August Bulletin

August CEI Bulletin

Congregation Emanu-El Israel

222 North Main Street, Greensburg, PA. 15601          

                 AV – Elul     5781                 

August 2021


 The Mission of Congregation Emanu-El Israel is: To support Judaism and the welfare of our community.

From the desk of Rabbi Leonard Sarko

   In the book of the bible we are reading now, there is a parasha named Re’eh.  This word means see. Open your eyes. Take a good, hard look at the world around you. Be clear about what you see and what needs to be done and what you need to do. That is what is behind this verse in our bible.

   “You can therefore see that I am placing before you both a blessing and a curse. The blessing will come if you obey the mitzvot of the Lord your God which I am prescribing you today.” (Deuteronomy 11:26-27)

   The blessing does not come as a reward for observing the commandments. The blessing emerges out of the observance itself.

   While this portion addresses numerous issues, it is primarily focused on two important ingredients in Jewish life: Jewish dietary laws and the observance of the pilgrimage festivals. Some may, therefore, read this portion simply as the laws and regulations of these two pivotal areas of Jewish religious life. Just another group of complicated things to follow.

   For me, however, the principles expressed in this portion are more about establishing a spiritual discipline for living. It provides us with the parameters that prevent us from worshiping other gods, false gods, false prophets. If you observe the mitzvot that have shaped the Jewish psyche, then you will not be led astray.  I read this as more about establishing a Jewish spiritual discipline for yourself.

   The Bible is strong in its insistence that we root out those who might cause us to go astray. It doesn’t matter, says the text, of the close relationship of this individual.

   As we can see from the text, the one to be rooted out is the one that is trying to lead us astray, in contrast to those who observe the mitzvot.  In other words, we need to develop a Jewish spiritual discipline for ourself. Building a strong Jewish identity will ensure that a Jewish person, a mensch, emerges, even within the context of a non-Jewish world. If you open up your eyes, re’eh, you can see the possibility that surrounds you.

   “If there appears among you a prophet or a dream-diviner and he gives you a sign or a portent, saying, ‘Let us follow and worship another god’ — whom you have not experienced — even if the sign or portent that he named to you comes true, do not heed the words of that prophet or that dream-diviner.”

   As a Jew we are individually responsible to analyze the words of our friends, our leaders, to all that we come into contact with.  We must discern if the words spoken are true and good.  Although Judaism is very much a communal religion, we also bear the responsibility for our personal actions.  We must understand if those around us speak the truth and want to direct the welfare of our community or have other motives.  In bible speak – are they false prophets?  If so, we must “sweep out evil from your midst”.  As we approach our new year, let us take on that personal responsibility, to be able to discern false prohets.  In this new year let us make ourselves, our community and our world a better place.



President: Irene C. Rothschild

 “A Little of this…a Little of that…”

It is a good feeling to say that slowly things are opening up at the temple!  Our first in-person service will be held on July 30th, although with no Oneg.  There will be in-person Shabbat services from then on.  Erev Rosh Hashanah there will be an Oneg!  And there will be Break-the-Fast after Yom Kippur.  Sisterhood will start the new season with a pot luck picnic on August 18th at Twin Lakes Park.  Should be fun to be together again!  There will be a Slichot service on Saturday, August 28th with ice cream!  The Board of Directors even held an in-person meeting this month, but from now on we will go back to virtual meetings.  The Board has been busy doing the business of the Congregation, so I am always grateful for their willingness to take on that responsibility!  I continue to meet with other small congregations through the JCLP once a month via Zoom.  Rabbi Lenny will be doing a program around his Braille Torah project with the group in October.  We are looking for about 6 or 8 volunteers to learn how to operate the computer during services, so that Karen can have a break, especially during the High Holidays, so if you are willing to learn and attend Shabbat services, please let either me or Rabbi Lenny know.  And remember for those attending Shabbat Services or coming into the building that are unvaccinated, you must wear a mask!

Have a good rest of the summer!  Looking forward to ‘seeing’ all of you again at services or other CEI functions!



Since we are re-opening the sanctuary for Shabbat Services,

the Covid-19 Committee would like to remind everyone that anyone entering the building,

who is unvaccinated, must wear a mask, at all times.


 Happy Birthday to: Cori Liptak, Karen Kaufer, Bruce Kaufer, Larry Slone, Josh Estner, Bob Halden, Don Gold, Marc Werksman, Mary Ellen Kane and Ryan Hovis.

   Happy Anniversary to:  Marion & Bob Slone, Yvonne & Ed Bureau, Deborah & Dave Blozowich and Ruth & Arnie Papernick.

   We offer Refuah Shleima to Dorothy Rutstein, grandmother to members Jamie Kaufer and Max Kaufer.


