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don`t miss pjc`s comedy night! saturday, february 27th
PLAINVIEW JEWISH CENTER
5776/2016
FEBRUARY / SHEVAT / ADAR I
ISSUE #103
DON’T MISS PJC’S
COMEDY NIGHT!
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH
SISTERHOOD MEETING
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND - 8:15PM
BOOK REVIEW: THE NIGHTINGALE
by KRISTIN HANNAH
SISTERHOOD NEWS BEGINS ON PAGE 29
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HAMAKOM YINACHEM
Estelle Hodes, on the passing of her sister, Sheila Berkowitz.
Michael Vernon, on the passing of his brother, Kenneth Vernon.
Howard Friedman, Jamie Harris and Charles Friedman, on the passing
of their wife and mother, Selma Friedman.
Eileen Dershowitz, on the passing of her father, Irving Weicher.
Nina Winter, on the passing of her mother, Rose Moskovic.
PJC MISSION STATEMENT
Plainview Jewish Center is a forward-looking, familyfriendly, Conservative synagogue, which respects and
incorporates traditional Jewish values. We are completely
egalitarian and inclusive in all aspects of synagogue life.
We strive to provide a distinct, positive Jewish identity
through worship, life-long education, enrichment, and
community involvement. These practices ensure a
congregation in which every member matters.
KEEP US INFORMED!! Got good news? Engagements, marriages, births? Send your information by mail,
fax (516-938-2737) or email ([email protected]) so that we may share your simchas with the congregation.
PLEASE LET OUR CLERGY KNOW! Current laws prevent hospitals from releasing names of patients.
Please call the Temple Office when you, a family member, or friend are in the hospital and would welcome a
visit. Contact the Temple office at 516-938-8610 ext.0.
ORBIT (USPS 410440) is published monthly from September to June
for $2.00 per annum by the Plainview Jewish Center (a religious corporation under the laws of the State of New York), 95 Floral Drive West,
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West, Plainview, New York 11803
RABBI...........................................................................Steven Conn
RABBI EMERITUS...................................................Julius Goldberg *
CANTOR......................................................................Morris Wolk
PRINCIPAL.................................................................Philip Dickstein
PRESIDENT..............................................................Shea Z. Lerner
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD............................Charles Wasserman
SISTERHOOD PRESIDENT.................................Debbie Zaglin
MEN’S CLUB PRESIDENT....................................Alan Hodes
FAMILYEDUCATION DIRECTOR......................................Judy Alper
YOUTH DIRECTOR.......................................................Dani Hauser
ORBIT EDITORS.........................................................Margie Richter
Michele Haimes
Elizabeth Kessler
Carol Hauser
ORBIT COVER ART................................................... Joyce Eckstein
* In Memorian
DEADLINE - FOR- ISSUE DATE
FEBRUARY 1st
Plainview Jewish Center
516-938-8610
WEEKDAY SERVICES
Mon. thru Fri…………… 6:30AM
Mon. thru Thurs…….…...8:00PM
Sun. and Holidays………. 9:00AM
Sun. and Holidays………. 8:00PM
Friday Evening Services Check Calendar for Times
WE’RE ON THE WEB:
WWW.PLAINVIEWJEWISHCENTER.ORG
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FEBRUARY CALENDAR
Rabbi Steven Conn & Cantor Morris Wolk will officiate at services
The Officers and Board of Trustees Extend a Hearty Mazal Tov to the Families of the Following Simchas
Monday, February 1st
IAJS Steering Committee Meeting…….……7:30PM
Tuesday, February 2nd
Sisterhood Meeting.….…...…..............……8:15PM
Thursday, February 4th
Senior FAN Club………………..….….………1:00PM
Friday, February 5th
Erev Shabbat Service……......……………….5:00PM
Saturday, February 6th
Shacharit Service…………………..………….9:00AM
BAR MITZVAH: SAMUEL HAFKIN,
SON OF MELISSA AND ALLAN HAFKIN
Musical Junior Congregation…...…………....9:45AM
Mincha/Ma’ariv…………......………...……….5:00PM
Sunday, February 7th
Services followed by T/T Breakfast….....……9:00AM
World Wide Wrap…………………….…...…..9:00AM
Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class..….……......……..9:15AM
Religious School Committee Meeting…......10:00AM
Hebrew High School……………….........…..11:30AM
Patio Players Rehearsal………….............…2:00PM
Evening Minyan…………………...................5:00PM
NO 8:00PM SERVICE TONIGHT
Tuesday, February 9th
Men’s Club Movie Night……………....……….8:15PM
Wednesday, February 10th
Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Conn.…...…….11:00AM
Ritual Committee Meeting…..…………....…..8:30PM
Thursday, February 11th
Senior FAN Club......….........……..….………1:00PM
Board of Trustees Meeting…............…....….8:30PM
Friday, February 12th
Erev Shabbat Service……………..……..…….5:00PM
Family Friendly Friday Night Service……..….7:00PM
Saturday, February 13th
Shacharit Service…………………………...….9:00PM
Mincha/Ma’ariv………..........……..………..…5:00PM
Sunday, February 14th
Services followed by T/T Breakfast………..…9:00AM
Patio Players Rehearsal….......…………...…2:00PM
Tironim/Kadima……….........…...…………….5:00PM
USY………….............…………………………7:00PM
Thursday, February 18th
Senior FAN Club…………………….…..…..…..…1:00PM
Friday, February 19th
Erev Shabbat Service………….....…………....….5:15PM
Gimel Class Service…........…………..……....….7:00PM
Saturday, February 20th
Shacharit Service……………….....…………...….9:00AM
Junior Congregation-Shabbat as One…......…...10:30AM
Mincha/Ma’ariv………..................…..………...…5:15PM
Sunday, February 21st
Services followed by T/T Breakfast…………..…..9:00AM
Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class……….....……….….…9:15AM
Stand WithUs Israel Program…..……………..….9:30AM
Hebrew High School…………….......……….…..11:30AM
Patio Players Rehearsal………..…………...….…2:00PM
Kadima………………..............……………….…..5:00PM
USY…………………………………………….….…7:00PM
Monday, February 22nd
Membership Committee Meeting……….…….….8:15PM
Tuesday, February 23rd
Sisterhood Board Meeting……………….………..8:15PM
Men’s Club Board Meeting………..........………..8:30PM
Thursday, February 25th
Senior FAN Club…………………………….……...1:00PM
Friday, February 26th
Erev Shabbat Service……………......…………….5:30PM
Musical Tot Shabbat…………………….………….5:30PM
Saturday, February 27th
Shacharit Service…………………..……..………..9:00AM
Mincha/Ma’ariv ……………………......….…..……5:30PM
Men’s Club Comedy Night….................….……..8:00PM
Sunday, February 28th
Services followed by T/T Breakfast……………..…9:00AM
Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class……….......………….…9:15AM
Vav Class Workshop……………………………....11:15AM
Patio Players Rehearsal….........…..……………..2:00PM
Tironim/Kadima….........……......…………..….….5:00PM
USY………………………………..…………..…..…7:00PM
Please Note:
On Super Bowl Sunday, February 7th,
Our Evening Service Will Be At 5:00PM
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FROM THE RABBI by Rabbi Steven Conn
For a few days last week, our beloved hometown, Plainview-Old
Bethpage, made the national news. And that is not something that, in our quiet
bedroom community, happens every day.
