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Even though most of us haven’t entered B’ShERT’s building since March, improvements to the building are very much on our minds.
This fall a long-term planning committee was formed to set priorities and make plans for changes to the building that will meet the needs of our community.
Many of these changes will not happen immediately—part of the goal is to create a plan that makes sense and can be implemented over the next five to 20 years. Jeff Levinson is the chair of the committee, and I am participating in it.
So far, the committee is using a two-pronged approach. We are interviewing architects to work with. The goal of hiring an architect is to have an expert with whom we can share our goals, and who can then help us with ideas for meeting those goals.
In order to know what our goals are, we also created a survey which was sent to you in November and early December. The survey asked all of our congregants to dream big and imagine a synagogue building that would be the best synagogue building ever. Forty-six of you responded to the survey, which is an excellent return rate, so thank you to all of you!
I tabulated the results, putting all the ideas shared in sketch-note form. (Sketch-notes are a graphic note-taking method.) At the end of this column, you can see a sampling from the sketch-notes I made of the results.
As I looked at the survey responses, three themes emerged: Taking those who filled out the survey as representative of the congregation, we want a synagogue building that is accessible to those with differing abilities, that has flexible spaces that can be used in different ways, and in which we can use more space.
Survey respondents said they want more bathrooms and for the bathrooms to be handicapped-accessible. They asked that the bimah be made more accessible—either by lowering it to floor level (the ark too) so there are no steps, or by finding a way to add a ramp (how exactly to accomplish this is something we will ask the architect). An elevator between the first floor and the function room has been committed to already, but some people said they would also like elevator access to the second floor of the school building and to the lower level of that building (which is lower than the function room).
A significant number of people said they’d like the sanctuary to be a more flexible space, with movable seating so the room can be configured in different ways for different purposes, and perhaps a way to make the space smaller (temporarily) for a more intimate feeling.
Feedback about the lower level of the school building (which in the last century served as a gym with a stage) was also that it should be a flexible space, either multi-purpose or with religious-school classrooms that could also be used in different ways.
Many respondents noted that the lobby is too small, and that they’d like to see it enlarged. It would be great, some said, if we could have the whole first floor for our use, rather than renting it to our tenant. Enlarging the sanctuary entrance was also an idea that was shared.
These are just a few of the thoughts that emerged. Of course, it will not be possible to implement every suggestion—in some cases, the structure and design of the building may be a limitation; in others, it may just be too expensive.
Our next task is to bring all of this data to the architect we hire and think creatively of what we might be able to achieve. We hope that the architect will make suggestions about affordable, feasible ways to meet our goals of increased accessibility and flexibility, though it may be in ways we didn’t think of.
If you would like to share any of your thoughts or ideas, please send them to Jeff Levinson. You can reach him through the temple office at email@example.com by putting “attn: Jeff Levinson” in the subject line.
I look forward to the day, sometime this year, when we are able to return to our building and be together in person. I am also thinking a lot about how we will continue to use Zoom to enhance our community life and continue connecting with those of you who cannot come in person.
I look forward to seeing you soon, one way or another.
May the new year bring health and blessings.
Rabbi Heidi Hoover
Volume IV Tevet/Sh'vat 5781 / January 2021 No. 31
This is a sample of the sketch-noted survey results. Hash marks indicate how many people made the same points.
Looking Forward to 2021
In these difficult days of social distancing, I hope that you and your families found a way to have a joyous Hanukkah.
As a congregation, this year’s celebration, like so many others since March, was like none we had ever experienced. Thanks to Zoom we were able to light our menorahs daily for eight days together.
Hopefully, this can be the start of a new tradition as we learn to take advantage of these technological advancements so that we can gather as one B’ShERT family whenever we cannot be together physically.
In addition to communally lighting candles daily, we found a way to have our annual Hanukkah party with our Hanukkah Lollapalooza.
