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Elul 5770 /Tishrei 5771| September 2010

Rabbi’s Voice

Rabbi Stephen H. Pinsky Dear Friends: There is a flurry of activity in the Temple these days. We are busily preparing for the opening of our schools and getting ready for the multitude of activities which shall crowd the calendar and fill the building during the next months. And, of course, soon to come are the High Holy Days. In fact, they are almost upon us. Every rabbi begins to worry about preparing for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur long in advance – probably the day after Confirmation in the early summer. To worry, that is, not necessarily to do anything about them. But eventually each one of us is startled into the realization that the holidays are fast approaching. For me, it is a nightmare which awakens me some time in mid-summer, always the same one – I’m on my way to the temple without a sermon. (I realize while this is a nightmare for me, others may regard this as a dream!) So, in spite of summer sun and inviting activities, I am shaken into awareness that there is work to be done. And I confess to wishing, in a year such as this, that the holidays would not come quite so early. However, even if rabbis and congregations have last minute preparations to make, to be perfectly honest, I think we Jews are quite ready for the holidays. That is, we need them. Another twelve months have passed and most of us are a year’s worth more worried about health, about wrinkles and, I hope, about the meaning and direction of our lives. The state of our economy continues to threaten our well-being. The insecurity of Israel’s future against the background of Iran’s nuclear ambitions alarms us. Massive earthquakes and unprecedented flooding give us pause about the health of our planet and its fragile ecosystem. The demagoguery of so many of our political leaders and the inability of our government to move forward appalls us. Indeed, we are ready to share together our feelings, our hopes and our dreams. And the High Holidays have so much to give us. The inspiring beauty of the music which we shall hear, the poetic searching of the prayers which we shall utter, the stirring call of the shofar to a moral awakening, the plaintive melody of Kol Nidre for quiet remembering. If only we can open our hearts and our minds to review and renew our lives and our values. I urge you, then, to take advantage fully of the richness of these Holy Days. Attend all of the services – not just one or two of them. Bring your children who are old enough to share the experience of the adult services and be certain that your younger boys and girls participate in the wonderful services prepared for them. And when you are in the sanctuary, participate in the reading and the singing. Don’t be a part of a passive audience, but share as completely and as fully as you can – with your hearts and with your minds. The holidays are early this year but we shall be ready nonetheless. Yours sincerely,

Stephen H. Pinsky

From The President

Louise Marks

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erations to come. What can be done here in Wellington to make sure Temple Beth Torah will remain a vibrant entity to nurture our children and their children? The answer is easy! Monday - Thursday: 9AM - 5PM Get involved, participate and study. Teach your children what you want them to learn Friday: 9AM - 4PM through your actions. Let us lead our families by example. TEMPLE OFFICE HOURS:


Stephen H. Pinsky CANTOR

Carrie F. Barry PRESIDENT


Richard Lebowitz Philip Levine TREASURER

Richard Samuels SECRETARY

Marcia Weber


I have referred to our congregation as ‘a family of families’. Our Board of Trustees is charged with the responsibility of protecting Reform Judaism for decades to come. During the months of June, July and August, the building has been a buzz of activity getting ready for the new Temple year. Committees and departments have worked constantly. We have welcomed new members, we have sorted rice, and we have watched and worked with our TBT campers to insure a joyous summer vacation. When you receive this edition, both of our schools will have been in session. Our three new Trustees are in place: Vicki Buckstein, Eileen Eckhaus and Tammy Smith. Our newly formed Ways and Means Committee has met and plans are being readied to help insure financial support through a variety of enjoyable events. There have been two Pillars of Strength receptions; (call and ask about that campaign). We have two new Committee Chairs: Religious School Committee Chair Andi Parker and, Avodah Committee Chair Sara Marcus. We have also welcomed a new Youth Advisor: Jamie Sistino. Word has it that our Temple will host a N.F.T.Y Kallah.

Jodi Kaufman

Our Administrative Staff, Custodial Staff and Senior Staff have all collaborated to prepare for our new year. Yes, our beloved Temple buzzes with activity throughout the summer. PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR We are ready for the High Holidays. As the time nears, one cannot help but reflect upon Sandy Wilensky political, social and economic factors dominating our lives. We are preparing our minds, bodies and souls to usher in the New Year with clarity of thought, piety in demeanor, prayYOUTH ADVISOR ing for a year of heath, life, and zeal to perpetuate our Judaism. Jamie Sistino


Doug Barr


Jennifer Goldstein Darlene Lebowitz

Imagine life with the love and legacy of those who came before us. Imagine life with a vibrant congregation. Imagine life with a building that houses our communal spirit. Imagine your children and their children imagining the same. Alan and I wish all of you and yours a Healthy, Happy New Year. B’shalom, SHALOM CREATIVE DESIGN Louise

