OCTOBER 2017~ RABBI'S CORNER ~
TISHREI / HESHVAN 5778
WE EXTEND A WARM WELCOME TO THE FOLLOWING NEW MEMBERS WHO HAVE JOINED THE TEMPLE SHOLOM FAMILY...
Faydra and Reed Embrey:
129 Gwynne Street
Urbana OH 43078
Telephone: (937) 653-5328
TODAH RABBAH...thank you to
Eddie Leventhal for organizing another successful Sports Night fundraiser and members who not only attended but sold tickets to their friends and neighbors
NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR...
Jack and Paulette Grodner: (937) 802-5807
The family of long-time Temple member Lillian (Lalie) Rich, who passed away on August 27
May her memory be for a blessing
TEMPLE OFFICE CLOSED...
In keeping with Reform Jewish tradition, the office will be closed on Thursday, October 5 and Thursday, October 12. It will be open regular hours on Monday, October 2 and Monday, October 9. The office will also be closed the week of October 23 and will re-open on October 30.
Contrary to what a lot of folks think, the High Holidays do not end with Yom Kippur. Five days after the Day of Atonement, the week-long holiday of Sukkot begins. In Jewish tradition, Sukkot not only commemorates the desert experience of our ancestors, going from Egypt to Eretz Yisrael, but also is a time for showing gratitude for the harvest and G-d's gifts; it is the biblical antecedent of Thanksgiving. This is why one of the names of Sukkot is "z'man simchateynu" - the season of our joy.
But what is the connection, if any, between Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur and Sukkot? And...if Sukkot is the "season of our joy," why does it not precede, or at least have a stronger connection to, Rosh Hashanah, the New Year? Why doesn’t it at least precede the solemnity of Yom Kippur, rather than follow it?
Thinking about possible answers to these questions, it occurred to me that a meaningful answer might be found in the well-known song (to some of us of a certain age) "You've Got to Accentuate the Positive." Written by the late songwriter Johnny Mercer and recorded by artists as diverse as Bing Crosby, Perry Como, and Paul McCartney, the lyrics to this song seem to beautifully give a spiritual summary of the meaning of the High Holiday Season:
You've got to accentuate the positive...
On Rosh Hashanah/the New Year, we should focus on planning the ways we can make improvements in our lives and how we can assist others in doing the same.
Eliminate the negative...
During the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur - and on Yom Kippur especially - work on eliminating those aspects within us that are toxic and hold us back from making life more enjoyable and meaningful for others.
Latch on to the affirmative...
During Sukkot, the Season of our Joy, let us focus on the good, be grateful to G-d for what we have and make the most of the opportunities to grow and enrich other.
Don't mess with Mister In Between...
We can't always control the circumstances in which we find ourselves, but with RESOLVE and RESILIENCE, our responses can be more life-affirming.
Whether we take our cues from Moses or Mercer, may these sentiments guide us and inspire us in the coming year.
-- Rabbi Cary Kozberg
SERVICE IN THE SUKKAH
October 6, 6:00 PM
The Shabbat service will be in the Sukkah, weather permitting. There will be an opportunity for all in attendance to fulfill the mitzvah of shaking the beautiful lulav and lovely citrus etrog, and to learn of their symbolism and of the meaning of the Sukkot holiday.
Following the service, a potluck dinner will be served. The Temple will provide chicken, and you are encouraged to provide a side dish or dessert. See you there!
October 13, 6:00 pm
Join the celebration as we complete the year's reading of the Torah and begin the cycle once again. Rabbi Cary Kozberg will lead the service, and a pizza supper will be sponsored by the Worship Committee. Please RSVP to the Temple office by Wednesday, October 11 if you plan to attend.
This month we would like to Spotlight and present the following, which was authored by Lalie Rich (z''l). Although many of you may not have known Lalie, she and her husband were active members here until they moved to Florida in the 1980's. Please enjoy her humor and honor the memory of her life.
~ LALIE'S NOTES FROM THE TOP SHELF ~
Lillian (Lalie) Schwartz Rich, on December 31, 1922, I was born. I lived. On August 27, 2017, I hate to admit it, but evidently I died. I guess, after all these years, G-d finally figured out where to put me. I should have known the end was near after I lost almost every friend I had.
I would have left behind a hell of a lot of stuff, but the move to Florida and then to St. Louis got rid of it. So, if you're looking for chotchkies, you are out of luck. But, this is not the time to talk about what I may or may not have bought from Lazarus, Boston Store, or Wrens - this is about me.
I was the daughter of two wonderful, beautiful parents, Regina Ruth Straus and William Saul Schwartz. Although I was born in NYC, most of my first 20 years were spent in Columbus, Ohio. We (including my younger brother David) lived in a huge house attached to our bakery where an endless stream of relatives would spend their first months in the United States. Then, a 28-year stint in Springfield, Ohio, 40 years in Lauderhill, Florida, and the final ones in St. Louis, Missouri. My husband Milton died before me (June, 2000), and I will be missed by my favorite daughter, Nancy (Haynes) Rich Turkle; my sons David (Batya), and Edward (Linda); five granddaughters, Kimberly (David) Rich Young and Heather (Tracy) Rich White, Lisa (Ahiya) Rich Galinsky, Naomi (Daniel) Rich Stein, and Anna Turkle; four grandsons, Lev and Matan Rich, Liam Turkle, and Andrew Rich; great-granddaughters, Poppy and Summer White; and great-grandson, Nadav Galinsky!
