundbreaking new religious school program for grades 6, 7 & 8

“Teach children how they should live, and they will remember i t a l l t hnceei rJewi l i sh f eed. ”ucation Your child will experie

TAG stands for Torah (Study & Learning), Avodah (Worship & Service), and Gemilut Chasadim (Deeds of Loving Kindness). TAG will educate, innovate and excite your child using cutting-edge programming and old fashioned Jewish ideals.

ou gh t po ss ib le . -Proverbs r th22:6 in a wa y y ou ne ve

The program will include the following:

TAG Hebrew: Sixth Grade/Dalet Hebrew 5:00 - 6:00 pm, Every Tuesday The Barry Ira Graff School for Living Judaism


No more classroom lessons where everyone is moving at the same speed. Our new Hebrew program will provide your child with Hebrew lessons in a fun and interactive group setting that is paced to their specific needs. Each child will receive an individualized education plan based on their own abilities. Your child will be able to sit with groups of students who are at the same level and work with teachers to master each prayer.

TAG Café: Informal Sessions for Grades 6, 7 & 8

TAG Café provides students with the opportunity to enjoy a brief T’fila service together, followed by dinner and hangout in our cool and fun Youth Lounge. At CBI, we find that one of the most important jobs we have is to help our students bond not only with the synagogue, but also with each other. By giving them more time to socialize, they become more connected and in turn, their desire to learn increases, making their Jewish journey a positive and fulfilling experience.

TAG Songleading: Optional Music Sessions for all Students, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

TAG Songleading is an optional music class led by Miss Susan and Cantor Shore where students will learn guitar and songleading in a fun and relaxed environment. A typical TAG Café evening will include the following: T’fila, 6:00 - 6:30 pm Dinner & Hangout, 6:30 - 7:00 pm Optional Songleading, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

TAG Experiences: Hands-On Learning Sessions for Grades 6, 7 & 8

TAG Experiences provides students with hands-on learning experiences that incorporate traditional TAG (Torah, Avodah, Gemilut Chasadim) values with fun and exciting activities. By providing students with interactive methods of learning, they will gain a much deeper understanding of these important Jewish teachings while bonding with their peers. Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students will follow the same curriculum in this 3-year program. Each year will focus on a different piece. During the Torah year (year 1), The BarryTAGIra Graff students will learn about God, Torah, Israel and Holidays School for Living Judaism through interactive experiences. During the Avodah year (year 2), students will engage in modern Jewish text through experiential activities. During the Gemilut Chasadim year (year 3), students will participate in meaningful Social Action activities. A typical TAG Experiences evening will include dinner and hangout in the Youth Lounge, followed by a lesson or experience. Times and days vary each session, with some taking place on Tuesdays and some on other days. Please consult our calendar for more details. A perfect example of our new hands-on learning is our lesson on Kashrut Law. Students will not only learn what it means to “keep Kosher”, they will have the opportunity to prepare a Kosher meal in our version of TAG Chopped! Teams will compete to prepare the best Kosher dishes. Will Team Dairy or Team Meat win the challenge? Our students will be the judge! At CBI and The Barry Ira Graff School for Living Judaism, we are always looking for ways to improve the Jewish learning experience. For parents, this new program will require less of a time commitment and more flexibility. We know how busy you are and we want to make it easier for you to involve your children in Jewish learning. For students, this new program will be more social, more hands-on, with many opportunities to connect with clergy and friends. We want our students to use critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity through hands-on activities to encourage a lifelong love of Jewish learning and motivate our students to explore and discover new things.

“We are so excited about our new program and curriculum. We know our students will feel more engaged and connected and will have so much fun. This is going to be a unique twist for our students who will see religious school in a whole new way.” -Kim Beame We hope you will join us on this new journey as we say goodbye to the old generation and say hello to TAG:

A New Generation.

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11th/12th Grades Post Confirmation Class Tuesday, May 9, 6:45 - 8:15 pm 6th Grade/Dalet “Moving Up” & BISY Installation Family Shabbat Service Friday, May 12, 6:00 pm NO SLJ Sunday, May 14 LAST SLJ CLASSES Sunday, May 21 - Tuesday, May 23 Erev Shavuot/10th Grade Confirmation Tuesday, May 30, 7:00 pm 12th Grade Post Confirmation Graduation Family Shabbat Service Friday, June 2, 7:30 pm


Youth Groups

Club 345

Sunday, April 30: Coconut Cove Water Park

Club 678 & BISY

Saturday, May 13: Rapids Water Park


Saturday, June 3: BISY Banquet

Learn more about, and register for CBI Youth Groups: For more information, please contact Zoë Goldberg at or 561.241.1484.

