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October 2011 • Volume 25 • Issue 10

A Reform Congregation Embracing Our Jewish Tradition

Events KOL NIDRE— Friday, October 7 Service begins at 8:00 p.m. (only one service) YOM KIPPUR— Saturday, October 8 8:00 a.m. Early Service 11:30 a.m. Late Service

High Holy Day Info. Cover

2:30 p.m. Family Service

YIZKOR MEDITATION— Alterman Outdoor Chapel— 3:30 p.m. YOM KIPPUR AFTERNOON SERVICE— YIZKOR— N’EILAH begins at 4:00 p.m. BREAK THE FAST— after the conclusion of N’eilah at approximately 7:00 p.m. (Sponsored by TBT’s Sisterhood)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Let’s Talk Israel Page 9

5:30 p.m. - Dinner and Decorating the Sukkah 7:00 p.m. - Sukkot Service in Outdoor Chapel

We will be collecting canned food donations for North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC).

Falcons Fundraiser Page 6

Sisterhood & Men’s Club Events Page 8

Fruits, friends, and fun!

Bring a dairy dinner and a picnic blanket; drinks and dessert are provided. All are welcome. Join the TBT family to celebrate Sukkot!

Seniors Luncheon Page 2

Youth News/Events Page 7


Bring paper fruits, colorful chains, and other items from home to hang. We will also have craft materials to create new decorations.

Havdalah Todah Page 2

Celebrate with us as we find out how long the Torah is…

Wednesday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m.

MJCCA Book Festival - TBT Sponsors Event: Senator Lieberman Page 12 Food of the Month and Operation Isaiah Page 13

Be a part of our circle as we unroll the Torah scroll to view it in its entirety! Join us as we celebrate the completion of reading the Torah and begin anew. This wonderful celebration is a multi-generational event for the entire family—it’s not to be missed! Bring your Israeli flags, your toy Torah Scrolls… rejoice and march with us in song!

Please RSVP if you plan to attend the Sukkot dinner and to decorate the sukkah by October 9 to or call 770-642-0434 News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

Join us on Thursday, October 20 at 10:00 a.m. as we observe Shemini Atzeret and remember our loved ones during Yizkor

Sukkot is about Journeys Without a doubt, my favorite Jewish holy day is Sukkot. It is not a just a ―holiday‖ since it is filled with sacred messages about life and faith.

along the way, / But in having made the journey, / state by stage – A sacred pilgrimage.‖ Our ancestors made the pilgrimage to Jerusalem on Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot. While we hope everyone makes their pilgrimage to Jerusalem at some point in their lives, we also hope that you take some time to learn more about the Festival of Sukkot and celebrate with us on Wednesday and Thursday, October 12 and 13.

I have always been drawn to the message that Passover is about our liberation from slavery and degradation. Shavuot is when we receive the Torah. But Sukkot marks our journey. It is about real life. While we are living in huts, sukkot, that provide some basic protection, the reality is that they are still quite fragile. Doesn‘t that represent our lives? No matter how much insurance we have, how strong the walls of our houses might be, how many people are invested in our successes, we acknowledge during Sukkot that our lives are delicate and fragile, so we have to make the journey matter. And what about this journey? Where are we going? Of course, to the Promised Land! We have a destination. What matters most is not that we arrive, but that we move in the right direction and that we live a life filled with meaning and purpose and faith. That‘s what it means to take the journey, as the famous poem from Rabbi Alvin Fine teaches: ―Birth is a beginning, / And death a destination; / But life is a journey, / A going—a growing / From stage to stage. / … From defeat to defeat to defeat -- / Until, looking backward or ahead, / We see that victory lies / Not at some high place

We will observe the tradition of expressing gratitude for the harvest in Israel, we will dwell in the Sukkah as our youngest friends in our community decorate it (5:30 p.m.), we will welcome all of our friends and families to join us for a dairy picnic, and we will join together in tefilah (services) outside at our Alterman Chapel (at 7:00 p.m.). Look at our flyers and info in this newsletter for more information. (And since this is a harvest festival, let‘s bring a can or two or five, for North Fulton Community Charities to give thanks for the food we have received and help others who are not as fortunate!) For more about Sukkot, check out In the meantime, I hope your New Year will be sweet, with good health, and much joy. Rabbi Fred Greene

Join us for our first Seniors Luncheon of the Season!

A Special Havdalah “Todah” (Thank You) for TBT Donors Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

Seniors Lunch and Learn October 10, 2011 11:30 a.m.

Havdalah Service in the Sukkah Wine, Cheese and Dessert Reception

How would you like to feel better, improve your balance and avoid falls? Come and learn the answers to these important issues from a professional.

As the High Holidays come to a close, we will begin the New Year with this special Havdalah Todah service and gathering to thank and honor TBT donors.

Please RSVP to Ruth Zeidman at 770-552-1966.

We encourage all donors who have given to TBT over the last year to join in this community gathering and celebration.

You’ll like the way you feel, I guarantee it.


News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

Notes from Cantor Kassel heightened awareness is, quite honestly, exhausting – but I wouldn‘t have it any other way.

Bitter-sweet: with an emphasis on the SWEET! Last month, my nephew Tobias Leventhal became a Bar Mitzvah here at Temple Beth Tikvah. It was the sweetest of experiences for me personally and for the extended family as well. I have been a ‗guest‘ aunt/cousin-Cantor for B‘nai Mitzvah and weddings at The Temple in Atlanta, at Congregation Mikveh Israel in Savannah, and Temple Micah in Denver. Finally – a family simcha was held at Temple Beth Tikvah and we welcomed in family from all over the country and Israel.

