CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE RABBI
TOURO CELEBRATION AT THE SYNAGOGUEâ€”SEE PAGE 4
Eleanor Brimer Brother of Frank Nussbaum Mother of Jason Brimer, Fletcher Brimer, Andrew Brimer, and Angela Schieders
Marc B. Fitzerman and Daniel S. Kaiman................. Rabbis Sally A. Donaldson................................................ President Dr. Elana Newman........................................ Vice-President Ross Heyman........... Vice-President for Finance/Treasurer Nancy Cohen.......................................................... Secretary Jeremy Rabinowitz......... Synagogue Foundation President Janis Finer, M.D.................................. Sisterhood President Sara Levitt..................Director of Jewish Life and Learning Betty Lehman.............................. Synagogue Administrator Shelli Wright........................................... Preschool Director Didi Ralph........................................................... Bookkeeper Valerie Henderson.........................................Rabbis’ Offices Gwenn RedCorn......................................... Co-Receptionist Nicki Johnson............................................. Co-Receptionist Nancy Cohen............................ Sisterhood Gift Shop Chair
Ladislav Urban Brother of Susan Surchev
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lior Rafael Levitt, born to Sara and Matt Levitt. Grandparents are Amy and Eric Geboff of Orlando, Florida, and Alan and Angie Levitt of Chicago, Illinois. IN MEMORIAM Richard Jacobson Father of Jennie Jacobson Fadem
Steven Aberson Brian Brouse Randee Charney Mark Goldman Ross Heyman Matt Katz Jeremy Rabinowitz David Sandler, M.D. John Schumann, M.D. Eva Unterman
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Emily Melton Bolusky Sharon Cash Nancy Cohen Sally Donaldson Barbara Eisen Terry Marcum Dr. Elana Newman Debby Raskin Angela Taubman Ricki Wimmer
Janis Finer, M.D.
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CONGREGATION B’NAI EMUNAH 1719 South Owasso Tulsa, Oklahoma 74120 Office: (918) 583‑7121 School: (918) 585‑KIDS Fax: (918) 747-9696 Website: www.tulsagogue.com
ON THE COVER That top hat says it all: if it’s May at the Synagogue, it’s time for our annual Touro Celebration, honoring a member of the congregation who has contributed substantially to the Synagogue and the community at large. Please make your reservations and contribute as generously as you can. We very much appreciate your support for all we do!
THE MAY CALENDAR OF EVENTS 5
It’s a Sunday morning program for young children and their families. Students ages 4 and below, along with their parents, are invited to participate in a morning of singing, story, and art. The fun begins at 10:30 a.m. and will conclude in time for our families to join the ShulSchool end-of-school singalong. If you have any questions please email info@ bnaiemunah.com.
With open doors and open arms, please celebrate Shabbat with your congregational family. This month we’ll celebrate the end of another successful school year at B’nai Emunah with gifts, certificates, and accolades for teachers and students. A highlight of the service will be a community blessing (aufruf) for the Massil and Rajadurai families, whose children, Sasha and Karthik, will soon be married. An optional communal meal accompanies this service so that your Shabbat can be truly restful and restorative. No reservation is needed for the service at 7:00 p.m. But please call or visit our website to make your 6:00 p.m. meal reservations.
BIBI-DIBI: SHABBAT FOR ITSY BITSIES
Very young children and their parents are invited to join us for another soft and cuddly Shabbat experience. It all gets started at 6:00 p.m. Parachutes, rattles, and toys sit at the center of our circle while parents and kids share in the blessings of peaceful Shabbat. A delicious, kid-friendly Shabbat dinner accompanies this program. Please visit our website (www.tulsagogue.com) or call our offices by Thursday, May 9, to reserve space for the meal. No reservations necessary for the participatory service experience.
BABY BLESSING FOR LIOR LEVITT
Join us as we welcome newborn Lior Rafael Levitt, son of Sara and Matt Levitt, as the youngest member of our congregational family. The evening will begin at 8:30 p.m. with blessings, followed by a dessert reception for the whole Synagogue family. See the article on page 5 for details.We would appreciate hearing from you by phone or digital reservation to make sure that we are appropriately prepared.
