Building The Tabernacle
This month, in the yearly cycle of Torah portions, we will finish reading the book of Exodus. This book began with slavery, with signs and marvels, miracles and demonstrations of God’s power. The Israelites went from slavery to freedom, and the greatest dramatic moment of all: the revelation of Torah at Mt. Sinai. At the end of this month, we’ll tell that story again at our seder tables for Passover. In between the Torah portions from the beginning of Exodus and Passover, we read about the meticulous work of building the Tabernacle, the portable sanctuary that the Israelites carry with them in the wilderness.
The building of the Tabernacle doesn’t involve miracles, grand gestures, or big dramatic experiences. Rather, it is the meticulous creation and assembly of something very intricate and detailed. Specifications are given, and the Israelites give freely to meet all the needs for the materials for the Tabernacle.
As you know, Temple Beth Emeth v’Ohr Progressive Shaari Zedek and Progressive Temple Beth Ahavath Sholom voted to join forces in June—a dramatic moment. We came together in October, parading Torahs from 1515 46th Street into the sanctuary at 83 Marlborough Road—another dramatic moment. A third big event: We chose to name ourselves B’ShERT—Beth Shalom v’Emeth Reform Temple—a name which will become official when we legally become one entity.
Like the miracles and marvels and drama the Israelites experienced, these big moments were exciting, frightening, and sometimes painful. Some of us were happy, some optimistic, some angry, some sad. Many had and have a mix of feelings, sometimes contradictory ones. Probably nearly everyone has felt some trepidation, some sense of fear because we’re not sure exactly what is to come. Because it really has been a very short time since we’ve come together.
Also like the Israelites, we are tasked with building something that has a lot of details and meticulous work involved very shortly after we’ve become one group. Our Tabernacle is to a certain extent physical, but to a greater extent it is intangible, and is made up of rituals and procedures, traditions, customs, and habits.
In order to build the Tabernacle, the Israelites gave freely what they had of beauty and value. They gave gold, silver, copper, precious stones, fabric and skins. What do you have of beauty and value that you will contribute to the building of our Tabernacle, our community? Will you give freely of your friendship, your kindness, your generosity of spirit? Will you give warmth and compassion to those who seem to be struggling with fear, sadness, or anger?
These are the beautiful and priceless gifts that our community is in need of as we go forward as a unified temple. We have agreed to build something together—a synagogue community. It is our responsibility to give as much as we can so that we can build a place where God will be able to dwell. It isn’t easy. There are so many details, so many issues to figure out. Most of them aren’t dramatic, and many don’t feel like sacred work, necessarily. But everything we do in and for our community contributes to what our community will become.
Let us remember that our goal is a spiritual community in service to God—whatever you mean when you say that word “God.” We come together, we believe in this community, because we believe there is something greater than ourselves that is worth working for, that is worth giving to, that is worth being a part of. Let us give the best of ourselves to it. I look forward to seeing you soon.
Rabbi Heidi Hoover
Notes from the Cantor
Last summer, at a concert in Prospect Park, I met by chance Ayo Griffin, the grandson of one of my favorite composers, George Kleinsinger. Kleinsinger wrote movie scores, and music for the concert hall and the synagogue. His most famous piece is “Tubby the Tuba.” If you are too young to know this marvelous work, there are many wonderful versions on line, including animated ones! Here’s a link to a great video of Julia Child narrating “Tubby the Tuba” with Arthur Fiedler conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra. http://bit.ly/Tubby-The-Tuba
It was quite a thrill to meet Ayo, and learn first hand about his eccentric grandfather. Ayo also told me about his own bar mitzvah in Israel as a member of the USA Maccabiah fencing team. Within minutes of meeting, we were singing snatches of his grandfather’s music from Tubby the Tuba, and from my all-time favorite Kleinsinger piece, “The Brooklyn Baseball Cantata,” which you can also find on YouTube, as sung by Robert Merrill. http://bit.ly/baseball-cantata
I’ve staged the Baseball Cantata twice, first in 1988 when I was the cantor of the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue when Rick Jacobs (now URJ president) was the rabbi there, and then again when I became the cantor and spiritual leader of PTBAS. After meeting Ayo in Prospect Park, I thought, how could I not do the Cantata again in my last year as a congregational cantor?