Judaism acknowledges that there are different paths to God and to living holy lives, but if you are born into Judaism, or have chosen Judaism – its beauty and richness are here for the taking. We, the People of Israel, are called to engage (‗Yisrael‘ – means: one who struggles with the Divine) rather than to be passive in our lives. The mundane details of our day-today lives often distract us from this higher call to engagement but it‘s important to find something to bring us back. Every High Holy Day season, I recall my mother‘s words to me, as I look out into the sea of people, many of whom I don‘t see the rest of the year: ―Be thankful that something has brought them here, even if only for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.‖ My mother is…right! I am thankful for whatever it is that brings members and guests into our synagogue, for any moments, brief or extended, that help us to return to seeking and living lives imbued with holiness.

What could possibly be bitter about such a joyous event? The service led by my nephew and his partner Elyssa Goldman – took place on September 10, 2011. The 10th anniversary of ―9/11‖ (the following day) was on the mass consciousness of the entire country, as it should have been. We all found ourselves in the position of simultaneously experiencing both nachas and the remembrance of a horrific day in our country‘s history. These two events seemed like polar opposites but the truth is – that the sweet and the bitter can and often do co-exist. The more balanced we are as individuals and as a community, the better we can navigate this reality.

I think we struggle with finding the exact words to express all that we feel and all that we don‘t yet understand. But when we come together, we find strength in community, and strength to navigate the reality of the bitter-sweet.

Our Jewish community has just welcomed in the new year of 5772 and days of self-examination lay ahead. Then, on the heels of Yom Kippur, we will celebrate both Sukkot and Simchat Torah. It‘s a little bit of a roller coaster with the joy, introspection, gratitude and more joy – but again, this is how life really is. Judaism calls us to wake up and be aware: of who we are and who we can be, of what we have (food, shelter and community) when we often focus on what we don‘t have, and how Torah can both ground and guide us as a People. I find that it doesn‘t come naturally to me to be so continually aware of my blessings and responsibilities. Sometimes, the call to such

Shalom, Cantor Nancy Kassel

ADULT AND JUNIOR CHOIRS are accepting new members. Please contact Cantor Kassel. SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, January 7, 2012 Cabaret Night at TBT Guest performers: Courtenay Collins and Laura Patinkin


News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

Shalom Chaverim -

‫שלום חברים‬

● Our programs for youth continue to flourish. Our Religious School, with a level of quality and excellence that is unmatched, is well underway. Our Kesher program for 8th and 9th graders continues to grow with enrollment surpassing the prior year. 10th graders are in store for a dynamic year engaging with Rabbi Greene about a variety of topics of ―all things Jewish.‖ And our Kivunim program for 11th and 12th graders now has its first 12th graders enrolled this year.

Friends, Our New Year begins . . .a time of renewal and a time where our thoughts and prayers are for a good year and a sweet year. As we have begun our synagogue‘s new year, many terrific things have occurred or are occurring—some brand new, some revisited and some very forward thinking. The below is just a sampling. ● At Shabbat Todah, our Shabbat of Thanks, we recognized the many members of our synagogue who help us create community. We honored at Erev Shabbat Services 100 people who have volunteered in one way or another and thanked them for their service to all of us.

● Comprehensive financial reports are made each month to the Board of Trustees at the monthly Board meetings, (By the way, come sit in; they‘re open to all congregants -- no invitation needed.) in addition to the financial report made at the synagogue‘s annual meeting. To increase communication with you about financial matters, our new treasurer, Ron Swichkow, has prepared and issued to congregants the first of periodic reports to be made to the congregation-at-large on synagogue financial matters. Ron is available for any questions you may have.

● Rabbi Greene shared with us, his first periodic video message, ―From Calamity to Hope,‘ teaching us about Tisha B'av. At last check, well over 125 people ―liked‖ this message. I know you will look forward to Rabbi‘s continued messages in this new way. ● Our 2011-2012 Adult Learning catalogue of opportunities has been published. There are numerous opportunities for you to learn something that‘s a bit new. So...look for it on our new website under Adult Learning to feed the mind, learn something new with Rabbi Greene, Rabbi Tam or Cantor Kassel, and possibly make a new friend along the way.

And of course, we celebrate Shabbat together each and every week, as our people have from generation to generation. In this New Year that we begin together, we learn about the ―turning‖ we are to do. I know you will find something of meaning for you as you turn toward the synagogue for Jewish involvement and exploration. Do come engage with us. We are here with an outstretched hand welcoming you.

● The Long Range Planning Committee completed their months of research and analysis and issued Temple Beth Tikvah‘s Long Range Plan. Several weeks ago, your Board of Trustees spent a full Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., digesting the Long Range Plan, prioritizing the recommendations in the plan and developing strategies of implementation to help our synagogue continue to grow from strength to strength.

On behalf of the Officers and the Board of Trustees, we wish you a Shana Tova Umetukah - ‫שנה טובה ומתוקה‬ A Good and Sweet Year!! B‘shalom. Steven C. Gerson President

NEW THIS YEAR Congregational Shabbat Dinners Save these dates:

December 2nd, February 3rd and April 20th 4

News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

Long Range Plan Implementation On August 21st, the Board held a full day retreat to plan for the coming year. This year‘s retreat was a little different than prior years in that the day‘s focus was based on a completed 5 Year Long Range Plan that is being utilized as a road map for all programming, staffing and building needs. The plan and recommendations were generated based on the valuable feed-back received from you through the focus groups, research conducted on our congregation, area demographics and creative solutions generated to promote TBT‘s ongoing prosperity. The key theme is that our future is reliant on enhanced congregational engagement. The Long Range Plan focuses on a Vision for TBT that supports our mission. It is called the Vision 5. All of our actions will be guided by these following five (5) principles:

2. TBT is a community that engages it members through creative programming and activities focused on community, prayer, study and healing. 3. TBT is an inclusive community. TBT stands by its Mission, but does not discriminate based on background, religious knowledge or financial ability. 4. TBT recognizes that the future of the Jewish People and TBT lies in our ability to engage all in our community. As a result, TBT will support youthoriented and adult-oriented activities, including worship, education, synagogue leadership development, and community building, that enrich the lives of our congregants. 5. TBT is committed to keeping its budget balanced. TBT‘s Leadership will be transparent to congregants regarding financial management and planning.

