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INAUGURAL ISSUE

2/1/11

THE OHAVITE OHAV SHOLOM HITS A TRIPLE CROWN…...A NEW RABBI,

Inside This Issue

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A NEW BABY, AND A NEW PERSPECTIVE

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abbi Ira Ebbin arrived in Merrick on July 9th 2010 to assume the pulpit of Congregation Ohav Sholom, replacing Rabbi Jeremiah Wohlberg after his 47 year tenure. Rabbi Ebbin, grew up in Brooklyn, and attended rabbinical school at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) of Yeshiva University. His career took him to synagogues in Westchester, Stamford, Connecticut, and for the last three years he's been at Temple Beth Zion in Montreal.

The Rabbi, his wife Chevi, and their three girls, Shlomit, Shira and Anat are thrilled to be able to call Merrick their new home. To add to this excitement the Ebbin’s welcomed a new baby boy on Wednesday October 13 weighing 7lbs 13 ounces.

Yom Tov at Ohav this year was inspiring. The inaugural Torah Tours on Simchat Torah enhanced the spiritual beauty of our Hakofot. During the month of October, shul members witnessed an Issac’s increase in adult edubris was cation classes on subheld at jects from Jewish ethOhav ics to Torah and social Sholom. issues. The COSY The enyouth department is tire Ohav community is over- jammed packed with joyed with the Ebbin’s arrival activities ranging from in Merrick. We wish a whole- ―Murder Mystery hearted Mazal Tov on baby Night‖ to ChallahIssac’s arrival to the Ebbin cover decorating, while family. the Sisterhood and With Rabbi Ebbin at Men’s Club continue to the helm, there has been reentertain and feed our newed excitement at Ohav. ―grown-up‖ children. People are energized by the Best of all, since Auprospect of rejuvenating the gust our shul has shul. The Rabbi has been spot- grown by eight new ted at everything from Junior families. Congregation and Torah Tots, Spread the to our annual golf outing and word, Ohav is the place the Sisterhood meetings. to be!

A Message from Rabbi Ebbin

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Dear Friends,

t is with much excitement as I write to you in this re-inaugural edition of Ohav Sholom’s quarterly newsletter. One of the goals I had set out soon after I arrived was to establish Ohav’s first Marketing Committee and bring back a much needed shul newsletter that had been dormant for nearly twenty five years. Now

with the incredible leadership of Lonnie and Simona Ostrow, along with many others, we have reason to celebrate. I’m reminded of an excerpt from the Talmud (Gittin 57A) that shares with us a beautiful tradition from Ancient Israel: “It was the custom when a boy was born, to plant a cedar tree and when a girl was born to plant a cypress, and when they

married the tree was cut down and a canopy made of the branches.” When a child is newly born, the most natural emotion is to rejoice and celebrate. But in ancient Israel, this new child did not just represent the emotion of simcha that one felt at that moment, but also a realization by his and her parents that this is, G-d Continued on page 2

A Message from the Rabbi

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A Message from the President 2 Turning Point

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A Message from Sisterhood

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Meet Some New Ohav Sholom 6 Families A Message from Men's Club

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Congregation Ohav Sholom Youth (COSY)

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A Brand New Tradition

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News from the Religious School

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Dinner Dance Honorees and Awardees

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Dr. Mel Isaacs Speaks Out on 50 Years of Jewish Education

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Parshat Ki Tisa: A Communal Prayer - A Secret Weapon

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Purim– A Beautiful Script Called Life

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PURIM—Facts & Folklore

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Shrine of Our Patriarchs Part I

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YAHRZEITS

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Upcoming Programs

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Recipe Corner

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Journal Dinner Chairpersons Letter 7 Ad Blank

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Ohav Sholom Donors

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Letter from the Editor

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Ohav Sholom Leadership

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Ohav Sholom’s Program Calendar

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A Message from Rabbi Ebbin continued willing, just the first of many celebrations. By planting those trees at their child’s birth, they were also planning for and showing their faith in the many celebrations ahead. As we recite over every baby at their bris, ―Just as this child has entered his Bris, so should he enter into Torah, marriage, and good deeds.” This same message is conveyed by what the Midrash describes as the special insight found in the women of the generation of the Exodus. While the men hastily grabbed whatever treasures they could as they

ran out of Egypt, the women made sure to pack their musical instruments. It was the women, with their Binah Yeteirah, their special insight, that realized that the miracles at the Exodus was just the beginning of the salvation, and that they would need to be appropriately prepared when even greater miracles would come their way, and an even greater celebration and parade would be in order. In the six plus months since we re -crossed the border, Chevi and I

have been able to plant new seeds with the special members of our congregation and community. We have cultivated new relationships through the parlor meetings as well as used technology to increase and improve communication and marketing. Everyone who has attended our Torah classes has witnessed the widespread excitement for study and growth. We have seen new and recurring social programs, fundraising initiatives, long range strategic planning, and new additions to our youth program. We have shared

together, celebrated the past, and now I hope, plan for the upcoming revelry in the future. Nearly fifty years ago, the founding members of our synagogue and a young charismatic Rabbi, planted seeds with a mission of sincere commitment to the values of our tradition, and poured a foundation of family and community to build a Kehillah that will be reaped and harvested with both senior and recent members side by side. As our congregation enters a new phase, I hope that you join me in

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A Message from the President, Adam Greenberg

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am very excited that we have reinstituted the Ohav Sholom quarterly newsletter. It’s a great way to communicate with the congregation and the community. We are very fortunate to have Rabbi Ira Ebbin as our new spiritual leader. In the 6 plus months since Rabbi Ebbin has been here, he has brought back our weekday-series of lectures formerly known as the ―Culture Club‖ and has started new traditions at Ohav like our Chanukkah carnival for children and our 1st public menorah lighting. For Simchat Torah, we have also instituted an ―Aishes Chayil‖ honor for our women in addition to honoring

two men as our Chatanim. To make an auf ruf extra special, the bridegroom recites the brachot under a tallis canopy when he is called up to the Torah. Lastly, we have been publishing a weekly Shabbat newsletter that is available at services. The newsletter contains minyan times, upcoming programs, and special announcements. If you have not met Rabbi Ebbin, I encourage you to do so. He can be reached by email, text, or by phone. Or you can just stop by the office. Our next big holiday is Purim. We are planning a Purim Seudah in addition to our usual carnival and Purim night Freilach.

Watch for future announcements. And don’t forget our upcoming journal dinner dance honoring Dr. Mel Isaacs set for April 3, 2011 (new date). Membership is the life blood of our shul and it is very important that we connect and communicate with our members. We recently mailed out a survey to the congregation for your opinion on various topics. It would help us tremendously if you would complete the survey so the leadership can get a better understanding of the congregation. We are also developing a plan to attract new members through financial incentives and through creative marketing.

We could also use your help in any way you can, either volunteering your time, through financial sponsorships, or both. Please call on me anytime or let the office know if you are interested in helping.

Adam Greenberg

NEW FINANCIAL INCENTIVES FOR NEW MEMBERS WHO JOIN OHAV BETWEEN 2/2/11-6/30/11 For Year 1, the is a choice of (a)

Free Dues or

(b) 50% Dues and Free Religious School For Year 2, the choice is (a)

50% Dues or

(b) Full dues and 50% off Religious School


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feeling energized from everything we have celebrated and accomplished since we’ve arrived. Yet we need to have the faith that through our efforts and dedication, through the total contributions of every member of our congregational family, we will again have many reasons to celebrate in the future. It is now up to us to personally commit ourselves to our synagogue with the passion that will take us to the next stages of celebration. We need to show our children, grandchild-

ren and neighbors how to live and love the ideals that shape our lives and our synagogues future. We must continue to strive to bring the legacy of celebrations of Ohav Sholom’s past, into the forefront of the present. I believe that the next many months and years will bring even more reasons to celebrate for the future of our congregation. While we face some obvious challenges ahead of us, through a recommitment to our mission, creative outreach and inreach, and through the special people that are

passionate about Ohav Sholom and define who we are as a congregation, this could be our finest hour. I look forward to sharing in the planting and the revelry with you. Chevi, Shlomit, Shira Nacha, Anat Shoshana, and Isaac Roi join me in wishing you all the blessings in the world. Looking forward to seeing you at shul!

Bshalom,

Rabbi Ira Ebbin

TURNING POINT 2010: A Remarkable Renaissance At Ohav By Lonnie Ostrow

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urning points. Every community experiences them. Sometimes it's a simple event. The move of a new family. The election of new leadership. The start of an innovative project, or committee. The opening of a convenient local establishment. In other instances, a turning point can be more monumental, as we're all now experiencing here in Merrick at Ohav Sholom. Perhaps, a once-in-alifetime moment... or at least once in half a century. In June of 2010, we witnessed the elegant farewell of our founder and builder, Rabbi Jeremiah Wohlberg and his wife, Mimi, after a 47 year tenure. A few months earlier, thanks to the diligent work of our Execu-

tive Board and search committee, our congregants were exposed to a pair of weekends never before seen in these confines. Two men from opposite sides of North America got to audition for the part of Ohav's next spiritual leader. It was Merrick's version of the American Idol finale -- minus the Ford commercials, the singing and the text messaging for votes. Flash forward to July 2010. A new, young family moves from Montreal, Canada into a house on Wynsum Avenue, accompanied by a bit of fanfare and countless bagel deliveries. Rabbi Ira Ebbin, his wife Chevi, their daughters Shlomit, Shira & Anat, plus a baby boy on the way – a marketing professional's dream-come-true.

Soon thereafter, another unique community first: A series of parlor meetings throughout Merrick. It was time for us to meet-and-greet our new leader and his lovely wife. The parlor meetings weren't just a chance to get upclose and personal with the rabbi. They also presented a unique forum whereby the families of Ohav were given a platform to declare their wishes for what they hoped our shul could aspire to be going forward. Suffice to say, all the notetaking of Rabbi Ebbin left him with enough material to pen an epic bestselling novel... or at least a substantial Wikipedia entry. Another byproduct of the parlor meetings was a remarkable air of optimism for the future of our community. Sure, we all have our complaints Continued on page 4

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TURNING POINT Continued Continued from page 3

and concerns. However, beyond any trivial gripes were the excited voices of Merrokians, talking about building upon our existing foundation, and presenting our dynamic community to the rest of the Jewish world for future growth. The succeeding months brought about another highlight reel of community events and projects... literally. In early September, our annual Ohav Barbecue was captured digitally. It became the subject of our first music video on our new Ohav Sholom YouTube channel. www.ohav.org/youtube Now, both Ohav members, and also prospective families from outside communities can view the vibrancy of our Jewish community in Merrick, just by punching in a few keywords on their computers. The arrival of baby Isaac Ebbin resulted in another community wide celebration... and another YouTube video. We have since added a third musical highlight clip spotlighting our joy-

ous Chanukah celebrations. This included the dedication of our brand new 7-Foot tall Menorah commissioned by the Jurmann family, and the rousing Chanukah carnival -- a delicious joint venture of our Religious school and our COSY youth department. If you've been in shul since September, you will almost certainly have noticed the re-launch of the weekly newsletter, The Ohav Chronicle. Not only has this highlight handout proved a treasure trove of the many goings-on at Ohav, it has also improved the decorum during services, while cutting down on announcement time at the end of Musaf! Recently, our weekly chronicle made like the Wizard of Oz, transforming from black and white to spectacular color... courtesy of our brand new laser color printing press. Speaking of color, our new marketing committee has been busy with an assortment of exciting ventures. Included, have been the design and distribution of color flyers and posters to promote our shul events. Perhaps you’ve seen them hanging

Ohav's Bikur Cholim is looking for a few volunteers to participate in an Oneg Shabbat at the Mayfair Care Center in Baldwin to bring friendship and a taste of Shabbat to the residents. The program takes less than one hour, each Friday morning. To join in, or for more information, contact Bruria Mermelstein or Paula Cohen.

at the Merrick LIRR station, at Bagel Boss, Waldbaums, Tavlin, or at Moo-La-La. We've also recently adopted a new logo design, giving our shul and community a unique branding identification. Our website, Ohav.org has been updated with a new color scheme and many fresh interactive features. Now, we have this first edition of our new quarterly newsletter. And soon, a spectacular Ohav video commercial, a community welcome brochure, and our participation in the OU Emerging Community Fair in March. In keeping with the theme of improving the overall Ohav experience, our leadership has created a "Strategic Planning Committee," headed by Dr. Michael Richheimer. Strategic Planning is devising innovative programs in an effort to attract prospective members to our shul, while also enhancing everything Ohav. A glance at our community events calendar will open your eyes to a wide array of enticing activities. Rabbi Ebbin’s daytime and evening classes have enlivened our Midweek adult program-

After a winter break, The Women's Tefilah Group will meet on Shabbat, March 26th. We invite all women and girls to join us at 10:15 AM in The Hauptman Chapel for prayer and study. Our service will end in time to hear the Scholar -In-Residence speak in the main sanctuary. The Women’s Tefillah Group offers women who would like to lead future davening or chant the Torah/Haftarah portion the opportunity to do so. Tutors are available for those who would like to learn. Pre Bat Mitzvah age girls are also invited to get involved. Please contact Rebecca Moldwin at rhmoldwin@aol.com with questions.

ming. We’ve had movie screenings, topical discussions and even a cooking exhibition by Susie Fishbein aka, "The Jewish Rachel Ray." The youth department (COSY) is constantly hopping with trips, inhouse happiness and even the occasional Shabaton. Rarely does a week pass by when the halls of Ohav aren't bustling with activity. 2010. What a remarkable snapshot of a cultural community renaissance. Many years from now, when some of us look back at this moment, we will no doubt find ourselves amazed at this turning point in the history of Jewish Life in Merrick, NY.

