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Temple Israel Bulletin VOTE!

SCHEDULE OF SHABBAT SERVICES EREV SHABBAT, June 1: 6:30 PM: Family Shabbat evening service Torah portion: Naso, Num. 4:21-7:89. Haftarah: Judges 13:2-25. EREV SHABBAT, June 8: 7:30 PM: Friday Night Chai Shabbat evening service Torah Portion: B’haalot’cha, Num. 8:1-12:16. Haftarah: Zech. 2:14-4:7 EREV SHABBAT, June 15: 7:30 PM: Shabbat evening service. Jackie Culajay becomes a bat mitzvah. Torah Portion: Sh’lach Lecha 13:1-15:41. Haftarah: Josh. 2:1-24. SHABBAT, June 16: 10:00 AM: Shabbat morning service. Jackie Culajay is called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah EREV SHABBAT, June 22: 7:30 PM: Shabbat evening service. Elizabeth McDonough becomes a bat mitzvah. Torah Portion : Korach, Num. 16:1-18:32. Haftarah: I Sam. 11:14-12:22 SHABBAT, June 23: 10:00 AM: Shabbat morning service. Elizabeth McDonough is called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah. EREV SHABBAT, June 29: 7:30 PM: Shabbat evening service. Eden Moore becomes a bat mitzvah.. Torah Portion: Chukkat, 19:1-22:1,. Haftarah: Judges 11:1-33 SHABBAT, June 30: 10:00 AM: Morning service. Eden Moore is called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah.

Tuesday, June 5 If you don’t vote, you can’t complain!

THANK YOU FROM THE ALAMEDA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK Suzan Bateson, the Executive Director of the Alameda Community Food Bank has sent Temple Israel thanks for our contribution to the annual Holiday Dinner Drive: “Your congregation has made the holidays brighter for thousands of Bay Area children and adults. The outpouring of compassion for our neighbors makes a significant difference in the health and well-being of our community. We are honored to have your support.” “The 2011 Holiday Dinner Drive raised $57,966.01… ...Since 2000, the impact of the Holiday Dinner Drive has grown tremendously: from one synagogue to hundreds of supporters at 12 East Bay congregations collectively contributing $500,000! This annual drive exemplifies outstanding and meaningful commitment to our community’s most vulnerable households.” It is so heartwarming to know that our congregation is an active participant in this act of tikkun olam!

IN THIS ISSUE East Bay Community Trip to Israel—page 7

Wanna dance? - page 17

L’Taken Social Justice Seminar—page 8

Gift Card order form—page 19

Little Latkes—page 9

NEW! - Donation coupon—page 20

Rabbi Bennett’s Tribute Book Addenda—page 12 Oneg Shabbat Dates Available—page 13


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FROM THE RABBI’S STUDY All good things come to an end. Even the best-lived lives don’t last forever. So, with my retirement coming at the end of this month, this will be my last Bulletin column. One by one, the “last” of many things have been taking place since last Rosh Hashanah. I have officiated at my last High Holy Day services at Temple Israel, at the last of the three annual Festival services, at the by the end of this month the last of my Temple Israel b’ritot milah, baby namings, weddings, funerals, conversions, consecrations, confirmations, and b’nai and b’not mitzvah. Considering that I came to Temple Israel in 1996 with the understanding and expectation that I would be the interim, part-time rabbi for only eight months, these sixteen years have been a mind-boggling experience.

nally grateful for your love and support, for your thirst for knowledge and for your willingness to pitch in to help when we have needed you. I hope and pray that you will continue to be there for Rabbi Brickner in the same way as he takes his place as the next rabbi of Temple Israel. As you probably know, once I retire I hope to be living in both Copenhagen and Jerusalem for at least six months a year, volunteering in the Jewish community wherever I am. I am, of course, sad to leave you, but at the same time I look forward eagerly to the adventures that lie ahead. It is time for me to move on, and time for you to take a deep breath and forge ahead under fresh, new, and exciting leadership. I will miss you greatly. I will never forget you, and hope that you will continue to stay in touch. I plan to be available by email, Facebook, Skype, and telephone, among other media. In the meantime, I thank you all for sixteen of the most enriching years of my life, hundreds of the deepest friendships that I could ever imagine, and fond memories that I will take with me everywhere. I wish only the best for you all in the years ahead.

