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Temple Israel Bulletin THE JEWISH CHEFS’ SERIES IS BACK!! A 4-Part Sunday Morning Culinary Series SCHEDULE OF SHABBAT SERVICES EREV SHABBAT, January 7: 6:30 PM: Family Shabbat evening service led by Religious School students. Torah Portion: Bo, Ex. 10:1—13:16; Haftarah: Jer.46 :13-28 EREV SHABBAT, January 14: 7:30 PM: Friday Night Chai Shabbat evening service Torah Portion: Beshalach, Ex. 13:1717:16; Haftarah: Judges 4:4—5:31 EREV SHABBAT, January 21: 7:30 PM: Shabbat evening service. Torah Portion: Yitro, Ex. 18:1—20:23; Haftarah: Isa. 6:1—7:6, 9:5-6 EREV SHABBAT, January 28: 7:30 PM: Shabbat evening service with Torah reading. Torah Portion: Mishpatim, Ex. 21:124:18, 30:11—16; Haftarah: Jer. 34:822, 33:25, 26

Jan. 23 - Feb. 13 from 10:30 a.m. –Noon This one-of-a-kind culinary series features well-known restaurateurs and chefs from around the Bay Area doing cooking demonstrations, giving tastes, & sharing recipes!  Jan 23: A Chocolate Extravaganza with guests Nancy Nadel, gourmet chocolatier who hand-makes her chocolates; and Tour Guide for the San Francisco Chocolate Tour!  Jan. 30: Jonathan Worwick co-owner of the East Bay’s best Mediterranean Restaurant, “Amba!”  Feb. 6: Jewish mobile food vendors: The Jewish Deli truck; Pearl’s Kitchen; The Egg Cream Cart!  Feb. 13: Michael Rose, owner of Semifreddi’s, “the” place for delicious breads and pastries! See page 6 to buy your tickets!

IN THIS ISSUE Tot Shabbat—page 7 The Jewish Chefs’ Series returns! - page 6 Get your new Temple Israel Cookbook—page 9 Wanna dance? - page 12


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FROM THE RABBI’S STUDY The coming (secular) year offers a mixed bag of ups and downs, as we continue to struggle with an economy still clawing its way back to the black. While some companies seem to be making profits in ways that we thought were unimaginable under such dire circumstances, individuals continue to reel from job losses, continuing high unemployment, downsizing and outsourcing. Nowhere do I hear anything about any government, academic center, think tank, or other organization or individual taking into consideration what we will do as it very slowly dawns on us that there will now be many people who have been put out of work because technology has made them obsolete. At some point we will have to realize that the way in which we have understood the value of a person – based on what they could contribute to society – will have to change utterly. If able-bodied people simply cannot find work, not because they are lazy or stupid or any of the other things of which they are accused, but because there will be fewer and fewer jobs that require human effort, we cannot blame them for not finding jobs that no longer exist. There will be only so many jobs available, and there will be more people desperate for them than ever before. The slowly dawning reality of the impossibility of continuing the way we have done for centuries will inevitably require that we find new ways of “valuing” people, and that we find new ways of ensuring that they can live with dignity even if they cannot use their considerable skills to support themselves or anyone else. For several reasons I worry especially about what we will do when the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan inevitably wind down. With the unemployment rate as high as it is now, where will the returning soldiers, sailors and airmen and women find work when they return from the battlefields? The horrors that we visited on veterans from past conflicts will pale in comparison to our institutional inability to reintegrate these young women and men into productive lives when they have completed their military service. Our society is already groaning under the weight of its own seeming inability to cope with contemporary social reality.

