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Purim
The Jews were saved in Shushan due to the highly-placed Queen Esther, and some very lucky circumstances (brought about with great comedic effect). We were “saved” from the decree of a Sabbath in school because of the power of broadbased advocacy and organizing. We owe a debt of gratitude to our friends in Border Interfaith who stood with us, helping the Trustees and the I mention that saying because I think the Administration see that this wasn’t just an issue sentiment is at the heart of the Purim story. The Book of Esther, a tremendous work of literature, a for the Jews, but also for their neighbors. It was the widely-held concern of many stakeholders, farce-romp called by one noted rabbi “the very both Jew and Gentile, that led EPISD to seek out first Purimshpiel,” describes a descent into and find a solution that’s less obvious, but persecution, risk, and danger...and then, “in the ultimately fairer, more efficient, and better for the blink of an eye” (or a few blinks, at most), it all district’s bottom line. turns around. “Groaning was turned to joy, and 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 Purim celebration will include l’chaim for the came early to the Jews of El Paso this year (yes, grownups, a Hamañata for the kids to smash, I’m being a little bit facetious — it’s my Purim prizes for costumes, and a creative retelling of the column, after all!). It sure looked dark for the story (this year, it’s the “Thrillah Megillah,” with Jewish children of the El Paso Independent music by Michael Jackson!). We’ll do it again, School District, being called in on Shabbat to minus the booze, on Sunday, March 20, at make up a school day. We called, we wrote, we 9:30 am. Facebooked, we tweeted. And then, “salvation 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. There’s a saying in our tradition: ge’ulat hashem beheref ayin — “redemption comes in the blink of an eye.” It’s a way of recognizing that things have a way of turning quickly, and that we should never count ourselves out. Another idiom that expresses the idea (or at least relates to it) might be, “It’s always darkest just before the dawn.”

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Worship Schedule March-April
March 4-5 Parashat Pekudei Friday, March 4 Candlelighting, 5:48 pm Oneg Shabbat, 5:45 pm Family Shabbat Service, 6:15 pm Saturday, March 5 Torah Study, 9:30 am Shabbat Morning Service, 10:30 am Havdalah, 7:19 pm March 11-12 Parashat Vayikra Friday, March 11 Candlelighting, 5:53 pm Oneg Shabbat, 5:45 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service, 6:15 pm Saturday, March 12 Torah Study, 9:30 am Shabbat Morning Service, 10:30 am Havdalah, 7:24 pm March 18-19 Parashat Tzav Friday, March 18 Candlelighting, 6:58 pm Oneg Shabbat, 5:45 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service, 6:15 pm Saturday, March 19 Torah Study, 9:30 am Shabbat Morning Service, 10:30 am Havdalah, 8:28 pm March 25-26 Parashat Shmini Friday, March 25 Candlelighting, 7:03 pm Oneg Shabbat, 5:45 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service, 6:15 pm Saturday, March 26 Torah Study, 9:30 am Shabbat Morning Service, 10:30 am Havdalah, 8:33 pm April 1-2 Parashat Tazria Friday, April 1 Candlelighting, 7:07 pm Oneg Shabbat, 5:45 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service, 6:15 pm Saturday, April 2 Torah Study, 9:30 am Shabbat Morning Service, 10:30 am Havdalah, 8:38 pm April 8-9 Parashat Metzora Friday, April 8 Candlelighting, 7:12 pm Oneg Shabbat, 5:45 pm Family Shabbat Service, 6:15 pm Saturday, April 9 Torah Study, 9:30 am Shabbat Morning Service, 10:30 am Havdalah, 8:43 pm

