Volume XXXVI, No. 4
Annual Brotherhood Hanukkah Dinner December 9, 5 pm Page 4
Volunteer Appreciation Reception Monday, December 10 2:00 to 4:00 pm Page 3
Sunday School Hanukkah Contest Best Overall Winner Elana Berger, 5th grade Parents: Michelle Elisburg & Nathan Berger
Chinese Dinner and a Movie with Rabbi David Ariel-Joel December 25, 7 pm Page 11
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Sandwich Making for the Homeless
December 25, 2:00 pm Page 6
Hold the Date! The Masqued â€œMatzahâ€? Ball A Temple FUNdraising Event Saturday, March 9
5101 US Hwy 42 Louisville, KY 40241 t 502.423.1818 www.templeaibs.org
A Taste of Torah One does not travel to Jerusalem, one returns … One brings backpacks stuffed with memories to each mountain and each hill … One offers a blessing for memories of the past which have been renewed. One does not travel to Jerusalem, One returns.
– From a poem by Yitzhak Yasinowitz
Return with us to the land of your soul. Perhaps you have never been to the Land of Israel, or perhaps you have just forgotten. It is said that all of our souls, and all the souls that will ever be, stood once together at Sinai. If it has been that long since your soul beheld the wonder of Jerusalem, it is definitely time for you to return. If you have been before, in this lifetime, much has changed and much is changing, and it is time for you, too, to return. There has been a revolution in Biblical archeology; there is so much more to see. Israel’s cities have grown, the land has become even more lush and green. The politics is always changing, but the soul of the people, our people, has remained the same. Return again to the Land and to its people. It is time for us to return. We will travel to familiar places, with extensive touring in the city of Jerusalem, to Qumran and the Dead Sea, and north to the mystical city of Safed. And we will explore new pathways, places of significance to Jews and Christians alike: Tzipori or Sephoris in the Galilee, Tiberias, and archeological digs that provide insight into our evolving understanding of Bible for today. Return with us to the Holy Land, to the Land of Israel, Spring Break, March 28– April 10, 2013; return to the land of our dreams. Call us for further information or a trip brochure.
Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport Open Office Hours for Rabbis Our Rabbis are available to meet with you throughout the week by appointment. Just call The Temple at 423-1818 and set up a time to come by. Or if you would rather, you can just stop by during the Rabbis’ Open Office Hours which are listed below. Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport Mondays 3:00 to 5:00 pm Rabbi Gaylia R. Rooks Thursdays 10:45 am to 12:45 pm Rabbi David Ariel-Joel Mondays 8 am to 10 am Come by any of these times or call ahead if you want to make sure you won’t have to wait or to be sure the Rabbi is not on vacation.
In Memoriam The Congregation extends its sincere condolonces to the families of:
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OFFICERS Susan Abramson Lancaster President Craig Goldstein Senior Vice President Susan Waterman Vice President Karen Berg Vice President Scott Norton Vice President Michael Friedman Treasurer Marlene Schaffer Secretary Marty Ruby Immediate Past Pres. TRUSTEES Leslie Aberson* Ronald Abrams* Deb Aubespin Barry Bernson Jack E. Bergwerk Susan Levy Bodine Jack Benjamin Julie Y. Benson* M. Keiley Caster Joel Coleman James G. Davis* Arnold Friedman Michael Friedman Richard Frockt* Alan Glaubinger Leonard Goddy* Matt Golden Irvin Goldstein Stephen Goodman Sara Gould* H. Philip Grossman* Michael Heideman* James Hertzman* Lori Holland Mark L. Judah I. Marshall Kahn* Robert M. Klein* Jessica Loving Nancy Martin
Jacques Morris* Greg Nefouse* Laurence Nibur Houston Oppenheimer* Mark Oppenheimer* Marlene Ornstein Stuart Robenson Siddy Rosenberg Shannon Rothschild Sara Ruby Ellen Shaikun Matt Schwartz Marcia Schuster David N. Shapero* Leni Sweet Jerry Uslander* Karl Victor III Jay L. Waldman* Robert V. Waterman* Barth Weinberg* Edward Weinberg* Paula Wolf Sally Younger Rabbi Joe Rapport Rabbi Gaylia Rooks Rabbi David Arie-Joel * Past President
The Temple Mission Statement
Martin Kasdan Anne Brunton Weeter
Monday Night Adult Ed Basic Judaism New Trimester begins January 7 “Holidays” with Rabbi Gaylia Rooks
The Temple Board of Trustees
Elmer Jaspan Ann Roth Hannah Bloom
The mission of The Temple is to: • be a center for Reform Judaism in Louisville, Kentucky • provide spiritual guidance and strength through the practice of Judaism • emphasize the ideals and objectives of Reform Judaism through worship, education, congregational programming, social justice, and our community relationships • promote the perpetuation of our Jewish heritage.
