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Issue 9, Volume 1
A bi-monthly publication
March - April 2012 • Adar - Iyyar 5772
Be sure to join us March 2-4 with Rabbi Sheila Pelz Weinberg Scholar-in-Residence
In this issue
Rabbi’s Corner, Reflections Cantor’s Notes From the Co-Presidents 2 3 4 6-7 7-11 12-13 14 15-16 17 18 19 20-21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30-31
More info on page 6
Shabbat Tetzaveh Exodus 27:20 - 30:10 March 2 Shabbat Service 6:15 pm March 3 Torah Study 8 am Morning Minyan 9:30 am Sam & Regina Golding B’nei Mitzvah 10 am Shabbat Exodus 12:21 - 12:51 & Numbers 28:16 - 28:25 April 6 No Shabbat Service, Erev Pesach April 7 Torah Study 8 am 1st Day Pesach Morning Service 9:30 am
Adult Learning School News Purim Passover What’s Happening Women of Sinai Brotherhood, Chesed The Green Team Social Action Committee Israel Committee My Sinai “Scene” at Sinai Supporting Sinai March Calendar April Calendar In the Sinai Family Those We Remember Contributions
Shabbat Ki Tisa Exodus 30:11 - 34:35 March 9 Shabbat Service 6:15 pm March 10 Torah Study 8 am Morning Minyan 9:30 am Julian Lowe Bar Mitzvah 10 am Shabbat Vayakhel-Pekudei Exodus 35:1 - 40:38 March 16 Rockin’ Family Shabbat Service 6:15 pm Congregational Dinner 7:15 pm March 17 Torah Study 8 am Morning Minyan 9:30 am Jacob Newman Bar Mitzvah 10 am Shabbat Vayikra Leviticus 1:1 - 5:26 March 23 Shabbat Service 6:15 pm March 24 Torah Study 8 am Morning Minyan 9:30 am Shabbat Tzav Leviticus 6:1 - 8:36 March 30 Shabbat Service 6:15 pm March 31 Torah Study 8 am Morning Minyan 9:30 am
Shabbat Exodus 13:17 - 15:26 & Numbers 28:19 - 28:25 April 13 Pesach Morning Service & Yizkor 9:30 am Shabbat Service 6:15 pm April 14 Torah Study 8 am Morning Minyan 9:30 am
Shabbat Shmini Leviticus 9:1 - 11:47 April 20 Israel Shabbat Service 6:15 pm April 21 Torah Study 8 am Morning Minyan 9:30 am
Shabbat Tazria-Metzora Leviticus 12:1 - 15:33 April 27 MCRC Shabbat Service (@ Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun) 7:30 pm No Service at Sinai April 28 Torah Study 8 am Morning Minyan 9:30 am Sophie Bern Bat Mitzvah 10 am
Rabbi David B. Cohen • Cantor Rebecca Robins • Rabbi Emeritus Jay R. Brickman Director of Administration Karen Lancina • Program Coordinator Jen Friedman • Sinai News Nicole Sether Congregation Sinai • 8223 N. Port Washington Road• Fox Point, WI 53217 414.352.2970• 414.352.0944 (fax)• www.congregationsinai.org
Purim Hide and Seek
Purim is a very unusual Jewish holiday. On one hand, it follows the classic narrative Jewish holiday formula: “they tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat!” On the other hand, Purim is radically different. While most holidays are serious, Purim is vaudeville, parody, a farce. The usually competent monarch turns out to be a bungling fool, Ahahverosh, a name I’ve always suspected was Yiddish for, “Ahah! Where is my head?” The other Purim characters are a reference to pre-Israelite religion. The name Mordechai is a pun on Marduk Chai – Marduk, the chief god of the Babylonian pantheon, lives! The name Esther is the Hebrew cognate for the goddess “Ishtar.” The antics of Purim remind us of nothing so much as Mardi Gras, a spring time revelry. Purim is farce, but it also relates some pretty serious messages. The name Esther comes from the semitic root “s-tr”, which means “hidden.” On one level, this is a sociological observation. While most holiday narratives center on characters whose Jewishness is obvious and unassailable, Purim gives us Esther, a “hidden” Jew. So hidden is Esther, even her husband, the king, doesn’t know about her identity. Esther, in this way, mirrors the calculations we make constantly as to how public we want our own Jewishness to be. The month of March offers us ample opportunity to explore the tensions between concealment and revelation. The weekend of March 2-4, our Scholar-in-Residence, Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg, will help us explore the themes of Purim through mindfulness, meditation, yoga and storytelling. The next Shabbat, Friday, March 9, is Social Action Shabbat. Our speaker, Jake Goodman, will share with us the challenge for congregations to be radically inclusive, particularly to LGBT Jews, whose experience of concealment and revelation is often far too real. In the Scroll of Esther, Esther is not the only one hiding. The scroll makes no mention of God. The rabbis of the Talmud were so struck by that fact, they were leaning toward excluding the scroll entirely from the Biblical canon (in the end, they didn’t). Even so, they recognized in the story a powerful theological insight, a concept called “hester panim”, a moment when God hides the divine face. God’s absence, then, is purposeful, for it leads Mordechai and Esther to take action. In this way, Purim is perhaps the most modern of Jewish holidays because it confronts God’s absence in history. In so doing, it recalls the conversation a rabbi had with God. “God, you say that everything has its purpose. Tell me, then, what is the purpose of questioning God’s existence?” “Questioning my existence is critical,” God explained, “so that when you see a poor, hungry person on the street you won’t think ‘God will take care of him.’ Instead, you’ll think, “I don’t know if there is a God to attend to this person, so I will take care of this person’s needs and do the tzedakah that needs to be done.’” May the concealments and revelations of Purim always prod us to such conclusions. Rabbi David B. Cohen
A new motion picture, “A Dangerous Treatment”, tells of Sigmund Freud, founder and director of the Psychoanalytic movement and Carl Jung, who Freud had originally designated as his successor. In addition to some personal conflicts, the two men eventually split on the issue of sexuality. Freud identified the sexual as the primary moving force in human existence. Repression of sexuality led to the negative consequences of mental illness, but also represented a motivating force that gave birth to: art, religion, civilization. Jung did not take issue with the importance of the physical. But as the son of a clergyman, he believed there was an alternate force, rooted in heaven, which drew the soul upward. Although Freud is a Jew and Jung is not, Jewish teaching is closer to Jung. We identify the sexual image with Satan. A child is born with impulses good and evil, which struggle for supremacy. But there is a greater force, fathered in God, which comes from above and draws us toward heaven. If Jung and Torah are correct, the outcome of partnering with God will offer such rewards as success, joy and spiritual enrichment. Rabbi Jay R. Brickman
Good communication is built on many essential components, and shared expectations. When we are communicating with another individual, we expect that they are listening to us - and we are cued that they are listening to us openly through their body language and ‘active listening’ responses. Most of all, we are aware we are being listened to most when the listener responds to us in words when through their words we know they can hear what we are saying, and perhaps, through their words they continue our conversation in a productive and meaningful direction. Responses in prayer are very much the same. When engaged together in moments of tefillah, of prayer, our tradition bids us to include responses in our prayer experience each time we gather to pray. These responses require a community, a minyan, so we can engage in the dialogue of prayer. Only when a minyan, 10 Jews gathered together, is present can responsorial prayers like the bar’chu, kaddish and Torah blessings be recited in the worship service. Interestingly, we find these responsorial prayers in moments of praise to God. This very nature of prayer, the “praise prayers,” are doxologies. By responding one to the other (in our case at Sinai, often congregation to cantor) we affirm God’s goodness by affirming our relationship with other people present. Why, then is the Mourner’s Kaddish set up in this same responsorial style? When reading through the words of the kaddish, we find an affirmation of God; an acknowledgement of God’s greatness, and God’s majesty over all the earth and its creatures. How can this tefillah be of comfort to a mourner as they grieve? Perhaps it is because of precisely what we understand from our other responsorial prayers; that in hearing one another in the ‘call and response’ style, we affirm our relationship with one another and with God. When my step-mother Janice died last April 13, I found myself on Long Island, in my mother’s house – though it did not feel like home. Janice’s laugh was missing and no one was sitting in the chair at the head of the table. Wine glasses were not filled with ice cubes and for the first time in twelve years, the refrigerator contained no red peppers or provolone cheese. While these may seem like silly things to some, the absence of Janice from the chair in the den while I sat with my mother was tangible, and painful. After her beautiful funeral – a fitting solemn and modest tribute to such a good person – we gathered with friends, family, co-workers of my mom’s and Janice’s. Some of these people were the very people who taught me to be a teacher; who over a decade ago, Janice helped me find to become the best music teacher I could be. When Rabbi Moss, my mom’s rabbi arrived, we davened mincha, and recited the words in the brown prayerbooks I often bring to a shiva home in my mother’s den. And while the tefillot, the prayers, passed by me – when we arrived at kaddish, I listened to my mother’s voice, with mine and my brother’s, recite the words of kaddish while the congregation gathered responded. For the first time, I personally understood the power in a response in prayer. After the Holocaust, the Reform movement especially encouraged congregants to recite the words of kaddish as one holy community; remembering that after the Shoah, and at all times, there are people to be remembered who have no one to recite kaddish for them. I can not think of a more beautiful tradition, a more beautiful acknowledgement of the responsibility we have one to the other. While I will always embrace the tradition of my youth in the recitation of kaddish, the past eleven months since Janice died, I have come to realize the power, too, in the response. In the response that says “I am here with you.” “I care about you.” “I am remembering too…” As Reform Jews, the laws of minyan are upon us, too, as we honor our tradition. We recite these prayers requiring the response – like Chatzi kaddish, the Bar’chu…when a minyan is present. And when it comes to mourner’s kaddish, we are faced with the challenges of Reform Judaism: finding our own way and seeking our own meaning by making knowledgeable choices in our practice. Perhaps you’ll try responding the next time you say kaddish. Perhaps you will recite all of the words. Perhaps you will listen differently as the congregation responds in the Bar’chu...but most of all, perhaps you will remember that in responses we affirm one another, and in prayer responses we affirm God…and that’s just one more moment of good communication in our world. Cantor Rebecca Robins
Please join us for the Annual MCRC Shabbat
Friday, April 27, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun
2020 West Brown Deer Road ● Milwaukee, WI 53217 (414) 228-7545
Featuring guest speaker
URJ Senior Consultant for Congregational Systems
Rabbi David Fine
“Foretelling the Reform Jewish Future”
Beth Hillel Temple of Kenosha Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha Congregation Shalom Congregation Sinai
Everyone in the community is invited to attend.
