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T E NOVEMBER 2013

INSTALLATION SHABBAT SERVICES & DINNERS

ADDER L PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER TO JUNE

RABBI MAURA LINZER FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 DETAILS ON PAGE 6

CANTOR STAR TROMPETER FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15

HAPPY CHANUKAH!

(& THANKSGIVING) CHANUKAH PARTY & DINNER CHANUKAH FAMILY SHABBAT FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29

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IN THIS ISSUE FEATURES

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Activities 14 Adult Education 7 Beginning Years 5 Birthdays 11 B’nei Mitzvah 10-11 Cantor Trompeter 3 Caring Community Committee 9 Facility Rentals 15 Gifts 12 Joys and Sorrows 10-13 Rabbi Fuchs 3 Rabbi Linzer 4 Religious School 4 Shabbat Service Times 2, 6 Temple Information 19 Tikkun Olam 8 Yahrzeits 12-13

J-Baby: Nun, Gobble Hay and Shin! Camp Shabbat

NOVEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

ALAN D. FUCHS Rabbi GEOFFREY 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

A Proud Member of the URJ

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1 Jewish Mindful Meditation 1 Kabbal-tot Shabbat 1 Family and New Member Shabbat Dinner 1 Installation Service for Rabbi Linzer 3 Rabbi Norman Cohen 3 Jr. Youth Activity (Build-a-Bear) 3 BETSY Extreme Makeover 3 We Feed the Hungry event 5 Jr. Youth Art Activity (K&1) 6 Mah Jongg 8 Jewish Mindful Meditation 8 Shir Shabbat Service 13 Mah Jongg 15 Jewish Mindful Meditation 15 Congrational Shabbat Dinner 15 Installation Service for Cantor Trompeter 17 Rabbi Norman Cohen 17-20 Book Fair 19 Knitzvah Corps 20 Mah Jongg 22 Jewish Mindful Meditation 22 Got Shabbat? Get Shabbat! 24 Interfaith Thanksgiving Service 29 Latke Bake-Off 29 Chanukah Family Shabbat and Party

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TORAH STUDY 8:30 AM MORNING AFTERNOON SERVICE* SERVICE* 10:00 AM 5:00 PM *When applicable

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________________________ NOVEMBER 1 1ST FRIDAY FAMILY SHABBAT KABBAL-TOT SHABBAT 5:45 PM SHABBAT DINNER 6:15 PM FAMILY INSTALLATION SHABBAT WORSHIP SERVICE Led by 6th Grade, Jew-Be Glee Choir, and Rabbi Maura Linzer’s Installation

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NOVEMBER 15 CONGREGATIONAL DINNER 6:30 PM INSTALLATION SHABBAT WORSHIP SERVICE

with Cantor Star Trompeter’s Installation

8:00 PM

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RABBI ALAN D. FUCHS When I see the leaves turning color and falling from the trees I am both sad and reassured. Summer is ended and the winter is almost upon us. For many that is good news – snow, skiing, ice-skating, and all of the wonderful opportunities that cold weather presents. For others it is the misery of driving on ice and in slush, of plowing or shoveling or just enduring temperatures that we would rather someone else enjoy. The changing of seasons, however, is a source of great comfort. I know that some things are right with the world. Our ancestors also understood that truth when they celebrated festivals. The harvest was always a reminder that nature had not abandoned them and that there still was some order in the world. The planting of seeds led to mature and ripe crops. They

could always know that the earth and its atmosphere still were friendly and responsive. And they gave thanks. We live with constant ambiguity. Our political system is in disarray. Some even fear that democracy itself is under attack. Anyone who has ventured into its waters knows that economies are fickle and unpredictable. But the leaves turn and fall every year. So long as that happens I can be reassured that life on earth can survive. Nature is doing what it is supposed to be doing. The eternal and most critical question remains – are we?

CANTOR STAR A. TROMPETER CANTOR’S CORNER: Thankschanukah When I was in elementary school, I always created plays for important holidays. I entertained my parents, aunts, cousins, grandmother and great grandmother with my antics. Two of the most memorable plays on around Thanksgiving and Chanukah, probably because I was out of school and had lots of time to be creative. For Thanksgiving, I alternated between two roles: the great Wampanoag Indian chief and a devastated pilgrim suffering through the Plymouth winter of 1621. For Chanukah, I was always a Maccabee, creating the miracle of the oil lasting for eight days, and carefully lighting the Menorah without burning my fingers. There was usually plenty of time between Thanksgiving and Chanukah, so I got to work creatively, designing many props and scenery for my plays. I even memorized my lines. I can’t imagine how I would have handled the challenge of the convergence of these two holidays this year. While some may say that Chanukah and Thanksgiving have little in common, I think they can be considered quite similar. Thanksgiving tells of the almost impossible journey of the pilgrims who risked everything to escape religious persecution for freedom in a new land. They forged a democratic charter and their sense of Divine providence helped carry these refugees through their plight. Chanukah, of course, details how the Jewish people fought back against religious oppression, earned freedom, and were thankful for the miracles. Rabbi David Paskin, co-head of the Kehillah Schechter Academy in Norwood, Massachusetts, recently said, “It’s pretty amazing to me that in this country we can have

