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JANUARY 2012

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Temple Israel Bulletin SCHEDULE OF SHABBAT SERVICES PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

EREV SHABBAT, Jan. 6: 6:30 PM: Friday evening FamilyShabbat service. Torah portion: Vayechi, Gen. 47:28-50:26; Haftarah: I Kings 2:1-12.

Happy New Year! As I write this, I have been home from the URJ Biennial for just a few days, have still not gotten back into my normal sleeping pattern. I lost 4 pounds and I still feel amazing and energized! I want to share this with everyone who wants to listen.

EREV SHABBAT, Jan. 13: 7:30 PM: Friday Night Chai Shabbat evening service. Carl Penney becomes bar mitzvah. Torah Portion: Sh’mot, Ex. 1:1-6:1; Haftarah Isaiah 27:6-28:13., 29:22-23. SHABBAT MORNING, Jan. 14: 10:00 AM: Shabbat morning service. Carl Penney is called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah, EREV SHABBAT, Jan. 20: 7:30 PM: Shabbat evening service Torah Portion: Va-eira, Ex. 6:2-9:35; Haftarah: Jer. 46:13-28. EREV SHABBAT, Jan. 27: 7:30 PM: Shabbat evening service with Torah reading. Torah Portion: Bo, Ex. 10:1-13:16; Haftarah: Ezek. 28:25-29:21

Over 5000 Jews gathered outside of Washington DC with joyous intention to learn, sing and pray together. We shared ideas and heard inspirational speakers. We laughed and cried and wanted more. For me, the biennial was a sacred experience. It awakened my spirit, stoked the fire of my enthusiasm and motivated me to be a better president, and certainly a better person. The purpose of the URJ is to connect Reform Jewish communities to create a dynamic network of congregants, lay leaders, clergy and professionals. It unites 6000 years of Jewish tradition and values with modern Jewish experiences to strengthen Reform Judaism today and for future generations. The URJ, as a movement, empowers us as a congregation to build community and widen our tent with the tools and resources they provide. They help congregations create meaningful and inspiring worship, music and spiritual experiences. They work with us to create a vibrant community of learners which leads to the promotion of deeper commitment to the congregation, whose energy and dedication create an energized core and a powerful magnet for new members. Continued on page 3

IN THIS ISSUE Saturday Morning Shabbat Service? - page 5

PJ Havdallah—page 9

Game Night—page 5

Tu B’Shevat Seder—page 12

Adult Education series—page 6

Oneg Shabbat Signup Sheet—page 13

You, too, can chant Torah!—page 6

Wanna dance? - page 14

Carl Penney to become bar mitzvah—page 8

NEW! - Donation coupon—page 15

Tot Shabbat—page 8

Pajama Day at Religious School—page 16


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FROM THE RABBI’S STUDY In the mid-1990s Jeremy Rifkin wrote a book titled, “The End of Work”. It was highly unpopular for two reasons: first, because the message Rifkin was delivering was a message that no one wanted to hear, and second, because the message itself seemed far-fetched and out of most people’s understanding of reality and of the way the world worked. Rifkin’s premise was that with the rise of modern technology, sooner rather than later, many, if not most, of the jobs currently done by people would be done instead by some form of technology. While that premise sounded like good old-fashioned science fiction, it turns out that Rifkin was on to something. Consider, for example, one aspect of the banking industry. Before there were automated teller machines (ATMs) and online banking, who would have thought that banks would start to phase out their human tellers and replace them with machines? Another chilling example in Rifkin’s book was the seemingly-simple issue of vanilla. At the time he wrote the book, 96% of the economy of Madagascar was based on the production and sale of vanilla. But at the same time, a company in San Carlos (California) was closing in on the production of an artificial vanilla that was in virtually every aspect indistinguishable from the natural article. The only real difference was that Madagascar vanilla was selling for around $11 a pound and the artificial vanilla was able to be produced for about 25¢ a pound. While that was great news for anyone who wanted to buy vanilla, it was the beginning of an unmitigated disaster for Madagascar because its entire economy was based on vanilla production. Worse, no one in Madagascar had thought ahead far enough to plan for what to do if there were a problem with the vanilla crop. The other examples that Rifkin offered were equally disturbing, although not for the reasons one might ex-

