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Join us this summer for the return of

Stephen S. Wise Temple Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School

The first synagogue-based Freedom School on the West Coast

Begins Monday, June 23 through Friday, August 1 Freedom School is a summer enrichment program supporting children and families in need to boost students’ motivation to read, generate more positive attitudes towards learning, and connect the needs of children and families with their communities:

Many ways exist for you/your family to get involved at either our Temple campus or the Milken Middle School campus, including: Become an Adult Reading volunteer Harambee volunteer (daily morning read-aloud to all camp) Snack Volunteer Enrichment Coordinator Field Trip Chaperone Help sponsor the program – from an ice cream party to sponsoring a child to attend for the summer! For more information, or to get involved, visit or e-mail You can also follow us on Facebook at

“All You Really Need to Know...” Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback


ver the past few weeks, I have been meeting with all of our Wise School Kindergarten parents over coffee to share reflections on the year that has passed. I asked the Wise moms and dads who sat with

me to share some of the highlights of the year with me, as well as some suggestions for improvements that we could make going forward. These conversations reminded me - yet again - of why I love this place so much and why I believe that Wise School is so extraordinary. The parents told me how much the Kindergarten teaching team has meant to them. Kasey Himmel, Sara Roth, Melanie Katan, Diamond Summerville, and Christina George are gifted educators who, day in and day out, guide and support, nurture and teach our children with grace, passion, and fantastic skill. Continued on page 5

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President’s Message


Our Jubilee Gala Concert in Pictures


Celebrate Our Graduates

@Noteworthy A Message from Our President By Glenn Sonnenberg

Free speech is under fire. Are we losing the ability to have creative, healthy dialogue between people who disagree? Our college campuses often are no longer places where ideas are open to free discussion and analysis. Students, urged on by faculty members and a belligerent anti-Israel movement, are increasingly being ostracized for having a balanced view of the Middle East conflict, much less for supporting Israel. Last month, we read how the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement at UCLA trotted out a new weapon in its arsenal – this time to deny students who took trips to Israel sponsored by certain organizations from running for student government offices. In order to be acceptable candidates, students were asked to sign a pledge not to go on such a trip to Israel. It was deemed still okay to visit Cuba, China, Saudi Arabia, and any number of other similar regimes; just not Israel. Over the past few months, we have read about how students and professors at some of our greatest universities have shouted down or pushed commencement speakers from speaking on campus because their views did not comport with the prevailing orthodoxy. In a recent Daily Beast editorial, the author lamented this trend, noting that, although the author did not often agree with Condoleeza Rice, the former Secretary of State undoubtedly has a lot to say from which we can learn. Yet, we have the head of the International Monetary Fund, a Muslim activist that fights for women’s rights, a former Secretary 2 @wise

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of State, and many others being silenced from speaking to future leaders graduating from our finest universities. As Michael Bloomberg said in his Harvard commencement address, “A university’s obligation is not to teach students what to think, but … how to think. That requires listening to the other side, weighing arguments without prejudice.” The quelling of debate, the imposition of a litmus test for political participation based upon one’s exposure to Israel (not even one’s views) and the unwillingness to allow the airing views different from one’s own – these are ominous threats. Yet amidst all of the noise, we still have some refuge from the screaming and partisan bickering. Some places still welcome honest, thoughtful, and open debate and respectful disagreement. Stephen S. Wise Temple is one such place. The importance of this notion crystalized for me in two different contexts this past month. The first is the evening when Alan Dershowitz and Dennis Prager spoke at our Temple. What I took away from this event were three important lessons. First, it is possible for people of different political persuasions to find common ground on broad principles and even on some specific issues. Second, the membership of our Temple, a diverse community politically and spiritually, was a welcoming crowd, respectful of the opposing views expressed that evening. Third, both men cited their Jewish upbringing and their values as the underpinning of their beliefs. Acknowledging the centrality of values in developing nuanced views toward the problems we face is consistent with the mission of our Temple. The second point that reminded me of the diversity of views at our Temple came in the context of a question I was asked in the course of our rabbinic search. “What is your

Temple’s political position?” I was asked. How does one answer such a question? It had never dawned on me that temples were supposed to have political points of view. It was in the context of the next question that I was able to formulate a response. The question was, “What are the positions you most seek in your senior rabbi?” The answer I quickly gave was that our senior rabbi must believe in God, must be supportive of Israel, must encourage engagement of Jewish values in serving our community, and must embrace and celebrate the diversity of observance, tradition and, yes, ideas, here at Stephen S. Wise. When I see how our youth are discussing sustainability and the environment at Wise School, how high school students are volunteering at Freedom School, and how adults are participating in the nation’s largest Melton program, it demonstrates to me that our community is comprised of the types of citizens that can not only listen to their own views recited back to them, but are also openminded enough to consider views that challenge their own. At Stephen S. Wise Temple, free speech lives.

