TISHREI / CHESHVAN 5783
NEW ADDRESS FOR...
Larry and Frayda Beloff: 2981 Vester Ave, Apt 11AP, Springfield 45503
THE CONGREGATION EXPRESSES ITS SYMPATHY TO...
Sandy Silverstein, whose brother Dr. Melvyn Haas passed away on August 27
May his memory be for a blessing
Bobbi Mugford, whose ex-husband Martin Robbins passed away on September 2
May his memory be for a blessing
THE AMAZING RACE
Leadership Clark County offers educational services to community leaders seeking to build leadership skills and commitment to community service through servant leadership. Each year, approximately 40 individuals are accepted into the Community Leadership Academy class. The academy consists of monthly sessions beginning in the fall.
The first session is the Amazing Race where all participants are put into teams of four. These teams will race through Clark County and experience our History, new businesses, culture, manufacturing, education, local farming, and religion. This year, Rabbi Kozberg participated in giving our teams a tour of Temple Sholom and sharing his wealth of knowledge with us. Teams were then given a questionnaire to complete about what they learned before running off to the next task. It was an enlightening experience for all!
~ RABBI'S CORNER ~
THE SOUL OF EVERY LIVING BEING...
As we move from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur and on into Sukkot (the Jewish ''Thanksgiving''), the mood of the season changes from one of anxiety and uncertainty (''what will the new year bring?'') to one of gratitude: grateful that our sins are forgiven, grateful for the opportunity to start the new year with a clean slate and grateful to G-d for creating and sustaining the wonderful world we live in.
This gratitude is echoed in words recited every Shabbat and Festival morning: ''Nishmat kol chai t'varekh et Shimkha.../the soul of every living being will bless Your name, O Lord our G-d; and the spirit of all flesh will continuously glorify and exalt Your fame, our King.''
The prayer is a rehearsal of the ways G-d works in the world and how He is experienced by those who are ''paying attention.'' However, this opening phrase suggests that even those who are not ''paying attention'' - either because they can't, or they choose not to - nevertheless still invoke G-d, albeit unawares.
With this notion in mind, I want to share a meditation by Don Mills, passed on to me by our own Diane Smith. As 5783 begins, may it serve as an inspiration to help elevate the year ahead through our being more grateful and more aware of the divine wonder around us.
There was a moment when Moses had the nerve to ask G-d what His name is. G-d was gracious enough to answer, and the name He gave is recorded in the original Hebrew at yud-hey-vav-hey/YHVH. Over time an ''a'' and an ''e'' were arbitrarily added, presumably because we have a preference for vowels (the Torah is written without vowels - RCK).
But scholars and rabbis have noted that the letters YHVH represent breathing sounds, or aspirated consonants. When pronounced without intervening vowels, it actually sounds like breathing: YH (inhale); VH (exhale). So...
A baby's first cry, his first breath, speaks the name of G-d.
A deep sigh, or a groan or a gasp that is too heavy for mere words, calls His name.
Even atheists speak His name, unaware that their very breath is giving constant
acknowledgment to G-d.
Likewise, people leave this life with their last breath when G-d's name is no longer filling their lungs.
When I can't utter anything else, is my cry calling out His name?
Being alive means I speak His name constantly. So, is it heard the loudest when I am the most quiet?
In sadness we breathe heavy sighs.
In joy our lungs feel almost like they will burst.
In fear we hold our breath and have to be told to breathe slowly to help calm us down.
When we are about to do something difficult, we take a deep breath to find our courage.
When we think about it, breathing is giving Him praise - even in the hardest moments.
G-d chose to give Himself a name that we can't help but pronounce every moment we are alive - waking, sleeping, breathing, with the name of G-d on our lips.
-Rabbi Cary Kozberg
~ OCTOBER EVENTS ~
The message for Yom Kippur morning this year will be given by Angela Montjar. Angela is studying for conversion to Judaism and has become a regular part of our congregation. Her remarks, entitled ''How I Met G-d Without Actually Dying,'' will discuss her journey to Judaism in a most inspiring way.
Our Yom Kippur afternoon discussion will focus on her talk and give all of us an opportunity to respond to her and the ideas she will share.
DECORATE TEMPLE SUKKAH
Our annual Sukkah decorating will be on October 9 beginning at 10:00 AM. Everyone is invited to participate.
Shabbat services on Friday evening, October 14 will include a Sukkot celebration. Weather permitting, kiddish will be in the Sukkah.
CELEBRATE SIMCHAT TORAH
The holiday season will conclude with Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah on Monday, October 17. We will conclude the Torah reading cycle and begin a new one at Friday night services on October 21 with our annual Torah hakafot (parade) and celebration.
TEMPLE OFFICE CLOSED...
The Temple office will be closed for Yom Kippur on Wednesday, October 5; for the first day of Sukkot on Monday, October 10; and for Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah on Monday, October 17.
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. We will be happy to mail you a copy.
HIGH HOLY DAYS THANK YOU TO...
In appreciation of the many people who gave of their time, heart, and resources to make our observance of the Days of Awe beautiful and meaningful, we would like to say thank you for making a difference.
Our members who made donations for this year's Memorial Booklet
Jese Shell, Brian Weiss and Itzca Zohar for their shofar sounding talent
Steve Broidy and Itzca Zohar for their ''chazzanut'' during the holidays
Rabbi Kozberg for his pulpit and community leadership throughout these Days of Awe
The volunteers who mulched the front shrubs and flowers - Jack Grodner, Rick and Anna Krauss, Adam Leventhal, Amy and Alyse Leventhal, Jese Shell, and Itzca Zohar
Alyse, Amy, and Laurie Leventhal for polishing the silver
Kathleen Leonard and Diane Smith for the many tasks and behind the scenes work during the High Holiday services
Members of the congregation who were, and continue to be, involved in keeping the Temple safe and secure
Those members who will participate in the Sukkot preparations and decorating
~ CONTRIBUTIONS ~
A very generous donation was received from Ann Jacobs-Chitkara with thanks to Temple Sholom and Rabbi Kozberg for all that you do throughout the year.
With thanks to an anonymous donor for their generous contribution
In memory of my husband Jeff from Inas Sisler
In memory of Dr. Mel Haas, brother of Sandy Silverstein, from Eddie and Laurie Leventhal, Stan and Phyllis Nedelman
In honor of the yahrzeit for Evelyn Ennis from Barbara Willens
In honor of the yahrzeit for Theresa Ennis from Barbara Willens
In honor of the yahrzeit for Shereen Willens from Barbara Willens
In honor of the yahrzeit for Aaron Gordon from Barbara Willens
~ YAHRZEIT LIST ~
OCT 7: Ida Reva Block, Jane L. Ensten, Hyman E. Levy, Florence A. Tannenbaum, Alan Feinstein (husband of Nancy Feinstein), James Goldman, Max Levitan, Sandra Marenberg (sister of Gerald Marenberg), Ruth Miller, Seymour Miller, Lester Stein (father of Leslie Buerki)
OCT 14: Barnett Brizman, Elsa M. Kleeman, Sophia S. Kossoff, Michael N. Maybruck, Daniel Rich, Lance William Rich
OCT 21: Theodore Adler, Harry Bernstein, Julius G. Hoeflich, Samuel Klein, Nathan Rollins, Louis Schuman, Ella Farber Katz, Sarah Leventhal (mother of Ed Leventhal), Alyse R. Weiss (mother of Brian Weiss)
OCT 28: Jack Brammer, Rabbi Janice Garfunkel, Barbara Kempler, Gary Krauss (father of Rick Krauss), Sylvia Anne Lapinsky, Pearl S. Levine, Larry Sanders, Arthur A. Strauss, Retta Wolff, Esther Zitsman, Gloria L. Zitsman
NOV 4: Helen Pines Alper, Jacob LaSalle, Abraham Silberberg, Hilbert Beloff (brother of Larry Beloff), Eva Wile Friedsam, Gabriel Greenland, Arthur Nedelman (father of Stan Nedelman)