September Bulletin

September CEI Bulletin

Congregation Emanu-El Israel

222 North Main Street, Greensburg, PA. 15601          

                 Elul – Tishrei      5782 – 5783                 

September 2022

 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

I forgive you!  An amazing statement.  As September begins we look forward to our entry into our High Holy Day season.  One of the many highlights is Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement.  It is a day we spend together as a community, asking for forgiveness.  We beat our chest and list our sins, both those we have committed and those we haven’t, and we pray that God will forgive us. We come to this day individually and as a community. We are here to ask for forgiveness because we believe that people can change, and because we believe in second and third chances.

Yet Judaism has a very different perspective on forgiveness.  Talmud Yoma says:

“For transgressions between man and God Yom Kippur effects atonement, but for transgressions between man and his fellow, Yom Kippur does not effect atonement, until he has pacified his fellow.”

In other religions it is God that grants forgiveness between people.  This is a foundational for those religions.   It is a distinctly Jewish attribute that God cannot and does not offer forgiveness for sins that people do to one another.  In Judaism, we as individuals take responsibility for our own actions – good and bad.  So when something bad happens, we need to correct the injustice.

I find it interesting that atonement must be done differently depending on if our sin is against God or if it is against people.  This is not a case of follow one set of rules and you are ok.  We need to think about what we have done and to whom.  A change in context may mean a change on how we ask for forgiveness.

So much of Yom Kippur has us concentrate on the sins we commit.  Yet there is a different point of view we need to be aware of.  We also need to be cognizant of others who will approach us for sins they committed against us.  The power to forgive in that case relies on us.  And this is hard!  Philosopher Joanna North defines forgiveness as: “When unjustly hurt by another, we forgive when we overcome the resentment toward the offender, not by denying our right to the resentment, but instead by trying to offer the wrongdoer compassion, benevolence, and love”.  

Rabbi Nahman of Breslav said: “You have to judge every person generously. Even if you have reason to think that a person is completely wicked, It’s your job to look hard and seek out some bit of goodness, some place in that person where he is not evil. When you find that bit of goodness and judge the person that way, you may really raise them up to goodness. Treating people this way allows them to be restored, to come to teshuva – repentance.” This teaches us that no one is entirely evil and to look at those who hurt us and recognize their potential for good. It is perhaps through forgiving that this can be achieved.

Let me kick start our Yom Kippur with a prayer from me to you.  It is a beautiful saying by Ribono Shel Olam: “Behold I now forgive whoever has provoked my anger or annoyance, whoever has done wrong to me, whether to my body or my spirit, or to my honor, or to all that may belong to me, whether willingly, or inadvertently, or by design, whether by speech or deed— let no one suffer punishment on my account.”

L’shana Tova – May you all have a wonderful New Year,

Rabbi Lenny

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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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President:  Irene Rothschild

I want to wish you and your family a very happy, healthy and sweet 5783!  I am proud to say that CEI has seen its membership grow during the past year and I am hopeful that trend continues through the coming year, as well.  It has been wonderful to welcome our youngest members and I look forward to watching them grow up in our Congregation!  Most of our newer members are either taking on leadership roles or assuming responsibilities by becoming members of committees.  So, I am very much looking forward to another successful and productive year at CEI!

While I send you good wishes for the New Year, there is a protocol that everyone should know and practice in order to keep us all safe during the High Holy Days:

  1. Doors will remain locked at all times.
  2. All Congregants must have their FOBs in order to enter the building for each service.
  3. Please enter the building through the front door.
  4. Please be aware of your surroundings and who else might be entering the building at the same time.
  5. Do NOT allow any unknown person to enter the building with you. If that person made a request to attend services, someone will be able to identify that person through the monitor system. One of the ushers will be assigned to do that. 
  6. Due to the rise in COVID cases, it is suggested that everyone wear masks, except when you are eating.

Thank you so much for your cooperation in helping to keep everyone safe!