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

March Anniversaries
March 3 Dan & Leba Hirsch March 4 Lowell & Shirley Nussbaum March 6 Rick & Randi Cabrera March 9 Ben Loeb & Quyen Nguyen March 14 John & Bita Mobbs March 15 Mark & Tara Schrier March 16 Larry Lesser & Laurie Davis March 18 Gary & Lisa Nadler March 19 Bryan & Joani Schonberg March 20 Jerry & Haidi Appel March 21 Bill & Marcia Dahlberg March 24 Adam & Dana Frank* March 25 Sid & Fay Kligman Richard & Marilyn Rotwein March 29 David & Tita Kaplan *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 Hospital 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 nationwide. 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 VicePresidents 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 distinguished author and scholar to El Paso April 1-3. Alan Morinis has done perhaps more than any other person to introduce the traditional Jewish path of Mussar (“soul-work”) to a wide and diverse audience. Alan is an anthropologist, filmmaker, writer, and student of spiritual traditions. He is an active interpreter of the teachings and practices of the Mussar tradition and regularly gives lectures and workshops. Born and raised in a culturally Jewish but non-observant home, he studied anthropology at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. His doctoral thesis was published by Oxford University Press as Pilgrimage in the Hindu Tradition. Alan has written books and produced feature films, television dramas and documentaries and has taught at several universities. Although he took a deep journey into Hindu and Buddhist thought and practice, for the past decade the nearly-lost Jewish spiritual discipline of Mussar has been his passion, a journey recorded in the book Climbing Jacob’s Ladder (Broadway 2002). His guide to Mussar practice, entitled Everyday Holiness: The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar, was published in May 2007, and a follow-up work designed for journaling and practice, Every Day, Holy Day, was published in August 2010. He lives in Vancouver, BC, with his wife of over 30 years, Bev Spring. Alan will speak at Temple Mount Sinai on Friday evening, Saturday morning and afternoon, and Sunday morning. A Saturday evening program will be held as well (time and location TBD). The topics of his talks are as follows:
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at a Shabbat Dinner (following the Kabbalat Shabbat Service), his topic will be, "Climbing Jacob's Ladder: My Path to Mussar." at Torah Study on Saturday morning at 9:30, Alan will teach: “Torah through a Mussar Lens on the Parashah.” at a Kiddush Luncheon following our Shabbat Morning Service, the topic will be, "Discovering your personal spiritual curriculum: Paths of the Righteous: A Mussar Text." on Sunday morning at 10 am, Alan’s topic will be "Every Day, Holy Day: How to Practice Mussar."

All of Alan’s talks are free and open to the public. There is a nominal cost associated with the Friday night dinner $10/adults (over 13), $6/children (ages 512), free (ages 4 & under) which precedes the “Climbing Jacob’s Ladder” talk. Each talk stands on its own, but the whole is most definitely greater than the sum of its parts, so plan on attending several sessions, or all of them! Questions? Call Temple Mount Sinai (532-5959) and speak with Rabbi Bach.

at our Kabbalat Shabbat Service (6:15 pm, 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 support 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 comfortable 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 Gardens). 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 Department 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 extension 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 Saturday, 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 children 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 participate.

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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 techniques 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 comedians. 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 Fundraiser on March 4! Save some time on this busy weekend and buy a tasty preprepared 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 PreKinder through sixth grade students are given an opportunity to present a cultural aspect of Judaism. Being Jewish 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 soldiers), 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 Celebration, 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 three hour long hike straight up a mountain side— I spent fourteen days last summer at Shwayder Camp near Idaho Springs, Colorado. Before I went literally! Even my biggest worry (the food) wasn’t a problem. (Just so you know the food was amazto camp I had envisioned a few log cabins out in ing!) I began to see why people like my current the middle of nowhere. When I arrived at the friend, Olivia Bohrer, have been going to Shwaycamp site, I found that it was a few cabins out in der camp for six years! the middle of nowhere. But as I unpacked my fourteen days worth of clothes and my bunk-mateto-be greeted me with a warm smile and introduced herself, I realized that it was much, much more. I now want to say that the services at Camp were completely relatable to me and every single one of them felt personal. At my first service on the first night of camp, I noticed how similar it was to services at Temple. I also noticed that it was comAs the first day turned into the second, and the third, and the seventh, my time at Shwayder camp pletely different. Every song had a little camp twist to it, from the V’ahavta to the Sh’ma. They was slowly drifting away. At that point, I had took traditional Jewish chants and added fun gone to a low-ropes session, a horseback riding dancing and swaying of the hands and claps and session, an overnight campout, a Shabbat service (which I have to say, was AMAZING!!!!!), an hour stomps and togetherness and Shwayder Camp to every single one of them. I realize that most of long hike, a guitar class, and best of all, I had befriended fifteen completely different and amazing these twists are the same at every other Jewish camp, but it didn’t feel like that. It felt like one big individuals—my cabin-mates! 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 techfact that it was in a beautiful location, but the sernology 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 power. It wasn’t so much the dressing up or the It was green everywhere. It was the perfect temperature. It was crowded with thirty kids my age. great dinner or even the challah . . . well maybe it was the challah just a little . . . but Shabbat at It was exactly where I wanted to spend my next Shwayder was better than any Jewish experience week. 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 alloved that everyone was having a great time. lergic reaction to my soap. Not a week without a (Continued on page 15) voice or a clearing in my nose. Not two-minute-

