October 2015 - Congregation Beth Ahm



October 2015 - Congregation Beth Ahm
Congregation Beth Ahm
FALL 2015
Yoga Shabbat
Friday, October 30
What’s Inside?
B’nai Mitzvah
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Hanukkah Party
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Nancy Kaplan Page 5
Bet Midrash
Traditional Kabbalat Shabbat services will begin at 6:00 p.m.
with a family Shabbat experience beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Dinner to follow at approximately 7:00 p.m.
Then, join Shawn Broida from Yoga Now, as she leads us in breathing
and movement exercises that will help us relax and enjoy Shabbat.
Prior yoga experience is not required. Wear comfortable clothes.
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Calendar of Events
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In Loving Memory
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Fall 2015 XXXIX No. 2
Tishrei - Heshvan - Kislev - Tevet 5776
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Get Involved $20 for dinner ages 13 and up
with a maximum of $50 per household. Children 12 and under are generously sponsored by
the Nadis Family Fund.
Advanced registration to 248-851-6880 or [email protected]
is required before October 26.
B’nai Mitzvah
Stella Eve Skolnik, daughter of
Michele Freind and Bruce Skolnik, will
be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah
on October 10, 2015. Her proud sisters
are Maya and Nora Skolnik. Along with
her grandmothers Marcia Freind and
Marla Skolnik, many of Stella’s friends
will celebrate with her. Stella is in the 7th
grade at Hillel Day School. Her mitzvah
projects focused at the Detroit-based Peer Corps, volunteering at the
St. Joseph Health Center and D-town Farms.
Julia Grace Klein will become a Bat Mitzvah
on October 24, 2015. Julia is the daughter of
Andy and Marci Klein and sister to Sofia. Proud
grandparents are Sharon Klein, Paul and Phyllis
Schneider and the late Ernie Klein. Julia is a
student at Hillel Day School. She is a black belt
in Tae Kwon Do and enjoys playing with her two
golden retrievers (Hunter and Charlie), being
with friends and going to Lions games. For her
Mitzvah project she volunteered with the Kids
Kicking Cancer organization.
Isabel Anne Jacobson will be called
to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on
Saturday, November 14, 2015. Isabel
is the daughter of Lilly and Howard
Jacobson, and sister to Natalie,
Emma and Mia. Proud grandparents
are Nancy and Joseph Jacobson.
Izzy is a seventh grade student at
Hillel Day School. Her interests
include music, ice skating, reading
and spending time with friends and family. For her mitzvah project,
she is raising money for the Farber Soul Center by selling keychains
and bracelets handcrafted by artists with special needs.
Itamar Raniel Moltz will become a Bar Mitzvah
on November 21, 2015. Itamar is the beloved
son of Dahlia Schwartz and Kathleen Moltz
and brother to Aliana Schwartz. His
delighted grandparents are Judith and
Raphael Schwartz, Ruth Moltz and Morton
Moltz z’l. Itamar is homeschooled and
attends the Oakland Open Homeschool
Group where he runs an art club. He takes
dance lessons, and spends his summers at
Habonim Dror Camp Tavor.
Jacob Kramer Ellenbogen (Yaachov
Avram) will celebrate becoming a Bar
Mitzvah Saturday October 17, 2015.
Joining in his celebration are his parents,
Aaron and Jennifer Ellenbogen, his
brother Henry and sister Laura, and
proud grandparents, Richard and Gail
Ellenbogen and Robert and Judee
Sternberg. Jacob is an eighth grader at
Hillel Day School. Jacob participated
in many meaningful mitzvah projects,
including going to Clark Park in Detroit
with Peercorps. Jacob enjoys playing
hockey, running cross country and sports in general. He also
enjoys spending the summers at camp and hanging out with his
​ asie Elizabeth Menuck will
become a Bat Mitzvah on
November 14, 2015. Casie is the
youngest daughter of Jill and
Craig Menuck and awesome little
sister of Jamie and Miles. She
is so lucky to be surrounded by
loving and proud grandparents
Phoebe and Harris Mainster
and Allen and Dorothy Menuck.
Casie remembers with love her Nana, Jackie Menuck. Casie is a
student at Hillel Day School. She is very active at the Friendship
Circle and her mitzvah projects include raising money to support
the new Farber Soul Center.
Joseph Asher Adelman will become a Bar
Mitzvah on November 20, 2015. Joseph
is the son of Brian Adelman and Annette
Ferber Adelman, and brother to Madeline,
Jonah, and Isabella Adelman. Proud
grandparents are Jack Adelman and the
late Rhoda Adelman, and Fred and
Miriam Ferber. Joey is a student at
Berkshire Middle School. He enjoys
sports, camp, music, and hanging out
with his friends. For his mitzvah project he
will be helping deliver food for Yad Ezra.
Family Events
Family Book Club
Families with children ages 9-11 are invited to join our new book club. In partnership with Bnai
Moshe and Bnai Israel, we’ll focus on 4 books from the PJ Our Way collection. Each session will
include a book discussion, activity and lunch.
Sunday, October 18
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
We’ll meet in the library of the West Bloomfield JCC to talk about the book Jordan and the
Dreadful Golem. A pizza lunch will be served.
Sunday, November 15
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
We’ll meet at Beth Ahm to talk about the book The Time Tunnel. Lunch will be provided.
Contact Elissa Berg at 248-851-6880 or [email protected] to RSVP and to receive information
about how to enroll in PJ Our Way and receive your free books. The book club is generously
funded by a Berman Jewish Family Education Grant.
Spin the Dreidel and Light the Lights
At Beth Ahm’s Hanukkah Party
Join us on the fourth night of Hanukkah
Wednesday, December 9
6:00 p.m. - Bring a menorah and candles to participate in candlelighting with your congregational family.
Games, arts & crafts, and making a delicious Chanukiyah cookie for dessert.
6:30 p.m. - Dinner featuring Beth Ahm’s famous “latke bar”, traditional & sweet potato latkes with
applesauce, sour cream, mushrooms in wine sauce, cranberry sauce, and other creative toppings.
$5 per person
Kids 3 and under are free
Advanced registration to 248-851-6880 or [email protected]
is required by Friday, December 4.
Co-sponsored by the Sisterhood & Men’s Club
Join Rabbi Steven Rubenstein for:
Tot Shabbat at 10:45 a.m.
Parents and/or grandparents are invited to attend with their pre-schoolers!
Birthday Shabbat
Kids will join us for end of service in the main sanctuary to receive a special
blessing and gift during their birthday month.
October 3: Tot Shabbat & Birthday Shabbat
November 21: Tot Shabbat & Birthday Shabbat
December 12: Tot Shabbat & Birthday Shabbat
RSVP to Rabbi Rubenstein at 248-851-6880 or [email protected]
Events & Happenings
Karaoke Night
Saturday, October 17 at 8:00 p.m.
Share an evening of song and laughs with the Men’s Club and
Sisterhood. Take the stage, grab the mic, and show your hidden
talents. Snacks, beverages and spirits will be provided. RSVP to
Marni Foster at [email protected]
For adults age 21 and over.
No charge
Sponsored by the Men’s Club & Sisterhood
Join Sisterhood at the JCC Bookfair
Tuesday, November 10 at 2:00 p.m.
“Those Secrets we Keep” by Emily Liebert
When three women unite for a three-week-long summer vacation in beautiful Lake George, New York,
even with the idyllic location as their backdrop, the tensions begin to mount. They quickly discover that
no secret can be kept forever.
Co-sponsored by the Beth Ahm Sisterhood
Football, Food and Fun with the Men’s Club
Sunday, November 15 from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
At the home of Steve King
26825 West 14 Mile Road
Franklin, MI 48025
Watch the Lions versus the Packers on a big screen, play cards or just hang out! A catered lunch will be
served Dish Kosher Cuisine and there will be plenty of pop and munchies. BYOB.
$18 per person. You can pay in advance or at the door, but please RSVP no later than November 6 to
Ronn Nadis at [email protected]
Please make checks payable to Congregation Beth Ahm’s Men’s Club and drop off or mail to the
synagogue office at 5075 West Maple Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48322.
Please write Men’s Club Football on the envelope.
Game Night
Saturday, December 5 at 8:00 p.m.
Join the Sisterhood and Men’s Club for an evening of games with friends. Bring your mahj or canasta
set, a favorite board game, or join a friendly game of cards. Snacks, beverages and spirits will be
provided. RSVP to Terri Stearn at [email protected] or 248-672-3207. For adults age 21 and over.
No charge
Sponsored by the Men’s Club & Sisterhood
In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem
Sunday, October 25 at 4:00 p.m.
Join us for an afternoon celebrating Yiddish heritage through storytelling and song. This new film
Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem combines Bikel’s charismatic
storytelling and masterful performances with a broader exploration of Aleichem’s remarkable life and
work. It is full of wisdom, warmth, laughter and tears as it spills forth a fountain brimming with Yiddish
Free and open to the community. Sponsored by the Regina and Walter Litt Jewish Music Fund.
