The AJ Way March 2015 Adar/Nisan 5775 Congregation Adath Jeshurun A Rabbinic Prospective Congregation Adath Jeshurun 7763 Old York Road Elkins Park, PA 19027 215.635.6611 www.adathjeshurun.info Vol. 99 • No. 5 PURIM SPIEL EDITION! By Rabbi Rachel Kobrin Off to Broadway! It is with deep regret — and also abundant excitement — that I write to inform you of a big decision that I have made. After playing the Rabbi in Shrek The Musical, I have come to the realization that my real calling is not the rabbinate, but rather the Broadway rabbinate. The rush I felt on stage was bigger than any rush I have ever felt under a real chuppah. And so I asked myself a question — why not build a career around being typecast as the rabbi who plays a rabbi? And so, my lovely friends, I am going to give it a try. My resumé is full of real weddings, funerals, baby namings and bris ceremonies. I’m now ready to move to NY and be with the stars! AJ’s New Cell Phone Room Opening March 4 Not sure where to put your cell phone during religious services? Afraid of missing that important call, text, or hilarious Facebook post? Have no fear — AJ’s new cell phone room will soon be here. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, we are constructing a cell phone room to store your cell phones while you are here. Shulgoers will be able to leave their cell phones in a designated locker while attending services. In addition, volunteers will be available to field unwanted calls, reply to your mother’s texts, and post witty commentary to your Twitter account, all while you are able to nourish your spiritual being. Our new cell phone room is expected to open Wednesday evening, March 4. DON’T MISS OUT — Morning Minyan Tickets on Sale Starting March 4 In order to better serve the growing needs of our many congregants, the Board of Directors has decided to offer reserved seating for morning minyan services. Tickets for all reserved seats will be available for purchase starting March 4, at 9:00 AM. Ticket prices will range from $18 to $108 depending on location within the Strauss Chapel (see price listing below). A concession stand located in the lower lobby will be offering goodies following services. Anyone wishing to purchase a season-ticket package should contact Judy Brown in the synagogue office. General Admission Seats: $18; Family Circle: $36 ; Deluxe: $54; Premium: $72; Ultra-Luxe: $90; Platinum: $108. This month, instead of getting “Cosi” with Rabbi, come Get Tipsy with Robert. All are welcome to join Executive Director, Robert Friedman, during the Haftarah as he samples various bourbons, scotches and beers. Have a shot, share a joke, make a new friend. Any congregants imbibing too much and unable to recall listening to the remainder of the service may request a copy of the weekly Shabbat service recording. We have a woman rabbi. We have a woman president. It is time for women to take over the honor of Hagbah. Weight lifting classes will begin on Sunday mornings at 8:00 AM in April. We strive to have the buffest women in Philadelphia! Go Packers! Davenny Snooze A breakthrough that will forever change synagogue life is starting right here at Adath Jeshurun. If you have a smartphone, you can now fulfill all your prayer obligations while you sleep. Yes. By downloading this app created with the energy usually reserved for actual davening, you will gain all the spirituality and knowledge that would otherwise require your presence at the 2.5+ hours of Shabbat morning services. Search for Davenny Snooze at the Apple App Store or Google Play and be sure to check out using the code AJshluffy for a deep discount. By using this app every night while you sleep, you will be able to tell us just how many times Rabbi Kobrin exclaimed Yasher K’oach, how often Hazzan Glantz kvetched and on what words, and how many (if any) cookies were left over from the kiddush. Download Davenny Snooze today! Da ven ny Sno oze zz z Apparently no one got the message about the Green Bay Packers being in the Super Bowl. So, I just thought I would mention that at Purim this year there will be Green Bay Packers representation. In case you were wondering who, I will give you some clues. 1) One of their biggest fans runs the preschool; 2) Cheeseheads will be present; and 3) I don’t think other clues are needed. Chag Purim! 3 march 2015 • adar/nisan 5775 1 Service Schedule FAST OF ESTHER March 3, 4, 2015 13 Adar 5775 WEDNESDAY MORNING • Chapel Service...................................................7:20 am ••• PURIM March 4, 5, 2015 14 Adar 5775 WEDNESDAY EVENING • Minhah....................................................................5:45 pm •Family Megillah Service................................6:00 pm •Refreshments......................................................7:15 pm • Full Reading of Megillat Esther.................8:30 pm THURSDAY MORNING • Chapel Service including Full Reading of Megillat Esther................................................... 7:00 am ••• SHABBAT KI TISA March 6, 7, 2015 16 Adar 5775 Light Shabbat Candles...........................................5:40 pm FRIDAY EVENING • Minhah and Kabbalat Shabbat................5:40 pm SATURDAY MORNING • Chapel Service................................................... 9:30 am •Havurah Service............................................. 10:30 am SATURDAY AFTERNOON •Minhah-Ma’ariv-Havdalah...........................5:40 pm ••• KEHILLAH PURIM CARNIVAL 17 Adar 5775 March 8, 2015 SUNDAY MORNING AT KI • Preschool Admission..................................11:15 am • General Admission....................................... 12:00 pm ••• MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR GILBERT FORD March 12, 2015............................. 21 Adar 5775 THURSDAY EVENING • Chapel Service....................................................7:00 pm ••• VAYEKHEL-PEKUDEI | SHABBAT PARAH March 13, 14, 2015 23 Adar 5775 Light Shabbat Candles...........................................6:47 pm FRIDAY EVENING • Shabbat Across America Dinner.............5:30 pm • Kabbalat Shabbat With Strings Attached................................................6:15 pm SATURDAY MORNING • Chapel Service................................................... 9:30 am Family Shabbat Service Pesah Bowl •Havurah Service............................................. 10:30 am SATURDAY AFTERNOON •Minhah-Ma’ariv-Havdalah...........................6:50 pm 2 ROSH HODESH NISAN SHABBAT VAYIKRA March 20, 21, 2015 1 Nisan 5775 Light Shabbat Candles...........................................6:54 pm FRIDAY EVENING • Minhah and Kabbalat Shabbat.................6:15 pm SATURDAY MORNING • Sanctuary Service............................................ 9:00 am B’nai Mitzvah of Maya and Matthias Langer Daughter and Son of David Langer and Sena Singer •Havurah Service............................................. 10:30 am •Hazzan’s Tisch.............................following services SATURDAY AFTERNOON •Minhah-Ma’ariv-Havdalah...........................6:50 pm ••• | TZAV SHABBAT HaGADOL March 27, 28, 2015 8 Nisan 5775 Light Shabbat Candles...........................................7:01 pm FRIDAY EVENING • Minhah and Kabbalat Shabbat.................6:15 pm SATURDAY MORNING • Sanctuary Service............................................ 9:30 am Men’s Shabbat •Havurah Service............................................. 10:30 am SATURDAY AFTERNOON •Minhah-Ma’ariv-Havdalah...........................7:00 pm ••• SIYUM BEHOROT AND LeCOFF SIYUM BREAKFAST Fast of the Firstborn April 2, 3, 2015 14 Nisan 5775 FRIDAY MORNING SERVICE.............................. 7:15 am ••• FIRST DAY OF PESAH April 3, 4, 2015 15 Nisan 5775 Light Shabbat Candles...........................................7:09 pm FRIDAY EVENING There is no Friday evening service. SATURDAY MORNING • Sanctuary Service............................................ 9:30 am 34th Annual Passover Gathering • Havurah Service............................................. 10:30 am SATURDAY AFTERNOON •Special Minhah..................................................1:00 pm There is no Saturday evening service. ••• SECOND DAY OF PESAH April 4, 5, 2015 16 Nisan 5775 Light Yom Tov Candles...........................................8:13 pm SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE....................... 9:30 am Congregation Adath Jeshurun News HOL HAMOED PESAH April 5, 6, 7, 8, 2015 17–20 Nisan 5775 MONDAY MORNING SERVICE..................... 7:00 am MONDAY EVENING SERVICE........................7:00 pm TUESDAY MORNING SERVICE..................... 7:00 am TUESDAY EVENING SERVICE........................7:00 pm WEDNESDAY MORNING SERVICE.............. 7:00 am WEDNESDAY EVENING SERVICE.................7:00 pm THURSDAY MORNING SERVICE.................. 7:00 am ••• SEVENTH DAY OF PESAH April 9, 10, 2015 21 Nisan 5775 Light Yom Tov Candles...........................................7:15 pm THURSDAY EVENING SERVICE.....................7:20 pm FRIDAY MORNING SERVICE......................... 9:30 am ••• SHABBAT HOL HAMOED PESAH EIGHTH DAY OF PESAH April 10, 11, 2015 22 Nisan 5775 Light Shabbat Candles...........................................7:16 pm FRIDAY EVENING •Yom Tov and Shabbat Ma’ariv...................6:15 pm SATURDAY MORNING • Sanctuary Service............................................ 9:30 am • Havurah Service............................................. 10:30 am SATURDAY AFTERNOON •Minhah-Ma’ariv-Havdalah...........................7:20 pm Daily Minyan Morning Services Sunday...................................................................9:00 am Monday and Thursday..................................7:20 am Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday............7:30 am Rosh Hodesh Services (weekday)..........7:00 am Evening Services Monday through Thursday........................7:00 pm SUNDAY EVENING MINYAN* In March....................................................AJ at 7:00 pm In April................................Beth Sholom at 7:00 pm Every Shabbat… Torah for Tots (2–5 years)..........10:00 am, Room 20 Junior Congregation.......10:15 am, Youth Lounge Parashat HaShavuah............................................12:30 pm, Braemer Auditorium APPROXIMATELY ONCE A MONTH… Family Shabbat Service......................................10:30 am, topic changes monthly; for school-age families and their children march 2015 • adar/nisan 5775 3 9 17 adar 8 9 nisan 30 Red Cross Blood Drive 10:00 am to 2:30 pm 2 nisan 23 AJWA Sisterhood Cooking at Ronald McDonald House 4:30 pm 29 22 3 25 adar Planning Meeting 7:00 pm 10 nisan 31 3 nisan 24 17 18 adar 10 11 adar monday Board of Directors Meeting 7:00 pm 24 adar 16 AJMA Israel Affairs Committee Event 9:00 am 15 Kehillah Purim Carnival Preschool Admission 11:15 am General Admission 12:00 pm Daylight Savings Time Begins: Turn your clocks ahead! 2 10 adar 1 sunday 18 11 Religious School and JTC Pesah Vacation Begins 11 nisan 9 16 23 8 15 22 2 24 17 10 3 25 18 11 4 26 19 12 5 27 20 13 6 28 21 14 7 6 20 27 26 13 19 12 5 5 nisan 26 27 adar 19 february 1 21 adar 7 28 21 14 29 22 15 8 1 30 23 16 9 2 24 17 10 3 25 18 11 4 22 adar Ki Tisa 16 adar Mincha-Ma’ariv-Havdalah 7:00 pm Men’s Shabbat Tzav Shabbat HaGadol 8 nisan Klein Active Adult Center M, T, W, TH, 10:00 am–2:00 pm Details for most of these events are in this Newsletter, either in ads or articles. For more information on one of our events, call the synagogue office at 215.635.6611. Dates and events are subject to change. Please check with the synagogue office or your weekly email to confirm. 44 Light Shabbat Candles 7:01 pm Kabbalat Shabbat 6:15 pm 7 nisan 28 Mincha-Ma’ariv-Havdalah 6:50 pm 44 Light Shabbat Candles 6:54 pm Vayikra Rosh Hodesh Nisan 1 nisan Kabbalat Shabbat 6:15 pm 21 Mincha-Ma’ariv-Havdalah 5:45 pm Family Shabbat Service Pesah Bowl Vayekhel-Pekudei Shabbat Parah 23 adar Mincha-Ma’ariv-Havdalah 5:45 pm 14 7 saturday Maya and Matthias Langer, B’nai Mitzvah Special Start Time: 9:00 am Meditation and Chanting 9:45 am Hazzan’s Tisch Preschool Mesibat Erev Shabbat 29 adar 44 Light Shabbat Candles 6:47 pm Shabbat Across America Dinner 5:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat with Strings Attached 6:15 pm 13 44 Light Shabbat Candles 5:40 pm Kabbalat Shabbat 5:40 pm Guess Who’s Coming to Shabbas? 6 nisan 27 april 15 adar friday Preschool Mesibat Erev Shabbat 6 28 adar 20 Memorial Service for Gilbert Ford 7:00 pm 20 adar 12 Purim 14 adar Morning Service Including Full Reading of Megillat Esther 7:00 am 5 Fast of Esther 13 adar thursday Morning Service 7:20 am Mincha 5:45 pm Family Megillah Service 6:00 pm Refreshments 7:15 pm Full Reading of Megillat Esther 8:30 pm 4 wednesday 4 nisan 25 26 adar 19 adar No Religious School or JTC 12 adar tuesday march 2015 Stay Active and Connected to the AJ Community Through ZogSports! AJers Get Around! On Martin Luther King Day, the AJ office staff made their annual trek down to the Ronald McDonald House at 39th and Chestnut Streets to prepare dinner for the families staying there. From left to right: Marjorie Trager, Rachel Ravitch, Michelle Ravitch, Robert Friedman, Judy Brown and Deb Miner. Hazzan Glantz with AJers Matthew Federman, Remy Glantz, and Sarah Turk Karan at JFK, leaving for their semester Israel Experience with Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim (TRY). TRY is a semester of study at the Ramah Jerusalem High School, a fully accredited international secondary school program. TRY offers 10th, 11th, and 12th graders the opportunity to live and learn in the land of Israel. For just over four months, TRYers experience every facet of the country. TRY students hike up Masada and down the Ramon Crater, bike through the desert and barbecue on the beach. They volunteer in community service projects, learn Hebrew intensively and undergo simulated army basic training. They participate in daily prayer and experience different synagogues each Shabbat in Jerusalem. They visit with friends and family, keep up a regular school schedule and spend a span of the Jewish calendar in a new and different atmosphere. For more information about TRY, go to try.ramah.org.il. On January 21, some present and former AJ staffers helped Executive Director Robert Friedman celebrate his 55th birthday at Mirna’s in Jenkintown. Back row: Cindy Rosenbloom, Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom, Ashlee Check, Amy Devine Stretch, Calvin Thompson, Judy Brown, Neil Wise, Michelle Bernstein, and Deb Miner. Front Row: Marjorie Trager, Robert Friedman and Rabbi Rachel Kobrin. Klein Active Adult Center of Montgomery County Presents... Israel Story Israel Story is an Israeli version of NPR’s This American Life series that brings to life exceptional stories of ordinary Israelis. In collaboration with actors from White Pines Productions, these interactive presentations will give a real window into Israeli society providing an uplifting, emotional and very human depiction of diverse walks of life. Each program is approximately one hour long with breaks in the scenes for discussion and clarification. Five performances will be held at various locations. Join us for this interesting and revealing look into people’s lives. Please call 215.635.5244 for more information. March 24 — Klein Active Adult Center at AJ, 11:15 AM April 23 — Klein Active Adult Center at AJ, 10:15 AM April 26 — White Pine Productions in Elkins Park, 7:00 PM with Israeli wine and cheese reception April 29 — Klein JCC in Northeast Philadelphia, 10:30 AM May 1 — Klein JCC Center City, 2100 Arch Street, 12:15 PM 4 Congregation Adath Jeshurun News ZogSports is the nation’s largest charity-focused, co-ed, social sports league for young professionals. ZogSports was founded by Wharton alum Rob Herzog in 2002, after his close call on 9/11. Founded on the principles of Sports, Social and Charity, ZogSports has brought together hundreds of thousands of young professionals in NYC, NJ, DC, ATL, LA, SF and now, Philly! ZogSports is the easiest way to stay active and connected with members of the AJ community as well as with other young professionals. Every week, participants get together to play organized sports and interact at post-game events and happy hours. The best part is that every team plays for charity! Through ZogSports’ sister organization, Play For Your Cause, we’ve donated over $2.55 million to charities selected by winning teams! ZogSports Philadelphia is run by AJ community member Hannah Marks, who attributes most of her athletic skills to her early days playing in JJBL. For more information on how to stay connected and register for an upcoming spring league, please visit ZogSports.com/PHL or email Hannah at [email protected] Attention Readers! One of the clearest insights we learned from the recent survey we conducted about the AJ Newsletter is that congregants want to read more articles by and about each other. To do that, we need your help! If you have a topic that you think would be of interest to other congregants, let us know. We’ll ask you to write a short article (emphasis on short!) about your experience for possible insertion into the Newsletter. Provide pictures if relevant. Writing should be conversational in tone. If you mention other congregants in your article, please confirm their approval in advance. Contact Marjorie Trager at 215.635.6611 or [email protected] if you would like to submit an article. Note: All articles will be edited for grammar and clarity, and their use will be dependent on space. Please, no shoutouts for local businesses. Any photographs should be high resolution (300 dpi at 3” x 4”); color photos will be reproduced in black and white. President’s Message By Anne Fassler A t the right you will see a list of new members who have joined our congregation in the last six months. We plan to continue to list new members in each Newsletter. I hope you will reach out to them as you meet them and welcome them into our community. Our community is constantly changing and growing — and expanding. In addition to welcoming new members, we are also continuing to collaborate with other synagogues, working on a new collaborative religious school and continuing to plan community events with other congregations. For example, on March 8, we will celebrate Purim with Beth Sholom, KI and Beth Am with a community-wide Purim carnival which will be held at KI. Please join us for a great time! As we celebrate Purim and the month of Adar, I hope to see you at AJ. As the Talmud says, “when Adar comes, joy is increased.” I look forward to sharing the joy of community with you and your family. Welcome Our New Members! We are thrilled to welcome the following families to AJ! Dr. Nathaniel Abramson and Family Michael and Beth Berkowitz Benjamin and Beth Birenbaum Lorin and Kim Decker and Family Dr. Andrew and Dr. Catherine Fingeret and Family Dr. Eric and Dr. Anne Greenberg and Family Bobbi Haas Brock and Gillian Koller Max and Robin Minkoff and Family Shay and Osnat Nussbaum and Family Alexander Pollack Ken and Dori Rigberg Michael and Wakana Spina and Family Aaron and Bari Steinberg Randy and Mindy Tammara and Family “We’ve always had a great affinity for the wonderful AJ community and so many of its members who are dear to us. Bringing in Rabbi Kobrin, with her incredible energy and skill for making prayer, Torah, and being Jewish relevant and meaningful in our lives, made us want to be an official part of AJ’s future.” – Robin and Max Minkoff “I am not Jewish and though Andrew is, he has not been practicing the religion beyond the cultural side since his Bar Mitzvah. I happen to feel religion is an important part in one’s life, however, and since making the decision not to practice the religion I was taught, Judaism seemed to make more sense for me and our family. When we moved to Elkins Park in 2013, I knew I wanted to send our kids to AJ, based on the outstanding reputation the school has. I really had no idea the kind of “family” I was getting into at the time but that’s exactly what happened and what makes me want to grow our family with the community.” – Catherine and Andrew Fingeret “We believe in community and are pleased to join AJ in addition to our membership at Beth Sholom. We want to support our community and encourage it to grow stronger.” – Lorin and Kim Decker PURIM FEATURING LIVE MUSIC FROM Join us for a sports-themed Purim! MARCH 4 Minhah 5:45 PM Family Megillah Service 6:00 PM Refreshments 7:15 PM Full Reading of Megillat Esther 8:30 PM Lonely at the Top MARCH 5 Full Reading of Megillat Esther 7:00 AM In alphabetical order: Ryan Galdo (keyboards and vocals), Matt Hirsch (guitar), Matt Leonetti (guitar and vocals), Eli Rosen (bass, guitar, vocals), Ben Sehnert (drums) Wednesday, March 4 beginning at 5:45 PM march 2015 • adar/nisan 5775 5 Preparations for Pesah 5775 This year, the Festival of Pesah, which celebrates the liberation of the Jewish people from Egyptian bondage, will be ushered in on Friday evening, April 3, 2015. Festival services will be held on Saturday morning, April 4, at 9:30 AM; Saturday afternoon minhah, at 1:00 PM; and Sunday morning, April 5, at 9:30 AM. The sedarim will take place in our homes on Monday evening, and again on Tuesday evening. The concluding days of the festival are Friday, April 10, and Saturday, April 11, with morning services at 9:30 AM. The following information has been compiled to assist you in your Pesah preparations for this year. Siyum Behorot (Fast of the Firstborn) It has been a traditional practice of our people that the first-born attend services on Erev Pesah and take part in a siyum (a study period based on a Rabbinic text). This is followed by the festive LeCoff Siyum Breakfast. This service will be held on Friday morning, April 3, beginning at 7:15 AM with the morning Shaharit service, followed by the Siyum Behorot and the LeCoff Siyum Breakfast. Observance The Passover home atmosphere is created each year by the traditional practice of thoroughly cleansing the home to remove all traces of hametz, or leavened products that are forbidden for Passover use, in preparation for the welcoming of Pesah; and through the meticulous avoidance of the use of hametz throughout the Passover days, both at home and when away. The term hametz is applied not only to foods that are avoided during Pesah, but also to the dishes and utensils in which such foods are prepared or served during the year. These dishes or utensils may not be used during Pesah, unless “kashered,” i.e., prepared for Passover use, as described in this guide. Wherever possible, new dishes and utensils, or those that are reserved only for use on Passover should be used during the holiday. Ma’ot Hittim: It is a mitzvah to contribute to the congregation’s Ma’ot Hittim (lit. Food Money) Fund that provides assistance to needy families to help them observe Pesah in the traditional manner. Contributions should be made by check, payable to the “Adath Jeshurun Ma’ot Hittim Fund,” and sent to the rabbi’s office. Mechirat Hametz, the “Selling of Hametz,” is a traditional practice that enables us to fulfill the Biblical injunction against owning hametz. The ancient rabbis determined that our obligation on Passover encompasses not only avoiding eating hametz on Passover, but also not owning any hametz during Passover. They understood that it would be economically prohibitive to discard all forms of prohibited hametz, and then restock our kitchens after the eight day holiday. So they devised a procedure whereby we may set aside all of our hametz items, and sell them to someone who is not Jewish through an official transaction which is arranged by Rabbi Kobrin. A form to “sell” your hametz is on page 8. The items sold should be segregated in the house so that they are clearly designated as hametz and not used by mistake. While dishes, pots and utensils used during the year do not need to be sold and are not covered by the sale, they, too, should be designated as hametz and separated so that they are not used in error on Passover. Bedikat Hametz, the “Search for Hametz,” is a ceremony held on Thursday evening, April 2, to mark the final removal of all leavened products, and indicate that the home is ready for Pesah. Bread crumbs are placed conspicuously in rooms where food is ordinarily eaten and a “search” for them is conducted. There is a colorful tradition of using a candle for illumination while searching for these remnants of hametz which are then collected into a wooden spoon, using a feather as a whisk. The collected crumbs, and the wooden spoon, if used, are reserved for the “Burning of Hametz” the next morning. The prayers said at this time are found at the beginning of a traditional Haggadah. Biur Hametz, the “Burning of Hametz,” takes place on Friday morning, April 3, before 10:00 AM. By that time all hametz should be removed from the house and all Passover preparations should be ready. Guide to Permitted and Prohibited Foods, Cooking Utensils, and Preparing the Kitchen for Pesah The following material is based on decisions of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Rabbinical Assembly, the worldwide organization of Conservative Rabbis, and has been modified by Rabbi Kobrin. For the Rabbinical Assembly’s Guide, go to www.rabbinicalassembly.org. 1. Forbidden Foods: All products which are intrinsically hametz, or contain hametz, may not be eaten on Passover. Hametz is defined as the leavened products of five species of grain: 6 Congregation Adath Jeshurun News wheat, oats, barley, rye, and spelt. The grains themselves are not forbidden, only the “leavened” products of these grains, products made by the process of their fermentation. For that reason, matzah can be made from any of these grains. Today, you can even find gluten free matzah. Because the process by which products made of these grains becomes hametz, as defined by the rabbis, is very complex and technical, anything made from, or derived from, these grains requires a seal of rabbinic supervision, a “hechsher,” to guarantee that they are free of hametz, and permitted for Passover use. Moreover, the complexity of modern food processing requires that processed foods be similarly certified for Passover use to insure that they contain no hametz in them. Some obviously forbidden products in this category are leavened bread and cakes, biscuits and crackers, cereal, and liquids that contain ingredients or flavors made from grain alcohol. In addition, there is a custom in Ashkenazic communities, those of us whose ancestry is from Eastern Europe, to refrain from eating a category of foods known in Hebrew as “kitniot,” which encompasses rice, corn, peas, most beans, and legumes. These products are prohibited only by custom. They are not hametz. Ironically, the classical rules for these foods are more stringent than for hametz itself! Sephardic Jews do not observe these prohibitions at all. Rabbi Kobrin has taken the position that it is permissible to use these products on Passover, although one may elect to continue to refrain from them out of respect for ancestral tradition. If one continues to refrain from eating these foods on Passover, the prohibition is only on the foods themselves, or mixtures containing them; however derivative products, like oils or sweeteners, are permitted. If one elects to use these products on Passover, one must still be vigilant to be sure they do not contain any admixture of hametz. For further information, contact Rabbi Kobrin. 2. Permitted Foods: A. All foods served during Passover should be from unopened packages. Unused portions of a jar or box of a permitted food used during the year may not be used on Passover. B. The following foods require no Kosher for Passover label if purchased before or during Pesah according to all authorities. This category is comprised of fresh foods that have not been processed, and include fresh fruits and vegetables (for kitniot, see above), eggs, fresh fish and fresh meat. C. The following foods require no Kosher for Passover label if bought before Passover but if bought during Passover, they require a label. Foods in this category are non-hametz, they are in their natural state, and are not processed with any hametz. In all cases, unopened packages and containers must be used. Some examples are pure coffee; granulated and brown sugar; pure teas; salt (not iodized — iodized salt may not be used on Passover); pepper; pure spices; frozen, canned or bottled fruit juices with no additives; frozen (uncooked) vegetables (for kitniot, see above); milk; butter; cottage cheese; cream cheese; ripened cheeses such as cheddar (hard), muenster (semi‑soft) and Camembert (soft); tuna packed solely in water, without vegetable broth or hydrolyzed vegetable protein; frozen (uncooked) fruit (with no additives); baking soda. D. The following foods require a Kosher for Passover label at all times for Passover use. This category is comprised of products made from the grains that can become hametz, or are derived from them, and processed foods that may be mixed with food products that might be hametz. Some examples are: all baked products (matzah, matzah flour, matzah farfel, matzah meal, and any products containing matzah, such as Passover cereals, cakes and cookies); canned tuna (if one wants to be sure that there is no impermissible vegetable broth and/or hydrolyzed protein); wine; vinegar; liquor; oils and sauces; dried fruits; candy; chocolate flavored milk; ice cream; yogurt; and soda. 3. Detergents. If permitted during the year, powdered and liquid detergents do not require a Kosher for Passover label. 4. Medicine required for one’s health is permitted. There are some who draw a distinction between medicine needed for life-threatening illness and those that are not, and suggest that the latter not be used because the inactive ingredients might include hametz. Rabbi Kobrin takes the position that all medicines are taken to insure one’s health and dividing medications into those that are for life-threatening illness and those that are not is a spurious distinction. Kashering of Utensils It is best, where possible, to have separate eating and cooking implements that are used only on Passover. However, many items used all year long can be “kashered” and made fit for use on Passover. After the holiday, they are again permitted for year-round use. There are specific procedures for kashering utensils, appropriate to each type of material and use. According to Jewish law, halachah, hametz can be purged from a utensil by the same process by which it was absorbed in the utensil (ke‑voleo kakh poleto). Therefore, utensils used in cooking are kashered by boiling, those used in broiling are kashered by fire and heat, and those used only for cold food are kashered by rinsing. Some materials, like pottery and plastic, and baking utensils, cannot be kashered at all. hour. Gas stove grates can be kashered by putting them in the oven during kashering. It is customary to cover the stovetop with tin foil after kashering. Microwave ovens should be cleaned of any visible food residue, and then a cup of water should be placed inside and the oven should be put on High for twenty minutes. The microwave should then be wiped clean. A microwave oven that has a browning element cannot be kashered for Pesah. 6. Dishwasher: Some people believe that a dishwasher can not be kashered for Passover. For those who wish to kasher it, first, the drain area should be inspected for any food that has collected, which must be removed. Then a full cycle with detergent should be run. The dishwasher should then not be used for twenty-four hours. The dishwasher should then be run once more on the hottest cycle. 2. Metal utensils (wholly made of metal) on which food is cooked directly above or below an open flame or electric broiler, (spit, broiler pan) are scrubbed and cleaned to remove all visible food residue, and then heated as much as possible. Metal utensils used for cooking or eating (silverware, pots) should be thoroughly scrubbed and cleaned and completely immersed in boiling water. Metal baking and roasting utensils cannot be kashered. 7. Electrical appliances: Depending on the appliance, every part should be thoroughly cleaned. Parts that come in contact with food — for instance, the beaters of a mixer — must be cleaned in a manner indicated above, depending on the material it is made of. Metal beaters would be immersed in boiling water. Enameled beaters cannot be kashered, and separate beaters should be purchased for Passover use only. Toaster ovens used for hametz cannot be kashered because of the difficulty in removing all residue of hametz. The rule of thumb is, if the parts that come in contact with hametz are removable, they can be kashered in the appropriate way (if metal, follow the rules for metal utensils). If the parts are not removable, the appliance cannot be kashered. (All exposed parts should be thoroughly cleaned, whether they come in contact with food or not.) 3. Glassware: Glass tableware used year-round should be thoroughly washed and rinsed, or run through the dishwasher. Glass utensils used for baking and roasting cannot be kashered. There are other authorities who require more restrictive processes to kasher glassware. 8. Kitchen tables, cabinets and counters: If used with hametz, they should be thoroughly cleaned. Some cover them as well. Granite countertops can be kashered by pouring boiling water over them. Other countertops and shelving should be covered if food will be prepared on them. 4. Plastics: Plastics used in food preparation are generally not kashered for Passover. However, the Rabbinical Assembly has taken the position that “heavy duty plastics…which can withstand very hot water and do not permanently stain” can be kashered by boiling like metal utensils. 9. Kitchen sink: A metal sink can be kashered by thoroughly cleaning and then pouring boiling water over it. A porcelain sink should be cleaned and a sink rack used. If, however, dishes are to be soaked in a porcelain sink, a dish basin must be used. 5. Ovens and stovetop: Every part that comes in contact with food is scrubbed and cleaned of any visible food residue. Then, standard ovens should be heated as hot as possible for an hour. If there is a broil setting in the oven, it should be used. Self‑cleaning ovens should be put through the self‑cleaning cycle. Any remaining residue should be wiped out, and if necessary, a second cycle should be run. Continuous cleaning ovens are kashered in the same manner as regular ovens. Gas and electric stovetops should be heated as hot as possible for a half 10. Hametz foods and non-Passover dishes, pots and utensils: Hametz whose ownership has been transferred by selling as described above should be separated in such a way as to prevent accidental use during Passover. Similarly, dishes, pots and utensils used during the year for hametz food preparation, which cannot or have not been kashered for Passover, should also be separated in such a way as to prevent accidental use. Here are some basic rules for kashering common items. Feel free to consult Rabbi Kobrin with any questions. 1. Earthenware (china, pottery, etc.) may not be kashered. However, fine translucent china that has not been used for over a year may be used if thoroughly cleaned and washed in hot water. march 2015 • adar/nisan 5775 7 Passover Reminders The Thirty-Fourth Annual Passover Gathering Saturday Morning, April 4 Our Thirty-Fourth Annual Passover Gathering will be held on the first day of Pesah, Saturday morning, April 4, with festive holiday services beginning at 9:30 AM. The Passover Gathering was initiated by Rabbi Rosenbloom in 1982, as a way of addressing the poor attendance at services on Pesah. While the seder is one of the most universally observed Jewish rites, Yom Tov services went begging for worshipers. And yet, in Biblical times, Passover was the beginning of the new year. Passover celebrates our freedom as a people. Indeed, Passover celebrates being a people, a proud people. March 14 at 9:30 AM Join us for the Thirty-Fourth Annual Passover Gathering so we can open our minds and our hearts to each other as we celebrate the ancient liberation of our people from the bondage of Egypt, and renew our commitment to continuing the work of the emancipation of the human spirit to which the holiday calls us. Annual Ma’ot Hittim Fund Drive The AJ Wine Room is fully stocked for Pesah! Please support The AJ Wine Room Featuring an extensive collection of wines for Pesah HOURS: Sundays: March 8, 15, 22 and 29 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM Tuesdays: March 24 and 31 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Or by appointment, please call the synagogue office at 215.635.6611. 8 Join us Shabbat morning, So let us again answer the Rabbi’s call to fill the sanctuary on the first day of Pesah, so we can truly make this holiday a communal Yom Tov. Got Wine? The AJ Wine Room will again be stocking a wide variety of Israeli and worldwide kosher for Passover wines for 2015. The Wine Room specializes in moderately priced selections ranging from traditional sweet wines to modern dry and semi-dry wines which regularly get high scores (80s and 90s) from established reviewers and magazines. The variety and quality of kosher wines has never been better, but you can’t buy these wines at Pennsylvania State stores. We have one of the best pricing schedules in the Philadelphia metro area. Cases of 12 (even mixed cases) are further discounted. We’ve expanded the Wine How much do you know about Pesah? Room’s hours for convenient Passover shopping, so feel free to stop by the AJ Wine Room “low stress zone,” see what’s new, and support the congregation. We also can provide for your bar/bat mitzvah needs. Pick-up is easy, we stock a wonderful variety of wines for different tastes, and the prices are great. Unlike many wine stores, we take returns of unopened bottles, so you don’t have to worry about not having enough, or buying too much. The Wine Room is located on the ground floor of AJ just past the Library on the left. See Pesah hours below. Siyum Behorot (Fast of the Firstborn) and the LeCoff Siyum Breakfast Friday Morning, April 3, 7:15 AM It has been a traditional practice of our people that the first-born attend services on Erev Pesah and take part in a siyum (a study period based on a Rabbinic text). This is followed by the festive LeCoff Siyum Breakfast. This service will be held on Friday morning, April 3, beginning at 7:15 AM with the morning Shaharit service, followed by the Siyum Behorot and the LeCoff Siyum Breakfast. Congregation Adath Jeshurun News Show off your knowledge and win great prizes! This Pesah, please remember, through your contributions, families who need your assistance to help make Pesah. Contributions should be made by check, payable to the “Adath Jeshurun Ma’ot Hittim Fund” and sent to the Rabbi’s office. Authorization for the Sale of Hametz I (We)_________________________ empower and permit Rabbi Rachel Kobrin to act in my (our) behalf, to sell all the hametz (leaven) and all products and items containing even the slightest amount of hametz possessed by me (us) knowingly or unknowingly as defined by Torah and Rabbinic Law, and to lease all places wherein the above mentioned products owned by me (us) may be found, especially at the premises located at: ____________________________ and elsewhere. I enclose a check in the amount of $__________________________ as a contribution to the AJ Ma’ot Hittim Fund. To this, I do hereby affix my signature this_____ day of _______, 2015. Signature_______________________ Email address____________________ NOTE: The above takes effect as of Friday, April 3, 2015, at 10:00 AM. PROJECT PESACH: Support For Lone Soldiers of the IDF JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL Passover by Aaron Smerling CONGREGATIONAL DINNER I am leading a special community project for Pesach with help from my very close friends from AJ and Beth Sholom, Ben Weitz and Eric Schorr, for the support of Lone Soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces. We have about two months until Pesach arrives which gives us the perfect amount of time to plan and implement the details for this important project. As a former Lone Soldier from 2012–2014, I remembered returning to my home in Israel for Passover from my IDF Base which meant eating very little during the holiday break. I did not even have a box of matzot! When Lone Soldiers go to their homes for Pesach it can be difficult to almost impossible to find the time and financial resources to provide their kitchens with food for one meaningful week of observance. By Betty the Caterer Wednesday, April 8 Doors open at 5:00 PM; Last seating at 6:30 PM Wine will be available for purchase. Menu Elaborate Soup, Salad and Appetizer Bar to include: Chicken Matzah Ball or Vegetable Soup, Homemade Gefilte Fish, Chopped Liver, and a Beautiful Display of Salads and Toppings Our Goal: To provide as many Lone Soldiers as possible with Pesach food so they will have full stomachs and to bring comfort and support to their lives when they return to their homes in Israel for the holiday. Entrée Buffet to include: Breast of Capon with Matzah Stuffing Sweet and Sour Meatballs • Medallion of Herbed Crusted Salmon A Day of Service: We are subsequently launching a special event that will be held one week prior to Pesach. Volunteers are already in place to package food that will reach IDF Lone Soldiers across the State of Israel. The food donations will only be made possible through the generous contributions of supporters of this initiative. Apple Matzah Kugel • Oven Roasted Potatoes • Garden Fresh Vegetables What Is STILL Needed: We furthermore have responded to the tremendous needs of Lone Soldiers by establishing this Pesach food drive. 100% of all donations will go directly to our soldiers. We know that we can only be assured of the success of this project with your support. Please contact me by e-mail at [email protected] gmail.com or by Israel cell phone at 011-972-54-348-6821 to learn more about how you can help us make a profound impact on the lives of our IDF Lone Soldiers. Desserts: Home-Baked Selection of Kosher for Passover Desserts and Fresh Fruit Adults (14 and older) — $38; Children (5–13)—$18 Families of Four (Two adults and two children)—$100 To guarantee this event, we must have your RSVP by Thursday, April 2. Call the synagogue office at 215.635.6611 for reservations. I urge you to pass this message about “PROJECT PESACH: Support For Lone Soldiers of the IDF” on to family and friends from our communities in the United States. We are, and remain, a family across the world and nothing binds us together stronger than our heritage especially during the holiday of Pesach. Payment can be made at the door or in advance by credit card or by check made payable to “Betty the Caterer” Sincerely yours, GUESS WHO’S COMING TO SHABBAS? Here’s how it works: YOU offer to HOST a Shabbas dinner OR YOU offer to ATTEND a Shabbas dinner Do either by filling out the form at the right, calling us, texting us, emailing us… Easy as that. Dates for dinners this spring: March 6 • April 24 YES! Great idea! Keep me informed! Return this form to AJ: By email: Pamela Maman at [email protected] or Scott Minkoff at [email protected] By mail: AJ, 7763 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027 Name: __________________ Aaron Smerling Ramat Hasharon, Israel [email protected] (from U.S.) 011-972-54-348-6821 (in Israel) 054-348-6821 Aaron Smerling is the son of AJ members Morey and Terry Smerling. PROJECT PESACH PARTNERING ORGANIZATIONS: Garin Tzabar Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) The Big Brother Program for Lone Soldiers Michael Levin Lone Soldier Center in Israel Email: __________________ We love having visitors at AJ but please note: Cell Phone: _______________ The AJ parking lot is a cell phone-free zone. For the safety of our children, parents and congregants, please do not use your cell phone while driving in the AJ parking lot. Home Phone: ______________ I might want to: Host Attend Thank you! Do Both! march 2015 • adar/nisan 5775 9 The Cantor’s Corner By Hazzan Howard Glantz Whose team are you on? I guess it’s part of who we are as humans. We like to be a part of a team. Be it a political party or with co-workers, we gravitate toward the like-minded and create alliances. But what if we could all be on the same team? Would that signal that the Messiah of our prayers and dreams has come or is at least en route? We often poke fun at ourselves by saying “two Jews = three opinions.” In Israel the saying is “two Israelis = three political parties.” I also like the expression “we can disagree without becoming disagreeable.” With this in mind, our differences of opinion forge a strength for our people much more than a weakness. Still, what would it be like for us all to be on the same team? I think of singers who may all sing in different registers working together toward a common goal. The goal is not just to make a pleasant, harmonious sound. Singing as a team can be inspiring and motivating. In the case of song in a language we don’t understand, a beautiful production can move us to learn its meaning. I’ve pointed out in past columns that research strongly points to group singing benefitting one’s health. Working with Rabbi Kobrin, I have learned about the goals of inclusivity we might realize through creating and nurturing a prayer team. While a prayer team does need to meet outside of tefillah to practice and coordinate, it is not a choir. There are no tryouts, no auditions, no prerequisites for this team. Members will not usually stand as a group with a conductor the way a choir does. In fact, once the music is well-learned, I’d love for members to spread out among the congregation encouraging greater participation. In January, we sent out a survey via email asking you questions about our AJ Newsletter. Thanks to all who responded to the survey. We were thrilled to learn, in general, how much the Newsletter is valued by our congregants! • Almost 50% of congregants read the Newsletter from cover to cover. • 75% of respondents are happy with the number of issues we currently produce each year (9 or 10), and would like to see the same amount continued. • 70% like receiving a paper copy via mail, while 50% also view it online or access it through the weekly email. We received a few suggestions for additions to the Newsletter. We heard you loud and clear so watch for new features in upcoming Newsletters. Among the comments we received were these: • More articles by congregants, personal essay/op-ed type. This was, by far, the most common request! Whether you call them guest editorials, personal stories by or about congregants, guest congregant perspectives, or human interest stories, congregants are clearly interested in one another’s lives! We’ll be reaching out to congregants when we learn of an interesting story, but in addition, we rely on you to submit content as well. Guest writers are always welcome and appreciated. Have an idea you’d like to write about? Send it in! • More pictures of congregants engaged in synagogue activities. Our cameras are ready…are yours? We love receiving photographs from congregants to include in the Newsletter. Just make sure they are high resolution so they look good in print. • “How to” articles on Jewish practices. Look for these in the near future! • Articles by children and young adults. On page 15 of this issue, you’ll see a request for “Youth Journalists” to write and submit articles. Artwork from younger readers is also welcome! And in future issues, we’ll be including a ”Kid’s Corner” with puzzles and games just for children. • I’d like the Newsletter to arrive on time. We understand, and we’re working on our process to make sure this happens. Unfortunately, unless we mail the Newsletter First Class, the Post Office has control over when they deliver it, regardless of when it actually arrives at its site. We do, however, post the Newsletter online as soon as it is finished, usually by the 20th of the prior month, so you can download it in advance of the upcoming month. Send any articles, photos or suggestions to Marjorie Trager ([email protected]) or Marlena Kleit ([email protected]). If you’re not sure whether your idea is a good one, and want to talk to someone on our team about it, you can also contact Missy Ufberg through the synagogue office or email her at [email protected] SAVE THE DATE Community Zimriyah to be held at AJ June 2 at 7:30 PM DON’T FORGET! Congregation Adath Jeshurun News AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE AT AJ ahead Sunday, March 8 2:00 a.m. Our first get-together will be the week following Purim (I hope you will all be sporting great costumes this year), Tuesday, March 12 in our Strauss Chapel following the 7:00 PM minyan. Come on out! 10 It’s time again for Congregation Adath Jeshurun’s blood drive. turn I am calling this group Kol Nefesh. This name has a double meaning. We will spell Kol ( ) chaf, lamed, meaning “every soul.” Spelled differently but pronounced the same ) means voice. I hope that the name and its double ( meaning will communicate the message that every voice from every soul is welcome to be on our prayer team. Results of the Recent AJ Newsletter Survey Like us on Facebook! SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM It’s an easy way to perform a potentially life-saving mitzvah! To schedule an appointment, you can call Michele Rifkin at 215.264.6607 or go directly to www.pleasegiveblood.org Mindfulness & Torah: A Four-Week Class in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with Insights from Torah and the Hasidic Masters Join Rabbi Yaakov Kravitz for Meditation and Chanting Presented by Rabbi Dr. Yaacov J. Kravitz Saturday, March 21 at 9:45 AM Mindfulness & Torah is being offered as a four-week introduction to mindfulness meditation and related Jewish meditation practices. Come and learn effective strategies for reducing stress and handling life’s challenges. Our program will integrate the most effective techniques from the popular MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) program with insights and strategies drawn from Jewish tradition. Practice in individual meditation will be augmented with practice in meditating while in dialogue with a partner. Help! The Kiddush Committee The class will be taught by Yaacov Kravitz, a rabbi, psychologist, and experienced practitioner of mindfulnessbased therapies and Jewish meditation. Mindfulness & Torah will meet on Sunday mornings from April 12 through May 3, from 9:45 AM to 12:00 PM. The cost of the class is $160. Some scholarship aid is available. Preregistration is required. Contact Rabbi Kravitz at 215.635.3011. For more information, please visit www.spiritualintelligence.com/. ball game! he ot Let’s go ou tt vs. Day at the Phillies! Help us root for the home team on Sunday afternoon, April 12 Cost: $36.00 Includes ticket (Section 204) and bus transportation leaving from AJ. Bus leaves AJ at 12:00 PM SHARP. Send checks made out to “AJ Men’s Association” by March 12 to: Sheldon Smith 9705 Dedaker Street, Philadelphia, PA 19115 Seats are limited, so reserve yours today! WE KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING ON APRIL 19. Come play Mah Jongg and meet new friends! March dates: 4, 11, 18 and 25 helping hands! To volunteer, please contact Gerry Rudman at 215.887.5441 or [email protected] or Jan Frisch at 215.913.7871 or [email protected] AJ Men’s Association DOES YOUR WEEKLY SCHEDULE NEED MORE FUN? We meet Wednesday mornings from 9:00 AM–12:00 noon. needs Save the date for AJ’s annual fundraising (SPEC) event.* ALL LEVELS WELCOME! Ehud Segev The Mentalizer April dates: 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 AJ Mah Jongg charges $1 per person each week to play. The player with the highest point total for the day won’t have to pay! The money collected will be put toward a charity at the end of the season. *The printed AJ calendar incorrectly notes the date for the annual fundraiser as June 7. For more information, contact Judy Szekely at 215.635.8812 or [email protected] march 2015 • adar/nisan 5775 11 AJWA Sisterhood By Naomi Atkins and Amy Blum, Co-Presidents F or the past eighteen years, the AJWA Sisterhood Shabbat lecture has been sponsored by the Dvorah Rosenberg Memorial Lecture Fund, established in memory of Dvorah Rosenberg z’l. This is the final year for this sponsorship. Thank you to all who made contributions over the years to support this fund. A huge hug and big thanks to Joan Wohl for being the advisor to this program and fund over the years. This year was a year of transition and new beginnings. The 2015 Women’s Shabbat speaker Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, was our guest in part funded by the Dvorah Rosenberg Memorial Lecture Fund and in part funded by the Annette W. Black Memorial Lecture Fund. A giant thank you to Marvin Black for making available the funds to establish the Annette W. Black Memorial Lecture Series. This will ensure that there will be outstanding guest speakers for years to come. AJWA Sisterhood is eternally grateful to Marvin for securing the future of this meaningful program in the memory of his beloved wife and Past President of AJWA Sisterhood, Annette W. Black z’l. At this year’s Women’s Shabbat, Nona Levin Abrams expressed her thoughts and memories of Dvorah. Nona, along with her sister Joan P. Wohl, are past Presidents of AJWA Sisterhood and were dear friends of Dvorah. Love and thanks to Nona for sharing her words with the AJ community. Below are Nona’s words along with the poem, “Our Prayer,” written by Dvorah Rosenberg and read at Women’s Shabbat over the past many years. We have paused at our Women’s Shabbat service these last 18 years, to remember Dvorah Bloshstein Rosenberg. Those of us who shared her years here at AJ were truly fortunate. This woman from Winnipeg, Canada, who became a nurse at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, who met, fell in love with, and married a promising newly-ordained JTS rabbi, became our Rebbitzen from 1960 to 1978. Dvorah, like her husband Yaakov, was passionate about living Jewishly, and her enthusiasm was infectious. She was a fierce champion of women’s drive for ritual equality in the synagogue. These were exciting, sometimes confrontational times in Conservative congregations. You can imagine the emotion and tears of joy as we watched with Dvorah that historic Rosh HaShanah morning in 1973, as Frances Hoffman and Edith Bernstein ascended the bimah to fulfill the honor of having the first aliyot given to women at A.J. OUR PRAYER By Dvorah Rosenberg Will we have, O Lord; the will to Open our Minds and our hearts to others, as well as to you. Enable us to do what is right in these days of turmoil and frustration, Not just for ourselves and those close and dear to us, but to Society as a whole; all peoples, all problems. Let us never falter in reaching our ideals. And, should we have moments of doubt, to which we are Entitled, give us the courage to think them through, to talk them out, and then, to Act, quickly, lovingly, responsibly, thoughtfully, as we go from Goal to goal, ever higher on the ladder of mitzvot. Until that glorious day yet to come when all will see the Establishment of Your Kingdom here on earth, we say, Amen. And Dvorah was a hands-on helper to many women making their kitchens kosher. Her handbook guide, “Have Pots, Will Travel” has traveled all over the U.S., and who knows where else. For Women’s League, she shared her energy and leadership with the Philadelphia Branch, and then became National Chairman of an activity called “Jewish Home Beautiful,” running many overflow workshops at Conventions. Dvorah was the consummate Jewish mother: She smiled, she welcomed, she cajoled, she persuaded, she hugged, she laughed, she encouraged, she let you know her opinion, she loved Yiddish, she cried, she comforted — and above all, she taught. We will always remember her. May her memory always be a blessing. — Nona Levin Abrams COLLEGE CONNECTION We Would Like To Connect With Your College Student! Surprise your college student with a taste of home! College students enrolled in the AJ College Connection Program will receive the monthly AJ Newsletter and enjoy holiday packages sent to school. Children of member families only. Please send the following information to Sandra Goldberg at [email protected] or call the synagogue office at 215.635.6611: Student Name, School Address, Student Email Address, Parent Email Address and Expected Year of Graduation. This program is enthusiastically sponsored by AJWA Sisterhood. 12 Congregation Adath Jeshurun News Shabbat Angels 2015 TODAH RABAH! Tremendous Warmth and Heartfelt Gratitude to our 2015 AJWA Sisterhood Shabbat Angels! Your generous donations helped make possible the day’s wonderful Shabbat service and luncheon. The entire AJ community thanks you! Nona Levin Abrams Naomi Atkins Sandy Basickes Marsha Berman Barbara and Mickey Black Amy Blum Irene Blumenfeld Debra Braverman and Sharon Meles Jennifer Brier Miriam Brillman Edith Brooks Gail Cohen Sheva Cohen Stephanie Greenberg Duarte Doris Felzer Ellen Fine Suzan Fine Eileen Dwell and Chuck Steinberg Dayna Glantz Sandra Goldberg Mindy Goldstein Naomi Housman Judy Stutman Izes Avi Katz Sharon Katz Gail Klein Sue Lawson Heather and Martha LePar Shirley Levick Resa Levinson Roberta Liebenberg Pamela Fine Maman Marty Block Manson Nancy Markowich Debbie Miner Karen Moses Alan Nadel Marcy Nadel Anita Nemez Susan Novack Natalie Packel Markowitz Denise Portner Lorna Rosenberg Cindy and Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom Teri Yago Ryan Frances Schleifer Carol Shackmaster Charlotte Shanblatt Barbara Shotz Susan Sommovilla Susan Starr René Stein Sheryl Stepner Sima and Steve Sussman Shirley Tauber Lenora Triebwasser Bunny Verbit Elissa H. Waldstein Hillary and Raul Walter Marcia Webber Lillian Weilerstein Rita C. Altman Weinberger Joan Wohl Karen Wohl Idelle Wood Tamra Zeibovitz Violet Zeitlin AJWA Sisterhood Bulletin Board Join us for one or all of these AJWA Sisterhood-sponsored activities! • get fit • • get smart • Zumba® A high-energy dance exercise cardio workout set to exhilarating world music…Latin, Israeli, Middle Eastern, African and MORE! For ALL levels of ability! Taught by Esther Goldberg, Certified Zumba Instructor Monday evening class: 6:30 to 7:15 PM Wednesday evening class: 6:30 to 7:15 PM Friday morning class: 9:00 to 9:45 AM Now just $5 a class (no card needed)! Walk-ins are welcome. Yoga F ocusing on postures, breathing exercises and meditation. Guided relaxation and mini-massage at the conclusion of each class in a calm and peaceful setting. Welcoming all levels of ability and experience. Friday morning class: 10:00 to 11:00 AM $12 per class. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information on Zumba or yoga, contact Esther Goldberg at [email protected] or 267.240.1842. • give to others • CFAF* seeks FRIENDS A guided discussion group held on designated Monday nights at 8:00 PM in the Braemer Auditorium. Reading of the book is requested! Book Selections for Spring 2015 The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure April 13, 2015 Sarah: The Life of Sarah Bernhardt by Robert Gottlieb June 1, 2015 Questions? Contact Shelley Schwartz at [email protected] or 215.519.2277; or Liane Sher at [email protected] or 215.635.4613. Interested in being a discussion leader? A few are still needed. Contact Shelley or Liane. *Cook For A Friend, a unique program that prepares meals for those in need, is in search of volunteers (a.k.a. friends) to cook. Cook For A Friend meets once a month on a weekday evening and once a month on a weekday morning. Evening sessions: Sandy Basickes (215.782.8586) Daytime sessions: BonnieKay Marks (215.887.2142) Laurel House Shelter and Domestic Violence Services for Abused Women and Their Children For a list of needed items, please contact Debbie Seltzer-Cohen at 215.572.6802. Only new, requested items, please! NO gift-wrapped items, clothing, shoes or accessories. Please bring NEW items to the Braemer Auditorium coat closet and place in the box marked “Laurel House” or bring to any AJWA Sisterhood event. Cooking at Ronald McDonald House Join us on Sunday, March 29 at 4:30 PM to prepare meals for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House at Front and Erie Streets. Contact Judy Stutman Izes at 267.254.6633 or [email protected] for more information. march 2015 • adar/nisan 5775 13 SAVE THE DATE! AJWA SISTERHOOD Annual Torah Fund Event on behalf of The Jewish Theological Seminary of America Sunday, April 26 Torah Fund Honoree: Amy Blum Guest Speaker: Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom Spinach and Feta Quiche From Hillary Walter Yields 8 to 10 slices For the filling 1 pre-made 9” in. deep frozen pie shell 2 cups of fresh baby spinach 4 oz. of feta cheese 1 1/2 cups of shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese 6 eggs 1 cup of heavy cream 1 cup of half & half 1 tsp. of salt 1/8 tsp. of pepper 1/8 tsp. of ground nutmeg 1/8 cup of chopped Italian parsley 1 tsp. of fresh dill weed chopped 1/4 tsp. of fresh minced garlic or garlic powder 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl whisk together eggs, heavy cream, half & half, nutmeg, salt, pepper, parsley, and dill. Set aside. 2. In a medium size bowl mix together spinach, feta cheese and mozzarella cheese. 3. Place frozen pie shell on a foil lined cookie sheet and spread spinach and cheese mixture evenly into the frozen pie shell. 4. Pour quiche custard into pie shell until filled. Leave 1/2 inch space at top to prevent custard from spilling over. 5. Loosely cover the top of the quiche with a sheet of parchment paper or aluminum foil to prevent burning the top of quiche. Place the covered quiche in the oven and bake at 350°F for 45 minutes to one hour. Quiche is ready when top is no longer loose and is completely stiff and golden brown. 6. Remove quiche from oven and cool for 15 minutes before serving. 7. Quiche can be frozen up to 3 months. AJWA Sisterhood presents Arabian Nights Arabian Nights Sunday, March 15 at 5:30 PM COMING UP! Please return the form below with your payment to: AJWA Sisterhood • Arabian Nights • 7763 Old York Road • Elkins Park, PA 19027 FEATURING: AJWA Sisterhood presents Name(s) Reading from Henna House by Author Nomi Eve An Arabian Night Mediterranean-inspired Dinner featuring: Bellydancing Middle-EasternLessons by Frankie Mallis Cuisine (AJ Librarian) Bellydancing Henna* Henna Reading from Henna House *Limited availability. First come first served. bySign Author Eve for an additional fee. up atNomi the event Henna Houseforwill be on sale Stay tuned at theand event for $15. date details! 14 REGISTRATION FORM: Congregation Adath Jeshurun News Phone #(s) Email(s) ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ Are you registering separately as a non-AJ friend of an attending AJer? If so, who is the AJer?_______________________ Number of AJWA Sisterhood members attending __________ ($13.00 enclosed for each) Number of Non-Sisterhood members attending ___________ ($18.00 enclosed for each) Total amount enclosed $_______ (Checks are to be made payable to “AJWA Sisterhood.”) I need a ride! (If you wish to pay your $40 Sisterhood dues, please enclose a separate check with an attached note. Thanks.) This event is proudly sponsored by AJWA Sisterhood. Religious School News By Debbie Miner, Education Director “As soon as Adar begins, increase in joy!” T his year March 1 corresponds with the 10th of Adar — a mere few days before our celebration of Purim. Adar is a month of happiness and nothing says fun like Purim at Adath Jeshurun! Our religious school classes will enjoy a special Pajama Day on Sunday, March 1. We will have breakfast in class and some other special activities that day. We will not be having our usual Tuesday classes that week. Rather than coming on Tuesday, March 3, we want every family to be at AJ for our always incredible family Megillah reading. It will take place on Wednesday, March 4, at 6:00 PM following Minhah. This year, the theme is sports. I think you will know what to wear (I am currently deciding between something Phillies or some college sports gear). After the family Megillah reading, it’s food and dancing and spending time together before the full Megillah reading at 8:00 PM. But that’s not all. There is still more fun on Sunday, March 8, at the Kehillah Purim Carnival. Right from religious school, our community will get together at KI for games, food, prizes, contests, face painting, and a chance to be with friends in a very joyous atmosphere. Lots of people are busy working on the carnival even as I write this! Our teens will be helping to set things up and run booths. Parents will be helping to cook and sell food. The carnival is truly a collaborative effort. And that’s always a good thing. March 8 is also the first day of Daylight Savings Time! Yes. We lose an hour of sleep, but it is more than worth it as it stays light longer and we know the warm weather is coming. You might be wondering what other joyous things are happening in Adar? For many of our teens, the Shabbat between Megillah reading and the carnival will be a lot of fun as they attend our annual Beth Sholom/AJ teen retreat. This is a chance for them to spend Shabbat together as well as with their clergy and many of their teachers. It is something they look forward to every year. On Saturday, March 14, we will have a special family Shabbat service and our annual Pesah Bowl (I know, if Purim is here, can Pesah be far behind?). Indeed, March spans the month of Adar and the month of Nisan — the month of Pesah — often know as Chag HaAviv, the Festival of Spring. March is a month with weather that is unpredictable. But what is predictable this March is that we have much to celebrate and many opportunities to share in joyous experiences together. Chag Purim Sameach! AJ Education Director Deb Miner organized the second annual Stop Hunger Now event that was held on January 24. More than 100 people braved the cold weather to come out and pack 10,000 meals for hungry people around the world. Thanks to all who turned out and/or contributed funds to pay for the meals that were packed. Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency that has been fulfilling its commitment to end hunger for more than fifteen years. Since 1998, the organization has coordinated the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to children and families in countries all over the world. Stop Hunger Now created its meal packaging program in 2005. The program perfected the assembly process that combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including twenty-three essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packets. Each meal costs only 29 cents. The food stores easily, has a shelf-life of two years and transports quickly. Stop Hunger Now works with international partners that ship and distribute the meals in-country. To learn more, go to www.stophungernow.org. Below left: Ashlee and Matt Check. Below right: Ariel and Frank Feinberg. Looking for Youth Journalists! Do you have a child who loves to write? The AJ Newsletter staff is looking for youth journalists to write articles for this publication. Topics could include: • Their experience at a synagogue event • Something they’ve learned from a religious school class or activity • An interesting place they have visited that had an impact on their Jewish life Interested parents (or children) should contact Missy Ufberg at [email protected] gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you! march 2015 • adar/nisan 5775 15 Okug rfzk In Remembrance Anyone interested in perpetuating the memory of a loved one at AJ should contact the office for information at 215.635.6611. Yahrzeits of the following individuals will be observed as follows: MARCH 1, 2015 to MARCH 7, 2015 10 Adar 5775 to 16 Adar 5775 To be read on Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 Sylvia Alloy Rebecca Disenhof Arkow Alexander A. Aron Jack Bacon Jennie Benjamin Renee Blitstein Miriam Blitz Morris J. Blitz Joseph H. Braemer Rose Braman Albert S. Brason Harold L. Brason Friedrich Brassloff Mottie Buten Moses Cohen Pearl B. Cohen Fannie Constantine Lewis Coren Herbert A. Demchick Bertha Demp Benjamin F. Dolfman Dave H. Emas Lillian Freeman Minnie Friedman Regina Friedman Joseph Fuhrman Sophie Galperin Louis Gilbert Abraham H. Gitlow Mitchell Glick Bessie Golden Esther Goldman Lewis Gordon Abraham Green Ida Green Joseph Gross Eugene Grossman Louis Hoffman Hilda I. Huttman David Jaffe Sarah Joseph Harry Kaplan Bena Strauss Kellert Ida D. Kirkel Ann Klein Minna Daniel Klein Simon Klein Alek Klinman Hannah Resnick Koff Lena Lasky Yetta Leback Sigmund Louis Lebowitz Rose Leidner 16 Anna Levin Sadie Levin Samuel Levin Rose Meadow Levinson Harry Lipshutz Helen Loundy Jacob Lyons Moses Marcus Dr. William J. Mellman Louis Meyerhoff Bella A. Molod Tauba Morris Charles N. Oberfield Florence Oberfield Jacob Parent Florence Platt Solomon H. Pollack Abraham I. Raphael Arthur S. Rifkin Samuel Rosenbaum Blanche Rosenberg Mary Rosenberg David Rotman Beatrice D. Rubenstein Rose Maisel Rubenstein Abraham Rubinstein Bernard Sacks Mollie Sacks Jennie Saft Belle Salvin Abraham Schulman Alexander Schupler Frances Grayev Schwartz Rose Baill Segal Sol Shore Leon M. Siegel Martin F. Silverbook Philip H. Skaler Betty Slotnick Nathan Smith Sidney Stamm Sylvia Stein Howard Stern Jack Sweed Philip Frank Tapper Arthur Taubman Anna Temkin Milton Timerman Rose Waxman Rifka Weinroth Pauline Weitzenkorn Lena Worker Carole Perlstein Zeidner MARCH 8, 2015 to MARCH 14, 2015 17 Adar 5775 to 23 Adar 5775 To be read on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14 Avram G. Adler Harold Barsky Laurie Hope Beechman Dr. Donald Berkowitz Gerson Blankfield Philip Blum Pauline Boss Henrietta Brason Isadore M. Brody Miriam Chacker Harry E. Chamow Rebecca Charny Ethel R. Chernicoff David H. Cohen Milton S. Cohen Frances Colton Louis Coopersmith Milton Abraham Dauber Ada Davidoff Lena G. Dean Rubin Dvoretsky Milton Robert Edelman Edward Epstein Saul Finestone Rabbi Judah Leon Fish Joseph Friedman Albert Joseph Fuller Bessie Garfield Simon L. Garfinkel Zelda Glauser Jennie Goetz Claire Gold Morris Gold Anna Goldberg Rachel Goldberg Robert D. Goldman Gertrude Goodman Benjamin Greenbaum Benjamin Greenstein Cantor Alexander Gross Fannie A. Gruber Rose Handler Esther Hertzfeld Frances Hirsch Bessie Hunn Emma Garfield Israel Mary Jaffe Gertrude Kancher Jason Lee Karpf William Keiser Hyman Kibrick Evelyn Kiner David Koppelman Michael Kosmin Kyle Reed Kravitz, Esq. Herman Krupnick Isidore Lambert Sandor Lederer Frank Leon Rosalie Ulm Leowenheart Congregation Adath Jeshurun News Gustav Levi Annie Levin Stella Levy Jettchen Lowenstein Marcus M. Lyons Judith Markowitz Claire B. Marmon Betty Libby Mason Jack J. Master Annie Maxman Morris Milgram Sima Mirrow Rhonda J. Moomjian Lillian Moore-Katz Selig Mozlin Isaac Nathans Harvey Nevler Rose Nitzberg Harry Norvick Ethel Ochman Harriet Panitch Frances S. Pincus Ethel Polsky Shirley Price Florence F. Rabinowitz Simon Radin A. Lois Remstein Adolph L. Rosenberg Lewis Morris Rosenberg Rabbi Yaakov G. Rosenberg Sarah Rosenthal Dr. Robert W. Rubin Rose Sadowsky Sarah Schiff Dorothy Schlesinger Golda Schwartz Herman Schwartz Herman Senet Anna Shalevetz Jeannette Sams Shapiro Shirley Sheffler Edward Shore Julius Silberman Charles S. Simon Anna R. Sobel Marvin Soffer Samuel A. Sopenoff Morris Spiller Barbara M. Steinberg Moses Stern Samuel Stern Selma Strauss Francis Stup Howard Mitchell Tracer Dora Warren Samuel Weber J. Irving Weinberg Pauline Weinberg Bertha Weiner Israel Weiner Adolph Weiss Irene Weiss Isadore Witkin Rickie Wollenberger Rachel Worker Max Wurzel MARCH 15, 2015 to MARCH 21, 2015 24 Adar 5775 to 1 Nisan 5775 To be read on Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 Cyrus Adler Rabbi Leon Album Jennie Baruch Sima Blank Philip Blum Dr. George I. Blumstein Rena Budilov Gilbert Carasso Rebecca Cooper Gerson Dannenberg Jennie Derkotch Israel Duchovnay Dave H. Emas Harry Farber Oscar Feinstein Ethel Feldman Abe Felix Maurice Fisher Barbara Widman Freedman Joseph Friedman Emanuel Gases Benjamin Loewenstein Ginns Abraham L. Ginsberg Edward Ginsburg Harry S. Goldberg Norman Goldberg Antonie Goldstein Nettie Goodman Rose Gorchov Mollie Grant Alexander Green Leonard A. Green Richard Gross Ida Haber Mildred F. Halin Stephanie Gitlow Hanly Jean Hart Isadore Heifetz Samuel Hirsch Nathan Hoffman Hyman Hopen William Hunn Flora Hyman Minnie Price Jaffe Ida Karabell William Karsif Yetta Katzner Morris Kauffman Rebecca Kauffman Fred Kaufmann Dorothy Kiner Lena Klein Lesser Kohn Samuel Kreloff Helene Kretchman Matilda B. Krupnick Isadore Levinson Dr. Simon A. Levit David E. Lewis Howard Lipkin Fannie Litz Tillie Loeb Mussie Love Clara Lowenstein Paul B. Lurch Beth Cravitz Manusov Claire Mersky Dr. Philip Mogil Simon Mustokoff Jay Oberfield Philip Orgiefsky Dora Wolff Orlick Sarah Jane Price Sima Robinson Max Rosen Pauline Rosenberger Abraham Saltzman Sarah Winkelman Salvin Leah Schepp Jack Schleger Fay Schwartz Nettie Shatkin Samuel J. Shore Harry Sigel Sadie K. Silberstein Samuel J. Simon Sophie S. Sobel Earnest Spector Steven H. Starr Morris Steinberg Isadore Strauss Nettie Subin Nathan S. Taksey Leah Zimmerman Taylor Shirley Toltzis Harry H. Vederman Lewis Viner Louis Weiss Israel Werner Yetta Wesler Denise Freeman Witherspoon Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe Leon Yager Herman Zerden MARCH 22, 2015 to MARCH 28, 2015 2 Nisan 5775 to 8 Nisan 5775 To be read on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28 Nancy Sivitz Albertson Isaac Alkus Mollie Aronson Jennie Arronson Helen Atkins Dr. Sheldon G. Bahoff Solomon Baruch Sarah Benedict Lewis H. Bergman Marshall A. Bernstein Minnie A. Bilker Jacob Binder Fleurette Blum Isadore Blum Eva Bortnick Fred Brod Eva Perlberg Buchsbaum Sydney Caplin Frank Chackler Rose Chalfin Lillian Segal Chilnick Florence Cohen Marvin Coopersmith Yetta Cramer Sidney H. Damsker Harry Derewitz Shirley Dolfman Abraham Dordick Israel Drazen Joshua Eilberg Minnie Einhorn Rabbi William Eisenberg Gussie Engel Lewis Feld Lionel Felzer Dr.Israel Finestone Jack Forman Ida Freeman John Goldberg Allan H Goldstein Jules Jay Gorchov Meyer H. Gradwohl George Grant Harry H. Green Nathan Herman Abraham J. Hirsch Rose Jacobs Masha Kanoff Ted Kellem Sylvia Kessler Doris Korostoff Leon Landes Fan Lapping Jesse LeCoff Bella Leidner Abraham L. Levi A. Julius Levitt Milton W. Lipschutz Isadore Neumann Abraham Joseph Nisson Mary S. Pensyl Seymour Piwoz Moses Price Abraham Rabinowitz Samuel Robinson Morris D. Rose Michael Rosenfelt Celia Rosenthal Isaac Roth Pauline Green Rubin William Schreiber Gussie Schwartz Celia Seligman Samuel Shackmaster Yontub Shalo Arnold Jacob Sigel Sharon J. Silver Nina Smith Marcus Sonnenfeld Abraham Sorkin Evelyn R. S. Steinberg Gertrude Steinberg Lucien M. Stern Marie Stern Esther R. Suzmer Sidney Traurig Hyman Waldman Dorothy Weinberg Rae Z. Weinberg Frances Slifkin Weisman Samuel Weiss Rabbi David Tovia Whiteman Anne Rothberg Wildstein Anna Zitin The Seasons of Our Lives Adath Jeshurun looks forward to acknowledging significant milestones in the lives of our members. Announcements for The Seasons of Our Lives should be sent to the synagogue office in writing or by email to [email protected] with the notation “Seasons of Our Lives” in the subject line. Information received by the first of the month will appear in the following month’s issue. Please include your phone number. Births Penelope Drew Haven, daughter of Abby and Matt Haven and granddaughter of Morey and Terry Smerling January 8, 2015 Engagements Jason Steinberg, son of Michael and Tammy Steinberg and grandson of S. Ty and Margie Steinberg, became engaged to Erica Menchen of Queens, New York and an August wedding is planned. Marriages Jacob Cohen, son of Debbie Seltzer Cohen and grandson of Doris Cohen, was married to Sarah Waxman on December 20, 2014. Jonathan Steinfield, son of Paul and Sandra Steinfield was married to Laurie Guthmann on December 28, 2014. Deaths Kol HaKavod to Our January Torah and Haftarah Readers Wendy Armon Barbara Bix Jen Brier Deborah Seltzer Cohen Anne Fassler Dr. Allan Freedman Robert Friedman Hazzan Howard Glantz Mindy Goldstein Judy Stutman Izes Dr. Caren Kirschner Michal Leventhal Resa Levinson Allie Liss Sam Liss Pamela Maman Noah Marcotte Sharon Masarsky Jacob McAfoos Shari Neidich Susan Novack Dr. David Pashman Lorna Rosenberg Gail Schwartz Sena Singer Dr. Ed Strauss Elissa Waldstein Stephanie Waldstein Neil Wernick Idelle Wood Tammy Zebovitz Aaron Green, husband of Margie Green January 12, 2015 Matilda Goodman, mother of Bonnie (Dr. Larry) Seidman and Rochelle Harris January 25, 2015 March Milestone Anniversaries 40 YEARS • Robert and Ellen Hesse..........................March 16, 1975 25 YEARS • Neil and Nancy Lipschutz.......................March 18, 1990 Don’t See Your Milestone Anniversary? If we have missed your Milestone Anniversary this month, please call the office and provide us with your information for next year. Bikkur Holim The Wings of Healing Give healing wings. Please let us know if you, a family member, or a fellow congregant is ill or hospitalized. A call to the office will ensure that the rabbi, cantor and volunteer leadership can follow up with visits, calls and healing prayers from the bima. Take a moment and keep us informed. Call Rabbi Kobrin at 215.635.6611, or email her at [email protected] When emailing, put “Illness Notification” in the subject line. march 2015 • adar/nisan 5775 17 vcr vsu, Thank you for your generous donations to our synagogue funds Humash Etz Hayim Fund In MEMORY Of Aaron Green The Strauss Family Seder Avodah Fund In Memory Of Aaron Green Eileen Dwell and Chuck Steinberg Al Nadel Marcy Nadel In HONOR Of Gail and Mark Schwartz In honor of your 40th wedding anniversary Claire Stup, Merril Stup, and Leslie Sokolow Terry and Morey Smerling In honor of the birth of Penelope Drew Haven Deb and Ed Strauss and Family Memorial Fund Helen Aisenstein Allen Aisenstein Sylvia Alloy Marvin Alloy Seth Richard (Rick) Arkans Florence Arkans Leonard Bee Claire B. Stup Annette Black Marvin Black Elissa and David Waldstein Bobbi Blank Ruth Rose Renee Blitstein Pam and Joe Yohlin and Family Miriam Blitz Fran and Sidney Salkovitz Berta Bonderow Howard Gershman Karen and Ed Moses Harriet Sigel René and Mort Stein Karen, Stuart, Shari, and Alyssa Wohl Rachel Bregman Carol Bregman Max E. Cohen Raelea Charen Seymour Cohen Dorothy Cohen Shirley Cohen Raelea Charen Stacey Beth Cohen Rose Strauss Steven Strauss Oscar Corn Robert and Deborah Corn Selma Corn Holly Corn Robert and Deborah Corn 18 Samuel Cowan Lorraine Cowan David Davidson Frank and Carolyn Platt Ethel Dogole Fred Braemer Michael Barak Drill Cantor Deborah Arden Stern Susan Elaine Edelman Jeffrey E. Edelman Samuel Eisenberg Howard Eisenberg William Eisenberg Howard Eisenberg Perla Elias (“Bella Angel”) Pearl Elias Mary Fair Estelle Brand Max Fine Kalman and Suzan Fine Jay Jonas Finkler Joseph Finkler Betty First F. David First Grace Spicehandler Fisher Cantor Deborah Arden Stern Ida Flecker Sonia Loadenthal Gil Ford Marcy Nadel Bernice Florence Friedmann The Dahlberg Family Jo Mancinelli Lillian Salkovitz Gardner Sidney and Fran Salkovitz Marion Gershman Howard, Rachel, and Daniel Gershman Stanley Gershman Howard Gershman Louis Gluck Philip Gluck William Goldhammer Frank and Carolyn Platt Samuel and Ruth Goldstein Rita Nitzberg Sarah Goldstein Edwin Goldstein Matilda Goodman Shelley and Saul Reibstein Susan and Paul Steerman Aaron Green Paul and Kathy Blackman Irene and Steve Blumenfeld Matt, Ashlee, Eli, Simon and Owen Check Sharon and Phil Feig Randi and Chad Friedman Howard Gershman Bob and Mimi Glaspey Rachel, Jonathan, Max and Asher Goldman Morton Goren Leslie and Alan Grodnitzky Ellen and Robert Hesse Fred and Rachel Kurz Janet and Harris Lewin Barbara and Bobby Lewis Sharon and Ed Masarsky Denise and Jeff Portner Debbie and Rob Quint Shelley and Saul Reibstein Jennifer and Joshua Roberts Ruth Rose Judy and Sam Rosenberg Irving and Geraldine Schaffer Foundation Andrea and Steven Selbst Marge and Ty Steinberg Susan and Paul Steerman Nancy Strauss Stephanie Walinsky and Family Howard Weitz Idella Hessler Deena Hessler Joan Jacobson Benjamin Jacobson Harry Kaleck Benjamin Jacobson Frances Katz Carlyn Gases Philip Kendall Saul and Shelley Reibstein Marc and Lisa Steinslofer Ida Kirschbaum Charles Kirschbaum Frances Kleinman Natalie Isser Tibie Gever Klinger Estar K. Weiss Margaret Kotzin Aaron and Donna Kotzin Edward Krivitsky Dr. Bruce and Francine Levin Fannie Lazar Sidney Lazar Nathan Lepoff Ronald Lepoff Rose Lerner Cindy Rosenbloom Sara Levin Dr. Bruce and Francine Levin Ida Levy Lorraine Cowan Rose Lichtenstein Estelle Brand Anna Lipshutz Gloria Lipshutz Hans Loeb Joel Loeb Liesl Loeb Joel Loeb Lenore London Shanna London Sonya Lubar Florence Arkans Fay Luterman Rene and Sheldon Smith and Family Ruth Krouse Margolis Sandra M. Alloy Congregation Adath Jeshurun News Samuel Markowich Judy and Chuck Lyons Habibi Yehudah Marthan Annette Addi Alice Mayer Ellen Fine Ethel Mirrow Florence Arkans Harry Novey Abby and Mel Novey Sophie Chffas Pasternack Roslyn Pasternack Lisa Pasternack Sondra Pasternack Bella A. Paul Mary and Joseph Katz Gerda Podel Gayle Brodsky Anna and Harry Presser Lillian Bycer Marvin Presser Arlene and Barry Weissman Arthur Rade Steve and Susan Rade Marion Reet Albert B. Reet Arthur S. Rifkin Dr. and Mrs. Harry Hoffman Eleanor Sands Lorraine S. Popowich Pearl Saperstein Sharon Masarsky Samuel Schleifer Frances Schleifer Audrey Schmerling Neil and Karen Schmerling Paul Sheffler Walt Sheffler Karen Wohl Mary Sherman Morrissa Peisach Sylvia Silverstein Shirley Tauber Harry Sloan Rose Strauss Steven Strauss Jennie Sloan Rose Strauss Steven Strauss Anna D. Slossman Mary and Joseph Katz Robert Stanek Marjorie Stanek Sylvia B. Starr Susan F. Starr Sally Steinberg Luba and Barry Schwartz Arnold Stern Iris Seydel Dora Stern Arthur Stern Mae Stillman Marsha Eisenberg David Strauss Rose Strauss Steven Strauss Herbert Sulkes Florence Arkans Ida Tenor Joy Fish Fanny Trilling Sandy Piwoz Fred Turoff Thelma Turoff Jerome Udell Evy and Joel Udell Gertrude Waldman Ros and Don Waldman Solomon Weiss Mildred W. Demchick Samuel David Weller Kalman and Suzan Fine Isadore Wenocur Sima and Steve Sussman Manuel Wildstein Barry Wildstein Charles Wisneski Marsha Eisenberg Dr. Rose B. Wohl Milton and Joan Wohl Carl H. Wolf Suzanne and Charles Danenberg David A. Wolowitz Marvin Black Annie Bacher Young Nancy Y. Markowich Milton and Beatrice Young Philip Goldentyer Joy Fund Wendy Armon Thank you for your kindness Sheva Cohen Doris Felzer In honor of Ian’s Bar Mitzvah Shirley Tauber Fran L. Fried Wishing you good health and happiness Nettie Schnapp Robert Friedman In honor of your birthday and dedication to AJ Nettie Schnapp Abby and Matt Haven In honor of the birth of Penelope Drew Haven Al Nadel Michael Markowich In honor of your 70th birthday Irene and Steve Blumenfeld Gail and Mark Schwartz In honor of your 40th Anniversary Lenore and Manny Triebwasser Barbara Shotz Thank you for your kindness Sheva Cohen Morey and Terry Smerling In honor of the birth of Penelope Drew Haven The Fassler Family Janet and Harris Lewin Al Nadel Marcy Nadel Denise and Jeff Portner Nettie Schnapp Roland and Helen Victor Turk Tammy and Michael Steinberg In honor of Jason’s engagement Barbara and Bobby Lewis Sandy and Paul Steinfield In honor of Jon and Laurie’s wedding Leslie and Alan Grodnitzky Barbara and Bobby Lewis Denise and Jeff Portner Steve Strauss Mazal Tov on the 50th anniversary of your Bar Mitzvah Ann Kalmanor Education Fund In MEMORY Of Abraham Auerbach Marcia, Bruce, Jeffrey, and Rachel Cohen Herbert Brown Mark and Bernice Schwartz Ruth Davis Arthur and Neile Davis Ethel Dwork Deb and Ed Strauss Aaron Green The Alperstein Family The Brody Family The Coughlin Family Jan and Mark Frisch Janis and Jeff Goldman Brenda and Michael Kaufman and Family Bonnie-Kay and Bruce Marks The Merves Family The Opet Family Evelyn Swarttz Nancy and Howard Wenocur Yetta Herman Deb and Ed Strauss Sonia Lipton Deb and Ed Strauss Isadore Wenocur Mark and Bernice Schwartz In HONOR Of The Armon Family In honor of Ross’ Bar Mitzvah Deb and Ed Strauss The Chase Family In honor of Jacob’s Bar Mitzvah Deb and Ed Strauss Making Donations to AJ’s Funds Debbie Cohen and Family Mazel Tov on Jake’s marriage to Sarah Waxman Brenda and Michael Kaufman and Family Micah Cowan In honor of being elected International USY religion and education vice-president Lorraine Cowan Robert Friedman In honor of your 55th birthday Deb and Ed Strauss Robert Friedman In honor of the 42nd anniversary of your Bar Mitzvah Howard Weitz Rabbi Kobrin and Hazzan Glantz In honor of your kindness on the 50th anniversary of my Bar Mitzvah Steve Strauss Aileen and Mel Rothbard In honor of your 50th anniversary Deb and Ed Strauss Gail and Mark Schwartz In honor of your 40th anniversary Barry and Linda Roth Morey and Terry Smerling In honor of the birth of Penelope Drew Haven Violet and Richard Zeitlin Neil Wernick In honor of the 50th anniversary of your Bar Mitzvah Nancy and Ted Schaer Hazzan Howard K. Glantz Discretionary Fund In MEMORY Of Berta Bonderow Gail and Mark Schwartz Aaron Green David and Sandy Axelrod Marcia Webber Deborah Mindel Gail and Mark Schwartz In HONOR Of Hazzan Howard Glantz In honor of your performance in the Hanukkah concert Irene and Steve Blumenfeld Hazzan Howard Glantz Thank you for making Emmie’s day so special The Kaplan Family Gail and Mark Schwartz In honor of your 40th wedding anniversary Lynn and Fred Poritsky Gloria Sulman and Family Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund In MEMORY Of Aaron Green Lynn and John Apfelbaum In HONOR Of Rabbi Rachel Kobrin In honor of my Aliyah Dan Hyman Rabbi Rachel Kobrin Thank you for making Emmie’s day so special The Kaplan Family Joy Fund Memorial Fund Education Fund Library Fund Hazzan’s Discretionary Fund Morning Minyan Breakfast Fund By mail or in person and accompanied by check payment...................................................................$10 minimum donation If added to your synagogue bill..........................................$20 minimum donation Seder Avodah Fund (new edition)................................$36 donation Humash Etz Hayim Fund.................................................$72 donation Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund...........................................$25 minimum donation Donations to the Congregation’s Torah PASUK PARASHAT NASO Numbers 6:27 In memory of Aaron Green Deb and Ed Strauss and Pam and Joe Yohlin PASUK PARASHAT VAYETZE Genesis 28:14 In memory of Annette W. Black AJWA Sisterhood The Congregation’s Torah Donations to the Congregation’s Torah are a unique opportunity to help fund AJ’s Endowment to ensure the future of the Congregation while celebrating a special occasion or remembering a loved one. Each donation will be acknowledged in the Congregation’s Torah display case outside the Strauss Chapel. Pasuk (a verse of Torah).................................................................................. $150 Aliyah (each section of a weekly portion)....................................................... $250 Patriarchs, Matriarchs, Biblical Symbols, Names........................................ $500 Maftir (final Aliyah each week).................................................................... $1,000 Parasha (weekly reading)............................................................................ $2,500 Favorite Torah Story................................................................................... $3,600 Please contact Robert Friedman at 215.635.6611, ext. 112, for more information about donations to the Congregation’s Torah. PLEASE SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS For advertising rates, call 215.635.6611 www.phillybris.com 267-217-BABY(2229) [email protected] march 2015 • adar/nisan 5775 19 Congregation Adath Jeshurun NON-PROFIT ORG. U.S. POSTAGE PAID Founded 1858 – 5619 OCJCC-BI • Founded 1948 7763 Old York Road • Elkins Park, Pennsylvania 19027 www.adathjeshurun.info Permit No. 2275 Jenkintown, PA Rachel Kobrin, Rabbi Howard K. Glantz, Hazzan Robert Friedman, Executive Director Debbie Miner, Education Director Michelle Bernstein, Early Childhood Director Seymour J. Rosenbloom, Distinguished Service Rabbi Charles S. Davidson, D.S.M., Hazzan Emeritus Time-Sensitive Material Deliver by March 1, 2015 OFFICERS Anne Fassler................................................................................President Bruce Armon........................................................Executive Vice President Edward F. Chacker................................................................Vice President Judy Stutman Izes................................................................Vice President Alex Katz..............................................................................Vice President Harris Lewin.........................................................................Vice President David L. Reibstein................................................................Vice President Howard Goldman........................................................................ Treasurer Jennifer Brier..............................................................................Secretary Melissa Ufberg.............................................................Assistant Secretary Mitchell Russell................................................. Immediate Past President TRUSTEE OFFICERS Joseph M. Yohlin........................................................................ Chairman Saul V. Reibstein..................................................................Vice Chairman Rickey Goodman.........................................................................Secretary TELEPHONES Synagogue............. 215.635.6611 Cemetery............... 215.743.2524 Religious School..... 215.635.1337 FAX......................... 215.635.6165 Preschool............... 215.635.3490 CATERERS Betty the Caterer............................................................... 215.224.8400 Food Designs..................................................................... 215.843.3904 Affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Congregation Adath Jeshrurun is an inclusive, egalitarian Conservative synagogue. All are welcome irrespective of gender, race, or sexual orientation. We welcome dual-faith families who want to be involved in the Jewish community. Editor: Marlena R. 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Kabbalat Shabbat with March 13 Join us for a light meal at 5:30 PM (no charge) for 2015’s Shabbat Across America! Then, at 6:15 PM, unplug from a busy week with an acoustic Shabbat service led by Hazzan Howard Glantz that will appeal to all ages. Enjoy Shabbat tunes that will put a smile on your face and a song in your heart. Bring your parents, bring your kids, bring your friends… …for this relaxed and enjoyable service! Even though there isn’t a charge for dinner, please RSVP to the synagogue office at 215.635.6611 by March 9.
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