Home >Documents >OCTOBER HIGHLIGHTS Many Ways to Reflect Celebrate Sukkot ...

OCTOBER HIGHLIGHTS Many Ways to Reflect Celebrate Sukkot ...

Date post:14-Feb-2017
Category:
View:215 times
Download:0 times
Share this document with a friend
Transcript:
  • Congregation Bnai Israel2710 Park AvenueBridgeport, CT 06604www.cbibpt.org

    Volume 158, Issue 3 Elul 5776/Tishri 5777 October 2016

    OCTOBERHIGHLIGHTS

    High Holy Days ScheduleWhen are High Holy Day services? We have the full details for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah on Page 10 and at www.cbibpt.org.

    Everyday HolinessYour High Holy Day observances should extend beyond the Temple. Even everyday occurrences can become holy celebrations. See Page 5.

    Lets Play Two!Yes, Chicago hopes the Cubs end 108 years of cursed futility, but could the resurgence of baseballs lovable losers signal better things for your Jewish education? See Page 7.

    Bnai Israel to Team IsraelBnai Israel alumnus Craig Breslows latest team is truly a calling trying to help Team Israel reach the finals of the World Baseball Classic. See Page 15.

    Also Inside:Bulletin Board ............................ P.2BIFTY ........................................ P.4Adult Learning ............................ P.6Shabbat Services ....................... P.15

    Many Ways to Reflect

    Celebrate Sukkot, Simchat Torah

    As we enter Year 5777, we all seek our optimum way for personal reflection and atonement. As usual, Bnai Israel offers a wide range of options to mark the High Holy Days.

    You can start the New Year at the beach or in the synagogue. You can choose to worship in the main sanctuary or the tent on Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur. See the full schedule of services for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah on Page 10.

    WVOF Radio 88.5 FM and www.wvof.

    org will broadcast the Kol Nidre service at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11.

    Perhaps during your Yom Kippur fast you choose to engage in a bit of study. Join Ira Wise to explore the themes of the day on Yom Kippur afternoon. You can find the details on Page 6.

    While we seek our personal peace, the High Holy Days offer us a chance to think of others in need. Our BIFTY teens are again conducting their annual Yom Kippur food drive.

    Join us on the evening of Sunday, October 16 to celebrate Sukkot, with an environmental twist. At 5:30 p.m., we will decorate Bnai Israels sukkah with donated recycled materials, followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. we will join together for a service and learn ways that kids and families can help the earth.

    For dinner, a main dish will be provided, but we ask families with last names beginning with letters A to M to bring a nut-free appetizer or side dish and N-Z families to bring a nut-free dessert.

    We will collect materials to use for the sukkah in the preschool/religious school lobby. We need things like clean milk jugs/cartons, egg crates, toilet paper/paper towel rolls, cereal boxes, yogurt containers, etc. Thank you in advance for your help!

    On Monday, October 17 we will hold a 10:00 a.m. Sukkot service, followed at 10:30 a.m. by a childrens program.

    For Simchat Torah, we welcome families on Sunday, October 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the

    Continued on Page 10

    Continued on Page 10

  • 2 Whats happening at the Temple? Get Hashavua, our weekly email. Send your request to Lynn at [email protected]

    Bulletin BoardIs Your MedicarePlan the Right One?Jerry Demner is a Choices Volunteer Counselor who provides free Medicare advice to seniors and their caregivers. He served as a Medicare Part D counselor in New York from 2004 to 2011, before moving to Fairfield. In Connecticut, he has been affiliated with the Southwest Connecticut Agency for the Aging since 2012. He is certified by Connecticut and SHIP.

    Everyone on Medicare is required to have a drug plan that is considered a credible Part D plan.Everyones plan should be reviewed annually, as premiums and drugs included in the program constantly change. Insurance companies negotiate individually with each pharmaceutical company for each drug they cover. Surprises are the rule, not the exception. There is an open enrollment period from October 15 to December 7 that permits you to change your plan and possibly save a significant amount of money.

    There are also other options available during this enrollment period. They have to do with Part C Advantage Plans and Traditional Medicare. If you have any concerns regarding any Medicare situation, please feel free to connect with Jerry at [email protected]

    A credible plan can be associated with a drug plan attached to a health

    plan as part of a retirement package. If there is any question, you should contact the plan administrator and determine if the plan is credible To PART D. If the plan is not credible, the individual is subject to penalties. The penalty will be added to the premium of the Part D Plan for the rest of the persons life.

    Contact Jerry at [email protected] or speak to him any Friday evening or Saturday morning at Temple, when he is there for services. It takes between 45 minutes to a little over an hour to help each person. Jerry will be happy to arrange a mutually convenient appointment.

    Gift of Light Is ComingChanukah comes later this year, but it is not too early to start thinking about giving a gift for yourself, the temple and our community.

    We again will be conducting our Gift of Light fundraiser. You will be able to send beautifully packaged Chanukah candles to your family and friends at Bnai Israel. Each box is hand-packaged and hand-delivered by a special team of Chanukah helpers.

    This annual initiative goes well beyond providing candles and raising funds for our temple. It helps expand and strengthen our community. Look for details in the weeks ahead in Hashavua and the Bulletin, as well as on the Temple website.

    Welcome!A warm welcome to our newest members. We look forward to their participation in our many programs and hope their affiliation will not only enrich their lives, but that of our congregation.

    Howard and Bonnie Maya, Sarah and EmmaShadowood Road, FairfieldJerome and Lorin Goldstein, and SethDayton Road, TrumbullLeonard Braman and Anne Green, Gwendolyn and SpencerRound Hill Road, FairfieldJeffrey and Sherry Copperthite, Sophia and AbigailKnapps Highway, FairfieldEric and Lisa Goldman, and MaxTown House Road, FairfieldPhil and Jessica DiIanni, Cameron and AbigailTaylor Place, SouthportBeth Gardner, and SadieJackman Avenue, Fairfield

    Sharing Our JoySteve and Ilene Kandler, in honor of the marriage of son, Robert, to Yocheved Landesman.Edward and Luise Mann Burger, in honor of the engagement of son, Marc Rottman, to Adrienne Levi.Michael Connolly and Myra Shapiro, in honor of the marriage of son, Shane Connolly, to Mary Santella.Robert and Wendy Swain, in honor of the marriage of daughter, Robin, to Gregg Catandella.Jonathan and Cleo Sonneborn, in honor of the marriage of daughter, Jessica, to Christopher Maltauro.