President’s Message Our congregation is about worship and prayer, study and learning. Within our congregation, we provide many opportunities to celebrate the study of Torah. The Temple is committed to offering quality Jewish education for all ages. Years ago, when I taught in The Temple Religious School and the high school program held at the JCC, we explored famous American Jews. For students who were in their pre-adult learning stage, it was a new experience. Certainly Jewish Americans have contributed in many ways in the sciences, the political arena, in sports, and the arts. Nobel Prizes have been awarded to more than 800 individuals, of whom approximately 27 percent were Jews, although the Jewish population is estimated at less than two-tenths of 1 percent of the world population. Jewish laureates Elie Wiesel and Imre Kertesz survived their extermination camp experiences during the Holocaust. During World War II, physicist Albert Einstein became an American citizen after he fled to the United States from his German homeland. For many readers, this list is a review of historic accomplishments with which you are already familiar. You may wish to consider this a review course in Jewish Contributions to Society. Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin created and developed vaccines for polio. Gabriel Lipmann discovered color photography. Maria Meyer identified the structure of atomic nuclei and Julies Mayer discovered the law of thermodynamics. Isaac Singer invented the sewing machine; Levi Strauss created denim jeans with rivets at the pockets at the request of gold prospectors in the 1849 California Gold Rush; Joseph Pulitzer established a prize for achievements in journalism, literature, music and art. Norman Mailer and Philip Roth have won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Isaac Bashevis Singer and Saul Bellow won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Emma Lazarus wrote the poem, “The New Colossus” which is inscribed on a bronze tablet on the base of the Statue of Liberty. Sandy Koufax made news when he decided to not pitch in Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because the game fell on Yom Kippur. He gained national attention due to the conflict between his professional and personal beliefs. Mark Spitz, an outstanding Indiana University swimmer, won seven gold medals in the 1972 Summer Olympics. Spitz was also a 10-time Maccabiah champion. Jewish figure skaters Sasha Cohen and Sarah and Emily Hughes have won championships and medals. Aly Raisman was the captain of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She won a gold medal in floor exercise performing her routine to “Hava Nagilah” and she is a member of a Reform congregation in Massachusetts. Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first Jewish woman Supreme Court Justice. Justice Louis Brandeis, the first Jewish justice, was born in Louisville in the 1850s. Joe Lieberman, Gabby Giffords, Al Franken, and Golda Meir contributed to American and world politics. Actors and musicians Paul Simon, Barbra Streisand, Leonard Bernstein, Judy Blume and Steven Spielberg enrich our lives through their contributions to the arts. As we celebrate this Hanukkah season, what future gifts will Jews develop and discover that will make positive differences in our lives. Will children in our congregation who are learning about worship and prayer also contribute gifts to the world? May the light of Hanukkah shine on you and your family during this Hanukkah season and throughout 2013.
Susan Abramson Lancaster Temple President
Administrators Corner In early January, we will kick off our new web site. Nathalie Adler, member of Temple staff, has done a monumental job of pulling this together. There was also tremendous input and time given by Karl Victor and Michael Furey. Please look for more information to access our new web site. For all our wonderful volunteers who help in so many, many ways, the rabbis and staff will sponsor a Volunteer Appreciation reception in The Temple Library on Monday, December 10, from 2–4 pm. All volunteers are welcome. Then on Friday, December 14, The Temple will have its Volunteer Shabbat services in the Waller Chapel. All volunteers will be asked to stand and be given a special blessing by our rabbis. Please give us these opportunities to thank you for all that you do for The Temple. Sally Younger Adminstator Welcome New Temple Members Yefim Burshteyn
All Temple Volunteers and Spouses are invited to a special afternoon at The Temple. Please join us on Monday, December 10 from 2 to 4 pm. Refreshments will be served
Hold The Date
The Annual Monte Carlo Night at Temple Saturday, January 26th THE TEMPLE Congregation Adath Israel Brith Sholom 5101 U.S. Highway 42 • Louisville, Kentucky 40241 Phone (502) 423-1818 • FAX (502) 423-1835 www.templeaibs.org
Rabbis: Joe Rooks Rapport Gaylia R. Rooks David Ariel-Joel Rabbi Emeritus: Chester B. Diamond Music Director Dr. Louis Bailey
The Temple Religious School
Administration: Sally K. Younger, Executive Director Jack Benjamin, Emeritus Staff: Lark Phillips Cindy Hytken Becky King Tish Mooney Carol Rifkin
Principal: Joyce Eiseman Assistant: Nathalie Adler Emeritus, Irv Goldstein
The Temple Trager Early Childhood Education Center Director: Alison Roemer
Building Management Manager: Ted Davis Matthew Gaines Mike Asher
Assistant: Gina Koestel
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There is so much to look forward to this winter. We will be hosting our annual Gilda’s Club dinner this holiday season. Martha Weinberg is chairing this event. It is something that WRJ loves doing and we greatly appreciate everyone’s hard work to make the dinner a great success. If you would like to help, please contact me. Join us in January for another fun game day. Our October game day was very successful and we look forward to January. Watch The Temple e-mails for details. In February we will again be hosting our wonderful Interfaith, with many church members attending from around the city. This event is open to everyone. If you have never attended this wonderful morning of delicious baked goods, conversation and friendship, you have missed a wonderful opportunity. Please plan to attend. This event is chaired by Mercedes Nibur. More information will be forthcoming. Many thanks to everyone who baked and purchased our holiday breads. The money collected went to the YES Fund. Thanks to Sandy Braunstein for chairing this event. WRJ has been busy working in our beautiful gift shop. If you still have holiday shopping to do, please drop by. We have many wonderful gift ideas and free gift wrapping. Shop with us and help “your” Temple. We have extended holiday hours and would be happy to meet you by appointment. Welcome to all new Sisterhood members. If you would like to become involved, contact one of our board members and we will be happy to get you started on an upcoming project. Happy Hanukkah to everyone. Marlene Ornstein WRJ President
The Temple Brotherhood opening speaker in October was Bellarmine University basketball coach Scotty Davenport. The greatest takeaway I received from his inspirational speech was humility. He impressed me with the importance of saying, “thank you.” He thanked the players for earning the NCAA Division II national championship. He thanked the coaches, the professors, the administration, the parents, the fans, Bellarmine, the team’s bus drivers, and everyone else whose hands he could shake. Dick Swope, president and CEO of Swope Auto Group, was our November speaker. He too said “thank you” to past, present, and future customers. This also left a lasting impression. The rabbis teach us to begin our day by saying “thank you” for waking up. What a great idea. On behalf of The Temple Brotherhood, I thank all of our members—our regular dues paying members, members of our “mensch” category, and members of our “real mensch” category and everyone else who participates. I also thank our senior members for their guidance and our Bar Mitzvah members who give us a view of our future, and especially our executive director, Ellen Shaikun, for ideas and dedication. Thanks also go to the Brotherhood Choir and those who helped during the Brotherhood Shabbat and, in advance, the Boy Scouts of Troop 30 and their parents for their upcoming work on our Family Hanukkah on December 9. Happy Hanukkah to all. B’shalom. Michael Friedman, Interim President
WRJ December Coupon 15% off one item excluding: books, CDs, cards, and items $10 or under. Menorahs, Candles, Decorations and more . . .
