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Temple Israel Bulletin It’s your right and your responsibility. Election day is Nov. 2.

SCHEDULE OF SHABBAT SERVICES EREV SHABBAT, November 5: 6:30 PM: Family Shabbat evening service Torah Portion: Toledot, Gen. 25:19-28:9, Haftarah I Sam. 20:18-42 EREV SHABBAT, November 12: 7:30 PM: Friday Night Chai Shabbat evening service Torah Portion: Vayetze, Gen. 28:10-32:3, Haftarah, Hos. 12:13-14:10 EREV SHABBAT, November 19: 7:30 PM: Shabbat evening service. Torah Portion: Vayishlach, Gen. 32:4-36:43, Hafatarah, Obadiah 1:1-27 EREV SHABBAT, November 26: 7:30 PM: Shabbat evening service with Torah reading. Torah Portion: Vayeshev, Gen. 37:1-40:23, Haftarah, Amos 2:6-3:8

IN THIS ISSUE Holiday Expo—page 1 Good News from Israel—page 5 Get your new Temple Israel Cookbook—page 6 Meditation Workshop—page 7 Jewish Film Series—page 8 Tot Shabbat—page 9

Bar/Bat Mitzvah scholarship offered by B’nai B’rith– page 9

Volunteer Opportunities—page 12 Wanna dance? - page 14 Chinook Book—page 14 JCRC event—page 15




FROM THE RABBI’S STUDY Sometimes, when I read the news, it hits a little too close to home. Other times I remember a quotation that we usually say after a close call: “There, but for the grace of God, go I.” While many of us were busying ourselves in September with the High Holy Days, children in their teens in five different communities across America were taking their lives into their own hands – and ending them. While we sat in our pews or seats reciting the al cheit prayer over and over again, hoping that by doing so we would learn to be more aware of the behaviors in which we engage that cause harm to others in our world and in our lives, children as young as 13 years old were putting their own names into the Book of Death and sealing their fates with suicide.

openly gay rabbi in America because I wanted to be threatened to within an inch of my life or because I wanted to be hated, taunted, demeaned, dehumanized or in any other way disrespected. Rather, I did what I did because I didn’t want others to have to go through these kinds of things and suffer at the hands of bullies, ignoramuses, religious bigots, the way I had done, if my coming out could do anything to prevent it. I also wanted to provide a role model for honesty in a world that paid lip service to it but rarely made good on its promise. I am sad to report that my coming out was not enough to stem the tide. The 70s folk song “Blowin’ In The Wind” asks how many people have to die before we change our ways and do something to prevent further deaths. I ask the same question today, and not only about gay kids taking their own lives because they can’t take the bullying any more. I see all around me people who seem to be utterly insensitive to the implications of their actions, people who are not willing to intervene in the situations where their involvement could make a real difference. At the beginning of the AIDS epidemic the most outspoken activist group, called ACT-UP, produced t-shirts that had the words “SILENCE=DEATH” emblazoned on them. Their message is just as true today as it was then. Even our own tradition requires that we “not stand idly by the blood of our neighbor.” Our prophets, Amos, Isaiah, Micah, and Jeremiah, all demand that we turn our values into actions, our creeds into deeds. The Talmud (Tractate Sanhedrin) says that taking a life is tantamount to destroying a whole world, but that saving a life is tantamount to saving an entire world.

According to an increasing number of recent reports, teen suicides as a result of bullying, intimidation, and harassment have continued to increase. The most-often reported basis for this bullying is anti-gay sentiment, acted out by other children with virtually no intervention by the schools in which this activity occurs. That parents in the town of Mentor, Ohio, not far from where I went to high school, are suing their local school district, its superintendent, high school principal, and others, as a result of the deaths by suicide of so many of their children within the last couple of years, all on the basis of anti-gay bullying, is terrifying and chilling at the same time. It leads me to ask how children could behave this (bullying) way without anyone’s noticing. It also leads me to ask what kind of role modeling their parents are doing that makes it seem all right for kids We cannot – and we must not – allow this kind of behavto engage in the same sorts of behaviors. ior, this bullying, intimidating, humiliating kind of behavior to become the norm or to become acceptable in any Here in Alameda there was a huge hue and cry when a way. And we cannot wait for someone else to be moved to group of citizens, including many members of the clergy – action. Lives are at stake here, and in many cases, young I was part of that group – supported the inclusion of anti- lives. I am not looking for more things to add to my list of bullying material, with specific reference to anti-gay bully- regrets for things I either did that I shouldn’t have done or ing, in the general school curriculum. We didn’t do this on didn’t do that I should have done – and neither should you. the basis of “liberal” or “progressive” values or because we had a “homosexual” agenda. We did it precisely because While it is not your responsibility alone to finish the task, we fear(ed) for the lives of the children in our schools who neither are you at liberty to refrain from (working on) may be perceived as gay or lesbian and who could well be it….And if not now, when? (Pirke Avot) pushed to ending their own lives because other people bully them to death on the basis of their perceived differ- Shalom, ences. I didn’t come out of the closet as an openly gay man over thirty years ago because I thought it was a cute, fun, or politically expedient thing to do. I didn’t become the first

