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The Great Shofar Blowout Makes the Guiness Book of World Records!!
NOVEMBER 2014, CHESHVAN/KISLEV 5775
The Great Shofar Blowout Makes the Guiness Book of World Records!!
A Guiness World Record was set as 1,043 people from around the country participated in The
Great Shofar Blowout on Sept. 23 in Whippany. Thank you so much to Cantor Caplan and over 50 CAI
congregants who helped to achieve this record!!
See page 5 for more pictures from The Great Shofar Blowout.
INSIDE
Schedule of Services.........................2
Marisa’s Message...........................12
Tributes and Donations.................20
A Message From The Rabbi............3
Guess Who’s Coming....................13
Yahrzeits..........................................22
Notes from the Cantor.....................4
CAI Social Worker..........................15
Personals .........................................23
Message From President.................6
CAI Walks For Israel......................16
Bar/Bat Mitzvahs...........................28
Development Director ....................7
Social Action...................................17
Caldwell USY..................................31
What’s In The Werks........................8
Senior Adult Lounge.....................18
Kadima............................................32
Adult Education.............................10
Caldwell Hadassah........................19
Chalutzim........................................33
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CONGREGATION AGUDATH ISRAEL OF WEST ESSEX
SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
SERVICES
Daily minyan as per usual Satuday am: Torah Study
and Children’s am services as per usual
Friday, October 31
Early Service............................................................5:45 pm
Shabbat dinner.........................................................6:45 pm
Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi David Ebstein [Jerusalem]..........................7:30 pm
Late Service..............................................................8:30 pm
Saturday, November 1...........................................9:00 am
Scholar-in-Residence - Rabbi David Ebstein
[Jerusalem]...............................................................11:15 am
Lunch N Learn with Rabbi David Ebstein
.............................................................................12:45pm
Bat Mitzvah – Emily Hack.....................................pm
Minchah/Talmud Study/Maariv.........................5:25 pm
Friday, November 7
Early Service............................................................4:30 pm
Bat Mitzvah - Andie Steinberg..............................pm
Late Service..............................................................8:00 pm
Saturday, November 8........................................... 9:00 am
Honoring Father Anthony Randazo.....................11:15 am
Minchah/Talmud Study/Maariv.........................4:20 pm
Friday, November 14
Early Service............................................................4:20 pm
Shabbat in PJs..........................................................5:30 pm
Late Service..............................................................8:00 pm
Saturday, November 15.........................................9:00 am
Learners minyan.....................................................10:30 am
Dr. Deborah Miller – The History of the Jews in
Colorado...............................................................11:15 am
Minchah/Talmud Study/Maariv.........................4:10 pm
Friday, November 21
Early Service............................................................4:15 pm
Guess Who’s Coming to Shabbat Dinner?
(off-site at homes)....................................................7:00 pm
Late Service..............................................................8:00 pm
Saturday, November 22 .......................................9:00am
Bar Mitzvah – Matthew Savloff............................pm
Minchah/Talmud Study/Maariv.........................4:05 pm
Sunday, November 23
Bat Mitzvah - Emma Burke...................................10:30 am
Friday, November 28
Early service.............................................................4:10 pm
Late service...............................................................8:00 pm
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SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
Saturday, November 29.........................................9:00 am
Minchah/Talmud study/maariv..........................4:00 pm
CANDLE LIGHTING
Friday, October 31..............................................5:36 pm
Shabbat ends Saturday, November 1..............6:46 pm
Friday, November 7............................................4:28 pm
Shabbat ends Saturday, November 8..............5:38 pm
Friday, November 14..........................................4:21 pm
Shabbat ends Saturday, November 15............5:31 pm
Friday, November 21..........................................4:16 pm
Shabbat ends Saturday, November 22.............5:26 pm
Friday, November 28..........................................4:12 pm
Shabbat ends Saturday, November 29 ............5:22 pm
DAILY SERVICES
Mornings
Monday & Thursday........................6:45 am
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday........7:00 am
Sunday Talmud Study...........................8:15 am
Sunday Shacharit.....................................9:00 am
Evenings
Sunday - Thursday...........................7:30 pm
Friday....................(see schedule) & 8:00 pm
Saturday...............(see schedule)
SATURDAY
Torah Study Group......................9:00 am
Torah Reading Chug...................10:15 - 11:00 am
(twice a month, ages 9-12)
Teen Service/Schmooze.............10:45 am
The following are at....................11:00 am
• Torah for Tots (ages 0-4)
• Mini-Minyan (grades K-2)
• Mini-Congo (grades 3-4)
• Jr Congo (grades 5-6)
• Kadima (grades 7-8)
• Shabbat Meditation 9:30 am, first Saturday of
every month.
A MESSAGE FROM RABBI ALAN SILVERSTEIN
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Guess Who’s Coming to
Synagogue On Shabbat?
Rabbi Silverstein
People ask: “Rabbi, I am not religious. Why should I
[or my family] go to the synagogue on Shabbat?” Yet
Jewish communal prayer offers something for all of us,
whether or not we perceive ourselves as “religious.”
HAND JEWS - ASSOCIATIONAL (NETWORKING) JEWS
Many people come to synagogue on Shabbat primarily to
find God. Others come to find people with whom to feel
part of a community. On Shabbat we encounter and
befriend men and women, children of all ages, single
folks and large households.
In communal prayer, at Kiddush, and at Shabbat
activities, we “schmooze and kibbutz,” commiserate
with people’s anguish and share in their joys. We come
to care about one another, to enjoy each other’s
company.
I strongly recommend coming to synagogue on Shabbat
for newcomers to CAI – individually or as a household
– you and your children or grandchildren gradually will
connect with other folks in the process.
HEAD JEWS? – PEOPLE MOVED BY LEARNING
Jewish Learning is an integral part of the Shabbat
experience.
Sermons, guest speakers, discussion of issues, review
of books, sharing thoughts at Kiddush and at Shabbat
meals offer opportunities to stretch our minds, our
spiritual selves, and our Jewish identities.
At age 90, Rabbi Louis Finkelstein famous comment
applies: “Exercise is the key to longevity, but not merely
physical exercise, also exercise of the mind through
Torah Study.”
NOVEMBER 2014
If you are moved by ideas, books, values, concepts come to the synagogue on Shabbat.
NOW WHAT ABOUT HEART JEWS? – THOSE IN
SPIRITUAL QUEST
Prayer is to the soul what food is to the body. It is
possible to have a life without prayer, just as it is
possible to have life without music, love, or laughter.
But it is a life missing entire dimensions of experience.
The act of prayer can have an impact on us, if we “keep
in the game.” A prayerful mood can move us toward
the affective/spiritual side of our brain, toward interior
spiritual work.
Ideally at occasional points, our souls soar. We
temporarily become immersed or “in a zone” as might a
skilled basketball player in his/her shooting, or a
ballerina in her dance steps.
Paraphrasing Rabbi Roly Matalon: “Don’t think in terms
of instant gratification. By the time the holidays are
over, maybe you’ve had a minute or 5 minutes of
something absolutely real and deep… - But that
moment of connection is worth the hours invested
because if it’s a real deep connection, there’s nothing
like it. It’s huge.”
Coming to synagogue on Shabbat meets a wide range
of social, learning and spiritual needs. It does so for all
ages.
Whether to Friday night early or late services, to
Shabbat morning or afternoon services. Whether to
Shabbat in PJs or Sweats, to Shabbat Family services
or Shabbat programs for Halutzim, Kadimah or USY or
NOAM. Whether it is the Learners service or Shabbat
Meditation. Whether it is Shabbat torah Study or
Talmud Study. Whether it is Kiddush or Lunch N Learn
with Guest Speakers --- please come and partake.
With friendship,
Rabbi Alan Silverstein
Rabbi Finkelstein also observed, “When I pray, I speak
to God, and that is so important! When I study Torah,
God talks to me – that is a foretaste of heaven!”
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CONGREGATION AGUDATH ISRAEL OF WEST ESSEX
NOTES FROM CANTOR JOEL CAPLAN
Don’t Miss “Annelies” – Anne Frank’s Diary in Music
Last March, I told you about the cantata “Annelies” (based on The Diary of Anne Frank),
which was being performed in Morristown. I had said:
“Many of you know Murray and Randi Spiegel, of our congregation. Among many
other things, they lead dancing for us on Simchat Torah, they’re operators of the
website SedersForYou (their license plate reads “PESACH”), and Murray is the
co-author of the fascinating 300 Ways to Ask The Four Questions. They write:
“The two of us sing in the Harmonium Choral Society, which is performing an
amazing work about the Holocaust: a new cantata set to the words of Anne Frank’s
diary... The piece is beautiful, personal, and movingly meaningful. There are times
during rehearsals when we singers have tears in our eyes from the musical setting of
Anne Frank’s words.”
Cantor Caplan
With some support from the Cantor’s Fund, over 30 members of our congregation – teens and adults -- went to
hear this work last spring.
I was very, very moved. It’s not only that the music is performed exquisitely by Harmonium and their conductor,
Dr. Anne Matlack. It’s not only that the voice of the young lady singing the role of Anne was so sweet, so pure...
It’s not only that Anne Frank’s words cut into us so, even all these decades later.
But this is a multimedia event, and the visual components – slides, photographs, added quotes and poetry –
bathe us in Anne’s despair and hopes in a way I’ve never experienced before.
Harmonium is performing this work once again, Saturday, November 8, at Oheb Shalom Congregation in South
Orange. Don’t miss it!
This performance is not in our building; we are fortunate to live in an area where there are many worthwhile
events remembering the Holocaust at this time of Kristallnacht. For instance, for well over twenty years, Dr.
Harriet Sepinwall (of our congregation) has spearheaded a week of Holocaust Remembrance and Kristallnacht
Remembrance events at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown.
Information on “Annelise” is below. Talk to me, Randi and Murray about this! -- Cantor Caplan
Annelies
SATURDAY,
NOVEMBER 8, 2014
8:00 pm
Annelies is the first authorized musical setting of
The Diary of Anne Frank. This unique and moving
concert-length work will be performed by the
Harmonium Choral Society, with violin, cello,
clarinet, and piano, and enhanced by multi-media.
