LADDER JUNE 2018
And Jacob dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to the heavens...
Introducing the Temple Beth El
SUMMER BLOCK PARTY! Details on page 2
Shabbat Service with Board Installation
Kavod Shabbat Service Page 7 Annual “Jew-au” Luau Shabbat
Student Reflection on Destination Imagination
High Holy Day Save the Date
RABBI’S MESSAGE Announcing the Beth El Summer Block Party! Dear Members of the Beth El Family, One important facet of our mission at Beth El is to build a sense of kehilah – community, and to foster relationships between each of our congregants. To that end, we are excited to announce our first ever summer block party series. We have divided our congregation into five regions: Pleasantville and Southern neighborhoods, Mt. Kisco and Northern neighborhoods, Roaring Brook, West Orchard, and Grafflin. This summer, each region will be invited to a congregational open house in their neighborhood. This purely social event is aimed towards acquainting neighbors with one another and deepening our communal ties. We are grateful to the following families for opening their homes to their Beth El neighbors on the following dates. All block parties will run from 6:00-8:00 pm. 220 SOUTH BEDFORD ROAD CHAPPAQUA, NY 10514
WWW.BETHELNW.ORG 914.238.3928 T 914.238.4030 F BEGINNING YEARS 914.238.5735 RELIGIOUS SCHOOL 914.238.5641 TEMPLE@BETHELNW.ORG
TEMPLE STAFF JONATHAN JAFFE Senior Rabbi MAURA H. LINZER Rabbi-Educator GENNIFER KELLY Executive Director ELIZABETH GOLDMANN Interim Cantor
Thursday, July 19 For the Mt. Kisco area and northern neighborhoods: at the home of David and Deenie Ruzow in Waccabuc Thursday, July 26 For the West Orchard area: at the home of Deborah and Brad Jacobs in Chappaqua Tuesday, July 31 For the Grafflin area: at the home of Michelle and Stuart Rothstein in Mt. Kisco Wednesday, August 1 For the Pleasantville area and southern neighborhoods: at the home of Jon and Sarah Lieb in Pleasantville Thursday, August 2 For the Roaring Brook area: at the home of David and Alonna Travin in Chappaqua These gatherings will also provide an opportunity for you to meet our new cantor, Elizabeth Sternlieb, who will be joining me and our host families. Invitations to your specific area’s block party will be sent in July. For now, please save the date! Should you be unable to attend your own neighborhood gathering, feel free to join one of the others. And feel free to bring along any guests who might be interested in joining us. Many thanks!
RABBI NORMAN COHEN, Ph.D. Scholar-in-Residence HOPE BLAUNER Early Childhood Director RICHARD F. ALBERT President
A Proud Member of the URJ
Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe
THANK YOU Thank you to the following members of our community for their generous contributions to the
5778 Annual Fund Builders Edward & Joan Cohen • Brian & Laura Graff • The Rothstein Family • Jeff & Debbie Samberg Anonymous Rabbi’s Circle Daniel & Mindy Bass • Scott & Bonnie Boilen • Stephen & Lisa Davis • Bill & Fran Deutsch Arthur & Nancy Feibus • Mitch & Leni Goldstein • The Medway Family • Gloria and Barry Meisel Rhonda & Ken Regan • Art & Becky Samberg • Douglas & Robyn Troob • Bonnie & Douglas Weill Jane & Richard Zenker President’s Circle Richard Albert & Brenda Haas • Ted & Eleanor Altman • Irene Auerbacher Peter Burack & Marjorie Becker • Jake & Anne Citrin • Gregg & Rachel Diller • Jill & Scott Glasser Kamran & Ellen Hakim • Bruce & Norma Klein • Dick & Lee Laster • Larry & Stacey Pfeffer Michael & Bettina Prober • Mitch & Kim Rosendorf • Noah Sorkin & Stephanie Saltzman Andrew & Lisa Shaiken • Peter & Marjorie Troob • Anonymous Patron David & Sharon Abrams • Alyssa Garnick & Mark Lerner • Alan & Julie Gerstein Michael & Cheryl Greenstein • Stuart Katz & Jennifer Pariser • Edward Klagsbrun & Joan Saslow Ross & Janet Levy • Richard & Judy Miller • Robert & Karen Perelman • Fred & Amy Robin Mitchell & Leslie Rubin • Deenie & David Ruzow • Michael & Barbara Satow • The Sussman Family Craig & Diane Thaler • Elise Wagner & Robin Stout • Anonymous Benefactor Stephen & Meryl Adler • Eric & Leah Alani • Scott & Amy Berger • Joshua & Stacey Divack Mel & Sylvia Ehrlich • Bruce & Jodi Falbaum • Michael & Judy Gewitz • Sam & Joan Ginsburg Murray & Pam Goldfarb • Eric & Pamela Klein • Marco Masotti & Tracy Stein Andrew & Tracey Neuberger • Ben & Rachel Rosin • Scott & Melissa Singer David & Alonna Travin • Ken & Stefanie Tucker • Rick & Laurie Waller • Steve & Carol Wolk Adam & Suzanne Zimbler • Anonymous Supporter David & Janis Adler • Jeffrey & Lisa Agdern • Mike & Kelly Aidekman • Donald Altman Stan & Cynthia Amberg • Marc & Tracey Appel • Charlene Kahn Berman • Rabbi Norman Cohen & Terry Cohen • Andrew Hazen • Frederick & Vicki Feiner • Debi, Marc, Sasha & Jesse Fried Brad & Debbie Jacobs • Dovia Lerrick Steve & Linda Ochser • Douglas & Judith Phillips David & Libbie Poppick • Ben & Dana Rosenberg Michael & Karla Shepard Rubinger Ken & Judy Sagat • Art & Carol Saltzman •Bruce & Marla Schechner • Peter & Stacey Stambleck Jonathan & Alyssa Strauss • Ken Zadeck & Lisa Weiss • David & Liz Zuckerberg • Anonymous 3
RELIGIOUS SCHOOL Spring Special Programs By Debra Fried, TBE Member and Religious School Parent The school year might be coming to end, but there is still plenty going on in the religious school. Temple Beth El‘s Kindergarten, First, Second and Third grades were exposed to a variety of Israeli dances and music. They learned classical Israeli dances such as “Mayim Mayim” (Water Water), “Zemer Atik” (Ancient Song) & the “Hora”. They also participated in a new, playful, modern Israeli line dance called, “The Turkish Kiss”. This is from the new style of Israeli dance, called, “Mediterranean Pop” which is a mixture of Greek, Turkish, and Arabic music. It was a great way of connecting to Israeli culture while engaging in some physical activity with their friends! Their classes were filled with dancing and fun. They moved their feet to the energetic beats of Israeli dance, while enjoying a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Through joyful participation in Israeli dance all of the kids had loads of fun. What a great way to learn, with their mind, body and soul! On Sunday, April 15th Temple Beth El once again experienced the 4th Grade Living Wax Museum. The New York State curriculum for 4th graders includes learning about New York immigration. This is the 8th year Temple Beth El has added this program into 4th grade learning to coincide with their public school education. We spent several weeks learning about the Jewish immigration experience, and this event was the culmination of that program. Approximately 45 children were involved in bringing the immigration experience to life. Each child became the embodiment of a famous Jewish immigrant who in some way enhanced life for New York and the rest of the country. Their parents, students, teachers and staff attended the event. This was a rewarding and enlightening morning for all! Then, on Sunday April 22nd, 23 students along with Rabbi Linzer, Mrs. Potashner (one of the parents of a 4th grader), 4th grade teachers Ms. Atzmon and Mrs. Chester took a journey back in time at the Tenement Museum in New York City. We learned about what the experience was for an immigrant arriving in New York. We explored the experience of a family on a ship coming to America from Greece. We then met with a young woman (an actor) who explained what her and her family’s life was like living on the Lower East Side. The children had a wonderful experience and learned what being an immigrant was all about. On April 16th, the 5th grade at Temple Beth El participated in a very exciting experiential opportunity---an Israeli Top Chef Jr. competition with Chef Shlomo Schwartz of Your Soul Kitchen. It was a very dynamic afternoon. First, they learned about Israeli food as a window into Israeli Jewish culture. Then the children used a pantry filled with varied ingredients, to create one savory and one sweet dish inspired by their conversations. The teams had to complete this task within a time limit and then were called to present their dishes before the judges- head judge, Chef Shlomo, 5th grade teacher Mr. Amdur, and 5th grade teacher Ms. Eisenstein. The teams had to explain their creations to the judges and the rest of the 5th grade, including which ingredients they used. Their theme was Israel’s 70th birthday. The winning team even received Starbucks gift cards. This hands-on experience was highly social and exciting!
“The program was so much fun! I learned about how immigrants to Israel brought their food with them. And I made a delicious dish celebrating the 70th birthday of Israel.” Zach P. What a spring at Temple Beth El Religious School!
EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER Summertime at the ECC By Hope Blauner, TBE ECC Director As the weather warms and the school year draws to a close, we’ve been busy preparing for our summer camp program here at the ECC. In a couple weeks, our counselors will send out welcome letters inviting the campers and families to meet before the start of the summer. For seven weeks, our campers will be enjoying time spent outdoors planting in the garden, riding trikes, running and climbing in the playground, splishing and splashing at the water tables and building with the outdoor blocks. New to camp this summer are our weekly themes (Pirate Week, Beach Week and Rainbow Week just to name a few) where the counselors will create fun and excitement around different events. For our incoming 2’s, camp is designed to help ease the transition to the start of preschool in the fall. The children make friends, explore materials and become familiar with the environment and routines. This a wonderful first introduction to school. The summer begins with the parents/caregivers in the room and the counselors will let you know when the children are ready to separate. Counselors work hard to create this “transfer of trust” which allows the children and parents to feel comfortable and safe in their new environment. For our incoming 3’s, much of the day is spent outdoors. The days are longer and the children eat lunch with their friends. On Fridays, pizza and ices are for lunch and all are welcome to join us on the bimah as we sing songs to celebrate Shabbat. Summer has always been a season of fun where we build indelible memories that last a lifetime. Camp at the ECC is where children can explore and grow in a beautiful setting with empathetic and nurturing counselors. We look forward to spending the summer with your children.
TBE ECC JUNE HIGHLIGHTS 4 6 6 6 7 7 8 10
2’s End of Year Picnic Last Day of Pre-K 3’s End Of Year Picnic Last Day of School for 3 Day 2’s Temple Tots End of Year Picnic Last Day of School 4’s Growing-Up Ceremony at 9:00 am ECC End Of Year Picnic 11:30 am-1:30 pm
SAVE THE DATE August 4 at 9:30 am ECC Shabbat Playdate
Tot Shabbat Playdate Saturday, August 4 at 9:30 am We hope you can join us for a summer playdate as we celebrate Shabbat on Saturday, August 4 at 9:30 am. We’ll sing songs, reconnect with old friends, meet new ones and enjoy spending time on the playground. All preschoolers and their siblings are welcome!
SATURDAY MORNING TORAH STUDY Studies in the Weekly Parsha According to Rabbi Dr. Shai Held’s The Heart of Torah Saturdays at 9:00 am with Rabbi Maura Linzer
We will engage in the study of our weekly Torah portions guided by the compelling wittings of Rabbi Dr. Shai Held’s sermons. His new book, The Heart of Torah, will launch this September. Rabbi Dr. Shai Held is the Rosh Yeshiva (Rabbinic Dean) and chair of Mechon Hadar. Mechon Hadar is an educational institution that empowers Jews to create and sustain vibrant, practicing, egalitarian communities of Torah learning, prayer, and service. Dates: June 2, 16
Studying and Understanding the World’s Most Popular Book: The Bible Saturdays at 9:00 am with Yael Seidemann
The Bible’s central role in defining Judaism sometimes fools us into not recognizing this fact: The Bible is the world’s most sold book and perhaps, its most studied book. Who is Rivka’s wet nurse, Dvorah, and why was she mentioned only once at the time of her death? Was Noah a righteous man in all times or just compared to the riff raff of his generation? What was Moses’ sin that deprived this great Jewish leader from entering the Holy Land after having schlepped in the desert 40 years? Let us explore and discuss together the answers to these questions which will enlighten us about our heritage and teach us life’s lessons that resonate to this very day. Yael Seidemann has years of experience teaching Torah at Solomon Schechter Day School in White Plains. We are thrilled to welcome her back as a guest teacher. Dates: June 9, 23
MEDITATION Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Every Friday at 9:30 am Please join us for meditation and discussion. All are welcome whatever your level of experience with meditation – including those who want to try it for the first time. The topics vary - they may include the Torah portion and its significance from a mindfulness point of view, writings related to meditation, etc. There is no charge for these sessions. Please—no fragrances. Questions? Contact Ann Glazer: firstname.lastname@example.org
SUMMER SERVICES & PROGRAMS Shabbat Worship Service Honoring Cantor Elizabeth Goldmann Friday, June 1 at 8:00 pm
Kavod Shabbat Worship Service Honoring the Meisels and Thanking Rich Albert, Temple President Friday, June 15 at 8:00 pm Join us as we call
Please join us in celebrating and wishing lehitraot to Cantor Elizabeth Goldmann, who has served our congregation with talent and joy in her role as interim Cantor. We will thank Cantor Goldmann for all of her efforts and wish her all the best in the next stage of her journey with an evening of song. We will also be sending off our graduating seniors and presenting them with gifts on behalf of the congregation. Please join us for this festive evening!
Shabbat Worship Service with Board Installation Friday, June 8 at 8:00 pm Our congregation is honored to welcome our newest board members to their positions and to express our gratitude to those moving into leadership roles. We will also honor those board members taking the help of VP duties and thank those stepping off the board for their years of service.
Dr. Barry Meisel Gloria Bader Meisel
to the bimah in recognition for their volunteerism over the years. Temple Beth El has a long and proud history of volunteerism and has developed the tradition of an annual Shabbat to honor members who have given of themselves for the benefit of our entire temple family. As the term of our Temple President Rich Albert comes to an end, we will thank him for his leadership and dedication over the past years. We will also thank his family for the many hours Rich has spent away while supporting our congregational efforts. We invite you to join us in recognizing the outstanding contributions these members have made to Temple Beth El.