Ohav is formulating an Israel Action Committee. If you are interested in joining please contact the shul office. First meeting Tuesday February 15th 8pm.

Did you know that The Hillard Stern Gemalth Chesed Fund Helps Ohav Families in need with interest free loans? All inquiries are handled sensitively and discreetly. Contact Rabbi Ebbin for information.


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SISTERHOOD Sisterhood President Fran Green

Executive V.P.

V.P.

V.P. Kiddush

Programming Adi Baron

Rona Birnbaum

Financial

Treasurer

Kiddush and

Secretary Robin Hauser

Roni Cohen

Debby

Sheri Balsam

Braunstein

Gold Cards

Yizkor Book

Jessica Lerner

Stella Peretz

Membership Dinner

Assistant V.P. Shalach Manot

Hope Greenberg

Simchat Shabbos

Sheri Balsam Sarah

Roni Cohen

Rubensohn

A Message from SISTERHOOD President, Fran Green

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hat is Sisterhood? In the Merriam Webster dictionary, Sisterhood is defined in three ways. 1) the state of being a sister, 2) a community or society of sisters; especially a society of women in a religious order and 3) the solidarity of women based on shared conditions, experiences or concerns. I think definition number three best describes what I feel that Sisterhood is to me. Sisterhood embodies the women of our shul. We all have special talents, areas of expertise and most of all….life

experiences to share. Sisterhood is where women can meet, bond and work together for the benefit of our Synagogue, our community, and one another. Our Sisterhood gives its members the much needed spiritual and emotional reprieve from our busy day-to-day lives. Our Sisterhood supports the shul in so many ways – not only through programming, but spiritually and financially as well. Hey, if it weren’t for us ladies, there would be no Kiddush! I think we’ve gotten off to a great start this year. We have held a gold party fundraiser, two successful book club discussions, a well

attended CPR/AED course, a cornucopia sale fundraiser and a fantastic cooking demonstration and tasting by Susie Fishbein. We are hard at work planning for the next half of the year. Upcoming events include a Spa party, a self defense class, a chocolate making party, a chesed event for We

Care Blankets, Shalach Manot and more. Stay tuned and get involved! Let us know what types of events you’d like to see in YOUR Sisterhood.

Fran Green


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Meet Some New Ohav Sholom Families Under Rabbi Ebbin‘s, tutelage, 8 new families have joined Ohav since August 2010. Here are some of them.... The Gibson Family… Brette, Daniel and their children Leorah age 8, Taliah age 4, moved from Queens to Merrick after hearing wonderful things about Ohav and the Merrick Community. Brette works as a Reading Teacher for Chatteron Elementary School. Daniel works as a School Psychologist. Leorah is attending third grade at Schechter Day School and Taliah is in Pre-K at Twin Oaks. The Gibsons love to spend time together as a family playing Wii video games and traveling to Los Angeles to visit Daniel’s family, where they enjoy the warm weather. The Gibson family are happy to report that they feel so welcomed at Ohav in such a short period of time. Brette shared that ―the people of Ohav are so special and we look forward to sharing many more years and simchot together.‖ The Rakhimov Family… Yelana and Roman have three children, Jennifer age 12, Lauren age 9 & Jacob age 3. Yelan works as a Finance Manager. Roman runs his own optical store in the Massapequa Mall. The family moved to Merrick from Briarwood Queens 2 years ago. Yelana and Roman selected Merrick because of it’s proximity to Roman’s work, it’s good schools and the Jewish community. The Rakhimov family chose to become members of Ohav while looking for a Hebrew school for their girls. Because Jennifer was almost 12 it was hard to find a Hebrew school that would accept her. Ohav welcomed her with open arms. Roman enjoys going skiing with the girls. They also enjoy warm weather activities as a family at the beach. The Rakhimov family are adventurous and like to try different foods. Mr. Jerome Schwartz… Briana, Samantha and Tikvah Freidman’s grandfather recently joined Ohav Sholom. Although Mr. Schwartz resides in Baldwin he spends a lot of time with his grandchildren in Merrick at the Freidman residence. He has attended a number of Ohav events in support of his grandkids. We are happy to welcome Mr. Schwartz to the Ohav family. The Spiegel Family… Carmi and Rachel got married in 1995 in New Haven Connecticut where Carmi was raised. Rachel grew up in Ra’anana Israel. Their oldest, Ariel is looking forward to having her Bat Mitzvah in Ohav at the end of May. Ariel is attending Merrick Avenue Middle School. Their second, Zohar, will be turning 6 in June and currently attends Lakeside Elementary. Rachel is a stay-at-home mom. Carmi is a Chef Concierge at The Manhattan Club Hotel in the city. The Spiegel Family moved to Merrick at the end of 2009 from Kew Gardens, Queens.

The Petlakh Family… Jenya and Leonard Pet lakh, and their children, Daniel, age 10, and Jonathan, age 6 have been living in Merrick for 5 years. Jenya works as a Bank underwriter. Leonard is the JCC Exective Director in Kings Bay Brooklyn. The boys attend Levy Lakeside Elementary School. As a family, they enjoy going on trips, social events and being involved in events that support Israel. The family credits Rabbi Ebbin with attracting them to Ohav. The Petlakh family are allergic to cats, so all you cat lovers out there beware. The Ruben Family… Gabe and Laura moved to Merrick after living in a co-op in Riverdale and running out of room when their twins, were born. Laura grew up in Merrick and wanted to return to her roots. Matthew and Abbey are now 5 years old. Recently, the Rubens welcomed a new addition, Hannah Lilly, to their family. Mazal Tov! After a short maternity leave, Laura has returned to work as an Occupational Therapist for the NYC Board of Education. Gabe graduated the University of Rochester with a BA in Japanese. He went on to study Interior Design and Drafting at FIT. Currently he is self employed as a construction project manager though he is looking for full time employment. Matthew and Abbey attend school at the JCC and Hannah has a babysitter during the day. The Ruben family enjoy coming to Ohav as they and their children have made friends in shul. The Stern Family… We first met the Stern family at the 2010 Annual Ohav BBQ. It was at the BBQ that Atara and Saul announced that they were moving to Merrick on September 19th, right in the middle of the Yom Tovim. The Sterns were attracted to Ohav’s “Liberal, Modern-Orthodox Lifestyle”. Atara is a Speech Language pathologist in a school district grades K-5, and an Adjunct professor at Adelphi University teaching speech and language courses. Saul is a High School Business and English teacher and an Adjunct college instructor. The Sterns have 3 boys, Zachary, age 12, attends Merrick Avenue Middle School, Jacob, age 10 and Noah, age 6 both attend HANC, West Hempstead campus. As a family, they enjoy visiting Manhattan, museums and parks. The Sterns report they are happy in Merrick and look forward to making new friends.

At the time of going to press one other new family was unavailable for an interview. Please join us in welcoming: Gloria and Edward Lebeaux, and their children, Jeffery, age 13 and Elizabeth, age 17 .


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A Message from the Men’s Club The 17th Annual Super Bowl Fund Raiser Party at Congregation Ohav Sholom Join us for Super Bowl XLV (45) Sunday, February 6, 2011 starting at 5:30 pm

The Ohav Sholom Men's Club will be holding our 1st Annual Spirit Fest 2011. Look for more announcements late winter.

Watch the game on a huge screen and surround system. Watch it with family and friends. Giant SuperBowl 50/50 pool. Only $20 per box (half the proceeds will go to the synagogue). Even if you can‘t make the party – don‘t miss getting in on the pool! Plenty of food & drink heroes, wings, chips, nuggets, chili, dips, soda and beer.

SpiritFest 2011 is a Whiskey, Wine, and Spirits tasting evening, with lectures, discussions, giveaways, and unlimited tastings of rare whiskeys, & fine wines.

$20 admission per person, $10 per child under 13, maximum of $50 per family. $25 for non member. Sports memorabilia raffle – tickets to sporting events, autographed items and other special prizes.

STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFO

Babysitting will be provided.

Sisterhood

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO CONGRGATION OHAV SHOLOM

is taking up a ―Souper Bowl‖ collection. Please bring canned soup to the Super Bowl Party. For questions contact Roni Cohen.

RSVP

Dave Denenberg 403-3298 Gary Friedman 650-7288 Ron Bekore 729-6118 Or e-mail Superbowl@ohav.org

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A Brand New Tradition at Ohav Sholom

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n Monday December 6th at 5:45pm braving the freezing cold temperatures Rabbi Ebbin and the members of Ohav Sholom began a new annual tradition of lighting our BRAND NEW 7 foot tall Menorah. Joining Rabbi Ebbin in the Menorah Lighting were Dr. Mel Isaac’s, the Director of Education at the Religious School, the Religious School teachers and students, Adam Greenberg, President of Ohav Sholom, Fran Green, Sisterhood President, and our resident legislative representative Dave Denenberg. At this inaugural menorah lighting, Rabbi Ebin recounted how the Menorah is to serve as a symbol to the rest of the world that we are proud to be Jewish and that ― Am Yisroel Chai‖ - the nation of Israel is alive. The aluminum menorah stands seven feet tall and was lit the old fashioned way–with candles. The Menorah was commissioned by long time member, Dr. Ari Jurmann and his family, and donated to Ohav.

All of us at Ohav would like to thank the Jurmann’s for their generosity. A Message from Rabbi Ebbin... I would like to unveil our "Community of Learners" Project. The program works very simply; You form together a group of learners to meet in someone's home (aka chaburah), and I will help guide you with sources and study materials on any Judaic Subject that you choose. If you would like to join a group, please email me, or call the office and we will help pair you up. This is not only a great way to study, but a wonderful opportunity to connect new families with our congregation. It is my hope to start a number of these programs throughout our congregational family, and create a "Community of Learners" in Merrick and Ohav.


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News from Ohav Sholom’s Religious School

The Chanukah Carnival and public Menorah lighting were a huge success this year. Thank you to everyone who participated. The following is a list of special programs were are working on for the remainder of this school year. Please join us. March 5 March 6 March 13 March 8 March 15 March 20 March 27 March 27

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Shabbat. Aleph Induction. Rosh Chodesh Assembly and Breakfast. Gadna Program for Grades Gimmil to Vov. Dr. Mel Isaac’s Megillah Class. Dr. Mel Isaac’s Megillah Class. Megillah reading and Purim Carnival. Trip to Jewish Hall of Fame Daled –Vov. PACE program. (Parent And Children Education). April 3 Rosh Chodesh Assembly and Breakfast. April 10 Sunday. Charoses Bowl. (Passover Game/Quiz show) April 11 Model Seder. May 2 Rosh Chodesh Assembly. May 8 Yom Hazikaron Program. May 9 Yom Ha'atz'maut Program. May 14 Religious School Shabbat. I love Ohav Hebrew School May 23 Lag B'Omer Field Day. because we have really cool June 5 Salute to Israel Parade. activities. My favorite acJune 6 Last Day of School. tivity is when we make art Vov Graduation Ceremony. projects because they are very creative. The art projects I like are crafting, painting a menorah and painting signs for the Israel Ethics and Values Day Parade…..

Wednesdays at 8pm With Rabbi Ira Ebbin

Jocelyn Cohn, age 9.