pect. Despite the fact that Rifkin was predicting the future and that all predictions of the future are “iffy” at best, the reason that I found his book disturbing was that if he were even close to correct and if not one government on earth was looking ahead far enough to plan for the coming (even partial) obsolescence of their human workforce, then the looming economic disaster worldwide would be beyond anything any of us could imagine. A decade and a half later when we are very slowly beginning to emerge from the worst economic situation – globally – since the Great Depression, one of the issues that we talk about the most is the stubbornly high unemployment rate. While I understand that there are many and complex issues related to employment and the lack thereof, what is inescapable is that very large numbers of people are without jobs, without incomes, and lately without much hope for improvement. If you add to that scenario the impending return to the United States of large numbers of military veterans who, for the most part, would prefer not to be added to the unemployment rolls, and the slow pace of economic recovery, you have a recipe for an even worse situation and the eventual likelihood of social unrest. (Does the “Occupy Movement” come to mind?) All of this gloom and doom has reminded me that in the 21st century more often than not we value a person (literally) on the basis of what he or she can produce, on whether he or she will be a drain on -- or a contributor to -- society’s resources, and not on the basis of the fact that he or she is simply a person. After all, despite what the politicos say, we are not always individually completely in control of our own destinies, and very often there are circumstances and situations in which we find ourselves (such as the loss of a job with few prospects for getting another one) where we remain the same person but suddenly find ourselves valued less because we are unemployed. Continued on page 7


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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Continued from page 1

To be a Reform Jew is to be engaged in the ongoing work of tikkun olam, striving to improve the world in which we live. The URJ assists us through the support of the Religious Action Center which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. The URJ connects us to Israel, helps us to develop inspired leadership and engage the next generation. All we have to do is be engaged with the URJ.

Suzi and I met with several rabbinical candidates while we were there. The opportunity for us to meet them in person without having to fly everyone out was a real blessing. Each one of them was a worthy candidate; it will be a difficult choice. Any one of them would be a great new rabbi for us. Suzi and I gained so much by sharing the weekend, but we wished you could all be there with us to really understand the potential the way we did. There is so much to learn and talk about. Reform Judaism is a Movement, not just something we belong to. It currently has 1.4 million members across North America and is the fastest growing Jewish population in the world.

This year the general assembly voted on such proposed resolutions as Supporting Access to Lifelong Jewish Learning for Jews with Disabilities; Conflict Minerals; Genocide Prevention; Landmines; Principles of Economic Justice; and the Campaign for Youth Engagement. You can find out more from the URJ Website. (www.urj.org) I will continue to speak about the continuity and strength of our Jewish presence in Alameda. When I The Wednesday Plenary sessions engaged speakers speak to our candidates for Rabbi, I talk about creatsuch as Eric Cantor and Natan Sharansky, while on ing a Temple community that has ruach and spirit that Friday, as you already know, President Barack Obama seeps out of our Temple walls into the greater comspoke to a standing-room only crowd. All of the video munity so that other people become curious to find out about what we have here that is so great, and then to these sessions are also available online. they want to come and share that spirit too. I have never been more excited and optimistic about our opI participated in a Yoga T’fillah. It was very moving portunity for transformation. We always speak about in more ways than one. It was amazing to be able to transition when we go through a change, but now I am combine my love for yoga and my love for Judaism in talking about transformation in the way we relate to one spiritual practice. I found out that an organization each other and the Jewish community of the East Bay, called Positive Jewish Living affiliated and unaffiliated. Please read Rabbi Rick (www.positivejewishliving.com) is developing tools Jacobs, ( the incoming URJ President) remarks to the that even I can use, to bring a yoga class to our conBiennial as he speaks about our future as a movement gregation that is Jewishly spiritual and I cannot wait (http://blogs.rj.org/blog/2011/12/18/at-the-end-of-twoto start. years/) Suzi Scher and I participated in a leadership development workshop and came home with several sample We, as a congregation, have a lot of work to do and curricula that we can draw from to create our own quite a few bumps to smooth out. But we are well leadership development program. positioned for this …. I hope you will come along for the ride of your life!!! We were turned on to a ton of new music (thank you www.jewishrockradio.com ) to listen to and to use in B’Shalom, our worship services. We found out about “Virtual Shabbat” and “Shabbat School” for adults and kids Cindy Berk alike.


