Volume III Tishrei/Cheshvan 5780 / October 2019 No. 18
As Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur approach, as I look over the past year to see what I am proud of and what I regret, I want you to know that I am sorry for any way in which I’ve hurt or offended you, whether by what I have done or left undone. Please know that it was not intentional. Please come and tell me if I’ve harmed you in the past year, so that I can specifically address it. I wish you a healthy and a happy new year.
Every year, I engage in professional development to enhance my ability to serve our congregation. This year, part of my focus will be on Israel.
For over a thousand years, Jews have prayed to return to the Land of Israel, which the Torah says that God promised to the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, our patriarchs. For the vast majority of that time, though, the longing to return to the Land was not literal. The dream was that one day they would return, certainly not in their lifetimes, probably at the end of days, after the Messiah comes.
Before the 1800s, there was no sense of nation-states as we know them today: countries with national identities and fixed borders. There were kingdoms, and people’s rights and responsibilities were determined by whoever their local ruler was. In the 1800s the modern nation-state emerged.
Some Jews believed that the Jewish People should have their own nation-state, and so the ideology of Zionism emerged. For the first time, the idea of longing to return to the Land of Israel became literal. At first, this ideology was not particularly popular. The Reform Movement in the United States did not support Zionism until after Israel was founded in 1948.
For the last 71 years the Jews have had our own country, after being under the rule of others since 63 BCE, when the Romans conquered the kingdom of Judea. Seventy-one years is a very short period of time in the grand scheme of our history. We are still adjusting to what it means that we have a Jewish country, and what the role of Jews in the diaspora is with regard to it.
We have a country, and any of us who is Jewish has the right to citizenship there. It’s a tiny country surrounded by enemies in the Middle East. There is an ongoing conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians, who were displaced by the establishment of the State of Israel. Israel is small but powerful, with the backing of the United States and a strong military. The situation there is complicated and hard to unravel. Among Jews in the United States, there is a general ethos in older generations that Israel needs our support, while younger generations tend to be much more conflicted.
One of the challenges for clergy and other Jewish professionals is how to teach about Israel effectively, to both children and adults. To that end, Rabbi Pinsky and I are participating in a fellowship sponsored by the Jewish Education Project and Makom Israel, an Israel education research and teaching organization. A few years ago, when we participated in the two-year Synagogue Inclusion Project, it was also through the Jewish Education Project.
So far, the fellowship has included a two-day seminar, which took place in early September and was packed with thought-provoking ideas. We will be attending webinars and reading about Israel. The fellowship centers around a six-day seminar in Israel from January 13-19. I’m particularly excited about this because while I’ve visited Israel a number of times, I’ve never gone on a professional development/learning trip. I know it will be intense and amazing.
I hope you will find that going forward, there will be opportunities to learn more about Israel and have robust discussions in our community about this place that holds so much history and is a source of both pride and concern for many Jews.
May the High Holy Days this year bring you spiritual cleansing and freedom. I look forward to seeing you soon. L’Shana Tovah u’Metukah—have a good and sweet new year..
Rabbi Heidi Hoover
High Holidays 5780 / 2019 • L’Shanah Tovah Tikatevu
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, September 29th, 8 PM
Rosh Hashanah (Day 1)
Monday, September 30th, 10 AM
Children's Service, 1:30 PM
Tashlich, approx. 2:30 PM
(Prospect Park Lake)
Rosh Hashanah (Day 2)
Tuesday, October 1st, 10 AM
Tashlich, approx. 1:30 PM
(Salt Marsh Nature Center at Marine Park)
Tuesday, October 8th
Wednesday, October 9th, 10 AM
Children's Service/Study Session, 1:15 PM
Yizkor/Afternoon Service/N'ilah, 2:45 PM
Community Break the Fast, 7 PM
PLEASE BRING YOUR TICKETS AND ARRIVE AT LEAST 15 MINUTES BEFORE SERVICES. IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN SEATS FOR THE HHD, CALL THE OFFICE AT (718) 282-1596.
Yizkor approximately at 4:30 PM
Community Break-The-Fast immediately following services
voice of truth
The Year Ahead
The High Holy Days are now upon us and we welcome the new year with a freshly painted lobby with new energy-saving lighting and an accessible restroom. Thank you for your patience while these improvements were in progress.