Film provided by the National Center for Jewish Film.
Synagogue News
Mazal Tov and Yasher Koach to:
Ila & Leslie Schonberg and Family on the birth of their grandson Binyamin Aaron Schonberg.
Lois & Mark Langberg and Family on the engagement of their daughter Laura Langberg to Anson Smuts.
Brooke & Sean Steingold on the birth of their daughter Juniper Ruby Steingold.
Proud grandparents are Debbie & Rob Steingold.
Anita & Dennis Blender and Family on the birth of their granddaughter Madeline Reese Stern.
Mildred & Edward Rosenbaum on the birth of their twin great grandchildren
Ziev and Noga Spinner and the birth of their great grandson Oz Katz.
Mildred & Edward Rosenbaum on the marriage of their grandson
Danny Spinner to Avigayil Rachamim.
Kimberly & Steven Siegler and Family on the birth of their granddaughter Poppy Elizabeth Kraft.
Proud great grandmother is Elaine Siegler.
Warren Tessler and Family on the Bar Mitzvah of his grandson Jonah Zisholtz in New York.
Zita & Don Kirsch and Family on the marriage of their granddaughter Anne Kirsch to Michael Engler.
Shirley Cykiert and Family on the marriage of her grandson Ryan Cykiert to Stephanie Davis.
Maxine Berman on her upcoming induction into the Michigan’s Women’s Hall of Fame on October 29, 2015.
Honoring Nancy Kaplan
Saturday, December 12
As Nancy Kaplan transitions into a new role with
the congregation, we celebrate her contributions
over the last 9 years. In recognition of Nancy’s
service to Beth Ahm and her passion for Jewish
education, the congregation is invited to a
Shabbat of learning on December 12. Shabbat
lunch will be sponsored in her honor and will be
followed by mincha, an afternoon of learning,
and havdallah.
Dues and other donations paid to Beth Ahm may be
deductible on your federal tax return. Please consult
with your tax advisor. In order for a donation to be
included on your 2015 tax return, your check or credit
card payment must be received before
the end of the year.
Please note that our office will close at 1:00 p.m. on
Thursday, December 31st.
All payments must be received prior to closing in
order to be reflected on your 2015 Charitable
Contribution Statement that will be mailed to you in
January 2016.
Welcome to
our Newest Members
Anton Babushkin
Kate and David Kurzmann
Susan and Larry Rothstein
Joe Besser and Bailey Torvinen
Matthew Kurzmann
Kathy and Michael Rothstein
Faye Braverman
Alexa and Neal Lepsetz
Beverly and Larry Sabbath
Michael, Talia, and Gabriel Cohen
Allison and Bradley Levick
Abby Segal
Nina, Arnie, Shira and Jonah Harris
Jill, Craig, Miles, Jamie and
Casie Menuck
Samantha and Michael Shapiro
Belle and Alan Kimmel
Rena and Dave Kresch
Lisa, Matthew, Lucas, and
Bella Papsin
Daniel and Ryan Warsch
Karyn, Barrett, Luke and Dane Zeff
Synagogue News
We Extend our Condolences to:
Leslie (Ila) Schonberg and Family on the passing of
his mother Ann Schonberg.
lene (Shimon Amir) Lubin and Family on the passing of
her mother Irene Lubin.
Julie (Shaul) Englender and Family on the passing of
her father Dr. Mayer Subrin.
Julia (Beth Greenapple) Pais, Nadav Pais-Greenapple,
Joseph Pais and Family on the passing of their mother and
grandmother Florence G. Pais.
The Family of Joseph Mermelstein on his passing.
Janis Feingold and Family on the passing of
her mother Beverly Travis.
Deborah (Richard), Daniel and Jonathan Warsh and Family on
the passing of their brother and uncle Ronald Urbach.
Burton (Phyllis) Applebaum and Family on the passing of
his brother Lee Applebaum.
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Simchat Torah Celebration
Monday, October 5
6:30 p.m. - Minha and a special
Simchat Torah celebration for tots
7:00 p.m. - Hakafot, dancing with the
Torahs, singing, ice cream and more!
Sponsored in memory of Evelyn
Silverman by Lois & Mark Langberg
and Lynn & Warren Silverman.
Publication Statement
Adult Education
Thumin Bet Midrash
An adult learning collaborative
sponsored by
Congregation Beth Ahm and B’nai Israel Synagogue
Mondays, October 12, 19, 26 & November 2, 9 16, 23, 30
7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Tuition: $50
All classes meet at Congregation Beth Ahm, 5075 West Maple Road in West Bloomfield
Choose one of the following courses:
Jewish Family Life Through the Ages
Instructor: Dr. Mitch Parker
The primary goal of this seven week course is to use primary texts to look at the
continuities and discontinuities of Jewish family life from Biblical times to the
present. We will investigate the roles and expectations of grandparents,
parents, sons and daughters in the maintenance of the family and analyze how
cultural, political and religious changes and stresses may have precipitated
change over the course of time. We will listen to the words and insights of our
ancestors as we try to understand what advice they can offer the members of the
Jewish family today.
Dr. Mitch Parker is a child clinical psychologist with an office in Bloomfield Hills. He has devoted his
professional career to work with the families of children with developmental and learning challenges. He is
also a veteran community educator. In June he completed a study of the Torah entitled “Torah Line by Line”
with a group of students who met weekly for 10 years beginning with Genesis 1:1 and ending with the last verse
in Deuteronomy.
Chieftains, Warlords, and Terrorists: Beyond ‘Judges’
Instructor: Rabbi Stephen Belsky
The Biblical book of Shoftim (“Judges”) describes a time of turbulence in Ancient
Israel, between the Conquest by Joshua and the rise of the Monarchy with King
Saul and King David. Each tribe saw to its own affairs, sought its own goals, and
committed its own sins. Add to this mix spiritual turmoil and an almost constant
threat of war from nearby nations, and the time was ripe for the appearance of
a varied assortment of local leaders with the inspiration, desire, and/or chutzpah
to save the day. Who were these “Judges”? Who did they judge, who did they
fight, and who or what did they fight for? Through a close reading of their stories, we will explore
these questions, as well as what lessons each of them can teach us personally and religiously today.
Rabbi Stephen Belsky is a graduate of the Educators Program at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in
Jerusalem, and was ordained by Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School in New York. He has taught
classes to both adults and children in the New York City area and here in Michigan, and has lectured at
synagogues throughout the country.
Advanced registration is required to Alison Blau at 248-851-6880 or [email protected]
TOSAT & Dish Kosher Cuisine
TIKKUN OLAM SOCIAL ACTION TEAM (TOSAT) – Dedicated to Improving the World
Every year our Tikkun Olam Action Team (TOSAT) is involved with several activities that support our community. We’d love to have you be a
part of these mitzvahs. Here are a few volunteer opportunities we hope you will consider:
On Sunday, November 15, we will once again be delivering groceries for Yad Ezra clients. We need 3-4 teams of 2 people. If you haven’t
done this before, there is a great joy in helping out seniors who cannot get groceries on their own. You meet at Yad Ezra and are given
names and addresses and the groceries to be delivered. This usually takes 1-2 hours. If you are interested or would like more information
please contact Judy Vine at [email protected] or 248-303-6201.
Each Chanukah we work with Jewish Family Services to purchase gifts for their clients in need. There are many ways you can be a part of
this tradition:
1. Make a donation of “chai”, or any amount that is right for you. Please put Chanukah/JFS in the memo line of your check made out to
Congregation Beth Ahm. Your donations will allow us to buy new clothes, books and toys, etc.
2. Jewish family services will give us a list of what each family needs. We need shoppers to stretch our dollars as far as possible.
3. Then we wrap the gifts and deliver them to JFS. Be part of this fun team effort!
On December 25, Jewish Federation has a long tradition of recruiting volunteers for Mitzvah Day. Many of you are already a part of that
tradition. This year we would like to have a Beth Ahm Team be part of this community wide event. There are a wide variety of volunteer
opportunities and I will help coordinate them with the Federation. What a great way to help our neighbors.
For more information on any of these mitzvah activities, or to sign up, please contact Debi King at [email protected] or 248-224-5773.
Thanks in advance for your support!
Upcoming Yad Ezra Delivery Dates:
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Sunday, March 6, 2016
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Debi King
[email protected]
The time is ripe to start planning a holiday party. We will tailor a menu to fill your wants and fit your budget. Forget the
headaches and hassles; we are a one stop shop – delicious food, friendly servers, colorful linens, and practical china.
From a simple drop off to something more elaborate, we are thrilled to serve you! In addition to your home or office, don’t
forget Beth Ahm’s newly renovated social hall and lobby for your gathering.
An upcoming event at Beth Ahm that you won’t want to miss is the Chanukah party on December 9 with our famous
“Latke Bar” featuring regular and sweet potato latkes with many, many toppings. Let your creativity soar with multiple
flavor combinations. Let us know what you think would make a great latke topping and we will add it to this year’s dinner!