rich secular and rich religious celebrations, and those of us who live in both worlds can find moments when they meet and can really celebrate that convergence. There are a lot of places in the world where we would not be able to do that.” In 1621, the year of the first Thanksgiving, the pilgrims suffered a ravaging winter. Nearly half of them died, and without the help of the Indians it is likely that all of them would have perished. Similarly, according to Rabbi Malka Drucker, “Chanukah is not just about a little bit of oil lasting eight days. It is about the inner healing light within us ... Chanukah is also the miracle of survival against all odds, about hope, courage and belief in one’s ability to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.” Each night of Chanukah, we recite the blessing, Baruch atah adonai, eloheinu melech ha’olam she’asah nisim la’avoteinu bayamim haheim baziman hazeh, where we are ultimately thanking God who performed miracles for our ancestors in ancient days. On the first night of Chanukah, we also recite the Shehecheyanu prayer, as we thank God for sustaining us and enabling us to reach this season of joy. So, as we sit around our Thanksgiving tables this year eating latke-mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie (or my new favorite – Susan Lawrence chocolate babka), with the Chanukah candles flickering in the background, let us thank God for the miracle of Chanukah, for the miracle of Thanksgiving, and for the miracle of reaching this season of Thankschanukah this year. It has been many years since I put on a holiday play. But if I did one this year, I bet it would be a whopper!

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MAURA H. LINZER, RABBI-EDUCATOR/RELIGIOUS SCHOOL Hachnashat Orachim - Hospitality This month’s Jewish value is Hachnashat Orachim, hospitality. In Jewish tradition, Abraham is thought of as the ultimate example of welcoming strangers into his home. In Genesis 18, Abraham spots three male travelers from a distance and runs out to greet them. He invites them into his tent, has his finest foods prepared for them, and waits on them. From Abraham’s example, we learn that hospitality is not just welcoming the stranger, but doing so eagerly, generously, and proactively. Just as we try and model the value of hospitality and good manners for our children in our homes by teaching them to be polite and greet house guests, include others in the dinner conversation, and encourage children to leave electronic devices when they come to the dinner table, so should we strive to be models of hospitality in our other home, Temple Beth El.

Children learn far more from our behavior than from our words, so we should use every opportunity in the temple to model the Jewish value of hospitality. When attending Shabbat services, introduce your family to those who are seated around you and wish others Shabbat Shalom. If you are joining the temple community for our first Friday Shabbat worship services and dinner (our 6th graders will be leading us in worship on November 1st), sit with a family at the Shabbat dinner that you don’t know as well and get to know them. During Religious School pick-up, take a moment to greet other parents in the presence of your children and introduce yourself to your children’s classmates. If you’ve heard your child talking about someone new that they met in Religious School, invite that family to join you for a Shabbat dinner or make plans to sit together at Got Shabbat? Get Shabbat! (see information on this special event below). Just as Abraham has inspired our people for generations to be welcoming and inclusive, through our own example, might we hope to encourage our children to live out the Jewish value of Hachnashat Orachim.

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS NOVEMBER 1 5 10-11 15 17-20 22 26 27-Dec. 1

First Friday Service— Led by 6th Graders, Jew-Be Glee Choir, Rabbi Maura Linzer’s Installation SCHOOL CLOSED/Election Day SCHOOL CLOSED/Veterans Day Cantor Star Trompeter’s Installation Service Book Fair Got Shabbat? Get Shabbat! Special K-4 Family Shabbat Experience SCHOOL CLOSED/Teacher Training SCHOOL CLOSED/Thanksgiving Recess

See our website for the complete Religious School calendar.

JUNIOR YOUTH ACTIVITIES NOVEMBER 3, 11:00 AM 3rd/4th Grade Build-a-Bear Activity NOVEMBER 5, 10:00 AM K/1 Art Activity

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GOT SHABBAT? GET SHABBAT! Special K-4 Family Shabbat Experience FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22 6:00-8:00 PM Join us for a special night of family-friendly Shabbat services, family-style dinner, and activities geared for families with children in grades K-4 (siblings welcome). If you are interested in becoming involved in the planning of this exciting event, please contact Rabbi Maura Linzer at mlinzer@bethelnw.org.


