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Temple Israel Bulletin SCHEDULE OF SHABBAT SERVICES EREV SHABBAT, April 6: First seder—No Service Tonight SHABBAT, April 7: 10:00 AM: Shabbat morning service Torah portion: Ex. 12:21-51, Num. 28:16-25; Haftarah: Joshua 3:3-7, 5:2-6:1 EREV SHABBAT, April 13: 7:30 PM: Friday Night Chai Shabbat evening service. Presentation of the Etz Chaim ark panels. Torah Portion: Ex. 13:17-15:22, Num. 28:19-25; Haftarah: II Sam. 22:1-51. EREV SHABBAT, April 20: 7:30 PM: Shabbat evening service. Aleeza Zinn becomes bat mitzvah. Torah Portion: Sh’mini, Lev. 9:1-11:47, Haftarah: II Samuel 6:1-7:17 SHABBAT, April 21: 10:00 AM: Shabbat morning service. Aleeza Zinn is called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah. EREV SHABBAT, April 27: 7:30 PM: Shabbat evening service. Maya CardenasBerkowitz becomes bat mitzvah. Torah Portion : Tazri’a 12:1-13:59, Haftarah: II Kings 4:42-5:19 SHABBAT, April 28: 10:00 AM: Shabbat morning service. Maya CardenasBerkowitz is called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah.

PASSOVER ACTIVITIES AT TEMPLE ISRAEL April 6: First seder. No Friday evening service at the Temple. April 7, 10:00 AM: Shabbat morning service at Temple Israel 6:00 PM: Community seder at Temple Israel. Advanced reservation required. April 13, 10:00 AM: Festival morning service with Yizkor. 7:30 PM: Shabbat evening service. Presentation of new ark panels by the Amitim class.

IN THIS ISSUE Passover—page 1

Rabbi Bennett’s retirement celebrations—page 9

Presentation of “Etz Chaim” ark panels—page 5

Kol Truah Concert—page 10

Tot Shabbat—page 5

Women’s Chavurot forming—page 10

Yom Hashoah service—page 6

Wanna dance? - page 14

Little Latkes Playgroup—page 7

Annual Giving Campaign—page 16

Israel at 64—page 7

Sinai Women’s Seder—page 18

Hazon Environmental Bike Ride—page 8

Gift Card order form—page 19


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FROM THE RABBI’S STUDY This time of year seems full of holiday and holy day celebrations and observances. We’ve just celebrated Purim and within days we’ll head into a week-long celebration of Passover (Pesach). In addition to the details of the Purim and Pesach stories, there are some themes that seem common to them both. Although one of the themes (freedom) is approached from different angles in the telling of the story of each holiday, there is something about the concept of freedom in our tradition that we often overlook or at least don’t articulate very often. I’d like to address that concept here. No matter which haggadah you use for your Pesach seder, the basic story will be the same: the Hebrews finally leave the slavery of Egypt after four hundred years, i.e., they are liberated, they find freedom, etc., and they begin their journey toward “The Promised Land.” What we don’t discuss very much is who these Hebrews were, or who they had become, after living as an underclass in Egyptian society for those four centuries. Even if we knew nothing else about them besides this one piece of the story, we could easily understand that as a slave population they had no individual or communal rights in the Egyptian society of the time -- no “foreigners” did -- and it is safe to assume that they had no Hebrew (or Jewish) laws within that context either. Likewise, there is no record of any religion or religious practices that they observed or celebrated while they were in Egypt, nor of any that they brought with them from Canaan when they arrived centuries earlier.

difference did it make if you were free if you were going to die in the desert or the wilderness instead of in the confines of slavery? Asking the question from another perspective – and the perspective that makes sense here -- what were the boundaries of their freedom. How was their freedom defined? And, by extension, when we speak of our own freedom, how is ours defined? I propose that we cannot understand freedom without understanding the boundaries that surround it. One attempt at defining those boundaries came at Mt. Sinai, when God demonstrated once again how it was that the Hebrews had been chosen. They were chosen to receive the commandments, and those commandments would serve as the boundaries for their freedom from that time on. In other words, you might be free to live your life as you choose, except that you were not free to murder, to steal, to dishonor your parents, etc. The guidelines, laws, commandments, boundaries – whatever you want to call them – were the means by which your freedom was ultimately to be defined.

But there is one other puzzle piece of this picture that needs to be considered here. We are told that the Hebrews willingly accepted the mitzvot at Sinai. Yet the Midrash says that they might have accepted them under threat or duress. This raises the question of whether you have really accepted them if you felt forced to do so or if you didn’t do so out of your own free will. Since one of the stories in the Midrash says that God actually lifted up Mt. Sinai and held it over the heads of the Hebrews down below, saying, “If you accept My mitzvot, I’ll put the mountain down elsewhere. But if not, I’ll put it back down right on top of you! By the time they left Egypt, they were basically a blank What’s your choice?” slate, simply a huge group of people who had been “chosen by God” and extricated from their miserable existence un- Under those circumstances, you might seriously doubt der the hand of the Pharaohs. The important thing for them, whether the Hebrews were really free to choose. In the end, and understandably so, was that they were free. But what we’re glad they chose to accept the mitzvot, even if they did that freedom mean in practical terms? Were they free to were pressured to do so. But for us it becomes clear that we do or not do something? If so, what? Were they free to be are truly free only when we are free to make our own or not be something? Again, if so, what? In other words, choices without being forced into making those choices how was their freedom defined? against our will or under undue pressure. Initially, all that really seemed to matter was that they were no longer slaves. But they would find out soon enough that the matter of slave or non-slave status was not enough to get them very much. There were supposedly upwards of 600,000 to a million people on the move, away from the place in which they had lived for four hundred years and heading toward an unnamed and undefined place. What

