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UT Bulletin January 2012

UT Bulletin January 2012

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Published by: Union Temple of Brooklyn on Dec 24, 2011
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The Bulletin
Union Temple of Brooklyn
Affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism
JANUARY, 2012 TEVET SHEVAT 5772 Vol. 163, No 5
Friday Evening
4:00 PM - Friday at Four: Shabbat for TotsFirst Friday Family Shabbat 6:00 PM - Snacks6:30 PM - Kabbalat Shabbat:Pot Luck Dinner 
Saturday Morning 10:30 AM
Shabbat Morning ServiceTorah: Genesis 47:28-50:26 Haftarah: I Kings 2:1-12
Friday Evening
4:00 PM - Friday at Four: Shabbat for Tots6:30 PM - Kabbalat Shabbat 
Saturday Morning 10:30 AM
Shabbat Morning ServiceTorah: Exodus 1:1-6:1 Haftarah: Isaiah 27:6-28:13; 29:22-23
Friday Evening
4:00 PM - Friday at Four: Shabbat for Tots5:45 PM - Wine and Cheese Reception6:30 PM - Kabbalat Shabbat 7:20 PM - Report on the URJ Biennial by Rabbi Goodman,Student Cantor Phillips, Principal Daniel Kirzane, President  Bea Hanks, Vice President Abe Barnett, and Administrator  John Golomb
Saturday Morning 10:30 AM
Shabbat Morning ServiceTorah: Exodus 6:2-9:35 Haftarah: Ezekiel 28:25-29:21
Friday Evening 6:30 PM
 4:00 PM - Friday at Four Fourth Friday Shabbat 7:00 PM - Dinner 8:00 PM - Service9:00 PM - Sutzkever Program / Oneg (See page 4)
Saturday Morning 10:30 AM
Shabbat Morning ServiceTorah: Exodus 10:1-13:16 Haftarah: Jeremiah 46:13-28
Start theNew Year atUnion Temple
BrotherhoodBook Discussion:
The Blood of Lorraine 
January 22nd
See page 3 for details
Jews andChocolate -A DelectablePrimer hosted bySisterhoodFebruary 12th
See page 5 for details
Rabbi’s Message
The President and the Biennial
For the first time in the history of the Reform Movement, the sitting Presi-dent of the United States came personally on December 16
to address theBiennial Convention of the Union for Reform Judaism in Washington, DC.It was an exhilarating moment, for all of us, 6,700 strong, and ultimately itleft me feeling extremely proud of our Reform Movement, for the ideals of universal justice and compassion that it has actively and unwaveringly pur-sued. Just before President Obama arrived, we celebrated the fiftieth anni-versary of the Religious Action Center in Washington, the brain trust of thesocial justice initiatives of Reform Judaism. You will recall that the RACwas founded in 1961 by Kivie Kaplan, z”l, a committed Reform Jew, whoalso served at that time as President of the NAACP. President Obama notedthe anniversary at the beginning of his address.I want to congratulate all of you on the golden anniversary of the Religious Action Center . . . WhenPresident Kennedy spoke to leaders from the RAC in 1961, I was three months old, so my memoryis a bit hazy. But I am very familiar with the work that you’ve done ever since, and so is the rest of America . . . And that’s because you helped draft the Civil Rights Act and the Voting RightsAct. You helped to liberate Soviet Jews. You have made a difference on so many of the definingissues of the last half-century. And without these efforts, I probably wouldn’t be standing here to-day. So thank you. Thank you. You have brought to life your faith and your values, and the worldis a better place for it.The president went on to deliver a wonderful speech, framed in fine homiletic style by one of the key words of the Torah portion of that week, as it was uttered by Joseph as he replied to his father Jacob.In Hebrew, that word is “
.” It translates to “Here I am.”
. It’s the same word Abra-ham uses to reply to God before the binding of Isaac. It’s the same word Moses uses when Godsummons him from the burning bush.
. The text is telling us that while Joseph does notknow what lies ahead, he is ready to answer the call.I would urge you all to read the full text of President Obama’s speech. You may find it in the highlights of theBiennial on the URJ website at:www.urj.org. No matter what party we may affiliate with, and no matterwhom we may vote for when we exercise our rights as Americans next November, the principles of justiceand fairness that the president articulated are, in my understanding of Jewish tradition, consistent with theteachings of our Jewish tradition as it has come down to us through the generations of our history. As Ameri-cans we may have divergent points of view as to how to achieve these goals. But ultimately they are consis-tent with Jewish goals, in our pursuit of Tikkun Olam, the reparation of our world.On Friday, January 20th, Bea Hanks, Abe Barnett, Lauren Phillips, Daniel Kirzane, John Golomb, and I willspeak with you as a group about some of the highlights of the Biennial, the particular seminars we attended,and our impressions. I hope you will join us for this important presentation. And, if I may, I would put in aplug for you to begin gearing up to attend the next Biennial, which will be in San Diego in 2013. It is an ex-traordinary opportunity for all Reform Jews.
-Rabbi Linda Henry Goodman
Officer’s Column
Bringing You Up to Date
As we start 2012, I’d like to bring you up to date about some of the new things happening at Union Temple.Our Shabbat programming for pre-schoolers called, “Friday at Four”, led by Yoshie Fruchter now meets on aweekly basis and has growing attendance and participation.We have a functioning youth group being led by David Marx who is also one of the teachers in our ReligiousSchool. The initial get together was at the Tea Lounge on Union Street. The next event was a trip to a templein New Rochelle for a North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) Social Justice Day. One of ournew members, Emily Campbell, is serving as parent liaison.Our first two family Shabbatot on the First Friday of the month were great successes. The service features par-ticipation by our Religious School students. Our principal, Daniel Kirzane, has emphasized the importance of this service to the students and parents and we see the results of that in the increase in the size of the turnout.Our adult choir, ably led by Temple Musician Shinae Kim, has grown in size and repertoire and welcomes ad-ditional members.The December
get together sponsored by Brotherhood and Sisterhood drew a large and diversegroup of members and non-members to nosh and shmooze. Of course, this culminated with the short and beau-tiful participatory
service led by Rabbi Goodman. Afterwards, we walked as a group to enjoy FirstSaturday at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.We’ve had the first three sessions of the “Engaging Israel” series on Wednesday nights. The series featuresshort videos prepared by the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and discussions ably led by Rabbi Good-man. Everyone who has come to these sessions is looking forward to the next five.The Social Action Committee has been reactivated, is working on new programs and welcomes additions to itsranks.Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2012.
-Henry Singer, Vice President
Brotherhood of Union Temple
invites you to a book reading
The Blood of Lorraine 
by Barbara Corrado Pope.Sunday morning,January 22nd at 10 AM

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