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Volume 24, Issue No. 4

MARCH 2016

The Gifts We Give Each Other By Rabbi Adam Zeff

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n these weeks we are reading in the Torah of the construction of the Mishkan, the temporary Tabernacle in the wilderness that served as the point of connection between the Israelites and God. Later, when the people settled in the Land of Israel, they would create a more permanent dwelling place for God, the Temple in Jerusalem. But the methods through which each of these holy spaces was constructed are a study in contrasts. In order to build the Temple, King Solomon imposed heavy taxes to gather the resources necessary and forcibly conscripted legions of workers and slaves to do the immense work required to create a House for God. Although these methods did succeed in creating an imposing structure and center for the worship of God, some historians argue that the resentment built up by King Solomon’s forceful actions planted the seeds that resulted in the splitting of the Israelite kingdom into two and, eventually, the disintegration of that kingdom entirely. The building of the Mishkan was a much more grassroots process. God provided the idea and the outline of the project, and the people were invited to contribute whatever they could toward making it a reality. The Torah emphasizes the incredible diversity of their gifts. Some offered precious metals – gold, silver, and copper. Others offered wool and linen, bright colors with which to dye them, and cedar for con-

structing the walls of the enclosure. Still others offered their skills – metalworking, weaving, dying, and more – to take these raw materials and turn them into the necessary components for the Mishkan. Yet others had neither resources to offer nor relevant skills. What did they do? They offered their willing hands to do the work of carrying and holding, of sifting and digging. They offered their willing hearts to support those who needed help to complete their tasks. None of these offerings would have been enough by itself. Without the raw materials, the Mishkan could not have come into being. Without the skilled artisans to shape the materials into the needed forms, the gold, silver, and bronze, the wool, linen, and dyes, and the beautiful wood would have simply gathered dust in the desert. Without those others who supported the task with their hands and hearts, the artisans could never have completed their work. And without the people willing to gather around the Mishkan in times of celebration and in times of uncertainty or mourning, all of the work that went before would have no meaning. It took all of these gifts together to make the Mishkan whole and holy, a place where the entire people could gather to renew themselves, to connect with something transcendent, and to join with others to form a kehilah kedoshah, a holy community. We sometimes think of our kehilah kedoshah, our holy community at GJC, in terms of the value that we get out of it,

all of the gifts that it brings into our lives. But keeping in mind the model of the building of the Mishkan, we should take time to think of our community in terms of the amazing contributions of all kinds that members are constantly bringing to enrich us. We have members who bring us contributions of financial resources or of ritual objects to adorn our sanctuary. We have members who bring their skill as builders, as photographers, as weavers, or as gardeners to turn our place of gathering and worship into a place of beauty. We have members who bring their talents in study and teaching, in song and dance, in cooking and organizing, sharing these gifts with others to make our community richer. We have members who bring their ready hands and giving hearts to support the work of others, to cheer them when they flag and carry them when they falter. And we have members who gather at GJC in times of celebration and of mourning, of joy and uncertainty, creating a focal point to connect with ourselves, with those around us, and with the divine. Without each of these contributions, our community would not be whole. We need them all, just as we benefit from them all. So I encourage each us to bring our gifts to our community. And I urge us all to appreciate the gifts of others, each unique, each precious, each holy. Together, we, all of us, make our community a true kehillah kedoshah.

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Nedivot Lev (Offerings of the Heart) Ex. 25:1-2 ~ Adonai spoke to Moses saying: Tell the Israelite people to bring Me gifts; you shall accept gifts for me from every person whose heart so moves him To build the sacred space of the Tabernacle in the wilderness, each of the Israelites brought an offering of their heart. Each issue, we will highlight how members of our community are bringing their offerings of the heart to build and enrich the sacred space of our community.

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he prayerbooks used in the shul on Shabbat pass from hand to hand, one week perhaps read by a thirteen year old at a friend’s bar mitzvah, carefully following along with the prayers. The next week, the same book could be held by a decades-long member of GJC, the pages of familiar words offering comfort and familiarity. The prayerbooks weave a path through the synagogue, week after week, connecting members of our community to each other. It was this thread through GJC that led Dick and Barb Menin to make a generous endowment to the Prayerbook and Ritual Items Fund through the 75th Anniversary campaign. Dick says that he and Barb “were so happy to be able to do it. The prayerbooks are used all the time. I love imagining the trajectory of the book I’m holding this week.” The Menins gave because, as Dick says, “we felt part of the community… and we feel it’s clearly the right thing to do to support it.” Barb agrees: “I believe if we can, we should.” As part of GJC’s mission, we strive to welcome a wide variety of Jewish backgrounds. In fact, our mission statement proclaims we are “receptive to the wisdom of many sources in Judaism. We engage in life-long learning and strive to make Judaism relevant and important to our members’ lives.” GJC encour2

ages “a variety of styles and settings for religious practice” and cultivates multiple prayer communities. Dick and Barb believe GJC is upholding its mission well. “A big part of our synagogue’s mission is education, for all ages… to enhance Jewish life for people who practice at all levels.” The Menins love GJC’s inclusiveness and diversity: its ruach. Barb appreciates that “we encourage participation from everyone, regardless of their skill level.” Dick values the high level of education in the GJC community. At the synagogue, Dick wants to be asked to think more deeply, “to wrestle with G-d,” and apply what he learns to his life as a whole. “There’s a wonderful sense of curiosity,” he says, “and an understanding that there are many ways to approach Jewish learning.” One way to do this is through our prayerbooks, including the new Siddur Lev Shalem, arriving soon at GJC. Rabbi Zeff discovered the soon-to-bereleased Siddur Lev Shalem through our High Holidays prayerbook, the Mahzor Lev Shalem. During his tenure at GJC, Rabbi Leonard Gordon worked on a project for ten years to acquire the Mahzor, from which the new Siddur stems. With an advance copy of the Siddur in hand, Rabbi Zeff reached out to the Religious Committee, as well as a larger group over the Minyan Masorti listserv, for opinions and feedback. A spirited discussion about the book’s merits ensued, with the response being overwhelmingly positive. The Menins’ endowment enabled GJC to procure copies of the new Siddur. In the same way the Menins feel the prayerbooks connect our community, GJC congregants from myriad backwww.germantownjewishcentre.org

grounds can connect to Siddur Lev Shalem. Like the Mahzor, the pages of the Siddur feature four columns: the prayers in Hebrew, the prayers in transliteration, the prayers in English, and commentary. The latter, in particular, sparks Linda Kriger’s interest. She finds the Mahzor “intensely rich.” During the High Holidays, she found her “mind would be absorbed in reading the commentary. The fact that there’s a prayerbook that mimics that gives me great joy. I’m someone who enjoys innovation, though I do appreciate tradition, so I feel the new prayerbook will provide a little bit of both.” Chip Becker, who did not have a traditional religious upbringing, looks forward to the new siddur as well. He admits not having “the same ease with our liturgy that many others enjoy.” Though he has learned a lot since then, he says, “I will be glad to have a siddur with explanations, commentary, and readings that help me better engage with services and prayer.” One of Dick’s most enduring memories of the GJC community is saying the Mourner’s Kaddish for the first time, when his father died. Having the congregation gathered around, reading the response line, struck him in a profound way. He had the “understanding that comes with the experience of loss, and of being in the presence of Jewish community… these are the people who are supporting me. This is what community is all about.” Prepare to learn and connect with Siddur Lev Shalem at GJC in the coming weeks. For more information, please visit http://www.rabbinicalassembly.org.

