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Temple Israel Bulletin SCHEDULE OF SHABBAT SERVICES EREV SHABBAT, October 1: 6:30 PM: Family Shabbat evening service Torah Portion: Bereshit, Gen. 1:1—6:8; Haftarah: Isa. 42:5-43:10 EREV SHABBAT, October 8: 7:30 PM: Friday Night Shabbat evening service Torah Portion: Noach, Gen. 6:9-11:32, Num. 28:9-15; Haftarah: Isa. 66:1-24 EREV SHABBAT, October 15: 7:30 PM: Shabbat evening service. Adam Paget becomes bar mitzvah. Torah Portion: Lech Lecha, Gen. 12:1-17:27; Haftarah: Isa. 40:27-41:16 SHABBAT, October 16: 10:00 AM: Shabbat morning service. Adam Paget is called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah. EREV SHABBAT, October 22: 7:30 PM: Shabbat evening service with Torah reading. Torah Portion: Vayera, Gen. 18:1-22:24; Haftarah: II Kings 4:1-37 EREV SHBBAT, October 29: 7:30 PM: Shabbat evening service w/special guest, Alan Henkin Torah Portion: Chaye Sarah, Gen. 23:125:18; Haftarah I Kings 1:1-31

Children’s Clothing Swap—page 1


Jewish film series—page 8

Adam Paget to become a bar mitzvah—page 5

Volunteer opportunities—page 9

Tot Shabbat—page 5

Wanna dance? - page 14

Strudel Workshop—page 6

Jazzercise discount offered to TI members—page 14

“A Book and A Cookie” returns—page 7

Good News from Israel—page 15




FROM THE RABBI’S STUDY As cycles go, as I write this column, we are right in the middle of the Ten Days of Repentance, wedged between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. I’ll admit that I was as surprised as you were at the length of our Rosh Hashanah morning service (3+ hours!), but as surprised as I was about the length of the service, I was just that touched and moved by the music we shared in it. We will learn from this year’s experience and will not have as long a service next time around. But we will also learn to pay attention to the responses of the worshippers who seemed inspired by the music that Fran, Alex, and the Choir provided for us. Speaking of learning, by the time you read these lines, our Hebrew and Religious School classes will have begun for the year already, the day after Yom Kippur and three days before Sukkot. And so the cycle continues in which our children are taught the values, concepts, and practices of Judaism – spoon-fed, as it were. If our kids are anything like what we were at their age, then much of what they hear in our school will go in one ear – if it gets that far -and out the other. Both children and parents occasionally complain that we keep going over the same things over and over again, year after year. And in some sense, that’s true. One of Judaism’s pedagogical principles is that we learn by repetition. That principle, though, does not require us to make the material boring or even necessarily so seemingly repetitive, so we do our best to package it each year in new and interesting ways so that it becomes an inseparable part of the Jewish child’s psyche and experience. The older the child, the more sophisticated we believe the material they can handle. But our school is not only about facts, dates, and ritual practices. We realize and understand that the 21st century is already much more complex than the 20th, and the things children learn reflect that complexity, even if they are not necessarily ready to comprehend all the nuances that more mature minds can handle. So we also try to inculcate what we believe are fundamental Jewish values, propounding them as simply as we know how when the children are young, and adding layers of complexity as we believe they are able to comprehend. For example, we introduce the concept of tzedakah early on. Tzedakah, properly defined, does not mean charity, as it is so often mistranslated. Coming from the Hebrew root

