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EAST MIDWOOD JEWISH CENTER BULLETIN
EAST MIDWOOD JEWISH
CENTER BULLETIN
THEY SHALL BUILD ME A
SANCTUARY AND
I SHALL DWELL AMONG THEM
November/December 2015
Tishrei/Cheshvan/Kislev
5776
President Randy Grossman’s Comments on the New Year
Many of these help form a large part of our Jewish identity. It is
this Jewish identity that we carry through our days, and that
identity colors the way we interact with the world. Although it
While flipping thru stations on the TV recently, I ran across the is important for us to identify as Jews, and donate to Israel, we
Family Feud and it got me thinking about categories. I then
need more than that. We need a hub, where we can pray, learn,
thought what would be an EMJC category that would have lots and socialize with other Jews. East Midwood Jewish Center is
of possible answers? So here's the category: What is the stuff that hub. It's the base which supports everything else, and even
that brings people to the East Midwood Jewish Center. General- though there's a lot of "everything else", we want to do more,
ly speaking some come out of tradition, some for spirituality,
expand our reach to the Israeli Community, the Russian Jewish
others for learning and recreation. What is it specifically that
Community, and others. We are working hard to get the word
helps people achieve what they are seeking? Here are some
out about all that we have to offer. The secret is out of the bag!
thoughts from my family:
You might be asking, What role can you play? As you probably
know, we have toned down our appeal for funds on Kol Nidre
*High Holiday Services: You can't deny that. Look around!
and Yom Kippur. Years ago, the ushers used to collect the
*Parents seeking an engaging and meaningful Jewish Learning cards and read the family name and the amount pledged. Toenvironment for their children: our Bar/Bat Mitzvah observanc- day, we simply collect the envelopes, and go on about our business. In addition, we expect members to send in other volunes are up, and our Little Learners are growing in number as
tary donations, and many do! My appeal to you as co-president
well.
of this Kehilla is not for money, although we certainly can use
it. I'm asking that you give of yourself, make it part of your
*To listen and sing with our cantor
routine. In this room now there are many unsung heroes. Lisa
Rothman does the Bulletin, Stephanie Kaner handles our fi*To contemplate our Rabbi's commentaries, and sermons
nances, our House Committee chairs, Daniel Shapiro, and Sam
Ainbinder who get calls at anytime of day or night. Pearl
*To see our friends, or make new ones
Berkowsky phoned all our members, and keeps the computerless informed of deaths, and births. And let's consider the work
*To bring in Shabbat with Shabbat-A-BimBom, a service
of some of our younger parents: Stephanie Luxenberg who
geared for children or Shabbat in the Round, less formal, musi- although living in Queens still helps to maintain the website,
cal, and diverse Kosher cuisine.
along with Alisa Katz and other vital social media. Rebecca
and Dan Wilchins organize Shabbat Katan, a Shabbat morning
*To honor the memory of their departed loved ones at Yizkor,
service for young children. Murray, Moran Lantner, Alissa
and yahrzeits
Levine, Dena Levinson are parents overseeing some of our
Tsedakah activities. There is so much that goes into growing a
place like this. Most of it is behind the scenes. The sanctuary is
*To celebrate milestones in our families lives
only a part of the weekly activities. There are many moving
parts, and they are kept moving by volunteers like the ones I
*Family Programming for all the holidays
just mentioned, plus others. Make it part of YOUR routine!
Gut Yomtov,
*To support Israel through Israel Bonds, JNF trees, the Israeli
Scouts, and more
Oh, you're not a shul goer, you say? Well you're here now!
*For recreation including swimming, basketball, ping pong,
yoga, Israeli Folk Dancing and more.
I know, but you think “Today is different, and doesn't count.”
Well it counts, but not as being a shul goer.
*For holiday celebrations you might enjoy the stuffed cabbage
or potato kugel on Simchat Torah , or ice cream and blintzes on
Shavuot.
[Cont’d on page 16]
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CALENDAR
SERVICES at EMJC
MORNING SERVICES
Sundays & Legal Holidays
8:00AM
Mondays – Fridays
7:30AM
Saturdays
7:30AM & 9:00AM
EVENING SERVICES
Sundays – Thursdays
7:30PM
CANDLELIGHTING
November 5776/2015
6 Fri 4:29PM
13 Fri 4:22
20 Fri 4:17
27 Fri 4:13
December 5776/2015
4 Fri 4:11PM
6 Sun 4:29 First
Chanukah candle
11 Fri 4:11
18 Fri 4:13
25 Fri 4:16
Nov 1 Sun
Nov 5 Thurs
Nov 6 Fri
Sisterhood Movie event
NightShul 7-9:30PM
Shabbat-A-BimBom 6:30– 7:30PM Little tent
family room
Nov 7 Sat
Michelle Dankowitz Bat Mitzvah
Nov 10 Tues Sisterhood Book and Author
Supperette 6:30PM
Nov 12 Thurs NightShul 7-9:30PM
Nov 13 - Fri Shabbat in the round 6:30PM
Nov 19 Thurs NightShul 7-9:30PM
Nov 21 Sat
Shabbat Katan (Fersko Room 11:15AM) & new
Member Shabbat & Music at the Center - a
concert with Ben Lapidus et al
Nov. 22 - Sun 4PM Interfaith Thanksgiving at
Our Lady of Refuge
Dec 4 Fri
Shabbat-A-BimBom 6:30-7:30PM
Dec 5 Sat
Shabbat Katan (Fersko Room 11:15AM)
Dec 6 Sun
Chanukah at EMJC
Dec. 11 Fri
Shabbat in the Round 6:30PM
Dec. 19 Sat
Human Rights Shabbat & Shabbat Katan
(Fersko Room 11:15AM)
East Midwood Jewish Center
Bulletin
HAPPY CHANUKAH
FIRST CANDLE SUNDAY DECEMBER 6
Published 6 times per year
Cost: Free to Center members/ $15 per
year for non-members (hard copy)
Rabbi Matt Carl
Rabbi Emeritus Dr. Alvin Kass
Cantor Sam Levine
Presidents: Randy Grossman,
Toby Sanchez
Executive Director: Edith Maiman
Director of Youth and Family Services:
Audrey Korelstein
Bulletin Editor: Lisa Rothman
Assistant Editor: Toby Sanchez
Birthday, anniversary, donation
compilations: Marina Lukina
Photographers: Lisa Rothman, Jakob
Grossman, Courtney Ickovic
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THOUGHTS FROM RABBI MATT CARL
In my previous pulpit position, I worked with a rabbi who wouldn’t allow himself to be on the
Mi SheBerakh list. No matter how ill he got (although, in the time I was there, he never got
that ill) he would refuse to let his name be mentioned during the prayers for the sick. He
claimed not to do this out of pride or humility but because “no one makes it off that list alive.”
In this case, his sarcastic remark pointed to the phenomenon that people in that congregation, once on the Mi SheBerakh list, would ask for their names to remain there, even when
their illnesses seemed to have passed. I remember seeing one member in shul following a
surgery, obviously successful (since here she was in shul -- this was a surgery the failure of
which would likely have been disastrous,) who refused to bench Gomel (praising God for
having survived a life-threatening ordeal) and refused to remove her name from the list of the
ill. She refused because, she said, “I’m not 100% well; I’m still dealing with it; what if it comes
back?”
