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1 November February Heshvan/Kislev Shevat/Adar May 2009 Iyar/Sivan Baltimore Road Rockville, Maryland Volume 3 Number 5 IN SEARCH OF TI Members, Age 70+ We are hoping to create a havurah of adults in the 70+ age group. This is a great way to meet people and form friendships. Joining a havurah (friendship group) is a great way to get to know other members of the congregation. Havurot have flourished at Tikvat Israel for many years, resulting in many life-long relationships. The idea of havurot was developed by Rabbi Mordeccai Kaplan, founder of the Reconstructionist Movement. His concept was to get small Jewish groups to band together for study and observance of Jewish rituals and life cycle events. At Tikvat Israel, each havurah is self-directed, planning its activities based on the interests of its members. Some groups are social in nature, while others focus on religious, family or study-related activities. Past activities of TI havurot have included potluck dinners, book discussions, sports outings, musical or theater events, movies, Shabbat dinners, Havdalah services and holiday celebrations. If this is an opportunity you wish to explore, please contact Amy Matathias at or Weekly Religious Services Monday...6:45 a.m... 7:30 p.m. Tuesday... 7:30 p.m. Wednesday... 7:30 p.m. Thursday...6:45 a.m... 7:30 p.m. Friday...6:45 a.m... Kabbalat Shabbat... 6:30 p.m. Shabbat...9:30 a.m... Sunday...9 a.m... 7:30 p.m. Services are also held at Shiva houses as needed. Family and Youth Services Project Hope Helping Needy Local Residents On Sunday, April 5, seven TI families delivered Pesach bags to needy local residents. This small group of volunteers from Tikvat Israel participated in the B nai Brith and JSSA Project Hope. Tikvat Israel has participated in Project Hope for several years; this year, we delivered to 34 homes. Yasher Koach to the following for helping with the deliveries: Lynne Benzion, Marcelle Copaken, Rachelle Fobe, Jay Goldman, Maya Chauls and Jon, Ruben and Tami Silverstone, Hillary, Justin and Talia Riebman, and Amy, Dan, Becca and Sam Matathias. Manna Food Drive On Sunday, March 15, we collected approximately 700 lbs. of food for the Manna Food program of Montgomery County. In addition, our USY donated approximately 200 boxes of macaroni and cheese from Purim. Thank you to all who donated to the food drive. Immediate Past-President Expresses Thanks...Page 4 Shavuot Schedule...Page 4 High Tea and Wearable Art Fashion Show...Page 10 Shabbat is Special...May :30 p.m. Jr. Congregation...May :30 a.m. Tot Shabbat...May :00 a.m. Teen Shabbat...May :15 a.m. Kehilat Kids...May :00 a.m. Candle Lighting Times May 1...7:43 p.m. May 8...7:49 p.m. May :56 p.m. May :02 p.m. May :08p.m. Mincha May 2...7:43 p.m. May 9...7:49 p.m. May :56 p.m. May :02 p.m. May :08p.m.

2 Ways to Get Involved Bikur Holim Volunteers Louise Chatlynne Women s Jewish Network Bobbi Gorban: Membership Committee Lynne Benzion College Outreach Susan Apter Elyse Bernstein Library Phyllis Leise Attend Minyans Steve Kahn: Social Action Committee Robbi and Larry Cohen Kiddush Volunteers Marsha Lyons: Shepherd s Table Richard Stoll Stepping Stones Shelter Jay Plafker Reading Mentors Ellen Eisner: Adult Education Committee Susan Apter Betsy Miller Rabbi Liaison Committee Cliff Fishman Mary Wagner Jonathan Solomon Haftorah Reading Assignments Susan Apter: Torah Reading Assignments Janaki Kuruppu Bereavement Committee David Gantz Minyan Information Please call the minyan captain if you plan to attend morning minyan. Sunday Rob Kline Monday Sam Gilston Thursday David Gantz Friday Joelle Black Barry Buchbinder Decisions about whether to hold evening minyan are made by the rabbi and executive director. If minyan is canceled, a message will be put on the synagogue answering machine. If minyan is not canceled, there will be no message on the machine. You can reach the machine by calling , and press Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, a 12-step program for individuals recovering from addictive eating, meets every Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Tikvat Israel in room 11. Newcomers are welcome. For more information, please call Susan at Toiletries Collection Box When traveling, please remember to collect the unopened, unused samples you receive and bring them to the basket located in the synagogue MAIN OFFICE. The toiletries will be distributed to a coalition of homeless shelters. Bikur Holim If you know of someone in the congregation who is ill, please notify the Rabbi or Bikur Holim (Louise Chatlynne at comcast.net ) so that visits, calls and other services can be arranged. Tikvat Israel Directory Rabbi Howard Gorin Rabbi Emeritus Lewis A. Weintraub Cantor Rochelle Helzner Cantor Emeritus Mark Levi President Sam Freedenberg Executive Director Michael Grossman Office Staff Debbie Segal Michelle Hannon Religious School Tamar Weinsweig, Director Early Childhood Rori Pollak, Director Youth & Family Programming Lynn Berk, Director Synagogue Office Phone Fax Bulletin Editor Andi Kronzek All phone numbers are in the 301 area code unless otherwise noted. 2