conceptualizing justice, tzedakah implies taking an action to right a wrong, and that action need not necessarily be a monetary one. So even for very young children we try to help them understand that it is wrong, i.e., unfair, for some people to have to be so poor, especially when we live in a country and a time where many of us have more than we need (and sometimes waste a lot of what we have!). We try to teach them to share, not only of their material goods, but of themselves as well, so that by the time we introduce the actual concept of tzedakah itself, they already have some personal experience with the idea themselves. Thus, the Jewish value is ingrained early and makes good sense both Jewishly and generally as we introduce it in the classroom. Over the course of the year(s), we try to bring the Jewish values we teach into each child’s consciousness by articulating and identifying them specifically, so that no matter where they go or what they do, they will carry those values with them, sometimes even unconsciously, as they go through their lives. But more important than our classroom instruction is the reinforcement of those values that we hope the children will have at home. That is why we try to offer classes and other programming over the course of the year at the adult level so that parents will be able to learn (or in many cases re-learn) many of the things they (were supposed to have) learned when they, themselves, went through Religious School. If you have a child or children in our school, please do two things: First, ask your children what they learned each week in class. If nothing else, your asking will suggest to them that you care about what they are learning. If you really do care, and if you are not as well-versed on the subjects the children are learning as you might like to be, either ask the children to share with you what they’ve learned so that you can “be on the same page” as they are, or contact me to see if we can offer something at the adult level to close the knowledge gap. Second, try to learn and understand what values we are trying to teach your children with the material we cover each week, and see if you can add to what we teach by modeling that set of values or at least trying to give them more concrete examples of them during the week. By doing so, you will reinforce what we are teaching, and you will demonstrate that this is as important to you as we hope it will be or become to them. Continued on page 9

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PRESIDENT’S HIGH HOLY DAY APPEAL Welcome to everyone from far and near. If these holidays were your first High Holy Days here, we are very happy that you chose to worship with us.

involved quickly, so that even if you have never been here before, before long you will have an idea of what it takes to set up the Religious School bbq and you have met a bunch of new people in the process. Then when you are at the Art and Wine Fair on Park Street you will run into these very I know you are going to react to this… same people on the street and know you have something but….I LOVE being the President of else in common! this Temple. You laugh! Why do you laugh? Because of these new ways of managing our synagogue, we have welcomed more new members than any other year I know that you know, the job of the President is not an that I have been a member here. easy one. Being the head of any all-volunteer or mostly volunteer organization is ridiculously hard. But I love it We all work very hard around here too. We are a working here. I love the people I meet here; I love the friends I Board. We have a few really well-formed committees that have made. My kids love the Religious School. They love report up to the Board, and we keep things going. The playing music at Friday Night Chai. I love the multigen- days leading up to these days of awe are some of our busierational and multi-cultural mix that makes up this ex- est. tended family of mine. Last week, if you were here, you got to see a whole lot of You may have your own thoughts about what it is like to people stand up and get a great big dose of gratitude for serve on a Temple board. You might remember your par- participating, volunteering and just being part of life at ents serving on a board or committee. In the Temple I Temple Israel. I think it surprised some of us that 85% of grew up in, the board members got to sit in special seats in this room was standing and looking at one anthe sanctuary and they were very important people. The other, thinking – oh you too? I believe that those not board of my parents’ synagogue ran from a much different standing were new to our community, and next year, God model. That model invited the wealthiest members of the willing, they , too, will stand up and be counted. synagogue to be the board; they all wrote a check, and kept the Temple running. They were equally dedicated to the As is our tradition, at this time of personal renewal, reflecsuccess of the Temple, but they managed it differently. tion and introspection we stop and take pride in many things here at Temple Israel. We proudly reflect upon how Well this is not my parents’ synagogue. our commitment to Torah, avodah and g’milut casadim is central to all of our programs: One of the reasons that I love being President at this time is that the Board that I am President of is made up of a di- TORAH: we provide life-long learning opportunities during verse group of extremely dedicated men and women. We every stage of life. We are so proud or our b’nai mitzvah are all very passionate about Temple Israel’s sustained ex- students. We believe we have one of the finest religious istence in this community. We are all completely invested schools in the East Bay, but the costs of providing our chilin its future and the future of Judaism in Alameda and the dren with this education cannot be covered by volunteerism surrounding area. We know that this is our home and we alone. are working very hard to make this the community for our future. We recognize the change all around us: the chang- AVODAH: We provide various worship opportunities for ing economic situation, the changing demographics of our our diverse community. We have made changes in the past town; and we know we need to incorporate this into our 2 years, but you are aware that a service as beautiful as Kol environment in order to grow. Nidre cannot have been made possible by the work of volunteers alone. Because our community is so important to us, we never take it for granted. Last year for the very first time, we G’MILUT CHASADIM: A sustained commitment to peropened our doors for High Holy Day services without sell- forming acts of loving kindness. We cannot reduce our ing tickets. This year we restructured our dues in order to make it possible for everyone to contribute their fair share and take ownership in this community. We have restrucContinued on page 9 tured our volunteer commitment in order to get everyone




EDUCATION NEWS Dear Temple Israel Commu- quire a spiritual dimension. This is not to say that a child will be ready to hear their inner voice, but if they nity: are, I can offer the platform. Recently a parent asked me if I was planning to teach students in the religious school how to be “spiritual.” I must say I was taken aback because I personally don’t think spirituality can be taught.

