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Volume 33, Number 8


April 2014 Volume 31, Number 7

Adar II/Nisan 5774 March 2012






Adar / Nisan 5772



Services Schedule


GENERAL INFORMATION: All phone numbers use (510) prefix unless otherwise noted. Location Time

Monday & Thursday Morning Minyan Chapel 8:00 a.m. Friday Evening (Kabbalat Shabbat) Chapel 6:15 p.m. Shabbat Morning Sanctuary 9:30 a.m.

Candle Lighting (Friday) April 4 April 11 April 18 April 25

7:17 p.m. 7:23 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:36 p.m.

Torah Portions (Saturday) April 5 April 12 April 19 April 26

Metzora Achrei Mot Pesach Day 5 Kedoshim

Mailing Address

336 Euclid Ave. Oakland, CA 94610


M-Th: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Fr: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Office Phone


Office Fax



[email protected]

Gan Avraham


Bet Sefer


STAFF Rabbi (x 213) Cantor (x 218) Gabbi Executive Director (x 214) Office Coordinator (x 210) Bet Sefer Director Gan Avraham Director Bookkeeper (x 215) Custodian (x 211) Kindergym/Toddler Program Volunteers (x 229)

Mark Bloom Richard Kaplan Marshall Langfeld Rayna Arnold Virginia Tiger Susan Simon 663-1683 Barbara Kanter 763-7528 Kevin Blattel Joe Lewis Dawn Margolin 547-7726 Herman & Agnes Pencovic


TEMPLE BETH ABRAHAM is proud to support the Conservative Movement by affiliating with The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.

Advertising Policy: Anyone may sponsor an issue of The Omer and receive a dedication for their business or loved one. Contact us for details. We do not accept outside or paid advertising. The Omer is published on paper that is 30% post-consumer fibers. The Omer (USPS 020299) is published monthly except July and August by Congregation Beth Abraham, 336 Euclid Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610. Periodicals Postage Paid at Oakland, CA. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Omer, c/o Temple Beth Abraham, 336 Euclid Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610-3232. © 2014. Temple Beth Abraham. The Omer is published by Temple Beth Abraham, a nonprofit, located at 336 Euclid Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610; telephone (510) 832-0936. It is published monthly except for the months of July and August for a total of ten issues per annum. It is sent as a requester publication and there is no paid distribution.

To view The Omer in color, visit www.tbaoakland.org. i

President Vice President Vice President Vice President Vice President Secretary Treasurer

Mark Fickes 652-8545 Eric Friedman 984-2575 Lynn Langfeld 769-6970 Flo Raskin 653-7947 Laura Wildmann 601-9571 JB Leibovitch 653-7133 Susan Shub 852-2500

COMMITTEES & ORGANIZATIONS: If you would like to contact the committee chairs, please contact the synagogue office for phone numbers and e-mail addresses. Adult Education Chesed Development Dues Evaluation Endowment Fund Finance Gan Avraham Parents Gan Avraham School Committee House Israel Affairs Membership Men’s Club Omer Personnel Public Relations Ritual Schools Social Action Torah Fund Women of TBA Youth

Steve Glaser & Aaron Paul Warren Gould Steve Grossman & Flo Raskin Susan Shub Herman Pencovic Susan Shub Cori Constantine & Rebecca Skiles Rebecca Posamentier Stephen Shub J.B. Leibovitch Ulli Rotzscher Jeff Ilfeld Rachel Dornhelm Laura Wildmann Lisa Fernandez Eric Friedman Lynn Langfeld Marc Bruner Anne Levine Jeanne Korn & Lori Rosenthal Phil Hankin


Adult Education with Nitzhia Shaked After a general introduction to the life and work of one of our greatest rabbis, we will focus on one the major contributions of Maimonides to Jewish Law – his Mishneh Torah. This superb legal code is one of the leading guidelines of Halacha to this very day. In this course we will study and analyze a selection of this Magnus Opus in areas of ethics, social justice, tzedakah, kings, the Messiah and more. The class will meet in the following Sundays: March 30, April 13 & 27,May 18 & 25, June 1 & 8 The cost for attending the series is $90. The fee for individual classes is $15 each. Nitzhia has provided a “reader” for all of those signing up in advance. We will be using this reader throughout the course. Therefore pre-registration is important so that I know how many copies to make. Please RSVP – [email protected] – to reserve your space and ensure your copy of the materials for the first class. We can put the fee on your TBA bill if you let Susan know.

SUKKOT IN APRIL Sundays, April 20 & April 27 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Temple Beth Abraham will once again participate in the annual Sukkot in April/Rebuilding Together (RTO) Event. We will be doing a variety of projects at the home of a low income family in Oakland. This promises to be a wonderful experience and we hope you will consider helping out. Each year, thousands of Rebuilding Together volunteers come together for one or two weekends in April to restore the homes of their low-income neighbors. Skilled and unskilled workers are all needed. As in past years, our project will be jointly sponsored by Kehilla Community Synagogue and Temple Sinai, so this is an opportunity to connect to the larger Jewish Community of the East Bay. Breakfast and lunch are provided. RTO provides all materials. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Please contact us with any questions and to sign up as a volunteer. Rachel Goldstone & Gabriella Gordon Volunteer Coordinators

April Sha’a b’Matana

Monday, April 7, 7-8 p.m. in the Chapel Warren Gould will present: “Comforting the Mourner” Warren is a member of our TBA Chesed Committee. He has a long standing interest in attempting to provide comfort during mourning and bereavement. He will present a few classic descriptions of mourning, discuss normal and pathological bereavement, and suggest interventions to avoid and interventions that may provide comfort. This Jewish themed presentation is aimed to people interested in providing comfort but may also itself provide some comfort to those who are in bereavement themselves. Sha’a b’Matana (An Hour’s Gift) is a series of monthly speakers, members of our TBA community, who have volunteered to share their professional expertise with you in an intimate, informal setting. Come out, get some expert advice, and enjoy a relaxed evening with other TBA members. Please feel free to contact Tosha Schore directly with any questions. [email protected]

Mah Jongg 1:00 p.m. after Kiddush in the Baum Youth Center April 12 for Beginners April 19 for Experienced players

THE TEEN SCENE The Friendship Circle Friendship Circle programs present families of individuals with special needs and teen volunteers the opportunity to form real friendships within a non-judgmental and supportive community. Teen Scene: Teen Scene is a semimonthly, one and a half hour program on Sunday evenings for teens with special needs to join with loving teen volunteers for a fun, educational group experience. The program begins with a light dinner and is followed by an hour of activities and Jewish discussion. Teens enjoy various activities, which include dancing, basketball, yoga, drum circle and more... For more information, including Teen Scene dates, please contact Devorah Romano, [email protected]

See additional WTBA sponsored Adult Education activities on page 6. 1

FROM THE RABBI A Brief History of the Rabbis at TBA by Rabbi Mark Bloom

In case you haven’t heard, I recently signed a new six-year contract to remain as Temple Beth Abraham’s Rabbi through 2020. Hopefully, I will be here much longer than that, but at the end of this contract alone, I will have been here 19 years, making me the longest tenured rabbi in TBA history. Given that I had four different pulpits in my first six years as a rabbi, such longevity is both a surprise and a blessing. Knowing that I will be serving longer than any of my predecessors fills me with both awe and gratitude. It also gives us a chance to think about some of those who came before me and the contributions they made to our synagogue’s history. While Temple Beth Abraham was founded in 1907, the first full time rabbi was hired in 1928. His name was Morris Goldberg, and his tenure and life were all too short. He was tragically struck by a streetcar on his way to pick up a contribution to the building fund of the synagogue. I am not sure who worked here in the early 1930’s, but in the late 1930’s, Rabbi Phillip Langh arrived from Seattle and presided over the largest growth period in TBA’s history. According to Fred Rosenbaum’s history of the Jews of Oakland called Free to Choose: The Making of a Jewish Community in the American West, the congregation grew from 120 families to nearly 600 families from 1938 to 1948. Senior members of our congregation dispute those numbers, however. It may have been 600 people rather than 600 families. Rabbi Phillip Langh was followed by Rabbi Phillip Lipis, who served from approximately 1947 to 1951. Unfortunately, he had a conflict with the president of the congregation, Mendel Friedman, who had served for 20 years (check out the wall in the back of the sanctuary), and Rabbi Lipis resigned after Mr. Friedman refused to give up the presidency until his own tragic death by suicide a few years later. With those colorful and tragic beginnings, things stabilized in the 1950’s, when the great Rabbi Harold Schulweis began his 18 year tenure. Rabbi Schulweis was very much the iconic rabbi of our congregation. He was a powerful orator, a poet, an artist, a civil rights leader, and a brilliant man. The congregation’s membership peaked during his tenure. The school building and chapel were built during the Schulweis years. The windows in the sanctuary were conceived by Rabbi Schulweis and created by Victor Reis. Rabbi Schulweis became one of the most prominent rabbis in the country but then he left in 1970 for Southern California. Someone had to follow the great Rabbi Schulweis, and Rabbi Leonard Cahan did. Rabbi Cahan went on to have a very successful career elsewhere, but the combination of following Schulweis, tackling the issue of allowing women to have an Aliyah, and the flight of much of the Jewish community out of Oakland and into the suburbs made for a very difficult challenge. He left for Maryland after only a few years. He was followed by Rabbi Eugene Wernick, whose son is now the leader of the USCJ, Rabbi Aaron Kriegel, and Rabbi Martin Douglass, all of whose tenures were short. Members continued to leave as Oakland saw fewer and fewer Jewish families moving into the city. Rabbi Joseph Schonwald arrived in 1984, and the sanctuary and school building were refurbished. He now lives in Israel and is still in touch with many members of the congregation. Rabbi Mark Diamond served throughout the 90’s, shepherding the congregation through the fires in the Oakland Hills and beginning a long range planning study which would eventually lead to the Centennial Project. He now serves as a community rabbi in Los Angeles, and many members keep in contact with him as well. I arrived in 2001, and it has been a wonderful match. I love serving this community, and the community has been wonderful to me and my family. I am not a tall man, as you know, but sometimes I feel like a giant here, not only because of the way the congregation treats me but because I have the blessing of standing on the shoulders of those rabbis who came before me.