I recently decided that EMJC should respond to the daily violence against our people in
Israel by adding Tehillim (psalms) to our daily service. It is a small gesture, but I feel it’s the
only one we’ve got. As a synagogue, it is our job to respond to the circumstances of the
world with wisdom and prayer. It should have been a “no-brainer” to make such an addition
and, in truth, I was convinced of the matter the instant it came to mind. I did, however, have
one small hesitation. My concern was, and remains, that I will have difficulty removing the
tradition once begun. We are saying the psalms in response to increased violence and terror
against Jews in Israel. Though we are sadly accustomed to some level of violence, what we
see these days is something different, something worse. To not acknowledge it would be terrible, but to not acknowledge that it is different, that it is worse than normal, would be equally
terrible. And, when it gets better, when the violence decreases, although it will probably not
disappear altogether, we must acknowledge that, too.
Our prayers and our words ought to reflect reality: we add to our prayers because our
world is particularly bad. When the world goes back to normal -- not ideal, maybe not even
so great, but normal -- our prayers and the structure of our service should reflect that, too. By
taking our names off the sick list, by removing extra tehillim, we do more than just take our
service back to normal: we engage in the mitzvah of hakarat ha-Tov, recognizing the good. It
is an essential form of appreciation. If we pray because we truly want God to change the
world, we must acknowledge when that happens. Each day I hope and pray it will be the last
day we add these psalms to our service. Each day I hope and pray it will be the day we
acknowledge and appreciate that things are better. Not perfect. Maybe not all that great. But
better.
Rabbi Matt Carl
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EMJC SUKKAH DECORATING PARTY
September 27, 2015
DAYS OF AWE BARRIER-FREE SERVICE
September 20, 2015
To Know Judaism is to see the joy in the faces of all who
attended our third annual Barrier-Free Service celebrating
the Days of Awe. Rabbi Matt Carl and Cantor Sam Levine
were on hand to lead the service, singing, explanations and
guidance while Audrey Korelstein, Director of Youth and
Family Education, ably organized the day’s activities and
shared a moving story of what it meant to be able to pray.
Rachelle Grossman offered her dulcet tones in a duet with
Cantor Sam. Cheryl Danto Scanlan and Samantha Kuperberg beautifully interpreted by signing all the voices for the
hearing impaired.
We learned how to behave during services, how to apologize to someone by actually speaking to him or her, we
learned that the shofar can make a loud noise and some of
us tried to blow on it.
Follow the path of pictures to see the parts of the service
which included singing prayers, saying the Shema with
eyes covered, marching with the Torah, observing what the
Torah was while Cantor Sam sang the words of the parsha
in Hebrew then English, raising in the Torah (Hagba), enjoying the music provided by the Lapidus’ family, and
snoozing a bit.
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Openhousenewyork
On October 18 East Midwood Jewish Center participated in the annual "Open House New York,"tour of historic building within the five boroughs sponsored by the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. EMJC qualified for the honor of inclusion in Open House New York, because it is own the National and New
York State Registers of Historic Places. The event was publicized in Time Out New York and many other places. One
hundred people visited our beautiful building, toured the sanctuary, the Dr. Fersko Room, the Bridal Suite Out, the
Grand Ballroom and the Regency Room. Needless to say, they were greatly impressed by our stained glass windows,
the architectural details and much else. They were very interested in the history of the synagogue and our current
activities, including the work of the Interfaith Committee with Our Lady of Refuge Roman Catholic Church.
Printed below is the history of the building and why it was designated an Historic Place.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE
EAST MIDWOOD JEWISH CENTER
&
A DESCRIPTION OF ITS
ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES
The Founders: The East Midwood J ewish Center
was organized in 1924 by a group of new residents of
what was then an undeveloped, almost rural area.
Many streets were unpaved, houses were far apart, separated by empty lots. Residents had to walk through
fields to reach each other’s homes, the subway station
and the stores. It was considered out in the country and
was actively promoted by real estate developers as
“New Brooklyn.”
The organizers started by holding meetings in each other’s homes to discuss creating a synagogue/community
center: a place to pray, a place for their children to learn
Hebrew and meet other Jewish children, and a place for
people of all ages to study, socialize, swim and enjoy
sports.
Within six months they had completed all the legal
work, started looking for a site, raised money, recruited
members, and elected their first officers.
They decided to place their new congregation, not in a
small building on a quiet side street, but on a triple lot
on a major north-south road. This was a bold statement
in a time when the US Congress had just adopted a law
designed to keep out Jews and others from Eastern and
Southern Europe, and anti-Semitism was prevalent in
business, universities and elsewhere.
Who Designed East Midwood Jewish Center?
Who designed the building is something of a mystery,
as no architect is listed anywhere, neither on the building plaques in the vestibule nor in the souvenir journal
produced for the building’s dedication in 1929 nor for
its 50th or 75th anniversaries. There is some evidence
that the original design was created by Louis Allen
Abramson, a prominent architect of synagogues
throughout the city, who had also designed the Brooklyn Jewish Center on Eastern Parkway. EMJC is very
similar to that building, but the founders rejected
Abramson’s design, as they did not want to erect just a
copy of that building. They stopped the initial construction and spent a few years researching other buildings
and then came up with their own exterior and interior
design, which borrowed heavily from other buildings
and various styles. Maurice Courland, another well
known architect, prepared the specifications, but neither
he nor Abramson is given credit anywhere. The building was completed in 1929 at a cost of one million dollars. The plaque in the vestibule lists only the names of
the members of the Building Committee.
Architectural Features: EMJ C is an example of ear ly 20th century synagogue design in the
Renaissance Revival style, combined with what are
called Moorish motifs (namely the large domes on the
roof). All the original architectural features on the inside and outside of the building have been preserved,
just as they were in 1929.
There is no standard or required style of synagogue architecture and so over the centuries every style has been
used: Greek, Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Palladian,
Georgian, modern). The only requirements are an ark
to hold the Torahs, an eternal light, a wall facing Jerusalem and the avoidance of human faces and figures. Architects are free to borrow from the past and combine
styles from different periods.
Every wall and every ceiling in East Midwood is decorated in a variety of styles, taken from the “pattern
books,” which were widely available, illustrating every
type of decorative style. Among the references in EMJC
to past styles of architectural history are:
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Openhousenewyork continued from page 6
a.The overall design of the building is that of a Italian
Renaissance palace
b. The copper domes (now turned green) on the roof
are in the Moorish or Oriental style which was popular
in Europe and the U.S. in the nineteen century
c.The columns below the domes on the exterior are
Greek as are the 4 tall columns around 3 of the stained
glass windows
d. The layout of the sanctuary a copy of the Roman
basilica and thousands of churches. The main features
are: a wide center aisle with side aisles, a platform or
bema at the front for the clergy, where is placed the
ark to hold the sacred books or Torahs).
e. The black columns in the Sanctuary on either side of
the ark are in the Greek Corinthian style and are decorated at the top with plants known to the Greeks
f. The sunburst symbol above the ark appears among
all people, but was especially prominent in Greek
buildings and at various times during the reigns of the
Hebrew kings.
g. The garlands over the ark are Greek
h.The numerous decorations all around the ark and
around the walls and the balcony in the Sanctuary repeat many different styles, including the Greek egg
and dart design
i. The stained glass windows and the dome in the
Sanctuary are in the early 20th century Tiffany style
with lots of yellows and greens
j. The chandelier in the Grand Ballroom on the second
floor is in the Georgian style
Why EMJC is on the National and New York State
Registers of Historic Places: EMJ C was gr anted
this honor in 2006 because all its original features are
unchanged, because it represents a distinctive form of
American Judaism, and is part of the evolution of urban ethnicity in the 20th century. What this means is
that EMJC was created entirely by local residents, lay
people rather than by rabbis or Manhattan elites; services were from the beginning conducted in Hebrew
and English and not in Yiddish (as was the rule in older neighborhoods); its members were mostly American
born and not from just one specific Russian , Polish,
Hungarian or other European town or region as was
usually the case with small Manhattan congregations)
but were aa mix of people from different parts of Europe. The plan from the beginning was to create a 7
day a week center for community activities for all ages. That’s why it was built with rooms for prayer, for
education, for parties, and with a pool and a gym. It is
one of the last “shules with a pool,” left from the
1920s
Its placement on Ocean Avenue announced to the
world that there was no contradiction between being a
loyal American and being a loyal Jew and that a minority group has both the right and duty to retain and
develop its culture, while contributing to American
life. East Midwood and similar synagogue/community
centers are a unique American invention.
