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March 2011/Adar I-II, 5771 Number 619

Purim
There’s a saying in our tradition: ge’ulat hashem The Jews were saved in Shushan due to the
beheref ayin — “redemption comes in the blink of highly-placed Queen Esther, and some very lucky
an eye.” It’s a way of recognizing that things have circumstances (brought about with great comedic
a way of turning quickly, and that we should effect). We were “saved” from the decree of a
never count ourselves out. Another idiom that Sabbath in school because of the power of broad-
expresses the idea (or at least relates to it) mightbased advocacy and organizing. We owe a debt
be, “It’s always darkest just before the dawn.” of gratitude to our friends in Border Interfaith
I mention that saying because I think the who stood with us, helping the Trustees and the
sentiment is at the heart of the Purim story. The Administration see that this wasn’t just an issue
Book of Esther, a tremendous work of literature, a for the Jews, but also for their neighbors. It was
farce-romp called by one noted rabbi “the very the widely-held concern of many stakeholders,
first Purimshpiel,” describes a descent into both Jew and Gentile, that led EPISD to seek out
persecution, risk, and danger...and then, “in the and find a solution that’s less obvious, but
blink of an eye” (or a few blinks, at most), it all ultimately fairer, more efficient, and better for the
turns around. “Groaning was turned to joy, and district’s bottom line.
mourning became a holiday” (Esther 9:22). Each I, for one, will be thinking about “our little
year, as winter loosens it’s grip and the light Purim” when I raise a glass to toast Mordecai and
returns (how nice that we get Purim after daylight Esther, shake my grogger at Haman’s name, and
savings arrives this year!), we joyfully celebrate. proclaim the ancient story on Saturday, March 19
I also mention the saying because I feel like Purim at 6:15 pm, in the Krupp Chapel. As usual, our
came early to the Jews of El Paso this year (yes, Purim celebration will include l’chaim for the
I’m being a little bit facetious — it’s my Purim grownups, a Hamañata for the kids to smash,
column, after all!). It sure looked dark for the prizes for costumes, and a creative retelling of the
Jewish children of the El Paso Independent story (this year, it’s the “Thrillah Megillah,” with
School District, being called in on Shabbat to music by Michael Jackson!). We’ll do it again,
make up a school day. We called, we wrote, we minus the booze, on Sunday, March 20, at
Facebooked, we tweeted. And then, “salvation 9:30 am.
came in an instant.” Victory was ours! The EPISD Good Purim!
trustees, and the leader, Dr. Garcia, granted our Rabbi Bach
petition and request (Esther 5:7), not giving us
half the kingdom, but giving us back our Sabbath!
And we rejoiced.
Like most victories that come in the blink of an
eye, there’s more to the story than the eye can see.
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Worship Schedule March-April


March 4-5 March 25-26
Parashat Pekudei Parashat Shmini
Friday, March 4 Friday, March 25
Candlelighting, 5:48 pm Candlelighting, 7:03 pm
Oneg Shabbat, 5:45 pm Oneg Shabbat, 5:45 pm
Family Shabbat Service, 6:15 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service, 6:15 pm

Saturday, March 5 Saturday, March 26


Torah Study, 9:30 am Torah Study, 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service, 10:30 am Shabbat Morning Service, 10:30 am
Havdalah, 7:19 pm Havdalah, 8:33 pm

March 11-12 April 1-2


Parashat Vayikra Parashat Tazria
Friday, March 11 Friday, April 1
Candlelighting, 5:53 pm Candlelighting, 7:07 pm
Oneg Shabbat, 5:45 pm Oneg Shabbat, 5:45 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Service, 6:15 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service, 6:15 pm

Saturday, March 12 Saturday, April 2


Torah Study, 9:30 am Torah Study, 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service, 10:30 am Shabbat Morning Service, 10:30 am
Havdalah, 7:24 pm Havdalah, 8:38 pm

March 18-19 April 8-9


Parashat Tzav Parashat Metzora
Friday, March 18 Friday, April 8
Candlelighting, 6:58 pm Candlelighting, 7:12 pm
Oneg Shabbat, 5:45 pm Oneg Shabbat, 5:45 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Service, 6:15 pm Family Shabbat Service, 6:15 pm

Saturday, March 19 Saturday, April 9


Torah Study, 9:30 am Torah Study, 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service, 10:30 am Shabbat Morning Service, 10:30 am
Havdalah, 8:28 pm Havdalah, 8:43 pm
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March Birthdays
March 1 March 9 March 15 March 23
Ross Dahman Judy Bargman Logan Berry Jim McCarthy
Lauryn Rosen Nina Baskind Simon Bir* Stan Nankin
Kacy Spivack Julian Borschow Ernest Eisenberg
Ben Loeb* March 24
March 2 Josh Shecter* March 16 Bert Blackburn
Helaine Bach Mark Heins Marty Colton
Bruce Gordon March 10 Cathy Glen-Puschett
Sarah Heins* Rachelle Nedow March 17 Michele Nadler
Tess Mansfield Gary Weiser* Michelle Blumenfeld Jon Purvin*
Monica Escobar
March 3 March 11 Bill Freundlich March 26
Jaiden Kimmelman* Joyce Davidoff Tony Mullen Alan Ames
Susan Krupp Lydia Duran Ben Taber
Ethan Eylon March 27
March 4 March 18 Mindy Marcus
Esther Bach March 12 Jonathon Gopin
Lyla Bass Jim Parker March 28
March 5 Burton Cohen Soheil Nazarian
Ellyce Kimmelman Chad Fruithandler* March 19 Joyce Post
Lenny Heller Tom Dula Tibor Schaechner
March 6 Pat Marcus
Ethan Blumenfeld* Evee Marcus March 20 March 30
Britt Chapman Chip Ponsford* Dora Goldstein Holli Berry
Jeff Katz Noel Rosenbaum Barry Mann Bonnie Colton
Irene Zimmerman Gene Tucker* Tony Furman
March 21 Fifi Heller-Kaim*
March 7 March 13 Brandon Gulbas David Mansfield
Harrell Rice Ethan Katz Teddy Krapin
Steve Riter March 31
March 14 March 22 Janet Keeton
March 8 Abe Goldberg William Bass Louise Rice
Randee Mansfield Rachel Horn* Cody Taylor*
Sam Pittle-Briseno Jim Levy
Scott Poehlmann Jane Snow

March Anniversaries
March 3 March 15 March 21
Dan & Leba Hirsch Mark & Tara Schrier Bill & Marcia Dahlberg

March 4 March 16 March 24


Lowell & Shirley Nussbaum Larry Lesser & Laurie Davis Adam & Dana Frank*

March 6 March 18 March 25


Rick & Randi Cabrera Gary & Lisa Nadler Sid & Fay Kligman
Richard & Marilyn Rotwein
March 9 March 19
Ben Loeb & Quyen Nguyen Bryan & Joani Schonberg March 29
David & Tita Kaplan
March 14 March 20
John & Bita Mobbs Jerry & Haidi Appel *Special 5 or 10 year Birthday or
Anniversary
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Mazel Tov! Congratulations…


…to Scott and Mylena Walker on the birth of their daughter, Ainsley Lynn
Walker; grandfather is Ross Walker, and great grandparents are Bobby and
Shirley Goldfarb.
…to Dr. Lauren Eisenberg, Chief Resident in Urology at Detroit Receiving Hos-
pital on winning the national Outstanding Resident of the Year award and being
recognized as one of the top four D.O. residents in all areas of medicine nation-
wide. Parents are Cliff and Martha Eisenberg and grandfather is Jack Eisenberg.