MCRC (Metropolitan Council of Reform Congregations)
From the Co-Presidents
At Rosh Hashanah services last year I had the privilege of talking to you briefly and asked everyone, as a New Year’s Resolution, to consider doing “just one more thing” to further your involvement in our Sinai community. I am proud to report that, at the cajoling of my friend and Executive Board colleague Chip Mann, I managed to fulfill my part of that deal by attending the URJ’s Biennial in December with Chip and Rabbi Cohen. It was a great experience in many ways, from getting to spend some quality time with our spiritual leader, Rabbi Cohen, to praying with 6,000 other Reform Jews, to hearing President Obama speak in person (you can listen to the President’s talk, as well as moving talks by the URJ’s outgoing and incoming Presidents, on its website). But perhaps the most interesting part of my experience was attending a talk by author and historian Deborah Lipstadt about her recent book on the trial of Adolf Eichman in Israel in 1962. Some of you may recognize Lipstadt as the defendant in the infamous libel suit brought against her in England by the Holocaust denier and “historian” David Irving (she not only proved to the world, once again, as the Israeli prosecutor did in the Eichmann trial, as if proof was still necessary, that the Holocaust happened, but that David Irving was a fraud and not an historian at all). During her talk, Lipstadt spoke at length about an earlier, less known, trial in Israel that involved a Hungarian Jew named Rudolf Kastner. If you recall, between May and July 1944, Hungary's Jews were being deported to the gas chambers at Auschwitz at the rate of 12,000 people a day. Kastner, a leader among Hungary’s Jews, negotiated with Eichmann to allow 1,685 Jews to leave instead for Switzerland on what became known as the “Kastner train,” in exchange for money, gold, diamonds and, more controversially, Kastner’s promise not to warn the other Hungarian Jews about their fate. Kastner moved to Israel after the war, becoming a spokesman for the Ministry of Trade and Industry. In 1953, he was accused of having been a Nazi collaborator in a pamphlet self-published by Malchiel Gruenwald, an amateur writer. The Israeli government sued Gruenwald for libel on Kastner's behalf, resulting in a trial that lasted two years, and a ruling that Kastner had indeed, in the words of Judge Benjamin Halevi, "sold his soul to the devil." By saving the Jews on the Kastner train, while failing to warn others that their resettlement was in fact deportation to the gas chambers, Kastner had sacrificed the mass of Jewry for a chosen few, the judge said. Was that the right decision? Who are we, and how are we, to judge what is right and wrong in circumstances where, like during the Holocaust, all normal rules seem to have been abandoned and people were forced to make horrible choices? By the way, that ruling was eventually overturned on appeal, but not before Kastner was assassinated. Which brings me to the subject of zombies. I love zombies. I guess I was hooked when I first saw George Romero’s great “Night of the Living Dead” when I was a teenager. I loved “Shaun of the Dead”, one of the funniest social satires I’ve ever seen; I loved “28 Days”, where the zombies move fast, not slow; I loved “Zombieland”, a hilarious send up of the whole genre; and I especially love “The Walking Dead,” both the graphic novel and the AMC television show. When the power goes off in my house I am worthless; when my computer crashes I am helpless; G-d forbid my remote goes on the fritz. But I can assure you that I am completely prepared to deal competently with a zombie apocalypse. So why am I talking about zombies? Because it struck me that there are parallels between the moral dilemma presented by the Kastner trial and the moral dilemmas faced by Rick, the main character in The Walking Dead. Rick has a wife and young son and, as a former Sheriff, he becomes the natural leader of a group of survivors trying desperately to continue to survive in a world gone mad. Rick continually has to make life and death decisions and to take actions that, in normal times, he, and we, would find despicable. The rule of law doesn’t exist. There is no authority to depend on. There is evil all around. There are hordes intent on killing him, his family, everyone he loves or cares about. Should he try to protect others at the risk of dying himself or putting his family at risk? Should he cling to his humanity or is that just a death sentence? How are we to judge Rick or, for that matter, Kastner? What constitutes morality and humanity in an immoral and inhuman world? At the end of the most recent volume (15) of The Walking Dead, Rick believes he has finally found the answer: “The things I did… The moves I made. I justified it by saying it was for the good of my family. .. But really, I was overlooking the most important part of survival in this world. COMMUNITY.” We are, thank G-d, not living though a Holocaust; and, despite what popular culture might suggest, the odds are probably pretty long on a zombie apocalypse. But we do face a lot of hurdles – economic, social, technological, political – in this complicated modern world we live in that threaten our basic humanity and leave us with difficult moral dilemmas. How are we to face them? I like Rick’s answer – COMMUNITY. So let’s all do what we can to contribute to our Sinai community – attend a service; get our kids to religious school; take a class; remember Sinai through our Endowment fund when estate planning; play softball; participate in Cantor Robins’ book group; celebrate together; grieve together. Community – that’s the ticket. Marc Kartman Co-President
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Lifelong Jewish Learning
Adult Learning Scholar-in-Residence Weekend
March 2nd-4th, 2012 Rabbi Shelia Pelz Weinberg
The Sinai community is fortunate to host Rabbi Shelia Peltz Weinberg the weekend of March 2nd-4th. Sheila was one of the founders of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality, where Rabbi Cohen studied for a number of years. “Sheila is a gifted and inspiring teacher who uses a variety of modalities: text study, guided mediation, yoga, and storytelling. She is accessible, warm, sensitive and very funny. For the advanced student, for the novitiate – even for those who find the whole notion of “Spirituality” to be off-putting – Rabbi Weinberg should not be missed,” says Rabbi Cohen.
● Erev Shabbat-March 2nd: Rabbi Weinberg will participate in T’filot (the prayers) and then speak on the topic of “What is Meditation and What’s Jewish About it?” ● Saturday, March 3rd from 9:30 am – 11:45 am, Rabbi Weinberg will lead a session of yoga followed by a session of meditation, focused on the Torah portion of the week. ● Saturday, March 3rd at 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Rabbi Weinberg will teach about the Scroll of Esther, the central text of the holiday of Purim, utilizing text and meditation, and focusing on the Purim themes of concealment and revelation. ● Sunday, March 4th at 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, Rabbi Weinberg will conduct a session on “Mindfulness in our Relationships.” This session will be of particular interest to parents, though its themes are relevant to all.
Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg is a founder of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (IJS), as well as a poet, educator and nationally recognized pioneer in contemplative practice. She has published widely on feminism, Judaism, spirituality and single parenting, and has contributed commentaries to Kol HaNeshama, the new Reconstructionist prayerbook. As a faculty member for IJS programs, Rabbi Weinberg teaches mindfulness meditation to rabbis, Jewish professionals and lay people. “Judaism is mindful; mindfulness is also Jewish. That’s how I think of it and that’s the way we teach it” Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg
Acheinu (Men’s Spirituality Group)
Share coffee and bagels and discuss spiritual and practical matters concerning God, work, family and more Day: Tuesday, March 13 @ 7:45 a.m. & Tuesday, April 10 @ 7:45 a.m. With: Rabbi David B. Cohen & Joe Glassman
Lunch & Learn
Parashat Ha'shavuah through many and varied commentaries found in Torah La'Am Day: Fridays Time: 12:00 pm With: Dr. Larry Hurwitz
“Through the Eyes of Women” Women’s Ways of Reading the Bible
From traditional to modern including feminist readings and modern midrash Day: Fridays Time: 9:45 am With: Dr. Sherry Blumberg
Shabbat Morning Torah Study
Verse by verse, line by line, word by word... Day: Saturdays Time: 8:00 am With: Rabbi Jay Brickman & Rabbi David B. Cohen
Tuesday, March 27 Tuesday, April 24 All Seniors Havurah meet at 1:00 p.m. With: Rabbi David B. Cohen
A Modern Rabbi's and Jungian Analyst's Approach to the Bible
Day: Wednesdays Time: 9:30 am With: Rabbi Jay Brickman
Lifelong Jewish Learning
School News Mini-U Important Dates
March 7 March 11 March 16 March 18 March 25 April 1 April 5-15 April 20-22 April 29 Erev Purim – join the celebration! Purim Carnival: make an amazing day for younger kids! Rockin’ Family Shabbat and Roll into Dinner 3-5 PM: Winter Hike & Maple Sugaring @ Urban Ecology Center-Ethics & Living in Harmony with Nature Jill Weinshel-Jewish Perspective on Ethics & Living in Harmony with Nature (Yom Ruach – Wear your T-Shirts!) Teen Day of Social Action Spring Break (no religious school classes) NFTY Spring Kallah-8th Graders Welcome! 7th-9th Grade Family Education Creating Jewish Memory: Jewish Life After Bar/ Bat Mitzvah
Lifelong Jewish Learning
K4-7th Grade Important Dates
March 7 March 11 March 16 March 18 March 22 March 25 April 1 April 5-15 April 19 April 29 Erev Purim – join the celebration! Family Purim Program & Purim Carnival Rockin’ Family Shabbat and Roll into Dinner 5th Grade Family Education Prayer and Community: Reform Judaism and Change 6th Grade B’nei Mitzvah Family Education Yom Ruach – Wear your T-Shirts! Family Passover Scavenger Hunt and Bake-Off! Spring Break (no religious school classes) Classes resume 7th-9th Grade Family Education Creating Jewish Memory: Jewish Life After Bar/ Bat Mitzvah
Need something? Think of something? Email us!