    We extend our sympathy to the bereaved families of:

    Lois Lesser, wife of Robert LesserWendy Rosenberg, sister of Jeff WarrenAudrey Bloch, mother of Wendy BlochRose Edelstein, mother of Ellen DinkesHerbert Schwartz, father of Bill Schwartz

    Martin Smith, father of Mark Smith Jordan Schimmel, uncle of Linda KoskiFlorette Shapiro, mother of Myra ShapiroHarold Verchin, father of Scott Verchin

    Sincere Sympathy

    Food for the SoulBefore each Shabbat service, the temple provides a small Oneg in the lobby. If you can volunteer to bring in small (nut-free) snacks and drinks on a Friday, please contact Naomi Schaffer at [email protected] You can drop them off at any time thats convenient for you.

  • 3

    If its the seventh month, why do we call it the New Year? Over the years, more than one discerning student has asked that question. The first of Tishri, after all, is Rosh Hashanah, but it happens to occur half a year after Nisan, the first month in our calendar. Whats going on, and when does the year really start?

    Like many Jewish questions, there are at least two answers. And both can be considered correct.

    Nisan is the month of spring. Its also the month of Passover. Rebirth of the earth and the freedom of a people from enslavement were good reasons to make Nisan the first month in our calendar. Yet, for 2,000 years, the Jewish people have celebrated the New Year at the start of the seventh month. Why?

    Explanations abound, but my favorite connects Rosh Hashanah and the High Holy Days to an echo of Shabbat as the seventh day. In this way, Tishri is the Sabbath of months. And as the Sabbath is to provide us a sense of spiritual renewal and connection after six days of work, the seventh month also becomes a special time for some enhanced spiritual renewal and connection.

    The difference between Nisan the first month and Tishri the seventh is that Nisan with the celebration of Passover is about us as a group a tribe. Its about the historic redemption of a people and Gods deliverance of US. In Tishri, Rosh

    Hashanah and Yom Kippur are about ME. Of course, we make a powerful statement about group identity when we gather en masse the way we do each year. But the days ahead go well beyond the spirit of an annual convention. As a rabbi, it is reassuring to see the Temple filled to capacity during the Holy Days, and I must admit that I find myself wondering why even the peripheral see these days as times to attend. While some might say it is to please parents departed or alive, out of habit or to be seen, I think a lot more is going on than just filial piety, conformity and social pressure. It may be that even in our largely secular world, we periodically seek a higher connection, a sense of holiness, some transcendent moments.

    Doing that surrounded by hundreds of others in the same pursuit can be very powerful

    Rosh Hashanah also provides us a chance to take a very personal inventory. Its a chance to reflect on our assets and debits during the past year and to struggle with the negative aspects of our personality. We all have visions of ourselves at our best, but since were human, we do not live up to those lofty images as often as wed like. The Days of Awe are a chance for us to go beyond the imminently breakable resolutions of the secular New Year and, with the help of so much quiet time spent in prayer and reflection, to change the way we live.

    Life-changing moments of transcendence! I cant guarantee that youll find such opportunities during the days ahead, but to have even a chance to succeed, I hope youll open yourselves up to the possibilities.

    Donation Item of the Month: Nonperishable Canned Goods for the Connecticut Food Bank

    From the Rabbis Desk/Rabbi James Prosnit

    If Its the Seventh Month, Why Do We Call it the New Year?

    Tishri is the Sabbath of months. And as the Sabbath

    is to provide us a sense of spiritual renewal and

    connection after six days of work, the seventh month

    also becomes a special time for some enhanced spiritual renewal and connection.

    Source: ClipArtHut

    Thank You for Your SupportWendy and I wish you all a Sweet and Happy year. As many of you know, we enter the season a bit out of step. Wendys mother, Audrey Bloch, died in August, and the upcoming Holy Days will be a challenging time without her. She very much enjoyed being part of

    this community and spent the last 26 Yom Kippur days with us here.

    A remarkable woman, a beautiful legacy they all help sustain us, as did the expressions of concern and condolence from so many in the Bnai Israel family.

    We feel comforted and blessed, even at a sad time. Thank you for multiple expressions of kindness.

    Rabbi Prosnit

  • 4 Follow us on Instagram at Cbibpt .

    BIFTYWhy Join BIFTY?

    Need some a reason to join BIFTY? Here are five:

    1. Meet new friends.2. Participate in community

    service.3. Take a break from school work.4. Be a leader.5. Have lots of fun!

    We hope to see you at our October events:

    October 13: Arts and Crafts Competition

    October 20: Minute to Win it October 27: Escape the Room

    Halloween Themed!

    Questions? Want more information? Contact Advisor Marisa at [email protected], Join our Facebook group: BIFTY 2016-2017. Follow us on Instagram at cbi.bifty

    New & ProspectiveCamper Weekend

    urjnortheastcamps.org/event/new-prospective-camper-weekend/

    Hiking, Arts & Crafts, Celebrate Shabbat, Sleep in Heated Cabins,Sports & Games, Wild Science Experiments and Activities,

    Camppre & Smores, and Lots of New Friends!

    For current 2nd-5th graders

    Arrival: Fri, Oct 14th, 4:30 pm @ Eisner Camp Departure: Sun, Oct 16th, 12:30 pm @ Crane Lake Camp

    Cost: $200 includes all meals, lodging, and activitiesIf you register for camp by January 1, 2017, $100 from the cost of the weekend

    will be credited to your summer tuition

    T H R E E G R E A T U R J C A M P SA N D A S U M M E R T H A T L A S T S A L I F E T I M E

    201-722-0400 | eisnercranelake.urjcamps.org 857-246-8677 | scitech.urjcamps.org

    BIFTY offers something for everyone, whether you join in the games or just relax for a conversation.

    Jewish Holiday Calendar 5777

    Erev Rosh Hashanah Sunday, October 2Rosh Hashanah Monday, October 3-Tuesday, October 4Erev Yom Kippur Tuesday, October 11Yom Kippur Wednesday, October 12Sukkot Sunday, October 16-Monday, October 17Simchat Torah Sunday, October 23 and Monday, October 24Chanukah Saturday, December 24, 2016-Sunday, January 1, 2017Tu BiShvat Saturday, February 11Purim Sunday, March 12Passover Tuesday, April 11-Tuesday, April 18Yom HaShoah Monday, April 24Yom HaZikaron Monday, May 1Yom HaAtzmaut Tuesday, May 2Shavuot Tuesday, May 30-Wednesday, May 31

  • 5

    The following is an old Chasidic tale as you enter into the Holy Days, the month of Tishri:The Medizbozer Rabbi said, During the High Holy Days in the month of Tishri a Jew serves God with his whole being: on Rosh Hashanah, the Day of Remembrance, with his brain, since memory enwreathes the mind; on Yom Kippur with his heart, since fasting strains the heart; on Sukkot with his hands, as he grasps the etrog and lulav; and on Simchat Torah with his feet, when he parades in the circuits and dances with the Torah.

