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JULY 2011

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Published by the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley Vol. #79 Issue #1, JULY 2011

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Photo of Temple Emanu-El's site as construction began, 1948

Temple Emanu-El celebrates 150 years! p. 17

IN THIS ISSUE: Kosher market to open............5 San Jose celebrates Jewish Heritage Month........................7 Community photos.................11 First Social Justice Fair at Yavneh Day School.................13

Groundbreaking ceremony for current building, 1948 • JCN • JULY 2011


The Addison-Penzak JCC in Los Gatos Special Event Rentals Bar/Bat Mitzvahs • Receptions • Parties • Weddings • Seminars• Meetings

Voted “Best Place to Have a Bar/Bat Mitzvah” In the J Weekly’s 2010 Reader’s Choice Poll

14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos, CA 95032 408.357.7402

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from the federation chairman Cecily Ruttenberg Executive Editor Pat Bergman and Kay Gatell Editorial Assistants Andrea Greyber Simchas Editor Pat Bergman Calendar Editor Published six times a year by the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley. Subscription Price: $36 per year*. All articles must be submitted typed, double-spaced, before the deadline shown on this page. We reserve the right to edit all copy. The JCN is not responsible for the content of paid advertising. Send copy to Jewish Community News, 14855 Oka Rd., Suite 200, Los Gatos, CA 95032. Telephone: (408) 431-0936. Fax: (408) 356-0733. e-mail: Billing questions call Michelle Ryder (408) 357-7505 Advertising call Elisa Gerston (408) 357-7512 Circulation call Danelle Rhiner (408) 358-3033 Assoc. Member: American Jewish Press Association

CANDLELIGHTING FOR SAN JOSE Friday, July 1...................8:14 p.m. Friday, July 8...................8:13 p.m. Friday, July 15.................8:10 p.m. Friday, July 22.................8:06 p.m. Friday, July 29.................8:00 p.m. Friday, August 5...............7:53 p.m.

Friday, August 12............7:45 p.m Friday, August 19............7:37 p.m Friday, August 26............7:27 p.m Friday, September 2.......7:17 p.m. Friday, September 9.......7:07 p.m. Friday, September 16.....6:56 p.m.

As I come to the end of my first year as President, I would like to reflect on my tenure to date. We have continued to provide community grants and many stellar programs such as Shalom Baby, The PJ Library®, community chaplaincy and community relations. We have also served as an important community asset in other ways. Several of our beneficiary agencies have turned to the Federation to assist with efficiencies in finance, marketing and program development. I speak for the Federation staff and board when I say that we enjoy collaborating to make our community a better place. At the same time, we recognize that these programs and grants are not enough to engage the community for the next generation. We therefore undertook the important task of developing a strategic plan to be implemented by the end of this calendar year. Many community members have been tapped to provide their insight and opinion on this project. If we missed you, please share your insights.

As I like to say “Our mission is just.” I believe that what we do at the Federation is important and valuable. It is the means through which our most vulnerable are served, both here and abroad. We are more often than not also the first connection for some to the Jewish community. This work should not end, but perhaps there are new ways to ensure that these services are provided. We need to grapple with the difficult issues of what our Jewish community can look like moving forward. These are national issues of import. Across the country, leaders are looking at how we can engage a broader community in being Jewish especially when it is so easy to just "be" here in the United States. I want us to be on the forefront of trying to answer these difficult questions. Please join us in designing our local community’s future by calling the Federation office at (408) 358-3033 to share your thoughts, get in a meeting and be part of defining our future Jewish community. Steve Ellenberg, Chairman • JCN • JULY 2011


The Melton Community IT’S NOT WHAT YOU THINK



THE FLORENCE MELTON ADULT MINI-SCHOOL: An in-depth educational, comprehensive program without grades, exams, homework or prerequisites for enrollment. Adult Jewish Education done right.


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CORE CLASS (30 WEEKS) Wednesdays 9/7-6/13 from 7:30-9:45pm Rabbi Joey Felsen and Nechama Tamler FOUNDATIONS (20 WEEKS) Mondays 11/7-5/7 from 9:00-10:30am Rabbi Leslie Alexander GRADUATE COURSES (10 WEEKS) Wednesdays 11/9-2/8 from 7:30-9:00pm BERESHIT I: FROM ADAM TO ABRAHAM with Rabbi Joshua Fenton Wednesdays 2/15-5/9 from 7:30-9:00pm BERESHIT II: THE STORY OF THE FIRST JEWISH FAMILY with Rabbi Joshua Fenton RHYTHMS FOR FOUNDATIONS (20 WEEKS) Tuesdays 11/8-5/8 from 9:00-10:30am with Rabbi Leslie Alexander

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Comprised of four courses taken over two years, each course focuses on at least one major area of Jewish learning, integrating Jewish history, religion, ritual, language, ethics, philosophy, literature, theology and contemporary Jewish life. This year, we are offering the following courses: CORE CLASS Dramas of Jewish Living explores Jewish history as a tool to strengthen Jewish memory. This class includes an interactive study of a broad range of historical texts. Ethics of Jewish Living is a text-centered approach to the study of Jewish ethical foundations and includes discussions relating to justice, the sanctity of life, death, sexuality and community. FOUNDATIONS Foundations of Jewish Family Living is a curriculum for parents that provides a serious encounter with the core values of Judaism. The curriculum brings to life the master stories from our tradition and the messages they convey, helping you to bring the Jewish conversation home. Rhythms for Foundations focuses on the traditions, rituals, and practices surrounding the Jewish calendar and life cycle events. This curriculum will help you discover how you can shape your Jewish life at home. GRADUATE COURSES Bereshit I: From Adam to Abraham explores the stories that take us from creation, the flood, and the Tower of Babel to the foundational tales of Abraham and Sarah, and the beginnings of the Jewish people. The themes of family, faith, honor, passion, and power provide a rich exploration of our people and ourselves. Bereshit II: The Story of the First Jewish Family follows the development of the first Jewish family, from “The Birth of Two Nations” and “Stolen Blessings” to “Reunion in Egypt” and “Blessing the Grandchildren.” These stories of sibling rivalry, wrestling with an angel, palace seduction, rape, and reconciliation provide some of the most dramatic and iconic.

Costs Core Class $500 JCC members, $600 non-members Foundations $500 JCC members, $600 non-members Graduate Courses $150 per course

$50 discount if you register before August 1st! Class fees do not include cost of books. Books range from $25-$35 a class.

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Don’t know how to use your new technology? Call Tech Taught Right! By Cecily Ruttenberg


f your toilet is backed up, you call a plumber. If your computer dies, you call a computer repair specialist. But who do you call when you can’t figure out how to use your new smart phone or sync your calendars? Saratoga native Joanna Naymark, who grew up Joanna Naymark, Tech Taught Right founder attending Congregation Beth David and Camp Swig, has launched Tech Taught Right to fill what she sees as an unmet need. Based out of San Francisco, Naymark’s new business services individual clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and will host basic technology education classes at local Jewish community centers. “I help people accomplish their goals through technology, everything from keeping in touch with their family and friends, to social networking and shopping online,” said Naymark. “There are so many different things they can do.” While Naymark’s target audience is baby boomers and seniors, she has had interest from clients as young as twenty-something. Recently a 28-year-old realtor contacted her to help sync his work computer, home computer and smart phone, so that he could access everything, everywhere! “He wants a seamless mobile office,” said Naymark.

More commonly however, Naymark has received inquiries from seniors and baby boomers. One elderly client in her 80s wanted help with email. “She has a large family and people send her photos, and she didn’t know how to utilize them and what to do with them in that format. She wasn’t even really familiar with the idea of what an attachment was,” Naymark explained. “For her we started at a beginner level, with what an attachment is. Then we worked on downloading photos, organizing them in a way that works for her on her computer, getting a photo printer, making sure the equipment was set up and printing the photos out. Naymark also showed her how to take photos she already had on her computer and how to email those to friends and family.” Naymark launched her business in March 2011 after years working in marketing and communications. She describes herself as someone who has always used and stayed up on the latest consumer technology. “People tend to have a lot of trouble with it, and I’ve always found myself helping people,” she said. Naymark says that she is open to helping clients with any range of personal technology needs. Another client of hers in her 70s, for example, is a writer and needed help understanding desktop publishing, which software to purchase, and how to use it. “I set her up with the right software, and I think blogging is really the next step where she will want to go, to share her writing with the world,” said Naymark. Joanna Naymark and Tech Taught Right can be reached at www. or (415) 323-5887.

Kosher market to open in Los Gatos this month By Cecily Ruttenberg

admits Haluyan. “I think differently. Everyone eeping kosher in Silicon Valley is no easy task. With few kosher can enjoy my store. You offerings, observant Jews must juggle various stores, mail order don't have to be Jew. The purchases and even trips to Los Angeles to keep stocked. meat I'm going to bring is from Texas, Glatt Kosher, This will soon change with the opening of Pars Kosher Market at 3978 and a good price. I can South Bascom Avenue in Los Gatos, just north of Highway 85. compete with non-kosher meat. I know many people “You will find in my store grocery, meat, chicken, everything. I am want to use kosher. My going to bring everything for kosher home,” said owner Rami Haluyan. overhead is very low and I need the support of the “Many people go to Lucky’s to buy cookies and cakes, to Trader Joe’s community. If you support to buy meat, and even traveling to Los Angeles. No place has all things me I can do much.” The Haluyan family will work together at Pars Kosher together,” said Haluyan. “I am going to bring everything together. I am Market. from the inside, I understand our holidays. I can serve the community Observant Jews and rabbis much better.” in the area are supportive and excited about the market, both for personal convenience and to Haluyan, 44, came from Israel in 2006 with his wife and two children. expand the Jewish presence in Silicon Valley. In Tel Aviv he owned his own kosher restaurant and deli, Bamby, for 16 years. Working in high tech since 2006, Haluyan is excited to return to “To be able to drive down Bascom Avenue in Silicon Valley and see a his passion of food service. sign that says Kosher in big bold letters makes me feel really good about the direction that Judaism is growing in Silicon Valley,” said Rabbi Aron Pars Kosher Market will be a family-run business, with his wife Nadia, Cunin of Chabad of S. Jose. 11-year-old daughter Or, and 15-year-old son Ron. Haluyan’s children attend Saratoga Middle School and Saratoga High School and will work Adds Rivkah Vogel, “It will be very nice to have a local place to get fresh challah and other baked goods in addition to a variety of kosher in the store after school and on Sundays. The market will be closed products that we can't find anywhere else.” Saturday in observance of Shabbat.