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EDUCATION NEWS but because the student believes that learning about his/her Jewish self and tradition is rewarding and imAs some of you are aware, portant. there have been several changes in the Religious How do we make choosing Religious School worth School this fall: we had 2 teacher turn-overs; new stu- choosing? We make Jewish education relevant. We dents joined mid-term; one student moved away; an- fill curriculum with current events and discuss how those events relate to their lives. We make learning other student that was in the school for 2 years left. come alive by cementing scholarship with hands-on activities. As an example, the sixth grade learned food For some students, these changes have been disconwords in Hebrew, then went to Safeway and had a certing; other students roll with the flow, but the topic conversation in Hebrew about the food in the store, of “choosing” to be at Religious School has moved to then went back to the classroom and wrote a short the front burner for discussion as a result of all the play with Hebrew food words interjected. comings and goings. Dear Temple Israel Kehilla:

The Jewish value of “choosing” goes back a long way. When Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden, G-d asked them not to eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Right and Wrong. They were given the choice to give in to temptation or honor G-d’s command. Had they obeyed, the story would have ended there. Humankind would still be living obediently in the Garden, but they would never have discovered the complexity of the world around them, nor the consequence of choice.

We take into consideration the various family dynamics in the school and leave out words like “mother” or “father,” knowing that our students have varying family constellations. We teach without assumptions about Jewish home traditions since many of our students come from interfaith families. And we review and repeat lessons in an effort to cement retention because we know each child has a lot on his/her plate to remember.

Further, I hire young, upbeat teachers, who remember I am well aware that the majority of students in the well what Religious School was like for them and are school have a million things on their plates: school, willing to go great lengths not to repeat the boredom scouting, sports, not to mention family obligations. As that befell them. parents want to raise well-rounded children, there are times where Religious School takes a back seat to I want your children to choose to come to Religious School. While “school” has a negative implication for other pressing obligations and responsibilities. many kids, I want Religious School at Temple Israel While I am in no way advocating Religious School to imply opportunity, creativity, and joyfulness. should take a back seat to other commitments, I know how difficult it can be to do everything, to fit every- Here’s to a new year of making good choices! thing important into your life. I am a mom too. I know about the impossibility of cramming stuff in and still finding time to eat and sleep. L’Shalom, That is why I am committed to making Religious Mindy Myers, Director of Congregational Learning, School a place where students WANT to come. I 510-593-5285, mindy@noteniks.com want students to choose to come; not just because their parents feel it’s important to carry on tradition,


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CELEBRATE SHABBAT AT A ONCE-A-MONTH SATURDAY MORNING SERVICE FOLLOWED BY A POTLUCK LUNCH The opportunity to have at least one Saturday morning service per month at the Temple, followed by a potluck lunch, is being discussed by the Ritual Committee. We’d like to begin this on the third Saturday in March, March 24, and want to determine if there is enough interest in the congregation to start this practice. If you are interested in attending a monthly Shabbat Morning Service, please contact Josh Cohen, chair at 5220250 or send an e-mail to Joshc@qibits.com.


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ADULT EDUCATION SERIES SLATED FOR FALL/WINTER by Rabbi Allen B. Bennett One of the burning passions of my adult life has been my love for, and fascination with, almost all things Israeli. I try to visit the country every year, I find both ancient and modern Israeli history not only interesting, but also deeply personal, and the more I experience of the country and its culture, cuisine, ethnic and religious mix, worldview, and a host of other things, the more I want to know and understand. Part of my retirement plans include making aliyah and working there as a volunteer as much of the time as I can. But before any of that happens, I wanted to share my love of Israel with you to the greatest extent possible in this, my last year as rabbi of Temple Israel. Fortunately, our own Temple member, Howard Sidorsky, in his capacity as a member of the East Bay Jewish Community Relations Council, brought to my attention the possibility of having some very high quality Israel-focused programming here at the Temple over the course of the coming year. I jumped at the opportunity and wanted to share with you the first fruits of the collaboration with the Jewish Community Federation of the East Bay, the Jewish Community Relations Council, and Temple Israel.

