Temple Beth Emeth Ann Arbor’s home for Reform Judaism
...its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all its paths are peace.
Affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism 2309 Packard St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104 | Phone 734-665-4744 Fax 734-665-9237 | Religious School 734-665-5817 | www.templebethemeth.org
December 2016 - January 2017 Liturgical Calendar Friday, December 2 5:45 pm Tot Shabbat 6:15 pm Tot Shabbat Dinner 6:45 pm Shira 7:10 pm Learner’s Pre-Service 7:30 pm Shabbat Service | Birthday Blessings Saturday, December 3 8:50 am Torah Study 10 am Chapel Service Friday, December 9 5:45 pm Tot Shabbat 6:15 pm Tot Shabbat Dinner 6:45 pm Shira 7:30 pm Shabbat Service Saturday, December 10 8:50 am Torah Study 10 am Chapel Service Friday, December 16 5:45 pm Tot Shabbat 6 pm Latke Dinner (Sponsored by Brotherhood) 6:45 pm Shira 7:30 pm Shabbat Service
Kislev - Tevet - Sh’vat 5777
Women of TBE Chanukah Bazaar Saturday, December 10 | 9 am-2 pm Sunday, December 11| 3-7:30 pm TBE Social Hall Everything you need for Chanukah and more! Gelt, candles, dreidels, menorahs, gift wrap, toys, cards, kitchen items, music, jewelry and unique gifts.
Latkes! Lights! Chanukah! | Friday, December 16 Brotherhood Latke Dinner | 6:30 pm $15 for adults and $8 for children under the age of 12. Free for children ages 2 and under. Tickets can be purchased at secure.templebethemeth.org or call the TBE office, 734-665-4744. Chanukah Service with Worship Band Friday, December 30 | 7:30 pm Be sure to bring your menorah and candles. It will be a night to remember!
Saturday, December 17 8:50 am Torah Study 10 am Chapel Service Friday, December 23 5:45 pm Tot Shabbat 6:15 pm Tot Shabbat Dinner 6:45 pm Shira 7:30 pm Shabbat Service Saturday, December 24 Chanukah First Night 8:50 am Torah Study 10 am Chapel Service Friday, December 30 5:45 pm Tot Shabbat 6:15 pm Tot Shabbat Dinner 6:45 pm Shira 7:30 pm Shabbat Service | Chanukah Service w/ Worship Band
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The Next 50 Years...............................................................................................pg. 9 TBE Anecdotes....................................................................................................pg. 7 Festival of Lights..............................................................................................pg. 17
2 Liturgical Calendar (continued) Saturday, December 31 8:50 am Torah Study 10 am Chapel Service Friday, January 6 5:45 pm Tot Shabbat 6:15 pm Tot Shabbat Dinner 6:45 pm Shira 7:10 pm Learner’s Pre-Service 7:30 pm Shabbat Service | Birthday Blessings Saturday, January 7 8:50 am Torah Study 10 am Chapel Service Friday, January 13 5:45 pm Tot Shabbat 6:15 pm Tot Shabbat Dinner 7:30 pm Shabbat Service Saturday, January 14 8:50 am Torah Study 10 am Chapel Service Friday, January 20 5:45 pm Tot Shabbat 6:15 pm Tot Shabbat Dinner 7:30 pm Shabbat Service | 5th Grade Shabbat Saturday, January 21 8:50 am Torah Study 10 am Bar Mitzvah Service Friday, January 27 5:45 pm Tot Shabbat 6:15 pm Tot Shabbat Dinner 6:45 pm Shira 7:30 pm Shabbat Service
This past week in Israel, fires raged across the country. Nearly 100,000 people have been displaced and are living with friends, relatives, and in shelters all over Israel. While Israel has seen terrible forest fires in the recent years, these fires have displaced more people and have done more damage than any in recent memory. Perhaps the one silver lining to this awful experience is that the Palestinian Authority sent crews to help battle the blazes, as did Egypt and Jordan. While I would never wish for a fire, or anything similar, any time we see Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, and Egypt all working together for humanitarian Rabbi Josh Whinston purposes, it gives me a glimmer of hope that maybe things can change for the better in that region. Let us all hold on to the notion that human compassion has the power to heal wounds and refocus energy. Sadly, the fires were not the only terrible news that came out of Israel last week. For the last few decades, Reform Judaism in Israel has been growing. There are now 42 Reform congregations throughout Israel, and as our presence grows and more Israelis learn about our egalitarian, open, inclusive, and modern approach to Judaism, the interest in Reform Jewish living also continues to grow. While this is all wonderful news, the terrible news to which I was referring took place at a Reform congregation in Ra’anana, a small city on the outskirts of Tel Aviv. On the morning of November 24th, the leadership of the congregation arrived to work and was shocked to see offensive graffiti all over the building. There were also large knives with people’s names written on them or near them. The leadership of the Israeli Reform movement, as well as American Reform leaders, were named in the death threats left on the front entrance of the synagogue. No people should treat each other this way, and certainly not within the same Jewish community. One reason for the threats and vandalism is the growing success of the Movement in Israel. More and more the Reform Movement is seen as legitimate by ordinary Israelis, and this is a threat to establishment religion, which is exclusively Orthodox in Israel. We should do whatever we can to support the Reform Movement in Israel. Israelis should have the option to practice Judaism as they want in Israel and clearly, our philosophy is speaking to people. Join ARZA, our Reform Zionist organization, or make a donation to the Israeli Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism. You can make a difference in the struggle for religious equality in Israel. ~Rabbi Josh Whinston
Saturday, January 28 8:50 am Torah Study 10 am Chapel Service
Learner’s Pre-Services | 7-7:30 pm | TBE
Next time you say a blessing, use Twitter or Facebook or email your blessing and we will put it out into the world to share. We can see the blessings we are all saying on the TBE website. Just use this hashtag on social media: #TBLESSINGS Email your blessings to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Friday, February 3 Join us for one or more session. Each explores a major aspect of TBE’s Friday night service.
Words matter. For some reason, I was having a very difficult time finding my words this month. You may not know this, but our deadline for our newsletter articles is early in the month prior to publication. For this article, that would have been only a few short days after the election. My head was spinning and I felt unable to write. Now I sit, the day before Thanksgiving, wanting to offer profound words of wisdom as we move into a new year and potentially a whole new paradigm in the history of our nation. However, I feel ill equipped to do so. instead, I am going to share the words of an alternative reading that struck me quite differently than it had in the past. This is a prayer from Mishkan Tefillah for the Day of Shabbat:
Disturb us, Adonai, ruffle us from our complacency; Make us dissatisfied. Dissatisfied with the peace of ignorance, the quietude which arises from a shunning of the horror, the defeat, the bitterness and the poverty, physical and spiritual, of humans.