    I recently came across this story and loved the underlying message behind it, that each holiday throughout the month of Tishri is not an island, but the festivals are so interconnected. Throughout the month we exercise both mind and body, each holiday an opportunity to focus on one area of ourselves our intellects, our hearts, our hands and our feet (although it might feel more like we are focusing on our feet during those final moments of Yom Kippur, when we stand and close the symbolic gates).

    I know for many, after Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur there is often High Holy Day fatigue, or the realities of returning to school and work, so less community members come to synagogue on Sukkot and Simchat Torah. Id certainly encourage you to join us here for those

    holidays, as it is a wonderful opportunity to join with synagogue members to build and decorate our sukkah and dance with the Torah.

    However, if you are not able to make it to Bnai Israel for Sukkot and Simchat Torah, Id invite you to mark these days in some symbolic way, bringing together the full experience of the Tishri holidays, by doing something meaningful with your hands on Sukkot and your feet on Simchat Torah.

    You can mark Sukkot with your hands by welcoming someone into your home and hugging them. Or prepare a meal for a family that might need it. Or plant a fall vegetable in your garden. Or play catch with your child.

    You can mark Simchat Torah with your feet by having an epic dance party with your friends. Or take a nature walk on a beautiful trail. Or climb the stairs instead of taking the elevator, if you are so able to do so. Or walk barefoot on your lawn

    instead of wearing shoes, feeling the grass and the dirt, connecting with Gods creation.

    This October, the Hebrew month of Tishri is an opportunity to hear the words of the Medizbozer Rabbi, and find meaning in our minds and bodies through each of the Jewish holidays. I hope youll take some time to fully embrace and be present in each day, exercising each sacred part of your body, your intellect, your heart, your hands and your feet.

    Follow us on Twitter via @cbibpt. Well follow back!

    From the Rabbis Study/Rabbi Evan Schultz

    The month of Tishri Exercising Mind and Body

    You can mark Sukkot with your

    hands by welcoming someone into your home and hugging them. Or play catch with your

    child.

    You can mark Simchat Torah with

    your feet by having an epic dance party with your friends. Or take

    a nature walk on a beautiful trail.

    Meet Some Really Interesting JewsRabbi Evan Schultz hosts a regular podcast conversation with some really interesting Jews. He created this podcast to connect American Jews with the ideas, conversations, and projects that are changing the face of the American Jewish community.

    These are people that matter, and we hope their stories will spark conversations in your homes, communities and synagogues. Recent episodes have featured Dr. David Bryfman on Jewish Teens and the Culture of Now; Nati Passow on Sprouting a Jewish Farm Movement; Rabbi Geoff Mitelman on the intersection of science and Judaism; and Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service on pursuing a career of justice.

    Go to http://reallyinterestingjews.com/ or www.facebook.com/reallyinterestingjews to sign up to receive notifications of new episodes.

  • 6 We want you in the Bulletin! Send your news to editor Scott Smith at [email protected]

    Yom Kippur Afternoon Learning SessionGratitude and the Days of Awe Wednesday, October 12 at 1:00 p.m.

    As we do the work of teshuvah (repentance or atonement), we cover a lot of other areas: ad-

    mission of guilt, self-reflection, taking a personal inventory of our actions, apolo-gizing and making amends, seeking and granting forgiveness. For some, we can get all the way from Rosh Hashanah to the blintzes at the breakfast table without recognizing or expressing gratitude. And gratitude is part of what makes the whole process worthwhile! If you are at temple for the morning service on Yom Kippur, stick around. If you werent coming until the afternoon service, come a little early. Or if prayer is not your thing, then just drop in for an hour. Join Temple Educa-tor Ira Wise in the library for an explora-tion of gratitude and how it can help us.

    Ongoing OpportunitiesThe Journey Continues ... Torah Study

    Every Saturday Morning at 9:30 a.m. Every Saturday morn-ing we learn Torah to-gether some attend 8:00 a.m. services, oth-ers arrive in time for the study group. Some

    participate every week and others drop in when they can. Some have solid biblical backgrounds, and others are novices to the study. Some know Hebrew, and most do not. Bottom Line: Everyone is wel-come! Join us for an enriching, enjoyable and engaging hour of weekly learning of our most sacred text.

    Adult Roundtable First Thursday of each month at 12:30 p.m.

    Gloria Katz facilitates a discussion about current events for anyone who wants to go beyond the headlines. Join us the first Thursday of every

    month, and bring a sandwich, your opinion and an open mind.

    Head and Heart: Jewish Wisdom on Our Core EmotionsMonday, November 7, 14, 21, 28, 7:00-8:30 p.m.Join Student Rabbi Stephanie Crawley to explore what Jewish learning can teach us about our emotional well-being.

    Rosh Chodesh: A Celebration of Ritual and LearningTuesday, October 25, 7:00 p.m.

    The waxing and waning of lunar cycles has been a guiding force for women throughout

    the ages, both literally and spiritually. Since the Jewish feminist movement reclaimed Rosh Chodesh in the 1970s, women have been gathering on a monthly basis to acknowledge and celebrate. The form of this celebration has taken on many faces, including ancient text, contemporary outreach, food and fantasy. Women of all ages are invited to join Student Rabbi Stephanie Crawley to celebrate the new Hebrew month and for spiritual growth.

    Adult Jewish Learning at Congregation Bnai Israel

    Jewish Community Happenings

    2016 Olympic Stars (Of David)

    Seniors, Lets TalkThursdays, 11:00 a.m. (Stamford) or 1:00 p.m. (Westport)This free event gives seniors a place each week to talk about common interests and concerns, facilitated by a Jewish Family Service counselor.

    You can choose between the 11:00 a.m. session at the Stamford Jewish Community Center at 1035 Newfield Avenue, or the 1:00 p.m. gathering at the Westport Senior Center, 21 Imperial Avenue.

    To find out more, contact Anne Birchenough at (203) 921-4161 or [email protected]

    United StatesAly Raisman, Womens Gymnastics Gold Team Event Silver Floor Exercise Silver All-AroundAnthony Ervin, Swimming Gold Mens 50-meter FreestyleNOTE: At 35, Ervin is the oldest swimming gold medalist.Other Jewish U.S. Competitors: Nate Ebner Mens Rugby Zack Test Mens Rugby Monica Rokhman Womens

    Rhythmic Gymnastics Eli Dershwitz Mens Fencing,

    Saber Merrill Moses Mens Water Polo

    IsraelYarden Gerbi, Womens Judo Bronze 63kgOr Sasson, Mens Judo Bronze 100kgOther Notable Competitors: Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko 5th,

    Womens Triple Jump Womens Rhythmic Gymanstics

    6th, Team Event Sagi Muki 5th, Mens Judo, 73kg Maayan Davidovich Womens

    Sailing, RS X

    NOTE: Israeli-born Ahmad Abughaush won Jordans first-ever medal (Gold Taekwondo)

  • 7Like Us on Facebook. Visit the Congregation Bnai Israel page and join us online.

