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Temple Israel Bulletin SCHEDULE OF SHABBAT SERVICES EREV SHABBAT, May 1: 6:30 PM: School-led Shabbat evening service Torah portion: Acharei Mot/Kedoshim, Lev. 16:1-18:30, 19:1-20:27; Haftarah Ez. 22:1-19, Amos 9:7-15 EREV SHABBAT, May 11: 7:30 PM: Friday Night Chai Shabbat evening service honoring Rabbi Bennett. Torah Portion: Emor, Lev. 21:1-24:23; Haftarah: Ezek. 44:15-31 EREV SHABBAT, May 18: 6:30 PM: Tot Shabbat honoring Rabbi Bennett 7:30 PM: Shabbat evening service Torah Portion: Behar/Bechukotai, Lev. 25:1-26:2, 26:3-27:34; Haftarah: Jer. 32:6-27, 16:19-17:14 EREV SHABBAT, May 25: 7:30 PM: Shabbat evening service with oneg Shabbat honoring Rabbi Bennett. Torah Portion : Bemidbar, Num. 1:1-4:20; Haftarah: Hosea 2:1-22

IN THIS ISSUE Rabbi Bennett Retirement Events—page 1

Kol Truah Program—page 8

Tot Shabbat—page 5

Shavuot—page 12

Israel at 64—page 5

Wanna dance? - page 17

End-of-School-Year Program & Community Picnic— Gift Card order form—page 19 page 6

Hazon Environmental Bike Ride—page 7

NEW! - Donation coupon—page 20

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FROM THE RABBI’S STUDY FROM THE RABBI’S STUDY

the North). Following that, on an annual basis my current plan is to be in Jerusalem for four to six months a year, volunteering at many of the non-governmental organizations that work for progressive change in the Jewish State, and the rest of the time driving around the United States visiting all 58 American national parks as well as the more than 350 other properties that the National Park Service administers. In between (?) I’d like to do some teaching, some studying, and some traveling to places that I have only dreamed of visiting up to now. In other words, while one door closes for me, other ones open, and it all seems very exciting indeed.

Starting when I was eleven years old I always looked forward to the end of the school year with great anticipation because it meant that I would be going away to summer camp in Wisconsin for the whole summer. Incidentally, it also meant that I would have another year of formal learning under my belt, although I have to admit that Camp was always far more exciting for me than either public or private school. When Memorial Day came around, I was ready to go, and the end couldn’t come fast In the meantime, as Rabbi Brickner’s family begins enough. the process of moving to Alameda, we should welcome him with open arms, support him in every way This year, as the month of May rolls around, I am we can, and make his transition as easy as possible. I greeting it with increasingly mixed emotions. Memo- have known Rabbi Brickner and his family (of origin) rial Day weekend coincides with Shavuot this year, for about forty years, and I am very excited about and while that means that we come to the end of the what skills, talents, and enthusiasm he brings to this period of the Counting of the Omer, it also means that new assignment. I believe that the Search Committee school will have ended, and that summer is once again has chosen wisely and well, and I look forward to not far away. This time, at least for me, the month of hearing great things both from and about him as he May brings me that much closer to the end point of settles into his new work here. my tenure at Temple Israel, and while the month is full of “farewell” events and programs, each of them Let us make our last two months together here the best is a bittersweet reminder that my time with you is offi- ones we have ever shared at Temple Israel. I look forcially coming to an end. (My last Bulletin article will ward to visiting with as many of you as possible in the be in June.) time remaining for me here, and to retiring with a very good feeling about the future of my beloved Temple The various times that have been set aside for Israel community. “official” goodbyes will give many of us a chance to face the reality that as of the last day of June, I will no Shalom, longer be the rabbi of Temple Israel. And while that Rabbi Allen B. Bennett makes me sad sometimes, it also means that Temple Israel will be beginning anew, working with a rabbi whose fresh perspectives and boundless energy will bring a renewed vitality to the Temple. Not being much of one for boredom, I am making plans for retirement that should keep me very busy, constantly learning, and exploring new adventures on virtually a year-round basis. I hope to be “consulting” three months a year in Copenhagen, Denmark, with the Liberal synagogue there, Shir HaTzafon (Song of


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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE The President’s message will return next month.

WOMEN’S CHAVUROT MEETING RE-SCHEDULED Because of too many conflicts for the interested parties, the meeting scheduled in April for establishing women’s chavurot at Temple Israel was postponed. A new date has been set for Sunday, May 6 at 11:00 AM in Leydecker Park (behind the Temple). This way, women with young kids can have them play in the park, women with school-aged kids won’t have to worry about getting a sitter, and women who come home from work too tired to attend another meeting will be rested! The purpose of this meeting is to gather ideas for women’s groups at Temple Israel. Maybe you’d like to play bridge or mah jongg? A chavurah can be started for that. Maybe you’d like to celebrate Rosh Chodesh? A chavurah can be set up for that. Maybe you’re interested in a book group or a theater group? How about a community service activity? There are probably others who’d like to participate as a group, too! The possibilities are only limited by our imaginations! My vision is to start with 3 or 4 different groups. At this meeting, we can talk about what kinds of groups we’d like to see. At least one woman would start out as the coordinator for each group. Initially, I can take care of sending out announcements about the new groups and when and where they are meeting. When people notify me that they’re interested in a particular group, I will relay their information to the coordinator of that group. These groups would be self-governing. For instance, a couple of years ago, a Temple Israel woman thought it would be fun to learn to play mah jongg. She contacted her friends, enough of whom thought that would be fun, and a mah jongg group was born! The women in this group are all Temple Israel members, but do not meet at the Temple and their calendaring does not depend on what is going on with other TI groups. On a revolving basis, one person takes care of the communications between members and makes sure everyone is notified of games. This group now has 14 members, so if mah jongg is what you’re interested in, a new group can be started. I hope that many of you will join in to do something to enrich the lives of our female members! Alison Harris


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EDUCATION NEWS Dear Temple Israel Community: “Why do my kids seem to forget all the Hebrew they learned after the summer?” It is not uncommon for me to hear this complaint. Students appear to know Hebrew, can read, recite prayers, but after the summer they come back to Religious School seemingly to have forgotten what they learned.

Goose, Simon Says and other games to increase Hebrew language and retention. 6. Lastly, students going into grades 5 – Amitim will be given pages of Hebrew for them to practice reading over the summer. Parents can be supportive by making sure their children practice over the summer using the flashcards and reading Hebrew. Only 20 minutes per week (more if you can) will help a student retain their Hebrew so September is not spent repeating. Thank you.

Retaining Hebrew is a tricky thing. With a new alphabet th and new language sounds, retaining Hebrew can appear The last day of Religious School is May 20 . We will have a celebration, performances from each grade and a special problematic. performance by Levi Welton, a Jewish children’s comic. Afterwards there will be a picnic and a goodbye to the The teachers and I had a long discussion about this at our rabbi ceremony. We hope you will join us. last staff meeting and we came up with a few solutions which we plan to implement next academic year: If you have not already done so, please fill out your re1. We have found that ongoing Hebrew lessons enrollment form and send it in as soon as possible so we are very helpful with regards to retention. In can figure out book and materials purchases per class. If past years, Wednesdays have been solely de- you know of a Jewish family who is not yet affiliated, voted to Hebrew education. This coming year, please send me their info. We are interested in growing the following tefillah service, classes will spend an Religious School. additional hour on Hebrew education reducing the amount of time spent on Judaic studies. Reminder: There is no Religious School on May 13 in 2. Weekly Hebrew homework will be assigned honor of Mother’s Day! for grades 5 – Amitim. Students will be expected to spend 20 minutes per week on home- L’Shalom, work. Assignments will be checked on Sun- Mindy Myers, Director of Congregational Learning, 510days and students will earn points for home- 593-5285, mindy@noteniks.com work completion. Those points will translate into cupcake parties throughout the year. A special thank you goes out to the following people who 3. We will be using flash cards more. Before the gave their all this year to the Religious School. We are end of the year, each student going into grades grateful for the time and energies they put forth to help 5 – Amtim will have a set of flashcards that make the Temple Israel Religious School a progressive and they will take home to practice over the sum- enriching Jewish learning environment: Jerri Kaplan, Tracy Becker, Laura Grunbaum, David Graber, Tyree Jackson, mer and throughout the year. Raviv Moore, and Heather and Roman Satin. 4. Teachers will be infusing their lessons with Hebrew words and will expect students to use those words during class time. There will be a Hebrew word of the day each class session. 5. We will be increasing games as a strategy for Hebrew retention. We will play Duck Duck


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Tot Shabbat Services at Temple Israel

Our last Tot Shabbat of the year! Friday, May 18, 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 All Tot Shabbats begin promptly at 6:30 pm in the Temple Israel sanctuary. Doors open at 6:15. New families and friends welcome! Watch for next year’s Tot Shabbat Schedule!


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Temple Israel Religious School & Temple Members Last Day of School Celebration Sunday, May 20, 10:30 - Noon Followed by an all-school potluck picnic!  Class performances (Each class will perform a song or skit)  Presentation of Teacher Appreciation Gifts  Tzedakah Presentations (Monies collected throughout the year will be presented to

charities)  Student of the Year awards  A Special Presentation to Rabbi Bennett who will be leaving the Temple at the end of

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Potluck BBQ!!!!** We are fortunate this year to have a special guest, Levi Weleton, a Jewish comedian, who has been entertaining children in Religious Schools and Jewish Day Schools for years. Levi’s performance is actually a storytelling based on a fictional tale that revolves around a simple village farmer teaming up to protect their neighbors from a wicked king. Through comedy, theatrical improv and some audience participation, the story conveys social values of bravery, judging people favorably, and the importance of unity. In the climax of the story, it is the village farmer who ends up being the hero.

We hope you can join us! For more information, contact Mindy Myers, 510-593-5285 or email: educator@templeisraelalameda.org .

**We will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, and the fixing's, Bring beverages for your family. If your last name ends in A—G: bring Non-dairy Appetizers, such as chips & dip, veggies, etc. H—P: bring Non-dairy Salads or Side Dishes R—Z: bring Non-dairy Desserts And, of course, volunteers are needed to help with the setting up, grilling, serving, and clean-up! If you would like to participate in any of these, please contact Laura Grunbaum at lgrunbaum@hotmail.com or Alison Harris at alhalameda@aol.com and let us know what you can do.


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

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 April, Nancy Freed, Gretel Gates, Mary Gold, Alison Harris, Rob Kaplan, and Doug Korach, and shopped for, prepared, and delivered Turkey Meatballs in Apricot Sauce, quinoa with raisins and almonds, Mediterranean–style salad, cookies, and juice to the Shelter. We cook on the third Wednesday of each month. Our next cooking session will be on May 16. 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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NEWS FROM MIDRASHA OF OAKLAND Midrasha is drawing toward the conclusion of our 2011-12 year! Here’s what’s going on for us in May: All 7th graders are invited to Oakland Midrasha’s 7th Grade Orientation on May 1. It is from 7:15-9:15 with a preceding social program from 6-7 with our 8th graders. Both 7th graders and their parents are invited to visit Midrasha to learn about our classes, retreats, social and leadership programs, special programming, and more. May 8 will be the last 9th-12th Grade Lounge Night of the year…remind your teens to come hang out and connect before the summer sends everyone in different directions. 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. We hope to see many of you there!

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA JEWISH GENEOLOGICAL SOCIETY Topic: Google and Genealogy Speaker: Rich McCartney Sunday, May 13, 2012 Rhoda Goldman Plaza 2180 Post Street San Francisco 94115 Doors open 1:00 p.m. Program begins 1:30 p.m. This presentation will help you target your Google searches so they bring you better results. Google's tools includes a calculator, language translation, phone book, dictionary, and article alert system. http://www.sfbajgs.org/


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13 Mothers’ Day No Hebrew or Religious School 3:00 PM I ni C

20 9:00 AM Hebrew School 10:15 AM Religious School Noon: End of School Year Picnic and Farewell to Rabbi Bennett 3:00 PM I ni C 27 Shavuot 10:00 AM Festival morning service w/Yizkor followed by Bagel Breakfast 3:00 PM I ni C

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18 8:45 AM Jazzercise 5:15 PM Jazzercise 6:30 PM Tot Shabbat 7:30 PM Shabbat evening service

25 8:45 AM Jazzercise 5:15 PM Jazzercise 7:30 PM Shabbat evening service

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15 8:45 AM Jazzercise 5:15 PM Jazzercise 6:30 PM Tot Shabbat 7:30 PM Shabbat evening service . Jackie Culajay becomes a bat mitzvah

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

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16 10:00 AM Shabbat morning service. Jackie Cukajay 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.

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SHAVUOT SHAVUOT is the festival celebrated on the sixth of Sivan (and also on the seventh outside Israel in Traditional communities). The biblical names for the festival are: "Hag Shavuot" (Feast of Weeks); "Yom ha-Bikkurim" ("The Day of the First-fruits") and "Hag ha-Kazir" ("The Harvest Feast"). The rabbinic name is "Atzeret". This word, of uncertain meaning but generally translated as "solemn assembly," occurs also in connection with the day following the Festival of Sukkot. This would seem to suggest that, for the rabbis, Shavuot is an additional one day feast to Passover just as there is an additional one day feast to Tabernacles. History This feast, one of the three pilgrim festivals (Deut. 16:16), marked the end of the barley and beginning of the wheat harvest. According to the critical view, it was probably a midsummer festival in origin and taken over from the Canaanites. It is stated in Leviticus: "From the day after the Sabbath, the day that you bring the sheaf of wave-offering you shall count (until) seven full weeks have elapsed: you shall count fifty days, until the day after the seventh week; then you shall bring an offering of new grain to the Lord". Leviticus 23:11 states that the sheaf was waved on the day after the Sabbath on the festival of Passover. Thus Shavuot falls 50 days after this day. The Sadducees (and later the Karaites) understood the term "Sabbath" in these verses literally, hence, for them Shavuot always falls on a Sunday. The Pharisees, however, interpreted "Sabbath" as the first day of Passover (which was a Sabbath, "day of rest") so that, for them, Shavuot always falls on the 51st day from the first day of Passover. The Beta Israel (Falashas) interpreted "the day after Sabbath" as meaning the day after Passover so that for them Shavuot falls on the 12th of Sivan. The community of Qumran apparently interpreted "Sabbath" as the Sabbath after the end of the Passover festival, and as they had a fixed solar calendar this "Sabbath" always fell on the 26th of Nisan so that Shavuot always came out on Sunday the 15th of Sivan. The Shavuot service at Temple Israel will be held on Sunday, May 27, at 10:00 AM and will be followed by a light brunch.

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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. 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: 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

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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

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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

Burt & Myra Litvack Robert & Jerri Kaplan Mark & Kimberlee MacVicar Lee & Alison Harris

General Fund In memory of Albert Harris, Fannie Litvack, & George Litvack In memory of Shelley Kaplan In honor of Steve Corman’s birthday In memory of Herschel C. Lurie Annual Giving Campaign

Mark & Kimberlee MacVicar Frances Montell & Charlie Weiland

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


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CELEBRATIONS BIRTHDAYS Lori Hale Steve Kofman Howard Sidorsky Sheila Corman Charley Weiland Ron Soltz Jay Savel Mary Gold Noah Berk Walter Jacobs James Thresher Robert Kaplan Elizabeth McDonough Nancy Rafalaf Nancy Bloom Elijah Lustig Gary Waldman Kira Macvicar

May 4 May 6 May 7 May 11 May 14 May 16 May 17 May 18 May 20 May 20 May 20 May 21 May 21 May 21 May 22 May 22 May 22 May 26

Jeff Cohn

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Jeff Cohn Roger Finberg Rachel Rendel Eric Strimling

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Randy Friedman & Arlene Johnson May 14, 2012 Ken & Pauline Schindler May 28, 2012 Jen & Fred Whatley May 30, 2012

18th anniversary 6th anniversary 13th anniversary

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YAHRZEITS May 4 Esther Nachmoulis Rachel Seltzer Mary O'Donnell James Barnett Evelin Glasser Rose Kalmon David Lesch Hilda Kruger Frank Braun Lois Kaplan Ann Manno Nathan Oppenheimer Daniel Vugrincic Jeanne Nelson Louise Rosenfeld May 11 Melissa Tyler Early John Herrmann 5/5 Abraham Herzig Hilda Kutin Minnie Skee Michael Finberg Lony Stern Edna Bork Edna G. Koschnitski Sol Charney Charles Highstein Marge Leffler Helen Sheridan Bertha Ragent Joseph L. Schneider Ida Stoller Elizabeth Wolf Mildred Green Robert Rifkin May 18 Frances Fiedler Arthur Finkel Tillie Hoven Patricia Isitt Alexander Levine John H. Pastor David Pinckney Karen Pinckney Dorothy Sawyer Elliott Stephens Lou Louis Martin Young Marcus Bernstein

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Jack Carlow Jamie Gross Stephen Schlusberg Steven Boudreau Fega Barlas Benjamin Carlow Meyer Schneider Gertrude Cohen Claire Anker Friedling Ruth Gogol Meyer Kapler May 25 Ernest Mandell Morris Prims Beverley Rollins Martin Brown Myriam Renfro Alexander Levy Jacques Saad Lillian Ascher William Braverman Diana Barr Ann Coleman Jay Renfro Rachel Anne Weintraub William Wolensky Hannah Green Miriam Schneider Eva Goldberg Weiner Louis Becker Samuel Kravitz Margaret Mandel Herman Sonnenschein 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

5/15 5/15 5/15 5/16 5/17 5/17 5/17 5/18 5/18 5/18 5/18 5/19 5/19 5/19 5/20 5/20 5/21 5/21 5/22 5/22 5/23 5/23 5/23 5/23 5/23 5/24 5/24 5/24 5/25 5/25 5/25 5/25 5/26 5/27 5/27 5/27 5/27 5/27 5/27 5/27 5/27 5/27 5/27 5/28 5/28 5/29

Iyar 23

Iyar 27

Iyar 29 Sivan 1

Sivan 2 Sivan 2 Sivan 2 Sivan 2 Sivan 3 Sivan 3

Sivan 4

Sivan 5

Sivan 6 Sivan 6 Sivan 6 Sivan 6 Sivan 6 Sivan 6 Sivan 6 Sivan 7 Sivan 8


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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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510-521-1349

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Email:

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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TEMPLE ISRAEL BULLETIN

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.

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

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

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 BULLETIN

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 IMPORTANT RELIGIOUS SCHOOL DATES No Religious School Sunday, May 13 in honor of Mother’s Day Sunday, May 20, 9:00—12:15 PM: Last day of Religious School. Activities from 10:30—Noon—see page 6 . TOT SHABBAT May 18 , 6:30 PM: This is the last Tot Shabbat until the fall. See page 5 for more information.

COMMUNITY PICNIC & FAREWELL TO THE RABBI Sunday, May 20, at Noon: Join the Temple community at a potluck picnic and say your farewells to Rabbi Bennett. See page 1 and 6 for details. LITTLE LATKES Thursday, May 24, 10:00 AM: See page 12 for information. SHAVUOT SERVICE & BRUNCH May 27, 10:00 AM: Join us for this Shavuot festival service , followed by a delicious bagel breakfast. See page 12. WANNA DANCE? May 30, 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.

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 May 2012 Bulletin  

Temple Israel May 2012 Bulletin

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