Volume XXXVI, No. 3
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A Taste of Torah Our Caring Committee and why we need to belong to our Temple (‘Kindness, Not Sacrifice’) There are words that have a multitude of meanings in Hebrew, and among them is the word “Hesed” – which may translate to goodness and kindness, love and care for the other. Here are the words of the beloved Israeli poet, Yehuda Amichai:
The Temple Board of Trustees OFFICERS
“Those were days of hesed,” I heard them say once on a winter street during days of loneliness and pain. Even for days of hesed we need at least two, one to give hesed and one to receive it. When they are separated the hesed does not abide or it is spilled into the street as if from a broken pipe.
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.
Religions do not do hesed, they only remind empty time, with a bell, with a muezzin’s call, with a siren or a shofar, with knocks on the door during days of penitence: God they are unable to remind of his hesed.
TRUSTEES Leslie Aberson* Ronald Abrams* Deb Aubespin Barry Bernson Jack E. Bergwerk Susan Levy Bodine Jack Benjamin Julie Y. Benson* Sandy Braunstein 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*
Since the day that sacrifices ended Each person is left himself To sacrifice. There are times when we need the presence and help of others in our lives more than others. Such may be the feeling when the summer ends and the days grow shorter. On days like these, we may feel that we need a community – a congregation of people to give kindness to us and from whom we may receive kindness. This is what this words conveys – loving kindness. Loving kindness, Hesed, is not in heaven. For me, watching what our Caring Committee does when they are visiting our members in the nursing homes, preparing food for others and sharing this food, making sure our friends’ needs are met – this is what Hesed is about, and this is what makes our congregation so warm and caring. According to Amichai, loving kindness, Hesed, is reminiscent of the ancient concept of sacrifice, the giving to God. When did this concept change? When did we change our focus from sacrifice toward God, and begin to focus on giving to others? Here is a telling story from the times just after the Temple’s destruction in Jerusalem: Once, Rabban Yohanan ben Zakkai was leaving Jerusalem and Rabbi Yehoshua, who was walking with him, took note of the ruined Temple. Said Rabbi Yehoshua: “Woe is us on account of that which is ruined, that place in which we might atone for the sins of Israel!” Rabban Yohanan ben Zakkai replied: “My son, do not be troubled. We have another means of atonement that is its like.” “And what is that?” “Gemilut hasadim/deeds of kindness, as it is said: For I desire lovingkindness (hesed), not sacrifice” (Hosea 6:6). (Avot d’Rabbi Natan, chapter 4) In a world without the Temple and its altar-atonement, it is in the loving-kindness and compassion that come in, and offers our community the possibility to renew and give meaning to what it is to be a human being.
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Robert M. Klein* Jessica Loving Nancy Martin Jacques Morris* Greg Nefouse* Laurence Nibur Houston Oppenheimer* Mark Oppenheimer* Stuart Robenson Siddy Rosenberg Shannon Rothschild 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 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 The Board of Trustees recently engaged in a constructive discussion of Temple issues. The Board considered these topics: What are the strengths and weaknesses of The Temple? What do we, as a congregation, value? And finally, what are the two or three goals that we as a Board wish to focus on during this year? A wonderful list of strengths was generated by our group. Highlighted were our many assets: a beautiful building and campus, outstanding rabbis, spiritually inspiring services, interesting programs, dedicated staff and volunteers, and exceptional members. We also acknowledged that we have areas that we need to work to improve. We need to engage the unaffiliated Louisville Jewish population, work within our financial constraints, and address the needs of our various age groups. In our discussion we identified many areas that we value, such as being a caring community, our tradition, education, and diversity, and social justice. When the work-groups were challenged to synthesize the strengths, weaknesses, and values, the consensus indicated that our goals were to work toward a balanced budget and long-term sustainability, and to continue to increase, involve, and retain our membership. What are your thoughts? How would you respond to the issues that our congregation faces and our goals for this year? Please send your thoughts and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. While you enjoy the changing seasons and the cooling temperatures, please walk around our campus and view some of the newest additions for which we are thankful. We are delighted to highlight some recent enhancements made possible by donations from our very generous members. We celebrate our larger, handsome Succah located outside the Heideman Auditorium; it can accommodate a class of Religious School students or a special event. We encourage strolls to our incredible outdoor prayer and multipurpose area – the Mishkan T’ifilah, made possible by the generosity of several benefactors. This peaceful outdoor space is home to our very popular Blue Jean Shabbat services and several Religious School events. The lovely garden and plantings are a highlight of this green space. As you walk around the front of the building facing US 42, you will notice flowering gardens and several trees that have been planted in honor or memory of loved ones. Outside the Trager ECEC playground, please view our most recent project – the walking path. For several years, members have been donating “named bricks” in honor of special events in their lives. Those inscribed bricks have now been planted to form a walking path. Ultimately, this path will encircle the perimeter of the Temple’s lovely campus. Please add your specially engraved brick to commemorate your family’s life cycle events. We look forward to hearing your comments, feedback and suggestions. We are grateful for each Temple member and this November we send wishes from our families to yours for an enjoyable Thanksgiving.
