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IYYAR-SIVAN-TAMMUZ-AV 5773

THE MAGAZINE OF TEMPLE SINAI

MAY-JUNE-JULY 2013

Temple Sinai Confirmation Class 2013 (See page 20)

The Service Schedules for May, June and July can be found on Page 23, inside the back cover.

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FROM OUR PRESIDENT

IN THIS ISSUE

On May 30th at our Annual Meeting I will become the Immediate Past President of Temple Sinai and this column will become the column of my very able successor, Rick Kalson. Some say that the best office to hold at a synagogue is Immediate Past President, but I will miss being President of this congregation. That is a tribute to the congregation and to the many, many people who make us a wonderful, important and vibrant force, from the members of our Executive Committee and Board, to our Center and Auxiliary leaders, to Rabbi Gibson, Rabbi Symons and Sara and the rest of our incredible staff and to everyone else who, by giving something of themselves, help make Temple Sinai great. I thank you all. The good thing is that the next set of leaders, a mix of the ones who have worked so hard with me and some new ones, will not miss a beat and will, I am sure, make us even better and position us to successfully meet the challenges we face. In this task they will be guided by Vision 2020, our new strategic plan, which will make sure Temple Sinai stays focused on what it needs to do to continue to be important and vital in the future. What is next for me? One good thing about being Immediate Past President will be that I will be able to focus on several aspects of Temple life which are important to my Jewish journey. I care about relationships and one of the reasons I love Temple Sinai is because at our heart we are relationship-driven. I intend to do all I can to be part of that mission. One of my initial tasks will be completion of Listening at Sinai, the series of small get-togethers at which Temple members talk informally about life at Temple Sinai and their hopes and desires for it, for themselves and future generations. The sessions are a building block of our ongoing effort to increase member engagement, which is one of the areas on which we have decided to focus as part of Vision 2020. We are already implementing a number of ideas developed as a result of what we have heard and there will be more to come after the remaining sessions are completed. In addition, I will continue, with Rabbi Symons, through the Leadership Development Symposium we started this year and will complete next year, to help our leaders and other interested congregants develop and use relationship building skills to be more effective leaders. We welcome you, including those of you new to the Symposium, to participate and learn by attending next year’s sessions which will begin this coming Fall. I also plan to much more actively be part of the B’racha Center for Jewish Connections’ ongoing effort to make sure we truly are a warm and welcoming community as well as to explore how I can more actively engage in Tikkun Olam, making the world a better place. And of course I will continue my spiritual journey, regularly attending many of the myriad opportunities we are given as part of the Temple Sinai community, to pray and learn.

FROM OUR PRESIDENT DAVID J. HIRSCH . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 IN OUR TEMPLE FAMILY LIFE-CYCLE EVENTS . . . . . . . . . . 3 B’NEI MITZVAH . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 RABBI’S REFLECTIONS RABBI GIBSON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 WHEN OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS RABBI SYMONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 NESHAMA CENTER FOR JEWISH SPIRITUALITY . . . . . . 7 MUSICAL NOTES SARA STOCK MAYO . . . . . . . . . . 8 WOMEN OF TEMPLE SINAI & B’RACHA CENTER BALANCING MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11 FROM BONDAGE TO FREEDOM IN THE EYES OF CHILDREN . . . 12-14 BROTHERHOOD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 TIKKUN OLAM CENTER FOR JEWISH SOCIAL JUSTICE . 16-17 TEMPLE COMMUNICATIONS . . . . . 18 COMMUNITY RESOURCES . . . . . . . 18 CONTRIBUTIONS PULPIT FLOWERS . . . . . . . . . . . 19 FUNDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19-21 SPONSORS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 SERVICE SCHEDULE MAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 JUNE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 JULY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

I look forward to the next steps in my ongoing journey to seek purpose and meaning in my life and encourage all to join me in their own versions of that search.

L’shalom,

David J. Hirsch 2

DOORWAYS is generously underwritten by Betsy and Marc Brown


LIFE CYCLE EVENTS — IN OUR TEMPLE FAMILY

LIFE-CYCLE EVENTS

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS —

WITH SYMPATHY —

*We extend a warm welcome to those who have joined our congregation since we last published in Doorways. May their association with our Temple family be a long and happy one.

*Our sincere condolences to the families of:

ƒƒ Nat & Diane Cohen ƒƒ Ruth Gelman ƒƒ Barry Judd & Fran Steger ƒƒ Matthew & Abby Bolton ƒƒ Bill and Sissy Lieberman ƒƒ Jared & Arianna Voight-Cherna

MAZAL TOV — *Engagement of: ƒƒ Kira Botkin and Todd Christopher Harris, daughter of MIMI AND ALEX BOTKIN *Marriage of: ƒƒ Barbara Weiner Goldberg and Kenneth Love, son of RUTH LOVE *Birth of: ƒƒ Nancy James Naman, granddaughter of LYNN NAMAN ƒƒ Arella Rae Rapp, granddaughter of CONNIE RAPP ƒƒ Jonah Samuel Pollner and Dylan Henry Pollner, twin grandsons of BARBARA AND LARRY SHUMAN ƒƒ Maxwell Augustus Diamondstone, grandson of DICK AND KAREN DIAMONDSTONE *As of 4/15/2013

ƒƒ WAYNE MEADOWCROFT, husband of FERNE MEADOWCROFT, stepfather of STUART AVERBACH and ELAINE YELLIN ƒƒ Pearl P. Greenfield, mother of CAROL (DAVID) STEINBACH ƒƒ Patricia Josephson, sister of GERALD (SUSAN) JOSEPHSON ƒƒ DOROTHY WOLOVITZ ƒƒ JEFFREY IANCU, son of ALBERT IANCU ƒƒ Ellie Turk Barmen, mother of NICOLE BARMEN EVOY ƒƒ Theodore Bernstein, father of JUDY BERNSTEIN ƒƒ MORRIS DENMARK, husband of FRANCES DENMARK, father of SUSAN DENMARK (and MARC DARLING) ƒƒ Maury S. Frankel, son of DOROTHY MELNICK ƒƒ Bernice K. Levenson, mother of DAVID LEVENSON

ƒƒ ROBERT B. MARGOLIS, husband of BETTY LOU MARGOLIS ƒƒ Louis Goldsmith Katz, father of Richard G. Katz and partner MICHELLE HERWALD ƒƒ EVELYN GOLDBERG ƒƒ Harriett Wedner, mother of WILLIAM (EVELYN) WEDNER ƒƒ Dave Birkenfeld, father of GLENN BIRKENFELD ƒƒ Charles Lewis Klein, father of KIMBERLY ZYTNICK ƒƒ LESTER ROSENBLOOM, husband of SARA ROSENBLOOM ƒƒ SUZANNE BERMAN, mother of SARAH (ROBERT COPICH) BERMAN ƒƒ CAROLE FISHER, mother of ABBE ANOLIK ƒƒ Irving Warhaftig, father of NANCY GLYNN ƒƒ Gerald Fingeret, father of PAULA RULIN

NOTE: UPPERCASE – Temple Sinai Member; Lower Case – family of a Temple Sinai member

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R ABBI’S REFLECTIONS

The Value Of Friendship...

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surprising teaching from our religious tradition is one that is not centered on God or Torah. It emphasizes the value of friendship. We are told over and over again that companions who know us, who care for and about us, who identify with our joy and pain are necessary for life to be good at all.

I have been blessed with riches beyond the royal treasuries of jewels. All because of my friends, starting with, but not limited to you.

A few examples illustrate the importance Jewish tradition attaches to this:

But I have had spectacular friendships developed in working with the rabbis and cantorial soloist of Temple Sinai.

ƒƒ When two people study Torah together, the Shechina (the Divine Presence resides between them. ƒƒ Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to the one who is alone when he falls, for he has not another to help him up. (Ecclesiastes 4.9-10) ƒƒ Honi the Circle Maker declared, “Either friendship or death.” Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Ta’anit, 23a) ƒƒ I have learned much from my teachers, but from my friends more than my teachers (Ta’anit 7a) ƒƒ Come and learn – which is the straight path to which a person should adhere? A good friend! (Mishna Pirkei Avot, 2.13) My father taught me that if, in your lifetime, you have two friends you can share your soul with, you are truly rich.

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I have friends from my past who remain a cherished part of my life. I have friends in my professional rabbinate all over the North America and Israel.