CEI Sisterhood Picnic

Wednesday August 18

Twin Lakes Park, Pavillion #6

6 PM

We will provide drinks and plates – you bring a dairy dish to share.

Please RSVP to May Ellen Kane – 7246896403

For those unfamiliar with the park will will be arranging for a parade of cars.  Please ask May Ellen for the details.

Sisterhood is now collecting dues for next year.  Please contact Terri Katzman for details, 724-5169573


The Sisterhood is now collecting the information for names to be placed in our calendar membership directory.  The information must be submitted by no later than September 17.  Please contact Shoshana Halden or the office for the form.


CEI LINK Program – a video conference experience.  CEI continues to video conference the Shabbat Services on Friday at 7:30 pm.  So you can now attend services from home.  Please go to our website for instructions on how to log into the meeting and for the meeting code (which should be the same each week).  If you have any questions, please call and talk with Rabbi Lenny and he will walk you through the process.  Songs for the service will be available on the website.  The Mishkan T’filah (prayer books) used in the service are available digitally on the website or may be borrowed from CEI for use online.  To borrow a Mishkan T’filah, please call the office for pick up arrangements.  These must be signed out through the office.  The “chat” room is usually open by 7:15 pm for a socialization time before service.


CEI has some FDA 3-ply disposable masks.  If you need a mask/masks for your daily use, please contact the office and make arrangements to pick them up with social distancing.  They are available to our members at no cost, but any contribution is greatly appreciated.  Thank you for staying safe!


On Friday, August 27th, Rabbi Lenny will conduct a Conversion Ceremony for students Michael Carey, Chris DeMarco and Anna Spor.  The conversion ceremony is divided into three segments.  All three segments will be witnessed by our Bet Din, a panel of Jewish judges composed of three of our congregants.  The first segment is a mikvah ceremony which will be conducted at Duff Park in Murrysville at 10:30 AM.  This is a purification ceremony using water from a running stream along with a set of prayers.  The second segment is to share a meal, which will follow after the mikvah ceremony.  The last is for the students to be called to the Torah that evening at the 7:30 PM service.  They will read verses from our parasha and provide a dvar.  All are welcome to attend any or all of the events.  The evening service will be in the sanctuary and also streamed online.  If you wish to see the mikvah ceremony or would like to join us for lunch, please contact the rabbi by email or phone, so he can plan properly.  We will be social distancing and masks must be worn by those unvaccinated (except when you eat).



      A  Remembrance Card at a price of $6.00 (including stamp) can be sent for any occasion.  While you are wishing someone a happy birthday     , get well wish     , an anniversary wish      , offering condolences     , letting someone know you are thinking of them     , or offering congratulations for a job well done     , SISTERHOOD ALSO BENEFITS!

     To send a card, call Terri at 724-837-8275 or Virginia at 724-668-2442.


Memorial Booklet

Once again, we are in the process of preparing the Memorial Booklet for the Yizkor service on Yom Kippur, September 16, 2021, both in person and virtually.

Only the names of those deceased during the past year (5781: 2020-2021) will be read from the pulpit.  If you wish to have the names of deceased relatives included in the Memorial Booklet on our website, please list them on the form below or mark “same as last year” and only write in names to be added.  Please indicate if any of the names appear on the Memorial Plaques.  This will help us publish an accurate record in the Virtual Memorial Booklet online.

At this time of the year, it is appropriate to make contributions in memory of our loved ones.  If you wish to honor your loved ones in this way, kindly indicate the contribution below.  Please note that due to High Holiday deadlines, forms must be returned no later than August 16, 2021.  Unfortunately, names submitted after this deadline may not appear on the Virtual Memorial Booklet in time for High Holidays, but we will try our best.

May the upcoming year bring you the blessings of love, health and happiness.

                                                                                               Sincerely,                                                                                                Memorial Committee                                               

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Please inscribe the following names of my dearly beloved in the Yom Kippur Virtual Memorial Booklet online.  This form should be returned by August 16.  Please indicate if the name is in the Memorial Plaque.  SAME AS LAST YEAR (No additions)              

SAME AS LAST YEAR (With additions below)           

NAMES OF DEPARTED                                          MEMORIAL PLAQUE                        

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I am enclosing my contribution of $ ______________  I would like a printed copy mailed to me: _____

Remembered by:

(As it will appear in the Memorial Book Online)        PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY ________________________________________

High Holiday Schedule 2021

All services will be available in person and online

Except for the Cemetery Service – in person only

Slichot Service – Saturday, August 28, 7:30 pm

          (Oneg – Ice Cream Social)

Erev Rosh Hashanah – Monday, September 6, 7:30 pm

          (Dessert Oneg)

