January Bulletin

January CEI Bulletin

Congregation Emanu-El Israel

222 North Main Street, Greensburg, PA. 15601          

                 Tevet – Shevat     5782                 

January 2022

 724-834-0560    

office@cei-greensburg.org     rabbi@cei-greensburg.org     www.ceigreensburg.org

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

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From the desk of Rabbi Leonard Sarko

As the new year begins, it gives us a chance to reflect.  Our past is full of successes and failures.  Enveloped in that history is family.  As a rabbi, I have heard time and again, the laments of individuals as they exclaim the difficulties in their family relationships.

The bible is fraught with family squabbles, broken relationships and families that simply do not get along.  We can look at the very beginning of the Chumash to observe the conflict between Cain and Able.  We can observe the tenuous relationship between Abraham and Isaac.  We see some extremes such as Joseph’s brothers selling him into slavery or the constant conflict between Jacob and Esau.  Do these broken relationships ever end up well for anyone?

I find it interesting that the prayer we use to bless our children on Shabbat mentions Joseph’s children, Menashe and Ephraim.  Why does the bible use these two as our examples?  Because it took that long before we see an example of two brothers who loved each other in the bible!  If you have a loving family relationship in your own life, does it not make you smile to think about it?  Does it not make your life better?

I paraphrase Leviticus – do not hate your brother in your heart.  Holding a grudge or a dislike for someone starts within our own souls.  We must start inside ourselves before we can repair that outside relationship.  This is perhaps the most difficult part of the equation.  Certainly to say you must like everyone is not realistic – especially if that someone is trying to kill you.  But there is a difference in like and not hate.  The emotion of hate is destructive to ourselves.  To live our happiest life we must let go of hate; we must let go of anger; we must let go of pain.

When it comes to families, this is even more so.  There is an old saying, you can pick your friends but you cannot pick your family.  Yet the upside to family reaches far beyond the concept of friendship.  In the best of cases, families can make you feel safe, comforted, a feeling of belonging and may be there when needed far before friends react. 

Judaism is a type of family.  I have said you before that when Karen and I go out of town we always to visit a local synagogue for services.  In all cases we have been welcomed and made to feel a part of that synagogue – like we are part of the family.  It goes beyond hospitality and you can feel the bond between Jews everywhere when you walk into a remote facility.  It is a great feeling and one I hope you try to experience for yourselves.

So as we enter this new year, I might suggest to try and repair any family relationships you have that are strained.  In the long run it will make you feel better, your family feel better and simply make life that much better to live.  The older we get, the more we realize the true shortness of our time on earth.  Would it not be better to make that time the best and happiest we can make it?

Happy New Year,

Rabbi Lenny

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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 www.ceigreensburg.org 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.

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From the President, Irene C. Rothschild:

     At the November Board meeting the Directors decided to connect with the RAC-PA, an arm of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.  Virginia Lieberman has agreed to be the Congregation’s liaison.  Here is a statement from her.

     Congregation Emanu El Israel has been invited to liaison with the Religious Action Committee of URJ.  RAC has a six decade history of working to educate, inspire and motivate Reform Jews to advocate for social justice. RAC is non-partisan in its approach, but does reflect our Jewish values.  Justice, compassion, respect for individual dignity and acceptance without prejudice, fairness, equity, concern for the future, concern for the environment – all guide the work of RAC.  Over the past year, in addition to its on-going initiatives to confront anti-Semitism and racial injustice; advocate for social justice and religious freedom; advocate for those with disabilities, children, the elderly, the poor, those seen as different; protect the environment, etc., RAC focused locally on helping people to register to vote.  RAC-PA has shifted its focus now to ending gerrymandering as new state and federal legislative districts are drawn based on the most recent census.  The emphasis is on encouraging drawing the districts to be contiguous, keep municipalities and school districts intact as much as possible, maintain minority populations equitably and not to draw districts to maintain partisan control.  In the past, districts have been drawn with an eye to keeping the party in power in place rather than allowing the people to choose their representatives.  

RAC-PA does not require that CEI participate as a congregation in any of the initiatives, but does share alerts and strategies that interested individuals may choose to act on.  At this point, RAC-PA is asking individuals to contact their state legislators to express their thoughts and concerns about the redistricting maps for the US Congress – their responsibility.  Senator Kim Ward is one of the legislators in charge of the redistricting plans for the PA legislature through the Legislative Redistricting Committee. That committee consists of the four PA legislative leaders and is chaired by Mark Nordenburg, formerly of Pitt. Some prospective maps for both the US Congress and for the PA legislature have been drawn and may be available on line for comment.    

     You may also choose to contact your Representative and PA Senators Casey and Toomey to encourage them to vote to pass the Freedom to Vote Act which would negate some of the most egregious voting restrictions recently enacted in some states. 

     Virginia will pass along any alerts that she receives from RAC-PA in the weekly Bulletin for congregants to take action as they choose.

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CHATTER                             

Happy Birthday to:  John Lieberman, Shoshana Halden, Jody Keating, Chris DeMarco, Jack Wilder, Irene Rothschild and Lori Vivio.

   Happy Anniversary to:  Shirley & Jerold Shpargel.

   Thank you to Bruce Kaufer, Yvonne Bureau Chris DeMarco and all the Congregants who took time to light or attend the lighting of the large menorah on the front lawn for Hanukkah.

   Mazel Tov to Mitch Goldstein on his installation as Senior Warden of Masonic Lodge Ad Lucem No. 812.

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“GO FOR THE GELT RAFFLE WINNERS”  

  1. Jeremy Halden               5.   Karl Shpargel
  2. Eileen Dorfman              6.   Jon Dohner
  3. Cori & Michael Liptak   7.   Terri & Stan Katzman
  4. Mackenzie Robinson      8.  Mackenzie Robinson

Thank you to all those who participated.  Each winner receives $36!  All proceeds benefit CEI.

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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.  


REMINDER:  Tu B’Shevat is January 17.  We hope you will think about buying a tree (or trees).  Trees are $18.00 each and can be purchased through the CEI office (make checks payable To C.E.I.).  Trees can be purchased in celebration of, in honor of or in memory of someone.  In other words: for any occasion.

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SISTERHOOD NOTES  

    Sisterhood has been busy – learning, giving, and cooking.  At our November meeting Rabbi Lenny explained how, and what, we can learn from the study of Talmud.  It appeared that several of the participants are looking forward to future study.  And, a special thanks go to Rabbi Lenny for setting up equipment in the social hall in order for us to be on-line for those unable to attend.

     Then, during December we got busier.  Sisterhood adopted twelve children and their parents, who are served by Seton Hill Childcare Services, in order to help make their holiday season brighter.  Many of our “sisters” took a name to fulfill their wishes by purchasing toys and clothing.  Other “sisters” gave very generous monetary donations so that the gifts could be purchased.  We concluded this mitzvah the night of the Chanukah dinner, and then the gifts were all wrapped, separated, and picked up by SHCS.  Thanks to each contributor for caring and sharing.

     And speaking about the Chanukah dinner – what a success it was!  At least 50 people enjoyed the deli food, salads, latkes, and desserts.  It was a lot of food – but enjoyed by all.  It was fun to light the hanukiahs and watch them light up the room as Rabbi Lenny led us in songs.  Thanks to Shoshana and her “work crew” for making the dinner so special.

     For January I invite each of you to get cozy, settle in and enjoy the sunny (or winter) weather.  We’ll get together again in February, with additional info to follow.  May January, 2022 be the beginning of good health and happiness for each of you.

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We Greatfully Acknowledge the Following Gifts:

PULPIT FLOWERS.  In Memory of: 

Dec. 10:          William Karelitz by Amy Karelitz.   

Dec. 17:          Freda Virshup by Richard & Georgi Virshup. Harry Goldman by Cori & Michael Liptak. Mildred V. Wilson by Virginia & John Lieberman. Robert Davis by Phyllis Davis & Family, Marilyn & Jim Davis, Linda & Jeffrey Reisner. Rae Levine by Phyllis Davis & Family, Marilyn & Jim Davis.          

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LEGACY

     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).

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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.

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ALFRED RATNER LIBRARY NEWS by Shirley Shpargel, Librarian

     Author Daniel Silva’s newest novel featuring the Israeli master spy Gabriel Allon is titled The Cellist.  This is the 21st novel featuring Gabriel Allon who continues to be up against Putin’s Russia, with features of cybersecurity breeches, civil unrest in the United States, and dirty money.  The novel opens with the death of Viktor Orlov, a Russian oligarch who escaped Russia for the safety of London.  Orlov has been poisoned with a nerve agent because he has angered the Russian regime.  Gabriel Allon is now in his early sixties and is the head of the Israel’s intelligence service and a world-renowned art restorer.  In the past Allon owed his life to Orlov; because of this Allon is obsessed with finding out the truth about the killing and exacts his own kind of revenge. 

     The Cellist of the title is Isabel Brenner who is a prodigy in music and mathematics.  She works for the world’s dirtiest bank where Russia laundries their dirty money.  Brenner begins to work with Allon to avenge the death of Orlov.  The novel now “follows the money” and interwoven are a variety of characters from Silva’s previous novels.  As Allon investigates Orlov’s death, he discovers the “Haydn Group”, named after the classical composer Joseph Haydn, and their dangerous agenda for creating an incident in America.  Given the time of the release of the novel, Silva wove into the novel the events of January 6, 2021, in the US with the attack on the capital by QAnon and the mislead Americans, and the Russian interference.  The Cellist explores one of the prominent threats facing the West today, the corrupting influences of dirty money wielded by Russia and is a warning of the fragile state of democracy.  You can enjoy this novel by checking it out from the Westmoreland Library Network.

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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.   A donation from the Estate of Lawrence Brodell.    

TEMPLE EMANU-EL CEMETERY FUND:  For beautification and upkeep of the Temple Emanu-El Cemetery. A donation from the Estate of Lawrence Brodell.    

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

CONGREGATION GENERAL FUND:  CEI operating expenses.

Donations by Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Goldberg and The Goldberg Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh.  In Honor of:  The Bat Mitzvah of Yvonne Bureau by Jamie Kaufer.                

CONGREGATION YAHRZEIT FUND: In Memory of:

Anna Minushkin by Rae & Bert Minushkin. Dr. Gerald Browdie by Lois Browdie.  Robert Mendler by Michael & Stacy Mendler. Ruth Fribourg by Susan & Alan Fribourg. Sarah E. Kramer by Herbert Kramer.  Freda Virshup by Richard & Georgi Virshup. Golden Litchfield & Max Litchfield by Jeanne & Jeff Sicuro. Mildred V. Wilson by Virginia & John Lieberman. Hilda Freeman by Anita & George Freeman. Louis Arbetter by Francine Arbetter. Ethel W. Kaufmann by Margie & Alan Leisawitz. Cantor Saul Z. Hammerman by Dr. & Mrs. Samuel Hammerman. Mollie Rudt by Kerry Arthur Rudt. Leonard Pittler by Bill Friedlander. Charlotte Krinock by Ronald Vorel.  Harry Baron Gold, Sadie R. Gold and all family yahrzeit by Nancy Gold.  Daniel Katzman by Terri & Stan Katzman. 

