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Adar II / Nisan 5771| April 2011

Rabbi’s Voice

Rabbi Stephen H. Pinsky Dear Friends: How – never mind “why” – is this night different from most – never mind “all” – other nights? 1. On most other nights, we eat without thinking. When the food is good we praise the chef, the cook or the hostess. When it is not, we talk about the weather. The food is there to be consumed, not considered, and we eat it because – well – because that is what you do with food. On Pesach the food has meaning. It tells a story – every drop of it – every morsel. It tells our story. On that night to eat is to relive. 2. On most other nights, we eat without blessing. There may be a Motzi – at least when there’s company – but saying a blessing and receiving a blessing is not the same. Mostly the dinner is just one more event in the day’s calendar. On Pesach, the blessing is there – everywhere. We sense it. We feel it. It surrounds us, and changes the mood and the meaning of everything. 3. On most other nights, we eat without leisure. We gather together because it is time for dinner. Each may bring to the table something of the day, but has his or her own and separate agenda. The meal is eaten and each one departs refueled if not refreshed, on to the evening’s occupation. On Pesach, there is no rush. We relish each moment: playing games, reciting the rhymes, living and reliving, telling and retelling. That night belongs to us – all of it – and we cherish every bit. 4. On most other nights, we eat without love. The purpose of dinner is food. Banquet style or casual in the kitchen, the setting is for eating – dining on occasion – but you would not call it sacred – and you would not call it precious – and you would not call it sentimental. On Pesach, however, it is all three. It is that strange and wonderful moment when we feel surrounded by love. Family and friends are more than family and friends. They belong to our heart – and to our heritage. And that heritage – for all its bitterness – is suddenly very worth while. You might even call it precious. Yours sincerely,

Stephen H. Pinsky

From the Desk of the Temple Educator

Jodi Kaufman

When the Baal Shem Tov had a difficult task before him, he would go to a certain place in the woods, light a fire, and meditate in prayer. And then, he was able to perform the task. A generation later, the Maggid of Mazrich was faced with the same task. So, he went to Temple Beth Torah the same place in the woods, but he had forgotten exactly how to light the fire as the Baal Shem 900 Big Blue Trace Tov had done. He said: “I can no longer light the fire, but I can still speak the prayers.” And so Wellington, Florida 33414 he prayed as the Baal Shem Tov had prayed, and he was able to complete the task. A generation later, Rabbi Moshe Lev had to perform this same task. He too went into TEL.: 561-793-2700 the woods, but he had not only forgotten how to light the fire, he had forgotten the prayers as FAX: 561-793-1072 well. He said: “I can no longer light the fire, nor do I know the secret meditations belonging to E-MAIL: the prayers. But, I do know the place in the woods to which it all belongs and that must be sufWEB SITE: ficient.” And sufficient it was. But, when another generation had passed, Rabbi Israel Salanter was called upon to perTEMPLE OFFICE HOURS: Monday - Thursday: 9AM - 5PM form the task. He sat down on his golden chair in his castle and said: “I cannot light the fire. I cannot speak the prayers. I do not know the place in the forest. But, we can tell the story of Friday: 9AM - 4PM how it was once done, and that must be sufficient.” And sufficient it was. Passover asks us to do one simple thing: tell the story. Tell the story of how a people, RABBI enslaved and oppressed, was brought out from bondage and made into a great nation by God. Stephen H. Pinsky The Seder night is our vehicle for telling this story. “Tell your child on that very day that this is what God did for me when I went out from Egypt”- this is the goal of the Passover Seder. CANTOR How can you learn about the Passover Seder? There are many ways. For example, read Carrie F. Barry the book The Art of Jewish Living- The Passover Seder by Ron Wolfson, use the internet for additional resources, download the iMahNishtanah App to learn the 4 Questions, or talk to the PRESIDENT Rabbi, Cantor, or myself. The important part of Passover is telling and hearing the story. Louise Marks Interesting Passover seder ideas VICE PRESIDENTS People always want to make their Passover seder interesting, meaningful, or just plain Richard Lebowitz different. Here are some ideas for you to keep the young and old interested throughout the long Philip Levine seder. Mix one or more together! TREASURER  Act out the Plagues-Divide the Guests into groups, and each one has to act out a Plague. Richard Samuels  Act out the Seder-Split the guests into groups and have each group act out part of the seder. SECRETARY Give out props. Marcia Weber  Adult find the afikomen-Have all the adults look for the Afikomen. They aren’t motivated? EDUCATION DIRECTOR Show them a cool prize (such as a fine bottle of wine or chocolates) and watch them move! Jodi Kaufman  Blind tasting-Have everyone blindfolded and give them different food from the seder plate to identify and name. PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR  Charoset around the world tour-serve different charoset from different Jewish cultures Sandy Wilensky around the world.  Dessert Tasting-Have everyone bring a dessert for Passover and compare! YOUTH ADVISOR  Draw your own Passover Story-Give blank paper and crayons to children and have them Jamie Sistino draw their own story.  Jeopardy Seder-Give answers to the Passover story, and have guests ask questions about the BROTHERHOOD PRESIstory. DENT  Magic Seder-Do you have a Magician in the family? Work with him/her to perform magic Doug Barr tricks that relate to the Passover story. SISTERHOOD CO Try a different culture-Serve only Ashkenasic or Sephardic food, and include cultural habits. PRESIDENTS For variety, try Turkish or Chinese food and learn about the Jews in those or other counJennifer Goldstein tries. Darlene Lebowitz  Wine Tasting-Have a wine tasting during the meal. Each one of the four cups is a different variety. SHALOM CREATIVE DESIGN Philip Levine My favorite Haggadah: EDITOR The Family Participation Haggadah: A DIFFERENT NIGHT by Noam Zion & David Dishon Phyllis Weinstein