At the Religious School we don’t just teach, we also try to get students thinking. Along with curriculum of concrete information and Hebrew language acquisition, we ask a lot of questions and have students consider things. Often there’s no right answer. It’s then that a student must speak and see if their answer is the For me, spirituality is a feeling, not an idea or a lesson plan. Spirituality is about picking up on one’s own right answer for them. nuance and complexity. Spirituality is about noticing the subtleties of one’s life that creates a spark. Spiritu- Questions sometimes prompt a student to go deeper ality is soulfulness, and that’s hard to measure or into themselves to find an answer. I encourage teachers to ask “Are you sure you feel this way?” which in quantify. turn encourages a child to rethink, and promotes reI liken teaching spirituality to teaching music. You can consideration. A person needs to look at one’s core to teach a child to read music, to place their fingers cor- reconsider. Looking at one’s core is getting in touch rectly on the keyboard, to follow musical directions, with one’s spiritual self. but you can’t teach someone how to feel the music in Lastly, I try to model what being spiritual looks like. their kishkas. That is simply felt. Students will see me moved. Students will see my unAnd when music does come from the kishkas, it takes conditional respect and caring for all the students in on a completely different sound. The music suddenly the school. It is my hope that this will create emulahas meaning and relevance. It has the strength to stir tion. you. It has the power to stay in your memory, affecting you months later. It sounds different than someone For me, spirituality comes from a place beyond else playing the same melody, because the music has a thought. Feeling spiritual enables me to feel awe and exquisite joy. It’s part of my relationship with God, soul; a spiritual quality. and not a New Age-y mantra. Spirituality cannot be intellectualized or simply manifested because you I think I didn’t start to feel spiritual until I was in my 20’s and noticed there was something more to life than want it now, although it is also not elusive. simply “doing and being.” I was sitting in temple thinking about a friend who was very ill and a haunting Jewish melody began. I found myself swept away without noticing I was swept away, and taken to a place that had giant depth and introspection. I was moved to tears. The melodies stayed with me, after the music stopped. It gave me pause to consider. As a Jewish educator who appreciates spirituality, what I can offer your children is the framework to ac-

The spiritual side of me is very important to me. It makes my life deeper and richer and it is my hope that your children will discover their own spiritual dimensions, if not now, whenever they are ready. B’Shalom, Mindy Myers

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ADAM PAGET TO BECOME A BAR MITZVAH ON OCTOBER 15-16 Adam Paget was born July 13, 1996, in Alameda, California and has an older sister, Laura. He has attended Temple Israel Religious School since kindergarten and this past year worked diligently with Cantor Pam Sawyer and the Rabbi to prepare for his becoming a Bar Mitzvah, now just weeks away. His passions are music, playing the guitar, soccer, and video games, not necessarily in that order. In honor of becoming a his Bar Mitzvah, as a family we ran a garage sale to benefit Haiti earthquake victims, earning $200 to support this cause. One adjective to describe Adam would be “determined”; once he gets his mind set on an idea, he is relentless. But he is also kind-hearted, social, considerate and so much more. We invite everyone from the Temple to join us on Saturday , 10/16, as Adam is called to the Torah.

