MayBulletin2021

May 2021 CEI Bulletin

Congregation Emanu-El Israel

222 North Main Street, Greensburg, PA. 15601          

                 Iyar – Sivan      5781                 

May 2021

 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

   

Shavuot – The Party at Sinai

In May we celebrate the festival of Shavuot.  Although in our modern day this holiday seems to have taken a smaller role, in biblical times it was one of the big pilgrimage holidays with Passover and Sukkot.  Shavuot is celebrated as the time we received the Torah at Mt. Sinai.

When we think about spiritual experiences, we picture prayer, meditation, or perhaps a solitary walk in nature. Yet that is not how the Torah describes the Jewish people’s experience at the greatest Divine revelation in history.  “… and they perceived the God of Israel, and beneath His feet was like the forming of a sapphire brick and like the appearance of the heavens for clarity.  And upon the nobles of the children of Israel He did not lay His hand, and they perceived God, and they ate and drank.”

It seems almost inconceivable. “They perceived the God of Israel,” and how did they respond? They ate and drank!

In explaining this incident, Biblical commentators are divided. Some maintain that eating and drinking was indeed a sin; others explain that it was not only permitted, but the right thing to do, since the food and drink were not a distraction from the Divine revelation, rather a celebration of it.

Judaism teaches that our task is to heal the rift between physical and spiritual, to the point where the physical is sanctified by enhancing the spiritual experience.  Chassidic philosophy explains that before the giving of the Torah at Sinai, the divide between physical and spiritual was unbridgeable. At Sinai the separation was broken; God descended upon Mt. Sinai, enabling us, for the first time in the history of the cosmos, to elevate the physical world and connect  it to holiness.

Many of the Jewish people at Sinai were overwhelmed by the intensity of the experience and were unable to eat. Those close to God, who were not awe-stricken, were able to engage in elevating the food and drink. The rabbis believe that the more we connect to the sacred, the more we are able to fulfill the task of elevating the physical world.

This explains a Talmudic debate regarding the purpose of Shabbat. Some argue that Shabbat was given so that the Jewish people would have time to study Torah (since labor is prohibited), while others say that Shabbat was given for the Jewish people to enjoy food and drink (as there is an obligation to honor the Shabbat with delicacies). These two opinions do not contradict one another; they address two distinct situations – one spiritual, one physical.

If we create moments of closeness to God we enjoy the pleasures of food and drink, because the spiritual experiences empower us to be able to sanctify the food and drink. The more we connect to spirituality and holiness, the more we can elevate the material world.

So this Shavuot take some time for prayer and study in honor of receipt of the Torah, but also take time to enjoy a good meal in the celebration of our holiday.

Amen

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From the President: 

     Before I go on to write about temple life, I would like to let you know about something good that happened on April 10, 2021.  Fifty-eight of my friends and neighbors walked around my neighborhood in Wimmerton, we were ‘The Wimmerton Walkers’.  We walked to help raise money for the Blackburn Center.  There are still donations coming in, but at last count, we raised about $1200.00!  It was a beautiful day and I was so grateful for the positive response and for the generosity of the ‘walkers’! 

     Good things are starting to happen at CEI, as well.  Our long time custodian, Scott Sykes, retired last month after working for us for almost ten years and we wish him the very best in his retirement.  It is well earned!  We will miss you, Scott!  We were able to hire a new custodian, Jeff Lewis, who started working in mid-March.  Given that the building remains closed, he only works a couple of days a week to get work done in and around the building, now that the weather is warming up.  So, if you happen to be at the building, please introduce yourself to him. 

     Some committee work is also commencing.  The Garden Committee met with the Men’s Club last month to assess what work needs to be done in the front yard and along the driveway.  The Men’s Club will hold a Mitzvah Day on Sunday, May 2nd to start cleaning up the front yard.  An arborist will examine two of the trees in front to determine what needs to be done with them.  Robin Mickey, the chair of the Garden Committee is committed to beautifying the grounds.  So, there will be new plants/shrubs being planted once we figure out how we want everything to look.  Robin is also being very generous and offering to help defray the cost of the new plantings!  Thanks so much, Robin!

     Also, in April, the Security Committee met with Shawn Brokos from Federation who visited the building and gave us an assessment and recommendations as to how to improve building security.  If there is any cost involved, we are hopeful that Federation may be able to help us with a grant. 