Please enjoy our sweet potato latke recipe:
3 lbs sweet potatoes (4-5 potatoes)
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
3 large eggs
Vegetable oil for frying
1. Grate the sweet potatoes.
2. Add onions, flour, salt, pepper, and beaten eggs.
3. Mix all ingredients in large mixing bowl.
4. Heat sauté pan with vegetable oil.
5. Drop 2 tablespoons of latke mixture into pan; fry until golden brown.
6. Remove latke to drain on a paper towel then serve or hold in a warm oven.
Our favorite toppings are marshmallow fluff and honey margarine with toasted pecans.
You may reach us:
• by phone at 248.539.8825 • by fax at 248.539.1745
• by email at [email protected]
• through our website at www.dishkoshercuisine.com
We can’t wait to hear from you!
Minyan Matters
Message from the President
Dear Friends,
As was mentioned in the previous synagogue bulletin, I assumed the role of minyan coordinator replacing Nancy Kaplan on September 1.
My wife Marilynn and I have been very actively involved in synagogue life in the community for more than thirty-five years, most recently
coming to Congregation Beth Ahm in 2012. Over that time I have come to understand the importance of daily minyan to a synagogue
community. So, it was somewhat easy to say “yes” when I was asked to take on the minyan coordinator responsibilities.
Our shul is dedicated to continuing its tradition of a strong daily minyan, both mornings and evenings. It is due to the participation of more
than one hundred dedicated volunteers. It allows those who are grieving the loss of a loved one or who are saying kaddish on the
anniversary of the death of a loved one to recite the Mourner’s Kaddish.
The number of participants fluctuates over time as new mourners begin their period of mourning while others complete theirs. So, there is a
continuing need and opportunity for new participants to get involved and help keep our minyan strong.
I encourage you to join our minyan team as a regular attendee (e.g.
one morning or evening a week) or as an on-call volunteer. Most
morning minyans run 35-40 minutes while evening minyans run 15-20
If you join us, you will not regret it. You will be doing a mitzvah, feel a
sense of community and know that you are helping to continue an
important Jewish tradition. As an added bonus, there is the
camaraderie of a minyan breakfast if you are able to be a morning
To volunteer or for more information, please call or email me.
I wish you and your family a sweet, healthy
and happy New Year!
Drop In and Learn on DVD
Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in the Teen Lounge
Free and open to the community
no reservations needed, all welcome
Starting October 7 – “Jewish Philosophy Matters”
4-part series featuring Professor Howard Lupovitch –
originally presented at Beth Ahm in January 2015
Starting November 4 – “Why Evil Exists”
36-lecture series featuring Professor Charles Mathewes,
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
at the University of Virginia. We will watch two 30-minute
lectures each week, followed by brief informal discussion.
No session Wednesday, November 25 (Thanksgiving Week)
Rick Emmer
[email protected]
Shabbat Times
Shabbat ends
October 2 - 6:55 p.m.
October 3 - 7:54 p.m.
October 9 - 6:43 p.m.
October 10 - 7:42 p.m.
October 16 - 6:32 p.m.
October 17 - 7:31 p.m.
October 23 - 6:21 p.m.
October 24 - 7:21 p.m.
October 30 - 6:11 p.m.
October 31 - 7:12 p.m.
November 6 - 5:02 p.m.
November 7 - 6:04 p.m.
November 13 - 4:55 p.m.
November 14 - 5:57 p.m.
November 20 - 4:49 p.m.
November 21 - 5:52 p.m.
November 27 - 4:44 p.m.
November 28 - 5:49 p.m.
December 4 - 4:42 p.m.
December 5 - 5:48 p.m.
December 11 - 4:42 p.m.
December 12 - 5:48 p.m.
December 18 - 4:43 p.m.
December 19 - 5:50 p.m.
December 25 - 4:47 p.m.
December 26 - 5:54 p.m.
Each week’s session includes informal discussion facilitated by
Nancy Kaplan. For more information contact Nancy
at 248-737-1931 or
[email protected] or visit www.cbahm.org
Service Times
Daily Minyan
Monday – Thursday: 7 a.m. & 7 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. & 6 p.m.
Sunday & Major Legal Holidays: 9 a.m. & 5 p.m.
* Weekday morning minyan starts at 6:45 a.m. on Rosh Hodesh
and Hanukkah (Tuesday, October 13, Wednesday, October 14,
Thursday, November 12, Friday, November 13)
Shabbat Services
Kabbalat Shabbat & Ma’ariv – Friday 6 p.m.
Shabbat Morning – Saturday 9:30 a.m.
Shabbat MinhaOctober
Minha 5:00 p.m.
November 7
Minha 4:45 p.m.
Maariv 5:50 p.m.
November 14
Minha 4:30 p.m.
Maariv 5:45 p.m.
November 21
Minha 4:30 p.m.
Maariv 5:40 p.m.
November 28
Minha 4:15 p.m.
Maariv 5:35 p.m.
Minha 1:00 p.m.
High Holiday Donors
High Holiday pledges support the ritual, social, and educational programs that enrich us and help fund the operation of our
synagogue throughout the year. As of September 24, the following people have made pledges totaling $167,112. However,
this amount is $10,888 below our budgeted goal. To make your holiday commitment or to increase your pledge, please
contact David Goodman at 248-851-6880. Tzedakkah of all amounts are welcome and will help us achieve our mission of
providing enriching experiences for you and your family. Thank you for your generosity.
Nancy Aal
Dora Ackerman
Jeffrey & Nancy Adler
Mark & Laura Adler
Sandor & Ilana Adler
Tom & Chava Adler
Gladys Allen
Freda Arlow
Miles & Deede Auster
Tom Barth
Elliot & Ronni Baum
Andrew & Janet Belsky
Arnold Berman
Maxine Berman
Jeffrey & Sari Blackman
Matthew Blackman
Andrew Baskin
Mitchell Blackman
Sidney & Linda Blackman
Larry & Nancy Bluth
Al & Lillian Bricker
Paul & Bella Brookenthal
Maurice & Doris Chandler
Manny & Natalie Charach
Barbara Cohen
Marc & Julie Cohen
Paul and Cheryl Darmon
Martin & Debra Darvick
Maurice Karen Davidson
Steven & Esther Davidson
Hilde Dreifus
Margot Efros
David & Elizabeth Elkus
Aaron & Jennifer Ellenbogen
Richard & Marilynn Emmer
Shaul & Julie Englender
Jill Farber
Leonard & Dolores Farber
David & Susan Feber
Janis Feingold
Joseph & Frances Fetter
Neil Fetter
Graham & Susan Fishman
Howard & Karen Frehsee
Jack & Ilene Friedman
Vivian Friedman
Manny & Sandy Glazier
Alex & Cheryl Goldis
Jason & Marla Golnick
Ariel Golnick
Rayna Golnick
David & Annise Goodman
Sara Goodman
Benoit & Evelyn Gorge
Rich & Jody Grossman
Peter & Amy Harvey
Joyce Herman
James & Sherry Hobson
David & Andrea Jacobson
Howard & Lilly Jacobson
Joseph & Nancy Jacobson
Ron & Linda Jedwab
Charlotte Jonap
David & Terry Kahan
Douglas & Ilene Kahan
Jeffrey & Tammy Kahan
Manny & Nancy Kalef
Paul Kales
Steven Kalt & Robert Heeren
Alon & Shari Kaufman
Chuck & Jane Kessler
Alan & Belle Kimmel
Steven & Deborah King
Donald & Zita Kirsch
Edward & Betty Klein
Sharon Klein
Salo & Sue Korn
Brian & Nancy Kott
David & Charlene Kott
Dave & Rena Kresch
Daniel & Lisa Kurzmann
Mark & Lois Langberg
Noel & Judith Lawson
Alexander & Svetlana Lebedinski
Arthur Lebedinski
Daniel Lebedinski
Harry & Debra Lebovic
Phyllis Levin
Norman & Robin Lewis
Peter & Janice LeWitt
Rene & Catherine Lichtman
Thomas & Agnes Lugosi
Marsha Lynn
Harris & Phoebe Mainster
Howard & Elizabeth Manela
Hannah Manela
Joshua Manela
Zachary Manela
Charles Mason
Reuben & Rachel Maxbauer
Mark & Theresa Migdal
Bea Mondry
Barry & Elayne Moss
Maxwell & Sara Nadis
Sidney Neuman
David Newman
Libby Newman
Irving & Barbara Nusbaum
Robert & Lori Nusbaum
Gail Offen
Maurice & Margi Opperer
Michael and Marilyn Rice
Edward & Millie Rosenbaum
Henry & Ilene Rubin
Hershel & Dorothy Sandberg
Michael & Marla Schmitz
Dahlia Schwartz & Kathleen Moltz
David & Alyse Schwartz
Asa & Sara Shapiro
Edward Shapiro
Evan & Sheri Shapiro
Harvey & Helen Shapiro
Joel Shapiro
Mickey Shapiro
Steven & Margie Shapiro
Marc & Shelley Shindler
Lawrence Shook
Jeffrey & Alesa Silver
Jorge & Beth Singman
Bruce & Susan Sitron
Bruce Skolnik & Michele Freind
Arthur & Dotty Smith
Jerry & Marilyn Soble
Marc Soble
Sherwin & Barbara Sokolov
James and Suzanne Sondheimer
Todd & Terri Stearn
Robert & Deborah Steingold
Noah & Illana Stern
Harold & Shirley Strom
David & Karen Stryk
Steven & Polina Stryk
Jason & Gillian Tamaroff
Jeffrey & Sandi Tamaroff
Marvin & Claire Tamaroff
Warren Tessler
Goldie Topper
Steven & Janice Traison
Carl & Nety User
William Vine & Karol Friedman
Sandra Vine-Sirlin
Cherie Warsaw
Jeffrey & Sari Weiss
Joshua Weiss
Roberta Weisswasser
Rosalyn Winer
Douglas & Margo Woll
Linda Wright
Jerry & Rochelle Zabel
Harvey & Anita Zalesin
Timothy & Sara Zivian Zwickl
Message from the Rabbi
Attention and Distraction
Perhaps the teenager who used his cell phone to order a pizza for Break The Fast from the lobby of Beth
Ahm in the late afternoon wasn’t at Kol Nidre services the night before. (For the parents who are starting to
feel a bit mortified---I didn’t see this happen, but heard about it with no names attached.) You may remember
that I took the opportunity at Kol Nidre to both remind and teach people that they should not use their cell
phones in synagogue on Yom Kippur (or Shabbat and other holidays). Perhaps he was just so hungry, that
he forgot what I had said or chose not to listen (teenagers do that sometimes, I’ve heard). Regardless of the
reason, I want to take the opportunity to revisit what I said at Kol Nidre because I believe that it could
actually make a difference in our lives long before next Kol Nidre.