Introduce Your Young Child to Judaism With A Tot Shabbat Service

Welcome Shabbat with puppets, singing, prayer, and joy! A Shabbat service designed especially for children ages 1 – 8. Older children are invited to help lead the service. Tot Shabbat services are led by Rachel Herrmann. An Oneg Shabbat follows the brief service. Mark your calendars for upcoming 2010/2011 Tot Shabbats: October 15, November 19, December 17, January 21, February 18, March 18, April 15, and May 20. All Tot Shabbats begin promptly at 6:30 pm in the Temple Israel sanctuary. Doors open at 6:15. New families and friends welcome! Temple Israel is located at 3185 Mecartney, Alameda





Apple Strudel Workshop (The kind your bubbie used to make!) Wed., October 13, from 7 – 9pm at Temple Israel, 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda

Baker Michael Goldstein (from the blog, will share his secrets to making a delicious Jewish apple strudel. Workshop participants will take home their own apple strudel and a recipe. Cost is $20 per person. Class is limited to 15 participants.

__________________________________________________________________ Temple Israel Apple Strudel Workshop, Oct 13, 7 – 9pm Your Name:________________________________________ Phone____________________________ Address_____________________________________________________________________________ Email:______________________________________________________________________________ □ I’ve enclosed my check for $20 made payable to Michael Goldstein for the class and materials. Please mail your check and this completed form BEFORE OCT. 6th to: Temple Israel, 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda, CA 94502.

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Your favorite Jewish children’s book authors are coming to Alameda! Come meet them at Temple Israel’s:

A Book & A C


Join us for this amazing three-part series where 3 award-winning children’s book authors will charm children with their stories, writing inspirations, and humor. For the $15 admission, each child will receive an autographed book, a cookie and juice.

Sunday, Oct. 10, 12:30 – 1:15

Wendy Lichtman

Math and fiction? Who would believe these two subjects could fit together so nicely! Wendy Lichtman’s book, Secrets, Lies and Algebra has great appeal to kids 9+. It’s a story about a math wizard, 13-year-old Tess, who uses math to decode problems and solve mysteries. Tess continues using math to solve mysteries in Wendy’s next book, The Writing on the Wall, where mathematical equations lead to the solving of a shocking arson problem.

Sunday, Oct. 17, 12:30 – 1:15

Jane Wattenberg

Jane Wattenberg is the author/illustrator of many eye-popping photo-collage books for children. She writes board books like Mrs. Mustard’s Beastly Babies, and Mrs. Mustard’s Name Games; and books for older kids like Henny Penny, This is Rain, Duck and Kangaroo, and Never Cry Wolf. Her naturalist art, imagination and excellent story telling is interwoven into all her books.

Sunday, Oct. 24, 12:30 – 1:15

Dorothy Hearst

Dorothy Hearst is the author of Promise of the Wolves which takes readers, ages 10+ to a land where time is counted in phases of the moon, distance is measured in wolf-lengths, and direction by the scent of the nearest trail. Her stories are told from the point of view of a wolf, Kaala who was born of a mixed-blood litter and outcast after her mother is banished. It is a story about how Kaala is determined to earn a place in the Swift River pack.

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Temple Israel’s Adult Education Committee presents

A Jewish Film Series

3 Saturday nights: Oct 16, Nov 6, Dec 11 Tickets are $25 for the 3-part series or $10 at the door (Movie snacks included!) Don’t delay….Send for your tickets now! Temple Israel is located at 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda

“Then She Found Me”

October 16th

7 – 9 pm

An extraordinary cast (Helen Hunt, Matthew Broderick, Bette Midler, and Colin Firth) star in this story of a Jewish New York schoolteacher who is forced to make life-changing shifts when, in quick succession, her husband leaves, her adoptive mother dies and her biological mother, an eccentric talk show host, materializes and turns her life upside down just as she begins a courtship with the father of one of her students. Filmed in 2007. __________________________________________________________

“Goodbye Columbus”

November 6th

7 – 9 pm

A Jewish man (Richard Benjamin) and a Jewish woman (Ali MacGraw) meet, and while attracted to each other, find that their worlds are very different. She is the archetypical Jewish-American-Princess, very emotionally involved with her parents’ world and the world they have created for her, while he is much less dependent on his family. They begin an affair which brings more differences to the surface. (Surprise appearances by Johnny Carson, Susan Lucci, Bette Midler, and Jaclyn Smith.) Filmed in 1970. ________________________________________________________________________