Ron Symons and Sara Stock Mayo are thoughtful, caring, committed and supportive, in ways I am not sure I can repay. Larry Freedman, colleague and friend for eleven years here, brought a different perspective that I sorely needed and amazing support when I was truly ill. And then there is Ezzie Ende, the unstoppable ball of energy and enthusiasm who worked with us for four years, from 20062010. He brought his thirst for connection, his willingness to learn new ways, his desire to connect with every single one of us, to be not only a rabbi and spiritual leader, but a true friend. During his recent visit to Pittsburgh and Temple Sinai he reported on his amazing work in Jerusalem. As a native of that city, he has worked tirelessly to promote liberal Judaism there through the work of his congregation Kol Ha-Neshama. Ezzie now works in a neighborhood called Kiryat Ha-Yovel, which has a long history of

settlement by liberal and secular Jews. But now, there is an attempt to bring more and more Orthodox influence into that neighborhood. This is where Rabbi Ende is taking a stand, not only on behalf of his congregation, but really on behalf of us all. We are not willing to let Jerusalem be given over, neighborhood after neighborhood, to those who will not tolerate Reform or Conservative practice. We stand with those who fear for their simple right to live according to the dictates of their Jewish consciences. As Reform Judaism proclaims in Israel: There is more than one way to be Jewish! This is sacred work that my dear friend Rabbi Ende is involved in. I am looking forward to seeing Ezzie in Jerusalem along with Avigail, Avshalom, Avia, Ithamar and no-longer-little Achinoam when I get to Jerusalem in July. This sacred work is being supported by us through ARZA – the Association of Reform Zionists of America. By raising funds here, we directly support Rabbi Ende’s salary, along with those of dozens of other pioneer Reform rabbis in Israel. Please look for information on how you can support ARZA and Rabbi Ende in an upcoming summer mailing! L’Shalom,

Rabbi James A. Gibson

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LIFE CYCLE EVENTS — IN OUR TEMPLE FAMILY

B’NEI MITZVAH —

ELLA COPICH

ANYA HELENA EPSTEIN

daughter of Sarah Berman and Robert Copich Saturday, May 11

daughter of Judy Kaplan and Marc Epstein Saturday, May 18

MARGAUX VICTORIA MILLER

SADYE LUDA MILLER

daughters of Jodi Sapir Miller and Mark Miller Saturday, June 1

CALLIE WRENN

NATE WRENN

daughter and son of Lynda and Edward Wrenn Saturday, May 25

MARGO ROSE HARRIS daughter of Naomi Tucker and Lennard Harris Saturday, June 8

ELIANA MARGALIT TOLENTINO daughter of Tamar and Ernest Tolentino Saturday, June 22

SOFIE WEDNER daughter of Michael and Amy Wedner Friday, June 28

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FROM R ABBI SYMONS

If I am not for Myself…

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uring the course of this year, many of us have been engaged in conversations about Jewish Leadership. In partnership with President Dave Hirsch and a host of others, some 80 people have participated in several opportunities to consider the best practices and disciplines of Jewish leadership for us at Temple Sinai. Throughout all of the conversations, we have been elevating the arts and disciplines of relationship-based congregation organizing. Throughout all of the conversations, we have been including lessons from Jewish wisdom as well as from management theory and congregation-based organizing practices. When we recently spoke about self-interest, ensuring that our actions intentionally meet our needs, we began with Hillel’s 2,000 year old quote in Pirke Avot (The Sayings of the Sages), “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?” He reminds us that there is a fine balance between self-interest and selfishness. He reminds us that we have a responsibility both to ourselves and our neighbors. He reminds us that inaction is less than desirable. These lessons are often easily integrated into our personal lives. You might have even quoted Hillel to a younger colleague, friend or relative. Robert Kegan of Harvard University describes a self-authoring individual as able to: ƒƒ be the inventor or owner of [his or her] work (rather than see it as owned and created by the employer) ƒƒ be self-initiating, self-correcting, self-evaluating (rather than have an apprenticing or imitating relationship to what we do)...

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ƒƒ conceive of the organization from the “outside in:’ as a whole (rather than see the rest of the organization and its parts only from the perspective of our own part, from the “inside out”)

ƒƒ Participatory culture on all levels: congregants, students, lay leaders, professionals, and parents engage in the work of the sacred community

ƒƒ resist our tendencies to make “right” or “true” that which is merely familiar; and “wrong” or “false” that which is only strange.?’

ƒƒ Meaningful engagement: achieved through repeated inspirational experiences that provide genuine meaning to people’s lives

Kegan has found that this capacity doesn’t usually develop until the third or fourth decade of a person’s life and that many people never develop it. Moreover, this ability doesn’t develop all at once and is not applied equally to all aspects of one’s life.

ƒƒ Innovation disposition: marked by a search for diversity and alternatives, a tolerance of failure, ability to address and overcome resistance to change, and a willingness to abandon less functional ways of doing things

While we might accept those lessons for ourselves or other individuals, we might default to not applying them in our sacred lives. Should temple act out of its own selfinterest? Should a temple be self-authoring? I believe the answer is ‘yes.’ Every Temple, just like every individual, should embrace the opportunity to be self-directed and self-motivated.

ƒƒ Reflective leadership and governance: marked by careful examination of alternatives, a commitment to overarching purpose, attention to relationships, mastery of detail, and a planful approach to change

Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (our Reform Seminary) scholar Isa Aron takes on this argument in Sacred Strategies - Transforming Synagogues from Functional to Visionary. She describes a visionary congregation as follows:

While we strive for these characteristics on a regular basis, we are not naïve enough to think that we succeed all the time. We, Temple Sinai, are a work in progress. Looking at these standards, I am inspired to embrace Hillel’s words again: “If Temple Sinai is not for ourselves, who will be for us? If we are only for ourselves, what are we? If not now, when?”

ƒƒ Sacred purpose: a pervasive, shared vision that infuses all aspects of the synagogue

If you would like to be a part of the conversations around Jewish leadership, please don’t hesitate to call me.

ƒƒ Holistic ethos: the parts are related to each other and to the whole; ritual, learning, caring, social action, and community appear in several areas of functioning; lay and professional leadership function cooperatively; boundaries within and around the community are more porous and fluid

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QUESTION AND ANSWER: IF YOU SEEK REASONS FOR JOINING THE INTERGENERATIONAL (IG) CHOIR

Q: WHAT WAS IT LIKE FOR YOU, SINGING WITH CANTOR BENJIE ELLEN SCHILLER ON MARCH 15? A: BY MEMBERS OF THE INTERGENERATIONAL CHOIR Sara Stock Mayo: Words cannot describe the uplifting experience of singing and working with Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller. She is a beautiful person inside and out and the type of presence that brings out the best in everyone. She is gentle, kind, warm, patient and most of all, is filled with light and spirit in a way that is truly special and rare. Watching her work with our choir was like taking a Master Class in how to get everyone to sing out and be present in the work. This is no easy feat, but she makes it seem effortless and I know that our choir is all that much better for their time with her. Her lilting melodies are rich and infuse the text with a deeper meaning through the music. In the best of all worlds, this is what the art of being a Cantor is about: to reach deep within the soul and draw out one’s own spirit so that others may be uplifted. She has a way of connecting that is extraordinary. She really knows how to listen, not just to hear, but to truly listen. I am grateful to have had this wonderful opportunity to learn, to be uplifted by her music and to pray with Cantor Schiller. I can think of no better way to honor Rabbi Gibson’s 25th year than to create a meaningful night like we were able to on March 15th. I can only hope that we have many more moments like this again!

Carol Rosenthal: We are so lucky to have Sara Stock Mayo and Rabbi Gibson as our musical and spiritual inspirations on a regular basis. This week we had the incredible good fortune to add Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller into our musical family. She has not only written beautiful music for us to sing, but she has an infectious warmth of spirit which she so graciously shared with us. Under her guidance, I felt a deeper level of presence and connection not only to the choir but also to the congregation during this service. It was an amazing Shabbat. It’s funny how Alicia and I feed off of one another. And you would have to be a robot not to be moved by that service. Extraordinary. I want to make sure that Jamie and Sara know that, as extraordinary as that service was, we appreciate their input every day of the year.

Diane Rudov: It was 9:15 Thursday evening, and our initial rehearsal with Benjie was concluding. I left feeling glum because she had explained that we weren’t capturing the essence of her powerful “You Are Our Song.” We were getting closer but still missing its essence. When she directed us again prior to the Friday service, Benjie inspired us so much with her dynamic, spirited conducting that we “owned” the piece. I felt that I had participated in a kind of miraculous learning experience that also gave joy to others.