Note changes! Feb 9th - No class Feb 16h -Organ Donation Feb 23rd End of Life Issues – Advance Directives March 1 Ransoming Captives The Gilad Shalit Debate

I love to learn the Hebrew Letters and how to draw them. I love to read stories and play games at Ohav’s Hebrew School…...Maya Cohen, age 4.

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2011 OHAV SHOLOM DINNER DANCE HONOREE AND AWARDEES

OHAV SHOLOM’S ANNUAL JOURNAL DINNER DANCE APRIL 3, 2011

HONOREE DR. MEL ISAACS FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO OHAV AND THE JEWISH COMMUNITY Dr. Isaacs has much to be proud of when it comes to the accomplishments of his Religious School alumni, staff and lay leadership. In his honor, the synagogue will present awards recognizing seven of these individuals for outstanding contributions to the Jewish community. We hope to make this an Ohav tradition in years to come. Alumni awards are being presented to five individuals who live up to and now spread the ideals found in our Religious School's mission statement namely to: participate in and become part of the wider Jewish community, inspire a love of Judaism, commitment to the land and people of Israel and to their local Jewish community. These awards will be presented as follows:

Mr. Michael Alexander - Class of 1972 Award in recognition of contributing to the growth of a Jewish Community, Stamford, CT

Dr. Deborah Yanofsky Cohn - Class of 1975 Award in recognition of contributing to the Merrick Community

Dr. Marlene Galinkin Ruskin - Class of 1985 Award in recognition of contributing to Jewish Education in America

Rabbi Moshe Gordon - Class of 1984 Award in Recognition of contributing to Jewish Education in Israel

Prof. Adam Schonbrun - Class of 1975 Award in Recognition of his contribution to the Jewish Arts A school is as good as its faculty, and most often teachers are not recognized for their contributions and heart connections to their students. They are the ones who must carry out the Mission Statement. So, we are recognizing the contributions of Mrs. Bernice Carus Lite, a veteran of 24 years and an outstanding music teacher. Finally, lay leadership, as volunteers, are the stakeholders to insure continuity and also serve as the liaison between the school and the congregational membership. We all know the contributions of Les Grussgott, and this award is well deserved.

YASHER KOACH AND MAZAL TOV TO ALL RECIPIENTS If you are an alumnus of the Religious School and would like to attend the dinner or send congratulatory greetings to Dr. Isaacs and the awardees, please contact our Religious School Secretary, Bonnie Errico at Bonnieohav@yahoo.com for further information.


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DR. MEL ISAACS SPEAKS OUT ON 50 YEARS IN JEWISH EDCUATION

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f there were a hall of fame for Jewish educators, Dr. Mel Isaacs would be enshrined among the immortals. The beloved principal of our Religious School holds the distinction of having educated Jewish children throughout the NY area for more than 50 consecutive years. Now that’s a streak even baseball iron man Cal Ripken Jr. would be envious of! Dr. Isaacs is a graduate of Brooklyn College (BA, MS) and received his Ed.D in Jewish School Administration from Yeshiva University. His professional career began as a teacher at RJJ, The Rabbi Jacob Joseph High School on the Lower East Side -the same school he attended for both elementary and High School. Economic conditions forced him to enter the public sector. However, he remained connected to Jewish education through his participation at various day camps and at the Glenwood Jewish Center. When he moved to West Hempstead in 1967, Dr. Isaacs dreaded the long drive to work in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. He transferred from teaching at PS 169 to the Merrick School District. He also sought a second position at a Jewish supplementary school. Two years later, Dr, Isaacs began his long and storied affiliation with Ohav Sholom. On April 3, 2011, Dr. Mel Isaacs will be the guest of honor at Ohav’s annual journal dinner. We recently caught up with our legendary educator to reflect on a half century in Jewish education and his fondest memories at Ohav.

child does things that touch him emotionally and spiritually, then his own curiosity and love of his religious beliefs will motivate him to learn more. On the other hand, if a child does not enjoy coming to Religious School, he will be drawn to secular interests that might distance him from a vital connection to his people. The second important ingredient is the faculty. A school must have teachers who can connect with his/her own inner child and truly understand what it is like to be the student; to arouse curiosity and interest in the learner that will encourage class interaction and participation. Children are like flowers: If nurtured and loved, they will blossom.

Q) You helped to run Ohav's Religious School for some twenty years, then moved on to work at HANC. What brought you back to Ohav?

A) I began working at Congregation Ohav Sholom in September of 1969 in the capacity of a teacher for five years, and the principal for the next 20. In 1994 I returned to the Yeshiva world to work at HANC as an administrator. After 13 years, I decided it was time to slow down and made the decision to retire. I happened to meet Adam Marchuck at a simcha around that juncture. He asked Q) What do you see as the me what I was doing with my greatest challenge of Jewish time besides traveling to visit education today? grandchildren in Israel and A) The major challenge is to London. I informed him that I have the parents partner in the was interested in keeping a educational process of their hand in Jewish education, and children's Jewish education. he asked me if I’d be interested Unfortunately, Religious in returning. The rest is histoSchool is not given a high ry. I am so appreciative to repriority in most homes today. turn to the school, the synaIt is looked upon as a "rite of gogue and congregational fampassage" to becoming a Bar ily that I truly love. and Bat Mitzvah, and not as the foundation of Jewish conQ) You've had the opportunity nectedness. Nor is it viewed as to educate the children of Q) For over 50 years, you have been a leadthe beginning of a life-long young men and women who ing Jewish educator. What do you consider process of Jewish identity and were once students at Ohav to be the most crucial aspects of giving a participation in Judaism, relong ago. What is that experichild a Jewish education? gardless of one's degree of reli- ence like? A) The most crucial aspect is to have our gious affiliation. Parents often children truly love and identify with our fail to realize that they are the A) Considering that I am still a beautiful heritage. Many believe that cogni- primary teachers for their chil- young man, it is hard to believe tive learning is more important than learn- dren. They must model the life- that I have students in our Religious School whose grandfaing which encompasses an affective compo- style and religious beliefs for nent. If a child can gain the knowledge, thers were my students at RJJ. their off-spring. A parent canthen he or she should become an active not expect the school to fill the Please remember I was just 4 member in the Jewish community. I firmly void left empty by parents not years older then my students believe that the affective domain plays a caring, or who are uninterestContinued on page 13 more dominant role in the equation. If the ed.


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DR. MEL ISAACS SPEAKS OUT ON 50 YEARS IN JEWISH EDCUATION Continued when I began my educational career. I also marvel that so many of our former students are now parents of students that we have here at Ohav, and similarly when I was with HANC. That feeling cannot be put into words. The fact that the goals we set for ourselves, which are still part of our school's mission statement, proves to us that we have succeeded as an institution. As an educator, I appreciate that our school has made a difference in the lives of so many of our graduates. We see a continuity of our beautiful religious civilization into the next generation. We have former students who are rabbinic leaders both here and in Israel. Still others chose to become Jewish educators. Some of our alumni reside in Israel and are contributing to that country's growth. Finally, so many are actively involved with synagogues as lay leaders and congregants, both here in Merrick, and wherever else they may reside. They are bringing up their children as Jews and are making sure that they are getting a similar or better education than they were the recipients of. That is the joy and nachas I continuously get. I am so fortunate to have made this choice professionally. The reward is immense.

Q) What have been your most suc- and I felt strongly about this and, therefore, made this area cessful programs that you've ina cornerstone of the curricustituted at the Ohav school? A) I am most pleased about the positive attitude toward a Jewish education that our students took with them upon graduating. The fact that so many of our students chose to continue in our High School, then in the Community Hebrew High School after it was founded 22 years ago. And still so many others opted to continue their studies in the Day School movement. This attests to the success of the many programs we instituted over the course of these many years. Programs are only as good as our teachers who carry out the philosophy of the school, so the credit must go to them; the unsung heroes and heroines who chose teaching as a career. Q) You've mentioned to me that Jewish day school should be "fun" for students in addition to it being educational? How do you implement fun into a Hebrew curriculum?

A) Students should have fun Q) What are the greatest differences in school regardless of between the Ohav school today VS the what is being way it was in your first tenure? taught. I always A) The difference, as I see it, is the felt that teachchange in societal norms and values ers, as facilitaand the pressures of every day life both tors of learning, must be imaginain and out of the home. Today's economtive in how they present material ic times demand that both parents and use the same guidelines when work, thus less time is given, both quanhaving their students research and titatively and qualitatively, to the chilpresent material. The teacher need dren. Our students today are bombardnot be the only person presenting ed with a multitude of choices; so many factual information. Students can activities that their heads must spin work together in small groups, from trying to keep up with all of the then share with their classmates. demands and pressures. The MerrickExperimentation and out of classBellmore communities are also in tranroom experiences enhance the prosition. Our school was much larger cess. That "makes it fun." years ago. We had 2 sections on each Q) How important is the grade level with a student population study of Israel in the reliwell over 300, and a high school of 90. gious curriculum (both NCSY was housed in our building and historical and modern we were the beneficiaries of their proday Israel)? grams. That impacted immensely on the extra-curricular activities we offered Both Rabbi Wohlberg our students.

lum. The State of Israel is the homeland of and for the Jewish people. It is extremely important to know where you came from in order to know where you are going. Blending both the history of the past and life in Israel today makes sense. Our participation in the Salute to Israel parade over the years, our involvement with the Jewish National Fund, our participation in an NCSY trip that included our students as campers for a summer in Israel, as well as our contributions to so many charities there, give our students a level of comfort toward and with our brothers and sisters who make their home there. We are proud of the fact that several of our alumni live there and are still in contact with us. So many have gone to Israel to visit as adults. Again, if we are successful in effecting an emotional connection to the curriculum, it lasts forever.

Q) It's been said that having a community Hebrew school for the Merrick-Bellmore communities was a dream of yours from the outset. Has this dream been fully realized? A) Absolutely! Ohav had the largest high school at the time some 22 years ago. So many of both our own students and those of the three other local synagogue schools were dropping out after their final year. The feeling was that these students, who were spending their days together in public school, could be the recipients of a Jewish education and have a place to socialize in the same building that was the impetus to this idea. We worked together as a community to make this a reality. Besides hiring Continued on page 14


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DR. MEL ISAACS SPEAKS OUT ON 50 YEARS IN JEWISH EDCUATION Continued professional staff, all four rabbis and principals were instructors. The students were afforded the opportunity of a diverse Jewish curriculum. That first year we thought that if we had 120 students, we would be successful. We enrolled over 150 and have not dipped below that number since. We graduate our students at age 16. We then offer a post graduation course to those who are juniors and seniors and who wish to continue in a more intense course of study. They are able to gain college credits for those two years. We still have as many as 30 students each year who take advantage of this opportunity. Besides getting an education and learning about the different paths within Judaism, it affords our teenagers a place to socialize within the walls of a Jewish institution. Q) Ohav Sholom promotes itself as a warm, welcoming Orthodox congregation with acceptance of people from a wide array of backgrounds. Does the Ohav Religious School mirror this open-arms philosophy? A) Why would it be any different? We are the only school I am aware of that accepts non-member children to attend. Besides, we concentrate on the affective, the emotional component of our religious beliefs that make it inherent to be open, warm, compassionate and understanding.

Q) What does it mean to you to be honored by Ohav at the annual journal dinner this year? A) I am deeply honored to be the recipient of this award since it sheds light on the wonderful accomplishments of our school. We have always been at the forefront of the cutting edge as a school, and we’ve been recognized for our contributions to the field by the Board of Jewish Education, the Educator's Council of America, The Jewish Agency and Yeshiva University. We have been noted as a model school that has been replicated across this country. This honor gives recognition to all of us as an educational institution, which includes; the administration, the faculty, the alumni and the lay leadership. I am privileged to be part of this communal honor.

OHAV ALUMNI We are organizing an alumni association and hope to have a reunion this Spring. Over the past 40 years we have graduated well over 900 students. If you know the whereabouts of a former graduate of either the Religious School or High School, please go to http://www.ohav.org/hebrew-schoolalumni-association and fill in the form, and bring it to the Ohav office. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

When asked to name a few of his most treasured memories at Ohav, Dr. Mel Isaacs responded: ―There are so many highlights over these many years that come to mind. My recalling them all would fill volumes. However the short list includes, in no particular order:‖

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Creating the New Opportunities Program (NOP) at HANC to accommodate graduates of our Religious School that wanted to continue their studies in a day school setting. Participating in the Salute to Israel Day parade for almost two decades, then winning an award last June after a hiatus of 15 years. Our school's involvement in the March for Soviet Jewry, and all of the students wearing bracelets for Russian Refuse-nicks. The success of our Community Hebrew High School. Participating in the many Shabbatonim, both in Merrick and places like Silver-Spring, MD, Brookline, Mass. & Boro Park. Enabling beginning success with JEP & NCSY. Use of our school premise as their first partners in extra-curricular activities. Enhancement our children's learning through informal education. Our school‘s involvement in the International Bible Contest, and having several of our students reach the final round here in America. Pauline Fein, presently in Vov, placed third last year. The most significant was having one of our students, Dawn Friedman, win and represent all of the Day and Supplementary Schools from the United States in Israel. She placed 16th worldwide. The award winning school choir that was led by Bernice Lite. Being the first Hebrew School to implement classes for educationally challenged students, and for the physically disabled.