Shock us, Adonai, deny to us the false Shabbat which gives us the delusions of satisfaction amid a world of war and hatred; Wake us, O God, and shake us from the sweet and sad poignancies rendered by half forgotten melodies and rubric prayers of yesteryears; Make us know that the border of the sanctuary is not the border of living and the walls of Your temples are not shelters from the winds of truth, justice and reality. Disturb us, O God, and vex us; let not Your Shabbat be a day of torpor and slumber; let it be a time to be stirred and spurred to action. Words really do matter. There were many things that were said during our election that were hateful and ugly. Subsequently, after the election, there was a rise in hateful and bigoted actions around our country. How you may feel about the presidentelect, his policies, his team of advisors, etc., is not what I am talking about. It is about our not sitting by and turning our backs when we see terrible things happening around us but not directly to us. As this prayer says, we should not turn our backs when we see “the horror, the defeat, the bitterness and the poverty, physical and spiritual, of humans.” We should speak out, not simply because if we don’t, there will be no one to speak out on our behalf, but because it is the right and moral thing to do. We should speak out because Never Again doesn’t mean never again to us, the Jews. It means Never Again to anyone being persecuted just for being different. I am particularly concerned about the anti-Muslim rhetoric. The fear of the unknown is so great. Here is one way that we might be able to bring understanding and bridge the gap: On December 11, we will be hosting a very special Jewish Family Services (JFS) event. The Festival of Lights event, from 3–5:30 pm, will be celebrating the great work that we are all doing, as a community, to help resettle refugees, from wartorn countries, right here in our county. The afternoon will begin with a reception in our social hall at which there will be a photography exhibit of work by refugees whom JFS is resettling in our community. In addition to delicious desserts and the photographs, the Women of TBE will be holding their annual Chanukah Bazaar. The social hall will be packed with energy and excitement and opportunity…and lovely (background) music by high school and college musicians to boot. At 4 pm, we will continue in the sanctuary with a program to help us better understand the work that JFS is doing and to actually meet some of the people who, with our help, are creating a new life here in the Ann Arbor area. This informative part of the program will help us all understand the humanity and the plight of people who are fleeing war and destruction. At a time when much of our country is fearful and suspicious of people fleeing Muslim countries, it is important for us to remember that only a few short generations ago, our families were just like these human beings, seeking a good life in peace and security, in this land of promise. We will follow the program with a choral concert featuring diverse musical groups from around our area including Kol HaLev and our Middle School Shir Chadash Choir! You should know that I am very invested in this being a wildly successful and well-attended program since I am co-chairing the concert… I’d love to see all of you there! Please know that Ann Arbor is a Sanctuary City for refugees. With our new administration, it is unclear whether or not that status will be in jeopardy. Our support of the Refugee Resettlement Program is particularly important, more now than ever. Attending this program is a great way to garner information and feel more comfortable about this important effort as well as enjoy great entertainment. Words do matter. Our voices matter. Let us not let this new administration create a sense of “torpor and slumber” in us if we see injustices. Let us speak out and be “spurred and stirred to action’”on behalf of all fellow human beings in our community, around our country and in our world. Wishing you a Chanukah filled with light and joy, happiness and purpose in this New Year! Don’t forget: ALL ENSEMBLE CONCERT is on Sunday, January 29, at 4 pm! Come one, come all! ~Cantor Regina Lambert-Hayut
Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes (Turn and face the strange) Turn and face the strain Ch-ch-Changes Don’t have to be a richer man Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes Ch-ch-Changes (Turn and face the strange) Don’t want to be a better man Time may change me But I can’t trace time David Bowie, 1971 David Bowie’s homage to the changing scene of rock ‘n roll music in the early 70’s has been rolling around in my head of late. As I write this article for the Bulletin, we are just a couple days away from the official installation of our new rabbi, the Meet and Greet activities are coming to an end, and we have watched our new rabbi and (somewhat) new cantor conduct High Holy Day services and nearly a dozen Friday and Saturday Shabbat services together. Ketl Freedman-Doan
We all say that change is hard and we understand that adjustments need to be made, but that is in the abstract. In reality, when we are face-to-face with a new process, a new way of doing things, that’s when the change hits us. Really? Are Bob and Annie really not coming back? Are we going to have to learn new tunes to sing? Different prayers? Are the sermons really going to be about that topic? What about when we did (this) and not (that)? We turn and face the strange, turn and face the strain. For many of us who grew up, and/or grew our children up, in this congregation, these changes are the hardest on us as a demographic. What will be lost? Will we be a stable, vibrant congregation as we have been in the past? A wise woman on our TBE Board, in discussing this issue, said, “In my experience over the years, it takes 2 years for people to adjust to changes, to feel comfortable that all will be well.” So, if you are feeling off-kilter from the changes in our leadership, what should you do? First, if you have concerns about services or the spiritual direction of TBE, talk with the Rabbi and Cantor. Their goal is to find the right “fit” with our congregation, not to make changes that have us feeling uncomfortable and unheard. They want to hear from you about what touched you, what made you feel uncomfortable (and what about it was uncomfortable), and what else you would like to experience at TBE. We have always been a congregation that is responsive to the needs of the one (and the many) and both Josh and Regina continue in that tradition. Second, give yourself (and all of us) some time to settle in. This is new for all of us. In time, we, along with our clergy, will find a rhythm that works. The vast majority of comments that we on the Board hear are so very positive about these changes, and, the large turnout of congregants who came to our Rabbi’s installation this past weekend attests to most folks embracing the changes. So, come join us on a Shabbat evening or morning. Spend some time learning the tunes and understanding how our new rabbi reads and understands the words of Torah. And, best of all, come join us in friendship and fellowship. The coming years may be troubling times on the national scene. What better place is there to come for comfort, understanding, and calls for action. Just a quick update: In my last Bulletin article, I mentioned that two TBE members and I were meeting with the Senior Warden of STC and two other St. Clarian’s for our first-ever Bridge Committee meeting. The meeting went really well. This first meeting was simply to get to know each other and review the guidelines established for this committee (to serve as an advisory group to the Genesis partnership). Our first agenda item will be to discuss the ownership of the building as outlined in our by-laws. I believe the discussion will be very amicable and that it will lead to a more equitable understanding of ownership. Stay-tuned for more updates along the way. Have a bright Chanukah, and a Happy New Year. B’Shalom, ~President Ketl Freedman-Doan
R&R Annual Chanukah Party Saturday, December 17 | 6:30 pm Chapel Hill Clubhouse 3350 Green Rd., Ann Arbor Fee: $5 per person. Join us for this potluck dinner and hilarious gift exchange! Make reservations with dish to pass (appetizer, main dish, side or dessert) to Miriam Shaw email@example.com or 734-996-8106.
Generation to Generation: Our School
The holiday of Chanukah often evokes mixed feelings in parents. On the one hand, it is so exciting to light the candles , play dreidel and eat latkes with your family. On the other hand, it is often uncomfortable to listen to the children ask for certain gifts and show their desire to have more and more toys, computer games, even computers. How to handle this dilemma?
There is a Jewish tradition that developed in Eastern Europe in the 18th century called Mussar. â€œMussar is a highly practical set of teachings for cultivating personal growth and spiritual realization in the midst of day to day life. The ultimate goal is to help you become a more whole and holy person,â€? (Alan Morinis, Everyday Holiness, 2007).
There are two types of giving, according to the Mussar. There is giving that comes from the heart -spontaneous giving. This type of giving comes neither from obligation or guilt, it comes from a feeling. This is called terumah. The other type of giving, obligated giving, is called tzedakah. If your children learn about giving and generosity at home and it is reinforced in Religious School, they stand a good chance of becoming sensitive and giving people. What does this have to do with Chanukah? Along with enjoying the bounty of Chanukah, help your child give to someone else. Whether it is a gift for a sibling or an item for the Safe House Drive or a donation to a charity that your family supports, talk to your child about why your family gives tzedakah. Watch for the magical moment when it becomes terumah, a spontaneous gift or donation. There was lots of cooking going on in school. Seventh graders made vegetable matza ball soup as part of their unit on Visiting the Sick. Eigth grade made noodle kugel and rugalech while they learned about the customs of Ashkenazi Jews. Kindergarten students made rainbow cookies after learning the story of Noah and the Ark. Fourth graders studied the patterns of the sun and moon using 3-dimensional models to help them understand the differences between the solar and lunar calendar in their Jewish Calendar unit. Third graders are studying the geography of Israel and just completed a unit on Tel Aviv. Ninth graders went on a field trip to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Farmington Hills. There they had the privilege of touring the museum and speaking with a Holocaust Survivor. They continued their study of the Holocaust by learning about the Warsaw Ghetto through watching video clips about the uprising and doing a simulation involving the difficult decisions Jewish families had to make during that period. Wishing you all a Chanukah filled with light and love, ~Director of Education Terri Ginsburg
Third Grade Family Program A Rosenthal by Any Other Name The Importance of Names in Judaism Saturday, December 3 10:45 am-12:30 pm Help your child learn the significance and/or history of their name. Stories, games, music and art. Each child will create a beautiful framed plaque with their Hebrew name to take home. Eigth Grade bakes and enjoys kugel and rugalech as part of their study of Ashkenazic Jews.
Religious School Tzedakah Drive for Safehouse Collection dates | Thursday, December 10 - Saturday, December 19 Bring in items for families who are starting their lives over in a new location due to domestic abuse. Items must be new and should be put in the collection box by the downstairs Education Office. Find the list of items needed on our website, www.templebethemeth.org, in the Education Section.