It was the story of the Plainview Moms and the Powerball that finally brought
our town into the spotlight. Media outlets including AOL, MSN, television stations
in Las Vegas and Arizona and even the London Daily Telegraph picked up the
story
For those of you who did not see the reports on our local stations or read them in the newspapers,
let’s quickly recap the story. As many of you know, Plainview Moms is a Facebook group with more
than 4000 members. The group is, I am told, very active and its discussions are wide-ranging. It is not
an exaggeration to say that Plainview Moms may be the single most influential civic group in our
community. Certainly, every business in town, every club and organization knows the value of positive
buzz on Plainview Moms.
Last week a couple of members of the group put out a notice that they were putting together a
group to buy Powerball tickets. Initially they expected “maybe fifteen” others to join them. Instead, the
group ballooned to more than 1200 before the organizers closed off the pool. People waited in long
lines in the bitter cold on Sunday and Monday nights just to get in on the action.
News of the giant Powerball group quickly spread. Some people were calling it the biggest
lottery pool ever. To their credit, the organizers made the rules of the pool quite simple and egalitarian.
Families could buy five two dollar tickets; no more, no less. Winnings would be split equally among all
the participants. And if the returns were less than ten dollars per family, they would be donated to
charity.
By pooling their money, the Plainview Moms Powerball group managed to reduce their odds of
winning from one in 292 million to only one in forty nine thousand. But when the winning numbers were
drawn on Wednesday night, they still didn’t win. In the end, the group ended up donating more than a
thousand dollars to charity and nobody quit their day jobs.
I think a lot of us got a real kick out of seeing our community get so much attention. But, at the
same time, I know I am not the only one wondering, “what exactly does it say about our community that
we are known for getting together to try to win Powerball?” Should we be proud of our organizational
skills? Or should we be embarrassed by the intensity of our lottery fever?
At least one local media figure, I am told, suggested that the Plainview Moms have simply
proven once again the tremendous motivating power of greed. But I don’t see it that way. Sure, people
were excited at the prospect of winning the Powerball. And participating in the group made that
prospect a little less remote. Yet, the more I listened to Plainview Moms talk about the Powerball
pool, both on television and in person, the more I realized that it really wasn’t about the money.
From where I sit, I think our Powerball group served our community in much the same way that
the Passover sacrifice served the ancient Israelites on the night of the exodus from Egypt. In the days
before the exodus, Moses prepares the Israelites for the coming of the climactic tenth plague. “On the
tenth of this month,” Moses instructs them, “take a lamb to a family, a lamb to a household. But if the
household is too small for a lamb, let him share one with a neighbor who dwells nearby, in proportion
to the number of persons: you shall contribute for the lamb according to what each household will eat.”
The Israelites are instructed to slaughter the lamb on the night of the first Passover. They are to smear
its blood on the doorposts of their houses, and eat the flesh as a part of a sacred meal that becomes
the first Passover seder.
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From The Rabbi ( continued from Page 4 )
It is interesting that the Torah is concerned not only with making sure that the Israelites each
participate in the sacrifice of a lamb, but also that households that are too small to consume an
entire lamb should join together. In fact, in later times, the great sage Rabbi Akiva teaches that
sharing the lamb was necessary in order to fulfill the commandment. We might well ask, then “why
was sharing the lamb so important? Would it have really made any difference if each family had just
slaughtered and eaten its own lamb?”
As it turns out, sharing the lamb is important not just for the night of the first Passover, but for
the entire future of the Jewish people. Rabbi Joseph Solevetchik, the great twentieth century Orthodox
thinker, sees in the sharing of the Passover lamb as helping lay the foundation for future Jewish
communities. Solevetchik writes
A new fellowship was formed around the korban Pesach (the Passover sacrifice); a
new community sprang into existence. Being together, living with each other, sharing
something many possess in common was made possible by the ceremony of the korban
Pesach (the Passover sacrifice). The slave suddenly realized that the little he has saved
up for himself, a single lamb, is too much for him. The slave spontaneously does
something which he would never have believed that he was capable of doing — he
knocks on the door of his neighbor whom he had never noticed, inviting him to share
the lamb with him and to eat together. The chesed (kindness) community is born.
For Rabbi Solevetchik, sharing the Passover offering establishes, first of all, a sense of connection
among the people. Sharing their lambs makes the slaves realize that they have common bonds and
a shared destiny. Sharing also challenges them to show their generosity toward others; to begin to
truly care about each other. It is only when they have this shared sense of destiny, this feeling of
community and generosity, that the Israelites are ready to leave Egypt and begin the process of
becoming a real people.
The Plainview Moms Powerball pool may not prove to be as significant an event in our
community’s history as the first Passover is in the history of the Jewish people. But the lottery pool
did serve some of the same purposes. Like the first Passover offering, the Powerball group brought
people out of their homes and into a large scale experience of sharing as a community. There were
no barriers or restrictions on who among the Plainview Moms could join the group. As such the
group brought together a wide cross section of our increasingly diverse community.
In that coming together, there was, at least for a few days, a sense of shared destiny. If one of
us won, then all of us would win. We were in this together, even if it meant that each of us would get
less than if we were in it alone and had the lucky number.
Alongside our dreams of winning the Powerball, an impulse for generosity arose as well. The
group’s gift to charity was not just a fallback position. It was, as anybody who was calculating the
odds knew, the most likely outcome of this lottery pool. As much fun as it was to fantasize about
winning, it was just as satisfying to know that the ultimate outcome of the group’s efforts was to help
people in need.
In the end, what I hope comes of this experience is a deeper sense of community here in
Plainvew-Old Bethpage. Day in and day out, we spend most of our time in our own houses, and in
our own small orbits of school, work, friends, and organizations. Even in a small town like ours, we
know only a fraction of our neighbors. Yet, as we were reminded last week, we are far more connected
than we realize. We really do have a lot in common with our neighbors here in Plainview-Old Bethpage.
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From The Rabbi ( continued from Page 5 )
Even more important, our lottery pool experience showed us that, if we can all share the dream
of winning the Powerball, we can share other dreams as well. We can be not only a powerful force for
creating community, but also a powerful force for making our community, and the world beyond, a better
place. Imagine what we might be able to accomplish if we could find a common cause, a project for
helping others that we all believed in. Imagine if we could find a way to channel the energy of 1,200 or
even 4,000 families into doing some real good—not just as a by-product of our social lives, but as a
goal in and of itself.
There is so much more we can do together—if only we can take advantage of the incredible
resources we have in each other. Putting together the largest lottery pool ever may not make us special.
But the success of the Plainview Moms shows us that, as a community, working together and with a
shared sense of destiny, we have the ability to do so much more. It is my hope and prayer that last
week’s lottery pool will serve as the beginning of our community’s awakening to the possibilities of
pooling our resources, our talents and our enthusiasm to make our community and our world a better
place.
A few months ago Shea asked Ed and I to form an Israel Solidarity Committee.
The mission being to bring speakers to the synagogue to educate us on what is
happening in Israel today and how this affects us in the states. As all of you have
heard, our brothers and sisters in Israel are facing a new kind of intifada, one not
fought with bombs but with knives. The silence of the media and the world to our
pain is deafening. We, however, must not be silent.