RAYNA ALPERSTEIN, DIRECTOR BEGINNING YEARS ECC November is Coming, November is Coming! I recently read an article written by two colleagues about how rushed to “cover” Thanksgiving and Chanukah teachers are feeling. As I read their words, I began to remember what it was like to be a parent of young children. One of my daughters was born on December 1, so some years her birthday fell on Chanukah, others on Thanksgiving week-end. For me it was overwhelming to figure out how to “do it all.” Sound familiar? These two holidays linked together oftentimes are both filled with incredible meaning and holiness. Jewish life is centered around celebrations in the home and synagogue. The home to ensure everyone feels included in this small group for whom each is a treasure; the synagogue for inclusion in the greater Jewish community. Both help children feel that they “belong”. That is why the phrase: “In this family…” works so well with children. It helps define what their group is and is not. We do not have to do it all, but we can enjoy it all at this time of year. If you are not hosting Thanksgiving, then prepare something to share with the group you are having the meal with and include the children in the preparation. Talk about helping one another, talk about what you are thankful for in your lives. Begin to point out how it gets darker earlier at this time of year. Our Chanukah candles and the Menorah help bring light into the dark so that the Maccabees could repair

NOVEMBER BY HIGHLIGHTS 1, 8, 15, 22 Enrichment - Mad Science

NOVEMBER BY SCHOOL CLOSINGS

6, 20 Music with Miss Pam

5 No School (Election Day), Parent Teacher Conferences

6, 13, 20 Enrichment - Cooking

11 No School (Veterans Day)

18, 25 Enrichment - Legos

27, 28, 29 No School (Thanksgiving

the temple. The miracle of light. The Menorah traditionally is placed in the window where those passersby can see and enjoy the light. Help your children make cards for others. Bring them to the supermarket to fill a large brown bag with food for others, who might not have enough. Take the bag to the food pantry. After all who among us hasn’t felt “not enough”. Children can understand not “having enough”. People who have no food is too scary for them (and for me too.) The Paper Bag Players are usually at the Emelin Theater in December – a great family activity. Perfect for a wide range of children from 3 to 7 or 8. This group uses found materials for props. What a great idea for home afterward. Think about what you are giving children as gifts – does it challenge them to solve problems, cope with a little bit of failure (might not work the first time), help with creative thinking? Legos comes to mind. Books are another great gift – beginning toward the end of the third year, you can read chapter books to children. “Charlotte’s Web”, “Pippi Longstocking”, “Stuart Little” come to mind. Mostly give your children the gift of time. Your time and a big bunch of boring time. The research demonstrates that when we are doing nothing, just messing about, great creativity comes forth. So hold up a mirror to yourself – are you rushing about or taking your time and allowing your children time to figure it out. Happy Thanksgiving and Chag Sameach Chanukah.

BEGINNING YEARS PARENT COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS

Leah Alani

917.763.9515 LeahAlani@yahoo.com

Alonna Travin

914.238.1091 Alonna.Travin@gmail.com

Rabbi Fuchs tells a story to BY students.

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WORSHIP SERVICES KABBAL-TOT SHABBAT

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 at 5:45 PM Join us for a special Kabbal-Tot Shabbat for our youngest members, their families and friends, which will be filled with song and dance and special blessings as we begin this evening of welcoming Rabbi Maura Linzer.

FAMILY SHABBAT DINNER

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 at 6:15 PM Join Rabbi Linzer for a special Shabbat dinner, catered by Jon Everin Catering. Advance reservations are required. The cost of dinner is $18 per adult & $10 per child. New members are welcome as our guests! Please RSVP online to the temple office by October 28 to reserve your seat at the dinner table.

RABBI LINZER INSTALLATION SHABBAT SERVICE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 at 7:15 PM Our celebration continues as Rabbi Linzer will be formally installed. In the few months since her arrival at the beginning of summer, Rabbi Linzer has been a wellspring of knowledge and inspiration. At this Shabbat service she will dedicate herself to guiding and teaching our Religious School students, their families, and the wider community. Her joyful attitude toward learning and teaching inspires us all to greater scholarship. Rabbi Dr. Daniel Schiff will speak at this service and share in Rabbi Linzer’s special moment. Now living in Jerusalem, Rabbi Schiff is a noted teacher and researcher in Jewish ethics, and is currently working to develop a new Jewish museum. For sixteen years, Rabbi Schiff was the Agency for Jewish Learning Community Scholar in Pittsburgh and the rabbi of B’nai Israel in White Oak, Pennsylvania. We look forward to learning from him on this wonderful evening. A festive Oneg Shabbat and dessert reception will follow, allowing us to connect with each other and our new spiritual leader, teacher and scholar.