1. TBT is a Reform Congregation that embraces our Jewish Tradition. TBT‘s value of tradition was developed and nurtured by its founders, embraced by its congregants and attracts new and prospective members alike. TBT will continue to fortify and differentiate itself in the marketplace through its emphasis on a tradition-oriented perspective.

Furthermore, in order to meet our programming goals and financial obligations, we have set targets to help us measure our progress. These will be reviewed by the Board each month along with the current financials.


Metric Name



Number of Total Family Units

We have set an objective to grow the congregation to 560 families from 479 within 5 years


Membership Retention (# families leaving)

The synagogue loses approximately 30 families per year through attrition. We hope to reduce this figure by 50% within 5 years.


Religious School Enrollment

Growth in overall membership is expected to result in commensurate growth in religious school enrollment


Pre-School Enrollment


Pre-School Enrollment – Congregant Families


Annual Capital Investment

The synagogue’s budget needs to begin funding for future building maintenance and repairs that are anticipated and significant in nature.


Building Fund Cash Reserves


Endowment Fund Amount

The Building Fund should begin each year with a $50,000 base cash reserve Of the $976,000 currently pledged to the Endowment Fund, $683,000 has been collected. The full $976,000 is anticipated to be collected by the end of the 2012/2013fiscal year. Additional contributions to the Endowment Fund should be targeted such that it grows by $50,000 in contributions each year.


Building Note Balance


Endowment Income


Social Hall Income


Families on Financial Relief

We hope to grow the Early Childhood Education Program from 62 to 90 families over 5 years We recognize that our pre-school families who are unaffiliated are a natural pathway to synagogue affiliation. We intend to focus efforts to increase the number of Pre-School families who become members of TBT.

The Building’s Mortgage balance is currently $901,000. The loan requires $96,000 of loan payments annually and amortizes accordingly. Current Endowment Income is limited, partly due to the current Endowment Balance and partly due to the current required liquidity. Efforts are being made to increase the income levels that balance both yield and safety. The Social Hall currently generates approximately $3,000 in revenue annually. We have set a goal to increase this amount to $8,000 over the next year. TBT membership is always open to all regardless of financial means. No one will ever be turned away due to inability to pay. The Board of Trustees constantly monitors the number of families requiring assistance and also periodically reviews the process employed to help make such decisions.

We look forward to further engagement in the coming year, enabling us all to feel even more connected to TBT as we continue to grow and prosper. Shalom, Andy Goldstrom—Chair, Long Range Planning Committee 5

News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

Education Director We are off to a great start for our school year. It‘s been a pleasure to see the hard work everyone has put forth throughout the school. We want to thank all the parents who have taken the time to let us know how happy their children are in our school. For those of you with kindergarten children attending religious school or Jewish day school and those of you with children in first through third grades who have not been consecrated, please mark your calendar for our consecration service on Sunday, October 2nd. Each child will receive a blessing by the Rabbi under a tallit, they will each receive a torah scroll of their own, and a certificate that you can keep to remember this meaningful ceremony. Our first graders will have their family education day on Sunday, October 2nd, as well. Our 6th Grade families should plan to join us on Sunday, November 6th, as their Family Education Day. It will be centered around our 13 Mitzvot program for upcoming Bar and Bat Mitzvah students. Our second grade students will have their family education day on Sunday, November 13th. We look forward to seeing you on those days. We are continuing with our fundraising and tzedakah projects. Thanks to TBT Congregant, Arthur Blank, from the Atlanta Falcons, who is very supportive and generous to our school. We have an amazing fundraiser for the beginning of our school year. He has donated 2 Fabulous Falcons packages. Tickets are $20.00 each or three for $50.00. Tickets can be purchased from any religious school family or in the religious school office. Shana Tova, Hassia Levin

Early Childhood Education Center Director Have you ever looked at yourself through the eyes of your child? Have you ever taken a step outside of yourself and really looked beyond the surface to see what kind of person you are to your child? A child‘s innocence and simplicity allows them to see a person more for what they are, and not who they are. As an adult, can you be proud of what you are?

values close at heart. We gossip, we hurt, we disrespect, we exclude, we hate, we manipulate, we complain, we forget, and while we do all of those things, we teach. Our children are learning all of these actions from us. We then, create a world full of children that exclude, hate, manipulate, complain, and forget. It‘s a new year. Take a look at the example you are setting for your child. Is it the kind of person you want your child to see you as? As adults, we are who we are, but a child still has a lot to learn. Be someone that you and your child can be proud of. That is the best lesson you can teach.

Some of the major values of the Early Childhood Education Center are to create a feeling of Klal Yisrael (Jewish community), a feeling of kavod (respect), a feeling of gemilut hasadim (acts of loving kindness), among our children, our parents and our congregation. These values are a part of not only being humans, but being Jewish humans. We as adults, however, forget how to hold these

Jenifer Friedman 6

News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

Youth News Calling all Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts

Babysitter Boot Camp (ages 10-14, guys and gals!)

We are forming courses to offer to scouts of our synagogue (both girls and boys) to provide them an opportunity to earn their religious emblems for their various ranks.

Learn the skills to be a safe, prepared, and FUN babysitter!