L’Shana Tova!  Irene

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CHATTER                             

 Happy Birthday to:  Zak Goldstein, Jon Dohner, Jono Korzen, Marion Slone, Ellis Cohen, Harry Slone, Cooper Kane, Juhua Yang, Mike Kane and Jason Winters.

   Happy Anniversary to:  Karen & Brian Chobirko, Gwen & Alan Sarko, Myriam & Francois Gau, Cori & Michael Liptak, Lori & John Vivio, Liz & Larry Eisenstatt, Terri & Stan Katzman.

   We offer condolences to Nicolette Cloutier and family on the death of her grandfather, Roland Cloutier, Sr.  And, to the family of former member Lois Silverberg.

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From Darkness to Light: An exhibition of 36 mosaics inspired by the Tree of Life tragedy will be held at the Jodee Harris Gallery, Seton Hill University (205 W. Otterman St., Gbg) from Aug. 29 to Sept. 30. 

Reception and Gallery Talk on Sunday, Sept. 11 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  Artisit Susan Ribnick, co-Pres. of The Austin Mosaic Guild, brought together mosaic artists from around the world to create works that react and respond to the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27, 2018.  For more details or to RSVP for the reception contact ncche@setonhill.edu.

This reception will kick off the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education’s 35th anniversary celebrations.

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SISTERHOOD NOTES

SISTER OPENING MEETING

PLEASE PLAN ON JOINING US TUESDAY, SEPT. 6, 2022 AT SHARKEY’S, RT. 30 LATROBE AT 6 P.M.

AS WE BEGIN ANOTHER YEAR OF C.E.I. SISTERHOOD

           DINNER CHOICES WILL BE OFF OF THE MENU AND PAID FOR SEPARATELY.

          LET’S TALK ABOUT WHAT THE COMING YEAR WILL BRING AND HOW WE CAN EACH     

         BECOME A PART OF IT.  PLEASE RSVP TO TERRI (terriandstan@comcast.net) NO LATER   THAN FRIDAY, SEPT. 2ND.

IF YOU HAVEN’T YET PAID THE ANNUAL DUES OF $25, IT CAN BE PAID THAT EVENING, ALONG WITH ANY DONATION YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE FOR ONEGS.

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“RUMMAGE SALE”

JUST A REMINDER THAT THE ANNUAL SISTERHOOD

RUMMAGE SALE

WILL TAKE PLACE ON SUNDAY, SEPT. 11 – 9 A.M. – 2 P.M.

AND MONDAY, SEPT. 12, 9 A.M. – NOON

WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING CLOTHING AND HOUSEHOLD DONATIONS

 

PLEASE CALL SHOSHANA OR TERRI IF YOU CAN HELP

 SET-UP ON THURS. 9/8 OR WITH CLEAN-UP ON MON. 9/12.

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Sisterhood’s Fall Rummage Sale

Sunday, September 11 and Monday, September 12, 2022.

Sunday sale hours:  10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Monday sale hours:  9:00 AM to 12 noon

Set-up will be Thursday, Sept. 8 (volunteers especially needed for this day.)

When Fall and/or High Holiday cleaning, please remember to donate clothing and household donations to our sale. 

Drop off before or on Thursday, Sept. 8.  Thank you.

For further information, contact Shoshana Halden or Terri Katzman.

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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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     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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ALFRED RATNER LIBRARY NEWS by Shirley Shpargel, Librarian

The Netanyahus: An Account of a Minor and Ultimately Even Negligible Episode in the History of a Very Famous Family is a new novel by Joshua Cohen.  This is a fictionalized account of a true time in the late 1950’s when Benzion Netanyahu, father of the former prime minister of Israel, Bemjamin, arrived in the United States seeking an academic position.  The narrator is Ruben Blum, a taxation historian, the first and only Jewish member of the faculty at a fictional Corbin College in a small town Corbindale, New York.  Netanyahu did spend some time teaching at Cornell.  Because Ruben is Jewish, he is assigned to a hiring committee to review the application of an exiled Israeli scholar named Benzion Netanyahu.  Netanyahu unexpectedly arrives at the Blum house during a snowstorm accompanied by his brash wife and their three kids.