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SHIR SHABBAT SERVICE “SHABBAT OF SONG”

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 at 8:00 PM This innovative, lively Shabbat service will be filled with more music than ever before! Various instrumentalists will be featured in the service, and you, our congregants of all ages, will have a role as well. You won’t want to miss this exciting service filled with song! Our next Shir Shabbat Service will be on December 13 at 8:00 PM.

CONGREGATIONAL SHABBAT DINNER

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 at 6:30 PM Cantor Star Trompeter will be formally welcomed in to our sacred community with her installation. We begin our welcome by sharing a Shabbat dinner with our members and our community of friends. Dinner will be catered by Matt Miller Culinary Productions. Reservations are required. The cost for this special dinner is $30 per person. Please RSVP online or to the temple office by November 11 to reserve your seat at the dinner table.

CANTOR TROMPETER INSTALLATION SHABBAT SERVICE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 at 8:00 PM

In just a few short months, Cantor Trompeter has lifted her voice and our spirits to reach toward holiness with joy and praise. We are especially thrilled that her guest Cantor Rosalyn Barak will participate in this important moment in the sacred life of Temple Beth El. Cantor Barak has been at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco since 1987. She served on the editorial committee for Mishkan Tefillah, our current Reform prayer book. She has performed with the Israel Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Symphony, and other major orchestras in the country, where she was a noted recitalist as well. We are so fortunate to have their magnificent voices joined together in song as we welcome Shabbat and Cantor Trompeter. Please join us at the festive Oneg Shabbat and dessert reception following services.


CHANUKAH & ADULT EDUCATION HAPPY CHANUKAH

(& Thanksgiving!)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29 5:30 PM CHANUKAH PARTY & DINNER 7:15 PM CHANUKAH FAMILY SHABBAT Celebrate Chanukah at TBE with your family, friends and community members. This festive evening is always fun for the kids... and for adults too! All members (of all ages) are encouraged to come. Come to our Chanukah Party & Dinner to play dreidel games, eat latkes and dinner. Join our candle-lighting service where everyone is invited up to light a candle. Dinner is $12/person or $40/family RSVP online or to the temple office. Bring an unwrapped gift for Chanukah Toy Drive (details on page 8)

ATTENTION: TBE COLLEGE STUDENTS

LATKE BAKE-OFF!

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29 4:00 PM Gather together in the kitchen for a Latka-Bake Off! Bring your favorite recipe, your special ingredients (we will supply the potatoes), and a peeler and be ready to whip up your best latke! Your latkes will be taste tested by the finest chefs in all of Northern Westchester (our temple members) and put to a vote at the dinner. Questions? Contact Cindy Rosen at cinsamjul@aol.com

FUTURE ADULT ED EVENTS AUTHORS

9:15 -10:45 AM

A CONVERSATION WITH RABBI NORMAN COHEN NOVEMBER 3 & 17 9:15-10:45 AM Jacob and Esau: Sibling Rivalries in Genesis: A Window Into our Own Families

LAWRENCE MALKIN

author of The War Within: Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox Threat to Democracy and the Nation January 26, 2014

JAY MICHAELSON

author of Evolving Dharma: Meditation, Buddhism, and the Next Generation of Enlightenment February 2, 2014

SUNDAY MORNINGS MINI-COURSES WITH OUR CLERGY 9:15-10:45 AM

INTERFAITH MARRIAGE LIVING AN INTERFAITH LIFE November 24, December 8 & 15

Rabbi Norman Cohen has had a distinguished career as a teacher, provost, and dean at the New York campus of the Hebrew Union College — Jewish Institute of Religion. He is currently Professor of Midrash at HUC-JIR in New York, and is also a member of Temple Beth El. Rabbi Cohen often speaks at our Yom Kippur afternoon service, and is a phenomenal orator. You will not want to miss this insightful event! Questions? Contact Maxine Olson at maxineols@gmail.com

ISRAEL

January 12, 2014

THE CHANGING FACE OF JUDAISM March 9 & 23, 2014

SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE WEEKEND THE CHANGING FACE OF JUDAISM

wiith Professor Steven M. Cohen, Hebrew Union College Friday, March 28, 2014 at 8:00 PM Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 3:00 - 5:30 PM

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TIKKUN OLAM THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE PLEASE BRING YOUR DONATIONS TO THE TEMPLE BEFORE NOVEMBER 22