     I am very grateful to Richard Virshup, Gary Moidel and Jack Wilder who are the core group for Men’s Club and also function as the Security Committee. 

     Saving the best for last, we held another conversion ceremony, this one for Jon Dohner and Beth Frederick on April 16, 2021.  It is a meaningful ceremony and I was once again honored to be part of the Bet Din.  After the ceremony, we gathered at temple for a very nice lunch prepared by Karen Sarko and Terri Katzman.  Jon and Beth took part in Shabbat services and did a great job in reading from the Torah and giving warm speeches.  Jon and Beth have both become members of CEI and we welcome them into our CEI Family!

     Upon the recommendation of the COVID Committee, the building will remain closed for the future with the possibility of opening completely for the High Holidays.  The building will open only for family and friends when Autumn Blozowich becomes a Bat Mitzvah in June.  The maximum number of people will be 50, everyone needs to wear a mask and adhere to social distancing, as the seating in the sanctuary will be limited.  There will be no Oneg or luncheon following services on Saturday.    

Irene

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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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CHATTER                             

   Happy Birthday to:  Myriam Gau, Joyce Schenck, Mitch Goldstein, Robin Mickey, James Schenck, Karen Sarko, Jeanne Cohen-Sicuro and Eileen Cohen. 

   Happy Anniversary to:  Jody & Michael Keating, Nina & Jon Lewis and Rabbi Lenny & Karen Sarko.

   We offer condolences to members Shirley & Jerold Shpargel on the death of Jerry’s mother Ruth F. Shpargel.

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GRAD NEWS NEEDED!  If you know of someone graduating from high school, trade school, college or university, PLEASE email the CEI office (ceimain50@aol.com)  with the information ASAP or call (724-834-0560).

Please include: Who, Where graduating from and their major, and What are their future plans.

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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.  

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SECURITY SYSTEM WILL BE ARMED.

While the building is closed, if you should need to use the building during working hours, please alert Bea and arrangements can be made.  If you should need to enter the building after working hours, be aware that the system will be armed and you may unintentionally cause the police department to be alerted.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I appreciate your cooperation and understanding as to why it is important to maintain the highest level of security possible for the Congregants and the Staff.

Irene

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ALFRED RATNER LIBRARY NEWS by Shirley Shpargel

 

     A recent purchase for the library is America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today by Pamela S. Nadell.  Pamela Nadell has weaved together the stories of women from American and Jewish history in five chapters, each about a mix of social groups and time periods.  The groupings begin with colonial Jewish women followed by nineteenth century domestic mothers, turn of the century immigrants, mid-twentieth century semi-assimilationists, and then our contemporaries.  Within each chapter the author explores how ritually observant each grouping of women are such as keeping kosher, praying, having children, and doing good deeds.

     In the last chapter Nadell introduces the reader to feminists, lesbians, intermarrying women, women of color, Zionist activists, women who discover they are Jewish late in life, and men who discover they are women.    One review of the book suggests the reader should begin with the last chapter first because of the diversity group of women, then continue with the colonial Jewish women.  Jewish women have had a marvelous history with a commitment to making the world a better place.  Pamela S. Nadell is the Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender History and director of Jewish studies at American University.  America’s Jewish Women is winner of the 2019 National Jewish Book Award.

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SISTERHOOD SHABBAT

FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2021

 

WE HOPE THAT ALL OF OUR SISTERHOOD MEMBERS, FRIENDS, AND FAMILY

JOIN US AT THE  (7:30 P.M.) SISTERHOOD SHABBAT.

THIS SERVICE WILL BE ONLINE ONLY.

LOGON TO THE CEI GOTOMEETING SITE.

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SHAVUOT and YIZKOR SERVICE: We will remember our loved ones, who are no longer with us on Friday, May 14 at 7:30 PM through our online gotomeeting site.

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We Greatfully Acknowledge the Following Gifts:

PULPIT FLOWERS.  In Memory of: 

March 19:       Sarah Davis by Larry Brodell, Linda & Jeffrey Reisner, Phyllis Davis, Marilyn & Jim Davis. Herb Seigle by Marilyn & Jim Davis.  Harry Levine by Phyllis Davis, Marilyn & Jim Davis.  Sadie Goldman by Cori & Michael Liptak.

