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Join us as we officially welcome

Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback at our

Soulful Shabbat Service Friday, December 7 8 p.m. Immediately followed by a special Grand Oneg Dessert Rabbi David Ellenson, President of the Hebrew Union CollegeJewish Institute of Religion and Rabbi Zweiback’s mentor, will be speaking about “To Learn AND To Do: A Hanukkah Sermon on the Aspirations of Jewish Education” (see page 3 to learn more about Rabbi Ellenson and his talk on this special evening). Childcare is available for our younger children, and youth in Grades 4-6 can participate in special programming while their parents attend this service (see page 5).

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Parental Pride Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback

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his past February, my oldest daughter celebrated becoming a Bat Mitzvah. Even if you’ve only been to a handful of bar or bat mitzvah celebrations, you won’t have a hard time imagining how it played out: she helped lead the service; she chanted some Torah and Haftarah; she delivered a d’var Torah; her parents embarrassed her with their words of blessing. After the service, we gathered together as a community for an oneg and then, that evening – surrounded by friends and family – we danced, we feasted, we celebrated our daughter. Over the course of my rabbinic career, I’ve officiated at dozens and dozens of b’nai mitzvah. I thought I knew the drill. But watching your own child embracing a tradition that you love, chanting from a text that you love, while standing before people that you love – it was simply overwhelming. My wife and I watched our daughter in awe. She was so poised, so warm, so confident. Her teaching was beautiful. It was focused, engaging, relevant, and, most impressive for us, delivered entirely in Hebrew. We could barely stop smiling. We were bursting with pride. My teacher and mentor, Rabbi David Ellenson, President of the Hebrew Union College and scholar of modern Jewish thought, once shared an exquisite teaching about pride with a group of my first-year HUC students in Jerusalem. After a round of introductions, Rabbi Ellenson

shared some Torah with the students, blessed them on the occasion of beginning their studies for careers as Jewish professionals, and then opened the floor for questions. One student asked Rabbi Ellenson about the demands of the rabbinate, about the seemingly overwhelming expectations that Jews have of their clergy and educators. “Are we expected always to act perfectly?” the student asked. “I don’t expect you to be perfect,” Rabbi Ellenson assured the young man. “But let me just say this: My hope is that, as Rabbis and Cantors and Jewish Educators, you’ll act in a way that causes God to ‘shep naches.’ I hope that your actions, your Torah, and your commitments will make God proud.” It’s a beautiful image and a beautiful blessing that we should wish, not just for our teachers, but for ourselves and our children as well: Act in a way that makes God proud. Behave, believe, love, talk, listen in ways that – pardon the anthropomorphism – make God smile. My hope, my prayer for our community, for our Schools, and for our Temple is that, together, we will lift each other higher, we will support and inspire one another so that we can become our best selves, so that we can make our world a better place. And, if we do our work well, from time to time, God, like a loving parent, will shep naches on our account.


@Noteworthy Wise Years – The Adventure Began By Rabbi Ron Stern and Carol Gray, Wise Years Committee Chair There are many ways that we can recognize those people who have been committed to Stephen S. Wise Temple for the nearly 50 years of our Temple’s existence. These are the individuals and families who saw our synagogue go from a glint in Rabbi Zeldin’s eye to the formidable nationally-recognized institution it is today. In addition, we are blessed to have many members over 60 who have chosen to join our Temple and maintain their support throughout their lives. It is fitting then, that our Temple community makes it a priority to offer these mature members of our congregation opportunities to deepen their already strong engagement with our community. This is the goal of our new Wise Years group. After some urging by the members of this age group and the hard work of a group of these committed members, Wise Years has been launched. Once a month, Wise Years members will be gathering for a full day of socializing, lectures, and learning. The Temple community has the opportunity to celebrate the presence of our valued senior members as friendships are established, renewed, and affirmed through Wise Years. Rabbis Herscher

and Stern were privileged to offer words of welcome and support to our newest opportunity for building the Stephen S. Wise community. And, Rabbi Stern was honored to work with the Wise Years steering committee as we fashioned a Temple experience created by our members for our members that reaffirms their lifelong connection to Stephen S. Wise.

policy discussions based on the Foreign Policy Association series of topics for 2013. Come up the hill and reconnect with folks you used to see when driving the kids to Hebrew School, hear speakers on inspirational and timely topics, learn a new skill, engage in a spirited discussion group, and contribute your own ideas towards making Wise Years meaningful for you. The Wise Years schedule and details can be found at www.WiseLA.org/wiseyears (see ad on page 5).

