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ELUL 5780 / TISHREI 5781


Zak Kozberg and Maggie Henderson on the birth of their daughter, Alice Ewing Louise Kozberg, on August 8. Alice is the 9th grandchild of Rabbi Cary and Sheryl Kozberg...and their first granddaughter!

Bill and Priscilla Dixon and their family on the passing of Priscilla's mother, Doris Levy Bard, who passed away on Wednesday, August 26. Mrs. Bard is also the grandmother of Cantor Lauren Bandman.



Hi Guys,
Well, it's that time again - another new year is almost upon us. Seems like yesterday we were getting ready for 5780. A year goes by quickly - maybe even more quickly for Me. But what a difference a year makes...especially this year.
I know it's been a difficult and challenging year for you - especially with the politics, the riots, the wildfires, the hurricanes, and, of course, the virus. Some of you have asked the question that always seems to be asked ''when bad things happen to good people'': if G-d is good and cares about us, how can He allow these things to happen to us?
Now, when it comes to things like the politics and the riots - you have to take most of the responsibility for that. Long ago I gave you instructions and guidelines on how to live your lives. I mapped out what makes for good choices and what makes for bad choices as well as what the consequences would be for making either good or bad choices. I did that thousands of years ago, so this is not exactly something with which you are unfamiliar. I also gave you free will, which means that I can't force you to make good choices - I can only hope that you do so (I won't dwell on how often I've been disappointed). And...whenever some of you have chosen one way and others have chosen another way, and still others have chosen a third way - disagreements and arguments have followed. Lately, you have allowed many of these arguments and disagreements to become most uncivil. In some cases, your choosing to allow civility to be completely removed from the handbook of problem-solving has led not only to discrimination, hateful comments, and ugly slander but also to an incomprehensible tolerance of looting and violence in the name of ''justice.''
Yeah, when it comes to social unrest - guys, that's mostly on you. You caused it. You can fix it.
As far as the virus goes - what can I say? It may be hard for some of you to believe, but I'm more upset about it than you are. Do you really think I enjoy seeing so many of My children suffer? But the truth is: by covenant, I can't do much more than I already have. Let me remind you that I created the world to run in an orderly, predictable way - everything. There will be phenomena that you will experience as wonderful, and others that you will experience as horrible. If I were to ''monkey'' around with changing it - the consequences for the entire world would be disastrous!
But again, I gave you the abilities to respond to such challenges by understanding the world and how it works, so that you will be able ''to twist Nature's arm so that she will cough up her secrets,'' as one of you once put it. I want you to do that. I created a world that is good. I created you to make it better. Truly, nothing gives me more naches than when you work to do just that.
The world needs you to do just that. I need you to do just that.
So...if the virus has re-energized you to redouble your efforts - well, that's a silver lining.
Just one more thing:
Every year at this season, I remember how at the beginning of every year we make some effort to reconcile our differences and ''return'' to each other. But then, as they say, ''life happens'' and we end up distancing from one another once again: we get upset with each other over a misunderstanding or an unrealized expectation. Sometimes it's just a ''turning away'': you, not Me. I never turn away. I am always here.
Well, guys, this is the season for not turning away, but turning back. I really want us to ''re-turn'' to each other and try to stay with each other for longer than we usually do as the year goes on. There is a lot of brokenness in the world. There is a lot of pain in the world. To fix things, we need each other.
I promise to make the effort.
I'm asking you to do the same.
I love you and care about you. I always will.
Wishing you a healthy and fulfilling 5781, I am
Yours most truly,


Because of the need to maintain proper social distancing and safety during these High Holy Days, there will be some changes in our Sanctuary procedures. Masks will be worn at all times. If you are bringing guests, you MUST notify the Temple office. The doors into the social hall will be open and some chairs will be placed there so that everyone may sit while maintaining proper distancing.
Individuals will NOT be called from the congregation to open the Ark. The Ark will be opened by those already on the pulpit. Those called to the Torah (aliyot) may recite the Torah blessings from their seats. Those called upon to recite the Haftarah blessings may also recite them from their seats. The Shofar will be sounded at various places within the Sanctuary. Congregants will also not be invited up to the pulpit to take the Torah scrolls out for Kol Nidre but we will just open the Ark.
Because of the need to maintain social distance, there will be no oneg after the evening Rosh Hashanah service (Kiddish will be said from the pulpit). Also, there will be no Break-the-Fast at the conclusion of Yom Kippur services.
All services will be available on Zoom for those who do not wish to attend in person. Just a reminder that you will need to pick up a copy of the HH prayerbook at the Temple. PLEASE pickup your prayerbook during the week of September 14 between the morning hours of 10 and 12. Be aware that, although there is a book available online with the same title, it is NOT the Reform prayerbook for the High Holidays.