Renewing Your 2014/2015 Membership For a second year, we are proud to bring you “Wise Connect” – the digital gateway to your Stephen S. Wise Temple membership. As a reminder, this system will give you access to your membership information – address, vehicles, etc. – with the ability to pay your Temple commitment (which is 100% tax deductible) online. Wise Connect will also, again, be your avenue to request your High Holy Day tickets, submit information for our Yikzor Book of Remembrance, purchase extra tickets – all at your fingertips. We also want you to know that since we debuted the process last year, we listened to your feedback and recommendations for the online experience, and made many changes so that the second year of Wise Connect is a smoother user experience for all.

In July, we will be sending you an e-mail welcoming you to Wise Connect once again, and inviting you to log in with the username and password that will be provided to you. From there, we hope you will reaffirm your commitment to Wise by joining us for another year of holidays and celebrations. As we did last year, we will process your High Holy Day ticket request digitally and send you your tickets a week before Rosh Hashanah, and again, a week before Yom Kippur, using the e-mail addresses we have for the members of your household. If you would like to add or update an e-mail address for you or someone in your household, please visit www., fill out the brief form, and we’ll ensure that your new e-mail is stored for future use. If you have any questions about Wise Connect or your membership, please contact us at We look forward to another wonderful year together!

award even more special, Karen was selected by her peers for this very special recognition and received a trip to Spain and Israel for her and her husband. She will be leading this Melton Seminar on April 19-30, 2015 and invites all to join her. For more information, e-mail The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning is a world pioneer in the field of adult Jewish education, offering a first-class curriculum created by scholars and educators at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Stephen S. Wise Temple’s Melton School is one of the largest and most successful Melton Schools in the country, and that is due in large part to Rabbi Karen Strok, Rabbi David Woznica, and our Temple’s commitment and enthusiasm for a lifelong love of learning. Mazal tov to Rabbi Strok on this accomplishment.

Thank You to Our Temple Youth President By Terry Wunder

Zach has been essential in creating our youth group teen board and WTY into one of the fastest growing youth groups in the North American Federation of Temple Youth Southern California (NFTY) region; a Jewish youth movement led by teens focusing on Jewish learning, spiritual growth, and leadership building. When Zach came into his WTY presidency there were not any teens at our Temple involved in NFTY. Through his efforts and collaboration with the teen board, Zach has helped bring more than 40 teens to NFTY and significantly grown our youth group. Last summer, Zach was a counselor for kindergarteners through second graders at Camp Wise. Throughout the summer, I watched Zach connect with kids and help them create friendships through a natural approachability, openness, and big brother attitude that made each one of his campers feel that his group was a family.

Our Very Own Rabbi Karen Strok Receives Award

Rabbi Karen Strok, Director of Stephen S. Wise Temple’s Melton School for Adult Learning, has received the Director Award for making the greatest contribution to the success of Melton recruitment worldwide. Making this

Zachary Benezra, outgoing President of the Wise Temple Youth (WTY) board, camp counselor at Camp Wise, Stephen S. Wise Temple’s day camp, and 12th grader at Milken Community High School, and I have been working together to build youth culture at our Temple for two and a half years. During this time I have come to know Zach as an energetic leader, compassionate counselor, and eager learner who is proud to be a Temple member and WTY participant.

Zach has inspired his siblings, youth board, youth group participants, and other NFTY teens. Zach’s siblings spoke admiringly of his leadership initiatives in their B’nai Mitzvah speeches. I have had the pleasure of watching an unsure, but excited 10th grader learn quickly how to engage his peers, connect with them Jewishly, and create a safe social space that welcomes teens into our Temple. Continued on page 4 3

@Noteworthy continued Continued from page 3-4 In the fall Zach will begin his college journey as a student at University of Indiana. WTY is grateful for Zach’s contributions to our youth group, Camp Wise, and the Temple and wish him the best of luck as he moves on to his next adventure.

