kinews KEHILLAT ISRAEL RECONSTRUCTIONIST CONGREGATION OF PACIFIC PALISADES JANUARY 2012 | TEVET/SHEVAT 5772 our Volume 61 | Issue 5 monthly conversation How to Make Your Life Really Matter BY RABBI STEVEN CARR REUBEN, PH.D. December is always a difficult month. Not only is it filled with the economic pressures of buying gifts for family, friends and co-workers, but the subtle emotional pressure to be part of a media-created image of the loving, nurturing “holiday card” stereotype of a family, as well. Unfortunately, psychologists tell us that December is responsible for more depression, emotional disease and feelings of alienation and loneliness than any other time of the year. Especially this year as 2011 continued to see the stresses and strains of the struggling US economy, the start of the long season of political rancor, and frustrations as the longing for freedom and liberation that continued to manifest itself in countries throughout the world often ended quite differently than originally imagined. So, now that we have reached January and started the new year of 2012, it is the time to leave the past behind and turn our focus to the unlimited possibilities of the year ahead. Now is the time to feel around us a greater sense of renewal, rebirth and the opportunity to create more meaning, joy, and sense of purpose in our lives than in the year that has passed. It was the great American philosopher William James who once wrote, “The deepest principle of human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” I think of this insight often as I sit with individuals and families who share their frustrations with personal and professional relationships in which they feel they have given more than they have received and are often left feeling unappreciated and unacknowledged for their own unique contributions to the world. I am also reminded that with all the remarkable breadth of programs, services and celebrations that Kehillat Israel provides for congregants each year, I can’t help but think that, perhaps underneath it all, our primary contribution to our congregants' lives is simply that we are sometimes able to provide a place where people feel cared for, valued and appreciated. I believe what people want most in their lives is not only to feel that who they are matters, but to know that someone else notices as well. Every human being has a deeply-rooted need to feel valuable and worthwhile. And since we are fundamentally social beings, much of that sense of personal value and worthiness comes from the feedback we receive from those around us who let us know that what we do and who we are has touched their lives in meaningful ways. Especially at this time of year, we are both vulnerable to the emotional stresses and strains of the season that has just passed, and presented with more opportunities than ever to participate in activities that will allow us to experience that sense of worthiness. Dr. Benjamin Spock once wrote, “A human being is happiest and most successful when dedicated to a cause outside of his (or her) own individual selfish satisfaction.” So use this new start as an opportunity to look outward to others – to the family member with whom you have been out of touch or to the neighbor who is lonely or with whom you haven’t spoken in a long time. Perhaps reach out to the homeless and sick and hungry who could use your loving glance, or provide the healing touch of a warm meal or a moment of affection or attention to a child in need of just a bit more love. It was the artist Marc Chagall who said, “In our life there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.” When all is said and done, there is one simple way to make sure your life really matters that is in each of our hands and hearts. That path to ultimate meaning and worth is to make sure that by what you say and what you do each day, your life truly matters in the life of another. That is always the greatest gift of all, and it is always yours alone to give. from the president BY KATHLEEN RAWSON Last month our family celebrated a milestone. Our daughter Claire, a freshly-minted 13-year-old, stood in front of her congregational family and became a bat mitzvah. What a remarkable