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Have a wonderful Passover! Jodi


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The Preschool Press

Sandy Wilensky

TempleBeth Torah Leonie Arguetty Preschool It’s official! We have again been accepted as a candidate for NAEYC accreditation. During this school year, we have submitted over one hundred pages of documents illustrating the core standards of quality in early childhood education to which we subscribe. The NAEYC national headquarters in Washington has completed its review of our submissions and we eagerly await our site visit, which is the final stage of the accreditation process. We were recently contacted by our NAEYC assessor will soon be given a 15 day window for their site visit. Looking ahead, we can expect a visit prior to the end of this current school year. In addition to the highly anticipated NAEYC accreditation visit, this month the staff and children are busy preparing for the celebration of Passover. From planting parsley to decorating matzah covers, their Passover creations will enhance their holiday tables. On Wednesday, April 13, Rabbi Pinsky & Cantor Barry will lead a preschool version of the story of the exodus from Egypt at our own model Seder. Our VPO, led by Passover chair Jill Cohen, the parent volunteers and the preschool staff organize this school-wide event. I am certain that after all their practice and preparation for the Passover holiday in school, their children will bring smiles to their parents faces when they readily join in at their family Seder.

Passover at the Preschool would also 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 Transition (2 1/2-3), 3’s and PreK classes will don chefs’ hats to prepare their own individual matzos to sample and take home. As the month winds down, we will present a school wide celebration of Earth Day on April 22 with the planting of a tree in our playground. The children will be led in blessing and song by Rabbi Pinsky, Cantor Barry, and a representative from the Village of Wellington will be on hand to share in our day dedicated to the renewal of our planet’s resources. Each child will go home with a seedling to plant at home, courtesy of the Village. All preschool parents and temple members are encouraged to join us for this active lesson of Tikun Olam.

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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The Wisdom of Why

Phyllis Weinstein

Beginning this month, we are establishing a new column which will be published in all the forthcoming "SHALOM" issues. One question per month pertaining to Jewish rituals, ceremony, and practice will be presented to our fellow congregants The answer will be posted in the succeeding issue. Put on your thinking cap. Make it a family activity. Have fun brainstorming. Phyllis Weinstein, Editor QUESTION: Why is red rather than white wine served during the Seder meal?

TBT Memorial Committee

Joy Pitterman

Do you know where you will rest in peace? Did you know……..  That Temple Beth Torah owns a section of gravesites at Star of David Cemetery for sale to temple members

and their families.  That by purchasing your gravesite from Temple Beth Torah you will benefit both yourselves and the Temple.  That the current gravesite price from the Temple of $800 is 75% below the direct price from Star of David Cemetery.  That the Temple gravesite prices will be increasing by fifty percent effective July 1, 2011. Save money for yourself and your family and take one thing off the eventual to-do list. Contact Joy Pitterman, memorial committee chairman, through the temple office at 561-793-2700, or via e-mail at for additional information or to make arrangements to purchase a gravesite.