Free admission if reservations are made in advance
by October 31st, 2014. Register online at
www.ohebshalom.org or by phone (973) 762-7067.
Tickets at the door will be $10/person.
by James Whitbourn
A major new cantata about Anne Frank
performed by
The Annelies concert is generously underwritten by
The Jonah Solkoff Eskin Memorial Fund
at Oheb Shalom.
Oheb Shalom Congregation
170 Scotland Road, South Orange
www.ohebshalom.org
-- Cantor Joel Caplan, 973-226-3600, ext. 116, [email protected]
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The Great Shofar Blowout
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CONGREGATION AGUDATH ISRAEL OF WEST ESSEX
FROM THE PRESIDENT
Turn, Turn, Turn
The autumn’s turn toward winter
reminds us of our recent days of
awe-filled turning, the falling
leaves of our fleeting house
of Sukkot, the sharp seasonal
illuminations in our people’s text -and its Source -- which is to light our
way. The cycle of seasons is another
Ted Eisenberg
clock, that not only recalls how
time collects around the patterns of the natural world, but
makes us mindful of the changes inherent to our lives, and
in particular the recurrence of beginnings and endings which
exceed our own trajectory of being.
Our tradition is rich with cycles of ritual holiness that mark
the day, the week, the moon’s monthly journey and the
sun’s revolution. From ancient times, we have set our
hopes upon a cosmic revolution -- the triumph of the good
-- from Eden, through history, returning to a heavenly Eden,
with the coming of the messiah and the reconciliation of all
wrongs. At its outset, Christianity focused all of its attention
on this return, and the resultant ending of history’s journey.
The belief in the arrival of this messianic moment became its
litmus test for salvation in this world as well as in the next.
There are also cycles of human activity which we discover
in history. There are theories of history that regard these
recurrences as certainties, which dominate our lives as
predictably as the sun’s pull. As Jews, we track the periods
of our oppression in the societies in which we live; we try to
understand the conditions which repeatedly have led to our
persecution and theorize about what we could have done –
what we can do now – to hold at bay forces, which seem, like
the storm that overtook Jonah on his journey to Tarshish, to
come from nowhere, to claim us.
In olden times, we viewed these recurrent persecutions as
divine punishment for sin – for being a stiff-necked people.
Many within our Orthodox communities (and beyond) still
hold to this parable of divine retribution for sin. Those
of us, who have incorporated more secular wisdom into
our Judaism, have abandoned that closed set of sin and
punishment, not only as a fiction, but as a fatal attack on G-d,
and on a concept of the good around which we could model
our lives.
Yet we are left with the question that haunts the Jewish
consciousness -- why us, again? Indeed, when one is the
recipient of so much hatred, recurring in so many societies,
over so long a period, it is inevitable that some victims will
become convinced of the merit of this animosity, if only
to empower themselves . For if we have done something
wrong, we can correct it, and end this animus. Such turning
in can become self-hatred and the desire to flee our identity.
In Europe, only 70 years after the Holocaust, while some of
Hitler’s victims still remain, with a living memory of hell, Jewhatred is again in fashion. There are leaders in the Islamic
world who speak of our extermination as a universal good -as if our collective history, being, contributions to civilization
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are utterly without merit and unworthy of any consideration,
as if the messianic judgment were at hand, and we were, as
a people, in our entirety, found wanting and condemned to
damnation.
Some pin their attacks to Israel’s actions and claim no illfeeling toward Jews. But can one attack the heart and soul
of a people, and not attack the body? Moreover, the level
and scope of vitriol reserved exclusively for Israel, in a world
in which mass murder and other national/ethnic obscenities
are rampant, belies the sincerity of such claims. Indeed, in
some cases, the pretense of the distinction between Israel
and Jew has been abandoned, and the bloody cry of Kill the
Jews is shouted unreservedly.
One part of me, perhaps the larger part, wants to hide,
or to rub my eyes and wake in a different time. I have
abandoned all the answers of my life as unworthy of the
task of explanation. While I write this article, I look outside
my window at a tree. Whatever my mental gymnastics,
whatever my affirmations or denials, my turnings away or my
returns – the tree remains. You may say that I can cut down
this tree, and at some point it will wither on its own. I must
agree; yet the tree is only a metaphor; what I am looking at is
so much larger, and abstract, and does not possess a genetic
code for its own demise.
Bereft of answers, inclined to flee to an imagined time, I am
left with the need to act against this colossus. You may say
that it is a mistake to make this thing so large – for it is only
an abstraction and that I must shrink it in my mind before I
can excise it. I agree, but it looms thus in my dreams, and
when I awake it remains.
The upshot of this angst, is that I am working with the Rabbi
to arrange a mission to Europe next year – a solidarity
mission to communities which feel the threat of this ancient
antagonism daily. This mission will look to the history of
Jews within these communities, as well as the current
relationship of these communities to the larger body politic,
in the aftermath of the recent Israeli defensive against
Hamas in Gaza.
For example, to return to the scene of the Dreyfus affair in
France, to consider the role of Emile Zola and his accusing
finger against the French establishment in remedying that
outrage. And now? This trip is a work in progress, and we
hope that we are able formulate a journey both back in time
and forward towards ways in which we can help our brethren
– who seem islands within this sea of renewed hostility.
This effort may seem a pittance in view of the scope of
the challenge, and surely, there are many others things
we can do -- individually, in our associations and at CAI. I
encourage you to do all of them. This is only one idea -- to
re-experience European origins, reestablish ties and find new
ways to assist our beleaguered European landsmen. Perhaps
those, who journey to experience this together, will gain a
greater understanding, will be strengthened in their purpose,
will feel empowered by the community that will emerge
among fellow travelers. At least that is my hope.
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D E V E LO P M E N T D I R E C TO R
CAI ANNUAL FUND – STRIVING TOWARDS OUR GOAL WHILE
WATCHING OUR MENORAH GROW
As I write this article, we are just beginning our outreach to the congregation about the
new CAI Annual Fund. By the time you read this message, we will hopefully be moving
towards our $500,000 goal. It is an exciting time for CAI, as we remain focused on this
campaign dedicated to just ONE ASK, ONE PLEDGE, ONE GIFT FROM YOU.
To track visually our progress, we have created the CAI Annual Fund Lego Menorah, which
will mark our advancement towards reaching our $500,000 goal for the 2014-15 fiscal year.
Pamela Goldstein When you are at CAI – whether for Shabbat Services, Religious School, Adult Education
programs, or some other activity – please be certain to check out our Lego Menorah in the
synagogue lobby. Every gift we receive will translate into more Lego bricks on our structure. May our Lego
Menorah reach full height soon and ultimately go well beyond!
Lego building has a proud history at CAI. Most recently, families came together to build Lego structures in advance
of Passover 2013. We are excited that the Annual Fund Lego Menorah is adding another chapter to the story of
learning through Legos at CAI.
This menorah will grow thanks to the many volunteers who are helping make this inaugural year of the CAI Annual
Fund a success. Particular kudos is extended to Rob Scheckman, our Annual Fund Chair, who is stewarding this
very important effort.
If you have any questions about the CAI Annual Fund or would like to discuss your commitment privately, please
feel free to reach me in the synagogue office at 973-226-3600, ext. 113 or via email at [email protected]
HOW CAN I MAKE A
LEGACY GIFT AND JOIN
THE CAI LEGACY CIRCLE?
The CAI Legacy Circle recognizes those thoughtful
congregants who have decided to provide for the
future of CAI by including our synagogue in their
estate plans. We are hoping that – over the course
of the coming years – our Legacy Circle will grow to
include many, many synagogue members. If you would
like to learn more about your options for including
CAI in your estate plans and joining The CAI Legacy
Circle, please contact Legacy Team Chair Esther Kartus
at [email protected] or Director of Development
Pamela Goldstein at [email protected]gudath.org or in the
synagogue office at 973-226-3600, ext. 113.
As you think about your desire to make a difference
for the future of CAI and thereby join The CAI Legacy
Circle, consider some of the ways in which you can
help build CAI’s Endowment:
•
A bequest in your will or trust would allow
you to specify that a percentage of your estate, the
remainder of your estate, a particular property or a
stated amount be directed to support the programs
and services of CAI.
•
A retirement plan (401(k) or IRA) designation
would enable you to name CAI as an after-death
beneficiary of your retirement plan. You may find this
to be the most tax-wise option since taxes on
retirement plan distributions to your heirs can be
extremely high, but a retirement plan distribution to
CAI will incur no taxes.
•
A charitable gift annuity (CGA) would provide
a meaningful after-life gift for CAI, while providing you
or another beneficiary with an income during lifetime.
A CGA is created in exchange for cash or marketable
securities and is a simple contractual agreement
between you and CAI.
•
A charitable remainder trust would enable
you to make a gift that produces income for you or for
loved ones and could significantly reduce estate taxes.
Upon the end of the trust term, the remainder of the
trust would become your legacy gift to CAI.
•
A new or existing life insurance policy , which
you no longer need, may be a viable legacy option for
you. Upon the death of the insured, the proceeds will
go to support CAI’s programs and services.
Please note that these descriptions are informational
only, and do not constitute legal or tax advice. Please
consult with a financial or estate planning professional
to understand the implications of a gift to your
particular circumstances and goals.
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CONGREGATION AGUDATH ISRAEL OF WEST ESSEX
W H AT ’ S I N T H E W E R K S
Torah Pillar
EVERY AGE & EVERY STAGE
JEWISH LEARNING
The delicious pleasures of a book
E
very day, at about 3:15 p.m. Marisa
Bergman or I walk through the Religious School wing unlocking doors, adjusting the thermostat, turning on lights. One
day, I was surprised to find a quiet group of
sixth-graders sitting in a classroom; I heard
no words — they were all communicating
by texting on their cell-phones. Usually
children’s voices can be heard long before I
open a door, but not this time — a real sign
of the times.
