VOLUME 48, ISSUE 8
Days of Remembrance Yom HaShoah Service: April 7th
Celebration: April 15th
NFTY Spring Kallah: April 19th
Mitzvah Day: April 21st for
Religious School/TYG 1:30 pm Renaissance Club
Religious School/TYG/Atid Mitzvah Day 11 am DC Trip Mtg Noon Torah Study
Religious School/TYG 9:09 am B’hood Mtg 11 am 6th Gr Family Ed Brunch 1:30 pm Soup Kitchen
Religious School/TYG 9am PA Mtg 11:30 am Torah Study 2 pm Triad Concert: Opera Duets 8 pm Yom HaShoah Service
No Religious School
Religious School 8 pm Board Mtg
Religious School 2:30 pm Book Disc Grp 7:30 pm Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration
Religious School 8 pm School Bd Mtg
7th Day Passover No Religious School
Religious School 8 pm Adult Ed: Jewish Beliefs in the Messiah
Religious School 6:30 Early AM StudyJewish Thought 8 pm Adult Ed: Jewish Beliefs in the Messiah
Religious School 6:30 am Early AM Study Haftarot
Religious School 6:30 am Early AM StudyJewish Thought 8 pm Adult Ed: Jewish Beliefs in the Messiah
No Relgious School 6:30 am Early AM StudyHaftarot 8 pm Adult Ed: Jewish Beliefs in the Messiah
7 pm Defensive Driving Course
8 pm Social Action Mtg
Friday Ushers 5 Goldhaber 12 Rosofsky/Saidens 19 Rosofsky 26 Levi
7:15 pm Sisterhood Bd Mtg
7:30 pm Ritual Committee Mtg
7:30 pm Torah Restoration Committee Mtg
26 Saturday Ushers 6 Tuckman/Kogan 13 Weitzman/Schiff/ Gelman/Boritz 20 Carioto/Saidens/Amster 27 Goldhaber/Rosenzweig
Candle Lighting: 7:28
8 pm Erev Shabbat Service
Candle lighting: 7:21
Steven Klipstein to Speak about 70th Anniversary of Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 5 pm Music Tot Shabbat NFTY Spring Kallah
8 pm Erev Shabbat Service
Candle lighting: 7:14
Junior Youth Group Late Night
Religious School Recognition
7:30 pm Family Service -
Candle lighting: 7:06
5 pm Story Tot Shabbat
Oneg Hosts 5 Bossert Family 12 Boritz Family 19 Kogan Family 26 Rosenzweig Family
Abigail Bossert-Bat Mitzvah
Daniel Solomon & Lexi TellermanB’nai Mitzvah B’nai Mitzvah Disc Grp-C
Emily Smitheimer & Robert RosenbergB’nai Mitzvah
Jordan Jonas-Bar Mitzvah
8pm Shabbat Service 10
April 2013 / Nisan - Iyar 5773
,s Reflections R abbi Rabbi,s Reflections
Last month, I wrote about the various meanings of
movement and its unlikely founder, Theodor Herzl. A
the word “family” and about connections that we
renowned journalist by the age of thirty, Herzl cov-
could create on the holiday of Passover with the
ered the trial of Captain Alfred Dreyfus in Paris at the
people we are related to, our friends, and our congre-
end of 1894. Dreyfus was convicted on what were
gation. While those links can and should be strong,
later found to be trumped-up charges and he was
they should be supplemented with connections that
publicly humiliated before being exiled to a term of
include both the past and the present—specifically,
life imprisonment on Devil’s Island. Herzl witnessed
the Holocaust and Israel.
the ceremony that was held in public in the presence of mobs who shouted “Death to Dreyfus the traitor”
2013 is a significant year because it is the 70th
and “Death to the Jews.” By 1896, Herzl had pub-
anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the
lished Der Judenstaat [The Jewish State], and the
65th anniversary of the founding of the State of
first Zionist Congress took place in Basle, Switzer-
Israel. Whatever your connection to the Holocaust
land the following year. All of this and more will
and the State of Israel may be, I hope that you will
be explored in the film It Is No Dream: The Life of
join us as we commemorate both of these important
Theodor Herzl, narrated by Ben Kingsley, with two-
events in world history and Jewish history. On Friday
time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz as
night, April 19th, Steven Klipstein will speak about
Herzl. We will be showing that film on Monday night,
the uprising at our 8 o’clock Erev Shabbat Service.
April 15th and will also be singing some Israeli songs
A member of our congregation, Steve is also the
and eating Israeli food in our social hall.
Assistant Director of the Suffolk Center on the Holocaust, Diversity & Human Understanding at Suffolk
This is a time in our history when connections to
County Community College.