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. 

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 donation by Marilyn & Jim Davis.  

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).

Carla & John McClintock on the birth of a grandson by Irene Rothschild.  In Memory of: Raymond Bean by The Chobirko Family.

SOCIAL ACTION FUND:  Supports projects that benefit our community.

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

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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.

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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.

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CALENDAR CORRECTIONS:  Please correct you CEI 2022 calendar with the following updated info:

Moidel, Gary & Teri, new email tergar2cats@gmail.com

Pavloff, Gerald & Yolanda, new email Jerrypsources@gmail.com

Shpargel, Shirley, email should be sjshpargel@aol.com (sjs not sls)

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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. 

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Western Pennsylvania Small Congregational Clergy Explorations

Program #3:  The Revalation adn the Golden Calf:  Two sides of one coin

Wednesday January 12 7:00 pm

Presented by Rabbi Irv Brandwein of Beth Sholom Congregation in Johnstown

register:  bethsholomjtwn@gmail.com

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JEWISH SCHOLARSHIP SERVICE of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. 

Applications for need-based college scholarships for the 2022-2023 school year are available from the Jewish Scholarship Service (JSS) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.  JSS is administered by Jewish Family & Children’s Service. 

All scholarships are distributed on the basis of demonstrated financial need.  Depending on the scholarship fund, other factors such as academic achievement, field of study, school attending, and community involvement may also be considered.  In addition, the applicant must be Jewish, reside in Allegheny, Westmoreland, Beaver, Butler or Washington County for at least two years, and need financial assistance to attend an accredited institution of higher education as either an undergraduate or graduate student. The JSS on-line application is available at jfcspgh.org/scholarships. All applications are due February 24, 2022.  First-time applicants must be interviewed by JSS staff.  All applications should be submitted as early as possible to ensure processing. 

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TALMUD CLASS: with the help of the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh, Rabbi Lenny will be leading a Talmud class on Thursday evenings in late January or in February at 7:30 PM for about an hour each week.  The exact start date TBD.  A grant from the Federation will cover the cost of books and materials for each attendee.  There is no charge for the classes, but numbers may be limited. The classes are open to all members of the Jewish communities of Westmoreland and Allegheny counties.  Please let Rabbi Lenny know if you would be interested in signing up for the classes.

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Honoring Their Memory

The following Yahrzeits will be honored at CEI

 

Jan. 7, 2022:  *Dorothy K Abramson, *Paul Adler, *Joseph Edward Barend, *Harold Bloom, *Benjamin S. Browdie, Rose Buchman, *Julius Caplan, *Minnie Dates, Mildred Davison, Leah Dorfman, *Max M. Finkelstein, *David Flamm, *Lena F. Friedlander, *Aaron Friedman, *Miriam Gillis, *Samuel Glicenstein, Howard Gold, *Morris Gold, *Celia R. Goldberg, *Martin D. Gordon, *Rachel Gordon, *Ben Gross, *Gizella Holtzer, Daniel Katzman, Irving Kaufer, Charlotte Krinock, Jenny Lalli, *Anna Lewis, *Golden Litchfield, *Bess Marchel, Jacob Meyers, *Sam Miller, *Rebecca Mistroff, *Mayme Moidel, *Morris M. Naumoff, Evelyn Neumann, H. Sylvia Perman, *Isadore Pittler, Leonard Pittler, *Lena Pomerantz, *Louis Rubin, *Ellen Rochelle Rudt, Ruth Schrag, Louis Segal, *Charles Shendowich, *Morris Shendwocih, *Moses M. Shoag, *Paul Shoff, *Alex Shofnosky, Goldie Slone, *Sylvia Becker Victor, Norman Weiner, *Sarah Weiner, *William Wolfe, *William Wolinsky, *Morris M. Young and *Morris Ziff.

Jan. 14:  Jack Axelrod, Mollie Barnett, Joseph Blum, Julius Diamondstone, *Lt. Ivan I. Elpern, *Alfred Engel, *Norman Epstein, *A. Harry Felder, *Eva Glicenstein, *Max Glickman, *Benjamin M. Harris, *William M. Kahanowitz, Carolyn Lieberman, Dr. Irving Lieberman, Marjorie Lieberman, Alex Pavloff, Faye Rose, *Max Segal, *Eleanor Segal, *Elder H. Stein, *Bessie V. Young, *Elizabeth Ziff and *Morris Zwibel.

Jan. 21:  Ella K. Button, *Benjamin Conn, Stanford P. Davis, *Maurice J.K. Davis, *Eva Drexler, *Rosalind Elpern, Albert Farber, *Dora Feinberg, Estelle Fried, *Solomon Gross, *Fannye Hochberg, *Benjamin Kaufmann, Joseph Krokosky, Ida Liebman, Alvin Lippard, *Andrea B. Millstein, *Erica Susan Pittler, *Isaac B. Rabinowitz, Bernard Redlich, *Bessie Rubenstein and *Ivan B. Young.

Jan. 28:  *Walter Baker, *Joseph Bayer, *Irving Louis Bloom, *Fanny Bloom, Anita Boas, *Anna Brill, *Lewis C. Daniels, *Abraham Davis, Dr. Richard A. Deeb, *Celia Farber-Glantz, *Anna R. Gross, *Joseph Hochberg, *Joseph H. Levin, *Alfred J. Levy, *Louis Lewis, Eugene Lipowitz, *Joseph Pomerance, *Herbert G. Ratner, Sr., *Isidor Reisberg, Adolf Rothschild, *Harry E. Rubin, *Alfred A. Wolf D.P.M. and Charles Zalevsky.

Feb. 4:  *Dora Abramovitz, *Jane Goldberg Berkman, *Samuel Daniels, Helen Stoll Feuerstein, Harold Freeman, Gerald Fried, *Katherine D. Friedlander, *Louis Grossman, *Nahum Jacobson, *Robert Kane, *Rabbi Joseph Levine, Sandra Moldovan, *Jay M. Morris, Chuck Pearlstein, *Rose Rosner, *Ignatz Schneider, *Charlotte Shapiro and *Dreza Shirey.   

January CEI Bulletin

Congregation Emanu-El Israel

222 North Main Street, Greensburg, PA. 15601          

                 Tevet – Shevat     5782                 

January 2022

 724-834-0560    

office@cei-greensburg.org     rabbi@cei-greensburg.org     www.ceigreensburg.org

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

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From the desk of Rabbi Leonard Sarko

As the new year begins, it gives us a chance to reflect.  Our past is full of successes and failures.  Enveloped in that history is family.  As a rabbi, I have heard time and again, the laments of individuals as they exclaim the difficulties in their family relationships.

The bible is fraught with family squabbles, broken relationships and families that simply do not get along.  We can look at the very beginning of the Chumash to observe the conflict between Cain and Able.  We can observe the tenuous relationship between Abraham and Isaac.  We see some extremes such as Joseph’s brothers selling him into slavery or the constant conflict between Jacob and Esau.  Do these broken relationships ever end up well for anyone?

I find it interesting that the prayer we use to bless our children on Shabbat mentions Joseph’s children, Menashe and Ephraim.  Why does the bible use these two as our examples?  Because it took that long before we see an example of two brothers who loved each other in the bible!  If you have a loving family relationship in your own life, does it not make you smile to think about it?  Does it not make your life better?

I paraphrase Leviticus – do not hate your brother in your heart.  Holding a grudge or a dislike for someone starts within our own souls.  We must start inside ourselves before we can repair that outside relationship.  This is perhaps the most difficult part of the equation.  Certainly to say you must like everyone is not realistic – especially if that someone is trying to kill you.  But there is a difference in like and not hate.  The emotion of hate is destructive to ourselves.  To live our happiest life we must let go of hate; we must let go of anger; we must let go of pain.

When it comes to families, this is even more so.  There is an old saying, you can pick your friends but you cannot pick your family.  Yet the upside to family reaches far beyond the concept of friendship.  In the best of cases, families can make you feel safe, comforted, a feeling of belonging and may be there when needed far before friends react. 

Judaism is a type of family.  I have said you before that when Karen and I go out of town we always to visit a local synagogue for services.  In all cases we have been welcomed and made to feel a part of that synagogue – like we are part of the family.  It goes beyond hospitality and you can feel the bond between Jews everywhere when you walk into a remote facility.  It is a great feeling and one I hope you try to experience for yourselves.

So as we enter this new year, I might suggest to try and repair any family relationships you have that are strained.  In the long run it will make you feel better, your family feel better and simply make life that much better to live.  The older we get, the more we realize the true shortness of our time on earth.  Would it not be better to make that time the best and happiest we can make it?

Happy New Year,

Rabbi Lenny

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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 www.ceigreensburg.org 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.

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From the President, Irene C. Rothschild:

     At the November Board meeting the Directors decided to connect with the RAC-PA, an arm of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.  Virginia Lieberman has agreed to be the Congregation’s liaison.  Here is a statement from her.

     Congregation Emanu El Israel has been invited to liaison with the Religious Action Committee of URJ.  RAC has a six decade history of working to educate, inspire and motivate Reform Jews to advocate for social justice. RAC is non-partisan in its approach, but does reflect our Jewish values.  Justice, compassion, respect for individual dignity and acceptance without prejudice, fairness, equity, concern for the future, concern for the environment – all guide the work of RAC.  Over the past year, in addition to its on-going initiatives to confront anti-Semitism and racial injustice; advocate for social justice and religious freedom; advocate for those with disabilities, children, the elderly, the poor, those seen as different; protect the environment, etc., RAC focused locally on helping people to register to vote.  RAC-PA has shifted its focus now to ending gerrymandering as new state and federal legislative districts are drawn based on the most recent census.  The emphasis is on encouraging drawing the districts to be contiguous, keep municipalities and school districts intact as much as possible, maintain minority populations equitably and not to draw districts to maintain partisan control.  In the past, districts have been drawn with an eye to keeping the party in power in place rather than allowing the people to choose their representatives.  

RAC-PA does not require that CEI participate as a congregation in any of the initiatives, but does share alerts and strategies that interested individuals may choose to act on.  At this point, RAC-PA is asking individuals to contact their state legislators to express their thoughts and concerns about the redistricting maps for the US Congress – their responsibility.  Senator Kim Ward is one of the legislators in charge of the redistricting plans for the PA legislature through the Legislative Redistricting Committee. That committee consists of the four PA legislative leaders and is chaired by Mark Nordenburg, formerly of Pitt. Some prospective maps for both the US Congress and for the PA legislature have been drawn and may be available on line for comment.    

