April 2009 NisAN/iyAr 5769 Vol. 52, No.
Friday, April 3 6:15 p.m. Shabbat Dinner 7:00 p.m. First Friday Family Service Shabbat, April 4 10:00 a.m. Young Family Chavurah 10:30 a.m. Shabbat Morning Worship in Rosen Foyer Thursday, April 9 10:30 a.m. Pesach/Passover Worship 6:30 p.m. Congregational Second Night Seder * Friday, April 10 6:00 p.m. Pre-Service Oneg Shabbat 6:30 p.m. Erev Shabbat Worship 7:30 p.m. I. M. Wise Shabbat Service/Temple Kol Ami Shabbat, April 11 10:30 a.m. Shabbat Morning Worship in Rosen Foyer * Friday, April 17 8:00 p.m. Jacob Hertzberg, Bar Mitzvah Shabbat, April 18 10:30 a.m. Emma Kristal, Bat Mitzvah * Friday, April 24 8:00 p.m. Sisterhood Shabbat w/Shir Chadash Shabbat, April 25 10:30 a.m. Shabbat Morning Worship
14450 West Ten Mile Rd . Oak Park, MI 48237 248.967.4020 . www.emanuel-mich.org
Family Seder 2009
Thursday, April 9th 6:30 p.m.
Schmooze a little... learn a little... eat a LOT!
Adults: $36.50 • Kids (ages 4-12): $16.00 Children 3 and under: Free
Menu: Seder Plate, Matzoh Ball Soup, Gefilte Fish, Chopped Liver (or mock chopped liver for vegetarians), Chicken Marbela*, Tzimmes, Roasted garlic mashed potatoes, Cheesecake Catering by Annabel’s and Company *call the office by April 5 if you need a vegetarian entree or wish to notify of other dietary restrictions
Join us for Temple Emanu-El’s…
Please consider sponsoring a JARC resident for Seder 2009!
Please RSVP to the Temple office by April 5.
For information, call Murt Sherbow at 248-399-1356
T emple Emanu-El
Where You Belong!
We are a family of families, keeping alive our cherished traditions by joyfully sharing Jewish learning, spiritual celebrations, and a commitment to social justice.
isaac Mayer Wise shabbat service, passover pot-luck Dinner and NFTy Michigan reunion April 10 at T emple Kol Ami
Share Shabbat and a Passover Potluck dinner when members of the Detroit-area Reform congregations and NFTY Michigan alumni come together Friday, April 10 for the annual Isaac Mayer Wise Shabbat. Each year, the Metropolitan Detroit Federation of Reform Synagogues (MetFed) sponsors the community service which is held on the Friday during Passover. Temple Kol Ami will host this year’s gathering which will begin with the Passover potluck at 6:15 p.m., followed by NFTY-style services and music at 7:30. MetFed will bring the kosher-for-Passover chicken; those attending are asked to bring a nondairy, kosher-for-Passover side dish or dessert. There is no cost for the dinner; however reservations are needed. Let us know that you are planning to attend by calling the Northeast Lakes Council office, 216.831.6722 or emailing email@example.com.
iN MEMoriAM Barney Katzman MAzEl ToV! to Ariel and Daniel Hoffman on the adoption of Michael Aviv Hoffman Welcome to temple emanu-el!
The Congregation welcomes the following new members who have joined our Temple family (through January 31, 2009): Ron and Fiona Rubenstein of Huntington Woods (ECC) and their children Mia, Ryan and Rhys. We look forward to your involvement in services and at our many events and activities.
Yom Huledet SameiacH
april Birthdays - temple emanu-el children
1 Drew Leshman 3 Shane Handelsman Allison Lammers Claire Sinai Hannah Stoller 4 Graham Wise Jack Wise 5 Meagan Bonner Jacob Hertzberg 6 Natalie Danzig Alexander Fetterman 7 Celeste Schreier 8 Alison Cook Blake Phillips Ryan Rubenstein 10 Rebecca DrikerOhren Rachel Sabbath 11 Ellary Koretz 13 Lucille Rosenthal 15 Hannah Baron Mason Ross 16 Nicholas Stoller 21 Eric Silver 22 Joshua Frowine 23 Edward Rosenthal Jacob Stone 24 Jared Allyn 25 Alex Steinberg 26 Lindsey Katz Benjamin Sofferin 27 Jake Cooper 28 Hanna Sosin Riley Stocki 30 Jules Erb Benjamin Zepke
6 Steven & Karen Soffin 7 James & Donna Brennan 8 Norman & Rosa Berger Glenn & Natalie Lapin Jeffrey & Rae Mandel Gary & Maxine Mondshine Ronald & Carole Weiner 10 Stephen & Jennifer Rebori 12 Adam & Margaret Bornstein Mitch & Marcia Meisner Michael Sosin & Cynthia Sherburn 15 Christopher & Rachel Hulen 26 Carl Bunin & Linda Solomon 27 Mark Handelsman & Elaine Bloom 29 Albert Ascher & Marjorie Katz Bernard & Shirley Malamud
April ADulT NEW yorK Trip
Contact Rabbi Klein for information about the April 23-26 Adult New York Jewish Heritage Trip. Space is limited and $50 deposits are now due to hold your place. Rabbi Klein is happy to send an itinerary and projected costs to those interested.