On Sunday, February 21st PJC will host a breakfast in support of Israel.
Shahar Azani, of the organization STANDWITHUS, will speak about what is
happening in Israel today. There is no cost for this breakfast. All we ask is your
time. Please join us at 9:30am on February 21st. Children are welcome!
Eileen and Ed Fleischman
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The Cantor’s Note:
The Shirah as a Model for Communal Life
As I sat down to write this column for Orbit, I found myself looking forward to
the upcoming Shabbat. It was not reassuring, though, to hear that the weather
forecasters were predicting what could be a major snow storm for the east
coast on Friday evening. Of course, as so often happens, the experts did
not all agree. So, we just had to wait and see. In any case, it is now past
history.
So, why, then, was this Sabbath different from all other Sabbaths? It was the Sabbath when we read
Moses’ Song at the Reed Sea (Exodus 15) from the Torah. This song is identified in Jewish literature
as the Shirah, the Song. Hence, the Sabbath is known as Shabbat Shirah, the Sabbath of the Song.
Moses’ song is traditionally chanted with a special celebratory melody, different from the usual
cantillation of the Pentateuch. Shabbat Shirah formerly marked the beginning of Jewish Music Month,
a time dedicated to emphasizing the significance of music in the culture and civilization of the Jewish
people. It is also, coincidentally, the anniversary of my bar mitzvah, which is only fitting for a bar
mitzvah boy who grew up to become a cantor.
The Shirah is the oldest song in Jewish history in existence today. It has become more than a
celebration of the splitting of the Sea of Reeds. It is, by tradition, an affirmation of Jewish faith in God
and God’s sovereignty over all creation. We read this section not only when it occurs in the cycle of
Torah reading, and on the seventh day of Passover, but every morning from the prayer book as part
of the early Shacharit service. Its placement connects us to the Exodus experience and positions us
to look forward to the future with hope.
The Torah records that Moses led the men, and his sister, Miriam, led the women in song. The
women’s singing, moreover, was accompanied by instruments and dance. The Midrash inquires
where the Hebrews got these instruments in the desert, and the Rabbis answer that the women of
that generation possessed such remarkable faith in Divine intervention that they brought instruments
with them from Egypt to celebrate future miracles.
There is a disagreement in the Mishnah as to exactly how the song was rendered. Rabbi Akiva
believed that Moses declaimed it while the people responded “I will sing unto the Lord” after each
verse. Rabbi Eliezer declared that the people repeated the whole song together after Moses. Rabbi
Nehemiah said that Moses and the people recited the verses alternately. These special methods of
recitation discussed in the Talmud still persist to a certain extent in contemporary congregational
prayer and are reflected in different practices in both Ashkenazic and Sephardic synagogues.
The differing opinions in the Talmud may actually serve as models for communal life. There are
times when all the members of a community are in the same place, singing together, as it were, lifting
their voices in a combined expression of unity. At other moments, a community needs a leader to
show the way, after which they may follow. Leaders and followers are both essential components of
a community. As a cantor, I can tell you that if one person sings and no one responds, little exists.
But, when one person sings and others join in, the entire community is empowered.
Cantor Morris Wolk, D.Mus.
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A NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT by Shea Z. Lerner
Running a vibrant and dynamic organization is no easy task. This is why
I/we are appreciative for all those who take time out of their daily lives to donate
their time and serve our congregation. According to the latest figures published
in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, a single volunteer hour is worth over $250 per
hour; an expense we would have to incur if not for our lay leadership at all levels.
If we compute all of our volunteer hours, the benefit totals considerably in the
seven figures. Donations cover expenses, one’s time enables us to operate.
All too often, I engage congregants who reach out to me with one of two
complaints; one, is that they are not “aware” of the happenings around the
synagogue and they feel that we need to be more transparent and informative
and second, we are bombarding them with too many emails, regular mail and
phone calls apprising them of what is going on. As an executive fundraiser by profession, I ascribe to
the paradigm that a “complaint is a gift,” whereby enabling one to take a negative and make it a
positive. In our case, we have two polar opposites and whatever we do, clearly will not assuage the
concerns of at least half of us.
To those who feel we are not transparent and informative, let me remind you that on a weekly
basis, we send out an email bulletin listing the happenings for the week and monthly, we send out
Orbit. This is in addition to the social media posts, snail mail and phone trees that are part of our daily
lives. In this technological age, PJC is able to track the number of emails sent and opened by our
congregants. It is a paltry 20%. A higher percentage, around 80% of emails and correspondence are
opened by our Religious School mailing list. One can surmise that once you receive an email message
or phone call from PJC, it is deleted or sent to spam before opening. If you are not in “the Know,” it is
because you have chosen not to be. Our Congregation meetings, held at least 4 times per year, are
an opportunity to voice your opinions and VOTE on the numerous expenditures and elections required
by our constitution. Unfortunately, we get enough for the required Quorum and not many more.
For those who complain we are too informative, please refer to the prior paragraph for tips on
being left out of the loop. In all seriousness, I defer to the fact that over publicizing is better than under
publicizing.
With that said, I appreciate those who came down on Wednesday, January 27th to the
congregation meeting to vote for the nominating committee for 2016-17 and to approve the emergency
repairs made to our HVAC/Water system at 95 Floral Drive and to the Rabbi’s roof at 23 Acorn Lane.
Since we sent out results of the meeting, no one should feel uninformed.
January was another exciting month. Special kudos to Men’s Club and Sisterhood for another
successful Men’s Club/ Sisterhood Shabbat held on January 30th. Yasher Koach to our Presidents,
Alan Hodes and Debbie Zaglin and to my esteemed and wonderful Co-Chair, Doris Cooper for making
this a success.
The Second Annual Parents Night Out saw well over 100 people for this 80’s themed event
catered by Robert Ian Caterers with live music provided by the Ronald Reagan Band. Our committee
cannot be thanked enough; Yasher Koach to Stacy Meyerson, Sharonie Kesselman, Jessica Grant
and Vanessa Sheinwald for all of your hard work.
Mazel tov to our Gimmel Class who during our Kabbalat Siddur Ceremony on January 31st,
received their own personal Siddur’s to be used and cherished for a long lifetime.
Hopefully you will have opened the Orbit email and read my column. More importantly, you are
aware of the importance of our communications and the need for their frequency. Be on the lookout
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President’s Message ( continued from Page 8 )
for invitations and notifications for our Israel Action Breakfast on February 21st and our Comedy Night
Fundraiser on February 27th. Please RSVP when noted so we can plan appropriately.
Looking forward to your feedback (positive, I hope) and your participation.
Shea Z. Lerner, [email protected]
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH AT 9AM
PJC WILL JOIN CONGREGATIONS AROUND THE WORLD
AS WE TEACH THE MITZVAH OF WRAPPING TEFILLIN!
SAVE THE DATE
FIRST NIGHT OF PESACH AT PJC
FRIDAY, APRIL 22ND AT 6:30PM
Leave the preparation to us.
Come and enjoy a beautiful seder
Led by Rabbi Conn and Cantor Wolk
With a delicious meal!
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contact us at:
516-938-8610
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or www.plainviewjewishcenter.org
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Subject: The Goering Brothers: Heredity is Not Destiny
While Hermann Goering was killing Jews, his brother
worked tirelessly to save them.
