NOVEMBER 2014

CHESHVAN - KISLEV 5775
NOVEMBER 2014
The Temple Emanu-El Bulletin is published monthly except for July and August by Temple Emanu-El
2956 St. Paul Boulevard, Rochester NY 14617
Rabbi S. Robert Morais
Rabbi Emeritus Michael B. Herzbrun
President Leslie Schwartz
Schedule of Services and Events
Friday, Nov 7 Shabbat Va-Yera 8:00 PM
Friday, Nov 14 Shabbat Hayyei Sarah 8:00 PM
Friday, Nov 21 Shabbat Toldot 7:30 PM
Discussion Session with Rabbi Morais
Saturday, Nov 23 Rosh Chodesh Kislev
Friday, Nov 28 Shabbat Va-Yetze 8:00 PM
On November 7 and 21st, Shabbat services will be led by Rabbi Rob Morais.
On November 14 and 28th, Shabbat services will be led by our congregants.
Message from the President
Dear Friends,
For those of us involved in making sure that the High Holy Day services, meals, and
study sessions went smoothly, the last few weeks were a study in detail. I’m sure that all
of us were able to snatch some spirituality here and there, but it’s hard to continuously
open yourself up to the universe when you’re wondering if the congregants in the back
rows can hear well enough or whether there will be enough challah to go around at the
Break-Fast.
In contrast, the next few weeks at Temple Emanu-El will immerse many of us into
the big picture of long range strategic planning. Most of our Board members and
committee chairs have already filled out specialized surveys called, “Change Style
Indicators.” These surveys will help each of our Board members and committee chairs understand his/her attitude
towards change. Does he always want things to stay the same? Does she want to go forth even if some of the relevant
facts aren’t yet known? Do they want to understand all sides first and then come to a compromise? Most importantly,
do we have a good range of styles present in our Temple Emanu-El leadership so that all important points of view can
be aired and debated when a question arises?
When this bulletin comes out, Temple Emanu-El’s Board members and committee chairs will also have participated
in our long-deferred strategic planning day – six glorious hours’ worth - where we will craft a vision and direction for
Temple Emanu-El’s future. The day will be led by Michael Perlson, our VP of Membership, who has years of experience
conducting such sessions, and Rabbi Rob Morias, who has the specialized knowledge that comes from leading a series
of synagogues and other Jewish institutions.
During this month, our Board members and committee chairs will participate in two additional strategic activities.
First, our November Board meeting will be will co-opted by Rabbi Lou Feldstein, the consultant hired by Rochester’s
synagogues. Lou will present the results of our Change Style Indicator surveys and help us come up with recommendations
specific to our Board and how it should operate. And near the end of November, our Board members and committee
chairs will join with those from nine other Rochester area synagogues to participate in a 6-hour workshop (another six
hours!) exploring how collaboration between synagogues can help us all do a better job of serving our members and the
community.
My goodness – from the details to the big picture in three short months….Does any of this tempt you? We always
welcome new people on our committees and on our Board, so if you’re interested in either the details or the big picture,
I’m sure that we can find something that will satisfy you. Please contact me or any other Board member or committee
chair if you’d like to learn more about what gets done around Temple Emanu-El and how you can become involved.
Meanwhile, many thanks to our hard-working Board members – Bob Ginsberg (Treasurer), Cathy Leora Dayan, David
Kassnoff (VP Education, Publicity Chair), Denise Lippa, Don Hurwitz, Elaina Ginsberg (Corresponding Secretary), Evie
Schron, Harvey Mymit, Hillary Harter, Jerry Dunn (House and Bingo Chair), Judy Greenstein, Jule Rayburn (Board
Chair), Merril Greenstein (VP Finance), Michael Perlson (VP Membership), Randy Perlson, Renate Livingston, Rose
Levin, Ruth Siegel, and SuSan Cambell (Board Secretary). And to our committee chairs – Carl Wetzstein (Webmaster),
Harold Paschal (Cemetery Chair), Janet Wagner (Ritual Chair), Judy Goldstein and Jill Chesley (Library Co-Chairs),
and Phyllis Hirsch (Adult Ed Chair). And to the presence behind the scenes who increasingly is the driving force that
keeps us all functioning smoothly, Bernice Rayburn (Temple Emanu-El’s Secretary/Office Manager).
It’s a pleasure working with you all!