RACHEL KUSHNER AT THE SYNAGOGUE
One of the most important American novelists of the century, Rachel Kushner will visit the Synagogue to discuss her most recent work, The Mars Room. Kushner is the bestselling author of The Flamethrowers, a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Top Ten Book of 2013; and Telex from Cuba, a finalist for the National Book Award. The Mars Room was a finalist for the 2018 Man Booker Prize. Tickets are $20 and include 2 seats and 1 copy of The Mars Room. Purchase in advance at MagicCityBooks.com. Ms. Kushner’s talk will begin at 7:00 p.m.
SHABBAT GRADUATION AND AUFRUF
CHILD CARE AT THE SYNAGOGUE Child care is always available at the Synagogue. All you have to do is to let us know two days in advance of an event or a service and we will be glad to help. We love having children in the Sanctuary and the Chapel, but sometimes they need the right environment to be themselves. Please let us help you strike the right balance between having your children at your side and making it possible for others to participate comfortably. Todah rabah!
TOURO CELEBRATION | EVA UNTERMAN
B’nai Emunah is honored to announce that the 2019 Touro Award honoree is Eva Unterman. A banquet dinner will take place on Sunday evening, May 19, at 6:00 p.m. Reservations may be made by calling the Synagogue office or visiting our website. Members of the community are invited to signal their regard for our honoree in specially designated contributions. Please call the Synagogue Office for details or to make your benefaction.
ART FROM THE HEART APPRECIATES YOUR HELP. PLEASE DROP YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS OF ARTWORK AT THE SYNAGOGUE.
PLEASE DONATE YOUR PHOTOS AND SYNAGOGUE MEMORABILIA TO OUR ARCHIVE. 3
FROM RABBIS KAIMAN AND FITZERMAN our building a safe and inclusive space for all. We urge you to see our Synagogue as a place of comfort and joy, and we hope that you will enter our building with confidence. Please reach out to us if you have specific concerns or questions.
ON POWAY Once again, we find ourselves in mourning. Once again, the sacred act of prayer has been violated. Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and Squirrel Hill are barely memories, and yet again we confront the face of xenophobia and extremism. Our hearts are heavy as we send comfort to the mourners, victims, and survivors of last month’s attack on a synagogue in Poway, California. And we again face the unbearable reality of considering these questions without end.
Sanctuaries for prayer must remain holy spaces, and we continue to work for a world that makes space for all. Our regular programming and services will continue as scheduled. We will keep striving for a world renewed. Please join us in sending condolences to the Jewish community of Greater San Diego, and to every community that has experienced violence of any kind. Let justice shine forth, as the memory of the righteous continues to be for a blessing.
At the Synagogue, we are comforted by demonstrations of care from neighbors and friends. We take great strength in counting ourselves as partners with diverse voices across Tulsa’s faith, non-profit, and social service community. Events like Poway remind us that there is still much work to be done to make this world a better place. We continue to expect that political and communal leaders will take bold actions to ensure safer communities grounded in the American ideals of diversity and inclusion. Violence like this should never happen. And we stand in solidarity with all marginalized communities who face these threats of hate and acts of extremism.
GOING FORTH WITH BLESSINGS Each class of seniors is a source of mixed feelings for both of us. We rejoice in the achievements and maturity of our young people and wonder when we will see them again in the hallways of the Synagogue. Fortunately, it all works out in the end: they grow up and we somehow manage to keep our ties alive. This year’s group is especially dear, and we commend Maia Anderson, Hannah Dow, Jaxon King, Jarrod Simon, Maayan Stafford, Brandon Sweet, Lucia Anne VanHanken, and Allie Wenger on completing their high school careers in Tulsa. We will miss you greatly, but hope to keep the flame alive!
Please know that at the Synagogue we continue to take issues of security very seriously. For the past several months we have been updating and reviewing security procedures and practices. This work will continue. And we will continue to make
TOURO CELEBRATION honoring eva unterman for her impact on the synagogue and community. tribute to the honoree by Kenneth Levit and janet koven levit
Sunday, May 19, at 6:00 p.m.