3 From the Rabbi s Desk Rabbi Howard Gorin Against the background of the Madoff scandal, as the aftershocks still reverberate in our community, it is probably not wise to say, I have a great investment opportunity for you. Yet that is precisely what I am going to tell you about, an investment that has grown by a staggering 218% in only four years. Let me explain. In August 2004 my family and I decided to honor my father s memory by establishing a fund in his name under the aegis of the Israeli Free Loan Association (IFLA). We donated a mere $5000 to create this fund, one of only 235 named funds to be created to date. That $5000 has been used to provide six loans to needy individuals, totaling close to $16,000 of financial help to allow them to remain self-sufficient and independent during these difficult times. How did our loan fund produce a return of such magnitude? As loan recipients repay what they have borrowed, From the President s Perspective the funds are then recycled to create new loans. As a result, my father s fund now has achieved a helping value of 318% of the original donation. A letter from IFLA founder and honorary chairman, Professor Eliezer Jaffe, stated the following: T h e I F L A h e l p s n e e d y Israelis start businesses, move into decent housing, obtain university education, pay emergency medical, housing and education expenses. Our loans for families of terror victims, single mothers, adopting couples and handicapped children and adults make a crucial difference in their lives. The IFLA helps people remain self-supporting and self-respecting. To date, over 34,000 individual, families or small businesses have received our interest free loans. The IFLA notes with pride that the default rate is only 1% compare that to the foreclosure rate in parts of our country and that administrative costs are less than 5% of total financial activity. Unfortunately, given the state of the global economy, the need for interest-free loans from the IFLA is at least double of what they are currently capable of allocating. We can be proud that Tikvat Israel through the leadership of its Tzedakah Chavurah is on board as having established its own named loan fund. You can support the work of IFLA by sending a donation to the Tikvat Israel Tzedakah Chavurah with a note recommending that the donation be put to use in our congregation s account with the IFLA. To establish a named fund of your own, please visit the IFLA s website for more information. Sam Freedenberg If you go by just the numbers, the Conservative Jewish movement in the U.S. is in trouble demographically. The National Jewish Population Survey found that the number of Jewish households affiliated with a Conservative synagogue had dropped from 43 to 33 percent from 1990 to 2000, while Reform affiliations grew from 35 to 39 percent and Orthodox grew from 16 to 21 percent. And, with the national Jewish population essentially static, there is no rising tide of overall growth to offset the proportional decline in the number of Conservative Jews. Are there reasons to be pessimistic? Sure. But just because the big picture may be bleak doesn t mean that on the local level there is reason for despair. In fact, here at Tikvat Israel, I am feeling just the opposite. As I write this, our membership committee, chaired by Lynne Benzion, is meeting to plan a number of new membership development initiatives. I am confident that Lynne and her committee will work hard to boost our membership ranks. But an optimism tempered by realism dictates that the prospects of a significant jump in our numbers may not be possible in the current climate. And that is why it is more important than ever that our membership program include a strong retention component. This is not just the province of Lynne s committee or our board of directors. Membership retention is the responsibility of every member of Tikvat Israel who cares about the future of the synagogue. We will continue to focus on planning events and programs that are halachically appropriate, fiscally sound, and geared toward providing a positive experience for as many members as possible. And I hope that, whatever your level of involvement in our synagogue, you will do what you can to help keep it the member-friendly congregation that we all love and that was one of the reasons why most of us joined in the first place, whether it was at Beth Tikva 40 years ago, Temple Israel 30 years ago, Tikvat Israel 10 years ago or just last summer. Do you see someone new at Shabbat services? Please greet them. Whether they are veteran members returning after a long 3 absence or newcomers to the community, I guarantee they ll appreciate the gesture. Do you know someone who has a synagoguerelated problem or question and doesn t know where to turn? Please encourage them to contact the appropriate people the office, the rabbi or cantor, or me and offer to do it for them if you think that will help. Or, on a more mundane level, do you see a stray gum wrapper on our front patio? Please pick it up and put it in the trash. Is someone struggling with our sometimes-balky front doors? Please give assistance where you can. Sure, this is all simple, common courtesy. But we live in an often discourteous, or at least indifferent, world. Going even a bit out of the way to reach out to a fellow member at Tikvat Israel, and to make our facility a more inviting one wherever we can, can do wonders. You may just be helping to keep some fellow members in the fold by reminding them of what makes our congregation so special and encouraging them to make a similar gesture to their fellow congregants.

4 CANTOR S CORNER Cantor Rochelle Helzner TEEN SERVICE - MAY 9 at 10:15 a.m. (Note change of date) Teens, post Bar/Bat Mitzvah through high school, organize and run this Shabbat morning service with the help of our song leader, Ruth Geller. Spirited melodies will be used. This will be the final Teen Service of the year. Contact Molly Schneider at or Cantor Helzner to get involved. Note: This service is for teens only. SHABBAT IS SPECIAL - New Time The Shabbat Is Special services on Fridays, May 1 and June 5 will begin at 7:30 p.m. instead of 7:15 p.m., as we are experimenting with a different starting time. These services, led by Cantor Helzner, are for families with young children. K A B B A L AT S H A B B AT W I T H INSTRUMENTS The next Kabbalat Shabbat with Instruments will be held on Friday, May 22 with mincha beginning at 6:15 p.m. in the Flax Library. Kabbalat Shabbat with Instruments is an uplifting, traditional Shabbat evening service which includes spirited melodies accompanied by guitar, piano, bass and percussion. Instruments will be played throughout the service. Sign up for the dinner after the service. Also, mark your calendars for the June 12 service. CONGREGATIONAL SHABBAT DINNER Join us for