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Nisan / Iyyar 5770| April 2010

Rabbi’s Voice

Rabbi Stephen H. Pinsky Dear Friends: Pesach is a miracle we take for granted. Not the miracle of the plagues, or the angel of death, or the splitting of the sea. These are all part of the story. The miracle of Pesach is greater than them all. The miracle of Pesach is Pesach itself. Here is a holiday celebrated before our people even entered the land of Canaan. Here is a holiday celebrated when David was king. It was there when Amos thundered and Jeremiah wept. It was with them in exile in Babylon, and with them when they returned under Ezra. It was celebrated by the Maccabees and by the followers of Jesus, and it was then more than a thousand years old. And we, today, hold it close to us as our most precious festival – the day that can never grow old. Holidays come and holidays go. They climb the ladder of popularity and sing again in the night. But Pesach was, and Pesach is, and there is no day with which to compare it. How is it possible for 3500 years – and more – for one festival to hold the heart of a people? The miracle of Pesach is Pesach itself. The story it tells is never out of date. Our search for freedom has simply never ended, and it is as crucial today as when our people lived in tents. Oh, our synagogues may not be as crowded on Pesach as they are on Rosh Hashanah. But the homes of our people are as they have always been – for Seder holds a magic that never dims. Think a moment. The farthest removed from his people still seeks a home for Pesach. The table becomes the sanctuary, and the food itself tells the story – the dream of all humanity to be free. Pesach is the search of our people for freedom – a search as current as this morning’s headlines. A search made in spring when hopes are always high. No person is a pessimist in the spring. It simply cannot be. Pesach is our spring-fever, as old as time and as young as April. Pesach is our spring-fever with dreams that blossom like the flower. Pesach is our oldest festival, our most ancient of days, and it is as crucial today as it was in the beginning. We not only remember the story, we retell it. We not only retell the story, we relive it. And as for the dreams, we redeem them all over again.

Yours sincerely, Stephen H. Pinsky

Cantor’s Song

Cantor Carrie F. Barry A publication of

People like to take guesses as to my musical background. Did I sing opera? Folk music? After the “Rock Your Soul” Shabbat, I got many pleasantly surprised reactions to Temple Beth Torah my “belt” voice. Well, something you may not know about me is that I got my start in mu900 Big Blue Trace sical performance at J.P.Taravella High School in Coral Springs. As a member of the Drama Wellington, Florida 33414 Club, I starred in such plays as On the Town and Fiddler on the Roof. Not wanting to take part in theater productions in college, I, instead, sang pop music with my a cappella group TEL.: 561-793-2700 and was a member of the Vassar College Choir. Since then, my life has been full of Jewish FAX: 561-793-1072 music. However, recently Cantor Aaron Kaplan, the new cantor at Temple Shaarei Shalom E-MAIL: in Boynton, made me an offer I just could not refuse. Although I left acting behind when I WEB SITE: went away for college, it seems that you can take the girl out of the theater, but you cannot take the theater out of the girl. TEMPLE OFFICE HOURS:

Monday - Thursday: 9AM - 5PM On Saturday, May 15th, I will be joining Cantor Kaplan and Shaarei Shalom’s Youth Friday: 9AM - 4PM Director, Emily Aronoff, in a Cabaret evening featuring music from Broadway and the Silver Screen. I will be performing songs from Jekyll and Hyde, Wicked, Chess, Jesus Christ SuRABBI perstar and more. Cantor Kaplan, Emily, and I will be accompanied by Timothy Peterson Stephen H. Pinsky from Florida Atlantic University. It’s exciting for me to be able to take part in this concert, but it would be even more exciting for me to look out into the audience and see my Temple CANTOR Beth Torah family! Carrie F. Barry PRESIDENT


Richard Lebowitz Philip Levine TREASURER

Richard Samuels SECRETARY

Marcia Weber



Sandy Wilensky YOUTH ADVISOR


Doug Barr


Jennifer Goldstein Darlene Lebowitz SHALOM CREATIVE DESIGN

Philip Levine EDITOR

Phyllis Weinstein


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The Cabaret will take place at Temple Shaarei Shalom at 9085 Hagen Ranch Road in Boynton Beach and is scheduled to begin at 7:30pm. The price for a general admission ticket is $18 per person. This is the rate for temple members and Temple Shaarei Shalom is offering this special rate for Temple Beth Torah members as well. There is also a sponsorship level at $36 per person which entitles you to priority seating, your name in the playbill, and a dessert reception with the performers. For reservations, please call Eunice Berger at 740-4802, and be sure to mention that you are a member of Temple Beth Torah. I know this is not a TBT event, but it would mean so much to me to be able to show you my musical background and to share with you a part of me that you don’t usually get to see. If you have any other questions about the concert, feel free to contact me directly. Otherwise, I look forward to seeing you there! B’shirah, Cantor Carrie Barry

