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Join us on the 2nd Shabbat of the month as we gather in the Chapel after Kiddush.

April 8th

Please Join Us for TBA’s Youth Services SHABBAT MISHPACHA

for preschool-aged children and their families. Kitah Gimmel classroom. April 1, 10:15 a.m.


for children in Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade and their families. In the Chapel. April 1, 10:15 a.m.

JUNIOR CONGREGATION for children in 3rd - 6th grade. In the Chapel. April 15, 10:15 a.m.

Selling of the Chametz Deadline: Tuesday, April 6, 2017 A reminder about selling your Chametz, as it is not only an important Passover custom, but an important charitable effort that we undertake here at TBA. It is that time of the year where we "sell" our Chametz. This means that all the chametz that remains left in your homes after you clean it, even if put away in the garage, becomes the property of a non-Jewish agent to which Rabbi Bloom will sell. You then make a donation of equivalent value (many people give $18, though some give significantly more), and that money will be donated to an underserved community outside the United States. Please print the form below and mail along with a check to Temple Beth Abraham.

More information on the fundraiser on page 15. Bet Sefer Registration Bet Sefer registration is now open for the 2017-18 school year. If you have a child of elementary school age, you can register your child online at this link: https://betsefer.wufoo.com/forms/zv5jmf0zk62be/ For questions: Susan Simon at [email protected]

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 Chittim Sale of Chametz. Email the synagogue office to add this to your account [email protected] or Send a check to: Temple Beth Abraham (note “Chametz Sale” in the memo) 336 Euclid Ave, Oakland, CA 94610 1

from the rabbi Harry Potter: A Modern Midrash The word Haggadah, which literally means “The Telling,” is very similar to the word Aggadah, which means legend. Aggadah, also known as Midrash, are the legends that are behind the stories in the Tanach or in the lives of the Rabbinic sages. Here is a modern Midrash, not on sacred literature, but on contemporary literature, that of J.K. Rowland’s Harry Potter. It is a story I often tell to children at Bet Sefer and Camp Ramah. There is one Jewish character named in the Harry Potter book series by J.K Rowland. His name is Anthony Goldstein, and he is in the House of Hufflepuff (known as the “smart” house). Here is the rest of his story. In the days when “he who must not be named” came to power, death and destruction ruled the Wizarding World, and what were known as “pogroms” in the muggle world especially affected the Jewish Wizarding World. At that time, the great synagogue in the Wizarding World was inside the Goldstein home. Every Shabbat the Goldstein home would be magically transformed for 25 hours into the most beautiful synagogue the world had ever seen, complete with Jerusalem stone, stained glass windows, a golden Ner Tamid, and the centerpiece of it all, the Goldstein Torah. Every Shabbat, the Wizarding Kahal read the weekly Parasha from this sacred Torah, just as is done in muggle synagogues all over the world. When Havdalah came, the house returned to its natural state. When the Great Pogrom came, the Goldstein house/synagogue was set on fire. When a synagogue is on fire, what is the first thing that must be saved? The Torah scroll, of course. The Goldstein’s house elf, Dobby, who was lovingly employed by the Goldstein’s before he was forced to work for the Malfoy’s, immediately grabbed the Torah and took it to the one man who would know what to do with it. That man, of course, was Albus Dumbledore, Headmaster of Hogwart’s School of Wizardry and Witchcraft. When Dumbledore received the Goldstein Torah, he knew he could not keep it in one piece, or it would be found by the evil Death Eaters for certain. So he transformed it. First, he took a piece of the royal velvet cover and sewed it into a cloak that would later become the invisibility cloak, which would help protect Harry Potter when he moved about the castle. Next, he took a piece of the sacred parchment and transformed it into what would become the Marauder’s Map, which would enable Harry to know where all the people were in the castle at any given time, providing him with another layer of protection. Finally, Dumbledore took a piece of the Etz Chaim, the wooden handles of the Torah, and sent it to Olivander’s Wand Shop, where it would eventually become part and parcel of the very wand that would become Harry Potter’s. So, unbeknownst to the One Who Must Not Be Named, the Hogwarts Professors, and even to Harry Potter himself, any time Harry moves about the castle in the wizarding world, he is protected not only by his own wizarding skills and his friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, Harry is also protected by the power and magic of the Goldstein Torah.


from the president The Science of Storytelling By Laura Wildmann

So many of our traditions and teachings come from storytelling: from holidays, like the Passover and Purim stories, to reading stories from the Torah every week, to additional stories from midrashim. This month’s Omer theme of storytelling got me thinking about why we love stories and why they are such an effective tool for teaching and impacting behavior. And it turns out, stories cause changes in our brains that engage us and impact our memories and behavior more effectively than other types of teaching or communicating. We all know from experience, that an engaging story captures our attention and emotions, almost as if we are experiencing it ourselves. When we read a great book or watch a great movie, we sit anxiously on the edge of our seats in moments of suspense and cry at sad endings. Paul Zak, a professor of economics, psychology and management at Claremont Graduate University has studied physical responses to stories and showed that stories that develop tension in the narrative and include something new and surprising stimulate physical signs of arousal: our heart rate and breathing speed up and our body releases stress hormones. Additionally, in a New York Times Article written 3/17/2012 by Annie Murphy Paul called “Your Brain on Fiction”, the author describes studies by multiple researchers showing that stories activate multiple areas of the brain outside of the language areas. For example, a story about delicious food causes the listener’s or reader’s sensory cortex to light up, and a story about physical activity activates the motor cortex. All this brain involvement means stories help us learn and remember information better and that we incorporate experiences in the stories almost on a personal level. Stories also change our behavior. Of course, many Biblical Stories and midrashim are intended to influence our behavior – to follow Jewish laws and morals. Additional research by Paul Zak demonstrated that character driven stories cause our body to release the hormone oxytocin, stimulating readers or listeners to share emotions in the story and mimic the feelings and behaviors of the protagonist, increasing empathy with protagonists in the story. He also showed that increased levels of oxytocin were associated with increased trustworthy, generous, charitable and empathic behaviors. Whoever created these traditional Jewish stories as a way of teaching knew what they were doing. So keep listening to stories and sharing stories.

Pesach Services: Tuesday, April 11

Pesach 1st Day Service 9:00 a.m. in the Chapel followed by a Kiddush prepared by Hennie Hecht Tuesday, April 18 Pesach 8th Day Service, with Yizkor 9:00 a.m. in the Chapel

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. 3

women of tba There is no “Girls Night Out” in April, but please Save the Date for Women of TBA’s annual Create Your Summer Reading List on May 4. See below for details.