Hermann Goering was Hitler’s right-hand man and the
founder of the Gestapo – may that monster suffer true justice
for his deeds.
Albert Goering was Hermann’s younger brother. While
his maniacal sibling was killing Jews, Albert worked tirelessly
to save them.
The Goering brothers, only two years apart, grew up in
a Bavarian castle. From an early age, the two were obviously
different. Hermann was bold, confident and obsessed with war
games; Albert was shy and thoughtful.
Later, Hermann would tell a psychiatrist from his
Nuremberg cell, “Albert was always the antithesis of myself.”
In the 1930’s, ruthless Hermann rose in the ranks of the Nazi
party to become Hitler ’s top military commander.
Albert was strongly opposed to Nazism and left Germany in
protest. He moved to Vienna, where he worked in the film industry and counted Jews among his
closest friends.
As Hermann’s campaign against the Jews intensified, so did Albert’s determination to help
them. In Vienna, Albert once came upon a group of Nazi thugs, who had put a sign around an old
woman’s neck proclaiming, “I am a Jewish sow.” A crowd gathered to mock the woman. Albert pushed
through the mob, and punched two Gestapo officers to save the woman. His life might have ended
right there, as the crowd turned on him. The SS men demanded to see his papers. When they saw his
name, they escorted him to safety in deference to Hermann.
When Albert’s Jewish friends in Vienna were arrested by the Nazis, Albert again used his
unique position to save them. He forged documents, using his brother’s name, to help longtime pal
Jacques Benbassat escape to Switzerland, and used his influence to get his former boss Oskar
Pilzer, and Pilzer’s entire family, freed. Again and again, he saved Jewish lives. Whole families owe
their present existence to Albert. He saved many Jews by sending trucks to Nazi concentration camps
with requests for workers. Once aboard, the trucks would take them into a forest and allow them to
escape.
After the war, Albert was imprisoned at Nuremberg and interrogated for 15 months. Nobody
believed his story until 34 Jews he’d rescued submitted sworn statements on his behalf. He was
freed, but soon found that his name made him an unemployable pariah. Albert sank into depression
and alcoholism, surviving on a small government pension and food packages sent by Jews he had
saved.
He died in obscurity in 1966. Albert’s wartime heroism was unknown until documents were
recently unearthed in British archives showing that he saved hundreds of Jews. His life demonstrates
that it is our choices that define us, not our relatives.
By Salvador Litvak, Via Aish.com
Checked at: http://www.timesofisrael.com/yad-vashem-prize-for-top-nazis-brother/
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FRIENDLY REMINDER from SISTERHOOD.......
Purim is Just Around The Corner - Wednesday, March 23RD!!
Please participate in the Mitzvah of sending Shalach Manot to one another. Let
PJC’s Sisterhood be your agent again this year. Don’t forget to place your Shalach
Manot Orders early- The deadline is fast approaching - so don’t be left out.
There are 4 different Order Forms in this issue of Orbit. They have also been
mailed to you. If you participated last year we have also mailed you the order you
placed last year to help make it easier to place your order this year.
1. There is an Order Form for Shalach Manot Baskets - send to your friends,
family. Remember to send a child’s bag to your children, etc.
(deadline is March 4th)
2. There is an Order Form to send to your child’s Hebrew School Teachers.
3. There is an Order Form for sending Purim Cards to friends or family far
away (or nearby). (deadline is March 4th)
4. There is an Order Form for College Kits - send Shalach Manot to your
children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc or anyone you love who is
away at college. They will be thrilled to receive this. (deadline is March 4th)
You may also visit the PJC website at www.plainviewjewishcenter.org to
find the forms. So, don’t wait - place your order today. Send completed forms
with payment to PJC attn: SISTERHOOD
Sisterhood thanks everyone for their support and participation in this amazing
project!
Any questions contact: Marion @ 516-933-8085 [email protected] or
Bunny @ 516-433-5778
The Sisterhood Shalach Manot Committee
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SISTERHOOD PLAINVIEW JEWISH CENTER
Purim Kits for College Kids
Order Form
If you are interested in sending a kit(s), please provide Sisterhood with the following
information:
Name of College Student:
College Address:
______________________________________
______________________________________
______________________________________
______________________________________
Who is sending the kit:
______________________________________
Name(s) to be signed on card: ______________________________________
Send: $15.00 per kit if you are a Sisterhood Member
$20.00 per kit if you are not a Sisterhood Member
TO: Sisterhood PJC
95 Floral Drive
Plainview, NY 11803
Attention: Purim Kits
We plan to be sending out lots of kits this year so be sure to place your order early!
*Please remember that the cut-off date for ordering is Friday, March 4th so that we can
ensure delivery by Purim, Wednesday, March 23, 2016.
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SISTERHOOD PLAINVIEW JEWISH CENTER
IT’S SHALACH MANOT TIME
Purim Begins Wednesday Evening, March 23rd
Send a basket to your child’s Hebrew School teacher.
Please check off the names below and enclose a check of $6.00 for each
teacher you wish to send to. This can be sent to us separately or together
with your regular Shalach Manot Order Form.
___ Mr Philip Dickstein , Educational Director
___ Ms. Lucille Giniger, School Secretary
___ Mrs. Judy Alper
___Ms. Audrey Leventhal
___ Ms. Rachel Bieler
___Ms. Rachelle Rosen
___ Ms. Shoshana Gilaad
___Ms. Edina Segal
___Ms. Gina Giuffre
___Ms. Fran Shalot
___Rabbi Yacob Gil
___Mr. Jordan Vitta
___Ms. Michal Fruchter
___Ms. Lois Welt
___Ms. Melanie Linker
___Ms. Pearl Wernick
Your Name: __________________________________ Amt. Encl. ________
Your Child’s Name: _______________________________________________
Address: _______________________________________________________
Phone #: _______________________________________________________
Deadline is Sunday March 6th.
Mail your order today with a check payable to: Sisterhood, PJC
95 Floral Drive, Plainview, NY 11803
Attn: Shalach Manot Committee
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Religious School - Mr. Philip Dickstein, Education Director
One of the special parts of my position is having the opportunity to teach and learn from our
students. Many years ago, Rabbi Chanina, taught, “I have learned much from my teachers. I have learned
more from my colleagues than from my teachers. But I have learned more from my students than from all
of them.” (Babylonian Talmud, Taanit 7a) How blessed is every teacher to learn from one’s students!
I am so very proud to share a recap of a lesson I recently shared with our teens. I teach a class on
Midrash. Loosely understood, midrash is a story about a story in the Torah. Many times the midrash
solves a “problem” in the text or fills in a “gap” in the Torah.
We began our year’s study by looking at a midrash which sought to explain why Abraham alone
was given the command to leave his home and travel “…to the land I (God) will show you.” The midrash
suggests that the command was given to the entire world, but only Abraham could hear it; only Abraham
was receptive to God’s voice.
And, why, the midrash asks, was Abraham open to hearing God’s voice? The midrash teaches
that just as Abraham opened his tent so he could run to welcome visitors, his ears were open to hear
God’s voice.
At that moment one of the students, Jack Stone, said, “So when I do good for other people, that’s
when I’m hearing God?” Pretty wonderful, huh?!
