January Bulletin

January CEI Bulletin

Congregation Emanu-El Israel

222 North Main Street, Greensburg, PA. 15601          

                 Tevet – Shevat     5781                 

January 2021


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.


From the desk of Rabbi Leonard Sarko

    Last week, I drove by a sign that asked to “Share the Road”.

A few days later, a friend told me about a new ad by Walmart announcing “all we see in you is a spark.”

 And the other day, I saw an advertisement titled “If not now, when?”

What do these three examples have in common? They are all influenced by Jewish ideas.

“Share the Road” can be traced to the 10th-century teaching of Midrash about the need for us to take care of each other. “We are like a ship where a hole has been ruptured in one room. It cannot be said that one room has been ruptured; but the entire ship is ruptured,” it teaches.

 “The spark within you” is based on the biblical notion that humans were created in “God’s image.” The mystic Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, founder of Chabad, explained that within us is a divine soul that is a spark of God’s illumination.

“If not now, when?” is the motivating saying by the Jewish sage Hillel the Elder. Its meaning, according to Rabbi Ovadiah Bartenura, is that if we don’t accomplish what we need in this lifetime, we aren’t able to do so after death.

 Jewish thought is everywhere – although sometimes it may not be entirely obvious. Indeed, Judaism helped shape Western civilization. To quote President John Adams, “fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations.”

 The Torah introduced to the world concepts of purpose, trust, social responsibility, the sanctity of life, and absolute morality. By studying the sources of those values, you can discover their timeless core of purpose, integrity, and clarity—a powerful gift of guidance as we navigate our own daily choices.

 Our Torah provides us with a path to living a life of integrity, of happiness, of fulfillment.  As we enter this new secular year, after perhaps one of the most difficult and challenging times in our lifetime because of the pandemic, let us use our Torah to guide us to better times.



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.



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

   Happy Anniversary to:  Shirley & Jerold Shpargel.

   We mourn the death of former member and religious school teacher Perry Haalman and offer condolences to his family and friends. 


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.  

We are considering a new approach to our next online seminar.  Rabbi Lenny found an online service that is able to show movies off of his personal computer.  You are able to log on for free from your computer.  He found a PBS movie titled Broadway Musicals – a Jewish Legacy, and thought our Congregants might find it interesting.  However, it will require an internet connection to log onto the site and a username and password for each person logging on – although again it is free.  New computer programs always have some learning curve.  I am willing to spend the time to help people through this some days prior to seeing the movie, but wanted to see if there is interest in this approach.  Please call or email Rabbi if you are interested.  If we have enough people that would like to try it, then we will set a date and proceed.    



Day 1:   Christine Yates                        Day 5:  Autumn Blozowich 

Day 2:   Esther Halden                         Day 6:  Andrea Cossogranda 

Day 3:   Herb & Laura Ratner                Day 7:  The Kaufer Family

Day 4:   Cameron Cole                         Day 8:  Yvonne Bureau 

Congratulations to all!!!  Thank you to all who supported this fundraiser!


Some Special Thank You’s ………..

     Thank you to all our menorah lighters including Yvonne Bureau, Rabbi Lenny & Karen Sarko, Richard Virshup, Terri & Gary Moidel, Shoshana & Bob Halden, Bruce & Max Kaufer, Chris DeMarco and all those who took time out of their busy schedule to stop and light the menorah or support the “lighting” family.



Please participate in Tu B’Shevat beginning January 28 and buy a tree. Trees are $18.00

each and can be purchased through the CEI office.  A tree can be planted for any occasion

or just in honor of your family.  Trees are sold year-round, but we especially appreciate

your support during Tu B’Shevat.  Thank you!


We Greatfully Acknowledge the Following Gifts:

PULPIT FLOWERS.  In Memory of: 

Nov. 20:          Stevan Gold by Marilyn & Jim Davis.  Abe Berman by Marion & Robert Slone.  Ruth S. Roth by Shirley Ratner.

Dec. 4:            Arthur S. Gold by Don Gold.