    From the Education Center/Ira J. Wise

    Lets Play Two

    This has been an amazing summer for me. In our family we have had new jobs, a high school graduation and the last child is off to college. Special for us, but most of you have those things happening as well. If not this summer, then another. Those of you that know me are aware that this summer has been amazing for me in particular for one other reason: The Chicago Cubs.

    My Red Sox fan friends now chortle, Now that weve had a few World Series, it might as well be your turn. And I remind them that Red Sox have NEVER been the longest-suffering team in baseball. They missed that honor by 10 years. And in 1918, they beat the Cubs. But I digress.

    My beloved team has been in first place the entire season. They last did that in 1969, and Mets fans know how that turned out. I digress again. I mention this here for two reasons: 1) I want to shout it from the rooftops; and 2) I need to explain the baseball bat in my office. It is a metaphor for Jewish learning.

    The bat is signed by Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, one of the heroes of my childhood. It was a gift to me from Bnai Israel on the occasion of my 10th anniversary as your educator. Whenever someone said,

    Hey Ernie! Its a beautiful day for a ballgame, he would respond, Lets play two!

    I would tell this story whenever teaching about the Yotzer or Maariv prayers. We say them as part of our regular worship service, praising God for creating the world in which we live (we say Yotzer in the morning and Maariv at night). I would explain that Ernie believed that when it is a beautiful day, we need to show God our appreciation by doing the things we love best and by sharing it with others we love. For Ernie it was playing baseball and sharing it with all of Chicago. I was fortunate enough to meet him in the 1980s and confirm that is what he meant.

    So what does the bat have to do with Jewish learning? Jewish learning doing

    it myself or facilitating it for others is the thing I love doing best. Ernies bat reminds me that no matter the weather outside, it is ALWAYS a beautiful day for Jewish learning.

    Whatever your age, it is a beautiful day for Jewish learning. Our Bonim preschool gets fully underway next week (we write these a month prior to publication), followed quickly by Religious School and Merkaz. Our Religious School Vision Team has already begun learning as part of the URJ Reimagining Jewish Education Community of Practice I described last June.

    And our Adult Jewish Learning program, chaired by David Herbst, is also underway. I invite you to check out our offerings this month on Page 6. And I invite you to join me at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12, which is Yom Kippur afternoon. Instead of going home, stick around for some Jewish learning. We will spend an hour together and then have a little time before the afternoon service begins. The class description is on Page 6.

    When it comes to Jewish learning, lets play two!

    Lshalom and Gmar Chatimah Tovah!

    (May you be sealed for good in the Book of Life.)

    Ira J. Wise, D.J.R.E.

    Jewish learning doing it myself or facilitating it for others is the thing I love doing best. Ernie Bankss bat reminds me that no

    matter the weather outside, it is ALWAYS a beautiful day for Jewish learning.

    I need to explain the baseball bat in my office.

    It is a metaphor for Jewish learning.

    Exploring Jews & Food

    Join Rabbi Evan Schultz for an edible exploration of Jewish Food. The class will meet on Fridays October 28 and November 4, 11 and 18 from Noon to 1:30 p.m. Well explore biblical stories of food, why food is such an important part of Jewish culture, and sample some of the most famous Jewish culinary delights.

  • 8 Reach more than 700 families. Advertise in the Bulletin. Contact Scott L. Smith at [email protected]

    Rabbi Prosnit Discretionary FundDonations in memory of Audrey Bloch, mother of Wendy Bloch, were made by:

    David Abbey and Deborah GoodmanClaire L. BakerDale and Stew BarchamBrian and Linda BarlaamCarol and Nate BarskySusan BauchnerEdie BaumJudi and David BeierJeffrey and Wendy BenderCarson and Robert Berkowitz and FamilyStacey and Duane BerlinThe Beth Am StaffMichael and Judy Green BlumenthalLaura and Bruce BravermanAnn and Abe BreslowPaul and Patricia BuchbinderEdward and Luise Mann BurgerElaine and Juda ChetritDale and Jerry DemnerLinda and Barry DiamondRandy DorfmanMark and Barbara EdinbergThe Elbaum FamilyGary and Gail FelberbaumEllen and Art Gang and FamilyJack and Sandy GermainBarbara and Steve GersenStacy and Rob GigliettiCarol GillMarsha and Bob GilletteAndrea Goodman and Jeff AckermanJim and Lisa GreenbergJanet and Alan HertzmarkDon and Wendy HymanDebbie and Phil JacobsJanice and Bernie JacobsJack KaddenJoan, Richard, Matt and Michael KalmansGloria KatzBeryl KaufmanAlice and George KellyGeoffrey and Melanie KoorisBeth LazarAlice MadwedJeff, Jackie, Josh and Rachel MadwedSandi MichaelsonSamuel Miller and FamilyBob and Helen NattBarbara PanischJane and Jerry PressmanKaren and Phil RabinBeth and Randy Reich and FamilyNathan Render and Tal BendorJerry Saunders and Elaine AppellofEllen and Robert SheimanSerena and Arnie Sher

    Jonathan and Cleo SonnebornSteve and Ellen TowerGail and Peter WeinsteinDebbie and Michael WeismanSuzanne and Arthur Weissman Ken and Cindy West

    Edie Baum, in memory of mother, Rose Holtzman.Randy Dorfman, in memory of Rose Edelstein, mother of Ellen Dinkes; in memory of Irving Phillip, father of Suzanne Phillip.William Greenspan, a donation.The Family of Edna Hoffman, in memory of Edna Hoffman; a thank-you to Rabbi Prosnit.Debbie and Phil Jacobs, in memory of Arthur Gill, stepfather of Debbie Jacobs, grandfather of Marc and Alec Jacobs.Janice and Bernie Jacobs, in memory of Lois Lesser, wife of Robert Lesser.Richard and Joanne Krantz, in honor of Jon and Cleo Sonneborn, on the wedding of Jessica Sonneborn.Carol Krim, in memory of Michaels parents and mine, Dorothy and Abe Mirsky and Ida and Sam Krim.Aleksey and Raisa Ledvich, in memory of mother, Emilia Ledvich; in memory of grandmother, Adel Dovolskaya.Carol and Rick Offenbach, in memory of Vivienne Zimmer Goldstein and Robert Offenbach.Evan Paushter, in appreciation.Ted and Debbie Portnay, in memory of Wendy Rosenberg, sister of Jeff Warren.Beth and Randy Reich and Family, in memory of mother and grandmother, Vivienne Goldstein.Roberta and Sanford Small, in memory of Abraham and Lillian Stein, parents of Roberta Small; in memory of Bertha Small, mother of Sanford Small.Elinor Taylor, in memory of parents, Larry and Lilly Ribak.

