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The impact of the Jewish Community Foundation of CNY BY MARK FIELD Mark Field gave these remarks at the annual meeting of the Jewish Foundation of Central New York on August 21. Hans Rosling, medical doctor, statistician, humanitarian and author, wrote, “The world cannot be understood without numbers, and it cannot be understood by numbers alone.” To help us understand the impact the Foundation’s dollars are currently having on the community, I’d like to share some brief stories. The Rabbi Jacob Epstein High School

for Jewish Studies started a program a few years ago to encourage volunteerism. The program is called Shalshelet, which means “chains” in Hebrew. This word conveys two important ideas: chains can link together values and people, but chains also warn us that they are only as strong as their weakest link. The Epstein program offered the students the opportunity to be teachers’ aides at the Syracuse Community Hebrew School and other religious schools. Prior to the program, only two students had been

volunteering. The program offered the kids a small stipend to consider helping out and donating their time. In the first year, 12 kids joined the program; the following year, 27 kids joined – more than half the school. With the cost of the program increasing, the school asked the Federation to increase its allocation to cover the increased cost. The Federation granted this request and was able to do so without robbing Peter to pay Paul, or to put that in more Jewish terms, without debiting Isaac to credit Jacob.

Staying with education, the Syracuse Hebrew Day School, an important part of our community for decades, is having enrollment challenges. The school has asked the Federation to help pay for a consultant to help the school learn how to market what it has to offer more effectively. Funds are also needed to help bridge the budget shortfall until enrollment builds. Once again, because more dollars are available due to the Foundation, we were able to meet their current needs. See “Foundation” on page 2

Moshe Alfasi is the new community educator BY JACKIE MIRON You may have seen a new face in the Jewish community at one of the various Jewish educational locations. Moshe Alfasi has been hired as the new community educator. He is here through the work of CoJO (the Council of Jewish Organizations) to hire a teacher to be shared among various Jewish venues in the community. CoJO is a group of Jewish community

lay and professional leaders who meet regularly to discuss initiatives to enhance, strengthen and expand the Jewish community. At a CoJO meeting earlier this year, the need for a part-time Jewish educator at the various schools and agencies was discussed. Jewish leaders of the various institutions scheduled Alfasi’s time so it would fit the community’s needs. Alfasi will serve in a daily, weekly

and “as-needed” capacity at the Syracuse Hebrew Day School, Rabbi Jacob Epstein School for Jewish Studies, Temple Adath Yeshurun Religious School, Syracuse Community Hebrew School and the Jewish Community Center. SHDS Head of School Lori Tenenbaum will oversee his position and provide him with a base of operations. Alfasi came from Israel in July with his wife, Gal, a Ph.D. candidate at Syracuse

University, and their 2-year-old daughter, Netta, who attends the Early Childhood Development Program at the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center. They live in Liverpool and said they “are excited to be in Central New York.” Although they explored opportunities in bigger cities for Gal’s program in Holocaust studies, smaller town life drew their

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The Jewish Observer’s recent survey BY BETTE SIEGEL In late spring 2018, the Jewish Federation of Central New York asked Robert Tornberg, an evaluation consultant with the R/E/D (Research, Evaluation, Development) Group, if he would create a survey about the Jewish Observer to help Federation learn how the JO could better

serve the needs of the community. The survey was disseminated by e-mail to all of the JO subscribers whose e-mails were known to the JO staff. A decided majority of respondents were 41 years old or older. No one below age 25 responded and only 12 individuals between 25 and 40 completed it. However, of the total


A passport to Jewish life in Syracuse BY MICKEY LEBOWITZ Our Jewish community would like to invite Jewish people who are either new to the area, or in the area but not associated with any Jewish organizations, to come and get to know us. The Council of Jewish Organizations’ mission statement is “to develop enduring collegial relationships among Syracuse Jewish organizations, to foster collaboration and coordination, and to make our community more cohesive and vibrant.” Through the hard work and generosity of the members of CoJO, a “passport” has been developed that offers our “new friends” the opportunity to learn who we are, what we do and how we do it, much of it free of charge or at a reduced cost. It is the belief of the council that relationships are what matters most, and the intent behind this passport offering is to extend the arm and open our hands and welcome people to what we think is a vibrant, active, caring and loving Jewish community.

To obtain a passport, our new friends would only need to reach out to a participating organization. These include the four synagogues (Shaarei Torah Orthodox Congregation of Syracuse, Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas, Temple Adath Yeshurun and Temple Concord), Menorah Park, the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse, the Syracuse Hebrew Day School and the Rabbi Jacob H. Epstein School for Jewish Studies. The passport is good for one year from the time a person received it. A thank you goes out to the CoJO group, all of the participating organizations and synagogues, and the Jewish Federation of Central New York for supporting this initiative. A special thank you goes to our community partners at Hillel and especially to the JCC staff who produced the actual passport. For further information, contact the entity you wish to visit first or Mickey Lebowitz at

of readers who responded, 72 percent indicated that the JO is “extremely important” for the community and all but 10 individuals said that it was “extremely/ somewhat important.” It was clear from the respondents that the JO is important for the community. Most people read the paper shortly after it arrives and they prefer a print format. There was an overwhelming message that the respondents most appreciate the JO for its coverage of local and community issues, i.e. information from the syna-

gogues and community organizations. In fact, they want that coverage expanded. Respondents pay attention to the ads, which they indicated have some influence on where they do business. A certain portion of readership would prefer an online version. An online version already exists ( and it is undergoing examination for improvement. A significant percentage read the front page. Coverage of Israel received the

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September 14.................. 6:58 pm....................Parashat Vayelech-Shabbat Shuvah September 18.................. 6:51 pm................................................. Erev Yom Kippur September 21.................. 6:46 pm..................................................Parashat Haazinu September 23.................. 6:42 pm...........................................................Erev Sukkot September 23......... after 7:40 pm ................................................................. Sukkot September 28.................. 6:33 pm.................................................... Parashat Sukkot September 30.................. 6:29 pm...........................................Erev Shemini Atzeret October 1................ after 7:28 pm.............................................. Erev Simchat Torah

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The annual Sisterhood Symposium The Feder ation has begun Local synagogues announce their on October 16 will look at “Jewish recruitment efforts for its Young Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Leadership class of 2020. Families Today.” Simchat Torah celebrations. Story on page 3 Story on page 2 Stories on pages 4 and 8