Kol tuv,
Sunday
Monday
2
Tuesday
3
Wednesday
4
5
Thursday
Friday
6
Janet's
Team
9
Brunch
10:30 AM
10
RASP
Board
Training
7:00 PM
Brian
Stanfield
16
12
13
Renate's
Team
1
7
8
Torah Study
10:00 AM
14
15
21
22
Torah Study
10:00 AM
Shabbat
Service
8:00 PM
Rabbi
Morais
11
17
Saturday
Shabbat
Service
8:00 PM
18
19
20
Audrey's
Team
Shabbat
Shabbat
Service
Service
7:30 PM
8:00
PM
Discussion
Rabbi
Session with
Morais
Rabbi Morais
Books &
Bagels
10:00 AM
23
RASP
Workshop
11 AM - 5
TBK
30
24
Pat's
Team
25
26
27
Shabbat
Service
8:00 PM
28
29
TEE School
It’s been a whirlwind month of many holidays and experiencing different Rabbis, vocalists, and services. We also
share fond thoughts of Rabbi Mike’s teachings, silliness, and honor the memory of his wife, Pnina.
As we celebrated the precious Torah this past week, in all the learning that leaps from these Hebrew letters,
stories, Midrash, rituals, we shared time with one of Temple Emanu El’s precious teachers, Mr Bill Newman. He
taught us many things, including the requirements of the “sofer” who very carefully scribes the Torah each day
for a year. As we returned to our classroom after the studying with our Torah scrolls in the library, we proceeded
to create edible Torahs. I asked, “What do we need to make a Torah?” A student aptly answered, “A year without
a schedule.” So with fruit rollups for the scroll, markers that draw with edible ink, the students chose Hebrew
words, drawings which served as their guide for living. Delicious fun!
Submitted by Denise Lippa
Seven blunders of the world that lead to violence: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience,
knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without
sacrifice, politics without principle. -Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
Submitted by Edie Bonferraro
Welcome
Welcome to our
new member,
Stu Brickman
Readers may be divided into four classes: 1. Sponges, who absorb all that they read and return it in
nearly the same state, only a little dirtied. 2. Sand-glasses, who retain nothing and are content to get
through a book for the sake of getting through the time. 3. Strain-bags, who retain merely the dregs of
what they read. 4. Mogul diamonds, equally rare and valuable, who profit by what they read, and enable
others to profit by it also. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge, poet, critic (1772-1834)
Submitted by Edie Bonferraro
I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.
-Jorge Luis Borges, writer (1899-1986)
Submitted by Edie Bonferraro
Announcements
Adult Education Brunch
Sunday, November 9, 10:30am
RSVP (Please) to Judy Greenstein by Tuesday, November 4th, [email protected] or (585) 366-4180.
Topic: “R. E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant: Safe, Clean and Dependable Electricity for Western New York”
Speaker: Brian Stanfield, R.E. Ginna – Procedure Development Unit, Administrative/Balance of Plant Work Group Lead
Brian’s presentation will focus on Ginna’s safety precautions to protect community neighbors in the current context of
international terrorism, extreme weather (a la Japan) as well as vandalism and whatever other malicious-mischief meanspirited people decide to conjure up. He will present a light overview of just enough technical information as is needed to
support and understand the workings of the safety precautions.
He plans to have some slides describing Ginna’s Emergency Plans and how they work with the Counties and the State, as
well as some slides with public domain information describing security precautions utilized to resist hostile acts against
the plant. A few slides describing the way a nuclear plant operates will be included.
Brian Stanfield is employed by Exelon at the R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant in Ontario, New York. He has a Bachelor
of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and has worked for 32 years in Nuclear Power. This includes 24years in
Quality Assurance and 8 years in Procedure Development at two Nuclear Power Plants : The Callaway Nuclear Power
Plant in Fulton, Missouri and the R. E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant.
PARKING
A New Sunday Brunch Parking Arrangement
To facilitate parking for our Sunday Brunch speakers, we are instituting a new parking arrangement for them. When you
see (a) cone(s) in the parking lot, please leave enough space around the area to accommodate a large vehicle.
Books ‘n Bagels
There will be NO November Books’n Bagels due to a Rochester Area Strategic Planning (RASP) meeting involving area
Temple Boards on November 23rd, our regular book group day. See you in December!