Please join WTBA for our annual

G I R LS N I G H T O U T Create Your Summer Reading List Thursday, May 4 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Baum Youth Center, 341 MacArthur Girls Night Out is a free, casual, monthly event to gather TBA women together for relaxed and unstructured social time. For May bring your favorite reads to share with others and get some awesome recommendations for YOUR next great book. Whether you’re into chic lit, mysteries, non-fiction, literature or all-of-the-above, we’ve got a recommendation for you. Please feel free to bring your hard copies and Kindles to share your favorites. We provide the wine & goodies. You provide the intellectual horsepower and sense of fun! Come join the coolest women on Thursday, May 5! Whether you’ve come once or come regularly, we guarantee you’ll have fun. Jo: [email protected] for more information.

Sponsored by WTBA & Oakland Ruach Hadassah

ROSH CHODESH Monday, April 3 All East Bay Women are invited to join our Rosh Chodesh group. The group meets monthly on the Monday close to Rosh Chodesh, from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. at rotating members’ homes. The meetings are facilitated by members of the group. Questions? Amy Tessler at [email protected] or (510) 482-1218 to get on the distribution list for the upcoming meeting locations. FREE.

Save the Date: May 7 Join WTBA for a Private Tour of the Roz Chast Exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Details to follow in email and Facebook.

Hope you can join us!


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Layout & Design Jessica Sterling Calendars Virginia Tiger Cover Artwork Stylized photo B’nai Mitzvah Susan Simon Editor Help From People like you! 4

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mishloach manot thank you THANK YOU to all who made our 2017 Purim Basket Fundraiser such a success — you made over $42,000 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 Bakers Adi Schacker, Amy, Steve & Scott Tessler, Arlene Zuckerberg, Barbara Rothblatt, Bella Gordon, Billy Gentry, Carolyn Shaw, Dawn Margolin, Doree Jurow Klein, Faith Kramer, Harriett & Charles Feltman, Jaime Rapaport Barry, Jeanne Korn, Jing & Joel Piser, Joy Jacobs, Judy Chun, Laura Wildmann, Lynn & Marshall Langfeld, Michelle Oppen, Mira Gellman, Renee & Michael Marx, Stacy Margolin Driving Route Preparation: Amy Tessler, Jeanne Korn, Lynn Langfeld, Stacy Margolin Assembly Line Preparation: Eli Eccles, Jing & Joel Piser, Joe Lewis, Jonah Bloom, Marshall Wildmann, Micah Bloom, Rayna & Saul Arnold, Rick Heeger, Samantha Sheanin, Steven Grossman Basket Assemblers: Adi Schacker, Ailsa Steckel, Allison Heyman, Amy, Steve & Scott Tessler, Andrea Share, Annette Bourget, Arlene Zuckerberg & Mira Gellman, Art & Carol Gould, Barbara Berman, Carolyn Shaw, Celia & Jacob Hill, Charles & Harriet Feltman, Debby Spangler, Elizabeth & Fiona James, Ellen Kaufman, Helene Cohen, Jeanne & Sara Korn, Jessica Sterling, Joy Jacobs, Judith Klinger, Karen Bloom, Karen Schoonmaker, Kathy Saunders, Joe Lewis, Laura Wildmann, Lori Rosenthal. Melissa Diamant, Rick Heeger, Roxanne & Ellis Moss, Rachel Kuperman, Ray Steinberg, Rayna Arnold, Rose Hoffman, Sally Berk, Steven Grossman, Tracey Vanik, Ulli Rotzscher, Will Stanley Route Drivers & Helpers: Aaron Goldberg, Adi Schacker, Alison Heyman, Allan & Liam Gordon, Steve & Scott Tessler, Amy Moscov,

Andrea Share, Andy & Marcia Wasserman, Arlene Zuckerberg & Mira Gellman, Aviva Kellman, Barbara Rothblatt, Beth & Evie Glick, Carolyn Shaw, Celia Hill, Celine Piser, Coline David, Debbie Spangler, Doreen Alper, Dvora McLean, Eden Bruner, Emily Geagan, Howard Zangwill & Stacy Margolin, Jeanne & Sara Korn, JB Leibovitch, Jennie Chabon, Jerry & Anne Levine, Jessica Dell’Era, Jessica Sarber, Jessica Teisch, Jill Levine, Joan Korin, Jody London, Joy Jacobs, Judy & Mark Langberg, Jueli Garfinkle, Rabbi & Karen Bloom, Julie Katz, Karen Schoonmaker, Kate Flick Garcia, Lara Gilman, Larry, Hannah & David Reback, Laura Wildmann, Liat Porat, Lisa Tabak & Ari Lipsett, Lori-Jill Seltzer, Lori Rosenthal, Lynn Langfeld, Marcia Benjamin, Melissa Diamant, Moira Belikoff, Rachel Kuperman, Rayna Arnold, Rebecca & Lillian Klein, Renee & Michael Marx, Richard Applebaum, Rose Hoffman, Sharon Alva, Sharon Shoshani & David Goldstein, Ward Hagar College & Out of Area Congregant Coordinator Debby Barach College & Out of Area Congregant Basket Mailing: Debby Barach, Amy Kaminer, Kathy Saunders, Andrea Share, Sally Ann Berk, Helene Cohen College Basket & Out of Area Congregant Donors: Debby & Marc Barach Route Coordination Amy Tessler & Jeanne Korn Volunteer Coordinator: Amy Tessler Data Entry & Database Management Rick Heeger & Steven Grossman Administrative Heavy Lifting & Support Virginia Tiger

Mailing Prep: Hennie Hecht All Kinds of Heavy Lifting & Support: Joe Lewis; Will Stanley; Gilbert Berry Food Sourcing: Steve Grossman Food Donors: American Licorice Co. (Red Vines)/ Amy & Steve Tessler; Amy’s Kitchen Canned Soup; Bazooka Gum/Women of TBA; Brand Castle Powdered Drink Mix/Amy & Steve Tessler; Clif Bar, Z Bar & Luna Bar/Steve Grossman & Josh Weiss, College Shipping/Debby & Marc Barach; Popcorn /Edie & Dick Mills, in memory of Jeanette Jeger, General Mills Cereal; Ghiradelli Chocolate; Guayaki Tea (Ready to Drink Teas); Hamantaschen/Temple Beth Abraham; Hershey Kisses/Hennie Hecht, Kosher Katering; Lance Cookies; Chocolate / Liat Bostick, Coldwell Banker Oakland/ Piedmont; Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts; Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars/Amy & Steve Tessler; Numi Tea (Variety of Organic Teas); Ozery Bakery Crackers & Bread Coupon; Plum Organics (Mashups Organic Fruit & Veggies); Pop Chips; Semifreddi’s Bakery Biscotti/Michael Rose; Sunopta Roasted Chickpeas Snacks; Tangerines/Adi Schaker, Ailsa Steckel, Arlene Zuckerberg, Debbie Spangler, Gabriella Gordon & Jessica Sterling; Torani Syrup; Trader Joe’s Lakeshore (discount on popcorn & chocolate); Traditional Medicinal Teas; Reusable Shopping Bags/Whole Foods Market, Oakland; Wild Planet Sardines And of course, the incredible co-chairs: Debby Barach, Steve Grossman, Rick Heeger, Jeanne Korn, Jing Piser, Amy Tessler & Virginia Tiger We thank you for making it look so easy and for your heartfelt dedication & hard work. You did such a great job! TODAH RABBAH! 5

