January 28, 2006 - Tevet 28, 5766
Rabbi Joshua Hammerman,
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Quote for the Week
“Should a government be established in the Palestinian Authority with Hamas leading or participating, the PA will become a sponsor of terror. The world and
-- Ehud Olmert, Acting Prime Minister of
January 28, 2006 - 28 Tevet 5766
All are welcome to join us for Shabbat services led by Sisterhood members, and for the presentation of this year’s Rose Rosner Award to a most dedicated Sisterhood volunteer! On that day, 70,000 Women’s League Sisterhood members will celebrate Sisterhood Shabbat nationwide.
Thanks and Yasher Koach to our co-chairs, Caryl Ferber Poser and Marge Shameer as well as all the participants!
A Kiddush/Luncheon follows
sponsored by the Temple Beth El Men’s Club.
Services begin at 9:30 a.m.
Candle lighting for Stamford, CT: Candle lighting: 4:46 pm on Friday, 27 January 2006. Havdalah is at 5:50 on Saturday evening. For candle lighting times, other Jewish calendar information, and to download a Jewish calendar to your PDA, click on http://www.hebcal.com/. To see the festivals of other faiths as well, go to http://www.interfaithcalendar.org/
Bet and Gimel class dinner and service: 5:45
Kabbalat Shabbat: 6:30 PM – in the lobby
Tot Shabbat: 6:45 – in the chapel
Shabbat Morning: 9:30 AM – Yasher Koach to our Sisterhood service leaders
Children’s services: 10:30
Torah Portion: Va’era - Exodus 6:2 - 9:35
Haftarah – Ezekiel 28:25 - 29:21
Mincha-Ma’ariv Havdalah – 5:00 PM – Mazal Tov to A.J. Bass, who becomes Bar Mitzvah this Shabbat afternoon
See a weekly commentary from the UJC Rabbinic Cabinet, at www.ujc.org/mekorchaim. Read the Masorti commentary at http://www.masorti.org/mason/torah/index.asp. University of Judaism, JTS commentary is at: http://learn.jtsa.edu/topics/parashah/. USCJ Torah
THE ENTIRE HEBREW BIBLE (AS WELL AS OTHER JEWISH SOURCES) CAN BE FOUND WITH SIDE-BY-SIDE TRANSLATION AT
Morning Minyan: Weekdays at 7:30, Sundays at 9:30 AM
IN THE CHAPEL
Winter Weather Advisory
Note that in the case of bad weather, weekday minyan does not take place when
Hamas in Charge
So how terrified should we all be at this turn of events, with Hamas emerging victorious now holding the reigns of power on Israel’s doorstep (and in part of the backyard, for that matter; check that – they are virtually in the kitchen).
It is always amazing to see the way history unfolds. I do not tend to look at the broad strokes and see God as hacking down old leaders and propping up new ones left and right. That’s where I differ from the Pat Robertsons of the world – not to mention many Jews carrying that rather unsubtle perspective. But the impact of this election will be far-reaching and no one can predict where it will lead.
Will Hamas “moderate?” It is plausible that they will be less likely to overtly engage in suicide bombings, but the rhetoric will remain as bombastic as ever. If the Europeans decide to – for once – respond forcefully to state-sponsored Islamic radicalism, it will make a huge difference. But they’ve only shown small indications of doing that with
But was the PLO-led P.A. itself ever really moderate? On paper, perhaps, and there was a time when it looked that they might be heading there, but Arafat was always able to hide his terrorist self in the clothing of supposed moderation. Now there will be no façade. Even if Abbas sticks around as the figurehead moderate, Hamas is more far transparent.
The PLO may never have moderated, and it is true that nearly half the Palestinian population voted for a party swearing Israel’s destruction, but the most important thing that happened yesterday is that a healthy democracy is beginning to emerge, and the Palestinians took great pride in that. That is the most visible glimmer of light to take from this earthquake. Democracies, even those run by fundamentalists, are far less likely to instigate war and create suffering on the part of their constituents. Ironically, it is through occupation that the Palestinians have learned the tools of creating the freest society in the Arab world – and they’ve learned it from their supposedly ruthless occupiers. I’m wondering when we will begin seeing news accounts of fearful Palestinians begging to be on the
The most important thing that needs to happen over the coming weeks is for a new government to define when the next elections will be, if that has not happened already. There need to be safeguards to ensure that the multi party system prevails in the territories.
