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simchas!

OUR NATION'S NEWEST CITIZEN - CANTOR GUY BONNÉ • PRINCES JACOB & BENJY, THE GREAT GRANDSONS OF EDYTH FASTOW AT TOT SHABBAT • MARC GOLD & ALENE SCHONHAUT CELEBRATING SPECIAL BIRTHDAYS.

mazel tov!

Miss Eloise Alper Cohen

CONGRATULATIONS TO SHERYL & LEWIS COHEN ON THE BIRTH OF THEIR GRANDDAUGHTER, WHO WAS BORN ON FEBRUARY 26TH TO HER PROUD PARENTS, MATTHEW & KYLIE COHEN AND HER BIG BROTHER SEVEREN, AKA SEVIE

Master Hayden Noam Hecht-Zachi

CONGRATULATIONS TO HELENE & HOWARD HECHT ON THE BIRTH OF THEIR GRANDSON, WHO WAS BORN ON MARCH 3RD 2020 TO HIS PROUD PARENTS, ANDREA & HARRIS HECHT-ZACHI AND HIS BIG SISTER ARIANNE

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TIKVAH TIMES STAFF

* Editor at Large - Alene Schonhaut, Assistant Editor - Madeleine Wolf, and Jay Beber - Cover Design & Consultant

* EDITORIAL NOTE - You can click on any picture or article to enlarge it.

photograph credits

• Nancy Fedem • Lisa Lupo • Meryl Root • Rabbi Randy Sheinberg • Cheryl Stern

april's theme IS: Earth Day

The focus of Earth Day 2020 is climate action. The enormous challenge, but also the vast opportunities of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th Anniversary. Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.

Rabbi Randy Sheinberg

THANK GOODNESS IT IS SPRING!

  • The past couple of weeks…during this time of sheltering in place, I have taken a long walk every day. Each day, no matter what else is happening, no matter my anxiety, I have reminded myself to walk, breathe and actually look at what surrounds me. Blossoms galore - bright yellow forsythia, gentle pink showers of cherry blossoms, crocuses, daffodils, violets. And the sound of the birds, so many different calls, each distinct and full-throated, ushering in this new season, singing psalms of celebration to the universe. And the trees, bravely pushing out new buds, unfurling new leaves, each an emblem of hope.
  • Truth be told, nature was my first religion. Long before I started regularly attending Shabbat Services or participating in Jewish Communal Life, I was communing with God at the beach, on a hike or in my backyard. Nature has often been my place of refuge, my place to hear the voice of holiness, and to feel connected to something greater than myself.
  • Love of nature is actually a very Jewish concept. Our tradition teaches that we can find God in all of creation. Indeed, the Kabbalists maintain that just as each individual is made in God’s image, a small spark of divine energy, so creation as a whole gives us the bigger image, the total picture of God.
  • If this is true, then caring for the earth is a sacred task, and destroying this fragile ecosystem is chilul HaShem, a desecration of God’s very name.
  • This April we mark the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. For the past half century, we humans have dedicated one day per year to think about our connection to the earth and our responsibility to care for it. However, one day per year is not enough.
  • Of course, this Earth Day will be very different from that of years past. This year, because of the COVID 19 Outbreak, we will not gather in groups to celebrate our planet or protest those who refuse to take responsibility to preserve it. This year we will be home, our voices muted, our power to make change seemingly diminished.
  • I recently heard Rabbi Rick Jacobs describe his having traveled with Ruth Messinger, then Executive Director of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), to places that had witnessed devastation; war-torn Sudan, hurricane-torn Haiti, and others. Each time Ruth would see massive destruction, she would say, “We must build back better.”
  • God willing, the ordeal that is the Corona Virus Pandemic will cease sometime, and we will have the chance to return to our normal lives. Ruth Messinger’s charge and implicit challenge rings out - will we just build back? Or will we build back better?
  • For as grueling and painful as this period is, I think we may be learning something from this period of isolation. We are learning that we need less than we think - we do not have to go out all the time. We do not need to consume quite so much. We can make do, quite fine actually, with less.
  • We are learning that we need one another. And that we are all connected, that what happens in one corner of the planet sooner or later affects us all.
  • And most importantly, we are learning that through our actions we can protect the vulnerable. If we can take care of the elderly and those most susceptible to disease by making sacrifices and sheltering in place, then perhaps we can also take care of others who are vulnerable - the creatures who surround us, the generations that will follow us in the future. If we learn these lessons, then we will have built back better, and this Earth Day will be the most important one yet.

