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February 2017|Shevat/5777 Renewal


February Inside this Issue

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Rabbi Torop

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Highlighted Events

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iEngage

Renewal

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Mazel Tov!

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Israel Trip 20

Mitzvah Day

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We Mourn the Loss of

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Our Supporters

LEGACY FAMILY

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Todah Rabah

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From the Desk of Rabbi Torop, Sabbatical Renewal A horse suddenly came galloping quickly down the road. It seemed as though the man had somewhere important to go. Another man, who was standing alongside the road, shouted, “Where are you going?” and the man on the horse replied, “I don’t know! Ask the horse!” Many of us find ourselves going at breakneck speed to an unknown destination. We live at the mercy of our habits and our attitudes and our behaviors which have been established not by our intentional actions, but by our surroundings and responding to what we think we must do, or perhaps because we are not thinking at all. The horse is pulling us along, making us run here and there and hurry everywhere, and we don’t even know why. Perhaps the greatest gift of my sabbatical these past two months was to be able to take back the reigns and

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get off the galloping horse. The most common question I have been asked during my first week back was, “So, Rabbi, what did you do on your Sabbatical?” I’ve been tempted to answer, “Well, I learned one important thing: You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.” But, in fact, I did not do anything remotely like skydiving! What I did do during the sabbatical, first and foremost, was to prioritize selfcare. This was always part of my plan, but the need became more evident after the stroke last summer. As a profession, clergy are notoriously inadequate in most areas of self-care. Across all religions and denominations, Jewish and non-Jewish alike, studies have consistently shown that we do a much better job taking care of others than we do taking care of ourselves. In the broad areas of emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual health, most clergy suffer in at least two or more of these. While many of us

can “talk the talk”, we don’t always “walk the walk” of seeking balance in mind, body and soul. Our liturgy reminds of this need in many different ways. But I am consistently drawn to the simple teaching of the V’ahavta, which implores us to show our love for God “b’chol levavcha, u’v’chol nafshecha, u’v’chol me’odecha” – with all of our heart (which the rabbis identify as the seat of the intellect, or our mind), with all of our soul, and with all of our being, meaning our physical body. True love of God, true love of ourselves created in the image of God, true commitment to the essential beliefs and practices central to a meaningful Jewish life, all depend upon a dedication to seeking balance, and caring for mind, body and soul. So, during my sabbatical, I spent a great deal of effort on healthy living, regular exercise, healthy eating, developing better sleep habits, and going to my doctors’ appointments. It was a well-chosen time of the year, including Thanksgiving and Winter school breaks, providing many opportunities for quality time with my family and for recreation. Additionally, I got the chance to simply abandon the galloping horse,

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February and take time for introspection and reflection to work on emotional and spiritual needs. I fed my intellect with some fascinating study and reading on the classic, modern Jewish philosopher, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, as well as some other areas suggested by the consultant who has been working with our Kivun Chadash project, Rabbi David Wolfman. I enjoyed reading some of the work by Brene Brown whose recent book shares the narratives, the stories of many individuals who have been part of her research over the years in the areas of vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame. A few golden nuggets from her many insights: She says things like: • “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” And, • “What we know matters, but who we are matters more.” • “We risk missing out on joy when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary.” • “Connection is why we’re here; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.” • She asks, “What would you be glad you did--even if you failed?” • And reminding me of one of my High Holy Day messages on

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Renewal the attitude of gratitude, Brown writes, “I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness--it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” Finally, one of the most treasured parts of being on sabbatical was that it afforded me the opportunity to focus on my personal weekly Shabbat observance. I had the opportunity to be a congregant in a number of different Shabbat services. I attended a friend and colleague’s congregation (followed by a lovely Shabbat dinner with her family) outside of DC with Aaron, went to services at Betsy’s congregation in Brandon (a rare treat), and used the gift of modern technology to sample Shabbat experiences from more distant communities through live streaming. If there was a tagline for my sabbatical, it would be: Nourishing my mind, body, and spirit. And so now, as I return to the tasks at hand, continuing to enjoy the privilege of sharing in your lives, and in the broader and diverse life of our Temple family, I do so with a commitment to continue to strive for balance, to continue a focus on my own needs, emotionally, intellectually, physically and spiritually... The work is not yet done, so I feel a commitment to continue to nourish my whole self, to improve who I am as a person, as a husband, son and father,