Articles from Ha’aretz and the
Malerie Cohen forwarded an interesting letter written today by a friend involved in an Israel-Palestinian think tank – I’ve featured it below, in the “Required Reading” section
Last month, we send two of our
By: Alison & Rachel Wolff
With all the decorations and holiday songs everywhere you go, Chanukah in
We made it a point to light the Hanukiah every night. The first night of Chanukah we were in Tiberias, and we lit candles in the lobby of our hotel, along with many other families. Every other night we lit our Hanukiah wherever we were staying, just before we ate dinner.
The last night of Chanukah we were in
Alison- my feelings while in
Rachel-I felt really safe when I was in
Beth El Cares
Jeffrey Rich who has been visiting the Rosenthal Hospice regularly as his mitzvah project for his upcoming Bar Mitzvah. This photo was taken with Rabbi Hammerman and Dr. Wasserman, a resident whom Jeffrey has befriended, at a recent Hanukkah lighting that Jeffrey organized at Hospice.
Sunday, April 30th 8:30am-1:30pm (before, during and after religious school)
Wanted: 125 adults looking to get involved in a short term project that will save lives.
No lengthy commitment required.
We need at least 125 volunteers to make this blood drive a success.
While the Red Cross provides the “beds” we need to put “arms in the beds”.
We also need volunteers to staff a sign up table during religious school,
make sign up phone calls, assist with registration, assist with information forms,
and generally help during the blood drive.
Don’t forget to sign yourself up to donate-we need 125 donors!
Please call Cheryl Wolff (968-6361) to get involved.
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Mitzvah Projects: Religious School
We are pleased to report that Grades K-3 have completed their annual class mitzvah projects.
Depending on the grade, the children gave a Chanukkah concert at
assisted living facility or made toiletry kits for the homeless.
During the next few months the upper grades will participate in their class mitzvah projects:
Grade 4- Make pictures to cheer up the sick at
Grade 5- Birthday closet
Grade 6- Temple/cemetery spring clean up
Watch for details! Students in 7th grade perform individual mitzvah projects
in conjunction with their Bar/Bat Mitzvah!
Please contact us if you have ideas for mitzvah projects
or if you are working on a mitzvah project that you need help with.
To all who were involved in our holiday projects.
In prior thank yous we may have left one out:
Again this year Julie (5th) and Todd (8th) Piskin donated all their Halloween candy
to St Lukes Lifeworks for the annual Chirstmas dinner prepared by TBE volunteers.
Cathy Satz (968-9191; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cheryl Wolff (968-6361; email@example.com)
BETH EL CARES co-chairs
Snow and Plagues
The month of Shevat begins this Monday. Shevat is best known for Tu B'Shevat, the Jewish Arbor Day, which falls on Feb. 13. We'll focus on this holiday in future O-grams, (for an introduction to Shevat, see http://www.ou.org/chagim/roshchodesh/shevat/default.htm); suffice to say for now that Shevat focuses our thoughts on the fragile balance of nature and how we are all God's partners in nurturing life on earth. Even in the depths of winter, we look outward, both to what is growing now and what will grow in months to come -- if only we get sufficient rain.
It occasionally snows at this time of year in
Here are my official top Websites with photos or articles about
http://www.washington-report.org/backissues/042000/0004011.html - this article almost makes peace seem possible
http://www.sobo.co.il/jerusalem/snow.html - shots of Kiryat Ha-Yovel
In the Bible, the ancient Egyptians knew all about what happens when nature's blessings turn to curses. In this week's portion, we read of the great plagues that afflicted Pharaoh and his people. Although Passover isn't yet around the corner, it's a good time to begin emptying our wine cup, so to speak, and figuring out what these plagues are all about. See the cartoon at http://www.zigzagworld.com/plagues/. Here the music and read about them at http://www.ucalgary.ca/~elsegal/Uncle_Eli/10Plagues.html. See commentary on each plague from my friend and colleague Rabbi Rob Dobrusin at http://bethisrael-aa.org/rabbi.php?page=The+Ten+Plagues+and+Jewish+Tradition. See how the plagues are reenacted in Jewish homes from Arabic speaking countries, at
http://www.uwm.edu/~corre/arab/plagues.html . Check out http://www.interhack.net/projects/library/antiquities-jews/b2c14.html to see how they were described by the ancient historian Josephus (1st century).
The God Questions, Part 1
Over the next few weeks, “Ask the Rabbi” will focus on questions about God that I get so often from kids, who, by the time they become adults, begin to feel shy about asking. I’ve tried to respond to the questions in a manner that would be comprehensible either to a child or an adult. The answers are far from comprehensive, but they point us in the right direction.