Ohav Sholom being the first Hebrew School to have its own computer room long before it was fashionable or standardized. The many events surrounding the life cycle and holidays. The memorable graduation ceremonies & Aleph Inductions. The Charoses Bowl –continuous without interruption for 37 years. The Parent and Child Education Programs (PACE). Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach visiting and entertaining our students. Our receiving the first ―School of the Year Award‖ by the Board of

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PARSHAT KI TISA: A COMMUNAL PRAYER - A SECRET WEAPON By Rabbi Ebbin

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n the scene of the Golden Calf, Moshe finds himself at a crossroads. On the one hand he has to defend the honor of His G-d, who’s defilement by the Jewish people is compared to a bride being unfaithful at the wedding alter (Midrash). On the other hand he has to defend his flock, of which G-d wants to destroy in vengeance for their infidelity. Moshe chooses to defend his people, using the thirteen attributes of G-d to evoke His mercy. He pleads with G-d using any argument he can find, beseeching Him to grant another chance to the nation. In the midst of this chaotic scene, the text seems to take a short break from the commotion, and we are confronted with a fascinating dialogue between Moshe and G-d. ―And now, If I may find favor in Your eyes, please let me know your ways‖ (Shemot 33:12), asks Moshe to G-d. To which G-d replies that ―No one can see my ways and live (33:20)‖. However, G-d then proposes a compromise, offering Moshe the opportunity to see His ―back‖ The commentaries spend much ink attempting to explain this very enigmatic scene, with the Talmud (Brachot 7A) even explaining Moshe’s inquiries in the context of the timeless paradox of theodicy. Regardless of the true meaning of the

discussion, the dialogue itself seems out of place. Why is this deep theological discussion placed smack in the middle of one of the most significant events in our history? Why does the Torah seemingly take a break from the story to discuss Moshe’s grappling with G-d’s mysteries other theological challenges? Perhaps we can understand our question if we return back to the context. Moshe is placed in a situation that he has never found himself in. The Jews have rebelled, and they have painted themselves in a corner in the eyes of G-d. For the very first time, Moshe finds himself needing to protect his herd. Until now, Moshe is strictly assigned to either to perform a miracle against the Egyptians, or act as a messenger for G-d as the provider for His people. Even at the scene just prior to the splitting of the Red Sea, when Moshe breaks into prayer for Divine intervention, he is immediately rebuked as G-d explains, ―Why are you crying to me‖ (Shemot 14:15). Now, at the scene of the Golden Calf, Moshe finds himself as the only advocate that the Jewish people have, and for the very first time, he prays on their behalf. It is at this point that not only are Moshe’s prayers heard, but his petitioning G-d to forgive the people has a dramatic affect. Moshe sees the door in his relationship with G-d open wider than it has ever before. The Midrash describes debates and discussions that Moshe has with the Angels on top of Mount Sinai, when his physical presence was taken up to heaven. Now

however, after crying on behalf of the Jewish people, Moshe discovers an even closer relationship with his Creator. As the verse describes; following his initial Prayes for the nation ―And G-d spoke to Moshe face to face, like a man speaks to his friend‖ (Shemot 33:11). Almost immediately, Moshe seizes this new opportunity to form an even closer bond to the Creator and asks G-d to reveal the innermost secrets of His plan for the universe, and how He governs the world. In the third chapter of Tractate Rosh Hashana (29A), the Mishnah recapitulates the scene of the Battle with Amalek from Parshat Beshalach. ―And it was when Moshe’s hands were raised the nation was strengthened, and when his hands fell down then Amelek was strengthened‖ (Shemot 17:11) Asks the Mishnah, is it possible that the hands of Moshe will make or break the victories of the Jewish people? Rather as long as the Jewish people direct their eyes on their father in heaven they will be successful, and as long as they do not they will not be successful. Perhaps we can understand this Mishnah from a different perspective. Why are the Jewish people encouraged by Moshe’s hands to look heavenward? Because when one focus his eyes in an upward direction, it becomes impossible to look at oneself. How often are we encompassed with our own concerns and problems? The Mishnah tells us to stop worrying about our own troubles, and start worrying about other people’s issues. And by doing this, explains the Mishnah, it will dictate success for our people’s regardless of the adversary and adversity. As the scene within the sin of Golden Calf teaches us, the path to G-d leads through selflessness. Our Prayers in the Amidah are all impersonal. Rather they are stated Belashon Rabim, in plural tense, on behalf of the entire people. When we pray and act on behalf of the kahal, the congregation, with sincerity, ignoring our own personal concerns that all of us have, then we can attain a spiritual level that could not be attained otherwise. As Moshe teaches us, the power of prayer on behalf of others is beyond explanation, and it can take use to the greatest heights in our relationship with G-d. ―These are destined for everlasting life...the one who bring merit to the masses, like the stars that give light forever and ever.‖ (Daniel 12:2-3). The congregation would like to thank those individuals who have helped with Kiddush in the month of January :

Fran Green for organizing, shopping and prepping,

Shoppers: Bella Baruch, Sheri Balsam, Chevi Ebbin, Phyllis Hauser, Jordan Smith Preppers: Alana Green, Phyllis Hauser, Rona Birnbaum, Nelly Cohen, Edie Laby & Linda Marshal


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PURIM - A BEAUTIFUL SCRIPT CALLED LIFE By Rabbi Ebbin

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hen reading a novel, I always find myself tempted to skip till the end of the book. It takes all of my will power to prevent myself from just skimming through it till the last chapter. I always feel the need to know how things will work out, and be assured of the fate of my favorite characters. It’s a natural tendency to want to know how things will turn out. As educated and empowered people, we are so accustomed to trying to foresee the end through projections and bottom lines. Life, on the other hand, more often than not, humbles us all in our predictions. Life is the greatest novel of all. It’s filled with twists and turns that keep us all at the edge of our seats. But there are no prophets to tell us the future, and no last chapter to tell us how everything will ultimately fall into place. We are forced to anxiously wait till the scenes play through, unable to cheat neither ourselves, nor the Author, by finding out the conclusion prematurely. In the story of Purim we are reminded that there is truly a script in the beautiful play we call life. During the period between the first and the second Temples, the Jewish people find themselves at the brink of annihilation due to the plans of the evil villain Haman. A series of events led by our heroes Mordechai and Esther turn the story upside down, and the destruction is turned into a salvation. Esther’s name in Hebrew means hidden, and our tradition points to the irony that G-d hid his face

throughout the story of Purim never showing His hand via a miracle like the other holidays. In fact, you will not find even once the name of Gd mentioned in the Megillah, (Go check. I dare you.) a representation that He never openly revealed Himself throughout the entire story. It is a reminder of the Biblical term, Hester Panim, where G-d pledges to hide his face from the world in response to the population and specifically the Jewish people turning their faces away from Him. Yet, it is this fact that centers around the true meaning of the Holiday of Purim. The Holiday does not provide us with the type of Hollywood and drama as Passover, nor the lights, cameras and miracles of Hanukah. It is just a script; a beautiful play that comes together without any fanfare or miracles. It’s just a script and a play with G-d reminding us that despite what the forecasters predict, and despite what everyone and everything is pointing to, the sun will come out tomorrow. One does not need miracles to know there is an ultimate divine plan. Mordechai reminds Esther of the idea of this ultimate plan, one that will occur whether she accepts her designed role or someone else is cast into it in her stead. “For if you remain silent now, then relief and deliverance will come to the Jews from another place” A salvation will come to the Jewish people one way or another he tells Esther. We think we are in control of the conclusion but in fact we are just part of

the script. The only choices we have, Mordechai tells Esther, is

which role we are willing to take. In the end, the holiday of Purim is celebrated through frivolity, and drinking. It is a celebration that despite our arrogance and our brilliance and our need to know, it doesn’t really matter how smart we are, the script will ultimately play out. Our free choice allows us and should encourage us to take on important roles in that plan, but our control over the outcome of the novel is minimal. As the wise King Solomon wrote, “Many thoughts are in the heart of man, but the plans of G-d are what is everlasting” (Proverbs 19:21). And even if we are unable to see G-d the way our ancestors did before us, with open miracles, it doesn’t in anyway mean that He is not there. To be hidden just means to be unable to be seen, but nonetheless very present. On Purim we celebrate by throwing out all of our convictions and senses, thus admitting to G-d that our fancy forecasts and predictions are irrelevant, and He is the only one who will bring His script to fruition. Don’t try to skip ahead. Try celebrating Purim the prescribed way and just enjoy life knowing that the good guys will ultimately win. Purim Somayach, Rabbi Ira Ebbin


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Did You Know? Facts and Folklore about Purim Did you know that the word Purim is Hebrew for "lots"? The name of the holiday refers to the plot of the king's advisor, Haman, to draw lots for which Jews to kill first. He planned to massacre all the Jews. Esther, one of the king's wives and a Jewess herself, saved the Jewish people from Haman's "lots" plot by revealing it to the king.

Did you know that the expression "the whole megillah" comes from the holiday of Purim? On Purim, the story of Esther is read from a scroll known as a megillah. The whole megillah must be read twice on Purim, once at night and once the following morning. Purim, like all Jewish holidays, runs for approximately 25 hours, beginning at sunset. Did you know that Purim is one of the most joyous holidays in the Jewish religion? So joyous, in fact, that the rabbis have actually commanded adults to get drunk on the holiday of Purim to the point that you can’t tell the difference between the names of the hero of the Purim story, Mordechai, and its villain, Haman. Did you know Jewish people have a custom of Tzedakah on Purim? The specific proscription is to give three half-dollar coins, symbolizing that the giver is part of the larger whole. Everyone, rich and poor alike, is required to give the same amount on Purim, since everyone has an equal role in the destiny of the Jewish people. Did you know that Purim is celebrated during a Jewish leap month? The holiday falls on the 14th of the month of Adar. When there is a leap year, there are two Adars (Adar Aleph and Adar Bet). Purim is celebrated in Adar Bet during a leap year. Did you know that in walled cities, like the Persian city in which the story of Purim first took place, Purim is celebrated a day later, on the 15th of Adar? Today, the only recognized walled cities celebrating the later Purim date are Jerusalem, Hebron and the Old City of Tzfat in northern Israel. Did you know that the holiday of Purim begins on the 13th of Adar (regardless of whether or not you live in a walled city) with the Fast of Esther? In Hebrew, this fast is known as Ta'anit Esther. The day-long fast commemorates Esther's three-day fast before she revealed her true identity to the king and pleaded for her people's safety. Did you know that Purim is one of the only Jewish holidays not commanded in the Torah? The holiday can trace its roots to the Talmudic period. The earliest known celebration of Purim was in the 2nd century CE. Did you know that there is a town in Missouri called Esther? There is also one in Louisiana.


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SHRINES OF OUR PATRIACHS - MYSTERIES IN HISTORY PART 1—MORDECHAI AND ESTHER By Lonnie Ostrow A brief introduction… Recently, Ohav's own Samantha Friedman took on a special "chesed" project as part of her becoming a Bat Mitzvah. Many children of this age often choose to raise money for worthy causes. Others donate their time visiting the sick, the needy and the aged. Samantha's project was particularly unique, as it involved no interaction with people in need. Instead, she elected to visit a number of local Jewish cemeteries. Her mission: to help clean up the burial sites of our predecessors; to clear away overgrown shrubbery and to beautify the final resting place of generations gone by. It is Samantha's wonderful tribute to our Jewish heritage that has provided the inspiration for this first feature in a series of stories and legends about the final resting places of our patriarchs.