That’s one of the reasons that real freedom is so important, valuable, and critical. Freedom defined by the boundaries that we choose or that we accept willingly is freedom worth fighting and -- if need be -- dying for. It was a core

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Joseph Campbell said “God is the experience of looking at a tree and saying ‘AH’.” The Jewish community here in Alameda has the great fortune of having many opportunities to stop, look around us and say “AH”.

Locally we can do more with in our own synagogue. We need to print less paper. We need more people to accept emailed information instead of US Postal Service. We need to have green and blue bins all over the place. And we need to understand how to use them. Every committee should appoint recycling monitors to make sure the bins are used properly at every event. Too often I see compost trash in the recycling bin and recycling in the landfill bin. Let’s make this part of our Religious School curriculum too. Tikkun Olam is about bringing balance to our world, so let’s think globally, but really act locally. When we are satisfied with the work we have done in the Temple, let’s take that work into the world around us.

At this time we can celebrate the unanimous vote of the City Council to reject the Mif Albright Golf Course land swap. “Residents of both Alameda and Bay Farm Island can breathe a big sigh of relief that our parkland has been saved and we will not have to contend with To help us with this task, CASA Alameda (http://casaall the negative consequences of 130 new houses”. alameda.pbworks.com ) scheduled their second Green Workshop for Faith-Based Organizations on Monday, This is a huge wakeup call that we still need to work to March 26th at the Alameda Free Library. They had presenprotect the environment we live in. We are certainly not tations from AMP, Public Works, ACI, Bike Alameda and the only community that understands the importance of updates from some of the Green Teams that have formed at connecting with our natural world. It is all around us – in local faith organizations. In addition, there was a special the Bay, in the parks, and we are so so lucky to have this. guest speaker, Susan Stephenson, the Executive Director of Interfaith Power & Light (http:// I have always been an environmentalist. I was lucky interfaithpowerandlight.org/). I know several people from enough to live my environmental values when I worked for our Temple community were able to attend. I hope they one of the largest environmental foundations in the coun- can report on what they have learned. try, right in the Presidio of San Francisco. Every day as I gazed out at the parrots in the trees, I knew the power of It is important to be mindful of what we have created. It is nature and how lucky we were to have an office there: just not ours to keep, we are only the guardians.:"When God 2 blocks away from the beach at Crissy Field. This girl created the first human beings, God led them around the from the subways and the streets of Manhattan found a new Garden of Eden and said: 'Look at my works! See how experience that could feed my soul. beautiful they are -- how excellent! For your sake I created them all. See to it that you do not spoil and destroy My Judaism at its root is an earth-based tradition that seeks world; for if you do, there will be no one else to repair spiritual harmony with the earth. Modern day Judaism has it'" (Midrash Kohelet Rabbah, 1 on Ecclesiastes 7:13). become alienated from nature and the earth-based aspect of our tradition. One group, Wilderness Torah, attempts to B’Shalom, revitalize Jewish life to reconnecting Jewish traditions to the cycles of nature to facilitate individual and communal spiritual growth as well as the commitment to take care of the earth. Wilderness Torah ( h t t p : / / Cindy Berk www.wildernesstorah.org) awakens and celebrates the earth-based traditions of Judaism to nourish the connections between self, community, earth, and Spirit. Now that we are moving into Spring, I would like to see if Temple Israel can create some simple outdoor rituals over the next few months that celebrate our Judaism and nature, such as havdallah on the beach or a Torah study that connects us with our natural surroundings.


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EDUCATION NEWS Dear Temple Israel Commu- ists, Orthodox Jews. We arrived at 6 pm and left at midnight or later. We read every word of the hagaddah right nity: down to standing at the very end and singing “God Bless America.” How do children relate to Passover messages? I talked with some of our second graders Rosie was an amazing cook and the food was abundant and about Passover and explained, “We are no longer slaves delicious. My mother said Rosie would cook for weeks and today. How did that come about?” One boy raised his hand ask her friends for freezer space because hers was filled. and answered, “Because Obama said we don’t have to be slaves anymore!” We sat at a long table to accommodate the many aunts, uncles and cousins. The table stretched from her kitchen It’s hard for a child, or anyone, for that matter, to relate to through the open French doors of the dining room and into slavery since we were never slaves ourselves and don’t the living room. During the service there were always side know anyone who was a slave. How can a child empathize conversations about politics or the stock market. We kids when they have never experienced something? Doesn’t that gave each other noogies or played cards on our laps until take an intellectual supposition? we were caught. But the idea of Jewish slavery, taking place hundreds of years ago, and later becoming a free people, is the essence of the Exodus story. Perhaps relating to slavery is less important than understanding that if a child ever witnessed someone attempting to take away another person’s rights and freedoms, they would not stand aside and allow it to happen.