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Shabbat Chai-Lites March 12 • Charry Service & Minyan Masorti (EARLY, 9:30 AM): Bat Mitzvah of Sarah Miller, daughter of Gavi Miller & Minna Ziskind • Parashat ha-Shavua b’Ivrit March 18 & 19 • Kol Zimrah • Charry Service: Men’s Club Shabbat • Musical Marching Minyan March 23 & 24 • GJC Celebrates! Purim • Dorshei Derekh & Minyan Masorti Purim Services • Morning Minyan & Purim Service April 1 & 2 • Kol Ha-Lev Service (Voice of the Heart) • Kol D’Mamah April 9 (Rosh Hodesh Nisan) • Charry Service: 5th Grade reads Haftarah, 6th Grade reads Torah • Parshat ha-Shavua b’Ivrit April 15 & 16 • Kol Zimrah • BBMM Shabbat • Charry Service: Women’s Shabbat (EARLY, 9:30 AM) • Musical Marching Minyan April 22 & 23: Pesach • Siyyum • NO Friday evening service • Charry, Dorshei Derekh & Minyan Masorti Pesach Day 1 & Shabbat services April 24: Pesach • Combined Charry & Minyan Masorti Pesach service April 29: Pesach • Combined Charry & Minyan Masorti Pesach service • Dorshei Derekh Pesach service with Yizkor • Erev Shabbat Service April 30: Pesach • Charry & Minyan Masorti Pesach Day 8 & Shabbat services with Yizkor • Dorshei Derekh Shabbat service

IN CELEBrATION… Nan Daniels on the birth of her granddaughter, Tessa Brett Wallis, daughter of Jessica & Jeffrey Wallis. Lynne & Art Ellis on their 40th (January 2016 – February 2016) wedding anniversary. Linda Cherkas & Chaim Dworkin on the wedding of their son Akiva to Tova Glebocki in Jerusalem. Zoey Zaslow-Lowe, daughter of Tristin Lowe & Rebecca Zaslow, on becoming Bat Mitzvah. Rabbi Robert Tabak & Ruth Loew on the birth of their granddaughter. Nahariyah Mosenkis on her ordination as a rabbi. Jemma Mines, daughter of Daniel Mines & Liza Somers, on becoming Bat Mitzvah. Mei Rosenzweig, daughter of Laurance Rosenzweig & Hideko Secrest, on becoming Bat Mitzvah. Phyllis Berman, on “retiring” from her 36½ year mission as the founding director of the Riverside Language Program in New York City, and her transition to expanding her work in a spiritual direction. Sarah Miller, daughter of Gavi Miller & Minna Ziskind, on becoming Bat Mitzvah. Harris & Jane Steinberg, on the engagement of their son Isaac Steinberg to Hilary Chipetz.

IN MEMOrIAM Harold Barkan, grandfather of Craig Barkan Hans George Hirsch, father of Naomi Hirsch Chaya Aleeza, mother of Itzchak Kornfeld Stephen Wolnek, father of Ivan Wolnek Norma Walton, mother of Rivkah Walton Amiel Braverman, spouse of Rona Pietrzak Lib Conner, mother of Chris Levin Rabbi Philip Goodman, husband of Malka Goodman

Join us in welcoming new members

Kabbalat Shabbat / Kol Zimrah / Kol Ha-Lev Fridays at 6 PM (unless otherwise noted) Shabbat Morning Services at 10 AM (unless otherwise noted) Musical Marching Minyan at 11 AM Parshat ha-Shavua b’Ivrit at 11 AM Shabbat Morning Kids Space - Room 305 Kids are welcome to play Shabbat-friendly games in Room 305 - bring your own and some will be provided. Please respect the space, clean up after yourselves and put all games away after use.

Sara Rickles Tamar Jacobson Rabbi Erica Steelman

Welcome back to Jacob & Dana Goldberg & Family

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Program Highlights

Israeli dancing at the GJC

March 12

By Tamar Magdovitz

JAFFNA, Phila. World Music Ensemble

March 13 Hazak Film & Discussion: Radio Days

March 20 Purim Carnival

March 23 GJC Celebrates! Purim

April 9 G’vanim Music Concert

A pril 10 Women’s Club Program: Fair Trade Songs of Freedom! JAM w/ Chana Rothman A pril 27 Israel Program: Sarah Kreimer (Beit Berl College)

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JC has a thriving and friendly vant eye, Grant teaches clearly and paIsraeli folk dance group which tiently, and notes without frustrahas been meeting here for the past 19 tion when review is needed. We years. We meet on Sunday mornings hope you will come by and experience during the school year, and on Wed- the joy and pleasure that radiates nesday evenings during the summer. throughout the room along with We do a mix of old and new dances, the music, the beautiful dancers, and and anyone is welcome to request the compelling rhythms. a favorite. For more information, contact It is a relaxed, warm, and welcom- Tamar Magdovitz at 215-247-9614. ing group of people, largely due to our beloved teacher, Sundays (Sept.-June) & Wednesdays (July-Aug.) Grant Shulman. The March-April 2016 at 10:00 AM (excluding March 27 & April 24) dancers come from Taught by our wonderful, experienced dance teacher, Grant the neighborhood Shulman, GJC’s Israeli dance group welcomes dancers of all ages and well beyond to and levels. We begin each session with 45 minutes of beginner enjoy the fellow- dances, followed by instruction, review, open dancing and requests ship and exercise, with increasing levels of difficulty. GJC’s dance group is proud to be friendly and inclusive. both mental and physical. With skill, For more information, contact Tamar Magdovitz good humor, kindat [email protected] ness, and an obser-

ISrAELI dANCING

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Early Childhood Program (ECP) Havdallah, and Waking Up! in GJC’s Early Childhood Program By Anna Goldberg

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very Friday, the toddler classes come together to sing Shabbat songs with the Rabbis. As we sing about sleeping on Shabbat, the children begin shouting “WAKE UP!” Then the sleeping Rabbi jumps up, and all the children laugh. It is a quintessential toddler joke, but it also illustrates the importance of moving from daily life to Shabbat, and back. Since October, the ECP children and teachers have been working on a new Havdallah ritual. Whenever our week starts, usually Monday, we all come together to celebrate the beginning of the week. The teachers were not sure the children would like this, but time and again, they ask to celebrate Havdallah, and the ritual has taken hold. We see the children seeking siblings and friends out when they sit together on the carpet. We hear them ask for the familiar

songs. We sing a special “Hinei Ma Tov” at the beginning, and everyone sways back and forth. We check to see if there are any birthdays, or special family occasions like the birth of siblings. There is a feeling that these things are best shared with the whole school, and we all come together to celebrate. Then the children sit back and wait for the special candle. They exclaim that it is a BIG candle, very hot. We can’t touch it! We sing the blessings. We make Kiddush, and then we wrestle with the Besamim - the spices. It is a tall order to ask preschoolers to handle a small bag of something interesting, politely sniffing, and then passing it, without opening it and dumping the contents, or hiding it. But we get through it as a group. Then it’s downhill through blessing the candle, and blessing the knowledge of the differ-

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ence between sacred and profane. We sing “Shavuah Tov!” Have a good week! And we sing “Ose Shalom.” Lately we have been adding one more seasonally appropriate song at the end, “Mishe Nichnas Adar,” in celebration of the month of Adar. In preschool we celebrate! Hooray for the division between dark and light, between sleeping and waking. What better way to mark the division than by gathering together and singing?!

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Social Action Update New Ways To Get Involved In POWER!

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any of you have asked how you can get more involved in POWER. As a result of input from GJC and other congregations, POWER has recently made some programming and governance changes that will open up new opportunities to get involved and work directly with members of other POWER congregations. These include: ACTION TEAMS: Five teams that will meet monthly on the same night to create a comprehensive campaign strategy by meeting as a whole, then breaking into strategy teams, then coming back together. Each congregation is expected to have at least three members participate, and more are encouraged.

The five teams are: • Education • Economic Justice • Mass Decarceration (Criminal Justice) • Communication • Fundraising LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY: POWER members from congregations across the city gather quarterly to celebrate successes, learn about current activities, approve plans of the Action Teams, and provide input into major decisions, in conjunction with the Board, which has final authority. Each paid-up member congregation of POWER can send as many people to the Assembly as it likes; each Local Organiz-

ing Committee (LOC) gets one vote. Decisions in the Assembly are made based on one congregation one vote. INTERESTED? Visit POWER’s newly redesigned web page www.powerinterfaith.org to sign up for weekly updates and to see an interactive calendar of events. Two upcoming events of interest: • March 15 – Action Team Meeting, 6-9 PM, Second Baptist Church of Germantown, Germantown Ave. and Upsal Streets, Philadelphia 19119 • April 12 – Quarterly Legislative Assembly

Scenes from the 2016 Women’s Clothing Exchange

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olunteers worked hard to make this year’s Women’s Clothing Exchange as successful as ever. On January 31, GJC members and neighbors from all over Philadelphia came to have fun at this popular event. Proceeds were donated to HIAS-PA and the GJC Women’s Club.