Israel are not as strong in the Jewish community as they used to be, despite amazingly successful pro-
When we observed the 70th anniversary of Kristall-
grams such as Birthright. And, we are well aware
nacht a few years ago, Steve provided us with an
that the number of Holocaust survivors who can give
excellent presentation about the background and
direct testimony about their experiences is decreas-
actual events of that horrible night of terror perpe-
ing gradually. So, it is up to us to establish the
trated by the Nazis. Although the Warsaw Ghetto
connections, to maintain them, to strengthen them,
Uprising ended in defeat, it is an uplifting story of
and to be sure that they never disappear.
fighting back against seemingly insurmountable odds and gaining a moral victory that motivated other
resistance during the Holocaust.
Rabbi Stephen Karol
As for the State of Israel, there are many who say that it would not exist were it not for the Zionist
Rabbi Karol will be out-of-town conducting a wedding on April 14th and will be leading the 10th Grade Confirmation/Post-Confirmation trip to Washington D.C. on April 27th, 28th and 29th.
Looking Back to Look Ahead We all know that time moves forward. At least we think it does. Our experiences tell us that time moves forward. We can’t recover what went before even if we would want to change a past course of events. But it is possible that time has different dimensions, and we can be sure that scientists will someday tell us that we exist only at one time, in one place. Jewish descriptions of God hint at this scientific frontier: “Hu haya” [God existed] “Hu hoveh” [God exists] “v’Hu yih’hi-yeh” [God will exist]. God’s existence spans time, and when the matter is explored further in our texts, God has no time. Perhaps, then, we should have no time either. We are always trying to look ahead and find what is new, but this looking is in only one direction. We can see more of the past than the future, so why not look to it to lead us? Looking to the past lays out a map of what has worked and what has failed. We can avoid repeating our mistakes and leave the door open for new innovation. Those who are grounded in the past, who truly know who they are in relation to their roots, have a foundation that gives them an outlook toward the future. Our Jewish heritage is a rich past, and because Torah is our inheritance, it is shared freely. Music of the past is rich and compelling. Music of the day is also compelling, but the gems of the past
can be heard over and over. Each hearing reveals deeper meaning. This is true of Jewish music as well, and there is a wealth of it! Instrumental, choral, Cantorial—wonderful music for the soul. It deserves to be heard and has a voice that spans the generations. It speaks in Hebrew, English, Ladino, and Yiddish. It refreshes the spirit. In the late Renaissance, composers sought to recreate the music of ancient Greek drama. With no recordings to rely on, they had to invent what they were looking for. Opera resulted, and has left a 400year legacy. This was looking back to create something new. Hebrew has been in our tradition for thousands of years. It has been in favor and out of favor in the modern era, depending on the generation. When our students look back and absorb the beauty of this wonderful language, they carry it with them. Something new has been created. When they interact with text in the original, they become originals and resist the forces of popular trends. This is why Hebrew is so important. In looking back to look ahead, we can bring the past into the future, caring for it as our sacred inheritance. Then we shall be truly original. Cantor Ted Labow
Save the Date! Eisner and Crane Lake Camps New and Prospective Camper Weekend October 18th-20th This weekend is a wonderful opportunity for new campers to practice being away from home as they get a taste of camp fun, and for prospective campers to experience just a bit of what Eisner and Crane Lake Camps are all about.
Restoring Our Scroll, Renewing Our Souls As we look toward the observance of Yom HaShoah on April 7th, the Torah Restoration Committee selected the title above, as a fitting theme for the restoration of our Holocaust Torah. We hope you agree and are as energized as we are to begin this meaningful endeavor. As noted in last month’s article, the Temple Board voted to engage Sofer Neil Yerman to restore our Holocaust scroll. This article will provide you with some background on Sofer Yerman, who will be working closely with our entire congregation over the coming months. Sofer and artist Neil H. Yerman grew up in Brooklyn. After a career in the brokerage industry and advertising, he converted his lifetime avocation as an artist into a full-time career in 1984, specializing in works combining calligraphy and art. In 1987, he was asked to restore ten Sifrei Torah by Temple Sinai of Roslyn. This assignment launched him on a career as a sofer [scribe] and teacher of Torah. Sofer Yerman has since worked as an artist and sofer for many synagogues and organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Virgin Islands, including a Sefer Torah for the Women of Reform Judaism, dedicated in 2001 at the WRJ Biennial. A Master Teacher who is comfortable working with people of all ages and faiths, Sofer Yerman’s educational focus is to foster a love for both the physical Torah and the letters of wisdom that it contains. Sofer Yerman’s work was featured in May 2008 on the CBS television special, “Symbols and Sanctity, The
Objects of Religion.” He has been profiled in newspapers, magazines, radio, and television programs in the United States and Europe – including the New York Times, CBS’s “Sunday Morning,” PBS radio, and the PBS television series “Religion and Ethics.” In 2003 he was honored by the Academy for Jewish Religion with its Torah Leadership Award. And last, but certainly not least, Sofer Yerman is one of the three sofrim in the United States authorized by the Czech Memorial Scrolls Centre to work on repairing and restoring the Czech Holocaust scrolls. Sofer Yerman’s website, www.neilyerman.com, features information about his work, as well as educational information about the art of the scribe, the spiritual content of the Hebrew alphabet, life-cycle documents, and other related subjects. We are confident you will find the time spent with him to be meaningful and memorable as we collectively Restore our Scroll and Renew our Souls! Stay tuned in the coming weeks for some information on the history of our scroll and its originating city, ways you and your family can become involved, and dates to meet and work with Sofer Yerman. Zikaron tzadik livracha [May the memory of the righteous be for blessing]. The Torah Restoration Committee Jayne Cohen Shari Countess Iris Schiff Randee Kanter Rabbi Stephen Karol
Deborah Carioto Marlin Levi Dean Rosenzweig Steve Weitzman Rodger Jonas
Dear Fellow Congregants, As you read this bulletin, are you holding the one that has a light blue cover and has arrived by mail to your home? Or, have you chosen to read it on a device delivered to you digitally? As the British would say, "We are spoilt for choice." Are you familiar with www.tisbny.org? If not, you are missing out on the wonderful information portal to Temple Isaiah—our website! It took serious hard work by Nancy Cali to develop our website. Nancy writes.....