NORTHERN WESTCHESTER FOOD FESTIVAL/ WE FEED THE HUNGRY AT TEMPLE BETH EL SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3 at 3:30 PM Socialize, stroll around the beautiful setting and tables set up by the vendors and sample an array of savory food offerings, meet local chefs and restauranteurs, get recipes and ideas for the holidays, learn about Mazon, and feel good about helping to combat hunger. Vendors from restaurants in surrounding towns will be preparing fall and holiday specialties to sample. Wines and beverages, as well as dessert samplers, will be available as part of the tasting. In addition, various farmers market vendors will be there sharing their specialties. All profits for the event will be donated to Mazon, which feeds the hungry, regardless of denomination. Supported by the Chappaqua/Millwood Chamber of Commerce, the Briarcliff Chamber of Commerce, the Armonk Chamber of Commerce, Mount Kisco Chamber of Commerce and the Pleasantville Chamber of Commerce. The event is open to all and we welcome everyone in the spirit of Thanksgiving. $18 per person/$36 per family. Questions? Contact Susan Pecker at brainstar2000@aol.com

Once again we celebrate Thanksgiving remembering that our neighbors need our help. Our support for the Interfaith pantry truly saves lives. Children, the elderly and their families rely on our generosity for food. We can really make a difference. Your gift will allow a family to celebrate Thanksgiving with dignity. It would be a wonderful if you could include a $20 supermarket gift card to purchase a turkey. Gift cards should be brought to the office. Please leave non-perishable items, listed below, in the box in the Great Hall. Questions? Contact Heidi Auerbacher at hauerbache@aol.com Items Needed: Cans of: cranberry sauce, corn, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, tomatoes, pie filling, pineapple or other fruits Boxes of: bread stuffing, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, cake mixes, tea, corn bread, pasta Bottles and jars of: Juice, instant coffee, cider, condiments, dressing, peanut butter and jelly $20 Supermarket gift cards

GIFT OF CHANUKAH/ HAVE A HEART TOY DRIVE COLLECTION ENDS DECEMBER 9 It is that time of year again and Chanukah is very early — Thanksgiving Time! Give the gift of happiness to children in need this holiday season. Bring unwrapped gifts to: Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) 845 North Broadway, White Plains These gifts will go to many of our Jewish children. Suggestions: sports items, art supplies, books, dolls, action figures, $25 gift cards (from Best Buy, Target, Old Navy, Kohl’s, etc.) Questions? Need your items brought to WJCS? Contact Joy Avidan at ajsrj@aol.com or call her at 914.391.8858

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TIKKUN OLAM The Annual Chappaqua Interfaith Council

THANKSGIVING SERVICE AND FESTIVE MEAL SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24 AT FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH 210 Orchard Ridge Road, Chappaqua

SERVICE 4:00 PM DINNER 5:00 PM ALL ARE WELCOME Share in this warm, wonderful annual community pot luck celebration! Chappaqua Interfaith Council members include: Bahai’s of New Castle Chappaqua Friends Meeting Church of St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal First Congregational Church Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer Presbyterian Church of Mt. Kisco St. John and St. Mary’s Catholic Church Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester Upper Westchester Muslim Society Please RSVP to Diane Thaler at dianethaler@yahoo.com

KNITZVAH CORPS Join the Knitzvah group on Tuesday, November 19th at 7:30 pm. We meet on the third Tuesday of every month, and are currently knitting and crocheting simple blanket squares. 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. The squares will be sewn together to make blankets to donate to the Warm Up America program. To learn more about them, go to www.craftyyarncouncil.com/patterns.html. We hope to see you on the 19th, but if you can’t join us and want to work on a square, we’ll arrange to get the supplies to you. Questions? Contact Hillary Kent at hilaryk13@gmail.com

EMERGENCY SHELTER PARTNERSHIP WEEK HOSTED AT TBE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25 through SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1 and MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3 through SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9 This very successful and rewarding program needs you to step up. If you can help, particularly if you can give one night to stay over with the group, please volunteer today. We believe you will find it one of the most rewarding things of the year. In winters past, a number of homeless died in our area due to the cold. Seven years ago the Emergency Shelter Partnership was created to address this tragedy. For the last six years, Temple Beth El has joined other houses of worship participating in the program. It is a true act of Tikkun Olam from our temple, and congregants are excited to participate in the program once again. The basics of this program are: 10-12 homeless men and women (mainly day laborers who, during the winter, do not find enough work to pay rent) will arrive by van from the Mount Kisco Police Station between 9:30 and 10:00 pm each evening. They will sleep on sleeping bags in a designated area, eat breakfast, and return by van to Mount Kisco at 6:30 am the next morning. A hired, trained supervisor will be with them at all times. If you are interested in participating in this very special program, please visit our website: www.bethelnw.org Questions? Contact Noah Sorkin at 914.238.6658 Please support the social justice work being done by Temple Beth El’s Tikkun Olam Council by making a donation online to the fund or contacting the temple office.