Rabbi Allen B. Bennett

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE The 4 R’s: Rot, Recycle, Reduce, ReUse The San Francisco Green Festival is coming up this month and in order to stay consistent with my COEJL message of a few months ago and the environmental mindset I am always walking and talking about, I would like to share ways we can be better stewards of the environment, at home and especially at Tem-

collect the food scraps in an old cardboard box, on a newspaper or a paper bag. When we are done, just take the whole heap, box, bag and all and put it in the green bin. Roll the bin back to where it is kept and you are done.

Our kids have annual school trips to the Waste Management Center and the Davis Street Transfer Station. They are taught to be accountable for recycling everything at their schools here in Alameda and elsewhere. We have an obligation to support them in their efforts to save the planet for their own generation and beyond. Because of our commitment to Tikkun Olam, the act of repairing the world, there are simple behavior changes we can make right now that will have a great impact for future generations.

You can put Glass or Plastic, Bottles, Jars and Tubs; Aluminum or Steel Cans; Foil Plates and Pans; Paper and Cardboard (Flattened); Newspapers; Magazines and Catalogs into the Blue Bins around the Temple.

What goes in the GREEN BIN? All Food Products Fruit, vegetable, breads, cereal, dairy Meat, fish (including bones) Leftovers & table scraps ple Israel. Coffee Grounds, filters & tea bags Food-Soiled Paper At TI, we have already taken steps to change our daily hab- Paper towels, plates & napkins its to reduce our waste. We try to use less paper in the of- Pizza boxes fice. We have changed our light bulbs to compact fluorescents and put in low flow toilets in the bathrooms. We are Recycle: all paper all the time: using compostable dishes and cups in the kitchen. But Paper – mostly newspaper, junk mail, magazines, and cethere is much we aren’t yet doing. I was working to help real boxes – makes up approximately 10 percent of materiprepare for the Cookbook Kickoff Dinner event last month als sent to the landfill in Alameda County. By recycling 1 when I realized that no one knew we had a green bin in the ton of paper, you can save 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of courtyard. water, and 3 cubic yards of landfill space.

Composting (ROT): Composting appeals to the thrifty person in all of us. It feels good to keep materials on site and cycle them back into the yard. And composting results in a very valuable product. The best soil amendment—your own homemade compost—is one that money can’t buy. Waste reduction is another good reason for composting. Almost 20 percent of the waste stream in Alameda County is plant and vegetable trimmings that could be recycled as compost. Recycling organic resources not only extends the life of our landfills, it can also save you money. Your garbage bills will go down. Your water bills may drop too, since a soil that’s well amended with compost holds moisture better and reduces runoff. Maybe one day, Temple Israel will have its own compost bin and use it to nourish our own garden. But until then, we have a huge green bin in the courtyard. Right now it isn’t in a location convenient to the kitchen, but it is so easy to roll it over to the kitchen door. When we are working in the kitchen, we can

The Proctor Elementary School in Castro Valley has a yearly fundraiser collecting recycled bottles and cans. You know that fee you pay for each bottle you purchase at the store? Did you know that you can get that back? Proctor School parents save all the plastic bottles and aluminum cans they use every year in big bags in their garages. On recycling day they throw it all in the car, roll through the school parking lot and drop off the bottles and cans for the school to turn in. They have a huge amount of community participation and the Proctor School makes thousands of dollars this way. Do I hear fundraiser anyone? Anyone? One of the things that I have seen happen in the TI kitchen is that the blue bin gets filled to overflowing and becomes unmanageable. Well, guess what??? There is a huge blue bin on wheels right next to the green bin in the courtyard. Roll it into the kitchen or social hall to empty overflowing smaller bins inside. REDUCE: Why are some cities banning Styrofoam food containers? Polystyrene, better known by the brand name Styrofoam, is not readily recyclable, especially when it has food on it. It Continued on page 13