April 3/4 *Dr. Max Aiken *Abraham Baransky *Louis Barr Ralph Bensman Henrietta Drasnin *Samuel H. Dudick Jo Ann Engelson *Jane Finkelstein Edith Fowler *Rose Fried Irving Friedman *Benjamin Glinter *Sol Gorman David Hazan Ben B. Hersen Allen Horowitz *Anton “Oscar” Kaczander *David King *Isaac Kuschner *Sol Lachman *Dr. Dora (Dolly) Levine *Louis Lucow *Irving Manheimer *Josephine J. Marwil *William Nedelman *Mervin Pelzner
*Max Bloom *Bernard Blumenstein Thomas Bonner Gertrude Cross Scott Nathan Davis *Rolla J. Donner *Julius Droz Sophie Eglin Berthold Erdstein *Lemuel Farber *Betty Dorothy Frank *Kate Jacob Frank *Daniel A. Friedman *Eric Gilbert *Joseph Glinter Bertram Gordon Alexander Greenbaum Harry Greenberg Harold Bernard Gross Robyn Gross Dora P. Hockfield *Benjamin Jaffe *Herman Kessell Dora Kleiman *Irvin Klein Edgar Kornhauser *Dr. Dennis D. Kovan Sylvia Latt
*Dora Lucow *Aaron Malamud Isadore Matenky *Isadore Melamed *Fern Onickel Isadore J. Pelzner Sylvia Reitman Shirlee Rosin Sylvia Ross Betty Rubin *Anne K. Schuster *David T. Schuster Markus S. Simon Dorothy Spitzer *Richard A. Stein Maxwell Torneck Morris Werney Dov Baer Zhuk April 24/25 *Eli Aiken *Ida (Hudel) Band *Sigmond Barna *Eva Bell Lillian Brod Albert Chait *Seymour Cobrin Dorothy Cohn
*Morris Klein Jack Kolko *Elsie Laven Harry Levin Anna Levine *Stella T. Marks Abraham Pickard Jack Reitman Esther Rich Leona Rose Stanley Rosen *Dora Rosenberg Robert Rubin *Gussie Sherman *Muriel Sofferin Martin J. Soffin *Harry Stein
*Isidore Ravitz Solomon Sacks Charles Schwartz *Henry Schwartz Polly Segal *Celia Sidder Judge Sandra Silver Davis *Freda Steinhardt *Isadore Stern *Ida Trager *William Weiss Sue Zepke April 10/11 *Bella Barr *Nina Block Benita Bornstein Morton Braiker Solita Cohn Layne Conn *Leo Alexander Coskey *Blanche Einhorn Tamara Erman Thomas Gilhuly Lee Grodsky Helen Hack Bernard Haydu
Ida Kramer *Rosalyn Kraus *Samuel Landau Meyer Lubin *Esther Malamud *Minnie Morgan Faith Naber *Leo Henry Newhouse Joseph Pohl Samuel A. Popkin *Samuel A. Rappaport *Sarah Ravitz *Samuel Reder *David H. Resnick Mary Robiner *Sidney Samovitz *Seymour Shulman *Milton Slatkin Jack Soifer *Evelyn Sorkin *Jack Weiss Berko Zdanowicz Archie Zeitlin *Benjamin Zuckerman April 17/18 *Issedor Aronsson Joseph Bean
*Ruth Curtis *Jennie Fagin *Douglas E. Friedman *Marian Castleman Funke *Edith J. Gans *Jack A. Glass *Jeanette Gold Dr. Herbert Goldstein *Henry Gordon Ethel Gornbein *Kate J. Harris Dr. Maurice Herschfus Toby Hersen Sam Horowitz Samuel Hurwitz *Dorothy Kallush
*A light will be lit on our Memorial Board.
If you wish to memorialize your loved ones in a special way, consider purchasing a memorial plaque to be displayed in our Anne Jospey Sanctuary. Each year, on the anniversary of their death, it will be lit as a remembrance. Contact the Temple office at 248-967-4020 to make arrangements for this eternal memory of your loved one.
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At our Mishkan T’filah dedication service in January, a member of our congregation inquired about a change found in the Avot v’Imahot, the first prayer in the T’filah section of the worship service. This prayer recalls the special relationship each of our ancestors – our avot (patriarchs) and imahot (matriarchs) – had with God. The prayer begins by describing God as the God of each of our ancestors: Elohei Avraham (God of Abraham), Elohei Yitzchak (God of Isaac), and so on.