tion program on the third Wednesday of five months, beginning September 21, continuing through February 15, 2012. Under the general heading of “Momentous Moments in Israeli History,” the series will feature Riva Gambert, well-known, highly-respected, and beloved member of the East Bay Jewish Federation’s staff, speaking on these subjects: January 18: “Saving the Lost Tribe: The Rescue of Ethiopian Jewry” February 15: “Exodus 1947: How One Ship Changed the Course of History” All lectures are free and open to the public. Programs begin at 7:30 p.m. and will include time for questions and answers. Even if you believe that you are well-versed in these moments in Israeli history, it will be worth your time to hear Riva’s perspective on them. She is an undisputed expert on these subjects, is one of the most knowledgeable and affable speakers in the Bay Area, and her profound love and respect for Israel is unmatched. Please mark your calendars now and bring your friends with you.

Temple Israel has been hosting a five-session adult educa-

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY! Was the last time you read from the Torah on your bar or bat mitzvah? Have you ever thought it would be nice to be able to do a parsha during one of our Torah reading services, or to give a d'var Torah? You can! A limited number of slots are available over the next year for congregants to work with the Rabbi and do a Torah reading or d'var Torah at one of our Shabbat evening services! Believe it or not, it is not terribly difficult and it's very educational and satisfying! Call or send an email to rabbi@templeisraelalameda.org and we will work with you to schedule a time for you to perform this mitzvah. This message brought to you by the Ritual Practices Committee.


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Continued from page 2 For the most part it seems that governments are incapable of engaging in (or unwilling to engage in) the conversation about how to support their citizens in circumstances when “business as usual” is anything but. While I believe that at a minimum the government should extend unemployment benefits to those who have been unable to find work, especially if the government has not lifted a finger to create any jobs, but has instead wasted years bickering over nonsense that does not address our root problems and at the same time demonizes those who need the most help, I also think that those in government need to be held accountable for their own partisanship, lack of backbone, lack of compassion, short-sightedness, and worse. Jewish tradition unflinchingly and steadfastly teaches that, regardless of one’s employment status, a person has intrinsic value simply by virtue of being alive. And on that basis it is the responsibility of society as a whole to ensure that all persons be entitled to and receive the basic support that ensures their survival with dignity whether they have a job or not, things like a roof over their head, food on their table, access to quality health care, and so on. From what I have seen, very few governments have had the foresight or backbone to think far enough outside the box even to begin to imagine how to care for and support their citizens in these changing times.

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ways to address and solve them. Yet that is what our government leaders -- at every level of government – are doing. I must assume that modern technology is not going to go away. And while it has the capacity to bring unimaginable benefits to society, it also brings with it the very real possibility that untold numbers of very capable people may never work again because their jobs have been taken over by that very same amazing technology. It has to be part of our communal job description to do a wholesale shift in thinking to the point where we understand that we must value people simply because they are people, that we cannot deny them vital support simply because they don’t “produce” and don’t have disposable income any longer and that we owe them respect not based on their income level but on the basis of their personhood. The old (and current) way of approaching things – the same approach that we have used since the dawn of the industrial revolution – not only isn’t working; it is hindering progress and hurting people as individuals and society as a whole. We can and we must do a better job of honoring God’s creation and creatures. In this new (secular) calendar year, I hope that we will learn to work together for the betterment and respect of all regardless of economic circumstances. Everything we have ever held dear depends on it.

Shalom, It is so antithetical to Jewish tradition to point fingers Rabbi Allen B. Bennett of blame instead of identifying problems and finding

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.

Blatt, Nancy Freed, Mary Gold, Alison Harris, Rob Kaplan, Elaine Kofman, and Doug Korach shopped for, prepared, and delivered Vegetable Enchilada Casserole, corn muffins, green salad, cookies, and juice to the Shelter.