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Member Spotlight By Linda Kriger

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iane King is 91 and still active and engaged in the world. Having lived the last six years at Rydal Park, a retirement community, she takes advantage of virtually every class and group activity offered there and relishes the way they feed her mind and body. Long-timers at Germantown Jewish Centre will remember Diane as a teacher for 17 years in the religious school. In an era when most women did not work, Diane maintained a family and professional life. Hebrew school was in the afternoon. “So when I had my babies, I was at home until 2:30, put them down for a nap, and when my second child was 18 months, I traded my $25 a week for full time help. I worked 4-6 and I was home at 6:30.” Diane remembers asking her daughter after she was grown what she missed by having a mom who worked. ‘Mom, the only thing I missed was waiting until 6:30 to tell you what I wanted to tell you at 3:30.’ “That’s not bad,” Diane thought. Born in South Philadelphia, Diane attended the Taggart School and South Philadelphia High School for Girls, known as Southern, at Broad and Snyder. “We weren’t poor. My mother had golden hands and made all my clothes. We had a wonderful extended family, and my mother had a wonderful family who had to settle in Canada after 1924 when immigration to the U.S. was closed. Every summer or two, I went to Canada with loads of cousins.” Diane’s father was in the Russian 8

Army during World War I. He was captured and worked as a slave in the mines in Germany. He did not come home to Ukraine until 1921. He met Diane’s mother and came to the U.S. in 1923. They settled in Philadelphia to join her father’s older brother who had started a factory making hot dogs and salamis. “I loved being first generation” American, Diane said, with a broad smile. “I used to love the older generation. My mother took me to the shvitz. There was a hot tub, cold tub and massage and branches you hit yourself with.” Diane’s parents were founding members of a non-denominational Jewish Educational Center II, a Talmud Torah in South Philadelphia that met five days a week. They enrolled Diane at age 5, and she continued to go to Talmud Torah every day after school. “We didn’t belong to a synagogue,” she recalled. “There were only little Orthodox stiebels.” She prayed at the Center’s children’s services and graduated from the school at 14, the year Diane substituted for her older sister teaching 11 year olds in Hebrew school. “I said, ‘They won’t listen to me.’ But I was 5 feet 7 inches tall and lo and behold they listened to me. They thought I was a teacher. I loved the experience.” The question was where should she go next? There was no question but that her Jewish education would continue. Because she was 14, “Gratz College wouldn’t take me because their students started at 16, but I’d had nine years of Hebrew school five days a week, so they made an exception and I got a teaching diploma.” Armed with a Gratz diploma, Diane continued teaching at the Hebrew school she graduated from. “Every day, I’d come home from high school and would go teach,” she recalled, her eyes www.germantownjewishcentre.org

bright with the recollection “I really liked it.” Because Diane was first in her class at Southern, she, like all students who were first in their class in Philadelphia public high schools, received a full scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania, which then cost $400 a year. She became chemistry major, largely because she loved her high school chemistry teacher. Then she met Leon (Lee). “He was talking outside of Horn and Hardart’s to a woman I met when I first came to Penn. (For those too young to remember this emblematic restaurant, you opened little windows to tiny cubicles and pulled out the dish you wanted while the cooks in the back immediately replaced the item.) “I walked over and we ate lunch together and he walked me to the campus. I’m a talkative person and he said later that he fell in love with me that day. But I had a boyfriend and Lee was just my friend. I never dreamed I’d marry him, but there is a God.” After graduating from Penn in 1945, Diane said to herself, “Look, I’m a chemist and I know I have to earn money. My parents couldn’t support me.” She worked as a chemist at Graduate hospital in a lab and then worked three years at Publicker Industries, a huge company, which at the time made whiskies, chemicals and industrial alcohols that were sold around the nation. Diane’s boyfriend, Cy, went off to the service (Lee had impaired vision and was rejected) and she didn’t see Cy for a couple of years. In the meantime she dated Lee a lot. “In those days you didn’t have to be exclusive, if you weren’t engaged. I’d go to the USO and dance with the soldiers. But Cy wanted to be engaged and was coming home. Our families were

The Centre Call germantown jewish centre going to meet. When Cy came back, I didn’t want to be engaged. I’d met him when I was 15 and he was 18. It was a young love. “We broke up in February and in June I happened to bump into Lee on the campus.” She told him she’d broken up with Cy. “I was 19. He asked me if I wanted to see Oklahoma. (The musical, not the state.) He had gotten a ticket for his mom. His mom was the most precious soul. She had broken her hip and was in the hospital. And that’s how it began. On Christmas Eve he kissed me and it was a totally different thing. We married Nov. 30, 1946.” They were married for 68 years. Lee, who came to Rydal Park at age 88, still worked as a financial adviser until three years before his death in September 2014 at 93. They have three children: Cheryl, Elliot, and Louis, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Lou is the IT strategist at Yale, Elliot is a professor at Loyola University in Maryland and Cheryl is a retired occupational therapist who worked for the state of New York. When they were first married, they lived in S. Philadelphia and then at

Wayne and Walnut Lane in Germantown, when she was pregnant with her first child. Bill Lakritz was then principal at GJC. He’d seen Diane do workshops and approached her to teach at GJC after her baby was born. She taught at GJC in the Bet class up through Hay from 1950 to 1967. (Among her students was Lee Dushoff.) Diane and her husband joined GJC in 1950, which means she’s been a member for 65 years. Commenting on her years at the religious school, she reflected, “I was born a teacher. I didn’t know that. I didn’t think I could make a living in the Hebrew school. I thought I liked chemistry when really I liked my high school chemistry teacher. Chemistry was lonely. I needed a profession where I’m with people.” In 1967, Diane divided her time between teaching at GJC and as a consultant for the division of community services run by Gratz College. Dr. Bill Lakritz had by then become head of the Board of Jewish Education, which served Conservative synagogues and he asked her to become a full time consultant. She did. Diane furthered her Jewish education at Dropsie University and got a masters and doctorate in education.

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She became an assistant and then associate professor at Gratz College and taught in the Masters of Jewish Education degree program. She retired from the division of community services in 1988, and is still listed as a faculty member at Gratz. She stopped teaching in her late ‘80s and continued to mentor masters’ degree students. Diane attends GJC on the High Holidays, belongs to Hazak and Women’s Club. She gets to GJC seven or eight times a year, most recently for a program on the painter Frieda Kahlo sponsored by Hazak. She reads, swims three times a week, attends classes on comparative religion, Bible, goes to a word group, and current events group and keeps a positive outlook. “All the programs are fabulous,” she said. “I’m very busy. I just so like it here. I’m feeding my mind and my body. I walk inside. I’m a third of a mile from my dining room. Sometimes I do it two or three times a day, so I walk over a mile.” Diane is, as they say, aging gracefully and with grace.

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Pinat Ha-Hinuch (Education Corner) By Rabbi Alanna Sklover

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n a snowy Monday in January, in the midst of all of the sledding, snowplows, and shoveling out of cars, we celebrated the Jewish holiday of Tu BiShevat. This date, the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shevat, is the new year for the trees... a sort of Jewish arbor day. Why, one might wonder, do we celebrate the new year of the trees in the middle of the winter - at a time during the yearcycle when much of the world is blanketed in snow, and the trees stand stark and bare out our windows? Wouldn’t it make more sense to schedule this type of holiday at the height of spring amid the cherry blossoms, or in the fall at the height of the autumn colors? The answer that one most often hears to this question is that Tu BiShevat falls at the time of year because of our connection to Israel - this is the moment

when the almond blossoms, the first fragrant buds of spring, are beginning to bloom. But, I want to offer an additional explanation. Perhaps Tu BiShevat’s timing feeling “out of sync” with the seasons helps us to direct our attention to other things that feel “off” or “out of sync” in our environment. Were Tu BiShevat to fall at the height of the trees' beauty and bounty, it would be easy to look out the window and say, “Wow - what a beautiful world we live in, where everything is just as it should be!” It would be easy to forget that we live in a world threatened by global warming, pollution, and over-consumption of resources. It would be easy to ignore the part that

we each can play in taking action to ensure a future for those trees and the rest of our global eco-system. As we celebrate the trees during the cold and harsh winter, we get the chance to remember that the world and its environment are fragile, and we all have a part to play to help it to keep blooming and renewing as we look towards a future (and a spring) of warmth, light, and new growth.