Cantor Rebecca Robins, Director, Youth Ed Program email@example.com Jeri Danz, School Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org Judy Flegel, Youth Ed Co-Chair email@example.com Jenni Goldbaum, Youth Ed Co-Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Wear your T-shirt on Yom Ruach!
Sunday, March 25 Sunday, April 29
Fifth Grade Family Education
Sunday March 18, 2012
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
B’nei Mitzvah Family Education
Thursday March 29, 2012
Prayer and Community: Reform Judaism and Change
How does prayer reflect my beliefs about Judaism? What changes have been made by the Reform Movement to the traditional prayer service? How does our worship service reflect my beliefs as a Jew and my role in our Jewish community?
B’chol L’vav’cha – With All Your Heart Family Preparations for the Bar/ Bat Mitzvah Service
RSVP at marchbneimitzvahfamilyed.eventbrite.com
*6th graders will not be meet for regular religious school on 3/29
Join us as we answer all these questions and more! RSVP at fifthgradefamilyed.eventbrite.com
Lifelong Jewish Learning
“On Pesach we eat matzah… lotsa lotsa matzah!”
Join us for a K4-7th Grade Family Scavenger Hunt & Matzah Bake-Off*!
Tribal Blends Coffee
Thank you parents for supporting Sinai’s School! The school’s Tribal Blends Coffee sale has raised over $1000 since September 2010!
Sunday April 1, 2012 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Bake off rules: 1. One entry per family, please. – Recipes that have a role for kids are excellent! 2. Your item must be kosher for Passover (any questions, ask Cantor Robins!) 3. Bring your recipe, typed, on an 8 ½ x 11 piece of paper. 4. The Matzah Medal will be awarded to the yummiest entry in the bake-off! Sign up at http://2012matzahbakeoff.eventbrite.com
Tribal Blends Coffee Schedule:
Order Deadline: March 18th Pick up: March 25th Order Deadline: May 6th Pick up: May 13th
Look for forms in the lobby, download from our website or weekly e-news blast. For more information contact Bobbi Rector at email@example.com or 414-540-0284.
7th – 9th Grade Family Education
Sunday April 29, 2012
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
CREATING JEWISH MEMORY:
Jewish Life After bar/ bat mitzvah
What do I want my child to get from his or her Jewish education? How do I see my role in my child’s decision to continue his or her Jewish education after becoming a bar/bat mitzvah? What role does Judaism play in my life and in the life of my family?
What Jewish education opportunities after bar/ bat mitzvah sound interesting to me? How will/ do I say hineini as a Jewish high school student?
RSVP at: http://7-9thgradefamilyed.eventbrite.com
Youth Lounge Wish List
* New board games * Television table * Game system
Many thanks to the Shor and Friedman families for their generous donations of a TV and ESPN football game.
Lifelong Jewish Learning
Tots at Temple
Join our clergy on the steps of the bima for a welcoming Kabbalat Shabbat full of music, instruments, and ruach (spirit)! Hear a great story and wish your friends Shabbat Shalom! Guests welcome! Bring a dish to share and we'll supply dessert!
Friday, March 30th
5:30 - 7:00 PM Tot Shabbat Service & Potluck Dinner
Please RSVP by March 27th at: marchshabbatandpotluck.eventbrite.com
Rockin' Shabbat and Roll into Dinner!
Friday, March 16th
6:15 pm: Rockin' Shabbat Service 7:15 pm: Congregational Dinner
Join us March 16th for the NEW Rockin' Shabbat service filled with song and music. January was a packed house! You won't want to miss this Shabbat experience. Great for all ages! Give those kids a snack before because following services we will Roll into Dinner for a delicious meal. Kids…make your own Marracas! This will allow for a leisurely dinner for all. Feel free to bring a bottle of wine to share! Help us welcome our new Sinai members as we give them a special blessing. Cost: Adults: $10.00 Children 12 and under: $7.00 Children 3 and under: Free RSVP by Tuesday, March 13th at: marchrockinshabbatdinner.eventbrite.com
Lifelong Jewish Learning
This year Congregation Sinai will be offering a new program geared toward families who want to extend their celebration of Shabbat to the synagogue with learning, singing and fun with our clergy and other families. Midreshet Shabbat is a series of family programs for Shabbat afternoons over the course of the year. It will meet from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. with some time for family learning and fun; some time for learning by age; and completing the evening with havdallah together. The year’s theme will be Bible Families - Family Dynamics - a great way to explore sibling and parent child relationships! The cost of the program will be $36.00 per family for the whole program. Please contact Michelle Silverman with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Register at: http://aprilmidreshetshabbat.eventbrite.com
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Don’t miss the next Midreshet Shabbat on Saturday, April 21st!
Congregation Sinai’s teen youth group is going strong! In December, members went to OSRUI in Oconomowoc to join two hundred and fifty other high school youth from Minnesota through Chicago in four d a y s of community, Jewish learning, celebration, introspection, and personal growth. In just a few short months the teens of NFTY (The North American Federation of Temple Youth, the Youth Movement of Reform Judaism) Northern Region, are coming to Milwaukee! Sinai’s youth group, along with the youth group of Congregations Shalom, Sinai’s youth group, CoSY, will be hosting the NFTY Northern Region’s Spring Kallah from Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 22. Approximately 100 teens (in grades ninth through twelve) from across Wisconsin, Minnesota, and the Dakotas will come together for a weekend of Jewish learning, social action, singing, seeing old friends and making new ones, praying, and having a great time. NFTY events are always a much anticipated chance for teens to reconnect and learn together!
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We will have many teens traveling to Milwaukee from out of town. In order to accommodate all of the out-of-town participants, we are asking for your help in housing 3 or 4 (or more!) teenagers for the weekend. Even if you don’t have teenagers of your own at home, many families find it fun, rewarding, and even refreshing to host some of our young adults for these few days. Eli Cohen and Alicia Rowan at NFTY Winter Kallah in Oconomowoc Please note that all teens, including local teens, who participate in Kallah must stay at one of the NFTY host homes – you may not stay “home alone” during the event. If you decide to be a host family, the names of teens staying with you will be determined by the NFTY NO Regional Office and will be provided at the beginning of Kallah. Families find hosting a rewarding experience. They enjoy the excitement, the hustle and bustle, and most of all, enjoy the joy of life that teens bring to your home. Our participants are bright and energetic and have a great deal to share with all who come into contact with them! This Kallah will not be possible without your support. We need about 50 families to host our regions teens. We would greatly appreciate your help in continuing our success. Please request the necessary form by calling Julie Turetsky at (414) 899-5128 and then return it by March 7 to the address noted on the form. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact NFTY NO advisor Elliot Borg at Eborg@urj.org or CoSY advisor Julie Turetsky at Turetsky@execpc.com.
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Purim Basket Silent Auction
Starting bids are affordable with minimum bid increases of just $5.00! Baskets include, but are not limited to: Art, Yoga, Barbie, Dance, Legos, Games, Chocolate, Cooking, Sports, Books, Movies, Experiences with the Rabbi and the Cantor, and much more! For a complete listing of baskets: visit our website at www.congregationsinai.org. To make a bid simply stop in during the week of March 4th-11th and make a bid or give us a call in the office and we’ll be happy to do it for you. Auction will close at 11:45 am on Sunday, March 11th. You do not need to be present to win!
Over 30 fantastic baskets at terrific affordable prices will be auctioned between March 4th and March 11th!
In Israel, Hamantaschen are called “Oznei Haman”, which means “Haman’s ears!”
Congregation Sinai's 2012 Family Purim Spiel & Carnival!
When: Sunday, March 11th
Spiel and Carnival 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Where: Congregation Sinai What: Come in costumes! Come with noisemakers! Come with an appetite for food and games!
Who: Children of all ages! Everyone is
welcome to join in on the fun. Bring your friends and introduce them to Congregation Sinai!
Come set up the Purim Carnival!
Bring the kids if you'd like - we'll have pizza, popcorn and a movie for them.
Saturday, March 10th at 4:00 pm
We had talked about setting up a movie for those of you that might be able to come, but need to have something for your children to do that night with you here. That's fine if you're still interested in that. Are you still available to volunteer that evening? Please rsvp at: http://purimcarnivalsetup.eventbrite.com Questions? Contact Judy Flegel at: email@example.com
Passover Service Schedule
Friday, April 6 No Shabbat Service, Erev Pesach Saturday, April 7 1st Day Pesach Morning Service 9:30 am Friday, April 13 Pesach Morning Service & Yizkor 9:30 am Shabbat Service 6:15 pm Looking for a place for Seder? Please call or email Karen Hintz in the Sinai office.
Sinai Hosts the
(Adult Special Needs)
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
11:30 am-1:30 pm
Helpers needed to prepare a light seder and serve. Interested in this important mitzvah? Contact Jen Friedman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chaverim Adult Special needs holiday program is a program of The Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center in cooperation with the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.