March 26:       Mary G. Kaufman by Doris Kaufman & Family.

April 2:           David L. Slone by Robert & Marion Slone.  Israel Samuels by Phyllis Davis, 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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CEI Funds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATION GENERAL FUND:  CEI operating expenses.  CEI operating expenses. In Memory of: Marvin Berk by Marilyn & Jim Davis.          

 

CONGREGATION YAHRZEIT FUND: In Memory of:

Joseph Glasser & all family loved ones by Esther & Stuart Glasser.  Daniel Tattenbaum & Louise Davidson by Rachel & Bert Minushkin.  Anna Pavloff & Sarah Pavloff by Sidney & Phyllis Ackerman.  Daniel M. Reid, Rhoda A. Reid & Addie Reid Powell by Robin Reid Mickey.  Goldie Cohen by Jeanne & Jeff Sicuro.  Ralph Balber by Samuel Balber.  Seth Sadock by Jonathan Sadock.  Max Applbaum by Barbara A. & Daniel Glennie.            

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 Herbert Kramer. 

A donation by Marilyn & Jim Davis.  In Memory of: Charlotte Krinock by Ron Vorel.     

 

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 the Karelitz Family by Irene Rothschild.  Mazel Tov to Jon Dohner by Irene Rothschild.  Mazel Tov to Beth Frederick by Irene Rothschild.   In Memory of: Robert Crupie by Brian, Karen, Jason and Justin Chobirko.  Donna Jobe by Brian, Karen, Jason and Justin Chobirko.   Judith Ann Vittone by Wally Caplan.

SOCIAL ACTION FUND:  Supports projects that benefit our community.

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

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

WITH LOVE TO JIM DAVIS

ON HIS 70TH BIRTHDAY MARCH 25, 2021

LINDA AND JEFF

 

IN HONOR OF LARRY BRODELL

99TH BIRTHDAY  MARCH 31, 2021

ALL OUR LOVE  LINDA AND JEFF

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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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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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Honoring Their Memory

The following Yahrzeits will be honored at CEI

May 7:  James Applebaum, Michael W. Buchman, *Nellie Callet, *Pearl G. Conn, *Leonard J. Cowan, *Nathan Dates, Charlotte Fiedler, Max Kaufer, *Martha Friedlander Kuhns, *Anna Levine, *Irene S. Mullen, Goldye Pittler, *Nathan David Redlich, *William Balazs Roth, Dorothy Sandson, *Anna Shofnosky, Harry Tattenbaum, Mark Weisberger, William Werksman, *Louis Wilder and June Ziff.

May 14:  *Johnn Bergwein, *Robert Finkelhor, *Milton M. Goldberg, *Minnie Gordon, *Abraham Gross, David Grossman, *Reuben Levinson, *Anna Pallan, Barbara F. Rothschild, *Michael Whiteman and Pearl Wong.

May 21:  *Lillian Berkofsky, Steven Buchbinder, *Benjamin Davis, *Hymen Davis, *Abraham Friedlander, *Sarah Gross, *David Hochberg, *Jacob Introligator, *Olga Obernauer Jaskulek, *Bertha Kamerman, Jacob Kinsbursky, Harry Moldovan and *Isadore Rubin.

May 28:  *Harry E. Buchman, Gertrude Buckstein, Czerna Cohen, Elaine Dunhoff, *Simon Feinberg, Minna Feuerstein, *Herbert L. Friedlander, *Blanche Gillis, *Ida Millstein Levine, *Sadie Levinson, *Abraham Minsky, *Samuel Moldovan, *Jacob Ratner, *Sam Rosner, *Jacob M. Rubin, *R. Leah Rubin, Linda Schwartzman and Henry O. Slone.

June 4:  *Harry Berger, Eleanor Chobirko, Joseph Cohen, *Isidore Felder, Stuart Freeman, *Dr. Philip H. Gold, *James (Yaney) Grossman, *Maurice Kramer, Bill Moldovan, Maxine Morris, *Abraham Pavloff, Aleen Redlich, Robert Schrag, Esther Segal, Jane Ratner Werrin, *Mollie R. Whiteman and *Barbara Wilder.