Summer Shabbat Worship Service “Under the Stars” at 6:30 pm Friday, July 6 through Friday, August 31 Join us for services this summer in the Klein Courtyard (weather permitting). Amy Robin, New Temple President
Rhonda Regan, New Executive Vice President
Gregg Diller, New Vice President
Welcome to the Board of Trustees: Lisa Crandall Gary Munowitz Alyssa White Thank you for those board members whose term is ending: Richard Albert Mitch Goldstein
SAVE THE DATE! Annual Jew-au (Luau) Friday, July 27 6:30 Shabbat Service 7:30 Dinner Join us for our annual “Jew-au” on the courtyard; tiki torches and all. Rabbi Jaffe hails from Hawaii and to welcome him to the congregation we threw him a Luau, which has now become a summer tradition. Come in festive attire! RSVP on our website: bethelnw.org/2018Luau
DEVELOPMENT Development Committee Update By Marc Fried, Chair of the Development Committee Temple Beth El held three wonderfully successful community building and fundraising events this spring. Congratulations to all the terrific volunteers who worked tirelessly to create and run these great events. Mishloach Manot Purim Bags Organized by Meryl Lefkowitz with the assistance of many volunteers, the Mishloach Manot Purim fundraiser made this year’s holiday celebration much sweeter and a bit more meaningful to all who gave and received. Congregants sponsored family and friends who received a Purim gift bag filled with delicious treats. Over $8,000 was raised, which went to support scholarships at the Religious School. Annual Fundraiser An Evening of Wine and Whiskey, our annual spring fundraiser, was held on Saturday, April 14. Committee co-chairs Jill Stern and Leni Goldstein led a great team, including Sima Asa, Lorin Fine, Kim Gilman, Michelle Katz, Jill Liebman, Carly Richman, Sharon Scher, Diane Thaler, Lauren Wassner and Liz Zuckerberg, in creating a vineyard-like environment complete with vines and twinkling lights. Thierry Pradines from Best Wine Purveyors brought 8 wine distributors who presented 40 wines and whiskeys to our over 140 tasters. Attendees were treated to a variety of cheeses and crudités during the wine and whiskey tastings, with background music provided by DJ Hopeton. A full-fledged dance party ensued, during which a buffet dinner was served. DJ Hopeton kept the dance floor filled as he urged revelers to bid on the great raffle and silent auction prizes. Guests ended the fun evening taking home freshly baked jelly donuts and cappuccino. This wonderful evening raised over $12,000 for the temple, and a great time was had by all. Spring Marketplace Our Fourth Annual Spring Marketplace benefiting the Temple Beth El Early Childhood Center took place on April 19. This great ladies night out boasted food, drinks, raffles, and over 20 fabulous vendors selling wares ranging from clothes to jewelry to specialty foods. Over 100 attendees had a great time while raising over $5,000 for the Early Childhood Center. Thanks to Meryl Lefkowitz and the ECC Parent’s Committee for coordinating an awesome evening! These great events capped off a terrific year of community building and fundraising. A huge thank you as well to our Development Coordinator, Susan Edelstein, for all of her hard work throughout the year. Susan built a foundation, upon which we will be able to expand our culture of giving and strengthen our community.
TIKKUN OLAM Blood Drive Sunday, June 24 from 8:00 am - 12:30 pm To schedule an appointment to donate please visit bethelnw.org/BloodDrive Appointments Appreciated. Walk-ins Welcome! This is a critical time of year to donate! Donations are down but needs are constant - please take time to donate! ome prepared! Have a light meal and plenty to drink. Bring your donor card, driver’s license, or two other C forms of identification. Bring the names of medications you are taking.
TBE COMMITTEES Temple Beth El is proud of its volunteer committees and the essential role they play in the leadership of our congregation. All congregants are encouraged to contribute by sharing their skills, talents and interests as a member of a committee. In the new year, help us continue to further our connection to one another through this invaluable deed of volunteerism! The following committees/groups are actively seeking members! If you might be interested in serving on a particular cause, please contact the chair(s) listed below, or email the temple office at email@example.com.