Several kosher restaurants have come and gone in Silicon Valley: Meek’s Dinner Tree and Izzy’s Café. The Kitchen Table in Mountain View and Izzy’s Brooklyn Bagels (and pizza!) in Palo Alto remain the only kosher restaurants still in business in the area.

The market should be open any day. Haulyan welcomes the community and wants to meet many people and connect. Due to the family’s membership at Congregation Am Echad and Chabad of S. Jose, they already know many people in the Jewish community.

Despite this discouraging track record, Haluyan is optimistic. “People told me that there are not enough people to open a kosher store,”

“The sign is up already. We are waiting only for the health department and that will be that!” • JCN • JULY 2011


Friendly Services Shir Hadash offers a variety of services, each with their own style. Come check us out this summer. Early Shabbat Service , July 1, 8, August 5, 2011, 6:30 pm - All other Fridays at 8:00 pm/Saturdays at 10:30 am B Bring a picnic dinner to follow July 1st services 7:15 pm, C Costa Rican dinner following August 5th services H Hike and Services At Sanborne Park on July 9th/ Film Preview following Dinner on August 5th PreSchool Summer Camp Be a Junior Explorer! Join the fun exploring nature, art, play, music, sports and creativity at the Shir Hadash Early Childhood Center. For more information call 408-358-1751 ext. 115 2011 - 2012 Religious School Registration Sign up for religious school now. Registration for Monthly Religious School, Hebrew School, Hebrew High, Confirmation, and 11th - 12th grade is now open. Looking for a great preschool for the fall? Check out our fully licensed, safe and nurturing Early Childhood Center. Preschool classes for children ages 2 through 5 years (before a child enters Kindergarten). Fall registration is now open. Visit for details. For more information on services and programs , please visit www. or call the temple at 358-1751 x5

Creating happy Jewish moments, one book at a time The PJ Library® program nurtures meaningful experiences for children by sending books to your home on a monthly basis - for free! Jewish children six months to seven years old who live in the South Bay can receive high-quality, age appropriate, colorful Jewish books to keep and enjoy. To enroll, visit signup.php or call (408) 357-7509 for more details.

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Baseball star Shawn Green given SVJFF Community Service Award


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Michael Steinhardt visits with Kehillah founders On May 15, Kehillah Jewish High School welcomed Michael Steinhardt to the home of Kehillah founders Fran and Bobby Lent. Mr. Steinhardt is a legendary money manager turned philanthropist who is dedicated to creating a renaissance in American Jewish life. He is perhaps best known for founding, with Charles Bronfman, TaglitBirthright Israel, which provides young students with their first trips to Israel. He is also the founding board chair of the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE), a collaborative initiative of philanthropic partners committed to strengthening Jewish day school education in North America.

Bobby Lent, Barbara Rosenberg, Jack Klein and Candee Weinberg enjoy dinner with Michael Steinhardt.

The dinner brought together leaders of the Jewish community, donors, parents, faculty and staff to hear about Kehillah’s establishment, growth and future. “This was a wonderful evening for Kehillah. It is great to see such strong support from our kehillah (community) as well as the greater Jewish community. We would like to thank Mr. Steinhardt for sharing his vision for the future of Jewish day schools and Fran and Bobby Lent, who have been instrumental to the growth of Kehillah,” said Lillian Howard, Head of School. SVJFF President Bruce Entin and community service award winner Shawn Green

The key message of the evening centered on the future of Jewish education amid Kehillah’s many successes.

On May 14, the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival presented the film “Jews in Baseball: an American Love Story” to a sold-out theater. Following the film, the audience was treated to a question-and-answer session with Lew Wolff, owner of the Oakland A's, Ken Korach, Oakland A's announcer, and Shawn Green, formerly of the New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Dodgers. Shawn grew up in San Jose until age 12 and played Little League in the Almaden Valley area.

APJCC Preschool volunteers honored by Project Cornerstone

Bruce Entin, SVJFF president, presented the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival Community Service Award to Shawn Green. This is the first year the award has been given. According to Bruce Entin, “The award is meant to acknowledge community service in any form. It is primarily intended for Jewish community service. In the case of Shawn Green, he was a role model and inspiration for thousands of Jewish kids (and their dads), and he generated Jewish pride in all the four cities he played in. He also did not play on Yom Kippur on more than one occasion, which also set an example to respect traditions and holidays.” Shawn also contributes his time and money to many worthwhile organizations such as the Jewish Federation, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Special Olympics, and the Parkinsons Foundation. He donated $250,000 each year to the Dodgers Dream Foundation supporting Dodger Dream Fields throughout LA and the purchase of books for schools.

APJCC Preschool parent volunteers Susan Freiman, Lara Panish, Michal Ramon, Rebecca Silberstein, Stacy Tobin and Kathy Wallerstein were recently honored by Project Cornerstone. Project Cornerstone is a Santa Clara County program that works to make sure every child in the county has a web of support from family, school, and the wider community. The honored parents brought Project Cornerstone’s “ABC Reading” program to the APJCC Preschool for the 2010-11 school year, the first time the program, popular with area elementary schools, has been used in a preschool. The program brings parent volunteers into the classroom once a Parent volunteer Michal Ramon reads to her month to read a values-based book and lead a short activity to support and reinforce the ideas in the book. The program son's class at the APJCC. will continue at the preschool in the fall. Michal Ramon, the parent who started the program, explained, “Project Cornerstone provides our kids a powerful net of support to help them live up to their potential. So it was just natural for me to want to start giving it to them as soon as possible. The preschool seems like the first natural place to do it.”

Councilmember Rose Herrera celebrates Jewish-American Heritage Month at SJ City Hall In recognition of national Jewish Heritage Month in May, Councilmember Rose Herrera proclaimed the month of May as Jewish-American Heritage Month in the City of San Jose and hosted a successful flag-raising ceremony on May 17, despite the lack of sunshine. Councilmember Herrera sought to raise the awareness of, and honor, the Jewish community’s unique contributions to the area during the proclamation ceremony that took place in the city council chambers. A portion of the proclamation reads: “WHEREAS: Jewish immigrants were among the earliest settlers of northern California and San José working hand-in-hand with other pioneer communities to develop San José’s commercial, cultural, and community life and continues to make significant contributions to education and technological innovation in the capitol of Silicon Valley.”

Councilmember Rose Herrera, 3rd from left, stands with leaders of the Jewish community at City Hall.

Councilmember Herrera looks forward to this event becoming a tradition in San José. People interested in receiving notice of next year’s event should contact • JCN • JULY 2011


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Shir Hadash provides healthcare screening for medically underserved On Sunday, May 1, Congregation Shir Hadash, in conjunction with the Muslim Community Association and St. Maria Goretti, hosted an all-day Healthy Living Fair on location at St. Maria Goretti. Congregants of this primarily Hispanic and Vietnamese Catholic parish were offered free medical screening and dental and vision care. “There are lots of people in the valley who don’t have medical insurance and haven’t received health care for a long time,” said Dr. George Kent, member of Shir Hadash and lead doctor volunteer. “We want to identify as many people as possible with health problems; then we provide a list of community clinics where people can get low-cost health care and hope that they’ll be able to access some of that care.” In addition to the screenings that were provided by health care professionals and nursing students, over 60 vendors representing a broad spectrum of community service agencies, health organizations and support groups shared their expertise and resource materials with attendees. One volunteer said, “I enjoy telling people about the free resources. Most of these people don’t know that they have free resources from our community that they have access to, even though they don’t have insurance.”


Congregation Beth David


There’s a Place for me at CBD

BBQ & Barkhu

19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga 408-257-3333 Daniel Pressman, Senior Rabbi Philip Ohriner, Assistant Rabbi

Service Schedule Daily Minyan Mon-Thurs 7:00 p.m. Sunday 9:30 a.m.

Shabbat Services

Friday, August 26, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Join us for an outdoor Kosher barbeque followed by Shabbat services. A fun-filled event for the entire family! Cost: Adults and teens $18; Children 6-12 $10; Children 5 and under free. Family Maximum: $60.

Abraham & Miriam Gannes Religious School

1-8 7 7- 5 3 7- 4 2 2 7

September 7, 4:00 - 6:15 p.m.


Grades K - 2

September 18, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

A service of joyous songs 6:30 p.m. - 4th Friday – July 22 & Aug 26

Meet & Greet prior to BBQ 8/26 at 5:30 Stay tuned for High Holiday Youth programs! For more information contact Andrea Ammerman at 408-366-9101 or

Congregation Beth David and Congregation Sinai join together for an evening of communal mourning with the chanting of Eicha (Lamentations). *NOTE: There will not be evening minyan at Beth David this day.

Donate Today!


Shir Shabbat

Monday, August 8, 8:00 p.m. At Congregation Sinai 1532 Willowbrae Avenue, San Jose

Donate your unwanted vehicle to Jewish Family Services and support vital programs for families, children, and older adults in need.

Grades 3rd - 7th September 11, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Tisha B'av Communal Mourning

Now, you can be proud of it again.

First Day of School

Friday 6:30 p.m. Saturday 9:30 a.m.


At one time, you were proud of that old car.

Pre-K - Ganon

FREE Electronics Waste Recycling Sunday, September 11 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Congregation Beth David 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga Visit and click on Life@CBD for more information

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Shir Hadash to launch speaker series aimed at religious school parents


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Emanu-El welcomes new executive director


ongregation Shir Hadash will launch a new speaker series this September entitled, Exploring the World of Judaism. The series of Sunday morning talks is designed for religious school parents.