EDUCATION NEWS Dear Temple Israel Commu- sion before, or the late child will be at a loss. The learning pace is slowed because of review. Yes, we can always send nity: home a book or two but will the student take the time to work on the material? And can the material be self-taught? There’s a dilemma that appears to permeate the Religious School and it’s about time com- Several Wednesdays ago I peeked into the fourth grade class at 4:15 and there were 6 students in the class. At 5:20 mitments. there was one child in the classroom. Everyone left to carpool or attend another program. The teacher was dumbAs a mom I am clear that juggling your child’s obligations founded. with school, sleep, tutoring, sports commitments, family time, and other extra-curricular activities is not an easy feat. And that doesn’t even take into account the schlep- When parents allow their children to cut out early or forgo ping, and time commitment of the shlepper. There’s so Religious School they send a message saying Religious much we want to offer our children. How do we fit it all in? School is only somewhat important. This “somewhat important” outlook gets transferred into the classroom and the importance of learning gets diminished. I don’t think that’s It’s not easy figuring out priorities when the timing of what any of us want. things overlap. Lately, however, I am noticing that Religious School is taking the hit, and I’m concerned. This is not to say that I don’t see the value of being on a team or When I was a youngster (and dinosaurs roamed the earth – going to a party or staying longer at a sleepover. I do. It’s wink), Religious School was the priority. Everything else just that I also see how your child’s uneven attendance and/ took a back seat. Jewish education trumped other obligations and programs. There wasn’t discussion about it. or coming late/leaving early is affecting his/her learning. That’s just how it was, not only for my family, but it was like that for the other students as well. I would like to frame for you how it affects the teacher and the student. Here’s how it affects the teacher: I wonder if the “somewhat important” of Jewish education is a byproduct of a more secular world. Or do we want our Your child’s teacher spends hours each week reviewing children to fit in more than we want them to acknowledge class directions, figuring out the timing for content, acquirtheir difference as Jews? ing the art or cooking supplies needed for that day’s lesson, and making sure each class session covers a variety of subjects ranging from Hebrew to Israel to prayer study to Jew- Again, I am not saying dump baseball or soccer, give up Girls Scouts, or forgo the party, I am merely drawing your ish culture and Torah. attention to the time commitment culture that seems to exist at the Temple Israel Religious School. I ask that you reconWhen a child or more than one child is missing/leaves early sider your child’s time commitments and make Religious the teacher wonders, “should I continue to stay on course School a priority. because I will have to re-teach the lesson to the missing kids.” The teacher wonders if she does a review will the kids that do come on time get bored. At our last staff meet- Thank you. ing teachers talked about feeling disrespected, as if what B’Shalom, they have to offer isn’t worthy of the student’s full attention or time. Mindy Myers, Director of Congregational Learning; 510-593-5285 Here’s how it affects the student: If a child misses a class or comes late/leaves early, when he/she comes the following session, a review is needed; class cannot resume at the place where they left off the ses-

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ISRAEL “GOOD NEWS” BULLETIN OCTOBER, 2010 In Space, the Costs are High but the Rewards Higher For Star Trek fans, space is the final frontier. In Israel, it's the next frontier - to be more specific, the next high tech business frontier. Israel already has lucrative defense, communications and IT industries. These make a solid base for the leap into space. Money is also now forthcoming. The Israeli government has promised an $80 million injection of cash every year for the next five years, in an effort to kick-start a potential $10 billion-a-year business in the world's $250 billion space industry. Other countries want to partner in space with Israel because its satellites are lighter than conventional satellites - they weigh a fifth of US and European satellites yet have the same capabilities. Israel has also developed expertise in the optical and radar photography of the Earth that the satellites supply.



ministration (FDA) - and antibodies to locate individual tumors and bind directly to them. Administered safely through injection, the nano-particles bind to the tumor and are excited with an external magnetic field. The magnetic field is manipulated to create a targeted rise in temperature, and it is this directed heat elevation that kills the tumors. Israeli Wine Steals Award from Traditional Producers The steadily rising profile of Israeli wines reached a global crescendo last month when Carmel Winery garnered the 2010 Decanter World Wine Awards trophy. The winery won the award for its red Rhone varietals in the upper price category. Ten years ago Carmel was a company that produced grape juice and supermarket wine. Since then, they have built new boutique wineries, took on a new young winemaker trained in Australia along with a whole new management and shifted the emphasis to single vineyard wines. Established in 1882 as a vintners' cooperative with financing from Baron Edmond de Rothschild, Carmel produced the first Israeli wine to win a medal at a wine show in the early 1900s.