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Our zayin students recently participated in the national Butterfly Project –
www.thebutterflyprojectnow.org The project seeks to make one million ceramic butterflies to remember
the one million Jewish children murdered in the Shoah. I was moved to see our children painting their
butterflies. What wonder we feel when we see Jewish children laughing and smiling. Each is a promise
for a better world. The Shoah was the darkest period of our people’s history; each child today brings a
ray of light to banish that darkness.
And, where is God during evil times? God is where we help each other; God is present when we
reach out to those in need. Right Jack?
The next class we read the midrash that explains why Isaac’s eyes were dim (Gen. 27:1). The
midrash suggests that when Abraham prepared to sacrifice Isaac at God’s command, the angels cried.
Their tears fell into Isaac’s eyes and they became dim. Three students, Emily Kubrick, Eden Greenberg,
and David Smolowitz, said, almost all at once, “That’s amazing! I love what the rabbis wrote! They were
so creative!” Right, Rabbi Chanina?
Philip Dickstein, Educational Director
WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN TO SPEAK HEBREW?
A group of PJCers is looking to form a group to learn conversational
Hebrew. Are you interested? The group would most likely meet on a weekday
evening, beginning in January. We have an experienced instructor who
would be thrilled to lead the group. The level of instruction would be
determined by the participants, but the request came from a group interested
in learning basic level skills. There would be a small fee for the sessions,
with the exact number to be determined by the size of the group.
If you are interested,
please contact Rabbi Conn at (516) 938-8610 ext. 1 or
[email protected]
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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR B’NAI / B’NOT MITZVAH
SAMUEL HAFKIN
February 6, 2016
Samuel is the son of Melissa and Allan Hafkin and has two brothers, Austin and Harrison
and a sister, Brooke. He is an eighth grader at POB Middle School. Samuel enjoys
playing sports, playing guitar, following the Mets and the Knicks and learning about cars.
His favorite holiday is Passover because the seder is a time when the family gets together.
REMEMBER TO PURCHASE CANDY BAGS
FOR YOUR BAR/BAT MITZVAH
THROUGH OUR YOUTH GROUP
CONTACT THE TEMPLE OFFICE: 938-8610
FEBRUARY 2016 SCHOOL CALENDAR
2/6/2015
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Saturday Musical Jr. Congregation
9:45AM-11:15AM
Sunday
Mitkadem & High School
10:45AM
Sunday
School Committee Meeting
10:00AM Kirschner Rm
Friday
Family Friendly Service
7:00PM-8:00PM
Sun-Mon President’s Day
No School
Wednesday School Resumes
Regular Schedule
Friday
Gimel Class Service
7:00PM-8:00PM
Saturday Jr. Congregation-Shabbat-As-One
10:30AM-12:00PM
Sunday
Mitkadem & High School
10:45AM
Sunday
Kadima -Casino Game Night-PJC
5:00PM-6:30PM
Sunday
USY -Casino Game Night-PJC
7:00PM-8:30PM
Friday
Musical Tot Shabbat & Dinner
5:30PM-6:30PM
Sunday
Mitkadem - NO HIGH SCHOOL
10:45AM
Sunday
Vav Class Workshop
11:15AM-1:00PM
5:00PM-6:30PM
Tironim/Kadima - Disney Night - PJC
Sunday
Sunday
USY - Disney Night - PJC
7:00PM-8:30PM
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Celebrate Musical Shabbat at
Plainview Jewish Center
Led by: Michal Fruchter
Keyboards and guitar by:
Shana Fruchter
Have fun while we sing fun songs, play games and listen to a special story led by
Rabbi Conn.
Program begins at 5:30pm followed by a kid-friendly
Dairy Dinner at 6pm from Hunkies
RSVP: 938-8610 or
[email protected]
Dates for the year:
Friday’s at 5:30pm
February 26th & March 18th
April 15th & May 6th
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Volunteers are needed! Your efforts and input are always appreciated at all Family Education
activities. In particular, we always welcome extra people to be greeters, accept honors and help in
setting up the oneg. Our school based workshops, though very well planned, need extra “hands” to help
them run smoothly and to make sure everyone has everything they need. Please contact Judy Alper at
[email protected] if you would like to help on school workshops, PJ Library events or at the Family
Friendly Friday Night service.
Thank you to the following people who were kind enough to join on one Sunday morning for the
Daled Family Ed Workshop: Rhonnie Diener, Jason Hymowitz and Ariella Alper. Their help was important
to everyone there. Anyone else care to volunteer? Looking ahead we will be having a PJ Library Purim
“event” and an Aleph class Passover workshop that is a lot of fun and open to the community. Go ahead,
you know you want to have some fun and help out. [email protected]
This month, our Family Friendly Friday Night Service is being held on Friday, February 12th at
7:00pm. Led by the Rabbi and Cantor, this service will have you dancing and singing in the aisles. As
always, there is a tasty oneg to follow and you’ll have a chance to enjoy the company of family friends. If
you would like to help participate in the sponsoring of the oneg, please contact Judy Alper at
[email protected] I hope to see everyone there!
WE WISH TO THANK AND EXPRESS OUR DEEP APPRECIATION TO THE FOLLOWING
FAMILIES FOR THEIR GENEROUS CONTRIBUTION TO THE MORNING MINYAN:
Rachel & Joseph Slater
Audrey & Lawrence Leventhal – In memory of Sharon Leventhal Silver
Charlotte & Jack Weingarten
WE WISH TO THANK AND EXPRESS OUR DEEP APPRECIATION TO THE
FOLLOWING FAMILIES FOR THEIR DONATION TO PJC:
Sabrina & Bruce Hymowitz
Harriet & Alan Rothstein – In honor of the Bat Mitzvah of Ainsley Lerner
Ellen & Robert Hayman - Cantor’s Discretionary Fund,
In memory of Elenore Hayman
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PJC YOUTH CORNER
Subscribe to Our Newslet
Dear PJC Community Youth,
We have some amazing events coming up. Below you can find an outline of our
upcoming events. I hope to see you all at our future programs!
Sunday, February 7th - Ruach Kinnus
USY
Sunday, February 14th - Event TBD
Tironim and Kadima: 5-6:30pm
USY: 7-8:30pm
Sunday, February 21st - Casino/Game Night
Kadima 5-6:30pm
USY 7-8:30pm
Sunday, February 28th - Disney Night
Tironim and Kadima 5-6:30pm
USY 7-8:30pm
*Tironim serves grades 3-5, Kadima serves grades 6-7, and USY serves grades 8-12.
*Tironim and Kadima will meet at 5-6:30 and USY will meet at 7-8:30 unless
otherwise noted.
Please look out for a weekly email with more details about the upcoming
events. I am so excited to see you all there and look forward to the great times to
come! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. My email is
[email protected] and my phone number is (516) 554-7390. See you all on
Sunday!
B’Shalom, Dani Hauser CHECK OUT OUR NEW PJC APP!
There is now a PJC app available in the Google Play Store.
It contains upcoming events, service schedules,
and much, much more!
Look under “Plainview JC” for the app.
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COME CELEBRATE
your Special Simcha with us
Saturday, April 16, 2016
We can celebrate 10 special Simchas with a
wonderful, catered Kiddush at PJC.
