October Bulletin

October CEI Bulletin

Congregation Emanu-El Israel

222 North Main Street, Greensburg, PA. 15601          

                 Tishrei – Cheshvan     5781                 

October 2020

 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

Simchat Torah in the Age of Covid

This year, COVID-19 will change how we celebrate Simchat Torah, but it never can change the role the Torah plays in our hearts and souls.

Simchat Torah means the happiness of the Torah.  On this holiday we commemorate this part of our canon by reading of the last few words of the fifth book of Bible, Devarim, and then begin immediately to read the first few words of Bereshit.   The Torah was received on Mount Sinai some 3,300 years ago.  It has been read continuously since that time.

The Torah uses the word to describe the Jews at Mount Sinai – vayichan, which is the singular form of the word meaning encamped. The Torah should have used the word vayachanu, the plural form – they encamped. The great commentator on the Torah, Rashi, explains that they were of one heart as one person. This was the only time in the 40 years of wandering the desert that the singular term was used. This was God’s great revelation to not only the Jewish people, but to all the nations of the world.

Simchat Torah is normally a time when the whole community joins together at the sanctuary in a wonderful celebration.  We have not been able to get together since mid-March, and this will not change by the time we reach Simchat Torah.  In past years this day was marked by opening the entire scroll and reading various passages.  We sang songs, danced with the scrolls, and generated great joy in being together to honor our Torah.  This will not happen this year.  

For more than three millennia the Torah has been a moral guide for the entire universe. As a Rabbi, I believe that the Torah given to us more than 3,000 years ago, speaks to me today as it did to our ancestors back then. Sure, the world has changed but our moral foundation has not.

We will celebrate Simchat Torah this year.  We will do so as we socially distance, as we make sure our congregants are safe – but we will celebrate it none the less.  Please join us online for that celebration. 

As we continue to experience the effects of this horrible pandemic, and our religious life has been so disrupted, let us all pray and hope that we are safely delivered from this plague of Biblical proportions sooner rather than later. And, please God, let us return to our synagogue to celebrate Shabbat and our holidays as we have before.

Amen

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From the Desk of the President

     It has been a while since I have written about what an honor and a pleasure it is to continue to be president.  Why?  Because you continue to be wonderful Congregants!  And because it has been great working with Rabbi Lenny and Karen Sarko!  So many of you willingly and cheerfully assume roles that help to keep the Congregation running smoothly and efficiently.  For example, Robin Mickey volunteers twice a year to plant appropriate flowers/plants around the sign in the front yard and she does this without being asked and without asking for reimbursement for her expenses.  Isn’t that terrific?  So, even though we are not using the building, she feels that it is still important to keep it looking great.  Every year, Shoshana Halden takes on the duty of assigning roles for the High Holidays, which is time consuming and I am not sure that everyone appreciates her efforts, but I certainly do!  Mitch Goldstein and Joel Last continue to act as our cantorial soloists for Shabbat services and during the High Holidays and Rachel Gau continues to play violin for Erev Kol Nidre.  All three of them contribute to an added dimension to our services and to making them more entertaining and meaningful.  Terri Katzman is doing a terrific job heading the Caring Committee, as there are so many of us who continue to need support, whether it be emotional or providing sustenance.  Karen Sarko agreed to chair the Covid 19 Committee and they are keeping an eye on the situation and continue to advise us as to if, when and how to reopen the building.  Marion Slone continues to do a great job heading our Sisterhood, particularly all of the work that she does on the calendar and under stressful conditions for many businesses during this pandemic.  Richard Virshup very quietly continues to keep the building and grounds taken care of, so that I do not have to worry about things getting done in a timely manner.  Yay!  And, of course, I very much appreciate everyone on the Board of Directors, because it is an awesome responsibility to manage the business of the Congregation and we are so fortunate to have such dedicated members.

     Since we are starting off the new year of 5781, I also want to thank Bea and Scott for their continued service to CEI! 

     So, now I hope that you understand why I am so grateful to continue in my capacity.  Everyone contributes to making my ‘job’ so much easier!

      Please stay safe and healthy and let us plan for another successful new year! 

L’Shana Tova!

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 wishes toNancy Krokosky, Jamie Kaufer, Amy Karelitz, Rabbi Lenny Sarko, Ben Resnick, Ronda Goetz, Arnie Papernick, Sharon Winters, Brian Slone and Malcolm Cohen.

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

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ALFRED RATNER LIBRARY NEWS by Shirley Shpargel

    A book titled My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew by Abrigal Pogrebin was featured in the September 2020 issue newsletter titled Fig Tree Lit: A Newsletter of American Jewish Literature.   This online newsletter suggests titles for book club discussions; often the books selected are older titles.  My Jewish Year chronicles Pogrebin’s adventures in Judaism, from Elul, the period of reflection before Rosh Hashanah, to the final Shabbat of the year a journey of 18 holidays.  This is an appropriate book for reading during our holiday time now, and can be downloaded on your Kindle for $3.99. 