Israelis join Komen for the Cure A week of events in mid October will launch the Israel Breast Cancer Collaborative, a major partnership between Susan G. Komen for the Cure and non-governmental organizations in Israel. The goal is to enhance advocacy, awareness, screening, and treatment of breast cancer. This inaugural initiative by the world's largest breast cancer organization has been in the planning for more than a year with the City of Jerusalem, Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, and Israeli health advocates Targeting Tumors Without the Pain of Radiation and scientists. Israel's population though relatively small, Today, radiation therapy is one of the most important includes both women and men at genetically high risk for the disease. weapons against cancerous tumors, but the therapy can have a significant impact on the health of a patient as it harms healthy tissue as well as malignant cells. Scientists “ISRAEL GOOD NEWS BULLETIN” is intended to help you learn more about the positive contributions taking from Israel are developing a new way to destroy cancerplace in the state of Israel. Adapted from “Israel 21C” ous tumors that will have fewer side effects than tradi- and news from the Weizmann Institute, these stories are tional radiation therapy, and cause minimal damage to distributed weekly by the Temple Isaiah Israel and World surrounding tissue. The innovative method developed by Jewry Committee and selected and provided to you monthly by the East Bay JCRC. If you are interested in Professor Gannot at Tel Aviv University uses heat to kill learning more about the East Bay JCRC, please contact the tumor cells, while leaving the surrounding healthy your JCRC representative (Felice Zensius) tissue intact. The method, soon to be published in the journal Nanomedicine, uses a special mixture of nanoparticles - already approved by the Food and Drug Ad-






It has been over 30 years since Temple Israel printed a recipe book. Now, in honor of our 90th anniversary, Temple Israel has a new cookbook. This cookbook reprises some of our favorite “Fiddler in the Kitchen” dishes, in honor of our history, but also includes many new, updated recipes from current members.


The 90th Anniversary Cookbook will be available at the Holiday Expo. Or, you can contact Alison Harris at or 510-521-3375 and we will arrange to get you your copy at a mutually convenient time.

ONLY $18.00

Make great birthday, anniversary, Chanukah and other holiday


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Sacred Jewish Chanting Led by Rabbi Carol Caine

Saturday, November 20th, 7 – 8:30 pm at Temple Israel, 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda Jewish sacred chanting is a meditative process of singing short phrases from Jewish liturgy for extended periods of time. Repetition of the chant creates a joyous meditation with sound, and is usually followed by a brief period of silent meditation. In this workshop, we will use chanting to quiet our minds, open our hearts, and enter Jewish liturgy and text at a very deep level. Rabbi Carol Caine was ordained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and also received the private smicha of Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi. She currently serves as High Holy Day rabbi for B'nai Haaretz in Garberville, meditation service leader for Netivot Shalom, regular adult education instructor at Lehrhaus Judaica, b’nai mitzvah teacher at Kehilla Community Synagogue, and rabbi, instructor, workshop leader and ritual facilitator for congregations and individuals in the Bay Area and beyond. A former attorney with over fifteen years experience teaching Jewish chant and meditation, Rabbi Carol integrates a keen intellect with a heart of devotion. _______________________________________________________________________ Workshop Order Form The fee to register for this workshop is $20. Checks can be made payable to Temple Israel with “Jewish Chanting” in memo line. Please mail check to: Temple Israel, 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda, CA 94502. Registration must be received BEFORE Nov. 12. Admission is available at the door for $25/each. For more information call 510-5935285. Name__________________________________________________________________________________________


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Don’t miss the November movie in Temple Israel’s Jewish Film Series:

“Goodbye, Columbus” Sat., Nov. 6, 7 – 9:30 pm

‘‘Goodbye, Columbus’’ is filmed from the point of view of Neil Klugman, a 23 yearold Jewish man who lives with his aunt and uncle in a lower-middle-class neighborhood in New Jersey, and works at a public library. The film focuses on his relationship over the course of one summer with Brenda Patimkin, an upper-middle-class Jewish college student living with her family in the suburbs. Their relationship is contrasted by their socio-economic differences, despite the fact that they are both Jewish. ‘‘Goodbye, Columbus’’ explores themes of Jewish identity, class divisions within the Jewish community, spiritual crisis over Judaism, love, sex and relationships, and the struggle for self-knowledge. Despite its serious subject matter and themes, the film is very funny, peppered with the narrator's sense of irony in his observations of his and his girlfriend's families. The film stars Richard Benjamin and Ali MacGraw. Surprise appearances by Johnny Carson, Susan Lucci, Bette Midler, and Jaclyn Smith.