The URJ hosts our website, and last year they informed all webmasters that we would all be upgrading our sites to a new format. Although the process involved learning a “new language—Joomla,” the result is a more modern look and easier-to-navigate site. This is an important tool since non-congregants get their first impression of Temple Isaiah through the website; feedback has been very positive.
It is my hope that congregants will begin to use this valuable tool more and more. Want to know if there is Religious School and the office is closed? Can’t find the information sheet about 13 Mitzvot or the Religious School Application? The answer is a click away.
I am the “default” website editor and would love to have a technically-savvy person come on board with this project!
Our www.tisbny.org website shares a wealth of information. Sign on and feast your eyes on our home page's menu bar: About Us, Worship, Learning, Community, Youth, Bulletin, Events, and Calendar. Visit our site and you will uncover a treasure trove of information the likes of: A a 1967 photograph of Temple Isaiah's groundbreaking ceremony A access to Rabbi Karol's past sermons and bulletin articles A holiday information and holiday congregational photos A Cantor Labow's chanting of blessings and prayers for all to learn A a look ahead to calendar events planned for future months A the current bulletin and an archive of past bulletins A the school calendar and Temple events calendar A bios of our Rabbis and Cantors A information about Sisterhood, Brotherhood, Parents' Asssociation, Social Action, Israel Committee, and the Renaissance Club A AND SO MUCH MORE! Wishing you a fruitful exploration of tisbny.org, and hoping you will return often for a visit! L 'Shalom Carole-Ann Gordon
Sustaining Members & Friends of Temple Isaiah 2013 Please help us to maintain Temple Isaiah as a house of worship, a house of learning, and a house of assembly by becoming a Sustaining Member in 2013. It is here where you celebrate life-cycle events, and it is here where you will find support when you need it. It is with your strong financial support that Temple Isaiah will continue to provide education, worship services, and support for people who are experiencing loss, crisis, or illness. Please join our growing list of Sustaining Members!
Silver Chai Hilton & Jamie Adler Claire Baer Arnie & Honey Katz Richard & Gina Rose Circle of Enrichment Jerome & Linda Barancik Deborah Carioto Jerry & Barbara Fine David & Iris Schiff Mark & Gloria Snyder Circle of Growth Noel & Rita Adler Steve & Paula Bennett Florence Bolatin Rabbi Adam & Eileen Fisher Rodger & Linda Jonas Rabbi Stephen Karol Circle of Hope Craig & Paula Balaban Alfred & Suzan Goldhaber Randee Kanter & Pat Urquhart Paul & Norma Michael
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Circle of Hope (continued) Alan & Amy Steinberg Daniel Stenzler & Joan Korins Chaverim Gene & Morisa Coman Suzanne Gabrielsen Stewart & Anita Gaffan Bernard & Irene Gische Robert & Lina Gottesman Marian Guralnick Gary & Barbara Kamen Micheal & Dreania LeVine Theo & Marion Pavlidis Morton & Bernice Rosen Dean & Susan Rosenzweig Dennis & Sandra Rosenzweig Alan & Myra Rosofsky Lewis Silverman Daniel & Phyllis Turner Stephen & Diane Weitzman Lawrence & Marcia Yellin Mitzvah Partner Howard & Shelley Fleit Rose & Ronald French
Platinum Chai ($5,400 or above) Golden Chai ($3,600-$5,399) Silver Chai ($1,800-$3,599) Circle of Enrichment ($1,018-$1,799)
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Mitzvah Partner (continued) Barbara Goldberg Stephen & Janet Hiller Ira & Robin Koeppel Charles & Roni Robbins Peter & Cindy Thompson Cantor Michael & Cherie Trachtenberg Chai or Multiple Anthony & Nancy Cali Alan & Shari Countess Solomon & Sylvia Feingold Lillian Goldstein Carole-Ann Gordon Steven & Bonnie Katz Carlos & Michelle Lopes Harriet Martin Madeline Marx Howard & Jodi Mazer Stuart & Paula Plotkin Jay & Margaret Schoenfeld Pam Shulder Saul & Irva Steinweis Martin Tanzer Richard & Barbara Wright