Committee Reports for the Congregation’s Annual Meeting For the fiscal year July 2017 to June 2018 Adult Education Committee: Submitted by: Jenny Pariser The Adult Education Committee had a great year. We had several series of Sunday Morning discussions with Rabbi Jaffe explaining the Saturday morning liturgy; Rabbi Cohen talking about Jacob, Rachel and Leah; and Rabbi Mitelman discussing whether science is replacing God. Cantor Goldmann taught a continuing Hebrew class based on the Friday night service. We had a number of guest speakers including Noga Samia from the Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv, Tal Becker from the Shalom Hartman Institute, Rabbi Stacey Blank from Kehilat Tzur Hadassah in Jerusalem, and Rabbi Shai Held from Mechon Hadar in Manhattan. We also had an active Saturday morning Torah Study program led by Rabbi Jaffe, Rabbi Linzer and Yael Seidemann from Solomon Schecter. We are busy planning the program for next year. Caring Committee: Submitted by: Penny Hamlet, Maxine Ferencz, Rachel Rosin, Norma Klein Responding to ‘Life Cycle Events’ continues to be the mission of the Caring Committee. Providing meals for Shiva, supporting families through the loss of a loved one, planting trees in memory and in honor of temple members, celebrating the joy of a new baby and arranging driving assistance to congregants in need have kept us and our volunteers very busy this year. Participating in Mitzvah Day, we continued our ‘Books Bring Comfort’ project. This year in addition to book donations, we collected toiletries for the Westchester Medical Center’s Caregiver Program. These donations provide the caregivers and their families some comfort while caring for a loved one. The Montefiore Children’s Hospital was again the recipient of a variety of popular children’s’ books thanks to the generosity of many temple families. We have been in touch with TBE’s Early Childhood Center to try and find ways for our committee to connect with the children and the families, bringing our temple family relationships even closer. Working on this committee has brought us great satisfaction in our ability to give back to our growing temple community. Communications Committee: Submitted by: Stephanie Saltzman The committee ran TBE’s advertising and public relations programs and contributed postings to the TBE Facebook page. Development Committee: Submitted by: Marc Fried After working with an outside consultant for the better part of a year, we established a Development Commit-
TBE COMMITTEES tee last summer to work on the following new fundraising initiatives: Annual Fund: A sub-committee of the Development Committee, co-chaired by myself and Alyssa Lerner, was formed to take on the important task of organizing TBE’s first formal annual appeal. Prior to this year’s separation of dues and annual giving, approximately 70 families, 14% of the congregation, contributed just over $200,000 more than the suggested dues, which covered approximately 9% of last year’s operating budget. Thanks to the hard work of the Annual Fund sub-committee, almost 120 families, 23% of the congregation, contributed almost $290,000, which is expected to cover approximately 13% of this year’s operating budget. Almost half of this year’s gifts came from families who did not give above dues last year, and five families stepped up to become founding members of the new Builder’s Circle. The sub-committee is in the process of acknowledging donors to this year’s appeal, and has turned its attention towards next year’s appeal, as it looks to further increase participation and continue to alleviate the pressure on dues to balance TBE’s operating budget. Major Gifts Campaign: Another sub-committee of the Development Committee, co-chaired by David Abrams, Amy Robin and Doug Weill, took on the important task of launching a more targeted major gifts campaign. The goal of this campaign is to raise approximately $2.5 million from 50 to 75 families to provide the financial resources to address the following strategic priorities: (1) invest in capital improvements, (2) support programs and leadership, and (3) strengthen TBE’s financial foundation. The Major Gifts sub-committee has just begun to reach out to and cultivate the first group of potential donors to this important campaign, so there will be more to report on this initiative in the coming months. In addition to the new initiatives outlined above, the following community building and fundraising events took place this spring: Mishloach Manot Purim Bags: Organized by Meryl Lefkowitz with the assistance of many volunteers, the Mishloach Manot Purim fundraiser made this year’s holiday celebration much sweeter and a bit more meaningful to all who gave and received. Congregants sponsored family and friends who received a Purim gift bag filled with delicious treats. Over $8,000 was raised, which went to support scholarships at the Religious School! Annual Fundraiser: An Evening of Wine and Whiskey, our annual spring fundraiser, was held on Saturday April 14. Committee co-chairs Jill Stern and Leni Goldstein led a great team and created a vineyard-like environment complete with vines and twinkling lights. Thierry Pradines from Best Wine Purveyors brought 8 wine distributors who presented 40 wines and whiskeys to our over 140 tasters. A dance party ensued, during which a buffet dinner was served. This wonderful evening raised over $12,000 for the temple! Spring Marketplace: Our Fourth Annual Spring Marketplace benefiting the Temple Beth El Early Childhood Center took place on April 19. This great ladies night out boasted food, drinks, raffles and over 20 fabulous vendors selling wares ranging from clothes to jewelry to specialty foods. Over 100 attendees had a great time while raising over $5,000 for the Early Childhood Center. Thanks to Meryl Lefkowitz and the ECC Parent’s Committee for coordinating an awesome evening! Thank you to everyone for your generous contributions to the above, and we look forward to carrying this momentum into next year! ECC Committee: Submitted by: Lisa Shaiken The ECC Committee’s role is to work with Hope Blauner on the operation of the preschool and act as Hope’s sounding board on various school, curriculum and programing related issues. The committee met quarterly and consists of both working and non-working preschool parents and alumni parents, a teacher representative and the education liaison to the Board of Trustees. This year, we recruited three new members whose children are in the lower preschool grades in the hopes that they will bring new energy and perspective to the committee going forward. We are very happy with the functioning of the preschool this year and look forward to another year ahead. For