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1:00 – 4:00pm


Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake Street

April 25, 2017


1:00 – 4:00pm


Congregation Beth Israel Judea, 625 Brotherhood Way

East Bay April 19, 2017


1:00 – 4:00pm

Congregation B’nai Tikvah, 25 Hillcroft Way, Walnut Creek May 15, 2017


1:00 – 4:00pm

Jewish Federation/JCL, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

Peninsula April 20, 2017


1:00 – 4:00pm

PJCC, 800 Foster City Boulevard, Foster City May 4, 2017


1:00 – 4:00pm

Congregation Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Redwood City


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community Our Family’s Hero: Poppa, German Town’s Honorary Mayor By Becky Frank

Many families have tragic or heroic stories about loved ones during World War II. In our family’s instance, a family hero’s story only came to light in the last few years. Eric’s grandfather was known to all of us as “Poppa Harold,” ‫ל״ז‬. Poppa, like many men of his generation, fought in World War II with the United States Army. And also like many in his generation, he never spoke in detail about his experiences during the war. Except one time. In the mid-1980s while visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem with his daughter and son-in-law (Eric’s mom and dad), Poppa opened up about what he saw during the war. He explained that his battalion came into a German town as the war was winding down. Nobody in the town spoke English. Nobody in the battalion spoke German. Poppa, however, spoke Yiddish.

The story that was passed down to us was this: Poppa was the only person who could communicate with the locals. He asked questions including “where are the Jews?” He initiated and oversaw a clean up of the Jewish cemetery and synagogue. For his efforts, Poppa was given the title of “honorary mayor.” Our family had long wondered about this mysterious town in Germany where Poppa was “mayor.” It happened that Eric and I lived in Europe for a couple of years for Eric’s work, and around that time Eric’s uncle came across some of Poppa’s photos from the war. Using the photos and Google Image search, we narrowed in on the town of Nördlingen, and we wondered if this was where Poppa had been made mayor. We soon discovered a blog that documents Jewish history in Bavaria. I reached out and asked if Poppa’s story matched any documented local history. To our surprise and delight we soon received a reply and were connected to a gentleman named Rolf who explained that while there is no written documentation available from the period immediately following the war, “When dealing with the Jewish cemetery of Nördlingen years ago I came across the story, that towards the end of World War II the citizens of Nördlingen were forced by the American Army to bring back the headstones of the Jewish cemetery which they had stolen before.” Could Poppa have been the initiator and leader of this important project? We planned a trip to Nördlingen and scheduled a tour with a local named Sigi and the town archivist named Mr. Thum. Sigi is a Jewish woman who lives in Nördlingen. She is the entire Jewish community in Nördlingen today – a community of one. Mr. Thum sees to the upkeep of the old Jewish cemetery. Mr. Thum does not speak English, so Sigi translated for us. Our hosts in Nördlingen helped us to understand that the Germans saw the Americans as “occupiers.” But, over time, the Germans came to appreciate the Americans. Soldiers from the United States Army gave candy to the local children and care packages of food to the people of Nördlingen. In 1949, the Americans opened a new library in Nördlingen and filled it with German books because the Nazis had destroyed the old library. As in many other Nazi occupied areas, the locals of Nördlingen raided the Jewish cemetery for materials; headstones were sourced and carved up to be used when other building materials were scarce. We felt great pride once we understood that Poppa came into a hostile environment and set out to restore dignity to the Jewish comContinued on page 14


community Reflections on my Jewish Education By Garrett Candau

Almost 15 years ago, just down the hill, the Contra Costa Jewish Day School was created. I was in first grade and one of 22 other young Jewish kids in four total grades. It seems like a distant memory but I will always remember the experiences I had and the relationships we formed. Over the course of eight years, we were taught Hebrew and about Judaism by Israeli teachers and rabbis. Not very many young kids have been blessed with the opportunity to learn how to read, write, and speak Hebrew every day for eight years. In addition, for our combined seventh and eighth grade trip to Israel for two weeks we travelled as a class with other seventh and eighth graders from the Portland Jewish Academy. For me, it is safe to say my Jewish identity was shaped during these years and I do not know if I would be as involved in the Jewish community as I am today without my years at CCJDS. I am now in my senior year at the University of Oregon and continue to stay active in the Jewish community. I am a member of the Jewish Fraternity on campus, Alpha Epsilon Pi, (AEPI) and currently serve as the Philanthropy Chair for our famous annual fundraiser event “Loco for Latkes” where we cook and sell latkes to fellow students, and hold a bone marrow registry drive to help in curing blood cancer. Proceeds from the fundraising go to several Jewish charities worldwide.

Garrett in eighth grade, at CCJDS.

From a young age I learned at CCJDS that there is a lot more to being Jewish than just saying you are Jewish. It was very clear as I got older that Jews have to stay together and continue to make their Jewish communities stronger. The most important thing that has stayed with me has been friendship. There were only eight kids in my graduating eighth grade class in 2009; but we were and still are some of the closest friends you can find. My classmates and I were very lucky that as young kids we were able to attend a small Jewish private school in a small town that became the home for the future Jewish leaders in their future communities. CCJDS will always be in my heart and I will be forever grateful for the eight years I was a student here.

Garrett today, at University of Oregon.

Wetlands Restoration Day with Save the Bay Thanks to all who came out on February 26th for the the 15th Temple Beth Abraham Wetlands Restoration Day with Save the Bay. About 30 people enjoyed a day in the sun: tending the earth, learning about the rich history and resources of the San Francisco Bay, reuniting with friends and getting to know new friends. We also had an opportunity to check in on the Temple Beth Abraham oak tree, which we planted at Arrowhead Marsh several years ago. You can check it out next time you are at the Martin Luther King Regional Shoreline Park, tucked away off Hegenberger Drive. Many thanks to everyone who helped make this a great event! 9