How, then, will we rise to the challenge when things get even more stressful? With no vision for a world that values people for who they are, rather than for what they can produce, it will take more than philosophers and sociologists, and certainly more than politicians and pundits, to broaden the horizons of our government and our nation to the point where they realize that the whole system under which we live will have to be reworked so that people can survive adequately whether they work or not. And speaking of valuing people for who they are, I want to mention that I will be in Israel during the last week of January. It is common knowledge that Israel is the one country where, if you are a Jew who is not part of the Orthodox or ultra-Orthodox Jewish establishment, you are treated as a second-class citizen. Only Orthodox rabbis may legally officiate at weddings (there are no civil weddings in Israel), and only Orthodox rabbis may officiate at funerals and burials. Lately, it has gotten even worse: Rabbinical leaders of the ultra-Orthodox have taken to the media to demonize, dehumanize, dismiss, and delegitimize Jews of any other denomination, even fomenting violence against those who would dare to challenge or stand up to them. It was with that image in mind that in January of 2010 I got the idea to organize a trip to Israel of rabbis from Northern California from all denominations and streams, so that we could demonstrate to those who were still allowed to watch television, read the newspapers, and listen to the radio, that there were other, better, non-coercive ways to coexist as Jews. The result of that idea is that about thirty of us, from Orthodox to Conservative to Reconstructionist to Renewal to Reform, will travel together, study together, eat together, pray together, do chesed projects together, and share hotel rooms together during a highly-visible and publicized week in Israel. We hope to show Israelis that Judaism is not monolithic, that it need not be coercive, that we can, in fact, get along and work together to improve and repair the world, regardless of our denominational affiliations. Continued on page 18


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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Happy Secular New Year lines. We do want to hear from everyone on this, so please do make your ideas known, or come to a meeting at the Everyone! rd The STATE of THE TEM- Temple on the 3 Monday of every month, at 7pm. PLE: B’ruchas and Bagels Shabbat –a new way to come to2010 was a busy, busy year. gether to mark the end of the busy work week in a Jewish Your Temple Board, and way, spending an hour with family and friends before the those we have enlisted to evening begins. After this you can choose to attend the work with us, have worked so service or not, but it is a nice way to mark Shabbat with very hard in 2010 to lay a your family. Check the TI Times for our next event. good foundation for growth for the years to come. Tot Shabbats led by Rachel Herrmann. There is information on this activity in the Bulletin. As promised, we have taken the necessary steps to make sure that our financial records are in the best order. Our Game night is fun and free and oh – did I say fun? And first statements went out some weeks ago and while some FREE? Check us on Facebook for dates and times. are being corrected, we are finally able to move forward with from this point. Jan Johnson has done a heroic job The Jewish Chef Series is almost here, featuring wellwith our bookkeeping, and we appreciate her for it. known Jewish restaurateurs and chefs from around the Bay Area. (January 23 – Feb 13, 2011, from 10:30 a.m.-noon) This year we changed our dues structure, allowing our This is a perennial favorite, with lots of prizes and great newest members to “try us on” in the first year. We pro- food. It’s not too late to get tickets. vide a menu (Moshe’s List) of choice volunteer opportunities to find a good fit for everyone. At the same time, you all get to meet and to know other Temple members. With Purim: This year the Religious School and the Ritual this new structure we have welcomed more new members Committee will be working together to create one fantastic in a short few months than at any time in our recent his- community wide Purim Schpiel. Stay tuned for more detory. It is so exciting to see all the new faces; I hope to tails. meet with every one of you in person in the near future. Most importantly I want to say thank you for all the supBut we cannot look forward with out celebrating our past: port you have shown to the Board and to me in 2010. Thank you for all the volunteer work you have all done. Todah RABAH to Betty Riback and the entire 90th AnniWe couldn’t do it without you. Thank you to Mindy, versary Committee for the various anniversary recognition Sherry and Jan. And thank you Rabbi Bennett. events they sponsored throughout the year. The culmination of these activities was The Anniversary Tea on Dec 18. It was a very lovely event, honoring those of our con- B’Shalom, gregation that have been members for more than 40 years. Cindy Berk It was a blessing to have them all gathered together, with their families, sharing their memories of Temple Israel from the days they first joined. Many of their children and grandchildren are our most active members today. So many of us are new to Alameda, it is a personal joy for me to be part of this history going forward. A just a few of many things on the horizon: The Rabbi Search committee is in full swing. You can see our work online at www.templeisraelalameda.org. There you can find meeting synopsis, surveys, and time-