Written in 1948, after the Dodgers had just lost two World Series to the Yankees, the Cantata tells the story of a night when everyone in Brooklyn had the same fantastic dream, that at long last the Dodgers beat the Yankees for the ultimate victory. The dream actually didn’t come true until 1955 (you can learn more about that special moment in Dodgers’ history at Borough Historian Ron Schweiger’s lecture for the Brotherhood on March 18) but the undying hope of Dodger fandom is infectious in Kleinsinger’s upbeat, comical and heart-felt piece. “Brooklyn, Brooklyn, our hearts beat for Brooklyn,” sings the chorus, and now you too can be part of the fun! No prior choral experience or music-reading ability is necessary, although, as we say in Brooklyn, “It can’t hoit.” Come to our first rehearsal on Tuesday April 3 at 7 pm and watch a video of the 1988 Brooklyn Heights Synagogue performance, featuring Rabbi Jacobs as the chief Yankee rival to the “home team.” I guarantee that as soon as you learn the “Brooklyn National Anthem” you will love this piece as much as I do!
On another, more serious, note: this month, as we prepare for Passover and think about what it means to work towards liberation from bondage for all, I hope you will join me on March 24 for the March for Our Lives NYC. We will leave after the religious school model seder and Shabbat morning minyan services to join the march in support of sensible legislation to bring the epidemic of gun violence in the United States to an end. We will sing together, Dayeinu! We’ve had enough.
Wishing you all a sweet and joyous Passover, Cantor Suzanne Bernstein
LEARN & SING with CANTOR BERNSTEIN
“Words and Music” – series on synagogue music (you do not need to have attended previous sessions to come.)
Tues 3/13 7:30–9pm “Who Changed My Service? - Reform worship and its Eastern European origins"
Friday, 3/16, 7–8 pm“That Doesn’t Sound Jewish At All” - the world of Jewish music
SING: May 6 Concert rehearsals Relive the glory of the Brooklyn Dodgers and Ebbets Field! Join the chorus for “The Brooklyn Baseball Cantata!” Rehearsals: Tuesdays 7–8:30 pm on April 3, 10 17, 24, & May 1
Performance: May 6, 4 pm (Choir arrives: 2:30 pm)
The Newsletter of Beth Shalom v'Emeth Reform Temple
Volume I Adar/Nisan 5778 / March 2018 No. 5
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2012 Brooklyn Cantata
Passover Seder Checklist
Don't be overwhelmed by hosting your own seder. Use this handy checklist to help you prepare!
▢ Guests Passover is the holiday when hosts borrow folding chairs to squeeze as many people as possible around their tables. There is a well-known verse in the Passover Haggadah, Kol dichfin yeitei v’yechul, let all who are hungry come in and eat.
▢ Playlist or song sheets Liven up your seder with music!
▢ Search for the Chametz Before the holiday, it's traditional to remove (or sell) all the leavened food in one's house. Kids can hunt for crumbs or abandoned bread products in the pantry. Don't want to exile all your carbs? Pick a kitchen cabinet, put all the chametz inside, then tape it shut for the week!
▢ Pillows Put a pillow on each guest’s chair at the seder table to encourage everyone to comfortably recline during the seder. This custom is observed in the spirit of celebrating our freedom. Pillows also soften the impact of sitting for several hours on metal folding chairs.
Each guest will need a Passover Haggadah to use during the seder. Most Reform Jewish Haggadot (plural of Haggadah) include egalitarian language and beautiful illustrations. Two favorites are A Passover Haggadah and The Open Door.
▢ Seder plate
A seder plate is an important item for your seder. Shop online or locally; they’re available in a wide range of styles and prices. If your guests will be seated at more than one table, consider preparing a seder plate for each table.
▢ Matzah holder Three ceremonial boards of matzah are placed in a special holder or on a plate for the seder, and the middle one is broken in half and used for the afikoman (dessert; the hidden matzah children search for at the end of the seder).
