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Sunday, February 2, 10:00 AM

Come to Temple for conversation, bagels, and coffee. Read and discuss an assortment of Sunday newspapers. No reservations required. It's a great morning of schmoozing with friends.

Please put the date of Tuesday, February 18 on your calendar and plan to be at Temple Sholom beginning at 4:30 p.m. if you are on the Building Security Committee, which will be followed at 6:00 p.m. by a Board of Trustees meeting. It will be a full agenda, and we hope everyone will be able to attend. As always, please let us know if you will not be here. Thank you so much for your commitment to the safety and well-being of Temple Sholom and its congregation.

The family of Shirley Leventhal who passed away on December 30
May her memory be always for a blessing

The family of Maxine Leventhal who passed away on January 4. A Memorial Service will be held at Temple Sholom on Friday, February 21 at 1:00 p.m. will a reception following the service.
May her memory be always for a blessing

Bill and Priscilla Dixon on the January 15 passing of her sister in Florida
May her memory be always for a blessing

The family of Dr. Eric Friedland who passed away on January 16
May his memory be always for a blessing


Tu B'Shevat marks the beginning of the period of Nature's blossoming and flowering in the Land of Israel. It also symbolizes our connection with the Land, as well as the values of renewal and beginning, of growth, of caring.
You are invited to celebrate this festival, the Jewish New Year for Trees, on Friday evening, February 7, beginning at 6:00 p.m. We will have a short (approximately 30-minute) Shabbat service, followed by a Tu B'Shevat seder, which will feature symbolic fruits and nuts. The service and seder will be led by Rabbi Kozberg.
Please call the Temple office to reserve a spot so that we can prepare the appropriate number of settings for the seder.

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Sample 6 Israeli-Kosher wines with specially paired appetizers during this evening with friends. Only 75 reservations will be sold for this fundraiser, so contact Diane at 399-1231 or Mary Jo and Adam Leventhal at 284-8027 at your earliest opportunity. Cost is $30 per person or $60 per couple.


The ''Shin'' Tree

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at G-d all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only G-d can make a tree.

I don't know if elementary school children still learn this poem, but it is undoubtedly known to those of us of a certain age. Poet Joyce Kilmer was also a journalist, editor, and critic who was killed in the second battle of the Marne in World War I. Most of his writing is largely unknown, but a few of his poems are still published in some anthologies. This is probably his most famous - recited by some with praise, and by others with mockery.
I suppose that those who mock Kilmer's poem might be thinking: ''What's the big deal? It's just...a tree.'' But a poet's calling is to help us notice things in life that are commonplace and often taken for granted. There are gazillions of trees in the world. But, like human beings, the fact that they are so commonplace does not detract from the wondrous magnificence of each one. The poet's task is to remind us to pay attention.
The accompanying photo is of a tree in our front yard, after a much-needed pruning. Looking at the result of the tree guys' efforts, I was quite gobsmacked: the tree was now in the shape of the Hebrew letter ''shin,'' and one quite reminiscent of our Temple's logo.
So, like Moses' pondering the bush that burned but was not consumed, I took some time to ponder our ''shin'' tree. No, G-d didn't appear. However, remembering that the letter ''shin'' is the first letter of G-d's name, Shaddai/Almighty (look at your mezuzah!) - I was aware of the Presence in that moment and starkly reminded: only G-d can make a tree.
We will observe Tu B'shevat, the Jewish New Year of the Trees, on Friday, February 7 with our annual Tu B'shevat seder following our weekly Shabbat service. You are warmly invited and encouraged to come affirm that ''only G-d can make a tree'' and express gratitude for the blessings - often taken for granted - that trees give us.
- Rabbi Cary Kozberg


- A generous donation has been received from Inas Sisler in memory of her husband Jeff

- In memory of Shirley Leventhal from The Eddie Leventhal Family, Sarah Moore Leventhal
- In memory of Maxine Leventhal from Char Schiff, Sarah Moore Leventhal, Andy and Cathy Bell, Pete and Sandra Hackett, Clark Schaefer Hackett CPAs
- In memory of Natalie from Paul Cornez
- In honor of Fred and Maxine Leventhal from Loren Cardeli

- In memory of Maxine Leventhal from Ron and Jan Spier, Judith, Bud and Vera Weiser, Mary Lou and Tom Loftis, Mark Dlott, Larry and Kim Fish, Stan and Phyllis Nedelman, Geoff and Kay Steele, Corwin and Anne Georges
- In memory of Shirley Leventhal from Mary Lou and Tom Loftis, Mark Dlott, Warren and Clara Copeland, Larry and Kim Fish, Stan and Phyllis Nedelman

- In memory of Shirley Leventhal from Sanford and Faye Flack, Marvin and Sandy Silverstein
- Deepest sympathy to the Leventhal Family on the passing of Shirley Leventhal from Jack and Paulette Grodner
- In memory of Maxine Leventhal from Marvin and Sandy Silverstein, Jack and Paulette Grodner, Rabbi Lloyd and Bernice Goldman, Barbara Willens, Weseline Juergens

- In memory of Maxine Leventhal from Donald Jones

- In memory of Jeff on his 65th birthday with love from Mother, Dad, and sister Ann. Miss you so very much.

FEB 7: Joseph Gardner, Adolph D. Haas (father of Sandy Silverstein), Max Kleeman, Nathan Klein, Bonita S. Krauss (mother of Rick), Sophie K. LeBolt, Jennie Prusiner, Mary J. Rubin, Jack J. Schechter, Mattie Weixelbaum, Henry R. Ennis (father of Barbara Willens), Mildred Naft, Bertram Unger
FEB 14: Carrie Altschul, Norma Cooper Hart, Gwendolyn Hoffman, Isaac Levine, Louis M. Levy, Raymond L. Schiff (husband of Char), Clara Mae Dulaney (mother of Paulette Grodner), Ethel Farber, Mark L. Greenberg (brother of Jan Spier)
FEB 21: Frieda Beyer Adler, Felix Balicer, Arnold Block, Werner Donn, Fannie Ebner, Louis B. Margolis, Lillian Pollens, Gail Genieve Banks Buerki (mother of Roberg), Naomi Ruth Ebner Fine, Priscilla Lind (mother of Bobbi Mugford), Henry Marenberg (father of Gerald), Marsha Remer, Thomas Shifman (father of Morrey), Jordan Arthur Spier
FEB 28: Henry Gardner, Morton R. Goldstein, Roberta Greenland (wife of Jay), Larry Himmel, Fannie Kaufman, Marion P. Cornez (mother of Paul), Bruce Krane, Julius (Jules) Levy, Celia Feinstein Spitz (sister of Alan Feinstein)
MARCH 6: Jacob Arnovitz, Lilly Broock, Pauline H. Broock, Etta M. Herron, Leah G. Klein, Samuel Kossoff, Leonard Levy, Sol (Babe) Padlow, Sarah Steingart, Charles Zitsman, Eunice Poliakoff Draisen (mother of Bernice Goldman), Paul Dulaney (father of Paulette Grodner), Antonio Espinoza (father of Rose Weiss), Celia Zoken Friedland (mother of Eric)