Tickets are $10 at the door. Refreshments included in ticket price. Babysitting available with 1 week’s advance notice: 510-522-9355 Temple Israel is located at 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda

NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DO MITZVOT! Eliana Whatley is following in her mom, Jen’s, footsteps here at Temple Israel. The five year old delivered over 75 Clothing Swap flyers in her neighborhood with enthusiasm and a sense of purpose. Thank you, Eliana, for your help, and mazel tov to the Whatley family for raising such a helpful child!

Many of our congregants are sensitive to perfumes and cologne. It gives them headaches and /or allergy problems. Please try to be sensitive to this when attending services or events at Temple. Thank you !!

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EDEN LODGE OF B’NAI B’RITH CREATES NEW SCHOLARSHIP We are delighted to announce the creation of a new B’nai B’rith B’nai/B’not Mitzvah Israel Bond scholarship program here at Temple Israel. Beginning with Adam Paget a couple of weeks ago, and through the generosity of Eden Lodge of B’nai B’rith, our next thirty bar or bat mitzvah students will each receive a $100 Israel Bond that, when the bond matures in five years, can be used for the young adult to visit Israel as a college student. Temple Israel member (and Past President) Charles Wolf serves as the President of Eden Lodge, and it is under his guidance that the Lodge has decided to offer this generous scholarship. B’nai B’rith International, a global voice of the Jewish community, is one of the best-known Jewish humanitarian, human rights, and advocacy organizations in the world. Since 1843 BBI has worked for Jewish unity, security, continuity, and acceptance of diversity. BBI’s reach extends to more than 50 countries around the world. Today B’nai B’rith International is a national and global leader in the fight against anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias. In addition, it provides housing advocacy on issues of vital concern to seniors and their families. BBI helps communities in crisis and promotes Jewish identity through cultural activities.

The work of BBI is focused in its “centers.” These centers provide the framework for intensive study of issues and thoughtful responses through the combined efforts of dedicated volunteer leaders and staff. The Center for Human Rights and Public Policy (CHRPP) brings a Jewish voice to international and domestic policy and in defense of Israel. BBI has served as an NGO (nongovernmental organization) at the United Nations since 1947. Whether an issue is before the Human Rights Council, the Security Council, or on the desk of a U.N. official, BBI leaders and staff provide expert testimony and advocacy for Israel and the Jewish people worldwide. In the United States, CHRPP advocates for the safety, security, and rights of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. In Latin America CHRPP works to build tolerance and promotes social justice. Throughout the United States, in Europe, and around the world, CHRPP is a leader in the fight against anti-Semitism, and in Central and Eastern Europe, CHRPP is a strong advocate for Holocaust restitution. We are most grateful to Eden Lodge, B’nai B’rith, and Charlie Wolf for their generosity.

Tot Shabbat Services at Temple Israel

Friday, November 19th, 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 Rachel Herrmann

Mark your calendars for upcoming Tot Shabbats: Dec. 17, Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 18, Apr. 15, and May 20





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MANY WAYS, LARGE AND SMALL, TO HELP OUR TEMPLE If you’re a regular reader of Moshe’s List – Temple Israel’s Volunteer Clearinghouse – which is e-mailed to members each week, you have probably noticed that there is a plethora of volunteer opportunities available. We have tried to break down tasks into short-term and one-shot stints. Hopefully every member will find something they can do to help our Temple.

