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wise @ Reflection and Recommitment for a New Year By Glenn Sonnenberg, Temple President

August Av-Elul 2013/5773

What it Means to Count Up Elevating Our Sites and Rabbi Eli Herscher Commitments This Jubilee By Jeffrey Resnick, Development Committee Chairman

Dear Congregant, As we anticipate the onset of fall, the start of school, and the High Holy Days, this is a busy time at Stephen S. Wise – preparing for a new year of school and all of us readying ourselves for reflections on the past year and commitments to the next. It is also a time when we are asked to recommit ourselves to values we hold dear.

I am honored to be appointed chairman of the newly-formed Development Committee at Stephen S. Wise Temple, which has the responsibility to oversee annual, capital, and endowment fundraising in support of our Temple and Schools. It is an important role at a very important time in our Temple’s history.

1. Wise Hearts – Most of us have experienced a death or a loved one’s medical problem. There can hardly be a more lonely time, but through the work of Rabbi Spike Anderson and a committee of lay leaders, our community is there to comfort and strengthen those who need to speak with a friend. This program needs our support.

As we approach our Jubilee Year, the fiftieth anniversary of our congregation, we have the opportunity to set our sights even higher and create another, and new, generation of visionary planners and leaders to carry Stephen S. Wise Temple into the next fifty years. It is a major undertaking, one which cannot be accomplished alone. It takes the full dedication and support of many – of an entire community. In that regard, I am blessed in that we have wonderful lay, staff, and clergy leadership working together to expand our programs, provide long-term financial resources, and to fund the development of social, educational, and sacred spaces on our campus, which will enrich our members’ experiences and enhance Jewish life in Los Angeles.

2. Dues and Tuition – We have dedicated ourselves to the idea that no one should be turned away from Temple membership or from being educated in our Schools because of financial need. As such, we have extended dues and tuition relief to those who need it. We must continue to support those who

My wife, Linda, and I have four grown children, Jennifer, Jeremy, Rebecca and Michael, who attended Stephen S. Wise Temple Elementary School through the 6th grade. And, now we have the joy of knowing our two-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter, Avi will be attending our Early Childhood

As the New Year approaches, it is hard not to reflect upon those in need in our community – both in spiritual need and those facing economic stress. At Stephen S. Wise, we are in the business of teaching, nurturing Jewish values, and enhancing our community. To that end, I want to address ways in which that mission is realized and where your help is still needed:

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These photos represent the faces and activities of those in our community who help make philanthropy at Wise possible through our various programs and events — Purim, our Annual Celebration, the Patron and Sponsor Program, and the Annual Library Spring Brunch. To all members of our community who give of their time and financial resources throughout the year, we thank you for sustaining our community and bringing us to new heights.

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Construction Begins on Wise Elementary Projects

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@Noteworthy Gay and Lesbian Families at Stephen S. Wise Temple Stephen S. Wise Temple is a sacred home to every Jew who wants to be part of our vibrant and dynamic community of learners and seekers. It is a place where we gather regularly as a community to celebrate each other’s simchas and to stand with one another in times of distress. In the wake of this summer’s historic Supreme Court ruling regarding same-sex marriage, the clergy of our Temple would like to clarify our policy regarding Rabbinic/Cantorial officiation at same-sex marriage. Guided by a belief that each of us is created b’tzelem Elohim, in the Divine Image, we seek to provide rabbinic counseling and guidance to all those who wish to find meaning in Jewish community, values, and wisdom. We view marriage as an act of kiddushin, sanctification of God’s name, and encourage couples - gay or straight - who wish to make