Wise Graduates Making a Difference Within days of Yom Kippur, Alan Yousefzadeh, Elijah Akhtarzad and Andrew Ravan called Rabbi Ron Stern of Stephen S. Wise Temple for an appointment. Their call was in response to words he delivered during the Holy Days, they said: “Rabbi Stern, in your sermon you said that if we had a tikkun olam project that would benefit from the support of the Temple community, you’d like to know about it. Well, here we are!” These three young gentlemen grew up at Stephen S. Wise, attended the Elementary School and then went on to HarvardWestlake High School. As they sat in the rabbi’s office they told him of the influence their Jewish learning and strong Jewish identity had on their lives and as High School students they came to believe that they had to have an impact on the community beyond the borders of their school. They said that they’d heard the message delivered in classes and from the pulpit at our synagogue and that it was a part of their very essence. In their hands they had a full color brochure that described a remarkable program, “Bridge to a Brighter Future”, that their passion for justice led them to create. The brochure identified the mission of their project with the following words: “Bridge to a Brighter Future’s mission is to incorporate technology into the educational experience of students in the lower socioeconomic communities. The Foundation enables student volunteers to help their community by tutoring kids on the Nation School Lunch Program, using donated resources as teaching tools.” While these words surely express noble goals, the fact that three Jewish teens were so articulate in expressing the connection between Jewish values and their own obligation to our extended Los Angeles community was even more impressive. After developing a business plan, the boys brought their ideas to their private school advisors and a local charter school. Student tutors at Harvard-Westlake would use pen tablets, some pretty nifty software, and a Skype connection to review math assignments from the charter school teacher that had been saved in the “cloud” so that tutors could access them. Students and tutors could view the homework and write on the pen tablets so that their calculations would be visible on both computers on the digitized homework documents. Andrew, Elijah, and Alan were committed to raising the

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money to purchase the pen tablets for both the tutors and students at both locations. The schools only needed to provide the computers and a fast enough internet connection. Each school gave the project 100% of their backing, now all the boys needed to do was raise the money and recruit tutors. It wasn’t long before they had a waiting list and developed an application process to select the most capable tutors. As you might have guessed, they set their minds to their goal, raised the funds, recruited and trained the tutors and had the program running in record time. So why did they come to Rabbi Stern? They were looking to expand! Knowing of the historical relationship between Milken Community High School and Stephen S. Wise Temple, they saw an opportunity for expansion. Rabbi Stern connected them with staff and students at Milken, and within a few months, Milken will be running their own version of the Bridge to a Brighter Future program. While the Milken chapter was getting established, the three resourceful young men approached the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles for a grant to expand even further. Sure enough, the committee recognized the merits of their project and provided them with $3,000. Rabbi Stern reflected on the incredible pride he holds for these three gentlemen who he has known from their first years in the elementary school at Stephen S. Wise. “At that first meeting, as the boys placed their full color brochure into my hands and described their program … There were pictures of tutors in action, descriptive paragraphs, explanations of the technology, and most impressively longitudinal studies reflecting student progress as a result of the tutoring.” These immensely competent High School juniors have expressed an astounding level of commitment, thoroughness and sophistication in seeing this project to its fruition. Rabbi Stern continues: “Only a few years ago, I had the honor of standing with each of them at their B’nai Mitzvah, and I had a hunch then, that they were destined for great things. Little did I imagine that these three best friends would realize their potential within years of the public affirmations of their Jewish obligation to the world. And yet, here I was holding the evidence of their accomplishments in my hands. What moved me even more powerfully was their capacity to articulate the connection between their Jewish identities and their motivation for action. For them, the link was indelible and profound. They were obligated to act, not at some distant future time when they were established and had the resources, but now, in their teenage years at the very moment that they recognized the need and their capacity to respond. As they left my office, I sat at my desk reassured that if this is the best our community can produce, our Jewish future is in excellent hands.”