What I said at Kol Nidre is that we owe it to ourselves and the community in the synagogue to not use cell
phones in shul on Yom Kippur. We owe it to ourselves because we are meant to leave the distractions that can come from using them
outside while we focus on the important things we need to accomplish together on the holiday---introspection and prayer within a
communal context. We owe it to others because in order to create a space where introspection and prayer can happen we need the
cooperation and dedicated attention of everyone in the room.
As you already know, being in synagogue on Yom Kippur is not the only time or place that focus and attention are called for. So many of us
find ourselves distracted when we should be focused on the people in front of us, the work in front of us, or the opportunities in front of us.
During Yom Kippur, I quoted from a piece called ‘Write The Letter’ by Rabbi Ed Feinstein. In encouraging us to write down the wisdom we
have learned over the course of our lives, Rabbi Feinstein teaches:
Modernity has brought us many gifts. But one of the casualties of modernity is contemplation. Our ancestors lived in a much slower world.
They had time to think, to dream. So we live exhausted from day to day, from appointment to project to vacation and back again, without
ever stopping to wonder why and without the chance to grow in wisdom.
Yom Kippur is one of those easy times to slow down and to think because you are in a space which encourages you to do so. (If you are
looking for a weekly opportunity for this, Shabbat is the answer.)
I don’t know if people took my message/request that they not use cell phones in the synagogue on Yom Kippur to heart or not; it is a bit
hard to tell from the front of the Sanctuary. I hope that Yom Kippur provided you just the right opportunity and experience that you needed.
And I hope that you will find ways to make space—both physical and mental—for contemplation, growth, and celebration in the coming
Rabbi Steven Rubenstein
248-851-6880 ext. 17
[email protected]
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History is building a database that includes
service/burial information of Jewish veterans. If you
would like to have your loved one included in this
database, please contact Rabbi Rubenstein for a simple
form that you can fill out and mail to the museum.
Get Involved
Involvement in synagogue life is very rewarding. By
becoming active on a committee, you deepen your
connection with Beth Ahm and have role in the operation of
your synagogue. Men’s Club, Sisterhood, and TOSAT are
great opportunities for involvement along with these
Adult Education – Assists in developing unique and
captivating educational programs.
Membership – Enhances the membership experience
through inreach and outreach activities.
Greeters – Makes members and guests feel welcome
and comfortable while at Beth Ahm.
Ritual – Reviews our ritual practices and programs and
develops actions to enhance our ritual observances.
Young Adult – Facilitates a chavurah of 21-40 year olds who
share friendship and life experiences.
Family Programming – Promotes Jewish family
experiences through social and educational programs.
To learn more about these and committees and how to get
involved, contact David Goodman at [email protected]
or 248-851-6880.
Calendar of Events
October 2015
Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit
D. Dan & Betty Kahn Building • 6600 W. Maple Rd.
West Bloomfield, MI • 48322 • 248.432.5579
Just Desserts
with Darcel Deneau, Joan Schwartz
and Ruth Tyszka
October 25-December 10
Opening Reception: 1-4 pm. Sunday, October 25
Artists of diverse backgrounds and career paths draw a common
thread as they explore dichotomy and congruity between the
crust and the filling: the exterior and the interior; expectation and
reality; perception and truth.
Works range from oil paintings, mosaic and assemblage
sculpture and installation.
5 Shemini Atzeret
6 Simchat Torah
10 Stella Skolnik Bat Mitzvah
11 Sisterhood planning meeting
17 Jacob Ellenbogen Bar Mitzvah
Karaoke night with the Men’s Club and Sisterhood
18 Family book club
24 Julie Klein Bat Mitzvah
25 In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem
30 Shabbat dinner and Jewish yoga
November 2015
10 14 Men’s Club planning meeting
Sisterhood tea
Sisterhood event at the JCC book fair
Isabel Jacobson Bat Mitzvah
Casie Menuck Bat Mitzvah
15 Family book club
Men’s Club football party
Yad Ezra deliveries
20 Joseph Adelman Bar Mitzvah
21 Itamar Moltz Bar Mitzvah
Birthday and tot Shabbat
Alex Roskowski
in the Side Gallery
December 2015
Alex Roskowski works to revitalize the
lost art of stained glass and, inspired by
Art Nouveau masters, creates pieces
that allow viewers to escape their daily
routines and fall into a magical land of
endless color.
The Janice Charach Gallery is open
from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. on Sundays.
For information, call the gallery at 248-432-5448,
go to www.jccdet.org or visit the
Janice Charach Gallery on Facebook.
The Gallery is open to the general public at no admission.
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5 Game night with the Men’s Club and sisterhood
9 Hanukkah party
12 Shabbat honoring Nancy Kaplan
Birthday and tot Shabbat
Recurring Events
Drop In & Learn - Judaica on DVD
Every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. in the Teen Lounge
Free and open to the community.
No reservations required, walk-ins welcome.
See page 9 for more information.
Conversation Café
Every Thursday from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Beth Ahm
Join Rabbi Rubenstein for a weekly conversation
about ideas, community, politics and society.
Something new each week.