For a rabbi who wanted to be a hospital chaplain – and specifically not a congregational rabbi – my thirty-eight years as a rabbi have taken me all over the map. I started as a hospital chaplain at the two hospitals affiliated with the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, but I also ended up serving as the rabbi of three very different congregations, directing adult programming at a Jewish Community Center, and being the executive With love, respect, hope, and a sincere wish for peace, director of the American Jewish Congress and the Jewish Community Relations Council of the East Bay. Shalom, In addition, I worked in a Jewish gift and book store, Rabbi Allen B. Bennett clerked in an insurance agency, and as far as I know I’m still the only rabbi ever ordained who worked in a McDonald’s restaurant after ordination (while struggling as a new student in a doctoral program in Berkeley at the Graduate Theological Union). All along the way I have met, worked with, and served some of the most wonderful and remarkable people imaginable. They (read: you) have taught me so much, given me so much, and in general made it possible for me to wake up each day glad to be alive and anxious to get to work. There has never been a dull moment in these sixteen years at Temple Israel, nor would I have wanted there to be. I will be eter-


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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE As my days as your President come to a close, I cannot help but think back over the past three years with a great deal of nostalgia. I never thought I would be the President, and now that it is almost over, I wonder where the time has gone. I have had the opportunity to work very closely with some great professionals and many awesome volunteers. We have been through a lot, and I hope that I have been able to contribute to the long-term future of our congregation. While the work has been difficult and the hours long, I have never been in this alone. I know that my Temple Israel support system has always been there for me. This year has been an especially rewarding year as many people have stepped up and done a tremendous job of getting us positioned for a bright future. I especially want to recognize the leadership of our Treasurer, Karyn Ogorzalek, who has been relentless in working to get our financial house in order after several years of struggling through the real world financial crisis. In addition, I cannot say enough about our creative and talented Fundraising committee, led by co-Board directors Kimberlee MacVicar and Jen Whatley. Without your efforts we would never have been able to get to this point.

community as we navigated through some very "exciting" times. I believe that it is their experience, hard work, and leadership that has put us in such a great position to head into our future as we prepare to pass the gavel to our incoming leadership team. This has been an amazing period of personal growth and change for me personally. I have always understood that the wholeness of our community feeds who I am spiritually. I stepped back onto the Board during a very divisive period and I have felt the community heal. The Rabbi Search process was an amazing experience in so many ways. We, on the committee, were all enriched by having gone through the process. Often you don’t know what skills you bring to the table until you are called upon to lead. I could never have guessed for myself, but I feel I am changed forever because of it. I encourage you all to take a volunteer leadership position at some point in your lives. Get out of your comfort zone and be passionate about something. You and those you work with will all be better because of it. I want to thank Rabbi Bennett for countless things, but from the President’s point of view, he was my sounding board and support. He got me back on track when I was overwhelmed and helped me see different perspectives. Happy travels to you Rabbi: we will miss you.

Thank you to everyone who told me that I seemed calm and collected when speaking to the congregation, that I had a nice voice, and that they liked readIn the years that I have been President, we have gone ing my articles. I so appreciate your kind words, but from a pretty dysfunctional organization to a commu- my hands are still shaking. nity on solid ground. We have made changes in how we facilitate our membership commitments, to how So- all endings are also beginnings. As you read this, we deliver our High Hoy Day Services. We have I will still be President for another month, we will be spent 18+ months working through the needs and de- preparing for our Annual General Meeting, newly sires of our congregation in selecting our new Rabbi moved to mid-July. Rabbi Brickner is coming and a and we are committed to a smooth transition for our new Board will be installed. I will be working towards Rabbis, in and out, as well as everyone in our commu- a smooth transition of all the changes, and I look fornity. ward to supporting our new President. I especially want to recognize the Board of Directors, who have stepped up time and time again to help our