journey. As we were surrounded by friends and family on that exceptional day, our minds turned again to the profound impact our KI community has had on our lives. We stood at the bimah with our daughter and watched her accept her role in our community. To become the next generation of Kehillat Israel. We watched the clergy so beautifully usher her through this remarkable ritual, sing her songs of love and beauty, speak to her words that will hold meaning in her life for years to come. We watched our congregation beam with pride as they watched one of their own mature to this place, saying to us “I remember her baby naming” and “I can’t believe we are already here.” We at Kehillat Israel are exceptionally fortunate. We live in a world of acceptance, tolerance and love. And our congregational family is often our family of choice, and even sometimes our family of origin, but it is indeed our family. We are committed to this community, and this community is committed to us. Claire came to us the other evening and shared that she wanted to make a contribution to the Commitment to Community program. We were so very moved by her thoughtfulness and amazed to see in action this manifestation of her acceptance of the new responsibilities for this community that she had accepted during her bat mitzvah the week before. As president, it is my role to remind the congregation about the real financial needs we have to provide the level of programming we offer. Our Commitment to Community campaign started just a few short months ago, and we have raised over $350,000 to date. However, only 25% of the congregation has contributed. I ask you to take a look at the programming in the upcoming months and consider participating in one of the fantastic events that pack our calendar. Whether it is taking the time to attend the Women’s Retreat, traveling to the AIPAC Conference in March, or joining the Torah study on Friday or Saturday mornings. Bring your family to Turning Point and spend time together helping others. Make some calls to congregants who are homebound or bring a meal to a family who has just lost a loved one. If you take a minute to review KI happenings, you are sure to find something that intrigues you. Trust me, the more you participate, the more you will derive from your KI community. Our programs cost about $600,000 more than our dues bring in. We turn no one away, and we are committed to every child receiving a Jewish education. Times have been difficult for a lot of us, and we have more families in need than ever before. In order for our campaign to be successful, we truly need 100% participation from every family. If you can write a check for $18, please do. If you can write a check for $1,800 or $18,000, we welcome it. If you can help us meet our goal with more, we are grateful. This is kehillah. This is community. Thank you for doing your part. Kehillah Builders Awards Luncheon Sunday, January 8, 2012, 12:30 - 2:00 PM KI News 2 You are cordially invited to be our guests at the 7th annual Kehillah Builders luncheon honoring distinguished leaders of our congregation who have helped KI become what we are today. The Kehillah Builders Award recipients for 2012 are Faye Samulon and Sheila and Andy Garb. There is no charge for the luncheon, but you are invited to assist us in honoring the recipients by making a donation and having your name included in the program book. Please RSVP by Tuesday, January 3, 2012 by contacting Mariana at [email protected], or calling 424.214.7460. prayer OF TORAH January 7 | Vayehi (Genesis 47:28-50:26) This portion entitled “Vayehi,” “And he lived,” is paradoxically about the death of Jacob. The rabbis teach that it is only at the end of our lives that we have the proper perspective to tell the story of how we really lived and the contributions we made during our lives on Earth. Take some time this week to write down what you want to have accomplished during your life before it is over. Post the list somewhere prominent in your home and make a commitment to see it as your goals for the future. January 14 | Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1) “A new king arose over Egypt who knew not Joseph.” These words have echoed throughout