50th Anniversary Gala & Fundraiser
One of the greatest things about working to support any community is meeting everyone invested in the same cause. Planning the 50th anniversary fundraiser for Temple Beth Emeth has shown us not only all the people in our congregation who want to help, but all the people in the community who want to be part of this as well! As we get closer to January 28, we are excited to share with you some of that support. None of this would happen without our amazing committee! People who have volunteered so far include Noreen De Young, Judy Freedman, Becky Hankin, Natalie Iglewicz, Cantor Regina Lambert-Hayut, Wendy W. Lawrence, Judie Lax, Robin Little, Steve Lonn, Sara Lupkas, SooJi Min, Hillary Murt, Stephanie Newell, Jill Pritts, Miram Shaw, Rabbi Josh Whinston, and Sarah Raful Whinston. Our host committee, which we highlighted last month, is growing by the day, and an updated list can be found on the TBE website. And our party would not happen without amazing donations from the broader community! Auction items will range in value from ten dollars to thousands of dollars and include food, games, and tickets for experiences—there will truly be something for everyone. Maybe you will discover a local gem you never knew existed! We can’t list them all here, but wanted to give you some fun teasers. Stay close to town with a brunch for four at Aut bar, tickets to the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, and VIP passes to a special exhibit at the DIA on Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate! Want to host at home? Local folk group Gemini has donated an in-home concert and a Zingerman’s chef is offering to cook for you! For the more adventurous, Journeys International is donating an amazing trip for two to Jordan! We will also have an African Safari. Jordan Trip, Journeys International You can take advantage of some of the special skills of our congregants and staff by bidding on the opportunity to take voice lessons with Annie Rose, having the Rabbi and Cantor cook for you, asking our Board President to babysit your kids, or reserve parking for the High Holy Days! There will be items for families such as a semester of Robinsongs classes, ninjitsu training, a Toledo Mud Hens game, or the chance to be the Rabbi or the Cantor of TBE for a day! We will also have gorgeous clay artwork from Kathleen LeSueur and beautiful Judaica from Ann Helfgott.
Sample artwork from Ann Helfgott We are going to keep working with all of these wonderful people, and we’ll be excited to see you there! ~Margaret Hannon and Wendy Lawrence
High HolyCollection Days TBE Anecdotes
Dear All/ TBE member/Adult Child of the Congregation, As part of the Temple’s “The Next 50 Years Celebration,” we’d like to welcome members of the Congregation to share short stories, anecdotes, and memories of their experiences. We’re looking for contributions from children, adult children who grew up at TBE, founders of TBE, and the many of you who have been members both young and old. For those of you who have adult children who live out of state, please be sure and forward this information on. We would love to include them! Please feel free to write your own story or express yourself via any of the following prompts -- you can choose one or pick all of them! 1. What are your favorite memories of being a member of TBE? a. What prompted you to become a member? b. How did you first become involved? What activities did you and your family enjoy the most? c. Any memories of Religious/Hebrew school, youth groups, or AARTY? d. Any favorite stories to share? 2. If you were an early member, what was that experience like? What was it like to help build a religious organization and watch it grow? a. What was the relationship with St. Clare’s like and how did that mature? 3. If you joined the Temple after its early stages, what was that experience like for you and your family? Please send your stories to Jodi (Vanek) Wallo at firstname.lastname@example.org with the heading TBE 50th Celebration no later than December 30, 2016. As we’re trying to cover a wide spread of members from the last 50 years, it would be helpful to know a) the general time period your family joined the Temple, and b) for adult children of TBE, the general time period you attended Religious School. The deadline for your TBE Anecdote is December 30. If you have any questions, please contact me at 734-717-1303. Thank you! ~Jodi Wallo
More from the President We are really revving up for our 50th Anniversary celebration on January 28, 2017. Some long-term members have been contacted about serving as hosts at the celebration, and we even have several sponsor groups! Some of you may be wondering how the donations will be used that we raise from this event. Hosts, sponsors, and all of the guests will have the opportunity to earmark that their donations go into a particular fund (e.g., the Rabbi’s or Cantor’s discretionary funds, Building fund, Campership, etc.), or one of 2 endowment funds TBE has (TBE General Endowment Fund and the Music and Spirituality Endowment Fund). What’s an endowment? It’s an investment fund (think 401k) that a non-profit organization can hold in which the organization can use a certain percentage of the interest accrued (usually about 5%, depending on how the market is doing) for specified projects (Ok, sorry all of you investment types out there; this is my lay interpretation of this process!). The use of funds from the Music and Spirituality Endowment may seem self-evident, but what does TBE do with the General Endowment Fund? Last year, TBE was bequeathed $100,000 from the estate of Jacob Price to be used in any way we saw fit. TBE has always been dependent on dues for the general operating budget, with 80% coming from dues and 20% from donations. This is far below the standard in most religious organizations, in which there is more typically a 60/40 to 70/30 split. So, to secure the funding of our operating budget, the Finance Committee proposed (and the Board approved) that we establish a General Fund Endowment from which we can begin to draw money for our operating expenses (paying folks, keeping the lights on, etc.). Through this fund, we will be less dues-driven and better able to budget annually without fear of having to dip into our reserve accounts. So, we are encouraging folks to contribute to this endowment fund that secures the operation of our temple for many years to come. If you have more questions about this, or want to talk more about how to invest in TBE, please talk with our VP of Finance, Ronnie Shapiro (email@example.com).
Families with Young Children & Youth
Families with Young Children (FYC): Tot Shabbat Service with Cantor Hayut or Rabbi Whinston Fridays, December 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 and January 6, 13, 20 & 27 | 5:45 pm Tot Shabbat Dinner | 6:15 pm | Shira Service | 6:45 pm | Popsicle Oneg 7:15 pm Families with children ages 0-5 years, come sing all of your favorite Shabbat songs with Cantor Hayut, march with the Torah, and enjoy a short story, too! Join us for macaroni and cheese, fish sticks, applesauce, and a salad bar immediately following the short service. Dinner is just $5 per person and this year you can buy a punch card ahead of time for a discounted price. Punch cards are available in the TBE office. AARTY Chanukah Shul-in Friday, December 16 | 5 pm to Saturday, December 17 | 8 am Meet at TBE for a Shabbat overnight full of friends, food and memories waiting to be made! RSVP to Anna Leemon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rishonim (3-5th grade) Latke Dinner and Chanukah Extravaganza Sunday, December 11 | 6-7:30 pm Come to TBE for a night of yummy latkes, dreidel tournaments, and fun prizes! Cost $15. RSVP to Anna Leemon at email@example.com. Rishonim Zap Zone Event Sunday, January 29 | 3-5pm Meet at Zap Zone for laser tag with your friends! Cost $20. RSVP to Anna Leemon at firstname.lastname@example.org. Kadima (6th-8th grade) Channukah Party Sunday, December 11 | 4:15-5:45 pm Come to TBE for an afternoon of dreidel tournaments, sufganyot, and fun. RSVP to Anna Leemon at email@example.com. Kadima Zap Zone Event Sunday, January 29 |12-2pm Meet at Zap Zone for laser tag with your friends! Cost $20. RSVP to Anna Leemon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spirituality & Wellness Jewish Karate/Shalom Gever | Peaceful Warrior Martial Arts Tuesdays, December 6, 13, 20 & 27 and January 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 | 4 pm Fridays, December 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 and January 6, 13, 20 & 27 | 4 pm Try out this unique martial arts instruction including lessons in how to live a healthy lifestyle, be energetic, do well in school and learn anti-bullying self-defense. 12-week semesters for belt advancement. Drop-in when schedules permit. Enrollment is open for students and their parents. Shalom Gever is taught by Rabbi Peter Gluck, 5th Degree Black Belt and martial arts instructor for 18 years. Contact the Temple Beth Emeth office at 665-4744 or Rabbi Gluck, email@example.com, for more registration information. Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Sit Thursdays, December 1, 8, 15, & 22 and January 5, 12, 19 & 26 | 1:30 pm | TBE Chapel For practitioners of all levels. Intention and instruction followed by 30-minute silent meditation. Facilitated by SooJi Min, Judy Freedman, and Quyen Epstein-Ngo. SooJi Min is TBEâ€™s executive director. She recently completed a 16-month mindfulness teacher training program sponsored by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and the Awakened Heart Project. Judy Freedman has been meditating for over 20 years. She attended a three-year training in Jewish Meditation sponsored by the Philips Foundation at Chochmat ha Lev. She has previously taught at TBE and is excited to return. Quyen Epstein-Ngo is a therapist who holds a joint doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and Womenâ€™s Studies. One of the areas she specializes in is working with adolescents, adults, and couples on issues of faith and spirituality. Contact SooJi Min with questions, 734-665-4744.
