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Congregation Beth Sholom - Chevra Shas

The Sholom December 2012/Kislev-Tevet 5773 Phone: 315.446.9570 Rabbi’s Study: 315.446.5125 Fax: 315.446.3630

18 Patsy Lane, Jamesville, NY 13078 Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Dir. of Youth and Education: 315.701.2685

E-mail: Website: Judaica Shop: 315.446.8777

My Brother George

Worship Services

By Jef Sneider

FRIDAYS: December 7, 14, 21, 29 Please note new service and Asefat time Asefat Shabbat: 5:45 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv: 6 p.m.


lliot Sneider and his one man show, My Brother George, will be coming to CBSCS for one performance on Sunday December 30 at 2 p.m.. Tickets, $15 for synagogue members and $18 for non-members, may be purchased in advance by calling CBS-SC at 4469570 or e-mailing The program is supported by the Arnold and Miriam Weiner Yiddish Culture fund. Elliot started his piano education in Syracuse at an early age under the direction of local pianist and CBS-CS member Richard Smernoff. At the age of 10 he discovered Jazz piano and “barrel house music” and he has been hooked on Jazz ever since, all the while continuing his classical instructions with Smernoff until he went off to college. In high school, while participating in musical theater at Nottingham High School, he also played in the Stan Collella All Star Band and made a few appearances with Stan Collella himself as a pianist in the Stan Collella Big Band. High school credits also include playing piano for local musical theater, including A Chorus Line and My Fair Lady with Christine Lightcap and the Talent Company. Elliot studied Jazz piano and composition at the New England Conservatory in Boston. He then earned a Masters degree in Music Composition and Technology from New York University. While looking for gigs, he made a living in NYC working for SONY music converting their music catalogue from analog to digital format. In August 2011, Elliot left his job at SONY and dragged his wife and newborn baby to Tempe, Arizona where he is currently a doctoral candidate in composition at Arizona State University. It was in Arizona that he worked on the script and music for My Brother George.

December 14: Shabbat HaDorot December 21: Shirat Shabbat with Lisa Levens December 28: Great Jewish Minds SATURDAYS: December 1, 8 , 15, 22, 29 Babysitting is available by reservation in the school wing starting at 9:30 a.m. December 1: Shabbat Meditation at 8:45 a.m. It’s Cool to Daven In Shul Tot Shabbat at 10:30 a.m. December 8: CBS-CS History: Sid Novak Kiddush is sponsored in honor of this year’s Syracuse Hebrew Day School 6th graders reading Torah for the first time. December 15: Junior Congregation at 10 a.m. Family Service at 10:30 a.m. Shabbat Spot following services USY Hanukkah Sleep Over at 8 p.m. SUNDAYS: December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Minyan at 9:30 a.m. December 9 Chol HaMoed Hanukkah service at 9 a.m. December 16 Chol HaMoed Hanukkah service at 9:30 a.m.

Great Jewish Minds


oin us Friday, December 28 when we will hear about Rabbi Yehuda The Prince, the compiler of the Mishnah, his life and a selection of his writings that illustrate his impact on Jewish life today.

Congregation Beth Sholom - Chevra Shas Rabbi - Andrew Pepperstone Director of Youth and Education - Erika Eskenazi Rabbi Emeritus - Daniel A. Jezer Ba’alat Kriah - Pamela Wells

OFFICERS AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES President - Stephen F. Bittner Executive Vice President - Mickey Lebowitz Vice Presidents: Adult Education - Hanita Blair Finance - Steven Wladis House - Eric Rochelson Membership - Aviva Abramovsky/ Norma Feldman Ritual - Steven Kepnes Youth - Ben and Becca Greenblatt Corresponding Secretary - Pamela Morris Recording Secretary - Judy Stanton

Trustees Sylvia Cohen Sue Field Jackie Kassel Larry Kurlandsky Leslie Mauer Robert Nelkin

Joe Roth Sarah Saulson Stan Serlin Elana Shever Ruth Stein Norm Weiner Pamela Weinberg

Men’s Club Representative - Walt Kuncio Sisterhood President - Gwen Kay Immediate Past President—Ronny Goeler

CBS-CS MISSION STATEMENT CBS-CS is an egalitarian Conservative congregation affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. CBS-CS is dedicated to the active participation of its members in all areas of synagogue life. As an inclusive congregational family, we strive to promote Jewish values encouraging the religious, educational and social growth of our members.

CBS-CS VISION STATEMENT CBS-CS is a diverse and dynamic Conservative Jewish congregation. Our warm, engaging, knowledgeable rabbi and energetic staff work with a large volunteer corps to develop innovative programs — religious, spiritual, educational, pastoral and social — that appeal to the varied interests of our membership. Our understanding of the imperative to cultivate the future of the Jewish People underlies our commitment to youth. We foster intergenerational connections, formally and informally. We create, maintain and utilize a sizeable pool of qualified congregants to lead and participate in our services. Sufficient financial resources enable us to respond to the evolving needs of our congregation, keeping members of all ages actively engaged, using both traditional and modern modalities. We strive to promote relationships within the larger Syracuse Jewish community, as well as with other faith communities. Through all of these endeavors, we are building a community of people living a fuller, more meaningful Jewish life.