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EDUCATION NEWS Dear Temple Israel Commu- memories where Rabbi Brickner will “get” Temple nity: Israel’s essence. The transition from one rabbi to another can stir up a flurry of emotions, from anxiety to anticipation, from loss to excitement. As Rabbi Bennett leaves and Rabbi Brickner commences I find myself thinking about the small pocket of time when the familiarity of Rabbi Bennett’s style and leadership ends, and new understandings, new directions with Rabbi Brickner begins. I liken the transition to a runner handing off a baton that looks and feels different but the difference has yet to be defined.

Rabbi Bennett has dedicated 16 years of his life to Temple Israel. We will miss him and what he added to the flavor of Temple Israel will not be forgotten. We are grateful for his committed work, and he will remain Rabbi Emeritus at Temple Israel. And as we wish Rabbi Bennett the best in his upcoming new adventures, I would like to welcome Rabbi Brickner into the Temple Israel community. I look forward to working with him and the Board in bringing about a smooth transition, and thereafter, supporting him to enact new visions and new directions.

This place of ambiguity can feel unsettling, I know. I’d like to suggest that if you are able to “sit with it”, Transition is about saying goodbye and saying hello. potentially wonderful things can happen. While we say farewell to Rabbi Bennett, we also anticipate Rabbi Brickner’s arrival. It may take time to Transition can be used as a time to reflect on questions establish new rapport with Rabbi Brickner. As he gets that may better define your needs and wants of your to know the congregants, we will get to know him and Jewish life: What makes Temple Israel unique? How his family. do I want to participate differently? What do I want to get out of temple life? What relationship do I want I encourage us all to help make Rabbi Brickner’s tranwith the new rabbi? sition to the pulpit and to Alameda a smooth one and a I believe that while Rabbi Brickner’s style will set the tone for the Temple’s new directions there will also be room for conversation that helps lay down new and renewed visions for the future of Temple Israel. And I believe changes will come gradually so everyone will be comfortable with the process of change. I encourage you to get to know the new rabbi. Introduce yourself, invite him for Shabbat dinner, show him around Alameda. I guarantee you that he is as eager to know you as much as you are to meet him. In some ways, Rabbi Brickner is walking into the middle of a conversation. Temple Israel has a long history that goes beyond facts and occurrences. It is up to all of us to bring him into conversations about our roots and ties. I believe it’s in the sharing of stories and

caring one by being helpful and welcoming, and making your expectations realistic. Together and with enthusiasm we can make this an exciting time for Temple Israel! L’Shalom, Mindy Myers, Director of Congregational Learning, 510-593-5285, mindy@noteniks.com


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JACKIE CULAJAY TO BECOME A BAT MITZVAH JUNE 15 & 16 Jackie will become a Bat Mitzvah on June 16, 2012. Jackie has lived all of her life in Alameda. She attended Henry Haight Elementary School where she was in the GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program. She is currently a seventh grader at Alameda Community Learning Center, a public charter school. She holds a 4.2 grade point average, being very competitive against herself. Last year, Jackie and her older sister, Nicole, started a Community Service Committee to raise money to buy toys, treats, beds and other supplies for the Alameda Animal Shelter. They held fundraisers and raised about $200 for the shelter right before the City Council announced it was going to shut it down. Jackie was determined to fight this – she started a petition at her school to save the animal shelter and presented it to City Hall. Jackie attends a poetry club and takes vocal lessons. She enjoys torturing Jacuzzie, her young tortie cat, by making her try on various outfits/costumes and taking a “bazillion” photos of her. She also attempts to tame Woody, her elderly cat who is grumpy because he hates taking his daily pill. Jackie says when she grows up she wants to be “the crazy old cat lady who lives in a mansion so her cats have room to roam.” Across the street from her will be her sister, “the crazy old bird lady.”