Sunday, October 30th from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

For Boy Scouts, there are: Maccabee (Tigers) Aleph (Wolf/Bear/Webelos) Ner Tamid (Boy Scouts / Venturers ages 11-14) Etz Chaim (Boy Scouts / Venturers ages 14-18) Shofar (Adults)

(a pizza lunch and mid-session snacks will be provided) TBT Oneg Room The cost for this course is $35.00 Please register your child directly with the Instructor, Christine Neely, B.A., HS, ACE at 770-365-3900 or by email at or visit her website at

For Girl Scouts, there are: Lehavah Award (Grades 2-3) Bat Or Award (Grades 4-6) Menorah Award (Grades 7-9) Or Emunah Award (Grades 10-12)

Babysitter Boot Camp teaches Infant and Child Safety, Basic Life Saving Skills including adult/child CPR, signs of choking, how to help a choking victim, First Aid, how to activate and phone your (EMS) Emergency Response Number (911), and Age Appropriate Toys and Games. The students will also learn business basics so that they can promote themselves, and receive fair compensation.

Classes will be formed based on the level of interest. The scheduling has not been finalized but it is anticipated that we will be completed in time for Scout Shabbat on February 10, 2012. If you are interested in receiving more information, please contact Tony Rosenberg or Robert Shultz

*Course Completion Certificates are through Christine Neely has been involved with the Health and Wellness industry for over 24 years with experience in Rehabilitation, Pain Management, Sports Medicine, Hospital Worksite, Corporate Wellness Programs, CPR, Group Fitness, and Personal Training. Neely has been teaching CPR for over 18 years, working with the Military, Medical Professionals, Public, and Private School Systems.

Gesher Youth Group Event For all 3rd—5th Grades WE’RE GOING BOWLING!! Sunday, October 2nd 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Christine Neely is an American Heart Association Heartsaver Instructor, Georgia Certified Teacher, and is certified through the American Council on Exercise. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Physical Education.

Brunswick Zone Roswell 785 Old Roswell Road Join us for our first Gesher event of the year! The cost is $14.00, which includes pizza lunch. Please submit your payment to the synagogue office. Mark your envelope ―Gesher‖. Please make your check payable to TBT and write your child‘s name on the memo line and ―Gesher‖.

Christine has served on the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association and enjoys developing programs and creating Heart Health awareness in children and adults.Her inspiration comes from her children, Jenny 8, and Jamie 7.

Questions? Email or call us at Lisa Cohen 404-964-8470

Jill Mattos 404-217-8530


News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

Sisterhood Happenings Please Join Us! Sunday, October 16th from 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. in the Social Hall Come enjoy an evening with friends. We will nosh, kibbitz, create, and learn. Featuring: *Certified Genetic Counselor, Kimberly King-Spohn of the genetic counseling center program at WellStar Health System. Learn about the latest in breast cancer prevention and how it relates to women of Jewish descent. *The Glass Ribbon Project by Gary Rosenthal. Create memorable Judaica for yourself or to donate to The Women of Valor Collection. (If you would like to order your piece, a pre-order form is available in the synagogue office or by emailing us at Pre-ordering is recommended but not mandatory. There is no financial obligation unless ordering strength stones.) *Nosh on delectable desserts while you kibbitz with your sisterhood friends!

Please RSVP to by October 3rd Not a Sisterhood member yet? There is still time!

Rosh Chodesh Women's Spiritual Group

Men’s Club Happenings Men‘s Club and the House Committee will be breaking down the Bimah in the sanctuary and building TBT‘s Sukkah on Sunday, October 9th.

Wednesday, October 5, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. New format - from 7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. is an optional gentle yoga/stretch to unwind and focus on

We will be breaking down the sukkah on Sunday, October 23rd.

the meaning of the new Hebrew month.

If you are available to help, please contact us at

The remainder of our time together will focus on an activity or speaker, related to the theme. At 8:45 p.m. we will begin a relaxation and focused meditation.

Thank you, Neil Goldstein

For more information, contact Pam Chanin at

TBT’s 10th Annual Blood Drive Sunday, November 13, 2011 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. TBT Social Hall

with Life South Community Blood Centers

Refreshments will be provided

If you are interested in volunteering for this event or scheduling an appointment to give blood, please contact Bart Schwartz at 770-783-1497 or by email at 8

News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

Let’s Talk About Israel! The Israel Committee is forming a discussion group on Israeli Affairs. Participants will be provided with timely articles on which to base our discussions. The frequency of the meetings has yet to be determined. Teens are welcome. If you are interested, please email Gene Carasick at

Let’s Have Some Fun! Mark your calendars, and join your fellow congregants on Saturday evening, March 10, 2012, for a festive celebration of Israeli culture, featuring authentic Israeli food, music and dance. Join ARZA!

Curious About What Rabbi Greene and Other Local Rabbis Think About Current Israel Affairs?

ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America, ( is the sole organization within the reform On Thursday evening, November 10, 2011, Rabbis Fred movement exclusively focused on strengthening the Greene, Michael Bernstein, and Adam Starr will convene at connection between American Reform Jews and Israel. If TBT to lead a discussion, and offer their views on current you want to express your commitment to the Jewish people Israeli affairs. If you want to know what your Rabbi is and Israel, support Reform values in Israel, and strengthen thinking, don‘t miss this! your personal connection to Israel, please consider joining ARZA. The dues are only $36/year, with $2 retained by Share Some Popcorn and View an Israeli Film with TBT to support Israeli programming in the synagogue. Rabbi Greene. Contact the office to join. Join us on Thursday evening, January 12, 2012, for a screening of Live and Become, an inspiring heartfelt drama Gene Carasick based on actual events during Operation Moses, a joint Chair effort between American and Israeli troops aimed at relocating Jewish refugees from Africa to Israel. Discussion to follow.