cooking corner New to Me Cookbooks

By Faith Kramer Most of the Jewish cookbooks I own have stood the test of time. They have been around for a while and earned their place on my shelves. But in the last few years there has been a whole new crop of Jewish cookbooks that I have been reading and using for inspiration. The books fall into three rough categories. The first category is books that translate popular food trends and recipes through a kosher lens. While at least some recipes have a “Jewish” feel, ingredients and techniques are tweaked to make contemporary or classic dishes accessible to those who follow kashrut. Many of these cookbooks also have lots of color photos, instructional tips and advice for new cooks or those who need some hand holding. One of my favorites for this category is Jamie Geller’s Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes (William Morrow). Geller, sometimes called the Jewish Rachel Ray, is a crossover figure in the world of kosher vs. Jewish cookbooks, and is better known outside the Orthodox Jewish community than similar authors. I like some of the others I’ve read as well, but to me Joy of Kosher stands out as a stellar example of this category done right. Another trend in Jewish cookbooks is to take a modern look at Jewish food. Some authors go back to very traditional interpretations of classic dishes. Others tweak them with modern ingredients, sensibilities and techniques. Not every dish has a Jewish pedigree and the ones that do might mix Ashkenazi, Sephardic and/or Mizrachi traditions, but the recipes all work within a framework of contemporary Jewish tastes. One of my favorites in this category is Modern Jewish Cooking: Recipes & Customs for Today’s Kitchen (Chronicle Books) by Leah Koening. While her book is full of tempting photos it does not aim to be as instructional as the first category. I also like Monday Morning Cooking Club (Harper Collins), which has an Australian perspective. The third category is based on the foods and food ways of Israel. My current favorites are by Yotam Ottolenghi (including Jerusalem which was written with Sami Tamimi and published by Ten Speed Press). For more on these books, please refer to October 2016 issue of the Omer (https://tinyurl.com/october-omer). When I want a taste of Israel, I also reach for a self-published book by Orly Ziv, an Israeli cooking teacher, called Cook in Israel: Home Cooking Inspiration. Of course there are lots of new and relatively recent Jewish cookbooks I haven’t seen, so this list is not just subjective, it’s based only on the ones I’ve bought or were sent to me for review. If you have some cookbook recommendations with a Jewish slant for me, please let me know. Here are some recipes adapted from a few of the cookbooks referenced above. 10

ORLY ZIV’S FISH WITH GREEN TEHINA SAUCE Adapted from Cook in Israel Olive oil 2 tomatoes, thinly sliced 4 tilapia filets (or any white fish) 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas (optional) 1/2 cup tehina 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro 1-2 cloves garlic, chopped Juice of 1 lemon, plus more to taste 1 cup water 1/2 tsp. salt Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Pour oil in a thin, even layer to coat the bottom of a baking dish. Cover bottom with tomato slices. Top with fish. Scatter chickpeas on top. Process tehina, parsley, cilantro, garlic, lemon juice, water and salt with a hand blender or in a food processor until smooth. Taste and add more lemon juice if needed. Pour sauce over fish and bake for about 20 minutes, until sauce thickens and fish is cooked through. Notes: I used about 1 1/2 lbs. of cod and added an extra cup of chickpeas, which worked well. I also reserved a few of the tomato slices to put on top of the sauce before the dish went into the oven for a baked-in garnish.


Adapted from Monday Morning Cooking Club

Serves 6-8 as a side dish 2 large eggplants Salt 1 1/4 cup olive oil, divided 1 small onion, diced 3 Tbs. finely chopped fresh garlic 1 Tbs. tomato paste 2-14.5 oz. cans of diced tomatoes Ground black pepper Cut eggplant into slices 1/3” thick. Lay on paper towels. Lightly sprinkle both sides with salt. Leave 10 minutes then wipe dry with paper towel. Heat 1/4 cup oil in saucepan on medium heat. Add onion. Cook 5 minutes until soft. Add garlic. Cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomato paste. Cook 2 minutes. Add diced tomatoes with juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 8 x 12” baking dish with 1 Tbs. of oil. Heat

remaining oil in a large frying pan. Fry eggplant in batches on both sides until just golden. (Add more oil if needed.) Drain on paper towels. Spread a fourth of tomato sauce on bottom of baking dish. Layer eggplant on top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Repeat sauce, eggplant and seasoning for second and third layer. Spread remaining sauce on top. Bake for 50-60 minutes until browned and eggplant is very soft. Cool slightly. Spoon off excess oil. Serve at room temperature.

LEAH KOENIG’S TOMATO-CHICKPEA SOUP WITH SPINACH Adapted from Modern Jewish Cooking Serves 6 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil 1 large yellow onion, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped 2 carrots, peeled and chopped 4 garlic cloves, chopped 1½ tsp. smoked paprika 1½ tsp. ground cumin ½ tsp. dried basil ½ tsp. dried rosemary ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes 2 -15½ oz. cans chickpeas, drained 1 - 14½ oz. can diced tomatoes, with liquid 4 cups vegetable broth 1 tsp. sugar 1 tsp. kosher salt, or to taste ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper 3 cups packed baby spinach leaves 6 Tbs. plain labneh or yogurt for serving (use non-dairy for parve), optional Heat oil in a soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, celery, and carrots and sauté, until just softened. Add the garlic, paprika, cumin, basil, rosemary, and red pepper flakes and stir for a minute. Add the first can of chickpeas, the tomatoes with their juice, broth and sugar. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes or until the soup has reduced down a bit. Stir in salt and the pepper. Let cool. Blend until smooth working in batches in a regular blender or in the pot using a hand blender. Return soup to the pot if necessary over low heat and add the second can of chickpeas and the spinach. Simmer until the spinach is just lightly cooked (about 2 minutes). Serve in individual bowls each topped with a tablespoon of the labneh.

cooking corner JAMIE GELLER’S MOROCCAN ROASTED CHICKEN Adapted from Joy of Kosher Serves 4 Cooking spray or oil 3 1⁄2-lbs. chicken pieces (Geller uses a whole chicken cut into 8 pieces) 2 medium red onions, quartered 1 lb. small red-skin potatoes, scrubbed and halved 2 Tbs. honey 1⁄4 cup olive oil 2 tsp. ground cumin 2 tsp. ground turmeric 1⁄2 tsp. ground cinnamon 4 garlic cloves, chopped 1 cup dried apricots 1⁄2 cup golden raisins 1⁄2 cup coarsely chopped pistachios 2 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper; spray the foil with cooking spray or grease with oil. Place the chicken, onions, and potatoes in a large bowl. Stir honey, olive oil, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, and garlic together in a small bowl. Toss the chicken, onions and potatoes with 3/4 of the honey mixture. Place chicken, onions and potatoes in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Toss the apricots and raisins with the remaining honey mixture and set aside. Bake the chicken for 35 minutes. Add the apricots and raisins and bake until the chicken is cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes more. Garnish with the pistachios and cilantro. Try This: To make in a slow cooker, Geller suggests using 4 chicken leg quarters (thigh with leg attached), and toss all the ingredients except the pistachios and cilantro in the slow cooker with 3 cups chicken broth. Cook on low for 6 hours. Serve over couscous and garnish with the pistachios and cilantro.