ELIZABETH McDONOUGH TO BECOME A BAT MITZVAH JUNE 22-23 Elizabeth is student at Lincoln Middle School where she is a 7th grader. She keeps busy dancing at Dance Art Projects several days a week while still managing to be an A student. Dancing in many routines, she is excited about this year's dance show which is the weekend before her Bat Mitzvah. Elizabeth is a caring and thoughtful individual. For her mitzvah project, she is working with the executive director of a non-profit organization, Teach With Africa, on a Penny, Pencil and Prize drive to collect pencils and small reward items to be used as incentives by Bay Area teachers going to intern in African schools this summer. She enjoys spending time with her family and hanging out with her friends. She loves taking trips (having traveled as far as Australia and to New York) and adventures like spelunking. At camp last summer, she rapelled 16 stories in a cavern. She also likes watching movies, playing games (Taboo is a recent favorite), skiing, hiking, and rock climbing.


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EDEN MOORE TO BECOME A BAT MITZVAH JUNE 29 & 30 Eden Moore was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and moved to Berkeley when she was 3 1/2. Her first language was Hebrew until she moved to the United States. She visits Israel every year to see family and loves to go to the beach and visit historical sites. Eden has been a competitive gymnast at Bay Island Gymnastics in Oakland since she was in 1st grade and spends most of her free time practicing and competing, which she loves. Eden also is on the Lincoln Middle School track team and an honor student. Eden also likes to spend time with family, her dog Dez, hanging out with friends, shopping, and adventure. She will be going to Paris with her mother this summer in celebration of her Bat Mitzvah and is looking forward to the trip.

TODAH RABAH FROM BAY AREA MIDRASHA Bay Area Midrasha is only made possible through the generous support of our donors. We give a heartfelt thank you to the following people: Anonymous Chuck Adams and Dena Belzer Audrey Adler AIG Matching Grants Program Lois Arnold Elaine and Bill Bachrach Linda and Mike Baker Evelyn Benas Aviva and Michael Black Jonathan Blatteis and Bonnie Volk Sue Bloch and Sam Tobin Burton Boltuch Anne and Daniel Bookin Mark Bostick and Marna Mignone Carole and David Brodsly Rabbi Samuel and Judith Broude Alysa Chadow Rabbi Steven and Leona Chester John Citron and Felicia Liu Jack Coulter Maureen Dellinger and Charles Novack Tom DeWit and Janine Bloch Robin and Richard Edwards Beth Eiselman Paul Epstein and Jennifer Traub Jenifer and Jon Ettinger Diana and Hal Feiger Flora and Robert Feldman Nina and Dan Fendel Tamar and Yossi Fendel

Robin Flagg and John Braslaw Diane Flynn and Alan Fox Dana Fox and Paul Langlie Natalie Gubb and David Arpi Steven Horowitz and Rachel Koretzky Joy and Jonathan Jacobs Fonda Karelitz and Mark Rosen Lisa and Martin Kharrazi Amy Kittiver-Kay and Tony Kay Jane Klein Sara and Tom Klein Susan Krauss Joel Kushins and Debra Kay Diane and Peter Laub Patricia Macholl Pauline and Michael Marx Susan and Ralph McKinnon Barbara Oseroff Geoff Piller and Karen Tiedemann Deborah and John Rego Eileen and Rob Ruby Esther Saidman and David Thorne Shub Financial Services Libby and Frank Silver Deborah and Michael Sosebee DJ Weiner-Gluckman Madeline Weinstein Morris Weiss Edie Zusman and Stephen Pratt