We cook on the third Wednesday of each month. Our next cooking session will be on January 18. Four or five volunteers are needed, and if you’d like to help, please contact Please note that there are several ways you can help with Alison Harris at 521-3375 or alhalameda@aol.com. 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 December, Bev


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CARL PENNEY TO BECOME BAR MITZVAH ON JANUARY 13 & 14 Carl was born in Ukraine in a small town in Crimea on the Black Sea. He came to America when he was 3-½ years old. Carl is in 8th grade at the Academy of Alameda Middle School. He loves all sports, but most especially, soccer. In addition, he runs on the track team at school and he is close to earning his black belt in Kung Fu. Carl also plays piano and dances. He is an animal lover and spends many hours with his dog, Mischief. Carl thanks the Temple community and specifically Rabbi Bennett, Cantor Pamela Sawyer and David Graber for all their support in helping him achieve this milestone event. Please join Carl and his family at services on both Friday evening, January 13, and Saturday morning, January 14.

Tot Shabbat Services at Temple Israel

Friday, January 20, from 6:30 – 7 pm followed by a Tot Shabbat Oneg Shabbat from 7 – 7:20pm Welcome Shabbat with singing, prayer, and joy! Introduce your child to Shabbat through prayer services designed especially for children ages 3 – 8 Tot Shabbat services are led by Samantha Chelouche; with music by Noah Berk

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And mark your calendars for upcoming Tot Shabbats: February 17, March 16, April 20, and May 18.

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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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JANUARY 2012 SUNDAY

MONDAY

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Office closed 8:45 AM Jazzercise

New Year’s Day No Religious or Hebrew School

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FRIDAY

No Hebrew School or Religious School 10:30 AM PJ Havdallah 3:00 PM I ni C

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22 9:00 AM Hebrew School 10:15 AM Religious School 3:00 PM I ni C

29 9:00 AM Hebrew School 9:30 AM: Minyan & Bagel Breakfast 10:15 AM Religious School—Pajama Day!

6 8:45 AM Jazzercise 5:15 PM Jazzercise 6:30 PM Family Shabbat evening service.

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12 13 8:00 AM Seedling 8:45 AM Jazzercise Child No Hebrew School 5:15 PM Jazzercise 7:30 PM Friday 5:15 PM Jazzercise 5:30 PM I ni C Night Chai Shabbat 7:00 PM Board of service with music.. Directors meeting Carl Penney becomes bar mitzvah.

8:45 AM Jazzercise 8:45 AM Jazzercise 5:15 PM AA meet- 5:15 PM Jazzercise ing 8:00 PM Band rehearsal 5:15 PM Jazzercise

8:45 AM Jazzercise

16 17 M a r ti n L u the r 8:45 AM Jazzercise King, Jr. Day 5:15 PM Jazzercise Office closed 8:00 PM Band rehearsal 8:45 AM Jazzercise 5:15 PM AA meeting

18 19 8:45 AM Jazzercise 8:00 AM Seedling 10:00 AM Midway Child Shelter Cooking 5:30 PM I ni C 4:00 PM Hebrew School

5:15 PM Jazzercise 7:00 PM Rabbi Search Comm.

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No Hebrew School 8:45 AM Jazzercise 5:15 PM Jazzercise 5:15 PM AA meet- 8:00 PM Band re- 5:15 PM Jazzercise 5:30 PM I ni C ing hearsal 7:00 PM Ritual Committee Meeting 5:15 PM Jazzercise

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7 6:00 PM Kids’ Night Out

14 10:00 AM Shabbat morning service. Carl Penney is called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah.