Manny was very generous when it came to finding the afikomen. Even when one of the cousins found the matzah, we all got a gift. As Manny was the first violinist for the Ed Sullivan show, I always asked for tickets, and he always gave them to me. One year I saw The Supremes!

I am smiling while I type this. Why? Passover memories fill me with great happiness. And while, in my house, we Additionally, I think it’s important for students to under- don’t sing “God Bless America” at midnight, we do wash stand our present world in the context of what occurred in dishes for an hour and debrief about the special moments the Passover story. By understanding the story, the hard- placed in our memory boxes. ships of the Jews, we can prevent humanity from making unjust mistakes in the future. L’Shalom, The other part of Passover that a child CAN relate to are Mindy Myers, Director of Congregational Learning, about following traditions. After retelling the Passover mindy@noteniks.com, 510-593-5285 story to these same children I asked the students what’s your favorite part of Passover. Many hands shot up: “Matzah ball soup!” “Finding the afikomen!” “Seeing my A special mazel tov shout out to Aleeza Zinn and Maya cousins!” Berkowitz in honor of their becoming bat mitzvahs! In creating a seder, year after year, we imprint an indelible memory of family, sharing, good food, singing, and joyousness; a warm home, window panes coated with the steam of matzah balls cooking; an embroidered table cloth brought out once a year. These are the hallmarks of why people want to have a seder year after year. As Tevye would say “Tradition!” When I was growing up, we went to Cousin Manny and Rosie Hirsch’s house in Brooklyn. They were traditional-

Thanks to all the families who helped with Religious School Purim and Passover celebrations! We are grateful for your time and the energy you put forth to making these events special for our children!


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You are invited to attend the special unveiling of the

ETZ CHAIM TAPESTRIES IN THE TEMPLE ISRAEL ARK Friday, April 13th at 6:30 pm

The Religious School’s Amitim class has worked hard to create their own interpretation of the tree of life. Each of the students, under the tutelage of congregation member, Jerri Kaplan, has sewn their version of Etz Chaim. Jerri and her “sewing friends” have pieced together the 16 trees of life into 2 tapestries, one for each side of the ark door. The outcome is a remarkable and artistic work, a gift from the b’nai mitzvah class to Temple Israel. We hope you can join us for this simchah. Special music and refreshments served.

Tot Shabbat Services at Temple Israel

Friday, April 20th, from 6:30 – 7 pm followed by a Tot Shabbat Oneg Shabbat from 7 – 7:20pm Welcome Shabbat with music, singing, prayer, and joy! Introduce your child to Shabbat through prayer services designed especially for children ages 2 – 8 Older children are invited to help lead the service. Services are led by Samantha Chelouche And mark your calendars for the last Tot Shabbat before the summer: May 18th All Tot Shabbats begin promptly at 6:30 pm in the Temple Israel sanctuary. Doors open at 6:15. New families and friends welcome!


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ALEEZA ZINN TO BECOME A BAT MITZVAH Aleeza will become a Bat Mitzvah on April 21, 2012. She has been a student at Temple Israel since Kindergarten and looks forward to reaching this step in her Jewish education. Aleeza is currently a seventh grade honors student at Lincoln Middle School. She loves to dance and has been studying ballet for ten years. Among Aleeza’s favorite things to do is playing with the family Chihuahua, Indigo. She is also a great lover of Paris and anxiously anticipates her second trip there next winter. Her current favorite book series is The Hunger Games and she can’t wait to see the movie later this month!

MAYA CARDENAS-BERKOWITZ TO BECOME BAT MITZVAH Maya, an Honor Roll 7th-grader at Lincoln Middle School, was born in San Francisco and moved to Alameda right around her 7th birthday. She enjoys trying new things, from sewing, to knitting, to beading to inline skating. She can be found at the library a few days a week after school. She is a big San Jose Sharks fan and looks forward to the day when our boys hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup. Maya is a true believer in repairing the world. Always thinking of ways to help the less fortunate, Maya has donated her hair to Locks of Love and has helped to lift struggling families out of poverty by donating money to Heifer International which provides livestock to poor families. Maya enjoys her weekends, taking care of Sheldon, her Russian Tortoise, who has been seen once or twice wearing a mini yarmulke, catching up on TV and just hanging out. She hopes to continue to be active within the Jewish community and Temple Israel long after her becoming a Bat Mitzvah.

YOM HASHOACH SERVICE On Wednesday, April 18, Temple Israel will host an interfaith Yom Hashoah service in commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust. This service will begin at 7:30 PM, and representatives from several of the Alameda faith communities will participate. This is a very moving service, and we hope to see you there.


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HAZON ENVIROMENTAL BIKE RIDE AND RETREAT Join Temple Israel at Hazon's 3rd an- crew or register just for the Shabbat retreat (families nual California Environmental Bike Ride & Re- welcome)! treat, and in doing so, help lead the Jewish community to sustainable environmental action. Riders are required to raise a minimum sponsorship. For every dollar raised, more than 75 cents goes Don't miss an opportunity to have the ride of your toward furthering the Jewish environmental movelife while helping a great cause-- the health of our ment in the United States and helps to fund Hazon’s planet. innovative food and sustainability programs. May 10-13, 2012 Sonoma County to San Francisco

For more information about the Ride and Hazon, be sure to check out: www.hazon.org/caride.