Jewish roots in American soil run deep By Rabbi Ron Stern Carol Gray, and other Wise Years members, play a round of Mah Jongg at the Wise Years opening day. Our Wise Years adventure began on 10/11/12 with 84 pioneer members, and we all urge you to join us when we meet again on Thursday, November 8, and Thursday, December 13. Wise Years will be meeting on the second Thursday of each month from October through May. We’ll be hearing from a variety of speakers in the mornings, have lunch together, then our afternoons will offer a choice of activities that will change with member interests. Beginning in February, afternoon choices will feature Great Decisions, a series of foreign

Few of us realize how deeply the fate of our people is connected to American history until we have the opportunity to experience the evidence first hand. This was the goal of our intrepid travelers who journeyed through the Jewish South with me during the holiday of Sukkot. As we traveled from Atlanta to Charleston and then Savannah, we discovered the multifaceted role that Jews have had in the complex history that has marked this region of our country. As we traveled backwards through time, we started in Atlanta, where the civil rights struggle reached its zenith and ultimate resolution. We discovered

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Mazal tov to our B’nai Mitzvah

November 3 – Vayera

November 17 – Toledot

10 a.m. – Sasha, daughter of Angelle and Mehran

9:30 a.m. – Stephanie, daughter of Desiree and Fred Sasha

Stephanie

November 3 – Vayera

November 17 – Toledot

3:30 p.m. – Trevor, son of Farnaz and Kourosh

11:30 a.m. – Drew, son of Laura and Sanford

Trevor

Drew

November 10 – Chaye Sarah

November 17 – Toledot

9:30 a.m. – Shannon, daughter of Afsoon and Mouis

3:45 p.m. – Brett, son of Julie and Scott

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“The Temple,” Atlanta’s bastion of Reform Judaism that was established as a Reform congregation in 1867. From its earliest days, The Temple was a symbol of social change, as well as a symbol of the solid Jewish presence in the South’s greatest city. After the Civil War, Jews were involved in reconstruction and secured their future in the region. Temple member and trip co-chair, Jeff Decades later, The Resnick, enjoys a classic southern moment. Temple’s rabbis were among the voices preaching loudly against the Jim Crow system in the south and advocating for civil rights. In 1958, white extremists detonated 50 sticks of dynamite outside one of its buildings causing extensive damage. It was a pivotal point for the Temple’s history and Atlanta Jewry. Though many Jews supported the maintenance of the status quo, others felt the pull of their tradition demanding that all people are treated equally recognizing the essential meaning of b’tzelem elohim – creation in God’s image. We visited the Temple, spoke to its rabbi and were impressed by its beautiful building and far reaching agenda of engagement in the Atlanta community. Moving on to Charleston we visited one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in the country as well as a synagogue established by a Jewish community that first set foot on Southern soil in 1695. Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim was established in 1750. This congregation ultimately became one of the first Reform Jewish congregations in the United States and experienced a minor rift Continued on page 7

Special Shabbat Guest Rabbi David Ellenson to Talk on the Aspirations of Jewish Education Rabbi David Ellenson is one of the most dynamic teachers of Judaism today. As President of the Hebrew Union CollegeJewish Institute of Religion, Rabbi Ellenson presides over the ordination of all Reform Rabbis and Cantors in America and Israel. Rabbi Ellenson’s warmth, humor, deep knowledge of Torah and ability to make it relevant to our lives today make learning with him a delight. Rabbi Herscher notes, “When I asked Rabbi Yoshi to invite a scholar to teach our community in honor of his investiture as Senior Educator of our Temple, his first thought was Rabbi Ellenson. In addition to being a fine scholar and compelling teacher, Rabbi Ellenson is a friend and mensch of the highest order.” So join us as we celebrate our new Senior Educator and his family with a Shabbat teaching by his mentor and friend entitled, “To Learn AND To Do: A Hanukkah Sermon on the Aspirations of Jewish Education” on Friday, December 7. It will be a wonderful evening of community, camaraderie, and learning with one of the great teachers of our time.

and their families celebrating their simhas in November and December.

November 17 – Toledot

December 22 – Vayigash

4:30 p.m. – Jeremy, son of Dana and Amir

9:30 a.m. – Noah, son of Jill and Andrew Jeremy

Noah

December 1 – Vayishlach

December 22 – Vayigash

11:30 a.m. – Natalie, daughter of Alejandra and Eri

11:30 a.m. – Gabrielle, daughter of Rozita and David

Natalie

Gabrielle

December 8 – Vayeshev

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5 p.m. – Jane, daughter of Emily and Howard Jane

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Torah Study with Rabbi Yoshi

Thursday, November 15 | 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m.