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EDUCATION NEWS Dear Temple Israel Commu- Learning for learning’s sake is great but learning when it can be applied is really fantastic. There’s nothing nity: like seeing a child learn a prayer, and then watch him What does it take to learn hear the prayer spoken in the sanctuary, then see him or her follow along. something new? Learning something new is a Jewish value. The MishPublic school teaches us that the reward for learning nah encourages us to learn and study and when we do, something new and understanding content is a good we achieve a divine level of existence. grade, an “A,” but should that really be the motivator? Learning something new (in the case of the Religious School, Hebrew) can pose as a challenge. Hebrew has a different lettering system; is read in a different direction - right to left; books open from the other end; Hebrew presents sounds not present in English; and word order is very different (Hebrew sentences often begin with a verb followed by the subject.) And yet learning a complex language like Hebrew can be very rewarding. For many Temple Israel students, being able to read prayers in the service is a huge accomplishment. Religious School curriculum includes a progression of learning prayers so that by the Amitim bar/bat mitzvah year, students are familiar with the prayers they need to fully participate in a service. Students actively read and recite the prayers in Hebrew at the Sunday morning Religious School Tefillah service, and at class-led Shabbat services. We encourage students to attend regular Friday night services where again they can use their Hebrew knowledge.

There's a beautiful Jewish custom of drizzling honey on the letters the first time a child learns the Alef Bet. The purpose of the honey is not to disguise the work of learning that lies ahead, but to serve as a reminder to savor the sweetness of learning. And what a sweet process it is! B’Shalom, Mindy Myers, Director of Congregational Learning 510-593-5285; mindy@noteniks.com

Jewish Chef Series Volunteers Needed Poster distributors, ticket takers,

Starting in fifth grade, students are given Hebrew conversation understanding. They learn words to hold a conversation: order a meal, ask the time, find out when the bus is arriving. It is the hope that one day they will use their conversational Hebrew knowledge and visit Israel. When learning something new becomes actualized something wonderful happens. The learner sees the direct relationship between learning and usefulness.

taste servers, raffle ticket takers, and room set up and tear down assistants needed. Please contact Mindy Myers asap to offer much needed help! mindy@noteniks.com


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ISRAEL “GOOD NEWS” BULLETIN DECEMBER, 2010 A Reason for Hope in the Midst of the Carmel Fire As Israel counts the cost of the Carmel forest fire, one of the worst civilian tragedies in its history, many find hope in the way the world, and even some of Israel's nearest neighbors, responded. So far it has taken more than 40 lives, scorched over 12,500 acres of some of Israel's most beautiful countryside, destroyed five million trees, and forced thousands to flee. But even in the midst of this awful crisis, many see an unexpected silver lining. When Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu called for aid in battling the fire, it poured in with alacrity from all directions. Britain, the United States, Russia, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy and Cyprus all responded with supplies, planes and forces to fight the flames of this humanitarian disaster. But most surprisingly of all, so too did countries with whom Israel’s relations have been strained - Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, and even the Palestinians, all sent aid, laying down the unexpected potential for a thaw in government relations. Jerusalem’s Contributions in Biotechnology Jerusalem is known as Israel’s political and spiritual capital, its largest city, and a holy site of deep significance to the three monotheistic religions. The city is also on its way to becoming a world center of biotechnology. Three of the city's hospitals - Hebrew University, Shaare Tzedek Medical Center, and Hadassah Medical Center - are responsible for half of the substantial biotechnology research done in Israel today. Hebrew University is 12th in the world in biotech patents. The new BioMed Park is the country's first technology campus devoted to medical devices and biotech companies. Over 1,800 students graduate from life sciences programs at Jerusalem universities each year, and the city also has the highest number of life sciences Ph.D. students in Israel. Addressing the Crisis of Dry Lands