Pogrebin grew up following some holiday rituals, she realized how little she knew about their foundational purpose and current relevance.  Author Abigail Pogrebin immerses herself into the history of each holiday, focusing on its deepest meaning as a way not only to extend herself and make more relevant her experiences as a Jew, and to share her results with the world.  For 3,000 years, Jews have documented how and why they observe certain holidays.  This book produces insight for the Ultra-Orthodox Jew, the Humanistic Jew and everyone in between.  If you are curious about the meaning underlying   a Jewish holiday, My Jewish Year will be of significant value.

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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. 28:          Joyce Thomas by Yvonne & Ed Bureau.

Sept. 4:           Irene Birnbaum & Devora Berman by Pearl Berman.  Norma Brodell by Larry Brodell, Linda & Jeffrey Reisner.  Phylis Caplan by Wally Caplan.

Sept. 11:         Lena Samuels by Phyllis Davis, Marilyn & Jim Davis.    

Rosh Hashanah:       Joanne Brodell Alpern, Norma Brodell by Larry Brodell and Linda & Jeffrey Reisner. Barbara Callihan by Marilyn & Jim Davis. John Halden, Margot Halden, Zilpa Lurie, Reuven Lurie & Boaz Lurie by Shoshana & Bob Halden. Barry J. Kane by Mary Ellen, Bob & Erin, Michael & Amanda Kane & Families. Walter Baker, Harry Goldman & Sadie Goldman by Cori & Michael Liptak. Rhoda A. Reid, Daniel Michael Reid, Suzie Mickey, Bradford Powell & Addie Powell by Robin & Paul Mickey. Ruth S. Roth & Samuel H. Roth by Shirley R. Ratner. Rolf Rothschild & Liesel Rothschild by Irene C. Rothschild. Sol Shpargel, Minna Lader Feuerstein, & Harry Feuerstein by Shirley & Jerold Shpargel. Freda Virshup & William Virshup by Georgi & Richard Virshup.

Yom Kippur:  Joanne Brodell Alpern, Norma Brodell by Larry Brodell and Linda & Jeffrey Reisner. Phylis Caplan by Walter Caplan. Diane Tauber by Don Gold. John Halden, Margot Halden, Zilpa Lurie, Reuven Lurie & Boaz Lurie by Shoshana & Bob Halden. Barry J. Kane by Mary Ellen, Bob & Erin, Michael & Amanda Kane & Families. Rhoda A. Reid, Daniel Michael Reid, Suzie Mickey, Bradford Powell & Addie Powell by Robin & Paul Mickey. Herbert Moidel & Sylvia Moidel by Teri & Gary Moidel. Ruth S. Roth & Samuel H. Roth by Shirley R. Ratner. Rolf Rothschild & Liesel Rothschild by Irene C. Rothschild. Sol Shpargel, Minna Lader Feuerstein, & Harry Feuerstein by Shirley & Jerold Shpargel. Freda Virshup & William Virshup by Georgi & Richard Virshup.

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. 

In Memory of:  Norman Amper by Phyllis Davis.

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

In Honor of:  The Speedy Recovery of Amy Karelitz by Ronda Goetz.

 

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

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

Donations by Marilyn & Jim Davis, Jeffrey & Susan Firestone, Richard & Jessica Krathen & Adam Winter.  

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: The 90th Birthday of Bert Minushkin by Faith S. Bagnall, Marilyn & Jim Davis, Lisa Minushkin Heffley, Susan Minushkin, Joan Minushkin Zimmerman, Amy Minushkin Lehrer & Families, Virginia & John Lieberman, Linda & Jeffrey Reisner, Don Pripstein.  The 90th Birthday of Don Gold by Marilyn & Jim Davis. Rabbi Lenny & Wally for delivering High Holy Days prayerbooks by Ruth & Arnie Papernick.  In Memory of: Muriel Guttman by Marilyn & Jim Davis.                       

CONGREGATION YAHRZEIT FUND: In Memory of:

In Memory of: Herbert Moidel by Teri & Gary Moidel. Liesel Rothschild by Irene C. Rothschild.                