David Pollock: Sara, we all recognize the wonderful gift that you, Jamie and Jeremy gave to enable us to sing with and for you, Jamie and Benjie. We sang Cantor Schiller’s songs and when she conducted us, she was singing to each and every one of us. Practice and services are a special gift that you have given us. Weekly practice and performance with you and Jeremy are joyful, inspiring learning experiences. Our hearts are encouraged by your enthusiasm and talent, as well as Jeremy’s patience and skill. Thank you again for the gifts you give to us.

Nancy Dubuar: It is always a delight to sing with Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller. Her joy is infectious and she sings like an angel. She guides and directs us with graciousness and makes her complicated compositions easy. When she sang her special song for Jamie, we were all blessed to share in that moment.

Jan Fink: I found myself singing Elohai on the way into work and thought how grateful I am to have been able to sing in the choir and experience the spirit that was present Friday evening. Some moments were almost magical: Benjie and Sara’s duet was one. I’ve never heard Sara sound better. The blending of these beautiful voices and spirit moved me to tears. Having Benjie conduct us in “You Are My Song” inspired us to make a joyful sound that was beyond us only a few days before. We were inspired by Benjie, Sara, Jeremy and Ellen to do our best and it was an honor to be a part of this service of the heart. Continued next page...

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Esther Nathanson: That night, as I heard Benjie’s exquisite singing; as I watched her conduct us with passion, accompanied by her radiant smile; and as we raised our voices in her exuberant lyrics, I felt a great sense of joy. This special Shabbat evening choral experience, including Benjie’s song to the Rabbi and duet with Sara, epitomized the meaning and power of singing to God. With gratitude to Sara, Jeremy, and Ellen who prepared us for this significant service and to Rabbi Jamie who was its inspiration.

Mitchell Dubin: What an honor to be the intergenerational part of the choir. I really enjoyed working with everybody who made the night an enjoyable success. It was and always is an amazing experience to be up on the bimah with the rest of the choir, Sara, and the Rabbis. Having Cantor Benjie just made everything even more fantastic then it already was. Great experience!

Rita Zecher: Special thanks to Rabbi Gibson for organizing the IG choir which made it a special night for us to honor his 25th anniversary. We loved working with Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller especially singing her terrific original pieces. I woke up the next morning singing the Shehechiyanu in my head. Cantor Schiller is not only a beautiful singer, but a composer and great teacher as well. It was also wonderful singing the MiShebeirach with the fabulous cellist, Aron Zelkovitz. We thank Sara for bringing him and hope she invites him again to play for us. Rabbi Gibson — thank you.

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Karen Levin: It is a rare (and special) occasion to be able to sing the music we love with the actual composer; Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller is that gem. Her music is so inspiring, her smile is infectious and her joy is radiant. The solo she sang with our very own Cantorial Soloist Sara Stock Mayo brought tears to my eyes. I am proud to be a member of such a dedicated choir and to have the opportunity to sing such beautiful music in celebration of 25 wonderful years with our Rabbi Jamie Gibson. Here’s to 25 more!

Mimi Botkin: Having sung with Jamie and the many iterations of the IG choir for 25 years, I sometimes lose sight of the impact he has had on the musical life of Temple Sinai. The shabbat service with Benjie Schiller, though, reminded me of the many unique opportunities he has brought to us. This service was the perfect blend of spirit, kavanah, ritual and love. Singing with Benjie is an incomparable experience; this must be what angels sound like when they sing. And the blending of voices of Sara and Benjie was astounding. Never have I heard Sara more connected to the music and the text. Benjie, I have always known, brings out the best in all of us. Thank you, Jamie, for bringing us to this day.

Denice Galpern: I was very happy to honor Jamie with something that he began. To do it with so many talented and generous people was even better.

Arlene Wolk: I felt blessed to be part of this special service with Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller. Her sensitivity, radiant presence and beautiful music enabled the whole experience to be such a spiritual and heartfelt one. She is an inspiring person who helped us to sing our best and to make the evening so extraordinary.

Florence Chapman: Learning and singing with Benjie always is amazing and March 14th & 15th lived up to my expectations. It is impossible to put in to words how uplifted I feel when Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller sings with us at Temple Sinai. Thanks to everyone who was responsible for her coming here to help us celebrate Jamie’s 25th year with the congregation.

Ben Slesinger: Throughout my years at Temple Sinai, I have never been so honored to be a part of something so special. Congratulations to Rabbi Jamie Gibson for spreading joy and enriching the lives of congregants at Temple Sinai for twenty-five years. It is amazing to be with the Intergenerational Choir working with Sara Stock Mayo, Ellen Keeney, and Jeremy O’Dell. It was an amazing experience to work with Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller and I will remember as we all sung with her in complete harmony. Thank you Rabbi Gibson, Sara Stock Mayo, and Rabbi Ron Symons for the joy you bring to all of us.

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Lynn Naman: It was truly awesome to share our bimah with Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller. She never fails to inspire me. Her beautiful spirit affected us all. It was a privilege to sing with her, and be part of honoring Rabbi Gibson’s 25th Anniversary.

Stewart Sadowsky: The excitement was infectious as the choir anticipated the arrival of Cantor BenjieEllen Schiller. Having never met her myself I anticipated something special, but I could never have imagined the impact of her presence. Beyond her musical brilliance, she touched something deep inside us through her remarkable ability to be so transparently who she is. When Benjie coached us on “You Are My Song,” we responded by giving back something I did not know was there before. Phrases of that song are still playing in my head almost three weeks later. The night was an unforgettable treasure that took everything to another register. I am very grateful to Jeremy for keeping us calm when that seemed nearly impossible, for his constancy and patience, and for the joy he displays in his understated way when we get things right. In addition to feeling grateful to Sara for all the help and guidance she always provides, there was the added pleasure of her joyous spirit during the performance. And yes, Sara’s duet with Benjie was a pinnacle of beauty, talent and connection between two people so exquisite that it truly defies words. It was an honor and great pleasure to be a part of this event. I cannot think of a better way to celebrate Rabbi Gibson’s anniversary year. The possibility of this kind of joy is what he has shown us for the last 25 years.

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WOMEN OF TEMPLE SINAI

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Two years ago I accepted the nomination for Chair of WoTS. I knew what I could bring to the position: I am detail oriented (it helps); I stay pretty cool under pressure (tested many times while my children grew up); and I think things through rather than give an instant opinion. But I had no idea what I would receive in return. I have found friends in many wonderful women who were just acquaintances before. I have seen the dedication of all of Temple Sinai’s staff, who I genuinely thank from the bottom of my heart for helping WoTS carry out their programs. And I have learned what Women of Reform Judaism represents — its mission to educate, train, and advocate. Although I will soon hold the position of past chair, that which I gained will be ever present. I thank all of you who have helped me these past two years. And please join us on Friday May 31st for WoTS Shabbat Dinner followed by the evening service with the Intergenerational Choir. Information can be found in the May mailing and online under forms and flyers. ~ Carol Woolford

Please Join Us FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2013 WOTS ANNUAL SHABBAT DINNER AND INSTALLATION

SIVAN MONDAY, MAY 20, 7:30 PM

TAMMUZ MONDAY, JUNE 10, 7:30 PM

We’ll be reading the story “Mrs. Saunders Writes to the World” by Lynne Sharon Schwartz, from Scribblers on the Roof, edited by Melvin Jules Bukiet & David G. Roskies.

We’ll be reading the story “Allog” by Edith Pearlman (published in 1996, reprinted in Pearlman’s Binocular Vision, 2011).

An elderly woman, living alone, craves recognition.

A sort of sequel to “Vaquita,” which we read last year, but set in 1950s Israel, with Vaquita’s friend the soprano: A hired helper from East Asia becomes central to the lives of the families in an apartment house.

After our June 10 meeting, we’ll be taking a summer break until after the High Holidays. No July or August meetings, but please rejoin us in the fall. The Rosh Chodesh group has been meeting for 12 years in members’ homes to celebrate Rosh Chodesh, the new month, with a mix of “founding” and newer members. We open each meeting with an introductory poem, blessings for candlelighting and wine, a summary of the month’s holidays and historic events that occurred during the month, and a bio of an interesting woman who died during the month. Then we get to know each other through introductions and move on to a presentation or discussion. Every year or two we select a theme for the year. Stay tuned for next year’s theme! Hosts and discussion leaders will be announced on the website’s Rosh Chodesh page and in the Temple’s This Week at Sinai emails. To join the group and be added to our mailing list, please contact Ruth Reidbord, rcreidbord@gmail.com.