a delicious Shabbat dinner following Kabbalat Shabbat with Instruments on Friday, May 22. The service will begin at 6:15 p.m. and the dinner at approximately 7:30 p.m. The cost of the dinner is $18 for adults and $8 for ages or call the office to make reservations by May 18. Send a check or ask to be billed. GRADUATES TO BE HONORED Tikvat Israel will honor all high school and college graduates from our congregation on Shabbat morning, June 13. If a member of your family will be graduating, please contact Gabby Miller at gmail.com right away. Mazel Tov! Treasurer Talk Carol Chelemer If your schedule permits, please visit Tikvat Israel on a weekday to enjoy the voices and laughter of the children enrolled in our own Broadman-Kaplan Early Childhood Center, as well as the Hebrew Day Institute. Children fill our classrooms, social hall, sanctuary and grounds. We cherish our children knowing that they will carry our traditions forward and we wish them all the best that life can offer. In addition to wonderful staff and programming, Tikvat Israel has provided our children with two attractive and funfilled playground structures: one for the preschool set and one for elementary school students. These playgrounds are an asset to our synagogue and a testament to Tikvat Israel s commitment to the next generation. Through Rabbi Gorin s generosity, Tikvat Israel met its obligation to pay for these structures. Now, our community must meet its obligation to reimburse the Rabbi. Please join me in making a contribution toward the cost of these playgrounds because, as I see it, who wants to belong to a synagogue deprived of the voices and laughter of children at play? Shavuot Schedule THURSDAY, MAY 28 Mincha: 7:30 p.m. Candlelighting Study Session: Shavuot through the Ages Origins and Development Maariv: 9 p.m. Kiddush, Motsi, Dessert, Birkat Hamazon FRIDAY, MAY 29 Shacharit: 9:30 a.m. (Bring Bikkurim) Special Kiddush Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv: 6:30 p.m. SATURDAY, MAY 30 Shacharit: 9 a.m. (Note earlier starting time) Study Session: 7 p.m. Mincha: 7:50 p.m. Seudah Shlishit and Study Session Maariv and Havdalah: 9:10 p.m. Immediate Past- President Expresses Thanks I want to thank all those who so kindly honored me on Erev Shabbat, March 27, 2009, for my service as President of Tikvat Israel. In particular, I want to thank Danny Bachman, Hilary Berman, Roz Kram and Larry Gorban for the time and effort they put into the event, and to Julie Mazur and Michael Grossman for putting together the wonderful booklet. Also, many thanks to Rori Pollack and the children of the Broadman-Kaplan ECC for the wonderful place settings. I am so very grateful to those who were there in person or in spirit; it was a wonderful evening. I wish to again express my gratitude for the opportunity to serve Tikvat Israel in this capacity. I have learned many lessons some from my failures, and many from our shared successes all of which I am applying in almost every aspect of my professional and personal life. I will always be grateful for the education I have gained from this unique opportunity to lead our wonderful community. Ron Rabin 4

5 Broadman-Kaplan Early Childhood Center Rori Pollak, Director When you have a talented staff like we do at TI, the wonderful journey the children travel when they learn about a holiday or a mitzvah is amazing in its own right. But add to that journey documentation in the form of artwork, stories, music, cooking and discussions, and the adventure traveled is mind blowing. At the ECC learning is the journey traveled, not the destination. We strive to have the children ask questions and question the answers, open their minds and discover ideas. Here are some of the amazing things the ECC staff and children have done. The ECC is Happy It s Purim: The children just love celebrating Purim. Everyone looked adorable in costume. This year the staff set up different activity areas for the children. The children went from class to class enjoying a hamantashen filling tasting challenge, an interactive Purim story, a mini carnival, dancing and mishloach manot bag decorating. Prior to this culminating event, some of the classes made their own Megilah for the Book of Esther, created new and fun ways to make rashanim (graggers), and baked hamantashen for mishloach manot. The ECC learns about Hachnasat Orchim (the mitzvah of hospitality): The children learned about welcoming people into their classrooms as they prepared for our annual He & Me Breakfast. Many classes discussed what it means to welcome people into their class or home. What do we do to get ready for visitors? The children baked, cleaned and even decorated as they prepared to welcome their special guests. The ECC Celebrates Pesach: No matter how early we start learning about Pesach, there never seems to be enough time. One of our new teachers began the unit by asking her class of 3- and 4-year-olds, What do you KNOW about Pesach? and What do you want to LEARN about Pesach? These two simple questions prompted great discussions and a documentation chart (answers to the two questions) that filled a whole board. She and I both were truly amazed at what they remembered and what they wish to still learn about. Most of the classes made seder plates, haggadot, charoset and a Four Questions book. One class tried to bake their own matzah in a solar oven. The older children took their annual trip to the matzah bakery; what fun! We invited parents and friends to our model seder. The children helped me tell the story of Passover, which included fun Passover songs. Following our story, the children invited their parents and friends back to the rooms where each class held their own seder. We want to thank Rabbi Gorin and Cantor Helzner for making our Passover memorable and fun. The Rabbi read the story Only 9 Chairs to giggling groups of children. The Cantor led Bedikatz Chametz (burning the chametz) with the children after they collected the hidden chametz in their classrooms. Registration