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Sisterhood Symposium to explore today’s Jewish families

BY WILLIAM WALLAK This fall’s Sisterhood Symposium, titled “Marriage, Intermarriage and Jewish Families Today,” will be held on Tuesday, October 16, at 6:30 pm, at the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center, 5655 Thompson Rd., DeWitt. The program will feature guest speaker Sylvia Barack Fishman, the Joseph and Esther Foster professor of contemporary Jewish life in the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department at Brandeis University. Also participating in the presentation this year will again be Rabbi

Andrew Pepperstone, spiritual Jewish literature and film, and leader of Congregation Beth the relationship of Diaspora Sholom-Chevra Shas. Jews to Jewish peoplehood and Fishman is also co-director of Israel. Her most recent book is the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. “Love, Marriage, and Jewish She is the author of eight books Families: Paradoxes of a Social and numerous monographs Revolution.” She is the recipient and articles on the interplay of of the 2014 Marshall Sklare American and Jewish values, Award from the Association for transformations in the Amerithe Social Scientific Study of Jewry. She received her bachelor can Jewish family, the impact Sylvia Barack of arts degree from Stern College of Jewish education, gender Fishman at Yeshiva University and her studies and the changing roles of Jewish men and women, contemporary Ph.D. from Washington University in St.

Louis, where she analyzed how English poets used the Hebrew Bible. The symposium, presented by the Sisterhood of Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas and the JCC of Syracuse, will include a full-course dinner. Table sponsorships will include recognition in the printed program. Event reservations and table sponsorships are available online at yb3fdrfv or by contacting the CBS-CS office at 315-446-9570 or manager@ The reservation deadline is Monday, October 8.

Another successful JCC summer camp season concludes school-age camp alone. Each BY ANKUR DANG week, at least 160 school-age For many people, summer is children attended camp – with characterized by lounging around some weeks seeing a turnout of the pool, melting ice-cream cones almost 200 campers. And for the and the often-unbearable heat and first time, all the classrooms in humidity. But at the Sam Pomerthe early childhood camp were anz Jewish Community Center, open throughout the summer. summer is about learning creative The camp activities included skills, discovering hidden talents and making new friends during Valerie Aaramburu, daily swim lessons for children the eight-week long Camp Joe 8, dressed as a pirate from 18 months to those enand Lynne Romano summer for Treasure Hunters, tering sixth grade. School-age day camp. the theme of week 7. specialty sports camps were run by coaches and players from A record number of children attended the JCC’s camp this year, local colleges. The ceramics camp featured including more than 300 children in the local artist and educator Mark Rauch.


interest. Moshe said, “We visited New York City, but I really love the smaller towns I have visited, and will focus on seeing more of small-town America.” He continued, “Soccer is my favorite sport, but I would love to see a Syracuse University basketball game.” The couple’s families live in Israel and they look forward to visits from both sets of parents in the near future. Moshe has not been exposed to cold weather, but seems positive and excited about all the coming seasons. Born near Jerusalem, he served in the army and completed a master’s degree in education. He taught citizenship and


second greatest number of comments. Readers want more information on Israeli politics and issues, and more news about Israel and the Middle East. Given the demographics of the readership, most of those who responded to the survey read the obituaries. Correlating to national trends, it is the older segment of the population that prefers reading a physical copy of a newspaper. The JO is no exception. It is clear that current readers (at least


Last year, one in five dollars raised in Federation’s Annual Campaign came from the Foundation. Our Annual Campaign has been healthy, and with Neil Rube – a kind, intelligent and good man chairing the Campaign – we know that it is in good hands and we should all support it as best we can. We now stand at the confluence of two strong streams of revenue – a good Annual Campaign and a growing Foundation contribution. We need to understand, however, that in the future, our most loyal and supportive donors to the Annual Campaign may not be there for various reasons. The Foundation will have to shoulder an increasing amount to the Campaign if our community is to remain strong. I, therefore, ask each of us to make commitments to the Foundation. If you have already done so, consider increasing. If you have not done so, make a commitment soon, to either a PACE gift or an unrestricted endowment. There are many ways you can help. Life insurance purchased when you were younger

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geography at Yeruham High School, in the south of Israel, in the Negev Desert area. The late Rabbi Paul Drazen and his wife, Susie Drazen, were called instrumental in inspiring CoJO to create this position, as they had witnessed the success of a communitywide teacher in Omaha, NE, where they had previously lived. The CoJO leadership feels that the community “wholeheartedly supports this new initiative” and “sees great things to come” for the community. CoJO Community Ambassador Mickey Lebowitz said, “This is a great example of what happens when our community comes together for the good of us all.”

Israeli culture was taught with the help of Israeli Scouts Michal Dargatsky and Adi Rozenthal. The SyraCruisin’ teen travel camp for children entering grades seven-10 was back for all eight weeks this summer. Each week consisted of a day “giving back to the community” through volunteering at local nonprofits, and there were field trips all around Central New York. There were also overnights to Highland Forest, Buffalo and Rochester, which allowed the group to Bella Baylash (right), 5, sought help go to Darien Lake, Sea Breeze, Niagara from Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Falls and Cascades Indoor Waterpark. Center camp counselor Kayla Brown Some of the group’s favorite field trips were sticking stars on her magic wand created to a Syracuse Chiefs game, ropes courses, as a part of the Glitter and Glam camp. horseback riding and Howe Caverns. Many other school-age specialty camps, treated to a performance and interaction such as Spy Academy, Circus, Glitter and with the visiting Tzofim Friendship CarGlam, Theatre and Fishing, were a part of avan. This group of Israeli Scouts travels this year’s choices. Isabella Weinberg, 8, to different communities across the United especially enjoyed the new States each summer to Coding and Engineering share a bit of Israeli music, camp this year, and said, “I history and culture. love doing art, music and As in previous years, dance, but I didn’t expect to each week of camp was enjoy coding so much. I am based on a different theme. so excited to be doing this, From Stars and Stripes and maybe in the future, I (for American history) to will create my own gaming Treasure Hunters (for a apps for mobile phones.” Jack Sparrow-esque adAnother camp that was venture), each week saw very popular with the activities that coincided children, especially the with that week’s theme. younger girls, was cheer- L-r: Gabriela Nikolavsky, Activities such as tast10, added finishing touches ing foods from various leading camp. Aside from these activi- to her abstract piece during cultures, dressing up as See “JCC” on page 6 ties, the children were also 3D art camp.

