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Volume 35 • Issue 6
“TO BE IN THE HOLY LAND"
2/3 7:00PM SISTERHOOD MEETING 2/4 7 : 3 0 P M F A M I LY S H A B B AT - L E D B Y C O N F I R M AT I O N C L A S S - G R A N D PA R E N T C E L E B R AT I O N , Y O U T H C H O I R 2/5 11 : 0 0 A M T O R A H S T U D Y 1 2 : 0 0 P M B A R M I T Z VA H 2/7 7 : 0 0 P M M I D - Y E A R C O N G R E G AT I O N A L M E E T I N G 2/8 7:30PM SISTERHOOD MAHJONG 2/10 12:00 PM LUNCH & LEARN 2 / 11 8 : 0 0 P M S H A B B AT S E R V I C E S - R A B B I S A B B AT I C A L REPORT 2/12 7:30PM CANTORIAL CONCERT 2/18 7 : 3 0 P M W O M E N ' S H E A LT H S H A B B AT 2/20 NO SCHOOL 2/22 7:30PM SISTERHOOD MAHJONG 2/25 7 : 3 0 P M Y O U N G I N S T R U M E N TA L I S T S S H A B B AT 2/26 1 0 : 3 0 A M B A R M I T Z VA H 2/28 7:30PM B O A R D
3/3 7:00PM SISTERHOOD MEETING 7:00PM CANTOR MUSIC PROGRAM # 2 3/4 6:00 PM TOT SHABBAT 7:30 PM FA M I LY S E RV I C E S S H A B B AT A C R O S S AMERICA
extend my warmest greetings and fondest regards from Jerusalem, the eternal, undivided capital of the Jewish People in the Land of Israel. Please accept my prayers in the secular New Year, 2011, for peace and good health for each of you at Temple Beth Am and your families. As the 48 participants of our congregational pilgrimage have now returned to the USA from their recent 10-day experience in Israel, I remain here. I am eager to take advantage of the privilege of a month-long rabbinic sabbatical awarded me for my 10 years of service to the Temple. This leave of absence enables me to study and volunteer at various opportunities within this exciting, vibrant country of our people. Such vivid history, dynamic heritage and robust life exist in all the cities, towns, kibbutzim (communal farms) and moshavim (collective settlements)! The passion of Israelis in the countryside as well as the urban areas continues to inspire every visitor and resident alike. The growth and development are visible in all parts of the north, central and southern regions as emerging buildings rise from the once desert sands to the clear, blue skies. Amusingly, it is said that the native bird of Israel is the crane, as enormous construction scaffolding and heavy machinery blanket the horizon high above Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Tiberias, Beersheva and Eilat. Wherever one gazes, the sight and sound of workers lifting and hauling materials inspires the eye. Drilling, sawing, pounding, banging, beeping---this cacophony of noise deafens the ear. Add vehicle traffic with private cars, buses, taxis, emergency sirens and pedestrians incessantly talking on cellphones --the din of human life in the busy streets and narrow alleyways invigorates adults and children of this energetic population of seven million people! Engage any one of the travelers with us who visited for the first time or returned after many or several years for their personal commentary! I am confident each will comment about the extraordinary Continued on page 10
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Debbie Friedman’s repertoire included a great amount of educational songs about Jewish holidays and Hebrew language for little children as well, such as “Alef Bet,“ “The Dreidel song” and “B’ruchot habaot.” Throughout her life, Debbie had struggled with health issues. I remember at one of the URJ biennials the whole audience sang “Misheberach” by Debbie Friedman to invoke healing upon her. Since she was so sick, we were told she would not sing at the scheduled concert during the biennial. She had found strength though to sing just day after. Debbie Friedman was a very strong person. She touched the lives of thousands. Being on the teaching staff at Hebrew Union College, she came in close contact with many cantorial students. My first acquaintance with Debbie Friedman occurred during the summer of 2002 at the program “Havah Nashirah” in Minnesota, her native state. I came to learn her style of song leading. Among the presenters were Craig Taubman, Jeff Klepper and Debbie Friedman. I went to one of her workshops and was very impressed by her thoughtful and calm way of delivering the topic. She also came across as a person of great humility in spite of her fame. At the Cantorial Concert “Celebrating 200 Years of Music in Reform Judaism” on February 12, my colleagues, Cantor Galit Dadoun (Temple B’Nai Or, Morristown, NJ); Cantor Mo Glazman (Congregation Kol Ami, White Plains, NY); and Cantor Daniel A. Singer (Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, NYC) will join me in tribute to Debbie Friedman’s legacy through our music. May Deborah Lynn Friedman rest in peace, and may her memory be a blessing. Amen