Hamakom Y’nachem—May God Bring Comfort...


…to Erline Gordon and David Schecter and their families on the death of their father,
Irving Schecter.
...to Arthur Leeser on the death of his cousin, Fran Zimet.

Nominating Committee Report


At Temple Mount Sinai’s Annual Congregational Meeting on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, the
following names will be placed in nomination by the nominating committee:

Two positions on the Executive Committee are two-year terms. They are, President, Shari
Schwartz, and President-Elect, Tommy Goldfarb. Nominated to one-year terms as Vice-
Presidents are Greta Duran, Lori Gaman, Jack Heydemann, and David Leffman. David
Novick is nominated to serve a one-year term as Board Secretary.

The following Temple members will be nominated to serve a two-year term as Board Trustees:
Bill Carvajal, Cindy Graff Cohen, Arthur Leeser, Josh Meyer, Debby Robalin, and Danielle
Scher. They will join Rick Amstater, Susie Goldman, Hal Marcus, Susan May, Mark Schrier,
and Jane Snow, currently in the midst of their two-year terms as Trustees.
Respectfully submitted,
Marcia Dahlberg, Chairman, Nominating Committee
Marian Daross, Joyce Davidoff, David Kern, Keith Myers, Phil Rothstein, and Shari
Schwartz, Members
Debby Robalin, Alternate
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Scholar-in-Residence Alan Morinis


April 1-3, 2011
Temple Mount Sinai is fortunate to welcome a • at a Shabbat Dinner (following the Kabbalat
distinguished author and scholar to El Paso April Shabbat Service), his topic will be, "Climbing
1-3. Alan Morinis has done perhaps more than Jacob's Ladder: My Path to Mussar."
any other person to introduce the traditional • at Torah Study on Saturday morning at 9:30,
Jewish path of Mussar (“soul-work”) to a wide and Alan will teach: “Torah through a Mussar Lens
diverse audience. on the Parashah.”
Alan is an anthropologist, filmmaker, writer, and • at a Kiddush Luncheon following our Shabbat
student of spiritual traditions. He is an active Morning Service, the topic will be,
interpreter of the teachings and practices of the "Discovering your personal spiritual
Mussar tradition and regularly gives lectures and curriculum: Paths of the Righteous: A Mussar
workshops. Born and raised in a culturally Jewish Text."
but non-observant home, he studied anthropology
• on Sunday morning at 10 am, Alan’s topic will
at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. His
be "Every Day, Holy Day: How to Practice
doctoral thesis was published by Oxford
Mussar."
University Press as Pilgrimage in the Hindu
Tradition.
All of Alan’s talks
Alan has written books and produced feature films,
are free and open to
television dramas and documentaries and has
the public. There is a
taught at several universities. Although he took a
nominal cost
deep journey into Hindu and Buddhist thought
associated with the
and practice, for the past decade the nearly-lost Friday night dinner -
Jewish spiritual discipline of Mussar has been his $10/adults (over 13),
passion, a journey recorded in the book Climbing $6/children (ages 5-
Jacob’s Ladder (Broadway 2002). His guide to 12), free (ages 4 &
Mussar practice, entitled Everyday Holiness: The under) which
Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar, was published in precedes the
May 2007, and a follow-up work designed for “Climbing Jacob’s
journaling and practice, Every Day, Holy Day, was Ladder” talk. Each
published in August 2010. He lives in Vancouver, talk stands on its
BC, with his wife of over 30 years, Bev Spring. own, but the whole
Alan will speak at Temple Mount Sinai on Friday is most definitely
evening, Saturday morning and afternoon, and greater than the sum of its parts, so plan on
Sunday morning. A Saturday evening program attending several sessions, or all of them!
will be held as well (time and location TBD). The
topics of his talks are as follows: Questions? Call Temple Mount Sinai (532-5959)
• at our Kabbalat Shabbat Service (6:15 pm, and speak with Rabbi Bach.
Friday, April 1), Alan will speak on "What is
Mussar, and Why Should I Care?"
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Improv Workshop
On Monday, February 21, a new Improv Workshop began at Temple.
Every Monday night from 7 to 9 pm, the group will meet in Zielonka
Hall.
The main goals of this group are to have fun, to build our skills of
listening, teamwork, imagination and spontaneity, to learn to be in the
moment, and to gain confidence with movement. Through improv
games, movement-based exercises, and scene work, they will build
toward creating—for themselves—longer improvised theatrical
experiences that will be powerful, funny, honest, and compelling. It is
not necessary to be a clever or funny person to join this group—it is
really about learning to trust others.
David Novick is leading the group. He brings a lot of experience from
attending many workshops, performing with ComedySportz in
Portland, Oregon, and leading team-building improv workshops here
in El Paso.
No experience is necessary to join! The group will be open to all
Temple members over Bar/Bat Mitzvah age. If you’re interested (or
just want to ask questions), please contact David at novick@utep.edu.

Lunch and Learn — Tuesday, March 8


Our Lunch and Learn session this month will be on Tuesday
March 8 at 11:45 am in Zielonka Hall. The topic will be “Getting
ready for Mr. Morinis: a little bit of Mussar.” For more
information about Mr. Morinis’ visit to El Paso, see page 5.
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Growing in Body, Heart, and Spirit


Each week, we offer opportunities for growth in body, mind and heart. Not so much
“classes” as “opportunities for practice,” our yoga, meditation, and text study are at the
core of our adult learning and growth. There’s great benefit from attending regularly,
but drop-ins are always welcome!
• Meditation, Tuesdays at 6 pm. We continue to have a good turnout for our weekly
meditation “sits”. These sessions take place every Tuesday evening at 6 pm in
Krupp Chapel. Rabbi Bach is joined by co-facilitators Mary McIntyre and Nancy
Schwartz. All three have some experience meditating. They share a commitment to
a regular meditation practice, and recognize that a group environment provides sup-
port for that practice. Please consider joining us as we sit, focus and reflect. For
more information, call Mary at 915-490-7359.
• Yoga Practice, Wednesdays at 11:30 am. Take a much needed break in your day for
one hour of yoga on Wednesdays at 11:30 am. Inspired by the teachings of Anusara
yoga, Susan Jaffee will lead you through a life-affirming, heart-oriented practice.
This hour yoga session is suitable for yoga students of all levels. Please wear com-
fortable clothing and bring your own mat and yoga props (belt, block and yoga
blankets). There will be no Yoga on Wednesday, March 9.
• The Weekly Portion as a Vehicle for Spiritual Growth, Saturdays at 9:30 am. Every
Saturday at 9:30 am, a diverse and lively group of participants gathers to study the
weekly Torah portion through the lens of Hasidic spirituality. Rabbi Bach typically
brings a text from one of the classics of Hasidic Torah commentary, in Hebrew and
in translation, which serves as the starting point for our conversation. We conclude
in time for the 10:30 am Shabbat morning service. Bagels and coffee are provided,
and all are welcome.