Rosh Hashanah Day – Tuesday, September 7, 10 am                                                                       

No Tashlich Service

Kver Avot (Cemetery Service) – Sunday, September 12, 10 am at the Temple Emanuel

          Cemetery (1328 Middletown Rd, Greensburg)

Erev Yom Kippur – Wednesday, September 15, 7:30 pm – Kol Nidre

Yom Kippur Day – Thursday, September 16, 10 am

Afternoon Service 3:30 pm

Yizkor: 4:30 pm

Closing Service – 5 pm

Break the Fast – 6 pm  (Hosted and benefits Sisterhood)

Sukkot – Congregational Celebration Friday, September 24, 7:30 pm

Simchat Torah – Friday, October 1, 7:30 pm





     The novel, Apeirogon, by Irish writer, Colum McCann portrays the extent to which the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has destroyed innocent human beings on both sides.  He uses real live events for the theme in Apeirogon.  Smadar, a thirteen-year-old Israeli and daughter of Rami and Nurit Peled-Elhanan, is killed by a suicide bomber.  A decade later, Abir, a ten-year old Palestinian and daughter of Bassam and Salwa Aramin, is killed by a rubber bullet.  The novel’s title derives from the Greek word for “boundless”, refers to a polygon with an infinite yet number of sides.  This novel is divided into 1,001 fragmentary chapters alluding to “The Thousand and One Arabian Nights”, reflects the infinite complications that underlie the girls’ deaths and the unending grief that follows.

     Rami Elhanan, an Israeli graphic designer and Palestinian, Bassam Aramin, a scholar and former political prisoner, were loving fathers whose worlds were torn apart when their daughters became the victims of violence.  The two grieving fathers form a friendship and support for each other over many years.  The girls’ mothers’ feelings and actions are included by the author, McCann.  Rami’s wife, Nurit Peled-Elhanan, is an award -wining philologist and peace activist.  Bassam’s wife Salwa Aramin is a mother of six, who remains silent but who supports Bassam.  Nurit does not remain silent but speaks out after her daughter’s death and blames the Israeli government policies responsible for the suicide bombers’ act. 

     Apeirogon tells of Rami’s and Bassam’s experiences, their histories, their shared grief, and later their shared champions for peace between Israel and Palestine.  The novel succeeds at telling the larger story that history happens to actual human beings.  McCann’s storytelling is empathic and inquisitive with imaginative prose.  The novel’s dreamlike and surreal descriptions are always grounded in real instances of life and death.  Apeirogon’s fragmented narrative teaches us how the broken pieces might yet make us whole.


We Gratefully Acknowledge the Following Thoughtful Gifts

PULPIT FLOWERS.  In Memory of: 

June 25:         In Honor of the Bat Mitzvah of Autumn Blozowich by her parents’ Debbie & David Blozowich.

July 2:            In Memory of: Ben Berlin by Don Gold.  Leonard Berman & Gertrude Hatowski by Pearl Berman.

July 9: In Memory of: Milton Gespass by Marilyn & Jim Davis.  Herbert Moidel by Teri & Gary Moidel.  Harry Feuerstein by Shirley & Jerold Shpargel.               

ALFRED RATNER LIBRARY FUND:  Supports library facilities, books, & equipment.

ARCHIVE FUND:   Helps to defray the cost of archiving the CEI material sent to the Rauh Jewish archives.  

BOB & PHYLLIS DAVIS FAMILY FUND:  Youth scholarships & enrichment.         

CARING FUND: Supports congregants who are experiencing sickness, bereavement & other personal difficulties.

CEI CAPITAL FUND:  For approved building structure repairs & replacements.

CEI ENDOWMENT FUND: Provides for the continuity of the congregation by subsidizing future operating expenses.   

TEMPLE EMANU-EL CEMETERY FUND:  For beautification and upkeep of the Temple Emanu-El Cemetery.   

COMPUTER FUND: Provides a means to continually upgrade & maintain CEI’s computer system/software.  

CONGREGATION GENERAL FUND:  :  CEI operating expenses. A donation from Dr. Herbert Kramer.  In Memory of: Richard Liebman by Shirley & Frank Schwartz, Lyn Skibell, Betty Skibell, Clyde Knight & Christina Chau of Skibell Fine Jewelry.  Larry Brodell by Lois Browdie, Ann & Robert Albert, Judith & Jeffrey Gelfand, Linda & Bernie Brill, Susan & Jeff Firestone, Leah & Allan Zendel and Margie Gross.                    


Leonard Berman & Gertrude Hatowski by Pearl Berman. Sarah Meyers by Lois Browdie. Lillian Liebman & Samuel Liebman by Linda Liebman. Bradford Powell by Robin Reid Mickey.                    

