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CO N G R E G AT I O N S C H A A R A I Z E D E K | T a m pa , F l o r i d a

MAY 2018


Co n g r e g a t i o n S c h a a r a i Ze d e k , E n r i c h i n g Ta m p a’s R e fo r m J e w i s h H e r i t a g e fo r O ve r 1 2 0 Ye a r s

You a re cordia ll y inv ite d to a tte n d t he

2018 Confirmation 5778 Sunday, May 20 – 10:00 am

A reception honoring our Confirmands will be held following the service. CONFIRMAND PARENTS Logan Danielle Black . . . . . . . Lora & Michael Black Ellie Lynn Blumenthal . . . . . . Jamie & Russell Blumenthal Hannah Cohen . . . . . . . . . . . Pam & Jeff Cohen Adam Lanson Feeney . . . . . . . Stephanie & David Feeney Sabrina Feldman . . . . . . . . . . Michelle & Mitch Feldman Maya Isabelle Fisher . . . . . . . . Julie & Warren Fisher Jake Forman . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pat & Mitch Forman Sarah Frank . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gail & Gary Frank Samuel D. Glickman . . . . . . . Susan & David Glickman Noah Steven Halpern . . . . . . . Silvia & David Halpern Sofia Harwood . . . . . . . . . . . Ana & Robert Harwood Benjamin Samuel Hochberg . . Lauri & David Hochberg Ella Mendelowitz . . . . . . . . . . Lisa & Michael Mendelowitz Bryan Matthew Miller . . . . . . . Michele & Mark Miller Ross Adam Miller . . . . . . . . . . Michele & Mark Miller Mya Grace Rosenblatt . . . . . . Sheila & Jeffrey Rosenblatt Lauren Anne Ross . . . . . . . . . Sharon & Steven Ross Claire Meredith Shames . . . . . Francie & Murray Shames Lainey Shapiro . . . . . . . . . . . Michele & Scott Shapiro Parker Bennett Shaw . . . . . . . Randi & Peter Shaw Eden Chaya Stark . . . . . . . . . Ellen & Peter Stark Rachel Sarah Steinfeld . . . . . . Debbie & Steven Steinfeld

Please join us for our

Annual Temple Meeting, Shabbat Dinner & Installation Service Friday, June 1, 2018 Dinner: 5:30 pm Adults: $25 Children up to 9 years: $15 RSVP by Friday, May 25, at or call the Temple Office at (813) 876-2377

Annual Meeting: 6:30 pm Elect President-Elect, Trustees, Endowment Committee Members. Vote on Recommended Bylaws Update. Honor our 2018 President’s Cup Recipient.

Shabbat Service & Installation: 7:30 pm Installation of President-Elect, New Trustees and New Endowment Committee Members.

Proposed for Election: Michael Haber, President-Elect

3 Year Term Trustees: Cheryl Fisher Gayle Geagan Susan Glickman Kip Goulder Sam Wax Don Weinbren

Endowment Committee Members: Mike Mincberg Saul Rachelson

TEMPLE OFFICE DIRECTORY Temple Phone: (813) 876-2377 ď ™ Fax: (813) 873-1401 Email: CLERGY Rabbi Richard Birnholz . . . . . . . . . . . . Ext. 202 Rabbi Nathan Farb . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ext. 229 Cantor Deborrah Cannizzaro . . . . . . Ext. 216


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Richard Eggnatz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President Mike Haber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice-President Building Administration Scott Shimberg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice-President Fundraising Seth Schimmel . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice-President Religion, Education & Youth Pattie Schreiber . . . . . . . . . . Vice-President Membership & Programming


Melinda Sheer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Treasurer

Let us know your preferred email and we will send you the most up-todate information about Schaarai Zedek events and activities every Wednesday.

David Rosenbach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Financial Secretary Debbie Rovner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Secretary

ADMINISTRATION Marc LeVine, Exec. Director . . . . . . . . . . Ext. 206 Sherry Stein, Dir. of Membership & Programming . . . . . . . . Ext. 212 Ming Brewer, Clergy Assistant . . . . . . . Ext. 202

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Barbara Keighley-Beck, Controller . . Ext. 217 Teddi Bloomston, Bookkeeper . . . . . . Ext. 201 Lindsey Dewey, Youth Director . . . . . . Ext. 221 Debra Zepeda, Admin. Office Mgr . . . Ext. 234 Sarah Alexander, Administration . . . . Ext. 203 Elizabeth Nail, Administration . . . . . . . Ext. 247


Marty Wittek, Administration . . . . . . . .Ext. 200

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20s/30s Connection of Schaarai Zedek

Donna Wood, Religious School Director

CSZ Youth

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Sisterhood of Schaarai Zedek

Jessica Schneider, Assistant . . . . . . . . Ext. 215

Brotherhood of Schaarai Zedek

AMY GAIL BUCHMAN PRESCHOOL Preschool Phone: (813) 876-4867 Jodi Cohen, Preschool Director . . . . . . Ext. 218