May 2021 CEI Bulletin

Congregation Emanu-El Israel

222 North Main Street, Greensburg, PA. 15601          

                 Iyar – Sivan      5781                 

May 2021

 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

   

Shavuot – The Party at Sinai

In May we celebrate the festival of Shavuot.  Although in our modern day this holiday seems to have taken a smaller role, in biblical times it was one of the big pilgrimage holidays with Passover and Sukkot.  Shavuot is celebrated as the time we received the Torah at Mt. Sinai.

When we think about spiritual experiences, we picture prayer, meditation, or perhaps a solitary walk in nature. Yet that is not how the Torah describes the Jewish people’s experience at the greatest Divine revelation in history.  “… and they perceived the God of Israel, and beneath His feet was like the forming of a sapphire brick and like the appearance of the heavens for clarity.  And upon the nobles of the children of Israel He did not lay His hand, and they perceived God, and they ate and drank.”

It seems almost inconceivable. “They perceived the God of Israel,” and how did they respond? They ate and drank!

In explaining this incident, Biblical commentators are divided. Some maintain that eating and drinking was indeed a sin; others explain that it was not only permitted, but the right thing to do, since the food and drink were not a distraction from the Divine revelation, rather a celebration of it.

Judaism teaches that our task is to heal the rift between physical and spiritual, to the point where the physical is sanctified by enhancing the spiritual experience.  Chassidic philosophy explains that before the giving of the Torah at Sinai, the divide between physical and spiritual was unbridgeable. At Sinai the separation was broken; God descended upon Mt. Sinai, enabling us, for the first time in the history of the cosmos, to elevate the physical world and connect  it to holiness.

Many of the Jewish people at Sinai were overwhelmed by the intensity of the experience and were unable to eat. Those close to God, who were not awe-stricken, were able to engage in elevating the food and drink. The rabbis believe that the more we connect to the sacred, the more we are able to fulfill the task of elevating the physical world.

This explains a Talmudic debate regarding the purpose of Shabbat. Some argue that Shabbat was given so that the Jewish people would have time to study Torah (since labor is prohibited), while others say that Shabbat was given for the Jewish people to enjoy food and drink (as there is an obligation to honor the Shabbat with delicacies). These two opinions do not contradict one another; they address two distinct situations – one spiritual, one physical.

If we create moments of closeness to God we enjoy the pleasures of food and drink, because the spiritual experiences empower us to be able to sanctify the food and drink. The more we connect to spirituality and holiness, the more we can elevate the material world.

So this Shavuot take some time for prayer and study in honor of receipt of the Torah, but also take time to enjoy a good meal in the celebration of our holiday.

Amen

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From the President: 

     Before I go on to write about temple life, I would like to let you know about something good that happened on April 10, 2021.  Fifty-eight of my friends and neighbors walked around my neighborhood in Wimmerton, we were ‘The Wimmerton Walkers’.  We walked to help raise money for the Blackburn Center.  There are still donations coming in, but at last count, we raised about $1200.00!  It was a beautiful day and I was so grateful for the positive response and for the generosity of the ‘walkers’! 

     Good things are starting to happen at CEI, as well.  Our long time custodian, Scott Sykes, retired last month after working for us for almost ten years and we wish him the very best in his retirement.  It is well earned!  We will miss you, Scott!  We were able to hire a new custodian, Jeff Lewis, who started working in mid-March.  Given that the building remains closed, he only works a couple of days a week to get work done in and around the building, now that the weather is warming up.  So, if you happen to be at the building, please introduce yourself to him. 

     Some committee work is also commencing.  The Garden Committee met with the Men’s Club last month to assess what work needs to be done in the front yard and along the driveway.  The Men’s Club will hold a Mitzvah Day on Sunday, May 2nd to start cleaning up the front yard.  An arborist will examine two of the trees in front to determine what needs to be done with them.  Robin Mickey, the chair of the Garden Committee is committed to beautifying the grounds.  So, there will be new plants/shrubs being planted once we figure out how we want everything to look.  Robin is also being very generous and offering to help defray the cost of the new plantings!  Thanks so much, Robin!

     Also, in April, the Security Committee met with Shawn Brokos from Federation who visited the building and gave us an assessment and recommendations as to how to improve building security.  If there is any cost involved, we are hopeful that Federation may be able to help us with a grant. 