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JOYS AND SORROWS

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OUR SPECIAL THANKS TO THOSE SPONSORING ONEGS Jill & Matthew Cantor Laura Kaye Deborah & Paul Glickman Heidi & Alan Israel Lisa Janis Debbie & Daniel Leonard Jennifer & Eric Leventhal Deborah & James Notis Marilyn & Noah Rifkin Kim & Mitchell Rosendorf Jane & Michael Swirsky Stacey & Marc Wachtfogel

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NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS!

(TBE Children Under 17) Justin Abrams Sam Mikesell Sarah Albert Benjamin Neuberger Lilah Altman Ella Perlmutter Kylie Asch Benjamin Prober Max Bogart Ethan Prober Elana Cantor Erica Rosendorf Mack Cohen Perri Rubenstein Talia Diller Heather Samberg Adam Glotzer Mia Scott Alex Gold Josephine Shipper Evan Gold Zachary Simpson Seth Goldstein Charlie Sommers Josh Green Lucas Sussberg Mia Handler Alexa Troob Dean Harburger Rachel Troob Lilith Kelly Laura Ullman Dean Klein Sarah Jane Weill Riley Klein Spencer Weinstein Alex Leventhal Trevor Weinstein Emily Lohrs Adin Witt Justin Michael Samantha Wolfe

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JOYS AND SORROWS RECENT GIFTS

(SEPTEMBER 14 - OCTOBER 15, 2013) Beginning Years Early Childhood Center Fund Ellen Portman & Gary Kibel in honor of Rabbi Geoff Mitelman and Heather Stoltz on the birth of Caroline Shoshana Mitelman Cantor’s Discretionary Fund Kenneth Lerrick in honor of Cantor Trompeter and her beautiful music during the High Holy Days Caring Community Fund Karen & Joseph Milano in honor of Marla and Bruce Schechner Linda & Barry Slotnick in memory of Louis Lieboff Linda & Barry Slotnick in memory of Anna Kaufman Ann Wray in memory of David Lee Wray Clergy’s Congregants in Need Gail & Leon Kozierok in honor of Mel Ehrlich’s 70th Birthday Temple Beth El Endowment Fund Fran & Bill Deutsch in memory of Maurice Wallack Kenneth Lerrick in memory of Dr. Robert Haimovici Rabbi Chaim Stern Caring Community Endowment Fund Joseph Goldreich in memory of Miriam Hirschfeld Joseph Goldreich in memory of John A. Coleridge Bonnie & Lawrence Kivel in memory of Craig Smith Bonnie & Lawrence Kivel in memory of Herbert Gold Dovia Lerrick in honor of the forty-fifth anniversary of her son, Kenneth Lerrick’s bar mitzvah on September 14, 1968 Flower Fund Barbara & Jeff Becker in memory of Miriam Becker Joan & Ed Cohen in memory of Manoocher Manocchehren Kathy & Arlen Goldberg in memory of Mannie Goldberg Kathy & Arlen Goldberg in memory of Marilyn Campanello Lee & Dick Laster in memory of Caroline Laster Judy & Ken Sagat in memory of Maxwell Sagat Gregory Altman Music & Arts Fund Barbara & Jeff Becker in memory of Miriam Becker Amy & Fred Robin Oneg Shabbat Contribution Debbie & Daniel Leonard in honor of the aufruf of Alex Leonard and Emily Winograd Leonard Jane & Michael Swirsky in honor of the aufruf of Ali Swirsky & Jeff Miller Prayer Book Fund Dovia Lerrick in memory of Robert B. Lerrick

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YAHRZEITS NOVEMBER 1-2

Peppie Nemoytin Emily Petak Charles Rose Herbert Rosedale Faith Ross Isaac Saias Miriam Sammet Seymour Siber William Siegel Marc Silver Rose Silver Joseph G. Simon Chaim Stern Max Taft Fred Taxman Daniel Turman Edward Waldman Sidney Woloshin