Jewish history as a reminder that we must not put too much faith in any single person (or group) in political power. Flexibility and adaptability have been the secret to Jewish survival and success. Take the most important task in front of you this week, and come up with at least three different ways you might approach it and three different people you might turn to for help and support. January 21 | Va’era (Exodus 6:2-9:35) When Moses realizes the sacred task that is being placed before him, his initial reaction is fear and the desire to avoid accepting the mantle of responsibility. Only after God assures him that God’s essence is “to be what needs to be” in every generation, age and circumstance is he willing to accept the challenge. Imagine this week that God wants you to embark upon a sacred task on behalf of the community. What might that task be? What would your life be like if you choose to accept? January 28 | Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16) This week teaches that after Pharoah has hardened his heart numerous times, his very nature becomes that of a hardened heart, whether he chooses it or not. Think this week of at least three ways that your own heart has hardened to someone in your family or at your work, in the present or in the past. Perhaps you can find the courage to soften your heart some this week and open it to someone whom you have closed out. Shabbat Services Schedule 6, Friday 9:30 AM 6:00 PM 7:30 PM Torah Study led by Rabbi Bernstein Tot Shabbat led by Rabbi Reuben and Cantor Frenkel “On the Rabbi’s Mind” Shabbat -"Judaism, Abortion, and the 'Right to Life'" led by Rabbi Reuben and Cantor Frenkel 7, Saturday | Vayehi 9:00 AM Torah Study led by Rabbi Reuben 10:00 AM Shabbat Morning Service led by Rabbi Reuben and Cantor Frenkel Ilana Cohen becomes Bat Mitzvah 4:30 PM Shabbat Afternoon Service led by Rabbi Bernstein and Cantor Frenkel Samuel Marguleas becomes Bar Mitzvah 13, Friday 9:30 AM Torah Study led by Rabbi Bernstein 6:15 PM K-6th Family Shabbat Dinner 7:00 PM Family Shabbat (K-6) led by Rabbi Vogel and Cantor Frenkel 14, Saturday | Shemot 9:00 AM Torah Study led by Rabbi Bernstein 10:00 AM Shabbat Morning Service led by Rabbi Bernstein and Cantor Frenkel Jonathan Amar becomes Bar Mitzvah 10:30 AM KI Monthly Minyan led by congregants 4:30 PM Shabbat Afternoon Service led by Rabbi Bernstein and Cantor Frenkel Jason Simon becomes Bar Mitzvah 20, Friday 9:30 AM Torah Study led by Rabbi Bernstein 7:30 PM Limmud Shabbat – A Shabbat of Learning led by Rabbi Reuben and Cantor Frenkel 21, Saturday | Va’era 9:00 AM Torah Study led by Rabbi Reuben 4:30 PM Shabbat Afternoon Service led by Rabbi Reuben and Cantor Frenkel Chase Kirshbaum becomes Bat Mitzvah 27, Friday 9:30 AM Torah Study led by Rabbi Bernstein 7:30 PM Shir Shabbat – A Shabbat in Song led by Rabbi Reuben, Rabbi Bernstein and Cantor Frenkel 28, Saturday | Bo 9:00 AM Torah Study led by Rabbi Reuben 10:00 AM Shabbat Morning Service led by Rabbi Reuben and Cantor Frenkel Dylan Lurey and Savannah Kovacs become B’nai Mitzvah 4:30 PM Shabbat Afternoon Service led by Rabbi Reuben and Cantor Frenkel William Lewis becomes Bar Mitzvah (See page 5 for B’nai Mitzvah schedule) 3 KI News TOUCH shabbat Upcoming KI Events Jan. 2 New Year's Holiday - Offices and schools closed Jan. 4 1:30-3:30 PM ECC Back to School KI Sages Bridge Jan. 8 Kehillah Builders Luncheon 12:30-2:00 PM Jan. 9 7:30-8:30 PM KI Book Group – The King David Report by Stefan Haym Jan. 11 3:00-4:30 PM KI Sages – Documentary and Discussion with Jessica Simon 7:30-9:00 PM JLI – Being Jewish: Things I Should Have Learned in Sunday School – The Temple in Jerusalem: What Happened There and Where Did Those Rituals Go? Jan. 20-22 4th and 5th Grade Retreat at AJU Brandeis-Bardin Campus Jan. 20 6:30 PM KI Sages Dinner Jan. 21 Jan. 22 9:00 AM-5:00 PM 3rd Grade Retreat 9:00-11:00 AM 3:15-4:15 PM KI Goes to College Care Packaging Adult Acting Class Jan. 24 7:30-9:00 PM Understanding Israel – 1st session – European Roots of Zionism Jan. 12 6:30-8:00 PM Beginning Hebrew – 1st class Jan. 25 7:30-9:00 AM KIBN Breakfast – Toastmasters International 7:30-9:00 PM JLI – Being Jewish: Things I Should Have Learned in Sunday School – God Is? Jan. 13 6:15 PM K-6 Shabbat Dinner Jan. 26 7:00 PM KI Movie Night - Sweet Lorraine Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday – Offices and schools closed Jan. 27 9:00 AM 6:00 PM ECC VIP Day KI Wine Dinner Jan. 28 6:30-9:00 PM Club 56 Jan 29 9:00-11:30 AM 3:15-4:15 PM Yom HaMishpaha (Family Program) Adult Acting Class Jan. 16 KI Sages Class – Life and Death Are in the Power of the Tongue: Judaism and Ethics of Speech with Rabbi Reuben Jan. 18 3:00-4:30 PM Jan. 19 6:30-8:00 PM 7:30 PM Beginning Hebrew Board of Trustees Meeting Four 90-minute sessions on Tuesday evenings, 7:30 - 9:00 PM Jan. 24, Feb. 7, Feb. 28, Mar. 13 Put politics aside and (Re)discover Israel by learning its history. Israel is an integral part of our lives. No country in the world elicits more passionate views. To put these in context, join us for this extraordinary opportunity to learn with world-class scholars about the history of the State of Israel, starting from the early Zionist period (1870) to the present. The sessions will include: Session 1: European Roots of Zionism Session 2: Shifting Winds: From Europe to Palestine Session 3: A State is Born: The First 50 Years Session 4: Israel Today: Contemporary Politics, Society & Culture KI News 4 Presenters: David Myers Arieh Saposnik Professor & Department Chair of the UCLA Department of History Director and Gilbert Foundation Chair of the UCLA Younes & Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies Fees Congregants: $12/session, $40/series Non-Congregants: $18/session, $60/series Seniors and students: $8/session 2012 Trip to Israel Participants: FREE RSVP online at www.kehillatisrael.org, or contact Eleanor at [email protected] or 424.214.7461. Our B’nai Mitzvah Ilana Cohen, daughter of Vinci Cheung-Cohen and Pinchas Cohen, will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah January 7, 2012, at 10:00 AM Samuel Marguleas, son of Sue and Anthony Marguleas, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah January 7, 2012, at 4:30 PM Jonathan Amar, son of Lydia and Michael Amar, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah January 14, 2012, at 10:00 AM Jason Simon, son of Lisa and Jeff Simon, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah January 14, 2012, at 4:30 PM Chase Kirshbaum, daughter of Stacy Green-Kirshbaum and Bruce Kirshbaum, will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah January 21, 2012, at 4:30 PM William Lewis, son of Lois Yaffee and Steven Lewis, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah January 28, 2012 at 4:30 PM Savannah Kovacs, daughter of Jennifer and Greg Kovacs, and Dylan Lurey, son of Jeremy Lurey and Robin Lurey, and grandchildren of Michael Lurey and Laurie Hasencamp, will be called to the Torah as B'nai Mitzvah January 28, 2012, at 10:00 AM Adult Acting Classes KI Cooks: Innovative Shabbat Dinners Sundays, January 22 - March 11 3:15 - 4:15 PM 8 Sessions Judy Zeidler returns to teach us some basics as well as new ideas for Shabbat dinner. We’ll learn how to make homemade hallah and more! Steve Gomer, Sundance awardwinning director and KI congregant, will teach an 8-session acting class for adults. This class will emphasize having fun while learning theater games, improvisation techniques and group support while working together. Minimum of 10 to start the class, maximum enrollment of 20. RSVP online at www.kehillatisrael.org or contact Eleanor at [email protected] or 424.214.7461. KIBN Networking Breakfast January 25, 2012, 7:30 – 9:00 AM Join us for guest speaker Michael Petran of Toastmasters International, speaking on Business Leadership: Tools for Effective Communication. Free for series members | $20 all others RSVP online at www.kehillatisrael.org. Beginning Hebrew Thursdays 6:30 - 8:00 PM | Fee: $100 Jan 12, Jan 19, Feb 2, Feb 9, Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 15, Mar 29, Apr 5, Apr 19 If you have been thinking about learning Hebrew, this is the right time. Here’s a great opportunity to develop your Hebrew, learning through prayer and songs. We will learn the Alef bet and begin reading from our prayer book throughout the class. We will learn words and understand how the Hebrew language is constructed. You