Adult Hebrew, Wednesdays at 6 pm


Adult Hebrew — 6 pm, Wednesdays. The Adult Hebrew class continues to meet in the
Zork Library at Temple on Wednesday evenings from 6 pm to 7 pm. The students are
progressing nicely with their reading and understanding of Hebrew and the weekly
Torah portions. If you are interested in learning with us, please join us on Wednesday
evenings. If you have any questions, feel free to call Ed Solomon at 525-4616.
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Las Americas Spaghetti Dinner


Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center will be hosting its 12th annual Celebrity
Waiter Spaghetti Dinner, catered by Capetto’s, on Thursday, April 7 at 6 pm in the
Parish Hall at St. Pius X Catholic Church. This fundraising dinner is crucial to help Las
Americas continue with its mission and it is usually tons of fun too.
More than 300 people are expected to spend the evening being served by a roster of
local celebrities. This year, tickets are $40 ($400 for a table of 10) and each ticket
includes a $5 raffle ticket for an iPad. More raffle tickets are also available for sale.
Rabbi Bach has tickets for sale, and will be happy to be your server that evening!
Las Americas depends entirely on private grants, donations and fundraising events to
sustain itself. With these funds, we offer legal services to the most vulnerable among
deserving immigrants, including abandoned children, battered women and refugees.
Every time we win an asylum case, every time we obtain a green card for a victim of
domestic violence or reunite a child with her parents, we owe it to our supporters in the
community.

Federation Kickoff —
Honoring Julian Borschow
Save the Date for This Year's Fabulous Federation Campaign Kickoff!
The event will be held on Tuesday, March 8, at 7 pm at 150 Sunset (formerly Nash Gar-
dens). Our featured speaker will be Michael Brooks, Director, University of Michigan
Hillel. In the course of the evening we will honor Julian Borschow on his eighty-eighth
birthday, and for his 50-plus years of service to our Federation. Mazel Tov, Julian!
Watch your mail and the Voice for Details.

Congregation Mount Sinai Cemetery


Just a reminder, our Cemetery hours are Sunday through Friday 8:00 am to
3:00 pm and closed on Saturday.
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How Safe Do You Feel?


Personal safety is an important topic and affects everyone--young and old, men and women.
The Interfaith CarePartner Program through Jewish Family and Children’s Service is hosting
a PERSONAL SAFETY session at Temple, Tuesday, March 15 at 11 am.
Officer Curtis Whitener from the Community Services Division of the El Paso Police Depart-
ment will lead this informative discussion. Officer Whitener will instruct participants in
ways to increase safety awareness in our homes and in public spaces.
All are welcome! Please RSVP to Gloria Lopez and Susan Hernandez at 915.581.3256 exten-
sion 15.

Southwest Jewish Arts Festival


Temple Beth El of Las Cruces is looking for artists for a juried art show, the Southwest
Jewish Arts Festival, to be held on Sunday, June 12, 2011 from 3 to 7 pm at Temple Beth
El. The show is open to Jewish artists from New Mexico and the El Paso area. The
mediums are painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, fiber arts and jewelry. Entry
forms are located at the Temple website, www.tbelc.org . You can also call the Temple at
575-524-3380. Submissions are free and must be postmarked no later than Friday, April 16 ,
2011. Submissions can be mailed to: Temple Beth El, 3980 Sonoma Springs Ave, Las
Cruces, NM 88011.
If you have any questions, please contact Susan Fitzgerald at 575-647-1808 or
publicity@tbelc.org.

January 2012 trip to Israel


A good-sized and enthusiastic group gathered at Temple in late January to look at a proposed
itinerary and learn about Temple’s upcoming trip to Israel. Since that meeting, we’ve actually
modified the itinerary in one important way, by extending the trip by one day while lowering
the overall price (it’s an airline thing; we’d be happy to explain if you really want to know ;-))!
If you’re interested in joining a friendly and diverse group of adults, a wonderful guide, and
Rabbi Larry and Alanna in Israel from January 1-14, 2012, please give Alanna a call
(328-6062).
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MSTY/mini-MSTY
On February 11, eight 8th graders escorted by
Stacy Berry, flew to Phoenix for a "Taste of NFTY”
event. There were at total of thirty-six 8th graders
from El Paso, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and the
Phoenix area in attendance. The kids participated
in a Social Action weekend where they hung out
with a group of children from the Boys and Girls
Club and went on a citrus-picking adventure.
They also took part in mixers to get to know each
other, participated in services, Torah study, and a
social. Our 8th graders can't wait to be part of
NFTY next year.
We are having a lock-in at Temple with MSTY and the Las Cruces temple youth group on Satur-
day, March 12 from 7:30 pm until Sunday, March 13 at 9 am. We need to have a couple of adult
chaperones, so if you would be willing to help, please contact Stacy Berry at 241-6627 or
sapurvin97@yahoo.com.

Gesher
The Gesher class met on Sunday, February 27 to learn about Purim. The chil-
dren dressed up in costumes, read stories, sang songs and made crowns, groggers
and shalach manot (gift bags.) Pictures will be printed in the April bulletin. We will
meet again on Sunday, March 27 to learn “What’s Jewish about transportation?”

Men of Reform Judaism


MRJ is looking forward to celebrating Purim on Saturday, March 19. It's a very enjoyable
service and MRJ will provide refreshments during the service, (Scotch for the adults and
juice for the kids!) There will be a costume contest and everyone is encouraged to par-
ticipate.
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Women of Reform Judaism


Members of Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) at
Temple Mount Sinai enjoyed a lovely get-together at
the home of Sofi Kaplan on February 1 while also
enjoying a demonstration of flower-arranging tech-
niques by WRJ member and floral designer Fifi
Heller-Kaim. Thank you, Sofi, for opening your
home with such warmth on such a cold night!
Nearly 20 WRJ members met at Temple in Zielonka
Hall on Sunday, February 13 for our first annual
Members-Only Event: Bagels, Baubles, Books and
Bubbly. Participants were asked to bring gently
used books and costume jewelry to exchange for
new items. Some members even donated items for a raffle table – a couple of “bubbly”
wines, some beautiful “baubles” and a few in-demand books. Thank you to all of the
women who came and brought items for exchange! It was a warm, friendly and fun event
that we look forward to repeating again next year.
Get together with your sisters next at “Mochas & a Movie” on Tuesday, March 1 from
9:30am until noon at The Percolator (217 N Stanton). Come for coffee or a nosh and join
your WRJ sisters to watch "Making Trouble," a documentary about female Jewish comedi-
ans. Stay for lunch - their sandwiches are delicious! Car-pooling is recommended, as street
parking is limited and metered. To RSVP and/or request help with finding a car-pool,
email oneworldyoga@yahoo.com. Further information on the movie can be found on the
movie’s website: http://www.makingtrouble.com/index.php
Don’t forget the Shabbat Dinner Fund-
raiser on March 4! Save some time on this
busy weekend and buy a tasty pre-
prepared Shabbat meal from WRJ. You
have the option to choose either a roast
chicken dinner or vegetarian meal. All
meals include salad, a side, challah and
dessert! Pick-up times are either between
10-noon or 2-4 pm; each meal costs $25
and will feed a family of four. For more
information or to request an order form,
contact Amissa Burton at 449-8877.
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Religious School Cultural Celebration—March 6