This was a tremendous success as there were about 100 participants enjoying Havdallah, menorah lighting, Hanukkah songs, and a variety of activities ranging from playing bingo or dreidel to making edible menorahs or cocktails.
We must thank our Membership Committee for organizing this wonderful event, our Youth Group for performing Havdallah and menorah lighting, Rabbi Pinsky and Gail Levine Fried for leading us in song, and Charlotte Russell, Fred Baer, Bill Schaffer, Gail Levine Fried and Sam Silverman for leading the activities.
Our final event of 2020, It Never Was You — Jazz by Jewish Composers, was an enjoyable evening of music from the Great American Songbook. Thank you to Rabbi Pinsky for making this event available to us and introducing us to the music of Hadar Orshalimy and her four-piece band.
Our Hanukkah celebration and the launch of the COVID-19 vaccine has allowed us to leave 2020 on a high note and with hope that we will finally be together in person sometime in 2021. For now, though, we will continue to meet virtually.
As we enter 2021, we have a number of enjoyable Zoom events planned for in the first month of the year.
On Saturday, January 9th, the ARZA Committee will present a Virtual Israel Trip to Kibbutz Hannaton.
The following day on Sunday, January 10th Brotherhood will present Alan Zarrow's long-awaited lecture on The Attempted Assassination of President Harry S Truman.
Please join Brotherhood for Alan’s unique presentation. His talks are always engaging and filled with historical details that most of us never knew about.
Please see the flyers in this newsletter with more information on the Virtual Israel Trip and Alan's Brotherhood talk.
The Women of B’ShERT, a Sisterhood Organization will be interviewing Hazel Tishcoff on Tuesday, January 12th. Then on Thursday, January 14th, Brotherhood will be having a Trivia Night hosted by Mike Rose.
Wondering about your ancestral past? Then join us on Sunday, January 24th, as the Membership Committee presents Tracing Your Jewish Roots at Home (Level 1).
The Long-Term Planning Committee is progressing in their search for an architect to collaborate with us in developing a long-range master plan for the restoration, renovation and re-imagination of our building.
I wish to thank all of you who participated in the congregational survey and attended the B’Yachad session to express your hopes and dreams on how our building can be transformed to enhance your spiritual, communal and educational Jewish experience.
Your thoughts will be invaluable as we proceed in our continued mission to improve our building.
I realize that we are still living in uncertain times, but let’s hope that as the days, weeks and months of 2021 pass our lives steadily improve and that we will finally be able to meet again in person at B’ShERT.
Wishing you and your families a happy, healthy and much improved 2021.
The Membership Committee wishes everyone a happy and healthy secular new year. May 2021 usher in a year of health, prosperity, and reunification with our family and friends in Temple and beyond. Despite all of the challenges this year has presented, we are closing out 2020 on a high note.
In December, we officially welcomed the Schachter family to B’ShERT as new members — Jonathan, his sons Samuel (Sammy) and Josh, and his father David (z"l). Sadly, David passed away on December 1st. May his memory always be for a blessing.
Jonathan was born in the Bronx and attended Riverdale Temple as a child. He earned a PhD in Physics from Berkeley and was a research associate at Harvard, where he worked on the launch of the Chandra X-ray Satellite on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1999. His interests are poetry and politics, and he has joined the Fundraising and Social Action Committees here at B’ShERT.
Sammy is 19 years old. He began his Jewish education as a toddler at Brooklyn Heights Synagogue along with Hannalina Hoover, and became a bar mitzvah at Congregation Beth Elohim. He graduated from Brooklyn Tech HS and is currently a student at Beloit College in Wisconsin. Sammy is considering a major combining mathematics and music. He enjoys singing, playing guitar, kayaking, sailing, biking, hiking and politics.
Josh is 14 years old and attends Abraham Lincoln HS in the digital photography program. He played on his middle school basketball team and hopes to be able to play for Lincoln’s team after COVID. He loves all sports, gaming, fixing things and solving problems. He is interested in joining the temple youth group.