KEN YEHI RAZON….MAY IT BE SO!

a lying' king purim spiel

OH WHERE ARE & WHO ARE OUR CLERGY?!?......(CANTOR GUY AS MR. ELTON JOHN & RABBI RANDY AS THE HIPPO AND TINY DANCER)

Cantor Guy Bonné

where words fail, music speaks

Temple Co-Presidents

andrea comerchero & lisa lupo

L’DOR VADOR – FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION

  • This earth is ours. The air, the water, the plants and everything in between. It is our job to protect our earth – recycle, reuse, and reduce – so future generations can live the way we do. It is also our responsibility to protect ourselves and our communities.
  • This is extremely important right now as our country and our world, are trying to make heads/tails of the COVID – 19 Virus and how it is affecting us today and may in the future. We have to take the proper measures to protect ourselves and each other – wash our hands, avoid group activities, and minimize close contact even with those we care most about.
  • As people we thrive on social contact. Social distancing is difficult for most of us. However, it can be especially hard for those who may already feel isolated and depend on the various programs and community activities that have been canceled.
  • Like other organizations, Temple Tikvah has taken steps to keep you and our Community healthy and safe – from suspending group activities to deep cleaning the building. We strongly believe this is in the best interest of the health of our Community. Yet we also understand this means we will not see each other for a period of time which may heighten social isolation.
  • Please also continue to read the Weekly Updates and other emails from Temple, as we try to stay connected virtually. We are Livestreaming Shabbat Services every Friday Night and scheduling a variety of virtual activities via Zoom, where it makes sense.
  • At this time of uncertainty, we ask that each of you reach out to your friends and neighbors who may be housebound and particularly vulnerable. Simply say hello and talk with them for a bit or see if they need anything from the store. The gesture will be greatly appreciated, and you will feel great for having done a mitzvah.

HOPEFULLY, LIFE WILL BE BACK TO NORMAL AND REGULAR ACTIVITIES WILL RESUME SOON. DO NOT FORGET OUR TEMPLE FAMILY IS HERE FOR YOU AS WELL. FOR THOSE WO NEED HELP OR FOR THOSE WHO ARE ABLE TO HELP. PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE. SOMEONE IS ALWAYS THERE.

religious school

Education Director - Sharon Fricano

LET'S NOT FORGET TO STAY AWARE AND CONSCIOUS

  • We celebrated Purim in March with our Family Program and Purim Carnival. Our students were also busy packaging “Blessing Bags” for the needy which will be donated to the HUC Soup Kitchen in Manhattan and to the “Inn.” We made masks and groggers, and prepared hamentashen to bake at home. The students were then treated to a wonderful Carnival! A big thank you to Cheryl, the madrichim, and the parents that helped set-up the Carnival. And last, but not least…what a great job all the students did that participated in our “Lying' King” Purim Sphiel at Temple Judea!
  • None of us realized that Purim was the last time we would gather as a group for a while. And, while it is my sincere wish that we will soon be able to resume our normal activities, we are planning for remote learning for the foreseeable future: • Our teachers are providing lessons and updates to their classes and are using Zoom or Facetime to stay connected. • Tuesday Hebrew Tutoring and B’nai Mitzvah Lessons are continuing via Facetime or by phone. The classroom teachers are providing Hebrew Lessons to students not scheduled for individual tutoring. We also highly encourage all student to leverage Shalom Learning to keep up with their Hebrew. • Our model seder will take place via Zoom as scheduled on April 5th. Students have been given parts and the teachers are working with them on the Four Questions. We will email Haggadahs to all families. • Please see Cheryl’s article for other scheduled virtual activities.

PLEASE PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING TO STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY AND KNOW THAT YOUR TEMPLE TIKVAH FAMILY IS HERE TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT RELIGIOUS SCHOOL FAMILIES. AS ALWAYS, PLEASE REACH OUT TO ME AT sharon@templetikvah.org WITH YOUR QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS.

our annual purim carnival!