The weekend includes two days of biking and a Shabbat retreat. The Ride accommodates cyclists of all skill levels with route options ranging from 30-80 miles/day. It is a fully-supported ride with rest stops, bike mechanics and support vehicles. For those not interested in biking, join as non-riding

THE MIDWAY SHELTER COOKING PROJECT The Temple Israel Dinner Cooks 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. Please note that there are several ways you can help with this mitzvah. if you’d like to participate We need shoppers, cooks, and someone to deliver the meal to the Shelter. The meal always includes protein, one or more vegetables and/or fruits, a starch, and juice or milk. In March, Nancy Freed, Gretel Gates, Mary Gold, Alison Harris, Rob Kaplan, Doug Korach, and Doris Weiner-Gluckman shopped for, prepared, and delivered teriyaki chicken, fried rice, Asian-style green salad, cookies, and juice to the Shelter.

We cook on the third Wednesday of each month. Our next cooking session will be on April 18. Four or five volunteers are needed, and if you’d like to help, please contact Alison Harris at 521-3375 or alhalameda@aol.com.


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A MESSAGE FOR ANY TEMPLE ISRAEL WOMAN INTERESTED IN FORMING CHAVUROT Getting together with other women is a great way for us to refresh ourselves, get and give support, and learn something new. A number of women have expressed interest in having women’s interest groups here at Temple Israel. Ideas for these chavurot include book groups, Rosh Chodesh celebrations, theater groups, Torah study, and more. If this sounds like something that would benefit you, come share your ideas at a planning meeting at Alison Harris’s house on Monday, April 16, at 7:30 PM. Alison’s address is 126 Cumberland Way, Alameda. Please contact her at alhalameda@aol.com or 521-3375 if you will be attending this meeting or if you have any questions.


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JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCIL: A Little-Known Community Resource Adapted from the State of the JCRC by Jerilyn Gelt, JCRC President, Spring, 2012 The JCRC was founded 65 years ago in the aftermath of the Holocaust. At that time, the American Jewish community determined that a fatal flaw in its response to the unfolding human catastrophe in Europe was that American Jewry lacked the ability to speak with a united voice on issues of vital concern to us. Today, JCRC takes the lead in mobilizing the community, educating and advocating on issues of vital concern, consulting with synagogues and Jewish institutions on sensitive community relations issues, building consensus and coalitions, and serving as an exemplar of civil discourse. Chances are great that, while you may not be aware of it, we have worked with your institution on one or more community relations issues and that we have helped resolve issues of major importance to you. Much of our work is behind-the-scenes, building relationships with public officials, media, ethnic and religious leaders, key leaders of the LGBT and labor communities, university administrators, school officials, and other major leaders in the community. The time has come to spread the word about the unique and important work of JCRC in the community – work that is done through a partnership with dedicated lay leadership, including synagogue and organizational representatives from nearly 70 Jewish institutions, a talented staff, and many organizational collaborations. So here is a glimpse of our achievements in 2011 in pursuit of a just society and a secure Jewish future:

on the tone of debate and discourse relating to Israel in Bay Area Jewish institutions and helped empower more voices of moderation, while serving as a model for communities throughout the country.  JCRC’s strategic initiative, the Institute for Curriculum Services, which is focused on accuracy in school textbooks about Jews, Judaism and Israel, surpassed more than 5,000 accepted textbook edits, ensuring that millions of students each year will have a much more accurate education on these subjects  JCRC’s Tikkun Olam initiative, the Jewish Coalition for Literacy (a joint project with the Jewish Community Federation), moved into its second decade of work with nearly 400 tutors in 40 Title I Schools in San Francisco, the Peninsula and the East Bay, and 80 newly-trained tutors awaiting placement. JCL tutors help students to excel an average of 2 reading levels over the course of the year and bring the joy of reading and the hope of a successful future to students in kindergarten through third grade.

 JCRC led our community’s successful effort to defeat a proposed ban on circumcision – illustrating the vital importance of a strong JCRC to mobilize the community and speak with a united voice.

 JCRC’s coalition activities aimed at multiplying our impact included the work of our Confronting Poverty Taskforce, which raised awareness about food insecurity in the Bay Area by spearheading our annual interfaith mobilization - Fighting Poverty with Faith. Additional active coalition involvement includes: the Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking, the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking, Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights, Marin and San Francisco Interfaith Councils, San Francisco FAITHS Initiative Leadership group, Contra Costa Interfaith Council, and the United Religions Initiative.

 JCRC led our community’s strategic efforts in response to growing anti-Israel activity in the Bay Area, including successfully obtaining the defeat of divestment resolutions in two Protestant denominations and putting the brakes on an attempt by the socially responsible investment movement to support divestment from Israel.

 JCRC, the go-to resource for synagogues, day schools, JCCs, Hillels, social service agencies, cultural institutions and Federation, consulted on dozens of sensitive community relations issues with Jewish institutions that rely heavily on JCRC for nuanced, helpful guidance in addressing very complex and time-sensitive issues.