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“Desertification” refers to fertile land becoming dry desert. Many factors contribute to the problem, such as soil erosion, climate change and groundwater mismanagement. Israel, which is 97 percent dry land, was one of the first countries to begin addressing this crisis. "Desertification remains the orphan of global environmental problems on our planet," declares Ben-Gurion University professor Alon Tal, founder of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. Tal organized the annual International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification, held in early November in co-operation with UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). More than 500 government officials and academics from 50 countries, including Palestinian and Jordanian delegates, participated. Israel is one of the few countries that has successfully restored marginal lands and is recognized worldwide as a leader in protecting its dry lands from further deterioration. Knocking out Acne with a Plastic Patch Individuals suffering from acne will try anything to make the redness and infection go away, but existing treatments have had mixed results. A new plastic polymer from Israel brings great hope to acne sufferers. The treatment consists of a patch with polymers inside that is applied overnight. According to the developers, the redness, pus and pain associated with acne is significantly reduced within 6 hours and after 24 hours, many of the lesions are almost fully healed. The acne patch, considered a 'medical device' and not a drug, will be on Israeli pharmacy shelves early next year, sold over-the-counter. Marketing to the US and Europe will come after the patch has been thoroughly tested in Israel. Fighting cancer with early detection The earlier cancer is detected, the better the odds of a cure. And while it's not so simple to find cancerous cells before they have multiplied enough to be noticeable, it might not be long before healthcare workers can start stocking an American-Israeli bio-tech company's diagnostic kit that can detect increased risk for breast cancer. This significant advance in the war on cancer is predicated on the ability to find abnormal genes or proteins called biomarkers. Earlier this summer, a subsidiary of Micromedic Technologies Continued on page 12


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Don’t miss out on this delicious experience

The Jewish Chefs Series A 4-Part Sunday Morning Culinary Series

Jan. 23 - Feb. 13 from 10:30 a.m. –Noon at Temple Israel, 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda This one-of-a-kind culinary series features well-known restaurateurs and chefs from around the Bay Area doing cooking demonstrations, giving tastes, & sharing recipes!  Jan 23: A Chocolate Extravaganza with guests Nancy Nadel, gourmet chocolatier who hand-makes her chocolates; and Tour Guide for the San Francisco Chocolate Tour!  Jan. 30: Jonathan Worwick co-owner of the East Bay’s best Mediterranean Restaurant, “Amba!”  Feb. 6: Jewish mobile food vendors: The Jewish Deli truck; Pearl’s Kitchen; The Egg Cream Cart!  Feb. 13: Michael Rose, owner of Semifreddi’s, “the” place for delicious breads and pastries! ————————————————————————————————————————————Ticket Order Form Yes! I want to come to the 4-part Jewish Chef Series. Enclosed is my check for $60, made payable to Temple Israel with “Jewish Chef” in the memo line. Please mail check to: Temple Israel Jewish Chef Series, 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda, CA 94502. Order must be received BEFORE Jan 20 for tickets to be left at will call. Name____________________________________________________________________________________ Address__________________________________________________________________________________ Phone_______________________________ Email______________________________________________________


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Tot Shabbat Services at Temple Israel

Friday, January 21, 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: Feb. 18, March 18, Apr. 15, and May 20 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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EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT CONVERSION‌ BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK Are you thinking about converting and have questions about the process? Have you already converted and have advice? Confused? Curious? Join Jews by Choice, born Jews and non-Jews to discuss a subject more awkward than sex. Yes, we're going to answer your questions about... Conversion! Come to a Jewish Conversion Workshop on January 30th to get all your questions answered. We'll have a panel of Jews-by-Choice to tell you about their experiences first-hand. Invite your friends - all are welcome! Date: January 30, 2011 Time: 1pm Where: Temple Sinai - Oakland Cost: FREE

90th ANNIVERSARY TEA On Dec. 18, 2010, Temple Israel held a tea honoring our membership, and especially members who have been here for 40 years or more. Long-term honorees were Stella Campbell, Wilma Garfinkle, Gretel Gates, Margie Gates, Harry Hankin, Walt & Judy Jacobs, Elaine Kofman, Josie Schwartz, and Charlie Wolf. Temple Israel thanks the 90th Anniversary Committee, led by Betty Riback, for this lovely event, and all Temple Israel members for their time and efforts in keeping the Temple going!


