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August 2020 NEWSLETTER

AUGUST, 2020
AV / ELUL 5780


Stan Nedelman as he celebrates his 90th Birthday on August 3

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Reflection on a Current Crisis from a Past Crisis

Remember the days of old, consider the years of ages past;
Ask your father, he will inform you; your elders, they will tell you.

- Deuteronomy 32:7

The renown and oft-quoted Christian thinker, C.S. Lewis, died in 1963 - so, of course, he never lived during a coronavirus pandemic.
But in the late 1940's, the world was coming to grips with the omnipresent threat of nuclear annihilation. The bomb was only a few years old and enemies of the United States had possession of it. The uncertainty of what exactly could and might happen was palpable and on the minds of everyone. This is the context of the following essay, entitled ''On Living in an Atomic Age.'' For reasons that I trust will become evident (just substitute ''COVID virus'' for any reference to the atomic bomb), it is being circulated anew with the hope that it will help us to gain a healthier and wiser perspective on the crisis with which we are currently dealing.
(NB: For those who may wonder why a rabbi would quote a Christian thinker to his/her congregation, the rabbinic sage Ben Zoma offers an answer: ''Who is wise? The person who learns from everyone.'' [Pirke Avot, 4:1])

In one way, we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. 'How are we to live in an atomic age?' I am tempted to reply: 'Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat at night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.'br> In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented...It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.
If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb, when it comes, find us doing sensible and human things - praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts - not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds...
What the atomic bomb has really done is to remind us forcibly of the sort of world we are living in and which, during the prosperous period before, we were beginning to forget. And this reminder is, so far as it goes, a good thing. We have been waked from a pretty dream, and now we can begin to talk about realities...
It is our business to live by our own law, not by fears: to follow, in private or in public life, the laws of love and temperance even when they seem to be suicidal, and not the laws of competition and grab, even when they seem to be necessary to our own survival. For it is part of our spiritual law never to put survival first: not even the survival of our species. We must resolutely train ourselves to feel that the survival of Man on this Earth, much more of our own nation or culture or class, is not worth having unless it can be had by honorable and merciful means (emphasis mine - RCK).
Nothing is more likely to destroy a species or a nation than a determination to survive at all costs. Those who care for something else more than civilization are the only people by whom civilization is at all likely to be preserved. Those who want Heaven most have served Earth best. Those who love man less than God do most for man...
Let the bomb find you doing well.'

May the virus stay far away from us.
But should it find any of us or those we care about, let it also find us and them doing well.

- Rabbi Cary Kozberg


Please take a moment to mark your calendar for the upcoming High Holy Days. Details along with service times will be available in the September newsletter as well as via e-mail. There will be some changes this year due to the restrictions of the pandemic. But services will be held in the sanctuary as well as being available thru Zoom.
Friday, Sept 18.......... Erev Rosh Hashanah
Saturday, Sept 19.......... Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, Sept 27.......... Kol Nidre
Monday, Sept 28.......... Yom Kippur
Saturday, Oct 3.......... Sukkot
Sunday, Oct 11.......... Simchat Torah


Hopefully you have received your letter and form to list the names of your loved ones in this year's Memorial Booklet. Please complete your information and return to the Temple office at your earliest convenience.

- A generous contribution has been received from Clare Perks
- A generous contribution has been received from Inas Sisler in memory of her husband Jeff

- Happy 90th Birthday wishes to my husband Stan from Phyllis Nedelman

- Happy 90th Birthday wishes to Stan Nedelman from Sanford and Faye Flack

- Happy Father's Day to Jeffrey D. Ebner, an outstanding father, from Lyla and Harvey Bailin

- Best wishes for a Happy Birthday to Laurie Leventhal from Diane Smith, Cathy Bell


AUG 7: Joseph Friedberger, Julius Holzberg, Abraham M. Lapinsky, Dora K. Lebensberger, Pearle Romanoff, Dr. David B. Russack (husband of Gail), Riva Stessel; Ben Mazur, Betty-Anne Zoldan

AUG 14: Emma Kossoff, Moses N. Sanders, J. Leonard Werber, Ruth (Ricky) Kepnes (mother of Ellen Levine)

AUG 21: Phillip Buchfirer, George C. Hart, Ruth R. Levin, Sophia Roth, Joyce Carol Burroughs (mother of Lori Nedelman), Theresa Ennis, Naomi Gardner, Mollie Unger

AUG 28: Mary Jane Broock, Douglas S. Goldman, Anna R. Kaminsky, Rebecca LaSalle, Lena Myers, Marjorie J. Newman, Elizabeth Rittoff, Saul Schneider, Arthur A. Cornez (father of Paul), Evelyn Ennis (mother of Barbara Willens), Martha Irwin (mother of Stephanie Paugh) Eleanor E. Weiss (mother of Jan Spier), Morton J. Weiss (father of Brian), Shereen Willens

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)