August 2010 (Av-Elul 5770)
Temple Sinai’s New Learner’s Minyan
Shimon Apisdorf’sRosh KolHaneshamahMahzor and you feel the weight of it in
Hashanah Yom Kippur your hands, the heaviness can be attributed to the
Survival Kit (Leviathan Press, hundreds of generations that went into its creation.
2000) lists a few different ways As Larry Hoffman writes in his introduction his
to approach prayer on the High series on prayer calledTraditional Holidays: Prayers,ModernCommentaries (Jewish Lights, 1998): “The
prayer books is our diary of the centuries, a collection of 1. Five minutes of prayer said
prayers composed by generations of those who came with understanding, feeling
and a personal connection before us, as they endeavored to express the meaning of
their lives. To know the prayer book is to know our to the words and their
history from within. It is to be in touch with the soul of significance means far
the Jewish people, as it has evolved in good times and in more than five hours of lip service.
bad, through persecutions and Golden Ages. The Siddur is 2. Don’t expect to be “moved” by every prayer or to
our encounter with 3,000 years of fate, condensed in a follow along with the entire service.
form available to the average Jew, who, today no less than 3. Read slowly through the prayers, carefully thinking
yesterday, may have insufficient time and knowledge to about what you’re saying, and don’t be concerned
dip deeply into Talmud, Midrash, philosophy and about lagging behind the congregations.
Kabbalah, but who can capture the essence of the Jewish 4. If a particular sentence or paragraph touches you,
spirit just by reading through the pages of our liturgy.” linger there for a while.
This year, we will attempt to answer some of the 5. You’re not proficient in Hebrew? Don’t worry, God
basic questions of prayer for all of you who are struggling understands whatever language you speak.
with Jewish prayer or who are searching for deeper
meaning in our services. We will meet on the third Friday In truth, while you may not need a survival’s guide to the
of every month, with the exception of September, at 6:30 High Holidays, it is easy to feel overwhelmed at this time
PM and spend a half hour or so going through our prayer of year. Jewish prayer, especially during the High
book. Those of you who so choose can then stay for our Holidays, requires not only knowledge of Hebrew and
7:30 PM service. I also will be offering a High Holiday our unique prayer melodies, but the thousands of years of
refresher course on Thursday, August 26 at 7:30 PM. history and tradition that went into the creation of the
Mahzor, our High Holiday prayer book. For contained
I look forward to seeing you there. within any Jewish prayer book is a conversation that our
B’Shalom, people have taken part of at least since the destruction of
RabbiAlexthe second Temple in 70 CE about how to pray and what
we should be praying for. When you pick up our
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High Holy Day Schedule
Service/Program Date Time
Selichot Joint Service @ Temple Beth Am Saturday, September 4 TBA
Rosh Hashanah Evening (1) Wednesday, September 8 8:00 p.m.
Rosh Hashanah Morning (1)* Thursday, September 9 10:00 a.m.
Tashlich Thursday, September 9 12:45 p.m.
Rosh Hashanah Children’s Service Thursday, September 9 5:30 p.m.
Rosh Hashanah Evening (2) Thursday, September 9 8:00 p.m.
Rosh Hashanah Morning (2) Friday, September 10 10:00 a.m.
Erev Shabbat Shuva Friday, September 10 7:30 p.m.
KolNidre- Erev Yom Kippur Friday, September 17 7:30 p.m.
Yom Kippur Morning* Saturday, September 18 9:30 a.m.
Yom Kippur Children’s Service Saturday, September 18 4:30 p.m.
Yom Kippur Study Session Saturday, September 18 5:15 p.m.
Yom Kippur MinchahAfternoon Service Saturday, September 18 6:00 p.m.
Yom Kippur Ne’ilah Closing Service Saturday, September 18 6:30 p.m.
Havdalah Service Saturday, September 18 7:30 p.m.
Break-the-Fast (reservations required) Saturday, September 18 7:45 p.m.
*Complimentary childcare available for these services. Please call the temple office at 834-0708 for
additional details and to reserve a spot.
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FROM THE PRESIDENT
temple sound system, and is purchasing some
new equipment to ensure that everyone can hear
during services. Elsewhere in the Dialogue, you
will see a list of the equipment to be purchased.