PRE-NEEDS SEMINAR Come to hear all the details at our Pre-Needs Seminar— DAY & DATE: Sunday, May 22, 2011 TIME: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Location: Library at Temple Beth Torah Reservations (requested but not necessary) and questions through the Temple office at (561) 793-2700 PRESENTER: Philip M. Weinstein, General Manager, Star of David Cemetery & Funeral Chapel of the Palm Beaches REFRESHMENTS: Coffee and ... Memorial Committee Chair: Dr. Joy Ellen Pitterman


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Temple Beth Torah 900 Big Blue Trace Wellington, Florida

Bring your animal friends   and join Rabbi Pinsky and Cantor Barry   for a special outdoor service!  Sha-Bark Shalom Blessing of the Animals Saturday, May 7th 5:00pm


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Temple Beth Torah Celebrates Our High School and College Graduates Class of 2011 Dear Temple Families and Friends, We are very proud of our high school and college graduates. The graduates of 2011 will receive a special blessing from Rabbi Pinsky during our Shabbat Evening Service at 7:30 PM on May 20, 2011. To commemorate this milestone, the Youth Committee is preparing gifts for each graduate. We encourage you to sponsor your own child and to consider sponsoring other graduates as well. We suggest a donation of $5 per graduate, but we welcome any donation you are able to contribute. The funds raised are not only for the graduation gifts, but they are used to send holiday gifts to the young adults throughout the year. We encourage you again to support our youth in wishing them well as they head off to school or embark on their careers. Please refer to the list of graduates below and send your donation check for those you wish to sponsor. Again, the amount suggested is $5 per graduate. The gifts will be presented to the graduates on May 20, 2011 at the Shabbat Service. A list of all sponsors will be included with the gifts. We hope you will join us at the Service and help us continue to support our graduates with your sponsorship. B’Shalom Bonnie Stein Chair Young Adult Connection

PLEASE RETURN THIS PORTION TO THE TEMPLE BEFORE MAY 13, 2011 I (we) would like to sponsor the following graduates and have enclosed a check payable to Temple Beth Torah for my (our) sponsorship.

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES: [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [

] Jordan Adler ] Samuel Alba ] Aaron Albers ] Benjamin Aqua ] Julie Crystal ] Sara Cordes ] Jeffrey Demby ] Joshua Gomberg ] Michael Haimowitz

COLLEGE GRADUATES: [ ] Matthew Doenges [ ] Allison Greenspan [ ] Alex Herzlin, DPT

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [

] Brianna Holts ] Kelsey Holts ] Joshua Hyber ] Mercedes Isaguirre ] Michael Kessler ] Erica Knoller ] Michael Lebowitz ] Karra Miner ] Justin Modist

[ ] Stephanie Huber [ ] Rachel Marcus

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [

] Lee Parker ] Tyler Rabinowitz ] Shana Sasko ] Eliza Schlein ] Alyssa Shears ] Alexander Small ] Alex Stein ] Logan Tessler

[ ] Patricia Samuels [ ] Jay Weber

Name as you want it to appear ____________________________________________________ Total graduates sponsored ______ X $5 (or what you wish to contribute)= $____________ enclosed Every effort has been made to include all graduates. If your child is graduating and is not on this list, please contact Bonnie Stein by email at Proceeds are used to support our Young Adult Committee


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B’nai Mitzvah Students at Temple Beth Torah

April 2011

Paige and Rileigh Ellenson, the daughters of Candie and Steven Ellenson, will be called to the Torah as B’not Mitzvah on Saturday, April 9, 2011. Paige is an 8th grade student at Okeeheelee Middle School and is in the Spanish Academy. She is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and was on the Middle School Volleyball team. Paige is also interested in lacrosse and golf. She hopes to attend Park Vista High School’s Broadcasting program. Rileigh is in the 7th grade at Okeeheelee Middle School and is also in the Spanish Academy. She is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and was on the Middle School Volleyball and Basketball teams. Rileigh hopes to attend the Nursing program at Park Vista High School. Paige and Rileigh will be celebrating their special day with their parents, grandparents Dianne and Ray Ellenson, great grandmother Etta Ryan, and aunts, uncles and cousins from near and far. Troy Robert Carrabis, the son of Lisa and Anthony Carrabis, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, April 16, 2011.Troy is a 7th grade student at Emerald Cove Middle School. Troy has many interests. He loves to play basketball and played for the Wellington Recreation team last fall. His passion is trains and loves everything about them. Troy enjoys spending time with his brother, Bryce, and his friends. He will be joined on his special day by his parents, brother, and many relatives and friends from near and far. Jake Dylan Quo, the son of Stacy & Alan Quo will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, April 30, 2011. Jake is an Honor Roll student at Polo Park Middle School. He loves to play baseball and most other sports. He is an All-Star player on his Wellington Recreation team. Celebrating with Jake and his parents will be his brother, Shane and his sister, Chelsi, his grandparents, Marilyn and Steven Abrams, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends, some of whom will have traveled from New Jersey to be here on this special day.