You can really have your cake & eat it too
For details please call
Marsha or Joe Elowsky 516 349 8821
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Plainview Jewish Center Special Gifts
Please consider becoming a permanent gift donor to the Plainview Jewish Center. The
following is a list of suggested Special Gift items that can be dedicated to celebrate joyous
events such as engagements, weddings, births, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, birthdays, and anniversaries.
Dedications can be made in the memory of loved ones or to acknowledge a special friend.
Brass inscriptions will be provided.
Synagogue
Lobby/Main Corridor
Bimah
Torah
New Torah
Torah Crown
Torah Rimonim
Torah Breastplate
Megilah
Pulpit Chairs
Kiddush Cup
Havdalah Service Items
Pew Seats
Torah Reader’s Yad
Bimah Wall Candelabra
Flags on Bimah
Memorial Boards
Challah Cover
Mezuzahs
Presidents Plaque
Tree of life Leaf (leaves)
Trophy Display Case
Tallit and Prayer Book Cabinet
Bulletin Board
Art Work
Religious School
Classroom
Library
New computer
Smart Board
Display Case
Wall Artifacts
Garden
Name memorial
Garden Benches
For further information, please contact:
Steve Glasser at:
516-938-3069 or
[email protected]
FREE MONEY
Please help our Religious School earn free money
Save Box Tops from General Mills brand items
Ziploc – Kleenex – Hefty – Cheerios – Scott Paper
Gogurt – Kix – Betty Crocker
and many more !!
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Shiva Set Up
A very special service that Sisterhood extends to our
congregation is a shiva set-up for those who have, unfortunately,
had a loss.
If you need this service, call the temple office to request the
set-up. Dorit will contact us and we will discuss the different
options with you.
If any one is interested in helping with the shiva set-ups,
please call the office and leave your name and number.
Thank you, Doris Cooper
The memorial plaques in our temple sanctuary
help us to remember our loved ones
who are no longer with us.
For questions or information,
contact the temple office: 516-938-8610
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We sometimes need to call people to make
our morning and evening minyans. We would
like to expand the list of people we can call.
USED COAT DRIVE
If we can call you in either the morning at 6:30AM
or evenings at 8PM or both please let us know.
Please email us at, [email protected]
or call 938-8610.
Please specify: Name, Phone Number, Availability:
Morning or Evening or both,
Any restrictions (i.e. any day but Tuesday).
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REFUAH SHELAYMAH
Our Plainview Jewish Center Family wishes a refuah shelaymah to:
Hank Marcus Daniel Polofsky
Martin Bertisch Beryl Kwitkin
Sharon Kunoff Charlotte Weingarten
To our PJC members: if you would like to have a family member
included in this section, please notify the temple office at:
516 938-8610 x101
P: 516-826-4100 F: 516-826-4102
LIC. H1735560000
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SISTERHOOD NEWS
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Debbie Zaglin - President
I read an article that stated, “Sisterhood is the most important Jewish women’s group in the
community!” I may be a little prejudiced, but I tend to agree. It is not a single issue organization. It
embraces Jewish education, family, Zionism, world Jewry, social action, community service and youth
programs. It meets the total Jewish needs of today’s woman, helping her grow to her fullest potential.
As an affiliate of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, each Sisterhood is part of the
largest and most influential synagogue women’s organization in the world. As such, we are empowered
with the ability to effect political and religious arenas locally, nationally and world wide. Even more
importantly, we have the ability to ensure that the traditions and practices of the Jewish family will be
maintained and passed on.
I think that our most precious commodity is time. Most women are in the work force, either part
time or full time, as well as continuing to be the primary person responsible for the home and household
chores. They help with their children’s homework, volunteer at their schools, and root for every sports
activity. They are also the guardians of most family traditions.
Most women don’t have the time to spend months developing a fund raiser or working on
some special new youth program. I foresee the need for many women to give a few hours instead of
a few women giving many hours. The results will be very fulfilling because every contribution of time,
no matter how small, will benefit the larger community. Each participant will have made the outcome
successful. The outcome is the perpetuation of Judaism.
Debbie Zaglin
PROGRAM Rose Weiner - Program Vice President
Tuesday evening, February 2nd is our annual Book Review meeting. Please remember to
read, The Nightingale. Our discussion will be led by Judi Dorosin. It promises to be a very
enjoyable evening. If you have not had a chance to read the book please come anyway. You will be
immersed to a very interesting story.
THE NIGHTINGALE by KRISTIN HANNAH
FRANCE, 1939. In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her
husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade
France … but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and
tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German
captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose
everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is
forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.
START READING NOW!
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EDUCATION Doris Cooper - Education Vice President
Jews and the Civil War
I recently attended Rabbi Conn’s “Lunch and Learn” and the fascinating subject was Jews
and the Civil War. We learned so many interesting facts that I’d like to share with you.
In 1860, there were 31 million people in the United States, and 150,000 were Jews (which
was half of 1% of the total population). 10,000 Jews enlisted in the Civil War (both sides). Jews in
the South were more accepted and they were more interested in racial issues than issues of antisemitism. Abraham Lincoln had just been inaugurated in 1860, and in 1861, war was proclaimed.
Many Jews had high ranking positions in the Union and Confederate armies and in the political
arena. To name a few, Abraham Jonas, Alfred Mordecai and Judah Benjamin were well known at the
time.
Sadly, brother against brother and Jew against Jew fought each other in this war. There were
many reasons for Jews to enlist in the Civil War. One was the opportunity for them to fight as equals
and to rise through the ranks. They also became pro-active when Ulysses S. Grant made an edict
expelling Jews as a class from the war zone, which Abraham Lincoln repudiated and overturned.
Many more interesting facts and stories can be found in a book, “Jews and the Civil War: A Reader”,
co-edited by Jonathan D. Sarna and Adam Mendelsohn. It will open your eyes and give you a
perspective of the evolving relationship of Jews to America.
Lehitraot, Doris Cooper
MEMBERSHIP Carol Hauser - Membership Vice President;
Debra Siegel, Membership Chairperson
Thank you to everyone who have sent in their annual Sisterhood PJC Membership Dues. If
you have not sent in your 2015-2016 dues, please send your $60 check, payable to Sisterhood
PJC, as soon as possible. I would like to extend a Mazel Tov to my membership chairperson Debbie and her husband
Jeff Siegel on the Marriage of their son Jason to Jaclyn. May they enjoy a lifetime of happiness
together. Thank you for your continued support of Sisterhood PJC, Carol SISTERHOOD/MEN’S CLUB SHABBAT - JANUARY 30TH
Thank you to all the marvelous women and men who participated in this year’s Sabbath. It’s not
an easy task to fill the shoes of our wonderful professionals, but we did it with great effort and ability.
Special thanks to our own Zelda Polofsky who was the program at our Kiddush. Her “Fun with Yiddish”
was indeed fun and the sing-a-long was enjoyed by all.
See you again next year.
Doris Cooper, Education Vice President
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The family of Arnie Cooper is proud to announce that
we will be having a posthumous showing of his pencil
drawings at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library
on Old Country Road, Plainview, New York 11803.
It will start on March 1st and will continue through
March 30th. On Saturday, March 12th, we will be
sponsoring a reception from 1:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M.
We hope to see you there.
