October Bulletin

October CEI Bulletin

Congregation Emanu-El Israel

222 North Main Street, Greensburg, PA. 15601          

                 Tishrei – Cheshvan     5782                 

October 2021

 724-834-0560    

office@cei-greensburg.org     rabbi@cei-greensburg.or/*g     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

     Beginning the Torah anew this year with Parshat Bereshit, I have been asking myself what God was trying to tell human beings by creating us at the very end of Creation. Are we the pinnacle of God’s achievements, meant to place our own needs ahead of other forms of life? My answer to this question has an impact on my response to the ongoing crises of climate change and global poverty, two issues I care deeply about. How can we balance sustainable development and population growth with the need to curtail human expansion in response to climate change? I believe that a “human versus planet” outlook is not the only choice, and when I read Parasha Bereshit, I see the potential for synthesis.

     In Genesis’s first chapter, humans are at the top of the food chain. God tells Adam: “Fill the earth and master it; and rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky and all the living things that creep on earth.” In the second chapter of Genesis, however, the role of humans within the natural world is different. God places Adam in the Garden of Eden “to till and to tend it,” with humans meant to be caretakers of the world.

     One of my favorite midrashim harmonizes these two perspectives by acknowledging the centrality of humans in creation while still underscoring the need for human beings to serve as stewards of a fragile world. The Rabbis tell the story that when God led Adam around the Garden of Eden, God said, “Look at My works. See how beautiful they are, how excellent! For your sake I created them all. See to it that you do not spoil or destroy My world—for if you do, there will be no one to repair it after you.”  The midrash merges the mandates, positioning humans as both the beneficiaries and caretakers of the earth. We have the ability to shape the world in ways unknown to other species, and we should use those abilities to further human progress and protect the environment.

     But by and large, we have failed to achieve this balance. We see the effects of human exploitation of the planet in the rapidly evolving climate crisis. As an environmentalist, it seems to me that the solution should be simple: we should revert to our role as stewards and caretakers, minimizing our planetary footprint.

     But in practice, sometimes human needs appear to trump environmental concerns. Proponents of development projects like dams and roads believe that the gains in terms of job creation and poverty reduction could far outweigh the loss of trees and contamination of rivers. This is the rationale of growing economies like China and India, which defend their development projects by maintaining that the importance of raising people out of poverty overrides concerns about climate change.

     While this sounds reasonable in theory, it is not working on the ground. The large-scale industrial projects springing up in developing countries are not only damaging the land, but are endangering the lives and livelihoods of the people they are ostensibly designed to help. Well-intended projects more frequently exploit the earth further disrupting the delicate balance of our planet. Governments and individuals alike must try to achieve harmony between human needs and environmental protection by realizing that they are not in opposition to each other. Sustainable, grassroots development merges the messages of Genesis, ensuring that both the needs of humans and the earth are met.

     As the midrash predicted, the world now needs repairing because we have neglected both imperatives of Genesis: we have spoiled and destroyed God’s world and have not used its resources effectively in service of humanity. Our task now is to rise to the challenge of the midrash, protecting the needs of all humans while serving as caretakers of the natural world. The responsibility is ours, for if we fail, there will indeed be none left to repair the world after us.

Amen

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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:  Nancy Krokosky, Jamie Kaufer, Liz Eisenstatt, Mackenzie Robinson, Sharon Winters, Brian Slone, Amy Karelitz, Rabbi Lenny Sarko, Ben Resnick, Nicolette Cloutier, Ronda Goetz, Malcolm Cohen and Arnie Papernick.  

   Happy Anniversary to:  Shoshana & Bob Halden, Robin & Paul Mickey and Julie & Mitch Goldstein.

   We offer condolences to the family of former member Jan Abramson.

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Please mark your calendars and plan to join with us for the

Bat Mitzvah of Yvonne Bureau

on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 10:00 AM

The service will be in sanctuary and online.

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Program:  Sermon on the Mount

Congregation Emanu-El Israel is joining a program that is sponsored by Seton Hill.  The university is bringing in noted author Amy Jill Levine to talk about her latest book Sermon on the Mount.  Ms. Levine is an orthodox Jew who has done much over the decades to promote dialogue between Jews and Christians. 

CEI will host two discussions at our synagogue on

Sunday, October 17 and 24 at 2:00 PM.  Each will cover

one half of the book and will be led by Rabbi Lenny.  A

reception will be provided after each discussion in our

Social Hall and some church groups will be invited to attend. 