will be surprised how much more meaningful services and other classes will become once you acquire some understanding of Hebrew. No previous knowledge is needed. Come and enjoy learning together! A minimum of 8 students is required for this class. For more information and to RSVP, visit our website or contact Mariana Grosz at 424.214.7460 or [email protected] 5 KI News Fees: Congregants: $180 Non-Congregants: $240 Wednesday, February 1, 10:00 AM - Noon Class fee: $45 community tributes/contributions Tribute cards are a wonderful way to remember your friends and relatives on important occasions: birthdays, anniversaries, recoveries from illness, as well as condolences. A tribute card will be sent in your name and an acknowledgment published in the KI News.The synagogue extends its sincere appreciation for the following donations: AUERBACH FAMILY RELIGIOUS SCHOOL FUND In Memory of • Moses Duchowny by Lisa Auerbach • George Shatsky by Elaine and Stan Swartz • Dean Hilborne, husband of Randee Samsky Hilborne, by Elaine and Stan Swartz BERRIE LIBRARY FUND In Memory of • Abe Grundstein by Shelly and Ken Rosenberg • Jeanette Sheff by Shelly and Ken Rosenberg BURTON J. MORRISON MUSIC FUND • Paul Stanley In Memory of • Abe Grundstein by Margot Morrison and Family • Her aunt, Hortense Bomelstein, by Margot Morrison KI News 6 CANTOR'S DISCRETIONARY FUND In Honor of • Cantor Frenkel's 50th Birthday by John and Roz Arenson • Megan's Bat Mitzvah by Randy and Jannell Banchik • Cantor Frenkel's 50th Birthday by Neil Selman and Cynthia Chapman • Cantor Frenkel's 50th Birthday by Steve Cron • Cantor Frenkel's 50th Birthday by Robert and Karen Cypers • Abe Fleck's Bar Mitzvah and Cantor Frenkel's 50th Birthday by Gary Fleck • Cantor Frenkel's 50th Birthday by Izzy and Marilyn Freeman • Cantor Frenkel's 50th Birthday by Andy and Sheila Garb • Cantor Frenkel's 50th Birthday by Bruce and Leslie Gifford • Their 5th Wedding Anniversary by David and Lisa Hernand • Cantor Frenkel's 50th Birthday by Sofie Howard • Abraham's Bar Mitzvah by Rochelle Huppin • Cantor Frenkel's 50th Birthday by Mark and Elizabeth Kogan • Cantor Frenkel's 50th Birthday by Daniel and Jill Leanse • Bat Mitzvah of Casey Longstreet by the Longstreet Family • Cantor Frenkel's 50th Birthday by Harriet Madsen • Cantor Frenkel's 50th Birthday by Mark and Susan Maron • Cantor Frenkel by Dale and Shideh Miller • Cantor Frenkel's 50th Birthday by Mark and Angela Milstein • Cantor Frenkel's 50th Birthday by Jon and Heidi Monkarsh • Bar Mitzvah of Griffin Morris by Steve and Marcy Morris • Cantor Frenkel's 50th Birthday by Doug and Leslie Robinson • B'nai Mitzvah of Brendan and Justin Rose by Stephen and Meli Rose • Cantor Frenkel's 50th Birthday by Tony and Linda Rubin • Cantor Frenkel by Michael and Carrie Scott • Sarah Shindler's Bat Mitzvah by Merrill Shindler and Merri Howard-Shindler • Cantor Frenkel's 50th Birthday by H. and M. Simantob • Cantor Frenkel's 50th Birthday by Robert and Joy Steinberg • Cantor Frenkel's 50th Birthday by Jeffrey and Joyce Sudikoff • Cantor Frenkel's 50th Birthday by Michael and Diane Ziering RABBI BERNSTEIN'S DISCRETIONARY FUND • Cooper Zale and Sally Rosloff In Memory of • Doug Midwin by Stevan Birnbaum and Bonnie Baehr • Marcie Greenberg by Jeffrey and Wendy Broudy • Irving H. Cypers by Robert and Karen Cypers • Jeanette Cohen by Martin and Barbara Druss • Marvin Goodman by Melinda Goodman • John "Jack" Green by Neal and Pam Green • Abe Grundstein by Estelle Grundstein • Eleanore Kram by Leonard and Nancy Kram • Marcie Greenberg by Jan Levine • Jack Cherbo by Sy and Lany Lippman • Nehama Palefsky by Stewart and Marilyn Lonky • Bob Prentice by Bea Prentice • Dora Meyer by Gary and Gail Rachelefsky • Albert Snyder by Roger and Marlene Schaffner • Janet Cohn Siegal by Jon and Hillary Siegal • Abe Grundstein by George Wolkon • Irving Zaretsky by Steve Henry and Harriet Zaretsky In Memory of • Seymour Finkelstein by Stevan Birnbaum and Bonnie Baehr • Fannie Edith Farberow by Bobbie Farberow • Fay Haselkorn by Donald and Carolyn Haselkorn • Leon Rudelson by Daniel and Enid Lambert • Prisilla Kantor by Bart Lynn and Beverley Auerbach • Jennie Garelik by Blanche Rosloff • Benjamin Stegall, Sr. by