3 and who I am as a rabbi, serving the needs of all of you as best I can. A final story about the possibility, or inevitability, that I am, like all of us are, continually a “work in progress.” During the question and answer time following a lecture, one student said, “Suzuki Roshi, I’ve been listening to your lectures for years. And each one is different from the last. And, after all these years I just don’t understand. Could you please put it in a nutshell? Can you reduce Buddhism to one phrase?” Everyone laughed. Suzuki laughed. Then, he said, “Everything changes.” Then he asked for another question.

Shabbat Shalom. (This was the text of the sermon I gave reflecting on my Sabbatical leave on my first Shabbat back, January 6, 2017.)

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Finding Renewal Through Music, by Joyce Liu Re•new•al Wikipedia tells me that Jewish Renewal is a recent movement in Judaism which endeavors to reinvigorate modern Judaism with Kabbalistic, Hassidic and musical practices. Specifically, it seeks to reintroduce the ancient Judaic traditions of mysticism and meditation, gender equality and ecstatic prayer to synagogue services. I love this, because I feel like Wikipedia is exactly describing my Temple Beth-El experiences to a “T.” When I prepare for services as a soloist, I not only practice a ritual meditation beforehand, I also find myself reflecting on the mystic teachings of the Kabbalah as well as on my musical training in piano and voice. One of my favorite musical prayers to learn thus far has been of the "Candle Blessing" by Stacy Beyer. The score is a simple lead sheet with the English and Hebrew transliteration set to a melody. Suggested chords are listed above each measure. That’s it. A sacred prayer with its text set to a melody. The rest is up to me to uncover and create. There is no piano accompaniment already written in. There are no phrasing or dynamic markings directing the flow of music. I have to delve into both the meaning of the prayer itself and the composer’s intention for capturing its spiritual teaching through melody and harmony. "Blessed are you who commands us to kindle the lights of Shabbat." Since this prayer is located at the beginning of the Kabbalat Shabbat service during the lighting of the candles, I want the opening notes to mimic the first spark of light we see from the striking of a match. My right hand plays a light ostinato consisting of octaves and fifths, while my left hand supports with a syncopated bass line in a repeating succession of E-flat, A-flat, B-flat, A-flat. Baruch Atah, Adonai, Eloheinu, melech haolam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav, v’tzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Shabbat. As these sacred words welcome in the Sabbath, I seek to captivate the senses with an aural glow as notes are added in thirds to build warmth and contemporary-voiced octaves move down the keys, so that both fast moving treble and bass notes create a calm pulse that listeners can tap their toes to. Towards the end of the song, the chords move up the registers of the keyboard back to the same notes of the opening sparks, floating up and away. This process of learning new songs through prayer taps into a place deep within me. During the “noise” that comes from living a busy week, I find that, after spending these quiet moments in search of music that captures spiritual meaning, I am once again centered and renewed.

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Welcomed by All, by Alan Baer & Christian Stuck On Sunday, May 1, 2016, we landed at Tampa International—both excited and nervous about the decision we had made a few months earlier: we were going to leave New York City’s East Village and move to St. Petersburg. On a mission to create a home—not just a place to live—of our own, we rented an Airbnb apartment in downtown St. Pete and embarked on our shared adventure. For Christian, it would be the first time relocating outside the hustle and bustle of New York, far from his family and city friends. For Alan, it would be the continuation of a journey—one that began years earlier in San Francisco, passing time in New Orleans and Denver to eventually arrive in New York. Shortly after Alan's furniture finally arrived, we met and—immediately—we both knew that there was something truly special, authentic, and unique shared between us. The bond quickly grew, and we fell in love. Kismet. Very quickly we found an apartment in a high-rise apartment downtown with amazing views of the bay, we quickly started turning the new apartment into our home. We do have some family in Tampa as Alan’s sister and mother live there, we have some friends who had also moved to St. Pete earlier that year, so we were starting to feel a sense of stability and community. We were looking to have a greater sense of belonging to the community. Since we agreed we're both more spiritual than practicing in our religious beliefs, we began looking for a religious community where we both felt comfortable and connected. Christian grew up as a Presbyterian/Episcopalian and Alan as a Reform Jew. The first Friday night we showed up at Temple Beth-El it was for a jammin' jews service. Christian is very musical, having performed professionally as a child on Broadway and attended Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, he immediately knew the music and was singing like a lifetime practicing Jew. Alan, a little more reserved, after being asked to leave his synagogue children’s choir, was quietly singing along, and remembering the deep memories of the liturgy and song. In the service, we both felt very comfortable. After the service, we both felt incredibly welcome, as all the congregants could sense our “newness” and made a point to welcome us and introduce us to others. After our first experience and agreement to return, we were hooked and began growing roots, attending services, and volunteering (we helped with a care package mailing for college students during the High Holidays and will be leading a project during Mitzvah Day). In addition, we recently decided to affirm our commitment to each other, and, we hope to find the right religious context to sanctify our union. The Temple and our fellow congregants have been a very important piece of making St. Petersburg our home.