We all know that communication today
is different from what it was and what it
will be. I miss the loud chatter that I used to
shush — it’s funny that what was once
annoying has now become a “want.” Has
texting replaced speaking? This quiet room
reminded me of a library, and had the children been reading I would have been gleeful — a group of sixth-graders reading
books together: Wow! The quiet of the
library has always filled me with a sense of
wonder. It opens my mind to what I am
reading and allows me to become part of
the story unfolding in my hands and head.
Holding a book for me is like the verse
from Psalm 128:2 “If you eat the fruit of
your hands, you are happy.”
Reading a book is like consuming a
piece of fruit that I have grown, nourished
by the connection to the story, the ownership of the tale. I become part of the narrative. I truly hope that the feel of a good
book is never replaced by the ubiquitous
electronics of our time. There is something
holy in the smell and texture of the pages of
a volume. Obviously we all know about the
Jewish love affair with books — we have
more than earned our title “The people of
the book.”
That relationship with the written word
has long been celebrated in November,
Jewish Book Month. To mark the occasion,
the education cabinet will host the Jewish
book fair Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 12-16.
The fair will offer for purchase an array of
Jewish works and a special selection of
books for preschoolers. Thank you to book
fair chair Bonnie Rosenfeld, Lori FuchsMeyers, Joan Bronspiegel Dickman, the
Special dates
Sunday, Nov. 2: Israel Walkathon, 9 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 6: ECC closed for NJ Teachers’ Convention and staff development (including Extended Day)
Friday, Nov. 7: ECC closed for NJ Teachers’ Convention
and staff development (not including Extended Day)
Sunday, Nov. 9: Religious School closed for NJ Teachers’
Convention
Friday, Nov. 14: Shabbat in PJs
Wednesday, Nov. 26: ECC threes & fours — early dismissal for Thanksgiving, noon; ECC Extended Day, 4
p.m.
Thursday-Sunday Nov. 26-30: Religious School and
ECC closed for Thanksgiving
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OF
Jewish Book Fair
Wednesday-Thursday, Nov. 12-13
9 a.m.-1 p.m., 4-8 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 14
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 16
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Early Childhood Center board, Education
Cabinet, and all the volunteers for making
the book fair a celebration of “every age
and stage.”
Texting might be challenging our communication skills, but in my opinion nothing will replace holding a book in hand and
the inspiration it brings.
B’Shalom,
Susan Werk
Educational Director
Navigating Social Media With Your Kids
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 7:45 p.m.
Howard Weinrib, head of technology at Montclair Public Schools/Glenfield Middle School, and
an expert on guiding parents on responsible
social media usage, will discuss:
• The dangers of irresponsible social media use
• Monitoring a child's social media behaviors
without being a nag
• Speaking to children about proper social media
usage in a way they can appreciate
You are encouraged to bring your laptops and
other portable devices to this interactive program. Howard will guide participants through the
settings and controls of the most popular social
media sites.
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Torah Pillar: Every Age and Every Stage of Jewish Learning
Programs for all Agudath Israel day school and religious school students and adults
Early Childhood Center
Teens (Ninth-Twelfth Grade)
Sunday, Nov. 2: Israel Walkathon, 9 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 6: ECC closed for NJ Teachers’ Convention
and staff development (including Extended Day)
Friday, Nov. 7: ECC closed for NJ Teachers’ Convention and
staff development (not including Extended Day)
Wednesday, Nov. 12: Extended Day Family Dinner, 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 13: ECC threes and fours, early dismissal (excluding Extended Day), parent-teacher conferences, 12:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 14: Shabbat in Pajamas, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 16: Al Galgalim, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 26: ECC threes and fours, early dismissal
for Thanksgiving, noon
Wednesday, Nov. 26: ECC Extended Day, early dismissal for
Thanksgiving, 4 p.m.
Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 27-30: RS & ECC closed, Thanksgiving
Wednesdays are Teen Nights at Agudath Israel:
Pizza & Shmooze, TAC, Current Issues, Israel, Art, etc.
Sunday, Nov. 2: Israel Walkathon, 9 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 5: Teen Programs, 6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 9: RS closed for NJ Teachers’ Convention
Wednesday, Nov. 12: Teen Programs, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 19: Teen Programs, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 25: Trip to Community Food Bank, 4 p.m.
(off premises)
Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 26-30: Religious School closed
for Thanksgiving
Wednesday, Nov. 26: USY/Kadima – Roller Skating, 6 p.m.
Adults
Saturday, Nov. 1: Shabbat Mediation and guest speaker
Rabbi David Ebstein
Primary (Kindergarten-Second Grade)
Saturday, Nov. 1: Israel Café, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 2: Chaverim/Israel Walkathon program, 9 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 6, 13 & 20: Melton, 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, Nov. 2: K-6 play rehearsal
Thursday, Nov. 6, 20 : “Age Is Just a Number”
Sunday, Nov. 9: RS closed for NJ Teachers’ Convention
with congregational nurse Karen Frank
Friday, Nov. 14: Shabbat in Sweats, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 8, an Expression of Gratitude
Sunday, Nov. 16: K-6 play rehearsal
to Father Anthony Randazzo, 11:15 a.m.
Sunday, Nov. 23: Kindergarten Buddies, 1st Grade Fans,
Wednesday, Nov. 12 : Navigating Social Media, 7:45 p.m.
2nd Grade Stars, 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 13: Melton, 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, Nov. 23: K-6 play rehearsal
Saturday, Nov. 15, Learners’ minyan, 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 26-30: RS & ECC closed, Thanksgiving Sunday, Nov. 16: Author Ruchama King Feuerman, In the
Courtyard of the Kabbalist, 10 a.m.
Elementary School (Third-Fifth Grade)
Monday, Nov. 17: Trip to Helena RubinSaturday, Nov. 1: Torah Chug, 10:15 a.m.
stein Exhibit, Jewish Museum, 11 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 1: 3rd & 4th grade Havdalah program, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 18: Guest speaker Prof
Sunday, Nov. 2: Israel Walkathon, 9 a.m.
Kugel, “What Hath Modern Biblical
Sunday, Nov. 2: K-6 play rehearsal
Scholarship Wrought? Biblical InterSunday, Nov. 9: RS closed for NJ Teachers’ Convention
pretation in Ancient and Modern
Saturday, Nov. 15: Chalutzim Circus Workshop, 6:30 p.m.
Times, 7:45 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 15: Torah Chug, 10:15 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 19: Erlichman Movie
Saturday, Nov. 22: Torah Chug, 10:15 a.m.
Series: Disobedience: The Sousa
Saturday, Nov. 22: Family Shabbat Service 11 a.m.
Mendes Story
Sunday, Nov. 9: RS closed for NJ Teachers’ Convention
Thursday, Nov. 20: Melton, 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 26-30: RS & ECC closed, Thanksgiving
Thursday, Nov. 20: Rosh Hodesh Women’s Group at the home
Middle School (Sixth-Eighth Grade)
of Sheri Horowitz-Jay, 7:45 p.m.
Sunday,
Nov. 23: Melton Foundation, 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 1: Torah Chug, 10:15 a.m.
Sunday, Nov. 2: Israel Walkathon, 9 a.m.
Sunday, Nov. 9: RS closed for NJ Teachers’ Convention
Turkey Collection for Annual
Wednesday, Nov. 12: Kadima Israel Trivia, 7 p.m.
Community Foodbank trip
Saturday, Nov. 15: Kadima Brunch, 10:30 a.m.
Bring frozen turkeys, kosher or nonkosher, douSaturday, Nov. 15: Torah Chug, 10:15 a.m.
ble wrapped, by 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov.
Sunday, Nov. 16: Spark, 10:30 a.m. (off premises)
Saturday, Nov. 22: Torah Chug, 10:15 a.m.
25. Remember: The synagogue will not
Sunday, Nov. 23: Spark, 10:30 a.m. (off premises)
store the turkeys in the freezer; they will
Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 26-30: RS & ECC closed, Thanksgiving be delivered that day. Other food donaWednesday, Nov. 26: USY/Kadima roller-skating, 6 p.m.
tions are also welcome.
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Age Is Just a Number
Come and learn with our synagogue nurse Karen Frank how to make this time of life
your most vital yet.
A D U LT E D U C AT I O N
Instructor: Karen Frank, RN, Congregational Nurse
Times: Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Dates: November 6, November 20, December 4, December 18
Location: Toby Shapiro Adult Conference Center
Navigating Social Media With Your Kids
Wednesday, November 12, 7:45 pm
Learn how to be a conscientious parent as your kids get introduced to social
media. Howard Weinrib, Head of Technology at Montclair Public Schools/Glenfield Middle School, and an expert on guiding parents on responsible social
media usage, will discuss:
• Some recent stories regarding the dangers of irresponsible social media use
• How to monitor your child’s social media behaviors without being a nag
• How to speak to your child about proper social media usage in a way kids can
appreciate
We encourage you to bring your laptops and other portable devices for this interactive program. Howard will
guide us through the settings and controls of the most popular social media sites so you can activate them in real
time.
What Hath Modern Biblical Scholarship Wrought? Biblical Interpretation in Ancient and Modern Times
Co-sponsored by Haddasah and the CAI Programming Cabinet
Instructor: Professor James Kugel - November 18, 7:45 pm
Professor James Kugel of Harvard and Bar Ilan Universities will be lecturing at Congregation Agudath Israel.
Professor Kugel is one of the foremost authorities on how the Bible was interpreted in Second Temple times. He
is the author of many books, including How to Read the Bible, In Potiphar’s House, and Walking Through Jubilees
(perhaps the foremost analysis of the Second Temple book of Jubilees.) He is one of the co-editors, with
Professors Louis Feldman and Lawrence Schiffman, of the highly acclaimed, recent compendium of Second Temple
literature, Outside the Bible. Professor Kugel, an Orthodox Jew, manages to walk the tightrope between tradition
and open minded scholarship with remarkable adeptness. Come here him speak. It may change your view of what
the Bible really means.
