April - Congregation Temple Israel, St. Louis, MO

April 2015
Nisan / Iyar 5775
Volume XXXIV / Number 7
www.ti-stl.org
(See page 3 for details.)
Congregation Temple Israel is a caring, inclusive community committed to living Reform Judaism
and participating in the sacred destiny of the Jewish people and Israel through education, worship, and repair of the world.
SHABBAT WORSHIP SCHEDULE
We invite you to join us for Shabbat worship in our beautiful
“new” Gall Family Sanctuary. Unless otherwise noted, all
Shabbat services are now conducted in the sanctuary.
Friday, April 3, 2015
First Seder - No Shabbat Service
Torah Portion: Yom Rishon shel Pesach
Saturday, April 4, 2015
9:00 a.m. Torah/Bible Study
10:00 a.m. Shabbat St. Louis Service
both at Temple Emanuel
Friday, April 10, 2015
11:00 a.m. Passover Memorial Service
6:00 p.m. Pre-Oneg
6:30 p.m. Shabbat B’Shir
Torah Portion: Sh’mini I
Saturday, April 11, 2015
9:45 a.m. Bible Study
Friday, April 17, 2015
6:00 p.m. Pre-Oneg
6:30 p.m. Education Shabbat and
Birthday Blessings
Torah Portion: Sh’mini II
Saturday, April 18, 2015
9:45 a.m. Bible Study
11:00 a.m. Bar Mitzvah of Adam Shuchart
son of Jay and Vickie Shuchart
Friday, April 24, 2015
6:00 p.m. Pre-Oneg
6:30 p.m. Shabbat Worship
Torah Portion: Tazria-M’tzora
Saturday, April 25, 2015
9:45 a.m. Bible Study - Last of the year
SAVE
THE
DATE!
Saturday, May 23rd
Temple Israel is hosting a
WEST COUNTY
SHAVUOT EVENING
OF STUDY
Details to follow.
ST. LOUIS YOM HASHOAH
COMMEMORATION
“Liberation and Survival: Where do I go now?”
will be the focus of the St. Louis Yom HaShoah
Commemoration at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 19,
at Kol Rinah Congregation, 829 N. Hanley Road
in University City.
The program will feature eyewitness accounts of
the Shoah from survivors and witnesses, as well as a
traditional candle-lighting service, a Holocaust Torah
procession, liturgical readings and prayers, and
musical selections by Elegant Ensembles and Kolot,
the St. Louis Jewish women’s choir.
Rabbi Alper will represent Temple Israel by carrying
our Holocaust Torah scroll, a generous gift from the
Deutsch family, in the opening procession.
The program will be interpreted in sign language.
The synagogue parking lot will be reserved for
handicapped parking. Ample street parking is available.
The St. Louis Yom HaShoah Commemoration is
sponsored by Sara and Leo Wolf, parents-in-law of
our DECC Director Leslie Wolf. For more information,
call 314-442-3714.
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to join us!
IF NOT NOW, WHEN?
Rabbi Amy Feder
This year, the first night of Passover coincides with
Shabbat evening. For many of us, that makes our lives
a little easier, giving us the weekend to relax (and clean
up) after our seders and even host one for the second
night. It also helps anyone who has a tough time waking
up after having fulfilled the mitzvah of drinking four
cups of wine! Our custom at TI, on these rare Shabbats
that coincide with the seder, has been to not hold
regular services on Friday night, under the historically
based assumption that most people are already having
their “Jewish experience” elsewhere. For those who
have yahrzeits to commemorate on that date, their
loved ones’ names will be remembered Saturday
morning, April 4, when the entire Reform community
has a wonderful service led by members of each of
the local congregations, this year hosted at
Temple Emanuel.
The rabbis and the Worship Experience Committee
made this decision about Shabbat seders several
years ago, and I think it is the correct one, but I do
remember it being a source of great debate. To not
hold Friday night services, even for a reason such as
this, raises an interesting question about what our
priorities as a congregation should be. Is Temple the
place where people come to be Jewish? Or are we here
to give people the tools to live meaningful Jewish lives
wherever they are?
Ideally, it’s both. There are certain things you can’t
easily do outside of the Temple walls, or at least without
someone to help facilitate the experience. You can’t
read from a Torah scroll; you can’t participate in a class;
you can’t hear a sermon. Yet there are many things that
you come to the synagogue to learn with the intention of
then being able to do them independently. For instance,
every Tot Shabbat, Rabbi Michael and I teach parents
and grandparents the traditional blessing over children,
in the hopes that they’ll try it the next Shabbat at
home. Or maybe you learned how to bless the Shabbat
or Hanukah candles here, but you now feel confident
lighting them on your own. We teach you the words,
the customs, and how to ask the questions, but we don’t
expect your Jewish lives to start and end at TI’s doors.
Passover has become, for most of us, the holiday each
of us feels we can do on our own. In our smaller circles
of family and friends, we cook the seder meal, we read
from the Haggadah, and we ask the four questions.
And when it falls on Shabbat, hopefully we feel confident
in our own knowledge of Shabbat customs and how to
appreciate the sacredness of the day of rest so that it
can further enhance the Passover experience.
In many ways, this Passover seder symbolizes an ideal
for our congregation. Yes, we dream of a community
in which people come to the Temple to further enrich
their Jewish lives, but also we hope that what they learn
here enhances their experience beyond the walls of the
synagogue. This seder is a Jewish moment that we hope
will be spiritual, meaningful, and memorable, even if it’s
not one we’re experiencing together. May we return
to our congregation strengthened by our own holy
moments and ready to share our own seder stories
with each other, further enriching our friendships
and our lives.