ROSH CHODESH

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TEMPLE SINAI BROTHERHOOD

Brrunch & Lecture, anyone?

CALLING ALL HELPERS! ƒƒ Join the elite

WHAT DOES BROTHERHOOD DO? David Shribman, executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and a Temple member and Pulitzer Prize-winning political reporter, spoke at the April 14 installment of the Brotherhood Brunch & Lecture Series. David’s talk, titled “The President and the 114th Congress: A 100Day Report Card” provided attendees with insights to the current state of affairs in Washington. In explaining why there’s perpetual gridlock in Congress, David said, “The Democrats and Republicans don’t compromise with each other anymore because they don’t have to compromise within their own parties; both parties no longer have a conservative and liberal wing.” Our next BRUNCH & LECTURE: JUNE 2 — DR. JUDITH SAXTON COGNITIVE CHANGES OF AGING: Is it normal to become more forgetful as we get older?

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BROTHERHOOD TECHNO-SQUAD

and help out with FRIDAY NIGHT SERVICES. It is fun and training is easy. This is a very hip, very cool, very smart bunch of guys who like that sort of thing. ƒƒ If you (own and) are good with power and hand tools, you can join the

CARPENTER CREW

and help with various tasks to build the sukkah (and other projects for Temple)! ƒƒ Knowing your way around the kitchen is also highly regarded in Brotherhood. We love cooking and baking and feeding our families and friends. We have a terrific bunch of CRAZY COOKERS — always happy to welcome you! Send an email to paul@ firemancreative.com and confess your interest!

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INFORMAL EDUCATION FOR ALL AT TEMPLE SINAI

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TIKKUN OL AM CENTER FOR JEWISH SOCIAL JUSTICE

TIKKUN OL AM CENTER FOR JEWISH SOCIAL JUSTICE

How do YOU Tikkun Olam? When I was growing up in New York, my synagogue (Westchester Reform Temple) always made Mitzvah Day into a major day of action. That’s why it thrilled me to walk into Temple Sinai on Sunday morning and feel such vibrant energy. On Sunday, we gathered in the Temple, we packed our supplies, and most importantly, we went out into the greater Pittsburgh community, our community, to serve. As I have grappled with and embraced my Jewish identity, Tikkun Olam has been a bedrock, a guiding principle which informs my life. As Jews, I believe that the purest and highest expressions of our faith and love of G-d are in our treatment of others, our environment, and ourselves. I view mitzvahs as outward facing commandments, to be present in our world, and to improve our world. When we build better families, communities, and selves, we encounter the divine, we live our faith. The Jewish belief that our love and kindness should flow throughout, transforming wrongs to rights and sadness to joy inspires with its beauty. However, true Tikkun Olam can only spring from action. Our faith empowers us, uplifts us, inspires us, but what we do with that inspiration is the true test of our values and vision for the world. From Squirrel Hill to Braddock, we planted, we cleaned, and we gave. It was wonderful to see us roll up our sleeves and engage with others in our congregation and community for a common good.

our team from Temple Sinai grew closer, getting to know each other better through teamwork and a shared purpose. Tikkun Olam strengthens our Jewish community by uniting us in even the most basic activities. Yet, Tikkun Olam creates connections and relationships beyond Temple Sinai as well. Sitting down with the residents of Family House, we discovered new friends and neighbors. To DO Tikkun Olam is to recognize and restore human dignity, to not merely see those we help as recipients of our kindness, but as partners in our community with their own unique stories, dreams, and experiences. Tikkun Olam is about transformation. For me, that transformation starts in a very personal place. Our work on Mitzvah Day filled me with a warmth inside, a feeling that all of us matter, that all of us can make a difference. Serving others not only provides us a purpose but also a degree of introspection about our lives, our blessings, and the type of person we strive to be. Our activities on Sunday exemplify the best in ourselves and our community. I recognize Tikkun Olam as a sacred obligation, and I hope to capture its energy and enthusiasm to live every day as Mitzvah Day. That’s how I Tikkun Olam. ~~ David Carlin

My morning mitzvah took me to Family House in Shadyside, where relatives can stay when a family member is in the hospital. Our group prepared brunch and spent time speaking to the residents over the eggs and French toast we had made. In that kitchen, I saw two new relationships starting to form. As we worked together, MITZVAH DAY IS A ROBERT MAYO MEMORIAL TIKKUN OLAM PROGRAM. 14

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Temple Sinai's Annual Mitzvah Day: Sunday, May 19, 2013

Coming this Spring! Temple Sinai and our Environmental Partners will provide information to help you install rain barrels at your home! Contact Harry Back at harryback@ verizon.net if you are interested. MAY-JUNE-JULY 2013

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TEMPLE SINAI

5505 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15217 412.421.9715 412.421.8430 FAX www.templesinaipgh.org email: office@templesinaipgh.org JAMES A. GIBSON, D.D.

Senior Rabbi

RABBI RONALD B.B. SYMONS

Director of Lifelong Learning Director of the Tikkun Olam Center for Jewish Social Justice

SARA STOCK MAYO

Cantorial Soloist / Chaplain

JACKIE BRASLAWSCE

Director of Informal Jewish Education

NICOLE MEZARE

Program Director

MARILEE GLICK

Education Director

JEREMY O’DELL

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LINDA RADEN

Editor, DoorWays

OFFICERS DAVID HIRSCH

President

RICHARD KALSON

1st Vice-President

KAREN LEVIN

2nd Vice-President

PHILIP LEHMAN

3rd Vice-President

SAUL STRAUSSMAN

Secretary

JOHN SCHILLER

Treasurer

NANCY GALE

Assistant Treasurer

ALISON YAZER

Financial Secretary

DEB DUNTON

Assistant Financial Secretary

While we endeavor to make sure that all information in Doorways is accurate, mistakes do occur and we apologize in advance for typos, omissions and any incorrect material contained herein. You can contact our Editorial Staff by sending an email to lraden@templesinaipgh.org. MAY-JUNE-JULY 2013

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CONTACTING YOUR TEMPLE Judy Rulin Mahan, Member Relations Coordinator 412.421.9715, x 110 judy@templesinaipgh.org

TEMPLE STAFF CAN BE REACHED AT 412.421.9715 Rabbi James Gibson, Senior Rabbi 412.421.8492 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . rabbigibson@templesinaipgh.org Rabbi Ronald Symons, Director of Lifelong Learning x 117 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . rabbisymons@templesinaipgh.org Sara Stock Mayo, Cantorial Soloist/Chaplain x 112 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . sara@templesinaipgh.org Bill Padnos, Executive Director x 111 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . bpadnos@templesinaipgh.org Jackie Braslawsce, Director of Informal Jewish Education x 130 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . jackie@templesinaipgh.org Marilee Glick, Education Director x 123 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . marilee@templesinaipgh.org Debbie Haber, Midrash Center Administrator x 116 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . school@templesinaipgh.org Alicia Harris, Rabbi Gibson’s Executive Assistant x 115 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . aharris@templesinaipgh.org Susan Horne, Congregational Secretary x 113 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . sue@templesinaipgh.org Nicole Mezare, Program Director x 120 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .nmezare@templesinaipgh.org Lynn Naman, Accounting Manager x 124 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . lynn@templesinaipgh.org Linda Raden, Marketing and Communications Manager x 121 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . lraden@templesinaipgh.org

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 Nancy Wolper ... nwolper@gmail.com

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COMMUNITY RESOURCES AGEWELL PITTSBURGH 412.422.0400

AgeWell Pittsburgh helps older adults to live independently in their own homes, connecting them to services that will allow them to remain safely at home. HEBREW FREE LOAN ASSOCIATION 412.422.8868

Provides 0% interest loans for education, adoptions, health care, vehicles, businesses, and emergencies. JEWISH ASSISTANCE FUND 412.521.3237

Provides immediate financial assistance to those in need of food, clothing, shelter, medical care and utilities. SQUIRREL HILL FOOD PANTRY 412.421.2708

Serves individuals and families in zip code 15217 who qualify for food assistance and those outside zip code 15217 who require kosher food. SQUIRREL HILL HEALTH CENTER* 412.422.7442

Brings primary and preventive health care to everyone in the community, regardless of insurance status, income, cultural background, language, disability or age. JEWISH FAMILY & CHILDREN’S SERVICE Career Development Center* 412.422.5627

Provides job search assistance for unemployed and under-employed individuals. Critical Need Outreach* 412.422.7200

Helps individuals and families who don’t know where to turn by directing them to resources, either within JF&CS or other agencies or government programs. Senior Care Coordination* 412.420.4000

Provides needs assessment and services to frail seniors by JF&CS’s geriatric care managers. SOS Pittsburgh* 412.422.7200

 Paul Fireman ... 412.521.5917 ... paul@firemancreative.com

Connects individuals and families in a crisis situation with resources in the community.