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Our history is marked with several uniquely transformative passage points. I think of them as ‘epoch-making events’-occurrences or circumstantial happenings of such magnitude and transcendent significance that they irreversibly transformed Judaism, changing forever our connection in the present between the past and the future. Torah points to two such events: the Exodus from Egypt that liberated us as a national people, and the Revelation at Sinai that forged us into a Rabbi Joseph P. Klein faith-nation. These two “epoch-making” events reverberate through our yearly holiday cycle. They have prompted the poetry and prose of our Jewish Heritage for over 3000 years and have been the focus of our religious imagination for as long as we have been a people. Knowing that in many places throughout Hebrew Scripture the story of our desert origin is retold. I looked for post-Torah references to both the Exodus from Egypt and the Revelation at Sinai. I was surprised to find how many times in the Prophets and the Writings we read of the great and awesome God who, with a strong hand and outstretched arm, rescued the Israelites from slavery and redeemed them as the “Chosen People”. There are well over 50 references to the transformative and transcendent Exodus experience recorded in the Prophets and Writings. [Typical are Jeremiah 11: 3-5, and Psalms 78 and 105] But surprisingly, the Revelation at Sinai is barely mentioned outside of Torah! There are only two references to the Sinai Revelation beyond Deuteronomy-- Nehemiah 9:13 and Psalms 68:7-8! Why does the Exodus command such a high remembrance while Sinai is barely recalled? Perhaps because, more than Sinai, the Exodus message promotes a purposeful future. In our Hagaddah we read: Our history moves from slavery to freedom. Our narration begins with degradation and rises to dignity. Our service opens with the rule of evil and advances toward the kingdom of God. The Exodus experience is a beginning but not an end: it “moves,” it “rises” and it “advances toward the kingdom of God.” It is not over, it is not completed. It is our most important story because it teaches us that God redeemed us from bondage so that we might be free to redeem the world. The Exodus Experience transcends theology; it gives direction to our history, meaning to our present and hope for our future. It is the story that can be told over and over because it is not time-bound or place-restricted or faith-limited. Because it demands that we “move, and rise and advance toward the kingdom of God” it defines our identity through process and purpose, and can therefore never become old-fashioned or out-dated. It is our primary, formative story not only because it tells us who we are, but because it reminds us of what we must do if we are to become God’s chosen.
Cantor Darcie N. Sharlein
Originally this prayer mentioned the relationships between God and only our patriarchs. However, by the early 1990s it had become fairly common for Reform congregations to experiment with including the matriarchs as well, reflecting the reality that women’s voices are part of our Jewish history. The question, then, was how best to incorporate the matriarchs into the prayer. When Gates of Prayer for Shabbat and Weekdays (the thin grey-covered siddur) was published in 1994, we were provided with an answer. We would list the matriarchs in order of marriage: Elohei Sarah (God of Sarah), Elohei Rivkah (God of Rebecca), Elohei Leah (God of Leah), v’Eilohei Rachel (and God of Rachel). Mishkan T’filah, however, changes the order of the last two matriarchs, so we now have Elohei Rachel (God of Rachel) v’Eilohei Leah (and God of Leah). You may recall that these sisters were married to Jacob; Rachel was the younger and more beloved; Leah, however, married Jacob first (through the trickery of her father, Laban). Why the change? When the question was raised at our dedication service I had a few guesses, but promised to do research and follow up with a bulletin article. The Mishkan T’filah website (urj.org/mishkan) addresses many questions about the new siddur, including this one. Dr. Richard Sarason explains that both orders are found in Rabbinic Literature, with Rachel v’Leah occurring 72 times and Leah v’Rachel 25 times. Additionally, in the traditional Mi Shebeirach prayer for honoring a mother or wife (different from our Mi Shebeirach prayer for healing), we find liturgy’s only precedent for including the matriarchs. In this instance the order is Rachel v’Leah. The Reform movement was not alone in including the matriarchs into new siddurim. Both the Conservative Sim Shalom and Reconstructionist Kol Haneshamah do so, listing Rachel first, in line with the liturgical precedent described above. Rabbi Elyse Frishman, editor of Mishkan T’filah, writes, “In balance, the argument for changing the most common traditional order and also being dissimilar from all other liberal movement prayer books was not strong enough. . . . It’s important to know that the decision was thoughtfully studied and considered over many years of our work on the siddur.” If you have questions about other changes or innovations in Mishkan T’filah, please ask and I’ll do my best to answer! Best wishes for a happy Pesach.