Donations to defray the cost of this equipment
would be appreciated. We are forming a new
Fundraising Committee, to coordinate our
fundraising efforts at temple. We recognize that
we cannot ask our members to help support our
temple’s well-being without also making a
concerted effort to raise funds from other
sources. However, these fundraising activities
have to be coordinated, so that we are not JILL HAMILTON repeatedly asking the same people to contribute to different efforts. Sandy Seide has agreed to As I write this, it is hot and humid out, and it’s chair this committee, and he has some great ideas. hard to believe that the high holidays are right We are looking for 5 or 6 more enthusiastic around the corner! I hope everyone is enjoying people to work with him. If this is an area of their summer, and getting at least a little time to interest for you, and you would like to give relax outdoors. something back to temple, consider volunteering. It is sometimes difficult to keep some of our Let me or the office know if you are interested. “extra” temple activities going during the In fact, we have lots of committees and activities summer, because of people’s vacation schedules. at temple that are always looking for a few good However, this summer we have a number of volunteers. You don’t have to be a board member, events going on, including two bat mitzvahs, or want to run things, to be able to contribute. adult ed programming, participation in Temple Consider hosting an oneg for Ruach, helping with Beth Am’sSummerfest and the Food Bank Walk a make-a-lunch program, singing in the choir, or stfor Hunger on August 1, our second Barbeque simply offering to be a “worker” on a committee thShabbat of the season on August 6, and a or at an event. You are always welcome, and it thtemple-wide picnic on August 15. We hope you feels good to be “part of the action.” will partake of as many activities as possible. As the High Holidays approach, there are many With the Temple Sinai Board of Directors, things opportunities to give back to temple and the are relatively quiet during the summer. We don’t Jewish Community financially. Consider have an August meeting scheduled, because so contributing to the Simcha Book and Book of many people are away. The Board will, however, Rememberance, and don’t forget our high holiday be holding our “September” meeting on August and Israel Bond appeals. Think of your st31, because the first Tuesday in September is contributions as a way to support institutions the night before Erev Rosh Hashanah. There which we love and want to perpetuate. You are will be a Strategic Planning Committee meeting members of a very special group. There is not at 6 pm, a Finance Committee Meeting at 7 pm, another temple like Sinai in all of Western New and the full Board meeting at 7:30 pm. York – liberal and inclusive, yet small enough to Although the Board doesn’t meet in the middle of really know and be known by your fellow the summer, many important jobs and activities congregants. As we move into the fall, we will continue to take place behind the scenes. Our likely be spending a lot of time at temple. I’d like Constitution committee is hard at work revising everyone to give some thought to what it means our constitution and by-laws, many of which to be part of a community like this. (cont page 5)have not been updated since the 1950’s. Our
Sound Committee has completed its review of the
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st1 row: Jill Hamilton, Gilda Laufer, Adrienne Crandall, MelaniaPuius, Michael Rosenberg nd2 row: Maureen Seitz, Lois Helller, Esther Bates, Elaine Kellick, Marina Finkelstein rd3 row: Robin Raphael, Judith Olin, Irv Sugar, Michael Gold, Sandy Seide, Marc Slonim, Rabbi Alex
attend one or several holiday services to join Temple Sinai for a limited time. Tishrei Membership Instead of asking people to pay for a single High Holiday ticket, we have ―Tishrei‖ refers to the first month of the decided to make the offer a little sweeter Jewish calendar. The Jewish New Year, for the new-year. Tishrei members will be Rosh Hashanah is the first day of Tishrei. able to enjoy many of the great events we The Temple Sinai membership committee all have come to love at Temple Sinai: has been working hard on ideas to involve From August 1 – December 31. Asking more people in Temple Sinai events. We people to join our community, even for a have decided to invite people who few short months, may create bonds that normally buy High Hoiliday Tickets and can last a lifetime.