Helena Rubinstein Exhibit, Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128
Monday, November 17, 11:00 am; Cost: $17 per person, Group Size: Max. 20 people
Meeting location: Main lobby of the Jewish Museum at 1109 5th Avenue, NYC
Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power is the first museum exhibition to focus on the cosmetics
entrepreneur Helena Rubinstein (1872 – 1965). Rubinstein – as businesswoman and arts
patron – helped break down the status quo of taste by blurring the boundaries between
commerce, art, fashion, beauty, and design. Her innovative business and style challenged
conservative taste and helped usher in a modern notion of beauty, democratized and
accessible to all. Beauty Is Power will reunite much of Rubinstein’s famed collection,
including modern artworks by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Elie Nadelman, and Joan Miró,
among others, as well as her iconic collection of African art, miniature period rooms, jewelry,
and fashion.
Please RSVP to Lori Fuchs-Meyers at [email protected] and send payment into the CAI
main office by November 2. Make checks payable to CAI. Reservations will only be held if
accompanied by payment.
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NOVEMBER 2014
A D U LT E D U C AT I O N
TAKE A LOOK AT THE NOVEMBER Adult Education Programs!
Michael and Barbara Erlichman Film Series
November 19, 2014
Movie: DISOBEDIENCE - THE SOUSA MENDES STORY
Time: 7:30 pm coffee - 7:45 pm movie start time
Place: CAI Lounge
June 1940 - a refugee crisis of historic proportions. Paris is occupied.
Millions of refugees fleeing the advancing Nazi troops rush to
Bordeaux in the South of France. A veritable sea of humanity comes
seeking passage to England, Spain, Portugal, and, by these routes, to
America. This film represents the amazing story of one man’s courage,
fortitude, and sense of justice. Should he disobey orders he receives
from his superiors in order to save at least 30,000 people, whereby
his signature and a visa would enable many to reach freedo?. Thus,
Mendes’ story is not to be missed or forgotten. This remarkable true
story has been described by historians as,”the largest rescue action
by a single individual during the Holocaust.”
Wednesday, November 12 - Sunday, November 16
Jewish Book Fair
Author Talk in Conjunction with CAI book fair
Sunday, November 16, 10:00 am
Ruchama King Feuerman, author of In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist, CAI’s Lunch & Learn book group selection
Named one of the Best Novels in 2013 in The Wall Street Journal.
An eczema-riddled Lower East Side haberdasher, Isaac Markowitz, moves to Israel to repair his broken heart and
becomes much to his own surprise, the assistant to a famous old rabbi who daily dispenses wisdom (and soup)
to the troubled souls who wash up in his courtyard. It is there that he meets the flame-haired Tamar, a newly
religious young American hipster on a mission to live a spiritual life with a spiritual man. Into both of their lives
comes Mustafa, a devout Muslim, deformed at birth, a janitor who works on the Temple Mount, holy to both
Muslims and Jews. When Mustafa finds an ancient shard of pottery that may date back to the first temple, he
brings it to Isaac in friendship. That gesture sets in motion a series of events that lands Isaac in the company of
Israel’s worst criminal riff raff, puts Mustafa in mortal danger, and leaves Tamar struggling to save them both.
As these characters—immigrants and natives, Muslim and Jewish, prophets and lost souls—move through their
world, they are never sure if they will fall prey to the cruel tricks of luck or be sheltered by a higher power.
Rosh Hodesh Women’s Group
Kislev/Tevet
Thursday, November 20, 7:45 pm
Host: Sheri Horowitz-Jay
Join in the beautiful custom of Jewish women ushering in the Hebrew month with prayer
and study. No prior knowledge of Hebrew or Torah needed, just the desire to learn and
share with your fellow congregants.
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CONGREGATION AGUDATH ISRAEL OF WEST ESSEX
Marisa Bergman
Religious School
Principal
“Who is rich? Those who rejoice in their own portion” -Pirke Avot 4:1. I always feel a sense
of being “rich” during this season. As this time of year approaches, I find that the mood
around me is excited, cheerful, helpful, and giving. I get a sense from people that they are
more focused on giving of their time to their friends, families and those in need rather than
to their cell phones, televisions (except for football), and work. We take time during the
Thanksgiving season to be with our family and express thanks for all we have. The deep feeling of community surrounds us as well.
During this time of year we have so many wonderful family experiences in the Religious
School that truly help to ignite the feeling of this season.
We start off the month as an entire community at the Israel Walk-A-Thon on November 2!
We always look forward to the week-long book fair from November 12-16.
Chalutzim is having its first Havdalah Circus workshop on November 15 at 7 pm For more information contact
Shari Bricker at [email protected]
The 6th graders will be doing an art workshop to make their own Yad on November 16th.
We hope all of you will join us on Saturday, November 22nd for a Shabbat game morning!
Our wonderful fourth graders will be having their annual Family Museum on Sunday, November 23.
We conclude this month of joy and happiness with doing a mitzvah! We will be making a trip to the Community
Food Bank on November 25, which is open to all 6th-12th graders and their parents from 4-7 pm
I hope everyone takes a minute to breathe in the beautiful fall air and be grateful for those riches in our lives!
Did you utilize our free transportation
for the High Holidays? Did you find it
helpful? These questions and more
coming soon to your email inbox!
We want to know your thoughts…
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NOVEMBER 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
On March 7, 2014 CAI launched “Guess Who’s Coming to Shabbas?,” a nationwide community-building program. CAI
members invited other CAI members into their homes resulting in over 100 families sharing Shabbat dinner together. A
wonderful evening was had by all!
Our goal is to get to know one another beyond synagogue walls and sharing Shabbat is a wonderful way to build and
deepen our CAI relationships.
It’s time for our next “Guess Who’s Coming to Shabbas?” dinner on Friday, November 21, 2014.
• If you were a guest last time, pay it forward and consider hosting this time.
• If you hosted last time, host again!
• If you weren’t able to participate last time, host this time or talk to friends and encourage them to host and invite you
as their guest!
If you host, you can invite your CAI friends or invite members of the CAI community who perhaps you don’t know so well,
but want to get to know better. Better yet - mix your new friends with your old friends and make new connections!
The nature of the program is that hosts will identify their own guests, but if you would like some suggestions please let us
know.
If you are interested in hosting contact Debbie Lurie at [email protected]
or Debbie Rosen at [email protected] and let us know who you are having as guests.
If you have any questions about the program please do not hesitate to reach out. Visit this link to read about the program
in the United Synagogue’s CJ magazine: www.cjvoices.org/article/guess-whos-coming-to-shabbas/
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CONGREGATION AGUDATH ISRAEL OF WEST ESSEX
Karen Frank
Shabbat Meditation or Yoga
Shabbat Meditation or Shal-Om Yoga – Begin Shabbat in stillness. Shabbat is the time for
quieting, stepping back from the hectic workday world, and entering a time of peacefulness
and communion with nature and spirit. Begin your Shabbat with meditation on four Saturday mornings this year. You will feel a sense of peace, tranquility, and awareness that will
enhance your Shabbat experience.
Instructor: Karen Frank, RN, Congregational Nurse
Time: Saturdays, 9:30 am
Dates: November 1, December 6, January 10, February 7, March 7, April 11, May 2, June 6
Location: Toby Shapiro Adult Conference Center
Israel Café Celebrates Israel Walkathon’s
13th Birthday
Come celebrate the Israel Walkathon’s “Bar Mitzvah”
birthday at the Israel Café on Saturday night, November
1, 2014, at 8:00 pm, with food and wine, Israeli music,
sing-along, and Israeli dancing. Admission is $13 per person; $18 per family. The next day, register for the Israel
Walkathon on Sunday, November 2, 2014, at 10:00 am.
Scholar-In-Residence Rabbi David Epstein will serve as
Walkathon Grand Marshall.
The Israel Committee welcomes new members. For more
information contact Lee Gladstein, (973) 227-3235 [email protected], or Harvey Hershkowitz (973) 334-1872
[email protected]
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CAI SOCIAL WORKER
On a Different Path
Recently on Facebook I
came across an article that
was in the Washington Post,
titled, “About the mom who
is not bragging about her
Missy Jacobs
kid.” This article caught my
attention. The woman writes
about the kvelling that parents do when talking
about their children’s accomplishments. When
children are little, parents often kvell about things
such as athletic achievements, acting and dance
performances, reading from the Torah, etc…Things
we all can relate to because when the kids are
little almost everything they do warrants a kvell.
The author writes that as the kids get older the
kvelling gets trickier. This is especially true for the
parents of children who may take a less traditional
path. The author states, “What happens to kvelling
if your kid is on his or her own very different
path?”
For many families this path may lead them into
a world where they feel very alone and isolated
from their friends and or their community. Their child may
not be on the traditional path for a variety of reasons.
NOVEMBER 2014
Mental health struggles, alcoholism and drug addiction,
learning disabilities, financial distress’- these are just some
of the issues families in our community face, which may
lead them down a different path.
The article spoke to me because in my time here at
Agudath I have met several families who have an adult
child who has taken this different path. I have heard about
their struggles to find the help and resources they need
to help their adult child. Often times the best source of
information is from other people who are experiencing a
similar situation. And that is exactly what the author of
the article I reference above decided to do. She started her
own support group at her synagogue in Washington D.C.
She calls the group, Parents of Young Adults Who Struggle.
The group even has its own Facebook page. What I love is
that within this support group there is still kvelling albeit a
different kind of kvelling.
If this article speaks to you in the way it did to me I would
love to know. My office hours are Mondays/Wednesday
s9:30 am - 2:30 pm and I’m always available by email at
[email protected] or 973-226-3600 x143.
Warmly,
Missy Jacobs, LCSW
NEW!!!! Sibling Support Group
Siblings of children with special needs have many feelings, which they may struggle to understand and
express. Our group will provide these siblings with the opportunity to address their feelings in a fun and
supportive environment. They will have the opportunity to meet other children in similar situations. The
group will meet at the JCC MetroWest for five Sunday afternoons during the year. For more information
please contact Rebecca Wanatick at 973-929-3129. This group is for children 9-12 years old who have a
sibling with a disability.