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Hanukkah and the Calendar By Stephen Bittner


he first night of Hanukkah, the 25th of Kislev, 5773, falls on December 8 this year, which is early. This is not the earliest day that Hanukkah will fall in the Gregorian calendar. Next year the first candle lighting will be on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, with the first day of Hanukkah falling on Thanksgiving. Two years ago the first night of Hanukkah fell on December 2. It will be another 18 years before the first day of Hanukkah again falls in the month of November, but on the Monday after Thanksgiving (11/29/2021).

The Hebrew calendar has always intrigued me, though I haven’t taken the time to study it in depth. I suspect that one of the reasons for how well represented Jews are in the sciences is the complexity of the Hebrew calendar. A Theory of Relativity seems almost trivial to someone who can understand the 19-year cycle of the Jewish calendar with a leap month occurring in 7 of the 19 years, with some years a day longer or a day shorter. The leap month of Adar I (Adar Aleph) is added before Adar II (Adar Bet the real Adar) in years 3, 6, 8, 11, 14, 17 and 19 of the cycle. We are currently in the 16th year of the cycle. The last year with a leap month, 2010, the first day of Hanukkah fell even earlier, on December 2. Last year, a year without a leap month, the first day was on December 21. Looking at the current 19 year cycle, if there is a leap month, Hanukkah always falls on December 8 or earlier. If there is not a leap month, Hanukkah always falls on December 9 or later. This pattern is accurate between 1980 and 2015. It will be the 17th year of the cycle in 5774 (2013) when the first candle lighting will be on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. This year will also have been preceded by two years without leap months. To make the calendar even more interesting, there are Rosh Hashanah postponement rules. All the months in the Hebrew calendar have either 29 or 30 days. For a variety of reasons, Rosh Hashanah must fall on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday, referred to as the four gates. The months of Cheshvan and Kislev normally have 29 and 30 days respectively. To achieve the result of Rosh Hashanah falling on one of the four gates, an extra day may need to be added to Cheshvan or a day may have to be taken away from Kislev. I hope all this information is accurate. I welcome any corrections or additions, in any case, Happy Hanukkah.

Shedding Light on How We Tell Stories By Rabbi Pepperstone


s Hanukkah approaches, I think about the story of Hanukkah. I am going to assume that when I mention “the story of Hanukkah” the first thing you think about is the story of the oil, which we all know well: The Maccabees retake the ancient Temple in Jerusalem, which had been ruined by the Greeks. During their repairs, they find only one jar of olive oil bearing the seal of the High Priest. Despite the knowledge that it will only last one day, they light the oil, and it miraculously lasts for eight days, which is why Hanukkah lasts for eights days. Is this really the story of Hanukkah? Is this history? Perhaps only a fable or fairy tale? Is there a difference? One particularly audacious moment in my rabbinic education came when one of my classmates asked Dr. Geller, our Bible professor, whom we all feared, if he thought that the Hebrew Bible was true. After a long, tense pause in the room, Dr. Geller answered approximately as follows: “In as much as any history is influenced by the identity and situation of those retelling the history and they choose to emphasize certain elements over others, sure.” What Dr. Geller taught me that day was that there is no such thing as a pure, unfiltered history. Every experience is filtered through a particular perspective, and every history at its core is someone trying to make meaning out of the experience. What is the “real” Hanukkah story? If one reads the Books of Maccabees, which I recommend, one would be hard pressed to think that the Maccabees would find the rabbinic version of Hanukkah familiar. The war of the Maccabees and their subsequent victory is far more complex than the rabbinic version, which was promulgated around the 4th century CE, nearly six hundred years after the events took place. The Maccabees’ version centers on a complex international situation, a military victory and the priestly Temple in Jerusalem. The Rabbis’ version de-emphasizes both the priestly and military elements, instead focusing on the quiet piety of the miraculous oil and the menorah. The Rabbis take a Temple centered celebration and place it in the home. Within a common narrative framework, each version focuses on and emphasizes different aspects.

The Hanukkah insertion for the Amidah and Birkat Hamazon, (a.k.a Al Ha-nissim/For the miracles) focuses on God’s role in the Hanukkah narratives, which is almost absent in both the Book of Maccabees and in the Rabbis’ version from the Talmud. This is yet another version with a different perspective. Within the narrative framework of Hanukkah, there are many layers of meaning to be found: fighting for religious freedom, balancing Jewish tradition with a surrounding culture, standing up and risking one’s life for what one believes in, miracles, the partnership between humanity and God in history, the centrality of the Temple in Jewish tradition, political independence, faith in times of adversity, being a light in times of darkness, and so on. Which version of the Hanukkah story will you tell your children this year? The answer to that depends on their age and their level of sophistication. There are many wonderful Hanukkah books out there, each with a slightly different emphasis. What is more important is which version of the Hanukkah story will you tell yourself this year? Hanukkah is a family celebration, and it is not only for children. Will you find new layers of meaning in the story of the oil? What was the miracle of the first day, since it was supposed to last that long anyway? Will you take a look at the Book of Maccabees? How does the modern State of Israel deal with the issues of balancing tradition and modernity? Will you daven the paragraph in the Amidah and think about that version? What role does God play in history and in our own lives? Hanukkah may be a festival tainted by its competition with our surrounding culture’s winter festival, but I hope that you do enter Hanukkah’s precincts, search around for something pure and unadulterated. I hope that when you find it and open up that cruse of oily narrative, that you find something holy that helps you find light in the darkness.