Oneg Shabbat? Complete directions about how to set it up and what to bring. Reserve a date to host by contacting C.J. Kingsley

RIDES AND ESCORTS TO TEMPLE – Can you occasionally offer a ride to services to someone who does not drive? Could you provide a walking escort for Waters Edge Residents to come to temple events sometimes? Please eHere is a sampling of current volunteer needs we’ve been mail the office so they can add you to the list of people who can offer to do this mitzvah once in awhile. Contact publicizing on Moshe’s List: SEEKING: HOLIDAY EXPO VOLUNTEERS – Volunteers needed Sunday Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (2 hour shifts available). Contact us to volunteer for a specific shift and assignment at

WANTED: BAKED GOODS – To be sold at the Holiday Expo baked goods table Sunday Nov. 14. Drop off baked goods the night before in the temple kitchen. Questions? Contact

MOVIE NIGHT STAFFERS – Volunteers may still be needed on Nov. 6 and Dec. 11 to help set up for the Jewish NON-PERISHABLE FOOD – Alameda Food Bank barrels Film Series. Contact Mindy Myers will be on site for one day - Nov. 14 during the Holiday Expo. Bring your non-perishable food donations beginning at 10 a.m. that day to the social hall. (Do not bring donaONEG SHABBAT HOSTS – Can you host a Friday night tions in advance, please.)

THANKS TO SEPTEMBER ONEG SHABBAT HOSTS Many thanks to the following people who hosted an Oneg Shabbat during the months of September and October: Sept. 10: Barbara Sayre in memory of Jack Mihalovich, Sept. 24: Oneg Committee (Jerry Rabinovitz & CJ Kingsley), Oct. 1: Rita Diamond Cohen, Oct. 8: Barbara Sayre in memory of Jack Mihalovich, Oct. 15: The Paget Family in honor of Adam’s bar mitzvah, Oct. 22: Lee & Alison Harris, Oct. 29: Ken Kofman To host an Oneg Shabbat in the future, please e-mail [] or call [510/864-2300 C.J. Kingsley, Oneg Committee Calendar Secretary.

BRUCHAS AND BAGELS IS BACK Our monthly pre-service gathering, Bruchas & Bagels, takes place the 2nd Friday of the month, at 6:30 p.m., in the Social Hall, prior to that evening's Shabbat service. This is a casual way to come together to do the candle, wine and challah blessings (aka "Bruchas") while noshing on bagels and meeting your fellow congregants. So the right amount of fresh bagels and challah are ordered, please e-mail member Mel Waldorf at or call the Temple office with your RSVP.

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THE MIDWAY SHELTER COOKING PROJECT The Women of Temple Israel 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. In October, Bev Blatt, Nancy Freed, Gretel Gates, Mary Gold, and Alison Harris prepared and delivered vegan “meatballs” in a wonderful sauce (leftover from the Cookbook launch dinner), rice pilaf, bean salad, pumpkin bread, and juice. We always have a good time visiting with each other and catching up on each others’ lives while we cook! And, as Mary Gold frequently says, “Many hands make work light”! We cook on the third Wednesday of each month. Four or five volunteers are needed, and if you’d like to help, please contact Alison Harris at 521-3375 or


THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED WITH THE YOM KIPPUR BREAK-THE-FAST! Our wonderful Yom Kippur Breakthe-Fast could not have happened without the help of many volunteers. A very grateful todah rabah to: Lois Blumsack, Carol Brasel, Arthur & Mary Gold, Alison Harris, Judy Jacobs, CJ Kingsley, Elaine & Ken Kofman, Carol Parker and Doris Weiner Gluckman. Thanks also to the numerous willing hands who helped with the cleanup. People like you are what make Temple Israel such a special place!

Continued from page 3 It just ends up in the landfill. Choose to use compostable containers (many can be recycled in your green waste cart) or, better yet, bring your own container from home. Until Alameda completely bans Styrofoam we really don’t want to see it at our Temple. When you are out shopping please let the store clerks know that you would like to see them stop using Styrofoam.

many other resources to help you reuse.

The Plastic Bag Problem The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) states that every year between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. In California, we are using 600 bags per second. These bags are destined for the landfill or our marine environment. And the unfortunate part is we recycle only about 1 percent of them. Please reuse your bags whenever possible, or better yet, bring your own cloth bag with you when you go shopping.

I would like to see the changes we make become part of our everyday vocabulary at Temple Israel. Anyone who uses our space for any reason should be held accountable to the recycling rules of our building. If you can think of other ways to help Temple Israel in our efforts to be more environmentally responsible, please share them with me or anyone else on the Board.

Did you see the food barrels in the TI lobby over the High Holidays? You don’t need to wait another year to help out at the Alameda Food Bank. You can make regular donations or just help out by working with our kids, led by Skip Soskin, at the Alameda Food Bank on the first Saturday of every month.

