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T E JUNE 2014

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5 WAYS TO GET TO KNOW YOUR NEW RABBI WELCOME GATHERINGS • SUMMER SERVICES LUAU SHABBAT • MAKE AN APPOINTMENT • SUKKOT DETAILS ON PAGE 5

PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS SHABBAT ON JUNE 6 BOARD INSTALLATION SHABBAT ON JUNE 20 HIGH HOLY DAYS BEGIN SEPTEMBER 20

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IN THIS ISSUE FEATURES

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TEMPLE STAFF GEOFFREY A. MITELMAN Associate Rabbi MAURA H. LINZER Rabbi-Educator STAR A. TROMPETER Senior Cantor GENNIFER KELLY Executive Director RAYNA ALPERSTEIN Director, Beginning Years LISA P. DAVIS President

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7 Beginning Years Birthdays 15 B’nei Mitzvah 11 10 Cantor Trompeter 4 Facility Rentals Gifts 15 12-13 Programs Rabbi Fuchs 9, 14 Rabbi Linzer 3, 5 6 Religious School 6 Shabbat Service Times 2, 8 Temple Information Welcome Rabbi Jaffe 19 Yahrzeits 12-15

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High Holy Days Schedule

JUNE HIGHLIGHTS 3 4 5 6 6 8 12 13 20 20

Erev Shavuot Service with Confirmation Shavuot Service with Yizkor BY 4’s Graduation Mindfulness Meditation with Ruth Rosenblum First Friday Prospective Member Shabbat “Taste of K” Open House Mindfulness Meditation Shir Shabbat Congregational Dinner Shabbat Worship Service with Board Installation

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JULY HIGHLIGHTS

4 Shabbat Worship Service with Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe 26 Tot Shabbat

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Family Shabbat Service RS Open House Hawaiian Luau Dinner Shabbat Worship Service with Hawaiian Theme Tot Shabbat

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Know someone interested in TBE? Help us increase our membership by bringing your friend to dinner and as a service, Prospective Members are free. No pressure, but seeing is believing! Your word is our best advertisement.

WELCOME PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS 1ST FRIDAY FAMILY SHABBAT JUNE 6 KABBAL-TOT SHABBAT 5:45 PM SHABBAT DINNER 6:15 PM FAMILY SHABBAT WORSHIP SERVICE 7:15 PM DETAILS ON PAGE 8

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SUMMER SERVICES UNDER THE STARS FRIDAY NIGHTS JULY & AUGUST 7:15 PM

TOT SHABBAT

Followed by Playground Time SATURDAY, JULY 26 SATURDAY, AUGUST 16 9:00 AM

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HAWAIIAN LUAU SHABBAT A Proud Member of the URJ

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AUGUST 8 6:00 PM DINNER 7:15 PM SHABBAT


RABBI GEOFFREY A. MITELMAN To all my friends at Temple Beth El – From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you all for a truly special and meaningful seven years here as Associate Rabbi. It has meant more than I can say to be able to be with you all at so many important moments in your lives, to have been able to teach and learn with students of all ages, and to have worked to have made our world just a little more whole. So much of the next stage of my rabbinate has been informed by the teaching and learning that has happened here in this community, and I cannot thank you enough for the inspiration Temple Beth El has provided. As some of you may know, last July 1, I launched Sinai and Synapses, a project that aims to bridge the scientific and religious worlds. I’ve been teaching, writing, working with clergy and scientists, all in the service of giving people tools and language that are scientifically grounded and

spiritually uplifting. It strives to use the best of science and the best of religion to help individuals feel more fulfilled and society a little more just and peaceful. So the next stage of my rabbinate, which will begin on July 1 of this year, will be making Sinai and Synapses a full-time job, expanding the opportunities people will have to bring religion and science together. What’s also particularly exciting for me is that I will continue to be involved here at Beth El. I’m going to be teaching our 11th and 12th graders, as I have done since I began here. This community and the relationships I have built are so wonderful, so I am so pleased to remain part of the Beth El family. Please do continue to be in touch – I will not be very far! And so on behalf of Heather, Caroline and myself, again, thank you for a truly blessed seven years. You will always have a special place in my heart. May we all go from strength and strength, and kol tuv, all good things always, Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

RABBI ALAN D. FUCHS Update Rabbi Fuchs is doing well and appreciates everyone’s well wishes. We will continually update our webpage: www.bethelnw.org/rabbifuchsupdate with any news we have.

Farewell Sermon

Last Rosh Hashanah when I met many of you for the first time and reacquainted myself with many others, I talked about what it meant to be a beit el, a house of that which you consider divine. For me it was a transformative moment. I was returning to a place that was familiar but at the same time was not consistent with my memories of twelve years ago. Of course the building is different, expanded and functional. No longer do we need to schedule events in this sanctuary based upon the schedule of the use of the classrooms that surround it. The Religious School is freed of the constraints placed upon it by a lifecycle ceremony or a holiday service. Physically it is a very different place. I welcomed those changes. It also was a very different place spiritually. Twelve years ago I found anger, but involvement. Now I found despair and disengagement. I spoke of lack of continuity in our Religious School, of people for whom seemingly any amount of financial support was too much, of the need to consider support of Beth El to be a mitzvah not a burden. This, after all, is a unique sanctuary with

a special history. Expand it and they will come was the mantra of the day. Twelve years ago we complained about the building. That deficit was solved. The need I found twelve years later was very different. What would bring the el, the divine, the spiritual back into Beth El was not the steel and the marble, as necessary and wonderful as that was and is. What I heard over and over again was the loss of community, the almost desperate desire to once again feel connected, to know that this place is your spiritual home; it is the place in which you reinforce your sense of who you are as a Jew. It provides the sustenance from which you draw your Jewish breath of life. To that end you engaged a new staff of clergy, a rabbi/ educator and a cantor who were to bring a new sense of excitement and a depth of commitment and learning that would reenergize the two pillars on which any congregation must stand – Torah and worship, study, education and prayer. They have more than fulfilled your expectations. I wanted your entire senior staff to participate in this service and to be on the bimah, because we have become a team that works together, has fun together, cares about each other and most of (Rabbi Fuchs continued on page 5)