 JCRC fully implemented the Year of Civil Discourse, a program which has had a major impact

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8:45 AM Jazzercise 8:00 AM Seedling Office closed 6:30 PM Game Night No Hebrew School Child 8:45 AM Jazzercise 5:30 PM I ni C 5:15 PM Jazzercise 10:00 AM Festival morning service with 7:00 PM Board of Yizkor Directors meeting 5:15 PM Jazzercise 7:30 PM Friday Night Chai Shabbat evening service

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20 8:45 AM Jazzercise 5:15 PM Jazzercise 6:30 PM Tot Shabbat 7:30 PM Shabbat evening service

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TEMPLE ISRAEL OF ALAMEDA FOUNDATION The Board of the Temple Israel of Alameda Foundation is happy to report that its 2012-2013 grant to Temple Israel will be $20,000. The Foundation’s fiscal year runs from January 1 to December 31 each year. We purposely set it 6 months off the Temple fiscal year so that we could provide the Temple budget planners with information about our annual grant in time to prepare the budget.

counts. Naming the Foundation beneficiary of an IRA might reduce the size of one’s estate so that it is below the taxable limit. The Foundation was established in 1995 with a $10,000 bequest from the estate of Diana Garfinkle, one of the original founding members of our congregation. This year’s grant raises the total given by the Foundation to the Temple to $77,500. As the Foundation grows with future bequests, the amount granted to the General Fund will grow proportionately. The Foundation section of the Temple website (http://www.templeisraelalameda.org/support/ foundation/ ) documents the growth of the Foundation and its annual grants to the Temple. Ken Kofman made possible the large increase in assets this past fiscal year by donating his Alameda condo to the University of California and the Temple Israel of Alameda Foundation. The University managed the sale, and the Foundation received over $130,000.

It is clear that continued growth of the Foundation's assets is crucial to the financial stability of the congregation. We need more congregants to include the Temple Foundation in their estate planning. Many of you will say that your means are not great enough for estate planning, but that may not be true. If every congregant left the Foundation 1% of their estates, the Temple would become financially stable. 1% should not adversely affect your heirs and will save estate taxes. We will be working with the Temple Board of Directors to encourage all of you to create or modify your estate plans to include the Foundation. A Legacy Plaque with the names of those who have done so is mounted in the foyer. There is plenty of room for The Foundation Board has prepared an information sheet more names, and we can add another plaque to it as with suggested wording to add the Foundation to your will needed. or trust; it also contains the relevant identification information. It is available from the Temple website or at the If your heirs are financially self-sufficient, more of your Temple office. We encourage you to speak with your fiassets might easily be used for philanthropy. If your assets nancial and legal advisors to work out estate planning soluare more substantial, you might want to consider other es- tions which will benefit you as well as the Temple. We tate planning choices which will have positive tax benefits know that many of us are at the limit of spending for our for you now, e.g., gifts of appreciated stocks or property, current life styles or fear we may outlive our resources. charitable lead trust, or charitable remainder trusts. You We are asking you to consider a donation from your assets can also name the Temple Foundation as full or partial when you no longer need them. beneficiary on life insurance policies or retirement ac-

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major and positive impact. At a time of shrinking resources, JCRC’s accessibility to all Jewish institutions on  JCRC worked closely with law enforcement and critically important issues is a huge resource saver for our Jewish institutions to maximize safety and security entire community. for our community through trainings on subjects ranging from handling of bomb threats to suspiNow you know a small part of what we do at JCRC to secious packages, consultations and regular checkcure our community now and for the future. We want you ins, with an emphasis on balancing a welcoming to know more and we’d like you to get involved. If you’d environment with a serious focus on good security. like to join in our work, support us, or simply learn more, please feel free to contact your JCRC organizational repreJCRC’s role in the community has never been more impor- sentative Felice Zensius felice@ymail.com or Myrna tant. At a time of growing polarization, JCRC’s leadership David myrna@jfed.org. Thank you for the privilege of in modeling civil discourse is critical. At a time of grow- serving. ing anti-Israel activity, JCRC’s strategic efforts make a


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NEWS FROM MIDRASHA OF OAKLAND THANK YOU to all of you who turned out for our second annual “Pouring for Passover” wine tasting and auction. It is only through the ongoing support of our families, communities, donors and volunteers that we are able to continue this program that means so much to so many of our teens! Thank you, again, to all who supported our March Fundraising event! THE ENTIRE COMMUNITIES FROM OUR SPONSORING SYNAGOGUES are invited to our community Yom HaShoah v’HaGevurah commemoration on April 17 at 8:00 in Temple Sinai’s Sanctuary. This year’s program will connect stories of the teen experiences of holocaust survivors with local teens in our community, building bridges of memory and understanding. ALL MIDRASHA PARENTS are invited to our final Parent Program of the year. On April 24 at 7:15 we will offer a Midrasha style class for parents on “Interpreting Text through Art”. Two Midrasha teachers, Erica Fink and Jennifer Levine, both of whom have taught Midrasha classes on Jewish texts and art this year, will use text study as a format for exploring core values and identity questions, and then guide parents in a self reflective art project connected to the text. This class offers a two-fold opportunity: first, for your own ongoing adult education, and second, to experience first hand what your teens are doing when they sign up for a class like “Jewish Art, Ancient Wisdom and You”. Our previous parent nights have had much positive feedback, so don’t miss your final chance this year to check out this great program! Looking ahead, Oakland Midrasha’s 7th Grade Orienta-