The Tomb Of Mordechai And Esther - Hamadan, Iran (Persia) I first learned of the tomb of Mordechai and Esther from an Iranian immigrant with whom I worked back in 1996. "Robbie" would tell me many stories about his family's brave escape from Iran to America in the early 1980s. He occasionally would shed a tear when speaking about his relatives and friends who were left behind in a country so hateful to the few remaining Jews. But when the holiday of Purim came around, Robbie would liven up with tales from his youth. He'd tell us

what it was like to celebrate Purim in Persia -- the place where it all took place. At the centerpiece of Robbie's Purim stories was a tradition I'd never heard of, at a place I never knew existed -- a gathering at the tomb of Mordechai and Esther to hear the reading of the Megillah. Robbie would describe in vivid detail the festive nature in which hundreds of Iranian Jews would flock - many in costume - to hear the story of Queen Esther beneath the dome of her final resting place. And next to Esther, her Uncle Mordechai, the man who guided her in a valiant attempt to save the Jews of Persia from extinction more than two thousand years ago. "But we never learned about this place in yeshiva," I protested. "And it's not mentioned in the Megillah. We heard of the Tomb of Rachel, the Tomb of King David. But the tomb of Esther..." "That's probably because none of your teachers ever visited Iran," Robbie shot back. "Since the 1979 revolution, and even before that, Iran hasn't exactly been a hotbed for Jewish tourism. Israel? Everyone's been there. But Iran? Jews have had a horrible time getting out for so long. Getting in really isn't an option. Still, Iran is Persia... or

Shushan from ancient times. The tomb of Esther is probably the most important of these places.” Indeed, for centuries, the Jews of Iran have been flocking to the Tomb of Esther, and not just for Purim. Bris's, Bar Mitzvahs, weddings and other religious rituals have taken place at this historic shrine. From the outside, this stone structure appears as though it dates back many centuries. Historians say it was built above the underground graves of our Purim protagonists some five to seven hundred years ago. The dome that crowns the mausoleum was said to have once been covered in blue tiles. However, most have fallen away through the years. The inside houses a sitting room, a small sanctuary, and the main chamber featuring two aboveground wooden coffins covered in brightly colored cloths. The ornate coffins are said to be symbolic, resting several feet above the actual graves of Mordechai and Esther. Hebrew lettering is inscribed on the walls above, along with a wooden cabinet that houses a 300 year old torah scroll. Oral tradition of Iranian Jews has been passed down through the centuries about this sacred landmark. The story most commonly told is that Esther and Mordechai -- after living out their years at the royal palace -were buried in the city of Shushan (now Hamadan),

next to one another. The shrine above their graves was built many years later by the Persian Jewish community. It was destroyed in the 14th century by Mongolian invaders, but rebuilt in 1602 according to archeologists. In the early 1970s, the Iranian Jewish Society commissioned architect Yassi (Elias) Gabby to renovate the historic site. Houses around the tomb were demolished, making the shrine more accessible from the nearby street. An underground synagogue chapel was also built for worshipers featuring a skylight in the shape of a Star of David. Some say that this unique Jewish Star is the only one visible from space. The plaza outside the old structure is cluttered with dozens of ancient Jewish grave stones. Through the centuries, some prominent local Jews apparently managed to secure burial plots outside the shrine -- a place they considered holier than the main Jewish cemetery in Hamadan. Sadly, there is no documentation to verify that this ancient tomb is indeed the authentic burial site of Queen Esther and her uncle, Mordechai. In Israel, a competing legend identifies the final resting place of Queen Esther and Mordechai as being on the outskirts of the village of Baram, in the upper Galilee, near Safed. In the year 1215, Rabbi Menachem Continued on page 17


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SHRINES OF OUR PATRIACHS - MYSTERIES IN HISTORY PART 1—MORDECHAI AND ESTHER Continued Continued from page 16

Ha-Hevroni wrote that while visiting the Galilee, he came across the tomb of Queen Esther, "who, during her lifetime, had instructed her son Cyrus to bring her there for burial." Israeli settlers in years that followed have written about holding special celebrations at that location on Shushan Purim (the day after Purim).

This alternate tomb of Queen Esther is believed to be located in the ruins of a building found in the Baram National Park. For historical purposes, it would be comforting to know if either of these two sites is indeed the true burial location of our Purim patriarchs. However, to the handful of remaining Jews in Iran, the tomb of Mordechai and Esther represents so

much more than simply an ancient burial ground. For centuries, it has been a place of prayer, gathering and observance -- a centerpiece of Jewish life in a nation where Judaism teeters on the brink of extinction some 2,500 years after Haman hung from the gallows.

WISHING EVERYONE A HAPPY PURIM. MARCH 19th & 20th 2011

MAZAL TOV TO THE B’NEI MITZVOT OF 2010 Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Kauderer Mr. & Mrs. Jay (Ilana) Greenblatt Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Beris Mr. & Mrs. Adam Marchuck (Debra) Mr. & Mrs. Irwin Marc Fessler Mrs. Iris Zucker Mr. & Mrs. David (Lyssa) Eshel Mr. Vadim Lampert (as of 2/4/10) Mr. & Mrs. Daniel & Gabrielle Pauly Mr. & Mrs. Gary (Arlene) Friedman

1/23/2010 SAT - 4/10/2010 SUN - 5/16/2010 SAT - 5/22/2010 SAT - 6/5/2010 Sun – 6/6/2010 Sun – 9/26/2010 SAT - 10/9/2010 SAT - 10/16/2010 SAT/SUN - 10/23 & 10/24/2010

Daniel Ayelet Jessica Jeremy Jordan Amanda Daniel Lior Eric Samantha

We Look Forward to Celebrating the following Simchot in 2011: Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey & Miriam Smith

1/17/2011

Daniel

Mr. & Mrs. Adam & Suzanne Egert

5/7/2011

Sam

Mr. & Mrs. Carmi & Rachel Spiegel Mr. & Mrs. Joel (Tina) Block party @Ohav Bar Mitzvah in Israel

(Sunday) 5/29/2011 [Bat]

Ariel

6/4/2011

Michael

Mr. & Mrs. George (Ruth) Klein Mr. & Mrs. Mark & Audrey Weitz

(Saturday) 6/11/2011 (Thurs) 9/1/2011

Jade Joshua

9/17/2011

Sara

10/29/2011

David

10/30/2011 11/5 & 11/6/2011

Alyssia Lauren

11/26/2011

Noa

Mr. & Mrs. Ira & Sheri Balsam Mr. & Mrs Jacques & Jacqueline Mehani Mr. & Mrs. David & Rachel Kazan Mr. & Mrs. Steve & Roberta Gochman Mr. & Mrs. Ariel & Dalia Jurmann

“ DON’T PASSOVER THIS HOLIDAY WITHOUT GOING TO A SEDER” If you or anyone you know is available to host or be hosted for either the first or second Seder, please contact the synagogue office or


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Yahrzeits for: Saturday 2/5/2011 Dora Engelstein Mother of Mrs Miriam Wohlberg 2/5/1992 Anna Friedman Mother of Mr. Herbert Friedman 2/24/1982 Rabbi Harry Wohlberg Father of Rabbi Jeremiah Wohlberg 2/4/1984 Yahrzeits for: Monday 2/7/2011 Jeremiah Rosenfeld Father of Mrs. Beverly Barkan 2/10/1997 Yahrzeits for: Wednesday 2/9/2011 Julius Solomon Father of Mr. Mark Solomon 2/27/2001 Yahrzeits for: Thursday 2/10/2011 Alice Margolin Mother of Mrs. Laurie Fensterstock 2/15/2005 also Mother of Dr. Jeffrey Margolin 2/15/2005 Yahrzeits for: Monday 2/14/2011 Anna Shapiro Grandmother of Ms. Renee Sandler 2/18/1959 Yahrzeits for: Tuesday 2/15/2011 Rhoda Deane Mother-in-Law of Mrs. Edith Deane 2/16/1970 Yahrzeits for: Thursday 2/17/2011 Pauline Jurmann Mother-in-Law of Dr. Judith Jurmann 3/5/1985 Isadore Weiss Father-in-Law of Mr. David Zwerin 2/27/1991 Diana Clement Mother of Mrs. Cindee Cohen 3/13/2006 Yahrzeits for: Friday 2/18/2011 Eugene Berger Father of Mr. Lawrence Berger 3/6/1985 Ben Dervin Father of Mrs. Ellyn Dorfman 2/18/1981 Sophie Kuhl Mother-in-Law of Mrs. Honey Kuhl 2/14/1995 Claire Liebowitz Wife of Mr. Irving Liebowitz 3/13/2006 Yahrzeits for: Sunday 2/20/2011 Mary Van Dyke Mother of Mrs. Betty Gordon 3/17/1949 Yahrzeits for: Monday 2/21/2011 Helen Belkin Mother of Mrs. Marilyn Abramowitz 3/3/2010

Hinda Yahrzeits for: Tuesday 2/22/2011 Abraham Sturm Father of Mr. Wallace Sturm 3/7/1950 Yahrzeits for: Wednesday 2/23/2011 Jacob Goldman Husband of Mrs. Lucille Goldman 3/17/1998

Yacov Moshe Ben Yisrael Shimeon also Father of Mrs. Janice Cepler 3/17/1998 Yacov Moshe Ben Yisrael Shimeon Yahrzeits for: Sunday 2/27/2011 Ruth Eneman Cousin of Mr. Wallace Sturm 2/29/2000

Deceased

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Yahrzeits for: Wednesday 3/2/2011 Murray Beck Father of Mrs. Alma Greenberg 2/27/1976 Yahrzeits for: Thursday 3/3/2011 David Ehrlich Father of Mrs. Cindy Knoll 3/27/2006 Yahrzeits for: Friday 3/4/2011 Abraham Sam Graber Father of Mr. Jack Graber 3/15/1999

Avraham Ben Mordechai Yahrzeits for: Saturday 3/5/2011 Beatrice Salzman Mother of Mr. Philip Salzman 3/6/2000 also Mother of Mrs. Doreen Gold 3/6/2000 Frances Sheer Mother of Mr. Arthur Sheer 3/3/1984 Hillel Weinstein Brother of Mr. Haim Weinstein 3/30/1987 Yahrzeits for: Wednesday 3/9/2011 Jerry Rosenfeld Father of Mr. Harold Rosenfeld 3/12/1997 Yermiyahu Ben Avigdor Israel Yahrzeits for: Wednesday 3/16/2011 Kenneth Danow Father of Mrs. Jessica Lerner 3/13/2003 Yekutiel Shmuel Hakohain Kohen Yahrzeits for: Tuesday 3/22/2011 Philip J. Cohen Father-in-Law of Mrs. Paula Cohen 3/20/1973 Yahrzeits for: Saturday 3/26/2011 Jacob Haden Greenberg Son of Hope and Adam Greenberg 3/31/2005 Yahrzeits for: Friday 4/1/2011 Abraham Whitcup Father of Mrs. Evelyn Joseph 4/5/1959 Yahrzeits for: Sunday 4/3/2011 Simon Greenberg Father of Mr. William Greenberg 4/9/1967 Yahrzeits for: Wednesday 4/6/2011 Maurice Matalon Brother of Mrs. Gloria Cohen 3/24/1936

Moshe Yahrzeits for: Thursday 4/7/2011 Beckie Feldberg Mother of Mrs. Belle Hecht 3/30/1933 Yahrzeits for: Friday 4/15/2011 Harold Arbiter Father of Mrs. Penny Amouyal 4/1/1985 Max Blau Father of Mrs. Fran Alexander 3/29/1977 David Jacobowitz Father of Mrs. Frieda Stein 3/28/1980 Continued on page 20

*----Yahrzeit is being observed on the Gregorian Date

Are you looking for a great way to honor someone or to commemorate a Yahrtzeit? Sponsor a Shalosh Seudot meal.

