Friday, April 19, 2002

Shabbat-O-Gram for April 19-20, Iyar 8, 5762

  Shabbat-O-Gram for April 19-20, Iyar 8, 5762

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman, Temple Beth El, Stamford, Connecticut


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"Suicide Bombers Cannot Silence Israeli Children"

Documentary and Discussion

Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth El

Dr. Mildred Pollner, President, Cinema Verite International, Inc. presents her documentary film. Panel discussion to follow. Below is a review of the evening, from a rabbi, whose congregation Dr. Pollner recently visited:

"Dr. Mildred Pollner, President of Cinema Verite International, Inc. presented her film documentary entitled, "Suicide Bombers Cannot Silence Israeli Children." Dr. Pollner interviewed Israeli children last summer after the Sbarro bombing. She manages to capture all the pathos of what it means to be a child in Israel today. There was not a dry eye in the audience when the film was over. No propaganda. She just lets the Israeli kids speak. It is a great program for Jewish and non-Jewish audiences."




Teen Service and Discussion with Rabbi Hammerman


What do we think about the current situation in Israel? How do we respond to the things we're hearing in school? How can we help?

Friday, April 26, 2002 at 7:30 p.m.

Dress (and the service) casual, but Shabbat appropriate -- RSVP to 322-6901 X324 or

Deeee-licious Oneg Shabbat follows the service






JUST THE FACTS: Services and Such

Friday Night: Candles: 7:20 PM

Tot Shabbat Service (for families with pre-school children): 7:15 PM, in the lobby

Kabbalat Shabbat: 8:00 PM, in the chapel

Shabbat Morning:

P'sukey d'zimra (psalms and meditations) 9:15 and Shacharit: 9:30

MAZAL TOV to Jake Manela, who becomes Bar Mitzvah this Shabbat morning;

Torah Portion: Ahare Mot - Kedoshim-- The "holiness code" includes fundamental laws of Judaism and civilization (e.g "love your neighbor as yourself." Read the Masorti commentary at JTS commentary is at: USCJ Torah Sparks can be found at UAHC Shabbat Table Talk discussions are at Other divrei Torah via the Torahnet home page: Test your Parasha I.Q.: CLAL's Torah commentary archive:

Children's Services: 10:30, in the chapel (grades 3 - 6) and downstairs in the Kindergarten room for younger grades. 

Morning Minyan: Daily at 7:30, Sundays at 9:00 


Spiritual Journey on the Web:



This morning, April 21, 2002, Dennis Ross was interviewed on Fox News. Ross was the Middle East envoy and negotiator under the Clinton administration and was present in the crucial Camp David and follow-up meetings in 2000.

As many of you know, Israeli PM Barak was pushed by Pres. Clinton to make major concessions in order to try to get a peace treaty before Clinton left office. The concessions put on the table went far beyond anything previously offered and probably went beyond what the Israeli public and the Knesset would accept. Nonetheless, in the face of the best chance for peace ever, Arafat said NO and turned to violence with the intifada that started in September 2000. The talks collapsed after Taba in January 2001 in the last days of the Clinton presidency.

Palestine Facts has descriptions of these talks on these pages:

Camp David:


Since then the Palestinians have attempted to spin what happened, to rewrite the history to say that the deal offered to Arafat was not so favorable or to say that the Israelis, not the Palestinians, walked out of the meetings. Another story is that the talks ended because of Sharon’s election in February 2001, not because of Palestinian intransigence.

The interview with Ross puts all the Palestinian claims into one category: lies. The full transcript is available here:,2933,50830,00.html



A group of American rabbinical students (from JTS) studying in Jerusalem this year, gathered recently to figure out ways that we could support Israel during these difficult times. One project that we committed to involves Jewish communities all over the world, so we’re hoping you can help in this endeavor and that you will help us by passing this email on to others who might be interested!

The task is simple: We're asking that Jews (from all over the world) send handmade and decorative cards/pictures/posters of support and encouragement to Israel. Cards should include the name, age and community of the creators and should be sent to:

Machon Schechter c/o Dana Rone Saroken, Rehov Avraham Granot #4 PO Box 8600 Jerusalem, 91083. Israel.

Once these cards are received we will be posting them all over the storefronts, bus stops, places of terrorist attacks, hospitals, as well as other central places in Jerusalem.

It’s a simple gesture but will undoubtedly bring smiles to passerby's and increase morale in a bleak situation where many are feeling isolated.

We’re asking that these cards be sent in bundles from youth groups, Hebrew schools, day schools, senior centers, synagogues, Hillels, JCC’s, book clubs... as soon as possible. In order to make this project a huge success, please forward this email to any teachers, administrators, community leaders or friends that you know, from as many states and countries as possible!