     You may also choose to contact your Representative and PA Senators Casey and Toomey to encourage them to vote to pass the Freedom to Vote Act which would negate some of the most egregious voting restrictions recently enacted in some states. 

     Virginia will pass along any alerts that she receives from RAC-PA in the weekly Bulletin for congregants to take action as they choose.

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CHATTER                             

Happy Birthday to:  John Lieberman, Shoshana Halden, Jody Keating, Chris DeMarco, Jack Wilder, Irene Rothschild and Lori Vivio.

   Happy Anniversary to:  Shirley & Jerold Shpargel.

   Thank you to Bruce Kaufer, Yvonne Bureau Chris DeMarco and all the Congregants who took time to light or attend the lighting of the large menorah on the front lawn for Hanukkah.

   Mazel Tov to Mitch Goldstein on his installation as Senior Warden of Masonic Lodge Ad Lucem No. 812.

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“GO FOR THE GELT RAFFLE WINNERS”  

  1. Jeremy Halden               5.   Karl Shpargel
  2. Eileen Dorfman              6.   Jon Dohner
  3. Cori & Michael Liptak   7.   Terri & Stan Katzman
  4. Mackenzie Robinson      8.  Mackenzie Robinson

Thank you to all those who participated.  Each winner receives $36!  All proceeds benefit CEI.

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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.  


REMINDER:  Tu B’Shevat is January 17.  We hope you will think about buying a tree (or trees).  Trees are $18.00 each and can be purchased through the CEI office (make checks payable To C.E.I.).  Trees can be purchased in celebration of, in honor of or in memory of someone.  In other words: for any occasion.

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SISTERHOOD NOTES  

    Sisterhood has been busy – learning, giving, and cooking.  At our November meeting Rabbi Lenny explained how, and what, we can learn from the study of Talmud.  It appeared that several of the participants are looking forward to future study.  And, a special thanks go to Rabbi Lenny for setting up equipment in the social hall in order for us to be on-line for those unable to attend.

     Then, during December we got busier.  Sisterhood adopted twelve children and their parents, who are served by Seton Hill Childcare Services, in order to help make their holiday season brighter.  Many of our “sisters” took a name to fulfill their wishes by purchasing toys and clothing.  Other “sisters” gave very generous monetary donations so that the gifts could be purchased.  We concluded this mitzvah the night of the Chanukah dinner, and then the gifts were all wrapped, separated, and picked up by SHCS.  Thanks to each contributor for caring and sharing.

     And speaking about the Chanukah dinner – what a success it was!  At least 50 people enjoyed the deli food, salads, latkes, and desserts.  It was a lot of food – but enjoyed by all.  It was fun to light the hanukiahs and watch them light up the room as Rabbi Lenny led us in songs.  Thanks to Shoshana and her “work crew” for making the dinner so special.

     For January I invite each of you to get cozy, settle in and enjoy the sunny (or winter) weather.  We’ll get together again in February, with additional info to follow.  May January, 2022 be the beginning of good health and happiness for each of you.

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We Greatfully Acknowledge the Following Gifts:

PULPIT FLOWERS.  In Memory of: 

Dec. 10:          William Karelitz by Amy Karelitz.   

Dec. 17:          Freda Virshup by Richard & Georgi Virshup. Harry Goldman by Cori & Michael Liptak. Mildred V. Wilson by Virginia & John Lieberman. Robert Davis by Phyllis Davis & Family, Marilyn & Jim Davis, Linda & Jeffrey Reisner. Rae Levine by Phyllis Davis & Family, Marilyn & Jim Davis.          

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LEGACY

     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).

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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.

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ALFRED RATNER LIBRARY NEWS by Shirley Shpargel, Librarian

     Author Daniel Silva’s newest novel featuring the Israeli master spy Gabriel Allon is titled The Cellist.  This is the 21st novel featuring Gabriel Allon who continues to be up against Putin’s Russia, with features of cybersecurity breeches, civil unrest in the United States, and dirty money.  The novel opens with the death of Viktor Orlov, a Russian oligarch who escaped Russia for the safety of London.  Orlov has been poisoned with a nerve agent because he has angered the Russian regime.  Gabriel Allon is now in his early sixties and is the head of the Israel’s intelligence service and a world-renowned art restorer.  In the past Allon owed his life to Orlov; because of this Allon is obsessed with finding out the truth about the killing and exacts his own kind of revenge. 

     The Cellist of the title is Isabel Brenner who is a prodigy in music and mathematics.  She works for the world’s dirtiest bank where Russia laundries their dirty money.  Brenner begins to work with Allon to avenge the death of Orlov.  The novel now “follows the money” and interwoven are a variety of characters from Silva’s previous novels.  As Allon investigates Orlov’s death, he discovers the “Haydn Group”, named after the classical composer Joseph Haydn, and their dangerous agenda for creating an incident in America.  Given the time of the release of the novel, Silva wove into the novel the events of January 6, 2021, in the US with the attack on the capital by QAnon and the mislead Americans, and the Russian interference.  The Cellist explores one of the prominent threats facing the West today, the corrupting influences of dirty money wielded by Russia and is a warning of the fragile state of democracy.  You can enjoy this novel by checking it out from the Westmoreland Library Network.

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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.   A donation from the Estate of Lawrence Brodell.    

TEMPLE EMANU-EL CEMETERY FUND:  For beautification and upkeep of the Temple Emanu-El Cemetery. A donation from the Estate of Lawrence Brodell.    

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

CONGREGATION GENERAL FUND:  CEI operating expenses.

Donations by Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Goldberg and The Goldberg Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh.  In Honor of:  The Bat Mitzvah of Yvonne Bureau by Jamie Kaufer.                

CONGREGATION YAHRZEIT FUND: In Memory of:

Anna Minushkin by Rae & Bert Minushkin. Dr. Gerald Browdie by Lois Browdie.  Robert Mendler by Michael & Stacy Mendler. Ruth Fribourg by Susan & Alan Fribourg. Sarah E. Kramer by Herbert Kramer.  Freda Virshup by Richard & Georgi Virshup. Golden Litchfield & Max Litchfield by Jeanne & Jeff Sicuro. Mildred V. Wilson by Virginia & John Lieberman. Hilda Freeman by Anita & George Freeman. Louis Arbetter by Francine Arbetter. Ethel W. Kaufmann by Margie & Alan Leisawitz. Cantor Saul Z. Hammerman by Dr. & Mrs. Samuel Hammerman. Mollie Rudt by Kerry Arthur Rudt. Leonard Pittler by Bill Friedlander. Charlotte Krinock by Ronald Vorel.  Harry Baron Gold, Sadie R. Gold and all family yahrzeit by Nancy Gold.  Daniel Katzman by Terri & Stan Katzman. 

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. 

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 donation by Marilyn & Jim Davis.  

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).

Carla & John McClintock on the birth of a grandson by Irene Rothschild.  In Memory of: Raymond Bean by The Chobirko Family.

SOCIAL ACTION FUND:  Supports projects that benefit our community.

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

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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.

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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.

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CALENDAR CORRECTIONS:  Please correct you CEI 2022 calendar with the following updated info:

Moidel, Gary & Teri, new email tergar2cats@gmail.com

Pavloff, Gerald & Yolanda, new email Jerrypsources@gmail.com

Shpargel, Shirley, email should be sjshpargel@aol.com (sjs not sls)

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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. 

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Western Pennsylvania Small Congregational Clergy Explorations

Program #3:  The Revalation adn the Golden Calf:  Two sides of one coin

Wednesday January 12 7:00 pm

Presented by Rabbi Irv Brandwein of Beth Sholom Congregation in Johnstown

register:  bethsholomjtwn@gmail.com

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JEWISH SCHOLARSHIP SERVICE of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. 

Applications for need-based college scholarships for the 2022-2023 school year are available from the Jewish Scholarship Service (JSS) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.  JSS is administered by Jewish Family & Children’s Service. 

All scholarships are distributed on the basis of demonstrated financial need.  Depending on the scholarship fund, other factors such as academic achievement, field of study, school attending, and community involvement may also be considered.  In addition, the applicant must be Jewish, reside in Allegheny, Westmoreland, Beaver, Butler or Washington County for at least two years, and need financial assistance to attend an accredited institution of higher education as either an undergraduate or graduate student. The JSS on-line application is available at jfcspgh.org/scholarships. All applications are due February 24, 2022.  First-time applicants must be interviewed by JSS staff.  All applications should be submitted as early as possible to ensure processing. 

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TALMUD CLASS: with the help of the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh, Rabbi Lenny will be leading a Talmud class on Thursday evenings in late January or in February at 7:30 PM for about an hour each week.  The exact start date TBD.  A grant from the Federation will cover the cost of books and materials for each attendee.  There is no charge for the classes, but numbers may be limited. The classes are open to all members of the Jewish communities of Westmoreland and Allegheny counties.  Please let Rabbi Lenny know if you would be interested in signing up for the classes.

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Honoring Their Memory

The following Yahrzeits will be honored at CEI

 

Jan. 7, 2022:  *Dorothy K Abramson, *Paul Adler, *Joseph Edward Barend, *Harold Bloom, *Benjamin S. Browdie, Rose Buchman, *Julius Caplan, *Minnie Dates, Mildred Davison, Leah Dorfman, *Max M. Finkelstein, *David Flamm, *Lena F. Friedlander, *Aaron Friedman, *Miriam Gillis, *Samuel Glicenstein, Howard Gold, *Morris Gold, *Celia R. Goldberg, *Martin D. Gordon, *Rachel Gordon, *Ben Gross, *Gizella Holtzer, Daniel Katzman, Irving Kaufer, Charlotte Krinock, Jenny Lalli, *Anna Lewis, *Golden Litchfield, *Bess Marchel, Jacob Meyers, *Sam Miller, *Rebecca Mistroff, *Mayme Moidel, *Morris M. Naumoff, Evelyn Neumann, H. Sylvia Perman, *Isadore Pittler, Leonard Pittler, *Lena Pomerantz, *Louis Rubin, *Ellen Rochelle Rudt, Ruth Schrag, Louis Segal, *Charles Shendowich, *Morris Shendwocih, *Moses M. Shoag, *Paul Shoff, *Alex Shofnosky, Goldie Slone, *Sylvia Becker Victor, Norman Weiner, *Sarah Weiner, *William Wolfe, *William Wolinsky, *Morris M. Young and *Morris Ziff.