WRJ Gift Shop Hanukkah
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Annual Brotherhood Hanukkah Party Bring Your Own Menorah Sunday, December 9, 5 to 7 pm Home-made Latkes Fabulous Dinner Games & Music Fun for the entire family Reservations Required 423-1818 Only $ 12 adults and Children 3 - 13 only $5 Children 2 years and under are Free! Your check should be made out to The Temple Brotherhood. Checks should be mailed or delivered to The Temple. Dinners will be graciously prepared and served by The Temple’s Boy Scout Troop 30.
Weekly Torah Portions
Dear Families, Happy Hanukkah. We love celebrating this “home-based” holiday that is central to Jewish life and provides a multitude of valuable themes: • Religious Freedom—We should be tolerant and respectful of all religions. • Awareness of Miracles—Celebrate the large and small miracles in our own lives. • Optimism and Hope—Work to make change and good things will happen. • Courage and Perserverence—The Macabees were courageous and fought hard, and so should we. • In addition, Hanukkah provides us with many rituals and ritual objects: • Hanukkiah (a menorah has only seven branches; the hanukkiah used at Hanukkah has nine). • The shamash “helper” candle on the hanukkiah. The other eight candles are holy, so we look at them, but do not touch them. Only this candle is held to light the others. • Placing your hanukkiah in the window for the world to see. • Playing the driedel game. • Giving thanks to God for providing “light.” • Eating latkas and donuts, as they are cooked in oil (referring to the miracle of the small bit of oil lasting eight days). • … and our family favorite - refraining from work and enjoying family time together, as the candles burn
Vayishlach: Genesis 32:4-36:43 Dec. 2 •Jacob wrestles with a “man,” who changes Jacob’s name to Israel. •Jacob and Esau meet and part peacefully, each going his separate way.
December 2 • Gift Shop sales—see the largest supply of Hanukkah items in the state of Kentucky. All students visit the WRJ gift shop for a short time during Religious School. • The Religious School provides each family with a box of Hanukkah candles. This gift goes home with your youngest child. • Preschool Holiday Hanukkah Program for children ages 2–5 (not yet in Kindergarten). 9:45 am in the BIG Room. Please RSVP to email@example.com
Vayechi: Genesis 481-50:26 Dec. 30 •Jacob blesses his grandchildren Ephraim and Manasseh. •Jacob’s twelve sons gather around his deathbed, and each receives a blessing.
December 9 - Hanukkah celebrated at Religious School • 7th and 8th grades go bowling with the kids from AJ, KI, and Temple Shalom. • This is our 10th annual collection of hats, gloves, and underwear (new items) for needy children in Louisville. Please bring your donation to Sunday School. We also will collect gently used coats for children. • The Temple Giant Latka/Hanukkah Party (sponsored by the Brotherhood), 5–7 pm in the Heideman Auditorium. Reservations Required ($12.00 per adult/$5 per child). call 4231818 to RSVP. • Games, songs, a special play by the 3rd Grade Mark Your Calendar • December 16—Sunday School in session. • December 19—Wednesday Hebrew School in session. • January 9, School back in session.
Joyce Eiseman Religious School Principal
Vayeishev: Genesis 37:1-40:23 Dec. 9 •Jacob favors his son Joseph with a coat of many colors, which Joseph’s brothers resent. •Joseph brothers sell him into slavery. After he is shown Joseph’s coat of many colors, which had been dipped in blood, Jacob is led to believe that Joseph has been killed by a beast. Mikeitz: Genesis 41:1-44:17 Dec. 16 •Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s two dreams and predicts seven years of prosperity followed by seven years of famine. •Pharaoh places Joseph in charge of food collection and distribution. Vayigash: Genesis 44:18-47:27 Dec. 23 •Judah steps forward to defend Benjamin and offers him to Joseph himself as a replacement. •Joseph reveals himself to his brothers and forgives them for selling him into slavery.
Senior University Senior University isn’t until April 18, but the planning starts NOW! The first planning session will take place on Wednesday, December 5 at 12:15 pm in the Fishman Library. Come share your ideas and help make the 2013 Senior University another big success! Have questions or need more information? Contact Rabbi Gaylia Rooks at 212-2035. Bulletin Committee
Arnold Friedman, Chair Cindy Hytken Siddy Rosenberg Karen Waldman Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport
and you . . .
Submit your article or photo to: Cindy Hytken, 423-1818 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Winter Clothing/Furniture Drive Winter clothing/furniture drive: with cold weather starting, agencies are looking for warm things NOW. Coalition for the Homeless/St. John’s Center is looking for COATS, socks, new underwear, toboggans, sweaters and heavy gloves for outdoor men. St John’s Center and Wellspring need furniture, pans, dishes, lamps and baskets with kitchen items to outfit apartments for their clients.