Reflection and Recommitment for a New Year Continued from front cover cannot afford to pay full dues or tuition, so that EVERY JEW has access to worship and learn. 3. Engaging Our Youth – We have learned that among the best ways to engage our teen community is through their involvement in real work that serves the community, such as volunteering as “servant leaders” in our Freedom School. By living their Jewish values, they are making the world a better place. We need more programs like this, and the staff to support the next generation of the Jewish people. At this year’s High Holy Days, all of us will be called upon to determine how we can meaningfully support these, and many other, initiatives that benefit all members of our community at Wise, and beyond our walls, in a variety of ways. I want you to know that my wife, Andrea, and I have committed to make a meaningful personal commitment to provide support to several initiatives that help our children and those in need. Each of these initiatives, however, comes at a financial cost. I hope you will join with our family in increasing your annual charitable giving to the Temple, so that these vital programs can continue and grow. L’Shanah Tovah, Glenn 2 @wise

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that commitment to one another, to mark the occasion with appropriate holiness and are available to provide counseling and assistance in this process. We make no distinctions with regard to sexual orientation in this process and invite couples who are considering marriage - be they gay or straight to contact us should they wish to be legally married by a member of our clergy team. Same-sex families are warmly invited to participate in all of our programs and the children of same-sex couples are, of course, welcome to enroll in any of our schools where the values of love (ahava), respect (kavod), and tolerance (sovlanut) are core elements of who we are. The clergy welcomes ongoing dialogue with any members of our Temple community seeking to gain a deeper understanding of our policy.

Elevating Our Sites and Commitments This Jubilee Continued from front cover Center, and our 5-year-old grandson, Zev will be attending our Elementary School. Linda helped start the “Grandma & Me” program in 2008. For us, Stephen S. Wise Temple is about ensuring that the next generations will have a place to grow, learn, and to appreciate their Jewish heritage. It is here where they will become well-educated and prepared for the challenges of young adulthood, not only to attend college or find a rewarding job or profession, but to become more human, more compassionate and caring, and more confident that they can truly make a meaningful contribution to the Jewish people, to society, and to understand that each of us has a role to play in tikkun olam – repairing the world. This is why Linda and I are deeply committed to Stephen Wise and give of our financial resources and time. I am convinced every one of us has a story, yet with the common denominator being Stephen S. Wise Temple and how it has enriched all our lives. As we arrive at these High Holy Days, I hope you will join me and our community and participate meaningfully in our fundraising efforts to contribute, not only monetarily, but with your time and talents, as well. They are much needed and greatly valued. Thank you for your generous support and commitment to the future of our Temple. L’shana tovah - may this be a good year for you and all your loved ones.

Wise Partnership with Public Counsel Offers Pro-Bono Children’s Advocacy By Rabbi Ron Stern I asked our team of Stephen S. Wise Temple member-lawyers why they decided to join our Pubic Counsel partnership and join our Children’s Advocacy Legal Team. The answers were both inspiring and affirming. This is the work that changes lives, and it is some of the most meaningful volunteer work that many of those on our team of lawyers have ever done. Though the partnership was only initiated six months ago, we already have a team of lawyers working pro-bono with Public Counsel to secure essential services for students with disabilities in the Los Angeles Unified School District. These 30 lawyers attended a special training session conducted by the team leader from Public Counsel, in order to learn the ropes of children’s advocacy in the public school system. Most of the members of our team practiced anything but children’s advocacy. We had appellate lawyers, litigators, mediators, patent and tax lawyers, as well as nonpracticing lawyers – all gathered together to do something very different from the law they practice daily. All were intrigued by the opportunity to apply their legal minds and skills for the benefit of the most vulnerable children. I have to admit that my non-legal mind only managed to follow the first hour of the training, after that I excused myself and the lawyers continued for another two hours. By the time the session was over, our team was prepared to represent families and children in the LAUSD system.

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From Mommy & Me to Grandparent & Me – Coming Full Circle By Nancy Levitt I have finally come full circle. Thirty-seven years ago I was in one of the first parenting classes (Mommy & Me) with Norma Freeman and Marilyn Brown. It was a perfect environment for me to expound my new responsibilities as a first time parent. I had no clue about babies or child rearing and I found the class so helpful. I also met other first-time mothers, most of whom I am still friendly with to this day. As my family grew and moved up to nursery and day school at Stephen S. Wise, I started each of them out in a Parenting class. My growing family and I watched the classes grow into the Parenting Center it is today. Last Fall, I started a Grandparent & Me class with my two-year-old grandson, Ben. This has brought back so many wonderful memories for me.