Jan. 14:  Jack Axelrod, Mollie Barnett, Joseph Blum, Julius Diamondstone, *Lt. Ivan I. Elpern, *Alfred Engel, *Norman Epstein, *A. Harry Felder, *Eva Glicenstein, *Max Glickman, *Benjamin M. Harris, *William M. Kahanowitz, Carolyn Lieberman, Dr. Irving Lieberman, Marjorie Lieberman, Alex Pavloff, Faye Rose, *Max Segal, *Eleanor Segal, *Elder H. Stein, *Bessie V. Young, *Elizabeth Ziff and *Morris Zwibel.

Jan. 21:  Ella K. Button, *Benjamin Conn, Stanford P. Davis, *Maurice J.K. Davis, *Eva Drexler, *Rosalind Elpern, Albert Farber, *Dora Feinberg, Estelle Fried, *Solomon Gross, *Fannye Hochberg, *Benjamin Kaufmann, Joseph Krokosky, Ida Liebman, Alvin Lippard, *Andrea B. Millstein, *Erica Susan Pittler, *Isaac B. Rabinowitz, Bernard Redlich, *Bessie Rubenstein and *Ivan B. Young.

Jan. 28:  *Walter Baker, *Joseph Bayer, *Irving Louis Bloom, *Fanny Bloom, Anita Boas, *Anna Brill, *Lewis C. Daniels, *Abraham Davis, Dr. Richard A. Deeb, *Celia Farber-Glantz, *Anna R. Gross, *Joseph Hochberg, *Joseph H. Levin, *Alfred J. Levy, *Louis Lewis, Eugene Lipowitz, *Joseph Pomerance, *Herbert G. Ratner, Sr., *Isidor Reisberg, Adolf Rothschild, *Harry E. Rubin, *Alfred A. Wolf D.P.M. and Charles Zalevsky.

Feb. 4:  *Dora Abramovitz, *Jane Goldberg Berkman, *Samuel Daniels, Helen Stoll Feuerstein, Harold Freeman, Gerald Fried, *Katherine D. Friedlander, *Louis Grossman, *Nahum Jacobson, *Robert Kane, *Rabbi Joseph Levine, Sandra Moldovan, *Jay M. Morris, Chuck Pearlstein, *Rose Rosner, *Ignatz Schneider, *Charlotte Shapiro and *Dreza Shirey.   

January CEI Bulletin

Congregation Emanu-El Israel

222 North Main Street, Greensburg, PA. 15601          

                 Tevet – Shevat     5782                 

January 2022

 724-834-0560    

office@cei-greensburg.org     rabbi@cei-greensburg.org     www.ceigreensburg.org

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

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From the desk of Rabbi Leonard Sarko

As the new year begins, it gives us a chance to reflect.  Our past is full of successes and failures.  Enveloped in that history is family.  As a rabbi, I have heard time and again, the laments of individuals as they exclaim the difficulties in their family relationships.

The bible is fraught with family squabbles, broken relationships and families that simply do not get along.  We can look at the very beginning of the Chumash to observe the conflict between Cain and Able.  We can observe the tenuous relationship between Abraham and Isaac.  We see some extremes such as Joseph’s brothers selling him into slavery or the constant conflict between Jacob and Esau.  Do these broken relationships ever end up well for anyone?

I find it interesting that the prayer we use to bless our children on Shabbat mentions Joseph’s children, Menashe and Ephraim.  Why does the bible use these two as our examples?  Because it took that long before we see an example of two brothers who loved each other in the bible!  If you have a loving family relationship in your own life, does it not make you smile to think about it?  Does it not make your life better?

I paraphrase Leviticus – do not hate your brother in your heart.  Holding a grudge or a dislike for someone starts within our own souls.  We must start inside ourselves before we can repair that outside relationship.  This is perhaps the most difficult part of the equation.  Certainly to say you must like everyone is not realistic – especially if that someone is trying to kill you.  But there is a difference in like and not hate.  The emotion of hate is destructive to ourselves.  To live our happiest life we must let go of hate; we must let go of anger; we must let go of pain.

When it comes to families, this is even more so.  There is an old saying, you can pick your friends but you cannot pick your family.  Yet the upside to family reaches far beyond the concept of friendship.  In the best of cases, families can make you feel safe, comforted, a feeling of belonging and may be there when needed far before friends react. 

Judaism is a type of family.  I have said you before that when Karen and I go out of town we always to visit a local synagogue for services.  In all cases we have been welcomed and made to feel a part of that synagogue – like we are part of the family.  It goes beyond hospitality and you can feel the bond between Jews everywhere when you walk into a remote facility.  It is a great feeling and one I hope you try to experience for yourselves.

So as we enter this new year, I might suggest to try and repair any family relationships you have that are strained.  In the long run it will make you feel better, your family feel better and simply make life that much better to live.  The older we get, the more we realize the true shortness of our time on earth.  Would it not be better to make that time the best and happiest we can make it?

Happy New Year,

Rabbi Lenny

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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 www.ceigreensburg.org 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.

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From the President, Irene C. Rothschild:

     At the November Board meeting the Directors decided to connect with the RAC-PA, an arm of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.  Virginia Lieberman has agreed to be the Congregation’s liaison.  Here is a statement from her.

     Congregation Emanu El Israel has been invited to liaison with the Religious Action Committee of URJ.  RAC has a six decade history of working to educate, inspire and motivate Reform Jews to advocate for social justice. RAC is non-partisan in its approach, but does reflect our Jewish values.  Justice, compassion, respect for individual dignity and acceptance without prejudice, fairness, equity, concern for the future, concern for the environment – all guide the work of RAC.  Over the past year, in addition to its on-going initiatives to confront anti-Semitism and racial injustice; advocate for social justice and religious freedom; advocate for those with disabilities, children, the elderly, the poor, those seen as different; protect the environment, etc., RAC focused locally on helping people to register to vote.  RAC-PA has shifted its focus now to ending gerrymandering as new state and federal legislative districts are drawn based on the most recent census.  The emphasis is on encouraging drawing the districts to be contiguous, keep municipalities and school districts intact as much as possible, maintain minority populations equitably and not to draw districts to maintain partisan control.  In the past, districts have been drawn with an eye to keeping the party in power in place rather than allowing the people to choose their representatives.  

RAC-PA does not require that CEI participate as a congregation in any of the initiatives, but does share alerts and strategies that interested individuals may choose to act on.  At this point, RAC-PA is asking individuals to contact their state legislators to express their thoughts and concerns about the redistricting maps for the US Congress – their responsibility.  Senator Kim Ward is one of the legislators in charge of the redistricting plans for the PA legislature through the Legislative Redistricting Committee. That committee consists of the four PA legislative leaders and is chaired by Mark Nordenburg, formerly of Pitt. Some prospective maps for both the US Congress and for the PA legislature have been drawn and may be available on line for comment.    

     You may also choose to contact your Representative and PA Senators Casey and Toomey to encourage them to vote to pass the Freedom to Vote Act which would negate some of the most egregious voting restrictions recently enacted in some states. 

     Virginia will pass along any alerts that she receives from RAC-PA in the weekly Bulletin for congregants to take action as they choose.

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CHATTER                             

Happy Birthday to:  John Lieberman, Shoshana Halden, Jody Keating, Chris DeMarco, Jack Wilder, Irene Rothschild and Lori Vivio.

   Happy Anniversary to:  Shirley & Jerold Shpargel.

   Thank you to Bruce Kaufer, Yvonne Bureau Chris DeMarco and all the Congregants who took time to light or attend the lighting of the large menorah on the front lawn for Hanukkah.

   Mazel Tov to Mitch Goldstein on his installation as Senior Warden of Masonic Lodge Ad Lucem No. 812.

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“GO FOR THE GELT RAFFLE WINNERS”  

  1. Jeremy Halden               5.   Karl Shpargel
  2. Eileen Dorfman              6.   Jon Dohner
  3. Cori & Michael Liptak   7.   Terri & Stan Katzman
  4. Mackenzie Robinson      8.  Mackenzie Robinson

Thank you to all those who participated.  Each winner receives $36!  All proceeds benefit CEI.

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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.  


REMINDER:  Tu B’Shevat is January 17.  We hope you will think about buying a tree (or trees).  Trees are $18.00 each and can be purchased through the CEI office (make checks payable To C.E.I.).  Trees can be purchased in celebration of, in honor of or in memory of someone.  In other words: for any occasion.

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SISTERHOOD NOTES  

    Sisterhood has been busy – learning, giving, and cooking.  At our November meeting Rabbi Lenny explained how, and what, we can learn from the study of Talmud.  It appeared that several of the participants are looking forward to future study.  And, a special thanks go to Rabbi Lenny for setting up equipment in the social hall in order for us to be on-line for those unable to attend.

     Then, during December we got busier.  Sisterhood adopted twelve children and their parents, who are served by Seton Hill Childcare Services, in order to help make their holiday season brighter.  Many of our “sisters” took a name to fulfill their wishes by purchasing toys and clothing.  Other “sisters” gave very generous monetary donations so that the gifts could be purchased.  We concluded this mitzvah the night of the Chanukah dinner, and then the gifts were all wrapped, separated, and picked up by SHCS.  Thanks to each contributor for caring and sharing.

     And speaking about the Chanukah dinner – what a success it was!  At least 50 people enjoyed the deli food, salads, latkes, and desserts.  It was a lot of food – but enjoyed by all.  It was fun to light the hanukiahs and watch them light up the room as Rabbi Lenny led us in songs.  Thanks to Shoshana and her “work crew” for making the dinner so special.

     For January I invite each of you to get cozy, settle in and enjoy the sunny (or winter) weather.  We’ll get together again in February, with additional info to follow.  May January, 2022 be the beginning of good health and happiness for each of you.

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We Greatfully Acknowledge the Following Gifts:

PULPIT FLOWERS.  In Memory of: 

Dec. 10:          William Karelitz by Amy Karelitz.   

Dec. 17:          Freda Virshup by Richard & Georgi Virshup. Harry Goldman by Cori & Michael Liptak. Mildred V. Wilson by Virginia & John Lieberman. Robert Davis by Phyllis Davis & Family, Marilyn & Jim Davis, Linda & Jeffrey Reisner. Rae Levine by Phyllis Davis & Family, Marilyn & Jim Davis.          

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LEGACY

     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).

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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.

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ALFRED RATNER LIBRARY NEWS by Shirley Shpargel, Librarian

     Author Daniel Silva’s newest novel featuring the Israeli master spy Gabriel Allon is titled The Cellist.  This is the 21st novel featuring Gabriel Allon who continues to be up against Putin’s Russia, with features of cybersecurity breeches, civil unrest in the United States, and dirty money.  The novel opens with the death of Viktor Orlov, a Russian oligarch who escaped Russia for the safety of London.  Orlov has been poisoned with a nerve agent because he has angered the Russian regime.  Gabriel Allon is now in his early sixties and is the head of the Israel’s intelligence service and a world-renowned art restorer.  In the past Allon owed his life to Orlov; because of this Allon is obsessed with finding out the truth about the killing and exacts his own kind of revenge. 