“Secret Lives: Hidden Children & Their Rescuers” December 11th

7–9 pm

A gripping film that brings up questions about family, allegiance, and existence. After non-Jewish households rescue Jewish youngsters during the Holocaust, these children had to resolve important matters: Who is my true family: the Jewish parents who created me, or the gentile parents who took me in? Surprisingly open, the grown children, families who took the Jewish children in, and a few surviving birth parents who gave up their children and were later reconciled honestly tell their story in this unforgettable documentary. Filmed in 2002. ______________________________________________________________________________

Jewish Film Series Ticket Form Yes! I want to come to the 3-part Jewish Film Series. Enclosed is my check for $25, made payable to Temple Israel. Please mail check to: Temple Israel Film Series, 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda, CA 94502. Tickets will be mailed to you if received BEFORE October 8 th. Name___________________________________________________________________________________________ Address_______________________________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________________ Email______________________________________________ □ I would like childcare for these movie dates_______________________________________________. (Add $5 for each child and for each date to the $35 series price. Babysitting info will arrive with tickets.)

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MOSHE’S LIST MONTHLY ROUND-UP Leveraging Our Resources – Volunteering our Skill and Talent Our Temple has a valuable asset which many non-profit organizations can only dream of acquiring. Although we are a relatively small congregation, our Temple has an energetic, committed and growing core group of volunteers. More help is continually needed, however, to keep our Temple running smoothly. Each week Moshe’s List is emailed to the congregation offering volunteer opportunities. Here is a current sampling of postings.

age, set-up or staff event Sunday Oct. 17th. Contact Green Team– Want to help make the Temple more environmentally friendly? Join others working to “green” our building and practices. Contact Eric Strimling Holiday Expo Crew – Volunteers needed to staff this oneday fundraising event November 14. Various shifts available. Recruiting crew now. Contact

SEEKING: Webmaster Assistant – Help update Temple website content and photos from home. Contact Josh Cohen WANTED: Six Comfortable Chairs – for Temple library table. Contact Patti Stein Rides to Temple – Drivers needed to give rides to services sometimes on Friday nights. Can you help? Contact Temple Office or call 510- Tchotchkes - to consign at a local shop. Money raised goes into the Temple’s General Fund. We can pick-up your 522-9355 items from you. Contact: Kimberlee MacVicar deChildren’s Clothing Swap Volunteers – Help create Continued from page 2

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If, as the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child, then we’d like to have as many of our parents as possible involved in the effort, not just by dropping a child off at our door once or twice a week, but by reinforcing the learning at home on a daily basis. We are partners in this enterprise, and we want to hold on to our reputation as the “People of the Book,” by making sure that Jewish education holds a place of special value and importance in the lives of Jewish families.

commitment to those in need in our community. We would like to ensure our continued commitment to the women’s shelter and the Alameda Food Bank. We would like to be able to restore our Bikkur Cholim program to provide contact or visits with members who are hospitalized or homebound.

Finally, if you are not the parent of one of our Religious School children, you can still play a very important part in their learning by demonstrating, manifesting, and articulating our Jewish values when you are around the children. In one sense it’s not much different from “wearing one’s Judaism on [our] sleeve,” although I’m not suggesting doing this in an evangelizing way. I simply believe that the more conscious we are about living out our Jewish values, the better we are able to transmit them to the generations that will follow us. I believe it’s the least we can do. Shalom, Rabbi Allen B. Bennett

Our synagogue relies on the generosity of our members to insure that we are able to meet the needs of everyone in our congregation. We appreciate and greatly value your commitment to our community as demonstrated by your contributions throughout the year. But dues and fees alone cannot provide enough resources to permit us to bring you all the programs and services you deserve from your synagogue. Please review the giving options listed on the envelope you received with your tickets, mark your choices, and return it to the synagogue office in the next week. This is your community, your home, the place where you teach your children the values that will guide their lives. Please take a moment to reflect on why you choose to be part of our wonderful community, and let your gift reflect what Temple Israel means to you. L'Shana tova to you and all of those you love,





