TABLE OF CONTENTS COVER: Purim Sharing Shabbat L’Dor Vador Shabbat Women’s Seder Worship Mazal Tov Communal Worship Corner From Our Cantor What’s Happening? Calendar for January - February Connected Congregations ARZA Our Director of Early Childhood Our Director of Congregational Learning Our Director of Youth Engagement Tikkun Olam - Social Action Library Update Cycle of our Congregational Family Advertisements p. p. p. p. 10 3 7 9 WHAT ARE THE FUNNY LOOKING CODES? p. P. p. p. p. p. p. p. p. p. p. p. p. p. 4 4 5 6 7 - 11 12 - 13 14 14 15 16 17 18-19 19 20 They are called QR codes. To scan the codes, download "NeoReader" (or any QR code reader) from the app store. Then use your mobile device to scan the code which will take you directly to the applicable web page (yes, you MUST have a mobile device. This cannot be done from a desktop.) Questions: Contact Melanie Appelbaum at [email protected] and she will be happy to help you! IS THERE A GRAPHIC ARTIST AMONGST US? We are looking for a graphic artist to volunteer to help us with our creative work. If you are interested or know someone who might be, please have him/her contact Roberta Aronovitch at 914725-5175. OUR NEXT SHARING SHABBAT IS MARCH 13 Our Sharing Shabbat “experiment” continues to yield outstanding results! Our second Sharing Shabbat was on January 23rd. Seven SSTTE families hosted over 30 member families at their homes for Shabbat songs, ritual, dinner, discussion, and general schmoozing – a great turnout for a dark and cold Friday night in the dead of winter. And, as is the case with all our Sharing Shabbats, we had Shabbat Baboker services Saturday morning (since there are no services the Fridays of Sharing Shabbat), and the one on January 24 th was again well attended. Our next two Sharing Shabbats are March 13 and May 8. Please sign up if you’re interested in hosting or attending. Sign up by emailing [email protected], OR call Elizabeth Rothstein at 914-874-5057 OR online by visiting this URL (bit.ly/sharingshabbat) or by scanning this QR code 3 WORSHIP RELIGIOUS SERVICES WEDNESDAY, 6:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 8:15 p.m. MARCH 4 Purim Dinner Megillah Reading Purim Palooza Party Purim for Adults continues at Chat 19 FRIDAY, MARCH 6 8 p.m. Chavurah Service SATURDAY, MARCH 7 10:30 a.m. Shabbat Services & Bat Mitzvah of Allison Moskowitz FRIDAY, MARCH 13 Sharing Shabbat Dinner SATURDAY, MARCH 14 10 a.m. Shabbat BaBoker 10:30 a.m. Shabbat Service & Bar Mitzvah of Adam Taber THURSDAY, MARCH 19 7:30 a.m. Boker Tov FRIDAY, MARCH 20 7 p.m. L’dor Vador Shabbat with Intergenerational Choir FRIDAY, MARCH 27 6:15 p.m. Ma-Ariv Service Mazal Tov to Our B’nei Mitzvah Allison Moskowitz March 7 Allison is a 7th grader at the Edgemont Jr/Sr High School. Some of her favorite activities include playing sports such as soccer, basketball, and skiing. She has been on the travel soccer team since 3rd grade and is currently on the modified basketball team. She has been fortunate to ski out in Utah and Colorado. The mountains out west have the best powder with challenging terrain. She also enjoys dancing. She has taken tap in the past and takes hip hop, jazz, and ballet at Central Park Dance. She plays 3 instruments including the violin, piano, and the clarinet. She goes to sleep away camp at Camp Wah-Nee. Some of her memorable experiences were at camp. She has a really unique palate for a 12-13 year old. She eats all cuisine and will try anything that is different from everyday things. 4 Adam Taber March 14 Adam is a 7th grader at the Yonkers Middle School. He is 12 years old turning 13. Sometimes he likes to draw and dance in his room. He is a very intelligent pupil and always seeking to learn. He is very role following and makes lots of friends fast. His favorite subject in school is Science. It intrigues him, for instance, divergent boundaries, example divergent (separation). For his community service he created art walls at his school. COMMUNAL WORSHIP “We’re All about that Bass! (and Tenor, Alto, and Soprano)” Did you ever get the giggles in services? When I was little, our High Holiday services included a professional choir that never failed to amuse my sisters and me, and even my mother. The warbling sopranos would set us off, and our fits of stifled laughter became an annual tradition. Hidden in the balcony, the choir was a disconnected, disembodied group of strangers. I now sing in our temple choir. This is not my childhood choir. Our choristers are temple members, with varying musical backgrounds and motivations. Hal and Barbara Baron are professional musicians, others can’t read music. Some participate at the expense of family time, others come with family: Richard, Rebecca, and Micaela Primoff; Peggy and Mira Zelkowitz; Elaine Laurence and her son, our conductor Zachary Goodman. We all like to sing, and we love to sing together. Cantor Becker sets the tone and intention. She greets us at the start of rehearsals joyfully and confident that we will be a meaningful addition to services despite rough beginnings. She guides us cheerfully, without a single wince. She is not a perfectionistic, which is perfect. We have fun and move in the general direction of learning the music. Eric Trudel, our wonderful pianist, patiently plays and replays our parts. We meet just five or six times. For the final rehearsals we are joined by a professional alto, soprano, and tenor. With strong and accurate leadership of these sections, we can’t go too wrong. We can always lip-synch! But since most of the music