     The Cellist of the title is Isabel Brenner who is a prodigy in music and mathematics.  She works for the world’s dirtiest bank where Russia laundries their dirty money.  Brenner begins to work with Allon to avenge the death of Orlov.  The novel now “follows the money” and interwoven are a variety of characters from Silva’s previous novels.  As Allon investigates Orlov’s death, he discovers the “Haydn Group”, named after the classical composer Joseph Haydn, and their dangerous agenda for creating an incident in America.  Given the time of the release of the novel, Silva wove into the novel the events of January 6, 2021, in the US with the attack on the capital by QAnon and the mislead Americans, and the Russian interference.  The Cellist explores one of the prominent threats facing the West today, the corrupting influences of dirty money wielded by Russia and is a warning of the fragile state of democracy.  You can enjoy this novel by checking it out from the Westmoreland Library Network.

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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.   A donation from the Estate of Lawrence Brodell.    

TEMPLE EMANU-EL CEMETERY FUND:  For beautification and upkeep of the Temple Emanu-El Cemetery. A donation from the Estate of Lawrence Brodell.    

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

CONGREGATION GENERAL FUND:  CEI operating expenses.

Donations by Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Goldberg and The Goldberg Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh.  In Honor of:  The Bat Mitzvah of Yvonne Bureau by Jamie Kaufer.                

CONGREGATION YAHRZEIT FUND: In Memory of:

Anna Minushkin by Rae & Bert Minushkin. Dr. Gerald Browdie by Lois Browdie.  Robert Mendler by Michael & Stacy Mendler. Ruth Fribourg by Susan & Alan Fribourg. Sarah E. Kramer by Herbert Kramer.  Freda Virshup by Richard & Georgi Virshup. Golden Litchfield & Max Litchfield by Jeanne & Jeff Sicuro. Mildred V. Wilson by Virginia & John Lieberman. Hilda Freeman by Anita & George Freeman. Louis Arbetter by Francine Arbetter. Ethel W. Kaufmann by Margie & Alan Leisawitz. Cantor Saul Z. Hammerman by Dr. & Mrs. Samuel Hammerman. Mollie Rudt by Kerry Arthur Rudt. Leonard Pittler by Bill Friedlander. Charlotte Krinock by Ronald Vorel.  Harry Baron Gold, Sadie R. Gold and all family yahrzeit by Nancy Gold.  Daniel Katzman by Terri & Stan Katzman. 

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. 

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 donation by Marilyn & Jim Davis.  

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).

Carla & John McClintock on the birth of a grandson by Irene Rothschild.  In Memory of: Raymond Bean by The Chobirko Family.

SOCIAL ACTION FUND:  Supports projects that benefit our community.

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

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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.

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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.

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CALENDAR CORRECTIONS:  Please correct you CEI 2022 calendar with the following updated info:

Moidel, Gary & Teri, new email tergar2cats@gmail.com

Pavloff, Gerald & Yolanda, new email Jerrypsources@gmail.com

Shpargel, Shirley, email should be sjshpargel@aol.com (sjs not sls)

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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. 

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Western Pennsylvania Small Congregational Clergy Explorations

Program #3:  The Revalation adn the Golden Calf:  Two sides of one coin

Wednesday January 12 7:00 pm

Presented by Rabbi Irv Brandwein of Beth Sholom Congregation in Johnstown

register:  bethsholomjtwn@gmail.com

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JEWISH SCHOLARSHIP SERVICE of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. 

Applications for need-based college scholarships for the 2022-2023 school year are available from the Jewish Scholarship Service (JSS) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.  JSS is administered by Jewish Family & Children’s Service. 

All scholarships are distributed on the basis of demonstrated financial need.  Depending on the scholarship fund, other factors such as academic achievement, field of study, school attending, and community involvement may also be considered.  In addition, the applicant must be Jewish, reside in Allegheny, Westmoreland, Beaver, Butler or Washington County for at least two years, and need financial assistance to attend an accredited institution of higher education as either an undergraduate or graduate student. The JSS on-line application is available at jfcspgh.org/scholarships. All applications are due February 24, 2022.  First-time applicants must be interviewed by JSS staff.  All applications should be submitted as early as possible to ensure processing. 

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TALMUD CLASS: with the help of the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh, Rabbi Lenny will be leading a Talmud class on Thursday evenings in late January or in February at 7:30 PM for about an hour each week.  The exact start date TBD.  A grant from the Federation will cover the cost of books and materials for each attendee.  There is no charge for the classes, but numbers may be limited. The classes are open to all members of the Jewish communities of Westmoreland and Allegheny counties.  Please let Rabbi Lenny know if you would be interested in signing up for the classes.

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Honoring Their Memory

The following Yahrzeits will be honored at CEI

 

Jan. 7, 2022:  *Dorothy K Abramson, *Paul Adler, *Joseph Edward Barend, *Harold Bloom, *Benjamin S. Browdie, Rose Buchman, *Julius Caplan, *Minnie Dates, Mildred Davison, Leah Dorfman, *Max M. Finkelstein, *David Flamm, *Lena F. Friedlander, *Aaron Friedman, *Miriam Gillis, *Samuel Glicenstein, Howard Gold, *Morris Gold, *Celia R. Goldberg, *Martin D. Gordon, *Rachel Gordon, *Ben Gross, *Gizella Holtzer, Daniel Katzman, Irving Kaufer, Charlotte Krinock, Jenny Lalli, *Anna Lewis, *Golden Litchfield, *Bess Marchel, Jacob Meyers, *Sam Miller, *Rebecca Mistroff, *Mayme Moidel, *Morris M. Naumoff, Evelyn Neumann, H. Sylvia Perman, *Isadore Pittler, Leonard Pittler, *Lena Pomerantz, *Louis Rubin, *Ellen Rochelle Rudt, Ruth Schrag, Louis Segal, *Charles Shendowich, *Morris Shendwocih, *Moses M. Shoag, *Paul Shoff, *Alex Shofnosky, Goldie Slone, *Sylvia Becker Victor, Norman Weiner, *Sarah Weiner, *William Wolfe, *William Wolinsky, *Morris M. Young and *Morris Ziff.

Jan. 14:  Jack Axelrod, Mollie Barnett, Joseph Blum, Julius Diamondstone, *Lt. Ivan I. Elpern, *Alfred Engel, *Norman Epstein, *A. Harry Felder, *Eva Glicenstein, *Max Glickman, *Benjamin M. Harris, *William M. Kahanowitz, Carolyn Lieberman, Dr. Irving Lieberman, Marjorie Lieberman, Alex Pavloff, Faye Rose, *Max Segal, *Eleanor Segal, *Elder H. Stein, *Bessie V. Young, *Elizabeth Ziff and *Morris Zwibel.

Jan. 21:  Ella K. Button, *Benjamin Conn, Stanford P. Davis, *Maurice J.K. Davis, *Eva Drexler, *Rosalind Elpern, Albert Farber, *Dora Feinberg, Estelle Fried, *Solomon Gross, *Fannye Hochberg, *Benjamin Kaufmann, Joseph Krokosky, Ida Liebman, Alvin Lippard, *Andrea B. Millstein, *Erica Susan Pittler, *Isaac B. Rabinowitz, Bernard Redlich, *Bessie Rubenstein and *Ivan B. Young.

Jan. 28:  *Walter Baker, *Joseph Bayer, *Irving Louis Bloom, *Fanny Bloom, Anita Boas, *Anna Brill, *Lewis C. Daniels, *Abraham Davis, Dr. Richard A. Deeb, *Celia Farber-Glantz, *Anna R. Gross, *Joseph Hochberg, *Joseph H. Levin, *Alfred J. Levy, *Louis Lewis, Eugene Lipowitz, *Joseph Pomerance, *Herbert G. Ratner, Sr., *Isidor Reisberg, Adolf Rothschild, *Harry E. Rubin, *Alfred A. Wolf D.P.M. and Charles Zalevsky.

Feb. 4:  *Dora Abramovitz, *Jane Goldberg Berkman, *Samuel Daniels, Helen Stoll Feuerstein, Harold Freeman, Gerald Fried, *Katherine D. Friedlander, *Louis Grossman, *Nahum Jacobson, *Robert Kane, *Rabbi Joseph Levine, Sandra Moldovan, *Jay M. Morris, Chuck Pearlstein, *Rose Rosner, *Ignatz Schneider, *Charlotte Shapiro and *Dreza Shirey.   

January CEI Bulletin

Congregation Emanu-El Israel

222 North Main Street, Greensburg, PA. 15601          

                 Tevet – Shevat     5782                 

January 2022

 724-834-0560    

office@cei-greensburg.org     rabbi@cei-greensburg.org     www.ceigreensburg.org

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

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From the desk of Rabbi Leonard Sarko

As the new year begins, it gives us a chance to reflect.  Our past is full of successes and failures.  Enveloped in that history is family.  As a rabbi, I have heard time and again, the laments of individuals as they exclaim the difficulties in their family relationships.

The bible is fraught with family squabbles, broken relationships and families that simply do not get along.  We can look at the very beginning of the Chumash to observe the conflict between Cain and Able.  We can observe the tenuous relationship between Abraham and Isaac.  We see some extremes such as Joseph’s brothers selling him into slavery or the constant conflict between Jacob and Esau.  Do these broken relationships ever end up well for anyone?

I find it interesting that the prayer we use to bless our children on Shabbat mentions Joseph’s children, Menashe and Ephraim.  Why does the bible use these two as our examples?  Because it took that long before we see an example of two brothers who loved each other in the bible!  If you have a loving family relationship in your own life, does it not make you smile to think about it?  Does it not make your life better?

I paraphrase Leviticus – do not hate your brother in your heart.  Holding a grudge or a dislike for someone starts within our own souls.  We must start inside ourselves before we can repair that outside relationship.  This is perhaps the most difficult part of the equation.  Certainly to say you must like everyone is not realistic – especially if that someone is trying to kill you.  But there is a difference in like and not hate.  The emotion of hate is destructive to ourselves.  To live our happiest life we must let go of hate; we must let go of anger; we must let go of pain.

When it comes to families, this is even more so.  There is an old saying, you can pick your friends but you cannot pick your family.  Yet the upside to family reaches far beyond the concept of friendship.  In the best of cases, families can make you feel safe, comforted, a feeling of belonging and may be there when needed far before friends react. 

Judaism is a type of family.  I have said you before that when Karen and I go out of town we always to visit a local synagogue for services.  In all cases we have been welcomed and made to feel a part of that synagogue – like we are part of the family.  It goes beyond hospitality and you can feel the bond between Jews everywhere when you walk into a remote facility.  It is a great feeling and one I hope you try to experience for yourselves.