TBE COMMITTEES September 2018 we are almost fully enrolled, with only 1 space in our 2 year old program, 3 spaces in our 3 year old program, and 1 space in our 4 year old program. Many families are still calling for information and tours. This past year, our fours moved downstairs to the Religious School wing. These classrooms were refurbished with new floors, new corkboards, a fresh coat of paint and portable sinks. The refurbishment was so successful that this summer we will be working on a third classroom. Our much anticipated bike shed was delivered in April and the children now have designated time to ride trikes in the side parking lot. Every morning, we section off the parking lot with cones so the children have ample space to ride. Hillary Marra, our garden specialist, spent time with us in the fall and spring. We planted garlic and watched it grow all winter long. This month we planted peas, lettuce and radishes and have been watching our lambs ear and herbs come back to life. Mary Archer, our art studio teacher, visited us monthly and taught the children how to use the following materials: clay, wire, finger paint, and water color. And finally, our two 2’s head teachers participated in the Jewish Education Project’s Reggio Network where they learned, under the guidance of consultants from Teaching Beyond the Square, to examine core tenets of the Reggio Emilia philosophy. They learned how to document the student’s learning and what it means for teachers and students to co-construct curriculum. ECC Parents’ Committee: Submitted by: Amanda Acard & Kristine Rothman The Parents’ Committee had such a successful year with the help of our amazing nursery school parent volunteers! The committee has many sub-committees in order to get all the work done: • Working Moms Committee: Planned four (quarterly) nights out for working moms. These events help this network of working parents connect and get to know other better. • Social Gathering Committee: Planned moms and dads nights out, teachers appreciation luncheon and helped with the preschool’s 20th anniversary party in the fall. Also worked with parent committee and Hope to brainstorm future fundraisers for the ECC. • Parents Helping Parents: Group of parents who all either have kids receiving services in EI, CPSE or CSE and/or have worked as a therapist. The purpose of the group is to provide support and to help answer questions about navigating these different systems. The meetings this year focused on transitioning to kindergarten and how to advocate best for your child. • Tzedakah Committee: Collected PJs and books for the Pajama Program that serves underserved kids in Westchester this November and had the nursery school students “Stuff a Bus” with our donations. This project has become a yearly tradition. We also had nursery school participation with kids helping decorate and assemble meals for the Emergency Shelter Partnership which provides meals and temporary housing at Beth El for a week during the winter. The program will likely continue next year and expand to two weeks. In addition, we also collected donations for two ECC tables on Mitzvah Day... one assembled birthday boxes for organization The Birthday Box and one snack boxes for the Ronald McDonald House. • Hesed Committee: The Hesed Committee is responsible for reaching out to those in the ECC community who have had a life event. For a new baby, we reach out and send a Shabbat dinner. If there’s a death in the family, we usually send a condolence note. In certain circumstances, we have sent or dropped off something for a Shiva. People are so touched when they’ve heard from us... whether it’s for an exciting or for a harder reason. It exemplifies the warm and community aspect that we all cherish about the ECC. • Fundraising Committee: We had two fundraisers this year: Spring Marketplace, our Annual spring shopping event raising over $5,800 for the ECC Fund; and our Yearbook, this is our 2nd annual yearbook highlighting all of the ECC fun! Proceeds from sales TBD. Yearbooks were sold for $25 each.
TBE COMMITTEES Emergency Shelter Partnership: Submitted by: Dana Berk, Stacey Pfeffer & Noah Sorkin Our synagogue has participated in the Emergency Shelter Partnership for the past 14 years. During the winter, local houses of worship band together to provide warm meals and a place to sleep for the homeless population in Northern Westchester. Temple Beth El provided breakfast, dinner and lodging for approximately 20 homeless men and women this past winter for a week during one of the coldest winters on record. Many of the homeless are day laborers from the Mount Kisco area who provide seasonal work and find it difficult to make rent during the winter months when work is scarce. This coming year our synagogue hopes to expand the program to two weeks. We welcome any new volunteers to the program. For additional information email PfefferStacey@gmail.com or BerkDana@mac.com. House Committee: Submitted by: David Ruzow & Stephanie Saltzman The committee is being reengaged to accomplish some big items in and around the building. This summer we hope to do some improvements with our Sanctuary sound system, add some new outdoor signage and a third classroom on the lower level of the school will be renovated to accommodate our preschool children. The committee will also be working on a 5-year plan to tackle some projects we have ahead. We are looking for additional committee members. If you have expertise in construction, interior design, building improvement, please let us know. Junior Youth Committee: Submitted by: Shauna Levy & Sarah Lieb The Junior Youth Committee organizes many fun-filled activities