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CANTOR STAR A. TROMPETER CANTOR’S CORNER: Thank you for a GLEE-ful Year! Indeed, what a gleeful year it has been! The youth choir, revamped and renamed JewBe-Glee, enthusiastically helped lead Shabbat services monthly, often incorporating their own original melodies and “mash-ups” of two songs – one secular and one Jewish – into the Shabbat repertoire. Not only did they write their own melodies and quickly catch on to new tunes introduced to them, but they also added their own original choreography into each song. The group also had the opportunity to sing their famous mash-up of “L’dor vador/Lean on Me” at the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, where a few people (ok, maybe more than a few), claimed that the group “stole the show.” They poignantly sang “Light One Candle” in the Yom HaShoah service, and who can forget their adorable performance in the Purim spiel, “Megillah Mia!” Finally, Jew-BeGlee participated in Mitzvah Day by singing to the community at Brandywine Nursing Home, along with several of our congregants.

Thank you all for your support this year. I feel so blessed to be part of the TBE team and community, and I look forward to beginning my second year here with all of you. Have a harmonious summer! b’shir (in song), Cantor Star Trompeter

Mitzvah Day

While the enthusiasm, dedication and talent of the young crooners were amazing, our spirited and energetic Jew-Be-Glee parents, grandparents and siblings certainly helped make the group a success this year. Without their support, none of these singing engagements would have been possible. While it has been an amazing year, Jew-Be-Glee is just getting started! If your child is in grades 2- 4 this coming school year and would like to join JewBe-Glee, please contact me! And why should we let the kids have all of the fun? If you are an adult member of our community looking for a melodious experience and would like to join the High Holiday Adult Volunteer choir (rehearsals begin in early September) or participate in singing opportunities next fall, please reach out to me. I’d love to see both the Adult and Children’s choirs grow and thrive.

Chanukah Service

Megillah Mia

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WELCOME RABBI JONATHAN JAFFE

FIVE WAYS TO MEET RABBI JAFFE 1. WELCOME GATHERINGS

You’re Invited! This summer and fall we will be hosting a variety of intimate gatherings for you to get to know Rabbi Jaffe. Each gathering, whether it be a morning coffee, afternoon tea, evening cocktails or a weekend barbeque, will be at a member’s home. Invites will be sent by host families. Be on the look-out for your personal evite. All members will be invited. We hope that you will take some time this summer and fall to get to know Rabbi Jaffe, his wife, Yael, and their children, Mali and Samara. Want to help? Contact the Transition Task Force Chairs: Rich Albert at ralbert@maglaw.com Kathy Raicht at kraicht@optonline.net

2. SUMMER SERVICES

Join Rabbi Jaffe for his first Shabbat Service at Temple Beth El on Friday, July 4 at 5:30 PM. Then enjoy Summer Services Under the Stars on Friday nights in July and August at 7:15 PM.

3. HAWAIIAN LUAU SHABBAT DINNER & WORSHIP SERVICE

Join us for a fun and social evening in honor of Rabbi Jaffe, who was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. For more information and to RSVP: www.bethelnw.org/Luau_Shabbat

4. MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

Rabbi Jaffe is excited to meet you! If you would like to speak with him, schedule an appointment by calling Jaclyn 914.238.3928 ext. 1310.

5. SUKKOT

Save the date to drop in on October 9 as Rabbi Jaffe will host Sukkot in his new home in Chappaqua!

(Rabbi Fuchs continued from page 3) all are selfless in their devotion to this congregation. They can and do keep this beit el functioning. As a result of their efforts it is a house filled with all of the tools necessary to show the way to that sense of Jewish community for which you and so many others hunger. Also on this bimah is the president of your congregation. She represents something different – all of you. It is you who have and will build this house. The Torah portion of this week is called Kedoshim. It is one of the most poignant and widely quoted sections of the Torah. In the context of this service one word stands out for me – V’hit’ Kadeesh’tem – you shall sanctify yourselves. Only you can and will keep this as a beit el, a house worthy of its name. Only you can and I believe will continue to create that loving and caring and learning and worshipping community for which you thirst. Only you can provide the resources: human, spiritual, and financial, that will guarantee that this house will grow and flourish. Only you can continue and build on the work which we have done here. Only you can turn and welcome your neighbor. Only you can provide the warmth of the human touch; only you can fill this sanctuary with music and song. Only you can make certain that the Torah that is in the ark is a tree of life for all who hold fast to it. Only you can guarantee that your children and your children’s children will continue their Jewish education so that they can take their place in the adult community with not only a sense of accomplishment but also a sense of real connection to the generations who preceded them. Only you can make a mockery of so many studies that predict the continued decline of the American Jewish community. If you build it, they will come. If you build that community, only the heavens can contain your future. That is the spirit I have tried to bring to you during this year. I am more than grateful for all of your good wishes, for your love and your caring. About a year ago I was told by my rabbinic organization, the CCAR, that before I could begin my tenure here I needed to complete a course to learn how to be an interim rabbi. Much to their displeasure I did not take the course. Among other expressions of disagreement, I told them that I am not accepting a position of an interim rabbi. For the year that I will serve I will be their rabbi. I will do what I was trained to do and what I love to do. I understood that there was a term limit, but not a limit on the definition of my position. My understanding of being a rabbi is not about me, it is about serving the people of Israel. It is about working every day to try to guarantee the Jewish future. This week’s Torah portion also contains the words – Av’deel Et’chem Min Ha-amin – I will separate you from among the People. Only you can make yourselves holy. Only you can make certain that this Reform Jewish community separates itself when it is time to come together to be who you are – the people of Israel, the descendants of the story tellers and historians of biblical lore, of the rabbis who created and preserved Jewish law and tradition, of the hidden Jews who defied the Inquisition, of the reformers who gave to us the means by which we live as liberal Jews, of the partisans who fought the Nazi horror, of Steven Wise and Isaac Mayer Wise, of the scholars and teachers and students, of the ordinary Jews who passed on to us their determination that we would live. Do not disappoint them. Do not disappoint yourselves. Let me learn in the future of Beth El going from strength to strength. My gift to you is meager. Let that be your gift to me. Amen.