Director of Youth & Family Engagement - Cheryl Stern

LET'S NURTURE HOPE AND KEEP OUR MINDS OPEN

Youth and Family Plans: Tuesday, March 31st at 4:00pm - Create your own Seder Plate - Everyone is invited to participate. All you will need is a printer, glue stick, and a large paper plate. • Saturday, April 18th at 9:30am - Virtual Junior Congregation: A LINK will be sent to a Prayer Book for the children to follow along. • Pictures for Our Community - Different pictures to color in will be sent to our youth. Once they are colored-in, please take a picture of your child’s picture and email it to me at cheryl@templetikvah.org. I will be making a collage for our Homebound Congregants. It would then be nice to put your pictures up on your windows, so people can hunt for them. • Pen Pal Via Email - If you would like to start a Pen Pal Relationship with another Community Member whom you do not know, we will gladly arrange it between our youth group children and our mature members.

WE MAY BE SOCIALLY DISTANCED, YET WE ARE SPIRITUALLY CONNECTED

a good time was had by all!

TEMPLE AT LARGE

a note from mindy daniels

FRIDAY NIGHT DINNERS

PLANNED AT 6:15PM.... JUNE 12TH HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION

brotherhood

President - Marc Gold

TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE OUR COMMUNITY SAFER AND HEALTHIER

  • My monthly Brotherhood Article had to be edited due to the unforeseen events that have transpired in our country these past few weeks. The Coronavirus has taken us to parts unknown, from bare shelves and long lines in grocery stores, to the cancellation of virtually all sporting events, and to even closing down our own Temple. I hope many of you are seeing our Rabbi and Cantor lead us in Friday Night Services through the technology of Live Stream.
  • Most of us know climate change is with us. How could one not see this? We hear each year that the poles have more and more melting snow. Here in NYC we have one winter with extreme cold temperatures and much snow; followed by one like this year with relatively seasonal temperatures and almost no snow. This is just like a roller coaster. Perhaps this is why Earth Day 2020’s theme is Climate Change.
  • Brotherhood will be taking on a challenge for Earth Day. Although a date has yet to be set, we are planning to ask for volunteers to work together one Sunday morning to clean up the side of our Temple. During one of our rain and wind events, a few trees toppled over and the huge branches are still lying around. We need to break up these huge branches and throw them out. So, please look for the date to be announced and join us for bagels and coffee and assist in this clean up.
  • Unfortunately, we are postponing “The Way It Was” Sunday Morning Bagel Breakfast we had planned. Keep an eye on our Weekly Updates for when it will be rescheduled.
  • Our Pre-Passover Wine Tasting Event in late March was also canceled. However, Passover Wines (Kosher and non) will be available online. Simply click on the site in the Weekly Updates, to view the menu and order. You can either bring your order form into Temple or mail it in or give it to any Brotherhood Member. Order forms will also be available at Temple up until Passover.
  • The Yom HaShoah Yellow Candle Program is going very well. Brotherhood will continue to sell candles until April 20th - the date of Yom HaShoah….the date to Remember the Holocaust. Inquire in the Main Office if interested or see any Brotherhood Member. Candles are $3.00.
  • Brotherhood has purchased 35 tickets for a NY Mets Game on Sunday, July 5th at 1:10pm vs. the San Diego Padres. The tickets are in the Excelsior Section behind third base and each ticket is $67. At this time, we have already sold half of our total seats, so join us and don’t wait till we sell out. See our flyer in the Weekly Updates or see any Brotherhood member.

HAPPY PASSOVER TO ALL

sisterhood

Co-Presidents: Terry Cutler & Terry Lepzelter

SISTERHOOD SCOOP

  • This Month’s Theme of Celebrating Earth seems vital as we try to navigate through a new normal in our daily lives. We hope these unsettling times are finding all of you healthy and safe. We are grateful for our technology that can keep us connected whether by phone, text or email. Thank you to our Lay Leadership and Clergy who are keeping us well informed and allowing us to share Shabbat. We are also grateful for the warm weather that allows us to get outside and enjoy nature’s blooming beauty. With no malls, sporting events, theaters or parties to go to, it is ironic that taking a walk, reading a good book or playing a game with our family can fill our days and make us feel better.
  • April is here and that means Passover is near. Spring cleaning, pulling out family recipes, looking for new ones, freezers full of matzah ball soup, and deciding how to prepare a table for too many guests is probably on some of our minds. Hopefully, you are still hosting your annual Seder or sharing the meal with friends or family. All of us have memories of the holiday that celebrates the freedom of Jews so many thousands of years ago. Listening to our loved ones read from the Haggadah, sing the happy songs, dip for the plagues, and finally enjoy a delicious feast together is just what our ancestors wanted us to do. It is the passing down of traditions from generation to generation that keeps our Judaism alive. We wish you and yours a wonderful Pesach!
  • We want to give our biggest thanks to Lisa Lupo and all of the volunteers who made our 2020 Mishloach Manot Project so successful! The Purim Holiday felt sweeter for our Temple Community.

REMEMBER WE JEWS ARE A DETERMINED PEOPLE AND WILL GET THROUGH THIS TRYING TIME TOGETHER. Please check the Weekly Update for any Sisterhood developments and please let us know if Sisterhood can help you in any way. We wish everyone a safe and Happy Passover. STAY INFORMED AND WASH YOUR HANDS!

thank you!

life long learning

Meryl Root

MASTER SOMETHING WITH AN OPEN MIND

Brown Bag Lunch & Virtual Learn:

  • Since we missed the March L&L due to widespread closures related to the pandemic, we will now be able to learn about Rosh Chodesh, Virtually with Rabbi Sheinberg. Rosh Chodesh is considered a women’s holiday that is celebrated at the new moon, which signals the beginning of each month. Lifelong Learning and Sisterhood are joining together for this month’s Virtual Learn when Rabbi Randy Sheinberg will lead us in a lively, virtual discussion to learn about the Rosh Chodesh traditions and rituals. This session is open to both women and men, as always. We will be Meeting on Saturday, April 18th, the time TBD. Zoom Meeting Information will be provided closer to the date. Please check the Weekly Updates or the Temple’s Website for the time and how to join Zoom, as the date approaches. We hope you can make it.

Torah Study:

  • Friday Night Torah Study - ”Torah Without Skipping” with Cantor Guy Bonné will meet on April 10th and April 17th at 7:00pm via Zoom (details will be forthcoming in Weekly Updates and on the Temple’s Website.) Friday Torah Study will be continuing with the Book of Genesis, B’resheit & Shabbat Morning Torah Study - Continues every Saturday at 9:00am via Zoom, with Rabbi Randy Sheinberg. We just started the Book of Leviticus, Vayika on the last Shabbat of March. We will continue reading this book, with a break on Saturday, April 11th for a Special Passover Reading. Come and learn about the priests and the laws. Week after week it is amazing to see how this ancient book is still relevant today. No experience or prior knowledge is required. All are welcome.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR JOINING SATURDAY TORAH STUDY ZOOM MEETING:

  • If you are joining the meeting via your computer, tablet, or smartphone all you need to do is to click on this link: https://zoom.us/j/498784895
  • Then follow the instructions that appear on your screen. If you have never used Zoom before, the screen will prompt you to "run zoom" or "setup zoom" (I do not recall the actual language.) Click yes and then follow the rest of the prompts to "join meeting" and you should be there.
  • If you are joining the meeting via phone (without video), all you need to do is dial +1.915.229.6794. You will then be asked for the Meeting ID, PIN 804606997.

Adult Hebrew Class:

  • Adult Hebrew Class is now in its tenth year and we will be resuming class virtually on Zoom. See below for details on how to connect each Thursday evening from 7:00 - 8:15pm with Cantor Guy Bonné. Now is a great time to join us from the comfort of your home. The atmosphere is relaxed and there is plenty of reviewing! Speak to Cantor Bonné for more details. All are welcome.

JOIN ZOOM HEBREW CLASS MEETING:

  • https://zoom.us/j/614859287 -Meeting ID 614 859 287
  • Dial by your location: 1.646.558.8656 - Meeting ID 614859287
  • By phone: +1.646.558.8656 - Meeting ID: 614 859 287
  • You may have to download the Zoom App (see above for Torah Study) and follow the instructions or you can join by phone.

REQUEST FOR SUGGESTIONS: If anyone has a suggestion for a film or a program, feel free to email me at lifelonglearning@templetikvah.org...Thank you.

Caring Community

Sharon Kahn & Helene Schonhaut

STAY SAFE, STAY EDUCATED, STAY OPTIMISTIC

Due to the Corona Virus Pandemic, the past weeks have been very difficult for all of us. The uncertainty surrounding everyone has heightened our concerns and fears. As we have heard many times recently, WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. With that said, we want you to know that many of us at Temple have been collaborating with our Clergy and Presidents to reach out to as many Congregants as possible to ensure that they have as much backup and support as may be needed. Last week many phone calls were made to Congregants to inquire whether or not they need any assistance and to remind them that we are here for them. We will continue following up and we will be reaching out to additional Congregants. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE contact the Temple Office if you are, or if you know someone who needs any assistance. The Office will forward the information to us, and we will follow up. Despite our building being closed, we will follow an important Jewish value ... we will not separate ourselves from the Community.