Milan Braunschweiger Isaac Crespi Jack Crespin Gabrielle Epter Josephine Henegar Helen Hershberg Max Jaffe Milton Katz Charles Lichtenstein Rose Nelson Jerome Neuberger Elsa Stone Olshen Rose Poritzky Muriel Poster Herman Stern Jesse Suchman Pinchus Yunger NOVEMBER 10-16 Adelle Zimmer Harry Adler NOVEMBER 3-9 Amelia Anfanger Allen Baker Lynn Altman Miriam Bassin Edward Ross Aranow Fay Bernstein Ida Beckenstein Sam Browdy Hazel Berman Sarah Claymore Leon Blechman Beatrice Cohn Karen Lee Boykoff William Diamond Nathan Brody Jay Eigen Benjamin Broudy Robert Fast Corrine Falk James Gann Shirley Finger Gabriel Gelber Florence Gelber Charles Gershengorn Ellen Gellert Ruth Gold Sol Ginsburg Jack Goler Marvin Gitter Leah Harris Sy Goodstadt Irene Hazen Jack Greenberg Sandee Ledley Howard B. Grossman Elliot Lief Roger Grossman Fred Malina Richard Halpern Lorraine Nachbar Lillian Herman Susan Pariser Robert Jonap Norma Reiner Rose Laskey Samuel Rosenzweig Walter Laufer Douglas Saltzman Carol Lavyne Altomare Betty Schwab Thomas Lehman Clementine Seewald Ann Lerman Albert Socolow Gloria Lewis William Stollowitz Eileen Markfield Morgan Yale Swirsky Jeanette Merle Frances Vexler Perry Lawrence Neidich George Wexler


JOYS & SORROWS YAHRZEITS

RECENT GIFTS (CONTINUED)

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Florence Wolf Ruth S. Wolotsky Joseph Zankel NOVEMBER 17-23 Edna Altman Benjamin Bloom Joseph Chan Molly Cohen Robert W. Cohen Samuel F. Cohen Anna Deutsch Ann Dinnerstein Helen Storch Dorman Sally Ehrlich Paul Factor Samuel Frisch Martha Gellert Martin Giberstone Philip Ginness Joseph Gluck Sandra Goldstein David Hardy Fanny Hardy Leah Harrison Jerome Heffer Theodore Hyams Alan Irgang Ezra Kaplan Edward Karel Joseph M. Kaufman David Nathan Kellner Isadore Knopf Max Kolbert Ethel Fisher Korn Sarah Krase Deborah Landsberg Betty Liber Herbert Lutwin Lillian Malina Max Markfield Isadore Nelson Jerry Press Anna Rosenberg Ina Routman Rose Rutfield Leon Schachter Tina Schayes Ruth Schiowitz Leonard Schoffman Louis Schwartz Malka Segal Louis Shein

Irving Shepard Bruce Sidran Constance Simon Sondra Wachtfogel Philip Mark Wagner Janet Wittenberg Selma Yagoda Ivie Zolotoy NOVEMBER 24-30 Elizabeth Abrams Ernest Anesi Jack Bader Beatrice Barnes Joseph F. Blindman Dorothy Hazen Burns Rosette Cohen Louis L. Dolinsky Pearl Ezratty Lillian Feinberg Rose Kalfus Feuer Cynthia Finkel Carl Flichtenfeld Robert Franco Lawrence Friedman Rita Goldberg Frieda Goldreich John Greene Max Greenwald Alvin Gursha Florence Haber Siegfried Isaac Sheldon Kaplan Samuel Levy Jane Lipman Samuel Lowen Henry Margolis Maurice Paprin Goldie Robbins Irma Robbins Mary Ross Murray Safian Anna Schoenfeld Irving Shapiro Gladys Shaw Richard Sokel Essie Solomon Harvey Weisman Robert Henry Wharton Gladys Winorur Marvin Woolf

Rabbi Educator Discretionary Fund Diana & Jason Hershkowitz in honor of baby naming for Ava Lauryn Hershkowitz Religious School and Family Education Fund Joan & Dyke Kolbert in memory of Nathan Axelrod Melissa & Scott Singer in memory of Helen Biren Melissa & Scott Singer in memory of Albert Singer Senior Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund Cathy & David Dreilinger in memory of Sigmund Dreilinger Jennifer & David Gefsky Lucille & Dick Goldsmith in memory of Henry Goldsmith and Fred Grubel Kenneth Lerrick in honor of Rabbi Fuchs for his leadership in prayer during the High Holy Days Technology Fund Ruth & Elkin Simson in memory of Betty Simson Tikkun Olam/Social Justice Fund Amy & Fred Robin in honor of Richard and Lee Laster Torah Funds Fran & Bill Deutsch in memory of Joseph Deutsch Tributes Janis & David Adler in memory of Harry Adler

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CONGRATULATIONS TO Rabbi Dr. Norman & Mrs. Terry Cohen on the birth of their grandson Asher Bay Krebser born on September 23, 2013 to Mali Cohen and Ed Krebser Rabbi Geoff Mitelman and Heather Stoltz on the birth of Caroline Shoshana Mitelman born on October 1, 2013

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HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO Shelia Spicehandler on the death of her grandmother, Ida Scherl