    Rabbi Schultz Discretionary FundDonations in honor of the birth of Roie Miles Schultz, son of Rabbi Evan Schultz and Jenny Goldstein were made by:

    Jim and Lisa GreenbergGloria KatzTed and Debbie PortnayJonathan and Cleo Sonneborn

    Linda and Brian Barlaam, in memory of Adele Soalt, mother of Nina Soalt.Beth and Randy Reich and Family, in

    memory of mother and grandmother, Bea Burchman.Gail and Peter Weinstein, in memory of mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Edith Weinstein.

    Music FundJeff and Wendy Bender, a donation sponsoring the cello for Kol Nidre.William Greenspan, a donation.Beth Lazar, in appreciation of Mark Edinberg, Anne Kirsch, Liz Nigrosh and Kristen Carley, thank you for sharing your beautiful musical talent with Bnai Israel.Aleksey and Raisa Ledvich, in memory of uncle, Yuri Sotnik.Judith and Stan Lessler, a thank-you to Cantor Blum; in memory of brother, Bob Bretholtz.Ilse Levi, in memory of Audrey Bloch, mother of Wendy Bloch.Louise Linsky and Family, in memory of Abe Weintraub; in appreciation to Cantor Blum.Jackie Madwed, in memory of Adele Soalt, mother of Nina Soalt.Jonathan and Cleo Sonneborn, in memory of Herbert Schwartz, father of William Schwartz.

    Enhancement FundThe Asher Family Foundation, a donation.Barbara Berkowitz, in memory of mother, Evelyn Toss.Michael and Judy Green Blumenthal, in memory of Adele Soalt, mother of Nina Soalt.Barbara Bresler, in memory of dear brother, Donald Pious.Edward and Luise Mann Burger, in loving memory of Bea Burger; a thank-you to Sam Rosenberg for two years of strong leadership; congratulations to Michael Blumenthal on becoming President of the Congregation.Mr. and Mrs. Leopold DeFusco, in memory of Lois Lesser, wife of Robert Lesser.Jonathan and Jennifer Dizney, a donation.Geoffrey Gladstein and Susan Brody, in memory of Rose Edelstein, mother of Ellen Dinkes.Paula and Robert Herzlinger, in memory of Leah Herzlinger, mother of Robert Herzlinger; in memory of Sylvia Rosenberg, mother of Paula Herzlinger.Stanley and Judith Lessler, in memory of Lois Lesser, wife of Robert Lesser, mother of Stan Lesser.Ted and Sue Levy, in memory of Lois Lesser, wife of Robert Lesser.David and Louise Linsky, a donation.

    DonationsPlease note that only contributions of $10.00 or more will be acknowledged with a card and Bulletin listing.

    Continued on Page 9

  • 9Donation Item of the Month: Nonperishable Canned Goods for the Connecticut Food Bank

    Peggy and Tom LoCastro, in honor of the Bnai Mitzvah of Ethan and Jordan Weisblatt.Alan and Sylvia Neigher, in memory of Audrey Bloch, mother of Wendy Bloch.Paul and Bernice Rosch, in memory of father, Meyer Rosch.Becky and Rich Rosen, in memory of Audrey Bloch, mother of Wendy Bloch.Robert and Marilyn Shook, in memory of Sarah Shook, mother of Robert Shook.Jonathan and Cleo Sonneborn, in appreciation of Samuel Rosenberg, for his warm effective leadership for the last two years.Marilyn and Norman Weinstein, in memory of Harold Strogoff.Debbie and Michael Weisman, in appreciation to Sam Rosenberg for serving as President from 2014 to 2016; in memory of Lois Lesser, wife of Robert Lesser, mother of Stan Lesser.

    Sylvia Prosnit Adult Education FundBarbara Abraham, in honor of the birth of Roie Miles Schultz, son of Rabbi Evan Schultz and Jenny Goldstein; in honor of Jonathan and Cleo Sonneborn, on the marriage of daughter, Jessica Sonneborn, to Chris Maltauro.Jerry Saunders and Elaine Appellof, in memory of Wendy Rosenberg, sister of Jeff Warren.Paula and Robert Herzlinger, in memory of

    Audrey Bloch, mother of Wendy Bloch.Jonathan and Cleo Sonneborn, in memory of Irving Phillip, father of Suzanne Phillip.

    Nursery School Scholarship FundPaul and Patricia Buchbinder, in memory of father, father-in-law and grandfather, Carl Buchbinder.Elaine and Juda Chetrit, in honor of Gail and Peter Weinstein, on the birth of granddaughter, Alexa Weinstein.Alexa and David Cohen, in honor of the birth of Roie Miles Schultz, son of Rabbi Evan Schultz and Jenny Goldstein.

    Rabbi Martin Library FundDale and Jerry Demner and Carol and Nate Barsky, in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of Claire and Alan Shumofskys grandson.Muggs Lefsetz, in memory of Lois Lesser, wife of Robert Lesser, mother of Stan Lesser.George and Chris Markley, in memory of Audrey Bloch, mother of Wendy Bloch.

    Prayer Book FundGeorge and Chris Markley, in memory of Lois Lesser, wife of Robert Lesser.Nora Mayerson, in memory of beloved father, Harry L. Silverman.

    Slepian Floral FundBarbara, Larry and Mike Panisch, in loving memory of daughter and sister, Susan Panisch.

    MazonMyrna Kaufman, in memory of father, Robert Newman.

    Religious School Scholarship FundBarbara Abraham, in memory of Rose Edelstein, mother of Ellen Dinkes; in memory of Audrey Bloch, mother of Wendy Bloch.

