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Temple Israel Bulletin SCHEDULE OF SHABBAT SERVICES

Did you know that Thanksgiving was based on the holiday of Sukkot? The Pilgrims were aware of the Biblical stricture to celebrate the “ingathering” or harvest in the fall. Many of the American native tribes also celebrated a “thanksgiving“ for a successful harvest.

EREV SHABBAT, Nov. 4: 7:000 PM: Friday evening Shabbat service. Daniel Waldman becomes bar mitzvah. Torah portion: Lech Lecha, Gen. 12:117:27. Haftarah: Isa. 40:27-41:16 SHABBAT MORNING, Nov. 5: 10:00 AM: Shabbat Morning service. Daniel Waldman is called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah. EREV SHABBAT, Nov. 11: 7:30 PM: Friday Night Chai Shabbat evening service. Torah Portion: Vayera, Gen. 18:1-22:24, Haftarah: II Kings 1:1-31 EREV SHABBAT, Nov. 18: 7:30 PM: Shabbat evening service Torah Portion: Chayei Sarah, Gen. 23:125:18, Haftarah: I Kings 3:15-4:1

BRUCHAS & BAGELS RETURNS Our casual Shabbat gathering, Bruchas & Bagels, returns on a quarterly basis this November 11, 6:30 p.m., in the Social Hall. Hosted by members Mel Waldorf and Jessica Lindsey, Bruchas & Bagels is a lowkey opportunity to learn the Shabbat blessings ("Bruchas" in Yiddish) and/or help teach them to your little ones, a relaxed social setting to introduce Temple Israel to your unaffiliated friends, and a terrific setting for interfaith families to experience Shabbat and to take these rituals home for future Friday nights. Hang out over bagels and other treats, visit with members and give the children another chance to see each other. Shabbat Shalom indeed!

EREV SHABBAT, Nov. 25 7:30 PM: Shabbat evening service with Torah reading. Torah Portion: Toledot,, Gen. 25:19— 28:9, Haftarah: Mal. 1:1-2:7

IN THIS ISSUE Bruchas and Bagels—page 1

PJ Havdallah—page 8

Mojito Monday—page 5

Tot Shabbat—page 9

Adult Education series—page 6

Oneg Shabbat Signup Sheet—page 13

Equal Exchange Fundraiser—page 6

Wanna dance? - page 14

Chanukah Family Game Night—page 7

NEW! - Donation coupon—page 15

Bagel Workshop—page 7


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FROM THE RABBI’S STUDY With Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot behind us, there’s a little “dry spell” before we come to our next holiday, Chanukkah. But still basking in the glow of our Holy Day services, we seemed much more engaged in our coming together this year. Whether it was because of the troubled times in which we are living or for some other reason, it seemed that the sounds of prayer in our sanctuary were more resonant than in recent times. The room seemed fuller, and more people stayed for more services. People didn’t leave the building so quickly either once services were over. While I don’t know the reason(s) for the change, I know that I found it very haimish and family-like, and that felt very good. As the holy days concluded I overheard someone mentioning that he thought we Jews were not only the “people of the Book,” but perhaps even more so the people of the calendar. Depending, of course, on one’s level of observance, it is true that traditional Jews’ lives really are guided and shaped by the calendar. We are aware of differences between the Gregorian calendar and the Jewish one. Not every person observes the Jewish holy days and holidays, so we have more – or at least different – observances to keep in mind. If we are really on top of things, we know that Jewish celebrations and observances never come “early” or “late”; they come at exactly the same time each year in the Jewish calendar. But since most of us don’t use the Jewish calendar as our primary calendar, it certainly seems that Jewish dates are all over the place.

be as important as the laws themselves. The dietary laws can be seen in that light as a mechanism for helping us to be more mindful of the relationship of our bodies to what nourishes them. So, too, the rest of Jewish law and practice. The Talmud contains volumes of interpretations of law. The existence of so much interpretation means that there is probably more than one way to do most of the things we do. Choosing the best way to do something is a process that also benefits from mindfulness. Throughout the Jewish world there are variations on customs and practices that have their basis in Jewish law. One example that comes to mind is the amount of time that is supposed to pass between when one eats meat and when one eats dairy. Another is the number of candles that one lights on the eve of Shabbat. If you think about it at all, you realize that it probably doesn’t matter how much time passes between eating dairy and meat, or how many candles you light to welcome Shabbat. What is important is that you are mindful that there are implications to what you eat, how you prepare it, etc., just as it is important that you are mindful of the need for and wisdom of having Shabbat.