The recycling guide distributed at is a 52 page wealth of information with answers to tons of REUSE Don’t throw it away. Find a second home for your clothing, questions, such as, how do I recycle anything, where books, and other household items by donating them. Reus- should I dispose of my old TV and where can I buy a gening items conserves energy and natural resources and gives tly used bathtub? them a new life. Reusing is a great way to get items for free or at a small cost. Temple Israel already makes it easy I encourage you to download it to your computer and use it for you to recycle your gently-used items, by offering to as a handy reference guide. take them off your hands and bring them to Second Home Consignment Shop on Santa Clara Avenue. We also just had a very successful Children’s Clothing Swap. Many of Peace, us are already using and there are Cindy Berk




Big Band Concert/Dance in Alameda the 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. Eighteen 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!

Wednesday, November 24 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm Temple Israel 3183 Mecartney Road $5.00 donation For further details call Dave at 510-521-1349 or Email:

Directions: From I-880 take High Street exit into Alameda crossing the High Street Bridge. At the 5 th stoplight turn left onto Otis Drive. Take the right lane across the bridge; immediately after the bridge take the right fork onto Island Drive. Go approximately 2/3 of a mile and the shopping center will appear on the right. Make a right onto Mecartney Road at the stop sign, and turn right into the shopping center (at the Union 76). Take the first left (before reaching CVS Drugs); parking lot ends at Temple Israel.

Support Our Fundraiser! Order Your 2011 Chinook Book now

Chinook Book (formerly EcoMetro) is filled with 300 valuable coupons for saving up to $3,000 at local, sustainable businesses that promote healthy living in our community. Merchants include: Alameda/Oakland Ferry, Alameda Farmer’s Market, Berkeley Rep, Blue Dot Cafe, Cal Shakes, Children’s Fairyland, Dog Bone Alley, Lauren’s Closet Little House Cafe, Peet’s, several home & gardening businesses, and various merchants in The MarketPlace. Over 150 grocery coupons too! To purchase yours, please contact the Temple office or visit our gift card selling table at the Holiday Expo and other Religious School Sundays. Price is $20.

Amitim students, Sarah Charney, Daniel Waldman, and Noah Berk kibitzed with a Sumo wrestler when they attend the Palo Alto “Chai” Festival

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CONTRIBUTIONS Temple Israel has recently hired a new bookkeeper. Because she has to review all the Temple financial records, she has not yet been able to compile a list of donations for printing in the Bulletin. Your donations will be acknowledged in the December or January Bulletin. Thank you for your patience.

Dear T.I. member, The East Bay JCRC invites you to a special evening with Dr. Mitchell Bard (see attachment) on Monday night, November 15th, at a private home in the Trestle Glen area of Oakland from 7 - 9 pm. The invitation is above. Dr. Bard is a renowned authority on Middle East affairs, authoring 22 books on the subject. His latest book is The Arab Lobby and It's Influence on American Foreign Policy. (Have a look at what Alan Dershowitz has to say about it at: He will be there to sign his book and dialogue with a small group of people on the worldwide movement to delegitimize Israel.

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement has focused a great deal of attention on the bay area which requires our response. It is our hope that this stimulating evening with Dr Bard will raise needed funds to help counter their actions. General admission is $36.00. Please consider a sponsorship level which will include a signed complimentary copy of Dr. Bard's book. I do hope you can support us. Please let me know whether you can make it and on what basis you would like to register. Thank you so much, Felice Zensius Temple Israel's Rep, Jewish Community Relations Council




YAHRZEITS November 5 Anna Brown Irving Drucker Max Steinberg Louis Abrams Faye Lefkowitz Steven Grossman Ruth Heaps Albert J. Mandelbaum Norman Rabinovitz David Rotner November 12 Harold Attell Katie Bernstein Harry Nitkin Lillian Greenberg Jonas Cohen Sam Schwartz Jack Solinger Walter Gluckman Edna Greenberg Pinchas Barlas Max Eis Earle Alexander Marie Corral November 19 Eve Bennett Ruth Savel Wilfred Garfinkle Harold Barnett Ruth Maxwell David Rendel Henry David Weill Anna Frogel Rae Linver Ann Barker Shane Fannie Skigen Karl Wolff Joseph Bergman Jennie Buttrill Files William Haynes Samuel Applebaum David Benisty Michael Fink Siegfried Haas Selma Merris Young