Before the Netanyahus arrive, Ruben and his wife, Edith, endure visits from their bossy parents.  Edith’s parents are superior higher-class Jews, and Ruben’s parents are immigrants from the Bronx.  When Blum left the Bronx, he wanted to just be an American, but he finds he is still identified as even more Jewish.   Blum’s wife Edith misses New York City, and their daughter, Judy, who is more liberal than her parents, is writing her college entrance essays on the theme of Fairness and is begging for a nose job.  The novel hinges on the contrasts between Ruben and Benzion.  Benzion is a charmless Zionist, who is written off by his colleagues back in Israel as a fanatic.  Ruben embraces the American idea of progress and his desire to assimilate; this is viewed by Benzion as delusional and weak.  Benzion and his family invade the Blum house with the very Jewishness they’ve been trying to ignore. In this novel, Joshua Cohen does give a very humorous account of the Netanyahus visit which I enjoyed, but I felt lost with the detail writing of Benzion’s lectures which he delivers on campus.

VISIT THE ALFRED RATNER LIBRARY DURING THE JEWISH HOLIDAYS

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

  1. The name and address of where to send the response to let them know you made a donation.
  2. The reason for the donation (in memory of, in honor of, speedy recovery, etc) and the full name of the honoree.
  3. Name and address of donor.

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

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Mark your calendars ……. Save the date ……

Sisterhood’s Fall Rummage Sale will be on Sunday, September 11 and Monday, September 12, 2022.

Sunday sale hours:  10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Monday sale hours:  9:00 AM to 12 noon

Set-up will be Thursday, Sept. 8 (volunteers especially needed for this day) and Friday, Sept. 9.

For further information, contact Shoshana Halden or Terri Katzman.

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We gratefully acknowledge the following gifts:

PULPIT FLOWERS.  In Memory of: 

In Memory of: 

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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.   

The 80th Birthday of Bob Halden by Mary Ellen Kane.

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

CEI ENDOWMENT FUND: Provides for the continuity of the congregation by subsidizing future operating expenses. Jeff & Susan Firestone, Adam Winter, Richard & Jessica Krathen. In Honor of: The 80th Birthday of Robert Halden by Daniel & Marianne Halden.       

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

TEMPLE EMANU-EL High Holy Day Appeal: Linda Liebman.

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

CONGREGATION GENERAL FUND:  CEI operating expenses. CEI operating expenses. . A donation in honor of:

The 80th Birthday of Bob Halden by Rabbi Lenny & Karen Sarko. Jon Lewis & 50 Years of Legal Practice by Robert & Marion Slone and Mary Ellen Kane. Mailing the monthly Bulletin by Nina & Jon Lewis. In Memory of: Bob Gelman by Jeffrey Feryus, Catherine M. Allegra & James M. Tanner.  Norman Glantz by Jeffrey Feryus.                    

CONGREGATION YAHRZEIT FUND: In Memory of: 

Karen Anne Wolf by Dr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Wolf. Margaret “Peg” Goldberg by Carol & Ted Goldberg. Martin M. Kramer by Herbert Kramer. Herbert Moidel by Teri & Gary Moidel. Bradford Powell by Robin Mickey. Lillian Liebman & Samuel Liebman by Linda Liebman. Diane Tauber by Don Gold. Freda Wilder by Jack Wilder. Liesel Rothschild by Irene C. Rothschild. Erwin Lewis Kaufman by Doris Kaufman. Phyllis Lee Kramer by Herb Kramer. Louis W. Cohen by Jeanne & Jeff Sicuro. Natalie Kaufer Ference by The Kaufer Family (Karen, Bruce, Max & Jamie). Herbert Cohen by Harry & Theresa Cohen.                                           

                                                                   

NEW SHABBAT PRAYER BOOKS: Provides for the purchase of new Mishkan T’filah.