Philip Levine EDITOR

Phyllis Weinstein


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Cantor’s Song Cantor Carrie F. Barry On Rosh HaShanah, God is “Avinu Malkeinu,” our Father, our King: our parent, our ruler. Whereas on Shabbat, we greet our Sabbath Queen, welcoming her with song and rejoicing in her gifts of rest and peace, on Rosh HaShanah, we stand before God and await our judgment. This image speaks to many of us; it comforts us to know that someone, or something, is in charge. For many others, however, the concept of a God who reigns over us, a God who controls our fate, is an uncomfortable one. It may suggest a loss of freedom or identity. Or, by bestowing upon God the role of Divine Arbiter, it may impose on the listener an image of God that doesn’t complement our modern sensibilities. The Medieval poem, “Unetaneh Tokef,” which we read Rosh HaShanah morning, declares the day, Yom HaDin: “Day of Judgment.” A cursory glance at the text tells us that on Rosh HaShanah, God decides our fate, and only repentance can save us from our end. On the surface, the poem may seem unfriendly and frightening, giving us an image of a merciless ruler. But our Jewish literature rarely exists on only one level. The God of our machzor, our High Holy Day prayer book, is at once judge and shepherd: our parent who nurtures, as well as guides us. God reminds us that we are capable of both good and bad, or of both action and inaction, for also according to “Unetaneh Tokef,” only positive actions: teshuvah, tefila, and tzedaka, can truly help us. Repentance, prayer, and righteous action: all things that we have in our control. As our parent, God considers every soul, but it is not realistic to assume that God will take care of each and every one of us as if we were infants. Even a shepherd watching his flock cannot keep every sheep in his immediate line of vision at all times. Rosh HaShanah is our reminder from God, the string around our collective Jewish finger. God wants us to stop and take notice. Where am I? Where am I going? Who am I? Who will I be? In “Unetaneh Tokef,” we will read of a “still, small voice.” That voice can be interpreted as the sound of the shofar, or the trembling of the angels in heaven, but for me, that “still, small voice” is my own: the voice that I cannot always hear during the year. It comes from deep within, and when I listen to it, I can truly hear what my mind, body and soul are telling me. Sometimes I hear the voice, but refuse to listen. The High Holy Days force us to acknowledge ourselves in a way that we rarely do. We are asked by God to be present, to engage with ourselves through prayer, meditation, contemplation. Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur are not necessarily days of fire and brimstone, but rather times when we are closer to God, because we are actually making time to be closer to ourselves. “Unetaneh Tokef” shows us that our responsibility throughout the Days of Awe is to take action: to engage with God through prayer, to engage with ourselves through self-reflection, and to engage with others through kindness. We are not to leave our High Holy Day self-explorations in the sanctuary, or with God. We are to take them with us into the world, where we continue to build on them, action upon action, each new action leading to new experiences, new insight. And each year we return to our sanctuary, to God, to ourselves.

L’Shanah tova u-m’tukah…I wish you all a very sweet new year. B’shirah, Cantor Carrie Barry


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From the Desk of the Temple Educator

Jodi Kaufman

We are busily working to prepare for the fall. This summer, Robyn Fleming, our first grade teacher and I attended a wonderful conference sponsored by the Jewish National Fund. We were one of eighteen congregations selected nationally to attend this conference and become JNF Ambassadors. We spent four days learning about JNF and the amazing projects they do in Israel. JNF is so much more than just planting trees! Robyn and I will be bringing what we learned at the conference to you and your children. This year our family education programs will deal with Israel and the environment. We are excited to bring this wonderful programming to our congregation. I have also been working on fine tuning our curriculum. Every curriculum needs a vision pushing it along. Several years ago, I put forth a vision for our curriculum based on six “big ideas”. Below you will see these “big ideas”. They provide direction for our teachers and students and help guide them in their teaching and learning. As you read them, I hope they will guide you on your own personal Jewish learning journey. Big Ideas There is a god and I have an opportunity/responsibility/choice to develop my own personal relationship with god. Judaism and torah provides multiple frameworks for me to do that. Follow the development of god the character in the torah, in the holidays, in your life. Being Jewish is good and it’s fun. Being Jewish is not hard but it is hard. The commandments are not to be seen as heavy burdens, but rather opportunities to nourish the soul. The joy in carrying out a mitzvah is even more acceptable to God than the mitzvah itself. Judaism and Torah provide a structure for the natural ebb and flow of emotions and experiences of your life. Recognize and appreciate the “aha moments” in your life, spiritually as well as communally. There is value in community. Judaism provides a sense of community and guidelines for living in one. The Torah is the user guide for being part of the Jewish community. Jewish place in world history. Take pride in Jewish contributions to the world. Give the students the skills to participate in Jewish life. Our lives are an accumulation of the decisions we make about how to treat all living beings and our earth. The Torah is not static and our role is to take it, make it our own act on it and pass it on. What do you bring to Torah? Torah is a verb. Just do it. Jewish values will instinctively reflect in your actions. Israel is an exciting, real place full of interesting people and cool things to do and see and we want you to get to know the place and the people. This summer I had the privilege of spending two weeks at our regional URJ camp, Camp Coleman. I spent time with our temple campers, taught the campers and staff and led services. Should you have any questions about Jewish camping and Camp Coleman, please let me know. L’Shanah tovah u’m’tukah! Jodi