KEVIN & RUSS DRIVEWAY SEALING
COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL
QUALITY WORK SINCE 1981
RUSS LYONS
150 Palm Street
Rochester NY 14615
www.kevinandruss.com
Office: (585) 647-3030
Fax: (585) 458-2033
Cell: (585) 747-4117
Important Information
Contact Information
Rabbi S. Robert Morais
Rabbi’s Phone: 248-410-5677
Rabbi’s E-mail: [email protected]
President Leslie Schwartz
President’s Phone: 585-944-2361
President’s E-mail: [email protected]
Temple Information
Website: www.emanuelrochester.org
Secretary: Bernice Rayburn
Office Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs 9:00am - 1:00pm
Office Phone: 585-266-1978
E-mail: [email protected]
Help us keep in touch
Elaina Ginsberg will help us keep in touch with
members who are ill or in the hospital, could use our
sympathy, or would enjoy a mazal tov. Please call
Elaina with any news of this kind at 585-381-3864,
and she will mail out cards to let our members know
that we are thinking of them.
Rides to Temple
Need a ride to services or a Temple Brunch? Can you
offer an occasional ride? Our ride contact person is
Rosanne Cohen, 585-388-6954.
Temple Needs You
If you can volunteer one night a month for our Tuesday fundraiser, please call Jerry Dunn, 585-342-7466.
Social Networking!
You can now follow Temple Emanu-El on Facebook and Twitter. You need to become a member (free) in order
to access these social network sites. Questions? Send a note to David Kassnoff at [email protected]
On Twitter, find us at:
http://twitter.com/TEERochesterNY
Induction Hearing Loops
On Facebook, find us by typing ‘Temple Emanu-El of
Rochester’ in the Search bar near the top of the page.
Our Induction Hearing Loops are up and running! If you have a hearing aid with a
T-coil, turn on the coil! If your hearing aid does not have a T-coil, or if you have hearing
difficulty but no hearing aids, we can give you a cell-phone-size receiver and a pair of ear
buds, and these will plug you right into the Loop. The ear buds are for you to keep and
bring back each time you want to use the system, or you can bring your own headphones.
(For more information, contact Merrill Greenstein, 585-366-4180.)
Yahrzeits - CHESHVAN / KISLEV
Our Yahrzeit List is read every Friday evening. Memorial dates for the names on the list are from Sunday to
Saturday of that week.
FRIDAY, NOV 7
Claire Garver
Neil Jeffrey Harris
Hattie Chadwick
Sara Silverman
Anna Ball
Lester Levin
Frieda Pfingst
Alfred Pfingst
Irwin Halpern
Vincent Bonferraro
Frances Stark
Edith Mazel
FRIDAY, NOV 14
Mary Skopinsky
Joseph Woldenberg
Rose Zar
Samuel Morris Cohen
Richard Gersten
Ruth Greene
Max Rose
Harold Gertzog
Benno Wetzstein
Stephen Zweig
Goldie Biernbaum
Marvin Butler
Judith Turof
Joseph Livingston
Ruth Winter
Hannah Brodsky
FRIDAY, NOV 21
Harold Achter
Myer Biernbaum
Julius Zanger
Julian Zweig
Jacob Gerber
Warren Goldstein
FRIDAY, NOV 28
Joan Yessenow
Ruth S. Cohen
Betty McGorky
Walter Shifton
Ethel Brightman
Menachem Baker
Jack William Biernbaum
Milton Terris
Lester C. Elsberg
Goldie Levy
Morris Mintz
Lilyan Perlson
If you have a yahrzeit anniversary coming up for a loved one and would like to light Sabbath candles in that
person’s memory, please contact Elaine Greene at [email protected] or (585) 271-6753.
If you are interested in sponsoring an “oneg” at the time of yahrzeit, please call
Janet Wagner at (585) 248-0576 or [email protected]
Contributions
TEMPLE FUND
In Memory of Pnina Herzbrun
Ina Suher
Cathy Leora Dayan
Frimith Sacks
Ethel & Michael Moskow
Marley & Allan Korn
In Memory of Larry Sapozink
Larry & Mary Chesin
Rosanne Cohen & George Madden
Betty Cohen
Rona & Bill Newman
Carl Wetzstein
Harvey Mymit
Florence Mymit
Gloria Chesin
Barbara Weinstein
In Memory of Kay Wetzstein
Edie Bonferraro
Cathy Leora Dayan
Ron & Fran Gluck
Bert & Sylvia Butler
George & Judy Shapow
Phyllis Hirsch
Bill & Rona Newman
Ruth Harris
Gladys Napier
Rosanne Cohen & George Madden
Ruth Siegel
Renate Livingston
Don Hurwitz
Bernice & Jule Rayburn
Judy & Merrill Greenstein
Harriet Zweig
Abrahan deLeeuwe & Family
Ellyn R. Bagley, Nancy Haas,
Ruth & Peter Szanto, &
Harold L. Ruslander, Jr.
