July Bulletin

July CEI Bulletin

Congregation Emanu-El Israel

222 North Main Street, Greensburg, PA. 15601          

                 TAMUZ – AV      5780                 

JULY 2020


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

Growing old / Staying Young

     There is a Jewish expression to wish someone well “until a hundred and twenty.”

     A hundred and twenty is stated as the outer limit of a normal human lifetime in Genesis 6:3.  The number is especially associated with Moses, about whom the Torah says, “Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were undimmed and his strength undiminished”.  Moses is a model of how to age well.  With the growth of human longevity, this has become a significant and challenging issue for many of us.  How do you grow old yet stay young?

     A Harvard study on this very topic came to two conclusions.  The first is what they called generativity, namely taking care of the next generation.  They further defined it as “to invest one’s substance in forms of life and work that will outlive the self.”  In middle or later life, when we have established a career, a reputation, and a set of relationships, we can either stagnate or decide to give back to others: to community, society and the next generation.  Generativity is marked by undertaking new projects, often voluntary ones, or by learning new skills.  Its marks are openness and care.

     The other relevant dimension is what the study called “keeper of the meaning”.  By this they meant that wisdom comes with age, something that is often more valued by traditional societies than modern ones.  The “elders” mentioned in Tanakh are people valued for their experience.  “Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you,” says the Torah.

     Being a keeper of the meaning means handing on the values of the past to the future.  Age brings the reflection and detachment that allows us to stand back and not be swept along by the mood of the moment or passing fashion or the madness of the crowd.  We need that wisdom, especially in an age as fast-paced as ours where huge success can come to people still quite young.  Pirke Avot says, Asei lekha rav, “Acquire for yourself a teacher”, remains essential advice.

     What is striking about the book of Devarim, set entirely in the last month of Moses’ life, is how it shows the aged but still passionate and driven leader, turning to the twin tasks of generativity and keeper of the meaning.

     It would have been easy for him to retire into an inner world of reminiscence, recalling the achievements of an extraordinary life, chosen by God to be the person who led an entire people from slavery to freedom and to the brink of the Promised Land. Alternatively he could have brooded on his failures, above all the fact that he would never physically enter the land to which he had spent forty years leading the nation. There are people – we have all surely met them – who are haunted by the sense that they have not won the recognition they deserved or achieved the success of which they dreamed when they were young.

     Moses, in his last days, turned his attention to the next generation and embarked on a new role.  No longer Moses the liberator and lawgiver, he took on the task for which he has become known to tradition: Moshe Rabbenu, “Moses our teacher.”  It was, in some ways, his greatest achievement.

     He showed them the meaning of generativity, leaving behind a legacy that would outlive him, and what it is to be a keeper of meaning, summoning all his wisdom to reflect on past and future, giving the young the gift of his long experience.  By way of personal example, he showed them what it is to grow old while staying young.  At the very end of the book, we read that at the age of 120, Moses’ “eye was undimmed and his natural energy was unabated”.  I used to think that these were simply two descriptions until I realized that the first was the explanation of the second.  Moses’ energy was unabated because his eye was undimmed, meaning that he never lost the idealism of his youth, his passion for justice and for the responsibilities of freedom.

     As a rabbi I have seen many elderly, sit back after retirement.  Do they deserve it?  Undoubtedly!  Yet those people in a very short amount of time begin to deteriorate, become weak, lethargic.  Many become cynical, disillusioned, disheartened.  That is a kind of spiritual death that precedes physical death.

     It is important that whatever your age, you find a meaning, a reason, to get up in the morning.  It may be entirely different from the profession you practiced for most of your life – but please find something.  Those that do will reap a great pleasure thru their concluding years.  I am reminded of a Dylan Thomas poem that says, “do not go gentle into that good night”.  Those people who still see a world of possibilities around them when they are older will keep their spiritual energy intact and their eyes will not dim.




   Happy Birthday wishes to:  David Rothschild, Shirley Shpargel, Michelle Gau, Rachel Gau, Teri Moidel, Joel Last and Paul Mickey.

   Happy Anniversary to:  Teri & Gary Moidel.

   We mourn the death of member, Patricia “Paddy” Borowsky Barnhart and offer condolences to her family and friends.

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.


CEI has a supply of FDA 3-ply disposable masks. The proceeds from our purchase benefits the Excela Pandemic Response Fund through the Excela Health Foundation.  We are making them available to our members at no cost to you; but, any contribution is greatly appreciated.  If you need a mask/masks for your daily use, please contact the office and make arrangements to pick them up with social distancing.  Thank you for staying safe!


This month’s CEI Riddle.  Below you will find a riddle. 

The answer can be found somewhere in this bulletin!

 What has to be broken before you can use it?


Sisterhood recognizes that this is an unusual time as CEI has been closed for in-person services.  You may be thinking that we don’t need to have pulpit flowers for an on-line service, but we are hopeful that services will return to normal or close to normal over the next year. Sisterhood supports CEI and the community in a variety of ways.  Unfortunately, we have had to cancel events that normally would raise the funds that are necessary to provide that support.  Purchasing pulpit flowers is your opportunity to remember or honor those you care about and to support Sisterhood.  You will find the Pulpit Flower Form elsewhere in this Bulletin.  Thank you!