Temple emanu-el: WheRe YOu BelOng
Community of Learners
Join Temple members Marc Kruman, Chair of the Department of History and Professor of History at Wayne State University and Michael Scrivener, Professor of English at WSU, NEW as they lead a discussion on The Secular E! DAT Challenge - The Reform Response. We will discuss the book: Living Without God: New Directions for Atheists, Agnostics, Secularists, and the Undecided, by Ronald Aronson. Class will meet Thursday April 2 at 7:30 p.m. We hope Mr. Aronson will be joining us for the discussion. It is highly recommended that attendees have read the book.
Share Shabbat Dinner
Pizza • Pizza • Pizza
with your temple Family
…and leave the cooking to us!
Friday, April 3 - 6:15 p.m.
Join us for a Pizza and Salad dinner before the First Friday Family Service in January. Youth Choir members get to eat first! Cost: Only $14 per family; $7 for individuals - plus a can. Please RSVP to the Temple office by 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 (see page 11) or call 248-967-4020.
Come to Family Services at a new time - 7:00 p.m.
Please join us at our 8th Annual
Celebrate Passover with a Woman’s Perspective
On April 19, EMES will have the opportunity to have Cantor Sharlein meet with us and get to know her in a smaller group setting. She will discuss "Poetry as Prayer" in Mishkan T"filah. When setting out to create a new Reform siddur, Mishkan T'filah’s editors made a commitment to the inclusion of poetry The poems included in Mishkan T'filah span the globe and the centuries, from Qumran to Israel to America. Even familiar readings from earlier Reform prayerbooks are reformatted to help us read them as poetry. Come explore some poetic highlights of our new prayerbook. Lunch is at 12:30 p.m. and the program will begin about 1:00 p.m. Lunch for EMES members $5.00 and for guests $7.00. (-plus a can) Please call 248-967-4252, cxt.604 to let us know you are coming so we can prepare for you. Guests are always welcome.
MonDAY, APRIL 13 @ 6:15 p.m.
in the Esther Katzman Social Hall
Passover is a time when we all get together to remember the exodus from Egypt. We sit down at our Seders and tell the story of how Moses stood up to Pharaoh and led us out of Egypt. We forget to talk about the women who supported Moses. We forget that without Miriam, Moses’ Mother, the Pharaoh’s Daughter, the midwives, and Zipporah, he could not have performed the miracles that occurred. Miriam’s Seder is a chance to remember that it wasn’t just great men that lead us out of Egypt, it was also many great women.
Cost: $10.00 per person, a sampling of a favorite Passover appetizer or dessert (-plus a can) For more information call Robin Gold at: 248-543-5037 or firstname.lastname@example.org
hElp bAKE For WEEKly oNEgs
In an effort to reduce the cost of our (catered) Shabbat Onegs, we are launching an “Oneg Chavurah” at Temple. Would you be willing to bake or buy 4 dozen cookies - just two or three times a year? So many times we have heard people say, “If only you had asked.” Well, now we are asking, and we hope you will respond. Why not make this a family event: bake together at home - and pray together at Temple! Please call or email: Murt Sherbow 248- 399-1356 or email@example.com
Monday, April 13 - Miriam’s Seder Friday, April 24 - Sisterhood Shabbat Rummage Sale - This Summer - Date TBD
Sisterhood at Temple
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This spring the American Red Cross is going green!
Here are some other ways you can help others and the environment: • Recruit donors by e-mail to save paper • Bring a reusable bag on your next shopping trip • Use rechargeable batteries • Switch to energy efficient light bulbs • Recycle: paper, plastic, glass, aluminum, electronics, etc.
Save the Date!
“Picture Yourself.... in Israel!”
From Saturday, April 11 to Sunday April 19, all attempting blood donors will receive a free Recycle Life, Give Blood t-shirt.
Schedule your blood donation appointment t schedule an appointment o today. Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit givelife.org.emple Blood drive, for the t
FriDAy, MAy 1 - 6:15 p.m.
enjoy Family-Friendly israeli Foods and a Religious School Student art Show Join us for Family Services beginning at 7:00 p.m. Watch for details in the Rabbi’s monday email and at www.emanuel-mich.org
call Bea Sacks: 248-398-3737
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ThE blooD DriVE AT TEMplE is TuEsDAy, April 14 - 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
EVEry CAN CouNTs Now more than ever.
As you prepare for Passover, we ask you to please “pass over” a can or two into our Chaveet Our neighborhood food banks thank you for shaving your food with the hungry - because…
Can and Bottle Days
Sunday, May 3 9:00 a.m. to Noon
to benefit HOSPICE MATLOSANA,
Klerksdorp, South Africa
Now more than ever,
EVEry CAN CouNTs
Please note: “Plus a Can” message at all Temple meals.