▢ Three kiddush cups and wine glasses Use kiddush cups for the seder leader, for the cup of Elijah, and for the cup of Miriam, which honors Moses’ sister Miriam, who played a vital role in the history of our people. Pour wine for your guests into regular wine glasses.
▢ Candles and candlesticks The blessing over the festival candles is recited as the seder begins. On the first night of Passover the Shehecheyanu is also recited.
▢ Afikoman holder The afikoman can be placed in a special bag or wrapping, or be wrapped in a paper or cloth dinner napkin. A quick and inexpensive way to hide more than one afikoman for the kids is to use mailing envelopes with each child’s name written on the front.
▢ Pitcher or two-handled cup, big bowl, and dish towel (or wash 'n dries) These supplies are used for the ritual hand washing (and drying) during the seder. If you prefer, wash 'n dries can be used.
▢ Afikoman prizes For most kids, the seder’s high point is searching for the afikoman. Why not hide more than one afikoman and award fun prizes to every child at your seder? The prizes can be Passover candy, crafts or small toys, like scented markers, Legos, sculpting clay, travel-sized games, or joke books.
Ritual Foods and Drinks
▢ Kosher-for-Passover wine and grape juice During the seder, we drink wine in a formalized ritual. It is considered a mitzvah to drink four cups of wine at the seder. Grape juice may be substituted for wine. The kosher-for-Passover wine selection today is a far cry from the sweet red wines that were once a mainstay of Passover. Wine is another appropriate item for guests to provide.
▢ Matzah Regular matzot (plural of matzah) specially baked for Passover are widely available and are used at the seder and throughout the week of Passover. Be sure to check with guests to see if anyone's dietary or ritual customs require special matzoh, such as shmura ("watched") handmade matzoh or gluten-free matzoh.
▢ Parsley, celery, or other greens (karpas) Used to represent spring, the karpas is “dipped” into salt water to remember the Israelites’ tears. Some families follow the karpas ritual by serving a variety of vegetables and dips as a first course. Artichokes and other vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, and boiled potatoes may be introduced at this point in the seder.
▢ Horseradish (maror) This is the bitter herb eaten before the meal to remind us of the Israelites’ suffering as slaves. Use red or white horseradish for the meal, but raw horseradish root for the seder plate.
▢ Bone (pesach) or beet A roasted shankbone (z’roa) is included on the seder plate to symbolize the festival offerings (chagigah) that were brought to the ancient Temple. This is a roasted bone used to symbolize the first-born lamb sacrificed as the Passover offering. The lamb’s blood was smeared on the Israelites’ doorposts to protect them from the tenth plague, the death of the first-born. The bone is called z’roa (forearm) reminding us of God’s arm that stretch out to save us. A chicken or beef bone may also be used. Many supermarkets give these out for free at Passover. A beet, which “bleeds” when cut, may also be used and is a great substitute in a vegetarian seder.
▢ Charoset ingredients Apples, nuts, raisins, cinnamon, and sweet red wine are ingredients you’ll need for a traditional charoset. Dried fruits are called for in many Sephardic charoset recipes, and in Israeli Charoset, Turkish Charoset, and Panamanian Jaroset.
▢ Eggs Many seder meals begin with hard-boiled eggs, and a roasted egg (beitzah) is included on the seder plate to symbolize the festival offerings (chagigah) that were brought to the ancient Temple. Eggs are also a sign of spring.
▢ An orange Many Jews include a whole orange on their seder plate to symbolize inclusiveness.
▢ Kosher salt This ingredient is used to make the salt water for dipping, symbolizing the tears of the Israelites.
▢ Clear plastic tablecloth protector The sign of a spirited seder is spilled red wine! Use a washable tablecloth or a protective cover.
▢ Egg platter For those whose tradition includes serving hard boiled eggs, egg plates are widely available.
▢ Crumb sweeper After the meal has been served, before you finish the seder, kids especially enjoy sweeping up the matzah crumbs.
Adapted from urj.org
This is a phrase you will start seeing repeatedly on flyers and information postings of Temple events and Temple services.