is now being accepted for CLUB ECC 2009 & the School Year: We welcome children between the ages of 18 month and 5 years. Application/waitlist forms and enrollment information can be found on our website, For more information or to schedule a tour, please call the ECC office at Mark Your Calendar Monday, May 25: Memorial Day ECC closed Thursday, May 28: Erev Shavuot ECC closes at 3:45 p.m. Friday, May 29: Shavuot ECC Closed Tuesday, June 16: Last day of school Wednesday, June 17-Friday, June 19: ECC closed Monday, June 22: First day of Camp Club ECC Friday, August 21: Last day of Camp Club ECC Earn a Penny for the ECC Every Time You Search Online Easy search button now available on the ECC website homepage What if our school earned a penny every time you searched the Internet? Or how about if a percentage of every purchase you made online went to support our cause? Well, now it can! GoodSearch.com is a new Yahoopowered search engine that donates half its advertising revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. Use it just as you would any search engine, get quality search results from Yahoo, and watch the donations add up! GoodShop.com is a new online shopping mall which donates up to 37 percent of each purchase to your favorite cause. Hundreds of great stores including Amazon, Target, Gap, Best Buy, ebay, Macy s and Barnes & Noble have teamed up with GoodShop and every time you place an order, you ll be supporting your favorite cause. Just go to and be sure to enter Broadman-Kaplan Early Childhood Center of Tikvat Israel (Rockville, MD) as the charity you want to support. OR, you can simply go to our school s website homepage, www. broadman-kaplan.org, and use the search button at the top of the page. The charity has already been set up in the coding to be collected by our school! Be sure to spread the word. GoodSearching! 5

6 Youth and Family Programming Lynn Berk, Director We will be saying goodbye to two of our Youth Department staff at the end of this program year. Hillary Hirsch served as Bonim advisor for a year and a half, and then moved up to become our USY advisor this past November. She has done an excellent job with both groups. She will graduate from the University of Maryland later this month and will be moving to Ohio to become a synagogue youth director. I guess we were a good influence on her. Deanna Levin has led our Machar group this past year. She is also graduating from the University of Maryland and will be attending graduate school next year. We wish them both the best of success in their new endeavors. Kadima advisor Dana Rothstein will return for a fifth year, and Bonim advisor Shana Weiner will return for her second year. Buffy s Bark Mitzvah Join us for Buffy s Bark Mitzvah on Sunday afternoon, May 31. This event is open to every pet lover. Bring your dogs on a leash. All other pets must be caged or crated. The program will feature educational displays from the Humane Society, mobile pet groomers, local pet store venders, arts and crafts (pet bowls to personalize, dog bandannas and bone-shaped placemats to decorate), relay races, contests and a special blessing of the pets. Lag B Omer Picnic and Locks of Love On Sunday, June 14, we will hold a Lag B Omer picnic in the grassy area behind the synagogue. The picnic will feature a BBQ lunch, time to relax and enjoy the good weather and watch our children enjoy the new ECC playground equipment, play Ga Ga and basketball. The picnic will be followed by haircuts for Locks of Love. Locks of Love is a public nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. They meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality human hair wigs. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. The wigs help to restore the children s self-esteem and confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers. Staff members of Rainbow Salon in White Flint Mall will cut hair. They are just cutting off the ten inches; this is not a regular haircut. Everyone donating his or her hair to Locks of Love will receive a certificate for a discount on a haircut at Rainbow Salon. Donating Hair to Locks of Love inches of hair, measured tip to tip, is the minimum length needed for a hairpiece. 2. Hair must be in a braid or ponytail before it is cut. 3. Hair must be clean and completely dry before it is mailed in. 4. Hair that is colored or permed is acceptable. 5. Hair that has been bleached (usually this refers to highlighted hair) is not usable. HAZAK Examines the Public Media Image of Israel At this month s HAZAK meeting on Thursday, May 14, Avi Ashery will address the topic, The Public Media Image of Israel Success or Failure? Avi will offer a perspective from the media trenches. We will meet at noon for lunch in the social hall, followed by the program at 12:45 p.m. Please bring a dairy lunch; drinks and dessert will be provided. For more information, please call Toby Altman at (This meeting is rescheduled from an earlier date when it was cancelled due to snow.) MARK YOUR CALENDAR Bonim Sunday, May 3 Lag B Omer Program Machar Sunday, May 3 Lag B Omer Program Kadima No May program Sunday, June 7 Harper s Ferry Tubing Trip USY Sunday, May 3 BBQ May Regional Spring Convention Sunday, June 7 Harper s Ferry Tubing Trip Rosh Hodesh Group Sunday, May 17 Family Programming Sunday, May 3 Lag B Omer Picnic & Locks of Love Haircuts Sunday, May 31 Buffy s Bark Mitzvah & Animal Fair The Bible as Literature TI congregant Dr. Richard Lederman is scheduled to teach a summer course at Montgomery College, Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus. Titled The Bible as Literature, the course explores the complex and fascinating historical, sociological, anthropological, literary and religious background of both the Tanakh and the Christian Testament. Classes will be held from 6 to 9:10 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 7 through August 13. A tuition waiver for senior citizens is offered after May 21. For more information, contact Richard at or