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The Preschool Press

Sandy Wilensky

TempleBeth Torah Leonie Arguetty Preschool As we move into the month of September, the new school year is up and running. Every morning our children enter the building full of smiles and energy, ready to begin a new school day. The 2010-2011 school year will be highlighted by the introduction of new staff, enhancement of community resources and programming for our preschool families, continuation of our 7-6pm extended day program for working parents, return of our parenting program and more creative social and fundraising events. The highlight of the year will be the much anticipated site visit by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) for our reaccreditation.

connection between the classroom and the holiday services. Be sure to look for pictures of the Shofar Factory event displayed throughout the preschool hallways when you are in the Temple for high holiday services. In an age appropriate celebration, many of the classes will also enjoy birthday cakes to welcome the new Jewish New Year. The end of the month will be highlighted by the preschool celebrations of Sukkot and Simchat Torah. All of our children will be involved in making decorations and classroom Sukkahs, planning and participating in our very own parade, and eating our lunches in the Temple Sukkah. Our preschool has a long and proud tradition of parent participation and support we look forward to the continued involvement of our families. There are many ways for parents to get involved on all levels. From joining a committee to volunteering in the classrooms, all of our parents are encouraged to be an active participant in the success of the school year! Our Volunteer Parent Organization (VPO), chaired by Leslie Byck kicked off the school year with a Back to School Breakfast on the first day of preschool. It was wonderful to see our new and returning parents using this opportunity to socialize and to volunteer for the numerous social and fundraising activities planned for the year. Many of our preschool families are already participating in the third year of Our Adopt-a-Class Fundraiser. We are very grateful for the contributions received from these efforts which help us provide additional classroom materials and equipment from teacher “Wish Lists.”

Our annual back to school Parent Orientation/Curriculum Night was held on August 23. The teachers and staff were excited to welcome over 150 preschool parents eager to learn about our school’s mission, philosophy, goals, programs and curriculum. This was also an opportunity for the parents to meet our temple president, Louise Marks, and other members of the Board of Trustees. The culmination of the evening was when the parents visited our newly decorated classrooms and met with their children’s teachers for the first time. The next day, we held our child visitation day, opening our classrooms to allow the children a brief visit in order to We are looking forward to holding our first Tot Shabbat, become acquainted with their teachers and classroom and meet their led by Rabbi Pinsky and Cantor Barry, on Friday, September 24 at new classmates and greet their returning friends. 5:30pm. Tot Shabbat is a wonderful opportunity for families with Our 2, 3 and 4 year old classes all began the new school young children to join together for a spirited, preschool friendly year with curriculum units on self and family. The younger chil- Shabbat service. Another date to save is Sunday, October 3. That dren created hand print collages while learning songs and finger afternoon, from 4-6pm , the PTO will sponsor our annual Family plays centered on the theme of family. At the same time, the chil- Fun Day. dren in the older classes were hard at work and play, creating “All Our Summer Enrichment camp was a fantastic success! About Me” books and family trees. We are also preparing for our Our total enrollment was 69 children, ranging in age from very year long Shabbat program. All of the children have decorated Kipyoung 2 year olds to 5 year olds. They had hours of fun throughout pot which they will wear every Friday morning when we welcome Shabbat in the preschool. Each week a different child from each the summer, both indoors and out, enjoying lively weekly themes, class will be designated Ema or Abba and serve as the class “Shabbat exciting entertainment and our outdoor water play equipment. We child,” leading the class in a Shabbat presentation. The Shabbat closed out our summer with a Carnival Day filled with games, cotchild’s family joins the class to light candles, say prayers and eat chal- ton candy & snow cones a bounce house, face painting, balloons, lah with all of the class children. At 11:15 a.m., the entire school and a special camp-wide lunch. Sharon Lowenstein, Camp Supervigathers in the social hall for a Shabbat rock concert, a school wide sor, Annette Muniz, all our outstanding camp teachers, and record sing-a-long led by Cantor Barry. If you’re ever in the building on numbers of teen and parent volunteers did an amazing job this summer ensuring the health, safety and enjoyment of every child. Friday mornings, please stop by to join the fun! Thanks for a job well done! In addition to the curriculum units on self and family, the On behalf of the entire preschool staff and my family, I opening days of school find our children and staff immersed in their wish you a happy, healthy new year! preparation for the holidays. On September 1, the children will enjoy one of the truly special experiences of the holiday season, when we receive a visit from The Shofar Factory, a hands-on workshop Shalom, which teaches the children how shofars are made. All the classes Sandy Wilensky will have the opportunity to hear the beautiful sounds of the shofar. Director Our 3 and 4 year olds will share the experience of touching a variety of animal horns; and, learn the difference between kosher and non-kosher animals. This exciting program provides a personal