Hazak By Helen Feinberg & Coleman Poses

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t was a dark and stormy night. The perfect time to see the movie Rashomon, which takes place during a dark and stormy day. Of course, there were many flashbacks in the film – some to sunnier times – but that did not detract from the doom and gloom that permeated the movie. It also did not detract from the lively discussion after the film, or the tasty noshes that participants could help themselves to while keeping their eyes on the screen. Rashomon was HAZAK’s January event, which was such a success that we are hoping to show another movie on Sunday, March 13. The HAZAK book group has also

been active, with its discussion of Trains of Thought: Paris to Omaha Beach, Memories of a Wartime Youth, by Victor Brombert in January, and Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins in February. Please join Rabbi Annie Lewis & Hazak on Wednesday, April 6th at 11:00 AM for Passover in Poetry. As we gear up to celebrate Passover, we will read and discuss poetry about the themes of freedom and telling stories from generation to generation. As we celebrate the freedom of expression, we will also have an opportunity to do some writing of our own.

Upcoming book group books and dates are: Book Author The Rent Collector Camron Wright A Backpack, a Bear, and 8 Crates of Vodka Lev Golinkin Catch the Jew! Tuvia Tenenbom 10

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'ĞƌŵĂŶƚŽǁŶ:ĞǁŝƐŚĞŶƚƌĞ͛ƐĨŽƵŶĚĞƌƐďƵŝůƚŽƵƌƐĐŚŽŽůďƵŝůĚŝŶŐLJĞĂƌƐďĞĨŽƌĞŽƵƌƐĂŶĐƚƵĂƌLJ͕ĐŽŶƚƌĂƌLJƚŽƚŚĞŽƌĚĞƌŝŶǁŚŝĐŚŵŽƐƚ ƐLJŶĂŐŽŐƵĞƐĂƌĞďƵŝůƚ͕ďĞĐĂƵƐĞƚŚĞŝƌĮƌƐƚƉƌŝŽƌŝƚLJǁĂƐƚŽĐƌĞĂƚĞĂƐĐŚŽŽůĨŽƌŽƵƌĐŚŝůĚƌĞŶ͘dŚĞLJĨŽĐƵƐĞĚŶŽƚŽŶƚŚĞŝƌŽǁŶŝŵŵĞĚŝĂƚĞ ŶĞĞĚƐ ďƵƚ ŝŶƐƚĞĂĚ ŽŶ ĐƌĞĂƟŶŐ Ă :ĞǁŝƐŚ ĨƵƚƵƌĞ ĨŽƌ ƚŚĞ ŶĞdžƚ ŐĞŶĞƌĂƟŽŶ͘  tĞ ŐƵĂƌĚ ƚŚĞ ŶĞƌ ƚĂŵŝĚ  ;ĞƚĞƌŶĂů ŇĂŵĞͿ ƚŚĞLJ ůŝƚ ďLJ ƚŚŝŶŬŝŶŐ͕ůŝŬĞƚŚĞŵ͕ďĞLJŽŶĚŽƵƌŽǁŶŝŵŵĞĚŝĂƚĞŶĞĞĚƐƚŽŽƵƌǀŝƐŝŽŶŽĨƚŚĞĨƵƚƵƌĞ͕ƉƌŽǀŝĚŝŶŐĂƐƚƌŽŶŐ:ĞǁŝƐŚĨŽƵŶĚĂƟŽŶĨŽƌŽƵƌ ĐŚŝůĚƌĞŶĂŶĚŽƵƌĐŚŝůĚƌĞŶ͛ƐĐŚŝůĚƌĞŶ͘ dŽ ŝŵƉůĞŵĞŶƚ ƚŚĂƚ ǀŝƐŝŽŶ͕ ǁĞ ĂƌĞ ĐĂůůŝŶŐ ŽŶ LJŽƵ ƚŽ ƉĂƌƟĐŝƉĂƚĞ ŝŶ Ă ĨƵŶĚƌĂŝƐŝŶŐ ĐĂŵƉĂŝŐŶ ĐĂůůĞĚ ͞ϮϬ ĂLJƐ ŽĨ /ŵƉĂĐƚ͗ dŚĞ /ŶƚĞƌƐĞĐƟŽŶŽĨ:ĞǁŝƐŚ>ĞĂƌŶŝŶŐĂŶĚ>ŝǀŝŶŐ͘͟dŚŝƐŝĚĞĂʹƚŚĂƚ:ĞǁŝƐŚĞĚƵĐĂƟŽŶŵƵƐƚďĞǁŽǀĞŶŝŶƚŽƚŚĞĨĂďƌŝĐŽĨŽƵƌůŝǀĞƐ--ŝƐƚŚĞ ƉŚŝůŽƐŽƉŚLJŽŶǁŚŝĐŚǁĞďĂƐĞŽƵƌLJŽƵƚŚƉƌŽŐƌĂŵŵŝŶŐ͕ĨƌŽŵZĞůŝŐŝŽƵƐ^ĐŚŽŽů͕ƚŽĐŚŝůĚƌĞŶ͛ƐƐĞƌǀŝĐĞƐ͕ƚŽLJŽƵƚŚŐƌŽƵƉƉƌŽŐƌĂŵƐ͕ƚŽ ŽƵƌƚĞĞŶŵĂĚƌĞŝĐŚŝŵ;ůĞĂĚĞƌƐŚŝƉͿ͘KǀĞƌƚŚĞŶĞdžƚϮϬĚĂLJƐ͕ǁĞĂƌĞĂƐŬŝŶŐLJŽƵƚŽŚĞůƉƵƐƌĂŝƐĞΨϮϬ͕ϬϬϬŝŶŵĂƚĐŚŝŶŐĨƵŶĚƐƚŽƐƵƉƉŽƌƚ ƚŚĞƌĞƚĞŶƟŽŶŽĨZĂďďŝůĂŶŶĂ^ŬůŽǀĞƌŝŶƚŚĞƉŽƐŝƟŽŶŽĨZĂďďŝĚƵĐĂƚŽƌ͘tĞŚĂǀĞƌĞĐĞŝǀĞĚΨϮϬ͕ϬϬϬŝŶĐŚĂůůĞŶŐĞĨƵŶĚƐ-ĐŽŵďŝŶĞĚ ƐƵƉƉŽƌƚĨƌŽŵĂŶŽŶLJŵŽƵƐĚŽŶŽƌƐ͕ƚŚĞůĂƚĞ^ŝĚŶĞLJĂŶĚƵŶŶLJ^ƚĞŝŶ͕ĂŶĚĨƌŽŵƚŚĞ:ƵůŝƵƐĂŶĚZĂLJŚĂƌůĞƐƚĞŝŶ&ŽƵŶĚĂƟŽŶ-ǁŝƚŚƚŚĞ ŝŶƚĞŶƟŽŶƚŚĂƚƚŚĞĨƵŶĚƐǁŽƵůĚŝŶƐƉŝƌĞLJŽƵƚŽŐŝǀĞ͘ƐŽĨƚŚŝƐǁƌŝƟŶŐ͕ǁĞŚĂǀĞĂůƌĞĂĚLJƌĞĐĞŝǀĞĚŽǀĞƌΨϱ͕ϳϴϰŝŶƉůĞĚŐĞƐƚŽŬŝĐŬŽī ƚŚŝƐŵĂƚĐŚŝŶŐĐŚĂůůĞŶŐĞ͕ĂŶĚϭϬϬйƉĂƌƟĐŝƉĂƟŽŶĨƌŽŵƚŚĞĞdžĞĐƵƟǀĞĐŽŵŵŝƩĞĞ͘&ƌŽŵŶŽǁƚŚƌŽƵŐŚƚŚĞĞŶĚŽĨDĂƌĐŚ͕ǁĞǁŝůůďĞ ƐŚŽǁŝŶŐLJŽƵƚŚĞŵLJƌŝĂĚŽĨǁĂLJƐŽƵƌĐŽŵŵƵŶŝƚLJŽĨĐŽŵŵƵŶŝƟĞƐŝƐĞŶƌŝĐŚĞĚďLJŚĂǀŝŶŐZĂďďŝůĂŶŶĂƐĞƌǀĞĂƐŽƵƌZĂďďŝĚƵĐĂƚŽƌ͘ WůĞĂƐĞũŽŝŶƵƐŝŶĐŽŶƚƌŝďƵƟŶŐĂƉĞƌƐŽŶĂůůLJŵĞĂŶŝŶŐĨƵůĂŵŽƵŶƚƚŽƚŚŝƐĐĂŵƉĂŝŐŶ͘