7 Religious School Tamar Weinsweig, Director It is truly amazing just how close we really are to year s end. As we are drawing nearer and nearer to the end, I ask myself how much we have done to enhance our students Jewishness this year, and is it enough? I ask myself how many of our students have thought differently about any aspect of their learning because of something we have said or something we have done. Indeed, our teachers have put their hearts and souls into every one of the sessions, and we hope that yes, it is enough, Dayenu! Some of us had the privilege of having Robin Lempert and Harvey and Naomi Kaplan lead a Kabbalat Shabbat program along with Cantor Helzner, who added a magical dimension with Shabbat songs. Grade 7 students attended a Shabbat service/dinner at the home of their teacher, Mr. Avy Ashery. Indeed, our teachers make being Jewish come alive. This past month we have examined Pesach, the holiday where we have turned into a nation. Some students experienced a model Seder, beautifully led by Robin Lempert, where our children heard an actual story of slavery and deliverance, created plagues, and enjoyed Pesach foods. Some students talked about the fact that really, the Hebrews had enough time to bake real bread, but rather obeyed God s word to take their time, slaughter a lamb, use its blood for protection, BBQ it for the world to smell, eat it, and burn the rest (just read Exodus 12: 21-27). We asked why, hoping that this is a way to have our children wonder and enhance their Jewishness by constant questioning. We had a Holocaust memorial service that was led by students in grade 7. The children lit 60 candles in memory of our 6 million brothers and sisters who perished. Holocaust survivor Charlene Schiff gave us a personal testament of what it was like to be a forest child escaping the Nazis for over two years, until she was saved and made her way to freedom. Mrs. Schiff had our attention from beginning to end. Dr. and Mrs. Copaken had arranged f o r h e r t o c o m e a n d speak to us; what a gift. We hope that our children w i l l t a k e Question, question, question... upon themselves the responsibility of being witnesses of the Holocaust so as to enhance themselves as Jews by keeping a watchful eye on injustice, and fulfill the idea of, Love thy neighbor as you love thyself. It was emotional for me to be a part of a memorial service for the fallen Israeli soldiers during Yom Hazikaron, as I was once an IDF soldier. We lit more candles and made peaceful wishes on behalf of Israel, and the people of Israel. We hoped that our children will have a place in their soul for their own, as Kol Israel Arevim ze laze all of Israel are responsible for one another. We emerged out of the sadness of Yom Hazikaron, into a festive and exciting Yom Haatzmaoot program, where we celebrated 61 years of a place we can call our own whether we live there or not. We hope that the students Jewishness was enhanced by feeling a part of a nation that has greatly contributed, in its short life, to the world in every way. A love for Israel is a value we are trying to instill in our children, while encouraging questions. A love for being Jewish is a value we are trying to instill in our children, by reminding them every day to keep their heads held up high, and have pride in who and what they are, but also of what they can become. Please join me in congratulating our confirmation class: Shayna Solomon, Dale Kline, David Haft, Daniel Freedman, Brandon Ehrlich and Ross Apter. Mazal Tov to all of you, and may you go from strength to strength. Confirmation will take place Saturday, May 16. We hope to see you all there so that our simchas can be shared by many! Shepherd s Table Coordinator Position Richard Stoll For more years than I can remember, I have been the Tikvat Israel Coordinator for Shepherd s Table. Suddenly, I m very tired and no longer wish to continue as coordinator. The responsibilities of the coordinator are relatively simple. Call the list of volunteers and learn who will be available on that fifth Monday night. The coordinator does not even have to be a volunteer at Shepherd s Table, although both Larry Gorban (my predecessor) and I have always been there. Tikvat Israel s next night at Shepherd s Table is Monday, June 29. Unless someone volunteers as coordinator, we will not support Shepherd s Table that night. Unless someone contacts me in the next several weeks, I will call Shepherd s Table the second week in June and inform them of the situation. Please contact me at or if you have any concerns or are interested in the coordinator position. Thanks to the many who have helped over the years. 7

8 Adult Education RSVP for all adult education events (unless otherwise noted) at tikvatisrael.org. Include name of event in subject line. If you do not have access to , please call the office to RSVP. Shavuot: the Marriage of God and Israel Led by Rabbi Moshe Faierstein Sunday, May 17 at 10:15 a.m. (after minyan) The theme of Shavuot as marking the mystical marriage of God and Israel has its roots in Rabbinic Midrash and is continued in the traditions of the Kabbalists. We will consider the history and meaning of this tradition. Adult Torah Reading Classes Led by Wendy Morrison Learn to chant Torah with the traditional cantillation known as Trope. The upcoming weekly Torah portion serves as a model; the text and commentaries are studied from a Torah Reader s point of view. Class meets each Shabbat following Kiddush for about 1-1/2 hours in the sanctuary. For more information, contact Wendy Morrison at or Advanced Torah Trope and Reader s Refresher Course Continues through May 30 (Shavuot). Study Special Readings and Familiarize yourself with Festive Melodies. Rediscover Rare Tropes and Review Rhythmic Flow, Ponder Pacing, Probe Pronunciation, and Observe Ornamentation. Master Managing Mishaps, Learn the Laws of Leyning, Investigate Intervals, Help yourself to some Hints, Get Guidance for Grappling with