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE The Presidents of TBA by Mark Fickes

I confess that this month’s Omer theme stumped me at first. My family joined TBA in 2006 and while the past seven years have been great, I am by no means a qualified historian of TBA. Our Omer editor, Rachel Dornhelm, helped me out of my funk by suggesting that I interview a past president to get some insight into life at TBA then versus life at TBA now. At first I was tempted to see how far back in time I could go, but then it hit me. Recently, I announced that TBA entered into a new six-year contract with Rabbi Bloom. At the end of this new contract, he will have been the longest serving Rabbi at TBA. We are literally experiencing history in the making. Then I also realized that we are fast approaching the Rabbi’s 13th anniversary at TBA. In honor of his “bar mitzvah” year, I decided to interview Ellen Kaufman. Ellen was not president when we hired Rabbi Bloom but she was the first president to serve once the Rabbi joined us. Recently, I asked Ellen to describe the changes at TBA over the past 13 years. The first thing she said was that at Shabbat, there are so many children on the bimah for Ein Kelohenu. I was struck by the observation. Seeing kids run around our campus and crowd the bimah on Shabbat has been a constant since my family joined. Ellen observed that seeing the young kids run around was symbolic of the growth we’ve experienced during Rabbi Bloom’s tenure and the “tremendous appeal of the shul to families.” Ellen remarked that Rabbi Bloom came to us at an interesting time in our history. TBA was in transition. Rabbi Diamond had moved on and Rabbi Samuel Broude was serving as our interim Rabbi. The congregation was looking for many things in its new Rabbi, perhaps more things than any one person could fulfill. Ellen reflected on a “graduation” for seventh graders when Rabbi Broude was here and noted how especially well-prepared our teenagers are today for their b’nei mitzvah. Ellen attributed the level of education our children receive and their readiness to lead services to Rabbi Bloom and Susan Simon. Rabbi Diamond had a policy of not hiring congregants for positions in the Gan or Bet Sefer. Rabbi Bloom was open to breaking with tradition when we had so many talented educators in our midst. So, the policy was changed and Susan came on board to run Bet Sefer. Now, week after week, we see that our youth are well versed in our liturgy. Like all great institutions, TBA has had its ups and down over the years. As our future unfolds, life at TBA looks promising thanks to the “historic” decision to hire Rabbi Bloom. I anticipate many changes over the next several years. While those changes are exciting for some and may cause anxiety for others, I am confident than when a future historian looks back at this time, he or she will marvel at what a strong and vibrant congregation we are.

Please Join Us for Morning Minyan on Mondays & Thursdays Join the regulars at our Minyan service, each Monday and Thursday usually starting at 8:00 a.m. The service lasts about an hour, and is really a great way to start the day. As an added bonus, breakfast is served immediately afterwards. To use the old expression – try it, you’ll like it. If not as a regular, just stop in once or twice and see what it’s all about.

Learn Torah with Rabbi Bloom and other Tba’ers Each Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. at the Woodminster Cafe. No knowledge of Hebrew is required. 3

EDITOR’S MESSAGE Putting the History of TBA in Context by Rachel Dornhelm

I have learned so much about the congregation while compiling this issue of the Omer. For one, I never knew about TBA’s founding in West Oakland. I’d never heard from a friend about her family’s involvement in TBA dating back to the 1930’s. We also have a story from the 1970’s from a current member recalling an unconventional Bar Mitzvah practice at the time. Besides the excuse to ask members about their memories and experiences, because of this month’s theme I picked up the recent book, Cosmopolitans: a Social and Cultural History of the Jews of the San Francisco Bay Area. It’s author, Fred Rosenbaum, is the founding director of Lehrhaus Judaica in Berkeley. It made me realize that in order to appreciate TBA’s history, it’s important to put it in context of Jewish history in the area as a whole. I will try to summarize some of the most salient and surprising (to me) elements that I learned from the book. It is absolutely worth a read for anyone with even passing interest in the subject. Levi Strauss was far from the only prominent Jew during the Gold Rush. Isaac Magnin and Solomon Gump also started eponymous businesses that became famous brands. But did you know that early San Francisco mayor Adolph Sutro, whose fortune in part came from buying up San Francisco real estate during the depression of the 1870’s, was also Jewish? Sutro’s name endures even now. Many people know Sutro Tower, the red and white antennae built on land that his descendants still own and the former site of the mansion where he lived. Jews enjoyed an unprecedented amount of acceptance and integration in San Francisco, especially compared to other parts of the US in the post-Civil War period. West Oakland was the big center of East Bay Judaism when Jews first settled here. The heart of the community was West of Broadway between 3rd and 12th streets… the area that now includes Preservation Park. Jewish women were prominent in their own right and often were pioneers in fields dominated by men. In addition to being well represented among Jewish artists and intellectuals, the first woman to graduate from the University of California Medical School was a Jewish woman. Ditto for one of the first woman architects in the state and the first UC trained woman lawyer and first female full professor at UC Berkeley. A last note, closer to home, there are so many people who have been vital to TBA’s history whose names are not in these pages. We are so fortunate that many of them have been vital contributors to the Omer over the past years, just as they have been vital to the synagogue for decades. The fear of trying to cover everything is you miss people. I hope no one takes a lack of mention in the issue as a slight, just a chance to expand the circle and celebrate even more of what we have.

May Omer Theme: Gratitude THE OMER

We cheerfully accept member submissions. Deadline for articles and letters is the seventh of the month preceding publication. Editor in Chief Rachel Dornhelm Managing Editor Lisa Fernandez Layout & Design Jessica Sterling Calendars Jon Golding B’nai Mitzvah Editor Susan Simon Cover Gabriella Gordon Help From People like you! 4

Jessica Dell’Era, Nadine Joseph, Richard Kauffman, Jan Silverman, Debbie Spangler June Brott, Jessica Dell’Era, Charles Feltman, Jeanne Korn, Anne Levine, Proofreaders Stephen Shub, Susan Simon, Debbie Spangler

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Distribution Hennie Hecht, Herman and Agnes Pencovic Mailing Address 336 Euclid Ave. Oakland, CA 94610 E-Mail [email protected]


Rabbi Carol Caine discusses how the Purim story might be interpreted as a metaphor for how to access power in the Diaspora.


WTBA, OUR SISTERHOOD Join us this month for WTBA’s

Girls’ Night Out Thursday, April 3 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Baum Youth Center, 341 MacArthur

Special Guest: Laura Gedulgig Topic: Transitions- Strategies for Navigating the Twisting and Changing Landscape of Life What transitions are you navigating in your life today? What are you moving away from and what are you stepping towards? Together we’ll explore the topic of Transitions and how to feel your way through them with grace and ease in order to arrive safely on the other side. Facilitator: Laura Geduldig is a Master Certified Coach, mother of Elijah & Gabriel, and a Nia Dance Instructor. The unifying theme in Laura’s career has been a commitment to working with people in achieving transformational change in their lives. In her 14 years in private practice as a Life Coach Laura has supported hundreds of clients in navigating a wide variety of life’s transitions. Her unique coaching practice includes actionoriented homework, attainable yet challenging goals, a safe environment where risk-taking is encouraged and an emphasis on health & wellness as a foundation to designing a thriving life. Her clients describe her as enthusiastic, insightful and bold in her ability to ask powerful questions and get desired results. For more information please visit www.gotherecoaching.com and contact Laura at [email protected] Girls’ Night Out is a casual, monthly event to gather TBA women together for relaxed and unstructured social time. Drop in on the first Thursday of each month to chat, laugh, debate, have a glass of wine and some light goodies, and get to know each other better. No need to bring a thing! Meet old friends, and make new friends. There’s a different mix, vibe and conversation every month. Come check it out! Questions: [email protected] or [email protected]

THIS EVENT IS FREE sponsored by WTBA Save the date: May 6, our final Girls Night Out


WTBA Taco Tuesday at The Lake Chalet May 13 • 4 - 7 p.m. • $25


Women on the Move Sunday, April 13

WTBA hikes happen the second Sunday of every month. We meet at 9:45 and depart promptly at 10:00. Hikes end by 11:30. We will meet at the Skyline Gate on Skyline just south of Snake and hike in Redwood Regional Park. For details, contact Deena Aerenson at (510) 225-5107 or [email protected]


An Introduction to the Talmud & Midrash April 7, 2014 On behalf of The Women of TBA (WTBA) and Oakland Ruach Hadassah, we would like to invite all East Bay Women to join our Rosh Chodesh group. The group meets monthly on the Monday closest to Rosh Chodesh, from 9:30 to 11:30 at rotating members’ homes. The meetings are facilitated by members of the group. This month, we will continue our study of the book Taste of Text by Ronald H. Isaacs. This book is an introduction to the study of talmudic and midrashic materials. Rabbi Isaacs addresses sixteen topics of religious and personal importance. The subject for March is Honoring the Dead and Comforting Mourners. The meeting will opens with a short discussion about the significance of the month of Adar II. Questions? Contact Amy Tessler at [email protected] net or 510-482-1218 to obtain the reading materials and get on the distribution list for the upcoming meeting locations.