What does it mean?
We all know people who might be interested in learning more about the Temple and what we offer, and perhaps decide to become members. However, human nature being what it is, we often respond more positively when approached by someone we know.
That’s why Membership is making a concerted effort to encourage members to bring that friend or friend family to a Temple event, or a Shabbat service, and let them see and experience for themselves what a warm, welcoming community we are and how they might enjoy becoming part of our community.
So think about all the folks you know and ask yourself: would they benefit from our community and enjoy becoming part of our Temple family?
Then, “Bring a Friend!”
Thanks from the Membership Committee…
BRING A FRIEND!
photo by Harvey Wang
We ended February with a bang! A hilarious reading of the Megilah followed by a guest appearance by Leonard Bernstein (exhumed from Greenwood Cemetery) who introduced the very funny and crowd pleasing performance of his Prospect Park West Side Story. It was great to hear the laughter fill our sanctuary as our “Not Ever Ready for Purim Time Players” deftly performed this most imaginative Purim Shpiel. We, Mordy and Hy (our roles in the shpiel) would like to thank Cantor Bernstein for writing and directing this most wonderful and enjoyable shpiel. If you were unable to attend you can catch up and watch the performance on the TBE Facebook page.
As Spring approaches we’ve been sprucing up our sanctuary for the many events and activities to come. The ceiling under the balcony was restored with new lighting, the two very large holes in the center of the sanctuary ceiling have been patched and new carpeting has been installed. While there is still much to be done, just these few things bring a little more comfort while we worship. Kudos to our Building Committee Chair, Sheldon Greenberg, for his hard work in following through with these improvements. And more improvements are to come. The Building Restoration Committee, chaired by Sheldon and Sam Silverman, has begun to meet and is developing a plan to renovate and restore the building. Please be patient. Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day.
If you have not yet seen the improvements to our sanctuary, please take the opportunity to join us for Shabbat Across America with a traditional Shabbat dinner followed by services on Shabbat eve, Friday, March 9th and then for services, dairy lunch and program on Saturday, March 10th. We hope that spending Shabbat Across America with your Temple family inspires you to attend Shabbat services throughout the remainder of this year and for years to come.
Although we’re sure that nothing can top our Purim Shpiel for fun and laughs, we cap off our Shabbat Across America with Ditmas Snark 2 on Saturday night March 10th at 8:00 pm. This promises to be a night full of laughter as stand-up comedians from across the New York City area entertain us.
The following Sunday, March 18th, in anticipation of Spring and the beginning of the baseball season, Brotherhood will be sponsoring a presentation about the Brooklyn Dodgers by our very own Brooklyn Historian, Ron Schweiger.
As Passover approaches we’re reminded that there are many in need of food. So when you remove your chametz from your homes in the weeks ahead please donate your unopened, non-expired perishables to the Temple. As members of the Interfaith Coalition of Brooklyn, this food will be donated to Our Lady of Refuge’s Food Pantry.
Talking about the Interfaith Coalition of Brooklyn, we’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Our Lady of Refuge’s Pastor, Father Michael Perry, who was instrumental in founding the coalition, on his retirement. B'ShERT was represented at a gala dinner held in honor of this beloved community leader.
We wish you and families a zissen Pesach!
B’shalom, Eric & Jeff
From the Treasurer's Desk
A big thank-you to all those who made the TBE Kol Nidre appeal a success. A total of $65,549 was pledged, so we met our goal of $65,000! To date, three-quarters of the pledges have been paid. We look forward to receiving the additional payments and thank everyone who so generously donated to the appeal.
Every little bit helps: The Temple can benefit from every Amazon purchase that congregants (or friends of congregants) make if ordered on Amazon Smile. For now, we still have the existing Temple name, so simply log on to smile.amazon.com and select Temple Beth Emeth V’Ohr Progressive Shaari Zedek as your charity of choice. If you bookmark that site as your Amazon site, you’ll be led directly to the Amazon Smile site when you order!
AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the dollar amount of all your eligible purchases to the Temple. If you buy $1000 on AmazonSmile during the year, the Temple gets $5. Not much, but it’s so easy! And if every congregant does it, it adds up for the Temple. Take a minute to set it up on your device and make a painless donation to the Temple.
Likewise, you can contribute to Temple while you bank! TD Bank’s Affinity Membership Program will generate contributions to the Temple.
Link your TD Bank account (CD, checking, money market, retirement, savings) to our TBE Account with code AH580; we will earn an annual donation based on the average balances of all the linked accounts.
In the event that you open a new checking account and link it to code AH580, the temple will get $50 per new account. For existing accounts that are linked, we will get $10 each.
TBE bills went out in mid-February and included the $350 second installment of the 2017-18 building fund assessment. If you didn’t receive a bill, contact the office. If you have any questions about your bill, contact Ruben Llopiz in the office on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons.
Social Action Committee
Thanks to all who have donated to our Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery Fund through Temple Beth Shalom in San Juan! To date, we have reached almost $1,000.
As we approach Passover, we will offer two opportunities: participating a food drive for the Our Lady of Refuge Church Food Pantry (part of our Interfaith Coalition) and supporting seniors in need at the Marks JCH through our Social Action Fund to enable them to purchase food for their Seder tables. Please watch for a flyer with more details.
The Interfaith Coalition has met and we will be sharing more information about upcoming programs happening this spring. Wishing you a happy Pesach!
Susan Sysler and Laurie Bassi
Social Action Committee Co-Chairs
Jewish Cultural Committee
As we look forward to a warm and pretty spring, I admit to still savoring some of the great Jewish cultural experiences of the winter. I found the Yiddish operetta The Sorceress, which we saw at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, sparkling with humor, good acting, and lovely music. I admired the drawings, paintings and sculptures of Modigliani, which we viewed at the Jewish Museum. This artist was able to relate to ancient and non-European art and to connect these to contemporary European subjects at a time when such insights were unusual.
As a special treat, we also saw an interesting exhibit on Jewish fashions from around the world, which of course reflected the differences in Jewish lives in these countries. At our own Temple, thanks to Cantor Bernstein, we watched the film A Serious Man, in which a contemporary Jewish man tries to understand and handle his life through his religion. Other wonderful events were Soul to Soul, a concert featuring Yiddish and African-American music which I saw at the Museum of Jewish Heritage on Dr. King's birthday, and the film The Band's Visit, presented at Temple Emanuel's Streicher Center, which showed us the humanity of Israelis and Egyptians in a sweet tale where they all spend one night together. See the play, too —it's great!
March promises to be a good month for both music and film. Check out Morning Star, an opera playing at the Museum at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, which is about an immigrant family on the Lower East Side in the early 20th century, and Queen Esther's Dilemma, a musical at the Center for Jewish History (I guess that you can figure out the subject!). Both of these will be shown on multiple dates.
Also at the Center for Jewish History, you can attend The Israeli Songbook (a program inspired by the works of 20th century Israeli poets Rachel Bluwstein and Leah Goldberg) on March 19 at 7 pm), and,on March 25 at 3 pm, a program of music from Jewish Spain.
If you have now become intrigued by Sephardic culture, I must inform you that the Sephardic Film Festival is taking place at the Center for Jewish History March 5–15. If you are also a follower of Yiddish culture, head to the Museum of Jewish Heritage on March 11 for at 2 pm for Yiddish Rialto to Silver Screen, which includes not only music but clips from Yiddish film. There’s also a three-day festival of Untold Stories About Jewish Women (with readings and live performances) taking place at this museum from March 20–March 22.
Head on out!
Due to the abundance of activities going on at Temple, the members of Brotherhood have decided to cancel this year’s Brotherhood luncheon. But we have plenty of other activities planned.
On Sunday, March 18, at 3 pm, our own Brooklyn Borough Historian Ron Schweiger will bring us back to the days when the Los Angeles Dodgers actually played in the borough of Brooklyn before abandoning us after the 1957 season. Ron is an expert on this subject and has fascinating memorabilia to share with us. Please show Ron your support by attending this event. Bring your families. Refreshments will be served and there is no charge.