Thanks to All Nadiv Lev Donors In recent years, TBT replaced annual dues with the annual ―Gifts of the Hand and Gifts of the Heart‖ commitment program, know as ―Nadiv Lev‖. Why the change? Annual dues implies a fee for service organization and does not capture the essence of Temple Beth Tikvah – our ―House of Hope.‖ TBT members and families carry the hopes and dreams of all those who came before us and those yet to come. As such, ―giving of the hands (volunteering)‖ and ―giving of the heart (financial contributions)‖ provides each member with two important ways to sustain the synagogue and help it flourish as a strong and vibrant Jewish community. We thank all those who volunteer throughout the year and those who contribute financially to the synagogue. Both these efforts help ensure that we are here for one another for a long time. Forty-eight TBT families went the extra mile and donated above the basic – Chaverim – level in fulfilling this year's Nadiv Lev commitment. We wish to acknowledge these members for their generosity which helps provide funds necessary to help TBT serve all of our members regardless of their means. Wendy and Dale Bearman Rebecca and Jonathan Bennett Martha and Ira Bernstein Drs. Judy Tolkan and Jerry Bilsky Margot and Ruben Braiter Melvin L. Finkel RoseAnn and Steve Gerson Debi and Alex Hinerfeld Sharon Khoury Patricia and Fred Landsberg Phyllis and Ira Madans

Lois, Sid, Emily and Sarah Malkin Marsha and Tom McMurrain Bunny and Herb Renkin Leslie and Tod Rubin Amy and Randy Siegal Ilana and Andrew Zalkin Ellen and Seth Zimmer We also acknowledge those who wish to remain anonymous.


News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

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Caring Committee Tuesdays, October 11, 18 and 25 Tai Chi at 9:30 a.m. Join the caring committee as they share in the art of relaxation through Tai Chi. There is a small fee. Contact Esther Shultz for more information.

Choir If you would like to sing in our choir, please contact Cantor Kassel. Dates for October rehearsals are: Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. October 4 and 25

College Connection Tuesday, October 11 at 6:00 p.m. College Connection Committee The College Connection committee will be putting together care packages to be sent to your college children for Sukkot. If you are interested in helping pack boxes, please contact Lynda Bennett or Ginger Glazer.

Fundraising News Saturday evening, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sukkah— A special Havdalah Todah for TBT’s donors. The Fundraising committee will be hosting a special Todah Havdalah with wine, cheese and dessert to thank all of our congregants who have contributed to our fundraising efforts at TBT over the past year. Please RSVP to the synagogue office at

Gift Shop Hours The Gift Shop is open during Religious School the following hours: Tuesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The synagogue staff will be happy to help you with purchases during normal business hours.

Israel Committee


Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. Israel Affairs Discussion Group Join the Israel Committee for a monthly discussion on current affairs. For additional information and to RSVP, please contact Gene Carasick at

Wednesday, October 5 - 7:00 p.m. Rosh Chodesh Womens Spiritual Group Join your moon sisters for a monthly celebration of the new moon. For more information or to RSVP, contact Pam Chanin @

Sunday, October 30 at 2:30 p.m. Israel Committee goes to Alliance Theater for Golda’s Balcony

Saturday, October 8 Sisterhood will once again sponsor the Break the Fast after the N’eilah Service. Please grab a nosh on your way out.

Contact for ticket availability and cost.

Meetings Sunday, October 16 at 9:30 a.m. Congregational Engagement: What it Means to be a Temple Leader Tuesday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. Board of Trustees Meeting Sunday, October 23 at 9:30 a.m. Engaging the History of TBT: Founding Families Panel Tuesday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. TBT Officers Meeting Sunday, October 30 at 9:30 a.m. Spiritual Engagement: Clergy Panel

Men’s Club Sunday, October 9 at 9:45 AM Bimah Breakdown & Sukkah Build Sunday, October 23 at 9:45 AM Break Down Sukkah

Office Hours The synagogue office will be closed the following days in October: Closing at Noon: 7, 12 and 19 Closed for the day: 8, 13 and 20

Seniors Luncheon Monday, October 10 at 11:30 a.m. Seniors Luncheon Join the Seniors for their monthly potluck lunch. For more information and to RSVP, contact Ruth Zeidman. 10

Sunday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. The Glass Ribbon Project by Gary Rosenthal RSVP: Saturday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. Sisterhood Presents: The Enchanted Journey with Dr. Terry Segal Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. RSVP:

Youth Group Gesher Youth Group Bowling Sunday, October 2nd at 12:30 p.m. Brunswick Lanes in Roswell RSVP: Senior Youth Group (9-12th Grades) October 16 at 4:00 p.m. Dinner in the Sukkah For more information or to RSVP, please contact Friday - Sunday, October 28-30 NFTY-SAR Fall Kallah at The Temple on Peachtree Street For additional information, contact Rachel Wilson, Advisor, at Sunday, October 30 at 12:30 p.m. Babysitting Boot Camp Boys & Girls ages 10-14 See details on page 7 on cost and how to register.

News and Happenings from Temple Beth Tikvah

for October 2011 Religious School Shabbat Saturday, October 1 Parashat Haazinu Shabbat Service at 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 7 Shabbat/Erev Yom Kippur Candle Lighting 6:56 p.m. Kol Nidre begins at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, October 8 Shabbat/Yom Kippur See cover for service times Friday, October 14 Candle Lighting 6:47 p.m. Shabbat Service 8:00 p.m. Saturday, October 15 Shabbat Service 10:00 a.m.

