MAY 2019 NEWSLETTER
NISSAN / IYAR 5779
TODAH RABBAH ...thank you to
- Larry Turyn and his volunteers for their preparation of the Passover Second Seder
- Jan Spier for her contribution in support of the Lunch and Learn with Dr. Julie Galambush
~ SHABBAT SERVICE OBSERVANCES ~
Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, occurs on Thursday, May 2, and will be observed at Shabbat service on Friday, May 3.
Yom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, occurs on Friday, May 10, and will be observed at Shabbat service on that evening.
Lag B'Omer occurs on Thursday, May 23, and will be mentioned during Shabbat service on May 24.
~ RABBI'S CORNER ~
Six months to the day after the attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, the American Jewish Community is reeling from an attack on a Chabad Center across the country in Poway, California.
This most recent tragedy occurred at the end of Passover, with the story of our people's miraculous deliverance from Pharaoh's army fresh in our memories and our looking forward to Shavuot, when we received the Torah at Mount Sinai.
In rabbinic tradition, Passover and Shavuot have been understood as ''bookends'' of our people's physical AND spiritual journey from Egypt to Sinai: Passover marks the beginning of our freedom; Shavuot marks our affirmation that the freedom given to us by G-d is to be used in His service. Freed from slavery, we were called to be ''a kingdom of priests and a holy people.''
But in the 20th century, two new holidays were created during this seven-week period, commemorating two major events in modern Jewish history: Yom Hashoa, Holocaust Memorial Day, and Yom HaAtsmaut, Israel Independence Day. Because these two days commemorate events that occurred within very recent memory and involved the loss of so many Jewish lives, for many Jews they hold even more significance and weight than either of the millennia-old holidays of Passover and Shavuot.
And perhaps their amplified significance lies in the fact that both new holidays echo one of the important lessons that we learn from the Passover Haggadah itself: b'khol dor va-dor omdim aleynu l'kahoteynu. IN EVERY AGE THERE ARE THOSE WHO RISE UP TO ANNIHILATE US.
On a ''macro'' level, that was certainly the objective of the Nazis. It arguably has been the objective of the enemies of Israel since (and before) 1948. Recall that:
1) In 1967 Egypt's Gamal Abdul Nasser called for ''driving the Jews (not ''Israelis'') into the sea,'' thus facilitating Israel's being forced to go to war.
2) Today, the charter of Hamas calls for the destruction of ''the Zionist entity,'' and Palestinian children are taught that the land on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean, from Lebanon to the Sinai Desert is ''Palestine'' AND that Jews - not just Israelis - are evil.
On a ''micro'' level, individual Jews in Israel and in Europe have been targeted by Muslim extremist terrorism for several years now. In this country, Jews are targeted by radicals on both sides of the religious and political spectrums: white supremacists on the extreme Right have attacked Jewish venues in Kansas City, Pittsburgh, and now Poway, while the anti-Semitic diatribes of Louis Farrakhan and other radical Muslim clerics are on record. White supremacist websites and now the New York Times both traffic in anti-Semitic tropes.
As the Jerusalem Post's Herb Keinon has recently written: ''he fear and hatred and exaggerated power and influence attributed to Jews - antisemitism - unites disparate parts of humanity.'' In other words, groups that hate each other share a common hatred of us. Why? Why us? Why the Jews?
In a book the title of which is just that - Why the Jews? - Dennis Prager and Rabbi Joseph Telushkin provide an answer to that question: Because of Who we as a people represent. They submit that religious belief, political ideology, and economics which have been understood to cause anti-Semitism (going back to even pre-Christian, Helenistic times) are not really the causes, but certainly have provided the soil in which this millennia-old phenomenon has flourished. Instead, the authors understand anti-Semitism to be a deep AND misplaced hatred of the G-d who expects His human creatures to behave ethically, and who made the Jews the messenger of this message. In other words, they hate the message, so they attack the messenger. For Prager and Telushkin, this explains why Christians and Muslims who hated each other in the Middle Ages both went after the Jews. It explains why Hitler and Stalin, mortal enemies, both went after the Jews. And why today, the likes of David Duke and Louis Farrakhan both attack Jews, as did white supremacists Robert Bowers and John Earnest, the Pittsburgh and Poway synagogue killers respectively, and as does Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.