Susan Abramson Lancaster Temple President
Welcome New Temple Members We are delighted to have many new members join The Temple these last couple months. Please make sure to take a moment to welcome our newest members when you see them.
•Carol Westerman: A Louisville native and daughter of Marie and Joseph Fleischaker. She has been an avid runner for more than 30 years. She has three grown children, Joe Paul, Mimi, and Allie. •Joseph Sinski: Joe has been a chemistry professor at Bellarmine for the last 15 years. Joe’s mom grew up in the Pride of Judea Children’s home in Brooklyn back in the 1930s but he and his family never explored her Jewish roots growing up. For the last couple of years since she passed away, Joe has attended Shabbat services off and on, and this year finally decided to try out the High Holy Days. Thus, he is starting from scratch as a new member to the community. •Mark and Sandra Brodsky: They have returned to Louisville after spending 23 years in the Pacific Northwest. Both are U of L alumni; Mark, a software geek, is from Brooklyn and Sandra, a native of Louisville, holds a BSN and is a registered nurse. They are the proud parents of four daughters. Wendy, their eldest, is a junior at the University of Washington studying mechanical engineering. Samantha, a freshman at UK, is studying biology leading toward an eventual DVM, and twin sisters Abigail and Eliza are 6th graders at North Oldham Middle School. •Marcee and Rodney Hanning: They have a daughter Mieli, who is six years old. •Robert and Karen King: Rob is president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. Karen enjoys event planning and golfing. They have four grown children. •Kim Franklin: Kim is originally from Louisville. She works at Bank of America Merchant Services. She has a son, West, who is in first grade at Norton Elementary. •Lauren and Robert Staggs: Lauren and Rob join us with their two children, Lilly and Benjamin. Lauren is a pediatric emergency medicine physician for Kosair Children’s Hospital. Rob is a chef and works with his brother in a catering business. Lilly attends the religious school and Benjamin will be starting at The Temple preschool in January.
Shannon Rotschild Membership Chair
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
Administration: Sally K. Younger, Executive Director Jack Benjamin, Emeritus Staff: Lark Phillips Cindy Hytken Becky King Tish Mooney
The Temple Religious School 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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Sist erh o o d W RJ I cannot believe that it is already November. WRJ has been so busy and active that time has not stood still for us. Thanks to everyone who made our annual first day of Religious School Gift Shop sale a success. Special thanks to Joanie Lerman, Sheila Lynch, Sandy Braunstein, Karen Waldman, and Gail Herman, our great sales force. Please keep supporting our shop. We will be open extra hours for holiday shopping. Look below for a coupon for the Gift Shop. We had a wonderful afternoon at our game day, which was chaired by Nancy Robenson. We enjoyed delicious desserts and good companionship. If you did not make it to our October game day, we are already planning one in January. We had a fun time doing the cake walk for the Sukkot celebration and Sandy Braunstein chaired the Religious School Sukkot Family Picnic bake sale. Thanks to all WRJ members who baked for these two events. We have already had three planning meetings for our “Art, Craft and Treasures Sale” for next June. Gail Herman, chair of this event, is working hard. We’ve already had interest from vendors wishing to participate. Our beautiful Oneg Shabbat tables full of desserts don’t just appear by magic. Many thanks to Kim Norton, who does such a beautiful job. Her work is much appreciated by all of us. We always need sweets. If you are baking and have a little extra, drop it by the front desk wrapped for freezing and marked with your name, the name of the dessert and “Oneg Shabbat.” Please read The Temple e-mails for upcoming events for WRJ. We always need new people. If you have an interest in joining us, please contact me at 329-2276. I hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. Marlene Ornstein WRJ President
WRJ November Coupon 15% off one item excluding: books, CDs, cards, and items $10 or under. Menorahs, Candles, Decorations and more . . .
B r o th e r h o o d MR J Mazel tov. You have successfully survived the season of Jewish holidays: Sukkot, Hoshana Rabbah, Shemini Atzeret, and (my favorite) Simchat Torah. Next comes my favorite secular holiday, Thanksgiving. This year, I will be giving thanks for meeting an active Brotherhood member, Bernie Sweet. Not only is he one of the sweetest men in Louisville, he is married to a woman twice as sweet. Leni Sweet’s maiden name is actually Zuker, which means sugar in Yiddish. I also must highlight another member from the opposite end of the age spectrum – my son Drew. At 27, he is willing to come early to help set up for poker and our dinner/meetings. He is generally the first person to greet the speaker and welcome him to the event. Both Bernie and Drew have made a commitment of involvement in The Temple Brotherhood. I invite you, too, to get involved during our Brotherhood Shabbat on November 16 and our dinner/meeting on November 20. You are also invited to join our famous bowling team, the Holy Rollers on November 4, where we will compete against the other synagogues for the Golden Bagel. Thank you for your support.