Please join our Religious School students for the TMS
Cultural Celebration on Sunday, March 6, from 11:15 am
to noon in Schwartz Hall. During this event, our Pre-
Kinder through sixth grade students are given an oppor-
tunity to present a cultural aspect of Judaism. Being Jew-
ish is a part of our entire life, as expressed through music,
dance, art, reading, movies, and foods. Our students are
researching, preparing, practicing and creating displays
for us to learn from and appreciate during the Cultural
Celebration.
Join us as our Pre-Kinder and Kinder students lead us in
song. The first grade students will express their Jewish identity through Art. Second grade students
will dance to Jewish Folk songs. Have a taste of Jewish foods (recipes from parents and grandparents)
prepared by third grade students with the help of their parents. Our fourth grade students will draw
attention to some of our Jewish authors. Learn about
some Jewish artists from our fifth grade students. And
sixth grade students will highlight accomplishments of
Jews in America.
The all-school Tzedakah project during this event is
“Packages from Home.” In the past, we have adopted
the Helicopter Rescue Unit and the Elite Combat Unit,
units that consist of thirty-four soldiers who help protect
Israel. The packages we send contain a letter offering
thanks and encouragement to the soldiers, as well as
gifts. For example, the winter packages are filled with
socks, warm hats and gloves, long sleeve t-shirts or two
piece long underwear sets, candy and snacks, toiletries, batteries….etc.
We plan to raise a total of $1,200 (or more) to adopt the Duchifat (Special Forces) Unit (with forty sol-
diers), this year. At our last Religious School Fundraiser Lunch, during Mitzvah Day we raised $500
toward this goal. TMS students will donate their
Tzedakah money collected from February 13 through
March 6 towards this effort. During the Cultural Cele-
bration, we will have another Fundraiser Lunch to raise
the money needed to meet our goal.
Please join us on March 6 for the Cultural Celebration
and stay and enjoy lunch and socializing with TMS
friends in Schwartz Hall. To learn more about our
“Packages from Home” Tzedakah Project, please visit
www.apackagefromhome.org/adoptaunit.html.
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Seventh and Eighth Grade Classes — Always Something!


This issue features our seventh and eighth grade
students’ Religious School studies and activities.
But first, we’d like to thank their parents for being
role models and encouraging them to continue
attending Religious School, post Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
In relationship to past years, this year’s eighth grade
attendance has improved considerably. Second, a
special “THANK YOU” goes to their teachers Tina
Wolfe, Rabbi Bach, Chris and Chip Ponsford,
Nancy Schwartz, Jeri Nitzburg, Toni Harris and
Anat Reiter.
Seventh and eighth grade students
together learn a variety of lessons and
activities. This year’s curriculum
includes CHAI Torah and G’Milut
Chasadim lessons, Sacred Choices,
“Who Am I” and Genealogy, a Parent
and Grandparent Day, helping to lead
Religious School T’filah in Rabbi’s
absence, Jewish Cooking, Jewish Arts &
Crafts, Mitzvah Projects, and Rosh
Hodesh – “It’s A Girl Thing” for girls. Beginning on February 20, the students will begin a
Holocaust curriculum that will end with a visit to the El Paso Holocaust Museum on May 1.
Parents and grandparents are invited to join them.
In 2011-2012, the curriculum will consist of CHAI Avodah and G’Milut Chasadim Lessons,
World Religions (including visits to various places of worship), and Israel. We will continue
the enrichment sessions (“Who Am I” and Genealogy, Jewish Cooking, and Jewish Arts &
Crafts), Mitzvah Projects, Rosh Hodesh – “It’s A
Girl Thing” for girls, Parent and Grandparent Day,
and assisting with some of the Religious School
T’filah.
The accompanying pictures include the Parent and
Grandparent Day where our seventh & eighth
grade students lead a Tu B’Shevat Seder, a Jewish
craft session where students created trees of life,
and their Jewish Cooking session where they
learned how to cook Israeli food and enjoyed
eating it afterwards.
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A Word about Summer Camp


At our Shabbat Service on February 18, several girls in long, freezing cold showers. Not a toilet that gets
the congregation spoke about therir experiences at vari- clogged. Not the screeching of Rebecca’s bunk
ous Jewish summer camps. Here is one of those talks… above mine. Not peeing in the woods. Not even a
I spent fourteen days last summer at Shwayder three hour long hike straight up a mountain side—
Camp near Idaho Springs, Colorado. Before I went literally! Even my biggest worry (the food) wasn’t
to camp I had envisioned a few log cabins out in a problem. (Just so you know the food was amaz-
the middle of nowhere. When I arrived at the ing!) I began to see why people like my current
camp site, I found that it was a few cabins out in friend, Olivia Bohrer, have been going to Shway-
the middle of nowhere. But as I unpacked my der camp for six years!
fourteen days worth of clothes and my bunk-mate- I now want to say that the services at Camp were
to-be greeted me with a warm smile and intro- completely relatable to me and every single one of
duced herself, I realized that it was much, much them felt personal. At my first service on the first
more. night of camp, I noticed how similar it was to ser-
As the first day turned into the second, and the vices at Temple. I also noticed that it was com-
third, and the seventh, my time at Shwayder camp pletely different. Every song had a little camp
was slowly drifting away. At that point, I had twist to it, from the V’ahavta to the Sh’ma. They
gone to a low-ropes session, a horseback riding took traditional Jewish chants and added fun
session, an overnight campout, a Shabbat service dancing and swaying of the hands and claps and
(which I have to say, was AMAZING!!!!!), an hour stomps and togetherness and Shwayder Camp to
long hike, a guitar class, and best of all, I had be- every single one of them. I realize that most of
friended fifteen completely different and amazing these twists are the same at every other Jewish
individuals—my cabin-mates! camp, but it didn’t feel like that. It felt like one big
Shwayder family singing and having a great time
By the second week, I looked back at the seven
together. I’m not sure if it was the way that Strabbi
days behind me, and looked forward to the six
(student rabbi) led the service, or the way that
days ahead of me. I was beginning to feel like I
everyone seemed to know the words, or maybe the
was in a whole separate world—away from tech-
fact that it was in a beautiful location, but the ser-
nology and school—and I was. I was in mountains,
vices were phenomenal.
much like the ones here in El Paso, yet every detail
about every surrounding was completely different. Now, where do I start with Shabbat? It was like
For one thing, Shwayder Camp was GORGEOUS! the wonderful interactive services to the nth
It was green everywhere. It was the perfect tem- power. It wasn’t so much the dressing up or the
perature. It was crowded with thirty kids my age. great dinner or even the challah . . . well maybe it
It was exactly where I wanted to spend my next was the challah just a little . . . but Shabbat at
week. Shwayder was better than any Jewish experience
that I had ever had. It was amazing in every way.
Shwayder Camp was just perfect. Nothing could
Maybe I loved the endless song session. Maybe I
ruin my fourteen days there. Not a week-long al-
loved that everyone was having a great time.
lergic reaction to my soap. Not a week without a
voice or a clearing in my nose. Not two-minute- (Continued on page 15)
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(Continued from page 14) teary eyed, and walked to my open-armed dad
Maybe I loved that I was sitting at a table full of after fourteen days of camp. It was the start of the
my new best friends. Maybe I loved that it didn’t long, endless journey to next summer. It is a jour-
matter if I knew absolutely none of the dances. ney that will end the second that I arrive at the
Maybe I loved that no one made a fool of them- place “where the green of the trees meets the blue
selves if they jumped up and down and sang at the of the skies,” Shwayder Camp, my second home.
top of their lungs. Maybe I loved ALL OF IT. Some Sincerely,
people say that the journey is more important than
Lydia Duran
the destination. Well, considering that my journey
there was spent sitting next to a nine year old, who
wouldn’t stop talking while I was trying to sleep,
and looking out a window to see a cliff about a
foot away from the huge bus on a switchback
while going uphill—you get the point. For me, the
journey didn’t start until I stepped off the bus,

Albertson’s Cash-Back Fundraiser


Please remember to use your key tag each time you shop for groceries at Albert-
sons. All you need to do is have the card scanned when you check out. Temple
will earn 1% of your shopping total each time you scan the card, at no additional
cost to you. If you need additional key tags, they are available in the Temple of-
fice.