I hope you find this year’s High Holy Day services led by Rabbi Hoover and joined by Rabbi Pinsky meaningful, inspirational and uplifting. Our Cantorial Soloist, Nonie Schuster Donato, has been preparing our volunteer choir for weeks with beautiful music that will enhance your experience. I hope to see many of throughout the High Holy Days from Rosh Hashanah eve through break-the-fast on Yom Kippur. Then, following Yom Kippur, join us as we celebrate Sukkot on Sunday, October 13. Help decorate the Sukkah and shake the lulav. On the following Sunday, October 20, come celebrate Simchat Torah as we dance with our Torahs and unfurl a Torah around the entire sanctuary.
As many of you know, we will not be having our Minyan service on Shabbat mornings until after Simchat Torah. Unfortunately, while demolishing the maze of rooms and closets in the school basement, we came across some existing conditions that need to be corrected before a class can meet down there. Therefore, the Community Room needs to be used as a classroom.
Another byproduct of the demolition that occurred in the basement was the moving of a tremendous amount of stuff that was being stored. Most of this stuff has not been used or seen for years and it’s time to say “good riddance” to it. We will be arranging a number of Sundays to go through this stuff. Anyone who is interested in helping to sort through these “treasures” should call the Temple office.
As we had informed you during the summer, the Department of Transportation (DOT) was considering implementing bus lanes on Church Avenue between East 7th and East 16th Streets, Monday through Saturday, from 7 am to 7 pm, to speed up the travel time of the B35.
We requested that the DOT modify their plans, specifically to eliminate the bus lanes on Saturday. The only concession that DOT has made is ending the bus lanes at Marlborough Road rather than at East 16th St.
We were informed just last week by DOT that they are proceeding to implement the bus lanes on September 23 but are not enforcing them until after our High Holy Days on October 23. Please note that we plan to continue our fight to eliminate the bus lanes on Saturdays as it has an adverse affect on us and many of the other activities that take place in the neighborhood. If you wish to help with this fight, we encourage you to reach out to DOT directly at (646) 892-1350.
Finally, I wish to again remind you that the URJ Biennial is fast approaching. The Biennial this year is from Wednesday, December 11 to Sunday, December 15 in Chicago. I encourage you to consider attending. As an incentive, the Board of Trustees has allotted $2,500 for stipends to help defer the costs of attending the Biennial. The allotted amount will be divided by the number of congregants requesting a stipend with a maximum stipend of $500. Also, if we have a delegation of five or more, each registrant can earn a rebate of up to $60. Please note that to be eligible for the rebate you must register by the Early Bird deadline of October 16. If you have any questions about the Biennial, please do not hesitate to contact me or visit the Biennial website https://www.urjbiennial.org.
I wish you and your family a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. L’Shana Tova!
Dairy Potluck and Torah Service
Friday, October 4, 2019
Temple provides pizza and pasta… you bring a dairy/vegetarian side dish or dessert….and of course, your engaging conversations.
Potluck 6:30 pm
Torah Service 8 pm
Joanie Holland Schaffer
IN THE BEGINNING: I was born in Brooklyn, but moved with my mom and sister to a rural area of Bucks County, Pennsylvania when I was seven. You can’t take the city out of the girl, though, and I came back to Brooklyn when I was 18.
FAMILY IS EVERYTHING: I live with my husband of more years than I can count (I mean this — I’m really bad at math) Bill, our four-year-old son Nazair, and our dog, Boo Boo. My dad is an honorary member of our household and a tremendous support to us, and the rest of our parents and grandparents, and siblings live in PA, NJ, IL, and FL.
GRADUATED FROM: There’s a story here, but I have a BA in Humanities from the University of Glamorgan in Wales, UK, where I studied abroad for a year. I later earned my MA in Human Resources Management from Webster University and my Master of Social Work from Adelphi University. I don’t directly use any of my degrees in my day-to-day job, but the skills transfer.
MAKING A LIVING: Since March 2012, I have worked in the Procurement department at NYC Transit as a buyer and purchasing supervisor. I may be one of the few people who doesn’t hate the MTA, and despite our bad reputation, I’m proud to work there. Having grown up somewhere without a public transportation infrastructure, it is nothing short of a blessing and a miracle that millions of New Yorkers are able to get safely from point A to point B, in all kinds of weather, 24/7, 365 days a year.