1) How do we know there really is a God?
Think of all the things that are just too brilliant, too perfect, for any person or random process to have created, and the only solution that makes sense is that there is a God. I’m not just talking about sunsets and flowers. That’s easy. When we see the wonders of nature, including all the “bad” things, like earthquakes and hurricanes, we naturally come closer to God. But what of the less obvious things? Think of Shabbat, and how perfect it is, how it helps us all to survive in a very complex world by giving all of creation a day off. What human being could have devised something so brilliant? Or Matzah – the perfect symbol for a holiday that teaches us about the hardships of slavery (ever try to get the stuff out of your teeth or carpet?) and forces us to show the world how proud we are to be Jewish (ever try explaining the stuff to non Jewish friends, most of whom love to taste it?). Who else but God could have created Matzah? The best way to imagine a universe with God is to try to imagine a universe without God.
2) Where does God come from?
Although God began before the universe, God is not complete yet. As we build a better world, in a sense we are also building God. Some Kabbalistic Jews believe that God was sort of a cosmic Humpty Dumpty, who intentionally shattered part of Godself and retreated while we began to pick up and reassemble the pieces of holiness around and within us. So part of where God comes from is around us, part is within us and part is the glue that holds it all together. And as each generation reattaches its little piece of Humpty, we are adding our piece. With each hug, each kind deed and act of tzedakkah, we are making God whole. What will make God whole? When the world is whole and there is peace everywhere.
3) If there is on God, why are there so many religions?
There are certainly lots of religions. In fact, to an extent there are as many different religions as there are people in the world. And to make it more complicated, there are as many religions as there have been people who ever lived or ever will live. That’s because each of us experiences God a little bit differently. Although we all worship the same God, and there are many similarities between religions, we are different because of our different backgrounds. While each person experiences God a little differently, it helps when groups of people “speak the same language” and share together the wisdom of prior generations. Our beautiful religion enables us to learn from many great sages of the past three thousand years. It is very important for everyone to be absolutely comfortable within his or her own religion, allowing it to be a solid “home base” from which to search for God and live a good life.
To be continued…
To find all the latest from
To follow dialogue among Israelis and Palestinians (if it continues…) go to http://www.bitterlemons.org/
More on Hamas’ victory:
From Debkafile: http://www.debka.com/
The Palestinian election sets back critically the underlying objective of the US-led global war on terror: denying terrorists territorial strike bases and keeping them on the run - as manifested in the wars in
Behind them lurk sponsors and mentors such as Mahdi Aqaf, leader of the radical Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas’s parent body, and Sheikh Qardawi, the Qatar-based television preacher. While speaking out against suicide bombers for Western targets, this influential radical ardently advocates Muslim martyrdom for the sacred purpose of killing Israelis.
The peace strategy acting Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert outlined in his policy address the day before the Palestinian election is passé; it was built around negotiations with Abu Mazen and a Fatah regime in Ramallah. He failed to consider the possibility of having to face up to a Palestinian negotiating partner that takes its orders from
ANTI-ISRAEL SCREED IN OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF DAVOS FORUM
New York, NY, January 25, 2006 ... The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned the publication of an outrageous anti-Israel screed that appeared in the official magazine of the World Economic Forum in Davos, and urged the organization not to give legitimacy to such extremist approaches in the future.
The article, "Boycott
"The article is full of outright false statements about Israel, Zionism and Israeli policy towards the Palestinians and crucial omissions regarding the situation on the ground, Palestinian attitudes and actions, and Israeli public support of Palestinian statehood," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "Moreover, it is permeated with anti-Semitic insinuations of Jewish craftiness, control of the media and American and international policymaking."
In a letter to Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, ADL called positions presented by Qumsiyeh, "...well beyond the scope of acceptable discourse."
"We find it hard to believe that Global Agenda would include an article calling for the dismantlement of the
Hope will have to visit on another day
January 26, 2006
The Palestinian people have spoken and their voice has been heard. No, the results did not surprise me; I have been speaking about a 55% Hamas victory for several weeks. The handwriting was on the walls, but the pollsters and the analysts failed to see it. The majority of Palestinians chose Hamas not only as a protest vote against the corruption of Fateh and the PA, as many Palestinians will tell us. The people also voted for Hamas because of its political agenda, and the Hamas won because most Palestinians share the belief that the negotiated process based on Oslo was not only bad for Israel, it was perhaps, even worse for Palestinians.
