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Temple Beth Emeth | 2016 New Member Bulletin

Welcome to TBE! We are delighted to have you as part of our Temple family! To help new members feel more familiar with TBE history and programs, we have created this newsletter. We will not be listing every event, as the website has wonderful details about many aspects of Temple life, but rather adding a bit of extra information. If you have any questions, or if we can assist you as you become involved in the congregation, please feel free to contact us, Becky Hankin, or 734-476-1690 or SooJi Min, TBE Executive Director, ( or 734-665-4744). We want our congregants to feel deeply connected to one another, to the synagogue and to Jewish life; to feel valued, known and supported. We hope you will have many happy and fulfilling years at TBE and feel at home here. Welcome!

@templebethemetha2 | 2309 Packard Street Ann Arbor, MI 48104 | (734) 665-4744

Shabbat at TBE

Friday Night is Temple Night

Shabbat is a time for us to unwind and celebrate the end of the week. At TBE we do this with song and various warm gatherings. We hope you will give one or more a try until you find the right one for you and your family!

TOT SHABBAT 5:45 pm | Tot Shabbat | Celebrate the Shabbat with stories, songs, and fun, age-appropriate learning for children ages 0-5. 6:15 pm | Tot Family Dinner: Macaroni and Cheese, Fish Sticks, Applesauce, and a Salad Bar

COMMUNITY SHABBAT SERVICES 7:30 pm | Congregational Service 8:50 am (Saturdays) | Torah Study with Rabbi Whinston 10 am (Saturdays) | Shabbat Service in the Chapel or in the sanctuary when we are helping to celebrate a Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

If you are unable to attend any or all of these special Shabbat Services, remember that you can watch the Congregational Shabbat Service streamed live on the web. Go to: The link becomes active 30 minutes before the service begins.


Forty years ago, St. Clare’s Episcopal Church and Temple Beth Emeth signed an agreement of co-ownership of our place of worship. In a world in which people fight wars and shed blood over religious differences, we stand as “or l’goyim”, in a light to the nations. The essence of Genesis is strength of each other of its individual congregations and the mutual respect for each other’s beliefs. It is an example for us, our children and the community at large, that a church and a synagogue live together in friendship. One of the very special Genesis events is the “Erev Thanksgiving” service (as it is called by members of both St. Clare’s and Temple Beth Emeth) held on the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving. Since Thanksgiving is an American holiday, rather than a religious holiday, it is an ideal time for members of the two congreations to join together in a service of thanksgiving. The service is led by clergy from both congregations and by the choirs of both St. Clare’s and TBE. A portion is read from the Torah and “the plate” is passed to collect donations for a local social justice organization.

Back Door Food Pantry

During the first 4 months of 2016, the BDFP has distributed food to a total of 1,795 households, representing 6,372 individuals with an average of 3 1/2 clients per family. Along with huge weekly orders of perishable and non-perishable food purchased from Food Gatherers, we have been fortunate to receive a vast amount of donated food from both FG and our local supporters. Thank you for continuing to contribute non-perishable food and personal hygiene items which you can put in the BDFP barrel in the coat closet near Sisterhood’s gift shop. Although Food Gatherers awarded the BDFP a very generous Carrot Grant of $38,000 for this fiscal year, 2015-2016, we need your help raising the balance of our annual expenses, which exceeded $30,000 last year. To TBE members who have made financial contributions to the BDFP, we send hearty thanks. It is never too late to join them. In addition to recognizing over 100 present and past volunteers at an April reception, we want to give special thanks to a very devoted and caring group of over 20 TBE members who have continued to volunteer regularly this year! We always welcome new and returning volunteers as well. For more information about donating money, food or toiletries and about volunteering, contact

Bar and Bat Mitzvah – Not Just for Young People The TBE community has been blessed by the joy and accomplishment of adults in our community becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Some choose to do so because they are fulfilling a dream, some because they want to share an experience with a child, some because they want to learn and some because it is part of their spiritual journey. Rabbi Whinston and Cantor Hayut will be delighted to work with you toward becoming an adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah. While there are no formal classes planned, if there is interest, a class will be organized. Until that time, individualized studies will be arranged for those who would like to experience this most special moment in the Jewish life cycle.