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The Children Are My Heart, by Randi Nash-Ortiz As the Early Childhood Center Director, I am so fortunate that each day is a new beginning. My burning desire to make a real difference in the lives of young children enables me to find growth and new opportunities daily. Most days, the smiles, laughter and hugs make it easy! But there are many days when teaching feels extra difficult. It’s those days where my positive drive and passion for educating young children sustains me through the hard times. Along with an undying passion for teaching, I rely on my patience and creativity. When you remain flexible to deal with change, you can handle almost anything! Even the very nature of teaching young children requires constant fine tuning and dealing with minor issues. By staying flexible, I do my best to tackle every kind of educational challenge with poise and grace. So, how do I stay renewed, week after week, month after month and year after year? That’s easy! The children. Whether it’s seeing a baby in the one’s class take their first steps, or witnessing a student read their first word, I continuously learn new things that give meaning to the work that I do. This isn’t an easy job, but it is the most rewarding. At the preschool level, making the classroom a place where learning is fun can resonate with children for the rest of their lives. It has been my career for over 20 years, and there is no place I’d rather be. I can always count on the children to keep bringing out the best in me as I strive to do for them…good days, bad days and every day in between!

Do you know what time it is? Early Childhood Center 2017-2018 Registration!

It’s time to register for the 2017-2018 school year! While it may seem a bit early, we’re already busy planning for next year with staffing, enrichments, and all the other parts necessary for our terrific school. We take pride in the strength of our academic curriculum, our Judaic programming and experiences, and our nurturing social environment. Registration opens to the general community on February 1st. Only one registration fee per year! Registration fees will be $150 per student for the 2017-2018 school year and the summer! To secure a space for your child, please contact our Early Childhood Center Director, Randi Nash-Ortiz at (727) 350-5885

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Welcome Tracy, Our New Bookkeeper! Tracy Nash is our new bookkeeper. She grew up in Pensacola, Florida and received her Bachelor’s in Leisure Studies from the University of West Florida. Before coming to Temple Beth-El, she worked for an Israeli based company, CompuLab, as an Office and Logistics Manager. Her hobbies include walking on the beach, reading and bike riding (when it’s not excruciatingly hot outside!) and working occasionally at the Florida Orange Groves Winery. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, almost as much as she loves her rescue cats, Reef, Roxy girl, Lil Runtacious and Boo Kitty. No, she is not a crazy cat lady, (just a cat enthusiast!) and yes, she gets a box for her cats everywhere she goes. Tracy lives in Redington Shores, with her mom and younger sister, Kelly. She is so excited to be a part of the Temple Beth-El family and encourages all members to stop by and say hello.

If you had a billion dollars, how would you spend it?

“By rescueing cats (of course), dogs & elephants!”

If you could live in a movie or TV show, what would it be?

“That’s easy, the show Once Upon a Time.”

If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?

“To be invisible!”

Freeze! Purim is Coming!

Sunday, March 12, 10:00 am (Sanctuary) Join us for the the Big Schpiel, featuring a FROZEN themed Costume Contest, followed by a Purim Musical Extravaganza! Prizes for ALL costume contestants! Followed by Our Purim Carnival at Congregation B’nai Israel. Don’t Miss it!