The al Aqsa intifada received wide public support at its outset from a public that was deeply influenced by the unilateral Israeli withdrawal from
The election of Hamas put the final nail in the coffin of the peace process. The only remaining elements of the peace process – the
Many people are suggesting that Hamas will go through a period of reform and change (as the name of the political party under which they ran suggests). There is no doubt that some moderate voices have been heard in the past weeks of the election campaign. There are some people who quote Ariel Sharon when he said “what you see from here (the Prime Minister’s chair) is not the same things you see from there (meaning the opposition). It is true that Hamas may become more moderate and more practical. Hamas may eventually adopt a position that would allow it to enter into some kind of negotiations with
Some people claim that the realities of government and the need to provide bread to the people will lead Hamas into the direction of recognizing
Some Europeans, some Israelis and some others will pressure
The political time clock has been forced back some 30 years due to the choice of the Palestinian people that was influenced by the failures of both sides. The main problem is that the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that was obvious 30 years ago (although not obvious to most Israelis and most Palestinians then), namely the two-states for two people formula will not remain an option even 10 years from now. The acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and the new Israeli foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, both stated in their speeches in the Herzliya conference this week that the ultimate fulfillment of
The Government of Israel and the Government of Jordan will want to squeeze the Palestinians in the
There is a chance that forces within
One interesting point to raise is the fact that the elections took place under a sense of complete law and order. The chaos and the violence of the past weeks disappeared on Election Day. There was a real festival of democracy. I visited polling places in the south of the
Will the outcome of the Hamas elections affect the outcome of the Israeli elections? Some people suggest that the Israeli public will respond by turning to the right. I don’t share that assessment. The Israeli public will increase its support for Kadima and for Olmert. The Israeli public understands that it is futile to put demands and conditions on the Palestinians under the Hamas leadership. The Likud and Benyamin Netanyahu represent freezing the status quo. Those conditions cannot be met and why entrap ourselves into maintaining an unsustainable status quo because of what the Palestinian people have decided. The Israeli public’s determination to support unilateral steps that will strengthen
From my seat as the Co-CEO of an Israeli-Palestinian institution trying to build bridges of understanding between Israelis and Palestinians, there is a real dilemma. Do we try to build bridges between
Gershon Baskin, Ph.D.
ISRAEL/PALESTINE CENTER FOR RESEARCH & INFORMATION
Co-Chair for our congregational Second Seder (we have one already!)
Contact Rabbi H. at firstname.lastname@example.org
JEWISH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY WEEKEND
February 3-5, 2006
featuring JTS student, Abbi Sharofsky
and TBE’s own
Elise (Kahn) Dowell, Senior Director of Communications at JTS
We will welcome Abbi Sharofsky, a student from the Jewish Theological Seminary, who will help lead services and offer a D’var Torah on Shabbat morning.
On Sunday, February 5th at 10:00 a.m. join us for bagels, etc., sponsored by Sisterhood, as we welcome Elise Dowell (daughter of our own Evelyn and Bruce Kahn) for the viewing of “To Lead a Jewish Life: Education for Living,” a new documentary by JTS, which explores education as a spiritual journey through which a child learns to be Jewish. The documentary features commentary by experts across denominations, including Hebrew Union College’s Jewish Education Studies Program, summer camp directors and counselors, and JTS’ William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education, the largest such school in the country.
Abbi graduated from Muhlenberg College in 2004, where she studied psychology and art. She is currently in her second year of a Master’s degree program in Jewish Education at the
Elise Dowell is the Senior Director of Communications at The Jewish Theological Seminary. In this position she is responsible for all marketing, media relations, advertising and interactive efforts for the institution. She also manages the production of award-winning documentaries that are aired on ABC and NBC.
Elise has been involved in the
Elise holds a BBS with a concentration in marketing from
GET INTO LEATHER…
at the World Wide Wrap
Sunday, February 5th at 9:00 a.m.
For the sixth year in a row, thousands of Conservative Jews around the world will be “wrapped up” in the “ties that bind.” As part of the WORLD WIDE WRAP, Jews around the world--men and women--will participate in an ancient practice called “tefillin” on Sunday, February 5, 2006. A form of prayer, tefillin involves wrapping leather straps attached to boxes containing scripture around the forehead, arm and hand in an intricate pattern that spells out the name of God.