Dec. 11:          Albert Gold by Walter Caplan.  Freda Virshup by Georgi & Richard Virshup.  John Halden by Shoshana & Bob Halden.

Dec. 18:          Harry Goldman by Cori & Michael Liptak. Mildred V. Wilson by Virginia & John Lieberman. Robert Davis by Phyllis Davis, Marilyn & Jim Davis, Larry Brodell, Linda & Jeffrey Reisner. William Karelitz by Amy Karelitz. Lillian B. Gold by Don Gold.  Rae Levine by Phyllis Davis, Marilyn & Jim Davis.



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

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

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


Tree of Life Share your joy!

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

(Price includes engraving)

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



For those who purchased a congregation calendar, please add the following new “remote” members to your calendar:

Gistenson, Dan, 1 Renaissance Place, Apt. 403, Palatine, IL 60067, 847-393-3113, d.gistenson@sbcglobal.net

Hoffman, Susan, 6400 N. Sheridan, Apt. 306, Chicago, IL  60626, 312-487-8806, hoffmansusan29@gmail.com

Lee, Rhonda, 220 N. Thornton Ave., Apt. 3, Madison, WI 53703, 608-255-0556, rhondabouthings@gmail.com

Travers-Byster, Suzy, 1950 W. Devon Ave, Apt 307, Chicago IL 60660


CEI Funds

ER LIBRARY FUND:  Supports library facilities, books, & equipment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


In Honor of: The conversion of Finnley Palmer and Mackenzie Robinson by Virginia & John Lieberman.  Off-setting printing & Mailing costs by Dr. Herbert Kramer.  In Memory of: Howard “Huddie” Kaufman by Mr. & Mrs. Wilson Saul III.  


In Memory of:  Billy Jean Ayers by Joel I. Last, M.D.  Frances Tannenbaum by Stephen & Shirley Tannenbaum. Sarah Pavloff by Yolanda & Jerry Pavloff and Phyllis & Sidney Ackerman.  Nathan Metz by Jerold & Shirley Shpargel. Lara Wong by Marsha & Richard Wong. Matthew Leiner by Irene C. Rothschild. Ruth S. Roth by Shirley Ratner & Family. Judith Strauss by Rae & Bert Minushkin. The Poster Family by Richard & Dalia Dunhoff. Freda Virshup by Richard & Georgi Virshup. Florence Clovsky, Jacob Meyers, Benjamin S. Browdie & Louis Segal by Lois Browdie. Arthur S. Gold & Lillian B. Gold by Don Gold.                           

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.  

Howard “Huddie” Kaufman by Irene C. Rothschild.  Patricia M. Barnhart by Irene C. Rothschild. 

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

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

In Honor of the Speedy Recovery of: Pearl Berman and Michael Vaporis by Terri & Stan Katzman, Irene Rothschild.  Wally Caplan by Irene Rothschild (2), Terri & Stan Katzman, Mary Ellen Kane, Doris Kaufman.  Jim Boerio by Irene Rothschild. Rabbi Lenny and Karen Sarko by Terri & Stan Katzman, Irene Rothschild, Mary Ellen Kane, Doris Kaufman.  Irene Rothschild by Shoshana & Bob Halden.  Shirley Shpargel by Shoshana & Bob Halden, Terri & Stan Katzman, Irene Rothschild, Mary Ellen Kane, Doris Kaufman.   

SOCIAL ACTION FUND:  Supports projects that benefit our community.

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


Tree of Life Share your joy!

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

(Price includes engraving)

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


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

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


Rabbi Leonard Sarko.  Sara Rae Perman, Rabbi Emerita. 

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


Honoring Their Memory

The following Yahrzeits will be honored at CEI

Jan. 1, 2021:  *Paul Adler, *Joseph Edward Barend, *Julius Caplan, *Maurice J. K. Davis, *Simon Davis, Mildred “Mickey” Davison, Florence Brill Dobkin, *Alfred Engel, Dorothy C. Farber, *David Flamm, *Lena F. Friedlander, *Miriam Gillis, *Eva Glicenstein, *Samuel Glicenstein, *Morris Gold, *Celia R. Goldberg, *Rachel Gordon, Edythe Kane Hoffman, Frank Keating, Jenny Lalli, *Anna Lewis, Abe Liebman, *Rebecca Mistroff, *Mayme Moidel, *Morris M. Naumoff, Alex Pavloff, Leonard Pittler, *Lena Pomerantz, *Louis Rubin, *Charles Shendowich, *Morris Shendowich, *Moses M. Shoag, *Paul Shoff, *Alex Shofnosky, Louis Strauss, *Sylvia Becker Victor, *William Wolfe, *Morris M. Young and *Morris Ziff. 

Jan. 8:  *Harold Bloom, * Samuel Brill, *Rosalind Elpern, *Max M. Finkelstein, Estelle Fried, *Martin D. Gordon, *Ben Gross, *Benjamin M. Harris, *Gizella Holtzer, *William M. Kahanowitz, Alvin Lippard, *Golden Litchfield, *Bess Marchel, *Isadore Pittler, Ruth Schrag, *Max Segal, Dr. Arnold Stern and *Elizabeth Ziff.

Jan. 15:  *Dorothy K. Abramson, Mollie Barnett, Rose Buchman, Meyer Cohen, *Benjamin Conn, Julius Diamondstone, Edith Eisenstadt, *Lt. Ivan I. Elpern, *Norman Epstein, Jay Friedman, *Max Glickman, Daniel Katzman, Irving Kaufer, Carolyn Lieberman, Dr. Irving Lieberman, Marjorie Lieberman, Eugene Lipowitz, Evelyn Neumann, H. Sylvia Perman, *Joseph Pomerance, *Isaac B. Rabinowitz, Faye (Nevins) Rose, *Elder H. Stein, Stanley Tattenbaum, *Sarah Weiner, *Bessie V. Young and *Morris Zwibel.   

Jan. 22:  Jack Axelrod, Michael Baranow, Anna J. Black, Joseph Blum, Ella K. Button, *Minnie Dates, Leah Dorfman, *Eva Drexler, *Dora Feinberg, *A. Harry Felder, Samuel Glick, *Solomon Gross, *Anna R. Gross, *Fannye Hochberg, Joseph Krokosky, Ida Liebman, *Andrea Millstein, Sidney Minushkin, Sandra Moldovan, *Jay M. Morris, *Erica Susan Pittler, *Bessie Rubenstein, *Ignatz Schneider, *Eleanor Segal, Norman Weiner, David Wong and *Ivan B. Young.

Jan. 29:  *Walter Baker, *Anna Brill, *Lewis C. Daniels, Stanford P. Davis, *Celia Farber-Glantz, Fortunee Hovav, *Nahum Jacobson, *Benjamin Kaufmann, *D. Levin, *Joseph H. Levin, *Alfred J. Levy, *Louis Lewis, Chuck Pearlstein, Leonard Poster, *Herbert G. Ratner, Sr., Bernard Redlich, *Isidor Reisberg, *Rose Rosner, *Frank Rubenstein, *Benjamin Victor, *Alfred A. Wolf, D.P.M., Hylton Wong and Charles Zalevsky.

Feb. 5:  *Joseph Bayer, *Jane Goldberg Berkman, Anna Bernstein, *Irving Louis Bloom, *Fanny Bloom, *Abraham Davis, Dr. Richard A. Deeb, Albert Farber, Helen Stoll Feuerstein, Harold Freeman, Gerald Fried, *Katherine D. Friedlander, Selma Greenfield, *Louis Grossman, *Joseph Hochberg, *Robert Kane, *Reuben Kassel, Sadie Levin, *Rabbi Joseph Levine, *Andrea B. Millstein, Rebecca Pechersky, *Berenice D. Pittler, Jennie Roth, *Morris Scott, Miriam Dreifus Wallach and Ruben Whitman.