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Join Our LEGACY FAMILY Endowment Challenge A little over two years ago Temple Beth-El was invited to join the TOPs Foundation’s Life and Legacy endowment challenge. The goal was to obtain 18 commitments of $5,000 or more from Temple members for our endowment fund by May 2016, then 18 more such commitments by May 2017. As an incentive, when each milestone is met a participating organization would be awarded an additional $6,000 for its endowment fund by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, the sustaining grantor of this challenge, for supporting the future of Jewish life in our temple and community. Temple Beth-El is meeting this challenge in several ways: -- Creating a Temple Beth-El Legacy Family for members who commit to such a gift, whether given now, over a period of time or at the end of life. -- Becoming the first participant to meet the May, 2016 phase one goal of 18 signed letters of intent and being awarded $6,000 as a result. -- Being awarded an additional $1,000 for exceeding that phase one goal for a total of $7,000 deposited in our endowment fund by the Grinspoon Foundation. -- Becoming one of the top two producers among Tampa Bay area Jewish organizations and congregations participating in the challenge. -- By this past December, obtaining 9 new signed letters toward the second phase goal of 18 commitments and receiving an additional $1,000 as an early bird reward. -- Working towards obtaining the last 9 letters of intent by the May first deadline to be awarded another $6,000 for our Temple endowment fund. While many gifts don’t yet have a final dollar amount attached to them, the response has been amazing and we thank all of our Legacy Family members. We guesstimate that total commitments could eventually reach as high as $1,000,000 for our endowment fund. Now your support is needed to complete the challenge. We would love to see your name on the new recognition plaque that is prominently displayed in our Temple. You can give today as a cash donation or through your will, trust, retirement account or life insurance policy. You’ll be in good company! “...my parents planted for me before I was born, so do I plant for those who will come after me.” We hope our campaign slogan, which is this line from the Talmud, will inspire you to support the future of our temple for your children and grandchildren, L’Dor v Dor.

You Can Ensure Temple Beth-El’s Future! For more information, contact Cecile Berko at (727) 253-0896 or Sarah Gotlieb at (727) 347-6136.

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Todah Rabah Current LEGACY FAMILY Members CHARTER MEMBERS Joan Esrick Fyvolent, z”l Florence, z”l, and Henry, z”l, Ganz Adele Gilbert, z”l Rose Goodkind, z”l Harvey Hertz, z”l Bertha M Jerzy, z”l Bonnie Kupperman Irwin, z”l, and Sonya, z”l, Miller Annette Raymund, z”l Stella Sax, z”l Renee Krosner Slone

... my parents planted for me before I was born, so do I plant for those who will come after me.” -The Talmud Ta'anit 23a

New LEGACY FAMILY MEMBERS Established December 2014 Rebecca and Scott Barancik David and Lois Cohen Peter and Lani Ford Marjorie Friedman Herman Forbes Charitable Trust Elana and Matt Gootson Richard and Rita Gram Debbie and Mickey Heilweil Terry and Elissa Hirsch Bill and Sally Israel Lewis Kroll Kevin Lane Helen Levine and Katee Tully Stefani Margolis Howard and Nancy Miller Jan and Jay Miller Sonya Miller, z”l Joan and Doug Negretti Stuart and Patti Packer Lois and Peter Pardoll Steve Raymond Jim and Beth Rosenbluth Sharlene Sakol Toby Schuster Betty and Ambassador Mel Sembler Debbie and Brent Sembler Jan and Craig Sher Abby Sterensis Barbara and Joe Sterensis Robin Warren www.templebeth-el.com

Please consider a gift for Temple Beth-El’s legacy by contributing to our Endowment. You can give today, in your will, trust, retirement account or life insurance policy.

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Highlighted Events Jewish Meditation Group

Every Tuesday, 6:30 pm (BEEFY Lounge) Guided meditation group with Jewish themes for spiritual development. This group is great for those seeking to enhance their relationship with God. Spend time discussing Jewish works that inspire a focused meditation.

Shabbat Morning Worship

weekly portion.