Gung-Ho Gabbayim, Delve into Dynamics and Drink In Dramatic Interpretation. Attend the entire series, or just drop in whenever and pick up what you can on a potluck basis. This educational feast is open to all current leyners. Non-members are asked to make a contribution to TI. For more information, contact Wendy Morrison at or If you want to volunteer to help with programs and classes, please contact: Susan Apter: or Betsy Miller com or Religious School Fundraiser Bagels to Go! Fresh bagels from Goldberg s Hot coffee Relax at TI or take home a dozen bagels (or two!) Sunday May 17 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the religious school lobby Return the order form and your check made out to: Tikvat Israel Religious School to Tamar Weinsweig or the synagogue office by Wednesday, May 13 for pick-up on Sunday May 17. Questions? Call Stuart Berlin at BAGEL ORDER FORM Name: Telephone number: Please order by the 1/2 dozen ($6.00 each) or dozen ($11.00 each). Minimum advance order is 1/2 dozen of each kind. Plain Sesame Everything Raisin Egg Black Russian (Pumpernickel w/ Vidalia onions) Flavor of the Month! Poppy Total = $ 8

9 Women s Network Bobbi Gorban, Sisterhood/Women s Network President SISTERHOOD/WOMEN S NETWORK: WILL YOU MISS IT? Sisterhood/Women s Network has been a part of our synagogue for more than 40 years. Hard-working women from both Temple Israel and Beth Tikva brought a special network together for Shabbat kiddushim, rummage sales, teas and membership events, and ran the Judaica shop. It has been around for several generations. But the strength and commitment are not there anymore. Over the last several years, things have changed. When I began my participation in sisterhood, a working board of committed women planned and implemented many and varied programs. Each year since then, the membership numbers have declined. Fewer events have been held, with fewer attendees. Support for the JTS Torah Fund has decreased. Despite my attempt to keep the Rosh Chodesh group going, it has folded due to lack of participation. Our book group has been a great experience for those who attend. This year I offered several programs in the area, and only 2 or 3 people attended each one. So, will you miss Sisterhood/Women s Network if it doesn t exist anymore? We would love for those women who have never belonged to join us now, and for those who have been members in the past to reconnect. Long-time members have found their participation in Sisterhood/Women s Network to be a special bonding experience, and they have made good friends. Also, it would be a shame for JTS to lose our financial support at a time like this. I want to thank Janice Balin for being our treasurer and membership chair, Fortuna Scheige for being Torah Fund chair, Angie Hersh for creating a wonderful Judaica shop, and Mimi Meltzer for helping to make it a special place. Please contact me at or to let me know how you feel about the future of Sisterhood/ Women s Network at Tikvat Israel, and if you would like to help it continue. We hope you will support our special Wearable Art Fashion Show and High Tea catered by Roz Kram with desserts by Larry Gorban on Sunday, May 17 in the social hall. See page 10 for details, and look for the flyers on the Shabbat table. BOOK CLUB Thursday, June 4 The Book Club s next reading selection is Sadia Shepard s The Girl from Foreign. In this beautifully-written memoir, the author travels to India to fulfill a promise to her dying grandmother to learn about her Jewish heritage. Her grandmother grew up among the Bene Israel, a small Jewish community in India. When she married a Muslim, she left Judaism and India. Shepard herself is the product of a mixed marriage: Muslim and Christian. Arriving in India, Shepard connects with the tiny Jewish community and unlocks her family s secret history, using a hand-drawn map and her grandmother s family tree while visiting and photographing the grand and miniscule synagogues in Bombay and on the Konkan Coast. This engaging and pensive memoir of discovery offers a moving portrait of her grandmother and is also a journey into questions of religious, cultural and personal identity. Join us to discuss this unforgettable story of family secrets, buried identities, lost histories, love, and self-discovery. 9 Member News Mazel Tov to Janice and Robert Balin on the marriage of their son Jason Balin to Erica Buchta on March 29. Mail Call Dear Tikvat Israel Congregants: I am writing this letter to express my joy and appreciation to the contributors of my Purim lunch box. A personal thanks to Harold Diamond for delivering it! I was so surprised to open my door and find so many goodies waiting for me, and I didn t want to miss the opportunity to express my gratitude at the thoughtfulness and kindness of so many congregants. It s especially meaningful to me now, as a widow, to know the seniors are not a forgotten population. In the world of so much new technology, much of which is quite foreign to me, it s easy to feel like a dinosaur. Again, a great big thanks for all that you do for so many of us. With sincere gratitude, Carol Ann Krakaur Dear Fellow Congregants, As part of the hamesh Tikvat Israel community, I am thanking everyone for the lovely Mishloach Manot bag I received. It was a lovely assortment of goodies and very much enjoyed and appreciated. I must also say thank you to the Mishloach Manot project coordinators who gave of their time and made such a great effort in making this Purim tradition a successful venture. Space does not allow me to thank each of you personally but you know who you are. So thank you, thank you, thank you to each and every one of you. Ever grateful to be part of Tikvat Israel. Phyllis R. Leise Dr. Kaplan and Tikvat Israel, Thank you very much for your performance on Sunday, March 15 at Ring House. The students put a great deal of time and energy into the song, music and fun! Please express our thanks. Sincerely, Patty Hagen