[email protected]
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NEWS
CHUTZPAH
Rabbi Michael Alper
This past month marked one of those milestone
birthdays for me. As the day approached, I found myself
pondering where I am in my life, and trying to imagine
if I were to meet my 18-year-old self, or my 30-year-old
self, what I would have thought of the person I am today.
It makes me laugh trying to imagine explaining to my
12-year-old self, busy jumping out the windows during
Hebrew School, that one day I’d be a rabbi in Missouri
with two kids and a rabbi wife to boot.
It also made me think of all of the things I haven’t done
yet — the books I haven’t read, the countries
I haven’t seen, the motorcycles I’ve never owned.
Okay, maybe that last one isn’t going to happen, but
the rest was a real eye opener. What has kept me from
fulfilling those dreams? Is it the simple truth that life
gets in the way, or have there been opportunities
along the way that I just haven’t seen?
People often talk about the idea of a bucket list.
But in the end, how many of us will really measure
our lives by how many countries we’ve seen, how
many fast cars we’ve driven, or how many mountains
we’ve climbed? Or, will we look back at the strength
of our relationships, the depth of our learning, and
the awareness of the gifts in our lives?
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Judaism teaches us to imagine that each day is our last.
This is not so that we will live recklessly, but to remind
us that every moment really does matter. So much of
how we live as Jews, from the blessings we say before
meals to the way we sing shema to our children at night,
is there to help us find sacredness in every moment.
It’s a reminder that those big achievements, the jobs,
the moves, and the purchases, none of those will
necessarily bring more joy or sense of worth than
those little moments in between.
I still want to go to Egypt, read the great works of
Yiddish literature as they were originally written, learn
Arabic, study more Talmud, see the northern lights,
and a million other things before my next big birthday
rolls around. But in the meantime, while I imagine that
my 12-year-old self might be mystified with my life, I’m
sure he’d see that I’m happy and healthy and living a
meaningful, spiritual life. He might ask, though, where
is the motorcycle?
[email protected]
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
Dee A. Mogerman
As Jews we are obligated to care for the sick
(bikur cholim), honor the elderly (hidur p’nei zakein) and
welcome the stranger (hachnasat orchim). It is a priority
of your Board of Trustees to lead by example in fulfilling
these and other mitzvot and to inspire others to do the
same.
We often hear from congregants that their most
rewarding and meaningful experiences at the
Temple involve giving back to others and serving
our community. Programs like our Mitzvah Days,
Thanksgiving Dinner for People in Need, and Pies with
a Purpose attract large numbers of volunteers and
participants of all ages and judging from the comments
and e-mails we receive, clearly resonate deeply with
our congregants.
What you may not be as aware of are a number of
smaller, ongoing opportunities to engage in these
mitzvot. Here are just a few.
Our Caring Committee provides comfort to our ill and
homebound congregants by preparing meals, delivering
food, and making home visits. Extra hands are always
needed to reach out to our congregants in this way.
Pamela Dern heads up this wonderful group
of volunteers and would be thrilled to have your help
in any way your time allows.
Our weekly Shabbat greeters and ushers are often
the first impression a visitor has of Temple Israel.
The leaders of our Reform movement like to use
the term “audacious hospitality.” Extending a warm
welcome, to congregants and guests alike, lets all
who enter our doors know that we acknowledge
and appreciate their presence. This seemingly
small gesture can make a big impact in ensuring a
comfortable worship experience at Temple Israel.
I hope you will consider joining our team of greeters.
You can volunteer individually or as a family, and as
often as your schedule permits.
Contact Melanie Thiede in our Temple office for more
details, 314-432-8050 or [email protected]
Please feel free to contact me with any questions
you may have about these or other opportunities to
engage in acts of kindness to others at Temple Israel.
I look forward to our continuing to work together as
a sacred community.
You can e-mail me at [email protected] or get in
touch by calling the Temple office 314-432-8050.c
You can reach her at [email protected] or by
leaving your name and contact information with the
Temple office, 314-432-8050.
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CELEBRATING PURIM TI-STYLE
temple
NEWS
COSTUMES, SHPIEL, CARNIVAL, GIFTS, FOOD, and FUN!
View more photos online at www.ti-stl.org/photos.
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INTRODUCING OUR NEW HIGH HOLIDAY PRAYER BOOKS
Temple Israel will introduce a new High Holiday prayer
book this year. Mishkan HaNefesh (Sanctuary
of the Soul), the Reform movement’s new machzor
for the Days of Awe, features inclusive, gender-neutral
language and blessings to meet the contemporary needs
of today. This is the first comprehensive update to the
Reform machzor in 40 years. The new prayer book was
recommended unaimously by our Worship Experience
Committee, chaired by Amy Cohen, and was approved by
our Board of Trustees.
“In keeping with the approach we took with our
Gall Family Sanctuary renovation, this new High Holiday
prayer book is updated and relevant for today, while
still honoring and respecting the rich history of its
predecessor, Gates of Repentance,” notes Rabbi Feder.
Many readings from Gates of Repentance are included
in Mishkan HaNefesh, alongside new and updated
translations, readings, and poetry. Best of all, the new
prayer book is fully transliterated, making our High
Holiday worship accessible to all.
This new prayer book will also allow us to keep the
unique musical styles and themes that have defined our
different services. Evening and memorial services will
still be accompanied by piano and choir, and our morning
intergenerational services will be less formal and
accompanied by guitar. The prayer book also gives our
rabbis the flexibility to design worship experiences that
speak most strongly to our Temple Israel community on
any given year and at any given time.