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Jewish Summer Camp for Girls


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Events at Temple Beth Torah

April 2011

Fri Apr 1, 2011 26th of Adar II, 5771 4th Grade Family Service Shabbat Family Dinner 7:30pm Shabbat Service Sat Apr 2, 2011 27th of Adar II, 5771 Shabbat HaChodesh 8:45am Torah Study 9:45am Shabbat Service Sun Apr 3, 2011 28th of Adar II, 5771 9am Religious School 1pm Garinim K-2 Event 5pm 7th Grade 6pm Mitzvah Corps Mon Apr 4, 2011 29th of Adar II, 5771 7pm Preschool Meeting in Conf. Room Tue Apr 5, 2011 1st of Nisan, 5771 Rosh Chodesh Nisan 3pm Religious School 7pm Confirmation Class Wed Apr 6, 2011 2nd of Nisan, 5771 7:15pm School Committee Meeting Thu Apr 7, 2011 3rd of Nisan, 5771 Fri Apr 8, 2011 4th of Nisan, 5771 7:30pm Shabbat Service 9pm TiBToFTY Mystery Bus Ride Sat Apr 9, 2011 5th of Nisan, 5771 8:45am Torah Study 9:45am Shabbat Service 6pm Progressive Dinner


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Sun Apr 10, 2011 6th of Nisan, 5771 9am Brotherhood Meeting 9am Religious School 11:30am "Book Talk in Mixed Company" Mon Apr 11, 2011 7th of Nisan, 5771 Tue Apr 12, 2011 8th of Nisan, 5771 7:30pm Personnel Committee Meeting Wed Apr 13, 2011 9th of Nisan, 5771 Preschool Model Seder Thu Apr 14, 2011 10th of Nisan, 5771 Fri Apr 15, 2011 11th of Nisan, 5771 NFTY-STR LLTI 7:30pm Shabbat Service Sat Apr 16, 2011 12th of Nisan, 5771 Shabbat HaGadol NFTY-STR LLTI 8:45am Torah Study 9:45am Shabbat Service Sun Apr 17, 2011 13th of Nisan, 5771 NFTY-STR LLTI School-wide Family Service 9am Religious School 11am Youth event grades 3&4 5pm 7th Grade Mon Apr 18, 2011 14th of Nisan, 5771 Erev Pesach Preschool Model Seder Tue Apr 19, 2011 15th of Nisan, 5771 Pesach I Building Closed No Preschool

Wed Apr 20, 2011 16th of Nisan, 5771 Preschool Early Dismissal Thu Apr 21, 2011 17th of Nisan, 5771 Preschool Early Dismissal Fri Apr 22, 2011 18th of Nisan, 5771 7:30pm Band Shabbat Service Sat Apr 23, 2011 19th of Nisan, 5771 8:45am Torah Study 9:45am Shabbat Service Sun Apr 24, 2011 20th of Nisan, 5771 9am Membership Meeting Mon Apr 25, 2011 21st of Nisan, 5771 Building Closed No Preschool Yizkor Tue Apr 26, 2011 22nd of Nisan, 5771 3pm Religious School 7pm Confirmation Class Monthly Board Meeting Wed Apr 27, 2011 23rd of Nisan, 5771 Thu Apr 28, 2011 24th of Nisan, 5771 Fri Apr 29, 2011 25th of Nisan, 5771 7:30pm Shabbat Service Sat Apr 30, 2011 26th of Nisan, 5771 8:45am Torah Study 9:45am Shabbat Service


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Welcome to our New Members

We welcome the following new member back to our “Temple family” and look forward to her participation in our services and activities. Sherrie Rosen, Membership Co-Chairperson Nancy Freedman, Membership Co-Chairperson Gwenn Schemer

Mazel Tov To:

Our B’nai Mitzvah: Paige and Rileigh Ellenson and their family Troy Carrabis and his family Jake Quo and his family

Special Simchas:

Isabel Lucas on the birth of her grandson, Alexander Jonah Gottlieb

Get Well To:

Sabina Dener, Dr. Helen Garson, Neil Garson, Harvey Harnick, Alan Marks, Oscar Peskoff and Linda Politzer

Deepest Sympathy To:

Daisy Dorfman on the loss of her father in law, Sidney Dorfman Dr. Richard Harrison on the loss of his father, Irving Harrison Laone Nachman on the loss of her husband, Elton Nachman


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Gracious Donations


In Honor Of The marriage of Alexis and Robert Scolnick Joan & Mel Scolnick

The birth of my grandson, Alexander Jonah Gottlieb, and his parents, Jeremy and Veronique Isabel Lucas

The marriage of Ruthe Blecher’s grandson, Jacob Roz & Morris Ball

CANTOR’S DISCRETIONARY FUND In Memory Of Elton Nachman Dr. Joy Pitterman

RABBI STEPHEN PINSKY EDUCATION FUND In Honor Of Noah and Sandra Fuhrman’s new home Shelley Sandler

In Memory Of Hilton Waters

A special friend

Daisy & Stan Dorfman

Henry Epstein

Harriet Epstein

Elton Nachman Zena Plous

Ellen Marcus

Edward Marcus

Sy Eisenfeld

Howard & Janice Kaplan

Hon. Jesse Eisen

Ruthe Blecher

CANTOR FENAKEL RELIGIOUS SCHOOL In Memory Of Sidney Dorfman The Pesaturo Family


TZEDAKAH BOX FUND In Honor Of The engagement of Seth Pinsky to Angela Sung Marcia & Scott Weber

In Memory Of Sidney Dorfman

Rita Zimmerman

Marcia & Scott Weber

Loved ones who passed this season


Dr. Jack Zimmerman George Rothbart

Sylvia Levy

Carol & Irving Berlin

Father of Ronnie Zenlea

Rhoda & Sy Zenlea

Dr. Sandra Meister Dulcie Burns


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Marlene Leboff & Gerry Zuckerman

In Memory Of Charlotte Cashton

Roslyn & Karen Eismann

Lisa & Rabbi Stephen Pinsky

Sidney Dorfman

The 70th birthday of Ruthann Palmer

Simon Pinsky

Sabina Dener

Judith Cohen

Alan Herzlin

Roslyn & Karen Eismann

Lisa & Rabbi Stephen Pinsky Lisa & Rabbi Stephen Pinsky

Belle Jankowitz

GENERAL TEMPLE FUND In Honor Of Marcia Weber for all the good she brings to the congregation on Mitzvah Day and everyday

In Memory Of Rose Weiss

In Appreciation For The Rabbi’s visits during my recent hospitalization and rehabilitation

Muriel Zuckerman


Stella Levitt

BILL BENDER CARING FUND In Honor Of The 55th wedding anniversary of Sabina and Mel Dener Arline & Noel Shevack

Lucille Silverman

April 2011

Service Calendar Friday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. FAMILY SHABBAT SERVICE Members of our Fourth Grade will Participate in the Service. April Birthday Blessings.

Saturday, April 16 at 9:45 a.m. Bar Mitzvah of Troy Carrabis Son of Lisa and Anthony Carrabis Torah Portion: Acharei Mot, Leviticus 16:1-18:30

Saturday, April 2 at 9:45 a.m. Join us as Peggy Kroll celebrates a milestone Bat Mitzvah anniversary by reading this Shabbat’s Haftarah portion. Torah Portion: Tazria, Leviticus 12:1-13:59

Friday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. ROCK YOUR SOUL SHABBAT The long awaited return of our Temple Band presenting a joyful Service of music and prayer. Bring your friends and family as we share an extraordinary Shabbat together.

Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. Guest Speaker: Rabbi David Ellenson, President of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, who will speak on the future of our American Jewish community.

Saturday, April 22 at 9:45 a.m. SHABBAT CHOL HAMOED PESACH Service-in-the-Round Torah Portion: Exodus 33:12-34:26

Saturday, April 9 at 9:45 a.m. B’not Mitzvah of Paige and Rileigh Ellenson Daughters of Candie and Steven Ellenson Torah Portion: Metzora, Leviticus 14:1-15:33 Friday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. TORAH STUDY SHABBAT The congregation will share a Shabbat Service of prayer, music and Torah study including the reading of a selection from this week’s Torah portion. The congregation will witness the conversion of Alison Quereau.

Friday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. YOM HASHOAH/HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL SERVICE “ Voices of the Generations” – a multi-media program presented by noted educator, Julie Kohner – a moving and inspiring program for people of all ages. Saturday, April 30 at 9:45 a.m. Bar Mitzvah of Jake Quo Son of Stacy and Alan Quo Torah Portion: Kedoshim, Leviticus 19:1-20:27

Shalom April 2011  

Shalom April 2011

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