Note: This is one in a series of columns exploring Jewish-themed cookbooks that I find inspiring and think you will enjoy as well. All cookbooks are available in stock or by special order from Afikomen, the Berkeley Judaica shop. To order any of the featured cookbooks, please contact the store at [email protected] or (510) 655-1977. Faith Kramer writes a food column for the j weekly and blogs her food at www.clickblogappetit.com Contact her at [email protected]


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Purim at Bet Sefer By Susan Simon

We had another very fun Purim Carnival at Bet Sefer a couple of weeks ago, thanks to the generous parents and other adults in our community who made it possible by volunteering. We had some new activities this year – one was Haman vs. Esther or Mordechai based on a college drinking games but we skipped the drinking part. The older kids really had a blast with that. Thanks to Smile City Photo who gave us a great deal again, the kids loved having their pictures taken in the photo booth with silly props. We had the usual Bop Haman and Crown Me games. And we had some new art supplies to make crowns, get temporary tattoos and decorate finger nails. Thanks to Jessica Sarber, we once again had cotton



TBA Baum Center May 7


Time and location to be confirmed


candy and the kids enjoyed hot dogs and all you can eat hamantashen (thanks for the volunteers who gave up a Sunday morning to help make them). And this year we had many parents who volunteered to staff the booths and prize table, including David Mendelsohn who no longer has a child here at Bet Sefer, and Bella Gordon whose youngest child has aged out of the carnival! Thanks to Lori Schnall, Janet Lai, Juliette Mailman, Kelsi Perttula, Becky Brown, Renuka Bornstein, Lisa Fernandez, Amy Gerard, Dan Jaffe, Jenny Beck, Doug Moss, Angela Engel, Helene Blatter, Lisa Polston, Lissy Schleuning, and Ruth Ann Binder. You were amazing volunteers and we are so appreciative of your time. This is a fabulous and diverse community in which I am so proud to participate. Thank you to all for your continued support, in money, in time, and in enthusiasm.


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Take a look at these happy children! We had a blast playing games, eating endless hamantashen, cotton candy and hot dogs, we earned tickets and redeemed them for silly prizes, and we partied till we forgot the bad guy’s name… almost. Thanks to all our volunteers! 13

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munity of Nördlingen. The American Army continued the restoration work even after Poppa returned to the United States after the war. Mr. Thum is not Jewish, but he has overseen upkeep of the cemetery for more than ten years. He loves his work and he loves learning about and sharing the history of the Jewish community in Nördlingen. As we walked through the cemetery, Mr. Thum would stand by a grave and hold up a photograph of the person buried there. He told us a little bit about each person as if he had known them personally. “This was the cantor. This was the mohel. This was the gravestone maker. . .” At the end of our day we sat down to reflect on what we had learned. Question: Did Poppa definitely play a role in restoring the Nördlingen Jewish cemetery? Answer: Probably. It seems that the Americans did play a role in preliminary restoration of the war-damaged town, and this includes work in the cemetery. It may not be possible to definitively determine if Poppa personally led the effort to restore the cemetery (unless the American Army has records of this) because the Nördlingen archives do not have any information from this period. Question: Did Poppa definitely play a role in restoring the Nördlingen synagogue? Answer: Probably not. There were no Jewish people in Nördlingen after the war and the synagogue building was eventually repurposed.


Question: Was Poppa mayor of Nördlingen? Answer: Probably not. With our new understanding of the context in which the Americans existed while in Nördlingen, we think it is unlikely that the townsfolk would have given an honorable title to any of the “occupiers.” Instead, we think that Poppa’s battalion might have given Poppa the nickname of “mayor” because he was the only person who could facilitate communication with the locals. “Mayor” or not, Poppa will always be our hero and a role model for generations to come.


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A fundraising event for the schools of Temple Beth Abraham My Big Fat Jewish Wedding “I don’t get it, what does the theme of this year’s auction mean?” Think part interactive theater, part fundraiser, all fun! You will be attending an over-the-top wedding (you will find out whose when you get there). Following the ceremony, there will be drinks, dinner, a chance to bid on wonderful auction items (including high holiday parking!) as well as sign up sheets for parties. This year, we are trying to get some corporate sponsorship so that there will be less pressure on guests to spend money at the event, but still feel free to bid away! This will be a campy, cheesy faux-wedding, so wear your faux wedding finery – if you have an old bridesmaid dress in the back of your closet, this is the time to dust it off. Bonus points for tuxedo t-shirts or anything powder blue and ruffly! Childcare will be provided, so no need to pay a babysitter. We know that parking was a major problem last year, so this year we will have parking available at Lakeview School with a shuttle van to TBA. (Just like during high holiday services.) You should have already received an email with the invitation and link to RSVP, but if not, please contact Virginia in the synagogue office. Also, it is not too late to donate (items, services, gift certificates or money). The link to the donation form is www.bit.do/tbaauction Feel free to send this to friends, relatives (especially grandparents) or anyone who might be interested in supporting education at Temple Beth Abraham. Hope to see you all on April 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. at TBA for the auction. It’s going to be fun!

Six-Word Memoir: Jewish Stories Mom-Mom Shirley says: It’s a story! Tell your truth, pass it on. Without our stories, we lose history. Our stories help us to remember. Even the littlest love the stories. Tell me a story, listen,  learn. -Karen Bloom, 47 They changed our name from Rapaport. -Dave Rapson, 59

The Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life is a partnership between Reboot (www.rebooters.net) and Larry Smith. In November 2006, writer and editor Larry Smith issued a challenge to fans of his online publication, SMITH Magazine. Inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s legendary shortest of short stories (“For sale: Baby shoes, never worn”), Smith asked readers to describe their lives in six words. Since then, the Six-Word Memoir® made its debut in 2006, nearly one million short life stories have been shared on the storytelling community SMITH Magazine website.

Persecuted by Russians, fled to America. Grandma Lilly’s story, our family lore. -Ann Rapson 15


It’s both a Mitzvah and an Act of Lovingkindness just to be there It’s your TBA morning minyan, and we’re looking for people with a free morning while some of our regulars are traveling. Here’s a small sample of what you MIGHT find on any given morning: • A Rabbi (sometimes two or three of them). • Gan parents (allowed to drop their children early to support the minyan)

Monday and Thursday Mornings at 8:00 a.m. in the Chapel!

• B’nai Mitzvah called to the Torah for the first time in anticipation of Shabbat • Sharp analysis of all the weekend sports • The occasional Aufruf (a couple is called up before their wedding and wished a sweet life with candy) • A fresh perspective on the weekly Torah Portion (the daily Drash rotates among regular attendees, so this is practically a given) • And much more... And whenever you choose to visit, you’ll ALWAYS find a one-hour egalitarian ruach-filled service that includes the weekly Torah portion. It’s followed by breakfast, and a free serenade of children’s voices playing at the Gan. We’d love to share these special things with you, come join us!