Mishkan HaNefesh will be published this June as a
two-volume set, with a gold cover for Rosh Hashanah
and a silver cover for Yom Kippur. We are proud to be
among the initial group of congregations across the
country to adopt this new prayer book.
SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY
We invite you to join us in marking this historic
occasion by dedicating one or more new sets of
prayer books. You can honor or memorialize a loved
one by dedicating a two-volume set with a tribute
donation of $36 or more. Bookplates will be placed in
both volumes and your gift will be acknowledged
in the Dateline.
You can send your donation to the Temple,
attention Sydney Masin, or donate online at
www.ti-stl.org/donate.
SOFTBALL SEASON IS HERE... JOIN THE TI TRIBE!
The Temple Israel Tribe is looking for a few good men and women to play in the St. Louis
Inter-Congregational Softball League. It's co-ed, competitively recreational (emphasis on
the competitive) and lots of fun. Practices begin in early April.
If you're at least 18 years old (or will turn 18 later this summer) and are interested in
becoming a member of The Tribe for the 2015 season, please contact Jeremy Shook at
[email protected] for more information.
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NEWS
CELEBRATE PASSOVER AT TI
AND IN THE COMMUNITY
Bus getting ready for Passover?
Busy
Gotten
G
otten rid oof all the bread in your house already?
COME TO TEMPLE ISRAEL’S PRE-PASSOVER PIZZAPALOOZA
THURSDAY, APRIL 2, FROM 5:30 TO 7:30 P.M.
$10 FOR ADULTS • $5 FOR KIDS (3-12) • FREE FOR KIDS 2 AND YOUNGER
We’re importing some of the best pizzas from far and near and serving them up right here at Temple Israel!
Salad and a special dessert are included. Gluten and dairy free options are available upon request.
RSVP online, www.ti-stl.org/pizza or to Amanda, [email protected] or 314-432-8050.
STANDING TOGETHER
MOVING FORWARD
7TH ANNUAL SHABBAT ST. LOUIS
Community Passover worship experience.
SATURDAY, APRIL 4
AT TEMPLE EMANUEL
9:00 A.M. RABBI-LED TORAH/BIBLE STUDY
10:00 A.M. LAY-LED SHABBAT SERVICE
MUSIC BY HASHEMESH
Temple Israel joins with other area Reform
and Reconstructionist congregations to co-sponsor
this musical and participatory worship experience.
All ages welcome!
Please bring a donation of non-perishable food for
The Food Pantry at St. Stephen’s
Episcopal Church in Ferguson.
THE JOURNEY CONTINUES…
A TI WOMEN’S SEDER
THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015
AT TEMPLE ISRAEL
6:30 p.m. until the 4 cups are gone!
The response to this year’s women’s seder has been
tremendous. We are expecting a capacity crowd.
Reservations close March 31.
Contact Sydney, 314-432-8050, if you would like
to be placed on a wait list.
Watch next month’s Dateline for photos,
acknowledgments, and more.
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DEUTSCH EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
OF TEMPLE ISRAEL
Leslie Wolf, Director
Registration for our Rabbi Mark and Carol Shook
Preschool Camp is underway and going strong.
Camp Shook runs eight weeks, June 8 through July 31.
Children ages 18 months to 6 years can attend all eight
weeks or any combination thereof, as registration is by
the week.
CALLING ALL CAMP COUNSELORS!
One of the incredible amenities offered to our campers
age 3 and older is daily swim instruction in our very own
inground pool. The YMCA provides the daily lessons,
and the progress our campers make is amazing.
Our younger campers participate in water play, and
everyone spends time outside daily engaging in a
variety of camp activities!
Part of what makes Camp Shook so special is the
counselors and staff who team with our DECC teachers
to create a great summer camp experience. We are
currently looking for teens ages 13 and older to work as
counselors at Camp Shook. For teens looking to learn
skills that are needed to be successful in the workplace,
there is no better summer job than becoming a camp
counselor. Working as a counselor teaches teens to put
the needs of others before their own and to embrace the
responsibility of being a role model. It teaches them to
work as a team, deal with challenges, and to get along
with others.
Debi Porfidio, one of our preschool Dolphin class
teachers, is in charge of planning and supervising
daily camp activities. Campers can look forward to a
fun and active summer. We are also fortunate to have
Miss Megan, our fabulous DECC music teacher, leading
our campers in all kinds of fun camp songs.
As camp staff, teens will develop managerial, leadership,
and communication skills, and a strong work ethic.
Working at camp can be very rewarding. Teens have an
opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of
children while also having a great time. Campers look up
to counselors who love and care for them all summer.
If you know of a family with preschool-age child who are
looking for a fun, Jewish summer camp experience, have
them give me a call. Camp Shook is open from 7:00 a.m.
to 5:30 p.m. daily. Camp Shook is open to both Temple
Israel members and the greater community.
Many of our counselors have worked at Camp Shook
all through middle school and high school. Some even
return to work here each summer during and after
college.
Teens interested in working at Camp Shook this
summer should contact me immediately via e-mail,
[email protected], to request a staff application.
Spots fill quickly, and I will conduct interviews as
completed applications are received.
[email protected]i-stl.org
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NEWS
RELIGIOUS SCHOOL
HAPPENINGS
SUMMER TODDLER
STAY AND PLAY CLASS
Our Deutsch Early Childhood Center will offer
a weekly Toddler Stay and Play Class
this summer that will meet on Wednesdays,
June 10 to July 29. Mindi Loebner and Julie Hibbard
will be teaching the class, which will run from
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
This drop-in class will include art, music
with Miss Megan, outdoor play, and a snack.