Ben and Doris Stegall • Ben Wishnick by Arnie Wishnick CONGREGATIONAL COMMITMENT ASSISTANCE FUND In Memory of • Max Gerchick, M.D. by Reca Gerchik EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER FUND In Honor of • Their son Tyler's naming by Alain and Jill Rothstein In Memory of • Edna Gyepes by Barbara and Ben Kohn • Bob Prentice by Janet and Dennis Mendel and Family • Dean Hilborne by Janet and Dennis Mendel and Family KEHILLAT ISRAEL GENERAL FUND In Memory of • Slioma Yaker by Rebeca Appelbaum • Ben Kahn by the Dembo Family • William Deitch by Carolyn Haselkorn • Lester Garb by Shelley and Phil London • Irving Weinstein by Miriam Pulitzer • Harry and Bertha Regenbogen, Dora and Samuel Rosenbaum by Donald and Bette Rosenbaum • Abe Grundstein by Stan and Joyce Zeldin NEWMAN HOMELESS FUND In Memory of • Jack Alcalay by Elena Alcalay and Family • John Newman, son of Leila Newman, by Bob and Gloria Murray • Dottie Weiss, cousin of Leila Newman, by Leila Newman • John Newman, son of Leila Newman, by Marianne Weil In Appreciation of • Beautiful Yom Kippur services by Estelle Grundstein In Honor of • Megan Banchik's Bat Mitzvah by Randy and Jannell Banchik RABBI REUBEN'S DISCRETIONARY FUND • Robert and Robin Burg • Dale and Shideh Miller In Appreciation of • High Holy Days services by Joanna Church • High Holy Days and the clergy by Joe and Rita Cohen • High Holy Days by Sofie Howard • High Holy Days by Alan and Carol Yellin In Honor of • Casey Longstreet's Bat Mitzvah by the Longstreet Family • Griffin Morris' Bar Mitzvah by Steve and Marcy Morris • Brendan and Justin's B'nai Mitzvah by Stephen and Meli Rose • Sarah Shindler's Bat Mitzvah by Merrill Shindler and Merri Howard-Shindler In Gratitude for • Their High Holy Days honor by Keith and Sari Boesky • Didi and Rabbi Reuben for helping his mother and son by David Schindler • Rabbi Reuben for helping others by Jeffrey and Joyce Sudikoff • Stan's healing by Elaine and Stan Swartz • Hanging their mezuzot by Wes and Judy Whitmore In Memory of • Ed Gomer by Steve Gomer and Jane Heiden Gomer • Marcie Greenberg by Steve Gomer and Jane Heiden Gomer • His wife, Debbie Grossman, by Allen Grossman • Abe Grundstein by Estelle Grundstein • Eleanore Kram by Leonard Kram • Marcie Greenberg by Jan Levine • Edith Mitchell by Ira Mitchell • Bob Prentice by Bea Prentice • Elizabeth Mulvey by Yair Landau and Susan Purcell • Dora Meyer by Gary and Gail Rachelefsky • Florence Davis Cohen by Debra Reuben and Juan Acevedo • Ben Kahn by Jules and Marion Schwartz • Akan Winkler, Bria's father, by Evan and Bria Silbert • Deenie Shcolnik by Harriet Ulmer SENDOWSKI – HIGH HOLYS DAY MEMORIAL FUND In Memory of • Lora Dean Sendowski by Melinda Zoldan TIKKUN OLAM FUND • Planet Aid Inc. • High Holy Days services by Philip and Ona Wexler • High Holy Days by Alan and Carol Yellin SENIORS FUND In Memory of • Sally Kanowith by Susan Kanowith-Klein • Pesla Planer Kupferman by Laura Kuper • Bessie Heller by Leah and David Manning In Gratitude for • Stan’s healing by Elaine and Stan Swartz SHULI WITIES TORAH BEAUTIFICATION FUND In Honor of • The speedy recovery of Joan Kalan by Arnold and Joan Kalan In Memory of • Abraham Cohen by Arnold and Joan Kalan • Celia Kalan by Arnold Kalan • Benjamin Ritter by Menachem and Shuli Wities new members Kim and Mark Chase Susy Tari and Darren Enenstein Deanne and Eric Kripke nahamu In Honor of • Randi Levinson and Steve Grifka’s wedding by Randi Edholm • Erel Israel’s Bar Mitzvah by David and Jacquie Israel • Beatrice Martin’s 94th birthday by Gilbert and Patricia Martin • Doug Midwin’s unveiling by Ronald and Marka Midwin • Seneca Eva Stangel’s baby-naming by Carol Rich • To Michael Stryer, on the death of his grandmother, Harriett Stenn In Memory of • Max Greenberg by Asha Greenberg • Adele Morse Platt by Susan Lebow • Reggie Newman by Ruthe Newmann • Milt Sampson by Debra Silbar • To Estelle Grundstein, on the death of her husband, Abe Grundstein words of comfort • To Elaine Hoffman, on the death of her husband, Jack Cherbo • To Leonard Kram, on the death of his mother, Eleanore Kram • To Richard Greenberg and Jan Levine, on the death of their mother, Marcie Greenberg • To Jonathan Siegal, on the