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RABBI ALAN HENKIN TO SPEAK ON OCTOBER 29 Rabbi Alan Henkin is the Union Rabbi for the Union for Reform Judaism’s West District. Prior to that, he served as Regional Director of the Pacific Southwest Council of the URJ. From 1990 to 2000 he was the rabbi of Congregation Beth Knesset Bamidbar in Lancaster, California. During the 1980s he was rabbi for Temple Beth Solomon of the Deaf in Arleta, California. He has taught Modern Jewish Thought, Bible and Rabbinic Literature, “the Rabbi in the Hospital” and Rabbinic Practice at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles Campus. Rabbi Henkin was ordained by Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati in 1980, and he holds a Ph.D. in Social Ethics from the School of Religion at the University of Southern California, where he also earned an undergraduate degree. In 2005 he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree from HUC-JIR. Rabbi Henkin has published articles in such journals as the American Rabbi, the Jewish Spectator, the Journal of Reform Judaism, Judaism, the Reconstructionist and Reform Judaism. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, and currently lives in Northridge, California. He has four children .

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THE MIDWAY SHELTER COOKING PROJECT The Women of Temple Israel are proud to have been preparing dinner once a month for the residents of the Midway Shelter for the past several years. Many religious and community organizations in Alameda take part in this activity, so that the women and children who are putting their lives back together at the Shelter get a nourishing, healthy dinner each day.


HELP NEEDED FROM LESBIAN WOMEN WHO IDENTIFY AS MEMBERS OF THE REFORM JEWISH MOVEMENT Are you a lesbian identified woman? Are you between the ages of 35-50? Do you self-identify as a member of the Reform

In September, Nancy Freed, Mary Gold, Alison Harris, and Doris Weiner Gluckman prepared and delivered shepherd’s pie made with healthy ground turkey, green salad, pumpkin pie, and juice. We always have a good time visiting with each other and catching up on each others’ lives while we cook! And, as Mary Gold frequently says, “Many hands make work light”! We cook on the third Wednesday of each month. Four or five volunteers are needed, and if you’d like to help, please contact Alison Harris at 521-3375 or

Movement of Judaism?

If the answer is YES to all the three questions, you are needed for a study exploring the interaction between lesbian identity development and Reform Jewish Movement. It involves only one two hour interview and participation is Voluntary and Confidential.

A Gift Certificate of $15.00 to a bookstore will be given for your time after the interview is complete. th

NEW ISRAEL FUND’S 16 ANNUAL GUARDIAN OF DEMOCRACY DINNER Wednesday, October 13 San Francisco’s Four Seasons Hotel Featuring: Avraham Burg Veteran Israeli social activist and the youngest Speaker in the history of the Israeli Knesset. Burg has been called one of the best speechmakers in politics. Honoring: Diane Jordan Wexler – Guardian of Democracy Award Jeremy Lizt – New Generations Leadership Award Please join us to help honor our friends and support NIF. VISIT WWW.NIF.ORG/GUARDIAN.

If interested or have further questions please email me at Thank-You! Erin Erin Harrell MA Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Psychology Alliant International University, of the California School of Professional Psychology




Big Band Concert/Dance in Alameda the Last Wednesday of the Month Come and listen/dance to Dave’s Swingtime Big Band playing the hits from the 30’s to the 60’s. Eighteen piece big band plus a female vocalist performs east and west coast swing, rumbas, waltzes, cha chas, tangos, night club two-step and a few surprises!

Wednesday, October 27 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm Temple Israel 3183 Mecartney Road $5.00 donation For further details call Dave at 510-521-1349 or Email:

Directions: From I-880 take High Street exit into Alameda crossing the High Street Bridge. At the 5 th stoplight turn left onto Otis Drive. Take the right lane across the bridge; immediately after the bridge take the right fork onto Island Drive. Go approximately 2/3 of a mile and the shopping center will appear on the right. Make a right onto Mecartney Road at the stop sign, and turn right into the shopping center (at the Union 76). Take the first left (before reaching CVS Drugs); parking lot ends at Temple Israel.

JAZZERCISE OFFERING SPECIAL DISCOUNT TO TEMPLE ISRAEL MEMBERS! Jazzercise on Bay Farm Island would like to offer any Temple Israel member a 25% EFT discount on our monthly membership. Jazzercise does not offer this discount to anyone else because our prices are so low. This is a special offer for Temple members only. Normally Jazzercise is $40.00 per month, which is already a great value. At 25% off, Temple members are being offered an extraordinary fitness value. Jazzercise hopes you will take advantage of it. Please let Karen Park know if you have any questions. The Temple office cannot answer any questions you may have.