Adult Learning Saturdays, October 15, 22 and 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. B.L.T. - Bagels, Learning and Torah Join Rabbi Greene every Saturday for an in-depth look into the Torah. Starting with Genesis, this group goes through the Torah one verse at a time. Thursday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. Women’s Study Group -Dreamgirls of Jewish History: Ancient Babes and Middle Age Mammas - Join us for this monthly study group with Rabbi Judy Beiner as the facilitator there is a fee. RSVP:

Friday, October 21 Candle Lighting 6:39 p.m. Shabbat Service 8:00 p.m.

Sundays, October 2, 9, 23 and 30 Shacharit Morning Minyan Join us on Sunday mornings when religious school is in session for morning davening.

Saturday, October 22 Parashat Beresheet Shabbat Service at 10:00 a.m.

Sundays, October 2, 9, 23 and 30 at 11:00 a.m. Beginners Hebrew Level III with Cantor Kassel

Friday, October 28 Candle Lighting 6:31 p.m. Shabbat Service 8:00 p.m.

Mondays, October 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 Melton I and II at TBT

Saturday, October 29 Parashat Noach Shabbat Service 10:00 a.m.

Holiday Services Friday, October 7 at 8:00 p.m. Kol Nidre Service Saturday, October 8 Yom Kippur (see cover for times) Wednesday, October 12 Erev Sukkot - 5:30 p.m. Decorate 6:00 p.m. Pot Luck Dinner 7:00 p.m. Service Wednesday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m. Simchat Torah Celebration Thursday, October 20 at 10:00 a.m. Shemini Atzeret & Yizkor Service

Sundays, October 2, 9, 23 and 30 at 10:00 a.m. Foundations for Jewish Family Living (4 modules, 5 weeks each) To register and pay for this and other Melton programs, contact Shelly Buxbaum at 678-821-4152 or by email at

Religious School Class Dates: Sundays, October 2, 9, 23 and 30 Tuesdays, October 4, 11 and 25 Sundays, October 2, 9, 23 and 30 CAFÉ tikVAH - Kibbitz and schmooze while your children are in class! Sunday, October 2 Family Education Day for K-1st GR Sunday, October 2 Consecration Service Monday Nights - Post B’nai Mitzvah Kesher - October 10 and 24 Confirmation - October 10 and 24 Kivunim - October 10 and 24

Healing Mondays, October 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 Families Anonymous at 7:00 p.m. FA is a group of concerned relatives and friends whose lives have been adversely affected by a loved one's addiction to alcohol or drugs. Your privacy is important. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Jeff at

One to One Support Looking for support? We can partner you with a congregant who has experienced a similar situations such as illness, divorce, loss of a loved one and other life crises. Rabbi Greene and the Sundays, October 2, 9, 23 & 30 chairperson, Barry Kaiser, will facilitate at 11:00 a.m. w/Rabbi Don Tam the contact between members. This Exploring the Worldview & Thought initiative is completely confidential. of Our Major Prophets, and Their Message for Today For a copy of our Adult Learning brochure, contact the office or go to

Early Childhood Ed. No ECEC Classes : October 7, 13, 20 11

Submissions for the December KT are due to the synagogue office on November 1.

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TBT Teams Up with the MJCCA Book Festival Sponsors a Community Read with Senator Joe Lieberman Sunday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. TBT is thrilled to be a community partner with the MJCCA Book Festival for the Esther G. Levine Community Read with Senator Joe Lieberman at the MJCCA, Sunday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. In his book, The Gift of Rest, Senator Lieberman offers the gift of Sabbath observance – a gift that has anchored, ordered and inspired his life – to readers of all faiths. Combining personal and political memoir with history and broadly informed religious reflection, this book is a practical how-to-guide, with simple suggestions for introducing the Sabbath into your own life. As a community partner with the MJCCA Book Festival – now in its 20th year – TBT members can hear from the best and brightest authors at discounted MJCCA member rate prices. The event price for Senator Lieberman's reading is only $11.00 for TBT members. Series Tickets for TBT members, which includes one ticket to all November Book Festival events, is only $75.00 (a $292 value). The added benefit of purchasing the Series Ticket at this great price is that TBT will receive $18.00 for each one sold. Book Festival Ticket Order Forms must be used to enjoy these fabulous deals. All order forms and payment are due to TBT by October 28, 2011. Forms can be obtained in the synagogue office at Temple Beth Tikvah and in October's weekly ―Next 10 Days.‖

Honor a special person or event with a leaf on our Tree of Life

Temple Beth Tikvah‘s Tree of Life was established as a way to honor many different life cycle events. Leaves can be purchased through the Temple office at a cost of $180. They are a beautiful and permanent way to celebrate and honor a special person or event.


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As we fast this Yom Kippur, let us remember those who fast because they have no choice. Please donate to TBT’s food of the month drive. October donations are for Operation Isaiah. A list of suggestion items has been provided below by the Atlanta Food Bank. To all congregations and organizations participating in Operation Isaiah: As you enter into the upcoming High Holy Days, and begin thinking about the annual Operation Isaiah Food Drive, I wanted to express a sincere thanks for the many years of support your congregation or organization has given the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB). Each year your donations help sustain our efforts to meet the needs of families during the holiday season and into the new year. The need for food assistance continues to grow as many people struggle to find work or keep the lower paying jobs they have in this uncertain economy. Our distribution increased 34 percent over this past fiscal year, and it is efforts such as Operation Isaiah that help make it possible for us to provide for those who cannot make ends meet. The ACFB has had a great partnership with the Jewish community in a number of ways including Operation Isaiah. Over the past 21 years, congregations have collected a total of 623,000 pounds of food during the High Holy Days food drive. That equates to approximately $1 million worth of donated product that went directly to families in need. We look forward to another successful food drive this year and again thank you for the many ways you support the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Sincerely, Bill Bolling Executive Director Atlanta Community Food Bank