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DĂƚŚŝĞƵ:͘^ŚĂƉŝƌŽ͕WƌĞƐŝĚĞŶƚǁǁǁ͘ŐĞƌŵĂŶƚŽǁŶũĞǁŝƐŚĐĞŶƚƌĞ͘ŽƌŐͬƐĞĐƵƌĞ-ϮϬ-ĚĂLJƐ-ŽĨ-ŝŵƉĂĐƚ

ZĂďďŝůĂŶŶĂƌĞǀŝƚĂůŝnjĞĚƚŚĞĞĚƵĐĂƟŽŶĂůŽīĞƌŝŶŐƐĂƚ':͘^ŚĞŚĂƐ ƚŚĞĂďŝůŝƚLJƚŽĚƌĞĂŵŚŽǁ:ĞǁŝƐŚĞĚƵĐĂƟŽŶĐĂŶďĞǁŽŶĚĞƌĨƵů͘ ΕZĂďďŝ&ƌĞĚŝŽŽƉĞƌ

ZĂďďŝůĂŶŶĂŝŵƉĂĐƚƐƚŚĞ':ĐŽŵŵƵŶŝƚLJďLJŵĂŝŶƚĂŝŶŝŶŐĂĚĞĞƉĐŽŶŶĞĐƟŽŶ ƚŽƉĂƌĞŶƚƐ͘^ŚĞǁŽƌŬĞĚŚĂƌĚǁŝƚŚůŽĐĂůƚĞĂĐŚĞƌƐƚŽĐƌĞĂƚĞĂDƵƐƐĂƌĐůĂƐƐ ĞƐƉĞĐŝĂůůLJŐĞĂƌĞĚƚŽǁĂƌĚƐƚŚĞŶĞĞĚƐŽĨƉĂƌĞŶƚƐ͘^ŚĞƐƵƉƉŽƌƚƐƉĂƌĞŶƚƐďLJ ĚĞĞƉůLJůŝƐƚĞŶŝŶŐƚŽƚŚĞŵĂŶĚƚƵƌŶŝŶŐǁŚĂƚƐŚĞŚĞĂƌƐŝŶƚŽĂŵĂnjŝŶŐĨĂŵŝůLJ ƉƌŽŐƌĂŵŵŝŶŐ͕ƚŚƵƐŵĂŬŝŶŐ':ĂǁĂƌŵĂŶĚǁĞůĐŽŵŝŶŐƐĞƫŶŐĨŽƌĨĂŵŝůŝĞƐ͘ ΕďďLJtĞŝŶďĞƌŐ

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ZĂďďŝůĂŶŶĂ͛ƐŝŵƉĂĐƚŽŶ':ŝƐƐƵĐŚƚŚĂƚǁĞƐŝŵƉůLJĐĂŶŶŽƚŝŵĂŐŝŶĞ ':ǁŝƚŚŽƵƚŚĞƌ͘tĞůůďĞLJŽŶĚƚŚĞĞdžĐĞůůĞŶƚĞĚƵĐĂƟŽŶƐŚĞƉƌŽǀŝĚĞƐ ĨŽƌŽƵƌĐŚŝůĚƌĞŶ͕ƐŚĞďƌŝŶŐƐĂĚĞƉƚŚŽĨŬŶŽǁůĞĚŐĞĂŶĚĐŽŵƉĂƐƐŝŽŶ ƚŽŽƵƌĞŶƟƌĞĐŽŵŵƵŶŝƚLJǁŝƚŚŚĞƌƌĂƌĞĂďŝůŝƚLJƚŽĐŽŶŶĞĐƚ ǁŝƚŚĐŚŝůĚƌĞŶĂŶĚŐƌŽǁŶ-ƵƉƐŝŶĞƋƵĂůůLJƉƌŽĨŽƵŶĚǁĂLJƐ͘ ΕĂŶΘ>ŝůĂĞƌŵĂŶ

ZĂďďŝůĂŶŶĂ͛ƐĂŵĂnjŝŶŐŝŵƉĂĐƚƌĞĂĐŚĞƐĨƌŽŵƚŚĞLJŽƵŶŐĞƐƚĐŚŝůĚƌĞŶƚŽƚĞĞŶͲ ĂŐĞƌƐƚŽĂĚƵůƚƐŝŶŽƵƌĐŽŶŐƌĞŐĂƟŽŶ͘/ŶŵLJƐĞĂƌĐŚĨŽƌĂƐLJŶĂŐŽŐƵĞ͕/ďƌŽƵŐŚƚ ŵLJǀĞƌLJƐŚLJƐŝdžLJĞĂƌŽůĚĚĂƵŐŚƚĞƌƚŽŵĞĞƚŚĞƌ͘tŝƚŚŝŶƚĞŶŵŝŶƵƚĞƐ͕ZĂďďŝ ůĂŶŶĂĂŶĚŵLJƌĞƟĐĞŶƚĐŚŝůĚǁĞƌĞĐŚĂƫŶŐůŝŬĞŽůĚĨƌŝĞŶĚƐ͘dŚƌĞĞLJĞĂƌƐ ůĂƚĞƌ͕ǁĞĂƌĞƐĂƟƐĮĞĚ͕ĞŶŐĂŐĞĚĐŽŶŐƌĞŐĂŶƚƐĂŶĚŵLJĚĂƵŐŚƚĞƌŚĂƉƉŝůLJ ŐŽĞƐƚŽZĞůŝŐŝŽƵƐ^ĐŚŽŽůĂŶĚůĞĂĚƐƵƐŝŶƚŚĞƉƌĂLJĞƌƐĂƚŚŽŵĞ͘ Ε:ĂŶĞƚ<ƌŽůů