He is learning that there are other adults that he can turn to for guidance and help. And, he will be well-prepared to start school in the fall. On top of all of that, and best of all, he has special time with me, his grandmother, and I treasure this time with him. If you haven’t participated in a Grandparent & Me class, you are missing a really special time with your grandchild. In the fall, Ben will start preschool, but I will be able to start again – this time with his baby sister. This class offers two wonderful hours to spend in class with your grandchild and just enjoy watching him or her learn and develop. If your children work full time, like mine do, and if you’re able, give yourself and your grandchild the gift of helping prepare him/ her for school, the opportunity to play with other children, and of being with you. I hope you will join me and other grandparents in participating in this wonderful program.

The program at Stephen S. Wise is wonderful. Linda Resnick, a long-time Temple member and fellow grandmother, was the catalyst that got it started a year or so ago. She saw the need and made it happen! The structure of the program guides the two-year-olds (and their grandparents) and prepares them for the types of experiences they will have when they enter preschool. Ben was in awe for his first few weeks. He now knows that snack time means he has to come inside, go and wash his hands, sit down at the table, and wait for his snack. He knows that music time is when we move to another room, sit on the floor and sing songs, and listen to a story with Ditza. Being in class has also helped in separating him from his parents and infant sister for a few hours a day.

Construction Begins on Wise Elementary School Improvement Projects! On July 15, construction began on three exciting projects for Wise Elementary. Each of these projects grows out of our vision for a School which inspires students to learn deeply, be creative, experience wholeness, and make great happen in our world. •Our new Music Innovation Lab will include opportunities for students to explore using both analog and digital instruments. This will be a space for discovery, experimentation, and joy. •Project Studio, our inquiry-based program that encourages exploration, problem solving, and creativity, is getting a new, expanded home right off of Faber Field. This will allow more space for discovery and will put the work of Project Studio in a more visible location on our campus so that our community can share in the work that goes on there. •Our Science Lab is getting a much-needed renovation that will provide distinct learning environments in Physical, Earth and Life Science, with more hands-on experimental opportunities to engage the scientific process. We are delighted to be able to share these exciting new projects with you and will keep you updated throughout the rest of the summer on our progress. Then, we look forward to showing these new spaces off to our School families and non-School families alike when School begins in late August or when you join us for the High Holy Days. 3


@Noteworthy Wise Partnership with Public Counsel Offers Pro-Bono Children’s Advocacy Continued from page 2 The experience of our Temple member lawyers doing pro-bono children’s advocacy speaks for itself: Bree Pessin tells of the eight-year-old boy that she is representing, who has been diagnosed with a psychotic disorder. After initially being refused assessment and placement services by the school district and being given the classic bureaucratic runaround, Bree’s intervention secured both of these vital services. Bree writes: “This work is very rewarding and I hope that other attorneys in the Temple community will consider getting involved.” Ellen Reisman knows that her intervention can mean the difference between her client receiving the essential services or being denied access. The child she represents was refused special services by the school district despite a diagnosis that warrants intervention. Ellen is in the process of appealing the denial and cutting through the district’s red tape. According to Ellen, “The mom of the kid I represent through Public Counsel desperately wants something better for her son. She and family members work with the child on homework, but the school district is just not doing its part. It just wants to push the kid through. I worry that public schools are simply failing many of the kids who attend them.” Jerry Zack writes: “I became involved in the Public Counsel program as a means to give back to the community in ways I had not done in the past. The program has also provided me with the ability to reach out to a segment of our community with which I have had only limited prior involvement … The Public Counsel program offers opportunities for both attorneys and laypeople to roll up their sleeves and become directly involved in the lives of the less fortunate in our broader community. It is not “sanitized” in the same way as is the giving of money or attending a charity function.” Alison Kronenberg writes about the challenges of representing a parent who has faced consistent obstacles to her child’s education from the school district. It took some time and patience to convince this mother that Alison was on her side,