Every Wednesday | 8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m.

Taub Annex/Zeldin-Hershenson Hall. Join us for Parents’ Night Out: Learning to Play at Home with special guest Anna Reyner from Discount School Supplies. Learn about the newest developmental toys, crafts, and educational games that support learning ... just in time for Hanukkah. Wine, cheese, and dessert will be served. Cost: $45 per person.

Room 5. We are excited to announce a new opportunity to learn together. The discussion will focus on an exploration of the weekly Torah portion, with a special emphasis on Hasidic commentaries inspired by the Jewish mystical tradition and the way these texts are forever relevant to us and our children. No prior Torah study is required. Come whenever you are able to join us and be part of a conversation that Jews have engaged in midor l’dor - from generation to generation.

Look what’s happening with WOW: Mitzvah Day Sunday, November 4 | 9 a.m. Join the Wise community in a day of Mitzvot Cooking with a Pinch of Mitzvah Wednesday, November 7 | 6:30 p.m. Learn and taste fabulous new Fall recipes as you support the Solar Cooker Project for the Women of Darfur “Latkes & Vatkes” Wednesday, November 28 | 7 p.m. Schmooze with the Wise Clergy as you mingle with your new best WOW friends. This is a holiday event not to be missed! 50 Shades of WOW Thursday, December 20 Tap into your inner shade with a learning series like none other. Join us as our own Sarah Fortman, Cantorial Intern, guides us through a sensual and spiritual journey of the feminine mystique. For more information or to register, visit www.WiseLA.org/WOW or e-mail WOW@WiseLA.org. 4 @wise

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We’ll take care of the coffee, just bring a heart thirsty for Torah.

Thu Fri

Morning Minyan

Every Thursday | 7:45 a.m. (when School is in session)

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Kabbalat Shabbat Nosh Every Friday | 5:30 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service Every Friday | 6:15 p.m.

Family and Me Shabbat Saturday, November 17 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Parenting Center. Join us and Rabbi Spike Anderson for a service especially designed for babies, toddlers, 2-year-olds, and their families. Enjoy flannel stories with Randee, creative movement, singing with Ditza, and eat hallah with the ECC teachers. See you there!

Wise Daditude Sundays, November 18, December 2, 9 9:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m. ECC Witzman Amphitheater. Sunday morning quality time for Dads and their preschoolers (birth-5). Coffee provided, bring your own snacks.

Shabbat Morning Minyan

W Shabbat (for 20s & 30s)

Every Saturday | 10 a.m.

Friday, November 30 7:30 p.m. Wine & Cheese | 8 p.m. Service

ECC Coffee Talk Tuesday, November 13 | 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Witzman Amphitheater. Stop by for a cup of coffee, schmooze with the ECC Administrators, and ask all those questions you have had on your mind.

Join the W Group for a very special Shabbat service exclusively for young adults - created for us, by us. Cantor Nathan Lam, together with Cantorial Interns Sarah Fortman and Kyle Cotler, will help us engage in a spiritually uplifting Friday night experience. This service is for everyone - from the frequent Shabbat-goer, to those who don’t know or remember the prayers, and everyone in between. For more information or if you would like to sponsor the service, contact us here.

Join us for a

Hanukkah Nosh and Shabbat Friday, December 14 5:30 p.m. Delicious Latke Nosh 6:15 p.m. Shabbat Service www.WiseLA.org/Hanukkah


ES Grade 2 Family Shabbat

December ECC Tot Shabbat & Oneg Saturday, December 1 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Sanctuary. Come celebrate Shabbat with Rabbi Spike and Ditza in a service especially designed for tots (ages 2-5). There will be special birthday blessings for November and December! The WPA committee has planned an arts and crafts activity that is fun for the entire family!

ECC Coffee Talk Tuesday, December 4 | 8:45 a.m.-9:15 a.m. Hershenson Walkway. Stop by for a cup of coffee, schmooze with the ECC Administrators, and ask all those questions you have had on your mind.

ECC Book Fair Pajama Party Tuesday, December 4 | 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Binkoff Art Room. Our popular PJ Party includes a wonderful story time with some very familiar faces, and ends with the joy of pizza and books! Shopping for books in your PJs is a perfect way to end the day and loads of fun for everyone. This event is always crowded, so come early and you won’t miss a word of our story!