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We would like to take this opportunity to list the contributors to our Second Year Bucket Projects Campaign who donated this past month. Thank you for your support as we work together to fulfill our mission and sustain a strong TBT. Contributions as of September 27, 2011

Temple Beth Tikvah’s Bucket Projects Campaign Year II

Year II Donors: Rhonda and Scott Povlot Kathleen and Joel Schoenblum Missy and Terry Stein Bonnie and Bruce Walkes Bucket Campaign Tributes In memory of: Phil Silver ∙ Stephanie and Daniel Joseph Harold Goldsmith ∙ June Wallach Michael I. Strauss ∙ Roberta Strauss, Amy, Briana and Michelle Boehm In honor of: Lois Clymin‘s daughter, Jeannine, on earning her graduate degree from Seattle University College of Nursing ∙ June Wallach

Working Together to Fulfill our Mission and Sustain a Strong TBT

TBT’s Very Own Dr. Terry Segal Presents

This program is being sponsored by TBT’s Sisterhood 14

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Contributions Contributions through September 27 Rabbi Greene’s Discretionary Fund ∙ Anonymous In memory of: Seymour Honig ∙ Audrey Eisen Martha Resnick ∙ Bernice and Bernie Bickwit Eliyahu Saida ∙ Hagit and Brent Beecham Martha Bearman ∙ Anne and David Strauss Abraham Evensky Hyman Potash Sylvan Kaye ∙ Myrna and Ed Kaye Herta Rieder Eric Rieder ∙ Gene Carasick Sondra Prosterman ∙ Gerald Prosterman ∙ Cynthia and Howard Steinberg Morris Willard ∙ Jeff Willard Joselyn Berg ∙ Marcy and Jerry Kaufman Sharlene and Phil Silver ∙ June Rapowitz In honor of: The birth of our granddaughter, Charlotte Ann Kaye ∙ Myrna and Ed Kaye In appreciation of: Rabbi Greene for preparing Jacob in becoming a bar mitzvah ∙ Karen and Jack Korshak Rabbi Greene for making Jordan‘s naming so special ∙ Liegh and Mathew Nathan Rabbi Tam’s Discretionary Fund In memory of: David Mellinger ∙ Barbara Chaiet Cantor Sid Gottler ∙ Gerald Prosterman Jesse H. Long, Sr. ∙ Carolyn and Barrett Rosen In honor of: The marriage of Alaina and Brian Graiser ∙ Ivie and Harlan Graiser Cantor Kassel’s Discretionary Fund In memory of: Freda Shippel ∙ Pessie and Alan Shippel

In honor of: TBT‘s Adult Choir ∙ Laura and Dan DeRiemer Suellen and Harris Bergman on their 15th wedding anniversary and chanting Torah ∙ Linda Bergman The speedy recovery and best wishes to the father of Ron Swichkow ∙ RoseAnn and Steve Gerson

Prayerbook Fund

Building Fund

Religious School Education Fund

In memory of: Julius ―Jay‖ Bearman Joshua Jaffe ∙ Wendy and Dale Bearman

In memory of: Mildred Turkel ∙ Pat and Fred Landsberg Matilda Mae Benefield ∙ Veronica and Glen Krapf

Endowment Fund In memory of: Harold Goldsmith ∙ Sheryl S. Blechner Samuel Skal ∙ Anne and Larry Skal In honor of: The engagement of Melanie Kaufman to Keith Benator ∙ Sheryl S. Blechner In appreciation of: Rabbi Greene and Cantor Kassel for Alaina and Brian‘s Auf Ruf ∙ Ivie and Harlan Graiser General Fund In memory of: Solomon Graiser ∙ Ivie and Harlan Graiser Harold Goldsmith ∙ Nan and Howard Janis Frank Levy ∙ Risa and Jeff Fibus Adele Fuerst ∙ Martha and Julian Fuerst Bertha and David Weitzman ∙ Mihcelle Jacobowitz In honor of: The anniversary of Steve Mahan and Jeff Willard ∙ Ivie and Harlan Graiser The bar mitzvah of Joey Chanin ∙ Ivie and Harlan Graiser

In memory of: Joan Gray Weisberger ∙ Edmund Weisberger Preschoool/ECEC Fund In honor of: The birth of Ariana Williams ∙ Jenifer and Rory Friedman

Religious School Scholarship Fund In memory of: Maxine Gould ∙ Jules and Chad Salinas Florence Magdule ∙ Mary Block ∙ Dalia Faupel Heini Polatz ∙ Ellen and David Herold Torah Fund In memory of: Pearl Bresler Manning ∙ Dale and Edward Manning Leonard Stansky ∙ Tobi and Melvin Levine Morris Belger ∙ Susan and Morray Scheinfeld Youth Group Fund In honor of: Wendy Klein‘s birthday ∙ Stephanie and Justin Wyatt The birth of Charlotte Ann Kaye ∙ RoseAnn and Steve Gerson Zalkin Memorial Library Fund In memory of: Michael Adelman ∙ Anne and David Strauss Harry Goldsmith ∙ Lois Clymin

Caring/Kehillat Chesed Fund In honor of: The speedy recovery of Rabbi Israel Gerber ∙ Ruth Zeidman Jeff Willard and Steve Mahan on their anniversary ∙ Esther and Walt Shultz 15

Please send all contributions to: Temple Beth Tikvah 9955 Coleman Road Roswell, Georgia 30075

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Welcome New Members

Schmooze News & Kudos Corner

Temple Beth Tikvah welcomes the following new members to our family: Nancy and Rick Aranson 130 Lambdin Lane Alpharetta, GA 30022 678-624-0011 Lindsey and Danny

Ashley Saef and Jonathan Maloy 4051 Jordan Lake Drive Marietta, GA 30062 770-578-9681