Have you thought about leaving a bequest to the shul? Our future may depend on it. Please call Rabbi Ebbin at 516-378-1988


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Yahrzeits for: Sunday 4/17/2011 Sabina Pechter Mother of Mr. Bernard Pechter 4/5/1982 Yahrzeits for: Monday 4/18/2011 Carolyn Naomi Schwartz Mother of Mrs. Arlene Friedman 4/15/2003 Yahrzeits for: Tuesday 4/19/2011 Philip Stein Husband of Mrs. Frieda Stein 4/14/1995 Yahrzeits for: Wednesday 4/20/2011 Emanuel Hecht Husband of Mrs. Belle Hecht 4/11/1971 Yahrzeits for: Monday 4/25/2011 Benjamin Harbus Father of Mrs. Goldie Steinberg 4/13/1974 David Rosenbloom Father of Mr. Michael Rosenbloom 4/17/1998 Yahrzeits for: Tuesday 4/26/2011 Mildred Meyer Mother of Mrs. Sandra Otterman 4/8/1980 Claire Sheinbaum Mother of Mrs. Miriam Baruch 4/26/1981 Yahrzeits for: Saturday 4/30/2011 Sylvia Edelman Mother of Mrs. Deanna Levine 4/19/1982 Yahrzeits for: Sunday 5/1/2011 Anna Lashinsky Mother of Mrs. Bernice Greene 4/9/2002

Chana Bat Berel Florence B. Cohen Mother of Mr. Allen Cohen 4/21/2009

Frahdel Bluma Yahrzeits for: Monday 5/2/2011 Jack Auerbach Uncle of Mr. Herman Alexander 4/24/1998 Helene Blau Mother of Mrs. Fran Alexander 5/7/2005 Yahrzeits for: Wednesday 5/4/2011 Abe Krieger Father of Dr. Allan Krieger 4/19/1996 Hattie Udelsman Mother of Mrs. Marion Metviner 4/12/1983

CONDOLENCES January 2010-January 2011 FEBRUARY Annabelle Friedlander, mother of Fred & Russell Friedlander MARCH Helen Belkin, mother-in-law of Marilyn Abramowitz APRIL Israel Rubinstein, father of Helene Pitzer MAY Molly Egert, mother of Bill Egert Miriam Jacobs, mother of David Jacobs Alice Janover–Kahn, mother of Barbara Goodman David Henry, father of Ilissa Schoenberg JULY Hinda Abramowitz, wife of Herb Abramowitz AUGUST Edgar Cohn, father of Barry Cohn SEPTEMBER Leah Matthews, grandmother of Cara Denenberg OCTOBER Joel Hoffman, Husband of Bea Hoffman Paul Friedman, Husband of Ruth Friedman Jerome Zwerin, brother of David Zwerin Stanley Moldwin, father-in-law of Rebecca Moldwin NOVEMBER Fred Margulies, husband of Miriam Margulies Jean Friedman, mother of Gary Friedman Miriam Glass, wife to Morris Glass, mother to Sam, Victor and Allen Matthew Lerner on the passing of his grandfather Jay Joseph, husband to Evelyn Joseph Susan Cohen, sister to Harry & Sam Adwar DECEMBER Dr. Paul "Doc" Friedman David Cohen, brother to Allen Cohen Inbal Amouyal, niece of Jacob and Penny Amouyal Gussie Spear, mother of Larry Spear Milton Povil, stepfather to Carol Goldschein Lillian Walfish, wife to David Walfish Patrick Ilanes, on the passing of his mother JANUARY Francine Citron, wife of Charles Citron Freda Braunstein, mother of Michael Braunstein

*----Yahrzeit is being observed on the Gregorian Date

Yahrtzeit Memorial New plaques on electronic memorial board: Lower 20 Rows: $500 To move existing plaques to the new memorial board: Lower 20 rows: $150 per plague

All other rows $350

All other rows $36 per plaque

Purchases/transfers can be made at the shul office or at http://www.ohav.org/memorial/


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SiSterhood’S next Book Club selection:

CONGREGATION OHAV SHOLOM’S SISTERHOOD PRESENTS MISHLOACH MANOT BASKETS Let Sisterhood help you fulfill the mitzvah of “sending portions” to relatives, friends and neighbors! We have planned an all new gift package filled with an assortment of goodies and delicious hamantaschen. Look for more information in your mailboxes

The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: A Jewish Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World by Lucette Lagnado. http://www.amazon.com/Man-WhiteSharkskin-Suit-Familys/dp/0060822120 Date and Time of Meeting TBA.

SUNDAY MARCH 13, 2011 SISTERHOOD needs volunteers to assist with packing MISHLOACH MANOT BASKETS for PURIM. If you are available and interested in helping please contact HOPE GREENBERG at 379-2954 or at shalochmanot@ohav.org

Upcoming Sisterhood Programs March 9th - Chocolate Making Party 7:30pm March 13th -Shalach Manot Packing April 6th - Help knit/crochet/ Wrap blankets for We Care Blankets. More details to follow

Any ladies who have not been getting the Sisterhood e-mails and would like to be added to the email list, please email Fran Green at sisterhoodprez@gmail.com Sisterhood is compiling a list of interested and eligible girls, aged 13 and older, to be babysitters. Please e-mail me your name and number to sisterhoodprez@gmail.com or call Fran Green at 7810020. For those members looking for a babysitter can contact Fran Green at one the above contact info to find one of our very own Ohav teens who have expressed an interest in babysitting.

Monday Feb 14th. Ohav Road Trip to Yeshiva University Book Sale Featuring a Book Tour with Rabbi Ebbin We will leave as a group from Merrick at 7pm. Please RSVP at the office and let us know if you are willing to drive.

COSY

PLEASE RSVP TO Dan@ohav.org

Boys must wear head coverings at all COSY events

Rabbi Ebbin will be hosting Friday Night Oneg Shabbat's at his house for kids. This is a great opportunity to hang out, play games, and chill with Rabbi Ebbin. Kids in grades 8-12 will be invited on Friday Night February 11 from 7:30-9pm.

On Monday February 7th from 6:15-7:15 COSY A chocolate making event in the downstairs lobby at Ohav. Children PreK-

On Saturday Night February 12th to Sunday Morning Feb 13 COSY will have an all Night Movie Night Hangout for Grades 8-12. The program will start at 9pm and go until 9am Sunday Morning. Dinner, Snacks, and Breakfast will be provided. There will be a fun activity followed by a all night movie night, where kids can chill out, watch movies and plays games.

On Saturday Night February 19 COSY Movie Night will be from 7:309:30pm in the social hall. Pizza Ice Cream and Soda will be included. Grades Pre-k to 6th are invited. Cost is $5 per person.

On Friday Night March 11 to Saturday Night March 12 COSY will be having a Family Shabbaton for Families with children Pre-K to 3rd grade, and their siblings. Program will include, Shabbat Family Led Services, Dinner and Luncehon, Fun Activity for the kids, with a learning program for the adults. There will also be a Saturday Night Family outing. Details to follow.

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UPCOMING PROGRAMS Join Us March 26th for the A Series Lectures Featuring

Rabbi Lawrence Hajioff under the auspices of Rabbi Jeremiah Wohlberg Institute for Adult Jewish Studies Shabbat Morning Sermon Making it Real Keeping it Real - How to Keep Inspiration Alive.

Seudah Shlishit 7pm Four Misconceptions Jews have about Judaism.

Afternoon class 5:30pm Shabbat—Plugging into the Goal of Life.

Melava Malka –9pm Finding Inspiration in a Hectic World.

Sponsored by Adam and Hope Greenberg in Loving Memory of their son Jacob Rabbi Lawrence Hajioff serves on the Judaic studies faculty of Stern College for Women. Originally from London, England, Rabbi Hajioff graduated with honors in political science from Manchester University. After working for two years for MTV in news production, and winning the national competition ‗Jewish Stand-Up Comedian‘ of the Year, Rabbi Hajioff traveled to study in Israel and then Monsey to receive his rabbinical smicha ordination from Yeshiva Ohr Somayach. Rabbi Hajioff has worked extensively with young Jewish drug addicts, and in 2004 received an award from the Town of Ramapo for his work on their behalf. Rabbi Hajioff also works for Birthright Israel in New York as their official Rabbi and educational director. He has been instrumental in implementing programs for Birthright Israel in Manhattan such as the very successful adult bar/bat mitzvah program which some four hundred people have completed so far. He also leads trips to Israel and Poland three times annually for some three hundred participants. In addition to a variety of Judaic courses that he teaches at Stern College, he has developed a new course introducing kabbalistic ideas in Jewish thought.

Join us for the Inauguration of An Interview with Three Jews in History Shabbat March 19th Following Services Featuring:

Queen Esther

Moshe Dayan

Maimonides

OHAV TO BE FEATURED IN OU EMERGING COMMUNITIES FAIR Exciting News… Congregation Ohav Sholom was accepted to participate in the Emerging Communities Fair Sunday March 27th 2011 from 12:00-6:00pm. Individuals and families will have an opportunity to meet with Congregation Ohav Sholom community representatives who will share information about community resources available in a warm and friendly Torah atmosphere. This will be a tremendous opportunity to showcase Ohav Sholom and the remarkable renaissance that is happening right here in Merrick. It is a great place to begin to put Merrick on the map in terms of up and coming Modern Orthodox Jewish communities. We look forward to this being the beginning steps in helping our community grow. The Emerging Communities Fair is a being marketed by the OU in local newspapers, synagogues, Yahoo, Google and MSN groups, Shabbat Shalom newsletter of the Orthodox Union, as well as the OU Job Board web site at www.ou/jobs.org, and on our websites, www.ou.org and www.oucommunity.org as a major event in the tri-state area.


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RECIPE CORNER As most of you already know, the holiday of Purim commemorates the heroism of Esther, the Jewish wife of the king of Persia. She courageously saved the Jewish community from extermination plotted by the king’s wicked advisor, Haman, who makes Jaffar in Disney’s movie “Aladdin” look like a good guy. According to tradition, Esther became a vegetarian when she moved into the king’s palace in order to avoid eating food that was not kosher. To sustain herself, she ate seeds, nuts and legumes, which are rich in nutrients. Therefore many Jewish communities observe a custom of including beans, chickpeas, poppyseeds, nuts and dried fruits in Purim menus and sweets. North African Jews begin the holiday with a dish of couscous embellished with raisins and enriched with butter. Tunisians serve a first course of fava beans with hard boiled eggs. Moroccan Jews serve a variety of colorful cooked salads as hors d’oeuvres in their Purim banquet. Polish Jews prepare a noodle kugel layered with raisins and apples and spiced with cinnamon. Another central European Purim favorite is noodles sprinkled with poppy seeds. In Queen Esther’s honor, here are some vegetarian recipes and of course a Hamentashen recipe for Purim.

CUMIN-SCENTED CHICKPEAS Plainly boiled chickpeas appear on many Purim menus but you can shake things up a bit with this zesty North African dish, in which cumin and garlic give the beans an enticing aroma. If you like, serve a few cucumber slices on the side for a refreshing accent. This is a very simple recipe if you have already cooked chickpeas or if you use canned ones. 3 1/2 to 4 cups cooked chickpeas or two 14-ounce cans 2 tablespoons olive oil 6 large garlic cloves, chopped a 28-ounce can tomatoes, drained and diced 2 teaspoons ground cumin 2 teaspoons paprika salt to taste 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1/2 teaspoon bottled hot sauce, or to taste Cucumber slices (optional, for accompaniment) If using canned chickpeas, discard liquid, rinse chickpeas and drain; but do not discard the cooking liquid from cooked dried chickpeas. Heat oil in a saute pan or wide saucepan, add garlic and saute 1/2 minute over medium heat. Add tomatoes, cumin, paprika and salt and simmer 10 minutes. Add tomato paste and 3/4 cup chickpea cooking liquid or water and bring to a boil. Add chickpeas and hot sauce. Simmer uncovered over medium-low heat about 10 minutes or until sauce is of desired thickness. Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve hot. Accompany by cucumber slices. Makes 4 to 6 main-course servings. Note: To cook dried chickpeas, use 1 1/2 cups for this recipe. Sort beans and soak overnight in cold water to generously cover. Drain and put in a saucepan. Add 6 cups cold water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer about 1 1/2 hours, adding hot water occasionally to keep them covered with water. Add a pinch of salt and continue simmering 30 to 45 minutes or until tender. Reserve cooking liquid.

HAMENTASHEN COOKIE DOUGH AND FILLINGS

HAMENTASCHEN 3 eggs 1 cup oil 1 cup sugar 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup orange juice 1/8 tsp salt 4 cups flour (approximately)

SNOWPEA-CITRUS SALAD WITH POPPYSEED DRESSING 4 cups fresh snow-peas 1 cup whole red seedless grapes 1 cup fresh orange sections (2 large oranges) 1 cup fresh grapefruit sections (2 large grapefruits) 1 green bell pepper, cut in julienne slices 1 small red onion, sliced into thin slivers 1/2 cup dry-roasted sunflower seeds Poppyseed dressing (see recipe) Snip ends of snowpeas and discard. In large bowl, combine snowpeas, grapes, orange sections, grapefruit sections, green pepper slices, onion slivers and sunflower seeds. Toss salad with 1/2 to 3/4 cup poppyseed dressing, or to taste. Yield: 8 to 10 (1-cup) servings. Poppyseed Dressing 2 cups granulated sugar 1 1/4 cups white vinegar 3 1/3 cups vegetable oil 8 teaspoons poppy-seeds 1/4 cup dried onion flakes 2 teaspoons dry mustard 3 1/2 teaspoons salt Stir sugar into vinegar; mix with wire whisk until blended. Whisk in oil. Add poppyseeds, onion flakes, dry mustard and salt. Mix well. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. POPPY SEED FILLING: 1/2 lb poppy seeds 4 tbsp honey 2 tbsp sugar juice of 1/2 a lemon Soak the poppy seeds in boiling water overnight. Drain, dry & grind

APRICOT FILLING: 1 lb. (450 g) dried apricots 1 cup (250 ml) honey 1 tbsp. (15 ml) orange rind, grated 3 tbsp. (45 ml) orange juice Soak apricots overnight in water to cover. Drain, then puree. Combine with honey, orange rind and juice.