Sisterhood Craft Night By Gwen Kay


lease join us for Sisterhood craft night on Tuesday, December 11 at 7 p.m. Women, men and children are invited to participate in our craft --it will be fun for all! For more information, please contact Gwen Kay ( or 446-0383). Page 3

Adult Programming By Hanita Blair

Melava Melka


e are pleased to invite everyone to a Melava Malka in the Social Hall on Saturday, December 22, from 6:30 until 8:30 pm. Who should come? And what is a melava malka, anyway? Melava Malka literally means escorting the queen, the Sabbath Queen, Shabbat HaMalka. We already welcomed her in song at Kabbalat Shabbat. On Saturday evening, to show our joy at her presence, our reluctance to let her go, and our intention to follow her as she leaves, we hold on to the Sabbath a little longer by gathering in company. We open with Havdallah, followed by music & song. And because it is no longer Shabbat, we accompany our singing with musical instruments. There will be guitars, piano, saxaphone, fiddle, drums, clarinets… and whatever else you bring. So come prepared to join in a joyous Jewish jam session. Bring your voices & your instruments, and make the joy of Shabbat last even longer on the night after the longest night of the year. Reservations are requested but not required. This is an intergenerational event, and dancers of all ages are heartily welcome.

Meditation continues on the first Saturday morning of every month with a small loyal core. Don’t be put off by its early start. It is called for 8:45, but the first 15 minutes are often devoted to discussion and instruction, so you may enter the sanctuary at any point. (Quietly. Thank you.) The meditation session itself runs from 9 – 9:20 am. This time is a wonderful time to focus - or let go and lead us into Shacharit. Biblical Hebrew Master Class Rabbi Pepperstone will lead a three-session Master Class focusing on Biblical Hebrew. These sessions will review the fundamentals and details of Biblical Hebrew grammar, which are one of the pillars of reading Torah and Haftarah. The three dates are: November 26, December 3, and December 17. All three sessions will take place at 5:30 p.m. The class will be using Cantor Joshua Jacobson's Chanting the Hebrew Bible: Student Edition as our text. If you would like to purchase it (and it is well worth it), go to Chanting-Hebrew-Bible-Student-Ed/ dp/0827608160. There is also the full edition, Page 4

which covers the entire cantillation system in extreme detail. Please RSVP for these three sessions to or 446-5125.

The CBS-CS Davening Lab At CBS-CS, our Sunday, Shabbat, and Festival services should be crafted so that every person in the room has a transformational experience. Since we are a lay-led congregation, all who daven are part of a large team of people who lead services. Each of our efforts builds upon the other, creating an energy, momentum, pace and flow of the davening. What each of us does as we lead affect the others who are leading as well. Therefore, it is important that this dynamic team meet regularly to work on being the best possible team. To help support our team, we will hold a monthly session called the CBS-CS Davening Lab, a warm, supportive setting where all of our leaders, both present and emerging, will come together to: 1. share experiences about leading services, both at CBS-CS and elsewhere; 2. learn about the structure of Jewish prayer and the content of Jewish prayer; 3. share best davening practices; 4. share and learn new melodies; and 5. take the davening at CBS-CS to a new level. These sessions will take place at 5:30 p.m. Monday afternoons starting on November 19. They are open to anyone over B'nai Mitzvah age, so please let younger people in your family know about these sessions. The other sessions will be: December 10, January 7, February 11, March 4, April 8, May 13, June 10. Please let Rabbi Pepperstone know at if you plan on joining these learning and team building opportunities.

Men’s Club Activities By Jim MacCrindle


hank you to Elise, Rachel, Ian, Karen and Marc Beckman, and Adena and Lisa Rochelson, and Walter Kuncio for their help in cooking for both the Family Dinner and Men’s Club Shabbat.

Upcoming events: • Shabbat, January 12: Help in the Kitchen and clean up for Sisterhood Shabbat • Sunday, January 13: Vance Lederman talks about the Syracuse Crunch • Sunday, February 3: World Wide Wrap If you have any questions or ideas, please let Jim know at:

HAZAK News By Carol Chottiner On December 2 at 2 p.m., Ruth and Larry Kurlandsky will present a travelogue "Meanderings Through Israel.” Between the two of them, Larry and Ruth have made eighteen trips to Israel . Their slide show will include unusual pictures such as off-the-beatentrack spots, street signs, and ice cream ads, as well as more expected highlights. There will be a few shots of Prague and of Petra (the pre-trip and maybe the trip extension of the CBS-CS plan). Ruth and Larry promise to keep you entertained with stories of their travels. The program is open to everyone. It will be of interest to those considering the upcoming CBS-CS trip to Israel this summer, or any upcoming Israel trip. It will interest those who have been to Israel , as well as those who just wish to see the sights on the slide show. Please join us for this informative, interesting show. Pastries and coffee will be served.