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* Services provided on a sliding fee scale, based on ability to pay.

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 To make reservations for a program, please contact the Temple Office ... office@templesinaipgh.org ... 412.421.9715 MAY-JUNE-JULY 2013

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We Gratefully Acknowledge the following Contributions — PULPIT FLOWERS JANUARY

Becky Cheistwer and the Cheistwer/Abramovitz Family Esther and Norman Amper Joel Babkes Ronna and Harry Back Rita Latterman Bennett Diane Berman Evelyn Berman Rose and Ed Berman Stella and Warren Bloch Eleanor Blum Sondra and Morry Blummer Gloria and Al Bodek Cheryl Braver Lois and Jerry Browdie Sandy, Leonard and Daren Browdie Alice Buchdahl Stacy and Dan Cohen Carol and Tom Congedo Rebecca Crowley Lynn Cullen Susan Denmark and Marc Darling Ruth and Harry Davidson Karen and Dick Diamondstone Judith Dorian Amy and Gary Dubin and Family Arlyne Fenster Carole Fisher Elizabeth and Mark Freed Toby and Peter Geiringer Marilee Glick Nancy and Michael Glynn Sheila Gold Marlene and Ben Goldberg Marcie Solomon and Nathan Goldblatt Carol and Barry Goldstein Sandra and Morton Goldstein Cindy and Mark Goodman Abbie and Steve Greenberg Rhonda and Glen Gross Claire B. Handelsman Dena Hofkosh Mindy and Bill Jones Fay and Nate Josephson Rosalind Kahn John Katz Ellen and Bob Katzen Sherry and Andrew Klein Deborah Knox Jan and Edward Korenman Hanna P. Kovanic Aya Betensky and Robert Kraut Anne L. Krieger Marcy and Harvey Kronzek Arlene and Stephen Laidhold Janet and Donald Landis Frances Lando Joanne and Jerry Lebovitz Diane Faust and Barry Lembersky Howard A. Levine Lenore Light Faye Lipsitz Kathy and Marc Lipsitz Ruth Love Louise and Michael Malakoff 18

Debbi Berger and Joseph Manich Harold Marcus Terry (Wolinsky) and Tom McDonald Gillian and Harvey Meieran Dorothy Melnick Susan and Barry Merenstein Linda and Stuart Miller Karen and Chuck Moellenberg Grace and Silbert Moritz Trudy Grotzinger and Harvey Morris Laurie Moser Edward P. Mulvey Lynn Naman Rita and David Pollock Helene and Paul Pretter Marilyn Rattner and Family Faye and Howard Reidbord Ruth and Marvin Reidbord Betty and Larry Rich Agnes Rocher Sorley and Irving Rosenthal Selma Ryave Eunice and Morry Sable Evelyn Dansker Scharf Gerald Schatten Laura Schneiderman Shirley Schneirov The Schreiber Family Faye Schwartz Carolyn and Frank Schwarz Sally Schweitzer Jane Siegel Lori Sisson and Jay Silberblatt Phyllis Silver Gloria Silverblatt Louise and Martin Silverman Sheila (Podolsky) and Michael Sittig Joyce Guglielmo Smith Myrna and Joseph Stein Sandra Steiner Elaine and Larry Stept and Family Lisa and Peter Strick Sue Challinor and Matthew Teplitz Family of Joseph Wein Albert Weiner Andy and Jack Weiss Amy and Louis Weiss Esther Zawitz Jerry Zoffer FEBRUARY

Barbara Abramovitz Joel Babkes Ronna and Harry Back Marilyn Bandell Thelma and Sandy Baskind Martha Berg Evelyn Berman Eleanor Blum Gloria and Al Bodek Lois and Jerry Browdie Judith Caplan Joanne and Woody Chetlin Martin Childs Stacy and Dan Cohen Carol and Tom Congedo

Rebecca Crowley Zelda Curtiss Rhoda and Richard Dorfzaun Nancy Gale and David Duggins Charles Falk Minda Fall F.D. and Rob Fields and Family Adrien and Arnold Gefsky Barbara and Larry Gerson Barbara and Charles Giffen Ellie and Sandy Gold Sheila Golding Ruth K. Goldman Shirley Goldstein Jeffrey Harlich Adora and Steve Holstein Ruth and Stanton Jonas Marcy and Jared Kaufman Gerri Kay Amy Kellman Gloria and Alfred Klein Barbara Klein Jill Rook and Richard Koepsel Blaire Kramer Madeline Kramer Anne Krieger Susan and Michael Kurtz Dorothy and David Lampl Ann and Rick Landesberg Marcia Kurs-Lasky and Steven Lasky and Family Joanne and Jerry Lebovitz Karen Levin Howard A. Levine Roberta and John Lisi Andee and Michael Lowenstein Louise and Michael Malakoff Dorothy Melnick Karen and Chuck Moellenberg Rona Mustin Michele and Jeffrey Orr Terri and Jim Polacheck Evelyn Rebb Erica and Michael Roberman Elfi Rook Barbara and Jerry Rosenberg Erin and Benjamin Roth Roselle Roth Diane and Walt Rudov Eunice and Morry Sable Rae Sablowsky Frieda Safyan Ruth and Allan Schachter Laura and Henry Schneiderman Carolyn and Frank Schwarz Joan and George Shames Florence Sherman Cynthia Skrzycki and David Shribman Lori Sisson and Jay Silberblatt Myrna and Lee Silverman Ellen and Steve Slesinger Saundra and Edgar Snyder Roselle and Carl Solomon Marion Spirer Carol and Andrew Stuart Tracy and Ron Tuchin and Family Barbara and Morris Tufton Linda and Robert Vogel Mary and Howard Wactlar

Gail and Irwin Wedner Andy and Jack Weiss Amy and Louis Weiss Sharyn and Herbert Wolfson Carol and John Woolford Susan and Leonard Young Jerry Zoffer MARCH

Esther and Norman Amper Thelma and Sanford Baskind Martha Berg Rose and Edward Berman Gloria and Alvin Bodek Cheryl Braver Lois and Jerry Browdie Sandy and Leonard Browdie Roberta and David Cohen Eleanor S. Collura Susan Denmark and Mark Darling Ruth and Harry Davidson Amy, Gary and Mitchell Dubin Rhoda and Julian Eligator Gloria and Robert Ennis Connie and Sid Feiler Angela and Ross Finestone Eden and Allan Fisher Carole Fisher Roberta Weissburg and Richard Fox Frederick Frank Denice and Neal Galpern Karen Gold and Marc Garfinkel Ann Geggel Toby and Peter Geiringer Steven Gelernter and Family Barbara and Rabbi James Gibson Marilee Glick Ruth K. Goldman Marlene and Herbert Goldstein Lil Glaser-Golin and Jordan Golin Sanford Gross Barbara and Arthur Grossman Melvin Hackman Claire Handelsman Patricia Cluss and Jeffrey Herman Davrian Hersh Susan Horne Robin and Gary Ittigson Ann and Irwin Izenson Ruth and Stan Jonas Annabelle and Jay Joseph Fay and Nathan Josephson Jeanette Trauth and Stephen Jurman Gerri Kay Kristen and Matthew Keller Sherry and Andrew Klein Svetlana Koptsiovsky Reda and Bertram Kossis Blaire Kramer Madeline Kramer Marilyn and Brett Kranich Marcy and Harvey Kronzek Ellen Frank and David Kupfer Arlene and Stephen Laidhold Fred Landay Esther Landis Robin and Jeff Lebovitz and Family TEMPLE SINAI DOORWAYS