Karen Park JAZZERCISE -onBAY FARM ISLAND -andTWIN TOWERS CHURCH GYM 510-865-2213 510-814-0127/Fax

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CONTRIBUTIONS Contributions made in August and throughout the High Holy Days will be listed in the November Bulletin



Israel, the 100th smallest country, with less than 1/1000th of the world's population, can lay claim to the following: The cell phone was developed in Israel by Israelis working in the Israeli branch of Motorola, which has its largest development center in Israel . Both the Pentium-4 microprocessor and the Centrino processor were entirely designed, developed and produced in Israel. Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R&D facilities outside the US in Israel . Israel's $100 billion economy is larger than all of its immediate neighbors combined. Israel has the highest percentage in the world of home computers per capita. Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation by a large margin - 109 per 10,000 people -- as well as one of the highest per capita rates of patents filed. Twenty-four per cent of Israel's workforce holds university degrees, ranking third in the industrialized world, after the United States and Holland and 12 per cent hold advanced degrees. Israel has a larger number of startup companies than any other country in the world, except the U.S. (3,500 companies mostly in hi-tech). Israel has the third highest rate of entrepreneurship -- and the highest rate among women and among people over 55 - in the world. “ISRAEL GOOD NEWS BULLETIN” is intended to help you learn more about the positive contributions taking place in the state of Israel. Adapted from “Israel 21C and news from the Weizmann Institute, these stories are distributed weekly by the “Temple Isaiah Israel and World Jewry Committee” and selected and provided to you monthly by the East Bay JCRC. If you are interested in learning more about the East Bay JCRC, please contact your JCRC representative (Felice Zensius).




YAHRZEITS October 1 Annette Louis Edwin Meyerhoff Woodrow Parker Mina Reznik Beverly Fass Samuel Jacobs Louis Shuster Hyman I. Krongard Florence Dines Maxine McIntosh Selma Schiller Mimi Gold October 8 Frank Riback Mirra Zaspitsky Hyman Karsh Ilona Thomas Regina Cohen Anna Karsh Alfred Hankin Sidney Hertz Arthur Zinn George Albert Hyman Cohen Hyrum Glick Jonas Goldfarb H. Wilson Moorhouse Joseph Schwartz Morris Wolf Jonathan Ginsburg Emma Soskin Avraham Weiner Irmgard Alba Louis Huberman Gustave Kapler Solomon Kutin October 15 Rosa Lipkowitz Isaac Strassburger Jeannette Wagner Minnie Davidson Hans Gumpert Leonard Ginsburg Ellis Irving Milton Malakoff Sam Barnett Melvin Crosby Esther Haber Dorothy Lutz

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William Ragent Yetta Finberg Hirsch Hankin Angela Wagner Sam Chelouche Jacob Feldman Joseph Harrosh Edith Hurwitz Lela Olsen Dina Soboleff October 22 Alfred Weiss Herbert Altschuler Benjamin Cohen Bette Drucker Harry Jaffe Gregory Berezlavsky Joseph Kingsley Moritz Rosenfeld David Herman Norell Ilonka Salzman Louis Silberberg October 29 David Reid Beatrice Altman Zohra Benisty Sarah Braun Sara Currie Hilda Chadow Sam Golbert Dorothy Cotton Sidney Rosenthal Morris Warshaw Gertrude Baron Jeff Wasserman Leo Bernstein Rachel Crosby Arthur Kapler Sara F. Kofman Allen Serlin Bertha Albert Barbara R. Hubber Evelyn Rapkin November 5 Anna Brown Irving Drucker Max Steinberg

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Heshvan 4 Heshvan 6 Heshvan 7 Heshvan 7 Heshvan 7 Heshvan 7