In order to make it very easy for parents to attend, the sessions are scheduled to start right after students are dropped off at religious school and end just before religious school ends. Sherry Knazan, the program’s coordinator, said, “We understand that religious school parents are superbusy with work and family and that they find it difficult to attend Jewish education courses in the evenings. This Sunday morning speaker series is structured to make it easy for people with even just a casual interest in the topic to attend. Another important aspect of the program is that each session stands alone and that people can decide at the last minute whether or not they are able to attend. And we provide free coffee, bagels, and shmear!” The sessions will be taught by speakers from all over the Bay Area, including professors, rabbis, diplomats, artists, activists and other scholars. The diverse range of topics include Jewish parenting, Israel, Jewish spirituality, ethics, history, arts and culture, contemporary Jewish issues, and sessions on other religions.

Irv Duchowny

Irv Duchowny, Temple Emanu-El’s new executive director, is a New York native who moved to California to join his family’s Los Angeles manufacturing company in 1971. In 2002, he moved to Las Vegas/Henderson and became the executive director for Congregation Ner Tamid for over six years, leading the temple through two relocations and helping grow the synagogue’s membership. Most recently, Duchowny was the first executive director at Congregation Etz Chayim in Palo Alto where he served for two and a half years.

Ahabat Torah introduces Rabbi Hadad By Pat Bergman Ahabat Torah, San Jose’s only Sephardic congregation, welcomes its first Sephardic Rabbi and Rebbetzin, Shalom and Revital Hadad. The young couple married in Jerusalem this past March before moving to San Jose. Rabbi Hadad was born in Haifa and moved to Tzefat with his family at age 13 so that he and his brothers could attend yeshivas. After successfully completing his studies in Tzefat, he attended Porat Yosef Yeshiva in the Old City in Jerusalem and then spent 18 months in New York serving as the hazan (cantor) at the Pinto Shul while attending Yeshiva Shuva Israel as student, hazan and Torah reader.

Mayim Bialik, the actress best known for the TV show “Blossom” and now a regular on “The Big Bang Theory,” will headline the series in November. She will talk about “Raising a Jewish Child in a Multi-Ethnic Environment.” The series is offered as a program of Shir Hadash and the Bureau of Jewish Education and is funded by the Newton and Rochelle Becker Charitable Trust. Congregation Shir Hadash is the third congregation in the Bay Area to be chosen for this grant, following Congregation Rodef Sholom in Marin and Sherith Israel in San Francisco. The talks are open to the entire community. The full schedule will be available in September. For more information, contact the Shir Hadash office at (408) 358-1751 x5.

He began his semicha studies at Midrash Sephardi in the Old City where he also studied to be a sofer (scribe) and shohet (ritual slaughterer). Since his Bar Mitzvah he has been the High Holy Day hazan and Torah reader at the Musrara Synagogue in Jerusalem. He is continuing his Torah studies while leading Ahabat Torah. Rabbi & Rebbetzin Hadad

Rebbetzin Revital Shraga Hadad was born in Jerusalem. Her father, who was born in Saragossa, Spain, is a sofer and Rosh Kollel (head of an advanced yeshiva). Her Russian-born mother has been a mikvah attendant for the past thirty years. Revital has four sisters and three brothers—she is the fifth oldest. She attended Bais Yakov—Ezras Torah, Bais Yakov High School, and Haredi College for Women where she got her degree in business management and finance. While in school she worked in a cell phone business where she eventually became a partner. At the same time she volunteered with an organization that helps sick children, she tutored girls and took Torah classes every night. This dynamic young couple left their families, activities, and business to come here to do kiruv (outreach) especially to Sephardic and Israeli Jews. They are impressed with the friendly people and amazing library at Ahabat Torah and see great potential for the growth of the congregation. They are both eager to teach anyone who wishes to come and study Torah. Each of them will arrange private tutoring such as Bar or Bat Mitzvah preparation as well as adult classes or individual learning in most areas of Jewish education. Ahabat Torah is located at 1537A Meridian Avenue, in Carriage Square Shopping Center, and can be reached at (408) 266-2342. • JCN • JULY 2011


Where Will They Go?


– Kehillah Jewish High School – Applications to 9th, 10th, and 11th grades for 2011-12 accepted on space-available basis. For a personal tour of our campus in Palo Alto, across the street from the Oshman Family JCC, contact | 3900 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303 | 650.213.9600 x 154 | Kehillah’s first six graduating classes have received acceptance to the following colleges and universities: Academy of Art University Adelphi University American University American Jewish University Arizona State University The University of Arizona Bais Yaakov Machon Raaya Bard College Barnard College Bates College Bennington College Berklee College of Music Boston College Boston University Brandeis University Brown University Bucknell University UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Los Angeles UC Merced UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz California Culinary Academy California Institute of Technology Cal Poly Pomona Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Cal State Channel Islands Cal State Chico Cal State Fresno Cal State Fullerton Cal State Long Beach Cal State Monterey Bay Cal State Northridge Cal State Sacramento Cal State San Marcos

University of Canterbury Carlton College Carnegie Mellon University Cazenovia College Chapman University College of Charleston University of Chicago University of Cincinnati Claremont McKenna College Clark University (MA) Cleveland Institute of Art Colgate University Colorado State University University of Colorado at Boulder Columbia College Columbia University Cornell University Darchei Binah Dartmouth College University of Denver Dickinson College Drew University Drexel University Duke University Earlham College Emerson College Emory University Eugene Lang College The Evergreen State College Fashion Institute of Technology George Mason University Georgetown University The George Washington University Goucher College Hamilton College Hampshire College University of Hartford Harvard University Harvey Mudd College

Hartwick College Hebrew University of Jerusalem Hobart and William Smith College Hofstra University Humboldt State University Indiana University Bloomington Ithaca College John Cabot University Johns Hopkins University Johnson & Wales University Kivunim (Israel program) List Jewish Theological Seminary Landmark College University of La Verne Lawrence University Lehigh University Lewis & Clark College Linfield College Long Island University Loyola Marymount University Macalester College University of Maine University of Maryland, College Park Marymount Manhattan College McGill University Mechinat Rabin (Israel program) University of Massachusetts University of Miami Michlalah-Jerusalem College for Women Midreshet Tehillah Mills College University of Montana Mount Holyoke College Muhlenberg College Nachshon (Israel program) NATIV (Israel program) Niagara University New York University Northeastern University

Northern Arizona University University of North Texas Northwestern University Notre Dame de Namur University Oberlin College Occidental College Oglethorpe University University of Oregon Oregon State University Otis College of Art and Design Pace University University of the Pacific Parsons School of Design Pepperdine University Philadelphia University University of Pittsburgh Pitzer College Pomona College Pratt Institute Princeton University University of Puget Sound Purdue University University of Redlands Reed College Regis University University of Rhode Island Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Saint Mary’s College of CA San Diego State University San Francisco State University San Jose State University Santa Clara University Sarah Lawrence College Savannah College of Art and Design Scripps College Simmons College Simon Fraser University Vancouver Sonoma State University University of Southern California

Southern Oregon University Stanford University Stern College for Women Stony Brook University Sweet Briar College Syracuse University University of Tennessee, Knoxville Touro College Tufts University Tulane University Vanderbilt University Vassar College University of Vermont University of Virginia University of Washington Washington University in St. Louis Wellesley College Wentworth Institute of Technology Wheaton College Wesleyan University Western New England College Whitman College Whittier College Willamette University The College of Wooster Yale University Yeshiva University Young Judaea (Israel program)

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community photos Getting Quacky

On March 2, Kehillah Jewish High School held its 7th Annual Gala at the Oshman Family JCC. The Gala is the school’s largest fundraising event of the year, bringing together members of the community, parents, faculty and staff. The evening included dinner, a silent and live auction, and featured famed comedian and political satirist, Will Durst as the speaker.

Photos on left are from The Silicon Valley Duck Race and Festival on June 12. The program, put together by by Jewish Family Services, brought in over 3,000 people. Top: Ducks making a heart in Vasona Creek Middle: Ricki Gafter sells ducky gear at Le Chic Duck Bottom: Joni Quintal and Barbara Biran at Le Chic Duck

Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival Thousands of people turned out for Silicon Valley's first Jewish Music Festival on May 22, held on the lawn at the Levy Family Campus in Los Gatos.

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What makes any educational class more desirable? Simple. Free food! Come learn about “The New Jewish Food Movement” at San Jose State University, while sampling delicious foods at each session. The new class is a combined offering of the Jewish Studies Program, and the Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging Department. Learn how to eat sustainably in five sessions and two community service days. Events scheduled throughout the year coincide with the Jewish calendar. Look for more information on the Facebook page: SJSU Jews, Food and Sustainability. Here’s a quick look at what’s planned for the upcoming year: • Celebration and Preservation: Our Role in Our Planet’s Health (Late September, Rosh Hashanah) An overview of the principals of sustainability and our role in preserving our ecosystem. At the MLK Library. • Celebrating the Harvest: California Native Edibles (October, Sukkot) Celebrating the Jewish “thanksgiving festival for the bounty of the harvest,” and focusing on locally grown food. Held in the Sukkah of a local home. • Gleaning: Serving our Community (Late November, Thanksgiving) A collaborative program with Village Harvest, which harvests fruit from backyards and small orchards for local food agencies to feed the hungry. • Teaching Kids to Love the Earth and Eat Healthy (Early February, Tu B’Shevat) One event will be held at the MLK Library for parents and teachers. Another will be a Tu B’Shevat Seder at Chai House. • It Takes a Village to Feed a Family (March, Purim) Local stories of food as “community glue” will be shared, followed by a discussion of how culture defines food patterns and how food is related to a culture’s sustainability. • Sustainability Seder (early April, Passover) In the new Hillel House, this Seder will touch upon the themes of environmental sustainability, social justice and farm workers’ rights. Traditional Seder foods will include local, organic, vegetarian fare. • Community Planting Event (April) Together with families who are served by the La Mesa Verde program, all are welcome to plant vegetables in home-garden plots, and later convene for a barbecue and closing ceremony at SJSU. The program will be held in consultation with the Silicon Valley JCRC and the Addison-Penzak JCC Center for Life and Learning. It will focus on the ways Torah and Jewish customs help us understand the cycle of food and seasons. Service programs will offer students and community members a chance to participate in Tikkun Olam through community planting and harvesting in the service of those most in need in our community. “This is an ambitious, relevant, creative, and exciting program that we know you will enjoy,” said Victoria Harrison, PhD, coordinator of the SJSU Jewish Studies program. Plan now for an exciting year of learning and “growing!” For more information, please contact Dr. Harrison at victoria.harrison@