Learnings & Teachings Nachamu: Shiva Minyan Leader Training Thursday, December 15 & Thursday, January 12 7-9 pm | TBE Chapel One of the greatest mitzvot in Jewish practice is comforting the mourner. Learn from Cantor Hayut the various skills needed to lead a shiva minyan in these 2-hour class sessions. This class will address the specific aspects of the service. All participants will receive take home materials for future reference. Contact Cantor Hayut, cantorhayut@ templebethemeth.org for more information. Weekly Lunch and Learn Fridays, December 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 and January 6, 13, 20 & 27 12:30-1:30 pm | Adult Lounge Rabbi Whinston meets every Friday for an informal discussion about religion. All sessions are held in the Adult Lounge and are open to the community. Feel free to bring a lunch. We look forward to seeing you there! Men’s Torah Study Mondays, December 26 and January 23 7:30-8:30 pm | Room 16 A men’s Torah discussion group led by both lay and clergy leadership. It is lay led on the 2nd Monday and led by Rabbi Levy on the 4th Monday. We will continue to find our way as men by wrestling with text. For more information, contact Bill Parkus at firstname.lastname@example.org. Text Study: Journey to a New Land Thursday, December 8 | 7:30-9 pm What does Torah tell us about coming to a new space? What makes our journey sacred and how do we treat those we meet along the way? Hear Rabbi Josh’s text interpretatios on this topic.
Spirituality Book Club Tuesday, December 20 7:30 pm | Adult Lounge Thursday, December 22 12:30 pm | Adult Lounge Tuesday, January 17 7:30 pm | Adult Lounge Thursday, January 19 12:30 pm | Adult Lounge Join Cantor Emerita Annie Rose as she leads a journey through this year’s books over 8 months. Generously sponsored by the Year of the Torah Fund. Please sign up for the book club by emailing Annie Rose, email@example.com or drop in on any of the meetings. View the full brochure at www. templebethemeth.org. Women’s Torah Study Mondays, December 12 and January 23 7-8:30 pm | Adult Lounge Please join us for in-depth study and lively discussion of the week’s Torah portion led by Cantor Regina Hayut. The group will explore various passages from the portion looking at several translations and commentaries from a variety of scholars from Talmudic times to the modern day. No Hebrew knowledge necessary to participate in the discussion. For questions, contact Cantor Regina Hayut at firstname.lastname@example.org. Adult Ed: Finding Elijah Thursday, December 1 | 7:30-9 pm NOTE: This is the first in a series of three learning sessions. Beginning in 1st and 2nd Kings, Elijah comes to occupy a place of prominence among the prophets of Israel.
B’Nai Mitzvah Please Celebrate our B’nai Mitzvah With Us! Saturday mornings at the 10 am service. Tal Vakin | Saturday, Janaury 21 Hello, my name is Tal Vaknin, I go to school at A2STEAM@Northside and I am in 7th grade. I live in Pittsfield township with my parents a cat named shoshana and some fish. I have a big brother in college too. My hobbies include playing piano and I like singing, dancing, and creating music for everyone to enjoy and I like working with little kids and love watching blue ray movies on the big screen in our house.
Membership Mazel Tov to: Tal Vaknin on his Bar Mitzvah, January 21. Condolences to: Richard Hume on the death of his father, Joseph Hume, November 19. Eileen Thacker on the death of her mother, Evelyn Solomon, November 22. New Members: Justin Joque & Robyn Anspach Michael & Kay Melet Linda Miller
December 2016 Sunday
11 am Sunday Brunch: Your TBE Experience (offsite) 5 pm Shir Chadash 6 pm Religious School 6:15 pm Kol Halev Rehearsal 7 pm New York Trip Parent Mtg.
11 am SAC Open Mtg. (Offsite) 3 pm JFS Festival of Lights Celebration 3 pm Kadima Chanukah Extravaganza 3 pm Chanukah Bazaar 4 pm Celebrating TBE’s Archive 4:15 pm Kadima Chanukah Extravaganza 6 pm Religious School 6 pm Rishonim Chanukah Party
5 pm Shir Chadash 6 pm Religious School: Osrui Shabbat 6:15 pm Kol Halev Rehearsal
Chanukah | Second Night No Religious School 10 am Movie at the Michigan Theater: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
4:15 pm Hebrew School 6 pm Keshet
12:30 pm WTBE Luncheon 4:15 pm Hebrew School 6 pm Keshet 6:10 pm Group Supported Spiritual Exploration 7 pm Woman’s Torah Study
9 am 50th Anniversary Committee Mtg. 12:30 pm WTBE “The Historical Novel” 4:15 pm Hebrew School 6 pm Keshet 7 pm WTBE Fiber Arts Group
Chanukah | Third Night TBE Office Closed No Hebrew School 6 pm Keshet 7:30 pm Men’s Torah Study
9 am Brotherhood Latke Making 4 pm Jewish Karate/Shalom Gever 5 pm Adult Hebrew 104 6 pm Beginner Level Adult Hebrew 6 pm Interfaith Service of Affirmation
1:30 pm WTBE Fiber Arts Group 4 pm Jewish Karate/Shalom Gever 5 pm Adult Hebrew 104 6 pm Beginner Level Adult Hebrew 7:15 pm Brotherhood Board Mtg.
4 pm Jewish Karate/Shalom Gever 5 pm Adult Hebrew 104 6 pm Beginnger Level Adult Hebrew 7:30 pm Spirituality Book Club 7:30 pm WTBE Board Mtg.
Chanukah | Fourth Night TBE Office Closed 4 pm Jewish Karate/Shalom Gever
Ann Arbor Schools Winter Break
1 pm Shifting from Aging to Saging 1 pm Mahj (Offsite) 4:15 pm Hebrew School 5:30 pm Adult Hebrew 101 6 pm Keshet 7:30 pm TBE Board Mtg.
4:15 pm Hebrew School 5:30 pm Adult Hebrew 103 6 pm Keshet 7 pm Genesis Board Mtg. 7:30 pm Pulpit Committee Mtg.
1 pm Mahj (Offsite) 4:15 pm Hebrew School 5:30 pm Adult Hebrew 103 6 pm HDS Music Festival 6 pm Keshet 7 pm WTBE Fiber Arts Group 7:30 pm HDS Music Festival Reception
Chanukah | Fifth Night TBE Office Closed No Hebrew School 6 pm Keshet
Kislev -Tevet • 5776
9 am 50th Anniversary Committee Mtg. 1:30 pm Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Sit 7:30 pm Adult Ed: Finding Elijah
1:30 pm Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Sit 6 pm One Candle for Tzedakah 7:30 pm Text Study: Journey to a New Land
9 am 50th Anniversary Committee Mtg. 1:30 pm Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Sit 7 pm Nachamu Shiva Minyan Leader Training 7:30 pm Membership Committee Mtg.