Making Music

As your probably know (and love), TBE is a music-loving congregation! When you come to services, please join in the singing. Are you aware that TBE has four choirs and two instrumental bands? If you or a someone in your family really loves to sing or play an instrument, consider joining one of our remarkable musical ensembles. Kol No’ar, the TBE Youth Choir (3rd-5th grade students) Middle School Shir Chadash (6th-8th grade students) High School Shir Chadash (9th-12th grade students) Shir Chadash Band (6th-12th grade instrumentalists) Kol Halev (Adult Choir) Mizmoret (Adult Worship Band)

We all welcome your music and enthusiasm. Newcomers are embraced. You don’t need to read music or have any professional training. Our Cantor, Regina Hayut, would love to have you join in on the fun. Email or call 734-665-4744.


There are fabulous opportunities for the youth of our congregation to strengthen their Jewish identities through spiritual exploration, community service, social events and educational programming outside their formal Religious/Hebrew school classes. TBE has youth group activities for three age groups: Rishonim members are provided with opportunities to socialize with their Jewish peers. Kadima members take part in a variety of activities in a Jewish context. They are also introduced to activities with other Reform Jewish youth on a regional level. High school students have programming in religious, social action, education and social areas, and have their own elected officers. AARTY is affiliated with other Reform Jewish youth on a national and regional level.


Caring Community is run by Rabbi Josh Whinston and Cantor Regina Hayut, with the assistance of congregant leadership, who are committed to making TBE an inclusive and participatory community. Caring Community groups are for TBE members only unless otherwise mentioned. There will be times when either sadness or joy enters your lives and you may wish to talk immediately with Rabbi Josh Whinston or Cantor Hayut. They can be reached at Temple, 734-665-4744, or on their cell phones. Please do not hesitate to call them 24/7. When you need the Temple, we will be there. Rabbi Whinston: 858-735-7824 Cantor Hayut: 201-280-2076 You can also call our Executive Director, SooJi Min: 312-671-0612.


Be sure to check out the terrific adult education offerings for this semester, TBE is committed to education, but not just for our children. While some of you joined TBE specifically to enhance your children’s education, we would also like to invite you—the adults—to join in the life of the congregation so that it becomes a place of learning and growth for you. Learn for yourself and for the sake of your children. Check the website for details about the various offerings; women’s Torah study, learning to lead a shiva minyan, book groups, and more.

CANTOR REGINA LAMBERT-HAYUT Cantor Regina Lambert-Hayut joined the TBE family in July 2014. Cantor Hayut brings a wide range of experiences with her, having previously served several congregations in northern New Jersey during her student days at Hebrew Union College Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music and since her ordination in May 2002. In addition to her joy of being on the bima, Cantor Hayut enjoys teaching students of all ages in a wide variety of topics, including the joys of Jewish text study, Torah cantillation, Jewish music and prayers. Prior to her cantorial studies, Cantor Hayut chose to pursue a career in music, setting aside her college degree in Biological Chemistry. She sang opera and musical theater in and around New York City but found herself excited and intrigued by her small ‘gig’ as a cantorial soloist on Long Is-land. After more than 4 years in congregational life and the support of her then newlywed husband Avishay and many friends already professionals in the cantorate, she chose to shift her musical focus from singing on stage for an audience to singing her love of Judaism from the bima (which means stage in Hebrew) to a congregation. Moving from the NY Metro area, her only home since childhood, with Avishay and their two teenage sons Yoav and Alon, has been a wonderful journey as they have all truly found themselves at home here in Ann Arbor and at TBE. Cantor Hayut hopes that you, too, will find yourself a home here at Temple Beth Emeth!

Staff Directory RABBI JOSH WHINSTON The fact that one moment Rabbi Whinston can be crawling on the floor telling a story to children and the next he can be sitting with a group of adult learners studying texts is one of the things Rabbi Whinston loves most about being a rabbi. Rabbi Whinston is an accomplished song leader and is passionate about spiritual payer, social justice issues, and supporting local community endeavors. In his free time, Rabbi Whinston enjoys scuba diving, international travel, cooking, and baking. Rabbi Whinston is married to Sarah Raful Whinston and the proud father of Mollie, Eva and Ori Whinston. Rabbi Josh Whinston was ordained from the Los Angeles campus of the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in May 2009. He has served congregations in Connecticut, California, and Washington. In addition to his rabbinic ordination, Rabbi Whinston was awarded a Masters in Hebrew Letters and a Masters in Jewish Education during his six years at HUC-JIR. Most recently, Rabbi Whinston began a program of study to be awarded a Doctorate in Pastoral Ministry from HUC-JIR.