hen I was planning to write an article, I had a completely different topic in mind, but something happened on January 9th that I wanted to write about. On January 9 at 5:49am, a great Jewish song leader and song writer named Deborah Lynn “Debbie” Friedman passed away. She was only 59 years-old. Debbie Friedman’s music has transformed the way in which we pray in the synagogue. She started as a song leader in the early seventies in various Jewish camps, including camp Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. And she was a frequent guest there ever since. Her fame quickly spread amongst young Jewish people, many of whom had become rabbis and cantors, inspired by her music. Her approach to Jewish song and prayer was to make it understandable to all. She knew the Hebrew text of scripture very well and would incorporate Hebrew phrases with the English translation in the same song, such as “Lechi Lach,” “Misheberach,” “Im Tirtzu” and many others. The music she composed to the text that she created was always reflective of traditional chant as well as modern music. Debbie belonged to a generation of baby boomers. She grew up with a free spirit. Her goal was to attract a young generation of Jews to the Tefilah, prayer, and the way to do it was through song. Whether sitting by the camp fire, or leading the services on Shabbat under the sky, the setting and the guitar accompaniment gave a different meaning to all familiar prayers. The children that heard her sing later brought her songs to their synagogues. Little by little, some became an inseparable part of “traditional” liturgy used in Reform and even some Conservative synagogues. The melodies she chose for each song or prayer reflected the mood and context of the text. For example, “Mi Chamocha” and “Sh’mah” that I sing at the family services are very upbeat, so one cannot remain seated while hearing it. The English version “Veahavtah” is very solemn.
Cantor Inna Serebro-Litvak email@example.com
MESS A G E
he pilot came onto the public address system: “Ladies and gentlemen, we will be entering Israeli airspace shortly. Under Israeli air defense regulations, all passengers must remain in their seats until we arrive at the gate…” I looked out the window, peering off into the horizon, seeing the shores of Israel in the distance. I could begin to feel the excitement of the days that lay ahead. But, at that time, I just did not know how meaningful those days would be. Shortly, we crossed the shoreline and I could see the metropolitan city of Tel Aviv below. I had only once before flown to a foreign country, and I had no idea of what to expect. While I was excited to be traveling to Israel, I was especially excited to be spending the nine days ahead with my family, including Emily, who had been living in Israel since August. And as I wrote last month, it was much too long for us not to be able to give her a hug. But seeing Emily would have to wait because she was going to a wedding for a friend and decided she would meet us in Jerusalem at our hotel later in the day. What I didn’t know (and what led to the first surprise of the trip) was that Rabbi Kaplan and Emily made up this scheme about the wedding. When Dana, Sarah, Becky and I cleared customs and made our way to meet the bus, there was Emily, with a big smile, a warm Shalom greeting and the hug that a dad so desperately needed from his baby (albeit a 21 year-old baby). And so with my family, my extended Temple Beth Am family and what would become new friends from our sister Temple, Har Shalom in Warren, a nine-day journey began with the first of many highlights and special moments only a few minutes after we landed in Israel. At the airport, we met our tour guide for the entire trip, Shlomo. Shlomo was hand-picked by Rabbis Randi and Ron, and from the moment we all got on the bus, it was clear that he was in control. I had never met a person so knowledgeable about the rich history of the Land of Israel and the Jewish struggle for the State of Israel. Many times, he brought the Torah to life, pointing out holy sites and places where battles were fought, and he helped us capture the spirit of our forefathers and mothers who cleared the way for our peaceful homecoming. No small detail would be spared and while at times Shlomo could provide "TMI" (too much information), I know we could not have had
a better guide for our trip. The trip began with the planting of trees in the Jerusalem Forest. While this gesture was partly symbolic, when you see the greening of Israel and learn that desert was turned for forest by these small seedlings, you appreciate the vision and efforts of the JNF. (Special thanks to the Krupnick family who purchased trees for us all to plant in honor of the B’nai Mitzvahs of their triplets, Emily, Julie and Noah). On day two, we paid our respects to past leaders and heroes of Israel at Mount Herzl, the National Cemetery. Here, we also learned about the vision of one man, Theodor Herzl, the father of Zionism, and as the days went on, we saw first-hand, how his vision of a Jewish state became a reality almost 50 years from the date he published "A Jewish State, An Attempt at a Modern Solution of the Jewish Question." From there, we visited Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the Holocaust. We all know the horrors of the Holocaust, but only few places, Yad Vashem being one, do you feel the horrors of the Nazis. Herzl