Keinon concludes his piece: ''If history has taught anything, it is that antisemitism will not disappear, regardless of what the Jews do or what ideology they do or do not embrace. The difference today is that...the Jews today do have the ability to stand up for themselves and protect themselves and defend themselves to a degree unthinkable a century ago...and that is something to keep in mind even when mourning the attack outside San Diego and fretting about where the next one might take place.
Hatred of the Jews might not have changed; but the Jews have.
In response to this final statement: can I get an ''AMEN!''?
~ CONGREGATIONAL REPORT ~
The annual Congregational Meeting was held on Sunday, April 28th. We had 23 people attend. Sandy Silverstein and Doug Klang were nominated to go on the Temple Board. Anna Krauss and Jack Grodner were thanked for all of their work as they finished their terms on the Board.
A review of the past year's activities and events was given by the chairman of each committee, and a discussion on Security was continued from last year's meeting. A suggestion for congregational education on security measures was made and hopefully will be followed through very soon.
In looking at our congregation's demographics, we currently have 21 in-town member units. Of these, approximately 14 member units are inactive with perhaps 5 of them attending occasionally. And of our 17 out-of-town member units, there are again 5 units who are able to attend services occasionally.
~ THE FRED LEVENTHAL TEMPLE SHOLOM SPORTS NIGHT ~
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2019
Guest Speaker - ANTHONY SCHLEGEL
Former Linebacker at US Air Force Academy and
The Ohio State University
Two-year starter at OSU
Played on the winning Fiesta Bowl team in 2006
Drafted by the NY Jets in 2006
Former OSU Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Founder/President of The Difference USA
Drinks and Hors D-oeuvres at 6:00 - Dinner at 6:45
~ CONTRIBUTIONS ~
- In memory of Scott, Alex, and Molly Smith's grandfather from Sandy and Marv Silverstein
JEFFREY D EBNER YOUTH FUND
- In memory of your beloved Kitty-cat to Janet Burch from Lyla and Harvey Bailin
- In honor of Nathan and Chelsey Ebner's wedding from Lyla and Harvey Bailin
~ YAHRZEIT LIST ~
MAY 3: Rae Bernstein, Sharon Lee Broock, Benjamin Feldman, Robert M. Gold, Rose Heller, Irene Klaben, Simon Zoav Levine, Louis Rubinoff, Cecile Strauss, Jacob Weinfeld, Philip Friedman, Harry Lurie, Anne Rosenstein
MAY 10: Boris Ackerman (father of Joan), Alan Buchfirer, Ann Gaynor, Lazer Gerson, Rose Kimmelman, Harry Rich, Faye C. Sachs, Margaret E. Klang (mother of Doug), Carol Elaine Stein
MAY 17: Sallie W. Feldman, George Kleeman, Harry E. Leventhal (husband of Shirley), Anna H. Levy, Jennie Rich, Harry Rosenfield, Abe H. Sachs, Beverly G. Weiser (mother of Judith), Ruth S. Werber, Dr. Benjamin Kepnes (father of Ellen Levine), David Sterling Margolis (brother of Maxine Leventhal), Ralph Rickenbach, Max Silverstein (father of Marvin)
MAY 24: Robert Ackerman, Norman Block, Judith Elaine Kossoff, Mark P. Kossoff, Albert Long, Samuel Reich, Catherine (Cherri) Rich, Henry Zappin, James B. Graves
MAY 31: Justin A. Altschul, Ben Kaufman, Dorothy Krane, Dorothy Pollens, Joseph Thurman, Eunice Pesselman (mother of Laurie Leventhal), Barbara Leventhal Stern (daughter of Shirley Leventhal), Arthur Willens, Edward Wolf (father of Fran Rickenbach)
JUNE 7: Jennie G. Arnovitz, Esther Berman, Esther Myers Gross, Leon Kempler, Lydia Kempler, Harry Kossoff, Louis Krauss, Bertha Schoenthal, Minnie Russack, Anne J. Blumberg (mother of Frayda Beloff)