Circle of Hope ($360-$539) Chaverim ($180-$359) Mitzvah Partner ($118-$179) Chai or Multiple ($18-$117)
Circle of Growth ($540-$1,017) 7
Religious School Review Yom Hazikaron [Day of Remembrance], Yom Ha’atzmaut [Independence Day], Yom Yerushalayim [Jerusalem Day]. Israel is the Jewish homeland. It is the place where Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, and Jacob and Rachel and Leah planted roots. It is the home of our prophets--Isaiah, Deborah, and Jeremiah. It is the home of King David and King Solomon. It is the home to which our thoughts return every time we recite the Birkat Hamazon [Grace after Meals], in which we speak of our return to Israel. We ask God to take care of the welfare of Jerusalem. Israel is a marvelous country with an incredible history and with a bright future. Help us support our Jewish homeland. Here are a few suggestions to keep Israel in your hearts and minds:
an online resource for news from and about Israel every day, such as www.haaretzdaily.com, www.jpost.com, or www.honestreporting.com. A Read a weekly newspaper or magazine to update your knowledge about Israel. A Share pride in Israel’s technological advances by reading the news on Israel 21c. A Wear Israeli jewelry or clothing from Israel as a personal reminder and daily connection. A Call/write an email to an Israeli colleague, friend or relative on a regular basis. A Engage in Israel-related activities like Israeli dancing, listening to Israeli music, watching Israeli movies, seeing exhibits of Israeli art, or going to concerts featuring Israeli artists. A Buy Israeli products on a regular basis from your grocery store, and when you need to buy gifts, buy Judaic items. A Talk about your past visits to Israel and share your stories and pictures with your family, friends, and colleagues. A Be an armchair activist for Israel. Sign petitions and send letters to government officials to advocate for Israel and show your support. A Plan your next or first visit to Israel. A Start an Israeli stamp or coin collection. A Plant a tree in Israel in honor of or in memory of a loved one. A Connect to Israel through involvement in tzedakah projects; the possibilities are endless!
Be there for Israel and Israel will be there for you! L’Shalom, Harvey Witman Educational Director
6th Grade Family Education Brunch 6th grade students and families are invited to join us on Sunday, April 14th from 11am-1pm for brunch and an informative program on Hachnasat Orchim [hospitality]. We will be meeting with Michele Rosenberg, our Family Educator, in the social hall for this event.
Postings from the Parents’ Association Our BBQ-themed Shabbat Dinner for 5th-7th graders on March 8th was a fun and special evening with the Friday night Family Service following our meal. On March 17th and 18th, PA provided seder plates and trimmings for our in-class Religious School seders. It’s hard to believe, but the school year is drawing to a close. PA’s final event of the year is the End-of-Year Barbeque on the last Sunday of Religious School–May 19th. Brotherhood, Youth Group, and PA join forces for lots of food and fun. Looking forward to seeing you there! It’s never too late to join! If you would like to be involved, please email us, Nancy Linden & Ilene Horan, at firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com. We’re the co-chairs of the Parents’ Association and we’re looking forward to meeting you!!!! Our last two meetings this year are April 7th and May 5th at 9 am in the kitchen.
Temple Isaiah Parents’ Association presents the
END-OF-YEAR BARBEQUE Sunday, May 19th from 11 ARTS & CRAFTS
A BOUNCERS A BBQ
Many thanks to Brotherhood for providing the food and manning the grill. Please bring a non-perishable donation for the Food Pantry.