Michael Friedman Brotherhood Interim President
Video & DVD Services by The Temple Brotherhood Bar or Bat Mitzvahs
WRJ Gift Shop Hanukkah
Sunday 11/18 Monday 11/26 Tuesday 11/27 Wednesday 11/28 Thursday 11/29 Friday 11/30 Sunday 12/02 Monday 12/03 Tuesday 12/04 Wednesday 12/05 Thursday 12/06 Friday 12/07 Sunday 12/09
9:30 am - 1:00 pm 10:00 am - 2:00 pm 10:00 am - 2:00 pm 11:00 am - 4:00 pm 11:00 am - 3:00 pm 10:00 am - 2:00 pm 9:30 am - 1:00 pm 10:00 am - 2:00 pm 10:00 am - 2:00 pm 11:00 am - 4:00 pm 11:00 am - 3:00 pm 10:00 am - 2:00 pm 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Special arrangements can be made for other times. 4 THE TEMPLE BULLETIN
Weddings Call Keiley Caster at 423-7303
Annual Brotherhood Hanukkah Party Sunday, December 9, 5 to 7 pm • • • • • •
Home-made Latkas Fabulous Dinner Games & Music Fun for the entire family Reservations Required 423-1818
Raising Jewish Children
Dear Families, Our wonderful Parent, Grandparent & Special Others Religious School Open House is on Sunday, November 18, at 9:30 am. This year’s theme is “My Family Tree” and will include lots of family learning experiences and centers for our students and their guests. Parents are highly encouraged to attend with their children, but we also mail a postcard invitation to all their grandparents who live in or are visiting the Louisville area on this date. If you are a grandparent and have not received an invitation in the past, please call me at 425-9501 or email your mailing address and name of your grandchild to email@example.com Friday, November 9, is our Family Shabbat service led by the 5th Grade. The service theme is “the Aleph Bet.” A traditional shabbat dinner begins at 6:10, with candles and Kiddush; adults $10, children $5. The representative for GUCI summer camp will also be available during the dinner and oneg. There is no Hebrew School or Sunday School the week of Thanksgiving (Nov. 21 or 25)
There are a number of parents in the community who are raising Jewish children but are not themselves born or converted Jews. These parents do this out of love for family and respect for the Jewish faith. For these special parents, The Temple is offering a class series for non-Jewish parents of Jewish children. The “Raising Jewish Children” series will explore the “how and why” of Judaism. The goal of the course is to help parents understand the religion and culture that their children will identify with in the greater world. Each session is from 11–12:00 on the Sundays listed below, and will cover different topics – Shabbat, holidays, life cycle events, prayers and services, and day-to-day life. The sessions will be led by different Rabbis or speakers to allow for a new and open perspective each time. • December 2, Understanding the Adult Side of Holidays • January 27, Understanding Prayers and Services • March 10, Passover and Shabbat: Integrating Adult Concepts Into Our Children’s World • April 14, Life Cycle Events – Practical Aspects Each session will meet in the Klein Center and is open to moms and dads. Please contact Rabbi David’s assistant, Becky, to receive a brochure and register at 423-1818.
Upcoming events: Sunday, December 2 – Hanukkah Shopping at The Temple Gift Shop during Sunday School. Also, Sunday Preschool Program for children ages 2–5 (not yet in kindergarten) at 9:45 am in the BIG room. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org Sunday, December 9 - Hanukkah is celebrated • Sunday School: 7th/8th grade Hanukkah field trip, • The Temple Hanukkah Party, 5- 7 pm – Lotsa Latkas, dinner, and fun. Reservations Required 423-1818.
Joyce Eiseman Religious School Principal
Christon Segal Bulletin Committee
Arnold Friedman, Chair Cindy Hytken Siddy Rosenberg Karen Waldman Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport
and you . . . Learn more about GUCI (Goldman Union Camp Institute) - Zionsville, IN Where Judaism and Fun Meet For an Amazing Summer! Date: Thursday, November 8, 7:00 pm Place: Home of Elise & Craig Goldstein 3701 Gaston Ct (Falls Creek neighborhood) Meet assistant camp director Joe Slade and learn why thousands of Jewish youth spend summer after summer in Zionsville, IN. The Indianapolis suburb is just 2-hours from Louisville. GUCI has something for everyone. A summer at GUCI is an unforgettable religious, cultural, recreational and social experience. Scholarships are available.
For a preview of camp visit: http://guci.urjcamps.org/ Hit the “Watch our Camp Video” prompt For more information call: Elise Goldstein, 426-0110
Submit your article or photo to: Cindy Hytken, 423-1818 email@example.com
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 Fridays 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.
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M e rry M it z v a h
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.