repeats each year, we have become more confident as time goes on. I now know the music well enough to let go, and more fully experience the joy of singing with the group. The magic happens not when I’m singing full out and hearing my own voice, but when I hear the collective voice of the altos and our harmony with the other parts. At times, it is thrilling. In the morning service of 2013, we “opened” with “Ma Tovu”. Rich choral sections alternated with Cantor Becker’s lilting melody. We savored the fullest sound we had ever created together. As the last tones resonated in the sanctuary, a child shouted out: “Yay!!!” That is the goal of communal worship: a shared experience that transports us, together, to a higher place. The collaborative effort of the choir is in itself meaningful, as it creates connections among the participants. When the congregation is then engaged in the music, we are all connected. Ma tovu: How goodly are thy tents, or loosely, how beautiful a community. Yay! Caryl Grueskin 5 FROM OUR CANTOR When we think of Passover, a few key images come to mind: we think of telling the story of our journey from slavery to freedom, of a thorough cleaning and cleansing of hametz, of the recipes we can make with matzah and of who will be coming to our Passover seders this year. A less obvious association is with the concept of order and the way that Passover celebrates and challenges the order in our lives. In fact, the word seder means “order.” It refers to the set structure of our ritual including the Haggadah and the way we move through it on the first (and second) nights of Pesach. The seder helps us on our continual journey to examine our world (i.e. to take a hard look at the order we live with) and to free ourselves from that which enslaves us or others today. Order is paramount in the Haggadah—the first thing we do when we sit down is to recite the order of the night—but it is up to us to spend time asking questions about that order as well. We are allowed to interrupt the seder so that we might make the words and rituals of Pesach come alive for us in every generation. Our task is to add our own commentary, poetry and traditions to the order the seder offers us (To this end, I would love to hear from you about which is your favorite Haggadah to use and why). In addition, the Traditional cleaning that is part of Passover helps us set up a new order in our homes. We follow different rules for seven or eight days, reminding ourselves that we are free to choose the order that guides our lives. We are no longer slaves, stuck in a society where we are subject to an order that has been imposed on us by a tyrant. Instead, we have the autonomy to organize our days according to the values that we hold dear. At the same time and in stark contrast, the story of Pesach contains hints that not all of the order of our lives is within our grasp. In its literal sense, the Torah is quite clear that God was the catalyst for the redemption of the Israelites. This event becomes part of a larger narrative (some might say, plan) that brought the Israelites out of suffering for the purpose of taking on God's commandments and making our world a better place. While this is not an easy reading for many of us to accept, most of us can acknowledge that there is mystery in our lives, elements that do not seem orderly but over which we cannot exert any control. Sometimes these are positive: indescribable love that exists in the best of relationships, kindnesses that come to us unbidden. More frequently, however, they may be painful realities that come in the form of illness or challenges that life brings our way. On some level, Pesach frees us from needing to have control over everything or everyone in our lives even as it inspires us to take control where we can and impose an order that allows all to live with dignity and integrity. This year we offer two opportunities to rethink the order of our lives in preparation for Pesach. The first is a Human Rights Seder on Sunday, March 22 at 11:30 a.m. (See page 18 for more information). This program will offer us an opportunity to recognize and heal the places in society where there is clear disorder: the realms of human rights violations throughout the world, human trafficking, and domestic violence. The second is a Women's Seder on Wednesday, March 25 at 6 p.m. (See page 9 for more information). This seder is an opportunity to celebrate women in Judaism. It will be a time to rejoice in the healing that has been done with regard to the marginalization of women in Jewish Tradition while it will also provide the space to reflect on the areas where women are still disenfranchised, unequal or “on the fringes” of society. May this Passover bring you time to reflect on the order of your own lives and may it bring the sweetness of renewal as well. Chag Sameach! Happy Passover to all! 6 WHAT’S HAPPENING AT SCARSDALE SYNAGOGUE? VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION BRUNCH MARCH 15, 9:15-10:45 a.m. We want to thank our dedicated volunteers! Volunteers - be on the lookout for your email invitation. EVIL IN THE WORLD WITH RABBI BROWN MARCH 2, MARCH 30, APRIL 13; 12 – 1 p.m. In Person or via Webcast / Conference Call! RSVP: [email protected] This is a 3 part provocative learning series in which we will study the work of 3 contemporary thinkers who each offer up a different response to the notion of evil and suffering in our world. Each session will be stand-alone! No pressure to attend all if your schedule does not allow. JOIN OUR INTERGENERATIONAL CHOIR FOR L’DOR VADOR SHABBAT! THE TORAH COMMENTARY OF DR. ZORNBERG WITH RABBI BROWN FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 7 P.M. 3 REHEARSALS: SUNDAY, MARCH 8 & 15 at 11 a.m. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18 at 6 p.m. 4 REMAINING SUNDAYS, 9:30 – 11 A.M. March 8, April 19, May 3, June 7. This year, for the first time, we will gather singers of all ages to join together for a L’Dor VaDor (from generation to generation) Shabbat. The worship will be enhanced by a choir and instrumental ensemble consisting of children and adults. We believe that every member of congregation will find meaning in this multi-generational experience! In preparation, Cantor Becker is inviting singers of all ages to participate in the 3 rehearsals. No prior experience necessary. If you love to sing, join us for this fun, musical adventure. Email Cantor Becker at [email protected] or scan this QR code to register online… bit.ly/ladorvador Visit the website for complete details at http://bit.ly/3responsestoevil Avivah Zornberg is one of the world’s pre-eminent contemporary teachers of Torah. She travels widely to lecture in Israel, Britain, and the United States. But her scholarship is best appreciated via her writing. Rabbi Brown looks forward to introducing you to her rich and thought-provoking approach to the study of our sacred literature. Each of the sessions will be “stand alone”, meaning you should feel free to attend one, or all of them. Everyone is welcome! RSVP: [email protected] or Call 914-725-5175 OR visit BOOK DISCUSSION WITH CANTOR BECKER Once We Were Brothers April 12 at 9:30 a.m. Compelling tale of two boys and a family who struggle to survive in war-torn Poland, and a young love that struggles to endure the unspeakable cruelty of the Holocaust. Two lives, two worlds, and sixty years coverage in an explosive race to redemption that makes for a moving and powerful tale of love, survival, and ultimately the triumph of the human spirit. RSVP: [email protected] 7 WHAT’S HAPPENING AT SCARSDALE SYNAGOGUE? JUDAICA Each year, with the reading of the Haggadah, we celebrate the festival of Passover, as we recount the story of the Israelites’ exodus out of slavery, from Egypt into the Promised Land, over 3,000 years ago. We commemorate our struggle for freedom by observing the Seder with matzah, wine, traditional foods and the singing of the stirring “Dayenu” and “Chad Gad Yo”. It is a time for families and friends to get together and rejoice in the triumph of good over evil. This year Passover arrives on April 3rd. In order to serve your holiday needs, the Judaica Shop will be open on: SUNDAY, MARCH 22nd, from 9 a.m. to Noon In our cases in the main lobby we have on display for sale a large assortment of Seder and Matzo Plates and Covers, Afikomen Bags, Haggadahs, Cookbooks, Jewelry and various gift items. Our merchandise, as always, is priced below retail and, most importantly, your purchases benefit the synagogue. We look forward to seeing you on March 22nd, or if this date is not convenient, call Mitzie Stein – 914723-0138 – or the synagogue office at 914-725-5175. P.S. If you need a specific quantity of Haggadahs, please let us know in advance so that we can order them. SSTTE SENIORS Lunch at Pagoda Chinese Restaurant TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 1 PM Pagoda Chinese Restaurant, 699 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale, NY. For reservations, RSVP to Maxine Jacobson at 914-476-4136. In case of inclement weather, the luncheon will be postponed one week. Check with the SSTTE office at 725-5175 for further information Coffee and Conversation TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 1 PM at SSTTE Everyone is welcome to attend and bring a friend. BOOK CLUB LED BY RITA KASHNER SUNDAY, MARCH 15 – 9:45 am to noon Book is “Homesick” by Eshkol Nevo For more information about where they will meet, please call Carolyn Streicher 914-725-5781 WEST SIDE STORY REGISTER NOW FOR SUMMER STARS! For more information about our programs, please call: Jody Glassman, Director Jocelyn Gross, Assistant Director [email protected] 914-723-3001 8 THURSDAY, APRIL 23 at 11:30 a.m. at Westchester Broadway Theatre, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford, NY Join us for the Westchester Broadway Theatre’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s exciting ground-breaking musical “West Side Story”. Cost: $65 per person (includes lunch, gratuity, and performance and free on premises parking). Limited number of seats available. RSVP: Call Barbara Baron at (914) 584-7902 or email her at [email protected] WHAT’S HAPPENING AT SCARSDALE SYNAGOGUE? WOMEN OF SSTTE BOARD MEETING WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11 at 10:30 a.m. All members are invited to attend. Sarah Metzger, our new Director of Youth Engagement will be our guest speaker for the after meeting program. Find out some of the wonderful things our youth are doing and how we can help. Bring a brown bag lunch, we will supply coffee and cake. WOMEN’S SHABBAT FRIDAY, APRIL 17th at 8 p.m. Join with us when the Women of Scarsdale Synagogue will conduct the Shabbat Service. Our guest speaker will be Denise Levine, president of the Northeast District of the Women of Reform Judaism. A special Oneg Shabbat will follow the Service. WOMEN’S SEDER WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 at 6 p.m. Bring your daughters, bring your mothers, bring all the women you know to the Synagogue. You will