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those who answered the survey) do not want to see the print version of the JO disappear. Leadership must decide if making the JO even more available on various digital formats would broaden the readership and increase the JO’s value to the community. Federation thanks all those who took the time to respond to the survey. Anyone with comments or questions should contact Editor Bette Siegel at Continued from page 1 to protect your family, and which is no longer needed for that purpose, can be used by changing the beneficiary to the Foundation. When you reach 70 and a half and must take money from a retirement account, if you don’t need all the money, you can direct it to the Foundation up to $100,000 and reduce your tax liability. If you are selling some real estate, a portion could go to the Foundation. There are many ways you can help – including gifting appreciated securities. Just make an appointment with us or talk to your financial advisor or accountant to consider what is best for you and your family. For further information, contact Foundation Executive Director Michael Balanoff at mbalanoff@ With foresight, commitment and generosity, we can all do our part to strengthen the links of our shalshelet and fulfill the goal of l’dor v’dor, “from generation to generation.” Mark Field is secretary of the Jewish Community Foundation of Central New York.

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AROUND CENTRAL NEW YORK PJ Library presents “Fun in the Sukkah” on Sept. 23 BY WILLIAM WALLAK PJ Library in CNY®, a program of the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center, will hold a sukkah decorating event at the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse on Sunday, September 23, from 10:30-11:30 am. The event is geared toward younger preschoolers and participants may bring a friend, as the group will talk about the Jewish value of hachnasat orchim (welcoming guests). Activities will include a craft, snack and PJ stories. After some fun in the sukkah, the festivities will continue as the event will move indoors to the JCC family gym at 11:30 am. Registrations may be made by contacting PJ Coordinator Carolyn Weinberg at PJ Library® (PJ for pajamas) is a nationally-acclaimed literacy program started by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation that gives free Jewish bedtime stories, CDs

and DVDs to families raising Jewish children. The PJ Library in CNY chapter is a program of the JCC of Syracuse and supported by the Pomeranz, Shankman and Martin Charitable Foundation, Jewish Federation of Central New York, Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas, Shaarei Torah Orthodox Congregation of Syracuse, Syracuse Hebrew Day School, Temple Adath Yeshurun and Temple Concord. The PJ Library in CNY serves children from 6 months to 8 years old in Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties. For more information and to sign up, visit or e-mail

At right: PJ Library in CNY children partnered with Mike Stermer at Home Depot for a mini-sukkah building event in 2017. Among this year’s Sukkot activities will be sukkah decorating at the Sam Pomeranz JCC.

Recruiting opens for Federation Young Leadership class of 2020 BY NEIL ROSENBAUM With the appearance of autumn, activities of the Jewish Federation of Central New York’s 2017/2018 Young Leadership class will end. Several informative and social events are planned for the fall, ending with a celebratory dinner to mark the completion of the program. The current class co-chairs, Leah Goldberg and Rebecca Raphael, have “elevated the program and provided a high level of leadership” to the group and the Federation. Their efforts have produced a group of leaders who have combined relationship-building activities with exposure to the Syracuse and national Jewish communities and their agencies and organizations. In addition, they have learned about board and general leadership practices. The hope and expectation are that many, if not all, of the participants will become Jewish community leaders. Federation’s Young Leadership program is designed for individuals or couples from 25-40 who aspire to becoming leaders in the local and/or national Jewish community. The

program will consist of approximately 10-12 sessions over a two-year period starting in January 2019. Federation’s goal is to engage young people who will ultimately continue the momentum created by the current class and leadership, and drive growth and energy in the community. Federation President/CEO Michael Balanoff said, “Leah and Rebecca have clearly ‘raised the bar’ with this long-standing and important program. Their commitment and passion for our community are incredibly important and appreciated. While both Leah and Rebecca moved to our community from outside the area, they saw what we have here and decided they could make a difference. They clearly have.” To join the upcoming class, or to recommend participants, contact Young Leadership group Chair Neil Rosenbaum at 315-430-5478 or nrosenbaum@, or Balanoff at 315-445-2040, ext.130, or

Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center senior dining menu SEPTEMBER 17-21 Monday – beef stew with mixed vegetables Tuesday – spaghetti and meatballs Wednesday – Yom Kippur – closed Thursday – stuffed cabbage Friday – Marsala meatballs over egg noodles SEPTEMBER 24-28 Monday – Sukkot – closed Tuesday – Sukkot – closed Wednesday – chicken rollatini Thursday – imitation crab cakes Friday – brisket

The Bobbi Epstein Lewis JCC Senior Adult Dining Program at the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center offers Va’ad Ha’ir-supervised kosher lunches served Monday through Friday at noon. Lunch reservations are required by noon on the previous business day. There is a suggested contribution per meal. The menu is subject to change. The program is funded by a grant from the Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth and the New York State Office for the Aging, with additional funds provided by the JCC. To attend, one need not be Jewish or a member of the JCC. For further information or to make a reservation, contact Cindy Stein at 315-445-2360, ext. 104, or

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STOCS kiddush to honor Cantor Marvin and Malka Moskowitz BY RICHARD D. WILKINS On September 22, Shaarei Torah Orthodox Congregation of Syracuse will host an extended farewell kiddush for Cantor Marvin and Malka Moskowitz. Over the past 35 years, the two have been considered an important fixture in the Syracuse Jewish community. Born in Italy, the cantor grew up in Cleveland, OH, trained at the Belz School of Music at Yeshiva University, and began his cantorial career at Brooklyn’s Congregation Ahavath Achim, a synagogue “famed for the many distinguished cantors” who have served there. Following a number of years at Congregation Brith Sholom-Beth El in Charleston, SC, he came to Temple Beth El in 1983 and served there for two decades. For the last 14 years, he has been ritual director at Menorah Park, conducting Sabbath and holiday services for the residents, among other duties. His service in Central New York as a religious functionary has been multi-faceted. He has served as educator, cantor and musical performer, Va’ad Ha’ir kashruth supervisor, and more. He taught the upper grade at the

R-l: Cantor Marvin and Malka Moskowitz (Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas/ Temple Beth El) Combined School and Torah cantillation at the Syracuse Hebrew Day School, led Yiddish sessions, and has concertized widely locally. Audiences said they found his former Temple Beth El concerts, with his sons and visiting cantors, “particularly memorable.” He and Malka have been active members in many ways at STOCS. He frequently led services, particularly on the High Holidays, served as gabbai, weekday Torah reader and program chair, arranging Sunday morning See “STOCS” on page 6

Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas CBS-CS SISTERHOOD POTLUCK DINNER The annual Sisterhood potluck dinner will be held on Thursday, September 27, at 6 pm. The food is dairy or pareve and the dinner will provide an opportunity to meet and greet the women of CBS-CS. The event will be held in the community room at Towne Center at Fayetteville. Participants should bring a dairy or vegetarian dish to share (with serving utensils) as well as $5 for expenses. Alternatively, guests may bring $15 to offset expenses for paper products, beverages, room rental and waitresses. Contact Steffi Bergman at for more information or to make a reservation. LOST IN SYNAGOGUE: A “LEARNERS’ MINYAN” STARTING SEPT. 30 “Lost in Synagogue” is designed for anyone with questions about the content of the prayers. Participants will have an opportunity to practice portions of the service. The course is for anyone who has ever attended a service and thought, “I wish I knew the words instead of just humming along,” or wondered why there are so many introductory prayers on Saturday morning, or why Aleinu is “such a big deal.” Organizers hope the class will answer

some of these questions. Beginners, regulars, those with questions about the service or those who know Hebrew, as well as those who don’t, may join the CBS-CS Learning Committee in the sanctuary for an hour at 10:30 am on Sunday mornings when the CBS-CS Religious School is in session. The first session will be on September 30. Qualified members of the congregation, and sometimes Rabbi Pepperstone, will lead these sessions. The schedule will provide an opportunity to learn content from 10:30-11 am and then practice from 11-11:30 am. Participants are invited to stay from 11:30 am-noon and join the religious school students for their service, which organizers hope will give everyone more opportunities to grow and learn. For more information, contact CBSCS Program Director Melissa Harkavy at BEGINNING ADULT HEBREW CLASS STARTS OCTOBER 4 Congregation Beth Sholom-ChevraShas and Temple Concord are collaborating to offer a class in basic prayer book Hebrew to adults and teens. It will be taught by Ruth Federman Stein. The class is open to the community and will be held at CBS-CS. It will meet on Thursdays from 7:30-8:30 pm See “CBS-CS” on page 7

Temple Adath Yeshurun TAY HOSTS ADULT EDUCATION CLASS WITH RABBI CARL WOLKIN BY SONALI MCINTYRE Temple Adath Yeshurun will present the second session in an adult education series on Thursday, September 20, at 7:30 pm. The session, “Minhag (custom), Halachah (law), Bubba Meisah (superstition),” will take place in the Muriel and Avron Spector Library at the synagogue. The adult education series is led by Rabbi Carl Wolkin, visiting rabbi at TAY through Simchat Torah this year. He graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor’s degree in classics and received his rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He served as associate rabbi at Temple Israel of Great Neck, NY, for eight years before serving as senior rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom in Northbrook, IL, for 35 years, and has served as rabbi emeritus for the last three years. He has a deep-rooted connection to Temple Adath Yeshurun, as his parents were TAY members and he grew up in the congregation. Rabbi Wolkin said, “Judaism is a religion which welcomes questions that don’t have simple answers – about everything from saving a life to drinking too much. We will try to answer some of them with facts and not superstition.” The session will address a series of questions, including: “Is it a mitzvah to get drunk on Purim?,” “Is it permissible to name a child after living people?,” “Are pregnant women forbidden from attending a funeral?,” “Must you leave Yizkor if you have not sustained a loss?,” “When are you supposed to have an unveiling, if at all?,” “Can you visit other graves after a funeral or unveiling?” There will be time for questions at the end of the session. There is no charge to attend this program, which is open to the community. For more information, contact the TAY office at 315-445-0002 or info@

CELEBRATE SUKKOT AT TAY BY SONALI MCINTYRE Temple Adath Yeshurun will offer a variety of Sukkot programs – programs for various ages and stages of life, with several opportunities to fulfill the mitzvah of dining in the sukkah. On Sunday, September 23, there will be a Tot seudah in the sukkah from 5-6:30 pm. This program is for children birth to 5 years old and their families. The children will decorate and have dinner in the TAY sukkah. This free program is funded by the Edward and Marilyn Steinberg Family Fund for Tiny Tots and Preschool Children’s Programming. Reservations are requested and may be made by Thursday, September 20. For more information, contact Alicia Gross at The TAY Sisterhood will host its annual program, Sisters in the Sukkah, on Thursday, September 27, at 7 pm. The evening’s focus is “Ushpitzot” (honored female guests). The seven guests, ushpizin, is a Kabbalistic practice of inviting seven biblical guests to the sukkah. In modern times, it has become popular to include seven female prophets named in the Talmud: Sarah, Miriam, Deborah, Hannah, Abigail, Huldah and Esther. The TAY Sisterhood invites women to join them for an evening of fall-inspired drinks and hors d’oeuvres, as the group discusses what it means to be an egalitarian congregation. Reservations are requested by Friday, September 21, and may be made by e-mailing or calling the TAY office at 315-445-0002. There is a nominal cost to attend. On Saturday, September 29, Temple Adath Yeshurun will have its annual Sukkot program, “Pizza in the Hut.” This is an opportunity to join with the synagogue family and enjoy pizza, salad and dessert. This program is open to the entire congregation and there is no charge to attend. Reservations are required and may be made by contacting the TAY office by Thursday, September 27, at 315-445-0002 or

Temple Concord CONCORD CINEMAGOGUE SERIES Temple Concord will present the Cannes Film Festival award-winning film “Footnote” on Saturday, September 22, at 7:30 pm. This film also received the Israeli version of an Academy Award. The film’s father has devoted his life to working in obscurity at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, where he has devoted his life to identifying minute inconsistencies in various versions of the Talmud. The son, also an academic, popularizes Judaic lore, has published best-sellers and is often on television. This film could be about a father-son rivalry in any field. It opens with a “nails-onblackboard” ceremony where the son receives a prestigious award. His father is seated in the audience and maintains a stony-faced facade throughout the event. As his son goes out of his way to praise his father, it seems to only enhance the old man’s obscurity. Much of the film’s success is attributed to the characters. This film is rated PG for

thematic elements, brief nudity, language and smoking. Cinemagogue events are free and open to the public, and candy and snacks are available. Donations are welcome. For more information, contact the TC office at 315475-9952, or SCOTCH TASTING AND SUSHI EATING FOR SUKKOT Temple Concord will present two Sukkot events involving food and drink. On Saturday, September 29, at 7 pm, Rabbi Daniel Fellman will host “Scotch in the Sukkah.” Participants can taste a variety of Scotch whiskey brands and snacks will be served. On Sunday, September 30, at 6 pm, Cantor Kari Siegel Eglash will host “Sushi Under the Stars” outside in the TC sukkah, where a sushi dinner will be served. Both events are casual and open to the public. For information and to make reservations, contact the TC office at 315475-9952 or