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which was made even more difficult because a translator was needed for every conversation. As a result of Alison’s involvement, appropriate therapists were engaged and the child’s needs are being met more adequately. While we have trained lawyers to engage the school district, there are opportunities for non-lawyers to become advocates and a consistent adult presence for foster-care children as they move through LAUSD, as well. I am incredibly proud of our latest effort as a Temple community to extend our impact so deeply and meaningfully into our city. We are quickly establishing ourselves as a Temple that works in close partnership with agencies doing great work. For more information on these such partnerships, visit www.wisela.org/social-justice-partnerships. Chet Kronenberg and Jeremy Rosen are working together to recruit our lawyers, seek out new opportunities, and coordinate the work of our team with Public Counsel. As such, they have actually created a Stephen S. Wise Temple pro-bono desk, where lawyers seeking pro-bono opportunities are able to look to their Temple to fulfill that need and provide their talents to this needy population. Currently, Chet is working to set up an additional partnership with KIND, a public service agency that secures legal protection and asylum for immigrant children seeking refuge in the United States because of persecution or parental abuse in their home countries. Contact me directly at RStern@WiseLA.org and I’ll put you in contact with them if you are interested in joining our team. The Center for Social Justice at Stephen S. Wise Temple continues to extend our reach into the Los Angeles community to do the work of tikkun olam. We are proud that our partnership with Public Counsel has received special recognition at their annual awards dinner. But, our work is never done, so we are diligently seeking out new partnership opportunities so that our members and anyone else who wishes to participate can bring new meaning to their own lives and meaningful change to the lives of others. If you are associated with an organization that could benefit from our member talents or you would like to participate, please contact me so that we can talk about opportunities for you to be more deeply involved in helping repair our world.

Mazal tov to our B’nai Mitzvah and their families celebrating their simhas in August.

August 10 – Shoftim

August 17 – Ki Tetze

10:30 a.m. – Audrey, daughter of Stella and Farid

11:30 a.m. – Tai, son of Mary and Jim

11:30 a.m. – Shauna, daughter of Megan and Benjamin

August 24 – Ki Tavo

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Shauna

11:30 a.m. – Doron, son of Orli and Farshad August 31 – Nitzavim-Vayelech

9:30 a.m. – Isabella, daughter of Lisa and Marc

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11:30 a.m. – Niaz, daughter of Fariba and Farid

Doron

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@Programs and Events Elementary School Back to Wise

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Every Thursday | 7:45 a.m. (when School is in session) Kabbalat Shabbat Nosh Every Friday | 5:30 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service

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Sunday, August 25 | 10 a.m. Hershenson Hall

Morning Minyan

Welcome back to school! Come meet your teachers, see old friends, meet new ones, and enjoy delicious snacks – a wonderful way to kick off the new school year and bring all of our Wise families together!

Elementary School Grades 1-6 Begin Monday, August 26

Every Friday | 6:15 p.m.

Melton Orientation

Shabbat Morning Minyan

Tuesday, August 27 | 7 p.m. Plotkin Chapel

Every Saturday | 10 a.m.

Elul Shabbat Services and Sermons

Friday, August 9, 16, 23, 30 | 6:15 p.m.

For more information, please contact Rabbi Karen Strok at Melton@WiseLA.org or 310.889.2291.

See backpage for more information.

ES Kindergarten Begins Wednesday, August 28

Celebrate the New Year 5774 with Us Rosh Hashanah: September 4-6 | Yom Kippur: September 13-14 We hope you will join us at our High Holy Days services and welcome the New Year 5774 with us. Each service venue is unique and special in its own way: the Sanctuary, Skirball, and Church are geared for adults and older children who are able to quietly and comfortably sit for the duration of the service; the Intergenerational Service is designed so that families with young children can share their High Holy Days service experience together as a family, with content and service length appropriate to your child’s age/grade (listed below).