tion is coming Tuesday, May 1! ANY AND ALL CURIOUS 7th GRADERS AND THEIR PARENTS are invited to come and check out Midrasha on May 1 at 7:15. Students will have the chance to hang with the 8th graders for the night in their core and elective classes, and get the inside scoop on what the 8th graders think of Midrasha. Parents are invited to a parent orientation to learn about our classes, curriculum, special programming, our retreat program and much, much more while your students are enjoying Midrasha classes! Come have all your questions answered! We are also having a pre-Midrasha social event that night for 7th and 8th graders! ALL 7th GRADERS are invited to come early (6:00) to the orientation to hang out with our 8th graders, play games, eat pizza and ice cream, and have some pre-orientation fun! This is part of our monthly ‘Lounge Night’ program – co-sponsored and run by Marshall Sachs, Temple Sinai’s youth director and Midrasha’s 8th grade teacher. These nights are always a hit! THE ENTIRE COMMUNITIES FROM OUR SPONSORING SYNAGOGUES are invited to Midrasha Graduation on May 15 at 7:45 in Temple Sinai’s Sanctuary. Please join us in celebrating our students! Graduation is a golden opportunity to celebrate our joint community’s successes by hearing our students talk about their Jewish experiences and education in their diverse communities and what this Jewish foundation offers them as they go forward into adulthood. It is a time to hear the next generation reflect on their meaningful experiences, growth and aspirations. You will be inspired! There is a reception afterwards in Stern Hall.

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principle of the Torah; it was a core principle of the founders of the United States, and it is a core principle that really gives freedom a deeper and more profound meaning.

May your celebration of this Passover – the Festival of Freedom – inspire you to cherish the freedom(s) that you have and to commit to ensuring that people everywhere have the same freedoms that we so often take for granted. Shalom, Rabbi Allen B. Bennett


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TODAH TO OUR ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN DONORS Temple Israel's Annual Campaign runs through the end of May 2012. If you have not yet participated, please support our Temple and send in your donation today. We are aiming for 100% participation.

The Board of Directors sincerely thanks the following members for their generosity in donating to this year's Annual Giving Campaign: Arnold & Linda Schneider Elaine Kofman Carol Brasel Fred & Jen Whatley E. Leadlove-Plant Harry Hankin & Gussie Levine H.W. Gluckman & Doris Weiner Gluckman Miles & Susi Adler R. Silberstein Bob & Kathleen Garfinkle Stephen & Sheila Corman Josephine Schwartz Margie Gates Barbara Sayre Helen Kutin Wayne & Felice Zensius Mary & Arthur Gold

David Graber Robyn Young Alameda Land Company (William Houston) Mavis & Randy Guber Ed & Peg Kofman Steve & Marlene Kofman Wilma Garfinkle Trust Penny & Blumenthal Family Strimling & Helfand Family Carrie & Daniel Zinn Ken & Martha Freeman Mike & Betty Riback Jim & Patti Stein Lee & Alison Harris Ken Kofman Howard & Sandy Sidorsky Norman Modena & Judy Sirota

Andre & Silvia Kruglikov Jamie & Emily Lavender Karyn & David Ogorzalek Cindy & Darryl Berk Charley Wolf Henry & Frances Cohen Steve Ellison & Michelle Marcucci Robert & Jerri Kaplan Heather Dutton Gretel Gates George & Svetlana Lozovik Randy Friedman & Arlene Johnson Suzi Scher Marc & Kimberlee MacVicar Charley Weiland & Frances Montell Dan Kapler Bill & Cynthia Schaff

FUNDRAIISING COMMITTEE REPORT Over $600!! That’s how much money our scrip program has brought in for this fiscal year! Help us double that amount by ordering pre paid shopping cards for shopping at places such as Safeway, Lucky’s, Peet’s, Starbucks, LandsEnd, itunes, Shutterfly, Amazon, Old Navy, Macy’s and many, many more. Wonder if one of your favorite stores participates?! Ask us and we’ll find out for you. These cards make wonderful gifts too. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Graduation are just around the corner...keep our cards in mind to give as gifts or to use for both your every day and gift shopping.

tion or you have questions about the event, please contact Betty Riback at 510-337-0137. Want to be part of the celebration memory? Be a part of our Tribute book! Purchase a full page or part of a page and create a message for the Rabbi’s retirement tribute book. Share your thoughts, prayers, gratitude, or pictures. Space in the Tribute book is available for purchase through April 16th. For more information, contact events@templeisraelalameda.org.

Information about all events can be found on the poster in How many days until Sunday, May 6th? Or more impor- the temple lobby. tantly, have you RSVP’d for the Rabbi FAREWELL GALA DINNER on May 6th at 6pm? No matter how you slice it, you won’t want to miss it. KQED’s very own Michael Krasny is the Master of Ceremonies. With an MC like that and our very own Rabbi Bennett as the guest of honor, you will want to act fast to purchase your tickets. Tickets are required and on sale through April 16th. Don’t delay, space is limited. If you did not receive your invita-


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ONEG SHABBAT SIGNUP This is the new oneg Shabbat calendar for the upcoming year. Please sign up to host an oneg Shabbat on one or more dates. You may co-host with another family if you desire. Remember, if we have no hosts on a particular Shabbat, the Oneg Shabbat Committee will provide grape juice and challah that evening. If you have any questions, or to sign up to host, please contact Alison Harris at alhalameda@aol.com, or 521-3375.