Please SAVE THE DATE:
PJC SISTERHOOD’S
FASHION BOUTIQUE EVENING
Wednesday, April 13th at 7:00PM
Please join us for a nice dinner, good friends, and a whole lot of
shopping from 25 vendors. Reservations are $25.00 per person.
There will be great raffle prizes and just a very pleasant evening.
Any questions, call Marilyn Cohen @ 516 822-4553.
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SISTERHOOD JUDAICA SHOP
The Sisterhood Judaica Shop has gifts for all your holiday
needs. We have a large selection of honey and apple sets,seder
plates, menorahs, mezuzahs, jewelry and head coverings for
both men and women. Our great holiday serving pieces,
including platters and utensils, are wonderful for celebrating
and entertaining or to bring as a gift to family and friends.
WHEN YOU THINK GIFTS, THINK SISTERHOOD JUDAICA!
FOR INFORMATION, CALL MICHELE HAIMES @ 516-822-0704
BUY JNF TREES FROM SISTERHOOD
THEY CAN BE IN MEMORY OF A LOVED ONE
OR IN HONOR OF A LOVED ONE
OR JUST BECAUSE YOU WANT TO PLANT A TREE IN ISRAEL
JNF TREES ARE $18.00 EACH
PLEASE CONTACT: BUNNY FINKELSTEIN @ 433-5778
OR DEBBIE SIEGEL @ 822-6146
MAY WE SERVE YOU
Prayer Book Fund
Diane Miller 935-7732
Judaica Shop
Michele Haimes 822-0704
Torah Fund
Rose Weiner 935-0454
Joyce Rimer 433-4826
Judi Dorosin
Book of Life
Rhoda Meshover 938-8818
Cookbook
Barbara Alhadeff 631-923-0000
JNF Certificates
Bunny Finkelstein 433-5778
Debbie Siegel 822-6146
Mitzvah Committee: Call Temple Office: 938-8610 (Shiva Set-up & Shiva Chairs Available)
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TORAH FUND - Rose Weiner, Torah Fund Coordinator
The Torah Fund campaign is Sisterhood’s commitment to the Jewish
Theological Seminary. The JTS is the basis of Conservative Judaism with a
worldwide network of academic and religious institutions.
By supporting the Torah Fund campaign you are making it possible for
our future rabbis, cantors and teachers to be trained and educated. You can
help by purchasing Torah Fund cards which are available for all occasions.
They can be bought for personal use or they can be sent out for you. Cards
are available at general meetings, or you can contact Joyce or Rose who will
be happy to send them out for you. Cards are $4.00 each ( plus $.50 postage
if we send it for you). We welcome benefactors for a pledge of $180 and you
will receive a beautiful pin. Your donations will help safeguard the future of
Jewish life for our children and future generations to come.
Thank you for your support!
Rose - 935-0454, Joyce - 433-4826
*** Special Sale: $36 for ten cards; $20 for six cards
Welcome a new arrival!
Send one of these beautiful Torah Fund cards today!
Send these beautiful cards to celebrate happy occations,
to acknowledge the death of a loved one, to thank a friend,
to wish someone a return to good health or
just to let someone know you’re thinking of them.
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WE WISH TO THANK AND EXPRESS OUR APPRECIATION
TO THE FOLLOWING FAMILIES FOR THEIR GENEROUS CONTRIBUTION
TO THE YAHRZEIT & YIZKOR FUND:
Charlotte & Joseph Brodie
Eileen & Steven Dershowitz
Loretta & Izzy Fleiss
Anne Axelrod-Bedell
Caryn & David Nazarieh
Richard Lyons
Enid Flax
Paula R. LaMantia
Linda Sobolow
Janice & Howard Gellman
Natalia Nevidomsky
Ellen & Martin Kirschman
Judith & Stuart Forman
Lisa & Lance Gordon
Ida & Murray Kleiner
Ellen & George Rosenbaum
Wendy & Dennis Fingold
Philip Wolkis
Philip & Sheryl Smolowitz
Morton Amster
Toby & Harvey Gordon
Roberta & Neil Kushner
Harriette & Jeffrey Gold
Charlotte & Jack Weingarten
Margie & Marc Richter
Barbara & Bernard Roy Hoffman
Estelle & Alan Hodes
Shirley & Ross Landesman
Francene Cohen
Janine & Sheldon Jackman
Zita Rosen
Jonathan May
Sherma & Robert Oshinsky
Eileen Glotzer
Beatrice & Robert Gutman
Anne & Edward Fryman
Susan & Jeffrey Miller
Phyllis & Richard Golden
MEN’S CLUB by Stephen Taub
Men’s Club is gearing up for a number of major events aimed to benefit the entire congregation
as well as the community at large. On Sunday morning February 7th, Men’s Club will be spearheading
Plainview’s participation in the World Wide Wrap. Morning minyan begins at 9 a.m., where you will
be able to join fellow Jews around the world as they put on the tefillin. And if you need a refresher
course there will be plenty of people who can provide a helping hand. Then join us for our regular,
Sunday morning Men’s Club Talis and Tefillin breakfast.
On Tuesday, February 9th, Men’s Club will be presenting its annual movie night. This year,
our feature film is “Above and Beyond,” which chronicles U.S. World War II pilots who volunteered to
fight for Israel in the War of Independence. There will be popcorn, candy, soda and other treats
available, and as is tradition, there is no charge for the evening. So come on down and join us at
8:15 p.m., right after the evening minyan.
Then, on Wednesday March 23rd, don’t forget to come to Plainview Jewish Center to celebrate
Purim. Wear your costumes and make a lot of noise. Then join Men’s Club for its annual ice cream
sundae social. We will have several flavors and toppings as well as hamantashen. And, as usual,
there is no charge.
And, don’t forget about this year’s Men’s Club Patio Players show. We are presenting:
The Melody Lingers On: The Songs of Irving Berlin. We will be doing shows on Saturday
evening March 12th, Sunday afternoon March 13th, Saturday evening March 19th and Sunday
afternoon March 20th. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. To purchase tickets contact
the office and leave a message for Michael Prospect.
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THE BIBLE CLASS TAKES A WINTER BREAK
Our Bible Class will be taking a “winter break” during the months of
February and March. We hope to resume our study of the Book of
Nehemiah in April.
LUNCH AND LEARN
Wednesday, February 10th
Join us from 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM for stimulating study, good food
and even better company at our monthly Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Conn.
This month, we will read and discuss stories from Molly Antopol’s recent
book, The Un-Americans. The stories center around Jewish life, past and
present; exploring both the experiences of Jews in “the old country” and in
Israel and America. Reviewer, Meg Wolitzer, writes that the stories, “[Will]
make you nostalgic, not just for earlier times, but for another era in short
fiction. A time when writers such as Bernard Malamud, and Issac Bashevis
Singer and Grace Paley roamed the earth.”
Suggested donation is $5 per person. Lunch and Learn is usually held
on the second Wednesday of each month. Open to all PJC members and the
community.
SHABBAT AFTERNOON STUDY
This winter, between Mincha and Ma’ariv services on Saturday
afternoon, we will continue our study of Maimonides’ Hilchot De’ot. This
work, which is part of Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah, takes on the question
of what it means to live a good life from the Jewish point of view. Maimonides
combines sound practical advice with words of wisdom drawn from our
tradition. This material is sure to provoke lively and thought-provoking
discussions. Please join us. Service times are posted on the PJC calendar
in this publication and online.