Assistive listening devices are available at the entrance to our chapel and
sanctuary. Please ask a greeter for assistance.
If you have inadvertently left Temple with one of these devices, please
return it as soon as possible. These headsets are programmed to be used only
in our Sanctuary and Chapel, and many of them have disappeared, meaning
that they are not available for congregants who use them at services. If you
find you have one of these (perhaps in that drawer with all the yarmulkes!),
please return it to the Temple office so that it may be put back into service.
Thank you for your cooperation.
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From the Healing Resource Center


Grief Digest is a publication purchased by the Jo Ann BORROWED TEARS
Rothbardt Petersen Healing Resource Center. There are Here’s another kind of crying that can make you feel
many wonderful articles to read and explore. If you would like you’re going crazy: borrowed tears. Borrowed
like more information, contact Susan Jaffee at 532-5959 or
tears are tears that spring up when you are touched
sjaffee@templemountsinai.com.
by something you might see, hear or smell, and you
react with strong emotion. During a griefburst, you
Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D. might be brought to tears by a place or a smell that
directly reminds you of the person who died. Bor-
Reprinted with permission from Grief Digest, Centering
rowed tears, on the other hand, seem to come out of
Corporation, Omaha, Nebraska, 402.553.1200.
nowhere and are triggered by something you don’t
associate with the person who died and wouldn’t
This is another in a continuing series of articles by Dr. normally have been upset by.
Wolfelt from his recent book, Understanding Your Grief. Borrowed tears are called what they are called be-
cause you seem to be “borrowing” them from some-
CRYING AND SOBBING one else’s store of pain and memory. They’re not
yours! You might find yourself crying at a sappy
If you’re crying and sobbing a lot, you may feel like
commercial on TV or seeing a little bird out your win-
you’re out of control, which can trigger your feelings
dow. These things never made you sad before. Why
of going crazy. Sobbing is like wailing, and it comes
are you crying now? You’re crying because your
from the inner core of your being. Sobbing is an ex-
heart and soul are hurting and your emotions are ten-
pression of the deep, strong emotions within you.
der. Think of it this way: If you press on your leg
These emotions need to get out, and sobbing allows
gently with your hand, it doesn’t hurt. But if you
for their release.
break your leg and then press on it, even the slightest
In many Eastern cultures, sobbing and wailing touch can hurt. Your heart is broken now, and any-
(sometimes called keening) are encouraged and un- thing that touches your heart even slightly may hurt.
derstood as a normal part of grief and mourning. In This is normal and will pass as your heart is healed.
our culture, however, sobbing is often considered
frightening. It is perceived as being “out of con-
trol.” (That’s where your feelings of loss of control LINKING OBJECTS
come from!) But it is this very loss of control that Linking objects are items that belonged to the person
helps you express your strong feelings. Your feelings who died that you now like to have around you. Ob-
are too strong to be under “control” inside you—and jects such as clothing, books, knick-knacks, furniture,
their authentic expression can’t either. artwork and other prized possessions can help you
If you’re crying or sobbing a lot, you’re not crazy. feel physically close to the person you miss so much.
Cry, wail and sob as long and as hard and as often as Once when I was counseling a widow, she shared
you need to. Don’t try to be “strong” and “brave” for with me that she found it comforting to take one of
yourself or others. Tears have a voice of their own. her husband’s shirts to bed with her. She said that as
You will be wise to allow yours to speak to you. Lis- she clutched his shirt close to her, she didn’t feel so
ten to your tears and heal. alone. But as she worked with her grief over time,
her need for the shirt dwindled.