     I am very grateful to Richard Virshup, Gary Moidel and Jack Wilder who are the core group for Men’s Club and also function as the Security Committee. 

     Saving the best for last, we held another conversion ceremony, this one for Jon Dohner and Beth Frederick on April 16, 2021.  It is a meaningful ceremony and I was once again honored to be part of the Bet Din.  After the ceremony, we gathered at temple for a very nice lunch prepared by Karen Sarko and Terri Katzman.  Jon and Beth took part in Shabbat services and did a great job in reading from the Torah and giving warm speeches.  Jon and Beth have both become members of CEI and we welcome them into our CEI Family!

     Upon the recommendation of the COVID Committee, the building will remain closed for the future with the possibility of opening completely for the High Holidays.  The building will open only for family and friends when Autumn Blozowich becomes a Bat Mitzvah in June.  The maximum number of people will be 50, everyone needs to wear a mask and adhere to social distancing, as the seating in the sanctuary will be limited.  There will be no Oneg or luncheon following services on Saturday.    

Irene

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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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CHATTER                             

   Happy Birthday to:  Myriam Gau, Joyce Schenck, Mitch Goldstein, Robin Mickey, James Schenck, Karen Sarko, Jeanne Cohen-Sicuro and Eileen Cohen. 

   Happy Anniversary to:  Jody & Michael Keating, Nina & Jon Lewis and Rabbi Lenny & Karen Sarko.

   We offer condolences to members Shirley & Jerold Shpargel on the death of Jerry’s mother Ruth F. Shpargel.

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GRAD NEWS NEEDED!  If you know of someone graduating from high school, trade school, college or university, PLEASE email the CEI office (ceimain50@aol.com)  with the information ASAP or call (724-834-0560).

Please include: Who, Where graduating from and their major, and What are their future plans.

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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.  

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SECURITY SYSTEM WILL BE ARMED.

While the building is closed, if you should need to use the building during working hours, please alert Bea and arrangements can be made.  If you should need to enter the building after working hours, be aware that the system will be armed and you may unintentionally cause the police department to be alerted.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I appreciate your cooperation and understanding as to why it is important to maintain the highest level of security possible for the Congregants and the Staff.

Irene

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ALFRED RATNER LIBRARY NEWS by Shirley Shpargel

 

     A recent purchase for the library is America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today by Pamela S. Nadell.  Pamela Nadell has weaved together the stories of women from American and Jewish history in five chapters, each about a mix of social groups and time periods.  The groupings begin with colonial Jewish women followed by nineteenth century domestic mothers, turn of the century immigrants, mid-twentieth century semi-assimilationists, and then our contemporaries.  Within each chapter the author explores how ritually observant each grouping of women are such as keeping kosher, praying, having children, and doing good deeds.

     In the last chapter Nadell introduces the reader to feminists, lesbians, intermarrying women, women of color, Zionist activists, women who discover they are Jewish late in life, and men who discover they are women.    One review of the book suggests the reader should begin with the last chapter first because of the diversity group of women, then continue with the colonial Jewish women.  Jewish women have had a marvelous history with a commitment to making the world a better place.  Pamela S. Nadell is the Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender History and director of Jewish studies at American University.  America’s Jewish Women is winner of the 2019 National Jewish Book Award.

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SISTERHOOD SHABBAT

FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2021

 

WE HOPE THAT ALL OF OUR SISTERHOOD MEMBERS, FRIENDS, AND FAMILY

JOIN US AT THE  (7:30 P.M.) SISTERHOOD SHABBAT.

THIS SERVICE WILL BE ONLINE ONLY.

LOGON TO THE CEI GOTOMEETING SITE.

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SHAVUOT and YIZKOR SERVICE: We will remember our loved ones, who are no longer with us on Friday, May 14 at 7:30 PM through our online gotomeeting site.

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We Greatfully Acknowledge the Following Gifts:

PULPIT FLOWERS.  In Memory of: 

March 19:       Sarah Davis by Larry Brodell, Linda & Jeffrey Reisner, Phyllis Davis, Marilyn & Jim Davis. Herb Seigle by Marilyn & Jim Davis.  Harry Levine by Phyllis Davis, Marilyn & Jim Davis.  Sadie Goldman by Cori & Michael Liptak.