10 Image by Marsha Goldfine ArtSites, The Guild for Judaic Art presents High Tea and Wearable Art Fashion Show Artists Market Sunday, May 17, 2009, 2-4 p.m. Tikvat Israel Synagogue, 2200 Baltimore Road Rockville, Maryland $25.00 per person Send reservations and checks payable to ArtSites to: Tikvat Israel Synagogue, Attention ArtSites no later than Friday, May 8, 2009 Questions? Call Debra Goren at (H) or (C) Twenty-five percent of merchandise sales will be contributed to Tikvat Israel. Please detach and include with reservation and payment: Name Number Attending Address Phone Number E Mail Address People with whom you want to be seated Amount of Check (Full payment required) 10

11 Tikvat Israel Youth & Family Programming Presents A June 14 th Sunday, May 3 rd Rain or Shine NOON 2:00 P.M. Join us in the grassy area behind the ECC (In case of rain, we will meet in the social hall) There will be a hot dog lunch & a veggie alternative Cost for lunch- $6.00 per adult/ $3.50 per child Advance reservation are required for the BBQ. Call , ext 128 / At 1:30, hair stylists from Rainbow Salon in White Flint will be here to cut the hair of those donating their hair to Locks of Love How to Donate 1.10 inches measured from tip to tip is the minimum donation needed for a hairpiece 2.Hair must be in a ponytail or a braid before it is cut 3.Hair must be clean and completely dry before it is mailed in. Guidelines for acceptable donations Hair that is colored or permed is acceptable. Hair cut years ago is usable if it has been stored in a ponytail or braid. Hair that has been bleached (usually this refers to highlighted hair) is not usable. If unsure, ask your stylist. We are not able to accept bleached hair due to a chemical reaction that occurs during the manufacturing process. PLEASE CALL LYNN BERK TO SIGN UP IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE YOUR HAIR TO LOCKS OF LOVE 11

12 TI Softball Returns to Synagogue League By Jay P. Goldman Tikvat Israel is again fielding a team in the Montgomery County Synagogue Softball League this spring. Will Hochman returns as playermanager of the TI team in the 24-shul circuit. All games are played on Sunday mornings with each synagogue playing a doubleheader. TI plays its home games at Wood Middle School on Bauer Drive. In 2008, Tikvat Israel placed 14 th among all competing synagogues in the final league standings. TI males, 18 and older, who are interested in playing softball this spring should contact Hochman at aol.com. Anyone affiliated with our synagogue through the Early Childhood Center, the religious school or full membership is eligible to play for the TI team. A complete schedule of games, which run through mid-june, is available at the league s website, org. Condolences Tikvat Israel Congregation extends condolences to: Cindy Nash on the death of her mother, Shirley Flacks Dorothy Pike on the death of her husband, Morris Pike Jewish Community Relations Council Event An Environmental Symposium: From the desert, sun and sea for the world Wednesday, May 6 Greenberg Traurig, LLP 2101 L Street, NW. Suite 1000, Washington D.C. Wine and Cheese reception: 6 p.m.; Symposium 7 p.m. In conjunction with American Associates, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, the Embassy of Israel and US-Israel Science and Technology Foundation, the JCRC is proud to host three international experts in the field of renewable energy and sustainable development. These specialists will dazzle us with just what can be achieved if we channel our energies and focus our resources in the right places. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Rediet Teshome at or Donations The congregation gratefully acknowledges the following donations that were received in March Donations made on the occasion of yahrzeit in memory of: Helen Gross by Len Teitelbaum Ida Friedman by Benjamin and Sally Friedman Norman Yudkoff by Gershona Marcus Solomon Gorschman by Sylvia Pachenker Esther Simon by Dorothy Glaser Joshua Leise by Phyllis Leise Frances First by Faye First Elaine Kasper by Paula Kasper Milton Mulitz by Tom Mulitz Dorothy Ashery by Avy Ashery and Susan Cohen Irving Ashery by Avy Ashery and Susan Cohen Louis Krepchin by Pearl Krepchin Alex Kravitz by Deborah Yanoff Yetta Steiner by Roberta Steiner Benjamin Newman by Alan and Mimi Meltzer Sara Lebowitz by Arnold Schwartz Frances Kanner, Norman Kanner and Jacob Kanner by Milton and Doris Kanner Zandel Smith by Eileen McGuckian Ruth Anne Sheskin by Marian Sheskin Lily Sims by Irv Apatoff Foundation Zanvel Nisenson and Martha Barrish by Richard Nisenson Issy Matheson by Nancy and Ilana Matheson Frank and Celia Sobovinsky by Jules Bowen Bernard Levine by Jason and Debra Levine and Family Lea Chernoff by Howard and Rosie Chernoff Gloria Levinrad by Samuel Levinrad Ruth Anne Sheskin by Eugene Sheskin Samuel Podgor by Charlotte Podgor Joseph Podgor by Charlotte Podgor Alice Katz by Madeline Guzman, Jose Guzman and family Lena Levine by Lottie L. Shankman Carl Boden by Jerome and Suzanne Boden Rebecca Kaufmann by Ira Benzion 12

13 Samuel Dicker by Belle Schechter Ethel Toney by Sharon and Barry Laken Marion Laken by Sharon and Barry Laken Karen Schubert by Leah Keilsohn Phyllis Newman by Miles Newman Carl Chambre by Elizabeth Chambre Isaac Flehinger by Elizabeth Chambre Edward J. Raine by Gerald Raine Bernard N. Flax by Herman Flax Benjamin Lederman by Richard Lederman Herman Schrier by Ann Ruth Volin Rhoda Zuskin by David and Shari Barash Sol Wachovsky by Michele B. Eisenberg Isadore Schwartz by Al and Harriet Schwartz Morris Freedman by Sandra and Eugene Sheskin Eugene Katz by Robert and Judy Katz Edward Rabin by Ronald Rabin David Leise by Phyllis Leise Mark Kabik by Fannie Salzer Theresa Kabik by Fannie Salzer Ruby Dick by Nellie Menick Edward Turkanis by Marvin and Elinor Turkanis Dora Kishner by Micah and Elaine Krichevsky Kalman Sokolow by Jayme Sokolow Maurice Krause by Diane and Joseph Gezelter Jeanne Krause by Diane and Joseph Gezelter Ann Eisler by Ronald and Jeannette Eisler