Wellspring December 2nd Wellspring’s “Concord House” Holiday Brunch for 8 women managing their lives and mental illnesses. 1-2:30 p.m., 3337 Breckinridge Lane. These ladies LOVE US! Amy has gift list! Wellspring Ardery & Journey Houses: provide gifts and Pizza Party for 10 residents at each of these Wellspring Houses. Wellspring provides support for people with mental illnesses. Schuhman Center Food Baskets Schuhman Center: help assemble food baskets at Christ Church Cathedral, 2nd & Liberty St. from 9:30 am -2 pm. Dec. 10, 11, 12th, 5-7 volunteers per day. Bring your group, this is fun. Brooklawn Children’s Home Brooklawn Children’s Home: Be an Elf! 6-10 volunteers needed to help wrap gifts for residents on Dec.17 10 am-Noon. or 2-4 pm at 2125 Goldsmith Lane, Meet at Receptionist Desk @ Administration Building . Just bring scissors. Cathedral of the Assumption Soup Kitchen Cathedral of the Assumption Soup Kitchen: Serve lunch Christmas week Dec 21, 24 or 27th from 10:45 am -1:15 pm. 4-5 volunteers are needed per shift at 443 S. Fifth. Cookies needed too. Ages 12 and up. They are also looking for donations of extra hotel toiletries, toothpaste, lip balm or hand sanitizer. Home of the Innocents Home of the Innocents: read to and bake cookies with medically fragile residents on Dec. 25 at 10 am, 1100 E. Market Street. This is FUN.
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Ronald McDonald House Ronald McDonald House: provide and serve brunch for about 35 residents at 550 S. First Street, Dec. 25 from 9-11 am (families welcome). RSVP to Marci Rosengarten, Moss0806@aol.com
St. Vincent DePaul Open Hand Kitchen St. Vincent DePaul Open Hand Kitchen: need 10 volunteers to serve lunch December 25 11:30 am-1:30 pm, 1026 S. Jackson St. Must be 16. Maryhurst Girl’s Home Maryhurst Girl’s Home: brunch at Dorsey Lane on Dec. 25 - a Temple Shalom coordinated event. Gilda’s Club Month of December - Gilda’s Club: volunteer at this free community Cancer support group @ 633 Baxter Avenue anytime, RSVP to Drew 583-0075 Catholic Charities Rescue Agency This federally funded agency serves all denominations helping immigrants from 40 countries. Catholic Charities Rescue Agency: needs volunteers to adopt one of 250 immigrant families to buy a new outfit and a toy for each child in the family. The also urgently need ALL LINENS, towels, pots and pans, kitchenware, children’s mittens, caps, gloves and scarves, plus laundry and new home set up baskets. Drop off at Temple. Call Amy or contact Chris Clements directly at Catholic Charities 636-9263 x145. West End School This boarding school for boys is providing intense structure, nurture and education for middle school boys and needs volunteers to help make/serve meals to boarding school boys in middle school and K and pre-K day students. Especially looking for large casseroles and donations to furnish their new institutional kitchen! Contact Amy Trager email@example.com or Sandra Trager firstname.lastname@example.org for cooking. Wish list includes: sports equipment, clothes, school supplies, paper products, cleaning supplies, condiments and kitchen staples and supplies. Amy B has a list!
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M e r r y Mi tzvah at Temple Sandwich Making at Temple
Make 500 Sandwiches for St. Vincent DePaul at Temple. Help make 500 sandwiches at The Temple December 25, 2 pm. Meet at Temple kitchen, Call Rabbi David 423-1818 to RSVP and get your food assignment.
Jefferson County Public Schools Clothing Assistance Program
The Temple is collecting clothes to be donated to the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) Clothing Assistance Program (CAP). Please donate clothes, coats, gloves, hats, school uniforms, appropriate school clothes. Children and adult sizes are helpful. Contact Susan Allan for more details. Kids Against Hunger Join Rabbi David Monday, January 21 at 6:00 pm in The Temple kitchen for a wonderful way to celebrate the ideas of Martin Luther King. We will be preparing food and coordinating with “ Kids Against Hunger” and the AIDS Interfaith Ministries Please RSVP to Rabbi David or Becky King at 423-1818. This is a great family event. If you are unable to volunteer your time, please consider a monetary donation. For only $1.50, 6 meals can be packaged through this organization. Above photo from the November session. The group packaged over 1300 meals. Mazel Tov!
TORA - Tikkun Olam Relief Account Temple Members Helping Temple Members
Donation checks made out to “TORA” can be sent to The Temple and will be forwarded to our rabbis. Temple members who find themselves in a situation of financial hardship can confidentially ask any of our rabbis for assistance. We are one family – standing supporting one another.
The Caring Committee Cooking
Monday, December 24, 2:00 pm Join The Temple Caring Committee as we perform our first Mitzvah for 2013! We will be gathering in The Temple kitchen on December 24, at 2:00 pm to prepare frozen meals for 2013 delivery. Next year, the Rabbis will take these as care packages to the members of our congregation who are ill, have lost a loved one or otherwise need a little extra TLC! If you are interested in joining us, please RSVP to Margie Kommor at email MKommor@aol.com or (502) 228-5133.
The Temple Caring Committee Our Temple Caring Committee visits congregants residing in nursing homes and assisted living facilities or who are homebound. Please give us the names of all who would welcome a visitor. Also, please contact Susan Waterman at 426-1440 or email email@example.com if you are able to join our team of enthusiastic volunteers. We can always use additional visitors.