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4th Grade Afikomen Pockets Passover Experience at the SLJ Mrs. Davidson’s Jewish Community Class visits Brighton Gardens 10th Grade Confirmation Class Graduation Join us on Tuesday, May 30 BISY Fun!

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We Give Thanks

The following contributions were received by the synagogue office from March 7 - April 20 . Cantor Shore's Discretionary Fund Memorial Fund (cont'd) Elaine Kerzner in Honor of Cantor Shore Ronna Young in Memory of Robert & Eva Friedman Debby & Barry Glick in Memory of Morty Weiner

Chesed Fund

Robin & Jeffrey Siegal in Honor of Amy Kramer, Thank you for helping moderate "Village of Peace" Robin & Jeffrey Siegal in Honor of Jeff Zadoff, Thanks for all you did to make Speakeasy happen Susan & Stanley Silber in Honor of Lois & Stuart Gross Susan & Stanley Silber in Memory of Stanley Warshaw

Children’s Education Fund

Deby Goldfarb in Memory of Billy Goldfarb

Congregational Fund

Anne Lampert in Honor of CBI Shabbat Services Edith Bamdas in Honor of CBI's Friday Evening Services Joan Segal in Honor of Joel & Fran Mason for the Healing Prayer Roslyn Persky in Honor of Purim Shpiel Arthur & Dorothy Malman Carol & Edward Miller

Ezrat Am

Susan Landsman in Memory of Morty Weiner

General Fund

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Werner in Memory of Fanny Gerber

Jason Beame Tribute Fund

Rabbi Marci Bloch in Honor of Susan Linder


Debbie & Howard Belford in Memory of Morty Weiner

Memorial Fund

Barbara Kaluzna in Memory of Harold Kaluzna Bobbie & Herb Fichman in Memory of Herman Weinraub Dana & Eric Lieberman in Memory of Alice Kaplan Dorothy Rose Ascherman in Memory of Herbert S. Ascherman Elinor Toberoff in Memory of Louis Resnick Elinor Toberoff in Memory of Wallace Clarfield Elinor Toberoff in Memory of Sidney Kandel Elizabeth Hurwitz Schwab in Memory of Dorothy Hurwitz Erich Kupferberg in Memory of Ada Kupferberg Ferne & Norman Barr in Memory of Eric J. Barr Harvey Sonnenstein in Memory of Mildred Sonnenstein Harvey Sonnenstein in Memory of Rubin Sonnenstein Harvey Sonnenstein in Memory of Gertrude Sonnenstein Jerry Butwin in Memory of Sylvia Butwin & Stanley Butwin Joseph & Rosalia Wilkes in Memory of Harry Wilkes Judith Greenberg in Memory of Jacob Greenberg



Lisa & Dean Borg in Memory of June Einsidler Marcia Davis in Memory of Iris Simon Peter & Toni Weintraub in Memory of Marjorie Weintraub Renee Dworkin in Memory of Ernest Dworkin Renee Nadel in Memory of Joel S. Nadel Renee Nadel & Harry Dubow in Memory of Leslie Brue Rita Gare in Memory of Henry Harris Ronda & Andy Stonick in Memory of Martin Wesley Simon Sandra Makoff in Memory of Margaret Fuldauer Sarafae Dear in Memory of Michele Susan Dear Suellen Turk Wexler in Memory of Anne Rosenbaum Marilyn & Howard Asofsky in Memory of Hy Rappaport Neil & Ina Rae Fox in Memory of Eugene Fox Sigrid & David Feder in Memory of John Eric Iwerson Susanne Young in Memory of Laura Honig


Candice Brodie in Memory of Ruth Samarel

Pollock Youth Scholarship Fund

Tom & Myra Shaughnessy in Memory of Morty Weiner Tom & Myra Shaughnessy in Memory of Mollie Kaplan Wiadro Rabbi Robert Silvers in Gratitude of Mark & Debbie Glotter for their kindness Rabbi Robert Silvers in Gratitude of Toni Dachis for her kindness Rabbi Robert Silvers in Gratitude of Stefan Weinberg for his kindness Rabbi Robert Silvers in Gratitude of Ron Yuter for his kindness Susanne & Mel Young in Memory of Morty Weiner