PRUNE FILLING: 1 lb prunes, stewed 10 minutes, pitted & chopped 1 cup raisins, chopped 1/2 lemon, juice & rind 1/4 cup bread crumbs 1/2 cup sugar 1 tbsp honey

HAMANTASCHEN DIRECTIONS: Combine the ingredients in the order given, using enough flour to make a soft dough which is not sticky Let stand 15 minutes. Divide dough into 4 parts. Roll to 1/4" thickness on a floured board. Cut in 4" circles. Place a tsp of desired filling in the center of each circle. Form triangles by folding the sides in towards the middle. Brush with beaten egg. Bake on a lightly greased baking sheet at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes, until golden brown.

PRUNE FILLING: Combine all the ingredients & mix well.

Yield about 5 dozen


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RECIPE CORNER . ARTICHOKE SOUP (CREMA DE CARCIOFI ESTER) The artichoke flavor of this soup intensifies as it sits, so it's best to prepare it a few hours or even a day ahead of time and reheat to serve. Juice of 1 lemon 12 artichokes 3 tablespoons butter or olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 3/4 pound boiling potatoes, peeled and diced, OR 1/2 cup white rice 3 cups vegetable broth plus additional vegetable broth or milk or heavy whipping cream Salt Freshly ground black pepper Chopped, peeled, toasted hazelnuts or pine nuts, optional Chopped flat-leaf parsley or mint, optional Fill large bowl with water and add lemon juice. Working with 1 artichoke at a time, cut off stem flush with bottom. Trim away all leaves until you reach pale green heart. Pare away dark green area from base. Cut artichoke in half lengthwise and scoop out and discard choke from each half. Then cut each half lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick slices and drop into lemon water. Melt butter (or oil) in large saucepan over medium heat. Drain artichokes and add to pan. Saute until shiny, then add garlic, potatoes and enough broth to just cover artichokes, about 1 1/2 cups. Cover pan and simmer over medium heat until artichokes are very tender and almost falling apart, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat. Transfer to food processor and puree until smooth. Return puree to saucepan and add remaining 1 1/2 cups broth. Reheat over low heat, adding more broth (or milk or cream) to achieve consistency you prefer. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

MAPLE SYRUP BRUSSEL SPROUTS 5-6 cups of Brussel sprouts (cut in halves) Dash of salt and pepper to taste 1/4 cup of oil 1/2 cup of water Dried Cranberries Maple syrup to taste ( make sure to use parve unless you are serving a dairy meal). Toasted Almonds (if desired) In a wok or deep frying pan on medium heat, fry up brussel sprouts until tender with oil. You can add in the water after the first minute of frying. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add in maple syrup to taste after the brussel sprouts are tender. Remove fry burner. Add in dried cranberries and toasted almonds if desired.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH CASSEROLE 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and deseeded 2 apples 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 tbsp butter 1 tbsp flour 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp nutmeg Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Using a food processor, slice the butternut squash and apples into thin pieces. Or, if you don't have a food processor, you can chop into small dices. Place the squash and apples into a baking dish or casserole dish. Mash together the remaining ingredients with a fork until crumbly, and sprinkle over the apples and squash. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes.

Serve in shallow soup bowls. Garnish with chopped hazelnuts, pine nuts, parsley or mint. 6 to 8 servings.

SESAME DIJON ASPARAGUS This is a quick and easy asparagus recipe that uses just a few simple ingredients, including soy sauce, sesame oil and dijon mustard, and topped with crunchy sesame seeds for extra flavor and texture. This quick asparagus recipe is both vegetarian and vegan. 2 tbsp soy sauce 2 tsp dijon mustard 2 tsp sesame oil 2 tsp white wine vinegar 12-14 stalks of asparagus 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds Whisk together the soy sauce, mustard, sesame oil and vinegar in a small bowl. Steam the asparagus just until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain the excess water. Toss with the soy sauce mixture. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.


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OHAV SHOLOM’S JOURNAL DINNER Dear Congregants: As you have learned from this publication and previous shul mailings this year’s Journal Dinner Dance on Sunday April 3, 2011, honouree is Dr. Mel Isaacs. This date is earlier than in the past, so please mark your calendars accordingly. As you know, this is the annual social highlight for our Synagogue. We encourage everyone to come and pay special tribute to a tremendously wonderful, important, and deserving person. Although the Journal Dinner Dance is a social event, we rely on it as one of our most important annual fundraiser. It is therefore extremely important to solicit neighborhood businesses, business associates, and vendors for their support. Below is a journal advertisement blanks for this purpose. Additional ad blanks are available in the shul office or online at www.ohav.org. Please do your best to make this our most successful journal fundraiser yet! In the near future, we will be mailing out formal invitations. Your acceptance to attend and submission of advertisements will help alleviate undue pressure on our volunteers, truly showing gratitude for the hard work they do to make the journal and dinner a success. Sincerely, Adam Greenberg David Hauser President Vice President Fundraising

——————————————————————————————————–—————————————CONGREGATION OHAV SHOLOM THE MERRICK-BELLMORE SYNAGOGUE 145 SOUTH MERRICK AVENUE, MERRICK, NEW YORK 11566 Office: (516) 378-1988 Fax: (516) 867-6027 48TH ANNUAL JOURNAL DINNER-DANCE in Honor of Dr. Mel Isaacs on Sunday, April 3, 2011 You are hereby authorized to insert an advertisement in the Forty-Eighth Journal, to occupy the space of ___________________________________page at $__________________________________. Name__________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________________ City _________________________________________State_____________ Zip ___________________ RATES PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: CONGREGATION OHAV SHOLOM Platinum Page (Three Dinner Tickets) $1,100 Gold Page (Two Dinner Tickets) $ 800 Silver Page (Two Dinner Tickets) $ 675 Bronze Page (Two Dinner Tickets) $ 550 Full Page (Two Dinner Tickets) $ 425 Half Page $ 225 Quarter Page $ 125 Eighth Page $ 65 Family Listing (for Ohav member families only) $ 25 Ad submission deadline – Monday, March 14, 2011 Solicited by: Please make checks payable to: CONGREGATION OHAV SHOLOM ATTACH COPY OF AD

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THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS OHAV SHOLOM DONORS THE RABBI’S CHARITY FUND

ISRAEL FIRE FUNDRAISER

Mr. & Mrs. Stanley & Beverly Barkan in memory of your mother, Gertrude Rosenfeld Mr. Herman Bell in memory of your friend, Ruth Papkin Mr. Herman Bell in memory of your wife, Edith Bell Mr. Leon Beltzer in memory of Fay Gelber Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Berger in memory of Theresa Berger Mrs. Ruth Berman in honor of Paul & Lil Hirsch Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Brumberg in memory of Harry Brumberg Mr. & Mrs. Jack Butchin in memory of Max Butchin Mrs. Janice Cepler in memory of Joel Hoffman Mr. & Mrs. Muriel Cohen in memory of your father, David Katz Mr. & Mrs. Muriel Cohen in memory of Sophie Katz Mr. & Mrs. Barry, Deborah, Betty & Jocelyn Cohn Thank you Mrs. Judith Corell in memory of your father, Jack Lewis Beskin Mrs. Judith Corell in memory of your husband, Ira Leonard Corell Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Dacher Mrs. Rise Egert in memory of your father, David Schonzeit Dr. & Mrs. Sheldon & Myrna Elfenbein Mr. Lawrence Farber in memory of Max Farber Mr. Lawrence Farber in memory of Lois Farber Mr. Lawrence Farber in memory of Andrew Farber Mr. Lawrence Farber in memory of David Peiser Mr. Lawrence Farber in memory of Ethel Farber Mr. Lawrence Galinkin Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence & Carolyn Galinkin Mr. Howard Ghelber in memory of your wife, Marylyn I. Ghelber Mr. Howard Ghelber in memory of your father, Morris Ghelber Mr. & Mrs. Daniel & Brette Gibson in honor of Rabbi Ebbin's baby, Isaac Mr. Philip Glickman in memory of Joyce Glickman Mr. Philip Glickman in memory of your mother, Sylvia Glickman Mr. & Mrs. Gerald & Doreen Gold in memory of Charles Salzman Mr. & Mrs. Gerald & Doreen Gold Mrs. Lucille Goldman in memory of Joel Hoffman Mr. & Mrs. Steven & Carol Goldschein in memory of Solomon Goldschein Mrs. Phyllis Halpern in memory of Jack Betwenik Mr. & Mrs. Liza Herzberg in memory of your Uncle, Morris Greenwald Mr. & Mrs. Liza Herzberg in memory of your Uncle, Norbert Schulberg Mr. & Mrs. Lillian Hirsh in memory of your mother, Florence Singer Mr. & Mrs. Lillian Hirsh in memory of your father, Abraham Singer Mr. & Mrs. Beatrice Hoffman in memory of Rose Isaacs Mr. & Mrs. Beatrice Hoffman in memory of Ethel Hoffman Mr. & Mrs. Carol Hyman in memory of your mother, Esther Weissner Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Hyman in memory of your mother, Gussie Hyman Mr. &Mrs. Susan Joffe Mr. & Mrs. Susan & Sam ( on behalf of mother, Anna Feinberg) Joffe in memory of Nathan Feinberg Mrs. Judith Jurmann in memory of Joshua Jurmann Mr. & Mrs. Robert Leventhal in memory of your mother, Rose Leventhal Mr. & Mrs. Robert Leventhal in memory of Dr. Lewis Leventhal Mrs. Sylvia Levy in memory of your mother Ray Weiss "Chia Rifka" Mr. & Mrs. Florence Lichy in memory of your father Mr. & Mrs. Florence Lichy in memory of your mother, Pauline Feldman Mr. Irving Liebowitz in memory of Hyman Liebowitz Mr. Irving Liebowitz in memory of Charles Mausner Mr. & Mrs. Morton Luchs in memory of Morris Luchs Mr. & Mrs. Morton Luchs in memory of Dora Luchs Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Nivasch in memory of Sam Nivasch Mrs. Arlene Nivasch in memory of Adrian Sterman Mr. Harvey Ost in memory of Aaron & Tessie Ost Mr. & Mrs. Florence Pollack in memory of your father, Samuel Vogel Mr. Norbert Robbins in memory of Elaine Farkas Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Rachel Rosenbloom in memory of Jean Friedman, Gary Friedman's mother Mr. & Mrs. Irene & Harold Rosenfeld in memory of Murray Rosenberg Mr. & Mrs. Jack & Norma Rubinstein in memory of Bertha Rubinstein and Mitchell Rubinstein Mr. & Mrs. Jack & Norma Rubinstein in memory of Sarah Allweiss Mr. Philip Salzman in memory of Jean Friedman, Gary Friedman's mother Mr. Philip & Rita Salzman in memory of Alan Cohen's brother, David Cohen Mrs. Rhona Samsonovitch Mr. & Mrs. Steven & Judith Simon in memory of David Henry Mrs. Leatrice Solon in memory of Hinda Abramowitz Mrs. Goldie Steinberg in memory of your mother, Mildred Harbus Mrs. Frieda Steinberg in memory of your daughter Carole Pearson Mr. & Mrs. Goldie Steinberg in memory of your mother-in-law Minnie Steinberg Mr. & Mrs. Goldie Steinberg in memory of your father-in-law Frank Steinberg Mr. Arnold Treff in memory of Joseph & Sara Treff Mr. & Mrs. Henry & Gloria Utrecht in memory of your father, David Utrecht Mr. & Mrs. Gloria Utrecht in memory of your father, Max Smolar Mr. & Mrs. Henry Utrecht in memory of your mother, Jean Utrecht Mr. Michael Wajnrajch in memory of your father, Abraham Wajnrajch Mr. & Mrs. Alan & Hilda Yanofsky in memory of your Dad, Samuel Yanofsky Mr. & Mrs. Alan & Hilda Yanofsky in memory of Pearl Yanofsky Mr. & Mrs. Alan & Hilda Yanofsky in memory of Celia Wildfeuer Mrs. Bernice Zoback in memory of your brother, William Rothman Mrs. Bernice Zoback in memory of Mary Jane Rothman Mrs. Iris Zucker in memory of Alan Zucker Mr. & Mrs. Earl and Helen Rosen in honor of Rabbi Ira Ebbin’s Birthday

