AUGUST 2017OBSERVE TISHA B'AV
AV - ELUL 5777
MAZAL TOV TO...
- Kim Fish, who together with Mayor Warren Copeland, spoke with a crew from the German National Public Television Station who were in Springfield making a documentary about the arts in America and featuring Springfield. Kim is with the Springfield City Schools and spoke about the John Legend Theater at The Dome and the importance of his help with the arts.
- Robin Buerki and Amy Gilbert who were married on May 28 at Stout's Island in Birchwood, Wisconsin. Robin is the son of Bob and Leslie Buerki. He is presently a fellow in Neuro-oncology at the University of California-San Francisco Medical Center, and Amy is an attorney and will practice in San Francisco.
- Nathan Michael Ebner and Chelyse June Walton upon their engagement on July 4
TODAH RABBAH (thank you) to...
Rabbi Kozberg for hosting a group of Springfield youth from Muslim and Christian backgrounds and speaking with them at the Temple about Jewish traditions. The group saw the Torah and was able to learn about a range of topics, such as Jewish worship practices and beliefs about the afterlife.
NEW IN THE CHILDREN'S LIBRARY...
The forever garden by Laurel Snyder & Samantha Cotterill (PJ Library)
RESIGNATION ACCEPTED FROM...
Skip and Ann Becker
Tuesday, August 1, 12 Noon
Tisha B'Av is the day commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples, and other tragic events throughout Jewish history. It is traditionally observed as a fast day and a day for spiritual introspection. We will commemorate the day with a program entitled: "The Destruction of the Temple and Other Calamities: Who Is To Blame?" This program will take place at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, August 1 in the Temple's Meeting Room and will substitute for the class on Jewish Views of the Afterlife.
HIGH HOLY DAYS 5778
During our High Holy Day season, we offer special aliyot (honors) to many people. We do so to thank them for their support of Temple Sholom during this past year, both of time, energy, and financial sustenance. We hope that you will accept the honor that is being offered.
And as preparations begin for various events and services, please consider volunteering your time, be it for setting up or preparing food. As a small congregation, each of you is needed, and we hope you will choose to observe this time at Temple Sholom with friends and family.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
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 and October newsletters as well as via e-mail.
Wednesday, Sept 20.......Erev Rosh Hashanah
Thursday, Sept 21.......Rosh Hashanah
Friday, Sept 22.........Shabbat Shuvah
Friday, Sept 29.........Kol Nidre
Saturday, Sept 30.......Yom Kippur
Thursday, Oct 5.........Sukkot
Friday, Oct 13..........Simchat Torah
~ RABBI'S CORNER ~
WE'RE STILL HERE...
In the Jewish calendar, Tisha B'Av - the Ninth Day of Av - is traditionally known as our day of "national mourning" (It is separate from the newer addition to the Jewish calendar, Yom Hashoa, when we remember the Holocaust).
Traditionally observed by fasting, worship and reading the Book of Lamentations, Tish B'Av commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples (586 BCE and 70 CE, respectively), as well as other tragic events in Jewish history, including (but not limited to):
- the beginning of the First Crusade in 1095 in which 10,000 Jews were killed by Crusaders on their way to the Holy Land to fight Muslim "infidels";
- the expulsion of the Jews from England in 1290;
- the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492, after living there for at least eight centuries (Columbus himself wrote of watching boats with Jews leaving, as he sailed on his journey to "Indi");
- the bombing of the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires in 1994, in which 86 people were killed and 300 wounded.
Although this year Tisha B'Av occurs on August 1 - and most likely will have passed by the time you read this - nevertheless its significance and the lessons it offers should still be noted.
Occurring in the summer when folks are focused on relaxing and having fun, Tisha B'Av is a day which is often (and understandably?) forgotten. Amidst sunshine and vacations, it's certainly a "downer day." Yet, just as we break a glass at weddings to remember the destruction of Jerusalem in times of "our chiefest joy" (cf. Psalm 137), this day beckons us to acknowledge that "downer days" are necessary to give life proper perspective. Our existence isn't always "sunshine and vacations": there will be times when black clouds will (and do) block the sun.
Indeed, there is no group that knows this better than we Jews. Even as we live comfortably here in America at this particular time in history, history itself has taught us that we should never take "being comfortable" for granted. Anti-Semitism (often under the moniker "anti-Zionism") is becoming increasingly more vocal and more tolerated in this country and certainly in other countries. Our brothers and sisters in Europe and in most Middle Eastern countries must keep a very low profile, lest they fall victim to physical assault or worse. Despite her ongoing contributions to science and culture, Israel continues to be a pariah among the family of nations.