    Rabbi Arnold Sher Social Action FundDonations in memory of Audrey Bloch, mother of Wendy Bloch, were made by:

    Audrey and Larry BernsteinEllen and Larry DinkesBari DworkenRuthie and Eric Gross Amy and Michael MoorinLaurie and Daniel Schopick

    Dale and Stew Barcham, in memory of Rose Edelstein, mother of Ellen Dinkes; in memory of Irving Phillip, father of Suzanne Phillip.Carson and Robert Berkowitz, in memory of Lois Lesser, wife of Robert Lesser, mother of Stan Lesser; in memory of Adele Soalt, mother of Nina Soalt.Andrea Goodman and Jeff Ackerman, in memory of Joslin Ross, father of Dyann Ross; in memory of Wendy Rosenberg, sister of Jeff Warren; in honor of Wendy and Ralph Michel, on the birth of grandson Flint Emerson Michel; in honor of Jon and Cleo Sonneborn, on the recent marriage of daughter, Jessica.Ruthie and Eric Gross, in memory of Irving Phillip, father of Suzanne Phillip; in memory of Lois Lesser, wife of Robert Lesser.Suzanne Kayne and Ilene Kayne, in appreciation of Dr. Robert and Ellen Sheimans wonderful hospitality.Shari and Brian Nerreau, in memory of Adele Soalt, mother of Nina Soalt; in honor of Amy and Michael Moorin, on the birth of granddaughter, Penelope Moore. Emily, Matt, Shira and Ava Robinson, in memory of Rose Edelstein, mother of Ellen Dinkes.Laurie and Daniel Schopick, in memory of Rose Edelstein, mother of Ellen Dinkes.Serena and Arnie Sher, in memory of Lois Lesser, wife of Robert Lesser.Robert and Wendy Swain, in celebration of daughter Robins marriage.

    Vision Loan Reduction FundPatti and Samuel Rosenberg, in memory of Wendy Rosenberg, sister of Jeff Warren; in memory of Audrey Bloch, mother of Wendy Bloch.

    DonationsPlease note that only contributions of $10.00 or more will be acknowledged with a card and Bulletin listing.

    (203) 336-1858 www.cbibpt.orgThe Bulletin of Congregation Bnai Israel is published every month except July.

    James Prosnit, D.D. ............................... Rabbi

    Evan Schultz .......................................... Rabbi

    Arnold I. Sher, D.D. ............... Rabbi Emeritus

    Sheri E. Blum, D.M. ............................ Cantor

    Ramon Gilbert, D.M. ............ Cantor Emeritus

    Ira J. Wise, D.J.R.E. ............ Temple Educator

    Robert H. Gillette, R.J.E .... Educator Emeritus

    OfficersMichael Blumenthal .............................. PresidentShari Nerreau .......................... 1st Vice PresidentJill Elbaum .................................... Vice PresidentJim Greenberg ............................... Vice PresidentLarry Levine ................................. Vice PresidentJerry Saunders ...................................... TreasurerPerry Molinoff ....................... Assistant TreasurerSusan Walden ...................................... SecretaryJoe Varon .............................. Financial SecretarySamuel J. Rosenberg .... Immediate Past President

    AffiliatesMarisa Underberger ................................................... BIFTY Advisor/Youth Engagement SpecialistScott L. Smith ............................................................................................................... Bulletin Editor

    Continued on Page 10

  • 10 Learn something new join an Adult Learning class. See Page 6.

    Selichot Saturday, September 24 8:00 p.m. Refreshments and Havdalah 8:15 p.m. Selichot Speaker 9:45 p.m. Service Erev Rosh Hashanah Sunday, October 2 5:00 p.m. Service at Jennings Beach weather

    permitting; check website or call Temple that afternoon if uncertain)

    7:30 p.m. Service at Temple

    Rosh HashanahMonday, October 310:00 a.m. Morning Service (Sanctuary)10:00 a.m. Morning Service (Tent)10:00 a.m. Babysitting10:00 a.m. Youth Program (Grades Pre-K-3) 3:30 p.m. Family Services

    Rosh Hashanah, Second DayTuesday, October 410:00 a.m. Service12:30 p.m. Tashlich (on Brooklawn Parkway)

    Cemetery Memorial ServiceSunday, October 91:00 p.m. in Fairfield2:00 p.m. in Monroe

    Kol NidreTuesday, October 11

    6:30 p.m. Early Service 8:45 p.m. Late Service

    Yom KippurWednesday, October 1210:00 a.m. Morning Service (Sanctuary)10:00 a.m. Morning Service (Tent)10:00 a.m. Youth Program (Grades Pre-K-3) 1:00 p.m. Adult Learning 1:30 p.m. Family Services 2:45 p.m. Afternoon Service 4:45 p.m. Yizkor Service (approximate time) 5:45 p.m. Neilah (Concluding) Service

    Sukkot Sunday, October 16 5:00 p.m. Sukkah Decorating 6:00 p.m. Family Service 6:30 p.m. Potluck Picnic

    Monday, October 1710:00 a.m. Sukkot Service10:00 a.m. Young Childrens Sukkot Program and Service

    Simchat TorahSunday, October 23 5:30 p.m. Flag-making 6:00 p.m. Family Services

    Monday, October 2410:00 a.m. Yizkor Service, with Festival brunch to follow

    Rabbi Schultz and Bonim students enjoy the comfort of the Temples Sukkah last fall.

    High Holy Days Services 5777/2016

    BIFTY members will collect nonperishable foods for the Connecticut Food Bank on Yom Kippur morning and throughout the day. Bags will be handed out on both days of Rosh Hashanah, or you can use your own. Fill the bag and bring it with you on Yom Kippur. The teens will have a truck in the parking lot serving as a collection point

    You also can make a check out to CT Food Bank.

    Perhaps you want to find an even more personal spiritual path. Rabbi Schultz offers ways to find holy moments in our everyday lives on Page 5.

    REFLECT ....................... From Page 1

    Social Hall for a pizza dinner and tiny Torah making. At 6:00 p.m. we will come together for our service, and celebrate with singing, marching and flag waving. All students with a bar or bat mitzvah in the upcoming year will have the opportunity to stand by their Torah portions in the unfurled scroll.

    On Monday, October 24, we continue to mark Simchat Torah with a service at 10:00 a.m., followed by a Yizkor service.

    SUKKOT ......................... From Page 1

    Robert and Ellen Sheiman, in memory of father, Sidney Sheiman.

    Jim Abraham Education Fund for Jewish LeadershipFrederic West, in memory of father, Abner West.

    Charles Fried Keshet FundDon and Wendy Hyman, in memory of Audrey Bloch, mother of Wendy Bloch; in honor of Steve and Ilene Kandler, on the marriage of son, Robert Kandler.

    Gillette Judaic Enrichment FundGeorge and Chris Markley, in loving memory of Mary Nahabedian.

    Judith Brav Sher Family Education Fund Elaine and Juda Chetrit, in memory of Lois Lesser, wife of Robert Lesser.

    Arnold & Doris Tower FundStephen and Ellen Tower, in honor of the birth of Roie Miles Schultz, son of Rabbi Evan Schultz and Jenny Goldstein; in memory of Lois Lesser, wife of Robert Lesser.

    Donations From Page 9

  • 11

    Please Support Our Advertisers

    Follow us on Instagram at Cbibpt.

    3,200sq.ft of Creative Ballroom Space

    Sunday Brunch Dedicated Event Coordinator

    Attractive Rates for Your Next Event / Room Block!