So as we enter this new year, I might suggest to try and repair any family relationships you have that are strained.  In the long run it will make you feel better, your family feel better and simply make life that much better to live.  The older we get, the more we realize the true shortness of our time on earth.  Would it not be better to make that time the best and happiest we can make it?

Happy New Year,

Rabbi Lenny

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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 www.ceigreensburg.org 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.

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From the President, Irene C. Rothschild:

     At the November Board meeting the Directors decided to connect with the RAC-PA, an arm of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.  Virginia Lieberman has agreed to be the Congregation’s liaison.  Here is a statement from her.

     Congregation Emanu El Israel has been invited to liaison with the Religious Action Committee of URJ.  RAC has a six decade history of working to educate, inspire and motivate Reform Jews to advocate for social justice. RAC is non-partisan in its approach, but does reflect our Jewish values.  Justice, compassion, respect for individual dignity and acceptance without prejudice, fairness, equity, concern for the future, concern for the environment – all guide the work of RAC.  Over the past year, in addition to its on-going initiatives to confront anti-Semitism and racial injustice; advocate for social justice and religious freedom; advocate for those with disabilities, children, the elderly, the poor, those seen as different; protect the environment, etc., RAC focused locally on helping people to register to vote.  RAC-PA has shifted its focus now to ending gerrymandering as new state and federal legislative districts are drawn based on the most recent census.  The emphasis is on encouraging drawing the districts to be contiguous, keep municipalities and school districts intact as much as possible, maintain minority populations equitably and not to draw districts to maintain partisan control.  In the past, districts have been drawn with an eye to keeping the party in power in place rather than allowing the people to choose their representatives.  

RAC-PA does not require that CEI participate as a congregation in any of the initiatives, but does share alerts and strategies that interested individuals may choose to act on.  At this point, RAC-PA is asking individuals to contact their state legislators to express their thoughts and concerns about the redistricting maps for the US Congress – their responsibility.  Senator Kim Ward is one of the legislators in charge of the redistricting plans for the PA legislature through the Legislative Redistricting Committee. That committee consists of the four PA legislative leaders and is chaired by Mark Nordenburg, formerly of Pitt. Some prospective maps for both the US Congress and for the PA legislature have been drawn and may be available on line for comment.    

     You may also choose to contact your Representative and PA Senators Casey and Toomey to encourage them to vote to pass the Freedom to Vote Act which would negate some of the most egregious voting restrictions recently enacted in some states. 

     Virginia will pass along any alerts that she receives from RAC-PA in the weekly Bulletin for congregants to take action as they choose.

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CHATTER                             

Happy Birthday to:  John Lieberman, Shoshana Halden, Jody Keating, Chris DeMarco, Jack Wilder, Irene Rothschild and Lori Vivio.

   Happy Anniversary to:  Shirley & Jerold Shpargel.

   Thank you to Bruce Kaufer, Yvonne Bureau Chris DeMarco and all the Congregants who took time to light or attend the lighting of the large menorah on the front lawn for Hanukkah.

   Mazel Tov to Mitch Goldstein on his installation as Senior Warden of Masonic Lodge Ad Lucem No. 812.

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“GO FOR THE GELT RAFFLE WINNERS”  

  1. Jeremy Halden               5.   Karl Shpargel
  2. Eileen Dorfman              6.   Jon Dohner
  3. Cori & Michael Liptak   7.   Terri & Stan Katzman
  4. Mackenzie Robinson      8.  Mackenzie Robinson

Thank you to all those who participated.  Each winner receives $36!  All proceeds benefit CEI.

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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.  


REMINDER:  Tu B’Shevat is January 17.  We hope you will think about buying a tree (or trees).  Trees are $18.00 each and can be purchased through the CEI office (make checks payable To C.E.I.).  Trees can be purchased in celebration of, in honor of or in memory of someone.  In other words: for any occasion.

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SISTERHOOD NOTES  

    Sisterhood has been busy – learning, giving, and cooking.  At our November meeting Rabbi Lenny explained how, and what, we can learn from the study of Talmud.  It appeared that several of the participants are looking forward to future study.  And, a special thanks go to Rabbi Lenny for setting up equipment in the social hall in order for us to be on-line for those unable to attend.

     Then, during December we got busier.  Sisterhood adopted twelve children and their parents, who are served by Seton Hill Childcare Services, in order to help make their holiday season brighter.  Many of our “sisters” took a name to fulfill their wishes by purchasing toys and clothing.  Other “sisters” gave very generous monetary donations so that the gifts could be purchased.  We concluded this mitzvah the night of the Chanukah dinner, and then the gifts were all wrapped, separated, and picked up by SHCS.  Thanks to each contributor for caring and sharing.

     And speaking about the Chanukah dinner – what a success it was!  At least 50 people enjoyed the deli food, salads, latkes, and desserts.  It was a lot of food – but enjoyed by all.  It was fun to light the hanukiahs and watch them light up the room as Rabbi Lenny led us in songs.  Thanks to Shoshana and her “work crew” for making the dinner so special.

     For January I invite each of you to get cozy, settle in and enjoy the sunny (or winter) weather.  We’ll get together again in February, with additional info to follow.  May January, 2022 be the beginning of good health and happiness for each of you.

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We Greatfully Acknowledge the Following Gifts:

PULPIT FLOWERS.  In Memory of: 

Dec. 10:          William Karelitz by Amy Karelitz.   

Dec. 17:          Freda Virshup by Richard & Georgi Virshup. Harry Goldman by Cori & Michael Liptak. Mildred V. Wilson by Virginia & John Lieberman. Robert Davis by Phyllis Davis & Family, Marilyn & Jim Davis, Linda & Jeffrey Reisner. Rae Levine by Phyllis Davis & Family, Marilyn & Jim Davis.          

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LEGACY

     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).

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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.

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ALFRED RATNER LIBRARY NEWS by Shirley Shpargel, Librarian

     Author Daniel Silva’s newest novel featuring the Israeli master spy Gabriel Allon is titled The Cellist.  This is the 21st novel featuring Gabriel Allon who continues to be up against Putin’s Russia, with features of cybersecurity breeches, civil unrest in the United States, and dirty money.  The novel opens with the death of Viktor Orlov, a Russian oligarch who escaped Russia for the safety of London.  Orlov has been poisoned with a nerve agent because he has angered the Russian regime.  Gabriel Allon is now in his early sixties and is the head of the Israel’s intelligence service and a world-renowned art restorer.  In the past Allon owed his life to Orlov; because of this Allon is obsessed with finding out the truth about the killing and exacts his own kind of revenge. 

     The Cellist of the title is Isabel Brenner who is a prodigy in music and mathematics.  She works for the world’s dirtiest bank where Russia laundries their dirty money.  Brenner begins to work with Allon to avenge the death of Orlov.  The novel now “follows the money” and interwoven are a variety of characters from Silva’s previous novels.  As Allon investigates Orlov’s death, he discovers the “Haydn Group”, named after the classical composer Joseph Haydn, and their dangerous agenda for creating an incident in America.  Given the time of the release of the novel, Silva wove into the novel the events of January 6, 2021, in the US with the attack on the capital by QAnon and the mislead Americans, and the Russian interference.  The Cellist explores one of the prominent threats facing the West today, the corrupting influences of dirty money wielded by Russia and is a warning of the fragile state of democracy.  You can enjoy this novel by checking it out from the Westmoreland Library Network.

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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.   A donation from the Estate of Lawrence Brodell.    

TEMPLE EMANU-EL CEMETERY FUND:  For beautification and upkeep of the Temple Emanu-El Cemetery. A donation from the Estate of Lawrence Brodell.    

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

CONGREGATION GENERAL FUND:  CEI operating expenses.

Donations by Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Goldberg and The Goldberg Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh.  In Honor of:  The Bat Mitzvah of Yvonne Bureau by Jamie Kaufer.                

CONGREGATION YAHRZEIT FUND: In Memory of:

Anna Minushkin by Rae & Bert Minushkin. Dr. Gerald Browdie by Lois Browdie.  Robert Mendler by Michael & Stacy Mendler. Ruth Fribourg by Susan & Alan Fribourg. Sarah E. Kramer by Herbert Kramer.  Freda Virshup by Richard & Georgi Virshup. Golden Litchfield & Max Litchfield by Jeanne & Jeff Sicuro. Mildred V. Wilson by Virginia & John Lieberman. Hilda Freeman by Anita & George Freeman. Louis Arbetter by Francine Arbetter. Ethel W. Kaufmann by Margie & Alan Leisawitz. Cantor Saul Z. Hammerman by Dr. & Mrs. Samuel Hammerman. Mollie Rudt by Kerry Arthur Rudt. Leonard Pittler by Bill Friedlander. Charlotte Krinock by Ronald Vorel.  Harry Baron Gold, Sadie R. Gold and all family yahrzeit by Nancy Gold.  Daniel Katzman by Terri & Stan Katzman. 

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. 

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 donation by Marilyn & Jim Davis.  

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).

Carla & John McClintock on the birth of a grandson by Irene Rothschild.  In Memory of: Raymond Bean by The Chobirko Family.

SOCIAL ACTION FUND:  Supports projects that benefit our community.

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

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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.

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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.

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CALENDAR CORRECTIONS:  Please correct you CEI 2022 calendar with the following updated info:

Moidel, Gary & Teri, new email tergar2cats@gmail.com

Pavloff, Gerald & Yolanda, new email Jerrypsources@gmail.com

Shpargel, Shirley, email should be sjshpargel@aol.com (sjs not sls)

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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. 

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Western Pennsylvania Small Congregational Clergy Explorations

Program #3:  The Revalation adn the Golden Calf:  Two sides of one coin

Wednesday January 12 7:00 pm

Presented by Rabbi Irv Brandwein of Beth Sholom Congregation in Johnstown

register:  bethsholomjtwn@gmail.com

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JEWISH SCHOLARSHIP SERVICE of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. 

Applications for need-based college scholarships for the 2022-2023 school year are available from the Jewish Scholarship Service (JSS) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.  JSS is administered by Jewish Family & Children’s Service. 

All scholarships are distributed on the basis of demonstrated financial need.  Depending on the scholarship fund, other factors such as academic achievement, field of study, school attending, and community involvement may also be considered.  In addition, the applicant must be Jewish, reside in Allegheny, Westmoreland, Beaver, Butler or Washington County for at least two years, and need financial assistance to attend an accredited institution of higher education as either an undergraduate or graduate student. The JSS on-line application is available at jfcspgh.org/scholarships. All applications are due February 24, 2022.  First-time applicants must be interviewed by JSS staff.  All applications should be submitted as early as possible to ensure processing. 

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TALMUD CLASS: with the help of the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh, Rabbi Lenny will be leading a Talmud class on Thursday evenings in late January or in February at 7:30 PM for about an hour each week.  The exact start date TBD.  A grant from the Federation will cover the cost of books and materials for each attendee.  There is no charge for the classes, but numbers may be limited. The classes are open to all members of the Jewish communities of Westmoreland and Allegheny counties.  Please let Rabbi Lenny know if you would be interested in signing up for the classes.

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Honoring Their Memory

The following Yahrzeits will be honored at CEI

 

Jan. 7, 2022:  *Dorothy K Abramson, *Paul Adler, *Joseph Edward Barend, *Harold Bloom, *Benjamin S. Browdie, Rose Buchman, *Julius Caplan, *Minnie Dates, Mildred Davison, Leah Dorfman, *Max M. Finkelstein, *David Flamm, *Lena F. Friedlander, *Aaron Friedman, *Miriam Gillis, *Samuel Glicenstein, Howard Gold, *Morris Gold, *Celia R. Goldberg, *Martin D. Gordon, *Rachel Gordon, *Ben Gross, *Gizella Holtzer, Daniel Katzman, Irving Kaufer, Charlotte Krinock, Jenny Lalli, *Anna Lewis, *Golden Litchfield, *Bess Marchel, Jacob Meyers, *Sam Miller, *Rebecca Mistroff, *Mayme Moidel, *Morris M. Naumoff, Evelyn Neumann, H. Sylvia Perman, *Isadore Pittler, Leonard Pittler, *Lena Pomerantz, *Louis Rubin, *Ellen Rochelle Rudt, Ruth Schrag, Louis Segal, *Charles Shendowich, *Morris Shendwocih, *Moses M. Shoag, *Paul Shoff, *Alex Shofnosky, Goldie Slone, *Sylvia Becker Victor, Norman Weiner, *Sarah Weiner, *William Wolfe, *William Wolinsky, *Morris M. Young and *Morris Ziff.

Jan. 14:  Jack Axelrod, Mollie Barnett, Joseph Blum, Julius Diamondstone, *Lt. Ivan I. Elpern, *Alfred Engel, *Norman Epstein, *A. Harry Felder, *Eva Glicenstein, *Max Glickman, *Benjamin M. Harris, *William M. Kahanowitz, Carolyn Lieberman, Dr. Irving Lieberman, Marjorie Lieberman, Alex Pavloff, Faye Rose, *Max Segal, *Eleanor Segal, *Elder H. Stein, *Bessie V. Young, *Elizabeth Ziff and *Morris Zwibel.

Jan. 21:  Ella K. Button, *Benjamin Conn, Stanford P. Davis, *Maurice J.K. Davis, *Eva Drexler, *Rosalind Elpern, Albert Farber, *Dora Feinberg, Estelle Fried, *Solomon Gross, *Fannye Hochberg, *Benjamin Kaufmann, Joseph Krokosky, Ida Liebman, Alvin Lippard, *Andrea B. Millstein, *Erica Susan Pittler, *Isaac B. Rabinowitz, Bernard Redlich, *Bessie Rubenstein and *Ivan B. Young.

Jan. 28:  *Walter Baker, *Joseph Bayer, *Irving Louis Bloom, *Fanny Bloom, Anita Boas, *Anna Brill, *Lewis C. Daniels, *Abraham Davis, Dr. Richard A. Deeb, *Celia Farber-Glantz, *Anna R. Gross, *Joseph Hochberg, *Joseph H. Levin, *Alfred J. Levy, *Louis Lewis, Eugene Lipowitz, *Joseph Pomerance, *Herbert G. Ratner, Sr., *Isidor Reisberg, Adolf Rothschild, *Harry E. Rubin, *Alfred A. Wolf D.P.M. and Charles Zalevsky.

Feb. 4:  *Dora Abramovitz, *Jane Goldberg Berkman, *Samuel Daniels, Helen Stoll Feuerstein, Harold Freeman, Gerald Fried, *Katherine D. Friedlander, *Louis Grossman, *Nahum Jacobson, *Robert Kane, *Rabbi Joseph Levine, Sandra Moldovan, *Jay M. Morris, Chuck Pearlstein, *Rose Rosner, *Ignatz Schneider, *Charlotte Shapiro and *Dreza Shirey.   

January CEI Bulletin

Congregation Emanu-El Israel

222 North Main Street, Greensburg, PA. 15601          

                 Tevet – Shevat     5782                 

January 2022

 724-834-0560    

office@cei-greensburg.org     rabbi@cei-greensburg.org     www.ceigreensburg.org

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

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From the desk of Rabbi Leonard Sarko

As the new year begins, it gives us a chance to reflect.  Our past is full of successes and failures.  Enveloped in that history is family.  As a rabbi, I have heard time and again, the laments of individuals as they exclaim the difficulties in their family relationships.

The bible is fraught with family squabbles, broken relationships and families that simply do not get along.  We can look at the very beginning of the Chumash to observe the conflict between Cain and Able.  We can observe the tenuous relationship between Abraham and Isaac.  We see some extremes such as Joseph’s brothers selling him into slavery or the constant conflict between Jacob and Esau.  Do these broken relationships ever end up well for anyone?

I find it interesting that the prayer we use to bless our children on Shabbat mentions Joseph’s children, Menashe and Ephraim.  Why does the bible use these two as our examples?  Because it took that long before we see an example of two brothers who loved each other in the bible!  If you have a loving family relationship in your own life, does it not make you smile to think about it?  Does it not make your life better?

I paraphrase Leviticus – do not hate your brother in your heart.  Holding a grudge or a dislike for someone starts within our own souls.  We must start inside ourselves before we can repair that outside relationship.  This is perhaps the most difficult part of the equation.  Certainly to say you must like everyone is not realistic – especially if that someone is trying to kill you.  But there is a difference in like and not hate.  The emotion of hate is destructive to ourselves.  To live our happiest life we must let go of hate; we must let go of anger; we must let go of pain.

When it comes to families, this is even more so.  There is an old saying, you can pick your friends but you cannot pick your family.  Yet the upside to family reaches far beyond the concept of friendship.  In the best of cases, families can make you feel safe, comforted, a feeling of belonging and may be there when needed far before friends react. 

Judaism is a type of family.  I have said you before that when Karen and I go out of town we always to visit a local synagogue for services.  In all cases we have been welcomed and made to feel a part of that synagogue – like we are part of the family.  It goes beyond hospitality and you can feel the bond between Jews everywhere when you walk into a remote facility.  It is a great feeling and one I hope you try to experience for yourselves.

So as we enter this new year, I might suggest to try and repair any family relationships you have that are strained.  In the long run it will make you feel better, your family feel better and simply make life that much better to live.  The older we get, the more we realize the true shortness of our time on earth.  Would it not be better to make that time the best and happiest we can make it?

Happy New Year,

Rabbi Lenny

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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 www.ceigreensburg.org 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.

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From the President, Irene C. Rothschild:

     At the November Board meeting the Directors decided to connect with the RAC-PA, an arm of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.  Virginia Lieberman has agreed to be the Congregation’s liaison.  Here is a statement from her.

     Congregation Emanu El Israel has been invited to liaison with the Religious Action Committee of URJ.  RAC has a six decade history of working to educate, inspire and motivate Reform Jews to advocate for social justice. RAC is non-partisan in its approach, but does reflect our Jewish values.  Justice, compassion, respect for individual dignity and acceptance without prejudice, fairness, equity, concern for the future, concern for the environment – all guide the work of RAC.  Over the past year, in addition to its on-going initiatives to confront anti-Semitism and racial injustice; advocate for social justice and religious freedom; advocate for those with disabilities, children, the elderly, the poor, those seen as different; protect the environment, etc., RAC focused locally on helping people to register to vote.  RAC-PA has shifted its focus now to ending gerrymandering as new state and federal legislative districts are drawn based on the most recent census.  The emphasis is on encouraging drawing the districts to be contiguous, keep municipalities and school districts intact as much as possible, maintain minority populations equitably and not to draw districts to maintain partisan control.  In the past, districts have been drawn with an eye to keeping the party in power in place rather than allowing the people to choose their representatives.  

RAC-PA does not require that CEI participate as a congregation in any of the initiatives, but does share alerts and strategies that interested individuals may choose to act on.  At this point, RAC-PA is asking individuals to contact their state legislators to express their thoughts and concerns about the redistricting maps for the US Congress – their responsibility.  Senator Kim Ward is one of the legislators in charge of the redistricting plans for the PA legislature through the Legislative Redistricting Committee. That committee consists of the four PA legislative leaders and is chaired by Mark Nordenburg, formerly of Pitt. Some prospective maps for both the US Congress and for the PA legislature have been drawn and may be available on line for comment.    

     You may also choose to contact your Representative and PA Senators Casey and Toomey to encourage them to vote to pass the Freedom to Vote Act which would negate some of the most egregious voting restrictions recently enacted in some states. 

     Virginia will pass along any alerts that she receives from RAC-PA in the weekly Bulletin for congregants to take action as they choose.

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CHATTER                             

Happy Birthday to:  John Lieberman, Shoshana Halden, Jody Keating, Chris DeMarco, Jack Wilder, Irene Rothschild and Lori Vivio.

   Happy Anniversary to:  Shirley & Jerold Shpargel.

   Thank you to Bruce Kaufer, Yvonne Bureau Chris DeMarco and all the Congregants who took time to light or attend the lighting of the large menorah on the front lawn for Hanukkah.

   Mazel Tov to Mitch Goldstein on his installation as Senior Warden of Masonic Lodge Ad Lucem No. 812.

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“GO FOR THE GELT RAFFLE WINNERS”  

  1. Jeremy Halden               5.   Karl Shpargel
  2. Eileen Dorfman              6.   Jon Dohner
  3. Cori & Michael Liptak   7.   Terri & Stan Katzman
  4. Mackenzie Robinson      8.  Mackenzie Robinson

Thank you to all those who participated.  Each winner receives $36!  All proceeds benefit CEI.

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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.  


REMINDER:  Tu B’Shevat is January 17.  We hope you will think about buying a tree (or trees).  Trees are $18.00 each and can be purchased through the CEI office (make checks payable To C.E.I.).  Trees can be purchased in celebration of, in honor of or in memory of someone.  In other words: for any occasion.

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SISTERHOOD NOTES  

    Sisterhood has been busy – learning, giving, and cooking.  At our November meeting Rabbi Lenny explained how, and what, we can learn from the study of Talmud.  It appeared that several of the participants are looking forward to future study.  And, a special thanks go to Rabbi Lenny for setting up equipment in the social hall in order for us to be on-line for those unable to attend.