12:30 pm Spirituality Book Club 1:30 pm Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Sit
Noon Lunch & Learn 4 pm Jewish Karate/Shalom Gever 5:45 pm Tot Shabbat 6:15 pm Tot Shabbat Dinner 6:45 pm Shira 7:10 pm Learner’s Pre-Service 7:30 pm Shabbat Service | Birthday Blessings
Noon Lunch & Learn 1:30 pm WTBE Fiber Arts Group 4 pm Jewish Karate/Shalom Gever 5:45 pm Tot Shabbat 6:15 pm Tot Shabbat Dinner 6:45 pm Shira 7:30 pm Shabbat Service
Noon Lunch & Learn 4 pm Shalom Gever 5 pm AARTY Shul-In 6 pm Latke Dinner Sponsored by Brotherhood 7:30 pm Shabbat Service
Noon Lunch & Learn 4 pm Jewish Karate/Shalom Gever 5:45 pm Tot Shabbat 6:15 pm Tot Shabbat Dinner 6:45 pm Shira 7:30 pm Shabbat Service
8:30 am Religious School 8:50 am Torah Study 10 am Chapel Service 10:45 am 3rd Grade Family Program 10:45 am Religious School 11 am 9th Grade Madrachim Training
8:30 am Religious School 8:50 am Torah Study 9 am-2 pm Chanukkah Bazaar 10 am Chapel Service 10:45 am Preschool 3 10:45 am Religious School
7:30 am AARTY Shul-In 8:30 am Religious School 8:50 am Torah Study 10 am Chapel Service 10:45 am Baby Shabbat 10:45 am Religious School: Osrui Shabbat 11 am 9th Grade Madrichim Training 6:30 pm R&R Group Annual Chanukah Party (Offsite)
Chanukah | First Night No Religious School 8:50 am Torah Study 10 am Chapel Service
Ann Arbor Schools Winter Break
Chanukah | Sixth Night TBE Office Closed
Chanukah | Seventh Night TBE Office Closed Noon Lunch & Learn 4 pm Jewish Karate/Shalom Gever 5:45 pm Tot Shabbat 6:15 pm Tot Shabbat Dinner 6:45 pm Shira 7:30 pm Shabbat Service | Chanukah Service
Ann Arbor Schools Winter Break
Chanukah | Last Night No Religious School 8:50 am Torah Study 10 am Chapel Service
January 2017 Sunday
No Religious School
TBE Office Closed No Hebrew School
4 pm Jewish Karate/Shalom Gever
No Hebrew School 1 pm Mahj (off-site) 6 pm Keshet
Ann Arbor Schools Winter Break
No Religious School 6:15 pm Kol Halev Rehearsal
5 pm Shir Chadash 6 pm Religious School 6:15 pm Kol Halev Rehearsal
5 pm Shir Chadash 6 pm Teen Parenting Workshop 6 pm Religious School 6:15 pm Kol Halev Rehearsal
Noon Kadima Zap Zone Event 3 pm Rishonim Zap Zone Event 4 pm All Ensemble Concert 5 pm Shir Chadash 6 pm Religious School 6:15 pm Kol Halev Rehearsal
4:15 pm Hebrew School 6 pm Keshet 7 pm Women’s Torah Study
No Hebrew School 11 am Brotherhood Board Retreat 12:30 pm WTBE “The Historical Novel” 4:15 pm Shalom Gever 4:15 pm Hebrew School 6 pm Keshet 7 pm WTBE Fiber Arts Group
12:30 pm WTBE “The Historical Novel” 4:15 pm Hebrew School 6 pm Keshet 7 pm Women’s Torah Study 7:30 pm Men’s Torah Study
4:15 pm Hebrew School 6 pm Keshet 7 pm Social Action Committee Mtg.
1:30 pm WTBE Fiber Arts Group 4 pm Jewish Karate/Shalom Gever 7:15 pm Brotherhood Board Mtg.
4 pm Jewish Karate/Shalom Gever 7:30 pm Spirituality Book Club 7:30 pm Religious Ed Committee Mtg. 7:30 pm WTBE Board Meeting
4 pm Jewish Karate/Shalom Gever
4 pm Jewish Karate/Shalom Gever
4:15 pm Hebrew School 6 pm Keshet 7:30 pm TBE Board Meeting
No Hebrew School 1 pm Mahj (Offsite) 6 pm Keshet 6 pm Dames Dinner 7:30 pm Pulpit Committee Mtg.
4:15 pm Hebrew School 6 pm Keshet 7 pm Genesis Board Mtg.
Tevet - Sh’vat • 5777
1:30 pm Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Sit 7 pm Executive Committee Mtg.
1:30 pm Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Sit 7 pm Nachamu - Shiva Minyan Leader Training
12:30 pm Spirituality Book Club 1:30 pm Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Sit 7:30 pm Membership Committee Mtg.
1:30 pm Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Sit 6 pm Brotherhood Guys Night Out (Zamaan Cafe)
AARTY....Ann Arbor Temple Youth BDFP.......Back Door Food Pantry BRHD..... Brotherhood SRHD.....Sisterhood SAC......... Social Action Committee
Noon Lunch & Learn 4 pm Jewish Karate/Shalom Gever 5:45 pm Tot Shabbat 6:15 pm Tot Shabbat Dinner 6:45 pm Shira 7:10 pm Learner’s Pre-Service 7:30 pm Shabbat Service | Birthday Blessings
Noon Lunch & Learn 1:30 pm WTBE Fiber Arts Group 4 pm Jewish Karate/Shalom Gever 5:45 pm Tot Shabbat 6:15 pm Tot Shabbat Dinner 6:45 pm Shira 7:30 pm Shabbat Service
Noon Lunch & Learn 4 pm Jewish Karate/Shalom Gever 5:45 pm Tot Shabbat 6:15 pm Tot Shabbat Dinner 6:45 pm Shira 7:30 pm Shabbat Service | 5th Grade Shabbat
Noon Lunch & Learn 4 pm Jewish Karate/Shalom Gever 5:45 pm Tot Shabbat 6:15 pm Tot Shabbat Dinner 6:45 pm Shira 7:30 pm Shabbat Service
No Religious School 8:50 am Torah Study 10 am Chapel Service
8:30 am Religious School 8:50 am Torah Study 10 am Chapel Service 10:45 am Religious School
8:30 am Religious School 8:50 am Torah Study 10 am Bar Mitzvah: Tal Vakin 10:45 am Preschool 3 10:45 am Religious School 11:30 am Kiddush
8:30 am Religious School 8:50 am Torah Study 10 am Chapel Service 10:45 am Baby Shabbat 10:45 am Religious School 5 pm TBE’s 50th Anniversary Gala
Coming in the Spring Purim Carnival & Megillah Reading...............................................March11 Second Night Seder..............................................................................April 11
“After participating in the civil rights march in Selma, Alabama, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, one of this century’s great religious figures and a close colleague of Martin Luther King, said, “It felt like my feet were praying.” Prayer is not just the communication we have with God; it is also the work we do to make God’s values real to the world. I think God listens to both kinds of prayer with equal joy.” -Rabbi David Saperstein
Chair, Interfaith Efforts, Affordable Housing Advocacy Shoshana Mandel Warner Vice President, Religious School liaison, Youth Advocate Abbie Egherman Food Gatherers Community Kitchen at Delonis Coordinator Yuni Aaron Poverty and International Debt Relief Efforts Susan Beckett Israel peace initiatives, Hand in Hand Schools liaisons Irene Butter Helena Robinovitz Archivist, Communications Ed Davidson Back Door Food Pantry Co-Coordinator Ellie Davidson Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) at Alpha House coordinator Kelly Parent Co-Genesis Faith and Food Garden Coordinator, Secretary Lisa Perschke Rotating Shelter Coordinator Deb Schild SAC Shabbat & Treasurer Simone Yehuda
Our SAC and TBE have both the privilege and responsibility to make G-d’s values real to the world. TBE is known for our social justice efforts, and we have enough leadership, coordinators and founders of programs who are in the mix making things happen. We are successful; we get enough volunteers and financial support to make things happen. We also have our future and the opportunity to effect real and lasting change. How can we come together to do this? For starters, we have a Rabbi, Cantor, and wonderful Board of Trustees who care deeply about our well-being and that of our neighbors. We have Bob Milstein, former SAC VP, and the BDFP, both recipients of the Genesis award who are shining examples of effecting real and lasting change. Abbie Egherman, our VP, and myself, as Chair, are here to help connect all of you with us, and it is our prime focus to know what you care about and learn how we can effect change together as a congregation. In this spirit we are participating in the Join For Justice program entitled “Don’t Kvetch, Organize”. We are looking forward to bringing what we are learning to all of you and in being more effective leaders as a result. This year please join us as we move forward on local advocacy efforts for smart gun technology that Rabbi Whinston highlighted during his Yom Kippur sermon; as we support local refugee resettlement through training and hands-on efforts with JFS; as we join together on Erev Christmas to assist Saint Clare’s with their 3rd year of hosting a meal in our social hall for the community, to deliver beds to children in need through Friends in Deed on Christmas Day and as we pray together during our SAC Shabbat on Friday, March 24, and any other opportunities as they arise (which of course, they will). Thank you for making TBE a place where so much good lives. ~Social Action Chair, Shoshana Mandel Warner
Food Gatherer’s Community Kitchen at the Delonis Center
TBE provides ten volunteers on these days to prepare and serve food. 14 and 15 year-olds require a parent, teens 16+ do not. Online sign-up link in the weekly announcements. 1st Mondays 3-5 pm, 5-7 pm Contact Bette Cotzin at email@example.com. 2nd Saturdays 12-12:30 pm, 2:30-5 pm Contact Yuni Aaron at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back Door Food Pantry
Our very exciting news is that more than 100 TBE families donated over $16,000 to the BDFP in October and November, primarily as High Holiday donations! This very generous outpouring of support from such a large number of our members surpasses that of every previous year since TBE became a co-sponsor of the BDFP in 2009! THANK YOU VERY MUCH! What perfect timing! The number of patron families has skyrocketed very recently, with our largest ever turnout of 170 families on November 17, the week when, without a prior announcement, we distributed a turkey to every family who wanted one and offered other options to everyone else.Your donations will help us cover costs of our continually increasing food purchases from Food Gatherers so that we will not have to cut back on the range of food available to our patrons. Requests for non-cash donations: Please give us your extra 2017 non-religious CALENDARS for our patrons. Also, please consider replenishing our ever-dwindling supply of TOILETRIES---shampoo, deodorant, soap, moisturizing lotions, dental products, etc., which patrons cannot purchase with food stamps. Each week we distribute these items, full and travel-sized, to well over 100 families. Leave your unopened donations in the BDFP donation barrels in the coat closet near the TBE gift shop. Feel free to add non-perishable foods in non-breakable containers as well. Contact email@example.com for more information about the BDFP and about volunteering.
