SEPTEMBER 2021 NEWSLETTER
ELUL 5781 / TISHREI 5782
JOIN THE CELEBRATION...
Join the Greater Springfield Association of Fundraising Professionals (GSAFP) for a virtual National Philanthropy Day celebration on November 10, 2021, 1-2:00 PM honoring Conroy Funeral Home (Outstanding Philanthropic Business), Ed and Laurie Leventhal (Outstanding Volunteer Fundraisers), and Yellow Springs Community Foundation (Outstanding Foundation).
Registration supports the GSAFP's scholarships, and our mission is to empower individuals and organizations to practice ethical fundraising through professional education, networking, research and advocacy. EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION through 9-30-32 @ $20. Regular Price - 10-1-21 to 11-10-21 (event day) @ $25. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gsafp-national-philanthropy-day-2021-tickets-153879035337. For additional information, contact NPD Chair, Kathryn Hitchcock at Kathryn@NAMIcgm.org.
NEW ADDRESS FOR...
Renae Shifman: 2387 Arciero, Howell, Michigan 48855
~ 5782 HIGH HOLY DAYS ~
Monday, Sept 6, 7:00 PM
Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
Tuesday, Sept 7, 10:00 AM
Rosh Hashanah Morning Service followed by Tashlikh Service
Sunday, Sept 12, 11:30 AM
Cemetery Memorial Service
Wednesday, Sept 15, 8:00 PM
Kol Nidre Service
Thursday, Sept 16, Yom Kippur
10:00 AM - Morning Service
1:00 PM - Afternoon Program/Discussion
3:30 PM - Afternoon Service
5:00 PM - Yizkor Memorial Service
5:30 PM - Ne'ilah/Havdalah
EREV ROSH HASHANAH
Monday, September 6, 7:00 PM
Please note the time change for this service to 7:00 P.M. This date is actually Labor Day and the end of the three-day holiday weekend. Please mark the time on your calendar now so that you do not miss the beginning of the Days of Awe.
ROSH HASHANAH ONEG
Again this year in light of health and safety precautions, there will not be a traditional oneg held after the service. However, we are preparing a Rosh Hashanah gift box that you may pick up at that time to enjoy in your home as you celebrate the sweetness of the new year.
CEMETERY MEMORIAL SERVICE
Sunday, September 12, 11:30 AM
It is a meaningful Jewish tradition to visit the graves of dear ones in the period leading up to Rosh Hashanah. You are invited to attend this brief Memorial Service on September 12. Please gather in the Reform Jewish cemetery section of Ferncliff Cemetery. Individuals may wish to visit the gravesites of their loved ones after this service.
Please join us for the ancient Rosh Hashanah ritual of Tashlikh on Tuesday, September 7, after the Morning Service (about 12:30). We will get together at Reid Park (across from the entrance to the Dam), and Rabbi Kozberg will lead in symbolically ridding ourselves of our shortcomings by throwing breadcrumbs in the water. Don't forget to bring your bread!
YOM KIPPUR HUNGER PROJECT
Because of various restrictions during this past year, the Second Harvest Food Bank is not accepting food donations at this time. However, they are accepting monetary donations as well as donations of toiletries and non-food items. You may make donations directly to them at 20 North Murray St, Springfield 45503.
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.
TEMPLE OFFICE CLOSED
The Temple office will be closed for Rosh Hashana on Tuesday, Sept 7; for Yom Kippur on Thursday, Sept 16; for Sukkot on Tuesday, Sept 21; and for Shmini Atzaret on Tuesday, Sept 28.
With best wishes to you and
yours for a new year that will be
sweet and good
~ RABBI'S CORNER ~
The High Holiday season is not only a time for looking forward; it is also a time of looking backward, a time for remembering. One of the names of Rosh Hashanah is Yom Hazikaron, the Day of Remembrance, when G-d, as it were, draws up a memory balance sheet and remembers all our deeds - righteous and not so righteous - from the past year. With this in mind, we would hope that G-d would remember some things more than others.