Temple Isaiah Religious School / 7th-12th Grade Students April 21st Holocaust Program at Suffolk County Community College Join us for breakfast and a morning of learning. The bus leaves Temple Isaiah at 9 am and returns at 1:30 pm. The cost is $5 per person (checks made out to: Temple Isaiah.) Please return the form below, with payment, to the Religious School office by April 7th. Yes! I will attend the April 21st Trip to Suffolk County Community College. Name _____________________________________________________________________ Grade ____________ Student’s cell # ______________________________ Parent’s cell # ___________________________________
Torah Study Join Rabbi Karol for a look at the “summertime Torah portions” and discuss their main points and the application of their meaning to our daily lives. Members & nonmembers welcome. Leader: Rabbi Stephen Karol Sundays: 4/7 11:30
Everything You Wanted the Messiah
Kee Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8) Nitzavim/Vayelech (Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30)
Using a special issue of Moment Magazine, we will explore these topics: • The Word, the World, and the Watch • Are Jews Still Expecting a Messiah? • What Does the Concept of Messiah Mean Today? • King David’s Genes • Messiah Mania • Reform’s Messianic Age Instructor: Rabbi Stephen Karol Tuesdays: 4/2, 4/9, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7 Time: 8-9:15
The Rabbi Adam D. Fisher Library Our temple library is open one half-hour before each Erev Shabbat Service. If you are available to volunteer, please call Barbara Yarmus at 981-2709.
Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen Members of Temple Isaiah’s Social Action Committee and other volunteers staff the Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen at St. James Catholic Church (429 Route 25A in Setauket). This month’s date is April 14th. Please note the times: set-up will be from 1:15 - 2:00, dinner will be served at 3:00, and all clean-up should be done by 5:00.
Festival of Films & Faith Temple Isaiah is a proud sponsor of Festival of Films & Faith In collaboration with The Greater Port Jefferson Arts Council All films will be shown at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson and will begin at 7 pm. Each film will be followed by an interfaith panel and audience discussion and then a reception. Free coupons will be available in the Temple for congregants. Admission is $5 for non-congregants. The first film in this yearâ€™s series will be The Hedgehog.
The Hedgehog Paloma is a serious and highly-articulate but deeply bored 11-year-old who has decided to kill herself on her 12th birthday. Fascinated by art and philosophy, she questions and documents her life and immediate circle, drawing trenchant and often hilarious observations on the world around her. But as her appointment with death approaches, Paloma finally meets some kindred spirits in her building's grumpy janitor and an enigmatic, elegant neighbor, both of whom inspire Paloma to question her rather pessimistic outlook on life. This film won many film festival awards. Language: French (with English subtitles).
Renaissance Club Attention Seniors! Our Renaissance Club meets once a month at the Temple. You are invited to come, make new friends, and share your ideas for speakers, outings, and events. The next meeting is April 28th at 1:30 pm. Please call Lillian Goldstein at 862-1747 for more information.
Story Tot Shabbat Led by Rabbi Karol & Eileen Fisher
Musical Tot Shabbat Led by Cantor Labow
Preschoolers (3 to 5 years old) and their parents are invited to come and share a "Taste of Shabbat" at our bi-weekly Tot Shabbat Services. These services include songs, basic prayers, a story, and an up-close-and-personal experience with the Torah. After we bless the juice and challah at the Oneg Shabbat, each child will receive a mini-challah to take home. What a great way for Temple Isaiah members, relatives, friends, and neighbors to greet Shabbat together.
Breaking Bread with Brotherhood April is one of my favorite months of the year. Winter is finally behind us, plants and flowers start growing again, the days start getting a lot longer, and the baseball season is underway. Thereâ€™s a lot to be excited about. Brotherhood also has an exciting month planned for April. We are very pleased that The Hon. Ira Warshawsky, President of the Men of Reform Judaism (MRJ), will be our guest speaker at our April 14th meeting. MRJ is the national association representing and serving Brotherhoods across the United States. We look forward to learning more about MRJ, how it can help us, and what other Brotherhoods are doing. If you ever had any questions about what Brotherhood is, or what it could be, this is a great opportunity to find out. Please join us for what promises to be an informative discussion. On Sunday April 21st, as part of Mitzvah Day, Brotherhood will once again do our annual clean-up of litter and debris on the Temple property. Non-Brotherhood members are welcome to join us. This is a great opportunity for 6th- and 7th-grade students looking to complete their Thirteen Mitzvot. Please RSVP to Howard Mazer at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help. Also in April we are sponsoring a six-hour Defensive Driving Course, taught by our own Dave Tellerman, who is a certified instructor. Upon completion of the course, you will receive a certificate that can save you money on your auto insurance for the next three