The cost will be $20 per week.
Parents are asked to please RSVP in advance
of each session they would like their child to attend.
Contact Leslie Wolf, [email protected] or 314-432-8076.
This program is open to all families with toddlers.
Tell your friends!
Director of Youth Education Jed Filler (left) and Rabbi Michael Alper
help our youngest preschoolers get that “Shabbat feeling.”
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FROM TRASH TO TREASURES –
TI 3RD GRADERS LEARN ABOUT
BAL TASHCHIT
Students in Debbie Schultz’s 3rd grade religious
school class recently experienced a hands-on lesson
on the mitzvah of bal tashchit, the commandment to
not destroy or waste items from the natural world.
The class collected “trash,” which they then creatively
“upcycled” to create new items including wind chimes,
Hebrew games, vases, groggers for Purim, and a class
mascot. In the process, students learned that it takes
450 years for one plastic bottle to decompose, and that
more than 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills
each day. The students talked about our responsibilities
as Jews to take care of the earth.
ANNOUNCING OUR EXPANDED SCRIP PROGRAM
You can now support Temple Israel simply by:
GROCERY SHOPPING • SHOPPING ONLINE • DINING OUT • PURCHASING GIFT CARDS
You shop. Temple Israel earns cash back. It’s that easy!
Last year we raised $10,000 from our Scrip program.
Our goal is to double that amount for 2015.
GROCERY SHOP
Dierbergs, Whole Foods and Panera (St. Louis Bread Co.) Gift Cards
Purchase gift cards to use for food shopping at Dierbergs, Whole Foods and Panera.
You can sign up for a standing monthly order or make one-time purchases.
Get A Free Schnucks Scrip Card
Get your free Schnucks scrip card from the Temple or at your local Schnucks
Customer Service counter. Register your card online at www.eScrip.com, and
simply present your card at checkout every time you shop. The Temple will
automatically receive up to 3% of your purchase total.
ORDER GIFT CARDS ONLINE
In addition to our ongoing sale of Dierbergs, Panera, and Whole Foods gift cards,
you can now order gift cards online from more than 800 retailers. Gift cards make
perfect gifts for any occasion - birthday, anniversary, b’nai mitzvah, wedding,
Confirmation, graduation. Buy them for yourself to use at your favorite stores
and restaurants.
1.
Visit www.shopwithscrip.com and click “Register.”
2. Select the option for joining an existing program.
3. Enter Temple Israel’s enrollment code: 66C4F96371LL
4. Create your account.
5. Shop away! Select the gift cards you want, add them to your cart,
and submit.
Place your order by the 15th of the month and your cards will be available for
pick-up at the Temple by the 1st of the following month. (We’ll notify you when
they’re here.) Purchase cards totaling $100 or more and we’ll mail them to
you upon request.
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NEWS
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TWO CONVENIENT PAYMENT OPTIONS:
Mail a check to the Temple (payable to Temple Israel) OR set up automatic ACH or credit card payments.
(Note: Credit card payments are accepted only for orders with rebates of 5% or more.)
SHOP ONLINE
Start your online shopping at www.eScrip.com. Via their online mall you can access more than 800 retailers
in the program and earn money back for Temple Israel.
It’s as simple as 1-2-3.
1.
Set up a free account
2. Select Congregation Temple Israel as a preferred charity.
(Already enrolled with another organization? You can select up to 3 organizations to support.)
3. Start shopping!
Whenever you’re planning to make a purchase online – from clothing and gifts to airfare and hotel reservations,
make www.eScrip.com your FIRST STOP!
FORGETMENOT
Afraid you’ll forget to visit eScrip.com before you shop online? Install the “ForgetMeNot” browser extension and your
computer will remind you when you visit an online retailer that offers eScrip. Click the “Get it Now” button and follow
the prompts to install.
DINE OUT
You can earn cash for Temple Israel every time you dine out. Go to eScrip.com, click “Where to Earn,” scroll down to
the “Dine Out” section and register the credit cards you use when you dine out. Every time you dine at a participating
restaurant, TI automatically earns 2.5% or more of your total purchase. Choose from nearly 175 local participating
restaurants.
Questions? Need help enrolling? Contact Scrip Coordinator Diane Packman, 314-432-8050 or [email protected]
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FEED THE MIND... NOURISH THE SOUL
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JUDAISM FOR BEGINNERS (and we’re all beginners)
BIBLE STUDY WITH RABBI SHOOK
Mondays, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Saturdays, 9:45 - 11:00 a.m. (Last class is 4/25)
Join Rabbi Feder for a casual introduction to Judaism
All are welcome to attend Rabbi Emeritus Mark L. Shook’s
class. All are welcome. Babysitting is available.
popular Shabbat morning Bible Study class.
TORAH TUESDAYS WITH RABBI ALPER
LIFE IN TRANSITION
Tuesdays, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
Tuesday, April 7, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Bring your lunch and a Bible and join our discussion
This monthly group is for individuals who are coping
of the week’s Torah portion.
with a recent loss, whether through death, divorce,
TI UNIVERSITY
unemployment, retirement, or other life circumstance.
Sundays, 9:45 - 11:45 a.m.
EXPLORING LIFE’S JOURNEY
Join the rabbis on Sunday mornings as we explore the
Tuesday, April 28, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
questions and issues YOU want to learn about.
This monthly group is for individuals who are interested in
Babysitting is available.
exploring life’s lessons and purposes, spirituality, Jewish
CRAFTING FOR COMMUNITY
meditation, and other related topics.
Sundays, April 5 and 19, 9:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Life in Transition and Exploring Life’s Journey both meet
Join Jody Chassin in learning fun and easy crafts to make
at the Temple and are led by Jan Nykin, M.Ed., LCSW,
and donate to organizations that serve people in need.
a psychotherapist in private practice who has
For details, contact Jody, 314-566-1274.
para-rabbinic certification. All are welcome to participate.
For more information on adult education programs, contact Rabbi Alper, [email protected] or 314-432-8050.
MOLLY KODNER TO SPEAK ON CIVIL WAR LETTERS
Molly Kodner, associate archivist at the
Missouri History Museum, will read excerpts from
My Dear Molly: The Civil War Letters of Captain
James Love, at a special program at the museum
on Tuesday, April 7, at 7:00 p.m.
She will answer questions and sign copies of the
book following her talk. Books will be available for
purchase in the museum shop.
Molly, daughter of Temple Israel members Ira and
Barbara Kodner and sister of Beth (Jeremy) Shook,
began extensively researching James Love’s letters
in 2011 in order to post them on the Museum’s blog,
History Happens Here, to commemorate the 150th
anniversary of the Civil War.
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3:30 pm Homework Club
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Pizzapalooza
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Office Closes at 2 pm
Shabbat St. Louis
at Temple Emanuel
First Seder
9 am Torah/Bible Study
4:30 pm Hebrew Lab
No Shabbat Service
10 am Shabbat Worship
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8
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10
11
9:30 am Religious School
9:30 am Crafting for
Community
9:45 am TI University
11:45 am Confirmation Class
2:30 pm Chavurat Shira
Rehearsal
10 am Judaism for
Beginners
12:15 pm Torah Tuesday
3:30 pm Homework Club
4:30 pm Hebrew Lab
6:30 pm Life in Transition
7 pm Intro to Judiasim
7:30 pm Boy Scout Troop 11
9 am Study Group
6:30 pm Women’s Seder
Last Day of Passover
Temple Office Closed
DECC Dynamite Days
9:45 am Bible Study
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13
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9:30 am Religious School
10 am Judaism for
Beginners
8 am DECC Special Gal
Breakfast
7 pm Board of Trustees
Meeting
6 pm Pre-Oneg
9:45 am Bible Study
11:45 am Confirmation Class
7:30 pm Boy Scout Troop 11
Committee
12:15 pm Torah Tuesday
3:30 pm Homework Club
4:30 pm Hebrew Lab
7 pm Intro to Judiasim
7:30 pm Boy Scout Troop 11
6:30 pm Education Shabbat
and Birthday
Blessings
11 am Shabbat Worship
Bar Mitzvah of
Adam Shuchart
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20
21
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25
9:30 am Religious School
9:30 am Crafting for
Community
9:45 am TI University
11:45 am Confirmation Class
10 am Judaism for
Beginners
12:15 pm Torah Tuesday
3:30 pm Homework Club
4:30 pm Hebrew Lab
7 pm Intro to Judiasim
7:30 pm Boy Scout Troop 11
3:30 pm Homework Club
6 pm Pre-Oneg
4:30 pm Hebrew Lab
6:30 pm Shabbat Worship
9:45 am Bible Study
(Final class of
the year)
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10 am Judaism for
Beginners
12:15 pm Torah Tuesday
3:30 pm Homework Club
(Last Day)
9:45 am TI University
9:30 am Religious School
9:45 am TI University
3:30 pm Homework Club
(Last Day)
11:45 am Confirmation
4:30 pm Hebrew Lab (Last Day)
2:30 pm Chavurat Shira
Rehearsal
6:30 pm Exploring Life’s Journey
7 pm Intro to Judiasim
7:30 pm Boy Scout Troop 11
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3:30 pm Homework Club
11 am Passover Yizkor
(Memorial) Service
4:30 pm Hebrew Lab
6 pm Pre-Oneg
6:30 pm Shabbat B’Shir
3:30 pm Homework Club
4:30 pm Hebrew Lab
4:30 pm Hebrew Lab (Last Day)
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IN OUR TEMPLE FAMILY
Mazal Tov
To Ricki and Neil Marglous on the Bar Mitzvah of their grandson, Daniel Marglous, in Houston, Texas.
To Leslye Louis on the birth of her grandson, Theodore (Teddy) London Ashley.
To Robert and Marjie Levy and Constance Levy, on the birth of their granddaughter and great-granddaughter,
Sienna Rose Perlberg, to Matt and Julie Perlberg on February 8. Big sister Madelyn attends our
Deutsch Early Childhood Center.
To Burt Garland, Jr., who is one of 20 St. Louisans
chosen to participate in the nationally acclaimed Wexner Heritage Program,
a two-year program designed to develop and strengthen the skills of current and future
Jewish community leaders. Burt is a member of our Temple Israel Board of Trustees.
To Marlita and Stuart Weiss, who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on March 27.
They are the parents of Michael (Diane) Weiss, Lori (Brad Wainer) Weiss, and Debbie Weiss, and the grandparents
of Allison (Bill Waits) Weiss, Sam Weiss, and Jessie, Zachary, and Carrie Wainer.
To Debbie Schultz, who will receive the inaugural Conference of General Auditors (COGA) Award for Excellence.
Debbie is Audit Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, serves as treasurer of Temple Israel,
and was recently accepted into the Millstone Fellow leadership training program sponsored by the
Jewish Federation’s Millstone Institute. She is one of just two Federal Reserve Bank auditors nationwide
to be chosen for this honor. The award will be presented at the end of April in Washington, D.C.
To Cathy Goldsticker, who has been named to the Board of Kids in the Middle. Cathy is a member of our
Temple Board of Trustees and is a co-director of Brown Smith Wallace’s tax services group.
To Dr. Gordon Bloomberg, who was honored as a Distinguished Clinician by the Washington University School
of Medicine for his contributions to the care of pediatric patients suffering from allergies and asthma.
Todah Rabah
To Our Board of Trustees members who served as Shabbat greeters for March.
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TEMPLE ISRAEL WISH LIST
worth
NOTING
SHABBAT SPONSORS
Our Temple Israel wish list provides opportunities for
congregants to direct a gift to support specific programs,
PRE-ONEG SHABBAT
enhancements, or area of interests.
March 13
Sponsored by
the Feder Family in honor of
Rabbi Michael’s special birthday.
We highlight several opportunities each month.
WISH GRANTED!
Thank you to Joseph Silverman for his generous donation
to sponsor a Preschool Tot Shabbat.
$600 One month’s Tot Shabbat program
$250 Tablet computers for Religious School (10 needed)
$200 One month of Internet service
$200 Sponsor a Shabbat Pre-Oneg
$100
Supplies for one Religious School class.
To fulfill a wish list item, mail a check payable to
Temple Israel to:
TEMPLE ISRAEL WISH LIST
P.O. Box 790379
St. Louis, MO 63179
Donate online by credit card at:
www.ti-stl.org/wishlist.
Please specify the item you are funding. Contributions
will be recognized in future issues of the Dateline,
so please let us know if you prefer to donate anonymously.
For more information, contact Carol Wolf Solomon,
Director of Development and Communications,
[email protected] or 314-432-8050.
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March 20
Sponsored by
David and Martha Aronson and
Laurie and Steve Naturman
in honor of the Ufruf of
Julie Naturman and Rob Aronson.
March 27
Sponsored by
Joy and Gregg Bassett
in honor of Miles Bassett’s Bar Mitzvah
and by
Debra Weiss, Michael and Diane Weiss, and
Lori Weiss and Brad Wainer in honor of the
60th wedding anniversary of their parents,
Stuart and Marlita Weiss.
BIMAH BASKETS
March 27-28
Sponsored by
Miles Bassett
in honor of his Bar Mitzvah.
The baskets will be donated to
Greyhound Companions of Missouri.
We gratefully acknowledge these tributes received as of March 12.
ALLAN AND GLORIA MOLASKY/BARRY AND MARTI SIMON
CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING FUND
In memory of Bernard Bornstein
Marti and Barry Simon
In memory of Jerry Chod
Marti and Barry Simon
In memory of Linda Karasas
Marti and Barry Simon
In memory of Ronnie Chod
Marti and Barry Simon
BERNADINE S. SILVERMAN SENIOR CITIZENS’ FUND
In memory of Edward Press
Teddi and Ted Baumgarten
BROADCAST FUND
In memory of Phyllis Knopf Kourland
Harry Knopf
TEMPLE ISRAEL GENERAL FUND
In memory of Joyce “Toodles” Green
Linda and Jack Fitter
John Robertson Jones
Estelle Kent
In memory of Marian Kanter Goldstein
Robert L. Burg
Emily Evans-Kline and Lee Kine
Julie and Steve Mathes and Family
In memory of Sidney Jacks
Nancy and Ed Solomon
KIRK NACKMAN GARDEN FUND
In memory of Bernard Bloom
Linda and Phil Horwitz, Taylor, Ali and Spencer
In memory of Jerry Chod
Linda and Phil Horwitz, Taylor, Ali and Spencer
DEUTSCH EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER FUND
In memory of Ronnie Chod
Linda and Phil Horwitz, Taylor, Ali and Spencer
In memory of Jeanne Ansehl
Ricki and Neil Marglous
In memory of Marissa Hilman
Linda and Phil Horwitz, Taylor, Ali and Spencer
HARVEY M. GILLERMAN MUSIC AND BOOK FUND
LIVNOT CAMPAIGN FUND
In memory of Marian Kanter Goldstein
Linda G. Kline
In appreciation of Joanne and Dan Schwartz
Shelley Marglous
HELEN AND MYRON SCHWARTZ
ARK AND PRAYER BOOK FUND
LYNNE AND ARNIE COLE URJ CAMP SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Thank you to the following donors who have dedicated one or more
copies of our new Mishkan T’filah prayer book.
In memory of Ron Fenster
Nathan Mayer, Freddie Mayer, Davis Brown and Leo Brown
In memory of Ron Fenster
Susie and Mike Mayer
Amy and Jeff Brown
In memory of Ron Fenster
Susie, Mike, Nathan and Freddie Mayer
In memory of Lynne Cole
Kathleen Coughlan
Mitch, Dave and The Dental Care Alliance Family
Pamela and Michael Dooley
Deborah D. Faust
Kathleen and David Hallberg
Cindy and Scott Harper
Daphne and John Kelly
Amy Lampert
Melissa K. Litz
Elaine Poeu-En
Suzanne and Barry Robins
Hildegard and Herman Rochman
Mary and Robert Scheetz
Joanne and Dan Schwartz
Linda and Wayne Unger
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RABBIS’ DISCRETIONARY FUND
In memory of Shirley Sparks
Perry Sparks
In memory of Joy Esses
The Esses Family
In honor of our trip to Israel and the birth of our great-grandson
Adele and Arthur Litz
In honor of Rob Aronson and Julie Naturman’s wedding
Martha and David Aronson
RABBI MARK AND CAROL SHOOK CAMP UPKEEP FUND
In memory of Michael Santini
Louise Rascovar
SILVERSTEIN EDUCATION FUND
In memory of Merle Silverstein
Drs. Susan and Gregg Berdy
YAHRZEIT FUND
In memory of Ruth Berry
Karen Berry Elbert
In memory of Hattie Bierman
June R. Bierman
In memory of Norma Fox Buckman
Marilyn and Sam Fox
In memory of Shmuel Bukhman
Igor Belotserkovsky
april
TRIBUTES
In memory of Ann Katzenstein
Renee and Alan Fredman
In memory of Emil Lasker
The Lasker Family
In memory of Irene Lederman
Marilyn Zimbalist
In memory of Dr. Ellis Lipsitz
Judy Capes
In memory of loved ones
Debi and Mark Mehlman
In memory of Saul L. Rubin
June R. Bierman
In memory of Moisey Samoylovich
Ella Raber
Maya Samoylovich
In memory of Herbert L. Schermer
Dorothy Schermer
In memory of Hilda Schiffer
Harriette Arkin
In memory of Lori Shelton
Marvin Goldfarb
In memory of Ed Silverman
Sandra S. and Frank Wasserman
In memory of Dave Solomon
Nancy and Ed Solomon
In memory of Grant Cohen
Kathy Cohen
In memory of Carl Spector
Beverly Spector
Stevie and Brian Spector
In memory of Raymond S. Cohen
Phyllis and Stanley Cohen
In memory of Simon Toder
Isabelle Toder
In memory of Lillian Dern
Pamela Dern
In memory of Max “Mickey” Wasserman
Sandy S. and Frank Wasserman
In memory of Kathy Donald
Jeanne Bloom and Family
In memory of Ethel Lee Young
Toby Chod
In memory of Ronald Fenster
Marge Fenster and Family
In memory of Jerome Zellinger
Linda and Richard Sher
In memory of Leslie Grodsky
JoAnn Grodsky and Julie Goldman
In memory of Edith Yudkin Zweig
Rosanne Zweig Abrams
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WHAT’S NEW AT
NEW MT. SINAI?
Spring is a beautiful time of year at New Mt. Sinai
Cemetery. The lush green color has returned and flowers
are in full bloom right now!
To celebrate spring, we’re offering a “Save some Green;
Plant some Green” sale. Temple Israel members will save
an additional 10 percent over the everyday 10 percent
member discount on purchases of property at the
cemetery. This offer is valid until June 30, 2015.
GET CHAI ON TI!
“If you cannot do great things, do small things
in a great way.”
Napoleon Hill
If every Temple Israel member household
gives just $18 (chai) on giveSTLday,
TUESDAY, MAY 5,
Visit New Mt. Sinai and receive a $20 gift card from
Wiethop’s Greenhouse on Barrett Station Road or a pot
of flowers to plant at the cemetery or at your home.
For more details, call the New Mt. Sinai Cemetery office,
314-353-2540.
Dan Brodsky, Executive Director
CONDOLENCES
we will raise more than $15,000
for our congregation in just ONE DAY!
Better yet, consider donating
$18 per family member!
We extend our deepest sympathy to the families of:
HOW DO I DONATE?
Joy Esses
Visit www.givestlday.org any time
from midnight to midnight on Tuesday, May 5,
select Temple Israel from the list of registered
non-profits, and make your donation.
Invite your friends and family to donate, too.
Spread the word on social media. You do not need
to be a TI member, or even live in St. Louis
to participate!
Charlotte Chassin
mother of David (Jody) Chassin
Sidney Jacks
father of Andrew (Judy) Jacks
Allen S. Lasky
brother-in-law of Marvin Gelber
Raisa Nykin
mother-in-law of Jan Nykin
Simon Rosenbaum
brother-in-law of Earl (Essie) Kessler
Gifts are 100 percent tax deductible
and benefit Temple Israel exclusively.
Watch for details to follow.
WALL OF HONOR
A Wall of Honor Memorial has been established for:
Dr. Michael Freiman
dedicated by Sarijane Freiman
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we
March 29 - April 4
Ben M. Berger
Morton Brand
Arnold Harvey Cole
Albert L. Colowick
Dr. Harry Cutler
Jack Dubinsky
William Engel
Joseph A. Epstein
Lory S. Fadem
Fannie Fox
REMEMBER
Hulda Arenson Freund
Emanuel Friedman
Rose Fuchs
Dr. Ira C. Gall
Edith Katcher Glaser
Eugene M. Goldberg
Nathan Goldberg
Pauline Silver Goldman
Nathan Goldring
Harry Goldstein
Herbert V. Goldwasser
Max Hene
Nathan Kahn
William P. Klauber
Samuel Kling
Nathan Koslow
Stella Weiner Kriegshaber
Curt B. Levi
Jerome M. Lipkin
Sol Loewenstein
Norma Ludmerer
Evelyn Orenstein
Louis Abraham Platt
Sara Schermer Poe
Joan W. Rosenblum
Florence Rosenfeld
Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin
Abraham Lewis Schapiro
Sophie Schorsch
Samuel Schuchat
Ralph Sherberg
Julia M. Shuchart
Stephen R. Shuchart
Phillip L. Siteman
Margaret Snider
Theresa Hartmann Stillman
George Studna
Mildred Mae Talman
Elizabeth Waldman
Florence Brown Yalem
Carl Glaser, Jr.
Helen Levin Goldman
Gloria Mintz Goldstein
Jane Bender Goodman
Fred Kling
Blanche Hamburg Komm
Herbert Leuchter
Adolf Levi
Rosalie Levi
Mathilda Levy
Pauline Levy
Ralph Loewenstein
Audrey L. Morganstern
Kathryn Kline Nathan
Jacob M. Pollack
Dr. Samuel Rosenkranz
Rosalind Rovak
Charles Rubenstein
Fred Fuld Sale
Murray A. Schneider
Jack Schuman
Bernadine Silverman
Ben Spasser
Pearl Stolar
Fannie Tannenbaum
Milton E. Tucker
Alvin Bernard Waton
Morris Wax
Sabina Sher Weisman
Jessie Weiss
Carolyn Corinne Wildman
Charlotte Wolff
Virginia Freund
Bertha Ganz
Sybil Goldfarb
Louis S. Goldman
Jane Freund Harris
David Nevin Jacobson
Abe Kohane
Jacob E. Lasky
Janete F. Lieberman
Dr. Susan Strauss Lipschutz
Joan Nackman
Annette Neumetzger
Anna K. Newmark
Solomon Offenbach
Isadore Pass
Rose Putterman
J. Ben Reichman
Dr. Milton Reiser
Nathan George Rochman
Louis J. Ross
Leo L. Rostenberg
Leah Mandel Salinger
Sidney Salinger
Mae Siegel
Celia Siegfried
Ruth B. Smith
Stanley D. Victor
Estelle Washauer
Jacob Wasserman
Moses Mayer Weiss
Audrey S. Weissman
Bessie Ruth Wenneker
Alan Winnerman
Lester Wittels
Adlyne Schoenstadt Freund
Joe R. Glassman
Audrey Glovinsky
Ralph Philipson Goldsticker
Harry Holtzman
Ralph Kalish
William Katz
Donald M. Kessler
Martin S. Kosberg
Louis J. Losos
Simon Losos
Mina K. Lowenstein
George W. Milius
Morris Missler
Dorothy Molasky
Robert Nassauer
Marvin Schmidt
Leo Schwab
Jeanne Seidler
Clifford Allan Shanfeld
Lori R. Shanfeld
Fred Suffian
Jean Yawitz
Leo Frank
Mollie S. Gelb
Morris (Mosh) Glaser
Rosalie Kleinhauser Glaser
Goldie Goldstein
Nat J. Green
Dr. David W. Helman
Jerry Kaiser
Elias Kaplan
Clarence A. Kohner
Joseph Kutten
Edgar Lloyd Levin
Ralph Lowenbaum
Lois H. Martin
Betty Ellman Packman
Samuel Morton Prince
Albert Rothschild
Louis G. Rothschild
Amy N. Sale
Minnie Kramer Schiele
Dr. Seymour Schlansky
Betty Schneider
Maxine Ruth Schucart
Elizabeth Silverstein
Harry H. Soffer
Eli Stein
Joseph Leon Wax
April 5 - 11
David Baron
Samuel T. Brown
Daniel R. Cohen
Ethel C. Dubinsky
Michael Fadem
Sara “Lassie” Zar Frager
Carol Frank
Jack M. Gelfanbaum
April 12 - 18
Harry Alschuler
Dr. Albert E. Auer
Della B. Berger
Samuel Berliner
Sidney Dennis
Arthur A. Epstein
Richard I. Ferer
Harold Fishman
Max Fox
April 19 -25
Bessie Berger
Ralph Blumberg
Eli Cohen
Manuel Coppersmith
Eunice S. Dreyer
Ida E. Edison
Eva Hiken Feld
Theresa Fremder
April 26 - May 2
Sylvia Altman
Sarah Shapiro Balk
Mendel Bender
Helen Meyer Carroll
Phyllis R. Dubinsky
Irma Weil Eiseman
Elaine C. Fischman
Etta Frager
Julius Frank
Charles David Weaver
Birdie Kaminer Wegusen
Morris L. Whyman
Herman Willer
These names have been lovingly inscribed for a Wall of Honor or Perpetual Memorial. To establish a Perpetual
or Wall of Honor memorial for a loved one, please contact Sydney Masin at [email protected] or 314-432-8050.
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GIVE-A-MEAL-A-MONTH
For the month of April, the
Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry is looking
LISTEN TO
SERVICES LIVE!
for these specific items in order to assist the
Live audio broadcasts of Shabbat and holiday worship
community in need:
services at Temple Israel make our worship accessible
Canned Tuna Fish and Canned Salmon,
to those who are homebound.
Peanut Butter, Canned Chili/Beef/Pasta
To listen by phone:
with Meat, Kosher Food,
Dial 1-800-846-4808, enter account code 8053.
Any Type of Canned Vegetables, Toothpaste,
Toothbrushes and Baby Diapers
To listen online:
Visit www.ti-stl.org/listen
Items should be brought to our collection site by
We are grateful to the generous donors
the May Chapel. For further information, please
to our Broadcast Fund who make these
contact Louise Levine, 636-227-1259.
broadcasts possible.
TEMPLE ISRAEL DATELINE
TEMPLE ISRAEL DATELINE
April 2015
Nisan / Iyar 5775
Volume XXXIV / Number 7
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Carol Wolf Solomon, Director of Development and Communications
Amanda Radman, Director of Membership and Special Events
Marisa Reby, Special Events Coordinator
OFFICERS
Dee Mogerman, President
David Chassin, Vice President
Carol Cohen, Vice President
Harvey Harris, Vice President
Jeremy Shook, Vice President
Michael Weiss, Vice President
Neil Marglous, Secretary
Pamela Dern, Assistant Secretary
Debbie Schultz, Treasurer
Jeffrey Stern, Assistant Treasurer
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