Martin Bond 1000 Duluth Hwy., #806 Lawrenceville, GA 30043 678-349-2536

Alicia and Stacy Sher 8825 Terrace Lane Roswell, GA 30076 770-518-9829 Eric

Andrea “Andy” Davis 639 Lorimore Pass Holly Springs, GA 30115 770-345-4622 Julia and Aislin Rachel and Jeff Goldberg 5309 West Bank Drive Marietta, GA 30068 770-789-3246 Noah and Julia Sandra & Kevin Greening 2561 Woodland Path Marietta, GA 30062 770-315-2616 Jake Debbie and Jeff Otto 1975 Charrwood Court Marietta, GA 30062 770-627-3374 Kaitlin, Samantha and Rebecca

Mazal tov to… Josh Berger, son of Barbara and Jon Berger, on his graduation from Cornell College in Iowa - he is attending law school at Nova Southeastern University in Florida Marci and Jerry Kaufman on the engagement of their daughter, Melanie to Keith Benator Rabbi Fred Greene on his appointment to the Board of Directors for North Fulton Community Charities Thank you to… Pam Chanin, Risa Fibus, Addie Myers, Esther Shultz, Jules Salinas, Steve Bauman, Pessie Shippel, Beverly Isaac, Pat Landsberg, Kathleen Rieter, June Wallach, John Tangney and Ruth Zeidman for assisting the office with mailings to the congregation this past month

Shannon & Josh Lembeck 5030 Riverhill Road Marietta, GA 30068 404-723-1592 Kailyn and Jake

Get Well Wishes The following congregants have recently been ill. We hope and pray for a complete and speedy recovery of the following members of our Beth Tikvah family:

Karen and Mark Tuttle 3575 Downing Street Marietta, GA 30066 770-516-4012 Julia

Cameron Bauman Gary Cohen Gail Laddin Bruce Waldman Jerry Kaufman

Nancy White 127 Finsbury Lane Woodstock, GA 30188 770-833-5684

Condolences Temple Beth Tikvah acknowledges with sorrow the passing of:

Joan and Frank Ziperson 5390 Willow Point Pkwy. Marietta, GA 30068 770-998-0065

Harold Goldsmith ∙ Brother of Betty Rickles ∙ Uncle of Rob Rickles

May God console you among all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Tamah & Glenn Cooper 10910 Wyndham Way Alpharetta, GA 30022

In Loving Memory ―It is hard to sing of oneness when our world is not complete, when those who once brought wholeness to our life have gone and naught but memory can fill the emptiness their passing leaves behind‖. The following Memorial Plaques have been placed onto the Memorial Board this past month:

Address Changes Please make note of the following families who have recently moved. We wish them all the best in their new homes. Judy and Dick Dressler 3621 Vinings Slope, SE Atlanta, GA 30339

Carol Goldstein 4607 Chartley Way Roswell, GA 30075

Mordechai “Moti” Shacham ∙ Husband of Nurit Shacham Robert Joseph DiPasquale ∙ Father of Jennifer Koss Taylor Marvin Landstein ∙ Father of Anne Strauss

Dale and Ed Manning 5330 Claridge Square Dunwoody, GA 30338 16

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Joanna Grisham, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist

Individual Psychotherapy and Marital Therapy • Anxiety • Grief and Loss • Depression • Relationship Issues • Trauma • Assertiveness 1180 Grimes Bridge Rd., Roswell, GA 770-645-5650

Synagogue Information Synagogue Office Fax Number School Office (Perri) Preschool (Jenifer) Assistant to Clergy Financial Secretary Administrative Assistant Office Manager -

770-642-0434 770-642-0647 770-642-4168 678-350-0076 Michelle Leder Jenny Korsen - Bernice Isaac Becky Sullivan

For A Special Friend:

A courtesy examination & x-ray at no charge when you present this card

LEVINSON CHIROPRACTIC & VAX-D CENTER 5457 Roswell Road, Suite 102 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30342 404-257-0404

Get Involved! TBT Committees and Chairpersons Adult Education To Be Determined Budget & Finance Ron Swichkow Chavurot Ivie Graiser College Outreach Lynda Bennett Ginger Glazer Communications Dave Faupel Fundraising Laura DeRiemer Gift Shop Pam Alterman Carrie Bickwit Rhonda Schweber House Ted Nathan

Human Resources Karen Moss Israel Gene Carasick Kehillat Chesed (Caring) Leslie Swichkow Membership Recruitment Kim Peters Lori Goldstrom Membership Transition Scott Block Michael Braun Men’s Club Neil Goldstein Nominating Committee Bart Schwartz Andy Goldstrom Outreach To Be Determined


Purim Mishloach Manot To Be Determined Ritual Esther Shultz Rosh Chodesh Women’s Group Pam Chanin Security Michael Gutkin Seniors Ruth Zeidman Sisterhood Heather Braun Sheri Weiner Social Action Jeff Willard Social Committee To Be Determined Youth Group Julie Perlson

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Publication’s Title and Number: Kol Tikvah • Volume 25 Issue 10 Issue Date: October 2011 Frequency: Monthly Authorized Organization’s Name and Address: Temple Beth Tikvah • 9955 Coleman Road • Roswell, GA 30075 19

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20 Fred Greene Rabbi Donald A. Tam Rabbi Emeritus Nancy Kassel Cantor Hassia Levin Education Director Jenifer Friedman ECEC Director Steve Gerson President Paul Beckman Vice President Jonathan Bennett Vice President Debra Schwartz Vice President Ron Swichkow Treasurer Rhonda Povlot Secretary Seth Zimmer Chairperson, Board of Education

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TBT's October 2011 Kol Tikvah Newsletter  

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