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CORRECTION ON PAGE 40 OF THE 90TH ANNIVERSARY COOKBOOK Barbecue Meatballs—Mary Gold The recipe should read: MEAT BALLS

TEMPLE ISRAEL’S 90TH ANNIVERSARY COOKBOOK

1/2 c. boiling water 1 bouillon cube 2 lbs. ground meat (beef or turkey) 1 1/2 c. soft bread crumbs 1/4 c. chopped onion 1 egg 1 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper Mix together. Form into approximately 40 one inch balls. Place in baking dish. Add sauce (see below) and sliced lemon. The words in italics were left out in the cookbook.

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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. They make great housewarming, birthday, or anniversary gifts! 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.

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 melrwaldorf@gmail.com or call the Temple office with your RSVP.


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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 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: davealt51@comcast.net

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submitted an application to the US Food and Drug Administration for approval to begin testing the kit's effectiveness for clinical use. Already, clinical studies at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem show that the kit achieves a nearly perfect rate of detection sensitivity. Eco-tourism on the upswing in Israel From bird watching on a major migration route, to staying at an eco-friendly B&B, tourists to Israel can have a great time traveling with minimal impact on the environment. Environmental tourism is on the upswing in Israel, especially in the Galilee region in the north. Tourists and locals alike are traveling the country and enjoying activities that have minimal impact on the environment and build cultural and environmental awareness. "Green" lodging, organic eateries, biking and hiking trails, bird-watching sites, ecological study tours - all these and more are springing up

across the country. A good example is Hemdatya, situated on a Galilee moshav called Sedra Ilaniya. It's a small, fiveroom, bed and breakfast in carefully restored stone farm buildings from the early 20th century. The complex includes vineyards and seasonal organic vegetable gardens, providing food and wine for its guests. “ISRAEL GOOD NEWS BULLETIN” is intended to help you learn more about the positive contributions taking place in the state of Israel. Adapted from “Israel 21C and news from the Weizmann Institute, these stories are distributed weekly by the “Temple Isaiah Israel and World Jewry Committee” and selected and provided to you monthly by the East Bay JCRC. If you are interested in learning more about the East Bay JCRC, please contact your JCRC representative (Felice Zensius at felicez@ymail.com).


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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS! Please welcome the families who have joined Temple Israel since last summer: Ackiron, Evan & Manlapaz, Rowena Banks, Deborah & Porter, Randy Bregman-Forshaw, David & Jennifer Cohen, Eric Corman, Steve & Sheila Ellson, Steve & Marcucci, Michele Garfinkle, Bob & Kathy Gleicher, D'Anne & Cliff Graber, Reyla Harris, Steven and Maya Kurtzner, Bernice Lessinger, Matt & Mirna Mitchell, Karen Ogorzalek, Karyn & David Raber, Melissa & Goldwasser, Ivan Sauter, Nick and Leslie Schindler, Ken & Pauline Skinner, Heather Tanner, Mitchelle Toth, Michelle & Gross, Barbara Thresher, Nicole Welcome to Temple Israel! We look forward to worshipping, socializing, and working with you!

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Patti and Larry Moskovitz Frank and Marlene Micco Elliot and Kathy Paget Howard Sidorsky

RABBI’S DISCRETIONARY FUND In honor of the marriage of Simon and Sarah Ffinch In memory of Rose and Sam Golbert In honor of Adam's becoming a bar mitzvah. With thanks

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LOOKING FOR SOMETHING? Chances are at one time or another you have lost or left behind a belonging at Temple - be it an umbrella, sweater, hat, kipah, book, serving dish, bracelet or what not. Did you lose something? Let us know. Find something? Report it and we will post your find. Just e-mail Moshe at margea4peace@yahoo.com with a brief description of the item and your e-mail address or phone number. These will be run as space permits and no more than 2 weeks. If found as a result of the post, let Moshe know so the post can be removed right away.

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 December, Bev Blatt, Gretel Gates, Alison Harris, and Doris Weiner-Gluckman prepared and delivered pasta with meat sauce, broccoli, rolls, cookies, 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 alhalameda@aol.com.