If you have any questions, please e-mail:

Thank you, in advance, for your valiant efforts and your commitment to the concept "Kol yisrael Arevim Zeh LaZeh" - All of the Jewish People are Responsible for One Another" Hopefully, we’ll all make a big difference together!!!


Quote of the Week:


" I see it, yes, and I say the following. I have never been tender with the tragic and Shakespearean figure Sharon. ("I know you’ve come to add another scalp to your necklace," he murmured almost with sadness when I went to interview him in 1982.) I have often had disagreements with the Israelis, ugly ones, and in the past I have defended the Palestinians a great deal. Maybe more than they deserved. But I stand with Israel, I stand with the Jews. I stand just as I stood as a young girl during the time when I fought with them, and when the Anna Marias were shot. I defend their right to exist, to defend themselves, to not let themselves be exterminated a second time. And disgusted by the antisemitism of many Italians, of many Europeans, I am ashamed of this shame that dishonors my Country and Europe. At best, it is not a community of States, but a pit of Pontius Pilates. And even if all the inhabitants of this planet were to think otherwise, I would continue to think so."

From Oriana Fallaci's "On Antisemitism" (see the hyperlink above)





 Memorial Service for Jack Malin, community pillar,

Sunday, April 21 at 9:30 (immediately following minyan)

In the main sanctuary




with Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener

Sunday April 28th - One Session Only 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Jewish Meditation is an old/new tradition. Once practiced by small circles of mystics, the world wide interest in meditation has contributed to a reflourishing and expansion of this practice. Uniquely Jewish forms of attention practice and contemplative devotions have been restored to congregational and personal worship. We will explore and practice some of the basics in this two-part class with the idea of deepening our personal practice of both meditation and Judaism.

The cost is $10.00 RSVP to 322-6901 ext. 306

(The Youth Lounge will be open for childcare from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. For your convenience, 1st session students may go to the Youth Lounge when school ends at 10:45 a.m. and remain until 12:00 p.m. 2nd session siblings may go to the Youth Lounge at 10:00 a.m. and remain until school starts at 11:00 a.m.)




Hazzan, Dr. Joseph Levine

May 3-4, 2002

Kicking-off a special weekend honoring Hazzan and Sandy Rabinowitz

Kabbalat Shabbat 8:00 p.m.

Shabbat morning service 9:30 a.m.



Friday Night Outdoor Services

resume, weather permitting,

May 10, 2002 at 7:00 p.m.



Eighth Annual Elders Day

Shabbat, May 11, 2002

Honoring Norma and Milton Mann

Services begin at 9:30 a.m.

Congregational Family Luncheon to follow







May 4 - Dinner Dance at Temple Beth El

May 19 - Community Event to Honor Sidney and Sandy Rabinowitz

Send us any memories, history, personal observations, programs, photos or other memorabilia. Those wishing to honor the Hazzan with a gift to the temple can do so with an entry in a journal being prepared for the May 4 event. Watch your mail for details or contact Roberta Aronovitch (for information) at 203-322-6901 ext 304 or by e-mail at


Junior Choir Reunion! Friday, June 14, 2002

The Committee to Honor Hazzan & Sandy is looking for former Junior Choir singers to participate in the upcoming festivities! If your son or daughter ever participated in the Beth El Junior Choir, please call Roz Perlson (323-7328), Kathy Paseltiner (356-9735) or Carol Kalter (968-1075) to give his/her name, address and phone number.



Beth El Cares



Please volunteer to help us refurbish and repair the home of an elderly Stamford resident. No experience needed, though we are also looking for people with painting and home repair experience to assist the group.


Art and Sue Greenwald at (203) 329-1662 or e-mail




Outreach to Young Jewish Singles

So, you’ve come to the Greater Stamford area and you are interested in the who’s who and the what’s what in the Jewish world. Well, you’ve come to the right place to find out. Through a grant provided by Michael Steinhardt, project SHA’AR was developed to provide information about and/or formulate welcoming Jewish educational, cultural and social programs that are geared to the interests of young Jewish singles. SHA’AR is your link to existing Jewish organizations in the Greater Stamford community.

SHA’AR will provide information about the existing Synagogues, so that you can find the one that fulfills your religious needs. A number of programming options will be available to fulfill your Jewish religious and educational desires. Additionally, SHA’AR can connect you to the popular Young Jewish Professionals singles group to accommodate your social interests.

Our program is unique, due to the fact that SHA’AR involves you in the development process of the project and that its coordinator is 26, single and can relate to and understand the needs of the young Jewish single.

For more information please contact Dan Rozett, Coordinator of SHA’AR, United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien.

203.321.1373 ext. 115 or 


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