tŚĞŶƐŚĞĮƌƐƚĐĂŵĞƚŽ':͕ZĂďďŝůĂŶŶĂĐƌĞĂƚĞĚƚŚĞď͛ƌĞŝƌŽƚƉƌŽŐƌĂŵ͘ ǀĞƌLJ ǁĞĞŬ͕ ĂŌĞƌ ,ĞďƌĞǁ͕ ƐƚƵĚĞŶƚƐ ŐŽ ƚŽ ƚŚĞŝƌ ď͛ƌĞŝƌĂŚ ;ĞůĞĐƟǀĞͿ ĂŶĚ ůĞƚ ƚŚĞŝƌ :ĞǁŝƐŚ ŝŵĂŐŝŶĂƟŽŶ ƚĂŬĞ ŇŝŐŚƚ͊  dŚŝƐ ƋƵĂƌƚĞƌ͕ ƐŽŵĞ ƐƚƵĚĞŶƚƐ ĚĞĐŝĚĞĚƚŽƐŝŐŶƵƉĨŽƌ͞ƵŝůĚ-Ă-WƌĂLJĞƌ͟ǁŚĞƌĞƚŚĞLJůĞĂƌŶĂďŽƵƚĚŝīĞƌĞŶƚ ƉŝĞĐĞƐŽĨƚŚĞƐĞƌǀŝĐĞĂŶĚĞdžƉůŽƌĞǁŚĂƚƚŚĞLJŵĞĂŶŝŶŐĞŶĞƌĂůʹĂŶĚŵŽƌĞ ŝŵƉŽƌƚĂŶƚůLJ ǁŚĂƚ ƚŚĞLJ ŵĞĂŶ ƚŽ ƚŚĞ ƐƚƵĚĞŶƚƐ ƚŚĞŵƐĞůǀĞƐ ʹ ĂŶĚ ďƵŝůĚ ƚŚĞŝƌŽǁŶŝŶƚĞƌƉƌĞƚĂƟŽŶƐŽƵƚŽĨ>'KƐ͘KŶĞŽĨƚŚĞƐƚƵĚĞŶƚƐĐŚŽƐĞƚŚĞ ^ŚĞŵĂ͘dŚŝƐŝƐĂŵŝŶLJĂŶŽĨĂůůĚŝīĞƌĞŶƚŬŝŶĚƐŽĨ:ĞǁƐĨĂĐŝŶŐƚŚĞĂƌŬĂŶĚ ĐŽǀĞƌŝŶŐƚŚĞŝƌĞLJĞƐǁŚŝůĞƐĂLJŝŶŐƚŚĞ^ŚĞŵĂ͘ŚŽůLJŵŽŵĞŶƚ͊ DŽƐƚ ϰƚŚ ŐƌĂĚĞƌƐ ũƵƐƚ ůĞĂƌŶ ĂďŽƵƚ :ĞǁŝƐŚ ůŝĨĞĐLJĐůĞ͕ ďƵƚ Ăƚ ': ZĞůŝŐŝŽƵƐ ^ĐŚŽŽů ƐƚƵĚĞŶƚƐ ůĞĂƌŶ ŝƚ ŝŶ Ă ǁĂLJƚŚĂƚƌĞĂůůLJƌŽĐŬƐ͊/ŶKĐƚŽďĞƌ͕ĂƐƚŚĞLJƉƌĞƉĂƌĞĚƚŽǁĞůĐŽŵĞĞĂĐŚŽĨƚŚĞŝƌ͞ƉĞƚƌŽĐŬƐ͟ǁŝƚŚŝƚƐŽǁŶ ,ĞďƌĞǁŶĂŵĞ͕ƚŚĞLJƌĞƐĞĂƌĐŚĞĚƚŚĞŝƌŽǁŶŶĂŵŝŶŐƌŝƚƵĂůƐĂŶĚĨĂŵŝůLJƚƌĂĚŝƟŽŶƐ͘dŚĞLJůĞĂƌŶĞĚĂďŽƵƚ :ĞǁŝƐŚƚƌĂĚŝƟŽŶƐ͕ĚŝƐĐŽǀĞƌĞĚƚŚĞŽƌŝŐŝŶƐŽĨƚŚĞŝƌŽǁŶŶĂŵĞƐ͕ĂŶĚďůĞŶĚĞĚĂůůŽĨƚŚĞƐĞƉŝĞĐĞƐƚŽŐĞƚŚĞƌ ŝŶƚŽƚŚĞŝƌŽǁŶĐƌĞĂƟǀĞ͞ďĂďLJŶĂŵŝŶŐ͟ĐĞƌĞŵŽŶŝĞƐĨŽƌƚŚĞŝƌƌŽĐŬƐ͘ŌĞƌŝŶǀŝƟŶŐƚŚĞŝƌƉĂƌĞŶƚƐƚŽĐůĂƐƐ ŽŶƚŚĞĚĂLJŽĨƚŚĞŶĂŵŝŶŐĐĞƌĞŵŽŶŝĞƐ͕ƐŽŵĞƚŚŝŶŐƐƉĞĐŝĂůŚĂƉƉĞŶĞĚ͘KŶĞƐƚƵĚĞŶƚ͕ĂŌĞƌůĞĂĚŝŶŐŚĞƌ ĐůĂƐƐŵĂƚĞƐŝŶƚŚĞǁĞůĐŽŵĞƐŽŶŐ,ŝŶĞŝDĂŚdŽǀ͕ƌĞĂĚĂƐƉĞĐŝĂůƉŽĞŵĂŶĚĞdžƉůĂŝŶĞĚ͞ƚŚŝƐǁĂƐĂƉŽĞŵ ƚŚĂƚŵLJŵŽŵƌĞĂĚĂƚŵLJďĂďLJŶĂŵŝŶŐ͕ĂŶĚĂůƐŽĂƚŵLJůŝƩůĞďƌŽƚŚĞƌ͛ƐďƌŝƐ͘/ƵƐĞĚŝƚďĞĐĂƵƐĞ/ƚŚŽƵŐŚƚ ŝƚǁŽƵůĚďĞƐƉĞĐŝĂůĨŽƌŵLJŵŽŵƚŽƌĞĂĚŝƚĂƚŵLJĐŚŝůĚ͛ƐŶĂŵŝŶŐƚŽŽ͕ďĞĐĂƵƐĞ/ǁĂŶƚƚŽǁĞůĐŽŵĞŚĞƌ ŝŶƚŽ ŽƵƌ ĨĂŵŝůLJ ĂƐ ǁĞůů ĂƐ ƚŚĞ :ĞǁŝƐŚ ĐŽŵŵƵŶŝƚLJ͘͟  ,Ğƌ ŵŽŵ ƐƚĂƌƚĞĚ ƚŽ ĐƌLJ͕ ĂŶĚ ŚƵŐŐĞĚ ŚĞƌ ƟŐŚƚ͘ WĞƌŚĂƉƐĂŶĞǁĨĂŵŝůLJƚƌĂĚŝƟŽŶƐƚĂƌƚĞĚƚŚĂƚŵŽƌŶŝŶŐ͙

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Women’s Club News By Marcy Fish and Yona Diamond Dansky, Co-Presidents

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he Women’s Club logo includes the phrase, Enriching the Fabric of GJC. Part of the fabric of our community includes actual fabrics. Maxine Feldman and Eve Pinkenson are now leading a group of Women’s Club investigators, collecting the history of our beautiful hand woven Torah mantles (covers). These are the beautiful purple and blue covers currently being used in the Charry Sanctuary and Magil Chapel. Much of the weaving was done originally by Bet Arigah (House of Weaving) by Evelyn Applebaum and her good friend from GJC, Belle Quitman, in the 1960s. Evelyn taught Belle to weave. Later, Debbie Sclan updated ones that needed replacing. If you have some knowledge of how and when these were made, or personal stories about the people who made them, please contact Eve or Maxine. Women’s Club plans to compile the information and photos for all to see. When our new Torah mantles are completed, we will honor the old ones with a special display. The new Torah covers in the Charry will be created by artist Jeanette Kuvin Oren. Deborah Schwartzman, the artist who made the beautiful art quilt in the Magil Chapel, will create new Torah mantles for that space. For those who are interested in information about making a dedication of a new Torah mantles, please see the fly-

January FaceTime meeting with artist Jeanette Kuvin Oren, who will be creating the new Torah mantle covers.

ers that are in the holders around the building. In enriching the community, Women’s Club is involved with (whether sponsoring or co-sponsoring) many programs and projects. In recent weeks, Frida Kahlo “appeared” at GJC on January 10th. She was portrayed by Dr. Nina Haydel, who is a Professor of Literature, Composition and Graduate Education. In addition, the Women’s Clothing Give Away took place on January 31st providing clothing for many in need, the Intergenerational Gatherings continue regularly, and a Cake Decorating Class was presented on February 28th by Susan Parnes of Frosted Cake Studio. Women’s Club held our annual Purim Bash on March 5, to the theme of Rock Around the Clock. We had the always clever Purim Schpiel, a collaboration between Rabbi Zeff, Chuck Schleifer and the GJC Choir, a costume contest, DJ, delicious food, a silent and live auction and lots of FUN! This year’s event also included free childcare and children’s progamming, and the addi-

Dr. Nina Haydel performed with vivid details about the short but intense life of artist Frida Kahlo in our January Women’s Club Sunday program.

tion of the Silver Lounge Night Club, which hosted Sinatra tunes and make-your-own cocktail stations. The Purim Bash provides the Women’s Club with critical funds for numerous GJC activities and programs in addition to our Building Beautiful activities (new Torah covers this year). It also includes maintaining our other Judaica, and refurbishing areas inside and outside the building. We use funds for Shabbat and High Holiday childcare, and subsidize the Religious School and our Early Childhood Program. Women’s Club offers our thanks to the GJC community for supporting this event!

Germantown Jewish Centre would like to extend thanks and gratitude to the Wolfe Family Foundation for generously supporting and making our programming possible.

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Torah Fund Event What is it? The Torah Fund Campaign is a national effort by Women’s Clubs throughout the country to raise money and support for the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS). We actually offer a world-class brunch at the beautiful home of one of our congregants with over 100 friends and Centre neighbors enjoying noshing and schmoozing. Our Women’s Club members do the cooking and baking and the morning is sensational! Although there is no charge, we hope that attendees will donate to Torah Fund in support of JTS. Who’s the Honoree? Sandy Meyer, long time GJC member and Women’s Club member. Sandy served on the Religious School Committee and was a member of the GJC Board. As for Women’s Club, Sandy

hit the Executive Board Trifecta -- Financial Secretary, Membership VP and Program VP. When is this event? Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 11 AM. Where is it? The event is at the beautiful home of George and Kathy Amrom. Why do we do this? Two reasons … This fundraiser supports the Seminary. The leaders trained by JTS—rabbis, cantors, scholars, educators, communal professionals, and lay activists prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century—serve Conservative Judaism, the vital religious center for North American Jewry, and our society as a whole. We take this opportunity to honor a dedicated woman from within our community.