A new take on a school fair: Yavneh's Social Justice Fair

Rather than bounce houses and carnival games, Yavneh Day School hosted a Social Justice Fair in May. Sixth-grade students Daniel and Jacob urged fair attendees to “take back the tap,” proving that filtered tap water tastes just as good as bottled water and cuts down on waste. Billy and Jeremy encouraged people to “eat locally”−that is, to purchase fresh produce from local farmers to reduce the carbon footprint and to help the local economy. Arianna and Samuel sought to raise awareness among local teens about the state of public education and inspire them to do something about it. And Flo explained that every child deserves an education and a chance at a good life, especially those who grew up in abusive homes or homeless. From new compost projects to awareness about animal cruelty, domestic violence and LGBT rights, from monetary grants combating hunger to the creation of a new mural on campus, Yavneh's middle school students proved today that they are committed to Tikkun Olam (the imperative to improve the world). The Yavneh Day School Social Justice Fair is the culmination of a year of study, giving, and volunteering, directed by parent volunteer Susan Ellenberg and social studies teacher Nick Walker. Yavneh's three-year social justice curriculum is designed to heighten student awareness of local, national and global social injustices, help students develop an understanding of philanthropic giving, and to imbue in students a lifetime commitment to volunteer service. “Socially responsible living, philanthropy and service,” commented Head of School Steven Bogad, “is just as important to our curriculum as math, English, and science.” A highlight of the fair was when seventh-grade students announced the grants they had made to local and international charities. Several non-profit leaders were present to accept their checks and applaud the students' hard work and generosity. The grants were made possible by the seventh graders who asked for donations to their class philanthropic fund in lieu of the ipods and cash gifts they might have otherwise received at their bat and bar mitzvahs.

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Reflections on an Adult B’nai Mitzvah

“People choose adult B’nai Mitzvah for many reasons. The decision may build up over time or result from a life-changing event,” said Rabbi Melanie Aron of Congregation Shir Hadash. “For adults it is a conscious choice to learn more about Judaism and strengthen their connection with Judaism and the larger Jewish community.” On May 30, 2011, five women members of Congregation Shir Hadash celebrated their adult B’nai Mitzvah. Two of those women, Elisa Koff-Ginsborg and Elyse Goldberg spoke about what this milestone meant to them. Elyse Elconin Goldberg’s journey started with the passing of her mother. When reciting the Kaddish for her mother, she realized that she wanted to learn to read the Hebrew so that she would not have to rely on the transliteration. Elyse didn’t want to just be able to recite the prayer by rote, she wanted to gain a deeper understanding of the meaning of the prayers. Through prayer and meditation she discovered a source that gave her strength, hope and comfort. Elyse described the day as a joyous celebration. She was particularly excited to wear a tallit designed by her daughter, Stephanie. She said, “I feel grateful to be surrounded by my family, my friends, and my B’not sisterhood.” Elyse plans to continue studying Hebrew and trope and looks forward to participating in Shir Shabbat services at Congregation Shir Hadash. Elisa Koff-Ginsborg's decision to become an adult B’nai Mitzvah was nudged along the way by Jewish and non-Jewish acquaintances who made her rethink her relationship to Judaism. She learned that Jewish values could lead to a wide range of social justice activities. Upon completing her B’nai Mitzvah studies, Elisa now feels ready to answer the questions that her young children pose about Judaism. Reflecting about her wonderful experience, Elisa is confident that “my children will have a much richer and less dogmatic relationship with Torah than I did.” The other members of this B’nai Mitzvah class included Debbie Trevisan, Judith Israel, and Marjorie Hart. Judy Nelson participated in the year of study and will celebrate becoming a Bat Mitzvah later in the year along with his son at his Bar Mitzvah.


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Clergy Column: Making a Jewish wedding more meaningful with song! By Cantor Devorah Felder-Levy, Congregation Shir Hadash Often when people think of the summer and celebrations, many things come to mind. In the secular world, we think about the Fourth of July and all of the summer BBQs that we can have with family and friends. In the Jewish world, we often think of weddings. The Jewish wedding is something that is special and distinct from a secular wedding. One area that I believe makes the wedding so unique is the music that is incorporated into the ceremony. The first area that a couple can make their Jewish ceremony unique is by the music that they use to walk down the aisle. Some couples only want instrumental music and many Jewish pieces can be played with a quartet or with piano. Many composers have taken texts from Song of Songs and have set them to music that is often suitable for a wedding ceremony. Some are upbeat, some are sweet and lyrical. One text that comes to mind is Dodi Li. There are settings by Nira Chen, Debbie Friedman and Cantor Steven Sher, to name a few. Kol Dodi: Jewish Music for Weddings is a 2-CD set that has music that can be used both for the processional of the wedding party as well as different selections that one can use in the wedding ceremony itself. When we think of music in the ceremony, we begin by chanting a welcome to all of our guests in the presence of G-d and all of our family and friends from Psalms 118:26. Now that we have welcomed our guests, we bless the wedding itself, especially the couple under the Chuppah. We chant the blessing over the first cup of wine. We can even chant the betrothal blessings, the Birkat Erusin. The ring ceremony which occurs next, is not usually chanted but recited by the couple, each individually. The Sheva B’rachot is the next blessing that would incorporate music in the Jewish wedding ceremony. What makes this blessing unique is that

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a couple can find a melody that speaks to them and to their lives. Some couples like a simple folk melody that can be chanted. Some couples are looking for a more modern melody with piano and other instrumentation. There are even some melodies that are more in the style of baroque or even renaissance music. And though not musical, “The New Jewish Wedding” by Anita Diamant presents some different translations that couples can use for the Sheva B’rachot. There is, of course, the traditional translation and then modern interpretations which might fit the personalities of the couple. Of course, no Jewish wedding would be complete without the singing of Siman Tov U’Mazel Tov following the breaking of the glass. The translation is “May this be an auspicious time (May there be a good sign) and good fortune (a good constellation) for us and for all Israel!” As the newly married couple proceeds out from under the Chuppah to begin their beautiful lives together, Siman Tov U’Mazel Tov can often be followed by Od Yishama which celebrates the sound of bride and groom. The wedding day belongs to the couple and each ceremony should be representative of who they are as individuals and as a couple. Couples should feel free to speak with their rabbis or cantors to help create the wedding ceremony that will start off their lives together on the right note! May the melodies of the ceremony weave together the melodies that will be created throughout their lives together. Mazel Tov!

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Holocaust survivors and former Japanese-American internees meet By Harvey Gotliffe On a brilliantly bright Sunday, June 12, more than eighty Holocaust survivors and former Japanese-American internees along with their family members gathered at the Japanese American Museum in San Jose. They were there to share and compare their stories at the third Gathering of Friends, and to learn from each other. Survivors who toured the museum, learned about the internment and the lives of Japanese-Americans who were placed in camps in 1942. When they viewed photographs of the camps' sleeping quarters where beds were stacked three layers deep, many cringed as they were reminded of their own brutal confinement in Nazi concentration camps. The tours were all too short and some survivors remarked, “I am coming back. This museum is too amazing to see just once.” In the late morning everyone went outside to the buffet food line and then to sit at tables under protective tents. They first enjoyed an eclectic mix of Jewish and Japanese cuisine, including a fusion sushi treat of lox, cream cheese, seaweed and rice. At each table, survivors and former internees sat together with a facilitator who had ten questions to ask if the conversation stalled. Facilitators never got beyond the second question as the sharing went on and on through laughter and tears.

Hillel students participated at SJSU Tunnel of Oppression For the 7th year in a row San Jose State University hosted the Tunnel of Oppression, a multi-sensory program designed to increase awareness of oppression, and create understanding about its effects. As part of the program, Hillel of Silicon Valley, together with the Jewish Student Union, created a room to show Anti-Semitism in America and around the world though the lens of the 3Ds: Demonization, Double Standards, and Delegitimization. The concept of Anti-Semitism in 3D was first introduced by Natan Sharansky, Chairman of the Jewish Agency. Whereas classical anti-Semitism is aimed at the Jewish people or the Jewish religion, the “new anti-Semitism” is aimed at the Jewish state. Since this anti-Semitism can hide behind the veneer of legitimate criticism of Israel, it is more difficult to expose. Making the task even harder is that this hatred is advanced in the name of values most of us would consider unimpeachable, such as human rights. Sharansky believes that people can apply a simple test, the 3D test, to help distinguish legitimate criticism of Israel from anti-Semitism. The first “D” is the test of demonization. When the Jewish state is being demonized; when Israel's actions are blown out of all sensible proportion; when comparisons are made between Israelis and Nazis and between Palestinian refugee camps and Auschwitz - this is anti- Semitism, not legitimate criticism of Israel. The second “D” is the test of double standards. When criticism of Israel is applied selectively; when Israel is singled out by the United Nations for human rights abuses while the behavior of known and major abusers, such as China, Iran, Cuba, and Syria, is ignored; when Israel's Magen David Adom, alone among the world's ambulance services, is denied admission to the International Red Cross - this is anti-Semitism. The third “D” is the test of delegitimization: when Israel's fundamental right to exist is denied - alone among all peoples in the world - this too is anti-Semitism. When attendees to the Tunnel walked into the Anti-Semitism in 3D room, they saw a space that very well defined each of the Ds of Sharansky’s 3D test. Posters, videos, and picture and cartoon collages were carefully displayed in that room to help visitors understand why the Jewish state and often the Jewish people are held to double standards, demonized, and delegitimized. Before leaving the room, each person took a self assessment test that meant to help each individual recognize if they have anti-Semitic behaviors.

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Temple Emanu-El celebrates 150 years in San Jose

Though the building had survived several earthquakes, it was a fire in 1940 that destroyed the building and started the legend of Kurt Opper, a German refugee, who ran into the burning building to save the torahs. The building was declared unsafe, but with the start of World War II, the congregation was delayed in selling the property until the late 1940s. In 1948, the congregation then began the process of rebuilding at 1010 University Ave, just off the Alameda, where they continue to enjoy the rescued Torah, stained glass windows, and Ner Tamid from the original building.