Saturday, February 4 & 11 10:00 am (APR) This is an intimate service that combines temporary liturgy & music with an extended, interactive Torah study & discussion of the

Brotherhood Schmooze

Sunday, February 5, 12 (8:30 am, Mitzvah Day), 19 & 26, 9:00 am Noon (Social Hall) Families are invited to hangout & relax while children attend Religious School classes. Enjoy a bagel & a cup of coffee while you read the Sunday paper!

Kivun Chadash: A NEW Direction for Youth & Education Focus Group

Sunday, February 5, 9:30 am (Library) It takes a village! We need your ideas & feedback to create innovative Jewish learning for kids & their families at Temple Beth-El. What new ideas do you have to engage & educate our kids? Share with us! Any and all ideas welcome. Email iWishTBE@ gmail.com & share your ideas, hopes & dreams for Jewish education & youth engagement. This is anonymous- our consultant will give your ideas to the Kivun Chadash Task Force without your name. Please RSVP for the focus group to Stacy Conroy at stacyes@ gmail.com or Debbie Allen at dbrownallen@gmail.com

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“I Speak for the Trees!”A Family Celebration of Tu B’shevat

(The Jewish New Year for the Trees) Friday, February 10, 6:30 pm (Sanctuary) Join with other families for this unique celebration of Tu B’Shevat. We affirm our connection to the earth and appreciate God’s creation with a special seder. Sampling many different foods that grow on trees (including nuts, fruits & more!), we will celebrate this Jewish “Arbor Day” with reading & songs and fun! A dairy/vegetarian dinner will be served. Please RSVP to rs@templebeth-el.com or ecc@templebeth-el.com if you can join us! *The seder will replace our Shabbat service, but we will still include the opportunity to say Kaddish for those who are remembering loved ones at this time.

Daystar Lunchmaking (Mitzvah Day)

Sunday, February 12, 9:30 am (Social Hall) Help feed the homeless & families at Daystar Life Center. Come for the Schmooze, then make lunches. For more information, contact Paula at (727) 254-6436.

Torah on Tap

Wednesday, February 15, 6:00 - 7:30 pm (Pinellas Ale Works, 1962 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg, 33712) Have a drink or a nosh & let a little Torah flow from the tap in wideranging conversations with Rabbi Michael Torop. Especially for young professionals, Gen X, Gen Y & Millenials...single or married...with or without kids...but must be 21 or older to attend!

Friday Night Live! Erev Shabbat Service & Fancy Schmancy Oneg

Friday, February 17, 7:30 pm (Sanctuary) Unique Shabbat experience featuring the jammin’ jews who are “bringin’ the energy, deliverin’ the prayer” every month. To learn more about the jammin’ jews, visit jamminjews.rocks T H E

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Highlighted Events Women’s Spirituality Group

Sunday, February 19, 9:45 am (Library) Join other women in the congregation for these inspirational quarterly gatherings. For more information, contact Sharon Johnson-Levy at saazlevy@gmail.com

Book Club

Wednesday, February 22, 10:45 am (Library)

All are invited to come join the discussion of Small Great Things by Jodie Picoult & are encouraged to bring friends. For questions, contact Phyllis at phyllis.newberg@gmail.com

Religious School & SABABA Sunday

Sunday, February 26, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm (Religious School Classrooms)

Religious School students will experience the excitement of learning about Purim through the arts! Includes art, music, cooking & drama. Pizza lunch will be provided. For details, email Judy Miller at rs@templebeth-el.com

L’Chaim Luncheon

Thursday, March 2, Noon (Library) Our next L’Chaim Luncheon features new Temple Beth-El member, Tom Rose. Tom is a retired professor who will talk about his activism in the sixties, including his participation with Highlander Folk School, The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC or SNICK), The Congress Of Racial Equality (CORE), Students For A Democratic Society (SDS) & other groups trying to make the world a better place. Bring your own lunch (free!) or let us order it for you ($15 per person). Includes choice of a sandwich: roasted turkey, tuna salad or Mediterranean veggie. RSVP by February 28 to the Temple office at (727) 347-6136 or to Angela at angela@templebeth-el.com

Temple Beth-El’s Sisterhood Judaica Gift Shop Open Wednesdays 3:00 - 6:00 pm Fridays 6:15 - 7:30 pm (or one hour before services) or by appointment