Friday, December 7 Nosh 5:30 p.m. Service 6:15-7:15 p.m. Service in Sanctuary. Join us for the Family Shabbat Nosh and Service featuring the Elementary and Religious Schools Grade 2 families. This Nosh and Service is open to all School families, but the dinner is for Grade 2 Elementary School families only in Hershenson Hall.

Soulful Shabbat Service Welcoming Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback and Grand Oneg Friday, December 7 | 8 p.m. Sanctuary. See ad on cover page.

A Unique Shabbat Experience for Youth (Grades 4-6) Friday, December 7 | 8 p.m. While parents are in the Soulful Shabbat Service, all Club 4 and 56 Club age Temple kids (Grades 4-6) are invited to join our song leader Josh Goldberg, Terry Wunder, and the Youth Staff for a night of music, dinner, Kabbalat Shabbat, youth lounge activities, and more. Don’t miss out on this unique Shabbat experience!

Erev Hanukkah (1st Candle) Saturday, December 8

Children’s Defense Fund Founder, Marian Wright Edelman Speaks at Wise Wednesday, December 5 | 7:30 a.m. Sanctuary. Join us for an evening with renowned Civil Rights Activist and Children’s Defense Fund founder, Marian Wright Edelman. Whether you have been a supporter of our Freedom School in the past, are just learning about it, or would like to hear an incredible speaker, we hope you will join us.

The Adventure Continues November 8 and December 13 Join others, 60 years and better, at Stephen S. Wise Temple for learning, lunch, and leisure on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Mornings will feature speakers on a wide range of timely and timeless topics. Following lunch together, afternoons will offer a choice of discussions, classes, and games.

For more information and to register, visit www.WiseLA.org/WiseYears. 5


The congregation extends its sincere appreciation for these generous contributions

MAZAL TOV Sara and Alex and family on the birth of their daughter, and to Ruby on the birth of her sister, Matilda to Stephen S. Wise Temple Elementary School Grade 5 teacher, Mary Itri, on receiving the Milken Family Foundation Jewish Educator Award Terry and Michael Webster and family on the marriage of their son, and to Jenna Delp and Adam Somers on their marriage Patricia and family on the birth of her grandson, and to Stephanie and Sam on the birth of their son, Adam Cy Adriane and Allan Morrison and family on the engagement of their granddaughter, Jodie and Dan Furie on the engagement of their daughter, Alexandra and Samuel on the engagement of their sister, and to Jessica Furie and Max Frankel on their engagement Felicia Bargman and Robert Prinz and families on their engagement Ali Strocker and family on the engagement of her sister, and to Carly Strocker and Louis Epstein on their engagement Marjorie and David and family on the birth of their granddaughter, Rachel and Peter on the birth of their niece, Sydney on the birth of her cousin, Jennifer and Joseph on the birth of their daughter, and to Siena on the birth of her sister, Berkeley Mikaela

CONDOLENCES Metuka Benjamin on the loss of her mother, Wendie and Jerry Milliken on the loss of his mother, and to Daniel Gold on the loss of his grandmother, Evelyn Milliken Fran Morris-Rosman and Richard Rosman and family on the loss of her father, Mickey Sider Morris on the loss of her husband, and to Randal Rosman on the loss of his grandfather, Ted Morris Niloufar and Behzad Binafard on the loss of her grandmother, and Afsaneh and Faramarz Yousefzadeh on the loss of his grandmother, and to Nicolette and Andrew Binafard and Michelle, Celine and Alan Yousefzadeh on the loss of their great-grandmother, Touran Sahim Nancy and Brad Saltzman and family on the loss of his grandmother, and to Tamara on the loss of her great-grandmother, Blanche Saltzman Eti and Dustin Glodney and family on the loss of her grandmother, and to Daniel, Adam and Nicole on the loss of their great-grandmother, Sharon Dardashti Rita Stein and family on the loss of her daughter, Robin Stein-Kohl Bernice Miller and family on the loss of her husband, Judy and Fred Zolan on the loss of her father, and to Jeffrey and Stephanie on the loss of their grandfather, Leo Miller Elliott Blut and family on the loss of his mother, and to Ariana and Natalie on the loss of their grandmother, Beth Peck 6 @wise

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Sezin and Nesim Hason and family on the loss of his father, and to Matt and Chloe on the loss of their grandfather, Doreta Hason