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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 May, Bev Blatt, Lois Blumsack, Nancy Freed, Doris Gluckman, Alison Harris, Rob Kaplan, and Doug Korach, shopped for, prepared, and delivered pasta with meat sauce, green salad, sourdough bread, cookies, and juice to the Shelter. We cook on the third Wednesday of each month. Our next cooking session will be on June 20. 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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L’TAKEN SOCIAL JUSTICE SEMINAR The Bernard and Audre Rapoport L’Taken Social Justice Seminar is an intensive four-day program in Washington, D.C. sponsored by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. Over the weekend, students are exposed to a variety of public policy issues and explore the Jewish values that inform the Reform Movement’s advocacy around these topics. Every year more than 100 congregations from across the country bring high school students to participate in this powerful event. Each L’Taken seminar covers these issue areas in interactive formats. The programs also include an opportunity to tour the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and participate in havdalah on the National Mall. For more information, visit www.rac.org/ltaken. Dates for these “weekends of public policy and Jewish values” in the coming year are: Nov. 30-Dec. 3, 2012 December 7-10, 2012 January 11-14, 2013 January 25-28, 2013 February 8-11, 2013 March 1-4, 2013.

If you have not yet sent in your child’s enrollment form for Temple Israel Religious School 2012/2013, please do so as soon as possible. Enrollment forms determine the number of books and materials we order for next year. An enrollment form can be found online through the temple’s web site. If you have questions about your child’s enrollment or can refer a new Jewish family to the Religious School, please contact Mindy Myers, 510593-5285.


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WOMEN’S CHAVUROT POSTPONED Meetings to discuss the forming of a variety of small women’s groups (chavurot) have been postponed until the fall. A number of women have expressed interest in being a part of s mall group of like-minded women to share a special interest. These interests range from book clubs to community service, from Torah study to needlecraft, holiday celebrations to young mothers’ support groups. If there are any special interests that you would like to share with other Temple Israel women, please watch the Bulletin and your email for planning meetings to be scheduled after the High Holy Days.


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JUNE 2012 SUNDAY

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10:30 AM Peter Pan 5:15 PM AA meeting

5:15 PM Jazzercise 8:00 PM Band rehearsal

5:15 PM Jazzercise 7:00 PM Rabbi Transition Team meeting

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8:45 AM Jazzercise 5:30 PM I ni C

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5:15 PM Jazzercise 8:00 PM Band rehearsal

5:15 PM Jazzercise 7:00 PM Board Meeting

5:15 PM Jazzercise

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8:45 AM Jazzercise 5:15 PM AA meeting

8:45 AM Jazzercise

8:45 AM Jazzercise 5:30 PM I ni C 10:00 AM Midway Shelter Cooking

5:15 PM Jazzercise 7:00 PM Rabbi Transition Team meeting

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5:15 PM Jazzercise 7:00 PM Rabbi Transition Team meeting

5:15 PM Jazzercise 8:00 PM Band rehearsal

24 9:30 AM: Minyan & Bagel Breakfast

25 8:00 AM Cooking Camp

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3:00 PM I ni C

8:45 AM Jazzercise 5:15 PM AA meeting

8:45 AM Jazzercise

5:15 PM Jazzercise 7:00 PM Rabbi Transition Team meeting

5:15 PM Jazzercise

5:15 PM Jazzercise 6:30 PM Education Committee

27 8:00 AM Cooking Camp

28 8:00 AM Cooking Camp 8:45 AM Jazzercise 10:30 AM Little 5:15 PM Jazzercise Latkes 5:30 PM I ni C 8:00 PM Band rehearsal

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6:30 PM Tot Shabbat 7:30 PM Shabbat evening service . Jackie Culajay becomes a bat mitzvah

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22 8:00 AM Cooking Camp 8:45 AM Jazzercise 5:15 PM Jazzercise 7:30 PM Shabbat evening service. Elizabeth McDonough becomes a bat mitzvah.

29 8:00 AM Cooking Camp 8:45 AM Jazzercise 5:15 PM Jazzercise 7:30 PM Shabbat evening service. Eden Moore becomes a bat mitzvah

16 10:00 AM Shabbat morning service. Jackie Culajay is called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah.

23 10:00 AM Shabbat morning service. Elizabeth McDonough is called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah.

30 10:00 AM Shabbat morning service. Eden Moore is called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah.


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JULY 2012 SUNDAY

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6 8:45 AM Jazzercise 5:15 PM Jazzercise 6:30 PM Family Shabbat evening service. Sam Satin becomes a bar mitzvah.