From the Desk of the Temple Educator

Jodi Kaufman

On April 19, 2010 Israel will be celebrating it’s 62nd birthday! Yom Ha’aztmaut, Israeli Independence Day is celebrated much like July 4th is here in the United States. There are fireworks, parades, barbeques and celebrations. In honor of Yom Ha’atzmaut, I offer this contest. Be the first to answer the questions correctly and you will win a prize!

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In which year did Israel become a state? What is the capital of Israel? What is the Israeli version of having a burger? What is the Israeli national anthem? What is the “law of return?” The lowest spot in the world is in Israel. Where? This sea, known to Christians as the place where Jesus walked on water, is called the Sea of Galilee. What is it called in Hebrew. 8. When was the war of Independence fought and against whom? 9. What is a person called who was born in Israel? 10. Name three of Israel’s neighbors. 11. Who is the Prime Minister of Israel right now? 12. Who was the first Israeli Prime Minister? 13. This mountain actually is a ski resort for Israelis. 14. Who was the first woman Prime Minister of Israel? 15. What is the name of the organization that offer free trips to Israel for students ages 18-25, who have never traveled to Israel before? Send your answers by email to: Jodi Kaufman, RJE


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The Preschool Press

Sandy Wilensky

TempleBeth Torah Leonie Arguetty Preschool We are almost ready to wind down after a busy month of March, which brought energetic MODEL SEDERS to the preschool. The children were able to share in the upbeat story of the exodus from Egypt with Rabbi Pinsky & Cantor Barry, enhanced by spirited singing and serious snacking on holiday foods! Our VPO, led by Passover chair Ilene Shapiro and the parent volunteers outdid themselves in organizing this school-wide event. Our preschoolers also contributed some class-made delicious desserts and charoset. I am certain that after all their practice and preparation for the Passover holiday in school, your children brought smiles to your faces as they readily joined in at your family Seder. Passover at the Preschool would not be complete without a visit from the MATZAH FACTORY. After learning about how their ancestors fled from Egypt before their bread had time to leaven, our PreK and 3’s classes donned their chefs’ hats on March 22nd and helped prepare their own individual matzos to sample and take home. There is no better way to learn about a holiday than to actively participate in its celebration. Our parents also joined in the Preschool’s preparation for the family celebration of Passover by attending their own unique parent program, Passover 101: How to Host a Seder at Home. This family enrichment program was brought to us by Amy Bergman, Director of Jewish Family Life for the Friedman Commission for Jewish Education. We are very pleased with the enthusiastic reception this program received. This type of program can be a wonderful resource for our Preschool families, and we look forward to continuing more of these Jewish educational programs in the next school year. The month of April begins with our Passover vacation. During vacation week the Preschool will provide a Spring Intersession Class to accommodate our working parents. Those children attending the Spring Intersession Class can look forward to cooking their own Passover lunches, in observance and celebration of the holiday and for some hands on fun. ISRAEL INDEPENDENCE DAY will be also be celebrated this month, with a flag-waving parade, special snacks and a musical tribute to the country of our people. The last Parent Program of the school year, “It’s OK to Play,” will be presented on Wednesday, April 21 at 9:15 a.m. This is another of our educational programs for our preschool parents and friends and is brought to us through the collaborative efforts of the Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Services, the Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches and Temple Beth Torah. The program is open to all of our preschool families and friends in the community. As the month winds down, we will present a school wide celebration of Earth Day on April 22. Since our Tu B’Shevat activities were limited in January due to the cold weather, we will mark Earth Day with the planting of four large trees in our playground. The children will be led in blessing and song by Sara Marcus, and a representative from The Wellington Community Public Works Department will be present to dig the first shovel of dirt with the children and preschool staff. Each child will also go home with a seedling to plant at home, courtesy of the Village of Wellington. All preschool parents and temple members are encouraged to join us for this celebration of our planet and its ecology. Registration for both the next school year and our summer camp is now open to the community. We encourage parents to send in registration forms as soon as possible in order to secure a place in their program of choice. Our “SUMMER OF FUN” Enrichment Camp promises to be an exciting eight weeks of entertaining activities, specialists and presentations designed to meet the needs and interests of children 2 – 6 years of age. Enjoy your Passover holiday! Sandy Wilensky, Preschool Director


