August Bulletin

August CEI Bulletin

Congregation Emanu-El Israel

222 North Main Street, Greensburg, PA. 15601          

                 Av – Elul      5782                 

August 2022


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


From the desk of Rabbi Leonard Sarko

As we enter August our thoughts turn to the approach of another High Holy Day Season.  Slichot, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot – all loom in the close future.

This season causes us to look to our past and then to our future.  It is a time we do this not only as individuals, but as a collective.  How can we view our past year at Congregation Emanu-El Israel?

One thing I am proud of is our growth.  The small synagogues in all our surrounding rural counties are in major distress.  Some have even closed their doors.  All but CEI has decreased in membership.  Between covid, troubles in the economy and congregant relocations, these facilities are not able to sustain their existence.  CEI has grown, not only this past year, but in the three previous years I have been here as rabbi.  Even better, it has not only grown in numbers, but many of our new members are younger, with some having recently been blessed with babies.  Our new members are taking leadership positions within our congregation.  So we not only have growth, but we have vibrancy.

CEI has recognized the changes in our society and have adjusted to them.  We have remained open and hospitable in the face of gun violence and societal instability.   Our approach to dealing with these myriad of issues has allowed us to not only be stable as an organization but to grow.

The High Holy Days also causes us to look to our future.  What might we expect in the coming year?  With the apparent easing of the pandemic, we might be able to come together more often in person this next year.  We are preparing a get together, not only for the High Holy Days, but for Hanukkah and Passover.  There are other group activities on the planning board.  It will hopefully be nice to get together in person more often and continue to build our social foundation.  Much like past years, we have an ongoing class of conversion students and some adults studying for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah.  These will complete over the next year and again be cause not only for celebration, but continued growth in our congregational numbers.

This does not mean we ignore our older and long standing members.  They are our bedrock.  In August we have a member who will be celebrating his 80th birthday.  It will be marked by major celebrations of family and friends.  Another is celebrating 50 years as a lawyer – a major accomplishment in our world today.  Our older congregants remain vibrant and involved at Congregation Emanu-El Israel.

The future of CEI is bright and encouraging.  As a Jewish focal point in Westmoreland County, we remain an example for the surrounding community.  For our members, we have been and will continue to be a bedrock of our religion.

On behalf of myself and my wife Karen, we want to wish everyone a Shana Tova – a Great Coming Year and we look forward to what this next year may bring.

Shana tova tikatevu – may you be written in the book of life for a good year,

Rabbi Lenny


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.



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

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

   Mazel Tov! To Zak Goldstein on his graduation from the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (Main Campus).  Zak is the son of members Mitch & Julie Goldstein.


Please join us on

Friday, August 19, 2022

at 7:30 PM

for a special evening service

with oneg celebrating Bob Halden’s 80th birthday.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the next Men’s Club Mitzvah Day on Sunday, August 14 at 9:00 AM to do work in and around CEI.  All volunteers are greatly appreciated.  If you have any questions, please contact Richard Virshup or Gary Moidel.



     Sisterhood’s well attended closing meeting took place at Rodney’s Restaurant in Irwin on June 14th.  It was a fun night, thanks to Cori Liptak’s great planning.  And, no one left hungry.

     At a subsequent planning meeting, it was decided to have the opening meeting on Tuesday, September 6th at a place TBD.  Between now and then I hope you will send in your membership form and dues to the CEI office (a form can be found in this Bulletin).

     Many ideas for the coming year were discussed – all of them fun, and most of them involving food!

     The first event on our agenda will be our annual Rummage Sale.  More info within this newsletter.  PLEASE HELP!  And, of course, Marion Slone and Nina Lewis are working on the calendar – and also need your HELP!

     Look for more information in the September newsletter – and in the meantime, enjoy your summer.

                                                  Terri Katzman, Sisterhood President






2022-2023 STATEMENT


ANNUAL DUES (JULY 2022-JUNE 2023)                   $25.00


SUPPORT FOR WEEKLY ONEGS                                     10.00



ALSO APPRECIATED                                       


Enclosed is $____________ for     ___ Dues 

        ___ WEEKLY ONEG

                                                                    ___ ROSH HASHANAH ONEG

                                                                    ___ ADDITIONAL DONATION


Name ____________________________________________________________


Phone no. _______________________________________________________


In order to streamline sisterhood communications, please share with us your email address_________________________________


Please mail check and form to: 


                        Congregation Emanu-El Israel

                        222 North Main St.

                        Greensburg, PA  15601


For add’l info call:  Marla Blum, Treas.  412-817-0534 or Terri Katzman, President 724-837-8275                               —————————————-

For Sisterhood Pulpit Flower Donations please click the link:

Sisterhood Pulpit Flowers Form

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 16, for Jewish Heritage Night at PNC Park. 