Heshvan 8 Heshvan 9

Heshvan 12 Heshvan 12 Heshvan 12 Heshvan 14 Heshvan 14 Heshvan 14

Heshvan 15

Heshvan 17

Heshvan 18

Heshvan 19

Heshvan 20

10/31 Heshvan 23 10/31 10/31

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CELEBRATIONS BIRTHDAYS Sophia Vitek Harry W. Gluckman Daniel Levy Anna Soskin Michael Lozovik William Schaff Josephine Schwartz Mick Dylan Stein Pauline Schindler Amy Blumsack Jackie Culajay Gabriel Kruglikov Charles Wolf Michelle Hobbs Mikhail Partsuf Peg Kofman Harvey Stoller Lee Harris Cooper Freeman Mikaela Freeman Eric Cohen

October 3 October 4 October 4 October 4 October 5 October 5 October 6 October 6 October 7 October 8 October 8 October 9 October 9 October 11 October 12 October 13 October 13 October 14 October 15 October 15 October 16



23rd 29th 12th 15th

Lucy Gavrich Curt Mandell Hannah Colette Reid Ronnie Blumenthal Johanna Benson Jacob Ackiron Walter Gruber Kelly Idle Anna Shelby Linda Schneider Isabel Cohn Sylvia Blumberg Brian Lutz


20th 20th

MAZEL TOV! To Sarah Ohring and Simon Ffinch on their marriage taking place on October 24!

ANNIVERSARIES Charles & Nancy Rafalaf Edward & Peg Kofman Peter & Carol Parker

October 8 October 9 October 11

27th anniversary 27th anniversary 30th anniversary

October 18 October 18 October 18 October 19 October 23 October 24 October 24 October 27 October 27 October 27 October 28 October 29 October 30

10th 3rd 8th 7th 23rd





OFFICE HOURS Rabbi Allen B. Bennett is generally in the office: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Fridays, and Sundays during Hebrew and Religious School hours. The office is open from 9:00—11:00 AM on Monday and Tuesday and 9:00 AM—2:00 PM Wednesday through Friday. Because the Rabbi may be involved in meetings, other appointments, tutoring students, etc., during the times he is in the building, it is best to make an appointment before coming in.

YOUR TEMPLE ISRAEL BOARD OF DIRECTORS President - Cindy Berk Treasurer—Jacob Lustig Education & Community Programs – Beth Magidson Fundraising— Kimberlee MacVicar & Jen Whatley Personnel—Betty Riback Public Information- Carol Parker Operations – Eric Strimling Directors at Large - Mike Riback, Suzi Scher, Charley Weiland

TEMPLE ISRAEL BULLETIN The Temple Israel Bulletin is a monthly periodical. Deadline for articles is the 10th of the month for the following month’s issue. Comments can be directed to the Temple office: 3183 Mecartney Rd., Alameda, CA 94502-6912, Phone 510-522-9355, Fax 510-522-9356, email: RABBI: Allen B. Bennett, DIRECTOR OF CONGREGATIONAL LEARNING: Mindy Myers

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UPCOMING ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS JEWISH FILM SERIES RETURNS Oct. 10, 7:00 PM: “Then She Found Me” will be the first film shown. See page 8. A BOOK AND A COOKIE SERIES BEGINS Oct. 10, 17, 24; 12:30 PM: A wonderful family event! See page 7. STRUDEL WORKSHOP Oct. 13, 7:00 PM: Learn to make a delicious apple strudel. See page 6 for more information. TOT SHABBAT BEGINS Oct. 15, 6:30 PM: See page 5 for more information CHILDREN’S CLOTHING SWAP Oct. 17, 9:00 AM: Save money!! Trade your children’s gently worn but outgrown clothes for someone else’s! See page 1. BIG BAND NIGHT Oct. 29, 8:00 PM: NOTE THE DATE CHANGE! Dance to the Big Band sound of Dave Altschuler’s Swingtime Band. A $5.00 donation at the door is requested. See page 14 for information. MINYAN AND BAGEL BREAKFAST Oct. 31, 9:30 AM: Join us for davenning followed by a delicious bagel brunch

GIFT CARDS Sales Table open during all Temple Israel committee meetings and during Religious School!

October 2010 Temple Israel Bulletin  

October 2010 Temple Israesl of Alameda monthly Bulletin