Upcoming Family Promise Dates

Temple Beth-El is the only Jewish congregation in a network of congregations that temporarily houses homeless families. Volunteers are always needed & welcome, but must be trained prior to hosting. For more information & to volunteer, contact Judy at judith@ciurczak.com Hosting Dates: February 19 - 26 (First Church of the Brethren) & April 2-9 (Temple Beth-El) Training Dates: February 13 & March 13, 6:30 - 8:30 pm (Central Christian Church)

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Featuring Beautiful Passover Plates from Israel! Don’t Forget...Order your MahJong cards now! To be delivered at the end of March. Looking for something specific? We can help! Proceeds benefit Temple Beth-El’s Children Contact Toby (727) 531-1680 or Helen (727) 828-9956


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Nancy Wygle, Irv Zelig Benette Rosen, Ann Wykell, Marilyn Katz, Alica Kicic Sheppard Massar Betsy Englander Ellie Argintar, Lonnie Kiracofe, Christina Diamond Vivian Belkin James Green, Shari Craig Jeff Horowitz, Janice Cangelosi Jackie Gordon, Eric Mandell Joseph Weaver, Jill Silverboard Ann Soble, Laurie Mendelsohn, Karen Marder Amy Friedman, Mike Lurie Ken Wides, Ralph Lipman, Csilla Farkas, Rebecca Barancik Rita Gram Greg Hedge Nan Bugatch, Yvonne Brun, Laura Berner, Joyce Liu Jean Citron Robert Berman Steven Weiss Pamela Sherwin, Helene Allweiss, Steven Grant Marty Serota, Charles Ziesing Terri Ziegler, Bruce Minkoff Dan Brave Debra Leiman

Rayna Natalynn Reissman– Daughter of Marshall Reissman & Shannon Boyce-Reissman of Pinellas Park who will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on February 18, 2017. A seventh grade student at John Hopkins, she is an Honor Student in the Art Magnet Program. Her art has been displayed at student exhibitions, including most recently at the Dali Museum. Rayna is also an avid martial artist, having attained her 2nd Degree Junior Black Belt. Rayna’s parents will host a luncheon at Temple Beth-El on Saturday, February 18, 2017. (727) 347 - 6136

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Judy & Allan Davis, Elke & Bruce Minkoff, Terri & Lane Ziegler Sari & Scott Deitche Mary Ann & Bruce Marger Susan Burnett & James Frishe Carolyn Arakaki & Peter Drotman Sam Bugatch & Charles Ziesing Leslie Stoloff Bridges & Dale Bridges Jackie & Dave Hesse Molly & Brian Auld

Beverly & Ira Mitlin who welcomed a great grandson, Doug Austin, into the world on December 16, 2016.

Jonathan Hirsch & Katie McCampbell who got engaged on December 24, 2016. Jonathan is the son of Terry L. and Elissa Hirsch. Dahlia Rose Barancik – Daughter of Dr. Rebecca & Scott Barancik of St. Petersburg who will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, February 25, 2017. Kiddish lunch catered by the Temple Beth-El Brotherhood will follow. Dahlia is a 7th grade student at Lift Academy in Seminole. One period a day, she volunteers there with a class of kindergarten & 1st grade students who call her “Miss Dahlia.” Dahlia has attended weekly Shabbat Services at Temle Beth-El for years, & loves her friends there. She’s excited to become a Bat Mitzvah & is sufficiently fluent to help some of her classmates with their Hebrew reading. For her Mitzvah Project, Dahlia is spending time with residents at Menorah Manor. In her free time, Dahlia enjoys playing piano, doting on her two cats, working out & dancing like a madwoman with her friends.