Come every week or just drop in.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
October Birthdays
Laura Berg
Natalie Jacobson
Ari Kurzmann
Zachary Darmon
Eli LeWitt
Jack Sobel
Mildred Chad
Edward Rosenbaum
Mark Farber
Rebecca Traison
Arnold Berman
Sandy Glazier
Isabel Slutsky
Samuel Slutsky
Esther Rubyan
Henry Rubin
Alyssa Weintraub
Kimberly Siegler
Kenneth Weiss
Roberta Weisswasser
Elissa Berg
Lili Brode
Cody Farber
Joshua Weiss
Gregg Kepes
Nora Skolnik
Rayna Golnick
Elizabeth Goodman
Tatum Goodman
Emma Jacobson
Susan Bruss Soble
Leora Bernard
Cynthia Weintraub
Henry Ellenbogen
Sylvia Goldberg
Seydehwon Nagbe
Rachel Schwartz
Laura Adler
Sami Chaben
Charlotte Jonap
Joseph Kepes
Marisa Lakind
Ronn Nadis
Jeffrey Maisels
Jeffrey Weinfeld
Elianna Weisberg
Illene Wenner
David Adler
Mor Gaba
Zachary Nusbaum
Marcy Rosen
Asa Shapiro
Dennis Blender
Fabio Giske
Itamar Moltz
Ira Rosenbaum
December Birthdays
Jerrold Zabel
Ellina Collins
Sylvia Kinzer
Isaac Slutsky
Laraine Deutsch
Harrison Feber
Wallace Kinzer
Rena Levi
Catherine Lichtman
Rene Lichtman
Susan Rose
Ruby Harwin
Jamie Menuck
Kathleen Moltz
Michael Glazier
Marcie Israel
Zita Kirsch
Judith Lawson
Linda Blackman
Marilynn Emmer
Brooklyn Rubinstein
Larry Sabbath
Adele Silver
Aaron Lebovic
Harris Mainster
Rhona Fidler
Rochelle Schulist
Danielle Goldston
Ashley Israel
Shelley Shindler
Audrey Sobel
Philip White
Elliot Baum
Charles Kessler
Timothy Zwickl
Alfred Bricker
Majorie Elfersy
Amy Harvey
Freda Arlow
Anton Babushkin
Phil Bak
Marina Collins
Laura Goldston
Maya Mazur
Harold Strom
Edward Hersch
Nicole Kahan
Noah Kahan
Merrikk Sternberg
Jonah Cetner
Julie Englender
Linda Jedwab
Libby Newman
Alaina Farber
Jeremiah Fischer
Lisa Kurzmann
Judith Vine
Elizabeth Belsky
Richard Grossman
Reuben Maxbauer
Craig Menuck
Ari Rothstein
Jean Blau
Jeffery Roby
Nancy Weinfeld
Dave Kresch
Abbey Blender
Laila Goodstein
Norman Lewis
Kenneth Apsel
David Lerner
Irving Nusbaum
Michele Freind
Oren Lerner
Sheri Shapiro
Leah Gray
Rachel Nitzkin
Brooke Steingold
Alexander Adler
Leah Stilman
Jordyn Cranis
Audrey Elkus
Martin Rose
November Birthdays
Clare Chait
Sharon Gold
Phoebe Silver
Asher Sternberg
Stuart Farber
Sharon Klein
Marsha Lynn
Haley Nusbaum
Lila Cetner
Robert Lavine
Hailey Farber
Leo Stern
Sari Goodstein
Jody Grossman
Olga Makar-Limanov
Nicole Mazur
Nathan Becker
Asher Brode
David Darmon
Shari Kaufman
Zachary Manela
Todd Stearn
Bailey Torvinen
Richard Emmer
Lucy Aguilar
Graham Fishman
Parker Gnesin
Shyah Lakind
Hanna Lupovitch
Susan Rothstein
Rosalyn Winer
Marvin Tamaroff
Rochelle Zabel
Bailey Kersch
Dennis Dembs
Nancy Kalef
Meredith Shapiro
Alex King
Sofia Klein
Esther Davidson
David Kahan
Tom Adler
Cheryl Goldis
David Jacobson
Miriam Levi
Hunter Perry-Steingold
Anna Terebelo
Paul Schmitz
Julia Klein
Shirley Cetner
David Goodman
Natalie Kaufman
Nia Kepes
Max Kersch
Howard Jacobson
Leslie Schonberg
Selma Silverman
Rachel Maxbauer
Leah Singman
Alexandra White
October Anniversaries
David & Jennifer Becker
Albert & Diane Sasson
Mark & Faye Wolf
David Eisenberg & Marcy Rosen
Jeffrey & Sandra Tamaroff
Joel & Jody Kersch
Lawrence & Barbara Traison 60th
Sean & Brooke Steingold
Gabriel Maine & Ilana Gaba-Maine
Reuben & Rachel Maxbauer
Graham & Susan Fishman
Peter & Amy Harvey
Tom & Chava Adler 60th
November Anniversaries
Steven & Polina Stryk
Joseph & Frances Fetter
Jack & Ilene Friedman
David & Elizabeth Elkus
Richard & Marilynn Emmer
Mark & Ellyn Weiss 13
Peter & Janice LeWitt
Alfred & Lillian Bricker
Norman & Robin Lewis
Isac & Mia User
Mark & Laura Adler
David & Kate Kurzmann
Mark & Lois Langberg
Maxwell & Sara Nadis
David & Alyse Schwartz
Jason & Gillian Tamaroff
Dennis & Sandra Dembs
Donald & Florence Nitzkin 60th
Gary & Julie Nitzkin
Jared & Lisa Rothberger
Aaron & Jennifer Ellenbogen
Bruce Skolnik & Michele Freind
Carl & Nety User
Adam & Amy Brode
Leslie & Ila Schonberg
December Anniversaries
Howard & Liz Manela
Adam & Carri Riemer
Nat & Lois Fishman
Louis & Alyssa Aguilar
Jack & Audrey Sobel 50th
Robert & Bylaina Lavine
Jerry & Marilyn Soble 65th
Robert & Deborah Steingold
Jacques & Elaine Darmon
Rene & Cathy Lichtman
Lawrence & Susan Rothstein
Martin & Susan Rose 50th
Aliyah Fund
Clara Gold
Nadis Family Fund
Evelyn Plotnick
Donation by:
By: Pauline & Werner Seiferheld
In Memory of:
By: Adam Plotnick
Manny & Nancy Kalef
Florence Pais
Paul Darmon
Esther Kawer
By: Beth & Ronn Nadis
Harry & Belle Ribiat Garden Fund
David Sachs & Freda Arlow
Minyan Breakfast Fund
Sara & Max Nadis
In Memory of:
Rev. Joseph Mermelstein
In Honor of:
In Memory of:
Nancy Kaplan
In Honor of:
By: Risha Ring,
Myra Gold
By: Margi & Morry Opperer
The engagement of Emily Nadis
Amy, Jared, Lisa and Family
By: Elaine & Seymour Gold
Cathy & Rene Lichtman
to Randy Silver
Walter Siegler
Get Well Wishes to:
By: Steven Siegler
Paul Darmon
By: Barbara Cohen
Rachel Drigant
By: Risha Ring,
Pat Sachs Food Fund
Amy, Jared and Lisa
In Honor of:
Aaron Lupovitch’s Birthday
Willie Opperer Fund
By: David Sachs & Freda Arlow
In Memory of:
Natalia Drigant
In Memory of:
Rev. Joseph Mermelstein
Joseph & Yetta Schlaff
By: Boris Drigant
Samson Salzman
By: Margi & Morry Opperer
Memorial Fund
By: Dolores Farber
and Family
In Memory of:
Dr. Mayer Subrin
Jason Bradley Kott
By: Sandy Vine-Sirlin
By: Dr. & Mrs. David A. Kott
Ilene Karson
Sonia Zalesin
By: Harvey Zalesin
By: Bea Mondry
Schreier Torah Fund
Beth Ahm Endowment Fund
In Honor of:
Rev. Joseph Mermelstein
Our Home Our Future
In Memory of:
The birth of granddaughter
By: Barbara Cohen
Get Well Wishes to:
Yetta Schreier
Paul Darmon
By: Phyllis & Burton Applebaum
Eliana Helen Kirsch
to Zita & Don Kirsch
Thank You to our recent
By: Toby & Rob Kleinberg
Esther Kawer Minyan
By: Risha Ring
Shabbat Kiddush Fund
Breakfast Fund Sponsors
In Memory of:
Get Well Wishes to:
In Memory of:
In Memory of:
Evelyn Plotnick
Paul Darmon
Irene Kleinberg
Pauline B. Federman, Mother
By: Alesa & Jeff Silver
By: Marilynn & Richard Emmer
By: Toby & Rob Kleinberg
By: Nancy (Michael) Kaplan
Louis Balantzow
Mille Chad
Evelyn Plotnick
Jerry Superstine, Son
By: Marsha Lynn
By: Nancy & Manny Kalef
By: Toby & Rob Kleinberg
By: Dorothy (Hershel) Sandberg
Joseph Mermelstein
In Memory of:
Rev. Joseph Mermelstein
Pinches Feldman, Father
By: Marsha Lynn
Florence Pais
By: Toby & Rob Kleinberg and Family
By: Bella Brookenthal,
Belle & Patrick Hornung and Family
Eugene Feldman,
Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund
and Michael Feldman
Donation by:
Golda & Samson Balantzow