Stephen S. Wise Temple Sanctuary

Skirball Cultural Center

Childcare Available

No Childcare

Bel Air Presbyterian Church Childcare Available

Erev Rosh Hashanah 8 p.m.

Erev Rosh Hashanah 8 p.m.

Erev Rosh Hashanah 8 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah Early: 8:45 a.m. Late: 12:15 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah Early: 8:45 a.m. Late: 12:15 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah 10 a.m.

Erev Yom Kippur Early: 6 p.m. Late: 9 p.m.

Erev Yom Kippur Early: 6 p.m. Late: 9 p.m.

Erev Yom Kippur 8 p.m.

Yom Kippur Early: 8:45 a.m. Late: 12:15 p.m.

Yom Kippur Early: 8:45 a.m. Late: 12:15 p.m.

Yom Kippur 10 a.m.

Note: New time! Service begins 15 minutes earlier than previous years.

Note: New time! Service begins 15 minutes earlier than previous years.

2nd Day Rosh Hashanah 10 a.m.

Note: New time! Service begins 15 minutes earlier than previous years.

Note: New time! Service begins 15 minutes earlier than previous years.

Yom Kippur Afternoon Minha: Following the Late Morning Service Learn with the Rabbi: 3 p.m. Yizkor/Neilah: 4:15 p.m.

Yom Kippur Afternoon Learn with the Rabbi: 3 p.m. Yizkor/Neilah: 4:15 p.m.

Yom Kippur Afternoon Learning Session: 12:30 p.m. Learn with the Rabbi: 3 p.m. Yizkor/Neilah: 4:15 p.m.

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Intergenerational Services (multiple locations)

Childcare Available Erev Rosh Hashanah 5:30 p.m.-6:45 p.m. Plotkin Chapel (Birth-Age 6) Sanctuary (Grades 1-6) Rosh Hashanah 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Hershenson Hall (Grades 1-6) Rosh Hashanah Afternoon 3 p.m. Skirball Cultural Center, Magnin Auditorium (Birth-Age 6) Erev Yom Kippur 5:30 p.m.-6:45 p.m. Hershenson Hall (Grades 1-6) Yom Kippur 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Hershenson Hall (Grades 1-6) Yom Kippur Afternoon 3 p.m. Skirball Cultural Center, Magnin Auditorium (Birth-Age 6) Learn with the Rabbi: 3 p.m. Sanctuary Yizkor/Neilah: 4:30 p.m. Plotkin Chapel


The congregation extends its sincere appreciation for these generous contributions

MAZAL TOV Lynn and Les Bider and family on the marriage of their son, Michelle and Daniel Stone on the marriage of her brother, Abigail and Jacob on the marriage of their uncle, and to Natasha King and Joshua Bider on their marriage Roz and Bob and family on the birth of their grandson, Michael on the birth of his nephew, and to Lisa and Josh on the birth of their son, Cody Harrison Roz and Bob Weiner and family on the marriage of their son, Lisa Weiner and Josh Feldman on the marriage of her brother, Cody Feldman on the marriage of his uncle, and to Wendi Bergamini and Michael Weiner on their marriage Adit and Eliav Dan and family on the marriage of her sister, Arielle and Davin Kirszenbaum and Craig Hirsch on their marriage Nicole and David and family on the birth of their daughter, Zhen Rife Danica and Steven and family on the birth of their daughter, and to Mitchell on the birth of his sister, Grayson Katrin and Dean and family on the birth of their daughter, and to Dylan, Daryn and Ryan on the birth of their sister, Kaitlyn Jeannette and Jonathan and family on the birth of their granddaughter, and to Adam Macy on the birth of his niece, Audrey Florence Ali Strocker and family on the marriage of her sister, and to Carly Strocker and Louis Epstein on their marriage Candace and Abbey Konowitch and family on the engagement of their daughter, and to Alana Konowitch and Brenden Mendez on their engagement Adriane and Allan Morrison and family on the marriage of their granddaughter, Jody and Dan Furie on the marriage of their daughter, Alexandra and Samuel on the marriage of their sister, and to Jessica Furie and Max Frankel on their marriage Barbara Sampson and family on the marriage of her daughter, Tracy Sampson to David Anson Barbara and Arnold Barron and family on the engagement of their son, Jennifer Barron on the engagement of her brother, and to Sari Poll and Benjamin Barron on their engagement Debra Greene and Michael Kaiser and families on their marriage Libby and Marv Markowitz and family on the marriage of their daughter, Lauren Spina on the marriage of her sister, Jessica Markowitz and Jonathan Brand on the marriage of her sister, Asher Brand on the marriage of his aunt, and to Amanda Markowitz and Andrew Wizenberg on their marriage 6 @wise