Somehow I got the impression that there was a great deal of mindfulness in our midst during the Holy Days. The challenge for us will be to see if we can keep that mindfulness going, and perhaps even to expand it, throughout the year. We all benefit when we think beyond ourselves; the way in which we live our lives really does matter. Some ways of living our lives have proven themselves over time to be better than others, benefitting more than just ourselves. As we move toward Thanksgiving this year, the lessons of But as one of the people attending Torah study on the Holy Days would be good ones to keep in mind. Yom Kippur afternoon wisely pointed out, even kashrut, the system of Jewish dietary laws, probably Rabbi Allen B. Bennett exists as much as a means of making us mindful of how we live our lives in relationship as it is a way of having us follow certain laws and practices. In other words, while we may not follow every Jewish dietary law to the letter, the fact that we are mindful of what we eat, how it is brought from field to table, etc., may


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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE A few days ago I read a story about how China seems to have collectively lost their respect for human dignity. The story was about an incident where a child was run over and many people were there (it is China after all) but not a single person stopped to help. This past year there has been much discussion about civility in our public discourse. There is a growing realization that our inability to deal with broad range of problems is related to the destructive ways in which those problems are being addressed. Now that the business of operating the Temple is back on track, I find that I am increasingly being called to manage the relationships in our synagogue. I am alarmed by our own lack of civility. What are we teaching our kids about respect when we cannot show the proper respect to each other. We have always had issues with communication. Early last year, I set up some email groups so that everyone who was active on a committee would be in a particular group email and we would all get the same message at once. What happened there is that some people discovered the technology was not working for them and did not participate. You make a choice when you do nothing. Another behavior I have come across is that we often say one thing and then, like a game of telephone, a few weeks later discover that the thing said was interpreted to mean something completely different. People get offended and now there is even more to clean up than if someone had just asked the clarifying questions– did I hear you correctly? You said you want ……..?

was not a good time for me and maybe we could table this discussion for a bit..? Would you complain about another person or understand that perhaps life was just not easy right now? Empathy is closely related to compassion, but empathy must also come before compassion. When we feel empathy for someone we are getting emotional information about them and their situation. By collecting information about other people's feelings, you get to know them better. As you get to know others on an emotional level, you are likely to see similarities between your feelings and theirs, and between your basic emotional needs and theirs. When you realize that someone else's basic emotional needs are similar to yours, you are more able to identify with them, relate to them, and empathize with them. Then, you might even listen to them differently, respectfully and without judging. This can only create better understanding of the communication and a better relationship for all those involved. Haim G. Ginott (1922–1973) was a school teacher in Israel, He was also a child psychologist, psychotherapist and parent educator. He pioneered techniques for speaking with children that are still taught today. His book, Between Parent and Child, stayed on the best-seller list for over a year and is still popular today. This book gives "specific advice derived from basic communication principles that will guide parents in living with children in mutual respect and dignity." I am taking liberties here by paraphrasing one of his most famous quotes. I think we all need to take some personal responsibility for the ways in which we interact with one another: I am the decisive element in the room. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make another’s life miserable or joyous.

Clearly, being civil to one another has to mean something more than politeness. We need to be able to ask tough I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. questions and present our cases when we feel our interests I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escaare not being addressed. lated or de-escalated. I think we might consider empathy. Empathy begins with the awareness of another person's feelings. If you knew B’Shalom, that I had been experiencing the stress of an illness or loss of job, would you take a step back before judging my Cindy Berk words or actions, or would you ask yourself if perhaps this


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EDUCATION NEWS Dear Temple Israel Community:

groups of Hebrew-proficient learners, we needed a third teacher to challenge the advanced students.  Thank you to Heather Dutton who has volunteered to lead the Sunday morning tefillah service. We I am not one to take for are eager for students to be exposed to and learn granted the generosity and the prayers and songs. Heather is a remarkable hard work of others. I am so grateful when people leader and we are grateful. pitch in to make a complex program a successful program. With more than 60 students, teachers and teach-  And an amazing thank you to Jerri Kaplan who is ing assistants, it takes many hands to drive interesting embarking on a project with the Amitim students to create two tapestries that will be displayed on programming forward. Todah. the inside of the ark. Each student will design and create their own rendition of The Tree of Life out The Religious School is already off to a fabulous start of material. They will begin the project at the due, to a great extent, to our wonderful parent volunAmitim retreat, November 12 – 13, and the tapesteers: tries will be installed before May 2012. Thank you  Thank you to Jessica Lindsey and Mel Waldorf, Jerri for leading this wonderful mitzvah project. Leslie Sauter, Bella Karlin, Tracy and Roger  And my gratitude goes to the Education CommitBecker, and Steve Ellson for “working” the Book tee, the Snack Committee, the Holiday Committee, and a Cookie events. The children were introduced the Class led Shabbat Committee and the Class to a Jewish author and illustrator. We are big on parents who give of themselves even though their encouraging literacy. Plus the religious school plates are very, very full. Thank you. earned some much-needed dollars.  Thank you to Rosa Goldberg and Nick Sauter who helped with the challah-making program. The chil- The religious school has an interesting program comdren really enjoyed making the challah…..and ing up. Each student will be making a glass kiddush then eating it. And thank you to the Great Harvest cup. Glass artist, Trish Culbert will be leading a workBakery on College who generously donated the shop with all the students (Alef Bet and Gimmel Dalet on Sunday, Oct 30, and Grades 4 – Amitim on whole wheat dough. Wednesday, Nov. 9th). Last year Trish led a workshop  Thank you to all the Simchat Torah helpers: Rosa and Marshall Goldberg and Karyn Ogorzalek. And to make Chanukah hanging decorations and they came a GIANT thank you to Silvia Kruglikov who pro- out spectacularly. I expect the same this year. vided the homemade honey cake. Yum!!  Thank you to Raviv Moore and Tyree Jackson for Mazel tov to Daniel Waldman on his upcoming bar accompanying me on Jewish Music Sundays. We mitzvah! make a great trio, if I must say so myself. And I think we may be joined in the near future by Noah L’Shalom, Berk, sixth grade teaching assistant, on ukulele. It Mindy Myers, Director of Congregational Learning, gives me great joy when I see the students hum510-593-5285, mindy@noteniks.com ming a melody later in the day that they learned at our Jewish Music session. (And by the way….. anyone and everyone is invited to these sessions. PLEASE NOTE: There is NO Religious School It’s 20 minutes of musical ruach. Our next Jewish from November 23 – November 27. Religious Music Sunday is November 20th from 9:30 – 9:50) School will resume Wednesday, November 30th.  Thank you to David Graber who has volunteered Have a joyful Thanksgiving! to teach Hebrew to the advanced Hebrew learners in the Amitim class. As that class has three distinct


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WANT TO HELP CREATE AN INTERFAITH OUTREACH COMMITTEE? Are you a partner in an interfaith relationship? Do you have family or friends who have non-Jewish partners? Do you love Temple Israel and wish you could help everyone to feel as good about our synagogue as you do? Here’s your chance! We are starting an Interfaith Outreach Committee to better support our interfaith families who are giving us the gift of raising their children Jewish. More than half of our member families are interfaith ones. Often, these families have special needs that can cause stress in the home. The committee will discuss possible programming and what participants believe to be the questions and concerns of our interfaith families such as: Do you wonder how other Catholic parents manage the parents and in-laws? Are you an atheist uncertain of how to talk about God to the kids? How can I teach Jewish rituals and customs when I don't know them myself? Will dying Easter eggs or going to a friend's Easter Egg Hunt undermine the kids’ Jewish identity? Together we’ll brainstorm program ideas and gatherings as we prepare for the arrival of the next rabbi. Should you be interested in starting this committee, contact board member Kimberlee MacVicar at demodiva@yahoo.com or 510-299-0450. Kimberlee is not chairing the committee, but is merely bringing people together to get us started, so if you are interested in chairing, please let her know. Thank you.

SAVE—THE—DATE: KICK OFF CHANUKAH WITH OUR MOJITO MONDAY AT ANGELA’S

Temple Israel has been selected as the non-profit to support on December 12 at the hottest event in town: Mojito Mondays at Angela's. Swing by Angela's on Monday, December 12, any time between 5:30-7:30 p.m. for a mojito or other drink/food of your choice and whatever you place in the tip jar, will 100% go directly to Temple Israel. Yep, it's all about the tip jar at this goodtime fundraiser. We'll have a Celebrity Bartender to serve you and pry a tip out of your hands as we kick-off Chanukah a little early. Read the December Bulletin to learn who our Celebrity Bartenders will be. Angela's is located at the corner of Central Avenue and Oak Street and is adjacent to the large parking garage. Great way to support Temple Israel and a local business.