Raise Money for Temple - Use Kroger Card Start the New Year off with a mitzvah. Tell a friend and or neighbor about the Kroger Gift Card. If they require further information, call The Temple at 423-1818. Every purchase made using the Kroger Card benefits The Temple at no cost to the user. You can even add to the card using your credit card, so you can earn miles, etc., and help The Temple at the same time. Last month, participants earned $ 425 for the Temple. Get a Kroger gift card at The Temple and feel good all year. Thank You, Corine and Jack Bergwerk Committee Chairs
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Sunday School Hannukah Contest Winners
Nicole Scaiewicz, 1st grade, daughter of Ricardo and Valeria Scaiewicz
Libby Greenberg, 2nd grade winner, daughter of John and Courtney Greenberg
Hanukkah Art Contest Thank you all for those who participated in the Hanukkah drawing contest. The Temple Bulletin Committee selected the winners. Thank you committee members.
Brent Mannel, 5th grade winner, son of Rick and Mindye Mannel
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Emily McCurry, 3rd grade winner, daughter of Terry McCurry and Anna Feitelson.
Mitchell Gordon, 8th grade winner, son of Michael and Rhonda Gordon
Mazel Tov Aaron Daniel Victor, son of Colette and Karl Victor and brother of Gabriell, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, December 15, at 10:30 am at The Temple. Aaron is the grandson of Maxine Wines and the late Jack Wines and Roanne and Karl Victor Jr. Aaron is in the seventh grade at Meyzeek Middle School. For the past four years, Aaron has attended Goldman Union Camp and played baseball for the St. Matthews Little League. He also enjoys hanging out with his friends, playing video games, and listening to music. Aaron’s Bar Mitzvah project is collecting gently used toys to be donated to The Home of the Innocents. Aaron also has volunteered his time to The Temple Seder for The Earth that is sponsored for The Festival of Faiths for the past two years. Aaron and his family invite the community to join them as they celebrate this very special day. Elsie Ballew Celebrated her Special Birthday
Paula and Barry Weinshenker celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a recent Temple Oneg. Ms. Paula has taught kindergarden in the religious school for over 30 years. Pictured also, Cindy Hytken.
Rabbi Gaylia Rooks gave Elsie a special birthday blessing.
Laurie and Elsie Ballew
Temple Scholars’ Trip Around Town Touring Jewish Louisville Temple Scholars Old Jewish Louisville Tour on October 17.
Mazel Tov to Alex Maya and Temma Ross who were married by Rabbi Gaylia Rooks on October 20th. Alex is the son of Temple members Vicki and Mario Maya.
1st Graders During Sunday School
Temple Scholars’ at Greater Bethel Temple, formerly Adath Israel
The group toured Louisville and visited: • Greater Bethel Temple (formerly Adath Israel) • Unity of Louisville (formerly Adath Jeshurun) • Greater New Hope Community Church (Formerly Keneseth Israel) • Childhood home of Justice Louis Brandeis, 310 E. Broadway • The Highland Vineyard Church (formerly Brith Sholom) The Sunday School 1st grade class studies Hebrew from workbooks.
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December SUNDAY December 2
Religious School 9:30 am to 12:00 noon WRJ Gift Shop 9:30 am 1:00 pm Raising Jewish Children 11 am to 12 noon B’nai Mitzvah Class 12:30 pm
Religious School 9:30 am to 12:00 noon WRJ Gift Shop 9:30 am 12:00 pm B’nai Mitzvah Class 12:30 pm Hanukkah Dinner & Celebration 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Religious School 9:30 am to 12:00 noon B’nai Mitzvah Class 12:30 pm
Religious School Winter Break No school
Religious School Winter Break No school
MONDAY December 3 Adult Education 7:00 pm 8:00 pm
TUESDAY December 4
Minyan 7:30 am
Minyan 7:30 am
Adult Education does not meet
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Temple Scholars 9:30 am - 12:00 noon
19 Temple Scholars 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
B’nei Mitzvah Class 3:15 - 4:15 pm Hebrew School 4:30 to 6:00 pm
Temple Office Closed Sandwich Making 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Temple office closed Winter Break Caring Committee Cook- Chinese Dinner and ing Day a Movie 2-3:00 pm 7:00 pm
B’nei Mitzvah Class 3:15 - 4:15 pm Hebrew School 4:30 to 6:00 pm
Adult Education 7:00 pm 8:00 pm
Temple Scholars 9:30 am - 12:00 noon
B’nei Mitzvah Class 3:15 - 4:15 pm Hebrew School 4:30 to 6:00 pm WRJ Board Meeting 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Adult Education 7:00 pm 8:00 pm Volunteer Reception 2:00-4:00 pm
WEDNESDAY December 5
Happy New Year Temple office closed
Temple Scholars does not meet
B’nei Mitzvah Class does not meet Hebrew School does not meet
Temple Scholars does not meet
B’nei Mitzvah Class Winter Break no meeting Hebrew School Winter Break no meeting
THURSDAY December 6
Chavurat Shalom 12:00 noon Farmers Market 1:00 to 6:00 pm MRJ Poker Night 7:00 pm Board of Trustee Mtg. 7:00 pm
Chavurat Shalom 12 noon Farmers Market 1-6:00 pm
Chavurat Shalom does not meet Farmers Market 1-6:00 pm BSA Troop 30 7:00 pm MRJ Game Night 7:00 pm
FRIDAY December 7