Volunteers of America November 12 4:30 pm – 6 pm Provide dinner for residents of Volunteers of America Family Shelter: 1321 S. Preston Street as part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. All volunteers welcome! Volunteers of America Family Emergency Shelter: help serve at Lunch Buffet, December 25 1-4 and/or play with children and volunteer in the NEW play room @ 1321 S. Preston. GREAT family or group event. 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. Schuman 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.
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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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Sandra Trager email@example.com 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. Sandwich Making for St Vincent DePaul AT TEMPLE: 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.
Help Feed the Hungry Donate food to the JFCS Food Pantry All foods must be donated in original package. Please do not donate expired items. Questions, call Kim at 452-6341
We Need You ! We still need YOUR help to make the holiday season brighter for those in need. To reserve your
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 susan. firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to join our team of enthusiastic volunteers. We can always use additional visitors.
place for one of these many Mitzvah opportunities, please call Amy Benovitz. Look closely as we have new opportunities and more options for November and December. As always, we have a great need for soups, household items, and warm clothes for the cold winter! Please call or e-mail if you can help. Amy Benovitz Home: 425-0373 E-mail: email@example.com
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 together for each other.
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. Las month, participants earned $ 395 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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Sukkot Celebrations at Temple Thank You to the Sukkot Decorators
Elise Goldstein, Debbie Perellis and Shannon Rothschild as they decorated the Waller Chapel for Sukkot.
Sukkot Palooza Dinner
Elana Berger, the ballon maker and Sonny Meyer
Aaron Guldenschuh and Christon Segal decorating the Chapel for Sukkot holiday.
Sukkot during Sunday School Tate Molnar hangs items in the Sukkah.
Maraya Goldstein enjoys face painting at the party.
Below, Cooper Mannel in the Sukkah
The Shabbat blessings were done by the Latts and Shapira families. Rabbi David shakes the lulav in the Sukkah during Sunday School.
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Joan Klein enjoys the pot-luck dinner with main course provided by the Meyer Cultural Arts Fund.
Mazel Tov Mazel Tov Mazel Tov to Sam Shapero and Taylor McLachlan who were married in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Sam is the son of Francoise and David Shapero. Sam is the brother to Emilie and Alex Shapero. Taylor is the daughter of Bob and Deb McLachlan & Tom and Ann Braly. They will reside in Atlanta, Georgia. Melinda Mellman and Elliot Segal were married on September 8. Melinda is the daughter of Maxine and Andrew Mellman.
The Trager ECEC in pictures
Bass Celebrates Wedding Anniversary
Sonny and Gladys Bass celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. They have three sons, nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Jack and Matt Steinberg enjoyed Shabbat together in the Frog Class.
Rabbi Rooks blows the shofar and reads a story to the Fish Class
Rabbi David, Joyce Eiseman, Rabbi Rapport, Susan and David Jaffe with the 1st graders at Simchat Torah blessing.
Rabbi David rolls the Torah out for the preschool classes during Simchat Torah celebration. The 1st graders share a song during Simchat Torah Service.
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November SUNDAY October 28
Religious School 9:30 am to 12:00 noon Blankets and Blessings Brunch 12:15 pm B’nai Mitzvah Class 12:30 pm
MONDAY October 29 Farmers Market 2-7:00 pm Adult Education 7:00 pm 8:00 pm
TUESDAY October 30
WEDNESDAY October 31
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
THURSDAY November 1
Chavurat Shalom 12:00 noon Farmers Market 2:00 to 7:00 pm MRJ Poker Night 7:00 pm
FRIDAY November 2
SHABBAT November 3
Yahrzeit Service 6:30 pm Alef Style Service 7:00 pm Shabbat Service 7:00 pm Oneg Shabbat 8:00 pm
Shabbat Vayera Torah Study 9:00 am Shabbat Services 10:30 am
4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Religious School 9:30 am to 12:00 noon B’nai Mitzvah Class 12:30 pm
Farmers Market 2-7:00 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