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obody remains who can talk first-hand about Temple Emanu-El’s beginnings. But plenty of people can talk about the 150-year-old synagogue’s legacy and impact on their lives. “I don’t even know how to put in words what the temple has meant to me, personally,” said Ruth Krandel, who has been a member since 1956, “It’s been a safe haven. Through good and bad it has always been the place I’ve felt comfortable.”

In the 1950s, two milestone events occurred at the temple. First, longtime and beloved Rabbi Joseph Gitin, z''l came onboard as the spiritual leader. Gitin served for 26 years, and was an institution unto himself. Long before it became politically correct, he led the Jewish community in the fight for civil rights and the acceptance and inclusion of interfaith and gay families.

Manny Siegler, who has been a member since 1957 with his wife Ginny, echoes a similar sentiment. “It’s meant a lot to both Ginny and my life,” he said. “It’s kind of a personal thing. I can’t really describe it, it is just very important to us.” Temple Emanu-El holds the distinct honor of being Santa Clara Valley’s first synagogue, and also its first Jewish institution. It celebrates its milestone birthday on August 5, 2011. With a special Shabbat service, and reception beginning at 6:30 PM.

Also in the 1950s, at the prompting of more observant members and with Gitin’s full support, the temple expanded to offer two minyans, a traditional and reform. This traditional minyan eventually separated from Temple Emanu-El, becoming what is today Congregation Sinai in Willow Glen.

During the 1940's fire that destroyed Temple Emanu-El's old building, German refugee Kurt Opper ran into the burning building and saved the torahs.

Originally called Bickur Cholim, or “visiting the sick,” San Jose’s first temple has grown into a formidable institution in San Jose, with a legacy of deeply committed members and leaders who have made a positive difference in the Jewish and non-Jewish communities alike. “The energy of Temple Emanu-El, the people, the sanctuary, it has a great tradition, depth, and heritage. You feel the energy of those that have come before you,” said Rabbi Dana Magat, Temple Emanu-El’s head rabbi for the past 12 years. THE HISTORY In 1861, San Jose’s tiny Jewish community numbered around 50. Ten Jewish men that year organized themselves in a Hebrew society and established Bickur Cholim. They set dues at 50 cents a month. The congregation met in City Hall and at various locations in the downtown prior to building its first facility.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Temple Emanu-El built a three-story religious school to accommodate its growing population. Congregants named the building the Rabbi Joseph and Rosalie Gitin Religious School, in honor of their beloved Rabbi. (Rabbi Gitin passed away in 2010, at the age of 104.)

MOVING FORWARD Since its early years, Temple Emanu-El has expanded in numerous ways. In 2001 it launched its preschool, which today hosts about 120 kids age 2-5. The preschool won the “Community Resource of the Year” award from the San Andreas Regional Center for its work with and willingness to have special needs children in the school. The school also hosted the 2008 National Conference for Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism. Temple Emanu-El also has an active social action committee. Just this year, the committee won the Irving J. Fain Award for Outstanding Synagogue Social Action Programming, one of the highest honors available to congregations within the Reform Jewish Movement. Working with People Acting in Community Together (PACT), Temple Emanu-El received the award for its “Responsibly Recycling Electronic Waste” initiative, which resulted in the County of Santa Clara contract with an e-Stewards-certified recycler to handle their own e-waste. “We're staying current, even though we're 150 years old. We keep changing, we keep innovating to meet the needs of our congregation and to meet the current needs of the world,” said congregant Lori Telson Rubin.

In 1870, Bickur Cholim erected its first synagogue at South Third and San Antonio Street. Families now had a Rabbi Dana Magat and Cantor Meeka Simerly with Temple Emanu-El's sanctuary to attend services. The temple Temple Emanu-El has also held a pivotal current confirmation class. hired its first rabbi, Rabbi Mayer Solomon role in interfaith relations in the Silicon Levy of London in 1873, who stayed with Valley. Starting with former Rabbi Joseph the congregation until 1881 when Rabbi Henry Lowenthal was hired at Gitin, z''l, and continued by Rabbi Magat, the temple has cosponsored the salary of $100 a month. In 1874, 13-year-old Jesse Levy became the projects and groups with PACT, an interfaith grass-roots organizing group congregation’s first Bar Mitzvah. Bickur Cholim, now Temple Emanu-El, in San Jose. Rabbi Magat is also vice chair on the Interfaith Council on went on to expand and serve the needs of the Jewish population. Economic Justice. continued on page 18 • JCN • JULY 2011


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continued from page 17, Emanu-El celebrates 150 years THE SOCIAL CENTER Perhaps most congregants can best relate to one of the missions of temple life: social connectivity. “I know everybody says that their place is warm and welcoming, but it feels like family to me,” said Deborah Zimmer, a longtime member and former Temple Emanu-El employee. “I can say that it has become my extended Jewish family and I’ve been through a lot in these last 4 or 5 years.” She adds, “That’s what it’s about, having other Jews to hang out with.” Many congregants describe Temple Emanu-El as a welcoming place, open to people of all walks and persuasions and made up of down-to-earth, caring people. “When I came here I fell in love with the people, that very warm, embracing and non judgmental energy. That part makes it feel very homey for all of us,” said Rabbi Dana Magat, adding the quip, “It helps counter the parking problem.” Longtime members recall when the synagogue used to make up the entirety of a family’s social life. Today, with dozens of sports, groups and activities to choose from, people’s social lives are more spread out. Still, the temple continues to be the first stop in times of milestone celebrations and in times of difficulty when guidance and direction are sought. “9/11 is a perfect example,” said Zimmer. “You’re lost, you’re rootless, and here is a place that gives Jewish context, Jewish values; it gave you a place to be, to share, and to be.” CELEBRATING 150 YEARS Temple Emanu-El will take the opportunity of its 150th to celebrate a year of programming. Most significantly, the temple will scribe a new Torah, where the community will have the opportunity to write the Torah, in a project called Torah L’Dor V’Dor or Torah from Generation to Generation. Several parties, speakers and events will be held over the course of the year, and there will be special Shabbat services showcasing various eras of the temple’s history. “It’s really a neat opportunity to reflect on who we are and where we want to go,” said Rabbi Magat. “When Rabbi Gitin, z'''l, pictured with his wife Rosalie, you’re 150 years old, you’re like ‘wow,’ not only to still be here, but to have made San Jose a better place.” z''l, served as Temple Emanu-El's rabbi for over 26 years.

Temple Emanu-El invites the entire community to join them in celebration on August 5, 2011 and throughout the coming year. For more information on upcoming events, or to share your Temple Emanu-El Story, please contact the Temple Office at (408) 2920939 or e-mail them at

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CALLED TO THE TORAH Elliana Pogrebinsky, daughter of Natalia & Vladimir Pogrebinsky of Campbell, was called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah at Beth David on April 23. She is the younger sister of Daniel Pogrebinsky. She is a seventh grade student at Westland Middle School in Chevy Chase, MD where she now lives in order to train in Ice Dancing. She will have a second Bat Mitzvah on June 4 at Congregation Kehillat Shalom in Gaithersburg, MD. She had studied for her Bat Mitzvah at a Russian Jewish School, Kol Shalom, at the greater Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC. For her Mitzvah projects, Elliana has been volunteering for the Humane Society of Montgomery County, MD and also working with autistic children. Naama BenDavid was called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on April 30 at Sinai. She is the daughter of Daniel & Esti BenDavid and is the younger sister of Eyal, 21, who will soon graduate from the University of California at San Diego, and Tal, 17, a student at Monte Vista High School in Cupertino. Naama is a student at Kennedy Middle School and she enjoys dancing, hiking, biking, music and movies. She was very pleased to share her Bat Mitzvah with her grandmother, Ilana BenDavid and her aunt Edna Vansi who both came in from Israel for this special occasion. Arthur Wolff Goldstein was called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on April 30 at Shir Hadash. He is the son of Kari Wolff of Los Gatos and the step-son of Dean Rossi who were delighted to share his special day. Arthur is the son of Richard Goldstein of Campbell who also participated in the service. Arthur is a seventh grader at the The Hillbrook School; he loves sports, music and playing with his brothers, Drew, a tenth grader at The Harker School, and Garrett, 3, who will be attending the APJCC next year. Among the

special guests at the Bar Mitzvah were grandparents Lew & Jeanie Wolff of Los Angeles, grandfather Ed Goldstein of Simi Valley, and grandmother Bonnie Jaffe of Las Vegas, NV and grandparents Dawne & Ron Rossi of Saratoga. Relatives came in from Los Angeles, Santa Fe, San Francisco, and Santa Clara and they all participated in the service. Older brother Drew read from the Torah. As part of his tzedakah project, Arthur dedicated his time to the Challenger Baseball program, a league for physically and mentally challenged children.

Natalia Frumkin, daughter of Sheri & Michael Frumkin, was called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on May 14 at Sinai. She is in the seventh grade at Yavneh Jewish Day School. She is the younger sister of Julia & Joel Satovsky of San Francisco and the devoted aunt of Jenna and Jessie, 7, her sister’s twins! In addition to playing with her nieces, she takes dance and voice lessons and enjoys volleyball, sports and hiking. Her mitzvah project through Yavneh focused on saving the trees and the environment in a project named “Our City Forest”. Natalia was pleased that her “Babushka” Valentina Frumkina was able to be there for her Bat Mitzvah and also that her uncle Alan Kalman of Los Angeles was on hand for the celebration. Unfortunately, her

uncle Mark Kalman could not be there.

ENGAGEMENTS Robyn Harris, daughter of Elaine & Mike Harris of Saratoga is engaged to Trevor Crane of Butler, NJ. Trevor is the son of Bronwyn Owen of Las Cruces, NM and Rik Crane of San Diego. Robyn is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego and is a Certified Financial Planner and developer of Money Parenting. Com. Trevor is a graduate of Arizona State University and is a business consultant and sales trainer. Trevor is the proud father of Phoenix Rose Crane. The couple will be married at Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo in November of this year and will reside in New Jersey.