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We mourn the loss of Sandra Rosalyn Moss – Wife of Dr. Stephen Moss; Sister of Dan Rabin; Mother of Dr. Brian Moss (Dr. Mihaela Soran) & Michael (Christina) Moss; Grandmother of Alexandra, David, Zach & Jake who passed away on December 18, 2016. Eva Gerson – Wife of Ernest Gerson (z”l); Mother of Dr. Les Gerson and Robert Gerson; Grandmother of Evan, Ariel and Derek who passed away on December 26, 2016. Selma Sachs Weil – Sister of Raye Kaplan who passed away on December 30, 2016. Sonya Haliczer Miller – Wife of Irwin Miller (z”l); Sister of Marilyn Benjamin; Mother of Howard (Nancy) Miller, Jan (Craig) Sher and Jay (Jan) Miller; Grandmother of Jessica & Ali Sher, Stacy (Will) Conroy, Rachel (David Truong) Miller, Paul, Lina & Naomi Miller; Great grandmother of Paige & Jack Conroy who passed away on January 2, 2017. Janine Barasch – Cousin of Stefani C. Margolis (Michael Krassner) who passed away on January 4, 2017. H. Paul Julien, PhD – Father of Carolyn Hartman-Julien (Allen Hartman), Jeffrey Paul Julien, Pamela Julien & Valerie Julien-Peto; Grandfather of Ariella, Zacharia & Nyssa Hartman, Jenny Lynn & Rebecca Julien, Kara, Bryan & Steven Watts and Jaqueline, Matthew & Raymond Peto; Great grandfather of 3 who passed away on January 10, 2017. Lotte Schaalman – Wife of Rabbi Herman Schaalman; Mother of Susan Schaalman Youdovin and Michael Schaalman; Former mother-in-law of Rabbi Ira Youdovin who passed away on January 13, 2017.

Temple Beth-El offers you many ways to recognize the lives and accomplishments of friends and family. When bestowing this honor with a gift to the Temple, you are strengthening the ability of Temple Beth-El to continue to provide a welcoming Reform community for Jewish and interfaith households to experience an uplifting and joyful sense of belonging. To acknowledge a loved one, visit: www.templebeth-el.com/donations or send their information and your payment to: Temple Beth-El 400 Pasadena Ave S St Petersburg, FL 33707

*Obituaries from December 15, 2016 through January 13, 2017.

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Todah Rabah (Thank You) Bertha M. Jerzy Fund In memory of

Sonya Miller, by Toby Schuster

General Operating Fund In honor of

Arlene Murphy, by Amy Short In memory of Arnold Fogel, by Ellen Fogel Sandra Moss, by Peter & Lois Pardoll Sharon Perlman Frankel, by Jeffrey Neustadt & Susan Harris Neustadt Sandra Moss, by Helen Hameroff & Frantz Christensen Sonya Miller by Susan Carl-Singleton & Charles Morachnick by Carol Upham by Judy & Bud Cherry by Gordon & Michele Gilbert

Irwin & Sonya Miller Family Building Fund In memory of

Sonya Miller by Kenneth & Elaine Wides by Toby Schuster by Eva & Bill Gruman by Alene & Herbert Goldstein by Gregory & Liz Sembler by Joan & Doug Negretti by Michele Greene by Jean & Ronald Lasday by Arlene Fillinger Rothman by Ellen Fogel by Gus Katsadouros by Burton & Carol Kline

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Irwin & Sonya Miller Family Building Fund In memory of

Sonya Miller by Mike Murphy by Edward & Vivian Lurie by John & Sue Powell by Zina & Martin Rosenblum by Harriett Lieberman by Florence & Alan Leiman by Susan & Alan Dee by Jill Klein by Shelly Silverberg by Judy Udwin, Gene Lashley & Julie Lazar by Ruth Rom by Leslie & Clifford Will by Alicia & Michael Levine by Marilyn Wittner by Suzanne & Saul Schechter by Marilyn Nye by Jay & Terri Gross by Michelle Backlund & Alfred May by Scott & Julie Klavans by Harriet Easton by Jack & Linda Goldfarb by Alex Harris by Karen & Mark Marder by Helen Hameroff & Frantz Christensen by Iris Salzer by Sharlene Sakol by Terry & Elissa Hirsch by Mary Ann & Bruce Marger

Prayer Book Fund In memory of

Rabbi David J. Susskind, by Jeffrey Brezner & Sandra Block-Brezner

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Todah Rabah (Thank You) Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund

In memory of Rachel Levinson, by Patricia & Lionel Levinson Isaac Levinson, by Patricia & Lionel Levinson Priscilla Root, by Allen Root Louis Greenberg, by Allen Root Father Isadore Alpert, by Marlys & Mel Meckler Phillis W. & I. Arthur Russakoff, by Marjory Russakoff & Phillips “Miff” Lauriat Sonya Miller by Janet and Allen Root by Rebecca & Scott Barancik by Helene & Allen Allweiss by Beverly Dikman