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FROM THE CLERGY When I entered rabbinical school 54 years ago, I was like the 4th child at the Passover Seder- the one who did not even know to ask. That’s because I thought I already knew what a Rabbi’s job entailed. I was to answer theological questions, like, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” I knew that if I could answer questions like what my congregants would find comfort and love being Jewish. I now realize that this assumption was flawed. Answers and logic would play a role in my calling, but not in the way I imagined. I learned this the hard way. Short on life experience at 20, I was sent to a small congregation in Pennsylvania to lead Yom Kippur services. The student rabbi who was supposed to go had landed in the hospital and, because my name was alphabetically at the top of the incoming student list, I was asked to fill in. I had not yet experienced a day of rabbinical school. A faculty member gave me 2 sermons to read and sent me on my way. Within hours I was introduced to a young woman in the congregation who had just lost her small child. I knew I needed to comfort her but did not know how. She asked me why God did this to her. I answered her cry for help with a rational theological answer: “God has His ways.” But that answer distressed her even more. She walked away and didn’t attend services. I couldn’t understand what had gone wrong. Hadn’t I given her the right “God” answer? With time and experience, I came to understand that my rabbinate was not about answers, but about people’s hearts. Nevertheless, I was reluctant to give up my obsession with answers and the power of the mind to overcome obstacles. I convinced myself that anyone could give comfort, but a rabbi’s job was to explain why the comfort made sense. How could people deal with their suffering if they didn’t

have a rational answer to explain it? Half way through my rabbinate, however, I came across a teaching that transformed my outlook on life and on my journey as a rabbi. It also showed me where my thinking had gone wrong. The passage is found in the Talmud T.B. Berachot 5a-5b. In it Raba says: “If a man sees that painful sufferings visit him, let him examine RABBI RICHARD BIRNHOLZ D.D., R.J.E. his conduct… If he examines and finds nothing [objectionable], let him attribute it to the neglect of the study of the Torah… If he did attribute it [thus], and still did not find [this to be the cause], let him be sure that these are chastenings of love. For it is said: For whom the Lord loveth He correcteth.” In other words, God crushes a man with suffering to show him that God loves him. But then a different Rabbi named Raba asks, what if a man doesn’t want that kind of love, even in exchange for prolonged life? No answer is given, and no answer seems to justify the unexplained suffering of these men. Finally, a few paragraphs later, another Rabbi offers a completely different perspective. R. Hiyya b. Abba fell ill and R. Johanan went in to visit him. He said to him: Are your sufferings welcome to you? He replied: Neither they nor their reward. (Rabbi Hiyya) then said to him: “Give me your hand. He gave him his hand and he raised him.” Almost two thousand years ago, the rabbis already understood that wrapping an arm around someone in pain helps far more than trying to wrap his or her mind around a theological concept. I finally became a Rabbi when I understood this human dynamic. continued on page 8

THE EARLY DAYS OF SCHAARAI ZEDEK Excerpts from the minutes of the Temple Board* July 1, 1900: Whereas, the teachers of the Sunday School of the Congregation Schaarai Zedek are deserving of the highest appreciation for their faithful, efficient and untiring efforts in the inculcation of the principles and tenets of Judaism in the minds of the children in attendance at said School, therefore Resolved that the services rendered by Mrs. Henry Brash, Mrs. Abe Maas, and Miss Minnie Bucksbaum as teachers of the Sunday School has produced of great and lasting benefit to the children throughout difficulties under which they labored in their good work and which has been performed voluntarily, gratuitously and at a sacrifice to themselves, which demonstrated that they were possessed with hearts filled with spiritual and religious zeal. Resolved, further, that the sincere and heartfelt thanks of the Congregation Schaarai Zedek are hereby unanimously voted and tendered said teachers for said kindness and also to the Superintendent, Mr. M. Henry Cohen for the valuable aid rendered by him.

*These minutes were prepared by Dr. Carl Zielonka, Archives Chair, for your information about our history.


FROM THE PRESIDENT Summertime is around the corner. Those with children or grandchildren may be looking for summer camps. For those interested in a Union for Reform Judaism Camp Coleman experience and who want more information, contact Lindsey Dewey

Gun-Free Policy Adopted On March 19, the Board of Trustees passed a gunfree policy: Congregation Schaarai Zedek maintains a gun-free policy on all areas of Congregation property except for authorized security and law enforcement officers who may carry guns.

our Youth Director for information. RICHARD A. EGGNATZ TEMPLE PRESIDENT

We had a fantastic celebration for Rabbi and Donna Birnholz last weekend. For

those who could not make it, you can watch the Shabbat service via our live streaming (archived) service. Anyone who would like to extend warm wishes to Rabbi and Donna, please go to our website and click on “send a message to Rabbi & Donna Birnholz” in the upper right of our website home page. Please remember to attend the Congregation’s Annual Temple Meeting to be held on Friday, June 1. We will be voting on a new slate of Board of Trustee nominees as well as President-Elect and Endowment Committee Members. Please call the Temple to get more information. I want to thank Melinda Sheer, our Treasurer, and her Budget Committee for their work on the 2018-2019 budget. The budget was approved by the Board of Trustees at the April meeting. I also

Notice: Parking Lot Fence Gates As you have seen, we have a new fence surrounding the property. This fence includes gates that allow us to close the parking lot at night for security purposes. Currently, all parking lot gates will be closed at night. Our maintenance staff will close the gates when they leave each night. The Lincoln Avenue gate will reopen early each morning when our maintenance and security staff arrive. Please keep this new gate closing procedure in mind if you think about leaving a vehicle in the Temple parking lot overnight. You will not be able to enter the lot after the gates are closed. If you have questions, please contact Marc LeVine at or (813) 340-3026.

want to thank Bob Tannenbaum and his Nominating Committee for their work on developing the slate of new Trustees, Endowment Committee members, and the President-Elect. A thank you to the Bylaws Review Committee who wrapped up


their review work on the bylaws of the Congregation (Our Bylaws

For the Archive Committee

obligate the Congregation to meet at least once every five years to review our Bylaws).

Schaarai Zedek.

This summer, we will be doing some house cleaning (literally) in the building. We will be purging unused items and clutter. We will also be working on opening up space in Cantor’s office by removing the interior wall to allow for a larger overall room. We also will complete the new office that Rabbi Birnholz will

 Someone who will commit to working with and eventually succeed Carl Zielonka as keeper of the Archives.  Someone with creative ability who can

call home as our Rabbi Emeritus. We will be repainting areas of

help manage the display cabinet and

the interior classroom and corridor spaces that are in need of

create new exhibits.

new paint. Finally, we will be increasing the height of the west playground site wall to provide additional privacy for our youth. Summer allows us to make these needed changes. Richard A. Eggnatz, President


 Someone with an interest in the history of

If you are intersted or want to know more, call Carl Zielonka at (813) 226-0528


• Rabbi Birnholz was presented with the Good Samaritan Award by the Judeo-Christian Health Clinic. • Al Schiff was given a Life Time Achievement Award by the School of Engineering at the University of South Florida. • Isabella Schlact was recognized as one of the Athena Society’s 2018 Sylvia Richardson Young Women of Promise. • Brooke Shapiro was given the Lightning Community Heroes of Tomorrow Award. • Evan Watts was one of the recipients of the 2018 TripleImpact Competition Scholarships presented at the Friday Night Tampa Bay Rays game.

Welcome New Members

• Gerald Minkow

• Joshua & Melissa Taylor • Sherman Tufel & Ann Schimmel • Alton & Barbara Ward


• Melissa Heaton & Charles Feldman • Laura Schiavo & David Farber


• Eli V. Berger Father of Jeffrey Berger • Joyce Rabinowitz Mother of Cindy Keller

Social Action Mitzvot “Thank You” Volunteers Many thanks to the volunteers who helped make Easter weekend special for the Trinity Cafe community: • Jeff Gordon • Kim Gordon • Reis Gordon • Donna Wood • Tom Wood Many thanks to the volunteers who helped make Easter weekend special for the Metropolitan Ministries community: • Lynda Arredondo • Rabbi Farb • Judy Manowitz • David Newman • Jessica Newman • Lori Newman • Shoshana Newman • Andrew Sinclair • Lilly Sinclair • Melissa Sinclair • Harrison Tannenbaum • Stephanie Tannenbaum • Donna Wood A special thank you to Donna Wood, Religious School Director, for organizing both of these mitzvah activities.

• Patricia Randel Mother of Tricia Hirsch • Sandra Riemer Mother of Ira Riemer • Marty Seiden Husband of Rochelle Seiden and Father of Pattie Schreiber

Do You Know Someone... New to Tampa?  Not Affiliated with a Congregation?  Looking for Quality Jewish Schools?  Just Married? 

Let us tell them about membership at Congregation Schaarai Zedek. Please call: Pattie Schreiber, Vice President of Membership & Programming (813-928-2187) or Sherry Stein, Director of Membership & Programming (813-876-2377, Ext. 212).

Koleinu, our adult volunteer choir, is always on the lookout for new members. Right now we are especially looking for tenors. It is not necessary to know how to read music or Hebrew. We come together to sing for the pure joy of the music and prayer. There are added benefits for choir members: prime seating, gaining an understanding of the prayers, and making new friends. Participation is open to anyone post B’nai Mitzvah age. Please contact Cantor Cannizzaro,at, with any questions.


SISTERHOOD This year has flown by! As we move into May, we have just a few events that remain on our calendar for this year. Monday May 14, at 6:30 pm will be our Springtime Mah Jongg night. Learners, beginners, and experts are all welcome! Bring your own foursome or we can match you up with others. Teachers will be available, and dinner will be served! The cost is $10 each.

2 Months At a Glance May Sisterhood Mah Jongg & Dinner Mon, May 14 | 6:30 pm Cost: $10/person

The Book Club will not meet in May, but will have their last meeting of the year on Monday, June 4, at noon. The discussion will be about “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng. On April 7, we held our Installation and Lunch for the incoming 2018-2019 Sisterhood Board. We were honored to have WRJ Southeast District Treasurer Madelyn Davidson lead the Installation Service. We would like to thank all of our outgoing Board Members and Committee Chairs for all of their hard work this past year, and also welcome our Incoming Board and Chairs! Our 2018-2019 Board Members are:

Have a W onderful Summer!

Andi Parker . . . . . Co-President Diane Porat . . . . . Co-President Audrey Shine . . . . Honorary President Toni Rosen . . . . . Administrative VP Robin Ostroff . . . . Youth & Education VP Mary Osiason . . . . Membership VP Carlyn Neuman . . . Social Programming VP Parri Sontag . . . . Religious Programming VP Dana Gruman . . . Treasurer Caroline Schwartz Assistant Treasurer & Judaica Shop Treasurer Pat Forman . . . . . Recording Secretary Judith Mish . . . . . Corresponding Secretary Pat Taback . . . . . . Parliamentarian Beth Levin . . . . . . Judaica Shop Chair Gayle Geagan . . . Immediate Past President Aly Zamore . . . . . Immediate Past President Paula Zielonka . . . Board Member Emeritus Judy Rosenkranz . WRJ National Board Member Dana Gruman . . . . WRJ National Board Member Faith Alexander . . WRJ SE District Board Member Lynne Merriam . . . WRJ SE District Board Member Judith Mish . . . . . WRJ SE District Board Member