HOSPITALITY
COMMITTEE NOTICE
Kiddushim are sponsored in part by the Shabbat Hospitality Committee: a group of East Midwood families
who want to share the joy of Shabbat with the EMJC community. You can join with them in extending our
community’s hospitality to all who join us for Shabbat services with a contribution to the Shabbat Hospitality
fund.
Call 718-338-3800 to sign up as a sponsor.
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Sisterhood Scoop
Sisterhood hopes that everyone had a happy, healthy and
inspirational holiday season. We are looking forward to a
full fall calendar of events. Our successful Cooking Event
was completed on Sunday, October 18. Marilyn Cohen
and Shereen Rosenthal demonstrated techniques of
cooking vegetarian comfort foods, including different
types of fall squash. Sampling was a delicious treat!
On Sunday, November 1 at 2:00 PM, we are proud to have
a screening of the movie Capturing Grace, which tells the
story of the collaboration between the Brooklyn Parkinson
Dance Group (BPD) and the Mark Morris Dance Company. The BPD’s program director, David Leventhal and our
own Sharon Resen will be on hand to lead a Q & A discussion following the movie. Refreshments will be provided.
An annual highlight of our autumn season, is the Sisterhood Book & Author Supperette. On Tuesday evening,
November 10 at 6:30 PM, we are pleased to host Rabbi
Susan Grossman, who will discuss her book Daughters of
the King: Women in the Synagogue. Rabbi Gr ossman
is also one of the editors of the Etz Hayim Humash. Please
join us for a delicious deli dinner and thought provoking
discussion.
Stay tuned for our Hanukah event on Tuesday evening
December 8. More details to follow.
We look forward to seeing you at all our upcoming events!
Rochelle Eckstein Amy Nitzky Shereen Rosenthal
Co-Presidents
L to R: Shereen Rosenthal, Marilyn Cohen,
Rochelle Eckstein, Amy Nitzky
THE FINAL FESTIVAL FOR OCTOBER
During Hoshanah Rabah, the final day of Sukkot, the assembled crowd in the Beit Hamidrash held a long, extended
morning service. The climax of the
service was the Hoshanot: participants paraded around the Beit HaMidrash seven times with their lulavim and etrogim, reciting the moving
and entrancing liturgical poems of
salvation with their mantra-like refrain,
Hosha Na, Hosha Na
THE MITZVAH OF DONATING FOOD TO THE NEEDY
OUR EFFORTS PAID OFF
Thanks to the very many of you who brought in your Trader
Joe's bags filled with packaged, canned, and non-perishable
food donations for this year's High Holiday Paper Bag Project. The food has been delivered to the Our Lady of Refuge
and the Bnai Raphael Food Pantries. You took your own
experience of hunger with a day of fasting on Yom Kippur
and turned it into meaningful action to help those who experience food insecurity and hunger every day. The hundreds of pounds of canned goods, pasta, cereal, and grain
that were donated went to hungry people in our community. You can continue to contribute to these food pantries
throughout the year. Bring food donations to Our Lady of
Refuge Roman Catholic Church, 2020 Foster Avenue, and
Bnai Raphael, 1741 McDonald Avenue. Our community's
thoughtfulness and generosity enabled us to work together
to begin to create meaningful change and to engage in tikkun olam and tzedakah. Thank you!
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POST YOM KIPPUR THOUGHTS
by Ellen Levitt
For Yom Kippur 5776 we had nice sunny weather, which made it easier to observe the holiday. For Yom Kippur 5776
we at the East Midwood Jewish Center heard an intriguing sermon from Rabbi Carl. We prayed along with the beautiful singing of Cantor Levine, the Octet and members of the Choir. We sometimes turned from the prayer books, our
Machzorim, to gaze at cute little babies, some of whom made their EMJC debut that day.
These are my sunny, optimistic observations of Yom Kippur at our shul. But there are some other observations I made
that are more troubling. For instance, just before we were to begin the Yizkor service, a woman whom I did not recognize sat in front of my husband, whipped out her cell phone, and spoke loudly into it. “Come sit next to me, there are
seats here!” the woman exclaimed to someone. My husband and I were not happy about this behavior, to say the least.
Needless to say, as soon as Yizkor was done, the woman and her friend left. They didn’t stick around for the return of
our Torahs to the ark, nor any other prayers. They came only for Yizkor.
To me, that is not only disrespectful, it is also depressing. Is Yom Kippur intended to be little more than an occasion
for reciting memorial prayers? Then there is the Comedy Central TV show “Broad City” in which two characters
kvetch about fasting for Yom Kippur. Many a joke has been cracked over the years at the act of fasting for Yom Kippur, turning this act of purification and trying to emulate the angels, into an act of griping and “torture.”
Too many people, unfortunately, see Yom Kippur as a depressing day, or a day of annoyances and pain, or a day to
“get through.” Now, I realize it’s not a day to whoop it up and dance feverishly, or to get lots of presents, and other
typically fun fun fun things. But still, why do so many people see Yom Kippur as this bump in the road, this obstacle
to get past, this day to robotically chant a Yizkor prayer and then hit the road rather than a a day of peace and reflection?
I read that the Israeli writer Etgar Keret likes Yom Kippur. Good! And while I cannot preach a sermon like a rabbi, I
would like to challenge you all to think more positively about Yom Kippur and the opportunities it offers to us. It offers us a day to reflect and pray, a day to yank ourselves away from modern technology and distractions. It is a day
that we are supposed to be on a much holier level, or try to attain it. Yes, there are sad aspects to the prayers, particularly Yizkor and the Martyrology. But they are not the be-all and end-all of Yom Kippur; they are not the main attractions.
Yom Kippur needs a better public relations campaign!
I am pleased to see that many people do show up for Neilah, and they cheer on the excitement accompanying that final
blowing of the shofar. I would like to see more people infuse the rest of the holiday with that kind of feeling.
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THANK YOU to all of my East Midwood family and friends for
all of the cards, phone calls, visits, Yom Tov food and the
outpouring of love following my recent knee surgery. Special
thanks to Sally and Mike HIpscher who coordinated and delivered much of the food, and to Emily & Joseph Pariente who
enabled me to hear the blowing of the shofar.
Thanks to everyone for their kindness during the shiva period for
my beloved mother Mollie Klein
Sincerely, MELVYN KLEIN
THANKS to everyone for their kind words and good
wishes, flowers, donations after my
recent accident.
I appreciate your thoughtfulness.
Fondly, SHIRLEY STRAUSS
The Pariente family (Emily, Joseph, Jonathan and Gabriel)
and the entire Klenetsky family gratefully acknowledge the
overwhelming
support they received from the EMJC family after the death of their
beloved father and grandfather,
Irving Klenetsky. The donations, car ds, calls, messages,
visits and attendance at the funeral meant a great deal to them
during a difficult time.
CONGRATULATIONS and Mazal Tov to
Paul and Marcia Adler on the birth of their granddaughter Lilah Ella Adler daughter of Jonathan Adler and his wife
Debbie Blumberg
Aliza Avital on the birth of her grandson Daniel Avital
Herman Lepson on the birth of granddaughter Adamina and to proud parents Lisa Lepson and Jonathan Friedman
Anthony & Heather Pallone on the naming of their daughter Selene Amiella Wahba-Pallone
Adran Cataneda Rojas and his wife Anna Miriam Keller on the birth of their daughter Helen Rose Cataneda
Glenn and Tabitha Teitelbaum on the Pidyan Haben of their son Jacob Teitelbaum
KIDDUSH SPONSORS:
We thank those who sponsor our Kiddushim.