MEN’S CLUB The Lion of the Men’s Club by Rick Heeger

It’s Yom Kippur morning, 2006. As president of the Board of Directors I am hosting the Men’s Club Board and past presidents on the bimah. As services have already begun, I warmly but silently greet the big man who sits next to me. That’s not good enough for him. A big handshake, good yuntif, how are you, how is the family, he wants to know. And then there are the jokes. The Men’s Club has been a vibrant force of community and camaraderie at Temple Beth Abraham since 1949. The history of the Club is dotted with a variety of amazing events like Man of the Year dinners, the annual Chanukah party, talent shows, sports night and poker games. For much of that history, including the time when I joined TBA and became active in the shul, the face of the Men’s Club was Leonard Fixler, of blessed memory. Leonard was a lion of a man. In fact, Arieh (lion) was his Hebrew name. He was survivor in every sense of the word. He had to be to grow up in a house with ten brothers and six sisters in Tacovo Czechoslovakia. His home life was shattered soon after Hungary, aligned with Germany, invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939. Concealing their Jewish identities, Leonard and his brother Simon fled to Budapest to find work. Meanwhile, in Czechoslovakia, the situation was getting bad for

the Jews. By the end of 1943, Jews were stripped of their rights and deported to concentration camps. Most of Leonard’s remaining family in Tacovo was sent to Theresienstadt and Auschwitz where they were killed. Over the next two years, Leonard survived forced labor camps, freezing temperatures, two death marches and two concentration camps. At one point an SS officer placed the barrel of a gun at his head and he thought that this is where he would die. The SS officer got distracted and Leonard was able to flee. When the Allies liberated the camp he was in in April 1945, Leonard was emaciated and ill but alive – he had survived. Leonard never forgot that he survived, that he won. He survived to meet and marry the wonderful and beautiful Helen, raise a family, find success and fulfillment in his work, dote on his grandchildren, give generously of his time and his money to his community and maintain a positive outlook and a smile that was contagious. The Men’s Club was fortunate that Leonard focused so much of his energy on the club. Because of the commitment of Leonard and Men’s Club leaders who served before him and those of us who serve in his wake, the Men’s Club is able to enrich the experience and quality of Jewish life at TBA through service and awareness of the traditions of our faith. Men’s Club philanthropy, a key continued on page 18

Our TBA community lost two giants recently, Leonard Fixler and Henry Ramek. There is much more about Leonard Fixler’s many contributions to TBA in the Men’s Club column on this page. Henry Ramek was a teacher, a tzedek, greatgrandfather and husband, a kosher butcher, a successful business man and a survivor. He was also a man of great generosity – with his time and his money. There probably is not a Jewish organization that didn’t list Henry and his wife Eve among it’s donors. His time spent teaching Bar Mitzvah boys how to lay tefillin created life-long memories for those young men. Henry was also generous about sharing stories of the most painful and horrific time of his life, the Holocaust. Henry felt it was his mission to talk about the experience so that it would never happen again. His Torah reading and davening, especially his chanting of the El Maleh Rachamim for the six million during Yizkor could be felt to the bone. He will be sorely missed. — Rick Heeger 7





TBA: OUR HISTORY Four Generations at TBA by Hildie Spritzer

Early History of TBA: Founded in West Oakland The following is an excerpt from the excellent book Cosmopolitans: a Social and Cultural History of the Jews of the San Francisco Bay Area. The author, Fred Rosenbaum, is the founding director of Lehrhaus Judaica. He kindly gave permission for this reprint. The passages are from pages 222 and 229. Oakland gave rise to a Yiddish-speaking Jewish community, in the area west of Broadway between Third and Twelfth streets. Pioneers, including some Jewish merchants, had built fine Victorian homes in this tranquil section a generation earlier. But, by the turn of the century, uncontrolled industrial growth had begun to take its toll in the flatlands: factories and new railroad lines added to the noise and congestion, and the busy commercial district drew closer. Those who could moved east or north. Their places were taken by Mexicans, Italians, and, conspicuously, East European Jews. Frequently seen on Castro, Chestnut and Myrtle streets were bearded, blackcoated peddlers, uncomfortable in the warm sun. Women, their hair in scarves, hurriedly compared prices among the half dozen kosher butchers. Small boys, Hebrew books under their arms, made their way from public school to the daily Talmud Torah on Brush Street. …

My mother, Susanne, joined TBA along with her parents in 1939. They came from Poland and chose a location in walking distance to the shul, on Sunnyslope Avenue as their residence. (across the street from the Silvers) It was important for my grandmother, Jetti Aron, to attend services and to dress elegantly in Eurpoean style. Their seats were right next to the southern door. It is a memory that has stayed with my mother ever since always saying: “I can see them right over there. That’s where they always sat.” My mother would teach Sunday school and in 1945 was married by Rabbi Lang, to my father, Herman Spritzer. I remember sitting on the bimah many years later, as a member of the board. My eyes filled with tears thinking about how proud this might have made my grandparents feel – having brought our family’s fourth generation to be members of TBA. The tears included being accepted as a board member since I was intermarried. It was a symbol of acceptance from the TBA community thirty some years ago.


Many of the first East European Jews to establish themselves in Oakland were Hungarians, like the resourceful Bercovich clan, in business as early as 1883. Admired figures in the community, they thrived as scrap iron dealers, auctioneers, cigar distributors, and, ultimately, furniture sellers. After the death of the family’s patriarch, Abraham, a gift from his widow to a worship group of Hungarians in 1908 enabled the aquisition of a modest old building near the foot of Harrison Street formerly a Chinese temple. The new congregation – Bais Avruham, or Beth Abraham – was named in his memory. Women sat in the balcony of this strictly Orthodox synagogue, which for decades relied on its members to conduct services until it could afford a rabbi. The late 1920’s finally brought prosperity to a good number of these Hungarians, such as Sam Katzburg, who was in the “fruit game,” Sol Quitman, who ran two haberdasheries, Kalman Gluck, owner of the Union Hide Company, and Maurice Lerner, a scrap metal and hardware dealer. They had arrived earlier than the Russian Jews and would leave the area of primary settlement earlier, too, forsaking West Oakland for the Grand Lake District, where they erected a spacious synagogue in 1929.

TBA: OUR HISTORY My Personal Family History at TBA by Mala Johnson

The year is about 1935. Grandfather David Bluer, Grandmother Molly Bluer and three of the Bluer boys, Asher, Harry and Dad Phil – the baby.

Do you ever think about the many families that came before us at TBA who have sat in shul praying, celebrated simchas and attended preschool and religious school? When I’m at TBA, I often think about my own family history that dates back to the 1930’s. My grandfather, David Bluer, worked at TBA for about 30 years ending sometime in the 1960’s. His job was the “Shamas” (that is what it was referred to in my family) and he was a “helper” with many things at TBA including leading minyan services in the Chapel for decades and I’m sure he did a fair amount of schmoozing and eating bagels too. My father, Phil Bluer, is one of four brothers and they lived within walking distance of TBA. He has since passed away, but when I was growing up, he spoke frequently about how his father would call him and his brothers to TBA because they needed them to form a minyan. There are even a few physical memories of my family at TBA. I was very excited one day when longtime TBA member, Pinky, told me that he knew my grandparents and that there was a large plaque in the chapel – that is still there today – honoring my grandfather for his years of service. Whenever I am in the chapel, I think about

my grandfather, my dad and my uncles being in the same room many times before me saying the same prayers that we do. I also had a pleasant surprise once walking up the stairs to the synagogue when I saw a picture of my dad’s confirmation class from 1949 hanging on the wall. I always say hello and point the picture out to my kids who never got a chance to meet their grandfather. I won’t forget the first time I was at Shabbat service and was surprised to hear my grandmother’s name read at kaddish, especially because I am named after her and never met her. I think about the friends my dad’s family made when they were here and the community that they experienced at TBA. My parents got married at TBA more than 50 years ago and even had their wedding reception in the social hall. As so many other young men and women have before us, my dad and his brothers all had their bar mitzvahs on the TBA bimah. At least one of my uncles that I know of was also married at TBA and I have at least one cousin that attended religious school at TBA, too. I got a kick out of my mom, Diane (Baer) Bluer, who while looking at the pictures of former TBA presidents above the door at the synagogue entrance, told me about the many that she knew and even some that she had dated. I was born in Oakland, but moved when I was five. Although I know that I spent plenty of time at TBA when I was younger before I moved, my only real memories are running up and down the steps in the front just like my kids do today. Both of my daughters graduated from the Gan and are currently attending Bet Sefer. Who knows, maybe someday Rabbi Bloom will perform their marriages and they can tell their kids about their own family history at TBA.