Sunday, November 23
Special Needs Resource Fair and Nourishing the Soul Symposium
12:30-4:00 pm, JCC MetroWest, West Orange
•
Browse Community Resources and Programs
•
Connect with Professionals and Parents
•
Workshops to Nourish Your Soul
Childcare and youth programming available with RSVP. For more information, please contact: Rebecca
Wanatick, Community Inclusion Coordinator, MetroWest ABLE, (973) 929-3129, [email protected]
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ISRAEL COMMITTEE
This year, due to the war in Israel, the proceeds of the Walk for Israel will focus on the communities in the south that have been hit the hardest.
Come Celebrate Our “Bar Mitzvah” Year
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2th, 2014 - REGISTRATION 10:00 am
WALK 10:30 am - 12:00 pm “KIDDUSH” FOLLOWING
WALK STARTS AND ENDS AT CONGREGATION AGUDATH ISRAEL
KIDS’ WALK (short distance) - 11:00 am - Kids’ supervised activities - available only for parents who participate
in the Walk - 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, by reservation only, contact [email protected] Reservation deadline
Monday, October 27, 2014.
Name___________________Address________________________Phone____________________
E-mail_________________________________________________________________
ALL CHECKS PAYABLE TO: CAI–ISRAEL FUND. REGISRATION FEES: $18. All donations tax-deductible.
I will not participate, but here is my donation: $________________
SPONSOR’S NAME
Sponsorship is per person, not per mile
1)
ADDRESS, CITY, STATE, & ZIP
PHONE
AMOUNT
2)
3)
4)
5)
6)
7)
8)
9)
10)
A registration fee of $18 includes the Walk T-shirt.
For more than 10 names, please copy this table.
TOTAL $___________
WALKERS SHOULD BRING THIS SHEET WITH ALL MONEY COLLECTED TO THE WALK.
WAIVER: In consideration of CAI permitting me to participate in the Walk, on behalf of myself, my parents, my heirs, executors, administrators
and assigns, I/ we hereby waive and release any and all rights and claims for damage which I/ we may incur against the CAI, as well as any other
person connected with the event, their heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns for any and all injuries which I may suffer while
taking part in the event or as a result thereof.
DATE:_______PARENT’S SIGNATURE:_____________________________ or PARTICIPANT’S SIGNATURE:________________________
(if under 18 years of age)
(if over 18 years of age)
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Lee Gladstein, (973) 227-3235, [email protected] or Harvey Hershkowitz, (973) 334-1872, [email protected] (rev 7/31/2014)
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SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE
WWW.AGUDATH.ORG
NOVEMBER 2014
Social Action Alert
Thanksgiving Turkey Donation Drive
Please share your Thanksgiving with the less fortunate. Bring a frozen turkey to
CAI on Sunday morning, November 23, between the hours of 10:00 am - 12:00
pm for collection by the Social Action Committee. This is the only time that
volunteers will be at the synagogue, and we are not equipped to receive and
store the turkeys if you do not come during this window.
CARING COMMITTEE
The turkeys will be delivered to the Montclair Food Pantry, which distributes
food to those in need throughout the community. Many local supermarkets
offer free turkeys based on the amount of your own food purchase. Do not
miss this opportunity to show your thanks by feeding the hungry. Many
thanks and best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving Day, from the Social Action
Committee.
TORAH FUND
The CAI Caring Committee is a volunteer group that
provides assistance to congregants in need. Some
of the services that we offer are: transportation to
and from medical appointments and the synagogue,
running errands and helping with chores, providing
meals, visiting the sick or home bound and mobilizing
family and friends during a crisis. Carol Berman,
[email protected], and Beth Sackman,
[email protected], are the co-chairs of this
committee, and they are always looking for volunteers.
Now is your opportunity to become a member of
the CAI Caring Committee and make a difference!
[email protected]
Torah Fund, through its annual campaign supports the
Jewish education of future professional and lay leaders for
the Conservative movement at The Jewish Theological
Seminary, The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, and The
Schechter Institute. Many women proudly wear the Torah
Fund pins, which indicate their donation to this worthy
cause. Torah Fund also sells cards for many life-cycle
occasions and distributes a calendar diary with secular
and Jewish dates on the same page. For further information
about Torah Fund, please contact Sisterhood President Shari
Bricker, [email protected], or Torah Fund Chair, Sharon
Hammerman, [email protected]
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S E N I O R A D U LT L O U N G E
November 2014
SENIOR ADULT LOUNGE
Arielle Kay
Please join us at the Adult Senior Lounge for exercise, social, cultural, and educational experiences with a wonderfully welcoming group of individuals. The group usually meets twice a
week; Mondays and Thursdays from 11:45 am – 2:00 pm for exercise led by Tami Rager and
Melissa Schaffer, followed by lunch and programing. We also take trips, which are sometimes
scheduled on different days of the week. Our main goal is to keep you healthy, happy and
actively involved. We try to include a variety of programs to expose our members to a multitude of experiences throughout the year.
Note that our Congregational Nurse, Karen Frank will set aside time to meet with you individually each month at
noon, on scheduled days. If you should need her services for yourself or a loved one, please speak to Arielle or
Karen. You can leave a message at the synagogue at 226-3600 ext. 119 for Arielle, or ext. 141 for Karen.
Our November programs include:
Monday, November 3rd
Trip to JCC Metrowest
Rose Rosen Concert
“A Broadway Review”
1:00 pm - $6 member/$12 guest
RSVP to Arielle
Monday, November 6th
Yiddish Bingo
Monday, November 10th
Sol Moglin will speak to the group in observance of Veteran’s Day
Thursday, November 13th
Hirshhorn Lecture – Sheryl Urman
“Impressionism”
Monday, November 17th
Debbie Shapiro will lead a current events discussion
Thursday, November 20th
Rishon, Yuval, from the Federation will be speaking to the group
about her life growing up in Israel
Monday, November 24th
Susan Werk will lead a discussion
NO MEETING ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH IN OBSERVANCE OF THANKSGIVING!
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NOVEMBER 2014
JOIN CALDWELL HADASSAH AS WE PRESENT THE LOOSE CANONS
DECEMBER 6, 7:00 pm AT CONGREGATION AGUDATH ISRAEL
How do you describe the indescribable? Zany, humorous, eclectic and always entertaining.
Our name, The Loose Canons, says it all! Our repertoire includes funny, satirical,
semi-political, do-wop, original parodies and socially (ir)responsible songs. An evening of
pure musical fun!!
Including Congregation Agudath Israel’s Ben Asher, Ben Alter and Randi and Murray Spiegel
DELICIOUS DESSERTS FOLLOWING PERFORMANCE
$36/PERSON COUVERT
SUPPORT HADASSAH AND CONSIDER DONATING AN ADDITIONAL AMOUNT
Our emergency and trauma teams are second to none, but we need to allow their surgeons to work
in the new operating rooms that have been built in the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower. We
need to complete these state of the art facilities. They are located underground, in an area protected
from conventional, biological, and chemical weapons. We need your help today.
RSVP BY NOVEMBER 21, 2014 to Edna Alberts 9 McNeile Drive, Parsippany, NJ 07054
CHECKS PAYABLE TO HADASSAH
For more information, please contact Gail Black at [email protected]
Saturday, November 8, 11:15 am
An Expression of Gratitude to
Father Anthony Randazzo for 16 years of
friendship and spiritual partnership.
Sponsored by the CAI Inter-Religious
Activities Committee
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T R I B U T E S A N D D O N AT I O N S
CONGREGATION AGUDATH ISRAEL OF WEST ESSEX
Through September 29. We gratefully acknowledge all who generously support Congregation Agudath Israel’s many programs by
remembering and honoring friends and loved ones. Donations can be made on our website, www.agudath.org, or by sending
a check to the synagogue office. Please call or email Allison Robinson, Member Services Assistant, at 973 226 3600 x110 or
[email protected], if you have any questions.