Mr. & Mrs. David Schlachter Mr. & Mrs. Allen Cohen Jerome, Arlene & Bruce Schwartz Mrs. Leatrice Solon Mr. & Mrs. Alan Jasper Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Lask Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Gold Mr. David Ehrlich Mr. Irving Liebowitz Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Litman Mr. & Mrs. David Cepler Mr. & Mrs. David Stempel Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Werbel Mr. & Mrs. Mark Strauss Mr. Arnold Fleischer Mr. & Mrs. Carl Saks Mr. & Mrs. Ira Cohen Mr. and Mrs. Carmi Spiegel in memory of Myrna Zaret

PRAYER BOOK/BIBLES Mr. & Mrs. Peter & Marsha Brody in memory of Leo Brody and Helen Guzil Mr. & Mrs. David Cepler in loving memory of your father, Frank Cepler Mr. David Churba in memory of Jerome Zwerin Mrs. Paula Cohen in loving memory of your beloved Husband, Mitchell Cohen Mrs. Paula Cohen in loving memory of your beloved father, Meyer Jeshion Mrs. Paula Cohen in loving memory of your mother, Sylvia Jeshion Mrs. Egert Rise in memory of Goldye Schonzeit Mrs. Estelle Farber in memory of Max Cohen Mrs. Sarita Fish in memory of Mildred Grossman Mrs. Sarita Fish in memory of Benjamin Fish Mr. & Mrs. Herman & Francine Fleischman in memory of Boris Fleischman Mr. & Mrs. Herman & Francine Fleischman in memory of Bella Fleischman Mrs. Jacqueline Friedman in memory of Morris Friedman Norman & Martin Friedman in memory of Morris Friedman Mr. & Mrs. Larry & Carolyn Galinkin in memory of your father, Julius Slater Mr. & Mrs. Larry & Carolyn Galinkin in memory of your father, George Galinkin Mr. & Mrs. Larry & Carolyn Galinkin in memory of Ruth Galinkin, Beloved Mother and Grandmother Mr. & Mrs. Larry & Carolyn Galinkin in memory of Ruth Galinkin, beloved Great Grandmother Mr. & Mrs. Adam & Hope Greenberg in memory of Helen Greenberg Mr. & Mrs. Isreal & Liza Herzberg in memory of your mother, Celia Einhorn Mr. & Mrs. Gerald & Carol Hyman in memory of Charles Hyman Mr. & Mrs. Samuel & Susan Joffe in memory of Joel Hoffman and Hinda Abramowitz Mr. & Mrs. Samuel & Susan Joffe in loving memory of Shirley Goldstein Mr. & Mrs. Samuel & Susan Joffe in memory of Fred Margulies Mr. & Mrs. Herb & Fredda Lask in memory of Jerome Zwerin Mr. & Mrs. Hirschell & Deanna Levine in loving memory of Julius Levine Mrs. Ruth Price in memory of Earle Price Mrs. Ruth Price in memory of Edith Price Mr. Norbert Robbins in memory of Isaac Rubin Mr. Norbert Robbins in memory of Norman Rubin Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Rachel Rosenbloom in memory of Gertrude Rosenbloom Mr. & Mrs. Carl & Barbara Saks in memory of your mother, Shirley Saks Mr. & Mrs. Carl & Barbara Saks in memory of Joseph Aaron Morse Mr. & Mrs. Philip & Rita Salzman in memory of Ron Feldman Mr. & Mrs. Philip & Rita Salzman in memory of your Step-Father, Charles Salzman Mr. & Mrs. Philip & Rita Salzman in memory of Jerome Zwerin Mr. & Mrs. Steven & Judith Simon in memory of David Henry Mrs. Leatrice Solon in memory of your daughter, Anna Massover Berman Mr. & Mrs. Mark & Molly Strauss in memory of your beloved father, Herbert Solon Mr. & Mrs. Mark & Molly Strauss in memory of your beloved father, Joseph Strauss Mr. Paul Zuckerberg in memory of Jerome Zwerin

LIBRARY FUND Mr. & Mrs. Herbert & Raye Newman in memory of Marci Wynn Newman Mr. Paul Zuckerberg in memory of Jerome Zwerin Mr. & Mrs. Charles & Marilyn Stillman in memory of Irving Radezky Mr. & Mrs. Charles & Marilyn Stillman in memory of Anne Radezky Mrs. Roberta Wilkoff in honor of the 50th wedding anniversary of Carol & Jerry Hyman Dr. & Mrs. Bruce & Andrea Kanner in memory of your father, Joseph Stanger

TORAH FUND Mrs. Caroline Shohet in memory of Ezra Shohet


CONGREGATION OHAV SHOLOM’S QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER

THE OHAVITE

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Happy midwinter to all,

W

elcome to our first edition of the new Ohav Quarterly news magazine "The OhavITE." An editor's letter should usually be written by the person who is truly in charge of the publication. However, given how busy my wife, Simona has been with the layout and gathering of articles and photos, she has left this responsibility with me. It is she, and not I that truly deserves the lion's share of credit for putting this magazine together. The concept for the revival of our newsletter comes from Rabbi Ira Ebbin. When I first met with the Rabbi back in August, we both assembled a list of marketing initiatives for the shul that we hoped to see accomplished. Rabbi Ebbin came armed with newsletters (both the weekly and quarterly versions) from congregations across North America. It is the Rabbi's strong belief that any marketing campaign must begin by keeping the locals happy and wellinformed. Flash forward six months and Ohav is as busy as ever with such a wide array of activities. It's easy to see why the newsletter is so essential for our community. I'd like to thank our President, Adam Greenberg and our Ritual leader, Kenny Duftler for recruiting me to take on the challenge of Ohav's marketing responsibilities -- which now includes this newsletter. It is due to their energy and enthusiasm that we have been able to accomplish so much in such a short period of time. Special thanks also go to Gary Friedman for encouraging Simona and I with both this quarterly publication and the weekly Ohav Chronicle. I am so grateful to Dr. Mel Isaacs for taking the time to so eloquently answer the interview questions that make up the centerpiece of this magazine. No doubt you all will enjoy sharing in his years of memories at Ohav. Also, our special thanks and YASHER KOACH to all of those who have contributed to this inaugural edition including: Rabbi Ira Ebbin, Chevi Ebbin, Rosemary Hart, Bonnie Errico, Kim Burke, Adam Greenberg, Fran Green, Deborah Cohn, Dan Seid, Roni Cohen (for multiple picture contributions) Herb Alexander for layout and publication guidance, for everyone who helped with the mailing and to countless others for their generous contributions. We could not have done it with out you. Thank you. Now a little request: I am confident that our community is blessed with many talented and articulate individuals. It would be greatly appreciated to have many more written contributions in the form of articles, editorials, lists of memories, recipes etc. that we can insert into our next edition of this magazine. Also, if you have any photos of Ohav events that you would like to share, I strongly encourage you to send them in via e-mail at chronicle@ohav.org or you can submit them directly to the shul office. Keep warm and all good wishes,

Lonnie Ostrow Editor, The OhavITE.

If you would like sponsor future editions of Ohav Sholom’s THE OHAVITE Quarterly newsletter please contact chronicle@ohav.org or the shul office.

Any errors made in this Quarterly edition of THE OHAVITE that are brought our attention will be corrected in the next edition.

We apologize in advance for any errors.

Our hearts and prayers go out to all those who were injured in the Arizona Safeway Massacre and to those families who lost loved ones. May we be blessed to see the day when such occurrences no longer happen.

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THE OHAVITE

CONGREGATION OHAV SHOLOM’S QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER

OHAV SHOLOM Rabbi Ira Ebbin

Dr. Mel Isaacs

rabbiebbin@ohav.org

Rabbi Jeremiah Wohlberg

Principal

Rabbi Emeritus

ELECTED SLATE OF OFFICERS EXECUTIVE BOARD President

Adam Greenberg

president@ohav.org

Executive V.P.

Barry Birnbaum

execvp@ohav.org

V.P. Ritual & Education

Kenneth Duftler

ritual@ohav.org

V.P. House & Properties

Steven Gochman

building@ohav.org

V.P. Fund Raising

David Hauser

fundraising@ohav.org

V.P. Social Activities

Gary Friedman

calendar@ohav.org

Treasurer

Daron Rubensohn

treasurer@ohav.org

Financial Secretary

Ira Balsam

finance@ohav.org

Recording Secretary

Matthew Lerner

record@ohav.org

Corresponding Secretary

Ron Bekore

mail@ohav.org

BOARD OF TRUSTEES Term to 2011 Adam Cohen Kenneth Gartner Susan Joffe Nathan Litman Seth Miller David Schlachter Gabrielle Pauly Stewart Sternbach Michael Wajnrajch Judy Barsky

Term to 2012 Adam Marchuck Debra Braunstein David Cepler Mario Wilkowski Jeffrey Hauser Irving Leibowitz Morton Rothstein Steven Simon Steven Goldschein Illisa Schoenberg

Term to 2013 Jordan Smith Rebecca Moldwin Ira Kolko Ari Jurmann Aaron Needle Michael Richheimer Michael Rosenbloom Martin Spar Carol Zimmern Brian Green

PAST PRESIDENTS Herb Kronish Z"L

Henry Cohen

David Hirsch

Mark Yeldin

Earl Price Z"L

Stanely Fish

Nathan Fagan Z”L

David Safon Z”L

Ronald Berkley

Mark Strauss

Abraham Greenberg

Robert Stein

Irwin Duftler

David Denenberg

Herman Kroshinsky

Brian Bertan

Irwin Stricker

Peter Tannenbaum

Joanne Brumberg

David Zwerin

Murray Schneider Z”L

Gerald Gold


THE OHAVITE

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OHAV SHOLOM’S PROGRAM CALENDAR AT A GLANCE February 2011 Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday Thursday Friday 2 Rabbi Ebbin's Class 1 on Jewish Ethics & Values 8 pm

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SHABBOS

6 5 Sharon Lovy's Daniel Mehani Daughter Bat Bar Mitvzah Mitzvah

CANDLELIGHTING

12 Tentative Amit Women of West Hemp13 stead Dinner Rabbi Ebbin’s House 12pm Bingo COSY ALL Oneg Grades 8-12 NIGHT MOVIE 7:30-9pm HANGOUT GRADES 8-12 11

10 9 Sisterhood Rabbi Ebbin's Class Event—Self 8 on Jewish Ethics & Defense Values 8 pm 7:30pm

7 6:15pm COSY Chocolate Making PreK-6th Grade

Saturday Sunday

4 3 Sisterhood Rosh Chodesh Adar I Book Club Rabbi Ebbin’s House Discussion Oneg Grades 4-7 7-8:30ppm

Feb 4

4:57pm

Feb 11

5:05pm

Feb 18

5:14pm

Feb 25

5:22pm

18 14 OHAV ROAD TRIP TO YU BOOK SALE WITH RABBI EBBIN. LEAVE FROM OHAV AT 7pm

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16 Rabbi Ebbin's Class on Jewish Ethics & Ohav’s Israel Action Values 8 pm Committee meeting 8pm

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PURIM KATAN COSY FRIDAY NIGH T DINNER 5:20pm Grades 6-12

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4 3 4pm JEP Shabbaton Tentative

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27 12pm Bingo

5 12pm JEP Shabbaton Tentative

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March 2011 Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday Thursday Friday

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SHABBOS

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CANDLELIGHTING

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16 Ta’anit Esther

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11 COSY Family Shabbaton

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COSY Family Shabba-

19 18 Purim/Shaking Up Shabbat

5:30pm

March 11 5:38pm

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March 4

Shalach Manot Packing

March 18 6:45pm March 25 6:53pm

20 Purim

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Calendar Schedule subject to changes.

Scholar in Residence Rabbi Lawrence Hajioff. 27 OU Emerging 25 Community Fair Women’s Tefillah Group

A message from V.P. Social Activites, Gary Friedman and Sisterhood Treaurer, Sheri Balsam…...When scheduling an event, program or simcha at Ohav Sholom, please give ample notice to us so that we may accommodate you adequately. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


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