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Youth Committee Jessica Starkschall, Alisa Adler and Mandy Rubenstein TiBToFTY is sooooo excited to announce that our very own, Jacob Georginow, has been elected to serve as the NFTYSTR Regional Religious and Cultural Vice President for the 2010-2011 year!!! We could not be more thrilled that Jacob will be representing TiBToFTY and serving our region in this prestigious honor. Mazel Tov Jacob! In early March, TiBToFTYites spent a weekend at Congregation Shaarei Zedek in Tampa for an amazing Spring Kallah. Our teens had a wonderful experience connecting to their Judaism and met many new friends. Shortly after returning from Kallah, TiBToFTYites were hard at work preparing for the Creative Service where the teens shared a NFTY style service with the congregation and discussed who their Jewish inspirations were. Following the service, teens changed into comfortable clothing and spent the night at the Temple for the annual lock in. We also voted on a new TiBToFTY Board. Stay tuned to the next issue of the Shalom for an announcement of the 2010-2011 TiBToFTY Board. Kochavim members shared a wonderful afternoon with other teens from all over Palm Beach County at the Jewish Teen Initiative’s Goo Time Program. The teens were picked up from Temple right after Religious School and headed to Five Guys for lunch. After lunch they traveled to the Boynton Beach JCC for Goo Time, a super sloppy game show style program where the teens got messy and had a lot of fun. Purim was also a HUGE success!! Thanks to everyone who took part. Whether you were in the Purim spiel, enjoyed the carnival, sent / received a Mishloah Manot bag, or volunteered at the carnival you helped make our Purim celebration a huge success, so THANK YOU!!! We are so excited for what April has in store… Bowling, LLTI (Leadership training), volunteer projects, fun, food, and more!!! Don’t forget to sign up for the Family Bingo Night on April 18th! It is open to EVERYONE. Happy Spring Break and Happy Passover to Everyone!!!

Jessica Starkschall Youth Director


Alisa Adler & Mandy Rubenstein Youth Committee Co Chairs

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Life Long Learning

Fran Lerner

Last month we announced that the winner of the Palm Beach County Read In would be the topic of our April 12, 2010 Lunch And Learn. The book we will be discussing is the "Book Thief" by Australian author Marcus Zusak, It is a compelling and, at times, controversial book. We look forward to a very spirited discussion. Please save the latest copy of the "Reform Judaism" magazine you have recently received. We plan to be using it as part of our May 10, 2010 Lunch and Learn. Last of all, thanks to your generosity, we were able to send a donation of more than $300 dollars to the Yiddish Book Center to help the synagogue in Crete replace its devastated Library. We are truly "the people of the book." Fran


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Temple Beth Torah Calendar of Events

April 2010

Thu Apr 1, 2010 17th of Nisan, 5770

Tue Apr 13, 2010 29th of Nisan, 5770

Fri Apr 2, 2010 18th of Nisan, 5770 7:30pm Shabbat Service

Wed Apr 14, 2010 30th of Nisan, 5770 Rosh Chodesh Iyyar

Sat Apr 3, 2010 19th of Nisan, 5770 9:45am Shabbat Service

Thu Apr 15, 2010 1st of Iyyar, 5770 Rosh Chodesh Iyyar

Sun Apr 4, 2010 20th of Nisan, 5770

Fri Apr 16, 2010 2nd of Iyyar, 5770 7:30pm Shabbat Service

Mon Apr 26, 2010 12th of Iyyar, 5770 7:30pm Life Long Learning with Rabbi Pinsky

Sat Apr 17, 2010 3rd of Iyyar, 5770 9:45am Shabbat Service

Tue Apr 27, 2010 13th of Iyyar, 5770 7pm Board Meeting

Sun Apr 18, 2010 4th of Iyyar, 5770 9am Brotherhood Meeting 9am Fourth Grade Family Ed 9am Religious School 5pm Youth Committee Family Bingo Night

Wed Apr 28, 2010 14th of Iyyar, 5770

Mon Apr 5, 2010 21st of Nisan, 5770 Yiskor Tue Apr 6, 2010 22nd of Nisan, 5770 Preschool Resumes 9:30am Sisterhood Book Club 7pm Confirmation Class Wed Apr 7, 2010 23rd of Nisan, 5770 Thu Apr 8, 2010 24th of Nisan, 5770 Fri Apr 9, 2010 10th day of the Omer 7:30pm Shabbat Service Sat Apr 10, 2010 26th of Nisan, 5770 9:45am Shabbat Service 6pm Progressive Dinner Sun Apr 11, 2010 Yom HaShoah 9am Religious School 9am Youth Committee 9:30am Caring Committee 5pm Grade Seven 6pm Mitzvah Corps Mon Apr 12, 2010 28th of Nisan, 5770 9am Hadassah 12pm Life Long Learning 7:30pm Life Long Learning with Rabbi Pinsky