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If you like to hold, look at, sleep with, caress, or even ample, if she died from a brain tumor, you may have
smell a special belonging of the person who died, more frequent headaches. If he died from a heart at-
you’re not crazy. You’re simply trying to hold on to a tack, you may have chest pains. Of course, checking
tangible, physical connection to the person. The per- for organic problems is important, but you also
son’s body is no longer physically here, but these spe- should be aware that you might be experiencing
cial items are. Like the woman who slept with her identification symptoms of physical illness.
husband’s shirt, you’ll probably need your linking Grieving people have shared with me these exam-
objects less and less over time, as you integrate the ples:
loss into your life. But you may always find these
“She had awful pains in her stomach and after she
items special and you may always want to keep them.
died I began to have them, too. It kind of made me
Don’t rush into giving away the belongings of the feel close to her. After awhile the stomach pain went
person who died, either. Sometimes people hurry away and I felt some sense of loss. As I have healed,
into clearing out all the “stuff” because they think it I’ve been able to let go of the stomach pain.”
will help them heal. It doesn’t. Opening to the pres-
“I loved him so much. After he died, I wanted to be
ence of the loss may include embracing the feelings
just like him. I guess one of the ways I did it was to
that are stirred up by the belongings of the person
be dizzy just like he used to be all the time.”
who died. If you get rid of the belongings prema-
turely, in effect you rid yourself of a natural and nec- Don’t be shocked if you have a few physical symp-
essary medium of healing. toms that are similar to those experienced by the per-
son who died. You’re not crazy. Your body is simply
I’d also like to point out the difference between cher-
responding to the loss. As you do the hard work of
ishing some belongings and creating a “shrine.”
mourning, however, these symptoms should go
Mourners create a shrine when for years (sometimes
away. If they don’t, find someone who will listen to
decades) after the death they keep everything just as
you and help you understand what is happening.
it was when the person died. Unlike keeping linking
objects, creating a shrine often prevents you from ac-
knowledging the painful new reality that someone SUICIDAL THOUGHTS
you love has died. It’s as if you expect the person to Thoughts that come and go about questioning if you
return to you at any moment. want to go on living can be a normal part of your
I do think it’s okay for mourners to leave the belong- grief and mourning. You might say or think, “It
ings of the person who died just as they were for a would be so much easier to not be here.” Usually this
short time after the death, perhaps up to a year or so. thought is not so much an active wish to kill yourself
In the early weeks and months of grief you may sim- as it is a wish to ease your pain.
ply lack the energy to contend with the person’s be- To have these thoughts is normal and not crazy; how-
longings and your feelings of shock and denial may ever, to make plans and take action to end your life is
be so powerful that you simply can’t bring yourself to abnormal. Sometimes your body, mind and spirit can
confront the person’s clothing, furniture, keepsakes, hurt so much that you wonder if you will ever feel
etc. Within reason, go at your own pace. I often say alive again. Just remember that in doing the hard
that there are no rewards for speed and that once work of mourning, you can and will find continued
you’ve disposed of something, you can’t get it back. meaning in life. Let yourself be helped as you have
hope for your healing.
IDENTIFICATION SYMPTOMS If thoughts of suicide take on planning and structure,
OF PHYSICAL ILLNESS make certain that you get help immediately. Some-
times tunnel vision can prevent you from seeing
When you care deeply about someone and they die,
choices. Please choose to go on living as you honor
you sometimes develop new ways to identify and feel
the memory of the person who died.
close to that person. One way is by relating to the
physical symptoms of the person who died. For ex- (Continued on page 18)
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(Continued from page 17) In general, though, taking medications of any kind is a
bad way to cope with grief. Instead of relying on the
deceptive “comfort” of drugs, turn to fellow human
DRUGS, ALCOHOL AND GRIEF
beings for support. Reconciliation of grief comes
Unfortunately, when someone loved dies, you may be through the expression of thoughts and feelings, not
tempted to quickly quell your feelings of grief. This through their drug-induced repression.
desire to avoid and to mask the pain is understand-
able. But using drugs and alcohol to help you do so
only brings temporary relief from a hurt that must ul- DREAMS
timately be embraced. Sometimes dreaming a lot about the person who died
A well-meaning friend hands you a bottle of sleeping may contribute to your feelings of “going crazy.”
pills and says, “Take one tonight. You need your Mourners sometimes tell me that they can’t stop think-
sleep.” Your doctor prescribes an antidepressant, ing about the death—even in their sleep!
promising it will make you feel better. Or you find Keep in mind that dreams are one of the ways the
yourself sipping on the whiskey bottle to get through work of mourning takes place. A dream may reflect a
the day. Should you take these drugs? searching for the person who has died, for example.
First, never take prescription drugs unless they were You may dream that you are with the person in a
prescribed for you by a medical doctor. You don’t crowded place and lose him and cannot find him.
know how you might react to a certain medication. Dreams also provide opportunities to feel close to the
person who died, to embrace the reality of the loss, to
Don’t take a drug that your doctor has prescribed, ei-
renew memories or to develop a new self-identity.
ther, unless you understand and agree with the rea-
Dreams also may help you search for meaning in life
sons for taking it and the effects it will have on you.
and death or explore unfinished business. Finally,
Drugs that make you feel numb or unnaturally peace-
dreams can show you hope for the future.
ful will only complicate your grief experience. After
all, they will eventually wear off and you will still The content of your dreams often reflects changes in
have to struggle with the pain. Psychological or physi- your grief journey. You may have one kind of dream
cal dependence can also be a problem with these medi- early in your grief and another later on. So if dreams
cations. If your doctor has prescribed a drug to help are part of your trek through the wilderness, make use
you cope with your grief, you may want to get a sec- of them to better understand where you have been,
ond opinion. where you are and where you are going. Also, find a
skilled listener who won’t interpret your dreams for
Alcohol is yet another danger for grieving people.
you, but who will listen to you!
When you drink, you may indeed feel better—
temporarily. But alcohol taken to mask painful feel-
ings is only a crutch and may in fact cause an entirely On the other hand, you may experience nightmares,
new set of problems. particularly after a traumatic, violent death. These
This is not to say that grieving people should never dreams can be very frightening. If your dreams are
take medication. For example, you may become so distressing, talk about them with someone who can
exhausted from lack of sleep that temporary use of a support and understand you.
sedative is warranted. And in rare cases, tranquilizers
or antidepressants are appropriate therapies for severe MYSTICAL EXPERIENCES
emotional reactions to trauma.
When someone you love dies, you may have experi-
It is important to note that people who were taking ences that are not always rationally explainable. That
antidepressants prior to the death of someone loved doesn’t mean you’re crazy! If you share these experi-
should continue taking them afterwards as ordered by ences with others, they may question your mental fit-
a physician. Their grief will not be further compli- ness. But I like to say that if you have mystical experi-
cated by the use of these drugs. ences, it’s simply that you’re mystically sensitive.
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(Continued from page 18) spring, the first snowfall, an annual Fourth of July
The primary form of mystical experience that grieving party, or any time when activities were shared as a
people have taught me about is communicating with couple or a family), and the person who died is more
the person who dies. Some people find the experience deeply missed at those times.
hard to believe and they try to explain it away in a ra- If you’re having a really tough time on special days,
tional manner: “I must have been dreaming” or “I was you’re not crazy. Perhaps the most important thing to
probably half-asleep.” Others try to distance them- remember is that your feelings are natural. And some-
selves from the experience because they are taught times the anticipation of an anniversary or holiday
that such things are impossible: “A rational mind just turns out to be worse than the day itself.
doesn’t experience those kinds of things.” So, if you
Interestingly, sometimes your internal clock will alert
want to be considered “rational” or “sane” (and who
you to an anniversary date you may not consciously
doesn’t!), you would feel compelled to distance your-
be aware of. If you notice you are feeling down or ex-
self from this kind of “irrational” experience.
periencing pangs of grief, you may be having an anni-
Mystical experiences vary greatly. In Alabama, for versary response. Take a look at the calendar and
example, a mother whose daughter had died woke up think about whether this particular day has meant
one summer morning only to find it snowing in her anything to you in years past.
back yard (and her back yard only!) The snow lasted
Plan ahead when you know some naturally painful
for fifteen minutes and then stopped. The mother un-
times are coming. Unfortunately, some grieving peo-
derstood this as a communication telling her that her
ple will not mention anniversaries, holidays or special
daughter was all right and that she shouldn’t worry so
occasions to anyone. So they suffer in silence and their
much. In another instance, a man whose wife had
feelings of isolation increase. Don’t let this happen to
died saw her lying on the couch in his living room.
you. Recognize you will need support and map out
“It’s like she came to me and wrapped me in her arms.
how to get it!
I felt warm and happy...I experienced her presence.”
I have listened to and learned from hundreds of peo-
ple who have seen, heard and felt the presence of YOU’RE NOT CRAZY, YOU’RE GRIEVING
someone who has died. If you count yourself among Never forget that your journey through the wilderness
this number, you’re not going crazy. You can still be of your grief may bring you through all kinds of
very sane and exceedingly rational while at times ex- strange and unfamiliar terrain. Your experiences may
periencing and embracing mystical encounters. Who feel so alien that you feel more like you’re on the
on this earth is to say what’s real and what isn’t? Cer- moon! When you feel like you’re going crazy, remind
tainly not I. Remain open to these experiences and be yourself to look for the trail marker that assures you
thankful for the comfort they provide. you’re not going crazy; you’re grieving. The two can
feel remarkably similar sometimes.
ANNIVERSARY AND HOLIDAY GRIEF OCCA-
SIONS
Naturally, anniversary and holiday occasions can
bring about pangs of grief. Birthdays, wedding dates,
holidays such as Easter, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and
Christmas, and other special occasions create a height-
ened sense of loss. At these times, you may likely ex-
perience griefbursts.
Your pangs of grief also may occur in circumstances
that bring up reminders of the painful absence of
someone in your life. For many families, certain days
have special meaning (for example, the beginning of
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Tributes from January 11 to February 12