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 Honor of: Grandchild of Francois & Myriam Gau by Irene Rothschild.  The 90th birthday of Don Gold by Irene Rothschild, Mary Ellen Kane and Terri & Stan Katzman.  The recovery of Huddie Kaufman by Jack Wilder.  The recovery of Jerry Shpargel by Irene Rothschild.  The speedy recovery of Joel Last by Irene Rothschild, Jack Wilder, Terri & Stan Katzman.   A happy new year to Shirley & Jerry Shpargel by Jack Wilder.  A new house of Irene Rothschild by Doris & Huddie Kaufman.  The speedy recovery of Amy Karelitz by Doris & Huddie Kaufman and Irene Rothschild. Good health to Shirley & Jerry Shpargel by Irene Rothschild. A speedy recovery to David Knoepfle by Irene Rothschild.  In Memory of: Albert Werksman by Irene Rothschild, The Chobirko Family, Terri & Stan Katzman.  The mother of Barbara Park by Irene Rothschild.  The father of Dr. Linda Bennett-Huey 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.  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. 

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Honoring Their Memory

The following Yahrzeits will be honored at CEI

Oct. 2:  Allan Barnett, Alexander Bluestone, Neal J. Buckstein, *Esther Charapp,

*Geraldine S. Drexler, *Samuel Felder, *Zev Wolf Felder, Celia Glantz Feryus, *Zalman Flamm,

Don Friedberg, *Ernest Freidlander, Ruth Glantz, Judy Goldstein, *Rose J. Harris, *Hannah Kuhl, *Philip Levinson, *Jack H. Millstein, Sr., Barney Moldovan, Jack Moldovan, *Minnie Reisberg, *Samuel H. Roth, *David Schneider, *Ida Shofnosky, *Albert Solomon, *Lab Wolinsky, *Ida Zeeman and Harry Ziff.

Oct. 9:  Jacob Ainbender, *Berl Brill, *Lucy A. Caplan, *Bernard Cohen, *Zundel Donshefsky, Anna Gelman, Edward Gold, Catherine E. Keating, *Wolf Asher Mace, *Sadie Moldovan, *Eli J. Rose, *David Sine, *Essak Weiner and *Samuel J. Wise.

Oct. 16:  Hilda Baer, Dr. Harold Bayer, *Israel L. Berezofsky, *Dr. Benjamin D. Berkowitz, *Simon Cohen, *Anna Daniels, *Rachel L. Davis, Ruth Glantz, *Leah W. Gold, Robert Greenfield, Barney Holtzman, Walter Jacobowitz, Arnold Katz, *Alexander F. Kaufman, *Sidney A. Kaufmann, Nick Lalli, Mike Leifer, Benjamin Papernick, David Perman, Harry Pripstein, *Morris Sandson, *Pearl Schindowich, *Morris Schwartz, *Eva Shaprio, *Isaac Shofnosky, *Sally Stein, Helen Sussman, Sam Sussman and *Ada M. Wolfe.

Oct. 23:  Ruth Albert, *Goodman Altman, Hildegarde Briner, *Alexander H. Cohen, *Jessie E. Cohen, *Benjamin Feinberg, *A.H. Felder, *Simon Friedlander. Ida Glenn, *Arnold Gold, *Rabbi Henry Goody, Eckie Kaufer, *Morris Hirsh Levine, Herbert Lewis, Harper Lynn, Lynn Manuel, *Lillian Pretter, *Samuel W. Rose, Reuben Slone, Miriam Slutzker and *Meyer VeShancey.

Oct. 30:  Robert Abrams, Anna Adler, Harold Byer, *Lillian Callet, *Max N. Cohen, *Wolfe Daniels, *Lewis Davis, Henry Feuerstein, Miriam Glantz, *Abraham Glasser, *Michelle Wendy Haupt, *Minnie Kahanowitz, Frank Kogut, Louis Lader, Eva Levin, *Ada Oppenheimer, *Minnie Quint, *Fannie Redlich, Rose Shpargel, Harvey Weiner, *Jessie Werblin, *Abe Wolinsky and *Joseph Zakowitz.

Nov. 6:  Alexander Brodell, *Meyer Cohen, Jay Davis, *Edward D. Drexler, *Joseph Engelhart, *Rhoda A. Friedlander, *Yetta Introligator-Frank, *Eleazer Katz, *Max Kay, *Eli J. Levin, Dr. Robert T. Lindner, Rose Mallinger, *Morris Millstein, Norman Papernick, Abraham Pittler, Judith Pripstein, Martha Reisner, Dorothy Rosenbloom, *Sophie Sandson, *Jacob Shapiro, *Ethel Shendowich and Harold Silverberg.

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A Good Lesson:  The woodpecker might have to go!

Everything I need to know about life, I learned from Noah’s Ark.  One: Don’t miss the boat.  Two: Remember that we are all in the same boat.  Three: Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.  Four: Stay fit. When you’re 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.  Five: Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.  Six: Build your future on high ground.  Seven: For safety sake, travel in pairs.  Eight: Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.  Nine: When you’re stressed, float a while.  Ten: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.  Eleven: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting.