SEPTEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER
ELUL 5778 / TISHREI 5779
MAZAL TOV TO...
- David Krauss, was sworn in as a Probationary Police Officer for the city of Springfield on August 3. David is the son of Rick and Anna Krauss and the grandson of Gary Krauss.
- Jack and Paulette Grodner, whose home is one of six that have been nominated to receive the Home Beautification Award for Centerville this year.
- Eddie and Laurie Leventhal, who recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
- Leslie and Bob Buerki on the birth of their granddaughter Lenox ''Leni'' Pearl Buerki on July 26 in San Francisco
WE EXTEND A WARM WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBERS...
Larry and Frayda Beloff
1859 Dunseth Lane, Springfield OH 45503
Telephone: (937) 399-2534
Please be sure to add their contact information to your Membership Directory
THANK YOU FROM...
Sheryl Kozberg for the beautiful flowers from the Temple Sholom congregation following her recent surgery
Rabbi Lloyd and Bernice Goldman on the passing of her brother Samuel M Draisen on August 1
May his memory be for a blessing
A NOTE FROM RABBI KOZBERG:
ADULT EDUCATION SCHEDULE AND THE HIGH HOLIDAY SEASON
Although the official position of Reform Judaism is to observe only the first day of a festival (Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Shmini Atzeret, etc), my personal religious practice has always been to observe the second day as well.
This year, the second days of Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, and Shmini Atzeret (Simchat Torah) will fall on Sept. 11, 25, and Oct. 2, so there won't be any Adult Ed class on these days. In addition, as Yom Kippur begins the evening of Sept. 18, there will be no class on that day as well.
CLASS WILL BE HELD ON SEPT. 4 AND WILL RESUME ON OCT. 9
Thank you for your understanding, and I hope that this change doesn't cause too much inconvenience.
''STANDING WITH ISRAEL'' UPDATE
Members of Temple Sholom joined a 200+ crowd of both Christians and Jews at Temple Beth Or in Dayton on August 26 to participate in a program to ''Stand With Israel,'' sponsored by Christians United for Israel.
The keynote speaker was Hany Baransi, a Christian Arab from Haifa and ardent Israel supporter. Mr. Baransi owns the Nazareth Restaurant in Columbus and displays an Israeli flag prominently in his restaurant. Because of his support for Israel, his restaurant was the target of a terrorist attack two years ago - a man entered with a machete and wounded several people, including Mr. Baransi. When asked by reporters if he would consider removing the flag, Mr. Baransi replied that he planned to display an Israeli flag that would be even larger.
Other speakers included Revs. Lyndon Allen and Gary Trenum, both of whom articulated why Christians must support Israel and continue to fight anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism.
Christians United for Israel was founded in 2006 by Pastor John Hagee of San Antonio. A passionate supporter of Israel for decades, Pastor Hagee's commitment to the Jewish State was the reason for the creation of CUFI - which now has several million members across the country.
~ RABBI'S CORNER ~
Sometimes when G-d is ''nudging'' you, you need to pay attention.
As many of you know, my wife Sheryl recently underwent a knee replacement (she's getting along well and thanks to those who expressed concern and good wishes).
Discussing this with others over the past month or so, I've been amazed at just how common this procedure is - especially among ''baby boomers.'' Responding to the news that Sheryl was going to have the surgery, so many people have shared their own experiences or those of people they know. Many have taken place just within this past year, while others in recent years past. The discussions ALWAYS seem to focus on: 1) who did the surgery; 2) how much pain there is/will be; 3) how much therapy was/will be needed and where it took/will take place; 4) time until full or almost full recovery; 5) timeline to resume driving.
But with so many discussions with various people - congregants, clerks, friends, etc. - focusing on the subject of ''knee replacement,'' I can't help but wonder if this is a ''sacred nudge,'' inviting reflection on a possible spiritual meaning of ''knee replacement'' - especially at this time of the year.
The High Holiday season calls each of us to do a cheshbon nefesh, an ''accounting of our soul'': to look back over the past year to see where we've failed and missed the mark in our relationships with others and with G-d. Not knowing what the coming year will bring, we pray that we will be blessed with a good and sweet year. We hope that we and others will be blessed with good health, happiness, and that our world will finally be blessed with peace.
Most of us know that the Hebrew word for blessing is b'rakha. What we may not know is that this word comes from the word berekh, which is the Hebrew word for ''knee.'' The connection is based on the Biblical understanding that a b'rakha/blessing was understood to be a gift or present, customarily offered with humility and respect, in a kneeling position.
To be sure, when we are praying to G-d for blessings, we certainly do not expect G-d to give them to us with humility. On the contrary, we as recipients are the ones who come with humility and respect - especially at this time of the year.
During the morning services of both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we recite the Aleynu prayer. Aleynu is usually recited at the end of EVERY service throughout the year; but on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, it is recited in the middle of the service. It was originally composed as a prayer for the High Holidays because it affirms G-d's sovereignty over the Jewish people and hopes for it to envelope all the world. However, because this theme is so central to Jewish belief, it became the standard concluding prayer of every worship service. The central phrase of this prayer is ''va'anachnu kor'im u'mishtachavim u'modim lifnei Melech mal'khei ham'lakhim,'' often translated as ''we bend the knee, bow and acknowledge (the sovereignty of) the King of Kings...''
This season calls on us to be able to ''bend our knees'' with humility and respect. It calls upon us not only to renounce the arrogance associated with being ''stiff-necked,'' but also ''stiff-kneed.''
It calls on us to consider that we may improve ourselves by better discerning when we should stand rigidly straight and when we need to be flexible and humbly ''bend the knee.''
Sheryl and I viewed a YouTube video of a knee-replacement surgery. Needless to say, it was a good thing that we watched it after the fact: ''it ain't a pretty thing.'' But sometimes it's necessary. At this time of the year, all of us would do well to pay attention to this ''sacred nudge'' and perform the necessary ''knee replacement'' for the benefit of souls.
As we replace our soul's berekh/knee, may this lead to a greater, richer b'rakha/blessing for this coming year.
Sheryl joins me in wishing everyone a new year full of such blessings!
-- Rabbi Cary Kozberg
~ SPOTLIGHT ON BRUCE SCHNEIDER ~
This month's Temple Sholom member spotlight shines on Bruce Schneider, who has been a member of Temple Sholom pretty much his entire life. Bruce is the oldest of Ray and Marilyn Schneider's three children; Larry, who is also a member of Temple Sholom; and Joan, who lives in Indianapolis. Bruce was born in New York City and lived in Levintown, New York, to age 3. The Schneider family moved to Springfield when Ray took a position at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
Bruce attended North High School (Go Panthers) and graduated in 1965. While at North, he was a very active member of the football, swimming, and baseball teams. After graduation, Bruce was hired at William Bailey to work in their computer department. For those who may not remember, the William Bailey Company was a large metal fabricating company located where the Cancer Center is now. After spending a couple of years with them, he decided to join the Air National Guard due to the Vietnam war and the expanding draft. While with the National Guard, his troop was put on active duty, and Bruce wound up doing several tours in Southeast Asia.
While working at the William Bailey Company, Bruce was also taking classes at Clark State. He was dating a lady whose roommate was dating an undercover agent. Bruce got to know him well and soon went with him on several ''drug buys.'' These adventures got Bruce interested in law enforcement; and, after a period of time, an interview was arranged with William Brown, who was Attorney General of Ohio. He was hired as an agent and was sent to Quantico for training.
Knowing this was not a long-term career situation, Bruce started taking classes at Wright State, using his Department of Defense and Department of Justice grants to pay for his studies. The only stipulation on the grants was that you had to complete at least six months of law enforcement-related work to fulfill the repayment for each semester of study. He started working full-time at the Riverside Police Department, working nights while attending school during the days.
In 1977, he became part of the Wayne Township police force. Wayne Township soon became Huber Heights. Bruce started with doing undercover work, but soon was moved to patrol work, and then moved up the ranks in a variety of positions. He retired from the Huber Heights Police Department in 2003 after years of dedicated service with the rank of Sargent.
Bruce was not totally ready for retirement; so, at the urging of a former colleague, he became a US Marshall with the Southern District of Ohio. For the next nine years, he performed a variety of services and functions, including searching for fugitives, security protection work, serving court papers, etc. Bruce retired from this in 2017 at the mandatory age of 70.
Bruce moved back to Springfield in 2013 while still working as a US Marshall. At his 40th high school class reunion, Arlene Kaufman (Roberta Greenland's sister and a former classmate) re-introduced him to another former classmate, Sharon McClurg Swedlow, who at the time was living in Cleveland. The introduction was a huge success, and they have been together ever since. Sharon's father was a well-known contractor in our area and built the home they are currently living in. Sharon spent 35 years in the Cleveland public school system and went from being a physical education teacher to guidance counselor and retired as a high school principal.
Bruce has three daughters: Sarah, who lives in Dayton and has her nursing degree; Lacy, who lives in Beavercreek and works at Wright Patterson and, believe it or not, works in the same building and unit that Ray worked in; and Amy, who lives in Aurora, Illinois, and is a teacher. Bruce and Sharon have 13 grandchildren ranging in ages from 10 months to 18 years old.
Bruce is a former weight powerlifter and a 40-year Harley Davidson rider who belongs to several biking clubs: The Blue Knights that is made up of law enforcement folks, and the local Hog Group. We are certainly glad that Bruce moved back to Springfield fulltime and has once again become a member of Temple Sholom. We also thank him for his military service as well as his 45-year career of serving the public in a variety of law enforcement roles and positions.
''Few of us write great novels; all of us live them.''
~ 5779 HIGH HOLY DAYS SCHEDULE ~
Sunday, Sept 2, 11:30 AM
Cemetery Memorial Service
Sunday, Sept 9, 8:00 PM
Erev Rosh Hashana service and oneg
Monday, Sept 10, 10:00 AM
Rosh Hashana Morning service
followed by Tashlikh service
Tuesday, Sept 18, 8:00 PM
Kol Nidre service
Wednesday, Sept 19, Yom Kippur
10:00 AM - Morning service
1:00 PM - Yom Kippur Discussion
3:30 PM - Afternoon service
5:00 PM - Yizkor Memorial service
5:30 PM - Concluding service/Ne'ilah
6:30 PM - Havdalah & Break-the-Fast
CEMETERY MEMORIAL SERVICE
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 11:30 AM
It is a meaningful Jewish tradition to visit the graves of dear ones in the period leading up to Rosh Hashana. You are invited to attend this brief Memorial Service on September 2.
Please gather in the Reform Jewish cemetery section of Ferncliff Cemetery. Individuals may wish to visit the graves of their loved ones after this service.
~ ROSH HASHANA RECEPTION ~
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
The reception will take place immediately following the Rosh Hashana evening service on September 9. The food will be prepared by caterers this year, but we will still need volunteers to help with cleanup after the oneg. Please contact the office if you are able to help in any way.
~ TASHLIKH ''THROW'' ~
Please join us for a fun and informal (and ancient) Rosh Hashana ritual. On Monday, Sept 10, 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!
~ YOM KIPPUR BREAK-THE-FAST ~
WEDNESDAY, SEPT 19
The entire congregation and guests are cordially invited to attend the Temple Break-the-Fast sponsored by the Worship Committee after the final shofar blast of Yom Kippur. Please contact Phyllis Nedelman at 399-1117, Laurie Leventhal at 399-9519, or the Temple office at 399-1231 if you are willing to bake and donate kugels or cakes for this reception.
~ YOM KIPPUR HUNGER PROJECT ~
Empty grocery bags will be available to congregants on Erev Rosh Hashana. Please return them filled with non-perishable foods by Yom Kippur for donation to our local food bank. Even if your hunger lasts only a day, it is enough to make you aware of the challenge hunger presents to those who experience it. This year, take your experience with hunger and turn it into a meaningful action.
You may also donate to MAZON in place of the meals you are skipping when you fast. Envelopes will be available for your donations to this national organization.
~ MEMORIAL BOOKLET ~
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.
~ BRING A WRAP ~
In the interest of comfort, you may wish to bring a light jacket for services in the sanctuary. The temperature is generally set a bit cooler so that the participants on the bimah will not be too warm.
~ TEMPLE OFFICE CLOSED ~
The Temple office will be closed for Rosh Hashana on Monday, Sept 10; for Yom Kippur on Wednesday, Sept 19; and for Sukkot on Monday, Sept 24.
~ CONTRIBUTIONS ~
- In honor of Eddie and Laurie Leventhal's 50th wedding anniversary from Andy and Cathy Bell
- In honor of Eddie and Laurie Leventhal's 50th wedding anniversary from Stan and Phyllis Nedelman
- Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Sheryl Kozberg from Jack and Paulette Grodner
- In honor of Eddie and Laurie Leventhal's 50th wedding anniversary from Marvin and Sandy Silverstein
- In honor of the yahrzeit for my father Arthur from Paul Cornez
~ YAHRZEIT LIST ~
SEPT 7: Rebecca Gerson, Louis Feinstein (father of Alan), Aaron Isaac Gordon, Alfred Stein, Paul Lewis Stein, Moshe Zohar (brother of Itzca)
SEPT 14: Maurice K. Baach, Grace Paris Bruser, Sol Dagan, Rabbi C. Melvyn Helfgott, Dora Klein, Annabel Lapinsky, Lena Reich, Lina Goland Schiff, Julius Singer, Pearl Weinbach, Dan Rich
SEPT 21: Estella Greenland, Moses M. Kaufman, Max Roy Lapinsky, Fannie Neyer Leventhal, Louis Leventhal, Sylvia K. Margolis, Dora Salzer, Dr. Robert M. Tannenbaum, Alma L. Weixelbaum, Caleb Alan Armbrecht, Howard Heller, Sheldon Leventhal (brother of Eddie), Max Levitan
SEPT 28: Walter B. Kleeman, Sr, Ari Leviatan
OCT 5: Ida Reva Block, Jane L. Ensten, Hyman E. Levy, James Goldman (brother of Lloyd), Sandra Marenberg (sister of Gerald), Ruth Miller, Seymour Miller, Lester Stein (father of Leslie Buerki), Florence A. Tannenbaum