knew what would be; unfortunately, the world listened only after it was too late. It was a Friday that we went to Mt. Herzl and Yad Vashem and Shabbat was approaching quickly. Shlomo was not going to allow us to miss a thing and we raced to the Shook to witness, first-hand, the frenzy of people buying last-minute items for the Shabbat at the outdoor market. We had only a half hour before we raced off to the Old City so we could make it to the Kotel in time for Shabbat. Phew! We were exhausted as we raced through the Arab markets to make it to the Western Wall in time. The Kotel was incredibly crowded, but as we separated, men to one section, women to the other, and as we came close to the wall, Rabbi Kaplan was full of excitement. He grabbed me by the arm and asked me to recite the Shehekianu with him. I was overwhelmed by the organized chaos around us, but Rabbi had a calming influence at that moment. Day three was Shabbat, and was not nearly as frenetic as day two. But our family had a special day, spending Shabbat lunch in the Old City with an Orthodox family that was wonderful to Emily while she lived in Israel. They opened their home to us that afternoon, and it was special to participate in their celebration of Shabbat. It put life's joys in perspective for all of Continued on page 11
R E L I G I O U S
S C H O O L
t’s hard to believe that school has been in session for six months now. Our school family continues to grow as new families are still joining. It is official that Temple Beth Am is the “it” temple thanks to the dedication and hard work of our leadership. Rabbi Kaplan is back with us after his January sabbatical and he was definitely missed. We are very fortunate to have a “hands on” Rabbi who loves to be with the students. He teaches the Dalet (6th grade) cantillation class, the confirmation class and often visits all the classrooms. Rabbi Kaplan knows most of the children’s names and is a great partner in educating the children. Cantor Inna is also very involved with the Religious School and a terrific partner. She has “Cantor Time” every Sunday with the Kindergarten, first and second grades and alternates weekly Tefillah (prayer) and music with all of the students. Cantor Inna also loves being with the children and they enjoy being with her. The three of us work very nicely together and have many common goals for the students of Temple Beth Am. Both Rabbi Kaplan and Cantor Inna participate in all grade level services, which adds to the students getting to know the clergy and the services well - years before they become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. I am also fortunate to meet once a month with the Education Committee, which is compromised of very involved and interested congregants who want to see the school continue to grow and enrich its curriculum and programs. Rhonda Jacoby is the Chairperson of the committee and we have many conversations each
week to keep the communication going forward as we share many of the same goals for the school. In addition, Marc Colton is an important person in the smooth and efficient running of the school. He has spent countless hours working with me on the Religious School computer system. He is an extremely helpful sounding board in addition to Rhonda when situations arise. Of course, the teachers play an integral role in the education of the students. We have a very dedicated and talented staff that goes above and beyond what is required of them. It is not too late for you to get more involved with the Religious School. We are looking for volunteers to help with many aspects of the Religious School, including the fundraising project that is vital to continue the improvements that have been made to the school this year. The money that was raised last year bought three teachers’ desks that were falling apart, a large white board in the Dalet and Hey classroom and a LCD projector to watch movies and computer programs. In addition, the temple has renovated both the boys’ and girls’ school bathrooms, which were in desperate need of updating. The students have brand new facilities that sparkle. The committees, which need volunteers, are: Fundraising, Beautification, Classroom Parent (As of now, there is only one class parent in the K, 1 & 2 classes), Book Fair (Spring), Purim Carnival, & Bagel and Challah Sales If you can even give one hour to any of these committees, it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact me and I will let the appropriate people know that you will be a wonderful addition to the already hard-working families of the temple. Every time I am with your children, I smile from ear-to-ear. I love when I come to my office and the children have written me hello messages or happy holidays on my white board outside my office. I love when they stop by my office to say hello, tell me something that is important to them or even ask for a sweet from my candy bowl on my desk. I look forward to another successful and enriching three months and to keep evolving and improving the school year-to-year.
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Thursday - 4th(Bet) & 5th(Gimel) class Family Mezuzah Workshop
Friday 7:300 p.m. - Confirmation Class leads Shabbat evening Services/Oneg
Presidents’ Week Recess (No School)
Morah Barrie Halpern
Friday 7:30 p.m. Instrumental Shabbat with Cantor Inna
Education Director firstname.lastname@example.org
S I S T E R H O O D
hope everyone is enjoying this cold and snowy winter. Sisterhood is starting a new program entitled Lilith Salon. Each meeting, we will be reading an article on a subject and discussing it in an informal setting with something to eat. The first one will be held at Marcia Mauro’s house. Please join us on Sunday, March 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm for conversation and a nosh. The snow date will be the March 13th. Please RSVP to Marcia at email@example.com. Marcia will send you the article to read to help you prepare for the conversation at the meeting. Sisterhood is partnering with the Religious School for their annual Purim fundraiser, Mishlach Manot baskets. The fundraiser benefits the children of the Religious School as well as all children of the congregation. This helps fund scholarships, donations, etc. given to children for camp, Mitzvah Corps and other needs. A form will mailed out to you asking for your participation in this program. The temple has emailed information on camp scholarships that will be available to congregant’s children to attend Jewish camp. Please fill out an application if you are interested in scholarship money to help your children attend Jewish camp. I can tell you from experience that Camp Harlam, a URJ sleep away camp, is the most amazing place to send your children. My two children each returned home different children from camp with a new-found love for Judaism. If anyone has any questions about Camp Harlam, please call me. I would be happy to tell all of you the great things the camp has to offer your children. Last year, I went to Camp Harlam with Women of Reform Judaism for our Sisterhood for the weekend starting on Shabbat. It was so spiritual to participate in the
Shabbat services in their outside sanctuary under the stars with 500 children all dressed in white. After services, we participated in Shabbat dinner and a song session. I will never forget the children dancing and singing together with excitement. You could see how close all the children were with each other. Our Mahjong event has been a great success. Starting in February, we will be continuing our learning clinics. Anyone who already knows how to play is welcome to play with the others. It will be held on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 7:00 pm. I will need an RSVP from anyone who is interested in either playing or learning. We are looking for people who can commit to the game on a regular basis. If you are interested in playing occasionally, please put that in your RSVP. We can either set you up in group once a month or can put you on a call list to help cover others who may be unable to attend. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Sisterhood still has many Entertainment Books left for sale. Please contact me to purchase one. Finally, Sisterhood is sponsoring “Fork it Over,” a non-perishable food drive for the Interfaith Food Pantry of Morristown. With so many people unemployed and struggling to feed their families, we encourage you to donate food when you come to Shabbat services. The basket is located in the lobby, so you can drop food off anytime.
Laurie Lindner Sisterhood President email@example.com
2 0 11 C A M P S C H O L A R S H I P A P P L I C A T I O N S A VA I L A B L E The Men's Club, Sisterhood and Religious School have limited scholarships funds available for camp this summer. Scholarships are available for any Jewish summer camp experience. Please call the office or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an application. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2011.
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he Men’s Club returned with a bang in January with a News & Schmooze breakfast that drew more than 20 TBA participants. Members of all ages gabbed, read the headlines and feasted on bagels and lox, whitefish, herring and tuna. We also enjoyed an interactive presentation by life and business coach Neil Cooper, who spoke about leadership and overcoming challenges in the workplace and in other areas. Thanks go to Doug Crandall for purchasing the
food and to Marc Colton for his usual priceless assistance. Our next get-together will be another News & Schmooze breakfast on Sunday, February 6 at 10am, in the social hall, when we will have an organizational meeting and plan upcoming events. Come on out, get to know your fellow temple members better and find out how you can help the Men’s Club play a vital role in TBA life. If there’s sufficient interest, we will plan a Super Bowl party for the evening of the 6th. Please email me, call the number below or speak with me at the temple if you think you would attend. B’shalom,
Bruce Goldman Men’s Club President email@example.com 973-222-3664
Temple Beth Am Board Meetings are open to all Members.
Please join us at 7:30 PM on February 28th & March 28th
YA H R Z E I T S February 4th Lillian Cantor Louis Friedman Myron B. Harkavy Raia Herscher Morris Kleinerman Raymond C. Marks Hyman Reiber Sarah Salitsky
February 11th George Cantor Eileen Goldberg Jacob Grossman Doris Shafman Jacobson Dorothea S. Marks Morris Rosengart 7
Sidney Sandler Sigmund Schwartz Shirley Silverberg Ellen Tropp Shirley Yormach
February 18th Isabel Ascher Adeline Furie Jordan Lieberman Samuel Lipton Frieda Mandler Doris W. Mages Hannah Miller Harvey Probber Eva Schonfeld Herman Speier Anne Stemmer
February 25th Gail Akst David Bronstein Jack Chertow Reuben L. Daspin Al Elias Benjamin Alan Ganek Harry Guzinsky Freida Laiks Max Leen Abraham Levine Pearl Senzon William Wagner Louis Weiss Arthur Wexler Eva Woolf
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M E M O R I A L S
Donations were made by:
Donations were made by:
Maxine and Gene Lee, to Anita and Shelly Wilensky, in memory of Shelly’s Sister.
To Carol Ganek and Family, expressing sympathy on the loss of their Husband and Father, Marvin Ganek, by: Arleen and Manny Nussbaum Sally Glick
M I T Z VA H F U N D Donations were made by:
YAH RZEI T M EM O RI A L F U N D
Joan and Warren Tiedrich, to Jeff Reiber, wishing him a complete and speedy recovery. Joyce and Bob Marlin, to Janyce and Nat Anapolle, wishing them Mazel Tov on their 50th Anniversary.
Donations have been made to commemorate the… Yahrzeit of:
Max Hochman Ruth and Ted Hochman Milton Sandfield Kay and David Goodstein Ida Raskin Bresemann Lisa Bresemann Joseph Mages Maxine and Gene Lee William Cole Gayle and Arnold Kamler Theodore Hollander Helen and Mark London Walter B Madonick Phyllis Nicholson Milton Morrison Irene and Jeff Morrison Mary Pelzman Janyce and Nat Anapolle Miriam Hoffman Carol and Henry Resnick Gloria Zeman Allyson Speier Minnie Hirschhorn Ruth and Ted Hochman Jack Diamond Joan and Warren Tiedrich Rita Rodriguez Joan and Warren Tiedrich Flora Grossman JoEllen and Stephen Grossman Bernard Lew Michelle L Donnenberg
To Carol Ganek and Family, expressing sympathy on the loss of their Husband and Father, Marvin Ganek, by: Joan and Warren Tiedrich Florence and Bruce Samitt Joyce and Bob Marlin
RABBI’S DISCRETIONARY FUND Donations were made by: Arleen and Manny Nussbaum, to Carol Ganek and Family, expressing sympathy on the loss of their Husband and Father, Marvin Ganek. Arleen and Manny Nussbaum, to Tessa and Glenn Fuchs, expressing sympathy on the loss of Glenn’s Mother, Eleanor Fuchs.
TBA Member Get a Member Program Very Successful Eight new families join through this program! Our "Member Get a Member" program provides one month free dues for each new member you bring in (after the new member's first year of membership). In addition, we have new reduced-dues membership options for young families with and without pre-school children. Contact Laura Gurth for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
CANTOR’S DISCRETIONARY FUND Donations were made by: Joyce and Bob Marlin, to Jeff Reiber, wishing him a complete and speedy recovery. 8
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ISAAC SETH WYNZEL
saac Seth Wynzel will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on February 5, 2011. He is the son of Erika Wynzel and Alan Wynzel. Isaac is a seventh grader at Central Middle School in Parsippany. He is an avid drawer of comic strips and creates adventure games in comic form, which he plays with his friends in school. He enjoys building complex Lego sets, model aircraft and helicopters. He is an animal lover, especially of sea creatures, and he has an encyclopedic knowledge of sharks. For his Mitzvah Project, Isaac is collecting Passover goods for Project M.O.T. (Members of the Tribe), which is an organization that provides holiday care packages to Jews serving in the American Armed Forces.
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M I T Z V A H DYLAN JOSEPH GOTTESMAN
ylan Gottesman will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on his birthday, Saturday, February 26, 2011.
Dylan is in the seventh grade at Rockaway Valley School in Boonton Township. In the fall, Dylan enjoys playing football for the Grayhawks, and in the winter and spring, he plays lacrosse for the Lakers. Dylan has been playing the guitar since he was six years-old and is using his talents for one of his Mitzvah Projects. He plays his guitar at the local assisted-living facilities and nursing homes. The people truly enjoy listening to him. Another Mitzvah Project involves his other passion, lacrosse. For a second year in a row, Dylan is collecting used lacrosse equipment and donating it to less privileged towns to help populate their lacrosse teams. Dylan has been working very hard studying for his Bar Mitzvah. His family and friends are very proud of him and looking forward to celebrating this special day. 7th grade class service 9
MESSAGE FROM RABBI KAPLAN
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eration facing it in prayer. Today, people from all over the world, Jew and non-Jew, converge here, to see, and to wedge notes, requests and pleas between its timeless stones. If only those massive, Herodian stones could reply back in the languages they absorb! The tears of weeping and joy are all shed throughout the day and night hours by civilians and soldiers, Europeans and Americans, seniors and juniors, blacks and whites, men and women. Placing one's forehead upon the cold, hard limestone links us with the Jewish nation and our long, turbulent history and promising future. Standing at the Wall connects us with millions of Jews who never had the blessing of access, but with our freedom and safety empowered by the modern State of Israel, we now fulfill a millennial dream and aspiration on the lips of countless Jews, L'shana HaBaah B'yirushalayim. May our precedent become yours through example and encouragement. Shalom v'kol tuv! Peace and well-being!
highlights they enjoyed as individuals and as part of our group. Speak particularly to the four Bnai Mitzvah students (Julie, Emily and Noah Krupnick and Michael Kuchinsky) who chanted Torah and led the morning prayers from atop Masada, the last stronghold of Jews fleeing Roman persecution in 70 CE, about this traditional rite of passage which spiritually transformed them, their parents and grandparents forever. Talk to Becky and Sarah Sobel about reuniting with their older sister, Emily, who is studying at a girlsâ€™ yeshiva in Jerusalem these past several months. Temple President Alan and Dana Sobel shared as parents so many memorable moments together with all three of their daughters. The Kays, Burges, Mandlers, Princes, Sharon Rothe, and members of Rabbi Randi Musnitsky's Temple Har Shalom all fostered emotional bonds with the land and people in the State of Israel. Listen to the multiple stories of each person, feel their pride and learn from them. Among so many dimensions of our tours, perhaps the sight and touch of the Western Wall or Kotel, is a priority of every Jew. Even with the Temple destroyed, the holiness of the place is such that it remains sacred for Jews and central with every gen-
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Above: Preparing emergency medical field packs for soldiers in IDF.
Above: Rabbi Kaplan in IDF uniform on military base outside Tel Aviv. Right: Not taught at Rabbinic Seminary!
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land is won in war, history does not have the winner giving it back." She wisely said that "Israel will not be the first and when the US gives California back to Mexico, then Israel will consider the Golan Heights." We made our way to Tel Aviv where we visited Independence Hall, heard the voice of Ben Gurion declaring Israel's independence and we all stood proudly as a recording of the Hatikvah from that day played in the same room from which Ben Gurion spoke. We learned of the elite Palmach, the underground, and we saw an underground bullet factory, hidden right next to a British camp that armed Israel's Army during the War of Independence. Finally, we participated in an archeological dig where many of us climbed in caves and found artifacts over 2,000 years old. It was humbling when our guide on the excavation pointed out that we were the first humans to touch these artifacts in over 2,000 years. I could continue on with every nuance and special moment, but space does not permit. As a person who never had an interest in visiting Israel, I am so glad that I did. My family and I are grateful to Rabbi Kaplan and Rabbi Musntisky for organizing such a wonderful experience and giving us the opportunity of a lifetime. We are also grateful that we could create and share those lifetime memories with close to 40 of our Temple family.
us and that happiness does not come from material things, rather the love of family (and in their case, Torah). Each day brought special moments. Touring a facility where senior citizens create crafts for sale as a way of keeping active and earning a little money for a modest lifestyle. Learning the history of Jerusalem and climbing the same southern steps of the Temple Mount that our ancestors walked to ascend the Second Temple over 2,000 years ago. Traveling through the tunnels of the Western Wall and touching the Wall at the point closest to where the Temple was located. The moments continued as we participated in the Bar and Bat Mitzvahs of four Beth Am children on Masada (Mazel Tov to Michael Kuchinski and Noah, Julie and Emily Krupnick). We had tea and coffee with bedoins, rode camels (my thighs say we can pass that one next time) and we were exhilarated with applying mud from the Dead Sea and floating in its healing waters. We headed up north, where we saw the ancient Roman ruins at Bet She'han, watched our kids (and some "older kids") spontaneously swim in a natural spring, slept on a Kibbutz and learned the historical significance of the Golan Heights. At the Golan Heights, we learned from an elder local resident the strategic significance of this part of Israel. It was fascinating to hear him recount the stories of Kibbutz children living in bunkers to avoid the shells of the Syrians and how Israel captured the territory in 1967. I will never forget his words about how only one country, Costa Rica, not the United States, supported Israel in 1967, and he quoted his mother as saying that "when
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lthough the month of February is the shortest of the year, it doesnâ€™t fall short when it comes to special Shabbat services and significant events. The month will mark the return of Rabbi Kaplan from his sabbatical. Our Family Shabbat, the first of the month, which will be led by the Confirmation Academy Students, will acknowledge grandparents. All grandparents are invited to join us as we honor and pay tribute to them. On February 11th, Rabbi Kaplan will share the memorable experiences of his Sabbatical as he addresses the congregation about his time with the Israeli Army and the other exciting events of his time in Israel. We know that his report will be extremely interesting. Once again, as we mark Womenâ€™s Health Month, we acknowledge all women and the importance of incorporating health screenings and regular medical
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TEMPLE BEAUTIFICATION EFFORTS CONTINUE Thanks to the generosity of our members with the 2008 and 2009 silent appeals, we have been able to undertake several beautification efforts. Renovations of our Religious School bathrooms have been completed. New wall and floor tiling and new Formica countertops have been installed. The boysâ€™ room partitions were repainted by David Schlacter at his Maaco Body Shop. The upstairs bathrooms are next and will be completed in mid-February. New wall and floor tiling and new Corian countertops will been installed. David will re-finish all of the upstairsbathroom partitions as well. The sanctuary and social hall ceilings are scheduled to be completed inearly February as well. This work is in addition to the new furniture and carpeting in both the upstairs and downstairs lobbies. Thanks to Harold Vex, Dana Sobel and Ruth Hochman.
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