Join our 7th grade families for the “Wrap,” for an explanatory morning learner’s service and a video entitled “The Ties that Bind.” Beth El will be one of the hundreds of congregations worldwide that are participating the Wrap. Extra sets of tefillin will be provided, and instructions will be given to those who are in need of assistance. (Naturally, it’s also OK just to watch!) A bagel breakfast will follow.
The Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs in
Adult Education Classes
LEARNING AND LATTE
“Our Shared Stories: Central Figures in Religion as Portrayed in the Bible, Quran & other Sacred Texts.”
Next session: Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. NOTE CHANGE OF DATE!!!
Topic: David and Solomon
Led by: Rabbi Joshua Hammerman, Rev. Douglas MacArthur, and Dr. Behjat Syed
CD T’FILLAH PROGRAM
Meets weekly on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
JUDAISM FOR EVERYONE
An Introductory Class for Dummies, Smarties…
and Those Who Don’t Know How to Ask
with Rabbi Joshua Hammerman
9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, January 29th
Talking About God
HOT BUTTON HALACHA
with Rabbi Joshua Hammerman
THIS Sunday, January 29th
at 11:00 a.m. – note change of date
Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia
IT’S MORE THAN LOX AND BAGELS
Tuesday, January 10th 7:30 p.m.
TALMUD FOR EVERYONE with Rabbi Joshua Hammerman
Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 11 AM
And set aside the weekend of March 3-5…
Sponsored by Penny & Michael Horowitz
In loving memory of Bessie Silver
RABBI & AUTHOR
Friday, March 3, 2006
Kabbalat Shabbat begins at 6:30 p.m.
Tot Shabbat begins at 6:45 p.m.
We will join hundreds of synagogues across the continent as they take part in an historic national Jewish event to celebrate what unites all Jews - SHABBAT!
Congregational Shabbat Dinner follows at 7:15 p.m. (Watch for reservation form…)
ALL are welcome!
Friday, March 3rd
Rabbi Telushkin will speak during dinner:
“The 21st Century: A Jewish Vision, One Day at a Time”
Sign up for Shabbat Across America
Shabbat, March 4th
Rabbi Telushkin will speak on:
“What Jewish Humor Tells Us about the Jews”
with question and answer period during lunch
Saturday, March 4th at 7:30 p.m.
at the home of Ron and Grecia Gross
Rabbi Telushkin will speak on:
“Jewish Literacy: How to Become a Knowledgeable Jew”
RSVP to our education office at email@example.com
Sunday, March 5th at 10:00 a.m.
“You Shall Be Holy”
based on Rabbi Telushkin’s new book (being published THAT WEEK),
A Code of Jewish Ethics
COPIES OF THE BOOK WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AND SIGNING THAT MORNING – IT WILL BE THE FIRST
and, on that Shabbat morning…
Dedication of a Plaque on Noah’s
Remembering SHIRLEY FISH
beloved member of TBE and former Associate Principal of our
By the TBE Discussion Group
Joseph Telushkin, named by Talk Magazine (September, 1999) as one of the 50 best speakers in the
Telushkin’s 1997 book, Biblical Literacy: The Most Important People, Events and Ideas of the Hebrew Bible, was chosen as a selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club. The Book of Jewish Values: A Day by Day Guide to Ethical Living was published by Bell Tower/Crown Books in 2000, and was the subject of a PBS special that aired throughout the
Arava Institute Hazon
Cycling for Peace Partnership & Environmental Protection
May 9th-16th, 2006
Join one hundred and fifty riders from
The Arava Institute Hazon
The ride is co-sponsored by Hazon, a New York-based organization dedicated to fostering new vision in the Jewish community through outdoor and environmental education, and the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (AIES). AIES is working towards peace and sustainable development on a regional and global scale by bringing together students from the Middle East (
The Ride takes place May 9-16, 2006. Riders pay registration fee & commit to raise a minimum sponsorship amount. The Ride is then fully inclusive, including domestic flights in
Early registration closes January 22 – sign up today! www.israelride.org
Pre Game Special – feeds approximately 10 people - $109.00
20 hot dogs
2 pound Cole slaw
2 pound pickles
Half Time Special - feeds approximately 20 people - $199.00
2-3 foot hero
10 hot dogs
2 pounds Cole slaw
2 pounds potato salad
3 pounds pickles
Each 2 foot hero - $36.00
9x13 pan of chicken fingers - $65.00
9x13 pan of Buffalo wings - $60.00
Tossed Salad (shallow sheet pan) with 2 dressings - $55.00
9x13 pan of garlic roasted potatoes - $35.00
9x13 pan of sweet roasted potatoes - $35.00
Don’t see what you want? Just ask us!
is an announcement list for the entire Jewish community of
More than 500 people have already signed up--and we are looking to double that number in 2006.