Oct 10 Melvyn Klein sponsored a Congregational Luncheon in memory of his beloved wife Susan
Oct 24 Nathanial and alba Mosery sponsored a Congregational Luncheon in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of their son Julian
Oct 31 Steven Drachman and his wife Dr. Lan Chin sponsored a Congregational Luncheon in honor of the Bat Mitzvah
of their daughter Julianne Chin-Drachman
Nov 7 Howard Dankowitz and his wife Ellen Levitt will sponsor a Congregational Luncheon in honor of the Bat
Mitzvah of their daughter Michelle Dankowitz
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BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
NOVEMBER
Howard Feldsher
Janet Gurvitch
Howard Dankowitz
Flora Bloom
Janet Marcus
Shirley Strauss
Miriam Goldhaber
Joseph Abada
Daniel Shapiro
Janet Young
Roslyn Pomerantz
Paula Engel
Stephen Finkelstein
Joseph Sherman
Pearl Berkowsky
Jacob Young
Harriette Cohen
Blanche Finkelstein
Hannah Levine
Laura Berlinerblau
Stephen Appell
Susan Serota
Gary Abrams
Robert Bloch
Ann Kranis
Max Gurvitch
DECEMBER
Rochelle Eckstein
Melvin Girshek
Joseph Rothstein
Arthur Susnow
Irving Wiener
Sherry Spergel
Leah Krakowski
Henry Traktman
Michael Marcus
Ethel Gold
Eda Solome
Eugene Krakowski
Mitchell Schechtman
Phyllis SilversteinSilbert
Susan Girshek
Dr. David Hammerman
Leonard Nurkin
Amy Liebov
Phyllis Nurkin
Benjamin Lapidus
Nathaniel Mosery
Norman Abes
Rabbi Alvin Kass
Martin Shelton
Dena Levinson
Carole Bloomfield
Dr. Jacob Solome
ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
NOVEMBER
Dr. Joseph & Dr. Lisa Rothman
Nathaniel & Alba Mosery
Steven & Sherryl Eluto
Irving & Barbara Wiener
David & Rochelle Eckstein
Jon & Beth Jacobs
Dr. Philip & Joan Greenberg Klein
Michael & Aviva Sucher
Stephen & Madeleine Appell
DECEMBER
Joseph & Renee Abada
Ephraim & Estelle Leibowitz
Morris & Carole Berman
Syras & Sandy Green
Robert & Seema Rosenthal
Murray & Moran Lantner
Dr. Jacob & Eda Solome
Jacob & Janet Young
Dr. David & Gail Hammerman
Eliot & Marsha Solomon
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THANKS TO HIGH HOLIDAY HELPERS
Dear Friends,
Since a great many people were involved in preparing for and conducting our High Holy Day and Sukkot
Services, it is important that we thank them publicly for their many hours of work. Here is the list and we
apologize if any names were accidentally omitted.
Preparations for the Services:
Rabbi Matt Carl, Cantor Sam Levine, Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen planned the content of each service.
Audrey Korelstein, Director of Family & Children’s Services arranged the 4 children’s services
Arthur Geen constructed the schedule and the list of honorees
Preparation of the Building:
Getting the building ready: Under the direction of Anderson Waithe and Edith Maiman, many places in the
building were repaired, painted, washed, cleaned, polished, and vacuumed by Jacques Almenor, Bernard Jenkins, Rudoph Grantly, John Ramos and Tommie Stevens. Sam Ainbinder and Dan Shapiro took care of special
purchases.
Ticket Sales: Ed Guter man, Ticket Committee Chair , was ably assisted by Car olyn Baskin, Rochelle
Eckstein, Barbara Hopard, Stephanie Kaner, Marina Lukina, Edith Maiman, and Marilyn Pearce, Debbie
Schechtman (past ticket chair) provided helpful advice along the way.
Printing the Ticket & Seating Lists: Marina Lukina
Preparing the Book of Remembrance: Marina Lukina & Stephanie Kaner
Publicizing the Holiday Services: Audrey Korelstein created numerous beautiful fliers and posters and the
schedule of holiday events; Anderson Waithe put up the outdoor banner; Audrey Korelstein, Stephanie
Luxenberg, Rebecca Philips and Toby Sanchez publicized the events in multiple issues of our Weekly
Newsletter
Planning Break the Fast: Frances Fischer
Conducting the Services: In the Sanctuary: Rabbi Matt Car l, Cantor Sam Levine & Assistant Cantor
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen
The Usher Team: Ar thur Geen, Chair , Steve Finkelstein, J oel Hochstein, Mar lene Kr afchik, Har vey
Lubowitz
The Octet & Chorus: Stephen Appell, Dr . Nina Bickell, Clair e Block, David Fir estone, Rachelle
Grossman, Michael Hipscher, Ellen Levitt, Emily Pariente, Joseph Pariente, Marjorie Sanua, plus some
members of the EMJC Chorus
Shofar Blowers: Joseph Pariente & Bradley Appell
Those Who Performed Hagba (lifting the Torah): Er ic Arr ow, Ar thur Geen, Mel Gir shek, Scott Gir shek,
Sally Hipscher, Ben Lapidus, Gella Solomon
Those Who Performed Glila (dressing the Torah): Goldie Ar r ow, Susan Geen, Rebecca Gr ossman,
Ariela Hazan, Cora & Molly Isaacson, Susan Lubowitz
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The Days of Awe Barrier Free Service: cr eated by Rabbi Matt Car l, Audr ey Kor elstein and Cantor
Sam Levine; participants included Rachelle Grossman, Randy Grossman, Teresita & Ben Lapidus, Ari &
Ilan Levy, and the sign language interpreters Cheryl Danto Scanlan and Samantha Kuperberg
The Children’s Services were conducted by:
Rebecca Phillips and Murray Lantner
Audr ey Kor elstein, Joanne Riehl, Gella Solomon,
Flowers for the Sanctuary:
For Rosh Hashanna: Judith, David & Ariella Banon in memory of beloved aunts Dorothy Morris and
Gertrude Unterman.
For Yom Kippur: Susan & Arthur Geen
The Russian Language Service: Aliza Avital, Sandy Goldhaber, Tom Kraner & Alex Traktman,
The Lobby Greeters: Nor man Abes, Elaine Adelin, Car olyn Baskin, Rochelle Eckstein, Zvi Engel,
Frances & Avrom Fischer, Judge Michael Gerstein, Rachelle Grossman, Ed Guterman, Gail Hammerman,
Sally Hipscher, Larry Isaacson, Dr. Lois Jackson, Alyssa Katz, Leah Krakowski, Steve Litwin, Amy Nitzky, Marilyn Pearce, Shereen Rosenthal, Joseph Rothstein, Debbie Schechtman
The Sukkot Events: Ander son Waithe & his staff put up the sukkah in the cour tyar d
Decorating the Sukkah: Sally Hipscher , Audr ey Kor elstein & the RoomJ Kids & Families
The Sukkah Party: Rachelle & Randy Gr ossman, Leng Tan
Simchat Torah/Dancing with the Torah: Rabbi Matt Car l, Rebecca & Randy Gr ossman, Audr ey
Korelstein, Cantor Sam Levine, Andrew & Dinah Levinson, Phyllis & Joseph Rothstein
Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah Celebrations
Julian Mosery: October 24, 2015
Congratulations to Nathaniel and Alba Mosery on the occasion of
their son becoming Bar Mitzvah
Michelle Dankowitz: November 7, 2015
Congratulations to Howard Dankowitz and Ellen Levitt
on the occasion of their daughter, Michelle, becoming Bat Mitzvah.