Ina Suher
Barb & Shel Silverstein
Audrey Biernbaum
Shelley Biernbaum
Harold & Rhea Feinberg
Mr & Mrs Paul Krebs
Roberta Kinel
Mr & Mrs Angelo Fazio
Fredda & Pete Silverstein
Marion Wowkowych
Mary Ann DiMartino
Madeline Stanton
Linda & Milt Rapkin
Janet Vanamersfort
Fern Marlan Daniel
Miriam & Lloyd Krieger
Martin & Penny Lustik
Gail Miller & Marty Raffner
Marcia Lewis
Jay Lodge 639, Knights of Pythias
In Memory Nettie Rabinowitz
The Rabinowitz Family
In Memory of Milton (Mike) Weinstein
Della Cerasoli
In Memory of Lee Bailey
Gladys Napier
In Memory of Belle Epstein
Gladys Napier
In Memory of Lenore Shapiro
Rosanne Cohen & George Madden
Betty Cohen & Marsha Cohen
In Memory of Herbert Hirsch
Phyllis Hirsch, Sue Hirsch & Debi Boyer
In Memory of Lillian Harris
Ruth Harris
In Memory of Frances Stark
Cathy Leora Dayan
In Memory of Mary & Charles Skopinsky
Bernie Skopinsky
In Memory of Ann Kassnoff
David & Barbara Kassnoff
If you wish to make a contribution to any fund for any occasion, please contact Bernice Rayburn at
585-266-1978 or by e-mail ([email protected]). Contributions can also be made by clicking “Donations” on the
website. A reminder that all donations are handled by theTemple Office only! Please designate all donations to one of the
following funds: Temple Fund, Library Fund, Elizabeth Friedman-Leblanc Hebrew School Fund. Donations received after the
14th of every month will be listed in the following month’s bulletin.
Contributions, continued
Mazel Tov:
In Gratitude for Leslie Schwart’s Hebrew Classes
Lisbeth Ornstein
Barbara Grosh
Steven Huff
Marty Levin
Diane Levin
Richard Giannetti
Zhanna Yurkevich
Robert Baker
Leslie Baker
Shaya Greathouse
Jarvin Mendez-Castro
Hector Rodriguez
In Honor of our New Rabbi, Rob Morais
Cathy Leora Dayan
Best Wishes to Yoni on His Bar Exam
Ruth Siegel
In Memory of Susan Kay
David & Barbara Kassnoff
In Memory of Anita Stein
Don Hurwitz
In Memory of Vinny Bonferraro
Edie Bonferraro
Recovery,Healing& Spiritual Well-Being:
To Rabbi Michael Herzbrun
Ruth Siegel
ELIZABETH FRIEDMAN-LEBLANC
HEBREW SCHOOL FUND
In Memory of Kay Wetzstein
Michael & Michelle Weinstein
Betty Rose
In Memory of Nathan Larman
Michael & Michelle Weinstein
LIBRARY FUND
In Memory of Kay Wetzstein
Susan Lippman
In Memory of Irwin Halpern
Phyllis Hirsch, Sue Hirsch & Debi Boyer
In Memory of Sol & Sara Silverman
Gale & Fred Rosen
Thank you to the following people who have
Hosted or Sponsord Onegs in October:
Jerry Dunn
Davida Bloom
Randy & Michael Perlson
Thelma & Marty Nemeroff
Please designate all donations to one of the following
funds: Temple Fund, Library Fund, Elizabeth
Friedman-Leblanc Hebrew School Fund.
Donations received after the 14th of every month will
be listed in the following month’s bulletin.
2956 St. Paul Boulevard Rochester, NY 14617
TEMPLE FUND RAISERS
REMEMBER
Don’t discard your old inkjet
printer cartridges or cell
phones. Please bring them to
the Temple for recycling as a
fund-raiser.
(All proceeds support Temple Emanu-El)
TOPS GIFT CARDS
Tops Market gift cards
($25/$50) are available. Buy
groceries and help raise money
for our temple at the same
time.
Please call Jerry Dunn,
585-342-7466, if you would
like to purchase a Tops gift
card. Many thanks!
WEBSITE
FUNDRAISERS
On our website
emanuelrochester.org:
Click: Shop Amazon and earn
money for temple with every
purchase
Click: Goodsearch.com and
earn money for temple with
every search
HANDMADE CANVAS
ARTICLES FOR SALE
Kleenex Boxes $5
Pocket Kleenex Holders $3
Pen Holders for your Purse $3
Memo Pads with Pencils $3
Party favors for any event:
Baby Showers, Birthdays,
Weddings $1.50
Call Betty Rose 585-544-2557