Rabbi Zweiback’s Clergy Message – continued from cover They talked about our amazing aquatics program (SWAT), which we have expanded significantly over the past semester and which we will be continuing to grow in the years ahead. They spoke of our amazing library (and librarian), our after-school music program, the excitement their kids shared with them about visiting our new Science Lab and Music Innovation Lab. Their eyes lit up as they spoke about the tremendous growth they have witnessed in their children. It is an amazing thing for a parent to witness: a child beginning to read, a five-year-old’s independent study project on food and nutrition, Hebrew words entering a child’s vocabulary, and a weekly worship service led - in part - by our youngest students. Kindergarten is a magical place. What stood out most of all in these conversations was the extraordinary nature of the Stephen Wise community. This is a place where children and families are loved and supported. It’s a School and Temple that is constantly trying to help people form deeper connections with one another and with our 4,000-year-old heritage. It’s been said that everything you really need to know in life, you learn in Kindergarten. Everything you really need to know about what makes Wise School and the Stephen Wise community great, well, you can learn that in Kindergarten, too.


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Our Jubilee Celebration at the Orpheum Theatre More than 650 members, supporters, friends, and guests of Stephen S. Wise Temple gathered on June 1 at the historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles to celebrate our congregation’s Jubilee Year. The gala concert featured Cantor Nathan Lam, Joshua Nelson & the Kosher Gospel Singers, Magda Fishman, Charles Fox, the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, and the cast of students from this year’s Wise School performance of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Rabbi Eli Herscher masterfully weaved the remarkable story of Stephen S. Wise Temple into each of the performances. Rabbi Zeldin was also called upon to speak as he engaged the audience in laughter, reminiscence, and offered his hopes for the future. Temple President Glenn Sonnenberg extended welcoming remarks, followed by greetings from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. At the conclusion of the program, Rabbi Herscher called on to the stage Stephen Wise clergy, School and Temple administrators, Temple past presidents, the event co-chairs, and the concert performers to sing bashana haba’ah as we, together, welcomed in our next fifty years. Co-Chairs of the Jubilee Gala Concert were Lynn & Les Bider, Debi & Marc Graboff, Jila & Kamran Hekmat, Debbee & Robert Schwartz and Andrea & Glenn Sonnenberg. Members of the Jubilee Honorary Committee were Temple Past Presidents Pam Balton, Mark Berns, Lynn Bider, Warren Breslow, Sheldon Cloobeck, Rick Corleto, Norman Eichberg, Steven Fink, Steven Fogel, Mel Gagerman, Ken Gross, Paul Krentzman, Albert Praw, Ken Ruby, Herbert Samuels, David Smith, and Eve Kurtin-Steinberg, along with Metuka Benjamin, President, Milken Community Schools; Les Bider, Chairman, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles; Gray Davis, former Governor of California, and Sharon Davis; Mike Feuer, Los Angeles City Attorney; Larry Field; Ron Galperin, Los Angeles Controller; Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles, Uri Herscher, Founding President & CEO, Skirball Cultural Center, and Myna Herscher; Rabbi Richard Jacobs, President, Union for Reform Judaism; Paul Koretz, Los Angeles City Councilman; Milken Family Foundation; Jay Sanderson, President, Jewish Federation of Greater los Angeles; Brad Sherman, US Congressman; Lori Tyberg, President, Wise Parents Association; Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor; and Rabbi Isaiah Zeldin, founding Rabbi, Stephen S. Wise Temple.

1. Rabbi Eli Herscher and Founding Rabbi Isaiah Zeldin 2. Joshua Nelson & the Kosher Gospel Singers 3. Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback, Head of School, Wise School 4. Cantor Nathan Lam and Grammy Award winning composer Charles Fox, with fellow Cantors and Cantorial Interns, and the Los Angeles Children’s Choir 5. Wise School students performing songs from “Fiddler on the Roof” 6. Cantor Nathan Lam and Amy Nalbandian with the Los Angeles Children’s Choir 7. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti presents proclamations from the City to Rabbi Eli Herscher and Temple President, Glenn Sonnenberg 8. Magda Fishman


Celebrating Our Graduates:

Wise School Grade 6 Graduates Sara Mathew Theodore Ethan Collina Tyler Sabrina Jacob Elijah Michael Liana Mayah Alexis Samantha Jonathan