Amelia G. Krohn Basic Judaism Caring Community Fund in memory of Raul Falcon & Hope
Collection in honor of Jay Mendeloff's Special Garcia by Lily Falcon
in honor of Matt Krohn's Special Birthday by Keith & Becky Myers in memory of Rose Weinberg by
Birthday by Douglas & Monique in honor of Lola May's Birthday by Carol Molloy
Krohn, Lynn Krohn Anne Hollander
in memory of Dorothy Kovan by in honor of Sue Feldblum's Special Floyd Fierman Religious School
Lynn Krohn Birthday by Bill & Anne Spier Fund
in memory of Irving Schecter by in memory of Edythe Fierman by
Campership Fund Edward & Evelyn Schwartz Merrill Krupp
in appreciation of Temple Mt. Sinai in memory of Jeri Klein by Keith & in memory of Fran Zimet by
by Douglas Waters Becky Myers Barbara & Gershon Ettinger
in appreciation of Temple Mt. Sinai speedy recovery to Jan Wolfe & speedy recovery to Paulette &
by Barbara Given Chet Frame by Bill & Anne Spier Mitchell Newberger by Dennis &
in honor of Bob & Jane Rosen's new Anat Reiter
granddaughter, Sophie by Bob & Cemetery Fund
Sara Shiloff Friedman/Bloom/Rothstein
in honor of Jay Mendeloff's Special
in honor of Jay Mendeloff's Special Birthday by Bill & Marcia Dahlberg Outdoor Chapel
Birthday by Ron Blumenfeld, Bob & in honor of Jon & Arlene Sonnen's
in memory of Jeffrey Schweitzer by
Sara Shiloff, Barbara Given, Milton Special Anniversary by Phil & Ann
Lee Schweitzer
& Joan Cherno Rothstein
in memory of Raymond Garmel by
in honor of Lory Oppenheimer's in memory of Jerry Bloom by Idell
Marion Garmel
Special Birthday by Ron Blumenfeld Rothstein
in memory of Reba Swiff by Jay &
in memory of Arline Yonack by
Marilyn Mendeloff
Mary Miller
General Donations Fund
in memory of Fran Zimet by Arthur
Ethel Oppenheimer Flower Fund in appreciation of Sally Parke by
& Rhoberta Leeser
Susie Novick, Nita Goodman,
in memory of Irving Schecter by in memory of Barney Brickman by
Rebecca Krasne
Lyndon & Randee Mansfield, Loree Keith & Becky Myers
in appreciation of Temple Mt. Sinai
Furman, Keith & Becky Myers, Amy in memory of Evelynne Belford by
by Douglas Waters
Wilson, Meyer & Mindy Marcus, Lietzie Belford
in appreciation of Temple Mt. Sinai
Jay & Mary Heins, Thad & Kathryn in memory of Gene Hawkinson by
by Azucena Monzon
Steele, Ron Blumenfeld, Sharon Lietzie Belford
Stein & Family, Eddie & Rebecca in memory of Florence Adler Jacob
in memory of Hannah Horwitz by
Kallman by Marty & Jody Klein
Julian Horwitz
in memory of Shirley Schecter by in memory of Irving Schecter by
in memory of Hilde Mason by Jim &
Norma Levenson, Jay & Mary Heins Carol Parker Ruth Braun, Karen Natkin, Walter &
Theresa Chayes, Bill & Anne Spier
in memory of Sonia & William Katz in memory of Lena B. Rosenberg by
by Bruce Katz in memory of Jeri Klein by Adam &
Steve Rosenberg
Dana Frank, David & Jeanie Johns
in memory of Lillian Lakehomer by
in memory of Louis Levitt by
Arthur & Rhoberta Leeser
Wendy Axelrod
in memory of Mark Cohn & Lee
Aronstein by Bruce & Shelly Gopin (Continued on page 21)
March 2011/Adar I-II, 5771 Page 21 Messages from the Mountain

in memory of Lucy Bleiberg by Al in honor of Sara & Bob Shiloff's in memory of Jean L. Schecter &
Bleiberg Special Anniversary by Valerie Irving Schecter by Bruce & Erline
in memory of Maurice Schwartz by Barnett & Jack Eisenberg Gordon
Sister Blumenthal in memory of Irving Schecter by in memory of Jerry Bloom by Idell
in memory of Michele Levitt by Dick & Jean Scherotter Rothstein
Jewel Reinhardt in memory of Terry Walker by Bob in memory of Jill Kreitman by Bob
& Shirley Goldfarb & Elaine Krasne
Kahn Endowment speedy recovery to Bill Dahlberg by in memory of Klein, Lapowski &
Louis & Cindy Cohen Berg Families by Bruce & Erline
in memory of Dorothy Levy Katz by
Gordon
Ruth Braun
Lauterbach Youth & Campership in memory of Loved Ones by
Fund Buddy Schwartz
Isadore Kahn Memorial Fund
in honor of Bob & Jane Rosen's new in memory of Max Kreitman by Bob
in honor of Stuart Kahn's Special
granddaughter, Sophie Tyroler by & Elaine Krasne
Birthday by Valerie Barnett & Jack
Abe & Annette Goldberg in memory of Millard Krasne by
Eisenberg, Buddy & Ellen Dorfman
Bob & Elaine Krasne
MAZON Donation in memory of Rabbi Cohn by Rabbi
Krasne Discretionary Fund
in honor of Paul Lazovick's Special Bach's Discretionary Fund
in honor of Bob & Jane Rosen on the
Birthday by Valerie Barnett & Jack in memory of Rabbi Fierman by
the birth of their granddaughter
Eisenberg Rabbi Bach's Discretionary Fund
Sophie Tyroler by Bob & Elaine
Krasne in memory of Rabbi Phillips by
Nathan Goldman Zadie Fund Rabbi Bach's Discretionary Fund
in honor of Bob & Sara Shiloff's
Special Anniversary by Bill & Anne in honor of Merton & Laura in memory of Rabbi Zielonka by
Spier, Bob & Elaine Krasne Goldman's Special Anniversary by Rabbi Bach's Discretionary Fund

in honor of Jay Mendeloff's Special Estelle Goldman in memory of Selma Kreitman by


Birthday by Bob & Elaine Krasne Bob & Elaine Krasne

in memory of Irving Schecter by Plaque a Prayerbook in memory of Thama Lee Friedman


Bob & Elaine Krasne by Bob & Elaine Krasne
In memory of Abe Krantz by Bob &
in memory of Jeri Klein by Bob & Elaine Krasne in memory of Willard Friedman by
Elaine Krasne Bob & Elaine Krasne
In memory of Edith Krantz by Bob
in memory of Sander Starr by Bob & & Elaine Krasne in memory of Sara Krasne by Bob &
Elaine Krasne Elaine Krasne
in honor of Jay Mendeloff's special
speedy recovery to Loree Furman Birthday by Stuart & Shari Schwartz in memory of Irving Schecter by
by Bob & Elaine Krasne, Bill & Anne in memory of Bettye M. Kohlhagen Buddy Schwartz, Gershon &
Spier Barbara Ettinger
by Bruce & Erline Gordon
in memory of Celia & David
Landscape Special Projects Fund Schecter by Bruce & Erline Gordon Prayer Book Fund

in honor of Arlene & Mel in memory of Gloria Ekery by in memory of Bluma Silverstein by
Levenson’s grandson, Ryan Buddy Schwartz Stuart & Shari Schwartz
Levenson's Bar Mitzvah by Jay & in memory of Harold Novak by Bob in memory of Irving Schecter by
Mary Heins & Elaine Krasne Joyce Davidoff, Bert Davidoff,
in honor of Jay Mendeloff's Special Helen Baum
in memory of Irving & Soletta
Birthday by Norma Levenson Schwartz by Buddy Schwartz in memory of Jeri Klein by Mr.
Edward Wise
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Tributes from January 11 to February 12, continued..