WEDDINGS Hananya Jacobson and Mindy Lipsky were married on May 3 at Congregation Shomrei Emunah in Baltimore, MD. Hananya is the son of Rabbi David & Emily Jacobson of Los Angeles and the grandson of Jerry & Rita Jacobson of Congregation Sinai in San Jose and Dr. George & Grace Fox of Los Angeles. Mindy is the daughter of Rabbi Yaacov & Cookie Lipsky of Baltimore and the granddaughter of Rabbi Yehuda & Esther Jacobs of Israel and Rabbi Shmuel & Rifka Stauber of Monsey, NY and the late Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Lipsky of Cincinnati, OH. Hananya has studied in Yeshivot both in New Jersey and Israel. He is currently continuing his studies in the advanced Talmud program at Beit Midrash Gevoha in

Lakewood, NJ. Mindy is a graduate of Ma’alot Seminary in Baltimore, MD and earned at Masters Degree at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. She will continue her career as a clinical social worker specializing in working with the hearing impaired. Sheva Brachot were celebrated in Olney, MD, Lakewood, NJ, Baltimore, MD and Los Angeles. Lori Schertzer & Adam Brody were married on May 29 in Livingston, NJ. Lori is a controller for hedge and private equity funds. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and received an MBA from Monmouth University. She is the daughter of Ellen & Paul Schertzer of Edison, NJ. Adam, of Mountain View, is a user experience/interaction designer and a retired rocket scientist. He graduated from MIT with SB and SM degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics and earned a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from San Jose State University. He is the son of Sheila & Gary Brody of Baldwin, NY.

Please submit simchas to Andrea Greyber, or (408) 377-6224.

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The Levy Family Campus (LFC), on Oka Road in Los Gatos, is owned and operated by the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and hosts many community events and programs daily. Located on campus are the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center (which runs the fitness center, pool, tennis courts, preschool, summer camp, after-school programs, café, teen lounge, and Center for Jewish Life and Learning), Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley, the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and Yavneh Day School. In addition, community resources, such as the community Mikvah, are also hosted at LFC. The facilities are available for private and corporate functions as well.

Top Ten Reasons to Visit Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley 10. Each year, JFS helps thousands of people meet the challenges in their daily lives. 9. We help feed 1,100 people through our Project N.O.A.H. Food Assistance Program. 8. Our staff members are seasoned professionals in their fields – and we speak 9 languages! 7. JFS ensures that Holocaust survivors in our community get the medical support, companionship, home care, and reparations to which they are entitled. 6. Every Hanukkah the community pours out its love through EmbraceA-Family – and hundreds of people are given new clothes, toys, and household goods. 5. JFS is a leading resettlement and vocational English-language training agency in Santa Clara County. 4. The Silicon Valley Duck Race brings summer fun and funds – through 15,000 sunglasswearing rubber duckies. 3. Knitzvah creates over 2,000 beautiful and cozy creations each year – bringing smiles and warmth to newborns, kids in the shelter, soldiers across the world, cancer patients, and grateful seniors. (Do you knit? Knitzvah always welcomes newcomers!) 2. This past year we helped 160 families and individuals receive refunds totaling $221,588 in federal tax returns. ….and … 1. Over 800 people – adults, chavurot, seniors, families and more – volunteer with JFS each year. Come join us! Find us on Facebook!

Yavneh Day School takes a new look at old fruit Smooshy banana in your lunch box? Spent coffee grinds in the staff lounge coffee maker? Take them (with the coffee filter) to the Yavneh Middle School compost bucket and help reduce waste in our landfills! In honor of Compost Awareness Week, volunteers from the Santa Clara County's Master Composter Program taught Yavneh Day School 6th graders how to create and nurture their very own compost bin. The Middle School will use the compost they create to enrich the Gesher and Gan gardens tended to by Yavneh's youngest students. They also hope to reduce the amount of waste from student lunch boxes that end up in the landfill. Yard trimmings and food residuals together constitute 23 percent of the U.S. waste stream, as documented by EPA. Yavneh composter, Jeremy, is determined to reverse this trend. "It feels good to start something together as a class that helps the environment. It's also fun to lead the school and help other students understand why it's important to compost." The impetus behind the compost bin is Yavneh's Social Justice teacher and parent volunteer, Susan Ellenberg. Yavneh Middle School's three-year social justice curriculum is designed to heighten student awareness of local, national and global social injustices, help students develop an understanding of philanthropic giving, and nurture a lifetime commitment to volunteer service. Projects like creating and caring for a compost bin provide the critical link between learning and practice; advocacy and action. The newly-created compost bin is tucked away in the shade of two playground redwood trees. Middle schoolers will take turns emptying the scraps from the playground compost bucket into the compost bin a few times each week. Worms blanketed by shredded newspaper will convert lunch box scraps into healthy garden fertilizer and, we hope, Yavneh students and their parents into avid home composters.

The public is welcome for these summer classes & events at the JCC • A Taste of Melton – Free introduction to the JCC’s Melton Adult Education program meets every Wednesday in July from 5-8:00 pm. In-depth Jewish learning for adults, designed by Hebrew University. Details: (408) 357-7411 • Mining for Solomon’s Gold - Thursday, August 4th, 7:00 pm. Class with Dr. Steven Weitzman of Stanford University. $5 JCC members, $7 non-members. Details: (408) 357-7411 • “Float Night” Pool Party – Wednesday, August 10th, 5-8:00 pm. Free pool admission, games, dancing. BBQ tickets $5 JCC members, $8 non-members, under age 3 free. Details: (408) 357-7499 • Outdoor Movie Night – Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy a family-friendly movie on the JCC athletic field. Free! Details: (408) 357-7499 • JCN • JULY 2011



Ask the Cantor about Chagiga! (Celebration, Festival, Gala) By Cantor Meeka Simerly, Temple Emanu-El Question: What is Chagiga (Celebration), and why are we commanded L’chagog (to celebrate) in the Torah?” Throughout a lifetime, most of us experience different reasons to celebrate milestones, achievements, life-changing events, and so on. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel said, “Judaism is a religion of time aiming at the sanctification of time…The Bible senses the diversified character of time…[we learn how to] consecrate sanctuaries that emerge from the magnificent stream of a year.” (The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man,1951). As a modern Reform clergywoman, I have had the privilege to officiate and participate in a number of life-cycle Chagigot (celebrations): Bar/ Bat Mitzvahs, milestone birthdays, weddings, baby namings, etc. Each time I find myself smiling from ear to ear, savoring that simcha while embracing the contagious excitement and uplifting moments of sheer joy. This is why we tend to celebrate together, with other people: maybe with our close friends, spouse, children, parents–or an entire community. The alternative–celebrating alone. Can you imagine celebrating a “solo birthday” or “solo Bar/Bat Mitzvah”? Constantly we are reminded of the utmost importance of being a part of a community. Humans were not created to roam the land on their own; we were created Be’tzelem Elohim (in the image of G-d), which points to a reciprocal partnership between G-d and His People. Celebrations, chagigot, are an important component of our Torah, which serves as a shining light through the intricate maze and milestones in a person’s lifetime–the Light of Torah is also called Urim ve’Tumim, the undisputed oracle (for more information on Urim Ve’Tumim check out commentaries on Exodus 28:30). We were given a precious tool to guide us while we search for purpose, meaning and strong connection with each other, our community, and ourselves. That ultimately leads to a fulfilling connection and closeness with G-d. In ancient times, people were required to bring Korbanot (sacrifices) to the Holy Temple for various celebratory occasions. The word Korban shares a root with the Hebrew word Karov (to be near); i.e., being close to G-d. Korban Chagigah is a Festival Sacrifice. In modern times, of course, the practice of sacrifice has a different meaning altogether, thank goodness. And speaking of celebrations–our congregation is embarking on a 150th-year celebration on August 5. When I try to comprehend the number of years we’ve been around, it is quite a challenge. In fact, even the oldest member of our congregation was not around when our predecessors planted the first pillar of Bikkur Cholim, (our temple’s old name). So whenever we get an opportunity to l'chagog (to celebrate) we should follow the ancient commandment given to us in the Torah: Chagiga does bring us Karov (close) to G-d. We can partner with Him as we travel together, side by side, through life’s wonderful journey.

APJCC rents access to its pool, waterslides, gymnasium & more By Madeline Rothenberg Planning a special event can be stressful, but finding a location doesn’t have to be. To augment its income, and further its mission as a central gathering spot for the South Bay Jewish community, the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center offers several facility rental options for the public. For large parties or celebrations, including Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, weddings and galas, the APJCC’s 4,000-square-foot auditorium is available for rent. This space, equipped with a full sound system, accommodates dancing, slide presentations and dinners.

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Parents love the ease and convenience of kids’ Party Packages. Birthday parties or other milestones can be celebrated with packages including food, decorations, photographers and activities. Options include the pool, waterslides, bounces houses, sports and gymnastics. For other occasions, the JCC’s facilities, including meeting rooms, sports fields, gymnasium, tennis courts and pool, are also available for rent. Custom catering from the JCC café is also a convenient way to add food to any occasion. Finally, several worthwhile Jewish organizations on campus allow people to give tribute gifts, in lieu of birthday presents. The JCC, Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley, Yavneh Day School and the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley all offer this heartfelt way to make a gift. For more information about the JCC facilities rentals, contact Diana Schnabel at (408) 357-7402.