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

5:15 PM Jazzercise 6:30 PM Education Committee 7:30 PM Adult Ed Program

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8:45 AM Jazzercise 8:00 AM Seedling Child 4:00 PM Hebrew 5:15 PM Jazzercise 5:30 PM I ni C 8:00 PM Band re- School 4:00 PM Tu hearsal B’Shevat seder 8:45 AM Jazzercise

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8:45 AM Jazzercise 4:00 PM Hebrew 5:15 PM Jazzercise 8:00 PM Band re- School hearsal 5:15 PM Jazzercise 8:00 PM Band rehearsal with dancing

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Celebrate Tu B’Shvat with the Temple Israel Religious School Wednesday, February 8th 4 – 5 pm, in the Temple Social Hall

We will read from a Tu B’Shvat siddur, sing, and eat and drink 4 courses of fruits and juices. Then we will plant a fruit tree in the court yard. If you are able to join us, please contact Mindy Myers, mindy@noteniks.com . There is a lot of prep work involved and we can really use some kitchen help and set up/clean up assistance. Thanks.

Note: We welcome young children to the seder but ask that parents keep an eye on their young ones so the service is not disrupted. Much appreciated.


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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.

Dec. 16: Skip Soskin & Jerry Rabinovitz

Dec. 23: Chanukah Suzi Scher, Ritz Cohen, Gretel Gates

Dec. 30 Elaine Kofman

Jan. 6 Karyn Ogorzalek

Jan. 13: Carl Penney

Jan. 20: Dorie & Herb Behrstock

Jan. 27: Rita Diamond Cohen

Feb. 3: 6th grade religious school class

Feb. 10: Ken Kofman

Feb. 17: Lee & Alison Harris

Feb. 24: Pauline & Ken Schindler

March 2: Religious School

March 9: Dorie WeinerGluckman & Harry Gluckman

March 16: Carol & Peter Parker

March 23: Felice & Wayne Zensius

March 30: George & Svetlana Lozovik

April 6: First night of

April 13: Pesach

April 20: Aleeza

April 27: Maya

Zinn bat mitzvah

Cardenas-Berkowitz 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: Max Haber bar mitzvah

June 8: Barbara Sayre

June 15: Jackie

June 22: Elizabeth McDonough bat mitzvah

June 29: Eden Moore

July 6: Sam Skinner

bat mitzvah

bar mitzvah

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

July 20:

July 27: Margie Gates

August 3:

August 10: Barbara Sayre

August 17: Hannah

August 24: Helen Montell-Weiland bat mitzvah

August 31: George & Svetlana Lozovik

Sept. 7:

& Ellie Kruglikov and Sophia Susssman b’not mitzvah

Sept. 14: Sandy & Howard Sidorsky

Sept. 21:

Sept. 28:

Pesach – no service at TI

Culajay bat mitzvah

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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 Dave at 510-521-1349 or Email: davealt51@comcast.net

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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CELEBRATIONS BIRTHDAYS David Altschuler Ken Schindler Edward Riback Daniel Zinn Beverly Garfinkle Mike Riback Laura Grunbaum Elaine Leadlove-Plant Kenneth Kofman Randy Guber Jennifer Forshaw Arthur Gold Elena Gruber Julia Sussman Stella Campbell Natalie Gelman Avani Ohel David Forshaw

January 2 January 3 January 4 January 4 January 5 January 5 January 9 January 9 January 11 January 13 January 15 January 16 January 16 January 17 January 23 January 23 January 23 January 2

9th 11th

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ANNIVERSARIES Lee & Alison Harris Burton & Myra Litvack Harry Gluckman & Doris Weiner-Gluckman

January 4 January 11 January 19

36th anniversary 37th anniversary 10th anniversary

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CONTRIBUTIONS Due to changes in the office, the November—December 2011 donations will be listed in the February Bulletin. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

Sunday, January 29th is

Pajama Day At the Temple Israel Religious School

So roll out of bed, put on your slippers, and come to Religious School just the way you are!