In memory of Maxine Levitt’s father, Marcus
In memory of David Schiefelbein’s mother,
Memorial Plaques
Strauss
Zella Schiefelbein
IN MEMORY OF:
• Marianne and Larry Shulman
• Mandi and Brett Perlmutter
In memory of Marty Masser
• Their uncle, Leslie Novick, from the
• Susan and Richard Blender
In honor of the marriage of Jeffrey Feinstein
Pollack family
and Alexandra Juster
• His father, Morris Abraham Goldberg,
In honor of the birth of Deena Hollander’s first • Lana and Bob Schachtel
from Charles Goldberg
great grandson
• Esther and Harry Kartus
The George & Molly Kaplan Caring Fund
The Barry Rozman Technology Fund
In memory of Moshe Wolberger’s wife and In honor of the birth of Leslie Eihner’s
Gabrielle and Danielle Wolberger’s mother, grandson
• Esther and Harry Kartus
Jill Shulman Wolberger
• Marjorie Rozman
In honor of the marriage of Larry Weiss’ son,
Ben, to Krystalia
In memory of Rebecca and Ted
• Betty Gochman
Zimmerman’s son, Neil Zimmerman
• Marjorie Rozman
In honor of the birth of Marsha and Burt
In honor of the marriage of Jeffrey Feinstein Henry’s grandson, Ronen
• Betty Gochman
and Alexandra Juster
• Marjie Rozman and Family
Packets of Tribute Cards
In honor of Nanette Rosenberg’s beautiful • Stephen and Andrea Granet
celebration
The Cantor’s Discretionary Fund
• Aliza Rozman and Tom Nigra
In memory of Froman Mehl’s brother and
In honor of Dollsey Rappaport’s 90th
Jonathan Mehl’s uncle, Massie Mehl
birthday
• Margie, Aliza, Avi, Tom, and Dani Rozman • Rebecca and Ted Zimmerman
The CAI - Susan Werk’s Special Fund
In honor of Ross’ Bar Mitzvah
• Jodi and Larry Fundler
In honor of helping the Lustbader boys refresh
In honor of Ross Mehl’s Bar Mitzvah
mezuzahs at the house
• Arlene and Mel Berkowitz
• Melissa and Jared Lustbader
The CAI Trubute Fund
In memory of Rebecca and Ted Zimmerman’s
son, Neil Zimmerman
• Marcy and Marshall Pollack
• Renee Weinstein
• Elaine and Arnie Litt
In memory of Froman Mehl’s brother and
Jonathan Mehl’s uncle, Massie Mehl
• Harvey and Jeanette Hershkowitz
In honor of Jonathan, Ross, and Corey Mehl
blowing Shofar for the New Year
• Sam Prince and Family
The David Taubenfeld Ramah Scholarship
Fund
In memory of Froman Mehl’s brother and
Jonathan Mehl’s uncle, Massie Mehl
• Marvin and Anne Elmowitz
The ECC Educational Enhancement Fund
In memory of Irene Berger’s mother, Sylvia Fine
• Marc and Jamie Falkin
• Phyllis and Barry Bochner
• Kathy and David Simon
• Art and Bev Cohen
In memory of Moshe Wolberger’s wife and
Danielle and Gabrielle Wolberger’s mother,
Jill Shulman Wolberger
• Anthony and Maria Rossi
• Marianne and Larry Shulman
• Marian Rothenberg
• Phyllis and Barry Bochner
• Esther, Harry, and Shai Kartus
In memory of Rosa Joseph’s mother, Anna
Horowitz
• Elaine and Arnie Litt
• Current Lifestyle Marketing and Weber
Shandwick
• Michael and Susan Goldman
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The Generation to Generation Fund
In memory of Rebecca and Ted Zimmerman’s
son, Neil Zimmerman
• Carol and Manny Morman
In memory of Rosa Joseph’s mother, Anne
Horowitz
• Sue and Jack Rosenkranz
In memory of Arlene Swern’s father, Solomon
Borodkin
• Esther and Steve Kamenetsky
In memory of Mark Berkley’s father
• Naomi and Gerry Eisenberger
In memory of Jonathan Kessler’s father,
Melvyn Kessler
• Randi and Oron Brokman
In memory of Allan Gitlow’s father and Jessica
Jacobs’ grandfather, Abraham Gitlow
• Randi and Oron Brokman
In memory of Maxine Levitt’s father, Marcus
Strauss
• Randi and Oron Brokman
In memory of Rebecca and Ted Zimmerman’s
son, Neil Zimmerman
• Arlene and Mel Berkowitz
In memory of Froman Mehl’s brother and
Jonathan Mehl’s uncle, Massie Mehl
• Howard and Nancy Levine
• Arlene and Mel Berkowitz
In memory of Irene Berger’s mother, Sylvia
Fine
• Arlene and Mel Berkowitz
In memory of Moshe Wolberger’s wife and
Danielle and Gabrielle Wolberger’s mother,
Jill Shulman Wolberger
• Arlene and Mel Berkowitz
• Marc Rudoltz and Lisa Hochman
• Karen and Ted Eisenberg
The Gerald Edelman Memorial Education
Fund
In memory of Moshe Wolberger’s wife and
Danielle and Gabrielle’s mother, Jill Shulman
Wolberger
• The Nydick Family
In honor of Stuart Rabner on his new endeavor
• Esta Edelman
The Israel Committee
In memory of Moshe Wolberger’s wife and
Danielle and Gabrielle’s mother, Jill Shulman
Wolberger
• The Irwin Family
The Jeremy Savitz Music Education Fund
In honor of Jeffrey Feinstein’s marriage
• Sandy and Michael Podell
WWW.AGUDATH.ORG
In memory of Rebecca and Ted Zimmerman’s
son, Neil Zimmerman
• Art, Felice, Jonathan, and Amanda Nichols
In memory of Joyce Schnaufer’s mother, Emily
Schnaufer
• Art, Felice, Jonathan, and Amanda Nichols
In memory of Art Nichols’ father, Arthur
• Felice and Art Nichols
The Jerry Sepinwall Jewish Environmental Fund
In memory of Art Nichols’ brother, Richard
• Felice and Art Nichols
The Kiddush Co-Sponsors
In honor of the Aufruf of Adam Davidson and
Lindsey Raskin
• Alan and Selena Davidson
In honor of Ross’ Bar Mitzvah
• Jodi and Lawrence Fundler
In honor of the Gerbergs
• Nat and Bea Taubenfeld
In honor of their daughter Noa’s naming
• Dorie and Seth Eisenstein
The Kiddush Contributors
In memory of Ira’s mother, Marion Cohen
• Ira and Greta Cohen
In memory of Helen Cytryn
• Arthur Cytryn and Renee Kaufman
In memory of Herb’s father, Arnold Wolf
• Herb and Maxine Wolf
In memory of Bernard’s mother, Jean Reiter
• Bernard and Thelma Reiter
In memory of Magda Greene
• Bernard Greene
In honor of their granddaughter Noa’s naming
• Eric and Steffanie Edelstein
In honor of manager and pitcher Alan Gerberg
• The CAI Softball Team
In honor of Alan and Diane Gerberg
• Stuart and Debbie Rabner
In honor of Natalie Debotton’s 85th birthday
• Sandy, Debbie, Linda, and Leonard, the
children of Natalie Debotton
In honor of Zachary’s Bar Mitzvah
• The Haase Family
In honor of Kelly Lustig’s 75th birthday on Rosh
Hashanah
• Jerry, Jodi, and Steven Lustig and their families
The Kiddush Fund
In memory of Leon Kanter
• Randy Kanter and his sister, Pamela
In memory of her mother, Tillie Kamy
• Roberta Diamond
In memory of Ruth Jonas
• Erica and Daniel Lotto
In honor of the birth of Marsha and Burt Henry’s
grandson, Ronen Jack Altabet
• Kelly and Jerry Lustig
NOVEMBER 2014
In memory of Froman Mehl’s brother and
Jonathan Mehl’s uncle, Massie Mehl
• Phyllis and Barry Bochner
In honor of Dana Ben-Avi’s new apartment
• Kelly and Jerry Lustig
In honor of the marriage of Hinda Eisen and Bob
Labovitz
• Kelly and Jerry Lustig
In honor of the marriage of Simona Caplan and
Abbaleh Savitt
• Kelly and Jerry Lustig
The Martha and Sol Rogoff Children’s Activity
Fund
In memory of David Schiefelbein’s mother, Zella
Schiefelbein
• Karen and Ken Rosen
The Norman and Julia Ripps Scholarship Fund
for Summer Youth Programs
In memory of Moshe Wolberger’s wife and
Danielle and Gabrielle Wolberger’s mother, Jill
Shulman Wolberger
• Amiee Idan
The Perl Family Israel Experience Fund
In memory of Froman Mehl’s brother, Massie
Mehl
• Irene Blumberg and Family
In honor of David Lipsey’s wedding
• Sandy and Michael Podell
The Prayer Book Fund
In memory of Dena Lee Fliegel Bocian
• Arthur Bocian
The Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund
In memory of Moshe Wolberger’s wife and
Danielle and Gabrielle Wolberger’s mother, Jill
Shulman Wolberger
• Elayne and Marvin Kohl
TRIBUTE CARDS
$10 Minimum Donation
Custom-printed tribute cards
can be sent out from our
office. Donations can be in any
denomination that exceeds our
$10 minimum.
We also offer the option of
purchasing a packet of 5 cards
for $40, which you can send
out yourself.
Allison Robinson, Member
Services Assistant in our
office, can assist you with your
options.