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Mon Apr 19, 2010 5th of Iyyar, 5770 Yom HaZikaron 7:30pm Life Long Learning with Rabbi Pinsky Tue Apr 20, 2010 6th of Iyyar, 5770 Yom HaAtzma'ut Preschool Israel Independence Day Celebration 7pm Confirmation Class Wed Apr 21, 2010 7th of Iyyar, 5770 Parent Program (JFS/JCC/TBT) 9:15am Preschool Parent Program Thu Apr 22, 2010 8th of Iyyar, 5770 Fri Apr 23, 2010 9th of Iyyar, 5770 7:30pm Shabbat Service

Sat Apr 24, 2010 10th of Iyyar, 5770 9:45am Shabbat Service Sun Apr 25, 2010 11th of Iyyar, 5770 9am Religious School 9:15am Membership Meeting 5pm Grade Seven

Thu Apr 29, 2010 15th of Iyyar, 5770 Fri Apr 30, 2010 16th of Iyyar, 5770 7:30pm Shabbat Service

B’nai Mitzvah Students at Temple Beth Torah

April 2010

Amanda Chaplin, daughter of Laurie and Jeffrey Chaplin, will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, April 10, 2010. Amanda is a seventh grade Honor Roll student at Bak Middle School of the Arts, majoring in vocal. She enjoys theatre, horseback riding, rollerblading and spending time with her friends and family. Amanda finds it important to give back by singing and acting in retirement and nursing homes and raising money for good causes. Along with her parents, Amanda will be joined by her sister, Julia, her great grandparents, Sylvia and Herbert Cohen, grandparents, Lynn and Irwin Schor, her grandmother, Marjorie Chaplin, and many other friends and family to share in her special day. Ian Joseph Lowenstein, the son of Sharon and Gregg Lowenstein will be called to the Torah as a BarMitzvah along with his sister Alicia on April 17, 2010. Ian is a 7th grade student at Wellington Landings Middle School. His interests include playing drums in the school band, and spending time with friends. Ian will be joined by his grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends on his special day. Alicia Lowenstein, the daughter of Sharon and Gregg Lowenstein will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah along with her brother Ian on April 17, 2010. Alicia is a 6th grade student at Wellington Landings Middle School. She enjoys cheering for Wellington Landings sports teams and being with friends. Alicia will be joined by her grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends on her special day. Jared Greenburg will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on April 24,2010. Liana Jewel Zafran will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on April 24,2010. She is a 7th grade student at Emerald Cove Middle School and is in all honor classes. Her hobbies include music and dancing, doing crossfit physical training and playing volleyball. Liana is also in the Art Club and the Future Florida Educators of America Program. She volunteers her time and gives back to children with special needs by participating in the Social Inclusion Club and the ESE program that helps middle school students challenged by autism.


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Alexa Blecher Jamie Fisher Lindsey Gurewitz Jessica Hauser Rachel Jockel Mike Lebowitz Jill Levinger

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Lindsey Moskowitz Samantha Pescatore Lindsay Rosenthal Paige Salerno Amanda Scher Samantha Schissler

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Welcome to our New Members

We welcome the following new members to our “Temple family” and look forward to their participation in our services and activities. Joel Zaidspiner, Membership Chairperson Martha Katz

Mazel Tov To:

Our B’nai Mitzvah: Amanda Chaplin and her family Alicia and Ian Lowenstein and their family Jared Greenberg and his family Liana Zafran and her family

Get Well To:

Betty Breinin, Tamara Dunn, Dr. Helen Garson, Neil Garson, Harvey Harnick, Yehuda Konnan, James Penta, Brian Schwartz, Doug Stein, William Tenenblatt, and Estelle Zangen.