Chabad Yom Kippur programming Chabad Lubavitch of Central New York will present “The Yom Kippur Experience” at the Chabad Judaica Center, 508 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville. The program will explore “Yom Kippur and the Jewish soul” and seeks to answer questions as to why so many people feel the need to go to synagogue or “do Jewish” on this day; what the kohan gadol (the high priest, a descendant of Aharon) actually does in the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur; and why there were 310 kohanim gedolim (high priests) during the Second Temple

period, which lasted 420 years, whereas during the First Temple period, which lasted 410 years, there were only 37 kohanim gedolim. There will be a Kol Nidre program on Tuesday, September 18, at 7:15 pm, on Kol Nidre’s origins. On Wednesday, September 19, there will be a program from 11 am2:30 pm, with Yizkor at noon and a Neilah program from 6:15-7:50 pm, followed by refreshments to break the fast. For more information, contact Chabad at 315-424-0363.

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Menorah Park Celebrates Beit Tikvah Home’s 10th anniversary with September 26 fund-raiser BY STEW KOENIG Beit Tikvah, a Menorah Park managed home in Fayetteville for four young women with developmental disabilities, will celebrate 10 years of providing increased independence in a residential setting with a dinner fund-raiser on Wednesday, September 26, at 6:15 pm. The women work on residential habilitation goals developed to meet their specific developmental, phys-

ical and emotional needs and achieve success with the support of trained direct care staff that provide 24/7 supervision. Mary Ellen Bloodgood, Menorah Park CEO, said, “Beit Tikvah has been a wonderful success and a real model for a residence of this kind. It is such a pleasure to see these wonderful young women grow and thrive in this supportive environment.”


The dinner celebration at the Beit Tikvah home on Jamar Drive in Fayetteville is open to the public. There is no fee for the dinner, but donations for this fund-raiser are encouraged. To register, contact Susie Drazen at or 315-446-9111, ext. 141. More information on Beit Tikvah can be found at programs.

JCC’s fall tap dance classes start October 9 BY WILLIAM WALLAK Adult tap dance classes will start up again at the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center on Tuesdays beginning on October 9. Four class levels will be offered each evening: remedial at 6:30 pm, beginner at 7 pm, intermediate at 8 pm and advanced at 9 pm. The weekly group sessions will run through December 18. The JCC’s tap classes are open to anyone age 12 and older. No prior dance experience is necessary. There is a nominal cost to attend each evening. No reservation is necessary and free parking is available. The remedial and beginner classes are for newcomers and teach from the beginning. A limited number of tap shoes are available to borrow each night on a first come, first serve basis. Class registration is not necessary, although tappers are asked to arrive early to sign in. Local attorney and choreographer Barry Shulman will once again lead the classes. He has held the tap

Pictured in a reflection on a wall of mirrors is tap dance instructor Barry Shulman (center),along with some of his Tuesday evening tap students during a class last fall at the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse.

Menorah Park launches new website BY STEW KOENIG Menorah Park of Central New York has developed a new website, which was launched in early August at the same web address, The new website highlights Menorah Park’s continuum of care with detailed information and photography of The Oaks (independent living), The Inn (assisted living), the Jewish Health and Rehabilitation Center (nursing and rehabilitation facilities) and Menorah Park Home Care services. Also highlighted are the many other programs, services and facilities offered at Menorah Park.

classes each fall and spring at the JCC for many years, and teaches “New York City-style.” Students do not need to commit to every class and may attend as much as they’d like. “We’re excited to have Barry bring tap back again this fall,” said Patrick Scott, JCC sports and fitness director. “He’s an excellent teacher and makes the classes lively and entertaining. For all levels of dancers, Barry does a great job of getting everyone moving and having fun.” Shulman, a partner with the law firm Mackenzie Hughes LLP, has taught principal dancers on Broadway and with national tours. He keeps the cost of the tap classes to a minimum and donates the proceeds to the JCC of Syracuse. He received the JCC’s Kovod Gadol Award in 2013 for his “extraordinary commitment, energy and loyalty to the Center.” For more information about the adult tap dance classes, contact the JCC’s Sports and Fitness Center at 315-2344522 or visit William Wallak is the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center’s marketing director.

Two additional highlights of the new website are the 360 photographs that give high-resolution, virtual tours of much of the campus, and one unified calendar, listing resident activities on all the floors and facilities. Menorah Park CEO Mary Ellen Bloodgood said, “We’ve created a fresh, clean, user-friendly website that adapts to your smart phone, tablet or computer and is informative to residents, their families, our employees and those interested in learning about all the quality options at Menorah Park. It is certainly a great community resource.”

Menorah Park wins county grant for workplace initiative BY STEW KOENIG Onondaga County recently awarded Menorah Park of Central New York $125,380 in funding for a workforce initiative to cross-train local high school students in multiple work disciplines on the continuum-of-care senior campus. Menorah Park’s workforce initiative, called the Eldercare Residency, partners with area high schools in an eight-week accelerated “boot camp,” according to Menorah Park CEO Mary Ellen Bloodgood. Up to 40 paid interns will rotate among numerous disciplines at Menorah Park, including social work, nursing, environmental services, maintenance, housekeeping, culinary, nutrition, recreation/activities and physical and occupational therapy. Bloodgood said, “Demand, of late, has exceeded supply, so our Eldercare Residency is a win-win for the


students, the community and Menorah Park. In a pursuit to build our team with quality, career-minded people, this program will help reduce the stigma and dispel incorrect assumptions about caring for older adults, while providing outstanding training in a first-class continuum of care campus.” Bloodgood said the Eldercare Residency program is also open to under and unemployed people in Onondaga County. The grant is one of 22 projects selected through the $30 million Alliance for Economic Inclusion anti-poverty initiative in Central New York. The AEI is funded through the winning CNY Rising Upstate Revitalization Initiative plan submitted to New York state by the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council, which is addressing poverty in the five-county region. For more information and applications to the program, contact Susie Drazen, 315-446-9111, ext. 141.