Chavurat Shalom 12 noon Farmers Market 2-7:00 pm
Family Dinner 6:00 pm Yahrzeit Service 6:30 pm Family Shabbat Service 7:00 pm Veterans Shabbat Service 7:00 pm Oneg Shabbat 8:00 pm
Shabbat Chayei Sarah Torah Study 9:00 am Shabbat Services Bar Mitzvah Spencer Schumacher 10:30 am Temple Cook-Off 6:00 to 10:00 pm
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Religious School 9:30 am to 12:00 noon B’nai Mitzvah Class 12:30 pm Blankets and Blessings 12:30 to 1:30 pm Festival of Faith Seder 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Minyan 7:30 am
Farmers Market 2-7:00 pm Adult Education 7:00 pm 8:00 pm
Executive Committee Meeting 5:45 pm
Temple Scholars Trip 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
B’nei Mitzvah Class 3:15 - 4:15 pm Hebrew School 4:30 to 6:00 pm NCJW Speaker 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Chavurat Shalom 12 noon Farmers Market 2-7:00 pm
BSA Troop 30 7:00 pm MRJ Game Night 7:00 pm
Yahrzeit Service 6:30 pm Brotherhood Shabbat 7:00 pm Oneg Shabbat 8:00 pm
Shabbat Tol’dot Torah Study 9:00 am Shabbat Services 10:30 am
Festival of Faith, November 11 to 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Religious School 9:30 am to 12:00 noon B’nai Mitzvah Class 12:30 pm Israel Trip Meeting 5:00 pm Sunday Night at the Movies 7:00 pm
Minyan 7:30 am
Farmers Market 2-7:00 pm Adult Education 7:00 pm 8:00 pm
Brotherhood Meeting and Dinner 6:00 to 8:30 pm
Temple Scholars does not meet
B’nei Mitzvah Class does not meet Hebrew School does not meet
Temple Office Closed Happy Thanksgiving
Temple office closed Yahrzeit Service 6:30 pm Shabbat Service 7:00 pm Oneg Shabbat 8:00 pm
Shabbat Vayeitzei Torah Study 9:00 am Shabbat Services 10:30 am
25 26 27 28 29 30 December 1 Religious School does not meet
Farmers Market 2-7:00 pm
Adult Education 7:00 pm 8:00 pm
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Needlepoint Group Meets 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Temple Scholars Cincinnati Trip 9:00 am
B’nei Mitzvah Class 3:00 - 4:00 pm Hebrew School 4:30 to 6:00 pm
Chavurat Shalom 12:00 noon
Rabbi’s Dinner 6:00 pm Yahrzeit Service 6:30 pm Shabbat Service 7:00 pm Oneg Shabbat 8:00 pm
Shabbat Vayera Torah Study 9:00 am Shabbat Services 10:30 am
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Connec tio ns
Sunday Night at the Movies... “Reel” Theology with Rabbi Gaylia R. Rooks Sunday, November 18 7 pm (Waller Chapel) The Revolt of Job Set in a small Hungarian farming village in 1943, this is the story of Job and Roza, an elderly Jewish couple who have outlived all their children. Wishing for an heir, the couple adopts a seven-year-old Christian boy and are determined to pass on their spiritual heritage and worldly goods to him, even with the Holocaust looming. The Revolt of Job is a highly acclaimed 1983 Hungarian film directed by Imre Gyöngyössy and Barna Kabay.
Blankets & Blessings Sunday, November 11 am to 12:15 pm Room 172 Creating “no-sew” blankets for homeless babies, along with other mitzvah projects. If possible, please bring oneand-three-quarters yard of fleece or one completed baby blanket. Want to get involved or find out more about this project? Call Marlene at 423-8420. Donations of fleece (1.75 yard for a blanket) are always appreciated.
Seder for Sacred Fire: Light & Compassion Sunday, November 11, at 6 pm (Klein Center, Levy Great Hall) The Seder for Sacred Fire is an environmentally-inspired seder that will emphasize the images of light and compassion in the Bible and in Jewish Worship in coordination with this year’s theme for the Festival of Faiths. Seder meals are traditionally observed on Passover and for the Festival of Trees at the end of winter. This special seder, created as part of the community-wide Festival of Faiths, is not a full meal but incorporates the “sweets of the earth” – fruit, nuts, and chocolate, as well as soup and bread. Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport and Rabbi Gaylia R. Rooks will lead this participatory event, which will include prayers, poems, and songs of the seder. Children are welcome. There is no charge, but registration is required and space is limited. Please call The Temple at 423-1818 to make your reservation.
17th Annual Festival of Faiths November 11–18
Rabbis’ Shabbat Dinner November 30 - 6:00 pm Relax after the Thanksgiving holiday and let our new caterer cook your dinner. Join Rabbi Gaylia R. Rooks and Temple members of all ages for the celebration of Shabbat in a community style meal in the Klein Center (Levy Great Hall). Call The Temple at 423-1818 to RSVP no later than Wednesday, November 28. $10 per person ($5 under age 13). All checks should be payable to “The Temple.”