st1 row: Marina Finkelstein, Adrienne Crandall, Ava Goldstein, Joni Luterman, Jo Freudenheim nd2 row: (Rabbi Alex) Shari Darrow,Karin Lowenthal, Maude Dull,, Judith OlinBinder
In Honor ofTHE WOMEN’S B’NAI MITZVAH CONTRIBUTIONS:
CLASS by Eva Rubinstein GoldsteinTHE BIRTH GENERAL FUND OF BOAZ LAZARUS-KLEIN by Iris & Dave Buch
In Honor of
In Memory of THE WOMEN’S B’NEI MITZVAH CLASS by
Barbara Ferlicca; Sid & Linda Weiss; Charlotte & MEHTA WEINTRAUB by Mirel&MelaniaPuius Marty Wolpin; Elaine & Ken Kellick; Christopher & LISA RUBINSTEIN, IZAK RUBINSTEIN & Julia Cohen; Amy O’Donnell; Mirel&MelaniaPuius; HORTENSE GOLDSTEIN by Eva & Brian Adrienne Crandall; Kathy & Dick Gordon GoldsteinBETTY SNITZER by Cis&IzSnitzer THE BAT MITZVAH OFJUDITH OLIN by Alexis
MORRIS SOBEL FUND Alfasso; Lise Gelernter & James Gardner; Lauren
In Memory of THE BAT MIZVAH OF KARIN LOWENTHAL &
MAUDE DULL by Joan & Theodore Dinoto; JAMES BONESS by Ann Boness
Judith Spielholz; Barbara Sexton; Bernadette
NEUSTATTER-SHAPIRO SCHOLARSHIP Hoppe; Richard Polenberg THFUNDIn Memory ofMILT FRANK by Esther MILLIE ZILLER’S 90 BIRTHDAY by Helen
BatesROSE SCHULMAN by Ruth AxlerodDR. Bergman & Joseph Buch; Susan Pardo& Steven
ALEX MORRISON MEMORIAL LIBRARY FUND Schwartz
In Honor ofTHE BAT MITZVAH OF SHERRI THE SPEEDY RECOVERY OF BOBBY
DEBRUIN by Renee & Jim Brownstein DARROW,ADRIENNE CRANDALL, JO JENNY O’DONNELL’S BAT MITZVAH by Amy & FREUDENHEIM & MARINA FINKELSTEIN by John O’Donnell Liz & Max Sloan
In Memory ofANNE CHASE by Irv & Elaine THE BIRTH OF BOAZ LAZARUS KLEIN by
Susan Pardo& Steven Schwartz Weinstein
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In Memory of COURTYARD GARDEN FUNDIn Memory of
MAX HELLMAN by Susan & Jeffrey Schwartz RONI RUBINSTEIN by Paul Michaels
MUSIC FUND JEFF GELLIN by Elaine & Ken Kellick
In Honor of MARY ROSENBERG by Michael & Alan
Lemanski-Rosenberg THE WOMEN’S B’NAI MITZVAH CLASS by
Robin Raphael & Alan Gellin YAHRZEIT FUND THE BAT MITZVAH OF JENNY O’DONNELL by In Memory of Robin Raphael & Alan Gellin; Gerald & Carol SHIFRA SWEET & NORMAN SWEET by Sally & Einhorn
Mark Noznisky THE BAT MITZVAH OF JUDITH OLIN by Leslie HAROLD BERNSTEIN by Marcia Bettigole & Alfonso Bonilla; Elaine Olin; Leonard &Yona ISIDORE SCHLISSERMAN by Albert & Helen Binder; Robert & Teresa Chau; Charles & Laurie Schlisserman Syms; Lisa Bloch Rodwin; Howard Lasker& LYUBOV BROYTMAN by Alex & Sonya Mary Alice Coffroth
Blitshteyn THE BAT MITZVAH OF JONI LUTERMAN,
KARIN LOWENTHAL, MAUDE DULL, JUDITH LEONARD & BETTY GOODMAN EDUCATION OLIN & EVA GOLDSTEIN by Liz & Max Sloan FUND In Memory of
In Memory of BEATRICE FRIEDMAN by Adrienne Crandall LILLIAN LEAVITT by Judy & Bob Bardach LENA KAUFMAN by Florence Ruben
RABBI'S DISCRETIONARY FUND
LIBRARY CORNER YOU SPOKE – WE “LISTENED”
By Leslie Jaszczak
Many of you have expressed concern regarding the temple sound system and the inability to hear At the time of his premature death in 1950,
during services. We are pleased to announce, that Milton Steinberg, respected rabbi and author of
after a thorough review of our current system by an the acclaimed As a Driven Leaf, left the industry professional, several upgrades to our unfinished manuscript of a second novel. After
sixty years, The Prophet’s Wife has finally been sound system are underway. When complete, the
published, and the temple library has just improvements will enable both individuals with
acquired a copy. hearing aids and even those without to hear more
Set in the days before the Assyrian invasion of clearly. The upgrades are:
the northern kingdom, The Prophet’s
Wife revolves around the life of Hosea, one of the ; the purchase of three additional
earliest literary prophets and the one about amplification units which bring the number
whose personal life we know the most. Hosea of units we now have available to ten;