It has been an honor to serve as Co-Presidents of this wonderful organization, and we look forward to our term on the Board as Immediate Past Presidents! L’shalom, Gayle Geagan, Co-President - Aly Zamore, Co-President -


BROTHERHOOD On Friday, April 13, the Brotherhood Shabbat Service and Program was the final event of the 2017-2018 season where approximately 150 people attended. After a warm service, a wedding blessing by Rabbi Farb for Laura Schiavo and David Farber, a Torah dedication from Rabbi Birnholz for the BH gift of Torah to the Congregation for BarMitzvahs, we then moved on to the presentation for the evening. This program was sponsored by the BH of CSZ and The American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, commonly known as AIPAC. I would like to thank our guest speaker Jeff Dawson, AIPAC’s Florida Synagogue Initiative Deputy Director. The very important topic was about the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS): an overview of the Global Movement to Delegitimize Israel. The presentation and Q&A sessions were informative and very interesting. We then all enjoyed the BH’s famous dessert buffet ONEG. The Brotherhood annual leadership award for 2017-2018 goes to two new board members who constantly stepped up and volunteered, Marc Holtzberg and Drew Kronick. Congratulations and we appreciate their dedication and commitment to the Brotherhood of Congregation Schaarai Zedek.

Have a W onderful Summer!

As the Brotherhood starts to look at 2018-2019 programming, I would like to invite any congregants who would like to get more involved to contact me directly. If any Congregant would like the honor of ushering a Friday night service, please get in touch. The Board of Directors and all of its members would like to wish everyone a wonderful end of spring and a special summer with your families filled with health, happiness and peace! TO LIFE! Steve Gersten, Brotherhood President,

Brotherhood’s annual outing to see a Lightning hocky game is always a big hit.


ADULT LEARNING Adult Learning with Rabbi Birnholz

“Three Bible Stories and Lessons Learned from 47 Years as a Rabbi” Wednesdays, May 9, 16, 23 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm I’ve learned much over my 47 years in the rabbinate and would love to share some of my lessons with you. Laugh with me over my mishaps. Cry over my missteps. Share my joys and my anguish. And along the way we’ll discuss the texts and teachings that have shaped my rabbinate and my life. Learn why what you don’t know can help you, why logic is usually illogical and why classical Reform Judaism might not have been the best thing since sliced bread. May 9 – From “know it all Rabbi” to “Rabbi with no answers”– How “not knowing” has been liberating - Abraham’s binding of Isaac. May 16 – From Rabbi with a passion for logic to one who has found Judaism and logic incompatible – Living vs. Believing in Jacob’s wrestling with God. May 23 – From “classical Reform” Rabbi to Rabbi with no label – How a “Judaism for all seasons” has helped us survive and given me hope – Ecclesiastes (with help from Darwin.) RSVP online or call the Temple Office (813) 876-2377.

Saturday Morning Torah Study Led by Rabbi Farb Saturdays: May 5, 12, 19, 26 | 9:00 am

Our prayer book, or Siddur, has been composed by poets, historians, and mystics. Join Rabbi Farb on Saturday mornings to begin unlocking the lost secrets as we explore the deep meaning, ideology, and history of the Siddur. For more information, contact Rabbi Farb at or at (813) 876-2377, Ext. 229. continued From the Clergy This teaching also yielded an additional benefit for me. It still allowed me to address the pressing theological question: why does God allow tragedy to befall people who do not deserve it? But instead of having to give an answer that tries to make the tragedy somehow acceptable, (God did it for your own good) or one that tries to save God’s reputation (God isn’t really all-powerful after all, or God has His ways,) the Talmudic teaching allowed me to tell the truth: I don’t know why God does what God does. I don’t have an answer. But I can make God’s presence quietly tangible thorough a sympathetic hug for those who needed it most. I wish I had known to give this answer, along with a sympathetic hug, to that young woman those many years ago. I still think of her every year on Yom Kippur when, in absentia, I silently ask her for forgiveness. At the same time, I also give thanks to my 54 years of congregants who gave me the invaluable gift of allowing me to grow. It remains the best gift I could ever have received. Rabbi Birnholz

As you all know, we at Schaarai Zedek have opted to keep our dues affordable and to provide special consideration to any family with limited financial means. The gates of our community are open to all, regardless of ability to pay. To fill the revenue gap and to provide for the varied programs that so enrich our communal life, we instituted the Torah Circle, a vehicle for congregants to make an extra contribution to the Temple. Thanks to the wonderful generosity of our Congregation, this year’s campaign has been a resounding success. And, this year, four families led the way by contributing $25,000 each to the Hirsch, Karpay, Merriam, Schiff Torah Circle Challenge Fund to match all new and increased contributions. The challenge/match has been an invaluable tool to inspire members to participate in the Torah Circle and to increase their contributions. Please join us in recognizing the generosity of Gail, Andy, Tricia Hirsch and the Hirsch Family in memory of Lester Hirsch, Joel Karpay in memory of Rhoda Karpay, Lynne & Fred Merriam in honor of Rabbi Birnholz, and the Alfred N. & Rose W. Schiff Family Endowment Fund at Top in honor of their Children & Grandchildren families, and in thanking them for the leading role they played in this year’s campaign! The Torah Circle Committee


EVENTS Senior Luncheon Saturday Movie Nights are Back! Join us for a Saturday night out and enjoy an outstanding movie. Before the movie, we will have pizza and salad. After the movie, Rabbi Birnholz will lead an interesting discussion appropriate for all ages. There is no charge for these events. (Babysitting will NOT be provided) RSVP at, the Temple Office (813) 876-2377 or email

Guest Speaker: Rabbi Birnholz “Shavuot: Our Spring Harvest Festival” Thursday, May 17 | Seating - 11:15 am Next week we will celebrate Shavuot, our Spring Harvest Festival. It commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai. Join Rabbi Birnholz as he shows clips from a History Channel video that asks where is the real Mt. Sinai? Lunch will feature traditional Shavuot dairy dishes like blintzes and cheese cake – yum. Our Amy Gail Buchman Preschool Singers perform at 11:30 am.