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Sharon and Brian Hersch and family on the marriage of their daughter, Matthew Hersch on the marriage of his sister, Sharon and Mitchell Hersch on the marriage of their niece, Megan and Justin Hersch on the marriage of his cousin, and to Rachel Hersch and Oliver Olanoff on their marriage Julie and Bradley Shames and family on the engagement of their daughter, Samantha and Gregory Shames on the engagement of their sister, and Rachel Shames and Gabriel Waterman on their engagement Melissa and Chad and family on the birth of their daughter, Paige Evanston Tanya Blankenship and Robin Chorn and families on their marriage Beth and Brad and family on the birth of their daughter, Avery Sarah Roz and Bob Weiner and family on the engagement of their nephew, Alexandra and Darren Schwartz on the engagement of her brother, and to Lauren Kloner and Martin Weiner on their engagement Terrie and Richard Baumann and family on the engagement of their daughter, and to Alison Baumann and Jesse Warshal on their engagement Cathy and Richard Walter and family on the marriage of their son, and to Erica Beck and Josh Walter on their marriage Madelene and Richard and family on the birth of their grandson, and to Jake and Jayden on the birth of their brother, Jayce Melissa Permut and Jonathan Herson and family on their marriage

CONDOLENCES Carolyn (Corky) Gore and family on the loss of her husband, Philip L. Gore Orly Raz and Devin Wagman and family on the loss of her grandmother, and to Eva RazWagman on the loss of her great-grandmother, Paula Rath Dana and David Garfin and family on the loss of her grandmother, and to Emma and Mia on the loss of their great-grandmother, Greta Kibrick Debra and David Goldfarb and family on the loss of her mother, and to Nicole, Mallory and Carley on the loss of their grandmother, Bobbie Feld Marcia and Mark Smith and family on the loss of her brother and to Alexander and Amanda on the loss of their uncle, Jim Lewis Chele and Ruben Marmet and family on the loss of her mother, Rachelle Marmet, Jordan Marmet and Shira and Joel Marmet on the loss of their grandmother, Gereldine Morawtz

Malka and Oded Miodovsky and family on the loss of her mother, Esther Pergament Sandra Smokler and family on the loss of her father, and to Jennifer on the loss of her grandfather, Bert Smokler Lauren and Jason Monkarsh and family on the loss of her grandmother, and to Max and Ava on the loss of their great-grandmother, Bernice Friedman Gail and Peter Field and family on the loss of her father, and to Evanne and Jacob on the loss of their grandfather, Joel Cibener Wendy and Jerry Otelsberg and family on the loss of his mother, Michelle Otelsberg and Emily and Scott Otelsberg on the loss of their grandmother, and to Charlotte on the loss of her great-grandmother, Lila Otelsberg The sympathy of the congregation is extended to the families of Philip L. Gore Paul Mayman May God grant peace to all who mourn and comfort the bereaved families