Community Service Day On Tuesday, December 25, CBS-CS will continue its tradition of community service with our annual Intergenerational Day of Service. This year we will not only support our local firefighters by baking cookies, but we will expand our outreach. Participants who knit or crochet are asked to bring their needles to make hats for Knots of Love. Knots of Love donates caps to: men and women undergoing chemotherapy; burn victims; brain surgery patients; head trauma patients; and individuals with Alopecia. If you don’t know how to sew that is okay! We will also be making no sew fleece hats and scarves to donate to Knots of Love and the local homeless shelter. If you don’t like to bake or craft we still need you! CBS-CS will be packaging activity bags for children staying at the Golisano Children’s Hospital. The activity bags give children an opportunity to have some fun during their stay. There is something for everyone to do, young or old, to help give a little this year. The fun begins at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 25. If you have any questions please contact Erika at 315-701-2685 or

ACTS By Ona Cohn Bregman


hank you to all who participated in the ACTS public meeting. We had a good show of support. Leaders of other groups commented on what great leadership and support CBS-CS provides!

ACTS had what has been described by many as the best public action meeting ever. ACTS leaders spoke about the current issues in a clear and concise fashion. The three congressional candidates and other public officials were asked to support the group’s platform. There were mostly affirmative answers to the requests for support and cooperation. The initiatives call for raising the minimum wage, keeping the SNAP (food stamp) program intact and prioritizing full day prekindergarten (This is the first time commissioners from the Syracuse school board have taken such a public stand). They also discussed the need for formal standards and accountability for assigned council attorneys and the County Executive agreed to work with us on this. She has been an ally on other issues. Since the meeting, there has been constructive follow up and engagement on the issues. The Post Standard pointed out the next day that “This was the first major public stage at which all three (congressional) candidates appeared together this election season.” They were each given 2 minutes to speak. The entire meeting was over in one hour and a quarter, fifteen minutes early. Those who attended were very engaged. The ACTS members enthusiastically supported all the task forces and applauded the accomplishments of ACTS in helping pave the way for a new TOPS supermarket on the Southside, and getting the county and Syracuse police departments to stop using reports that had erroneous background information. For more information please contact me Ona Cohn Bregman at or 446-5736. Important Upcoming Dates: Dec. 6: Leadership council meeting. Task forces will have their monthly meetings at this gathering instead of their usual time. This will provide an opportunity for members of our participating communities to learn more specifically about what is planned and to contribute ideas. Jan. 24: Annual meeting. Election of board and officers. Report on strategic planning for the year. Further agenda in process.

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Israel Trip Update By Ruth Kurlandsky


abbi Pepperstone has planned an exciting and unusual itinerary, and will be with us for the trip, along with an Israeli licensed tour guide. The trip is open to adults, and those 13-18 who travel with an adult. You should have received an e-mail about the trip, but if not, forms and information are downloadable from CBSCS.php . Deposits need to be in by December 31, in order to be that there will be a trip and you have a seat. To stimulate your thinking, please join HaAZAK at 2 pm, Sunday, December 2, when Ruth and Larry Kurlandsky will present a slide show: Meanderings Through Israel. See HAZAK article on page 6. For more information about the trip, contact: Rabbi Pepperstone, at or 446-5125 or Ruth Kurlandsky, at or 637-4104.

Torah Reading for December DECEMBER 1 – PARASHAT VAYISHLAH Torah Reading: Genesis 32:4 – 36:43 Haftarah: Obadiah 1:1-21 Jacob and family return to Canaan to face Esav, after which Dinah is raped and two of Jacob’s sons exact revenge. DECEMBER 8 – PARASHAT VAYESHEV Torah Reading: Genesis 37:1-40:23 Haftarah: Zehariah 2:14-4:7 Joseph’s dreams anger his brothers, who sell him into slavery in Egypt, where he eventually ends up in prison, still interpreting others’ dreams. DECEMBER 15 - PARASHAT MIKETZ Shabbat Chanukah I Torah Reading: Genesis 41:1 - 44:17 Maftir: Num. 7:30-35 Haftarah: Zekhariah 2:14-4:7 Joseph interprets Pharaoh's dreams and is appointed to implement Egypt's anti-famine plan, which brings him into contact with his brothers. DECEMBER 22 - PARSHAT VAYIGASH Torah reading: Genesis 44:18-47:27 Haftarah: Ezekiel 37:15-28 Joseph reveals himself to his brothers, prompting the entire family to move to Egypt, where Joseph reunites with his father, Jacob. DECEMBER 29 - PARASHAT VAYEHI Torah reading: Genesis 47:28-50:26 HaftArah: I Kings 2:1-12 On his deathbed, Jacob blesses his sons and asks them to bury him in Canaan. Page 6

The CBS-CS Kitchen


he kitchen at CBS-CS is, in many ways, the hub of many programs and activities. Sisterhood Catering is an integral part of this, maintaining the kitchen, buying supplies and equipment.