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FroM ThE ExECuTiVE DirECTor
At this time of year there are a number of administrative things to do for the fiscal year that begins on July 1, 2009. Please watch your snail and email boxes for details on the upcoming: • Free dues raffle • Dues renewal packet in early May (see more on that in Dolores Galea’s column)
tributes, payments to attend some events and classes, the “free dues” raffle, next year’s fundraiser – I can’t give anything away just yet, but the idea came from Cantor Sharlein and we are excited – and special gifts from people stepping up to help others in our congregation struggling to meet their financial obligations, we realize our members are our primary sources of income. This strengthens our goal that you will find our religious services, programming, classes, communal events, and ways of supporting our members meet your needs. One last note on expenses. Our congregation also has annual membership dues to pay to support the Union for Reform Judaism (check out their website at www.urj.org), and that is a significant budget expense for us--usually around $130/ member. This year the URJ is restructuring, in part because it has to respond to an unprecedented number of requests from congregations (including ours) for dues relief. The URJ, “a congregation of congregations,” provides comprehensive resources for every aspect of running a Reform temple and being an affiliated Reform Jew, including: • Support for Hebrew Union College, the URJ seminary • Assistance to congregations in hiring Reform rabbis and cantors • Camps for our kids – with member congregations having priority for enrollment • A voice for our movement as a whole • The Religious Action Center • Prayer books and other sacred texts • Resources for congregations on a vast array of topics on every issue in synagogue administration, Reform Jewish education and worship • “Reform Judaism” magazine to our members • Leadership training Thus, our Temple, our local Jewish community and the Reform Jewish community at large are all working hard to meet the needs of our constituents in a time when being part of a supportive community is more important than ever. Please contact me if you have questions about our budget or anything related to your Temple membership. For we know that, working together, we are that much stronger as we navigate through these economically difficult times.
Susan J. Kirschner
• Notice of the Annual Meeting and Dinner (May 26) where we present the budget and elect trustees for 2009-10 We are well into our budget process for the FY2009-10. Our policy of every year examining each expense afresh, and running very lean budgets is standing us in good stead at this economically difficult time. I am proud of the dedication of our lay leaders to work through these challenges to assure that our organization will continue to provide meaningful and comprehensive services. Our budget sets forth the costs and revenues of each of our goals and activities planned for the year. It provides a way to track our progress in accomplishing those goals while staying within our means and our mandate of a balanced budget. You may have already read that the decision has been made to freeze dues rates for 2009-10. We understand the times we are in and the financial stresses faced by many of our members. It adds to the task of the Budget Committee which has embraced the challenge. For, while we have many income lines (dues, religious and nursery school tuition, donations,
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Our Jewish community has many resources that may be helpful to our members during these challenging times. You can always call us for information on any of them, but I thought I’d feature a monthly tip. Paul Blatt is Director of Career and Business Services at JVS. JVS suggests an organized search be started immediately after job loss and Paul can assist. His number is (248) 233-4230.
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Although the smell of Hamantashen still lingers in the air, matzah is on sale, which tells us that Passover will soon be here. The Early Childhood Community will be very busy preparing for this holiday of freedom. Our pre-k classes will have the opportunity to make matzah and create a special Passover project as they visit the Matzah Factory at the Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield. This Eileen Brand field trip has become a favorite tradition for the ECC. In our own classrooms children will be working on matzah covers, seder plates, saltwater bowls, and creating haggadahs to tell the story of Passover. Each class will prepare traditional school charoset (no nuts or wine) in preparation for their Seder, which will be the culmination of this unit. Looking ahead, mark your calendars for the early childhood social event of the season: The Young Masters Art Exhibit, Wednesday evening, May 6th, at the Temple. Children have the opportunity to choose their favorite works of art, which our teachers have been keeping in individual portfolios. The art work is framed for display throughout the temple. As you “kvell” over your child’s creativity, take a moment to observe the developmental stages reflected in the art of the different age groups. Following the exhibit everyone is welcome to join us in the Esther Katzman Hall for an Ice Cream Social. We welcome all volunteers to help us set up and take down the art work. No experience needed! We always enjoy the participation of our alumni families. The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, by Wendy Mogel, Ph.D. is based on the wisdom of the Torah. The book teaches how to raise a child to be a good person, and not just to raise a child to feel good. As we get ready for Passover, the following excerpt is most relevant: “At the Passover Seder, tradition instructs us to tell the story of our escape to freedom so that it will be understood not only by the wise child, but also by the wicked, the simple and the clueless one; each at his own level, each with the right tone and language. The Jewish message is consistent: Every child is unique. Don’t treat all children the same or you will not reach them. Try to see your child as a seed that came in a packet without a label. Your job is to provide the right environment and nutrients to pull the weeds. You can’t decide what kind of flower you’ll get or in which season it will bloom. When we are open to the differences in our children, we’ll give them the soil they need to flourish.” Wishing everyone a Healthy and Happy Passover!