years. The course will take place Wednesday, April 24th and Wednesday, May 1st from 7 to 10 pm. You must attend both sessions to complete the course. The cost is $40 and you will save that many times over. Space is limited. To register, please contact Dave at email@example.com. Our 2nd annual Car Raffle is underway. There are ten prizes, including a grand prize of your choice of a 2013 Subaru Legacy 2.5 Premium that you can keep or a two-year Mercedes lease or $15,000 cash. If less than 350 tickets are sold, the grand prize becomes a 50/50 and the other prizes will still be awarded. The drawing will be held at Las Vegas Night on June 1st and you do not need to be present to win. Tickets are available from any Brotherhood member or through the Temple office. Thanks go to our raffle committee, chaired by Harold Guberman, for all their hard work. March was a very busy month for Brotherhood and I want to close by recognizing some of the people who made it so successful. Mort Rosen did a great job updating our Brotherhood Shabbat Service and coordinating the participants. Eighteen Brotherhood members took part in the service and Allan Braun organized a wonderful dinner prior to the service. Thanks to Joe Duskin for getting the Hamantaschen and knishes for the Purim Carnival and to everyone who helped cook, sell, and serve the food. Alan Fisher organized a wonderful breakfast to conclude the Scholar-in-Residence Weekend. And lastly, thanks to Bruce Weissman and Richard Wright for speaking at our March and February meetings. I look forward to seeing you at our next Brotherhood meeting on April 14th at 9:09 am when MRJ President Ira Warshawsky will be joining us. As always, if you have any thoughts, ideas, suggestions, or comments, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Jay Schoenfeld Brotherhood President
Social Action Actions Mitzvah Day--Sunday, April 21st This year has been a very difficult year for many. With Superstorm Sandy, the unrelenting snowstorm, cold weather, and cutbacks to nonprofit organizations and assistance programs, many of our neighbors are still in great need. With this in mind, Mitzvah Day this year will focus on giving back to the community. Some of the activities the students will be involved in are: making blankets, decorating picture frames, baking biscuits for animal rescue organizations, and collecting items for local food pantries. You will be receiving a mailing explaining the charities for which we will be collecting. Donations may be dropped off, billed, or sent to the Temple (cash or checks made payable to Temple Isaiah). Please indicate which charity you would like to make your donation to in the check-memo space or on the envelope. We look forward to a day of fun and giving. Sheila Silberhartz Social Action Chair
Defensive Driving Course April 24th & May 1st 7 to 10 pm Anyone who completes the course will receive 10% off of their insurance and have up to four points taken off their license. The course is good for three years. The cost is $40 per person. A portion of the fee will go to Brotherhood. Questions: contact David Tellerman at 355-2691. Please RSVP to the Temple office by 4/18.
Chai for Chayalim
Temple Isaiah's Social Action Committee is continuing its commitment to our soldiers. Please help us in our year-long campaign to support the Jewish soldiers in Afghanistan. Wonâ€™t you join us by donating $18 for this worthy cause? 17
Our Miriam’s Seder was truly memorable. As always, our Sisterhood members bring the most amazing delicious dishes to share! Thank you to everyone for your wonderful contributions of food, faith, and friendship. We would all like to extend a most special thank you to Robyn DeLuca for her heartfelt dedication in leading this service honoring Miriam’s role in the Exodus from Egypt and the celebration of Jewish women everywhere. This year was Robyn’s last time leading the service for us and we will miss her. Robyn will be undertaking interesting new intellectual challenges and spending more time with her lovely daughters as well. We wish Robyn and her family much success, health, happiness, and many blessings in her new endeavors! We also want to thank all of our members who provided a delicious dessert for TI’s Scholar-in-Residence evening. Literally, your contributions were the “icing on the cake” to a very delightful educational evening. Speaking of heartfelt dedication, one of TI Sisterhood’s privileges is being financially able to donate money to our Temple for camp scholarships for our Religious School students. The scholarships that our Temple is able to give students can make the difference for a family being able to send a child to a URJ camp. This is true, especially in these difficult economic times, for many people. Hurricane Sandy devastated tremendous areas of Long Island and beyond. Most of us at TI were inconvenienced, but otherwise okay. Unfortunately, our fall Rummage Sale, which is one of Sisterhood’s biggest fundraisers, had to be cancelled because of the storm. Please help Sisterhood help our TI campers by making our spring Rummage Sale an extra fabulous success! There’s no time like the present to clean out your closets, attics, garages, and basements to make some extra space! Keep collecting those gently-used, unwanted items for rummage and our sale is sure to be a winner for our Sisterhood and our Temple. We enthusiastically welcome and always greatly need helpers to set up, assist during the sale, and to clean up on Tuesday.