David was a physician and a professor in the department of physiology and cellular biophysics at Columbia’s medical school for over 60 years. He led Columbia’s MD-PhD program in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
We are grateful for the Schachter family’s presence in our community, and we hope everyone will get an opportunity to introduce themselves and extend a warm welcome.
On December 12th, we held our Hanukkah Lollapalooza event on Zoom. It was attended and enjoyed by members and friends of our congregation, as well as people from across the country who signed up after seeing it promoted on Eventbrite in a listing of virtual holiday events. We’ve heard so much positive feedback from attendees, and we’d like to say that everyone present brought a little light to our celebration. Take a look at some screenshots from the event here!
So many amazing volunteers came together to make this event a success (in alphabetical order): Fred Baer, Bob Fried, Gail Levine Fried, Pam Glantzman, Matt Holland, Rabbi Pinsky, Ellyn Rothstein, Charlotte Russell, Bill Schaffer, Joanie Holland Schaffer, Fran Silverman, Lori Silverman, Sam Silverman, and Emma Tattenbaum-Fine, plus the members of the B’ShERT youth group. THANK YOU for sharing your skills, talents, and time with us!
Also in December, the URJ Benchmarking Team met with our mentor for the first time and also received the data from our congregational survey tools. We will be meeting again with our mentor in January so he can help us to understand and use this data to help us set goals.
Our next membership event will be a free virtual workshop about “Tracing your Jewish Roots at Home (Level 1)” on Sunday, January 24th at 3 pm. This interactive online presentation will be led by genealogy librarian Moriah Amit from the Center for Jewish History, who will offer expert tips and resources for getting started with online family history research and will answer questions from participants. Registration is open at https://tracingroots.eventbrite.com.
Coming up on Sunday, February 7th at 3 pm, we will host a Pink Challah Bake for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Awareness with Sharsheret, a Jewish breast/ovarian cancer organization that raises awareness and provides support to women and men who are fighting cancer. Volunteers from Sharsheret will lead a challah bake and educational program for our members and friends, which takes place during the same week as “Sharsharet Pink Day,” a worldwide initiative. Look for registration information to come next week.
Also coming soon will be a series of four Gentle Yoga/Gentle Qi Gong sessions led by Gail Levine Fried and Bob Fried. Gail and Bob are trained and experienced instructors who will expertly lead participants in gentle and soothing movement and meditation to build mind-body wellness. No experience is necessary, and postures will be adapted/modified so that participants can perform them comfortably and safely. As soon as the dates and times are final, the flyer and registration information will be emailed to the congregation.
As always, if you have ideas about how we can reach potential new members, how we can continue to engage and connect our existing community members, or suggestions for programming, we want to hear from you.
Our next committee meetings will be January 7th at 7:30 pm and February 4th at 7:30 pm. Please join us!
Ellyn Rothstein & Joanie Holland Schaffer
Co-Chairs, Membership Committee
(Photos by Ellyn Rothstein)
Report from the Membership Committee
Brotherhood of B’ShERT
Gail Levine Fried
We are pleased to announce that Giving Tuesday, December 1st, raised a total of $3053, with $3013 going to the Accessibility Fund and another $40 earmarked for other categories. Any matching fund information will be available from Facebook around mid-January.
Thanks to Mike Rose, Tamara Kerner, Alice Hyatt and Sondra Berkman for their assistance and expertise, and a big thank you to everyone in our temple community who stepped up and donated to this important initiative.
The Holiday Craft Sale continues through January 1st. At the time of this writing, we have had five sales. Please contact Karen Eichel with any questions at (917) 856-9912.
Pam Glantzman, Fundraising Committee
News from the Fundraising Committee
We continue to be enriched through our relationship with the Munster Jewish Community.
On December 6th, we were treated to a program featuring David Goldberg and his wonderful paintings. Not only did we have the opportunity to actually see these works, which literally spanned the globe from Israel and Morocco to David’s own home in Ireland, but through the conversation between David and another artist we gained insight into the process of creation, which was fascinating.