Yahrzeit Service 6:30 pm Alef Service 7:00 pm Shabbat Service 7:00 pm Oneg Shabbat 8:00 pm
Yahrzeit Service 6:30 pm Volunteer Shabbat Service 7:00 pm Oneg Shabbat 8:00 pm
21 Yahrzeit Service 6:30 pm Shabbat Service 7:00 pm Oneg Shabbat 8:00 pm
SHABBAT December 8
Shabbat Vayishlach Torah Study 9:00 am Shabbat Services 10:30 am
Shabbat Vayeishev Torah Study 9:00 am Shabbat Services Bar Mitzvah Aaron Victor 10:30 am Rebbe’s Tisch 12 noon
Shabbat Mikeitz Torah Study 9:00 am Shabbat Services 10:30 am
Chavurat Shalom does not meet Farmers Market 1-6:00 pm
Yahrzeit Service 6:30 pm Shabbat Service 7:00 pm Oneg Shabbat 8:00 pm
Chavurat Shalom 12:00 noon Farmers Market 1-6:00 pm
Yahrzeit Service 6:30 pm Shabbat Service 7:00 pm Oneg Shabbat 8:00 pm
Shabbat Vayigash Torah Study 9:00 am Shabbat Services 10:30 am
Shabbat Vayechi Torah Study 9:00 am Shabbat Services 10:30 am
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Co nnecti ons Chinese Dinner and a Movie
December 25, 7:00-9:00 pm in the Waller Chapel only $5
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE 2011 BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM A FILM BY JOSEPH CEDAR
The story of a great rivalry between a father and son, both eccentric professors in the Talmud department of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The son has an addictive dependency on the embrace and accolades that the establishment provides, while his father is a stubborn purist with a fear and profound revulsion for what the establishment stands for, yet beneath his contempt lies a desperate thirst for some kind of recognition. The Israel Prize, Israel’s most prestigious national award, is the jewel that brings these two to a final, bitter confrontation. RSVP: 423-1818
Alef: A Service of Holiness and Renewal “Lights of Dedication & Rededication” December 7 - 7:00 pm (Waller Chapel) All ages are welcome to join us for a contemporary service with guitar and special music on the first Shabbat four times a year. The theme for December is “Lights of Dedication and Rededication.” You are invited to bring your favorite Hanukkah menorah or Shabbat candlesticks. Join us as we fill the Waller Chapel with the warmth of holiness of God’s Presence through light and love. (The first Alef Service of 2013 will take place on February 1.)
Saturday Torah Study 9:00-10:00 am with Rabbi David Meet in the Fishman Library before the morning service to read and discuss the Torah portion of the week over coffee, bagels, and other treats.
Thursdays at The Temple
Lunch at 12 noon Program at 1 pm RSVP: 423-1818 Lunch only $5
December 6 Remembering WWII December 13 Hanukkah Party Celebration December 20, Winter Break, no meeting December 27, Winter Break, no meeting January 3 New Years Day Party and Games Chavurat Shalom is a community wide program for all syngogues and unaffiliates. The program is generously funded by: JCL, NCJW, Jewish Community Excellence Grant from Jewish Hospital Healthcare, The Temple Brotherhood and Sisterhood and many other generous donors.
The Temple Farmers’ Market The Farm Market’s winter hours are from 1:00 pm until 6:00 pm, on Thursdays only. Dan Weintraub and Sherwood Acres Beef will be vending at the Farm Market this winter. Raffle Package Winners The Temple appreciates the support of everyone for the success of the raffle packages. The winners are: The Broadway Basket Carol Penner Around Town Package Mike Wolf
SPECIAL SHABBAT SERVICES IN COMING WEEKS: (All Erev Shabbat Services begin at 7 pm) December 14 - Volunteer Appreciation January 11 - Jewish Community of Louisville (JCL) January 18 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. January 25 - Founders’ Day Classical Service and Scout Shabbat
Cooking Package Marty Ruby Churchill & Bourbon Package Marlene Schaffer Basketball Package Amy Benovitz Downtown Dinner Kim Schwartz THE TEMPLE BULLETIN 11
A Time To Remember
Pillars of The Temple “LESSONS FROM OUR HISTORY” EVALYN WEISS
I don’t know anyone more knowledgeable or appreciative of our Temple’s past than Evalyn Weiss. Whenever we were together, she found such pleasure reflecting on the years gone by and I would enjoy the lessons of our congregation’s history, that she would share. Her family’s relationship with the congregation began 150 years ago with her great-grandfather, Isaac Bach, who affiliated with our synagogue in 1863, just two decades after it was founded and chartered. She loved to tell of Rabbi Adolph Moses marrying her grandmother’s niece in Mobile, Alabama, in her parent’s home -- the house where she was born. Dr. Moses was a Rabbi in Mobile at that time and eventually came to Louisville, where he became spiritual leader of our Temple in 1881. Evalyn relished relating these moments. Every detail was significant to her and filled her with pride at having been part of an historic continuity, which was to be valued and preserved. It continues with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, to this very day. She regarded her congregation’s history as more than merely interesting information, for to her it was always a personal experience -- heart, not just mind; faith, not just facts! It was the way she perceived her Temple, the same as she regarded music and art. As the