SOOJI MIN Executive Director SooJi Min joined TBE’s senior staff in July 2011. She is an experienced nonprofit manager and most recently served as the executive director of the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH), a nonprofit policy and advocacy organization that focuses on adolescent sexual health and parenting. At ICAH, Min focused the agency’s programming to develop leadership among youth from communities of color; advocate for community, institutional, societal, and policy changes impacting low-income and marginalized communities; and build a grassroots network of allied social justice organizations. She is on the board of the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health and on the governing board of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. Min is an alum of Selah Leadership Program’s National Executive Cohort 9, a 2010 Chicago Community Trust Fellow, served on the Illinois Human Services Commission and was also awarded a 2010 Impact Award by the Chicago Foundation for Women. Previously, SooJi was the executive director of Korean American Community Services, a comprehensive social service agency in Chicago. She served for six years on the board of the Asian Health Council Coalition of Illinois (AHCI) and chaired its annual fundraiser for four consecutive years. In 2008, AHCI presented Min with its Outstanding Community Health Advocate award. She is a 2007 Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership delegate and a 2006 Leadership Greater Chicago fellow. She is a graduate of Barnard College and holds master’s degrees from Northwestern University and The University of Chicago.

TERRI GINSBURG Director of Education This is Terri’s 21st year at TBE as Director of Education. She grew up in the Philadelphia area and was very involved in Jewish youth groups and Israeli dance. She got a B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in folklore at U of PA; taught children with learning disabilities; and got a Master’s Degree in Reading and Language Arts from U of PA. She spent a semester on kibbutz and a year living in Jerusalem when her children were quite young. She loves to hike, bike and read, spend time with family – especially her three young grandchildren. Earlier in her professional career, she worked as an elementary school teacher and a reading specialist. She found her true passion when she became involved in Jewish education.

Staff Directory VICTORIA GROSS Account Administrator She has been here at Tem ple Beth Emeth for over 5 years! She truly enjoys working here because it gives her the chance to interact with a variety of fun people. She has lived in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area for the last 21 years, since her arrival from Ukraine at age 21. Her husband and her have a 10 year old son named Alex. In her spare time she volunteers for the Humane Society of Michigan by providing administrative support for their “Bountiful Bowl Program” and some occasional dog walking! Her husband and her also use every opportunity to support the Autism Collaborative Center at Eastern Michigan University and to educate our communities about Autism and other mental health disabilities. Call her if you have any questions about your accounts or other membership related information.

DANIELLE GOLDBERG Programs & Youth Manager Danielle is a recent graduate of George Washington University with a Masters of Education with a concentration in Jewish Experiential Education. One of Danielle’s strengths is her ability to relate to people of all backgrounds. Her previous experience has included working both in museums, in a variety of positions, as well as working as the driving force behind organizing the All Community Passover event at Temple Micah in Washington, DC. Danielle comes to us from Congregation Rodfei Zedek in Chicago. Danielle has traveled extensively both for education and to visit her parents who live in Papua New Guinea. Danielle enjoys good coffee and spending time with her two dogs. Danielle is excited to start working to design innovative programs for the Temple Beth Emeth community. She recently moved to Ann Arbor from Chicago with her two dogs.

SARAH WRIGHT Religious School Coordinator She is originally from Iowa, but has been living in Michigan for the past 5 years. She graduated from DePaul University with her Masters in Education in 2011 and moved from Chicago to Saline with her boyfriend Dustin. She has worked in the school system and have thoroughly enjoyed working with youth in an academic environment. She has been with TBE since July 2015 and is truly enjoying her time here as the School Assistant for both Hebrew and Religious School. During her spare time, she loves to go to Karaoke, play euchre with her friends, and take her puppy Miles on walks. Please feel free to reach out to her regarding any questions you may have about Religious school and Hebrew school at TBE!