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Yom Kippur 5779

Esther Siegel to marry David LeBlanc

BY RABBI DANIEL FELLMAN The Kol Nidre prayer will soon call to us with its mournful wails. All our vows will be voided; we will emerge with a clean slate. The prayer, which connects us with our tradition, which has fueled refreshment and renewal, the prayer which has fed antisemitism and hatred, the prayer heard in every synagogue three times on the eve of Yom Kippur, will cry out once again. For most of us, hearing those sacred words will help us look back and look in and look forward. The words will shake us and force us to consider uncomfortable truths. Those few moments are routinely the most stirring moments of prayer we experience. Kol Nidre speaks to us both individually and collectively. On an individual basis, the prayer absolves us from vows should we find, after real effort, that we cannot follow through. As we say the words, we pledge a great level of work, trying our very hardest, to fulfill all that we promise. And at the same time, the words free us should we find ourselves unable to reach our commitments. In the best possibility, the words serve as a sort of insurance policy, urging us to do our best, but offering protection as well. In making vows and releasing them, we engage in personal acts in a communal setting. The vows we make

are ours alone – yet the prayers of Kol Nidre are said in the plural, not the singular. Each of us makes our own vows; yet collectively, we are all responsible for each other. It was this bond that fed the haters to use this prayer as an example of Jewish distrust. By arguing that the word of a particular Jew is not good because vows are absolved annually, antisemites promulgated the view that Jews could not be trusted. In reality, the opposite is true. Kol Nidre calls us to account not just for ourselves, but for each other. By saying the prayers together, we take responsibility not alone – but rather as a community. Kol Nidre reminds us that Judaism is practiced in community, that we are linked to each other, that we need each other. Kol Nidre gives us a much-needed reminder: we Jews live in community. We Jews commit ourselves again and again to living to a higher standard. We commit ourselves to accountability; we commit ourselves to helping others in every way possible. Kol Nidre is the perfect reminder for our community. Together, we lift each other up; together, we care for each other; together, we build for the new year. May we all be sealed for a year of goodness, and may our community be strengthened by our prayers. Rabbi Daniel Fellman is the rabbi at Temple Concord.

Donald and Bette Siegel of Syracuse, NY, and Anne and Tom LeBlanc of Washington, DC, announce the engagement of their children, Esther Siegel to David LeBlanc. Esther is the granddaughter of the late Vivian and Samuel Siegel, of Esther Siegel and Saratoga Springs, NY, David LeBlanc and East Syracuse, and Evelyne and Benjamin Siegel, of Saratoga Springs, NY. Esther graduated from Manlius Pebble Hill School. She has a bachelor’s degree in fashion design from Syracuse University and a second bachelor’s degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in technical design. Esther works for Macy’s design department. David graduated from Brighton High School near Rochester. He has a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Rochester and a master’s degree in live entertainment management from the University of Miami. He is employed by The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD. The couple lives in Maryland. A wedding is planned for 2020.


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people from different countries, participating in quizzes about endangered wildlife species and showcasing their newfound skills on the stage – all these and more formed part of the theme-based activities. The 2018 summer camp season ended “with a bang.” All campers in the early childhood camp enjoyed an ice cream party. The school-age campers participated in an overnight DJ dance party and put on their annual talent show, where they showed off skills such as singing, contemporary dance, playing the piano, hula-hooping, mime, stand-up comedy and juggling. Amy Bisnett, associate director for children’s programming, said, “Camp Romano was the place to be this summer. We had children come from all over the country to participate in our camp. We ended the last week with 330 campers from infants up to 15-year-olds. We are already thinking of new fun camps to have next summer.” Organizers say that the JCC’s summer camp was an “all-encompassing and enriching experience for its preschool, school age and teen campers this year. While the magic of summer is hard to replicate once the school year begins, the JCC is looking forward to continuing with the fun and learning again this school year.” Ankur Dang is the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center’s communications specialist.

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Continued from page 4 breakfast talks and other special events. Many congregants will miss his holiday invocation of the priestly blessing, which, as a kohen, he invoked. Malka, a native of Czechoslovakia whose family came to Wilmington, DE, is a chemist who most recently worked at Life Science Laboratories in East Syracuse. They have three sons – Zev, an accountant at Touro College who lives in Edison, NJ; Rabbi Barry, currently assistant principal at Torah Academy in Las Vegas, NV; and Rabbi Yanki, who lives in North Miami Beach and is a teacher at Toras Chaim and supervisor of its adult education outreach program – and 14 grandchildren. The Moskowitzes will soon be relocating to Cherry Hill, NJ. Kiddush organizers said they know that their many friends and associates here will “miss them greatly and fervently wish them a long and happy retirement.” There is no charge for this event, but reservations are requested by Tuesday, September 18, on the STOCS website,, by e-mail to info@, or by calling 315-446-6194.

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Roslyn R. Bilford, 95, died on August 30 at Crouse Hospital. Born in Port Chester, NY, she had been a resident of Syracuse since 1953. She was a graduate of Russell Sage College and then earned her master’s degree in public health from Yale University. From 1969-75, she worked for the CNY Health Systems Agency; from 1975-92, she was the director of the Metropolitan Commission on Aging, where she was instrumental in developing programs to assist seniors to remain independent and live vital lives. She was a founding member of Meals on Wheels in 1959, a member of the steering committee that founded Hospice of CNY, a founding director of the CNYAlzheimer’s Association and a founding member of the NYS Home Care Association. In 1978, she was appointed to the Governor’s Council on Home Care Services. In 1989, Governor Mario Cuomo appointed her chairperson of the council. Nationally, she was a board member of the American Lung Association and the National Alzheimer’s Association. She was honored as the Syracuse Post-Standard Woman of Achievement, All Time Woman of Achievement and many additional honors throughout her professional career. Her many voluntary organizations included OASIS, Menorah Park, the Syracuse Home, BC-BS of CNY, Jewish Federation of CNY and Syracuse Jewish Family Service. She was predeceased by her husband, Herbert, in 1993. She is survived by her children, Hillary and Howard. Burial was in the Kneses Tifereth Israel Cemetery section of Riversville Cemetery in Fairfield, CT. Sisskind Funeral Service had arrangements. Contributions may be made to Hospice of CNY, 990 7th N St, Liverpool, NY 13088; the Jewish Federation of CNY or the Jewish Community Foundation of CNY, both at 5655 Thompson Rd., Syracuse, NY 13214; or the Visiting Nurse Association (now known as Nascentia Health), 1050 W. Genesee St., Syracuse, NY 13204. 