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Temple Beth Torah Board of Trustees Officers President

Louise S. Marks

Vice President

Richard Lebowitz

Vice President

Philip Levine


Richard Samuels

Recording Secretary

Marcia Weber

Trustees Alisa Adler

Ian Cordes

Alan Herzlin

Alan Marks

Tammy Smith

Cindy Albers

Eileen Eckhaus

Victoria Larson

Joy Pitterman

Steven Warner

Vicki Buckstein

Jennifer Goldstein

Fran Lerner

Sherrie Rosen

Sylvia Windmueller

Devon Cohen

Dinah Harmon

Sara Marcus

Fred Shuster

Joel Zaidspiner

Ex Officio Members of the Board Immediate Past President Sisterhood President Co-Presidents

Eric Bakerman Jennifer Goldstein Darlene Lebowitz

Brotherhood President Sr. Youth Group Co-Presidents

Doug Barr Michael Lebowitz Logan Tessler


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The Brotherhood and Sisterhood Of Temple Beth Torah Wish You and Yours The Best for a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous and Sweet New Year


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L’Shanah Tovah Best wishes to all of our friends and members of Temple Beth Torah for a Healthy and Prosperous New Year Dr. Steven, Ellen, Danielle and Samantha Miller

L’Shanah Tovah Best wishes for a healthy and peaceful year ahead Marcia and Scott Weber and family


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Barbara and Arthur Abrams Happy and Healthy New Year to all our fellow congregants Lynn and Jerry Ferman Syvia, Bruce and Jason Gordon

May peace become the blessing for us all in 5771 Fran Lerner and family

Happy and Healthy New Year to all Theresa, Gregg, Joshua, Jordan and Ethan Levi

May we all enjoy peace, prosperity and good health in 5771 Audrey and Charles Lipton


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Cindy and Mark Albers and family May it be a sweet and healthy year Earlene and Eric Bakerman and family Beautiful blessings for good health, family joy and world peace to all our congregational mishpachot with hugs from Ruth Blecher and all in our family. Jordana and John Casciano and family Peggy and Yoni Kroll and family Wishing all of our friends a very Happy and Healthy New Year Arline and Irwin Moore Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Shapiro A joyous 5771 to all our Temple Beth Torah family Jane and Fred Shuster Tammy and Dr. Ronald Smith and family Judy and Mel Zupnick and Toby, Felicia and Marcus Pina


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Amy and Keith Aqua and Family Roselyn and Morris Ball and family Betty Ryen Breinin and family Dolores and Buddy Busch and family Carol and Edward Cohen and family Shari and Edward Cooper and family Mary and Leonard Cordes and family Happy Holiday to eveyone Sabina and Mel Dener and family L’Shanah Tovah Eileen and Barry Eckhaus Roslyn and Karen Eismann and family The Ellenson Family Jerry and Joyce Steinhorn Farkas and family Irwina and Kurt Frank and family Selma and Saul Goldman and family Alaine and Arthur Green and family Irene and Marvin Haas and family Diann and Stuart Hack and family Corinne Ingerman and family Albert Jacobowitz and family Ellen and Jerry Kahan and family Bea and Marty Kalikow and family Jodi Kaufmann and family Janis Kelly and family Irene and Joel Levine and family Stella B. Levitt and family Karen and Michael McDole and family Laone and Elton Nachman and family Ruthann and Michael Palmer and family Shirley Pell and family Oscar Peskoff & Sharry Israel and family Dr. Joy Ellen Pitterman Joyce and Dr. Ivan Portnoy and family Hope Radin and Jeff Barton - L’Shanah Tovah Lucille and Marvin S. Rockley and family Mandy and Scott Rubenstein and family Marcy and Richard Samuels and family Elissa & Jarrett Schube and family Sylvia and Albert Shoengold and family Sheila Tenenblatt Selma and Hilton Waters and family Sandy Wolff and family Rhoda and Seymour Zenlea and family


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Memorial Committee

Joy Pitterman

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The Cemetery Committee has become the Memorial Committee chaired by Joy Ellen Pitterman. Our Memorial Committee will help you make funeral arrangements and commemorate your loved ones on the Wall of Remembrance in our Sanctuary. Watch for information about a sale for one month only following the High Holidays. Services Provided: Funerals: A death in the family can be a traumatic time for all concerned. Temple Beth Torah has gravesites at Star of David Cemetery and Funeral Chapel of the Palm Beaches located at 9321 Memorial Park Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33412. Our Memorial Committee can help make appropriate arrangements to provide congregants with a dignified, reasonably priced funeral including pre-arrangements. Members of the Temple Beth Torah family do not need to make these decisions alone. Wall of Remembrance: On the wall in our Sanctuary is our bronze memorial table that is kindled on yahzeits and commemorative days. There is no more fitting tribune that can be given to our loved departed.