Please contact her at:
[email protected];
973-226-3600 Ext. 110;
973-226-7480 (Fax)
In honor of Ross Mehl’s Bar Mitzvah
• Jeffrey Greif
In honor of Ross’ Bar Mitzvah
• Jodi and Larry Fundler
The Reiser Children’s Choir Fund
In memory of Froman Mehl’s brother and
Jonathan Mehl’s uncle, Massie Mehl
• Renee and Joel Reiser
The Toby Shapiro Library Fund
In memory of Rebecca and Ted Zimmerman’s
son, Neil Zimmerman
• Roy Shapiro, and Gayle and Larry Wieseneck
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Sadie Adler from Arthur Adler
Gertrude Bergman from Marilyn Perelman
Jeanne K. Feinman from Sally Garson
Dena Lee Fliegel Bocian from Arthur Bocian
Gerald L. Billig from Joan Billig
Ida Bornstein from Ira and Rosanne Bornstein
Zahava Burack from Deborah and Stuart
Rabner
Carl Caplan from Cantor Joel Caplan
Iylene Caplan from Cantor Joel Caplan
Rose Marie Caplan from Cantor Joel Caplan
Victor Chalfin from Marjorie and Norman
Feinstein
Morris Cohen from Robin Goldman
Leonard Cohn from Cantor Joel Caplan
Murray Davidson from Beth and Stuart
Sackman
Reba Fisher from Hy Fisher
Edward Franklin from Helga Franklin
Frances Franklin from Helga Franklin
Saul Franklin from Helga Franklin
Bernard Fritz from Rosanne and Ira Bornstein
Beth G. Geddes from Leonard Rudin
Alexander Glickman from Marvin Glickman
Clara Goldberg from Terry and Hyman Izraeli
Leah Golden from Bert Golden
Charlotte Gottesman from Sandra Glassman
Magda Greene from Bernard Greene
Philip Gurian from David Gurian
Laura Hecht from Eugene and Beverly Hecht
Brana Hoffman from Malvin Wasserman
Lillian Hoffman from Marcia and David Danoff
Alvin Holland from Gail Black
Mickey Holland from Gail Black
Susan Holland from Gail Black
Minnie Horowitz from Jamie and Gerald
Horowitz
Joseph Mendel Izraeli from Hyman and Terry
Izraeli
Emanuel Kaplan from Marc, Ellen, and Wendi
Kaplan
Molly Kaplan from Barbara K. Sebiri
Abraham Kaufer from Helga Franklin
Burnett Kaufer from Helga Franklin
Gussie Kaufer from Helga Franklin
Leonard Kaufer from Helga Franklin
Anna Kessler from Elaine Bornstein
Phyllis Koock from Nina and Arnold Wasserman
Linda Krasner from Randy Krasner
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Rosalyn Lenhoff from Etta Froman Mehl
Fanny Levine from Sandra Glassman
Sidney Levitt from Sylvia Bloom
Audrey Lourie from Gwen Lourie Chattman
Shirley Mankin from Arthur Mankin
Ethel Maxson from Roslyn Goldstein
Jack Maxson from Roslyn Goldstein
Samuel Mushel from Ethel Mushel
Louis Nathanson from Marsha Messer
Bea Ordower from Helga Franklin
George Rabner from Stuart and Deborah
Rabner
Ann Remland from Keith Remland
Florence Robbins from Helga Franklin
Dr. Elliot Rosenberg from Jeffrey Rosenberg
Paul Rosenman from Arnold and Nina
Wasserman
Harry Rosman from Richard and Susan Blender
Renata Rowicka from Jeffrey Rosenberg
Joseph Rubin from Lila Rubin
Louis Rubinstein from Mitchell Rubinstein
Jonathan Eric Rudin from Leonard Rudin
Francis Sachs from Jamie and Gerald Horowitz
Evelyn Saffer from Lisa Baranker
Milton Sage from Cindy Braverman
Mona Sherman from Al Sherman
Rebecca Shulman from Ethel Mushel
Benjamin Sideman from Cantor Joel Caplan
Irene T. Sideman from Cantor Joel Caplan
Ruth Stein from Jill Stein
Pauline Sternbach from Helaine Mund
Dave Stiglitz from Sheila Nathanson
Sophie Stiglitz from Sheila Nathanson
David Taubenfeld from Nat and Bea Taubenfeld
Sabina Taubenfeld from Nat and Bea
Taubenfeld
Sabina Taubenfeld from Isaac Taubenfeld
Joseph Udine from Edgar Udine
Rae Weinberger from Donald Weinberger
William Weiner from Bea and Nat Taubenfeld
Minnie Westrich from Helga Franklin
Frances Willsky from Helga Franlin
Beverly Yanoff from Stefi Kirschner
Philip David Zimmerman from Theodore
Zimmerman
Fanny Zolot from May Schwitzer
Jacob Zolot from May Schwitzer
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MAZEL TOV TO:
Marcy and Marshall Pollack on the birth of their granddaughter, Emma Rose
Lawrence and Melissa Elbaum on the birth of their son, Isaac Theodore
Steven and Judy Elbaum on the birth of their grandson, Isaac Theodore
Deena Hollander on the birth of her first great grandson
Claire Akselrad on the birth of her granddaughter, Mirele Adlai Bea Zierler
Aviva Zierler and her husband, David Zierler, on the birth of their daughter, Mirele Adlai Bea Zierler
Rebecca, Benjamin, and Gila Akselrad, on the birth of their niece, Mirele Adlai Bea Zierler
SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILIES OF:
• Jill Shulman Wolberger, wife of Moshe Wolberger and mother of Danielle and Gabrielle
Wolberger
• Alan Fitter
• Anna Horowitz, mother of Rosa Joseph
• Massie Mehl, brother of Froman Mehl and uncle of Jonathan Mehl
• Sylvia Fine, mother of Irene Berger
• Zella Schiefelbein, mother of David Schiefelbein
• Solomon Borodkin, father of Arlene Swern
Have good news to share?
Please let us know!
Contact [email protected]
Is Your Contribution Missing?
Sometimes, tributes come in after deadline.
Sometimes, there is a clerical error.
Please let us know if you are looking for a listing, which is absent.
We will make sure it appears the following month. And we
apologize for any oversights.
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Join Us! College of Saint elizabeth
Kristallnacht Commemoration
24th Annual
Week of Holocaust Remembrance
November 10-14, 2014
College of Saint Elizabeth
HOLOCAUST EDUCATION
RESOURCE CENTER
All Programs are free and open to the public.
Commemorating Kristallnacht
Monday, November 10, 7:30-9:15 p.m. • Dolan Performance Hall, Annunciation Center
Survivor Testimonies: Remembering Kristallnacht and Beyond…
Gerda Bikales Policy analyst, writer, lobbyist, and executive
for non-profit organizations. She is the author of memoir
Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death: A Holocaust Childhood.
Norbert Bikales Professor at Rutgers University, and a United
States diplomat.He is a board member of the World Federation
of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and of the Holocaust
Council of Greater MetroWest.
Dessert reception at conclusion of program – sponsored by Yolanda (CSE, '68) and Raymond Kunz.
Co-Sponsored by
Interfaith Dialogue After The Holocaust: Why? How? Impact?
Thursday, Nov. 13, 7:30 to 9-9:15 p.m. • Dolan Performance Hall, Annunciation Center
Featuring the following esteemed presenters
Pastor Murdoch Macpherson
of the Faith Lutheran Church
in New Providence, NJ
Rev. Jeff Markay of
the Chatham United
Methodist Church
Father Anthony Randazzo of
Notre Dame Roman Catholic
Church in North Caldwell, NJ
Rabbi Alan Silverstein
Congregation
Agudath Israel
Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church
In-Class Faculty Sessions: November 11-15. For schedule, visit www.cse.edu/kristallnacht
Hear survivor testimony, learn from scholars, view films, and sit in on student and faculty presentations.
Everyone is invited to join us!
For more information, contact:
College of Saint Elizabeth Holocaust Education Resource Center
[email protected] • 973-290-4387
www.cse.edu/holocaustcenter • www.cse.edu/directions
Morristown, N.J.
Learn today, lead tomorrow.
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WWW.AGUDATH.ORG
NOVEMBER 2014
Smart Planning for
You and Your Aging Parents:
What You Need to Know Now!
Join us for a conversation that will provide an overview of the facts we
should know and the discussions we should have with our parents and
aging loved ones. Learn about the comprehensive services and supports
available that address a multitude of needs for older adults, their
families and their caregivers.
Wednesday, November 12
7:30 PM at CAI
Harvey R. Zeller, Esq.
Estate Planning Attorney
Zeller & Strulowitz, LLP
Roseland, NJ
will discuss:
• Trusts in Estate Planning
• Charitable Giving
Laurie A. Hauptman, Esq.
Elder Care Attorney
Hauptman and Hauptman, PC
Livingston, NJ
will discuss:
• Medicaid Planning
• Veterans Benefits
• Long Term Care
Planning (Health Care
Proxy, Living Wills)
Susan Schechter, LCSW
Director of Older Adult Services
Jewish Family Services of
MetroWest
Florham Park, NJ
will discuss:
• Aging in Place vs. Senior
Living Facilities
• Geriatric Consultations
and Assessments
• Care Consultation Program
Please RSVP By Friday, November 7th to Missy Jacobs, LCSW
at 973-226-3600 x143 or [email protected]
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Torah Fund
Women Ensuring Conservative/Masorti Jewish Education
A campaign to ensure our
legacy to future generations of
Conservative Jews by providing:
Rabbis
Cantors
Educators and Administrators
for Day Schools and Synagogue Schools
Synagogue Administrators
Social Workers
Scholars
Professional and Lay Leaders
Researchers
You are Torah Fund—
at any level:
Keter Kavod: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000
Scholarship Patron: . . . . . . . $2,500
Patron: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,200
Associate Patron: . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 600
Guardian: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 300
Benefactor: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 180
Your Torah Fund contribution strengthens and perpetuates
Conservative/Masorti Judaism throughout the world.
Mishpahah—‫משפחה‬
Family
Not for nothing does the Torah begin with stories about families. The family in Judaism
holds a central place, from the first family of Adam and Chava to our own families today.
Indeed, our ‘Amidah prayer invokes our relationship to those first Jewish families, praising
the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah as a reminder
that our connection as a community roots back to the fact that we are all—the entire Jewish
People—one big family.
Receive the 5774 pin as
our gift to you
in recognition of your
generous support.
Pin design by Eytan Brandes
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In choosing mishpahah as the theme for the 5774 Torah Fund pin, we are acknowledging
both the sanctity that comes with being one big family and the complexity of our families
and relationships. There is no one kind of Jewish family in the world today. Our families are
diverse, and this pin is something to be worn proudly by women in all stages and kinds of
family life: married, partnered, single, divorced, widowed, LGBT, straight, mothers, aunts,
sisters, daughters. And as we support the programs of The Jewish Theological Seminary,
the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, and the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, we
proclaim that we as women in all walks of life are proudly shaping the future of the big,
3,000-year-old Jewish family.
For information, please contact Sharon Hammerman at
[email protected] or Cindy Schechter at
[email protected]
WWW.AGUDATH.ORG
NOVEMBER 2014
TO R A H F U N D
TORAH FUND SPEAKER, SARAH BROKMAN, PROVIDES NEW
ROSH HASHANA MESSAGE
Sisterhood members of all ages, family, and friends had the opportunity to study and learn about the
universal message of the Rosh Hashana liturgy on Sunday evening, September 14, 2014, as taught by
one of our own superstars, Sarah Lipsey Brokman. Sarah who grew up at CAI married Yuval Brokman
whom she met in the CAI lobby. Sarah told the story that she was such a fidgety five year old that
Susan Werk made her the “honorary” assistant principal. Today Sarah is the real Assistant Principal
at Park Avenue Synagogue in NYC.
Sarah used her skills as an expert in Experiential Learning to lead a study session on both the
U-NETANEH TOKEF prayer and GOD’s QUALITIES: A PIYYUT. She helped everyone gathered at the
home of Esther Kartus to focus on the meaning of these two prayers as they relate to the world in
which we live. For some of the people there, this may have been the first opportunity to really
examine these two prayers and see how Rosh Hashana is a holiday that not only emphasizes the
individual but looks at how we are a part of the larger community. Indeed as we learned in the
piyyut, “We believe that God is good to all.”
Sarah is a graduate of the Davidson Graduate School of Education at the Jewish Theological
Seminary, which receives support from sisterhood members through its Torah Fund program. More
than 30 people at CAI have already become Torah Fund benefactors this year. Please contact Sharon
Hammerman, Torah Fund chair at [email protected] for more information about Torah Fund or
JTS.
Calendar diaries published by Women’s League for Conservative Judaism are available
for $8.50.
The calendar diaries have both the secular and the Jewish dates on each page for 2014-2015 as
well as the dates of Jewish holidays through September 2016. In addition, there is a listing of
Conservative synagogues throughout the United States and Israel and also prayers for candle
lighting, grace after meals and Traveler’s prayers.