MY JEWISH IDENTITY: It's kind of a new thing for me. I was born to a loosely Catholic mom and secular Jewish dad, and I was raised Catholic with a subtle Jewish cultural identity. My Jewish heritage was always a bit of a pain point because “half-Jewish” is not an accepted identity by just about anyone, but I also didn’t fit neatly into either box. Before just a few years ago, I had no idea that there were distinct movements of Judaism with different definitions of what it means to be Jewish and do Jewish. It was equal parts shocking and empowering; where I thought the decision had been made for me at birth, I suddenly recognized I had a choice. I enrolled in Rabbi Sue Oren’s Intro to Judaism course and attended my first service at Temple Beth Emeth right before the consolidation. After studying with Rabbi Hoover, I formally affirmed my heritage and committed to having a Jewish home and raising my son in this tradition.
HOBBIES: I enjoy reading, music, technology of the useful and useless varieties, listening to the occasional podcast, and watching TV comedies and dramedies. I also speak and learn Welsh, although I’ve been on a hiatus. Oh, and my guilty pleasure is watching 90 Day Fiancé on TLC, which clearly no longer stands for The Learning Channel.
BUSY AT B'ShERT: I love to sing, so if Nonie has convened the choir or it’s Purimshpiel time, I’m usually a part of it. I’m also really passionate about helping our community to be as welcoming and accessible as possible, so I’m an enthusiastic member of the Membership committee. A new role for me is that this year I’m serving as Madelon’s protégée/co-chair of the Religious School Committee. And last, but not at all least, I’m B’ShERT’s PJ Library coordinator.
WISE WORDS: “The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” (Nelson Henderson). “Don’t dream it, be it.” (The Rocky Horror Picture Show)
Photo courtesy of Joanie Holland Schaffer
Photo by Robin Bass
Fun Facts From Fundraising
On Sunday, September 15, 60 people from our Interfaith Coalition gathered at East Midwood Jewish Center for another Abraham’s Table program. Father Ken Gavin, Rabbi Cantor Sam Levine and Imam Ibrahim Atasoy spoke about Repentance and Forgiveness, followed by a lively question-and-answer session.
Our annual Rosh Hashanah Food Drive is underway with bags being given out at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services for you to take home and fill with unexpired, non-perishable food to be given to Our Lady of Refuge Church Food Pantry (part of our Interfaith Coalition) and our own Little Pantry. We will also have MAZON envelopes in case you want to make a donation in addition to, or instead of, providing a bag of food. Filled bags can be returned to Temple anytime through Sukkot.
HOLD THE DATES for the following Interfaith Coalition programs (watch for flyers with more specific information):
* Friday, October 18 at B’ShERT—Interfaith Shabbat and Potluck Dinner
* Monday, November 11—Annual Interfaith Walking Tour (location to be determined)
* Sunday, November 24 at 3 pm at Our Lady of Refuge Church—Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Our Hanukkah Toy Drive will take place in December. Look for more specific info on dates and types of toys soon.
The next Social Action Committee meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 19 at 7 pm in the Community Room.
If you missed the wonderful and meaningful joint program we held with Good Shepherd Baptist Church in August—or you want to relive the experience—Pastor Wells Abellard and the folks at GSBC produced a YouTube video that captures the day perfectly. You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/BPmWwxjbtq4
Happy, healthy and peaceful 5780 and have an easy fast.
Susan Sysler and Laurie Bassi
Co-Chairs, Social Action Committee
Best wishes for a sweet new year! By now, all those honey gifts should have been received. As of this date, 159 jars have been sold. Thanks to all who ordered!
In this Voice of Truth issue, look for the flyer for our next event, Jews, God & History, an irreverent solo performance by Michael Takiff, taking place Sunday, December 8 at 4 pm, in our sanctuary.
Coming up in 2020, please save the dates for the following opportunities to join us in dance:
Saturday evening, January 11, we will once again be hosting a night of Israeli dance with Daniel. No partner needed. Email Pam, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a dance that you would like to learn at this event.