Amy Jill Levine will personally speak at Seton Hill University on Sunday, November 7 at 3:00 PM. 

All events are free to the public.  We have several copies of the Sermon on the Mount book, if you would like to borrow one, please contact Rabbi Lenny or the office.

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SISTERHOOD NOTES

     Hope all of your Holidays have been filled with joyous times and that we are all facing a year filled with good health and happiness.

     During the month of October, Rabbi Lenny will be conducting two programs based on a book by orthodox Jew, Amy Jill Levine’s, Sermon on the Mount.  The programs slated for Sundays October 17 and 24 will be held at CEI, but can also be accessed on www.gotomeeting.com  and will begin at 2 p.m.  Rabbi Lenny will also be talking about the beginning and process of the Braille Torah he is creating on a program sponsored by the Western PA Small Congregations Committee on October 6 at 7:00 p.m.  This will be on-line; you will find sign-up information elsewhere in this Bulletin.    

     Sisterhood programming will take a hiatus during October so that we might participate in and enjoy these programs. 

     The Break-the-Fast dinner held following Yom Kippur services was enjoyed by many.  I think we all made up for the meals we missed during the day!  Many thanks to the Goldstein Family for undertaking the costs of the meal in order for Sisterhood to realize some fundraising from the event.  Thanks are also in order to Karen Sarko, Amy Karelitz, Irene Rothschild and Yvonne Bureau for the tasty additions to the meal.  And thanks also to Mary Ellen Kane, Shoshana Halden and Karen Sarko for assisting with set-up.  This traditional dinner is a highlight to our holidays.

     Chanukah begins early this year, November 28th!  Mark your calendars for our annual Chanukah dinner slated for the eighth night, December 5th.  Yummy, yum, yum!  And, we will also fit in a Sisterhood gathering during November.

     With all of these events in our future, I wish you a color-full, healthy, and safe Fall,

                                                                        Terri    

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The Western Pennsylvania Small Congregation Clergy Explorations will bring you the program The Developement of the Hebrew Braille Sefer Torah, presented by Rabbi Lenny Sarko, on Wednesday October 6 at 7 pm.  This will be a zoom seminar.  The link can be found on the web site start page.

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ALFRED RATNER LIBRARY NEWS by Shirley Shpargel

House on Endless Waters by Israeli author Emuna Elon is a new fiction added to our library collection.  The author currently lives in Jerusalem and is an author, journalist, and women’s rights activist and her name Emuna means faith. 

     The novel begins when the acclaimed Israeli author, Yoel Blum is asked by his publisher to travel to Amsterdam to celebrate the translation of his book into Dutch.  Blum is shocked to learn that he was born in Amsterdam, a fact that he was unaware of.  While touring the Jewish Historical Museum with his wife, Yoel tours the prewar Dutch Jewry and is surprised to see a youthful face of his beloved mother in a photo with his father and older sister and an infant he doesn’t recognize.  This discovery gives Blum the chance to learn more about his family’s near-death escape from the concentration camps.  When he questions his older sister Nettie, she confesses what their mother, now dead, had kept secret and never wanted him to return to Amsterdam.  Blum knows he must now research their family’s mystery.  He begins to write the story of his mother, Sonia and her two young children.  The father, Eddy is taken away, so she begs for help from the friends who are also Jewish.  They live with the restrictions of wearing the yellow star, the closed playgrounds, and food shortages.  Their family barely escapes being deported to Auschwitz and make their way to pre-state Israel.

     The novel alternates between the present and the past with Blum filling his notebooks with daily activities alongside his reconstruction of his family’s life during the final years of World War II.  House on Endless Waters joins the literature that explores post-Holocaust trauma suffered by survivors.  Elon writes of Yoel’s revelation as he journey’s his past with the present and the novel’s shocking conclusion.

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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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We Gratefully Acknowledge the Following Thoughtful Gifts

PULPIT FLOWERS.  In Memory of: 

Aug. 27:  Helen Slone by Marion & Robert Slone.  Norma Brodell by Linda & Jeffrey Reisner.