Thursdays at The Temple
Lunch at 12 noon Program at 1 pm RSVP: 423-1818 Lunch only $5 November 1 Rabbi Gaylia R. Rooks, Midrash: Legends of the Bible November 8 Dr. Stephen Mattinlgy, U of L Music School November 15 , Matt Goldberg, JCL, Israel, Iran, and the Potential for Military Conflict November 22 Happy Thanksgiving November 29 TBA 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 Cook-Off, Saturday, November 10, 6:00 pm Raffle Packages Broadway Basket • Broadway Series – Jersey Boys • Galt House overnight Only $30 per Around Town chance • Dinner and Actors Theater tickets only 75 sold per • Porsche for the weekend package • Rauch Planetarium Passes Cooking Classes and Gadgets • Cooking Classes • Gourmet Dinner Churchill and Bourbon • Churchill Downs and Bourbon Basket Basketball and Spa • U of L Men’s Basketball Tickets – Exhibition Game, front row Terrace • U of L Women’s Basketball – Exhibition Game center court • Spa Package and Dinner Downtown Dinner - 12 fabulous dinner packages
Celebrity Star Judges
John Castro of Winston’s Dean Corbett of Corbett’s An American Place Geoffrey Heyde of the Village Anchor Tasting and Dinner - only $15 per person RSVP: 423-1818
THE TEMPLE BULLETIN 11
A Time To Remember
PILLARS OF THE TEMPLE “RESOLVED TO BUILD FOR THE FUTURE” PHIL FLARSHEIM Phil Flarsheim was one of the most remarkable leaders that our Temple has ever known. His term of office asTemple President, between the years 1975 and 1977, thrust him in a position to impactourcongregation,perhapsmoresignificantly than at any other time in our history. It was during hisadministrationthatdecisionsweremadetorelocateourcongregation, approve the construction of a new temple building, and consolidate two historic congregations into one. The magnitude of these undertakings required a person at the helm to be one of strength, determination, and vision. His success emanated not from his forcefulness so much as from his caring, his understanding, and his faith. These were among the qualities that helped him to overcome opposition, move others to a singleness of purpose, and a generosity of spirit that inspired them to build for the future, giving new life and meaning to Reform Judaism in Louisville. When the two Temples united as one, Phil and Ron Abrams joined as co-presidents, adding strength to strength as they reached the ultimate goal together. When Phil Flarsheim became president in 1975, his first bulletin message, in October of that year, was evidence of things to come. More than just an introductory piece, he took that opportunity to emphasize Jewish education and he challenged the congregation in a powerful way. He said: “It is one of the great tragedies of our times that American Jews who live in a land guaranteeing religious freedom, and who recite weekly the words, ‘Thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children,’ fail to impart the beauties of our heritage. Let’s resolve that with the beginning of this new year we will put forth additional effort to put Jewish living and education into our daily routine.” Clearly he was a man with a passion for his Jewish heritage, and where he saw apathy, he intended to do something about it! He made every effort to learn more about the interests ofTemple members, so he could make programming more effective, and was always open and responsive to new ideas. The youth were very important to him and he encouraged different religious school classes to lead services, his hope being that the “Young People’s Sabbath,” with a family kiddush supper preceding, would become a tradition at the congregation. Looking back now with gratitude for the extraordinary contributions that Phil Flarsheim made to our Temple, I think of how moved he was when speaking to the confirmation class of 1976, recalling his own confirmation speech, delivered from the very same pulpit where he was now standing. It was 1948 and within a month of the establishment of the State of Israel. Reminding himself of that historic moment, these words came to his mind, “You can’t go from the present to the future. You have to work day by day at the present to get to the future!” His message for those young men and women rings just as true for us today and is at the heart of his eternal legacy! Rabbi Chester B. Diamond THE TEMPLE BULLETIN 12
Weekly Torah Portions Vayeira - Nov. 3 Genesis 18:1-22:24
•Abraham welcomes three visitors, who announce that Sarah will soon have a son. •Abraham argues with God about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. •Lot’s home is attacked by the people of Sodom. Lot and his two daughters escape as the cities are being destroyed. Lot’s wife is turned into a pillar of salt. •Isaac is born, circumcised, and weaned. Hagar and her son, Ishmael, are sent away; an angel saves their lives. •God tests Abraham, instructing him to sacrifice Isaac on Mount Moriah.
Chayei Sarah - Nov. 10 Genesis 23:1-25:18 •Abraham purchases the cave of Machpelah in order to bury his wife Sarah. •Abraham sends his servant Eliezer to find a bride for Isaac. •Rebekah shows her kindness by offering to draw water for Eliezer’s camels at the well. Eliezer takes Rebekah to Isaac, who marries her. •Abraham dies, and Isaac and Ishmael bury him in the cave of Machpelah. Tol’dot - Nov. 17 Genesis 25:19-28:9 •Rebekah has twins, Esau and Jacob. •Esau gives Jacob his birthright in exchange for some stew. •Isaac plans to bless Esau, his firstborn. Rebekah and Jacob deceive Isaac so that Jacob receives the blessing. Esau threatens to kill Jacob, so Jacob flees to Haran. Vayeitzei - Dec. 24 Genesis 28:10-32:3 •Jacob dreams of angels going up and down a ladder. God blesses him. Jacob names the place Bethel. •Jacob works seven years in order to marry Rachel, but Laban tricks Jacob into marrying Leah, Rachel’s older sister. Jacob works another seven years to marry Rachel. •Leah, Rachel, and their maidservants, Bilhah and Zilpah, give birth to eleven sons and one daughter. •Jacob and his family leave Laban’s household with great wealth.