Life Long Learning

Fran Lerner

Life Long Learning is off to an exciting start and we can't wait to share the good news with our temple family. "Havdalah Under The Stars" has become the event that says, "Good-by to Summer" and hello to a wonderful year ahead. This year we have taken a new approach with our "Lunch and Learn" program. We will be expecting you to actively participate. There will be homework. Our programs will be a blend of films with the discussions led by Rabbi Pinsky, guest speakers, and, you guessed it, times when you will be the guest speakers. We will be continuing Rabbi Pinsky's history classes with six sessions over the year. The story continues. We will be adding a new approach to book discussions with two Sunday morning events called "Book Talks in Mixed Company." We want to see our male temple members expressing their points of view. Last of all, and most exciting of all ,we will be having two extraordinary guest speakers at a new program called "Sunday at Four." Both of these programs are child friendly and suitable for children over the age of ten as well as teens. The first program will be Sunday January 30, 2011. Carol Gross, a noted writer and lecturer will discuss "Knock On Wood: Superstitions Old and New." Not only will she look at the things our "Bubbes" told us, but she will tell us about new superstitions invented by today's kids. Be prepared for a lively discussion. Our Second "Sunday At Four" speaker is Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger, M.D. He was born the Christian son of a World War II German tank commander. His journey from that place and time to now is a most amazing story. It is one that we would love to share with our older children, particularly our Youth Groupers. Save this very important date......February 27, 2011. Look for our flyer with all the dates and times as well as a registration form. This year is so dynamic you won't want to miss a single event!


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Brotherhood News

Doug Barr

The Brotherhood News: Wow!! I can’t believe the summer has come and gone. I hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing summer. We have an exciting year ahead of us at TBT Brotherhood. The Brotherhood has adopted the same operating calendar as the Temple. Dues statements will be arriving soon. It costs only $30.00 dollars to become a member. The success of the brotherhood depends on you. Below you will find the upcoming events for the first half of the year. I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events and meetings. Douglas Barr TBT Brotherhood President 561-312-9809 Brotherhood Meetings: Sundays at 9:00. September 12th / October 17th / Nov. 14 / Dec. 12 Brotherhood and Sisterhood Shabbat August 27th Sporting Events: 9/26/10 Jets Football: Limited Tickets available. 10/24/10 Miami Dolphins Football Game 3/17/11 Possible Miami Heat Game May 1st 2011 Golf Tournament Brotherhood Paid up Dinner: November 17th Poker Event: 9/21/10 Texas Hold'em Event 7 pm to 11:00 pm.

Sisterhood News

Jennifer Goldstein & Darlene Lebowitz Shalom Everyone. The Sisterhood of Temple Beth Torah is a dynamic organization and an important part of our Synagogue. We are committed to programs and activities that encourage and enlighten our members and enhance the Temple experience. We are well on our way to planning an exciting and eventful year. Look for lots of new innovative programs that will educate, enrich and entertain you. Whenever you are in the temple, don’t forget to stop by the gift shop for your shopping enjoyment of Judaica items or just to stop by and say hello!!! Let’s remember that the mission of Sisterhood is to support our congregation, its preschool and religious school and to strengthen our commitment to Reform Judaism. L’shana Tova, Jennifer & Darlene Co-Presidents


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High Holy Day Schedule


Selichot Saturday, September 4 at 7:30 p.m. Selichot, which means forgiveness, is also a time for introspection and begins the process in which we take stock of our lives and the world around us. On Saturday, September 4 at 9:15 p.m., we will hold our annual Selichot Service preceded by a social hour and then a special showing and discussion of the film, “Women of the Wall” which documents the crusade by Jewish women to be permitted to pray at peace at the Western Wall in Jerusalem all of which will begin at 7:30. On this evening, Jews around the world will gather in synagogues for a late evening service which includes a sampling of the music of the High Holy Day Services and concludes with the sounding of the Shofar. Please join us for this meaningful beginning to the Days of Awe.