for our K-7th graders that serve to foster a sense of excitement and community around Religious School. Some of this year’s most successful events have been Sushi Night, Laser Tag, Candy Art and Cupcake Wars. 2018 saw higher engagement by our students, with over 150 in attendance at a total of nine events. The Junior Youth Committee also provided tutors to assist students with homework several days each week between middle school and religious school, as well as a coach for sports activities during that time period. Membership Committee: Submitted by: Stephanie Saltzman The membership committee serves the congregation by helping to recruit new members, as well as retain our current members. Via special programs and initiatives, the committee hopes to create connections between the temple and its members and encourage new relationships between the members. The key initiative undertaken by the Membership committee over the past two years has been the creation of the TBoomErs group to engage members who are “empty nesters” in fun, active events. Over the past year the TBoomErs have organized the following: a cooking event at Henckels, a tour of Grand Central Terminal, a trip to the Frick Museum, cooking for the Emergency Shelter Partnership and a trip to the NY Subway Museum. Nearly 60 people took advantage of these events. Save the date for our Back to Shul & School BBQ, Sunday, September 23rd at 3:00pm. This year it will include sukkah decorating craft activities. Mitzvah Day Committee: Submitted by: Amy Knox, Fred Robin & Stacey Stambleck We recently planned another successful Mitzvah Day for the Beth El community. For the first time, we hosted all the activities on location at the temple so we could all be together. We added a couple successful new events including “Birthday Box”, where items to throw a birthday party were collected including: cups, plates, cake mix and candles and then packaged and redistributed. For the 2nd year, we had a bake sale and intro-
TBE COMMITTEES duced a shawl project for caregivers or siblings, staying over at the hospital with patients, to use. It is heartwarming to see that this event, in particular, brings people from all ages together. We had 13 different events including pet treats for SPCA, goodies for the Ronald McDonald House, PJs and Book collections. For the first time we printed recyclable bags that were handed out to all students in advance of the day. These were filled with collection items and then returned back to temple. Also featured was a table with information about New Castle’s recycling and sustainability initiatives. We had lots of participation from the young families in the Early Childhood Center, to the families in our Religious School, from the Boomers, to our Seniors. We had many new site captains this year bringing new and more attendees to this amazing event! Please save the date of June 24th for the Blood Drive. Religious School Committee: Submitted by: Pam Goldfarb & Alyssa White The Religious School Committee had a very productive year. Our role is largely to act as a liaison between Rabbi Linzer and the religious school families. This year we recruited many new members whose children are in lower grades in the hope that they will bring new energy and perspective to the committee going forward. This required some transition for us at the beginning of the year but the effort was very successful. As a whole committee, we meet approximately 5 times this year to discuss the operation of the religious school and act as a sounding board for Rabbi Linzer on various issues. And we volunteer to staff various religious school events and services. The larger committee is also broken down further into 4 subcommittees. The Volunteer subcommittee led by Nicole Feig, helped to facilitate more volunteers across the temple within the various activities. The Fundraising subcommittee led by Meryl Lefkowitz, was new this year and a major success raising approximately $8,400 via the Purim Mishloach Manot bags. The team had multiple volunteers from the committee to help. We look forward to doing this every year making it larger and bringing in more revenue to the temple. The Social subcommittee, led by Deb Jacobs & Brooke Stuart, organized a “Mom’s Night Out” for Grades K-4. The committee also had Grade dinners for 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th Graders. We have parent volunteers for each grade helping make them run smoothly. Those have been very successful with many people attending. The Publicity subcommittee, led by Robyn Troob, submitted an article each month to the Ladder, showcasing many of the great activities and special events the religious school students participated in over the course of the year. We are very happy with the functioning of the religious school this year, as well as the religious school committee. We look forward to another year ahead. Security Advisory Committee: Submitted by: David Ruzow We put together a committee to meet quarterly to review our protocols, policies and equipment. We make it a practice not to distribute what things we have done, however rest assured that the committee has made changes to the building, and procedures to ensure the safety to all who enter the building. Tikkun Olam Committee: Submitted by: Diane Thaler & Alissa Dorfman The Tikkun Olam committee has run several successful events this year with a goal of including as many generations of temple members as possible. In February, we had Souper Bowl Sunday where congregants of all ages gathered to make soup kits. In an assembly line, we made 100 dry soup kits which were distributed to home bound seniors in the Bronx. All the ingredients were donated by congregants and in the end, all the extra ingredients were donated to a food pantry. We also continued many of our successful events from years past including the High Holiday Food Drive; Martin Luther King weekend service; Passover food drive to give gift bags to attendees at the Seder for Persons with Developmental Disabilities. Lastly we were the host for this year’s Interfaith Thanksgiving where approximately 500 people attended and enjoyed an interfaith service and a Thanksgiving meal together.