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. 

RABBI’S DISCRETIONARY FUND: Helps individuals and/or org. in need. In honor of: 

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:

In Honor of: Mazel Tov to Marianne & Mike Evanson on the birth of grandsons, Hawkins and Harrison by Irene Rothschild. Jon Lewis on achieving 50 years as an attorney by Loren & John Vivio, Brian, Karen, Justin & Jason Chobirko, Stan & Terri Katzman, Virginia & John Lieberman and Irene Rothschild. The 80th Birthday of Bob Halden by Irene Rothschild.  In Memory of: Nicolette Cloutier’s Grandfather Roland Cloutier, Sr. by Mary Ellen Kane, Irene Rothschild and Terri & Stan Katzman.  Lois Silverberg 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.

MAZAL TOV!

BOB HALDEN ON YOUR 80TH BIRTHDAY

8/17/2022

SHOSHANA, ESTHER, DANNY AND MARIANNE

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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Dear Friends,

Once again, we are in the process of preparing the Memorial Booklet for the Yizkor service on Yom Kippur, October 5, 2022.  This tradition has been well received by our membership and in this time of virtual services, we would still like it to continue as an Online Memorial to your loved one/s.

Only the names of those deceased during the past year (5782: 2021-2022) will be read from the pulpit.  If you wish to have the names of deceased relatives included in the Memorial Booklet on our website, please call the office. 

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At this time of the year, it is appropriate to make contributions in memory of our loved ones.  If you wish to honor your loved ones in this way, kindly indicate the contribution below and make checks payable to Congregation Emanu-El Israel or to CEI and mail to CEI, 222 N. Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601.  Please note that due to High Holiday deadlines, forms should be returned no later than September 5, 2022

May the upcoming year bring you the blessings of love, health and happiness.

Sincerely,

Memorial Committee                  

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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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Shana Tova – Happy New Year

The Rabbi, Karen, Board of Directors, Sisterhood and Men’s Club want to wish you a most happy new year. May the year 5783 be a year of health, happiness and well-being.

Below are the dates and times of our High Holy Day services.  Please note that they will be in-house and online (For online, the login is the same as every Friday night.)

SLICHOT SERVICE – Saturday, September 17, 2022 – 7:30 PM.

Followed by Ice Cream Social Oneg

EREV ROSH HASHANAH – Sunday, September 25 – 7:30 PM.

Followed by a dessert Oneg

ROSH HASHANAH MORNING – Monday, September 26 – 10:00 AM.

NO TASHLICH SERVICE.  The CEI office is closed.                                                                                                        

ROSH HASHANAH MORNING II – Tuesday, September 27 – NO SERVICE.

CEI is closed.                                                                                    

KEVER AVOT CEMETERY SERVICE – Sunday, October 2 – 10:00 AM

Face Masks are required, as well as, Social Distancing. 

YOM KIPPUR EVE – KOL NIDREI SERVICE – Tuesday, October 4 – 7:30 PM.  

YOM KIPPUR MORNING SERVICE   – Wednesday, October 5 – 10:00 AM. 

The CEI office is closed. 

YOM KIPPUR AFTERNOON – 3:30 PM.

YOM KIPPUR YIZKOR SERVICE –4:30 PM

Closing Service –5:00 PM

Followed by Break-the-Fast at 6:00 PM (hosted by and benefits Sisterhood) 

Call Terri Katzman or the office to make reservations.  Adults $15, Children 4-12 $6. 

Please send payment in advance to the CEI office. 

No walk-ins.

SUKKAH building – Sunday, October 9 —   10:00 AM. 

We will have the Etrog and Lulav at the synagogue in the sanctuary.  Anyone wishing to say the prayers and shake the Lulav and Etrog may do so at their convenience in the sanctuary or in the sukkah.

SUKKOT – Congregational Celebration – Friday, October 14 – 7:30 PM.