DANIEL WALDMAN TO BECOME BAR MITZVAH Daniel Waldman was born on November 1st, 1998. Ever since then, he has been the energetic, funny kid that he is today. Daniel has always been a sports player and fan, with his favorite teams including the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland A’s. He currently plays travel baseball for the Alameda Attack. Some of his hobbies are going online, reading and watching football. Daniel is currently in the 8th grade at Lincoln Middle School, and has always been a great student, but he is looking forward to the day he doesn’t have to go anymore! Now that he has completed Hebrew School, he enjoys being a teaching assistant. Daniel wants to thank his family and the Temple Israel community for helping him reach this milestone.


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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. Temple Israel will host a five-session adult education 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: November 16: “Harry [Truman] and Zion: Presidential Decision-Making and the State of Israel” December 21: “From Garibaldi Street to Jerusalem: The Hunt for Adolph Eichmann” 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.

ANNOUNCING YOUR EQUAL EXCHANGE SHOPPING SPREE For the holiday season, Temple Israel is holding an Equal Exchange fundraiser. Equal Exchange sells kosher, organic and free trade items such as coffee, tea, cocoa, chocolate and beautiful artisan crafts and jewelry. In October a catalog was mailed to your house for your holiday shopping consideration. When you purchase gifts for yourself or loved ones through this fundraiser, Temple Israel will receive 40% of your purchase! Check out the catalog and mail your order to Fundraising Chair Kimberlee MacVicar's home before November 18 (a remit envelope with her address was included with the catalog). Our goal is to get your order to you by early December. Should you want to order the tree-free wrapping paper but are hesitant that you might get a color you don't like, write on the form what color(s) you are interested in and we will make every effort to make sure your preferences are met. Should you have any questions, please contact Kimberlee at 510-299-0450 or demodiva@yahoo.com. Happy shopping.


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DON’T FORGET THE BAGEL-MAKING WORKSHOP

Wednesday, November 2, from 7 – 9pm Learn how to prepare, mix, knead, shape and boil bagels. You will also learn how to make toppings like poppy seed, sesame seed, and onion. No experience necessary! Baker/teacher is Michael Goldstein, chef extraordinaire (from the blog breadandsuch.wordpress.com). Cost is only $20. Space is limited to 14. Sign up today!


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Tot Shabbat Services at Temple Israel

Friday, November 18th, from 6:30 – 7 pm followed by a Tot Shabbat Oneg Shabbat from 7 – 7:30pm 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 Sam Chelouche

Mark your calendars for upcoming Tot Shabbats: December 16, January 20, February 17, March 16, April 20, and May 18. All Tot Shabbats begin promptly at 6:30 pm in the Temple Israel sanctuary. Doors open at 6:15. New families and friends welcome!

Temple Israel is located at 3183 Mecartney Road in Alameda. See www.templeisraelalameda.org for directions. For further information call Mindy Myers at 510-593-5285.


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NOVEMBER 2011 SUNDAY

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1 2 3 8:45 AM Jazzer- 8:45 AM Jazzercise 8:00 AM Seedling cise 4:00 PM Hebrew Child 5:15 PM Jazzer- School 5:30 PM I ni C cise 5:15 PM Jazzercise 8:00 PM Band 7:00 PM Ritual Committee Meeting rehearsal 7:00 PM Workshop

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Day light Savings Time over 9:00 AM Hebrew School 10:15 AM Religious School 11:00 AM Jewish art project

8:45 AM Jazzercise 5:15 PM AA meeting 5:15 PM Jazzercise

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8:45 AM Jazzer- 8:00 AM Seedling Child 8:45 AM Jazzer- cise 4:00 PM Hebrew 5:30 PM I ni C cise 5:15 PM Jazzer- School 5:15 PM Jazzercise 8:00 PM Band cise 7:00 PM Board of rehearsal Directors meeting

Election Day

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4 8:45 AM Jazzercise 5:15 PM Jazzercise 6:30 PM Family Shabbat evening service. Daniel Waldman becomes bar mitzvah.

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5 10:00 AM: Shabbat morning service. Daniel Waldman is called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah. 6:00 PM I ni C

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8:45 AM Jazzer- 12:00 PM: Amitim cise Retreat 5:15 PM Jazzercise 7:30 PM Friday Night Chai Shabbat service with music.

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8:45 AM Jazzer- 8:45 AM Jazzercise 8:00 AM Seedling cise 10:00 AM Midway Child 5:15 PM Jazzer- Shelter Cooking 5:30 PM I ni C 4:00 PM Hebrew cise School 8:00 PM Band 5:15 PM Jazzercise rehearsal

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

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DECEMBER SUNDAY

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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 October, Nancy Freed, Gretel Gates, Mary Gold, and Alison Harris shopped, prepared and delivered chicken wraps, bean salad, “Neiman Marcus” cookies, and juice to the Shelter. We cook on the third Wednesday of each month. Our next cooking session will be on November 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.

WHAT A WONDERFUL BREAK-THE-FAST! At the conclusion of the Yom Kippur services, the congregation enjoyed a delicious, heimish, Break-the-Fast. Many thanks to the Ritual Committee for hosting this event, and the Board of Directors for budgeting the money for it! And, this couldn’t have happened without the hard work of our volunteers: Beverly Blatt, Rita Diamond Cohen, Gretel Gates, Mary Gold (chair), Dorie Guess-Behrstock, Alison Harris, Lauren Helfand, CJ Kingsley, Blessing Kobey, Elaine Kofman, and Doris Weiner –Gluckman.


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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 Ritz Cohen at 521-2614.

Oct. 7: Erev Yom

Oct. 14: Sukkot

Oct. 21:

Kippur (no Oneg Shabbat)

Oct. 28: Cruz Arellanes & Caradwen Braskat

Nov. 4: Daniel Waldman bar mitzvah

Nov. 11: Josie Schwartz

Nov. 18: Mark & Kimberlee MacVicar

Nov. 25:

Dec. 2: Amitim Class

Dec. 9: Barbara Sayre

Dec. 16: Skip Soskin & Jerry Rabinovitz

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

Dec. 30 Blessing Kobey & Elaine Kofman

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Jan. 13: Carl Penney

Jan. 20:

Jan. 27:

Feb. 3:

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Feb. 17: Lee & Alison Harris

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March 16:

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:

May 11:

May 18:

May 25:

June 1:

June 8:

June 15: Jackie

June 22: Elizabeth McDonough bat mitzvah

June 29: Eden Moore

July 6: Sam Skinner

Culajay bat mitzvah

bat mitzvah

bar mitzvah

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July 20:

July 27:

August 3:

August 10:

August 17: Hannah

August 24: Helen

August 31:

Sept. 7:

Sept. 14:

& Ellie Kruglikov and Sophia Susssman b’not mitzvah

Montell-Weiland bat mitzvah

Sept. 21:

Sept. 28:

Pesach – no service at TI

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Big Band Concert/Dance in Alameda Every Last Wednesday of the Month Come and listen/dance to Dave’s Swingtime Big Band playing the hits from the 30’s to the 60’s. 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! Every last Wednesday of the 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 Carol Brasel Daniel Waldman Frances Cohen David Graber Matt Lessinger Jessica Lindsey Anna Goldberg Rowena Manlapaz Joyce Salinas Rita Cohen Simon Ffinch William J. Schaff Jayden Thresher Zaria Zinn Myra Lander Stephen Markowitz Diana Cooper Lori Mandell Romi Moore Robert Finberg

November 1 November 1 November 4 November 4 November 5 November 5 November 6 November 6 November 6 November 9 November 9 November 11 November 11 November 17 November 21 November 22 November 23 November 23 November 23 November 25

13th birthday

Laurie Ricksecker Allene Schaff Isaac Benson Sarah Charney Steve Ellson Gryphon Tanner

12th birthday

12th birthday 4th birthday 15th birthday

10th birthday

ANNIVERSARIES Arnold & Linda Schneider Roger & Tracy Becker Kenneth & Marti Freeman

November 6 November 13 November 22

23rd anniversary 12th anniversary 30th anniversary

November 25 November 26 November 27 November 28 November 28 November 29

15th birthday 12th birthday 14th birthday 7th birthday


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CONTRIBUTIONS

Harvey & Bea Stoller CJ Kingsley Elaine Kofman Charlie Wolf Lori & Curt Mandell George & Svetlana Lozovik Kimberlee & Mark MacVicar Dave Altschuler

Heather Dutton Lori M. Hale Elaine Kofman Steve & Marlene Kofman

Barbara Sayre Rob & Jerri Kaplan Doris Weiner & Harry Gluckman David & Melodie Graber Kimberlee & Mark MacVicar Nancy & Greg Bloom J. Lin & Susan Berg