March 30: George & Svetlana Lozovik

April 6: First night of Pesach – no service at TI

April 13: Pesach Barbara Sayre

April 20: Aleeza Zinn bat mitzvah

April 27: Maya CardenasBerkowitz bat mitzvah

May 4: Religious School

May 11: Steven Fritsch Rudser

May 18: Mary Gold in honor of her birthday

May 25: Board of Directors in honor of the rabbi’s retirement

June 1:

June 8: Barbara Sayre

June 15: Jackie Culajay bat mitzvah

June 22: Elizabeth McDonough bat mitzvah

June 29: Eden Moore bat mitzvah

July 6: Sam Satin bar mitzvah

July 13: Alison Harris/Ritual Committee to welcome the new rabbi

July 20: Lois & Stewart Blumsack

July 27: Margie Gates

August 3:

August 10: Barbara Sayre

August 17: Hannah & Ellie Kruglikov and Sophia Susssman b’not mitzvah

August 24: Helen Montell-Weiland bat mitzvah

August 31: Max Haber bar mitzvah

Sept. 7:

Sept. 14: Sandy & Howard Sidorsky

Sept. 21:

Sept. 28:

ONEG SHABBAT UPDATE There has been some confusion around “having to be present” to do the set up and clean up when hosting an oneg Shabbat. While most of our oneg Shabbat sponsors live near enough to the Temple to be present at the service they’re sponsoring, a few of us live out-of-town but have maintained Temple membership and want to sponsor an oneg. Those people are not expected to physically be here the night of their oneg! If you live outof-town, just point that out when you sign up for your date(s) so that the Oneg Shabbat Committee knows that you need to have the work done for you. There are also members who have physical issues and are unable to shop, and/or set the tables, and/or clean up afterwards. If you need help with any of these tasks, notify the Oneg Shabbat Committee and we will provide an “Oneg Buddy” to help you. Thank you for supporting this lovely tradition! Alison Harris, Oneg Shabbat Committee alhalameda@aol.com or 521-3375


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CONTRIBUTIONS

CJ Kingsley Helen Kutin Elaine Kofman Karyn Ogorzalek Jim Cooper George & Svetlana Lozovik Joyce August & Jean-Pierre Chelouche

General Fund In honor of Howard & Sandy Sidorsky In memory of Rebecca & Hyman Rosenzweig In memory of Goldie Falk In memory of Gladys Hochstadt In memory of Liz Cooper In memory of Iakov Lozovik In memory of Marc August

These represent donations received in the month of February 2012.

WOMEN’S SEDER The Women of Temple Sinai have invited the women of Temple Israel to their Women’s Seder & potluck dinner: Tuesday, April 10, 5:45PM—9:00 PM At Rabbi Stern Social Hall, Temple Sinai 28th & Webster St., Oakland $20.00/person (girls 7—12 free) Mail checks to Estelle Baum, 3343 Crane Way, Oakland, CA 94602 Reservations must be made by April 4. Flyers are available in the Temple foyer, or you should have received one by email. For more information, call Estselle Baum at (510)482-2315.


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CELEBRATIONS BIRTHDAYS Margaret Rowland Aleeza Zinn Daniel Hakim Cynthia Schaff Wyatt Ellson Judy Jacobs Frances Montell Caradwen Braskat Sabina Jackson Maya Cardenas-Berkowitz Joshua Cohen Aaron Kruglikov Jacob Charney Betty Riback Cruz Arellanes Doron Ohel Shaun Reid Elliana Miriam Forshaw

April 3 April 3 April 6 April 7 April 10 April 10 April 10 April 12 April 15 April 16 April 16 April 19 April 21 April 24 April 25 April 26 April 27 April 29

13th birthday

9th birthday

5th birthday 13th birthday 19th birthday 17th birthday

2nd birthday

ANNIVERSARIES Tom & Marlene Miller April 2 Charley Weiland & Frances Montell April 2 Jim & Patti Stein April 26

23rd anniversary 17th anniversary 25th anniversary

TEMPLE ISRAEL OF ALAMEDA 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 510-5229355, Fax 510-522-9356, email: Office@templeisraelalameda.org. RABBI: Allen B. Bennett, rabbi@templeisraelalameda.org DIRECTOR OF CONGREGATIONAL LEARNING: Mindy Myers educator@templeisraelalameda.org

ADMINISTRATOR: office@templeisraelalameda.org PRESIDENT: Cindy Berk president@templeisraelalameda.org The TI Times is a weekly email publication sent to the Temple Israel membership with email addresses. If you would like to receive the TI Times please contact the Temple office at: office@templeisraelalameda.org


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YAHRZEITS April 6 Ella Barr Gordon Barr Lily Benisty-Kent Sydney J. Files Sam Glasser Shelley Kaplan Clara Kouff Max Schlachter Molly Blumenstein David Kouff Anne Levy Charles Bork Beatrice Crane Gunther Gates Arlene Mandeltort Antonio Manno Ben Feldman Sylvia Goodstone David (Dino) Grassetti Phyllis Singer

4/1 4/1 4/1 4/1 4/1 4/1 4/1 4/1 4/2 4/2 4/3 4/4 4/4 4/5 4/5 4/5 4/6 4/6 4/6 4/6

April 13 Rabbi Gunther Gates Rita Grunin Tsjetska Moorhouse Jacob Silver Jay Schaff Arnold W. Behrstock Beatrice Schiffman John Benson Jeanette Gluckman Ethel Greenbaum Brian Magidson Margaret Stark Rose Gottesman Scott Broh Stuart Currie Kamin Davis Erwin Hamburger Jacob Teller Florence Hale Harold Page, Sr. Harry Schiffman