10/31 Heshvan 23 10/31 10/31 11/2 11/2 11/3 11/3 11/5 11/5 11/5 11/6 11/6 11/6 11/7 11/8 11/8 11/8 11/9 11/9 11/10 11/11 11/12 11/12

Heshvan 29 Heshvan 29 Heshvan 29 Kislev 1

Kislev 2

Kislev 4

11/13 11/13 11/14 11/15 11/15 11/16 Kislev 9 11/16 11/17 11/17 11/17 11/17 Kislev 10 11/17 11/18 11/18 11/18 11/19 11/19 11/19 11/19 11/19 Kislev 12

November 26 Simon Blatt Ed Johnson Michael Kamby Anthony Micco Laura Rosenthal Audrey Leewright Eric Nagel Sally Lauer Jimmy Marquez Pearl Reimer Berta Feldhammer Seymour Green Bobby Harmon William Mackey, Jr Joseph Schein Richard Barnett Eunice Feitelberg Gerson Hochstadt Maurice Klotz December 3 Morris Hellman Fern Sockol William Blumenstein David Zolot Samuel Fuhr Merritt Rowland

11/20 11/20 11/20 11/20 11/20 11/21 11/21 11/22 11/22 11/22 11/23 11/23 11/23 11/23 11/25 11/26 11/26 11/26 11/26

Kislev 13 Kislev 13 Kislev 13 Kislev 14

Kislev 19

11/27 11/27 11/28 11/28 11/30 Kislev 23 11/30

Cheshvan—Kislev 5771




Carol Brasel Dara Kaplan Nicole Kaplan Daniel Waldman Frances Cohen David Graber Matt Lessinger Jessica Lindsey Daniel Elefant Rowena Manlapaz Joyce Salinas Nathan Levine Michael Hobbs Rita Diamond Cohen Simon Ffinch Addie Helfand William J. Schaff Aaron Harris

November 1 November 1 November 1 November 1 November 4 November 4 November 5 November 5 November 6 November 6 November 6 November 7 November 8 November 9 November 9 November 10 November 11 November 12

Emily Fertig Alicia Guber Jamie Marx Joshua Mandell Zaria Zinn Emily Klein Myra Lander Stephen Markowitz Emma Ulrey Diana Cooper Lori Mandell Robert Finberg Laurie Ricksecker Allene Schaff Isaac Benson Joshua Rendel Sarah Charney Steve Ellson Bryan Goldschlag Jennifer Riback Gryphon Tanner



29th 23rd

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

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OFFICE HOURS 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—11:00 AM on Monday and Tuesday and 9:00 AM—2:00 PM Wednesday through Friday. Because the Rabbi may be involved in meetings, other appointments, tutoring students, etc., during the times he is in the building, it is best to make an appointment before coming in.

YOUR TEMPLE ISRAEL BOARD OF DIRECTORS President - Cindy Berk Treasurer—Jacob Lustig Secretary—Beth Magidson Fundraising— Kimberlee MacVicar & Jen Whatley Personnel—Betty Riback Public Information- Carol Parker Operations – Eric Strimling Directors at Large - Mike Riback, Suzi Scher, Charley Weiland

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 510-522-9356, email: RABBI: Allen B. Bennett, DIRECTOR OF CONGREGATIONAL LEARNING: Mindy Myers

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Cheshvan—Kislev 5771






UPCOMING ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS CHALLAH WORKSHOP The challah workshop has been postponed until the spring. More information will be given as the date approaches. JEWISH FILM SERIES Nov. 6, 7:00 PM: “Goodbye Columbus” - see page 8 for information. TOT SHABBAT Nov. 19, 6:30 PM: A short service for young children. See page 9. SACRED CHANTING WORKSHOP Nov. 20, 7:00 PM: See page 7 for information on this workshop. BIG BAND NIGHT Nov. 24, 8:00 PM: NOTE THE DATE CHANGE! Dance to the Big Band sound of Dave Altschuler’s Swingtime Band. A $5.00 donation at the door is requested. See page 14 for information. MINYAN AND BAGEL BREAKFAST Nov. 28, 9:30 AM: Join us for davenning followed by a delicious bagel brunch COMMUNITY CHANUKKIAH LIGHTING Dec. 3, 6:30 PM: Bring your chanukkiot and 3 candles to light in the sanctuary. Please note this is an early service!

GIFT CARDS Sales Table open during all Temple Israel committee meetings and during Religious School!

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