Call (918) 583-7121 or visit www.tulsagogue.com for reservations. valet parking available under the north portico of the building Seats at $75 per person. Your additional contribution welcome and appreciated.
FEATURED EVENTS AT B’NAI EMUNAH BABY BLESSING FOR LIOR LEVITT
RACHEL KUSHNER AT THE SYNAGOGUE
Lior Rafael Levitt, newborn son of Sara and Matt Levitt, will be formally welcomed into his new congregational family on Saturday evening, May 25, 2019.
Magic City Books, in partnership with the Bob Dylan Center and the Synagogue, is proud to welcome Rachel Kushner to Tulsa on Thursday May 16. This evening of conversation will take place at The Synagogue | Congregation B’nai Emunah.
The event will begin with a sweet and colorful Havdalah ceremony to mark the close of the Sabbath at 8:30 p.m. Shortly after 9:00 p.m., the congregation is invited to attend a dessert reception in Lior’s honor.
Ms. Kushner’s latest book, The Mars Room, was short-listed for the 2019 Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her previous novels, The Flamethrowers and Telex from Cuba, were both finalists for the National Book Award. Rachel Kushner is widely considered one of the best novelists in America.
Please call the Synagogue or use our website (www.tulsagogue.com) to let us know of your plans. Many different arrangements will be made with the expected number of attendees in mind.
Praise for The Mars Room has been consistently lavish:
Please note that the regular Afternoon and Evening Services on May 25 will begin at 8:10 p.m.
“A page turner...one of those books that enrage you even as they break your heart.” The New York Times Book Review
“Brilliant and devastating...a heartbreaking, true, and nearly flawless novel.” NPR
Congratulations to Sharon Neuwald, who was just seated on the board of the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority. Sharon formerly served at the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
“Gritty, empathetic, finely rendered, no sugary toppings, and a lot of punches, none of them pulled.” Margaret Atwood “With her richly textured third novel, Kushner certifies her place as one of the great American novelists of the twenty-first century.” Entertainment Weekly
Dr. Eduardo Faingold, TU Professor of Spanish and linguistics, will speak about the language rights of immigrants to mother tongue education at the meeting of the Group on Language at the United Nations in New York City, May 9-10. This is a honor awarded to selected key UN personnel and delegates, and language researchers and practitioners. The Tulsa Association of Women in Communications has named Mimi Tarrasch, chief officer for Family and Children’s Services’ Women in Recovery, as one of its 2019 honorees. Over 46 years, the group has honored 150 Tulsa women for their achievements. Women in Recovery is a program that offers an alternative to incarceration for women facing longterm prison sentences.
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Each ticket includes one paperback copy of The Mars Room and two seats at the event. You can buy one ticket (one book and two seats) per email address. Additional copies of The Mars Room will be available for sale at the event and at Magic City Books. You can reserve your seats at www.magiccitybooks.com.
ON JUNE 7 AT 6:30 P.M. FOR OUR MONTHLY SHABBAT CELEBRATION
BIBI-DIBI: SHABBAT FOR INFANTS + TODDLERS ON MAY 10 5
The Sisterhood invites its members and friends to join in our Annual Meeting and Election on
Sunday, June 2, 2019 at The Synagogue at 9:30 a.m. The Brunch and Program will honor
Nancy Cohen as our 2019 Woman of Valor. The cost of the brunch is $12.00 per person Use the return coupon below for your reservation. Please respond no later than May 28, 2019. Your check is your reservation. Please clip here and mail by May 28, 2019
Number of guests who will be attending brunch [check enclosed]:
I 'll pay by credit card and will call Carol Mandlebaum at (918) 407-5282.
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Mail to Carol Mandlebaum | 8239 South Evanston Avenue | Tulsa, Oklahoma 74137
SISTERS | JANET DUNDEE
SISTERHOOD SHABBAT ON APRIL 6
Members of the congregation are invited to participate in two events that constitute the Annual Meeting of the Synagogue. First up is the approval of the budget on Tuesday, May 14, at 7:00 p.m. This discussion will be the first order of business at a special session of our monthly Board meeting. All are invited.