spend a wonderful couple of hours with other women and participate in the return of this popular program for all ages. This is an interactive event and will include a delicious catered dinner. Watch your email for all the details. RSVP here…bit.ly/womenseder OR scan this code WOMEN OF SSTTE SPRING TRIP SUNDAY, JUNE 14 It’s traveling time again. We will travel by luxury coach bus to Essex Connecticut where we will enjoy a delicious brunch buffet at the Griswold Inn (the oldest continuously operating Inn in the United States). Following brunch, we will take a ride on the Essex Steam Train to the Essex Riverboat for a trip up and down the Connecticut River. Cost is $110/person for Women of SSTTE members and their spouses and $120/person for nonmembers. Join us for this great day and bring your friends. Let us know of your interest by emailing us at [email protected] or leaving a message in the Synagogue office. All reservations must be accompanied by a check to be confirmed. SAVE THE DATES AND WATCH FOR MORE INFORMATION TUESDAY, APRIL 28 – Women of SSTTE and Brandeis Group join together for a presentation of the Movie “Anita”, a documentary about Anita Hill and her impact. MAY – Women’s Night Out – Join with us at a local Salon for manicures, chair massages, wine, cheese, and schmoozing. Details and exact date to come. THURSDAY, MAY 14 - Help the Women of SSTTE help our congregation. Have lunch or dinner at California Pizza Kitchen on Central Avenue, present the coupon (which you will receive from us) and they will donate a portion of their proceeds from our meals to us to help us fund our many projects benefitting our congregation. Watch the Shalom and emails for all the details and your coupon. MAY – Plant Sale MAH JONGG CARDS Are you a Mah Jongg player? Is your mother, sister, best friend? Join the Women of Scarsdale Synagogue in helping our congregation by purchasing your new Mah Jongg Card from us. Cards are $8 for regular size and $9 for large size. Email us at [email protected] and let us know how many cards you’d like to order. Be sure to include your full name and phone number in your email. MAH JONGG TOURNAMENT SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Use your new Mah Jongg cards (ordered from us, of course) and follow in the footsteps of Ruth Gershon. Ruth was a winner, now it’s your turn. For $50, you will have a light breakfast, a delicious lunch, and the opportunity to play many rounds of Mah Jongg and win cash prizes. Space is limited so make your reservation early. You can register on the Website and send your check to us in care of the Synagogue Office. Scan this code to check the website for all the details and to RSVP visit bit.ly/ssttemj OR email [email protected] OR 9 WHAT’S HAPPENING AT SCARSDALE SYNAGOGUE? CHAVUROT! What are YOU interested in? We can create a group for you.... What are Chavurot? Chavurot are groups of 5-10 like-minded congregants who meet to explore particular topics or issues. The concept of Chavurot is ancient; SSTTE is rolling it out in a more modern form. How do you get started? First – we’ll try Chavurot on a pilot basis and fill Chavurah for: Newly and Nearly Empty-Nesters Lovers of Sports Recently Retired; and Jews By Choice If (as we hope) the pilot proves successful, we’ll open the network up to more and more types of Chavurot. YOU fill in the blanks and WE will facilitate the creation of a Chavurah just right for you. BLUEGRASS SHABBAT WITH NEFESH MOUNTAIN APRIL 24, 8 p.m. Doni Zasloff & Eric Lindberg will join Cantor Becker for a soulful Shabbat MAMA DONI PJ LIBRARY CONCERT APRIL 26, 10 a.m. Mama Doni & Eric Lindberg are the leading Jewish performers for kids and families! Don’t miss out on this special event! PURIM!! It could be almost anything, from Parenting – to Politics – to Paddle Tennis (no … it doesn’t have to start with a “p”). SUNDAY MARCH 1, Purim Carnival: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for Kindergarten through 6th graders What do I do next? Please contact Valerie Greenberg at [email protected] for more information about joining one of our pilot Chavurah, or about forming your own. 6 p.m. – Celebratory Purim Dinner 6:30 p.m. - Congregational Megillah reading 7:15 p.m. - Purim Palooza – A Purim Party for Teens & Adults with fun & silly entertainment 8:15 p.m. – For those over 21, the festivities continue at Chat American Grill, 1 Christie Place, Scarsdale WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4 Enter this URL into your browser…http://bit.ly/ssttepurim OR Scan this code for the latest information… LEARN HOW TO PLAY MAH-JONGG! Anyone interested in learning how to play Mah Jongg? Please call Randee Horowitz at 914-472-3420 or email [email protected] 10 WHAT’S HAPPENING AT SCARSDALE SYNAGOGUE? 