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for 10 sessions, with the first session on Thursday, October 4. The focus will be on the letters and sounds, and then progress to simple reading and vocabulary. Enrollment is free to CBS-CS and TC members and $40 for everyone else. The textbook, “L’shon Ha-Kodesh, A Beginning Hebrew Book for Adults,” will be available for purchase at the first class. Registration may be made by contacting CBS-CS at 315-446-9570 or manager@ There is a required minimum enrollment for the class to run. For more information, contact Ruth Stein at or 315-751-5377. RABBI PEPPERSTONE’S INTRO TO JUDAISM COURSE BEGINS OCTOBER 4 Rabbi Andrew Pepperstone’s “Intro to Judaism” will take place on Thursdays, from 6-7:15 pm, beginning October 4. Classes will occur twice weekly through June. Each session will cover one topic. There is no fee for the course. For more information, contact Rabbi Pepperstone at OCTOBER 16 SISTERHOOD SYMPOSIUM This fall’s CBS-CS Sisterhood Symposium on “Marriage, Intermarriage, and Jewish Families Today” will be held on Tuesday, October 16, at 6:30 pm, at the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center, 5655 Thompson Rd., DeWitt. The program will feature guest speaker Sylvia Barack Fishman, the Joseph and Esther Foster professor of contemporary Jewish life in the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department at Brandeis University. Also participating will be Rabbi Andrew Pepperstone.


Philip E. Garber, 68, of Cherry Hill, NJ, died on September 1 at Samaritan Hospice in Voorhees, NJ. Born in Syracuse, NY, in 1949, he graduated from Nottingham High School in 1967. He attended the School of Industrial Labor Relations at Cornell University, graduating in 1971. Upon graduation from the University of Chicago Law School in 1974, he joined the Labor Department at Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis Cohen in Philadelphia, where he practiced until 2009. From 2009 until the present, he was a partner at Duane Morris in Philadelphia. He was a member of Temple Beth Sholom in Cherry Hill, NJ, for 40 years. He contributed his time and money to many Jewish and non-sectarian non-profit agencies. He is survived by his wife, Ellen; his daughters, Jessica (Alex) Sedler and Amy Garber (fiancé Benjamin Newman); his brother, David (Joyce) Garber; and his sister, Rosalie (Lawrence) Young. Burial was in the Temple Adath Yeshurun Cemetery. Sisskind Funeral Service had arrangements. Contributions may be made to the Camp Ramah Fund of Temple Beth Sholom, 1901 Kresson Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 or the Dr. David Andrews Brain Tumor Research Fund at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, 901 Walnut St., 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. 


Judi Torres, 72, died on August 23 at Crouse Hospital. She was a life resident of Syracuse, graduating from Jamesville-DeWitt High School and received her bachelor’s degree in French from Syracuse University, and her master’s in French from the University of Buffalo. She taught French in the Buffalo school system for four years while supporting her husband through dental school. In 1972, they returned to Syracuse, where they raised their family. She took time off from her professional career to raise their children and returned to the work force once they were independent enough. She was an advertising sales representative for the Syracuse Jewish Observer. Her skills with people inspired her to join Syracuse Jewish Family Service as a financial counselor to its many clients. She ultimately became an independent financial counselor in the Syracuse area to many grateful families, regardless of their ability to pay for her service. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Morris; their children, Jason (Jennifer), Ben, and Jocelyn Wolff; six grandchildren; her sister, Sheila (Harry) Mains; her sister-in-law, Dora (David Lombardi) Torres; her motherin-law, Eva Torres; a nephew; and a niece. Burial was in Frumah Packard Cemetery. Sisskind Funeral Service had arrangements. Contributions may be made to Syracuse Jewish Family Service, 4101 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, NY 13214 or the Senior Meal Program, Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center, 5655 Thompson Rd., Syracuse, NY 13214. 

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Jacob Wandner, 82, died on August 18 in Delray Beach, FL. Born in Syracuse, he lived in DeWitt and Fayetteville until 2008, when he moved to Florida. He graduated from the New York Military Academy in Cornwall on Hudson and upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He was honorably discharged in 1959. Upon completing his military service, he attended Syracuse University and received a bachelor of science in business administration from the School of Management. Following graduation, he moved to New York City and entered the buyer training program at Abraham and Strauss, a major Brooklyn department store. He and his wife, Carol returned to Syracuse, where he began his lifelong career as a manufacturer’s representative in the gift and housewares industry. He and his sales representatives represented many manufacturers. Those who knew him well heard him say many times how lucky he was to love what he did so much. He had great customers who became friends for his whole life. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias, Temple Adath Yeshurun and Congregation BethAmi in Boca Raton. Though he spent so much of his life traveling, he loved to take his sons on trips to many places, visiting major military memorials, Gettysburg, Yorktown, Air Force bases and many museums because he wanted them to appreciate American history. The family were active members of the Hardwood Club at Syracuse University and whenever they could, the family attended basketball and football games. Until his illness prevented him from traveling, he attended ball games whenever the SU team played in South Florida. His young grandsons caught their grandpa’s love for SU sports and attended games with him. Since moving to Delray Beach in 2008, he enjoyed meeting with many Syracuse friends, and belonged to two active luncheon groups with Syracusans and several friends from his industry who lived or vacationed in Florida. He often said he was making up for all the years he was “on the road.” He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carol Richman Wandner; his sons, William of Long Beach and Sugar Loaf, CA, and Jason (Tracey Sternberg) of Miami Beach Surfside, FL; two grandsons; his sisters-in-law, Ruth Wandner and Linda Perry; many nieces and nephews; more than 20 great-nieces and great-nephews; and many cousins. Services were at Gutterman Warheit Memorial Chapel, Boca Raton, FL, with burial in the National Cemetery. Local arrangements were by Sisskind Funeral Services. Donations may be made to the Jewish National Fund, National Office, 42 East 69th St., New York, NY 10021; the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology, 500 S. Franklin St., Syracuse, NY 13202; the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, PO Box 98018, Washington, DC 20090-8018; or a charitable organization of choice. 