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YAHRZEITS January 6 Sanford Harris Lyndon Peterson Albert Charles Ricksecker Benjamin David Glazer Raphael Benisty Morris Brown Barbara Graber Martin Stahl Phyllis Croter Sharlyn Ellson Victor Graber Della Blumenstein Edward Mackey Roberta Pappas Melvin Schwartz Irene Wolensky Roger L. Guess Saul Kobran Marion Meyers January 13 George Garmo Leo Marquez Raphael Benisty Morris Dorfman Molly Levine Rheta Moise Morris Weiss Bernice Bibo Sophie Crasilneck Charles Lewis Leo Rendel Sol Linver Samuel Kraus Mollie G. Levine Audrey Lurie January 20 Marty Gold Robert Miller Leah Wolfe Ken Yeffa Simon Cohen George Litvack Muff Singer Frances Blumberg Alice Gluckman Bessie Kutin Jack Lander Angie Lewis Larry Phillips Doris Wolf

12/31 12/31 12/31 1/1 Tevet 6 1/2 1/2 Tevet 7 1/2 1/2 1/3 1/3 1/3 1/4 1/4 1/4 1/4 1/4 Tevet 9 1/5 1/5 1/5 1/7 1/7 1/8 1/8 1/8 1/8 1/10 1/11 1/11 1/11 1/11 1/12 1/13 1/13 1/13 1/14 1/14 1/14 1/15 1/16 1/16 1/16 1/17 1/17 1/17 1/17 1/17 1/17 1/17

Tevet 12 Tevet 13

Tevet 13 Tevet 15

Tevet 18

Tevet 19 Tevet 19

Tevet 21

Tevet 22 Tevet 22 Tevet 22

Tevet 22

Joseph Kamm Henry (Hank) Marquez Harold Stark Sam Hasson Israel Fertig Louis Gassenheimer Sarah Paget Harlene Mae Rivkin January 27 Ellen Crasilneck Aenni Gumpert Paul Lipkowitz William Falterman Leo Finberg Albert Harris Joyce Kamm Tamo Benabou Eda Greenberg Sylvia Klein Hosea Soboleff Morris Grossman Marcia Miller Simon Rockowitz Rose Cohen Mona Jacobs Irving Lebe February 3 Harry Panietz Gertrude Solomon Geraldine Waldorf Evelyn Abrams Frances Mided Cone Irving Bennett Joseph Corcos Dora Singer

1/18 1/18 1/18 1/19 1/20 1/20 1/20 1/20 1/21 1/21 1/21 1/23 1/24 1/24 1/24 1/25 1/25 1/25 1/25 1/26 1/26 1/26 1/27 1/27 1/27 1/28 1/28 1/28 1/30 1/30 1/31 1/31 1/31

Tevet 29

Shevat 1 Shevat 1

Shevat 2 Shevat 3

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OFFICE HOURS

YOUR TEMPLE ISRAEL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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—Noon on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

T E M P L E I S R AE L’ S 9 0 TH AN N IV E R S A RY C OOKB OOK 20 1 0

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

The 90th Anniversary Cookbook is available in the Temple office, or, you can contact Alison Harris at alhalameda@aol.com or 510-521-3375 and we will arrange to get you your copy at a mutually convenient time. The cookbook is just $10.00 and contains many of Temple Israel’s favorite recipes from “Fiddler in the Kitchen” as well as new dishes submitted by our members.


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TEMPLE ISRAEL ALAMEDA DONATION COUPON Name ________________________________________ Address ______________________________________ Email ________________________________________

Amount Enclosed $ ________________ Phone _________________________

For: [ ] Dues Payment Donation:

[ ] Religious School Tuition

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

Temple Israel Alameda 3183 Mecartney Road Alameda, CA 94502-6912

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 510-5229356, 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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UPCOMING ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS PJ HAVDALLAH Jan. 8, 10:30 AM—Noon: A special story time for young children and their families! See page 9. ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM Jan. 18 , 7:30 PM: See page 6 for more information. TOT SHABBAT Jan. 20, 6:30 PM: See page 8 for more information. WANNA DANCE? Jan. 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. FAMILY GAME NIGHT Jan. 28, 6:30 PM: Family fun for all ages! Bring your favorite games and a snack to share. See page 5. MINYAN & BAGEL BREAKFAST Jan. 29, 9:30 AM: Join us for this weekday prayer service, followed by a delicious bagel breakfast. PAJAMA DAY! Jan. 29, 10:00 AM: Come to Religious School in your pj’s! See page 16. TU B’SHEVAT SEDER Feb. 8, 4:00 PM—5:00 PM: See page 12 for this special family event.

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


Temple Israel January 2012 Bulletin