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ROOMJ AT EAST MIDWOOD JEWISH CENTER
W
e know that kids are busy with school, homework, family time, sports, music lessons and play
dates, but RoomJ will help you and your children discover that there is room for Judaism. Our arts based
Sunday/Tuesday Hebrew school partners a Judaic curriculum emphasizing Jewish traditions with exploration
and creativity. Small group learning is hands-on, as we
believe that understanding comes through doing and by
converting words into action. At all times we guide our
students to think for themselves about the intersection
of Judaism and their lives.
RoomJ students of all ages draw, build, cook, compose,
sing, act, sew, paint, dance, debate, interpret and imagine as they
learn Hebrew letters, words, phrases, Bible and other
stories. They sometimes make a big mess - and that is
great.
Kids ages 5-10 are in our Little Learners Program, and meet on Sundays from 9:30 to 11:30 am.
Older kids, ages 11-13, meet on Sundays from 9:30
am to 12:30 pm and then have a Tuesday Enrichment
Option from 3:30 to 5 pm. We have excellent Bar/
Bat Mitzvah Preparation.
In addition to these classes, we have programs for all
holidays, a monthly child-oriented Shabbat-a-BimBom
service and dinner, and opportunities for social action.
Plus we have a pool and a gym for recreation and parties.
We give attentive support to every type of learner and
warmly welcome all kinds of families.
RoomJ r eceived a " Fr amewor k for Excellence
Award from the United Synagogue of Conservative
Judaism.
A meaningful Judaic education is a gift that lasts a lifetime. It offers a connection to our heritage and history,
a bond with our ancestors and with the Jewish people,
and a framework for lifelong ethics and values.
Contact us at RoomJ at the East Midwood Jewish Center, 1625 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11230.
The telephone numbers are 718-338-3800 or call the
direct RoomJ number at 718-285-0405, or send an
email to [email protected] or check out our website www.emjc.org.
NOT TOO LATE TO GET YOUR NIIGHTSHUL ON
Thursdays from 7PM(Wine and cheese social)
Classes 8-9PM
(season “pass” or individual nights)
Some After-class Music
Join your friends in the learning events of the year.
See www.NightShul.org for further info
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By Shira Felberbaum, LMSW, MS
EMJC Social Worker (from The Jewish Board via UJA’s Partners in Caring Program)
I am Shira Felberbaum, a social worker from The Jewish Board, available to your community through
a grant from UJA called Partners in Caring (PIC).
As your PIC social worker, I am able to meet with you individually to offer short-term supportive
counseling around matters including loss and bereavement, coping with illness, caregiving challenges,
long term planning, and advance directives. I am also able to refer you to others resources in the
community that may be able to provide you with ongoing support.
Over this past year I was privileged, once again, to connect individually with a number of you and also to partner with
EMJC professionals and lay leaders to develop and deliver an array of community-wide programs. Cantor Sam Levine,
Education Director Audrey Korelstein, Rabbi Matt Carl, and I along with support from Co-presidents Toby Sanchez and
Randy Grossman, held a number of programs that were open to the community, many of which we intend on delivering
again to the community this coming year.
Below is what the above mentioned team of EMJC professionals and lay leaders and I envision for the coming year:
Barrier-free High Holiday Service
Just as has been done in previous years, EMJC’s welcoming and sensitive all-ages service, held during the Days of Awe for the Jewish
New Year, is designed to be accessible to all and is especially family-friendly. It is for anyone who wishes to be part of a lively and
interactive service of prayer, Torah, song, story, and shofar blowing in a supportive atmosphere full of holiday joy. The service is barrier
-free; No stairs or tight pews; “Up front” wheelchair seating; A Torah that’s easy for everyone to see; Large print reading materials;
ASL interpreted; All parts of the service explained; A social story is available too.
Holiday Series for Bereaved Jews
Just as in prior years we held a series of three gatherings at the times of Sukkot, Chanukkah, and Passover, we plan to do so in the coming year as well. Each of these programs will draw upon the themes unique to the holidays as a way to remember, honor, and celebrate
the lives of our deceased loved one(s). Programs will consist of discussion, text reading, music, poetry, arts and crafts.
[Gathering in the Hut: A Sukkot Program for Bereaved Jews]
Lights in the Darkness: A Hanukkah Program for Bereaved Jews
Coping with the Empty Chair at the Seder Table: A Pesach Program for Bereaved Jews
End-of-Life Care Discussion and Planning with Advance Directives
New: This year we plan to offer an interdisciplinary panel discussion that can address the spiritual / religious, medical, legal, financial,
and emotional aspects of this process. The goal is to have experts available to touch upon these topics and then be available for both a
community-wide question and answer session and also a small group and/or set of one-on-one discussions.
Bikur Cholim Training
New: This year we plan to offer a training and discussion around the experience of those who visit the sick, elderly, and homebound as
well as the experience of those who are the recipients of such visits. We will discuss ways to help increase the meaning of such visits for
both parties and also ways to identify when additional support may be advisable as well.
Shabbat Honoring Relationships of Loved Ones Whom We Take for Granted
In previous years we have created themed Shabbats such as the one in which we honored caregivers and more recently the one in which
we honored intergenerational relationships. This year we intend to honor those who we may have come at times to take for granted. It
will be a chance to come celebrate those who mean the most to us in our personal and professional lives as well as in the synagogue
community. We will hopefully give special attention once again to increasing the awareness and prevention of elder abuse through important discussion. Music and text study will also be important elements of the program.
Note: Please periodically visit the EMJC website both to look for details of the below listed programs as dates approach
and also to find out about additional programs that may be offered to the EMJC Congregational Community as well.
To be in touch with me by phone or email at The Jewish Board, please either
call me at (212) 632-4735 or email me at [email protected] By appointment, I plan to be available on-site at EMJC most Mondays from 10:30
AM – 2:30 PM, so please contact me if you wish to connect.
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President Randy Grossman’s Comments,
cont’d from page 1
So what does that mean? Let's take a look at what happens
when you come to shul. You enter our Lobby, thru our beautifully re-stained doors, and you feel at home. Soon afterwards,
you will encounter a friend or neighbor that you haven't seen
for a while. If it's Shabbat, the beautiful voice of the Cantor, or
Lay prayer leader will enter your consciousness, and raise your
spirits. The Rabbi's commentaries will add to your knowledge,
give you a new perspective, or perhaps challenge your strongly
held views. As you acclimate to the sanctuary, you will see
more people that you know, and exchange a few words, and
agree to catch up at Kiddish. After the service, you help yourself to a fruit juice of the vine, or to some schnaps for a L'chaim. Then enjoy some challah, sweet cake, cheese and crackers
or fruit. As you nosh you catch up with old friends, and meet
their friends, and or guests. After a hot drink, and sharing some
more stories you say good-bye. As you leave, you compliment
yourself on making the choice to come to shul today, and say to
yourself, “I really should come more often.” With a few exceptions, it's no secret, people don't love to spend hours on end
just in prayer, however they do enjoy the additional socializing, learning, and eating. All of one's basic needs are met on
Shabbat morning. Most other services, and learning activities
offer the same benefits, resulting in strengthened bonds.
Of course we need money to sustain all this activity! But what
is most important is that we need YOU. You make a difference. You can shape what we do and who we are. Only in this
way, can the East Midwood Jewish Center remain that foundation, and hub in our community. In this way we will grow as
individuals, as Jews, and as a community, allowing our spirituality to grow.