Sparks of Our Flame - Women of TBE SAVE THE DATE FOR D.A.M.E.S (Dinner in Appreciation of the Members of Our Extraordinary Sisterhood) Wednesday, January 18, 2017 (note date change) Come and join the Women of TBE for “A Taste of Israel” featuring Israeli-inspired dishes, Israeli wines and an entertaining program. This event is open to all paid-up WTBE members. If you haven’t paid your dues for 2016-2017 yet, you will have the opportunity to pay at the door. Watch for your invitation which will come via email in early December (those with no access to email will receive a paper invitation in the mail). Please note the date change of this event.
President Noreen DeYoung VP Administration Trina Fuller VP Membership Harriet Charson
Women of TBE Luncheon Monday, December 12 | 12:30 pm | Cardamom |1739 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor Contact Eva Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 734-995-5700 to reserve your place at the table. WE WELCOME NEWCOMERS!
VP Programming Carol Milstein
Historical Novel Reading Group | TBE Library | 12:30-2 pm Monday, December 19 - Pompeii by Robert Harris Monday, January 23 - Book TBA Contact Mollie Lindner for details at (734) 358-7180 or email@example.com.
VP Fundraising & Social Action Yuni Aaron
Fiber Arts Group Meets twice monthly on Thursdays Contact Bobbi Heilveil for details at 734-276-5741 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Treasurer Stephanie Newell
WTBE Trinkets & Treasures Postponed Please note that WTBE’s Trinkets and Treasures event has been postponed until Spring 2017!
Recording Secretary Tina Bissell
From the WTBE President The start of our interest groups has been met with much success. Our book group, fiber arts, and mahjong groups are meeting regularly. Participants have been enthusiastic and some social action projects are planned. Anyone interested in joining any of the groups can contact Noreen DeYoung at email@example.com. Website www.tbesisterhood. org
Watch for two new groups starting in after the new year. Cooking and cultural arts are being planned at this time. If you have any interests you would like share please let us know! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes! I want to join the TBE Sisterhood and share in the mitzvah of helping my community. Name_____________________________________________________ Address___________________________________________________ Phone________________ Email_ ______________________________ Please send a check (separate from your Temple dues) for $36 (sustaining membership level) or make an additional donation by paying $54, $72, or $108 (support at this level lets Sisterhood provide more to the community) to:
Questions? Harriet Charson, email@example.com.
TBE Sisterhood Attn: Membership, 2309 Packard St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Sparks of Our Flame - Brotherhood December is a busy month for Brotherhood.
President Bill Parkus firstname.lastname@example.org Treasurer Larry Yonovitz email@example.com Marty Ludington firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary Ralph Katz email@example.com Richard Corson richardcorson@ sbcglobal.net Jack Zaientz firstname.lastname@example.org Website tbebrotherhood.weebly. com/
Chanukah Latke Dinner Friday, December 16 | 6-7:30 pm | TBE Social Hall This is Brotherhoodâ€™s biggest fundraiser of the year. We are serving homemade Latkes with hotdogs, veggie dogs, (condiments: mustard, ketchup and sauerkraut) homemade apple sauce, sour cream, cole slaw. Let Brotherhood serve you Latkes first this Holiday season. $15 for adults and $8 for children under the age of 12. Free for children ages 2 and under. Tickets can be purchased at secure.templebethemeth.org or call the TBE office, 734-665-4744. Chag Sameach! JET Production of Handle With Care Sunday, December 11 | 2 pm A group of Brotherhood members and spouses will be attending a JET production of Handle With Care. We will do lunch at the Stage Deli in West Bloomfield ahead of the play. Brotherhood Guys Night Out Thursday, January 26 Details coming soon! If you are looking to build social connections with other men and couples, consider joining Brotherhood. Membership in Brotherhood is a good value. Annual dues of only $40 gets you a lot of programming and good times.
Be One of the Guys! â€“ Join Brotherhood.
Membership Form 2016/2017
We focus on what our membership really wants and needs. Past experience tells us that this does not appear to be monthly social meetings with speakers, deli trays and poker. The range of our events in the last few years is too big to list here, but we do know that an opportunity for fellowship will get attention and an email for help will get the job done. Check our website: tbebrotherhood.weebly.com. Return form with check for $40 Name________________________________________________________ dues, optional $50, $75 to:
Address______________________________________________________ Phone_ ______________________________________________________ Email________________________________________________________ Questions? Contact Bill Parkus at email@example.com.
Temple Beth Emeth Attn: Brotherhood, 2309 Packard St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Books and More
“Celebrating the TBE Archive” Sunday, December 11 | 4-6 pm | TBE Library The TBE Archives have found a new cozy home in our library, freshly organized with new finding aids by Bracha Pallazzola. Bracha will briefly explain what’s in the archives and how to find what your are looking for. Refreshments and good book talk will abound. In the TBE library, downstairs 2309 Packard.
2016 Faith & Food Garden Results The arrival of snow marks the end of this year’s growing season at Genesis’ Faith and Food Garden, which is cleverly hidden behind our main building. Due to the enormous efforts by Glenn Gates, unaffiliated volunteer extraordinaire, and Lisa Perschke, TBE’s Master Gardener, approximately 770 pounds of produce was grown in our garden. This was donated and enjoyed by the patrons of the Back Door Food Pantry (BDFP). In addition, Bill Chilton, a local farmer, donated 200 pounds of produce and Tappan Middle School students donated about 150 pounds. About 80 pounds of produce was donated by the JCC Early Childhood Center, 66.5 pounds from Congregation Beth Israel, 56 pounds from County Farm Park, and about an additional 200 pounds of produce was grown and donated by our neighbors and congregants. In total, the BDFP patrons enjoyed 1,525 pounds of fresh, healthy, locally grown vegetables. In their name, a big Thank You goes to all who helped create this bounty. If you want to lend a hand next year, please contact Bob Milstein via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Festival of Lights Festival of Lights Sunday, December 11 | 3-5:30 pm TBE is hosting this exciting program celebrating the work of JFS and Washtenaw County faith communities in the resettlement of refugees. Reception: 3–4 pm in the Social Hall. Food and drink will accompany a photo gallery of pictures taken by members of the refugee community. In addition, the Women of TBE will hold their annual Chanukah Bazaar and there will be lovely and light live background music by high school and college musicians. Program: 4–4:30 pm in the Sanctuary. Learn more about the resettlement program and how, through the support and resources of JFS, our hard work has helped transform the lives of many people, now productive citizens of Washtenaw County. There will be a short video presentation followed by a short program where we will be able to meet some of our newer neighbors. Concert: 4:30–5:30 pm in the Sanctuary. The event will continue with a choral concert that will focus on life and peace and the meaningful work that we can do together. Several area choirs will be singing, including a joint choir of St. Clare’s and TBE as well as the Middle and High School Shir Chadash Choir of TBE. The event will conclude with all singers from all of the choirs joining together in 3 special selections. This will be an afternoon like no other! Don’t miss out on the fun!