This year we are honoring Sandy Meyer. By attending our event, you will learn all about this remarkable woman and how she has enriched our GJC community. We also invite a guest speaker each year who is always interesting, entertaining and topical. Our speaker this year is GJC member, Lila Corwin Berman, Temple University Associate Professor of History; Murray Friedman Chair of American Jewish History; and Director of the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History. How do I contribute? Each year a lovely Torah Fund Pin is designed for women contributing a certain amount. The history of these gorgeous pins is on display in the Charry Lobby. Please contact the Torah Fund Chair, Dena Lake, for more information about how to get this year’s pin at [email protected]

EVERYONE CAN SUPPORT OUR GJC COMMUNITY THROUGH WOMEN’S CLUB! In 3 easy steps

Once you register with Amazon Smile it will link your Amazon account to Smile Amazon and .5% of every purchase will go to GJC Women’s Club. No additional cost to your purchase or limits to purchases. Here’s how: 1. Go to Smile.Amazon.com 2. Search for Germantown Jewish Centre 3. Select charity: Germantown Jewish Centre Ready to shop: Go to smile.amazon.com….shop away! ALL DONE! Every purchase you make on smile.amazon.com is now linked to GJC. .5% will go to Women’s Club, who will continue to do wonderful things for all our GJC community. www.germantownjewishcentre.org

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adar i 5776 • march 2016 The fastest way for your contribution to be processed is for you to fill out a Contribution Form (available in the office or on our website) and return it to the office along with a check. Or just send in a check with a note.

Contributions For the period of December, 2015 through February, 2016 Todah Rabbah!

Sincere thanks and appreciation to those who remember to honor their friends and loved ones through their generous contributions. FUND Adult Education Fund

BY David Barcan Evelyn Caplin Naomi Decter Linda Dzuba Sylvia Lifschitz Arthur Nissen Jill Nissen David Picker Gloria Salmansohn

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Beck Scholar-in-Residence Fund

Elaine Frank Elizabeth Beck Norman Schwartz Mitchell Berk & Beth Stearman Elizabeth Bloch-Smith Michael Sivitz The Diamond Family Lynne & Art Ellis Daniel Piser Alex Seldin Beth Stearman Deborah White Barbara Bloom Steve & Luci Stroiman Richard Bazelon The Diamond Family Myra & Isador Kranzel Samuel & Tamar Magdovitz

Camp Scholarships Fund Chesed Fund

Dorshei Derekh Early Childhood Program Fund

Sandy Sherman Joan Silver Bev & Ira Somerson Floral Fund General Fund

Richard Rosenbaum Adina Abramowitz & Naomi Klayman David Axelrod & Keira Chism Axelrod Irene Berkowitz Caren Borowsky Jobi & Edward Brown Adele Draiman Jonathan Friedan & Ilana Trachtman Richard Glaser Marvin & Marilynn Goldman Sheldon Isaac Dena & Edward Lake Doug Lerner Stephen & Christine Levin Neil & Nancy Lewis Nathan Martin Richard Menin Jim & Sandy Meyer Joyce Norden Allan Oster & Izhar Naveh Ellyn Phillips

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OCCASION in honor of Eve Pinkenson, teacher in memory of Florence Brown, sister-in-law in honor of Eve Pinkenson, teacher in memory of Samuel L. Pinkenson, parent in honor of Eve Pinkenson, teacher in memory of Roslyn Nissen, wife in memory of Roslyn Nissen, mother in memory of Doris Picker, mother in memory of Hilda Minkoff, wife of Paul Minkoff in memory of Eva Smilowitz, mother in memory of Mollie Greenberg, mother in memory of William Beck, father in memory of Joseph Schwartz, father in memory of Theodore Bloch, father in memory of Sidney Sivitz, father in appreciation of Vinny DiLorenzo, friend in memory of Norma Walton, mother of Rivkah Walton in memory of Leonore Piser, mother in memory of Milton Seldin, father in memory of Lillian Stearman, grandmother in memory of Milton White, father in memory of Miriam Erlbaum, mother of Sheila Erlbaum in memory of Miriam Erlbaum, mother of Sheila Erlbaum in memory of David Bazelon, father in appreciation of Daniel Bacine, friend in memory of Bernard Camins, husband of Judith Camins refuah shleimah to Reena Spicehandler in honor of Brad Bridge & Dveera Segal, on the birth of their first grandchild, Baby Selah in honor of Dveera Segal and Brad Bridge, on the birth of their granddaughter, Selah Gigi in honor of Nan Daniels, on the birth of her granddaughter, Tessa Brett Wallis in honor of Nan Daniels, on the birth of her granddaughter, Tessa Brett Wallis in memory of Rose Rosenbaum, mother in honor of Rabbi Alanna Sklover and Rebecca Kirzner, friends in memory of Dorothea Zucker-Franklin, mother of Deborah Franklin in memory of Harold Barkan, grandfather of Craig Barkan in memory of Claire Warhaftig, mother in memory of Hilda Minkoff, wife of Paul Minkoff in memory of Hilda Minkoff, wife of Paul Minkoff in honor of Jeanette Dudnick, on her special birthday in memory of Harold Moss, father-in-law in honor of Denis & Annalena Lattanzi in honor of Nan Daniels, on the birth of her granddaughter, Tessa Brett Wallis in memory of Mildred Katz, mother in memory of Hilda Minkoff, wife of Paul Minkoff in appreciation of Germantown Jewish Centre in memory of George & Faye Berman, grandparents in memory of Benjamin Menin, uncle in memory of Lib Conner, mother of Chris Levin in memory of William Manheimer, father in memory of Harold Barkan, grandfather of Craig Barkan in memory of Malvina Charlestein, mother

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Contributions Continued General Fund

Cyrilla Rosen Linda & James Rosenstein Alex & Stefanie Seldin Maureen Stahl

Hazak Fund

Interfaith Hospitality Network

Lucille Weber Helene Feinberg Sam & Helene Feinberg Samuel & Helene Feinberg Cherie Goren Lucille & Aaron Weber Louie Elfant Asher

Barbara Bloom Betty Ann & David Fellner David Fellner Cecile Merion Allan Oster & Izhar Naveh Frieda Sanders

Israel Affairs Fund

Maura Sostack Geanne Zelkowitz Hyman & Geanne Zelkowitz Barbara Block Lynne & Art Ellis Carol Kaplan Hershel & Elizabeth Richman Cyrilla Rosen Judy Schwartz & Jay Seitchik Leah & Norman Schwartz

Israel Garden Fund

Kiddush Fund

Bev & Ira Somerson Cy & Rennie Cohen Yona Diamond Dansky & Family Carol Kaplan Dena Lake Charlotte Peitzman Joan Silver Beth Stearman Bonnie Buyum Cy & Rennie Cohen Sonia Dishler Maurice & Maxine Feldman Gert & Myra Jacobsohn Michael Robinson Leah & Norman Schwartz Joan W. Stern