Welcome New Members

A Note to New Members:

Jay & Jennifer Rooney (expecting first child in April)

We would like to introduce you to the TBA community in an upcoming newsletter. Please send a short introduction of you and your family, with a digital photo, to [email protected] Thanks! 16

donations Charity is equal in importance to all the other commandments combined. Murray Davis Courtyard-Next Big Thing Building Fund Brandon & Melissa Bercovich Renat Engel Jeff Gutkin & Helene Blatter Sandy & Dawn Margolin Adam & Diana Miller Paul & Florence Raskin Jessica Siegel Bruce & Alicia von Kugelgen David & Treya Weintraub Alden F. & Sabrina Berdux Cohen Ricardo Craft & Erica Reischer Jessica Dell’Era Melissa Diamant Renat Engel Noah & Carrie Garber Edward Harvitt Family Foundation Judith Klinger Gary & Faith Kramer Randy & Lori Morris Guillermo & Jacqueline Palchik Harlan Simon & Mary Cain-Simon Elaine Teune, in memory of Sarah & Cecil

Jeanette Jeger Kitchen Fund Jack Coulter, in memory of Cora Coulter & Arthur Yarman Ruth Feldman, in memory of Louis Feldman Harold & Jean Pearl, in memory of Max Pearl

Bet Sefer Discretionary Fund Kirk & Dvora McLean, in memory of David Saadia

TBA General Fund Harvey & Fran Blatter, in memory of Frieda Blatter Keith & Marlene Dines, in memory of Robert Dines Helen Fixler, in memory of Leonard Fixler Barry & Elaine Gilbert, in memory of Morris Klang Louis & Lisa Goodman, in memory of Lilly Shoehalter Louis & Lisa Goodman, in memory of Pearl S. Goodman Leonard Katz, in memory of Freda Katz Richard Leavitt & Mary Kelly, in memory of Morris and Mary Leavitt Richard & Mary Odenheimer, in memory of Mabel Stevens and Edythe Schultz Nissan & Carol Saidian, in memory of Saidian family Sandra Sher, in memory of my father, in honor of the kaddish in his name Celia Somers, in memory of Charles Somers

Kiddush Fund Misia Nudler, to Naomi & Richard Applebaum Congratulations on the birth of your grandson Misia Nudler, to Sally Ann Berk - wishing you a speedy recovery Misia Nudler, to Ulli Rotzscher - Condolences on the loss of your brother Misia Nudler, to Adele Keinon Mendelsohn, congratulations of the marriage of your grandson in Israel Misia Nudler, to Laura Kass, condolences on the loss of your husband Harvey

Morning Minyan Fund Daniel & Anne Bookin, in memory of Sheba Bookin Jeffrey & Judith Quittman, in memory of Leonard Quittman

Yom Ha Shoa Fund Risa Galant, in memory of my father, David Galant

Rabbi Discretionary Fund Joshua & Heidi Bersin, in memory of Richard Bersin Herbert & Harriet Bloom, in memory of Matilda Bloom Holzman Eric & Tina Eisenman, in memory of Martin Semendoff, brother of Tina Eisenman Gregory & Ruth Morris, in memory of Bernard Laytner, Robert Morris, & Marion Morris Sally Shore, in memory of Harry Tessel Stephen Steiner & Sarilee Janger, in memory of Harry Janger

TBA Endowment Fund Fifi Goodfellow, in memory of Latifa Naggar and Charles Marcus Larry Miller & Mary Kelly, in memory of William Miller Ilya & Regina Okh, in memory of my brother David Okh

Mollie Hertiz Interfaith Outreach Fund Gerald & Ruby Hertz, in memory of Esther Morofsky Gerald & Ruby Hertz, in memory of William “Wolf ” Morofsky

Wasserman Adult Educationa/Cultural Fund Marc & Janet Wasserman, in memory of Leo Wasserman

Campership Scholarship Fund Molly Hersh, in honor of Rey Steinberg’s 90th birthday.


life cycles April Birthdays


Kevin Horodas


Tirzah Brott Stella Goodwin Danielle Raskin


Nick Adams Dan Kaiser Eva Sasson


Aaron Sloan Freid Jerry Lorber Asher Frederick Perttula


Benjamin Bloom Cheri Feiner Jonathan Klein Maya Young


Deena Aerenson Marianna Eyzerovich David Lorber Ian von Kugelgen


Noah Belkin Roberta Masliyah Avrah Ross David Schleuning Stephen Steiner Ronit Varga Sara Zimmerman


Mary Kelly Shira Kharrazi


Annette Bourget Neila Geagan-Jessel Steven Grossman Jonathan Jacobs Rachel Swetnam


Michelle Cossette Fernando Garcia Jeffery Michael Hamilton Steven Jacobs

Fred Knauer Jenny Michaelson Yulia Rozen


David Goodwin Naomi Levy


Gary Bernstein Renuka Bornstein Fifi Goodfellow Robert Klein Aviva Maidenberg Richard Shapiro


Benjamin Barnes Beverly Turchin


Sophia Blachman-Biatch Atlas Friedman Isabel Goldman Rosalind Heeger Naomi Elisabeth Klein Judith Stein


Zoe Brott Julia Elitzer Willa Heeger Dylan Rae Smith


Benjamin Jacobs Ellen Kaufman


Gwynn Simon


Sharon Djemal Mathew Frierman Ruth Kleinman Maayan Rubin


Noa Dolev Talia Gordon Deborah Hoffman-Wade Gabriella Serena Klein Ray Plumhoff Liat Porat Rey Steinberg


Jonathan Gordon Lindasue Kay Caden Reischer-Craft Joseph Young


Desten Broach Shoshana Bette Edelstein Noah Stein


Audrey Hyman Lila Miller David Oseroff


Lisa White


Bayne Albin Yaeir Heber Gideon Ur David White


Heike Friedman Liam Gordon Shoshana Yael Kay Ember Kadima Kessler


Yehudit Chang Laurence James Joseph Karwat Benjamin Marinoff


Talia Mc Lean Welch Warren Marc Zak


Aaron Bayen Maya Rath


Steven Harris Bayla Jaffe Sarah Levine Shira Levine Rennen Pincas Simone Rotman Elana Sasson

Is your birthday information wrong or missing from this list? Please contact the TBA office to make corrections. 18

life cycles April Yahrziets

May God comfort you among all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem NISAN 5-11