    Call or Email for more details P: 203.557.8124 | Email: [email protected]

    Appellate Bankruptcy Commercial Finance Common Interest Communities Corporate

    Not Just a Law Firm. Your Law Firm. Matrimonial & Family Municipal Personal Injury Physicians Practices Real Estate Securities

    Elder Law & Long Term Care Planning Employment & Labor Land Use & Zoning Litigation

    Securities Arbitration Tax and Trusts & Estates Telecommunications & Utilities

    BRIDGEPORT DANBURY WESTPORT ORANGE 203-368-0211 203-792-2771 203-222-1034 203-298-4066

    www.cohenandwolf.com

    C

    M

    Y

    CM

    MY

    CY

    CMY

    K

    JMG_Temple_AD_2x2_COLOR_FLAT.pdf 1 12/4/15 12:58 PM

  • 12

    Please Support Our Advertisers

    What brought you to Bnai Israel? Share your story. Send your One of Us story to Scott Smith at [email protected]

    Obstetrics & GynecologyBoard Certified

    3180 Main StreetBridgeport, CT06606

    Phone: (203) 374-0404

    Steven M. Soberman, M.D.Daniel S. Gottschall, M.D.

    Certified Mohalim

    Family Owned and Operated Since 1920

    Shop 24/7By Phone or Website

    Bar, Bat Mitzvahs and Weddings Our Specialty

    (203) 255-0461

    Hansens Flower Shop

    The financial community supports the Bnai Israel

    Bulletin:

    Edward P. Burger, CPA

    Luise M. Burger, CPA

    ubs.com/team/fdg

    UBS 2016. All rights reserved. UBS Financial Services Inc. is a subsidiary of UBS AG. Member FINRA/SIPC. D-UBS-330F090E

    Your future. Our focus Dean H. Gaugler, CFP, CDFA Sr Vice President--Wealth Mgmt Wealth Advisor 203-602-6934 [email protected] FDG Group UBS Financial Services Inc. 750 Washington Blvd 11th Floor Stamford, CT 06901 888-435-6930

    203-257-9044 [email protected]

    Amy L. KaplanDirector

    Success Tutoring LLCmeans successful learning

    All Subjects ACT & SAT Prep

    The following members of the legal community join together in their support of the Bnai Israel Bulletin:

    Ken BeckEric Broder

    Marcia CohenIrving J. Kern

    Mark A. Kirsch

    Richard Krantz Andrew R. LubinGeorge MarkleyDaniel SchopickNancy Wechsler

  • 13

    Please Support Our Advertisers

    Whats happening at the Temple? Get Hashavua, our weekly email. Send your request to Lynn at [email protected]

    GEORGE J. MARKLEYATTORNEY AT LAW

    HERITAGE SQUARE #E81700 POST ROAD

    FAIRFIELD, CONNECTICUT 06824PHONE (203) 259-1177

    FAX (203) 259-0477

    203-371-0805

    Matthew DeTroyIn-Home Piano Lessons

    Now scheduling for fall lessons starting the week of Sept 12th.

    Specializing in Jazz, Pop and BluesAll ages. Beginners and beginning again are welcomed.

    203-943-8262 [email protected]

    The following members of the medical community join together in their support of the Bnai Israel Bulletin:

    Dr. Andrea Hagani Dr. Robert D. Chessin

    Dr. David F. BindelglassDr. Alan M. NelsonDr. Glenn M. RichDr. Michael Sonick

    Dr. Lawrence DinkesDr. Kenneth RabineDr. George P. Kelly

    Dr. Howard B. TwerskyDr. Martha Yepes Small

    Dr. Jeffrey D. Small

    Dr. Peter A. SmallDr. Edward Portnay

    Dr. Michael ConnollyDr. Kenneth KingslyDr. Mark J. Hotchkiss

    Dr. Andrew Levi

    Dr. Jared SelterDr. Geoffrey GladsteinDr. Rachel E. Sheiman

    Dr. Brian KingDr. Abraham Fridman Dr. Katherine J. Pesce

  • 14

    Please Support Our Advertisers

    Like Us on Facebook. Visit the Congregation Bnai Israel page and join us online.

    The Harry and Jeanette WeinbergCampus on Park Avenue

    * W A I T L I S T S F O R M I N G N O WFor questions and information on current or future services: www.jseniors.org 203-365-6400 [email protected]

    O P E N I N GJ U N E 2 0 1 6

    Skilled Nursing* (The Jewish Home)

    Goldstein Assisted Living Residences* Kuriansky Family Residence 1-bedroom apartments

    Goldstein Rehabilitation Center

    Rosnick Fitness Center (The J)

    Friedman Home Care / Chaifetz Family Hospice

    Federation for Jewish Philanthropy

    55 Greens Farms Road Westport, CT 06880

    (203) 222-4949

    www.broderorland.com

    Eric J. Broder: [email protected] Carole Topol Orland: [email protected]

    Celebrate Deliciously

    G&H

    G a r e l i C k & H e r b sT H E E x c l u s i v E c a T E r E r f o r

    Contact our Events Specialists at 203.972.4497 garelickandherbs.comWestport Southport New Canaan Greenwich

    MORA MORAthe SPOT FOR PARTIES

  • 15Donation Item of the Month: Nonperishable Canned Goods for the Connecticut Food Bank

    Friday, October 7 6:00 p.m. Service Torah Portion

    Vayelech, Deut. 31:1-31:30 Haftarah Hosea 14:2-10; Micah 7:18-20; Joel 2:15-27

    Saturday, October 8 8:00 a.m. Service 9:00 a.m. Brotherhood Breakfast 9:30 a.m. Torah Study 9:30 a.m. Young Families Havurah 11:00 a.m. Bat Mitzvah of Lidia

    Klein, daughter of Leonard and Jennifer Klein

    Friday, October 14 6:00 p.m. Service Torah Portion

    Haazinu, Deut. 32:1-32:52

    Haftarah 11 Samuel 22:1-51

    Saturday, October 15 8:00 a.m. Service 9:00 a.m. Brotherhood Breakfast 9:30 a.m. Torah Study 9:30 a.m. Young Families Havurah 11:00 a.m. Bnot Mitzvah of

    Madeleine Goodman, daughter of Melissa and Marc Goodman, and Rachel Kapteina, daughter of Jennifer and Christopher Kapteina

    Friday, October 21 5:30 p.m. Mishpacha Shabbat 6:00 p.m. Service

    Torah Portion Chol Ha Moed Succot, Exod. 33:12-34:26

    Haftarah Ezekiel 38:18-39:16

    Saturday, October 22 8:00 a.m. Service 9:00 a.m. Brotherhood Breakfast 9:30 a.m. Torah Study

    9:30 a.m. Young Families Havurah 11:00 a.m. Bnai Mitzvah of Jack

    Davis, son of Jonathan Davis and Evelyn Rubak, and Lily Rodier, daughter of Steven and Roni Rodier

    Friday, October 28 6:00 p.m. Service

    Torah Portion Bereshit, Gen. 1:1-6:8 Haftarah Isaiah 42:5-43:10

    Saturday, October 29 8:00 a.m. Service 9:00 a.m. Brotherhood Breakfast 9:30 a.m. Torah Study 9:30 a.m. Young Families Havurah 11:00 a.m. Bnai Mitzvah of

    Benjamin Kamin, son of Allen and Susan Kamin, and Emma Jayne Portnay, daughter of Edward and Deborah Portnay

    Shabbat Service Schedule(Fridays at 6:00 p.m. where indicated, preceded by an Oneg Shabbat at 5:30 p.m.)