Candy Crush at TBA By Ronn Berrol

When I saw the theme of this month’s Omer, I flashed back to an article I remembered reading concerning a certain event that occurred at TBA some 40 years ago – November 16, 1974. The article (on following page) was originally published in the St. Louis Jewish Light, March 19,1975. The events in the article had receded in the deep recesses of my memory and only now do I realize the interesting parallels that they have to another special day in our family, December 22, 2013, the Bar Mitzvah of my son, Avshalom Berrol. When Avshi finished chanting the haftarah, my good friend, Shimon, and his daughter, Gali, of Moroccan Jewish descent, who had made the trip from Israel to be with us, got up and began to toss candy towards my son in celebration. I still recall the look on Rabbi Bloom’s face as he instantly realized what Shimon continued on page 12 11

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and his daughter were doing. Apparently, over the years many a young friend of the Bar Mitzvah has become over-zealous with this special tradition and sometimes more harm than happiness, as was intended, has arisen as a result.

The boy’s father, Dr. Sheldon Berrol, said he recently attended a Sephardic ceremony and was charmed when the family tossed candy. He decided to do it for his own son’s occasion within the Ashkenazi tradition. “The candy symbolizes the wish for a sweet life and also that Jewish learning is sweet.” He explained. “I thought it was a beautiful idea.” According to Rabbi Eugene Wernick what the Berrols did is a very ancient Jewish custom that was long ago abandoned in the Diaspora, especially after Christians began emulating the Jewish practice. Throwing or serving raisins and almonds (and other sweets) at happy occasions probably dates back thousands of years. It still remains a popular custom in Israel today. Judging by the pleased reactions of the crowd here, the custom might catch on and become a California revival.

From right to left in the picture: Bruce Berrol, Elissa Berrol, Sheldon Berrol, Ronn Berrol, Cynthia Berrol, Mindy Berrol

Candy Ceremony Surprises Bar Mitzvah Boy, Guests By June Elliot OAKLAND. It happened at a Bar Mitzvah. The well-informed Jewish lady was quietly explaining to Christian guests just what was happening and what everything meant. The boy, Ronn Berrol, just completed his reading of the Torah and happily strode across the bimah (pulpit) to shake hands with the rabbi. Everything had gone beautifully, according to schedule. Then there was a sudden surprise. The parents, sisters and brother of Ronn abruptly stood up in their front row seats, and a burst of shiny objects whizzed through the air. The barrage fell on and around the young man, who stopped short, his face aghast with shock and disbelief. “What was that?” the Christian lady asked. “I don’t know,” the astonished Jewish lady replied. The metallic looking mini-missiles were a surprise shower of bright, foil-wrapped hard candies. The congregation was stunned for a few moments. Then everyone began to laugh as Ronn, puzzled for a moment, picked up a candy and then popped the wrapper in his pocket and the candy in his mouth. 12

Ronn said his father told him on the way to the synagogue what the family would do. “But I didn’t believe him,” the smiling 13 year-old said. “I told him I knew that my father would never stand up and make a fool of himself in shul.” Then the young man laughed, and he offered me a candy from his pocket. Viewed through today’s lenses it would seem bizarre that the throwing of candy would be such a foreign event at a Bar Mitzvah. Although we don’t have this tradition at TBA today, many members of our congregation are pretty familiar with the ritual itself. However back in the early 1970’s, there actually were still very few Sephardic Jews in our community and our synagogue was still very much steeped in all traditions Ashkenazi. In a sense we were only beginning to make a transition from the old Eastern European prayer services as they were still being practiced on the East Coast. We hadn’t found our California groove yet. Most people said, “good shabbos” and not very many said “Shabbat Shalom”, people wore a talis and not a tallit, and for high holidays it was common to hear “gut yontov”, instead of “hag sameach”. It was a very unusual thing to see Sephardic customs being incorporated into our traditions. Today we have a bit of a fusion, still, heavily Askehnazic, but with plenty of smatterings of Sephardic tunes, prayers, and traditions. Back then we certainly didn’t yell out “yasher Koach” or “bullah bullah” after the B’nai Mitzvah had completed the haftarah. When my own father, who was from Brooklyn, saw this wonderful ritual of throwing candy, he felt that a beautiful Jewish

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Thank you to all who made our 2014 PURIM BASKET FUNDRAISER our biggest success yet! You made over $40,000 for the TBA Schools with a portion going to MAZON, a Jewish Response to Hunger! Thanks to all members who donated to MISHLOACH MANOT and to those volunteers who worked to make it happen!!! “IT DOES TAKE A VILLAGE” Hamentashen Assembler: Jing Piser, Gabriella Gordon, Deborah Reback, Amy Tessler, Doree Jurow Driving Route Preparation: Amy Tessler, Jeanne Korn and Jing Piser Basket Assemblers: Doreen Alper, Sharon Alva, Rayna Arnold, Roz Aronson, Debra Barach, Barbara Berman, Charles Feltman, Jordan Friedman, Rachael Goldstone, Gabriella and Liam Gordon, Alice Hale, Hennie Hecht, Joy Jacobs, Amy Kaminer, Jeanne and Sara Korn, Charlie Levine, Stacy Margolin, Dvora McLean, Svetlana Partsuf, Jing Piser, Liat Porat, Flo Raskin, Deborah and David Reback, Esther Rogers, Lori Rosenthal, Adi Schacker, Karen Schoonmaker, Rey Steinberg, Jessica Teisch, Karen and Micah Bloom, Rick Heeger, Alice Hale, Jill Rosenthal, Ethan Grossman, Debbie Weinstein, Avi Paulson, Lisa Fernandez, Milah and Noah Gammon, Amy, Steve, Scott and Jenna Tessler Route Drivers & Helpers: Doreen Alper, Sharon Alva, Rayna Arnold, Roz Aronson, David, Zakai, Adiel, and Paz Avidor, Tosha Shore, Marcia Benjamin, Jenny Berg, Rabbi, Karen and Micah Bloom, Armin Brott, Andy Campbell, Rachel Dornhelm, Julie Cohen, Jessica Dell’Era, Melissa Diamant, Lisa Fernandez, Milah and Noah Gammon, Jueli, Ariella and Haydn Garfinkle, Lara Gilman, Aaron Goldberg, Amy Gerard, Rachael Goldstone, Gabriella and Liam Gordon, Miriam Green, Barbara Gross, Rick Heeger, Alice Hale, Alison Heyman, Jeff Ilfeld, Joy Jacobs, David Joseph, Daniel Jaffe, Yael Yakar, Lauren Kaplan, Julie Katz, Richard Kauffman, Lisa and Marty Kharrazi, Joan Korin, Lynn Langfeld, Jerry Levine, Jody London, Dvora McLean, Amy Moscov, Liat Porat, Flo Raskin, Larry Reback, Esther Rogers, Lori Rosenthal, Molli Rothman, Ulli Rotzscher, Jessica Sarber, Adi Schacker, Lori-Jill Seltzer, Sharon Shoshani, David Goldstein, Wendy and Marvin Siver, Debbie Spangler, Rebecca Sparks, Hildie Spritzer, Lisa Tabak, Jessica Teisch, Amy, Steve, Scott and Jenna Tessler, Debbie Weinstein, Avi Paulson, Melissa Werthan, Howard Zangwill, Arlene Zuckerberg

Office Assistance: Agnes and Pinky Pencovic Packers and Mailers for College Students/out of area Congregants: Debby Barach, Alice Hale, Rick Heeger, Joy Jacobs, Amy Kaminer, Stacy Margolin Route & Map Creation Coordinator: Jeanne Korn Volunteer Coordinator: Amy Tessler Database Management: Deborah Sosebee, Rick Heeger, and Steven Grossman Administrative Heavy Lifting & Support: Rayna Arnold and Virginia Tiger All Kinds of Heavy Lifting & Support: Joe Lewis Food Sourcing: Steve Grossman Food Donors: Edie and Dick Mills - TJs Peanut Butter Cups Liat Bostick - TJs Kettle Corn Michael Rose - Semifreddi Biscotti Steve and Amy Tessler - Licorice Steve Grossman - Clif Bars Henny Hecht - Hershey Kisses Debby and Marc Barach - York Peppermint Patties Julie and Joel Garfinkle - Organic lollipops Debbie Spangler, Alene Zuckerberg, Ailsa Steckel, Diane Abt, Gabriella Gordon and Jessica Sterling - Tangerines Henry z”l and Eve Ramek – Hamentashen And of course, the incredible co-chairs: Amy Tessler, Debby Barach, Deborah Sosebee, Jeanne Korn, Jing Piser, Rick Heeger, & Steve Grossman We thank you for making it look so easy and for your heartfelt dedication and hard work. You did such a great job! TODAH RABBAH!