A MESSAGE FROM HEALTHCARE WORKERS: WE STAYED AT WORK FOR YOU; YOU STAY AT HOME FOR US

with gratitude

  • CANTOR’S DISCRETIONARY FUND - Joan Schuster in honor of Seyla Raine Gold • Arlene Sheff in memory of Dr. Lawrence Sheff and in honor of Gerda Weissfeld‘s 101st Birthday • Charles Hyman in honor of Gerda Weissfeld‘s 101st Birthday
  • RELIGIOUS SCHOOL FUND - Gertrude Wolf in memory of Dina Zavlick
  • SCHOLARSHIP FUND - Deborah Abramowitz in memory of Miriam Fetterman
  • SHMIRA (Security Fund) - Joan Wiener in memory of Susan Berman
  • SIMCHA FUND - Muriel Gorochow, sending get well wishes to Joan Schuster
  • TEMPLE TIKVAH MEMORIAL FUND - Sharon Adler in memory of Jenny Kornhauser and Edith Adler • Marian & Seth Baskin in memory of Benjamin W. Cohen • Lynn & Jay Beber in memory of Susan Berman and Debra Abramson • Maureen & Stephen Berman in memory of Leo Berman • Sheila & Martin Bokser in memory of Israel Charles Sussman • Judith & Leon Brenner in memory of Laurette Friedman • Brotherhood in memory of Irene Horn and Miriam Fetterman • Doris Brown in memory of Esther Platt • Terry & Michael Cutler in memory of Adam Cutler and Miriam Kreiger • Susan & Robert Gelfand in memory of George Ader and Pearl Bederman • Marilyn Gilsen in memory of Jennifer Gilsen • Charles Golden in memory of Michael Hertz • Deborah & Michael Golob in memory of Sophie Golob • Yvette Greiff in memory of Florence and Frank Blumenfeld • Dean Hernan in memory of Sophie Hernandez • Ronni & Charles Hollander in memory of Ruth Warantz • Marcy Johnson, Debra Doernberg & Karen Cross in memory of Suzie Berman • Carole Kaplan in memory of Irving Abzug and Joseph Sorblum • Judy & Joe Kirschner in memory of Israel Kirschner • Leslie Kizner in memory Debra Abramson and Dorothy Maurer • Sandra Lichtenstein in memory of Irving Lichtenstein • Lois Marcus in memory of Harry Pepper and Sadie Pepper • Lynn Moser in memory of Charles Okun • Karla & Orlando Osuna in memory of Miriam Fetterman • Barbara & Milton Rosenberg and Cynthia Kronenberg in memory of Alwine Einstein • Lorraine & Martin Ross in memory of Sol Rosenthal • Susan & Irwin Schneider in memory of John Cavaliere • Marilyn Schwartz in memory of Joseph Schwartz and Nathan Schwartz • Ruth Selig in memory of Beth Mills Gardner • Claire Shapiro in memory of Lena Linzer • Doris & Irving Silberman in memory of Eli Goodman • Joyce Braun Stoner in memory of Aaron Braun • Neela & Ken Weber in memory of Pearl Weber • Susan & Stuart Weinstock in memory Lotte Rosenfeld • Irene & Stanley Zorn in memory of Jim Grenman, Rose Riegelhaupt, and David Zorn