More from WTBE
Women of TBE Chanukah Bazaar Saturday, December 10 | 9 am-2 pm Sunday, December 11| 3-7:30 pm Everything you need for Chanukah and more! Gelt, candles, dreidels, menorahs, gift wrap, toys, cards, kitchen items, music, jewelry and unique gifts. From Fiber Arts Group We will be meeting on December 1 and December 15 at TBE from 7-9 pm. We would like to encourage anyone that is interested in Fiber Arts; knitting, crocheting, and crafty stuff to come and meet new people and have fun! We will begin our regular meetings in January. We will meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday starting January 12 from 7-9 pm and January 26 from 7-9 pm at TBE. The two meetings in January will be devoted to working on squares for a Peace Quilt that is being made in Israel. The goal for the quilt is to have 1 million squares and TBE wants to be a part of it! We will supply the squares and materials to make the squares. We are just asking each person to contribute $5 to cover the cost of the materials. Questions? Please call Leslie B. Rosenwasser at 734-323-5777. Piece for Peace| Join us in creating our Peace Quilt! Women from all around the world are creating individual fabric squares that, when sewn together, will make a huge patchwork quilt. Everyone, everywhere, is invited to contribute a PIECE FOR PEACE. The quilt will serve as an artistic expression of our desire for peace in our region. It will show the world that women can organize and act to end conflict. It will demonstrate, without violence and without words: women in Israel and in Palestine want peace! As women, we know that society is much like a patchwork quilt with different communities joining together to create a whole. We know how to connect and join; we know how to build bridges. We believe we can effect the change necessary to build a better, more peaceful society.
Dreidel Drive: TBE’s Spin on Giving TBE has paired with Jewish Family Services for our annual Dreidel Drive to bring a little holiday tzedakah to families in our community.
How it Works: • Pick up a dreidel tag off the dreidel board outside the TBE office with JFS clients’ wishes on it. • Enjoy shopping and choosing gifts that go directly to the client who requested it. • Return gift, UNWRAPPED, to TBE by Friday, December 9 with the tag attached. Who it Supports: Gifts are distributed by JFS to children or older adults of families facing financial difficulties. JFS clients are diverse in religion, race, ethnicity, and culture. Your gifts will reach all corners of the community and assist in making this holiday season special for everyone. Contact Melanie Calef (email@example.com). We hope you’ll join us in supporting this wonderful opportunity to give back to those in need this holiday season!
TBE Cemetery FAQ
The TBE Memorial Garden, at Arborcrest Cemetery on Glazier Way, is managed by the TBE Cemetery Committee. This article covers a few of the questions most frequently asked. There is a link on the TBE website (www.templebethemeth.org) under “About Us” and then under “Cemetery Lots” for these documents: • Brochure • Price List • Recent survey highlights • Comparison of burial and cremation costs • TBE Bereavement Guide 1. Who can be buried in the TBE Cemetery? Cemetery lots are available to both members and non-members. Non-Jewish family members may be buried in accordance with TBE practice that follows Jewish burial traditions. 2. Why plan your burial estate now? Thinking about cemetery lots makes most people uncomfortable. Jewish laws and traditions are clear and specific regarding death and burial. If planned ahead, some of the decisions that must be made by a family in a limited time period and in the presence of deep grief can be eliminated. More families are securing burial lots as a normal part of estate planning. Purchasing now makes economic sense since prices increase with inflation. Lots may be sold back to TBE if necessary. 3. Who maintains the cemetery lots? An irrevocable trust fund regulated by Michigan law ensures the perpetual maintenance of Arborcrest. Neither you nor your family will ever be assessed a fee for maintenance. 4. If cremation is chosen, can cremains be buried in a traditional lot? Yes. Up to two cremains may be buried in a traditional lot. The Memorial Garden has a designated cremation area with six cremains per lot. Two may be placed under one marker if the original cremation container is used. Please see the price comparison document on the website, and the photo of the cremation area. 5. Who do I contact to find out more about the TBE cemetery? Contact the executive director, SooJi Min, 665-4744, for further information, or any member of the cemetery committee listed at the end of this article. Visits to the site can be arranged. Marty Ludington, 269-967-1556 Ronnie Simon, 429-5935 Gretta Spier, 662-3250
Ken Handwerger, 662-0154 Harriet Charson, 528-1061 Andrea Ludwig, 302-3555
TBE Sisterhood Gift Shop Looking for a special item? We have the best prices & can save you the cost of shipping! Wednesdays | 4-6 pm Fridays | 6:30-7:30 pm Sundays | 5:30-7 pm or By Appointment Call Amy Paberzs, 668-6842 or 417-5312 to make an appointment.
More from Social Action Interfaith Hospitality Network at Alpha House
We Need YOU! The next TBE/St. Clare’s week at Alpha House is Monday, December 19 through Sunday, December 25. There are many opportunities for both families and individuals to volunteer: Breakfast: prepare and serve breakfast Dinner 1: prepare and drop off child-friendly dinner for 25 people Dinner 2: serve dinner, eat with resident families Playtime: supervise/play with resident children in large playroom (or outside weather permitting) Overnight (adult only): Spend the night and be available for “unusual situations.” (Sleep in own room - linens provided.) Please email Kelly Parent at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, would like to volunteer, or would like to learn more.
In the Community Ann Arbor Cantata Singers Auditions Join us as we prepare for our Holiday Concert | December 4 We are a small mixed-voice choir celebrating our 54th year in Ann Arbor. We continue to bring excellent choral literature to the greater Ann Arbor community. We rehearse at St. Paul Lutheran on Tuesdays from 7-9:15 pm starting September 27. To schedule your audition, please contact our Musical Director, Dr. Ann Marie Koukios at 734-662-4536, ext. 25. JCC Movie Event – On The Map Thursday, December 8 | 6-8 pm | Palmer Commons On the Map—Documentary about Israel’s championship basketball team victory over the Soviets for the European Cup at UM Palmer Commons’ Forum Theater. For more information contact email@example.com or call her at 734-971-0990. Sponsored by Fran & Irwin Martin, Lauren & Eric Metzendorf, Pamela & Stephen Landau. Sign up here: http://jccannarbor. org/activity/movie-on-the-map-dec-8-palmer-commons/. Book Launch! Hillel at Michigan 1926/27-1945 | Struggles of Jewish Identity in a Pivotal Era Sunday, December 11 | 12:30-2 pm | Lunch Included | Michigan Hillel, 1429 Hill St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104 Andrei S. Markovits of the University of Michigan will introduce his new book during a lecture with brief readings. This work celebrates Michigan Hillel’s 90th anniversary almost to the day (as it was founded on December 12, 1926) and represents the first published installment on Jewish students’ experiences at the University of Michigan. Dr. Markovits is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and the Karl W. Deutsch Collegiate Professor of Comparative Politics and German Studies at U of M. RSVP for this event at this link: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/dXFp7jj2yLZktvHTDjO1hg. Ann Arbor Folk Festival January 27 & 28 | Hill Auditorium, 825 North University Two concerts of roots and acoustic music to benefit The Ark. Features well-known acts along with musicians on the rise. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contribution Form – TBE Donations Please find enclosed $________ as a donation to the _________________
Please send acknowledgement to:
Fund in honor/memory of_______________________________________ _____________________________________________________________
Address____________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________
TBE Funds: Adult Education, Building, Cantor’s Discretionary, Caring Community, Flower, General Fund, Isaac and Pearl Levine Educational, Genesis Landscape, Library, Melvin & Lois Levy Endowment Fund, Memorial Garden Care, Oneg Fund, Music, Rabbi Whinston’s Discretionary, Religious Education, Professional Development Fund in Honor of Ronnie Simon, Social Action, Social Action for Alpha House, Back Door Food Pantry, Spiritual Life, Year of Torah,Youth, Youth Scholarship Fund, Mitzvah Day. Sisterhood Funds: College Connections, Barbara F. Heilveil Campership Fund, Sponsorship Fund. Contributions are tax-deductible.
Donor’s Name __________________________________ Address____________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________
Donations AARTY Future Programming Theodore & Wendy Lawrence David Uhlmann & Virginia Murphy
Library Fund In memory of my mother, Mildred Lurraine, from Anne Lawrence.
Back Door Food Pantry In honor of the friendship & hospitality of Marian Cohen & Sheldon Ginns, from Fran & Jack Weinstein. In memory of Noreen De Young’s mother, from Ed & Ellie Davidson. In honor of the 50th Wedding Anniversary of our friends Peggy & Jim Thomas, from Fran & Jack Weinstein. Theodore & Wendy Lawrence
Memorial Garden Care Fund In memory of George Chodoroff, father of Brian Chodoroff, from Andrea & Bob Ludwig. In memory of Estelle Horowitz, mother of Noreen De Young, from Andrea & Bob Ludwig. In memory of Dan Teitelbaum, from Andrea & Bob Ludwig. In honor of Odie Elden, from Andrea & Bob Ludwig.