The Munster Jewish Community invited us to attend a Chanukah party on December 17th. We chatted and enjoyed getting to know each other, played some games, and then lit candles. What fun and what a special experience to celebrate together!
I encourage everyone to search the internet for matters of Jewish cultural interest. So very many are recorded and can be watched at any time.
I recently saw a program about the kosher meat boycott of 1902, presented by the author of a recent book on the subject, through YIVO.
It was noteworthy that ordinary housewives, unable to pay the higher meat prices, organized and protested, and even stormed the bima of the Eldridge Street Synagogue during Shabbat.
Another program, provided by the Yiddish Book Center, informed us of the Yiddish press and its staunch anti-racism, in the early part of the 20th century. This was certainly inspiring, especially with what was happening in the rest of the country during this time.
Maybe this will be your month to explore the offerings of Temple Emanu-El’s Streicker Center. On Wednesday, January 13th at 7 pm, you can watch The Yiddish Texan, described as an evening of schmoozing and song, in association with the Folkbiene Theater. You can register at https://streicker.nyc/events/the-yiddish-texan.
If you register for Saul and Ruby’s Holocaust Survivor Band, taking place on Wednesday, January 27th at 6:30 pm, there will be a performance and a discussion, and you will be able to register for the full film, which tells the story of a 91-year-old man who decides to start a klezmer band. Register at https://streicker.nyc/events/saul-and-ruby.
To view the entire Streicker Center catalog, visit https://streicker.nyc/category/events.
Looking forward to sharing some Jewish-themed cultural adventures with you!
Jewish Cultural Committee
We wish everyone a happy secular New Year with a wish for good health in 2021 and the hope that we will be able to meet face to face soon.
On Tuesday, January 12th, our speaker will be Hazel Tishcoff. Hazel is a longtime member of Temple and will share with us what the Sabbath means to her, as well as memories of her many involvements with our temple over the years. Hazel taught Chemistry at Lincoln High School and served as a guidance counselor at Edward R. Murrow High School.
Looking ahead to February 9th, our speaker will be Sara Meyer West, whose involvement with the temple goes back 65 years. She will talk about the many ways she and her family were part of temple life. It promises to be a fascinating discussion.
Please join us on Zoom on January 12th and mark your calendar for February 9th. Stay well and safe.
Mona Goldberg, Sara Meyer West, Charlotte Russell
Co-Presidents, Women of B'ShERT
Jewish Cultural Committee Report
News from Women of B'ShERT, a Sisterhood Organization
Note from the Ritual Committee
Just a reminder that we always invite people to say the wine and candle blessings on Friday nights. Even though we are now having Zoom services, we are continuing the tradition.
If you are interested in getting a wine or candle blessing, please let us know. You don't have to have candles or wine for the blessing. Rabbi can light the candles or hold the wine glass if you want to say the blessings.
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to let us know if you’re interested. We look forward to hearing from you!
Robin Bass & Fran Silverman
Co-Chairs, Ritual Committee
News from B'ShERT's Brotherhood Affiliate
It took a lot of people to make the first-ever Brotherhood Zoom Retro Shabbat a success.
Thank you to Sam Silverman for putting the service together, to Mike Rose and Eric Platt for their technical skills, to Rabbi Heidi and Cantor Nonie for their fantastic contributions and especially to all the men of Brotherhood who participated in the service and the members of our wonderful congregation who were willing to spend part of their evening with us.
Hopefully next year we can go back to having a Shabbat dinner before the service and a nice dessert kiddish afterwards as in the past years at our temple. On the plus side we did not have to look for parking or navigate icy streets in the dark.