Saturday, May 5 | 5:30 pm

“Wonder” Starring: Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay “Wonder” tells the story of August (Auggie) Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters the fifth grade, attending a mainstream school for the first time in his life. It is a movie that deals with issues and values that are important lessons for all ages. The movie is rated PG because of certain themes such as bullying, but it is an appropriate movie for the whole family.

Saturday, June 16 | 5:30 pm

There is no charge but we need reservations to prepare. RSVP to the Temple Office at (813) 876-2377 or email Our Senior Luncheons are provided by the Esther and Leo M. Weiss Endowment Fund.

20s+30s Shavuot Cheese Tasting at Cheese Please Thursday, May 17 | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Cost: $20 each Meet at Cheese Please for an evening of Torah Trivia for Shavuot as well as several courses of wine and cheese delicious-ness paired by the incomparable Michael, cheese connoisseur. RSVP at For questions or to RSVP contact Lindsey Dewey at ldewey@ or (813) 876-2377, Ext. 221.

“The Greatest Showman” Starring: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams and Zac Efron Based on the life of P.T. Barnum, “The Greatest Showman” is an original movie musical. It tells the story of a show business visionary who went from nothing to create a spectacle that began a world-wide sensation. A children’s movie will also be shown.

Save the Date

Cantor Cannizzaro in Concert Sunday, June 3 | 3:00 pm Come hear Cantor Deborrah Cannizzaro in concert. She will choose her favorite songs of Opera, Broadway, and The Great Songbook, and share them with you for an afternoon of music. Pianist Robert Jarosh and Bass player Watts Shamura will join her. RSVP online or call the Temple Office (813) 876-2377.


MAY 2018 at-a-Glance Festival of light, laser show in the old city, the area near the Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem.





9:00 am Religious School 9:00 am Café CSZ

12:00 noon Sisterhood Board Meeting 6:30 pm Executive Committee Meeting 6:30 pm Brotherhood Board Meeting



Mother’sNFTY Day TI 



6:30 pm Sisterhood Mah Jongg & Dinner



10:00 am Confirmation 10:30 am Shavuot Service Yizkor Service 11:30 am Confirmation 7:00 pm Board of Luncheon Trustees Meeting Reception


Camp Jenny 


Memorial Day

Temple Office Closed










6:30 pm SchZFTY Open House

5:30 pm Tot Shabbat 6:00 pm Tot Shabbat Dinner 7:30 pm Shabbat Service

7:00 am Mystery Bus Ride 9:00 am Torah Study 5:30 pm Saturday Night Movie



7:00 pm Adult Learning 10:30 am Teenokot with Rabbi Birnholz

6:30 pm Camp-Style Shabbat Dinner 7:30 pm Off to Camp Shabbat Service

9:00 am Torah Study 4:30 pm Rachel Fischel Bat Mitzvah









7:30 pm Shabbat Service

9:00 am Torah Study

7:00 pm Adult Learning 11:15 am Senior Luncheon with Rabbi Birnholz 6:30 pm 20s+30s Shavuot Cheese Tasting

7:00 pm Adult Learning with Rabbi Birnholz


7:00 pm Choir Reheasal

Camp Jenny 

7:30 pm Shabbat Service

9:00 am Torah Study 10:30 am Jaclyn Nast Bat Mitzvah 4:30 pm Luke & Austin Williams B’Nai Mitzvah


The light and music fountain in Eilat, Israel.

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5:30 pm Temple 9:00 am Torah Study Shabbat Dinner 10:30 am Jessica Ross 6:30 pm Annual Temple Bat Mitzvah Meeting 4:30 pm Garrett 7:30 pm Shabbat Schwartz Bar Installation Service Mitzvah

GALILEE, ISRAEL - Thermal springs in the Hamat Gader reserve


3:00 pm Cantor Cannizzaro in Concert












12:00 noon Sisterhood Book Club

6:30 pm Executive Committee Meeting

7:00 pm Board of Trustees Meeting







9:00 am Grades 7-12 Summer Fun Day 7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal 7:00 pm Adult Learning with Rabbi Birnholz

7:00 pm Adult Learning with Rabbi Birnholz



10:30 am Sela Teplin Bat Mitzvah 4:30 pm Ryan Tackus Bar Mitzvah


7:30 pm Shabbat Service

5:30 pm Summer Family Movie Night







11:15 am Senior 7:00 pm Choir Luncheon Rehearsal 7:00 pm Adult Learning with Rabbi Birnholz

5:30 pm Wednesday Movie Night


7:30 pm Shabbat Service

7:30 pm Shabbat Service

7:30 pm Shabbat Service

YOUTH & FAMILY Flom Religious School Fall Registration Time Deadline to Register is August 10 It is time to register for the 2018-19 Religious School year! All children who will be 4 years old by September 1, 2018, are eligible to attend. Religious School begins August 26! Registration forms must be received in the Religious School Office no later than August 10, to attend the first session. If your children are currently enrolled in Religious School, your registration materials can be picked up on Sunday, May 6, from 8:45 am – 11:45 am. If you do not pick them up then, we will mail the forms to you later that week. If you do not receive registration materials, please contact the Religious School office (dwood@zedek. org at 813-876-2377 at ext. 210). Registration forms are also available on line at learning/religious-school.