death of his mother, Janet Cohn Siegal • To Amy Powell, on the death of her sister, Susan Greenberg • To Dean Zander, on the death of his uncle, Dr. Richard “Dick” Hoffman • To Wendi Cherry, on the death of her grandmother, Ruth Elaine Becker • To Didi Carr Reuben, on the death of her mother, Florence Davis Cohen; and to Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, on the death of his mother-in-law mazal tov Have you made your commitment yet? ONLINE: Visit our secure website at www.kehillatisrael.org PHONE: Call Nadine Zysman at 424.214.7459 let us know! let the ki community share in your life-cycle events. If you would like to announce a birth or death in the KI News, please contact Leslie Zimmer at 424.214.7466. Or if you would like to congratulate someone for an event or accomplishment in Kvell Corner, please send to [email protected] • To Nancy and Mike Sitrick, on the birth of their grandson, Oliver Miles Sitrick • To Gelareh and Shervin Gabayan, on the birth of their son, Michael Benjamin Gabayan • To Rachel and Matthew Spalding, on the birth of their daughter, Grace Spalding; and to Luba Fischer and Richard Campbell, on the birth of their granddaughter • To Alisa Ruby Bash and Isaac Bash, on the birth of their daughter, Scarlett Ruby Bash kvell • Mazal Tov to Laurie Hasencamp for receiving the Paul Andrew Starke Warrior Award from the City of West Hollywood for her work with the Alliance for Housing and Healing which helps provide housing and other benefit coordination for otherwise homeless people living with HIV/AIDS. • Mazal Tov to the congregation on donating 31,475 pounds of food during the High Holy Days food collection for Westside Food Bank to “shore up thousands of families and individuals struggling during this time to make ends meet.” This is another record! ki scrip program Thank you to the following people who supported the Scrip Program in November. $25 from Gelsons Rabbi Steven and Didi Carr Reuben Fran and Harold Yeoman K E H I L L AT I S R A E L , Return Service Requested a Reconstructionist Congregation, is an inclusive spiritual community, providing a warm, nurturing environment where we pray, learn, educate, and perpetuate Torah and Jewish values, while serving the kinews greater community. Steven Carr Reuben, PhD, Rabbi Amy Bernstein, Rabbi Chayim Frenkel, Cantor Marca Gay, Executive Director Alice Greenwald, Director, Youth and Family Education Julie Dubron, Director, Early Childhood Center Abraham Winokur z”l, Founding Rabbi Mickey Bienenfeld, Cantor Emeritus KI Board of Trustees 2011-12/5771-5772: Officers: Kathleen Rawson, President; Miriam Bookey, VP Synagogue Services; Jessica Dishell, VP Education; Angela Milstein, VP Strategic Planning/Special Projects; Robert Resnick, VP Finance; Moira Tenzer, Ex-Officio, Advisor to the President; Trustees: Laura Diamond, Lani Farar, Cindy Freedland, Steve Gomer, Nancy Handler, Rachael Jeck, Heidi Katz, Richard Klein, Bert Kleinman, Jill Leanse, Steven Lewis, Mark Miller, Rick Nasch, Michael Rosen, Stephanie Kerley Schwartz, Pamela Solomon, Rosanne Ziering KI Communications Director: Barbara Lehman KI News Art Direction and Production: Barbara Lehman, Gili Wolf Editorial Support: Matt Davidson, Mariana Grosz KI News is published monthly by Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Congregation of Pacific Palisades, 16019 W. Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to KI News, 16019 W. Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 KISS Women’s Retreat 2012 February 24-26 Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel and Resort, Oxnard Join the Kehillat Israel Society of Sisters (KISS) led by Rabbi Amy Bernstein on our first annual KI Women’s Retreat. All women of KI are invited to attend… on-the-go moms, career women, grandmothers, teenagers (post bat mitzvah), singles, new congregants, long-time congregants! Experience teachings from Rabbi Amy Bernstein in addition to activities such as hiking, yoga, writing and art. Give yourself a weekend of renewal of body, mind and soul! RSVP at www.kehillatisrael.org For more information, contact Matt Davidson at [email protected]israel.org, or 424.214.7454.
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