Spring Rummage Sale Details Sunday, May 5th: 9 am – 1 pm: Rummage Drop-Off • 1 -- 3 pm: Sale open Monday, May 6th: 10 am – 1 pm : Sale open • 7 – 9 pm -- Sale open Tuesday, May 7th: 10 am – 1 pm : Sale open (Bag Day) • 1 -- 3 pm: Clean-up There’s more to come--Save the Date! Friday, May 10th is our Sisterhood Shabbat Dinner and Service. Please join Sisterhood for a beautiful Shabbat Dinner (6 pm) and inspiring service (8 pm) led by members of Sisterhood. Dinner is $12 per person ($6 per child under age 5); the maximum is $40 per family. Please bring a side dish to share. A portion of the proceeds is donated to Mazon. See you there! Sisterhood reaches out to our community by offering a wide variety of programs—both social and educational. In addition to the programs we offer, our web site is www.tisbny.org. Stay tuned for the latest up–to-date information communicated via TI Sisterhood Google groups and the weekly Temple e-blasts. Very Sincerely Yours, Paula Bennett and Janet Feldstein Sisterhood Co-Presidents
Media Watch Israel 1. Watch Purim celebration video of 1930’s Purim celebration in Tel Aviv. http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishNews/Article.aspx?id=303302 2. Noting Hezbollah’s extensive fund raising network in Europe, EU experts call for action against it as a terrorist group. http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=304403 3. Findings of a thirteen-year study by researchers of the Holocaust Memorial Museum catalog some 42,500 Nazi ghettos and camps throughout Europe, operating during Hitler’s reign of brutality from 1933 to 1945, vastly exceed ing pre-existing understanding. (May require free log-in at www.nyt.com.) http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/03/sunday-review/the-holocaust-just-got-more-shocking.html?page wanted=all&_r=0 4. Brooklyn College Political Science Department sponsors pro-Palestinian Israel boycott-divestment event, pro-Israel Jewish students ejected, college president launches “thorough independent review.” http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishNews/Article.aspx?id=303302
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Sisterhood Shabbat Dinner Please join us on Friday, May 10th at 6 pm for Sisterhood's Shabbat Dinner. Our evening will begin with blessings and dinner (see details below) in the social hall. This is a perfect opportunity for the whole family to enjoy a special Shabbat evening together. Bring family and friends---all are welcome! Dinner will include chicken, a vegetarian entree, challah, beverages, and a light dessert. Please bring a side dish or salad that serves at least four (no dairy, please). We will share these dishes potluck-style. The cost is $12 per adult and $6 per child (under 12). There is a maximum cost per family (one or two adults and children under 12) of $40. Sisterhood members will be participating at the Erev Shabbat Service that follows at 8 pm. Please join Sisterhood at this special service. Your friends at Sisterhood, Kate Bennett and Ilene Steinhauer -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Please return this form to the Temple office by May 2nd with your check made payable to: Temple Isaiah Sisterhood Name(s) __________________________________________________________________________ Phone: ________________________________ # of adults attending at $12 each: _________ # of children under 12 attending at $6 each: __________ Total number of people attending: _______
Total amount enclosed: $________
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The Scouting Scene
Greetings from Temple Isaiah Scouting Recently, I have been asked by several people what is happening within the Boy Scout community with regards to the admission of scouts who are gay. In early 2013, the Boy Scouts delayed the vote on this topic until May. In the Scouts' statement, the group indicated that the national board may consider passing any decisions on gay membership to the local level. Each troop's charter organization would be able to decide "consistent with each organization's mission, principles, or religious beliefs.” (CNN News report 1/28/2013) No matter which way the vote goes, we at Temple Isaiah Scouting believe that a scout–boy or girl–should be judged on who they are and not what they are. We will allow every scout to be part of the Temple Isaiah Scouting Group. We believe that a person’s character is the true indicator of who that person is. With that being said, I would like to move forward with how a scout can earn the different Jewish recognitions within scouting. I am also including recognition for adults. If your child is a scout and you would like to have him/her start working towards a specific emblem, please reach out to me and let’s begin the journey. Yours in Jewish Scouting, Howard Mazer Hj816@verizon.net
Tiger Scouts – Maccabee Medal In recent years, as the number of participants in Tiger Cubs has grown, the need has been felt for a comparable challenge on this youngest level. Hence, we have the creation of the Maccabee Award with its distinct emblem, requirements, and counselor's guide. The Maccabee Award takes its name from Judah Maccabee and his brothers who led the military and religious struggle against the Syrian king, Antiochus, who attempted to suppress the practice of Judaism. Their revolt ended victoriously in the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in the year 165 B.C.E. The holiday of Chanukah celebrates that victory. The Maccabee medal is a bronze pendant depicting the Menorah. The pendant is attached to a bronze bar pin that carries the word "Maccabee."
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Cub Scouts – Aleph Emblem The National Jewish Committee on Scouting has developed the Aleph emblem program to help Jewish boys who are Cub Scouts advance in the knowledge and practice of Jewish religious living. The Aleph program also provides a basis for a positive and close relationship between a Cub Scout and his religious school teacher, who serves as counselor. The Aleph medal is a bronze pendant representing an open Torah scroll and the Eternal Light. The pendant is attached to a bronze bar pin that carries the Hebrew letters "Aleph" and the word "Aleph."
Scouts and Venturers – Ner Tamid Emblem The Ner Tamid emblem is a pendant representing the Eternal Light. It is attached to a blue-and-white ribbon and a bronze bar pin that carries the inscription "Ner Tamid" in Hebrew and "Eternal Light" in English.