HIGH HOLY DAY GREETING CARD & YIZKOR BOOK Donations, continued from page 15

Mike & Betty Riback Terri Lutz Mel Waldorf & Jessica Lindsey C.J. Kingsley Stacy & Shaun Reid Miles & Susane Adler Robert & Jerrilyn Kaplan Beverly Blatt Josephine Schwartz Skip & Kim Soskin Darryl & Cindy Berk Peter & Carol Parker Kimberlee & Mark MacVicar Jerome & Eileen Savel Harvey & Bea Stoller Andre & Silvia Grassetti Kruglikov George & Svetlana Lozovik

Margie Gates Carol Brasel Arnold & Linda Schneider Barbara Stahl Gretel Gates Steve & Marlene Kofman Helen Kutin Joyce Salinas Felice & Wayne Zensius Tom & Marlene Miller Daniel Kapler Harry Hankin Lee & Alison Harris Jerry & Natividad Rabinovitz Barbara Gross Gary & Susan Fertig Burt & Myra Litvack Jean-Pierre Chelouche & Joyce August Stella Campbell

Wilma Garfinkle Herb & Dorie Behrstock Mikhail & Anna Linetsky Kara Levine Maxine Karell Roger & Brenda Finberg Howard & Sandy Sidorsky


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CONTRIBUTIONS Donations listed were received between 9/1/10— 11/23/10 Elaine Kofman Marian Lewin Virginia A. Zimmerman Wilma Garfinkle Treya Weintraub Herb & Dorie Behrstock Arthur & Mary Gold Paul & Judith Albert Margot Brodke Danice Morris Evelyn Mabee Lorraine Hall Herb & Dorie Behrstock C.J. Kingsley Treya Weintraub Jerry & Natividad Rabinovitz Alice & Linda Kamby Helen Kutin Matt & Mirna Lessinger

GENERAL FUND In memory of Herb Lewin & of Frank Weinberg In memory of Herbert Lewin In memory of Herbert Lewin In memory of Wilfred Garfinkle & Bertha Carlow In memory of Herbert Lewin In honor of Gretel Gates & Kimberlee MacVicar in recognition of Mitzvot In celebration of David M. wedding In memory of George Albert In honor of the birth of Ginello Stein In honor of Josie Schwartz’s 90th birthday In memory of Hans Gumpert In memory of E. Hicrcuitz In honor of Josephine Schwartz’s birthday & in memory of Herb Lewin In honor of Eric Strimling’s report In honor of Adam Paget’s Bar Mitzvah In memory of Norman Rabinowitz In memory of Uncle In memory of Bessie Kutin In honor of Anita Cocomello‘s birthday

HIGH HOLY DAY APPEAL Stuart Harris Ahna Suleiman Aileen Harris Simon Ffinch & Sarah Ohring Robert & Jerrilyn Kaplan Ruth Belikove Lars & Anna Christensen Jill F. Crane Alfred and Julia Farhi Rhonda Rose Farhi Saul & Paulette Ferster Kathleen Garfinkle Gretel Gates

Francis Greenspan Helen Kutin Jack Lim Terri Lutz Harriet Rotner Mike & Betty Riback Andrew Saltzman John & Denise Seiberling L. Ani & Dan Skidmore Treya Weintraub in honor of Lauren's Birthday Felice & Wayne Zensius Sidney & Lotte Weiss Scott Horstein

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YAHRZEITS January 7 Raphael Benisty Barbara Graber Martin Stahl Phyllis Croter Sharlyn Ellson Victor Graber Della Blumenstein Edward Mackey Roberta Pappas Melvin Schwartz Roger L. Guess Albert Harris Saul Kobran Marion Meyers Eda Greenberg Sylvia Klein Leo Marquez Marcia Miller January 14 Rose Cohen Morris Dorfman Molly Levine Bernice Bibo Sophie Crasilneck Charles Lewis Leo Rendel Joseph Corcos Sol Linver Samuel Kraus Audrey Lurie Phyllis Gainen January 21 Rachel Leah Kofman Temi Markowitz Ken Yeffa Simon Cohen Irmgard Greenebaum Muff Singer Frances Blumberg Sara Klein Angie Lewis Saul Litvack Larry Phillips Joseph Kamm Henry Marquez

1/2 1/2 1/2 1/3 1/3 1/3 1/4 1/4 1/4 1/4 1/5 1/5 1/5 1/5 1/6 1/6 1/7 1/7 1/8 1/8 1/8 1/11 1/11 1/11 1/11 1/12 1/12 1/13 1/13 1/14 1/15 1/15 1/15 1/16 1/16 1/16 1/17 1/17 1/17 1/17 1/17 1/18 1/18