Contributions, continued Karen Levin Bernice Levine Richard Levine Barbara and Herbert Levit Kathleen and David Lilienthal Harriett and Jay Lipp Kathy and Marc Lipsitz Ruth Love Debbi Berger and Joseph Manich Estelle and Melvin Mann Maureen and Harold Marcus Joshua Marcus Dorothy Melnick Debra and Robert Mendelson Patti Metosky Deborah and Gary Meyers Mark Miller Debby and Richard Miller Sandra and Henry Mordoh Elaine and Karl Mormer Marcy and Tom Morton Susan and Tom Netzer and Family Shirli Nikolsburg Helene and Paul Pretter Lorrie Rabin Donna Rabner Ruth and Marvin Reidbord Betty and Larry Rich Barbara and Jerry Rosenberg Carol and Richard Rosenthal Claire and Kenny Ross Roselle Roth Wilma and Ken Rubin Marvin Rulin Selma Ryave Arlene and Steve Sablowsky Judi and Stewart Sadowsky Frieda Safyan Rose Salata and Laurence Scheck and Family Shirley Schneirov Larry Schor and Family Esther and David Schwartz Rita and Morton Seltman Lora and Perry Sigesmund Ann Sisson and Jay Silberblatt Elayne and Philip Smith Jan and Stuart Smith Lois Smolovitz and Family Sandy and Edgar Snyder Stephanie Snyder Bette and Mel Spokane Elaine and Larry Stept and Family Lisa and Peter Strick Carol and Andrew Stuart Gail and Irwin Wedner Bellarose Weil Andy and Jack Weiss Amy and Louis Weiss Shelda and Tom Witt Marcia and Dennis Wolk Sandy and Richard Yurko Jerry Zoffer APRIL

Carol and Harry Adelsheimer Judy and Stanley Adelsheimer Sandra Katz and John Aronis Joel Babkes MAY-JUNE-JULY 2013

Ronna and Harry Back Sidney Baker Phyllis Baskin Rita Latterman Bennett Martha Brown Berg Michael Berger Rose and Edward Berman Berman/ Hauptman Family Stephanie and Jacob Birnberg Kathy and Stewart Bleckman Gloria and Al Bodek Roberta and David Cohen Lynne and Alan Colker Michelle and Lee Dameshek Anne and Mark Faigen Arlyne Fenster Betsy and Mark Freed Deborah and Andrew Gespass Margie Goldman Ruth Goldman Marlene and Herbert Goldstein Sandy and Mort Goldstein Linda and Edward Goldston Meira Gumerman and Family Rita and Harvey Haber Michelle Herwald Adora and Steve Holstein Kristin and Richard Kalson Marcia and Jim Kaplan Hanita and Ram Kossowsky Susan and Michael Kurtz Arlene and Stephen Laidhold Janet and Donald Landis Florence Leebov Kathy and Jay Lutins Maureen and Harold Marcus Joshua Marcus Dorothy Melnick Linda and Stuart Miller Barbara and Roy Penner Helene and Paul Pretter Connie Rapp Marilyn Rattner Ruth and Marvin Reidbord Marcie and Steve Ritter Agnes Rocher Carol and Richard Rosenthal Mayda and Barry Roth Diane and Walt Rudov Veronica and Jonathan Schmerling Larry Schor and Family Mary Austin and Ron Shapiro Jane Siegel Mel Siegel Gloria Silverblatt Louise and Martin Silverman Barbara and Dan Shapira Lynn Shelly Ilene Shulan Ellen and Steven Slesinger Elayne and Philip Smith Janet and John Spear and Family Marion Spirer Grace and Bernard Sweer Sue Challinor and Matthew Teplitz Phyllis and Joseph Weinkle Andy and Jack Weiss Ruth Winer

Jean Kablack and Harton Wolf Joan and Jerry Wolfson Renee and Philip Woolf Mark Zaremsky

FUNDS

Barry and Susan Merenstein William Padnos and Sharon Back Richard and Carol Rosenthal ŠŠIn Memory of Robert Margolis

Shirley Goldstein Richard and Carol Rosenthal

(Donations as of 4/30/13)

CARING CONNECTION FUND

ADELSON FUND FOR THE FUTURE

ŠŠIn Memory of Harriett Wedner

ŠŠIn Memory of Maury Frankel

Marvin and Arleen Adelson ŠŠIn Memory of Wayne Meadowcroft

Marvin and Arleen Adelson ŠŠIn Honor of 8 Over 80 Recognition to Fritz Ottenheimer

Marvin and Arleen Adelson ŠŠIn Honor of Carolyn Schwarz’s Special Birthday

Marvin and Arleen Adelson

BERNSTEIN FUND FOR THE FUTURE ŠŠIn Honor of Marriage of Hannah Blum and Will Entrekin

Robert and Ellie Bernstein ŠŠIn Honor of Marriage of Paula Abramovitz and Tal Weinman

Robert and Ellie Bernstein ŠŠIn Honor of Recognition by Association of Operating Room Nurses to Barbara Gibson

Robert and Ellie Bernstein ŠŠIn Honor of Welcome to Our Temple Sinai Family to Norman and Gail Childs

Susan and Peter Tanzer Gabrielle Rosenwasser ŠŠIn Memory of Jerry Fingeret

John and Denise Schiller

JANICE & MARVIN DASH ENDOWMENT FUND ŠŠIn Memory of Harriett Wedner

Marvin and Janice Dash

FUND FOR THE FUTURE ŠŠIn Honor of 90th Birthday of Dorothy Shore

Shirley Forbes, Frieda Safyan and Elfi Rook ŠŠIn Honor of Bar Mitzvah of Tim Ganger

Harry and Ruth Davidson ŠŠIn Honor of New Home of Suzanne and Eric Platt and Family

Carole and Harvey Wolsh ŠŠIn Honor of Recognition at Univ. of Pittsburgh to Natalie Kaplan

Harry and Ruth Davidson ŠŠIn Memory of Bernard Feldman

Rhoda Sikov ŠŠIn Memory of Charles Lewis Klein

Robert and Ellie Bernstein

Stephen and Adora Holstein

ŠŠIn Memory of Kathleen (Kitty) McKenny

ŠŠIn Memory of Harriett Wedner

Robert and Ellie Bernstein ŠŠIn Memory of Rose Harris

Robert and Ellie Bernstein ŠŠIn Honor of Birth of Maxwell Augustus Diamondstone

Robert and Ellie Bernstein

BLUM FUND FOR THE FUTURE ŠŠIn Memory of Seymour Sikov

Eleanor Blum ŠŠIn Memory of Harriett Wedner

Eleanor Blum

B’RACHA CENTER FUND ŠŠIn Memory of Harriett Wedner

Shirley Goldstein Richard and Carol Rosenthal Barb and Ed Siegel ŠŠIn Memory of Irving Warhaftig

Thomas and Carol Congedo ŠŠIn Memory of Jerry Fingeret

Lynn Naman Susan Horne

Fran and Mike Lando Wagner Agency IN Helen Azen Harry and Ronna Back Sara and Ahmie Baum Neila and Danny Bendas and Family Martha Berg Linda De Jong Gary and Amy Dubin Judy and Jon Friedman and Family Susie and Steve Jordan Phyllis and Bill Katz Corinne and Seymoure Krause and Barbara Krause and Larry King Denise and Jack Malvin Agnes Rocher Donna and Marc Rosenwasser Alan and Patricia Siger Rhoda Sikov Toby, Dave and Evan Sirota Selma Witchel and Steve Steingart Andrew and Carol Stuart Lila Margolis and Harold Weiss

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Contributions, continued ŠŠIn Memory of Irving Warhaftig

Gary and Amy Dubin Vivian and Alan Lawsky ŠŠIn Memory of Morris Denmark

Lynn and Steve Hecht Janet and Howard Solot Claire and Morry Weinbaum ŠŠIn Memory of Robert Margolis