On the morning of Saturday, April 6, approximately fifty women came together to participate in the annual Sisterhood Shabbat service. All parts of the service were led by these women, including Hallel, the reading of Torah, aliyot, lifting the Torah, the D’var Torah, Haftorah and concluding prayers. This Shabbat service was a bit more challenging than in previous years. It was both Rosh Chodesh and Parashat ha-Chodesh, requiring Sisterhood members to learn additional texts. There were three Torahs from which to read, which also meant three Torahs which needed to be lifted and dressed!
Our election of officers and board members for the new Synagogue year will take place on the evening of the Touro celebration on Sunday, May 19. The Nominating Committee has placed the following names on the ballot: Dr. Elana Newman (President); Dr. John Schumann (Vice President); Ross Heyman (Vice President of Finance/Treasurer); and Nancy Cohen (Secretary).
Sisterhood thanks Matt Levitt, who taught a number of women the technique of lifting the Torah. What a remarkable experience it was for the nine women who joined Matt in learning this procedure.
Board members nominated for a new two-year term are Emily Melton Bolusky, Sharon Cash, Nancy Cohen, Barbara Eisen, Jake Lerner, Terry Marcum, Dr. Elana Newman, Debby Raskin, Angela Taubman, and Ricki Wimmer.
Many thanks to Hillary Roubein, Jennifer Joels, Jodi Finer Zalk and Jackie Lasky who organized and recruited women for this Shabbat service. Thanks to Nancy Wolov for her D’var Torah and our caterer for the preparation of the kiddush following services. Sisterhood is always grateful to Betty Lehman, Rabbi Fitzerman, and Rabbi Kaiman for their support of this annual Shabbat service. Members of the Synagogue staff are also appreciated for their efforts on behalf of Sisterhood.
Remaining Board members will serve out the second year of their two-year terms of office. Honorary Board member Dr. Stephen Adelson will continue to serve. In addition, our three most recent Past Presidents will also remain on the Board. They are Sally Donaldson, Craig Silberg, and Jolene Sanditen.
The joy of this Shabbat was experienced by all who were present, and Sisterhood looks forward to lending our abilities to future Shabbat programs. SISTERHOOD ANNUAL MEETING ON JUNE 2 Randee Charney, Carol Mandlebaum and Sharon Cash, all Past Presidents of Sisterhood, will be chairing this year’s Annual Meeting, honoring Nancy Cohen as Sisterhood’s Woman of Valor. The meeting will take place at the Synagogue.
SISTERHOOD MTG./WOMAN OF VALOR
FIRST FRIDAY SHABBAT
HARVEST DINNER WITH RUTH
The entire event is open to the congregation and will be held on the morning of Sunday, June 2. In addition to honoring Nancy, Sisterhood will elect board members and officers. The slate for 2019-2021 includes Hillary Roubein (President); Randee Charney (Vice President, Membership), Kristi Tarabolous (Treasurer), Rebecca Plunkett (Secretary), and Dr. Jan Finer Past President).
SHABBAT FOR EVERYONE MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION? PLEASE CALL RABBI KAIMAN AT (918) 583-7121.
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TAKE A SEAT We are still taking orders for plaques to be affixed to seats in our Sanctuary. Your contribution can fund a tribute or memorial to those who have been important to you. If youâ€™d like further information, please call Betty Lehman at (918) 583-7121 for details.
SISTERHOOD AT THE SYNAGOGUE
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Board nominees include Molly Berger, Sharon Cash, Nancy Cohen, Janet Dundee, Roxanne Imeson, Jennifer Joels, Lori Leib Rosas, Carol Mandlebaum, Joan Neidell, Sofia Nagda Noshay, Adria Sanditen, Iris Sandler, Mona Smith, Angela Taubman.