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Shevat 1 Shevat 1 Shevat 2 Shevat 3

Shevat 7

Shevat 9 Shevat 10 Shevat 10

Shevat 11

Shevat 12 Shevat 12

Harold Stark Sam Hasson Helen Margolis Israel Fertig Louis Gassenheimer Sarah Paget Harlene Mae Rivkin Ellen Crasilneck Aenni Gumpert Paul Lipkowitz January 28 Georgette Cohen Lawrence Kruger Mary Cohen William Falterman Deborah Potak Leo Finberg Joyce Kamm Tamo Benabou Oscar Grossman Hosea Soboleff Morris Grossman Simon Rockowitz Mona Jacobs Irving Lebe Morris Cohen Harry Panietz Gertrude Solomon Geraldine Waldorf February 4 Evelyn Abrams Frances Mided Cone Maurice Kohan Irving Bennett Dora Singer

1/18 1/19 1/19 1/20 1/20 1/20 1/20 1/21 1/21 1/21 1/22 1/22 1/23 1/23 1/23 1/24 1/24 1/25 1/25 1/25 1/26 1/26 1/27 1/27 1/28 1/28 1/28 1/28 1/30 1/30 1/30 1/31 1/31

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Shevat 17 Shevat 17 Shevat 18 Shevat 18

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CELEBRATIONS BIRTHDAYS David Altschuler Ken Schindler Ashley Ackerman Edward Riback Daniel Zinn Beverly Garfinkle Reva Kopel Mike Riback Laura Grunbaum Elaine Leadlove-Plant Kenneth Kofman Randy Guber Arthur Gold Elena Gruber Julia Sussman Stella Campbell David Forshaw

January 2 January 3 January 4 January 4 January 4 January 5 January 5 January 5 January 9 January 9 January 11 January 13 January 16 January 16 January 17 January 23 January 26

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8th 10th

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

January 4 35th anniversary January 11 36th anniversary January 19 9th anniversary

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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—Noon on Monday and Tuesday and 9:00 AM– 12:00 PM Thursday 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 Education—Mike Riback Ritual— Suzi Scher Membership—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: Office@templeisraelalameda.org. RABBI: Allen B. Bennett, rabbi@templeisraelalameda.org DIRECTOR OF CONGREGATIONAL LEARNING: Mindy Myers educator@templeisraelalameda.org

ADMINISTRATOR: office@templeisraelalameda.org

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and effort, and I have high hopes for our success. I’ll give you a complete report upon my return.

There has never been a trip like this from Northern California. We are working closely with the local Consulate General of Israel, the Northern California Board of Rabbis, the East Bay Council of Rabbis, with financial support from the Bay Area Jewish Federations, Sinai Memorial Chapel, and several other sources, all in the hope that our efforts will help Israelis learn that internal Jewish conflicts in the Jewish state are unnecessary and are detrimental to the wellbeing of the country and its citizenry. I am very excited to be involved in this undertaking

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

In the meantime, may the (secular) New Year bring you sustenance, well-being, and peace. Shalom, Rabbi Allen B. Bennett


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UPCOMING ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS BRUCHAS AND BAGELS Jan. 14, 6:30 PM: Join us for the recitation of the traditional Shababt blessings over the candles, wine, and challah, and enjoy a light bagel snack! See page 9 for more information. TU B’SHEVAT SEDER Jan. 19, 6:45 PM: Watch your mail for more information TOT SHABBAT Jan. 21, 6:30 PM: A short service for young children. See page 7. JEWISH CHEFS’ SERIES BEGINS Jan. 23, 10:30 Am—Noon: Chocolate with Nancy Nadel Jan. 30, 10:30—Noon: Jonathan Worwick of Amba See pages 1 and 6 for more information. BIG BAND NIGHT Jan. 26, 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. MINYAN AND BAGEL BREAKFAST Jan. 30, 9:30 AM: Join us for davenning followed by a delicious bagel brunch

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


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