Saturday evening, February 1, multi-talented congregant Susanna Stein will join us for a Havdalah Hoedown. This will be a family-friendly event—again, no partners needed—with a special themed vegetarian dinner included.
Looking forward to seeing you!
Pam Glantzman, Fundraising Committee
News From the Social Action Committee
WANTED: SHABBAT SERVICE GREETERS
Greeter opportunities are still open for October and November. Duties: Smile, say “Shabbat Shalom,” remind attendees to turn off their cell phones, and hand over a prayer book and announcement pamphlet.
Please let Alice in the Temple office know if you would like to volunteer.
Report from the Jewish Cultural Committee
Join us Nov. 16 - 17 on our annual weekend bus trip with Union Temple. We will be leaving from Temple by bus on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and driving to Plimoth Plantation, where we will learn about Jewish influences which inspired the Pilgrims. We will visit the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to see its Judaica collection, tour Temple Israel, and have lunch in Brookline, returning Sunday night to Temple at 10 pm. The price, including hotel room for two, bus, all admissions, lunch at Plimoth Plantation, and continental breakfast on Saturday morning, is $290 per person. If you prefer a single room, the cost is $345 for the weekend. Register by October 31st. We always have a great time!
As of this writing, our Committee has not yet met to plan events around town, but I can tell you that if you are interested in exploring Jewish culture in New York City in October, you can just plant yourself at the Center for Jewish History at West 16th Street for the month.
In addition to exhibits such as Russ and Daughters, an Appetizing Story, The Art of Exile: Paintings by German Jewish Refugees, and The Rise of the Yiddish Machine: The Typewriter and Yiddish Literature, you can see the film Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People on Oct. 17 at 6:30 pm for $15 per person ($12 for seniors) and learn about the role of this Jewish immigrant from Hungary regarding the freedom of the press.
You can also discover the fascinating story of Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey, in which Polish Jews were saved by deportation, on Oct. 27 at 5 pm for $10 ($7 for seniors), and watch Who Will Write Our History, which is a movie about the secret writers and intellectuals group determined to preserve Jewish culture in the Nazi-occupied Warsaw Ghetto, on Oct. 28 or $15 a ticket. Why not return on Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. for the concert The Place of Israel in Song? This also costs $15 per ticket.
Yvette Pomeranz, Jewish Cultural Committee
Raffle Basket Donations Needed
We need NEW, UNUSED items suitable for raffle gift baskets. Suggestions: electronics, jewelry, housewares, collectibles, toys and games, liquor, unused gift cards or gift certificates, kitchen gadgets, wallets, handbags, picture frames, candles, glassware, tissue paper, ribbons and bows, baskets, etc. Please contact Karen Eichel at email@example.com if you'd like to contribute.
Women of B'ShERT: A Sisterhood Organization
We started the year with a very successful ice cream social with 21 in attendance. A good time was had by all! Some upcoming events to look out for:
On October 19, at 9:30 am, artist Jonathan Blum will be making his second appearance with us for our monthly brunch and lecture. We are lucky to have one of his works in our entryway. Cost is $10/Temple members and $15/non-members.
We will be announcing a guest for our November 2 brunch/lecture soon. Please watch for details.
On December 7, also at 9:30 am, our brunch/lecture series will welcome Maidels and Dreidels and Ladles: Oh My!—The Journey of a Jewish Children’s Book Writer, presented by author Leslea Newman. ($10/members; $15/non-members).
December 15 is our annual lunch and Hanukkah concert event. Info is forthcoming.
Charlotte Russell, Mona Goldberg & Sara Meyer West
Women of B’ShERT
Report from Brotherhood of B'ShERT
On behalf of Brotherhood, I would like to thank all our members who showed up at the Brotherhood meeting on September 8. Your input was greatly appreciated.
At this meeting, we planned a number of Brotherhood events for 2019-2020. Please see the list in the box below and look for a flyer at Temple. Remember that these events are successful ONLY with the support of our entire temple family.
Our next Brotherhood meeting is scheduled for Sunday October 6, 9 am, in the Community Room. At this meeting we will have breakfast, meet some wonderful people, and discuss important issues relevant to Brotherhood and your temple.If you have not already joined Brotherhood, remember the dues are $36 (check made out to Brotherhood of B'ShERT). If the cost is a problem, see me and I will work it out. These dues help our temple with various projects.You don't have to attend the meetings to join and show your support,but we do love to see you.