As more and more programming occurs, the demand for food increases. The default assumption has been that Sisterhood will provide the food, from supplies to labor to serving and clearing. To not exhaust that dedicated pool, and to increase volunteer opportunities, the chairperson of any event requiring food should anticipate and determine what those needs are, and plan appropriately. Sisterhood should be consulted, and may often agree to help prepare the foods in conjunction with the sponsoring committee, but should not be assumed to be solely responsible for this. Because not everyone understands where or how the kitchen works, not everyone understands what can come into the kitchen, and not everyone knows which supplies to use from the kitchen versus what to provide, we ask that anyone using the kitchen for the first time consult the appropriate person. Who should one ask? Please contact Bette Siegel, Steffi Bergman, or Gwen Kay.

Chinese Banquet


ome to this year's Chinese dinner on Saturday, January 19. Don Siegel spent time last May in Urumqi and Karamey, cities in extreme western China. There, Uygur (Turkic nomads) and Han Chinese cuisines deliciously fuse on the Silk Road and Don enjoyed cumin and soy-infused skewered lamb, tofu, chicken and fish, soups with Chinese root vegetables, flat wheat noodles and naan bread soaking up Big Dish Chicken with savory peppers and savory steamed buns. So this year's multi-course Chinese feast celebrates this unusual western Chinese cuisine with appetizers, BBQs, vegetables, and stews to warm the cockles of your soul and other body parts on a cold January weekend. It remains to be seen if Don can brew and distill sufficient milk (but not from yaks) whisky to serve in time for the dinner. Reservations are required for the dinner no later than January 9. The cost is $45 per person. Dietary restrictions must be identified when you make your reservation. Please tell us if you do not eat beef, chicken or fish. Please send your check to CBS-CS, P.O. Box 271, DeWitt, NY 13214.

From Our Director of Youth and Education Erika Eskenazi 701-2685 Fun for Everyone Thursday, December 6 @ 4 p.m. Barnes and Noble Story Hour. Come look at the latest Hanukkah books and have story hour with the Rabbi and the PJ Library. Buy something and use the book fair id 10946457 and CBS-CS will receive a portion of the sale. Sunday, December 9 @ 10 a.m. Hanukkah Celebration. Trivia, Crafts, Singing, Storytelling, Latkes and so much more! Join us for the second day of Hanukkah to celebrate! Friday, December 14 @ 6 p.m. Shabbat HaDorot Join the 3rd-7th graders as they lead services in the main sanctuary. The Rabbi will tell a fun Hanukkah story in lieu of a sermon. Saturday, December 15 @ 12 p.m. Shabbat Spot Monthly Shabbat Spot is always a ton of fun with songs, games and a light lunch. Tuesday, December 25 @ 10 a.m. Day of Service A fun-filled day helping others! This year there will be a variety of activities to choose from! If you like to knit or crochet we will be making hats for Knots of Love an organization that donates hats to children with cancer. Don’t know how to knit? That is okay. We will also be making no sew hats and scarves for the local homeless shelter! We will bake cookies for local firefighters to enjoy! We will be making activity bags for children in the hospital. There is something for everyone to do and a way for everyone to give of themselves! TOTS and Babies Saturday, December 1 @ 10:30 a.m. TOT Shabbat Hanukkah is around the corner. Join us for this Hanukkah infused Tot Shabbat! Chavarim Chasidim (Pre-k-4th grade and their families) Saturday, December 15 @ 10:30 a.m. Family Service This month we will celebrate Hanukkah during our time together! Bring your voices to help us sing loudly! Page 7

Kadima (5th-8th) Saturday, December 15 @ 10 a.m. Junior Congregation Join your friends at Junior Congregation to have fun and daven together. Sunday, December 15 @ 12:00 p.m. Mitzvah Corps, Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing, and Good Guys. Our monthly meetings will happen with a Hanukkah lunch before! USY (9th-12th) Saturday, December 1 @ 9:30 a.m. It’s Cool to Daven in Shul Join us as the teens put a little Ruach into Saturday morning services! Rachel Rochelson will give a special D’var Torah. Saturday, December 15 @ 8 p.m. Hanukkah Sleepover The Hanukkah Sleepover is open to all Jewish teens in the USY Tzafon Region and all of Syracuse. It will include a highlighter dance along with other up- all-night activities. For the highlighter dance, participants should wear all white clothes that can get dirty. Teens can buy highlighters to write on the walls and each other to raise money for the Social Action Tikkun Olam fund. We will make hats and scarves for Sandy relief! Cost is $20/person and $2 a highlighter. Teens must fill out permission slips available from Erika. RSVP by Wed., Dec. 5. Sunday, December 30 @ 1:30 p.m. USY Fundraiser and My Brother George USYers will work the concession stand at My Brother George at CBS-CS to raise money for the Social Action Tikkun Olam Fund. To help, contact Erika.