    Craig Breslows baseball resume is jam-packed with accomplishments. The left-handed relief pitcher has played for seven Major League Baseball teams and won a World Series. He has even been called the smartest man in baseball.

    Now, the Bnai Israel alumnus can call himself a member of Team Israel.

    The Trumbull native was the on roster for Israels team that played for a spot last month in the upcoming World Baseball Classic finals. Breslow and an Israel team made up primarily of American Jewish major and minor leaguers vied teams from Great Britain, Pakistan and Brazil in Brooklyn late last month for a chance to play against the likes of the United States, Canada and the Dominican Republic in next springs tournament.

    Breslow pitched for Trumbull High School and Yale University before being drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers. He has played in the Major Leagues for the San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks, Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians, Oakland As, Boston Red Sox and, most recently, the Miami Marlins. Breslow won a World Series title in 2013 with the Red Sox.

    Team Israel is looking for its first-ever berth in the Classic finals. The team came up a game short the last time, losing to Spain in the qualifying final.

    This time, Breslow, 36, will be joined by, among others, fellow Major Leaguers Ike Davis (Mets, Yankees), Jason Marquis, Nate Freiman, Ryan Lavarnway and fellow Connecticut native Josh Zeid on the Israel roster.

    Craig Breslow goes from Bnai Israel to Team Israel

  • Congregation Bnai Israel2710 Park AvenueBridgeport, CT 06604www.cbibpt.org

    Non-Profit Org.U.S. POSTAGE

    PAIDPermit No. 171Fairfield, Conn.

    What is coming up in the Bulletin?

    Perhaps you noticed the new ark (photo at right) and eternal light in the chapel. We will have the story behind this remarkable artwork. Who was the artist? What is the theme? How was the art developed? We will make sure you get all the details.

    We also will follow up on Bnai Israel alumnus Craig Breslows efforts to help Team Israel reach the finals of the World Baseball Classic (see the story on Page 15).

    Get ready for the return of our profiles of congregants. If there is someone you think we should profile, let us know. Contact Editor Scott Smith at [email protected]

    In fact, if there are stories you think we should cover, information you want to see more of or even things you would rather see less of, give us your feedback. This is YOUR Bulletin, and we want it

    to reflect the interests of the Bnai Israel community.

    Toward that end, we will print a survey in the coming months to gauge what material you want to see in the Bulletin, how you consume the material and what changes we can make to enhance your experience in our congregation. We will have more details in the weeks ahead, and we greatly encourage you to fill out the survey. We need to hear from you!

    Scott L. Smith, Editor

    Coming Attractions

    Join Our Mitzvah

    Morning

    Join us for our next Mitzvah Morning on Sunday, October 30, from 9:30 a.m. to Noon, as we work on another outdoor project with Green Village Initiative/ Urban Roots Bridgeport in a city community and school garden.

    We will meet at the Temple about 9:15 a.m. for a quick cup of coffee and bagels before heading to the work site. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to help. Please contact Shari Nerreau at [email protected] with any questions.

    Urban Roots is a network of 14 neighborhood organic gardens dedicated to the nourishment and development of the entire Bridgeport community. You can get more information at www.gogvi.org.

of 16/16
Volume 158, Issue 3 Elul 5776/Tishri 5777 October 2016 OCTOBER HIGHLIGHTS High Holy Days Schedule When are High Holy Day services? We have the full details for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah on Page 10 and at www.cbibpt.org. Everyday Holiness Your High Holy Day observances should extend beyond the Temple. Even everyday occurrences can become holy celebrations. See Page 5. Let’s Play Two! Yes, Chicago hopes the Cubs end 108 years of cursed futility, but could the resurgence of baseball’s lovable losers signal better things for your Jewish education? See Page 7. B’nai Israel to Team Israel B’nai Israel alumnus Craig Breslow’s latest team is truly a calling – trying to help Team Israel reach the finals of the World Baseball Classic. See Page 15. Also Inside: Bulletin Board ............................ P.2 BIFTY ........................................ P.4 Adult Learning ............................ P.6 Shabbat Services ....................... P.15 Many Ways to Reflect Celebrate Sukkot, Simchat Torah As we enter Year 5777, we all seek our optimum way for personal reflection and atonement. As usual, B’nai Israel offers a wide range of options to mark the High Holy Days. You can start the New Year at the beach or in the synagogue. You can choose to worship in the main sanctuary or the tent on Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur. See the full schedule of services for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah on Page 10. WVOF Radio 88.5 FM and www.wvof. org will broadcast the Kol Nidre service at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11. Perhaps during your Yom Kippur fast you choose to engage in a bit of study. Join Ira Wise to explore the themes of the day on Yom Kippur afternoon. You can find the details on Page 6. While we seek our personal peace, the High Holy Days offer us a chance to think of others in need. Our BIFTY teens are again conducting their annual Yom Kippur food drive. Join us on the evening of Sunday, October 16 to celebrate Sukkot, with an environmental twist. At 5:30 p.m., we will decorate B’nai Israel’s sukkah with donated recycled materials, followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. we will join together for a service and learn ways that kids and families can help the earth. For dinner, a main dish will be provided, but we ask families with last names beginning with letters A to M to bring a nut-free appetizer or side dish and N-Z families to bring a nut-free dessert. We will collect materials to use for the sukkah in the preschool/religious school lobby. We need things like clean milk jugs/cartons, egg crates, toilet paper/ paper towel rolls, cereal boxes, yogurt containers, etc. Thank you in advance for your help! On Monday, October 17 we will hold a 10:00 a.m. Sukkot service, followed at 10:30 a.m. by a children’s program. For Simchat Torah, we welcome families on Sunday, October 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the Continued on Page 10 Continued on Page 10
Embed Size (px)
Recommended