Please mark these January dates on your calendar:
On Sunday, January 10th at 11 am, join temple member Alan Zarrow as he tells us about the plans for the assassination of President Harry S Truman. This is a chance to learn about a little-known episode in American history and to support Alan, who has done much for our temple for a very long time. A brief Brotherhood meeting will take place at 10 am, right before Alan's presentation.
On Thursday, January 14th at 7:15 pm, join Mike Rose as he presents a trivia contest for people of all ages. This is an event you don't want to miss and Mike deserves everyone's support.
Please check this column, emails, voicemails and flyers for future Brotherhood events. We wish everyone a happy, prosperous and especially healthy 2021 as we pray for a return to normalcy and the opportunity to greet each other in person at our temple.
Stay safe and stay well!
Joel Moss and Brotherhood
When we think of organized crime, we tend to think (stereotypically) of folks of Italian descent. But every organization needs an internal group to enforce its rules, and in this case the group was co-run by Jewish gangsters. Collectively, they were known as Murder, Inc.
Some brief background: In the 1930s, organized crime was under the control of Joe Masseria (1st Calvary, Sec. 49, near Alfred E. Smith and Robert E. Wagner). Masseria’s crew included Charles “Lucky” Luciano (St. John, Sec. 3) and Albert Anastasia. A rivalry broke out between Masseria and Sal Maranzano (St. John Sec. 18) and the latter said that it was time for the former to go. Luciano was looking to jump ship to the Maranzano side and gladly took part in the plot to kill Masseria. A meeting was arranged on April 15, 1931 at Coney Island’s Nuova Villa Tammaro restaurant (2715 W. 15th Street, now a warehouse and walking distance from MCU Park), where Luciano excused himself and then several gunmen walked in and killed Masseria. Two of the gunmen were Vito Genovese (St. John, Sec. 13) and none other than Anastasia himself.
Luciano was now Maranzano’s underboss but he was soon looking to get Sal out of the way. Maranzano got word of this and plotted to get Luciano — but Luciano acted first. Luciano sent four Jewish hitmen posing as auditors to Maranzano’s office and killed him on September 10, 1931.
Luciano was now The Boss with Vito Genovese as his underboss. It was Luciano who formed what we now know as the Commission and established what is referred to as the Five Families. The Commission wanted a semi-outside group to keep its members in line. Enter Murder, Inc. run by Anastasia, a Jewish gangster named “Lepkie” Buchalter (Mount Hebron, Sec. 74 – not far from Cracker Jack pitchman Jack Gilford), and an associate of Buchalter named Jacob Shapiro (Old Montefiore, Sec. 20). The group had its headquarters at the Midnight Rose candy store on the corner of Livonia and Saratoga Avenues (now a deli, or as our kids now say, a “corner store”).
One of the most famous enforcement jobs of Murder, Inc. was on “Dutch” Schultz. Schultz wanted to assassinate prosecutor Thomas Dewey for putting pressure on the families but the Commission nixed the idea, reasoning that killing Dewey would bring even more pressure on the mob. But Schultz said that he would do it anyway. Murder, Inc.’s hit on Schultz took place on October 23, 1935 at a restaurant in Newark called the Palace Chop House, perpetrated by hitmen Mendy Weiss (Mt. Hebron, Sec. 115) and Charles Workman.
The downfall of Murder, Inc. came when several members were given the chance to become “rats” for the government. The most famous rat was Abe “Kid Twist” Reles (Old Mt. Carmel, Sec. E38, not far from Bella Abzug and Sholem Aleichem). The first major trial was that of Harry “Happy” Maione (St. John, Sec. 37, near crime family boss Joe Columbo) and Frank Abbundando (St. John, Sec. 13) on charges of murdering loan shark George Rudnick for supposedly being a squealer. They were found guilty and executed in 1942.
The trial of Harry “Pittsburgh Phil” Strauss (Beth David, Sec. AA1, near Julia Waldbaum as well as pitcher and Lincoln High School alum Saul Ragovin) and Meyer “Bugsy” Goldstein (Mt. Hebron, Sec. 42) was for the murder of bookie Irving Feinstein. They were convicted and executed in 1941.