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Maybe I loved that I was sitting at a table full of my new best friends. Maybe I loved that it didn’t matter if I knew absolutely none of the dances. Maybe I loved that no one made a fool of themselves if they jumped up and down and sang at the top of their lungs. Maybe I loved ALL OF IT. Some people say that the journey is more important than 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,

teary eyed, and walked to my open-armed dad after fourteen days of camp. It was the start of the long, endless journey to next summer. It is a journey that will end the second that I arrive at the place “where the green of the trees meets the blue of the skies,” Shwayder Camp, my second home. Sincerely, Lydia Duran

Albertson’s Cash-Back Fundraiser
Please remember to use your key tag each time you shop for groceries at Albertsons. 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 office.

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

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If you like to hold, look at, sleep with, caress, or even smell a special belonging of the person who died, you’re not crazy. You’re simply trying to hold on to a tangible, physical connection to the person. The person’s body is no longer physically here, but these special items are. Like the woman who slept with her husband’s shirt, you’ll probably need your linking objects less and less over time, as you integrate the loss into your life. But you may always find these items special and you may always want to keep them. Don’t rush into giving away the belongings of the person who died, either. Sometimes people hurry into clearing out all the “stuff” because they think it will help them heal. It doesn’t. Opening to the presence of the loss may include embracing the feelings that are stirred up by the belongings of the person who died. If you get rid of the belongings prematurely, in effect you rid yourself of a natural and necessary medium of healing. I’d also like to point out the difference between cherishing some belongings and creating a “shrine.” Mourners create a shrine when for years (sometimes decades) after the death they keep everything just as it was when the person died. Unlike keeping linking objects, creating a shrine often prevents you from acknowledging the painful new reality that someone you love has died. It’s as if you expect the person to return to you at any moment. I do think it’s okay for mourners to leave the belongings of the person who died just as they were for a short time after the death, perhaps up to a year or so. In the early weeks and months of grief you may simply lack the energy to contend with the person’s belongings and your feelings of shock and denial may be so powerful that you simply can’t bring yourself to confront the person’s clothing, furniture, keepsakes, etc. Within reason, go at your own pace. I often say that there are no rewards for speed and that once you’ve disposed of something, you can’t get it back.

ample, if she died from a brain tumor, you may have more frequent headaches. If he died from a heart attack, you may have chest pains. Of course, checking for organic problems is important, but you also should be aware that you might be experiencing identification symptoms of physical illness. Grieving people have shared with me these examples: “She had awful pains in her stomach and after she died I began to have them, too. It kind of made me feel close to her. After awhile the stomach pain went away and I felt some sense of loss. As I have healed, I’ve been able to let go of the stomach pain.” “I loved him so much. After he died, I wanted to be just like him. I guess one of the ways I did it was to be dizzy just like he used to be all the time.” Don’t be shocked if you have a few physical symptoms that are similar to those experienced by the person who died. You’re not crazy. Your body is simply responding to the loss. As you do the hard work of mourning, however, these symptoms should go away. If they don’t, find someone who will listen to you and help you understand what is happening. SUICIDAL THOUGHTS Thoughts that come and go about questioning if you want to go on living can be a normal part of your grief and mourning. You might say or think, “It would be so much easier to not be here.” Usually this thought is not so much an active wish to kill yourself as it is a wish to ease your pain. To have these thoughts is normal and not crazy; however, to make plans and take action to end your life is abnormal. Sometimes your body, mind and spirit can hurt so much that you wonder if you will ever feel alive again. Just remember that in doing the hard work of mourning, you can and will find continued 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, make certain that you get help immediately. SomeOF PHYSICAL ILLNESS 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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DRUGS, ALCOHOL AND GRIEF Unfortunately, when someone loved dies, you may be tempted to quickly quell your feelings of grief. This desire to avoid and to mask the pain is understandable. But using drugs and alcohol to help you do so only brings temporary relief from a hurt that must ultimately be embraced. A well-meaning friend hands you a bottle of sleeping pills and says, “Take one tonight. You need your sleep.” Your doctor prescribes an antidepressant, promising it will make you feel better. Or you find yourself sipping on the whiskey bottle to get through the day. Should you take these drugs? First, never take prescription drugs unless they were prescribed for you by a medical doctor. You don’t know how you might react to a certain medication. Don’t take a drug that your doctor has prescribed, either, unless you understand and agree with the reasons for taking it and the effects it will have on you. Drugs that make you feel numb or unnaturally peaceful will only complicate your grief experience. After all, they will eventually wear off and you will still have to struggle with the pain. Psychological or physical dependence can also be a problem with these medications. If your doctor has prescribed a drug to help you cope with your grief, you may want to get a second opinion. Alcohol is yet another danger for grieving people. When you drink, you may indeed feel better— temporarily. But alcohol taken to mask painful feelings is only a crutch and may in fact cause an entirely new set of problems.

