July 2024 Bulletin

July 2024 CEI Bulletin

Congregation Emanu-El Israel

222 North Main Street, Greensburg, PA. 15601          

                Sivan – Tamuz 5784                 

July 2024




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


FROM THE DESK OF:  Rabbi Lenny

One of the Torah portions this month is the story of Korach.  His rebellion can easily be seen in the context of today’s political environment and therefore brings a modern relevance to this ancient text.  Simply put, the rebellion is about the pursuit of power. Further, the overwhelming consensus in the Jewish tradition is that Korach is the prototype of a demagogue: one who speaks in the name of “the people”, but who actually is concerned with promoting himself and amassing personal power.

In another example from this portion, Datan and Aviram politically attack Moses.  They said you promised to deliver the Israelites to a “land of milk and honey”, and have not.  They employed political rhetoric, manipulating language for political ends, not in an attempt to resolve an issue, a tipoff of their true intentions.

Too often the political history even of this country is one of deception.  I remember some time ago reading about the Clear Skies Act.  But when you read the contents of the act it did everything to prevent clean skies by actually removing operational limits for air pollutants.  In today’s world both the press and the politicians throw around words like Nazi, holocaust, and apartheid, without giving a second thought of the context or true meanings of these words.

Over the past few months some groups set up protests at the University of Pittsburgh, theoretically in support of the Palestinians.  These people were not students, teachers, administrators or had any connection with the university.  They defaced the Cathedral of Learning, placed materials in one of the building’s doorways with the intent to ignite the materials, defaced The Frick Fine Arts Building with antisemitic graffiti, and threw a weapon through one of its windows.  The protesters demanded that the university “terminate” two on-campus Jewish and Israeli student groups – the Student Coalition for Israel and Pitt’s chapter of Hillel.  Their acts in no way supported their rhetorical cause.

Historical protest in the United States always seemed to have a direction, a purpose for which the rhetoric addressed.  Today this may not be the case.  I think it is sad that a tool we once were able to employ for promoting rethinking of an issue has become meaningless.  As George Orwell concludes in his essay Politics and the English Language, “Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and make murder respectable, and to give the appearance of solidity to the pure wind.”

Amen, Rabbi Lenny  



CEI LINK Program – a video conference experience.  Even though CEI is open for in-house worshipers, we will continue to video conference the Shabbat Services on Friday at 7:30 PM, so you can continue to attend services from home.  Visit 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.  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.



Happy Birthday to:  Justin Chobirko, Michelle Gau, Rachel Gau, Joel Last, Teri Moidel, Zachary Taylor and Alisa Weberman.  Happy special 80th Birthday to Paul Mickey and to Shirley Shpargel.

Happy Anniversary to:  Alisa Weberman & Jono Korzan, Kala & Samuel Gau and Teri & Gary Moidel.

We offer condolences to member Mary Ellen Kane and Family on the death of her brother Fred Bray.  We also offer condolences to member Terri & Stan Katzman and Family on the death of Terri’s brother Stanley Weiner.


ALFRED RATNER LIBRARY NEWS:  Shirley Shpargel, Librarian

Books purchased with CEI donation:

Bruno Schulz: An Artist, a Murder, and the Hijacking of History by Benjamin Balint (Biography).

Operation Bethlehem by Yariv Inbar, translated by Dalit Shmueli (Fiction).

Your Presence is Mandatory – A Novel by Sasha Vasilyuk (Fiction).

Israel 201-Your Next-level Guide to the Magic, Mystery and Chaos! By Joel Chasnoff and Benji Lovitt (Israel).

Books donated by Steven Davis in Memory of Robert and Phyllis Davis:

Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale and Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale.

Professor Schiff’s Guilt by Agur Schiff is a satire about a 63-year-old professor, Agur Schiff, who inadvertently gets wrapped up in human trafficking in modern day Tel Aviv.  Schiff tries to collect a debt from a lawyer; the lawyer, in lieu of money, gives Schiff his cleaning lady, Lucile, who is an undocumented African migrant.  Schiff falls for Lucile Tetteh-Ofosu, and things become more complicated when Lucile meets Schiff’s 104-year-old father-in-law, Mordechai, who has traveled all over Africa, and has a house cluttered with African relics.  Lucile is sixty years younger, but Mordechai asks her to marry him.  Before the wedding, Lucile’s husband shows up to demand a blackmail payment.  Schiff informs the immigration authorities.  Lucile’s husband escapes, and Lucile is deported.