7 10:00 AM Shabbat morning service. Sam Satin is called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah.

11 12 13 8:45 AM Jazzer- 5:30 PM I ni C 8:45 AM Jazzercise cise 5:15 PM Jazzer5:15 PM Jazzercise cise 7:00 PM Board of 7:30 PM Friday Night Chai ShabDirectors meeting bat service 7:00 PM Ritual Committee meeting

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30 31 8:45 AM Jazzer- 8:45 AM Jazzercise cise 5:15 PM AA 5:15 PM Jazzercise meeting 5:15 PM Jazzercise 7:00 PM Rabbi Transistion Team meeting

27 28 8:45 AM Jazzer- 9:00 AM Participate in the Park St. cise 5:15 PM Jazzer- Faire cise 7:30 PM Shabbat evening service


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TRIBUTE BOOK ADDITIONS Some tributes that did not make it into the book presented at the Rabbi’s Retirement Dinner are shown here:

Thank you for everything Rabbi! Enjoy your Retirement We will miss you! Randy, Mavis, Alicia & Elliot Guber

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We have many many activities planned. There are exciting times ahead. As we say when we come to the end of a book in the Torah, “Chazak Chazak v’nitchazeik" – Be strong, be strong, and let us be strengthened." Todah Rabah, Cindy


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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. June 1: Naomi Weiss

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: Helen Montell-Weiland bat mitzvah

August 10: Barbara Sayre

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

August 24:

August 31: Max Haber bar mitzvah

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Sept. 14: Sandy & Howard Sidorsky

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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

Robert & Jerrilyn Kaplan Wayne & Felice Zensius Elaine Kofman

Temple Israel Foundation In memory of Sadie Blatt In memory of Sadie Blatt In memory of Sadie Blatt

In Honor of Rabbi Bennett Susanna Avrutskaya Patti & Larry Moskowitz Fr. Dana Michaels

These represent donations received in the month of March 1—April 3, 2012.


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CELEBRATIONS BIRTHDAYS Stewart Blumsack Henry Cohen Gabriella Karlin Mallory Penney Marcello Serrano Claudia Waldman Lois Blumsack Bea Stoller Chloe Rose Reid Rabbi Allen Bennett Grace Friedman Myra Litvack Naomi Weiss Samantha Ackiron Bella Karlin Eliana Freed Smith Doris Weiner-Gluckman Barbara Stahl

June 1 June 2 June 2 June 6 June 6 June 6 June 10 June 10 June 11 June 12 June 12 June 12 June 12 June 14 June 14 June 16 June 16 June 17

12th 20th 8th 16th

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Lindy Greenspan Harry Hankin Jerry Rabinovitz Mitchelle Tanner Benjamin Parker Elaine Kofman Mirna Lessinger Eden Moore Cindy Berk Alexandra Kofman Svetlana Lozovik David Ogorzalek Peter Parker Evin Ellson Jay Garfinkle Elizabeth Rafalaf Helen Montell-Weiland

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ANNIVERSARIES David & Judith Altschuler Nancy Freed & Steve Smith Stacy & Shaun Reid William & Cynthia Schaff Lois & Stewart Blumsack Robert & Susan Greenspan Walter & Judy Jacobs Patrick & Marcy Carnerie David & Karyn Ogorzalek Pamela Sawyer & Margaret Rowland Stephen & Sheila Corman Roger & Brenda Finberg Jerry & Natividad Rabinovitz Harvey & Bea Stoller Robert & Jerrilyn Kaplan Mike & Betty Riback Robert & Kathleen Garfinkle David Penney & Ronnie Blumenthal Jay & Eileen Savel Jean-Pierre Chelouche & Joyce August

June 3 June 5 June 5 June 6 June 8 June 8 June 13 June 14 June 14 June 16 June 18 June 19 June 21 June 21 June 22 June 22 June 25 June 25 June 25 June 27

39th 24th 8th 19th 43rd 38th 47th 14th 12th 32nd 45th 47th 26th 48th 37th 43rd 40th 23rd 46th 41st