On a personal note, during the past year, if I have through my
actions, my failure to act or my words hurt or slighted my family, my friends or any of you in the EMJC community, I offer
you my apologies, and request your forgiveness as I will try to
do better in the coming year. On behalf of my family and me, I
wish Rabbi Matt, Cantor Sam, Edith Maiman, Audrey Korelstein, our staff, volunteers, and all of us a year of health, happiness, and inner piece
G'mar Chatimah Tovah
Randy Grossman, Co-President
NEW MEMBERS
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A MESSAGE FROM SHIRLEY WECHSELBAUM, PRINCIPAL
EAST MIDWOOD HEBREW DAY SCHOOL
After all the hustle and bustle of preparations, the holidays have come and gone, leaving behind fond memories of special family moments and the spirituality of the holiday season.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our faculty and supporting staff members for the smooth opening of the school year.
Classroom routines and expectations have been set. Bulletin boards are already exhibiting students’ work. As I walk through the quiet
halls of our school and visit classrooms, I see students engaged in ongoing lessons, eager to participate in activities and happy to be back
at school and with their friends. Our teachers, both senior and new, have returned re-energized and eager to motivate our students with a
more rigorous course of study. This promises to be a very school year for all.
Rabbi Michel Abitbol, the head of our Judaic Studies Department, has been working diligently with our teachers on the curriculum, the
texts and workbooks to promote the highest level of achievements. He has already infused greater emphasis on making tefilah more
meaningful to our students.
Mrs. Elmkies, our Administrative Director and Parent Liaison, continues to make our school a well run safe and secure environment for
all our students and staff. A special thank you goes out to Barbara and Mickey, our dedicated office staff, Maria, our business manager,
and to Jorge, Omar and Frank, our security and maintenance staff for their hard work in preparing the way for the opening of school and
making sure that everything is in place and running smoothly.
Kudos to our PTA for adding additional Smart boards to the classrooms which lacked them. The parents of our PTA are always working
had to find way to do things that benefit our students and school community.
I am looking forward to a wonderful school year for all of us. For information about any aspect of the East Midwood Hebrew Day
School, I can always be reached at [email protected]
PARTICIPATE IN INTERFAITH NOW
Group’s recent educational sojourn to
Harlem visiting Harriet Tubman’s statue
Hi all,
The 15th annual Interfaith thanksgiving service
will be on Sunday Nov 22 at 4pm at OLR. As
we enter into the season of holidays gift giving, I
am inviting all of you to become sponsors for
this wonderful event. Very few groups have
been involved with ongoing interfaith activities
for as long as EMJC, OLR and now the Church
of the Nativity have been. It is through the generous support of people like you who help sustain our efforts and keep our interfaith work going. How can you help? Make a donation of any
amount and send your checks with a note in the
memo INTERFAITH SPONSOR and send it to
the EMJC office before November 18th!. Your
name will appear in our program and you will
have the satisfaction of knowing that you have
played an important part in supporting the interfaith committee and helping us to bring wonderful meaningful programs to our community.
Thanks in advance for your generous donation! See you on the November 22nd!
Sincerely,
Sally Hipscher
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EMJC Gratefully Acknowledges Donations Made to the Following Funds
ADULT INSTITUTE FUND
Ephraim Leibowitz
In memory of Jean Leibowitz
ALAN ROSENBLUM FUND
Marcia & Paul Adler
In memory of Warren Rosenblum
Evelyn Cohen
In memory of Warren Rosenblum
Amy & Matt Doctrow
In memory of Warren Rosenblum
Janis & David Doctrow
In memory of Warren Rosenblum
Michelle Feldman
In memory of Warren Rosenblum
Susan & Alan Fine
In loving memory of Warren Rosenblum
Marlene & Bert Frank
In memory of Warren Rosenblum
Ellen & Bernie Greenberg
In memory of Warren Rosenblum
Elaine & Ed Heller
In memory of Warren Rosenblum
Mindy Heller
In memory of Warren Rosenblum
Estelle & Ephraim Leibowitz
In memory of Warren Rosenblum
Hannah Levine
In memory of Warren Rosenblum
Marilyn Litwak
In memory of Warren Rosenblum
Mr. & Mrs. Julius Paige
In memory of Warren Rosenblum
Phyllis & Joseph Rothstein
In memory of Warren Rosenblum
Helene & Dennis Sadow
In memory of Warren Rosenblum
Audrey & Norman Skopp
In memory of Warren Rosenblum
Shirley N. Strauss
In memory of Warren Rosenblum, beloved husband, father &
grandfather
Myra Zolotar
In memory of Warren Rosenblum
BIKUR CHOLIM FUND
Joan & Lenny Berkowitz and family & Anne Brandstein
In honor of a Refuah Shlemah for Shirley Strauss
Pearl & Harvey Berkowsky
In honor of a Refuah Shlemah for Shirley Strauss & Kevin
Carroll
Steve Finkelstein
In honor of a Refuah Shlemah for Shirley Strauss
In honor of a Refuah Shlemah for Abe Prosky
Frances & Avrom Fischer
In honor of a Refuah Shlemah for Arlene Schmutter
In honor of Miriam & Sandy Goldhaber on the marriage of
their grandson Ariel Menche to Aviva Koloski
Reva Friedman
In memory of Irving Klenetzky, beloved father of Emily Pariente
In honor of a Refuah Shlemah for Shirley Strauss
Dr. Howard & Joan Honigman
In memory of Allan Klein
Susan & Harvey Lubowitz
In honor of a Refuah Shlemah for Shirley Strauss
Robert & Sharon Resen
In honor of a Refuah Shlemah for Shirley Strauss
Joyce Shapiro
In honor of a Refuah Shlemah for Shirley Strauss
Janet & Jacob Young
In honor of a Refuah Shlemah for Sarah, granddaughter of Dr.
David & Gail Hammerman
BUILDING FUND
Renee Abada
In memory of parents
Madeleine & Stephen Appell
In memory of Irving Klenetzky, beloved father of Emily
Pariente
In memory of Allan Klein, father of Philip Klein
In memory of Irving Goldstein
Ruth & Naomi Aronowitz
In memory of Marlene Lempert’s sister
Goldie & Eric Arrow
In honor of a Refuah Shlemah for Shirley Strauss
Judith Berman
In honor of Dr. Philip Klein & Joan Greenberg on the birth
of their new grandson
In memory of Irving Klenetzky, beloved father of Emily
Pariente
In honor of Hannah Levine on the birth of her
great-grandson Bryce Nathan Levine
In memory of Allan Klein, father of Philip Klein & Harold
Klein
In honor of Aliza Avital on the birth of her grandson Daniel
In honor of Claire Ahren’s Bat Mitzvah
Pearl Binder
In honor of a Refuah Shlemah for Shirley Strauss
In honor of Sally Hipscher & Michele Isaacson
David Clough & Andrea Levine
In memory of Allan Klein, father of Philip Klein
Steve Finkelstein
In memory of Sol Lepson, brother of Herman Lepson
Robin & Mark Finkelstein
In honor of Goldie & Eric Arrow on the birth of their first
granddaughter Anna Rose Greenberg
In honor of Dr. Philip Klein & Joan Greenberg on the birth
of their new grandson
Frances & Avrom Fischer
In honor of Hannah Levine on the marriage of her grandson
Lonnie Kussin to Laura Martin
Dr. David & Gail Hammerman
In memory of Warren Rosenblum
In honor of a Refuah Shlemah for Shirley Strauss
In memory of Allan Klein
In memory of Irving Goldstein
In honor of a Refuah Shlemah for Abe Prosky
In memory of Mollie Klein, mother of Melvyn Klein
Sally & Mike Hipscher
In honor of a Refuah Shlemah for Shirley Strauss
Gloria Hochberg
In memory of Benjamin Hochberg
In memory of Lillian Leffler
Barbara & Stan Hopard
In memory of Miriam Greenberg, mother of Joan Greenberg/
Klein
In memory of Allan Klein
Michele & Larry Isaacson
In memory of Susan Klein
Miriam & Sandy Goldhaber
In memory of Irving Goldstein
In honor of a Refuah Shlemah for Abe Prosky
In memory of Mollie Klein, mother of Melvyn Klein
In honor of Hannah Levine on the marriage of her grandson
Lonnie Kussin to Laura Martin
Rita Katz
In memory of Irving Klenetzky, beloved father of Emily
Pariente
Tom & Madeline Kraner
In memory of Irving Klenetzky, beloved father of Emily
Pariente
In honor of Hannah Levine on the birth of her greatgrandson Bryce Nathan Levine
In honor of Miriam & Sandy Goldhaber on the marriage of
their grandson Ariel Menche to Aviva Koloski
In honor of Gail Hammerman on her election as national
secretary of Hadassah.