11 CALENDAR ~ March 2015 Mon Tue Wed 1 Purim Carnival 11 a.m. Sun 2 Evil in the World with Rabbi Brown 12 p.m. 4 Purim Dinner 6 p.m. Megillah Reading 6:30 p.m. Purim Palooza Party 7:15 p.m. Purim for Adults Continues at Chat 19 8:15 p.m. 8 Study Seminar: Torah Commentary of Dr. Zornberg 9:30 a.m. Intergenerational Choir Rehearsals 11 a.m. 9 Communal Worship Cmte. Mtg. 7:30 p.m. 3 Food Packing & Sorting 9 a.m. Study Chavurah with Rabbi Klein 10:30-11:45 a.m. Senior’s Lunch at Pagoda Chinese Restaurant 1 p.m. Talmud 8 p.m. 10 Study Chavurah with Rabbi Klein 10:30-11:45 a.m. 11 12 Women of SSTTE Bd. Mtg. 10:30 a.m. Governance Task Force Meeting 7 p.m. Connected Congregations 7:30 p.m. 13 14 Sharing Shabbat Shabbat Dinner Time BaBoker 10 a.m. Shabbat Service & Bar Mitzvah of Adam Taber 10:30 a.m. 15 Volunteer Appreciation Brunch 9:15 a.m. Book Club with Rita Kashner 9:45 - Noon Intergenerational Choir Rehearsals 11 a.m. K’tanim Event 11 a.m. 16 Board of Trustees Meeting 7:30 p.m. 17 Study Chavurah with Rabbi Klein 10:30-11:45 a.m Senior’s Coffee & Conv. 1 p.m. Mazel Tots Milk & Cookie PJ Party 6 p.m. Food Packing & Sorting 7 p.m. Backpack Buddies 8 p.m. Jewish Literacy with Rabbi Klein 8-9:30 p.m. 24 Study Chavurah with Rabbi Klein 10:30-11:45 a.m. 18 Intergenerational Choir Rehearsals 6 p.m. 19 Boker Tov 7:30 a.m. Brandeis Mtg. 9:30 a.m. 20 21 L’dor Vador Shabbat with Intergenerational Choir 7 p.m. 25 Women of SSTTE Seder 6 p.m. 26 Exploring Advocacy 7:30 p.m. 27 Ma-Ariv Service 6:15 p.m. Retreat for 6th-7th Graders at Kutz Camp 22 23 Project Hope in place of Relgious School 9 a.m. Human Rights Seder 11:30 a.m. SCARTY JR. Bowling 12 p.m. 29 Retreat for 6th-7th Graders at Kutz Camp 12 30 Evil in the World with Rabbi Brown 12 p.m. 31 Study Chavurah with Rabbi Klein 10:30-11:45 a.m. Thu 5 Governance Task Force Meeting 7 p.m. Fri Sat 6 Chavurah Service 8 p.m. SCARTY Purim Shul-In 7 p.m. 7 Shabbat Service & Bat Mitzvah of Allison Moskowitz 10:30 a.m. SCARTY Purim Shul-In Ends 28 Retreat for 6th7th Graders at Kutz Camp CALENDAR ~ April 2015 ~ Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 Mazel Tots Closed Pesach BaBoker 10 a.m. Chavurah Svc. 8 p.m. 5 Religious School Spring Recess 6 7 Mazel Tots Closed Food Packing & Sorting Religious School 9 a.m. Spring Recess Religious School Spring Recess 8 Religious School Spring Recess 9 7th Day Pesach Svcs. with Yizkor 7:30 p.m. Religious School Spring Recess 10 Shir Shabbat 8 p.m. Religious School Spring Recess 11 12 Book Discussion with Cantor Becker 9:30 a.m. 13 Evil in the World 12 p.m. Exec. Cmte. Bd. Mtg. 7:30 p.m. 14 Study Chavurah with Rabbi Klein 10:30 a.m. 15 Women of SSTTE Board Mtg. 10:30 a.m. 16 Talmud 8 p.m. Yom Hashoah Commemoration 7 p.m. 17 Women’s Shabbat & Shabbat of Simcha 8 p.m. 18 Shabbat Svc. & Bat Mitzvah of Emily Ferry 10:30 a.m. 21 Study Chavurah with Rabbi Klein 10:30 a.m. 22 19 Study Seminar: Torah Commentary of Dr. Avivah Zornberg 9:30 a.m. 20 Bd. Of Trustees Mtg. 7:30 p.m. SCARTY Scavenger Hunt 3 p.m. 23 24 NFTY Spring Kallah Bluegrass Shabbat with Nefesh Mountain 8 p.m. Food Packing & Sorting 7 p.m. 25 Shabbat Svc. & Bar Mitzvah of Jason Older 4:30 p.m. Jewish Literacy with Rabbi Klein 8 p.m. 26 Mama Doni PJ Library Concert 10 a.m. 27 28 29 Study Chavurah with Rabbi Klein 10:30 a.m. Women of SSTTE & Brandeis Movie 1 p.m. 30 13 CONNECTED CONGREGATIONS / ARZA CONNECTED CONGREGATIONS Thank you once again to all those that attended the connected congregations forums in December. The conversation is NOT over! In case you missed those meetings, please attend the next one: March 11, 7:30 p.m. As we seek to continue the dialogue in our community around the questions being raised by our Connected Congregations project, we will be posting links to relevant articles in the shalom (our monthly bulletin) and the weekly emails. So, keep a lookout for them! For now, there is a provocative piece by Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch on the myriad challenges facing American Jewish life today…... For the full article, take a look at this link bit.ly/ccpost1 or scan this QR code Towards the end of his article, Rabbi Hirsch writes: “We can still prosper. Jews are survivors. We have always found creative and innovative ways to overcome urgent challenges to our existence.” Do you have any creative suggestions to share with the synagogue about ways that we might innovate our way towards the future? Once you have read the article, to what degree does the way that he paints American Jewish life resonate with you? Share your thoughts on the Connected Congregations blog at bit.ly/connectedcongregationsblog. For more about Connected Congregations, or to find out how you can become more involved in this project, email the team’s Chair, Ellen Baken, at [email protected] ARZA! Vote for Greater Religious Equality in Israel and for Funding for the Reform Movement. MAKE ESTHER PROUD. VOTE TODAY! It took Queen Esther quite a while to understand that she had to make her own Jewish voice heard. And luckily, Esther did just that. She proceeded to save the Jewish people in her time. We celebrate that sacred moment during Purim, which this year falls on March 4th and 5th. We Reform Jews hope to stand tall, knowing we join with Queen Esther and make our unique voices heard for the future of Judaism, and especially Judaism in Israel. Your vote in the World Zionist Congress elections will strengthen Reform Judaism’s call for the values of religious pluralism that we cherish and will grant the Reform movement influence in the quality of Jewish religious life in Israel. When? NOW and through April 30, 2015 WHY? Help create a dynamic Reform Judaism in Israel, that includes the voices of women and men; those born Jewish and those who have chosen Judaism. The results of this election will generate funds for education, youth work, social justice and pastoral care for the Israeli Reform movement. GET OUT and VOTE, ESTHER!! – I know I will. How? Go to www.reformjews4israel.org/vote and register and vote ARZA: Representing Reform Judaism in Israel slate online for the future of Israeli Jewish life OR by scanning this QR code, you will be taken directly to the website: If you need a paper registration and ballot, please call us Scarsdale Synagogue at 914-725-5175 to get one sent to you. 14 OUR