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MAURA H. LINZER, RABBI-EDUCATOR/RELIGIOUS SCHOOL A Year in Reflection It’s hard to believe that the end of my first year as Rabbi-Educator at Temple Beth El is coming to a close. Together, we have re-envisioned our program, tried new things, and grown. It has been an outstanding year. Our Religious School saw major curricular changes aimed at improving our Hebrew education, as well as making many of our Judaica classes more engaging and relevant to the students’ lives. This year we instituted a new curriculum for our K/1 class, which had students rotating through various activity stations. We also implemented a mystery reader program, where parents surprised their children by reading stories to the class on the Jewish value/theme of the day. Grades 3-7 saw the implementation of a new Hebrew curriculum with the goals of fluent siddur reading, an understanding of the key prayers in the Shabbat Morning Service, and a basic knowledge of selections from the Friday Evening Service. Our ultimate goal was to make sure that after completing our Hebrew program, our students will be able to go into any synagogue, anywhere in the world, be familiar with the prayers, and feel at home. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of our Hebrew teachers partnered with the commitment of our students and families, we made tremendous strides toward achieving this goal. Our 5th graders were the beneficiaries of a new curricular video series, “Inside Israel U,” published by Jerusalem Online U. The series is hosted by Dr. Tal Ben Shahar, who gave up the unique distinction of being Harvard University’s most popular lecturer to return to his native country, Israel. In the films, Dr. Ben Shahar explores the core characteristic strengths—called—actualizers—that enable Israelis to succeed against incredible odds. Our 7th graders experienced a new Judaica curriculum that included a series of rotations aimed at teaching Torah, Avodah (Prayer), and Gimulut Chasadim (Acts of Loving-Kindness) developed by our grade-level coordinator, Joni Gehebe Kellogg and two new Hebrew electives, Modern Hebrew and Torah and Haftarah trope taught by our clergy. In our 8th and 9th grades we offered a new program, written by our Rabbinic-Education intern Toba Strauss which engaged our children on important topics, such as Torah, Spirituality, and People-

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hood. The 9th grade wrapped up their year with a retreat in Woodstock, NY, where they planned their ideal Shabbat experience. This retreat was made possible by a generous grant from the Jewish Education Project. Our 10th graders had the opportunity to take part in a 10th grade - 7th grade mentoring program, where our confirmands met and selected topics for discussion and held monthly mentoring dinners with their seventh grade mentees under the guidance of Rabbi Fuchs and lay leader, Hedy Simpson. Another exciting post-B’nai Mitzvah opportunity implemented this year was the madrichim program, or teacher training program. Four of our teens attended monthly professional development classes taught by Rabbi Mitelman, as well as either the Westchester Association of Temple Educator community-wide training sessions or our own teacher-training workshops. In culmination of their year of training these students taught lessons in their respective classrooms under the guidance and supervision of our teaching staff. Finally, all of our students helped to lead a First Friday Shabbat service, where they participated in meaningful and significant ways by leading prayers and songs and shared their thoughts on the value of the month. Our classroom teachers along with Cantor Trompeter were instrumental in their preparations. None of these successes would have been possible without our committed teaching and professional staff, lay leaders on the Religious School committee, and dedicated families. Our teaching and professional staff have given of themselves selflessly to ensure that our children had a meaningful year. Our teachers have been open to changes and dedicated to our students’ success. Our devoted Religious School committee members and leadership have been there to support, brainstorm, and implement new ideas and improve on long-standing programs. Finally, you, our committed families have been there to attend programs, encourage our children’s growth and success, and have partnered in making our children’s learning meaningful and engaging. Thank you all for your support this year!

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS JUNE 8 12

“Taste of K” 9-10 AM Religious School Open House at 8 PM

AUGUST 1 Family Shabbat Service at 7:15 PM 5 Religious School Open House at 8 PM


RAYNA ALPERSTEIN, DIRECTOR BEGINNING YEARS ECC Saying Good-Bye is Important - Shalom We are coming to that time of year when school ends. Children and teachers must say good-bye to each other. The teachers have spent a great deal of time thinking about and working with these children and after this year will not know very much about them. And sadly, the children’s memories of the school year will fade rather quickly. Nevertheless, each school year is a “non-repeatable” event so it is important for children and adults to acknowledge the end of their time together and plan for it. Teachers, children and parents will say good-bye. It is an important experience because it helps children learn about life cycles. It is the last lesson each teacher leaves with the children. That is why the growing up ceremony for the fours is so important. It provides an ending and closure. We are moving on. It is equally important for the young ones to participate in a closure activity so that they can prepare themselves for moving on to another group, another room and another teacher. That is why we have end-of-year picnics. Taking time to say good-bye is a nice way to pause with children, to help them notice their growth and be proud of their accomplishments. Children grow and change dramatically during the early school years. For instance, at the beginning many individual and group tasks are difficult – taking off one’s coat and hanging it on the cubby hook. By the end of the year many tasks are well on the way to being mastered, leaving home, relating to other adults, zipping, buttoning, playing