Rosh Hashanah Family Service Thursday, September 9 at 2:30 p.m. (Pre-School and Elementary School Age Children) Rosh Hashanah Morning – Second Day Friday, September 10 at 10:00 a.m. Yom Kippur Eve – Kol Nidre

Friday, September 17 at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. sharp (No one will be seated during the chanting of Kol Nidre)

Yom Kippur Day

Saturday, September 18 at 8:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Yom Kippur Children’s Service

(Pre-School and Elementary School Age Children) Saturday, September 18 at 2:30 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah Eve Wednesday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Yom Kippur Afternoon Services

Rosh Hashanah Morning Thursday, September 9 at 8:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, September 18 at 4:30 p.m. (The Afternoon, Yizkor and Neilah Services)

Sukkot and Simchat Torah


SUKKOT FAMILY SERVICE/ CONSECRATION SERVICE Wednesday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m. Dedication of the Temple’s sukkah and Consecration of students new to our Religious School. FIRST DAY OF SUKKOT Thursday, September 23 at 9:45 a.m. (Preceded by Breakfast in the Sukkah) Torah Portion: Leviticus 23:33-44 SIMCHAT TORAH FAMILY SERVICE Wednesday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. Hakafot – Marching with the Torahs accompanied by a joyous klezmer band. SHEMINI ATZERET /YIZKOR SERVICE Thursday, September 30 at 9:45 a.m.


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Events at Temple Beth Torah

September 2010

Wed Sep 1, 2010 22nd of Elul, 5770

Mon Sep 13, 2010 5th of Tishrei, 5771

Thu Sep 2, 2010 23rd of Elul, 5770

Tue Sep 14, 2010 6th of Tishrei, 5771 3pm Religious School

Fri Sep 3, 2010 24th of Elul, 5770 7:30pm Shabbat Service Sat Sep 4, 2010 25th of Elul, 5770 8:45am Torah Study 9:45am Shabbat Service Sun Sep 5, 2010 26th of Elul, 5770 Mon Sep 6, 2010 27th of Elul, 5770 Tue Sep 7, 2010 28th of Elul, 5770 3pm Religious School 7pm Confirmation Class Wed Sep 8, 2010 29th of Elul, 5770 Erev Rosh Hashana See Service Schedule

Wed Sep 15, 2010 7th of Tishrei, 5771 Thu Sep 16, 2010 8th of Tishrei, 5771 Fri Sep 17, 2010 9th of Tishrei, 5771 Erev Yom Kippur See Service Schedule Sat Sep 18, 2010 10th of Tishrei, 5771 Yom Kippur See Service Schedule Sun Sep 19, 2010 11th of Tishrei, 5771 Mon Sep 20, 2010 12th of Tishrei, 5771

Thu Sep 9, 2010 1st of Tishrei, 5771 Rosh Hashana 5771 See Service Schedule

Tue Sep 21, 2010 13th of Tishrei, 5771 3pm Religious School 7pm Brotherhood Poker Event 7pm Confirmation Class 7pm Finance Committee

Fri Sep 10, 2010 2nd of Tishrei, 5771 See Service Schedule 7:30pm Shabbat Service

Wed Sep 22, 2010 14th of Tishrei, 5771 Erev Sukkot Consecration Service

Sat Sep 11, 2010 3rd of Tishrei, 5771 Shabbat Shuva 8:45am Torah Study 9:45am Shabbat Service

Thu Sep 23, 2010 15th of Tishrei, 5771 Sukkot

Sun Sep 12, 2010 4th of Tishrei, 5771 Tzom Gedaliah 9am Religious School 9:15am Youth Committee


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Fri Sep 24, 2010 16th of Tishrei, 5771 7:30pm Shabbat Service Sat Sep 25, 2010 17th of Tishrei, 5771 8:45am Torah Study 9:45am Shabbat Service

Sun Sep 26, 2010 18th of Tishrei, 5771 9am Religious School Mon Sep 27, 2010 19th of Tishrei, 5771 Tue Sep 28, 2010 20th of Tishrei, 5771 3pm Religious School Wed Sep 29, 2010 21st of Tishrei, 5771 7:30pm Monthly Board Meeting Thu Sep 30, 2010 22nd of Tishrei, 5771 Shmini Atzeret