Hershel Wander
By: Marsha A. Lynn
In Honor of:
Synagogue Fund
Nancy Goldberg
Donation by:
Moishe Glazier, Husband
reading Torah
Garry Parker
By: Bess Glazier
By: Ira Goldberg
Joseph Wiesenberg, Father
In Memory of:
The birth of granddaughter
By: Claire (Marvin) Tamaroff
Lillian Kersch
Dahlia Hylen to
By: Marcia & Ed Kersch
Beth & Jorge Singman
Max & Mali Blum
Senior Shut-in Fund
Richard Berg, Father
In Memory of:
By: Josh (Laura) Berg
Tilla Freedman
By: Pauline & Werner Seiferheld
By: Nancy & Manny Kalef
Sigmund Seiferheld
By: Pauline & Werner Seiferheld
In Honor of:
Moritz Katz
By: Pauline & Werner Seiferheld
Elias Rosenthal, Father
By: Miriam (Isac) User
Max Blum
By: Nancy Aal
Rev. Joseph Mermelstein
By: Cheryl & Alex Goldis and Family
Dora Kobaker
The marriage of
Daniel Warsh and Ryan Garber
By: Rene Lieberman
By: Marcia & Ed Kersch
By: Tim & Sara Zivian Zwickl
The engagement of
Nancy & Manny Kalef
Ilene & Henry Rubin
Emily Nadis and Randy Silver
Lilly & Howard Jacobson
Linda & Sid Blackman
40th Wedding Anniversary
Jodi Cranis & Mara & Jordyn
By: Barbara & Jonathan Haber
Louis Siegal
In Memory of:
By: Toby Chudnow and Family
Sylvia Pearlman
By: Tim & Sara Zivian Zwickl
Debi & Steve King
Marilyn Goldberg
By: Nancy & Ira Goldberg
Maxine Berman’s upcoming
induction into the
Leon Serling
Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame
By: Larry Shook
By: Risha Ring
Beth Goldman
By: Ruth Moltz
Allen Clark Minnix III
Drs. Margo & Douglas Woll’s
By: Margo & Doug Woll
David Dunn
By: Margo & Doug Woll
Norman Katz’s Special Birthday
By: Marilyn & Michael Rice
Neil Meyers
By: Chava & Tom Adler
and Family
By: The Levey Family
Yahrzeit Fund
Elaine Siegler and Family
In Memory of:
Margie Wingate
Ann Schonberg
By: Toby Chudnow
By: Maxine Berman
Howard Neff
Samson Salzman
By: Dolores Farber
By: Selma Silverman
Florence & Sheldon Dulberg
Marjory Golob
By: Erna Gorman
By: Jane & Chuck Kessler
Harry Jacobson
Harry Gross
By: Goldie Topper
By: Joseph Jacobson
Cheryl & Paul Darmon
Eugene Weiss
By: Erna Gorman
By: Cathy & Rene Lichtman
Irv Markel
Meyer Berman
By: Maxine Berman
By: Flo & Don Nitzkin
The engagement of
Rev. Joseph Mermelstein
Laura Langberg and Anson Smuts
By: Marilyn & Michael Rice
Charlene Loar
By: Debi & Steve King
and Family
By: Laurie & Terry Pace
Debbie & Rob Steingold
David Goodman
Linda & Sid Blackman
Ronnie Urbach
By: Janet & Herb Pont
Gail & Les Baron
By: The Bloom Family
Zita & Don Kirsch
Deborah Rubyan
Al Bricker
Judy Vine
By: Rochelle & Aaron Lupovitch
Linda & Ron Jedwab
Thank You to:
Abraham S. Weisner
By: Ilene & Henry Rubin
Katalin Biel
By: Agnes & Thomas Lugosi
Salomon Wildstrom
By: Minna Kaufman
Nancy & Joseph Jacobson
Nancy Kaplan
Louis Leserman
Get Well Wishes to:
Nathan Shiovitz
By: Mindy Soble Greenberg
Paula Leserman
Paul Darmon
Cheryl & Paul Darmon
By: The Rice, Ben & Gray Families
Kenneth Klein
Anita & Harvey Zalesin
Mr. & Mrs. Sy Resnick
Get Well Wishes to:
The Bridge Group –
Audrey & Jack Sobel
Rona Rones
Dolly, Delores, Leonard, Carol,
Etta Zivian
By: Susan & Martin Rose
Jack & Erna
Shelley & Joel Tauber
Theresa & Mark Migdal
Iris Jacobs
Libby Newman
Beverly Travis
Maxine Berman
By: Amy Chimovitz
Flo & Don Nitzkin
By: Merle Leserman
Sanford Baron
By: H. Leslie Baron
Goldie Bank
By: Shelley & Harvey Schulist
By: Susan & Martin Rose
Nancy Reider
In Memory of:
By: Helen & Sy Indianer
Cathy & Rene Lichtman
Dr. Mayer Subrin
Ann Schonberg
Elaine & Gary Rosenblatt
By: Judy Vine
By: Cherie Kohl Warsaw
Nettie Rubinstein
Louis & Fay Woll
By: Ellyn & Mark Weiss
Memorial Bible Garden Fund
Hershey Binder
In Honor of:
By: Etta Zivian
Debi & Steve King
In Memory of:
Evelyn Plotnick
By: Nancy Aal
Florence Pais
Dr. Benjamin Rosen
Marilyn & Jerry Soble
By: Cathy & Rene Lichtman
By: Roberta & Ken Lloyd
Linda & Ron Jedwab
Ruth Moltz
Sari & Jeffrey Weiss
Cheryl & Paul Darmon
Cathy & Rene Lichtman
Judy Vine
Molly Kessler
By: Irvin Kessler
Eva Maister
By: Goldie Topper
Louis D. Grossman
Efraim Kahan
Sarah & Abraham Tuchklaper
By: The Grossman-Lempert Family
By: David Kahan
Esther, Berek and
Rachel Drigant
Evelyn Plotnick
Natalia Drigant
By: Staci & Fabio Giske and Family
Chaim Birenbaum
The Ruth Mermelstein
By: Boris Drigant
Albert Migdal
Brad Silverstein
Kitchen Fund
By: Robin Lewis
In Honor of:
Libby Newman preparing lunches
By: Theresa & Mark Migdal
Anna Neumann
By: Sally & Harry Tuchklaper
Walter Siegler
during the rummage sale
By: Anna Nedelman
By: Morrie and Karen Davidson
By: Annette & Martin Newman
Rose Davidson
In Memory of:
Esther Gold
Joanne Kreekun Davidson
Reverend Joseph Mermelstein
By: Dora Ackerman
Linda Layne Brenner
By: Evelyn & Ben Gorge
Sol Davidson
Maurice, Karen and Joel Davidson
By: Morrie, Karen and Joel Davidson
Rosalyn Winer
Marshal Gorge
Evelyn Plotnick
By: Evelyn & Benoit Gorge
By: Beth & Jorge Singman
Fred Ackerman
By: Dora Ackerman
Jeffrey Ackerman
Khana Vinarskaya
By: Alex Goldis
Rita Terebelo
By: Marc Terebelo
Frances Title
By: Diane & Miles Auster
Reverend Joseph Mermelstein
By: Sandy Vine-Sirlin
Sonia Wais
By: Hershell Wais
Jennie Tobin
Louis Tobin
Polly Binder
By: Flo & Don Nitzkin
By: Etta B. Zivian
Alfred Klein
Eleanor Kirsch
By: Joyce Herman
By: Zita & Don Kirsch
Jeanette Goldberg
Sonia Zalesin
By: Nathan Goldberg
By: Harvey Zalesin
Celia Goldberg
Pearl Gertsman
By: Charlene Edelman
By: Victor Morros
More W. Neumann
Abraham Erlich
By: Annette & Martin Newman
By: Maxine Berman
Sam Baker
Anna Guyer
By: Eileen Rosenbaum
By: Evelyn & Benoit Gorge
Clara Gold
Shabtai Ackerman
By: Merle Leserman
By: Jeffrey Ackerman
Dora Ackerman
Israel Patrick
Bernard H. Winer
Jerry Superstine
By: Jody & Richard Grossman
By: Rosalyn Winer
The Ruth Mermelstein
Kitchen Fund
helps with ongoing expenses
such as cleaning and
appliance maintenance for
Ruth Mermelstein Kitchen.
The minimum suggested
contribution is $10.
Call Beverly Fradis at
248-661-8395 if you would
like to make a contribution.
Tributes are a great way to mark a
special occasion, honor the
memory of a loved one, or send
good wishes to a friend.
Beth Ahm has many tribute funds
which support various
congregational programs and
provide scholarship assistance to
members in need. Submit your
tributes online at:
Please remember to fill out
yahrzeit and tribute
forms completely.
Thank you!
Minimum suggested
tribute amount is $18. If received
after 9/11/15 tributes will appear
in the Winter 2016 Bulletin.
Yahrzeits–In Loving Memory
Sponsored by the Beth Abraham Cemetery Association, serving our congregation since 1912.