Sunday, September 13, 11:30 AM
It is a meaningful Jewish tradition to visit the graves of dear ones in the period leading up to Rosh Hashanah. You are invited to attend this brief Memorial Service on September 13. Please gather in the Reform Jewish cemetery section of Ferncliff Cemetery. Individuals may wish to visit the gravesites of their loved ones after this service.

Please join us for a fun and informal (and ancient) Rosh Hashanah ritual. On Saturday, September 19, we will get together at Reid Park (across from the entrance to the Dam) after the Morning Service (about 12:30) when Rabbi Kozberg will lead in symbolically ridding ourselves of our shortcomings by throwing breadcrumbs in the water. Bring your children and your grandchildren, and don't forget the bread!

Please note that this service will begin at a new time of 7:00 PM rather than 8:00 PM as in the past.

This time of discussion will once again be led by Rabbi Kozberg, and this year will be held in the Sanctuary so that there are seats for everyone to maintain a safe distance.

If you are unable to attend the High Holy Days services at Temple Sholom but would like to have a copy of this year's Memorial Booklet, please contact the office and we will be happy to mail a copy to you.

In the interest of comfort, you may wish to bring a light jacket if attending services in the Sanctuary. The temperature is generally set a bit cooler so that the participants on the bimah will not be too warm.

Empty grocery bags will again be available to congregants on Erev Rosh Hashanah. Please return them filled with non-perishable foods by Yom Kippur for donation to our local food bank.


Sunday, Sept 13, 11:30 AM
Cemetery Memorial Service

Friday, Sept 18, 8:00 PM
Erev Rosh Hashanah Service

Saturday, Sept 19, 10:00 AM
Rosh Hashanah Morning Service followed by Tashlikh Service

Sunday, Sept 27, 7:00 PM
Kol Nidre Service

Monday, Sept 28, Yom Kippur
10:00 AM - Morning Service
1:00 PM - Afternoon Program/Discussion
3:30 PM - Afternoon Service
5:00 PM - Yizkor Memorial Service
5:30 PM - Ne'ilah/Havdalah

The Temple office will be closed Monday, September 28 for Yom Kippur

L'Shanah Tovah
With best wishes to you and yours for a new year
that will be sweet and good


A contribution to the General Operating Budget has been received from Jese Shell with appreciation for Shabbat services and leadership

- In honor of Stan Nedelman’s 90th birthday from Char Schiff

- In honor of Stan Nedelman's 90th birthday from Andy and Cathy Bell

- Best wishes to Stan Nedelman on your Special Birthday from Marvin and Sandy Silverstein
- Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Faye Flack from Eddie and Laurie Leventhal
- In memory of Doris Levy Bard, mother of Priscilla Dixon, from Larry and Kim Fish, Marvin and Sandy Silverstein

- In memory of Doris Levy Bard, mother of Priscilla Dixon, from Sanford and Faye Flack

- In celebration of Laurie Leventhal's birthday from Linda Foley, Nancy McGregor, Saundra Hudson, Mary Ann LaHaise, Peggy Noonan


SEPT 4: David Krauss (grandfather of Rick), Minnie Weixelbaum, Louis Feinstein (father of Alan), Aaron Isaac Gordon, Alfred Stein, Paul Lewis Stein, Moshe Zohar (brother of Itzca)

SEPT 11: Maurice K. Baach, Rabbi C. Melvyn Helfgott, Dora Klein, Lena Reich, Julius Singer, Pearl Weinbach, Louis Dollin, Douglas J. Klang (father of Doug), Dan Rich

SEPT 18: Grace Paris Bruser, Sol Dagan, Rebecca Gerson, Moses M. Kaufman, Annabel Lapinsky, Max Roy Lapinsky, Louis Leventhal, Dora Salzer, Lina Goland Schiff, Caleb Alan Armbrecht, Howard Heller

SEPT 25: Estella Greenland (mother of Jay), Fannie Neyer Leventhal, Sylvia K. Margolis, Dr. Robert M. Tannenbaum, Alma L. Weixelbaum, Sheldon Leventhal (brother of Eddie), Ari Leviatan

OCT 2: Ida Reva Block, Jane L. Ensten, Walter B. Kleeman, Sr., Max Levitan, Ruth Miller, Seymour Miller, Lester Stein (father of Leslie Buerki