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Bulletin for July 31 10

Bulletin for July 31 10

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Editor: Judie PatelE-mail: bulletin @youngisraelwh.orgEditors Emeritus: Sam Leichtberg & Moish TrencherWeb Site: http://www.YoungIsraelWH.org
Rabbi Brahm Weinberg 233-3084 orrabbi@youngisraelwh.orgLaura Miller, President 233-2725 orlauramiller6188@sbcglobal.net
 Affiliate of the National Council of Young Israel Synagogues, Member of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, Sponsor of West Hartford NCSY, National Conference of Synagogue Youth, Kashrut Commission of Greater Hartford,Mikveh Bess Israel of Greater Hartford, Eruv of West Hartford (Hotline - 860-232-6417)
Web Site: http://www.YoungIsraelWH.org
  Y   O  U  N   G  I   S  R   A  E  L   O  F   W  E   S   T  H   A  R   T  F   O  R  D
Shabbat Parshat Eikev
July 31st, 2010
20 Av
Kiddush This
Sponsored byThe Shul
Rabbi’s Corner
I would like to say
Yasher Koach
to the Nomi-nating Committee for putting together such a fine slateof officers to run our shul. It takes a lot of vision andconfidence to look a little outside the box and work un-der less than ideal conditions to find the appropriateleadership. They did a really great job and I know wewill be very happy with their selection. They reallyspent a ton of time and emotional energy on this projectand in my opinion they were very successful. To all of you who agreed to be part of this new “YIWH Repub-lic” – 
Yasher Koach
to you as well. It is great that youstepped up to the plate to fulfill these duties and evengreater that you embraced this new idea of a “president-less shul” with such confidence and openness tryingyour hardest to make it work.I think that this new “YIWH Republic” has great poten-tial to work well and allow us to get a lot of importantthings done in the shul. We have such a great group of  people leading us and planning for the coming year. Iknow that many of the committees have already startedto generate ideas of where we want to go and what wewant to accomplish. There is a genuine enthusiasm inthe air and I believe that we will all see this new model bear its fruits in the coming months. They have my fullsupport and vote of confidence.It was great to see such a large crowd of people turn upto the membership meeting last Sunday. It means that people really care what is going on in our shul and thatis so important to us.Shabbat Shalom – Rabbi Weinberg
Shabbat Parshat Ekev
 9:00 AM
9:20 AM
Sof Zman Kriat Shma6:45 PM
Shabbat Afternoon Shiur by Rabbi Seth Kadish
7:40 PM Mincha,
Seudah Shlishit & Maariv
8:54 PM
The Yom Tovim are almost here! Now is your chance to include your family in a part of YIWHhistory. Add your child/children's names on our Kol Hanearim Tallis in time for this SimchatTorah. You can start with one child at a time or add them all at once, the choice is yours! Inaddition, the names on the Tallis will allbe added to the tree of life downstairs,check out the newest additions!
Contact Aviva Braunshweiger forfurther information 860-231-1808
Tuesday, August 10th, at 7:30 PMAt the home of Evelyn Rutstein, 16 Miamis Road
Monday Evening August 23, 2010At the home of Anita Cohen198 Brewster Rd
“City of Thieves”
בוט לזמ
Mazel Tov to Capt. Jesse Rosenblit upon hisgraduation from Israel's National College ofDefense with a Bachelor of Arts degree.Mazel Tov to Mark and Harriet and the entireRosenblit Family.
RABBI’S VACATIONElana and I will be taking the last vacation week allot-ted to me for this year and going to visit my family upin Montreal. I will be away from Aug 3—Aug 10.In cases of emergency please contact ourCoordinator Judith Hessing or for
questionsRabbi Yitzchok Adler.
On behalf of the new board I would like to thank the Nominating Committee:
Barry Gordon, Steve Luger, Andrew Ganeles, Zvi Goldfischer, and Elie Wolfe
For all of the hard work and countless hours that they put in to create a newstructure called “The Republic.” This wonderful nominating committee hasset us on a great path for the future. We look forward working with the mem-bership to create new programs, new ideas, and a new energy for our shul.We will build on the work of the previous board and bring YIWH to new heights along with the help of our rabbi.On behalf of the new board I would like to thank Laura Miller and the previous Board of Directors of YIWH:
Laura Miller, David Cohen, David Hessing, Judith Hessing, Zvi Goldfischer, Debbie Luger, Donna Gordon,Stu Kesler, Ilana Bernstein, Sam Leichtberg, and Michael Snyder.
For their two years of service to our shul. They have paved the way for us and have handed us over a shul that isin great shape. Our efforts and successes will be in large part due to the tremendous job they have already donefor us and the insights that they share with us in the time of transition.
Sincerely,Judith Hessing (
) on Behalf of the New Board
Some Background:
This new board will be a “round table” model of governance rather than a hierarchical one. Tenpeople and the two past presidents have beenchosen to govern the shul.This tight-knit and strong board will make decisionsfor the shul. Each member of the board will haveone vote in all decisions, and no one will have anyauthority or power over another.Each of the members of the board has been given aportfolio to oversee, such as fundraising or chesed,for example. In effect, each of these people will bethe chairperson of their committee and have oth-ers working under them. It will be their job to makesure the tasks under their portfolio are accom-plished and it will be their job to report back to theother members of the board.Judith Hessing will be the “Coordinator." Her taskwill be to ensure that everyone is doing what theyare supposed to be doing, to call meetings and runthem, and to be the go-to person for all othermembers of the board as well as people outsidethe shul.
The New Board of DirectorsAlso known as “The Republic”
Coordinator: Judith HessingTreasurer: David CohenSecretary: David HessingYouth/Ritual: Zvi Goldfischer Programming: Steve BernsteinChesed: Debbie Luger Fundraising: Fran WittenbergPR/Recruitment: Helen LoewBy-Laws: Andrew GanelesHouse: TBAPast Presidents: Laura Miller and Tom Freund
Effort vs. Result. The relative value of these two concepts is a fundamental dispute between our westernworld view and Jewish teachings. The secular world is, as it must be, bottom line oriented. From a Jewish per-spective it is effort not result that ultimately counts. G-d blessed us all with different and varying degrees of tal-ent, thus it would be unfair to expect similar results from all. Rather it is the effort we expend on moral improve-ment, understanding a Torah text or performing mitzvoth that is crucial. Of course one must try to expend ef-forts where one will be most successful. Thus it is crucial to make an honest self appraisal of our talents and ex-pend our efforts in those areas."And now, Israel, what does G-d want of you? Only that you remain in awe of G-d your Lord, to go in allHis ways and to love Him, and to serve G-d with all your heart and all your soul" (10:12). While for Moshe fear ofG-d, Love of G-d and observing the commandments may be easy surely these are lifelong challenges even for those who are totally committed to these goals. The Netziv - towering rabbinic leader of 19th century LithuanianJewry (and beyond) - explains that in fact Moshe was addressing three different groups of people, exhortingeach one to focus on one of the above goals.It is the leaders - political and religious - of the Jewish people who must have an extra dose of fear of theAlmighty. All too often people in positions of power - and religious leaders are no different - think they aresomehow above the norms applicable to their followers. The obligations of leadership to make painful deci-sions, decisions that will by definition hurt some people highlight this need for pure motives. Hurting somebodyto further a personal agenda is inexcusable. Thus Maimonides writes that those leaders who instil fear in othersnot for the sake of heaven lose their share in the world to come (Teshuva 3:6). It is not by chance that the Torahcommands that a King must have a Sefer Torah with him at all times. Even with the best of motives leaders areoften powerless to effect positive change; G-d then surely judges them on effort not result. Leaders in makingdifficult decisions must ask themselves not what people want but rather what G-d demands. Blessed is the gen-eration where these coincide.The second demand of Moshe, to Love G-d, is addressed primarily to the teachers of Torah. A teacher who lacks passion and love for their subject can not effectively inspire students. In order to love a person onemust get to know them (that's why true love grows throughout a good marriage) and loving G-d is no different.By studying G-d i.e. His Torah we can get to know and Love Him. Learning and teaching Torah - and those wholearn must teach - can only be meaningful if it is combined with love of G-dMost of us however are neither leaders nor even primarily teachers of the Jewish people. Rather we arethe crucial backbone of the community, those who must practice Torah in the "real" world - a world which is of-ten at odds with our values. It is to this general populace that the third exhortation, to serve G-d, is crucial. It iseasy to serve G-d in the Beit Midrash. The true mark of religiosity however, is expressed by having our day to daylife imbued with the mitzvoth and values of Torah. At 120, before G-d queries us regarding our devotion to Torahlearning he asks us if our monetary dealings were conducted faithfully. The Kiddush Hashem created by an hon-est businessmen, a dedicated health care worker or caring bureaucrat is the way we "go in all His ways .., andserve G-d with all your heart and all your soul." May we merit to have the leaders who fear G-d, the teacherswho Love G-d, and the community that serves G-d.
This Shabbat Afternoon July 31st at 6:45pm at YIWH
By Rabbi Dr Seth Kadish
“Who is a Jew?”(Sources and Reflections on the Conversion Crisis in Israel)

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