Americans often have a romantic view of themselves as rugged individualists – individuals who can succeed on their own without the help of others. Yet recent events seem to show that in fact we are deeply connected to one another and that our actions have immense power Dolores Galea to impact the collective for good or bad. For example, a number of recent national elections were so close that they were or will be ultimately decided by the courts. Certainly in those cases each vote was counted and recounted. We can also look at the recent economic downturn and the efforts being made to improve the global economy. Here economists are telling us that our own actions and the actions of others have set in place a dangerous cycle that will not be easy to turn around. Apparently even our lack of confidence in the market and our fear in its recovery impede revitalization efforts. Judaism has always understood the relationship between individual action and community health. One might even argue that Judaism is not primarily about our own relationship with God but instead emphasizes our relationships with each other and our community. We emphasize the responsibility of action on the individual because it is through action of the individual that we can protect, extol and preserve the community. We understand the importance of our individual actions because we know that our survival depends on it. These are tough days and I truly believe our success will depend on our collective action to support each other and remain a community intact. In recent weeks we have had a handful of members call and tell us about a job loss in their family. They have let us know that they will have to reduce or in some cases suspend dues payments but – thankfully – they have also let us know that they intend to remain part of our Temple community. I hope all of us will take this approach. As I reported last month, dues will not be raised in the coming year. I know that those who can give extra help will, and those that need help will be given that help. Yes these are tough days but we will get through them together.
Eileen Brand, Director, Early Childhood Community
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It’s Only Temporary, the Good News and the Bad News of Being Alive by Evan Handler
What if you were supposed to die, but you didn’t? In a collection of funny, offbeat, and poignant autobiographical essays, Handler moves beyond the supposedly “incurable” illness he triumphed over in his mid-20s only to bumble through his 30s and 40’ in search of ever elusive love and happiness.
The Deadliest Lies, the Israel lobby and the myth of Jewish Control, by Abraham H. Foxman
Mr. Foxman, an esteemed representative of the Jewish community and a longtime defender of human rights – reveals these ideas for the falsehoods they are. In particular, he demolishes the claims of an all-powerful Israel lobby and a global Jewish conspiracy, revealing their historic roots in the most virulent forms of bigotry. Some Favorite Passover books for children…
The Matzo Ball Boy by Lisa Shulman Seder with the Animals by Howard Bogot. The Matzah Ball Fairy by Carla Heymsfeld The Matzah Man, A Passover Story by Naomi Howland The Ten Plagues of Egypt by Shoshana Lepon Miriam’s Cup by Fran Manushkin Matzah Ball by Mindy Portnoy Sammy Spider’s First Passover by Sylvia A. Rouss
If you’re looking for something new to cook for Passover, try one of these cookbooks…
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TigErs @ ThE TEMplE suNDAy, April 19 11:30 a.m. luNChEoN
luncheon and program begins at 11:30 a.m. and features marc Himelstein from the tigers organization who is the t eam authentics manager. He will speak on “an inside look at the new Season,” with a discussion of current roster and players in the minors. He will also bring “Game used memorabilia” (base, batting helmet, jersey, etc.) for us to see and touch, and an item to be auctioned. the hot dog lunch is $5/adult with all kids free. You can also sign up at the lunch for tickets to Brotherhood day at tigers/angels game, Sunday, June 7, 1:00 p.m. We will be raffling autographed baseballs when the speaker is here. Tickets are $1.00 or 6 for $5.00
1000 Jewish Recipes by Faye Levy The Children’s Jewish Holiday Kitchen by Joan Nathan Beni’s Family Cookbook for the Jewish Holidays by Jane Breskin Zalben A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking by Marcy Goldman International Jewish Cookbook by Faye Levy Jewish Cooking in America by Joan Nathan The Jewish Holiday Kitchen by Joan Nathan From My Mother’s Kitchen by Mimi Sheraton
And if you want music…….
Reggae Passover by Lan Eder Mostly Matzah by Fran Avni Celebrate with Us: Passover by Jewish Family Productions A Singing Seder by Cindy Paley Miracles - Chanukah and Passover Songs by Jill Moskowitz
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Jacob Hertzberg - April 17
Jacob Ben Hertzberg, the son of John and Galena Hertzberg and Nicole and Kevin Bopp, will become Bar Mitzvah on April 17 at Temple Emanu-El. Celebrating with Jacob will be his brothers Jameson and Griffin, and grandpar ents Marilyn and Stuart Hertzberg, Sylvia and David Nelson. Jacob attends Norup International School, plays trumpet in the band, soccer, baseball, tennis and golf. He enjoys video games and hang ing out with his friends. Jacob volunteered at Yad Ezra as his Mitzvah Project.