Daniel Jeremy Max Samantha Kaylah Eden Eli Mary Tristan Amber Breanna Nicholas Ashley Katherine Kevin

Noah Rachel Max Matthew Benjamin Ethan Noa Sepideh Michael Doron Jeremy Andrew Izabella Yehonatan Chloe

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Riley Ashley Natalie Eliana Daniela Rohm Natalie Sasha David Emily Andrew Abigail Dylan Aaron Tyler Ariela

Grade 6 Religious School Aliyah Graduates Ethan






















Wise School Pre-K Graduates Moses Michael Ethan Sophia Cole Alexandra Evan Aiden Avery Aidan Jonah Allison Joelle Gabriel Caleb Ivy Siri Mia

Brandon Bradley Logan Bella Joelle Ashton Joya Scarlett Devyn Alexis Aylah Adrian Leon Sasha Joshua Ella Jesse Chelsea

Madeleine Zoe Noa Louis Samuel Sharlene Liana Joseph Ryan Sophia Nathan Amanda Avery Harper Talia Adin Shai Dustin


The congregation extends its sincere appreciation for these generous contributions

CONDOLENCES the family of Les Surlow Wendy Rothenberg and Michael Weiner and family on the loss of her mother, and to Ryan and Kyle on the loss of their grandmother, Maureen Rothenberg Teri and Bruce Bialosky and family on the loss of her mother, and to Samuel and Hannah on the loss of their grandmother, Annette Michaels Leora Orevi and family on the loss of her husband, and to Tameer, Maytal, Diklah, Oraneet and Ellah Orevi-Greenberg on the loss of their father, Israel Shel and Ran Pink and family on the loss of her grandmother, and to Alexander and Olivia on the loss of their great-grandmother, Golda Weisbrot

Anne and Daniel Weinstein and family on the marriage of their daughter, Rhonda and Mark Wapnick and family on the marriage of their son, Mickey and Jeremy Weinstein on the marriage of their sister, Michael and Matthew Wapnick and Maia Harari on the marriage of their brother, and to Amanda Weinstein and Gregory Wapnick on their marriage Alexsondra and Andy and family on the birth of their daughter, Sussan and Michael on the birth of their granddaughter, and to Ariana and Bettina on the birth of their niece, Isabella Grace Audrey Lubow and family on the ordination of her son-in-law, LuAnne Tyzzer Geffen on the ordination of her husband and to Rabbi Dan Geffen on his Rabbinic Ordination Sarah and Michael and family on the birth of their daughter, Jordan

Nannette Kliger and family on the loss of her husband, Jack

Sara Ellenson and Rabbi Micah Ellenson and family on his Rabbinic Ordination

Liat and Eddie Siman and family on the loss of his father, and to Daniela and Carina on the loss of their grandfather, Hooshang Siman

Bea and family on the birth of her greatgrandson, Nancy and Alvin on the birth of their grandson, and to Leslie and Noah on the birth of their son, Jack Bradley

Pearl Glick and family on the loss of her husband, Merle Marci and Ronald Glousman and family on the loss of her stepfather, Melissa Glousman and Devin Arbiter, and Lindsay and Brandon Glousman on the loss of their grandfather, Martin Levinson Ellie Goodwein and family on the loss of her husband, Eugene (Gene) Goodwein Arthur and Roslyn Baltau and family on the loss of her sister, Harriet Schwartz Frances and Maury Rice and family on the loss of her mother, Natalie Rice and Allan Rice and Jill Auslander on the loss of their grandmother, and to Madeline Rice-Sultan on the loss of her great-grandmother, Beatrice Kahn Peter Rauch and family on the loss of his wife, Tyra Kathe Moore and Sam Gould and family on the loss of his sister, Isabel Barish Gerald Otelsberg and family on the loss of his wife, Bea Fisher on the loss of her daughter, Michelle Otelsberg and Eric Massi on the loss of her mother, Emily and Scott Otelsberg on the loss of his mother, and to Charlotte Otelsberg on the loss of her grandmother, Wendy Otelsberg The sympathy of the congregation is extended to the families of Merle Glick Eugene (Gene) Goodwein Jack Kliger Israel Orevi Wendy Otelsberg Tyra Rauch Les Surlow May God grant peace to all who mourn and comfort the bereaved families