Harry and Ruth Davidson Diane S. Samuels ŠŠIn Memory of Shirley Lieberman

Herman and Dorothy Greenberg

KORENMAN FUND FOR THE FUTURE ŠŠIn Honor of Birth of Nancy James Naman

Edward and Jan Korenman ŠŠIn Memory of Morris Denmark

Edward and Jan Korenman ŠŠIn Memory of Wallace Korenman

Lea Davidson Sandy, Elinor and Robbie Zaremberg

MALAKOFF FUND FOR THE FUTURE ŠŠIn Honor of 65th Birthday of Mimi Botkin

Michael and Louise Malakoff ŠŠIn Memory of Harriett Wedner

Michael and Louise Malakoff

MANN FUND FOR THE FUTURE ŠŠIn Honor of Birth of Nancy James Naman

Michael and Andrea Lowenstein ŠŠIn Memory of Maury Frankel

Melvin and Estelle Mann ŠŠIn Memory of Wayne Meadowcroft

Melvin and Estelle Mann ŠŠIn Honor of Bat Mitzvah of Maya Roma

Melvin and Estelle Mann ŠŠIn Memory of Carole Fisher

Melvin and Estelle Mann ŠŠIn Memory of Jerry Fingeret

Melvin and Estelle Mann ŠŠIn Memory of Suzanne Berman

Melvin and Estelle Mann

ROTH FUND FOR THE FUTURE ŠŠIn Memory of Bernice Levenson

Barry and Mayda Roth ŠŠIn Memory of Marion Amdur

Barry and Mayda Roth ŠŠIn Memory of Fannie Gottlieb

Barry and Mayda Roth ŠŠIn Memory of Harriett Wedner

Barry and Mayda Roth

SCHWARZ FUND FOR THE FUTURE ŠŠIn Honor of 2nd Bar Mitzvah of Marvin Reidbord

Frank and Carolyn Schwarz ŠŠIn Honor of Birth of Nancy James Naman

Frank and Carolyn Schwarz ŠŠIn Honor of being selected to be President of EECM to Rita Pollock

Frank and Carolyn Schwarz ŠŠIn Honor of Births of Dylan Henry Pollner and Jonah Samuel Pollner

Frank and Carolyn Schwarz ŠŠIn Honor of Retirement from PNC After 35 1/2 Years to Carolyn Schwarz

Frank, Matt, Tim, Jenn and Owen Schwarz ŠŠIn Honor of Special Birthday of Ronna Back

Frank and Carolyn Schwarz

ROBERT K. FRANK MEMORIAL FUND ŠŠIn Honor of Birth of Nancy James Naman

Karyn Frank ŠŠIn Memory of Maury Frankel

Irwin and Gail Wedner

ŠŠIn Memory of Doris Arbib

Bob and Rose Ann Brown ŠŠIn Memory of Harold Neafach

Brett and Marilyn Kranich ŠŠIn Memory of Jerry Trumper

Brett and Marilyn Kranich ŠŠIn Memory of Aunt Hy

Stuart and Janice Smith ŠŠIn Memory of Carole Fisher

Stuart and Janice Smith ŠŠIn Memory of Harriett Wedner

Carol “Cookie” and Bob Gordon Steven and Arlene Sablowsky ŠŠIn Memory of Sarah Cutler

Nathan and Fay Josephson ŠŠIn Memory of Wayne Meadowcroft

Ben and Marlene Goldberg

INTERGENERATIONAL CHOIR FUND ŠŠIn Honor of Special Birthday of Esther Nathanson

Howard and Caren Sniderman

PRAYERBOOK INSCRIPTION FUND ŠŠFor the Yahrzeit of Catherine Wheeler

Janis Fink ŠŠFor the Yahrzeit of Della Pick

Janis Fink ŠŠIn Honor of Birth of Nancy James Naman

Jean Kablack and Harton Wolf ŠŠIn Memory of Frances Meyers

Marvin and Janice Dash ŠŠIn Memory of Morris Denmark

Karen and Paul Shapiro

LOUIS S. FRANKEL MEMORIAL FUND

ŠŠIn Memory of Patricia Josephson

ŠŠIn Memory of Maury Frankel

ŠŠIn Memory of Wallace Korenman

Marion Spirer

WEINKLE FUND FOR THE FUTURE ŠŠIn Memory of Harriett Wedner

Joseph and Phyllis Weinkle ŠŠIn Memory of Maury Frankel

Joseph and Phyllis Weinkle

Marvin and Janice Dash Marvin and Janice Dash ŠŠIn Honor of 25 Years at Temple Sinai to Rabbi Gibson

Belle G. and Arnold H. Lazarus ŠŠIn Memory of Betty D. Fink

Janis Fink ŠŠIn Memory of Creighton P. Wheeler

Janis Fink

Leonard Berenfield Gail and Davis Bobrow Ian and Carol James Andee Levere and Michael Mazerov Daniele Coen-Pirani and Marla Ripoll David and Carol Steinbach Maureen and Harold Marcus ŠŠIn Honor of Speedy Recovery of Jim Polacheck

The Childs Family ŠŠIn Memory of Morris Denmark

Norman and Gail Childs ŠŠIn Memory of Pearl Greenfield

Dale and Lynn Lazar ŠŠIn Memory of Richard Steiner

Sandra Steiner ŠŠIn Memory of Wayne Meadowcroft

Timothy Weinstein ŠŠIn Appreciation Rabbi Gibson

Minnie and Joseph Caplan Toby and Florence Chapman Frances Denmark David and Debra Levenson Betty Lou Margolis Silbert and Grace Moritz Mr. and Mrs. Taylor Nathan Roy and Sandra Schanfarber Karen Tovey and Edward Weiss ŠŠIn Appreciation to Rabbi Gibsosn

Sara Rosenbloom ŠŠIn Honor of 25th Anniversary of Rabbi Gibson

Martha Berg ŠŠIn Memory of Harriett Wedner

Marc and Kathleen Lipsitz ŠŠIn Memory of Irving Warhaftig

Arlene Smith

HILDA & NATHAN KATZEN MEMORIAL FUND ŠŠIn Honor of Speedy Recovery of Rona Mustin

Robert and Ellen Katzen ŠŠIn Memory of Maury Frankel

Robert and Ellen Katzen ŠŠIn Memory of Robert Margolis

Robert and Ellen Katzen ŠŠIn Honor of Birth of Maxwell Augustus Diamondstone

Robert and Ellen Katzen

POLLOCK FUND FOR THE FUTURE

GARDEN BEAUTIFICATION FUND

ŠŠIn Memory of Harriett Wedner

ŠŠIn Honor of Birth of Morgan Gabrielle Segal

ŠŠIn Honor of Speedy Recovery

RABBI GIBSON DISCRETIONARY FUND

ŠŠIn Memory of Leonard Weiss

ŠŠIn Appreciation

KATZEN HOLOCAUST TRIP FUND

David and Rita Pollock ŠŠIn Honor of Birth of Nancy James Naman

David and Rita Pollock

Marilyn Rice ŠŠIn Honor of Speedy Recovery

Stuart and Janice Smith ŠŠIn Memory of Alvin Solomon

Nathan and Fay Josephson ŠŠIn Memory of Bernice Levenson

John and Denise Schiller 20

Fran Jonas and Irene Kofsky

Lucille Gordon and Family Carol Iancu Lawrence and Jacquelyn Lobl Ferne Meadowcroft Louis, Elaine and Emma Yellin

ŠŠIn Memory of Harriett Wedner

Robert and Ellen Katzen Robert and Ellen Katzen

ŠŠIn Memory of Bernice Levenson

Robert and Ellen Katzen

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Contributions, continued LAZAR LEADERSHIP FUND

ŠŠIn Memory of Irving Warhaftig

ŠŠIn Honor of Receiving the ISRAEL65 Award from Israel Bonds to Rose and Ed Berman

ŠŠIn Memory of Kenneth Garber

Lynn and Dale Lazar

LIBRARY FUND ŠŠIn Memory of Harriett Wedner

Chas and Jane Coleman ŠŠIn Memory of Ruth Altshuler

Mark and Anne Faigen

LIFELONG LEARNING FUND ŠŠIn Memory of Morris Denmark

John and Denise Schiller

LEVIN FAMILY MEMORIAL FUND ŠŠIn Honor of 25th Wedding Anniversary of Susie and Gary Singer

Karen Levin ŠŠIn Honor of Birth of Nancy James Naman

Karen Levin ŠŠIn Memory of Harry Levin

Ellen Lewis ŠŠIn Honor of Jessica’s Engagement

Karen Levin ŠŠIn Honor of Rabbi Gibson’s 25th Anniversary at Temple Sinai

Karen Levin ŠŠIn Honor of Special Birthday of Davida Fromm

Karen Levin ŠŠIn Memory of Miriam Steckel

Karen Levin ŠŠIn Memory of Tom Piliero

Karen, Nathan and Noah Levin

MUSIC FUND ŠŠIn Honor of Birth of Nancy James Naman

Toby and Florence Chapman James and Marcia Kaplan Robert Kraut and Aya Betensky Louise Mayo Richard and Carol Rosenthal ŠŠIn Memory of Frances Meyers