Please join us for Sisterhood’s Summer Book Club, when we read the unusual true story Red Notice, a book by Bill Browder. Part John Grisham-like thriller, part business and political memoir, it is a real-life tale of espionage, high finance and political intrigue about what happens when one man decides to expose corruption in the Russian government. The hero is born into an academic Jewish family with communist leanings. What does he do as a young college student to rebel? He enrolls in Stanford Business School, becomes a capitalist, and moves to Russia, where he becomes the largest private investor, making billions of dollars when Russia allows private citizens to invest in companies in the late 1990s.
Sisterhood would appreciate your reservation for brunch and the meeting. Cost is $12 per person. Deadline for reservations is May 28, 2019. Mail your check, payable to B’nai Emunah Sisterhood, to: Carol Mandlebaum, 8239 South Evanston Avenue, Tulsa 74137 using the reservation form elsewhere in this edition. If you wish to pay by credit card, please call Carol at (918) 407-5282. MAH JONGG CARDS
What starts out as an ingenious business opportunity becomes a story of government corruption, the murderous Putin regime and one man’s fight for justice. It is the story of Mr. Browder taking on overpowering odds to change the world and how, without intending to, he found meaning in his life.
Nancy Cohen has announced the arrival of the 2019 Mah Jongg cards, which are now on sale in the Sisterhood Gift Shop. There are two sizes available. The Standard Version retails for $8 and the Large Print Version retails for $9. The Gift Shop is also showing a number of fun and colorful Mah Jongg gift items, great for hosting Mah Jongg games or to give as gifts.
Our discussion, facilitated by Alice Blue with Dr. Bob Donaldson, will be held on Wednesday, June 12, at the Synagogue at 7:00 p.m. Order a copy and start reading today!
Remember that purchases at the Sisterhood Gift Shop make the Sisterhood’s annual donation to the Religious School possible. Do your Judaica shopping at the Sisterhood Gift Shop!
CONTRIBUTIONS Please note that all contributions for this month, including Touro Celebration gifts, will be listed in the June issue of the Messenger. Thank you!
We'RE DELIGHTED TO WELCOME
TO+GATHER FOR TOTS
Alicia and Charles Lyon
SUNDAY MORNING, MAY 5
into the congregational family. Strength to Strength!
"She saved my life."
Tribute by Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein to Lori Gilbert-Kaye, who shielded him from a gunman on the final day of Passover, 2019. May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing.
Join us for the 2019 Touro Celebration on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Watch your mail for details.
FROM THE SYNAGOGUE ARCHIVE
Thanks so much to the many people who responded to our questions. Shirley Dormont called to say that the third child from the left is Steven Dormnont. The date is 1969, and all of these children are four years old. Elana Grissom says that the little girl furthest to the right is her sister, Mariah Dickson. Directly to her left at the end of the line is Kenny Watt. Although the photograph is not dated, the rompers and the saddle shoes suggest that itâ€™s the 1950s or early 1960s. The tile floor identifies this as a scene in the Nadel Education Building. Can anyone out there help us identify the children in the scene?
When was the last time you had a warm, flaky, delectable knish? Weâ€™re now making them at the Seventeenth Street Deli, and you can have your fill on Sunday, October 14. Just call the Synagogue or go to tulsadeli.org.
TREES OF LIFE Please think of commemorating the moments of meaning and celebration in your family by purchasing a leaf on our trees of life. Many generations have already done so, and we have remaining spaces waiting for you. The cost is quite reasonable. Please call Betty Lehman at (918) 583-7121 for details.