IVAN B. YOUNG EDUCATIONAL ADVANCEMENT FUND: Supports the advancement of Jewish education.                                                                                                                                                                                        LIBRARY BOOK FUND: Provides for the purchase of books and other resource material for the library.

In Memory of: Larry Brodell by Irene C. Rothschild.   

NEW SHABBAT PRAYER BOOKS: Provides for the purchase of new Mishkan T’filah.  

RABBI’S DISCRETIONARY FUND: Helps individuals and/or org. in need.    


A special donation to Sisterhood to honor or celebrate an event or person.  Virginia Lieberman (724-668-2442) or Yvonne Bureau (724-837-8072). In Honor of the Speedy Recovery of: Carol Rothschild and Jeanne Cerce by Irene Rothschild.  Cori Liptak by Terri & Stan Katzman.  Don Gold by Yvonne Bureau with Amy, Jack & Sister Gemma.  In Honor of: Mazel Tov to Natalie Myers on her conversion by Irene Rothschild.  In Memory of: Jim Sumner by Virginia & John Lieberman.  Larry Brodell by Wally Caplan, Virginia & John Lieberman, Terri & Stan Katzman and Barbara & Shelly Rose.  Adeline Tabor by Barbara & Shelly Rose & Family. 

SOCIAL ACTION FUND:  Supports projects that benefit our community.

TORAH REPAIR FUND: To provide funds to repair the Torah scrolls.


Tree of Life Share your joy!

Inscribe a leaf our Tree of Life. Leaf — $180 ea.

(Price includes engraving)

The golden leaves may be inscribed to commemorate joyous events such as births, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, graduations, weddings, anniversaries, etc.  Share your joy by inscribing simchas on our Tree of Life…… an everlasting remembrance of the meaningful happy events that touch life.


MEMORIAL PLAQUES:  Remember a loved one by purchasing a plaque for the sanctuary

Memorial Boards.  For more details, please contact the CEI office at 724-834-0560.


Rabbi Leonard Sarko. 

CEI Officers:  President: Irene C. Rothschild.  1st Vice President: Terri Katzman.  Treasurer: Julie Goldstein.  Recording Secretary: Virginia Lieberman.  Sisterhood President: Marion Slone, Men’s Club President: Gary Moidel. Bulletin Editors: Mary Ellen Kane & Bea Harrison. 


Honoring Their Memory

The following Yahrzeits will be honored at CEI

August 6:  *Ruth D. Buchman, *Fannie Friedland, Benjamin Glenn, Frank Glenn, Morris Glenn, David R. Gold, *Dora Goldberg, *Minnie Jacobson, *Gordon Kogut, *Myron Lewis, *Gertrude E. Mace, Sarah Meyers, *Abraham Moidel and *Michael Sandson.

August 13:  *Frances Altman, Esther Beber, *Freida Bleiberg, *Meyer Bronk, Janet Cohen, Gladys Dunhoff, Eva Hubschman, Natalie Kaufer, *Dorothy Werblin Labowitz, *Lieselotte Rothschild and Diane Tauber.

August 20:  *Jacob L. Adler, Harold J. Buchman, *Herbert Cohen, *Louis William Cohen, *Bella Donshefsky, William Dunhoff, *William Enelow, *Marcy Lynn Farber, Bertha Friedman, Erwin Lewis Kaufman, *Stanley Arnold Morris, *Tillie K. Morris, *Abraham Rubenstein, *Nathan Weber, Al Werksman, *Louis Whiteman and *Rosalyn Levin Wolinsky.

August 27:  Diana Abrams, *Samuel W. Berk, Ruth “Bunny” Bernstein, Norma Brodell, *Samuel Diamond, Clara Faas, *Louis Farber, Murray Fischer, Jacob Gelman, *Nathan Glantz, *Dr. Toba Hochberg, *Henry H. Katz, *Bella Kogut, Phyllis Kramer, *Lt. Warren Roy Laufe, *Isidor Lefkowitz, *Hyman Levine, *Sarah Olesker, *Ernst Perlstein, *Rosa Perlstein, *Samuel R. Ratner, *Benjamin Schwartz, *Helen A. Slone, *Dorothy Solomon, Eleanor Werksman and *Mark Alan Young.

September 3:  *Henry Baneman, Devora Berman, Shirley Bloom, Jane Fish, Malka Kaufer, *Lewis Kay, *Morris A. Leff, Milton Lindner, *Benjamin M. Ratner, Jay Roote, *Hinda Rubenstein, *Fannie Schneider, Howard Schwartz, Joyce Thomas, *Julius Werblin, *Freda Wilder, *Jean Grossman Wolf, *Shirley M. Young and Gertrude Zwibel.