Brotherhood wishes everyone a Happy New Year, a safe and easy fast,a joyful Sukkot and Simchat Torah and a safe and fun Halloween.
Joel Moss and the Brotherhood of B'ShERT
The Light Lunch Fund Needs You
B’ShERT has enjoyed a light lunch before our Saturday afternoon book discussions for many years. And although we want to continue this tradition, we are running out of funds.
Accordingly, we are asking for sponsors to underwrite our light lunches. Perhaps you are celebrating a simcha or remembering the yahrzeit of a loved one? Maybe you would just like to donate to the fund.
You can do your own shopping or ask the committee to shop for you based upon your budget. In any case we will assist you in setting up. Hope you can help us to keep a good thing going!
Ellyn Rothstein for Light Lunch Fund on behalf of the Catering Committee
Brotherhood Events 2019-2010
• Sunday, October 6, 2019—9 am. Brotherhood Breakfast Meeting
• Sunday, November 10, 2019—9 am. Brotherhood Breakfast Meeting
• Sunday, December 1, 2019—9 am. Brotherhood Breakfast Meeting. Planning for Brotherhood Shabbat and Indoor Picnic
• Friday, December 6, 2019—8 pm. Brotherhood Shabbat
• Sunday, January 5, 2020—2:30 pm. Indoor Picnic
• Sunday, February 9, 2020—9 AM. Brotherhood Breakfast Meeting
• Sunday, March 22, 2020—2 pm. Abbreviated Brotherhood Meeting and Lecture by Alan Zarrow: The Attempted Assassination of Harry Truman
• Sunday, April 19, 2020—9 am. Brotherhood Breakfast at the Mirage Diner
• Sunday, May 17, 2020—2 pm. Abbreviated Brotherhood Meeting and Lecture by Ron Schweiger: Famous Jews of Brooklyn
• Sunday, June 7 or June 14, 2020—9 am. Brotherhood Breakfast Meeting. Plan for Outdoor Picnic
• Sunday, June 28, 2020—11 am. Brotherhood Outdoor Picnic at Floyd Bennett Field
Susan Sysler and her prize foul ball
The B'ShERT contingent at Cyclones games often constitutes a minyan, so it's fair to call MCU Park our (unofficial) satellite location. While we don't claim total credit for our team winning the pennant this year, we believe our devoted attendance supplied the good faith that put them over the edge. —Editor
(Photos by Ron & Phyllis Schweiger & Alan Zarrow)
Ron Schweiger plans his next career
Gene Guskin, Eric Platt, Alan Zarrow & Ron Schweiger
B'ShERT Loves Baseball (Our Brooklyn Team in Particular)
Alan Zarrow invites you to supply your own caption.
Bill Schaffer, Bonnie Greenbaum & Phyllis Schweiger
ARZA Report: Reform Judaism in Israel
(The following is from ReformJudaism.org.)
Are there Reform Jews in Israel? Yes!
In its practice, Reform Judaism in Israel is in some ways more traditional than in the Diaspora. Hebrew is used exclusively in worship services and classical Jewish texts and rabbinic literature play a more prominent role in Reform education and synagogue life. A Reform Beit Din(religious court) regulates procedures of conversion and offers guidance in other ritual matters. This traditional leaning embodies one of the original, classic principles of the movement: that Reform Judaism draws upon powerful influences in the larger social context in which it lives and grows.
Like Reform Jews worldwide, the members of the Israel movement value the principal of tikkun olam ( the repair of the world) through the pursuit of social justice as they value ritual and tradition.
One of the primary vehicles through which the Israel Reform Movement accomplishes this goal is through the work of Keren b’Kavod – the Fund for Humanitarian Assistance and Social Responsibility. In Israel this commitment extends to protecting the physical and spiritual well-being of the Jewish State. Reform Judaism is dedicated to ensuring that the State of Israel reflect Judaism's highest prophetic character which calls for freedom, equality and peace among all the inhabitants of the land.