NISAN 12-18

Bettie Bercovich H. Andre Blau Gilsom Djemal Herman Hertz Nathan Blumstein Vernon Albert Bonar Samuel De Vorin Richard Fickes Allen Lee Lipsett Pola Silver Hilda Brodke Pearl Brodke Sarah Gordon Blanche Groskopf Israel Kurtz Shirlee Perl Samuel Peters Robert Schore Jennie Bercovich Nelson Blachman Anna Hoffman Irving Barach Lily Benisty-Kent James Abe Dickson Viet Pham Samuel Shneiderman Grace Gill Rose Gottesman Elliott A. Nankin Eleanor Heyman Jocelyn Holton Samuel Jarmulowsky Alice Kessler Annie Levit Leo Lorber Rebecca Rubin Mary Weiss

Lonnie Balint Blutstein Nelly Collins Joseph Epstein Fritz Gottschalk Philip Oseroff Ben Weiss Stanley Behr Donald Bleiberg David Cook Jack David Leon Vera Popper Joseph M. Kramer Alfred L. Miller Arlene Morris Beatrice Harriet Simon Henrik Balint Rose Gelfand Herbert L. Groginsky Elsa Maho Avrum A. Raskin Richard Frankel Solomon Saidian Joseph David Weiss Jacob Zilverberg Bessie Altman Sidney Arenbart Michael Nicolas Miller Samuel Schechtman Therese Schwarcz Edda Birnbaum Murray Goldstein Richard Gray Stephen Lazar Jacob Weinstein

Eve Reingold Birdie Weisbrod Nathan Weissman Renee Davis Sidney Szepsel Kahane Albert Levine Albert Louis Bloch Pavel Blymenkrantz Raymond Bolton Gussie Leson Howard Maccabee Sophelina Reingold Annie Silver Augusta Wolffs Claire Braaf Judith Diamant David Klein Shelly Jane Raskin Lipton Aaron Nudler Robert Shapiro Rose Applebaum Mildred Burnstein Shlomo Fixler Abraham Grossman Samuel Heimy Nancy Quittman Rosalie Rogers Connie Schwartz Annie Silver Leon Benjamin Sidney Bernstein Dora Ruvkun Bertha Bercovich Joseph Jacobs Lillie Pearl Silver Mary Simon

NISAN 19-25


Charles Friedman Abraham Hoffman

Joseph Banks Mayer Goldberg

April 1-7

April 8-14

April 15-21

April 22-28

Herman Weisman Alvin Alper Harry David Sirull Elsie Maurice Glasser Moses Rynski Raizel Rynski Isadore Schechtman Faygel Scheinerman Mordechai Scheinerman Harold Zurier Jessica Manasse Max Blatter Rose Mauskopf Simon Nankin Pearl Weinstein Maurice Bolton Florence Gerstler Walter Green Alice Kohn Jay Burton Polse Hyman Berkowitz Irma Maidenberg Pearl Myers Jacob L. Schiffman Ida Dorothy Schwartz Frank S. Cohen Phoebe Grossman Charlotte Nathanson

IYAR 3-4

April 29-30

Steven Beilock Morris Gerstler Reuben Levy Dorothy Dronsick Eva Liss Jack Perelman Maisie Steckel Alice Steiner

Recent Deaths in Our Community Arlene Gillette, Mother of Dana Gillette-Pascal (Steven) Avraham Elbert, Father of Rami (Daphne) Albert Leon Jaffe, Father of Bob (Lori) Jaffe Phyllis Kaizer, Mother of Leah Kaizer (David Salk)

Natalie Berg, Mother of Joanna Berg (Dan Finkelstein) and Jennifer Berg (Ray Plumhoff) Marlene Mae Schenberg Seifer, Mother of Jueli (Joel) Garfinkle



(6 Nisan)

(13 Nisan)

(8 Nisan)

4:00 pm Bet Sefer

12:00 Gan Gimmel Pesach Seder



(4 Iyar)

4:00 pm TBA Schools Auction Fundraiser


10:00 am Sunday Kindergym – Social Hall

23 (27 Nisan)

7:29 p Candle lighting

10:00 am Talmud Study with Art Gould - Chapel

7:00 pm BBYO-AZA and BBG 7:30 pm History of AntiSemitism – Baum YC

6:00 pm 9th Grade Tichon Class 6:00 pm Confirmation Class

9:00 am Weekly Text Study at Woodminster Cafe NO Kindergym 12:00 Gan Alef Pesach Seder

5 (9 Nisan)


7:33 p Candle lighting

8:00 am Minyan followed by Breakfast

8:24 p Candle lighting

Office and Gan closed for Pesach 9:00 am Pesach 1st Day Service NO Bet Sefer

9:00 am Rosh Chodesh Study Session (off-site)

8:00 am Minyan followed by Breakfast

24 (28 Nisan)

8:30p Candle lighting

Office and Gan closed for Pesach 8:00 am Minyan followed by Breakfast

(29 Nisan)

4:00 pm Bet Sefer 7:30 pm Yom HaShoah Community Service at Temple Sinai


8;30 p Candle lighting

Office and Gan closed for Pesach 9:00 am Pesach 8th Day Service with Yizkor NO Bet Sefer 7:30 pm TBA Board Meeting

(30 Nisan)

9:00 am Weekly Text Study at Woodminster Café 10:00 & 11:15 am Kindergym 6:00 pm 9th Grade Tichon Class with Debby Jacoby 6:00 pm Confirmation Class 7:00 pm BBYO-AZA and BBG


9:00 am Weekly Text Study at Woodminster Café 10:00 & 11:15 am Kindergym NO 9th Grade Tichon Class NO Confirmation Class 7:00 pm BBYO-AZA and BBG

19 (23 Nisan)

8:25 p Candle lighting

Office and Gan closed for Pesach NO Weekly Text Study NO Kindergym NO 9th Grade Tichon Class NO Confirmation Class 7:00 pm BBYO-AZA and BBG

10 (14 Nisan) Erev Pesach 11 (16 Nisan) Pesach I 12 (16 Nisan) Pesach II

8:00 am Minyan followed by Breakfast

3 (7 Nisan)


16 (20 Nisan) Pesach VI 17 (21 Nisan) Pesach VII 18 (22 Nisan)Pesach VIII

1:30 pm La’atid Chocolate Seder – Baum Youth Center

10:00 am Talmud Study with Art Gould – Chapel


10:00 am Talmud Study with Art Gould – Chapel 10:00 am Bend the Arc: Immigration Rights Minyan – Library





(10 Nisan)

(1 Iyar) 8:00 am Minyan followed by Breakfast 10:00 & 11:15 am Kindergym Social Hall 4:00 pm Bet Sefer


8:00 am Minyan followed by Breakfast 10:00 & 11:15 am Kindergym Social Hall NO Bet Sefer

20 (24 Nisan)

8:00 am Minyan followed by Breakfast NO Kindergym NO Bet Sefer

13 (17 Nisan)

8:00 am Minyan followed by Breakfast NO Kindergym 12:00 Gan Bet Pesach Seder 4:00 pm Bet Sefer 7:30 pm Gan School’s Committee Meeting – Admin Office



(11 Nisan)

(2 Iyar)

7:40 p Candle lighting

6:15p Kabbalat Shabbat Bet Sefer Hay Share-A-Shabbat Chapel

NO Kindergym


7:33 p Candle lighting

6:15p Kabbalat Shabbat Chapel

9:30 & 10:45 am Shabbat Kindergym - Social Hall

21 (25 Nisan)

7:27 p Candle lighting

6:15 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Chapel

NO Kindergym

14 (18 Nisan)

7:20 p Candle lighting

NO Kindergym 6:15 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Chapel



(12 Nisan)

(3 Iyar)

8:41 p Havdalah (42 min.)