GENERAL FUND Speedy recovery wishes to Rob Kaplan Speedy recovery wishes to Rabbi Fasman & Shirley Hartstein Speedy recovery wishes to Rob Kaplan & in memory of Sara Kofman In memory of Rosalie Lesch In memory of Ernest Mandel In memory of Sonia Pekurovskaya In memory of Bud Leffler In appreciation YIZKOR BOOK CJ Kingsley Stella Campbell Burt & Myra Litvack

HIGH HOLY DAYS DONATIONS Josie Schwartz Howard & Sandy Sidorsky Ronnie Blumenthal & Dave Penney Steve & Marlene Kofman Manny & Maxine Karell David Doll Steven Fritsch Rudser

Mary & Arthur Gold Roger & Brenda Finberg David Graber

Arnold & Linda Schneider Ahna Ballonoff Suleiman Jim Cooper Dan Kapler Ruth Belikove Lars & Anna Christensen


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YAHRZEITS November 4 Evelyn Rapkin Isaac Strassburger Hans Gumpert Irving Drucker Max Steinberg William Ragent Louis Abrams Faye Lefkowitz Steven Grossman Hirsch Hankin Ruth Heaps Sam Chelouche Jacob Feldman Joseph Harrosh Edith Hurwitz November 11 Albert J. Mandelbaum Norman Rabinovitz David Rotner Alfred Weiss Herbert Altschuler Lillian Greenberg Sam Schwartz Jack Solinger Gregory Berezlavsky Edna Greenberg Joseph Kingsley Moritz Rosenfeld Pinchas Barlas David Herman Norell Ilonka Salzman Louis Silberberg November 18 Earle Alexander Zohra Benisty Marie Corral Eve Bennett Ruth Savel Wilfred Garfinkle Sidney Rosenthal Harold Barnett Ruth Maxwell Jeff Wasserman Arthur Kapler Henry David Weill Bertha Albert Anna Frogel Rae Linver Ann Barker Shane Karl Wolff

10/29 10/29 10/30 10/31 10/31 11/1 11/2 11/2 11/3 11/3 11/3 11/4 11/4 11/4 11/4 11/5 11/5 11/5 11/5 11/6 11/7 11/8 11/8 11/9 11/9 11/9 11/9 11/10 11/11 11/11 11/11 11/12 11/12 11/12 11/13 11/13 11/14 11/14 11/15 11/15 11/15 11/16 11/16 11/17 11/17 11/17 11/17 11/17

Heshvan 1 Heshvan 2

Heshvan 4

Heshvan 6 Heshvan 7 Heshvan 7 Heshvan 7 Heshvan 7

Heshvan 8 Heshvan 9

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

Heshvan 15

Heshvan 17

Heshvan 18 Heshvan 19 Heshvan 20

Joseph Bergman Jennie Buttrill Files William Haynes November 25 Samuel Applebaum David Benisty Michael Fink Siegfried Haas Anna Brown Ed Johnson Anthony Micco Harriet Sirota Audrey Leewright Sally Lauer Jimmy Marquez Pearl Reimer Berta Feldhammer Seymour Green Bobby Harmon William Mackey, Jr Frank Weinberg Joseph Schein Harold Attell Richard Barnett Katie Bernstein Eunice Feitelberg Maurice Klotz Harry Nitkin Jonas Cohen Morris Hellman Fern Sockol William Blumenstein Walter Gluckman David Zolot Max Eis Merritt Rowland

11/18 11/18 11/18 11/19 11/19 11/19 11/19 11/20 11/20 11/20 11/20 11/21 11/22 11/22 11/22 11/23 11/23 11/23 11/23 11/23 11/25 11/26 11/26 11/26 11/26 11/26 11/26 11/27 11/27 11/27 11/28 11/28 11/28 11/30 11/30

Heshvan 23

Heshvan 23

Heshvan 26 Heshvan 29 Heshvan 29

Heshvan 29 Kislev 1

Kislev 2 Kislev 4


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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 $18.00 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 BAGEL WORKSHOP Nov. 2, 7:00—9:00 PM: more information on page 7. ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM Nov. 16, 7:30 PM: See page 6 for more information. TOT SHABBAT Nov. 18, 6:30 PM: See page 9 for more information. BRUCHAS AND BAGELS Nov. 11, 6:30 PM: Enjoy and abbreviated Shabbat service. See page 1 for more information. MINYAN AND BAGEL BREAKFAST Nov. 27, 9:30 AM: Join us for davening followed by a delicious bagel brunch WANNA DANCE? Nov. 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).


November 2011 Temple Israel Bulletin