ADULT EDUCATION SURVEY
What would you like to learn? When would you like to learn?
How would you like to learn?
We’d love to know. Watch your email for a brief survey on Adult Education
coming this month.
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PARTNERS IN CARING
The following correspondence was shared by the Partners in Caring
organization. This may help someone who is reading it now, or may be
of use to someone you know who is in similar circumstances and would
benefit from the information.
Dear Avigail,
I am a 65 year old woman who just retired. I am seeing more changes related
to aging then I realized. I have many other friends in the same boat, but I do not
feel comfortable talking about how it is making me feel. Is there any sort of
place I can go to where I can openly vent about how difficult this process has
been for me?
Ms. R
Hi Ms. R,
I understand that this is a complex time for you—you have years ahead of you,
yet you also may begin to look back at your life; physical changes may be occurring
that frustrate you and make you feel like you are no longer your younger self.
There is a place for you to come to share your experiences in an intellectually
stimulating and supportive environment at the Mid-Island Y JCC: our Strength in
Aging group. Facilitated by a licensed social worker, group members have the
opportunity to explore the different facets of their aging and learn the strengths
that come with aging, while also learning ways to cope with the changes that
occur. If interested, please contact Amy Angelone, LMSW, Partners in Caring
social worker, at (516) 822-3535, ext. 384 or email her at [email protected]
for more information.
Best, Amy Angelone, LMSW, Partners in Caring Social Worker
Mid-Island Y JCC, (516) 822-3535 ext. 384
Email: [email protected]
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THIS COURSE IS OPEN TO ALL PJC MEMBERS
COURSE DATES ,
COURSE TIME:
MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2016 AND MON., MARCH. 14, 2016
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM. YOU MUST ATTEND BOTH SESSIONS
REGISTRATION IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 30 APPLICANTS.
$20.00
* THE NON-REFUNDABLE FEE IS
PER PERSON FOR AARP MEMBERS,
PAYABLE AT TIME OF REGISTRATION. SPOUSES BOTH USE THE SAME AARP MEMBERSHIP NUMBER. ENTER THE
NUMBER IN THE LOWER LEFT HAND CORNER ON THE FACE OF THE CHECK.
25.00 PER PERSON.
THE FEE FOR NON-AARP MEMBERS IS $
* BRING YOUR NEW YORK STATE DRIVER’S LICENSE AND A PEN TO THE SESSIONS.
THIS PROGRAM IS MADE POSSIBLE AND GIVEN BY OUR OWN LARRY ABRAMS.
* PLEASE FILL IN THE APPLICATION BELOW AND MAIL IT BEFORE THE CLASS DATE, ALONG WITH YOUR CHECKf
for the appropriate amount (NO CASH), PAYABLE TO AARP, TO:
LARRYABRAMS
17 TIPTOP LANE
HICKSVILLE, NY 11801 Tel. 516x735-6483
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -CUT HERE- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
NAME(s) _____________________________,
____________________________
ADDRESS: ____________________________ NUMBER ATTENDING____
____________________________ AARP MEMBER?_____ If yes, AARP #__________________
TELEPHONE: _________________________
MON., MAR. 7, AND MON., MAR. 14, 2016
6:30 PM SHARP to 9:30 PM
FEE FOR AARP MEMBERS IS $20 PER PERSON (ENTER YOUR AARP NUMBER ON THE CHECK.)
FEE FOR NON-AARP MEMBERS IS $25 PER PERSON.
CHECKS ONLY, PAYABLE TO “AARP”.
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ORBIT
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Hatzilu Means Rescue
Hatzilu is reaching out to our community for help. This worthy organization
has been assisting impoverished and needy Jews throughout Nassau County for
many years. Volunteer social workers help elderly Jews obtain the government benefits
to which they are entitled and food is provided to the hungry. Hatzilu maintains the
largest kosher food warehouse in Nassau County and volunteers deliver food to
people who need it desperately. The warehouse is in dire need of canned goods and
nonperishable foods. Donations of these products would help restock the shelves
that are almost bare.
Hatzilu appreciates all money donations as well. A food collection box will be
placed by the main entrance of the synagogue.
Thanks for helping those in need. For further information about
Hatzilu, please go to: www.hatzilurescue.org or call 931-2884.
Arlyne Skolnik
HATZILU
IN ORDER TO HELP OUR JEWISH POOR AND ELDERLY,
PLEASE MAKE A DONATION TO HATZILU.
MEN’S CLUB WILL SEND A CERTIFICATE
TO HONOR THE NAME OF MEMORY OF WHO YOU CHOOSE.
THIS IS AN IDEAL WAY TO EXPRESS A “SIMCHA” OR “SYMPATHY”
AND TO HELP OUR FELLOW JEWS.
PLEASE EMAIL STEVE GLASSER AT: [email protected]
OR CALL HIM AT: 516-938-3069 TO ORDER A CERTIFICATE
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ATTENTION ALL CONGREGANTS:
OUR WEEKDAY EVENING MINYANS
ARE IN NEED OF A FEW GOOD PEOPLE!
WEEKDAY MINYAN IS AT 8PM AND LASTS 15 MINUTES.
ANY DAY YOU CAN COME DOWN
WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.
THANK YOU
PJC BUY A BRICK PROGRAM
Please help us in raising money to upgrade, beautify and maintain
our building and grounds. Our Walkway of Memories will provide a
permanent way to honor or memorialize a family member or friend,
a business or special occasion.
For further information or additional order forms, please call:
Larry Speiller at (516) 938-8610.
PLAINVIEW JEWISH CENTER
CEMETERY GROUND
Location: Wellwood Cemetery at Pinelawn, New York
Cost:
Single Graves available at $600 each grave.
Terms:
25% down with interest free monthly payments
for a period of up to two (2) years.
Eligibility: Available to PJC Members ONLY.
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PSSST! IT’S OKAY TO TALK ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE
Respecting others’ privacy is an important Jewish value. Lashon HaRa—
gossip—is uniformly condemned by our tradition. But there is at least one
exception. When someone is ill or in need of care and support, it is a mitzvah to
tell people who can help.
In our community, the Rabbi and Cantor provide pastoral support to
individuals and families who are suffering illness and those who need emotional
support. The Rabbi also serves as the liaison to our newly formed Bikur Cholim
Committee; which provides additional visits and support to those who request it.
Please let the Rabbi and Cantor know when someone in our congregation
is ill; or when a family is dealing with a crisis. Only when they know can they
reach out to individuals and families in need. Only when they know can they
mobilize our Bikur Cholim committee to provide additional support. Don’t worry
that they might already have the information. Don’t worry that you are “bothering”
these busy people. The information you provide will be vital to helping our
congregation to serve the needs of those who need us the most.
Rabbi Conn and Cantor Wolk can be reached at PJC at (516) 938-8610.
Rabbi Conn can be reached by cell at (516) 524-7447
or by email at [email protected]
The Lend a Hand Project (M’yad L’yad)
Please join Sisterhood, other members of PJC
and many others on Long Island
as an anonymous sponsor of a LI family in need .
All you need do is send a package
as few as four(4) times per year
through your local UPS store.
For more information, call:
Marilyn or Marty Leibowitz at 822-6965.

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