Rosh Hashanah:  John Halden, Margot Halden, Zilpa Lurie, Reuven Lurie & Boaz Lurie by Shoshana

                Bob Halden. Barry J. Kane by Mary Ellen, Bob & Michael Kane & Families. William Karelitz &

                Bernard Cohen by Amy Karelitz. Beatrice Sterling Hollander, Myron Lewis, Betty Rae Lewis &

                Bertha Lessy Sterling by Jon, Nina Lewis & Family. Walter Baker, Harry Goldman & Sadie

                Goldman by Cori & Michael Liptak. Rhoda A. Reid, Daniel Michael Reid, Suzie Mickey, Brad

                Powell & Addie Powell by Robin & Paul Mickey. Samuel H. Roth & Ruth S. Roth by Shirley

                Ratner & Family. Norma Brodell, Larry Brodell, Larry Brodell, Joanne Brodell Alpern, Sarah

                Davis, William Davis, Martha Reisner & Curt A. Reisner by Linda & Jeffrey Reisner. Rolf

                Rothschild & Liesel Rothschild by Irene C. Rothschild. Ruth Metz Shpargel, Sol Shpargel,

                Minna Lader Feuerstein & Harry Feuerstein by Shirley & Jerold Shpargel.       

Sept. 10: Lena Samuels by Marilyn & Jim Davis and Phyllis Davis.

Yom Kippur: John Halden, Margot Halden, Zilpa Lurie, Reuven Lurie & Boaz Lurie by Shoshana

                Bob Halden. Barry J. Kane by Mary Ellen, Bob & Michael Kane & Families. William Karelitz &

                Bernard Cohen by Amy Karelitz.  Samuel H. Roth & Ruth S. Roth by Shirley

                Ratner & Family. Norma Brodell, Larry Brodell, Larry Brodell, Joanne Brodell Alpern, Sarah

                Davis, William Davis, Martha Reisner & Curt A. Reisner by Linda & Jeffrey Reisner. Rolf

                Rothschild & Liesel Rothschild by Irene C. Rothschild. Ruth Metz Shpargel, Sol Shpargel,

                Minna Lader Feuerstein & Harry Feuerstein by Shirley & Jerold Shpargel. Freda Virshup &

                William Virshup by Richard & Georgi Virshup.

Sept. 17: Barbara Callihan by Marilyn & Jim Davis.

Sept. 24: Bernard Cohen by Amy Karelitz.

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.   

CEI HIGH HOLY DAY APPEAL:  Cori & Michael Liptak, Ben Resnick, Richard & Georgi Virshup, Jack Wilder, Harry F. Cohen, Linda Liebman, Troy & Beth Frederick, Sandra Cohen, Joel Last, Doris Kaufman, Richard & Georgi Virshup, Nicolette Cloutier, Jeffrey & Linda Reisner, Josh & Suzan Estner, Jim & Marilyn Davis, Phyllis Davis, Stan & Terri Katzman, Michael Mendler, Carol Ratner, Mr. & Mrs. Alan Berk, Jeanne & Jeff Sicuro, Dr. & Mrs. Barry L. Levin, Robin Reid Mickey, Lois Browdie, Mary Ellen Kane, Francine Arbetter, Yelena & ladmir Radchenko, Judi & Harvey Roth, Stephen & Shirley Tannenbaum, Irene C. Rothschild, Dr. Stanley & Linda Pittler, Donald Pripstein, Irene Neumann Friedman, Nancy Millstein, Marelda Family Foundation (Sissy & Gary Stein, Marcy, Elissa & Dana), Jonathan Dohner, Jerold & Shirley Shpargel, Jamie Kaufer, Virginia & John Lieberman, Lisa Minushkin Heffley, Rhonda Lee, Stanley Cohen, Brian Balk, Lee Bernstein, The Chobirko Family, Bernard Brill, Esther & Stuart Glasser & Family, Jack & Marsha Feldstein, Yolanda & Jerry Pavloff, Shirley Ratner, Joseph Felder & Jean A. Caplowe, Christopher DeMarco,    

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

CEI operating expenses.   In Honor of:  High Holiday Tzedakah by Kerry Arthur Rudt.  In Memory of: Larry Brodell by Carol Ratner.

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

CONGREGATION GENERAL FUND:  CEI operating expenses.                     

CONGREGATION YAHRZEIT FUND: In Memory of:

  In Memory of:  Celia Glantz Feryus by Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Feryus. Marcus Last by Joel L. Last. Anna Gelman by Ann & Bob Gelman. Mark Mendler by Mike & Stacy Mendler. Katjarina Erker Lader by Mr. & Mrs. Jerold Shpargel. Samuel H. Roth by Shirley Ratner & Family.             