COOKING CORNER Food – The Way It Was by Faith Kramer

Who would have thought Bay Area Jews were eating tamale-pasta casseroles and tomato flans back in the first decade of the 20th century? Not me. I would have guessed they would have stuck closer to foods from the German and East European Jewish immigrant experience. The truth is that California with its abundance of produce and ethnic diversity flavored their food choices and much as it still influences our own. With this month’s Omer theme based on the history of Temple Beth Abraham, I started thinking about what our congregational ancestors might have been eating back in 1907, the year of the synagogue’s founding. I reached out to Celia Sack, owner of the cookbook store Omnivore in San Francisco, and she searched her shelves of contemporary and collectible cookbooks and came up with a Bay area Jewish recipe manual from 1908-1909. Published by the San Francisco Section of the Council of Jewish Women, the Council Cook Book was a collaborative effort of a committee headed by Mrs. J. C. Levy with recipes compiled by Mrs. Dave Hirschler. The council (now called the National Council of Jewish Women) is still in operation and there is still a San Francisco chapter. It remains a grassroots social action organization. The cookbook looks to have been a fundraising concern, since the front and end pages are packed with advertisements for local Jewish businesses. The book does have recipes for what we would consider typically Jewish fare such as pickled beef tongue, wiener braten, sweet and sour fish, salmon trout with capers, dill pickles, and Passover dishes, but as Sack says it has “a surprising number of worldly recipes.”

pan and uses fresh or frozen cheese tamales, enchilada sauce, diced tomatoes and shredded cheese for a family friendly dinner. The council’s Tomato Custard recipe started out with pureeing the tomatoes and cooking them with other vegetables and seasonings. Once cooked, the mixture was strained to use the broth as the basis for the custards. I skipped that step and just used a tomato-vegetable juice as my starting point. Another change is that the council recommended serving the custards with a white sauce containing peas. I pureed peas with salsa to make the sauce (kind of a pea “guacamole”) for my Tomato Flans and added a spoonful of yogurt on top. In addition to writing for the Omer, Faith Kramer is a cooking columnist for the j. weekly. She blogs her food at www.clickblogappetit. com. Send questions, suggestions or comments to [email protected] msn.com Tomato Flans with Pea “Guacamole”

Most are presented without introduction and with not much direction compared to recipes today. For example, a bread pudding is put into an oven of unspecified temperature and baked until it set with no time guidelines or description of what “set” means. I assume that it was understood by readers or their household staffs how hot the oven needed to be and how long to bake the pudding. There is the same level of assumed knowledge throughout the book. The two recipes that attracted me were the Tamale Entrée and the Tomato Custards, but I gave both a modernizing make over. The original Tamale Entrée recipe called for two cans of tamales mixed with cooked macaroni and was seasoned with paprika, chili sauce, Worcestershire sauce, onion juice and a clove of garlic topped with parmesan cheese and butter. It was baked in individual ramekins. The 2014 Tamale-Pasta Casserole is made in a baking 14

Tamale-Pasta Casserole

COOKING CORNER TOMATO FLANS WITH PEA “GUACAMOLE” Serves 4-5 Oil or oil spray 2 cups tomato-vegetable juice (such as V-8) 1/4 tsp. cumin 1/8 tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. ground pepper Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 4-5 ramekins or custard cups (you’ll need 5 if your cups are on the small side). Have ready a baking pan that will fit the cups and hot water. Mix juice, cumin, salt and pepper together and whisk in eggs until well combined. Pour mixture into prepared cups. Place cups into baking pan. Carefully pour hot water around the cups until the water level comes up halfway up the sides of the cups. (This is called a water bath or bain marie and is a technique to cook custards so they do not crack.) Put the baking pan in the oven. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until the flans are completely set and a knife inserted in the custard comes out clean. (Start testing the flans at about 40 minutes.) Let cool to room temperature. (The custards can be made

4 eggs, beaten 1 cup fresh or frozen shelled peas 5 Tbs. salsa divided, plus additional 1 Tbs. for garnish 2 Tbs. dairy or non-dairy yogurt or sour cream for garnish ahead and stored covered in the refrigerator overnight. Bring to room temperature before serving.) Steam the peas until tender. Drain. Puree with a stick blender, regular blender or food processor with 3 Tbs. of the salsa, then mix in 2 Tbs. of salsa without pureeing. (The sauce should be made within hours of serving since the sauce will lose its bright green color.) The flans will be a lovely salmon color. They can be served in the ramekins or unmolded. (Note: the bottoms of the custard may be lighter in color.) Drain any excess liquid. Spread pea sauce completely over tops of flans. Place a dollop of yogurt in the center and top that with a small dollop of salsa for garnish.

TAMALE-PASTA CASSEROLE Serves 6-8 Oil or oil spray About 4 precooked cheese tamales, fresh or defrosted if frozen (see notes below) 5 cups cooked rigatoni or fusilli or similar pasta Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8x12” baking pan. Take corn husks off of tamales, discard. Cut tamales into one inch slices. In a large bowl mix together cooked pasta, the chilies, sauce, tomatoes with liquid and about 1 ½ cups of the cheese. Mix well. Gently stir in tamale pieces. Spread out into baking pan. Scatter remaining cheese on top. Bake until cheese is bubbly and the mixture is hot – about 30-40 minutes. (Cover top with foil if it begins to dry out.)

4 oz. can roasted and chopped green chilies, drained 1 cup red enchilada sauce 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes with liquid 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided Chopped parsley or cilantro for garnish Notes: You’ll need about 20 oz. of tamales, but if you end up with a little more, that works fine. I like to use the kind stuffed with cheese and green chilies. In that case you may want to omit the canned green chilies. If your tamale pieces are not fully defrosted, baking time may be longer. Most tamales are sold precooked and then sold frozen, but some stores do carry fresh precooked tamales in the refrigerator case.


GAN AVRAHAM The History of Gan Avraham by Barbara Kanter Gan Avraham was established at Temple Beth Abraham in 1979 with one class of about 20 children. A few years later Gan Avraham Twos was added as a separate program. And shortly after that the three separate classes, Kitah Alef, Kitah Bet and Kitah Gimmel, were created each with 12-16 children and two teachers. I came to Gan Avraham (for the first time) in 1984 and was a Kitah Alef teacher until the end of the 1999 school year. During that time (and for a few years more) although the external buildings and yard space were the same as they are now, the internal classrooms, office, bathroom and yard spaces were quite different. We had no bathroom facilities or running water in the classroom building, and yet we managed just fine. We began our mornings filling tubs of water in the sink in the children’s bathroom (now the adult bathroom next to my office), and bringing them back to the classrooms for hand washing and table cleaning. We went as a group to that bathroom with the children before lunch and snack, but Kitah Alef (the current large Kitah Bet room which was actually two separate rooms) did have a potty for emergencies. Diaper changing happened in the other children’s bathroom which is now our extra storage room.

YOUTH EVENTS More historical space descriptions (perhaps slightly confusing to those of you who did not know the previous room configurations) include Kitah Bet was the current Kitah Gimmel sink room and the bathroom, Kitah Gimmel was the current large Kitah Gimmel room only and the director’s office was the current Kitah Bet sink room. The yard general area was the same as it is now, but all ground cover was sand and the equipment was very different. The access to the yard was from stairs (no longer in existence) in the courtyard. The courtyard was otherwise the same and used for bike riding. Perhaps the most stable aspect of the Gan history is our faculty. Ellie who retired in 2012 was a teacher when I began, and Wendy who retired in 2011 came a few years later. Both Laura and Ruth have been here since the early 1990’s and we have another group of teachers who have been here around ten years. Our newest teachers came four to eight years ago. A stable faculty is one of the most important aspects (but not often the reality) of an excellent early childhood program. Gan Avraham has also had a huge impact on the congregation of TBA. When I began teaching, the congregation was a much older and less vibrant one than it is now. The Gan attracted new young families to TBA, and many of them (perhaps not all so young anymore) are still here as leaders of the congregation.

Please Join Us for TBA’s Youth Services

Shabbat Mishpacha for preschool-aged children and their families. Kitah Gimmel classroom.

April 5, 10:15 a.m.

T’fillat Y’ladim

for children in Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade & their families. In the Chapel.

April 19, 10:15 a.m.

Junior Congregation for children in 3rd-6th grade. In the Chapel.

April 5, 10:15 a.m.


BET SEFER Bibliodrama – Or – Who Said What To Whom? by Susan Simon

There are many ways to learn text in Bet Sefer. In the younger grades our students hear “sanitized” versions of stories that are simplified for their understanding. They are read stories about our ancestors and then the teachers help to guide them in discussions that make the challenges faced in the stories relevant to the lives of the students. Take, for example, the story of Cain and Abel, the offering of gifts to God, one of which seemed to be more favored by God than the other. Children understand the ideas of sibling rivalry and the ideas of gifts, so lovely and meaningful conversations take place in class. But how deep can a conversation like this go? By the time the students are in 5th grade, hearing or reading a Torah story, especially one that they have heard several times before, can result in boredom and “checking out.” That’s where techniques like bibliodrama can be very engaging. Let’s go back to the story of Cain and Abel. If you recall the actual Torah text (parashat B’reishit, Chapter 4, verses 1 through 16), both Cain and Abel bring gifts to God, Abel bringing the choicest of his flock and Cain bringing an offering from the fruit of the soil. God clearly likes Abel’s offering better. And here is my favorite part of the story – on page 26 of Etz Chayim it reads, “Cain said to his brother Abel … and when they were in the field, Cain set upon his brother Abel and killed him.” If you look at the book you will see that I didn’t add the ellipses – the editors of the book did. Really, in Hebrew it says “Vayomer Kayin el Havel ahiv” and then it goes on with the “when they were in the field part.” The Hebrew doesn’t include ellipses, but the conversation between Cain and Abel isn’t recorded.