Charles Workman was convicted for the murder of “Dutch” Schultz. He pled guilty before Reles could testify in order to avoid a New Jersey death sentence and served 23 years at Trenton State, the same prison where Lindbergh baby kidnapper Bruno Hauptmann was executed.
In October 1941, Buchalter was finally brought to trial, along with Mendy Weiss and Louis Capone (Holy Cross, Sec. St. Charles) for the 1936 murder of candy store owner Joe Rosen under the suspicion that Rosen was going to testify against the mob. They were convicted in November of that year and executed in 1944.
Buchalter was now gone, but what about Anastasia? He was supposed to go on trial for ordering the murder of a longshoreman named Pete Panto and, again, Reles was supposed to be the star witness. Under 24-hour guard, Reles was holed up in the Half Moon Hotel on the boardwalk in Coney Island. On November 12, 1941, Reles was found dead on an outer roof extension of the building, five floors below his room. No witness, no conviction. Anastasia walked. Reles became known as “the canary who could sing but could not fly.”
As for post-Murder, Inc. Anastasia, he was the underboss of the Mangano family but it was not a happy relationship. After many years of in-fighting, Vincent Mangano went missing in 1951 (his brother Phillip, whose body was found at the same time Vincent disappeared, is at Holy Cross, Sec. St. John, roadside) and Anastasia became head of the family, eventually changing the name of the family to his own. But Anastasia was not a popular boss among the other members of the Commission. He was becoming a loose cannon.
In 1952, he ordered the killing of Arnold Schuster (Old Montefiore, Sec. 76). Schuster’s transgression? Schuster had no ties to the mob whatsoever. All he did was spot and identify escaped bank robber Willie Sutton (Holy Cross, Sec. St. Stephens, unmarked in the Bowles family plot) and called the police. Anastasia had Schuster killed because, he noted, “I can’t stand squealers.” Killing a “civilian” was an absolute no-no. Vito Genovese wanted him out and sought the cooperation of one of Anastasia’s capos, Carlo Gambino, to whom he promised a promotion. On October 25, 1957, Albert Anastasia was killed while having a haircut in what is now the Starbucks in the Park Sheraton in Manhattan. It was said the gunmen were Carmine Persico and Joey Gallo. Carlo Gambino was now the boss.
Because of his notorious background, Albert Anastasia was not allowed a burial at one of New York City’s Catholic cemeteries (even though his two brothers are at Holy Cross), so he was interred in Brooklyn’s own Green-Wood Cemetery (Sec. 39). Ironically, his resting place is within a short walking distance of where Carmine Persico is entombed (Sec. 37 – facing Sylvan Water) and where Joey Gallo was buried after his rub-out in 1972 (Sec. 12). It was said that only 12 people attended Albert’s funeral.
(Text & photos by Alan Zarrow)
Where the Underworld Came to Rest: A Walking Tour
At the beginning of the pandemic, Brooklyn’s historic Green-Wood Cemetery opened all of its gates seven days a week to encourage people to safely get out of their homes and walk its trails, admire the landscape, and take in a little history. Congregant and cemetery maven Alan Zarrow took full advantage of walking through not only Green-Wood but some of the other burial grounds in the New York City area, chronicling for Voice of Truth readers some of the famous folks he visited in his travels. This month’s installment in Alan's series features some folks who resided in the underworld even while they were still alive — members of the notorious organization known as Murder, Inc.
Most of them didn't die of natural causes.
Glad Tidings from B'ShERT & Beyond
Emily Cedriana Donato, daughter of B'ShERT's Cantorial Soloist Nonie Schuster Donato and James Donato, was the featured vocalist at the Clio Artist Project's holiday concert at the Jamesport Meeting House on Long Island. The Clio Artist Project is a soprano-guitar-flute ensemble consisting of Emily and two of her former classmates at the Yale School of Music. The program included music spanning the centuries, from Bach arias to folk songs by Benjamin Britten. You can view the show at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHPj3eHQDIM&t=1656s.