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Michelle and Ramin and family on the birth of their son, and to Sasha and Kaitlyn on the birth of their brother, Pierce Solomon Barbara and Walter and family on the birth of their grandson, and to Hillary and Jeffrey on the birth of their son, Charles (Charlie) Zachary Jodi and Marc Schwartz and family on the engagement of their son, Samantha Schwartz on the engagement of her brother, and to Bethany Slentz and Bryan Schwartz on their engagement Nina and Pejman and family on the birth of their daughter and to Ashley and Sienna on the birth of their sister, Taylor Sheila Bobbi and Joel Scherr and family on the marriage of her daughter, Jessica Lewis to Sabrina Beldner Rabbi Leah Kroll and Dr. Michael Zeldin on the graduation of their son, Joan Kroll on the graduation of her grandson, Rabbi Isaiah Zeldin on the graduation of his grandson, Sivan and Igor Zakai, and Oren Kroll-Zeldin, on the graduation of their brother, Susan Fine Kroll and Howard Kroll on the graduation of their nephew, Mason, Justin and Sawyer Kroll on the graduation of their cousin, and to Eytan, Ilan and Liam on the graduation of their uncle, Noam Kroll-Zeldin from Willamette University with a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies Daisy and Joseph and family on the birth of their daughter, and to Tyler on the birth of his sister, Liv Stacy and Clark and family on the birth of their son, and to Truman on the birth of his brother, William Louis Sussan and Michael Shore and family on the marriage of their daughter, Alexsondra and Andy Fixmer on the marriage of her sister, Bettina Shore on the marriage of her sister, Isabella Fixmer on the marriage of her aunt, and to Ariana Shore and Jud Perez on their marriage

RABBIS’ DISCRETIONARY FUNDs IN HONOR OF: the birth of Isabella Grace, by Barbara Seidman the birth of Alexa Scarlet, by Diane and Laurence Beerman Amanda Weinstein and Gregory Wapnick on their marriage, by Rhonda and Mark Wapnick the bris of their grandson, Charlie, by Barbara and Walter the loan of a Torah for Louie’s bar mitzvah, by Seth in honor of Rabbi Ron Stern, by Shelly Levy

IN MEMORY OF: Louis Weiss, by Steven and Elissa Weiss and family Fritzie Gershon and Lt. Col. L. Z. Purvin, by Carol and Martin Evanson Stanley Hoffman, by Dorothy Hoffman and family Nat Sherman, by Frankie and Joel Berger Gertrude Laham, by Marcy and Earl Petrus Cyrus Karubian, by Barbara Seidman Milton Zagon, by Lynn and Bruce Kaufman Florence Zeldin, by Rabbi Isaiah Zeldin Ernie Goldenfeld, by Marcia and Barry Maiten Arthur Dryer, by Ellen and Andy Kaplan Hilda Harris and Gertrude Krasnow, by Joyce and Paul Krasnow and family Peggy Walter, by Howard Walter Shirley Sapiro, by Mel Sapiro for officiating at the Minyan for Ira Norris, by Nancy Norris Firouz Yasharal, by Sharona and Behnam Shenassa Rabbi Leon Kahane, by Stephen Kahane Ruth Nyc and Bronya Rabinovitch, by Miry Rabinovitvh Beverly Sondel, by Sid Lyons Marge Sokolow, by Rhonda and Loren Sokolow Annette Michaels, by Teri, Bruce, Sam and Hannah Bialosky Selma Dolgen, by Susan and Jonathan Dolgen Arthur Wright, by Leslie Wright Merle Glick, by Pearl Glick the unveiling of Bebe Fink, by Harriet and Marvin Fink Martin Levinson, by Marcie and Ronald Glousman May Shore, by Sussan and Michael Shore Louis Wilson, by Beth and John Wilson

CANTOR’S DISCRETIONARY FUND IN HONOR OF: Amanda Weinstein and Gregory Wapnick on their marriage, by Rhonda and Mark Wapnick

the bris of their grandson, Charlie, by Barbara and Walter

IN MEMORY OF: Tolya Kantor, by Marla and Michael Kantor Harry Jones, by Sally and Don Jones Nathan Rosenblatt, by Libby and Marv Markowitz Sam Gruber, by Peter and Tara Guber