Ten Tips for a Terrific Time on Passover
10. Take your seder-to-go! Are you traveling on Pesach? Pack up the things you need and do your seder wherever you find yourselves. Just put some parsley, apples, walnuts, wine, horseradish, and matzah in a shopping bag and hit the road! 9. Passover seders are all about asking questions. Throw something ‘random’ on your table and inspire great questions about “what is this, and what does it have to do with Passover?” You don’t need to know the answer – that’s what your guests are for! Not a singing family? Download Passover songs from iTunes or oysongs.com and bring your iPod and speakers to the table…that’ll get the crew singing along! It’s a new year…time for a new tradition! What will your family add to the Passover seder this year? Dedicate the wine to 4 Jewish heroes? Maybe some musical instruments made by your family in honor of Miriam…anything goes! Don’t your legs get tired sitting around the dining room table for the 1st part of the seder, dinner and then the second part? Ours too! Take that 1st part of the seder into the family room – everyone can recline and relax, and move to the table for dinner. (Just don’t spill any wine on the couch!) Having mostly adults at your table? Give everyone a different Haggadah, and then ask each person to lead a section of the seder from the Haggadah at their place. Compare and contrast – let lively conversation happen! Serve charoset from around the world – google recipes for charoset from different parts of the globe and enjoy new tastes and textures! Four glasses of wine seems like the perfect opportunity for a wine tasting! Pour small glasses for each person of the same wine for each new glass. Discuss. Once you say the blessing for borei p’ri ha’adamah (Karpas)…go crazy! Put all kinds of karpas-like appetizers out for guests to nosh on during the seder. Make it sweet. Whatever you do this Pesach, make it a Zissan Pesach, a sweet Passover!
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What is it that YOU love about Sinai?
Warm, inclusive & musical worship? Engaging, interesting and challenging learning? Nights at the theatre, the ballpark or on the hiking trail with your Sinai community?
Share what YOU love about Sinai with a friend!
We are proud to offer you the opportunity to bring your friends and families into the amazing community that is Congregation Sinai.
Know someone interested in checking us out?
Please contact our Program Coordinator, Jen Friedman at (414) 352-2970 or email@example.com. She’ll give you a token to share with your unaffiliated friends or family. Good for a one-year membership at Sinai.*
Bring your friends and family into our congregational family! Share what you love!
*Religious School fees not included
A Taste of Sinai
Bring Friends to See Sinai in Action!
Come experience our religious school and sample the life of our congregation.
Sunday, May 6th
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
10:00 AM: Join us for a song-filled dynamic worship service 10:30-11:15 AM: Parents meet with our Rabbi and Cantor to learn all about
programs at Sinai. Children head down to our religious school for a morning of story, craft and fun learning!
11:15-12:00 PM: Meet our members, exciting committees and many social
groups with a variety of interests and schmooze over coffee and nosh!
RSVP at: tasteofsinai2012.eventbrite.com
Questions? Email Jen Friedman: firstname.lastname@example.org
t eck ou y √ Ch ibrar nai’s l Si
We need Sinai library volunteers!
Sinai Shabbat Walks
Did you know that every Saturday after Shabbat services at Sinai there is a group that enjoys walking?
If you are interested in a Shabbat stroll for about an hour around the immediate neighborhood with Sinai friends we'd love for you to join us. For more information contact Randee Zitelman at email@example.com
Volunteers are needed to help sort donated books in the library on Tuesday, March 13th. Volunteers are also needed to help in the library on an ongoing basis. If interested, please contact Jayne Butlein at 414-351-0930 or Jbutlein@yahoo.com.
We're Outta Soup!
Our soup supply is low thanks to congregants coming by and delivering soup to members who need a little TLC. Please consider making some soup and bring it to Sinai's freezer. We supply the containers and labels!
Sinai Enews & Website
Stay informed about all the happenings at Congregation Sinai! Each week you should receive a Sinai Enews about the upcoming events at Sinai. Be sure to open and read your Sinai Enews. All kinds of exciting things are happening at Sinai and you won’t want to miss any of them! If you are not currently receiving the Enews, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Congregation Sinai at 414-352-2970 so we can update our distribution list. Also, visit our website at www.congregationsinai.org.
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Congregation Sinai has a facebook page! Stay connected to other Sinai members and get up to date information on events. Find us at www.facebook.com.
Women of Sinai
Shirei Nafshi-Songs of My Soul
WRJ Midwest 2012 Kallah
Led by Cantor Kim Harris of Temple Beth-El, Northbrook From Erev Shabbat until Saturday afternoon, we will be exploring the songs of our tradition and the songs in our souls and, how we can stay whole and healthy and what music does to sustain us. We will be moved (and yes we will move) to laughter and maybe to tears but the music will bring us joy.
Women of Sinai Fireside Chat
Monday, March 19
Bayshore Place (apartments at Bayshore Mall) Mental Health & Jewish Tradition: Caring for our emotional selves through Judaism’s wisdom
Join us for food, conversation, laughter & fun! RSVP at marchfiresidechat.eventbrite.com by Friday, March 16th. (This event needs 5 people to run)
April 27-29 at OSRUI
Arrival: Friday anytime after 3:00 p.m. (activities begin at 5:00 p.m.) Closing: Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Bonus: Saturday overnight is free; depart Sunday by noon Cost: $100.00 per person (2 people per room) Includes Friday dinner, Saturday-3 meals, Sunday breakfast $25.00 extra fee for nonSisterhood members $50.00 surcharge for a single room if available Contact Cantor Robins for registration information. Reservations due by April 18.
Women of Sinai Dinner
Wednesday, March 28th at 6:30 PM
“Women of Reform Judaism: A Sisterhood Across the World”
FREE DINNER Please RSVP to: http://womenofsinaidinner.eventbrite.com by March 25th
Aleph Bet Yoga
Every Tuesday with Susan Solvang 8:45 am, Worship & Learning Space
Join us for a high quality, friendly, and accessible yoga class. 10 class pass is $100 or pay per class @ $11/class. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Yoga mats and props are provided. Don’t miss the fun!!!
Experience Nia-Your body & soul will thank you!
What is Nia? How does Nia help me connect to my Jewish identity? Nia is no ordinary fitness class. Nia technique blends Dance Arts, Martial Arts & Healing Arts. Discover ease, comfort and creativity in your body. Learn moves that are flowing, rhythmic and adaptable. Self-awareness plays a key role. Positively affect your whole life! Join others who find enormous personal benefit in weekly Nia classes.
Fridays 8:30-9:30am $8 each class.
Questions? Contact Kate Mann at 414-254-4141 or Katemann2606@gmail.com
What do you have on the calendar for St. Patrick’s Day? If you are tired of too much green beer and Irish stew why not take a look at what is going on at Sinai? Please join us on Saturday evening, March 17th, at 7:00 pm for an awesome evening of Havdallah followed by an adults only, Brotherhood-sponsored oneg, and a camp style sing along (Kumsitz). Wear your jeans and join in as we groove to our favorite folk songs, camp songs, and songs of our past. Enjoy Rabbi Cohen's accompaniment on guitar and the beautiful sounds of group vocalization. Enjoy the very mellow mood of the evening with your Sinai friends. (And perhaps you will also take a moment to enjoy some of the Irish beer and whiskey at our Oneg!) The evening is FREE, an RSVP is appreciated. If you can attend please register at: http:// brotherhoodadultkumsitz.eventbrite.com. And don’t forget to join us for Acheinu (Men’s Spirituality) on Tuesday, March 13th and Tuesday, April 10th at 7:45 am. It’s always a great discussion! Jim Stillman Brotherhood President email@example.com
Milt Hwang and Andy Gollin mixin’ pancakes.
Come and get it!
Mitch Colton pourin’ batter.
Parents of College Students
The Chesed Committee (acts of loving kindness) would like to reinvigorate our College Connection. The Connection will be Sinai's list of all of our congregant's college students. Occasionally, the Rabbi would like to email this dynamic group of students, and continue to cultivate a positive connection to Congregation Sinai. We would like to update our records, and we would like your student's email address. Please send your student's email to Jeri Danz at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, please let us know. Thank you, Amy Newman Chesed Committee Chair
Greening of Sinai
Stoney Meadow Farm to Return to Sinai!
I am hoping that you noticed each Friday evening last summer and into the fall, as you made your way into the synagogue for Friday night services, a small table with a lady standing behind it (and piles of vegetables) just to the east of the far east door of the building. This lady is Andrea Levsen, and she is a farmer and co-owner (with husband Steve) of Stoney Meadow Farm, a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) for which Sinai was a pick-up site last season. There were twenty-one Sinai families that participated in this venture by becoming shareholders of the farm and each received a bag of fresh locally-grown organic produce each week (or every other week.) It is true that the season got off to a slow start due to an unusually cold spring. And then we had a long dry spell in the early summer, so conditions were not optimal. But the Levsens did their very best to bring us a variety of quality produce. There was the usual veggie fare of radishes, spinach, beans, peas, carrots, potatoes, celery, onions, cucumbers, pickles, tomatoes, corn, squash, etc. And then there were less commonly known items such as ground cherries, kohlrabi, edemame, tomatillos, and arugula flowers. Each week was a bit of an adventure. I am pleased to announce that Stoney Meadow Farm will return to Congregation Sinai for a second season this summer and fall. The Levsens have had a very busy winter implementing some changes. Andrea recently shared the following update with me: “The farm is growing in so many ways. First, we will be growing on more land. We have purchased a single row potato digger and a new tractor. We will be transplanting many more crops to get a head start, in case we have another cold spring, etc. We will be growing things differently--as in how they are planted. We will be trying some paper mulch, etc. We will also have worker shares this year and a few hired people to help with weeding and harvest. And a new herb garden as well.” Why should you purchase a share? Eating farmfresh, locally grown food is good for you, it is good for our community, it is good for the earth! Issues surrounding ethical eating or “Food Justice” are becoming more and more in the forefront of Jewish consciousness, especially within the Reform Movement. To read more about what is happening nationally in this arena, visit the Hazon website (hazon.org) or the URJ’s site: Green Table, Just Table (urj.org/life/food) It is so very exciting that Congregation Sinai has joined the Jewish effort to make healthy and sustainable food choices by offering local CSA shares to it’s congregants. Pick-up will again be at Sinai on Fridays from 4-6 PM. The season will run from June 29th through October 12th, 2012. There are three share purchase options: a weekly full share for $525, a weekly half share for $300, or an every-other-week full share for $300. Discounts are offered to returning shareholders and there are also a limited number of worker shares available. If you have questions or want more information, please contact Andrea Levsen at email@example.com. The farm will again offer us a group discount – the amount is based on how many shares we buy. Last year, we used the discounted funds to purchase a tzedakah share that was donated to a local homeless shelter. I am hoping we will be able to achieve this wonderful act of tzedakah again! To sign up, please fill out the sign up form below or go to http:// csasinai2012.eventbrite.com. Deadline to sign up is April 27th, 2012. In other Greening news, please look out for information on how you can join in with the 4th annual Sukkah Garden Project later this spring and summer. Looking forward to the spring thaw, Deb Schermer The Green Team
Yes, I want to purchase a CSA share through Congregation Sinai (from Stoney Meadow Farm)
Name:_____________________________________ Address:____________________________________________________________________________ Home phone:___________________________ Cell phone:__________________________ Email address:________________________________________ Check one of the following 3 options: □ New customer purchasing a full share for $525 □ New customer purchasing a half share for $300 □ New customer purchasing a full every-other-week share for $300 □ Returning customer purchasing a full share for $450 □ Returning customer purchasing a half share for $250 □ New customer purchasing a full every-other-week share for $250
*Payment is due with this form. Make checks payable to Congregation Sinai. Orders accepted until 4/27/12 at the Sinai office. For questions, contact Deb Schermer at firstname.lastname@example.org 2012 CSA Agreement: I understand that the purchase of this share enrolls me as a member of the Stoney Meadow Farm 2012 CSA. As a subscription member, I understand the potential risks such as diseases, pests and weather issues, which may effect crop availability and the quantity produced of certain crops, are beyond the farmers control. Signature: _________________________________ Date:__________________________
Social Action Shabbat: Toward a Radical Inclusivity
March 9, 2012, 6:15 pm Congregation Sinai proudly welcomes home one of its own, Jake Goodman, as he speaks on Friday, March 9th, at Shabbat Services and leads a special conversation following. The title of Goodman’s talk is, “Radical Inclusivity: Ties That Bind.” As Goodman points out, there is a largely unrecognized epidemic of LGBT* youth across the United States. The statistics are staggering: over 100,000 LGBT youth are homeless in the United States. Up to 40% of all homeless youth are LGBT, who are exposed to crime and violence on the streets. Goodman will challenge the congregation, which aspires to be a welcoming place, to make a difference. He asks, “How can we, as individuals, negotiate the boundaries between our private lives, our families and our communities? On the Jewish festival of Purim, the season of concealment and revelation, how can we make our congregation even more radically inclusive?” Congregation Sinai’s spiritual leader, Rabbi David B Cohen is excited to welcome Goodman back to the congregation in which he grew up. Cohen says: “Judaism teaches that every human being is of infinite worth, co-equal with all others, and absolutely unique and irreplaceable. That some in America take the Bible’s holy words as license to oppress others on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation is an abhorrent misunderstanding of what God wants from each of us: to treat each other with utmost care, unwavering justice, and unstinting compassion.” *LGBT=lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Jake Goodman is an activist and educator. He is a founding member of Queer Rising, a grassroots group that demands full equality for all LGBT people through nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience. He is the Director of Thicker Than Water, a project that works within religious communities to create a dynamic so that no more harm is done to people based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Jake is also the Campaign Director for the Groundswell of Courage Campaign. Jake has been invited to speak and teach at community centers, seminaries, universities, synagogues, camps and schools across the country and in Israel. He is currently the LABA Kids Director at the 14th Street Y in Manhattan. He holds an MA in Jewish Education from the Davidson School at JTS and a BA in acting from Emerson College.
Convergence of Convenience: Environmental & Social Activism in Israel
Tuesday, March 27th, 7:00 PM at Congregation Sinai Join us for a very special and stimulating evening with Dr. Daniel Orenstein, post-doctoral fellow at Technion Israel Institute of Technology. His work focuses on characterizing patterns of urban sprawl in Israel and their ecological implications, as well as population-environment interactions as expressed through land use. Dr. Daniel Orenstein is a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Urban and Regional Studies, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology and a faculty member at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. During his PhD at Brown University, he initiated the Middle East Environmental Futures Project, bringing together 40 Middle Eastern and North American environmental scholars to develop an innovative, interdisciplinary and policy relevant environmental study for Israelis and Palestinians. Previously, a former member of the board of the directors of the Green Zionist Alliance, Daniel also has served as the GZA representative on the JNF-USA board of trustees. He lives in Haifa with his wife and their three children. The program is co-sponsored by Congregation Sinai’s Social Action and Israel Committees and the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Israel Center & Jewish Community Relations Council. RSVP at: http://drorensteinactivisminisrael.eventbrite.com
Community Advocates Receives Holiday Gifts from Sinai
Thank you to Cantor Rebecca for organizing the Special Night of Chanukah event at Target. Instead of exchanging family presents that night, Sinai Religious School families purchased over 40 gifts for the children at the Community Advocates Milwaukee Women's Center. The Social Action Committee also thanks the Goldbaum, Newman, Maxon, Lile-Saltzstein and Lewis families for their caring and generosity!
Community Advocates Women’s Center Collections
March & April:
Sheets for Twin Beds & Diapers (sz 3-5)
Please drop off donations in the Sinai lobby.
Passover Immigration Seder - April 1, 2012, 3:00-5:00 PM
Congregation Sinai, in conjunction with Voces de la Frontera, and Miklat: A Jewish Response to Displacement, will host an “Immigration Seder” on Sunday, April 1, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Congregation Sinai has invited a wide range of Milwaukee’s ethnic and religious groups to take part in the Seder. “The Seder is an exercise in edible education”, says Rabbi David B. Cohen, of Congregation Sinai. “It’s themes of freedom, justice and compassion as relevant today as they were 3200 years ago. The symbolic foods we eat are not only delicious; they also point us toward the most enduring lessons in Biblical morality.” In his book, Exodus and Revolution, Professor Michael Walzer points out that every significant revolutionary movement in western civilization consciously patterned itself after the Exodus experience of Moses and the Israelites. The Immigration Seder follows the model of the 2008 Freedom Seder, which was created by Rabbi Cohen after he participated in the 40 th anniversary commemoration of the March on Milwaukee, led in 1967 by Father James Groppi. The Freedom Seder was very successful, attracting over one hundred and forty participants, black and Jewish, that had participated in the marches. “The connection between the Biblical Exodus and the current immigrant experience is undeniable.” said Rabbi Cohen. “On thirty six occasions, the Torah exhorts us to care for the stranger, precisely because we were strangers in the land of Egypt. Today, that responsibility commends us to work to insure that our Immigration Services, drastically reorganized and subsumed under Homeland Security, deal with immigrants in a just and equitable fashion.” If you are interested in helping prepare for the Immigration Seder and/or attend that afternoon to be a host for our guests, please contact clergy assistant, Karen Hintz, in the Sinai office. Please RSVP by March 28th at passoverimmigrationseder.eventbrite.com.
The Social Action Film Series
A Small Act - Sunday, April 29 at 10:30 AM
* Official Selection of 2010 Sundance Film Festival * Winner Special Jury Prize/Best of Category Human Rights and Social Issues Montana Cine International Film Festival * Emmy Award Nominee Best Documentary * http://asmallact.com/film.php to see a short clip When Hilde Back sponsored a young, rural Kenyan student, she thought nothing of it. She certainly never expected to hear from him, but years later she does. Now a Harvard graduate and a Human Rights Lawyer for the United Nations, Chris Mburu decides to find the stranger that changed his life. Inspired by her generosity, he starts a scholarship program of his own and names it for his former benefactor. A SMALL ACT, bears witness to the ripple effect a single action can create.
Games Teach Tzedakah
Is there a way to teach children about the extreme levels of poverty in some parts of the world, using that knowledge to deepen their appreciation for the value of tzedakah? It’s a tall order, but one that was tackled by a group of parents, the Social Action Committee, and teacher Sharon Cohen this January. With the sponsorship of Sinai’s Social Action Committee, the parents created a strategy game which divided the 2nd grade class into six countries (USA, Europe, Brazil, India, China, and Nigeria). Each group was given monopoly money relative to wealth of each nation. While the three children representing the USA got $275 dollars to buy cards representing food, housing, schools, hospitals, armies, synagogues and other things, the Sinai 2nd graders learn about Tzedakah. seven children in China had only $80 to spend, and the three children in Nigeria had a budget of only $5. When they heard how little the Nigerians had to spend, one child shouted “That’s not fair!” The parents agreed, but reminded the class that the game was based on the actual distribution of wealth across nations. A tribute to Sharon’s teaching of the Fall curriculum on Gemulat Hasidim, both the richest and the not so rich groups donated some of their money to the poorest country. The game also prompted a lively discussion about what we need versus what we want.