and cooperating with other children. Children love being reminded about how and in what ways they have grown. They like to hear what the teacher has noticed about them and what their parents have noticed about their growth. Pausing to remember and comment on this growth while a part of the everyday process is especially important at the time of saying good-bye. Saying good-bye to the school year gives it significance and helps children go on to future experiences more fully and freely. It is possible that a child may express some sadness and perhaps worried feelings. Help him/her speak about these feelings – it’s perfectly normal. Giving children an opportunity to adjust to the idea that change is coming and they are competent and will adjust to it gives them good self-esteem. Just don’t rush them into “moving on” and forgetting about this time. Come back for the July and August Tot Shabbats out on the courtyard followed by some time on the playground. Remember together what it was like here and that they will be returning in a different way. Have a wonderful summer I look forward to greeting everyone in September and experiencing “new beginnings” at Beginning Years. Blessed [shalt] thou [be] when thou comest in, and blessed [shalt] thou [be] when thou goest out. Deuteronomy 28:6 L’Shalom Rayna

JUNE BY HIGHLIGHTS 2 Last Day of School 3 4’s Field Trip to Katonah Museum No Pre-K 2’s End of Year Picnic 4 3’s End of Year Picnic - Offsite 5 9:00 AM 4’s to classrooms; families to Sanctuary for Growing Up Ceremony Reception in Social Hall following

BEGINNING YEARS PARENT COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS

Leah Alani

917.763.9515 LeahAlani@yahoo.com

Alonna Travin

914.238.1091 Alonna.Travin@gmail.com

SUMMER TOT SHABBAT 9:00 AM

SATURDAY, JULY 26 SATURDAY, AUGUST 16

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SERVICES EREV SHAVUOT SERVICE WITH CONFIRMATION TUESDAY JUNE 3 at 7:15 PM

CONGRATULATIONS

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Madeline Albert Danielle Boilen Joshua Cantor Lauren Clark Lauren Divack Katrina Garbin Jonah Gelfand

Zachary Greenstein Alexander Imberman Andrew Perelman Ethan Prober Jordan Schmolka Natalie Simpson

SHAVUOT MORNING SERVICE WITH YIKZOR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4 at 8:30 AM Breakfast to follow.

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FRIDAY FAMILY SHABBAT

FRIDAY, JUNE 13 at 8:00 PM Cantor Trompeter and Keith Robellard have collaborated on an exciting, musical journey so that we may celebrate Shabbat entirely through song. The lights in the sanctuary are lowered, all prayers are projected on the wall (no prayer books needed!), and there is a professional band with keyboard, violin, clarinet and drums. Join us and see what all the talk is about. Adults and children of all ages are encouraged to attend. You won’t want to miss this month’s Shir Shabbat!

CONGREGATIONAL DINNER FRIDAY, JUNE 20 at 6:45 PM

Prior to our Board Installation Service, join your fellow congregants for a lovely Shabbat dinner. RSVP on our website: www.bethelnw.org/InstallationDinner

SHABBAT WORSHIP SERVICE WITH BOARD INSTALLATION

FRIDAY, JUNE 6

FRIDAY, JUNE 20 at 7:15 PM

Families with young children are welcome at all times. Some may find that our regular service is too formal, and therefore will find these family dinners and services particularly accessible. The Family Shabbat Service is a little different: the service is shorter, has a story, no sermon, lots of singing and includes our monthly Birthday Blessings.

WELCOME TO Cheryl Ehrlich, Marilyn Rifkin, Hedy Simpson, Forrest Sussman, Diane Thaler, and Alonna Travin.

KABBAL-TOT SHABBAT 5:45 PM

SHABBAT DINNER

6:15 PM Prospective Members are encouraged to attend free of charge! RSVP for dinner on our website: www.bethelnw.org/first_friday_dinner_rsvp

SHABBAT WORSHIP SERVICE 7:15 PM Ice Cream Social following Shabbat Service! Make your own Sundaes

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SHIR SHABBAT - SHABBAT OF SONG

THANK YOU TO Meryl Adler, Stuart Berg, David Rolle, and Marka Schnechner for their years of devoted service as board members.

SUMMER SERVICES UNDER THE STARS FRIDAY NIGHTS JULY & AUGUST 7:15 PM

FAMILY SHABBAT WORSHIP SERVICE FRIDAY, AUGUST 1 7:15 PM

TOT SHABBAT

SATURDAY, JULY 26 SATURDAY, AUGUST 16 9:00 AM Followed by Playground Time


PROGRAMS & SERVICES ISRAEL DAY PARADE 2014 SUNDAY, JUNE 1 RUN at 8:00 AM

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

“TASTE OF K” SUNDAY, JUNE 8 9:00 AM

On Fifth Avenue, NYC 57th to 74th Streets RAIN OR SHINE www.celebrateisraelny.org

JEWISH HERITAGE FESTIVAL KENSICO DAM PLAZA VALHALLA, NY SUNDAY, AUGUST 17

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL OPEN HOUSES

12:00 - 6:00 PM

FOOD, MUSIC & ACTIVITIES Festival is held rain or shine, with free parking and admission. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or folding chairs.

Our “Taste of K” program offers rising kindergarteners and their parents the chance to meet Rabbi Linzer, the Religious School’s rabbi-educator to explore our engaging curriculum by experiencing a brief lesson with the Kindergarten teacher, Joni Kellogg, and to participate in Religious School’s Tefillah, led by Cantor Star Trompeter. It is a great opportunity to see if we are a good fit for your child!

THURSDAY, JUNE 12 TUESDAY, AUGUST 5 8:00 PM

The Religious School Open Houses are a great opportunity to meet with Rabbi Linzer in June and Rabbi Jaffe in August to learn about the educational philosophy of our program, our curriculum, and to ask questions. Parents will have an opportunity to preview the textbooks and hear about exciting new aspects of our program.