*Denotes a plaque in the Kahan Memorial room
October 2015 - Tishrei/Heshvan 5776
10/1/2015 (18 Tishrei)
Fanny Lankowsky, Manfred Stryk*, Milton Weingarden
10/2/2015 (19 Tishrei)
Anna Cohn*, Lee Diamond*, Miriam Panetz, Evelyn Ruth Schreier*
10/3/2015 (19 Tishrei)
Marvin Dubrinsky, William A. Lieberman*, Oscar Moss*, Vera Weinberg*, Edith Wyman
10/4/2015 (21 Tishrei)Geri Bernard, Lisa Krieger, Gloria Shook
10/5/2015 (22 Tishrei)
Hadasa Goldberg, Bee Kalt*, Erwin Lindemann*, Jacob Schnipper*
10/6/2015 (22 Tishrei)
Gerhard Rosenow*, Oscar Sakols*, George Wenokur
10/7/2015 (24 Tishrei)Marion Cohen
10/8/2015 (25 Tishrei)
Esther Auster, Helen Klein*, Bernard Levy*, Edward Singer
10/9/2015 (26 Tishrei)
Gisella Bernstein*, Paul Felberbaum, Barbara Glinski, Sam Kaufer*, Gerry Levy*, Sheldon “Buddy” Manson*
10/10/2015 (27 Tishrei)
Harry Goldberg*, Martin Goldberg
10/11/2015 (28 Tishrei)
Harold Eskovitz*, Marie Kramer, Rachel Pearlman*
10/12/2015 (29 Tishrei)
Anna Berg, Esther Leah Ehrlich*, William Gantz, Dina Superstine, William Wolk
10/13/2015 (30 Tishrei)
Bernard Cohen*, Leon Mondry
10/14/2015 (1 Heshvan)
Helen Apsel, Barrow Bass, Clara Sabin
10/15/2015 (2 Heshvan)
Claire Berk, Julie Heim*, Lois Sandberg
10/16/2015 (2 Heshvan)
Morris Berman*
10/17/2015 (4 Heshvan)
Doris Halprin*, Ruth Kass, Harry Rosenbaum
10/18/2015 (4 Heshvan)
Samuel Gordner, Esther Kalef, Emma Weiss
10/19/2015 (6 Heshvan)
Fannie Bazaman, Erwin Dallman*, Rita Milner, Emil Siegel*
10/20/2015 (7 Heshvan)
Alice Eudovich, Solomon Glass, Oscar Levy*, Aronald Schafer, Harold Singer
10/21/2015 (7 Heshvan)
Frances Warsh
10/22/2015 (9 Heshvan)
Oscar Bank, Aubrey Beneson*, Abraham Berkowitz*, Sylvia Bernstein*, Ruben Haron*, Fanny Rosenbaum, Jack Schreier*,
Harvey Skolnik, Simonne T. Stern
10/23/2015 (9 Heshvan)
Libbie Bieman*, Walter Fischel, Fred Grossman*, Bessie Storch Klein*, Kurt Urbach*, Fay Woll*
10/24/2015 (11 Heshvan)
Helen Greenberger*, Roger Isadore Herman*, Aaron Lovinger, Morris Rosenzweig*, Blanche Sakols Abrams*, Samuel Weinberg*
10/25/2015 (12 Heshvan)
Arnold Mandel, Morton J. Serlin*, Gloria Stacey*
10/26/2015 (13 Heshvan)
Richard Deutsch, Philip Dines*, Dora Galer*, Anna Helman*, Ely Rose, Max Zuckerman*
10/27/2015 (14 Heshvan)
Alexander Adler*, Mickey Adler, Joseph Fineman, Fannie Rader*, Harold H. Sitron, Allen Soble*
10/28/2015 (15 Heshvan)
Miriam Moscovici
10/29/2015 (16 Heshvan)
Karen Blackman*
10/30/2015 (17 Heshvan)
Manny Chudnow, Sara Haar*, David Kaplan, Albert Nadell, Samuel Revzin, Sara Ribiat, Gussie Rothenberg*
10/31/2015 (18 Heshvan)
Louis Chad, Lena Dinnerstein*, Keith Feldman*, Alex Lieberman, Miriam Offen*, Rochme Gitel Offen*, Nathan Yaffa*
Due to privacy laws, hospitals do not let synagogues know if there are
Jewish patients in the hospital. If you know of someone who is ill who would appreciate a
visit from Rabbi Rubenstein, please let him know. He can be contacted at
248-851-6880 ext.17 or [email protected]
Yahrzeits–In Loving Memory
Sponsored by the Beth Abraham Cemetery Association, serving our congregation since 1912.
*Denotes a plaque in the Kahan Memorial room
November 2015 - Heshvan/Kislev 5776
11/1/2015 (19 Heshvan)
Max Chicorel, Ilene Cohen, Kate Nelkin*
11/2/2015 (20 Heshvan)
Mildred Labelle*, Rose Manheim*, David Sirota*
11/3/2015 (21 Heshvan)
Sara Folkoff, Abe Labelle*, Joseph Share
11/4/2015 (22 Heshvan)
Nathan Bobroff*, Beverly B. Draznin*, Anneliese Selig*
11/5/2015 (23 Heshvan)
Manny Dembs, Vera Dresner, Sarah Rebecca Gross*, Lee Rothstein, Isadore Rudack*, Herman Storch*, Louis Tamaroff*
11/6/2015 (24 Heshvan)
Mary Fischer Kahan*, Lewis Gerald Hyams*, Rose Neuman*, Peter Weisswasser
11/7/2015 (25 Heshvan)
Fannie Bricker*, Robert Bruss, Irene Charney*, Simon Eudovich, Helen Goodman*, Norma Harwood*, Ida Kurland*
11/8/2015 (26 Heshvan)
Joseph Fradis*, Ann Kopman, Sam Offen*, Hirsch Leib Schreier*, Sarah Schreier*, Harry Segel*, Nathan Silverman
11/9/2015 (27 Heshvan)
Bertha Klein, Sheldon Manela, Hilde Marx, Otilia Rosenthal*, Michael Thumin*, Abraham Wolf
11/10/2015 (28 Heshvan)
Paul Rafales, Sidney Robins, Allan Schon, Bessie Sirota*, Sarah Snyder*
11/11/2015 (29 Heshvan)
Mercia Ruth Hoffman
11/13/2015 (1 Kislev)
Siegfried Baer*, Jean Brookenthal*, Rebekka Bunina, Siegfried Cahn*, Bram Pais, Rose Rader*, Gilbert Marvin Starr*
11/14/2015 (2 Kislev)
Shirley Baker*, Anna Brand, Leslie Geller, Tamara Goodman*, Rose Green*, Adolph Greenfield*, I. Gerald Kepes,
Cantor Abraham Leibovitz*, Sigmar Rosenthal*, Arlene Rubenstein, Ruth Waserman
11/15/2015 (3 Kislev)
Max Berman, Mary Burnstine*, Ben Genser*, Meyer Goldenberg*, Liezer Leib Iancovici, Alex Mann*, Charna Rozenfeld, Allen Schreier, Patricia Shook, Rose Wiesenberg*
11/16/2015 (4 Kislev)
Sylvia Abramovitz, Harry Clements*, Meyer Freedman*, Maier Shimshon Siegel*
11/17/2015 (5 Kislev)
William Auster, Marvin Federman, Helen Schlachter Fitlow, Sarah Gerston*, Mary Goldberg, Harold Israel, Helen Silverman*,
Sylvia Taitelbaum, Fanny Yarzig
11/18/2015 (6 Kislev)
Rachel Burnstine*, Bronia Englender, Sam Herskowitz*, Juluis Ruda, Anna Stein
11/19/2015 (7 Kislev)
Andrea Kalef Brass, Bertha Eskovitz*, Bernice Friedman, William Klein, Michael Lisnov*, Martha Nitzkin*, Bessie Saltzman*,
Hannah Schwartz*, Esther Stone, Max Wais*, Benjamin Wenner, Gertrude Zadeck*
11/20/2015 (8 Kislev)
Rebecca (Rivka) Braverman, Doris Levin, Aaron Schreier
11/21/2015 (9 Kislev)
Ben Bernstein*, Charlotte Cohen*, Louis Kaufman*, Aron Klar*, William Kramer*, Julius Lenhard*, Herschel Shulman, Al Tobin,
Golda Walkon*, Mildred Wise
11/22/2015 (10 Kislev)
Harry Bricker*, Marvin Brode, Joseph Neshkes, Zaharia Siris, Anna Hirsh Tanner*
11/23/2015 (11 Kislev)
Nathan Chusid*, Leonard A. Efros*, Carl Mintz*, Hyman Myer Margolis*, Freda M. Winer*
11/24/2015 (12 Kislev)
Mordechai Braitbard*, Jack Friedman, Irene Griffin, Rose Rogow Miller*, Shmerel Goldstein Pokart*, Lottie Salzman*,
Sarah Dora Selber, Chaye Zahler*
11/25/2015 (13 Kislev)
Edward Cohen, Anna Gritt, Necheh Langer*, Harry Norber*, Sam Rothenberg*, Stanley John Russo*, Rose Stern, Jacob Zelmanov*
11/26/2015 (14 Kislev)
Max Loewenthal*, Albert Luchtan, Sylvia Nedelman*, Myriam Nelson, Leo Neshkes, Lena Seeman*, Marc Shapiro, Rose Staub*, Nathan Wall*
11/27/2015 (15 Kislev)
Lena Cranis*, Ira Kaufman, Charles Kovan*, Nathan Shiovitz
May their memories endure for a blessing
11/28/2015 (16 Kislev)
Cecile Bass, Shirley S. Dinner*, Abraham Friedman*, Otto Kaufman*, Honor the memory of your loved ones by
Melvyn Levin*, Marvin Revzin, Fannie Yancovitch
purchasing a memorial plaque in the Kahan Memorial
11/29/2015 (17 Kislev)
Irvin Charach*, Regina Sondheimer, Benjamin Terris*
Room. The purchase of a plaque will ensure that your
loved one’s name will be read during the week of their
yahrzeit. It is a lasting tribute of your love that links the 11/30/2015 (18 Kislev)
Arnold Bean*, Morris Israel Fine, Morris H. Goldberg*,
generations of your family. Plaques are currently $500
Jack Israel, Leo Korn, Avrum Neuman
each. We hope that you will take advantage of this
opportunity to assure your loved ones will be forever
remembered at Congregation Beth Ahm.
Contact David Goodman at 248-851-6880.
Yahrzeits–In Loving Memory
Sponsored by the Beth Abraham Cemetery Association, serving our congregation since 1912.