Books purchased with money from the Alfred Ratner Library Fund:

     An Unorthodox Match: A Novel by Naomi Ragen (Fiction).

     Braided: A Journey of a Thousand Challahs by Beth Ricanati MD (Nonfiction),

     My Mother’s Son: A Novel by David Hirshberg (Fiction).

     Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century by Sarah Abrevaya Stein (Biography).

Book donation by PJ Library:

     Harvest Blessings: Gifts from the Trees, Gifts from the Earth by Amy Meltzer (Tu B’Shevat board book).

Braided: A Journey of a Thousand Challahs is a guided tour on the author’s search to slow down and discover that baking challah bread for her family’s Shabbat dinner each week relaxed her and brought her closer to her Jewish faith.  Beth Ricanati, as a doctor specialized in women’s nutritional health, was overworked and stressed out, then she started baking challah.  She believed that healthy comfort food was a way to care for herself and others, and challah was the ultimate soul food for her.  Ricanati organizes the book by giving readers a step-by-step guide to the ingredients and stages of baking challah.  She notes that both in baking bread and in medicine, being organized defuses anxiety.  She draws connections between the bread baking process, her faith in God, and her busy life as a physician.   Ricanati compares the first birth she observed to watching the yeast come to life, and waiting for the dough to rise teaches her that God is in control.  Braided is the both the author’s memoir and a cookbook to enjoy.  Arrangements can be made through the CEI office to check out Braided or any book from the Alfred Ratner Library.


The CEI Board elections are over

We welcome

Jamie Kaufer to the Board

and welcome back Terri Katzman and Irene Rothschild.

All are elected to serve for a two year term.


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.


PULPIT FLOWERS.  In Memory of: 

May 22:           Max Kaufer by Bruce & Karen Kaufer, Max & Jamie.  Yakov Cohen by The Dunhoff and Cohen Families.                    

May 29:           Kenneth Barlow by Bruce & Karen Kaufer, Max & Jamie.  Minna Lader Feuerstein by Jerold & Shirley Shpargel.

June 5:           Shirley Resnick by Ben Resnick.  Margot Halden by Shoshana & Bob Halden.

June 12:         Barry J. Kane by Mary Ellen, Bob & Erin, Michael & Amanda Kane.  Sara Levin by Doris & Huddie Kaufman.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


CONGREGATION GENERAL FUND:  CEI operating expenses. In Honor of:  Mailing the Monthly bulletin by Yvonne Bureau and Shoshana & Bob Halden.  Conversion Class by Beth Ann Frederick and Jonathan Dohner.  In Memory of:  Milton Eisner by Eileen Cohen & Amy Karelitz.         


CONGREGATION YAHRZEIT FUND: In Memory of:  Barbara Wilder by Susan Wilder. Minna Feuerstein by Shirley & Jerry Shpargel. Czerna Cohen, Herman Tannenbaum & Cecil Cohen by Shirley & Steve Tannenbaum. Jane Ratner Werrin by Dr. S. Rand Werrin. Barbara Rothschild by Irene C. Rothschild. Elaine Friedlander Smith by William Friedlander. Barry J. Kane by Mary Ellen, Bob, Michael Kane & Families. Abraham Pavloff by Phyllis & Sidney Ackerman.          

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.    

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 Memory of:  Marvin Lalli by Marion & Bob Slone.  Bill Murphy by Wally Caplan.  Paddy Barnhart by Doris & Huddie Kaufman and Terri & Stan Katzman.

SOCIAL ACTION FUND:  Supports projects that benefit our community.

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


CEI BOARD MEETING MINUTES – Wednesday, June 10, 2020

This meeting was held virtually.

ATTENDING: Rabbi Lenny, Virginia Lieberman, Julie Goldstein, Joel Last, Mary Ellen Kane, Marion Slone, Bruce Kaufer, Terri Katzman, Irene Rothschild. 

Guest: Karen Sarko.

PRESIDENT REPORT AND ADMINISTRATION: Irene thanked Bruce for his years of service on the board.  It is very much appreciated!   Irene also thanked Terri, Rabbi Lenny and Mary Ellen for sitting with her and giving support during preparation for the funeral of Paddy Barnhart.  Irene requested that Board Members please return their handbooks to the office by arranging with Bea to leave them in the kitchen.  New updated handbooks will be distributed in the fall.  If there are dates you would like to have on the master calendar, please let Bea know.  Rabbi Lenny will identify the Jewish holidays.  Board meetings and services will be included on the calendar.  Rabbi and Irene had a Zoom meeting with Noah Levine who represents the JCLP, primarily to introduce Rabbi Lenny and Noah.  Bob Slone may continue as chair of the Long Range Planning Committee.  Irene has asked Karen Sarko, who is a nurse, to chair a committee to research when and how to reopen the building and resume in person activities safely. The Federation is urging caution and suggesting that a protocol be developed. They are offering assistance.  Any and all future meetings/classes should be done virtually until it is safe to open up the building.  Please remember that there will not be an annual meeting this year.  Josh was unable to be at the meeting, but shared the March 2020 statement for the Restricted Funds.  There has been a loss in value, however, the market has rebounded some since then and the June statement should give a clearer picture of our invested funds. 