Francie and David Okun, by Ellen Schwab

Elene and Daniel Whalen and family on the loss of her father, and to Danny and Teddy on the loss of their grandfather, Judson Laff

beautiful High Holy Days Services, by Barbara and Philip Fass

The sympathy of the congregation is extended to the families of Leo Miller Evelyn Milliken Ted Morris May God grant peace to all who mourn and comfort the bereaved families

RABBIS’ DISCRETIONARY FUND IN HONOR OF: the Bar Mitzvah of their grandson William, by Gail Kamer-and Warren the naming of their grandson Benjamin Raphael, by Marti and Daniel Rick Kolodny’s Aliyah on Yom Kippur, by Janine and Rick Kolodny their sitting on the Bimah on erev Rosh Hashanah, by Sandy and Stu Newmark Joey Freeman’s Israel Bond appeal on Yom Kippur, by Carin and Glenn Freeman the bar mitzvah of their son Max, by Kari and David the bat mitzvah of their daughter Isabel, by Robyn Field and Anthony Bonnie and Rabbi Eli on the birth of their grandson, Jesse, by Linda and Bill Rouse and family their marriage, by Mindi and Aaron Benditson for leading the Shiva Minyan for Rena Drexler, by Laura and David Drexler Rabbi Woznica, by Jeanie and Sam Benoun the naming of their daughter Mia, by Roya and Farhad

IN MEMORY OF: Ted Morris, by Mickey Sider Morris Bette and Marvin Saul, by the Saul Family Ted Morris, by Fran Morris-Rosman, Richard and Randal Rosman and Mickey Sider Morris Edward Spicer, by Ann Spicer Harry Berman, by Linda and Jeff Linden Evelyn Milliken, by Shari and Phil Kaufman Michael Levin, by Nancy Levin Grace Silverman, by Lawrence S. Silverman Dr. Jerome Tamkin on the occasion of his 2nd yahrzeit by Judith Tamkin

CANTOR’S DISCRETIONARY FUND IN HONOR OF: their sitting on the Bimah on erev Rosh Hashanah, by Sandy and Stu Newmark

the bat mitzvah of their daughter, Isabel, by Robyn Field and Anthony

IN MEMORY OF: Ted Morris, by Fran Morris-Rosman, Richard and Randal Rosman and Mickey Sider Morris; Jo and Irv Kierman Herschel Davis, by Carol Rosen Bernice Lewis, by Marcia and Mark Smith

METUKA BENJAMIN SCHOLARSHIP FUND IN HONOR OF: the Rabbis’ sermons at High Holy Days, by Shelly and Donald Levy

IN MEMORY OF: Evelyn Milliken, by Jodi and Rick Kirkbride; Debbee, Robert, Carey and Casey Schwartz; Andrea and Glenn Sonnenberg; Linda, David and Ben Salzman; Lori and Leandro Tyberg; Sally and Donald Jones; Shirley Kleiman; Carin and Glenn Freeman; Janine and Rick Kolodny; Susie and Bruce Goren and family; Roz and Bob Weiner; Sussan and Michael Shore; Ruth, Arnold and Nancy Colman; Wendy, Barry, Brandon and Brooke Levin; Jo and Irv Kierman; Lynn and Les Bider; Penny and Mark Berns; Ronni and Jay Epstein; Helen McKibbin; Dr. Steven Sampson; Heidi and Albert Praw; The Plutsky Family Ted Morris, by Ruth and Allen Orbuch; Gloria Stone; Wendy and Ken Ruby; Ellen and Marty Jacobs; Gloria Stone; Sharon and Perry Maguire; Mrs. Morris Seydell; Jocelyn Tetel; Ellen Bimston; Vicki and Joe Friedman; Caroline and Sid Swinson: Shirley Kleiman and the Mankoff Family Miriam Ghalili, by Jesse Ghalili Rodney Friedman, by The Plutsky Family

WISE GENERAL FUND donation from Lillie and Jose Reines

IN HONOR OF: Rick Corleto, by Charles Kahn

IN MEMORY OF: Ted Morris, by Steven Spile and Fran and Maury Rice

AVI GESUNDHEIT FUND FOR MUSIC IN HONOR OF: the birth of their grandson, Lucas, by Arlene and Arnold

SAM DUBMAN FOOD FOR SOVA FUND IN HONOR OF: Bea Dubman, by Carin and Glenn Freeman


IN MEMORY OF:

SOCIAL ACTION FUND

Grace Silverman, by Emily and Rick Corleto

LIFELONG LEARNING ENDOWMENT FUND IN HONOR OF: the marriage of their daughter Melissa to Devin Arbiter, by Marci and Ronald Glousman Lifelong Learning, by Susan and Mel Plutsky, Corie and Michael Koss, and Harold Igdaloff