We will celebrate SIMCHAT TORAH at services on Friday, October 21 at 7:30 PM. 

The CEI office is closed.

For those attending online services only, if you need the Slichot Service booklet or a High Holiday Book, please contact the CEI office to arrange sign-out and pick up. 

Please support the Westmoreland County Food Bank by bringing in non-perishable foods or by making a monetary donation payable to: Westmoreland County Food Bank (WCFB).  A table for donations and a box for monetary donations will be set up in the foyer during High Holy Days.  If you are joining us online and would like to make a monetary donation, please mail to:  Westmoreland County Food Bank, 100 Devonshire Drive, Delmont, PA  15626.

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“BREAK THE FAST” 

AT C.E.I.

FOLLOWING YOM KIPPUR SERVICES ON

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2022

LOTS OF GOOD EATS INCLUDE:

BAGEL/LOX 

MANY SALADS, KUGELS, FRUITSDESSERT

BEVERAGES

COST:  $15/ADULTS    $6/CHILDREN (AGES 4-12) 

ALL RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BY

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 – PLEASE!!!

CALL CEI OFFICE AT 724-834-0560

OR TERRI KATZMAN AT 724-837-8275

PLEASE SEND PAYMENT TO THE OFFICE PRIOR TO YOM KIPPUR.

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Honoring Their Memory

The following Yahrzeits will be honored at CEI

Sept. 2:  *Henry Baneman, Esther Beber, Devora Berman, Jane Fish, *Nathan Glantz, Natalie Kaufer Ference, *Lewis Kay, *Morris A. Leff, *Ernst Perlstein, *Benjamin M. Ratner, *Lieselotte Rothschild, *Hinda Rubenstein, *Fannie Schneider, Joyce Thomas, *Julius Werblin, *Freda Wilder, *Jean Grossman Wolf, *Mark Alan Young, *Shirley M. Young and Gertrude Zwibel.

Sept. 9:  Brent Adler, Rose Bergad, Irene Birnbaum, *Anne Bleiberg, *Norma Brodell, Harold J. Buchman, *Phylis Caplan, *Harry Daniels, Hannah Fishfeder, *Libbie Gordon, *Jacob Hochberg, *Ben Katz, *Benjamin Liebman, Ruth Lippard, *Albert Oppenheimer, *Lena Samuels, Howard Schwartz and *Isaac Wolinsky.

Sept. 16:  *Minnie G. Binakonsky, Arthur L. Bloom, *Barbara Callihan, David H. Davis, *Patricia A. (Jamie Stein) Jurczyk, *Abe Loundy, Jane Morovitz, *Bessie Wilkoff Osgood, *Ida S. Rossen and *David Shendowich.

Sept. 23:  *Elizabeth Altman, *Lottie R. Berk, *William V. Conn, M.D., *Jacob Corman, Malka Kaufer, Howard Kaufman, *Harry Kuhl, Katjarina Erker Lader, Mark Mendler, Max Mindlin, Maxine Slone, *Lab Wolinsky and *Emma R. Zober.

Sept. 30:  *Lena Bayer, *Esther Charapp, *Samuel Felder, *Zev Wolf Felder, *Zalman Flamm, *Ernest Friedlander, Ruth Glantz, Yetta Rachel Glenn, *Hannah Kuhl, Marcus Last, *Samuel H. Roth, *David Schneider, *Ida Shofnosky and *Ida Zeeman.

Oct. 7:  *Harvey Arnold Bayer, *Berl Brill, *Lucy A. Caplan, Bernard Cohen, *Zundel Donshefsky, *Dora Ekstein, Celia Glantz Feryus, *Rose J. Harris, *Sidney A. Kaufmann, *Philip Levinson, *Wolf Asher Mace, *Jack H. Millstein, Sr., Anna Minushkin, *Minnie Reisberg, *Eli J. Rose, *David Sine, John Trotter and *Samuel J. Wise.

* A light will be lit on a Memorial Board