Ron Soltz & Susan Huang Mary & Arthur Gold

June 28 20th June 29 9th


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YAHRZEITS June 1 Herman Raymond Falk Annette Barnett Belle Golub Celia Elsie Guber Beilah Samuel Czirel Samuel Leah Samuel Moishe Samuel Rachael Samuel Yitzchak Samuel Kathy Teller Benjamin Becker Samuel Leonard Mendel Korsunsky Paul Korosboff Ernest Silton June 8 Leon Caplin Efraim "Fred" Hoffman Shirley Kutin Isidro Pascual George Dubroff Betty Miller Julie Parker Dorina Barnett Doris Flickstein Frances Glazer Garmo Manfred Gates Elizabeth Kirkland Morris M. Kalmon Isaac Allen Barnett Rose Kapler Edward Kofman Larry Berkowitz Jack S. Glazer Eleanor Peters Jack Pressman June 15 Bernice Brazil Edward Glazer Pauline Bercovitz Wright Rose Rebecca Glazer Harry Riback Evlin Dorfman Bella Dorfman

5/26 5/27 5/27 5/27 5/27 5/27 5/27 5/27 5/27 5/27 5/28 5/28 5/29 6/1 6/1 6/3 6/3 6/3 6/3 6/4 6/4 6/4 6/5 6/5 6/5 6/5 6/5 6/6 6/7 6/7 6/7 6/8 6/8 6/8 6/8 6/9 6/9 6/10 6/10 6/10 6/13 6/14

Sivan 5 5/27 Sivan 6 Sivan 6 Sivan 6 Sivan 6 Sivan 6 Sivan 6 Sivan 6 Sivan 7 Sivan 8

Sivan 13 Sivan 13 Sivan 13 Sivan 14

Sivan 15

Sivan 17 Sivan 18 Sivan 18

Sivan 19 Sivan 20

Violet Kantor-Schwartz 6/14 Lorraine Rabinovitz 6/14 Edward Sawyer 6/14 Sarah Borsuk 6/15 Naomi Levy Haynes 6/15 Abraham Kofman 6/15 Bernard Korman 6/15 James Parker 6/15 June 22 Sylvia Albert 6/16 Marguerite Parker 6/16 John Scroggins 6/16 Bianka Hopp 6/17 Paula Klein 6/17 Gertrude Fertig 6/18 Daniel Garfinkle 6/18 Frank Guber 6/18 Sara Minovitz 6/18 Ann Green 6/19 Gayle Carlow 6/20 Mala Gruber 6/20 Dan Green 6/21 June 29 Sam Karelitz 6/23 Belle Soll 6/23 Jay Levine 6/24 Rachel Hellman 6/25 Ludwig Ottenheimer 6/25 Beatrice Riback 6/25 Robert Albert 6/26 Michael Dehaan 6/27 Alma Unger 6/27 David Creque 6/28 Mark Berman 6/29 Marta Hankin 6/29 July 6 Saul Wolff Jacobs 6/30

Sivan 24

Sivan 26

Sivan 28

Sivan 30

Tammuz 3

Tammuz 8 Tammuz 9


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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

YOUR TEMPLE ISRAEL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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.

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

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

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

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

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 ________________________________________ 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: ____________________________________

[ ] High Holy Day Fund [ ] Children's’ Fund

In Honor/Memory of _______________________________________ [ ] Please call me to discuss a Temple Israel Foundation endowment.

Please fill out and return to: Temple Israel Alameda 3183 Mecartney Road Alameda, CA 94502-6912

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS ROUND-THE-WORLD COOKING CAMP June 18—29, 9:00 AM: for information, contact Mindy Myers at 510-593-5285 WANNA DANCE? June 27, 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. LITTLE LATKES Thursday, June 28, 10:30 AM: See page 12 for information.

Gift cards can be pre-ordered.. Contact Ronnie Blumenthal (523-3223) or Nancy Freed (864-4877).

June 2012 Temple Israel Bulletin  

Bulletin for June 2012 for Temple Israel of Alameda (CA)