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YAHRTZEIT CALENDAR — 26 NISAN THROUGH 26 IYAR Wednesday, May 1 - 26 Nisan Abraham Gilenson Richard Replogel Dan H. Schusterman Charles Trynin Dorothy Turk Anne Zechman Goltz Bernice Zeldich Thursday, May 2 - 27 Nisan Hal Fein Mamie “May” Singer Lillian Smith Mayer Taxon Friday, May 3 - 28 Nisan Esther Fell Gordon Lantz Louis Rich Guss Zeldich Saturday, May 4 - 29 Nisan Rae Aaronson Rose Mizel Jay Newman Albert Stein Gladys Weinberg Sunday, May 5 - 30 Nisan Gary M. Berman Matilda Krasne Fannie Politzer Gene John Roubal Richard Schwartz Shaindel Singer Jacob Skuy
Thursday, May 9 - 4 Iyar Anthony Acevedo Srul Gornic Jacob Miller Dorothea Beatrice Rozen Susie Wallach Friday, May 10 - 5 Iyar Jacob L. Cardin Ruth Rabkin Cohen Miriam Davis Sol Katz Irene Rothbaum Saturday, May 11 - 6 Iyar Frances (Melton) Carlson Phillip Brown Rae Schechtman Moran Isaac Shwatshkin Abe Smith Moshe Chaim Soloveichik Jessie Sotonoff Sunday, May 12 - 7 Iyar Lillian Blaustein Joseph LeVine Dr. Meyer Pedott Isaac Roubein Monday, May 13 - 8 Iyar Louis Blum Florence J. Cardin Rose Finston Celia Fischbein Shirley Greenberg Dorothy Katz Joan Kessler Irene Kopelman Jennie Stekoll Solow Arthur Taubman
Monday, May 6 - 1 Iyar Hortense Alcouloumre Isidore Goldman Florence Jacobs Sam Kassel Harry Kirschner Simon Levit Chaye Sarokin Nathan Wittles
Tuesday, May 14 - 9 Iyar Anne Brodsky Edward J. Prussack Charles Ravitz Sonia Thelma Yasgur Schwartz
Wednesday, May 8 - 3 Iyar Miriam Abravanel Sharna Frank Morton Lehrman Bertha Lehrman
Wednesday, May 15 - 10 Iyar Bess Fell Wolfe Green Maurice Frank Ray Bryan Miller Bessie Starr
Thursday, May 16 - 11 Iyar Morris Goltz Mildred Leff Paull Friday, May 17 - 12 Iyar Eleanor Dorskind Marcia Borg Jankowsky Jean Pedott Zdenka Weinberg Saturday, May 18 - 13 Iyar Alexander Rabkin Ethel Rae Roberts Fuller Scott Sunday, May 19 - 14 Iyar Sander Davidson Max Eichenberg Sam Kosloff Murle Mandlebaum Patricia Sokol Monday, May 20 - 15 Iyar Hans Eichler Joe Erdberg Dora Freed Jonathan Jeffy Sidney Klein Isidore S. Pertofsky Rose Storch Tuesday, May 21 - 16 Iyar Max Gershowitz Solomon Lack Morris T. Lubin Harriet Mizel Tannenbaum Michael Myers Wednesday, May 22 - 17 Iyar Etta Silberg Bertha Palow Stein Thursday, May 23 - 18 Iyar Jeanette Frieden Theodore Geffen Julie Jackson Friday, May 24 - 19 Iyar Rose Perl Stanley Prussack Eddie Rabkin
Dr. Francisco Schechter Raymond Stekoll Joseph E. Stiefel Abbott Wittels Saturday, May 25 - 20 Iyar Betty J. Kaiser Joe B. Singer Helen Dan Spector Oscar Stavinsky Sunday, May 26 - 21 Iyar Morris Brietfeld Manuel Brown August Gabel Nettie Lederman Henry Melville Mason Gershon Weisman Monday, May 27 - 22 Iyar Selig Sorkin Robert Paul Cohen William Fitzerman Miriam Kahn Leah Lapkin Zoltan Sollosy Sam Winer Wednesday, May 29 - 24 Iyar Henry Brain Ralph Goldsmith Charles Kaufman Nathan Livingston Ruth Poznik Joshua Price Leza Sylvan Thursday, May 30 - 25 Iyar Pauline Bercutt Cy Gershone Philip Oberstein Friday, May 31 - 26 Iyar Julius Bergman Nathan Dundee Herbert Kallmeyer Jane Kaufman Charles H. Solow
May their souls be bound up in the bond of life everlasting. Please note that each yahrtzeit begins at sunset on the day before the date listed.