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GUEST COLUMNIST Chappaqua’s First Destination Imagination Team - On Our Way to Global Success! By Jenna Shaiken, Alex Brandoff, and Zachary Harpaz Jenna: Destination Imagination (DI) has been a life-changing experience. It has given me confidence to share my ideas and opinions with other people. From DI, I’ve become more outgoing and feel more comfortable with myself. I was introduced to DI a few years ago in another school district. It looked interesting and exciting, but I was nervous about not knowing anyone and I was also shy. So, I begged my mom to become my team manager. She agreed, and about a week later our journey began. In the program, we worked as a team of seven students to find solutions to both immediate challenges and long-term challenges. The immediate challenges, called Instant Challenges (ICs) were read to us and, as a team, we had about five minutes to work together to either build a solution using provided household materials or perform a short skit that met the challenge’s requirements. In the long-term challenge, called the Main Challenge, we chose a category that fit out team’s skills and then worked together over several months to develop a solution. Last year, I switched into the Chappaqua school district and was hoping to continue DI with a new team. Unfortunately, it wasn’t offered, but my mom persevered and was able to launch the program this past year for 5/6th graders. I was so excited! I love my new DI team as much as my former team. I was friendly with half of them beforehand and DI gave me the chance to meet and really get know some other people my age. We work on ICs and our MC (main challenge) every week together and separately, and we’ve really been able to get to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses really well. We’ve been able to work better together and know who to go to for different parts of the project. We were so excited to win at the regionals competition and the state competition. And, now we’re eager to represent New York State at the Global Finals competition this May in Knoxville, TN. When I went to Globals in 2016, the experience blew my expectations away. Over 15 countries attended including 48 states from the USA. It lasted four days and I met children from all around the world. It was an amazing experience, and the whole thing opened my eyes to more than just what I learn at school. I wanted to share the feelings of excitement and complete happiness with everyone I knew and I’m excited to do that soon. Alex: When I first started DI, I was completely clueless. I didn’t know what to do or say and I was so scared. I only knew three people on our team The Chappaqua Pirates. When my mom offered to be a team manager it made things a little bit easier for me because now I knew that my mom would be with me by my side for everything. When our team first started, we didn’t know about each other’s strengths and weaknesses. I not only got to learn
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about my teammates but I also absorbed some of their skills such as technology, building and many more. It even brought out one of my skills that I never knew I had: acting! During the ICs (instant challenges) our team divides according to what the challenge requires. We all have jobs. For example building leader, hybrid leader, performance leader (me), time keeper, score tracker, even reader. All of the jobs that we do independently make our team move quicker, easier, and strengthen all of our ICs.
Even during our main challenge, teamwork is dreamwork. One of our props that required a motor malfunctioned during our performance. This could have caused us to lose points and maybe even lose the entire challenge. Several of my teammates, including me, raced in to help my friend Jenna who was controlling the prop. While we were helping her, one of my lines came up without me noticing. Luckily one of my team members caught it and took my line for me. It’s the little acts of kindness and the sparks of imagination that make DI, DI.
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Now that we’re moving to Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee, competing against 15 countries and 48 U.S. states, I’ve learned to work with new people and figure out their strengths and weaknesses. I look forward to going to DI Global Finals 2018 and rocking Knoxville, Tennessee! Zachary: DI was an amazing opportunity to work on a project that covered and taught me about things I would never and think of. I got to apply all of my skills into a super fun project. In the beginning I only knew a few people who were on the team but after only a few meetings we all became friends. I learned so much about working with a team and being a team player. When we were creating our project everyone wanted to lead and had their own ideas on how to complete the challenge, but in time we all came together and started working like a well oiled machine.
April 27–May 23, 2018 Barbara Pollack Mitzvah Day Fund Steve & Meryl Adler Richard & Dianne Spitalny in memory of Abraham Spitalny Betty & Jack Bader Adult Education Fund Gary & Stacey Munowitz in honor of Cooper Scott Munowitz
Caring Community Fund John & Barbara Heffer in memory of Jacob Seiler Amy & Sam Resnick Family Fund For Adult Jewish Studies Clifford & Susan Ray in memory of Samuel Liber Clifford & Susan Ray in memory of Mannie Ray Flower Fund Michael & Cheryl Greenstein in memory of Everett Kabalkin Ben & Rachel Rosin in memory of Arthur L Rosin Senior Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund John & Debra Goldenberg in memory of Bernice Goldenberg and Theodore Ginsberg Daniel & Jody Googel in honor of Carly and Alexa Googel Tikkun Olam/Social Justice Fund Mark & Jaimee Oberfest in memory of Barry Jay Rothman Michael & Bettina Prober in memory of Thomas Aczel Alan & Gail Schreier in memory of Alexander Zamshnick Tributes Janara Brolin in honor of Mia Handler Lisa Baranowski in memory of Renee Kibel Bill & Fran Deutsch in memory of Arnold Wallack Arthur & Nancy Feibus in memory of Stanley Besen Stephanie and William Roth in memory of Irene Hazen
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