LA’ATID What did they say to each other? We have no idea. Well, actually, I had no idea, until I listened to the ideas of our 5th grade Judaic Studies students under the direction of their teacher, Diana Zankowsky. It seems that our students were able to study the text and find ways of interpreting it through acting out mini skits in class. Are these skits based on fact? No, if we had facts we wouldn’t need to fill in so much. The truth is that while the Torah can be very detailed, it also leaves us with numerous questions – the kinds of questions we might post on Facebook after watching the latest episode of “Torah Abbey”. Let’s take another example. Think of the story of Jacob deceiving his father, Isaac, with the help of his mother (and yes, I know, you could frame it just the opposite way with Rebecca deceiving her husband with the help of her son). Jacob runs off to Haran to escape the sure-to-come wrath of Esau on Jacob. Jacob’s escape leaves Rebecca with the very unpleasant task of being confronted by Esau about what happened and why. The Torah tells us nothing of this encounter (oh how I wish it did!) and so we are left to fill in the gaps ourselves. Can you imagine this conversation? It could go so many ways and our 5th graders will be exploring that scene in later classes. So there are many ways of studying text. We can look at the Hebrew and argue over the meaning of the words. We can passively listen to stories and try to find the relevance in our own lives. We can act out the holes in the stories using bibliodrama. We can take a philosophical approach to challenging our own values and long held beliefs. The truth is, what we really need is to JUST DO IT!

If you are a 4th-7th grade parent this year, your child is automatically a member of La’atid “To the Future”. We have monthly events which tend to be both social and socially conscious. To RSVP or questions, contact your trusty advisors, Dina & Phil Hankin at [email protected]

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Give a new parent an hour to shower A perfect mitzvah for those with

daytime flexibility. Volunteers needed to provide short daytime sits free of charge to our new moms and dads allowing them to shower, get a haircut or just take a walk. Interested sitters should contact us at [email protected] tbaoakland.org.

Welcome a New Member Do you have time to help deliver TBA’s new member baskets? If so, please contact Virginia at [email protected] tbaoakland.org

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mission of the club, supports TBA operations and facilities, building projects, and funds specific items such as the Shin and the beautiful Torah reading table. Through our events and funding projects, Men’s Club members are a source of friendship and support to each other. As the Men’s Club board, we proudly stand on the shoulders of Leonard Fixler and the community leaders who came before us. And we vow to continue, as our mission statement says, to provide a means for greater expression and

involvement in the Jewish life in our community. Leonard’s memory will be a blessing. When I think of Leonard I will remember sitting at Leonard and Helen’s dining room table hearing their stories of the Holocaust and trying unsuccessfully to refuse another plate of cookies. And I will remember sitting next to Leonard on the bima, trying unsuccessfully to maintain presidential dignity while Leonard whispered jokes in my ear. I’m smiling now.

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tradition should not distinguish between Ashkenazic and Sephardic ritual, or an East Coast vs. West Coast way of doing things. They are both intricately tied to the Jewish people and our celebration of life. As the Jews have settled throughout the world over the centuries, each region has developed their own beautiful sub-cultures and meaningful ways of expressing their own unique Jewish identity. Knowing my father, I would wager that he wanted to incorporate what he felt was both an “exotic” and meaningful symbolism into his own family’s traditions. I feel quite sure that my father would have loved ending his own children’s B’nai Mitzvah with our cantor’s wonderful version of “Hallelu Avdei Adonai”, rather than the traditional ending prayer of “Adon Olam”. So despite the concern that Rabbi Bloom may have felt on that day last December upon seeing candy being hurled at my son, for me it was the linking of a tradition that my own father had gone out of his way to celebrate with me. The author in the article speculated that this might catch on and have a “California revival.” But our own rabbi in his wisdom has foreseen that until we all wear safety goggles, we still might not be ready for a full 18

embrace of this tradition. Perhaps this is why instead of throwing candy at our B’nai Mitzvah, we now have our own TBA tradition of passing out candy to the children on Saturday mornings after they participate in “Ein K’Eloeinu”, heralding in the sweetness of Shabbat and the joy of their participating in prayer with the community. Oh, did I mention that the Sephardic Bar Mitzvah that my father had first been so enchanted by took place the previous week at Temple Beth Abraham. It was the Bar Mitzvah of my childhood friend, the first Sephardic Jew I knew, David Moyal, the brother of our own Gan Avraham teacher Miriam “Miri” Moyal. I would also be remiss if I did not point out that the article written about my own Bar Mitzvah was written under the “pen” name then used by June Brott. The photographer that captured the happy memories of that day, who took the photo (on page 12), was Larry Pencovic, the late son of our own beloved Agnes and Pinky Pencovic. Editorial note: soft candies are available for this kind of celebration at TBA to honor the tradition but also do it in as safe a way as possible

B’nai Mitzvah

LIFE CYCLES Leah Sarber, April 5 Hi, my name is Leah Sarber and I attend Montera Middle School. During my free time I like to draw, watch TV, be with my friends and play video games. Usually not all at once. I also enjoy going to the movies, going to amusement parks, babysitting, singing and acting. I have four pets: a dog named Daisy, two cats each named Purdy and Chicken, and a fish named Miley Cyrus. I am currently a member of a theatre group called the Peter Pan Foundation. Performers of all ages put on musicals and charity benefits to contribute to organizations such as Children’s Hospital. My project is to help raise funds for the Peter Pan Foundation which will help children in need and enable the foundation to present more heartwarming musicals, events and fundraisers. There is more information on the Peter Pan Foundation at www.peterpanfoundation.org . My Torah portion is called M’tzora and it is about healing lepers. In my drash, I will be discussing the theme of how everyone in a community is important and makes a difference. I’m looking forward to becoming a Bat Mitzvah on April 5, and I hope to see you all there as I become a young adult in the Jewish community.

Sara Zimmerman, April 26 I am a 7th grader at Piedmont Middle School. My favorite classes are math and Spanish. I really enjoy my class at TBA and recently we had a wonderful trip to Los Angeles where we had many Jewish experiences, plus a visit to Disneyland. Outside of school I am a figure skater. I practice almost everyday at the Oakland Ice Center and my spring, summer and fall are filled with competitions. I also enjoy traveling and cooking. My Torah portion on April 26 is Kedoshim and it comes from the book of Leviticus. I will be talking about the meaning of holiness in my drash. I am very excited to become a Bat Mitzvah and look forward to celebrating with my friends and family who are coming from near and far. I hope to see you all!

Mazel Tov

Daniel and Marieka Schotland, on the birth of a daughter, Lielle Ariah Schotland, born on March 9. Mazel tov to Daniel, Marieka, and big brothers Eitan and Oren. 19


Isaac Graves Kevin Horodas Trevor Kaplan


Tirzah Brott Stella Goodwin Allison Kent Weiss Danielle Raskin Max Wike


Nick Adams Dan Kaiser Eva Sasson Naomi Weiss


Aaron Sloan Freid Jerry Lorber


Cheri Feiner Maya Young


Deena Aerenson David Lorber Kevin Schwartz Ian von Kugelgen


Roberta Masliyah Avrah Ross David Schleuning Ronit Varga Sara Zimmerman


Mary Kelly Shira Kharrazi


Steven Grossman Jonathan Jacobs Rachel Swetnam Melissa Werthan


Michelle Cossette

Fernando Garcia Jeffery Michael Hamilton Steven Jacobs Fred Knauer Jenny Michaelson


Benjamin Estow Isaac Estow David Goodwin Naomi Levy


Gary Bernstein Renuka Bornstein Fifi Goodfellow Robert Klein Aviva Maidenberg Sara Aviva Teitelbaum


Beverly Turchin


Sophia Blachman-Biatch Isabel Goldman Rosalind Heeger Judith Stein


Zoe Brott Willa Heeger


Benjamin Jacobs Ellen Kaufman


Sharon Djemal Mathew Frierman Ruth Kleinman Maayan Rubin


Ray Plumhoff Liat Porat Rey Steinberg


Lindasue Kay Steven Kay Joseph Young


Desten Broach Noah Stein


Audrey Hyman Lila Miller David Oseroff Bruce Sawle


Lisa White


Bayne Albin Yaeir Heber Ariel Trost Gideon Ur David White


Heike Friedman Liam Gordon Shoshana Yael Kay


Yehudit Chang Laurence James Joseph Karwat Benjamin Marinoff


Gregory Estow Talia Mc Lean Welch Warren Marc Zak


Maya Rath Benjamin Robb


Steven Harris Bayla Jaffe Sarah Levine Shira Levine Alexander Lowell Simone Rotman Elana Sasson Walter Teitelbaum

Is your birthday information wrong or missing from this list? Please contact the TBA office to make corrections. 20


May God comfort you among all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem NISSAN I 1-4

April 1-4 Jack Kubalik Gayle Raskin Anne Goor Werner Gross Adolph Moore


April 5-11 Gilsom Djemal Herman Hertz Sharon Binder Vernon Alpert Bonar Richard Fickes Allen Lee Lipsett Pola Silver Jennie Bercovich Anna Hoffman Irving Barach Lily Benisty-Kent Viet Pham Grace Gill Eleanor Heyman

Jocelyn Holton Alice Kessler Leo Lorber NISSAN I 12-18

April 12-18 Lonnie Balint Blutstein Joseph Epstein Fritz Gottschalk Philip Oseroff Stanley Behr Donald Bleiberg Beatrice Simon Joseph M. Kramer Henrik Balint Herbert L. Groginsky Irene Langberg Elsa Maho Avrim A. Raskin Solomon Saidan Michael Nicolas Miller Therese Schwarz Murray Goldstein

NISSAN I 19-25

April 19-25 Abraham Hoffman Sidney Szepsel Kahane Albert Levine Pavel Blyumenkrantz Annie Silver Claire Braaf Judith Diamont Shelly Lipton Aaron Nudler Jack Sharnak Rose Applebaum Shlomo Fixler Abraham Grossman Nancy Quittman Rosalie Rogers Connie Schwartz Leon Benjamin Sidney Bernstein Ida Jaffe Mary Simon

NISSAN I 26-30

April 26-30 Joseph Banks Herman Weisman Herman Zatkin Alvin Alper Harry David Maurice Glasser Moses Rynski Raizel Rynski Faygel Scheinerman Mordechai Scheinerman Jessica Manasse Max Blatter Helen Schleifer Florence Gerstler Walter Green Burton Polse

RECENT DEATHS IN OUR COMMUNITY Leonard Fixler, husband of Helen Fixler Richard Bersin, father of Josh (Heidi) Bersin

Roy Gonsenhauser, father of Eve (Joe) Maidenberg Henry Ramek, husband of Eve Gordon Ramek

MEMORIAL PLAQUE Anyone wishing to purchase a memorial plaque, please contact Pinky at the synagogue office at extension 229.