Brava, Emily! (Credit: Tess Steinkolk Photography)
...and Happy Anniversary to Karine Cohen-Dicker and Ron Dicker
Fran and Sam Silverman!
Happy Birthday, January Babies!
Harvey Wang's film The Cantor's Last Cantata will be included in the 2021 New York Jewish Film Festival, taking place virtually in January. The program describes Cantata as a "delightful documentary about a local production of the 1947 fringe hit 'Brooklyn Baseball Cantata' by a small reform Jewish synagogue in Brooklyn." That's us! Whether you already saw the premiere of this lovely and moving film at our Another Saturday Night event earlier this year or you've never seen it before, we highly recommend it. The Cantor's Last Cantata will be available for viewing on January 20th.
Tickets are $12 and are available here: https://virtual.filmlinc.org/tv/nyjff-shorts-program/1
Note from the Charity Fund
We are glad to report the successful completion of the Toy Drive, as we delivered the toys to Maimonides Hospital on December 9th. Special thanks to Charlotte Russell, Sondra Berkman, Angel DeJesus, Vital Jean, and especially to Susan Sysler. Our deepest appreciation for your generosity.
The Interfaith Coalition is planning some very exciting events. First of all, in partnership with three CUNY students who are pursuing Masters’ Degrees in Applied Theater, we will be offering an opportunity for our faith communities to dialogue through drama, over the course of five sessions, starting in January. This unique experience has so much potential. Look for the flyer in this issue of the Voice of Truth.
Second, on Sunday, January 31st at 3:30 pm, there will be an Abraham’s Table on the topic of religious persecution, which unfortunately remains a timely subject requiring our attention. Please join us. A Zoom link will go out a few days before the event.
Yvette Pomeranz, Social Action Committee
Social Action Committee News
Report from B'ShERT's ARZA Committee
On Saturday, January 9th at 2 pm, the ARZA Committee will sponsor a virtual visit to the unique Kibbutz Hannaton, nestled among the hilltops of the Lower Galilee. The tour will be facilitated by tour guide Anat Harrel, who is a kibbutz member.
This Kibbutz is the only religious, multi-denominational, egalitarian, intentional community kibbutz in Israel. Established in the early 1980s by the Conservative Movement, it began a fascinating renewal in 2008, becoming a unique, privatized yet socialist kibbutz.
Kibbutz Hannaton members work closely with their Israeli Arab neighbors, lead social action and social justice, educational and leadership causes. The 100-family community includes 11 male and female rabbis, among them Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and even one secular rabbi, and they all pray in one synagogue.
We will take a walking tour through the kibbutz, learn the history of the kibbutz movement, step into the one synagogue where everyone prays together and visit the two unique mikvehs on site. We will also join a discussion with kibbutz member, Reform Rabbi Ian Chesir-Teran.
Participation is free, but there will be a tip jar provided for those who wish to thank our tour guide. Register for this event on: https://bshertisraeltour.eventbrite.com.
Please see the flyer in this newsletter for more information. Hope to see you on our trip!
Tamara Kerner, ARZA Committee Chair
The congregation is welcomed to continue making contributions to the Charity Fund throughout the year, not only in response to the High Holiday Charity Appeal.
The Charity Committee meets once a year, in the spring, to consider various worthy organizations, local, national, and international, and votes on how to distribute the congregation’s donations. From food assistance to fighting disease to supporting those in crisis, we make a difference.
All are invited to suggest charities or join the committee. Please reach out to me if you would like more information.
Faye Levine Guskin
Chair, Charity Committee
Harry and family at a temple luncheon
The Interactive Memorial Board
Torah Portions — January 2021
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January 29 - 30 B'shalach Exodus 13:17 - 17:16
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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
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Debbie Belsky (718) 252-8030
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