Robert and Ellie Bernstein ŠŠIn Memory of Robert Margolis

Lynn Naman ŠŠIn Honor of 8 Over 80 Recognition to Fritz Ottenheimer

James and Marcia Kaplan ŠŠIn Honor of Bat Mitzvah of Maya Roma

Robert Kraut and Aya Betensky Richard and Carol Rosenthal ŠŠIn Honor of Educational Achievement to Natalie Kaplan

James and Marcia Kaplan

MAY-JUNE-JULY 2013

Lynn Naman James and Marcia Kaplan ŠŠIn Memory of Robert Margolis

Louise Mayo

NESHAMA CENTER FUND ŠŠIn Honor of Birth of Jonah Samuel Pollner and Dylan Henry Pollner

Robert Kraut and Aya Betensky ŠŠIn Honor of Birth of Jonah Samuel Pollner and Dylan Henry Pollner

Louise Mayo Richard and Carol Rosenthal

PULPIT FLOWERS ŠŠFor the Yahrzeit of Larry Heller

Jennifer and Michael Bett

RABBI SYMONS DISCRETIONARY FUND ŠŠIn Appreciation Rabbi Symons

Marjorie A. Carpe Karen Goldman and Efrem Grail Ian and Carol James ŠŠIn Appreciation to Rabbi Symons

ŠŠIn Memory of Andy Lack

Stuart and Janice Smith ŠŠIn Memory of Harriett Wedner

Irwin and Gail Wedner ŠŠIn Memory of Suzanne Berman

Selma Ryave

SARA STOCK MAYO DISCRETIONARY FUND ŠŠIn Appreciation to Sara Stock Mayo

Toby and Florence Chapman

TIKKUN OLAM CENTER FUND ŠŠIn Honor of Marriage of Kenneth Love and Barbara Weiner Goldberg

Ruth Love Bernice Levine ŠŠIn Honor of Maya Roma’s Bat Mitzvah

Roberta and Herbert Needleman ŠŠIn Honor of 85th Birthday of Sil Moritz

Harry and Ronna Back ŠŠIn Honor of Engagement of Kira Botkin and Todd Christopher Harris

ŠŠIn Honor of PIIN Honor for Exceptional Leadership to Rabbi Symons

Harry and Ronna Back ŠŠIn Honor of Speedy Recovery of Larry Lobl

Harry and Ronna Back ŠŠIn Memory of Irving Warhaftig

Harry and Ronna Back

GENERAL OPERATING FUND ŠŠIn Memory of Ellie Turk Barmen

David and Suzan Hauptman

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SERVICE SCHEDULE

MAY SERVICE SCHEDULE

JUNE SERVICE SCHEDULE

JULY SERVICE SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, MAY 2

SATURDAY, JUNE 1

THURSDAY, JULY 4

Minyan 7:30 pm FRIDAY, MAY 3

25th Anniversary Weekend Mega Mostly Musical Shabbat 7:00 pm SATURDAY, MAY 4

Special Anniversary Informal Shabbat Service with Rabbi David Saperstein 9:15 am - 1:30 pm FRIDAY, MAY 10

Shabbat Evening Service 8:00 pm SATURDAY, MAY 11

Informal Shabbat Service 9:15 am - 11:15 am Bat Mitzvah of Ella Copich and Shabbat Morning Service 10:30 am TUESDAY, MAY 14

Erev Shavuot Shavuot Evening and Confirmation Service 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm WEDNESDAY, MAY 15

Shavuot Shavuot Morning Service with Yizkor at Rodef Shalom 10:30 am FRIDAY, MAY 17

Tot Shabbat 5:30 pm Thrid Friday Shabbat 7:00 pm Shabbat BaBayit 8:00 pm SATURDAY, MAY 18

Informal Shabbat Service 9:15 am - 11:15 am Bat Mitzvah of Anya Helena Epstein and Shabbat Morning Service 10:30 am THURSDAY, MAY 23

Minyan 7:30 pm FRIDAY, MAY 24

Shabbat Evening Service 8:00 pm SATURDAY, MAY 25

Informal Shabbat Service 9:15 am - 11:15 am B’not Mitzvah of Margaux Victoria and Sadye Luda Miller and Shabbat Morning Service 10:30 am THURSDAY, JUNE 6

Minyan 7:30 pm FRIDAY, JUNE 7

Mostly Musical Shabbat 7:00 pm SATURDAY, JUNE 8

Informal Shabbat Service 9:15 am - 11:15 am Bat Mitzvah of Margo Rose Harris and Shabbat Morning Service 10:30 am FRIDAY, JUNE 14

Shabbat Evening Service honoring David Hirsch and Board Installation 8:00 pm SATURDAY, JUNE 15

Informal Shabbat Service 9:15 am - 11:15 am THURSDAY, JUNE 20

Minyan 7:30 pm FRIDAY, JUNE 21

Shabbat Evening Service in the Rose Garden 7:00 pm SATURDAY, JUNE 22

Informal Shabbat Service 9:15 am - 11:15 am Bat Mitzvah of Eliana Margalit Tolentino and Shabbat Morning Service 10:30 am

FRIDAY, JULY 5

Mostly Musical Shabbat 7:00 pm SATURDAY, JULY 6

Informal Shabbat Service 9:15 am - 11:15 am THURSDAY, JULY 11

Minyan 7:30 pm FRIDAY, JULY 12

Shabbat Evening Service 8:00 pm SATURDAY, JULY 13

Informal Shabbat Service 9:15 am - 11:15 am THURSDAY, JULY 18

Minyan 7:30 pm FRIDAY, JULY 19

Shabbat Evening Service in the Rose Garden 7:00 pm SATURDAY, JULY 20

Informal Shabbat Service 9:15 am - 11:15 am FRIDAY, JULY 26

Shabbat Evening Service 8:00 pm SATURDAY, JULY 27

Informal Shabbat Service 9:15 am - 11:15 am

MANY THANKS TO

FRIDAY, JUNE 28

Bat Mitzvah of Sofie Wedner and Shabbat Evening Service 8:00 pm SATURDAY, JUNE 29

Informal Shabbat Service 9:15 am - 11:15 am

Informal Shabbat Service 9:15 am - 11:15 am B’nai Mitzvah of Callie and Nate Wrenn and Shabbat Morning Service 10:30 am FRIDAY, MAY 31

Shabbat Evening Service with Intergenerational Choir 8:00 pm

Help your environment and your Temple. Support the “Green Fund.” MAY-JUNE-JULY 2013

Minyan 7:30 pm

Michelle and Ken Zeff, owners of Crazy Mocha, for providing the coffee served at

Mitzvah Day 2013 and

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in the Krieger Lobby, the last Friday morning of each month.

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5505 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15217

CONFIRMATION CLASS

2013 / 5773

(as shown from left to right, top to bottom, on cover) RACHEL LAUREN ADELSHEIMER

daughter of Jamie Stern and Marc Adelsheimer SOLOMON P. AVERBACH

son of Pearl and Stuart Averbach ZACHARY MARNIN CANALI

son of Zeva Barzell Canali and Michael Canali

MIRA COPICH

daughter of Sarah Berman and Robert Copich SYDNEY EDELSTEIN

daughter of Stacey and Steven Edelstein ANNA JANE FIREMAN

daughter of Gail and Paul Fireman NOAH DAVID JAMES

son of Carol and Ian James

SHOSHANA E. KAPLAN

daughter of Mara and Richard Kaplan NATHANIEL MARTIN

son of Meryl Butters and Christopher Martin MADELINE SCHATTEN

daughter of Heather Aronson and Gerald Schatten

JESSICA LAUREN SCORATOW

daughter of Neal and Patricia Scoratow BENJAMIN SLESINGER

son of Ellen and Steve Slesinger JACOB EVAN SOMOGYE

son of Jennifer Cohen and Neil Somogye

ASHER T. SPIVAK

son of Karen Takane and Jonah Spivak HANNAH R. WAHLBERG

daughter of Naomi P. Tucker and Brendon Wahlberg and Toni Schlemmer


Doorways - May, June, July 2013  

3-month issue of Doorways, the magazine of Temple Sinai, Pittsburgh, PA

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