*Denotes a plaque in the Kahan Memorial room
December 2015 - Kislev/Tevet 5776
12/1/2015 (19 Kislev)
Elfriede Glancy, Sophie Gutman*, Lester Kaufman*, Myer Rubin*, Sarah Wall*, Irving Wyman
12/2/2015 (20 Kislev)
Hannah Ehrenreich*, Hilde Frank, Lewis Lavine, Rose Rosenberg*
12/3/2015 (21 Kislev)
Joseph Goodman*, Harold Levine, Hedy Lonnerstater*, Lena Nadell, Annette Schulman, Louis Supian*, Leon Weberman*
12/4/2015 (22 Kislev)
Louis Browarny*, Meyer Millman*, Bernice Springer*, Bernie Winer
12/5/2015 (23 Kislev)
Meyer Rothenberg, Morris Sasson, Elizabeth Schottenfeld*, Hyman York*
12/6/2015 (24 Kislev)
George Brookenthal, Sheri Lynne Traison Devries, Louis Federman, Norma Geliebter*, Bernard Iancovici, Sophie Levine*
12/7/2015 (25 Kislev)
Anna Goldfine Lee, Morris Kurland*, Irwin Jerome Meyers*, Benjamin Rosenberg*, Morris Weingard*
12/8/2015 (26 Kislev)
Abe Greenberg*, Fanny Levy*, Carl J. Nelson, Hyman Weller*
12/9/2015 (27 Kislev)Rose Finkelstein*, Mose Topper*
12/10/2015 (28 Kislev)
Yefim Glik, Harry Goldberg, Joseph M. Kaplan*, Berta Meyerson Molasky, Gladys Pruchno*, Marc Shapiro, Marvin Warfield*
12/11/2015 (29 Kislev)
Sigmund Bernard*, Fannie Kasle*, Heinz Seiferheld*, Usher Siris
12/12/2015 (30 Kislev)
Addi Gabel*, Claude Superstine, Emil Weiss
12/13/2015 (1 Tevet)
Sam Bayer*, Jennie Faigenblaut*, Jeannette Klein, Abraham Kleinberg*, Harry Lengel*, Chaya Pruchno*, Marcia Pruchno*,
Eva Rubin*, Alan Abner Sachs*, William Schussler*, Mary Singer*
12/14/2015 (2 Tevet)
Irving Adler*, Joseph Bassin*, Sarah Bernstein*, Alyce Diamond*, Alta Gladstone*, Helen Neuman, Kalman Pastor*, Max Schlachter, Israel Schottenfeld*, Jacob Soble*
12/15/2015 (3 Tevet)
Esther Altman*, Mina Fishman*, Albert Kahl*, Anne Parmet, Belle Ribiat*, Feiga Salomon, Fishel Salomon, Yochevet Serl Salomon, Michael Shpiece, Emanuel Tichauer*
12/16/2015 (4 Tevet)
Isadore Berkowitz*, Maria Foltyn*, Morris Gross, Samuel Kasle*, Alma Levy, Pauline Rappoport*, Emily Shook, Esther Sperber*,
Pesia Wecker*
12/17/2015 (5 Tevet)
Alex Gerson*, Clara Hechtman*, Lena Katz*, Maynard Lazarus*, Israel A. Maisels, Herman Samuels*, Sarah Shanbrom*
12/18/2015 (6 Tevet)
Beverly Bluth, Pearl Guyer, Zelda Kinzer*, Darryl Krekun*, Rebecca Sandberg, Samuel Sherefkin*, Anna Thurswell*
12/19/2015 (7 Tevet)
Isadore Awerbuch*, Riva Davis*, David Diskin*, Donald Farkus*, Ben Feldman*, Bernard Goldston, Allan Goodman*, Jacob Knoll*, Kalman Lustig, Faye Segal*, Ruth Sitron, Elias Wolf*
12/20/2015 (8 Tevet)
Abe Berkowitz, William Ehrlich*, Rabbi Elias Levi, Esther Newman, Joseph Rader*, William Schon, Lajos Wiesner, Rose Zeman
12/21/2015 (9 Tevet)
Earl Barth, Rose Bricker, Ethel Cohen*, Donald Jay Freed*, Alec Goldfine, Sandra Goodman*, Jacob Israel Hartstein*,
Paul Lambertz*, Ida Lisnov*, Alexander Schonberg, Moses Schreier*, Morris Servetter*
12/22/2015 (10 Tevet)
Abraham Beem, Eva Beem, Clara Behnch*, Chaim Bergholz, Meir Bergholz, Claude Bernheim, Eva Blau, Fredy Blau, Hedy Blau,
Lili Blau, Moshe Drajer, Max Edelman*, Rosa Gabel*, Izio Yosef Halberstadt, Lore Heuman, Fred Hopfeld*, Jay Jonap, Ruth Kaufman, LaVerne Kief, Sigmund Klueger*, Cilli Korneich, Lili Kuhn, Max Linder, Sarah Rothenberg*, Chaya Rozenberg, Alter Shrier*
12/23/2015 (11 Tevet)
Batya Berlin, Berthold Hirsch*, Joann Kaner*, Lena Kellerman*, Sharon Michelle Mainster*, Mildred Moskovitz*, Shirley A. Seeman*, Lilyan Thurswell*
12/24/2015 (12 Tevet)
Joseph Diamond*, Irving Goldfarb*, Max Gutman*, David Hazan, Norman Smith*, Amelie Spiegel*, Ida Wexler*
12/25/2015 (13 Tevet)
Nathan Gross*, Abraham Hammer*, Jennie Kozel*, Nathan Krinsky*, Ida Meizler*, Rose Parker, Neil Rosenzweig*
12/26/2015 (14 Tevet)
Celia Adler*, Howard Dinnerstein*, Herman Greenberger*, Abraham Levine*, Adolf Newstatter*, Harry Schwartz*
12/27/2015 (15 Tevet)
Samuel Brodie*, Chaim Kasle*, Shirley Morros*, Lena Shapiro*, Phillip Shiovitz*, Nick Stern
12/28/2015 (16 Tevet)
Ephraim Lyons, Rubin Miller*, Harry Parmet, Estelle Pleasant*, Oscar Rappoport*, Barbara Rubiner
12/29/2015 (17 Tevet)
Israel Abramovitz*, Max Berkowitz*, Rose Bernstein*, Rachel Braitbard*, Allan Kanter*, Morris Mannis Lasser*, Aaron Merzin*,
Evelyn Woolman*
12/30/2015 (18 Tevet)
Rose Bassin*, Isadore Burnstine*, Ethel Chicorel*, Lawrence Newman*
12/31/2015 (19 Tevet)
Samuel Arlin*, Esther Brecher*, Elizabeth Gross, Phillip Pont, Joseph Rothenberg*, Jerred Ruda
Congregation Beth Ahm—Fall 2015
Rabbi Steven Rubenstein
David Goodman
Executive Director
Congregation Beth Ahm
2015-2016 Officers
Jeff Silver
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Congregation Beth Ahm
(USPS 052-040) is published
quarterly by:
Congregation Beth Ahm
5075 West Maple Rd.
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
5075 West Maple Rd.
Sandi Tamaroff
First Vice President
Periodical postage paid at
Royal Oak, MI
Beth Nadis
Second Vice President
Subscription rate 50 cents
(included with dues)
Send address changes to:
Congregation Beth Ahm
5075 West Maple Rd.
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Maxine Berman
Third Vice President
Al Sasson
Staci Giske
Recording Secretary
Immediate Past President
Risha B. Ring
2015-2016 Trustees
Jeff Blackman
Al Bricker*
Amy Brode
Aaron Ellenbogen
Sandy Glazier
Jody Grossman
Manny Kalef
Chuck Kessler*
Debi King
Lois Langberg
Elayne Moss
Jeremy Moss
Robert Nusbaum
Steve Ribiat
Dahlia Schwartz
Harvey Schulist
Marc Soble
David Stryk
Jeff Weiss
Margo Woll*
Mission Statement
Congregation Beth Ahm is a
conservative synagogue with
a belief in a common Jewish
heritage, serving the Metropolitan
Detroit area with a philosophy of
equality of men and women fully
participating in religious, cultural,
educational, and social activities
of the synagogue.
Rabbi Emeritus
A. Irving Schnipper
Pre-planning for future needs
makes good sense.
Burial plots and perpetual care
are available.
For more information,
please contact
Risha Ring 248-763-7929
Emphasis is placed on a close
family–like relationship between
members working together to
provide a community of caring.
* Past Presidents
Professional Staff
Elissa Berg
Alison Blau
Lisa Gates
Nancy Kaplan
Professor Howard Lupovitch
Linda Wright
In Ferndale on Woodward Avenue
Office Information
phone 248.851.6880 • fax 248.851.6488
Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. • Friday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
David Goodman-Executive Director • [email protected]
Elissa Berg
Education and Programming
[email protected]
Alison Blau
Office Coordinator
[email protected]
Linda Wright
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