Family Education Day


he CBS-CS religious school will host a Family Education Day on Sunday, December 2 starting at 9 a.m. The theme is Hanukkah and Shabbat in our home! Families will meet each other during our morning meeting and enjoy a small breakfast. Families will then engage in interactive study about Hanukkah and Shabbat. The goal of the day is to have families learn side-by-side and share their personal experiences. The day is open to all CBS-CS families with children pre-k-6th grade but nonreligious school families must sign up in advance. Our hope is to create a kehillah for all of our families to learn and grow together.

Hanukkah begins Saturday night December 8, 2012

Hanukkah Candle Lighting Candles are lit on each of the eight nights of Hanukkah: One the first night, two the second, and an additional candle on each subsequent night. The candle for the first night is placed at the far right of the menorah (Chanukiah); on each subsequent night, another candle is added to the left. An extra candle, designated as the "shamash," is lit first -- then used to light the others after the b'rakhot are recited. Each night, the candles are lit from left to right, starting with the new candle. On Friday night, the Hanukkah lights are lit before the Shabbat candles and it is customary to use special, extra-long Hanukkah candles, since the fulfillment of the mitzvah requires that the Hanukkah lights burn for at least one half hour after dark. On Saturday night, the Hanukkah candles are lit after the Havdalah ceremony.

The Hanukkah Blessings The first is a blessing over the candles themselves:

Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu melekh ha-olam, asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Hanukkah. Praised are You, Adonai, Our God, Sovereign of the universe, who makes us holy through mitzvot and commands us to light the Hanukkah candles. The second blessing expresses thanks for the “miracle” of deliverance:

Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu melekh ha-olam, she’asah nissim la’avoteinu ba-yamim ha-hem ba-z’man ha-zeh. Praised are You, Adonai, Our God, Sovereign of the universe, who did wondrous things for our ancestors in former times, at this season. The third blessing is chanted only on the first night:

Barukh atah Adonai, Elohenu melekh ha’olam, she-heheheyanu, v’kiy’manu, v’higiyanu la-z’man ha-zeh. Praised are You, Adonai, Our God, Sovereign of the universe, who has kept us alive, sustained us, and has brought us to this occasion. Page 8

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In the Family

Asefat Shabbat Duty

Mazal Tov to Jerry and Harriet Abraham on the marriage of their son, Joshua, to Marisa Mendel.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 Karen Krassenbaum

Mazal Tov to Yolanda Febles and Arel Moodie on the birth of their son, Asher Febles Moodie.

Tributes and Memorials

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 Deb and Tom Sikora Sam Metz Laura Lape

IN HONOR OF Edith & Victor Bonin’s 50th anniversary Birth of Yolanda & Arel Moodie’s son

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22 Howard Wolhandler and Karen Lawitts Harvey and Dottie Pearl


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29 Kim and Zeeve Kelchnor Gershon and Dina Vincow

IN MEMORY OF Phyllis Pearl Marvin Wallace’s mother, Lorraine Oudik SPECIAL DONATIONS IN HONOR OF In appreciation for the warm welcome we received at a recent Saturday morning service IN MEMORY OF Harvey Pearl’s sister, Phyllis Pearl Barry Hill RABBI’S DISCRETIONARY FUND In memory of Phyllis Pearl BREGMAN MEMORIAL GARDEN FUND Speedy recovery for Mike Schaffer ARNOLD AND MIMI WEINER YIDDISH CULTURE FUND In memory of Phyllis Pearl

To Send Tribute Cards, You Can: 1.

Call Nancy Barnett (487-1215) or Marsha Glatter (682-5977); 2. Go to, then go to donations and follow the directions given there; or 3. Buy $5 tributes from the CBS-CS office to send yourself. The proceeds go to the General Fund. For special donations of $18 or more, which can be designated to a specific fund, follow steps 1 or 2.

Mahzor Lev Shalem Available


nspired by the new mahzor at the high holidays? You can still help underwrite their cost ($36 for 1 or $100 for 3) and have bookplates in memory or in honor of someone added to a book. Contact the office at 446-9570 or Page 11

Support CBS-CS


ith Chanukah around the corner (it starts Saturday night, December 8) and gift giving on everyone’s minds, there are several ways you can support CBS-CS: 1.Do your shopping at the CBS-CS Judaica Gift Shop —see details on back of this Sholom. 2.Shop at and a percentage of your purchase will come to CBS-CS. 3.Use to access 1000’s of stores which will credit CBS-CS with a percentage of your purchase. (They also have online coupons to use for many purchases). You need to indicate to which organization you want the donation to go. Participating stores include Land’s End, Eddie Bauer, Macy’s, Dell, The North Face, Best Buy, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Bloomingdales, Banana Republic, Disney Store, Amazon, Ralph Lauren, Old Navy, Pottery Barn, and many more. 4.Purchase a 2013 SaveAround Coupon Book for $20 with local discounts from the CBS-CS Office.