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 beings for support. Reconciliation of grief comes through the expression of thoughts and feelings, not through their drug-induced repression.

DREAMS Sometimes dreaming a lot about the person who died may contribute to your feelings of “going crazy.” Mourners sometimes tell me that they can’t stop thinking about the death—even in their sleep! Keep in mind that dreams are one of the ways the work of mourning takes place. A dream may reflect a searching for the person who has died, for example. You may dream that you are with the person in a crowded place and lose him and cannot find him. Dreams also provide opportunities to feel close to the person who died, to embrace the reality of the loss, to renew memories or to develop a new self-identity. Dreams also may help you search for meaning in life and death or explore unfinished business. Finally, dreams can show you hope for the future. The content of your dreams often reflects changes in your grief journey. You may have one kind of dream early in your grief and another later on. So if dreams are part of your trek through the wilderness, make use of them to better understand where you have been, where you are and where you are going. Also, find a skilled listener who won’t interpret your dreams for you, but who will listen to you!

This is not to say that grieving people should never take medication. For example, you may become so exhausted from lack of sleep that temporary use of a 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 experiIt 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 experishould continue taking them afterwards as ordered by ences with others, they may question your mental fita physician. Their grief will not be further compliness. But I like to say that if you have mystical expericated by the use of these drugs. ences, it’s simply that you’re mystically sensitive.

On the other hand, you may experience nightmares, particularly after a traumatic, violent death. These dreams can be very frightening. If your dreams are distressing, talk about them with someone who can support and understand you.

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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 couple or a family), and the person who died is more people have taught me about is communicating with 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 themremember is that your feelings are natural. And someselves 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 yourbe aware of. If you notice you are feeling down or exself from this kind of “irrational” experience. periencing pangs of grief, you may be having an anniMystical 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 untimes are coming. Unfortunately, some grieving peoderstood 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.”
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I have listened to and learned from hundreds of people who have seen, heard and felt the presence of someone who has died. If you count yourself among this number, you’re not going crazy. You can still be very sane and exceedingly rational while at times experiencing and embracing mystical encounters. Who on this earth is to say what’s real and what isn’t? Certainly not I. Remain open to these experiences and be thankful for the comfort they provide. ANNIVERSARY AND HOLIDAY GRIEF OCCASIONS 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 heightened sense of loss. At these times, you may likely experience 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

YOU’RE NOT CRAZY, YOU’RE GRIEVING Never forget that your journey through the wilderness of your grief may bring you through all kinds of strange and unfamiliar terrain. Your experiences may feel so alien that you feel more like you’re on the moon! When you feel like you’re going crazy, remind yourself to look for the trail marker that assures you you’re not going crazy; you’re grieving. The two can feel remarkably similar sometimes.

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Tributes from January 11 to February 12
Amelia G. Krohn Basic Judaism Collection in honor of Matt Krohn's Special Birthday by Douglas & Monique Krohn, Lynn Krohn in memory of Dorothy Kovan by Lynn Krohn Campership Fund in appreciation of Temple Mt. Sinai by Douglas Waters in appreciation of Temple Mt. Sinai by Barbara Given in honor of Bob & Jane Rosen's new granddaughter, Sophie by Bob & Sara Shiloff Caring Community Fund in honor of Jay Mendeloff's Special Birthday by Keith & Becky Myers in honor of Lola May's Birthday by Anne Hollander in honor of Sue Feldblum's Special Birthday by Bill & Anne Spier in memory of Irving Schecter by Edward & Evelyn Schwartz in memory of Jeri Klein by Keith & Becky Myers speedy recovery to Jan Wolfe & Chet Frame by Bill & Anne Spier Cemetery Fund Friedman/Bloom/Rothstein Outdoor Chapel in honor of Jon & Arlene Sonnen's Special Anniversary by Phil & Ann Rothstein in memory of Jerry Bloom by Idell Rothstein General Donations Fund in appreciation of Sally Parke by Susie Novick, Nita Goodman, Rebecca Krasne in appreciation of Temple Mt. Sinai by Douglas Waters in appreciation of Temple Mt. Sinai by Azucena Monzon in memory of Florence Adler Jacob by Marty & Jody Klein in memory of Irving Schecter by Ruth Braun, Karen Natkin, Walter & Theresa Chayes, Bill & Anne Spier in memory of Jeri Klein by Adam & Dana Frank, David & Jeanie Johns in memory of Louis Levitt by Wendy Axelrod
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in memory of Raul Falcon & Hope Garcia by Lily Falcon in memory of Rose Weinberg by Carol Molloy Floyd Fierman Religious School Fund in memory of Edythe Fierman by Merrill Krupp in memory of Fran Zimet by Barbara & Gershon Ettinger speedy recovery to Paulette & Mitchell Newberger by Dennis & Anat Reiter

in honor of Jay Mendeloff's Special in honor of Jay Mendeloff's Special Birthday by Bill & Marcia Dahlberg Birthday by Ron Blumenfeld, Bob & in memory of Jeffrey Schweitzer by Sara Shiloff, Barbara Given, Milton Lee Schweitzer & Joan Cherno in memory of Raymond Garmel by in honor of Lory Oppenheimer's Marion Garmel Special Birthday by Ron Blumenfeld in memory of Reba Swiff by Jay & in memory of Arline Yonack by Marilyn Mendeloff Mary Miller in memory of Fran Zimet by Arthur Ethel Oppenheimer Flower Fund & Rhoberta Leeser in memory of Barney Brickman by in memory of Irving Schecter by Lyndon & Randee Mansfield, Loree Keith & Becky Myers Furman, Keith & Becky Myers, Amy Wilson, Meyer & Mindy Marcus, Jay & Mary Heins, Thad & Kathryn Steele, Ron Blumenfeld, Sharon Stein & Family, Eddie & Rebecca Kallman in memory of Evelynne Belford by Lietzie Belford in memory of Gene Hawkinson by Lietzie Belford in memory of Hannah Horwitz by Julian Horwitz

in memory of Shirley Schecter by in memory of Hilde Mason by Jim & Norma Levenson, Jay & Mary Heins Carol Parker in memory of Sonia & William Katz in memory of Lena B. Rosenberg by by Bruce Katz Steve Rosenberg in memory of Lillian Lakehomer by Arthur & Rhoberta Leeser in memory of Mark Cohn & Lee Aronstein by Bruce & Shelly Gopin

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in memory of Lucy Bleiberg by Al Bleiberg in memory of Maurice Schwartz by Sister Blumenthal in memory of Michele Levitt by Jewel Reinhardt Kahn Endowment

in honor of Sara & Bob Shiloff's Special Anniversary by Valerie Barnett & Jack Eisenberg in memory of Irving Schecter by Dick & Jean Scherotter in memory of Terry Walker by Bob & Shirley Goldfarb

in memory of Jean L. Schecter & Irving Schecter by Bruce & Erline Gordon in memory of Jerry Bloom by Idell Rothstein in memory of Jill Kreitman by Bob & Elaine Krasne

speedy recovery to Bill Dahlberg by in memory of Klein, Lapowski & Berg Families by Bruce & Erline Louis & Cindy Cohen in memory of Dorothy Levy Katz by Gordon Ruth Braun in memory of Loved Ones by Lauterbach Youth & Campership Buddy Schwartz Fund 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 & Elaine Krasne granddaughter, Sophie Tyroler by Birthday by Valerie Barnett & Jack Abe & Annette Goldberg in memory of Millard Krasne by Eisenberg, Buddy & Ellen Dorfman Bob & Elaine Krasne Krasne Discretionary Fund MAZON Donation in honor of Paul Lazovick's Special in honor of Bob & Jane Rosen on the Birthday by Valerie Barnett & Jack the birth of their granddaughter Eisenberg Sophie Tyroler by Bob & Elaine Krasne Nathan Goldman Zadie Fund in honor of Bob & Sara Shiloff's Special Anniversary by Bill & Anne Spier, Bob & Elaine Krasne in honor of Jay Mendeloff's Special Birthday by Bob & Elaine Krasne in memory of Irving Schecter by Bob & Elaine Krasne in memory of Jeri Klein by Bob & Elaine Krasne in honor of Merton & Laura Goldman's Special Anniversary by Estelle Goldman Plaque a Prayerbook In memory of Abe Krantz by Bob & Elaine Krasne in memory of Rabbi Cohn by Rabbi Bach's Discretionary Fund in memory of Rabbi Fierman by Rabbi Bach's Discretionary Fund in memory of Rabbi Phillips by Rabbi Bach's Discretionary Fund in memory of Rabbi Zielonka by Rabbi Bach's Discretionary Fund in memory of Selma Kreitman by Bob & Elaine Krasne in memory of Thama Lee Friedman by Bob & Elaine Krasne in memory of Willard Friedman by Bob & Elaine Krasne in memory of Sara Krasne by Bob & Elaine Krasne in memory of Irving Schecter by Buddy Schwartz, Gershon & Barbara Ettinger Prayer Book Fund in memory of Bluma Silverstein by Stuart & Shari Schwartz

In memory of Edith Krantz by Bob in memory of Sander Starr by Bob & & Elaine Krasne Elaine Krasne in honor of Jay Mendeloff's special Birthday by Stuart & Shari Schwartz speedy recovery to Loree Furman by Bob & Elaine Krasne, Bill & Anne in memory of Bettye M. Kohlhagen Spier by Bruce & Erline Gordon Landscape Special Projects Fund in honor of Arlene & Mel Levenson’s grandson, Ryan Levenson's Bar Mitzvah by Jay & Mary Heins in honor of Jay Mendeloff's Special Birthday by Norma Levenson in memory of Celia & David Schecter by Bruce & Erline Gordon in memory of Gloria Ekery by Buddy Schwartz

in memory of Harold Novak by Bob in memory of Irving Schecter by Joyce Davidoff, Bert Davidoff, & Elaine Krasne Helen Baum in memory of Irving & Soletta in memory of Jeri Klein by Mr. Schwartz by Buddy Schwartz Edward Wise

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Tributes from January 11 to February 12, continued..
Rabbi Bach's Discretionary Fund in appreciation of Rabbi Larry Bach by John & Shirley Leonhardt in honor of Jane Rosen's Birthday by Alan & Mimi Pittle in honor of Liz Goodman Levy's Special Birthday by Evelyn Goodman & Family in memory of Bluma Silverstein by Bob & Jane Snow in memory of Col. Martin Muehsam by Mitchell Muehsam in memory of Estelle Harrison by Judy Leonard Roth Campership Donation in memory of Herbert Roth by Bruce & Ann Gronich Ruth Kahn/Andrew Kahn Rose Garden Donation in honor of Stuart Kahn's Special Birthday by Bill & Marcia Dahlberg, Milton & Joan Cherno in memory of Jeanne Post by Stuart & Frances Kahn in memory of Shirley Schecter by Stuart & Frances Kahn Tree Of Life Donation in honor of Jay Mendeloff's Special Birthday by Judy & Phil Bargman, Nancy Laster & Ross Dahman, Sue Bendalin, Carolyn Feinberg, Dick & Toni Harris, Joyce Jaffee, Jeanne Moye, Paquita Litt, Mimi Lait, Jim & Anne Spier, Bud & Charlotte Ramenofsky, Paul & Ellen Gulbas, Irene Oppenheimer, Rita Davis, Bob & Jane Rosen, Abe & Annette Goldberg, Steve, Audrey & Graham Oppenheimer in honor of Stuart Kahn's Special Birthday by David & Rose Schecter, Arthur & Gloria August, Manon & Ellen Daugherty, Myer & Beth Lipson, Bob & Jane Rosen, Marvin & Harriet Roth, Phil & Ann Rothstein, Jerry & Stanlee Rubin

in memory of Irving Schecter by Judy Special Oneg or Kiddush Leonard, John & Shirley Leonhardt, in memory of Josefina Holguin by John & Kristine Shecter, Arthur & Fifi Heller-Kaim & Boris Kaim Rhoberta Leeser in memory of Mark Cohn & Lee in memory of Jean Craige Bach by Aronstein by Bruce & Shelly Gopin John & Kristine Shecter in memory of Melittia Axelrod & Youth Fund in memory of Jeri Klein by Sue Lena Levitt by Wendy Axelrod Feldblum in honor of Paul Lazovick's Special in memory of Phyllis Fruithandler by Birthday by Abe & Annette Goldberg in memory of Shirley Goldstein 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 Helen Berg Julius Berg Morris Bir Sidney Blaugrund Sarah Blumenfeld Ginger Chapman Hinda Cohn Humberto Corral Milton D. Feinberg Jennie Friedman Charles M. Fruithandler Irene Galatzan Claire Gillen Roslyn A. Golden Giza Gray Helene Herman Stella Herman Hattie Belle Hoffman Solomon Juda Simon Kotosky Brannette M. Krupp Shirley Luger Sara Mandel David Medoff Desider Miller Raul Nieto Mollie Oliver Ethel A. Oppenheimer Maria Rodriguez Ruth C. Rosen Sarah F. Sattinger Adolph Schwartz Bernice Schwartz Lois Stampa Benjamin Weinberg Emanuel Zimmerman March 11-12, 2011 Martin Andorn Abe A. Barnett Miriam Bir Joseph B. Blaugrund Abraham Eisen Milton S. Feinberg Abraham Fertel Jack Finger Byran Funk Herbert M. Given Louis Greenberg Max Kreitman Miriam Lewis Levy Sam Loew Gale Mendeloff Edwin Moye Julius M. Nasits Lawrence D. Oppenheimer Minnie Ramenofsky Norman N. Rosen Louis Rubin Simon Saks Jacob Schut John Herbert Shanblum Maurice Solomon Sadye Spiritus Felix R. Suhler Terry Walker Irene Waxman Noah Zaltz Harold Zimmerman March 18-19, 2011 Rene Alpern Lazarus S. Bach Joshua Batkin Naomi Bender Celia Blumenthal Esther Cohen Claire Fass Sam Fierman Bernard Given Saul Gordon Stanley E. Gordon Nina Grey Julia Horwitz Frank Klein Minna Krakauer Eli Paul Krupp Arthur Loew Fanny Lovinthal Sydney S. Mandel Abraham Melmed Ella Borschow Pearlman Howard Arthur Post Mathy Chayes Pottock Gladys Schecter Archie Shiloff Norman Stone Barney Taber Trystan Yancy Rose Zimmerman March 25-26, 2011 Edwin Berliner Frank Bernat Mildred Blumenfeld Margola Cohen Fred Davidoff Geri Given Jean Swartz Golden Paul Herman Albert Heydemann Isadore J. Kahn Millard Krasne Galina Kreinovich Rhoda Labowitz Joseph Lazovick William Lieberman Gerry Mann LoisAnn H. Markowitz Ben Prensky Pearl Rosen Doris(Dottie) Rosenfield Leo A. Rowen Charlene M. Smith Willie Weiss April 1-2, 2011 Bobby Abramson Dorothy Blumkin Harry M. Brettler James H. Daross Sandford Feldblum Mary Lee Finger Charles Given John N. Groesbeeck Irving L. Herman Lydia Imber Richard Jacobs Morton Andrew Jaffe Lillian Lazovick Evelyn Leff Harold Mann Larry Gene Metcalf Lawrence Meyer Sadie Miller Alice T. Purvin Lawrence Reedman Kathryn Rosenbaum Abe Scherotter Jack Schwartz Ben Shanblum Sidney Stern Marian Warsowe Anne Ovsay Weiss Dorothy Krupp Wolfson April 8-9, 2011 Francis Eisner Barjansky Max Borschow Dorothy Carter David Cohen Amelia Delgado Grace D. Fagelman Linda Falcon Sylvia Friedman Jimmy Given Buena Ventura Gonzalez Consuelo Hughes Evelyn Jaffee Abraham Karsch Erna Schiff Krakauer Jeanette Lait Irving Levine Jean Loew Tillie Kress Podus Ann H. Reinhardt Isidore Rosen Laura Rosenberg Greta Roth Florence B. Rothbardt Matilda A. Shanblum David Terk Henry Weiller

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