B’nai Mitzvah Students at Temple Beth Torah

September 2010

Lara Tessler, the daughter of Michael and Randi Tessler was called to the Torah Saturday August 21, 2010. Lara is a Gifted Honor Roll student at Woodlands Middle School and will be entering the 8th grade this year. Lara enjoys singing and was chosen to represent her school at All County & All State Choir this past winter as well as singing in our temple’s choir for the High Holidays. Lara loves acting and performed in her school’s production of “Broadway Our way” and Temple Beth Torah’s annual Purim Shpiels. Lara’s other interests are spending time with her friends, going to movies, swimming, shopping and idolizing her brother Logan. Lara enjoyed sharing her simcha with her family and friends. Maxwell Sean Cooper, son of Edward and Shari Cooper, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, September 4, 2010. Max is in the 8th grade at Emerald Cove Middle School. He is an excellent student and is in several honors classes. Max enjoys computers, video games, and swimming. He also loves going on vacations with his family and playing with his dog, Bailey. Max will be joined by sister, Felicia, parents, grandparents, cousins from Massachusetts and New York, as well as many friends. Austin Tyler Sasko, son of Adrienne & Derf Sasko, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on September 4, 2010. Austin is an 8th grade Honor Roll student and Student Council member who is also a member of the National Junior Honor Society at Wellington Landings Middle School. As his Mitzvah Project, Austin has been raising money for the Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County to help homeless and low-income families in our area send their children to a safe, supervised place during the summer. Austin is also involved with Emily's Smile Boxes which are boxes over-filled with games, activities, stuffed animals, puzzles etc for sick children at local children's hospitals and their siblings (send a free box at He enjoys going to football, baseball and hockey games, as well as baseball card shows to add to his vast card collection, and flying model airplanes. He also loves playing his X-Box with his friends. Austin will be joined on his special day by his parents, his sister Shana, his grandparents, aunts, cousins and friends from near and far. Sarah Ammirato, the daughter of Ilisa and Vincent Ammirato, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, September 25, 2010. Sarah is an 8th grade student at Emerald Cove Middle School. She enjoys music and likes to play the guitar. She is very creative and enjoys art. Sarah will be joined on her special day by her parents, brother David, grandparents Daniel and Cynthia Bernstein and Philip Ammirato, and relatives and friends from near and far.


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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 Robert and Linda Feld James and Carol Garrett Peggy Kroll Richard Miller Dr. Michael and Misty Roseff Karen August Gregory and Marni Altfest Ray and Dianne Ellenson Keith and Deborah Spritz Jim and Sue Thornton Sandy Wolff Kelly and Perry Sinett Danielle and Harvey Levinsohn Sharry Israel and Oscar Peskoff Vanessa and Steven Pacella

Mazel Tov To:

Our B’nai Mitzvah: Austin Sasko and his family Max Cooper and his family Sarah Ammirato and her family

Special Simchas:

Hope Rabin on her engagement to Jeffrey Barton Rita and Rabbi Paul Menitoff on the birth of their grandson, Gus Alexander Menitoff Selma and Saul Goldman on the birth of their great granddaughter Marjorie and Larry Zauder on the engagement of their son, Jason, to Stephanie Grutman

Get Well To:

Tamara Dunn, Dr. Helen Garson, Neil Garson, Harvey Harnick, Brian Schwartz.

Deepest Sympathy To:

Dr. Jonathan Greer on the loss of his father, Dr. Melvin Greer Bunny Mattes on the loss of her husband, Ralph Mattes Shari Cooper on the loss of her uncle, Hyman Dichter Sherry Kleinman on the loss of her mother, Lillian Zhiss Deborah Kahn on the loss of her mother, Mary Karlan Alan Zangen on the loss of his mother, Estelle Zangen Sandy Wolff on the loss of his wife, Honey Wolff


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Gracious Donations

George Rothbart on his birthday Roz & Morris Ball

Phyllis & Marvin Weinstein Roz & Morris Ball

Bea and Marty KaBeloved wife, Ethel In Honor Of likow on their wedding Rothbart, and all my The Chanukat Habayit anniversary loved ones who passed for our new home away at this season Roz & Morris Ball Fran Sherman & Arnie Rosenberg The speedy recovery of