Friday Night Tot Shabbat Friday, May 4 | 5:30 pm (Followed by a complimentary Shabbat Dinner) Come enjoy our interactive Shabbat experience for families with young children. Learn Shabbat rituals and prayers: Light the candles, Sing the kiddush with grape juice, Bless the challah. After the service, enjoy a Shabbat Dinner together with other families at NO COST to you! This is a great time to meet other families with young children at Schaarai Zedek. This service is also fun for older siblings and grandparents. Invite your unaffiliated friends to join us, too. RSVP by THURSDAY, MAY 3 online: email:

Calling All Teachers & Substitutes for Flom Religious School Program Do you have a desire to further Judaism and enjoy spending time with great children? Then become a teacher or substitute at our Flom Religious School on Sunday mornings! It’s easy and fun. We supply the lesson plans and materials for you! Join the team and start making a difference. For more information contact Donna Wood at 813-876-2377 ext. 210 or

Café CSZ Sunday, May 6 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am All are welcome. Have a bagel and a cup of coffee at CSZ Café on Sunday morning. Join the conversation... Greet friends, fellow parents, and other congregants... Café CSZ will be open on Sunday mornings when Religious School is meeting. See you there!


News from the Amy Gail Buchman Preschool Apr 30-May 4: Teacher Appreciation Week

May 7: Silly Sam Performs

May 9: Timeless Tales @ 9:30 am

May 23: Last Day of Extended Care

May 24: School closes @ 1:00 pm for Pre-K students and closes @ 3:00 pm for all other students

May 24: Pre-K Graduation @ 5:00 pm

May 25: End of the Year Classroom Celebrations

May 25: School closing @ 12:00 pm for all students (teacher work day)

May 28 & 29: School Closed for Memorial Holiday May 30 & 31: School closed for Teacher Work Day

YOUTH & FAMILY To sign up or for info about any youth event, please contact Lindsey Dewey, Youth Director, at or (813) 876-2377, Ext. 221.  SchZFTY (grades 8-12) Open House OPEN TO ALL 8-12 graders Wednesday, May 2 | 6:30 pm Join us for breakfast for dinner and our final Open House of the year! Come take a study break and enjoy time with your friends. RSVP to Lindsey to make sure we order enough food for dinner.

 SchZFTY (grades 9-12) Mystery Bus Ride Saturday, May 5 | 7:00 am – 11:30 pm Cost: $75 each Join us for the most exciting day of the year. You pack a bag with all of the supplies we ask you to bring, we will surprise you every step of the way! Who knows where we will travel! Watch your mail and email for more specific information! You do NOT want to miss this event!

 Camp Jenny May 24-28 SchZFTYites will join with peers from all over the Southeast to host 150 students from F. L. Stanton Elementary School for a weekend at Camp Coleman. For more information about Camp Jenny visit

 Teenokot (birth-4 yrs) Water Play Thursday, May 10 | 10:30 am – 12:00 noon Congregation Schaarai Zedek becomes a small-scale water wonderland for our youngest friends! Join us for a morning of water tables, sprinklers, splashing and fun! Popsicles and watermelon will be available for snack and to cool everyone down!

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Friday, May 11 6:30 pm: Camp-Style Shabbat Dinner 7:30 pm: “Off to Camp” Family Shabbat Service Come to Schaarai Zedek for an “Off to Camp” Family Shabbat honoring all campers – Day Camp, Sleep Away Camp, Scout Camp and more! Begin with a complimentary (no charge) “camp-style” Shabbat Dinner (fried chicken with all the fixin’s). During the service, campers will be called to the Bima for a special send-off blessing and a gift from our Temple. May and June birthdays will be honored with blessings under the Birthday Chuppah. Families who have participated in Gesher L’Mishpacha will be recognized. RSVPs are a must for dinner, please at, (813) 876-2377 or

MAY B’NAI MITZVAH  Rachel Fischel

Daughter of Paul & Alissa Fischel

Austin Williams 

Son of Darrell & Jennifer Williams

Jaclyn Nast 

Daughter of Edward & Lauren Nast

 Luke Williams

Son of Darrell & Jennifer Williams


SISTERHOOD FLORAL FUND Providing flowers to beautify the bimah on Shabbat and holidays --------------------------------------------- in the memory of loved ones and friends. --------------------------------------------• Benjamin Adlin • Lillian Levy • Edmund Levy From Mr. & Mrs. Howard Adlin • Joan & Bill Saul From Mr. Mark Sena & Mrs. Linda Saul-Sena • Helen Schanfarber From Eric & Lyris Newman • Esther Kravatz From Mrs. Barbara Rosenthal • Norman Linder From Dr. & Mrs. Owen Linder

• Ruth G. Weitzenkorn From Mr. & Mrs. Otto Weitzenkorn

• Esther Goldsmith From Dr. & Mrs. Stuart Goldsmith

• Rhoda Karpay From Mr. Joel Karpay

• Ben Safer From Mrs. Carole Cherry

• Stanley Dreier From Joy & Jerry Lolli From Mr. & Mrs. David Kushner

• Olga Zinober From Mr. & Mrs. Peter Zinober

• Rena Kushner From Mr. & Mrs. David Kushner • Aida H. Mack From Mr. & Mrs. Warren Mack • William Loewenthal From Mrs. Martha Loewenthal