Emma Kristal – April 18
Emma Kristal will become Bat Mitzvah on April 18 at Temple Emanu-El. Celebrating with her are parents Dr. Steve Kristal and Dr. Karen Randall-Kristal, sister Hannah Kristal, and grandparents Stewart and Toba Kristal, and Donald and Marion Randall. Emma attends Roeper School and has set two United States model rocketry records. One of her rockets has been accepted into the collection of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Emma participates every year in the Royal Oak Ice show where she has skated both solo and group numbers. Her mitzvah project include equestrian exhibit volunteer at the Michigan State Fair and range duty volunteer at the National Association of Rocketry Annual Meeting.
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The Passover Seder tends to be Jewish educators’ favorite holiday because it demonstrates so many of the core values of Jewish education. The lessons we learn from the Passover rituals teach us principles we can use year round. Here’s a top ten list of educational values we learn from the Seder- in no particular order: The Four Children teaches us that there are different types of learners and they should each be addressed according to their own needs. We’ve just come to understand this notion in recent times, imagine how progressive it was two thousand years ago.
Some important dates from the Education Department:
No School during Spring Break April 5-13 Young Family Saturday Service: April 4, 10am, songs, crafts, stories, snack April 19th - “Say Chai to Kindergarten”: open to all parents and children interested in a glimpse of the Religious School’s first year. Join us from 10-11:00 a.m. for a bunch of fun including songs, crafts, stories and a snack. April 19th - Kitah Gimel (third grade) Parent Day: and meeting to introduce 4th grade April 19th - L.I.F.T.: Leadership Institute for Teens trip “Mini-Conference” in Ann Arbor. $10 per student. A day of fun and informative activities designed to help students prepare for college and leadership opportunities. 12 noon - 6:00 p.m. April 26th - Teen for Tikkun attendees: “J-Serve” the International Day of Community Service for Jewish Teens (grades 8-12) from 10-4 p.m. Pick up and drop off are at Congregation Adat Shalom in Farmington Hills, pre-registration is a must. Teens from all over the community will be helping fix-up the Downtown Synagogue. RSVP to 248-967-4023
The Haggadah says: “In every generation each person must see one’s self as if they had personally been liberated from Egypt”. This statement teaches many things, but perhaps most important is that it is our task to make this ritual meal and this holiday relevant to our lives and the world today. Seder means “order” and we start the Seder by reciting the order that the rest of the evening will follow. Education is a process of bringing order out of chaos and setting clear goals is a key step. From the four questions we learn that children’s natural curiosity should drive education, there’s nothing more important than asking questions. The four questions are not feats of great Talmudic logic, they are rather simple. Children and their questions shouldn’t be pushed off to the ‘kiddie table’, they should take center stage. Moses is not mentioned in the Haggadah, not because he’s not important, but because not everything that is important is printed on the page- discussion of the story is key and necessary, the text is just the jumping off point. The Mitzvah is for us to tell the story, not to read the story. Actions teach as much as words: we lean, we dip, we taste strange tastes, we spill out wine, we hide the Afikomen. All these actions are designed to provoke questions. Children learn from observing what we do as much as the words we speak.
We are supposed to be theatrical in telling the story to keep children interested. Long before education had to compete with television and video games, the Rabbis understood that education can and should be entertaining. The removal of ten drops of wine for the ten plagues is a crucial moment in the Haggadah, its okay to look at events in Jewish history from a non-Jewish perspective; the Egyptians were people too. Judaism should teach us empathy for all. Singing songs of praise and prayers of thankfulness are a key part of the Haggadah and a key element of the educational content. Children do not learn to be grateful on their own, they also must be taught to appreciate freedom. The Seder, more than any other single ritual or educational experience, is responsible for ensuring the future of the Jewish people. The only way for our values and traditions to be transmitted from one generation to the next is to formalize that experience. Children, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, neighbors, must talk together across generational lines about what being Jewish means. For many, the Seder may be the one time and place where that conversation happens on a significant level. We can be assured though that as long as we have Seders, we’ll have thinking, caring Jews.