RABBIS’ DISCRETIONARY FUNDs IN HONOR OF: the 50th anniversary of Judi and Frank Niver, by their daughters Lisa and Susan, husbands George and Jeffrey, and grandchildren, Koby and Zachary the marriage of AJ Konowitch and Brenden Mendez the 20th anniversary of Susan Niver Bernstein and Jeffrey Bernstein the wedding blessing of Janet Newmark Mead and Bruce Leamon, by Sandy and Stu Newmark officiating at the bris of Cody Harrison, by Roz and Bob Weiner the marriage of Wendi Bergamini and Michael Weiner, by Roz and Bob Weiner Rabbi Stern for such a stimulating and enjoyable 6 weeks, by Bobbi and Hal Delevie Rabbi Herscher, by Kathleen Roth Susan Firestone’s special birthday, by Lana Sternberg and Audrey Godfrey Rabbi Anderson for officiating at a funeral, by Sussan and Michael Shore the marriage of AJ Konowitch and Brenden Mendez, by Abbey and Candace Konowitch

IN MEMORY OF: Corinne Kaplan, by Ellen and Andy Kaplan Tom Berger, by Audri and Stan Tendler

Paula Ashton and family on the loss of her father, Ashley Silberfeld, Dafna and Tony Silberfeld, Ariana and Kevin West on the loss of their grandfather, and to Shai and Cooper West on the loss of their great-grandfather, Paul Mayman

Rose Pollack and Joseph Joseph, by Seema Pollack and family

Ione Citrin and family on the loss of her husband, Herb

Rose Rothbarth, by Dorothy Hoffman and family

Minnie Florence Zagon, by Lynn and Bruce Kaufman Mike Miller, by Carole Miller


Sarah Meltzer, by Rose and James Meltzer Paula Williams, Ron Williams, and Walter Williams, M.D., by Cookie and Jerry Zack Jess Bass, by Chris and Ron Bass Sam Gross, by Sally and Donald Jones Allen H. Rabin, by Elaine Rabin Winters Isaac Lipen, by Edythe Lipen Yetta Bloomgarden, by Marian DeWitt Joel Cibener, by Gail and Peter Field Coleman A. Reisman, by Shirley Reisman Tom Berger, by Audri and Stanley Tendler

CANTOR’S DISCRETIONARY FUND IN HONOR OF: the marriage of their son, Joshua and Natasha King, by Lynn and Les Bider the marriage of their daughter, Danielle and Matt Witjas, by Randy and Eric Gordon Cantor Nathan Lam, by Liz and Herb Leifer the birth of Cody Harrison, by Emily and Rick Corleto officiating at the bris of Cody Harrison, by Roz and Bob Weiner the marriage of Wendi Bergamini and Michael Weiner, by Roz and Bob Weiner their marriage, by Amanda Markowitz and Andrew Wizenberg

IN MEMORY OF: Henry Weiss, by Debbee and Robert Schwartz and Lori and Rob Goodman

MAX HESS LIBRARY FUND IN MEMORY OF: Evelyn Weiss, by Linda and Robert Elkman Steven Nitzkin, by Brian Nitzkin Tillie Clark, by Shirley Reisman and family

SOCIAL ACTION FUND

Frances Salzman, by Linda and David Salzman

METUKA BENJAMIN SCHOLARSHIP FUND

SUMMER CAMP SCHOLARSHIP FUND

IN HONOR OF: Mark Berns on his birthday, by The Maloff Family the marriage of Jessica Furie and Max Frankel, by Janine and Rick Kolodny the marriage of Natasha King and Josh Bider, by Janine and Rick Kolodny

IN MEMORY OF: Edith Nahmias, by Deena and Ed Nahmias

IN MEMORY OF: Sylvia Hershenson, by Brenda and Alan Abramson Etomer Fishman, by Evaline Fishman

DIENER AND KADNER Families LIBRARY FUND IN MEMORY OF:

Firouz Yasharal, by Jodie and Steven Fishman

LIFELONG LEARNING ENDOWMENT IN HONOR OF: the birth of Cody Harrison, by Janine and Rick Kolodny

Herb Citrin, by Dan and Lila Shaps Jack Diener, by Lila Kadner Shaps and Dan Shaps