This fast-growing segment of Israeli society is establishing a network of Reform/Progressive congregations, schools and community centers across the country as described in these statistics:
50 congregations and community centers throughout Israel
50 kindergartens, 5 elementary schools and two high schools
100 Reform rabbis ordained in Israel
120 Reform rabbis in Israel
500 young people have participated in pre-army programs
500 weddings a year performed by movement-affiliated rabbis
1000 campers participate annually in summer camps programs
1500 bar and bat mitzvah ceremonies were held during 2016 at Israeli Reform congregations
12,000 families are affiliated with Reform/Progressive communities and educational institutions
250,000 (4%) Israelis affiliated most with Reform Judaism based on data collected by the Israel Democracy Institute
2.5 million NIS has been invested by the Israeli government in building Reform synagogues over the last 4 years
A way to show your support for Reform Judaism in Israel by becoming a member of ARZA. In the near future you will receive a letter requesting your membership. I urge you to complete the form at the bottom of the letter, and return it to the Temple office along with a check made out to B’ShERT. Of the $50.00 in annual dues $2.00 will stay at the temple, for Israel-related programming, and the balance will be sent directly to ARZA.
Tamara Kerner, ARZA Committee Chair
Sukkot Open House Hosted by Congregant Hazel Tishcoff
Sunday, October 20, 2-5 pm
323 Rugby Road (between Cortelyou and Beverley Roads)
Exploring the People of Jerusalem (Part 1 of 4)
Upgrading your laptop computer? Donate the old one to Temple! We will wipe it of all your info and use it for our Religious School students & teachers, or resell it to help fund our programs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
In May , the ARZA committee participated in Erev Shabbat Services, in honor of Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day). Some of the committee members presented short bios on ancient and modern people of Jerusalem. We’ll be featuring these bios in the next few issues of The Voice of Truth.
The following bio of archeologist Trude Dothan was presented by Linda Feller.
Trude Dothan was born in Vienna in 1923 and immigrated to Israel with her parents in 1924. In the mid-1940s, Trude began her studies at Hebrew University Jerusalem, leaving from 1948 (start of the war) to 1950 to serve in the mapping and photography division of the Israel Defense Forces.
She received her M.A. degree and went on to do post-graduate studies at the University of Chicago and the University of London. Dothan received her Ph.D. degree from Hebrew University and began her teaching career at its Institute of Archaeology. During the 1960s and '70s she was also a guest professor at Brown, New York Institute of Fine Arts, Harvard and Berkeley.
Next, she began to participate in digs (remember at this time, archeology is mostly a man’s occupation) at Ein Gedi, Beit Yerah, a Canaanite city of the third century B.C.E. and Tel Qasila, where she became familiar with Philistine culture.
Over the next 10 years, she headed the expedition at Deir-el-Balah, which uncovered an Egyptian border fortress, dating back to the Late Bronze Age, that defended the king’s highway between Egypt and Canaan.
Her excavations and her research brought to light the material culture of the Philistines, the cultural connections between the seagoing nations and Erez Israel and the connections with Egypt. Because of her writings we have a better understanding of these cultures.
Dothan said of herself: “I belong to a group of archaeologists who were born and bred in this country. From my first steps as an archaeologist, I was fascinated by the coexistence of cultures in this land and its unique status within the region. Thus we find, for example, that in the period of the Judges, Israelite settlements were established next to the Canaanites and the Philistines, during the last phases of Egyptian imperial rule in the area.”
The Philistines were a new force and they brought with them the effective use of iron technology with which they erected a fortified city, with industrial and residential areas. The most important find at the excavation, which confirmed the existence of the Philistine city of Ekron, was an inscription referring to Achron son of Padi son of Aada son of Yair, ruler of Ekron.
Trude Dothan died in 2016 at the age of 93. She is still considered to be among the most important archaeologists of Biblical Erez Israel in Israel and the entire world.
Many thanks to all the B'ShERT members who volunteered their time greeting visitors to our table at the annual Flatbush Frolic, and to everyone who stopped by and said hello!
Above: Joanie Holland Schaffer (l.) and Ellyn Rothstein at the Frolic.
Right: Rabbi Heidi Hoover demonstrates the blasting of the shofar.