WISE GENERAL FUND IN MEMORY OF: Mollie Jones, by Sally and Don Jones Roseann Aroesty, by Julian J. Aroesty

JOSEPH BARON SCHOLARSHIP FUND IN HONOR OF: Morgan and Sara Cooper on being elected to the 2014-2015 WTY Board as President and 9th Grade Representative, by Sheryl Cooper

SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND IN MEMORY OF: Gene Salzman, by Linda and David Salzman


Arnold Diener, by Lila Kadner Shaps

LIFELONG LEARNING ENDOWMENT IN HONOR OF: the marriage of Jessica Lewis and Sabrina Beldner, by Emily and Rick Corleto

IN MEMORY OF: Les Surlow, by Penny and Mark Berns Henry H. Leeds, by Nancy and Barry Greenfield Arthur Tarloff, by Harold Igdaloff

YAHRZEIT FUND IN MEMORY OF: Israel Joelson, by Yasmina and Alan Joelson Sadye Arbeitel and Sam Horn, by Toby Horn and Harold Tomin Dorothy (Dotti) Siegel, by Renee and Bob Siragusa Toby Prensky, by James Silton

@B’nai Mitzvah Mazal tov to our B’nai Mitzvah and their families celebrating their simhas in June and July. June 7 – Beha’a lot’cha 9:30 a.m.– Savannah, daughter of Sharon and Sepehr June 14 – Shelach Lecha 9:30 a.m. – Nikki, daughter of Haleh and Ebrahim 11:30 a.m. – Kyle, son of Jasmine and Benny June 21 – Korach In Israel – Samantha, daughter of Robyn and Phillip June 27 – Chukat In Israel – Eden, daughter of Michele and Jim

Gertrude Lane, by Linda and Roger Friedman

June 28 – Chukat

Sam Benun, by the Benun Family

4:30 p.m. – Charlene, daughter of Navid and Fred

Rochelle Kasselman, by Alvin Kasselman Patricia Strader, by the Wynn Family

July 12 – Pinchas

Carli Stein working in Freedom School, by Patti Stein

Lila Otelsberg, by Gerald Otelsberg

2 p.m. – Adam, son of Pegah and Babak

Sheila Rosenberg upon her graduation from Melton School, by Karen and Allan Entous and Carol and Ed Horowitz

Jacqueline Pearlson, by Nina Leung and Bryan Leung


IN MEMORY OF: Gertrude Linden, by Linda and Jeff Linden Jeffrey Leeds, by Nancy and Barry Greenfield Abba Martin Sirkin, Rita Shubb, and Shirle Horowitz, by Carol and Ed Horowitz

MITCHELL SHAMES SCHOLARSHIP FUND IN MEMORY OF: Sondra Shames, by Julie, Brad, Samantha and Greg Shames and Rachel and Gabe Waterman

AVI EFRAIM GESUNDHEIT FUND FOR MUSIC IN MEMORY OF: Beatrice Goldstein, by Susie and Jaime Gesundheit

DIENER AND KADNER FAMILIES LIBRARY FUND IN MEMORY OF: Dorelle Lyons and Henrietta S. Lyons, by Sid Lyons Les Surlow, by Lila and Dan Shaps Donald Leff, M.D. and Sanford Leff, by Barbara Y. Leff Abe L. Garfinkel, by Betty and Saul Zucker

Ruth Singer, by the Cooper Family

Simon Luban, by Ruby Luban Evelyn Spilholtz, by Marilyn and Ronald Spencer and family Benjamin Shapell, by Vera and Paul Guerin Harold Winard and Stephen Winard, by Bobbi and Joel Scherr

Savannah Dardashti

Nikki Hagigat

Kyle Newman

Samantha Harnick

Charlene Malekmehr

Eden Hess

Robert Goldstein, by Annabel Goldstein

What is a Discretionary Fund? Members of our Temple regularly make contributions to the Rabbis’ and Cantor’s Discretionary Funds. Often, these donations are in honor of a family simcha – a wedding, Bar or Bat Mitzvah, or a baby-naming – or in memory of a beloved family member. These charitable gifts to the Temple are also, frequently, expressions of thanks to a particular Rabbi or Cantor. In turn, our Clergy apply these gifts only to charitable causes, whether within our congregation or in the greater community.

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