KOL NIDRE DONATIONS

  • ANGEL
  • CHESED: Barbara Silberman • Ken & Neela Weber
  • TZEDEKAH: Elaine R. Farber • Marilyn & Jerome Markowitz • Joyce & Joel Mensoff • Susan & Martin Siroka
  • BENEFACTORS: Arnold & Sylvia Bloch • Alan Fogelman & Susan Feinblatt • Carole Kaplan • Cheryl & Steven Levine • Kent & Susan Moston • Sandra & David Peskin • Jeffrey & Teresa Weisbrot
  • PATRONS: Helen & Bob Bader • Brotherhood of Temple Tikvah • Arline & Jack Cazes • Jeannette & Charles Golden • Bruce, Maria, Lauren & Marc Gross • Andrea & Doug King • Gloria & Lawrence Konstan • Joel & Sadie Kramer • Janet & Barry Spool
  • SPONSORS: Anonymous • Maureen & Steve Berman • Rabbi Randy Sheinberg & Dr. Martin Cohen • Andrea & Marc Comerchero and Family • The Diamond Family • Martin & Susan Fox • Marc & Michele Gold • Lois & Richard Howard • Robin & Bob Jacobson • Joe & Judy Kirschner • The Klig Family • Lisa Selkin Lupo • Robin & Mark Mandell • Arlene Sheff • Irene & Stanley Zorn
  • DONORS: Sharon Adler • Michele & Dennis Baltuch • The Birnbach Family • Cynthia & Joseph Bettelheim • Sharon Bibergal • Bernice Bloch • Henry Bloch • Anonymous • The Chirel Family • Terry & Michael Cutler • Anonymous • Beth Feldman Curcio • Merle Fishkin • Vivian E. Floch • Fran Fredrick • Libby Glowatz • Vivian Goldbaum & Dr. Norman Feder • Stephen & Barbara Goldberg • Susan & Marty Goldschmidt • Anonymous • Helene & Howard Hecht • Dean & Sebastiana (Nuccia) Hernan • David Herz & Janet Stahl • Irene Horn • Phyllis & Joe Horne • Terry & Ira Lepzelter • Estelle Magidson • Barbara & Joe Massey • Lynn Moser • Margery & Edward Orenstein • Beverly Oscrow • Robert Peskin (non-member) • Phyllis Richards • Helaine & Ed Schacter • Burton & Susan Schall • Rosalyn Schwartz • June & Jack Schwarz • Ruth Selig • Claire Shapiro • Lenore & Barry Stein • Roslyn & Burton Tropp • Leo & Jane Tujack • Stuart & Judy Weinstock • Elaine & Howie Weiss • Joan Wiener • Sandra Witt (non-member) • Laurence & Aki Wolfson • Carol Fenves & Isaac Yavetz • Gale & Howard Zeidman • Jerome & Sydell Zelanko
  • PARTICIPANTS: Deborah Abramowitz • Anonymous • Lois & Andrew Baron • George & Jeanie Berger • Sheila & Martin Bosker • Anonymous • Brenda & Mark Brody • Barbara & Fred Fleisher • Steven & Doreen Geller • Selma Goldberg • Deborah Golob • Lori & Mark Gordon • Muriel Gorochow • Linda Kamalic • Dorothy Kellner (non-member) • Leslie Kizner • Erika Korpacz (no-member) • Steven B. Levine • Anonymous • Sandra Lichtenstein • Helen Lipson • Andrew & Marilyn Mandell • Gail & Michael Meisel • Lee Newman • Karla & Orlando Osuna • Donald & Lori Panetta • Anonymous • Sandy Portnoy • Susan & George Prinz • Rachel Raphael-Kupferburg • Barbara & Milton Rosenberg • Richard Roth (non-member) • Jaynie Rudnick • Alene Schonhaut • Susan, Irwin & Alex Schneider • Anonymous • Shirley Snyder • Carol & Amram Weiner • Linda Lustig-Zaffos & Jack Zaffos • Elaine Zipser

social action

Elaine Brooks, Judy Kirschner & Elaine Weiss

RESPECTING OUR PLANET AND ONE ANOTHER IS ESSENTIAL, NOW MORE THAN EVER!

  • We wish a Happy Passover Celebration to all and an end to the fear caused by the current Coronavirus Pandemic. At Seders, we remember the meaning of freedom. Freedom means responsibility. The Midrash makes it clear that we are responsible for the Earth by saying, "…says that G-d showed Adam around the Garden of Eden and said, ‘Look at my works! See how beautiful they are — how excellent! For your sake I created them all. See to it that you do not spoil and destroy My world; for if you do, there will be no one else to repair it.’ Acting righteously thus involves treating the world with utmost respect; for this the human will merit dominion of creation.”
  • We have been working to fulfill that responsibility. We have reached out to another Temple for information. A Committee has been formed to work on a Green Policy for the Temple, that includes replacing disposable tableware with washable and reusable tableware. We are adding healthy desserts of fruit to our Oneg Shabbats and Events. We are also exploring vegan foods in response to scientific evidence that a vegan diet helps preserve the planet. An idea…perhaps individuals and families can add the adventure of preparing new foods during this homebound time.

We hope that Temple will be open by mid-May. If our prayers come true, please join us for our next Meeting on May 17th at 10:30am.

in loving memory

nisaN - iyyar 5780

OUR LEADERSHIP

*april'S CALENDAR

* DUE TO THE CONTINUED CHANGES IN OUR CALENDAR, PLEASE REFER TO THE WEEKLY UPDATES FOR THE MOST RECENT VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING *

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