(Photos by Michael T. Rose)
B'ShERT Greets the Community at the Flatbush Frolic
Amy Sara Clark
Rabbi Heidi Hoover
Judge Milton Platt
...and a Happy Anniversary to Doreen and Jerry Aronow, Rosalind and Harry Bialor, & Diane and Lester Schenker!
Happy Birthday, October Babies!
Our Chat 'N Nosh
Our second Chat N' Nosh (Seudah Shlishit) at the home of Rabbi Heidi Hoover and Mike Rose's house was an intergenerational fun experience for all.
Thank you to our hosts and our guests!
(Photo by Michael T. Rose)
Have an Electric Burner We Can Borrow?
Our committee is looking to borrow single or double electric burners for use during our Women Cook event on November 3 from 4-8 pm. If you have one, of course in good working order, please contact Ellyn Rothstein at email@example.com
Hope you will also be able to attend this delightful festival! This event is for everyone, men, women and children. It is not only a women’s event. Children under 6 are free.
Co-Chair with Melissa Scott of Membership of B’ShERT
Dear Temple Community,
On Friday, October 18, B'ShERT will host a Shabbat Potluck with our Interfaith Coalition partners in our Banquet Hall.
I am serving a chair of this event on behalf of the Social Action Committee and the Interfaith Coalition along with East Midwood Jewish Center, Our Lady of Refuge Roman Catholic Church and the Turkish Cultural Center of Brooklyn. We all hope that you will be there and will want to share the camaraderie with this special and diverse group and show support for the goodwill this coalition generates.
To that end, I am asking if you would not mind making or buying an appetizer, salad, main dish or dessert enough to serve six to eight people. All food must be vegetarian. I am also charged with the responsibility of coordinating the food, so I would appreciate your food contribution. If you are willing to bring a dish, please tell me what it is so that I might coordinate with our other partners.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon,
On behalf of Social Action and the Interfaith Coalition
Come to the Interfaith Coalition's Shabbat Potluck on October 18
Sat., 11/2: Women of B’ShERT Brunch, 9 am
Sun., 11/3: Women Cook Food Festival, 4 - 8 pm
Mon., 11/4: Israeli Dancing, 7:30 pm
Tues, 11/5: Torah Study, 1 pm
Wed., 11/6: Evening Book Group, 7 pm
Sun., 11/10: Brotherhood Meeting, 9 am
Executive Board Meeting: Wed., 11/13, 7:15 pm
Board of Trustees Meeting: Wed., 11/20, 7 pm
October 5 Vayeilech (Deuteronomy 31:1 − 30)
October 12 Haazinu (Deuteronomy 32:1—52)
October 19 Chol HaMo-eid Sukkot (Exodus 33:12–34:26)
October 26 B'reishit (Genesis 1:1−6:8)
Torah Portion Calendar — October 2019
Looking Ahead to November 2019
You Are Invited to Join
THE HANNAH SENESH SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA, INC.
The Hannah Senesh Society honors the memory of one of the greatest heroines in modern Jewish history during World War II.
Contact: Harry Bialor, President (718) 375-8669
JESSICA SCHULMAN • TECHNOLOGY RESOURCE SPECIALIST
COMPUTER SERVICES & GRAPHICS ARTS SERVICES
718 338-2043 • fax 718 377-7919
B'ShERT's Caring Chesed Committee: We're Here to Help
Volunteers are needed to make phone calls and/or visits to those who are ill or have suffered a loss. It is especially important to keep in touch with those who are grieving after the initial mourning period. If you know that someone is in need of a visit or a call, please contact one of our co-chairs.
We are always looking for new members and would appreciate any ideas to make the committee more effective.
"It is not incumbent upon you to complete the work, but neither are you at liberty to desist from it…" Pirke Avot
Gene Guskin (917) 533-6231
Ruth Bile (646) 732-2650
Frema Schneier (917) 459-0904
Debbie Belsky (718) 252-8030
B'ShERT Caring Committee
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Maxine Feldman Teaches…
Piano, Voice, Guitar, Sight-Singing
Ms. Feldman has 35 years of experience teaching all ages. She has served on the music faculties of NYU, Brooklyn College, The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and Hebrew Union College. She has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the United Nations, at PTBAS and now at the new consolidated congregation!
For further information please call Maxine at 718-421-3740