Older Scouts and Venturers – Etz Chaim Award The Etz Chaim (Tree of Life) Award is designed for Boy Scouts in high school, ages 14 to 18, and registered Venturers ages 14 to 20. The purpose of the award is to encourage the young adult to explore adult Jewish roles in the context of family, community, and the Jewish people. The requirements can be completed in six months and with a counselor's assistance.
Adult Volunteers – Shofar Award The National Jewish Committee on Scouting has established the Shofar Award, which is a silver Ner Tamid pendant superimposed on a silver shofar, suspended from a blue-and-white ribbon. The award was developed to recognize outstanding service by adults in the promotion of Scouting among Jewish boys.
Israel Committee Insights Coming to Temple Isaiah on Monday, April 15th is the important documentary, It Is No Dream, about the extraordinary life of Theodor Herzl. The film is a Moriah Films production, a division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and narrated by Ben Kingsley, and features Christophe Waltz as the voice of Herzl. The film is part of Temple Isaiah’s Yom Ha’atzmaut [Israel Independence Day] Celebration event sponsored by Rabbi Karol and the Israel Committee, and also includes food, stories, songs, and a discussion about the film at its conclusion. Herzl was an assimilated, secular European Jew at the turn of the 20th century who reached the pinnacle of his profession as the foreign correspondent of a leading European newspaper. But when he covers the Alfred Dreyfus trial in Paris, Herzl is faced with the stark reality of a widespread and entrenched societal problem—anti-Semitism. Herzl takes the issue head-on by chronicling the Dreyfus trial and other incidents, including violent pogroms. He comes to realize that the previous solutions to the “Jewish question”—including forced conversions, ghettoization, and even assimilation—hadn’t worked, and he was sure that the extreme nationalism and economic downturn of the day was leading the Jews to certain catastrophe.
relent; he risked his career and reputation, his marriage, and even his health, in a prescient race against time to save European Jewry from what eventually became the Nazi’s Final Solution. Anti-Semitism smolders throughout the world to this day. In his latest book, The Promise of Israel, Daniel Gordis reminds us that it is the very existence of Israel that not only transformed Jewish culture but the lot of Jewish minorities all over the world. We can only imagine how Herzl would have marveled at what became of his idea. We all owe Theodor Herzl our gratitude for what we all too often take for granted— the Jewish state. Come join us Monday, April 15th at 7:30 pm for the film and the celebration. Admission is free. Rich Tuckman Israel Committee
Herzl realized that it was the condition of being stateless that was the cause of the powerlessness and lack of cultural confidence that plagued the Jews for centuries, and that it was the re-creation of the Jewish state that could address these ills once and for all. Some people called him crazy and a dreamer and some thought the idea dangerous. But Herzl didn’t
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Simchas & Tzures Whether you have happy news (simchas) or sad news (tzures), we hope you will share it with us. Rabbi Karol likes to know about births, engagements, weddings, and other happy occasions, as well as hospitalizations, sicknesses, or deaths. As hospital stays are often short, and hospitals do not call us when you are admitted, please let us know so Rabbi or Cantor can arrange to visit or at least telephone. If you would like him or Rabbi Fisher to officiate at a funeral, please speak to Rabbi Karol before scheduling. Our sanctuary is available for funeral or memorial services. If you call the Temple about a funeral and have to leave a message with the answering service, please mention that you are calling regarding a funeral.
Condolences To Allan Pincus on the death of his father, Max Pincus To Pamela Block on the death of her mother, Barbara Bakaley Kilcup
Congratulations To Shawn Countess on becoming an Eagle Scout To Marion & Marshall Lacoff on the birth of their grandson, Caleb Harrison Streicher To Norma & Paul Michael on celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary To Susan & Lloyd Lense on the engagement of their daughter Sara to David Kram
Thank You To Howard Stern for solving the Templeâ€™s heating problems!
Itâ€™s always the "right time" to make a contribution to your Temple. It might be in honor of a living person or a recent event, or in memory of someone or something, or anything you want. Donations can be made over the phone, by email, or through the USPS. However you send the information, your donation can be added to your monthly Temple Isaiah invoice for easy bookkeeping. Sunshine cards require a minimum contribution of ten dollars.
The purpose of the Beautification Fund is to generate money to renovate and beautify our synagogue. All monies will go into a fund dedicated to this purpose.
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To assist in this goal, a wall sculpture has been commissioned. This permanent work of art provides the opportunity to commemorate your support for Temple Isaiah. Plaques of different sizes will be available in the following categories: CONTRIBUTOR............ $250 per year for 3 years SPONSOR..................... $500 per year for 3 years PATRON..................... $1000 per year for 3 years BENEFACTOR............. $2500 per year for 3 years To make a contribution, or if you have any questions, please call the office at 751-8518.
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