DIRECTOR OF EARLY CHILDHOOD On February 12th, the 2’s, 3’s and 4’s participated in a “Hop-a-thon” to help benefit children with Muscular Dystrophy. In addition to all the fun the children had hopping, they learned so many lessons connected to the event. First and foremost-Tzedakah! It was truly a case of children helping children! The curriculum leading up to the event helped to point out differences and difficulties people have in various aspects of their lives. It was the perfect way to talk about tolerance and acceptance. Just a reminder, if you have not yet seen our program and are interested in school for next year or camp for this summer, please call to arrange an appointment. If you have any other questions about Mazel Tots or Summer Stars- feel free to call the Nursery School Office (914723-3001). Jody Glassman, Director COOKIES AND MILK PARTY! TUES, MARCH 17th - 6:00 p.m. Mazel Tots will come back to school in their pajamas for some fun and a Cookies and Milk Party! BLUEGRASS SHABBAT WITH NEFESH MOUNTAIN PURIM CARNIVAL SUNDAY, MARCH 1 - 11AM – 12:30PM Join us at the Purim Celebration. We will be reading PJ Library Purim stories throughout the day. See p. 10 for more details on Purim festivities REGISTER NOW FOR SUMMER STARS! FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 6:30 p.m. Doni Zasloff & Eric Lindberg will join Cantor Becker for a soulful Shabbat MAMA DONI PJ LIBRARY CONCERT SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 10 a.m. Mama Doni & Eric Lindberg are the leading Jewish performers for kids and families! Don’t miss out on this special event! For more information about our programs, please call: Jody Glassman, Director Jocelyn Gross, Assistant Director [email protected] 914-723-3001 UPDATE ON DIRECTOR OF CONGREGATIONAL LEARNING POSITION By now we trust that you have received the email and letter indicating that Rabbi Pein will conclude her tenure as SSTTE Director of Congregational Learning on June 30, 2015. We hope that you will take time between now and then to thank her for all of her efforts on behalf of our community. Plans are already well underway as we give thought to the next chapter in the history of our Religious School. Board Member and Religious School parent Joy Bertan has been appointed Chair of our Search Team. Other members of the Search Team include Religious School parent Lori Hosp, Board member Marilyn Shebshaievitz, Temple President Donna Vitale Ruskin, as well as Rabbi Brown and Cantor Becker. We are also grateful that Executive Committee member Debbie Finn and Religious School parent Dan Schuchat will be serving as informal educational consultants to the Search Team. At the time of this writing (early February), we are in the process of reviewing applications from our multiple postings and outreach, and look forward to finding a great match for our synagogue and children. We look forward to keeping you updated in the coming weeks and months. If you have questions about our process, thoughts about the future of our school, or suggestions about qualities we should be looking for, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Joy Bertan, Search Team Chair, at 212-698-7256. 15 OUR DIRECTOR OF CONGREGATIONAL LEARNING Our spring festivals of Purim and Passover are connected in many ways through the themes of oppression and redemption, and also with the mitzvah or commandment to help care for and feed others. On Purim, we are commanded to send Mishloach Manot, or packages of food, to our friends and family. On Passover, there is the mitzvah of “ma’ot hittim”, literally “wheat money”, or donating funds to help the less fortunate celebrate Passover. During our Passover Seder, we recite the following during the Maggid, the telling of the Passover story, “This is the bread of poverty which our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt. Let all who are hungry come and eat. Let all who are needy come and celebrate the Passover… Though each of us may fulfill these mitzvot on our own, we will have an opportunity to fulfill them as a community on Sunday, March 22 through Project Hope, a project of the Bronx Jewish Community Council. In place of SSTTE Religious School, we will meet at SSTTE at 9 AM, and then caravan down to the Bronx to deliver food packages to homebound seniors. All families, religious school students, and congregants are invited to join us on this outing that will brighten the day of an older Jewish adult during the holidays. Please let us know if you plan to join us by emailing Rabbi Pein at [email protected] We hope to fulfill the mitzvot of feeding the hungry, caring for those in need, and honoring the elderly as a community on March 22. Important Upcoming Dates for SSTTE Religious School MARCH 1 Family Purim Program and Purim Carnival MARCH 4 Purim Megillah Reading (All Grades) MARCH 22 Project Hope in place of SSTTE Religious school MARCH 25 Women’s Seder / Alternative 4-6 grade religious school program and Team Tikkun program Project Hope Passover Package Delivery SUNDAY, MARCH 22 – 9 a.m. – 11:30 a. Volunteer with your friends and family this Passover and deliver food packages to lonely homebound seniors. An hour and a half of your Sunday morning will brighten the day of an older Jewish adult during the holidays! Please RSVP to: Rabbi Pein at [email protected] 16 OUR DIRECTOR OF YOUTH ENGAGEMENT If any of you blinked at all in the last few weeks, you might have missed out on some of the fun. Allow me to fill you in on the awesomeness that you may have missed: A few weeks ago, an amazing group of idealistic teens (19, to be exact), took time out of their vacation to prepare meals, sort clothes, and distribute said meals and clothes to the homeless of NYC during our Midnight Run event on January 18th. A couple of weeks later, we broke records by having seventeen 3rd through 6th graders join us at the Cliffs in Valhalla to scale some walls. We also went tubing in NJ with 20 people from different congregations. If that isn’t enough, many of our K’tanim members watched the Lorax and celebrated Tu B’shvat in style by making trees out of pretzel sticks, frosting, candy, and other delicious foodstuffs. Let’s get excited for March (is it spring yet???)!! MARCH 1ST – PURIM CARNIVAL!!! This is a fun event for the whole family! The SCARTY teens will run the stations while grades k-6 get to play the games. Get ready to eat your weight in hamentaschen! MARCH 1ST-2ND – NFTY Albany Advocacy Day. Teens will spend Sunday learning about a variety of different social justice issues and preparing lobby speeches, and then spend all day on Monday in Albany meeting with our state representatives. MARCH MARCH MARCH MARCH MARCH 4 6-7 15TH 22ND 27-29 Purim Megillah Reading SCARTY Purim Shul-in! K’tanim/Mazeltots joint program SCARTY Jr. Bowling Adventure! JYG Kallah: a weekend retreat for 6th and 7th graders at Kutz Camp. Contact [email protected] for details. Thanks for reading! Sarah Metzger Director of Youth Engagement 17 TIKKUN OLAM/SOCIAL ACTION Many of you have heard the phrase, "Two Jews, three opinions." So, with that seeming truth in mind, Tikkun Olam programming at SSTTE often tends to focus on more hands-on programs that address symptoms more than delving into the potentially more controversial causes. Last month, the URJ held a full day advocacy training program which a group of SSTTE congregants signed up for and several of us attended. See below about attending a meeting on exploring advocacy on March 26. Also, see p. 19 for information on Care2Connect. As always, if there is something you are passionate about and would like to bring to the Congregation, please share by emailing us at [email protected] BACKPACK BUDDIES March 17, 8 p.m. Stay after sorting and re-packing for the Interfaith food bank to discuss another potential hunger program. Backpack Buddies programs send food home for the weekend with head start children whose families are otherwise at risk for going hungry. The food is provided in backpacks rather than grocery or other bags so as to minimize the embarrassment to the children. Come learn more and help us figure out if we can get this program off the ground. EXPLORING ADVOCACY March 26, 7:30 p.m. at the Synagogue If you are interested in hearing about last month’s program and discussing if and how our Congregation might want to become involved in advocacy together, please join us for this meeting. One element of advocacy is education. Last fall's well-attended reception at SSTTE for Nita Lowey and Elliot Engel, cosponsors of international human rights legislation, was an example of this. The program was brought to us by one of our Congregants, Andrea Kaplan, who is an involved member of American Jewish World Service, an organization advocating for the passage of this legislation. 18 INTERFAITH FOOD BANK SORT AND REPACK SESSIONS March 3, 9 a.m. March 17, 7 p.m. Concerned about hunger, an issue our Food Bank volunteers have been working tirelessly to address for a decade now. Stay after on March 17th to learn about Backpack Buddies! HUMAN RIGHTS SEDER March 22, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. With Passover and our own story of oppression and liberation coming up early next month, we are organizing a Human Rights Seder at Scarsdale Synagogue. Lunch will be served. The program will interweave some modified Seder elements with information about current international human rights abuses (from AJWS), human trafficking today in New York as explained to us by NYS Congresswoman Amy Paulin and about domestic abuse from a representative of My Sisters' Place. Come hear what they have to say and perhaps take some of what you learn back to your own Seder table. TIKKUN OLAM/SOCIAL ACTION / LIBRARY CARE2CONNECT Our Care2Connect committee has one main goal – to reach out and support fellow congregants throughout various lifecycle events. Members of our committee are here for you, in good times and in hard times, offering support and a helping hand when needed. Throughout the years, we have provided words of congratulations for births, marriages and bar/bat mitzvahs, words of sympathy when those among us have lost loved ones, and words of support when others are not doing so well. New volunteers are always welcome! There are no meetings to attend or events to schedule on your calendar. Just let us know what you are interested in doing, how often you are available and the best way to reach you. There is no requirement for what you would need to do, we are happy to work within your comfort level to help you get involved. Then, when a need arises that you are comfortable with, our committee will be in touch. Whether you can help out once a month or once a year, it all adds up to a more supportive and caring temple community! Tikkun Olam,Together. Other services our network of member volunteers provide include: Providing/Delivering Meals to homebound members or families during a health crisis; Checking in via telephone with the ill, elderly and/or homebound; Visiting an ill or homebound member; Transportation to a doctor's appointment