pages of a libretto lifted her above the ordinary and mundane, so the pages of her prayer book inspired in her the values and ideals which governed her life. The artistic gifts with which she was blessed touched her soul and she was moved to share them with others. She worked in oils and watercolor and taught these skills at the JCC, especially to the seniors of Club 60. She excelled in needlework, as well, and her needlepoint renderings of Marc Chagall’s stained glass windows, which she made in memory of Rabbi Joseph Rauch, are now beautifully displayed along the main hallway of the Administrative Wing of The Temple. Not only are these works demanding for their intricacy of design, but they represent an extraordinary achievement, for she meticulously drew each complex pattern on the twelve canvases before doing the arduous thread embroidery itself. It was a further example of her expressing, through creative talent, her love for her Temple. Evalyn was a woman of peace, deeply committed to the Prophetic message of Social Justice so intrinsic to Reform Judaism. She was one of the earliest members of the “Women’s League for Peace and Freedom,” an organization that existed in the 1930s, when few women were prone to step forward publicly to pursue their ideals in quest of a better world. She was engaged in what is today one of our Temple’s most significant undertakings, which we call “Tikkun Olam,” “Repairing the World.” Evalyn Weiss took the lead at the congregation in activities intended to help those in need, advance human rights, and improve society. Furthermore, with her ecumenical spirit, universal thinking, and appreciation of diversity, she stood at the forefront of what became this congregation’s leading role in our community and country: “To do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with thy God.”(Micah 6:8) Indeed, in these vital matters, Evalyn Weiss succeeded with distinction and we are the heirs of that legacy! Rabbi Chester B. Diamond THE TEMPLE BULLETIN 12
Generous Donations Adult Education Fund
IN HONOR OF: Elsie Ballew’s 95th birthday Carol and Mickey Heideman
Blankets and Blessings
Generous donation from Marcia Schuster
Brotherhood Transportation Fund
IN HONOR OF: Eileen Hacker’s Birthday Bert and Shirley Geer’s grandson, Spencer’s Bar Mitzvah Laura Koby IN MEMORY OF: Henry Frank Norton and Marcia Frank
Cemetery Beautification Fund IN HONOR OF: Speedy Recovery Marcia Schuster Roz and Arnold Schneider IN MEMORY OF: Allan Baker Toni and Marty Goldman Henry and Barbara Altman Elsie Lowenstein Hillard Aberson Joseph Lang Les and Genie Aberson Martin Kasdan Henry and Barbara Altman Irving Herlands Selma Herlands Gertrude Herlands Strogetz Inez Segell
IN HONOR OF: Bernie Sweet’s 75th birthday Irene Zahler Elsie Ballew’s Special Birthday Sara Robinson and Norm Herman Ella Goodman IN MEMORY OF: Ellen Rieser Sherman and Carol Friedman Isidore Zahler Irene Zahler
Diamond Religious School Education Fund IN MEMORY OF: Max Jacobs Fred Jacobs Sholem Charnaya Roza Charnaya IN HONOR OF: Bernie Sweet’s 75th Birthday Shelly and Barry Meyers Barry and Paula Weinshenker’s 50th anniversary Charlene Gordon Terry and Jill Gilberts
Generous Donation to the Temple Funds Endowed Bricks for Landscape Project DONATIONS FOR BRICKS: Thomas Baer IN HONOR OF: Lauren Jung Maddox Jung Carson Jung CG and Jenny Jung Sarah Schwartz’ Bat Mitzvah Ann and Rob Schwartz Dylan, Cameron and Hayden Breier Ben and Shelly Breier Nadyne Lee Bill and Sonja Fitzgerald
IN HONOR OF: Speedy Recovery Sally Younger Raema Green Maxine and David Rouben Zehava Naamani Bernie Sweet’s 75th birthday Alex, Candy, Larry, Scott and Amy Gellen Emily Goldstein’s Bell Award Irv and Daisy Goldstein Speedy Recovery Marcia Schuster Harriet Dictor Barry and Paula Weinshenker’s anniversary Irv and Daisy Goldstein IN MEMORY OF: Henry Frank Elaine Frank Brooke Greenwald Cohen Ellen Rieser Fred Jacobs Allan Baker Irvin and Daisy Goldstein Bob Friedman and Sue Berman Joe and Susan Lancaster Sara and Jim Haynes Susan and Mike Vine Mandy and Andy Vine Henry Frank Julie, Jim, Daniel and Sarah Ensign William Schutz Gerald and Benita Berman Adora Lerner Rosenstein Simon A. Goodman Linda and Stephen Goodman Martin Kasdan Anne Weeter Joe and Susan Lancaster Joseph Rosenberg Joe and Trish Cohen
Fishman Library Fund IN HONOR OF: Bernie Sweet’s 75th birthday Evie and Chuck Topcik IN MEMORY OF: Brooke Greenwald Cohen Evie and Chuck Topcik
Max Hyman David and Dale Hyman
Generous Donation from: Mark Silver and Stephanie Reese Michael and Barbara Furey IN HONOR OF: Craig and Sandy Bowen’s anniversary Sharon and Tommy Glogower Speedy Recovery Sally Younger Gary and Terry Herman Bernie Sweet’s 75th Birthday David and Vicki Davis Bruce and Deborah Fisher Louise and Dennis Miller Sandee and Lester Miller Gary and Jill Fuchs’ Birthdays Barth and Martha Weinberg Barry and Paula Weinshenker’s anniversary Muriel and Roger Setters Evelyn Teichman Ella Goodman’s new great granddaughter Laverne Ontell IN MEMORY OF: Ellen Rieser Sharon and Tommy Glogower Elaine Bornstein Edward Saag Gary and Terry Herman Allan Baker Mario Paz and Annis Young Jim and Irene Karp David and Cheryl Karp Irwin Waterman Mark and Lucy Kerman Sandal Gulick Marcia Abramson AL Post, INC Maxine Switow Paula and Gil Markuson Maxine and Murrel Goldberg Shirley Jacobs Janet Berman Roz and Arnold Schneider Hummel, Coan, Miller, Sage and Rose Attorneys Edna Yarmuth Elaine Bornstein Edith Rubin Sandee and Lester Miller Judie Sherman and Family Gary and Terry Herman Robin Gould Scarbrough Lynn Goddy Bernard Trager Barth and Martha Weinberg Peggy Greenwald Brooke Greenwald Cohen David Bayersdorfer Bea Minstein Laura Regenbogen