Right before Ron’s presentation, at 2 pm in the community room, Brotherhood will hold a meeting for new and prospective members.
On April 15, at 9:30 am, at the Mirage Diner on Kings Highway, we’ll be holding a breakfast for Brotherhood members to thank them for their support. Anyone interested in learning about Brotherhood is also invited to attend. The breakfast is free for all members/prospective members and you may order whatever you like to eat.
Save the date for the Brotherhood Outdoor Picnic, which will take place on Sunday, June 24, from 11 am to dusk, at Floyd Bennett Field. Everyone is invited. A flyer will follow with further details.
Brotherhood wishes everyone a wonderful Pesach and good health, peace and prosperity.
The Brotherhood of B’ShERT
Caring Committee Update
Volunteers are needed to make phone calls and/or visits to those who are ill or have suffered a loss. It is especially important to keep in touch with those who are grieving after the initial mourning period. If you know that someone is in need of a visit or a call, please contact one of our co-chairs.
We are always looking for new members and would appreciate any ideas to make the committee more effective.
Wishing everyone a ZISSEN PESACH!
Gene Guskin at 917-533-6231
Debbie Belsky at 718-252-8030
Frema Schneier at 718-236-4047
Sara West and Alan Zarrow surround congregant and author Melodie Winawer, who spoke at the February 10 Sisterhood/Women of PTBAS Lecture
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Anat Hoffman, executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), writes:
Meet Dima. Dima is a paratrooper who made Aliyah with his father from Uzbekistan when he was 15. Dima and his father were eligible to make Aliyah under the Law of Return. While Dima was studying in boarding school, his father decided to leave Israel - Dima decided to stay. When he finished school, he drafted into the army and volunteered for the paratroopers.
As a soldier, according to a Population and Immigration Authority regulation, Dima has the right to have a parent come and live in Israel. Under this regulation, Dima submitted a request for his mother, Tania, to come live in Israel. So far, so good.
Tania has sole custody of her 9-year-old son, Oleg, Dima's half-brother, from a later marriage. Tania and Oleg arrived on August 17. Tania was granted residency status, but Oleg was not.
They turned to our Legal Aid Center for Olim (LACO). In November, LACO filed a request to regulate their status. A month ago, the Population and Immigration Authority turned down the request. LACO filed an appeal, which was also turned down, and Oleg must leave Israel within two weeks.
Tania now has to choose between staying and supporting Dima or returning to Uzbekistan with Oleg and leaving Dima here, as a lone soldier, with no family to support him.
We plan to file an appeal with the Court of Appeals and have turned to the Director of the Population and Immigration Authority and Members of Knesset on Tania, Dima and Oleg's behalf.
Their story, and the stories of three similar cases, which have received the same response - requiring a 10-year-old boy and 13-year-old-girl, siblings of IDF soldiers, to leave Israel - were featured last week on Channel 2 News in Israel, getting more attention for these and similar cases.
We believe that the regulation must be changed in a way that allows parents and children be granted permanent residency status together, instead of tearing families apart.
We’re pleased to announce two upcoming events at Temple to celebrate Israel.
On April 14, we will commemorate Israel Independence Day with a special Shabbat Service, an Israeli style luncheon and a special program led by a representative of Habonim Dror North America (Zionist Youth Movement).
On May 11, members of the ARZA committee will participate in the Friday evening Shabbat service in honor of Yom Yerushalayim.
Details on both events will follow. To stay informed on IMPJ, IRAC and the progressive Zionist movement in Israel, go to arza.org and/or urj.org. Let’s continue to support progressive Judaism in the land of Israel.
Tamara Kerner, ARZA Committee Chair
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Maxine Feldman Teaches…
Piano, Voice, Guitar, Sight-Singing
Ms. Feldman has 35 years of experience teaching all ages. She has served on the music faculties of NYU, Brooklyn College, The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and Hebrew Union College. She has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the United Nations, at PTBAS and now at the new consolidated congregation!
For further information please call Maxine at 718-421-3740
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