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NOTES AND ACTIVITIES A WARM WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBERS! Stephanie & Peter Blumstein Meredith & Michael Bogart Laurie & Ben Cohen Missy & Alex Cohen Jacqui & Farrel Goldberg Lauren & Joe Harburger Cari & Jon Lynch Orit Kadosh & Josh Nunberg Inna & Nolan Rabinowitz Melissa & Sam Rosen Andrea & Daniel Soloway NEW MEMBER DINNER & SHABBAT NOVEMBER 1 (DETAILS ON PAGE 6)

BESTY

CALLING ALL 9th -12th GRADERS! BESTY is off to a great start! We had our first event - Iron Chef on October 6th.

TEMPLE BETH EL BOOK FAIR Proceeds benefit Temple Beth El

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17 8:30-11:30 AM MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18 8:30 AM - 8:30 PM TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM & 3:30 - 6:30 PM WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

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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 myra@borchard.com.

MAH JONGG FOR BEGINNERS We will be starting a beginners daytime Mah Jongg class in early December. If you are interested in learning, please email Myra Borchard at mborchard@optonlinnet for details.

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JEWISH MINDFULNESS MEDITATION EVERY FRIDAY at 9:30 AM Pictured: Zach Simpson, Leslie Regan, Justin Thaler, Lauren Clark, Maddy Alpert, Sammy Regan, Jenny Hutchens, Harris Klein

Our next event will be on

NOVEMBER 3 at 3PM EXTREME MAKEOVER: YOUTH GROUP EDITION Come and help us make our youth lounge fabulous! Questions? Contact Joni at bestyadvisor@gmail.com 14

Please join us for a morning of wonderful, relaxing, and spiritual reflection (with Ruth Rosenblum 11/2, and 12/6). Wear comfortable clothes! Free! RSVP to Maxine Olson at maxineols@gmail.com.

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LUNCH ‘N’ LEARN

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 at Noon at Temple Shaaray Tefila

For program information or directions, please call Temple Shaaray Tefila at 914.666.3133. Your check is your reservation. RSVP by November 13. No walk-ins.


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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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220 SOUTH BEDFORD RD 914.238.3928 T CHAPPAQUA, NY 10514 914.238.4030 F WWW.BETHELNW.ORG TEMPLE@BETHELNW.ORG

BEGINNING YEARS

914.238.5735

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL

914.238.5641

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

Rabbi

Alan D. Fuchs

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 1312 1316 1320 1321 1322 1600

Joni Gehebe-Kellogg, Youth Coordinator Maura H. Linzer, Rabbi-Educator Religious School Assistant Rayna Alperstein, Early Childhood Ed. Director Life-Cycle Emergency Jaclyn Trustman, Life-Cycle Coordinator Rabbi Alan D. Fuchs Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman Cantor Star Trompeter Leslie Aufieri, Executive Assistant to Gennifer Kelly Gennifer Kelly, Executive Director Ann Testone, Bookkeeper Gregory Allen, Facility Manager

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Executive Vice President Vice President Vice President Vice President

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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

Youth Group President

Samantha Regan

914.238.3928 Past Presidents, Honorary Members of the Board

WE ARE AN INCLUSIVE CONGREGATION 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. 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.

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

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

Hedy Simpson Leslie Aufieri Mel Wolfson

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SAVE THE DATES! J-BABY: NUN, GOBBLE HAY AND SHIN! WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4 3:30 - 5:00 PM at Temple Beth El

What’s better than a play-date with tot-friendly toys in someone else’s spacious playroom? Bring your menorahs from home so we can light them together as we bring Chanukah to a close with latkes and applesauce. RSVP to cathy@rosenthaljcc.org by Tuesday, December 3

CAMP SHABBAT FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6

5:45 PM KABBAL-TOT SHABBAT 6:15 PM FAMILY STYLE DINNER 7:15 PM SHABBAT WORSHIP SERVICE Ever been to a Jewish sleep-away camp? No, not your kids — YOU! If yes, or if you now wish you had gone to one, then this Shabbat is for you. It’s for children of all ages, whether they go to camp, might want to go, or just want to have a really fun evening. Wear White! You’ll find out why that night. At dinner, we’ll sing camp songs, eat family style, listen to our counselors, swap stories and find out which table has the most ruach! Oh, and did we forget to mention the lanyards? The service will be led by our 3rd graders, and we will hear from author and storyteller Leslie Kimmelman and from a Camp Eisner representative. RSVP on our website for dinner www.bethelnw.org Questions? Call the temple office at 914.238.2928

The Ladder November 2013  

Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester Bulletin - The Ladder - November 2013

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