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AIPAC−an example of civility in politics By Rabbi Leslie Alexander

Everyone has life experiences that they know have made a profound impact on their lives, The greatest strength of AIPAC, with regard to Israel but also that will affect their future mindset and action. with regard to America, is its vigilence in being non-partisan. This steadfast perspective has enabled AIPAC to span American and Israeli For many, and certainly for me, that is what administrations to achieve its one and only goal- to render unbreachable occurred when we attended the American Israel the relationship between the two countries- in military and defense, Political Action Committee Policy Conference in but also in technology, business and culture. Washington, D.C. last month. Many AIPAC participants spend the last day “on the Hill” lobbying their It is difficult to express in words the sense of congressional representatives and senators of both parties. It is a optimism, energy and empowerment that comes tremendous experience to be an American citizen welcomed in by our from being present in D.C. for this event. How political leaders to express opinions, ideas and suggestions. It is a right as Americans that many of us never experience. does one describe something life changing? In today’s American political climate, we need to learn from AIPAC. An American attending would see what we never see in the media and have begun to believe no longer exists−civility−and more, camaraderie amongst those who may often disagree. A person attending AIPAC policy conference would be present to see conservatives and liberals laugh American schools, not just Jewish schools, should be sending students to together and joke together and unwaveringly agree on the importance AIPAC to regain hope and admiration for their own country, the USA. By of a strong American−Israel relationship. We need to bottle AIPAC and the way, they do! Over 1,500 students from American universities and help its spirit infuse the rest of our political dialogue. high schools (including several from Kehillah Jewish High School) were in Attend next year’s policy conference on March 4-6, 2012 in D.C. and attendance. you’ll see. Take your children (there are lots of events just for teens This experience should not just be a Jewish concern, the issue of the and 20s) and let them get a taste of positive democracy and political American-Israel relationship and the myriad of ways that democracies action in person. interact should be of concern to everyone. By the way, it is! 30% of the AIPAC policy conference attendees are not Jewish. They represent It may change your life and theirs just as it did mine. a spectrum of religions and even nationalities (the former president of Spain spoke). Many of the student leaders were from secular universities. One panel discussion for rabbis was presented by three ministers, all from very different Christian denominations. The Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley AIPAC in Northern California is completely misunderstood by some. What happens at an AIPAC conference should give all of us hope and enthusiasm for America, the force of our democracy and the stability of our political system, even now.

The AIPAC policy conference should not present only one vision and one political perspective on Israel policy. By the way, it doesn’t! Dozens of workshops and panel presentations occur during a policy conference and the participants represent a variety of perspectives on what is best for Israel’s future. AIPAC has a clear policy that it doesn’t try to interfere in Israeli politics, that is for Israelis to decide−and stands with whomever is in Israeli government leadership. Both Tzipi Livni and Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the conference. Many more Israelis from both the left and the right, including an Israeli Arab, presented. The AIPAC policy conference, by design, should not reflect one particular American political perspective. By the way, it doesn’t! One of the first things a new policy conference attendee learns is that AIPAC welcomes and features leaders in politics and journalism who may completely disagree with each other in significant political positions. The one thing that they do agree on is the importance of a strong American-Israel relationship. They are not in lockstep on that either, but interestingly, much more in sync than we might have thought. A participant at an AIPAC policy conference is told to set their personal American political views aside, to treat all speakers with respect and admiration as though we were welcoming them all into our living room. At AIPAC we heard from President Obama, who was greeted with applause and the whole room standing. We heard from Eric Cantor (R. Majority Leader) and Steny Hoyer (D. Minority Whip), from Harry Reid (D. Senate Majority Leader), and John Boehner (R. Speaker of the House), all of whom were greeted with applause and at least one standing ovation. On the night of the AIPAC banquet when Netanyahu spoke literally 2/3 of the House of Representatives and 2/3 of the Senate were present. Every name was read and a roaring standing ovation occurred when Howard Kohr, AIPAC’s executive director, asked all present to send a message of support to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who would usually be present.

is proud to nominate the following people to serve on the Federation’s 2011-2012 Board of Directors EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Steve Ellenberg, Chairman of the Board Al Guggenheim, Treasurer, V.P. Julie Krigel, Annual Campaign V.P. Evan Kass, Leadership Development V.P. Sheryl Lewis, Community Planning V.P. Joel Rubnitz, Campus Governance V.P. Ginny Baird, Women’s Philanthropy President Linda Mighdoll Member at large Steve Green, Immediate Past President Jeff Kanel, Incoming Chairman of the Board GENERAL BOARD Matt Blecher Nat Cohen Susan Gavens David Ginsborg Vlado Herman Virginia Hess

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upcoming events ONGOING PROGRAMS: WEDNESDAYS Lunch and Learn Noon, Emanu-El (408) 292-0939, July 13, August 10, September 14 Lunch and Learn Torah Study Noon, Emanu-El Lunch with the Rabbi to learn about and discuss the weekly Torah portion. (408) 292-0939, July 27, August 24 THURSDAYS Silicon Valley Beit Midrash at Sinai

SPECIAL EVENTS: FRIDAY, JULY 1 Independence Day Shabbat Dinner 6 PM, Sinai (408) 264-8542, Kabbalat Shabbat Patio Service 6:30 PM, Emanu-El (408) 292-0939, BBQ Picnic Dinner 7:15 PM, Shir Hadash Following Shabbat evening services at 6:30 bring a picnic dinner for a relaxing Shabbat meal under the summer sky. For those who can't wait until July 4 to begin grilling, the Temple barbecue will be available., (408) 358-1751 x5

9:30 AM, Sinai In-depth study of Jewish thought, belief, and practice. No fee; drop-ins are welcome; no experience necessary. (408) 264-8542, FRIDAYS Alzheimer's Family Support Group 10 AM, Shir Hadash Support Groups help to provide tools for care giving such as sharing ideas and resources. They are most helpful for families and friends needing “helpful hints” because they are caring for or know a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer's disease. This group will be “caring for the caregiver,” offering support in a confidential setting. (408) 358-1751 x5,

Potluck Dinner and Discussion 7:30 PM, Emanu-El Join Rabbi Magat for a lively discussion following the 6:30 Patio Service. Please bring a dish to share with 5-7 people. Please remember not to mix dairy and meat in the same dish and for not including pork or shellfish. (408) 292-0939, TUESDAY, JULY 5 Parent/Child Meet and Play 9:30 AM, SPHDS Group for children 18-30 months and a parent. Each session will have free play, art, circle time and parent discussions. Sign up for all six sessions for $150 or come to individual sessions at $25 each session. Fees cover all materials and include snacks. (408) 738-3060, WEDNESDAY, JULY 6 A Taste of Melton 7-8:30 PM, APJCC A Taste of Melton gives prospective students an opportunity to see what the award-winning Florence Melton Adult Mini-School program is all about. The only requirement is a genuine desire to learn and grow. In four summer sessions July 8, September 9 Kabbalat Shabbat Patio Service 6:30 PM, Emanu-El (408) 292-0939, SATURDAYS Torah for Tots 11 AM-Noon, Sinai This delightful children’s service is parent-led and designed specifically to accommodate young children age 0-5. Plenty of singing, movement and stories, and the entire family can play a part. (408) 264-8542, July 16, August 20

explore the different areas in our lives that often conflict with one another in our search for balance. Through exploring some of Judaism’s classic texts, students will be introduced to the different ways in which Jewish thinkers and texts have responded to this ancient dilemma: leading a balanced life. Session 1: July 6, Focus on Family; Session 2: July 13, Focus on Work and Community; Session 3: July 20, Focus on Self; Session 4: July 27, Finding the Balance. Free with registration. (408) 357-74111, SATURDAY, JULY 9 Shabbat Service at Sanborn Park 10:30 AM, Sanborn Park (408) 358-1751 x5, Tea and Torah with Cantor Meeka Simerly 10:30 AM, Emanu-El The Egalitarian Tea and Torah Program will include study of the week's Torah portion over tea and noshes, utilizing commentaries from a female perspective, including the URJ Torah: A Women's Commentary.

Come learn about the history, thought process, and the fast evolving “freedom of expression” of Jewish women. Open and welcoming to all in the community who want to learn. (408) 292-0939, TUESDAY, JULY 12 Israeli Dance: A Workshop 7 PM, APJCC Join Karina Lambert of Tov to Dance for a joyous night of Israeli folk dance. All are welcome--no experience necessary! For more info or to register: Center for Jewish Life and Learning, (408) 357-7411, THURSDAY, JULY 14 Jazz Night at the Pool 7 PM, APJCC Enjoy jazz guitar, wine and cheese out by the pool. $5/JCC member; $7/non-member. (408) 358-3636 Sinai Sisterhood Book Club 7:30 PM, Sinai “Bad Girl” by Nario Llosa—a love story involving a girl masquerading as upper class will be discussed. (408) 264-8542, FRIDAY, JULY 15 Sinai Kabbalat Shabbat in Rabbi’s Living Room 6 PM, call for location At the home of Rabbi Josh and Dana Berkenwald. (408) 2648542,

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SUNDAY, JULY 17 Talent & Show Benefit for Jews’ Next Dor: Summer Edition 2:30 PM, Beth David Young adults will be performing music, dance, comedy, poetry, and more, all to help raise money for the wonderful Jews' Next Dor programming enjoyed week-to-week. Other creative talents will be on display or for sale before and after the show. Doors open at 2. Tickets are available at jndtalent or at the door for $10/ person ages 13+, $5/child 12 and under. Online ticket sales close July 15. (408) 257-3333, SUNDAY, JULY 24 Grandparent's Circle Reunion 7:30 PM, Shir Hadash Join with members of all three of the Grandparent's Circle groups to discuss parent and grandparent roles with Jean Bronstein and Rabbi Aron. (408) 358-1751 x5, TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 Jewish Heritage Night with the World Champion San Francisco Giants 5 PM, San Francisco Giants’ Stadium Join Jews' Next Dor, JUCI, Hillel at Stanford Grads and Young Professionals, Moishe House of Palo Alto, Oshman Family JCC, Roots Collective, SVYAD, T'Keya, and Temple EmanuEl's Chai Society to watch the Giants demolish the Arizona Diamondbacks. Game time is 7:15 p.m., but pre-game activities start at about 5 p.m. with a kosher BBQ, music, and dancing. Call for carpool info. (408) 357-7503, THURSDAY, AUGUST 4 Mining for Solomon's Gold 7 PM, APJCC Tradition credits King Solomon with wisdom well beyond the ordinary. Some stories credit him with an ability to turn lead into gold, conjure demons and become invisible. Dr. Steven Weitzman, a professor of Jewish culture and religion at Stanford University, discusses those stories and explains why they


upcoming events still resonate. Examine where wisdom originates, the shapes it takes, the Faustian bargains it often makes and the tragic end to which it often comes. For more info or to register: (408) 357-7411, FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 Temple Emanu-El's 150thAnniversary Shabbat Celebration 6:30 PM, Emanu-El Celebrate this anniversary and trace the history of Judaism in the Bay Area during a special Shabbat Service followed by a dessert oneg. 6:30-7:15-Wine and Cheese Reception; 7:30-8:30--Special Erev Shabbat Service Tracing Temple EmanuEl's 150 years; 8:45-9:45--Dessert Oneg with music by the San Jose String Quartet. (408) 292-0939, SATURDAY, AUGUST 6 Emergency Preparedness Shabbat 9 AM, Sinai An evacuation drill will be held during Shabbat services so everyone can be prepared in case a disaster should occur. A City of San Jose police officer will be present. (408) 264-8542, MONDAY, AUGUST 8 Community Tisha B'Av Service 8 PM, Sinai Join together for an evening of communal mourning with the chanting of Eicha. (408) 2648542, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10 Float Night Pool Party & Barbecue 5 PM, APJCC Keep cool in the pool at the JCC's Float Night summer pool party and barbecue! There will be games, prizes, and best of all DJ to the Stars Aaron David will lead us in a dance party on the field. Pool admission is FREE to the public at this event. BBQ tickets: $5/JCC member; $8/ non-member; children under 3 free. Flotation devices of all kinds are allowed in the pool during Float Night, except for water wings. (408) 358-3636