Deepest Sympathy To:

Jamie and David Fisher on the loss of their grandfather, Joseph Rogoff Irene and Marvin Haas on the loss of their brother-in-law, Jay Wander Eileen Penta on the loss of her stepfather, Parker Rosenberg Liz Rubin on the loss of her grandmother, Anna Tobias Morgan, Brandon and Cameron Douglas on the loss of their grandfather, Robert Rose David Chaimowitz on the loss of his father, Bruce Allen Chaimowitz


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Gracious Donations

RABBI’S DISCRETIONARY FUND In Honor Of My children’s forthcoming journey to Tanzania Muriel Zuckerman

Phil Aronson on his 90th birthday Marcia Miller & Nan Rooney Audrey & Harold Belkin

The Rock Your Soul Shabbat Arline & Noel Shevack

Jack Lewis’ 40 years of square dance calling Janice & Howard Kaplan

In Appreciation For Rabbi’s help during my “time of grieving” Cyril Gold

In Memory Of Larry Russack

The Tessler Family

Jerry Axelrod

Esther & Seymour Birnbaum

All my loved ones who passed away during this season George Rothbart

Mother, Rita Zimmerman Dr. Jack Zimmerman

Beloved father, Max Merer Sylvia Skoller

Beloved daughter-in-law, Susan Skoller Sylvia Skoller

CANTOR’S DISCRETIONARY FUND In Honor Of The Rock Your Soul Shabbat


Lisa Pinsky

Father, Hon. Jesse M. Eisen Lisa Pinsky

CANTOR FENAKEL RELIGIOUS SCHOOL In Honor Of Cantor Karen Braunstein’s installation as Cantor of Temple Beth Kodesh Phyllis & Marvin Weinstein

YOUTH GROUP FUND In Honor Of The Bat Mitzvah of Bari Miller Gloria Zakon

In Memory Of Rebecca Dubin

Barbara & Harvey Harnick

BILL BENDER CARING FUND In Honor Of Barbara Harnick on her 80th birthday Sabina & Mel Dener

In Memory Of Nitro’s gentle, sweet spirit Susan & Reed Kellner

LIBRARY FUND In Honor Of The 80th birthday of Doris and Karl Fishman Helene Dienstman Ruth Burstein Dottie & Frank Abel

In Memory Of Fred Applebaum

Doris, Karl & Bob Fishman

Jerry Axelrod

Arline & Noel Shevack

Esther & Seymour Birnbaum


TREE OF LIFE In Honor Of Cheryl Cordes on her 50th birthday

Dolores & Murray Rosen

Ian, Ashley, Joshua, Sara & Daniel Cordes

In Memory Of My father, Simon Pinsky


Rabbi Stephen Pinsky

Josef Glasrot

Nan Rooney

Grandmother, Rose Weiss


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Sharry Israel Dulcie Burns

April 2010

Service Calendar Friday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. MITZVAH DAY RECOGNITION SHABBAT YOM HA’ATZMA’UT/ISRAEL INDEPENDENCE DAY Guest Speaker, Ronald J. Young, Executive Director Come to Services with your families, wear your orange Mitzof the U.S. Interreligious Committee for Peace in the Middle vah Day tee-shirts and rekindle the camaraderie of a great East will speak on “ Finding Common Ground in the Promised day. Land” April Birthday Blessings Saturday, April 3 at 9:45 a.m. SHABBAT CHOL HAMOED PESACH Service-in-the-Round Torah Portion: Chol Hamoed Pesach, Exodus 33:12-34-26 Friday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. YOM HASHOAH/HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL SERVICE Guest Speaker: Scott Richardson Prominent lawyer and Temple member, Scott Richardson, will share some thoughts on his travels through Eastern Europe and what he has learned about the way we remember our past. Saturday, April 10 at 9:45 a.m. Bat Mitzvah of Amanda Chaplin Daughter of Laurie and Jeffrey Chaplin Torah Portion: Vayakhel/Pekude, Exodus 35:1-40:38 Friday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. HADASSAH SHABBAT Saturday, April 17 at 9:45 a.m. B’nai Mitzvah of Ian and Alicia Lowenstein Children of Sharon and Gregg Lowenstein Torah Portion: Tazria/Metzora, Leviticus 12:1-15:33

Saturday, April 24 at 9:45 a.m. Bar Mitzvah of Jared Greenberg Son of Pamela and Mark Greenberg Bat Mitzvah of Liana Zafran Daughter of Lisa Zafran and Michael Zafran Torah Portion: Achare Mot/Kedoshim, Leviticus 16:1-20:27 Friday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. CHAI MEMBER/TORAH STUDY SHABBAT The Congregation will share a service of prayer, music and Torah study including a reading from this week’s Torah portion. Saturday May 1 at 9:45 a.m. Bat Mitzvah of Alix Krolick Daughter of Melissa and Mitch Krolick Torah Portion: Emor, Leviticus 21:1-24:23

Shalom April 2010  
Shalom April 2010  

Shalom April 2010