IN HONOR OF: Lionel Zuckerbraun’s 79th birthday, by Gloria and Art Waldinger Rabbi Ron Stern, by Nina Leung

IN MEMORY OF: Ted Morris, by Mary Ann and Jerry Nadler

SOL AND ESTHER SMITH LIBRARY FUND IN MEMORY OF:

IN MEMORY OF: Robert Magrill, by Patti and Roger Golden

JOE BARON SCHOLARHIP FUND IN MEMORY OF: Ted Morris, by Bea Baron and Roz and Bob Weiner Norman Feintech, by Vivian Feintech

SUMMER CAMP Scholarship ENDOWMENT FUND IN MEMORY OF:

Sol Smith, by Marcia and Mark Smith and Carolynne Smith Drori and Ze’ev Drori

DIENER AND KADNER FAMILIES LIBRARY FUND IN MEMORY OF: Ted Morris, by Lila and Dan Shaps

LESLIE SHELDON ZOLA SCHOLARSHIP FUND

IN MEMORY OF: Ted Morris, by Sheila Zola Burman Evelyn Milliken, by Sheila Zola Burman Leslie Sheldon Zola, by Sheila Burman

YAHRZEIT FUND Evelyn and Joseph Cooper, by Nancy and David Meshulam Herbert Pearlson, by Nina Leung Ada Williams, by Marilyn and David Williams Eva and Barney Raskin, by Lillian Mylon and Robin and Terry McIntire Alvin Hirsch, by Geri and Jim Sherman and family Ira Harris, by Joyce and Paul Krasnow Sue Spears, by Melvin Spears Laura Fisher, by Madeline Fisher Phania Drori, by Carolynne Smith Drori and Ze’ev Drori Irving Kaplan, by Barbara Kaplan

IN HONOR OF: Selda Massion, by Sheila Burman and Dick Laurence

Florence Zeldin, by Ruth and Allen Orbuch Send details of your simhas 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.

Jewish Roots ... continued from page 3 when an organ was installed to reflect the desires of its younger congregants to have music during worship. From here it was off to Savannah as we passed through the glorious lowlands of the Atlanta coast and visited preserved plantations. While Jews were not afforded full privileges in settlement in Savannah until 1733 when Dr. Samuel Nuñes, a refugee from the Iberian peninsula by way of the United Kingdom, brought skilled medicine to the colony and rescued it from a raging plague. Because of his efforts Jews were admitted and established a synagogue there in mid-18th century. Savannah has been restored to its 19th century grandeur and is truly a beautiful city with a wonderful Jewish history. Residents of the city still celebrate Jewish history there with numerous monuments, a museum on the site of Mickve Israel and various festivals. The synagogue is very much a part of the cities sense of its own history. We should, of course, mention that Savannah is the home of Paula Dean

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.

and yes, we did inflict the modern plague of her cooking on our waistlines. All that I can say about the experience is that once is enough. As Jews from the far newer Jewish city of Los Angeles, it was quite eye opening to learn about our Southern compatriots. While Jewish life in Charleston and Savannah has a rich and diverse history, the current Jewish populations are waning as a lack of opportunity drives young Jews away from the city. In sharp contrast, Atlanta is very much on the rise. Jewish life is resurgent; the quality of life and richness of its culture are major appeals for young Jewish families. We drove through neighborhoods that rivaled Beverly Hills in their grandeur and many of the residents were Jews. Of course there are plenty of more moderate neighborhoods and beautiful homes can be had for prices that would astound Angelenos! During our seven days of travel our Temple group bonded beautifully. We ate nearly every meal together and enjoyed laughter and life-stories as we deepened our connections. The good

natured group also endured a few “surprises” in our itinerary that will become the stuff of future lore! (But for the details, you’ll have to contact one of my fellow travelers.) All told it was a remarkable journey through time and space that will be remembered for years to come!

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The Forum on Critical Values

David Brooks in Dialogue with Rabbi David Woznica Tuesday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m. David Brooks is a New York Times Op-Ed columnist. He has been a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly, and he is currently a commentator on “The Newshour with Jim Lehrer.” He is the author of Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There and On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense. His most recent book is The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement. | $15 When General Grant Expelled the Jews Professor Jonathan Sarna

Ambassador Ron Prosor in Dialogue with Rabbi David Woznica

Monday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 5 at 7:30 p.m.

To register: www.WiseLA.org/CJL or 888.380.WISE (9473)

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