Have you heard about “The Israeli Family” visit to Milwaukee? The parents, Chami and Oksana Zemach and their three lovely daughters, Gali age 13,Tamar age 11 and Michal age 4 ½ came to Milwaukee on January 7-10 and stayed with us in our home. Their eldest daughter, Yulia is a student at Bar Elan University near Tel Aviv and she did not join the family for their world tour which began in August 2011 and will run through August 2012. Our house in Milwaukee was destination number 34 on their route. Alex and I were so happy to meet and host them in our home, and in our Sinai community. On Sunday January 8th “The Family” showed a short film at Sinai about life on the moshav, and the education most Israeli kids are exposed to in general. The girls joined our Sunday school classes. Even the 4 1/2 year old Michal joined the kindergarteners. Cantor Robins helped her feel safe and secure and she drew pictures with other kids. The three girls are a true blessing. They worked very hard, waking up early to attend meetings with kids and adults, which were scheduled and organized by our wonderful shlichim, Michal and Ro’ee Peled. The following Monday, Oksana generously shared with us her recipes during a “Cooking with Oksana” event, which the Israel Committee shared with Brit Nashim. Fourteen women gathered in the kitchen, where Oksana demonstrated and cooked a fabulous dinner and shared with us cooking tips and tricks all mixed in with the stories of her life. We all helped and watched and after the meal was ready, which took less than 2 hours, we sat down and enjoyed together a delicious gourmet meal. Cooking with Oksana was a big success. My only regret is that “The Family” wasn’t able to meet more Milwaukeeans. But those they did meet were truly touched. It is not about politics or nice speeches. It is about the human touch, warmth, and authenticity. And for Alex and myself, it was the beginning of a new friendship. When our new friends left on Tuesday, we felt separation sadness and promised to visit them next year in Kadesh Barnea. Presently, I am following their journey on Facebook, and you can do the same. I encourage you to read more about the family on their website: http://il-family.com/en/?page_id=136 Eti Ganin Israel Committee Chairperson
Oksana Zemach conducting a cooking class with Women of Brit Nashim
The Israeli Family with our Shlichim Michal and Ro’ee Peled at our home. L to R: Tamar, Gali, Oksana, Chami, Eti, Alex, Michal, Ro’ee, and Michal Zemach at center bottom.
Israel Shabbat: Friday, April 20th
Congregation Sinai is fortunate to host the teens of our NFTY region on Friday, April 20 th. Shabbat services will feature a special speaker: Alex Cicelsky is a founder of the “Center for Creative Ecology” (CfCE) and a founder of Kibbutz Lotan, one of two Reform Kibbutzim in the Arava about 60 miles north of the southern city of Eilat. Lotan has become a nationally and internationally recognized center for developing cutting-edge environmental technologies and projects. After services, Alex will lead a conversation for adult members of Congregation Sinai.
Join Sinai Culture Connection at The Chosen
Be a part of Milwaukee’s best cultural offerings with Sinai friends through Sinai Culture Connection! Mark your calendars and join the Culture Connection for some great theater:
The Chosen at In Tandem Theatre Company
Saturday, March 10, 8:00 p.m.
Tenth Street Theater 628 N. 10th St. In 1940s Brooklyn, two Jewish boys, whose life paths are preordained, must weigh the cost of choosing their own destinies. Adapted for the stage from Chaim Potok’s classic novel. The Chosen won the Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play. Discounted tickets to this show are $23.40 each. Please RSVP by March 1 at: cultureclubthechosen.eventbrite.com We will arrange a place to meet for dinner before the show once we know how many are attending. For more information contact Jen Friedman at email@example.com
Mazel Tov to:
Rabbi Jay Brickman for being the one person to have presented at all 13 Days of Discovery Steve Green on the birth of his granddaughter, Lucy Irene Marie Michael and Judi Ketten on the birth of their grand daughter, Julia Miriam Eisen Marv Lauwasser on his well-deserved retirement Sheri and Lloyd Levin on the birth of their grandson, Charles Reuben Levin Darrin Lile on his new job as Media Arts & Animation Instructor/ Program Lead at Art Institute of WI Cantor Rebecca Robins on becoming the co-chairperson of the American Conference of Cantors Committee for Continuing Professional Development (CCPD) Bill Ross on his new job at Ye Old Pharmacy in Glendale, WI Nicole and David Sether on the arrival of their son, Ezra Kwame Anita and Robert Stone on the Bar Mitzvah of their grandson, Shimmy Stone
Hamakon Y’Nachem—May God Comfort
Marion Rice on the death of her sister, Harriet Klein
Life Cycle Events
If you learn of any events - births, engagements, marriages, ordinations - that should be included in our “My Sinai” page, please notify the congregation office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone (414) 352-2970. When there is a death in our immediate family, please notify the synagogue office, even if the funeral is out of town. The clergy and the Sinai community would like the opportunity to express sympathy for your loss.
“Scene at Sinai”
Moderated by Ellis Bromberg, Mandela Barnes of the ACLU and Carolyn Castore from the League of Women Voters, debate Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law
Jessie Lappin plants parsley for Tu B’Shevat.
Cantor Robins leads the 4th Grade Family Education Program.
Leandrea, John and Macy Lamberton work on their family tree at Midreshet Shabbat.
Families enjoy the Back to School Pancake Breakfast!
Maya Goldbaum, Aviva and Charlie Silverman enjoy the Rick Recht concert.
& Support Sinai!
Support Sinai whenever you shop on-line at amazon.com. Go to the Sinai homepage: www.congregationsinai.org. Click on the amazon.com banner. You’ll be linked directly to amazon.com by using the website link, your purchase will support Congregation Sinai. Bubbe says: It’s a win—win!
Come SHOP at the Sinai Gift Shop!
Looking for the perfect Bar or Bat Mitzvah gift? You’ll find it at the Sinai Gift Shop!
Open during office hours or email Susan Solvang: email@example.com for special orders.
Support Sinai While Shopping at SENDIK’S!
Now you can purchase your Scrip card at times that are convenient for YOU!
Stop in the Sinai office during office hours (9 am-5 pm Mon-Thurs., 9 am-3 pm Fri. ) OR Buy your card on the following Sundays: March 4th & 18th April 1st & 22nd
What is Scrip? Scrip means “substitute money”. Through Sendik’s Food Market Scrip program 5% of what you pay for your Scrip card is donated to Sinai. Questions? Contact: Leigh Maxon: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Cara Seppi-Bern (262) 236-0263
Sponsor Bima Flowers or an Oneg ….A Lovely Way to Say It
If you are looking for a wonderful way to honor or remember someone, or recognize a special occasion, you can do so by sponsoring the flowers on the Bima or an Oneg Shabbat after a Friday night service. Congregation Sinai typically provides these items for Friday evenings when there is no Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Simply let us know that you would like to sponsor and we will create a beautiful flower arrangement or dessert table to recognize your occasion. All sponsorships will be acknowledged in the Sinai Shabbat Pamphlet and the Sinai News. We will also send a note of congratulations or thanks to the honorees. The cost of sponsoring Bima flowers is $60.00 and an Oneg Shabbat is $260.00. Email Jen Friedman at email@example.com or call (414) 352-2970.
Available Dates for Sponsorships:
March 23, 30 April 13, 20
O N U E E D R I
Chugim 4 pm Religious School 4:30 pm Executive Committee Meeting 7 pm Nia 8:30 am Through the Eyes of Women 9:45 am Lunch & Learn 12 pm Shabbat Service 6:15 pm Scholar-in-Residence
Torah Study 8 am Scholar-in-Residence Yoga & Meditation 9:30 am Sam & Regina Golding B’nei Mitzvah 10 am Scholar-in-Residence Scroll of Esther 4-6 pm
Religious School (K-7th grades) 10 am Affirmation 10:15 am Scholar-in-Residence Mindfulness in our Relationships 10:30 am Purim Basket Auction Scrip Sunday Finance Committee Meeting 7:30 am Yoga 8:45 am Intro to Judaism(@ JCC) 7 pm Purim Basket Auction Erev Purim Bible Study w/ Rabbi Brickman 9:30 am Megillah Reading & Purim Spiel 7 pm Purim Basket Auction Purim Chugim 4 pm Religious School 4:30 pm Purim Basket Auction
Speaker: Lev Raphael 7 pm Purim Basket Auction
Nia 8:30 am Through the Eyes of Women 9:45 am Lunch & Learn 12 pm Social Action Committee Meeting 12 pm Social Action Shabbat with Jake Goodman 6:15 pm Purim Basket Auction
Torah Study 8 am Morning Minyan 9:30 am Julian Lowe Bar Mitzvah 10 am Culture Connection to The Chosen 6 pm Purim Basket Auction
Purim Basket Auction Family Purim Celebration & Carnival 10 am
Men’s Spirituality Group (Acheinu) 7:45 a.m. Yoga 8:45 am Intro to Judaism(@ JCC) 7 pm Bible Study w/ Rabbi Brickman 9:30 am
Brit Nashim 7 pm
Chugim 4 pm Religious School 4:30 pm
Nia 8:30 am Through the Eyes of Women 9:45 am Lunch & Learn 12 pm Rockin’ Shabbat Service & Roll into Dinner 6:15 pm
Torah Study 8 am Morning Minyan 9:30 am Jacob Newman Bar Mitzvah 10 am
Religious School (K-7th grades) 10 am 5th Grade Family Education 10 am Mini-U @ Urban Ecology Center 3-5 pm Affirmation 4 pm Tribal Blends Coffee Order Scrip Sunday
Yoga 8:45 am
Women of Sinai Fireside Chat (@ Bayshore Apts) 7 pm
Bible Study w/ Rabbi Brickman 9:30 am
Chugim 4 pm Religious School 4:30 pm Board Meeting 7 pm
Nia 8:30 am Through the Eyes of Women 9:45 am Lunch & Learn 12 pm Shabbat Service 6:15 pm
Torah Study 8 am Morning Minyan 9:30 am
Religious School (K-7th grades) 10 am Tribal Blends Coffee Pick Up 10 am Mini-U 4 pm Yom Ruach