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.   

In Honor of: Bob Halden’s Birthday by Dr. Danny & Mrs. Marianne Halden.

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).

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: Mary Ellen Kane & her new home by Irene Rothschild. Michael Carey on his recent conversion by Irene Rothschild. Anna Spor on her recent conversion by Irene Rothschild. Christopher DeMarco on his recent conversion by Irene Rothschild. The speedy recovery of Gerry Seaman by Irene Rothschild. Sinde Snitger by Irene Rothschild. In Memory of: Nancy Poole by Karen Chobirko. Ron Watzman by Wally Caplan. The sister of Barbara Park by Irene Rothschild. Linda Bennett-Huey’s mother Trude by Irene Rothschild.  

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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Rabbi Leonard Sarko.  

CEI Officers:  President: Irene C. Rothschild.  1st Vice President: Marion Slone.  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. 

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Honoring Their Memory

The following Yahrzeits will be honored at CEI

Oct. 1, Simchat Torah:  *Esther Charapp, *Samuel Felder, *Zev Wolf Felder, *Zalman Flamm, *Ernest Friedlander, Ruth Glantz, *Rose J. Harris, Catherine E. Keating, *Hannah Kuhl, *Phillip Levinson, *Jack H. Millstein, Sr., Barney Moldovan, Harry Pripstein, *Samuel H. Roth, *David Schneider, *Ida Shofnosky, Louis Slutzker and *Ida Zeeman.

Oct. 8:  Jacob Ainbender, *Berl Brill, *Lucy Caplan, *Zundel Donshofsky, Dora Ekstein, Sidney A. Kaufman, Mike Leifer, *Wolf Asher Mace, *Sadie Moldovan, David Perman, *Minnie Reisberg, *Eli J. Rose, *David Sine, John Trotter and *Samuel J. Wise.

Oct. 15:  Robert Abrams, Ruth Albert, Hilda Baer, *Israel L. Berezofsky, *Dr. Benjamin D. Berkowitz, Hildegarde Briner, Howard Byer, Ronald Byster, *Simon Cohen, *Anna Daniels, *Rachel L. Davis, *Geraldine S. Drexler, Ida Glenn, Judy Goldstein, Walter Jacobowitz, Eckie Kaufer, *Alexander F. Kaufman, Frank Kogut, Nick Lalli, Harper Lynn, Jack Moldovan, *Morris Schwartz, *Eva Shapiro, *Isaac Shofnosky, *Albert Solomon, *Sally Stein, *Essak Weiner, *Abe Wolinsky and Harry Ziff.

Oct. 22:  *Lillian Callet, *Alexander H. Cohen, *Jessie E. Cohen, *Joseph Engelhart, *Benjamin Feinberg,

*A. H. Felder, *Simon Friedlander, *Abraham Glasser, *Leah W. Gold, *Rabbi Henry Goody, *Michelle Wendy Haupt, *Morris Hirsh Levine, Dr. Robert T. Lindner, Judith Pripstein, *Samuel W. Rose, *Morris Sandson, *Pearl Schindowich, *Mayer VeShancey and Harvey Weiner.

Oct. 29:  Anna Adler, *Goodman Altman, *Dorothy M. Brill, *Max N. Cohen, *Wolfe Daniels, Henry Feuerstein, *Arnold Gold, *Minnie Kahanowitz, Louis Lader, *Harry C. Lauchman, *Isadore Levin, Rose Mallinger, *Ada Oppenheimer, *Lillian Pretter, *Fannie Redlich, *Sophie Sandson, Reuben Slone, *Jessie Werblin, *Ada M. Wolfe and *Joseph Zakowitz.

Nov. 5:  David Balk, Samuel Benowitz, Alexander Brodell, *Meyer Cohen, *Lewis Davis, *Edward D. Drexler, Martin Fairman, *Nathan Friedland, *Rhonda A. Friedlander, *Yetta Introligator-Frank, *Eleazer Katz, *Rose E. Kaufman, *Max Kay, *Eli J. Levin, Eva Levin, *Morris Millstein, Norman Papernick, Olive Pearlstein, Helen Pripstein, *Minnie Quint, Martha Reisner, *Ethel Shendowich, Rose Shpargel, *Joseph Stein and Judith Strauss.

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