In memory of Thelma Isaacson, beloved mother of Larry
Isaacson
In memory of Herman Lepson’s brother Sol
In memory of Irving Goldstein
Ann Kranis
In memory of Ernest Posen
Hannah Levine
In honor of Joyce & Richard Towber, good luck in their new
home
Amy & David Liebov
In memory of Allan Klein, father of Philip Klein
Roz Pomerantz
In honor of a Refuah Shlemah for Shirley Strauss
EMJC Gratefully Acknowledges Donations Made to the Following Funds
Sharon Resen
In memory of Baylka Weinschel
Sharon & Robert Resen
In honor of Toby Sanchez on the graduation of her granddaughter Sonia from American University
In memory of Thelma Isaacson, beloved mother of Larry
Isaacson
In memory of Irving Klenetzky, beloved father of Emily
Pariente
In memory of Dorothy Resen
In memory of Lewis Weinschel
Shereen Rosenthal
In memory of Irving Goldstein
Phyllis & Joseph Rothstein
In honor of a Refuah Shlemah for Shirley Strauss
In memory of Irving Goldstein
Shirley N. Strauss
In honor of Joyce Shapiro on the birth of her greatgrandson
In honor of Dr. Philip Klein & Joan Greenberg on the birth
of their new grandson
In honor of Joan Berkowitz’ retirement
In memory of Marlene Lempert’s sister
In honor of David Burg’s special birthday
Edith Tuber
In memory of Irving Klenetzky, beloved father of Emily
Pariente
Dr. Alexander Trakhtman & Galina Zbarskaya
In memory of Irving Klenetzky, beloved father of Emily
Pariente
Janet & Jacob Young
In memory of Susan Klein
Herbert & Marcia Weller
In memory of Susan Klein
Tina & Matthew Wells
In memory of Allan Klein
RABBI AARON POMERANTZ FUND
LISA EHRLICH EDUCATION FUND
Joan & Lenny Berkowitz
In memory of Lisa Ehrlich
Barbara Fromowitz
In memory of Harry Feldman
Syras & Sandra Green
In honor of Ellen & Norman Green’s anniversary
In memory of Warren Rosenblum, father of
Jon Rosenblum
In honor of Melanie & Steven Green’s anniversary
In memory of Marlene Lempert’s sister
In memory of Herman Lepson’s brother Sol
In memory of Irving Goldstein
Peter Handler
In memory of Fayga Handler
Stanley & Gloria Weinstein
In memory of Lisa Ehrlich
ROOM J FUND
Sally & Mike Hipscher
In memory of Marlene Lempert’s sister
In memory of Allan Klein
In memory of Rachel Janofsky
MORTON BINDER STUDY FUND
Anne Binder
In honor of Hannah Levine on the birth of her greatgrandson Bryce Nathan Levine
In memory of Rabbi Eisenberg’s sister
Barbara & Stan Hopard
In memory of Irving Goldstein
Phyllis & Joseph Rothstein
In memory of Allan Klein
PRAYER BOOK FUND
Marcia & Paul Adler
In memory of Herman Lepson’s brother Sol
Susan & Harvey Lubowitz
In memory of Irving Klenetzky, beloved father of Emily
Pariente
In memory of Herman Lepson’s brother Sol
In memory of Allan Klein
RABBI HARRY HALPERN FUND
Reva Friedman
In memory of my mother Miriam Angiel
Edith Gothelf
In memory of Warren Rosenblum, husband of Harriet,
father of Jon
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Joan & Lenny Berkowitz and family & Anne Brandstein
In memory of Irving Klenetzky, beloved father of Emily Pariente
Pearl Binder
In memory of Irving Klenetzky, beloved father of Emily Pariente
In honor of Goldie & Eric Arrow on the birth of their first granddaughter Anna Rose Greenberg
Ina Cooperman
In memory of Sandra Fellen, beloved sister of Marlene Lempert
Rochelle & David Eckstein
In honor of a Refuah Shlemah for Shirley Strauss
In memory of Irving Goldstein
Steve Finkelstein
In memory of Allan Klein
Arthur & Susan Geen
In memory of Sol Lepson, brother of Herman Lepson
In memory of Irving Goldstein
Syras & Sandra Green
In honor of Reva Friedman’s birthday
In honor of a Refuah Shlemah for Shirley Strauss
In honor of Luna Poplausky on the engagement of her grandson
In honor of Luna Poplausky on the birth of her great grandson
Barbara & Stan Hopard
In honor of a Refuah Shlemah for Shirley Strauss
Edna Leib
In memory Allan Klein
Maxine & Jerry Moses
In memory of Frank Rosenblum
Roz Pomerantz
In loving memory of Warren Rosenblum, husband of Harriet, father of
Jon
Robert & Seema Rosenthal
In honor of Reva Friedman’s granddaughter Madeline’s Bat Mitzvah
SIMCHA FUND
Marcia & Paul Adler
In honor of Goldie & Eric Arrow on the birth of their first
granddaughter Anna Rose Greenberg
In honor on the birth of our granddaughter Lilah Ella
Minda Arrow
In honor of Joan Greenberg for all her help
Rochelle & David Eckstein
In honor of Hannah Levine on the birth of her great-grandson Bryce
Nathan Levine
In honor of Amy Nitzky promotion at work
In honor of Joan Berkowitz’s retirement
In honor of Aliza Avital on the birth of her grandson Daniel
Arthur & Susan Geen
In honor of Aliza Avital on the birth of her grandson Daniel
Barbara & Stan Hopard
In honor of Marcia & Paul Adler on the birth of their granddaughter
Lilah Ella Adler
Emily & Joe Pariente
In honor of Dr. Philip Klein & Joan Greenberg on the birth of their
new grandson
Shirley N. Strauss
In honor of Alba & Nathaniel Mosery on the Bar Mitzvah of their son
Julian
WELFARE FUND
Reva Friedman
In honor of Seema & Robert Rosenthal on the Bar Mitzvah of their
grandson
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EMJC Gratefully Acknowledges Donations Made to the Following Funds
YAHRZEIT FUND
Dr. Larry Abelove
In memory of Bertha Dina Abelove
Roberta Albert
In memory of Ida Samuels
Stephen Appell
In memory of my mother Alice Griefer Appell
Joyce Ashe
In memory of my brother Robert Ashe
Lois Baratz
In memory of Herbert Nogin
In memory of Jerald Nogin
Anita Baskin
In memory of Edith Baskin
Sandra Batiz
In memory of Dr. Robert Scher
In memory of Emanuel Scher
Ruth Berger
In memory of Irving Gottlich
Morris Berman
In memory of Tillie Berman
Iris & Warren Brahms
In memory of Celia Brahms
Dr. Gerald Brooks
In memory of Irving Brooks
Lee Brooks
In memory of Abraham & Anna Brooks
Leonora Chertoff
In memory of Phillip Chertoff
Elinor Chopnick
In memory of Simon Trauber
Andrea Clough
In memory of Shirley Levine
Carol Dachs
In memory of Ethel Dachs
In memory of Alan Dachs
In memory of Morris Dachs
Renee & Maxime Ellezam
In memory of Jack Kuperways
In memory of Regina Kuperways
Judith Engel
In memory of Evelyn Miller
Marvin Fishman
In memory of Gustav Fishman
Sally Frishberg
In memory of Tsivia Engelberg
Ruth Garbarini
In memory of Irving Aronowsky
Arthur & Susan Geen
In memory of Harry Geen, father of Arthur Geen
Susan Geen
In memory of my mother Rose Rosenberg
Stephen Geffon
In memory of Pauline Geffon
David Gelfman
In memory of Samuel Gelfman
Dita Gershengorn
In memory of Rose Bandoim
Zipora Glazer
In memory of Brana Cojocaru