Rabbi Bloch’s Discretionary Fund

Ethel & Ed Lokshin in Memory of Monroe Lokshin

Tzedakah Fund

Ronnie Kramer in Memory of Paula Rosen Michele Wornow

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THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS Shomrim/Guardian Society ♦ Ner Tamid Circle Jordan Zimmerman and Family Rabbi's Council Jeff and Shauna Hollander David and Leslie Kantor Tzedakah/Justice Circle Howard and Deborah Belford Larry and Diane Feldman Joseph and Judith Gross Kenneth and Paulette Howard Philip and Blair Nadel Renée Nadel and Harry Dubow Arthur Schechner and Cynthia Hollander Schechner Chai/Life Circle Ronald and Sharon Landau Robert and Lois Pergament Harry and Amy Seidman Barton and Shirley Weisman Richard and Lois Werner Bonim/Builders Circle Jerry and Fran Butwin Douglas Feurring and Alexandra Karram Leonard and Phyllis Greenberg James and Debra Prevor David and Robyn Rubinoff Tadd and Sandra Schwab Jeffrey and Robin Siegal Stuart and Jill Siegel

The Heritage Society Jonathan and Nel Bloom Larry and Diane Feldman Reneé Herskowitz The Nagle Family Gail Sack Max and Judith Stern “The Heritage Society” is a level of recognition given to CBI members who have provided a deferred gift such as a charitable trust, life insurance policy, will, IRA, or pension of $100,000 or more to the Synagogue.

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Mitzvah Circle Allan and Elaine Abrams Alan and Karen Bauman Jonathan and Nel Bloom Edmund and Sam Bogen Jeffrey and Andrea Cannon David and Lainie Cohen David Coppa and Devon McManama David and Robin Ellman David and Sigrid Feder Lawrence and Jodi Fiedler Ira and Robynn Ginsberg Barry and Debby Glick Howard and Sue Goldman David and Rachel Greenberg Robert and Auta Hendler Howard Kaye Craig and Penny Laufer Richard and Susan Levine Kermit and Arlene Meade Neil and Constance Meisel Roy and Helene Schwedelson Adam and Alissa Shapiro Gary* and Corey Shapiro Thomas and Myra Shaughnessy Spencer and Dara Siegel Stanley and Susan Silber Stuart and Rose Singer Richard and Sharon Stein Bruce and Lynne* Warshal Gary and Vicky Weiner Victor and Vicki Weinstein William and Barbara Weprin Scott and Lori Weprin Todd and Elizabeth Weprin Philip and Sharon Wishna Philip and Elissa Zwiebel Honorary Shomrim Laurence and Robin Nagle David and Amy Ross Gary and Robin Rubin Harvey and Phyllis Sandler Larry and Andrea Schnurmacher ♦

as of September 22, 2016

CBI Planned Giving & Endowments Anonymous  Anonymous  Bruce and Marcy Barrick  Alan and Karen Bauman  Howard and Deborah Belford  Jonathan and Nel Bloom  Dean and Lisa Borg  David and Lainie Cohen  The Estate of Francine Cole  Ervin and Katherine Fleishman  David and Carol Gart  Robert and Leslie Ginberg  Barry and Debby Glick  Howard and Sue Goldman  Richard and Candy Hachenburg  Jeff Hollander  Marissa Hollander  Kenneth and Paulette Howard  Greg and Cindy Jacob  David and Leslie Kantor  Howard Kaye  Paulette Kenney  David and Julie Kirschner  Tevie and Iris Kozak  Laurence and Phyllis Malmuth  Michael and Gail Meddoff  Renee Nadel and Harry Dubow  Philip and Blair Nadel  Laurence and Robin Nagle  Pamela Reuter  Gail Sack  Robert and Miriam Shumaker  Jeffrey and Robin Siegal  Susan Sklar  Jason and Lori Solodkin  Max and Judith Stern  Gary and Vicky Weiner  Peter and Toni Weintraub  Philip and Sharon Wishna  Jeffrey and Ronna Young 

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