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Boston Red Sox at 7:05 PM.  Cost $35 per ticket includes Lower Level Box Seat, bus transportation (leaving CEI at 4:30 PM) and a “Pirates branded Hebrew water bottle”.  Please sign up by July 8 via the CEI office or Gary Moidel and send checks payable to CEI to the office.  This is a Family Outing, so everyone is welcome.


Do you know of someone who is Jewish and currently unaffiliated?

Do you know of someone who would like to worship with us as a member?

If so, please give info to Mary Ellen Kane.  


     If you are planning to initiate or change your will or estate plan, please remember to include Congregation Emanu-El Israel (CEI) as part of your legacy.  The monies can be used for a specific purpose as designated by you, or added to an Endowment Fund already set up to assure the ability to continue providing a full-service Congregation to serve the Jewish people of the area.

     This legacy can be accomplished by a simple bequest in your will, by one of the allowable charitable trusts where you get an immediate tax advantage, or through life insurance.

     PLEASE DO IT NOW!  Please check with your attorney or insurance agent.  If you have any questions or need additional information, contact Jerry Pavloff (724-593-6513) or Gary Moidel (724-468-0005).


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.


ALFRED RATNER LIBRARY NEWS by Shirley Shpargel, Librarian

Books donated by PJ Library:

     Tia Fortuna’s New Home: A Jewish Cuban Journey by Ruth Behar (Easy Reader).

     Until the Blueberries Grow by Jennifer Wolf Kam (Easy Reader).

     The PJ Library sends a free book each month to families with newborn to age 8.  Sign up at the website  For ages 9 thru 12, sign up at  These books celebrate Jewish values and respect for differences.  Activities to do with your children are included with the stories.

     I recently read the novel The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristin Harmel.  The main character is a young woman named Yona, when 2 years old she is stolen from her German parents by Jerusza, an elderly Jewish woman.  It is unclear at first what Jerusza motivation is, but she has mystical powers to see Yona to be destined for something special.  Yona’s childhood is spent learning survival skills in the forest and learning multiple languages.  Jerusza’s care for Yona is practical but not maternal.  Not long after Jarosza’s death in 1941, Yona encounters Jewish people who fled their villages to escape persecution by the Germans.  She teaches the group how to survive the harsh winters and evade the Nazis in the forest, and in turn they teach her what it is to care and love others.  From the people she protects, she learns that she is German, born Inge Juttner, and begins to question whether she belongs in the encampment.  Yona learns that it doesn’t matter what you are born to be but what you choose to become. 

     The Forest of Vanishing Stars has a mystical quality but the author, Kristin Harmel researched real life events and stories of Jewish people who escaped the ghettos and created settlements in the forests of Eastern Europe.  Harmel’s research contributes richness to the characters and the details of Jewish refugees’ survival. 

    The Forest of Vanishing Stars can be checked out from your area Westmoreland Library Network.


WHEN MAKING A DONATION:  When making a donation, whether to a CEI Fund or the Remembrance Fund, please provide complete information.  This will make it easier and faster to process.

  1. The name and address of where to send the response to let them know you made a donation.
  2. The reason for the donation (in memory of, in honor of, speedy recovery, etc) and the full name of the honoree.
  3. Name and address of donor.

Example:  Please send a card (or accept this donation) to Jane Doe, XXX Main St, Greensburg, PA 156XX.  In Honor of the Birthday of Jane Doe!  From Jack Jones, XXX Broadway Dr, Greensburg, PA  156XX.


Mark your calendars ……. Save the date ……

Sisterhood’s Fall Rummage Sale will be on Sunday, September 11 and Monday, September 12, 2022.

Sunday sale hours:  10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Monday sale hours:  9:00 AM to 12 noon

Set-up will be Thursday, Sept. 8 (volunteers especially needed for this day) and Friday, Sept. 9.

For further information, contact Shoshana Halden or Terri Katzman.


We gratefully acknowledge the following gifts:

PULPIT FLOWERS.  In Memory of: 

In Memory of: 

June 24:         Lawrence Brodell by Linda & Jeffrey Reisner.     