Rabbi Bach's Discretionary Fund Roth Campership Donation Tree Of Life Donation
in appreciation of Rabbi Larry Bach in memory of Herbert Roth by Bruce in honor of Jay Mendeloff's Special
by John & Shirley Leonhardt & Ann Gronich Birthday by Judy & Phil Bargman,
in honor of Jane Rosen's Birthday by Nancy Laster & Ross Dahman, Sue
Alan & Mimi Pittle Bendalin, Carolyn Feinberg, Dick &
Ruth Kahn/Andrew Kahn Rose
Toni Harris, Joyce Jaffee, Jeanne
in honor of Liz Goodman Levy's Garden Donation
Moye, Paquita Litt, Mimi Lait, Jim &
Special Birthday by Evelyn in honor of Stuart Kahn's Special
Anne Spier, Bud & Charlotte
Goodman & Family Birthday by Bill & Marcia Dahlberg,
Ramenofsky, Paul & Ellen Gulbas,
in memory of Bluma Silverstein by Milton & Joan Cherno
Irene Oppenheimer, Rita Davis, Bob
Bob & Jane Snow in memory of Jeanne Post by Stuart & Jane Rosen, Abe & Annette
in memory of Col. Martin Muehsam & Frances Kahn Goldberg, Steve, Audrey & Graham
by Mitchell Muehsam in memory of Shirley Schecter by Oppenheimer
in memory of Estelle Harrison by Stuart & Frances Kahn in honor of Stuart Kahn's Special
Judy Leonard Birthday by David & Rose Schecter,
in memory of Irving Schecter by Judy Special Oneg or Kiddush Arthur & Gloria August, Manon &
Leonard, John & Shirley Leonhardt, in memory of Josefina Holguin by Ellen Daugherty, Myer & Beth
John & Kristine Shecter, Arthur & Lipson, Bob & Jane Rosen, Marvin &
Fifi Heller-Kaim & Boris Kaim
Rhoberta Leeser Harriet Roth, Phil & Ann Rothstein,
in memory of Mark Cohn & Lee
in memory of Jean Craige Bach by Jerry & Stanlee Rubin
Aronstein by Bruce & Shelly Gopin
John & Kristine Shecter
in memory of Melittia Axelrod &
in memory of Jeri Klein by Sue Youth Fund
Lena Levitt by Wendy Axelrod
Feldblum in honor of Paul Lazovick's Special
in memory of Phyllis Fruithandler by
in memory of Shirley Goldstein Birthday by Abe & Annette Goldberg
Ross & Linda Fruithandler
Schecter by John & Kristine Shecter
in memory of Raul Falcon & Hope
in memory of Vivian J. Levinson by Garcia by Lily Falcon
Marty & Jody Klein
in memory of Sandi Kern & Ruth
Kern by David Kern & Mollie Kern

Leaves and Stones on the Temple’s Tree of Life


Do you know that you can honor or remember a loved one with a leaf or a stone on the Tree of
Life? This beautiful work of art is displayed on the wall in the foyer at Temple just outside the
Sanctuary.
For a minimum donation of $300 for a leaf or $3,000 for a stone, the brass will be engraved
according to your instructions and will remain on the Tree of Life forever. Your donation becomes
part of the Foundation Trust and benefits Temple Mount Sinai in perpetuity.
For more information, contact Sally Parke at the Temple office at 532-5959.
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Yahrzeits for March 2011


March 4-5, 2011 Max Kreitman Trystan Yancy Abe Scherotter
Helen Berg Miriam Lewis Levy Rose Zimmerman Jack Schwartz
Julius Berg Sam Loew Ben Shanblum
Morris Bir Gale Mendeloff March 25-26, 2011 Sidney Stern
Sidney Blaugrund Edwin Moye Edwin Berliner Marian Warsowe
Sarah Blumenfeld Julius M. Nasits Frank Bernat Anne Ovsay Weiss
Ginger Chapman Lawrence D. Mildred Blumenfeld Dorothy Krupp Wolfson
Hinda Cohn Oppenheimer Margola Cohen
Humberto Corral Minnie Ramenofsky Fred Davidoff April 8-9, 2011
Milton D. Feinberg Norman N. Rosen Geri Given Francis Eisner Barjansky
Jennie Friedman Louis Rubin Jean Swartz Golden Max Borschow
Charles M. Fruithandler Simon Saks Paul Herman Dorothy Carter
Irene Galatzan Jacob Schut Albert Heydemann David Cohen
Claire Gillen John Herbert Shanblum Isadore J. Kahn Amelia Delgado
Roslyn A. Golden Maurice Solomon Millard Krasne Grace D. Fagelman
Giza Gray Sadye Spiritus Galina Kreinovich Linda Falcon
Helene Herman Felix R. Suhler Rhoda Labowitz Sylvia Friedman
Stella Herman Terry Walker Joseph Lazovick Jimmy Given
Hattie Belle Hoffman Irene Waxman William Lieberman Buena Ventura Gonzalez
Solomon Juda Noah Zaltz Gerry Mann Consuelo Hughes
Simon Kotosky Harold Zimmerman LoisAnn H. Markowitz Evelyn Jaffee
Brannette M. Krupp Ben Prensky Abraham Karsch
Shirley Luger March 18-19, 2011 Pearl Rosen Erna Schiff Krakauer
Sara Mandel Rene Alpern Doris(Dottie) Rosenfield Jeanette Lait
David Medoff Lazarus S. Bach Leo A. Rowen Irving Levine
Desider Miller Joshua Batkin Charlene M. Smith Jean Loew
Raul Nieto Naomi Bender Willie Weiss Tillie Kress Podus
Mollie Oliver Celia Blumenthal Ann H. Reinhardt
Ethel A. Oppenheimer Esther Cohen April 1-2, 2011 Isidore Rosen
Maria Rodriguez Claire Fass Bobby Abramson Laura Rosenberg
Ruth C. Rosen Sam Fierman Dorothy Blumkin Greta Roth
Sarah F. Sattinger Bernard Given Harry M. Brettler Florence B. Rothbardt
Adolph Schwartz Saul Gordon James H. Daross Matilda A. Shanblum
Bernice Schwartz Stanley E. Gordon Sandford Feldblum David Terk
Lois Stampa Nina Grey Mary Lee Finger Henry Weiller
Benjamin Weinberg Julia Horwitz Charles Given
Emanuel Zimmerman Frank Klein John N. Groesbeeck
Minna Krakauer Irving L. Herman
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Martin Andorn Arthur Loew Richard Jacobs
Abe A. Barnett Fanny Lovinthal Morton Andrew Jaffe
Miriam Bir Sydney S. Mandel Lillian Lazovick
Joseph B. Blaugrund Abraham Melmed Evelyn Leff
Abraham Eisen Ella Borschow Pearlman Harold Mann
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Abraham Fertel Mathy Chayes Pottock Lawrence Meyer
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NON-PROFIT
Temple Mount Sinai
ORGANIZATION
4408 North Stanton Street U.S. Postage
El Paso, TX 79902 PAID
EL Paso TX
Phone: 915-532-5959 Permit No. 1386
Fax: 915-533-0092
www.templemountsinai.com

Mailing Address

Staff
Rabbi ............................................................... Larry Bach
Rabbi Emeritus ............................................... Ken Weiss
Temple Mount Sinai is the
Administrator ................................................ Sally Parke
Administrative Assistant ....................Buddy Schwartz
Reform Jewish congregation
Religious School Director................................ Grace Bir
Outreach Director ........................................Susan Jaffee
serving El Paso, Texas.
Youth Advisor ............................................... Stacy Berry
Rabbi’s Assistant ........................................... Elisa Gluck We are a congregation of
Building Manager .............................. Frank Hernandez
House Keeping ......................................Ramona Pinales supportive, caring and
Accompanist ........................................... Linda McClain
diverse people with a rich
Officers
David Kern ................................................................. President history.
Shari Schwartz ................................................. President-Elect
Marian Daross ....................................................Vice President
Greta Duran........................................................Vice President
Temple is a place for prayer,
Ellen Goodman ..................................................Vice President
David Leffman ...................................................Vice President ritual, spirituality, education,
Jon Sonnen ..........................................................Vice President
Stephanie Calvo ..........................................................Secretary wholeness and healing, social
Marcia Dahlberg ............................ Immediate Past President
action and celebration.
Trustees
Rick Amstater, Joyce Davidoff, Join us as we explore,
Scott Feldt, Lori Gaman, Susie Goldman,
Jack Heydemann, Maria Klein, Hal Marcus,
Susan May, David Novick, Debby Robalin,
through these elements of
Phil Rothstein, Mark Schrier, Jane Snow
sacred living, the richness of
Jewish faith and tradition.