4/7 4/7 4/7 4/7 4/8 4/9 4/9 4/10 4/10 4/10 4/13 4/13 4/14 4/15 4/15 4/15 4/15 4/15 4/16 4/16 4/16

April 20 Rosemary Abate

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Alexander Weiss Mildred Copeland Polina Rybak

4/18 4/19 Nissan 27 4/19

April 27 Alexander Dehaan Phyllis Green Anne Schindler Alice "Lisl" Beran Rose Weiss Ruthine C. G. K. Hepburn Ethel Glick Morris Karsh Ben Mandel David Montoya Hilde Haas Abraham Jacobs Shirley Nachman

4/21 4/21 4/21 4/22 4/22 4/24 4/24 Iyar 2 4/24 4/24 4/24 4/25 4/25 Iyar 3 4/27 Iyar 5

May 4 Esther Nachmoulis Rachel Seltzer Mary O'Donnell James Barnett Evelin Glasser Rose Kalmon David Lesch

4/28 Iyar 6 4/28 4/29 4/30 4/30 4/30 4/30

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Nissan 13 Nissan 13

Nissan 15 Nissan 15

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Big Band Concert/Dance in Alameda the Last Wednesday of Every Month Come and listen/dance to Dave’s Swingtime Big Band playing the hits from the 30’s to the 60’s. 18 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! The last Wednesday of every month Temple Israel 3183 Mecartney Road 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm $5.00 donation requested For further details call davealt51@comcast.net

Dave

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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 -and- TWIN TOWERS CHURCH GYM 510-865-2213 510-814-0127/Fax


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OFFICE HOURS Rabbi Allen B. Bennett is generally in the office: 9:00 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 usually open from 9:00—Noon on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, except for Jewish and Federal holidays.

YOUR TEMPLE ISRAEL BOARD OF DIRECTORS President - Cindy Berk Treasurer—Karyn Ogorzalek Fundraising— Kimberlee MacVicar & Jen Whatley Operations – Eric Strimling Ritual— Suzi Scher Membership—Charley Weiland Heather Dutton Mike Riback Ron Soltz Larry Sussman

MAZEL TOV TO STEVE CORMAN, AUTHOR! Steve Corman, who was a writer & producer with WMAQ-TV newscasts & sportscasts for over 15 years (1971-1986), before moving on to success in San Diego television, has just published his first novel. It is called "Danny's Decades." It is a story of a boy who loves sports and current events, who dreams of becoming a successful broadcast journalist, and then over the course of many decades, achieves that goal. Of course, it is a fictional novel, so any direct similarity between "Danny" and Steve, not to mention the many other characters in the book with people in the Chicago and San Diego broadcasting industry, is purely coincidental. (*ahem*) The paperback book is available now for $19.95 and can be purchased from Amazon.com at this link HERE. In addition to his many years at Chicago's WMAQ-TV, he also was a Managing Director of Sports Channel and a news producer at WIND-AM. He has won 8 Emmy Awards for his television work and been inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Silver Circle. If anybody could skillfully write a book on broadcast journalism, fiction or otherwise, it would be Steve Corman.


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TEMPLE ISRAEL ALAMEDA DONATION COUPON Name ________________________________________ Amount Enclosed $ ________________ Address ______________________________________ Phone _________________________ Email ________________________________________ For: [ ] Dues Payment Donation:

[ ] Religious School Tuition

[ ] Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund [ ] Annual Giving Campaign [ ] Gunther Gates Memorial Fund [ ] Campership Fund [ ] Library Fund [ ] Temple Israel Foundation [ ] Other. Please specify: ____________________________________ In Honor/Memory of _______________________________________ [ ] Please call me to discuss a Temple Israel Foundation endowment.

[ ] High Holy Day Fund [ ] Children's’ Fund Please fill out and return to: Temple Israel Alameda 3183 Mecartney Road Alameda, CA 94502-6912

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS PASSOVER OBSERVANCES April 6—13: see page 1, 16 IMPORTANT RELIGIOUS SCHOOL DATES No Religious School April 1 – 11 because of AUSD spring break. Classes will resume Sunday, April 15th. Sunday, April 15th, 9:30 – 10 a.m.: Children’s Jewish Music session in the Sanctuary. All children welcome! Wednesday, April 18, 4 – 5:30 pm: Yom HaShoah program for the religious school students. Programming about the scattering of Jews during WWII. Sunday, April 29, 10:30 – 12:15: Yom Ha’atzmaut program: Maccabia Games and music! YOM HASHOAH April 18, 7:30 PM: Community-wide service at Temple Israel. TOT SHABBAT April 20 , 6:30 PM: See page 5 for more information. WANNA DANCE? April 25, 8:00 PM: 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 & BAGEL BREAKFAST April 29, 9:30 AM: Join us for this weekday prayer service, followed by a delicious bagel breakfast.

Gift cards will be sold after Religious School on Sundays, and by pre-ordering. Contact Ronnie Blumenthal (523-3223) or Nancy Freed (864-4877).


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