If you are not already signed up, and would like to join the group, click on the following link:
Questions? Contact Michael Feldstein at firstname.lastname@example.org
SUPER BOWL SUNDAY
You are invited to the
Monday, February 6, 1:00 a.m. in the morning - The game begins
Entrance through the Gate at Agron 6
Jewish Family Service Begins Outreach
for its 2006 Annual
It’s that time of year! JFS is once again accepting applications for its Annual
This program was created through the generosity of Ben and Joan Zinbarg, who established a fund to assist families requiring financial help to send their children to a Jewish Camp. They have been joined over the years by other generous donors who understand the impact of this unique Jewish experience.
It is well known that a Jewish camp experience helps to strengthen youngsters’ Jewish identity and future involvement in the Jewish community. It is an experience they never forget. We at JFS are proud to be able to provide this wonderful opportunity.
This program is open to all Jewish children from the Greater
Families wishing to apply should call Jewish Family Service at 203-921-4161 to request an application. All applications must be submitted by April 1, 2006.
Anyone interested in helping to support the
This is a reminder that order forms for the next gift card (SCRIP)
order are due in the
We also have gift cards available for immediate purchase for the following stores:
Stop & Shop, Shop Rite, A&P, Coldstone Creamery and Bath & Body Works
Thank you for supporting our
Each gift card order that you place creates revenue for the continued enhancement of our curriculum and facility!
On April 1, 2006,
The community is invited to join us as we express our gratitude for the commitment and achievements of these lay leaders, 14 men, and one brave woman in their midst, who have dedicated a minimum of two years of their lives to benefit Temple Beth El. Of course, these two years do not include the work they did leading up to their tenure as presidents and their continued involvement with
Gordon Brown, Rosalea Fisher, Al Golin, Fred Golove, Jack Greenberg,
Ron Gross, Marty
Neil Perlman, Gerald Poch, Brian Rogol and Jack Wofsey
For more information, to purchase tickets to the dinner dance or to buy an ad in the commemorative journal, please contact
2006 Fairfield County Ct Jewish Little League
Registration and Sponsorship Forms are Now Posted on the League Website:
See the Website for More Details!
Just Posted to the site: the 2005 FCCJLL Yearbook in Full Color
See what last season looked like!!
Questions: Please contact league commissioner Seth Marlowe
JCC Maccabi Games
Athlete Tryouts Are Coming
Sign-up Time is Now!
Calling all teenage Jewish athletes and volunteers!
Now is the time to sign up for this coming summer’s 2006
Don’t miss out on this amazing event and the chance to go for the gold (or silver or bronze!) in tennis, basketball, swimming, baseball, soccer, dance, ping pong and more! If you’re not an athlete, join in the fun as a Star Reporter, a host family, or a volunteer. 1,000 Jewish teen athletes will be coming from all over the
Save these dates, August 13-18, for the 2006
For more information, call or e-mail Jocelyn Sherman at 203-487-0996 or email@example.com, or Maccabi Games Assistant Director Ernest Lamour at 203-487-0971 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Free Concert
Featuring Pharaoh’s Daughter
February 12, 2006, 2:00 pm
Hosted by Congregation Beth El of
In celebration of
Sponsored by The Olshansky and Singer Family funds
Supported by Local Area Synagogues and Day Schools
FROM I-95, THE
Heading North from
Take EXIT 16 and turn left at the traffic light onto
Heading South New Haven &
Take EXIT 16 and turn right at the traffic light onto
Thanks to Diane Gold for this gem…
In a small
impressive sermons; so much so, that everyone who was Jewish in the
community came every Shabbat.
Unfortunately, one weekend a member had to visit
nephew's bar mitzvah, but he didn't want to miss the rabbi's sermon, so
he decided to hire a Shabbat goy to sit in the congregation and tape the
sermon so he could listen to it when he returned.
Other congregants saw what was going on, and they also decided to hire
Shabbat goys to tape the sermon so they could play golf instead of going
Within a few weeks time there were 100 gentiles sitting in shul taping
the rabbi. The rabbi got wise to this. The following Shabbat he, too,
hired a Shabbat goy who brought a tape recorder to play his prerecorded
sermon to the gentiles in the congregation who dutifully recorded his
words on their machines...
...marking the first incidence in history of artificial insermonation.