Blanche Taustine Shirley Jacobs Lela Saag Gary and Terry Herman Jill Zichichi Bruce and Sharon Goodman
Albert and Betty Hess G.U.C.I. Camp Fund
Generous Donation from Michael and Marilyn Lobell IN HONOR OF: Speedy Recovery Sally Younger Stuart and Nancy Robenson Carol and Mickey Heideman Arnold and Gladys Fox’s new great granddaughter Corrine and Jack Bergwerk Paula and Barry Weinshenker’s 50th anniversary Gail and Harold Herman Rabbi David’s 10 years at The Temple Jean and Jacques Morris Bernie Sweet’s 75th Birthday Carol and Mickey Heideman IN MEMORY OF: Ellen Rieser Don and Betty Cahall Ann Hess and Joel Sokoloff Jack and Nickie Perlman Jean and Jacques Morris Sidonie Roth Siddy Rosenberg Allan Baker Sonia Hess Carol and Mickey Heideman Sandy and Mark Hammond Carolyn Kreitman Bernice Leech Esther Kleinman Sandy and Mark Hammond Michael Phillip Rosenberg Sam and Bettye Rosenberg Martin Kasdan Stuart and Nancy Robenson Betty Younger Sonia Hess
Fund for the Homeless
IN HONOR OF: Toni Goldman’s Special Birthday Stanley and Ellen Bayersdorfer IN MEMORY OF: Tracey LaSalle Shirely Jean Kozlove Anna Mash Bass Allan Baker Sonny and Gladys Bass Shirley Jean Kozlove Mary Rudd Betsy Bennett THE TEMPLE BULLETIN 13
Generous Donations to The Temple Funds Louis, Evelyn & Markham Levy Audio and Visual Arts Fund IN HONOR OF: Bernie Sweet’s 75th birthday Linda and David Fuchs IN MEMORY OF:
Martin and Ginger Lewis Lecture Fund IN HONOR OF: Irwin Waterman’s 90th Birthday Freda Saphier’s 95th Birthday Elise Sales and Raymond Sales IN MEMORY OF: Robert Watson Bettie Watson Allan Baker Elise Sales and Raymond Sales Larry and Sheila Lynch
Generous Donation from Sonny and Gladys Bass in honor of their 66th anniversary Generous Donation from Mark and Laura Rothstein IN HONOR OF: Gracie Blue’s Bat Mitzvah Bonnie and John Roth Bernie Sweet’s 75th birthday Carole and Shelly Rifkin IN MEMORY OF: Shoshana and Shlomo Rabichev Sarah and Peter Naamani Zehava Naamani Louis Levy Joseph and Lois Fineman
Meyer Youth Cultural Programming Fund
IN HONOR OF: Speedy Recovery Marcia Schuster Rob and Ann Schwartz IN MEMORY OF: William Hummel Karen and Jay Waldman and Family
Rose Lee and Brooks Morris Tree Fund IN HONOR OF: Edie Rowland’s Special Birthday Linda Seligman
Prayer Book Fund
IN MEMORY OF: Allan Baker Stanley and Ellen Bayersdorfer
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Prayer Book Endowed
IN HONOR OF: Richard and Marsha Segal’s 50th anniversary Phyllis and Michael Shaikun Bernie Sweet’s 75th birthday Nancy and Stuart Robenson Jan and Alan Glaubinger Sandi and Barry Friedson IN MEMORY OF: Allan Baker Korrect Optical Thelma and Aaron Chase and Family
Rabbis’ Discretionary Funds
IN HONOR OF: Rabbi David’s 10 years at The Temple Robert and Sue LaSalle Nina Robinson’s marriage Elise Medinger and David Friedman Rachel Dowlat Phil and Ellen Rosenbloom’s new granddaughter, Aliya Phyllis and Michael Shaikun Rabbi David’s Appointment to Sr. Rabbi Dr. Jerry and Benita Berman Arnie and Bette Friedman Bernie Sweet’s 75th birthday Dr. Michael and Mindy Needleman Barry and Paula Weinshenker’s Anniversary Sandra and Earl Goldsmith IN MEMORY OF: Allan Baker Dr. Michael and Mindy Needleman Carol Westerman Dottie and Gary Haynes Tom and Bonnie Baer Lynn Goddy Carol Westerman Tracey LaSalle Bernice and Penny Brill Martin Kasdan Joan Klein Yetta Suzan Larry and Barbara Suzan
Don and Ann Roth Fund for the Archives IN MEMORY OF: Samuel Berg Shirley Spero Allan Baker Jimmy Hertzman Anne Brunton Weeter Sally Younger and Peter Pearlman Yetta Suzan Annette Liebman Eric Hammel Leon Lobred John Ornstein
Happy and Irv Shaw Holocaust Memorial Fund IN MEMORY OF: Israel Pinkas Esta Pinkas
Temple Trager Early Childhood Education Fund IN MEMORY OF: Selma Rosenberg Gary Biggs and Judy Rosenberg
Tikkun Olam Relief Fund
IN HONOR OF: Bernie Sweet’s 75th birthday Susan and Ray Allen Ed Linton’s Special Birthday Irwin Waterman’s Special Birthday Janet Rockafellar IN MEMORY OF: Susie Jacobs Fred Jacobs Milton Friedman Arnie and Bette Friedman
Waller Chapel Fund
IN HONOR OF: Speedy Recovery Mark Silverstein Gail and Harold Herman IN MEMORY OF: Blanche Wasserman Margie Baker Homer Sobel Martin Kasdan Ruth Sobel
Manuel and Evelyn Weinberg Youth Education Fund IN MEMORY OF: Harris Lefkowitz Norton and Marcia Frank
Altar Flowers Fund
IN HONOR OF: Gracie Blue’s Bat Mitzvah Ann Leah Blieden IN MEMORY OF: Allan Baker Ann Leah Blieden Beatrice Jacobs Fred Jacobs
WRJ Oneg Shabbat Fund IN MEMORY OF: Sarabell Fineman Solomon Joseph and Lois Fineman
WRJ Service to the Blind IN MEMORY OF: Mark Friedman Sherman and Carol Friedman
These generous donations were accepted through October 31, 2012
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