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Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas (USCJ affiliated), 18 Patsy Ln., off Jamesville Rd., DeWitt, 315446-9570 or Contact Melissa Harkavy for youth programs at or 315-701-2685. Shaarei Torah Orthodox Congregation of Syracuse (Orthodox, affiliated with the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America), 4313 E. Genesee St., DeWitt, 315-446-6194. Temple Adath Yeshurun (USCJ affiliated), 450 Kimber Rd., Syracuse, 315-445-0002. Temple Concord (Reform, affiliated with Union for Reform Judaism), 910 Madison St., Syracuse, 315-475-9952. Chabad House at SU. All services at Chabad House, 825 Ostrom Ave., Syracuse, 315-424-0363.

Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Build the CBS-CS sukkah at 5:30 pm Decorate the CBS-CS sukkah at 12:15 pm, followed by a light lunch in the sukkah for students staying after religious school SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Erev Sukkot Decorate the CBS-CS sukkah during religious school Ma’ariv at 6 pm Pizza in the Hut – enjoy a make-your-own-pizza dinner in the sukkah with family and friends. RSVP to 315-446-9570 or MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Shacharit 9:30 am TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 Shacharit at 9:30 am Spirits in the Sukkah – 8-10 pm Enjoy tastings by the local Last Shot Distillery with savory appetizers and jazz guitar. There will be a cover charge for the event. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot Open sukkah at the Pepperstones – 4-6 pm SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Hoshanah Rabbah services at 9 am The final day of Sukkot. Come shake a lulav and beat some willows. Farewell-to-the-sukkah potluck lunch starting at noon. Come and have a final lunch in the sukkah for the year.


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Shaarei Torah Orthodox Congregation of Syracuse SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Erev Sukkot Morning service 8 am Candle lighting 6:42 pm Mincha 6:45 pm Eat in sukkah after 7:48 pm MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Sukkot day one Chumash class 8:15 am Morning services 9 am Mincha 6:45 pm Candle lighting 7:48 pm Earliest time to eat in the sukkah 7:48 pm TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 Sukkot day two Chumash class 8:15 am Morning services 9 am Mincha 6:45 pm Candle lighting 7:47 pm SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30 Hoshanah Rabbah Morning services 8 am Candle lighting 6:30 pm Mincha 6:30 pm MONDAY, OCTOBER 1 Shemini Atzeret Chumash class 8:15 am Morning services 9 am Yizkor 10:30 am (approx.) Mincha 6:30 pm Candle lighting 7:36 pm Hakafot 7:30 pm TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12 Simchat Torah Morning services 9 am Hakafot 9:45 am Mincha 6:30 pm Havdalah 7:35 pm Simchat Torah celebration Once again, there will be advisors from Yeshiva University to help with the ruach, singing and dancing. There will be food, chocolate and “fun for all.” The Torah Tours Simchat Torah celebration is sponsored by Selma Radin in memory of her husband, Sherwin Radin, and in honor of her family. NCSY will have a pizza party and then go to Menorah Park for singing and dancing with the residents.

Temple Adath Yeshurun SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Erev Sukkot Evening services 6:30 pm Candle lighting 6:41 pm MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Sukkot, day 1 Morning services 9:15 am Evening services 6 pm TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 Sukkot, day 2 Morning services 9:15 am Evenings services 6:45 pm Candle lighting 7:18 pm SEPTEMBER 26-28 Chol Hamoed Morning services 7:15 am Evening services 5:30 pm FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Candle lighting 6:32 pm SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Shabbat Chol Hamoed Morning services 9:15 am Pizza in the Hut following services Mincha (approximately) 12:15 pm

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Hoshanah Rabbah Morning services at Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas 9 am SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Erev Shemini Atzeret Evening services 6 pm Candle lighting 6:28 pm MONDAY, OCTOBER 1 Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Morning services (includes Yizkor) 9:15 am Evening services 6 pm Family celebration 6:45 pm Candle lighting 7:08 pm TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2 Simchat Torah Morning services :15 am Evening services 6:45 pm

Temple Concord MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Sukkot Office closed Sukkot morning service 11 am MONDAY, OCTOBER 1 Office closed Shemini Atzeret Yizkor service 11 am Simchat Torah and consecration service 7 pm

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All services and meals will take place at Chabad House, 825 Ostrom Ave. Schedule not available at press time. For information, call 315-424-0363.

Calendar Highlights

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Friday, September 7 EARLY deadline for September 27 Jewish Observer Friday, September 21 EARLY deadline for October 11 Jewish Observer Wednesday, October 10 Deadline for October 25 Jewish Observer Sunday, September 16 CBS-CS Tashlich at Jamesville Beach 10 – noon Temple Concord - first day Religious School at 9 am TC Brotherhood and Sisterhood welcome back brunch at 9:30 am TC GAN: Rosh Hashanah /Yom Kippur at 10:30 am Various cemetery visitations (contact local synagogues) Tuesday, September 18 Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre Wednesday, September 19 Yom Kippur – JCC and Federation offices closed Syracuse Community Hebrew School closed Saturday, September 22 Shaarei Torah Orthodox Congregation of Syracuse farewell kiddush for Cantor Marvin and Malka Moskowitz after morning services Sunday, September 23 Decorate the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center’s sukkah at 10:30 am CBS-CS pizza in the hut at 6:30 pm Erev Sukkot Monday, September 24 Sukkot, day 1 – JCC and Federation offices closed Tuesday, September 25 Sukkot, day 2 – JCC and Federation offices closed CBS-CS – spirits in the sukkah at 8 pm Epstein School at various sukkot from 6:30 – 8 pm Wednesday, September 26 Syracuse Community Hebrew School from 4 – 6 pm at TAY Beit Tikvah anniversary at 6 pm Friday, September 28 TC presents Scotch in the Sukkah with Rabbi Fellman at 7 pm Saturday, September 29 TC presents Sushi under the Stars with Cantor Kari at 6 pm Monday, October 1 Shemini Atzeret - Yizkor JCC and Federation offices closed Tuesday, October 2 Simchat Torah JCC and Federation offices closed Wednesday, October 3 TC board of trustees meeting at 7 pm SCHS from 4- 6 pm at TAY

Jewish Observer of September 13, 2018  
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