Yoga 8:45 am Seniors Havurah 1 pm Social Action Film Series 7 pm
Bible Study w/ Rabbi Brickman 9:30 am
Chugim 4 pm Religious School 4:30 pm Ritual Committee Meeting 7 pm B’nei Mitzvah Family Education #3 7 pm
Nia 8:30 am Through the Eyes of Women 9:45 am Lunch & Learn 12 pm Shabbat Service 6:15 pm
Torah Study 8 am Morning Minyan 9:30 am
O N U E E D R I H U
Finance Committee Meeting 7:30 am Yoga 8:45 am Chaverim Seder 11:30 am Erev Passover No Nia Through the Eyes of Women 9:45 am Lunch & Learn 12 pm Office Closes at 1 pm No Shabbat Service
Bible Study w/ Rabbi Brickman 9:30 am No Religious SchoolSpring Break Executive Committee Meeting 7 pm
Religious School (K-7th grades) 10 am Passover Scavenger Hunt & Matzah Bake-off 10 am Community-Wide Teen Day of Social Action 9:30 am Immigration Seder 3 pm Scrip Sunday
Passover Torah Study 8 am 1st Day Pesach Morning Service 9:30 am
Passover No Religious School
Passover Men’s Spirituality Group (Acheinu) 7:45 a.m. Yoga 8:45 am Passover Bible Study w/ Rabbi Brickman 9:30 am Passover No Religious School
Passover Brit Nashim 7 pm
Passover Office Closed No classes at Sinai Last Day Pesach Service & Yizkor 9:30 am Shabbat Service 6:15 pm
Torah Study 8 am Morning Minyan 9:30 am
No Religious School Yoga 8:45 am Rabbi Brickman’s UWM Class 6 pm
Bible Study w/ Rabbi Brickman 9:30 am
Chugim 4 pm Religious School 4:30 pm Board Meeting 7 pm
NFTY Kallah @ Milwaukee Nia 8:30 am Through the Eyes of Women 9:45 am Lunch & Learn 12 pm Israel Shabbat Service w/ Alex Cicelsky from Kibbutz Lotan 6:15 pm
NFTY Spring Kallah @ Milwaukee Torah Study 8 am Morning Minyan 9:30 am Midreshet Shabbat 3 pm
NFTY Spring Kallah @ Milwaukee Religious School (K-7th grades) 10 am Basic Judaism #6 10:30 am Affirmation 4 pm Scrip Sunday Yoga 8:45 am Seniors Havurah 1 pm Rabbi Brickman’s UWM Class 6 pm Social Action Movie Night 7:00-9:30 pm
Yom HaZikaron Bible Study w/ Rabbi Brickman 9:30 am Community Wide Yom HaZikaron Observance 6 pm
Yom Ha’Atzma-ut Chugim 4 pm Religious School 4:30 pm
Nia 8:30 am Through the Eyes of Women 9:45 am Lunch & Learn 12 pm MCRC Shabbat Service 7:30 pm (@ Cong. Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun)
Torah Study 8 am Morning Minyan 9:30 am Sophia Bern Bat Mitzvah 10 am
Religious School (K-7th grades) 10 am 7th-9th Grade Family Program 10 am Social Action Film Series 10:30 am Community Walk for Israel & Yom Ha-atzmaut 2:30 pm
In the Sinai Family
B’nei Mitzvah Bios
Regina Josephine Golding will become a Bat Mitzvah on March 3rd, 2012. Gina is the daughter of Anne and Larry Golding, sister of Sam and granddaughter of Jim and Marion Golding of Deerfield, Illinois, and Dr. Paul and Mary Capelli of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Come September, Gina will be a 7th Grader at Templeton Middle School in Sussex. She enjoys playing volleyball both outdoors in the summer and indoors in the fall, skiing in the winter and playing her tenor saxophone all year round. Gina teamed up with her brother Sam to complete a joint Mitzvah Project for the Waukesha Humane Animal Welfare Society (H.A.W.S.). In this way they promoted awareness of animal needs during the Thanksgiving and Hannukah Holidays. Gina is very excited about her bat mitzvah and she along with her family thank Rabbi Cohen, Cantor Robins, Linda Ross and Jen Friedman for their assistance and guidance preparing her for this special day.
Samuel James Golding will become a Bar Mitzvah on March 3rd, 2012. Sam is the son of Anne and Larry Golding, brother of Gina and grandson of Jim and Marion Golding of Deerfield, Illinois, and Dr. Paul and Mary Capelli of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Come September, Sam will be an 8th Grader at Templeton Middle School in Sussex. He enjoys biking, both on and off road in the summer, skiing in the winter and participating in a variety of outdoor activities with his Boy Scout Troop 175 in Menomonee Falls. Sam teamed up with his sister Gina to complete a joint Mitzvah Project. Together they held a collection of copy paper, dog food, cat food, toys and cat litter for the Waukesha Humane Animal Welfare Society (H.A.W.S.). Sam is very excited about his bar mitzvah and he along with his family thank Rabbi Cohen, Cantor Robins, Linda Ross and Jen Friedman for their assistance and guidance preparing him for this special day.
Julian Lowe will celebrate becoming a Bar Mitzvah on March 10, 2012. Julian is the son of Pip and David Lowe, brother of Gabriel (Abbie), Zachary (Kristi), and Adam, uncle to Zoey and Nathaniel, and grandson to Enid and Bert Powell of Chicago and the late George and Dorothy Lowe. Julian is a 7th grader at the Milwaukee Jewish Day School. He plays sports such as tennis, cross country, ping pong, baseball and basketball, and enjoys video and computer technology. Julian and his parents thank Rabbi Cohen, Cantor Robins, and Linda Ross for preparing him for this special milestone.
Jacob Newman will become a Bar Mitzvah on March 17th, 2012. He is the son of Amy and Dan Newman and brother of Zach and Gabe Newman. He is the grandson of Joel and Sheila Newman of New York and Maris and Harvey Bock of Bayside. Jacob is a 7th grader at Bayside Middle School. He enjoys participating in many sports, including: skiing, swimming, tennis, basketball, and cross country. He also enjoys writing and playing music for world percussion, drawing, and spending time with family and friends. Jacob cares deeply about other people, especially our older adult community. Jacob affirms his belief in Tikkun Olam by giving drum and percussion concerts to the residents of the Jewish Home and Care Center of Milwaukee. Jacob is very excited about becoming a Jewish adult. Jacob and his family would like to thank Rabbi Cohen, Cantor Robins, and the entire Sinai staff for all of their support and guidance. The Newmans would also like to thank Marilyn Kraar for her patience, kindness, and deep desire for Jacob to feel prepared and confident during this journey to becoming a Bar Mitzvah.
Sophia Bern will become a Bat Mitzvah, April 28th 2012. Sophia is the daughter of Cara Seppi-Bern and Scott Bern of Mequon. She is the granddaughter of Barbara and Alan Bern of Fox Point and Nina and the late Larry Seppi of Minneapolis. Sophia is in the 7th grade at Lake Shore Middle School. Sophia has been spending time with residents from White Birch Terrace, a residential group home, for her Mitzvah project. She finds that the residents are very appreciative of the time she spends with them at a meal or movie. She also has created, and paid for, baskets of craft supplies for her Bat Mitzvah center pieces. The center pieces will be donated to Children’s Hospital after her Bat Mitzvah celebration. Sophia participates in ballet, orchestra, cross country, and forensics. She enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her friends. She would like to thank Rabbi Cohen, Cantor Robins, Linda Ross, and Nani, her Grandma, for helping prepare for her special day.
Those We Remember
March 2, 2012 Mary L. Adelman Ida Beckerman Harry Blesser Dr. Harry A. Cheplin Fred A. Eckman Rose F. Feld Karen Lynn Flesch Ellen Friedlander Milton Kerns Beatrice Padway Sadie L. Weiner March 9, 2012 Natalie Bodanskaya Arnold Borkin Beatrice Chudnow Gertrude S. Cohen Sally Blocker Cremer Alice Ruth Culp Sue Komisar Del F. Krom Raymond Rattner Ruth Rich Anna Rosenbloom Edward B. Sametz Margaret Schlossmann Sy Taylor Dr. Jack J. Teplin Arthur Tiber Rabbi Elliot Waldman Sigmund Winter Monroe Zarne March 16, 2012 Ben Alberts Lawrence Bodner George Coplin Lise Lotte Freeman Dr. Harold Friedman Leon Glassman Anne Goldstein Leona Virginia Hill Samuel Jacobs Matty S. Katz Helen Koppel Ben Lerner Roland Meissner Harold Rife Warren Shrensker Harvey Simon Florence Watkins Morris Wiviott Nate Ziskind March 23, 2012 Lillian Allschwang Esther Ansfield Libby Becker Harry Friedman Irwin Ira Glick Dorothy Goldberg Muriel Greenebaum Marion Jaques Kenny Kahn Jerome Kerns Barbara Jean Leib Charlotte Orren Sara B. Plotkin Harold Primakow Charles Rotman Arthur Saltzstein Esther Schwade Harriet Sederbaum Harold Segal Arvin Weinstein March 30, 2012 Benjamin Adelman Freda Bratt Andy Brickman Robert Eisenberg Milton B. Ettenheim Jr. James Melvin Feld A. Leon Fishbach Jay Steven Goodman Robert Green Lucille Grotta Anita Horwitz Sheba Jacobson Laura Levy Albert May Fred Mayer Issac Mlavsky Minnie Rabinovitz Ralph K. Rosenbaum Rose Sadowsky Anne Shapiro Walter C. Stuckert Abraham Usow
April 6, 2012 Jerome Abelson Sarah Bender Hyman Friedman Morris Friedman Ann Hassel Nathan Kahn Hutchins Kealy Sr. Dr. Hirsh Jonathan Larkey Benjamin Lipshultz Tessie Luck David Meyers Sidney Schatz Clara Goldberg Schiffer Ansel H. Schmidt Barry Stark Elaine Wexler Kopans April 13, 2012 Nanette Berlin Morris Fine Esther Goldberg Solomon Heifetz Janice Higgins Eugene Horenstein Alfred Jacobs Bernard E. Komisar Dorothy Miller Lerner Gertrude M. Levin Sylvia Levine Irving Lore Vera Margoles Anna Meltzer Max Meyerowitz Milton Padway Milton Peck Hattie Rosenthal Lois Schatz Jewel Scklore Leslie H. Unger Lee Waxman Rosa Young Rosalyn Levin Zaret April 20, 2012 Brian James Adair Morris Borenstein Adolph Emerman David Fishman Morris Fredlich Mollie Fromstein Anna Lauwasser Irene Frances Lebed William Levin Katherine Loewenthal Max Margoles Ethel Marshall Mollie Razeper James I. Schulhof Pearl Schulhof Evelyn Schwartz April 27, 2012 Regina Adelman Leland Baum Katherine Fagan Sam Frank Stanley Glen Abraham Jacobs Eunice Kartman Morris Mendeloff Jr. Bertram Miller Betty Miller Esther Orenstein Edwarde Perlson Ruth Stillman
Builders and Founders Program
Congregation Sinai’s Annual Builders and Founders Program was a success. We met our goal and raised over $38,000! A heart-felt and sincere thank you to our congregants for without your generosity (financial or otherwise), we would not be the Sinai that we all love and value.