     Then, during December we got busier.  Sisterhood adopted twelve children and their parents, who are served by Seton Hill Childcare Services, in order to help make their holiday season brighter.  Many of our “sisters” took a name to fulfill their wishes by purchasing toys and clothing.  Other “sisters” gave very generous monetary donations so that the gifts could be purchased.  We concluded this mitzvah the night of the Chanukah dinner, and then the gifts were all wrapped, separated, and picked up by SHCS.  Thanks to each contributor for caring and sharing.

     And speaking about the Chanukah dinner – what a success it was!  At least 50 people enjoyed the deli food, salads, latkes, and desserts.  It was a lot of food – but enjoyed by all.  It was fun to light the hanukiahs and watch them light up the room as Rabbi Lenny led us in songs.  Thanks to Shoshana and her “work crew” for making the dinner so special.

     For January I invite each of you to get cozy, settle in and enjoy the sunny (or winter) weather.  We’ll get together again in February, with additional info to follow.  May January, 2022 be the beginning of good health and happiness for each of you.

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We Greatfully Acknowledge the Following Gifts:

PULPIT FLOWERS.  In Memory of: 

Dec. 10:          William Karelitz by Amy Karelitz.   

Dec. 17:          Freda Virshup by Richard & Georgi Virshup. Harry Goldman by Cori & Michael Liptak. Mildred V. Wilson by Virginia & John Lieberman. Robert Davis by Phyllis Davis & Family, Marilyn & Jim Davis, Linda & Jeffrey Reisner. Rae Levine by Phyllis Davis & Family, Marilyn & Jim Davis.          

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LEGACY

     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).

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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.

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ALFRED RATNER LIBRARY NEWS by Shirley Shpargel, Librarian

     Author Daniel Silva’s newest novel featuring the Israeli master spy Gabriel Allon is titled The Cellist.  This is the 21st novel featuring Gabriel Allon who continues to be up against Putin’s Russia, with features of cybersecurity breeches, civil unrest in the United States, and dirty money.  The novel opens with the death of Viktor Orlov, a Russian oligarch who escaped Russia for the safety of London.  Orlov has been poisoned with a nerve agent because he has angered the Russian regime.  Gabriel Allon is now in his early sixties and is the head of the Israel’s intelligence service and a world-renowned art restorer.  In the past Allon owed his life to Orlov; because of this Allon is obsessed with finding out the truth about the killing and exacts his own kind of revenge. 

     The Cellist of the title is Isabel Brenner who is a prodigy in music and mathematics.  She works for the world’s dirtiest bank where Russia laundries their dirty money.  Brenner begins to work with Allon to avenge the death of Orlov.  The novel now “follows the money” and interwoven are a variety of characters from Silva’s previous novels.  As Allon investigates Orlov’s death, he discovers the “Haydn Group”, named after the classical composer Joseph Haydn, and their dangerous agenda for creating an incident in America.  Given the time of the release of the novel, Silva wove into the novel the events of January 6, 2021, in the US with the attack on the capital by QAnon and the mislead Americans, and the Russian interference.  The Cellist explores one of the prominent threats facing the West today, the corrupting influences of dirty money wielded by Russia and is a warning of the fragile state of democracy.  You can enjoy this novel by checking it out from the Westmoreland Library Network.

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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.   A donation from the Estate of Lawrence Brodell.    

TEMPLE EMANU-EL CEMETERY FUND:  For beautification and upkeep of the Temple Emanu-El Cemetery. A donation from the Estate of Lawrence Brodell.    

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

CONGREGATION GENERAL FUND:  CEI operating expenses.

Donations by Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Goldberg and The Goldberg Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh.  In Honor of:  The Bat Mitzvah of Yvonne Bureau by Jamie Kaufer.                

CONGREGATION YAHRZEIT FUND: In Memory of:

Anna Minushkin by Rae & Bert Minushkin. Dr. Gerald Browdie by Lois Browdie.  Robert Mendler by Michael & Stacy Mendler. Ruth Fribourg by Susan & Alan Fribourg. Sarah E. Kramer by Herbert Kramer.  Freda Virshup by Richard & Georgi Virshup. Golden Litchfield & Max Litchfield by Jeanne & Jeff Sicuro. Mildred V. Wilson by Virginia & John Lieberman. Hilda Freeman by Anita & George Freeman. Louis Arbetter by Francine Arbetter. Ethel W. Kaufmann by Margie & Alan Leisawitz. Cantor Saul Z. Hammerman by Dr. & Mrs. Samuel Hammerman. Mollie Rudt by Kerry Arthur Rudt. Leonard Pittler by Bill Friedlander. Charlotte Krinock by Ronald Vorel.  Harry Baron Gold, Sadie R. Gold and all family yahrzeit by Nancy Gold.  Daniel Katzman by Terri & Stan Katzman. 

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. 

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 donation by Marilyn & Jim Davis.  

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).

Carla & John McClintock on the birth of a grandson by Irene Rothschild.  In Memory of: Raymond Bean by The Chobirko Family.

SOCIAL ACTION FUND:  Supports projects that benefit our community.

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

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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.

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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.

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CALENDAR CORRECTIONS:  Please correct you CEI 2022 calendar with the following updated info:

Moidel, Gary & Teri, new email tergar2cats@gmail.com

Pavloff, Gerald & Yolanda, new email Jerrypsources@gmail.com

Shpargel, Shirley, email should be sjshpargel@aol.com (sjs not sls)

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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. 

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Western Pennsylvania Small Congregational Clergy Explorations

Program #3:  The Revalation adn the Golden Calf:  Two sides of one coin

Wednesday January 12 7:00 pm

Presented by Rabbi Irv Brandwein of Beth Sholom Congregation in Johnstown

register:  bethsholomjtwn@gmail.com

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JEWISH SCHOLARSHIP SERVICE of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. 

Applications for need-based college scholarships for the 2022-2023 school year are available from the Jewish Scholarship Service (JSS) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.  JSS is administered by Jewish Family & Children’s Service. 

All scholarships are distributed on the basis of demonstrated financial need.  Depending on the scholarship fund, other factors such as academic achievement, field of study, school attending, and community involvement may also be considered.  In addition, the applicant must be Jewish, reside in Allegheny, Westmoreland, Beaver, Butler or Washington County for at least two years, and need financial assistance to attend an accredited institution of higher education as either an undergraduate or graduate student. The JSS on-line application is available at jfcspgh.org/scholarships. All applications are due February 24, 2022.  First-time applicants must be interviewed by JSS staff.  All applications should be submitted as early as possible to ensure processing. 

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TALMUD CLASS: with the help of the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh, Rabbi Lenny will be leading a Talmud class on Thursday evenings in late January or in February at 7:30 PM for about an hour each week.  The exact start date TBD.  A grant from the Federation will cover the cost of books and materials for each attendee.  There is no charge for the classes, but numbers may be limited. The classes are open to all members of the Jewish communities of Westmoreland and Allegheny counties.  Please let Rabbi Lenny know if you would be interested in signing up for the classes.

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Honoring Their Memory

The following Yahrzeits will be honored at CEI

 

Jan. 7, 2022:  *Dorothy K Abramson, *Paul Adler, *Joseph Edward Barend, *Harold Bloom, *Benjamin S. Browdie, Rose Buchman, *Julius Caplan, *Minnie Dates, Mildred Davison, Leah Dorfman, *Max M. Finkelstein, *David Flamm, *Lena F. Friedlander, *Aaron Friedman, *Miriam Gillis, *Samuel Glicenstein, Howard Gold, *Morris Gold, *Celia R. Goldberg, *Martin D. Gordon, *Rachel Gordon, *Ben Gross, *Gizella Holtzer, Daniel Katzman, Irving Kaufer, Charlotte Krinock, Jenny Lalli, *Anna Lewis, *Golden Litchfield, *Bess Marchel, Jacob Meyers, *Sam Miller, *Rebecca Mistroff, *Mayme Moidel, *Morris M. Naumoff, Evelyn Neumann, H. Sylvia Perman, *Isadore Pittler, Leonard Pittler, *Lena Pomerantz, *Louis Rubin, *Ellen Rochelle Rudt, Ruth Schrag, Louis Segal, *Charles Shendowich, *Morris Shendwocih, *Moses M. Shoag, *Paul Shoff, *Alex Shofnosky, Goldie Slone, *Sylvia Becker Victor, Norman Weiner, *Sarah Weiner, *William Wolfe, *William Wolinsky, *Morris M. Young and *Morris Ziff.

Jan. 14:  Jack Axelrod, Mollie Barnett, Joseph Blum, Julius Diamondstone, *Lt. Ivan I. Elpern, *Alfred Engel, *Norman Epstein, *A. Harry Felder, *Eva Glicenstein, *Max Glickman, *Benjamin M. Harris, *William M. Kahanowitz, Carolyn Lieberman, Dr. Irving Lieberman, Marjorie Lieberman, Alex Pavloff, Faye Rose, *Max Segal, *Eleanor Segal, *Elder H. Stein, *Bessie V. Young, *Elizabeth Ziff and *Morris Zwibel.

Jan. 21:  Ella K. Button, *Benjamin Conn, Stanford P. Davis, *Maurice J.K. Davis, *Eva Drexler, *Rosalind Elpern, Albert Farber, *Dora Feinberg, Estelle Fried, *Solomon Gross, *Fannye Hochberg, *Benjamin Kaufmann, Joseph Krokosky, Ida Liebman, Alvin Lippard, *Andrea B. Millstein, *Erica Susan Pittler, *Isaac B. Rabinowitz, Bernard Redlich, *Bessie Rubenstein and *Ivan B. Young.

Jan. 28:  *Walter Baker, *Joseph Bayer, *Irving Louis Bloom, *Fanny Bloom, Anita Boas, *Anna Brill, *Lewis C. Daniels, *Abraham Davis, Dr. Richard A. Deeb, *Celia Farber-Glantz, *Anna R. Gross, *Joseph Hochberg, *Joseph H. Levin, *Alfred J. Levy, *Louis Lewis, Eugene Lipowitz, *Joseph Pomerance, *Herbert G. Ratner, Sr., *Isidor Reisberg, Adolf Rothschild, *Harry E. Rubin, *Alfred A. Wolf D.P.M. and Charles Zalevsky.

Feb. 4:  *Dora Abramovitz, *Jane Goldberg Berkman, *Samuel Daniels, Helen Stoll Feuerstein, Harold Freeman, Gerald Fried, *Katherine D. Friedlander, *Louis Grossman, *Nahum Jacobson, *Robert Kane, *Rabbi Joseph Levine, Sandra Moldovan, *Jay M. Morris, Chuck Pearlstein, *Rose Rosner, *Ignatz Schneider, *Charlotte Shapiro and *Dreza Shirey.