March 26:       Mary G. Kaufman by Doris Kaufman & Family.

April 2:           David L. Slone by Robert & Marion Slone.  Israel Samuels by Phyllis Davis, 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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CEI Funds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONGREGATION GENERAL FUND:  CEI operating expenses.  CEI operating expenses. In Memory of: Marvin Berk by Marilyn & Jim Davis.          

 

CONGREGATION YAHRZEIT FUND: In Memory of:

Joseph Glasser & all family loved ones by Esther & Stuart Glasser.  Daniel Tattenbaum & Louise Davidson by Rachel & Bert Minushkin.  Anna Pavloff & Sarah Pavloff by Sidney & Phyllis Ackerman.  Daniel M. Reid, Rhoda A. Reid & Addie Reid Powell by Robin Reid Mickey.  Goldie Cohen by Jeanne & Jeff Sicuro.  Ralph Balber by Samuel Balber.  Seth Sadock by Jonathan Sadock.  Max Applbaum by Barbara A. & Daniel Glennie.            

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 Herbert Kramer. 

A donation by Marilyn & Jim Davis.  In Memory of: Charlotte Krinock by Ron Vorel.     

 

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 the Karelitz Family by Irene Rothschild.  Mazel Tov to Jon Dohner by Irene Rothschild.  Mazel Tov to Beth Frederick by Irene Rothschild.   In Memory of: Robert Crupie by Brian, Karen, Jason and Justin Chobirko.  Donna Jobe by Brian, Karen, Jason and Justin Chobirko.   Judith Ann Vittone by Wally Caplan.

SOCIAL ACTION FUND:  Supports projects that benefit our community.

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

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

WITH LOVE TO JIM DAVIS

ON HIS 70TH BIRTHDAY MARCH 25, 2021

LINDA AND JEFF

 

IN HONOR OF LARRY BRODELL

99TH BIRTHDAY  MARCH 31, 2021

ALL OUR LOVE  LINDA AND JEFF

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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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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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Honoring Their Memory

The following Yahrzeits will be honored at CEI

May 7:  James Applebaum, Michael W. Buchman, *Nellie Callet, *Pearl G. Conn, *Leonard J. Cowan, *Nathan Dates, Charlotte Fiedler, Max Kaufer, *Martha Friedlander Kuhns, *Anna Levine, *Irene S. Mullen, Goldye Pittler, *Nathan David Redlich, *William Balazs Roth, Dorothy Sandson, *Anna Shofnosky, Harry Tattenbaum, Mark Weisberger, William Werksman, *Louis Wilder and June Ziff.

May 14:  *Johnn Bergwein, *Robert Finkelhor, *Milton M. Goldberg, *Minnie Gordon, *Abraham Gross, David Grossman, *Reuben Levinson, *Anna Pallan, Barbara F. Rothschild, *Michael Whiteman and Pearl Wong.

May 21:  *Lillian Berkofsky, Steven Buchbinder, *Benjamin Davis, *Hymen Davis, *Abraham Friedlander, *Sarah Gross, *David Hochberg, *Jacob Introligator, *Olga Obernauer Jaskulek, *Bertha Kamerman, Jacob Kinsbursky, Harry Moldovan and *Isadore Rubin.

May 28:  *Harry E. Buchman, Gertrude Buckstein, Czerna Cohen, Elaine Dunhoff, *Simon Feinberg, Minna Feuerstein, *Herbert L. Friedlander, *Blanche Gillis, *Ida Millstein Levine, *Sadie Levinson, *Abraham Minsky, *Samuel Moldovan, *Jacob Ratner, *Sam Rosner, *Jacob M. Rubin, *R. Leah Rubin, Linda Schwartzman and Henry O. Slone.

June 4:  *Harry Berger, Eleanor Chobirko, Joseph Cohen, *Isidore Felder, Stuart Freeman, *Dr. Philip H. Gold, *James (Yaney) Grossman, *Maurice Kramer, Bill Moldovan, Maxine Morris, *Abraham Pavloff, Aleen Redlich, Robert Schrag, Esther Segal, Jane Ratner Werrin, *Mollie R. Whiteman and *Barbara Wilder.