Rummage Sale Thank Yous


hanks to everyone who contributed so many wonderful treasures. It was a relatively small sale, but we managed to gross just under $3,000! Start making piles again…the next sale will be June 2, 2013. A special thanks to Mel Charney for schlepping over clothing racks from his store. Thanks, also, to everyone who helped with post cards, set-up, sales and clean-up (apologies to anyone omitted inadvertently): Joan Bordett, Carrie Berse, Fran Ciardullo, Marcia Cohen, Hanah Ehrenreich, Norma Feldman, Marilyn Frankel, Marsha Glatter, Steve Greeson, Les Haas, Jerry & Robin Illowsky, Linda Kashdin, Donna Lipton, Bev Miller, Jeanette Powell, Sondra Roth, Bess Schueler, Judy Stanton, Ruth Stein, Faith Van Voolen.

Jewry Duty the families of: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2 George & Rita Goldberg Herbert & Debra Goldman James Goldstein & Teresa Finneyfrock Debra Goldwein & David Rudd Michael and Wendy Gordon Estelle Green Becca & Ben Greenblatt Alec Greenfield Brett & Lynn Greenky James Greenwald & Renee Captor Sara J. & Mr. Chris Grethlein Lester Haas Peter Hall Brenda Hamernik David & Elaine Hatch SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 Robert & Linda Herman Victor& Celaine Hershdorfer Marge Hill Paula Trief Himmelsbach Yaacov & Sharon Hochstein James & Susan Hoffman Neal & Meg Hoffman Howard& Linda Hollander Alice Honig David & Sally Hootnick Susan Horn Ryan Howlett & Stephanie Shirilan WuTeh Hsiang & Marjory Baruch Jerry & Robin Illowsky Susan Jacobs Mitchell Jaffe & Lisa Goldberg Norman & May Jaffe SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16 Ora Jezer-Nelson & Spencer Nelson Monica Jones Michael & Michal Juran Stephen Karon Robert & Linda Kashdin Neil & Jackie Kassel Donald & Wendy Kates Danielle Katz Kim & Zeeve Kelchner Robert Kellman & Jessie Shayevitz Steven Kepnes & Arlene Kanter Mark & Lucy Kleiner Earl & Trudy Kletsky Daniel & Elizabeth Kobasa Philipp & Sandra Kornreich Lawrence & Andi Koss Karen Krassenbaum

Sheldon & Karen Kruth Walter Kuncio SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23 Lawrence & Ruth Kurlandsky Vincent & Joely Kuss Laura Lape Mitchell Lebowitz & Anne Ruffer Lisa Levens Jonathan Levine & Elana Shever Mark Levinsohn Bonnie Levy & Steven Faigen Leonard Levy Cantor Robert & Rabbi Vicki Lieberman Alvin& Yetta Lipton Sidney & Donna Lipton James & Beth MacCrindle Florence Magram James & Carolyn Mandel Richard Markoff David Marshall & Julia Hafftka Marshall SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30 Mark Matloff & Elaine Meyers-Matloff Leslie & Les Mauer Craig & Harriet Mead Regina Meadvin Samuel Metz Beverly Miller Martin Miller Michael Miller & Christine Waters Robert & Carole Millstein Arel Moodie & Yolanda Febles Eric & Pamela Morris Arnold Moses Robert & Ferne Nelkin Steven Nevid & Pamela Weinberg Larry & Shirley Novak Terri Novak Marilyn Novins Jan & Naomi Ondrich Seth & Laurie Ovadia

Ritual Thank Yous Many thanks to all who davened, chanted hafotarah or read Torah during the month of October: Hanita Blair, Ben Greenblatt, Neal Hoffman, Sue Jacobs, Ora Jezer, Rabbi Jezer, Gwen Kay, Steven Kpenes, Andi Koss, Jonathan Levine, Cantor Lieberman, Les Mauer, Marty Miller, Cantor Pepperstone, Rabbi Pepperstone, Bette Siegel, Howard Weinberger, Robin, Sam and Sarah Young. Thanks also to those who were gabbai and shammash during the month: Steven Kepnes, Mickey Lebowitz, Bette Siegel. Page 12