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B’RAI SHEIT NURSERY SCHOOL In Honor of: MISHKAN T’FILAH In Memory of: MUSIC FUND In Memory of: MILTON RIBIAT MEMORIAL TEACHER ENRICHMENT In Memory of:
Grandmother of Laurie & Todd Fynke Robin & Richard Gold
Eileen Brand, a speedy recovery Sharon & Bruce Ozrovitz
BUILDING AND MAINTENANCE In Memory of:
Milton Zimmerman Lindy, Ray, Lani & Dan Buch
CANTOR’S DISCRETIONARY FUND In Memory of:
Lillian Zellman Linda Matenky
GENERAL GIFTS FUND In Memory of:
Morris Schwartz Daniel & JoEllen Schwartz Adolph Damraur Faye & Lou Damraur Daniel SteffinArnold & Suzanne Portner Richard Krasnow Belle Rudin Milton Zimmerman Lloyd Strausz Joseph Hennig Virginia Elfond Barney Katzman T.E. Board of Trustees
Bertha S. Strausz Jo Strausz Rosen Daniel Kellerman William Kellerman Barbara & Douglas Kellerman Ruth & Maxwell Stettner Mervin J. Pelzner & Eric J. Pelzner Susan & Daniel Stettner Rabbi Albert Gordon Milton Gordon Anne Gordon Abe Gordon Lou Gordon Deborah Gordon & Marc Thomas Phillip Corner Charlotte Corner Mrs. Fern Onickel Alan M. Onickel
Harold Sherman Suzanne Boughton Sam Rudner Sharon & Stephen Dillon Adeline Balutis Judy Greenwald Barney Katzman Judy & Lillian Greenwald
RUTH & MAXWELL STETTNER CARING COMMUNITY In Memory of:
Jean Jonas Herman & Lillian Fox
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RABBI MILTON ROSENBAUM EDUCATIONAL FUND In Memory of:
Rabbi Milton Rosenbaum zt”l Jonathan Rosenbaum
Eileen Brand’s speedy recovery Sue & Dan Stettner
Mary Ann Herman, Get Well Wishes Eileen Brand, Get Well Wishes Judy & Lillian Greenwald
BEA SACKS SOCIAL ACTION In Memory of:
LEE WOLIN MEMORIAL AITZIM CHAYIM FUND In Memory of:
PRAYER BOOK FUND In Memory of:
Robert Belsky Robin & Richard Gold Elizabeth Buch Ray, Lindy, Lani & Dan Buch
Howard Feigelson Rae & Jeff Mandel Florence Aaron Ray & Lindy Buch Dr. Mervyn Falk Lindy, Ray, Lani & Dan Buch
My dear mother, Sarah Zloto Lottie Malkin
ZUSSMAN-UNGER YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP FUND In Honor of:
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Our children: Martin, Jolie and Simon Kaufmann-Laker Elaine & Jerry Laker Our family: Sarah Scrivener and Kay, Corey & Xavier Zeller Mary Ann Simmons & Michael Scrivener Lynn Wolin Michael & Jeffrey Patterson
RABBINIC DISCRETIONARY FUND In Memory of:
Polina Chikhalenko Olga Dremach Babette Katz Zweigel Warren & Muriel Zweigel Hyman & Eva Lepler Linda & Dennis Kayes & Family
Jalen Raines concern and caring for the environment Bea Sacks Judy Nolish – healthy recovery Lindy, Ray, Elana & Dan Buch
Jalen Raines, Bar Mitzvah Huston Shartsis, Bat Mitzvah Brandon Grene’, Bar Mitzvah T.E. Board of Trustees
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Family Seder 2009
Thursday, April 9 6:30 p.m.
MonDAY, APRIL 13, 2009 6:15 p.m. $10.00 per person RSVP by April 10
Adults: $36.50 • Kids (ages 4-12): $16.00 Children 3 and under: Free
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9:00 AM Nursery Seder 7:30 PM Shir Chadash
April 2009 - Nisan / iyar 5769
4:30 PM Hebrew School AM & PM Nursery Seder 7:30PM “Living without God” Book Discussion
6:15 PM Shared Shabbat Dinner 7:00 PM First Friday Erev Shabbat
9:30 AM Torah Study 10:00AM Young Family Chavurah 10:30 AM Shabbat Service
No Monday Night School
No Religious School
Passover 10:30AM Worship Service 6:30 PM Congregational Seder
Passover 6:00 PM Oneg Shabbat 6:30 PM Erev Shabbat
9:30 AM Torah Study 10:30 AM Shabbat Service
6:15PM Miriam’s Seder No Monday Night School
Spring Break - No Religious School 13
1:00 PM Red Cross Blood Drive 4:30 PM Hebrew School 6:15 PM Executive Committee Meeting
9:00 AM Religious School 3rd Grade Parent’s Day Parents Meeting 10:00 AM Say Chai 10:45 AM “My Temple Too” 11:30 AM Brotherhood Baseball Luncheon 12:00 PM LIFT Lunch 12:30PM EMES Lunch & Learn
Passover 10:30AM Yiskor Service
4:30PM Hebrew School
8:00PM Jacob Hertzberg Bar Mitzvah
9:30 AM Torah Study 10:30 AM Emma Kristal Bat Mitzvah
6:00PM TEMTY 7:00 PM Youth Choir High School 7:15PM Adult Education
4:30 PM Hebrew School 7:30 PM Religious Committee
7:30PM Shir Chadash
4:30 PM Hebrew School
8:00 PM Sisterhood Shabbat w/ Shir Chadash
9:30AM Torah Study 10:30AM Shabbat Service
9:00AM Religious School 10:00AM Membership Meeting J-Serve (10-4)
6:00PM TEMTY 7:00PM High School
4:30 PM Hebrew School 7:30 PM BOT
4:30 PM Hebrew School 7:30PM Presidents Council/ 2009/10 Calendar Mtg
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