Ruth Dikman Adult Education Fund In memory of

Fred Marsh, by Paul & Andrea Kowalski

Sher Endowment Match Fund

The Sher’s Endowment Match Challenge by Betty & Melvin Sembler by Mandel & Karen Sher

Yahrzeit Fund In memory of

Anna Newman, by Pamela & Stephen Newman Sam Kapell, by Alan Kapell Edward Rose, by Tom & Dorcey Rose Florence Halpern, by Tom & Dorcey Rose John Lino, by Sherry Lino Helen Russon, by Patricia & Lionel Levinson Terry Simmons, by Ellen Turner Leonard J. Temko, by Peter Temko Esther Wolotsky, by Sheppard Massar & Paula Haemmerle Jack Zelig, by Irv & Donna Zelig

Youdovin Camp Scholarship Fund In memory of

Abe Gastman, by Sara & Ted Gastman

*Donations received from December 15, 2016 through January 15, 2017.

Social Action Fund In memory of

Marion Traiman, by Bonnie & Steve Traiman Helen Green, by Eleanor Whiteside Esther Sattin, Rhonda & Robert Sattin Sonya Miller, by Betty Morgenstein

Tree of Life Fund In honor of

Raida Goldman’s Birthday, by Margie Ritvo

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Todah Rabah (Thank you!) to ALL of our 44th Annual Art Festival Beth-El Volunteers!

Will You be Able to Solve Our Mystery?

Temple Beth-El’s history has been compiled into eight, 4” blue binders. We are missing two of them. These binders cover the years 1926-1949 and 1950-1959. These were borrowed from the Archive Room several years ago & were never returned. If you used them, or know someone who might have used them, please let the Temple office know.

If you’re able to return them, I’ll be happy to pick them up! Much of the information in the binders is original & irreplaceable. Please think hard, and help us solve the mystery!

Thank you! Elaine Wides (727) 430-7884

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“Proudly donating Pest Control Services to Temple Beth-El”

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Attitude is Everything… Keep Smiling!

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Calendar at a Glance

(Details inside on pages 12-13 & throughout Mailer) Friday, February 3 7:30 pm Erev Shabbat Service & Oneg w/ 9th Grade Saturday, February 4 10:00 am Shabbat Morning Worship Sunday, February 5 9:00 am Brotherhood Schmooze 9:30 am Religious School 9:30 am Focus Group Tuesday, February 7 6:30 pm Jewish Meditation Group Thursday, February 9 7:00 pm iEngage w/Rabbi Torop Friday, February 10 6:30 pm Tu B’ Shevat Celebration Saturday, February 11 10:00 am Shabbat Morning Worship Sunday, February 12 8:30 am Mitzvah Day Brotherhood Schmooze to Kickoff Projects 9:30 am Religious School

Tuesday, February 14 6:30 pm Jewish Meditation Group Wednesday, February 15 6:00 pm Torah on Tap Thursday, February 16 7:00 pm iEngage w/Rabbi Torop Friday, February 17 7:30 pm Friday Night Live!Erev Shabbat Service & Fancy Schmancy Oneg Saturday, February 18 10:00 am Shabbat Morning Worship & Rayna Reissman Bat Mitzvah Sunday, February 19 9:00 am Brotherhood Schmooze 9:30 am Religious School 9:45 am Women’s Spirituality Group 10:00 am Sisterhood MahJong Tuesday, February 21 6:30 pm Jewish Meditation Group

Thursday, February 23 7:00 pm iEngage w/Rabbi Torop Friday, February 24 7:30 pm Erev Shabbat Service & Fancy Schmancy Oneg Saturday, February 25 10:00 am Shabbat Morning Worship & Dahlia Barancik Bat Mitzvah Sunday, February 26 9:00 am Brotherhood Schmooze 9:30 am KLDC Meeting 9:30 am Religious School (Sunday Sababa) 10:00 am Sisterhood MahJong Tuesday, February 28 6:30 pm Jewish Meditation Group Thursday, March 2 Noon L’Chaim Luncheon Friday, March 3 6:00 pm Shabark Shalom


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