Generous Donation to the Temple Funds Brotherhood Transportation Fund IN HONOR OF: Gary Fuchs’ special birthday Karen Abrams’ Lion of Judah Award Laura Koby Bernie Sweet’s 75th birthday Michael Friedman and Debbie Richter IN MEMORY OF: Sam LaSalle Helen Wagner David Fineman Joseph and Lois Fineman Cemetery Beautification Fund IN HONOR OF: Speedy Recovery Marcia Schuster Elise Essig Ann Sternberg All Your Friends Henry and Barbara Altman Carole and Alec Spielberg Marie Hertzman Cochran’s Special Birthday Laura Koby’s Special Birthday Ann Sternberg Henry and Barbara Altman Judy Marks’ special birthday Elise Essig Speedy Recovery Sally Younger Henry and Barbara Altman Toni Goldman’s 80th birthday Ann Sternberg Margie and Allan Baker IN MEMORY OF: Brooke Cohen Ann Leah Blieden Ann Sternberg Shirley and Don Katz Augusta Lang Stanley Lowenstein Leslie and Genie Jo Aberson Chavurat Shalom: IN MEMORY OF: Mae G. Cohen Dr. Ronald and Sonia Levine Morris Perlmutter Irene Zahler IN HONOR OF: Marcy Beyer Jack and Nickie Perlman Speedy Recovery Marcia Schuster Laura Koby’s Special Birthday Sonia and Ron Levine Diamond Religious School Education Fund IN HONOR OF: Speedy Recovery Betty Younger Charlene Gordon and Family IN MEMORY OF: David Flarsheim Lois Flarsheim Tracey LaSalle Charlene Gordon and Family Samuel Jacobson David and Carolyn Neustadt
Endowed Bricks for Landscape Project IN HONOR OF: Susan and Robert Waterman Rabbi David and Yaala Ariel-Joel Endowment Fund IN HONOR OF: Philip and Ellen Rosenbloom’s new Granddaughter Patsy O’Brien Dan and Carol Penner Bernie Sweet’s 75th birthday Patsy O’Brien Speedy Recovery Sally Younger Paul and Wendy Gasser Linda and Stephen Goodman Marlene Ornstein Karen and Jay Waldman Elaine Bornstein Siddy Rosenberg Jerry and Sandy Uslander Benita and Jerry Berman Alan and Janice Glaubinger Speedy Recovery Marcia Schuster Judy Greenberg Benita and Jerry Berman Leonard Goddy Laura Koby’s Special Birthday Betsy and Don Rosen Irv and June Pittleman’s anniversary Elaine Bornstein Speedy Recovery Berl Abrams Leonard Goddy Speedy Recovery Betty Younger Alan and Janice Glaubinger In appreciation for sitting on the Bima Siddy Rosenberg IN MEMORY OF: Brooke Cohen Elaine Saag Marcia Schuster Judy Greenberg Robert and Pauline Deprez Lee and Marla Guillaume Leonard Goddy Irv and Daisy Goldstein Andy and Albie Frank Michael Friedman Bernard Zakem Irv and Daisy Goldstein Jeanette Koppel Elaine Saag Samuel A. Glaubinger Alan Glaubinger Lynn Goddy Robin, Bruce, Barbara, Nathan, and Ryan Miller Bonne Loeb Karen and Jay Waldman Peggy Greenwald Leonard Goddy Joseph Becker Gail Becker Fishman Library Fund IN MEMORY OF: Sam Peromchek Marlene Ornstein
Brooke Cohen Phil Flarsheim Bill and Mary Stone General Budget Generous donation from Michael and Barbara Furey IN HONOR OF: Bernie Sweet’s 75th birthday Jerry and Maxine Bizer Speedy Recovery Marcia Schuster Lillian Levy Suzanne Hammel Speedy Recovery Sally Younger Sandy and Bill Braunstein Allan and Margie Baker Sam and Bettye Rosenberg’s Anniversary Sylvia and Zeke Klein Tom and Bonnie Baer’s birthdays Naomi and Allan Handmaker IN MEMORY OF: Brooke Cohen Lillian Levy Melanie and Mark Benitez Shari and Corey Cohen Helane and David Cooper Marlene Weisberg Ellen Rieser Margot and David Kling Nancy Gall-Clayton and Jan Morris Betty and Marvin Morse Michael Dicken Bernard Zakem Ray Shircliffe Mathilda Jacobs Shirley Jacobs Helen B. Friedman Marlene Weisberg Albert and Betty Hess G.U.C.I. Camp Fund IN HONOR OF: Speedy Recovery Marcia Schuster Goldia Morrison Sonia Hess Carolyn Kreitman Laura Koby’s Special Birthday Goldia Morrison Carolyn Kreitman Andy and Mandy Vine’s Special Birthdays Sonia Saag John and Bonnie Roth’s new granddaughter Stuart and Nancy Robenson Speedy Recovery Chava Bensinger Sonia Hess IN MEMORY OF: Ellen Reiser Sonia Hess Max Rosenberg Siddy Rosenberg Fund for the Homeless IN HONOR OF: Speedy Recovery Marcia Schuster Shirley Jean Kozlove Amanda and Christopher Masters’ marriage Mickey and Mercedes Nibur