talks in the book named for him about how he ; the purchase of five telecoils which will married a woman who betrayed him with other enable those with hearing aids to receive men, yet took her back as God would do with input directly from the sound system unfaithful Israel. without creating whistling and feedback; As in his other novel, Steinberg gives us a vivid ; the purchase of a condenser microphone re-imagining of ancient Israelite life and customs, that will pick up voices with less as well as a very human portrait of Hosea, the interference; scholarly yet unappreciated son of his pious ; new foam ear cushions for the headsets father, and Hosea’s erring wife Gomer. which will be changed regularly for sanitary Steinberg’s stately prose brings to mind the purposes; and cadences of the Tanakh, yet is never inaccessible ; the installation of sound-absorbing material to the modern reader. for the underside of the lecterns which will The editors of The Prophet’s Wife have made the help sound project outward. bold and unconventional decision to leave it in its This project should be complete in time for High unfinished state, ending at a pivotal point in its Holiday services!!! subject’s life, adding two very different essays by modern scholars speculating on how Steinberg Several donations have already been made to would have finished the book if he had lived. The defray the cost of this project. If you, too, would reader, as well, can come up with his or her own like to make a donation, please call the temple ending for Hosea and Gomer’s story. office or simply send in your check with “sound Lsystem” in the notation.
nLeon R. Komm
Licensed Jewish Funeral Director
Amherst memorial Chapel, Inc.
Leon Komm& Son Monument Company
From the President Cont’d from page 3
Please take a few minutes to think of something you love about Temple Sinai, and drop me a note (before the end of August) at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d like to compile the information in a
format that can help all of us remember what isspecial about this community
Ruach by Maureen Seitz
Hope everyone is having a nice summer. The weather sure has been on our side. August sad to say will fly by and before we know it, it is September and time to great ready for High Holydays.
August 15 is the temple picnic at the home of Marina and Mark Finklestein. Their address is 67 Golden Pheasant Drive, Getzville. The picnic is from 3-7 (check flyer for more details). Here is a chance to swim, schmooze with temple friends and also have a chance to meet the other committee chairs and sign up to help with activities. Looking forward to seeing everyone.
Ruach book club will meet August 12, at 1:30 p.m. at temple. The book is Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom.
First Ruach meeting is September 19 at 10:00 a.m. at temple.
Summerfest Temple Beth Am (Walk-Off Hunger) Sunday August 1 (Noon- 5PM)
Yachad BBQ — Friday August 6 @ 5:30 pm, bring a parve dish to pass, $5.00 charge for
kosher hot dogs burgers and vegetarian alternatives
Tot ShabbatFriday Aug 6 @ 6 PM
Family Fun Mornings — Fridays at 10:00 am @ Temple Beth Am, through Aug 13
Temple Picnic Sunday August 15 @ 3PM Home of Marc and Marina Finkelstein
Sarah Newman Bat Mitzvah — Saturday Aug 7, 10:30 AM
TikkunOlam MeetingThursday August 19 @ 6PM
Learners Minyan Friday August 20 @ 6:30 PM
Adult Education High Holiday Preparation Thursday August 26 @ 7:30 PM
Board of Trustees Meeting— Tuesday, Aug 31, 7:30 pm, all members are welcome
Choir Rehearsal Wednesdays @ 7:30 PM
WEEKLY SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
Shabbat Service, Fridays, 7:30 pm (Family Services on first Friday of month at 7:00 pm;
Tots at 6:00 pm)
Shacharit Service, Saturdays, 10:00 am (unless noted above)
BeitMidrash Torah Study, Saturdays, 11:00 am (at 9:30 am on day of Bar/Bat Mitzvot)
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