In honor of Jacob’s bar mitzvah Judy & David Coran In honor of Judi Ketten Joan & Mike Friedman In honor of Eli Weinshel’s 1st birthday Ruth Goldmann In honor of Rabbi Cohen & Cantor Robins Stefani Jacob & Scott Tisdel In honor of Julian Lowe’s bar mitzvah Pip & David Lowe In honor of Marc Kartman & Judi Ketten The Rector Family In honor of Nathan & Jacob Frazer Mildred Schapiro In honor of my grandchildren Robert Schlossmann In honor of Rabbi Cohen Brian Stark & Debra Altshul-Stark
In memory of Irvin Becker Margery Becker In memory of Ben Fagan Bernice Fagan
In memory of Theodore Friedlander, Jr Jean Friedlander In memory of Howard Gordon & Marty Siegel Sarah & Milton Hwang In memory of Alfred Jacobs Jeanne Jacobs In memory of Shirley Aaron Marv & Marlene Lauwasser In memory of Norman Leib, Bess & Sidney Mendelsohn Rosalie & Sam Leib In memory of Joe Lubar, Lisa Phillips & Debbie Friedman Micaela Levine & Thomas St. John In memory of Joseph Rochford Lubar David & Madeleine Lubar In memory of Jeffrey Siegel & Joe Lubar Joan Lubar Charitable Fund In memory of Joe Lubar Sharon Madnek In memory of Ari Porat Avner & Rena Porat In memory of our parents Brian & Deborah Schermer In memory of Theodore Stroiman Ruth Stroiman
James & Jean Bromley Jeff Frank Jane Gellman Jenni & Gordy Goldbaum Andy & Patricia Gollin Robin & Hugh Hoffman Jodi & Alan Holman Michael & Penny Hool Lori & Marc Jacobson Craig Johnson & Paige Styler Cynthia & Marc Kartman Henry & Joan Kerns Michael & Judi Ketten Susan Higgins-Larkey Doug Levy and Patti Stix Levy Joan Lieberman Lois Malawsky & Dr Jay Larkey Kate & Chip Mann Alan Mendeloff Judy Flegel Amy & Dan Newman Janet & Nick Padway Jim Phillips Michael & Julie Sadoff Gerald & Judith Salinsky Judith Salzstein Sandy Saltzstein & Darrin Lile Shelly & Dick Seesel Susan Lubar Solvang Rabbi Eric B. Stark Robert Steuer The Waxman Family The Zvi Family Anonymous (2)
Donations received from 12/6/11 -1/30/12 Adult Programming & Education Fund In memory of Phyllis Sweet Mimi Schechter & David Weissman Miriam Miringoff Kitchen Fund With gratitude to Rabbi Cohen Jessica & David Levi In memory of Ollie Adelman In memory of Arthur Blumenthal In memory of Mary Danz In memory of Tobi Friesler In memory of Max Goisman Judi & Michael Ketten In honor of many occasions and friendship of Nancy & Bob Mandel Muriel & Irv Becker Tzedakah Fund In memory of Philip Goldberg Elizabeth Goldberg In memory of Dorothy Heilbronner Joan & Mike Friedman In memory of Nancy Kaplan Deb & Brian Schermer Speedy recovery of Dr. Allan Luck Naomi & Mort Soifer In memory of Max Luck Shari & Allan Luck In memory of Will Padway Laurie & Dean Segal Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund In appreciation Mary Cherniack With gratitude Jessica & David Levi In memory of Ollie Adelman Bob & Nancy Mandel
In honor of special birthday of Morton Blutstein Toots Hassel In memory of Ilse Brauer Micaela Levine & Tom St. John In memory of Ida Cohen Bremer Beth & Gary Rattner In honor of Chanukah Edith Gilman In memory of Aaron Cherniack Mary Cherniack & Dan Gress In memory of Nancy Frank Jeffrey Frank & Family In memory of Bernard Horwitz Ann & Fred Horwitz In memory of David Jacobs Diana & Terry Jacobs In memory of Saul Levine Micaela Levine & Tom St. John In memory of Joseph Rochford Lubar Esther & Robert Sametz In memory of Werner Loewenstein Paul Loewenstein & Jody Kaufman Loewenstein In memory of Leah & Miles Mandel In honor of Nancy & Bob Mandel’s anniversary In memory of Anna & Sy Meltzer Bettie & Dave Meltzer In memory of Lee Mishlove Rachel Mishlove In memory of Mort Newald Jeffrey Frank Bettie & David Meltzer Nancy Ostermann In memory of Roger Resek Donna Resek Beth & Ron Shapiro In memory of Roberta Rosenberg In memory of Max Shapiro Beth & Ron Shapiro In memory of Elliot Shafton Barbara Shafton In memory of Phyllis Sweet Marcey & Mark Strick Cantor’s Discretionary Fund In memory of Leo Diamond Felice & Bob Leib In memory of Theodore Pories Ruth Stroiman In memory of Roman Ross Linda & Bill Ross In memory of Phyllis Sweet Marcey & Mark Strick Passport to Israel Fund In memory of Ollie Adelman In memory of Arthur Levin Sheri & Lloyd Levin Contributions made to the Temple In memory of Ollie Adelman Marv & Marlene Lauwasser In memory of Jack Barnow In memory of Benjamin Fagan Bernice Fagan In memory of Arthur Blumenthal Brynn & Jerry Bloch In memory of Linda Dinkes Jamie Berger Happy Chanukah to Edith Gilman Jeanie & Dan Gilman In honor of Bob & Nancy Mandel’s special occasions Gerry & Art Schmidman In memory of Morton Newald Robert Kirst Barbara & Dick Simon In memory of Lisa Phillips Donna Faw & Jay Miller In memory of Nathan Schwartz Ted Bradbury In honor of birthday of Barbara Simon Mr. and Mrs. Robert Goldstein In memory of Phyllis Sweet Angela E. Canellos Jane Ziol Floral and Oneg Fund In memory of Max Adler Richard & Elyce Lernor In memory of David Brickman In memory of Abram Warschauer Rabbi Jay & Rita Brickman In memory of Harry Cheplin In memory of Rose Feld Dr. Muriel Silbar In memory of Anita Chutkow In memory of Louis Chutkow Joan Levine In memory of Dorothy Heilbronner Margery Becker In memory of Janice Weiss Kahn Howard Weiss In memory of Frances Lipschultz In memory of Ann Urkofsky George Lipschultz In memory of Milton Strauss Goldene Strauss Chesed (Caring) Fund In memory of Margaret Adelstein Lauri & Rob Roth In memory of Morton Newald Sharon & Harold Hiken In memory of Phyllis Sweet Marcey & Mark Strick In memory of Ida Winick Nancy, Scott, Andrew, & Stephanie Phillips Anita & Bob Stone Barbara Eiseman Memorial Fund for Spiritual Growth In memory of Renee Rieselbach Phillips Pat & Allen Rieselbach Music Fund In memory of Sonia Dulka Stacy & Peter Schwab In memory of Marjorie Elkind Beatrice Segal Speedy recovery of Dr. Allan Luck Emmie & Erwin Merar In memory of Max Luck Elyse & BJ Cohn & Family In memory of Harlow Sanderson Sharon & Robert Sanderson In memory of Saul Siegel Barbara Siegel-Bradbury Jacob M. Fine & Family Library & Technology Fund In memory of Ollie Adelman Jayne & Eric Butlein In memory of Gloria Fishkin Pauline Zarne Speedy recovery of Dr. Allan Luck Sue & Neal Zechman In memory of Morton Newald Judy & Jim Silbermann Janet Greenebaum Scholarship Fund In honor of Eli Frank’s Bar Mitzvah Hana Albert Robert Grant Marks Youth Fund In memory of Ruth Zeligs Betsy, Jessica, & Shelly Goldberg Landscape Fund In memory of Lawrence Ball In memory of Judi Kahn Dick Kahn Future Fund In memory of Mort Newald Ann Pereles Prayer Book Fund In memory of Phyllis Sweet Betty Sweet Lieberman Memorial Arts Fund In honor of Bob & Nancy Mandel’s special occasions Ruth Goldmann & Harry Wallace Congregation Sinai Endowment at the Jewish Community Foundation In memory of Robert Kartman Cynthia & Marc Kartman
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Board of Trustees, 2011-2012
Judi Ketten, Co-President Marc Kartman, Co-President John Mann, Vice President Craig Johnson, Vice President Andy Gollin, Brotherhood Tom St. John, Treasurer Sandy Saltzstein, Secretary Marlene Lauwasser, Past President Patti Levy, Past President Jim Salinsky, Past President David Cobb, Finance Dan Elias, Membership Jenni Goldbaum, Youth Education Rob Golub, Outreach Idy Goodman, Social Action Toots Hassel Hugh Hoffman, Finance Ruth Lebed-Rofes Julie Lookatch Nick Padway Amy Newman, Chesed Jimmy Schulhof Beth Shapiro, Communications Susan Solvang, Gift Shop Mark Sweet Jill Weinshel, Celebrations
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