I will be missed by my friends in Lauderdale as well as friends in Springfield and old classmates from Columbus. I think I will also be missed by many others, especially those I played cards with. I will miss doing the crossword every morning.
Thank you, everyone, for all you did for me; and Lillian (Pollens), hell, what can I say? We saw it all, did it all, and had a ball! Thank you for putting up with me. You were my oldest friend, and I loved every minute we had together. You somehow always knew who was whose sister or brother, how old they were, and what class they were in!
I was lucky enough to travel: Florida, Vegas, Alaska, Hawaii, Australia, Europe, the Panama Canal, around the world, and Israel.
I have been cheering on Ohio State since I was a crazy teenager.
We are having a graveside service in Florida. If you are sick, don't bother to come. I might be dead, but I still don't want your germs. And if you can't make it, don't feel bad - I am going to miss yours. Over the years, I supported many different charities; so, in lieu of flowers, because I can't smell anymore anyway, donate to your charity.
Kiss. Kiss. Kiss. Don't cry because I'm gone; instead, have a drink and be happy you knew me. Maybe you can cry a little bit because, after all, I died. Now, and forever, I am happy and playing cards.
~ HIGH HOLY DAYS 5778 ~
We appreciate the many people who gave of their time, heart, and resources to make our observance of the Days of Awe beautiful and meaningful. The community of Temple Sholom, both members and guests, would like to thank you for making a difference.
Our members who made donations for this year's Memorial Booklet, the Rosh Hashanah oneg, and the Break-the-Fast oneg
The members who said "yes" to ushering and participating in these services
Steve Broidy and Rabbi Kozberg for leading the Cemetery Memorial service at Ferncliff Cemetery
Market on the Ridge for their donation of brown paper bags for the Food Drive
Rabbi Cary Kozberg for his pulpit and community leadership throughout these High Holy Days
Our Shofar Blowers - Brian Weiss and Itzca Zohar
Kathleen Leonard and helpers for the many setups, cleanups, and behind the scenes work
Diane Smith for the myriad tasks leading up to the holidays and for coordinating our food drive donations to the Second Harvest Food Bank
Laurie Leventhal and Phyllis Nedelman for chairing Break-the-Fast and the volunteers who donated kugels and casseroles
A BIG THANK YOU to Steve Broidy for his beautiful musical leadership in the High Holy Days services and for his organization and participation with the Temple choir; our Choir members, Larry Turyn and Itzca Zohar, and their accompanist, Carol Harbaugh, for their many rehearsals and hard work. Your music adds immeasurably to our Worship Services.
If you were unable to attend High Holy Days services and would like to have a copy of this year's Memorial Booklet, please contact the office and we will be happy to mail you a copy.
~ CONTRIBUTIONS ~
- In memory of Lalie Rich from Judith, Bud and Vera Weiser
- Best wishes for your speedy recovery to Ed Leventhal from Larry and Kim Fish, Char Schiff
- Best wishes for your speedy recovery to Priscilla Dixon from Char Schiff
- Best wishes for renewed strength and a speedy recovery to Eddie Leventhal from Jack and Paulette Grodner
- Best wishes for your speedy recovery to Priscilla Dixon from Stan and Phyllis Nedelman
- Best wishes for your speedy recovery to Eddie Leventhal from Marvin and Sandy Silverstein, Stan and Phyllis Nedelman
- In memory of Bernard and Gloria Zitsman from Linda Chernick
- In honor of the yahrzeit for Doug Goldman from Paul Cornez
- In honor of the yahrzeit for my father Arthur from Paul Cornez
JEFFREY D EBNER YOUTH FUND
In memory of Jeff this holiday and New Year from Lyla Bailin
SHARON LEE BROOCK FLOWER FUND
Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Priscilla Dixon from Sanford and Faye Flack
~ YAHRZEIT LIST ~
Ida Reva Block, Jane L. Ensten, Hyman E. Levy, James Goldman (brother of Lloyd), Sandra Marenberg (sister of Gerald), Adolph Milder, Ruth Miller, Seymour Miller, Lester Stein (father of Leslie Buerki), Florence A. Tannenbaum
Sophia S. Kossoff, Michael N. Maybruck, Daniel Rich, Lance William Rich
Harry Bernstein, Barnett Brizman, Julius G. Hoeflich, Elsa M. Kleeman, Samuel Klein, Nathan Rollins, Louis Schuman, Ella Farber Katz, Sarah Leventhal (mother of Eddie), Alyse R. Weiss (mother of Brian)
Theodore Adler, Jack Brammer, Rabbi Janice Garfunkel, Pearl S. Levine, Larry Sanders, Retta Wolff, Esther Zitsman, Gloria L. Zitsman, Arthur Nedelman (father of Stan)
Helen Pines Alper, Barbara Kempler, Sylvia Anne Lapinsky, Jacob LaSalle, Abraham Silberberg, Arthur A. Strauss, Eva Wile Friedsam, Gabriel Greenland