A Legacy Gift Lasts Forever Include TBA in your Estate Planning so that your message to your family is loud and clear: The existence of Temple Beth Abraham is important to me and for the future of Jews in Oakland. Contact TBA’s Executive Director Rayna Arnold for further details (510) 832-0936 or [email protected] You are never too young to plan for the future! 21

DONATIONS Charity is equal in importance to all the other commandments combined. Centennial Match Fund Mark Fickes & William Gentry Philip & Dina Hankin Stephen & Susan Shub

Davis Courtyard Match Fund Warren & Outi Gould, in honor of Talia Paulson’s Bat Mitzvah Richard Heeger & Alice Hale, in memory of Robert Kruger Richard & Audrey Kauffman, in memory of Marjorie Kauffman Marshall & Lynn Langfeld Garrett Langfeld, in memory of Judy Chun’s father Marshall & Lynn Langfeld, in honor of Art and Carol Robinson Marshall & Lynn Langfeld, in memory of David Rosenfeld Sheldon & Barbara Rothblatt Klaus Ullrich Rotzscher, in honor of my son’s wedding Stuart & Abby Zangwill, Adam Pomotov’s Brit Milah Stuart & Abby Zangwill, Avi Nabizadeh’s Brit Milah Stuart & Abby Zangwill, Gabriel Lemberger’s Brit Milah Stuart & Abby Zangwill, Jackson Lopez’s Brit Milah Stuart & Abby Zangwill, Maxwell Berman’s Brit Milah Stuart & Abby Zangwill, Sy Schwartz’s Brit Milah Stuart & Abby Zangwill, Teo Gabby’s Brit Milah

Jeanette Jeger Kitchen Fund Jack Coulter, in memory of Arthur and Gertrude Yarmin Helen Fixler, get well for Judy Borah Fifi Goodfellow, in memory of Latifa Naggar Misia Nudler, wishing Judy Borah a speedy recovery Harold & Jean Pearl, in memory of Max Pearl Sidney & Ethel Shaffer, in memory of Harry Simon

Bet Sefer Discretionary Fund Lawrence Polon & Ernestina Carrillo Charlotte Warren, in honor of Camelia Schwartz, daughter of Bryan Charlotte Warren, in honor of Sy Schwartz, son of Bryan and Alicia

General Fund David & Shany Barukh, in memory of father Harvey & Fran Blatter, in memory of Freida Blatter Jerome & Judith Davis, in honor of Pinky’s birthday


Jerome & Judith Davis, in memory of Howard Cohen, Karen Bloom’s father Jerome & Judith Davis, in memory of Sid Shaffer’s brother Ruth Feldman, in memory of Louis Feldman, men’s club member Barry & Elaine Gilbert, in memory of Morris Klang Leonard Katz, in memory of Freda Katz Barbara Oseroff, in memory of Meregildo Carrillo Sandy Schwarcz & Isaac Kaplan, in memory of Ernestina Carrillo’s Father Madeline Weinstein, in honor of upcoming marriage of Ellen Beilock & Sheldon Schaeffer

Kiddush Fund Endre Balint Henry Ramek (z”l) & Eve Gordon-Ramek, in memory of Miriam Goldberg

Camper/Scholarship Fund Steven & Penny Harris, in memory of Goldie Brody

Silver Playground Fund Harold & Mimi Jaffe

Rabbi Discretionary Fund Bruce and Heide Bromberg Shirley Glickman, in honor of Lilliana Kay reading her Torah portion Richard S. & Rhoda T. Becker, in honor of Arthur and Carol Gould Sophie Casson, in memory of Harvey Casson Martin & Evelyn Hertz, in memory of Boris Carasick Amy Kaminer

Endowment Fund Ilya & Regina Okh, In memory of Maria Beilin

Hertz - Israel Scholarship Fund Kirk & Dvora McLean, in memory of Saadia David

DONATIONS It is a Jewish tradition to give contributions to commemorate life cycle events and other occasions. Are you celebrating a birthday, engagement, anniversary, baby naming, Bat/Bar Mitzvah or recovery from illness? Or perhaps remembering a yahrzeit? These are just a few ideas of appropriate times to commemorate with a donation to Temple Beth Abraham. These tax-deductible donations are greatly appreciated and are a vital financial supplement to support the wonderful variety of programs and activities that we offer. Thanks again for your support! We could not do it without you! Thank you for your generosity. Please make checks payable to Temple Beth Abraham and mail to: 336 Euclid Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610 or donate online at http://tbaoakland.org/giving/donate

m General Fund–Use where most needed m Centennial Building Fund m Leonard Quittman Endowment Fund m Rabbi Mark S. Bloom Discretionary Fund m Leo and Helen Wasserman Fund m Kiddush Fund m Minyan Fund m Prayer Book Fund m Women of TBA (WTBA) m TBA Men’s Club m Cantor Kaplan’s Discretionary Fund m Campership/Scholarship Fund m Celia and Morris Davis Hunger Fund

m Danielle and Deren Rehr-Davis Teen Fund m Harold Rubel Memorial Music Fund m Herb and Ellen Goldstein Memorial Jewish Education Fund m Herman Hertz Israel Scholarship Fund m Jack and Mary Berger Fund m Jeanette Jeger Kitchen Fund m Mollie Hertz Interfaith and Outreach Fund m Rose Bud Silver Library Fund m Sam Silver Playground Fund m Yom Hashoah Fund m Other: __________________________________


As you prepare to clean your homes of chametz (leavened products) please consider “selling” the remainder of your chametz, as is traditional at this time of year. Rabbi Bloom will act as your agent and “sell” the chametz to a non-Jew, who will “own” it throughout the holiday. To do so, please fill out the attached form and write a check to Temple Beth Abraham with “Chametz Sale” in the memo. All the donations will go to Scattered Among the Nations, who will be helping the Jewish community of Peru purchase Matzoh and other Passover supplies. Please allow one hour after dark on Tuesday, April 2, to allow the Rabbi to buy back the Chametz.

SALE OF CHAMETZ Deadline: March 25, 2013 I hereby authorize Rabbi Mark Bloom to act as my agent to sell any chametz that may be in my possession wherever it may be—at home, place of business, car or elsewhere, in accordance with Jewish law: Name ______________________________________________________________________________________ Address ____________________________________________________________________________________ Signature ___________________________________________________________________________________ I enclose $____________ for the Ma’ot Hittim fund. 23








Pesach VII



8a-9a Minyan (Chapel)

Yom hashoah

28 Nisan

Office and Gan Closed 8a-9a Minyan (Chapel)

21 Nisan

Gan Closed Office Closes at 1pm

8a-9a Minyan (Chapel)

ta’anIt Bechorot ereV Pesach

14 '' 7:26p Nisan

8a-9a Minyan (Chapel) 9:30a Rosh Chodesh-Nisan (off campus) 7p Sha’a b’Matana (members teaching members) Warren Gould “Comforting the Mourner”

7 Nisan



Pesach I




4p-6p Bet Sefer 7:45p Community Yom HaShoah at Temple Sinai

29 Nisan

9a Eighth Day of Pesach Services with Childcare No Bet Sefer / Office & Gan Closed 8:33p Havdalah (42 min)

Pesach VIII (YIzkor) earth DaY

22 Nisan

No Bet Sefer / Office and Gan closed

9a Pesach 1st Day Service with Childcare

15 Nisan

4p-6p Bet Sefer

12-1p Gan Class Seder for Gimmel

8 Nisan

4p-6p Bet Sefer 5:30p Kitah Vav Class Dinner (BYC)

rosh choDesh

1 Nisan


Pesach II


30 9a Weekly Text Study (Woodminster Cafe) 10-11a & 11:15a-12p Kindergym 6:15pm Confirmation Class with Rabbi Bloom (BYC) 7p BBYO-AZA and BBG

rosh choDesh

30 Nisan


9a Weekly Text Study (Woodminster Cafe) 10-11a & 11:15a-12p Kindergym 6:15pm Confirmation Class with Rabbi Bloom (BYC) 7p BBYO-AZA and BBG

23 Nisan

No Weekly Text Study / No Kindergym / Office & Gan closed No Confirmation Class No BBYO-AZA and BBG

16 Nisan


9a Weekly Text Study (Woodminster Cafe) 10-11a & 11:15a-12p Kindergym 12-1p Gan Class Seder for Bet 6:15pm Confirmation Class with Rabbi Bloom (BYC) 7p BBYO-AZA and BBG