SAVE THE DATES!

SEPTEMBER

VOLUNTEER FOR THE TBE ISRAEL ACTION COMMITTEE! The Israel Action Committee’s mission is to inform, support, connect, and engage our congregants in their relationship with Israel. We will strengthen these bonds by: • Informing the community of educational programs of historical and current events • Supporting Israel through planned fundraising • Connect our congregants with Israel through social and cultural programs • Engaging the passion of individuals in the support of the growth of the State of Israel The committee is open to all members and will use all resources available to support the mission. Contact Rand Manasse rmanasse@referencesystems.com

ICE CREAM SOCIAL WITH RABBI JAFFE

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 6:00 - 7:00 PM For rising 8th/9th graders

7:00 - 9:00 PM

For rising 10th graders

BACK-TO-SHUL BBQ

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 4:00 PM We hope that everyone enjoys their summer, but don’t forget to put our Back-to-Shul/School event on your calendar. Join your friends and family at the temple for a fun welcome-back event and BBQ. There will be entertainment for all ages. Want to get involved in the fun, meet some new friends, and help the temple with this event? Contact Melissa Levine at melissablevine@me.com

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B’NEI MITZVAH APPEARS IN PRINT ONLY

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JOYS & SORROWS

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Asher Alani Madeline Albert James Anderson Sarah Asa Zachary Bass Evan Berg Margaret Berger Jordan Block Maya Buxbaum Jonah Cantor Margaux Citrin Mitchell Cohen Emily Crandall Gabriel Ehrlich Jacob Emanuel Alice Faber Nathaniel Faber Emma Freeman Katrina Garbin Zachary Gelfand Jack Glasser Megan Glasser Kevin Graff Lindsay Hauptman Zoe Kerrich Jade Klotz

Alexa Marks Joshua Medway Alec Meyrowitz Jake Meyrowitz Sydney Mikesell Brett Mozarsky Jack Murray Leah Nankof Jonathan Notis Drew Novick Coby Nunberg Avery Paley Sydney Penn Leslie Regan Noah Rosenbaum Rachel Safferstein Rebecca Schelling Jordan Schmolka Paige Schoenberg Ellie Slive Ethan Stogsdill Juliet Strauss Allison Switzen Nathaniel Tucker Sara Wilson Noah Zucker

JULY BIRTHDAYS! Samuel Anderson Charles Blau Eli Bogart Jacqueline Brickman Beckett Corte Lilly Crandall Charlie Emanuel Spencer Emanuel Kyra Fichtenbaum Molly Fine Kyle Gelber Bailey Grabell Jonah Halperin Samuel Hamroff Lillian Harburger Elodie Hufferdine Sarah Itzhaky Leon Jacobson William Johns Elliot Kapner Sydney Katz Spencer Kibel William Knox

Astrid Langsam Jolie Leibner Sophia Masotti Matthew Miller Max Murray Adam Newman Theodore Newman Asa Nunberg Etai Nunberg Mark Preschern Sam Resnick Zachary Reynolds Rachel Romero Benjamin Rubin Corey Schmolka Jordana Singer Skyler Stambleck Eli Thaler Justin Thaler Alex Travin Mia Turchin Bria White

AUGUST BIRTHDAYS! Chloe Blumstein Charlotte Bortz Alexa Brodsky Matthew Burack Claudia Citrin Lauren Clark Sarah Clark Ella Cohen Weston Cooper Amanda Cronin Lauren Dinhofer Samantha Dinhofer Vivian Dorfman Sarah Faber Sasha Fried Henry Gefsky Samantha Gerstein Rhianna Gold Zachary Greenstein Jennifer Hutchens Alexander Imberman Dean Impastato Joshua Israel Alexander Ives Bryce Jacobs

Sienna Jacobs Rachel Janis Adam Katz Benjamin Koch Lyndsey Koch Noah Levy Harry Mackles Jared Rosen Leon Rosen Brent Rosendorf Raquel Sammartano Jackson Satow Kayla Singer Kyra Slive Andrew Spiegel Haley Stein Emma Wein Gillian Zankel

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OUR SPECIAL THANKS TO THOSE SPONSORING ONEGS Benna Strober Scott Dinhofer Jodi Katz & Gordon Platt Lisa & Glenn Hamroff Lisa Field & Erik Tinkhauser Michelle & David Katz

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CONGRATULATIONS TO Karly & Ben Herman on the birth of their daughter, Shayna Brooke Herman

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JOYS & SORROWS RECENT GIFTS

April 17, 2014 - May 22, 2014 Beginning Years Early Childhood Center Fund Stephen & Linda Ochser in memory of Morris Dobkin Betty & Jack Bader Adult Education Fund Mrs. Nadia & Dr. Robert Bernstein in memory of Rose Cohen Maria Fisher & William Pollak in memory of Alexander H. Pollak Clifford & Susan Ray in memory of Mannie Ray Cantor’s Discretionary Fund Margery Carty in memory of Joseph Wolff Richard & Gloria Raskin in memory of Morris Raskin Caring Community Fund Margery Carty in memory of Joseph Wolff Chai Funds Sylvia Waksman in memory of Murray Waksman Sylvia Waksman in memory of Sam Lefkowitz Amy & Sam Resnick Family Fund For Adult Jewish Study Clifford & Susan Ray in memory of Samuel Liber Dave & Bunny Center Family Mitzvah Endowment Fund Charlene Berman in celebration of Amy Robin becoming a bat mitzvah Charlene Berman in memory of Steve Bleier Torat Chayim: A Youth Enrichment Endowment Fund Frances & William Deutsch in memory of Arnold Wallack Flower Fund Robin & Charles Elkin in memory of Harry Elkin John & Barbara Heffer in memory of Jacob Seiler Douglas & Alice Kraus in memory of Helen R Weigle Lawrence & Karen Mendelowitz in memory of Lee Kaliner Kenneth & Judith Sagat in memory of Clare Rush Alan & Gail Schreier in memory of Alexander Zamshnick Gregory Altman Music & Arts Fund Myra & William Borchard in memory of Helen Borchard Margery Carty in memory of Joseph Wolff Perry & Sandra Levine in memory of Jean Nier Perry & Sandra Levine in memory of Nathan Levine Library Fund Ronald Fierstein & Dorothea Regal in memory of Jacqueline Firestein Prayer Book Fund Art & Susan Pearsall in celebration of Amy Robin becoming a bat mitzvah Religious School and Family Education Fund Joan & Dyke Kolbert in memory of Howard Kolbert