Parashat Tazria-Metzora 9:30 am Shabbat Services (no Kiddush for auction set-up)


8:34 p Havdalah (42 min.)

Parashat Shmini 9:30 am Shabbat Services with our Holocaust Survivors & the Second Generation

22 (26 Nisan)

8:28 p Havdalah (42 min)

Pesach V (CH”M) 9:30 am Shabbat Services 10:15 am Junior Congregation Chapel

15 (19 Nisan)

8:21 p Havdalah (42 min)

9:30 am Shabbat Services with Gan Avraham 1:00 pm Mah Jongg – Chapel

Parashat Tzav (Shabbat HaGadol)


8:15 p Havdalah (42 min)

Parashat Yayikra 9:30 am Shabbat Services with Bar Mitzvah of Aaron Paul 10:15 am Shabbat Mishpacha 10:15 am T'fillat Y'ladim

SATURDAY 1 (5 Nissan)

5 Nisan – 4 Iyar 5777


(11 Iyar)

(25 Iyar)


(3 Sivan)

9:30am TBA Annual Meeting – Social Hall


14 (18 Iyar)

La’atid End-of-Year party

Eat Bay Tikkun Olam Chessed Day






(4 Sivan)

9:00 am Minyan at holiday time

Memorial Day – Gan and office closed


(5 Sivan)

8:00 pm Shavuot Text Study


(28 Iyar)

(6 Sivan)

7:00 pm BBYO-AZA and BBG

9:00 am Shavuot Service – Chapel


Gan and office closed for Shavuot

7:00 pm BBYO-AZA and BBG


9:00 am Rosh Chodesh Study Session (off-site)

(27 Iyar)

9:00 am Weekly Text Study at Woodminster Café 10:00 & 11:15 am Last Kindergym 7:00 pm BBYO-AZA and BBG

17 (21 Iyar)

9:00 am Weekly Text Study at Woodminster Cafe 10:00 & 11:15 am Kindergym 6:00 pm Last 9th Grade Tichon Class with Debbie Jacoby 6:00 pm Last Confirmation Class with Rabbi Bloom 7:00 pm BBYO-AZA and BBG

10 (14 Iyar)

7:00 pm BBYO-AZA and BBG - Baum YC

(15 Iyar)

(29 Iyar) 8:00 am Minyan followed by Breakfast


(22 Iyar)

8:00 am Minyan followed by Breakfast 10:00 & 11:15 am Last Kindergym 7:00 pm Men’s Club Poker Night - Baum Youth Center


4:00 pm Bet Sefer

8:00 am Minyan followed by Breakfast 10:00 & 11:15 am Kindergym Social Hall


4:00 pm Bet Sefer 7:00 pm WTBA Girl’s Night Out – Baum YC

10:00 & 11:15 am Kindergym Social Hall

8:00 am Minyan followed by Breakfast

9:00 am Weekly Text Study at Woodminster Cafe 10:00 & 11:15 am Kindergym 6:00 pm 9th Grade Tichon Class 6:00 pm Confirmation Class

THURSDAY 4 (8 Iyar)

WEDNESDAY 3 (7 Iyar)

9:00 am Weekly Text Study at Woodminster Café


4:00 pm Last Bet Sefer with assembly, slide show, & BBQ

16 (20 Iyar)

4:00 pm Bet Sefer

9 (13 Iyar)

4:00 pm Bet Sefer

Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day)

TUESDAY 2 (6 Iyar)

8:00 am Minyan with the Bat Mitzvah of Mia Harvitt followed by Breakfast

22 (26 Iyar)

8:00 am Minyan followed by Breakfast

15 (19 Iyar)

7:30 pm Gan School’s Committee Mtg – Admin Office

8:00 am Minyan followed by Breakfast

8 (12 Iyar)

8:00 am Minyan followed by Breakfast

Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day)

MONDAY 1 (5 Iyar)

(16 Iyar)

(22 Iyar)

(24 Iyar)

9:05 p Havdalah (42 min.)

(2 Sivan)

8:04 p Candle lighting


8:59 p Havdalah (42 min.)

Parashat Behar-Bechukotai 9:30 am Shabbat Services with Bar Mitzvah of Liam Gordon


8:53 p Havdalah (42 min)

Parashat Bamidbar 9:30 am Shabbat Services with Bat Mitzvah of Laila Maidenberg

(1 Sivan)

(17 Iyar) Parashat Emor 9:30 am Shabbat Services with Kitvah Vav students 1:00 pm Mah Jongg for all Chapel


8:47 p Havdalah (42 min)

9:30 am Shabbat Services with Bar Mitzvah of Benjamin Barnes 10:15 am Shabbat Mishpacha – Gan Gimmel classroom 1:15 am T’fillat Y’ladim Chapel

Parashat Achrei MotKedoshim

SATURDAY 6 (9 Iyar)

6:15p Kabbalat Shabbat Chapel


7:58 p Candle lighting

6:15p Rock n Roll Kabbalat Shabbat - Sanctuary

9:30 & 10:45 am Last Shabbat Kindergym


7:52 p Candle lighting

6:15pm Kabbalat Shabbat Chapel

9:30 & 10:45 am Shabbat Kindergym - Social Hall


7;46 p Candle lighting

6:15 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Chapel

9:30 & 10:45 am Shabbat Kindergym - Social Hall

FRIDAY 5 (8 Iyar)

5 Nisan – 4 Iyar 5777

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what’s inside

TBA Directory............................ i What’s Happening................. 1 From the Rabbi....................... 2 From the President................. 3 Women of TBA........................ 4 Mishloach Manot................... 5 Jewish Coalition for Literacy... 6 Purim Photos........................... 7 Community............................. 8 Save the Bay........................... 9 Cooking Corner.................... 10 Bet Sefer................................ 12 La’atid................................... 12 Auction.................................. 15 Six Word Memoir................... 15 Minyan................................... 16 New Members...................... 16 Donations.............................. 17 Life Cycles............................. 18 Calendar............................... 20

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