RABBI REPORT: Rabbi Lenny has two conversion classes meeting online.  The conversion candidates are also learning Hebrew.  They are beginning to make some financial contributions to the Congregation as well. He is also meeting with the two Bat Mitzvah students.  On-line services continue to be well attended with between 30 and 50 participants each week.  Four or five Congregants have been asked to participate in the service each week on a rotating basis.   Rabbi Lenny continues to meet with the Unity Coalition and work with its Diversity Committee.  Contributions for the community billboard have been coming in.  Any contributions beyond the amount necessary for the billboard will be deposited in the General Fund.  The revision of the website is complete.  Rabbi Lenny is working on a grant request to the Greensburg Foundation that is due by July 1.  He is also working with Richard to continue to clean up and organize the building.

TREASURER REPORT: The financial picture has not changed much.  Julie has requested a tranche from the Restricted Funds for the first time this fiscal year.  With a change in electricity providers she hopes that the utility bills will decrease.

SISTERHOOD: Marion reported that the ad letters for the calendar have gone out.  She is looking for more people to help as the Covid 19 situation may limit her ability to personally reach out to businesses as she has in the past.  Please contact Marion if you can help.

MEMBERSHIP:  The new brochure about Congregation membership is complete.

NEW BUSINESS: Virginia requested that the Legacy Project final report be added as an addendum to the By-laws because it gives guidance on the dissolution of the congregation should that eventually need to be done.  The request was tabled to the July meeting.

ADJOURN: Meeting adjourned at 7:57 pm.

Deadlines for the Bulletin are ALWAYS the SECOND FRIDAY of the month.

The next Virtual Meeting will be on Wednesday, July 8, 2020.

Minutes respectfully recorded by Virginia Lieberman, Recording Secretary, and submitted by Irene Rothschild.



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                   Please Note:  All times & events subject to change.

                                             Mon., Sept. 7          CEI Closed.

                                             Fri., Sept. 18          Erev Rosh Hashanah.

                                             Sat., Sept. 19          Rosh Hashanah Day I.

                                             Sun., Sept. 20         Rosh Hashanah Day II.

                                             Sat., Sept. 26          Shabbat Shuva.

                                             Sun., Sept. 27         Erev Yom Kippur.

                                             Mon., Sept. 28        Yom Kippur.  CEI is Closed.


The CEI Riddle Answer:  An egg


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. 

 July 3:  William Buchman, *Edna G. Cobetto, Cecil Cohen, *Fannie Davis, Samuel Farber,

*Rachel Leah Flamm, *Louis I. Gould, John Hammill, Jr., *Nathan Jaskulek, *Beila Mace,

Joe Naughton, *Maurice Nevins, Richard Pomerantz, *Leonard Wolinsky and Anton Wong.

July 10:  *Dora Charapp, Erwin Ehrlichman, Harry Feuerstein, Milton Gespass, Alvin Glenn, *Esther Gordon, *Kate Grossman, Julius Kinsbursky, *Marcy Weiss Langer, MS, CCC-A, *Hyman Levin, *William Lipman, *Abraham Sandson, *Louis Shofnosky, Joan Silvis, *Jacob Stern, Sylvia Stern and *Anna Sucatzky.

July 17:  *Alexander Alt, Diane Blum, *Anna K. Conn, *Rae M. Daniels, *Mary Davis, *Gloria Glasser, Daniel Hamburger, Edith Bergstein Hollander, *Sarah Kane, *Solomon A. Kane, Edwin Karelitz, *Bella Pearl Redlich and *Ethel Shrager.

July 24:  *William L. Brill, *Meyer Charapp, *Mayer Davison, *Samuel Friedlander, D.D.S., Margaret “Peg” Goldberg, *Martin M. Kramer, *Lazer Kuhl, *Abraham Miller, Donald Perusse, Sr., Bradford Powell, *Milton Redlich, James Schenck, *Ida Levin Shoag, *Jacob Soltz, *Rose Stern, Richard Stolzenberg, Lillian Tattenbaum, *Fanny Vance, *Steven L. VeShancey and *Rose Weiner.

July 31:  Cecily Aronson, Joseph Bernstein, Belle Cohen, *Sgt/Maj Abraham Corman, *Catherine Davis, Gladys Dunhoff, Anna Glasser, *Baila Miriam Harris, *Lillian Liebman, *Samuel Liebman, Sarah Meyers, *Herbert Moidel, *Alvin J. Moldovan, *Harry Olesker, Donald Perusse, Jr., *Michael Sandson, Diane Tauber and *Karen Anne Wolf.

Aug. 7:  Joseph Richard Bergad, *Anna R. Brill, *Meyer Bronk, *Ruth D. Buchman, Janet Cohen, Fanney Cohen Devlin, Selma Fairman, *Fannie Friedland, *Dora Goldberg, *Minnie Jacobson, *Gordon Kogut, *Myron Lewis, *Gertrude E. Mace and *Abraham Moidel.