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YAHRZEITS June 1-7 Sara Abel Thomas Aczel Ruth Braslow Harry Crespin Rose Crespin Julius Fleischman Morton Friedman Everett Kabalkin Irwin Katz Richard Krauss Jules Levitt Helene Mayer Abe Narvaez Clara Overbo Helen Rose Jonas G. Rosenberg Esther Singer David Spielman Joseph Strum Bernece Sturzer Rose A. Tauber David Zager Steven Zuckerman June 8-14 Leah Albert Sylvia Arnold Mary Berman Roslyn Charleson Joel Clayman Gertrude Cohen Howard Cohen Morton Crandall Beatrice Crespi Samuel Crespin Tillie Dick Leroy E. Gaines Samuel Goldstein Nathaniel H. Goodrich Miriam Herschkowitz Pearl Holzman Mel Jason Mildred A. Kaufman Gisele Klagsbrun Samuel S. Klein Beatrice S. Kraus Deedy Lipshutz Hank Loewenstein Harriet Messinger Samuel Norkin Leopold Oppenheimer Benjamin Ozaroff

Raymond Phillips Joshua Ramsey Arnold Rosenbluth Renee Ruzow Adolf Schneider Mildred Scolnick Blanche Sitver Diane Goldstein Solomon Samuel Stein Jack Wainer Pauline Gi Weinstein Charles Wolff Tracy Zuckerman June 15-21 Belle Adler Leopold Beckwith Gerald Berman Nathan Braunhut Marjorie Cole Angelina Crespin Harry Daub Betsy A. de Kadt Golda Fisher Sue Goldberg Pearl Isacoff-Galin Albert Kirby Ben Kozierok Rose Kraus Norman Laskey Gail Lerman Hyman Rosenzweig Laura Wiley Harry Winer June 22-28 Adolph Auerbacher William Barnet II Max Bassin Shela Berkowsky Rhoda Cohen Zoltan Ferencz Sid Herling Hyman Isenberg Jacques Klagsbrun Morris Kramer Anna Lees Florence Lifschen Caroline OttavioEschay


JOYS & SORROWS YAHRZEITS June 22-28

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Harry M. Poppick Ruth Poppick Helen Reiner Sidney Rosen Josephine Rosenfeld Charles Rosenthal Ruth Bochenek Rubin Anna Samkoff Gerald Wlody Philip Wortman June 29-July 5 Trudy Avrech Jack Beck Sam Bernstein Hannah Opal Bilgrei Hortance Braunshweiger Celia Cohen Saul Feldman Julie Greener Alan Laster Rose Levy Austin Ludlow Mollie Mackles Thomas Pura Don Loring Rogers Rose Singer William Singer Joe Tucker Malva Ulrich David A. Wallach Etta Wishny Rae Zimmer July 6-12 Sarah S. Bass Bernard Benjamin Morris Berg Isidore S. Bieber Belle Browdy Eugene Ciner Elizabeth Goldstein John Green Frederick Kaufman Irene Kolbert Mary Kramer Morris Kravet Robert Lerrick Mina Levy Florence Marks

RECENT GIFTS (CONTINUED) Ida Meyers Judith Posner Pearl Roberts Elizabeth Sass Harry B. Schieber Sandra G. Sterling Elise Stillman Herbert Toonkel Louis R. Warner July 13-18 Otto Amberg Beatrice Amsterdam Bernard Braunshweiger David Brown Ida Shir Cohen Sid Cooper Betty Eisner Julius Fisher Sonia Gancheroff Syd Geher May Glazer Joseph Glickman Michael Hirsch Francine Huber Dr. William Lehrich Marilyn Leibovitz Lawrence Levine George Livingston Morris Pepper Malvina Phillips Blanche Schiff Ray Louis Rubin Paul Safro Sarah Jean Shirk Isaac Simson Ellis Zimmer Rudolph Zymeck July 20-26 Ida Bernstein Samuel H. Borenkind Harry Danziger Joseph Dick Theresa Elias Jack Epstein Miki Ferencz Esther Gerber Ida Bernstein Goldberg Lazarus Goldstein Morris Green

Senior Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund Margery Carty in memory of Joseph Wolff David & Jennifer Gefsky in honor of Rabbi Alan Fuchs Aileen Gluck in memory of Stanley Gluck Marlene and Ed Jaffe in memory of Maureen Richter Miller Richard & Gloria Raskin in honor of Rabbi Alan Fuchs Allan & Nancy Rothman in memory of Irving Eisenberg Tikkun Olam/Social Justice Fund Sandra & William Flank in honor of Rabbi Alan Fuchs Charles & Eve Poret in memory of Pearl Poret Tikkun Olam/Social Justice Fund Sandra & William Flank in honor of Rabbi Alan Fuchs Alice & Steven Greenwald in memory of Stanley Breslow Charles & Eve Poret in memory of Pearl Poret Torah Funds James & Ellen Tilzer in memory of George Tilzer James & Ellen Tilzer in memory of Bertha Greene Tilzer James & Ellen Tilzer in memory of Blanche Tilzer Tributes Stephanie & William Roth in memory of Irene Hazen Lorraine Taliani in honor of a wonderful Joint Heritage Seder Yom Hashoah Fund Joseph Goldreich in memory of Berish Goldreich, Sara Goldreich, Yitzak Goldreich and Abrahim Hirschfeld

PRAYER BOOK FUND Help replenish the Prayer Book Fund by making a contribution online or by contacting the temple office at 914.238.3928. For every contribution above $54, a book plate will be placed in a prayer book in your honor.