Professor Schiff is distraught over losing Lucile.  He travels to an unnamed West African capital to trace the history of his great-great-great-great-grandfather who was a slave trader. The shipwrecked remains of the of his ancestor’s merchant vessel, the Esperanza, are in a museum there. The authorities arrest Schiff and put him on trial under a new law barring successive generations from profiting from the proceed of slavery.   Schiff struggles to see any connection between himself and his colonizing relative.  The novel moves between Schiff’s testimony before the Special Tribunal, the months before with the Lucile affair, and his ancestor’s history.

Professor Schiff’s Guilt is a satire of attitudes toward racism and colonialism, and examines economic inequality and the global refugee crisis, the memory of transatlantic slavery and the Holocaust.  The author, Agur Schiff, was born in Tel Aviv. Now he is professor emeritus at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem.  Professor Schiff’s Guilt can be checked out from the Alfred Ratner Library.



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 Anna Spor.



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 Robert Slone (724-836-5468) or Gary Moidel (724-244-6421).



Share your joy by inscribing simchas on our Tree of Life… an everlasting remembrance of the meaningful happy events that touch us.  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 us.

Memorial Plaques are for remembering a loved one.  You may purchase a plaque for the sanctuary Memorial Boards by contacting the CEI office (724-834-0560).  Cost per plaque $300.00.

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



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

1    The name and address of where to send the response to let them know you made a donation.

2    The reason for the donation (in memory of, in honor of, speedy recovery, etc.) and the full name of the honoree.

3    Name and address of donor.

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



PULPIT FLOWERS.  In Memory of:

May 24:  Rachel Leah Davis by Marilyn & Jim Davis and Linda & Jeffrey Reisner.

May 31:  Kenneth Barlow by Bruce & Karen Kaufer, Max and Jamie.  Minna Lader Feuerstein by Shirley Shpargel.

June 7:  Margot Halden by Shoshana & Bob Halden.  Barry J. Kane by Mary Ellen, Bob, Erin, Amanda & Michael Kane and families.



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

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATION GENERAL FUND:  CEI operating expenses.  In Honor of: The 25th Anniversary with C.E.I. of Bea Harrison by Linda & Jeffrey Reisner. The 50th anniversary of Marilyn & Jim Davis by Linda & Jeffrey Reisner. The special birthday of Bernie Brill by Linda & Jeffrey Reisner. The 90th birthday of Rachel Minushkin by Don Pripstein. In Memory of:  Edward G. Victor by Sheila & Barry Kassel. Doris Kaufman by Linda & Jeffrey Reisner.

CONGREGATION YAHRZEIT FUND:  In Memory of:  James Applebaum and Frances Applbaum Abramson by Barbara (Applbaum) & Daniel Glennie. Minna Feuerstein by Shirley Shpargel. Barbara Wilder by Jack Wilder. Herbert L. Friedlander by Bill Friedlander. Richard Liebman by Linda Liebman. Max Kaufer by Bruce & Karen Kaufer & Family. Barry J. Kane by Mary Ellen Kane & Family. Abraham Pavloff by Yolanda & Gerald Pavloff. Aleen Redlich by Carol Redlich.

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 HIGH HOLIDAY, MISHKAN HANEFESH, PRAYER BOOKS:  Provides for the purchase of new High Holiday Mishkan HaNefesh.

PULPIT FLOWERS:  Provided by donations to the pulpit flower fund.

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.  Virginia Lieberman (724-668-2442) or Yvonne Bureau (724-837-8072).  In Honor of: The 90th Birthday of Rae Minushkin by Virginia & John Lieberman.  In Memory of:  Mary Ellen Kane’s brother, Fred Bray by Irene Rothschild, Wally Caplan, Virginia & John Lieberman, Shoshana & Bob Halden, Yvonne & Ed Bureau, Jack Wilder, Shirley Shpargel, Terri & Stan Katzman.  Terri Katzman’s brother, Stanley Weiner by Irene Rothschild, Wally Caplan, Virginia & John Lieberman.

SOCIAL ACTION FUND:  Supports projects that benefit our community.

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

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

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



Please Note:  All times & events subject to change.

Fri., Aug. 2:  Conversion Ceremony at 7:00 PM.  Shabbat Service at 7:30 PM.

Fri., Aug. 16:  Early Shabbat Service @ 5:30 PM.

Tues., Aug. 27:  Jewish Heritage Night at PNC Park. Pirates vs. Cubs.

Sun., Sept. 15:  Set-up for Rummage Sale @ 10:00 AM.

Sun., Sept 22:  Rummage Sale in the Social Hall from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Mon., Sept. 23:  Rummage Sale in the Social Hall from 9:00 AM to 12 Noon.



CEI Annual Congregation Meeting and Pot-Luck Dinner – June 23, 2024

1:00 – The meeting will start in the sanctuary with a presentation by Officer Jason Deiter of the Greensburg Police Department.