for an ill or non-driving member; Hosting a single or widowed member for a holiday meal; Transportation to services (when available) for an elderly or non-driving member. If you know...of a Synagogue member who is ill or in the hospital, call the office and let us know. This way the Rabbi and Cantor can visit and Care2Connect can provide timely support. Don’t assume that we know--we will only know if you tell us! For more information, to volunteer or to let us know of a Congregant who could use our support, please contact Christine Ginsberg at [email protected] SSTTE LIBRARY WHAT’S NEW IN THE LIBRARY SPOTLIGHT ON INTERFAITH MARRIAGE, BAR/BAT MITZVAH, TORAH STUDY, SPIRITUALITY AND THEOLOGY ‘Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage is Transforming America by Naomi Schaefer Riley Jewish on Their Own Terms: How Intermarried Couples are Changing American Judaism by Jennifer A. Thompson Putting God on Your Guest List (Young Adult and Adult versions) by Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin The Mitzvah Project Book: Making Mitzvah part of Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Your Life by Liz Suneby and Diane Heiman Mitzvah Chic: How to host a Meaningful, Fun, Drop-Dead Gorgeous Bar or Bat Mitzvah by Gail Anthony Greenberg Text Messages: a Torah Commentary for Teens by Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin Tough Questions Jews Ask: A Young Adult Guide to Building a Jewish Life by Rabbi Edward Feinstein Journeys to a Jewish Life by Paula Amanin Dancing with God: Everyday steps to Jewish Spiritual Renewal by Rabbi Wayne Dosick Doing Jewish Theology: God, Torah and Israel in Modern Judaism by Rabbi Neil Gilman Does the World Need the Jews? By Daniel Gordis Please feel free to check out these books from the library or stop in and browse the shelves. You can also view the collection online on the homepage at www.sstte.org and look for the online catalog button. 19 THE CYCLE OF OUR CONGREGATIONAL FAMILY IN REMEMBRANCE The Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El recognizes with sorrow the passing of: Marc Spiegel, cousin of Barbara Beaumont Hillel Schiller, brother of Dr. Newton Schiller MAZAL TOV TO Melinda Billig and Family on the birth of her first grandchild, Lyla Eve Randall, daughter of Chiara Noetzel and Creighton Randall We appreciate the thoughtfulness of those who support Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El by remembering and honoring their friends and loved ones through their generous contributions. Cantor’s Discretionary Fund HAROLD & FREDDA KWITMAN in honor of TOM RUSKIN & DONNA VITALE RUSKIN in General Tribute Fund memory of her mother, Sheila Pollack; her uncle, Arthur Silvin; in honor of the birth of Calla Grace Ibrahim, granddaughter of Sheldon & Roberta Aronovitch LEON & MARILYN SHEBSHAIEVITZ in honor of the birth of Calla Grace Ibrahim, granddaughter of Sheldon & Roberta Aronovitch; in memory of her grandfather, Sam Taub NAOMI SIWEK in memory of John Murphy, brother-in-law of Berenice Miller Cantor Becker and the committee for a wonderful Women’s Retreat; in honor of the birth of Calla Grace Ibrahim, granddaughter of Sheldon & Roberta Aronovitch RITA REICH in honor of Cantor Becker and the committee for making the Women’s Retreat a memorable experience DR. PETER & PATRICIA SILVERBERG in memory of her mother, Ruth Goldenberg MILLICENT BASCHKIN in memory of her husband, Bernard B. Baschkin HARVEY & SUSAN BELKIN in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of Sean Ginsberg, son of David & Christine Ginsberg; in memory of Hillel Schiller, brother of Dr. Newton Schiller DR. DAVID & VERA ERWICH in memory of his mother, Rose Erwich. DOROTHY GOLD in memory of her mother, Evelyn DiPisa JOAN HAYWOOD in memory of John Murphy, brother-in-law of Berenice Miller; in memory of Hillel Schiller, brother of Dr. Newton Schiller LISE MINOVITZ & ERIC FREY in memory of her brother, Ethan Minovitz DR. FREDRIC & STACEY NEWMAN in memory of her grandmother, Beatrice Kandel ALAN & RONNIE PARNES in memory of her father, Louis Birnbaum GERALD & LINDA PERETZ in memory of her mother, Vivian Landauer IRVING & SHARON PICARD in memory of her father, Abraham Medoff; his uncle, Isidore Picard; his mother, Claire Picard; his brother, Hans Picard SANDRA PRAGER in memory of Leo & Elsie Prager RITA REICH in memory of Hillel Schiller, brother of Dr. Newton Schiller; her father, Sol Evenson DR. MARCUS & JUNE REIDENBERG in memory of his father, Leon Reidenberg 20 Interfaith Food Pantry RUTH GERSHON in memory of John Murphy, brother-in-law of Berenice Miller, husband of Jennifer Carragher Murphy Irving Gershon Talmud/Midrash Study SHARI PRESS in honor of the birth of Calla Grace Ibrahim, granddaughter of Sheldon & Roberta Aronovitch; in honor of the birth of Lyla Eve Randall, granddaughter of Melinda Billig; in honor of Marilyn Shebshaievitz’s birthday; in memory of Albert Rutberg, father of Joanne Klein; in memory of John Murphy, brother-in-law of Berenice Miller Rabbi Stephen Klein’s Youth Initiative HARVEY & SUSAN BELKIN in memory of Albert Rutberg, father of Joanne Klein GLENN & SONJA COOPER in memory of Hillel Schiller, brother of Dr. Newton Schiller Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund AUDREY APPELBAUM in memory of her mother-in-law, Irene Appelbaum Sisterhood Special Action Fund HAL & BARBARA BARON in memory of Dr. Paul Elkins, husband of Judith Elkins; in memory of Hillel Schiller, brother of Dr. Newton Schiller DR. 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