NELLIE STANSBURY Communications Coordinator Nellie joined the TBE staff as the Communications Coordinator in January, 2016. She is a recent graduate from Allegheny College, with degrees in Creative Writing with an emphasis on Poetry, and Historical Literature. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Nellie returned to A2 and was excited to join the TBE family. Contact Nellie with any questions about TBE programs and events.

CLARE KINBERG Librarian She came to librarianship later in life after a 20-year career as editor of Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal. She loves helping people choose books to read, talking to writers, and reading books to students young and not so young. She was born in St. Louis and lived there until 1986 when she moved to New York to be on the staff of New Jewish Agenda and she has worked professionally in the Jewish community ever since. Her partner Patti and her celebrated 35 years together in 2016. Please come down to the library to visit her.

Staff Directory AMIE BROCKMAN Account Manager Amie has worked at TBE for the past 5.5 years. She began as a contractual bookkeeper and currently is the account manager. Originally from the U.P., Amie has lived in the Ann Arbor area for ten years. She enjoys being outdoors, working on DIY home projects, and spending time with her husband, cat and three rabbits.

Fun at TBE!

WHITNEY LIBERTY Clergy Executive Assistant Whitney joined the TBE staff as Executive Clergy Assistant in July 2016. Among many other things, she coordinates appointments for Rabbi Whinston and Cantor Lambert-Hayut. She grew up in Fowlerville, MI and currently lives in Ypsilanti. Before joining the TBE staff, Whitney worked at a media research firm in Ann Arbor as an analyst. She enjoys music, movies (good and bad alike), and is recently obsessed with dramatic horror and sci-fi podcasts.

More W ays to G et


WOMEN OF TBE WTBE is open to all members of the Temple community. WTBE members provide invaluable services to the congregation as a whole. They provide educational programs, support for youth activities by raising money for them, a wonderful gift-shop with Judaica including gifts for B’nai Mitzvah, weddings, birthdays and more. To learn more, contact president Noreen DeYoung at ndeyoung@

BROTHERHOOD Brotherhood is open to everyone in our community. They provide support for many Temple programs as well as fellowship for their members. Some of their activities include Shabbat Morning Coffee Corner, Chanukah Latke Dinner and a Congregational Picnic held each August. To learn more or get involved, contact president Bill Parkus at

RUACH AND RENAISSANCE (R&R) SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE Social Justice is a hallmark of the Reform Jewish movement. The TBE Social Action Committee brings information about justice issues to our community through educational programs, through email alerts and by sponsoring and participating in a variety of community social action activities such as volunteering at Alpha House (shelter for homeless families), the Back Door Food Pantry, preparing dinner at the Delonis Center Community Kitchen, and hosting a Social Action Shabbat. To learn more about Social Action Committee, contact chair Shoshana Mandel at

For TBE adults ages 40 and up; monthly social, educational, religious and cultural activities by and for members. To learn more, or to get involved, contact: Miriam Shaw at

TWENTIES AND THIRTIES (TNT) TNT is a social community of couples, singles, and young families at TBE. TNT activities have included canoeing on the Huron River, Torah on Tap, Sangria in the Sukkah and many more. To learn more about TNT, contact Programs Manager Danielle Goldberg at

Other Resources

TBE HOTLINE We also coordinate funeral announcements with Beth Israel Congregation, the Conservative congregation in Ann Arbor. As part of our efforts to support those who suffer a loss and to celebrate with those who have a “simcha,” TBE instituted an email hotline. Through this list:

- Congregants are notified of

funeral arrangements and/or shiva gatherings

- Solicitation of assistance for

families in need of support during a crisis

- Congregants are notified of

“simchas,” such as the births of our newest members, etc!

WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS The office sends weekly email announcements every Thursday morning to the entire congregation. This is a handy way to stay current with activities at TBE!

SHARING NEWS WITH OTHER CONGREGANTS Be sure to let our Temple Executive Director, SooJi Min, know if you would like to receive these emails as well as when you want something included! Contact her at

@templebethemetha2 | 2309 Packard Street Ann Arbor, MI 48104 | (734) 665-4744

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