2:30 – Congregants will move to the Social Hall for the active shooter drill.

3:00 – The meeting will continue with reports from the Rabbi, President, Treasurer, Restricted Funds Treasurer and all committee chairs.  [Questions and comments]

4:30 – Pot-Luck Dinner.  Men’s Club will provide hotdogs and buns and do the grilling.

Yvonne will manage all food items brought in and set up the tables.  Please bring all food items in a serving bowl/plate before the meeting and take all items home at the end of the evening.

Congregants with last names from A – M, please bring a PARVE (non-dairy) side dish.

Congregants with last names from N – Z, please bring a PARVE (non-dairy) dessert.



Time to clean out closets and de-clutter your house!

Sunday, September 22:  9 AM – 1 PM

Monday, September 23: 9 AM – 12 Noon

Set-up will take place on Friday, September 15 (Note the date change) beginning at 10:00 AM.

Please, please, please help us through your contribution of saleable items – and through your help.  Contact Shoshana for information or to sign up to help.



How praise worthy are the father and mother that raised this child.

One is duty bound to honor one’s parents, even after their death.  Both sons and daughters fulfil this duty by keeping their yahrzeit, by contributing to charity in honor of the deceased, and most importantly by living a life that brings them credit.  (Rabbi Hayim H. Donin)

We hope you will take this opportunity to order pulpit flowers for the coming year for loved ones and friends.  Since we update our records annually, we need a new form from you each year if you want to order pulpit flowers.

To order pulpit flowers for a yahrzeit (anniversary of death), Rosh Hashana and / or Yom Kippur use the form found in this month’s bulletin.

Forms must be received by August 9, 2024, to be included in High-Holiday Services.  If you have any questions, please call Virginia Lieberman (724) 668-2442 or email at virginiagwl@gmail.com.



The CEI Office is open Monday, Tuesday & Friday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Wednesday & Thursday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Rabbi Lenny, generally, has office hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  Making an appointment is highly recommended, since emergencies and meetings outside the office do occur.  The Rabbi can also be available at other times, for your convenience.  Please call 724-834-0560 or Rabbi directly at 724-963-0789.



Rabbi Leonard Sarko

CEI Officers:

President: Irene C. Rothschild.  Vice President: Jamie Kaufer.  Treasurer: Julie Goldstein.  Recording Secretary: Virginia Lieberman.  Sisterhood President: Terri Katzman.  Men’s Club President: Gary Moidel.  Bulletin Editors: Mary Ellen Kane, Karen Sarko & Bea Harrison.



Families of the following loved ones will honor their memories and mark the occasion of their family history by reciting the Kaddish this Shabbat.

The following Yahrzeits will be honored at CEI:

July 5:  No Shabbat Service.  Yahrzeits will be read on Friday, July 12.

July 12: Leonard Berman, *Dora Charapp, *Rae M. Daniels, *Fannie Davis, Samuel Farber, Harry Feuerstein, *Rachel Leah Flamm, Norton Geier, Milton Gespass, Alvin Glenn, *Esther Gordon, *Kate Grossman, Gertrude Hatowski, *Nathan Jaskulek, *Sarah Kane, *Marcy Weiss Langer, MS, CC-A, *Hyman Levin, *William Lipman, *Beila Mace, Annabelle F. Millstein, Bradford Powell, *Louis Shofnosky, Timothy Silvis, *Jacob Stern, *Anna Sucatzky, Jeffrey Ward and *Leonard Wolinsky.

July 19: *Alexander Alt,    William Buchman, *Anna K. Conn, *Mary Davis, Daniel Hamburger, *Solomon A. Kane, *Abe Levin, *Beila Pearl Redlich, *Abraham Sandson, *Jacob Soltz, *Rose Stern and *Fanny Vance.

July 26: *Meyer Charapp, *Catherine Davis, *Mayer Davison, *Samuel Friedlander, D.D.S., *Gloria Glasser, Edith Bergstein Hollander, *Martin M. Kramer, *Lazer Kuhl, *Lillian Liebman, *Samuel Liebman, *Abraham Miller, *Alvin J. Moldovan, *Milton Redlich, James Schenck, *Steven L. VeShancey, *Rose Weiner and *Karen Anne Wolf.

Aug. 2: *Diane Blum, *William L. Brill, *Sgt/Maj Abraham Corman, Anna Glasser, *Dora Goldberg, *Baila Miriam Harris, Edwin Karelitz, *Gertrude E. Mace, Sarah Meyers, *Harry Olesker, Fred Portnoy, *Michael Sandson, *Ida Levin Shoag and Lillian Tattenbaum.

* A light will be lit on a Memorial Board