Helen Cohen by Henrietta Asen Nadia Schuchman by Leonard and Celia Schuchman Rachel Brown by Celia and Leonard Schuchman Solomon D. Levin by Gertrude Levin Henry Oppenheim by Julius Oppenheim Jacob Levi by Mark Levi Paul Margulies by Donald Margolies Henry Oppenheim by Julius Oppenheim Edna Eisner by Ellen Eisner Harry Silverman by Anne Silverman Sigmund Brown by Celia and Leonard Schuchman Sophie Schwartz by Paul Schwartz Sam Kaufman by Dorothy Volk Rose Kaufman by Dorothy Volk H. Moses by Edward Moses General Fund In memory of Myke Schwartz by Dr. and Mrs. Ben A. Williamowsky In honor of Larry and Roberta Cohen by Miriam Best In honor of Mishloach Manot for Purim by Cantor Mark Levi In honor of Mishloach Manot for Purim by Betty and Don Lewis In memory of Bernard and Jeanie Novek by Bea and Alvin Solomon In memory of Harry Cohen by Janeane and Eric Marks In memory of Mary Nussbaum by Edward Nussbaum In memory of Jalle Koricki by Edward Nussbaum In memory of Harold Rayden by Howard Dickenson Wishing Phil Katz Refuah Shlema by: Howard Wilchins Moira and Leon Green Jesse and Marian Kaiser In memory of Jerry Danoff by: Esther and Jason Newman Rachel and Jeff Karton Rebecca and Dave Wilson Mike and Lois Loges Niles and Kathryn Baker B Chor Cholim by Shelly and Bruce Goldin: In memory of Harry Cohen In honor of Peggy Mitchel In memory of Harry Cohen In memory of Isla and Fred Cutler by Libby Gordon Cantor s Fund Jeff Freedman Harry and Deborah Segal Manny Helzner In honor of Cantor Helzner by Robert Katz In memory of Dorothy Engel and Marilyn Greenwood Alfred Cowan Torah Club Fund Barbara Jean Axelrod Refuah Shlemah to Phil Braunstein by Ted and Roz Kram Charlotte Lowenfeld-TIUSY Scholarship Fund In memory of Mae Mukasey by Norbert Eckstein In memory of Sadie Eckstein by Norbert Eckstein Youth Commission In memory of Harold Rayden by Elyca Mintz ECC Fund In memory of Harold Rayden by Daniel Bachman In memory of Harold Rayden by Nancy and Jonathan Solomon Rabbi s Fund In memory of Belle Lerner by Freda Stutz Robert Katz Jeff Freedman David and Alyssa Drucker In memory of Harold Rayden by Morton Davis and Sue Sandler In memory of K. Gordon Oppenheimer by Janet Oppenheimer Ellen and Barry Bogage In honor of Rudy Fischer by Rudy Fischer In memory of William Myers by Sheila Myers In memory of Jerry Danoff by Norm and Rhoda Eckstein In memory of Irv Fishman by Harriet and Janet Bridge In memory of Jerry Danoff by Audrey Tarr Phyllis and Esther Leise In memory of Josephine Erdheim by Felice and Gayle Erdheim Kiddush Fund In honor of the Kitchen volunteers by Marsha Lyons Kitchen Committee by Elliot and Bonnie Cowan Bereavement Committee In memory of Lottie and Lewis Greenwood by Michael and Marilyn Greenwood In memory of Josephine Erdheim by Felice and Gayle Erdheim 13

14 Tikvat Israel remembers with respect those whose yahrzeits occur from 7 Iyar to 8 Sivan May Iyar May 1, 2009 Max Bloom Marilyn Bloomberg Nachman Burdett Ethel Freedenberg Vincent Gesumaria Ruth Goldman Samuel Katz Hyman Kram Gela Marmor Samuel Marmor Libby Deutsch Rosen Philip Wilchins Josephine Wottitzky 8 Iyar May 2, 2009 Dora Alper George Boroff Abraham Friedman Morris Gateman Louis Harrison Jack Lindner Nachama Williamowsky 9 Iyar May 3, 2009 Max Regensteiner 10 Iyar May 4, 2009 William Brick David Fein Selma Goldstein Robert Kopp Benjamin Lerner Lillian Miller Murphy Louis Rothlin 11 Iyar May 5, 2009 Lillian Bishow Frank Einbinder Meshel Kirschbaum Howard C. Penenburgh 12 Iyar May 6, 2009 Edna Gorfine Helyn Mulitz Celia Shetzich Isadore Zeidman 13 Iyar May 7, 2009 Eva Fessler George Fine Esther Goldman William Prince Edward E. Rosner Max Shetzich Harry Shulman Mr. Paul Trachtenberg Rose Weiss Nathan Wermiel 14 Iyar May 8, 2009 Bertha Apt Rose Crasnick Isadore Spector Bernard Yudkoff 15 Iyar May 9, 2009 Joseph Axelrod Sandra Baruch Irving Goldman Mr. Hugh Hochberg Myrna Matheson 16 Iyar May 10, 2009 Sadie Bauman Philip Danoff Hannah Herscovitz Lillian Horowitz Louis Saltzman 17 Iyar May 11, 2009 Rae Danoff Harry Eisler Mrs. Anna Knopp Rebecca Podgor Eli Rubinstein 18 Iyar May 12, 2009 Mr. Louis Grossman Samuel Nathan Kaplan Reba Leavitt Alexander Levine Andrew A. Levinrad Martin Miller William Shapiro 19 Iyar May 13, 2009 Mollie Exler Morris Gisser Ethel Gold Bernard Grob Bertha Luchs Saul Seigel Helen Zitter 20 Iyar May 14, 2009 Sheldon David Abrams William Fessler Adolph Fullenbaum Robert Goldberg Ida Kirschbaum Thelma Shapiro 21 Iyar May 15, 2009 William Berk David Bloom Mindl Mina Lustig Faye Toporek Sam Weiser 22 Iyar May 16, 2009 Lee Buchbinder Gladys Pearlstein Mrs. Frieda Sneiderman 23 Iyar May 17, 2009 Jennie Fischer Salomon Koricki David Rubin 24 Iyar May 18, 2009 Lillian Boker Robin Freedman Mrs. Ruth Grayson Bernice Elvin Meiselman Rose Seligman Samuel Zuckerman 25 Iyar May 19, 2009 Ms. Rachel Ginsburg Mrs. Fannie Kerson 26 Iyar May 20, 2009 Mr. Frank Goldstein Alex Weiss 27 Iyar May 21, 2009 Maier Auerhahn William R. Horowitz Bella Kensky Hersch Herman Lustig Ida Plesset Helen VanAalten Rosenfeld 28 Iyar May 22, 2009 Fred Rosenberg Elaine Beth Silverman 29 Iyar May 23, 2009 Mr. Nissim Armoza Mrs. Esther Bernstein Bernard Horowitz Lena Klein Morton Pearlman Marcy Yanoff 1 Sivan May 24, 2009 Jean Becker Esther Leah Bernstein Celia Braunstein Lillie Brodofsky Ruth Einbinder Isaac Krick Paul Spector Pearl Teitelbaum 2 Sivan May 25, 2009 Rose E. Diamond Yvette Weiss Dora Witt 3 Sivan May 26, 2009 Toby Gorschman Bertha Koricki Jack Lebowitz Samuel Miller 4 Sivan May 27, 2009 Anna Battino Beatrice Sandler 5 Sivan May 28, 2009 Esther Goldberg Harry L. Rosen Goldie Simon 6 Sivan May 29, 2009 Leon Benham Anna Deckelbaum Joseph Greenfield Albert Sirmai 7 Sivan May 30, 2009 Celia Arcus Irving Baroff George Bloom Selma Danovitz Lillian Friedman Minnie H. Goldberg Peggy Strauss Kuhn Benjamin Sidney Miller Joseph L. Rein Nathan Weiner 8 Sivan May 31, 2009 Jacob Isaac Bass David Edward Haft Mr. Dave Lieberman 14

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