July 8:            Milton Gespass by Marilyn & Jim Davis.  Harry Feuerstein by Shirley & Jerold Shpargel.     


CEI Funds

ER 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. CEI operating expenses. . A donation in honor of:

Anita Kurtz by Marilyn & Jim Davis.            


Ben Berlin by Don Gold. Joan Silvis by Teri & Gary Moidel. James I. Applebaum by Barbara & Daniel Glennie. Harry Feuerstein by Shirley & Jerold Shpargel. 

Tim Silvis by Teri & Gary Moidel.                        


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

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. 

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

Rabbi Lenny’s time spent with a church group and tour of synagogue by Paul R. Funk, Jr.    

REMEMBRANCE FUND: A special donation to Sisterhood to honor or celebrate an event or person.  Terri Katzman (724-837-8275) or Virginia Lieberman (724-668-2442).

In Honor of:

The Bat Mitzvah of Terri Katzman by Shirley & Steve Tannenbaum. The Speedy Recovery of Jerry Shpargel by Irene Rothschild, Marion & Bob Slone.  The Speedy Recovery of Amy Karelitz by Irene Rothschild.  In Memory of: Bob Gelman by Karen, Brian, Justin & Jason Chobirko.  Bud Price’s mother Peggy by Irene Rothschild.  The Granddaughter of Rose Sovyak by Irene Rothschild.

SOCIAL ACTION FUND:  Supports projects that benefit our community.

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

TREE OF LIFE: A personalized leaf commemorating a happy lifecycle event to be added to the Tree of Life in lobby.

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.


Dear Friends,

Once again, we are in the process of preparing the Memorial Booklet for the Yizkor service on Yom Kippur, October 5, 2022.  This tradition has been well received by our membership and in this time of virtual services, we would still like it to continue as an Online Memorial to your loved one/s.

Only the names of those deceased during the past year (5782: 2021-2022) 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 call the office. 


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 and make checks payable to Congregation Emanu-El Israel or to CEI and mail to CEI, 222 N. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601.  Please note that due to High Holiday deadlines, forms should be returned no later than September 5, 2022

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


Memorial Committee                  


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


Honoring Their Memory

The following Yahrzeits will be honored at CEI

Aug. 5:  *Ruth D. Buchman, David R. Gold, *Dora Goldberg, *Baila Miriam Harris, *Minnie Jacobson, *Gordon Kogut, *Gertrude E. Mace, Sarah Meyers, *Abraham Moidel, *Herbert Moidel, Donald Perusse, Jr., *Michael Sandson and George Wolinsky.

Aug. 12:  *Frances Altman, *Freida Bleiberg, *Anna R. Brill, *Meyer Bronk, Selma Fairman, *Fannie Friedland, Eva Hubschman, *Myron Lewis and Diane Tauber.

Aug. 19:  *Jacob L. Adler, *Herbert Cohen, *Louis William Cohen, *Bella Donshefsky, *William Enelow, *Marcy Lynn Farber, Bertha Friedman, Erwin Lewis Kaufman, *Dorothy Werblin Labowitz, Ruth Leifer, *Stanley Arnold Morris, Yolanda Perusse, Sidney Pripstein and *Nathan Weber.

Aug. 26:  *Samuel W. Berk, *Samuel Diamond, Clara Faas, *Louis Farber, Murray Fischer, Benjamin Glenn, Frank Glenn, Morris Glenn, *Dr. Toba Hochberg, *Henry H. Katz, *Bella Kogut, Phyllis Kramer, *Lt. Warren Roy Laufe, *Isidor Lefkowitz, *Hyman Levine, *Tillie K. Morris, *Sarah Olesker, *Rosa Perlstein, *Samuel R. Ratner, *Abraham Rubenstein, *Benjamin Schwartz, *Helen A. Slone, *Dorothy Solomon, Al Werksman, Eleanor Werksman, *Louis Whiteman and *Rosalyn Levin Wolinsky.

Sept. 2:  *Henry Baneman, Esther Beber, Devora Berman, Jane Fish, *Nathan Glantz, Natalie Kaufer, *Lewis Kay, *Morris A. Leff, *Ernst Perlstein, *Benjamin M. Ratner, *Lieselotte Rothschild, *Hinda Rubenstein, *Fannie Schneider, Joyce Thomas, *Julius Werblin, *Freda Wilder, *Jean Grossman Wolf, *Mark Alan Young, *Shirley M. Young and Gertrude Zwibel.

* A light will be lit on a Memorial Board