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HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO Andrew Cooper on the death of his mother, Judy Cooper Stacey Wachtfogel on the death of her father, Samuel Jaffe Jason Lefkowitz on the death of his grandmother, Selma Glassgold

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JOYS & SORROWS KNITZVAH CORPS

YAHRZEITS

Join the Knitzvah group on Tuesday, June 17 at 7:30 pm. We meet on the third Tuesday of every month, and are currently knitting and crocheting simple blanket squares.

July 20-26

No experience is necessary, and all ages are welcome. If you’re a beginner, we’ll help you get started and teach you some simple stitches. More experienced knitters can choose to work on a more complex pattern. We will even provide kits for your 7-inch by 9-inch square, complete with yarn, needles or crochet hook, and pattern. Questions? Contact Hillary Kent at hilaryk13@gmail.com

MAH JONGG

EVERY WEDNESDAY at 9:30 AM All are welcome! Come to gab, play, or just relax with a cup of coffee! Join the ladies of TBE at mah jongg! Don’t be shy! Questions? Contact Myra Borchard at mborchard@optonline.net

JEWISH MINDFULNESS MEDITATION

EVERY FRIDAY IN JUNE, JULY & AUGUST 9:30 AM Please join us for a morning of wonderful, relaxing, and spiritual reflection. Ruth Rosenblum leads our meditation on June 6. Wear comfortable clothes. This program is free! RSVP to Maxine Olson at maxineols@gmail.com.

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION COLLECTIVE EXPERIENCE CLASS 2nd THURSDAY OF THE MONTH 1:00 PM

If you are interested in learning more about meditation and gaining some practical experience, join us on the second Thursday of each month from July through January. The ongoing group at the temple would be pleased to have you join.” Questions? Contact Maxine Olson at maxineols@gmail.com

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Benjamin Hildesheim Richard Isaac Stephen Lelewer Meshulam Melamid Rae K. Nadel Jeannette Naman Melville B. Rapp Maxwell Reff Anna Reiter Henry A. Rogan Louis Roseman Freeda Rosenzweig Maurice Rubinger Abe Ruslander Mortimer Sanders Milton Sandler Regina Shapiro Seymour Sinovoi Gertrude Solomon Dora Strauss Gertrude Strum Mary Tanklefsky July 27-August 2 Martin Beck Paul Benzer Morris Blasenheim Jules Albert Buxbaum Harry Danziger Jack Dvorin Dorothy Fingerhut Louis Goldberg Zelda Halperin Lillian Myers Herst Iva Horowitz Emanuel Jacobs Howard Kaliner Maurice Katz Gertrude Kraver Mildred L. Lewis Monette Couvod Marrow Sarah Nadel Rose Pollack Arthur Popkin Francis Poret Loretta Robbins Joe Seiger Jonathan Spicehandler Flora Stetch Sarah Weiss

August 3-9 Rita Aranow Beatrice Berez Stanely Buchman Maxine Chansky Harry Cohen Teresa Cruz Mary Davis Ruth D. Feiner Irving Feldman I. Robert Freelander Lawrence Gang Adolph Glassman Louis Halperin Irving Ives Sidney Kirshman Frank Luban Dove Lulow Milton Markowitz Lewis Mirsky Sol Mitelman Kurt Placzek Maria Reyes Betty Rosenberg Norman Rosenberg Betty Schagrin Mae D. Schleimer Richard Schwarz Bernard Ulanoff Barbara Zelner August 10-16 Ruth Alpert Evelyn Bass Paul Blaustein Jeanette Bressman Lily Cohen Soleiman Cohen Irwin Dreyer Lillian Gefsky Samuel Gluberman Jonah Goldman Irving Green Julian Greenwood Marilyn Haas Michael Hamburger Gretel Jacobson Sarah Kahn Devera Kaplan Donald Katz Esther Katzman Vicki Klein Jon Kolbert


JOYS & SORROWS YAHRZEITS August 10-16

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Alvin Levin Larry Medway Pearl Pepper Joanna Price Phillip Roberts Bessie Rosen Marjorie Rubinger Siegfried Salomon Jack Schreier August 17-23 Milton Bassin Jay Block Jordan Charny Henry Cohen Muriel Corman Jenny Dressner Arthur Ehrlich Mary Jane Elson Anna Estreich Judith E. Feiner Douglas Freeman Charlotte Goldberg Michael Kraus Francis H. Lehman Elizabeth Lesser Mary Levitt Gordon Loveland

Morton Minchenberg Dax Simon Nemerov Abram Baruch Ptaszek Jerome Ross Sophia Opal Wasserman Oscar Wortsman Mary Zamshnick August 24-30 Ida Benzer Blanche Block Dorothy Bresler Libby Browdy Robert Browdy David Charleson Benjamin Ehrlich Sidney H. Feiner Belle Finkel Icek Gottfried May Ellinson Green Isidor Hallerman Bernard Heller Bernard Karlen Israel Katzman Beatrice Levine Sylvia Murray David Ormont John Potts Samuel Ritz Bertha H. Rolle

Mary Rosenberg Charlotte Rosenshein Joan Schachter Nathan Shapiro Harry Stern Fred Susman Maurice Weigle John Yellin Aranka Zander August 31 Frederick Kaye Riva Robin Pauline Rose Mel Rosenzweig Donald Schacher

TBE COLLEGE STUDENTS AND PARENTS Our temple family would like to keep in touch with students who are away at school and college by sending the temple’s bulletin, greetings, and holiday packages throughout the year. When you know the following student contact information, please forward to Cindy Rosen so that we can include your child. Student name Mailing address at school Phone number E-mail address Will student be away either fall or spring semester? Parents name(s) and phone number(s) Questions? Contact Cindy Rosen cinsamjul@aol.com 914-330-1970

From weddings and life-cycle events to private gatherings,business functions, and lectures, Temple Beth El’s stunning new facilities provide an exceptional setting for all types of special occasions and events. For rental inquiries or to schedule a tour of our facilities, please call 914.238.3928. We look forward to helping you create a memorable event. For more information, please visit www.bethelnw.org.