Milton Ross on his 90th birthday Bernice Goldstein

The naming of our daughter, Lily Naomi Segall

Ilana & Allen Segall

The marriage of Jennifer Jaffe to Robert Shaw Marcia Jaffe

The marriage of Janna Weinstein to David Schneider Audrey & Charles Lipton

Our grandson, Max Haimowitz, becoming a Bar Mitzvah Roz & Morris Ball

Our 30th wedding anniversary Nancee & Jeffrey Sharkey

Naomi Karsh’s simchas Muriel Zuckerman

The birthday of Seymour Katz

Selma & Saul Goldman

The 42nd wedding anniversary of Lisa and Rabbi Pinsky Philip Aronson

In honor of the Bar Mitzvah of Max Haimowitz Marsha & Leonard Israel

Our grandson’s Bar Mitzvah and other family simchas

Ruthann & Michael Palmer


Bea Kalikow

George Rothbart

Joseph Terr

Roz & Morris Ball

Isabel Lucas

The speedy recovery of Barbara Goldstein

Dr. Melvin Lucas

Sue and Jim Thornton’s move to South Florida

Sherry & Lee Kleinman

Arline & Irwin Moore

Shelley Sandler

The speedy recovery of Sy Eisenfeld Janice & Howard Kaplan

In Appreciation For The beautiful Confirmation Service

Jane & Dr. Fred Shuster

The Temple’s warm hospitality Nancy Ohl

The second “Rock Your Soul” Shabbat

Isabel Lucas

Lillian Zhiss

Dr. Marcus T. Block

Jane & Dr. Fred Shuster

Estelle Zangen

Roz & Morris Ball Debbie & Mark Plaxen

Elayne Ackerman

Roz & Morris Ball

Our mother Myra Yuberman

Ellen, Leslie & Debra

Irene Simon

Barbara & Jerry Perlmutter

ing of Cantor Barry

Stephanie & Michael Hollander The Zangen Family

Our 42nd anniversary blessing Barbara & Sheldon Nussbaum

The birth of Selma and Saul Goldman’s great granddaughter

TREE OF LIFE In Honor Of Lenny Cordes on his 85th birthday

Sarah Franzblau

Corinne Ingerman on her family simchas Ruthe Blecher

The Graver Family Ruthe Blecher

In Memory Of Ralph Mattes

Sabina & Mel Dener

Earl Levitt, M.D. Stella B. Levitt

David Rosenberg

Jonathan Block


Dr. Mark Schor

The kindness and caring of the Rabbi Stephanie & Michael Hollander

Our Aliyah

Dolores & Buddy Busch

In Memory Of Albie Ingerman

In Memory Of Dr. Melvin Greer

Janna & Joel Zaidspiner

Roz & Karen Eismann

LIFE LONG LEARNING FUND In Memory Of Richard Levitt Stella Levitt

Ralph Mattes

George Rothbart

Harry Bloch Stella Levitt

LIBRARY FUND In Honor Of The 60th wedding anniversary of Doris and Karl Fishman Zelda & Jack Kanoff Cookie & Ronnie Meltzer

Doris and Karl Fishman on their special occasions Harriet & Mark Kay Maxine Flock

YOUTH GROUP FUND In Honor Of Confirmation Services

Doris & Karl Fishman

In Appreciation For The beautiful Confirmation Service

In Memory Of Louis Millman

Elinor & Howard Bernstein

PRAYER BOOK FUND In Honor Of The B’nai Mitzvah of Jordan and Joshua Levi

The Zebrowski Family

Jane & Dr. Fred Shuster

Ralph Mattes

The kindness and car-

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Phyllis, Jim & Matt Doenges

The Bar Mitzvah of Austin Barr

CANTOR’S DISCRETIONARY FUND In Honor Of The marriage of Jennifer Jaffe to Robert Shaw Marcia Jaffe


Marcia & Scott Weber

Mi Sheberach prayers offered for Michael Wachs

Rabbi’s work in the community

In Honor Of The engagement of Hope Radin to Jack Barton

Albert Ingerman

Barbara & Art Abrams

Roz & Karen Eismann

Mary Karlan

Susan Horn

Shelley Sandler

Barbara & Art Abrams

RABBI STEPHEN PINSKY EDUCATION FUND In Honor Of Rabbi Pinsky on his birthday

Fran Lerner

Irene & Marvin Haas

Howard & Janice Kaplan


In Memory Of Leo Kolack

Marcia & Scott Weber

Arline & Noel Shevack

Ruthann & Michael Palmer

her special birthday

Susan & Barry Kahan

In Memory Of Wayne Lapinsky

Lisa & Rabbi Stephen Pinsky

Jane & Dr. Fred Shuster


Elinor & Howard Bernstein


The Bat Mitzvah of Sydney Rose

Linda & John Levi & Family

In Appreciation For The High Holiday Services Sheila & Dr. Stuart Novins

Marcia & Scott Weber


The Cordes Family

Edward Cohen’s 90th birthday The Cohen Family


In Appreciation For The Cantor and the beautiful summer services Dulcie Burns

September 2010

Service Calendar Friday, September 3 at 7:30 p.m. Rabbi Pinsky will speak on the Torah portion of the week. September Birthday Blessings Saturday, September 4 at 9:45 a.m. Bar Mitzvah of Max Cooper Son of Shari and Edward Cooper Bar Mitzvah of Austin Sasko Son of Adrienne and Derf Sasko Torah Portion: Nitzvavim/Vayelech, Deuteronomy 29:9-31-30 Friday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. SHABBAT SHUVAH The congregation will gather for a Service marking the Sabbath between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Saturday, September 11 at 9:45 a.m. SERVICE-IN-THE-ROUND Torah Portion: Ha’azinu, Deuteronomy 32:1-52

Friday, September 17 at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. YOM KIPPUR EVE/KOL NIDRE Saturday, September 18 at 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. YOM KIPPUR MORNING Friday, September 24 at 7:30 p.m. SHABBAT CHOL HAMOED SUKKOT “ Reading the Book – Again” Rabbi Pinsky will speak on why we read and re-read the Torah each year. Saturday, September 25 at 9:45 a.m. Bat Mitzvah of Sarah Ammirato Daughter of Ilisa and Vincent Ammirato Torah Portion: Exodus 13:12-34:26

Shalom September 2010  
Shalom September 2010  

Shalom September 2010