9 Nisan

9a Weekly Text Study (Woodminster Cafe) 10-11a & 11:15a-12p Kindergym 6:15pm Confirmation Class with Rabbi Bloom (BYC) 7p BBYO-AZA and BBG

2 Nisan


Pesach III


24 No Bet Sefer

8a-9a Minyan (Chapel) 10-11a & 11:15a-12p Kindergym

24 Nisan

8a-9a Minyan (Chapel)

No Gan / No Kindergym No Bet Sefer

17 Nisan

8a-9a Minyan (Chapel) 10-11a & 11:15a-12p Kindergym 12-1p Gan Class Seder for Aleph 4p-6p Bet Sefer

10 Nisan


8a-9a Minyan (Chapel) 10-11a & 11:15a-12p Kindergym 4p-6p Bet Sefer 7p AIPAC speaker (Chapel) 7:30p WTBA Girls Night Out-Life Transitions with Special Guest Laura Geduldig, Life Coach

3 Nisan




25 9:30-10:30a & 10:45-11:45a Kindergym 6:15p-7:15p Kabbalat Shabbat

25 '' 7:36p Nisan

6:15p-7:15p Kabbalat Shabbat 7p East Bay Minyan (Baum YC)

No Gan / No Kindergym

Pesach IV

18 '' 7:30p Nisan

9:30-10:30a & 10:45-11:45a Kindergym 6:15-7:15p Kabbalat Shabbat–Special ruach by Glee BA and Kol HaDov

11 '' 7:23p Nisan

9:30-10:30a & 10:45-11:45a Kindergym 6:15p-7:15p Kabbalat Shabbat

4 '' 7:17p Nisan

Always check the Congregational E-mail or the Weekly Shabbat Bulletin for more up-to-date information. Please note any corrections care of Rayna Arnold at the TBA office.




26 8:37p Havdalah (42 min)

9:30a-12p Shabbat Services Bat Mitzvah of Sara Zimmerman

26 Kedoshim Nisan

8:31p Havdalah (42 min)

9:30a-12p Shabbat Services 10:15a T’fillat Y’ladim 1p Mah [email protected] YC experienced players

Pesach V

19 Pesach Day 5 Nisan

8:24p Havdalah (42 min)

9:30a-12p Shabbat Services 1p Mah [email protected] YC beginners welcome

shaBBat haGaDol


Achrei Mot 12 Nisan

9:30a-12p Shabbat Service Bat Mitzvah of Leah Sarber 10:15a Junior Congregation 10:15a Shabbat Mishpacha 12p Keflanu-play together grades 3-6 8:18p Havdalah (42 min)

5 Nisan

April 2014

Calendars in The Omer are produced 30-60 days in advance using the best data available from the TBA Administration Staff. This calendar is also available at our website www.tbaoakland.org

10 a Adult Education-Nitzhia Shaked (Chapel)

27 Nisan

Pesach VI

20 '' 7:32p Nisan

9:45a Women on the Move: Hike in Redwood Regional Park 10a Adult Education with Nitzhia Shaked (chapel)

13 Nisan

Young Adults-Jewish Heritage Night with the Warriors

6p Teen Scene

6 Nisan

Nisan 5774



yOm haZikarOn

5 Iyyar



'' 7:32p



6p Teen Scene (BYC)

'' 7:26p



memOriaL day


Gan/Office Closed 9-10a Minyan (Chapel) Bat Mitzvah of Cara Plumhoff

26 Iyyar

8a-9a Minyan (Chapel)

19 Iyyar

8a-9a Minyan (Chapel)

12 Iyyar

27 Iyyar

20 Iyyar

13 Iyyar




4p-6p Bet Sefer


4p-6p Bet Sefer

4p-6p Bet Sefer

yOm haaTZma’uT

6 Iyyar


Pesach sheni



9a Weekly Text Study (Woodminster Cafe) 10-11a & 11:15a-12p Kindergym 7p BBYO-AZA and BBG

28 yOm yerushaLayim

28 Iyyar

9a Weekly Text Study (Woodminster Cafe) 10-11a & 11:15a-12p Kindergym 6:15pm Confirmation Class with Rabbi Bloom (BYC) 7p BBYO-AZA and BBG

21 Iyyar

9a Weekly Text Study (Woodminster Cafe) 10-11a & 11:15a-12p Kindergym 6:15pm Confirmation Class with Rabbi Bloom (BYC) 7p BBYO-AZA and BBG

14 Iyyar

9a Weekly Text Study (Woodminster Cafe) 10-11a & 11:15a-12p Kindergym 6:15pm Confirmation Class with Rabbi Bloom (BYC) 7p BBYO-AZA and BBG

7 Iyyar

rOsh chOdesh





29 8a-9a Minyan (Chapel) 10-11a & 11:15a-12p Kindergym

29 Iyyar

8a-9a Minyan (Chapel) 10-11a & 11:15a-12p Kindergym

22 Iyyar

4p-6p Bet Sefer

8a-9a Minyan (Chapel) 10-11a & 11:15a-12p Kindergym

15 Iyyar

8a-9a Minyan (Chapel) 10-11a & 11:15a-12p Kindergym 4p-6p Bet Sefer 7p Men’s Club Poker

8 Iyyar

8a-9a Minyan (Chapel) 10-11a & 11:15a-12p Kindergym 4p-6p Bet Sefer 6:15p Kitah Zayin Class Dinner 7:30p WTBA Girls Night Out Book/Author Event

1 Iyyar


'' 7:49p


'' 7:55p


'' 8:01p


30 6:15p-7:15p Rock’n Roll Shabbat

9:30-10:30a & 10:45-11:45a Kindergym

rOsh chOdesh

1 '' 8:06p Sivan

6:15p-7:15p Kabbalat Shabbat

9:30-10:30a & 10:45-11:45a Kindergym

23 Iyyar

6:15p-7:15p Kabbalat Shabbat 2nd Generation Kiddush

9:30-10:30a & 10:45-11:45a Kindergym

16 Iyyar

9:30-10:30a & 10:45-11:45a Kindergym 6:15p-7:15p Kabbalat Shabbat 6:15p Kitah Hay Share-A-Shabbat

9 Iyyar

6:15p-7:15p Kabbalat Shabbat

9:30-10:30a & 10:45-11:45a Kindergym

2 '' 7:43p Iyyar

Always check the Congregational E-mail or the Weekly Shabbat Bulletin for more up-to-date information. Please note any corrections care of Rayna Arnold at the TBA office.










31 9:07p Havdalah (42 min)

9:30a-12p Shabbat Services Bat Mitzvah Bebe Aronson

2 Sivan

9:02p Havdalah (42 min)

9:30a-12p Shabbat Services Bat Mitzvah of Simone Rotman 1p Mah [email protected] YC experienced players

24 Iyyar

8:56p Havdalah (42 min)

9:30a-12p Shabbat Services 10:15a T’fillat Y’ladim 5-9p BBYO-Parents Night Out child care (BYC)

17 Iyyar

8:50p Havdalah (42 min)

9:30a-12p Shabbat Services 1p Mah [email protected] YC beginners welcome

kiTah VaV shaBBaT

10 Iyyar

9:30a-12p Shabbat Service Bar Mitzvah of Bayne Albin 10:15a Junior Congregation 10:15a Shabbat Mishpacha 12p Keflanu-play together grades 3-6 8:44p Havdalah (42 min)

3 Iyyar

May 2014

Calendars in The Omer are produced 30-60 days in advance using the best data available from the TBA Administration Staff. This calendar is also available at our website www.tbaoakland.org

10a Adult Education with Nitzhia Shaked (Chapel)

25 Iyyar

10a Adult Education with Nitzhia Shaked (Chapel)

Lag B’Omer 5:30p TBa aucTiOn

18 Iyyar

9:45a Women on the Move: Hike in Redwood Regional Park

11 Iyyar

8a-9a Minyan (Chapel) 9:30a Rosh Chodesh-Iyyar (off campus) La’atid Event (Contact Phil and Dina 7p Sh’a b’Matana (members teaching members) Joanne Robb “How to help Hankin for Details) your Teenager with their Stress” 6p Teen Scene (BYC) co-sponsored by WTBA

9:30a TBa annuaL meeTing fOLLOwed By VOLunTeer recOgniTiOn sPeciaL BBQ

4 Iyyar

Iyyar/Sivan 5774

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Monday, April 14 First Night Seder





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Tuesday, April 15 Pesach Morning Service (with child care) begins at 9 a.m. followed by Kiddush Luncheon Second Night Seder April 22 Pesach Service with Yizkor begins at 9 a.m. followed by Kiddush Luncheon Sale of Chametz form on page 23 See the “Passover Survival Guide” online at tbaoakland.org/newsletters

Hey kids! There are 18 frogs hidden in this issue. Try to find them all.

WHAT’S INSIDE TBA Directory...................... i

Men’s Club......................... 7

Bet Sefer News................. 17

What’s Happening.............. 1

Purim................................. 8

La’atid............................. 17

From the Rabbi................... 2

TBA: Our History.............. 10

Volunteer Bulletin Board.... 18

President’s Message............ 3

Mishloach Manot.............. 13

Life Cycles........................ 19

Editor’s Message................ 4

Cooking Corner................ 14

Donations......................... 22

WTBA – Vashti’s Banquet.... 5

Gan Avraham News......... 16

SALE of CHAMETZ........... 23

Women of TBA................... 6

Youth Events..................... 16

Calendar.................... ......24