And yet, even as we remember and reflect upon the persecutions and other ramifications of being in physical and spiritual "exile" for the last two millennia, we must still marvel at the miracle that not only have we survived, but have actually thrived wherever we have lived. The Arch of Titus in Rome was built to commemorate this Roman general's defeating the Jews in the war that resulted in the Second Temple's destruction in the year 70 CE. The arch itself has relief depictions of the Menorah and other treasures being taken away by the Romans. Yet, the arch itself is all that remains of Titus and his legionnaires.
Ancient Rome is gone. We are still here.
As an anonymous graffiti on the Arch proclaimed:
Am Yisrael Chai! The people of Israel lives!
Apparently, despite our historical hardships and challenges, G-d isn't through with us yet.
-- Rabbi Cary Kozberg
FRED LEVENTHAL SPORTS NIGHT
BENEFITING TEMPLE SHOLOM
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Drinks and hors d'oeuvres begin at 6:00 pm with dinner, talk, and an auction following at 7:00 pm. Seating is limited, so please contact Eddie Leventhal at (937) 605-0060 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, August 11 for your tickets. Donation is $100 per person.
The inaugural guest speaker is Calvin Murray, a former Ohio State University running back, originally from Woodbine, New Jersey. His career hit a high point in 1980 as the Buckeyes co-captain, Buckeye rushing leader, Big 10 rushing leader, first team All Big 10, and fourth round draft pick for the Philadelphia Eagles. As a Columbus resident, he currently serves as a staff member of the Education Service Center of Central Ohio. He is an active community leader. Hear him relate "How Sports Has Shaped My Life."
Thank you for supporting Temple Sholom's major annual fundraiser.
AUGUST SERVICE LEADERS
August 4........Rabbi Cary Kozberg
August 11.......Steve Broidy
August 18.......Cantor Lauren Bandman
August 25.......Rabbi Cary Kozberg
Plan to attend Shabbat services as often as possible and help make a minyan. In accordance with Jewish practice, a minyan is needed to read the Bar'chu, Torah service, and Mourner's Kaddish.
PLAQUE HAS BEEN INSTALLED
A family plaque in memory of Bernice Jean Gerson has been inscribed and now hangs in the Room of Remembrance
~ CONTRIBUTIONS ~
- In memory of Maria Dixon Watts, mother of Bill Dixon, from Skip and Ann Becker
- In memory of Maria Dixon Watts, mother of Bill Dixon, from Steve and Susie Broidy
- To the Leventhal Family, especially Jenna, in honor of her graduation from Springfield High School from Marv and Sandy Silverstein
- To the Nedelman Family, especially Michael, in honor of his graduation from Wittenberg University from Marv and Sandy Silverstein
- In memory of Maria Dixon Watts, mother of Bill Dixon, from Rabbi Lloyd and Bernice Goldman
JEFFREY D EBNER YOUTH FUND
- In honor of the Nathan Ebner/Chelyse Walton engagement from Lyla and Harvey Bailin
SHARON LEE BROOCK FLOWER FUND
- In honor of Laurie Leventhal's birthday from Cathy Bell
~ YAHRZEIT LIST ~
AUG 4: Anne Arnovitz, Ben Broock, Julius Holzberg, Lt. Robert L. Levine, Pearle Romanoff, Riva Stessel, Maisie Demmel, Ben Mazur, Betty Anne Zoldan
AUG 11: Joseph Friedberger, Abraham M. Lapinsky, Dora K. Lebensberger, Dr. David B. Russack, J. Leonard Werber
AUG 18: Phillip Buchfirer, George C. Hart, Emma Kossoff, Ruth R. Levin, Sophia Roth, Moses N. Sanders, Theresa Ennis (mother of Barbara Willens), Ruth (Ricky) Kepnes (mother of Ellen Levine)
AUG 25: Mary Jane Broock, Douglas S. Goldman, Lena Myers, Marjorie J. Newman, Elizabeth Rittoff, Joyce Carol Burroughs (mother of Lori Nedelman), Arthur A. Cornez (father of Paul), Naomi Gardner, Martha Irwin (mother of Stephanie Paugh), Mollie Unger (mother of Shirley Leventhal), Eleanor E. Weiss (mother of Jan Spier), Shereen Willens
SEPT 1: Anna R. Kaminsky, David Krauss (grandfather of Rick), Rebecca LaSalle, Saul Schneider, Minnie Weixelbaum, Morton J. Weiss (father of Brian), Moshe Zohar (brother of Itzca)