• Sylvia Berlin From Mr. & Mrs. Marc LeVine • Melinda Sue Hirsch From Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Davis • Al Janis • Belle Janis From Mrs. Barbara Rosenthal

• Harry Rubin • Rose Rosenthal From Mr. & Mrs. David Rubin • Julius Newman • Louis E. Weiner • Donald Davis From Eric & Lyris Newman • Timothy Smith From Mr. & Mrs. Brian Smith • David Katt From Mr. Thomas Beck & Dr. Sheila Katt-Beck

TEMPLE FUNDS A Contribution to One of Our Temple Funds is a Wonderful Way to Make a Tribute to a

----------------------------- Loved One or a Friend. Please check which fund you wish to donate towards. ----------------------------TEMPLE FUNDS ____ Senior Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund ____ Assistant Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund ____ Cantor’s Discretionary Fund ____ Rabbi Richard & Donna Birnholz Education Fund ____ Charles and Barbara Adler Fund ____ Food Bank Fund ____ Holocaust Torah Restoration Fund ____ Interfaith and Outreach Fund ____ Library Fund ____ Memorial Fund ____ Prayer Book Fund ____ Rabbi David L. Zielonka Camp Coleman Scholarship ____ Samuel & Julia Flom Religious School Scholarship ____ Samuel & Julia Flom Religious School Special Fund ____ SchZFTY Fund ____ Sustaining Fund ____ Tree of Life ($250) ____ Memorial Fund ____ Memorial Plaque ($500) ____ Amy Gail Buchman Preschool Fund ____ Youth Exchange Fund

ENDOWMENT FUNDS ____ Chair of Rabbinics ____ Amy Gail Buchman Preschool Endowment Fund ____ Audrey E. Messerman Scholarship Fund for the Amy Gail Buchman Preschool ____ Bernie & Betty Epstein Religious School Fund ____ Brotherhood Youth Endowment ____ Congregation Schaarai Zedek Endowment ____ Duglin Family Camp Coleman Scholarship ____ Hirsch Family Torah Fund ____ Lawrence David Hoffman Mitzvah Fund ____ Lillyan D. Neusner Fund for Leadership Development and Long Range Planning ____ Mack Perlman Award ____ Meyer Kotler Memorial Lecture Series ____ Sadie Zbar Family Memorial Scholarship ____ Samuel L. Flom NFTY ____ Saul Rachelson Endowment ____ Duglin Family Seniors Endowment ____ Esther N. and Leo M. Weiss Seniors Endowment ____ Ruth E. Wagner Jewish Cultural Endowment ____ Zbar Youth Programs

PLEASE FILL OUT THIS FORM AS COMPLETELY AS POSSIBLE A Gift From: Name(s) _________________________________________________________________________ Amount $________________ Phone Number__________________________________ Email________________________________________________________________

Type of Card:

 Check #_________________  Cash  Credit Card  AMEX  MasterCard  Visa  Card on File

Card: Name (As it appears on Card)_______________________________________________________________________________________ Card Number_________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Expiration Date: __________________

Security Code: __________________

Complete Billing Street Address __________________________________________________________________________________________ City ________________________________________ State _______________ Zip _____________________________

Donation For: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________

 Yahrzeit  Death  Birth  Birthday  Anniversary  Other (Please specify_________________________ Acknowledgment To: __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Mailing Address (If Known): _____________________________________________________________________________________________ City/State/Zip_________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Method of Payment:

DONATIONS TO OUR TEMPLE FUNDS We appreciate the thoughtfulness of those who remember and honor their loved ones --------------------------------------------- and friends through contributions made to our Temple Funds. ---------------------------------------------



In appreciation of: • Jacob Sams’ Bar Mitzvah From Drs. Andrew & Monica Sams

In appreciation of: • Jacob Sams’ Bar Mitzvah From Drs. Andrew & Monica Sams

• The naming of Olivia Pauline Allen From Mr. & Mrs. Brandon Allen

• Thank you for the Holocaust Passover Seder From Mrs. Cindy Minetti

In honor of: • Marvin Kahn’s induction into the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame From Mr. & Mrs. Otto Weitzenkorn

In honor of: • Carl Zielonka • The recovery of Geo Rojas From Dr. & Mrs. Rodolfo Eichberg

• Rabbi Richard & Donna Birnholz From Dr. & Mrs. Rodolfo Eichberg • Rabbi Richard & Donna Birnholz’ retirement From Mr. Richard Rudolph In memory of: • Patricia Randel, mother of Tricia Hirsch Mrs. Betty Solomon

RABBI RICHARD & DONNA BIRNHOLZ EDUCATION FUND In appreciation of: • Rabbi & Donna Birnholz From Scott & Laureen Jaffe In honor of:

FOOD BANK FUND In memory of: • Myron Schine From Mr. Jerome Schine

INTERFAITH & OUTREACH FUND In memory of: • Nathan Schine From Mr. Jerome Schine

JACOBSON LIBRARY FUND In honor of: • Rabbi Richard Birnholz’ retirement From Mr. & Mrs. Jean Yadley

• Rabbi Birnholz’ Retirement From Dr. & Mrs. Harry Richter

RABBI FARB’S DISCRETIONARY FUND In appreciation of: • Jacob Sams’ Bar Mitzvah From Drs. Andrew & Monica Sams • Rabbi Farb for Presiding at the Memorial Service of Joyce Rabinowitz, Mother of Cindy Keller From Cindy & Allen Keller