in appreciation of Eric Word & the maintenance staff of GJC. Thank you for moving the Charter of the Germantown Jewish Centre to its new place on the stairwell to the Silver Kiddush Lounge. in memory of Hilda Minkoff, wife of Paul Minkoff in memory of Stephen Wolnek, father of Ivan Wolnek in honor of Yael, David Zvi, Avri, and Shula Kalman, daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren in memory of Phillip Applebaum, father in memory of Anne Rosenberg, mother in memory of Eleanor Chaverson in memory of Norman Danoff, cousin in memory of Neil Goren, son in memory of Joseph Goren, husband in memory of Marc David Kaplan, son of Carol & Marcus Kaplan in honor of Linda Cherkas & Chaim Dworkin, on the birth of their grandson, Noah Joseph Dworkin in memory of Rabbi Seymour Friedman, father of Aryeh Friedman in memory of Monty Herbert Specker, father of Ellyn Charap in honor of Diane Ajl & Neil Kitrosser, on the engagement of their son, Jeffrey Ajl Kitrosser to Lauren Aliyah Berger. Mazal Tov! in memory of Lee Reese, mother of Ellen Reese in honor of Milt Cohen in memory of Norma Walton, mother of Rivkah Walton in honor of Chaim Dworkin & Linda Cherkas, on the marriage of their son in memory of Gabrielle Fellner, mother in memory of Isaac Kopstein, father in honor of Ed and Dena Lake, friends in memory of Ray Wasserberg, aunt in memory of Milton Sanders, husband in memory of Jack Sanders, father-in-law in memory of Edward Sostack, father in memory of Norma Kulberg, mother in memory of Harold Barkan, grandfather of Craig Barkan in memory of Marc David Kaplan, son of Carol & Marcus Kaplan in memory of Hilda Minkoff, wife of Paul Minkoff in honor of Chaim Dworkin & Linda Cherkas, on the marriage of Akiva Dworkin to Tova Glebocki in memory of Samuel & Ruth Pinn, parents in memory of Marc David Kaplan, son of Carol & Marcus Kaplan in memory of Hilda Minkoff, wife of Paul Minkoff in memory of Hans George Hirsch, father of Naomi Hirsch in memory of Marc David Kaplan, son of Carol & Marcus Kaplan in honor of Marty Kaplan, on his special birthday in memory of Marc David Kaplan, son of Carol & Marcus Kaplan in honor of Joel & Sydney Schwartz, of Ramat Beit Shemesh Israel, on the birth of their son, Meir Moshe in honor of Marty Kaplan, on his special birthday in memory of Marc David Kaplan, son of Carol & Marcus Kaplan in honor of Peninah Berdugo, friend in memory of Bette Sinett, sister in memory of Michael Rosenman, brother in memory of Amiel Braverman, husband of Rona Pietrzak in memory of Marc David Kaplan, son of Carol & Marcus Kaplan in memory of Freda Denniberg, grandmother in memory of Barbara Buyum, aunt in memory of Hilda Minkoff, wife of Paul Minkoff in memory of Rose Feinberg, mother in memory of Marc David Kaplan, son of Carol & Marcus Kaplan in memory of Hilda Minkoff, wife of Paul Minkoff in memory of Hilda Minkoff, wife of Paul Minkoff in memory of Hans George Hirsch, father of Naomi Hirsch in memory of Julius Robinson, father in memory of Hilda Minkoff, wife of Paul Minkoff in memory of Sarah Winderman, grandmother in memory of David Winderman, father in memory of Lillian Winderman, aunt

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Contributions Continued Library Fund Minyan Masorti Memorial Shabbat Fund Music Fund

Program Fund Rabbi Lewis’s Discretionary Fund

Rabbi Zeff’s Discretionary Fund

Religious School Fund Social Action Fund Special Education Fund Torah Restoration Fund

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Vincent DiLorenzo Jill Cooper & Ziva Marvin & Marilynn Goldman Wendy Weingarten Bonnie Buyum Tamara Cohen & Gwynn Kessler Lynne & Art Ellis Karen Freedman Samuel & Tamar Magdovitz

in memory of Gabriel DiLorenzo, father in honor of Gary Stein & Ellen Reese, grandparents in honor of Denis & Annalena Lattanzi in memory of Nancy Jacobs Traub, mother in memory of Eda Kaufman, grandmother in memory of Hans George Hirsch, father of Naomi Hirsch in memory of Hans George Hirsch, father of Naomi Hirsch in memory of Marcia Gould, mother in honor of Nan Daniels, on the birth of her first grandchild, Tessa Brett Wallis Allan Oster & Izhar Naveh in memory of Hans George Hirsch, father of Naomi Hirsch Charles & Martha Schleifer in memory of Erik Cameron, nephew Ellen Ufberg in memory of Emanuel Katz, significant other Grace Flisser in memory of Marvin Flisser, father William Kavesh in memory of Miram Kavesh, mother Peter Kuriloff in memory of Nancy Isaac Kuriloff, sister Neil & Nancy Lewis in appreciation of The Germantown Jewish Centre Jeffrey & Linda Needleman in memory of Beatrice Needleman, mother Jeffrey Needleman in memory of Alan Needleman, brother Louie Elfant Asher in honor of Liz Bloch-Smith & Mark Smith, new grandparents in memory of Theodore Bloch, father of Elizabeth Bloch-Smith in memory of Hilda Minkoff, wife of Paul Minkoff in honor of William & Akhila Shapiro, on the birth of their son, Rashi in memory of Bart Axelrod, father of David Axelrod David Birnbaum & Eileen Nathanson in memory of Norma Walton, mother of Rivkah Walton Lila Booth in memory of Nathan Wolfman, father Caren Borowsky in memory of Irving Warhaftig, father Evelyn Caplin in memory of Freida Becker, mother-in-law Marim Charry in memory of all Charry Family Yahrzeits Tamara Cohen & Gwynn Kessler in memory of Norma Walton, mother of Rivkah Walton Nan Daniels in memory of Timothy Daniels, husband Henry & Katherine Donner in memory of Hilda Minkoff, wife of Paul Minkoff in memory of Edna McEvoy, mother of Edna Barenbaum Michael Dzuba in memory of Albert Dzuba, father Bernice Goldstein in memory of Milton Goldstein, brother Mindelle Goldstein in memory of Milton Goldstein, husband Donald & Harriet Joseph in memory of Marc David Kaplan, son of Carol & Marcus Kaplan in memory of Hilda Minkoff, wife of Paul Minkoff William Kavesh in memory of Miriam Kavesh, mother Rose Lifschitz refuah shleimah to Esther Raphel. refuah shleimah to Bess Diener Staci & Scott Reznick Elizabeth Richman in memory of Mae Rosner, mother Elizabeth & Hershel Richman in memory of Lib Conner, mother of Chris Levin Beth Rosenbaum in memory of Newlin Booth, step-father Alex Seldin in memory of Max Routtenberg, grandfather Michael & Shelley Spear refuah shleimah to David Axelrod, friend in memory of Lloyd Schachtner, father of Susan Rome Michael Spear in memory of Andrew Spear, father Michael Steinlauf in memory of William Steinlauf, father Joan N. Stern in memory of Diana Stern, mother Susan Weiss in memory of Milton Sanders, father Mitchell Berk in memory of Samuel Needleman, grandfather Marvin & Marilynn Goldman in honor of Denis & Annalena Lattanzi Ellen Brown in memory of Herbert D. Stearns, father George Stern in memory of Edwin Stern, father Geanne & Hy Zelkowitz in memory of Amiel Braverman, husband of Rona Pietrzak Ellen Brown in memory of Myra A. Sterns, mother Joan Silver in memory of Miriam Erlbaum, mother of Sheila Erlbaum Joyce Videlock in memory of Matthew Wainer, father George Amrom in memory of Leon Amrom, father Kathleen & George Amrom in memory of Norma Walton, mother of Rivkah Walton in memory of Stephen Wolnek, father of Ivan Wolnek Kathleen Amrom in memory of Elizabeth McCain, sister Anne Bonn in memory of David Simcha Greenwald, father Chana Bonn in memory of Hans George Hirsch, father of Naomi Hirsch Maxine Feldman in memory of Frank Berger, father Eve Pinkenson in memory of Ignaz Spitzer, grandfather Kyra Schuster & Michael Scheinberg in honor of the Dashevsky Family Torah

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Inside Centre Call Rabbi’s Message................................page 1 Nedivot Lev (Offerings of the Heart)..................page 2 Shabbat Chai Lites............................page 3 What’s New in the Mishpoche.........page 3 New Members..................................page 3 Israeli Dancing.................................page 4 Early Childhood Program..................page 5 Lots for Tots Programming................page 5 Social Action Update........................page 7 Member Spotlight............................page 8 Religious School...............................page 10 News from Hazak............................page 10 20 Days of Impact...........................page 11 Purim...............................................page 15 Women’s Club.................................page 16 Shirah b’Kehilah (Music Community).......................page 19 Contributions...................................page 20

Please submit all articles via email to [email protected] Deadline for the May issue is April 1st. (215) 844-1507 fax: (215) 844-8309 Web: www.GermantownJewishCentre.org Mathieu J. Shapiro PRESIDENT

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Save the Date March Refuat HaNefesh Healing Service March 9 Philadelphia’s World Music Ensemble March 12 Hazak Film & Discussion: Radio Days March 13 Emojis, Memes, Likes and Favorites: Teens and Digitally Mediated Flirtation March 13 Purim Carnival March 20 GJC Celebrates! Purim Dorshei Derekh Purim Celebration Minyan Masorti Purim Celebration March 23

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Save the Date April G’vanim Concert April 9 Women’s Club Program: Fair Trade April 10 Songs of Freedom! a Passover JAM with Chana Rothman April 10 Refuat HaNefesh Healing Service April 13 Israel Program: Sarah Kreimer (Beit Berl College) April 27