But just as remembering is an activity we associate with G-d particularly at this time of the year, so remembering is something we also should do - not just as an exercise in reminiscing or waxing nostalgic, but rather as a religious and spiritually therapeutic activity. As the Day of Remembrance approaches, each of us is called upon to draw up our own memory balance sheet and ask ourselves: what shall we try to remember, and what should we try to forget? In making such an accounting, we might do well to try to remember those things which, if forgotten, would hinder our becoming better individuals. By the same token, we would do well to forget those things which, if remembered, would accentuate our less noble qualities.
Truth to tell - all of us have selective memories. We are selective in what we choose to remember and what we choose to forget. While all of us have suffered wrongs and inflicted them on others, usually we choose to remember the times we were the victims and forget the times we were the perpetrators of such wrongs. Usually we choose to remember - and not without some bittermess - unfulfilled promises made to us, while somehow forgetting the times when we did not keep the pledges we made to others.
Among family or friends, we may have participated in a heated exchange of words - saying or hearing hurtful things. Unfortunately, we often choose to remember these unpleasant moments, rather than forget them and focus on those moments when family loyalty and the warmth of friendship were apparent. At one time or another, each of us has been both benefactor and beneficiary. Yet somehow, we only remember the times we did for others, while forgetting how much has been done for us - either by those still with us, or by those who came before us but who are no longer here.
Daily we witness the consequences of people making choices. We see how G-dly human behavior can be, as well as how satanic it can be. We experience altruism and generosity as well as pettiness and greed. As Rabbi Sidney Greenberg has written: the cynic remembers only a person's faults, while a wise person remembers the virtues.
As the holiest of seasons approaches and we are beckoned to return to the right path, let us remember that ultimately our memories shape our actions; and, therefore, we will be what we remember, and we will be remembered by others, by what we remember about others, and about ourselves.
Sheryl and I wish each of you a year in which the Holy One will remember you for a year of health, happiness, and renewal.
-Rabbi Cary Kozberg
~ CELEBRATE SUKKOT ~
This year the Sukkot holiday will be celebrated on Friday, September 24.
Rabbi Kozberg will be leading the service which begins at 6:00 p.m.
~ CELEBRATE SIMCHAT TORAH ~
Join the celebration as we complete the year's reading of the Torah and begin
the cycle once again. Rabbi Kozberg will lead the service on Friday, October 1 at 6:00 p.m.
~ CONTRIBUTIONS ~
In appreciation of Rabbi Kozberg's weekly Adult Ed class from Clare Perks
Donation in appreciation of newsletter and connection to Temple Sholom from Alan and Wanda Goldstein
Donation for Yom Kippur boxes for congregation from Jack and Paulette Grodner
SHARON LEE BROOCK FLOWER FUND
In honor of Laurie Leventhal's birthday from Peggy Noonan
JEFFREY D EBNER YOUTH FUND
In memory of Jeff Ebner and Harvey Bailin this Yizkor 5782 from Lyla Bailin
Thank you to Bill and Jackie Rennie from Lyla Bailin
~ YAHRZEIT LIST ~
SEPT 3: Rebecca Gerson, David Krauss (grandfather of Rick), Minnie Weixelbaum, Louis Dollin, Louis Feinstein (father of Alan), Alfred Stein, Paul Lewis Stein, Henry G. Stern, Moshe Zohar (brother of Itzca)
SEPT 10: Maurice K. Baach, Rabbi C. Melvyn Helfgott, Dora Klein, Lena Reich, Julius Singer, Aaron Isaac Gordon, Douglas J. Klang (father of Doug)
SEPT 17: Grace Paris Bruser, Sol Dagan, Annabel Lapinsky, Max Roy Lapinsky, Louis Leventhal, Dora Salzer, Lina Goland Schiff, Pearl Weinbach, Caleb Alan Armbrecht, Howard Heller, Max Levitan, Dan Rich
SEPT 24: Estella Greenland (mother of Jay), Moses M. Kaufman, Fannie Neyer Leventhal, Sylvia K. Margolis, Dr. Robert M. Tannenbaum, Alma L. Weixelbaum, Sheldon Leventhal (brother of Ed), Ari Leviatan
OCT 1: Ida Reva Block, Jane L. Ensten, Walter B. Kleeman, Sr.