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Generous Donations to The Temple Funds IN MEMORY OF: Ellen Rieser Shirley Jean Kozlove Martin and Ginger Lewis Lecture Fund IN HONOR OF: Irving Schuster’s Special Birthday Betty Jane Bronner IN MEMORY OF: Belle Fintishel Martin Lewis Eleanor Baker Adolph Horwitz Marjory Horwitz Brooke Cohen Bettie Watson Tracey LaSalle Elise and Raymond Sales Mazon Fund Generous donation from Mark and Laura Rothstein IN HONOR OF: Brandon and Summer Coan’s marriage Jill and Gary Fuchs IN MEMORY OF: Sam LaSalle Maxine D. Lapidus Robert and Sue LaSalle Lillian Levens Bobbi Stern Brooke Cohen Mark and Laura Rothstein Meyer Youth Cultural Programming Fund IN HONOR OF: Speedy Recovery Marcia Schuster Jane and Steve Shaprio IN MEMORY OF: Marjorie (Midge) Van Damm Belker David H. Van Damm Brooke Cohen Steve and Jane Shapiro Janet and Joseph Myerson Performing Arts Fund IN HONOR OF: Barbara Myerson Katz’ 60th birthday David and Jodi Fields Rose Lee and Brooks Morris Tree Fund IN MEMORY OF: Ellen Rieser Margie and Michael Kommor Prayer Book Fund IN HONOR OF: Tom and Bonnie Baer’s special birthdays Allan and Marjorie Baker Prayer Book Endowed IN MEMORY OF: Bernard Zakem Charlene Gordon and Family Nancy Balf and Family Brooke Cohen Margie and Allan Baker THE TEMPLE BULLETIN 14
Rabbis’ Discretionary Funds IN HONOR OF: Irving Schuster’s Special Birthday Betty Younger In appreciation of Rabbi Rapport Stephanie Wedekind Bernie Sweet’s 75th birthday Leni, Adam and Steven Sweet Carol Leibson Elizabeth Burke Cathlene Johanson Marcia Frank Ellen and Phil Rosenbloom’s new granddaughter Sheila and Patrick Welsh Holding the Torah Siddy Rosenberg IN MEMORY OF: Erma Levy Betty Jane Bronner Nancy Kean Allan and Margie Baker Freda Sabes Dr. William and Evelyn Sabes Herman Netter Virginia and Mitchell Netter Gertrude Schiller Martin and Patricia Schiller Don and Ann Roth Fund for the Archives IN HONOR OF: Rabbi David’s 10 years at The Temple Tom and Bonnie Baer’s Special birthdays Jimmy Hertzman Speedy Recovery Sally Younger Gail and Harold Herman IN MEMORY OF: Ellen Rieser Jimmy Hertzman Jeff Shankman Youth Group Leadership Fund IN HONOR OF: Speedy Recovery Sally Younger Lawrence and Carole Goldberg Louis Shankman Kutz Camp Scholarship Fund IN HONOR OF: Speedy Recovery Linda Goodman Lawrence and Carole Goldberg Temple Trager Early Childhood Education Fund IN HONOR OF: Speedy Recovery Sally Younger Arlene and Harvey Kaufman Lev Rooks-Rapport’s graduation Jean Trager IN MEMORY OF: Neil “Buddy” Schwartz Edward Marshall Trager Jean Trager Brooke Cohen Arlene and Harvey Kaufman Jean Trager Tikkun Olam Relief Account IN HONOR OF: Speedy Recovery Betty Younger
Speedy Recovery Sally Younger Arnie and Bette Friedman The Rabbis and the Excellent High Holiday Service Barb Fabricant IN MEMORY OF: Frances Hiller Mindy and Jacob Blum Tracey LaSalle Arnie and Bette Friedman Waller Chapel Fund IN MEMORY OF: Sylvia Waller David and Barbara Waller Manuel and Evelyn Weinberg Youth Education Fund IN MEMORY OF: Andrew Rosenbaum Sherman and Carol Friedman Harris Lefkowitz Norton and Marcia Frank Altar Flowers Fund IN MEMORY OF: Joan Lynch Ann Schulman Ellen Rieser Harold and Gail Herman IN HONOR OF: Tom and Bonnie Baer’s 85th birthdays Lois Flarsheim WRJ Oneg Shabbat Fund IN HONOR OF: Irving Schuster’s 90th birthday Speedy Recovery Marcia Schuster Joan Klein These generous donations were made through September 30, 2012.
In Memoriam The Congregation extends its sincere condolonces to the families of:
Bernard Zakem Ellen Rieser Gennadiy Pischulin Rose Silverberg Goldstein Sidney Steinberg Tracey LaSalle Allan S. Baker
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