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12 Happy Hour and Kabbalat Shabbat 5:30 PM, Sinai Wine and appetizers (adult and child-friendly) followed by evening services. (408) 264-8542,

SUNDAY, AUGUST 27 Outdoor Movie Night at the APJCC 8 PM, APJCC Bring a blanket to the JCC field for an outdoor movie! More details will be announced as the event gets closer. (408) 358-3636

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 Shabbat Service at Big Basin Park 10:30 AM, Big Basin Park (408) 358-1751 x5, nadine@

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Back-to-Shul Open House, Kabbalat Shabbat and Dinner 5:30 PM, Sinai Whether you were at shul last week or have been away for the whole summer, we hope to see all of you for our annual “back-to-shul” event. You can also bring your family, friends, neighbors, grandparents and cousins and introduce them to Sinai! Shabbat Dinner following Services. RSVP required. Early Bird Special: RSVP by September 6; $20/adult (age 13 and up); $5/child age 5-12; children under 5 free. $54 maximum/ family. (408) 264-8542, office@

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19 5th Annual Pride Shabbat 6:30 PM, Emanu-El Join Temple Emanu-El Rabbi Dana Magat and Rabbis Melanie Aron (Shir Hadash), Daniel Pressman (Congregation Beth David), Josh Berkenwald (Congregation Sinai), and Cantor Meeka Simerly. The LGBTQ Jewish community, along with allies, family and friends, are welcome to celebrate Shabbat with an inspiring service of celebration, remembrance, and hope with inclusive and affirming liturgy from Mishkan Tefilah and excerpts from Siddur Sha’ar Zahav. (408) 292-0939, admin@ SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 CBD BBQ & Bar'chu 6 PM, Beth David Come for an outdoor Kosher barbeque followed by Shabbat services. A fun-filled event for the entire family! $18/adults or teens; $10/children 6-12; children 5 and under free. $60 maximum/family. (408) 2573333,

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Electronic Recycling Day 9 AM, Beth David Is electronic waste piling up at home? Donate unusable or outdated items at Beth David's Electronic Recycling event., (408) 257-3333 TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Taste of Judaism 7 PM, Shir Hadash (408) 358-1751 x5 Please submit all events online at to have them included in the JCN. • JCN • JULY 2011



She is survived by her parents, Walter and Harriet Saltzman of San José, long-time members of Temple Emanu-El, her sister Beverly and brother-in-law Neil Mendel of San Jose, her brother Jeffrey Saltzman of Portland, OR as well as her nephews, Joel and Richard Fleischman and her devoted friend Andy Efthimos.

Flo passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in Los Gatos after a short illness. Born Florence Shirley Kronenberg in Cleveland, OH, she grew up in Cleveland and graduated from Glenville High School. She attended Ohio University where she met Charles (Chuck) Henick, her future husband.

A Memorial Service took place on April 21 at Chai House. Charitable donations would be welcome at Chai House, 814 Saint Elizabeth Drive, San Jose; Multiple Sclerosis Society, 150 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612; or Hospice of the Valley, 4850 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124.

July 20, 1933–May 17, 2011

After living in Cleveland, Ogden, UT and Santa Barbara, Flo and Chuck settled in San Jose in 1972. She worked for the Eastside Union High School District for 13 years, retiring in 1985. She enjoyed working with the kids as the W.C. Overfelt High School Bank Clerk and was honored by receiving the W.C. Overfelt High School Yearbook Dedication in 1981. Flo enjoyed bowling, bingo at the South Side Senior Center, socializing and her grandsons, and over the years was involved with local chapters of the Scottish Rite Women’s Association, Ladies Oriental Shrine, Daughters of the Nile, Zora Nile Club, Order of the Eastern Star, Santa Teresa Red Hats and as a volunteer with the American Cancer Society. After retirement, Flo worked for seven years in the Volunteer Office at Santa Teresa Hospital where she met many friends. Flo was also a weekly volunteer at Breakey Prosthetics where she counseled and provided support to amputees. She also enjoyed baking and was known as “the Cookie Lady” by many of her friends and acquaintances as she always shared her wonderful cookies. Nana Flo loved people and was a sweet, funny and fun person to be around. She is survived by her brother Robert Kronenberg, of Miami, her sister-in-law Judith Henick Segall of Bell Canyon, CA, her son Steven Henick (Lynne) of Las Vegas, daughter Vicki Streeter (Jim) of Los Gatos and her two grandchildren, David and Robert Streeter. Flo was preceded in death by her parents, Philip and Helen Kronenberg, and her loving husband of 48 years, Chuck Henick. A memorial service was held at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills. Donations may be sent to the Children’s Transportation Fund, c/o Asiya Shriners, A.A.O.N.M.S., San Mateo, CA 94403-1308.


August 21, 1934–May 3, 2011 Dr. Eric Mendel died at home in San Jose after an extended battle with multiple myeloma. He was born in Mainz, Germany, came to the United States when he was two years old and grew up in Deposit, NY. He received his undergraduate and veterinary degrees from Cornell University and for more than 35 years, he operated his animal hospital in upstate New York. In 1995, he moved to the Villages in San Jose. He managed several animal hospitals before retiring in 2001. Dr. Mendel was also an accomplished visual artist and wrote and illustrated a number of stories for children. In retirement, he penned several works of fiction including the forthcoming “Every Creature Under the Sun,” a collection of stories inspired by his many years in veterinary practice. He was a local member of Brandeis National Committee, Hadassah and Temple Emanu-El. Before moving to San Jose, he was a board member of several Jewish organizations in Binghamton, NY. Eric will be remembered as a kind, thoughtful, creative and generous person who respected all people and animals. He is survived by his wife Joyce, sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Susan of Yelm, WA, Peter and Shana of Pasadena, CA, Brett and Michelle of Berkeley, CA and Josh and Ellen of Stamford, CT, grandchildren Zachary, Wyatt, Ellie, Emett, Ari, Evan, Samuel and Max; and sister Barbara and brother-in-law Joe and niece Jessica of Woodinville, WA.

STEVEN DAVID SOKOL July 27, 1956–March 7, 2011

Steve Sokol was born in New York City and raised in Westchester by his loving parents, Bernice and the late Simon Sokol and brothers Lenny and Barry. He died suddenly following a car crash. Steve overcame his childhood asthma and went on to swim and play water polo in high school. He continued his education at Tufts University in Boston where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering. He moved out west and joined IBM and during one of the gas shortages, he began riding his bicycle to work and from that experience, a new course was charted. He became a fitness enthusiast, earning the title the World’s Fittest Man. He left engineering and took a Masters in Sports Physiology at San Jose State University. Eventually, he found a new career as a fitness trainer. In addition to being a fine example of fitness, he was an excellent motivator, offering inspiration to his clients at all different levels of fitness and becoming known for his caring nature. Steve and his wife Leslie met when he was written up in Cosmopolitan Magazine as the Bachelor of the Month. Leslie and Steve shared a commitment to fitness and to the family which they created together. Their son Alex also enjoys staying fit; he and his Dad were a fixture at the AVAC pool where they worked the deep end running in deep water. Alex also runs and plays basketball. Steve is survived by his wife Leslie, son Alex, his mother Bernice and brother Barry (Andrea). He was pre-deceased by his brother Lenny (Elsie) and his father Simon. He leaves behind his brothers-in-law, cousins and a community of friends and colleagues. Donations in Steve’s memory may be made to: The Steve Sokol Memorial Fund and mailed to Body Firm, 51 University Avenue, Los Gatos, CA 95030.

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SHARON SALTZMAN PERSICH November 6, 1952–April 19, 2011

Sharon passed away peacefully with her family at her side. She was born in San Francisco, CA and moved to Santa Clara County in 1959. She graduated from Pioneer High School, attended San Jose State University and West Valley College. She received her dietary technology degree and was employed by San Jose Hospital for nineteen years until she retired in 1992 due to multiple sclerosis. She had resided in Chai House, a non-profit Jewish-sponsored living facility for the last thirteen years of her life. She was beloved by so many for her courage, strength, humor and love of people. She will be sorely missed by family and friends.

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Law OfďŹ ces of Shannon Stein 438 South Murphy Avenue Sunnyvale, CA 94086 (408) 774-9097 Family Law Attorney, specializing in dissolutions, child custody, child support, mediation, restraining orders, limited scope representation, post-judgement issues.

Robert Chaykin Vice President / Branch Manager 16000 Los Gatos Blvd. Los Gatos, CA. 95032 (408) 358-0988 We offer comprehensive ďŹ nancial planning, asset allocation strategies, college savings plans, and retirement planning. Investments and services are offered through Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, member SIPC.

Bake sale for Haiti p. 13


IN THIS ISSUE: Teens bake "Challahs for Dallahs"...............p.5

Silicon Valley celebrates Israel p. 9

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Beth David receives national awards.......p.6

Shir Hadash celebrates 30 years.....................p.7

Over 500 people attend Jewbilee.....p.10 Federation Annual Event photos..........p.15 Local Summer Camp Guide......................p.16

Passover Section...p.21

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