Yahrzeits DECEMBER 1-7 Philip Gingold Eva Agronin Philip H. Gutride Sarah Bailes Sylvia W. Gutride Celia Berger David Herschkorn Libbye Brenner Anna Hoffman Isadore Burdick Sylvia Hoffman Deborah Krissel Cannon Bernard Kotz Violet Comer Arnold Lasner David Davidson Harriet Eleanor Lavine Samuel Davis Reisa Levina Jacob Day Morris Meadvin Mindle Dobeh Fisher Jack Meller Abraham Freedman Michael Mofson Jules Gabriel Lawrence Roth Bessie Gingold Nathan Rothman Harry Ginsky Dorothy Weitzman Seely Betty Goldberg Alice Smith Ida Horwitz Sol Stein Benjamin Hurwitz Mary Strum Bessie Young Hurwitz Alfred Taksen Leonard E. Kaufman Edward VanVoolen Sarah Kovnar Andrea Weiler Fannie Lavine Joseph Wolhandler Myron Lipsy Louis Lowenstein DECEMBER 15-21 Lena Alderman Marcelle Namordi Joseph Ashkin Morris Novak Blanche Berlin Ibolya Palfi Florence Bernstein Joseph Peppi Esther Blumenfeld George Robbins Frances Rochelson Morris Cantor Isaac Chinman M. Bruce Rumaner Abraham Chottiner Dora Serling Harry Cohen Harry Serling Estelle Davis Phillip Serling Scott Dubnoff Pearl Tallent Anna Feldman Arthur Van Voolen David Joseph Wagner Morris Fox Lillian Franklin Edith Warshow Molle Freeman Abraham Weil Don Goeler Elizabeth Weisberg Joseph Heller Samuel Weitman Sara Lavine Zimmerman Wolf Herr Benjamin Hershdorfer DECEMBER 8-14 Ellen Hochheiser Abraham Alderman Bessie Jacobs Ann Avins Abraham Katz Michael Ciardullo Celia Katz Louis Davis Solomon Katz Allen Elias Julius Kletsky Moe Fader Hyman Koldin Mary Fried Rose Koldin

Nathaniel Light-Orr Mannie Phillios Rose Rabinowitz Sarah E. Rockford Ida Rosenthal Sara Shapiro Goldie Smernoff Morris Stone Sol Strassler Alexander Stuckmeister DECEMBER 22-28 Paul Allen Sara Burdick Rebecca Chwalow Ruth Cohen Louis Herman Paul Illowsky Anna Janks Sophie Klair Lena Klar Leona Glinsky Lawitts Edward Levin Harvey Marmor Hyman Millstein Benjamin Passer Selma Rabin Harry Raichelson Augusta Rosenberg Esther Sarkin Max Schwartz Sidney Schwimmer Sarah Seleznow Joseph Spivak Ralph C. Tannenbaum Eleanor Walzer David Weisberg

DECEMBER 29-JANUARY 4 Bernard Abel Herman Arkin Betty Barmatz Arthur J. Bronstein Samuel Brown Nathan Cohen David Dotterer Herman Dubnoff Morris Flaxman Harry France Mary Frank Mary Frank Steven Frank Sara Fuxman Louis Glazier Simeon F. Gross Ethel Herr Lena Hodish Carl Hurwitz Ida Lewin Herman Margulies Fred Ozinsky Samuel Pearlman Irving Rubenstein Moses Saiger Araka Sarlos Ethel Savasky Morris Shayevitz Esther Bailes Steinberg David Stover Dora Goler Strassman Arnold Weiner Harry L. Weiner Florence Weitzman Melvin Zimbal

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Hanukkah Celebration Sunday, December 9

Barnes & Noble BookFair and Storytime

By Norma Feldman



et aside Sunday morning, December 9 between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. for celebrating Hanukkah 5773. This year’s celebration will combine some familiar activities and some new ones, all under the name of “MACCABIYADA.” The MACCABIYADA is a series of games or contests conducted at “stations” at which individuals or teams challenge themselves or others as they learn the meaning and message of Hanukkah. Spread throughout the social hall and library will be activities for all ages, including Hanukkah Trivia, formatted like a game show; a dreidel tournament and Texas Hold’em (using dreidels); cookie decorating (cookies will be ready to take home); easy athletic challenges; Name That Tune (using the CBS-CS Music Box CDs); storytelling; and decorating a take-home card with the Hanukkah blessings. Throughout the morning, participants can feast on homemade potato latkes with a choice of applesauce, sour cream, and crème fraiche toppings, as well as sufganiot (donuts). New this year will be an olive oil tasting station. Everyone is encouraged to bring a hanukkiah (Hanukkah menorah) and three (3) candles, which we will light in unison and immediately follow with singing. Please rsvp by December 5 to the office at or 446-9570 so we have enough food.

n Thursday, December 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. join Rabbi Pepperstone, Hanita Blair, and Alicia Gross from PJ Library at Barnes and Noble at 3454 Erie Blvd. East, DeWitt for Hanukkah stories, both read and told. Stories will be geared to children from age 2 to 8. This is a great Hanukkah warm-up. Whether or not you have kids this age, you can participate in the bookfair to benefit CBS-CS. Starting December 6 purchases made in store (through Dec. 12) or on-line (through Dec. 11) using ID # 10946457 (some restrictions apply) will generate a donation to CBS-CS. We will receive gift cards which will be used to buy books for both our adult and children’s libraries. This is a great opportunity to do some Hanukkah shopping. See the insert in this Sholom for a coupon to use so CBS-CS benefits from your purchase.

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CBS-CS Sholom December 2012  
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December Issue of Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas monthly publication.