Cantor’s Discretionary Fund In honor of Ella Solomon’s Bat Mitzvah, from Ronald & Susan Polansky. With gratitude to Cantor Hayut for her kindness and support after the death of Brian’s father, from Patty Benson & Brian Chodoroff.
Melvin & Lois Levy Endowment For all you’ve done for our family-in particular Lila’s Bat Mitzvah in Israel, from Jay & Suzanne Mahler.
General Fund In memory of my father-in-law, Stanford “Sandy” Izenson, from Gwynne Osaki. Neal Belitsky & Charlene Kawchak Belitsky In memory of Brian Chodoroff’s father, from Stephanie Newell. Fred & Rebecca Hankin In memory of George Chodoroff, father of Brian Chodoroff, from Wendy & Theodore Lawrence. In memory of George Chodoroff, father of Brian Chodoroff, from Ronnie Shapiro. In honor of our granddaughter, Abby Kohn’s Bat Mitzvah, from her Bubbie & Saideh (Sheila & Sheldon Kohn). In memory of Felicia Weiss & her parents, from Mark & Romana Solent. In memory of George Chodoroff, father of Brian Chodoroff, from Susan & Dave Gitterman. In memory of Mary Newell, from Stephanie Newell.
Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund Mazel Tov Josh! We are so very proud of you and wish you years of a good life in your new home! From Harriet & Bruce Raful. In honor of Ella Solomon’s Bat Mitzvah, from Ronald & Susan Polansky. In memory of Jessie Horowitz, from Martin & Gale Stolzenberg. With thanks to Rabbi Whinston for High Holy Day services, and in honor of my children, Adele & Doug Brinkman and their family, from Sylvia Brochstein. In memory of Beatrice Weinstein, from Fran & Jack Weinstein. With gratitude to Rabbi Whinston for his kindness and support after death of Brian’s father, from Patty Benson & Brian Chodoroff. In honor of Rabbi Whinston, from Mark & Roma Solent. In honor of the birth of Charlie Ruff, from Allison & Aaron Ruff. In appreciation of Rabbi Whinston, for being part of the family through streaming, from Trudy Wasserman. Paul & Judy Freedman
Landscape Fund In memory of Rona Moscow & Sidney Cohen, from Robert Cohen & Ruth Moscow-Cohen.
Religious Education Fund In honor of our daughters, from Robert Cohen & Ruth Moscow-Cohen. Deborah Zivan
21 TBE 50th Anniversary Jesse Bernstein Barry Shapiro & Simone Yehuda Fred & Rebecca Hankin Greg & Toby Lewis Andrea & Bob Ludwig Louis & Julie Nagel Back Door Food Pantry AARTY YK Drive Benjamin & Julie Cohen Arthur & Elizabeth Solomon Yizkor Book Benjamin & Julie Cohen
Please consider making a year-end donation to Temple Beth Emeth’s General Fund by January 18! Checks must be dated with a December date. https://secure.templebethemeth.org/?q=node/51
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Eve Berman Elmer Boadway Annie Bessie Cohen Rolla Eisler S.J. Elden Ilse Frankel Marjorie Gorbagy Minnie Gross Pinchas Gurfinkel Frances Gutfreund Hershel Hermalin Tessie Horowitz Izabella Kandisbrat Martin Katz Maryhelen Kestenbaum Henry Koosis Muriel Kulwin Fannie Kuperman Leonard Leftwich Ruth Lieberman Katherine Mayerstein Harry Miller Sandy Rosenthal Mark Roth Kate Savishinsky Barbara Scodel Rose Sherick Irwin Silverman Sylvia Smith Martha Stein Dora Stolzenberg Clarine Swartz Ilona Zucker
Jack Adler Helen Belitsky Henry Belzer Blanche Belzer Doreen Brenner Elaine Colton Morton Eisenberg Maurice Fauman Nathan Fink Miki Freeman Hilda Friedman Pauline Gainey Alice Gutmann David Harris Peter Herzog Bella Kadis Barbara Kaplan Ruth Klunover Morris Levin Mary Love Kasselberg Harold Rayberg Gayle Saini Mamie Sandweiss Abe Schmier Robert Silver Dorothy Silverman Kassey Spiegel Lucille Spring Bud Steiner Michael Wainer Gloria Wayne Pesia Wecker Esther Wolf Rita Wolfe
Patricia Borquez Bernard Brawer Abraham Brochstein Charles Bromberg Edith Burchman Inga Cantor-Clawson Albert Coffman Sophie Eisenberg Samuel Federman Carlton Field (Junior) Saul Frank James Glassner Samuel Hamburger Steven Harnick Alice Jarvis Sally Katz Louis Katz Estelle Klein Harry Kotlarsky Stephen Levine Aaron Lipset Paul Melnick Amotz Morag Sylvia Neff Norbert Reinstein Lotta Shumacher Honey Siegel Sadie Silberschein Samuel Tumarkin Richard Vermeulen Edward Yonovitz Paul Zegelbaum
Marle Abramson Hugo Adler Andrea Avere Emma Bernstein Allen Bobroff Celia Bornstein Eva Cohen Peter Copeland Alvin Edelson Linda England Doris Fauman Julius Federman Hy Freedland Alexander Friedman Sarah Ginns Genivieve Goff Frank Goldberg Gene Goodman Selma Hamrick Fanny Harris Morris Kazanow Dan Kerr Mary Kroll Leonard Kronheim Bernice Laba Bernice Lapedis Regina Levy William Loewenstein Carolyn Parkus Carrie Riff Myra Robbins Aaron Ross Ruth Siegan Irving Sigal Eleanor Simon Harriet Stern Menja Tomas Ruth Young
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S. Daniel Levit Estera Zekic Sam Solomon Jean Katz Elizabeth Lichtenstein Jaffee Sadye Eisen Isadore Shepps Bobbie Kulwin Morris Rubin Ada Bohm Samuel Loundy Esther Gitterman Samuel Taubman Jerome Mirsky Hershel Weil Ross Levine Lola Taubman Geri Rudd Larry Kimball Richard Nupuf Alan Holliday Louis Wagner Geri Rudd Saul Gorne Frieda Soren Sidney Robbins Carol Isaacson Shemaryahu Talmon Benjamin Kroll Betty Freedman
Hattie Lansky Dorothy Wolff Arthur Glick Joseph Lansky Herbert Joseph Pauline Segel Betty Fagin Yaakov Dorfman Solomon Hurwitz Donald Schron Walter Block Herbert Shepard Sidney Orenstein George Frischer Bernard Cohen Louis Sacks Tillie Boxer Jacob Brull Libby Yarows Melvin Morgenstern Rachel Fox Steven Weininger Shirley Koosis D.J. Kimball Josephine Katz Richard Waldinger Molly Berg Alene Kramer William Reinhart Eric Kinder Harry Bronstein Janice Sondheimer Shirley Sucher Rena Wax Fae Weiss Norman Greenspoon Jan Perel Robert Shoher Angelo DiPietro Gustav Shapiro Evelyn Applebaum
Marion Walsh Mayer Ravin Samuel Schlimovich Martin Eisenberg Betty Malette Juliana Zirinsky Grace Borowitz Juliana Zirinsky Sadie Liebling Lancelot Powondra Leatrice Brawer Emanuel Kirsch Bella Lipset William McDermott Margorie Fitzpatrick Rose Baru Paul Maleson Russell Perel Jacob Adler Mary Modell Mollie Rothenberg Mildred Carron Meyer Wiss Udell Gill Kenneth Callow Sam Boxer Eva Zegelbaum Marilynn Collins Fae Reiner
Clara Stone David Katz Ben Harold Celia Cohen Jack Ginns Paul Elden Hazel Fisher Irene Freedman Randall Fagin Jennie Stiefel Florence Muskovitz William Brandis Cantor Larry Charson Reneâ€™e Juda Carol Weiss Sally Honigstock Lucille Stohlman Vivian Domenick Irene Goldberg Warren Shwayder Sophie Litt Jack Ludington Diana Stalburg Beatrice Lawrence Mildred Spoon Rosalyn Cunningham Alysse Benn Maurice Lax Elaine Becker Seymour Yarows Essie Lichtenstein David Marsh Julian Lichtenstein Theresa Weisberg Julias Silverman Thayer Warshaw Richard Shwayder Ruth Reed Pearl Levine Franklin Simon Eva Mendelsohn Benjamin Juda
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