If you are interested in purchasing a calendar diary please contact Sharon Hammerman at
[email protected] or Allison Robinson at CAI’s main office, [email protected]
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CONGREGATION AGUDATH ISRAEL OF WEST ESSEX
B’NAI MITZVAH
EMILY HACK
Daughter of Leslie Hack
November 1 – PM
ANDIE STEINBERG
Daughter of Amy and Ira Steinberg
November 7 - PM
Andie is a 7th grader at West Essex Middle
School. She has two older brothers,
Taylor and Cooper, who attend West Essex
High School. Andie loves soccer and has
For her Mitzvah project, Emily, with
her cousin who had the same mitzvah played goalie and defense for the WESC
and North Caldwell Strikers since first
project, participated in the MS Walk.
grade. She loves to attend games and
The walk took place in April 2014 and
root on her teams….the Devils, Red Bulls
they raised over $2,000 for the cause.
and J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets!!! Being the lone
A cause that has affected a family
girl in the family she had no choice but
member close to her.
to LOVE sports. Andie’s other passions
are cooking and baking. She envies
Emily enjoys gymnastics and ice
the kids on the Food Network’s Rachel
skating. For the past 8 years, she has
been spending her summers at the NJ vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off and hopes to
someday attend culinary school. Andie is
“Y” camps and one day would like to
a dedicated friend, loyal and independent
be a counselor there.
and she always does the right thing. Andie
loves spending her summers at Camp
I am very proud of all the hard work
Danbee in the Berkshires. We are so
that Emily has done to become a Bat
Mitzvah. I look forward to celebrating excited to share Andie’s Bat Mitzvah with
her special day with family and friends! all of her friends and family! The date of
November 7th is very special as this is the
same week both of her brothers were Bar
Mitzvah’d. We can’t wait to celebrate this
special day! We love you Andie!
Emily is a 7th grader at HBW Middle
School in Verona.
DO YOU NEED HELP WITH
YOUR MITZVAH PROJECT?
If you are working on a project and would
like to publicize it to gain support from the
congregation, send a 50-75
word description of your project and what
sort of support you would like to
[email protected]
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MATTHEW SAVLOFF
Son of Ian and Gail Savloff
November 22 - PM
Matthew is a 7th grade student at Grover
Cleveland Middle School in Caldwell.
He loves to learn and experience new
things, and is in the gifted academic
program.
In his spare time, Matthew likes to
listen to music and take the perfect
picture to post on Instagram. He also
enjoys video games and theme parks;
he is a thrill-seeker and there isn’t a
roller coaster that he won’t try! He
enjoys playing most sports, especially
baseball. For his mitzvah project, he is
collecting donations for an organization
called Pitch In For Baseball so that under
privileged kids can also enjoy the sport.
WWW.AGUDATH.ORG
NOVEMBER 2014
B’NAI MITZVAH
NOTICE TO PARENTS OF
UPCOMING B’NAI MITZVAH
Please submit write ups (no more than
150 words) and photos electronically
to [email protected]
EMMA BURKE
Daughter of Amy and Vincent Burke
November 23 – AM
Emma is an outstanding 6th grader at
Golda Och Academy. She is an excellent
student and is always concerned about
others. Emma is devoted to her family
and friends and of course, her dog,
Honey.
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It’s not surprising that Emma was given
the “Mensch of the Year” award at her
GOA Lower School graduation. Chesed
is an integral part of Emma’s daily life.
She unhesitatingly gives her time each
week to visit elderly relatives, and her
gentle manner and fun spirit bring joy
to everyone.
In honor of her Bat Mitzvah, Emma
has decided to form “Kilometers for
Kindness” (K4K). Volunteering and
raising money through running (another
of Emma’s passions), her team will
be dedicated to promoting kindness
towards others and recognizing the
power of small gestures. K4K’s first
races will raise money for children in
Guatemala and the Friendship Circle,
where Emma will be volunteering.
Emma’s entire family is so proud of her
and can’t wait to share in this joyous
milestone!
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CONGREGATION AGUDATH ISRAEL OF WEST ESSEX
Whole Wheat Challah Stuffing with Dried Cranberries and Sage
You can use any leftover bread for this recipe, but I like the health bonus of using whole wheat
challah and it adds a nice nutty flavor that compliments the chestnuts in this dish. Don’t save
this recipe for Thanksgiving, it is really fabulous any time.
Servings:
10 sides
Ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
2 (3.5-ounce) bags Gefen roasted chestnuts, halved
2 cups dried cranberries
4 tablespoons chopped fresh sage or 3 teaspoons
dried
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon
dried
8 cups (1-inch) cubed whole wheat challah
2 cups chicken stock
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper
Directions
Preheat oven to 400 F. Lightly grease a 2.75-quart baking dish and set aside.
Heat olive oil in a large dutch oven over medium high heat. Sauté onion and celery for 8 to 10
minutes. Add chestnuts, cranberries, sage and parsley and cook 2 minutes more. Stir in
challah, chicken stock, salt and pepper and remove from heat.
Transfer stuffing to greased baking dish and cover with foil. Bake 30 minutes. Remove foil and
bake 10 minutes more or until lightly browned.
From the Joy of Kosher Cookbook
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WWW.AGUDATH.ORG
NOVEMBER 2014
CALDWELL USY
Caldwell USY Upcoming Events
Chapter Events (Wed. events are 7:45-9:00 pm)
Regional Events
November
Wed. 12th – Zumba
21st-23rd – Regional Fall Kinnus, Paramus
Fall 2014 Calendar
Wed. 26th – Ice Skating, Mennen Arena,
Morris Plains
2014-2015 Caldwell USY Board
Nadav Aronoff
VP
Jake
Religiou
Adam Scheckman
Parliamentarian
Wolf
Parliamentarian
December
Wed. 10th – Total Blackout Night
12th-13th – Regional Freshman
Shabbaton, Marlboro
Sun. 14th – Regional Membership
Program
Sun Dec 14th Agudath Mitzvah Day
Sat. 20th – Chanukah Horror Night
19th-26th
Atlanta
– USY International Convention,
Shira Arzt
VP
Jason Kay
Director
Annie Cannon
VP Membership
Contact Us
Text @agudathusy to 201-468-6299
facebook.com/groups/caldwellusy
@CaldwellUSY
@CaldwellUSY
[email protected]
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CONGREGATION AGUDATH ISRAEL OF WEST ESSEX
Kadima Fall 2014
Youth Programming for 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders
KADIMA
Regional Events, Caldwell Events
October
Kadima Intro and Icebreakers
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Wed, Oct 1 7:30 PM-8:00PM Social Hall
(Directly following Religious School Teen Orientation)
Regional Opening Event
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Oct 19
B'nai Mitzvah Brunch
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Sun, Oct 19 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Adult Lounge
Kadima Kick Off-Minute to Win It
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Wed, Oct 22 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM Social Hall
Kadima Brunch
th
Sat, Oct 25 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Adult Lounge
November
Kadima Israel Trivia Night
th
Wed, Nov 12 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM Social Hall
Kadima Brunch
th
Sat, Nov 15 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Classroom
Kadima USY Roller skating
th
Wed, Nov 26 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
December
Kadima Saturday Night Live
th
Dec 6 East Windsor
Kadima Mitzvah Madness
th
Wed, Dec 17 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM Social Hall
Agudath Mitzvah Day
th
Sun Dec 14 11AM-2PM Social Hall
Kadima Hanukkah Brunch
th
Sat, Dec 20 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Adult Lounge
January
Regional Kadima Shabbaton Jan 16-17
th
Regional 8 Grade Lock in Jan 17-18
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Contact Information
Adviser: Anna Richlin
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 862-432-9590
WWW.AGUDATH.ORG
NOVEMBER 2014
CHALUTZIM
Saturday, November 15
7:00 - 9:30 pm
COME FOR HAVDALAH
STAY FOR THE CIRCUS
Attention 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders…
Come learn circus tricks from the professionals! No experience necessary! Fun Guaranteed! RSVP to Shari Bricker at [email protected] or
call 201-452-6312.
$15/person includes program and snacks. Maximum number of
participants is 25 kids so don’t delay. This is a drop-off event.
Parents, feel free to have a “date night” and leave the sitting to me.
This program is sponsored by Chalutzim, the Congregation Agudath
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Rabbi Alan Silverstein, Ph.D...............................................................................Ext. 111
Cantor Joel Caplan................................................................................................Ext. 116
Education Director, Susan Werk.......................................................................Ext. 122
Early Childhood Center Director, Geula Zamist..........................................Ext. 121
Religious School Principal, Marisa Bergman...............................................Ext. 125
Synagogue Administrator, Meryl Natter McCusker..................................Ext. 115
Membership Coordinator, Debbie Lurie.......................................................Ext. 118
Operations Manager, Dana Ben Avi................................................................Ext. 117
Communications Manager, Julie Othen.......................................................Ext. 112
Member Services Assistant, Allison Robinson............................................Ext. 110
Bookkeeper, Rosalie Felberbaum....................................................................Ext. 114
Development Director, Pamela Goldstein............................................................... Ext. 113
Administrative Coordinator of Education, Marni Landsberg-Hess................. Ext. 120
Seniors Program Director, Arielle Kay............................................................Ext. 119
Elbaum Youth Director, Jason Kay...................................................................Ext. 127
Congregation Nurse, Karen Frank...................................................................Ext. 141
JFS Zeller Family Social Worker, Missy Jacobs.............................................Ext. 143
Ted Eisenberg..................................................................................................... President
Adam Shandler.................... Sr. Vice President: Education (Torah) Department
Gayle Wieseneck....................................................................................... Vice President
Eric Edelstein..................... Vice President: Administration (Personnel/Finance)
Shani Drogin.............................................................................................. Vice President
Anita Finkel...........................................................................................................Treasurer
Victor Nhaisi..................................................................................... Financial Executive
Rob Scheckman................................................................................................. Secretary
Esther Kartus......................................................................................................Counselor