YAHRZEIT FUND

IN MEMORY OF: Ezra Budiansky, by Patti and Roger Golden

GENERAL FUND IN MEMORY OF: Lillian Mayman, by Paula Ashton, Ashley Silberfeld, and Ariana West

FUND SUPPORTING ISRAEL PROGRAMS IN MEMORY OF: Judith Q. Levin, by Ruth and Marvin Kalin

SAM DUBMAN Food FOR SOVA FUND IN HONOR OF: Past Temple Presidents, Pam Balton, Lynn Bider, Rick Corleto, Mel Gagerman and Albert Praw, by Nancy and Alvin Praw

IN MEMORY OF:

JOE BARON SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Sadie Waldinger, by Gloria and Art Waldinger

IN MEMORY OF:

Mildred C. Makowsky, by Louise, Gene and Ivana Bramson

Joe Baron, with love Bea

my beloved grandson Glenn Cooper, with love Grandma Bea

In May 2012, Stephen S. Wise Temple established the Metuka Benjamin Scholarship Fund to serve as a permanent acknowledgement of Metuka’s distinguished leadership in education and her enrichment of our Jewish community. The Scholarship Fund is the fulfillment of a vision Metuka and Stephen S. Wise Temple share in an unwavering commitment to strengthen our Early Childhood Center, Elementary School, and Religious School in ways that will allow every family access to quality secular and Jewish education for their children and grandchildren. The funds help to ensure a vibrant and enduring Jewish future. To make a contribution to the Metuka Benjamin Scholarship Fund, please visit www. WiseLA.org/giving, or contact Harriet Zolan, Development Coordinator, at 310.889.2234.

IN MEMORY OF: Bertha Freedman and Evelyn Price, by Joan and Bill Feldman Harry Krasne, by Marilyn and David Williams Samuel Guber, by Lynda and Peter Guber and family Gerald Dunitz, by Maxine Dunitz Morris Tendler, by Audri and Stan Tendler Sol Povar, by Samuel Povar David Walter, by Richard Walter Carol Glushon and Lila Neuman, by Suzi and Rob Glushon Norma Hirsch, by Geri and Jim Sherman Ernest Goodman, by Lori and Rob Goodman Louis Bersen and William Siegel, by Renee and Bob Siragusa Anna Buchalter, by Millie Pecora and family Send details of your simchas to: Contributions@WiseLA.org to be included in our Mazal Tov list by the 15th of each month, six weeks prior to publication. To send a tribute: Call Bea Dubman at 818.342.3497 or you may give online at www.WiseLA.org/giving.

Our Clergy want to assure their availability to our member families during times of loss. Please contact the Temple first before setting a funeral time.

In your time of need, we have created a Grief Support Group for individuals, who have recently, or in the past, experienced a loss of a family member or loved one, and are in different stages of grief. For more information or to sign up, contact Harriet Zolan at HZolan@WiseLA.org or 310.889.2234. 7


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Elul Shabbat Services and Sermons Join Us for 4 Special Friday Night Services

In anticipation of, and to further prepare for, the upcoming High Holy Days, please join Rabbis Anderson, Herscher, Zweiback, and Stern at our Friday 6:15 p.m. Shabbat Services during the month of Elul for meaningful sermons related to these holiest of days.

“Book of Life”

8.9

“A Way to Think About What it Means to Pray During the High Holy Days (when you’re not sure what praying means to you)”

8.16

“Sovereign Self vs. Master of the Universe”

8.23

“U’netaneh Tokef: Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die. The Most Disturbing Prayer of the High Holy Days Can Also Be its Most Meaningful”

S’lihot

Saturday, August 31 | 9 p.m.

As the month of Elul draws to a close, the mood of repentance becomes even more intense. We continue our spiritual preparation for the Days of Awe with a S’lihot service, featuring powerful music of the holidays led by Cantor Nathan Lam. The ultimate goal of S’lihot is to seek forgiveness from God and others whom we have wronged and, most importantly, to improve ourselves in the coming year.

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8.30

August 2013 @wise  

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