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BEGINNING YEARS

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RELIGIOUS SCHOOL

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TEMPLE DIRECTORY BOARD OF TRUSTEES OFFICERS

TRUSTEES Term Expires 2014

Lisa P. Davis President

Meryl Adler Stuart Berg Stephanie Saltzman Marla Schechner Lisa Shaiken Tracy Stein

Richard Albert

Associate Rabbi

Geoffrey A. Mitelman

Rabbi-Educator

Maura H. Linzer

Lisa Hamroff

Senior Cantor

Star A. Trompeter

Janet Levy

Term Expires 2015

Executive Director

Gennifer Kelly

Robert Medway

David Abrams Heidi Auerbacher Amy Robin Doug Zucker

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Director of Rayna Alperstein Beginning Years ECC ralperstein@bethelnw.org NEW TELEPHONE EXTENSIONS 1110 1121 1120 1221 1300 1310 1311 1316 1320 1321 1322 1600

Joni Gehebe-Kellogg, Youth Coordinator Maura H. Linzer, Rabbi-Educator Religious School Office Rayna Alperstein, Early Childhood Ed. Director Life-Cycle Emergency Jaclyn Trustman, Life-Cycle Coordinator & Religious School Assistant Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe (as of July 7th) Senior Cantor Star Trompeter Leslie Aufieri, Executive Assistant to Gennifer Kelly & Communications Coordinator Gennifer Kelly, Executive Director Ann Testone, Bookkeeper Gregory Allen, Facility Manager

Executive Vice President Vice President Vice President Vice President

Rhonda Regan Vice President

Term Expires 2016

Susan Pecker

Matt Cantor Ruth Clark Robert Klein Rand Manasse Steve Ochser Kathy Raicht

Vice President

David Rolle Treasurer

Immediate Past President Harry P. Cohen Affiliated Organizations Sisterhood

Gail Schreier

& Sarah’s Circle

Alison Laden

Ellen Portman Youth Group President

Samantha Regan

Men’s Club

Jim Wein & Andrew Laden

WE ARE AN INCLUSIVE CONGREGATION

Past Presidents, Honorary Members of the Board

Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester welcomes all who wish to participate in Jewish life – singles, couples and families in all their forms, gays, lesbians, interfaith couples – all people regardless of age, sexual orientation, or financial means.

Steve Adler Stanley Amberg Charlene Berman Melvin Ehrlich Ernest M. Grunebaum

The synagogue is a kehilah kedoshah – a sacred community. It’s like a sukkah. A sukkah is constructed of many different branches woven together. So is the synagogue: the young and the old, the rich and the poor, the married and the unmarried, single parents, grandparents, gays and heterosexuals, non-Jewish spouses. The broader the sukkah’s reach, the more tightly its branches are woven, the stronger it stands. So too the synagogue: the greater the variety of people welcomed within it, the closer they feel to one another, the stronger the temple stands.

Barry Meisel Gloria Meisel William Pollak May Rolle David Ruzow

Submissions should be e-mailed to bulletin@bethelnw.org. Deadlines are the 5th of the month prior to the month of issue: September, October, November, December/January, February/March, April, May and June. Published by the congregants of Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester. Advertising Editor Proofreader

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DAYS OF AWE 5775 Please note some new times

SCHEDULE OF WORSHIP SERVICES

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SELICHOT SERVICE

Saturday, September 20 5:00 PM “Got Selichot! Get Selichot!” & Adult Study 6:15 PM BYO Dinner & Havdalah 6:45 PM Service

ROSH HASHANAH

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EREV ROSH HASHANAH Wednesday, September 24 8:00 PM Sanctuary with choir ROSH HASHANAH DAY Thursday, September 25 9:00 AM Sanctuary with choir 9:15 AM Family Service in Social Hall 11:30 AM Sanctuary with choir 2:00 PM Study Session with Rabbi Jaffe 2:30 PM Young Children’s Family Service for Pre-readers and Families 3:30 PM Tashlich Service at Gedney Park ROSH HASHANAH 2nd DAY Friday, September 26 10:30 AM Lay-led Service in Sanctuary

YOM KIPPUR

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KOL NIDRE Friday, October 3 6:00 PM Sanctuary with choir 8:15 PM Sanctuary with choir YOM KIPPUR DAY Saturday, October 4 9:00 AM Sanctuary with choir 9:15 AM Family Service in Social Hall 11:30 AM Sanctuary with choir 2:00 PM Study Session with Rabbi Jaffe 2:30 PM Young Children’s Family Service in Social Hall for Pre-readers and Families 3:00PM Afternoon Service with Speaker Rabbi Dr. Norman Cohen 5:00 PM Yizkor 5:45 PM Neilah Concluding Service 6:15 PM Havdalah with break-fast snack

Membership Renewal Membership renewal information will be e-mailed out in June. Membership information will link to your High Holy Day ticket request form. If you haven’t received the e-mail by the end of June, please contact us at 914-238-3928 or temple@bethelnw.org.

The Ladder June 2014  

Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester Bulletin - The Ladder - June 2014