Dr. Abram Godin
In memory of Ida Godin
Sarra Godin
In memory of Dora Saposnikova
Ethel Gold
In memory of David Mayerovitz
In memory of Josefina Mayerovitz
Linda Gold
In memory of Morton Molinsky
Andrew Goldberg
In memory of Ida Goldberg
Grace Goldberg
In memory of Adolph Goldberg
Victor Goldfarb
In memory of Benjamin Goldfarb
Max Goldman
In memory of Lottie Rosenkranz
Irving Goldstein
In memory of Sam Meyers
In memory of Rose Meyers
In memory of Frances Meyers
In memory of Herman Goldstein
Loretta Goldstein
In memory of parents Solomon & Celia Bullock
Rosalyn Goldstein
In memory of mother Helen Fichtenbaum
Arline Gruskin
In memory of Sherwood Gruskin
Sylvia Jaffe
In memory of Ida Stark
Marjorie Kaufman
In memory of Helen Weinberger
Gary Katz
In memory of Jacob Katz
Goldie Klein
In memory of Morris Klein
Melvyn Klein
In memory of Louis Klein
In memory of Susan W. Klein
Clare Klinger
In memory of Jacob Klinger
In memory of Becky Klinger
Roberta Klinger
In memory of Bernard Hertan
Frida Kogan
In memory of Anna Shukher
In memory of Mark Kogan
Martin Kotler
In memory of Louis Kotler
EMJC Gratefully Acknowledges Donations Made to the Following Funds
Marlene Krafchik
In memory of William Peltz
Ann Kranis
In memory of my sister Saralee Bowers
Leah Krakowski
In memory of Helen Shapiro
Milton Krasne
In memory of Helen Krasne
Raymond Kurman
In memory of Bernard Kurman
Marlene Kutner
In memory of Charles Panzer
Marcia Leifer
In memory of Ernest Posen
Morton Levine
In memory of Samuel Levine
Eleanor Marcus
In memory of Pauline Morse
Rita Meyer
In memory of my mother Trude Meyer
Dr. Bernard Metrick
In memory of Irene Metrick
In memory of Harry Perlman
Muriel Minsk
In memory of Hyman Arffa
Norman Moskowitz
In memory of Max Moskowitz
Bruce Oberfest
In memory of Harry Oberfest
Andrew Oxenhorn
In memory of Lilly Oxenhorn
In memory of Muriel Oxenhorn
Gladys Pickman
In memory of Loulu Seltzer
Jane Pritz
In memory of Irma Pritz
Raisa Reyzelman
In memory of Naum Reyzelman
In memory of Moishe Shoykhet
Betty Rosenstock
In memory of Max Rosenstock
Shereen Rosenthal
In memory of Sidney Rosenthal
Edward Rothstein
In memory of Shirley Levine
Judith Satin
In memory of Lillian Miller
Richard Schapiro
In memory of Louis Schapiro
Nathan Schiff
In memory of Sidney Schiff
In memory of Mildred Schiff
In memory of Frances Bromberg
Estelle Schaffer
In memory of Sarah Broome
In memory of David Schaffer
Florence Schaffer
In memory of Bella Kantrowitz
In memory of Jennie Kantrowitz
Rosalyn Schwartz
In memory of Jacob Stern
Samuel Seltzer
In memory of Loulu Seltzer
Lila Shapiro
In memory of Anna Brooks
Sheila Shaw
In memory of Charles Shaw
Marcia Sheiman
In memory of Fay Brenner
Alla Shkolnik
In memory of Simon Koitun
Elizabeth Simon
In memory of Abraham Simon
Shirley Slatkin
In memory of Freda Gorenberg
Saul Spindel
In memory of David Spindel
Marc Suekoff
In memory of Florence Suekoff
Diana Susseles
In memory of Dave Friedman
Barbara Tirschwell
In memory of Anna Tirschwell
Madeline Turk
In memory of Helen Krasne
S & J Turk
In memory of Harold Berger
Dr. Alan Weinstein
In memory of Sylvia Weinstein
Irving Wiener
In memory of Florence Serkin
Sara Zuckerman
In memory of Samuel Shiffman
Janet & Jacob Young
In memory of Albert Schultze
Sadie Grossman
Milton Biesly
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PATIENT, EXPERIENCED TUTOR for Elementary, High School and College Students Needing Help in English, History, Reading, and Writing
My name is GABRIEL PARIENTE, a Brooklyn College senior majoring in Journalism and minoring in Criminal Justice. I’ve worked
at a local camp as a counselor for 5 years. In addition I am very adept at both US and World History scoring a 4 and 5 on both AP exams. Being very dedicated and willing to go the extra mile to help others succeed, I will do everything in my power to help you improve
on your strengths to help you, or your child, achieve your goals.
I’m generally free most evenings Mon-Thurs but am willing to work on weekends as well.
Fee $30 an hour. Special circumstances considered. [Babysitting also
available]
Contact Info: 917-837-3120 or [email protected]
Contact Joe Sanchez 845-688-5057, for more info
POOL SCHEDULE FOR NOVEMBER
(subject to change)
For EMJC members & community
SUNDAY
9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Swim Koi
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm - Swim 1 2 3
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Family swim
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm - Women only swim
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Men only swim
MONDAY
10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Co-ed swim
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Women only swim
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Swim Koi
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm – Family swim
8:10 pm – 10:10 pm- Women only swim
TUESDAY
10:00 am – 12:00 pm –Women only swim
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Co-ed swim
6:00 pm- 8:00 pm – Family swim
WEDNESDAY
10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Co-ed swim
8:10 pm - 10:10 pm – Women only swim
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Swim 1 2 3
THURSDAY
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Family swim
8:10 pm - 10:10 pm – Men only swim
FRIDAY
10:30 am – 12:00 pm – Swim Koi
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Co-ed swim
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Swim Koi
Pool usage is FREE for EMJC members
$10.00 per session, per person for non-members.
Monthly Passes:
Family - $75/month
Single Person - $50/month
PRIVATE PARTIES, PRIVATE INSTRUCTIONS, AND
POOL RENTAL AVAILABLE
For more information: [email protected]
Swim Koi: Contact @ [email protected] & 347562-3924
Swim 1 2 3: Contact Luda @ 718-265-1521, 917-608-7848
SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS
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EAST MIDWOOD JEWISH CENTER BULLETIN
PUBLISHED SIX TIMES A YEAR
DONATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR ALL OCCASIONS
Occasion:________________________________________________________________
EAST MIDWOOD JEWISH CENTER
1625 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11230
www.emjc.org
An Inclusive
Egalitarian Community
affiliated with The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
listed on National and New York
State Registers of Historic Places
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