HIRSCH FAMILY TORAH ENDOWMENT FUND In memory of: • Patricia Randel, mother of Tricia Hirsch From Mr. & Mrs. Morton Stupp

ESTHER N. & LEO M. WEISS SENIORS ENDOWMENT FUND In honor of: • Lois & Jay Older’s 50th wedding anniversary From Judi Rosner

SUSTAINING FUND In honor of: • Rabbi Birnholz’ Retirement From Mr. & Mrs. Michael Katz In memory of: • Joyce Rabinowitz, mother of Cindy Keller From Margot & John Keller • Marty Seiden, husband of Rochelle Seiden and mother of Pattie Schreiber From Nanci Coller and Bobbie Reed

YOUTH EXCHANGE FUND In memory of: • Bess Selevan, mother of Martin Schaffel From Leigh Ann & Don Weinbren

RABBI DAVID L. ZIELONKA CAMP COLEMAN SCHOLARSHIP FUND In honor of: • Paula Zielonka’s birthday From Mr. & Mrs. David Herckis • Rabbi Birnholz’ Retirement From Mr. Joel Karpay In memory of: • Herbert Singer, father of Gilbert Singer, grandfather of Daniel Singer • Bess Selevan, mother of Martin Schaffel • George Karpay From Mr. Joel Karpay • Bess Selevan, mother of Marty Schaffel • Patricia Randel, mother of Tricia Hirsch • Marty Seiden, husband of Rochelle Seiden and father of Pattie Schreiber From Mr. & Mrs. Tony Minetti

AMY GAIL BUCHMAN PRESCHOOL FUND From Tara & Whalen Clark In honor of: • Jordan Lasky’s Bar Mitzvah From Dr. & Mrs. Stephen Sergay In memory of: • Eli V. Berger, father of Jeffrey Berger From Scott & Laureen Jaffe

Celebrating a ‘Shehecheyanu Moment’ Schaarai Zedek is a partner in the transitional moments of our members’ lives. Whether a baby naming or bris, bar or bat mitzvah, conversion or wedding ceremony, or a recovery from illness, the Temple clergy and staff strive to ensure that each sacred ‘Shehecheyanu Moment’ is deeply fulfilling and personal. A donation to one of the Schaarai Zedek Funds is a lovely way to mark a personal life-cycle experience, to honor friends or family celebrating a happy milestone, or in gratitude for the services the clergy provide during these profound moments.

Clergy Visits Do you have family members who are in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, or are homebound? Our Clergy want to visit them. We also offer special programming at their facility for our congregants or their families. Please call the Clergy Assistant, Ming Brewer (813876-2377, Ext. 202), with the names and telephone numbers of members or the family of members who may live in one of these facilities. We want to make sure they are included in our planning.

Congregant Condolence Notices

• Marty Seiden, husband of Rochelle Seiden and father of Pattie Schreiber From Eric & Lyris Newman

When a congregant passes away, the Temple offers the family of the deceased the option of having an email notification of the passing sent to all congregants.


The sending (or not sending) of this condolence notice email is at the choice of the family of the deceased congregant to protect the privacy for the family.

In memory of: • Patricia Randel, mother of Tricia Hirsch From Scott & Laureen Jaffe

Please call Ming Brewer, Clergy Assistant, at (813) 876-2377, Ext. 202



Member Directory Information Update Congregation Schaarai Zedek will soon issue a new 2018-2019 Member Directory. We will send out an Account Update Form which lists the information that we currently have for congregants in our database. Please carefully review this information and make changes if needed. Then return the form to the Temple Office (Congregation Schaarai Zedek, 3303 W. Swann Ave, Tampa, FL 33609.) If you do not want to be listed in the directory, please call the Temple Office at (813) 876-2377 with your request as soon as possible.

Tree of Life

Commemorative Brass Leaves Celebrate special occasions in your life or honor friends by purchasing a leaf ($250) or a stone ($1000 or $1800) on our “Tree of Life� in the BuchmanRachelson Social Hall. Call Debra Zepeda at the Temple Office for details at (813) 876-2377, Ext. 234.


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May Worship Calendar

Service Will Have Live Streaming { Indicates Video FRIDAY, MAY 4 5:30 pm - Tot Shabbat 7:30 pm - Shabbat Service Rabbi Farb will speak. FRIDAY, MAY 11 7:30 pm - Off to Camp Shabbat Service Rabbi Birnholz will tell a story. May & June Birthday Blessings under the chuppah. Gesher L’Mishpacha families will be recognized. SATURDAY, MAY 12 4:30 pm - Rachel Fischel Bat Mitzvah FRIDAY, MAY 18 7:30 pm - Shabbat Service Cantor Cannizzaro will speak about her recent trip to Cuba. SATURDAY, MAY 19 10:30 am - Jaclyn Nast Bat Mitzvah 4:30 pm - Austin & Luke Williams B’nai Mitzvah SUNDAY, MAY 20 10:00 am - Confirmation MONDAY, MAY 21 10:30 am - Shavuot Yizkor Service FRIDAY, MAY 25 7:30 pm - Shabbat Service Rabbi Farb will speak.

Live Streaming Friday Shabbat Services We live stream all Friday night Shabbat services. We also keep an archive of previous services that you might have missed. To access these services (both live and archived) go to our Temple website at:

May 2018 Shabbat Candle Lighting Times  Friday, May 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:48 pm  Friday, May 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:52 pm  Friday, May 18 . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:56 pm  Saturday, May 19 . . . . . . . . . . 8:53 pm (Erev of First Day Shavuot)  Friday, May 25 . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:00 pm

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